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Under the tutelage of Professor Mel Bernstein, David Perlstein must have learned well, as he has been working since 1979 as a free-lance copywriter for hundreds of clients large and small, including AT&T, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Bell, McKesson Corp., and Charles Schwab. He shares some of his secrets in his book, Solo Success: 100 Tips for Becoming a $100,000-a-Year Free-Lancer. David and his wife Carolyn, a professional storyteller, live in San Francisco.
1932
Bob Flint has moved to Summerfield Retirement Residence in Bradenton, FL. "I enjoy the alumni magazine, especially class notes. I hope my annual donations have helped others. I am indebted to AU for my education, which has allowed me a happier life, accomplishments, and wealth. I hope to visit there this summer and see your progress and renew old memories. Best wishes for dear ol' Alfred ... Love you all!" For anyone who wants to get in touch, Bob's e-mail address is docbob1@prodigy.net.
Wilma McLean Tucciarone '32, who is now at a new address, an assisted-living facility. Wilma is fine, but her husband Tom is undergoing rehabilitation for injuries suffered in a fall. Rehabilitation is slow, but it is progressing. Tom lives in the rehabilitation section of the facility, and Wilma lives next door and sees him every day. "She was my high school art teacher," Larry March recalled. "We went to the same church, and Wilma knew all three of us kids. It looked as if she was going to be a lifelong spinster until World War II, when Tom Tucciarone came into the USO - where Wilma was doing volunteer work - to get his buttons sewed on ...
1935
While at her home in St. Augustine, FL, this past winter, Janet Prentice Skinner helped with the successful effort to locate the ship's bell from the World War II vessel the USS Chemung and return it to a place of honor at the Naval Station in Chemung County, NY. When she's in the north, Jan still lives in Cuba, NY.
1936
Recently Robert "Bob" Howe attended a barbershop concert and heard a quartet from Rigoletto sung barbershop style. He hadn't heard the piece sung in that style since the time 60 years ago, when it was a frequently requested number from the repertoire of the Alfred University touring quartet. The quartet consisted of Bob, Fran Ruggles '37, Weston Drake '37, and Ed Brewster '49, led by Professor Ray Wingate. Bob lives in Ft. Myers, FL.
Barbara Bastow Moran writes that despite having Alzheimer's Disease, she feels "proud and happy at the moment. I live with my husband at Care for Life Community." Her husband's name is Edwin Moran.
The class notes coordinator got a phone call the other day from your correspondent, Thelma Bates Ames. She's doing pretty well, although not quite well enough to contemplate traveling west for Reunion 2002. She's very pleased that she made the move from North Carolina back to New York state, where the air is crisp and clear. She wrote, "Greetings from the Adirondacks. I was glad to see that Margrieta Coit Hewey '31 is doing the news for 1931. I enjoyed seeing Chuck '33 and Margrieta '31 at the June reunions. Adée Nordenstedt Bennett '33 had written news about her. Phil Bennett was a member of our class. Cheers to you, Adée, and keep traveling. I haven't heard from many '36'ers. Bernice Mautner Wolchonok sent a news article with a great picture last spring. Charlie Henderson still travels between Florida and Loon Lake. At age 92, he still plays golf and is an officer in the Western New York Betting Association. They purchased the harness racing track at Batavia. I sent out eight Alfred postcards this spring, but no response. I am slowing down too, and good intentions do not always become deeds. Jan Prentice Skinner '35 keeps in touch. She told me that Art Whaley died as he was returning to his home from Florida. Our sympathy goes to Mil (his wife Mildred Whiting.)" Your correspondent also sent along clippings about Samuel F. Hulbert '58, president of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who was awarded an honorary degree in May by Clarkson University. The degree was awarded "for his groundbreaking humanitarian achievements in biomedical engineering and ceramic science, and for his distinguished career and visionary leadership in higher education." Hulbert, a pioneer in the use of ceramics to create artificial knees, hips, and dental prostheses, also spoke briefly to graduates at Clarkson's 109th commencement. "I believe the more you put into every one of your relationships, the more you'll get out of it," he said. "The more you put into your career, the more you'll be rewarded ... The more you put into your community, the more you'll get out of it." Your correspondent herself got some benefit from his work. This winter in Potsdam, she said, her dentist installed a crown created from ceramic material.
1937
As I write this report, it is good to know that several of my classmates will be on campus to celebrate our 65th reunion. Wow! And we thought our 50th was an accomplishment. I will be thinking of you. As far as I know, Jean Williams Lampman, Sam Scholes, Dot Schirm Ievers, and Marion Phillips Bartlett will be there. Dot, who will be coming from Ireland, will be Marion's houseguest in the Poconos. Incidentally, Marion knew at the age of 4 that she would attend Alfred University. I only knew the June before freshman year. And now, 65 years later, I can attest to an excellent education and wonderful friends. I must have thought it worthwhile as I gave up my Aetna job to return to college my junior year. And this was during the Depression! Jean Lampman will be coming from Florida with Betty Stangl Thomas '42, who will be celebrating her 60th. Speaking of Florida, I just found out that Dante Vezzoli '33 is in the hospital for a pacemaker and is doing fine. I also found out that he has a dog named Isa, a dachshund. Our best wishes go out to him. Grace, his wife, passed away February 26, 2002. She is remembered by everyone. Thelma Bates Ames '36 and I still talk about our time at their home. Jean Lampman mentioned that she and Betty Stangl Thomas attended Grace's funeral. Ben Racusin and his wife Helen keep busy at Hilton Head, SC. I'm so glad I got to meet them a few years ago. When I called Don Hallenbeck, his son Don told me that his father is recuperating from a fall. Sam Scholes is fine and is involved in many activities, including his favorite - golf. Jean, his daughter, lives in Richmond and works for the Virginia Home for Boys. Alice Matson DiBlasi and I missed connections in May. I was a half-hour away from her in Toms River, NJ, where I had attended two parties in one day, a 90th birthday party for my cousin at a Shanty and an unexpected family reunion, my first ever. I got to be at the Philadelphia station, to see what a terrific train station they have. In March, it was like an Alfred reunion. Helen Ehrhorn Nuzzo's '38 daughter came all the way from her home in Nyack to meet me at the hotel. We shared pictures of Helen, who had recently died. I had never met her daughter before ... We also met another Alfredian, George Egan, whom I had met in May at an AU alumni luncheon. We three had a very nice lunch together. While in New York, I got over to Long Island to see Charlotte Jazombek Schmitz. Her address is Huntington Station, NY 11746 at Atria Huntington - 165 Beverly Road, Apt. 141. If you can, do send her a note. In conclusion, if you know anything about Anita Herrick Donahue or Marion Jacox Smith, please let me know, as I have not been able to get in touch with them. - Lillian Chavis Dixon
Charles N. Jewart's son, Michael Jewart, is getting married June 27. He is the third generation in his family to get married on June 27. Charles's father, the late Charles Jewart Sr. '37, was married June 27, 1937, at the Theta Theta Chi house because his wife, Mildred Baker Jewart, was a cook there.
With the death of Lloyd W. Pierce, 88, on Feb. 13, 2002, Alfred University lost not only an alumnus but also an employee. A carpenter by trade, Lloyd worked for almost 40 years for AU, retiring in 1976. His woodcrafts are present in many Alfred-area homes; he loved to give them as gifts for weddings, anniversaries, and other occasions. His family, including his wife Minona, who survives, suggests that memorial donations be sent to the Alfred Station Seventh Day Baptist Church, where he was a 75-year member and served many years as a deacon.
I got two phone calls from Lillian Chavis Dixon '37, on March 7, Eddie's birthday, and then another call a few days later. Lillian had just heard about the death of Grace Vezzoli's H'90. She reminisced about the good times she and Thelma Bates Ames '36 spent with the Vezzolis after the annual Bird Key Alfred University reunion. Lillian also told me about meeting a young alumna who lives, like her, in Richmond, VA: Ingrid Gruber Vetter, also a Sigma Chi Nu sorority sister." "Lillian also spoke of her sadness at the death of 'Schreck' - Don Schreckengost, a well-liked and respected Alfred professor who died Dec. 24, 2001.
1938
As one of the founders of the field of rehabilitation medicine, along with his colleague Dr. Howard Rusk, Sam Sverdlik continues to be asked to provide expert testimony in insurance court cases around the country. Although he and his wife Norma now live in Ft. Myers, FL, Sam continues as a member of the faculty at New York University, where the world-renowned Howard Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine is located.
Richard "Dick" Hammell and his wife Vivienne Gray Hammell continue to enjoy their home in a Rockford, IL, retirement community, where they join other residents on excursions when they're not keeping up with their children and grandchildren.
Among Elizabeth "Betty" Crandall Driftmier's historic family connections to Alfred is the fact that in 1808, her great-great-grandfather built the oldest house now in the village, which is occupied by Daniel Rase '50, emeritus professor at AU, and Margaret "Peggy" Wingate Rase '42. Betty and her husband Frederick "Fred" Driftmier H'61 live in Vero Beach, FL.
Nelda Randall Creagh "keeps in touch, by old-fashioned letter writing, with Dorothy Elve Tombaugh and Mary Hoyt Perry."
1939
Arnold "Arnie" Gelles lives on a golf course but doesn't play. He grew up on the cement and asphalt of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, but is on the landscape committee at his condo. He also keeps busy as president of his neighborhood condo association and treasurer of the large association of many neighborhoods where he lives at Indian River Estates in Boynton Beach, FL.
This summer Olaf Loytty and his wife Marian will be seeing the world. They'll cruise from Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they'll visit the Hermitage. They will take a train east across Canada, starting in Vancouver. Finally they'll boat down the St. Lawrence. When they're home, Olaf and Marian are in Venice, FL.
Our sympathy goes to Margaret Chester Childs on the death of her husband, the Rev. Robert L. Childs '36, on March 14, 2002. A ceramic engineering graduate of AU, Robert Childs later graduated from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and was ordained into the ministry in November 1949. He served as a minister in Ontario Center, NY, Haskins, OH, and Kodiak, AK, retiring from active ministry in 1980. In Cuba, NY, where the couple lived, he was very active in the First Baptist Church, serving for several years as treasurer and singing in the church choir until the time of his death. He was also an enthusiastic gardener.
Congratulations to Milt Stitzel '39 as the new 1939 class correspondent. A great guy, a great sense of humor. I had the pleasure of working with him when we were waiters in Bartlett Dorm."
1940
Janet Rogers Kline writes that painting is still a big part of her life. She praises the instruction she received at Alfred from Clara Nelson H'78, Marion Fosdick, Shreckie, Merritt, and Harder, calling it just wonderful and, even today, often still relevant. She is still involved in the local Ithaca Senior Citizens Council and writes a monthly newsletter. Once again, as she has for many years, Mildred Haerter Pape is planning to spend time this summer at her northern retreat in Tupper Lake, NY. The rest of the year she continues to live in Bradenton, FL.
From your correspondent: Charles F. Spiro has just written of his activities since he left Alfred. During World War II, he served in the Navy, ending up at the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, NJ, teaching meteorology. After that he joined a chemical firm producing plate-making and press chemicals for the offset industry; the company was the largest in its field. He sold the company in 1968 and stayed on for five years, managing the subsidiary, before retiring at the end of 1973. Unfortunately, his wife, Gladdie, passed away during that year. Later he married the widow of a friend of 12 years. Mary Ann Dunn Spiro and he have lived 28 years in Naples, FL, where he has enjoyed golf and most important, boating. They have cruised to the Bahamas and the Keys, and made one trip up the Intracoastal Waterway to New York for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty back in 1986. They have done a fair amount of other travel, visiting all seven continents on various cruises. They have been very fortunate. He became a realtor about 15 years ago and is still going strong in that endeavor. He's hopeful that others of our class of '40 will contribute their news so we will be better represented in the alumni news. Furthermore, if anyone gets down their way, please call them and they will give you the red-carpet treatment. The only one of our class he's seen is Arthur "Bud" Terry, with his wife Marilena Ruger Terry '41, at the annual Southwest Florida reunion each spring ...
A nostalgic update resulted from the winter issue of the Alfred Magazine, which listed several Alfredians who had worked for the late Stan Stanislaw '40 at Sylvania Electric in Bayside, L.I. An e-mail message arrived from Jim Thomson '47, who wrote that he was also a member of that "fantastic group." Further inquiry discloses that Fred Schaa '51 also was one of the contributors to that special collection of innovative minds.
1941
Pictures of Alfred graduates do pop up in unexpected places. Recently, while I was browsing through the book Northern Allegany County Observes 1941, published by the History Club of Fillmore, NY, and edited by Nancy Gillette, 2001, a lovely familiar face suddenly appeared on page 35. An accompanying news item noted that the Fillmore Central School Board had appointed Miss Elizabeth Olshovy as the new math and science teacher for the coming year. I wonder if Elizabeth Olshovy Maxwell '41 has the usual uncertain up-and-down memories of this, her first job. Reading about it here is probably a surprise for her.
Elaine Richtmyer Brown and her exercise program were profiled in a local newspaper near her home in Athens, GA. In 1978, she joined an aerobics class to set up a regimen of regular exercise. Today Elaine continues that routine, attending aerobics classes three to five days a week, although it's hard to see how she finds the time, considering her long list of other activities. She is president of the Athens-Elberton District United Methodist Women; past president of the University Women's Cub; past president of Church Women United; and a member of the Athens Regional Hospital Auxiliary, First Night Athens, and the Kiwanis Club. Recently she took on a new project, traveling to Israel for training to become a tour guide in that region. Since the death of her husband, she also spends a lot of time caring for her home and its surrounding 10 acres and keeping in touch with her three children and seven grandchildren. As for her exercise program, she said, "The Y has always been a big part of my life ... The YWCO aerobics program suits my needs exactly. I feel healthy and invigorated when I finish a class." She also spoke of the "discipline of appetite control I experience from tightened muscles, which signal when I have had enough to eat, the mobility and ease of movement I have achieved, and the help I find in reducing the effects of stress." Another benefit, she said, is the friendship, companionship, and support of her aerobics classmates. "We are a friendly, supportive group, helping each other when we're needed and getting together for meals on a regular basis." Elaine moved to Athens 40 years ago when her husband, Dr. Robert Brown, joined the UGA faculty. They had met at AU, where Brown taught engineering and Elaine was a business major. Before his retirement, Brown was head of the UGA Agricultural Engineering Department.
Your correspondent sent along a letter from Pete Keenan Sr.: "I had word that a dear friend, Frank P. Cronyn, passed away on his 88th birthday April 11, 2002, after 50 years of marriage to his beloved wife Dora Bales. Frank, a product of the Great Depression as so many of us were, always regretted that he could not finish with our class. Nevertheless, he regularly attended our five-year reunions from California. Frank was a member of that great 1940 Cross-Country team co-captained by Milt Tuttle and Frank Daiber, which placed ninth in the NCAAs in Lansing, MI. (See pages 92-93 of the 1941 Kanakadea.) Jim McLane was coach and I had the pleasure of being manager - if you can't run, manage. Frank Morley '42 had what Coach McLane described as a "picture stride," and his success proved it. Incidentally Frank Cronyn was the first student I met at Alfred, about five minutes after moving into Bartlett Dorm in 1937.
Your correspondent sent along a letter from Pete Keenan Sr.: "I had word that a dear friend, Frank P. Cronyn, passed away on his 88th birthday April 11, 2002, after 50 years of marriage to his beloved wife Dora Bales. Frank, a product of the Great Depression as so many of us were, always regretted that he could not finish with our class. Nevertheless, he regularly attended our five-year reunions from California. Frank was a member of that great 1940 Cross-Country team co-captained by Milt Tuttle and Frank Daiber, which placed ninth in the NCAAs in Lansing, MI. (See pages 92-93 of the 1941 Kanakadea.) Jim McLane was coach and I had the pleasure of being manager - if you can't run, manage. Frank Morley '42 had what Coach McLane described as a "picture stride," and his success proved it. Incidentally Frank Cronyn was the first student I met at Alfred, about five minutes after moving into Bartlett Dorm in 1937.
The 1942 correspondent, Betty Stangl Thomas, received a letter from Alison Wilson, whose mother-in-law, Margaret Latta Wilson, died Feb. 17, 2002. "She fell earlier in the month and the damage to her knees was extensive," wrote Alison Wilson. "We had three lovely days together in Hospice before she passed. Our family knows how much she loved her Alfred friends and were so sorry we did not have your addresses. Please inform anyone else that you keep in touch with." We thank Alison Wilson for her thoughtfulness, and send our sympathy.
1942
Louise Kenyon Slingerland and Bob have moved permanently to Florida, selling their home of 57 years in Dundee, NY. Louise said they take part in activities in the Park, have joined a church, and hope to join the choir. She still does some painting and at this writing, is undecided about our reunion.
Bill Lowe e-mailed saying they are fine, with just minor aches and pains. He and his wife Dee travel, mostly within the States. They made an exciting Lewis & Clark trip from St. Louis to the West Coast on a bus with lots of glass. He regretted that he could not make our 60th reunion. His wife has hers at the same time at Hood College. So he said, "Gotta go there." Hooker, as he was known to us all in college, still fixes old clocks, a hobby of many years. He says life is full of exciting days and it is impossible to get all things accomplished. Church and clubs help keep him busy. In January 2003, he and Dee will celebrate their 55th anniversary by taking a Caribbean cruise.
Ralph Crawshaw of Portland, OR, was the one class member to answer a question I posted to all of you, "Let us hear about your animals." In his home he has three cats, Kukla, Fran, & Ollie, named for long-gone TV stars. He added that they are a delight of amusement and love. At one point we shared the names of our childhood pets. I had a dachshund and he a mutt, Geovanni. To redeem Geovanni's lowly pedigree, he passed him off to those who asked as an African Black Bush Terrier. Now for Ralph's serious side. A retired doctor of psychiatry, he has written a book titled Compassion's Way. In his words, the book is about the patient-doctor relationship from both the patient's and the doctor's perspective. He has been both, he says. His hope is to bring deeper personal understanding to the encounter, in which the suffering of one is - or should be - the concern of both. A good read for many of us, the lay person and the doctor. I have ordered the book. If anyone is interested in ordering, get in touch with me, your class correspondent, and I will send you an order sheet.
Stan Langworthy and wife Betsy Burns '44 regretted that they could not make the reunion, but are planning to make the 65th. Now that Stan is fully retired from teaching, he shares the joy of having their great-grandsons (age 6, 8, and 10) stay for a night on weekends and visit during the week. Now a new great-granddaughter has arrived. With his talent as a creative writer, Stan has written a poem, "To the class of '42 on its 60th birthday." This poem will be distributed to class members at the reunion. If you want a copy, let me know.
Just in the nick of time, received a letter from Marjorie Russell, who said to me on the last day of our 55th reunion, "We'll be here together for our 60th." Unfortunately, Marge now writes, "My body didn't know what my brain was counting on. Medical problems are taking over. I will be there with the class of '42 in spirit."
Jean Collier Parks finds her days filled with activities in her new retirement home. Such activities as exercises, along with my favorite, learning the computer. Her book Yankee Poodle is in the writing stage. Her puppet with the same name keeps her busy by entertaining local kindergarten classes. She sends best wishes to our class members at reunion time.
Herman Eichorn's wife phoned from Napa Valley, CA. I was not home, and David took the message. He regretted that he too could not be with us because of ill health.
Milton Vainder continues to practice medicine every day at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, where his son John is also a staff physician. He says his life is less hectic than when he served during the Korean War in the Navy as a physician and came home from the base at night to operate his medical practice. Milt's daughter Pam is also a physician in the Chicago area.
In just about a week, I will be on my way to Alfred for our 60th, and I'll tell you all about it in a later Alfred Magazine. Now a word to all of you: Get well, stay well, and send me some news. Remember, it doesn't have to be earth-shaking. Classmates would be glad just to learn that you're still hanging in there. - Betty Stangl Thomas
1943
Edward "Ed" Mooney worked 32 years for Simmonds Precision Products as a rocket scientist, helping develop the igniter systems that made space flight possible by causing separation of multi-stage rockets. He accepted the job after running into a friend in a restaurant who said he was starting a new company. Ed and his wife Consuelo "Connie" Scott Mooney still live in South Bend, IN.
J. David Broudo, distinguished professor emeritus at Endicott College, keeps busy in his retirement with his many artistic talents. Several of his ceramics and paintings were on exhibit in April at the College Art Center. He had planned a tour for Endicott alumni to visit Spain last November, but the tragic events of 9-11 canceled the venture. This year another trip is being planned, and it promises to be memorable. David writes that he will accompany about 40 alumni to France, visiting Paris, Provence, and the French Riviera. The 11-day trip will allow both leisurely and stimulating time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and ambiance of a variety of really glorious venues. The experience will be enhanced by David with his personal knowledge of the art, culture, and history of the various places. A great opportunity for those fortunate Endicott alumni! '
Congratulations to Kalope Giopulos Jamesson and her husband Michael Jamesson '43, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 22. The family party in their honor included daughter Athena, an attorney; son Michael, an investment counselor, and three grandsons, all from the Rochester area. Leah Raptis Theofanis was hoping to be there, too, since she was flying north from Florida to attend a granddaughter's graduation. Popey and Mike have lived for more than 40 years in their Cuba, NY, home, Popey as a teacher in the Cuba Central School District and Mike as a dentist. Now retired, they enjoy bridge, golf and of course joining in the activities of the "children." Popey says one of her proudest memories is of son Mike's winning Alfred University's W. Varick Nevins award for outstanding high school mathematicians. Good wishes, Popey and Mike, for another happy 50 years ... Since my husband and I had such fun on our Great Trains of Europe trip last Fall, we are embarking July 4 on the Great Rivers of Europe. We will be gliding from Vienna to Amsterdam along the Danube, the Danube Canal, and the Main and Rhine Rivers. I'm sure many of you have travel plans. Let us know where YOU are going this summer!
Bob Sinclair and wife Patsy celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary March 28 with dinner and a movie.
Carl Jacobi wrote, "Just to get you up to date on my life: I am still in my house. After my wife passed away in 1998, my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren moved in with me. My house is large, and I have my own apartment in the daylight basement. The family meets for supper only. It has worked out well. Unfortunately my doctor had my driver's license revoked, so I am dependent on other people to go anywhere, which I don't like. My health is good, considering I will be 81 this year. Have had little contact with other alumni. Saw John Boros two years ago when I drove to the West Coast. My son David lives in Seattle, and just had his first child, Anna, last year. I also have two great-grandchildren living nearby."
A surprise call came April 23 from Jim Lippke. He updates his "no news is good news" note on his holiday card, speaking with pride of two of his grandchildren and their academic achievements. One of them, Kristen E.M. Buffa, graduated from Wellesley this spring and plans to be an attorney. The other, Travis James Buffa, will be entering the US Naval Academy at Annapolis this fall. Congratulations are in order to both these outstanding students, to their parents, and to you, Jim. And thanks for reinforcing our belief in the promise of this current generation of young people.
A recent phone call from Isabel Riggs Geibel asked if we were planning to be home June 10. Our intrepid cross-country-traveling friend will be in Phoenix that day during a return trip from San Diego. We will be happy to see her again, if only for a short time. This reminds me of my hope that I will see many more of you this coming year, 2003, for our 60th reunion, which is scheduled Friday, June 13, to Sunday, June 15. If Warren and I are both still vertical and operational, we'll surely be there. We fervently hope that health and fortunate circumstances will allow as many members as possible of our exceptional class to be in attendance as well. What a celebration that should be!
By now, many of you probably know that we lost our good friend, (Marvin) Bob Krassner, on April 19. We sorely miss him, knowing him only through his very special e-mail, which reflected his brilliant intellect, insight, sensitivity, and zest for life. While regretting not knowing him during our student years, we feel blessed that we were given the opportunity to know him so well during his last days. We know that his wife Bea gave him strength, comfort, and support during his illness, and that she is now getting the help she needs from their family and many friends.
1944
Stan Langworthy and wife Betsy Burns '44 regretted that they could not make the reunion, but are planning to make the 65th. Now that Stan is fully retired from teaching, he shares the joy of having their great-grandsons (age 6, 8, and 10) stay for a night on weekends and visit during the week. Now a new great-granddaughter has arrived. With his talent as a creative writer, Stan has written a poem, "To the class of '42 on its 60th birthday." This poem will be distributed to class members at the reunion. If you want a copy, let me know.
1945
I'd like to make an entreaty to you to support your class correspondent, Phyllis 'P.A.' Little Burgess. She had successful bilateral cataract surgery years ago. She needs input from you. The simplest of notes about your life during college or afterwards would be much appreciated. She can see to organize and compose class notes, and I can't; please support her ...
Eleanor "Don" Chapin Robbins writes, "As a result of being attacked by a throw rug in my home last October, I've had three hip surgeries and months of therapy. I still am planning to go to the Alfred Reunion in June, however." We'll roll out the red carpet for you, Don - but definitely not a throw rug.
Joyce reports that she is involved with her family, has lots of friends, plays bridge, attends exercise classes, and is busy and happy. Jane is feeling better every day and is also busy with her family. Jane was my roommate for four years when we were students. Joyce roomed next to Jane and me during our freshman year in the Brick. I ought to tell Lillian there's another Sigma Chi Nu sorority sister who lives in Richmond, Joyce Soyars MacCrimmon Moore. Three of us were at the Hornell Theater, seeing a movie, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. . Joyce wept all the way back to Alfred. Her father was in World War I, so somehow, she understood the significance of the attack better than either of us men, Bernard Zipkin, an Ag-Tech student who ran with the AU cross-country team, and me ...
Joyce reports that she is involved with her family, has lots of friends, plays bridge, attends exercise classes, and is busy and happy. Jane is feeling better every day and is also busy with her family. Jane was my roommate for four years when we were students. Joyce roomed next to Jane and me during our freshman year in the Brick.
Even thoughBetty Van Gorder Lacy's hip replacement makes some days more painful than others, she doesn't let that interfere with her enjoyment of spending time with her granddaughter and great-granddaughters. Betty continues to live in El Cerrito, CA, near where she worked 27 years as a school social worker. During much of that time, she was a colleague of Henry Hopkins '63, who was a principal in Betty's school district.
The only representative of '45 at Bird Key this year was Jeanne Heckman Fulford. During college, she and I were briefly an item ...
Larry March '45, a Floridian neighbor, is a faithful "keep in touch" friend, also with e-mail. His answers to the Stan Langworthy AU quiz were correct.
Larry March calls me sometimes and we compare notes on everyone. He sees many Alfred alumni frequently. I was sorry to hear about his vision problems and think of him often. Please write or call me so I can include you in my next class notes. If you are traveling in Connecticut, look me up and I will tell you how to find me in the "village." Wilma McLean Tucciarone '32, who is now at a new address, an assisted-living facility. Wilma is fine, but her husband Tom is undergoing rehabilitation for injuries suffered in a fall. Rehabilitation is slow, but it is progressing. Tom lives in the rehabilitation section of the facility, and Wilma lives next door and sees him every day. "She was my high school art teacher," Larry March recalled. "We went to the same church, and Wilma knew all three of us kids. It looked as if she was going to be a lifelong spinster until World War II, when Tom Tucciarone came into the USO - where Wilma was doing volunteer work - to get his buttons sewed on ... Digressing a bit, Larry spoke of his beloved sister Sylvia March '46, who was killed June 7, 1947, in an auto accident about a year after her graduation from AU. "Everything changed in the March family after that," he said. "It's ironic. There were two boys and one girl. We boys went to war, but it was Sylvia who was killed." Larry's brother Donald H. March '55 is a retired government employee who was in the Navy during the war and now lives in Panama. One more item about Larry: He was recently honored for his eight years' service as national vice president of the P-51 Mustang Pilots Association, through the presentation of a handsomely engraved plaque citing the commitment by current officers of the organization. Larry felt obliged to resign his office owing to diminishing vision. His eye problems precluded the performance of his duties to the standard he considered necessary to promote the Association's best interests. If anyone wants to send e-mail to Larry March, use a clear, no-frills 18-point type so he can read it without using a magnifying glass.
1946
Dorothy Waite Tefft Beard writes that her phone number in Mexico is (22) 47-21-15, "and I should love to hear from Alfred folks visiting Mexico. My second husband, Chester Beard, died in 1991, but I still live here in Cholula near the ancient pyramid, with a good view of our volcanoes Popocatépetl and Ixtaccihuatl. Daughter Teresa lives in nearby Mexico City, and my three grandchildren are there when they are not at school in England or Spain. My two great-grandchildren also live there. Son Guillermo lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where I visited him last year, staying with Pat Kenny, my roommate at Alfred, who joined Theta Chi when I did, who also lives there. Another daughter lives in Switzerland. My summer trip to Mexico after my junior year at Alfred really changed my life. It resulted in marriage to a Mexican, the father of my three children, and permanent residence in Mexico. My mailing address is at the University of the Americas, very near my house, because mail delivery is terribly sketchy here. I taught English for many years at UDLA, and received my master's degree there in creative writing. This is a sketchy resumé of the more than 50 years since I left Alfred, but the Alfred years have always been present in my heart." Dorothy's e-mail address is dwaitetefft@yahoo.com.
Congratulations to Kalope Giopulos Jamesson and her husband Michael Jamesson '43, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 22. The family party in their honor included daughter Athena, an attorney; son Michael, an investment counselor, and three grandsons, all from the Rochester area. Leah Raptis Theofanis was hoping to be there, too, since she was flying north from Florida to attend a granddaughter's graduation. Popey and Mike have lived for more than 40 years in their Cuba, NY, home, Popey as a teacher in the Cuba Central School District and Mike as a dentist. Now retired, they enjoy bridge, golf and of course joining in the activities of the "children." Popey says one of her proudest memories is of son Mike's winning Alfred University's W. Varick Nevins award for outstanding high school mathematicians. Good wishes, Popey and Mike, for another happy 50 years ... Since my husband and I had such fun on our Great Trains of Europe trip last Fall, we are embarking July 4 on the Great Rivers of Europe. We will be gliding from Vienna to Amsterdam along the Danube, the Danube Canal, and the Main and Rhine Rivers. I'm sure many of you have travel plans. Let us know where YOU are going this summer!
Mae Barrus Rowland writes, "I retired as a social service consultant in Denver-area nursing homes and am now working in my son's chiropractic clinic in downtown Denver." In her spare time, she helps her husband Edwin in his hobby of restoring pedal organs.
1947
Corinne Herrick Gallman wrote to thank Lois Smith and D. Juel Andersen '49 for the loving obituary of Ruth "Taffy" Macaulay Bowen '49. "She was a Pi Alpha sister of mine and a most enjoyable friend," Corinne said.
Recently C. Alan "Al" Lindquist Jr. entertained guests with a drive to the former Florida home of Al Capone, which is noteworthy for having a private boat canal leading to the home to allow for surreptitious arrivals and deliveries. Al (Lindquist, not Capone) continues to live in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
A nostalgic update resulted from the winter issue of the Alfred Magazine, which listed several Alfredians who had worked for the late Stan Stanislaw '40 at Sylvania Electric in Bayside, L.I. An e-mail message arrived from Jim Thomson '47, who wrote that he was also a member of that "fantastic group." Further inquiry discloses that Fred Schaa '51 also was one of the contributors to that special collection of innovative minds.
1948
John Seidlin reports from the Bird Key Alfred reunion in March that he, Al Powers, Harley Lindquist, and Patricia Crofoot Turnbull represented our class of '48. A prior commitment prevented Mimi Tooke Polan and your correspondent from attending this year.
Gene Drozdowski writes that he is already looking forward to the 55th reunion of his class in 2003. By that time - and probably sooner - he intends to have a new pair of eyeglasses so that he will be able to see and appreciate his old classmates and everybody else, and even the Alfred campus and village, a little better than with his old and blurry eyesight in 1998. Well, he adds, not really so old.
Enclosed is a copy of the information sent by Grace Congdon Kerr as well as an additional note sent to me, where she notes that the class of '48 is getting nearer to the front of the class notes section each year. She also commented about the sobering article regarding fraternities and sororities on campus these days. She is looking forward to seeing many at the 55th reunion in 2003 ... only 11 months to go. Now, from Grace Congdon Kerr: "As we all have memories of Pearl Harbor Day, D-Day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, and President John F. Kennedy's assassination, we all have memories and reactions to the deadly day of Sept. 11, 2001. New York state is compiling contributions from New Yorkers into one massive compendium of that day and subsequent events. I am adding mine. In Jeanne Morgan Holman's Christmas letter, she added, 'When Flight 93 crashed, we thought a tree had fallen on the house. Everything shook and rattled. We lost phone and power, so did not know what had happened for several hours. The crash of Flight 93 was just over the next hill, about one and a half miles away.' Some excerpts from Grace Kerr's piece "Reflections on September 11," first published in the Asbury United Methodist Church Circuit Rider newsletter, follow: "On Sept. 11, I flew into Heathrow Airport, England, from Doha Airport, Zatar, on my way home from a month's visit with my son and his family in Kathmandu, Nepal. I expected to dash to American Airlines for the remainder of my flight to JFK and home. But American sent a representative to meet me and bring me up to date on the horrific terrorist events in New York, Washington, and Western Pennsylvania, saying all flights to the US were postponed indefinitely. This news was extremely unsettling. But passing through customs on the heels of the American Airlines representative, I felt a tap on my shoulder .. and there were my daughter and granddaughter on their way home to Cape Cod. They had arrived from Cambridge and had been met at Virgin Airline with the same news and flight cancellation. Can you imagine the flood of relief that overcame me? When they had called my son-in-law on Cape Cod, they found out when and where I was coming into Heathrow, then dashed over to my gate. What a reunion! American paid for our 40-mile trip to a Bed & Breakfast Inn in Newbury. We were on our own after that, but with the Wallingford, CT-Wallingford, England, connection and high school friends of my daughter's, plus two nights in a B&B in Cambridge, where my granddaughter is a student, we were comfortably, securely, and hospitably lodged. During those six days, we signed the Books of Condolence at Winston Churchill's parish church, St. Martin, in Bladon, the Civic & Parish Church of St. Mary-le-More in Wallingford, Coventry Cathedral, and Great St. Mary's, the University Church of Cambridge. Beth, Anna, and I stood with our hosts and other Americans around Winston Churchill's gravesite on Sept. 14, holding hands at 11 a.m. to commemorate the devastation in our country ... (On Sept. 19) son James met me at JFK for the nighttime drive back to Croton. As we traveled along the Major Deegan Parkway, he pointed out the smoke rising from the World Trade Center. As I had wondered and worried about the uncertainties and decisions of my nine-day stay in England, always at the forefront of my mind was the fate of Croton friends and acquaintances, so many of whom work in New York. It was strange to be so far away from my countrymen in this tragic time. All over England, we were treated sympathetically and kindly, with deep understanding because of the bombings the English had endured during the World War ... God bless America!"
Apparently the habit of waking at early hours is ingrained, even after the retirement of a pathologist and long-time coroner like Harley Lindquist. He regularly gets up at 5 a.m. to drive to continuing education lectures given to an audience of physician colleagues near Apopka, FL, where he lives with his wife Pat.
Phyllis Hurlburt Rigby writes, "I retired 13 years ago after teaching business for 36 1/2 years, including 31 1/2 years at Scio, my adopted home town. My husband Roger Rigby passed away in 1994 soon after our 48th wedding anniversary. I keep rather busy with church activities, volunteer work, occasional tours, dining out weekly with fiends, and spending time with family - two sisters, four married children, and eight grandchildren."
Heard from Astrid Robillard Johnson about her trip to New Zealand for three weeks in January 2002 to celebrate her 75th birthday. As the seasons are reversed, she recommends making the trip during our winter season. She told of her marvelous things she saw - beaches, mountains, forests, boiling mud pools, geysers, fjords, sheep farms, Maori people, seals, and, her favorites, the penguins. She recommends a trip to New Zealand for everyone.
Mary Lowden wrote, "My address was not correct in the 1948 reunion booklet. Please print my correct address in class notes; I have moved to a retirement community." Her new address is 5126 Fellowship Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
1949
Corinne Herrick Gallman wrote to thank Lois Smith and D. Juel Andersen '49 for the loving obituary of Ruth "Taffy" Macaulay Bowen '49. "She was a Pi Alpha sister of mine and a most enjoyable friend," Corinne said.
Elaine Richtmyer Brown and her exercise program were profiled in a local newspaper near her home in Athens, GA. In 1978, she joined an aerobics class to set up a regimen of regular exercise. Today Elaine continues that routine, attending aerobics classes three to five days a week, although it's hard to see how she finds the time, considering her long list of other activities. She is president of the Athens-Elberton District United Methodist Women; past president of the University Women's Cub; past president of Church Women United; and a member of the Athens Regional Hospital Auxiliary, First Night Athens, and the Kiwanis Club. Recently she took on a new project, traveling to Israel for training to become a tour guide in that region. Since the death of her husband, she also spends a lot of time caring for her home and its surrounding 10 acres and keeping in touch with her three children and seven grandchildren. As for her exercise program, she said, "The Y has always been a big part of my life ... The YWCO aerobics program suits my needs exactly. I feel healthy and invigorated when I finish a class." She also spoke of the "discipline of appetite control I experience from tightened muscles, which signal when I have had enough to eat, the mobility and ease of movement I have achieved, and the help I find in reducing the effects of stress." Another benefit, she said, is the friendship, companionship, and support of her aerobics classmates. "We are a friendly, supportive group, helping each other when we're needed and getting together for meals on a regular basis." Elaine moved to Athens 40 years ago when her husband, Dr. Robert Brown, joined the UGA faculty. They had met at AU, where Brown taught engineering and Elaine was a business major. Before his retirement, Brown was head of the UGA Agricultural Engineering Department.
Corinne Herrick Gallman wrote to thank Lois Smith and D. Juel Andersen '49 for the loving obituary of Ruth "Taffy" Macaulay Bowen '49. "She was a Pi Alpha sister of mine and a most enjoyable friend," Corinne said.
Our sympathy goes to Pam Stetson Sebura, who sent us a note to tell us of the death of her father,William Clarence Stetson '49, on Jan. 14, 2002.
1950
Emily Worth Robinson and her husband Dick Robinson '50 went on a Grand Circle Tour to Egypt in early April. They write that "it was a fabulous tour of ancient and restored temples, pyramids, the Aswan Dam, and Valley of the Kings and Queens tombs, plus many other adventures." Emily's favorite event was the sound and light show at Philae Temple near Aswan. Their two-week tour included stays in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, with an overnight tourist train from Cairo to Aswan, a trip by air to Abu Simbel, and three days and four nights on a Nile River cruise boat sailing from Aswan to Luxor. They rode camels in the desert and a felucca sailboat on the Nile. "We felt very safe and had a police escort at all times and places, even in the desert," Emily says. "The Egyptian people were friendly and courteous, and we were given many opportunities to interact with local families. The tour gave us a greater appreciation for their culture, both ancient and contemporary."
Swimming every day, plus playing cards, tennis, and golf, Bob Hatch and Betty Jo Champlin Hatch have quickly adapted to their new environment in Punta Gorda, FL, where they recently moved.
Swimming every day, plus playing cards, tennis, and golf, Bob Hatch and Betty Jo Champlin Hatch have quickly adapted to their new environment in Punta Gorda, FL, where they recently moved.
Earlier this year, Richard "Dick" Johnson hosted a dinner party at his Ft. Lauderdale, FL, home, where the guests of honor was a friend who was a former president of the World Bank. The conversation was enlivened by the guest's account of a recent intimate birthday dinner given in his honor in London at which the guests included Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip.
1951
Now back up north, Lee Karr (Leon Kosofsky), his wife Judy, and their rottweiler Timber enjoyed their first winter at their home in Venice, FL. Other months, they live in Forestburgh, NY, where Lee is active as an advocate opposing the construction of additional gambling casinos in New York state.
A nostalgic update resulted from the winter issue of the AlFred Magazine, which listed several Alfredians who had worked for the late Stan Stanislaw '40 at Sylvania Electric in Bayside, L.I. An e-mail message arrived from Jim Thomson '47, who wrote that he was also a member of that "fantastic group." Further inquiry discloses that Fred Schaa '51 also was one of the contributors to that special collection of innovative minds.
1952
All his life, Lou Kohl had been interested in flying, so after retiring, he took flying lessons and eventually soloed. Now that the yen is out of his system, he and his wife, Ann Spuehler, live a little more sedately in Woodstock, IL.
Ask and ye shall receive. In the last issue of Alfred Magazine, we asked if anyone could locate Josephine Koster Rajasoria. We got two responses giving her current address, including one from her AU roommate, Emily Worth Robinson, former '52 class correspondent. Josephine's address is 216 Penn Ave., Oxford, PA 19363.
During all the years of his ceramic engineering career as an executive in M.H. Dietrich Co., the family refractory business, Roger Hosbein maintained the strong interest in art that impelled him to take Miss Nelson's drawing courses at AU, much to his faculty advisor's consternation. Today he volunteers at a local residential mental health facility, where he nurtures the residents' artistic inclinations in successful art therapy sessions. This summer, at a gallery near his summer home in southwestern Michigan, Roger will curate a monthlong exhibition of the world produced by the residents. He and his wife Ann live in Winnetka, IL.
Emily Worth Robinson and her husband Dick Robinson '50 went on a Grand Circle Tour to Egypt in early April. They write that "it was a fabulous tour of ancient and restored temples, pyramids, the Aswan Dam, and Valley of the Kings and Queens tombs, plus many other adventures." Emily's favorite event was the sound and light show at Philae Temple near Aswan. Their two-week tour included stays in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, with an overnight tourist train from Cairo to Aswan, a trip by air to Abu Simbel, and three days and four nights on a Nile River cruise boat sailing from Aswan to Luxor. They rode camels in the desert and a felucca sailboat on the Nile. "We felt very safe and had a police escort at all times and places, even in the desert," Emily says. "The Egyptian people were friendly and courteous, and we were given many opportunities to interact with local families. The tour gave us a greater appreciation for their culture, both ancient and contemporary."
From your correspondent: Marge Bard McNamee, checking in from Decatur, GA, says, "Still breathing, toured Scotland last year, had skin cancer removed, had kidney stone removed, plan to cruise Alaska this year, am retired but got tired of being retired so took a job at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. My best to all Alfredians."
1953
Joseph "Joe" Blonsky continues to practice law in Coral Gables, FL. He has been active in his community as an advocate for providing social & health services to senior citizens in their own homes. He and his wife, Hope Abrams Blonsky '54, still live in Miami.
1954
Joseph "Joe" Blonsky continues to practice law in Coral Gables, FL. He has been active in his community as an advocate for providing social & health services to senior citizens in their own homes. He and his wife, Hope Abrams Blonsky '54, still live in Miami.
Bob Lewis's retirement from Chevron several years ago simply gave him more time for his lifelong interest in what he describes as tinkering. The result has been the creation of two companies, one of which he still operates. Tribometrics manufactures and sells precise friction measuring instruments to clients around the world. Bob told a recent Alfred visitor that when he sold products to an oil-drilling client in Yemen, he had to helicopter around the country because an American traveling by bus was at such a high risk of being kidnaped. Bob continues to live in Albany, CA, where as a hobby, he regularly hosts a group of friends studying Chinese dialects.
1955
J.P. Storer-Folt still does independent consulting on clays, brick process and durability, kilns, and burners, after technically retiring at the end of 1998 from Canada Brick Company. He's doing research on illite - the properties related to crystal structure and thermodynamics - and gave a paper on that work at the CCS. He recently finished a term on the ACerS Fellows Panel and remains on the board of directors of the Center for Advanced Gas Combustion Technology at Queens University. He still has a web site for his environmental management system, and was recently asked to serve again on the Canadian Standards Association committees for brick & tile. He has four patents on brick dry-stack masonry systems. "Otherwise, I'm just trying to pay taxes," he wrote. "Mind you, my garden isn't worth a damn." He lives in Mississauga, Canada.
1956
Bruce Bohm retired in 1999 and is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He recently published a book, with Tod F. Stuessy, titled Flavonoids of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae), published by Springer Wien New York in 2001, and is working on two more. One is a natural-history-level treatment of Hawaiian plants.
1957
E.C. Muehleisen writes, "Have retired five times and am getting it right this time. After leaving Alfred with an MS, worked at GE Research Labs for a bit. Migrated to California and stole a Ph.D. from Stanford. Taught for several years at Washington State University and Pitt and meandered into the steel industry and the oil-and-gas end. Sent six kids into the world and have had a heckuva good time getting here. Now playing golf every day possible here in East Texas, except when we travel to neat spots in the US. I will respond to e-mail messages unless...? It's muehleisen@charter.net. Cheers to all ... Often in error Ne'er in doubt"
Barbara Fifield Cushman is co-chairperson of the membership committee of Norton Institution for Learning in Retirement, a program affiliated with Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
1958
Samuel Hulbert, president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree in May at commencement ceremonies at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Clarkson honored Hulbert for his contributions to engineering education and the field of biomedical engineering (see 1936 Notes).
Georgia E. Jones wrote, "Spent a great weekend skiing and talking with Sue Schmedes Dando in Lake Placid. I was in Park City, UT, for February 2002 for the Olympics - a wonderful experience."
1959
I had a note from my old friend Marty Stenzler, who writes that he and his wife Barbara Zacker Stenzler have bought a house in Indian Wells, CA, near Palm Springs for you Easterners. Of course I immediately called Chuck Stirling and notified him that we now have a "place in the desert." Marty describes it as living at camp - a little golf, a nap, lunch, a little more golf - I'm looking forward to seeing him in the winter.
Chuck is having a very busy year as the Grand PoohBah of his Shrine.
David Pye was honored for his contributions to glass science and education by the American Ceramic Society, which named an annual symposium in his honor. In addition to being an AU alumnus, Pye is professor of glass science in the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science at AU.
Bob Hildebrandt and his wife Judy Anderson Hildebrandt retired from teaching in New York state in 1993. They moved to Colorado Springs, CO, where they are developing real estate near Pikes Peak.
Brenda Kaufman Monene is busy trying to round up the nurses for our June reunion. Brenda and Jack have a son, Marc, in Sonoma and a daughter, Beth, in Tucson, so we'll be expecting to see them soon on the West Coast. We're looking forward to seeing at least some of the class of '59 nurses.
Alan Guernsey continues to perch high above Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, where he manages investments of billions of dollars for Salomon Smith Barney. He remembers the night at Alfred that fraternity brothers released the brake on a road grader parked on the hill above Davis Gym. If the grader hadn't swerved as the last moment, it would have been the last night of existence for the famous structure, which some people contend houses the oldest indoor running track in the United States. Alan didn't report whether the grader survived.
Lawrence K. Harris, MD, writes that he has retired from the practice of cardiology and now splits his time between Naples, FL, and Chester Basin, Nova Scotia. Lawrence served as chief of cardiology at Community General Hospital in Reading, PA, director of cardiac rehab at St. Joseph Hospital, and president of Berks Cardiologists Ltd. He also served terms as governor of the American College of Cardiology for the Atlantic Provinces and for Eastern Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Blue Shield Fraud & Abuse Committee.
1960
When Norman Browner isn't at his dental practice or chairing a meeting of the regional professional dental association, he'll likely be found on the tennis courts in Aventura, where he lives with his wife Ellie Browner. She is the director of the evening MBA program at her alma mater, Florida International University.
Wallace "Wally" Dale, retired after a 39-year career as an executive with the Lipton company, enjoys multiple activities as a volunteer for SCORE, Cabrillo College, and Rotary - that is, when he isn't on the golf course or traveling (or both.) He still lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
"Dr. Phillip C. Breunle, Col USA (Ret), and Judy Breunle are very proud to announce the weddings of their two beautiful daughters. Melissa Sue was married to Jerry von Poks July 14, 2001, (in) Colorado Springs. Kara Lynn was married to David G. Snyder III in Winter Park, FL, on Sept. 15, 2001."
Barbara Paul Ciuffa wrote that she traveled to China with other attorneys to meet and interreact with various aspects of the Chinese legal system and its participants. She's been taking a women's self-defense course for a year and comments, "All schools should offer it!"
Doris J. Moerman-Jones sent an e-mail all the way from The Netherlands: "Hans (her husband Johannes Moerman) retired from engineering college teaching last year, and in a few days we shall quietly celebrate our 40th anniversary with our two daughters and their families. We divide our time between our home and granddaughters here in the bulb-growing area of western Holland and our flat in England, located in the quiet of Herefordshire near the Welsh border and close to a portion of my English family. Should any old friends wish to get in touch, I can be reached at doris.moerman@raketnet.nl .
1961
A warm welcome to Dr. Richard H. Gross, who let himself be cajoled into taking the class correspondent's post. A busy orthopedic surgeon and professor of orthopedic surgery, he was recommended by 1963 correspondent Richard Widdicombe. Please justify his decision by sending him your news.
A warm thank-you goes to Elaine Feinberg Bender, your class correspondent for several years. She has now resigned.
1962
Raymond E. Watson is a certification instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists and an accredited instructor in Tai Chi Chih and Qi Gong. His wife Deborah "Debbie" S. Rhodes is an intuitive feng shui consultant and a reiki practitioner. They live in Batavia, NY.
Norman Simms wrote, "Dear friends, you may be interested to know that Norman Simms has just had another book published, Sire Gawain and the Knight of the Green Chapel (University Press of America), also available at amazon.com. A study of the famous Middle English alliterative poem "Sir Gawain & the Green Knight," the book is also a converso romance with discussions of Jewish and Crypto-Jewish life in England in the 13th through 15th centuries."
Alfred "Al" Sugarman reports that he enjoys his work as head of materials engineering for Loranger International Corp., where he has been working for about three years. The company makes testing devices for silicon chip manufacturers. He travels occasionally to the Alfred area, since Loranger's manufacturing facilities are located in Warren, PA. Al's wife Fran has retired from teaching to be a full-time grandmother. Al and Fran live in Palo Alto, CA.
1963
Katherine Williams wrote, "I enjoyed a brief reunion with Kathleen 'Kathy' Kelleher Harris in April 2002. She was in the area for a funeral and we exchanged news over brunch. Kathy seems very busy in retirement. I am counting down the months till I reach that happy state myself."
Now that Henry Hopkins is retired from his career as an elementary school principal, he can devote more time to running and his other long-term hobby, restoring and exhibiting his fleet of classic cars. He and his partner Richard now have about 20 cars, mostly from Chrysler, in various stages of restoration, but are always looking for one more challenge. Henry and Richard live in Berkeley, CA, with their dog Lola.
Barbara Cruzan Green retired from Lear Corp. in January 2001. Currently she's finishing parish nurse education at Marquette University and serving as parish nurse at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Milton, WI.
Judith Lasker-Kaufman recently accepted the position of vice president of development and external affairs at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her office, on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, is in a historic building that was the first in Chicago built to accommodate electric lighting. Earlier this year she traveled to Costa Rica for a diving vacation. A skilled photographer as well as an expert diver, she has decorated her office with photos of exotic fish that posed for her at depths of up to 160 feet.
1964
David Hetherly recently took part in the women's final-four basketball tournament, held in San Antonio, TX. David was a volunteer coordinator, responsible for organizing the team autograph sessions. He also co-chaired the record-breaking "dome dribble," in which 2,534 participants dribbled a basketball eight-tenths of a mile. This record for the most participants dribbling a basketball for the longest distance beat the 2001 record established in St. Louis last year. "The whole tournament was awesome!" he wrote. "To see 30,000 people witness the championship game, won by UConn, was an indication of how women's basketball is taking hold." Now David heads back to being the camp director of Camp Lawrence YMCA, located on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. . "I have often thought about redoing my freshman year, now that I am an old wise white-haired camp director, and how I would do with the same classes," he wrote. "Now that's having time on your hands! By the way, if there are any people at AU who would like to try being on a camp staff during the summer, I would be very willing to consider bringing them aboard. All I require is love of kids and a person with good values - responsibility, respect, caring, and honesty." Anyone interested may send him a message at dchetherly@aol.com . The camp is on an island, with 150-160 campers age 8-15 and a total staff of 70. "I call my directorship 'back to the future,'" David said. "I went to the camp for eight weeks every summer from 1951 to 1962." He said that every time he travels north or south, he thinks about stopping at Alfred. "The last time, I was there for a football playoff in November, sometime around 1982," he wrote. "I was to meet my three roommates, but because of a very heavy snow, they didn't show, although I did. All the way from San Antonio to freeze. The team lost in the last two minutes. I was so distraught I couldn't even stay. I knew no one, I hadn't expected to be alone, I didn't bring the right clothes, the team lost, my body was ice, so I drove back to Buffalo through the blizzard and caught the first plane back to San Antonio. Maybe this will be the year to re-visit." Why not? Blizzards are (probably) over for the season.
This winter J. William "Bill" Giffune, in a last-minute decision, assembled a group of friends to travel to Utah to spend a week at the winter Olympics. Of course he didn't have trouble with arrangements because one of his group was the father of the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team. He and Bill have played together for years in an amateur hockey league. Bill continues as vice president for engineering at the Chicago auto parts manufacturer Jernberg, where he just finished bringing online a 40,000-square-foot addition. Bill and his wife Kate live in Downers Grove, IL.
1965
E. Wayne Cruzan is chair of the department of mathematics at Monterey (CA) High School, the school from which his wife Linda Thorngate Cruzan '67 graduated before she came to Alfred University. Linda works as a medical technician in a local hospital. They enjoy living in Monterey.
News from Isabel Chicquor is that her photo-installation of large-scale images, entitled "Delirious Rhythm/Ritmo Delirioso," was on exhibit at the North Carolina Central University Museum of Art. The work, photographed in Cuba, records a racially mixed group of young Cubans dancing. Part of that exhibit was installed May 23, 2002, at the Jazz Gallery in Soho, to coincide with the performance of Dafnis Prieto, the internationally known Cuban drummer. In addition, she recently received the Excellence in Teaching Award from North Carolina Central University, where she has taught for the past 25 years. Congratulations, Izzy!
1966
While Barbara Jean Siebert Maurer doesn't describe herself as retired, she has been on a work moratorium in order to pursue her multiple interests, which do not include golf, although she lives in a golf community in Rio Vista, CA, with her dog Bridey and her cat Bobby. Nor surprisingly, she knows a lot about what's happening in the area, and often initiates activities in her neighborhood.
Jordan Rose, who early in his law career worked with the staff of the US Attorney who prosecuted Roy Cohn; provided legal counsel to the Senate Committee of Claude Pepper; and worked in the Nixon White House with many colleagues involved in the Watergate drama, and who has served as chair of the American Bar Association Committee on S Corporations, today is an attorney with the prestigious San Francisco firm of Steefel, Levitt & Weiss. Jordan, whose daughter Amanda is a freshman at the University of California, lives in Piedmont, CA.
Under the tutelage of Professor Mel Bernstein, David Perlstein must have learned well, as he has been working since 1979 as a free-lance copywriter for hundreds of clients large and small, including AT&T, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Bell, McKesson Corp., and Charles Schwab. He shares some of his secrets in his book, Solo Success: 100 Tips for Becoming a $100,000-a-Year Free-Lancer. David and his wife Carolyn, a professional storyteller, live in San Francisco.
Raymond Johnson wrote that his wife, Susan "Susie" Roters Johnson '67, was recently named one of the best 20 elementary teachers in Texas. Raymond too was recently honored: He was invited to the White House to receive a citation for outstanding educational leadership.
Gary Jamison continues as president and CEO of auto parts manufacturer UGN, based in Chicago. This spring he traveled to Jackson, TN, where he and the governor of Tennessee announced plans for a new UGN plant of 130,000 square feet, the fourth in the U.S., to be located there. Gary and his wife Deborah live in Crown Point, IN.
If you have recently dealt with a public office in the state of California, the regulations by which it operated were reviewed by attorneys on the staff of David Judson, director and chief counsel of the California Office of Administrative Law. Dave and his wife Kate live in Sacramento, CA.
1967
Raymond Johnson wrote that his wife, Susan "Susie" Roters Johnson '67, was recently named one of the best 20 elementary teachers in Texas. Raymond too was recently honored: He was invited to the White House to receive a citation for outstanding educational leadership.
E. Wayne Cruzan is chair of the department of mathematics at Monterey (CA) High School, the school from which his wife Linda Thorngate Cruzan '67 graduated before she came to Alfred University. Linda works as a medical technician in a local hospital. They enjoy living in Monterey.
After teaching at Syracuse University for many years, Lester Friedman has moved to Northwestern University, where he teaches humanities and ethics course in the medical school and film courses in the College of Liberal Arts. His wife Rae-Ellen Kavey is chair of the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where they now live.
1968
By now, Harvey Berlin is accustomed to the trip from Chicago to Providence, RI. His daughter Beth is an alumna of Brown University and his son Jake is a junior and sings with an elite a cappella group there. Harvey continues his ophthalmology practice in downtown and suburban Chicago and his teaching in the medical school at Northwestern University. He and his wife Helene live in Chicago.
Marvin Zehnder is a retired potter, but he's not idle. He lives in icy Marquette, MI, and is no devotee of winter sports. Instead, his winter avocation is tropical: growing orchids. He grows other house plants too because, as he told the Marquette Mining Journal, "A lot of potters grow things. They're interested in earth, soil, and water." But orchids are the centerpiece of his indoor garden; he has several hundred varieties. He's figured out through trial and error which varieties do best in his house. "I killed a lot until I found which will work for me," he said. He's learned so much that he is in demand to give workshops in orchid-growing.
Tom Eckman and Donna Nichols Eckman have been serving as missionaries in Argentina since 1977. They are with the Baptist World Missionary Board and are currently located in the city of Mar del Plata on the Atlantic Ocean, south of Buenos Aires. Their ministry, Tom says, is church planting. Tom's e-mail address is tgeckman@copetel.com.ar .
1969
Josephine "Jo" Cooley has always been a multimedia artist, but today she's becoming known for her exquisitely carved and decorated gourds. In addition to exhibitions and art shows, her work can be seen at her studio and home in Campbell, CA, where she teaches classes and gives workshops. This summer she plans to travel to Maine and participate in the Haystack School of Crafts.
Marie Wynn Kuhl wrote, "I just got back from a three-week stay in Costa Rica, where I started a ceramic program for a new school that opened last year. The school is located in the northwest section of Costa Rica. This area is very dry at this time of year. There had been no rain since November, and the temperature was in the high nineties. There is a tradition of highly decorated low-fire pottery using naturally gathered materials of different colors for decoration. These people, only an hour from the school, have never seen a pottery wheel. I had asked the people at the school to send me samples of the local clay so that I was able to test it and develop some low fire-glazes before I left. I will never forget the flight down there. Since most of the materials I needed were not available in Costa Rica, I left with a large carton of materials and a letter in English explaining that the materials were for a school program. At JFK airport at 4 AM there was nobody who could read the letter in English, or even understand my explanation. They insisted on opening everything and in spite of my screaming 'No!' opened the iron oxide and scattered it all over. After more than an hour someone came who could understand and I was allowed on the plane.When I arrived at the San Juan, Costa Rica, airport I went through the same thing. 'What is this mysterious powder?' The trip was physically very hard but I left knowing that I had succeeded in setting up a program that will be a great addition to the school. I left complete instructions for whoever continues the program - and several teachers would like to do it."
Steven Rose sent an update: "I have been employed with IBM for a little over 28 years. I am a senior automated test software programmer. I am married with two grown boys. Within the next couple of years, I expect to retire and move to coastal North Carolina." He lives in the Binghamton, NY, area.
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Ronald C. Griffith has been named vice president of research at Genelabs Technologies, Inc. Before joining the company, he was vice president of medicinal chemistry at Isis Pharmaceuticals. In a news wire story, Griffith commented, "I am impressed with the progress Genelabs has made in their small molecule discovery program. Using a targeted approach they have synthesized over a thousand compounds specifically targeted to DNA; characterized in vitro and in vivo antifungal and antibacterial activity; and are well down the road of optimizing the active compounds identified. I welcome the opportunity to play a pivotal role in the selection of Genelabs' first preclinical candidate and to lead Genelabs' energetic group of scientists in building a pipeline of novel compounds that can address a variety of pharmaceutical applications." At Isis, Griffith directed a small-molecule project in collaboration with Merck.
Judith Durham is now Judith C. Durham, PhD. She successfully defended her dissertation at Antioch in Yellow Springs, OH, and has now completed her PhD requirements. She lives in Columbia, CT.
1970
A story by Marc Dulman appeared in the March 2002, vol. 55, issue of REED magazine. His story, "Hotel D'Angleterre," is one of the winners of the John Steinbeck Award for Short Story, sponsored by the Steinbeck Foundation. For more about the magazine, seehttp://www.sjsu.edu/depts...
Your correspondent forwarded an e-mail note from Margaret "Maggie" Higgins Katz, who writes, "Hi, Pete, as a member of the class of 1970, let me tell you what a great job you do! I have so many great memories of fun antics at Alfred, and many of these names are reappearing in your notes. I feel bad it's been over 30 years since I've had contact with these people, but even though we're all grown up and serious, I'll never forget those days. A little about me, in hopes somebody might remember me so we can get caught up: "At AU, my name was Margaret "Maggie" Higgins. Now I'm Margaret "Maggie" Katz. I have lived and worked as collections conservator at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, for several years. CSM is a research university devoted to engineering and the applied sciences. My husband, Steve Katz, also works there. Lately we seem to be spending all our spare time in the Var/Cote d'Azur region of France and hope to be spending more time there in the next five years. Golden is a small town only about 15 miles from Denver and is, of course, the home of Coors beer. I would love to hear from Alfred alums and we love guests. So if anyone comes my way, please feel invited to the house. My email address is mkatz@mines.edu.
Now that he's a retired engineer, one of the hobbies of Bob, husband of Mary Anne Wameling Hoffman, is cooking. It can be the high point of the day, she says, to come home to dinner from her work as clinical nurse manager at the Veterans Administration Clinic in San Jose, CA, the city where Mary Anne and Bob live.
After years of amateur study and membership in a select native plants club, Stephen Buckhout now knows a lot more about native plants in northern California than in his native Allegany County, NY. It helps that he's married to Baohsun Yang, a professional entymologist and amateur botanist. They live in San Jose, CA, and Steve works in nearby Mountain View at Synopsis.
1971
Our sympathy goes to Pam Stetson Sebura, who sent us a note to tell us of the death of her father,William Clarence Stetson '49, on Jan. 14, 2002.
Gary Schuman continues as a legal counsel for the insurance underwriter AON in Chicago, where he lives with his wife Susan, an attorney with the American Medical Association.
1972
Charles N. Jewart's son, Michael Jewart, is getting married June 27. He is the third generation in his family to get married on June 27. Charles's father, the late Charles Jewart Sr. '37, was married June 27, 1937, at the Theta Theta Chi house because his wife, Mildred Baker Jewart, was a cook there.
Robert Guendelsberger was elected in November 2001 to the town council in New Milford, CT, where he has been a resident since age 4. A member of the Republican Town Committee since 1970, he has a legal practice specializing in civil litigation.
Peggy J. Wozniak is the new superintendent of the 6,200-student Binghamton (NY) City School District.
1973
Marianne Bump Lurie is an artist in pysanky, the Eastern European egg craft. According to the Wilkes-Barre, PA, Citizens' Voice, she combines traditional Ukrainian, Russian, and Slavic patterns with contemporary designs, colors, and varying techniques to create one-of-a-kind works of art on eggs and eggshell jewelry. She has professionally exhibited and sold her egg and pysanky works since 1972. She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
This spring, Steven Haught traveled to Europe for the first time after stopping off in London to visit his daughter Leah, a Cornell student studying abroad. Steve is still director of the Personal Support Program, making available counseling services to the 40,000 members of the public employees' union in Illinois. Steve lives in Berwyn, IL.
1974
Your correspondent passed on a request from Mark Little: "Can you publish an ongoing joke, as follows: Mark Little is wondering whether anyone has seen the size of the horn Tod Pardon keeps tooting?" We hope nobody's offended by this remark (which we don't understand), but we trust your correspondent.
Karen Wunderman recently published a novel, Winterkill, set in Cold War-era New Hampshire. Ben Dalton was a Communist in New York during the 1940s. But it's now 1957, the Cold War is on, and this is small-town America. Moreover, Ben is no longer a Communist and can't even console himself by reflecting that he's standing up for his beliefs. Friends desert him; he finds himself alone, frightened, and purposeless. By moving to the small town of Sitwell, NH, he hopes to make a new start. But his family becomes the target of an escalating series of attacks that snowball into blackmail, attempted rape, arson, and ultimately death. We won't spoil the suspense; the book is widely available at real and on-line bookstores.
Your correspondent passed on a request from Mark Little: "Can you publish an ongoing joke, as follows: Mark Little is wondering whether anyone has seen the size of the horn Tod Pardon keeps tooting?" We hope nobody's offended by this remark (which we don't understand), but we trust your correspondent.
Andrew Bergh works as a yacht broker at 515 SeaBreeze Blvd., Suite 503, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316. Classmates or friends who want to buy yachts, sell yachts, or just get in touch may call (954) 649-2628. Andrew is also president of the Yacht Group of Palm Beach.
Jeff Zamek published a long and technical article titled "Adjusting Glazes for Color and Opacity" in the December 2001 issue of Ceramic Industry. The proprietor of his own ceramics consulting firm, he has contributed articles to Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, Studio Potter, Craft Horizons, and Pottery Production Practices. For information about his services in glazes or other ceramic processes, call him at (413) 527-7337.
Richard Pocker and his sister Robyn Pocker were the subject of a profile in the March 2002 issue of "Framing Business News." The brother-and-sister team are the third-generation owners of J. Pocker & Son, a frame shop with six locations with its flagship store on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Richard is in charge of the manufacturing facility, which recently moved to Mamaroneck, NY, while Robyn oversees the retail side. In addition to their business success, the Pockers are noted for their practical and effective "no jerks" hiring policy. "You can't define it, but you know it when you see it," Richard commented. "(We insist) on maturity in the workplace ... There is support for this on the factory floor as well, because no one wants to work with a jerk who is not carrying his full weight on the job." The Pockers also issue a training manual, which explains to employees what they should know after 30, 60, and 90 days on the job as well as how they are expected to handle specific situations. Their hiring and training policy is also notable because it includes voluntary personality testing - not for employment purposes, but to find out what role in the business an employee is best suited to play.
Mary Vincent Gibbs's contribution to Class Notes reads as follows: "Help the volleyball team with your support!"
1975
Doreen Sheldon Smith has been promoted to child support administrator for the Boulder County Department of Social Services in Boulder, CO. The County Child Support Unit has a staff of 22.
Susan Williams Beckhorn has published a new book for young people, The Kingfisher's Gift. A 2002 Junior Library Guild Selection, the book is published by Philomel Books in New York. Hardcover price is $17.99. Anyone interested in interviews, review copies, or just getting in touch may send email to susb@infoblvd.net or call (607) 356-3154.
1976
Andrew Reiss has been named vice president in the Individual Annuity Department of New York Life. In this capacity, he is now the national sales manager for New York Life Insurance & Annuity Corporation's MainStay Annuities, and is responsible for marketing annuities to banks and broker-dealers. Previously, he was corporate vice president in the Individual Annuity Department. Before joining New York Life in 1997, he was sales manager for mutual funds and annuities at Cowen & Co. Reiss lives in Yardley, PA, with his wife Gail and their three children.
1977
Judith Salomon was the subject of a profile in the January 2002 issue of "Ceramics Monthly." During a visit to Salomon's studio in Cleveland, author Kirk Mangus was struck by the unfired ceramics that lined the walls. After leaving AU, he wrote, Salomon took a teaching job at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she has taught ever since. In her art, Salomon used color for at least 15 years, but has recently been creating semimatt work in unrelieved white. With the white pieces, she uses form and the direction of light to exploit the quality of construction, wrote Kirk Mangus.
Neil Tetkowski, whose collaborative artwork featuring thousands of helpers and soil samples from all 188 countries of the United Nations is now on tour, recently saw his exhibit open in Mason City, Iowa, where "Neil Tetkowski and the Common Ground World Project" ran through May 12.
Brenda McGee Snow has been appointed vice president for business & finance at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY. Snow, appointed after a national search, succeeds Dr. Donald Zekan, who left SBU in September 2001 for a job with the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Snow has worked at St. Bonaventure since August 1999, when she began working as budget analyst, performing financial and statistical analysis of all the university's income and expenditures, and helping the vice president for business and finance. Before that, from 1990-98, she worked at the University of California Los Angeles, where, from 1993-98, she was chief operating officer in the Department of Medicine, chief administrative officer, and director of ambulatory services. She lives in Duke Center, PA, with her husband Kerry and her stepson.
From your correspondent: Reed Larson '77 and Vicki Ackley Larson have welcomed Andrew Kenneth Donald Larson into their lives. He is full of personality and full of joy. The three Larsons are now living in Long Island.
1978
Robert L. Fischbein reports that he has merged his accounting practice and is now a partner with Bederson & Co. LLP Certified Public Accountants, 405 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052.
Les Elfenbein is the director of endodontics at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. He maintains a private group practice limited to endodontics in Clifton, NJ. At this writing, he was scheduled to speak at the New Jersey Dental Association's annual meeting. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with diseases of the tooth pulp.
Victoria "Tori" Henkes is teaching science in an alternative high school program for Madison-Oneida BOCES. She lives with her two daughters, Julia, 16, and Eve, 13, in Cazenovia, NY.
From your correspondent: Reed Larson '77 and Vicki Ackley Larson have welcomed Andrew Kenneth Donald Larson into their lives. He is full of personality and full of joy. The three Larsons are now living in Long Island.
Paula Lysaught Flanders wrote, "I am living in Syracuse, and I work at the Onondaga County Department of Aging & Youth. I work in the Aging Department as the project director for the Caregiver Resource Center. This July I will be flying out to Seattle to see Penny Grimmer. Barb Maynes Bohman will be joining us, and we are finishing up contract negotiations with Sue Knott Haug to come out with us as well as trying to rope in Ann Barnard Faulkner into joining us for our mini-reunion. It will either be a very good week to be in Seattle or in some opinions, a good week to head back East. Last summer I enjoyed bringing my 16-year-old daughter Jessica down to see Alfred. She loved it. So maybe I did a little recruiting. Let's hope so." Paula's e-mail address is PFfred1@aol.com.
Dan Carman has joined Saint Gobain Containers as operations manager in Tulsa, OK.
Ann Abbott Klaas and Guy Klaas '78 live in Bozeman, MT, with their two daughters, Price, 16, and Morgan, 11. Guy works for artists John Buck and Deborah Butterfield. Ann is employed by a resource & referral agency as the provider services director. "If any alumni are passing by en route to Yellowstone, Big Sky, or Glacier, please look us up," Ann says. Her e-mail address is aklaas@hotmail.com.
1979
And from Maria Pino-Magnuson: "Still at Peace Health Medical Group in Longview, WA, in family practice. I love the challenges of being a nurse practitioner. Recently had a reunion with Carol Williams in San Francisco, where Carol lives. Carol is currently working at UCSF Medical Center in nursing education. We had a fabulous time celebrating Maria's daughter Katie's 16t birthday. It is always heartwarming to see Carol ... She kept us laughing and entertained the whole time. Last year I saw another classmate, Denise Queffelec of Princeton, NJ, in New Jersey and before that, Denise and I met in Seattle. We went to an amazing tulip festival north of Seattle ... just acres of colorful tulips. Denise and Carol both look great. These are all beautiful memories, when I get together with my old friends from Alfred. My husband Brian and three children, Cole, 11, Katie, 16, and Natalie, 17, live in Longview, which is close to Portland, OR. I would love to hear from old classmates. Email is mmagnuson@peacehealth.org .
Ulrike Bauer Rabenstein wrote, "Although it's already more than 20 years ago that I studied at Alfred, I really appreciate receiving the Alfred Magazine. I feel that I'm in contact with Alfred, even though the time passes so fast and I live so far away. I'm still family manager (or housewife), educating three kids (15, 12, and 9), including one sick with anorexia nervosa. I'm involved in various honorary jobs in the social life of our city and I like jogging in the forest." Anyone who would like to get in touch with Ulrike may send e-mail to ura23@web.de or call 09131-450903. Her fax number is 09131-480204.
From Gary Esterow: "I am still with Johnson & Johnson but have moved within the corporation since the last time I wrote. Am now working as director of communications at McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals. Currently am primarily focused on Concerta, a prescription medicine for the treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Come December, Bonnie Cohen and I will be married 22 years. Bonnie is a school nurse at McGinnis School in Perth Amboy, NJ. Our daughter Stacey, 19, just completed her sophomore year at Boston University; she spent this past semester in London. Our son Marc, 14, is in eighth grade. Would love to hear from classmates. We can be reached at garrise@aol.com."
1980
Joseph Fucigna Jr. writes, "A big hello to all my friends. Still making art using colored plastic fencing and cable ties, exhibiting, & teaching at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. I am also enjoying family life with my wife Barbara, Joseph, 14, and Crissy, 10."
Amy LeFevre's ceramic pieces can now be seen and purchased at Handmade and More's Water Street location in New Paltz, NY. LeFevre's small, whimsical animal figures and hand-painted plates and boxes have become collectibles since she set up her studio in New Paltz after graduating from AU. Her style is inspired by English Staffordshire, Delft, and Faence, but is nonetheless unique. Each piece is individually hand crafted, then glazed by a process requiring several firings. The time-consuming and detailed process yields one-of-a-kind pieces.
Joan Littlefield brought us up to date on her work, family, and travels: "To catch up: After working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in neonatology and peds critical care for six years, I volunteered for a year (1987) in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, followed by a year in Indonesia (1988) teaching pediatric critical care at a teaching hospital. Public health captivated me, so I went to Columbia for a joint MBA and MPH, aiming to be involved in managing public health NGOs. Somehow I ended up with the Margaret Sanger Centre International for five years and as Deputy Director of programs that focus on reproductive health for women and adolescents in African countries. . In 1995 I left New York for Boston but never saw much of it. I work for Management Sciences for Health and spent 40 per cent of my time on the road in a variety of countries. South Africa's 'new dispensation' attracted large donor projects, including the EQUITY In Primary Care Project in 1997. I arrived here in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province in February that year. I focus mostly on leadership and management training and linking clinical care with management interventions. The Eastern Cape is beautiful and spacious with spectacular beaches on the "wild coast". Since arriving here, I adopted Adam Sipho Littlefield. Adam came to me at 5 weeks old with little warning, but is truly the gift that his birth name 'Sipho' means. Maya Littlefield came to us this year at almost 4 months old, making her big brother proud." Joan, whose title at the Equity Project of Management Sciences for Health is senior training advisor, can be reached by e-mail at JoanL@equityproject.co.za.
1981
Ann Abbott Klaas and Guy Klaas '78 live in Bozeman, MT, with their two daughters, Price, 16, and Morgan, 11. Guy works for artists John Buck and Deborah Butterfield. Ann is employed by a resource & referral agency as the provider services director. "If any alumni are passing by en route to Yellowstone, Big Sky, or Glacier, please look us up," Ann says. Her e-mail address is aklaas@hotmail.com.
1982
Mary Jo Bole recently had an exhibition, "Dear Little Twists of Fate," of her ceramics at the Ohio University Gallery. Its centerpiece was "Oddluck," an installation piece that filled the gallery's main room, enabling viewers to walk around the separate parts of the sculpture. She is an associate professor of art in the ceramics department at Ohio State University. She also often works on book projects at Knust, a publisher in The Netherlands. Each book is handmade and stencil-printed, and Bole prints 200 to 400 editions of each book. She is currently researching seashells in preparation for her residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, north of San Francisco. Of the residency, she told the Athens, OH, Post, "I'll spend three months in a studio every day, not thinking about anything else in the world."
Mike Burke writes that he is controller at the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership in Rochester, NY, while his friend Michael Havert '81 is sole proprietor of Hag's Wigs and Things, also in Rochester.
1983
Tom Roberts wrote, "I continue to work as an artist as well as teaching art to all age children in a downtown inner-city school in Winnipeg. I love my job and my life. I left B.B. Russell High School after 12 years, having accomplished everything I could do there. I painted over 44 murals with my students in and around the city where I live. My artwork consists of decorative functional pottery at low temperature, as well as stoneware, porcelain, and wood-fired and salt-glazed work. I welcome any news from Alfred and have fond memories of all the people I met there."
Lauren Sherwood wrote, "I am back to Lauren Sherwood. Raising two children, Alex, 11, and Anna, 5, and two puppies, Molly & Desmond. I work two part-time jobs - catering at Touch of Class Catering and vendor coordinator of the Naples Grape Festival."
Jeffrey Weinstein was recently appointed president of RightAnswers (www.rightanswers.com), a firm formed in July 2001 from the acquisition of the content division of ServiceWare Technologies, Inc. The company's mission, according to CBS Marketwatch, is to reduce organizational support costs while radically improving end-user satisfaction with support services. It integrates custom and professionally authored knowledge bases into its knowledge-centric products and services, which are available anywhere in the world. Weinstein joined the company along with Michael Pallatta and Andrew Rawson. The three have worked as a team for over 10 years, growing successful companies, starting with Magic Solutions. They drove Magic from its infancy to become the dominant provider of help-desk products and services before selling the company for more than $100 million in 1998.
1984
An item in the weekly AU electronic newsletter caught my attention. It is about the fine art of Joseph Scheer '84, now professor of printmaking and chair of two-dimensional studies, which is featured in the May 2002 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article, "Uncommon Vision," highlights images from Scheer's extension and beautiful collection of large-format digital scans of moths.
Suzy Moffat Riedel and George Riedel '85 have been married since 1991. They have three girls, Megan, 9; Sarah, 7; and Madison, 2. George is a vice president and institutional sales manager for T. Rowe Price Group, a Baltimore-based mutual fund company, and the Riedels live happily in Baltimore. Suzy still has her nursing license, but prefers to work from home, as the challenges of raising the girls is her specialty. George is coaching Megan and Sarah's lacrosse team this spring, and is having a blast with that. On a different subject, George heard out of the blue from an AU classmate, Olufemi "Femi" Olokun. Femi is living outside Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently involved in the banking world of Africa. He plans a visit to the States in the fall and made a special request to see Jesse Wineglass. Jesse, if you are reading this, drop George a line so he can put you two together. George's e-mail is gsmsriedel@aol.com .
Mary Bebout Spaulding, her husband Dr. Barry Spaulding '85, and four children are doing well in Little Falls, NY. "We have finally, after six years of private practice, hired another veterinarian," Mary wrote. "Dr. Spaulding is giving our farmers the attention they need and deserve, while our new vet is tending to the growing small-animal population in Herkimer County."
Constantine Antzoulides wrote, "I thought I would just send a small note to inform my old friends and classmates of my whereabouts and doings, after being prompted by the Alfred Magazine. I've been happily married since 1993 with long-time sweetheart Angie Zamanis. We have two children, Renos, 5, and Anna Maria, 2. I am working for Panasonic in Greece as their wireless telecommunications sales manager, mainly dealing with GSM mobile phones for Greece and the greater Balkan region." Anyone wishing to get in touch may send e-mail to kantzou@otenet.gr.
Christine Dekleva Gilje and Kjell "Charlie" Gilje '85 report that they're still alive and well, living in Norway with their three children, Elizabeth, 13; John, 12; and Anne, 8. "We've been living in Charlie's beautiful hometown of Stavanger for the past 16 years, but come back to the US to visit family every other year or so," Chris writes. "I'm looking forward to our 20th reunion in 2004, and hope to see a lot of old classmates and friends then."
1985
Suzy Moffat Riedel and George Riedel '85 have been married since 1991. They have three girls, Megan, 9; Sarah, 7; and Madison, 2. George is a vice president and institutional sales manager for T. Rowe Price Group, a Baltimore-based mutual fund company, and the Riedels live happily in Baltimore. Suzy still has her nursing license, but prefers to work from home, as the challenges of raising the girls is her specialty. George is coaching Megan and Sarah's lacrosse team this spring, and is having a blast with that. On a different subject, George heard out of the blue from an AU classmate, Olufemi "Femi" Olokun. Femi is living outside Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently involved in the banking world of Africa. He plans a visit to the States in the fall and made a special request to see Jesse Wineglass. Jesse, if you are reading this, drop George a line so he can put you two together. George's e-mail is gsmsriedel@aol.com .
Christine Dekleva Gilje and Kjell "Charlie" Gilje '85 report that they're still alive and well, living in Norway with their three children, Elizabeth, 13; John, 12; and Anne, 8. "We've been living in Charlie's beautiful hometown of Stavanger for the past 16 years, but come back to the US to visit family every other year or so," Chris writes. "I'm looking forward to our 20th reunion in 2004, and hope to see a lot of old classmates and friends then."
Julie Yager Matzke writes, "My husband (Roger Matzke '85) and I recently took our three children - Jacqueline, 10, Ryan, 8, and Benjamin, 5 - to Disney World for a great week. I just want to tell everyone - get out and have fun, enjoy life, take vacation. Some things have changed, obviously, but we need to keep living and making the most of this great country we live in!"
Susan Severin Munyon writes that she will be staying home for a while with her new son Benjamin. It will be a chance to travel and visit friends and family, and especially to get back to Germany, where she was a study-abroad student in 1984 and has family.
Mary Bebout Spaulding, her husband Dr. Barry Spaulding '85, and four children are doing well in Little Falls, NY. "We have finally, after six years of private practice, hired another veterinarian," Mary wrote. "Dr. Spaulding is giving our farmers the attention they need and deserve, while our new vet is tending to the growing small-animal population in Herkimer County."
Brian Borglum recently moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with his wife Gwendolyn and son Haldan. He is now employed as manager for advanced materials at Global Thermoelectric Inc., a leading developer of solid oxide fuel-cell power generating systems. Calgary, site of the 1984 winter Olympics, is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Brian reports that the skiing is fantastic.
Suzy Moffat Riedel and George Riedel '85 have been married since 1991. They have three girls, Megan, 9; Sarah, 7; and Madison, 2. George is a vice president and institutional sales manager for T. Rowe Price Group, a Baltimore-based mutual fund company, and the Riedels live happily in Baltimore. Suzy still has her nursing license, but prefers to work from home, as the challenges of raising the girls is her specialty. George is coaching Megan and Sarah's lacrosse team this spring, and is having a blast with that. On a different subject, George heard out of the blue from an AU classmate, Olufemi "Femi" Olokun. Femi is living outside Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently involved in the banking world of Africa. He plans a visit to the States in the fall and made a special request to see Jesse Wineglass. Jesse, if you are reading this, drop George a line so he can put you two together. George's e-mail is gsmsriedel@aol.com .
Sarra Beckham-Chasnoff is now employed by the University of Minnesota's Counseling & Consulting Services.
1987
Deborah Rearson Barnum wrote, "I recently bought a home in Fairport, NY, for myself and my three children, Hope, born Aug. 13, 1989, Joshua, born Dec. 17, 1990, and Ian, born Sept. 17, 1992. I have a successful home daycare business that allows me to be available to my own children. I would love to hear from anyone I knew while at Alfred." Her e-mail address is deborahb6@aol.com .
Julie Yager Matzke writes, "My husband (Roger Matzke '85) and I recently took our three children - Jacqueline, 10, Ryan, 8, and Benjamin, 5 - to Disney World for a great week. I just want to tell everyone - get out and have fun, enjoy life, take vacation. Some things have changed, obviously, but we need to keep living and making the most of this great country we live in!"
1988
Jim Jansma recently curated a ceramic show and sale at the historic Hopewell, NJ, Railroad Station. Sponsored by the Morpeth Gallery, the show featured new and emerging artists working in clay. Jim also teaches at Princeton University.
Barbra Howe Neimeier and Edward Neimeier '89 welcomed their third daughter into the world. Lacey Mae was born Feb. 13, 2002. Barb has decided to change careers and be a full-time mom. Previously she worked at Zircoa, Inc., outside Cleveland, for 12 years as materials manager. Ed now works at Olympic Steel as the manager of quality.
Kathleen "Kate" Hudak Torrey had a mixed-media art exhibit at the Library Association of Warehouse Point, CT, in January 2002. Also on display was a photographic alphabet book created by the artist, "The Letters that Surround Us."
Barbara Igielinski Cappucci writes, "After graduation from AU I lived in Philadelphia and Boston. I am now living in the metro NYC area, and am on hiatus from my career path (international banking) to raise my three children, age 6, 4 1/2, and 18 months. Would love to hear from any fellow alums, especially those who live in my area. Lisa Wilkins, where are you?"
Marc Arles is living in the Southwest of England with his wife, Tatia, of five years. One cat, no children. He teaches music to children in the Waldorf Schools and also works with teen-agers with behavioral problems. His address is Fieldhurst, Churchill Road, Brimscombe, Stroud, GL5 2TX, England. His e-mail address is nicholsarles@hotmail.com .
1989
Barbra Howe Neimeier and Edward Neimeier '89 welcomed their third daughter into the world. Lacey Mae was born Feb. 13, 2002. Barb has decided to change careers and be a full-time mom. Previously she worked at Zircoa, Inc., outside Cleveland, for 12 years as materials manager. Ed now works at Olympic Steel as the manager of quality.
Patricia St. George is happy to announce that she and her husband, Cornelius Southall, had their first child Nov. 9, 2001 - a boy named Quentin Cornelius Southall. Patricia and Cornelius were married Oct. 1, 1999. They live in Alexandria, VA, and both work in Washington, DC. Patricia is doing a great deal of large corporate outsourcing and consulting work for KPMG, and her husband is a secret service agent currently protecting the president of the US.
Ann Tupay Suchyna and Tom Suchyna have four children: Andrew, 9; David, 8; Maria, 5; and Michael, 2.
1990
Andy Call and Liz Williams Call have returned to Alfred permanently! Andy, after being clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester, has taken over the practice of Dr. John Ninos, whom we all remember. He is also spending time at the health centers on both campuses. Liz is still pursuing her interest in arts out of her in-home studio while raising their two girls Juliana and Olivia. Andy writes, "Life is different when you're not a student. Fortunately, many of the people and places have remained. Liz and the girls are working on a permanent table at the Jet - that and the Sub Shop are favorites."
Andy Call and Liz Williams Call have returned to Alfred permanently! Andy, after being clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester, has taken over the practice of Dr. John Ninos, whom we all remember. He is also spending time at the health centers on both campuses. Liz is still pursuing her interest in arts out of her in-home studio while raising their two girls Juliana and Olivia. Andy writes, "Life is different when you're not a student. Fortunately, many of the people and places have remained. Liz and the girls are working on a permanent table at the Jet - that and the Sub Shop are favorites."
Gregg Marks wrote, "Stefanie and I just had a baby boy, Spencer Mitchell, on Jan. 31, 2002. We also have a 3-year-old daughter, Rebecca, born Feb. 2, 1999. We've recently built a home in Bernardsville, NJ, and I just moved back to the World Financial Center office, across the street from ground zero. I was there on 9/11. After hearing the first plane hit and seeing the debris falling from my 40th-floor window, we got outside as fast as possible. Fifteen minutes later, we saw the second plane hit and ran to the ferry dock, where the ferry took us back to Hoboken. Unfortunately we lost a special employee who was having a breakfast meeting with clients at Windows on the World. He is survived by a wife and four kids. Personally, the experience has made me realize that we shouldn't worry about what we can't control or worry about tomorrow's problems, or get aggravated in traffic, etc. Enjoy your family and friends. Don't put off till tomorrow what you could do today. Yes, we need $$ and we have to plan, but most of the time, that is all we do. Hope everyone is well."
Jeffrey C. Mitchell Jr. and Susan Gasemy Mitchell '91 have two sons, Matthew Joseph, born May 20, 1997, and Daniel James, Aug. 22, 1999.
Richard "Rick" Wert received his masters in educational administration from Rhode Island College in May 2001. "We moved to Red Hook, NY, in August 2001 so Rick could start his new job as an administrator with the Hyde Park school district," wrote his wife, Christina "Tina" Ruf Wert '93. "David Michael was born Sept. 26, 2001 - we got unpacked in our new house just in time - and joined his older brother Christian, who is nearly 4. Tina left her job as an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and is now a full-time mom."
1991
Meredeth Glenn, DDS, wrote, "I just wanted to update for the summer magazine. It seems my 1991 classmates never write in to say what they're up to. I'm finishing up a fellowship at Helen Hayes Hospital in special patient care, and will begin postgraduate training at NYU to specialize in pediatric dentistry." Her husbandPatrick Turner '93 works for Sony.
Jeffrey C. Mitchell Jr. and Susan Gasemy Mitchell '91 have two sons, Matthew Joseph, born May 20, 1997, and Daniel James, Aug. 22, 1999.
Molly Bunis Daniels '91 recently moved back to Albany, NY, and bought a house with her husband Mark Daniels. She is working in human resources. Molly's e-mail address is mollymdaniels@cs.com
Carey Scanlon Krause married Ed Krause '91. The couple lives in Tolland, CT, and has a 1 1/2 -year-old son, Harry, who they call Ed Jr.
1992
Carey Scanlon Krause married Ed Krause '91. The couple lives in Tolland, CT, and has a 1 1/2 -year-old son, Harry, who they call Ed Jr.
Joanne Peek is a customer representative for Owens-Illinois, Inc, the largest glass container manufacturer in the world, in the Central and San Joaquin Valleys near San Francisco ...
John Fregosi gave up the nonstop work of professional theatre for the simple, normal life in Staunton, VA, with his wife Stacey and their two precocious dogs. He is making cabinets for "the rich and famous" and has learned to cook "really, really well." John and Stacey plan to start a family
Kim McTaggart is working for the New York City Board of Education as a guidance counselor. Her students are developmentally disabled, emotionally disturbed, or autistic. Kim says, "I had a wonderful time here (at reunion). I missed Toni and Tracey. Where were you guys?" Kim is still looking for Mr. Right, but says, "He must be hiding." Classmates - and Mr. Right, if he's reading this - can reach Kim at kmctaggart2000@yahoo.com ...
Aina Cohen married Emil Lehan in September 2000 and is living in San Francisco. Her e-mail address is acohen@slac.stanford.edu ...
Annmarie Kinn Drago is married with two "great" little boys, Andrew, 3, and Alex, 1. She lives in Orchard Park, NY, and can be e-mailed at amdrago@yahoo.com .
Julia Ricketts had an exhibition of her paintings at the Solomon Fine Art gallery in Seattle throughout April 2002. The art critic who wrote about her show called her work "highly promising" and said she's one of Seattle's painters worth examining closely. Her paintings combine abstract form and pattern with identifiable natural imagery. "The impinging of manmade structures upon natural settings is the subject of Ricketts's paintings, which ... are oil on panel,"
Sara Bressem had an exhibit of her ceramics in January at Pinch in Northampton, MA. A potter since the age of 10, Bressem created the pieces in the Northampton exhibit from white earthenware. The imagery for each one comes from an unusual source - the many drawings of moths she has made during the past few years.
Jim Eckert wrote to say, "I've been wanting to check in to let everyone know where I am and what I've been doing. After Alfred I transferred to Gannon University in Erie, PA, where I got my BS in biology. After undergrad, I went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic, where I received my doctorate in chiropractic. Before graduating cum laude from Palmer I met my wife, Lizette Kennedy. We got married June 7, 1997, and moved to Maine, near Portland, in early 1998. My wife is also a chiropractor and we opened a practice together in May '98. Things are going great. We are getting so busy we just hired another doctor to help us in the office. I would love to hear from any of our classmates or my Delta Sig brothers. I can be reached at Drjim@innatedoctors.com or through our web site at www.innatedoctors.com ..."
Marlies Brykailo Treppel and Matthew Treppel welcomed a daughter, Lilli Skye Treppel on Oct. 10, 2001. Lilli joins her sister, Arianna Clare, born Dec. 24, 1999.
Neil Anson lives in Dallas and was recently promoted to Director of Financial Systems at Tenet Health System. Neil also just completed his MBA at Baylor University …
Jeffrey S. Forrester finished his Ph.D. in statistics last year and is moving to Tennessee to work at Vanderbilt Medical ...
William M. O'Connor is living in New Jersey and working as a freelance illustrator. Check out some of his art at www.wocillo.com
Kristen Caruso is living in Boston and working as a middle school guidance counselor in Wellesley, MA.
Melissa O'Donnell lives in Baldwinsville, NY, and works as a welfare fraud investigator in Onondaga County …
Stacie Boyd Paruta reports that she lives with her husband Rob in New Jersey. The couple had a baby boy, Nicholas, on May 18, 2000, and Stacie is a stay-at-home mom. She can be reached at parut@nac.net
Susan Heidenreich McIntyre lives in Rochester, NY, & is the nurse manager of the residential program at the Crestwood Children's Center ...
Patricia Fuller Pietras and John Pietras live in Sutton, MA. The couple has been married since September 1995. John does research for St. Gobain and P.J. is employed by Banknorth, MA …
Patricia Fuller Pietras and John Pietras live in Sutton, MA. The couple has been married since September 1995. John does research for St. Gobain and P.J. is employed by Banknorth, MA …
1993
Meredeth Glenn, DDS, wrote, "I just wanted to update for the summer magazine. It seems my 1991 classmates never write in to say what they're up to. I'm finishing up a fellowship at Helen Hayes Hospital in special patient care, and will begin postgraduate training at NYU to specialize in pediatric dentistry." Her husband Patrick Turner '93 works for Sony.
Bill Kelleher writes, "I am now married (my wife, Michelle Lynn Allman Kelleher, is my best friend!) and together we have three beautiful daughters, ages 7, 2 1/2, and 1 1/2. I am working pharmaceutical sales with GlaxoSmithKline as a senior pharmaceutical consultant. I also own my own web business selling chess sets, equipment, and software online at www.bkchess.cm . Alumni may look at pictures of my family on the web site; just click on the "About BK Chess" link on the home page, left-hand margin. My wife and I are very excited about the business. Within a few years we hope to open up a store in our area, expanding into other gaming areas and including a coffee-espresso bar in the store. I hope all is well with all my friends from Alfred. Some of the best times of my life were spent in Alfred, and I made some of the best friends of my life there. Alfred will always have a fond place in my heart. If anyone wants to get in touch, send e-mail to bkchess@bkchess.com ."
Sean Rudd is living in the Binghamton, NY, area, and has been there almost seven years. He works as a software developer and has recently accepted a position as a software engineer at Universal Instruments Corp. in Binghamton. Sean and Laurel have been married seven years. Sean and Laurel welcomed their second child, Juliana Pearl Rudd, into the world Feb. 24, 2002. She joins her brother Ian, age 3.
Travis Arola has been hired as regulatory affairs associate with Regeneration Technologies, Inc., in Alachua, FL. He and his wife, Shannon L. Crady Arola, now have two children: Elianna Renee Arola, born Feb. 9, 2002, and Joshua Arola, born Sept. 1, 1999. If anyone would like to get in touch, Travis's e-mail address is tarola@rtix.com .
Shawn McLaughlin has accepted a position as a quality engineer at Borg Warner Morse TEC Corporation's recently-opened Powder Metal Operations facility in Cortland, NY, where he will coordinate the plant's initial QS-9000 registration.
Josh Teplitzky and his wife Keri Melmed had a son, Zach. Zach was born March 9, 2002, in Aurora, CO, where Josh teaches ceramics and Keri teaches history, both in Cherry Creek Schools.
Amanda Alsdorf Wodzenski has joined the Airport-West Region office of Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Pittsburgh, PA, as a sales associate. In addition to her AU degree, Amanda has a master's degree from West Virginia University.
Richard "Rick" Wert received his masters in educational administration from Rhode Island College in May 2001. "We moved to Red Hook, NY, in August 2001 so Rick could start his new job as an administrator with the Hyde Park school district," wrote his wife, Christina "Tina" Ruf Wert '93. "David Michael was born Sept. 26, 2001 - we got unpacked in our new house just in time - and joined his older brother Christian, who is nearly 4. Tina left her job as an engineer with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and is now a full-time mom."
1994
Aaron Codispoti was married to Gabriela Mateus on June 30, 2001, in Sao Paolo, Brazil. On May 15, 2002, Gabriela gave birth to their son Lucas in Sao Paolo. Aaron writes, "We are doing great in Sao Paolo but it is time for us to move onward. The whole family will be heading out to Libreville, Gabon, to live and work for the next few years. We can be reached at acodispoti@hotmail.com ."
Randy Bogucki '94, who entered with the class of '92 and lived on the third floor in Reimer Hall as a freshman, reports that he hasn't been putting his mechanical engineering degree to much use. Instead he has worked a series of CAD drafting and design jobs, including a stint with RayBan sunglasses before they were sold ...
1995
Now that Nancy Crane-Allen and her husband Dwight have completed their one-year sabbatical traveling around the US in a motor home, they are settling into their new home in Palm Coast, FL. Although they continue as avid deep-sea fishers (Dwight has caught 27 sailfish), they are both launching new endeavors. Nancy will start a bookkeeping company, and Dwight will start a gallery to exhibit and sell his paintings.
Kristen Welcher Euliss and her husband, Trev, are getting ready to move into the new home they are building in Mebane, NC. Trev is self-employed and Kristen teaches academically gifted children. They currently live in Durham, NC, with their 15-month-old son Beau. More than 1,200 people, including New York Gov. George Pataki and hundreds of state troopers and others in law enforcement, attended the Hornell funeral of Lawrence Gleason, the 22nd New York State trooper to be killed in the line of duty since the police agency was formed in 1917. Gleason was killed Feb. 11, 2002, in the Adirondacks hamlet of Crown Point, by the estranged boyfriend of a 36-year-old nurse. The man killed Gleason, the nurse, and then himself.
1996
Erica Battit writes, "I am graduating from Columbia University with a BSN and plan to move back to Boston, where I will finish my MPH/CNM at Boston University. This summer (June and July 2002) I am traveling to Nicaragua to learn Spanish in San Juan Del Sur."
Brian Kenyon is enjoying his work for Vesuvius Research. He is currently traveling to China, where Vesuvius has started a joint venture with Wuhan Refractories. His travels take him away for several weeks every three months. Visiting China, he says, is a unique and fascinating experience. He recommends it to everyone.
1997
Danielle M. Sagnella writes, "I'm researching opportunities to study advanced forms of massage, bodywork, and body psychotherapy. In search of training that will allow me to integrate massage, movement, counseling, & spirituality. Since graduation from AU, I've been on a journey to discover healing traditions throughout the world, along with wholistic practices and spiritual enlightenment. Education and self-improvement have become lifelong commitments. My goal is to share what I learn and inspire others to realize their own healing potential, live a fulfilling life, and benefit from increased self-awareness through wholistic therapies. I always enjoy reading about AU classmates in the Alfred Magazine."
Jenn Corrado Harrington sends greetings to fellow Alfredians from Farmingdale, NY. "I'm getting the Alfred 'itch' as our five-year reunion draws near, and I hope to see you all there," Jenn says. She is still teaching fourth grade in West Hempstead, Long Island, and is almost finished with her masters degree as a reading and literacy specialist. On the side, Jenn works for a public radio station in Brookville, NY. Her radio show is titled "Earthbeats" and features world music and contemporary singer-songwriters from across the globe. "I figure if I can't sing this music right now, at least I can share it with others on the radio," she declares. The cool news is that if you are hooked up to the internet, you can hear her radio show through streaming audio on-line. Log on to www.liu.edu/wcwp (the tower broadcasts out of Long Island University), click on the FM icon, then the headphones to listen. She DJs on alternate Sundays from 7-9 p.m. Jenn would like to thank Jen DeCicco '97 for turning her on to some of the phenomenal music she features on each show. "Without her influence from freshman to senior year, my show would not exist," she says. Jenn would like to get in touch with Jen DeCicco. If you know how to reach Jen DeCicco, please e-mail corradjazz@att.net ...
Devin Dressman recently finished his Ph.D in molecular genetics & biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The title of his dissertation is "AAV-Mediated Gene Transfer to Models of Muscular Dystrophy: Insights into Assembly of Multi-Subunit Membrane Proteins." Devin defended his dissertation in December 2001 and has been a post-doctoral fellow since then. He is finishing four manuscripts, most of which are from his dissertation work. After he has finished tying up loose ends from his dissertation work, Devin will be moving on to cancer genetics, as he and his fiancée (who also recently finished her Ph.D) try to match jobs in the same city. The search is limited to staying in Washington, DC, or going to Baltimore or Boston. Once he has made his final choice, Devin vows to let fellow Alfredians know.
Aaron Quinn Brophy lives in the Washington, DC, area. Some of his sculptures are available on-line at www.aaronquinnbrophy.com . In addition to making art, Aaron teaches at the Landon School, a small private school in Bethesda, MD. Nothing remarkable there, except that he is one of THREE Alfred University alumni who wound up - entirely by happenstance - teaching there. "Mike Cooke and I attended Alfred at the same time, but didn't meet until we both came to the Landon School in the fall of 2000," Aaron explained.
Jarod Finlay is the first lung cancer patient in the United States to receive treatment with shaped-beam radiosurgery technology, a highly precise treatment originally designed to destroy brain tumors. Jarod, a physics graduate student at the University of Rochester, has been living with cancer since his senior year in a Reading, PA-area high school, when he was first diagnosed with adenoidcystic carcinoma, a cancer of the head and neck. At that time the tumors were removed and he had a course of radiation. He stayed cancer-free until late 2000, when doctors found five spots on his lungs. Instead of surgery, his oncologist recommended that he see Dr. Paul Okunieff, radiation oncology chief at the U of R's James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, to ask about the shaped-beam treatment. Although the treatment had never before been used on lung cancer, Okunieff said it made sense here, since the only other option was to wait for the five spots to grow and then do surgery. "The new technology kills cancer cells with such precision that it leaves healthy, normal cells intact," Okunieff told the Reading, PA, Eagle. Jarod jumped at the chance - wisely, it turned out, since at Christmas 2001, he was tested cancer-free. Jarod's wife Leah is a physical therapist.
Jackie Stier is an advertising and catalogue designer in Clifton, NJ.
Lauren Ralston teaches high school French.
Phaedra Robinson is the director of Detroit Contemporary, an art gallery near Detroit's cultural center. She is a visual artist who paints, sculpts, draws, and does performance art. Determined to make Detroit a destination arts scene, she recently bought an abandoned house a few blocks from the art gallery. She's refurbishing it to create an artist-residency program in the hope that she'll be able to bring artists from others states and nations to work with master artists in Detroit.
Carrie Crane writes, "I'm working as a computer design specialist, creating pitchbooks for investment bankers on the 84th floor of the Sears Tower. Still in Chicago with my two cats and now a lovebird. I went to London and Paris this year. It was incredible. I'm still taking tons of pictures and volunteering for various charities ... Loving life. Miss Alfred and the fall in New York."
Brandon Wenski Wang started an MBA program at University of California at Irvine during the 2001-02 academic year.
1998
Caroline Kimble Kramer and her husband Jacob Kramer welcomed a new member of their family into the world - a son, Levi Gavin Kramer. Congratulations!
Natalie Krauser herself continues active in the New York Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She also does volunteer work at the First Thursday program of the Queens Museum of Art and at the Church of the Resurrection.
Cecily Rogers, who has been very busy helping others: "I went to El Salvador for a week with the American Jewish World Service. The group was composed of 22 young adults from the Bay Area. We went to a village called Ciudad Romero for four days to help a non-governmental organization. We helped start foundations for four houses that were destroyed in the earthquakes, plant seedlings for the community, and show this community that others are thinking about them. We lived together in a dormitory and ate in small groups with a family. The kids wanted to play, and we came prepared with balls and other toys. After leaving Ciudad Romero, we spent a day in the capital, San Salvador, meeting with the Israeli Ambassador, and the US Embassy. Then we went to the Costa del Sol for the Sabbath (Friday and Saturday) and finally cooked our own food. It was a great experience."
1999
Cariann 'CC' Coleman writes, "I've just finished my last semester of coursework at SUNY Albany for my Ph.D. and can't believe that I'll never be a student in the classroom again! I'm on to my exams in the fall and beginning my dissertation soon after. My work mainly concentrates on racial passing & sexual identity in literature and art around the beginning of the 20th century. I'm focusing on the artist, editor, and poet Pamela Colman Smith, an ancestor on my dad's side of the family. It's exciting to be finally nearing the end of this long road, but it's also scary." This summer session marks the third semester Cariann will have been teaching a 100-level English course at SUNY; she's moving up to teaching a 200-level in the fall. "I can't wait," she writes. "I love teaching and can't wait to be doing it full-time." After she's finished teaching this summer, Cariann is taking off to Brazil for most of July to visit some Albany friends who are living there for the summer. "It's about time I took a real vacation and did some exploring. My professors and friends here are a little worried that I will love Brazil, and Brazil will love me, so much that I'll never come back to Albany. Although that sounds very appealing, you all can expect me back in the US by Aug. 1." CC can still be reached at: cariann_c@hotmail.com ...
"I'd say I'm doing well," writes Ken Leidig. Ken informs us that "although there were cut-backs in the company last winter, and my position in Telecom was downsized, my direct supervisor put me in another one of her departments because she deemed me a 'valuable asset to the company.' So I sat for a while in the unpleasant Data Processing Dept., awaiting something in Client Relations to open up. When that didn't materialize, I assessed current openings and decided that I'd apply for only one of them (& if I didn't get it, move outside the firm). I applied for the Account Executive position within our most prestigious subsidiary, PrO Unlimited-a place where I thought my integrity and approach would be appreciated. The position had just been filled, but a new account, Goldman Sachs, would soon warrant a new position of Corporate Account Coordinator. Getting the blessing from my ex-VP, I went to the Director of Personnel to grease the wheels and then told my department manager of my intentions. I am pleased to say that I was considered "hired" before the interview processes were over. I have now moved my seat "down the road" and am situated in an agreeable setting with 20 colleagues, where I am getting "basic training" in the many, private facets of this division-which Telecom had always competed with-& it is a boost all the way around. While I have PeopleSoft 8 training, I'm learning PrO's custom software, as well as their custom invoicing and collections processes. In this job, I don't report to any specific manager, but rather to the VP. I like that visibility. While my friends at the corporate office miss me (but cheer me), I much prefer contributing at my fullest capacity, something that I wasn't doing prior to this opportunity. I will keep you apprised as things progress." Congratulations on the promotion, Ken - keep up the good work!
Sal (Sal Gattone '99) is doing well, working hard with the other Alfredians down here. (Hi, guys!) I can't wait to celebrate with our friends at the upcoming weddings - although we are most likely reading this after they already happened. Anyway, just wanted to say hi especially to my girls - you know who you are. I miss you very much. (Hugs.)"
Mike Christakis will again be working with SUNY Albany's orientation programs for the summer - coordinating 11 orientation conferences for 2,500 incoming students & their families over a seven-week period. Christakis successfully completed his first year of doctoral work and will be resuming his doctoral work in the fall. This spring, Mike had a book review published in the Rockefeller College Review, a working papers series, (vol 1, issue 2). You can find the review at www.albany.edu/rockefelle... . Christakis is currently researching issues related to public administration education at various educational institutions across the country.
Nicki Blair, Melissa Stidd, and John Lacy - all ceramics artists - exhibited their work for a month this spring at Foundations Gallery at Rogers State University in Oklahoma. Since they all knew each other in Alfred, the exhibit was titled "Reunion." Blair is an adjunct instructor of art at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK. Stidd works at Studio Sales Pottery in Avon, NY, and teaches community classes in clay. Functional ceramics by Alleghany Meadows were exhibited in early 2002 at Margo's Pottery and Fine Crafts in Buffalo, Wyoming. Meadows has lately been concentrating on producing salt-glazed porcelain. "Repetition and rhythm in my studio process are similar to autumn leaves on the forest floor, tracks of a bird in wet sand, ice crystals on a frozen stream - such patterns, although composed of repetitive elements, continually change without exactly repeating themselves."
Andrew Alesso, wrote that he's had a very busy year. He had fun being music director for a Bradford, PA, Little Theater production of "Little Shop of Horrors" while in process of moving from Alfred to Erie, PA, and searching for a job. He got a position as a clinical therapist but will soon become the clinical team leader for an intensive treatment unit at Harborcreek Youth Services. Andrew remains editor of The Family Digest, a publication of the International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association's Media Committee and ACA's Policy, Procedures, and By-laws Committee. He has been re-elected chair of ACA's Council of Newsletter Editors. In addition, Andrew has been nominated by IAMFC to represent that organization on the ACA Governing Council. On another note, Andrew has performed with the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and the Symphony Singers, of which he was recently elected president; and has been hired to sing at the Erie Diocese St. Peter's Cathedral regularly in the choir, and sometimes as a cantor.
2000
From Terry Pologa: "Hey there! It's been a while since I had anything noteworthy to say, so here's an update on my life. Hot Dog Day was a blast! I was happy to see so many familiar faces again. Although the alumnae won the women's rugby match this year, it made me realize just how out of shape I am. But it was a lot of fun, and the alumni turnout was very encouraging. In early May, I took a trip down to the Pittsburgh area to visit Melissa Meissner Thompson and Mike Thompson '99. We had a great time, and they showed me their new home, which they will be moving into this summer. As for me, I recently moved back to the Albany, NY, area and am looking forward to beginning my new job at Knolls Atomic Power Lab, a division of Lockheed Martin. I will be a member of the Financial Leadership Development Program, which consists of rotations in the corporate finance, accounting, and financial planning & analysis departments within the company. It will be quite a departure from the investment industry, where I've worked since graduation, but I'm looking forward to it. Although my address may change again once I find a place close to work, my e-mail remains the same: ruggerchik@hotmail.com."
Katie also sent word from Karen Cenname '01: "I took an elementary school teaching position with the Chancellor's District of New York City, which manages the low-performing schools. I'm excited for the huge challenge it will be. If anyone is in the New York area, send me an email at cennamrules@yahoo.com ."
And from Jacy Lellock: Jessica Dobrowolski writes, "Hi, everybody! I just wanted to say hi to those of you I missed at Hog Dog Day. I am teaching in inner-city Philadelphia. I have a first-grade class. It holds many challenges (you can't even imagine) but is very rewarding. Also, I have moved. My new address is 1033 Magee Ave., Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19111, phone (215) 722-6146, email jcd1101@hotmail.com. I hope to hear from you."
From Melissa Them: "I'm finishing my second year in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University at Albany and, by the end of the summer, will have defended my thesis to receive my master's degree. Things are busy as the semester ends and the summer begins. I'll be teaching child development for the summer at the university - my first official class! I love being 'Professor Them' - publishing companies send you all sorts of free books and instructors' resources and testing supplies. It's quite exciting. I'll also be working this summer as a family therapist with parents of autistic children. Things never slow down, it seems. I'll be attending the APA conference in Chicago this August, so if anyone will be there, lives there, or wants an excuse to go there, drop me a line (melissa_them@juno.com.) It was wonderful to see everyone at Hot Dog Day. I only wish there had been more time ..."
From Chandra Leister: "I have news about me, but no one else. I just graduated from graduate school at the University of Rhode Island with a master's in college student personnel. No job yet, but a couch and my mom and maybe some home-cooked meals are waiting for me in Quincy, MA. I met Grant Wilder '94 in Ithaca last week. It was a very weird coincidence, and I hope he doesn't get mad at me for including him in my news. My email remains the same, as does the address listed in the magazine. Thanks to Bethany Carpenter, who came to wish me a personal congrats, and I look forward to seeing my girls soon."
From Ann R. Jones '00: "After a year on on-air reporting for WOKR in Rochester, I decided to try working off-screen for a while. I moved back to Philadelphia ... well, sort of .. Kris Stachowiak and I moved to beautiful Bryn Mawr, PA. I'm working as a television producer for Glass/Difede Productions. We do a lot of interior design programming for the Home & Garden Television network (I now know the difference between a patio, a lanai, and a loggia.) Look for me in the credits of "Smart Design," hosted by my boss, Nancy Glass, and "Fantasy Open House." And of course you can still reach me via AnnRJones@aol.com .
Christopher Blomshield is now a student at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, one of four members of his high school graduating class (East Lyme High School in Connecticut) to matriculate there this year. He told The Day of New London, CT, that he liked AU and had fun here, "but my style wasn't regular college. This is more what I'm looking for. I want to be in the Coast Guard and drive ships, and Alfred couldn't do that for me."
Jess Rossi Gattone writes, "Hey, everyone! Things are going all right here in North Carolina. I am on the job search (AGAIN!); these southern folks don't seem to know how to run a creative business.
From Alison Huftalen: "Just got back from a trip to Ireland with my mom. It was excellent. Busy at the library: My only two co-workers are both leaving so I will be running it solo for the summer until the university gets in gear and hires new people. I am moving in June to Somerville, just outside Cambridge, which should be great since I'll be near Davis Square, a much more happening place than where I am now. That's about it; I am looking forward to enjoying my summer in Boston because it will probably be my last here for a while, since I am planning to head to grad school next year but not in Boston. Oh, one other thing: Congratulations to Jason Croston and Chandra Leister for getting their masters degrees this month." Alison's email is alh_@hotmail.com.
From Melissa Meissner Thompson: "Mike (Mike Thompson '99) and I are living in Pittsburgh. He is working for Siemens Westinghouse as a ceramic engineer and I am working for Chorus Call, Inc., as a teleconference specialist. Basically I set up conference calls for many large companies and make sure everything goes smoothly. Also, we just bought a house in Penn Hills, which is just outside Pittsburgh, and we are looking forward to moving in at the end of June. It is very exciting to become a homeowner and develop all your plans and dreams for your new home!"
2001
From Katie Isaac, an announcement from Catherine Burke: "Emma Louise Kinnicutt was born April 1, 2002, to parents George Kinnicutt and Catherine "Cat" Burke. We live in Bath, NY, and I work at Philips."
Not satisfied with an associate's degree from Corning Community College, a bachelor's degree in business administration from Empire State College, and an MBA from Alfred University, Carol Whitehead is still looking toward yet higher learning, she told the Addison, NY, Post. A resident of Jasper, Carol is the wife of Don Whitehead and the mother of two children, Aimee and Aric.
Kelly Doeing had an exhibition of glass art in December 2001 in the East Aurora Town Hall outside Buffalo.
Back in May 2001, family and friends of Ithaca, NY, resident Ethan Stern gathered to celebrate his graduation from Alfred University. But the celebration was shadowed by the death of Ethan's father, Bob Stern, just two weeks before from complications of Type I diabetes, which struck him at age 9 and left him in a wheelchair the last seven years of his life. The sadness of the happy occasion was transmuted into an idea: Why not create a sculpture and donate it for display in Ithaca? A year after Ethan's graduation, the idea is moving toward reality. The Ithaca Common Council has accepted an initial donation to cover erecting a sculpture, a 7-foot welded steel piece titled "Merge," in a public place in Ithaca, probably on the Commons. For Ethan Stern, the sculpture represents what he was going through in the last weeks before graduation and the last weeks of his father's life. Bob Stern was a full professor and director of graduate studies at Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward the purchase of the sculpture for display in Ithaca may send it to Karen Zeiders, 766 Elm Street Extension, Ithaca, NY 14850. Ethan, by the way, is now working in a glass-blowing studio in Seattle.
Finally, Chrissy forwarded a note from Jay Weisberger: "I have moved to Astoria, Queens, and am having a blast with my friends running around New York City. At work, we've been busy promoting Marvel in conjunction with Spider-Man. This has been crazy, but it has its perks. Aside from getting to go to an advance screening of the film, I was on the field at Shea Stadium for a big event for Spidey, Marvel, and the Twin Towers Fund. It was tough to have to watch batting practice from the field, I know, but somehow, I managed to get through it. If only it had been a Yankees game instead. Looking toward summer, I plan on volunteering at Central Park SummerStage and trying to take as much advantage of the nearby ocean as I can."
Chrissy also sent a note from Stephanie Webster: "Chrissy, here's what I'd like to say. I fear that my comments about Greek life might not make it into the magazine. Please tell them it's incredibly important to me that my comments do make it. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised. I just completed a year of graduate school at the University of Buffalo. Now all I have to do is write my English masters thesis. I substitute-teach when I'm not in classes, and I've been amazingly busy. I miss all my Alfred friends. You can e-mail me at ako716@hotmail.com! In regard to the recent termination of the Greek system, I am very sad and disappointed. Although we cannot reverse the decision, I would encourage all Greek alumni to write letters of protest to the University and to their local papers. Let people know how much Greek life meant to you! Thanks ..."
From your correspondent Chrissy Nyman: First, about me. I finished my first year of graduate school at Rockefeller College in May 2002. Currently I am interning with the American College of Obstetricians, District II/NYS. This, according to its mission statement, is "a membership organization of obstetrician-gynecologists dedicated to the advancement of women's health through education, advocacy, practice, and research." Chrissy sent word about Kristofer Stachowiak, who says, "After eight months as the AU bookstore assistant manager, I transferred to a Barnes & Noble location at Immaculata College just outside Philadelphia, PA. But I was sure to leave my mark on Alfred - look for my name on the wall at Alex's. Ann R. Jones '00 and I have found a great apartment in Bryn Mawr, PA, and are doing really well. Feel free to write at KStachowiak1@yahoo.com.
Kizzy also passed on a note from Dustin Weiderman: "I just took on another job as an opera singer at the local Italian restaurant in Henrietta, a Rochester suburb. Lots of dancing, laughing, and singing - just the way I like it. I figure if I can do that, I can teach English too, so I'm in process of applying for English teaching jobs right now, and, I hope, will write you from some exotic locale for the next issue. Send my best to all ... Please write me any time you'd like. I look forward to hearing from you guys." Dustin's e-mail address is weiderdj@hotmail.com.
Seann Bishop writes, "I am currently enrolled in North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program. I have been studying the defect structure of ZnO thin films using transmission electron microscopy. Recently I have been assigned to an additional project, building and designing a homoepitaxial silicon carbide deposition system. I recently got inducted into Alpha Sigma Mu, the international honor society for materials science and engineering. After spending last summer in Charleston, SC, I moved from New York to Raleigh, NC. In total, since graduation, I have made five trips up and down the East Coast. I visited Washington, DC, eight times, toured Atlanta, and white-water rafted in West Virginia. The best trips by far were New Year's in Paris and St. Patrick's Day in Boston. If anyone wants to reach me, e-mail me at seann_bishop@ncsu.edu ."
Chrissy sent word about Kristofer Stachowiak, who says, "After eight months as the AU bookstore assistant manager, I transferred to a Barnes & Noble location at Immaculata College just outside Philadelphia, PA. But I was sure to leave my mark on Alfred - look for my name on the wall at Alex's. Ann R. Jones '00 and I have found a great apartment in Bryn Mawr, PA, and are doing really well. Feel free to write at KStachowiak1@yahoo.com.
"Tera Hamilton: "After spending the summer volunteering at the Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico, I did a train and backpacking trip all around New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. At the end of August 2001, I went over to San Francisco, and, with Dr. Atlas, presented some research at the American Psychological Association convention. I spent the fall visiting people outside St. Louis, in Cleveland, and then in Pennsylvania. At the end of December, I moved to Cheyenne, WY! I work for a federal TRiO project at the community college here. I help first-generation and low-income students, and students with disabilities, achieve their educational goals. The work combines career services, admissions, tutoring, and psychology. It's exactly what I want to be doing right now. My new e-mail address is terateratera@care2.com.
Your correspondent Kizzy Parks wrote, "Hello, everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful summer! I survived my first year of grad school and did very well academically. Currently, I'm interning in the human resources department at Lockheed Martin EIS. Please get in touch with me - kizwiz@hotmail.com - if you have any class notes."
John Mauro writes, "Currently I work as a research scientist for Corning, Inc. I primarily work on problems involving optical modeling and simulation, including fiber optics and various photonic devices. I couldn't ask for a nicer job. It involves all my major interests (physics, math, glass science, and software development.) The people are absolutely wonderful, and I'm learning so much - I LOVE IT! I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. starting in the fall 2003 semester. You can send your e-mails to maurojc@mac.com."
Chrissy also passed on a note from Emilie Hardman: "I've just finished the coursework for my master's degree in sociology & gender studies at Brandeis University, although I won't officially graduate until February as I haven't done my thesis yet. This summer I'll be working on finishing my masters thesis and working on several projects with faculty here and musicology and, I hope, producing some journal articles. In August I enter the PhD program in sociology at Brandeis and prepare for a trip to the Social Science History Association conference in St. Louis to deliver a paper. In un-school-related news, Josh Walczak and I are moving out of Boston to Davis Square - a great area, selected as one of the top 15 coolest places to live by Utne Reader, whatever that means. Mostly, we're just excited that it's a much bigger apartment with a yard! So as of June 1, our address will be 11 Burnham St., Apt. 3, Somerville MA 02144. Hope you're doing well ..." Emilie's mother Elaine reported that Emilie's paper for the SSHA conference in St. Louis (in October) is titled "What did Johnny Rotten Ever Do for Japan? International Punk & Negotiations of Meaning." It "explores punk as it is enacted and understood internationally through the processes of subcultural meaning and identity construction." To read the abstract, go to www.ssha.org.
Lori Swierczek wrote, "I'm working as a scenic artist for Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. Have worked for Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick, ME, and Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, NY."
2002
Susan Giffin and Nick Keeney both distinguished themselves. Nick, an economics major and math minor with a perfect 4.00 GPA, will be attending Duke University School of Divinity on a full-tuition scholarship. Susan, a double major in German and environmental studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Germany in 2002-03. Why consider the two of them together? The reason has nothing to do with their relationship or friendship. Rather, they were classmates at little Wyalusing Valley High School in rural northern Pennsylvania.
Susan Giffin and Nick Keeney both distinguished themselves. Nick, an economics major and math minor with a perfect 4.00 GPA, will be attending Duke University School of Divinity on a full-tuition scholarship. Susan, a double major in German and environmental studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Germany in 2002-03. Why consider the two of them together? The reason has nothing to do with their relationship or friendship. Rather, they were classmates at little Wyalusing Valley High School in rural northern Pennsylvania.
Foresta Castaneda of Maine presented an on-stage senior performance twice in April at AU. The public show, "Journey to Ourselves," is "a collaboration of dance, culture, and spoken word," Castaneda said.
Births
Bruce "Kip" Bishop and his wife Sarah Tom had their first child, Tyler Bruce Bishop, on March 8, 2002.
Tim Casey and Kelly Neff Casey '89 welcomed the addition of their second child, Ellen Rose, born Feb. 2, 2002. Ellen and older brother Sam are doing well in Pittsburgh.
Danielle Howard Bai-Rossi and Frank Bai-Rossi had their second child, Justin Francis, born July 5, 2001.
Danielle Howard Bai-Rossi and Frank Bai-Rossi had their second child, Justin Francis, born July 5, 2001.
Deaths - Alumni
Bennington, VT, is mourning the unexpected death of David Gil, founder and former president of Bennington Potters. Gil, 79, died March 18, 2002, leaving his wife, Sheela Harden, and four children. In 1948, after graduating from Alfred, Gil moved to Bennington and started a one-man pottery in a barn. It has since grown to a massive operation producing hand-crafted pottery that is sold in more than 2,000 places around the world. At the time of his death, Gil was still spending almost every day at the potters' yard. For a man of 79, he worked long hours, rarely leaving the pottery before 7 p.m. Less than a week earlier, he returned from a swing through Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, a "goodwill road trip" with Paul Silberman, the company's president and CEO, that had become an annual adventure. Among Gil's many awards were the Vermont Small Businessman of the Year in 1974, Vermont Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, and the Walloomsac Award from the Bennington Museum in 1999.
Our sympathy goes to Margaret Chester Childs on the death of her husband, the Rev. Robert L. Childs '36, on March 14, 2002. A ceramic engineering graduate of AU, Robert Childs later graduated from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and was ordained into the ministry in November 1949. He served as a minister in Ontario Center, NY, Haskins, OH, and Kodiak, AK, retiring from active ministry in 1980. In Cuba, NY, where the couple lived, he was very active in the First Baptist Church, serving for several years as treasurer and singing in the church choir until the time of his death. He was also an enthusiastic gardener.
Bennington, VT, is mourning the unexpected death of David Gil, founder and former president of Bennington Potters. Gil, 79, died March 18, 2002, leaving his wife, Sheela Harden, and four children. In 1948, after graduating from Alfred, Gil moved to Bennington and started a one-man pottery in a barn. It has since grown to a massive operation producing hand-crafted pottery that is sold in more than 2,000 places around the world. At the time of his death, Gil was still spending almost every day at the potters' yard. For a man of 79, he worked long hours, rarely leaving the pottery before 7 p.m. Less than a week earlier, he returned from a swing through Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, a "goodwill road trip" with Paul Silberman, the company's president and CEO, that had become an annual adventure. Among Gil's many awards were the Vermont Small Businessman of the Year in 1974, Vermont Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, and the Walloomsac Award from the Bennington Museum in 1999.
James A. Chase died peacefully on June 21, 2001, after a 15-month battle with kidney cancer. Surviving are his wife, Judith Weber Chase '59, and two sons, David of New York and Peter of San Francisco. After serving two years in the US Army in Colorado, Jim returned to Alfred for his masters. He was director of guidance at Saugerties, NY, High School until taking early retirement in 1989. An emergency situation in a nearby school district, however, called him to work with young people another four and a half years. An avid photographer and reader of mysteries, Jim was also involved with local choral groups as well as playing golf and tennis. He and Judy enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Australia & New Zealand, Prague, and Paris plus many US destinations. He chose to donate his body to Albany Medical Center for research and education, and to request donations to the Woodstock Land Conservancy, as supporting environmental and peace efforts was important to him. Judy continues to live in Woodstock, NY, in the retirement cottage Jim designed, where she pursues the craft of weaving she learned from Grace Nease as a student at Alfred many years ago. This brief obituary was sent by his wife, who apologized for its tardiness but said there are some tasks it's easy to put off.
Judy Weber Chase writes that she lost her Jim (Jim Chase '56 - see 1956 notes) to cancer several months after our 40th reunion. She is trying to design a new life that includes her weaving, travel, and wonderful old friends, including Tom & Norma Klinder, Vad Sterrett Moskowitz, Barb Cohrssen-Powell, and Carolyn Barnett Ashley Battista. She says she'd love to hear from old friends. Her e-mail address is jchase@ulster.net.
Judy Weber Chase writes that she lost her Jim (Jim Chase '56 - see 1956 notes) to cancer several months after our 40th reunion. She is trying to design a new life that includes her weaving, travel, and wonderful old friends, including Tom & Norma Klinder, Vad Sterrett Moskowitz, Barb Cohrssen-Powell, and Carolyn Barnett Ashley Battista. She says she'd love to hear from old friends. Her e-mail address is jchase@ulster.net.
The sad news of the death of Allan Kent Coombs was sent to us by Jim Hallett '65. Jim wrote, "Kent and I graduated from Addison High School together. We were also at Alfred at the same time." Kent Coombs died unexpectedly April 28, 2002. He had retired from Corning Inc. after 35 years' service as a ceramic engineer. In addition, he was a veteran of the US Navy who served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
Deaths - Friends
James H. Berry writes that he still misses his wife, Janice J. MacKinnon Berry. She died Dec. 25, 2001. Our sympathy continues to flow to him; recovering from the loss of a beloved life partner is not easy or quick.