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Martha Valeyron is enjoying her job at Pepsi and her new house in the Bronx, NY. You may have seen her and her husband, Staling, during Hot Dog Day weekend.
John Lowther writes, "My son Rex '74, who received the school's physics prize, is chief scientist for Intersil Corporation. He also surfs. My daughter Jocelyn, who attended Alfred from 1973-74, has her own law firm, runs (will compete in the World Masters this year in Puerto Rico) and is a traffic hearing officer." John also wrote a book, Having Fun With God.
Irene Noble donated three yearbooks belonging to her late husband Maynard Noble to the University, asking that they be sold and the proceeds used to benefit Performing Arts programs. She also sent other memorabilia from plays in which Mr. Nobles appeared while he was a student at AU. His drama club experiences working with Professor C.D. Smith, were among his best memories of Alfred University, Mrs. Noble said.
1925
Frances Barden Conroe, Class of '25, will be 100 years old on May 3rd. She is looking forward to seeing many members of her family who are gathering for a luncheon celebration with her. Frances was a charter member of Pi Alpha Pi and has contributed paintings of hers and her sister's ( Lillian Barden Gerace, '24) to the reconstituted house. Frances no longer paints, but still enjoys watching baseball. Bruce Conroe, '53
1932
From Rich Simington: "While few of us may think of the Internal Revenue Service as a romantic environment, that's where Margaret Dixon Moore and her husband Ray met, fell in love and married more than sixty years ago. Their retirement home in Tempe, AZ also serves as a gallery for an extensive exhibition of Margaret's paintings."
1934
From Rich Simington: "As a young man from Galion, Ohio, Richard Ricker's trip to Alfred was a long one. However, as a consultant after retiring from his career as a ceramic engineer, he has lived and traveled in exotic places such as Egypt, Turkey, Mexico, and Korea, to name a few. Today Richard is content to stay at home with his wife, Esther, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he creates stained glass artwork."
1935
Rich Simington shared an interesting story about Hilda Crandall Rowley: "As a child, Hilda lived too far from town to take the school bus. Her family moved to town when she was in 8th grade, but until then Hilda and her siblings drove a horse and buggy into town Sunday evening and stayed until they made the return trip on Friday afternoon. Surprisingly their house in Alfred was so close to school Hilda could hear the late bell from their kitchen. Today she lives in North Port, FL."
1936
From your class correspondent: "A letter received from Sonya Edelson contained the obituary of Jack Edelson, a former postmaster of Tarrytown and village trustee who was active in community affairs. He died August 15, 2002 at the age of 87. Edelson served two terms as president of the Westchester County Association of Postmasters and ran the Tarrytown mail center and its annex in Sleepy Hollow from 1953 until his retirement in 1979. As a student at Alfred University, Edelson was a standout athlete in track and basketball. He set a New York State record at a 1936 tournament in the discus throw, which stood until 1959. He also earned a spot on an all-star basketball team for male colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. He taught history and social studies at North Tarrytown High School in the late 1930's. In World War II, Jack served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in North Africa and Europe, and was discharged with the rank of Captain. He married Sonya Kadish in 1946. She survives him and lives in Tarrytown. After the war Edelson went to work for the post office. 'I deal with almost everybody in the community, and many people confide in me,' he said in a 1960 interview in the Tarrytown Daily News. 'It certainly is an interesting job.' Edelson served for a short time on the Tarrytown Village Board of Trustees, and he was a former president of Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown and the local Lions Club. He worked with a number of other civic and charitable organizations. Edelson was a sports fan his whole life, following baseball, basketball and horse racing. He also enjoyed traveling. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and a granddaughter. In 1992 Jack was inducted into the AU Sports Hall of Fame. The whole family attended the presentation. Sonya said this honor made him the happiest of any awards he has received."
1937
From Rich Simington: "If you're looking for experienced volunteers, Robert "Bob" Shoemaker '37 or Phlabia Sheheen Shoemaker are a good bet. Between them they have experience as President of Disabled American Veterans, Friends of the Library bookstore, Military Wives, and counselor for juvenile offenders. Somehow they still find time to play golf! They live in Stockton, CA."
1938
Irene Noble donated three yearbooks belonging to her late husband Maynard Noble to the University, asking that they be sold and the proceeds used to benefit Performing Arts programs. She also sent other memorabilia from plays in which Mr. Nobles appeared while he was a student at AU. His drama club experiences working with Professor C.D. Smith, were among his best memories of Alfred University, Mrs. Noble said.
According to Rich Simington, Sam Sverdlik and his grandson are two bachelors on the loose in Dublin, Ireland; the lad is studying for a semester in law school and Sam went over for a visit. This isn't the first time the pair have tooled around Europe together. When he's not globe-trotting, Sam lives in Ft. Myers, FL.
Constance "Connie" Brown Getz sends her "best wishes to the class of '38." Connie lives in Vestal, NY.
1940
It's a wonder they haven't named Safety Harbor, FL "Terry Town." Over the years, Arthur "Bud" Terry has served on the community development board, the transit authority, as a city commissioner, and was the Grand Marshal of the Christmas parade. Not to be outdone, his wife Marilena was recently honored for reaching the 25,000-hour total for volunteering in their local hospital.
Millie Haerter Pape is still unpacking and getting settled from her recent move to Freedom Village, a retirement community in Bradenton, FL not far from her previous residence."
From Rich Simington: "Charlie Casamo's home looks out on one of the prettiest views of the Gulf of Mexico, with regular entertainment provided by the pelicans, porpoises and manatees. Last summer the scene was tragic during an unprecedented shark attack on swimmers a few houses away. Charlie and his wife Bea still live in St. Petersburg Beach, FL - but they swim a lot less.
1941
Rich Simington says that part of the charm surrounding Claudia Sayler's home in Port Charlotte, FL is the sylvan pond in her yard with diaphanous reeds and lilies. In case you visit, however, don't wade - she shares the beauty of the pond with a (so far) harmless six-foot alligator.
Rich also spoke with Theodore "Ted" Clausen: "Not only does Ted love to golf, he knows golf course administration as a board member helping residents of his golf community first to purchase the famous Oakmont Club, and then to complete a multi-million dollar renovation of the restaurant. Now he's leading an effort to better organize volunteers at the facility near his home in Santa Rosa, CA."
1942
Bill Crandall, with wife Betty, writes that they have just passed their six-month anniversary. 'Our life together has been just great.' Port Charlotte, FL will be their permanent home. Their new home is being renovated, larger for their combined belongings. They have rented a condo at Swain, NY for June, July and August. Swain is a ski town, but condos are available for the summer with complete furnishings.
From Rich Simington: "If you're a music fan, you should send a thank-you note to Anthony "Tony" Ninos. Early in his career as a hotel-restaurant entrepreneur in Florida, he gave a job to a pianist who was too young to find work elsewhere named Ray Charles. In his later career, Tony served on the Cocoa City Council and as mayor, state legislator, and chairman of the Florida Hotel and Restaurant Commission. Currently he holds a board position at Disney World. Tony looks out over Eastern Florida from the top floor of a condo complex built on the property of one of his former hotels in Cocoa where he lives with his wife Georgia."
Just the other day Esther Miller Tuttle answered my e-mail. Esther is recovering from a stroke (thankfully not massive) and having quite a time getting around. She praised Danny Rase '50 and Peg Wingate Rase '42 and how wonderful and helpful they have been. Esther is doing a lot of computer work and trying to sort 50 years of accumulated papers. She adds that it is a full-time job. Remember Milt Tuttle '41, her husband, was a star on the track team while in Alfred. All three of their children grew up running. Bruce, the oldest, is a research scientist at Sandia Labs in New Mexico. Amy is at present a stay-at-home mom. John seems to be the real runner of the family. He made the 1984 Olympic team and still runs at the age of 44, holding a number of national masters' records. He is a high school teacher. Esther has five wonderful grandchildren, all of whom participate in sports.
While today we take air travel for granted, the life of airline pioneers was much different. William "Bill" Krusen's book Flying the Andes describes the founding and early days of the South American airline Panagra, a joint venture of Pan American and Grace Company, for which he flew over Alfred. Today Bill and his wife Margo live in Tampa, FL.
1943
Mary Johnston Lawrence notes in her Christmas greeting something I'm sure we're all thinking; i.e., it's so hard to believe that nearly 60 years have passed since that memorable graduation day in May of 1943.
Bob Sinclair '43 received the Spring AU magazine and remarked on the gathering of the Lambda Chis at our home in Sarasota. He had lost contact with Morrie Musgrave '41 many years ago when Morrie was manager of the U.S. Gypsum plant in Southgate, CA. In his e-mail he added that he was looking forward to seeing Bob Moebus '43 and Jim Starkweather '43 in June for their 50th reunion.
Bob Sinclair and his wife Patsy report in their Christmas letter that all is well health wise and that their golf game is not improving! They attended all three meetings of the California Historical Societies last year. The February meeting was in Ventura and the other two (held north of the Napa Valley and in Eureka, respectively) involved more extensive travel, which gave them opportunities for sightseeing. In September, the Sinclairs flew to Kansas City for a reunion of those who served on LSMs in World War II. (My understanding is that LSM is the abbreviation for Landing Ship, Medium in the US Navy, and that Bob was in command of LSM #9 in the Pacific theatre). They had never been to Kansas City before and were pleasantly surprised with the many parks and water fountains everywhere. Their message concluded with a picture of their handsome family taken at Thanksgiving time. Computer technology has certainly enhanced the spirit and imagery of holiday letters!
Ellis "Chick" Berger keeps in touch with us on a regular basis. He and his wife Tudy keep well and active, engaged in a variety of travel adventures and trips to the Big Apple to take in a Broadway show. In late October they drove their classic Mercedes to a rally in the eastern part of Dutchess County and Connecticut. They capped off the venture with a delicious dinner to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. Chick corresponds with fellow Alfredians Tom Grove '44 and Jack Wall '42.
Isabel Riggs Geibel and a longtime lady friend covered 6,750 miles during their motor trip to California last year. As noted in a recent issue of the Magazine, they stopped to see us on the way back in June, then continued eastward, making several side trips, including one to Oklahoma to see relatives. Back on her home turf in Hammondsport, NY, Isabel renewed her many association activities and trips with the New Society of the Genesee to Cooperstown, Mt. Home Cemetery, and the Grange Homestead in Canandaigua.
Rhoda "Do" Ungar Merriman Jost writes that she is still swimming, volunteering and involved with the AAUW Book Fair, which was very successful again. She and her husband haven't been doing much traveling but her family from California visited and were unimpressed with the chilly Ohio weather. "Do" did her usual gardening, but with varied success because of the intensely hot summer. Despite weather setbacks, she prevailed and got her famous pickles made.
Just in time to add a few words from Audrey Fisher '43 and Gerald Gregory, who sent a note (Audrey's design of a cactus and hibiscus in a black and white print). They wish they could report a lot of interesting things that they are involved in, but most of what they do involves medical programs. Big events involve visits from family.
It is always a delightful surprise to hear from someone who has never communicated with me before. Howard Kingsbury sent e-mail volunteering information regarding his family and career since his Alfred days. He says that he left the ceramics profession shortly after finishing graduate school and was a professor of architectural engineering specializing in acoustics at Penn State University for nearly thirty years, retiring in 1991. He met his wife Callie in graduate school and they've had 'a good life,' rearing five children (now spread over the eastern part of the country) and seven grandchildren. Callie was head of the English department at a local high school until retirement. They now travel extensively and remain occupied with career interests. Howard does some acoustical consulting and his wife consults with the state department of education on reading standards. Thanks to Howard for bringing us up-to-date on his life and times.
Loyal correspondent Marv Britton has given me the privilege of receiving his monthly newsletter, Grandfather's Letters to Family and Friends. Marv is no stranger to commendable authorship. A Corning, NY columnist has called him 'a versatile, surprising and brilliant guy,' with a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering who can be humorous but also sensitive and very perceptive in his writings. The most recent of Marv's newsletters provided much information regarding his activities and family. He and his late wife Carolyn had two sons and a daughter. Mark, the eldest, married a lovely Taiwanese girl while in the Air Force in 1975. They have two daughters, one a successful attorney and the other a student enrolled in a criminal justice program. Scott, Marv's other son, is a mining engineering manager. He and his wife have a son, Ben, who graduated this year from the University of South Dakota majoring in information technology. In recent years he had been a summer intern at Corning, Inc., where Marv spent his entire professional career. (Ben is the techie guru who, according to Marv, makes his grandfather feel several generations behind in computerese!) Ben has three sisters, two of them twins now 18 years old. Marv's daughter Beth and her husband have one son, a young man of multiple interests. Marv's activities continue to revolve around his lifelong musical talents with the clarinet. For several years he and some ensemble friends have met for rehearsals in the Britton home every Monday night of the year. They give outdoor concerts, weather permitting, in area parks and senior citizen homes. Marv has played with the Corning area community band for 27 years. His personal endeavors include riding his bicycle twenty-some miles a few times a week. Kudos to this mentally sharp and physically active classmate!
From your class correspondent: "J. David Broudo, distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, had the honor, privilege, endurance, and savoir-faire to lead a tour of forty-five Endicott alumni on a French Impressions trip last November. Paris lived up to its reputation for the group, from dining in the Eiffel Tower and cruising on the River Seine to visiting the Orsay Museum, Palace of Versailles, and the Louvre Museum, as well as taking in a Parisian cabaret dinner show. A high-speed train whisked the entourage south to Avignon, thence to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Cannes, Nice and Monaco. They toured a winery and mountaintop villages dating from the middle ages and dined in country inns and posh restaurants. David adds that there were many outstanding moments, but his personal highlights were the opportunities to lecture from the original paintings in the Louvre after so many years of lecturing with slides. Speaking about Cezanne and his art in his studio in Aix-en-Provence was a memorable experience. Seeing where and what Van Gogh painted in Arles and visiting the hospital and sanatorium where he ended his life were especially moving. A supreme highlight, David continues, was the Chagall museum in Nice designed to show Van Gogh's paintings, stained glass and mosaics to their best advantage. Not far away was the Matisse museum, which also had some exciting revelations. In Monaco David's wife Barbara spotted a large, handsome yacht in the harbor and asked him why he didn't buy her one like it. On inquiry, they found out it belonged to the Prince. David concludes that in addition to marrying him, this was other evidence of Barbara's discernment and good taste!
The family of Guy Hartman and Shirley Baldwin Hartman '45 continues to gather plaudits and awards for their musical talents and accomplishments. Their middle daughter Christina, as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival chorus, was part of the performance of the Penderecki Credo, a premiere performance which was awarded a 2001 Grammy for Best Choral Recording. Their youngest daughter's husband won a 2002 Grammy as a cellist with the Angeles Quartet for Best Classical Instrumental Recording. How gratifying and rewarding for the Hartmans to see their family members involved in music as a way of life! They've been eminently successful in passing on to their children their own musical gifts and interests.
Jane Reb Stanislaw had the good fortune last year to spend several months (May to October) at her retreat in Vermont. Surrounded by great amenities, she took advantage of swimming facilities, jacuzzis, exercise rooms and a nearby dramatic playhouse. Congratulations are in order for Jane, who had a new grandson born April 28th of last year. There was a family get-together at her Vermont place in June to meet him, including Jane's son John Reb Stanislaw '69 and her daughter Willa. In September, Jane was off to Marblehead, MA to see her cousin Marie Marino Flessel '36. October found her visiting her new grandson in Maine and taking a trip to Arcadia National Park to enjoy the breathtaking views. Jane said she had a busy year. I don't think I could have kept up with her!
Helen Nelson Dygert has moved from her family home in Vancouver, WA, where she had lived for many years, to an apartment designed for independent living in a nearby retirement facility. She notes that she is adjusting to new surroundings and while she can no longer see the Columbia River, she has a magnificent view of Mt. Hood. Our best wishes for happiness in your new residence, Helen.
1945
The family of Guy Hartman and Shirley Baldwin Hartman '45 continues to gather plaudits and awards for their musical talents and accomplishments. Their middle daughter Christina, as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival chorus, was part of the performance of the Penderecki Credo, a premiere performance which was awarded a 2001 Grammy for Best Choral Recording. Their youngest daughter's husband won a 2002 Grammy as a cellist with the Angeles Quartet for Best Classical Instrumental Recording. How gratifying and rewarding for the Hartmans to see their family members involved in music as a way of life! They've been eminently successful in passing on to their children their own musical gifts and interests.
Rich Simington writes, "While for most civilians Central Command at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL became better known as the Iraq War progressed, it was the last duty station of Larry March when he retired from the Air Force. It's also a reason he and his wife, Eddie, still live in St. Petersburg, Florida."
1947
After speaking with C. Alan Lindquist, Rich Simington told us, "If there weren't so many social events at the retirement community where Alan moved recently, he would be unpacked by now. As it is, he is still sorting his belongings at John Knox Village in Orange City, FL."
1948
An apology to Norma Jacox Stoneham, who submitted a letter and photo for publication that fell through the cracks for a few months' time. Fortunately, the letter and photo (page 29) have been located. Norma wrote, "For the third time in recent years, in September 2002, eight sorority sisters from Sigma Chi Nu, class of 1948, gathered with their spouses, this time at the summer home of Harry and Norma Jacox Stoneham on the shores of Keuka Lake, NY. Attending were Millicent "Millie" Albert Casey and her husband Arthur, Andrew and Doris Weaver Gentsch, Roxanne Robarts Harris and husband John Harris '46, Robert and Marilyn Schneider Herrick, Eugene "Sandy" Holman '49 and Jeanne Morgan Holman, Grace Congdon Kerr and her husband James Kerr, and John and Margaret Jeanne Coats Rice. The first of these reunions was held at the home of Jeanne and Sandy Holman at Indian Lake, PA, in 1995, and the second at the home of Marilyn and Bob Herrick in Glens Falls, NY, in 2000. These are wonderful occasions for reminiscing on the four years at Alfred University and the continuing and lasting friendships that were made there. It was agreed by all that the next event will be in June 2003, when the 55th anniversary of their graduation will be observed at Alfred. We all would encourage classmates from 1948 to plan on attending."
Verna J. Willis '64 writes, "I have recently co-authored a book with Robert L. Dilworth of Virginia Commonwealth University. It details the methods and effects of using action learning strategies not only in management education but also in a wide range of other settings. Robert "Lex" Dilworth and I have been working with action learning for about ten years and use it to give our graduate students in Human Resource Development real-world experience on real problems with a real, external client. There is no simulation and the student groups are on their own - not facilitated. It is a powerful learning experience that is (often in much too diluted form) gathering a lot of attention in business colleges and among organization consultants these days.
1949
Marie Fuller Gartley and her husband Bob enjoy spending a lot of time working and sailing on their yacht. Rich Simington comments, "That's not at all unexpected for a couple who are longtime members of the local power squadron and live on an island - Bradenton, FL." Contact Marie at Bgartley@compuserve.com.
1950
If you think you've known your pals for a long time, talk to Harvey Siebert and Robert Strong. After growing up in the Buffalo area, they were roommates at Alfred and have been best friends ever since. Today Bob and his wife Dorothy "Dottie" Stutzman Strong '53 live in Pompano Beach near Harvey and his wife Anita in North Palm Beach."
If you think you've known your pals for a long time, talk to Harvey Siebert and Robert Strong. After growing up in the Buffalo area, they were roommates at Alfred and have been best friends ever since. Today Bob and his wife Dorothy "Dottie" Stutzman Strong '53 live in Pompano Beach near Harvey and his wife Anita in North Palm Beach."
Rich Simington writes, "If you travel to Prescott, AZ, you might see Howard Taylor and his wife Peggy tooling around town either in their 1948 Packard or their 1931 Model A Ford, each car meticulously restored by the couple. They got started when Peggy found a dilapidated Packard for sale in an old barn and bought it for Howard for Christmas. It was the first of three they restored.
Dr. Stephen Thorngate took a minute this winter to send "greetings to Erica and all my old friends from Alfred, especially those with whom I attended AACS, from the frozen north woods of Wisconsin." You can write to Stephen at steveth@centurytel.net.
1951
From Rich Simington: "It would be difficult to find an older continuously operated family company than the one founded by Ed Mack III's relative. The family brick company in Connecticut began on four acres of land given to him by Congress as a reward for fighting beside George Washington as a Hessian soldier. Today, the company is operated by Ed's son and Alfred alum Edward Mack IV '71. Ed III and his wife Jo live in Naples, FL, and Charlestown, RI.
Some Americans who serve their country are awarded a commemorative American flag. Those few like Dave Swartz whose service is extraordinary (and classified) receive a flag with the presidential seal that was flown over the White House. Dave and his wife Norma live in Tucson, AZ, where they are enjoying their retirement."
1952
Rich Simington shares, "Tom Skinker and his wife Joan weren't content just to read history. They hopped in their motor home and went to Montana where they followed the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, then spent a week at an elder hostel. When they're not exploring, Tom and Joan live in Tucson, AZ."
Joe Amdur is retired and living in Gainesville, FL, with his wife Phyllis. Joe is recovering from a horseback accident incurred when a dog attacked his horse - while Joe was riding! Joe's fall resulted in two broken ribs and a cracked collarbone. He writes, "I am now mended but I do not recommend the experience to other classmates."
Betty Lou Ogden Crowley wants to inform her class that she is changing her e-mail address. Contact her at waeoc@localnet.net.
On February 14th, The Newark Museum in Newark, NJ opened an exhibit entitled "Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy," devoted entirely to studio pottery from the late 1930's to today and featuring the work of 138 potters. Included in the exhibit was a pot by Chris Staley reminiscent of the work of his Alfred professor Val Cushing '52 in its large scale and impressive glaze work. Staley is a resident of State College, PA.
1953
If you think you've known your pals for a long time, talk to Harvey Siebert and Robert Strong. After growing up in the Buffalo area, they were roommates at Alfred and have been best friends ever since. Today Bob and his wife Dorothy "Dottie" Stutzman Strong '53 live in Pompano Beach near Harvey and his wife Anita in North Palm Beach."
Congratulations are in order for Bill and Lola Sutton '54 Webster's 50th anniversary this June. They will be at our 50th reunion. John Johnson reminded me of their anniversary and says he's known Bill since the third or fourth grade.
Now that Regina McMahon's house has been rebuilt following a disastrous fire, "it's remarkable how her monumental collection of nativity pieces from around the world was saved and is once again displayed throughout her home," comments Rich Simington. Regina lives in Phoenix, AZ.
1954
Joan Jacobs Sailer passed away on March 19, 2003, following a long illness. Joan was highly regarded for her abilities as a cook, artist and musician, having worked professionally playing saxophone, clarinet and piano. Her husband Ed Salier '53 still resides in Sanibel, Florida.
Congratulations are in order for Bill and Lola Sutton '54 Webster's 50th anniversary this June. They will be at our 50th reunion. John Johnson reminded me of their anniversary and says he's known Bill since the third or fourth grade.
Today, Jim Sclafani and his wife Arlene are proudly enjoying semi-retirement in Delray Beach, FL because their kids are running their nationally known company, Multi Image Group in Boca Raton. But if you ask them about the history of their company, they remember it was an Alfred classmate who gave Jim the job he needed to tide him over when their first company was torpedoed by the Nixon-Soviet Union wheat deal that suddenly threw the commodities markets into chaos. Jim welcomes e-mail from old friends at bigjimsr@bellsouth.net."
At the age of 70 (soon to be 71), Margaret Stewart Austin is actively putting her Alfred education to good use. "Since 2000 I have been a clinic nurse for the Fairfax Health Department in Fairfax, VA," she informs us. You can contact Margaret at pinkdrvr@aol.com.
From Rich Simington: "Tom Fish continues his quest to become the best-known potter in Arizona, recently winning a prestigious silver ribbon in a show where many thought his work deserved the gold. He and his wife Luna, a skilled jewelry designer, live in Sun City, AZ. Drop them an e-mail at lunams@aol.com.
For years, Suzanne Miller Peck was well known for producing her whimsical creations, Suzanimals, which will soon be available for purchase on the internet. Recently, Suzanne's artistic interests have been captured by a pursuit of making art using pastels. Suzanne lives in Los Altos Hills, CA, and welcomes e-mail at suzark@pacbell.net.
Carleton Moore is perhaps best known at Alfred for his distinguished Arizona State University academic career as a professor and founding Director of ASU's prestigious Meteorite Center. He also represents Alfred's likely closest link to the Nobel Prize because of the multiple winners he studied with in graduate school at Cal Tech, including Linus Pauling. Carleton and his wife Diane live in Tempe, AZ and can be reached by e-mail at cmoore@asu.edu.
1955
From Rich Simington: "Most people in Florida know Peter Ramko as one of the first dentists to come to the Boca Raton area. Now that he's retired after practicing for 30 years, he's known in Alabama as the guy who took 200 acres of woods and with his own hands built a hideaway so perfect that instead of continuing to renovate it, he is now working on building tree houses around the property for the comfort of his hunting cronies. Peter and his wife Peg enjoy homes in both Boca Raton and Alabama and welcome e-mailed greetings at pramko@hotmail.com."
1956
George W. Crozier is seeking a Republican nomination for Warren County commissioner. He told a local newspaper, "I think of all the candidates I bring something that is very unique - three years and nine months of service in a Warren County auditor's position. I've worked daily with the financials of every single department in the county, as well as the County Code." George and his wife Louise live in Warren, PA.
The Dogs of Pripyat by Leah Napolin, author of the play Yentl, was presented as a public reading on May 2-3, 2003 in the C.D. Smith Theatre in the Miller Center for the Performing Arts at AU. This latest play captures the means and necessity of survival of hundreds of animals left to fend for themselves in the Ukraine following the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.
Rich Simington informs us that while Appellate Court judges may not be retired, Sid Landau's "judicial senior status" allows enough flexibility in his schedule to take on projects like a three-month trip this year and next to Cambridge. Once there, he'll conduct research in a comparison of English and American legal protocols in the field of divorce law. Sid and his wife Judy Brownstein Landau '57 live in Siesta Key, FL and welcome e-mails to Sidpooh@aol.com.
1957
Lee Williams and his wife Lois have the best of both worlds. Their son, Eric, is an executive for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. To stay trim while being supportive of Eric's career, they live in a retirement course on a golf course in Scottsdale, AZ."
From Rich Simington: "The next bi-annual reunion of Carol Heidtmann Gault and her cohorts (all nursing students at Alfred) is planned to take place in Erie, PA. Carol says the spouses get along at least as well as the alums. She and her husband Ted live in Fort Myers, FL. You can contact Carol at cargau@aol.com.
Rich Simington informs us that while Appellate Court judges may not be retired, Sid Landau's "judicial senior status" allows enough flexibility in his schedule to take on projects like a three-month trip this year and next to Cambridge. Once there, he'll conduct research in a comparison of English and American legal protocols in the field of divorce law. Sid and his wife Judy Brownstein Landau '57 live in Siesta Key, FL and welcome e-mails to Sidpooh@aol.com.
1958
Charles Marvin sent us an update on life with his wife Sandy. "We have been raising and showing Champion Samoyeds for the past ten years. Sandy has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the Samoyed breed by ensuring that the pedigree of all breedings are free of genetic defects and the male and female meet or exceed the standards of the Samoyed breed. My dad was a veterinarian; I have been around animals all my life. Samoyeds are the most loyal and loving dogs I have ever experienced. We currently have six males and five females. Other Samoyed breeders have showed intense interest in our Samoyed Champions. We have received requests for puppies from as far away as Korea. We are expecting a litter of puppies on June 13th - therefore we shall not be able to participate in our 45th Reunion. I shall miss seeing everyone, and wish you all a wonderful reunion."
After 18 years of service, Judge William R. MacCrea announced his retirement from the position of Justice of Alfred Village Court in Alfred, NY. As he looks forward to the next chapter of his life, Bill told the Alfred Sun newspaper, "Life continues to be a fantastic thing."
From Rich Simington: "Twenty-five years ago, a lot of people thought Leon Sobon was crazy for quitting his job to start a winery. Today, his Shenandoah Vineyards in the Amador County wine country are highly admired by those who seek the extra flavor you can only get from organically grown wine. Leon and his wife Shirley live in Plymouth, CA.
When Bill Hoskyns isn't sharing investment strategy with the clients of his firm, Hoskyns & Segretti in Sun City, AZ, he's strategizing about how to protect the trees on his mountain cabin near Payson, AZ from the severe western drought. Bill and his wife Marilyn live in Glendale, AZ."
1959
Charles Sonne recently retired after teaching 8th grade for 34 years in the Simsbury, CT school system. Charles comments, "There is life after retirement!" Charles resides in New Haverford, CT with his wife, Carol.
Rich Simington tells us that Philip Bellomo's desert home is a gallery of his artwork highlighted by a series of floor-to-ceiling ceramic filigree screens that he markets as Moorish Screens from his home and studio in Tucson, AZ.
Ron Theis '59 had kept our dates on his calendar for a long time. However, it turns out that his daughter is graduating that day from the University of Oregon. After 14 years of paying college tuition (with four children), Ron and his wife Mary Frances have something to celebrate.
1960
Instead of slowing down after retiring from his law practice, Don Bolles is speeding up, honing his tennis and golf games. He served as President of the Board of a prestigious law school and continues to live in Salinas, CA with his wife Gerri. Send them an e-mail at dsbolles@aol.com.
It's a wonder that the romance between Stanley and Paula Rosenbloom Schumann ever took off. For their first date at Alfred Stan invited her to a spaghetti dinner - but he wanted it to be perfect. When the first batch wasn't, he threw it out and started again from scratch. The second batch was much better, but when he finally went to pick up Paula he was two hours late. Today they share meals together in Batavia, NY, and Pompano Beach, FL. Send them an e-mail at stan337@juno.com."
It's a wonder that the romance between Stanley and Paula Rosenbloom Schumann ever took off. For their first date at Alfred Stan invited her to a spaghetti dinner - but he wanted it to be perfect. When the first batch wasn't, he threw it out and started again from scratch. The second batch was much better, but when he finally went to pick up Paula he was two hours late. Today they share meals together in Batavia, NY, and Pompano Beach, FL. Send them an e-mail at stan337@juno.com."
From Rich Simington: "If you think you see Dick Petticrew and his wife Bev driving by your house in a Winnebago, you may be right. They're planning lots of traveling adventures with their recently procured travel vehicle. When they come home, Dick and Bev return to Odessa, FL.
Thomas Cechini '60 recently sent a letter informing us that his new associate at Linsco/Private Ledger (LPL Financial Services) is also an Alfred graduate! Thomas Czechowski, Jr. was recently hired as a financial consultant for LPL. Mr. Czechowski worked in Williamsville, NY, as a licensed registered representative in the brokerage industry before accepting this new position. Good luck to both Toms - we're sure that in addition to the great business you do, you'll also enjoy swapping Alfred memories!
1961
From your class correspondent: "Jim Warner is retired after 25 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam and another 10 years in the information systems business in the Washington, DC area. He and his wife Linda are now living in the Atlanta area and keep busy with travel and grandchildren. Jim also sent a CD of the 1960 Alfred Glee Club and Chapel Choir, which may be of interest to some of you gentle readers. Access to the CD can be obtained simply by contacting me and letting me know what you are doing. Looking forward to hearing from more of you."
From Rich Simington: "If you live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, you know Donald "Don" Sanders as a stockbroker. However, if you live in Don's town, Coral Springs, you know him as Mr. Public Service. For more than fifteen years Don has been active in political life, running the campaigns of many candidates as well as serving terms as a city commissioner."
At the March AU Florida west coast luncheon in Sarasota, news from Mark Shardlow '83, Director of Alumni and Community Relations perked up my ears - and so I shall share it with all of you. Joel Moskowitz '61 owns and operates a company by the name of Ceradyne, Inc. located in Costa Mesa, CA. Ceradyne manufactures the armor worn by our troops in Iraq. Joel has credited Alfred University with the education necessary to develop such a product.
1962
Here is a little pitch for my annual ski trip to Switzerland. Last February John Popkess '00 traveled with our group of 60 people to Zermatt. In 2004 we are going to Davos and St. Moritz. Walt '62 and Linda Venezia Reed '62 often join us although with their world travels these days I won't be surprised if they visit Mars.
From your class correspondent: "After graduation, Allan F. Everson served in the Air Force and then worked in the banking field in Connecticut and Florida. He is now located in New Hampshire and is the vice-president of Commercial Loans at the First Coleman Bank in Concord. Everywhere he has lived he has been involved in local affairs and volunteer fire and EMT services. In recognition of his years of service, he was given the fifth Bill Bromage Community Service Award by the First Coleman Bank, an award named for the former president and CEO of the bank. Everson has been a member of the area Chamber of Commerce, been elected to the Loudon town planning board, and worked with a number of service groups."
Rich Simington informs us that Sandy Kaplan Coplon enjoyed learning so much that she has continued taking college courses throughout the years since Alfred. She recently studied late 19th century European art. Sandy continues to live in Portola Valley, CA, with her husband Norman and can be reached at SandalaC@aol.com.
Here is a little pitch for my annual ski trip to Switzerland. Last February John Popkess '00 traveled with our group of 60 people to Zermatt. In 2004 we are going to Davos and St. Moritz. Walt '62 and Linda Venezia Reed '62 often join us although with their world travels these days I won't be surprised if they visit Mars.
1963
After careers in meat-cutting and art instruction, Don Reitz is currently a juror for Colorado Clay, an annual presentation of ceramic art at the Foothills Art Center. One of Don's pieces is on display, along with work by 20 other artists that Don selected from 11 submissions. Don lives in Clarkdale, AZ with his wife Paula.
Lorna Bitgood Dorr called Joan from Asheville mentioning that she is a 'homebody' and would not make our reunion.
Fred Shandell writes that family engagement conflicts with our reunion. He wants to give his regards to all.
Alan Mandel is traveling on business. I gave him some e-mail addresses of people with whom he wanted to reconnect.
Following her Alfred graduation, Maureen McGuire was personally selected by New York's Cardinal Spellman for a coveted scholarship to earn her master's in art studying in Italy, where she met Pope John XXIII! Rich Simington reflects, "In retrospect, while it seems logical that a woman who had such a special interest in religious art would achieve great things, hardly anyone would have predicted that Maureen would go on to a distinguished career as one of America's premier designers of stained glass art. Her work is part of many churches and architecturally significant buildings across the country." Maureen works in her one-person studio in Phoenix, AZ.
Joan Goodman sends her regrets but wants to be remembered by all who do show up.
Luan Ellis suggested that the performance of Forever Plaid at the Miller Performing Arts Center during reunion weekend is not to be missed.
Pat McGinnis Meyers notes that a number of her Sigma sisters will be at our reunion. Pat, unfortunately, is attending her mother's hip replacement recovery.
Had a long telephone conversation with Henry "Hank" Hopkins. In the last issue of the Alfred Magazine there was a photograph sent in by Judy Douglas Pearson '61 of the 'Varsity Seven,' a singing group put together by the head of the music department, David N. Johnson. Since Henry was one of the singers, he could identify more names. Henry and I spoke the day before his birthday (May 15th). His work restoring classic automobiles and a variety of other interests prevents him from coming back this year.
1964
When Peter Wunsh was a young physician in the service, he was stationed at the Pentagon. He had several nationally known patients, some affiliated with the CIA. He remembers it was not uncommon for them to ask him medical questions that had nothing to do with their own health, but they never revealed why they wanted the information. Peter is now retired from his Florida practice as a rheumatologist and lives in Lake Worth with his wife Sheila."
You can't talk with Joe Smith for very long before he starts talking about his best friend Phil Stillman '64. They were at Alfred together and then attended law school and became attorneys. Joe and his wife Alice live in Ft. Lauderdale, near his long-time friend Phil. Joe would love for his old friends to write to him at smithaw@mindspring.com."
Rich Simington comments, "If you think you haven't seen Phil Stillman lately, you're probably wrong. After retiring from his law practice, he took an acting class and was hooked. Today he is a much sought-after actor in the Florida area, having appeared regularly in local and national commercials and in motion pictures. Ask him for a list of his credits and you'll want to run to the video store to see his films again. Phil and his wife Joanne live in Boca Raton.
Potter Cynthia Bringle received the 2002 North Carolina Award, the highest award for civilians offered by the state. Bringle has been a teacher at the Penland School of Crafts for the past thirty years, as well as teaching workshops nationwide and mentoring young artists. Her work is internationally exhibited and included in the White House Collection of Crafts.
Dart Everett '64 writes that they will be away in Martha's Vineyard while we meet in June.
Gene Friedman writes, "I retired in 2001 as a lieutenant from the Miami-Dade Police Department in Miami, FL. A few years prior, I retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserve. I am now on to my third career as Director of Campus Safety at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. With over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SCAD is the largest art college in the country. It is located throughout the historic and beautiful old city of Savannah. I live there with my wife Jennifer and son, a high school senior. My daughter is a first-year student at SCAD, majoring in graphic design and illustration."
Richard Giandana is the new vice-president of human resources for Sunrise Senior Care in Texas. He writes, "Sunrise Senior Care is a growing Austin-based company with ten nursing homes and assisted living centers in Central Texas. I'm VP of Human Resources for almost 1,000 employees. Prior to joining Sunrise, I headed up Giandana & Associates in Austin, a company that provided a broad range of human resources, training and business consulting services to a variety of companies. Before that I was VP of HR for Tanisys Technology. My wife Kiren (San Jose State '89) moved to Austin almost 12 years ago with Tandem Computers after having lived in California for 14 years. I traveled extensively in Latin America for Tandem, overseeing HR support. Currently, I'm also an adjunct faculty member of the MBA program at St. Edward's University, a 4,000-student institution in Austin. My son Chris, daughter-in-law Kelly, and grandson Andrew (age 1) live in Santa Cruz County, California. My daughter Heidi has lived on Maui for the last 3 years and she is getting her master's degree in Elementary Education and Counseling. About the only Alfredian I stay in touch with and visit is Mike Kaplan in San Diego. I would love for my classmates to have my home e-mail address, Giandana@texas.net. Regards, Rich."
Jim Morgan '64 writes that as a professor of Performing Arts, his summer school class prevents him from getting back.
Roger Underhill '64 wrote a long e-mail even though he may attend reunion. He was hoping to connect with Bob Baker '66. Roger also told the story of going to a dentist for 10-15 years and then learning that the good doctor was Richard Pearl '59, whose practice is in San Francisco. Of course they know a lot of the same people from Kappa Nu and other Alfred ties.
I think I may have forgotten to write to you all about one of the famous characters of our past, Richard E. Vlasak '64. Although we keep in touch by e-mail, I had not seen Richard in many years. Fortunately, I was doing a middle states university evaluation in San Juan, PR and got a chance to catch up. Naturally, he lives in a penthouse overlooking the bay of Condado. We had dinner a couple of times, went clubbing in some of the great night spots but best of all went bicycling. Apparently, Richard rides every day, so he invited me to join him. I said yes and we met at the bike rental shop. As we headed off I told him I had not been on a bike since 6th grade. Nevertheless, we went 15 miles along fabulous coastal beach.
1965
Elizabeth "Bebe" Graves Miller '65 had planned to join us but she is taking a group of 8th graders to France. Husband David '66 is on the AU Board and therefore we get to see each other more frequently.
From your class correspondent: "John Muchler and his wife Sharon had their first grandchild on July 8, 2002, in Rochester, NY. In addition to spoiling little Jacob, John stays busy with his hobbies - model railroading and railroad history. He writes a newsletter for the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society. If any Alfred graduates or friends rode the Shawmut, he'd like to hear their memories. His new e-mail address is jmuchler@stny.rr.com."
Isabel Chicquor received an $8,000 grant as a N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellow for her work in the visual arts. Isabel was one of 12 individuals selected from a pool of 260 applicants, chosen for her skill and expertise in fine art photography. Her work will be displayed in a special exhibit in 2004. Her latest exhibit, "Delirious Rhythm/Ritmo Delirioso," featuring photographs of Cuban dancers, was included in Jazziz Magazine. Isabel resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
1966
Nick Davies '66 keeps me up with various stories from California and Mexico where he lives and travels.
If you want to see Jim Minkel and his wife Priscilla Risler Minkel '67, a convenient way to do it is to tune in to a TV broadcast of an NHL game when the San Jose Sharks are playing. It's a good bet they'll be there as two of the most loyal fans. Jim and Priscilla live in Benicia, CA.
You can't talk with Joe Smith for very long before he starts talking about his best friend Phil Stillman '64. They were at Alfred together and then attended law school and became attorneys. Joe and his wife Alice live in Ft. Lauderdale, near his long-time friend Phil. Joe would love for his old friends to write to him at smithaw@mindspring.com."
From Rich Simington: "Recently, Don Landsittel recalled with an Alfred visitor the profound personal interest coach and professor Mel Tuttle took in young people at Alfred. Don must have demonstrated some athletic skill to Coach Tuttle, however, because it was in the genes of his daughter when she was a junior high national champion. Don and his wife Jode life in Pleasanton, CA and welcome e-mail greetings at landsittel@aol.com.
1967
Rich Simington comments, "If you wonder why Sydelle "Dellie" Raffe never has to buy a flyswatter, it's because her teenage son Taylor has a strong interest in carnivorous plants. Dellie lives in Oakland, CA where she works as a management analyst at the Alameda County Department of Social Services."
1968
From Rich Simington: "When Steve Isaac isn't competing with his wife Shirley to be the best golfer in the Isaac family, he continues his ceramic engineering career. He oversees the construction of furnaces used to eliminate the nation's supply of outdated nerve gas. Steve and Shirley reside in Oro Valley, AZ and can be reached at steveisaac@aol.com.
After graduating from Alfred, Katherine Chambers spent a year in San Francisco. After graduate school at Michigan and several years as a science librarian at Cornell, she returned to the west coast where for some time she has been a bibliographer and science librarian at UC Davis. Katherine gardens in Davis, CA where she lives and travels when she can get away from the library."
1969
If you want to see Jim Minkel and his wife Priscilla Risler Minkel '67, a convenient way to do it is to tune in to a TV broadcast of an NHL game when the San Jose Sharks are playing. It's a good bet they'll be there as two of the most loyal fans. Jim and Priscilla live in Benicia, CA.
Nancy Kopp Seremet is now a retired U.S. Army Nurse, having served in Frankfurt, Germany and during Operation: Desert Storm. Nancy is currently employed as a compliance and business integrity officer with VA North Texas Health Care Systems in Dallas, TX. Nancy and her husband, Joseph, have been married 33 years and together had two sons; Patrick, who is 31, and Kevin, who died in 1998 at the age of 24. Nancy welcomes e-mailed greetings at nsalfred69@mindspring.com.
Rich also shares news of Gary Woodfield: "If you had asked Gary as a young attorney what field of law interested the most, he would have said labor law. As is the case with most of us, his career took unexpected turns; he now specializes in banking litigation. Gary and his wife Alexandra live in North Palm Beach, FL and welcome e-mailed greetings at gwoodfield@ealaw.com."
Rich Simington tells us that Peter Smith is developing a mechanism that will revolutionize the treatment of breast cancer. Looks as though his career as a ceramic engineer has taken him in quite an important direction as he proceeds with his work. Peter and his wife Elizabeth live in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Dr. Marc Geller writes, "In 1980 I received a Doctor of Psychology degree from Rutgers University and currently I am a licensed psychologist in private practice in Somerville (Somerset County) NJ. I recently was elected Chair of the Board of The Wellness Community of Central New Jersey (TWCCNJ); this Board is currently working to raise $400,000 in order to open the doors of the TWCCNJ. The Wellness Community is a worldwide organization, with twenty-one facilities in the United States, that provides free psychosocial services to cancer patients and their loved ones. TWCCNJ has already raised $230,000 and hopes to open its doors before the end of 2003." Marc invites Alfred alums in the New Jersey/New York/metropolitan area who would like more information about TWCCNJ to please contact him at marcdgeller@aol.com. Marc resides in Bridgewater, NJ with his wife, Marjorie.
1970
From Rich Simington: "If you visit a winery this year, especially on the west coast, look for Peter Immordino's gorgeous hand-crafted tableware called Logan-Immordino Tableware. The creations are designed and produced by Peter. His studio and home are located alongside the Russian river where he and his wife Tracy live in Healdsburg, CA.5/18/2007 1:49:50 PM BrendaH
Near Healdsburg, Joe Kopczynski lives with his wife Cheryl and is a partner in the famous decorative tile company, McIntyre Tile. Though many vacationers flock to the picturesque northern California area, Joe comes back to the Southern Tier of New York to vacation at Keuka Lake. 5/18/2007 2:00:01 PM BrendaH
Doug Vesper, was a history major at Alfred. Then he attended the University of Connecticut and earned a master's in wildlife management. With a breadth of knowledge like that, you;d think he could answer almost any question. He entered the career where one needs to know the answer to almost any question - he has owned and operated hardware stores ever since. This year Doug sold the last of his stores and now looks forward to a few years of traveling from his home base of Stuart, FL 5/18/2007 2:05:09 PM BrendaH
1971
Proud parents Bruce Kulp and Chris Pinto Kulp '71 wrote to inform us of their daughter's success in the professional world. Devan Kulp completed a nine-month contract in Market Research at Bosch Automotive in Karlsruhe, Germany. You can reach Devan at devydoodle@hotmail.com.
1972
After thirty years in the construction business, William "Bill" Rogove was named vice president of construction for the KOR company. Bill lives with his wife Patricia in Freehold, NJ. 5/18/2007 2:07:44 PM BrendaH
Rich Simington comments, "You know Cupid's arrow hit a bulls eye when a guy falls in love with a woman who consistently wins in golf and rides horses like a cowgirl. Still-smitten Phil Thomas and his wife Kay live in Fremont, CA."
1973
A book by Peter Jenkins is now available as a book on tape, read by the author himself! Looking for Alaska was recently names to the Top Ten Literary Travel Books of the Year by Booklist, an influential literary magazine. The tape is twelve hours and thirteen minutes long and contains Alaskan sounds recorded by the author including sled dogs howling, eagles on the nest, waves washing over a wilderness beach and more. 5/18/2007 2:22:05 PM BrendaH
According to Rich Simington, if you are ever in the Fort Myers area, it's nearly impossible to watch television or listen to the radio without encountering Mark Johnson. As the longtime producer of Medical Digest for the Lee Memorial Health Systems, he creates and narrates four television and five radio shows per week, aired on area media, Mark lives in Cape Coral, FL 5/18/2007 2:27:32 PM BrendaH
Pat Martinez Mumford writes, "I am enjoying my job as a RN at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, CA. My husband Larry and I spend our off-time trail riding and showing our four Appaloosas. We are looking forward to riding on the Chief Joseph Trail Ride next year in Oregon.
Donald W. Meseck regrets he will not be able to attend reunion weekend. "Because of the timing of this reunion and the distance back to New York State, we will not be able to attend this event. Wish we could!" Any of Don's friends are welcome to e-mail him at DonMeseck@aol.com. Don retired from the U.S. Army reserve in 2001 and is currently working as a Regional Labor Economist for Central Washington with the State of Washington's Employment Security Department. He and his wife and two children live in Ellensburg. At Alfred, Don played on the tennis team; he still plays regularly. He says he'll miss the Tennis Tournament at Reunion Weekend the most!
1974
From Rich Simington: "If you think you like your retirement, wait till you hear about Andrew Bergh. After the typical fascination with the sea, including stints as a lobsterman and a lifelong charter boat captain's license, he sold his manufacturing company to move to Florida where today he is a yacht salesman. A trip to the Bahamas to show a boat is just another ho-hum day for him! Andrew and his wife Carolyn live in Ft. Lauderdale. 5/18/2007 2:39:26 PM BrendaH
John Lowther writes, "My son Rex '74, who received the school's physics prize, is chief scientist for Intersil Corporation. He also surfs. My daughter Jocelyn, who attended Alfred from 1973-74, has her own law firm, runs (will compete in the World Masters this year in Puerto Rico) and is a traffic hearing officer." John also wrote a book, Having Fun With God.
From the weekly AU newsletter: the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred University offered Technical Assistance to New York City as it planned the eternal flame memorial at the World Trade Center. An alumnus, Dr. Licio Pennisi '75, assistant director of the CACT, assisted with analysis that guided election of building materials for the memorial.
1975
Harris "Harry" Kershnar has been selected for inclusion in the 2003-2004 edition of The Best Lawyers in America based upon his expertise in the field of Labor & Employment Law. Congratulations Harry! 5/18/2007 3:08:10 PM BrendaH
We received an e-mail from Dr. Michael O'Grady , who writes, "I just wanted to drop a line and say hi to old friends I haven't been able to keep up with. I've just changed jobs (again). I am a senior health economist at the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. I mostly work on issues involving Medicare reform and the addition of a drug benefit to Medicare. I have a wife, Sharon, two daughters ages 16 and 13, and a son, 9. I really enjoy D.C. but I miss the beauty of Alfred and the wonderful friends and memories from my time there." Mike welcomes e-mails from old friends at MikeOGrady@aol.com. 5/18/2007 2:59:19 PM BrendaH
Rich Simington shares, "While some think Carl Cox's claim to fame is as a ceramic engineer, the neighborhood kids who have grown up near his family know his real gifts are as an accomplished soccer coach. Carl and his wife Joanne live in Tucson, AZ." 5/18/2007 3:05:11 PM BrendaH
David Vertacnik's sculptures were displayed this April at the Dennis Morgan Gallery in Kansas City, MO at an exhibit titled "Kinetic Bouquet". David's sculpture draws from materials such as ceramics, cast bronze, and industrial and agricultural objects. David and his wife Wendy Leet Vertacnik ' 76 live in Lawrence, KS. 5/18/2007 2:52:49 PM BrendaH
Susan Reger Alexandrowicz will be participating in a 50-mile, three day walk in California for multiple sclerosis. The walk is September 12-14, 2003 and Susan figures she'll walk over 800 miles in preparation. Good for her! 5/18/2007 2:48:31 PM BrendaH
1977
Jeanie Robinson-Pownall is very pleased that her daughter Jennifer Robinson-Pownall '06 chose Alfred University and is completing her first year. Jenny is studying biology and looking ahead to a career as a veterinarian or pediatrician. She is an active participant as a campus E.M.T. and enjoys training and helping instruct karate, in which she has earned a Second DAN Black Belt. Jeanie is a member of the Alfred university Parents Advisory Board and works as communications coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary medicine. The family, which includes husband Jim and son Jamie (possible future Alfredian), resides at 2004 Strawberry Lane, Coatesville, PA 19320. 5/18/2007 3:37:54 PM BrendaH
1979
Greg N. Smith is a Senior Software Engineer with IBM, based in Raleigh, NC. he is currently in his third year of assignment in England. Greg and his wife, Cyndi Grover, spend their free time traveling and chasing after their six adorable canoes and kayaks. 5/18/2007 3:41:38 PM BrendaH
Patrick Rohrbacher and Betty Sheetz-Rohrbacher wrote to tell us of their life in Memphis. Betty has re-opened her art studio and held shows this spring. Pat's helping clients in hi investment business and working on music. You can investigate Pat's musical project by checking out www.off center.info, and while you're at it, drop him an email at patrohr@bellsouth.net 5/18/2007 3:47:30 PM BrendaH
1980
On February 14th, The Newark Museum in Newark, NJ opened an exhibit entitled "Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy," devoted entirely to studio pottery from the late 1930's to today and featuring the work of 138 potters. Included in the exhibit was a pot by Chris Staley reminiscent of the work of his Alfred professor Val Cushing '52 in its large scale and impressive glaze work. Staley is a resident of State College, PA.
1981
Ceradyne, Inc. announced the hiring of James Portugal as semiconductor project manager in the company's Advanced Ceramic Operations Sales and Marketing Department. James will be responsible for business development and the semiconductor equipment industry.
Nancy Samuelson Anderson was recently named G.E. Transportations Systems quality leader. In addition to this honor, she was chosen to represent the company at the Pennsylvania Governor's Export Excellence Awards in October, 2002. Nancy has worked for G.E. since 1984, when she began as a computer management trainee. Her positions with the company have included manufacturing analyst, commercial quality manager, e-business leader and, most recently, commercial initiatives leader for digitization efforts. Nancy has put her AU accounting degree to good use! Nancy lives in North East, PA with her husband, Gareth.
Nancy Cushing Daniels is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. According to a recent news release, Nancy was selected for one of 29 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer study opportunities. She will participate in a five-week seminar at the University of Virginia, "The 'Libro de buen amor' in Cultural Context."
1982
Andrew Berends presented a ceramic raku workshop and a slide presentation at the Exit Gallery (part of the Montana State University School of Art). The exhibit of Andrew's sculptures was on display March 31-April 11. Andrew creates raku vesssels, lamps, lidded jars and bowls for production, though clay sculptures are his passion.
1983
David B. Levy has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Regional Director (RD). In this capacity, David will provide a link between the national organization and ten local sections in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut region, as well as serving on the Section Affairs Committee and several other committees toward the betterment of the society. David began his own business, Levy Quality Consulting, in August, 2000 and is working with several clients including Siemens Transportation Systems, Inc., and Argo International Corporation. David lives in Cortland Manor, NY (in Westchester County), with his wife of 13 years, Sharon, and two children, Danielle (8) and Alex (6). David and his family look forward to catching up with old Alfred friends. You can contact David at david@levyquality.com.
Gail Barr Goodridge was appointed the new director of nursing at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford, PA. Following her education at Alfred University in nursing, Gail earned a Masters in Business Administration in Health Service Management from the University of Texas.
1986
Diane R. DeGurian writes, "I was married on October 20th, 2002 to Bryan Sellers. I still work for Gamma Sports (11 years) as the Credit Manager and Director of HR. My husband is a City of Pittsburgh police officer." Contact Diane at di@gammasports.com.
1987
We learned that Dr. Keith Brooks has been named senior scientist in the Konarka Technologies, Inc. Swiss office. According to a business wire publication, Dr. Brooks serves as technology liaison between Konarka's US and European operations.
Kevin Orr and his wife Sherilyn welcomed a second child, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Orr, to the family on March 21, 2002. Michael also tells us that the family has moved into their new home that they built. The Orrs welcome mail from friends at 28 Squire Court, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, or e-mail Kevin at firm@orr-law.com.
My life has been very busy as well. My husband Greg and I published our first book, There Are No Words: A September 11th Remembrance Book - a book devoted to honoring the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. Although this project was at times an emotional and time-consuming one, it taught my whole family much about compassion and appreciation. We have five children now: Krista (14), Brent (11), Garrett (5), and our two-year-old daughters Skylar and Sbrina. Greg is due to retire from the military in a year or so, which I'm sure will bring about more changes in our lives, but right now things are just plain good. I'd love to hear from other Alfred people or pass notes on to Cathy, Dawn or Arleen by e-mail to Tracy@twinapplepublishing.com. I'd also love to hear from anyone, especially Alfred alumni or students, interested in illustrating children's books. Take care!"
Harold Simmons, Jr. wrote recently to update us on his career. "I completed my Master's degree in Human Service Administration from Buffalo State College on May 11, 2002. On the job front, I was recently promoted to the program analyst position for Action for a Better Community, Inc. in Rochester." You can contact Harold at hsimmons@abcinfo.org.
Tracy Cochrane Raynor writes, "On November 8, 2002, Dawn Torlish married Steve King, an Atlanta native, in a sunset ceremony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in St. Petersburg, FL where Steve has his own landscaping business called Uncommon Grounds. Dawn is a health information analyst at Bayfront Medical Center. While it was the first marriage for both, two ceremonies were needed to accommodate friends in the north and the south. Laura Blaessig was among others who attended Dawn's Florida reception, while Arleen Correra Snyder '88 and Cathy Taranto Hogan and I attended a beautiful Christmastime reception in Connecticut in December. Both Dawn and Steve plan on staying in the warm climate, but if anyone wants to contact Dawn she may be reached at dawntorlish@yahoo.com.
1988
From your class correspondent: "Fifteen years since his last update, Les Menkes writes, 'I hope you are all doing well. I diligently read your updates in the magazine; it's great to see how people are doing. I am living in Singapore with my wife Carleen, my daughter Mikayla (4) and my new son John (2 months). I am managing director for Morgan Stanley running the private banking business in Asia. I have been in Asia since 1993 and love it. Any Alfred alums traveling through Singapore should drop me an e-mail at les.menkes@morganstanley.com and I can take them to a bar in Singapore that will remind them of GJ's!'"
The sculptures of James Jansma were featured in an exhibition entitled "Time Being" this March and April at the Morpeth Gallery in Princeton, New Jersey. James' sculptures were described by a Princeton newspaper as "a merging of the abstract and the concrete." James is a ceramics professor at Princeton University.
According to a recent publication, Chris Decker was named international sales engineer for ZIRCAR Ceramics, Inc.
1989
Professional sculptor Dave Poulin presented a workshop entitled "The Life of an Artist - Living and Pursuing a More Creative Life in the Arts" on March 20, 2003, at the Adams Gallery in Dunkirk, NY. In addition to his artwork, Poulin has taught visual arts at St. Bonaventure University, Alfred University, and Jamestown Community College in Olean, NY, in addition to exhibiting and lecturing on his art throughout the world.
1991
Mike Musci was recently promoted to lieutenant in the Cornell Police Department where he will be responsible for training and staff development. In addition to this honor, he has also been assigned to the Leadership Advising Committee at Cornell University. Mike lives with his wife Shelley in Cortland, NY. In a recent e-mail, Mike shared the news that the couple's second child arrived on December 19, 2002, a boy named Alexander Michael Musci. Mike comments, "At three and a half months old, he weighed twenty pounds! Another Saxon lineman!" You can contact Mike and Shelley at mjm27@cornell.edu .
Amy Quinn-Sinopoli wrote to us to share happy news: "My fourth child, Ella Avery, was born on January 10, 2003, following a big sister Madison Grace (1), big brother Connor Thomas (5) and big sister Haley Elizabeth (7)." Amy lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband Philip and would love to hear from old friends at amysinopoli@yahoo.com .
Don Lynch joined the operations department at Golden Artist Colors, Inc. as its new operations manager, overseeing all production activities and production planning and focusing on upgrading production equipment manufacturing concepts. Don comes to Golden Artist from Interface Solutions in Fulton. Don and his wife Amy Webster Lynch '91 live in Fulton, NY.
1992
Lisajoy Sachs shared some information with us about her exciting life. "I got married on November 3, 2002 to D. Scot Cahlander. We live in Jersey City, NJ. I am currently a jewelry designer and have my own business called Sachs Design. You can visit my web site at www.sachsdesign.net . I answer all e-mails so if anyone wants to contact me my e-mail address is lisa@sachsdesign.net ."
1993
Don Lynch joined the operations department at Golden Artist Colors, Inc. as its new operations manager, overseeing all production activities and production planning and focusing on upgrading production equipment manufacturing concepts. Don comes to Golden Artist from Interface Solutions in Fulton. Don and his wife Amy Webster Lynch '91 live in Fulton, NY.
On March 4 we received an update from the U.S. Marine Corps informing us that Michael Kwoka was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to Company A, First Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division. Made up of 22,000 Marines across the country, the 4th Marine Division is the largest ground combat element in the Corps. The unit's primary mission is to provide trained combat and combat support personnel and units to augment and reinforce the active component in time of war or national emergency. Our thoughts are with Michael as he serves our country in this uncertain time.
Megan Smith Branch e-mailed a recent update. "I will miss everyone at our 10 year reunion but will be at home awaiting our third child mid-summer. I was married in 1998 to Kevin Branch. Our first son Colin was born in 2000 but passed away soon after his birth. Our daughter Alison was born in April of 2001. I am a stay-at-home mom and childbirth educator. Hope everyone has a great time!"
John Badgley '93 has been doing computer work for the United Bank of Afria in Nigeria. We use Instant Messaging to keep in touch.
1994
From your class correspondent: "I am currently on leave from my teaching position to care for my newborn daughter Hannah Elizabeth Kolonoski, born on April 10, 2003. Proud father Marc and big brother Ethan, now 4, are delighted. She was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 19- inches long.
Jennifer "Gin" Ferrara - > > In the fall of 2000, Gin started a media education organization, Wide Angle > Community Media as a means to fund her media projects with youth in > underserved communities. It and has now grown to become a city-wide program > for community advocacy, youth leadership development, and media arts > production. > In 2001 she was awarded an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship to > grow Wide Angle into a sustainable organization. > > This spring Wide Angle was awarded a grant from the MetLife Foundation and > Listen Up! to produce a segment of a national documentary about the > importance of good teachers. The team of young people she coordinates > scripted, interviewed, shot footage, and edited their video, which will > hopefully air this fall. For more info go to > http://www.pbs.org/merrow/listenup/projects/education/index.html > > Gin lives in Baltimore with her partner, David, and her cat, Sasquatch. To > get in touch with Gin, e-mail her at ginferrara@yahoo.com
1995
Stefan Reich '95 and Alexis Diamond write, 'We are sharing an apartment in Cambridge, MA. Alexis is getting his Ph.D. in political economy at Harvard and Stefan just received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is working in a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic fellowship at Harvard. We have fun memories of the good old days at Alfred. Alexis is going to be living in Montreal for the summer and Stefan is planning on going with his girlfriend Camila to Europe when the fellowship ends at the end of the summer. Alexis keeps in touch with Zach Hampton '98, who is in architecture school and is doing well, and also Aaron Brophy, who is a sculptor and an art professor.'
In an update from Christina Festinger, Liz Hall Ginter invites mail from friends to she and her husband Karl at 185 Midsummer Drive, Frederick, MD 21702. Their phone number is (301) 668-5848. Wish her luck!
Jacqueline Reid Webster and David Webster '96 had another son, Nicholas Edmund Webster, on February 15th at 8:27 A.M. The little angel (5 lbs, 7-ozs) arrived a month early but is doing great now. Big brother Reid is adjusting to all of the new excitement and proving to be a great helper.
Army staff Sgt. Cory T. Graves has been selected to attend the post-graduate intelligence program at the Joint Military Intelligence College at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC, according to the Alfred Sun newspaper. Students attending the college are trained to be intelligence professionals and leaders, a great honor for Cory, an intelligence analyst assigned to the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps in Reindahlen, Germany. Cory and his wife Dawn Drennan Graves '96 live in Augusta, GA.
Amy Palms e-mailed to greet her old friends from Alfred: "Hey everyone, I haven't been in touch for a while but I'd like to share some big news. My life-partner/wife/dream girl Annie Schuessler just gave birth to our son! His name is Cosmo Lewis Palms and he was born at home on April 6, 2003 weighing 7 pounds and 2 ounces. I am so proud, yet exhausted and overwhelmed. We live in Oakland, CA and are doing well so far. Other than that, I continue to work in the neon sign industry and am making my art on the side whenever possible. I think of my days in Alfred fondly and I miss my old pals. Love, Amy."
1996
From your class correspondent: "Brian Pecorino is currently living in Arlington, VA after marrying his new wife Megan on August 31, 2002. Brian writes, 'I am working for a real estate development company in Bethesda, MD in their IT department. If anyone is around the DC area and would like to get together, drop me an e-mail at pecorino25@hotmail.com .'"
Apologies to Miriam Rieger-Jachiet - in the last issue of the magazine we incorrectly listed the description of her new job. Miriam is now the director of resident relations for Classic Residence in Fort Lee, NJ.
It sounds as though Andrea Gioia is enjoying her career in the newspaper industry. She writes, "I am about to complete my fifth year as an advertising account representative at the Cortland-Standard, the only daily newspaper in Cortland County. Because this is such a small operation and is one of the few remaining family-owned papers left in the area, our staff is small and we maintain our advertising accounts as well as design the ads we sell. I hope that by the end of this year some changes will take place that will allow me to focus solely on the graphic design part of the job. I joined the Cortland Art League a little over a year ago and that has given me the opportunity to start showing my paintings and drawings. I recently had an exhibit at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse in Cortland. When my schedule allows, I like to retreat to my studio and produce new work to show. I have also had several illustrations featured in the newspaper. I've been living in the village of Homer, NY, for over a year and I enjoy having my own place. Sorry, no husband or babies to report! Living the single life (although I'd love for that to change!). I'd love to hear from my old friends - please drop me a line at agioia@twcny.rr.com .
Jacqueline Reid Webster and David Webster '96 had another son, Nicholas Edmund Webster, on February 15th at 8:27 A.M. The little angel (5 lbs, 7-ozs) arrived a month early but is doing great now. Big brother Reid is adjusting to all of the new excitement and proving to be a great helper.
According to a local newspaper, Michelle Sciria, sculptor, potter, and painter, judged the March Exhibition of the Art Alliance of Monmouth County. The Art Alliance is a volunteer-run co-op gallery providing exhibition opportunities and studio space to local artists. Michelle's post-collegiate work has centered mostly on ceramics, sculpture and pottery. In addition, she paints in watercolor and oil, and creates multi-media puppet sculptures. She is currently a teacher in the Holmdel public school district. Michelle lives in Spring Lake, NJ.
1997
Stefan Reich '95 and Alexis Diamond write, 'We are sharing an apartment in Cambridge, MA. Alexis is getting his Ph.D. in political economy at Harvard and Stefan just received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is working in a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic fellowship at Harvard. We have fun memories of the good old days at Alfred. Alexis is going to be living in Montreal for the summer and Stefan is planning on going with his girlfriend Camila to Europe when the fellowship ends at the end of the summer. Alexis keeps in touch with Zach Hampton '98, who is in architecture school and is doing well, and also Aaron Brophy, who is a sculptor and an art professor.'
From your class correspondent: "Shawn Wyatt and April Sobota '98 were married on June 1, 2002, in Salamanca, NY. AU graduates and professors helped celebrate Shawn and April's marriage at a quaint ceremony and reception (see photo, page 49). Shawn and April enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon on the islands of Hawaii and wished they could stay longer. The happy couple recently moved to Avis, PA. Shortly before the wedding, April graduated from veterinary school and now is one of three veterinarians working at the Animal Care Hospital, a small animal practice in Lewisburg, PA. April writes, 'I'm Dr. Wyatt and loving it!' Shawn is working as a Research Development Chemist at Supelco in Bellefonte, PA.
1998
From your class correspondent: "Shawn Wyatt and April Sobota '98 were married on June 1, 2002, in Salamanca, NY. AU graduates and professors helped celebrate Shawn and April's marriage at a quaint ceremony and reception (see photo, page 49). Shawn and April enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon on the islands of Hawaii and wished they could stay longer. The happy couple recently moved to Avis, PA. Shortly before the wedding, April graduated from veterinary school and now is one of three veterinarians working at the Animal Care Hospital, a small animal practice in Lewisburg, PA. April writes, 'I'm Dr. Wyatt and loving it!' Shawn is working as a Research Development Chemist at Supelco in Bellefonte, PA.
Melanie Abell and Dave Buschmeyer '98 would like to get in touch with their old Alfred friends. Please e-mail Melanie at happybouncycreepykinkypenguingrl@aol.com ."
Martha Valeyron is enjoying her job at Pepsi and her new house in the Bronx, NY. You may have seen her and her husband, Staling, during Hot Dog Day weekend.
From Michael Christakis: "Rachel Kulp Collins writes, 'We have been very busy here in Rochester. Jim '98 and I have been planning many trips for this summer (Florida, DC/Baltimore, NYC, the Hamptons) and seeing many friends from school. We took a trip back to Alfred for Hot Dog Day, where Rob "Pele" Hausrath and Lisa Murcurio '01 hosted us and many others for the weekend and put up with our collective debauchery. It was great seeing so many old friends - I hadn't expected to see that many! Is anyone else starting to feel old? Quite a few friends of my sister (Devan Kulp '02) were in town for the festivities, and we spent some time with them. Speaking of Devan, she was home from Europe for two weeks and we spent tons of time with her. We are looking forward to a possible future trip to visit her. Jim is still at Heany Industries and has recently been nominated as the chairman of the ASM International - Rochester Chapter (a materials professional organization). He also keeps very busy with his responsibilities as district grand master for Kappa Sigma Fraternity, visiting many campuses and helping new chapters form in the Western and Central New York area. I am still at KPMG, and I was recently awarded the KPMG Encore Award for Outstanding Achievement for work I performed for a recent client. It was a great honor! I have been traveling a lot for work, but it is starting to slow down a bit and I am looking forward to a lot of vacation this summer.'
Ian Gilula introduced three collaborative pieces of sculpture at the Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan. "Enigma," "Infinity," and "Rainbow Basket" are from a series of seasonal sculptures. Gilula told a local newspaper that the sculptures are based on his designs, but he and long-time friend Aaron Frankel collaborated to build them. The two friends co-founded Elements Glass in 1999.
From your class correspondent: "Melissa Pelton wrote, 'Natalie, I have never written, so I thought it would be fun to give you an update for the alumni magazine! After graduating from Alfred, I got my masters as a physician associate from Yale University School of Medicine. Since 2000 I have been working at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut as Pphysician associate in the emergency room. I have been living in East Haven, CT in a great house on the beach. This June I will be leaving it all, though, and returning to Semester at Sea, which I did as a study abroad program when I was a student at Alfred. This time, I will be returning as the ship's Physician Associate for four months. I am looking forward to sailing to places like Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji! In the fall, after the program, I will be living in New Zealand for a few months and finally returning home in January!' Melissa welcomes e-mail from friends at peltonmc@yahoo.com ."
1999
Kerri-Ann Appleton writes, 'Hello classmates and dear friends. Another update, but not a lot to tell. These days I am driving a scooter around Denver. The weather is perfect for it, except during those afternoon rain showers we often get. That is why they make rain coats! Work is still amazing and I am meeting some incredible people here in Denver through this position. I could not have asked for anything better, really. Marketing for two bands has kept me busy. I just finished the fan club website for one of the bands - check it out at www.opiex.com . Also, the other band which is growing more popular by the minute here in Denver is called Plastic Parachute. Kind of an alternative rock type. You can check them out at www.plasticparachute.com . I am also into my 5th week of training for traithlon. Other than that, I am just living life as normal here and having loads of fun doing it. Until next time, Kazza.'"
Rory Szwed (aka "Gator") wishes to send a big thank-you to all the folks, past and present, from WALF, APL, ADO, FNL, and the Stairwells for making his two years in Alfred memorable ones. Since departing the Alfred scene in '97, he's garnered undergraduate degrees in math and Secondary Ed as well as a master's in Instructional Technology. More recently, he spent a few years as an RD for SUNY Potsdam and this past year as a youth minister in Saranac Lake. His current e-mail address is rorygator@hotmail.com , and he'd be glad to rekindle friendships with any former classmates (or even ex-girlfriends)!
From Michael Christakis: "Rachel Kulp Collins writes, 'We have been very busy here in Rochester. Jim '98 and I have been planning many trips for this summer (Florida, DC/Baltimore, NYC, the Hamptons) and seeing many friends from school. We took a trip back to Alfred for Hot Dog Day, where Rob "Pele" Hausrath and Lisa Murcurio '01 hosted us and many others for the weekend and put up with our collective debauchery. It was great seeing so many old friends - I hadn't expected to see that many! Is anyone else starting to feel old? Quite a few friends of my sister (Devan Kulp '02) were in town for the festivities, and we spent some time with them. Speaking of Devan, she was home from Europe for two weeks and we spent tons of time with her. We are looking forward to a possible future trip to visit her. Jim is still at Heany Industries and has recently been nominated as the chairman of the ASM International - Rochester Chapter (a materials professional organization). He also keeps very busy with his responsibilities as district grand master for Kappa Sigma Fraternity, visiting many campuses and helping new chapters form in the Western and Central New York area. I am still at KPMG, and I was recently awarded the KPMG Encore Award for Outstanding Achievement for work I performed for a recent client. It was a great honor! I have been traveling a lot for work, but it is starting to slow down a bit and I am looking forward to a lot of vacation this summer.'
After graduating from AU, Kristianne Fulcher journeyed south! "I moved to Raleigh, NC, in the fall after graduation basically because I had a friend that allowed me to live here for free until I found a job. Three months later I started as an entry-level graphic designer at a small marketing communications firm called Train of Thought Studio. This was a great first job. My boss took me under his wing and taught me how to use the skills I had developed in school in the real world. The company doubled in size while I was working there. We worked for clients like Motorola and Ericsson. In October of 2000 I got the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Venezuela. On this trip we did street theater and gave out essential goods and supplies to the needy. Early in 2001, Train of Thought started to have financial trouble. In March they laid off all the marketing and sales people, myself included. This ended up being a good thing because it gave me time to focus on my printmaking. Thus, I set up a studio in a friend's garage and bought an etching press and started making woodcuts. Since then, my work has been in quite a few area shows. My unemployment ran out in December of 2000 and I was hired for my current graphics job in the nick of time in January of 2001. I work as a graphics designer for my church, Crossroads Fellowship. I still have a studio and try to work in it two or three times a week. I have found Raleigh and the surrounding area to be a very cultural place. (I had not heard of Raleigh before I decided to move here). We have our own ballet company here and quite a few galleries. In fact, on the first Friday of each month, all the galleries have openings and stay open late so the public can walk around downtown and see tons of art. It's not New York, Chicago or Atlanta - but I love it." Kristianne's e-mail address is berrianne@hotmail.com .
Shawn Kent recently announced his engagement to Denise Clark; both live in West Haven, CT. Shawn is employed at the American Eagle Company as an assistant manager. Denise is employed at Yale University. The couple plans a June 2004 wedding in Connecticut, where they will reside.
2000
From Jasmine Lellock: "I'm still teaching English in Randolph, MA, and taking grad classes at the Harvard Extension School. To support my theater habit, I've recently formed a Shakespeare Ensemble at the high school. My students won several awards at the state festival, where we performed Macbeth. I directed A Midsummer Night's Dream May 1-3, but now I'm done for the summer. As many of you know, I have a big summer planned: I can't wait for the 4th of July! We'll be vacationing in the Yucatan Peninsula in August. It was my first Hot Dog Day away from Alfred and I missed it. I sure missed playing rugby and getting muddier at the Olympics with the rest of the Theta girls. Maybe next year…As for the fab five, when are you all moving up North? And let's get planning that cruise!"
Jennifer Hughes of Milford, NY, was recently invited to Milford Central School to instruct high school students in the art of papermaking and bookbinding. Jennifer, now a professional artist, told a local newspaper that visiting the high school was "a great learning experience and one that was quite rewarding."
Thomas Cechini '60 recently sent a letter informing us that his new associate at Linsco/Private Ledger (LPL Financial Services) is also an Alfred graduate! Thomas Czechowski, Jr. was recently hired as a financial consultant for LPL. Mr. Czechowski worked in Williamsville, NY, as a licensed registered representative in the brokerage industry before accepting this new position. Good luck to both Toms - we're sure that in addition to the great business you do, you'll also enjoy swapping Alfred memories!
Daniel Lazar and Heidi Hampton were married in South Montrose, Pennsylvania on May 26, 2002. Former Alfred students in attendance were Daniele Moyer, Marcia Hale, Jennifer Ares, Jay Weisberger '01, Melissa Stidd '99, and Lisa Guthrie. The couple enjoyed a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii.
Michael Pellicciotti writes, "After leaving Alfred, I was a Fulbright Scholar to Canada where I studied for my master's in Rural Development. After that, I attended Gonzaga School of Law as a Thomas More Scholar, a full-tuition scholarship. Following my first year at Gonzaga, I served as a judicial extern for a federal judge in Chicago and participated in clinic work. I currently am in my second year of law school and work for the U.S. Department of Justice. This past weekend I was elected the National Chair-elect of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division. In that capacity, I will represent the interests of the country's over 100,000 law students and 188 Student Bar Associations (law school student governments) at accredited schools. I will also be chairing the Division's national Board of Governors. The ABA Law Student Division is one of the largest divisions within the ABA and is responsible for many law student activities and resources, including the national and regional ABA Negotiation Competitions, Client Counseling Competitions, National Appellate Advocacy Competitions, as well as publications such as Student Lawyer." Sounds like Mike has a bright, exciting future ahead of him!
From Chandra Leister: "I have sadly no notes! A little about me - I just got Maine license plates for my car! I can't believe it! If there are any Alfred alums in Maine that want to let me know what's going on, maybe we can plan an evening get-together sometime this summer or fall!"
Daniel Lazar and Heidi Hampton were married in South Montrose, Pennsylvania on May 26, 2002. Former Alfred students in attendance were Daniele Moyer, Marcia Hale, Jennifer Ares, Jay Weisberger '01, Melissa Stidd '99, and Lisa Guthrie. The couple enjoyed a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii.
Proud parents Bruce Kulp and Chris Pinto Kulp '71 wrote to inform us of their daughter's success in the professional world. Devan Kulp completed a nine-month contract in Market Research at Bosch Automotive in Karlsruhe, Germany. You can reach Devan at devydoodle@hotmail.com.
Here is a little pitch for my annual ski trip to Switzerland. Last February John Popkess '00 traveled with our group of 60 people to Zermatt. In 2004 we are going to Davos and St. Moritz. Walt '62 and Linda Venezia Reed '62 often join us although with their world travels these days I won't be surprised if they visit Mars.
2001
"Envio recuerdos a todos desde Barcelona!" writes Melissa Pritchard, which translates to "Greetings from Barcelona!" She continues, "I have been in Barcelona for the last eight months studying product design as a Rotary scholar. I love my life in Barcelona and have adapted quite well to the Spanish culture, the European lifestyle, and have started learning a third language, Catalan, the native dialect of Catalunya. I have been traveling some, mostly throughout Spain. I did meet up with Jack Gorham in Germany for the Christmas holidays and will be hiking across the northern part of the country in July with Rachel Lash. I will be home in Oregon during the month of September to visit my family, and will then head back to Spain as I have decided to lengthen my stay and enroll in a jewelry design program for the 2003/2004 school year. Keep an eye out for the dinnerware pattern 'Melissa' I designed while at the Pfaltzgraff Co. prior to coming to Spain. You can find it at Sears, Mervyns, or www.pfz.com. My e-mail address is the same, melissapritchard@hotmail.com, and my current mailing address is Tavern 64, 2o la, 08006 Barcelona, Spain."
Beth Merrill writes, 'I'm living in Troy, NY (just outside of Albany) and working at a print shop (New York Press and Graphics) in Albany. I'm able to do graphic design work there so it's a pretty good starting job. I've also been assistant coaching volleyball at Russell Sage College in Troy, which is a lot of fun. I'm still playing for myself, too.'
From Kizzy Parks: Hello, everyone! I just finished my thesis (a meta-analysis) and graduated with a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida Tech and am looking for a job! Two former AU students, Alysia DiPaola and Halle Uhler, came down for graduation and helped me celebrate.
Envio recuerdos a todos desde Barcelona! Greetings from Barcelona! I have been in Barcelona for the last eight months studying product design as a Rotary scholar. I love my life in Barcelona and have adapted quite well to the Spanish culture, the European lifestyle, and have started learning a third language, Catalan, the native dialect of Catalunya. I have been traveling some, mostly throughout Spain. I did meet up with Jack Gorham (Class ¹01) in Germany for the Christmas holidays and will be hiking across the northern part of the country in July with Rachel Lash (Class ¹01). I will be home in Oregon during the month of September to visit my family will then head back over to Spain as I have decided to lengthen my stay and enroll in a jewelry design program for the 2003/2004 school year. Keep an eye out for the dinnerware pattern ³Melissa,² I designed while at the Pfaltzgraff Co. prior to coming to Spain. You can find it at Sears, Mervyns, or www. pfz.com. My email address is the same, melissaPritchard@hotmail.com and my current mailing address is tavern 64, 2o 1a, 08006 Barcelona SPAIN.
"Underemployment has finally spurred me into deciding that my time would be far better spent in graduate school working towards a degree than at some temp job working towards a migraine," says Andi Goetschius. "I will be starting the Master of Graphic Design program at North Carolina State University in the fall. I'm looking forward to homework, studio time, and never shoveling another driveway (at least for the next two years, anyway!) My e-mail address is Andrea_goetschius@hotmail.com."
2002
Proud parents Bruce Kulp and Chris Pinto Kulp '71 wrote to inform us of their daughter's success in the professional world. Devan Kulp completed a nine-month contract in Market Research at Bosch Automotive in Karlsruhe, Germany. You can reach Devan at devydoodle@hotmail.com.
Jennifer Ferrick Brown and Jackson Brown married in June of 2002. After a beautiful ceremony on the Boston harbor, the couple honeymooned in Rome and Venice. Jennifer writes, "Soon after returning, we moved to New York City. Jackson is currently pursuing his CPA and is working for a CPA firm in midtown Manhattan. I am in my first year as a master's of Social Work student at Columbia University." Jennifer can be reached at her new e-mail address, jaf2033@columbia.edu.
After working as a substitute teacher in the Canisteo and Hornell schools, Michele Cole was named camp director of the David VanSanten Day Camp. The camp is located in Paradise Point in Mayfield, NY, on the Great Sacandaga lake and will be in session from June 30 through August 22.
School of Art & Design graduate Michael McKean was chosen to speak this spring at Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art as part of the Hallmark Symposium Series. Michael's work has been widely acclaimed and showcased at group and solo exhibitions across the United States. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts state grants, as well as other awards and fellowships. Michael resides in Provincetown, MA.
2006
Albert Fassbender Jr and Dorothy Van Houten Fassbender are the proud parents of Albert Fassbender III '06, who was name a Miles Scholar and has received the Brenda Johnson Memorial award for being an outstanding music student. Albert is attending the College of Liberal Arts and ha yet to make a decision on a major, although his parents think it will be French, English, or both. Dorothy is an RN at a local hospital, and the family lives In Rhode Island - the trips to Alfred are a rather long ordeal but it's worth it! 5/18/2007 3:23:14 PM BrendaH
Births
From your class correspondent Stephanie Conroy '89: "The only 'note' I have is the announcement of the birth of my third child with John Conroy '90. Elizabeth Anne Conroy was born March 27, 2003, at 8:29 AM. She weighed 7 lbs and 15 ozs. She joins big sister Natalie Lynn, age 5, and big brother Stephen Edward, age 2. All is well and crazy at home with the three kids!"
David Bachrach '94 is enjoying his son Joshua Darr Bachrach, born November 26, 2002. He writes, 'He is a terrific guy and is looking forward to visiting campus this summer for the first time.
Deaths - Alumni
Marian G. Heard passed away on Jan. 29, 2003. She served as director of the Arrowmont School in Tennessee from 1945 - 1977 and will be remembered as an outstanding teacher and role model. She was beloved for her ability to communicate the possibilities of crafts to enrich lives. Some of Marian's accolades included a Distinguished Service Medal from the trustees of the Teachers College at Columbia University, Honorary Fellow and Trustee Emerita of the American Craft Council, and the Niche award for humanitarian service to the craft community. She is survived by two sisters, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
From your class correspondent: "I regret to inform the class of 1953 of the death of our classmate Beverly Havens Forrest on February 15, 2003. I talked to her last November regarding the reunion in June, and she said she would be there, as I reported in my column in the previous Alfred Magazine. Janice Chapin Behrenberg informed me of Bev's death.
Marriages
David Bender was married to Patricia Carroll on May 18, 2002. Many AU alums were present for the celebration. Jennifer Bender Thummler was a bridesmaid, Mike Riley '87 was the groom's best man and Jim Josephson was an usher. The wedding took place in the United Church of Christ in Phoenix, AZ.