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Charles Compson '02, currently working on graduate work in Material Science Eng. at Georgia Tech. His project is in fuel cell technology.
Carlos C. Chang and Shawn M. Allan received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in a ceremony held in Albany last fall. Both are December '02 graduates of the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science at AU. Carlos completed a co-op program at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, working for the microsystems technology division, which resulted in two presentations at the Materials Research Society's annual meeting in Boston, MA. Shawn also worked at Sandia as a co-op student, and was named as a co-inventor on a patent for powder-metal microstructure processing.
1933
John Sweeney and Marcia Colgrove Sweeney '33 of Phelps, NY, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 27, 2003, and had another laugh over the fact that some photos of their wedding show only the bride. The wedding was in the chapel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where John was stationed at the time. After the ceremony, as friends took photos, John was taken by military police to answer charges of failing to apply for a permit to have cameras on the base. He was granted a permit and joined the reception party. John taught high school business, then founded the Sweeney Insurance Agency, retiring in 1998. Marcia held bookkeeping jobs in Phelps.
Marcia '33 and her husband John '49 marked their 60th wedding anniversary May 27.
1934
Doris Coates Pfeiffer writes that she found in her attic a copy of an old book, "The Sermons of Jonathan Allen." She is donating the book to the University Archives at Herrick Memorial Library. Doris wishes to be remembered to her classmates and invites them to write to her at Doris C. Pfeiffer, Box 185, Whitesville, NY 14897
1935
Eleanor J. Witter of Hornell, NY, died on Nov. 11, 2003. Eleanor was a teacher in the Hornell School System for many years and also taught for several years on Long Island. She was a communicant of St. Ann's Church and a life member of AZB Sorority. She is survived by a sister.
J. Cline Newton died on April 5, 2003. His wife, Doris, who is in a retirement home in Homer, NY, says she and Cline had a "wonderful married life" of 68 years.
1938
From Rich Simington: "Carl Swanson's holiday plans included a trip to Florida to be aboard the inaugural cruise of the Queen Mary II, the largest cruise ship ever built. When he isn't sailing, Carl lives in Sun City, AZ, where he still golfs three days a week."
There is a new kiln at AU's School of Art & Design and is was named after Hal, a U.S. ceramist.
The newest kiln to be named by the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, located in the outdoor kiln area behind Harder Hall, honors Harold "Hal" Riegger, who introduced Raku firing techniques to the US. Hal, who now makes his home in Gridley, CA, is the author of Raku: Art and Technique, published in 1970 by Van Norstrand Reinhold Company (New York). He is credited with introducing to U.S. ceramic artists the Japanese technique that results in a crackled, metallic-looking glaze surface on the fired pieces. AU knows him as artist, teacher, author, mentor, designer, innovator, master potter, master craftsman, experimentalist, visionary, friend and patron of the arts. After graduating from AU, Hal taught at the Museum School of Industrial Art, Philadelphia, PA; the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA; and the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Clearwater, FL.
1940
From Rich Simington: "After graduating from Alfred, Richard Peglar worked for eight years at the Panama Canal. That may explain why, after retiring from the U.S. Department of Energy, Dick built an extensive collection of highly detailed ship models, most of which are sailing ships with extensive rigging. He has also created a large army of hand-painted, metal, Napoleanic-era soldiers. Dick lives in Oak Ridge, TN."
1941
Joseph Dauchy is a retired Texas oil drilling engineer who decided to stay active in his retirement by offering his services as a substitute teacher in the local school district. The first call, he remembers with a chuckle, was to teach sixth grade - tennis! Not what he had in mind for retirement. So, Joe went to nearby Schreiner College in Kerville, TX, and asked if there was anything he could do. That was 13 years ago and he's still there, tutoring college math. Joe is also a veteran who served four years as an aviator in the Naval Reserve. He and his wife, Nan, live in Kerville.
"As you may recall, I've made several references to two recent editions in the series of Northern Allegany County Observes books, a series that portrays life during the World War II years. The references involved Alfred University and/or the graduates from the early '40s. I was pleased to hear from Elizabeth Olshovy Maxwell '41, who was mentioned in the '41 edition. Now I've received the issue for 1943 and am scanning it for news from that special year. It's taking more time than I anticipated. One item of interest to us wartime students was that President J. Nelson Norwood announced that the Army was making plans to place 400 men in training at Alfred University. 'There was a probability that the arrangements would be completed and men sent there some time in June.' That would have been a short time after our graduation.
Seymour Barr of Winchester, VA, highly respected in the brick and tile industry and a nationally renowned figure in the Reform Jewish movement, died on Aug. 1, 2003. Seymour was a member of Kappa Nu fraternity at AU and editor of the Kanakadea yearbook. Robert B. Amdur of the Class of 1955 writes: "The Winchester (VA) Star memorialized Seymour in its Aug. 5 editorial, calling him a 'dignified and gracious gentleman.' Born in New York City in 1917 and educated in ceramic engineering at AU, Seymour found his way to the Shenandoah Brick and Tile Corporation in Winchester, where he worked and resided for more than 50 years. During this half-century he became a highly respected figure in the brick and tile industry, and, also, in his civic and religious communities. Seymour was a remarkable person. During World War II he served in ordnance research and design at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, for which he received a commendation for his work in developing a blend of oil for use in artillery weapons in sub-zero temperatures. Later he was awarded a patent for a 'gun synchronizing apparatus' for which he surrendered royalty payments. Twenty years later he received a letter of recognition and $1 from the U.S. Congress for his act of patriotism. The plaque has hung in an honored place all these years in the Barrs' Shenandoah Valley home (brick, of course). "Seymore returned to the ceramics industry and never left it. Even with failing vision he was called on to consult for various ceramic related issues, and would dictate his reports to his wife of 54 years, Betty Roberson Barr. Several such projects were for the late Frederick Hart, an internationally acclaimed sculptor. "It was in his private life that Seymour showed his true calling, and that was his compassion for his fellow person and his dogged determination. He was a deeply religious man who scrupulously followed the principal tenets of his Jewish faith. He became chairman of a building construction committee for the local Jewish community, which had no building in which to worship when Seymour arrived in Winchester 60 years ago. He became a leader in the international Reform Jewish movement. He served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, where he was known throughout the country as the voice for small congregations. "In his community he became known as the 'champion of lost causes.' When he learned of the plight of a young Russian woman refugee who had been ordered to return to the Soviet Union, Seymour took it on as his cause. He devoted himself to it. This woman was eventually allowed to stay and become a naturalized citizen, and today is a practicing dentist in Chicago. "One battle he undertook for himself, he was unable to win. His struggle against blindness started 20 years ago. He took this mission on as he had all the others. Seymour investigated every possible treatment. As each would fail, he would try yet another, often with the odds against him, but always with the thought, 'Well, you know, I have nothing to lose.' That was Seymour's guiding principle, and it was how he approached every problem, whether in engineering or in life: 'Well, you know, I have nothing to lose.'"
1942
"Dr. Ralph Crawshaw, a member of our class and one of the architects of Oregon's policies governing allocation of healthcare resources, delivered the annual JoAnn Miller Memorial Lecture on Ethical Issues in Medicine last September at AU's Harder Hall. Ralph e-mailed me after he made the long flight to Alfred. He said his visit to Alfred turned out to be profound. It bridged the 60-year gap in so many unexpected ways. The lecture went well and should you ever wish to read it, a copy can come your way. (Thanks, Ralph, I received it.) In the question-answer session following the talk, Ralph suggested that doctors become involved in their community, to which one member of the audience, Alfred Mayor and AU History Professor Gary Ostrower '61, spontaneously shouted out, 'Good idea!' One professor later reported that his students said the lecture 'made them think.' "While in the library to do some work, Ralph sat down next to a shelf of past Kanakadeas. With the four volumes for the classes between '38 and '42, he found himself in a series of imaginary conversations with a host of former classmates. "Ralph added an interesting story of a job he acquired while on campus. He lived with the Scholes family in his sophomore year. As a freshman, Jim Scholes had gone into the laundry business with him. They had minimal success, but great fun."
Alan Williams was a young, single ceramic engineer from AU when he arrived in Augusta, GA, for a job with the Babcock & Wilcox refractory brick company. When he and some colleagues passed a pretty girl walking down the street one day, Alan said to the others in the car, "There is the girl I would like to marry." Today that girl, Barbara, is Mrs. Williams, and Alan says their eight grandchildren proves he had good eyesight back then. Alan worked for Babcock & Wilcox for 30 years, then became director of facility planning at the Medical College of Georgia.
From Rich Simington: Romer Volk and his wife, Fran, live in Alcoa, TN, where he is well known for his banjo playing. Romer has played the instrument since he was a boy, and plays an ornate banjo he bought in 1935. Romer is also known for his extensive collection of antique clocks, especially Ithaca calendar clocks. Romer is a retired senior metallurgist with Alcoa, Inc.
1943
"Marv Britton, dear friend and prodigious writer of his monthly newsletter, Grandfather's Letters to Family and Friends, continues to include us on his mailing list. What a privilege to read his engaging notes about his activities, and his family's as well. Marv's summertime concerts, playing clarinet in the Corning, NY, band, included six presentations at various venues in the Painted Post area, where he lives. For several months, Marv was looking forward to attending a grandson's wedding near Omaha, NB, in September '03. He made it to the wedding, but there was no October newsletter, due to 'an unavailability of the publisher,' as he put it in the November issue. Marv's inimitable sense of humor continues through his graphic description of what ensued. 'My cardiac affairs were in tumultuous disorder.' Surgery was performed. 'Additional blood delivery was made available by chopping out several leg veins and reinstalling them in the now unmanly chest.' He's now making a remarkably speedy recuperation, and 'pleasantly improving,' as he says. Our very best wishes, Marv, for a continuing fast and permanent recovery.
Throughout Helen's life she has done various volunteer work. She feels her children are her claim to fame.
Longtime Vancouver, WA, resident Helen Dygert says she never regretted her life as a stay-at-home mom. It allowed her to raise three children - her "claim to fame" - and to devote time to volunteer work, especially with efforts to aid the homeless. Helen helped found the Council for the Homeless in Vancouver. She also served the PTA; helped develop the Clark College Foundation, which she chaired for many years; and served as a volunteer on local political campaigns. She says her late husband, Paul, always supported her life as a volunteer. Helen now lives at the Waterford at Fairway Village retirement community in East Vancouver.
William S. Christman of Duanesburg, NY, died on Oct. 31, 2003. Bill enlisted in the Army in World War II and served as a platoon leader with the combat engineers in North Africa and Italy. He was recalled to active duty during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel after commanding the 464th Engineer Battalion at the Schenectady Army Reserve Center. He was a civil engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1977. Bill's wife, Marie Williams Christman, died in 1998. Bill is survived by four sons, a daughter and two stepdaughters.
"As these notes are being written, we've received from classmate Bob Sinclair, the very sorrowful news that his beloved wife, Patsy, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 11, 2003. She was a devoted wife and always accompanied Bob to class reunions and many other activities involving the University. They attended our 60th reunion, even though Patsy was not feeling well at the time. However, it was considered a temporary and not a serious condition by her medical advisors. A memorial service was held Nov. 25, 2003, at the Presbyterian Church in Laguna Niguel, CA. She will be truly missed by many relatives, friends and associates.
"In late August, I received a letter from Carl Jacobi, from whom I hadn't heard in several years. Carl was wondering if there was a group of Alfred alumni in the Philadelphia area, where he resides, that met informally for social and 'remember when' purposes. Through Chick Berger, I got the e-mail address for Jack Wall '42 who lives in Doylestown. Jack wrote that there used to be such a group, but interest lagged and it disbanded. He knew of no current organization. However, Mark Shardlow '83, director of alumni and community relations at the University, wrote me that he and some staff members were planning an alumni gathering in Philadelphia for late spring or early summer of this year. Carl was very pleased to hear this, and plans to attend. We hope that many other Alfred alumni, relatives and friends in the Philly area will also be part of this special activity. Mark was reassuring that notification would be sent well in advance to everyone possibly interested. (Carl's is an example of the kind of inquiry that can be directed at ye olde correspondent here, and usually successfully answered! You're all urged to get involved.)
"On Sept. 18, 2003, I received a cheerful and upbeat letter from good friend, Jim Lippke, to whom we had sent a group picture of the class of 1943 attendees at our 60th reunion. His mental acuity never diminished, but his weakened physical condition took his life a week later, on Sept. 25. This very sad news came in a call from his daughter, Margaret Buffa of Bayville, NY, with whom he had resided a number of years. We talked extensively, Marg telling me about his last days, and his personal preparations for the inevitable. He had written his own obituary, and was very insistent on wearing certain clothes, including his 'Li'l Alf' tie. The family found everything but the tie and searched frantically for it, to no avail. Finally giving up, they took the clothes to the dry cleaning store. When they picked up the garments, the counter person showed them what they had found in the pocket of the suit coat. Yes, it was Jim's special tie, placed there by him so it wouldn't be overlooked; a last reminder, it would appear. What a beautiful expression of loyalty to Alfred University and to his late great friend, Walter 'Lucky' Lawrence '47, with whom he created 'Li'l Alf,' remembered by so many of us. Jim's granddaughter, Kristen Buffa, describes him so well as 'a truly giving man, who felt music, humor, and his friends and family were all the riches he would ever need. Jim had a song and some humor for every occasion, a gentle and generous spirit mourned by many who deeply loved him.' "I recently received a most welcomed letter from Mary Johnston Lawrence, widow of Lucky Lawrence and longtime friend of Jim Lippke. She had heard of Jim's demise from his daughter. We had sent Mary a group picture of the 60th reunion attendees, and she was very appreciative. She reminded me that Jim was summoned by the military before he could complete his studies at Alfred (a development that happened to many would-be '43 graduates). However, his loyalty to Alfred never wavered, and I'm sure he treasured the memories all his life.
1944
Mervin Roberts conducted the ceremony when Christine Mosser '97 and Jason Zelek were married on Aug. 10, 2003, in Old Lyme, CT. Mervin is chaplain of the Old Lyme Fire Department and the groom is a volunteer firefighter. The AU connection went further than the bride and Mervin and his wife, Edith May Roberts '47. One of the bridesmaids was Jen Alfieri '97, who met Christy at AU through the Student Activities Board. Accompanying Jen at the ceremony was her husband, Mike Alfieri '98.
Alfred friends - I wrote you a check for $150. Annual, #159 on Advest Bank around 20 Sept 03. Now I find this envelope? Alfred Communications Alumni News Class of '44, Bill Sprague '44 called me from Denver? Well it was west of the Ohio River anyway. He reminded me who he was. I said I already remembered, he was "fat". He said he was "well built". Well we at least agreed we were both over 80. He also claimed that together we got into some Deans office and left a message on the wall on a dark and stormy night. For the record I deny it. Hat Roberts
From Rich Simington: "An old AU football program brought the 1941 Alfred-Buffalo football game alive again for Robert Meyer of New Haven, CT. The program carries a photograph of Bob, a freshman running back at the time. Buffalo was heavily favored, but Alfred pulled the upset, winning 14-0. Bob scored the first touchdown, even though he was playing on an injured knee that required surgery after the season (and replacement a few years ago). A lifelong athlete, Bob is a former coach, athletic director and sports mentor."
1945
From your correspondent: "Shifty Gere and Doris Hill Gere '45 write to say that they have returned to the cold of western Massachusetts from their cottage at balmy Keuka Lake, NY. Shifty is recovering from significant and successful surgery that he had in August. All went well. Hooray! Shifty's taking things 'day by day.'
"We heard from Ed 'Shifty' Gere '48 and his wife Doris Hill Gere '45 after sending a picture of them Warren took at the 2003 reunion. Their residence is in Amherst, MA, but they usually summer at a cottage at Keuka Lake, NY, a relatively short distance from Alfred and the annual reunions. This year, Shifty developed a medical problem, and had surgery in late July. The surgery was successful, enabling them to enjoy September and most of October at their quiet retreat at Keuka Lake. Good news from them that Shifty's recovery is progressing well without complications. We wish them our very best for their future health and projected ventures.
1946
"Leah Raptis Theofanis responded immediately with warmth and details. Here she is: 'I've been meaning to write to you for years, but something always came up and time flew by. Every time there was a reunion at Alfred, I had a conflict and just missed the date. It looks like the same thing is going to happen next year because I plan to go to Spain again in June. "'My husband, Jim, passed away in 1978, and after living alone in Rochester for nine years, I decided to move to Delray Beach, FL, in 1987. I remarried here in 1989 and traveled all over the whole world with him until he passed away suddenly in July of 2001. Now I revisit some of the foreign countries or the hometowns of my children in the U.S. I have a son, Charlie, living with his family in Dallas, TX; a daughter, Angie, in East Amherst, NY, with her family; and a daughter, Gigi, with her family in Victor, NY. I take great pleasure in visiting them and my seven grandchildren as often as I can. Or, they come to Florida to visit me. "'I don't believe in wasting a moment of my life because life is too short, so I play tennis three times a week, bowl twice a week and play bridge twice a week. I belong to six clubs and attend as many of their functions as I can. I remember you very well, Wilma, and the great times we had at Pi Alpha Pi. I only hope that one of these years I will be able to attend another one of our reunions.'
1947
Mervin Roberts conducted the ceremony when Christine Mosser '97 and Jason Zelek were married on Aug. 10, 2003, in Old Lyme, CT. Mervin is chaplain of the Old Lyme Fire Department and the groom is a volunteer firefighter. The AU connection went further than the bride and Mervin and his wife, Edith May Roberts '47. One of the bridesmaids was Jen Alfieri '97, who met Christy at AU through the Student Activities Board. Accompanying Jen at the ceremony was her husband, Mike Alfieri '98.
Beverly Pangborn Kirkham died on Oct. 25, 2003, in Ocala, Fla. Beverly loved reading, writing, art and animals, and especially enjoyed her time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by three children and three grandchildren.
1948
"Heard from Scott Dwinelle, son of James 'Jim' Dwinelle, who brought me up to date on his father: 'He was recently awarded the New York State Medal for Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star by Maj. Gen. Thomas P. McGuire, junior adjutant general of the state of New York, and Gov. George Pataki. These two awards recognize his honorable and distinguished service in the Armed Forces of the United States and to the state of New York as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. My father served in the China-Burma-India Campaign and was assigned to the Air Transport Command, India-China Wing, as well as the India-Burma Wing. He was part of the famed Hump operations. He served from Dec. 29, 1942 to March 25, 1946.' Jim now lives in Alexandria, VA."
"We heard from Ed 'Shifty' Gere '48 and his wife Doris Hill Gere '45 after sending a picture of them Warren took at the 2003 reunion. Their residence is in Amherst, MA, but they usually summer at a cottage at Keuka Lake, NY, a relatively short distance from Alfred and the annual reunions. This year, Shifty developed a medical problem, and had surgery in late July. The surgery was successful, enabling them to enjoy September and most of October at their quiet retreat at Keuka Lake. Good news from them that Shifty's recovery is progressing well without complications. We wish them our very best for their future health and projected ventures.
From your correspondent: "Shifty Gere and Doris Hill Gere '45 write to say that they have returned to the cold of western Massachusetts from their cottage at balmy Keuka Lake, NY. Shifty is recovering from significant and successful surgery that he had in August. All went well. Hooray! Shifty's taking things 'day by day.'
John Sweeney and Marcia Colgrove Sweeney '33 of Phelps, NY, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 27, 2003, and had another laugh over the fact that some photos of their wedding show only the bride. The wedding was in the chapel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where John was stationed at the time. After the ceremony, as friends took photos, John was taken by military police to answer charges of failing to apply for a permit to have cameras on the base. He was granted a permit and joined the reception party. John taught high school business, then founded the Sweeney Insurance Agency, retiring in 1998. Marcia held bookkeeping jobs in Phelps.
"Johnnie Seidlin sent a listing of interesting actual newspaper headlines of 2002 which he had received from Al Powers. Some of them are as follows: 'Panda Mating Fails, Veterinarian Takes Over;' 'Prostitutes Appeal to Pope;' 'Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges;' 'Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery, Hundreds Dead;' 'New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group;' 'Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft;' 'Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half.'
John '49 and his wife Marcia' 33 marked their 60th wedding anniversary May 27.
1950
From Rich Simington: "Frank Schroeder and his wife, Virginia, of Richardson, TX, recently completed a 5,500-mile trip by car across a good portion of America, and they traveled less than 100 miles on interstates. Starting out in Richardson, they headed northeast to Michigan, steered toward Wisconsin, then turned south and headed back through Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. They used their AAA guides to find unusual sites along the way."
Dolores S. Scura of Mt. Morris, NY, died Nov. 7, 2003. She graduated from Mercyhurst College and earned her master's at AU. She taught French and Latin at York Central School, retiring in 1982. She is survived by her husband, Louis, and two daughters.
From Rich Simington: "Harvey Siebert of North Palm Beach, FL, was recently looking through his archives when he came across a clipping of a Buffalo Evening News article about a peculiar crime wave at AU during his years at the university. Harvey wonders how many recall the reports of women's undergarments being stolen from a clothesline at The Castle, the co-operative residence for women. Asked by the press if she thought fraternities were responsible, Castle President Nancy Stearns Clark '52 said probably not, noting, 'They always borrow bras whenever they need them.'"
David Hildebrand and Shirley Coats were married on July 2, 2003, in Columbia, SC, in a ceremony conducted by a pastor who is a long-time friend of Dave's. The Hildebrands live in Waterloo, SC.
"Emily (Worth) Robinson and her husband, Richard '50, recently toured northeastern Arizona and hiked the ridges around Pinetop. Then they joined a tour group in Tucson for a 12-day excursion in northern Mexico including a train ride through the Copper Canyon and a visit to Chihuahua City. On another subject, she adds, 'Since our last report we have two great-grandchildren. Hard to believe we are starting the third generation of progeny.'
Jack A. McEnroe of Rhinebeck, NY, died on Sept. 25, 2003. Jack served in the Navy with the Seabees in World War II. He received his master's and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and was an assistant instructor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at SU from 1954-55. He worked for Central Hudson Gas & Electric from 1956-1970, then served as president, CEO and a director of Dutchess Bank & Trust Company in Poughkeepsie from 1970-1989. He then became vice chairman and a director of the First Hudson Valley Bank. He served on many corporate and civic boards, and was a trustee of Bard College and Marist College. He was also a director of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corp. and a past president of the Dutchess County School Boards Association. He received the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award in 1986 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kil Award in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marianne; a son and a daughter.
1951
After long academic careers at Penn State University, Professor Emeritus Robert Hultquist and his wife, Lynn, volunteered their services at the Black Forest Christian Academy in Kandern, Germany. They returned to Pennsylvania last summer after a "wonderful year," Bob reports. "We have many interesting stories involving delightful students representing 48 different countries. During vacation times, along with other retired couples, we visited exciting places in Austria, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Germany. We highly recommend volunteering."
Ka-Kwong Hui of Caldwell, NJ, died Oct. 17, 2003. A ceramist, Ka-Kwong was a professor of ceramics at Rutgers University for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He also taught at the Brooklyn Museum and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. His work has been displayed in the Newark Museum, Trenton State Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York City, and the Tokyo Museum. He is survived by his wife, Eva Bouzrd-Hui.
"Jane (Marshall) Martz and her husband, Gordon '51, retired last May to a retirement village in Arkansas. Gordon is teaching ceramics to the residents.
From your correspondent, on the loss of John "Jack" Schwan, who died June 28, 2002: "Jack was from my hometown of Westbury, NY. We both enrolled at Alfred in 1947, driving up in Jack's sporty four-door Ford convertible. Within a short time Jack decided that engineering was not for him; he went home and married Ann Kniffing. They came back to Alfred in 1948. Jack had decided to pursue a career in floriculture, graduating from Ag-Tech in 1951. "Jack and Ann lived in Trailer Town in back of the gym. I also lived there, having obtained permission from Fred Gerte to be one of the few bachelors to do so. As neighbors, we saw a lot of each other, although socially we traveled in different circles; I had joined Klan Alpine. Jack pursued his vocation and eventually became a world renowned expert on anemone flowers, which, I understand, are difficult to grow. Jack was a Navy vet of World War II. His widow, Ann, lives at their long-time home."
1952
"Ed Pettengill writes that the Connecticut Clay Artists, a society of potters, invited him to exhibit his pottery and he sold five pieces the first night of the show. At the time of his note Ed was designing and painting scenery for a stage production of "Mother Goose at Christmas Time" for a retirement community theater in Stratford, CT. He drafted his wife, Mae, and granddaughter, Clare, to help.
From Rich Simington: "John Morgan still works part time as a materials scientist, but may work harder in his volunteer role. He is the supervising coordinator for 1,000 volunteers operating the American Association of Retired Persons' safe-driving program for a five-state area around Golden, CO, where John lives. He thinks he was the first to create a blue bathtub, as a young ceramic engineer."
"John Morgan has been appointed chairman of the Business Practices Task Force for AARP's driver safety program. He is the supervising coordinator for 1,000 volunteers operating the program in a five-state area around Golden, CO, where John lives. John still works part time as a materials scientist.
"Marty Moskof has just finished designing and editing a book for a small press. The book was written by Frederick Franck, who has authored more than 32 other books, but the new one may be his last. He is now 95 years old. Marty says the current book, although only 96 pages, is the most beautiful book he's ever designed. He's also designing four other books, one of which, sponsored by a drug company, has given him an inside look at the pharmaceutical industry. Marty's favorite current project, though, is a children's book which he also wrote and illustrated. It's his 12th book, but the first he has illustrated. His office has been reduced from five people to two and he now operates from his office in Manhattan and his home in Riverdale. His new address is 3515 Henry Hudson Pky. W. , Apt. 12C, Bronx, NY 10463-1344. If you want to learn more call (212) 799-4311 or e-mail moskoff@aol.com.
From your correspondent: "Don Boulton checks in with good news and also stuff nobody wanted to happen. First the good: The class of '52 donated $3.1 million to Alfred during the fund-raising effort connected with the 50th anniversary of our graduation. This is higher than the total announced at our anniversary dinner, but money continued to come in for several months. Our gift was the most any class has donated to Alfred, Don says. "The Golden Saxon group that Don spearheaded is a go. After you have had your Alfred degree for 50 years you automatically become a Golden Saxon, which entitles you to attend every reunion and take part in special events for the old-timers. Don, Judy Leondar and others are planning the second annual Golden Saxon reunion for next June. He is also looking for someone from the class of '52 to serve on the Alumni Board. The duties include attending three meetings a year, which makes it a natural for those who still live within easy driving distance of Alfred. If you are interested call Don at (919) 929-0045 or e-mail dboulton@mindspring.com. "Finally, the bad stuff: Don was in a hospital recuperating from bowel surgery when he suffered a heart attack. It was so serious, his doctor told him later, that if Don hadn't already been in the hospital he probably would have died before reaching treatment. During the recovery from the heart attack and surgery Don caught pneumonia, also in the hospital, but is now at home and says he is doing fine. He even ventured to a golf course for nine holes and is eager to go back for more.
"Frank Bredell, your correspondent, and his wife, Jean, have also been traveling. They spent close to three weeks in France, first with a tour group and then independently in Paris. Artists in the audience will be glad to know they spent considerable time in two museums, the Louvre and Orsay. Earlier in the year they drove around southern England. Frank says driving on the left side of the road was easy because of his leftist political preferences. They visited Winchester to take photos of the statue of King Alfred that graces the city's downtown. The poor king is surrounded by traffic all the time, but it is possible to reach a safe place to take a picture.
Dave Woodin sends a one-sentence e-mail that says he received a Master of Fine Arts degree at George Washington University in May 2003.
"Emily (Worth) Robinson and her husband, Richard '50, recently toured northeastern Arizona and hiked the ridges around Pinetop. Then they joined a tour group in Tucson for a 12-day excursion in northern Mexico including a train ride through the Copper Canyon and a visit to Chihuahua City. On another subject, she adds, 'Since our last report we have two great-grandchildren. Hard to believe we are starting the third generation of progeny.'
"As soon as the new AU People publication hit his mailbox Ed Decker responded with advice to the editor: white type on orange blocks doesn't work. That's an engineer talking. Graphic artists would agree. As for the rest of the class of '52, the launching of the new magazine seemed to make as much impact on them as a pebble tossed into the ocean." (Editor's Note: White on orange is a color scheme you will not see again.)
"Jane (Marshall) Martz and her husband, Gordon '51, retired last May to a retirement village in Arkansas. Gordon is teaching ceramics to the residents.
"Louis Mendez reports: 'I've recently returned from a wonderful vacation trip that included a week on the beautiful Greek island of Hydra. No cars, just donkeys. Or you walk. The next week was spent in France touring Provence, Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez.' He spent two days in Paris art museums and now is back in New York preparing for a one-man show at the Galleria Camino Real in Boca Raton, FL, in March. He'll have another show in April at Capeluteo Fine Arts Gallery and a third at Berkely College, both in New York. You can keep up with him at www.louismendez.com. It includes a tour of his studio and a calendar.
"William McClurg says he likes to escape from the heat in Venice, FL, by traveling in the summer. Last summer he and his wife, Frances, went to Norway on a freighter and visited 30 ports for times ranging from a half hour to several hours. They also spent three weeks in the Carolinas and a week in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains. While Frances was visiting her daughter in Michigan, Bill took his golf clubs to Canada. The sale of his condo near Georgian Bay was an excuse, he says, for a tour of golf courses with Canadian friends. He also attended his 55th high school reunion in Painted Post, NY. His new e-mail address is wmbmc@earthlink.net.
From Rich Simington: "Regular listeners of the syndicated radio show 'America's Dining and Travel Guide,' hosted by restaurateur Pierre Wolfe, may have heard Judy Leondar's name from time to time. By calling in with correct answers to trivia questions, Judy has won several cookbooks and recently hit the jackpot on the show by winning an all-expenses-paid, nine-day tour of Ireland for herself and a friend. Judy continues to live in Kingston, NJ.
Karstyn Styhr went to the 50th wedding anniversary celebration last year for Dick Alliegro and his wife, Barbara. Dick received a BS at Alfred in 1951 and an MS in 1952. Three years ago Karstyn sold his home and bought a place at Leisure World, Seal Beach, CA. At present he is building a wheelchair accessible addition he hopes will be comfortable for years to come. He and his companion, Mary Redeker, have been traveling the world, he says, for nearly 10 years.
"Wally Higgins, known to AU students as Professor Higgins, is still working at designing and developing ceramic consumer products in terra cotta and whiteware as part of his Santanoni Glass and Ceramics project.
"Jay Rosenthal says, 'I'm still practicing law in Buffalo, but spend most of the winter at Ballin Isles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. I'd be happy to hear from any of my Alfred friends at jaysheila@aol.com.'
"Marge (Bard) McNamee reports that she is paid to see shows at the Fox Theater in Atlanta by working as an usher. The performances include ballet, classical and rock concerts, Broadway shows, opera and various international offerings. She adds, 'Apart from enjoying myself immensely I am relatively vegetative.' She has a new computer and e-mail address: margiemack@mindspring.com.
"Joe and Lillian (Falcone) Fischer visited Australia and New Zealand last March and later in the year returned to favorite places in Florida, New York City and Cape Cod. When they wrote they were looking forward to the ski season."
"Val Cushing took part in an exhibition at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH, with 249 other ceramists and gave a two-day workshop. He also gave a workshop and exhibited his work at Rocky Mountain Community Art Center, Rocky Mountain, NC. The show was in honor of Chuck Chamberlain '66, an Alfred MFA grad, and one of Val's former students. Chamberlain was retiring from a 35-year teaching career at East Carolina University. Val and his wife, Elsie, celebrate their 50th anniversary this year and received a gift from a daughter of a week in a beautiful house on Cape Cod. Val and Elsie have vacationed for many years at a bird sanctuary on the Cape, but always before in a tent.
"B.J. (Amberg) Lawrence has big plans for 2004. These include an RV trip across southern Canada to take in Lake Louise and Banff, then on to Oregon and northern California, and visits to a daughter in Colorado and son in Lima, Ohio. Before all that, though, she was rehearsing to sing for a church group at nursing homes, day care centers and other churches at Christmas.
"Russell Wood relates sadly that his wife suffered a broken hip that needed a replacement and resulted in them canceling their annual spring vacation in southern California. They did make a fall trip to both northern and southern California. Russ spent part of the spring editing a brochure for a friend who was starting a ceramics business. His new e-mail address is wood_r@direcway.com.
1953
Richard Glassberg of Lynbrook, NY, lost his bid for a seat in the Nassau County Legislature in the November 2003 election. A Democrat, Richard earned a respectable 31 percent of the vote in challenging a three-term Republican incumbent. After leaving AU, Richard was a fellowship student at Princeton, earned an MBA at Harvard and was in the doctoral program at NYU's School of Business Administration. He is a retired professor of management and finance from Kean College in New Jersey. Richard served eight terms as a trustee on the Valley Stream School District 24 Board of Education, three terms as president, and 22 years on the Central High School District Board.
Robert Ewell of Saratoga Springs, NY, had over 60 original paintings exhibited in the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center during the height of the thoroughbred racing season in August. Each painting depicted some aspect of the thoroughbred training activity at Saratoga. Alfred graduates Bruce Conroe '52 of Skaneateles, NY, and Barden Conroe of Gansevoort, NY, were among the visitors. Bob has been painting actively since his retirement from General Electric in 1991. He and his wife, Barbara Baisley Ewell '55, live in Saratoga Springs.
"Betty Baugh was an invited speaker at the 2003 International Design Forum in Dongguan, Duangdong Province of China, from Sept. 19-22. The theme of the forum was "Design, Value-Added in the Disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design and Furniture Design." Betty's presentation showed inventive glass collaborations by architects, interior designers and furniture designers to produce award-winning projects. In August, Betty received the Industrial Designers Society of America's Fellowship Award. The Academy of Fellows Membership in the Society is given by the Board of Directors to members who have earned the special respect and affection of the membership through distinguished service to the society and to the design profession as a whole."
From Rich Simington: "The son of an oil field worker, Donald Quick grew up enjoying hard work. The high point of his career was becoming chairman of Pacific Holdings, which encompasses seven companies with several hundred million dollars in annual sales. Don is now 'retired' and is chairman of Dimar/Tile America, a company started by his daughter and son-in-law. Don works five days a week in his retirement, but does take half a day off on Saturdays."
Bob Ewell ('53) had over 60 original paintings exhibited in the Saratoga Springs, NY Visitor Center durning Aug '03, at the height of the thoroughbred racing season. Each painting depicted some aspect of the thoroughbred training activity in Saratoga and, collectively, portrayed an integrated sense of this scene. Alfred graduates Bruce and Barden Conroe were among the visitors. Bob has been painting actively since his retirement from GE in 1991 and exhibits regularly in the Saratoga area and Naples, FL area. He and his wife Barbara (Baisley) '55, reside in Saratoga.
I attended Alfred with my wife and older son, Ted. Bini & I have been married 61 years. We are both 81. My son, Ted, has his own business in Key West, Fla. We have a second son, Paul. He has our only grandchild, Christine, and she has our two great granddaughters. I am retired from the banking & finance business. I shot skeet in competition for 22 years. I taught a number of people. Brad Riverbrough (?) won the world championship twice. I am currently helping to design the skeet & sporting clay ranges at Paruetto Bluff. The new community being developed by Duke Electric.
1954
From Rich Simington: "Planning for the first landing on the moon required that the astronauts learn about meteorites, and NASA called on Carleton Moore to provide that training. His astronaut pals almost succeeded in stowing away a custom made gold coin with Carleton's name engraved on the edge, but mission supervisors scuttled the plan. Carleton and his wife, Diane, continue to live in Tempe, AZ."
From your class correspondent: "Inge Moeller Hess writes to remind classmates that the countdown to their 50th reunion is under way and to urge them to circle June 11-13 on the calendar with purple and gold. Inge said last summer's reunion was a great weekend, then adds: 'The Kanaka-dea roared, the bells chimed and a full moon was still beautiful from the steps of the Steinheim. Do you remember these things?' "Several of us met during the weekend to start planning for June. Our biggest challenge is contacting all former class members. The goal was to contact everyone before Thanksgiving." More from Inge Hess: "While you are looking through your memorabilia, think about bringing them and sharing them with the rest of us. Dee tells me she has all the old dance cards including one signed by Tex Beneke. Who remembers what the year and the event was? I will tell you at reunion. As I thumbed through my yearbooks, I remembered that we trucked snow INTO Alfred to build snow sculptures. We did many things from September 1950 to June 1954. Come to reunion and reminisce with us. "Your fellow classmates have been telephoning our current list of class members. If you know of anyone who has not been called, notify the alumni office with their phone number and or e-mail. "A big thank you to Joyce Trevor, Dottie Hayes, Arty McKee, Barb Merridew, Joe Fasano, Tom Fish, Bart Cosolito, Leo Ressa, Ralph DiMicco, Hank Kast, Jim Sclafani, Lola Webster, Fred Gibbs, Margie Austin, Connie Cole, and Dee Levine. Those of you with e-mail will be receiving reunion updates from Joe Fasano, who is our communications coordinator. We are all looking forward to a great 50th reunion."
Nancy Hillhouse of Los Alamos, NM, died Aug. 24, 2003. Nancy worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 40 years. She worked with the business division as a procurement specialist. She retired in 1995. Nancy is survived by three brothers.
1955
Robert Ewell of Saratoga Springs, NY, had over 60 original paintings exhibited in the Saratoga Springs Visitors Center during the height of the thoroughbred racing season in August. Each painting depicted some aspect of the thoroughbred training activity at Saratoga. Alfred graduates Bruce Conroe '52 of Skaneateles, NY, and Barden Conroe of Gansevoort, NY, were among the visitors. Bob has been painting actively since his retirement from General Electric in 1991. He and his wife, Barbara Baisley Ewell '55, live in Saratoga Springs.
Pat Gadek Miller writes to report she now lives on the shores of Lake Michigan in the tiny town of Grand Haven with her husband, Art. Pat says she transferred to AU her sophomore year and graduated in 1955, but has more friends in the class of 1956. Grand Haven is quite a tourist place, but not overrun, and Pat extends a welcome to those who knew her. Pat regrets losing contact with her roommate, the late Josephine "Jo" Tuccio House '56, and learning too late of her whereabouts. Pat notes having lived in quite a few states at a good time: Longboat Key, FL, in the '60s when there wasn't a condo in sight; an Arabian horse farm in Michigan when it was so rural there wasn't a Big Mac within driving distance; the north country of San Diego (Rancho Santa Fe, to be exact) when only two billion cars were on the highway at one time; and now back to Michigan beside the Big Lake. "We get wild winter weather that blows our leaves all the way to Grand Rapids and cool summers, since the lake barely gets to 70," says Pat. "This is a Dutch community and we are learning to edge the grass with scissors and mow mow mow. It is one of the cleanest towns I have ever been in. Love to hear other news."
1956
Recently retired from the practice of Anesthesiology and as Speaker of the House of Delegates of the New York State Society of Anesthesiolgists. Currently on the staff of the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Still skiing, cycling and playing the banjo.
1957
"On 9-14-03 your class reporter visited Alfred for the first time since 1982. Robert Tompkins (me) graduated in 1957. The changes since then are rmarkable. Beautiful scenery, and many new businesses. It would have been nice to have someone available for a tour. Got to see Bob Kohn and Lisa Finegli in Las Vegas last year, a wonderful experience. Spent the whole day on 9-14 walking around and reminicing. I'll be back in 2007 for the 50th. Hi Lisa, Hi Bob, Hi Sol. Bob Tompkins"
From Rich Simington: "Since his retirement from JC Penney, Dick Best has been busy as chairman of the building committee at his church. The congregation began a few years ago with 60 families meeting in a school, and today has a building and land to accommodate the present 1,200 members. In January 2003 Dick traveled to China to prepare for a month-long mission later in the year by 10 families from the congregation to teach English as a second language. Dick and his wife, Carol, live in McKinney, TX.
1958
Dr. Paul A. Peterson of Cortland, NY, died on Oct. 25, 2003. Paul graduated from Ryder College, then joined the Naval Cadet Program and served in the Mediterranean during the Korean Conflict. He returned home and enrolled at AU, then went to Cornell University where he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine. He operated the Animal Medical Hospital in Cortland until his retirement in 1995. He was a driving force behind the founding of the Cortland SPCA. He served on numerous charitable boards and with civic organizations. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn Curtis Peterson, three sons and a daughter.
Ray Urode and his wife, Ginger, want everyone to know that they are starting their busy golf season in warm, sunny Palm Springs. Ray writes: "Then we will run off to snow ski Whistler Mountain in Canada Jan. 31 with our ski club. Wish you were all here!"
From Rich Simington: "Margaret Cartwright Gorton and her husband, Roy Gorton '60, have lived all over the country and are now settled in San Antonio, TX. Roy was president of a prosperous tile company and Peg was a nurse. Peg is now a volunteer at the San Antonio Zoo, caring for exotic birds and completing the requirements to be a docent at the zoo."
J. Russell Fahey competed in a sprint triathlon with his daughter, Beth, and son-in-law, Scott. His daughter swam, his son-in-law ran, and Russ, the oldest competitor in the event, rode his bike. No big deal, until you consider that the race was just five months and 23 days after Russ had a total knee replacement. Russ bikes between 60-80 miles a week, when he's not in a golf tournament. A retired general manager from General Electric and retired president of a Hong Kong holding company, Russ is now owner of Crowns Now Inc., a "new and exciting marketing experiment" in a dental practice in Greenville, S.C. By integrating a dental lab into the business, crowns, veneers and filling replacements can be done in less time and at half the usual cost. "We are extremely successful. We should be building our second business in mid-2004," he said. Russ also does strategic planning for other startup businesses. He and his wife, Pat, have moved into a new home they had built in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"My old wrestling mentor, Dick Errico '58 MS, '72 ED, periodically travels through Mt. Pleasant where his daughter, Suzanne, lives. Dick coached and taught at Bemus Point, NY, for 30 years before retiring. He and his wife, Dina, have four children."
1959
Joseph H. Connor of Ogdensburg, NY, died on Oct. 9, 2003. Joseph worked as a mill superintendent and later as a surface superintendent at Zinc Corporation of America, retiring in 1999. Joseph graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy, where he set a record in the Van Dusen mile run. He served in the Navy in Korea and received two Purple Hearts and the Silver Star for gallant service. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn, a son and two daughters.
Arthur M. Klapper of Willowbrook, NY, died Nov. 1, 2003. A longtime, prominent attorney on Staten Island, Arthur was a partner in business with his son. He became blind in 1991, but continued to practice law for 10 more years, retiring in 2001. Raymond was instrumental in building Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in West Brighton and was highly involved in temple affairs. He was also involved in many civic organizations. An Army veteran, he was an avid Mets fan and a devoted follower of the television show "Jeopardy!" Arthur is survived by his wife of 43 years, Arleen, his son and two daughters.
Attention nurses - Brenda Kaufman Monene has agreed to remind you once again of our 45th reunion. Let's make it a big turnout in June."
From your class correspondent: "I talked with Chuck Stirling recently and he's planning to retire in January 04. He's the proud first-time grandfather of a baby girl, born in April 2002. Chuck will be helping to gather you all for our 45th class reunion in June of this year.
From Rich Simington: "Alton Teter's retirement would have been a lot calmer and quieter if he hadn't decided it would be a good idea to have both a cat, Satin, and a dog, Mylo. No one can sneak up on Alton's home in Westminster, CO. When it gets too noisy for Alton, he heads for Las Vegas for a few days."
Warren Smith and I will be contacting all of you in one way or another to come back for the 45th - Don't wait for the 50th; we may be too old. Get on your diets and mark your calendars now. Warren writes that he has retired after a banking career and the last seven years as marketing director for the regional United Way. He's joined a consulting firm that does executive leadership development and formation, and works on a part-time basis. He has two grown kids and two grandchildren in the Indianapolis area. Warren spends his free time cruising on this new sailboat, the 'Bluefish.'
1960
Sandra Bruney proudly announces that her book, "I'd Rather Go To California," is being published by PublishAmerica of Frederick, MD. The good news comes after "about a zillion rejection slips for other efforts," Sandra jokes. The book can be viewed at www.publishamerica.com - just write the title in the search bar.
Stephanie Haussman Alexander's work was included in an exhibit that ran last fall at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston, MT. Stephanie is from Switzerland and came to the U.S. in 1957 to finish her studies in ceramic art at AU. Her work has been influenced by southwestern Indian pottery and, more recently, by aboriginal paintings. She is now building pieces and exploring a new medium, paper-making, in her Bozeman studio.
Thomas J. Donovan died Sept. 24, 2003, at his summer home in Franklin, NC. Tom was in sales and marketing for the Alcoholic Beverage Industry throughout the Northeast. He retired in 1990 and moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was an auto and sailing enthusiast.
From Rich Simington: "Margaret Cartwright Gorton and her husband, Roy Gorton '60, have lived all over the country and are now settled in San Antonio, TX. Roy was president of a prosperous tile company and Peg was a nurse. Peg is now a volunteer at the San Antonio Zoo, caring for exotic birds and completing the requirements to be a docent at the zoo."
1961
From your correspondent: "Jim Warner's offer in the last class notes of a copy of a CD of the 1960 Men's Glee Club and Chapel Choir has resulted in news from Dick Moore and Dave Daignault.
From Rich Simington: "Charles Williams went from Western New York farm boy to ceramic engineer to cowboy. Retired from Texas Instruments, Charles is now a cowboy poet and professional storyteller. He's the executive vice president of the Academy of Western Artists, and has been a judge at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo. Charles and his wife, Virginia, live in Dallas."
"Dave Daignault, who retired after extensive traveling during 23 years as an Army officer, now lives with his wife, Lynn Grossan '63, in Longmont, CO. Dave is now production manager for Hei Inc., a medical manufacturing company. He is planning on retiring this year, noting it will be his fourth retirement, so who knows whether there will be a fifth? Dave has a third-degree black belt in judo, and has published a novel, Ian's place, which is available on the Internet. Lynn has been a student adviser at several universities, and eventually was assistant MBA director and graduate student adviser at Chaminade University. Lynn is now pursuing her creative interest, completing many paintings. Dave and Lynn also had their own business showing their fine arts and crafts at shows around the U.S.
Frank D. Rossi died unexpectedly July 9, 2003, at a hospital near his home in Zanesville, OH. Frank earned his degree in ceramic engineering from AU, then moved to Zanesville, taking a job as plant engineer with CESCO-Ferro Corporation. He and a partner, Terry Zahn, acquired Friendship Pottery in Roseville, OH. Frank retired in 1999. Active in his community, Frank was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 505, the Zanesville Country Club, and St. Thomas Aquinas Church, and was a former member of the Zanesville Rotary Club, and the St. Thomas, Rosecrans and diocesan school boards. He married AU alumna Susan Christopher '60, on Aug. 13, 1960. In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by four sons, his father, two sisters, a brother and seven grandchildren. A daughter died in 1971.
Wilson D. Perry writes that he is executive director of the Montana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association. The Guaranty Association provides protection for state residents in the event of the insolvency of their insurer for life insurance, annuities and health insurance. Dave retired at the end of 2001 from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company where he served as assistant general counsel. He had been with the company since earning his J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1969.
Wilson D. Perry ('61 B.S. Cer. Eng.) is Executive Director of the Montana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association. The guaranty Association provides protection for state residents in the event if the insolvency of their insurer for life insurance, annuities and health insurance. Dave retired at the end of 2001 from Northwestern Mutural Life Insurance co. where he served as Assistant General Counsel. He had been with the company since earning his J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1969.
1962
Elaine Scott Pike received her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University through intensive weekends in Denver, CO. This is Elaine's second master's degree, her first coming right after graduation from AU in math education. "It's never too late to get more education," says Elaine, who is head librarian at Faith Christian Academy in Arvada, CO. The school has about 1,300 students in grades K-12.
"Dick Moore taught high school math for 35 years in Penfield, NY; he now works part time in desktop publishing, is a reader for 'Reachout Radio' with Rochester public radio, publishes a family newsletter, and writes poetry. He and his wife have raised four children, and now have 13 grandchildren. They sing together in three choruses in the Rochester area and travel when they can.
1963
"Harriet Fain Berger and Ronald Berger '63 recently flew to Buenos Aires, cruised from there to Valparaiso, Chile, aboard the Crustal Symphony, and then drove to Santiago, spending a few days there, only to fly home to discover their daughter, Monique, had a wonderful surprise for them. At breakfast, Ron was asked by Jeff Goslee for his daughter's hand in marriage. Jeff is an accountant for a high-tech firm in Maryland and also attends graduate school, while Monique is a manager for Med Star Health Corporation. On their trip, Harriet and Ron enjoyed seeing such interesting wildlife as sea lions, penguins, etc., and viewing a two-hour show about the tango, something more than the basic step Harriet danced as a teen-ager.
From Ruth Reeve Gau: "Janet Peach Bidwell '64 and John Bidwell '63 live on a pond under Mt. Cardigan in Grafton, NH. This is 40 minutes from New Lebanon and 30 minutes from Dartmouth. In their rural backyard they see moose and black bear, just to mention a few. They canoe to their friends across the pond where they have 'pond gatherings.' Peachie likes to walk and averages 13 to 14 miles a week while John likes to jog. Peachie and John sold their small-town general store in Weare, NH, which they ran for 29 years. They have two sons, Tim in Glastonbury, CT, who is in the marketing field for medical equipment; and Andy in Portland, OR, who is an environmental analyst for Portland General Electric Company. He is married, has a 7-month-old son, and has a great interest in butterflies, in particular the karner blue butterfly which is an endangered species nationally and in the state of NH.
"Dave Daignault, who retired after extensive traveling during 23 years as an Army officer, now lives with his wife, Lynn Grossan '63, in Longmont, CO. Dave is now production manager for Hei Inc., a medical manufacturing company. He is planning on retiring this year, noting it will be his fourth retirement, so who knows whether there will be a fifth? Dave has a third-degree black belt in judo, and has published a novel, Ian's place, which is available on the Internet. Lynn has been a student adviser at several universities, and eventually was assistant MBA director and graduate student adviser at Chaminade University. Lynn is now pursuing her creative interest, completing many paintings. Dave and Lynn also had their own business showing their fine arts and crafts at shows around the U.S.
Vicki Resnick also spoke with Ronnie Suchman Klein who said she and her husband, Richard '63, 'will be coming back for our 40th and already have hotel reservations.' In February, Ronnie and Richard will be traveling to Costa Rica with Sue and Alan Rosenzweig. Ronnie and Richard are both retired and enjoy being grandparents to three adorable children, as well as doing volunteer work near Boston. They are both looking forward to seeing all their Alfred friends!
"Rolland Knapp '64 and Myrna Knapp '63 have a new addition to the family - a Hunter 240 (made by Hunter Marine), 24-foot, sleep-aboard boat, with a swing keel whose ballast in water is 1,300 pounds. Formerly, they sailed a 17-foot Thistle with a 4 1/2-foot draft. Their new, unnamed boat will be sailed on Tygert Lake, which is 11 miles long, 1 1/2 miles wide, and located in Grafton, WV, 25 miles from their new home in Lost Creek, WV. "Rol and Myrna built a one-story home in a valley on an acre lot next to their daughter and son-in-law, Dori and Jess Queen, who have two children. Rol and Myrna also have a son, Tim, and daughter-in-law Jennifer who live in St. Joseph, MI. Rol first worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in California, then Wheaton Glass in New Jersey where he ran the furnaces for the glass companies. After Wheaton Glass he worked with Foster Forbes in Monroe, IN, until 2000. While there, he also ran glass furnaces that manufactured bottles for beer, soda, and food. "While Rol worked with glass furnaces, Myrna did some art teaching and then went back to school for a nursing degree and became a RN. For 20 years, she worked for the Veterans Administration as a psychiatric nurse. Presently, Myrna is working as a psychiatric nurse in the behavior management unit of the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. Rol commented that Myra will have a knee replacement in February, so their plans to return to Alfred will depend a lot on her recovery.
"Recently I spoke with Walter Scott '63 and Kay Jordan Scott who mentioned that they were to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28, 2003. They have three sons and a daughter. Jeffrey, an electrical engineer, works with Alcoa Company in Lancaster, PA; Brian is a band director at Pine-Richland High School in Pittsburgh, PA; Kevin is a fourth-grade teacher at Pleasant Gap Elementary School at State College, PA; and Amy Scott Fowler is a third-grade teacher at Marzolf Elementary School in the Shaler School District in Pittsburgh, PA.
1964
"Ruth Reeve Gau, your correspondent, after teaching art in the elementary schools in Schenectady, Plattsburgh, Peru, Niskayuna and Wappingers Falls, is now involved in volunteer work on the allocations committee of the United Way in Dutchess County. She is also on the board of the Mid-Hudson Reading Council. Ruth and her husband, Gregg, a retired administrator with the Wappingers Central School District, plan to do a lot of traveling to see their daughter Kristin and son-in-law Jaryk Kuzel who reside in Germantown, MD; and son Kenneth and daughter-in-law Patricia, and granddaughter Emma Elizabeth Gay, who live in Kansas. "Looking forward to seeing everyone in our class. Please keep the news coming."
"After retiring from the Army as a military systems specialist, Col. Geoffrey Wells became the founding president and chief operating officer of the National Science Center in Augusta, GA, where Geoff lives with his wife, Nancy Herb Wells '66. Today, Geoff works for the Army on a special project forecasting futuristic communications needs for troops. He loves to go deep sea fishing."
Robert Harrison, the husband of Lynda Whitney Harrison, has cut his second CD called Fine Wine Christmas 2003. Bob's first CD, cut in 2001, featuring oldy songs, is called Bob and Peg Fine Wine. Bob plays the keyboard and sings on both CDs. Lynda Whitney Harrison has created and is now putting in place a volunteer program in the emergency room at the Cortland Memorial Hospital. This program promotes positive customer service to the community. Hopefully this service will be available 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Thirty-five adult volunteers will staff the program.
Robert Harrison, the husband of Lynda Whitney Harrison, has cut his second CD called Fine Wine Christmas 2003. Bob's first CD, cut in 2001, featuring oldy songs, is called Bob and Peg Fine Wine. Bob plays the keyboard and sings on both CDs. Lynda Whitney Harrison has created and is now putting in place a volunteer program in the emergency room at the Cortland Memorial Hospital. This program promotes positive customer service to the community. Hopefully this service will be available 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Thirty-five adult volunteers will staff the program.
"The secretary of our class is Ellen Meyer Gold, a designer, illustrator, and graphic artist who lives in Mt. Kisco, NY.
"One of the vice presidents of our class, Richard Giandana, is being kept busy with his work and grandchildren. He talks with Mike Kaplan who resides in Delmar, CA, and is an attorney who works in San Diego.
Our treasurer, Fred Cohen an attorney, recently received a distinguished alumni award from Brooklyn Law School. Fred, a member of the school's Class of 1967, was called 'one of New York's best-known and most highly regarded construction lawyers' and was honored at the Alumni Association's Annual Luncheon at New York's Waldorf Astoria in December. His avocation is cycling. He and his wife cycled in Denmark, outside Copenhagen, on an Island of Fyn. He also has cycled in our Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, race as he has a home in Millbrook, NY.
Our other vice president, Caryn Freed Levison, mentioned that she comes from an Alfred family as her father graduated in 1940 and her brother graduated in 1969. Caryn and her husband have a son, Jonathan, who is a vascular surgeon living in Short Hills, NJ. Jonathan has two sons and a daughter, Jennifer, who just moved to Los Angeles and is a pharmaceutical representative for Johnson and Johnson. Caryn said, 'first she was an elementary education school teacher and then a special education teacher in Lehman High School in the Bronx. She has a MS in learning disabilities and another MS in educational administration from New Rochelle College.' Presently, Caryn is an assistant principal of special education at Herbert H. Lehman High School. Caryn and her husband have lived in their Westchester home for 37 years. Caryn's husband is semi-retired and owns his own business. He is a manufacturer representative for industrial tape.
"According to Vicki Klein Resnick, Sue Martin Rosenzweig says she 'recently retired and is looking forward to lots of adventure and travel.' Vicki also spoke with Ronnie Suchman Klein who said she and her husband, Richard '63, 'will be coming back for our 40th and already have hotel reservations.' In February, Ronnie and Richard will be traveling to Costa Rica with Sue and Alan Rosenzweig. Ronnie and Richard are both retired and enjoy being grandparents to three adorable children, as well as doing volunteer work near Boston. They are both looking forward to seeing all their Alfred friends! "Now, Vicki Resnick said her husband, Dr. Martin Resnick, 'is currently president of the American Urological Association and continues as chairman of the Department of Urology at Case Western Reserve Medical Center' in Cleveland, OH. Vicki is a dietician in private practice consulting primarily with eating disorder patients. Marty and Vicki have lived in their present home for 22 years and have two sons who live locally in the Cleveland area. Andy Resnick has two children, a girl and a boy, while Jeff Resnick is still single.
"Rolland Knapp '64 and Myrna Knapp '63 have a new addition to the family - a Hunter 240 (made by Hunter Marine), 24-foot, sleep-aboard boat, with a swing keel whose ballast in water is 1,300 pounds. Formerly, they sailed a 17-foot Thistle with a 4 1/2-foot draft. Their new, unnamed boat will be sailed on Tygert Lake, which is 11 miles long, 1 1/2 miles wide, and located in Grafton, WV, 25 miles from their new home in Lost Creek, WV. "Rol and Myrna built a one-story home in a valley on an acre lot next to their daughter and son-in-law, Dori and Jess Queen, who have two children. Rol and Myrna also have a son, Tim, and daughter-in-law Jennifer who live in St. Joseph, MI. Rol first worked for Pittsburgh Plate Glass in California, then Wheaton Glass in New Jersey where he ran the furnaces for the glass companies. After Wheaton Glass he worked with Foster Forbes in Monroe, IN, until 2000. While there, he also ran glass furnaces that manufactured bottles for beer, soda, and food. "While Rol worked with glass furnaces, Myrna did some art teaching and then went back to school for a nursing degree and became a RN. For 20 years, she worked for the Veterans Administration as a psychiatric nurse. Presently, Myrna is working as a psychiatric nurse in the behavior management unit of the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. Rol commented that Myra will have a knee replacement in February, so their plans to return to Alfred will depend a lot on her recovery.
From Rich Simington: "Dr. Jerome Klawitter, a pioneer in the development and manufacturing of pyrolytic implants, is founder and CEO of Ascension Orthopedics (www.ascensionortho.com). The Austin, TX, firm uses ceramic materials to make small joint replacements for fingers and elbows for arthritis patients. Jerry also enjoys life in the fast lane, literally. The longtime devotee of motorcycle racing is designing and building a sole-purpose, land speed bike intended to go faster than 200 mph. He'll take the bike to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2004 for a go at the land speed record in the bike's class. Don't worry, the good doctor's only an armchair daredevil. He's the designer and builder; someone else races the thing.
Vicki Resnick also spoke with Ronnie Suchman Klein who said she and her husband, Richard '63, 'will be coming back for our 40th and already have hotel reservations.' In February, Ronnie and Richard will be traveling to Costa Rica with Sue and Alan Rosenzweig. Ronnie and Richard are both retired and enjoy being grandparents to three adorable children, as well as doing volunteer work near Boston. They are both looking forward to seeing all their Alfred friends!
From Ruth Reeve Gau: "Janet Peach Bidwell '64 and John Bidwell '63 live on a pond under Mt. Cardigan in Grafton, NH. This is 40 minutes from New Lebanon and 30 minutes from Dartmouth. In their rural backyard they see moose and black bear, just to mention a few. They canoe to their friends across the pond where they have 'pond gatherings.' Peachie likes to walk and averages 13 to 14 miles a week while John likes to jog. Peachie and John sold their small-town general store in Weare, NH, which they ran for 29 years. They have two sons, Tim in Glastonbury, CT, who is in the marketing field for medical equipment; and Andy in Portland, OR, who is an environmental analyst for Portland General Electric Company. He is married, has a 7-month-old son, and has a great interest in butterflies, in particular the karner blue butterfly which is an endangered species nationally and in the state of NH.
"Harriet Fain Berger and Ronald Berger '63 recently flew to Buenos Aires, cruised from there to Valparaiso, Chile, aboard the Crustal Symphony, and then drove to Santiago, spending a few days there, only to fly home to discover their daughter, Monique, had a wonderful surprise for them. At breakfast, Ron was asked by Jeff Goslee for his daughter's hand in marriage. Jeff is an accountant for a high-tech firm in Maryland and also attends graduate school, while Monique is a manager for Med Star Health Corporation. On their trip, Harriet and Ron enjoyed seeing such interesting wildlife as sea lions, penguins, etc., and viewing a two-hour show about the tango, something more than the basic step Harriet danced as a teen-ager.
"According to Vicki Klein Resnick, Sue Martin Rosenzweig says she 'recently retired and is looking forward to lots of adventure and travel.'
"Recently I spoke with John MacFadden, the president of our class, who is the superintendent of schools in Saratoga, NY. John has a son, 'Dr. Scott MacFadden, who lives in Southern California and is a psychologist for a unified school district (K-12) in Long Beach, CA. Besides working in the schools, Scott also has his own business.' John mentioned that he sees Bob Greenbaum '66, the executive director of Four Winds, Saratoga, NY; and Kevin Dailey '71, an attorney in Clifton Park, NY.
1965
Lynn Scelfo has joined Prudential California Realty's San Diego Central office, bringing with her 15 years of experience in the real estate business. Lynn earned her master's in experimental psychology from George Washington University and spent several years working as a research psychologist. She dabbled in real estate in Florida, then moved to Maryland in 1989 and sold real estate there for many years.
Diana Jane "D.J." Boggs Stern was recently honored for her 30 years of service to the Woodstock (NY) Library, which she has led as director since 1980. D.J. was also nominated last year for The New York Times "Librarian of the Year" Award, a competitive, nationwide honor. In 1997, the New York Library Association awarded D.J. the L. Marion Moshier/Asa Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Leadership.
"When James Reed retired as dean of Alfred's School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science, he and his wife, Carol Hilliard Reed '76, moved to Austin, TX, to live closer to their son. Jim and Carol are studying Spanish and enjoy traveling to Mexico and other countries in Latin America.
Diana is celebrating 30 years of working at the Woodstock Library.
Ben and Sharon meet at Alfred University in 1965, were married in 1968 and still are happily together today.
Lynda Kettler Howland retired three years ago as a casework supervisor, having worked 34 years for the Monroe County Child Protective Services. During that time, she began traveling worldwide and has visited more than 50 countries. As a result of her cultural experiences and interest in poverty, she has, for years, been sending books, clothes, and medical supplies to impoverished schools and villages in Africa, Tibet and Indonesia. Last summer, she made return trips to Syria and Africa. When not traveling she lives in Pittsford, outside Rochester, NY, and enjoys studying photography. (Our apologies to Lynda for misspelling her maiden name in an earlier submission.)
Benjamin Eisbart and his wife, Sharon Klepper Eisbart '68, were featured as part of a special "Couples" newspaper series that runs in the Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN. The story traced their relationship back to their first meeting at AU. Ben, a senior, and his roommate helped Sharon, a freshman, lug her steamer trunk up three flights of stairs. Ben was smitten, but the two didn't connect again until the end of the year when Ben asked Sharon to the annual push-ball contest between senior and junior men. Today they live outside of Fort Wayne. Ben, executive vice president of administration at OmniSource Corp., has led an active civic life. He was director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, served on the City Council and the School Board, was president of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, and chairman of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. Sharon, a former teacher, is the owner of Sharon Eisbart Corporate Art. She and Ben enjoy visiting art galleries on "urban vacations." They have two grown sons, Joshua, who is in Switzerland; and Jacob, who lives in New York City.
Ernest Gary Holmes of Forestport, NY, died Oct. 12, 2003, after a battle with cancer. With a master's in psychology from AU, he worked in Upstate New York as a teacher and psychologist in school systems, the state psychiatric center, for health care agencies and local hospitals. He enjoyed the solace of his camp on Otter Lake and the boisterous family gatherings there each July 4. He was an avid hiker and dedicated tennis player. He was an amateur historian with a great interest in the Adirondacks and genealogy, and a writer of short stories. He is survived by five children and their families.
1966
"Robert Hayes was thinking of retiring from his successful career as a ceramic engineer in 2001, and contacted a friend in a mortgage company about refinancing the mortgage for his home. The friend convinced Bob he'd be terrific in the mortgage businesses, and today he is, working part time for Hometrust Mortgage in Webster, TX. Bob and his wife, Janet Delphine Hayes, live in nearby Pearland, TX.
"Robert Hayes was thinking of retiring from his successful career as a ceramic engineer in 2001, and contacted a friend in a mortgage company about refinancing the mortgage for his home. The friend convinced Bob he'd be terrific in the mortgage businesses, and today he is, working part time for Hometrust Mortgage in Webster, TX. Bob and his wife, Janet Delphine Hayes, live in nearby Pearland, TX.
"After retiring from the Army as a military systems specialist, Col. Geoffrey Wells became the founding president and chief operating officer of the National Science Center in Augusta, GA, where Geoff lives with his wife, Nancy Herb Wells '66. Today, Geoff works for the Army on a special project forecasting futuristic communications needs for troops. He loves to go deep sea fishing."
"John Coppola continues as vice president of research and development for Johns Manville and shares his professional expertise with Penn State, where he earned his Ph.D., and the Colorado School of Mines. Jack and his wife, Jane, live in Littleton, CO.
Ray Johnson has been named head of the Presbyterian School in Houston, TX, an independent day school for preschoolers (from age 2) through eighth grade. Ray previously was head of a K-12 private school in Tyler, TX, and, before that, was head of a private school in Houston for 10 years. He is also a former president of the Houston Association of Independent Schools. Ray is married to Susan Roters Johnson '67.
From Rich Simington: "Paul Larson continues his career as director of training and development for RCC Norwood, the largest producer of imprinted thank-you gifts in the world, with plants in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Texas and three in China. Paul is director of training and development. He and his wife, Charlene, live in San Antonio, TX.
Donald T. Sagolla, former AU trustee, is a principal in the executive compensation performance measurement practice of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, based in Los Angeles. Don co-authored two chapters in "Paying for Performance," a book published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Don was invited by the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants to be the featured speaker at a conference at Disneyworld in Orlando, FL, addressing the group on "Current Trends in Executive and Board of Directors' Compensation." In November he presented a workshop on "Developing a High Performance Culture" at the HR & The Law Forum, also in Orlando. Don lives in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, with his wife, Michelle. They have three children: Dominic, a software engineer with Macromedia in Palo Alto; Benjamin, a special education teacher and wrestling coach in the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District; and Gretta, a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in special education.
1967
From Rich Simington: "If you were on campus in 1966 or so, you may remember a morning when all over campus there were painted pink #7s, at least until the rain washed them away. That was the morning after the night Bill Van Buren's daughter, Holly, was born in Hornell, NY. And she weighed, of course, 7 pounds. Today, Bill and his wife, Peggy, live in Englewood, CO. Bill is the principal of Van Buren and Associates in Denver."
Dr. Pedersen received the New York State Council of School Superintendent's highest award at the 2003 Fall Conference in Saratoga Springs. Dr. Pedersen was recognized both for his leadership of New York State school systems and his contributions to the Council itself. The Distinguished Service Award, is given only to retirees and only to one individual each year.
Ray Johnson has been named head of the Presbyterian School in Houston, TX, an independent day school for preschoolers (from age 2) through eighth grade. Ray previously was head of a K-12 private school in Tyler, TX, and, before that, was head of a private school in Houston for 10 years. He is also a former president of the Houston Association of Independent Schools. Ray is married to Susan Roters Johnson '67.
1968
"John Baynes has a busy career with the U.S. Army. As deputy chief of staff, Reserve Affairs, Col. Baynes assists the commander, First U.S. Army, Fort Gillem, GA, and is responsible for the training, mobilization, and demobilization of Army Reserve and National Guard units in the 27 states east of the Mississippi. John still finds the time to be a member of the board of directors of the Cadillac/LaSalle Owners Club of America. John and his wife, the former Mary Riordan of Wausau, WI, live in Conyers, GA. Three Baynes children are currently enrolled at AU: Robert, Class of 2004; Elizabeth, Class of 2005; and Patrick, Class of 2007.
Benjamin Eisbart and his wife, Sharon Klepper Eisbart '68, were featured as part of a special "Couples" newspaper series that runs in the Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN. The story traced their relationship back to their first meeting at AU. Ben, a senior, and his roommate helped Sharon, a freshman, lug her steamer trunk up three flights of stairs. Ben was smitten, but the two didn't connect again until the end of the year when Ben asked Sharon to the annual push-ball contest between senior and junior men. Today they live outside of Fort Wayne. Ben, executive vice president of administration at OmniSource Corp., has led an active civic life. He was director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, served on the City Council and the School Board, was president of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, and chairman of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. Sharon, a former teacher, is the owner of Sharon Eisbart Corporate Art. She and Ben enjoy visiting art galleries on "urban vacations." They have two grown sons, Joshua, who is in Switzerland; and Jacob, who lives in New York City.
From Rich Simington: "James Coleman was crazy about cars at Alfred and still is. These days his pride and joy is a fully restored, souped-up 1934 Ford hot rod. He did the work himself. Jim and his wife, Judy, live in Knoxville,TN.
"Glenn Corser is remembered by some as one of a group that once smuggled a cow into Alumni Hall to graze. Today, when Glenn finishes his work as a senior scientist at BAE Systems, he's probably outdoors playing soccer or softball, or running. If he is indoors, he's busy with his woodworking hobby. Glenn and his wife, Cyndi, live in Austin, TX.
Ben and Sharon meet at Alfred University in 1965, were married in 1968 and still are happily together today.
"Angelo Vaccaro is a successful real estate investor in Coppell, TX, who says that as a teen no one would have pegged him as the most likely to succeed. But an Army officer, an Alfred alumnus, saw his potential in the Army and encouraged him to go to college. Angelo took his advice, enrolled at AU and graduated with a business degree in three years.
"Andrew Saks is a born salesman. He talked the Air Force into letting him complete his master's degree in accounting at Northeastern as part of his active duty responsibility, then, after being an accountant for years, convinced his boss he could run the computer operations better than the incumbent. It launched him on a successful computer sales career. Andy and his wife, Beth, live in Scottsdale, AZ.
Albert Martin Micheli of Rochester, NY, died in September 2003. Al was employed with Eastman Kodak in the e-mail support for digital cameras department. A devoted husband, father and family man, he was a great connoisseur of wine and fine food. Al is survived by his wife of nearly 26 years, Mary Smith Micheli; and two sons.
1969
AU Trustee Jeffrey S. Maurer has joined Neuberger Berman Inc. as an executive vice president and senior member of its management team. He is also on Neuberger Berman's Excutive Management Committee. Previously, Jeffrey held the positions of chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Trust Corporation, which he joined in 1970. He also serves as a director of Forbes.com and the Greater New York Insurance Companies, in addition to several charitable, educational, artistic and healthcare organizations. Jeffrey and his wife, Wendy, live in Kings Point, NY.
From Rich Simington: "Walter Alexanderson, director of human resources at Thermal Ceramics in Augusta, GA, is also president of the Augusta Rotary Club. He and his wife, Sue, recently attended a Rotary International conference in Brisbane, Australia."
Gene and his brother Jay recently won the Ernst & Young Entrepeneur of the Year Award for Social Responsibility in the Long Island area for creating a Senior PGA Tour golf tournament.
1970
Glenn Cooke was reappointed director of the Seneca County (NY) Department of Economic Development in October 2003. Glenn headed the department from 1995 to 2002 when he left for a position with Sear-Brown Group in Rochester. Glenn holds a master's in community planning and area development from the University of Rhode Island and has over 30 years of experience with state, regional and local planning and development agencies. He lives in Victor, NY. 04/18/2007 2:34:27 PM MaryS
Kenneth Campbell Jr. is happy to report that his first attempt at public office was successful. He was elected to a seat on the New Canaan Town Council in New Canaan, CT, in the November 2003 election, running on the Republican ticket. Ken is CEO of Kendrew Group, Ltd., a family-owned advertising and promotion agency. 04/18/2007 2:44:47 PM MaryS
Wes is a comedian and opened Stephen Lynch's act on October 11 on campus.
Richard Friedman is getting ready to open his third furniture store (www.realcoolfurniture.com ), in Venice, CA. Rich says he and his wife of 14 years, Sirvart, are raising three sons, ages 8, 10, and 13, to be future AU students. 04/18/2007 2:32:24 PM MaryS
William J. Pane of Painted Post, NY, died on Nov. 14, 2003. Bill served with the Air Force after high school, from 1956-1960, pursuing his boyhood love of flying. After graduating from AU he worked with the Corning Urban Renewal Agency, Corning New Channels, was assistant executive director at Corning Cross Roads, director of purchasing and personnel at Polio Dairy, and senior designer with E&A Design of Corning. He retired due to ill health. Bill started the Concerned Taxpayers Coalition in Schuyler County. He was regarded as a powerhouse of energy, loved people, and loved working with them with the goal of making things better. His humor and compassion for others will long be remembered. Bill loved life and his fellow man. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Audrey, and a son. 04/18/2007 2:50:21 PM MaryS
1971
Richard Treadway has been named vice president of marketing at KnowHow Inc. of Sunnyvale, CA, a leading provider of lightweight Internet middleware that enables real-time, event-driven enterprises. Prior to joining KnowHow, Richard was vice president of products for AvantGo, a leading provider of mobile enterprise software. He is also the former vice president of engineering and product management for BEA Systems. 04/18/2007 2:51:28 PM MaryS
Morrison revisited campus November 10, accompanyed by his daughter on her search for colleges.
1972
From Rich Simington: "George Leventon is a remarkable guy, with careers as a dentist, pathologist, physician and now psychiatrist. When he told his wife, Marge, that he wanted to be an engineer, she thought he'd be heading back to school. But George wanted to be a locomotive engineer - with the Houston Area Live Steamers (www.hals.org ), a volunteer group of train buffs operating a miniature railway with 10 miles of track. The club gives free rides to 1,500 visitors once each month. Marge and George live in Bellaire, TX." 04/20/2007 10:14:42 AM MaryS
William Kelly delivered the annual John F. McMahon Memorial Lecture at AU in October 2003. Bill, who is president and CEO of Unifrax Corporation in Niagara Falls, drew from his own experience in discussing a ceramic engineer/businessman skill set necessary to be successful in today's international business environment. 04/20/2007 10:13:32 AM MaryS
Roger L. Schutt and Kathleen Ryan Schutt were married in Briston Harbour, NY, on Sept. 12, 2003. Roger is president of Premier Hospitality Properties. Kathleen, a licensed practical nurse, is self-employed and is active in volunteer hospice work. 04/20/2007 10:16:07 AM MaryS
1973
Peter was a special guest at a sculpture reception at Union University. Peter provided inspiration for Lee Benson, Union University Sculputre Professor.
Dr. Roger Abrahams extends greetings to everybody in the class of 1973, especially Dave Saypol and Wayne Weintraub. Roger is a pulmonary physician and owner of the Morgantown Pulmonary Association of Morgantown, VA. 04/20/2007 10:17:56 AM MaryS
1974
Robert is a successful architect with his own firm.
Anne E. Hunt and Thomas A. Ripple were married on July 12, 2003, in Hornell, NY. Anne is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Tom is a science teacher at Hornell High School. 04/20/2007 10:55:35 AM MaryS
Dr. Anna E. McHale has written a book that traces the history of the New York State College of Ceramics at AU, celebrating "100 years of excellence in research and teaching for all aspects of the American ceramic industry." The book is available at the university bookstore or may be ordered by e-mailing centennial@alfred.edu , or calling (607) 871-2494. 04/20/2007 10:51:16 AM MaryS
Jeff Zamek published an article, "Clay Body Shrinkage & Absorption," in the Aug. 11, 2003, edition of Pottery Production Practices. Jeff taught ceramics at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, MA, and at Keane College in Elizabeth, NJ, and started his own ceramics consulting firm in 1980. He has written two books: What Every Potter Should Know, and Safety in the Ceramics Studio. 04/20/2007 10:49:51 AM MaryS
"When Craig Browne isn't developing new software programs or musing about esoteric statistics problems, he's rushing to complete work on the new house he is literally building by himself in rural New Mexico. The house has lots of big windows to see the spectacular scenery. Craig lives in Edgewood, NM." 04/20/2007 10:47:05 AM MaryS
Nancy White was among nine artists who presented "Crazy Clay & Posh Paintings" at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, Memphis, TN, in November 2003. Nancy, associate professor at the University of Memphis, exhibits her work in the region. 04/20/2007 10:53:51 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "While her friends at Alfred remember Bonnie Hagen as a nursing student with a special interest in neo-natal nursing, in Atlanta, where she is still a nurse, Bonnie is known for being an accomplished ballroom dancer, having studied and competed for 12 years. Bonnie lives in Lawrenceville, Ga. 04/20/2007 10:46:06 AM MaryS
1975
Lance T. Shaner of State College, Pa., chairman and chief executive officer of Shaner Hotel Group L.P., has been named to the board of directors of C-COR.net Corp., a global provider of broadband communications products, software systems, and services. The Shaner Hotel Group invests in hotels, restaurants, and commercial real estate. Lance is also the chairman and founder of Shaner Energy, Inc., an oil and gas distribution company; and Douglas Oil and Gas L.P., an oil and gas production company. In the 1980s Lance operated a regional cable TV company in Western New York and northern Pennsylvania. He is an active philanthropist. 04/20/2007 11:08:02 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Terry Michalske is a renowned nanotechnology scientist, but when he isn't working with tiny things he's tinkering with his sportscars, a TR6 and a Lotus. Terry's considering adding an open-wheeled racer to his fleet. He and his wife, Susan '79, live in Cedar Crest, NM. 04/20/2007 11:09:53 AM MaryS
1976
David L. Conrad writes: "My daughter, Chesa J. Conrad, graduated in May 2003 from AU with a major in communications. This represents the second generation of Conrads to graduate from AU. While at AU, she was a member of the equestrian team and qualified for the regionals and zones." Dave is an alumni admissions volunteer. 04/20/2007 11:24:02 AM MaryS
Charles E. Schmidt writes: "Greetings from Tagaytay City, Philippines, only 13 days from Alfred via 'snail mail.' I turned 60 years old last Sept. 16 and am now retired ... but wait! I have been appointed as the dean of the BSN School of Nursing, Tagaytay City College. When My wife and I arrived in Tagaytay City, I inquired of my Mason Brothers (I am a Master Mason and Shriner) if there was a School of Nursing that would appreciate my volunteer services. I get no pay, but my appointment to the faculty and my MSN will help the school of nursing get accreditation. I will be responsible for curriculum development and supervision of teaching staff." 04/20/2007 11:27:06 AM MaryS
From your corespondent: "Gary Weinstein has begun a new position at SUNY Health Science Center Hospital's inpatient psychiatric unit. He recently completed nine years with the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health in Syracuse as a forensic social worker at the County Correctional Facility. On his final day on site he interviewed a new inmate: one of three AU students convicted following the fraternity suicide of 2002. Gary has lived in Syracuse for 26 years since returning from Berkeley, CA, where he lived for a year after bicycling there from Alfred in the summer of 1976 with his close friend and fellow AU student Christopher Flagg. Gary is married with a daughter, 9, and a son, 7." 04/20/2007 11:18:56 AM MaryS
"When James Reed retired as dean of Alfred's School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science, he and his wife, Carol Hilliard Reed '76, moved to Austin, TX, to live closer to their son. Jim and Carol are studying Spanish and enjoy traveling to Mexico and other countries in Latin America.
1977
Susan's work has been displayed in numerous galleries and museums around the world. Her work is currently being displayed at the Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College.
Cleveland (OH) ceramist Judith Salomon is one of 250 artists whose work was chosen for a select invitational exhibition, "21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada," that ran through December 2003 at the Columbus College of Art Design in Columbus, OH. Judith's work has been exhibited internationally including museums in Canada, London and Taiwan. The Cleveland Jewish News said of her work: "Her sculptural vessels, drenched in vibrant colors, are signature statements found in private, public and corporate collections throughout Cleveland and the world." Judith and her husband of 17 years, Cleveland attorney Jerome Weiss, have a 9-year-old son. 04/20/2007 11:44:28 AM MaryS
Jean Robinson-Pownall notes that her daughter, Jennifer, is a sophomore biology major at AU. Jean is communications coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, James, live in Coatesville, PA. 04/20/2007 11:29:54 AM MaryS
James F. Nuzzo Jr. of Newport, RI, likes nothing more than to sit around and talk about philosophy, unless, of course, there's an opportunity to talk about his two grandchildren, Hannah, 4; and Julia, 6 months. 04/20/2007 11:47:03 AM MaryS
The latest interactive exhibit created by Clifford Wagner was a hit last fall at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Peter's "Garden of Gizmos" features a giant flower - made from 13 umbrellas - that grows and blooms when a crank is turned; another crank that sends a groundhog under visitors' feet; a knob that controls the speed of a time-lapse movie showing the growth of plants in a window box, along with the hair on Cliff's head (shaved in the first frames); and lots of other hands-on activities. Cliff has also built two other nationally recognized interactive exhibits: "Color Play: Exploring the Art & Science of Color," and "Contraptions A to Z," which was at the Museum of Science in Boston in the fall. Both of those exhibits have been featured at museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. 04/20/2007 11:34:26 AM MaryS
1978
Akio Takamori of Seattle, WA, was among three artists whose new work was exhibited at the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA. In addition to his degree from Alfred, Takamori studied at Musashino Art College in Tokyo, Japan, and received a degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He is known for his distinctive figure studies, usually of people sleeping, designed to evoke special responses from viewers. 04/20/2007 1:29:41 PM MaryS
Marcus Berman notes that two days after returning from a great AU reunion last June, he was a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education regarding recreational rehabilitation grant funding programs. Marcus, who is disabled, also attended the "Partnership For Success" conference in Washington, D.C., for disability advocacy leadership training. The event was run by a group known as Inclusive Research Institute under a federal Department of Labor grant, in conjunction with Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). Marcus has joined SABE and expects soon to be going nationwide, training other disability advocates. 04/20/2007 1:30:38 PM MaryS
David Kaplan, Ph.D. has accepted a position as associate executive director for professional affairs for the American Counseling Association in the Washington, D.C., Beltway. ACA is the world's largest association for professional counselors with 50,000 members in the United States and fifty additional countries. 04/20/2007 1:35:15 PM MaryS
1979
From your correspondent: "Sue Boutillier Vinton, writes: 'I have been a litigation paralegal for the last 16 years, first in Rochester, NY, and currently in the Billings, MT, firm of Matovich & Keller, P.C. I am also mom to Carrie and Jessica Tucker, ages 20 and 17; and Jake and Cooper Vinton, ages 7 and 5. I also assist my husband, Mike, in his business, Vinton Construction, Inc. (www.vintonlog.com ), a general contractor building custom log homes in many western states. In my 'spare' time I enjoy volunteering for Special Olympics and Eagle Mount, an organization providing sports and recreational opportunities for people of all ages with special needs. I'd be happy to hear from former classmates, volleyball teammates, or tracksters.' 04/20/2007 1:37:59 PM MaryS
"And from Carol Neilson: 'I'm married to a wonderful man for 15 years now and have two kids, Jenna, 12, and Colton, 8. My art degree hasn't been used to its fullest as of yet but I still have big plans for it. I did have my own hand-painted T-shirt business in the '80s and was a designer for a clothing company for about a year. Since I met my husband, Brian, I have gotten into the movie industry. We both started out doing stunt work. I started in '84 and after my second child I slowed down to small jobs now and then. I doubled Bette Midler for 10 years and worked on many big features. I was the dead women hanging from a rope in 'The Sixth Sense.' It's been a fun career, but now I spend most of my time volunteering for my kids' school. I head up the art department at an elementary school and help out the art teacher at my daughter's middle school. It's fun and it's the only way at the present to combine art and my family.'" 04/20/2007 1:39:06 PM MaryS
Jennifer Chivers-Armstrong and her husband, Larry, are living in Cincinnati, OH, where Jennifer is enjoying life as a stay-at-home mom with 9-year-old son Cameron. Jennifer's keeping busy as a sports mom and volunteer at her son's school. 04/20/2007 1:43:40 PM MaryS
1980
David has a studio, gallery, and sculpture field in New Fairfield, Conn. His website is www.davidBoyajian.com.
Betty is well known for her decorative painting and hand painted wall murals. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Western New York, Massachusetts, and the Catskill region according to the Windham Journal.
Works by landscape artist Betty Sweet were featured in a "Nature in the Catskills," a two-artist exhibit at the Windham Fine Arts center, Windham, NY, in November and December 2003. Betty has exhibited in solo and group shows in western New York, Massachusetts, and the Catskill region since 1969. She is also well known for her decorative painting and hand-painted wall murals.
1981
Thomas W. Davis of Durham, NC, and his wife celebrated the birth of a daughter, Sarah Rose Davis, on Nov. 28, 2002, Thanksgiving Day. Thomas is a geologist with Quantum Environmental in Raleigh, NC.
Pat Patterson says he and his wife, Jean, now live at The Villages in Lady Lake, FL, which will host a college football seniors game in January. Pat wants to hear from his Kappa Psi friends.
Ann Klaas of Boseman, MT, made the "People in Business" section of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle for attending a New York Academy of Science conference in New York City on adolescent brain development. Ann is employed at Child Care Connections in Boseman.
Bill was inducted into Alfred University's Sports Hall of Fame at their annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet in October.
1982
Dennis was appointed Senior Vice President to head a new product line.
Dennis W. J. Burton has been named senior vice president of ACE Westchester Specialty Group in Philadelphia, part of the ACE Group of Companies, the world's leading provider of insurance and reinsurance. Dennis now heads up a new product line - an umbrella/excess liability unit in the commercial programs division. Dennis has been a senior vice president with ACE USA since January 2000. Prior to that he was a vice president with ACE Bermuda. Before joining ACE he held various senior underwriting positions with American Home Assurance Company in New York and Philadelphia.
1983
Navy Cmdr. Amos M. Gallagher recently assumed duties as commanding officer with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 in Oak Harbor, WA.
Hollis Walsh Dorafshar and Bahman Dorafshar report the birth of their third child, Lyon Dorafshar, on Nov. 3, 2002. Hollis is an artist who displays her work in the Raleigh, NC, area. She teaches at a Montessori school and lectures at Meredith College.
Tresa M. Lopez writes to say she's sorry to have missed her 20-year reunion and wonders if there is a class picture. Tresa says she was in the midst of relocating from Clifton Park to Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks. She is substitute teaching in the middle and high school levels at Lake Placid and surrounding public schools in Essex County while working on her master's and New York State certification. Tresa has three daughters, an 18-year-old who is attending Corning Community College, a high school junior, and a second-grader.
Tom is now the plant manager of AFG Industires Blue Ridge plant.
Susan was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Alfred University's annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet in October.
Tom Osucha has been named manager for AFG Industries' Blue Ridge (TN) plant. Tom joined the company in 1983, worked for a time with Corning Glass, then returned to AFG as a production manager at its Cinnaminson, NJ, plant. He returned to the Greenland, TN, plant in 1991. He and his wife, Patti, live in Kingsport, TN. They have two children.
1984
Joseph Scheer's book, "Night Visions: The Secret Designs of Moths," contains 150 moth prints of incredible depth and color from his extensive collection. Scheer, professor of printmaking in the School of Art and Design, has collected over 15,000 specimens and more than 1,000 species of moths since 1999. The book (Prestel Publishing Sales) is available at bookstores or by calling Prestel Publishing toll-free at 888-463-6110.
Wendy Archer Suddeth and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of a son, Joseph Archer Suddeth, on Oct. 2, 2002. Wendy is activity therapist at the Harris Psychiatric Hospital in Anderson, SC.
We received a press release announcing that Scott Chatfield, a 1984 alumnus of AU, will receive the New Hampshire Art Educator of the Year award at the National Art Education Assn's annual meeting in Denver April 16-20, 2004. From Sue Goetschius in Communications
2001 Professional Diploma in school administration at CWP Campus of Long Island University.
David was awarded the John Marquis Memorial Award. David Earl '85 and Mushtaq Ahmed '02 co-authored the winning paper.
Victoria Keill LoRusso of Oyster Bay, NY, received a professional diploma in school administration at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Victoria is assistant principal at Northside Elementary School in Oyster Bay.
Mushtaq Ahmed, along with Dr. David Earl '85, assistant professor of ceramic engineering and materials science in the School of Engineering at AU, was awarded the John Marquis Memorial Award at the fall conference of the American Ceramic Manufacturers Association in Mansfield, OH. The pair's published paper was cited for being "of greatest value to the members and to the industry."
1985
Married, with three sons now all grown. Purchased a parcel of land not far from Alfred, very near Pollywog Holler and planning to build a cabin/studio.
Yen-Fen Huang of Alfred exhibited 25 pieces of her artwork at the Niagara County Community College Gallery, Sanborn, NY, in the fall and was featured in a story in the Oct. 9, 2003, edition of the Niagara Gazette, Niagara Falls, NY. Yen-Fen, a native of Taiwan, received her bachelor's degree in fine art from the School of Ceramic Art and Design at AU. She is married to Dr. Wilfred Huang, professor of management information systems at AU.
Susan Severin Munyon writes that her husband, Steve, has a new job as a mechanical technician at Danaher Motion in Westborough, MA (www.danaher.com). They make various precision equipment, some of which goes to Korea to make flat panel displays. Susan says she is thrilled to be taking care of Ben, who is 2 years old, and delights in seeing him learn more every day. The family very much appreciated all the outpouring of help and well wishes this last year as Steve looked for new work. Susan said Steve hopes to return to the computer field when the economy turns around.
Yen-Fen's art was on display in the Niagara County Community College Gallery. She has received many awards for her work.
2 daughters - Leah, 7 years old and Elisabeth, 3 years old.
giving lecture Newark Museum, Jan. 22nd. on work concurrent with artist residency at same museum in Newark, NJ.
Susan Munyon, '1985 writes, In case you haven't already heard, Steve has found a job! He started Monday at "Danaher Motion" in Westborough, MA (http://www.danaher.com>). It takes about half an hour to get there. Sadly it only pays about half the salary that Steve was making at 3Com but insurance is included They make various precision equipment, some of which goes to Korea to make flat panel displays. He is a Mechanical Technician. Also, I am no longer working for CMC Wireless so you can eliminate any info you have for me except for the information below. I am thrilled to be taking care of Ben again who is now 22 months old. It is delightful to see him learning more every day. As sad as Steve not working was, it was wonderful that they got to spend so much time together.We have very much appreciated all the outpouring of help and well wishes this last year. Emotionally, it's been very difficult. It's a tremendous weight lifted and hopefully when the economy turns around Steve will work in the computer field again.
"I am living in Hamburg with my husband, Keith, and sons, Jarrett, 6 and Brandon, 4. I am head of the math department at Eden H.S. where I've been teaching for 15 years. I've lost touch but would love to hear from old friends: kFeasley@adelphia.net"
Laura Stoklosa Feasely is head of the math department at Eden High School in Eden, NY, where she has taught for 15 years. She lives in Hamburg, NY, with her husband, Keith, and sons Jarrett, 6, and Braden, 4. She would love to hear from her old friends: kfeasely@adelphia.net
David Kopp has been named a member of the Lightstone Group's acquisition team in New York. Dave has 18 years of experience in real estate. Prior to joining the Lightstone Group, he served as acquisitions director with the NYC Investment Fund.
Kenneth Facin is principal at Cambridge Central School in Cambridge, NY, and his wife, Kathleen Ashton Facin '85, is a social studies teacher at the school. They have two daughters, Leah, 7, and Elisabeth, 3.
1986
Diane Harris has been appointed to the specified professional personnel staff in the Department of Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. Diane, a family nurse practitioner, received her master's degree in nursing at Syracuse University and completed the community family nurse practitioner program at SUNY Binghamton in May 2003. Diane sees patients at St. Joseph's Horseheads Primary Care Office.
Dr. Cheryl Blanchard was named to a new executive team at Zimmer Holdings, Inc., Warsaw, IN, to help lead the company following its acquisition of Centerpulse, creating the world's No. 1 pure-play orthopaedic company. Cheryl is vice president of corporate research and clinical affairs. She is responsible for the research aspects of the Centerpulse Biologics group, the European research functions, worldwide clinical affairs, and the Zimmer and Centerpulse spine research activities. Prior to joining Zimmer in 2000 she served in leadership roles at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX; the University of Texas Health Science Center; and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.
From your correspondent: "Last year, Dave Renjilian was named Marywood University's Professor of the Year. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching sponsors this program. Dave is an associate professor of psychology at Marywood University located in Scranton, PA, where he teaches courses at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels."
Zimmer Holdings, Inc has announced Dr. Cheryl Blanchard as the VP, Corporate Research and Clinical Affairs in additioin to her current role as VP, Research and Biologics.
David Trumpp was unsuccessful in his bid to retain a seat on the Fanwood Borrough Council, Fanwood, NJ, in November 2003. Dave was serving out the remainder of an unexpired term after winning a special election in 2002, but had to run again in the fall for a full three-year term. Dave has been marketing coordinator for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority since 1996.
According to the Star Gazette Diane was appointed to the St. Joseph's Hospital Department of Medicine Specified Professional Personnel Staff. Diane is a family nurse practitioner.
1987
Tracy, nominated by peers and supervisors, was awarded outstanding teacher. She teaches at Shoreham Elementary School.
From Rich Simington: "Andrew Burns is fairly mild-mannered these days as a middle school teacher, but he tells great stories of his days as a commodities trader at the New York Board of Trade. He can still do the hand signals he had to use in the pit. Andy still has an adventurous side as a wilderness guide, sailor, kayaker and traveler. He next hopes to get to India and China. Andy lives in Denver, CO, where he's almost finished renovating his home."
Sana's work was published in Ceramics Monthly in September 2003. The article stated how social and political issues have always been prominent in her work.
2 daughters - Leah, 7 years old and Elisabeth, 3 years old
From your correspondent: "William Wall is a tenured associate professor of English at Santa Fe Community College in Gainsville, FL, which prepares 80 percent of its students for transfer to the University of Florida. Bill taught graduate students at UC Berkeley for two years, and taught at UMass for seven years. He notes his research interest has moved from radical dissent pamphlet literature of 17th century England to teaching, resulting in invitations to four conferences in six months. He is also contributing to a book on innovative teaching techniques. Bill says he always had a Yankee's contempt for the South and never thought he'd like Florida, but he's found a place where he can make a difference and will stay at SFCC until he retires."
Kenneth Facin is principal at Cambridge Central School in Cambridge, NY, and his wife, Kathleen Ashton Facin '85, is a social studies teacher at the school. They have two daughters, Leah, 7, and Elisabeth, 3.
Social and political issues are prominent in the work of New York ceramic artist Sana Musasama, who was featured in the September 2003 edition of Ceramics Monthly. Sana's work focuses on women's issues she encountered on her travels to Africa, Asia, Central and South America, where she witnessed female circumcision, foot binding, dowry burning, rape and prostitution.
1988
Kunihiko "Key" Otomo has been named managing director of New York Studley, the national commercial real estate services firm, and is working out of the firm's Midtown New York headquarters. Key joined Studley from Insignia/ESG, Inc. (presently known as CB Richard Ellis Real Estate Services, Inc. subsequent to its recent merger with Insignia/ESG), where he was managing director. During his over 13-year tenure with the firm, he handled high-profile real estate leasing and sales transactions, and won the firm's prestigious Market Information Leadership Award in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Key earned his master's degree in political philosophy from New York University.
Greg was inducted into Alfred University's Sport Hall of Fame during their annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquest in October.
Studley announced Kunihiko has been appointed as managing director of the firm according to Real Estate Weekly.
Staci Covey has accepted the position as administrator of Troy Community Hospital.
Staci Covey has been named administrator of Troy Community Hospital in Troy, Pa., a position she will hold along with her duties as administrator of Guthrie Home Care. Staci had been associate administrator for Tioga Nursing Facility, along with her position with Home Care. Staci earned her nursing diploma from the Robert Packer School of Nursing and her master's from SUNY Binghamton. She earned a post-master's certificate in nursing administration from Syracuse University. Staci and her husband, Steve, have three sons.
Peter Smith has released three music CDs in the last year: "Chimpwagon" with his band The Pitchfork Militia; "Rodeo," a collection of acoustic songs; and "Frogs and Birds," an instrumental album using homemade instruments and field recordings. Contact him at francomm.com or visit www.peterheadhimself.com.
1989
"Alice Mack McQuaid married Richard McQuaid on August 25, 1999. Upon this marriage, she inherited three beautiful stepchildren. She is very pleased to announce that she and her husband are expecting their first baby in April 2004. Alice has run her own private law practice, in Norwalk, CT, since 1998. Her husband, Rick, is a fifth-grade teacher in the Norwalk Public School System. He recently won re-election to the City Council of Norwalk and hopes to run for mayor of Norwalk in the year 2005. She sends her best regards to everybody. Alice's home address is 35B Stuart Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850."
Thomas Mauriello and his wife, Nicole Clarke-Mauriello, celebrated the birth of their first child, Lucia Maria Mauriello, on June 5, 2003. Tom's Web development firm, Corporate Voice, has moved successfully into its fifth year. The Mauriellos live in New York.
Billie Jo Peterson of Sterling, NY, hosted an acrylic painting workshop at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski, NY. Billie Jo is an art teacher at nearby Oswego High School and exhibits her work extensively in the area.
Robert Christman of Wellsville, NY, was elected to the post of Allegany County clerk in November, fending off a last-minute write-in campaign by the long-term deputy clerk. Rob, a sales representative for a Wellsville auto dealership, was on the ballot after upsetting the 25-year incumbent clerk in the Republican Primary. Rob started in the full-time position in January. As clerk, Rob plans to computerize historical records so as to make them more accessible, and create a Web page that motorists can access for records needed to register vehicles and get a driver's license
"Patricia St. George was promoted to partner at KPMG LLP, an accounting and tax firm in Washington, D.C. Patricia, who joined the firm in 1989, provides audit and risk advisory services to federal government clients, specifically the Department of Defense and other defense agencies. In addition, Patricia joyfully announces that she is expecting her second child in April 2004. Her first child, Quentin Southall, just turned 2.
David has joined Zircar Zirconia Inc., Florida, NY, as a sales manager.
From your correspondent: "Sean Mansfield writes that he is still up in Saratoga Springs, NY, and now back at GE, after a couple of years away doing some consulting. Sean can be reached at Sean.Mansfield@corporate.ge.com
Billie Jo has exhibited her art work extensively in the Oswego County area.
Rob is running for Allegany County treasurer.
had first child, daughter, Lucia. Web development firm, Corporate Voice, moved successfully into 5th year.
From your correspondent: "Ray Laird graduated in January 2003 with a certificate in tooling and machining from Monroe Community College, part of the Eastman Kodak Apprenticeship Program. He graduates from the apprenticeship next year, and will be awarded the associate's in tooling and machining once his employer has certified 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. He has received training in conventional lathes and mills as well as CNC programming.
David Hoskins has joined Zircar Zirconia Inc., Florida, NY, as sales manager with responsibilities for worldwide sales and marketing. David has 15 years of experience in the thermal processing field, having worked for several kiln and furnace companies. He earned his MBA at Syracuse University.
1990
Keith Reester, '1990 and his wife Adele recently added their first child to the family, a baby girl named Avery Elizabeth, born October 9th, 2003. In other areas, Keith recently left behind the 120,000 miles a year of flying and his consulting practice to take over as the Dircetor of Publisc Works for the City of Loveland, Colorado. Loveland is one of the nation's fastest growing cities and was recently named by the AARP as the number 1 location to retire. New Address: 1410 Pinewood Court Longmont, CO 80501 e-mail: kreester@msn.com
Richard is Netherwood Elementary School's new acting principal.
James Henegar and his wife, Teresa, had a baby girl, Iliana, on May 6, 2003. Jim received his master's degree in science education. He is a business teacher at Superior High School in Superior, WI.
Christine Sjolander-Green writes to say she was recently remarried to a British software engineer, Ben Green, and they have settled in Laguna Beach, CA, with their two cats and Christine's daughter, Samantha, who is 10. Christine is still working for the University of California, Irvine, in the MBA Career Center.
Amy Kelleher Vennett works as a public health nurse supervisor for her local county government outside of Washington, D.C. She and her husband of 12 years have a 9-year-old son. Friends may contact amy at avennett@marykay.com .
Maine sculptor John Bisbee last summer received the Rappaport Prize, the largest public annual award to an individual artist in New England. The $20,000 stipend is awarded by the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation. John, who teaches at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, welds nails and spikes to create intricate works that suggest organic and geometric forms. He has had solo exhibitions at the Plane Space Gallery in New York, the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City.
Stacie Conners Fuss and her husband, Jason, of Ypsilanti, MI, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Emily Nicole Fuss, on June 1, 2003. Stacie reports that big sister Kaitlyn, 2 1/2, is completely smitten with the new addition. Stacie is a business manager at Pilkington North America, Inc., in Sterling Heights, MI, a company that supplies glass products to the automotive industry, and building products throughout the world.
Rick Wert and Tina Ruf Wert '93 celebrated the birth of their third son, Adam Benjamin, on Aug. 21, 2003. Rick was appointed principal at Netherwood Elementary School, part of the Hyde Park Central School District, Hyde Park, NY. He served the previous two years as Hyde Park's athletic director. Rick notes that Tina is busy as a stay-at-home mom, and is desperately seeking an adult conversation.
Valerie was recently named to the Sallie Mae Financial Aid Advisory Council for a two year term according to the Evening Tribune.
Valerie Nixon, director of student financial services at Alfred State College, was named to the Sallie Mae Financial Aid Advisory Council for a term of two years. Valerie joined the Alfred State professional staff in 1987 after serving in similar capacities at AU, Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY Brockport. In 1998 she was awarded the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association Founders Service Award for outstanding achievement and service to the association. Valerie and her husband, Robert F. Nixon, have three children.
"Tony Cazzato now lives in Peoria with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children: Juliana, 4; Joseph, 3; and Marco, 1. Tony works as a project manager in development at Caterpillar, Inc. He is responsible for delivering the next generation of low emissions diesel engines for construction equipment and highway trucks. He is also active in his neighborhood and city government and was recently named one of '40 Leaders Under 40,' a recognition of young professionals with significant contributions to their workplace and the Peoria community. Tony can be reached at tcazzato@ntslink.net ."
1991
Meredeth Margaret Glenn and Patrick Michael Turner '93 celebrated the birth of a daughter, Phoebe Esther Turner, on Nov. 6, 2003. The date is now extra special for Meredeth, whose birthday is also on Nov. 6.
Michael Musci hoped to use his leadership experience to make positive changes on the Cortland (NY) Common Council, but lost his bid for the post in the November 2003 election. Michael faced another political newcomer for a seat previously held by a long-term incumbent who chose not to run again. Michael is a lieutenant with Cornell University Police, in charge of training and staff development. He lives in Cortland with his wife, Shelley, and their two children.
Beginning January 1, 2004 Jerry will be the new Elementary Principal and Randolph School.
Suzanne Knaak is a ceramic and photography instructor at Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, and a photographic artist whose work is exhibited in the region. Suzanne has traveled extensively on photography trips, including twice to Europe. She is also a certified scuba diver and underwater photographer. "This has become a favorite subject matter for me, as are coastal seascapes," says Suzanne. "I find it a real challenge. Your subject is constantly moving."
Kevin O'Buckley and his wife, Kathleen, are proud parents of Ryan, born March 17, 2002, and Reilly, born Aug. 9, 2003. Kevin is a regional construction engineer with the state Department of Transportation in Alfred Station. His wife is a second-grade teacher at Alfred-Almond.
Laurie Engelking Mastandrea was recently promoted to assistant nurse manager at a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip, NY. Laurie married Frank Mastandrea in 1996. They have two children, Daniella, 5; and Michael, 3. They live in Stony Brook, NY.
Leonard J. Fiorica notes he and his wife, Eve LaManna Fiorica '94, are building a soccer team and the latest acquisition arrived on April 12, 2003, a baby boy named Maxwell Robert. He joins brother Patrick, 2 1/2, on the Fiorica team. Len is regional director of Shire Richwood Pharmaceuticals in Middletown, CT. Eve is a first-grade teacher in Middletown.
Tierney Barden joined the Board of Directors of the Cortland Memorial Hospital Foundation in Cortland, NY. Tierney works for Barden Homes, where she was responsible for the company's marketing materials before moving to sales.
Suzanne will exhibit her work at Gail's Station House in Ridgefield, CT through December 13.
Brand new Grandparents. Ryan born 3/17/02 and Reilly born 8/9/03...2 grandsons.
Married in '96 to Frank Mastandrea; have 2 children, Daniella,5 and Michael, 3. Recently promoted to assistant nurse manager at a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Islip, NY. Email is Laurie9798@yahoo.com.
1992
Please add the following birth announcement to the next issue of the Alfred magazine: Robert N. Sickler '92 and Julia O'Neil Sickler, a son, Thomas Latham Sickler, born March 07, 2003
Brian Reuss and Grace Ann Eberhardt were married on Aug. 8, 2003. Brian is general manager of Vortex Electronic Products in State College, Pa.
Artist Tom Andersen held his second one-man show at Bill Maynes Gallery in New York City last fall, and was the subject of a story in the "Art in Review" section of the Oct. 3, 2003, issue of The New York Times. The article noted how Tom's work may appeal to a wide audience, but many might miss his "sly parodic intentions ... In creating works that are at once subversive, romantic and materially seductive, he moderates an inner debate between ironic sophistication and poetic sentimentalism." Tom has a master's from Yale and spent five summers at Chautauqua Institution's School of Art. He and his wife, Catherine, live in Manhattan, where Tom maintains his studio. He also does work for about a half dozen New York City museums.
Carol Bryant Cady and Michael Cady were married in Canon Beach, OR, on July 25, 2003. Carol is an elementary art teacher at Elmira Heights Central School in Elmira Heights, NY. Husband Mike is a freelance photographer and regularly contributes to Alfred University publications.
Grace Parent Halsey married Ralph "Peter" Halsey III on June 29, 2003 in New Haven, CT, with quite a number of AU alumni joining the celebration. AU people in attendance included Sally Benedict Florence '61, Dean Parent '65, Anthony Parent '94, Jeff Gillman '91, Gwyn Clarke Chang '92, Michelle Siu '92, and Rebekah Modrak Tobier '92. Grace and Peter are elementary school teachers in Woodbridge, CT.
Lorraine D'Orso Guzzetta and her husband, David, welcomed their second child into the world on Nov. 6, 2003, a girl, Emilia Anne. She joins brother Charles Joseph, "CJ," at the family's Port Jefferson, NY, home. Lorraine is a photography instructor at La Wilson Technological Center in Dix Hills, NY.
Lorraine R. (D'Orso) Guzzetta, 1992 and her husband David, had a baby girl, Emilia Anne, 7lbs. 14 ozs. on 11/06/2003 Their first child is Charles Joseph and he is now 3 1/2..
1993
Jeffrey Peterson successfully defended his doctorate thesis in ceramic engineering at AU on July 31, 2003, and will receive his Ph.D. degree in ceramic science. His thesis focused on how to make fuel cells operate more efficiently. Jeffrey received his bachelor's degree from AU in 1993.
Rick was recently appointed Principal of Netherwood Elementary School in Hyde Park, NY. On August 21, 2003 our two older boys, Christian and David, were joined by boy #3, Adam Benjamin.
Rick Wert and Tina Ruf Wert '93 celebrated the birth of their third son, Adam Benjamin, on Aug. 21, 2003. Rick was appointed principal at Netherwood Elementary School, part of the Hyde Park Central School District, Hyde Park, NY. He served the previous two years as Hyde Park's athletic director. Rick notes that Tina is busy as a stay-at-home mom, and is desperately seeking an adult conversation.
Ali Goldbach Haffner and her husband, Rob, welcomed their first child, Lily Dorothy Haffner, on Aug. 8, 2003. They live in Danbury, CT. This January, Ali will return to her position as a senior attorney at IBM in Armonk, NY.
Ali (Goldbach) Haffner, '93 reports that she and Rob welcomed their first child, Lily Dorothy Haffner, on August 8, 2003. They live in Danbury, CT. In January, Ali will return to her position as a senior attorney at IBM in Armonk, NY.
Kristine has been named president of Electro Abrasives Corp., Buffalo, N.Y.
Kristine Ramming has been named president of Electro Abrasives Corp., Buffalo, NY., and is responsible for international sales, marketing, and promotion of all the abrasive grains and powders manufactured by the company. Since 1997 Kristine was a product manager for the company's silicon carbide and boron carbide line.
Sean Q. Salo and his wife, Katie, of Suffern, NY, celebrated the birth of their first child, Rebecca Grace, on Sept. 6, 2003. Rebecca weighed 9 lbs. 12 oz. and is "absolutely a joy," says the proud dad. Sean was recently promoted to director of consumer marketing for VH1 in New York City.
I would like to submit the announcement of the birth of our child Phoebe Esther Turner who was born on 11/06/2003. (My birthday) Father is Patrick Michael Turner, class of 1993 and mother is Meredeth Margaret Glenn, class of 1991. Thanks, Meredeth
Meredeth Margaret Glenn and Patrick Michael Turner '93 celebrated the birth of a daughter, Phoebe Esther Turner, on Nov. 6, 2003. The date is now extra special for Meredeth, whose birthday is also on Nov. 6.
From your correspondent: "Adelaide Paul and her five dogs and two cats are alive and well and happy in Philadelphia, PA, where she bought a house in 2001. She is currently a resident artist at the Clay Studio in Philly and is teaching ceramics and foundations at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Adelaide is now represented by the Garth Clark Gallery in New York. She would love to hear from old friends and can be reached at gangof5@earthlink.net ."
Lisa Norby Rook and her husband, Brian, celebrated the arrival of a daughter, Allison Leigh Rook, on Sept. 11, 2003. She joins big brother Kevin who was 3 on Dec. 9. Says Lisa: "We are doing well and having so much fun with two wonderful children. Hope all is well in Alfred."
Shawna Louise Simpson and Kerin Michael Dumphrey were married on Sept. 7, 2003, in Ellicottville, NY. Shawna works for Community Missions Inc. as an intake manager. Kerin is a business manager at Niagara-Wheatfield Central School. They live in Lockport, NY.
Lisa Norby Rook and her husband, Brian, celebrated the arrival of a daughter, Allison Leigh Rook, on Sept. 11, 2003. She joins big brother Kevin who was 3 on Dec. 9. Says Lisa: "We are doing well and having so much fun with two wonderful children. Hope all is well in Alfred."
My wife, Katie, and I had our first child, Rebecca Grace, on Sept. 6th. We're living in Suffern, NY, and I was recently promoted to Director, Consumer Mktg. at VH1 in New York City.
Ali Goldbach Haffner and her husband, Rob, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Lily Dorothy Haffner, on Aug. 8, 2003. The Haffners live in Danbury, CT. Ali will return to her position as a senior attorney at IBM in Armonk, NY, this month.
1994
Jen showcased her work at The Morristown Craft Market and Fancy Food Fest.
Kelsey Anne Himes and David Francis were married on July 12, 2003, in New Russia, NY. Both work for the Saranac Lake School District.
Kelsey Anne Himes and David Francis were married on July 12, 2003, in New Russia, NY. Both work for the Saranac Lake School District.
Leonard J. Fiorica notes he and his wife, Eve LaManna Fiorica '94, are building a soccer team and the latest acquisition arrived on April 12, 2003, a baby boy named Maxwell Robert. He joins brother Patrick, 2 1/2, on the Fiorica team. Len is regional director of Shire Richwood Pharmaceuticals in Middletown, CT. Eve is a first-grade teacher in Middletown.
Artist Dorene Quinn presented a show at the Earlville Opera House Art Gallery in Hamilton, NY, last summer. Dorene, with a master's in sculpture from AU, is an assistant professor of art at Munson Williams Procter School of Art in Utica, NY.
1995
Aysha presented a slide talk with Todd Wahlstrom '95 at the Shelburne Craft School to help raise money for a gas kiln.
Todd Wahlstrom and Aysha Peltz, nationally known potters and ceramic artists from Whitingham, VT, participated in a cup auction to raise $5,000 to replace an aging gas kiln at the Shelburne Craft School in Shelburne, VT. The school is a nonprofit arts organization that has been teaching fine arts and crafts since the early 1940s. Wahlstrom and Peltz presented a slide talk at a reception to open the Nov. 8, 2003, auction.
Amy Nybeck is a guidance counselor at Scarborough High School, Scarborough, ME. Amy has served as a guidance counselor at Southside High School in Elmira, NY, and at Horseheads Middle School, Horseheads, NY.
Daniel Umiker and Sandra Ambrose were married on March 29, 2003, in Rochester. Dan is a senior manager at Global Crossing in Rochester. Sandra is an information analyst for the University of Rochester.
Todd presented a slide talk with Aysha Peltz '95 at the Shelburne Craft School to help raise money for a gas kiln.
Todd Wahlstrom and Aysha Peltz, nationally known potters and ceramic artists from Whitingham, VT, participated in a cup auction to raise $5,000 to replace an aging gas kiln at the Shelburne Craft School in Shelburne, VT. The school is a nonprofit arts organization that has been teaching fine arts and crafts since the early 1940s. Wahlstrom and Peltz presented a slide talk at a reception to open the Nov. 8, 2003, auction.
Amy St. Cyr Saucier joined the Stratford (NH) Public School system as a special education aide at the beginning of this school year. She lives in Stark, NH, with her husband and two children.
Amy is the new special education aid at Stratford School.
David is engaged to Jodi McDaniels. They are planning an August 2004 wedding.
1996
Jennifer Marie Nestor and Paul Ko were married in Hawaii this past November. Both are consultants on information technology, Jennifer in Manhattan, NY, for Niteo Partners; and Paul in West Orange, NJ, for Computer Services Corp.
Leon began a new job July 2003. He is Principal of the Alburg K-8 grade public school in Alburg, VT with 250 students.
Steve Winn has finished his MBA at Johns Hopkins University and has recently accepted a position with Greatbatch-Hittman in Columbia, MD.
Danielle Goodyear, assistant professor of photography at Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa., exhibits her work in the region and is known for her "enthusiastic and inspirational" slide show talks. After leaving Alfred she toured Europe, visited Thailand, drove across America and visited Australia, always with camera in hand.
Katherine Elizabeth Keane and Christopher Jon Meany were married on Oct. 18, 2003, in Charleston, SC. Katherine is marketing manager at Wild Dunes Resort. Christopher is a business manager for Family Circle Cup.
1997
"Nathan White is still living in Albany and has been working for the last 2 1/2 years at D&D Consulting, where he was recently promoted to vice president of sales and operations. According to Nathan, they consult mostly with large government agencies and private sector companies on IT strategies. Nathan says, 'I certainly had no idea I'd end up as a VP of sales back in '97. I thought for sure I'd be a director of human resources one day. Go figure!' Nathan has one semester left before he gets his MBA and then he's done with school for a little while.
Brian Halligan writes to say that he's engaged. His fiancé's name is Shannon Youst and the ceremony will take place June 19, 2004, in Ithaca, NY. Brian adds: "As for me, I'm working as a copywriter for a branding/ advertising firm in Rochester, NY, called BrandOrchard. Since I left Alfred, I've had the opportunity to write about everything from fiber optics and photonics to fine jewelry and sporting goods. It's been challenging, but I can't imagine myself doing anything else for a living."
James Gephard couldn't have asked for a better birthday present - a new son. Jim's wife, Erin, gave birth to Benjamin Randall Gephard, the couple's first child, on March 9, 2003, which is also Jim's birthday. Looks like Ben will be sharing his cake with Dad each year. The Gephards live in Marlboro, NY, and Jim works for Ulster-Green ARC.
James R Gephard, '1997 and his wife, Erin had a son named Benjamin Randall Gephard, born on March 9th, 2003. He is their first child and born on his father's birthday.
"Brian Klump married Cindy Steed on Oct. 18, 2003. Cindy grew up in Corpus Christi, TX, and Baton Rouge, LA, and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a master's in counseling. According to Brian, 'the wedding was small but beautiful, and believe it or not everything even went off without a hitch!' The happy couple took a small honeymoon to Atlantic City, NJ, for a few days but will be going on a cruise in January. Brian says work has been keeping him busy, which is developing and installing CBRNE (chemical/biological/radiation/nuclear/explosive) monitoring software and hardware."
Daniel Hamilton and Shannon Ervay Hamilton '97, celebrated the birth of a son, Andrew Lawerance, on June 19, 2003. Dan is an engineer at Pilkington in Laurinberg, NC. Shannon is a medical technologist at First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital in Laurinberg.
Mervin Roberts conducted the ceremony when Christine Mosser '97 and Jason Zelek were married on Aug. 10, 2003, in Old Lyme, CT. Mervin is chaplain of the Old Lyme Fire Department and the groom is a volunteer firefighter. The AU connection went further than the bride and Mervin and his wife, Edith May Roberts '47. One of the bridesmaids was Jen Alfieri '97, who met Christy at AU through the Student Activities Board. Accompanying Jen at the ceremony was her husband, Mike Alfieri '98.
1998
Jason Gray's first book of poems, Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo, won the National Chapbook Prize and was published by Dream Horse Press last fall. Information about the book can be found at www.dreamhorsepress.com .
Jason Honeck has been named a visiting instructor of sport and exercise science at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA. He was formerly head athletic trainer and instructor of athletic training at the campus. Before that he was an assistant athletic trainer, adjunct instructor and graduate assistant at AU.
Marisa Capano Copley's paintings, her first series of paintings to include figures, were part of an exhibit at the Windham Area Arts Collaborative Gallery in Windham, CT, last year. A Rhode Island native, Marisa moved to Willimantic, CT, from Nebraska, where her husband had been completing his degree. She has put her metal work on hold to concentrate on painting.
Marcia Palmer of Mt. Vernon, OH, is now working on adding private ceramic lessons to her business, Lyn's Gallery, in Mt. Vernon. Marci held a grand opening on Nov. 30, 2003, and says she's "very excited" about the new direction. The gallery offers handmade pottery, paintings, photos and personal art. Visit the web site at www.lynspottery.com .
Daniel Hamilton and Shannon Ervay Hamilton '97, celebrated the birth of a son, Andrew Lawerance, on June 19, 2003. Dan is an engineer at Pilkington in Laurinberg, NC. Shannon is a medical technologist at First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital in Laurinberg.
Pamela J. Worthing and Andrew J. Littere were married on July 26, 2003, in Niagara Falls. Pam and Andrew are both teachers for the Buffalo School District.
From Susan M. Stokes: "Everything in my life has changed since Alfred. I just moved to Burlington, MA, to live with my soon-to-be husband. I got my master's in special education from UMass and I am now working in Watertown, MA, as an inclusion specialist. Not all is good news, though. My mother passed away this past year; anyone of my college friends who met her knows what a loss this is. I'm keeping busy with wedding plans, though. I will report more in July."
"Everything in my life has changed since Alfred. I just moved to Burlington, MA to live with my soon-to-be husband. I got my Master's in Special Education from UMASS and I am now working in Watertown, MA as an inclusion specialist. Not all news is good though: My mother passed away this last year; anyone of my college friends who ever met her knows what a loss this is. I'm keeping busy with wedding plans though. I wil report more in July 2004"
Gianna recently received a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Iowa.
Gianna Commito of Iowa City, IA, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from AU, received her master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Iowa. Gianna maintains her own studio in Iowa City and holds a curatorial position with Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospital. She has exhibited her work at numerous shows in the U.S. and abroad.
From Jason Gray, A&S 98 I would like to submit some personal news for the Class Notes: My first book of poems, Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo won the National Chapbook Prize and will be published by Dream Horse Press this fall. Information about it can be found at the press's web site. www.dreamhorsepress.com, in case any of my former classmates are interested.
Jason is currently a visiting instructor of sport and exercise science at The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Windham Area Arts Collaborative gallery's current show includes Marisa's oil paintings refering directly from Greek mythology.
1999
Weronika is a museum attendant at Harvard University Art Museums and she enjoys creating art.
Mary Ellen Letson and Don Roselli were married on Aug. 23, 2003, in Hornell, NY. Mary Ellen is a school counselor. Don is a plumber. James Baehr and Amy DeMocker were married on July 1, 2003 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Jim is a math teacher at Palmyra-Macedon Middle School in Palmyra, NY. Amy teaches science at the same school.
Weronika Zaluska says that at some point, her large ceramic sculptures take on a life of their own. "There's a back-and-forth relationship between me and the piece. It's almost a dialogue, because I'm trying to shape it, but it won't let me do anything I want." Weronika is a museum attendant at the Harvard University Art Museums. She began sculpting in 1992, when she came to the U.S. as an exchange high school student from her native Poland. She has her own studio in Somerville, MA, but likes the Harvard studio where there is 24-hour access and "a supportive community of artists from all walks of Harvard life."
Ken Leidig writes: "I am pleased to report that things are booming at SPQR. The restaurant's dining room is routinely packed with 'on the floor' party reservations, and the party rooms are full most week nights and weekends with personal and corporate holiday affairs. I can't wait to see who's achieved the highest booking volume, as far as parties go. "I also ought to mention that there is a minor rivalry at work - not so much with sales figures, but concerning the fact that I work with a bunch of 'speed demons.' Among this young staff, the parking lot is occupied with two Audi TTs, a Cadillac CTS, a Mustang, a Mercedes C320, a Lexus RX and the Linc … and everyone thinks that they have the best car (two also have motorcycles). "I have reconstructed something vaguely suggestive of a personal life. (All work and no play … and all that). After I write this, I'm attending Puccini's La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera. I've also purchased tickets for several performances of the New York Philharmonic, to be enjoyed throughout next year. Two weeks ago, I attended my high school's annual fund-raiser, Bids for Kids, and made out like a bandit during the written and oral part of the auction. A member of my church recently joined the school's Board of Directors, and it was his first time at the auction, so I 'steered him right.' Thankfully, my job has not impeded my church involvement, so I am still the editor of its monthly newsletter, and I usher and act as communion assistant on alternating Sundays. "Speaking of church, it's a good thing I'm still working for the same employers, because they know that I like to take a Sunday off and attend the Lessons & Carols service at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue. It's a Christmas tradition with me. In return for that, I'll work on Christmas Eve so that the other managers can have that evening off. (Hopefully I can close the restaurant early, so I don't miss the 11 o'clock candle-light service). But, that's what the future holds in store, and I must focus on the present … and hang my stocking, for starters."
Holly M. Justice is associate director of career services at Albion College in Albion, MI.
2000
From Chandra Leister: "Hi, I am still living right outside of Portland, ME, with Kris Guyot (went to AU 97-98), and working with Lauren Mier '99 at the Maine Medical Association. Lauren and I recently ran into AU nursing graduate Carol McNeil '72 in the office. We had ourselves a little Saxon Reunion in the hall! We reminisced about our different experiences in Alfred, and how Maine is so far away from Bully Hill. It is always wonderful to find other Alfredians outside of New York. I just had dinner a few weeks ago with Bethany Carpenter '00, who sends her hellos and well wishes. I also just recieved the new Alfred Viewbook, and saw a picture of my old roommate, Erin McNally '00, and would love to know how she is."
Katherine Ernst joined the faculty at the Chapin School, a private, independent school in Princeton, NJ, at the beginning of this school year. Katherine is teaching math and language arts. She completed course work for her master's in math education from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, last year. For the past three years she taught first and second grades in Rochester city schools.
Scott M. Hartmann, '2000 had a little girl named Meghan Hailey on 10/23/2003 according to class notes secton on Phonathon card.
Vanessa earned her MBA in International Business. She is interning at Bodegas Real in Madrid.
Nomi Manon is still studying to be a rabbi in Philadelphia. This year she is working with college students as the Hillel advisor at Ursinus College, a small school outside of Philly. She can be contacted at nomi@alfredalum.com.
Jennifer Foust has been named assistant art director at Siano, Pinckney & Hugo Advertising, Syracuse, NY. Jennifer has held creative positions at several advertising agencies in Vermont, and has been honored with numerous creative and design awards for her work.
Alison A. Huftalen writes that she is completing her first semester of grad school in art history and criticism at Stony Brook University. Alison writes that she's "living in Stony Brook on the wondrous Long Island (blah) with a crazy French-Canadian engineer and playing soccer in the office hallway on campus - graduate students' way of procrastinating. School is great, but tough. Hope to see some Alfredians over New Year's Eve."
"Hi, I am still living right outside of Portland Maine with Kris Guyot (Went to AU 97-98), working with Laurent Mier (Class of 99) at the Maine Medical Association. Lauren and I recently ran into Carol McNeil (AU Nursing Class of 72) in the office. We had ourselves a little Saxon Reunion in the hall! We reminisced about our different experiences in Alfred, and how Maine is so far away from Bully Hill. It is always wonderful to find other Alfredians ouside of New York! I just had dinner a few weeks ago with Bethany Carpenter (Class of 00), who sends her hello's and well wishes. I also just received the new Alfred Viewbook, and saw a picture of my old roommate Erin McNally (Class of 00) and would love to know how she is! Happy Holidays! Chandra Leister Class of 2000
Jennifer has joined Siano, Pinckney & Hugo Advertising as an assistant art director.
Nomi Manon, '2000, is still studying to be a rabbi in Philadelphia. This year, she is working with college students as the Hillel advisor at Ursinus College, a small school outside of Philly. You can contact her at nomi@alfredalum.com
2001
Sinisa's first museum exhibition was at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art.
Katherine is one of the most recognized of America's new wave of glass artist according to Gallery Guide September 2003 issue.
Kate exhibited her clay creations at HACC's Wildwood campus.
Jodie was named December Employee of the Month at Steuben Arc in Bath.
Jay Weisberger writes: "I took a fall trip to L.A. just as the wildfires got rolling. Being from the East, I had never seen anything quite like it. It was rather scary to drive up the 405 freeway and see flames up in the hills near Simi. I had a great time seeing friends out there, though. I'm still working PR in NYC and singing with a fine group called the Manhattan Choral Ensemble. We're doing two fall concerts in town and, on Dec. 22, we're actually appearing on the Today Show. I encourage any AU alums/students to check us out when they're in town.
Kate Doody was one of four artists taking part in an artist-in-residence program at the Wildwood Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, Pa. In October, Kate lectured on historic and contemporary tile works and demonstrated her tile design and fabrication techniques. Kate is a resident artist of The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
Ceramic artist Sinisa Kukec had his first museum exhibition - at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Lake Worth, FL. Institute Director Michael Rush said of his work: "The craftmanship and presentation struck me as extraordinary. This is some of the most beautifully crafted ceramic work I'd ever seen." Sinisa, 33, who earned his master's at AU, is a native of Croatia who grew up in Canada. He tells the Palm Beach Post that he has worked at schools and arts centers from Montana to the Netherlands, and now hopes to make Palm Beach his home.
Kait Rhoads is called one of the "most recognized of America's new wave of glass artists" in the September 2003 issue of the Boston/New England edition of Gallery Guide. The magazine notes: "As a painter, Kait developed a passion for color and pattern that brought her to the Venetian techniques of patterning glass. Following her master's in sculpture at Alfred University, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2001-02 to study in Venice." Kait was one of two artists featured in a "New Insights" exhibit at the Chappell Gallery in Boston in September 2003.
Jeannine Irene Potter and Gregory Howard Whitacre were married on Aug. 8, 2003, in Johnson City, NY. Jeannine is a school psychologist and Gregory is a regional manager for Nestle USA. They live in Binghamton.
2002
Charles Compson is doing graduate work in material science engineering at Georgia Tech. His project is in fuel cell technology.
Jonathan Bridges is working toward his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Minnesota. His unglazed earthenware ceramic work was displayed in a gallery in Lawrence, KS, in September as part of a walking tour of eight downtown art galleries. Jonathan is a graduate of Topeka High School in Topeka, KS.
Andy Corman won the McQuaid Invitational Open Race in Rochester in September 2003. The open race follows one of the top high school cross country races in the country. The school event draws over 4,200 athletes from 220 schools in six states and Canada. This year's open race was run in the pouring rain on a slick course worn down by the high school runners. Andy won the race with a time of 15:32 over the three-mile course.
Melissa Lynne Schinsing and Derek Andrew DeVries were married on June 21, 2003, in Clifton Springs, NY. Melissa is a family worker for the Commission on Economic Development in Rensselaer County. Derek is a Web developer with Amici, LLC. They live in Troy, NY.
Carlos C. Chang and Shawn M. Allan received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence in a ceremony held in Albany last fall. Both are December '02 graduates of the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science at AU. Carlos completed a co-op program at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, working for the microsystems technology division, which resulted in two presentations at the Materials Research Society's annual meeting in Boston, MA. Shawn also worked at Sandia as a co-op student, and was named as a co-inventor on a patent for powder-metal microstructure processing.
Melissa Lynne Schinsing and Derek Andrew DeVries were married on June 21, 2003, in Clifton Springs, NY. Melissa is a family worker for the Commission on Economic Development in Rensselaer County. Derek is a Web developer with Amici, LLC. They live in Troy, NY.
Mushtaq Ahmed, along with Dr. David Earl '85, assistant professor of ceramic engineering and materials science in the School of Engineering at AU, was awarded the John Marquis Memorial Award at the fall conference of the American Ceramic Manufacturers Association in Mansfield, OH. The pair's published paper was cited for being "of greatest value to the members and to the industry."
Tammy Burnside of Hornell, NY, has joined the Alfred State College professional staff as an online instructional support assistant. She develops online courses, conducts quality assurance, and assists students and instructors interface for online learning.
From Deidre Moore: "I'm currently living in Yamaga-shi on the island of Kyushu in Japan. I'm teaching English as a second language through the JET Program. I teach about 460 students at an academic high school in the middle of the mountains and rice paddies of southern Japan. Japanese culture is pretty remarkable. It never ceases to intrigue and make a fool out of me. My e-mail is deidre_moore7@yahoo.com if anyone wants to get in touch, or happens to be tooling around Japan."
Mushtaq was awarded the John Marquis Memorial Award. David Earl '85 and Mushtaq Ahmed '02 co-authored the winning paper.
Jonathan's unglazed earthenware ceramic work will be featured at SilverWorks and More. He is working toward a master of fine arts at the University of Minnesota.
Andy won the McQuaid Invitational Open Race.
Tammy joined Alfred State College staff as an onliine instructional support assistant.
2003
per info provided on line community: Sarah McCrary, 2003 just married David Kerns (UNCC Graduate) on November 1, 2003.
Beverlea is currently doing an internship at Kerhequa Central School. She is working towards a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology.
Christopher received an honorable mention for his wax, glass, and latex sculpture from the gallery director at Collaborative Concepts in Beacon.
Debra has been promoted to director of Office of Cummications at Alfred State College.
Jamie opened her own business, J-Bird Clayworks two weeks after receiving her degree from Alfred.
Christopher Biolchini of Mahopac, NY, received an honorable mention for his wax, glass and latex sculpture in the Putnam Arts Council's 41st Annual Juried Fine Arts Show in October 2003. The piece, "Phantom Touch at the Weigh-In," was part of "The Fat Boy Series," Chris's senior show at AU.
Sienna Rae Harvey and Gregory Edward Markel were married on June 21, 2003, in Hornell. Sienna graduated with a dual major in criminal justice and psychology. Gregory is employed at Alstom.
Deborah Root of Scio was promoted to the position of director of the Office of Communications (formerly Public Relations/Publications) at Alfred State College in November 2003. She will lead the new office in expanding its role by integrating public relations, marketing communications, e-media and media relations. Prior to taking the job, Debra was a graphic design coordinator in the Office of Public Relations/Publications. She holds a master's in professional studies from AU. She and her husband, Dave, are the parents of a grown son.
From Danielle Johnson: "Hello to all my fellow alums from the class of 2003. I hope that your life after Alfred has been as exciting as mine thus far. In August I moved to Washington, D.C., and started graduate school at American University. I love it! And speaking of love, in October I got engaged. So, between wedding plans, my job, and graduate school, life has been busy, but good. I look forward to hearing from all of you about your lives since graduation."
Jamie Doremus's Carthage (NY) High School art teacher predicted in 1996 that his student would have a career in the arts. Jamie's made the prediction come true with the June 2003 startup of J-Bird Clayworks. The business operates out of the basement in a barn at the West Carthage home of Jamie's parents. Keep an eye out for her unique "J-Bird Clayworks" logo. To view some of her work online, go to www.geocities.com/jbirdcl...
Shelly Green has accepted a position as a social skills counselor in a new program that is a collaborative effort between Pathways Inc. and the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Shelly works out of Bath, NY, with youth who have recently returned from court-mandated alternative living situations or juvenile detention centers. She also works closely with the families to make the transition back home easier. Shelly notes she is still living in Andover, NY, and recently purchased her dream vehicle - a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.
Births
Sarah Rose Davis was born on Nov. 28, 2002 - Thanksgiving Day!
Joseph Archer was born on Oct. 2, 2002 to Wendy and Joe Suddeth.
Kelly (McAlee) Hoke, 1985 had a son, Justin Thomas on 04/11/2002
Collin born Feb. 28,2002; and new son Samuel born Jan. 22, 2003
To: Ed Fostveit (1990) and Allison Fostveit A son: McClure "Mac" David Fostveit Born: 5/19/03
Emily Rose LaBarge was born on 11/12/03.
Cindi Andjevsky Rosell and Tim Rosell announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Nicole Rosell, on Sept. 19, 2003.
We have had a new beautiful baby girl. Emily Nicole Fuss was born on June 1, 2003. Her big sister, Kaitlyn, 2 1/2 , is completely smitten with our newest addition.
Alma Manzano Carroll and her husband, Thomas, celebrated the birth of their third child, William, in May 2002. Alma is a stay-at-home mom in Chelmsford, MA.
Cindi Andjevsky Rosell and Tim Rosell announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Nicole Rosell, on Sept. 19, 2003.
I would like to submit the announcement of the birth of our child Phoebe Esther Turner on 11/06/2003 ( My birthday) Father is Patrick Michael Turner, class of 1993 and mother is Meredeth Margaret Glenn, class of 1991. Thanks, Meredeth
Michael and Sharon (Brese) Fabrizzi (Both from Class of 1992) had a baby boy, Micah, on March 22, 2003.
Michael and Sharon (Brese) Fabrizzi (both from Class of 1992) had a baby boy Micah, on March 22, 2003.
Jacob Dove born 5/1/03
William Dove and his wife, Jennifer, celebrated the birth of a son, Jacob Dove, on May 1, 2003. Bill teaches in Owego, NY.
2 week old girl named Jaclyn Jorolemon.
Rosalie (Bortz) Shapiro, '95 would like to report the birth of her first child, Alexander Henry, born on September 28. 7 lbs. 3 oz, 20 in. long.
"Tiffany Van Pelt Ainsworth and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of a beautiful baby boy, Colin David Ainsworth, born on Aug. 15, 2003, at 12:06 p.m.
Gretchen Lee (Richards) Carletta, ' 1997and her husband Joseph, announced the birth of their daughter,Paige Cyan Carletta born on March 17, 2003.
Son, Myles Curtis was born on July 8, 2002.
Deaths - Alumni
John J. Dorsey of Burlington, VT, died on Sept. 4, 2003. A native of Wellsville, NY, John was a scientific engineer for Duracell for 30 years, living in Burlington all of that time. He enjoyed sports and was an ardent Red Sox fan.
Raymond L. Banks, 83, of Morrisville, Pa., died on Oct. 26, 2003. A high school teacher and principal, Ray was dean of students at SUNY Morrisville from 1966-76, and then vice president until his retirement in 1982. He was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by SUNY five times. He was the recipient of three National Science Foundation grants. He is survived by a son.
John F. Boorman died Nov. 11, 2003, in Sarasota, FL. John was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a 44-year resident of Newtown Square, NY. His wife, Elaine Boorman, writes: "John loved Alfred and his fraternity. He was always remin-iscing about St. Pat's weekend and how much fun it was."
Maj. Gen. Louis Del Rosso of Williamsburg, VA, died on Nov. 6, 2003. A decorated veteran, Louis was most proud of his service as an Airborne Ranger and having earned the Combat Infantry Badge during his tour as an adviser in Vietnam in 1966. He served in the Army for 33 years, retiring in 1992. He was known as a loyal soldier and a devoted family man. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marilyn Del Rosso; and three daughters.
Sarah "Sally" Frechette of Alfred, whose passion for stained glass was kindled at AU when she was in her 50s, died on Oct. 29, 2003. Born in Canada in 1919, Sally later moved with her family to Illinois. In 1940 in Champagne, IL, she married Van Derck Frechette, who later became professor emeritus of ceramic science in the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science at AU. He died on March 21, 2001. Sally was the ultimate wife and mother that has come to typify growing up in the 1950s and '60s. She gave loving support to Van in his teaching and world travels and also supported her children's temporary interests in horses, cows, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats. All of these critters were at one time domiciled in the backyard at 22 S. Main St. in Alfred. Sally returned to school in the 1970s, finishing her undergraduate degree at AU. She took a course in stained glass, and the craft became her passion for the next 15 years. Sally and her daughter Jude designed stained glass windows for The Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua, a project that took about three years. Sally was an active member of the Alfred chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous and was a caring and loving voice on the AA Hotline for those in need. She is survived by two daughters and three sons.
Marriages
Mary A. Callahan '85 was married to Jeff Johnson on August 16, 2003
Marnie Robertson & Ivan Thomas were married 6/28/03.
Jeffrey N. Aurelia and Elizabeth E. Nelson were married on June 28, 2003, in Glens Falls, NY. Jeff is employed at Queensbury Middle School. Elizabeth is a receptionist at a chiropractic center.
Mary Ellen Letson and Don Roselli were united in marriage on August 23, 2003.
Mary Christine Blowers and Christopher Daniel Clark were married Aug. 9, 2003. Mary is a case manager with Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. in Bath, NY. Christopher is a fifth-grade teacher.
Jonathan Robert Baulsir and Deborah Lynn MacDougall were married in Hudson Falls, NY, on June 14, 2003. Jon works for Merrill Lynch in Bradenton, FL, where the couple make their home. Deborah is a fourth-grade teacher.
Thomas B. Talbett, '2003 reports he married Catherine Talbett on May 4th 2002.