Class of '40

When I returned from my fall visit to Vermont, I found a letter from Jean Butler Pye waiting for me. She wrote that she and husband Bill ’41 had a wonderful time at our memorable 60th Reunion. Their family consists of three sons and their families, including 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Gwen Blanchard Benaroya also sent me a nice note with her impressions of our reunion. I thought you might all like to read it in its entirety: “As they say, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This was my reaction to the splendid millennial reunion which took me back to UVM’s campus for the first time since 1940. I had some apprehension about whether I would recognize my classmates after 60 years. However, as soon as we arrived in Burlington and got close to the campus, I found familiar names and places, changed somewhat, of course. No more Rand House—does anyone else remember that? Overall, it was such an excellent, well-planned program with something for everyone, giving me the opportunity to reacquaint with those classmates I had known, to meet those I did not know, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return from World War II. The character of the campus, the buildings, the majesty of the architecture, the attitudes of alumni, faculty, staff, and especially students, made it all a joyful experience for me and my sister, Jan, who accompanied me and was very impressed with all the activities. It was such a good experience to reflect upon my years at UVM and to understand the vision for the future of UVM. I searched for former classmate Laura Dustan and found we were sitting back-to-back at the Green and Gold Luncheon. We recalled our experiences as ‘tentmates’ at Camp Hochelaga on Lake Champlain, just before beginning our freshman year. I never forget the dearness of her friendship when we were two young Vermonters from small towns about to enter university. The Speaker Series offered richly rewarding experiences. I especially enjoyed the Insider Tour of the Fleming Museum and Fools’ Gold to Sea Creatures: UVM Behind the Scenes. The images of Dr. Perkins, Professor Doll, Professor Butterfield, and Professor Dean were strong in my mind. They all had a profound influence in my school life. I don’t know how many more reunions we will be able to attend, but certainly I will make an effort to visit the campus again. All in all, it was a joyful homecoming experience, and I am deeply grateful to all those who worked so hard to make this event possible. I have always been very proud to have attended UVM, and this homecoming made me more aware of it.”

Class of '41

Don’t miss our 60th Reunion, May 31-June 3, 2001! The following people have already indicated that they plan to attend: Lee Thompson Bickford, Jack Bloom, Loraine Carver Bliss, Rae Sheehan Cummings, Buzz Farnham, Jane Allen Hadley, Grace Meeken Hutchins, Francis Nye, Carole Stetson Spaulding, Raymond Laramie, James Root, Alice Cole Milazzo and Elizabeth Gurney Lauritzer. Hope to see you next spring. It’s sure to be a smashing good time!

Class of '42

Congratulations to Harold “Misty” Rice on being inducted to the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame. Classmates of Harold and his wife, Harriet Woods Rice, including Barbara Gallagher Kennedy, Hester Rice Rice, Janet Rust Wood, Joyce Kenyon Livak, and Lucie Pike Anderson, met at the Sheraton for lunch. Sympathy to the family of Antoinette Salvator Bilodeau, who died on September 23, 2000. She was a member of our class who also graduated from UVM in 1944 as one of only three of UVM’s first graduates in medical technology. She worked at Mary Fletcher Hospital as well as in Virginia and New Hampshire. Your class secretary, along with William Bister, Lawrence and Ruth Orr Burgess, Barbara Brewster Howard, Hilda Paquette Thayer, Joyce Kenyon Livak, Barbara Gallagher Kennedy, and Hester Rice Rice, gathered for our annual lunch, after which we met at the home of Clayton and Pearl Marvin Welch.

Class of '43

After many years as your secretary, I think I have finally scooped The New York Times on a story that is worthy of their Sunday edition. Janet Dike Rood wrote to tell me of her recent marriage to Fred Herbolzheimer, Jr. The news item does not end there. To explain, Janet and Fred were both born on July 4, 1921, in Wakefield, Mass. Their parents lived in the same duplex and were friends. Janet has many pictures of Fred and herself as they grew, including one of them in the same baby carriage (a presage of things to come!). Although Janet’s family moved away, the mothers continued to communicate, and Fred even attended Janet’s graduation from Burlington High School. The contact between them stopped until about 20 years ago when Fred called to wish Janet a happy birthday…no chance of his forgetting the date. He continued to do this, and Janet responded each Christmas with a card. After Fred’s wife died last spring, he came to Vermont to visit Janet at Thanksgiving. The rest is history. Janet told me about her beautiful wedding at the newly-restored Grand Isle Lake House with all members of their combined families in attendance. Imagine five flower girls, aged from three to 13 and Janet’s 29-year-old other granddaughter as her maid-of-honor. This is a heartwarming and romantic story that Janet so graciously has been willing to share with her classmates (and not The New York Times). Janet will be living six months of the year in Appleton, Wisc. She will retain the name Janet Dike Rood by which we have known her for so long. Our very best warm wishes to Janet and Fred, whom we hope to meet at our next reunion.

Class of '46

Attention, Class of ’46: Your classmates will be getting in touch with you about Reunion 2001. While attending a meeting at Grasse Mount recently, Mary Boardman Ciaschini, Betty Johnson Bahrenburg, Eleanor Anderson Reed, Mary Jean Dunsmore Cox, Virginia Benedict Pelt, and I started planning for our special reunion on May 31-June 3, 2001. Class president Mary Lou Robinson Adsit was enjoying a tour of England and Scotland, so she was unable to join us at the meeting. Willson Daily, M.D., wrote from his home in Savannah, Ga., comparing Georgia to Vermont. He considers them to be politically opposite. He wrote that they had a drought last summer, while Vermont was receiving lots of rain. He would like to think that Vermont hasn’t changed. Ernest Kinoy, husband of Barbara Powers Kinoy, recently received the Vermont Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. We have all enjoyed his writing in television shows such as Roots, which won an Emmy, Diagnosis Murder, The Defenders, and many others. Ernest and Barbara now live in Williamsville, Vt.

Class of '47

John Corliss wrote that he has given up track, although he is still grateful to Archie Post. He continues to play tennis three times a week, to sing in a glee club, and to volunteer as a docent at the Philadelphia Zoo. He is still active in his profession, publishing papers on the protozoa and participating in international meetings. We would love to hear from many more members of the class of ’47.

Class of '48

Alexander Zucker sent greetings to classmates. He is enjoying his retirement from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and is now teaching a physics course at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Alexander wrote that his children and grandchildren remember fondly his years at UVM.