Class of '60

Wow! Our big 40th reunion is coming up in the spring. Lots of our classmates have been working hard to prepare a special weekend for us on campus. Thanks to Louise Magram Weiner, our class chair, and her committee we have lots of fun and nostalgia in store for us. It will be a truly memorable weekend, so please plan to save May 31-June 3, 2001, on your calendar so that you can be here to join in the festivities. Steve Berry wrote that he has begun taking steps towards retirement. He began working four days a week, starting last January, which gives him more time for skiing. UVM friends can reach Steve via email at berrys@ Steve Rubenstein has become a proud grandpa since the birth of his first grandchild, Olivia Ann.

Class of '62

Joel Rutstein retired last June after 29 years at Colorado State University’s Morgan Library and four years at the University of New Hampshire Library. He is looking forward to cultivating his interest in art, the outdoors, and reading in his retirement. Joel and wife Barbara Sims Rutstein make their home in Fort Collins, Colo. Barbara continues her volunteer work and enjoys weekly hikes and cross-country ski outings in the Colorado mountains. Their two daughters live in Denver.

Class of '63

I just returned from a glorious weekend in Vermont—full moon, radiant foliage, 70-degree weather. Did someone say it snowed 20 inches last week and diehard skiers were skiing at Mad River? Was that really snow on the trails at Sugarbush and Mount Ellen? Although I was not able to attend Homecoming Weekend this year, I was in Vermont on the weekend of October 14 to celebrate the wedding of my oldest daughter Kelly to Chris Hoyt, both living in Hinesburg. My family, all from New Jersey, caravanned to Mary’s at Baldwin Creek in Bristol to attend the wedding reception there. The bride and groom, my husband Joe, and I prepared for the festivities with a hike to the top of Mount Abraham, a tradition of the Mullins family since 1974. Our younger daughter, Karen, declined the offer since she is soon to be the mother of twins. I hope those of you who did attend Homecoming Weekend enjoyed the activities as well as the camaraderie of friends and classmates. Speaking of classmates, I do have some news to share with you. Please continue to keep in touch. Bob Cousins, my favorite partner in heredity class, received one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists, membership into the National Academy of Sciences. Bob is an eminent scholars professor of human nutrition at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He is recognized worldwide as an authority on zinc metabolism nutrition and received more than $4 million in grants from the National Institute of Health. Bob is currently director of UF’s Center for Nutritional Sciences. Prior to this position, he was the youngest person ever to hold the title of distinguished professor at Rutgers University. He has three children, two in New York City and one in Tampa. Beth, his wife of 31 years, is a realtor in Gainesville. Congratulations, Bob, and keep in touch. Bob can be reached via email at rjc@gnv.ifas.ufl. edu. Mary Jane Edwards Mckown would love to get in touch with Margot Bellin and Barbara Boyce. Mary Jane wanted to know if they remembered the fun times in the dorms and “the awful studying some of us had to do.” Both of her daughters were Thetas at UVM and loved it. Mary Jane and her husband, Paul, are retired, and they lead trips for the Sierra Club. I look forward to seeing you again, Mary Jane. Vermont is worthy of a trip back East. Mary Jane can be reached at Rick Hubbard responded to notes I wrote in a past issue about my involvement with charter schools in New Jersey. When he wrote, Rick was running for the U.S. Senate from Vermont, and he was looking closely at charter schools as a way to improve educational achievement in America. Those of you who live in Vermont may already know that Rick was a candidate. He visited 70 of Vermont’s 251 towns and walked more than 400 miles while advocating his stance on issues. Whether or not Rick is elected to U.S. Senate, it’s a win/win for the class of ‘63 since another one of our classmates, Sara Moreau Gear, is another candidate and has dedicated her time and effort to become involved in our local government. Rick can be reached via email at or you can check his web site at Michael Effron celebrated his 60th by running in the Poughkeepsie YMCA 5K Bridge Run. Mike reported that he is in sales at Efco Products and he lives in Croton on Hudson, N.Y. His son, Neil, recently married, is a technical recruiter, and his daughter, Rachel, has started law school. Mike’s email address is Frank and Mariellen Hanrihan (’60) Leonhartt live in Seaford, Del. Frank is an engineer with a company in Salisbury, Md., and Mariellen works part-time. Their sons are engineering graduates from the University of Delaware. Their daughter is a pharmacist, and their youngest child is studying at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, while another daughter is a special education teacher. The Leonhartts enjoyed a trip to Italy with their oldest daughter recently.

Class of '64

Greetings and happy winter to you all! Sadly, I have no news from classmates for this column. I hope that the long winter months will motivate you all to write with lots of news about yourselves.

Class of '65

Our 35th reunion is coming up this spring. Please save May 31-June 3, 2001, on your calendar, because you won’t want to miss seeing not only our classmates, but also friends from the classes of ’66 and ’67. We’re all joining together for an even bigger weekend, and it will be a great chance to catch up with friends who you remember from classes but who didn’t graduate with us. It should be a great time, so don’t miss it. Mary Hoskiewicz has moved to Prescott, Ariz., from Albuquerque, N. Mex. Her husband, Roy, is president of Exsil, a silicon wafer reclaiming company. Joan Ustin continues to enjoy a full and satisfying life in Charleston, S.C. She has her own management consulting practice, an active volunteer life, and two wonderful grandchildren nearby.

Class of '66

Philip Buttaravoli, M.D., authored the medical text, Minor Emergencies: Splinters to Fractures, which was published by Mosby earlier this year. Deborah Cole Worthley is living in Huntington, Vt., with husband David. Her sons, Aaron and Justin, and daughter-in-law Cara all graduated from UVM. She also has two grandchildren. For the past 15 years, Deborah has worked in the division of continuing education at UVM, where she is assistant dean, overseeing academic advising and program development and management. Your class secretary and husband Ken met Nancy Castellanos Miller and husband Chris in Burlington for dinner in August. The Millers live in Trinidad, where Chris is working on a water purification project. The news from our class is brief this quarter. Please write to me at the above address, because your classmates want to hear from you. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at our reunion, so please make your reservations NOW. We promise a good time.

Class of '67

Sharon Peloquin Beck and her husband, John ’66, left northern New Jersey after 30 years and have relocated to Fairfax, Va., as the result of the Exxon/Mobil merger. Their daughter, Leanne, earned a BS in nursing at Seattle University, where she was a member of the swim team. She lives in Fort Lewis, Wash., with her husband, Captain Jason Hick, a West Point graduate. Sharon and John have two other children, who are also swimmers, a daughter, Tamara, a student at Loyola College, and a son Jay, a high school student. Bruce Miller relocated to Santa Fe with his wife, Elisabeth, and their children, Ben and Blaire. Elisabeth wrote that she visited Vermont for the first time while taking part in a Forze Mille V12 Ferrari Rally with Bruce. Bruce is active in real estate ventures when he isn’t puttering with his classic cars. Don’t forget that we have our big 35th reunion coming up on May 31-June 3, 2001. It’s happening a year early so that we can get together with the classes of ’65 and ’67 and have an even bigger party. Hope you all can make it.

Class of '68

Robert Foster was recently honored by the New England Fellowship of Agricultural Adventurers as an “innovative environmentalist, adapter, cooperator, entrepreneur, and pioneer serving the agricultural community.” Bob is credited with producing electricity from cow manure to power the family’s farm, which includes 380 milking Holsteins. Bob’s long-time concern with protecting the environment led to his building an anaerobic digester, which incubates methane-producing bacteria, converting it into a clean-burning, environmentally-safe source of fuel to generate electricity. Bob operates his 1900-acre Weybridge farm with his wife, Nancy, daughter Heather, his father, uncles, brothers, cousins, and nephews.