Class of '70

It is my pleasure to serve as secretary for the class of 1970. I wish to encourage all my former classmates to attend our reunions. Even if you weren’t a BMOC or BWOC when you attended UVM, renewing old acquaintances, making new friends, exploring old haunts, and doing things you haven’t done for a while, such as a Lake Champlain cruise, are worthwhile reasons to be there. And folks, regardless of the amount, please donate some money to our University. We may designate which UVM department will benefit from our donation. Most of us, I dare say, are where we are in life (at least to SOME degree), because of our UVM degree. Finally, please stay in touch by writing to me at the above address. I received some news from Bruce Davis, who wrote that after 19 years at the Robert W. Baird brokerage firm, he has joined Community State Bank as a vice president and director of the bank’s investment center. Bruce, his wife, Kathy, and son Tyler have moved to Racine, Wisc. Thanks for letting us know what’s going on in your life, Bruce.

Class of '71

I haven’t heard from many of you lately—busy summer and fall? Here’s what I have, and please mark your calendars for 2002 when we will celebrate our 30th with the classes of ’72 and ’73. Bill Allard got in touch with me again to let classmates in the Big Apple know that he wrote, produced, and directed New Yorkers, a documentary which will be aired for 13 weeks on New York Public Television. Harvey Bond sent me an email to say that he has been living in Eugene, Oreg., for the past ten years. He has a counseling practice and teaches at a local university. Daughter Emily and Harvey love Eugene, which reminds Harvey of Burlington. While attending a conference last October, I visited Bruce Ferguson in Portland, Maine, to talk to him about UVM. Bruce heads up EnviroLogix, Inc., which specializes in test kits for detecting genetically-modified foods. When he was on campus with his son, Sam, last fall, he ran into Perry Bland and was looking for Bill Davis for a golf game. Finally, more about me… Last September, Joanne Czachor Magliozzi , Mags Caney Conant, Liz Mead Foster, and I got together for dinner on Lake Champlain. Reminiscent of our days as roommates in 1967, we had such a great time talking on the ferry returning to Charlotte, Vt., that the ferry captain asked us if we wanted to go back to New York. Please write or email me with your news.

Class of '72

Hi, everyone. Hope this finds you well and enjoying winter wherever you are. If you notice that my name and email address has changed, it is because I married Mitchell Stern MEE ’79 on September 16, 2000. David Holton is president of The Essex Insurance Agency in Essex Junction, Vt. He is also on the board of directors of the Howard Bank in Burlington and a member of the UVM Athletic Council. David lives in Essex Junction with his wife, Michele, daughter Lindsey, and son Christopher. Lindsay attends Bryant College. John Waterman, M.D., recently moved to a full-time position at the VA Clinic in Newington, Conn. He is a mentor for the UConn internal medicine residents and site director for the UConn rheumatology fellowship program.

Class of '73

I have little news for this issue, so I’ll add some of my own. I will be leaving the freelance life to join the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that researches population trends and their implications. As senior media coordinator, I’ll be working with journalists in developing countries to increase their media coverage of such issues as reproductive health and women’s welfare. I will be based in Washington but will travel quite a bit to Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Wayne Davis wrote that he is vice president for investments with Paine Webber in South Burlington, Vt. He has been in the financial services field for 23 years. His wife, Becky Pardee (’75) Davis, is the school nurse at Chamberlain School in South Burlington, Son Erick is a senior at Bucknell University and is captain of the soccer team. Daughter Bethany is a sophomore at the University of Richmond and is on the varsity lacrosse team. Daughter Brynn is a junior at South Burlington High School and is on the soccer and lacrosse teams. “We are all doing well and would love to hear from fellow grads,” he wrote. Ted Cohen was recently feted at the Portland Press Herald’s recognition dinner for “25 years of exemplary service.” Ted was praised for his “no-holds-barred interviewing style.”

Class of '74

Thomas Rudkin of Southport, Conn., was appointed managing director of the financial institutions group at Tucker Anthony Cleary Gull, a full-service national investment bank.

Class of '76

Your 25th reunion committee has been working hard to finalize details for what is shaping up to be a great weekend. Remember to save May 31-June 3, 2001, on your calendar for our big celebration. Saturday will be family fun day at Reunion. Free pony rides, games with Charlie and Kitty, a magic show, face painting and games galore. Bring your kids for a day of fun on campus. Our class gift effort is off to a great start. Please visit the UVM Reunion web page by logging on to and following the links to the class of ’76 page. There is a link on our site that leads to a special on-line form we would like you to fill out. It is very important that you complete the form. Information you provide will be used to create our 25th reunion memory book or CD ROM. This will be a great keepsake memento of our reunion. As I write this column in early November, close to $70,000 has already been pledged from nearly 25 class members towards our $250,000 class gift goal. Keep it up! Our goal is to be the best-ever 25th reunion class in the history of UVM. We can do it with everyone’s help. And now, the news: Joanne Puente Fantoni is now a single mom living in Berlin, Vt., with her daughter, Aleta. Joanne is a dental hygienist for Dr. Michael Ziegler in South Burlington. Unfortunately, Joanne has “lost” her address book in an unpacked box; however, she would love to hear from her UVM friends. The UVM Alumni Office (411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401) would be happy to forward messages to Joanne. Gail Preston Knope enjoys her work at a small preschool. She finds daily interactions with children who are between three and five years old to be both rewarding and fulfilling. Gail and her husband, Michael, have been married for 11 years, and they have five children: Kimberly, Keely, Katie, Jeremy, and Kyle. Ed Sall recently completed an MBA program at SUNY Binghamton, and he is finally done with school. He also has degrees in dentistry and medicine. Ed was on campus in early October with a number of class leaders putting the finishing touches on our 25th reunion.

Class of '78

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy fall. Here’s the latest news I’ve received from our classmates. I was absolutely delighted to hear from Robin Raymond Robertson, another of my Living Learning Center roommates from our freshman year. Robin wrote that she lives in West Boylston, Mass., in a 100-year-old house with a huge back yard that she spends every free moment trying to landscape. Her husband, Bob, is in sales with ADT, and they have a daughter, Katie, who is in the 5th grade. Robin has had three careers since graduating from UVM: seven years in the fitness business, three years as a head hunter, and since 1990 as an independent sales contractor for Northstar Recognition in their corporate gift, premium, and incentive sales area. She is thrilled with her job, because she can make her own hours, giving her the opportunity to shuttle Katie to flute and piano lessons and to figure skating twice a week. Carol Bua Ode is now chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, following more than ten years of service on the Burlington School Board, seven of which she served as chair. Carol and her husband, Paul, live in Burlington with their four children, Eric, Lydia, Jack, and Anders, and a dog and two cats. Gregory Allen and his wife, Kelli, had a baby on January 24, 2000, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her name is Melia Kalani Allen. Congratulations to Greg and Kelli! Greg hails from Howell, N.J. I also heard from Bruce Donovan, who lives in central Vermont. Bruce married classmate Eileen Giguere, and they celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on October 1, 2000. They have two children, but alas, no cats. Dogs, Bruce? Please send me any messages or updates to be shared with our classmates. Feel free to include your email address if you would like others to contact you directly. We welcome any and all news.

Class of '79

Robin Bickford Gannon was named by President Clinton as one of the recipients of the 1999 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Robin was one of 200 teachers selected annually. She teaches in East Montpelier, Vt. Congratulations, Robin! Dr. Richard Madden of Belmont, Mass., is a counselor at Waltham High School. He was recently elected president of the West Suburban Guidance Association. The Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn., announced that Geoffrey Liggett has been named director of development. I look forward to receiving messages from all of you ‘79ers. Please consider sending a brief note for me to include in the next Vermont Quarterly.