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  1920s - 1930s - 1940s

Osborne Nye of Houston, Tex., enjoys reading Vermont Quarterly when it arrives. He recently turned 95 years old, and he and his wife, Helen, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.

Following a year and a half of surgery and rehabilitation, Alice Miller Schmidt is glad that she is back home in Morrisville, Vt. We’re glad, too. On its way to Utah, the Olympic torch was relayed through Utica and New Hartford before an enthusiastic crowd of onlookers. Now spring is welcomed with joy and hope. We look forward to your news.

Hello, classmates. Even though we are a few months into the New Year, I would like to suggest a resolution for 2002: Send in news for our class column. This time, our loyal classmate, Phil Gould, reported that he turned 90 in March. The night before, he stayed up all night to make sure he made it. His daughter and her husband were sitting with him, but they dozed off before midnight, and they are only in their 50s. Phil has email (pdg31403654 @webtv.net) and would love to hear from classmates. At Christmas time, I again heard from Geneva Wilcox. She reported that Luna Thompson is now living at Addison House in Middlebury, Vt. Her eyesight prevents her from writing herself, but she would love to hear from classmates. As for me, I celebrated 90 years in September with my family. The Mississippi river cruise they were taking me on to celebrate was cancelled due to September 11. Our 18th grandchild joined the family in May. Finally, a report on the Class of ’34 Scholarship Fund: This year, a $2,500 scholarship was awarded to a junior in political science from Fairfax, Vt. Thanks to all who continue to contribute to the scholarship fund and Phil and Geneva for their news. That’s all for now.

Mary Peet Green of Cornwall, Vt., toured Italy for 20 days in 2001. Thanks to a total knee replacement, she walked the streets of Pompeii without pain or effort. Mary is a volunteer with Project Independence. She is a participant in a Bible study group and is writing the history of the Cornwall Congregational Church. Dr. Robert Gordon attended UVM for one year and then transferred to Tufts University.

Julius Jezukawics died on July 13, 2001, in Jackson, N.H. Julie was an active member of our class, who will be remembered as a football halfback and track star. He had been living in Colorado, where he did a lot of skiing until moving, very recently, to New Hampshire. Loraine “Larry” Spaulding Dwyer, living in Underhill Center, Vt., does genealogical research for the Underhill Town Clerk. Larry has been a charter member of the Green Mountain Folklore Society for the past 50 years. They recently toured Fort No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H., which is a recreated pre-revolutionary fort. New England and New York are full of Revolutionary sites. Abraham Moskovitz wrote that he was sad not to have been able to join us for our memorable 65th reunion. He sent best wishes to all. Eugene Merchant recently traveled to Sydney, Australia, to attend the 50th Annual General Assembly of the International Institution for Production Engineering Research of which he is a past president. He was honored for having attended 39 consecutive annual general assemblies of the association. I would also like to report that the Class of ’36 Endowment Fund awarded a total of $16,146 to three Vermont students (a junior in history, a junior in elementary education, and a senior in psychology) and one from New York (a first-year student in animal science) this year. Thanks to all who have generously contributed.

Let’s look forward to our 65th reunion this year, 2002. An email message from Hank Swift let us know that he is living in Florida at Tidepoint. His wife died in 1999. He moved to Florida in 1988. He is now married to Jane Plante and cannot come to our 65th. Hank said he hopes to be at our 70th. Our reunion dinner will be here at Wake Robin. Everyone at our 60th was very happy with it. Try to come and renew friendships.

A note from Priscilla Locke Hallbourg informs us that she has been a Floridian for the past 30 years and that she has a son and a daughter who also live in other areas in Florida. Priscilla, whose home is in Bradenton, has been a widow for 20 years. Mildred Rockwood MacLean appears to be leading anything but a quiet life in Punta Gorda, now her permanent home. In her newsletter, she reported that she and her husband are still sailing. Since her retirement from Indiana University, where she instituted and was the first director of the Indiana University Center on Aging, she has done some writing and lots of traveling for either speeches or regattas. Her travels have ranged as far afield as Australia and Hawaii, with many less distant destinations along the way. Mildred recently finished a bio of a 100-year-old and a video to be shown at the 100th anniversary of the birth of a former colleague, now deceased. Other than continuing to write articles for a national sailing magazine and spending a lot of time with family, former students, and faculty, Jan would seem to be enjoying a quiet retirement—that is, if you discount the bike riding and crewing a boat, which she does for exercise. A planned trip to Vermont last October was cancelled following September 11. Let us hope that Jan will conserve a little of that energy for a return to UVM in 2003 for our 65th reunion. Your secretary would be pleased to hear from more of you about how you’re spending your retirement—travel, writing, volunteer work, possibly a second career? Let’s not be strangers.

Again this year, our class awarded six scholarships from our fund. Bernard Lisman, our class president, received thank you notes from the students. The Class of ’39 Scholarship Fund awarded a total of $15,000 to a first-year student from Rhode Island in radiation therapy, a sophomore from Connecticut in psychology, a sophomore from Texas in business administration, a senior from Pennsylvania in political science, a senior from New York in electrical engineering, and a senior from Connecticut in anthropology. Bernie and Natalie are enjoying Florida these days. We had a message from Joyce Bates Daniels, who was employed by the Vermont Public and Social Welfare Services for 30 years. Ruth Wimett is very busy with volunteering and civic activities in Pittsford, Vt. She was not planning to go to Florida this year.

We received special greetings from Flossie Eaton, our class president. She wrote, “Vermonters enjoyed some ‘winter wonderland’ this year, with snow slinging to the trees and all outdoor objects. We even had a ‘white Christmas.’ At least there was snow on the ground.” Flossie also noted, “In three years we will celebrate our 65th reunion. It doesn’t seem possible, but it is always a joy to meet former classmates again and learn their latest news. Meanwhile, come to the Green and Gold luncheon during Reunion Weekend every June. It will be great to see you there. You are probably aware that UVM is having financial problems. This means an increase in tuition and the elimination of some financial aid to Vermont students if the state government does not increase the funding. The state also has budgetary problems, so any increase in its support of UVM is doubtful. The university is saving money by cuts in some programs and staff. Happily, there is some good news: The university is planning to add a very important environmental program, made possible by a gift of $7.5 million from the parents of two sons who graduated from UVM in the ‘90s. It is expected that the new program will make UVM one of the world’s top environmental universities. It should attract many students from near and far. However, the overall financial problems remain. You can see that our contributions to the UVM Fund and to our Memorial Scholarship Fund are vital to the well being of our university.” Our class was delighted to be able to help UVM students again this year through the Class of 1940 Memorial Scholarship Fund. Several of the recipients sent letters of appreciation. I thought you might like to read excerpts from some of the letters: “I am very grateful for the gift because I would not have had sufficient means for the tuition this year without substantial assistance…I will use your example to give back to others and pass on the torch of philanthropy.” One recipient concluded her letter, stating that it is her intention to use the gift well, “the greatest thanks I can offer.” I was delighted to receive a note from Dr. William Walker. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain, and he is currently in private practice as an endocrinologist in San Diego. His daughter is a fifth grade school teacher, and his son is a senior at Washington State University. The class of 1940 regrets the passing of George Pitman in September. Finally, Bob and Patricia Smith enjoyed a visit with your class secretary during the colorful fall season. They viewed historic Princeton and dined at the Cranbury Inn, which has been serving meals to hungry travelers since 1780. Keep up with the latest UVM developments by checking “Dateline” UVM on the UVM Web site.

Two popular classmates who served on the planning committee for our 60th reunion have passed away in recent months. Before retiring, Lyman Hunt was a respected professor and may be remembered for wearing a jaunty Scottish cap at our reunion banquet. Gilman Rood led a very full life as a Marine Air Corp Major, a part-time actor, a Burlington businessman, an avid traveler and skier, and the father of five children. Both of these exceptional men will be missed. Jack Bloom wrote that he and his wife, Eleanor Berig (’43) Bloom, have resigned from the board of the Catacomb Society after having served for ten years during which he was also treasurer. He continues to work with Recording for the Blind after more than 1,100 hours of taping texts. Nine classmates are now serving on the Green & Gold gift committee, which also helps the planning committee to make reunion weekend a special experience. Our classmates on the committee include Oletha Thompson Bickford, Lorraine Carver Bliss, Jack Bloom, Rae Sheen Cummings, Robert Davis, Jane Allen Hadley, Elizabeth Gurney Lauritzen, Francis Nye, Jane Allen Hadley, Robert Davis, and Carole Stetson Spaulding. Francis Nye wrote that he thought our 60th reunion was the best to date. Items for this column sent by email, letter, or telephone would be most welcome.

Sadly, Bernice Carlson (Robert’s wife) has passed away since our last issue. Our sympathy to the family. Bob has been spending some time in Vermont, and several of us are planning to get together before he returns to Florida. Ruth Spivak Becker wrote that she was a family therapist. Ruth and her husband, Arnold ’41, MD ‘43, are both retired. They both enjoy playing golf and tennis and visiting their ten granddaughters. One granddaughter is a junior at UVM, and she loves it. Louise Davis Halsted of Northfield, Vt., attended the Green and Gold Luncheon in 2001. George Stickney wrote that he is working on a book describing a new method of solving differential equations. Hope to see all of you at our 60th in June.

Happy Spring! It is January and cold outside as I write this, but column deadlines are early. I had lunch before Christmas with Patty Pike Halleck. Although we hadn’t had a chance to really communicate in a long while, the friendship was quickly renewed. Patty, who is now living in Rutland, has taken on the project of teaching her granddaughter French. Since Patty took a couple of French courses from me at Castleton State College, I found this interesting. We were happy to hear from William Chapin, an electrical engineering major, who reported that he retired in 1985. He continues to live in Baldwinsville, N.Y. He wrote, “My wonderful wife of 53 years passed away in January 2001.” We extend our sincere condolences. William is looking forward to returning to UVM for the next Green & Gold reunion. Red and I were delighted to have the opportunity to meet Joe and Mae Corbett’s son, Joe, Jr., who is a neurosurgeon in Rutland. He was very gracious to take time out of his busy schedule to visit with us. To me, Joe, Jr., looks like his Mom. I told him he was lucky there. Only kidding, Joe, Sr.!

Hi, everyone. Springs seems the perfect time to relate, from “Dateline” UVM, the exciting future of UVM’s environmental affairs. The third largest private gift in UVM’s history, given by Lulie and Gordon Gund of Princeton, N.J., and their sons, Grant ’91 and Zachary ’93, will fund the relocation of the Institute for Ecological Economics, an institute of “widely recognized international stature” from the University of Maryland to UVM. Another effective environmental influence sent out by UVM turned out to be Malcolm Dana, who started with our class. After the war, he completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. During 35 years in that orbit, Mac established standards for herbicide evaluation and safe use of well-labelled products. He taught, wrote, and received many awards. He died recently and left two sons, a wife, and seven grandchildren. We also share news of Dorris Bliss Pizzotti, who is semi-retired in Norwell, Mass. She improves the environment of schools in her area, helping learning-disabled children, especially with reading. “You just climb into their heads and find out what works,” she said. Dorris, widowed 11 years, remembers Professor Paul Evans, whom she assisted in classes of Air Force cadets when we were undergraduates. Professor Evans’ students were not allowed to talk to Dorris, but some of them wrote to her for years after they left campus. Coincidentally, the day we called her some of those papers were in her wastepaper basket, just cleaned out the day before. Norman Powell’s environment these days is in and around the house his ancestors bought in 1852 when its land was cleared “only to the first stone wall.” Norman was the husband of Ruth Horsman Powell. Their daughter, Peg Powell, is with the UVM library, working with rare books and special collections. Dr. Cleveland Denton graduated with our class, as did Dr. Roderick Humpheys. After graduation and some consideration, they crossed the street together and met with Dr. Beecher, who soon found room in the medical school for those two Vermont boys. Dr. Denton’s wife is the former Jean Carelton ’47. They live in West Hartford, Conn. Their best news is that their first grandchild to be ready for college is Matt Cuzzocreo, now in his first year at UVM. Jean added, “He chose UVM, and UVM chose him.”

Nancy McNamara Harris and husband Cliff enjoyed Christmas and New Year’s on a river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam, watching yuletide celebrations in Austria, Germany, and Holland. She also happily reported that daughter Polly recently moved from Seattle to Burlington, Vt., with her husband and two children. The youngest is a brand new grandchild. Betty Johnson Bahrenburg and Eleanor Anderson Reed share grandchildren. Jim Bahrenburg and Betsy Reed Bahrenburg have a son, Nathan, teaching in Malaysia and a daughter teaching in Denver. All of the above are UVM graduates, and son Dan is now a student at UVM. Eleanor also has a grandson at college in Jerusalem. I telephoned Alberta Read Reed, and she and her husband were just heading to Boulder, Colo., for a visit with their brand new great-grandson. The Reeds are
still enthusiastic supporters of UVM basketball. Jacqueline McCormick Schilling of Davis, Calif., wrote that she keeps busy volunteering in schools. She feels teachers can use all the help that is offered, and she likes to know what is being taught to her grandchildren. Nancy Hall Baldwin had an operation on her right hand last June that interfered with some activities, including coming to our 55th reunion. This is not a reunion year for us, but we can always meet classmates at the Green and Gold luncheon.

All of us should have our calendars marked and our plans made for our 55th Reunion. I hope everyone can be there. C. James and Lois Stevens Shapland wrote that they are retired and living in Niskayuna, N.Y. Rosalind Shapiro Muney has moved from Cape Coral to Fort Myers, Fla. She said that living in Florida is so nice, but part of her will always be in Vermont. She intends to be at Reunion. Doris Lindercrantz Colby reported that she was called by Ruth Post in connection with our class gift and that Ruth was so charming that she didn’t want to end the conversation. Jean Carlton Denton wrote that she is enjoying UVM friends through their local Tri Delta Alumnae Club and that she and her husband, Cleveland ’44, MD ’48, are having fun traveling. Curtis Webster of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died February 11, 2001. He worked for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, retiring in 1988. He was an avid beekeeper and taught Red Cross swimming and canoeing. Paul Fraser wrote that he will be unable to attend our 55th reunion. We will miss him.

Helen Boyd Steele taught in Okinawa before she retired from the Department of Defense Overseas Schools. She has traveled to many parts of Asia and Europe. Presently she visits friends and relatives and contributes time and effort to church groups. Reading, knitting, gardening, and working on her computer fill the free moments of her busy life. She has two children and one grandson. Retired from IBM, Maurice Beliveau has been around the world by rail and visited all 50 states, Hawaii, twice. He has five children and nine grandchildren for whom he solves housing problems by building a home for each one. He volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels, tutors, and gives school lectures on many topics. Eschol Pixley Goodel retired in Littleton, N.H., after her life’s work as an elementary school librarian. She now volunteers in a library, church, and senior center and is active in many Elderhostel programs. One covered the Lewis and Clark Trail from St. Louis, Mo., to Astoria, Wash. Her volunteer commitments have produced improvements in impoverished areas in the U.S. Alex Page, now retired from the English department at the University of Massachusetts, has traveled to exotic China, India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Ceylon. His family, consisting of his wife, two children, and four grandchildren, allow him these retirement luxuries: loafing and writing. He invites classmates to correspond if they are interested in a dialogue about Vermont politics. John Reagan spends many hours of his retirement woodworking, golfing, and doing genealogical research. He has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada and is planning to go to Ireland to continue researching his genealogy. He has three children and 13 grandchildren. After 30 years of teaching at the Cambridge School in Weston, Mass., Alice Annand McMahon retired, and she now has more time with her four children and four granddaughters. Her other activities include artistic endeavors in painting, drawing, and other media. Gardening and traveling round out her retirement days. John Winston, M.D., and wife Ruth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their three children and ten grandchildren. John has retired from his practice of pediatrics and now travels, plays bridge, and raises orchids. Mildred Norrie Williams lives in Lake Placid, N.Y., and is employed by the Uihlein Mercy Center. She has four children, eight grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Her free time interests are quilting, taking photographs, and doing crossword puzzles. Marion Lamson Copenhaver retired after having served 28 years in the New Hampshire Legislature. She continues to keep busy by serving on numerous boards and playing golf as weather permits. Ben Bursten, M.D., has authored a book titled, Psychiatry on Trial: Fact and Fantasy in the Courtroom, which is available from Amazon.com. Ben lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he practices and consults in forensic psychiatry. Your secretary needs help. Can someone give me information on Rick Harper and Dale Conley?

Catherine Martel Gibson-Daley has been living in Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod for the past eight years. She enjoys life there as well as in Naples, Fla., where she spends the winter. Robert and Barbara Purdy Freedman claim Sarasota, Fla., where they spend half the year, as their legal residence. The rest of the year is spent in Pinehurst, N.C., where they play lots of golf. They enjoy seeing former classmates, fraternity brothers, and sorority sisters in Florida, and they make an annual trip north each summer to visit family and friends.

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