to Hilda Sturdevant and Betty Woodward Davis for sending in news for this
issue. Hilda reported that she lives near Philadelphia, and she is able
to attend cultural functions there, which she enjoys. As usual, she will
be at her camp in Grand Isle, Vt., where her daughter, Deborah, will join
her this year from her home in Costa Rica. Deb has been studying Inca
civilization in Peru. Her son is busy with his original educational games,
two of which sell at Barnes & Noble. Betty still lives in Lakeland,
Fla., in The Estates retirement complex. Her husband, Howard Hip
32, passed away in 1992, but she still enjoys her life there. Both
Hilda and Betty would welcome any classmates visiting their areas to stop
in. Personally, I wanted to report that our 19th great- grandchild joined
our family from Guatemala, adopted by our granddaughter, Karen Venner.
On a sad note, we learned that our loyal classmate, Chet Eaton, passed
away at his home in Rutland, Vt. Chet was very active in many fields,
but especially in alumni affairs. At our class dinner during our last
reunion, he was elected class president. I am sure that members of our
class join me in extending sympathy to his family. Classmates, please
send in more news for the next issue. I guarantee that even a small item
will cheer someone up.
I am sad to report the death of Helen Bunny Miller Swift on
January 11. Adelaide Jackie Lockwood Cass let us know that
she is living in Brunswick, Maine. Jackie is enjoying good health, and
she enjoys having her daughter live nearby. Susan France Taylor moved
to a retirement home in The Woodlands, Tex., near Houston. She enjoys
seeing her family, volunteering at the hospital, and playing bridge. Her
electric scooter helps her get around. Louise Goodell Hills of West Swanzey,
N.H., wrote that she is a proud graduate of UVM. Charles Howe spent winters
in Arizona for the past 25 years. He spent last winter in Lakeland, Fla.,
with his son, Richard.
Elizabeth Downer reminds us all that the Vermont Quarterly is doing
just fine. Libero Giardi sent along his regards with a gentle note
that playing golf isnt as much fun as it once was. I certainly go
along with that. What used to be a long putt is now a short drive. Loraine
Larry Spaulding Dwyer, a Burlington native, is now a resident
of Underhill, Vt. She said that Burlington is not the way it used to be
during our college days. Is it better now or then? It is with regret that
we note that Helen Carpenter Workman passed away in December 2001. Helen
will be remembered in the WCAX viewing area as the hostess of the Mixing
Bowl (1955-1966). Helen shared many recipes and interviewed many
famous personalities. She was also executive director of the Chittenden
County Red Cross.
note: Gwyn wrote this column in April. We are sad to report that she passed
away on April 25, 2002. Our 65th is over and considered a great success.
Who would ever have thought in the Campus House days of the 30s,
remarked Kay Babbitt, that we would live so close 65 years later
as to have an occasional glass of wine together. We received a letter
from Martha McGillicuddy Riley saying that she was sorry not to be at
our reunion. She is doing well but doesnt go far from home. I missed
seeing many of you. Vermont is year-round, so come see us anytime.
Roger Beadle, who is retired from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service,
wrote from his home in Derby Line, Vt., that he and his wife, Alice Whitney
(39) Beadle, have done a lot of traveling, including trips to Alaska,
Hawaii, and Europe, among other places. Roger frequently visits nursing
homes, where he plays his harmonica, and Alice has been doing volunteer
work at the hospital in Newport. They stay in close touch with their son
and daughter and two grandchildren. Marion Hill Powell lives in Stuart,
Fla., with her husband, Platt, MD 39. They have two daughters and
a son, all of whom followed their parents footsteps and became UVM
students. Each of the three has two children, and there is also one great-grandchild.
Marion has attended 12 Elderhostels with her sister, and one last November
with her husband in Daytona Beach. She is active in Registered Nurses
Retired and also enjoys playing golf. Marions volunteer activities
include knitting watch caps for sailors and a much smaller version for
newborn babies. She looks forward to our next reunion. Ethel Stroh Harris
is living permanently in Florida, claiming Sarasota as her residence.
She enjoys being part of the annual UVM get- together in Longboat Key,
and when she wrote in mid-winter, she was looking forward to seeing Ferne
Bristol (39) Williams in the near future. Frances Hennessey Anderson,
who lives in Groton, Mass., has an enviable record of family members who
have chosen UVM as their alma mater. In addition to a grandson, currently
a student in the class of 2005, Frans two daughters graduated in
1974 and 1979, and a son, in 1975. Also, a son-in-law graduated in 1976
and a daughter-in-law in 1978. That impressive list should guarantee an
Anderson family representative for almost every reunion for years to come.
Janet Rockwood MacLean of Punta Gorda, Fla., enjoys writing, traveling,
sailing, and seeing her grandchildren. Beatrice Ball Phillips does not
appear to have slowed down any since we last heard from her. She is still
active in Wise Owl, America Reads, and RSVP. She finds her
weekly work with first graders at Troy School very rewarding, and she
continues to play the piano at school functions and in church. It was
reassuring to learn that Frederick Gear is very much aware that the class
of 1938 is coming ever closer to its 65th reunion. In his own words, heres
the message from our acknowledged reunion guru: With 1938s
65th reunion nearing the horizon, Freddy is trimming the wick so there
will be LIGHT come January 1, 2003. Well be back. Yowsah!
We like your spirit, Freddy, and we hope there will be widespread enthusiasm
among the class members as they are inspired by the words of Fervent Fred.
Your secretary cannot restrain herself from announcing that for the first
time she is a great-grandmother and proud as punch. The wee one bears
the somewhat hefty title of Zebulon Charles Tibbets, but that has been
rapidly abbreviated to Zeb. Theres one advantage to
being an octogenarian and a great-grandmother. You are automatically entitled
to bragging rights.
Class Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisman wrote me that he and Natalie had a little get together in Fort
Meyers, Fla., with John (38) and Martha Rist Suitor. Ed Jacobson
was in Whiting, Vt., last winter. Arthur Silvester of Vershire, Vt., is
teaching two courses at the Community College of Vermont. On a sad note,
I am sorry to report the passing of two of our classmates, Walter Glass
and Nathan Abbott.
Class Secretary: email@example.com
Reports of violence, tragedy, and monstrous forces of destruction constitute
a very large part of todays news. This little column, however, will
remain stubbornly cheerful. The class of 1940 Memorial Scholarship fund
continues to ease the burden of the rising cost of a UVM education. A
thank you letter from a Deans List recipient stated that the financial
help makes it possible for her to continue her education in the business
school. An appreciative engineering student let us know that he spent
his spring break working on trail maintenance on the U.S. Forest Service
land in Kentucky. The endowment principal in the scholarship fund is $115,821,
and $12,000 was allocated to seven undergraduates this year. All are doing
well academically. Their major fields of study include English, business
administration, environmental sciences, nursing, and mechanical engineering.
Bob Dunning keeps as busy as he wants to be as chairman of buildings and
grounds in the retirement community where he lives. He was glad that his
contribution to UVM added one more number to the list of the class of
40 donors. Ruth Eldridge Adams loves getting the Vermont Quarterly
and cant believe we have so few classmates left. She enjoys an active
life: golf, tennis, bowling, volunteering, and participating in church
activities. I remember Louis Zambon with awe. If my memory is correct,
he was the highest-ranking student in our class. After more than 60 years,
I was delighted to hear from him. He and his wife, Myrtle, enjoy good
health. Their travels regularly bring them back to Vermont for grandchildrens
weddings and visits to his sister at Wake Robin in Shelburne. The family
includes 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Louis views Washington
with great interest, since his nephew is Vermonts Senator Patrick
Leahy. True to his old Vermont heritage, Louis remains a strong Republican.
Do you remember when Vermont and Maine were the only two states
that voted for Landon of Kansas, he asked nostalgically. Since 1940,
Louis has completed a career as a flying officer with the Air Force, retiring
with the rank of colonel. This was followed by positions with General
Electric, American Airlines, and as managing director of three oil fields.
At age 60, he took a different path. After completing his studies at United
Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, he is now an ordained Methodist
minister. Dont forget to send news of your activities and your view
of UVM today. You can follow developments on the internet. The year 2005
is fast approaching, our 65th reunion.
Class Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to serving on the board of overseers of Hancock Shaker village
near her home in Pittsfield, Mass., Grace Meeken Hutchins reported that
she collects antique ephemera, including postcards, documents, and other
artifacts. Betty Cole Milazzo sent me an email message letting me know
that she spent Easter with her daughter and enjoyed spring in Vermont.
Dr. Edward Eaton wrote that after retiring from 25 years of teaching agricultural
engineering at Cornell University, he spent 20 winters in Florida. He
is now glad to be living full time in Vermont. Edward and his wife live
at The Homestead in Franklin near their cottage on Lake Carmi,
and they enjoy visits from their large family, which includes eight great-grandchildren.
Thomas Crimmin reported that although he is semi-retired, he still continues
to prepare nearly 40 tax returns yearly, despite not being computer-oriented.
In 1998, he and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with
their family, which includes 11 grandchildren. Francis Nye wrote that
the high point of 2001 for him was celebrating our 60th reunion with classmates,
friends, and cousin Dan Dyer 24, who passed away last July at age
100. In late March, Shirley Griffin Mayforth passed away in Bristol, Vt.,
after suffering a long illness. She will be sadly missed by her four surviving
children, friends, and our classmates.
Lucille Clark Myron was not able to join us for our reunion. She is always
delighted to read news of former classmates in Vermont Quarterly. She
wrote that she and her husband try to keep aging brains active
by attending Elderhostel, volunteering at their library, and, of course,
doing crossword puzzles. Sigmund Sysko wrote, Life in Maine with
its varied environment is continually exciting but returning to landlocked
Vermont to meet old friends and classmates is a special joy.
Good news! We have heard from quite a few of our classmates this time
around. Dr. Murray Levin wrote that since retiring from surgical practice,
he has been a busy volunteer: 17 years as a third grade teachers
aide and 12 as a trustee on the local library board. John Williams was
happy to visit Ed OConnell recently in La Quinta, Calif. He reported
that Ed is living life with a will. John also watched his
airline captain daughter, Sandy, skydive a huge American flag into three
air shows. He visited Julia Fletcher Peet in Morristown, N.J., where he
said she is a community treasure, working in a soup kitchen, fundraising
for the renovation of a theater, and serving as a member of the EMT Auxiliary.
Ruth Blumenthal continues to enjoy retirement in the Catskill Mountains,
while Mary Lawrence finds that her time is completely taken up with freelance
proofreading. The Golden Years find John and Doris Squire
Goss glorying in their four children and six grandchildren. They are looking
forward to our 60th reunion. As one might expect, their life has
been full of music, crafts, athletics, jobs, friends, and family.
Pam Frabotta Cawley, who lives in Shrewsbury, Mass., is an active member
of the senior citizen groups there as well as St. Marys Church.
We were glad to hear that Ruth Newell is still in excellent health and
works part time taking care of elderly friends who are less fortunate.
She enjoys swimming and exercising her dog. Unfortunately, we have sad
news to report as well. We extend our condolences to the families of two
of our classmates. Dorothy Franklin Cole lost her dear husband of 55 years
in May after he had waged a lengthy struggle wth CHF and Parkinsons.
She was very grateful for the wonderful support of her children and grandchildren
who live close by. Classmate Charles Larson passed away in February 2002.
Charles received his masters degree in forestry from UVM in 1943.
He stayed in Burlington to complete research in his field and taught several
courses. Dr. Larson had a very distinguished career and went on to do
UVM very proud.
We received a thoughtful message about patriotism from Julia Averett Peet.
She reminded us of what it was like growing up with the pride of being
an American. She wrote, Ive missed that feeling in my compatriots
over the years. September 11, 2001, has caused a rebirth of patriotism
that seems right. Hope to hear from more classmates for the next
Shirley Lampman Heald returned to UVM in October for the 75th anniversary
of the beginning of the music department. She enjoyed the visit with other
music students of the 40s. Shirley lost her husband in 1999. She
makes her home in Clarence, N.Y., and Haines City, Fla.
We received a note from Catherine Zwick Keefe letting us know that she
is enjoying her tenth year in Maine, and she especially likes being close
to the beaches. She keeps very busy with her 13 grandchildren, also serving
as treasurer of the local library. Her oldest grandchild graduated from
law school this year, and the youngest will be starting kindergarten.
Catherine enjoyed a trip to Ireland last fall with her five daughters.
A reminder to all: Im waiting for news from the rest of you. Hope
many of you were able to attend the Green and Gold Luncheon at Reunion.
Im writing this column before Reunion, hoping that everyone will
come. Youll be reading this after Reunion and remembering how much
fun it was. Anita Ross Pinney sent a picture of her extended family to
share at Reunion. She regretted that Vermont and California were so far
apart. Virginia Donaldson, MD 51, wrote that she was still active
as an emerita professor of pediatrics and medicine at The University of
Torrey Carpenter, our class president, after a short period of retirement
and a move from Cliff Street to South Prospect Street in Burlington, Vt.,
is now working for the Ethan Allen Club. Torrey and Duck Frazier (47)
Carpenter have traveled to France, Austria, Ireland, England, and New
Mexico. Summers are spent on Lake Carmi, Vt. They have four children;
two are UVM graduates. Florence Mueller Howes took a class in conversational
Chinese with Professor Diana Sum through Interactive TV at UVM. Everett
Andrews is a semi-retired farmer in Richmond, Vt. He has four daughters,
two of whom graduated from UVM, and one great-grandchild. Everetts
travels have been to Kansas, England, and Belgium. He reads and collects
Civil War books. Betty Whitney Bolognani has launched a new career as
a representative in the Vermont Legislature. She loves it and finds it
an incredible experience. Audrey Bidwell Woods has retired from teaching
in New England schools, but she occasionally does child care in her new
home in Pennsylvania. She reads, exercises, writes, and visits her two
daughters and two grandchildren. Audrey remembers and comically reminisces
about Warner House and her UVM days. George Henderson is involved with
the St. Davids Episcopal Church scholarship program, which awarded
more than $85,000 to students of all ages who wish to further their education.
Ed Jenkins, MD, retired from cardiothoracic surgery and proudly announced
the arrival of his fifth grandchild. He has been on medical missions to
Brazil, Nepal, Tanzania, Ecuador, and Paraguay. While at home in Tulsa,
Okla., he enjoys golfing, reading, gardening, and exercising. Marjorie
Clark Page, a retired kindergarten teacher, has four children and four
grandchildren. She has traveled to Crater Lake, Glacier National Park,
and to the Isle of Barra, Scotland, and she recently celebrated her 40th
wedding anniversary. Alice Poulopoulos Coyne wrote from La Jolla, Calif.,
that she has retired from teaching. She has traveled throughout Europe
and Asia, enjoying a most memorable visit to Russia. Alice is also active
in the Salvation Army Auxiliary and Scripps Hospital Auxiliary. She has
a son and two teenage grandchildren. Blanch Parker Perkins now lives on
the shore of Lake Waukewan in West Center Harbor, N.H., after a teaching
career in Vermont. She devotes her free hours in retirement to community
and church services. Blanch has three children and four grandchildren.
Richard Evans of Newark, Del., is still writing poetry and short stories
that touch upon historical events.
Mary Stamatiades Byrnes of Brushton, N.Y., and her husband are both retired
educators, Mary, from St. Lawrence Central in Basher Falls, N.Y., and
her husband, from SUNY Potsdam. They have six grandchildren. Bill Matthews
and his wife, Jean, continue to live in their home in St. Ansgar, Iowa,
but their travel is limited due to health. Bill, a native Vermonter, has
happy memories of the Green Mountains and dear old UVM. He
sent regards to all. Adele Cohen 49 of Newtonville, Mass., continues
as sole proprietor of The Paper Tree, an invitation and stationery store.
She wrote, Travel with my husband is a necessary part of our lives.
Our last trip to southern France and the Amalfi Coast was great.