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1950 - 1960s

Class Secretary: candh@sover.net
We heard from several classmates for this issue. Lillian “Bunny” Cotnoir Doyle still enjoys skiing. She continues her language interests by teaching ESL conversation. She is active in Toastmasters, and she also creates stained glass artwork. Lillian extends a big welcome to Vermont alumni and alumnae (she was a Latin teacher, so this is correct) to visit her in Amarillo, Tex. She would love to hear from other UVMers at any time. Florence Cacioppo-Jahn is in the process of moving back to Stuart, Fla. She sees Robert Taisey and Abbey and Andrew Brown once a year. Florence has two granddaughters, both studying art. She spends her summers in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Newell Curtis wrote from his home on Block Island, R.I., that he and his wife, Jane, joined an ecumenical choir, and they gave five performances last summer. He wrote, “Windswept, remote Block Island is a grand place for singing.” Please send your news to me at the above address, and I’ll include it in a future issue.

Class Secretary: jsabens@aol.com
James Downs, who lives in Knoxville, Tenn., was sorry to have missed our 50th reunion. We hope you can make the next one, James. Polly Buttrick Ketro is “ecstatic” to announce the birth of her first grandchild. Both grandparents are doing well. Paul Kilty of Honolulu, Hawaii, lost his wife of 43 years last August. It is sad to report that Jean Hard Queale died unexpectedly last March. She leaves her husband, Donald, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Jean was a friend to all who knew her, and we will miss her. Our hearts go out to the Kilty and Queale families.

Class Secretary: alumni@uvm.edu
Alice Hanbridge King of New Port Richey, Fla., is still involved in music. She was with the Sweet Adelines for 30 years, and she coaches and sings with small groups. Alice and Leo take cruises and travel within the U.S. and sometimes abroad. She enjoys hiking, swimming, gardening, and composing music. She reported that Joanna King ’82 is a corporate lawyer in Washington, D.C., and Margaret Stevenson ’62 is a retired teacher from Lucerne, N.Y., and Naples, Fla. Kenneth Reid of Roseville, Calif., has raised five sons and one daughter. He wrote, “Got lucky; my last was a girl.” Kenneth retired in 1991 from McClellan Air Force Base, where he spent 34 years. He now does some building in and around Sacramento, Calif. He has fond memories of our class. David and Ann Johnson (’53) Hartzell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27, 2003. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. David retired as purchasing manager from American National Can Co., after 35 years with the company. He was active in volunteer efforts in New Jersey and now enjoys life in the South. Bertina Pope Lawliss sadly reported the death of her husband, Don G’65. They had been very active in UVM affairs and reunions since graduation. Don will be greatly missed. George Brady let us know early that he was planning to come to our reunion. We all had fun at his house after a previous reunion. By the time this goes to press, we will have had our 50th reunion. Hope you all had a happy and memorable time.

Class Secretary: nanhiker@aol.com
Our column is active this quarter. Classmates are already inquiring about our 50th reunion next year (May 29-June 1, 2003). Details will be forthcoming in future issues of Vermont Quarterly. Walt Bailey retired several years ago from Philco/Ford/Loral in Palo Alto, Calif. He now lives in Grass Valley, spending part of the time on Lake Almanor. He noted, ”I have ‘UVM VT’ on my California license plate. It’s amazing how many people in this area know what that stands for.” James Atkins lives in Florida and has retired as a high school math teacher and coach. He and his wife will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Some classmates are still active in the business/services world. Jack Durett, who still lives in Burlington, Vt., owns and manages 14 financial planning offices. He won a trip to Hawaii for business growth. (All work and no play won’t make this Jack a dull boy.) Mary Sanford Dodge of Denver, Colo., is busy with antiquarian books. She reported that she and Bob spent October on a used-book buying trip through a number of Western states. They also attended the annual reunion of their high school from Peking, China. The event was held in Pasadena, Calif. Henry Manners is still representing five firms as a sales representative in the horticultural field in eastern New York State and western New England. Walter Meyer of Townshend, Vt., is still active with Mary Meyer Stuffed Toys. He reported that he has four sons in the family business, plus 16 grandchildren. Richard Burns, a mechanical engineer in product design and engineering, reported that he has been active in canoe racing and run-bike-canoe team triathlons. Helen Wippich Green of Guilford, Conn., sells real estate locally and travels. She wrote, “We celebrated our 30th anniversary last year by cruising around Cape Horn for several weeks and visiting many scenic and cultural sites in Chile and Argentina as well as the Falkland Islands. A fabulous trip!” Mary Wilson Priesing has enjoyed traveling to Sicily and their house on Kiawah Island, S.C. She has visited several times each year with Phyllis Burke Davis and her husband. Rhoda Davison Rochat, former Kake Walk Queen, hopes to attend our 50th reunion. In January, she described her occupation as “caregiver.” Idolyn Flower Ahearn was recently given a surprise birthday party by her husband. Among those attending were her college roommate, Barbara Laselle Bredthauer, and Marietta Bond (’54) McCarthy. Home economics majors were saddened to learn of the death of classmate Margaret Wood of Danbury, Conn., fondly known at UVM as “Sis.” She had been active in her church and garden club as well as an ardent skier, bicyclist, tennis player, and watercolor artist. Bernard Kabakow, MD, continues to practice medicine full time. Last June, he was visiting professor of medicine oncology at Minsk Medical University in Belarus. Mark Pitman, MD, has retired from his active orthopedic practice. As emeritus chief of sports medicine, he still keeps busy with resident and fellow teaching research at the Hospital for Joint Disease.

Class Secretary: kwendling@aol.com
Donald Novick wrote to let me know that he is receiving Vermont Quarterly in South Australia. He is looking forward to hearing from his many UVM friends, especially Andrew Gerber. I remember that Andy provided us with some extra 1954 Ariels several years ago. Andy, please get in touch with me for Don’s address and to share some news for our next column. Lucien Cote, MD, reported that he is still practicing neurology at Columbia University, specializing in Parkinson’s disease. He and his wife are looking forward to attending our 50th reunion in 2004. Robert Marcotte of Essex Junction, Vt., reported that he has a “woodmizer” sawmill and has been recycling trees in his development, making oak flooring, clapboards, and the like. He also has his own solar kiln. He appeared on the Dream Builders on HGTV. David Kearney praised UVM for giving him “a solid foundation for his later accomplishments.” These include serving as a faculty member and administrator at Butler University, the University of Alabama, and the University of South Florida. Along the way, he found time to earn MA and PhD degrees. Your class secretary is a board member of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, chairing the communications committee and editing the quarterly newsletter. The foundation will offer a tribute to Burlington-born First Lady Grace Goodhue Coolidge ’02 at UVM on September 7.

Class Secretary: janebattles@juno.com
Hi, everyone. Now that summer is upon us, I hope that wherever you are you are having fun. Bill and I are looking forward to good times with the grandkids at the beach in Connecticut. I haven’t received much news this time around, so our column will be brief. Geraldine Quinn Dankowski and her family enjoy the summer months at their cottage on Lake St. Catherine in Vermont. She wrote, “UVMers are always welcome!” A lovely place to be, I’m sure. Have a great one! More anon…class of ‘56 secretary

Class Secretary: jkstick@aol.com
Nancy McGoughran Blanchet wrote that she and Lorrie Beuhler Farwell have participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk-a-thon in honor of Carolyn Craig Williams, a dear friend and sorority sister who died of the disease. They hope that others who knew and loved “Cecil” will participate in the walk. Lorrie and her husband, Bill Farwell ’57, live in the Washington, D.C., area. Carol Parker Day and her husband, Basil, retired after operating a shoe store in Barre, Vt., for 20 years. They are now enjoying golf, fishing, and grandchildren. Gerald Sevits of New York City is in his ninth year of retirement. Dorothy Moody Miller and husband Melton ’55 have traveled extensively. Along with her interests in music and travel, Dorothy edits her church’s newsletter.

Class Secretary: suzanwc@aol.com
We have had lots of news from our classmates recently. Leo O’Brien of South Burlington, Vt., reported that he retired as chairperson of the Merchants Bank in Burlington, Vt., after 31 years as a board member. Ronald Hill continues cross-country skiing in Stow, Mass., and suggests that classmates may contact him at ronald.
hill5@worldnet.att.net. Jane Squires Sherwin retired in 1990 after a long career as home economics teacher in Connecticut and Missouri. Jane and husband Phil celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in June 2001. The Sherwins live six months in their log cabin in Arlington, Vt., and six months in Phoenix, Ariz. They spend time with their three children and three grandchildren. Edward Walker of White Plains, N.Y. is still tearing up golf courses, finishing in the top ten in two golf tournaments with classmate Ron Grossman. Ed recently attended a UVM alumni lecture in New York City with Bill Infeld, and he saw Bob Koones ’59 and Dr. Dick Stein ’59 at the Winner’s Circle in New York not long ago. Laura Walsh Lovett of Wolfeboro, N.H., let us know that she and her husband, Tom, have retired and are now “professional grandparents,” spending their time with their 20 grandchildren. Richard Everett sent greetings from Oswego, N.Y. Mary Palmer Simpers of Colchester, Vt., was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives for 14 years. She served on various committees, including education, health, and welfare, and institutions and corrections. Doug Burke wrote that he and his family enjoy Birch Island, Maine, from May to October and Naples, Fla., from October through May. The Rev. Sally Carr Sprague of Trumbull, Conn., let us know that her son, Daniel, is chief biologist for “Operation Migration,” a project raising whooping cranes, teaching them to migrate, and building up the only migrating group on the East Coast. Ruthann Hadley Spaulding of Queensbury, N.Y., visits Anne King Gordon in Shelburne, Vt., several times a year and she also stays in contact with Shirley Long Demetrules and her husband, who live in East Corinth, Vt. Ruthann wrote that they enjoy going to flea markets but that they do more visiting than shopping. Nelson Slack of Waterville, Vt., has won numerous awards as a Vermont maple sugar maker. Retired from UVM, Philip Cook operates Poker Hill Gardens Nursery in Underhill, Vt. Robert Wolfe of Danbury, Conn., was reappointed to the judiciary’s client security fund committee by the Connecticut chief justice. Katherine Warren Schriever and her husband, Henry, of Loveladies, N.J., is enjoying life with their nine grandchildren. They also help their oldest son with his mariculture business. Marilyn Bolton Perrin and husband Dave of Charlotte, Vt., completed their quest of canoeing in Vermont’s 251 towns in 2000.

Class Secretary: alumni@uvm.edu
We’ve got mail this time. Our 45th Reunion (clustered with the classes of 1957 and 1959) will be on May 29-June 3, 2003. Be sure to mark you calendar and start making plans to join us for a fun celebration. Carol Conner Frei is already planning her trip to Vermont. Our class needs a “Web officer.” If you can help, get in touch with the Alumni Office. I. Stanford Zecher is retired and splitting his time between Manchester, Vt., and Surprise, Ariz. He spends lots of time trying to play golf. Roger Baker, MD, is enjoying retirement in Rutland, Vt. Michael Turianski is slowly recovering from an auto accident in 1998 but loves retirement in North Carolina. Louise Lewis Alcorn loves teaching in Moab, Utah. She wrote that her school is in desperate need of three-quarter-size violins. Any help out there? Joe Long of Fair Lawn, N.J., works for Passaic Affordable Housing, assisting people who normally couldn’t buy a home in doing so. Gwendolyn McGrath has had many careers since UVM: teacher, social worker in nursing homes, developer of an ombudsman program for the Vermont Office on Aging, and director of a day care center in Americorp. She is currently in community development in Rutland, Vt. Roger Madon has been dabbling in national politics. He was interviewed for a White House position as assistant secretary of labor and was offered another position that he did not accept. What next? Please keep the mailbox full.

Class Secretary: hshaw@sc.rr.com
This is the time to begin making plans for our 45th reunion to be held on May 29-June 1, 2003. Please mark it down on your 2003 calendar. This will be a cluster of three classes: ’57, ’58, and ’59. Reunion is a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships and strengthen the bonds that make our class special. Make your plans and remind other classmates when you see them or correspond with them. David Hagberg of Pacific Palisades, Calif., is a prolific world traveler. He reported that he has seven timeshare residences that he has parlayed into trips to England, Italy, Malta, Spain, Morocco, Oran, Cabo San Lucas, and Paris. His most recent trip, although not quite exotic, has been cross country to Cape Cod. Nancy Coolidge Eaton of Perkinsville, Vt., wrote that she has retired from the Vermont Department of Social Welfare. She and her husband live in Weathersfield, Vt., and would love to hear from UVM classmates. Durward Starr of North Troy, Vt., retired in July 2000 after having practiced veterinary medicine in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for 37 years. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in Vermont in the summertime, growing certified organic foods, and they spend the winter months in Fort Myers, Fla. Their son, Gregory ’85, is port director for the U.S. Customs Service in northwestern Vermont. Son Geoffrey, MD ’91, is a neurologist in Virginia. Durward and Lorraine have four grandchildren. Edward Ellis of Newton Center, Mass., and his wife, Laney, enjoyed a mini-reunion at the home of Art Blumberg in Hartford, Conn., along with Elliott Brown of Washington, D.C., Gary Sanders of New Rochelle, N.Y., and their wives. What a great intro to our 45th Reunion in 2003! Except for Maine and New Hampshire, Vermont is about as far as you can get from semi-rural Riverside County, Calif., yet Nancie Anderson Weber reported with much excitement discovering that Joan Kienast Wingate (’57) Bitterman is one of her neighbors in Canyon Lake. Joan reminded us that Nancie was the only senior in phys ed class still trying to fulfill graduation requirements. Most recently, Joan again distinguished herself as the oldest female in the annual polar bear water ski run. Not like Lake Champlain, but nippy nevertheless.

Class Secretary: alumni@uvm.edu
Maynard North has been active in the Learning in Retirement Insititue of the University of South Florida Education Outreach Division, leading classes in themes associated with classical music. He is currently a member of the Institute’s board of advisors. Bryna Alper of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., was recently appointed development director at the non-profit Norris Center. She is “writing grant proposals and patiently waiting for my first positive response (meaning money).” Edward and Barbara Evans Little are both retired and living in their mountainside home in Mendon, Vt., overlooking the Rutland Valley.

Class Secretary: traileka@aol.com
John Brown of Essex Junction, Vt., has been retired for two years. He has enjoyed vacationing in Tuscany and Zambia with his daughter. John is an active volunteer in community service organizations and serves as a hike leader for the Green Mountain Club as well as activities organizer and shelter builder. He received the 2001 Roy Buchanan Award for 10 years of service to the Green Mountain Club. Linda Leffel Landow and her husband, Lloyd, of Dix Hills, N.Y., have built a vacation home in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., which will be the family compound for their children and six grandchildren. Sandra Honig-Haftel of Cromwell, Conn., has started a real estate development company with her husband, Carl. She also serves on the board of the UNH business school. Son Michael attends the Avon Old Farms School. Sandra and Carl have two grandchildren, and they have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Italy, and Alaska. Howard Maltz felt sad and nostalgic when he learned of the death of our classmate, Jon Tenzer. Howard composed a poem in Jon’s memory: “The Vermont Quarterly told me, Jon, that you had passed away; My thoughts went reeling back in time over many yesterdays; In 1958, as freshmen, we met at UVM; To a fraternity you led the way for me and other friends; …On feline feet you were a treat as Charlie Catamount; Your work in student government made all our voices count; And though it is too late, Jon, to say these words to you; I know I speak for all our mates, the class of ’62; Your life illuminates the stage of those treasured college years; I raise my glass to thank you, Jon, and wipe away the tears.” Ed Friedman is concluding a $23 million construction project, including a new home for the Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center, for which he has been executive director for 16 years. He also actively hikes, bikes, and goes bird and whale watching throughout the Northwest. The youngest of his three sons will enter the freshman honors program at the University of Oregon. He would love to hear from classmates at edf@hsdc.org.

Class Secretary: tcmullins@home.com
Kae Gleason Dakin of Washington, D.C., was named chair of the board of directors of Women In Community Service (WICS), a national non-profit organization helping women and youth out of poverty into economic self-sufficiency. James Durrell wrote from Harrisburg, Pa., that he retired as CEO of Waypoint Bank. He now enjoys traveling and spending time with his six grandchildren. Joan Powell Kerzner and her husband, Arnold, MD ’63, of Belmont, Mass., have participated in three mission trips with Global Volunteers: Romania, Bellows Falls, Vt., and Costa Rica. Carole Nagelsmith Greenberg wrote from Greenwich, Conn., that she and Steven Grossman ’61 had plans to meet Dr. Peter Loeman ’61 and his wife, Susan, in Vail, Colo., for their annual ski weekend last winter. Judith Goldberg Goldsmith of Newington, Conn., became the proud grandparent of Andrew Sam Bogatz, born March 6, 2001. Wayne Gibson and wife Ruby of South Burlington, Vt., opened a second business, R&W Gibson Promotional Products in 2001. They continue to operate Kershner Signs. Since the early 1990s, Richard Hubbard has hiked the Appalachian Trail and Vermont’s Long Trail and run for the U.S. Senate in Vermont. He is currently writing a book. George Cronk attended the annual Owls Fly-Inn at the Waybury Inn in Middlebury, Vt., in January and sailed in the North Atlantic and Inland Coastal Waterway with Bill and Judy Johnston (’64) Rowe in 2001. Joel Bauer, MD, is vice chairman of the department of surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Thomas Gordon is co-chairman of the lead gift committee of the fundraising effort for the renovation of the old Barre Spaulding High School as the new home and museum of the Vermont Historical Society. Phyllis Koledo Lester of Monroe, Conn., retired from teaching home economics after 22 years. She and her husband, Keith, have three adult children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in Connecticut. Richard Gault has retired from his career as employment counselor with the State of Connecticut. He bought a house in Meriden, Conn., where he lives with his two daughters and three granddaughters.

Class Secretary:
Hello, classmates. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer. Please write or email to share your news and activities with us. Until the next time, happy summer!

Class Secretary:
Thomas Dow, MD, reported from Orlando, Fla., that he recently retired and has become a full-time day trader. His first grandchild was born in October 2001. Cheryl Allen Fuller received her PhD in nursing research and theory development from New York University in January 2002. She is coordinator of graduate nursing programs at College Misericordia and has an independent practice as a women’s healthcare nurse practitioner in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Cheryl wrote that she enjoys reading news of how our classmates are accomplishing great things. That’s the feeling we all have, so I encourage classmates to send news to me at the above address. Let’s keep in touch!

Class Secretary:
Brian and Lucy Beal (’68) Andrews recently returned from a nearly three-year work assignment in Singapore. They found it to be a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to travel in Southeast Asia. Brian has now retired from Pratt & Whitney after 34 years, and he and Lucy make their home in York, Maine. Edward Bailey, MD ’70, and his wife, Dena, have moved to the North Shore in Massachusetts, where Ed is director of North Shore Children’s Hospital, and Dena continues her work as a speech/language pathologist. They have three children. Your class secretary and husband Ken attended a wonderful concert, featuring the UVM Top Cats, at the Vermont Statehouse. Norma Hansen Reynolds and husband David of Montpelier sat with us. Norma owns and operates a ladies’ specialty shop and continues to enjoy music. She is an ex-UVM band member. Please send news to me at the above address or by email. Your classmates like to hear about you.

Class Secretary:
Diane Bowen Reynolds wrote from her home in Flatwoods, Kent., that she is active on several boards of directors and at the statewide conference office of the United Methodist Women. Her husband pastors Advance Memorial United Methodist Church. They especially enjoy their role as grandparents. Claudia Serwer and her husband, Michael Skol, moved to New York City, where Claudia has been assigned by the State Department to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Michael has moved his consulting company to New York as well. They enjoy the city so much that it is unlikely that they will return to Washington, D.C., or go overseas again. They are glad to be back home after having moved around in the Foreign Service for 27 years. Claudia would love to hear from old friends and classmates at chserwer@hotmail.com.

Class Secretary:
Carl Jones let us know how much he values the role Vermont Quarterly plays in keeping him connected to memories that give value and meaning to his life’s work. Georgia Walsh Miller is operations manager of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities Lab at the Yale Medical School. Richard Miller is director of public works and city engineer for New Haven, Conn. Barry Uminsky and Alma, his wife of 31 years, have been living in Bakersfield, Calif., for the past 20 years. Alma is a teacher in the local junior high school, and Barry has had a private optometric practice since 1972. He looks forward to semi-retirement within the next five years. Barry and Alma have three sons: Benjamin, UCLA class of 2003; David, Harvey Mudd College class of 2003; and Michael, NYU class of 2004.

Class Secretary:
Michael Hurdzan was chosen this year by the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to receive their Outstanding Alumni Award. Michael also received recognition as 2002 Golf Course Architect of the Year by Boardroom Magazine and was chosen to receive the Don Rossi Award, given by the Golf Course Builders Association of America. Ralph Edelman wrote the following “from the sunny blue skies of (Charlotte) North Carolina: Getting a little older, a little wiser, a little milder, just a little.” Rosemary Manning Payne and husband Edward ’91 are active on the boards of the Addison County Regional Plan and Addison County Solid Waste. Son Charles works for the American Bureau of Shipping in Korea as an inspector of new construction. Son Harold is a line engineer with Lucent Technologies in Pennsylvania. Sally Lester Lamphier of Burlington, Vt., let us know that her son, Mark ’00, is now a UVM graduate.

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