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has changed dramatically because of the dastardly acts of September 11.
We mourn the irreparable loss to grieving families in every part of the
country and the world. As war develops, it will be the sixth in my, and
probably your, lifetime, starting with WWI when I can remember knitting
helmets and scarves for our doughboys. I am writing this as we approach
the holiday season, when memories and loss become more poignant. To all
afflicted families, we offer comfort, peace, and hope. The unconquerable
spirit of America will survive. To all my classmates, may the coming year
bring you health, courage, and love.
Col. Roy Brooks wrote from Newfane, Vt., My main activities seem
to be seeing doctors and going to paratrooper reunions. I am looking forward
to my 70th reunion in 2003.
time to write our class column again, but not much news has come in. Chet
Eaton has been living at the Meadows Retirement Residence in Rutland,
Vt. Thanks for getting in touch, Chet. I received news of the death of
our classmate, Mary Horak Burns. Mary lived in Vallejo, Calif., but she
and I have remained in touch over the years. Like classmate Kay Durrick
Lull and me, she was a member of the gang who spent our freshman year
in Robinson Hall, which then was a womens dorm. Mary was a KA sorority
sister of mine. She will be missed.
thanks to Ruth Barron and Elizabeth Downer who edited our 65th reunion
memory book. In the absence of news from classmates for this issue, I
thought Id pass along some facts about the 82 classmates who sent
information for our memory book: 10 live in Vermont, three each in Massachusetts
and New York, two in Florida and Connecticut, and one in Colorado, New
Hampshire, Texas, Ohio, Maryland, California, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Sadly, 166 of our classmates are deceased. UVM records indicate that 294
of us started at UVM in the fall of 1932, and there are 102 still active.
Our class was and still is a great class.
Class of '37
Our class will be celebrating our 65th reunion in 2002.
The time has passed all too quickly, but Kay Babbitt and I are co-chairs
for our class reunion, and Marguerite Beanie Fiske is serving
on the committee. The following classmates are already planning to attend:
Phelps Pond from Texas, Frank Courtney from Massachusetts, and Marguerite
Bean Fiske from Florida. Of course, Kay Babbitt and I are also planning
to be there. Hope to see all of you there. John Browe, M.D., was a surgeon
in the battle of Bataan. Lois Hammond retired from the Medical College
of Pennsylvania in 1986 as an emeritus professor of pediatrics. She is
living in a retirement community in Gwynedd, Pa. Jean Fuller Hallgarth
wrote that at 86 she has stopped driving. Last summer, she was on a trail
on Mount Hood and she went up a rather steep trail in the Columbia River
Gorge. She noted, I dont charge up the trails as I used to,
but I get there.
VanDyck moved into a condominium in Washington, Ill. His association with
Caterpillar, Inc., which took him all over the world, extended over 42
years. Cuy has one son, a doctor, the other, a writer and commentator
for Fox Sports, and his daughter teaches high school English. He also
has seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Last summer, Phyllis
Craig Graves traveled with a daughter to visit another daughter and her
family in Kansas. Your secretary, who is big on connections, had a satisfying
summer with three outstanding family events: a family reunion, a high
school graduation party for an honor-student granddaughter, which involved
three generations of family and friends; and the outdoor wedding of my
oldest granddaughter. Your secretary promises to do her bit about keeping
in touch with the help of all of you.
Silvester is now serving his second year as chair of the Connecticut River
Flood Control Commission. He also serves Vershire, Vt., as a member of
are several great-grandparents among us. Heath Riggs enjoyed visiting
a great-grandson, and a newly-arrived great-granddaughter in Providence,
R.I. Jean Butler Pye reports nine great-grandchildren. Can anyone top
that? Another busy great-grandmother is Lois Murray Lantman with six great-grandchildren.
She is actively involved with church and community. Lois spends two winter
months in Florida. I enjoyed a telephone visit with another Garden State
alum, Bob Smith. He is a year-round resident of New Jersey, but he enjoys
brief visits to Florida and to Vermont, where he keeps in touch with family
and friends. Charlotte Wiseman Wise recalled the fun-filled years
at UVM. Her granddaughter attends the University of Indiana, and
she has a high school-age grandson. Betty Taylor Smith and her husband
of 57 years take pride in their two grandsons, one at Tufts Medical and
the other working at Morgan Stanley. Their parents both attended UVM.
Betty has happy memories of travels, and she enjoys volunteer activities
and working in their large flower garden. They escape northern winters
for one month in St. Simons Island, Ga. An email from Jim Roberts reported
a family of many UVM graduates. With the arrival of a second great-grandchild,
they have prospects for more. Jim and Dorothy 42 live in Naples,
Fla., and spend the summer in North Carolina. Jim recently enjoyed a telephone
conversation with Louis Zambon, who has retired to Ohio. Many thanks for
our 60th reunion little news has come from our classmates, but Angeline
Ducas wrote that she keeps very busy in garden activities and projects.
This summer, she joined a garden tour in a visit to the fabulous gardens
of the Pfister Estate in Waterbury. Shirley Gray Stevenson reported that
she and her husband, Nick, enjoyed a Black Sea cruise. Their son, Matthew,
who makes his home in Geneva, Switzerland, is the author of a book published
last September, entitled Letters of Travel: Essays on Travel, History,
Politics and Family Life Abroad. A highpoint of your secretarys
life happened recently when I was joined in Andover for a brief reunion
with three UVM friends: Mary Arms (40) Williamson, Catherine Kitty
Clark (40) Madden, and Ferne Bristol (39) Williams. We all
agreed that the essential key in our lives is keeping active. Francis
Nye wrote, What a great 60th reunion. He introduced himself
to a stranger at the Alumni Association meeting, and it turned out to
be Ray Collins 35, MD 38, whom hed never met. To make
our class news column interesting, send news of what you have been doing
so we can report what is happening in the lives of the Class of 41.
received a few updates this quarter. Robert Carlson let us know that Bernices
health is improving, and they plan to be on campus for our 60th. Harvey
Hubbard wrote that his entire family gathered in Newport News, Va., to
celebrate his 80th birthday. Ed Keenan added that he volunteers for several
organizations besides walking for health. Your class secretary also celebrated
her 80th birthday with an open house for family and friends, including
six classmates from UVM. Alice Reichman Chapman wrote, The brain
seems to be working fairly well, but a hefty case of osteo-arthritis limits
much physical activity. Merton Pike retired from all voluntary responsibilities
he has been involved in over the years. Dorothy McCormick Roberts wrote
happily that she and her husband, Jim, are awaiting the birth of their
second great-grandchild. Again this year, some of our classmates were
fortunate to be able to get together for a lunch in Burlington, including
Barbara Brewster Howard, Bill Bister, Ruth Orr Burgess, Larry Burgess,
Joyce Kenyon Livak, Barbara Gallagher Kennedy, Hilda Paquette Thayer,
Hester Rice Rice, Janet Rust Wood, Avis Kenyon (45) Smith, and your
Charles Lang wrote from Port Charles, Fla. She reported that, although
retired from her career as coordinator of pre-K school psychology since
1994, she has been doing private practice and some volunteer work in her
field. She has also been on the board of directors of the Charlotte Community
Mental Health Services. After the death of her husband, the board decided
to name a foundation after him. Margaret has just returned from three
weeks in France, and this fall, she has planned a trip to Russia with
her daughter. Harry Twitchell stopped by once again on his annual trek
through Vermont. He is looking hale and hearty. He had visited Frank Swift
and Chris Estey on route to Fair Haven. Harry told us about an unusual
trip he had taken recently with his family. He chartered a sailboat and
toured the Greek Islands.
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Get it. It will make you proud. Monroe and Lee Allen left for points south
on October 1. They are in Burlington during the summer to be with their
two sons and their families and their daughter, who lives in the Boston
area. Monroe still plays golf and tennis; the only thing hes terminated
is boating, except for a recent cruise to historic points in Mexico. We
send our sympathy to the family of Jane McAuliffe, who passed away in
June at the home of her daughter, who accompanied Jane to a 44 reunion
a few years ago. Nancy Fawcett Pearl and her husband, Houghton, entertained
their children from the far west last summer. Nancy and Houghton, who
live in Burlington, Vt., enjoyed the visit. Julia Fletcher Averett Peet
of New Jersey traveled in Europe last summer with ten members of her family,
retracing the World War II Army route of her husband, Capt. Elliott Averett.
The group traveled with a guide, who was with them from London to Munich.
Julia said, It was a pilgrimage. Please write or call with
news of you and yours.
Hilary Shelvin Caplan wrote about her son Richards marriage in Rome
last June. He recently received his PhD from the University of London,
and he has been an Oxford fellow for the past three years. Hilary continues
to teach dance, and she recently performed several tap numbers in a dance
recital. Husband Leonard is a substitute math teacher, and daughter Wendy,
a social worker and flamenco dancer, is in the process of adopting a Russian
child. A recent Burlington High School reunion brought several members
of our class together: Betsy and Herb Durfee, Betty Johnson Bahrenburg,
Peggy Miller Logan, Edith Colegrove Noyes, Virginia Benedict Pelltier,
Betty Clark Vialle, Larry Zaetz, and your class secretary. We received
news from Wilson Daily. He has not been back since 1946. Come back, Wilson.
Hope to hear from more classmates soon.
Plans for our 55th Reunion next spring have already begun under the leadership
of our class president Dorothy Fraser Carpenter. Its time for all
of us to start making plans to come back to UVM for our reunion. Clare
Bundy Abbott wrote that she is enjoying retirement with her husband of
53 years. They live in Bethel, Vt. and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
From Richmond, Va., Gertrude Cheney Fisher wrote to tell us that she does
creative writing and she also plays chimes and sings in the choir for
chapel services. Cecile Fraser let us know that her husband, Paul, had
a stroke. We all send Paul our best wishes for steady improvement. Neil
Isbrandtsen Rising wrote that she has four children, three of whom are
UVM grads, and eight grandchildren, two of whom are married. One is a
UVM grad, and two entered UVM this fall. Can anyone beat that record?
Harold Zauder, M.D., is now a degree candidate in the American Indian
studies program at Arizona State University. It is great to have so much
news. Keep it coming.
My husband, Norm, gave me a specialty car license plate, UVM 1948, six
years ago. In that length of time, only one person has asked for an explanation
of the license plate. You now know just how far New Mexico is from civilization.
Classmates, please write. Jane Robins King spends summers in her log cabin
in northern New York and winters in Boca Raton, Fla. Her life work was
teaching in elementary schools in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Volunteering
in church, reading, quilting, and traveling fill her retirement days.
David Harlow worked for the State of Vermont Department of Vocational
Rehabilitation. Retired now, he hunts, fishes, and makes maple syrup for
his five children and 15 grandchildren. His travels have encompassed Europe
and, more sensationally, all 50 states. Audrey Jo Farnsworth Horsefield
works in the real estate appraisal field in Lake Park, Fla. She visits
her daughter and three granddaughters in Alabama frequently. After her
retirement from teaching English and the death of her husband, Julia Hurley
Goelz moved to Portland, Oreg., to live near one of her four sons and
a few of her nine grandchildren. Her retirement years gave her time to
travel to China, England, Europe, and Russia as well as time to play bridge,
sing, and volunteer in the library. Albert Lowenfels works in cancer research
and epidemiology at New York Medical College, after completing 30 years
as a surgeon. In moments of free time, he enjoys gardening, walking, and
swimming. Fred Webster, since retiring from UVMs department of agriculture
and economics, has belonged to AARP, been a Williston town officer, been
active in church acivities, and has managed a 200-acre forest. Married
58 years, he has six children and 18 grandchildren. Hurrah to you, Fred!
John Reagan spends his retirement woodworking, doing genealogical research,
and golfing. He has traveled throughout Canada and the United States.
John has three children and 13 grandchildren.