Carleton and his wife, Mary, took a Volga boat trip recently. They visited
Moscow and St. Petersburg among other places. I hope to hear from more
of you for the next issue.
There was only one piece of news for this issue, but it is great news.
Polly Buttrick Ketro had major surgery in August, and she is doing very
well. She is currently recuperating on her familys farm in Swan
Lake, N.Y. She was sorry to have missed our reunion, but she enjoys reading
the memory book. We hope to see you soon, Polly. Please send me your news
for the spring issue of Vermont Quarterly.
Suzanne Clark Richardson of Canaan, N.H., and her husband, Lamont, went
cross-country skiing in Finland with Elderhostel, spent a week in France
on a canal boat on the Yonne River, and a week in Charleston, S.C., at
the Womens Tennis Tournament. For the fall, she created a curriculum
for the elementary and high school classes as a trustee in Windsor, Vt.
Kenneth Miller moved to Dallas, Tex., to be near his daughter, Valerie,
and her family after the passing of his wife, Priscilla. He would like
very much to hear from UVM classmates and fraternity brothers. Marilyn
Murdock Schten of Madison, Wisc., reported that five of her nieces and
two nephews are UVM graduates. Since retiring, she does volunteer work
at her church, and she enjoys being a docent at an art museum. She and
her husband visited New Zealand and Australia, and climbed down the South
Rim of the Grand Canyon. Christine Oliveto Davis of Lutherville Timonium,
Md., and her husband have enjoyed Elderhostels in Spain, Sicily, and a
favorite skiing one in Bethel, Maine. Last year, they traveled to France
for a grand nephews wedding in Lalandusse, close to Bergerac of
Cyrano de fame. They also took a two-week tour of France (Paris,
Brittany, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyons, etc.). Their two grandchildren spent
July in Indonesia with their parents and then journeyed to Baltimore to
spend August with them. They are looking forward to our special May reunion,
and I hope you all are, too. Dr. J. Lawrence Ainsworth of Ann Arbor, Mich.,
is a retired Presbyterian minister doing interim work at the Presbyterian
Church on Dayton Avenue in Ferndale, Mich. Perry Goodell of Littleton,
N.H., traveled with his wife, Eschol 48, Rachel Kinne (49)
Farrar, and Madaleen Ellis 50 with Elderhostel along Lewis and Clarks
route from St. Louis, Mo., to Astoria, Oreg. Shirley and Rob Fallon of
Duxbury, Mass., celebrated their 50th anniversary in Bermuda on August
25th. They have five sons and six grandchildren. Bob enjoys skiing, and
Shirley, tennis and singing in a mixed chorus. Both enjoy playing golf
together. Dr. John Ross of Raleigh, N.C., retired in 1985. He travels
via auto to Montana and Wyoming in summers for fly fishing and camping,
and he keeps in shape by weight lifting, doing yoga, square dancing, and
sailing. Mary Jane Borah Healy of North Hero, Vt., just developed a web
site www.minisby.maryjane. com for marketing handmade accessories
for dollhouses. Jane Wilson Durie and husband Rob have moved to an active
retirement and golf community in Roseville, Calif., and they would love
to hear from UVM alumni. She got together with Jeanne Newmeyer Michael
and Nancy Leming Brown at their 50th high school reunion in Washington,
D.C. She has an annual lunch in Palo Alto with several other UVM alumni
and keeps in touch with Mary Bulen, who lives near Phoenix and buys signed
childrens books through Harriet Carlton. Peter Shrope of Sarasota,
Fla., sadly reported the passing of his close friend and our UVM classmate,
Robert Myrick. Edgar McWilliam of Grafton, Vt., is president of the Fire
Association, lister for the town of Grafton, and a church trustee. He
sees Gordon Browne, Robert Carter, Roy Webers 53, and Bill Bigwoods
51. Nancy Varn Greig and husband Ray live in Hendersonville, N.C.
Theyre enjoying their senior years immensely. Warren Bergstrom of
Monticello, N.Y., divides his busy time as a county parks commissioner,
bicycle club organizer, golfer, cross-country skier, and participant in
Elderhostels. Ona Lyman and his wife, Rose-Marie, were married June 4,
2001, following the deaths of their former spouses. They are active in
volunteer work in Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, Md. Helen
Lauber Miller of Lancaster, Pa., is regional trustee for Moms House,
Inc., national headquarters in Johnstown, Pa. They have 14 houses in five
states providing free childcare and other support services. Patricia Hammond
Foot retired to Orleans, Mass., on Cape Cod. In summer, she sails to Little
Deer Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Patricia and her husband have eight
children and 13 grandchildren between them. Trudy Wolf of Waitsfield,
Vt., is busily arranging our 50th reunion, and she looks forward to seeing
you all at our special weekend, as do I.
From California, I am volunteering to report the news for our class, at
least until the next class election. As I was sweeping up the yard under
our evergreen Chinese elm tree this morning, I thought, fondly, of that
tall canopy of elms on the UVM Green, back when we were college kids.
Even when the branches were covered with snow, they were beautiful. That
was nearly 50 years ago. The elms have fallen to disease since then, as
have too many of our classmates. Our losses have been sad, indeed, and
we think of our friends with fond memories. Those of us who are still
alive and kicking should prepare for the big half-century
reunion in 2003. Until then, lets keep in touch. I have only one
news item for this issue. Its from Charles Kimball, who let us know
that, after working for GE as a financial analyst for 47 years, he has
now retired. Charles makes his home in Redding, Conn. For the next Vermont
Quarterly, please send your news to me at the address above.
Little news has been received from you 55ers. Whats going
on in your lives as more and more near retirement time? I would so love
to share news with our classmates. As I write this, Im getting geared
up for my annual Tri-Delt reunion on November 3rd. Every year it gets
better and better. A special gathering always. We have learned that Margaret
McGowan Shirley of Portsmouth, NH., recently participated in the annual
reading and scoring of the College Boards AP exam in English literature.
Margaret has retired from teaching writing and womens studies at
UNH. She has been a faculty consultant for the College Board for six years.
Happy New Year! More anon.
Gene Levin is in his 35th year of teaching physics and introductory astronomy
at York College, part of the City University of New York. He has published
another novel, The Devils Grandmother. Dr. Levin says hell
keep at it until he does it right.
News from you would be reassuring as we feel our boat rocked by recent
events. Its great to hear that class members are using their talents
and education to good ends in our so-called retirement years. We are happy
to pass on news from Margaret Rotanelli Daronco that she is the author
of books for kindergartners to second graders that are intended for use
by teachers in small group settings to teach reading. Mickey is living
in Bronxville Heights, N.Y. Dr. Steven Kanor of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.,
has received the 2001 Player of the Year award from the USA-TLA (Toy Library
Association) for his outstanding work in designing toys for severaly disabled
children. Steve, a doctor in bioengineering, helps market his toys through
the website, www.enablingdevices.com. The toys are a labor of love for
Dear classmates: It is difficult to meet the deadline for this issue.
Our world has changed so much; however, our lives are constantly connecting
as this recent letter from Ray Bello 64 illustrates: Pat Fagan 58,
co-owner of the Highlander, the finest mens clothing store in San
Diego, had his car stolen recently. To settle the insurance, he had to
have his signature witnessed by a State Farm agent. He found the closest
office a short walk away and the agent was Ray Bello 64. Ray, who
has been a State Farm agent for 28 years, helped Pat settle his claim.
Pat is in the process of getting a new car and transferring his insurance
business to Rays office. God bless America!
Roy McMahon of Green Valley, Ariz., wrote that he and his wife, Martha
Monteith (56) McMahon celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary
with a trip to Santa Catalina Island. During July, they continued their
celebration with an inland tour of Alaska, followed by a cruise back south
to Vancouver. They currently are planning another cruise. Roy and Martha
would love to hear from UVM classmates. Judith Collins Stoehr of Fitchburg,
Mass., reported that she continues to enjoy working and living in central
Massachusetts. She wrote that she is the grandmother of three. Leola Amena
Bedsole wrote from Ashland, Va., that she and her husband are both retired.
They enjoy traveling abroad as well as to see their children and grandchildren
in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and northern Virginia.