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Class of '61
Martin Sonkin retired from teaching English at Great Neck North High School on Long Island. He is now teaching remedial reading part-time at Queensborough Community College in New York City and selling antiques in his shop, Shady Lawn Antiques in Berlin, N.Y., near Bennington, Vt., part time.

Class of '62
John “Jay” McGowan flies helicopters for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He has flown his helicopter around the World Trade Center, and he wanted all of us to know that he is safe. To see a photo of his helicopter check the photo album on the alumni web site. Steve Burzon and his wife, Nancy, are enjoying their lifelong dream of living in an old colonial farmhouse in Danby Four Corners, Vt. Their son, Matt, an honors student, is a top-rated Division I prep school hockey goalie at Holderness. Daughter Kim and her husband just gave them their fourth grandchild, Lilli. Louise Schade Daly is living in Danbury, Conn., with her husband, who recently retired. Beth Rosenthal lives in Manhattan with her husband. She recently received an NIH grant to study community violence among urban adolescents, and she was newly appointed to the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her daughter was recently married in Jamaica, West Indies. Beth and her husband also have a home on the Delaware River in upstate New York. Susan Ellwood Richter of Ridgefield, Conn., often visits the Burlington area and UVM, since her son Marc built a home in Charlotte, Vt., and is a social worker in private practice in Burlington. Judith Mehrhof Barrett recently returned from a Norwegian coastal cruise and enjoyed visiting all the small towns. Michael Adess has been a public health officer with the Coast Guard for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Susan, have two children: Lea, who is studying speech and hearing at the University of Maryland; and Shana, a high-school senior. They live in Pikesville, Md. Bob and Sandy Larkin Mylod are retired and living in Lewes, Del. Bob, a volunteer at a convalescent center, serves as chaplain and co-chair of the chaplain committee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and enjoys boating. Sandy is an active volunteer at Children’s Beach House in the library as well as a local artist. Gail Carroll Adinolfi and her husband love living in Wagram, N.C., where they both play a lot of golf. Gail’s husband is retired, and she will retire next year. Their son is the assistant attorney general of North Carolina. Daughter Elizabeth is an assistant director of admissions at UNCC. Daughter Colleen is a stay-at-home mother in Bedford, N.H. Lois Lorand Feuerle recently became manager of the court interpreter certification program for the state of Oregon. After an adventurous cross-country drive in a large rental truck and a honeymoon in China and Tibet, she and her husband are settling into their home in Portland, Oreg. Rabbi Victor Hoffman and his family live in Jerusalem, Israel. He would welcome a visit from old friends. Peter Lakis sent greetings from Fayetteville, Ga. Michael Johns and his wife have been traveling full time in their motor home since selling all their properties in Clearwater Beach, Fla. They plan to build a winter residence in St. Augustine Beach. Louise Cerasoli Chaffee is an innkeeper in Williston, Vt., which keeps her busy year round. Andrew Ojanen recently had lunch with Sarah Robinson Wakefield and Peggy Link Peabody at the Vermont History Expo at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. They plan to meet again in June at our 40th reunion. Barbara Gioria Comtois and her husband, Richard, were the co-grand marshals of the 2001 Bellows Falls, Vt., alumni parade. Together, they had 59 years of teaching in the Bellows Falls schools. Watching the parade were Barbara’s brother, Bob Gioria ‘64, as well as daughter, Jean Comtois (‘91) Illingworth, and four grandchildren. Barbara Davis Heilman is enjoying retirement and keeping up with her three grandchildren, who live nearby. She lives in Burlington, Vt., in the winter and South Hero, Vt. summer and fall. Gena Mason Teachout and her husband, Mahlon, own and operate a 55-passenger sightseeing boat and gift shop on southern Lake Champlain. Joann Brzezicke Trolinger lives in Vacaville, Calif., where she is busy remodeling her home. She has three grandchildren.

Class of '63
I hope that our classmates, families, and friends are safe. During the season of peace and celebrations, be safe with your loved ones. We have some news from our classmates, although I would like to have more for the next issue. Please keep in touch. Harry Sommer retired from the University of Georgia. Kae Gleason Dakin is the executive director of the Washington Regional Association of Grant Makers, an organization of 130 corporate and independent foundations, banks and other programs that gives $100 million in grants annually.

Class of '64
I would be remiss in not hoping that all of you are safe and I would like to wish you all well. I received an email from Ray Bello, who has been an agent for State Farm Insurance in San Diego for 28 years. Recently, he had the opportunity to help a fellow UVM grad, Pat Fagan ‘58, who had his car stolen, and needed an affidavit of theft witnessed by an agent. Ray was editor-in-chief of the Cynic, and he played on UVM’s football team. Ah! The good old days. Richard Spenello of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., recently celebrated 25 years as the owner of a clothing store there. He and his wife, Maureen, have two sons.

Class of '65
To all who couldn’t make it to reunion in June, we missed you, and you missed seeing some old friends. Some of those in attendance included Allen Rome, Barbara Epstein, Susan Huber Noble, Mike Broutsas, Jean Connor Harrison, Jane Christie Murphy, Dan Newcomb, Pan Zolotas, Aaron Schildhaus, and Bill Gersten, who was voted in as new class president. Julie Pfannstiehl Writer and her husband recently moved from Manhattan to beautiful Wilmington, N.C. Jeff Kotkin continues to practice dentistry in Brookline, Mass. He and his wife are living as “empty nesters” in Newton, Mass., now that their older son is a chef in Pittsfield, Mass., and their younger son attends the University of Colorado. Barbara Bogert Waite, Ann Wyle Gordinier, and Jeanne Grasso Davis got together recently for a “mini-reunion” with your class secretary in Rockport, Mass. Barbara lives in Rye, N.Y.; Ann, in Bellevue, Wash.; and Jeanne, in Hagerstown, Md. Frank Foerster recently retired from the practice of law in Austin, Tex. He and his wife plan to travel extensively in 2002, starting with a lengthy trip to Spain, where they lived for four years. Elizabeth Gottlieb teaches English at an alternative high school in the Denver area. Her son is attending the University of Northern Colorado, and her daughter is seeking her fortune in California.

Class of '66
Your class secretary and husband Ken McGuckin met Nancy Castellanos Miller and her husband, Chris, for dinner in Burlington in August. Nancy and Chris continue to live in Trinidad, but they were vacationing at their summer home in Ticonderoga, N.Y. This is the ONLY news from our class. Please write to me at the above address. I look forward to hearing from you.

Class of '67
Margie Bohrer Sussman received the Ruth Anderson Endowed Teaching Chair at Miami-Dade Community College. Margie and her husband, Jon, live in Miami, but they travel north frequently to visit their three children. James Cunningham is associate vice president of academics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. His wife and son still enjoy using their camp on Colchester Point. Stephen Libbey provides speech pathology services at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vt., where he met his soulmate, Caroline. They fill their lives with friends, gardening, and dancing. Thomas Mowbray announced the publication of his first novel. Classmates can check it out on Tom’s web site at http://mow bray@hotmail.com. Tom and his wife, Mary, live in Nashua, Iowa. Their son, Allen, is a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. Jennifer Straszewski (‘92) Uihlein and her husband, Ed, welcomed a new daughter, Anna Elizabeth, on June 26. Grandparents Henry and Elizabeth (‘68) Uihlein are doing just fine.

Class of '68
On a recent return trip to Burlington (June 1), Paul Malone and Jeff Kuhman combined adventure and nostalgia. On Friday morning, they started in Underhill State Park and hiked to the summit of Mount Mansfield. They returned in time to attend the class of ‘65, ‘66, ‘67 cocktail party, where they caught up with friends and former football teammates. On Saturday, they attended the class picnic and “bumped into” Jack Semler and Jay Buckley. Later, they stopped over at Bill and Laurie Wolff’s beautiful new condo. Teammate Bob Mitchell, who is married to the former Jane Kimball, joined the group. Paul is owner of Malone Business Associates. He lives in Bridgewater, Mass., with his wife, Nancy Crockett Malone. Jeff is president and CEO of Glycon Corp., in Tecumseh, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Joanne Koledo Kuhman.

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