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Class of '80
Patricia Murphy was appointed New York State Council on the Humanities’ speaker on women’s history. She is chair of women’s studies at SUNY Geneseo. Joanne Lukasiewicz Godek of Jericho, Vt., is glad to be in Vermont, working in public schools. She still enjoys sports through her three active sons, Will, Matt, and Drew. Anne Peterson Sperling has been running the employee benefits department at Daniels Insurance, Inc. Her husband, David, is second in command of the Santa Fe Fire Department as deputy chief. Daughter Leslie is an honor student at St. Mike’s High School and an accomplished horse eventer; son Douglas, a 4th grader, is “an awesome soccer player.” Charles Abbott of West Friendship, Md., is president of Trigen Energy Baltimore. He was one of five new members elected to the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., Board of Trustees.

Class of '81
Maura Schwartz and husband Stan Nowakowski recently completed the Vermont 100-mile endurance run, with proceeds supporting the Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Program. Maura and Stan make their home in Minneapolis, Minn. Eric Beattie has been promoted to director of facilities planning and construction at Williams College. Eric lives in Williamstown, Mass., with his wife and three children.

Class of '82
Mary Ann DiGangi-Fallon and her husband, Frank and daughter Emilie of Chapel Hill, N.C., recently welcomed their second child, Samuel Patrick. Mary Ann oversees operations for a contract clinical research organization. She sent greetings to Carol Palmer ‘83 and Robin Russell ‘82. Linda Visbeck and her husband, Mark, have three sons, William, Patrick, and Jamie. They lived in Germany with the Army until Mark retired. He now works for AMS and Linda is self-employed as a Longaberger Consultant and volunteer at school and with Boy Scouts. Marli Kupiec Rupe and her husband, Michael, have a wonderful daughter, Kimberley, and Marli has two step-daughters, Krista and Ashlee. Marli manages the Poultney-Mettowee Conservation District. Lyndia Downie is president of the Pine Street Inn, New England’s largest homeless outreach organization, with residential houses in Dorchester, Brookline, the South End, and Roxbury. They also run Transitions, a retail shop in the South End and Jamaica Plain. Jeffrey Foy and his wife, Jody, of Niwot, Colo., announced the adoption of his daughter Julianna Audrey, born on May 8.

Class of '83
Julia Schley McDaniel currently serves as president of the Vermont Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She has been in practice as a chiropractic physician in Middlebury, Vt., for the past 11 years. Ted Graf, who was recently named president of the executive board of the Coalition of Essential Schools, is the assistant head of the Watkinson School in Hartford, Conn. Brooke Smilise Nelson works for Dr. Sugar, DDS. She and her husband, Rev. Mark Nelson, are raising their four sons, Kyle Thomas, Ian David, Graeme Henry, and Aidan Edward, in Stewartstown, Pa.

Class of '84
I am not an eloquent writer. So, I will simply say that my hope and prayer is that all of our classmates and their families are safe and well. Cassie Stellos-Malvers has served on the Board of Trustees of the Delta Delta Delta Foundation for the last two years. Timothy Spanos wrote, “My former teammate, Bill Currier, is doing a mighty fine job with the UVM baseball program. Go get ‘em, Bill!” Marie Gribbin is running her own business, Urban Garden Design, in California, featuring native plants. “No more office/corporate work for me,” wrote Marie. Take care everyone. I have to go change a diaper.

Class of '85
Thank you to classmates who wrote in this quarter. Please persuade other members of the class to share their lives with the rest of us. Our deepest sympathies go to those who had loved ones involved in the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies. Gilbert Gjersvik told me that he has a patent pending on a new invention, and he is pitching the invention to various companies. He has a web site, www. beerchiller.com, which provides full information on this new gadget. In July, Amy Sieger Daniels made her annual backpacking trip to the eastern Cascade Mountains with Craig Mabie. Craig and Amy remain as close as always and cherish the time they spend together. Amy will be seeing Christine Lanzelin ‘86 when she visits from her home in Virginia. Marta Monsivais McDonell lives in Falmouth, Maine, with her husband, Joe, and children Brendan and Madelyn. She is a pharmaceutical sales representative.

Class of '86
Steven Wolf wrote that after a post-doc at UC-Berkeley, he became an assistant professor in the department of natural resources at Cornell University, focusing on environmental policy, technical change in natural resource-dependent industries, and integrated rural development. His partner, Aija Leiponen, also started as an assistant professor in the Cornell department of applied economics.

Class of '87
Hi, everyone. I hope that all of you are enjoying the winter months as best you can. After mountain guiding for six years, including in Alaska, Bolivia, and Antarctica, Vince Langmann is now an RN and care coordinator in Grand Junction, Colo. He enjoys biking and climbing with his wife, Brigit, and daughter Jasmine. Vince sends his regards to the UVM Outing Club. Scott Bosse and wife Mara Johnson recently moved from Boise, Idaho, to Bozeman, Mont., where Scott is the rivers coordinator with the Great Yellowstone Coalition. Mara is a biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. Scott spends his free time fly fishing, skiing, and playing hockey and soccer, and he still keeps in touch with many of his classmates from Hamilton Hall. Louise Schneider is enjoying a career shift to international development microfinance. Back in New York City, she is working for WWB, a non-profit company, and traveling to Latin America and Bosnia. Dorothy Colagiovanni and Eric Brownson wrote that they had a fun visit to Burlington for our 15th reunion in June with classmates Frank McHenry, Sam Crocker and wife Kristin, Jimmy Aug, and Mark Singer. Maria Ellis Mattrick is senior program director at the Keone Family YMCA. Last fall, she began taking classes at Springfield College to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Debbie Abel is still living in her hometown of Washington, D.C., where she has been since college. She keeps in touch with Dana Lubitz Shimo. I’d love to hear from both of you directly. It’s been a very long time. I end our column this time with sad news: Our classmate, Jane Bernholz Maltby, lost her husband, Christian, on September 11. He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. Jane and Christian celebrated their 10th anniversary last April, and they have three children, Max, Morgan, and Sam. A fund has been set up for the children, and donations may be sent to The Maltby Educational Trust Fund, P.O. Box 494, Ardmore, PA 19003.

Class of '88
Holly Shain Roche lives in Bradford, Mass., with her husband, Jim, and their sons, Shain and Seamus. Holly is in charge of inside sales and marketing at a French start-up company. She let us know that Julie Morgan is taking a year off and traveling the world with her brother, Jim.

Class of '89
We received the sad news that our classmate, John Wright, perished at the World Trade Center on September 11. The John W. Wright, Jr., Family Trust was set up for the future education of his children, and donations may be sent to 18 Essex Lane, Rockville Center, NY 11570. While we may not all know each other now, our bonds to UVM tie us together in this ever-changing world. So, let your classmates know what’s up in your life. Now, more than ever, is the time to reconnect. Patrick Lackey has been living in the Bay area for the past nine years. He works at the Bank of America securities equity trading desk. He is “still living the surfing trip” as coined by fellow UVMer Shane Boyle. Patrick recently married Louise Lawton, and Shane and Patrick Boyle were best men. Kerrin D’Arcangelo Costello lives in Newburyport, Mass., with her husband, Michael, and daughter Kate Elizabeth. She has been back to campus and is happy to see all the changes. Nathan Graham lives in North Yarmouth, Maine, and was recently promoted to assistant vice president at Banknorth Group in Portland. Elizabeth Fleming Gravely is a principal dancer with the Ballet Theater Company and a faculty member at the Studio of Dance, both in West Hartford, Conn. Steven Hoffbeck’s book, The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, won the 2001 Minnesota Book Award in the history and biography category. Steven, an associate professor of history at Minnesota State University Moorhead, makes his home in Barneville, Minn., with his wife, Dianne, and their four children. Kate Fallon Croteau recently moved back to the Boston area after several years in Sydney, Australia, and Minneapolis. She and her husband, Daniel Croteau ‘87, live in Hingham, Mass., with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Nicole. Kate, Susan Pecka Mooney Noonan, Susan Bowie, and Maureen “Moe” Kelly Gonsalves had a great time on an October road trip to Burlington, Vt., where they reconvened at the T&C and visited old haunts. Laura Perog Wolfe sent me an email from Munich, where she has been living for the past nine years. She just had her second daughter in June, and she is looking forward to coming back to the States for Thanksgiving. She hopes to see Heather Hewitt Main and Alison Mongiello. She says hello to Eva Fettig and would love to hear from Bryn Fenton. Hope this finds you all doing well. Keep the news coming. Peace for the New Year.

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