On May 2, the opening day of the Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings
Show, I found Reid Leonard busy with customers. For nine years he has
had a booth at the show with displays of veneered furniture for
small spaces in a lively, colorful patterns. Most popular are the
chair-side October tables with veneered tops in a variety
of patterns, no two alike. Reid earned a Ph.D. in agricultural chemistry
at the University of Wisconsin after graduating from UVM. He worked for
14 years on the chemical conversion of wood, then ran his own laboratory
in Pensacola, Fla. Reid and his son, who builds furniture for interior
designers, have a thoroughly-equipped shop for furniture construction.
Reid, who calls himself a veneer junkie, has collected more
than 150 wood species. Veneer keeps me going, he said. How
delightful to receive a newsy letter from Alta Plumb Slack, who reported
the arrival of her first great grandchild, a daughters daughters
daughter, born May 9, 2003. The Vermont Plumb family has a most impressive
record of attendance at the University of Vermont. Does any other Green
Mountain family have six siblings with degrees from UVM? Perhaps the Paquettes.
I should have kept the statistics. Heres the Plumb record: Robert
39, Alta 40, Ransom 41, Charlotte, 49, Donald
51, Judy Loring 60, Clayton 56, Dorothy Plumb Bent,
G 68. Alta keeps active in Marietta, Ohio, with courses at the college
and numerous activities associated with Ohios bicentennial. Continue
to keep us informed, Alta. We can hardly wait for your 2005 report. I
am very sorry to report the death of our classmate, Frederick Mehlman,
on April 30, 2003. I am also sorry to report the deaths of Elvira Palermo
DiPietro, Col. Carl Schofield, Elizabeth Jorgensen Stone, William Simonson,
and Elliott Hawkins. We extend sympathy to their families and friends.
Regarding the Class of 1940 Scholarship Fund: The UVM Financial Aid office
reported six recipients, four women and two men, with majors in business
administration, mechanical engineering, environmental science, and professional
nursing. The total endowment is $115,821. The Scholarship budget for the
academic year was $8,000. Assistance level was $7,950.
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Approximately 14 members of the class of 42 and their spouses enjoyed
getting together at the Green and Gold Luncheon during Reunion Weekend
in June. Please send me some news for our next column. Everyone likes
to keep in touch.
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1943 Unfortunately, we were unable to attend
our 60th reunion, although we had planned to go. I thought there should
be something in this issue about reunion happenings, so I decided to call
my dear friend, Marge Abell Swift, who I knew had been planning to go.
I thought Marge would be a great guest editor. Imagine my
dismay when I called to learn that she had passed away. Marge was always
a role model for me in college and after because of her innate, unwavering
goodness, her calmness in all situations, her dry wit, and her loving
nature. I had a heartwarming conversation with Marges daughter,
Laurel, who spoke of her mothers great courage. Marge will be sorely
missed by all. Janet Dike Rood, a great friend of Marges from Burlington
High School days, has consented to fill us in regarding reunion. Janet
is our new president, and she reminded me that Marge was elected president
of the class when we were seniors, evidence of how much we all held Marge
in high regard. Janets report follows: We broke all sorts of records
at our 60th: the numbers who came, the dollars we gave, and the enthusiasm
we showed. Older we may be, but weaker we are not. Our new vice president
Jack Williams delighted us all at our class dinner with a presentation
of new words (written by him) to our beloved Cotton Babes.
Remember that? Of course you do! Verse after verse (14 in all) rolled
out as Jack Williams and Janet Dike Rood sang the peripatetic lines. Then
the assembled diners joined in on the last choruses, which went like this:
Memories of Vermont are like a chorus
Of all the good things that went before us
Youll see you just cant help but adore us
Life never bores us. Were Class 43!
Vermont has been on a special mission
To set a climate of erudition
Dan Fogels vision, done with precision
Its our tradition. Were Class 43!
A special part of Saturday evening was enjoying the 25 photos that were
sent to Jack Williams by those who could not come but cared enough to
share. They were made part of the program for the evening. Who came? Fifty
in all, 35 from the class of 43: Martha Beatty, William Benoit,
Robert Bickford, Palmina Frabotta Cawley, Dorothy Franklin Cole, Joe Corbett,
Dudley Davis, Marguerite Benoit Downes, Frances Marritt Drees, Robert
Earley, Sam Germain, Bibby Deming Goeller, John Hoyt, Milt Kaufman, Betty
Jenks Lane, Margaret Charles Lang, Elaine Burns Little, George Little,
Mary Lee McClesley, Mark Linwood Mclean, Florence Bevins Melick, Helen
McLean Meyer, Mary Scutakes Monti, William Murray, Joan Newton, Ed OConnell,
Ray Pestle, Janet Dike Rood, Frank Swift, Dick Swift, Theresa Coderre
Trahan, Harry Twitchell, Howie Vreeland, Florence Smith White, and Jack
Williams. Before we adjourned, we all signed a card that was sent off
to our original class president, whose plans to come just didnt
work out. Marjorie Abell Swift called to say she received it with great
joy. And then we lost her. Thank you so much, Janet, for the above.
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1944 Gerald Didinsky of South Fallsburg,
N.Y., retired from his family-owned and operated wholesale beer distributing
business in 1988. He and his wife have been married for 46 years and they
have three daughters, five granddaughters, and one grandson. The Didinskys
enjoy playing golf and skiing. Gerald would be happy to hear from his
Phi Sigma Delta brothers. Leonard Kunken has been living in Orlando, Fla.,
for the past 18 years. He retired eight years ago, and he enjoys being
a member of the Orange Tree Golf Club. Louise Bianchi Kraith wrote that
she seldom misses a UVM gathering in New York City. She plays bridge four
days a week and reads to the blind once a week. Annette Lilley Pestle
wrote from Brattleboro, Vt., I prepared a few income tax returns
for friends since a major operation and chicken pox. Dr. Rod Humphreys
and wife Nancy enjoy the hobby of raising 125 rosebushes as well as exhibiting,
judging, presenting programs on how to grow a rose for church members
and friends. They also enjoy visits from their three grandchildren, two
from Massachusetts and one from Greece.
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1946 I enjoyed the Green and Gold luncheon
with Mary Boardman Ciaschini and husband Walt, Mary Jean Dunsmore Cox,
Alice Miller Wright, and Betty Johnson Bahrenburg. This event is nice,
because you always see old friends from other years. Come join us next
year. In March, I attended an Elderhostel and met a couple from Vinalhaven,
Maine. I asked if they knew Laurel, and they had my answer before I said
her last name. Laurel Hansen Reed and friends enjoy their life on Vinalhaven
and are well known for their beautiful organic gardens. Ruth Schoppe Propst
has been recuperating from a total hip replacement. She still hopes to
get back for another reunion. Hurry up, Ruth! Vermont Historical Societies
benefit greatly from the class of 46. Mary Jean Dunsmore is a volunteer
docent in St. Albans. Virginia Campbell Downs is active in Lyndonville
and has written stories of old time Vermonters. Mary Green Lighthall works
with the Charlotte Historical Society. Mary Boardman Ciaschini and husband
Walt keep the Greensboro Society going.
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1948 The living
members of the class of 1948 bid a sad but fond farewell to Dr. Hal Bloomenthal,
who in life enjoyed photography, reading, website design, and doughnuts.
He will be remembered for one of his strengths, his loyalty and support
of UVM and the class of 1948. Barbara Kilborn Frawley shops for, collects,
and sells antiques in Derby, Vt. She has four children and three grandchildren.
Bridge and community friends provide enjoyable pastimes in her busy life.
Elizabeth Barber Bushell posted a note from Northport, N.Y., sending all
of her classmates greetings and congratulating everyone on our 55th reunion.
Ben Bursten, M.D., has retired from psychiatric practice and consults
with government and attorneys on psychiatric issues. He also has written
a book, Psychiatry on Trial Fact and Fantasy in the Courtroom.
He has two children and lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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1949 Irene Urie Vollbrecht, a member of a
small group of nursing classmates, is semi-retired in Fremont, Calif.
She continues to do hearing and screening tests for the public schools,
and she enjoys RV traveling, canning, and jam making during her retirement
hours. Irene stays in close touch with her nursing classmates Jean Easton
McEdward, Claire Riggs Moran, Mary Hard Bort, Harriet Squires Christiansen.
Irene noted sadly that Jean Perking Avery, Lori Lynn Smith, and Sue Poljacik
Bolwell are deceased.
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1950 Charles Carlton of Fairport, N.Y., assisted
with the editing of Labor and its Remuneration. He has prepared
a review of a new Romanian journal. Janet Babich wrote that her husband,
Walt Babich, died on July 2, 2003. He lived in Valrico, Fla., for the
past 35 years, and he especially enjoyed the class of 50s
50th reunion, which brought him together with old friends, many of whom
he continued to correspond with, giving him great joy.
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1951 I heard from Ray Vescovi that a gathering
was held in Fort Myers, Fla., at the winter home of Harry and Beth McCarthy.
In attendance along with Ray were Bill Grant, Dick Hungerford, Don Hedach,
Stan Fitts and their wives. Everyone had a great time, and they left with
many good memories of their days at UVM and Kappa Sig. In May, Mark Byron
CLU, ChFc, of Livingston, N.J., was elected to the Gem America Hall of
Fame. He is one of only ten in the nation to receive this honor. Mark
has been a principal at New Jersey Life and Casualty Associates, Inc.,
since 1956. He is a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round
Table, an international organization as well as being a former board member
of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting. Charlotte Bostwick of
New Milford, Conn., wrote that her day is made when the Vermont
Quarterly arrives. She has retired from music education and is now working
at the Oratory, a healing mission house. Mary Bremer Williams is active
in the North Point Orchestra Association, Inc., of North Point, Fla. She
serves as treasurer of the organization. In March, Mary was guest artist,
playing the first movement of Beethovens Concerto No. 3 in
C Minor. She plays piano and viola in the orchestra.
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Kenneth Miller lost his wife Priscilla Kit. He has moved from
Fairfield, Ark., to Dallas, Tex., to be near his oldest daughter, Valerie,
and her family. Joan Crane Braverman is on her way to recovery after a
bout with diabetes. In April, I went on a trip to the Grand Canyon, Zion,
and Bryce with my husband. A wonderful, beautiful experience. I also attended
the class of 53s reunion with friends Bob Green, Len and Fran
Sherman, Irwin Plotkin, Mark Pitman, Phyllis and Morrison Mixer, and David
Pearl. I heard from Ed Franciss TEQ brothers that he is now well.
Bertina Pope Lawlis has moved to be nearer her children. Good luck to
Bertina on her new home.
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1953 My job as class secretary is now official,
thanks to election at reunion in May. Class president Frank Leary sent
the following post-reunion message for you: Greetings to all of our classmates.
We had a wonderful 50th reunion. Many thanks to all who attended
and helped to make it so enjoyable. We missed seeing those who were not
able to attend and are sorry you couldnt make it. Special thanks
all those who contributed to our record-breaking class gift of almost
$700,000, which represents contributions by 50 percent of our class.
Al Purcell, co-chair of our class gift committee, noted that our class
made a clean sweep of the top three Reunion awards for class giving and
attendance, the Class of 1925 award, the McCullough Cup, and the Milk
Can Award. Congratulations to us! Wheres our trophy case? The Milestones
Memory book for the Class of 1953 is a wonderful update on the past 50
years of classmate activities. With great delight, I have read the whole
thing through twice. Now I can picture the marvelous Golden Year
faces on many of you who contribute to this column. Thomas Holzinger was
awarded the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni
Award for 2003. Tom is recognized internationally as a leading dairy expert,
and his distinguished career with the Borden Company has spanned more
than 34 years. He rose through the ranks to become director of quality
assurance and compliance for Bordens 5,000 products, which are produced
around the globe. He continues to share his knowledge and expertise as
a volunteer, providing technical assistance to numerous organizations
in the areas of food safety, quality, and development. Congratulations,
Tom! Unfortunately, he was unable to attend reunion, because of an assignment
in Kosovo. Our class had a hugely successful reunion, earning four awards
for participation and generosity. Three cheers for the class of 1953!
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Mary Ann Clowse Jenkins wrote, I have lived in Idaho for 25 years.
Came out to ski and stayed. My three sons, their wives, and grandchildren
live on the East Coast, and my daughter and her husband live in California.
We get together at our summer home on Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vt.
We have spent 40 summers there. A few years ago, I built Grandmas
Place on the same property near the big cottage. Here in Idaho I
just opened a new real estate office. For fun I play tennis, ski, and
do volunteer work. Note: Mary Ann and I grew up together in Richmond,
Vt., and graduated from Richmond High School in 1950. Peter Rose, aka
Frederick Peter Rose in our 1954 yearbook, reported that he recently tramped
around New Zealand before spending a week with Don Novick and his wife,
Lillian, in McLaren Vale, Australia. They talked at great length about
fellow classmates, including Andy Gerber, Matt Baigell, and teachers like
Louis Feuer and Francis Colburn. After retiring, Peter went back to school
at Bard College and earned an MS degree in environmental science. He is
currently serving a second term as a trustee on the UVM School of Natural
Resources board. He has long been an active supporter and contributor
to the Fleming Museum. We have shared reminiscences by phone about our
undergraduate days. Peter sees former classmates Don Forst and Ken Grinspoon,
who lives in his area of New York State. He also mentioned Marcia Pearl
Jamil 56. Henry and Sonia Follett (53) Fuller were looking
forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August when they
wrote earlier this year. They planned a family get-together on Long Island
in Maine. The Fullers live on Moose Pond in Denmark, Maine, as do fellow
UVMers Bill and Joan Kopp Robinson; they spend their winters in Sebring,
Fla. Retired home economics professor Ruth Pestle has contributed two
poems to a book, Pebbles from the Stream by Mad River Poets that is now
in its second edition. She makes her home in Tallahassee, Fla. Edward
Mead retired from his career as an engineer in 1991 and has been cruising
in his yacht summers and wintering at marinas. Theodore Milberg of Delray
Beach, Fla., is enjoying a sporty retirement that includes
tennis, golf, and bowling, mixed with water color painting and volunteer
work. As he noted, Someones gotta do it. Harry Rutten
of Maplewood, N.J., is also living the outdoor life in his retirement:
long-distance cycling and cross-country skiing. Phyllis Cameron Bricker
took a three-week safari in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. She
makes her home in Santa Ana, Calif. Rabbi Esor Ben-Sorek spends time commuting
from his home in Israel to Queens, N.Y., where he serves as director of
Pastoral Counseling Services at the Margaret Tietz Center. Charlie Perkins
and his wife, Jann, now divide their time between work and travel. The
latter includes skiing in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Europe. They own
the Vermont Gift Barn in South Burlington, Vt. Charlies mother,
who is 108, is the oldest living Vermonter. David Machanic and wife Karin
operate a bed and breakfast n Charlotte, Vt., He was recently elected
a trustee at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. Robert Foster, having
semi-retired from his consulting engineering business, has joined the
Federation International des Geometres (FIG). He lives in Hopkinton, Mass.
Bruce Bailey retired in 2001. He and his wife, Gretchen, live in Raleigh,
N.C. They have four married children and seven grandchildren. Bruce continues
to be active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
In 2002, he received an award for leadership and contributions to the
department. He co-authored a technical paper presented in May at the IEEE
annual meeting in St. Louis. The Rev. Charles McAllister has retired and
is now living in McMinnville, Oreg., where he enjoys the activities of
two grandchildren and works as a volunteer in an elementary school reading
program. In all, he has 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Flint Holzhauer is contemplating retirement after 27 years as
office manager of a real estate firm in Iowa. Richard Ross of Stoughton,
Mass., wrote in March to let us know that Tau Epsilon Phi held its first
reunion after 50 years. Clement Nadeau still sells real estate, but his
volunteer work now takes up much of his time in Killeen, Tex., where he
has been a member of the Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce for more
than 30 years. He has served on a number of boards assisting the needy,
including the Mission Soup Kitchen and Killeen Home and Hope Shelter.
Late in 2002, your secretary had heart surgery, a quadruple bypass from
which I am recovering very nicely. I am doing very well, so dear classmates,
do write or send me an email message to share your own news. After all,
we are closing in our 50th reunion. A year will pass, like the last 49
have, quickly. Fran Strickler Sherman, our class reunion chair, sent a
note to classmates: Welcome to our 50th reunion year. Can you believe
50 years have gone by? Our reunion will be June 3-6, 2004, so please put
these dates on your calendar. We hope to see as many of you as possible.
We will be planning a great time. Please contact other classmates and
encourage them to come. If you would like to help, please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or our class secretary, Kathy, at her email address
below. We really need your help. I have been in Vermont twice this year
in September for my husbands first reunion, and in June for
Lens 50th reunion. The campus is beautiful and has many new buildings.
I hope to contact as many of our classmates as possible, and I hope to
see you all in June.
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1956 Carol Parker Day would love to hear
from her dental hygiene classmates. She and her husband retired in 1999
after having operated a family shoe store in Barre, Vt., for 20 years.
They have two daughters who are UVM grads and a grandson who attends UVM.
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1957 Yes! Our reunion was wonderful. We enjoyed
seeing underclassmen from 58 and 59, many of whom we hadnt
seen in 46 years. Many hugs and exclamations of Its great
to see you! I knew you right away! were given all around. The banquet
was the climax of the reunion weekend as we joined the other two classes
at the Sheraton on Saturday night for a convivial evening. The class of
58 organized a full-length skit for us evoking the pleasures of
UVM in the 50s. Our classmates who participated were our vice president
and class song leader Doug Burke, our lovely classmate Val Gluskin Levy
and reunion committee member Bill Solomene. We were sad to hear that 99
of our classmates have left us too soon. Our class president Bob Wolfe
read the names of the more recently deceased classmates in his remarks
at the Saturday night banquet. He also announced that our class had won
the 1928 award for our class gift of $83,009 from 151 donors. A tree will
be planted in a grove on the campus in honor of our generosity. Bob accepted
the award for us at the Saturday morning convocation at Ira Allen Chapel.
Classmate Max Ansbacher gave a very well received talk on the current
stock market he gave no guarantees, of course. His wife, Chris,
the Wine Diva, led a lively, informative wine and cheese tasting
Thursday evening in the handsome Billings Library. You wouldnt know
how beautiful the library is until you see it without the stacks and students
perspiring in intellectual exercise, and you are seated at tables with
pink table cloths with candles and a wine glass in front of you. The reunion
committee was headed by Bob Wolfe, Max Ansbacher, Julie and Robert Dempsey,
and Don Kidder, with additional help from Edwin Austin, Joan Kienast Bitterman,
Donna Davidson Borofsky, Janice Fayen Burke, William Keeshan, Leo OBrien,
Claire Lissner Shepherd, and Bill Solomene. Among the sororities that
had open houses during reunion was a small gathering of Gamma Phi Betas.
The Beta Nu chapter left campus in the mid-70s, and their house burned
down a few years later. Your secretary joined Shirley Campbell Prushko,
Sandra Phippen (56) Klein, Carol Connor (63) Frey, Joyce Drwiega
(63) Lawless, and Ann Wakefield (62) Lanzet for some reminiscing
and catching up on Saturday afternoon. Next time I will include news of
the wonderful reunion that Sigma Gamma held last spring. Although people
at our reunion were having too much fun to record their news, I have received
some tidings from classmates. Nancy and Herb Boden sent regrets that they
would miss reunion, having been such faithful attendees in the past. Michael
Peattie emailed, Have a good reunion. Michael and his wife,
Mary Alice, have retired in southern Arizona, just outside Tucson. He
said it is a grand place, and the last move they will make. He retired
from the aerospace industry, and his wife, from teaching in Los Angeles.
Happily, they are both in good health, and Michael plays lots of golf.
He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gayla Schildhaus Hallbrecht,
my classmate at Burlington High as well as UVM, wrote that she and husband
Herb are being honored as Couple of the Year by Hadassah of
Durham/ Chapel Hill for more than 30 years of involvement with Hadassah
and other community activities. Anne Coughlan retired from Simmons College
in 1993 as dean of sciences and professor of biology emerita. She was
there 32 years. Please keep your classmates posted. It inspires us all.
Reunion was an inspiring and gratifying experience. See you at our 50th
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1958 I am writing this still under the glow
of a great reunion weekend. We pretty well covered the four corners of
the U.S. and most points in between. Amazingly, no one has changed! I,
personally, enjoyed seeing old friends from the classes of
57 and 59, too. Win Wood sent his regrets but was with us
in spirit. His daughter graduated from Randolph Macon College the same
weekend. How bout my roommate Carolyn Hunt Wall making it back (first
time) for our 45th reunion? Retirement certainly has its advantages. Malcolm
Russell retired in 1995 from a career as a nuclear reactor fuel project
manager at the National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho. He lists his
lifetime accomplishments as helping to raise five successful children,
induction into the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, and winning a USA
TAF-Masters-Program javelin throw in the National Championship in 2001.
Congratulations! Judith Doe Collette has renewed friendships with Buff
Chamard Harrington and Carol McKillop Willard, both Thetas from the class
of 60, now that they all live in Brunswick, Maine. Keep the news
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1959 Reunion 45 was a resounding success
and a blast from the past, as 41 alumni attended this two-day
celebration. Friday afternoon there was an initial gathering at the Ice
House in downtown Burlington, followed by dinner under the tent near the
cheese box dorms. Saturday morning was the march into Ira
Allen Chapel, where various classes and individuals were recognized for
outstanding contributions. The class of 59 gave a total of $72,342
for the fiscal year ending June 30, contributed by 139 classmates. This
represents a generous 29 percent rate of class participation. A job well
done. Saturday night we gathered for a reception and dinner at the Sheraton
Hotel, featuring skits and songs performed by some of our unabashed and
shameless classmates. The show, produced by Andy Skroback 58 and
Al Fields 58, brought back dear old memories of bygone years. Reunion
was a time for old friends to meet again and share the memories, but we
missed many who were unable to attend. Looking forward to our 50th! Cynthia
Mindick Weitz wrote that she still lives in beautiful Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Before her husband Davids death last February, they met last summer
with Bob Agel 61 and his wife, Carol, with whom they traveled on
previous trips to Tibet, Mongolia, and Central Asia. Cynthia would like
to hear from classmates in the Southern California area by email at email@example.com.
Lewie Dodge reported that he moved to Rawlins, Wyo., to be close to his
family in the West, after working for three years in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
While taking a course on the history of Rawlins, Lewie discovered that
he is related (sixth cousin, once removed) to General Grenville Dodge,
who built the Union Pacific Railway in 1867 and named the town after a
visit from General John Rawlins, U.S. Army chief of staff. So,
he wrote, we have come to enjoy the town started by a relative.
Robert Gallagher of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., wrote that he hopes all
had a great time at our reunion. Bob couldnt get excited about the
44th and calling it the 45th. He expects to make it to the 50th unless
its changed to the 49th. Deede Weiss Mufson of Huntington, W. Va.,
regretted missing Reunion 45, but her husbands 50th reunion at Bucknell
University was the same weekend. Deede still practices psychology in Huntington,
and her husband, Harvey, continues working at The Marshall University
School of Medicine. They often visit their children and grandchildren
in Boston and Chicago and still find excuses to travel far and wide whenever
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