Our 55th reunion is less than a year away. In August, the committee
planning the program will have our second meeting. At the Presidents
reception during this years reunion, we were pleased to see Rae
and Bill Worthen and Ginny Cochran from our class. We were also pleased
to meet Bill Fletcher 49 and his wife, Jean Tucker (48)
Fletcher, and to talk with them about common interests. Ginny Davis
Cochrans grandson, Jimmy, son of Bob Cochran 76, MD 81,
became the U.S. slalom champion last March. It was his second straight
U.S. title. In all, the Cochran family has won a total of 18 gold medals
in U.S. skiing championships. Ginny, who lives in Richmond, Vt., was
on hand in Alaska to celebrate.
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Val Myers Chamberlain was awarded the 2004 College of Human Services
Distinguished Award at Florida State University. The citation reads
in part, Chamberlain has been an outstanding educator, model researcher,
and prolific author. She is innovative and futuristic in her thinking
and has been committed to the ideals of family and consumer sciences.
Her numerous teaching awards attest to her dynamic ability to convey
information to others with skill and enthusiasm. She has been the author
of more than 140 articles in scholarly journals and 10 textbooks or
teacher guides. Congratulations, Val!
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Jay Buddy Rosenberg wrote that his daughter, Laurie, married
Zach Solomon on February 14, 2004. They live in Atlanta, Ga., where
she is risk manager for Coca Cola, and he is the IT manager for Gold
Kist, a private chicken manufacturer and processor. Buddy also let us
know that he moved to a new home at The Greens in Melville, N.Y., a
golf community, and he spends winters at Addison Reserve in Delray Beach,
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After eight years of retirement and a lifetime interest in railroading,
both real estate and model, Robert Green has accepted a part-time job
with Tri-rail as a stationmaster at the Boynton Beach, Fla., train station.
Bob oversees the arrival and departure of some of the 28 daily trains
that run north and south in the South Florida rail corridor. As he says,
It is never too late to realize a childhood dream. My husband,
Don, and I had a dream also. In June, we circumnavigated Newfoundland
on a small ship. Ages of participants ranged from 32 to 96, so we fit
right into the average of 73. Amazingly, all were able to go ashore
via the daily Zodiac pontoon boat transportation for excursions via
local school buses to unbelievable wildlife and archaeological sites.
In Newfoundland, I renewed a dormant activity, sketching. What fun it
was to record the visits to lighthouses and to see icebergs up close!
I was able to do some genealogical research as well and found two of
my great-great-grandfathers in the Anglican Cathedral records in St.
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June 2004 began with our 50th Reunion, and it proved to be one to remember!
A great turnout 123 classmates earned us the coveted McCullough
Cup, given since 1907 to the class with the highest percentage of returning
members. In all, there were 1,700 alumni from 14 classes at Reunion
2004. I have attended two such reunions, beginning with our 40th, but
this one really topped its predecessors. There we were in the halls
of Billings Library, now Billings Student Center, greeting classmates
and wondering where the decades have gone. On Sunday, four days later,
we were still wondering, but we had inklings of how all those years
had been spent. Although I did not collect written updates from classmates,
I will share a few mental notes that I took. UVM President Daniel Mark
Fogel presented Marvin Eisenstadt with the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award.
Marv invented SweetN Low, and his wife, Mary, created the now
well-known treble clef logo. Congratulations, Marv! Burlington residents,
Malia Dean Honnold and Faith Abby took my advice and came. Many others
did the same and their biographies were published in a special Memory
Book. If youd like a copy of our Memory Book, please contact the
Alumni Office at 1-888-458-8691. In the Reunion Parade, your class officers,
Francine Strickler Sherman, Elsie Epstein Paul, Andy Gerber, and I carried
the class banner. We also remembered classmates who have passed away
at the Memorial Service, held during Reunion Weekend. On Sunday, we
were inducted into the ranks of the Green and Gold, and hereafter we
will be invited to every Reunion. We have come of age! We may not know
where the decades have gone, but they have earned us Green and Gold
status. Our president Fran Sherman joins me in inviting each and every
one of you to come back to UVM again and again. It will be a great walk
down memory lane every time you do. Kevin Kearney of Riverview, Fla.,
could not attend our 50th reunion, but wrote, Maybe Ill
make it to our 51st reunion!
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Marsha Pearl Jamil says that now that two of her children have had babies,
she no longer complains about others who constantly talk about their grandchildren.
Each of the new parents received ex-roommate Pat Henderson Shimms
book, Parenting Your Toddler, The Experts Guide to the Tough and
Tender Years, published by Perseus Books. Pat, who received a master of
education degree at Columbia University, is associate director of Barnard
College Center for Toddler Development. Marsha, who has a masters
degree from New York University Graduate Institute of Book Publishing,
is director of multi-media publications and creative director of the securities
intelligence technologies group of several companies. Among varied assignments,
she has completed half of the 12 planned volumes of The Security Source
Library, a hardbound encyclopedia covering the security industry history,
tactics, and technology. Anyone with suggestions for research on class
statistics for our 50th reunion, please email class historian Marsha at
ccsmspearl@ aol.com. Third ex-roommate, Judy Silon Hershberg, is now retired
from UVM, where her last position was coordinator of Vermont relations
in the office of Public Relations. Shared memories include living in the
master bedroom suite at Grasse Mount during senior year, the best of times.
Patricia Kolk responded to our query concerning her whereabouts. She is
currently in the process of moving to South Carolina. Divorced in 1979,
she never remarried. For 19 years, she taught art history at Cornell,
Wells College, SUNY Cortland, and Washington State University. She opened
an editing and writing service in Pullman, Wash, which was closed when
she moved back East to Williamsville, N.Y., to tend an ailing father and
stepmother. She later moved back to Ithaca, N.Y., where she began editing
for a Thai historian for her first PhD thesis, which earned her highest
honors, and became a book entitled Forest Recollections, published by
the University of Hawaii Press. Her latest editing work, The Buddha in
the Jungle, was published by the University of Washington Press in 2004.
Eugene Levin of Little Neck, N.Y., collected nearly 170 better-quality
jokes and wrote a book entitled, The Best Jokes and Stories and How to
Tell Them. He recently taught courses on the same topic in Forest Hills
and Great Neck in Queens, N.Y. He looks forward to expanding further afield
after he retires from his day job as physics professor. We
are saddened to learn that Elizabeth Liz Semans Eidelson died
on July 6, 2004. Liz was Kake Walk Queen, and she was extremely loyal
to and supportive of UVM. Her father and brothers Philip and Michael were
also part of the UVM family. Liz and her family have lived in Merion,
Pa., for several years. She was looking forward to seeing her friends
at our 50th reunion.
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Carter and I
had a wonderful trip to the Grand Canyon with a senior group in May. We
flew to Phoenix and boarded a tour bus. The canyon and surrounding southwest
land lived up to its billing awesome, and our group was good company.
We would go again on such a trip. Lorna Dean Brown wrote from Pocatello,
Idaho, home of Idaho State University. She said ISUs continuing
education, in affiliation with Elderhostel, has a program for seniors
called New Knowledge Adventures. Membership in NKA opens the door for
enrollment and participation in numerous courses and recreational opportunities.
Lorna and husband Mike suggest your looking into such programs, and, if
one is not available, start one up. With 45 other NKA members, Lorna and
Mike followed the route of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition
through Montana and Idaho. She wrote, We stood where Lewis and Clark
first viewed from Lemhi Pass the awesome Rocky Mountains, finally realizing
they would not be reaching the Pacific Ocean by a water route. Another
summer highlight was our visit to Rockland, Idaho, where Mike and I joined
other Audubon members watching professional birders band hummingbirds.
The event was held at a private ranch in a small valley area, where approximately
a thousand hummingbirds are currently nesting. Mike and I continue to
marvel at wonderful new experiences we have had here in the West, but
continue to hold deep ties to Vermont. We are planning another trip back
to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains in August. From among
200 entries to the St. Albans, Vt., Maple Festival, Nelson and Pat Slack
took Best of Class then Best of Show with their
Grade A dark amber syrup. Maple sugaring is a retirement occupation for
Nelson and Pat on their farm in Waterville, Vt.
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It is with a heavy heart that I write to you that our classmate, Ellie
Brown McNamara, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 2, 2004. Ellie is
profoundly missed by her family, the Burlington community, UVM, and our
class. The memories of Ellies enthusiasm, hospitality, and wonderful
smile will be with us forever.
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Now is the time to begin thinking again about our making an annual contribution
to UVM, which will be deductible from this years Federal tax return.
This past year was one of the most successful UVM Fund drives as it generated
$6,215,072 from 20,500 donors, which represents the greatest number of
donors ever in UVM history. Our class raised $35,708 from 117 donors.
Thats 23 percent participation. Not bad! So let us all continue
to give and give generously.
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Susan Pearlberg Weinstein and husband Harvey recently moved to Sacramento,
Calif. She sold her real estate company in New York to her partner, and
she is retired for the moment and looking forward to getting her California
real estate license so she can keep involved. Susan is enjoying the sunshine
and her close proximity to two grandsons.
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has a new childrens book out, called PIG, but, in light of his previous
book, Jules says, It could have been called Son of Cow.
Pig is published by Charlesbridge and illustrated by Vermonter Lyn Severance,
the artist who created the Ben & Jerrys look.
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Our 40th reunion is over, but the memories linger on. We enjoyed a picture-perfect
Vermont weekend. Friday nights boat ride under crystal-blue skies
with views of beautiful Lake Champlain and the enhanced Burlington waterfront
was the perfect kickoff to our weekend. The sumptuous Taste of Vermont
buffet, followed by Dessert at the Fleming Museum topped off the first
days activities. Saturday morning, we convened on the Green by the
fountain, sipped coffee from our UVM travel mugs and talked to the UVM
basketball team while they signed small plastic basketballs. Proceeding
to Ira Allen Chapel, we then saw a terrific slide show of past years at
UVM. President Fogel made some inspiring remarks and our class was given
an award for having the highest percentage of classmates (excluding the
50th reunion) contributing to the reunion class gift. Way to go! A huge
thanks to Jim Rosenberg for his fundraising efforts and congratulations
to him for receiving the Distinguished Service Award, given by the UVM
Alumni Association. The Saturday picnic gave us more time to catch up.
Phyllis Perry Marganoff, Bill Davidson, and Jack Nugent reminisced about
growing up in Rutland, and Joan Bezer Schmidt introduced her daughter
who was attending her 15th reunion. I am certain many of us have children
who followed in our footsteps. We also met Rally Cat, the new UVM mascot.
Charlie Catamount, whose suit was worn beyond repair, has been replaced
along with the UVM song that was replaced some years ago. We ended the
weekend with a fabulous evening at the Vermont National Country Club.
Jim Rosenberg hand picked our oldies, and the wonderful DJ kept them playing
while we ate and danced the night away. I would like to thank Linda Herzenberg
Sparks, our class president, for all her efforts in coordinating our weekend
events with much help from Randy Wilson and the alumni office. The best
part was reuniting with former friends and classmates. Personally, I was
able to see four gals who shared our Robinson Hall dorm freshman year.
For most of us, it has been 40 years since we had seen each other, and
did we have fun catching up. Barbara Cross Ruccio, Phyllis Perry Marganoff,
Susan Gershen Bachner, Ellen Stark Gold, and I had so much fun that we
are planning another visit in November. There was a large group from Sigma
Nus who encouraged each other to return. Jerry Smith and his wife came
all the way from Texas. Susan Scoble Nygard and Mary Lou Pitman Paquet,
former roommates, made a pact two years ago to return, and they did. Mary
Lou received the award for traveling the farthest from California.
We had two returning Kake Walkers, Norman Bohn and Ray Haas.
For those who were not able to return and would like more details, the
following is a list of classmates who signed up to attend: James Agan,
Vivian Gross Altholz, Doug Barrett, Betsy Stern Becker, Yvon Bergevin,
Donna Merrill Blaise, Arthur Bliss, Barry Bloom, Mary Bean Bloom, Steve
Bloom, Burton Brooks, Ken Burton, Jane Butler, John Centonze, Charles
Church, H. Ann Clark, Ursel Danielson, Bob Davidson, Barry Deliduka, Donald
Feldman, George Fraser, Jeffrey Graham, Hugh Harley, Miles Heller, Elizabeth
Hoechner Hill, Helen Lott Johnstone, Michelle Needleman Katz, Barbara
Leff Kauke, Richard Lawson, John Lylis, David May, John McTaggart, Alan
Mintz, Carolyn Moreau, Donald Moreau, Bob Morse, Kenneth Nalibow, Leonard
Nemon, Patricia Landenberger Nugent, Marian Mudget Pelton, Ilene Hofbinder
Rosenthal, Alan Rubin, Cynthia Amidon Rubin, Donald Rudolph, Robert Russo,
Jerry Sachs, Sheila Rosen Seitzman, Scott Severance, Robert Silverstein,
Michael Steinberg, Stephen Terry, Maureen Morris Thompson, Sandra Likosky
Weinberg, and Hal Wilensky. Jeffrey Falk 63 enjoyed his reunion
last year enough to return and join us. Of course, there were spouses,
too, many of whom were also UVM graduates. Please forgive me if there
were any omissions. Sadly, we learned that James Suskin was in a bicycling
accident and is recovering at a nursing facility. He would love to hear
from his UVM friends. Finally, while speaking with Marty Friedman on the
Green during Reunion Weekend, he made a comment that I think summarizes
our returning classmates feelings, People just dont
know how great it is to come back. If you were not able to come,
think about it for next time. We missed you! Were all getting BETTER,
not older, and we still remember how to have a good time. With our new
President Daniel Mark Fogel at the helm, it is an exciting time to be
associated with UVM. In other news, Antoinette Appel received her J.D.
degree from Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 8. She quoted from George Eliot, It
is never too late to be what you might have been.
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Rose Levy Beranbaums book, The Bread Bible, was published in October
2003. Her PBS series, Baking Magic with Rose, aired in February.
Rose lives in New York City. After 30 years of service as an assistant
prosecutor in Union County, N.J., Richard Rodbart retired and moved on
to employment as a contract attorney with Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation.
He and his wife, Susan, have two children. They live in Short Hills, N.J.
Barbara Bogert Waite, Ann Wyle Gordinier, Jeanne Grasso Davis, and I had
a great time celebrating a group birthday in Vero Beach, Fla.,
earlier this year.
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Elizabeth Betty Gioria Brent wrote that her son, Jeffrey 94,
received his MD degree, and he will be a resident at the Bay State Medical
Center in Springfield, Mass. Betty and her husband live in Weybridge,
Vt, but they spend their winters in Florida. Your class secretary and
husband Ken McGuckin ran into Ed and Susan Gorman Kiniry at Chicagos
OHare Airport in June. Susie is now retired from teaching elementary
school in Shelburne, Vermont, and Eddie has sold his business, Tubbs Snowshoes,
but is still affiliated with the parent company. They live in Shelburne,
Vt. Thomas Donahue, his wife Adrian, and Ken and I had dinner together
in Waterbury in early June. Tom is retired, as is Adrian, and they live
in Ridgewood, N.J. Norma Hanson Reynolds closed her business, First Impressions,
in Montpelier, Vt., after many years of running her ladies apparel
store. She and her husband, David, now live on the west coast of Florida.
Dennis Linnehan recently published a photography book, called Adirondack
Splendor, which contains 260 awe-inspiring photographs. The 144-page hardcover
book may be ordered from Den by contacting him at email@example.com.
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Howard Solomon of Seguin, Tex., represented UVM at the inauguration of
Dr. Victor Boschini as Texas Christian Universitys tenth chancellor
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Paul Malone let us know that in March, Tom Dexter 69, Dave Gemelli
70, got together with Jeff Kuhman in Franklin, Mass., where Jeff
and Tom had a business meeting. While they were all together, they called
Ron Gargano 70 and Rick Farnham 69. Paul wrote that Dave Gemelli
was extremely gracious in putting together some UVM memories of when they
were all students and football teammates as well as recent highlights
of UVM basketball.
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Ed Barnard sent an update from Newberry, Fla., where he lives with his
wife, Elna Rawson (71) Barnard. He received his MS and PhD degrees
from Duke University, and he is now a forest pathologist for the Florida
Division of Forestry. He supervises the states forest health program.
Ed and Edna have three children, all of whom were homeschooled. Son Justin
received his PhD in philosophy from Florida State University, and he will
relocate to Memphis, Tenn., to teach at Creighton College. He has a son
Nate, the Barnards first grandson. Daughter Megan, a graduate of
Messiah College, married Timothy Smylie, a seminary student fron Northern
Ireland, and they live in Chicago. Daughter Amanda completed her first
year at the University of Florida. Ed will be chair of the philosophy
and history group of the Society of American Foresters in 2005. The Barnards
are active members of Creekside Community Church, where he is an elder,
and she is director of childrens ministries. Ed also enjoys his
lifelong passion of coaching high school basketball.
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