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It was good to see Bob and Thelma Perkins at the Vermont state-wide 2004 Osher Lifelong Learning Conference at UVM. Thelma is on the Rutland program committee, and Bob is membership chair. They wrote that they recently made another trip to Hawaii to attend the graduation of a grandson from high school. Bob is secretary of the Green Mountain Senior Games, and both he and Thelma competed in the state swimming meet. Bob continues hiking in the Killington section of the Green Mountain Club. He and Thelma led summer walks and winter showshoe trips for a group from the Rutland Senior Center. The committee making plans for our 55th reunion in June 2005 has a good program planned. We hope to see many of you in Burlington for this special occasion.
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Hedi Stoehr Ballantyne

In early December, Joan Herberg Dillon, Jo Buck Hayslip, Barbara Preston Norton, Joan Clark Lang and I met in Burlington to catch up on each other’s news. Barbara has moved, Jo is thinking about a trip around the U.S., Joan will spend the winter in Arizona, and I will be staying put. Last March, a group of classmates and their spouses, including Ray Vescovi, Bill and Lucy Metcalfe Grant, Lee ’52 and Gloria Peck (’52) MacDonald, Bob and Jan Stephens Hutton, Stan Fitts, Bob Ratti, and Dick Hungerford got together at the home of Harry and Beth Lohr McCarthy in Fort Meyers, Fla. They plan to meet again next year.
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Joan Coffman Sabens


Your secretary wishes all of you a Happy New Year, and I am waiting for news from you for future issues of Vermont Quarterly. Pat Hammond Foot lost her first husband, Bob Duffy, St. Mike’s baseball and basketball great. She is now married to Ted Foot, and they have eight children and 13 grandchildren. They are retired to Cape Cod, and they spend summers in Little Deer Isle, Maine. Pat remembers Converse Hall, as we all do. What a great dorm and what great pals we all were there! Helene Shapiro Hemmendinger celebrated her 50th anniversary with family and friends. Joel and Helene also celebrated by cruising to Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia. All 14 members of their family celebrated Thanksgiving in Rossmoor, N.J. Dick Braverman, husband of our good friend, Joan Crane Braverman, who died last year, recently received a visit from Ron Ross. Chris Olivetto Davis and her husband are enjoying their life together in Lutherville, Md. They travel, ski, and enjoy all of their grandchildren. Bertina Pope Lawliss, who lost her husband, now enjoys living next door to her children. Her life is filled with volunteering for many good causes. Ralph Bianchi wrote that after college he worked as a research engineer and then formed a consulting engineering company, which merged with another company to form a manufacturing and research engineering company that made oil spill recovery systems and ships that mechanically removed oil spills from oceans, rivers, and ponds. He also did contract research in environmental waste problems and the economics of providing solar power options throughout the U.S. Ralph and his wife are retired in New Hampshire. They have four children and six grandchildren. Come on, gang; please write news.
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Trudy Rosenberg Wolf

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Nancy Hoyt Burnett

Please keep your classmates informed by writing or sending me an email message at the address below. Mary Clowse Jenkins, who is but five-days-older than I and shares the same hometown of Richmond, Vt., wrote from her current home in Idaho at Christmas. She had reconstructive surgery on her left foot in August. She mentioned attending our reunion last June, but unfortunately, we missed each other. As of January 1, I have retired from cooking at Mertens House in Woodstock, Vt.
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Kathy Dimick Wendling

Hello, everyone. Our 50th reunion is coming up very soon. Got your plans all set for June 2-5? So many years have passed since we’ve all celebrated together. I can’t wait. We heard from Peter Bibeau, who sent an update. He lives on a large horse farm in Pine Bush, N.Y., with his wife, Lydia, and they are raising thoroughbred horses for racing and playing polo. Peter has two daughters, two grandchildren (one is deceased), and eight great-grandchildren. His eldest daughter, Julie, worked as comptroller in his company until she retired last year. Daughter Lynn Bibeau (’76, G’78) Ritchel retired from Bristol Myers in 2003. Grandchildren Peter and Lynn work in his company. Peter has been a professional engineer, licensed blaster, karate expert, president of a construction company, trustee of the village in which he lived, owner of two coal mines and various other companies, owner and pilot of a helicopter, and president of the UVM Alumni Association. Classmates, it's been a great winter with good skiing, and I am enjoying the anticipation of having fun in Burlington in June. Please be in touch if you have any questions or suggestions. I hope that our class will show up in big numbers. Do write with news about yourself-retirements, mid-life and late-life career changes or about your adventures.
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Jane Morrison Battles


We were sorry to receive word from David Spector that Dr. Eugene Levin passed away in the fall. Gil Dedrick is enjoying his “almost” retirement. In September, he and Pat traveled to Holland, where Gil received recognition for his impressive work in marketing in the egg-laying poultry industry. In June, the Dedricks spent time in Brewster, Mass., with Bruce Hausser and his wife, Olga, at their beautifully restored Cape Cod home. They were joined by Don Aikman and his wife for a mini-Sigma Nu reunion. Ira Gessner, M.D., represented UVM at the inauguration of the University of Florida’s new president. Ira makes his home in Gainesville, Fla. Mark your calendars for our 50th reunion in June 2006. Anyone who has any suggestions for our special celebration, please send them to me.
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Jane Stickney

Greetings, classmates. Hope you are enjoying this fresh new season. Maple sugaring is probably over in Vermont by the time you get this. Remember the Dean Hill’s sugaring party in Underhill? A rite of spring! I received a letter from Martin Danoff, who is an attorney-at-law in New York City with an office on Park Avenue. He reported that his wife, Susan, has been appointed Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, assigned to Family Court in Brooklyn. Susan was a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University and a Belkin Scholar graduate of Cardozo School of Law. Susan and Martin live in Manhattan. They have two children, Douglas, a writer, and Jennifer, a business entrepreneur. Thanks, Martin, for letting us know your interesting news. On a sad note, Arnold Taras wrote to let us know of the passing of his wife, Madeleine Baumgarten Taras. After graduating from UVM, Madeleine was an assistant editor for Time Life Publications. She was the proud parent of daughter Deborah Joy and son Jeffrey Mark. Madeleine lived in Atlanta where she was active in civic organizations. Finally, please tell us about what you all are doing these days.
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Susan Wakefield Cochran

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Joyce McQuilken Dawson

Dianne Morse Eaken of Bonita Springs, Fla., has been leading the active life. She wrote that she and Mary Jo Dailey ’59 toured France and Italy last September with four friends. They are all “singing buddies” from St. John’s Catholic Church choir in Naples. After two days in Veace, including a side trip to Monaco, they spent a week in a villa in Taglia di Po, and from there they toured Venice and surrounding areas. On the way back to Veace, they stopped at Savignon, France. Dianne wrote, “And we all got along.” Dianne also let us know that she had a wonderful lunch with Judy Enright (’61) Daly in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Judy was bridesmaid at Dianne’s wedding.
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Henry Shaw

Save the Date — UVM Reunion Weekend is June 2-5, 2005. We are celebrating a non-milestone reunion this year and are invited back to campus to enjoy the weekend festivities and attend all the general events. We are encouraged to plan a gathering with our returning classmates on Saturday evening. The alumni office will assist us with restaurant suggestions or other help we may need. Check out the official reunion web site at http://alumni. uvm.edu/reunion to save the date; register on-line to learn more about the weekend activities.
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Paul Heald

Tom Hackett reported that he is still working at his firm, Hackett Investment Advisors, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He manages to take several trips each year and spends time in Hawaii each September. A knee replacement has limited his skiing, but he continues to play a lot of golf, and he loves fly fishing. Judy Enright Daly sent news about herself and several classmates. She retired from teaching fifth grade in Westford, Mass., three years ago. She still substitutes in her former school if she is not playing tennis or golf. During the winter, she substitutes more often. She and her husband, Bob, who retired two years ago, still live in their “starter house” in Westford and enjoy babysitting for their grandson, Finn. Son David and daughter Kristen and their families live nearby. David has degrees from Gettysburg College and George Washington University and is curator at Longfellow House and the Kennedy birthplace in Brookline, Mass., and Kristen, a Dartmouth and Cornell Business School graduate is a stay-at-home mom. Judy has traveled with her women friends to Paris, the Cote d’Azur, and Tuscany, and she and Bob enjoyed Budapest, Prague, Salzburg, and Vienna with friends last fall. Penny Fienemann Cox lives in Lowell, Mass., where she is an artisan making silver jewelry. Connie Robbins Paulding of Groton, Mass., also makes silver jewelry, incorporating her own handmade glass beads. Bob and Barbara Bergen Williams wrote that they recently relocated to Williamsburg, Va. Bob was a Sigma Nu and Barb was a Tri Delt. Jerry Edelstein wrote that he is still working but trying to cut down. He continues to represent Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Jon Bonjovi, and Heather Locklear among others. He enjoys visiting Kauai several times a year as well as an annual trip to St. Tropez with his wife. He wrote, “The heart is still ticking. What could be better!” In June 2004, Jamie Jacobs, MD ’65, retired from Cardiology Associates of Kentucky, where he and 17 other cardiologists practiced interventional cardiology. He and his wife, Jean Pillsbury Jacobs ’62, have been married since he graduated from medical school. They have two sons and three grandchildren, who live near their home in Lexington, Ky. Jamie and Jean also maintain a home near Park City, Utah. They are enjoying retirement and their many hobbies, including fly fishing, downhill skiing, golf, traveling, hunting, and tennis. Linda Hufnagel runs into Bob Goldman several times a year. They are both biologists. Linda is a faculty member in the department of cell and molecular biology at the University of Rhode Island. She and her husband recently spent six months on sabbatical at Tsukuba University in Japan. She wrote, “Living in Japan was both challenging and wonderful, for me, the culmination of a long-held dream.” A highlight was seeing cherry trees in full bloom and how the Japanese celebrate this event as well as visiting pottery towns and watching silk kimono fabric woven by hand. Linda has two grown daughters, one, a chemist, and the other, an aspiring television writer. She would love to hear from UVM friends and anyone who shares her interest in collecting textiles.
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Carol Suhr Adams

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Patricia Hoskiewicz Allen

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Toni Citarella Mullins

Happy spring! I hope you all have survived the winter months and are looking forward to spring. In November, Susan Gershen Bachner, Ellen Stark Gold, Barbara Cross Ruccio, and I met at Phyllis Perry Marganoff’s home in New Jersey for a wonderful reunion weekend. We continued from our 40th reunion, renewing our friendship from our freshman year Robinson Hall days. It was invigorating. We now are planning our April get together in Kentucky at Susan Backner’s home. Can’t wait. My wish is that some of you are experiencing similar reunions with old friends whom you saw at our reunion. Let us all hear from you. There is a great deal of fun in reminiscing.
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Susan Griesenbeck Barber

Scott Severance wants to remind the Sigma Nu brotherhood that it is time to celebrate our 40th class reunion June 2-5, 2005. Even though 57 South Williams Street is no longer available, Scott is confident that they will find a place to reminisce. He is looking forward to seeing Dick Alden, Fred Blackburn, Norm Bohn, Rod Carney, Nels Christensen, Mike Crane, Tony Collard, Jim Dwinell, Paul Giddings, Dave Goode, Jules Harrison, Jim Higbee, Paul Hurley, Sam Laufer, Bob Love, Stephen Lozen, Chad Morse, Bob Morse, John Norton, Jack Nugent, Fletcher Platt, Art Scipione, Ed Scheiber, Mike Scheidt, Jerry Smith, Randy Suhl, and Phil Wilcox. Scott and Wendy hope to see them in June. Contact Scott at Scott_Severance@mail.conmed.com for details on the Sigma Nu gathering. Our class reunion committee had a lively conference call in January to discuss our upcoming 40th reunion. It felt as if we were all in the same room circa 1965. Fred Tripp, Tedi Winkler, John Norton, Peter Joslin, Dan Newcomb, Scott Severance, Jeff Kotkin, Bill Gersten, Dave Cioffi, Dick Brandon, and Ron and I talked about the reunion weekend events that will entice one and all to return to campus. Also on the reunion committee are Gail Perry of Portland, Maine; Michael Burke of Burlington, Vt.; and Joel Banner of Fallbrook, Calif. In addition to special events for all classes, we are planning ’65 golf tee times at Vermont National on Friday and biking and walking on the waterfront bike path. Jeff Kotkin has two sons, Matthew, a chef in western Massachusetts, and Adam, a senior at the University of Colorado. Jeff has practiced general dentistry in Brookline, Mass., for the past 33 years. He and his wife, Judy, also enjoy time at their vacation home in the Berkshires.
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Colleen Denny Hertel

I recently ran into Arthur “Rusty” Brink at the Burlington, Vt., airport, and I had a nice visit with him while waiting to check in. He and former fellow UVM football teammates from our class, Scott Fitz and Ed Kiniry, were meeting to attend the UVM football reunion. Can you remember when UVM actually had a football team? Norma Hanson Reynolds and her husband, David, are now living in Estero, Fla., where Norma is semi-retired and working part time in a David Brooks Store. I have the feeling she is not missing the frozen tundra of central Vermont. Patricia Williams has retired after working for many years at Sunset Publishing in the San Francisco area. She moved to Portland, Oreg., in 2001. Deborah Cole Worthley is director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVM. She previously worked at UVM’s department of continuing education and received her M.Ed. degree there as well. Her sons and a daughter-in-law are all UVM alums. She and her husband, David, live in the Burlington area, and they have three grandchildren. Your news is important, and your classmates would like to read about you.
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Kathleen Nunan McGuckin

Bill Meezan has been named dean of the Ohio State University College of Social Work, effective July 1, 2005. He and his life partner of 25 years, Mike Brittenback, a concert organist and church musician, will be moving to Columbus in late spring.
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Jane Kleinberg Carroll

Congratulations to Mary Elizabeth McNeil, G ’72, CAGS ’76, who has been named to the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Mary is a professor of education at Plymouth State University, and she serves as director of International Institutes and Partnerships. She also has served as director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies graduate program in educational leadership and as director of the Center for Professional Educational Partnerships, all at Plymouth State University. She is widely published in educational books and journals and serves as editor of The New Hampshire Journal of Education. Mary was the 2002 recipient of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, and she also received the 2001 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award at Plymouth State. Mary has served as president of the New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as well as on their Board of Directors.
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Diane Duley Glew

John and Sally Stewart Hynes as well as all other attending classmates thoroughly enjoyed our “Cluster 35th Reunion.” John is still active in his insurance agency, T.S. Peck, in Burlington and Stowe, Vt. Their older son, Jake, is married to Nicole, MD ’01, and he works with John, allowing John to enjoy favorite hobbies, skiing and fishing, often with Sally. Son Brian, their youngest, was married last summer and follows his mother’s career path, teaching high school history in Morrisville, Vt. They feel very fortunate to have both sons and their families in Vermont. John and Sally enjoy winter months on the water, fishing from their home in Punta Gorda, Fla. This year, of course, required extra clean up and repair work after the destruction caused by hurricane Charley. From April through October, you may find them at their home in Stowe, Vt., if they are not traveling in search of other exciting fishing spots or ski slopes. James Betts, MD ’73, of Alameda, Calif., was appointed to UVM’s Board of Trustees. His term will last from 2004 through 2010. Timothy Stabler of Valpariso, Ind., retired as chairman of the biology department at Indiana University Northwest after 31 years. He wrote that his biggest question for his last year was what to do after retirement. He is now building cameras and getting back into photography, oil painting, wood carving, amateur radio, and many other things. He also is a volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. John Moore, G’74, announced his retirement from the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service after nearly 32 years. He spent the last seven as national hydrogeologist at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. He hopes to spend more time with family and as a church volunteer helping to expand outreach missions for impoverished children in El Salvador, traveling, mountain climbing, and visiting the family’s camp on Joe’s Pond in Danville, Vermont. Mary Moninger-Elia retired as president of the West Haven Federation of Teachers and School Nurses after 24 years of service. She was acknowledged at a dinner/roast in New Haven, Conn., last October. Though officially retired, Mary continues to chair the political action activities of the local union and as vice president of the state union, AFT Connecticut. This retirement has freed up time for her to devote to keeping the class of ’69 connected via this class column. On December 28th, Mary suffered the loss of her mother after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Please send news of anything that is happening or has happened since you last communicated with our UVM classmates. Last summer’s reunion was great, but it would be nice to share little tidbits of information between such events. When you send an email, please title it “UVM ’69” so I don’t delete an unknown address.
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Mary Moninger-Elia