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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. Look below to see who your new class secretary is. I hear that I have Paul Trono to thank for this duty. However, I have received NO NEWS from our class for this column. Please write or send me an email. I know people are out there doing interesting things at work, with spouses, with kids, with second spouses, and in life in general. Share it with your class. I did make it to our three-class reunion in June, where I saw many of you. In attendance was Jim Seder ’71, who, I guess, is no longer in our class. I’m sure it was an administrative mix up. Anyway, he hasn’t changed. He lost his dress clothes on the way to the dinner dance. Seems they blew out of the car window on Route 7. Also there were handsome Bart and beautiful Paulette (’71) Frisbie, Judy Bruce from New York City, Gail Wilson Murray from Key West, the wild Patty Shea, Punkin Holland, Terry Treibel Jenkins, good guy Ed Otis, athletic Roy Greenman, photogenic Mary Mulhern Alberti, sweet Margie Stein Berger, and class president Paul Trono. Among the most endearing and enduring UVM couples were the Maddocks, Schroeders, MacConnells, the two Meyers, Alexanders, Knobs, and Mullanys. If I left anyone out, I’m sorry. I received nice photos of the reunion from organizer Paul Malone ’69, who did a great job, as well as photos all the way from California from Jill Smith ’69. I traveled to Buffalo to see the Cats vs. UConn game in the NCAA tournament. I stayed with my close friend, George Kreiner. Lynne Bartholomew Kreiner was ingeniously out of town. UVM had a great pre-game party, and I was able to spend time with the effervescent Dave Gemelli. It was great to see him after many years. Also in attendance were Paul Trono and our own Miss UVM, Karen Nystrom Meyer, who works with UVM’s president. Incidentally, President Fogel was also there, and it was nice to meet him in person and witness his true school spirit. Amazingly, he seemed somewhat bewildered by my attempts at scholarly discussion! Wait…a bit of news just came in…honest. Seems Sandy Luckenbill (who really should be writing this column) had a daughter, Kristin, play soccer in the Summer Olympic Games in Greece. Word is she kept her jersey on, but Sandy, after a goal for the U.S., unashamedly took his off. On a personal note, this past year I received a liver transplant. I heard from many of you, and it made a real difference in my recovery. I thank those who wrote, called, or kept me in their thoughts. Now, send me some news for the next VQ, or I’ll fill you in on the details of my operation.
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Doug Arnold

Back in early November, I had a fun meeting with Tom Reilly, wife Janine, and son Devon before the UVM Football Reunion Weekend. Other ’71 football players attending were Gerry Elliott, Ira Gordon, Bob Lynch, Tom McLaughlin, and Eugene Monahan. I had a great chat with Gary Barnes, our class president, recently. He’s been with Primmer and Piper for nearly two years now and loves it. Gary is doing more presentations to CPA groups, and he focuses his practice in the area of regulatory law. Gary’s wife, Maureen Smith Barnes, is working in HR for the Department of Health in the Burlington office. They are living in beautiful South Hero but manage to venture from the “islands” to attend UVM athletic events. Speaking of attorneys, I also heard from Ed Borden. He reported, “not sure if we ever told you, but we bought a place in the Northeast Kingdom a few years ago. Barbara and girls are there for most of the summer, and I commute. I’m looking forward to the ’06 reunion.” There will be a class reunion in 2006, which will be ’71’s solo, “non-milestone” 35th reunion. Wow, where does the time go? I met with Tom Havers recently. He’s been with the Merchant’s Bank for 33 years. It was great fun hearing about old math majors who went into banking and to learn that Tom is a grandfather. Tom’s oldest son, Jason, has a six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. I also heard from Tim Scott. He is working at Wells Fargo Bank as a consultant in the rapidly growing field of reverse mortgages. Work takes up most of his time, but we hope to see Tim in Vermont in the near future. I wasn’t able to catch Steve Ralph in California last November, but I did catch up with David Franzoni in Los Angeles. Check out the Winter 2004 Vermont Quarterly for the great interview with David and Professor Emeritus Frank Manchel. I also chatted with Mags Caney Conant. Her daughter, Molly, a UVM junior, is off to Rome, Italy, for a semester abroad. Sam Simmons and I have been in touch. It was great to catch up. Sam told me, “We moved to Connecticut from Burlington in 1978, and we settled at the Salisbury School, a boarding school I attended before I went to UVM. We were there for 20 years, and through that time I continued to coach hockey and soccer, teach English, and live in a house attached to a dormitory. Along the way, I also worked in admissions, development, became the assistant headmaster and director of athletics. We have four children: Molly, who was born in Burlington, lives in Ojai, Calif., and teaches at a boarding school there. Becky is married and lives with her husband in Boston. The twins, Tom and Katherine, are in their first year of college. Tom is at Union, and Katherine is at Cornell. Sam told me that Rachel Kahn-Fogel, UVM President Dan Fogel’s wife, is his cousin. Certainly we should see Sam and Ruth Meikeljohn Simmons on campus more often since they are empty-nesters. I just heard from Joe and Martha Baker (’72) Forgiano. They are living in Bauru, Brazil, where Joe is president of a Meadwest Vaco company, Tilibra. Martha is “retired” from her job as a principal, and she wrote that she is “learning to be a Brazilian.” They are taking Portuguese classes and doing quite a bit of traveling to see all the wonders of Brazil. The Reverend Johanna Nichols serves at the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Middlebury, Vt., and advises the “UU” students at Middlebury College. She recently visited her daughter, who teaches English as a second language in Istanbul, Turkey. Finally, Jay Keillor of Monroe, Conn., represented UVM at the inauguration of Fairfield University’s new president last October. Please write.
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Sarah Wilbur Sprayregen

Mary Louise Gomez is a professor and chair of literacy studies in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her scholarship concerns the identity development of prospective teachers who are learning to teach diverse student populations. She and her husband Frank, an anesthesiologist, have a daughter, Lily, who is in her first year at Carleton College in Minnesota.
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Debbie Koslow Stern

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Deborah Mesce

Emily Schnaper (’74) Manders let us know about the UVM Tri-Delta alumnae, who have been working on renovations inside the Delta Delta Delta House on South Willard Street. Among those working on the project are Margo David (’74) Dileso, Diane Batt (’74) Smith, Robin Bossi (’73) Moore, Sally Cummings ’72, and Barbara Crandall (’72) Cochran. The current members living in the Tri-Delta house were thrilled with the improvements. To find out more about the project, contact Emily Manders at chew18 sam@ hotmail.com.
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Steven Rice

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. I would love to include your news in the next Quarterly. Please send me an email message with your updates. Hope to see many of you at our reunion in June.
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Dina Dwyer Child

Don Nelinson is living in Morristown, N.J., and loving it. He has opened a medical communications company, InterQuest Medical, and he continues to do research and publish on the subject of diabetes. Don welcomes contact from any and all UVM alumni. Susan Boardman Russ represented UVM at the inauguration of Rice University’s new president. Susan makes her home in Humble, Tex.
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Peter Beekman

Sadly, there is tragic news for the Class of 1977. The UVM Office of Alumni Relations received word that Karen Kwasha Jacober died in a plane crash in Pennsylvania on March 26, 2005, along with her husband Jeffrey and son Eric, 15. Karen served as '77 class secretary for many years, keeping classmates in touch with one another and with UVM, and supported the University and the Alumni Association in numerous volunteer capacities. She will be greatly missed by all. The Jacobers leave two sons, Michael, 21, a student at Pennsylvania State University, and David, 25, of Washington, D.C. Funeral services were held March 30 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mark Papo wrote that he is a general dentist practicing in Rockland County, New York. He and his wife, Susan, a non-practicing attorney, have two teenage daughters, Katie and Jenny. Mark has been in touch with his roommate, Chuck Hoffman, but he would love to hear from other UVM friends. “Where are you, Cor Catena?” Sam Weiner was selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of trusts and estates. His work focuses on business planning and tax controversy work, and he has served as an expert witness in these areas. Sam is a partner in the tax, estate planning, and estate administration department of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A., in Hackensack, N.J. He lives in Caldwell, N.J., with his wife, Sondra, and their daughters. Lenny Weinstock, former Buckham Hall dweller and Lane Series house manager, wrote that he loves living in St. Louis with his wife of 22 years Marty. Their 21-year old twins, Ellie and Leah, will be graduating from NYU and IU this year. Lenny has just finished construction on a building to house his gastroenterology practice and endoscopy center. He frequently thinks of the fun and good friends he had at UVM.
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Sara Deming Wason of Fayetteville, N.Y., recently published the Webster’s New World Grant Writing Handbook, which provides grant writers with step-by-step instructions for crafting grant-winning applications. For the past ten years, she has worked in higher education development at Syracuse University. Sara holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
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Audrey Ziss Bath

Greetings to all! I received one news item for this issue. Chip Ivins of Buffalo, N.Y., represented UVM at the inauguration of a new president at the University of Buffalo. Other than that, I haven’t received much news from classmates over the past few months. Please consider sending a few sentences with news. We all enjoy keeping up to date on the lives of our classmates. Have a great spring!
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Beth Nutter Gamache

Class president Nancy Bree Babyak sent the following message: Greetings, class of 1980! While it may not seem like 25 years since our graduation, the weekend of June 2-5, 2005, is our weekend to celebrate. Your reunion committee has been busy planning a party you won't want to miss. As events are being planned, remember, the best part of reunion is just meeting up with old friends. Our class headquarters will be at the Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Radisson). Check the website at http://alumni.uvm.edu/ reunion for our schedule. See you all in Burlington in June. Mary Beth Cirano Pinard-Brace heard from Sarah Page Stickney and Kathy Lamb over the holidays. They’re glad they’ve stayed connected over the years, and they’re looking forward to reunion as a chance to share memories and make some new ones. Mary Beth has been very active as a volunteer. She recently joined the planning committee for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She’d love to have the class of ’80 put together a relay team. Barbara Cusack Diette of Mansfield, Mass., was promoted to executive vice president of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. She is also a volunteer for the money manager program at HESSCO Elder Services in Massachusetts. Valerie Dorfman Allen had a great time reconnecting with UVM friends last fall while spreading the news about the 25th reunion and doing some class fundraising. Val had a lengthy conversation with Jay Strausser, former WRUV DJ, who is trying to get a group of friends together to come to Burlington for the festivities. Rick ’79 and Celia McTague-Pomerantz are trying to get a group of friends together to come to UVM for the festivities. Jeff and Patty Nelson Merrill plan to be at reunion, and Sally Whitten Rodstrom will be there, too. Val thinks reunion will be a blast, so mark your calendar and plan to be there. Robert Monniere wrote, “I enjoyed chatting with Gordy Smith, Bob Yapple, John Morrill, Dave Averill, Dave Heaton, Sue Caverly Schwarz and others last fall, and I’m looking forward to June when we will fill the mountains with mirth, merriment, and music. Maybe I’m a little over the top about reunion. Would you settle for a light conversation on investment strategies? Hope to see everyone at reunion.” In October, Eric Burt, Charles Whitten, Mark Hollister, Andrea Allen, Pam Burgess Blum, Carol Anne Smith-Fachetti, and Karen Greenlee Richmond were among the more than 250 UVMers who celebrated UVM while they enjoyed some of their favorite food and drinks from Burlington, including Nectar’s gravy fries, Bove’s pasta and meatballs, and Ben & Jerry’s peace pops at the home of Jim Atwood ’83 and his wife, Kristen in Dedham, Mass.
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I have been living in Texas since our graduation, and I am completely out of touch with the class of ’81. I have always looked forward to reading what everyone has been doing in our class column. I was sad to see that in recent issues of Vermont Quarterly there has been no news for our class, and the class of ’81 didn’t even appear in “Class Notes.” So, I guess it’s my turn to step up to the plate and get us reconnected by serving as class secretary. I hope that you will let everyone know the exciting things that have happened in your life recently by sending your news to me for publication in a future issue.
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Mardie Trask Sorensen

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Beth Peabody

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Sharon Morrissey Young

Colette Twigg

Marc Norman of Arlington, Va., spent a week on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where “the hidden nation” of the Lakota people live mostly untouched by 21st century American culture. Marc joined a Global Volunteers team that assisted with construction and maintenance projects. He learned a lot about the Lakota culture, noting, “This experience helped me rethink some of the material values that are so prevalent in American culture.” Marc is employed as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Laurie Olander Angle

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. Thank you to all who wrote in, especially the first timers. I hope everyone has the opportunity to join us at Reunion this year. Julie Verret said that she performed the Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra by Ned Rorem with the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Portland, Maine, last November. She has been an English horn player with the PSO since 1991. Nora Moser McMillan has worked at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University for the last 10 years. Last July, Nora returned to Burlington to marry W. Bradford McMillan in Ira Allen Chapel. Fellow classmates in attendance were Wendy Katz Nunez, Mary Bosley, Melanie Thorndike Lounsbury, Katrina Long, Alan Ouellette, and recent newlywed Mary Laudise Watts. Heather Munro Prescott has had her new book, entitled Children and Youth in Sickness and Health: A Historical Handbook, published by Greenwood Press. Congratulations! Brian DuBoff relocated to Detroit, Mich., where he is the director of small business development for the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, which is the economic development arm of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in the country. Thank you, Bill Coogan, for writing. Bill and wife Betsy are still living in Middletown, R.I. They have four children, ranging in age from two to nine, which keeps them very, very busy. After leaving the restaurant business in 1997, Bill returned to the technology sector for work. He is the regional director of technical sales for a software company located in Charlotte, N.C. Chris and Jennifer Garson (’86) Beck are still enjoying warm winters on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Becks have four children, Taylor, Curtis, Emily, and a new addition, Tessa, born July 18, 2002.
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Barbara Roth

Elizabeth Ottinger of South Burlington, Vt., recently became community outreach director at Vermont Public Television. In this position she will help build community partnerships in order to develop programs that address local needs. She previously worked at Earthjustice in Oakland, Calif.
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Larry Gorkun

Hi, everyone! Hope you all made it through the winter. My family rented a ski house near Okemo last season, and we spent almost every weekend and holiday in Vermont. It was SO NICE to be back there again and great to ski with the whole family. Not much news to report, but congratulations does go to Scott Goodwin, who was recently promoted to principal with the firm of Wolf & Company. He has been a certified public accountant for more than 14 years and works out of the Boston office. Michael McCarthy has been living and teaching in Florence, Italy. He presented a new series of photographs in a one-person exhibition, “Low Hum: Images from the Everyday,” at the White Gallery at Portland State University last January. Keep the news coming.
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Sarah Vaden Reynolds

I hope this finds everyone in good spirits after the New Year. Thank you to everyone who got in touch. It is so much fun hearing from all of you. I recently saw Elizabeth Horman Paulson, who saw Felicia Farr ’87 when she was at a Vermont conference for teachers. I also had a visit with Lori Tull Bass and her daughter, Carly. It was great getting together with her and both of our infants. Maybe they’ll be future UVMers together. Mia McLean (’87) Hitchcock came to visit me as well. It was great to see her. I had coffee with Betsy Lucas Vreeland, and she told me that Siri Johnson Noering is doing well. Nancy Wolfe (’89) Huckaby has been sending me email messages. She keeps busy with her two boys, Max and Beny, and husband Eric in upstate New York. Jill Golden Tarnow and I just took a road trip to see Candice Spiegel (’89) Frankel. Candice, husband Michael, and daughters Leigh and Rae were visiting New York from Santa Monica, Calif. Jill and her husband, Josh, have three daughters, Hannah, Julia, and Caroline. I loved hearing from Ricky Strauss. It has been way too long. He wrote that, for the past 15 years, he has gone to Martha’s Vineyard for a vacation with Andy Abrams, Steve Weinstein, and Scott Zamore. This year, they spent New Year’s together at Steve and Wendy Weinstein’s house. Alma Ripps wrote about the arrival of her son, Aidan Dullaghan-Ripps, on September 3, 2004. His big brother, Conor, is thrilled. Alma is still working at the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., in the office of legislative affairs. Joanne Carilli-Stevenson is living in Boulder, Colo., with her husband, Guy, and their year-old son Cody. She works for White Labs as the brewery products manager. She oversees the offices of sales and customer services. Joanne also has four horses. She stays in touch with Rebecca Morris Bascio and Debbie Marglous Maltzman. Becca has a son, Timm, and Debbie has two children, Allie and Ryan. Jennifer Liu Ward attended the wedding of Sue Purzner and Anthony DiRoma in May 2004 in Mendham, N.J. She was in the wedding party along with Kathleen Shea O'Connell. Kathleen and husband Tom have two children, and they are in the process of relocating from Chicago back to the tri-state area. Julie Vass Warrell and Becky Friedlander were also there. Julie has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 12 years, and she has two children. She teaches first grade at a private school and can be found on the slopes in the winter. Becky lives in Denver, Colo., and she writes a weekly column giving fitness advice for a national sports magazine. Becky swims competitively for a team that travels throughout the mountain region. Newlyweds Sue and Anthony live in Atlanta, where she is a district manager for AT&T’s information technology organization, and Anthony owns several Subway franchises. Jennifer lives in Wilton, Conn., with her husband, Brian, and their three children. Brian is a managing director and chief risk organizer at a GE business. Jennifer plays tennis, runs, reads, and volunteers at her children’s schools. Jennifer also sees Kathy Sperry McGuire, who is busy with her three children and working as a web designer for Children’s Health Market. Jennifer also hears from Wendy Winburn, who is married and living in California. Keep in touch. I love hearing all the news.
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Cathy Selinka Levison

Hi, everyone! First of all, I would like to thank our wonderful reunion committee for staging such a fantastic 15th reunion. The sunshine and sparkling campus as well as landing Urban Blight were nothing short of amazing. I think we all felt like were taken back in time. Who knew you still know the words to “House of Gold?” I also must apologize for the lack of a column the past few issues. While we haven’t had a whole lot of news coming in, I have definitely been missing all those deadlines. The news is a bit dated, but interesting nonetheless. Thanks to all of you who wrote. Don Fox and his wife, Rachel, have a three-year-old daughter. Don has started his own company, which supplies luxury animal fiber (cashmere, camel hair, silk, llama and alpaca) to manufacturers. It is also the source of his own line of cashmere finished products. Don was not planning to make it to reunion because he traveled to Burlington with Dave Paolella ’90 last spring. Amy Frazier Maikkula, husband Stephan, and son Will welcomed a new addition to the family. Jacob “Jake” was born in early April 2004. The Maikkulas live in Austin, Tex. In January 2004, Michael and Kathy Knisley Wood of Raleigh, N.C., announced the arrival of their son, Thomas Lian. Thomas was named after Michael’s father and the city in China in which he was born, Lianyungang, near Shanghai. In February, Michael was elected a Loyal Knight of the Elks of North Carolina. Gina DeVivo Swain left her 10-year career as an administrator of the graduate program in biophysics at Harvard University and Medical School to join her husband in the British Virgin Islands to start the Tortola and Antigua-based Rob Swain Sailing School. They have two sons, Evan and Max. The Swains invite UVM friends to join them in paradise. Pierre Hacopian, who lives in New York City, had a great time at reunion and wrote with news of many classmates. David Zemmel is assistant supervisor of cardiopulmonary physical therapy at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Anthony Haskel is advertising director at Time, Inc., in New York City. He and David continue to ski as much as they did at UVM. Nicholas Nachbur is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch’s private client group in New Jersey. He and his wife, Kim, have two handsome and precocious boys. Stephen Gilmartin is an attorney with Godin & Baity in Denver. He and his wife, Kim, have a baby boy. Ashwin Krishna is a U.S. Army major currently stationed in Iraq. Since he was unable to attend reunion, he would love to hear from classmates at ash.krishna@us.army. mil. Shaun Sinclair-Stept lives with her husband, Glenn, and their family in Coral Springs, Fla. Shaun wrote that they have four beautiful children, Hunter, Ashley, Katie, Carson. Besides keeping busy with Hunter’s travel baseball and Little League and Ashley’s cheerleading and dance, she runs the Adidas National Merchandise Coordinator program for the U.S. with four kids, though they spend the majority of their free time at Disney World, the beach, or in the pool. Matt Scribner wrote about a reunion of his own. Last summer, he and Craig Morlang, Rob Pierce, Jeff Gentes, Scott Merrill, George Bachinski ’93, and Jamie Bachinski ’94 camped out on Indian Lake in the Adirondacks. Matt and his wife, Suzanne, have a son Matthew, who works for an IT consulting firm based in Sarasota, Fla. He received his MBA at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2000. After three years with the Vermont Department of Education, Gretchen Kirby, G’92, is working as the autism consultant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education. She is responsible for the oversight of the Massachusetts Exploring the Options Grant Project as well as designing and providing training and technical assistance to schools working to meet the learning needs of students with autism spectrum disorders. She and her son, Liam, have relocated to Lexington, Mass., and look forward to connecting with the Boston alumni group. Les Baron and his wife, Robyn, have been living in Seattle, Wash, for nearly 10 years. They have a daughter, Cailey Christine. Speaking of Seattle, Greg Grieco, wife Kim, and their children Isabella and Quentin, just moved there from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He wrote, “It’s great to be back on the West Coast.” Greg can be reached at thegriecos@hotmail.com. Perhaps inspired by their most excellent adventures at our 15th reunion, Robyn Fried Boyd, Emily Katz Moskowitz, Kate Fallon Croteau, Maureen Kelly Gonsalves, Diane Peligal O’Halloran, Kim Slomin McGarvey, Elissa Perez Vancura, and Sue Mooney Noonan all reconvened on the Cape last October. Please keep the news coming.
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Kate Barker Swindell