Roger Amidon wrote, This year at retirement, I was named
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina.
A few days ago, I returned from Taiwan, where Ive been a visiting
scholar at Taiwans National Defense Medical Center in Taipei. This
is Taiwans version of Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers rolled
1961 Dr. Harry Oldham Brooks represented
UVM at the inauguration of John V. Lombardi as chancellor at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst. Harry said he had a wonderful time.
1962 Ed Freedman has completed a $26 million
development, including 96 affordable-housing units and a new facility
for the Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center in Seattle. With the projects
completion, he retired as the centers executive director after 16
years. He has returned to providing management consultation and interim
directorship for non-profit agencies. He can be reached at edfreed firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Judd will be returning to Burlington, Vt., in August for his 45th
high school reunion, where he looks forward to seeing his BHS/UVM classmates.
He has stayed in touch with Ron Fine, Don Nobel, and Dick Diefenbach from
UVM. Phils store, The Painted Horse, celebrated 25 years in business.
They are the oldest and largest educational toy and teaching material
store in New England. They also do a catalog business, catering to school
districts. On Thanksgiving, he was blessed to have had all four of his
children, their spouses, and two grandchildren visiting, mostly from Maine.
A son and his family live in Orange, Calif. Phil chose to walk the Camino
De Santiago in Northern Spain for six weeks in April instead of his usual
trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, in the winter. If anyone is interested to know
more about the walk, contact Phil at pjudd35@ aol.com. Andrew Ojanen is
living in Chester, Vt. For the past two years, he has been substitute
teaching at Green Mountain Union High School and Springfield High School.
Andrew also teaches statistics at the Community College of Vermont, located
in the Howard Dean Educational Center in Springfield.
1963 David Haas of Pound Ridge, N.Y., is
the new chairman of the Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare Systems
Bronx divisions regional board. He is chairman and CEO of DRH Associates,
a financial consulting firm specializing in financial planning and financing
in the media, entertainment, and related industries.
1965 This is a milestone year for many of
us our 60th birthdays and so, the perfect time to write
and tell classmates what youve been up to and how you plan to spend
the next years. Are you working? Retired? Taking up new skills? Let me
know at the address below, and we ll have a column full of class
news in the fall. In the meantime, Happy Birthday! Meredith Rogers Kaplan
and husband Jack have lived in Florida for 27 years, where Jack is a vice
president at Salomon Smith Barney and Meredith is a guidance counselor
and psychotherapist. Son Lee is a physician in Wisconsin, and daughter
Beth is a clinical psychologist in Illinois.
1966 UVM alums gathered at the Montpelier,
Vt., home of Ken and Kathy Nunan McGuckin for a winter weekend in early
February. The group included Frank 64 and Claire Berka Willis, Chip
65 and Marcia Ely Bechtold, Jack 65 and Judy Claypoole Stewart.
A good time was had by all. Linda Riggs Abbott is now retired from her
job as a clinical nurse specialist in behavioral pediatrics from the Brown
Medical School clinical faculty. She and her husband, David, who is also
retired, now live in Montpelier, Vt. John Beck reported that he retired
in June 2002 after 34 years with Exxon Mobil Corporation. He and his wife,
Sharon Peloquin Beck 67, have been building a house in the Governors
Land Community At Two Rivers (James and Chickahomy). They have three children.
1967 James Cunningham is now serving as assistant
vice president of Academics and Study Abroad Programs at Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University. He vacations in the summer at the family camp
on Colchester Point in Vermont. Jim shares the big yellow camp
with other UVM alumni: Barb Cunningham Miller 72, Elizabeth Cunningham
Amini 69, and Bill Cunningham 70, and their families. Esther
Sundell Lichti lives in Lubbock, Tex., and is coordinator of the Womens
Studies Program at Texas Tech University, where her husband is a physics
professor. They have two sons: Nathaniel, who lives in Portland, Oreg.,
and Steven, who lives in Johnson, Vt. Thomas Mowbray announces the publication
of his new book, A Concert of Prayer. Autographed copies can be ordered
from Tom via email (email@example.com) or by visiting his website at
1968 Linda Simet Klein and her husband,
Bruce, fulfilled a lifelong dream when they moved North from Pound Ridge,
N.Y., to a farmhouse in North Haverhill, N.H. Linda is thrilled to be
closer to her former roommates, Meg Pond 67 and Betty Smith 69.
Linda works as a health services director for Valley Terrace, an assisted-living
community in Norwich, Vt. She is loving the cold and snow. We moved
here just in time to watch UVM beat Dartmouth in a really exciting hockey
game. What could be better?
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1971 As I write this first weekend of May,
I just got back from a trip to Boston, where I attended the UVM Boston
Business Luncheon, featuring Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk. Joanne
Czachor Magliozzis husband. Not only was it a totally entertaining
presentation with insights into cars and the Car Talk show,
it was a delight to see Joanne. Dick Peisch, Susie Campbell, Deborah Wright
Boule, and Marty Grodsky Reed were also there. As you might imagine, Dick
Peisch was the center attraction with alumnae at the head table. Before
the luncheon, Dick wrote to me saying: I have joined H. Deans
fundraising efforts in Boston, New York City, New Jersey, and Washington,
D.C., and look forward to putting a (transplanted) Vermonter in the White
House. It should be interesting. Coincidentally, this week I heard
from Frank Arkinson, who had news of UVM Coach Keith Cieplickis
move to Syracuse before I got the news at UVM. Frank saw Joe and Martha
Baker (72) Forgiano at a Colgate hockey game this season. I couldnt
get any more gossip out of Frank, who still works and lives in the Syracuse
area. I had a lovely Easter breakfast at the North Hero House and, of
course, ran into Walt Blasberg. The Inn looks fabulous, and Walt has truly
turned into innkeeper on the side. He still has a real job
(Conning Insurance), which takes him all over the country. Tom Reilly
called me this week as well looking for some help in development.
There will be more about that in our next issue, but he is still trying
to locate Jason Robards 73. While I was in New York City recently,
I ran into Bonnie Christensen 73 in Grand Central Station. She was
on her way from a meeting with her publisher. Shes got at least
three books in the pipeline. Bonnie, Mags Caney Conant, and I discussed
Bonnies writing and art over a breakfast in March after I returned
from Rome, Italy. Bob Davis writes me on occasion from his home in Grand
Isle. He is in great spirits and wants to be in touch with classmates.
Did I mention that I heard from Nina Nadworny? She said, Just hearing
from you (meaning Vermont/UVM folks) makes me homesick. Im moving
to a different location in Phoenix. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Liz Mead Foster ran the Boston Marathon on April 21. She really
didnt want me to say anything, but I think this is such an amazing
feat and her time was terrific. When I asked her about future marathons,
she said that shell think about it. I also had lunch with Annie
Viets recently. Shes teaching at the UVM School of Business through
the summer, and in her spare time, she does her own home remodeling projects.
Penelope Pillsbury traveled this winter to Washington, D.C., with the
St. Pauls Cathedral choir to sing at the National Cathedral during
Vermont Day services. Susan Hynes Taylor wrote that daughter Muffie is
very busy at Tuck. I saw Susan last summer in Summit, N.J., and look forward
to another visit soon. Wendy Baker 72 married Robert Minettie G
71 and is now working for Harvard. Peter Spear wrote, Ive
been on the go all winter and am finally sick of traveling: Sonora, Mexico,
in January, Colorado in February, then Scotland last week, variously hunting
and fishing. Peter runs his own natural resource consulting service. Gosh,
Ive dug up an old email from Sam Simmons, who wrote that he couldnt
attend Reunion Weekend 02. He said, One of the very few times
we have been able to get to Burlington for an alumni event was last fall
when we attended the 30th anniversary of the 1970 ECAC hockey championship.
We had a terrific time reconnecting with lots of folks and have vowed
to do what we can to get to other UVM alumni events. Maybe my digging
into my old emails will elicit other reminders of those I have forgotten.
1973 Michael Lucio of Sparta, N.J., would
like to hear from anyone he played football with or lived with at Kappa
Sigma. Drop him a note at Michael.Lucio@prudential.com.
1975 Debra Schulman Bernstein has been directing
mental health programs for adults in several locations in Queens, N.Y.,
for the past 25 years. She lives in Woodmere, N.Y., with her seven-year-old
son, and her husband, Mark.
1976 Laura Schriesheim wrote that she is
seeing more of Bob and Allyne Zorn, because their son is a freshman at
Northwestern, and Dan Friedman 75, who lives in the area. Laura
continues to work as a social worker with young children and families.
She has a daughter, who is in her first year at Yale, and a son in high
school. After living on an island in Casco Bay for nine years, Mary-Evelyn
Carpenter Hults has returned to Vermont. She is a volunteer reading assessor
teacher, working on an oral history project and teaching drama to 4th
and 5th graders. Mary-Evelyn reads Vermont Quarterly cover to cover and
would like to read more of new faculty and programs. Congratulations to
Warren Williams, CAS (School Administration and Planning), a retired administrator
from the Barre, Vt., Area Vocational Center, who recently was awarded
the John Barney Medal for contributions to humanity and to the Grand Lodge
of Vermont Masons. After graduation, Gary Briggs received a masters
degree in higher education administration from Western Illinois University
and began a 10-year career working on college campuses before going to
work for a private consulting firm. Five years ago, Gary and his partner
opened their own company, Aunt Sadies, Inc. Their primary business
is wholesaling candles to the retail trade, and they have more than 3,000
customers in the U.S. You can find their candles in stores in all 50 states.
Two years ago, they opened their own retail store called Aunt Sadies
in Bostons Historic South End. Gary noted that although nothing
could have prepared me for owning my own business, my accounting background
has been a tremendous asset.
1977 Hello to the class of 1977! Hope you
had a nice spring after what seemed like an endless winter. Jim Edgerton
wrote that he enjoys living in Shelburne, Vt., with his wife, Nancy, and
children Kate and Mac. Nancy has her own business in speech pathology.
Jim is a sales manager and partner with SymQuest, a Vermont-based company
that does information and document management. Michael Eyre was promoted
to the rank of brigadier general and installed as deputy commander of
the 99th Regional Support Command in Coraopolis, Pa. The 99th has more
than 25,000 soldiers serving in more than 190 units in five states. Michael
has received numerous military awards and decorations. In his civilian
career, he is manager of packaging engineering for Pactiv Corporation
in Canandaigua, N.Y. He lives in Farmington, N.Y., with his wife, Susan,
and their children, Michael, Patrick, and Megan. Nick San Martino wrote
that he is living in Shannock, R.I., where he has been practicing physical
therapy for the past 25 years, and he still enjoys it. Nick has three
children, Marie, Bethany, and Nicholas. He currently works at Westerly
Hospitals Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. He was in Burlington
last October, and he commented on how beautiful the campus looked and
how lucky we all were to have gone to such a great school. Enjoy the summer.
1978 Holly MacIvor Robbins of Burlington,
Vt., is a staff nurse specialist at Timber Lane Surgery and G.I., part
of Fletcher Allen in Burlington, Vt. Her husband and 10-year-old daughter
are avid UVM Lady Cats basketball fans, and they have season tickets.
1979 Ann McGovern MacAdams is living in Canton,
Mass., with her husband, Don, and cat Cleo. Ann works for the Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection promoting composting and pesticide
reduction. Ann and her husband garden and landscape organically, encouraging
nature to thrive on their little speck of suburbs. I hope
some of you are planning to come to Burlington this summer to enjoy our
beautiful lake and endless activities for all ages. Please continue to
send class notes for all of us to enjoy.