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As we look forward to our 55th class reunion, we are made aware of the preciousness of life. Three of the four letters we received included obituaries of classmates. We are saddened by the death of Virginia “Ginny” Davis Cochran, who has been a loyal member of our reunion committee. She and her late husband, Mickey '48, were owners of the Cochran Ski Area in Richmond, Vt. All of their children competed on the U.S. Ski Team from 1967-78, and their 10 grandchildren currently compete on the ski circuit. Leonard Tomat let us know that Mario Barberi died last November. You may remember reading about Mario's work on agricultural development in Japan for the United Methodist Church Division of World Missions. Leonard told about traveling with his wife, Jean, to Florida, Maryland, New York City, Costa Rica, and an Elderhostel in Georgia. This was followed by a cruise on the Pacific coast and stops in Aruba, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Key West after an eight-hour daytime transit of the Panama Canal. They also visited Vermont for a Tomat family reunion with four generations present, including five UVM graduates. Leonard and his wife live on Cape Cod. Rose Mary Traynor Meyer, who lives in St. Louis, let us know that Joyce Rogerson Bradbury of Clinton, N.Y., died in May 2004. She was a primary school teacher in Vermont, and she started the first private kindergarten in Burlington. After Rose Mary and her family moved to Clinton, she taught there for more than 25 years. She loved teaching and working with children. Rose Mary also sent an obituary about Harriet Gregory Beliveau, who died in October 2004. Harriet taught at Rutland High School before she and her husband, Armand, moved to Wappingers Falls, N.Y. They and their two sons later returned to St. George, Vt., where she was active in town government, her church and the Burlington Garden Club. Both Harriet and Joyce were members of Alpha Chi sorority. Doris Jones Fafunwa, who lives in Nigeria with her husband Babs, wrote of their lives there. She said that despite inflation, power outages, and unemployment, Babs and other elders of the Onikoyi Chieftaincy Family are determined to develop land they won from the government and to help with scholarships and business financing for extended family members. She also reported that the Braille Center now supplies Braille readers to primary and secondary schools; however, there has been slow progress with Child Life Line bungalows and other daily challenges. She is grateful for support from within the country as well as from overseas. My husband, Charlie, and I spent February as volunteer host couple for Heifer International's Northeast Learning Center Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass. This was our twelfth year helping that good cause.
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Hedi Stoehr Ballantyne

Sylvia Heininger Holden and her husband, Clem, of Burlington, Vt., have been very busy. Both have been skiing, visiting family, entertaining friends, and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Sylvia has also been involved in politics and church work. Doris Gulatsi of Fredericksburg, Va., wrote that her husband, Richard Gulatsi, passed away on October 1, 2004. Richard worked in the G.E. space science program for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. We have received word that we will have our 55th Reunion on June 1-4, 2006. Please save the date and consider helping on the committee. You will hear more as plans progress.
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Joan Coffman Sabens

Peggie Lauber Miller of Lancaster, Pa., wrote that her son, David, was interviewed on the NBC Evening News with Brian Williams as part of a series, “Faith in America,” during Holy Week. He also was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC.com. The Reverend Donald Ritchie passed away on March 18 in Burlington, Vt. He was a minister in and around Vermont for more than 50 years.
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Trudy Rosenberg Wolf

Tom Holzinger represented UVM at the inauguration of Ohio Wesleyan University's new president in early April. Tom makes his home in Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately, other than that, there has not been a lot to report. We are hoping to hear from more classmates for the next issue. Use email if you can, but legible writing will do. Did you see the performance of the Catamount basketball team in the NCAA Championships? Wow! UVM really gained national status by winning the first round as an underdog. Even California newspapers gave good coverage. Are we proud? You bet. Classmates, there is still time to show our support for UVM. As members of the elite Green and Gold (graduates of more than 50 years ago), we can contribute to the UVM Fund and boost our 19 percent participation. Let's show our true dedication. Some of our classmates have been very generous already, but others have lingered. Remember, a little something is better than nothing at all.
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Nancy Hoyt Burnett

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Kathy Dimick Wendling

Hi, everyone! As I write this column for the summer issue, it is nearing spring here in Pennsylvania, and there's lots of snow in New England ski country. I've had many chats with our classmates in anticipation of our big 50th in June. Hope you made arrangements to be there. Do you believe it's been 50 years? Do you believe we're in our 70s? I cannot and probably never will. Nancy Storm Davidson wrote that since leaving UVM she married; had four children; lived in Boise, Idaho, and worked as a public health nurse; taught practical nursing; and worked in a statewide program for maternal-child health. Nancy received a graduate degree in maternal-newborn nursing and nurse-midwifery from the University of Utah's School of Nursing. She also taught and helped implement a program for Navajo women and babies in New Mexico. When she returned to the Pacific Northwest she taught nursing at Washington State and helped initiate services for Planned Parenthood in Spokane, where she now lives. She returned to full-time nurse-midwifery at an out-of-hospital birthing center and also worked for a local HMO at a local hospital for 15 years. She is now retired. Travel to keep up with her children's activities took her to England for crew races at Henley, to Scotland to pursue ancestral ties, and to Alaska and the Philippines. The West Coast remains her primary abode and recreational area. More anon.
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Jane Morrison Battles

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Jane Stickney

Hi, classmates! Hope you are enjoying your summer. I will be in Burlington the first week of August for my annual pilgrimage to Lake Champlain and my hometown. Undoubtedly, I will visit our alma mater, where there is always something new these days. Let me know if you will be in the vicinity and want to get in touch. I have news from Bob Wolfe, our class president, that, after 45 years of practicing law, he retired on December 31, 2004. “Enough was enough,” Bob said. “I have not decided how to fill my time in the near future, but no need to rush. I have kept busy and have not been able to get to my reading list.” Bob reported that Herb Brown, assistant coach for the NBA Atlanta Hawks, was appointed head coach of the U.S. men's team for the 2005 Maccabiah Games to be held in Israel in 2005. He was coach of the 1997 bronze medal team and the 2001 gold medal team.
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Susan Wakefield Cochran

Barbara “Bunnie” Grossman Ratner attended her 50th reunion at Hillside High School in New Jersey along with four other UVM classmates. Barbara is a part-time preschool teacher, married 46 years, and she has two children. Calling herself a “professional volunteer,” she also enjoys skiing, tennis, and boating. Barbara serves as the Essex County Court-Appointed advocate for neglected and abused foster children and as chairperson of the board of directors of the Livingston Youth and Community Services, a drug-prevention agency. Rhoda Alper Blake of Bridgewater, N.J., is now retired. She and her husband have been married for the past 45 years, and they have two children and three grandchildren. She enjoys tennis, walking, and having lunch with friends. Arlene Bennett Goodman is also retired, and she is now enjoying a new career as an amateur comedienne. She and her husband have been married for more than 42 years, and she has three children and seven grandchildren. Rosalie Zucherman Berlowe works part-time for a real estate attorney. After 45 years of marriage, she has two children and two grandchildren. Rosalie enjoys traveling and playing golf, and she serves as a member of the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. Sydell Port Dormer lives in New York City. She is a retired teacher and a widow. Studying art, religion and philosophy, swimming, and attending the theater keep her busy.
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Joyce McQuilkin Dawson

David Hagberg of Pacific Palisades, Calif., reported that he is well and stays on the move. He continues to work, with no plans to retire yet, selling life insurance for Affordable Health Care. He is active with Alcoholics Anonymous and as a missionary provides spiritual support to people with health problems. Having invested in 10 timeshare living quarters, David is able to conveniently travel a wide area as a spiritual missionary for those needing help. He remains in contact with his former wife Mary Ann Hill ('58) Hagberg. Continued health permitting, David still plays golf weekly and works out three times a week with a personal trainer.
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Henry Shaw


Sue Fidler Corson Shimalla wrote in March that she was looking forward to seeing her nursing classmates at reunion. Judy Ast Nierenberg, Joy Bagley McNeil, Janet Baker Huston, Joan Lord Birmingham, Cynthia Plumb Terzariol, Jane Williams Matthews, and Jane Wood Andrews were all planning to be there. Sue retired from the Brain Injury Association of New York State. She and her husband, Floyd live in Apalachin, N.Y., and they enjoy traveling. Gene Parent worked for the FDIC and the Small Business Administration until he retired in 1994. He is currently pursuing his lifelong interest in art. Working primarily in watercolors, he has won numerous awards in the Central Vermont area. Gene lives in Brookfield, Vt., with his wife Evangeline. They have two grown children. Gene would love to hear from UVM friends via email at
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Paul Heald

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Carol Suhr Adams

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Patricia Hoskiewicz Allen

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Toni Citarella Mullins

They say, “No news is good news,” but I'm certain that many of you have great news to share. I always eagerly await hearing from you. Do share with us when you can. I'm hoping summer is treating you well. Enjoy!
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Susan Griesenbeck Barber

Nancy Sturzenegger Landsman calls her choir directing and organ playing at Blue Point Congregational Church in Scarborough, Maine, her “music ministry.” She has been “ministering” in various locations and capacities for some 30 years and now lives in Ocean Park, Maine, with her husband, Bob. Nancy is in regular contact with roommate Linda Davis Vincent of Charleston, S.C. They both still believe that “Roommate Power Reigns.” Ann Stebbins Cioffi and her husband, David, sold their business, Dartmouth Bookstore, Inc., last year, and they now have more time for travel and hobbies. Dave recently was appointed by the governor to the New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council, and Ann continues as an active participant in the Etna Ladies Aid Society. As this issue goes to press, Fred and Jan Sallah are celebrating their 40th anniversary and recent retirements by bicycling from Florida to Maine. No traditional “riding off into the sunset” for these two! Lynne Feder Thorner is completing her 12th year as an English professor at Broward Community College, where she teaches the popular course, Film Studies. She also facilitates “Reel Talk,” a community film discussion seminar. Lynne lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and has two married children. Bill Gersten has been retired from Bear Stearns for 10 years. He spends winters in South Florida and summers in New Jersey. Bill is currently a member of the UVM School of Business Administration board of advisors and also participates in securities arbitration cases for the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers. Aaron Schildhaus continues his international law practice, spending most of his time in Europe Asia, and Africa representing U.S. and non-U.S. companies and NGOs. He is a member of the executive committee of the section on international law of the American Bar Association. In mid-March, Aaron had a “very mini-UVM reunion” with Laura Schildhaus ('67) Howard and Beverly and Milton ('66) Goggans. Peter Stern of Shelburne, Vt., was named to the board of trustees at Champlain College in Burlington.
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Colleen Denny Hertel

I recently received notification that our 40th (yes, our 40th) class reunion is scheduled for June 1-4, 2006. For those of you who like to plan ahead, mark your calendars now. I know that most of you are saying to yourselves, “How can it be 40 years since we graduated?” Norma Hanson Reynolds attended several of the Presidential Inaugural events in Washington, D.C., last January, including a ball. She wrote that the whole event was most impressive and great fun. She and her husband, David, live in Estero, Fla. Lois Dodge Woodard is living in Dillon, Mont., and is busy serving as coach of their local girls' high school tennis team. She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children and one new grandson. They moved to Montana in 2000 and have experienced new friendships, adventures, and the peaceful serenity of the mountains. How about sending me some news about you very soon? Your classmates would like to hear about you.
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Kathleen Nunan McGuckin

Argie Economou has been appointed an executive director at Morgan Stanley and was made an area manager, covering the northern half of New Hampshire, all of Vermont, and northeast New York. Argie's son, Christopher '04, is also at Morgan Stanley, working at corporate headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. As he approaches his 60th birthday, Dwight Ovitt wrote from Honolulu, Hawaii, that he has been fortunate, both professionally and personally, to be able to make a difference in the lives he has touched. Dwight's academic training in education and social work prepared him as an advocate for the disabled through his position with the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, where he works with special education children and disabled seniors. While working with the Peace Corps in Saipan after graduation, Dwight lived with a large family and became legal guardian for their son. His ward returned to Vermont with Dwight; attended school in Enosburg Falls, Vt.; and he is now the governor of the commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Dwight has a daughter who is a model in Los Angeles and a son who works with the juvenile justice system in Hawaii. He would love to hear from UVM classmates who visit Waikiki, where he has lived for the past three decades.
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Jane Kleinberg Carroll

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Diane Duley Glew

The class of '69 loves their Catamounts. What a great season! After 16 years in Atlanta, John and Joan Dennis Ackerly relocated to Park City, Utah, in January 2004, intending to slip into semi-retirement. However, Joan works as an operating room nurse at Park City SurgiCenter and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. She can also be heard as a DJ on their local station KPCW. John is managing partner of Alpine Anesthesia and still does anesthesiology at the places Joan works plus various others. Spare time (?) finds them traveling, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and spending as much time as they can in the southern Utah desert in Moab. This year was a spectacular year for skiing and boarding at Park City. Last July, Timothy Stabler retired as chair of the biology department at Indiana University Northwest and began volunteering at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, where he currently works the vonHagen “Body Worlds” exhibit. He also has time for his oil painting, photography (taking pictures and building cameras), wood carving, and amateur radio. In fact, he is the “clubhouse” columnist for QRP Quarterly, an amateur radio publication. Timothy lives in Valparaiso, Ind., with his wife Kellee, who is working on her master's degree in nursing at IUN; and daughter Ashlee, who is in her first year at IUN. Ed Barnard, who received his PhD from Duke in 1977, recently received the Southwide Forest Pathologist's Achievement Award for “outstanding career accomplishments in forest pathology in the southeast United States.” Since 1978, Ed has served as forest pathologist for the Florida Division of Forestry, and he supervises the state's Forest Health Program. He is past chair of the Florida division of the Society of American Foresters and currently serves as chair of the society's philosophy and history working group. Ed and his wife, Elna Rawson ('71) Barnard make their home in Gainesville, Fla., and they are the parents of three and grandparents of one. John Moore retired as national hydrogeologist in the conservation engineering division of the NRCS last January. He makes his home in Springfield, Va. Finally, I stepped down after 20 years as part-time vice president of AFT Connecticut, the state teacher's union, last May.
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Mary Moninger-Elia