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Life Beyond Graduation

After an amazing trip to Cuba in March, I am now planning a road trip across the United States with my daughter and grandkids. California to Vermont and it should be interesting­ —either bickering or bonding.”
­—Class of ’61

In Memoriam


33-64 Green & Gold Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
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41 Francis Nye called in from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to say that at 97 he is physically unable to attend the October Homecoming activities but wishes every attendee a most memorable weekend.
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42 Gwendolyn “Gwen” Brown, 93, died peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Milford, Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from UVM, where she served as class secretary. Gwen taught in Newport, Vermont, where she met her future husband, Arthur “Slim” Brown, whom she married in 1944. They settled and raised a family in Milton, Vermont. Gwen had been very active in her church and the Milton Historical Society and kept up with her many friends and family.
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43 While doing my spring house cleaning (yes, I still do that!), I forgot I was 93 and did something stupid. My stupidity resulted in a hospital stay plus rehab of over four weeks. Not a happy time, I had a double whammy: compression fractures of the spine with the usual spasms and an enflamed colon. One malady would have been enough. The good news is that I am getting better slowly, but surely. I heard from my loyal contributor, Daan Zwick this week. He reports that he and his wife, Janis, have made a big change by moving from their lovely, lifelong home in a most beautiful and rustic setting to the top floor (eighth) of a large apartment dwelling of about 125 units. You can be sure Daan will make the most of his new lifestyle with Janis by his side. I have heard from Mary Beth Bloomer recently and Dr. Art Wolk MD’43. They live at the lovely Gables near me. Art’s son, David Wolk ’75, G’77, is the esteemed president of the newly named Castleton University. I could not resist mentioning this since it is a source of great excitement and pride to me as a former educator at Castleton State College, just three hundred students when I began teaching there in 1958. About thirty of those students petitioned then President Dundas to have French taught. I took up the challenge and enjoyed every minute of it. This was the first time language was taught at Castleton and by a classics major from UVM. I believe there were about five language teachers when I retired who offered courses in Spanish and German as well. The new name augurs well for the future of this fine institution which has grown by leaps and bounds under David’s presidency. Please send me some news. No matter how unimportant it may seem to you. We all care.
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44 Rose Eisman Boyarsky and Saul Boyarsky ’44, MD’46 write, “We have been in a continuing care retirement community for two years now, having moved there at age 90. We met Penelope Easton who moved to the same place several years before. We celebrated our 70th wedding anniversary this year. Are any of the class of ’44 or ’45 still around?”
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46 Hattie Wright shares, “Alice Miller Wright died January 19, 2015. She had a career in teaching and as state nutritionist. She often appeared on WCAX’s ‘Across the Fence.’ Alice, her husband, David Wright ’44, and six children ran a jersey farm in Middlebury. She also taught at Middlebury Union High School.”
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48Vivian DuBrule Ells passed away on May 5, 2015 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Vivian and Bernard Ells of Essex Junction had five children and a very rewarding life. After her youngest child went off to first grade, Vivian went back to school herself. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts and then worked as the reading supervisor for the town of Williamsburg, Massachusetts. After retirement, Vivian moved to Largo, Florida, and enjoyed the sunshine for 20 years. Recently, due to health concerns, Vivian moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her children. She never forgot her experiences and the good times she had at UVM. She was very proud to be an alumna. Louise Shopis Bedarfas writes, “After graduation I went to Washington, D.C., since I had my degree in political science. There I met my wonderful international science professor, Robert Eli Long, who suggested I apply to the Central Intelligence Agency. I did and became a counter intelligence agent in the Baltic Division since I knew Lithuanian. We were sending displaced men, volunteers from the Baltics, to their countries partisans, all top secret work. I married one of the volunteers and we moved to California. I bought a franchise from creator Glen Bell and a 14-unit apartment house which I still have. During this time I had a son, John, and daughter, Laurie. John’s son graduated from Palos Verdes High School as valedictorian along with four honors in other subjects. My daughter, Laurie, is very successful in real estate in Texas, where her daughter attends the University of Texas.”
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50 Doris Jones Fafunwa writes, this would be my 65th Reunion and I am sorry to miss it as I returned to Lagos, Nigeria in mid-August. It is always wonderful to see family and friends here and I have visited in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts, enjoyed professional productions of Romeo & Juliet and Man of La Mancha and the lovely walk over the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Several friends in the United States have kindly supported our project for street children as well as our Braille Centre which produces textbooks for students all over Nigeria and trains visually-impaired adults on computer. Warm greetings to all my classmates and anyone else who may remember me. My email is and I would be delighted to hear from you!
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51Claire Fink and Dick Fink wrote that both of their daughters bought homes near their place in Sarasota. Dick plays tennis three days a week and said his legs are good. The only problem he notes is that everyone he plays with is much younger than he is. Good for you, Dick! Carolyn Lindy Nelback McClintock wrote that her husband, Russell McClintock ’52, passed away on March 4, 2014. He is dearly missed by Carolyn, their four children, and seven grandchildren. One of the granddaughters followed in her grandparents’ footsteps and graduated from UVM. Another granddaughter enlisted in the Navy with a concentration in aviation and married a naval flight engineer. Carolyn continues to live in Enfield, Connecticut, and still maintains the family homestead in Vermont. Renee Schulman ’49 wrote, “Sadly, I report the death of my husband, Bernard Schulman, who died on May 9, 2015. Bernie attended UVM on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a major in mechanical engineering. Later he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Yale. We lived in Morristown, New Jersey, for almost 50 years where he worked at Bell Labs and then Piccating Arsenal. We moved to Birmingham, Alabama, six years ago. He is survived by me, two children, and five grandchildren.” Charlotte R. Bostwick of New Milford, Connecticut, writes, “Happy trails!” Harry and Beth Lohr McMarthy moved recently from their home in Quechee, Vermont, to a senior living community called River’s Woods in Exeter, New Hampshire. Dick Aplin and his wife live there as well. I guess many of us are downsizing and moving to these types of communities. My home is now a duplex at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vermont, which is a Continuing Care Residential Community.
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52 Mary Dustin Hutchinson reports that four generations of her immediate family have graduated from the same high school (Randolph High School) and UVM. A daughter-in-law, Nancy Giles Hutchinson ’79, did also. She recently attended the graduation of granddaughter Annie Hutchinson ’15 who graduated from UVM magna cum laude. The other family alumni include Clifford Dustin ’19, Mary D Hutchinson ’52, Mark Hutchinson ’78, Marla Hutchinson ’78, Abagail Hutchinson ’12, and Annie Hutchinson ’15. “How the university has grown,” Mary notes, “I would have difficulty finding my way around! Hello to all my classmates of the class of 1952.” Katie Berger Saunders ’79 wrote, “My dad, Lawrence C. ‘Larry’ Berger, a UVM graduate of the School of Business Administration, died at the age of 84, in June 2015.”
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55 Norman O. Stevens died on July 2, 2015. Norman taught agriculture at Whitingham, Chelsea and Chester High Schools. While in Chester he received his master’s in education administration at Keene State College. He went on to be the principal of Green Mountain Union High School in Chester, Vermont, and then as house master at Mill River High School. He held various positions in the Vermont Headmaster’s Association. In 2012, he was proud to be named to the Vermont Principal’s Association Hall of Fame. Norman retired in 1993 to Whitingham. George Donald Ewins, Sr. died peacefully on July 21, 2015, after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82. Born on the family farm on May 6, 1933, George was the oldest son of C. Donald Ewins and Virginia Thomas Ewins ’26. A sixth-generation Vermonter, George maintained a lifelong pride in his state and its Yankee traditions. George attended the one-room school house in West Berkshire. He graduated from Enosburg High School in 1951 and was a member of the University of Vermont’s class of 1955. To pay for his education, he sold knife sharpeners and other products door to door. After graduation he moved to New York City, where he worked while earning an MBA in finance from New York University. He was accepted into the Chase Manhattan Bank training program after graduation and went on to become a portfolio manager for the Mobil Oil Corporation. He capped off his Wall Street career as senior VP and top institutional salesman at Loeb Rhoades & Company. George's love of his home state pulled him from back from Wall Street to Vermont in 1978. He and his wife Maxie settled in Shelburne, and George established the state's first Merrill Lynch office, in Burlington. A successful manager and investor, George built a thriving franchise for Merrill Lynch and excelled for many years as one of its top producers. He loved teaching people about “the rule of 72” and compounding interest, which he affectionately called "the eighth wonder of the world." George retired in 2001, after 22 years of helping people achieve financial success. Spending more time in Berkshire, he reacquainted himself with old friends, made new ones, and indulged his passion for historic preservation. He enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antiques, art, and automobiles. An intellectual and a studious reader, George had a superlative vocabulary. Yet he never forgot his roots; his farm boy upbringing instilled in him a naturalist's knowledge of local flora and fauna and a deep connection to nature. On walks with family, he would often point out Jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, bloodroot, or lady's slipper – he knew them all. Many people will remember George reading the Declaration of Independence at his and Maxie’s annual Fourth of July party, often wearing a stovepipe hat. Independence Day was his favorite holiday. He loved hosting family and friends at this event, reveling in traditional music, especially Sousa marches. He considered the day incomplete without a fireworks display. George served on the board of the Salvation Army, the Mary and Alden Bryan Memorial Gallery, and the vestry of the Trinity Episcopal Church. He was an active member of the Shelburne and Charlotte Rotary and a supporter of the Republican Party and the Ethan Allen Institute. Later in life he enjoyed socializing at the Charlotte Senior Center. George traveled extensively, venturing as far afield as Honduras, where he helped build houses with the Rotary Club, Canada's Baffin Island with his two sons, and Kiribati, in the Pacific, where his daughter Katherine was serving in the Peace Corps. He and Maxie often traveled to Maxie’s native Berlin, Germany then toured Europe extensively. He loved exploring new cultures and exchanging stories with people he met on his travels. In later years he self-published "Travels with Maxie," a collection of his travel diaries. Children and animals were drawn to George, and his children often remarked on this Dr. Doolittle quality he possessed. He loved his dogs, Sam, Ben, Max, Aik and Lily, his constant companions on many hikes and walks. He had great timing, expressive, brilliant blue eyes, and an endearing ability to wiggle his ears, which he often employed before dropping a punch line. Always ready to listen, console, inspire, or guide, George was a loving husband, father and grandfather; a wonderful uncle, friend, and mentor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Mark Rosenblatt passed away in Los Angeles this past July. Barbara and Dick Fallon write, “We have been married for 63 years. We have three adult children. Debbie, 62, married with one son. Elizabeth 59, was recently widowed. Her husband, Allen, 59, died in April of pancreatic cancer — our hearts are broken. Jim 55, is married with two children (one married). Dick was in sales and traveled. We lived in South Bend, Cleveland (Bay Village) and Atlanta (Stone Mountain).We left all kids married in the Atlanta area and retired to Sarasota, Florida. Built a home and lived there for 33 years. Then, two years ago we sold the house and moved into a retirement community 20 miles south in Venice, Florida. It has been a great move. At 84 and 83 we are in pretty good health, and enjoying our life. It has been good to us.”
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56 Linda Pattison Banta writes, “After 33 years at our current home in Orangevale, we decided it was time to make a change, so we are moving to the Northern California coast to lovely Fort Bragg. Any UVM alumni who would like to experience beauty at its best are welcome to visit us at: 200 S. Whipple St., Ft. Bragg, CA 95437. Never fear—we still visit Vermont as our daughter lives in Bennington and is on faculty at Williams College in Massachusetts. Our two sons live in Colorado and Nevada respectively so the family is shared by much of the country. I retired nearly 10 years ago from Sierra College biology faculty; Andy is retired faculty of engineering from California State University, Sacramento. Who else remembers and misses ‘sugaring off’ in March?”
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57 Robert “Bob” Wolfe and Joan Wolfe write, “We just spent a great week visiting with Don Greenhouse and his wife, Kathy, at their Chatauqua, New York, home. Good thing we still have our long term memory faculties. Went all the way back to our first week at UVM in September, 1953.”
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58 Judy Clark Gibson writes, “I’m still enjoying a busy, satisfying, small town life in Canton, New York, including a happy relationship with my partner David Nelson, a retired lawyer and family court judge. I’ve stepped down from several volunteer activities but find time for my Unitarian Universalist Church, the public library, some travel, and my flower gardens. My two sons and their families live in Weston, Florida, and Potomac, Maryland. The first of my four grandchildren is off to Colgate this fall. UVM was on his short list—maybe the other three will be interested. I am delighted to be in touch frequently with classmates Carolyn Wall, CeCe Lindberg, and Terry Siegel and happily read all the 1958 news.”
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59 Elliott A. Brown, originally from Glens Falls, New York, recently created the first professorship in the Department of Political Science, named the Elliott A. Brown Green and Gold Professor of Law, Politics, and Political Behavior. A political science major at UVM, as a student Elliott served with distinction as vice-president of the Student Government Association, a member of Gold Key, Key and Serpent, and Boulder societies, and was the first recipient of the Warren R. and Mildred Austin Prize for International Peace and Security. Elliott, now retired, enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Washington, D.C. in the United States Department of Justice. While on my way to a high school 60th Reunion in Concord, New Hampshire, my wife Judy and I visited with Jerry Heller and his wife, Anne Beaudin Heller ’72, on May 25 at their lovely and gracious summer home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. We had a great time together, and Jerry and I reminisced about old times and certainly some old friends.
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60 Sue Alenick writes, “I’ve recently, finally published an ‘autobiographical cookbook’ called Menus for a Month of Sundays. It’s a celebration of memorable Sunday dinners, which, un-strictly speaking don’t have to be dinner or on Sunday.”
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61Nancy Miller Kimball writes, “I self-published a book titled Possums to Porcupines: The Wild Life of an Adirondack Rehabilitator based on my 14 years of experience as a home-based wildlife rehabilitator. You can find more details at My home is in the southern Adirondacks near Lake George and, at present, I have a variety of animals in my care including two baby mink.” Linda Hufnagel reports, “I have had a busy and rewarding life as a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island, teaching cell and molecular biology courses and directing the research of numerous graduate and undergraduate students. However, now I am on phased retirement, with one more year to go before I will be fully retired from academia. I am already beginning a new career as a ceramic artist! I have two grown daughters, one of whom writes for television and just had her first baby. My other daughter has been incubating, too, as the director of Fertilab, an incubator for entrepreneurship in Eugene, Oregon. I would love to hear from all my old friends from UVM! My email address is Lynda Foley Blevins writes, “After an amazing trip to Cuba in March, I am now planning a road trip across the United States with my daughter and grandkids. California to Vermont and it should be interesting —either bickering or bonding. The rest of the year I have been volunteering teaching English literacy to a Mexican mother and her 7-year-old daughter. I’m still playing tennis and have added yoga to my activities.” Cynthia Beilig Bendelac had no news she wanted to send, but said: “You can just say that I continue!” Sheila Whitney Mable writes, “Last October I decided to retire from teaching English (writing and public speaking courses) at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. After 51 years as an educator at the high school and university levels (43 years in Vermont), I wasn’t ready to give up teaching but did so because of an early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. I keep active, though, as New Hampshire state president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and as the Speechcraft coordinator in the Karner Blue Toastmasters Club and mentor to the Pleasant Street Toastmasters Club. It’s hard to believe that my husband Duane and I will be celebrating our 53rd anniversary this summer and our 10th year living near our two children, Marc and Angela, and their families. We are particularly proud of our granddaughter, Rheanna Mable, who is serving in the Peace Corps in southern Thailand.” Diane Germain ’64 writes, “My cousin, Bernard E. Germain passed away in his Colchester home on February 18, 2015. He was a 1957 graduate of Cathedral High School in Burlington and a proud graduate of UVM. He served for two years in the United States Army at Governor’s Island, New York. Bernard was a Vermont State Social Worker for many years, serving diligently the children and youth of the state. Later, he retired from years of work at IBM in Essex Junction. In his retirement he worked part time for the Colchester School District until just a few years ago. He put his education and personal gifts to good purpose.” George Rioch Anthonisen writes, “Professor Paul Aschenbach not only introduced me to sculpture, but personally escorted me to New York to show me where I should study. I continue to work as a professional sculptor. Most recently, six of my bronzes were exhibited in ‘The Rodin Legacy’, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with a larger exhibition ‘Rodin: The Human Experience—selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections’. Following the Rodin show, three bronzes were included in ‘When I Was Here’, an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary designation of Augustus Saint Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire. Visitors are welcome to our home and studio. We are 90 minutes from New York, one hour from Philadelphia, and 45 minutes from Princeton. My website is” Ruth Clifford Engs’ latest book will be of interest to World War II history buffs: The Field Hospital That Never Was: Diary of Lt. Col. Karl D. Macmillan’s, M.D., 96th Field Hospital in China-India-Burma Theater 1945, WWII is available at and Barnes & Noble.
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62 Janie Heller Goldstein shares, “We are here in Denver and love living in Colorado. I am still doing travel and Joel is still practicing medicine full time, now with the University of Colorado Medical Center. We have three kids and a total of eight grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 17 years and all live in the Boston area along with my 101-year-old mother. If in our area, contact us. Enjoy life!”
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63Donald J. McFeeters G’86 was awarded the 2015 Robert O. Sinclair Cup Award on May 9 in the Grand Maple Ballroom of the UVM Davis Center. The award honors retired faculty who served with distinction and excellence in their profession, with a record of service and commitment to the land-grant mission to serve the people of Vermont and beyond. David Nichols now lives in Dorset, Vermont, after retiring from his position as head of the development and trustee for the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity and as trustee for the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Robert Frost Home and Museum. He is busier than he ever was in his “working” life. He and his wife of thirty years have a new granddaughter, Olivia, born in Nairobi where her mom and dad live. David’s son started a successful solar-powered drip irrigation system business there and won several Pan-African awards for leadership in social venture capital business. Dad and son are proud that the State of Vermont is the third most active solar-powered state relative to its population. Marcia Bickel Coleman writes, “Phil and I have moved to Port Townsend, Washington, to fulfill our dream of living on the water. We love it! Will be camping/hiking in the north Cascades in September with Sara Jackson Simpson.” James Card writes, “I have been driving or flying to Boston from Florida every three or four months to visit family. (As I write this, three grandchildren, soon to be four.) On my last drive south, Loren Disque ’63 and his lovely wife, Pat, were kind enough to invite me to stay overnight at their home south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Wonderful visit. What wonderful hosts! My wife and I (above trip was solo) visited with Al LeBlanc and his wife, Siriporn, in Bangkok earlier this year. Wonderful dinner at a restaurant called “Cabbages and Condoms.” Great food and companionship. Not sure where the completely misleading name came from. I should write a longer note-but it is kind of a daunting to compress over a half century of a pretty good life (mostly) into a few paragraphs. Looking forward to the next Reunion. As are the couples above. Al should get the award for who traveled the farthest! Sandra Timmerman and I met up in New York City; first time seeing each other in many years. Of course it was as if we had just seen each other! After lunch and walking along Fifth Avenue, we headed to the Penn Club as the Alumni Association had an open house for UVM graduates. The reception was well attended and the UVMers were interesting to meet. Sandra and I were the only ones from the class of ’63. However, The UVM Alumni Association has formed a Green & Gold Affinity Group. The group will consist of UVM alumni age 60 and above. Its mission is to connect us for social and educational purposes, concentrating in areas of the country where more alumni reside. The group held a brunch on campus on Sunday, October 4 at 10 a.m. For more details reach out to Barbara Clark Kay ’67, or Anne Brown ’66, Plan on attending a Green and Gold Affinity Group event in your area. By the way, I had an interesting summer as well. In addition to several successful International Latin Ballroom Competitions, I took three teenaged grand children to Italy for two weeks! Hope to see you soon.
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64 Susan Weatherby Engbrecht and her husband, Ron, are retired and have purchased the house they have been renting near Aviano Air Base. It is a lovely home with a view of the mountains in the village of San Giovanni de Polcenigo. They will split their retirement time between Italy and Binghamton, New York, in Sue’s family home. Doug Barrett shared that he and Sally Barrett ’65 had all eleven grandchildren together at their home in Simsbury, Connecticut in June. A hectic, activity-filled wonderful time was had by all. Their grandson, Drew Simeon, will be attending UVM as a freshman this fall as a member of the lacrosse team. Sally keeps busy with volunteer work at the local library and Doug enjoys his golf and bike riding as well as staying busy with their families. Doug also commented on how great our 50th Reunion was. Many fond memories were brought back. They head back to Jupiter in October for the winter. Valerie Felten Robinson has a camp down the lake from us and spends her summers there with her husband Robbie. They winter in Mexico. I have also seen Susan Benton Prezzano.
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65 Sharon Roberts Palmer tells us, “I am a retired school media specialist. My family includes two wonderful daughters and six grandchildren. I am enjoying travel and my lovely home in Florida, a home in Colorado and my camp on Lake Champlain. Life is good!” Roger Pickar writes, “I continue to publish my newsletter and attack art projects where I have definitely achieved mediocrity. Most of all my wife, Gloria, and I relish our family. Oldest daughter, Amy, is the chief medical officer for Google’s largest investment in healthcare. Sarah and her husband own and manage five Floyds 99 Hair Parlors. Julie edits while Dr. Gloria has retired from her job as president and chief academic officer of Pearson’s online education company, 650 employees. Currently, we supervise no one and play with our five grandchildren. Life is good in Orlando, Florida.” Rose Beranbaum shares, “In the fall of 2015 I published my 10th cookbook: The Baking Bible. It won the best baking book from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. My first book, The Cake Bible, published in 1988, is now in its 52nd printing. In May 2015 my first online class “Cookies” for, went live. And, before the end of 2015 my pie baking kit will be available in just about every Costco in the country.” Ralph D’Altilia passed away on June 24, 2015. Ralph lived in Coral Springs, Florida. Mark Berson and his wife, Ellen, welcomed their sixth grandchild on July 9, 2015, Catleya Ellen Berson of Truckee, California. All are doing well. She will be skiing soon. Guriana Hanson writes, “I am currently retired for the third time. It may or may not be permanent. I do spend my days volunteering at a mission that provides a clothes closet and food for the needy in Cedar Rapids. Living here allows us to see our granddaughters who are 8 and 5. They keep us young.”
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66 50th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Miller recently wrote that he and his wife are currently living in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he is working for the University of Arkansas for Medical Services as senior psychiatrist and clinical professor of psychiatry. Larry served as editor of The Cynic and he and some of his AEPI fraternity brothers are hoping to attend our 50th Reunion in 2016. Speaking of our 50th, please give serious thought to joining your classmates at this very special gathering! John Beck and wife Sharon Peloquin ’67 have been in Williamsburg, Virginia, since John’s 2003 retirement from ExxonMobil Corp. after a 34-year career. They are relatively healthy and active with walking/jogging, tennis, Pickleball, yard work/gardening, bridge/poker, dine out/potluck dinner groups, movies, attending College of William & Mary football/basketball games, volunteering at William & Mary Art Museum, attending Williamsburg Community Theater and country club activities, and visiting the historical triangle area of Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg. John has become a Pickleball enthusiast, playing 4-5 times a week and has medaled in regional/state age group Pickleball tournaments. They are avid large ship sea cruisers, traveling throughout the world, with over 300 nights at sea, primarily on Princess Cruise Lines and Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2, including eight transatlantic crossings. Their three children and their families live in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia. Janet Ruth Hadda — Yiddish professor, psychoanalyst, and biographer — died in Los Angeles on June 23, 2015. She was 69. The cause was metastatic cancer. Dr. Hadda was born December 23, 1945, the daughter of refugees from Nazi Germany, Dr. George and Annemarie (Kohn) Hadda. Her grandfather was Dr. Siegmund Hadda, the last Ddirector of the Jewish Hospital in Breslau (Wroclaw). She and her parents came to New York in 1948 to join her grandparents, who had survived Theresienstadt. Devastated by the Nazi regime and the Shoah, her parents wanted no part of being Jewish, nor would they speak German even privately. Her grandfather, however, read her Heine and told her that she would be a professor of German at Columbia. Her innovative way of challenging both parents and grandparents was to complete her Ph.D. in German from Columbia, while working at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to develop her specialty in Yiddish, a language disdained by many German Jews. She also held degrees from the University of Vermont and Cornell. Moving to UCLA in 1973 to start its Yiddish Program, she later became the first tenured professor of Yiddish in the United States, publishing academic and popular articles in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, French, and German. She initially developed a specialty in American Yiddish poetry, particularly the works of Yankev Glatshteyn, the subject of her first book and numerous articles. Dr. Hadda began psychoanalytic training in 1982, initially to improve her understanding of modernist Yiddish poetry. Increasingly drawn into clinical practice, she became a training and supervising analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, as well as a member of the Certification Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Her second book, Passionate Women and Passive Men (1988), explored psychological issues around suicide in Yiddish literature. Her psychoanalytic insights also contributed to her treatments of Isaac Bashevis Singer (Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life, 1997, 2001), and of Allen Ginsberg, whose 1949-50 stay in the New York State Psychiatric Institute, she argued in a much admired piece in American Imago, allowed him to emerge as a great poet. She was particularly grateful to UVM for her years there, and she regularly recognized the importance in her life of Dr. Harry Kahn and Dr. Truman.Geri Sharff Gould shares, “Jim and I just celebrated our 50th anniversary with a sweet gathering of our children and grandchildren at a lovely mountain resort in Pennsylvania. Our two kids are both happily married with two children each. Our four grandchildren range in age from 15 to 9 and are all delicious. We left California in 2007, several years after my retirement and a few years after Jim’s, and migrated to a golf community near Phoenix. Jim plays so regularly that he thinks of it as his job now, and I am happily involved in a number of volunteer activities and three book clubs. We travel quite often as well, and with Jim’s planned trip to Antarctica in February, he will have been to all seven continents. Over the years I have been in touch regularly with my UVM roommate, Betty Fuchs Welt, and have gotten together occasionally when we travel to New England. I would love to hear from fellow Patterson 2, Hamilton 2, and Christie 4 gals if they’re so inclined.” Hayes Sogoloff, Bonnie Herschede Sogoloff, Myron Fox and Phyllis Lowen Fox will be traveling once again this winter to a Caribbean island together in this the 49th year of their marriages. They frequently see friends Michael Unger and Susan Kaplan, Art Fromer and Sheilagh Fromer, Barry Dean Gordon and Leslie Gordon, and Larry Schonbrun and Yolanda Schonbrun. They are all looking forward to seeing their other ‘66 friends at their 50th Reunion. Den Linnehan just published his fifth photography book: Yellowstone & Grand Teton Splendor, five years of photos covering all seasons except winter and text of both beloved parks. Currently he and his wife of 42 years are out west doing book signings in places like the Old Faithful Inn, Barnes and Noble in Bozeman, and 10 other selected stores.
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67 Stuart Jeffrey Shapiro writes, “Several TEP brothers, (and one lonely Phi Sig) convened a mini reunion of sorts. Roy Zuckerman, Gordon Josephson, Arnold Shimelman, Stephen Schulte and Danny Goldberg dined at the Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village. The occasion was Stephen crossing the pond to remodel his apartment in Tribeca and his marriage to Jayne in June. Both turned out wonderfully. Good food, good wine, and great stories from our UVM days as we all transition to retirement. Looking forward to our 50th Reunion.”
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68 Congratulations to Jack Rosenberg for having his four submissions to Philadelphia’s Art In City accepted into the “All That’s Jazz” exhibition. Jim Krause writes, “Thought I’d better check in since the 50th anniversary is coming soon before I check out. Just retired from Aflac (that’s the one with the duck) after 18 years as a leadership consultant and executive coach. Prior 24 years were with United Technologies as a human resources manager and training manager. Two sons out of college and in professional careers. Son number three will be graduating from law school soon after six years as an officer in the Marines. Still doing some consulting, but at my leisure. Celebrating 42 years married to a UConn grad who teaches at a private school. We are addicted to UConn basketball and Auburn University football where you will find us in the fall. Enjoy travelling, especially to England, Scotland and Ireland exploring the family trees. Currently a volunteer tour guide at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia, so if any UVM grads are in the area I’ll give them a private tour.” Curt Tobey tells us, “The big news is that my daughter, Caroline Tobey, got married recently in Maine to Jake Dolan. Caroline just finished her master’s in early childhood education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There is a picture in the Alumni Association photo gallery. Also in the picture second from right is my son, Ben Tobey; he and his wife, Jordan, recently had twins. Blake and Jake! Elizabeth and my son, Lorin, fourth from right, will be going to Elon University in North Carolina this fall. He hopes to play both soccer and lacrosse. I recently joined Chilton Trust Company as a consultant. I also have been doing advisory work for Save the Children which is a major humanitarian organization; I will be visiting the Middle East with them in August to see their great work in Israel, Gaza, West Bank and Jordan to include the Z’aatari refugee camp on the Syria/Jordan border.” Georgia Walsh Miller shares, “My husband, Richard Miller, and I recently got together with Barb Johnson Winton and Mike Winton ’67, and also Leslie Andrews Freeman and Jim Freeman ’67. We had a great time sharing memories of our days at UVM.”
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69 James M. Betts reports, “My 50th high school reunion (Bennington High School '65) was held in July. More than 10 percent of my class went on to attend UVM for their undergraduate education, graduating together in '69. Almost all of us had not only gone through our secondary education ‘as one’, but we had been together since kindergarten. Most of our parents had also been classmates since early elementary school. I’m sure that is the same local story for many of our UVM Class of '69 who attended various high schools throughout Vermont. UVM provided a continuity of education which began over 60 years ago for a significant number of our Ben-Hi class. Two of us went on to our College of Medicine. Attending UVM: a significant educational opportunity which I trust will serve many more Vermont high school graduates, and classes, well into the future.” Lydia Burdick is happy to share that the 10th anniversary second edition of her first award-winning Alzheimer’s book, The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults, will be published this October. Lydia’s books were featured last month on under #architectsofchange and have been acclaimed by professional and family caregivers as a “go-to” resource for connecting with people in mid-to late-stage dementia. Check out for more info. Send your news to—
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70 I am sad to report the death of our classmate John B. McShane of Sudbury, Vermont, who died on April 15 of this year. Condolences to his friends and family. I talked by phone to my old roommate Tom Cioci from Providence, Rhode Island—one of the great guys I met at UVM. Additionally, I corresponded with Jim Stowell, another old Sigma Nu from our class. Jim has a fabulous antique hardwood and custom flooring business in Zirconia, North Carolina. Susan McClenning Silverberg writes, “I am happily retired from teaching. But I am sad to inform you that my wonderful friend and college roommate, Lynda Strauss Quimby, died in June 2014. She was a highly respected and loved retired high school teacher and administrator at Joel Barlow High School in Easton, Connecticut.” Norine Freeman Noonan shares, I have returned to the faculty at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg after five years as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. I’m having fun coordinating our Biology Living/Learning Community, being the pre-vet adviser and teaching my classes in biology and health professions.” I want to close with a truly descriptive accounting of our years at UVM and its time and place in history. The following was penned by Penrose Jackson for our Reunion this year. I think it represents more than that. Thank you Penrose. “We were the last class of the 1960s or the first class of the 1970s? Both. What change we saw in our four years … we were the last class to receive beanies (but we didn’t wear them!). We began with curfews and ‘pinking out’. We ended our four years in living arrangements as diverse as our individual college experiences. As we planned for and began our years at UVM we listened to the ‘Ballad of the Green Berets’, “California Dreamin’, and, yes, ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’. As we lived through the end of the sixties our music became less hopeful and in 1970 we listened to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ‘Woodstock’ and Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. At UVM we camped out in Billings and squeezed into The Den for coffee, cookies and, of course, flirtation. Votey Hall was still a young building and the Art Department somehow fit in Torrey Hall. The Fleming faced Pearl Street and the infirmary sat at the corner of South Prospect and Main. We had a meal ticket and ate in an assigned dining hall. Today UVM has the Davis Center, Votey will become part of an incredible new STEM facility, the Art Department has much more elbow room in Williams and, yes, the ‘shoe box’ dorms are gone. In 1966 we and the nation were, well, more optimistic. Things were opening up … Medicare (thankfully?) began in 1966 and the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda vs. Arizona expanded rights for people upon arrest. Man landed on the moon in 1969. But over our four years the Vietnam War grew. We lost friends and relations. During the awful spring of 1968 we lost Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. It was difficult coming of age in the late 1960s, but UVM supported us as we questioned, well, just about everything. Then Kent State. Then graduation. Every generation, every school class, believes its journey is unique and, yes, it is. But for us the end of the sixties inured in us the ability to question our country while still loving her, an interest in challenging authority, an interest in living lives different from our parents. Our experience was unique and our UVM experience gave us knowledge, friendships and experiences that helped every one of us become the person we are today."
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71 OK, maybe I won’t retire as Class Secretary quite yet. After the summer VQ hit, I received several messages from classmates. Keep your notes coming! Rob Sydney shares, “William ‘Bill/Willy’ Ridder, Jr. died on November 16, 2014. He had lived in Alaska for over 40 years, many of those in Delta Junction (about 90 miles south of Fairbanks). For many years he was an employee of the State of Alaska, Department of Fish & Game, Division of Sport Fish as a fisheries biologist. Meanwhile, since we last communicated, I have retired from energy law, and moved from Boston to Norwich, Vermont, where I have the opportunity to pal around with fellow residents and classmates Doug Kerr and Arnie Brown.” Rob also met up with Steve Ralph in Pasadena, California, in early February at the Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he’s been president and chief executive officer for 31 years! He’s still having fun in his leadership role. The Board of the hospital clearly values his accomplishments—just amazing, and Pasadena isn’t too bad either! Peter Spear emailed me recently to say he wanted to catch up with classmates. He reports that he has tried unsuccessfully to get that retirement-thing across the goal line for some time. Despite that, he travelled through 84 time zones last year in the pursuit of fair-chase hunting around the world. The Grand Slam Club/Ovis awarded Peter the coveted ‘Capra World 20’ for the fair-chase taking 20 species of wild goats. Beyond that, he enjoys spoiling his three grandchildren from daughter Carolyn Wehler-Wagman ’88, ’95. Annie Viets and I had lunch at the end of June. I continue to be amazed at Annie’s fortitude to live and teach in Saudi Arabia. She is still an associate professor of management at the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) in the eastern province of the Kingdom. She was recently featured in Boston University’s School of Education Alumni Magazine. At our next reunion, folks need to hear her account of camping in the desert with a student and her family—truly “Kingdom-style”. From Tim Scott, “I just had my 5th anniversary as a compliance officer for the United States Department of Labor here in Jacksonville, Florida. I have really created another life for myself down here, not quite believing that I could adapt to the heat. I just came back from a month in Aix-en-Provence, France, where a group of MIT alumni went to study French in an international language school. We also toured Provence on the weekends, some of the most scenic places you’ll ever see. I am on the board of two non-profits and spend my leisure time hiking and biking almost every weekend. I do miss the hills of New England.” From Susie Campbell, “I was just reading your news update and have some additional detail to add to one of the items. Molly Conant ’06, Mags Conant’s daughter, is getting married at the summer camp both of my sons attended for many years. Also, my older son Nick Pestone ’05 is the officiant for their wedding. Erik, Molly’s groom and former roommate of Nick, learned of the camp from my son. We know Erik very well! My younger son, Evan, is also getting married at the camp this summer the previous week. He and his bride both graduated from Johnson State. However, her father, Brian Reed ’74 is the associate provost for curricular affairs at UVM, and both he and his wife Holly Reed ’72 graduated from UVM. I hope to be in Burlington the week of Evan’s wedding.” Carl Korman tells us, “Retired to Shaftsbury, Vermont, in 2010 which was the best decision I made since choosing to go to UVM. We just put on an addition to our home so we’ve got plenty of room for any of my ol’ AEPi skiing brothers to come visit.” Jim Earle writes, “It is with much sadness that I share the death of my life-long friend Mike Towner. He is survived by his daughter, Aria, and his wife, Jan. He had a very large heart, I will miss him.” Mary Jane Leach reports, “It’s been a pretty busy year. A book that I’m co-editing and that I wrote a couple of essays for, Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and his Music, is coming out on the Rochester University Press in December. I’ve had music come out on Die Schachtel, an Italian CD label, a piano piece published in Belgium, and performances in six countries (three in one day!), with my first performance in Finland. And now I’m about to go to an arts residency in Italy, at Civitella Ranieri, and literally live in a castle for six weeks, making side trips to Bari, Amsterdam, and Cologne to hear performances of my music. It’s going to be tough coming down to earth after this.” I received an interesting film clip of Duck’s Breath Theater’s latest work from Bill Allard. There’s an event at Freight & Salvage on August 29, 2015—Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater lives on! Joanne Czachor Magliozzi reports that she’s well and very busy. We plan on a walk together in the Boston area or Florida when I am there visiting my grandsons!
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72 On April 25, 2015, some sisters from Tri Delta planned a surprise retirement dinner for Sally Cummings. She retired from Saint Michael’s College as an associate professor of applied linguistics. Sally taught at Saint Michael’s for 36 years. She was totally surprised to see Sandy Willey ’56, Kathye August Boll ’73, Diane Batt Smith ’74, Emily Schnaper Manders ’74 and Pam Tanguay Simendinger ’85 at the Blue Paddle Bistro in South Hero, Vermont. Sally thought it was just going to be a nice quiet dinner with Robin Bossi Moore ’73 and Margo David Diieso ’74. They had so much fun reminiscing about UVM. Congratulations and enjoy retirement, Sally!
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73 Glenn F. Rogers G’76, was awarded the 2015 Robert O. Sinclair Cup Award on Saturday, May 9, in the Grand Maple Ballroom of the UVM Davis Center. This award honors retired faculty who have served with distinction and excellence in their profession, record of service and commitment to the land-grant mission to benefit the people of Vermont and beyond. Rogers is a retired UVM Extension professor. Albert G. “Bert” Thayer writes that he’s had an interesting year with the birth of his 12th grandchild on St. Patrick’s Day in 2014; Bert’s son Peter Thayer named his son after St. Killian, an Irish missionary who is the patron saint of Wuerzburg, Germany, where Bert was stationed for three years in the United States Army. And because of his birth date, Killian Thayer was given Patrick as his middle name. Bert saw his grandson for the first time in September 2014 when most of his family gathered in the Boston area as Bert’s father, Donald W. Thayer ’41, celebrated his 95th birthday. In November, Bert represented UVM at a college fair in Uvalde, Texas, and the next month he and his wife sold their place and moved into a smaller house. In February, his daughter, Tabitha Bomer, delivered his 13th grandchild, Maple Amber Bomer, in San Antonio, Texas. To celebrate, he planted a Rocky Mountain big toothed maple tree in his front yard that day. Stuart Aque shares, “Sadly, I am notifying you of Alan J. Berkowitz’s ’75 passing. We became friends when we were at UVM. Alan was a distinguished scholar and teacher.” Gerard Bourcier tells us, “I just returned from ten days in France (cousin’s wedding) and Germany (visiting family). Younger son is engaged to a beautiful young woman from South Africa (destination wedding). Older son has a new job as marketing director for a major restaurant chain based in New York. I’m still working in the theater, trying to pay for these trips and weddings. Life is good.” On August 10, Carrie Richardson Towne Rhinelander, lost her 17-year battle with breast cancer. Carrie grew up in Underhill, Vermont and graduated from Mount Mansfield High School in 1969. Carrie was a dedicated nurse who worked at the then Mary Fletcher Hospital, The Visiting Nurses Association in Burlington and the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. She received an advanced degree in Neo Natal Nursing from the University of Louisville. Later in her career, Carrie worked in senior management in home health care in Portland, Maine. She became a Medicare certified Hospice Nurse in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. She also worked as the area Director of the Visiting Nurses’ Association and Hospice of Southern Maine and New Hampshire. Carrie grew up skiing at the Underhill Ski Bowl, Smuggler’s Notch and Stowe. Carrie became a certified professional ski instructor and taught for many years at the Sunday River Ski Area in Newry, Maine. She was recognized for her work in teaching young children to ski. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Southern Maine: Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough, Maine, or Putney Cares, Putney, Vermont.
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74 Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Scott MacKay served as featured speaker at the Rhode Island College undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. MacKay has a 30-year career of chronicling the Ocean State’s political scene. A Providence native, he worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal from 1984 to 2008. Since 2009, he has served as a political analyst for Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR), where he provides commentary and analysis to “Political Roundtable,” “Morning Edition,” and “All Things Considered.” He is also a co-author of the RIPR “On Politics” blog. MacKay is among six community members chosen to receive honorary degrees from Rhode Island College during commencement ceremonies. MacKay received an honorary doctorate of journalism. Every July I vacation for a week in Bethany Beach, Delaware. This year I found out that Cathleen Doane-Wilson MD’80 was building a house close by in Lewes, Delaware. Cathleen and I met for lunch and we promised to get together whenever I am in Bethany Beach.
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75 Richard T. Cassidy, partner at the Burlington law firm of Hoff Curtis has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Richard is the first Vermont lawyer to serve as president of the ULC since George B. Young served from 1925 to 1927. Judy Cohen shares, “I just retired from UVM in May from the Department of Nursing as a professor emerita after teaching there for the past 34 years. I continue to be connected to UVM as I serve on the executive board of the retired faculty organization and am their representative to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.” Jim Morrison writes, “I am widowed with two boys. After 40 years on the road selling medical equipment, I’m retiring. Love to see old classmates in my travels.” Glory Lanphear Douglass Reinstein retired this past June after a 38-year career in music education in Vermont. She recently accepted the position of director of licensing at Song and Film. Glory is the owner and creative liaison at Malletts Bay Music in Colchester, Vermont. Margery A. Kaye writes, “My world continues to enlarge. My first grandchild was born this summer (her dad is also a UVM alum). My business continues to sweeten up lots of lives all over the world. My daughter is making her way in New York City as a forensic informational specialist. My youngest son lives in Cheng Du, China, running his own business AquaFude. My parents (both UVM Alums) are doing well nearby. Life is good! Cheers to all of us! Enjoy and be well!” Jon Nelson writes, “Sue and I finally left Pennsylvania for Venice, Florida, to enjoy the warm weather and sandy beaches. Our oldest boy is working at Brown University in economic research, while the twins finish their last semester at university (Pitt and Susquehanna).” Debbie Sample Kim writes, “Three children in college (son at University of Utah Honors College; two daughters at Barnard College-Columbia University). I guess that would make me an empty nester! I miss the green trees, lushness of New England, family and East Coast friends. Looking forward to the 40th Reunion in October. Not ready to retire—maybe someday.”
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76 Oney P. Smith and Marcia Evangelista Smith ’77 met on campus in August of 1975 as resident assistants on the fourth floor of Millis Hall. They write, “We have been married 35 years and just returned from our summer vacation, including our visit to the UVM campus. A photo is posted on the Alumni Association’s website photo gallery.” Michael Diederich, Jr. shares, “I retired from the Army Reserves after 29 years, and tours in Germany (3 years), Iraq (1 year) and Afghanistan (9 months). I can devote full attention to private law practice (employment law/civil rights). My daughter Victoria Diederich ’17 will be a junior at UVM this fall. I expect to be skiing Mad River Glen again this winter and bicycling in lower Hudson River Valley and Harriman Park to get in shape.”
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77 Charles “Chuck” Hoffman is moving to Hawaii and would love to hear from classmates, aloha! David Nicholas writes, “I have been living in Tucson, Arizona, for the last two years. Would love to hear from fellow UVM alumni.” Ron Nye writes, “A shout out to all classmates who have made the big ‘60’ milestone and wondering, like me, how we got here so fast! My employer, Savantage Solutions, has designated me a subject matter expert (scary isn’t it?!) and it’s amazing the questions I’m fielding. My daughter, Carlie, is attending college across the puddle at SUNY Plattsburgh and I’m trying to complete renovations on an apartment building that I have there in time for her and her friends to move in this fall. Been dealing with chronic Lyme disease and I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has put this beast into remission. It’s been three years with no success at all, although on the positive side I did drop 50 pounds. Looking forward to attending the 40th reunion and having as much fun as was had at the 35th!” Deb Jenkins Fennell shares, “In April, 2015, I finished my fifth year with the State of Vermont as a professional relations officer for the Office of Disability Determination Services. Winter weekends I teach skiing to kids at Smugglers’. And this winter, I also fed my muse, as Snowsports Reporter for the Stowe Reporter. A highlight of that gig was being able to cover the 2015 NCAA’s in Lake Placid. It was a blast to interview and shoot photos of the athletes and then write up their stories, especially all of the awesome Catamount cross-country and alpine skiers!” Debi Chaffee Seamans writes, “I have been living in the Midwest for 20 years and look forward to a return to New England after my husband, Stephen, and I retire. Our oldest daughter, Colby, got married this year and our youngest, Courtney, moved to New York City, so we are headed towards a new phase of our lives. I always look forward to returning to Vermont.”
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78 Mark William Weber, 60, resident of New London, Connecticut, died peacefully at a New London hospital after a several month battle with Leukemia in July of 2015. Mark had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in November 2014. A jack of many trades, Mark was a strong salesman of all things with a passion for selling cars and real estate. Most recently, he served as executive director of Serenity Living Recovery Centers, Inc., a non-profit organization, which he devoted his life to until the very end. Mark is survived by his two daughters, Callie and Sarah Weber, of New Canaan, Connecticut, and the many friends whose life he touched on a daily basis. Stanley Przybylinski writes, “I’m enjoying the surf at Long Beach Island, New Jersey with Susan Brady, Carol Brady Lundgren ’79, and Anne Brady ’11. A tradition that dates back at least to 1979.” Bob Hopwood writes, “Members of the ‘Christie Commandos’ have managed to stay in touch over the years. Gary Catlin, Topher Slack and Bob Hopwood gathered at Mike Durkin’s home in Florida last year and are hoping to plan more mini-reunions in the future. Other Commandos can reach out to any one of us to learn more. Catherine Stowell Howland writes, “I have been a proud alumna and supporter of the Green and Gold. I’ve taken my family to sporting events, and a most memorable hockey game between UVM and Dartmouth. My youngest, Chelsea, was in grade school at the time and cried after Dartmouth had ‘invited UVM to play and then beat them.’ Her innocence at the time was so charming, but I never realized her underlying affection for UVM. So this spring I had the greatest pleasure in watching the 214th Commencement Ceremonies and seeing Chelsea walk across that stage. She received a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food science, graduating cum laude. Chelsea is also a member of the honor fraternity Alpha Zeta and the Golden Key Honor Society. It is with great honor that I can now enjoy my alumna status with my daughter. Thank you UVM, go Cats go!
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79 I would like to send a big thank you to MaryKay McGuire Conte and Chuck Conte for hosting a summer weekend Pi Phi reunion in Long Island. Joining me for the fun was Eileen Sheehan McCann and Peter McCann ‘78, Anne Trask Forcier and Larry Forcier. Sigma Nu brothers rallied this summer to raise funds in support of the Sigma Nu Athletic Fund, which began modestly in 2008 with a collective gift in memory of Jack “Jocko” Clifford ’75 and grew significantly in 2013 with collective gifts in memory of Tommy McNamara, son of Tom McNamara ’77 who lost his life in a boating accident in July 2012. Gifts in Tommy’s memory were used to help launch the summer academic and conditioning program for the men’s hockey team in the summer of 2014. On July 19, the hockey team and athletic department hosted a cookout for more than fifty brothers from the classes of 1976-1983 who returned that weekend to honor two Sigma Nu brothers: Mark “Bronto” Byrne, who had an untimely death in March 2015, and Charles “Chuckie” Stahlin, who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Brothers from 1979-83 raised funds for the Sigma Nu Athletic Fund in Stahlin’s honor. Sigma Nu brothers offered special thanks to Bruce Rockowitz ’80 and Mark Campagnon ’80, who put up a large financial matching challenge, all the way from China, to the group that helped kick start and motivate the campaign. Collective support in memory of Byrne and Stahlin totals $250,000. Leaders of the fundraising note that the effort is driven by the role the fraternity played and continues to play in their lives—“While the chapter is gone, the strong affiliation with UVM and the hockey program continues.” Sigma Nu brothers interested in supporting the Sigma Nu Athletic Fund or seeking information on how to organize an effort to remember and honor a fallen brother, are encouraged to contact Jim Duffy ’79, or Peter Beekman ’79,
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80 Heidi Winslow writes, “Since graduating I followed my heart to the Rocky Mountains to work at The Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute, where I studied under Dr. Julie Anthony and Br. Bruno Balke. After getting married, having two amazing daughters and moving from Aspen to Telluride, Colorado, I continued my passion for wellness by opening a studio called Workout. In 2006 my family returned to the East Coast and I started a small private training business called Winslow Training ( From that, Core Connect Method (a class I designed based on the combined principals of both Pilates & Yoga, infused with resistance stretching & strengthening) was designed. Core Retreats are now offered on both the West and East Coasts, integrating principals of wellbeing for fitness, nutrition and mindfulness. I am grateful for the education and opportunities that were presented to me at UVM, in the school of education and the APEX Program. Thank you!” Harry Tower reflects, “Thirty-five years? Seems like yesterday! Doing great, living in Wilmington, Delaware. In regular touch with Giordano bro’s: Phil Stimpson, Rip Warrendorf, and a few others. Have had a nice career in advertising and brand management, now working for Fannie Mae in D.C. Look me up on LinkedIn!” Barbara Kane DelGrego shares, “In June, six of us got together in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I came from Connecticut, Shirley Moore Ryan from Vermont, Nancy Madden Reid from Maryland, Janine Sanford from Texas, Nancy Kearney Hora from Tennessee and Pam Hurlbert Kelsea ’81 from Massachusetts. During the weekend we ate at the famous Polly’s Pancake Parlor and drove out the Kancamagus for some views, walking and a lot of laughs! En route back to the airport some of us visited with John O’Brien at his hosta nursery in Granby, Connecticut. It was great catching up with everyone and we have already discussed a future get together!” Elisheva Kilner writes, “I have been teaching in the same school since 1985. I currently teach math to students in grade seven and Hebrew language to students in grades five through eight. Seems like just yesterday that we were all ‘little kids’ together at UVM. I would love to hear from anyone who was there when I was there. I enjoyed reconnecting with those who responded to my last class note.”
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81 Karen I. Plaut was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient at the May 9, 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Dinner at the UVM Davis Center. Karen was honored for achieving excellence in her academic career, exhibiting significant leadership, and contributing to the land-grant ethic to benefit her community, college and nation. Thomas Horan writes, “In July, I became dean of the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. I also got to spend a couple of summer weeks back in New England, which was great and I got to see lots of green grass (a rarity in California these days)!” Leroy Watson and his family have recently moved to Walpole, New Hampshire. He says that they are all happy to be living in New England again.
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82 Robert Boucher writes, “I would like to get a Varsity Baseball reunion organized for the Class of 1982 at the 2015 or 2016 Alumni Baseball Game.” Frank L. Lojacono, III writes, “I was wondering how my freshman friends from Chittenden first floor and the best broomball team ever were doing. Living in Pittsburgh with my wife and two daughters—The Skipper.” After being asked to chair the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Board of Advisors last year I have found myself deeply involved with the college’s major improvements. The STEM facility enhancements are going to totally change the look and feel of the back of main campus with vastly improved science and lab facilities, a new look for the green with the removal of the shoe boxes, and a real physical tie in with the newly named UVM Medical Center, Fletcher is officially dropped—never really did understand that differentiation to begin with. I strongly urge you to look at what’s happening in your old school—it is truly transformative—including the development of a bio-medical engineering track! In addition, I had the honor of delivering this year’s commencement address to the CEMS graduates; what an opportunity and incredible honor. Thank you, Dean Garcia. My wife, Donna, and I were able to celebrate the marriage of our eldest daughter one year ago this August. I continue to see lots of my UVM family, Rob Rogers and Mike Gochman are frequent concert buddies; also Jim Greenebaum and Chris Hodgson at a recent soiree in CT. Also see Bill Edwards ’80, Chis Cushing, Marc Hauser, Rich Goodwin, Peter Melmed and Mark Kepler ’83 and Graham Pettengill ’83 on a fairly regular basis—if any of these names sound familiar, get on line and tell us what you’ve been up to.
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83 John Monty Clark just published the book, I Wish Someone Had Told Me... which offers practical advice, real life examples and hands-on exercises to help students get the most out of their college experience. A must-read for high school seniors and college students, as well as anyone wanting to improve their career and life. On April 18, 2015 Helen Connors married David Grant. The wedding took place in St. George Island, Florida. Kris Johnson, Tracey Lynch Meaney ’85 and Chris Meaney ’84 were in attendance. Congratulations Helen! Todd Wulfson sent the following information regarding our classmate James McDowell, “James’s boat, Grand Illusion, won the Overall in the 48th edition of the 2225-mile biennial LA-HonoluluTransPac Race and it is the only boat to win this race three times in a row with the same owner! His boat also won in 1999 and 2011. Find further information and pictures:”. Ken Oasis shares, “Earlier this summer, my wife, Lauren, and I visited Don McCree, and his wife, Gabby McCree, at their beautiful lake home. We were joined by other UVMers, Andy Goodman, David Spector, and Stewart Ledbetter. Laughs were flowing. Missed Steve Reinecke and Paul Butler who couldn’t make it. A photo is posted on the website Flickr photo gallery. Congratulations James and crew! My husband and I have just come back from a two-week cruise/land trip to Alaska to celebrate our 30th anniversary! Absolutely beautiful and amazing! It is truly God’s country. We saw lots of wildlife: orcas, humpbacks-breaching and bubble net feeding, brown bear, eagles, ptarmigan, Dall sheep, snowshoe hare, osprey, lots of eagles, moose, caribou and one grizzly bear! One of the highlights was a plane ride through Denali to land on Ruth Glacier and a sighting of the north and south summit of McKinley, aka, Denali. I highly recommend a trip to Alaska.
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84 Bruce Hurd shares, “My company, NOVO Development Corporation, developed, constructed, financed, and is now leasing a 77-unit apartment building located at a powerful address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. To investigate living at a presidential address without ever having to deliver one, visit,” Gail Earley Renaud celebrated her 30th anniversary working for the Social Security Administration on August 4, 2015. Her son Jeffrey Renaud ’16 is currently in his senior year at UVM majoring in political science.
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85Jay Rein recently joined EPAM Systems as their new vice president of the Travel & Hospitality Industry Solutions Practice. He is helping airlines, hotels, and travel distribution systems around the world deal with technology challenges of today and in the future. As for Jay’s children, Lauren (19) is returning to Tulane University for her sophomore year of college. Marni (17) is starting the college application process now, and a trip to UVM is planned for the fall. Sydney (14) will be starting high school at The Weber School of Atlanta. Marc Hartstein and Chris Pizzo Hartstein ’86 are thrilled to report that they have two children in medical school. Joey is starting his fourth year at the University of Maryland while Luke will be a first-year student at New York University. They are happy to still have daughter Hannah at home starting 10th grade at Towson High. Marc is a senior executive with Medicare and Chris does professional organizing and a lot of volunteer work. Ann Ruck Hand writes, “Jeff Hand ’86 and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this month! I have been a Special Education Resource Room teacher’s aide in a 4th/5th grade elementary school for 12 years (after staying home with our daughters for 15 years). I also tutor students during the summers and after school. I love my job, and I have really enjoyed this age group very much. Our three daughters are all in their 20’s. Laura is 26, and is at Johns Hopkins University studying for her master’s degree in healthcare administration, graduating in May 2016. Elizabeth is 24, and is close to completing her bachelor’s degree, hopefully also in May 2016. Kathryn, 22, just graduated from the University of New Hampshire and is looking for a job while working in Kennebunkport for the summer. Overall, life is wonderful! We look forward to connecting with classmates for the 30th Reunion in October!”
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86Paul Grieco was named president-elect of the Ohio Association for Justice for the coming 2015-2016 year at its annual convention. Grieco is a member of the association’s executive committee, and has served in the past as vice president, treasurer and secretary. Grieco is a partner with the Landskroner Grieco Merriman law firm based in Cleveland. He has been a member of OAJ’s board of trustees since 2007. He also is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, The Justinian Forum, and the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. Julia Davies writes, “In June 2015, I graduated with distinction from DePaul University with a master’s in human-computer interaction. I am seeking employment where I can combine my expertise in user experience design and project management.” Kim Johnson McCrae and Scott McCrae ’84 celebrated their 25th anniversary in May with a celebration in a real castle in the heart of old Montreal. Kim writes, “How is it possible that 25 years have flown by? We had a great time remembering our fun wedding with the Pi Phi girls and Sigma Phi boys in attendance. Hope you are all well!”
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Lawrence Gorkun

87Mark Hamilton, formerly a partner at White & Case for 21 years, joined the firm of Danziger & Markhoff, LLP as counsel in June of 2015. Mark counsels clients on employee benefits and compensation matters, including those arising in mergers and acquisitions, financing arrangements and other types of corporate transactions. He offers guidance to public companies and underwriters concerning the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s executive compensation disclosure rules. He also advises companies regarding stock-based compensation arrangements, employment agreements, change-in-control agreements and all other executive compensation arrangements. In addition to advising business owners and corporate executives, Mark represents pension plan fiduciaries, investment fund sponsors, pension plan investors, banks and other financial services firms regarding fiduciary issues related to employee benefits, including ERISA’s “plan assets” rules. Thornton Tomasetti Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader Gunnar Hubbard, AIA, LEED Fellow, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The designation is awarded to architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society, and those who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Hubbard has more than 25 years of experience as an architect, consultant, educator, and advocate for projects around the globe. See photo on the Alumni Association Website Photo Gallery. Stephen Farrington recently installed a new soil moisture monitoring technology developed by the firm he owns with wife Catherine Voghell Farrington ’89, ’93 in a groundbreaking experiment in Puerto Rico that will examine the effects of warming on a tropical rainforest ecosystem. Farrington founded Transcend Engineering in 2010. The firm has applied for three patents related to the PRISMS moisture monitoring technology and has sponsored Electrical Engineering Professor Tian Xia and graduate student Taian Fan to research system performance. Celeste Leon writes, “As a physical therapy alum and author, I am pleased to announce that my novel, Luck is Just the Beginning, is being released this fall, published by Floricanto Press. A labor of love for nearly 10 years, the novel is inspired by a true story. I would love to hear from you and welcome your comments. For more information, please visit me at” Happy 50th everyone! Hope you are all doing well and have found time to celebrate this big milestone with family and friends! I celebrated mine with Keri Wolfson Craft, Karen Murray Bosworth, Jennifer Kohen McNair, and Carol Brinkerhoff. Be sure to submit any UVM birthday celebrations to us!
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88 After 12 years with Ralph Lauren Corporation, Liz Paley was just named to a new role as senior vice president of strategic initiatives and chief of staff to the president and chief operations officer. Although she recently stepped down as a many-year member of the Board of Advisors to the UVM School of Business, she remains engaged with students and young alums in the area of career development. Christine McCarthy was selected as Vermont EMS Educator of the Year. Sonna Sween Allen shares, “I am still living on Long Island, and teaching high school chemistry. I have been the science department chair at Portledge School for 15 years. My husband and I have not been up to UVM in ages but we do get to Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, most summer weekends. We are doing well and are in touch with Karen Hobbs Sharpe occasionally.” Marleigh Pelton McNealus writes, “I moved my business, Manchester Eye Care, to downtown Manchester, Vermont. If you’re in town, drop by. I am married to Jerry McNealus ’78 and we have two children. Our oldest is 16 and is looking at UVM! Our youngest is 13 and wants to be a reporter. My husband, Jerry, is still skiing in the winter and doing construction in the summer.” Jill Talbot Huard writes, “I had a great time connecting with some of my UVM friends at our Rutland High School 30th reunion in November of last year. I was able to reconnect with Laura Williams, Joe Carmolli, Pam Shaffer Hersperger as well as fellow Cats’ Meows Jackie Aldinger, Victoria Teta ’87, and Haley Veller ’87! I have been a real estate agent with Century 21 Surette Real Estate in Waterville, Maine, for the past 10 years. I am also a past president of the board of directors for the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, a non-profit offering family counseling, adoption services, a teen parent school, alternative education and early childhood education. I am currently the president-elect for the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, as well as a director on the board of the Maine Association of Realtors!”
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89 Kathy Clark writes, “What a great night at the home of Sean Martin ’90 connecting with Sam Williams, Ed Kim ’87, Lara Kelly Bohlke, Mike Buccelato, Andrew Malkin and others.” Marren Mary Sanders is serving as interim associate dean of academic outcomes at Arizona Summit Law School.
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90 Mark McGowan writes, “Catamount II, pictured on the Alumni Association website photo gallery, entered the Block Island Race Week Regatta. We had two alumni onboard; Paul Noniewicz ’86 was trimming headsails and I was at the helm. We had a great week and finished second against other Flying Tiger 10M’s. While we were there, we stayed at Payne’s Marina where the owner’s wife and son are both alumni. With the UVM flag flying as our sailing war flag, met many other alumni during the course of the week. Sail fast and go Catamounts!” Laura Molony Chevalier writes, “My husband Tim Chevalier ’91, and I are over the moon excited that our son Ryan Chevalier is a member of the UVM Class of 2019! Ryan will be studying electrical engineering. He is fourth generation on Tim’s side to attend UVM. We had a great time celebrating Ryan’s high school graduation in May with fellow UVM alums and friends Susan Foster Wadehul ’91, Keith Wadehul, Kathy Lorenzetti Morse, Beth Blanchard Landry and Mark Landry. Needless to say all are excited for the newest Catamount!”
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Tessa Donohoe Fontaine

91 25th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Laurie Way moved to Boston a couple of years ago and works in fundraising at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She and her fiancé, Paul, got engaged last spring, and have been enjoying weekend trips to Cape Cod over the summer. Laura Clark joined PT360’s Williston office. She has practiced physical therapy for over 23 years, with a focus on sports, orthopedic, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Her areas of expertise include foot and ankle biomechanics, orthotic evaluation and fabrication, manual therapy including fascial restrictions and work hardening.
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Karen Heller Lightman

92 Lauren Swick Jordan writes, “After years of being a stay-at-home mom, I began writing parenting articles, specifically about how our family is affected by autism. My articles have been featured in the Washington Post’s “On Parenting” section,, and the Organization for Autism Research. I have loved writing and my boys think they are famous. So it’s good for all of us!” Lauren Jordan blogs at
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Lisa Kanter

93 Mindy Menkowitz Scheier started a program called Runway of Dreams. Runway of Dreams is a nonprofit collaborating with the fashion industry to adapt mainstream, affordable clothing lines with wearable technology for the differently-abled community. The organization’s goal is to change the fashion landscape so that it’s inclusive of everyone. One in twenty children between 5 and 18 are differently-abled and this company offers mainstream clothing options, formerly unavailable. Justin LeBlanc shares, “I am preparing for my third Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon over four days in Walt Disney World) in honor of my son, Theo, and to raise money for, and awareness of, Tourette Syndrome. Tax deductible donations can be made at” Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell, an assistant professor of education at Saint Anselm College, launched a new blog about parenting children through schools called She lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband, two children, MIL, two cats and a brood of hens. Charlie Kellett shares, “In recognition of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25-year anniversary, I envisioned the Global Virtual Comedy Club, which demonstrated the power of comedy to put person first, disability second and overcome societal barriers that hinder disability inclusion. This unprecedented event was co-hosted by the United States Department of State and the Kennedy Center, set a new attendance record at the Millennium Stage and included audiences around the world via viewing parties at United States Embassies.
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94J.P. LaFors writes, “I’m still using my marketing degree as chief operations officer of a Richmond, Virginia-based advertising agency, Free Agents Marketing. Also still playing tennis and love to ski.” Rob Cronin writes, “In early August, UVM ‘94-rooted ‘Equipe Henry’ completed another Pan-Mass Challenge ( The 192-mile bike ride from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, to Provincetown is a fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute which raised $40 million in 2014 for cancer research with a goal of $45 Million in 2015. UVM ‘94 team members include Captain Josh Fenollosa, Chapin Mechem, Mark Robohm and Rob Cronin with Cathy Ray Fenollosa serving as Equipe Coordinator and Coach. Equipe Henry would like to thank the UVM community for its tremendous and continued support of our team and of the PMC. Furthermore, we’d welcome any and all alums that would like to join us for the 2016 PMC next August. Please be in touch with Josh, Cathy, or Rob if you’ll join us for this great cause. It’s a tremendous event with a very UVM feel to it. Go Cats Go and Vive Le Equipe!”
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Cyndi Bohlin Abbott

95 Robes Parrish is living in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains in beautiful Leavenworth, Washington. He shares, “I’m busy working as a hydrologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service doing river restoration projects for salmon habitat recovery. I am fortunate to live somewhere that I can go climbing, ski tour, ride bikes, and paddle right out the back door! Old friends should drop in if they’re in the neighborhood:”
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Valeri Susan Pappas

96 Patrick Riordan shares, “I’m now at Sikorsky Aircraft as a production test pilot, but still maintain my part-time status in the Connecticut Army National Guard as a chief warrant officer 3 maintenance test pilot. I will be moving to Westbrook, Connecticut, at the end of the summer and my son Connor, who just turned three, will be attending school in the fall for the first time. My daughter is due to be born mid-September. Parents still live in Stowe, Vermont, and I get home from time to time. Life is pretty decent, but I do miss the Green Mountains.” Kurt Scanio and Julie Coffin Scanio welcomed their daughter Emily Alexis Scanio on May 20, 2015. Emily is already sporting her first UVM outfit but is hoping to find a pair of UVM “greenies” to wear during the winter months.
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Michelle Richards Peters

97Caroline Walsh, Alicia Williams, Joanna Cossman, Rachel Lupert, Hollie Meyer, Deborah Adler, Megan Eagle, Suzanne Roy, and Leslie Haines recently went to Vegas a few weeks back to celebrate their 40th birthdays. Happy birthday ladies! A thorough update recently arrived from another classmate: Peter Rand lives in New York City with his wife, Rachel. They recently welcomed their second baby, a little girl named Delaney. Peter recently celebrated his 40th birthday. In attendance was Brendan Burke, who along with his wife Jennifer Burke ’98, has three boys and lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, where Brendan spends his free time training for Cross Fit competitions. Steve Losordo and John Hallisey also made the trip to New York City from Boston. Steve recently picked up the guitar again and told us to look for his first solo project to be released shortly. John Hallisey and his wife Britta Hallisey have three kids, including a set of twins and live outside of Boston. They recently celebrated John’s 44th birthday at the Chatham Bars Inn. Rob Slocum was also in attendance. Rob and his wife, Sarah, live with their three kids outside of New York City where Rob works for CAA. CAA talent reps our own Ryen Russillo ’01, who can be heard daily on ESPN co-hosting the SVP and Russillo show. Ryen reports to have 231K loyal Twitter followers. Darren Blasko celebrated his 40th birthday recently and welcomed his second child, Catherine, with wife Emily. They live in Darien, Connecticut. Darren is still playing video games and attending jam band concerts regularly. Chris McGuirk and his wife, Sarah, live in Norwell, Massachusetts, with their three boys. Chris runs North River Lacrosse and is grooming his boys for future success on the field for the Catamounts. Ben Fisher and his wife, Trisha, live in Chicago, Illinois, and recently welcomed their second child. Ben works for Deutsche Bank and spends his free time arguing with Eben Thurston. Eben lives in Bronxville, New York, with his wife and daughter. Ryan Carroll lives in San Francisco with his wife, Ashley, and is very active in local rec sports leagues. Robert Balchunas, his wife, Katie, and daughter, Lola, also live in the Bay area. Rob rarely sees Ryan. Tim Walsh and his wife, Jenny, live in Denver, Colorado, and welcomed their first baby, a little boy named Lochlan, in October. Tim is still in his 30s. Mark Robertson ’96 lives in Denver, Colorado and still claims to be Class of ’97. James Baden writes that his wife Heather Isham Baden completed the Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon this past July and earlier in the summer she qualified for the Half Ironman World Championships in Austria. They live in Rye, New York, with their two daughters. Heather currently has a private practice as a board certified sports dietician. Jessica Dayton Mendez shares, “I recently left my job as manager of legal services at a nonprofit domestic violence organization to start my own law firm: ADZ Law, located in San Mateo, California. I will focus on family law as well as civil remedies for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.” Macalester College has granted tenure status to Amy Damon who teaches in the Economics and Latin American Studies Departments at Macalester College. Damon focuses on household poverty reduction strategies and food security issues and is currently working on a project examining links between conservation, food security, and hunting practices in Tanzania.
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98 Ewen Syme and his wife of three years, Becky Beers G’10, married privately in Hawaii and have been very happily living in Seattle, Washington, for the past five years. After moving away from Burlington, Ewen worked as a user experience designer for Microsoft, Frog Design, and for the past year, Google where he leads the design of their Cloud Computing product. They love the Pacific Northwest lifestyle of camping in National Parks, hiking and swimming with their mini-labradoodle puppy and eating some of the world’s best seafood. They bought a house last year and when they’re not busy exploring the region (having no kids helps), they’re probably doing some form of interior design upgrade on their 100-year-old craftsman. They love it!
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99 John Murtha sends greetings from sunny Colorado! “I have been living out here for the last 16 years. I am a realtor for the Denver and mountain areas. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in purchasing a home, please contact me at I am always looking for ways to help out fellow Catamounts!” Jeff Look joined the PT360 team at its Shelburne location. He has spent a majority of his professional career in the outpatient sports and orthopedic settings. He is proficient with functional capacity evaluations and has experience in outpatient orthopedics, acute and sub-acute care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.
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00 Courtney Daly McGuire and her husband, Ryan McGuire, are happy to announce the arrival of their first child, Julia Elizabeth McGuire, born May 26, 2015. She met UVMer’s at a July weekend mini reunion; Patrick Reed, Rebecca Stoops Reed, Jody Matthews, and Meagan Mckiernan Barry.
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01Brian Levine writes that is has been a busy couple of years. “Moved to Australia in September 2012 to become fire management officer for ACT Parks and Conservation Service. Responsible for planning and implementing prescribed fire program which involves a burning program of 25,000 acres a year, mostly completed by aerial ignition. I also serve as an officer for fire suppression. We recently had a second child, Eden Sierra in May. Our first child, Scarlet Lily Grace, just turned two.” James Conley writes, “On August 2, 2015, Ted McGillicuddy married his partner of 14 years, Adam Terella, of Denver, Colorado. The ceremony was held at the Twin Oaks Country Club in Littleton, Massachusetts.”
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Erin Wilson

02 Doniyor Ahmedov writes, “I was an international student at UVM from 1999 through 2002 majoring in business administration. After graduation, I lived and worked in Alexandria, Virginia, for some time. Right now, I live in my home town Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I am running a successful real estate business which I started more than four years ago. I own half a dozen apartment units which I rent for the guests of our city and I also work as real estate agent for other apartment and house owners.” Rebecca Loonin shares, “I am starting a master’s program in speech language pathology at Adelphi University and aim to be part of the 2017 graduating class.”
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Jennifer Khouri Godin

03 Heather Hawkes and Nick Wolfe welcomed another daughter, Helen Elizabeth, on March 27. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awarded Jeffrey M. DeCelles with its 2015 New Achiever Alumni Award on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Grand Maple Ballroom of the UVM Davis Center. Jeff flew in from his current home in South Africa to receive the college’s award which honors a graduate within the last 15 years for their outstanding professional achievement and potential for future accomplishments. Jeff spent a few extra days in Burlington and the Northeast to see family, friends and former professors before returning home to his wife and two children. Tracy Petherbridge Liebenow writes, “My husband, Brian, and I have experienced a couple of big life changes over the past year. On August 29, 2014 we welcomed our baby boy, Bryce, to the family. Kylie (4) absolutely loves being an older sister. They just adore each other, and boy, can she make him laugh! Sibling love is amazing. Just a few months after Bryce arrived my husband got a job offer we couldn’t refuse, and so we took the family, left Vermont and now live in the Capital Region (Clifton Park, New York). We have been here since December 2014. I am still working in the human resources field and we bought a wonderful home with a huge backyard for the kids to play. We are still settling in, getting to know the area, and making this ‘home.’ We visit Vermont often (luckily it isn’t too far away) as it will always be ‘home’ in our hearts.”
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04 Erin O’Neill shares, “I had the pleasure of being a bridesmaid in my dear friend, Kerry Sullivan’s wedding on Saturday, August 1. Kerry married Christopher Tomecek, a Boston College graduate, in Hingham, Massachusetts. It was a beautiful wedding (with a gorgeous bride!) and was attended by many UVMers: Jessica Gabriels Slagen, who also served as a bridesmaid; Elizabeth Lundgren ’02, Shawna Wells, Jim O’Neill ’76 and Cindy Wilson O’Neill ’77, Steven ’78 and Susan ’78 Lane. Congratulations to Kerry and Chris! Anna “Anya” Gushchin completed her advanced training this past July by finishing an Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Fellowship at Stanford and an International Ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Utah with her previous UVM mentor, Dr. Geoffrey Tabin. In conclusion of her fellowships, she had the privilege of leading a multidisciplinary team of surgeons to take care of 100 patients with a previously undescribed drooping of the eyelids in Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. After spending the last year teaching in Asia and Africa, she is back in the United States looking for an academic faculty position in oculoplastic surgery. Sarah Wilby writes, “I am beginning a new position as the head of the Bio-Science and Environmental Technology Department at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford, Connecticut.” A few of our classmates have some new additions to their families! Dave Jadwin writes, “I wanted to announce that Shanna and I had our first child, a daughter named Sella Liron, on July 8, 2015. Hopefully, she’ll be a future Catamount!” I also heard from Amy Christensen Manchester, “My husband Don and I welcomed our second daughter on April 14. Her name is Kathryn Margaret Manchester and she joins big sister, three-year-old Abigail!” I had the pleasure of spending some time in Burlington this summer to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Korinne Moore ’03 and Dan Berenson. Jessica Rosenfeld Vicente, Kara Egasti Dooley, Rebekah “Boo” Stuwe Baril, Molly Betzhold Kusek ’03, Janine White ’03, Jenny Casartello Eddy, and Callie Moore ’10 were also in attendance for the fun and festivities. We all reunited again in September for Korinne and Dan’s big day with even more UVMers in attendance! If you have any news you would like to share please let me know! I love receiving your updates.
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05 Jennifer Zicherman Kelleher tells us, “I graduated May 9 from MCPHS University (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) with a Doctor of Pharmacy. I will be completing a year-long clinical pharmacy residency at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire, this summer.” TD Bank has promoted Nicholas J. Faitoute to senior vice president, market commercial credit manager in Commercial Credit Management. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, he is responsible for managing the credit underwriting and credit administration functions for TD Bank’s commercial banking portfolio in New Hampshire. Faitoute has 10 years of banking experience. Keith Upton-Weber and his husband, Chris, welcomed their boy and girl twins via surrogacy, on April 13. Madison Karl Upton-Weber was 6 lbs., 10 oz. and 19 inches and Margaret “Maggie” Patch Upton-Weber was 5 lbs., 4oz and 18 inches. Both dads and babies are doing great and enjoying each and every day!
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Kristin Dobbs

06 10th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Carl Siebecker and his wife Laura Vogric Siebecker ’08 welcomed their second child, Eva Elizabeth, in May. Kate Haggerty writes, “My husband, Ryan Allgrove ’05, and I met at UVM and just got married June 20, 2015. There were a good number of UVMers there, so we figured we would send names and post a photo on the Flickr photo gallery. The following were there: Nickii Whitney Davignon, Jake Davignon, Betsy Harlow, Ethan Bernstein ’05, Hana Fritz Bernstein ’07, Adam Morrison ’05, Jay Harpp ’05, Stephanie Gergely Davis ’05, Richard Lendino ’05, Alison Basdekis, Sara Armstrong Donegan, Kyle Cram, Janet Machon Lampkin, Matt Lampkin, Patty-Ann Csizmesia Holden, Sarah Hall Magoon, Amira Bakr, Ben Visich, Dave Chez ’05, Libby Meehan ’06, Tim Hancock ’05, Angela Muzzey, Logan Sena ’05, Linky Le Roux-Ohm and Ben Englund ’05. There are six married couples in there that met at UVM! Brian Murphy and I recently relocated to Acton, Massachusetts. I accepted a full-time active duty position with the Massachusetts Army National Guard as the deputy chief of behavioral health and Brian has started a new career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a development officer in University Advancement. We welcomed a daughter, Harper Elizabeth, on June 8. Aidan, 6, and Addison, 2, are excited for their new little sister to arrive.
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07 Tom Collingham and wife, Jameson duPont Collingham ’06, welcomed their second child on July 9, 2015. Baby Clara is also welcomed by her 20-month-old big brother, Campbell. Robert Orr III is completing the final year of a family medicine residency with hopes to return to the Champlain Valley region to practice. Alex Friendly is between his first and second year at UCLA Anderson getting his MBA. He’s interning this summer at the NFL in Los Angeles working on data analytics on their Next Gen Stats business. Alex left his job at the White House for his degree program. Tori Jones, Sarah Jane Compton, Rini Mayer and Christine Vela reunited on Lake Fairlee, Vermont, in July. The visit was spent eating, laughing, and reflecting on the ten-plus years of friendship, countless Orchard Terrace memories, dance parties, and of course, cornbread. In October 2014, Marisa Dauber and Michael Fullam were married in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The two met on the Redstone Green freshman year, and have since moved to the West Coast. Michael was recently named one of San Diego’s outstanding young attorneys and Marisa continues her UVM education in environmental consulting. They were lucky enough to have numerous UVM alumni present at the wedding, including, Terry “The Scorpion” Ganer, Edward Reimann ’05, Julie Bastian Claus ’08, Daniel Wilf, Suzy Teibloom Ganer, Sky Ganer, and Michaela Best. Coco Kuehn Kaminski welcomed baby Brady Kaminski, 7 lbs., 3 oz., on July 31, 2015. Submit your news to—
Elizabeth Bitterman

08 Katherine Carton-Bacon Weigel writes “On July 3 my husband, Benjamin Weigel, and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary and the birth of our first child, Connor Philip Weigel.” Andrew Richard recently returned to the United States from yet another deployment, this time at sea with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. “While away,” he writes, “my wife Kim welcomed our new son, Nolan, into the world.”
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Emma Grady

09 Kit Wiebe Cahill recently moved back to Vermont with husband David Cahill to take a job at the UVM Medical Center in the surgical ICU. She is excited to be back in Burlington and reconnecting with old friends. David Volain shares, David Helfand just received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from William James College, Newton, Massachusetts. He is now in practice in Beverly, Massachusetts at the Medical Psychology Center. He specializes in neuro feedback. Ryan Jackson Walker writes, “2015 has been a big year for me! I got married in Italy, graduated from Babson College with my MBA, and started a new job as a manager with M Booth & Associates, a marketing and public relations firm in New York.” Caitlin Adams married Joshua Barker on May 30, 2015 in White River Junction. Fellow UVM alums Audrey Arnold and Catriona Brosius ’10 were bridesmaids. Caitlin works as an infection preventionist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The couple reside in White River Junction. Erica Bruno has been promoted to the district operations manager for Nissan USA covering the Maine and seacoast of New Hampshire. She started with Nissan seven months ago as a fixed operations manager covering Vermont and New Hampshire. In her six-year career in the automotive industry, this is now her fourth promotion. Emily Rodney married Paul Tufaro (of Emory University) on June 27, 2015 in Newport, Rhode Island. Emily currently works as a story producer on TLC’s show “Say Yes to the Dress”. Paul works as a director of business development at Business Talent Group. The couple reside in New York City. Sage Stout and Peter Johannessen got engaged this summer while hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They’re pretty excited!
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10 Jeremy Baras got married in December, 2014 and moved from Boston to Chicago with his wife. He is the CEO of PopUp Republic, the leading end-to-end service provider for the $50 billion dollar pop-up industry. He is currently working with his publisher, John C. Wiley & Sons, to write the definitive book on pop-ups. The book will be released in stores (and on Amazon) in October, 2015. Bailey Adie writes, “Since graduating from UVM, I have completed a master’s in cultural heritage and international development from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. During this time, I also undertook a five-week internship in India working with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. I married my wonderful husband, Alberto, on August 9, 2014. We have both been working on the completion of our doctorates, with his being undertaken in New Zealand. Mine was in management and development of cultural heritage from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. I focused on world heritage tourism and undertook fieldwork in the United States, Serbia, and Morocco. I also completed a research period at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. I successfully defended my thesis on July 10, 2015, and I hope to find a researcher/lecturer position focusing on cultural/heritage tourism.” Christine Elliott and Addison Minott have lived together in Boston, Massachusetts, for the past four years. Christine worked in healthcare at Massachusetts General Hospital for several years and just accepted a business development position at a healthcare startup called American Well. Addison continues to work in environmental engineering and remediation for a small company in Winchester, Massachusetts. He is also president of the Boston Polo Club and travels with the club to participate in hardcourt bike polo tournaments throughout the United States (and Mexico this fall!). His love for bike polo originated in Burlington! Christine and Addison both enjoy cycling in their free time and are making plans to travel to Chile and elsewhere in the next year. They enjoyed cheering on the Catamounts this past winter as UVM advanced to the Hockey East semi-finals and challenged Boston College. Go Cats!
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Daron Raleigh

11 5th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Lisa White Finan and Thomas Finan were married on September, 13, 2014 in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The couple met during their freshman year at a Delta Delta Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha event. There were many fellow Catamounts in attendance, including Caroline Shepard, Adam Rogers, and Carlo Casa in the wedding party. Also there to celebrate were Megan Fitzgerald, Christiana Nilson Martin, Luke Martin ’12, Vanessa Denino, DJ Figueiredo ’12, Frank Flora ’12, Colin Robichaud ’12, Michael McHugo ’12, Jonathan Berger and Nathaniel Kay ’12. The couple resides in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holly Bridges writes, “I have spent the past year or so completing the clinical externship for my doctoral degree in Audiology in Seattle. I graduated in May 2015 from Washington University in St. Louis, but decided that I liked being in the Pacific Northwest so much that I decided to stay there. I am now working as an audiologist in the Seattle area.”
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Troy McNamara

12 William Vitagliano writes, “I worked in the Office of the Registrar for three years as the university residency officer and enrollment management professional. During my time as an employee, I also earned my master of education in interdisciplinary studies in education in May of 2015 and represented the graduate study body as the vice president for the Graduate Student Senate. Upon completing my degree, I began working for the University of San Francisco (USF) as the assistant registrar for course & degree audit. Zach Hirsch writes, “I now live in Plattsburgh, New York, where I launched a news bureau for NPR-affiliated North Country Public Radio. I was recently profiled in a local business magazine which quoted me as follows, ‘Then I was accepted into a respected radio workshop called Transom. I did some work for a station in New York City, and one day, I looked up and I was a full-time reporter for an award-winning NPR station. I bring our average age down! I help make sure that our content appeals to a younger audience. And I have a unique news sensibility, my self-assigned stories have a certain flavor—they can be adventurous, quirky and uncomfortable.” Abbie Desrochers Jefferis, and Erik Jefferis ’11 welcomed son, Oliver John Jefferis, on Tuesday, July 28. Ollie was 5 lbs., 14 oz, and 19.5 inches long. All are doing well and Ollie eagerly awaits attending his first Catamount sporting event! Nina Dinan G’12 joined the team at PT360 in Williston, VT. Her specialties include sport and work-related injuries pediatrics, and post-surgical patients in addition to general orthopedics. She has a certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment, which classifies patients’ movement patterns to direct therapeutic interventions.
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Patrick Dowd

13 Hannah Faesy writes, “The following alums had a small UVM reunion in Bangkok, in January 2015, at the Root Garden, an urban farm. Alex Gagnon ’14, Joseph Hasselmann ’14, Sarah Alexander ’14, and Hannah Faesy. Alex and Joe both started engineering jobs in late winter, so they took a month to explore and volunteer in Thailand and Vietnam. Sarah and I quit our jobs and took three months to explore Southeast Asia and we all happened to be in Bangkok at the same time.” Katharine Hawes writes, “Jeffrey Hammersmith and Shannon Emmons got married on July 25, 2015. Karole-Ann Bayer is a first-grade teacher.
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Madelaine White

14 After meeting in UVM’s Integrated Humanities Program nearly five years ago, former Cynic editor-in-Chief Mike Eaton and I are happy to announce another Catamount Couple engagement! Set for a wedding next year, we will be tying the knot in our beloved Vermont. Joe Connors writes, “For those entering the field of psychology, inquire in the New England area where positions are readily available and are usually in high demand. The job market has been more than kind, and I have since been employed at two prominent corporations. One being at the highly-esteemed McLean Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I serve as a counselor for women diagnosed with borderline personality disorders and other co-occurring conditions. The other position I hold is clinical case manager at O’Connor Professional Group, which caters primarily to those afflicted with addiction and substance abuse. Even one job will still put your foot through the door and learning new aspects of the field will allow you to make better professional decisions and narrow down your career choices. Accrue as much experience as you can in the field before pursuing graduate studies to really appeal to future employers or admissions officials.”
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15 Deniz Sehovic received the 2015 L. K. Forcier Outstanding Senior Award on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Alumni and Friends Dinner in the Grand Maple Ballroom of the UVM Davis Center. The award recognizes accomplishments and character of one senior who exhibited the highest standards and distinguished service to the college, UVM, and the community. Congrats Deniz! Tom MacJarrett teamed up with Liz Herlihy to serve as rescue scuba divers for the June New England Tough Mudder held at Mount Snow in Vermont.
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  • Shirley Chapin Montgomery ’32, of Milton, Vermont, July 14 2015.
  • Helen Cook Nelson ’34, of Scotia, New York, July 24, 2015.
  • Barbara Blodgett Rea ’41, of York, Pennsylvania, May 31, 2015.
  • Mildred McRae Scotten ’42, of White River Junction, Vermont, May 9, 2015.
  • Robert Emmett Fenix ’43, G’47, of Burlington, Vermont, May 27, 2015.
  • Helen Clifford Crawford ’44, of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, April 26, 2015.
  • Cleveland R. Denton ’44, MD’48, of Broad Brook, Connecticut, June 23, 2015.
  • Rudolph H. Kempter ’44, of Carlsbad, California, May 12, 2015.
  • Ronald H. Neal ’44, MD’47, of Ludlow, Vermont, May 27, 2015.
  • Elaine Bailey Gage ’45, of South Burlington, Vermont, June 19, 2015.
  • Pauline Fitch James ’45, of Maineville, Ohio, August 11, 2015.
  • Robert W. Linehan MD’47, of Queensbury, New York, June 21, 2015.
  • Kathleen Haus Moriarty ’47, G’66, of Boca Raton, Florida, May 7, 2015.
  • June Beverly Abell ’48, of Sterling, Massachusetts, May 14, 2015.
  • Stanton H. Bryden ’48, of Cambridge, Vermont, May 19, 2015.
  • Vivian DuBrule Ells ’48, of Largo, Florida, May 5, 2015.
  • Ann Davis Fagan ’48, of Rutland, Vermont, April 26, 2015.
  • Phyllis Prescott French ’48, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, May 10, 2015.
  • Laura Byington Kreutzer ’48, of Holbrook, Massachusetts, June 23, 2015.
  • Paul Pascal ’48, of Seattle, Washington, May 11, 2015.
  • Truman R. Cavanaugh ’49, of Boise, Idaho, May 12, 2015.
  • Jewell Yvonne Croom ’49, of Roswell, Georgia, June 12, 2015.
  • John Lawrence Gardner ’49, of Richmond, Vermont, July 26, 2015.
  • Thomas R. Ingram ’49, G’57, of Osteen, Florida, April 29, 2015.
  • A. Gould Susslin ’49, of Fort Myers, Florida, April 28, 2015.
  • Bernard Edmond Villemaire ’49, G’51, of Burlington, Vermont, May 13, 2015.
  • Robert F. White ’49, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, August 3, 2015.
  • Samuel D. Mills ’50, of Cypress Gardens, Florida, February 25, 2015.
  • Alfred Edward Peterson MD’50, of Binghamton, New York, July 20, 2015.
  • John Reznor Ward ’50, of Albany, Oregon, May 11, 2015.
  • Rae Mactiernan Worthen ’50, of South Burlington, Vermont, August 4, 2015.
  • Paul L. Hackel ’51, of Nashua, New Hampshire, June 3, 2015.
  • Edward J. Leach ’51, of Saint Paul, Minnesota, May 22, 2015.
  • Robert T. Platka, Jr. ’51, of Gardnerville, Nevada, April 7, 2015.
  • Douglas Parker Shaw ’51, of Manchester Center, Vermont, May 4, 2015.
  • Dorothy Post Stevens ’51, of North Scituate, Rhode Island, June 28, 2015.
  • Nancy Varn Baldwin ’52, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, May 24, 2015.
  • Lawrence C. Berger ’52, of Melbourne Beach, Florida, June 10, 2015.
  • Robert K. Blakeman ’52, of Milford, New Hampshire, May 25, 2015.
  • Donald L. Booth ’52, of Princeton, Massachusetts, August 7, 2015.
  • Harald F. Henningsen ’52, of Orlando, Florida, June 14, 2015.
  • Thomas B. Miller ’52, of Milford, Connecticut, July 18, 2015.
  • Rita Blinder Deutsch ’53, of Miami, Florida, August 4, 2015.
  • Paul W. Jary ’53, G’58, of Queensbury, New York, June 10, 2015.
  • John A. La Belle ’53, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 11, 2015.
  • Carolyn Pinto Rossi ’54, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, April 25, 2015.
  • Merritt W. Sheldon ’54, of Essex Junction, Vermont, June 5, 2015.
  • Marilyn Bates Smith ’54, of Westfield, Massachusetts, June 13, 2015.
  • Carlton M. Brown, Jr. ’55, of Newfane, Vermont, May 16, 2015.
  • George Donald Ewins, Sr. ’55, of Shelburne, Vermont, July 21, 2015.
  • Norman O. Stevens ’55, of Jacksonville, Vermont, July 2, 2015.
  • Charles Parker Barrows ’56, of Glover, Vermont, June 30, 2015.
  • Philip D. Chiaravalle, Sr. ’56, G’58, of Hyde Park, Vermont, June 6, 2015.
  • William A. Frappier ’56, of Rutland, Vermont, June 15, 2015.
  • Robert Gorman ’56, of Bonita Springs, Florida, April 26, 2015.
  • Gerald Herbert Sevits ’56, of New York, New York, May 14, 2015.
  • Dudley M. Baker MD’57, of Williamstown, Massachusetts, July 2, 2015.
  • Richard J. Urie ’57, of Livingston, Montana, June 5, 2015.
  • Christopher Peter Acker, Sr. ’58, G’79, of Bristol, Vermont, May 15, 2015.
  • Joseph T. Vitelli ’58, of Poughkeepsie, New York, July 13, 2015.
  • John C. Darwin ’59, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, July 9, 2015.
  • John Douglas Detore ’60, G’71, of Valley Springs, South Dakota, May 24, 2015.
  • Gloria S. Dugan ’60, of Falmouth, Maine, May 2, 2015.
  • Ian G. Ferguson ’60, of Boulder, Colorado, July 14, 2015.
  • Phyllis Hammond Finch ’61, of Middleburgh, New York, May 7, 2015.
  • David Newton ’61, of Northampton, Massachusetts, June 9, 2015.
  • Margaret Miles Waddington MD’61, of Rutland, Vermont, June 21, 2015.
  • Arthur S. Ashton ’62, of Amory, Mississippi, July 9, 2015.
  • Elliott M. Rosenbaum ’62, of Oceanside, New York, June 23, 2015.
  • Jeffrey A. Falk ’63, of Highland, New York, May 14, 2015.
  • John J. Salengo ’63, of Davis, California, May 17, 2015.
  • James P. Reuschel ’65, of South Burlington, Vermont, May 1, 2015.
  • Roscoe C. Stevenson ’65, of Williston, Vermont, June 26, 2015.
  • Gilbert P. Connelly MD’66, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May 8, 2015.
  • Janet Ruth Hadda ’66, of Los Angeles, California, June 23, 2015.
  • Alexander M. Clarke ’67, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, June 16, 2015.
  • John Michael McKnight, Jr. ‘67, of Underhill Center, Vermont, June 22, 2015.
  • Stephen H. Greenberg MD’68, of Indian Shores, Florida, June 3, 2015.
  • Cynthia Whiting Peyerl ’68, of South Barre, Vermont, August 12, 2015.
  • Nelson A. Shepard ’68, of Swanton, Vermont, May 20, 2015.
  • James W. Sullivan ’68, of Vergennes, Vermont, August 12, 2015.
  • Lucien Dennis Paquette ’69, of Middlebury, Vermont, August 4, 2015.
  • Glenn R. Tosi ’69, of Montpelier, Vermont, April 25, 2015.
  • Stephen John Furtado G’70, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, June 2, 2015.
  • Allan E. Marsceill ’70, of Savannah, Georgia, May 1, 2015.
  • Dorothy Shupp McKeown ’70, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, April 28, 2015.
  • Earle Bruce Nelson ’70, of Waterbury, Vermont, July 25, 2015.
  • Mary Ann Merrill ’71, of Morrisville, Vermont, April 23, 2015.
  • J. Michael Towner ’71, of Martin, Florida, April 21, 2015.
  • Susanna Hinman Clark ’72, of Ryegate, Vermont, June 15, 2015.
  • Jeffrey Thomas Smith ’72, of Burlington, Vermont, May 21, 2015.
  • Joyce Riley Davis ’73, of Scituate, Massachusetts, June 16, 2015.
  • Carrie Towne Rhinelander ’73, of Putney, Vermont, August 10, 2015.
  • Judith Ann Puck ’74, of Shelburne, Vermont, May 20, 2015.
  • Jody Sherman ’74, of Montpelier, Vermont, May 11, 2015.
  • Joyce D’Errico Ellison ’75, of Ludlow, Vermont, July 26, 2015.
  • Stuart Gerald Hunt ’75, of West Charleston, Vermont, May 5, 2015.
  • Gary R. Niles ’75, of North Bennington, Vermont, June 13, 2015.
  • Edith White Perry G’75, of Logansport, Indiana, June 9, 2015.
  • Ellen Elizabeth Mario ’76, of Vero Beach, Florida, July 19, 2015.
  • Edith Kyle Templin G’76, of Burlington, Vermont, August 3, 2015.
  • Judith Bronsveldt Callander ’78, of Bluffton, South Carolina, June 25, 2015.
  • Mark William Weber ’78, of Westerly, Rhode Island, July 9, 2015.
  • Margot Rose Fletcher ’80, of Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2015.
  • Michael N. Heffernan ’80, of Montpelier, Vermont, August 8, 2015.
  • Richard Alan Kirsch, Jr. ’80, of Briarcliff Manor, New York, May 20, 2015.
  • Kenneth Earl Najarian MD’80, of Charlotte, Vermont, June 17, 2015.
  • P. Kay Barbour-Schmokel G’83, of Waterbury, Vermont, April 24, 2015.
  • Kris Lewis Carlson ’85, of Williston, Vermont, May 1, 2015.
  • Phyllis Brand Merritt G’85, of Montpelier, Vermont, August 2, 2015.
  • Jon Conrad Zdechlik ’86, of Frisco, Colorado, July 18, 2015.
  • Barbara J. DuBois G’88, of Burlington, Vermont, July 05 2015.
  • Lara K. Sobel-Faryniarz ’89, G’02, of East Montpelier, Vermont, August 7, 2015.
  • Jere M. Scanlon G’91, of Essex Junction, Vermont, May 31, 2015.
  • Robyn L. Darling ’92, of Windham, New Hampshire, July 4, 2015.
  • Elaine Keen Harrington G’92, of Montpelier, Vermont, July 16, 2015.
  • Diane Wolk, EdD G’97, of Castleton, Vermont, July 4, 2015.
  • William Wiley Warrick, IV ’00, of Stamford, Connecticut, August 3, 2015.
  • Jesse Blair Smith ’07, of Astoria, New York, January 12, 2015.
  • Maria Dolores Berard G’08, of Saint Albans, Vermont, August 4, 2015.
  • Andrew James Howe ’09, of Shelburne, Vermont, May 16, 2015.
  • Mark Russo Weber G’11, of Charlottesville, Virginia, January 21, 2015.

Daniel W. Gade, professor emeritus of geography, passed away in June. Professor Gade joined the UVM community in 1966, one of the first faculty members to establish geography as an academic focus at the university. Beyond his teaching, through the years he served as chair of the Latin American studies program. As a field geographer, Professor Gade’s research took him to Latin America, France, Italy, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Spain, Portugal and Quebec.

Elaine Keen Harrington G’92,lecturer in English and a past staff writer in UVM Communications, passed away in July after a long illness. A journalist for the Times Argus and Rutland Herald before her years at UVM, Harrington brought that experience to journalism courses in the English Department, where she also taught expository writing and American literature.

William Lewis, professor emeritus of sociology, passed away in July. Professor Lewis joined the UVM faculty in 1954 as a professor in the department of communication. He was the founder and first station manager of WRUV, and the director of a project report sponsored by the Ford Foundation that was instrumental in bringing public television to the state of Vermont.

Professor Lewis was also noted for his work as a naturalist with the National Park Service. His book Interpreting for Park Visitors is considered a classic in the field of interpretation and communication. In 1989, the year of his retirement from UVM, Professor Lewis received the Alumni Association’s George V. Kidder Award for excellence in teaching.

David Morency, mathematics lecturer from 1973 to 2001, passed away in June. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Morency oversaw the College of Technology Co-op Program, was involved in the Vermont Math Institute, and helped to conduct the annual Math Prize Exam held by the Math Department.

Richard Musty, professor emeritus of psychology, passed away in July. He joined the UVM faculty in 1968 and would serve the university as an exceptional teacher, scholar, and colleague for thirty-seven years. Professor Musty was chair of the Department of Psychology for twelve years. His pioneering research on cannabinoids for therapeutic applications contributed to the development of two new drugs, one for neuropathic pain and one for weight loss in obesity.

John Page ’50, UVM Agricultural Extension agent in Bennington County from 1952 to 1986, passed away in September. For more than three decades, Page promoted sound agricultural practices on Bennington County farms. He was also very active in the community, serving as president of the Board of Directors of Merck Forest and on the board at Camp Ondowa. He also served on the State Environmental Board and on the Regional Planning Commission, among other pursuits. The UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently presented the Sinclair Cup to Page in honor of his years of distinguished service.

Sondra Solomon, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry, passed away in September. In addition to her teaching appointments, Professor Solomon directed UVM’s Fall Institute on Racism, Heterosexism, Bias and Oppression, chaired the Diversity Curriculum Review Committee, and was committed to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. She was director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Psychological Science, as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies programs.

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