University of Vermont

Vermont Quarterly

Class Notes

Life Beyond Graduation

Kelsey Cornelius Prescott and her husband, Brian, welcomed their first baby, Maple Theodora, on June 3. The baby’s Fairy Godmother is Liz Abrams and she has Professor John Shane ’88 to blame for her mother’s love of the Acer species and subsequently her first name. "
—Class of '05

In Memoriam


33-63 Green & Gold Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
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35 80th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
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36 Ruth Barron celebrated her 100th birthday on January 3 and 4. Because of the bad weather it required two days. One was a birthday cake at Ethan Allen Residence where she lives and the other was a birthday dinner with family members at a local restaurant.
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40 75th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
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41 Maywood Kenney, age 94, of Andover, Massachusetts, died peacefully on October 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late Robert P. Kenney to whom she was married for 51 years. After graduating from Waterbury High School in Vermont, she matriculated at UVM, beginning a lifetime of devotion to that institution. While at UVM she was chosen as the first female editor of the university newspaper, the Cynic, and remained class scribe for her class until the time of her death. Maywood was a wonderful class secretary and worked hard to gather and share news of her classmates over the years. She will be missed! Joanne Seltzer the daughter of the deceased Leo Maurice Seltzer, writes, “As 2014 commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasions of Normandy, it is timely to note that during WWII Dr. Seltzer as a member of the 93rd Medical Gas Treatment Battalion of the United States Army, landed on Utah Beach July 16, 1944, a month after the allied soldiers. He recorded his year in Europe with photographs and a manuscript that bitterly described destruction of the physical environment and human casualties of German barbarism.”
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43 One of my greatest joys these days is when I hear from a former classmate. Last week, on a dreary October day, I received an email from Daan Zwick. He wrote “just to keep in touch.” Daan has been busy taking several courses under the auspices of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also been interested in creative writing for many years and sent me a recent short story he had written. Also, Dann had a dream many years ago which may come to fruition before the end of the year and this really excited me. Daan set his dream in motion by making a financial contribution for the construction of the Winooski River footbridge on the Long Trail. It has taken ten years for this project to be near completion, finally with financial help from the State of Vermont. On December 12, 2014 Daan led a group of interested people across the bridge with a big smile on his face and a video cameraman following closely behind. I could hear the trumpets blaring all the way down here in Rutland. Daan was very impressed with the bridge which is more than two people wide and stretches across more than 200 feet. There is still some work to be done and there will be a larger celebration sometime this summer. Daan will be there. I heard from Betty and Harry Twitchell, at Christmas. Harry’s big adventure in 2014 was a cruise up the west coast of Norway which, unfortunately, Betty missed because of a herniated disc. You might say her big adventure was a successful back surgery. Harry bemoans the state of the world, as we all do. I am delighted to report that I have a second great-grandson. The proud parents are Erin and Zak Cassady-Dorion ’03 of Niskayuna, New York. Jane Drees Blanod shared that her mother, Frances Ann Merritt Drees, passed away in November. She attended UVM for three years, and was a descendant of Royall Tyler.
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44 Penelope Standish Easton’s book Learning to Like Muktuk, An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska was published by Oregon State University Press on November 1, 2014. The book describes her work as a dietary consultant in that vast land suffering from the epidemics of tuberculosis and measles (1948-50). Her detailed field reports and other papers give an understanding of that time that can be found nowhere else. Her adventures provide color and humor as well. She tells how important her Vermont roots were in her work. Penelope is an independent resident at the Forest at Duke Continuing Care Retirement Community in Durham, North Carolina. She has two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, and is trying to master her smart phone.
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45 70th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Ruth Willard Redhead writes, “Now that I have celebrated my 90th birthday, I hope to hear that some of my classmates are in good health, too, and are planning to attend the next Reunion at UVM. I was in Burlington for Christmas and caught the Vermont Transit bus at the Royall Tyler Theater to ride to Manchester for Christmas day. I am continuing to go to Paris twice a year, no longer to take students or to do research but rather to enjoy the cultural activities with my French friends.”
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46 Betty Johnson Bahrenberg left us in July. She is greatly missed by so many of us. Alberta Read Reed’s husband, Wendell, also passed away recently. Peggy Miller Logan is still keeping up with her many activities in Maine. Son Rob lives close by, and daughter Heather from Utah was there for the holidays. Nancy McNamara Harris and husband Cliff, are enjoying their recent move to an assisted living facility. I had a great tourist trip to northern California in June. I was the oldest traveler but I managed to keep up, but no hiking in Yosemite for me. Barbara Francis Morgan Adams, 89, passed away on November 29, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born in Pownal, Vermont on July 23, 1925, where her ancestors included some of the earliest settlers of that town and the State of Vermont. After graduating from Bennington High School, her strong academic skills and interest in teaching were rewarded with a scholarship to the University of Vermont. Barbara married Kirt A. Adams of Bennington in 1947. The couple initially lived in Vermont, but spent most of their years together in Pennsylvania. In addition to being a homemaker and mother, Barbara taught French, English, and worked as a librarian. Barbara is survived by her husband of 67 years, Kirt A. Adams, and three children.
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49 Carl H. Jacobson shared that his wife, Joan Meyn Jacobson, passed away. Irene Cadoret Wills shares, “I was congratulated at the November meeting of the Long Beach Division of the California Retired Teachers Association for having been nominated for the Ed Ely Communications Award for my 20 years of writing articles for the Retired Teachers in the Long Beach Press Telegram.”
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50 65th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Thelma Rowe Loring wrote that she moved from her hometown on the Cape to Concord, California, to be nearer her children following the death of her husband. Her daughter is in Oakland and her son is in San Diego, closer than the more than 3,000 miles that used to separate them. She writes that this is a new adventure in her old age as she now explores the countryside of northern California. Arthur Langer wrote that he and his wife, Polly, will probably attend our next Reunion, depending on their health at that time. He also wrote that reunions are for old friends to catch up with each other and he looks forward to having that opportunity. Lt. Col. Leo E. Ells, retired, of Essex Junction, Vermont, was the brother of Helen Ells Higgins ’42, and brother of Alice Ells Splaine ’53. Leo died in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 14, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Cecile; children, Sandra, Helena, and David; and five grandchildren. Bob Perkins wrote, “Thelma Perkins’ slowly developing dementia progressed to the point that she had to move into a memory care facility in Helena, Montana. In July our four children and I, and two of our grandsons were able to gather in Helena to celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary. I had a bout with pneumonia in 2013 but I feel completely cured now. I do two miles every day on the high school track (jog a lap, walk a lap, jog a lap, etc.) unless the snow is too deep. In that case I walk about three miles on the streets of Rutland. My current plan is to stay in our house in Rutland as long as possible. I’m learning to cook and do all the bachelor things. I retired as editor of the Smoke and Blazes newsletter a couple of years ago and I have passed on to others the primary responsibility for our Lifelong Learning lecture series, although I attend regularly and help out with the contracts for our speakers. I’m still membership secretary for the Rutland Historical Society. I’m easing back into my favorite activity, hiking, which was in abeyance for the last couple of years. This summer will be Reunion time. I’m looking forward to my 70th with Rutland High School and my 65th with the University of Vermont. All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well in spite of my four score and seven years.” Doris Jones Fafunwa writes, “Warm greetings from Lagos, Nigeria, to all my 1950 classmates!”
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51John Tampas, Betty Kerin Bouchard, and I met at an emeritus luncheon recently, where I volunteered to write our class column again. Now that we have a classmate doing it, please let me hear from you. Three of Betty’s six children graduated from UVM, and all of her ten grandchildren will have graduated from college by this next spring. Quite a record! Alma Warrell Briggs lives in Air Force Village West in Riverside, Califonia. She traveled to Florida this summer to pin a second star on her son Jack’s uniform to indicate he is now a Major General in the U.S. Air Force. Mary Ellen Fuller Fitzgerald has moved to a condo in South Burlington from the large home she lived in for many years in Winooski. One of her grand-daughters is living in that home now. It seems as if many of us are downsizing these days. Betty Lawrence Gadue also sold her large home near campus recently and moved to a smaller place in the same neighborhood.
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52 Budd Propp passed away on September 19 in Durham, Pennsylvania, aged eighty-four. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Budd played on the varsity tennis and basketball teams at UVM. He worked in sales and marketing for several companies in New York and later as a consultant to a number of national firms. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lally, of Durham, two sons, and five grandsons. Submit your news to—
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53 Lynn Arthur Davis writes, “I moved to this great town in Florida, The Villages, in February of 2014. One of my roommates in school also lives here, Dr. Mark Margiotta and his wife, Pam. Playing a lot of golf. We have over 40 golf courses in town. Feeling OK for a person of my age. I’ve had some spare parts put in the last few years and they seem to be working. Life is good in sunny Florida.” While those of you in the northeastern part of the country have been suffering under tons of snow and low temperatures, we in California are experiencing the worst drought on record! Water, water everywhere, and why just enough to drink here? High tech is becoming a real challenge nowadays, too. My AOL account is gone, and Gmail is not functioning properly, either. What happened to user-friendly? Probably our communications will be better in 2015 with a new iMac computer; after all, Cupertino is the home of Apple Computers, and our little town is rapidly becoming a city of note internationally. Meanwhile, please send your 1953 class news to me via snail mail. That old system still works!
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54 Elizabeth Pratt Spevok writes, I am saddened to report the death of my mother, Audrey Smith Pratt, on August 21, 2014, after a brief illness. She was 81 years old. She was born in 1933 in Queens, New York, the daughter of Russell Avery Smith and Cecile Thomas Smith, and graduated with a bachelor’s in home economics. It was there that she met Robert L. Pratt, MD’55. They wed the same year and lived in Alburg, Vermont, eventually moving to Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1968. Audrey was an active member of the Yaddo Garden Association, and was an avid gardener herself. She enjoyed many creative activities including needlepoint, knitting, weaving, and photography. She also enjoyed traveling and nature and made many cross-country trips with her family over her lifetime. Audrey is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Robert; by her three loving children, five grandchildren, her sister, and her nephew. Phyllis Cameron Bricker shares, “This past summer I met some nice people from the East Coast while traveling to the northern lakes of Italy. Highlights included the Dolomites (the Italian Alps) and Lake Carezza plus the view from the Gornergrat at 3,089 meters above Zermatt, Switzerland. Here the mighty Matterhorn is among a collection of alpine peaks, surrounded by multiple glaciers, amid deep, deep virgin snow. I lingered here a long time. It’s another world. Travel is an education; an adventure, providing life-long memories. Why stay home?” Mary Ann Clowse Jenkins sends news from Idaho “Congrats to the Pi Phis. What a great contribution to the UVM magazine, Alpha Chis get with it! Write! I am not a Westerner. I live in an assisted living facility in Bellevue, Idaho, where I own a home also. Even though I miss skiing and tennis, I’m grateful to get around with my walker. I was saddened when my cousin in Woodstock wrote of Kathryn Dimick Wendling’s death. We were classmates in Richmond High School as well as UVMers.” Ruth Blodgett Hayes shares, “UVM has always been a ‘family tradition’ with my mother, Grace Frisbie ’29, my father, Robert Blodgett ’27, my stepfather, Frank Stiles ’23, and my husband, Charles Hayes ’53. Of my six children, Patty Hayes Wartinger ’75 and Charles Steven Hayes ‘98 are UVM grads. Of my 15 grandchildren, #14-Mattie Hayes is finishing her junior year...and I finally received a UVM mug! Life is good!”
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55 60th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Elliott Ross-Bryant tells us, “As of September 24, 2014 we have consolidated our residences permanently in Steamboat Springs. Lynn and I are both now retired from the Religious Studies faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder where we had lived since 1987. Skiing (with Billy Kidd and a number of other Vermonters) continues to be a passion (it’s the champagne powder!), hiking, mountain climbing (36 14’ers was all I managed), and music are still my thing, but I must admit I miss the teaching and being taught that was the center of my life. I am very grateful to UVM and the University of Chicago for instilling the learning bug in me.” Richard Caldwell ’55, MD’60 writes, “My professional career as a general surgeon in private practice in the Chicago area lasted for 31 years. I practiced initially at Rush University Medical Center and later moved to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, until ’97. During the 30+ years spent at ALGH, before and after retirement from surgical practice, I was involved with Risk Management, Quality Assurance, and was director of Medical Student Education in Surgery. In addition, I functioned as a governor of the American College of Surgeons and a board member of an off-shore medical malpractice insurance company. In ’63 Carol Ratjen and I married. We have three children and three grandchildren, the oldest of which is 10 and the youngest is 5, the light and love of our lives and all, fortunately for us, currently live in the Chicago area. Look forward to our 55th Medical School Reunion in early summer of 2015. If past reunions are any indication of the upcoming reunion, this one will also be a blast. My phone number is 847-337-4513 and email” Dick, also in his note to me (Jane) included a warm message in appreciation of the contributions to our class notes for so many uninterrupted years. He has just located an old buddy, Richard Hooker, via class notes recently, wonderful stuff! Sandra Bonney Perry Lovell is now in a retirement community. Widowed twice. Her oldest daughter Carolyn Holahan Bick ’81, her other daughter Linda Holahan Sandor Welleslly is in north Destin, Florida. Son John Holahan from Northeastern works at NorthWestern Business. She has many fond memories. Gerard (Jerry) Mullen took a run at the Vermont House of Representatives this year. “Running against an incumbent of a major party, even one who has co-sponsored laws that violate the Constitution, is a long shot in any case. With three people helping me on a part-time basis, I managed to take 1,173 votes in a gerrymandered district, but got beaten by about 300 votes. Interesting experience. If anybody plans to do something silly like this, I have lots of advice.” Hal Greenfader welcomed Barry Stone ‘56 and wife Carol, who flew west with the UVM basketball team to attend the year-end games at University of Southern California and University of California, Santa Barbara. Joining them were David Greenfader and Christa Greenfader (UVM/USC hybrids) at the pre-game reception at the Jonathan Club in Downtown Los Angeles. On New Year’s Day they had lunch with Mark Rosenblatt. Perhaps the unusual cold weather has slowed you down in sending on news for our class. In any case, so looking forward to our 60th come October! Make your plans! See you then!
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56 Michael Morse passed away on October 28, 2013 at home in La Jolla with his family around him. He fought the good fight with cancer right up to the end. Stan “Pal” Borofsky and Donna Davison Borofsky ’57 say, “We are still both having a great time. Pal still works and Donna still donates her time. We have three grandchildren, all enrolled at UVM. One graduates this year. Brad, our younger son, runs the business and Scot, our older son, is still working at art. We spend three months January, February, and March in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and see Rhoda Rosenberg Beningson ’57 and Herb, as well as Eddie (Etta) Sachs Mehl ’58 and Froman Mehl ’59 every year. Always look forward to old friends visiting in Brattleboro; stop at our store, Sam’s, anytime when we are in Brattleboro. We will visit the new Alumni House at this graduation. Hope to see old friends there. Love to all!”
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57 Ada Pratt Polianos shares, “My husband passed away October 16, 2014 due to complications after surgery. I am trying to adjust to life without him. I still participate in my church and in the DAR when able to. I have degenerative arthritis in my spine and knees limiting my mobility.” Jacob (Jay) Zwynenburg writes, “Both Joan and I continue to work full time at our business, Jay’s Art Shop & Frame Gallery in downtown Bennington, Vermont. We are both in very good health and we attribute that to keeping moving and working. We still enjoy what we do and the daily social interaction with customers and friends that come in our store. We have embraced the high-tech age with our website which includes our Facebook page with frequent posts. Looking forward to our next class Reunion. P.S. I still ski weekly.” Jessica Schildhaus Fischer ‘57 writes, “Every time I receive a copy of the Quarterly, it’s like a short visit for this Burlington-born grad. I remember going to the Fleming Museum to see exhibits when I was still in grade school and what stays with me is the diorama of the Grand Canyon and the changing lights! Ken and I both enjoyed the article by Thomas Weaver “Yellow Ribbon” because all of our seven grandchildren had completed their army service before their university studies. One who graduated from the Sorbonne noted the distance and outlook of the other students who lacked the experience that he had! My father, uncles, aunts, sisters, brother, and cousins by the dozens all graduated from UVM; I am amazed at the growth and changes over the years. I had a wonderful visitor some months ago, Deborah Lichtenfeld ’95 from Hillel on campus, and I am in contact with my childhood friend and class alum, Miriam Samuelson to this day. Keep the Quarterly coming. Have been in Israel since 1969.”
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58 Eileen Mowle Albert shares, “I have been retired a number of years and now enjoy my six grandchildren. I am so fortunate as they all live in the Dallas area. I also spend a lot of time traveling. Just returned from six weeks in Australia and New Zealand, a real learning experience. I return to Vermont each winter to cross country ski and have a winter fix. When at home I volunteer at my church, listen to first graders read at my neighbor school, drive local crime watch, and feed the homeless lunch. I bike on pretty days. I do keep busy!” Carol Conner Frei writes, “We have a grandson who is a freshman at UVM this year. Finally after four children and four other eligible grandchildren, we have one that applied and he loves it! Also, I have a fellow classmate living here at our Continuing Care Retirement Village in South Florida! It is a small world.”
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59 Lois Annable Rupert from Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, writes that she just returned from a seven-day Alaska Cruise with her daughter and family. “It was the first time for all of us and what beautiful country! Great sailing and gorgeous viewing of the Alaska country, from mountains to glaciers! Sorry to miss our class reunion but this year has been full of numerous trips: Seattle, Michigan for tax preparation and grandson’s high school graduation, South Carolina to take care of a 91-year-old sister-in-law, Myrtle Beach vacation, etc. I have been a consultant with Cookie Lee Jewelry for over 12 years and have fun showing the fashionable and affordable jewelry. This week they just changed the business name to ViVi, and individual titles to personal stylist. My website is Facebook business page is still ‘under construction.’” Eleanor Wilson Tessier shares that Leon P. Tessier, passed away on March 17, 2014. K. Millen Olver, Colonel, USAF Ret. writes, “I had the good fortune to begin my two year mandatory active duty service at Ethan Allen AFB (Winooski) in November, 1954. Since my eyes disqualified me from flying I was assigned to mundane duties in support. My Squadron Commander was a Burlington native, Major Elliot Starbuck. Impressive Col. Bill Hovde was his boss. Before my duty expired they asked me to remain in the Air Force. I told them I wanted to attend graduate school, in order to become a college professor. “Can’t you take those courses at UVM and stay here?” asked Col. Hovde. I answered that I’d looked into that, but the classes I needed were offered only during my work hours. The colonel looked at the major and said, ‘Elliot, you can spare Lt. Olver from work two or three hours a day while he takes classes at UVM, can’t you?’ The major told the colonel he thought that was a good idea. During that duty, I began a master’s program at UVM in 1956 or ‘57, commuting from the base to meet my classes. There were two other graduate history students that year. John Shy was an exceptional full-time student who the last I knew was teaching history at Princeton. The other was a part timer like me, John Barr. The History Department head was Dr. Harold Schultz, from whom I took several courses. Course choices were limited but each was excellent, with the professors dedicated to teaching as well as research. My favorite teacher was a UVM professor emeritus of History, Dr. Evans. By the time I was reassigned in 1958 (having elected to remain in the Air Force) I lacked only a thesis. At my next duty station I struggled to find a topic of interest either to UVM or me, not to mention access to research (much more difficult before the internet became available). Then I learned that (1) the Air Force would allow me to return to college for one semester of courses to complete a degree, and (2) UVM had a degree program that would allow me to substitute six hours of education courses for the thesis. So I was able to complete a Master of Arts in teaching degree at UVM at summer term, 1959. When I participated in the1960 UVM graduation ceremony, the day was hot. Since I knew my robe would cover me, I left my suit jacket in the car. Wrong. I received my degree with white shirtsleeves showing. Dean Kent of the Graduate School said with a smile as he handed me my degree, “What are you trying to do, make a fashion statement?” Several years later I sent a routine postcard to UVM requesting a transcript. Imagine my surprise when I also got a handwritten note from Dean Kent. He told me that although he was back teaching classics, his first love, he tried to keep in touch with “his students”. He remembered me and hoped that I, my wife and boys, were doing well. Wow! It exemplified my whole UVM experience of caring individuals. I had a 26-year Air Force career during which over half my time was spent either teaching or attending college. Although I’ve attended six other universities and taught at two others, I truly believe my learning experiences at UVM were the richest I had. I remain very grateful.” Our class celebrated our 55th Reunion in style with a catered luncheon at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, and a gorgeous, seated dinner at the Sheraton Hotel. Those present were Barbara Evans Skroback, Springfield, Massachusetts; Joanna Henderson, New London, New Hampshire; Jerry Heller, Wayland, Massachusetts; Ned Kopald, Highland Falls, New York; Priscilla Carpenter, Burlington, Vermont; Bob Gallagher, Indian Harbor Beach, Florida; Lloyd Perry and wife Emily Williams Perry, Berwyn, Pennsylvania; and me, Henry Shaw, Columbia, South Carolina. Small group, but fiercely loyal as already we’ve made plans for the 60th! We really need more bodies. Class of ’59 contributed $66,451 last year to the UVM Foundation. Up 13 percent from the year before, with 21percent class participation. Now’s the time, this fall, for the Class of ’59 to rev up and make this year’s contributions to the Foundation. Don’t worry... you’ll get a call. They need the money. And we need the recognition. Go Cats! While travelling in New Mexico, my wife Judy, and I had dinner with Rube Lamarque and his wife, Joan Schmouth Lamarque ’60, on October 31 at the Hacienda Hotel in Santa Fe. I still plays some tennis, but Rube continues to play every day but Sunday, and sometimes twice in a day. Amazing! Great to meet with old friends.
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60 55th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Robert Denmead reports, “My wife Pat Denmead ’58, and I live in Venice, Florida which is located about 25 miles south of Sarasota on the west coast. We would welcome a call from any “old” friends at 941-493-7462.” Jean Weaver writes, “Charlie and I celebrated out 50th anniversary last year and are enjoying being at our camp in Maine in the summer and in Florida for rest of year. We are very active in Florida! I love my time at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter from “Dolphin Tale” is. With our travels, I finally had to retire from dental hygiene four years ago. It was a great profession! We have four kids and seven grandchildren 14 years to 21. We are blessed!”
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61John Simonds says: “Having moved several times since graduation in 1961, I have jettisoned or replaced about every book I owned except a two volume set of Major British Writers and an original, dog-eared, copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by the irrepressible Julia Childs. Now that I have finally found my way into retirement, I have been indulging my secret passion for cooking some of Julia’s classic recipes like her Boeuf Bourguignon and her Cassoulet, both of which provide excellent fortification against the weather here in Chicago. The other fortification against Chicago winters is to get out of Dodge City and go to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, which is precisely what we did again this year. I left Julia at home, thank you.” Tom Hackett emailed, “After 53 years I have retired. It has been great with all of the many folks I have had the pleasure of serving, some back over 50 years. I now look forward to what is ahead. I will play more golf, do more fly fishing, do some wood carving and spend more time with my grandchildren. I am truly blessed.” Tom lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Muriel Wills Witham reported, “Right now, my new husband of three years and I are cruising down the Rhine River in Germany. I moved from the East Coast in ‘95 and retired from nursing seven years ago. I loved it while I was working, but miss it not in the least with my new life. We enjoy church activities, volunteering, and keeping up with our 18 grandchildren. I keep in touch with Joan Meyerhoff Feist and husband, Steven, who are the best godparents that one could want to my oldest daughter. When Ralph and I married, I moved to Laguna Woods, a retirement community where he lived in Southern California. I kind of miss the season changes, but can’t complain about the marvelous weather that allows one to garden in late November.” Susie Sells Hodgson says, “For my 75th birthday Dick and I took a wonderful tour of Vermont and New Hampshire...ohhh the memories!” Jim Rogers emailed, “I’ve been keeping busy being a marshal at both the AT&T and First Tee golf tournaments at Pebble Beach. In between times going to spring training in Phoenix and being a docent at Gilroy Gardens. Last spring Connie Anderson Rogers ’63 and I took a great trip to Italy with John Dick MD’67 and his wife, Katherine Brush Dick ’67. We look forward to touching our roots every July at our time-share condo in Stowe. We’ve also enjoyed playing in the UVM Alumni golf tournament while we’re there.” Fran Berlin Grossman reports, “I am retired and living on the banks of North Carolina. Come one, come all to my island paradise. I am involved in several community activities, such as Friends of the Library, Community Foundation, and JCOB. Life is good.” Paul Murphy reports, “Last summer I called an old friend, Pete Weiss ’64, in Florida and was very surprised to find out that he summers in Kennebunkport, Maine, where we have a family cottage. The Weisses and the Murphys had several great evenings dining, wining, and driving along the Maine coast. We introduced Marnie Weiss to the Arundel Flea market where it`s easy to find something you can`t live without. We look forward to seeing the Weisses, and his brother, Bob Weiss, Bob and Ann Goldman, and Bill Mooza when they visit Maine. We’re even hoping to see Pete and Cynthia Nelson if they can be pried off the Cape.” Roy Kelly reports: “In May 2015, I’ll step down as founder/director of the Charles River Chorale in Millis, Massachusetts, after 30 years. I am still artistic director of the Snug Harbor Community Chorus in Duxbury, Massachusetts in my 14th year and am entering my 20th year as organist/choirmaster with St. John the Evangelist Church in Duxbury. And, just to keep on playing, I’ve joined ‘The Olde Kids on the Block’ as keyboard player, a 16-piece Big Band a la the Glenn Miller era. The music just keeps going round and round!” Your class scribe dropped by UVM on Homecoming Weekend in October to attend the Delta Psi annual meeting as well as the groundbreaking for the addition to the Delta Psi house as it becomes the new Alumni House. I was pleased to run into Ralph Guiduli and several other Delts from years just ahead and just behind us, such as Fred Halterman ’60, Byrne Callahan ’64, and Lloyd Perry ’59. At the groundbreaking, UVM had recruited past Alumni Association presidents to participate. The class of ’61 was well represented by three former presidents: Rolly Allen, Kathe Allen, and Tom Amidon. Finally, I’m sorry to report the death of our classmate, Kay Coburn Dyer from post-surgical complications on October 2, 2014 at a Florida hospital in Tampa. Kay worked as a public and private school teacher, early childhood development specialist, sales representative, and as her last and best calling, a geriatric care manager and owner of Dyer Solutions in Apollo Beach, Florida. She was a member of the Sun City Center Rotary Club and Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Kay, originally from St. Johnsbury, came to many of our reunions, including our 50th and always added a spark to the group. Donald Sargent and Lucille Sargent celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 2. They have two daughters and seven grandchildren. Both of them are retired from IBM. Joe Buley reports, “I recently completed my tenure as a contributing and supporting editor for the publication of the book American Society of Civil Engineers, Los Angeles Section – 100 years of Civil Engineering Excellence, 1913-2013. The book was published by AuthorHouse and is available from the normal outlets such as Of historical note is the link between the Los Angeles Section and the University of Vermont. On page 65 you will find that one Wilbur C. Sawyer was instrumental in the founding of the Los Angeles Section on March 22, 1913. Mr. Sawyer was a civil engineer and a former civil-engineering lecturer at the University of Vermont. On a more personal note, my granddaughter was accepted into the school of Nursing & Health Sciences for the fall semester at UVM. I now have two granddaughters at the school.”
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62 Forrest “Woody” Manning is still living in Middlebury, Vermont. He is a survivor of kidney cancer and everything is fine now. He is retired, though he is very busy doing substitute teaching at Middlebury High School, usually for history class, but he also does wood-working, Latin, science, English, math, etc. He is having a “blast” at his age, he says. After reading about the old freshmen dorms being demolished, he thought about starting college in ‘58, remembering the beanies we wore for a week! He recalls the class walk and other old traditions that are long gone and what good times we had back then. He would love to get in touch with classmates and members of his fraternity, Phi Mu Delta. His email address is Patricia E. Gitt wrote a book, ASAP –As Soon As Possible is now available in paperback. Search Patricia E. Gitt on Amazon to find reviews. Linda Leffel Landow shares, “In December, our family of 13 went to Israel to celebrate the Bar and Bat Mitzvah of our two youngest grandchildren. While there, we spent time with Vic Hoffman. All six of our grandchildren celebrated their B’nai Mitvahs in Israel and this trip was another memorable experience.” Phyllis Padrusch Cordover and Howard Cordover ’58 spent time with Sheila Frakt and Gerald Fischer. She writes, “We visited them in Sarasota, Florida, where they were vacationing from New Jersey. We drove over from Boynton Beach, Florida, where we moved a year ago. The Cordovers would love to hear from any classmates residing in Florida or visiting. Their address is 7005 Springville Cove, Boynton Beach, FL 33437. Home phone 561-450-5600, Phyllis’ cell 205-907-6669, and email address is Submit your news to—
Patricia Hoskiewicz Allen

63Lee Cauley Bordas writes, “Two more grandchildren! Chloe Simoes Bordas born in New Bedford to John and Clara; Samuel Bordas Vargo, joining Rosie in California with Hanna and Eric. Better late than never!”
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Toni Citarella Mullins

64 Linda Cummings Deliduka writes, “I am a retired teacher. I am busy with 10 grandchildren and many statewide organizations. I am also traveling with friends.” Our big 50th reunion is now a memory and a super one at that. For those of you who did not join in the celebration, you were missed and you missed out on a wonderful weekend. The reunion began with a cocktail party at President Sullivan’s house. A great party where we could meet and greet as well as figure out who we all were. Time does make a few changes in appearances! We learned many facts about our University of Vermont. Last year there were 24,000 applications for 2,400 slots. UVM is a nationally-recognized university and one of the top ten up and coming universities mentioned by USA Today and Forbes Magazine. It is considered a “Public Ivy.” The facts went on and on to further reinforce why we are happy to be graduates and continue to be proud of our university. The Class of 1964 also was the winner of the McCullough Cup which is given to the class with the highest percentage of returning alumni. Saturday morning there was a trolley tour of the Burlington area which was enjoyed by many of our classmates. Because it is also Homecoming and Parents’ Weekend, there were vendors and activities on the campus behind the old gym. Lots of good eats and fun things to do. Saturday night found us at the Burlington Country Club for our class dinner, which was a big success. We danced to oldies thanks to Jim Rosenberg who saved our list from the 40th Reunion. There was lots of dancing going on. Sunday was the Green and Gold brunch at Davis Center, which is to honor the class of 1964 as the incoming group. All classes 50 years out and above are invited to attend. I hope you will consider the 55th if you missed the 50th. Our campus has undergone many changes all for the betterment of UVM. On a sad note, I received a note from Elissa Cohen ’90, informing me of the death of her dad Robert Cohen from GBM brain cancer. He had kept in touch with and had get-togethers with his TEP brothers through the years, and was surrounded by friends and family during his illness. Also twins Bob and Bill Davidson died within a year of each other after a long battle with Parkinson’s and ALS. Martha Reed Mockler and Richard are enjoying retirement in Palm Coast, Florida. She writes, “We enjoy the small city, coastal environment with lots of walks on the beach and biking and hiking trails, as well as the amazing birds and wildlife.” Linda Herzenberg Sparks says, “Hello Classmates! 110 alumni and spouses attended our 50th Reunion. I want to thank the Reunion committee and classmates who returned for helping to make it a special weekend. It was great to reconnect. For those of you who returned for the first time, please return again to see longtime friends and classmates. Bravo to our class for the best attendance and the largest contributions.” Roger Brown reports, “After graduating with my bachelor’s, I got a master’s majoring in physiology and biophysics. After five years in technology and research, I earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, in 1975. I was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ (Congregational), October 31, 1976. In 1979, I was divorced, after a two year marriage. We had no children. After returning to Vermont in 1979, I spent most of my career in parish ministry, until my retirement in 2010, I served as the permanent pastor of four churches, and the interim minister of 11 churches in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wyoming. Presently, I offer Christian and inter-faith spiritual direction. I’ve traveled internationally, and in June 2013 I made my dream trip to China. Recently, I spent some of the winter in Florida. I continue to be active in interfaith concerns, peacebuilding, environmental concerns, and enjoy my life-long hobby of photography. I’d love to connect with UVM alumni; my email is”
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Susan Griesenbeck Barber

65 50th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Dorothy “Dodie” Githens Carvalho tells us, “I split my time between Bellows Falls, Vermont, and Rockport, Massachusetts. I’m happily retired from teaching, and enjoy winter skiing and summer scuba diving. In the rest of the year I love gardening and traveling, as well as diving and skiing in other areas as much as possible. Life is good!” Nash Lamb writes, “I look forward to seeing the class of ’65 at the October Reunion, especially ski team members and SAE brothers.” Mark Ira Berson writes, “All is well and life is good. Peace be with you.”
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Colleen Denny Hertel

66 Robert C. Levis is retired after 35 years in education in Vermont schools and lives in Colchester with wife, Jill Hallett Levis. Jill is a retired adjunct professor/voice teacher at UVM. Retirement activities include: director of UVM Pep Band (ret.); member of Vermont Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble “Drumshtick”; member of Oriana Singers; and participation in several other musical and community events. Tom and Adrienne Donohue, John and Debbie Howe, and Doug and Klair Cozzi Martin ’65 visited David and Nancy Macdonald at their home in Sunapee, New Hampshire in August. A boat ride around Lake Sunapee highlighted the visit, and future meetings are promised. Maybe a winter ski trip to Mt. Sunapee, which is only one mile away. My husband, Ken McGuckin, and I enjoyed a visit from Nancy Castellanos Miller and her husband, Chris, in September. They are residents of Saratoga, California, and spend time at their Lake George, New York, home during the late summer/fall seasons. We also hosted Marcia Ely Bechtold and her husband, Chip Bechtold ‘64, for several days in October, and toured them around old St. Augustine, Florida, where we now live in retirement (if it really is considered retirement!) All of us discussed our 50th UVM Reunion and what might be ideas for our gathering in 2016. Please put on your thinking cap—we need your input. I was recently notified of the death of Sheila Coleman Eddy on June 18 in Burlington. Her daughter, Sheryl Eddy ’88, wrote that her mother was first and foremost a Vermonter who fondly recalled her time at UVM. The stories she told of her antics with roommate Gwen Connors were for the legend books. Den Linnehan shares, “In February of 2015, I will self-publish my fifth hard cover photography book: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Splendor. 176 pages, 9 x 12 landscape format. My wife Elaine and I celebrated 42 years of marriage on December 27, 2014. We have two daughters, both married with four grandkids in total. The youngest will be two in February.”
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Kathleen Nunan McGuckin

67 Bill Leete tells us, “I retired from the University of New Haven in 2012 after having spent 43 years in higher education (12 at Hofstra University, 31 at New Haven). My wife Cathie Leete ’69 passed away in 2006. I remarried in 2011 to Gerry Longo in the Bahamas. Gerry lost her husband Sam Longo ‘69 in 2004, and we were friends for over 40 years. I now live on Martha’s Vineyard and spend time traveling and seeing our six grandchildren often.”
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Jane Kleinberg Carroll

68 Congratulations to Jack Rosenberg on two first place awards in the 2014 PSA Mid-Atlantic National Cups Competition. Jack’s award-winning images were selected from over 1,700 entries. Sarah Dopp was a co-recipient of the Hildene Award in July of 2014, along with Paul Bruhn. The award is for contributions to historic preservation and land conservation in Vermont. The award of $10,000 is given by historic Hildene, the Manchester, Vermont, home of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln. The recipient(s) in turn gifts the monetary award to a non-profit in Vermont, for whom it would make a real difference. She writes, “We chose the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor, Vermont, a project being encouraged by Paul’s Preservation Trust of Vermont. I keep busy with many interesting projects, including organizing my 50th high school Reunion last summer, being president of the South Burlington Land Trust and the Chittenden County Historical Society. I just completed 22 years on the board of the Vermont Historical Society.”
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Diane Duley Glew

69Our 45th Reunion was a great success and now we begin prepping for the big one. Would love to hear stories from those attending. Did anyone run into the Paul Simpson entourage this fall in his amazing tailgate-mobile? He has built into his van a storage cabinet and a roll-out kitchen, plus a UVM flagpole, which twists up to about 15 feet. Last sighting was when Paul and Rick Farnham (who had retired as UVM athletic director) hosted a 3-4 hour tailgate with Art Brown, Paul Malone ’68, and Jeff Kuhman ’68 at a Patriots game where UVMers saw the flag and joined the party. John and Sally Hynes had a spectacular family trip to San Sebastián, Spain last year where they stayed with their exchange student from 22 years ago in his family’s beach home. They said “A grand time was had by all 10 of us.” Ed Barnard retired in 2011 from a 35-year career in forestry research and public service with the International Paper Company and the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry. He and wife Elna Rawson ’71 spend winters in Gainesville, Florida, and summers in Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Ed recently finished a “50-year dream” of publishing a history of his high school in Shoreham, Vermont, which was built as a private boarding academy in 1811. On the Common: A History and Memoir of Newton Academy is now available on Ed and Elna have four grandsons and one granddaughter. Valerie Audette Hall received a Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Science and Technology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth last May. Since leaving UVM, Valerie has taught middle and high school science for 35 years, first in Vermont and then in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she lived. She received her master’s degree in marine biology from Boston University in 1984, and, subsequently, instituted a marine program for high school freshmen when she returned to teaching in Nantucket. She retired from teaching in 2004 to pursue her doctorate. While continuing her doctoral bay scallop research, she also volunteers as a caregiver at a local animal shelter and in her church, and sings in the church women’s choir. Husband Robert Hall ’66 retired from teaching in 2001. They have two children, Emily (age 28) and Julia (age 26), and one granddaughter, Avia (age 4). Michael T. Alexander retired a few years ago as an analytical research chemist for five big corporations. He hopes other classmates share his concern for the plight of children living and dying in poverty, and wants to share this thought: “Charity is greater than love…love is something you give to family and friends….Charity is your gift to humanity.” On that note—stay heathy and active, and contact me with any news that’s fit to print!
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Mary Moninger-Elia

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70 45th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Brian W. LeClair writes, “I started 2014 with a new volunteer position, chairman of the town’s Conservation Commission. Shortly after the Corinthian Yacht Club’s summer cruise to Maine, I left for Colorado on a two-week backpacking trip with Marblehead’s Boy Scout Troop 11. We hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Mesa Verde National Park. We returned with only a few bear bites!” I recently heard from the lovely Cathy Cronin Coleman who writes that she moved from Connecticut to the resort area of Seabrook Island, South Carolina, where she bikes and works on her golf game. Tragically, Cathy recently lost her husband of 44 years, Andy. So she is adjusting to life as a single lady. She works part-time on neighboring Kiawah Island and is able to bike to work. She’d love to hear from any of her old UVM pals—especially if they find themselves near Charleston, South Carolina—close to Seabrook. Cathy also made special mention of Lynne Bartholomew Kreiner who was her roommate at UVM. William Ballard recently completed 45 years as an officer of administration at UVM. Currently serving as associate vice president for administration with responsibility for administrative support, auxiliary, public safety, and facilities-related services. Since the tragedy of 9/11/01, Bill has spent spare time in becoming an expert in emergency management and business continuity with several national certifications. Additionally, he has stayed in touch with current students for the last twenty years as faculty adviser to UVM Rescue. His wife, Lynne Ballard ’79 ‘G87, an associate vice provost at Champlain College, and Bill live locally in Colchester, and are starting to plan for their retirement a few years from now. He says, “Feel free to stop by my office at 109 South Prospect Street when you are on campus.” Sandy Luckenbill writes, “Ted Ebling and I invited Doug Arnold and George Kreiner over to our course in Naples for a round of golf late in the fall. George didn’t show up because he found out our ponds don’t freeze and I beat the other two the way Yeates beat Bowden. The highlight was hanging out with Doug’s wife that night and hearing her stories about her husband being a cab driver in Naples. Doug told us earlier he ran a limo service...” On a personal note, my wife and I have moved to Naples, Florida, full-time, although I’m not retired. More on that some other time. Since being down here, we see the Kreiners frequently, as well as Peter and Jain Doremus and John and Sally Hynes. We recently had dinner with Jeff and Joanne Kuhman and the chairman of the UVM Foundation, John Hilton ’68, and his wife, Jody. Happily, I also heard from a Sigma Nu fraternity brother who I hadn’t seen in 40 years, Argie Economou and his wife who have a winter home about a mile from us in Naples. Then I heard from, and played golf with Ted Ebling and his wife, Gail. F. Graham Luckenbill and his wife, Julie, joined us for drinks at the Ebling’s Naples home after. It’s like UVM South down here and fun seeing so many people from the past.
So, fellow classmates—call if you are down this way. Write to me so your UVM friends know what you are up to in these transitional years of our lives. As previously promised, if I receive no letters, in my next Class Notes, I will detail a shot for shot report of my most recent round of golf….including what I should have done, what distractions affected my swing, why the rough was unfair and how the grain of some greens ran in the wrong direction. I can hear the sound of emails coming this way already.
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Doug Arnold

71 In the World Masters Swimming Championships held in Montreal last July, John Radimer won a total of seven medals including a Gold while competing in the 200M mixed Free Relay against 39 other teams. His highest individual finish was a fourth in the 50M butterfly (the second American) against 53 other competitors from around the world. He also broke a total of four all-time New England age group records. David Pilachowski writes, “After eight years of planning and construction, the new library at Williams College was opened and dedicated in September. As the director of libraries, I worked closely with architects from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Apple Stores, Pixar headquarters) on the project.”
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Sarah Wilbur Sprayregen

72 Malcolm Henry Pope has retired from his positions of Liberty Professor of Occupational Aberdeen. Recently, he has become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has been given the Freedom of the City of London. He has been made the Baron of Winchburgh, Edinburgh by order of the Lyon Court and now resides in Fetteresso Castle. He is married to Kathryn Pope. Debbie and Larry Kull are happy to announce the birth of Henry Eli Kull on August 6, 2014 to parents Michelle and David Kull. Their granddaughter, Charlotte Eva Galemba, was welcomed into their family on September 3, 2013. They are thrilled that their family is growing! Chuck Suss attended a wedding in India recently, traveling on the Queen Mary from India via the U.K. He certainly stays active living off the grid on 45 acres, miles away from anything. His time is filled with lots of chores, a position in town government, airport committee, Civil Air Patrol, a coin business, and entertaining. As an alum, parent, employee, and your class secretary, I am constantly impressed by UVM, a beautiful and inspiring place. As our class approaches retirement, think about sending in your story of how your UVM education prepared you for your career or influenced your life path. Bill Dunnington shares that he is empty-nested, not quite retired, delighted to be back in the family home. Still writing, consulting, building businesses for work, and furniture for fun...and finding old friends. Jim Jennings writes, “Hi kids, now in California—never back to UVM. Life after UVM...National Park Service—Acadia, Peace Corps in El Salvador for three years, Bureau of Land Management...constructed 80 miles of Pacific Crest Trail...then Bishop, California for the Wilderness and Recreation Program and Movie productions: Ironman, Transformers, etc. Now retired...still get back to Maine. I own a funky cottage on the coast. Anybody from our class end up in California? Peace and good wishes to everyone!” David Holton organized a trip to British Columbia for a wonderful week of helicopter skiing. A wide circle of UVM alumni spanning generations were on the trip, too. They included: Barry Stone ’56, Sage Goldsmith Tremaine ’00, Clint Carrick ’13, Chris Cain ’70, Rick Carrick ’70, John Macy ’00, Courtney Goldsmith Broadwater ’03, Bill Thompson ’81, Lindsay Holton ’04, David Holton ’72, and Bill Davis ’71. See the Alumni Gallery online for a photo of the group.
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73 Allison Ryysylainen Smith has been happily retired on beautiful Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia, for seven years. “Time flies when you’re having fun and my husband, Bob, and I are having the time of our lives,” she writes. “So much to do here and so many wonderful friends. We feel truly blessed. Plus three daughters, three very young grandchildren, and lots of travel round out the picture. Just booked Australia and New Zealand for late next year and can’t wait for that adventure!” Ted Cohen is semi-retired after working for more than 20 years as a reporter at the Portland Press Herald in Maine. He recently moved back to his hometown of Burlington, where coincidentally he lives in the housing complex that used to be the grade school he attended as a child. Paul Gordon continues to practice medicine in Goshen, New York, in private practice. His son, Levi Gordon ’13, is in his first year of Vet Medical School in St. Kitts. Levi’s sister Kiowa Gordon is in Mongolia for two-and-a-half years doing Peace Corp volunteer work. Paul’s wife, Jeanne Gordon, is retired and they have two great Yorkie dogs, Brodie and Hanna Gordon. Catherine Mozden Lewis shares, “A milestone is reached! Tom and I will be retiring from full time work at the end of Jan 2015. We are moving but not far, just over the Virginia border into West Virginia, close to both daughters and a major airport, all important retirement criteria. Let the next adventure begin!” Charlotte “Charli” Cohen Sheer tells us, although I retired from fulltime teaching in June, 2012, I continue to be very involved with the Holocaust Stamps Project which I founded at Foxborough Regional Charter School (Foxboro, Massachusetts) during the 2009-10 school year. The project is raising awareness of the gargantuan number of 11,000,000 victims of intolerance killed by the Nazis, while also serving as a springboard to teaching tolerance, acceptance, and respect for diversity and differences among individuals and groups. UVM alumni from all classes are asked to save cancelled postage stamps (or donate unwanted stamp collections) to help increase the current total of 4.8 million to 11 million, to honor the memory of every man, woman, and child (6 million Jews and 5 million others labeled as “enemies of the State”). All are invited to visit the project website for the school’s address and much more information, easily accessed through Google or Bing at Holocaust Stamps Project.”
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Deborah Layne Mesce

74 Jim Condos won re-election to his third term as Vermont’s Secretary of State with 75 percent of the vote. “I am humbled and gratified by the strong support I received from Vermonters,” he said. Congratulations, Jim! D.C. author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley had a new book published in November 2014: A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C. She is author of several natural history books, including City of Trees, illustrated by UVM graduate Polly Alexander ’76. She and her husband, Jim Bradley, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in June 2015. Nancy Altha Simerl says, “Hi all, Since leaving Vermont in 1976, I’ve been a dairy science graduate student (University of Florida), a staff scientist for Proctor and Gamble Pharmaceuticals, and a massage therapist. Since 2004, I’ve been manager of a rural public library. I reapply things originally learned in Vermont every single day. Life is good, and there certainly is no lack of work that still needs to be done. Work hard and play harder.” Steve Rice and his wife, Anna, have settled into their new apartment in Brunswick, New York. “We can see the mountains to the east from our third floor balcony, which always reminds me of Vermont,” Steve wrote. Steve and Anna attended his 40th class Reunion last fall. “It was great to see and visit with some of my former classmates; of course, none of us have changed how we look. Maybe next Reunion, we can get together on a boat cruise.” Steve and Anna have two grandsons, and a third grandchild will arrive in August. Steve and Anna will have completed a three-week winter trip to Costa Rica, when this column appears. “Who knows? Maybe we will find a place to settle in this beautiful country,” Steve added. He looks forward to hearing from old classmates at John Simpson obtained his CPA this year and continues to provide accounting and tax services to non-profit organizations. The documentary film Under Four Trees that he is producing is in post- production, with plans to have it finished this year. Margo David DiIeso and I had lunch with Cathy Doane-Wilson and Laura Davies Tilley ’73 on New Year’s Eve day in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a wonderful reunion especially since we had not seen Cathy and Laura in over fifteen years. We promised not to wait so long for the next visit! You can see our picture in the online Class Notes Alumni Gallery.
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Emily Schnaper Manders

75 40th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Gerry Hunt writes, it was a wonderful Royall Tyler Theater reunion in October, working with Ed Tracy ‘76 and Keith Gaylord ‘76 to restore and produce a CD of the original Live UVM cast recording of all the music from The Contrast recorded when the theatre opened in March, 1974. We still have some copies of the CD, so if anyone wants a piece of UVM theatre history, contact Ed at Proceeds go to the Royall Tyler Theatre restoration fund. Bert Rouleau is uniting with Bruce Schwartz in Alta, Utah, for annual ski trip. He writes, “We originally drove from UVM in 1974 with two other Sig Ep brothers. Looking forward to making turns with ‘Bruce-Man’ some 40 years later. Also, just had my son, Aaron, come into my orthodontic practice in Mountain View, California. Just a dream!” Hela Evans Knowlton shares, “The timing is perfect for me to submit this note. I saw my orthopedic surgeon today for one year follow-up of my bilateral total knee replacement. He feels my function is unusually good. Next week I announce my retirement form the job I have loved for more than 20 years. We just learned that our second grandchild is due in August. I look forward to spending more time with friends and family (and responding to emails and requests on FaceBook.) Life is good!
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Dina Dwyer Child

76 Cindy Barnet Loughran ’77 is sorry to report that Mary Pat White Scarpa passed away on August 9 after a long, well fought battle with cancer. Editor’s note: Victoria ’17 is the daughter of Michael Diederich, not Richie Sobel as we incorrecty reported in our fall issue. Richie informs us that his son, Jordan, is in his second year of graduate school at Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory for Acting. Hope Warshaw was recently named president-elect of the 2015 Board of Directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Warshaw is a freelance writer, author, and consultant in diabetes, obesity, and nutrition. She is also the owner of Hope Warshaw, Associates, LLC in Alexandria, Virginia. She will ascend to president in 2016. Judy Holmes reports she was elected to the UVM Foundation Leadership Council last fall. She is in the middle of a huge uptick in her winter accessories business since being licensed to make and sell logo wear for the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek in February. She and her husband Jim have lived in Beaver Creek for the past 28 winters. The business, GuSStuff, is named after her Saint Bernard, and she contracts with home stitchers in New England to make the softest reversible winter accessories on the market. The items are also in 25 ski shops in New England. Marcia Maynard, Cathy Chandler Block and Sue Fowler-Finn all went to Peru this past summer to meet up with Marita Benevides who they had not seen in 38 years! Sue writes “What a time to be had! Lima, the Inca Trail, her farm in Icca, and so much more. It was like we had never been apart. We hope to get Marita up to New England soon. The memories will be in us forever.” Andrea Kalisch Casey writes, “I am in my 26th year of teaching elementary physical education and it is still enjoyable. My husband retired two years ago and my children are living in Mammoth Lakes, California, and Honolulu. Being the event planner at Mammoth keeps Caroline very busy and working on the final year of receiving a doctorate in microbial oceanography is John’s goal. Ed Tracy wrote in about the Royall Reunion for the Royall Tyler’s 40th Celebration. Cast members from the 1974 opening production of The Contrast joined theatre alumni from the ’70s and early ’80s on October 10 at the home of Beth and Keith Gaylord ’76 during UVM’s 2014 Homecoming Weekend. Over 60 alumni and guests attended including Mrs. Edward (Mary) Feidner, Mrs. William (Carrye) Schenk and Gerard Moses, former theatre department faculty. A photo can be seen in the alumni website photo gallery.
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Pete Beekman

77 Tom Ketcham shares, “After 32 years working in the Pacific Northwest, I returned to Vermont in 2011. I started out in 1979 as a forester with the USDA Forest Service, working on several National Forests on the dry (eastern) side of the Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington, and continue my career as a forester here in Vermont on the Green Mountain National Forest. It’s great to be back in the northeastern hardwoods! I ran into forestry classmate, Gary Hawley, at a seminar held at the Davis Center this past December and we got to catch up on fellow classmates. I lost track of most everyone over the years but crossed paths with Brian McGinley and Mark Lapine on occasion while out west. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the professors and staff of the School of Natural Resources— the knowledge, skills, and academic inquisitiveness developed while at UVM has served me well in my career as a forester. Keep up the great work!” Send your news to— UVM Alumni Association 411 Main Street Burlington, VT 05401 78 PC Construction has promoted Joe Picoraro to the position of vice president in the general contracting, construction management, and design-build services firm’s Portland, Maine office. The 36-year PC Construction veteran most recently served as construction executive. Picoraro joined PC Construction as an estimator upon graduating from UVM with a civil engineering degree. In the decades since, he has held a number of leadership positions throughout the company—starting in the water and wastewater division before focusing on buildings and facilities construction—providing him with an incredible depth and breadth of industry knowledge. Picoraro was instrumental in establishing PC Construction’s Portland office 15 years ago and has since concentrated his efforts on overseeing construction operations, client relations and business development in Maine and New Hampshire. Joe is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has been a dedicated leader of Boy Scout Troop 23 since 1991.
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Pete Morin

78 Stephen Seitz has just published his second Vermont-based mystery novel, Terror Strikes Downtown, about the repercussions from a series of explosions in the fictional Vermont town of Valentine. The book is available online in print and e-book formats. Seitz also hosts the cable access program, “Book Talk.” Miriam Bolwell Foerster retired to Tennessee in 2002. “I am now 84 and still painting also teaching in my studio when time allows. I graduated from UVM with youngsters. I do miss Vermont and read the alumni news.” Judy Ketcham Knaub writes “Lisa Fernandez ’79, Janet Terp ’79 and I met at the beach in Ocean Park, Maine. We shared many laughs while remembering our college days and how females were treated pre-Title 9. I also got to see Linda Johnson Norris ’81 who was celebrating the 4th of July with family in Ogunquit, Maine. Judy’s new endeavor is assisting senior citizens with using technology and teaching classes on various applications. So I am recruiting my UVM classmates, except we are not senior citizens yet...right?”
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79 Richard Poecker retired last fall after working 30 years for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Rick and his wife recently moved to Bandon, on the Oregon coast. Geri Reilly writes, “My husband, Mike Simoneau ’73 and I, just celebrated our 25th anniversary in August. We feel very fortunate to live and work in South Burlington. We have two children both at UVM, class of 2016 and 2017. We opened our own real estate company in August of 2010, Geri Reilly Real Estate and have been one of the top realtors around. We are very happy to have the kids at UVM and have enjoyed experiencing UVM all over again!”
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Beth Gamache

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80 35th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Robin Basch Flatow tells us, “I enjoyed the annual tradition of a long summer weekend with my Tri Delta sisters at the cottage of Kathy Kurtz Little ’79 at Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. This year, the group included Debbie Agrillo Whitehead; Lynne Hollingsworth; Kyra Bannister; Jaye Rooney Tani; Donna Nickles Poe; Kathy Kurtz Little ’79; and Missy Demph Rinaldo ’81. Linda Purdy Cooke ’79 also surprised us with an appearance. We are spread out throughout North America—Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, New York, Colorado, and Toronto. We have diverse careers and families, but when we come together, we get along as if we never skipped a beat. We reminisced and would love to hear from others from those years! I continue to live in Toronto with my husband of 25 years, Rob, and our daughter, Jamie. Jamie is 20 and is a junior at Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I still work in marketing, and Rob is in sales. I would love to hear from my classmates from UVM. I am on Facebook and LinkedIn, or you can contact me directly.” Thomas William Campbell writes, I have fond memories of long days and nights writing for and editing the arts section of The Cynic, blasting the Ramones and Clash on vinyl from the comfy WRUV radio station atop Pomeroy Hall, life in the shoe boxes (do they even still exist?) and learning to edit film (I do mean celluloid) with Professors Kim Wordon and Walter Ungerer. I moved to New York City after graduation and have an MFA from City College in documentary film production. I’ve taught film and video production and film history at a number of universities around New York City and am currently the technical director of the Communications Department of Adelphi University. I am a member of the National Board of Review, where I get to see a lot of movies, write about them, and talk to many filmmakers, actors, and producers about the art and craft of making films. Hope to see the beautiful campus soon!” Betsy Neustein Ross, a noted authority on the stresses and strains confronted by professional women, is offering the fourth “Professional Development Weekend for Women” April 24-26, 2015. This restorative weekend, at the Norwich Inn & Spa, includes five hands-on workshops, developed by Ross on topics such as: building better boundaries, eliminating self-sabotage to increase success, keeping you on your to-do list, and more. To learn more, go to: Her beautiful family misses her when she is away facilitating retreat weekends, but understands professional women need lots of support and connection! Andrew Hill Newman writes, “I had a wonderful time visiting UVM this past October and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Royall Tyler Theatre. I was thrilled to participate in a career panel discussion with other theatre alums. I am about to begin work as a writer/producer on season two of ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn’, a children’s sitcom on Nickelodeon.” Sanne Kure-Jensen writes, “I’ll be giving several workshops on the many rewards of backyard beekeeping at the NOFA/Mass and NOFA-NY Winter Conferences in January and the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show in February.” Barbara Smith Murphy shares, “I was successful in my campaign to be the state representative from Fairfax, Vermont, and am honored to have this opportunity to serve in the 2015-16 biennial.”
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81 Tim Fitzpatrick has been hired as the packaging manager to work with infant formula powder lines at Perrigo’s Vermont facility. Tim brings to Perrigo 28 years of experience in roles such as manufacturing operations manager for a kidney dialysis medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing company, and as a production manager for a Vermont-based food protein manufacturer. Tim earned his bachelor’s in biology from UVM. He is relocating from Port Orange, Florida, to Vermont for this new position. Lisa Love passed away from cancer on November 1, 2014. Tim Anderson writes, “I have recently moved to San Clemente, enjoying the year round weather of Southern California. Working as a health & wellness consultant with Guckenheimer, promoting to corporations the value of establishing sustainable good nutrition habits for employees with a wellness ROI that’s real. Kids all grown—one a doctor in Denver, second a gaming programmer in Santa Monica, and third a business major at USC. Two Golden’s keep us busy. Life is good!” Sheldon Smith reports, “I work for the College of Health at the University of Utah. I am very proud to announce that we will be kicking off a Diabetes Prevention Program for the employees and family members of the University of Utah College and Hospital this January. As one of the larger employers in the state, we are excited to be making a move to improve the health of our employees. Tim Collins and Marilyn Collins ’G83 have taken up weekend beekeeping at the farm first settled by Tim’s great-great-great-great grandfather in West Berkshire, Vermont. Lost by the family in the Great Depression, the farm was re-acquired by Tim and Marilyn in 2004. During the week Tim continues to work as a partner in the law firm of Collins, Dobkin & Miller LLP in New York City and teaches constitutional history at Pace University. Marilyn keeps busy overseeing nearly one hundred volunteer tutors as the education coordinator for Literacy Volunteers in Stamford, Connecticut. Matt Dustin writes, “Amanda, UNH graduate, and wife of 11 great years, and I are loving the north country of New Hampshire with our two labs, one black, one yellow, and an 11-week-old Bernese Mountain dog. I am five months shy of completing paramedic school and work for two ambulance companies as an AEMT, Gorham EMS and the 45th Parallel EMS in Colebrook, both in northern New Hampshire. We both ride in the Pan Mass Challenge, however, we are taking a break from the 194-mile cycling Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber fundraiser to get me through school and clinical time. I also work part time as a tour guide stage driver on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, so if you get up this way, stop by for a tour of the North Country.” Steve Ehrens writes, “I just got back from a month of skiing in Park City, Utah, where I have been going for many years with my twin 22-year-old daughters and wife. Hard to believe they are both graduating from college this year. Seems like I just graduated from UVM a couple of years ago! Living in Easton, Connecticut, and working as a wealth advisor in Fairfield. I have lots of time to ski and to fish. I frequently think back to all the fun I had at UVM. Visited a few years ago when looking at colleges and can’t believe all the changes to the school.” Linda Whitmore writes, “I’ve been living in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the past 10 years and currently work for Wells Fargo. I’m looking for UVM alumni in the area. There was one (and only one) alumni event when I first moved here. Let’s have another!” Janet Kwiecienski Daughhetee is living in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area with husband, Bob, and sons, John and Noah. “I am working at an ECF/SNF as senior staff physical therapist. Fellowship with The Way International Biblical Research, Teaching & Fellowship Ministry. Also enjoy living/learning about holistic lifestyle. Hello to my old physical therapy friends: Debbie Brannen, Kathy Perry-Hall, Susan Hendry, Lisa Spear, Ellen Rynick, and Anne Flemmings. Would love to hear from you all.” Dianne Braves Sante writes, “It was a great Homecoming reunion with my sorority sisters! We all had a blast and we are looking forward to our rendezvous for the Stratton Mountain Ski-Ride Alumni weekend! So much happened last year taking on a new role with Starbucks, an absolutely amazing company to be working with! Although my 10+ year experience as a director with Polo Ralph Lauren was the highlight of my career, I believe Starbucks is right up there too! We also hit a big milestone with our daughter not only earning six national titles with her track cycling in Los Angeles, but she also had the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the World Championships held in South Korea. She trained at the U.S. OTC in Colorado Springs prior to Worlds for 10 days. If she’s not seen cycling, then she is ski racing with USSA. We hope to see you out on the lake this year sailing, skiing, or cycling? One of them!”
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82 Jamie Fagan writes, “Katie and I hosted a party at our new home in Beacon Hill for Professor Tim Bates who is raising money to endow a fund for the Zwynenburg Professorship. Professor Bates had at least 25 of his economics disciples there and everyone was, as usual, in awe of his wisdom. Kudos go to Rosilind Cross who is spearheading the effort to raise money for this chair which is in honor of Mark Zwynenburg ’81 who was a star pupil at UVM and who was killed on Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland.” Stuart Benway writes, “At the start of 2015, I launched a new commercial finance business called SJB Growth Capital. My goal is to find capital for small and mid-size businesses in order to help them achieve their growth goals or to meet short-term liquidity needs. I offer a broad variety of financial solutions that many traditional lenders avoid. Companies or investors that do not have perfect credit metrics can often benefit greatly from my services.” Audrey Mello Hammer lives in Bedford, New Hampshire with husband, David Hammer ‘81, and sons Jared Hammer ’16,a junior at UVM, and Austin Hammer, a freshman at Colorado College. She writes, “We would love to hear from any of our UVM friends and reconnect.” Randall Volkert writes, “Happy greetings from way down the hallway of years. Since our auspicious graduation, I’ve held many titles, lived many places, and stayed mostly-married. Before attending UVM as a disabled vet with VA work-study assistance, I had already attempted Middlebury College in 1969 and found myself unready to do the work. I joined the Air Force and served seven years, then began my affiliation with UVM. I returned to Vermont from New Mexico, after some summer classes at UVM and some subsidized work-study, I settled in and completed a bachelor’s in 1982. I’ve had twenty-six addresses that I can recall and I’ve long-suffered with various pains and probably a dose of depression, so my first marriage fell apart (having lasted from ’73-’81). I soon married the daughter of old family friends, Linda Joy Rafuse of Binghamton, New York. Next, I went to Air Force Officer Training School in Texas about a mile from the area where I had done enlisted basic training 14 years earlier, but this time I was a lot older and somewhat worse for the wear so I voluntarily “washed out” half-way through. I returned to Vermont and found work as maintenance director at Camp Abenaki in North Hero. At other times I was a hypnotherapist, an IBM computer chip “stress-tester”, VT Department t of Health water quality tester, Farmers Home Administration administrator. I went back on enlisted active duty in the Air Force in 1985 and was sent to Homestead Air Force Base in way-southern Florida. It was a dream assignment. Soon after we moved into base housing Linda had a seizure as we lay in bed, and the outcome was that she had a large-ish glioblastoma / astrocytoma in her mid-brain. She had radiation, surgery, and chemo. Meanwhile though, I finished a master’s in counseling psychology. Thus I ended up with three degrees—an Associate of Applied Science in Flightline Operations from Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from UVM and the Master of Science in Community Counseling I earned while on active duty in Florida. I received orders to a “remote assignment” in Okinawa. Rather than leave Linda alone for a year while I finished the unaccompanied tour, I took a “humanitarian discharge” in 1988. I joined the Air National Guard again as they transitioned to the F-16 and took care of “ground equipment”. I finally had 20 years of active and Guard service and retired. In 1990 I moved to western Massachusetts to work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, GS-9, at the Northampton V.A. Medical Center. While there, I decided that I should pursue a doctorate, so I started up with Nova Southeastern University’s program in Information Technology in mid-1994. Shortly into the program, I returned from a week on campus in Florida to find that Linda had died at home. I didn’t continue with the doctorate. I moved on, stunned and lost, going through the motions at work. Then I was introduced to Karen in late 1994 by a mutual friend. Karen and I adopted Joey at age 5 in 2001. Since then, I’ve been the domestic one. She retired in late 2012 after 30+ years and is thoroughly enjoying the freedoms which come with that. (Joe has an epic story of his own, but, in short, he has overcome multiple congenital and acquired challenges to become a stable, friendly, and occasionally thoughtful adult. He will, however, most likely need continuous help in navigating daily matters throughout his life.) All this may strike one as a rather tortuous and tragic story; I look at it with a Zen–beginner’s mind. There have been semi-proud moments such as when I was accepted by three college honor societies: Mortar Board, Alpha Zeta, and Green Key. I also inexplicably scored phenomenally well on the Miller Analogies test and so made it into Mensa. I have been honest, loyal, and as good as possible under the circumstances, due in no small part to the perceived expectations of my fellow graduates and the school at large. A sense of membership in something greater than oneself helps to weather disappointments and turmoil, and even makes triumphs a little more satisfying.” Tom Gates says, “Hello to my old pals, especially Coolidge 3rd, Delta Psi, Mass Communications majors, Theatre, and Lax teammates. Hope you are all well. Life in Pennington, New Jersey is great. I have enjoyed originating mortgages for 22 years. Am especially thankful for my life with Tracey. Our daughter is 22, our son is 25 and both are moving on nicely with their lives. I just sold my 1975 Honda CB400F after 35 years! We are about to embark on our 7th (or so) annual boys ski trip to Okemo with Jon Rogers, Mike Aubrey, Al Bates, Nick Bowen, Steve Woodruff, and Tom Pynchon. Congrats to Pynch, who was recently named director of advancement at Saint Lawrence University. Best wishes to all!”
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83 I was recently contacted by our classmate, Ilona Bessenyey, who lives in Alaska and wanted to say hello. As for myself, I am healthy and well after my bout with multiple, bilateral pulmonary emboli and a DVT last year and am thankful to be alive and with my family. I am feeling healthier than ever as I continue to teach knitting and Pilates. I am in the midst of completing my training for my comprehensive certification and boards. I also continue to serve as a St. Minister through our church, Augsburg Lutheran. Jim is looking forward to retiring in about five years and I can’t wait! Our daughters are both well and continuing in their education. Caryn Alexis is in her first year of her Doctorate of Musical Arts at WVU and Colleen Nicole is in her third year at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and plans on becoming a swine vet. She has had research presented at the International Swine Veterinary meeting and will be a presenter at the ASV meeting this winter. Soon, there will be three Doctor Croziers! The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) announces Deborah Greenwood, as president of the 2015 AADE Board of Directors. Deborah is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist and AADE program coordinator with Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network in Sacramento, California. Peter Sorensenshares, “I recently retired from the United States Navy Medical Corps after 22 years. I spent the last 12 years as the program director chairman and Navy ENT specialty leader at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Last year I opened a private practice, The Clinical ENT Center in Fairfax, Virginia, I am married to Margaret Kohl Sorensen ’84and we have four children, Beth at Salisbury University, Kate at Vanderbilt University, and Peter and Anna at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg Maryland. Peggy Smith Liversidge submitted on behalf of Hollis Hunnewell ’83that his wife, Mary Wellington Hunnewell of Cohasset Massachusetts passed away on October 17, 2015.
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Lisa Greenwood Crozier

84 The Retreat’s 6th Annual Juried Art Show to fight against domestic violence was held this year. The top 25 artists were featured in a group show online and in-person from November 29 to December 17 at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in the heart of Sag Harbor, New York. Margot Carr was one of the top 25 artists chosen. Kenneth Pidgeon shares, “I’ve recently been involved as a member of the Leadership Council for the proposed UVM STEM Complex project. This very exciting undertaking has very meaningful potential for both UVM and Vermont.” Scott Cohen says, I am a happy pediatrician living in Albany, California, near Berkeley. I am married and have a four-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son. In 2003 I started a non-profit Global Pediatric Alliance. We work with indigenous midwives and health promoters in Latin America. Our efforts are geared towards improving maternal and infant survival and improved quality of life. Please check us out at:” Carol Greenberger reports, “I love living in Asheville, North Carolina, with my husband and 12-year-old daughter. I’m in private practice as a psychotherapist. And I am starting an artist’s collective and artist residency program. If anyone is coming through town, please say hello!” John Sama writes, “It saddens me deeply to share the news of the passing of Dr. Laurie C. Dietzel of Hyattsville, Maryland, on January 15, 2015. Laurie and I served together as UVM Orientation Leaders in 1982. Laurie was a principal at Dietzel Butler & Associates, which provides testing and consultation services for children. Laurie leaves behind her husband, Claude Allen, and their daughter, Emma. The family is planning to hold a memorial gathering in Vermont in the spring. Contact John Sama ( if you’d like to be notified when those arrangements have been made.” >
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8530th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Amy Sieger Daniels writes, “This was an incredible summer of UVM reunions and fun! In July I backpacked the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland—115 miles over the Alps, with Craig Mabie. It was a very demanding and inspiring life list journey for both of us and we had a ball! In September, the two of us joined our ‘gang’ for our regular reunion: Roddy Lewis, Ross Nayduch, and Josh Powers for a backpack down into the Grand Canyon, right after a monsoon and during a heat wave, which made it quite the challenging trip! We were on unmaintained trails so we were alone for most of the five days. Many thanks to Roddy for guiding on this absolutely remarkable trek! It was extraordinary, of course, as are all of our exciting adventures together! These guys are my family and I am so lucky to have them in my life! I can’t wait until next time.” Carolyn Weaver ‘85, G’87 has joined KW Vermont, Keller Williams Realty in Colchester, Vermont, as an independent realtor. She is serving as vice-president/president-elect for the Northwestern Board or Realtors and has over 19 years of experience in Chittenden County. She and her husband, Joe Weaver ‘84, own Red Barn Gardens in Williston, a farm stand and event venue with two greenhouses and a rustic barn. They recently renovated a colonial farmhouse owned by the Chittenden family. Susan Emerson tells us, “I just received yet my third college degree —a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Northeastern University. The first was a bachelor’s in health education from UVM. The second a master’s in physical therapy from Boston University. I can truthfully now say I am finished with seeking more college degrees! Feeling proud and hopefully served as a good role model for my 13-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son.” Deirdre Anne O’Connor shares, “After eight years living in Austin, we are back on a coast…and I’m very happy! Texas was not for me, but I gave it a shot! I’m once again selling real estate and my husband, Jacob George, is traveling the world selling radio-frequency identification chips. Kind of mixed up as I’m the one with the international MBA, but as you all know, that’s life! We have two rascally girls: Kiran, 10 and Michaela, 8.” Elisabeth Alden writes, “I recently completed six years at University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. I was involved with the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) on the Hualapai reservation in northern Arizona. It is a rewarding position, but I still have dreams that I will return to Vermont. I have a house in Windsor, and hopefully will be able to report a relocation in a later update!” Melanie Atsales Kelly tells us, “With my oldest daughter now a freshman at UVM, I am enjoying the chance to spend more time in Burlington again. I hope to see classmates at our Reunion in October!” Harriet Rust Brown Dickerson spent some quality time and had a fun-filled weekend with fellow friends and 1985 alums Robin Anderson Ritchie and Gina Ingrassia Forberg in November 2014. She writes, “Saw Wicked, Ryan Adams and the 9/11 memorial. Long chats, lots of laughs and great meals as well! Hoping our friends Kathy Hebner Campbell, Sue Morgenstern Garbutt, and Liz Nixon can join us next time. Perhaps in Laguna Beach with Sue or on the Cape with Kathy!”
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86“We: Michel J. Messier ‘86, Matthew ‘14, and Morgan Champlain ‘14, and wife and mother Melissa ‘87 were pleased to recently discover our descendancy from Jacques Cartier’s c. 1534 North American explorer’s in-laws The Jean and Jacques Guyon des Granches Family and the Christophe de Barbancon seigneur de Champlain c. 1463 Family. Vive La Nouvelle (New) France and the Champlain Valley.” A new poetry collection by UVM Senior Lecturer of English Angela Patten has been published. In Praise of Usefulness finds the expatriate Irish poet once again poised between thoughts of Ireland, the country that engendered her love of language and literature, and America, the country that fostered her development as a woman and a poet. Angela is author of two previous poetry collections, Reliquaries andStill Listening, both published by Salmon Poetry. She is also a recent Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award recipient. Hugh Barron writes, “I’m living in Ross, California with wife Sarah and two daughters, Sophia and Lulu (16 and 13). I’ve been working in International Industrial Sales to Latin America for the past 22 years, how time flies! I still love skiing and manage to get my share out here in the Sierra Nevada. No one out here believes me that I actually like the colder weather!” Maria Heck Swanson shares, “with the three older children graduated from college and the youngest a sophomore, I’ve been able to travel more—stateside and abroad—and work less. I am still doing physical therapy (casual status) with children (mostly pre-school age) with developmental disabilities. My husband, Joel, and I have enjoyed frequent trips to Ellicottville, New York for skiing and hiking...though it doesn’t compare to the Green Mountains!” Robin Blecker DixonandGordon Dixonare excited to have their son Calvin Dixon ’18 attending UVM. They have had a great time reconnecting with UVM and Burlington.
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87Cathy M. Coleman Acampora was in the CALS animal science program, dairy club, and Alpha Gamma Rho Rhomates. Her daughter, Cheryl ’18, now attends UVM. Cathy left UVM to become head zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo, then became a self-employed muralist after life-changing medical event. She now works for University of Massachusetts Extension 4-H. The Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), a regional business development organization serving 21 communities, is pleased to announce the addition of Diane Stockton-Breese G’87 as their new marketing, communications, and events coordinator. Diane brings over 15 years of business development experience to this role. She has an extensive background in municipal and regional economic development. Doreen DeNitto Burliss writes, “My UVM story will rock on with my daughter, Maddi! She got the highly anticipated news of her UVM acceptance on her 18th birthday—her first choice school, to my supreme delight. (Everyone needs some Burlington, Vermont, in their lives!) Though we’ve visited campus just about every year of her life while visiting Brenda Christensen ‘88 of Williston, she had the official tour in July and was sold. Maddi’s big brother, Cody, graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2014, and her little sister, Ryder, a talented surfer, is a high school freshman with her eyes on UCLA or Stanford. My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Nantucket where we spend a nice chunk of time every summer. I’ve had countless adventures and experiences over the years and am currently a columnist for a local newspaper as well as a freelance news/feature correspondent. A little side-note: Just picked up a book at my favorite Newburyport bookstore entitled Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich, who happens to be a retired UVM biology professor! Loving it.” Kari Latvalla Miller reports that Tri Deltas from the ’80s gathered at UVM this past September to reconnect, reminisce, and enjoy all that UVM and Burlington have to offer. Sisters able to attend included Stephanie Zak Jerome ’84, Linda Hanna Sinnott ’84, Debbie Okun ’84, Sonja Shaver Fuller ’84, Pam Tanguay Simendinger ’85, Katrina Long Ouelette ’85, Susan Marchand Higgins ’85, Susie Zak ’86, Kathy Camisa ’86, Gerri Brockwell Unger ’86, Julie Green Haskell, Jackie Domingue Estes, Lisa Zelinski Coyne, Jackie Aldinger, Ellen Singer Shell, Kari Latvalla Miller, Donna Bakalor, Kathie Grant, Sherry Pietroski Churchill, Heidi Steidl Bean, Mary Sheppard Valvano ’88, Cynthia Goldstein Banister Lynch ’88, Lisa Matlin Pratt ’88, Kimberlee Chesarone Coleman ’88, Karen Demma Howard ’88. To connect with these ’80s Tri Delts and others and to learn about upcoming Eta Chapter Alumnae activities, please send an email to:
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88 Richard L. Wallace, an Ursinus college environmental Studies professor, was named Pennsylvania Professor of the Year. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recognized Richard for his interdisciplinary and integrative teaching which fosters critical thinking, his community contributions, and his scholarship on marine mammals. Richard is one of 31 professors recognized from more than 400 top professors in the nation. Christine Hinz tells us, “After 25 years of living life as a ‘die-hard’ New Yorker, I recently moved to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates with my husband and our two cats to start a new life adventure. Building on my experience in the tourism sector, I’m working as a freelance writer covering business events in the region for several U.S. trade publications while enjoying warm weather, a vibrant new city and culture, and an experience of a lifetime!”
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89 Martha Hull married Ian Clarke ’07 on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. They live and eat lots of cheese in Portland (yes, the Oregon one.) Martha has written, illustrated, and self-published two cute, funny, deadly picture books since 2012 and is currently developing an animated web series. She would love you to come visit her at her home in pixel-land,
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90 25th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email On September 3, 2014 Oswald Cousins joined Nixon Peabody LLP as a partner in the San Francisco labor and employment practice. Oswald is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, disability accommodation, trade secrets, and contract disputes. During his 20 years of practice, he has served as lead and co-lead counsel on numerous bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations in federal and state forums. Oswald joins Nixon Peabody from Littler Mendelson’s San Francisco office, prior to which he was a partner in the employment department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. A graduate of UCLA School of Law, he is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and the California Minority Counsel Program.
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91 Jerry Appell Jr. started an educational music project with musicians and artists in the Putney area several years ago. These services include customized songs for non-profit organizations as well as an online song encyclopedia where educators can search for songs through a topic database. Rock In The Classroom songs and music videos represent an eclectic mix of pop styles with the unifying theme of exploring educational topics through song. Unlike most educational music that is geared toward children, Rock In The Classroom directs its songs towards high school students, college students, and adult life-long learners. Over the course of the past six years Rock In the Classroom songs have been used for a wide variety of educational applications. College and high school curriculums have used Rock In The Classroom music videos as part of presentations on topics such as the Manifest Destiny in U.S. History and the role of women in American Literature. Rock In The Classroom music videos can be accessed online at all major video sharing websites. The CDs and single downloads are available online at ITunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and a variety of other online retail outlets. For further information go to or contact Jerry at Aimee Marti is the founder of Starboard Collection. Starboard Collection Appetizer Set was nominated for a 2014 Eco-Excellence Award™ by Natural Child World Magazine. The Eco-Excellence Award Winners were featured in print and digital edition of the magazine’s winter Issue. Geoff Schuppert has had an exciting year. He appeared in the Cinemax Drama “The Knick” and MTV’s “Eye Candy.” He has a supporting role in Woody Allen’s upcoming film with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and another supporting role in “Fan Girl” starring Meg Ryan and Kiernan Shipka. “I would love to catch up with any of my classmates and fellow alums visiting the Big Apple,” he writes.
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92 Paul Afek writes, “I just moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, joining the faculty of the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine. Anyone else in the area?” Sayaka Yamaki writes, “I bought a one bedroom condo in Canton, Massachusetts, in December 2012, and love it. I can walk to the commuter rail, and found some beautiful furniture on Craigslist, and some new pieces as well (Reuse helps landfills, and it’s less expensive!) I still enjoy advising undergraduate environmental majors at Boston University, and have since July 2000. I even graduated with an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2006. However, instead of starting a personal chef business, I started a horse apparel business called Exhale Saddle Pads (still on Facebook). I’ve sold off a majority of my products, to give me time to attend grad classes part-time in January 2015! I applied for the education master’s here, with a focus in higher education administration. My sister and her family live in Watertown, Massachusetts, but the rest of my family is in New York. I have two nephews now, ages six and four. I’m sorry I’ve been out of touch! Please contact me through Facebook, or E-mail me at” Jay Czelusniak owner of Czelusniak Funeral Home purchased Pease and Gay funeral home in September 2014 to become one of the largest funeral homes in the Pioneer Valley.
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93 Allison Blew Gurley became a partner in the insurance defense practice at Weston Patrick, P.A. in Boston as of January 2014. Jessica Atkins Hernandez gave birth to her second son, Spencer Nolan Hernandez, in July of 2014. After almost three years in New York City, Jessica and her husband Jose, along with Spencer and big brother Grant, will be returning in March to their home in Bethesda, Maryland. Jessica looks forward to getting back in touch with any D.C.-area alums. Cachematrix, a corporate banking SaaS firm in Denver, has hired Mike Hecklinger for business development. Julie Croman Fagan writes, “I live and work in beautiful central New Hampshire, between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains, with my husband and two sons. I teach in the nursing program at Plymouth State University, and as lab coordinator I enjoy creating simulated patient-care scenarios for students. It is an honor to be on the other side of nursing education. My oldest son is at Norwich University majoring in CSIA, and my youngest is a junior in high school.” Robert Coffeycompleted a doctorate in higher adult and lifelong education at Michigan State University in December of 2014. He tells us, “My dissertation topic investigated the experiences of international students who used education agents to help them apply to college or university in Canada. My bachelor’s degree in Canadian Studies from UVM provided a solid foundation for the use of Canada as a context for the study. I currently live and work in Ann Arbor with my partner Steven.”
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94A very happy update for Erika Keith Stevens: “After nearly eight years of waiting, we (myself and my husband, Kevin) flew to China in June and adopted an 18-month-old girl! A game changer after 17 years of marriage and at age 42. We met Audrey Erin Stevens on Father’s Day (June 15 and her “gotcha day” (adoption day) is June 16. Audrey turned two on November 23.” I loved being back on campus for our 20th Reunion this October. Great to see old friends, their families, as well as so many other familiar faces. Campus looked great (I think I ran into half of our class at the bookstore on Saturday afternoon!) and Burlington, while different in many ways, still feels very much the same. A special thanks to all those who helped make it the success it was. Jackie Levin reports, “Nursing is my one true love (except for my late wife, my current husband and all my children and grandchildren, friends—well you get the picture). Back to nursing, I’m now the proud owner/director of the online holistic nursing education and self-care Started writing regular blog posts last fall and offering my first online mindfulness-based stress reduction this February. Check me out! Love to you my dear nursing sisters and brothers.”
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95 20th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email class has been very busy as of late, and I know this because we have all been very, very quiet! Please send along news when you have it, we would love to hear from you! The biggest news is 2015 is our twenty-year Reunion (insert the “I feel so old” comments here) and it’s time to make hotel reservations and plan to head back to Burlington on October 2-4, 2015. See you there!
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Valeri Susan Pappas

96 The Colorado Department of Human Services has named Mindy Gates as the new director of the division of aging and adult services in its Office of Community Access and Independence. Gates most recently served as the legislative performance audit supervisor in the Office of the State Auditor. She was also instrumental in driving United Way family programs in Vermont to develop and track performance data to ensure viability of their grant programming. Mindy earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, and her Master of Public Administration degree from UVM. Grey Lee enters his third year as executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council for Massachusetts. This year the organization continues to grow and Massachusetts is on track to certify its 1000th LEED building. Grey is in touch with fellow alumni Anu Yadav, Mike Crowley, Darien Crimmin, Neil Dalal and Adam Hyde, in addition to the Green Cats Alumni Affinity Group. Anyone who wants more green buildings, contact Grey!
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Michelle Richards Peters

97Melissa Caron wed Hugh Crean in Falmouth, Maine on July 12. In attendance from UVM were Heather Blake Cullen, Nancy Surdek Westbrook, Dave Westbrook ‘96, Sarah Bosley Slimbaugh, Sara “V” Vartanioan Fritz, and Kelly Clifford Watrous. Their 9-month-old son, Cole, served as the ring bearer for the ceremony. Melissa and Hugh reside in Boston and are looking forward to ringing in their 40s with the UVM crew. Stephen Wagner writes that he “has written his second book, This is How Much Oatmeal Loves You: A Collection of Stories, and, amazingly, he still hasn’t died from cancer.” Check it out on Amazon. Andrew Sansone began working with a first grade class at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in September. “I will travel with the class as their main teacher until they graduate from eighth grade,” he shares. Sarah Kathryn Eley Libbrecht married Brad Libbrecht in Burlington, Vermont, September 19, 2014. Brad graduated from Louisville University. Sarah owns Real Fitness Coaching and Brad manages HealthStyles Exercise Equipment. They reside in Boulder, Colorado.
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Elizabeth Carstensen Genung

98 Amber Allen has been hired as a project engineer at civil engineering firm Manhard Consulting in Westminster, Colorado. Brian Solt and his wife, Kristen, welcomed the birth of their first child Gracie Carolyn Solt on July 17, 2014. Gary McAuslin and Monica Foley-McAuslin got married on September 7, 2014 in York, Maine. Together they own and run the business they created, Second Spin Vinyl Record Designs, in Maine.
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Ben Stockman

99 Sarah Crawford Stewart and her husband, Chris Stewart, welcomed twin girls on September 29, 2014. Big brother Edward (age 2) is thrilled to have Macy Louise and Katharine as little sisters! Coalter Powers and family; wife Andrea, kids Addyson (5) and William (2), officially moved back to the Boston area in 2014 after a number of years in the Midwest.
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Sarah Pitlak Tiber

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00 15th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Stephen Miley and his wife, Jennifer Connolly, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Laurel Colleen Miley, on April 10, 2014 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She weighed 11 pounds, 5 ounces and was 22 inches tall. Laurel is on the move and brings her parents much joy and happiness.
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UVM Alumni Relations

01Sarah Nathan Sullivan, Sean Sullivan and big brother Charlie of Scituate, Massachusetts, are happy to announce the birth of Molly Virginia in August. Jared and Sarah Brennon Schuler welcomed baby Evelyn in the late spring. She is beautiful and being well looked after by big brother, Kellan. I am still living in Paris, France, but my assignment will end soon and I will be back in Boston in April 2015, so I hope to see some of you in Beantown. A few Catamounts have made the journey over, most recently Carol Talisse, Erica MacConnell and Sarah Laidlaw Wilde for a fun-filled girl’s weekend. Carol is still in Chicago and Erica and Sarah are both in the Burlington area. Hope we can bulk this section up next issue! Colleen Henry tells us, “I recently finished my doctorate at the University of California- Berkeley and after 10+ years on the West Coast have moved east. I’m now living in New York City and working as an assistant professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York. This move means I can spend more time with fellow UVM alums including Vanessa Melamede Berman and Emily Davis Marotto. Vanessa, now has three children, including two energetic and hilarious two year olds. She lives in Burlington and works in public health. Emily and her husband Mike Marotto ’00 welcomed their second child in May. They live in Duxbury, Vermont. Mike’s keeping us caffeinated at Green Mountain Coffee and Emily teaches human anatomy and physiology at Community College of Vermont.
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Erin Wilson

02 Dan Nardi writes, “I’m very excited for the opportunity to give back to UVM as the most recent invitee to the Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering & Math. I was also invited to join the Board of Directors for JDRF Illinois in 2014 and continue to mentor numerous startup companies in the field of Healthcare IT through the Chicago Healthbox program.”
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Jennifer Khouri

03 Lots of good news from our friend Stephanie Waterman. She was married in June 2013 to her long-time partner, Kendall Smith, originally of Shelburne, Vermont. They married shortly after the 10th anniversary of their first date. The ceremony was held at their home in White River Junction, Vermont. Classmates in attendance included Westy Lemaitre and Jillian Senyi. This July, Stephanie and her husband opened a business, White River Growpro Hydroponics & Gardening Supply. “We are a retail store located in downtown White River Junction, Vermont. We’re just so excited about the new store and how it combines our passion for gardening with a family business that will be a life-long labor of love. It also fills a niche in our community as the first local hydro store. Kendall is there full time while I am maintaining my position as marketing and public relations director at a large physical therapy clinic in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where I’ve been for the last five years. One of my colleagues here is Rebecca Moran Swope, we didn’t know each other at UVM, but are having fun keeping up on alumni doings together.” Next on the docket for Stephanie is starting a family. Congratulations on all the exciting news, Steph! Kaitlyn Rhue has joined Hydroid, a Cape Cod-based science and technology leader in the field of advanced autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), as the company’s new marketing manager. In her new role, Kaitlyn will help align the company for future growth and expand its presence in the Marine Robotics market. Part of her focus will be to increase customer communications and feedback to the business facilitating the expansion of products and services to Hydroid customers. Kaitlyn has over 10 years of marketing experience with government, defense and commercial entities.
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Korinne Moore

04 Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful time at the 10-year Reunion! Thank you, Erin O’Neil for all your hard work organizing the Reunion events! While I was not able to join in on the festivities in Burlington I was able to reunite with fellow UVMers in Portland, Oregon for Cailin Rarey and Mathew Judges’ nuptials! Korinne Moore ’03, Kara Egasti Dooley, Julia Dreher Goodkind, Jessica Rosenfeld Vicente, and I had a blast at the wedding! We also enjoyed exploring and eating our way through PDX! Congratulations Cailin and Matt! The American Association of Law Libraries has selected Washington, D.C.-based library services manager Emily R. Florio as one of its two new executive board members. Florio, manager of library services at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP in Washington, D.C., is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, where she received a Master of Library Science.
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Kelly Kisiday

05 10th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Cornelius Prescottand her husband, Brian, welcomed their first baby, Maple Theodora, on June 3. The baby’s Fairy Godmother is Liz Abrams and she has Professor John Shane ’88 to blame for her mother’s love of the Acer species and subsequently her first name. Sheila V. Madrak travelled across the country from San Diego to Boston in September 2014 to visit fellow UVM alums Michele Peterson Hadfield, Andee Farrington, Ruthie Dugas, and Brad Shuker ‘06. A very pleasant time was had by all. This mini-reunion was in preparation of the Class of 2005’s upcoming 10-year Reunion. Heather Boepple Gaylord married Matthew Noble Gaylord in October 2014.
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Kristin Dobbs

06 Emily Thompson Kueffner married Peter Bennett MacIntyre on October 5 at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. They didn’t know each other while at school, but actually met at a UVM alumni event in Boston! There were many UVM alums in attendance including bridesmaids Megan Twombly Stoner ’05 and Kate Hewett, and best man John MacIntyre ’98. Also in attendance were Erica Prudente ’05, Bethany Dufresne ’05, Liz Fiala Lawes ’10, Nick Lawes, Hayley Borah ’07, Andrew Jenkins, Joe Briggs, Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner, Claire Goodwin ’11, Kris Fitzgerald, Josef Sheehan ’02, Molly Sheehan Daly ’04 and Matt Daly ’98, Tully Mackey ’04, Joy Reynolds MacIntyre ’69, Pam Reynolds Mamourian ’85, Priscilla Reynolds Sheehan ’75, and Jan Reynolds ’78. The newlyweds reside in Melrose, Massachusetts. Maxwell Seeland recently accepted a new position in higher education fundraising. He writes, “I am now the associate director of annual giving with a focus on leadership gifts at William Paterson University of New Jersey. My wife, son and I have settled down in the beautiful town of Sparta, New Jersey.” Congratulations to Andrew LaMar and Catherine Hornish ’05 who welcomed their first child, William Martin LaMar, on July 15, 2014 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Lynn Mondani Pierceand Ryan Pierce (Champlain College, 2006) had a baby boy! She shares, “We welcomed Craig Anthony into our family on November 14, 2014.” Caroline Walsh Guzman shares, “The ladies of 38 South Union Street have been busy adding to our growing family this year with four new babies! Kelly Simon McSweeney and Ross McSweeney welcomed their daughter, Fiona, in May; Caroline Walsh Guzman and her husband welcomed their second child, Graham, in November and Summer Egan Sachen and her husband welcomed their twin daughters, Sydney and Roselie, in December! The other 38 girls have had great years as well with Molly Robinson Jackson and Kelly Wilson moving back to New England and Annie Young Neviackas purchasing a new home with her husband! Kelly Wilson has also been quite busy running marathons in 2014!
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07 Gregory S. Paonessa graduated cum laude with a juris doctor from New England Law in Boston during the 103rd Commencement ceremonies at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. While at New England Law, he completed clerkships at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation with Administrative Law Judge Stephen H. Clark and at the Massachusetts Superior Court of Middlesex County with Judge Dennis Curran. He was an executive comment and note editor for the New England Law Review, a Dean’s List student, and a New England Scholar. He was the recipient of a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Insurance Law. Chad Dormanrecently founded Leonard Andrew Consulting. In developing student athletes, Chad’s team evenly blends academics and athletics to find the best school, and the best team, for players to showcase their abilities. LAC develops an individualized action plan for each student athlete and proactively helps players through the steps of the recruiting process—guiding them to an understanding of the NCAA’s rules and regulations, reviewing the various scholarship opportunities that are available, as well as putting them in contact with a vast network of coaches and programs. Leonard Andrew Consulting is considered the first company to fully blend academics and athletics where students can get both college prep and personal sports training all in the same session. Kaylan Livsey Zall and Joshua Zall were married on August 31, 2014 in Rye, New Hampshire.
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Elizabeth Bitterman

08 Daniel Hedges recently completed co-directing and producing a feature length documentary, Street Soccer: New York. Twelve homeless soccer players compete for the Street Soccer USA Cup. By moving from a life of isolation to a life of community, the players achieve success on the field and in their lives. Powerful, uplifting and above all, hopeful. The film is available to watch on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vimeo On-Demand and Cinecliq. Brian Smith, currently living in our nation’s capital, got engaged to Amanda Munoz in November. The two met while both were working on the Hill for freshman members of the 112th Congress. It becomes official in Santa Barbara, California, in the spring of 2016.
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Emma Grady

09 Emily Strongwaterhas begun practicing clinical defense law with her father, Jay Strongwater. Connor Boals is celebrating one year at CNN. “I’m working as a producer in video development and riding my bike as much as possible. Miss the mountains of Vermont!”
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10 5th Reunion October 2–4, 2015 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Lisa Harris is engaged to Eric Himelman. The two are planning to get married in July 2015. Lisa graduated from Monmouth University in January 2014 with a Master of Science in Education degree in student affairs and college counseling. She now works at Monmouth as an administrator for the Department of Psychological Counseling. Eric is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree at Rutgers University with a concentration in stem cell research. They live in Red Bank, New Jersey. In the summer of 2014, Henry Bryant studied model community-based efforts to preserve Bornean species along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah (East Malaysia) on the island of Borneo. Henry, a fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade science teacher at Hillside School in Marlborough, Massachusetts, took the graduate course in pursuit of his master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. Ted Dobbin writes, “Go Patriots!” Alex Brady recently accepted a position as manager of alumni relations, western region at Johnson & Wales University- Denver Campus. Elizabeth (Liz) Crawford and David Boyd have recently become engaged after David proposed to Liz on the University Green. They met sophomore year while studying studio art and philosophy. They will marry in Rhode Island after Liz completes her master’s degree in Public Humanities at Brown University. Kyle Bombardier writes, “I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a degree in small business and entrepreneurship in the CDAE Department. I wanted to say thank you to all of the professors that helped guide me through my degree program. Without your help, I would not have been able to start my own business, Fantasy Football Draft Boards. This is an online based business ( ), which allows me to serve customers here in the Burlington, Vermont area, as well as across the country. I also wanted to commend UVM professor Kathleen Liang for her guidance and assistance in starting my business.”
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Daron Raleigh

11 In the summer of 2014, Brian Mulcahey studied coral reef ecology and the conservation of marine systems along the Great Barrier Reef. Brian, a science teacher at Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, took the graduate course in pursuit of his master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. Katie Lane recently accepted the position as the assistant coach and recruitment coordinator for Fordham University’s rowing programs. Women’s rowing is one of the 23 NCAA Division I sports offered at Fordham. Recently, she helped coach her women to defend their title as the Women’s Club 4+ Champions at the 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest international competition in the world. She formerly served as the head coach of the men’s rowing team at Wentworth Institute of Technology from 2011-2014 where she developed the small club sport to a highly competitive varsity squad. Husch Blackwell welcomes associate Seth Weiland to its Denver office. He will focus his practice primarily on real estate and development matters. Seth received his juris doctor, with honors, from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. During law school, Seth interned with paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific LLC, where he assisted real estate counsel with real property audits and filings, and was a summer associate at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, a boutique real estate firm in Atlanta. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Geoffrey Crawford of Chittenden County Superior Court in Burlington, Vermont.
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Patrick Dowd

13 Margo Adams from Rutland, Vermont was hired as a manufacturing quality engineer with GE Aviation. Andrew Dougherty graduated from Arizona State University with his Master’s in Accountancy and successfully passed all parts of the CPA exam. He is now working for Ernst &Young in San Jose, California. Rebeka April Foley writes, “After moving to Paris following graduation, I opened my own video production services company where I organize shoots for foreign film crews who come to France. As an American in Paris, I am fascinated by cultural exchange and have an affinity for working in an international environment.”
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Madelaine White

14 Kellee Jackson has joined the staff of the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness (COAW) in the Lakewood, Colorado, office. Kellee is a bilingual program coordinator for COAW and will oversee programming for rural health centers and organizations in Colorado as well as bilingual programs offered in Spanish across the state. She has a background in community health outreach and previously worked with a health self-management outreach organization for migrant dairy farmers in Vermont and with an exercise rehabilitation project with cancer patients.
UVM Alumni Relations


  • Frances Hoag Baker ‘34, of Colchester, Vermont, September 27, 2014.
  • Eleanor Barbour Dernier ‘36, of Westport,Connecticut, December 10, 2014.
  • Charlotte Perkins Charbeneau ‘38, of Woodstock, Vermont, October 27, 2014.
  • Theresa Rowley Cosgrove ‘38, of Silver Springs, Maryland, December 31, 2014.
  • Ethel Pearl Schildhaus ‘38, of Burlington, Vermont, May 22, 2014.
  • Winona Mayer Austin ‘40, of Waterford, Connecticut, December 17, 2014.
  • Lois Murray Lantman ‘40, of Woodstock, Vermont, October 31, 2014.
  • John P. Crispell G’41, of Williamsburg, Virginia, September 13, 2014.
  • Geraldine Wilcox Hunt ‘41, G’68, of Newport, Vermont, September 13, 2014.
  • Maywood Metcalf Kenney ‘41, of Andover, Massachussetts, October 13, 2014.
  • Herbert L. Leach ‘41, of Melbourne, Florida, August 25, 2014.
  • Agnes Isabel Munnett ‘41, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, May 29, 2013.
  • Mary Fitzsimonds Rini ‘41, of Tallahassee, Florida, November 01, 2014.
  • Robert N. Snider ‘41, of Needham, Massachussetts, May 05, 2014.
  • Doris Goodell Blodgett ‘42, of Manchester, New Hampshire, August 10, 2014.
  • Robert Wolfe ‘42, of Alexandria, Virginia, December 10, 2014.
  • Frances Merritt Drees ‘43, of Utica, New York, November 02, 2014.
  • Robert S. Stockwell ‘43, of Naples, Florida, June 26, 2014.
  • Marion Finn Bergin ‘44, of Melrose, Massachussetts, March 27, 2014.
  • I. Patricia McCormack ‘44, of Middletown Springs, Vermont, November 24, 2014.
  • Alma Gaylord Synakowski ‘44, of Utica, New York, November 28, 2014.
  • Ruth Carlson Fifield ‘45, of St. Albans, Vermont, December 10, 2014.
  • Florence Cudworth Holden ‘45 PT, of Concord, New Hampshire, September 10, 2014.
  • Barbara Morgan Adams ‘46, of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, November 29, 2014.
  • Betty Johnson Bahrenburg ‘46, of South Burlington, Vermont, August 09, 2014.
  • Mary-Jane Little Black ‘46, of Concord, New Hampshire, August 27, 2014.
  • Jean Lanphere Hollar ‘46, G’70, of Bellows Falls, Vermont, December 02, 2014.
  • Ruth Schoppe Propst ‘46, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, August 09, 2014.
  • Bette Mansfield Rhodes, ‘46, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, November 4, 2013.
  • Marion Patterson Cioppa ‘47, of Willsboro, New York, June 09, 2014.
  • L. Richard Fisher ‘47, ‘49, of San Jose, California, August 30, 2014.
  • MaryMargaret Auer Hamiwka ‘47, of Greensboro, North Carolina, December 11, 2014.
  • W. Norman Vercoe ‘48, of Montpelier, Vermont, November 13, 2014.
  • Neal Joseph Houston, Sr. ‘49, of Arlington, Vermont, August 16, 2014.
  • Joan Meyn Jacobson ‘49, of Somers, New York, May 19, 2014.
  • Leo E. Ells ‘50, of Melbourne, Florida, November 14, 2014.
  • Eric R. Graves, Jr. ‘50, of New Lebanon, New York, August 22, 2014.
  • Jean Waite Longo ‘50, of East Hartford, Connecticut, November 04, 2014.
  • Janice Larrabee Short ‘50, G’58, of Middlebury, Vermont, December 02, 2014.
  • John Charles Anzalone ‘51, of Framingham, Massachussetts, October 08, 2014.
  • Charles E. Gear ‘51, of South Burlington, Vermont, December 24, 2014.
  • Robert L. Kinney ‘51, of Coralville, Iowa, September 21, 2014.
  • Herbert F. Shipman ‘51, G’72, of Swanton, Vermont, May 15, 2014.
  • Donald S. Thayer ‘51, of Ormond Beach, Florida, October 04, 2014.
  • Robert B. Zile ‘51, of Avon, Connecticut, August 19, 2014.
  • Barbara Hamilton Fraser ‘52, of Millington, New Jersey, December 03, 2014.
  • Phillip A. Griffith ‘52, of Lakeland, Florida, August 22, 2014.
  • Allen M. Hitchcock ‘52, October 18, 2014.
  • Bernard W. Hurley ‘52, of Fort Collins, Colorado, November 27, 2014.
  • Horace Warner Strong ‘52, of Craftsbury Common, Vermont, June 03, 2014.
  • Donald H. Trahan ‘52, of Cloverdale, California, August 29, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Clark Clewley, ‘53, MD’56, of Burlington, Vermont, September 17, 2014.
  • Patricia Whitcomb Davis ‘53, of Springfield, Vermont, September 03, 2014.
  • Roger Knight Gallic ‘53, of Tolland, Connecticut, November 18, 2014.
  • Ray Evaniffin ‘53, of West Glover, Vermont, December 21, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Shequin Mario ‘53, of South Burlington, Vermont, April 24, 2014.
  • Clifton Ray Stearns ‘53, of South Burlington, Vermont, September 19, 2014.
  • Carlisle Simons Whitehill ‘53, of Island Pond, Vermont, January 02, 2015.
  • Susan Newton Heins ‘54, of Essex Junction, Vermont, December 24, 2014.
  • Frederick O. MacManus ‘54, of San Diego, California, September 17, 2014.
  • Robert D. Park, CPA ‘55, of South Dennis, Massachussetts, September 03, 2014.
  • Max P. Petersen ‘55, of North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, September 22, 2014.
  • Audrey Smith Pratt ‘55, of Saratoga Springs, New York, August 21, 2014.
  • Stanley Walzer, MD’55, of Marshfield, Massachussetts, December 18, 2014.
  • Ronald Preston Ward ‘55, of South Burlington, Vermont, August 26, 2014.
  • Brent Beer ‘56, of Portage, Wisconsin, September 26, 2014.
  • Ira Greifer, MD’56, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, September 17, 2014.
  • Marilyn Taft Mock ‘56, of White River Junction, Vermont, August 21, 2014.
  • Ann T. Monell ‘56, of Troy, New York, September 17, 2014.
  • John J. Whalen ‘56, of Bennington, Vermont, October 15, 2014.
  • Helen Anna Wichowsky ‘56, of Scotts Valley, California, August 25, 2014.
  • Lewis F. Bodman ‘57, of Kirkland, Washington, December 18, 2014.
  • Caroline Casey Hayes ‘57, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, November 04, 2014.
  • William T. Higgins ‘57, of Plattsburgh, New York, October 21, 2014.
  • Gerald J. Rice ‘57, of Windsor, Vermont, September 28, 2014.
  • Ruth Mutchler Bridges ‘58, of Alexandria, Virginia, November 08, 2014.
  • Deborah Flewelling Batease ‘59, of Indian Lake, New York, December 22, 2014.
  • John Raymond Campbell, Jr. ‘59, of Milton, Vermont, October 25, 2014.
  • David Goodsell Gale ‘59 PA, of Goshen, Vermont, November 15, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Arnold Hunt ‘59, of Westfield, New Jersey, October 05, 2014.
  • Louise McSweeney Scibelli ‘59, of Agawam, Massachussetts, May 15, 2014.
  • Leon P. Tessier ‘59, of Springfield, Vermont, March 17, 2014.
  • Robert S. Zysk ‘60, of Meriden, Connecticut, September 08, 2014.
  • Katherine Coburn Dyer ‘61, of Sun City Center, Florida, October 02, 2014.
  • M. Robert Ciardelli ‘62, of Colchester, Vermont, September 28, 2014.
  • Rhoda Heald Comi ‘62, of Brunswick, Georgia, December 20, 2014.
  • Lewis B. Harvey ‘62, of Rochester, Vermont, December 23, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Dutton Hewitt ‘62, of Glover, Vermont, October 15, 2014.
  • homas G. Siccama ‘62, G’64, G’68, of Shelburne,Vermont, October 03, 2014.
  • J. Scott Astle ‘63, of San Francisco, California, November 14, 2014.
  • Wayne Hart Erla ‘63, of Shelburne, Vermont, December 06, 2014.
  • Mina Carter Jewett ‘63, of South Burlington, Vermont, October 18, 2014.
  • Elaine Zak Dates ‘64, of South Burlington, Vermont, November 01, 2014.
  • Porter F. Hulett ‘64, of Moneta, Virginia, May 16, 2014.
  • Michael Edward Burke ‘65, of Burlington, Vermont, January 05, 2015.
  • Reid M. Knight ‘65, G’67, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, October 13, 2014.
  • Peter D. Baldwin ‘68, of Hinesburg, Vermont, November 22, 2014.
  • Joan Patricia Clark ‘68, of Shorewood, Wisconsin, October 18, 2014.
  • Raymond Andrew Hadeka ‘69, of Woodbridge, Virginia, October 27, 2014.
  • James Alan Harrison ‘69, of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, August 16, 2014.
  • Brock T. Ketcham, ‘69, MD’73, of Shaftsbury, Vermont, October 24, 2014.
  • Georgeay Nelson ‘69, of Milton, Vermont, December 19, 2014.
  • Francis A. DiCesare ‘70, of Essex, Vermont, November 16, 2014.
  • Judith Ann Roy ‘70, of Panama City, Florida, September 07, 2014.
  • Alf Torsten Rylander Jr. G’70, of Fallon, Nevada, November 09, 2014.
  • Max R. Brinkman G’71, of Overland Park, Kansas, August 31, 2014.
  • David T. Heindel ‘71, of Burlington, Vermont, September 05, 2014.
  • Karen Ann Kerin ‘71, of South Royalton, Vermont, January 25, 2014.
  • Mary K. Barker-Roby G’72, of Swanton, Vermont, September 13, 2014.
  • Paul Joseph Bergeron ‘72, of Sterling, Massachussetts, June 09, 2014.
  • Hayward B. Crewe G’72, of White River Junction, Vermont, August 08, 2014.
  • Carolyn Storrs Edwards ‘72, of South Burlington, Vermont, October 19, 2014.
  • Curtis H. Bevington, III G’73, of Barre, Vermont, August 30, 2014.
  • Michael Jeffrey Cross ‘73, of Brattleboro, Vermont, October 11, 2014.
  • Elmer Lyle Kimball ‘74, of Lincoln, Vermont, September 06, 2014.
  • Linda Buttles O’Brien ‘74, of Whiting, Vermont, December 20, 2014.
  • Roseann Pleviak Racht ‘74, of Essex Junction, Vermont, October 26, 2014.
  • E. Stanley Corneille, Jr. G’75, of Williamstown, Vermont, September 22, 2014.
  • Joan Ellen Deady ‘75, of San Francisco, California, March 23, 2014.
  • Martha Kane Tortolano G’75, of Underhill, Vermont, December 20, 2014.
  • Yvette Theresa Ouimet ‘76, of Swanton, Vermont, December 19, 2014.
  • Linda C. Welch ‘76, of Boulder, Colorado, November 29, 2014.
  • Scott Wayne Curtis ‘77, of West Roxbury, Massachussetts, September 25, 2014.
  • Paul Clovis Lavalley G’77, of Batavia, New York, September 21, 2014.
  • Allyson Davis Ledoux G’77, of White River Junction, Vermont, October 10, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Martin Foreman ‘78, of Greenville, North Carolina, August 06, 2014.
  • Stuart Harris MacPherson ‘78, of Derry, New Hampshire, November 07, 2014.
  • Mary Lynn Rupe G’78, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, December 20, 2014.
  • Andrew Jay Samach MD’80, of Gansevoort, New York, December 08, 2014.
  • Elizabeth Love Corroon ‘81, of Fairfield, Connecticut, November 01, 2014.
  • Kathleen Ondis Eardensohn ‘81, of Plainfield, Vermont, December 19, 2014.
  • Scott David Dalitzky ‘82, of Bethel, Maine, September 01, 2014.
  • Brook Frances Hobson ‘82, of Saratoga Springs, New York, December 02, 2014.
  • Mary Welling Hunnewell ‘82, of Cohasset, Massachussetts, October 17, 2014.
  • Bonita Peeters Tuscany G’82, of Waterbury, Vermont, November 14, 2014.
  • Nancy Hoole Simoes G’83, of Waterbury Center, Vermont, November 27, 2014.
  • Laurie C. Dietzel ‘84, of Hyattsville, Maryland, on January 15, 2015.
  • William Edward Simendinger ‘84, of South Burlington, Vermont, July 14, 2014.
  • Sara Provin Gallipo ‘85, of Rutland, Vermont, December 03, 2014.
  • Judith Kenyon G’85, of Williston, Vermont, December 19, 2014.
  • Jessica Bates Lamphere ‘88, of Barre, Vermont, August 21, 2014.
  • William Ambrose McGrath ‘88, G’97, of Park City, Utah, October 21, 2014.
  • Howard Philip Medoff G’89, of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, October 15, 2014.
  • Judy M. Laraway G’79, ‘90, of Fairfax, Vermont, October 18, 2014.
  • Patricia A. Stevens G’90, of Morrisville, Vermont, August 31, 2014.
  • Amy Warburton Wise G’91, of Williston, Vermont, November 11, 2014.
  • Bryce David Dion ‘98, of Santa Monica, California, August 26, 2014.
  • Willis J. Racht G’98, of Essex Junction, Vermont, May 11, 2014.
  • Lionel Joseph Palardy ‘99, of Winooski, Vermont, December 16, 2014.
  • Ruth S. Beard G’00, of Montpelier, Vermont, October 29, 2014.
  • Michael Eugene Scherer ‘03, of Beebe Plain, Vermont, October 12, 2014.
  • Sarah E. Doubleday ‘09, of Hope, Maine, September 02, 2014.

Paula Fives-Taylor, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics emerita, passed away on January 28, 2015. A prolific scientist with a national reputation as a preeminent researcher in the field of microbiology, Fives-Taylor’s service to the scientific community began long before her thirty-five-year tenure as a UVM faculty member, when she was a Dominican nun named Dorothy Marie teaching high school science in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. During those years, she served on the New York City Science Council and was a science curriculum consultant for New York City.

She began her UVM career as a graduate student, earning her doctorate in 1974, developing a passion for studying bacterial-host cell interactions and becoming an expert in research on the link between dental plaque and disease. A pioneer in this field, her laboratory was the first to demonstrate invasion of epithelial cells by a periodontal organism.

Teaching continued to play as large a part as research and service throughout Fives-Taylor’s career, earning her numerous awards, including UVM’s prestigious Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999 and being named the first recipient of the UVM Vogelmann Award for Sustained Excellence in Research and Scholarship in 2002.

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