University of Vermont

Vermont Quarterly

Class Notes

Life Beyond Graduation

Janice Burke reports that her granddaughter Mackenzie, a first-year student at UVM, has joined Kappa Alpha Theta. ‘Now I am not only her grandmother, but also her sister!’”
­—Class of ’57

In Memoriam


33-64 Green & Gold Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
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44 Burlington resident Kathleen J. Keenan ’71 has published a book about her mother, entitled On Tuesdays We Iron: Memoirs of Ione Lacy Keenan. Ione Lacy Keenan ’44, was born in 1921 and grew up in Windsor, Vermont. Immediately following her graduation, she married fellow UVM grad and newly-commissioned Army Lieutenant Edward A. Keenan, Jr. ’42 MD ’44. In 1947 they opened a medical practice in Brandon and in 1951 moved to Essex Junction, which they were proud to call home for the rest of their nearly 67 years together. At a very young age Ione developed a love for reading and writing, both poetry and prose. But, it was her lifelong passion for storytelling and sharing her unique experiences with others that eventually led to the creation of this book following her death in 2013. To purchase this book please visit or other online retailers. Also available—What God Has Done With Me: The Faith of Ione Lacy Keenan.
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45Irene Varga Schreck, long-time resident of Rochester, New York, passed away in Mount Holly, North Carolina at 91 years old. Submit your news to–
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46 Three old ladies managed to get to the Green & Gold Brunch on campus in October, thanks to Peggy Miller Logan who drove over from Maine and picked up Mary Green Lighthouse and me. The brunch no longer features class speakers, entertainment by a university musical group, or our voices raised to the strains of Champlain. A report was given on the financial state of the university and the future. The three old ladies had to ask directions to get out of the building. Fortunately we had a ride back to the car by a helpful young man that had to run back in to get my coat I had left behind. A five-minute trip for him, would have been a 25-minute trip for me. Nobody left their cane behind. Hope you can all join us next year for our 70th Reunion! I am waiting to hear good news from the rest of you.
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49Nancy Jones ’86 writes that her father, Warren L. Jones, passed away on August 25, 2015. She says, “He was a wonderful father to me. He founded Tuffy Mufflers, Inc, based out of Detroit and spent most of his post-Harvard MBA in that city until he returned to his hometown area of North Bennington/Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1987. His final resting place was Sun City, Florida.” Alexander W. Bennett passed away on October 15, 2015. He leaves his wife, Janet Killary Bennett ’49, five children, four of whom are UVM graduates, and six grandchildren. Al worked for Town Credit Banks of Massachusetts for many years. Lucianna Stermer writes, “My sister, Mary J. Thornton ‘46, former editor of the Cynic, at 92, resides in Togue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon. She enjoys the drama, opera, and concerts offered there. My brother, Leonard H. Thornton ‘51, retired attorney, lives in Naples, Florida, with wife Joyce. Thank you for the Quarterly, it’s a reminder of a lovely time in my life.” Malcolm Severance has finished writing his book, A Pursuit of Excellence-A History of the UVM Business School. It covers the time period between when John Converse gave $50,000 to start the program in 1861, through 2015 when Steven Grossman ’61 gave $20,000,000 and the school was named in his honor. For more information on the book, you may call Malcolm at 802-878-2067. Malcolm and I continue to live in Colchester, Vermont. Our three children, Lyn Severance, Mark Severance ’77, and Dawn Severance ’85 live nearby. Dear ‘49-ers, it is sad to hear of our class-mates leaving us, but at 66 years after graduation, it is happening all too fast. But it is great to hear from you all who are still out there, remembering the days we had together. Please send us a note. Submit your news to–
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50 Thelma Cole Perkins, 87, recently of Rutland, Vermont, died on October 10, 2015 with complications of dementia while a resident of the Elkhorn Healthcare facility in Clancy, Mont. She was the wife of Robert “Bob” Perkins of Rutland. Thelma was born on Christmas Day, 1927, in Quincy, Massachusetts, third of four children of Albert A. Cole Sr. and Margaret Round Cole. In 1931, in the depths of the Great Depression, Albert’s contracting business failed and the family moved to the small dairy farm of two bachelor relatives on Stowe Hill in the outskirts of Wilmington, Vermont. Thelma fondly recalled her experiences growing up as a farm girl: going after the cows, haying with a team of horses, boiling maple sap and especially, hosting her city cousins who often spent their summers on the farm. School in Wilmington meant all 12 grades in the same building; lower grades on the first floor; upper grades above. Thelma played basketball and field hockey and edited her class year book. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1945. Aspiring for a career as an airline hostess, Thelma got a summer job as waitress at the Belmont Hotel on Cape Cod where she recalled waiting on the Kennedys, and enrolled in Mount Ida, then an all-girls junior college in Newton, Massachusetts. She soon became disillusioned with Mount Ida and the faculty there convinced her that she was over-qualified and should aim higher. They helped her, after her freshman year, to transfer to the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington as a math major. It was in an algebra class at UVM that Thelma met Bob Perkins, an engineering student from Rutland, who was to become her husband of 66 years. They later shared a college Physics Lab and hiked together with the UVM Outing Club. With a common aversion to the fraternity-sorority philosophy, they joined the Vermont Independents, a non-exclusive, co-ed social group. In the summer after their junior year, on 2 July 1949, Thelma and Bob were married in the Ira Allen Chapel at UVM and set up housekeeping in a tiny no-bedroom apartment in Burlington. Thelma and Bob lost no time in starting their family. The first of their four children was born the following May, just in time to attend Bob’s graduation but to leave Thelma nine credits short of a diploma. Some 23 years later, when the kids were older, Thelma took a couple of courses at San Jose State College, transferred the credits to UVM and got her degree in mathematics. Following college, the growing family lived in Ohio, Michigan, Southern California, Northern California and North Carolina as dictated by her husband’s career. On retirement, as empty-nesters, Thelma and Bob settled back in Rutland. In each locale, Thelma quickly became an active volunteer in the community as a suburban stay-at-home mom. Everywhere she went she was known for her optimistic outlook and her happy smile. Over the years as the family grew, Thelma was a leader in a nursery school, Cub Scouts, Patent-Teacher Association and especially 4-H. Neighborhood kids were always welcome in her home. Thelma had a lifelong interest in politics and world affairs. She never held public office herself but she did once run for a school board post in California. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and against the Viet Nam War. She was especially active in SANE (National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy). She was a longtime supporter of Emily’s List of pro-choice Democratic women. In both North Carolina and Vermont, Thelma participated in the state multi-sport, age group Senior Games. Her sport was swimming and on three occasions, she qualified to represent her state in the National Senior Games. She also enjoyed learning to put the shot and to throw the discus. For several years, starting when the kids’ ages ranged from five to 13, family vacations always included a five-day backpacking trip in the California’s High Sierra. Thelma, Bob and at least two of their kids section-hiked the 210-mile John Muir Trail (now a part of the Pacific Crest Trail). The trail goes from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. Ever after, Thelma proudly displayed an “I climbed Mt. Whitney” patch on her jacket. Thelma enjoyed travelling around the country, whether car-camping, by Amtrak, or by air. Over the years, she visited each of the 50 state capitols, always checking to see which ones incorporated Vermont marble. Her foreign travel was more limited but she did manage short trips to England, Russia and (her favorite) China plus, of course, Mexico and Canada. Even after Thelma had finally received her college degree, she often took university classes, not for credit but because she was interested in Psychology, Economics, Foreign Affairs and other subjects. While in North Carolina, she regularly attended meetings of Senior Scholars, a group that presented a lecture each week on any of a wide variety of topics. Soon after moving to Rutland, Thelma became a founding member and first president of a newly formed similar group, the Rutland Area Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Thelma is survived by her husband, Bob Perkins of Rutland, Vt., and all four of their children, sons David Perkins of Va. and Tim Perkins (with his partner, Cate Armstrong) of Colo., and daughters Anne Perkins (with her husband, Jerry Keck) of Mont. and Polly Perkins Strona (with her husband, Joe Strona) of Hawaii. Also surviving are four grandsons, Kyle Perkins (with his wife, McKenzie Homan) of Mont. and Cole Strona, Jeffrey Strona and Kory Strona (with his wife, Lorena), all of Hawaii; and two great-grandchildren, Kyler Strona and Leila Strona, both of Hawaii. Thelma is also survived by her brother, Lensey Lester “Buzz” Cole (with his wife, Elizabeth) of Vermont, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was predeceased by her parents and by two siblings, Margaret Cole Vancini of Mass., and Albert A. “Skip” Cole Jr. of New Hampshire.
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51Marilyn Fairman Burns writes, “My husband, Robert E. Burns, passed away on September 10, 2015 after a long battle with COPD. We had wonderful help from Cleveland Clinic Hospice at home and from family members here and from New England. A 1950 Dartmouth graduate with an MBA from Northeastern, he was a senior engineer with AT&T Technologies in North Andover, Massachusetts, for many years. Our son, daughter, two grandsons and I share happy memories.” Barb Jones Coussement writes, “I’m really sorry that I haven’t been able to get back to the annual reunions—age plays a big part in it all—also the weakened knees! But I still love my alma mater and all it has done for me!”
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52 Marilyn Pratt Woodworth died on October 17, 2015, with her husband of 63 years, Robert C. Woodworth ‘53 by her side. She had suffered with ALS for nearly three years. Besides Bob, she leaves three children Natalie W. Billings ‘82 and Charles L. Woodworth of White River Junction and Hope E. Woodworth of Chicago, Illinois. Marilyn majored in foods and nutrition at UVM and received a master’s in home management from Penn State in 1956. She worked at the USDA Laboratories in Beltsville, Maryland, while Bob served in the USPHS Commissioned Corps at the National Institutes of Health. She also was an instructor in the Home Economics Department at UVM from 1952-53 and in the mid-60s when Bob joined UVM’s Biochemistry Department. Marilyn Murdock Schten shares, “There are many happy memories of the four years I spent at UVM. Barbara Hayden and I lived in Allen House. This was a convenient location. We were close to the Waterman Building, the library, our classes and sororities. I have attended several reunions and enjoyed seeing former classmates.”
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53 Ann Schuster Dix writes, “My husband, Gene Dix, and I have been living here at Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina since 2001. We enjoy the lifestyle here very much and the weather is usually favorable. We did have a hot, humid summer this year though! Hello to you all!” Phyllis Parody writes, “Tait McSparran ’54 and I are still here. Our daughter, Kim, will celebrate her 60th birthday in Augsburg, Germany, where she was born. Our family will celebrate it with her. We now live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Delray Beach, Florida.” Submit your news to-
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55 Lawrence (Larry) Tyrell Sullivan writes, “I spend six to seven months a year in a lovely, gated community in Port Charlotte, Florida. I spend summer and early fall in Poultney, Vermont, where my nearest neighbor is a mile away. In Florida they’re 60 feet away. I do a lot of walking and exercise using resistance machines three days a week. Trying to ward off the forces of evil who tend to prey on octogenarians. I do volunteer work in both Vermont and Florida. I try to keep an active social life and maintain a positive outlook on life.” Kathryn Carangelo Fetten is pleased to announce that her granddaughter Margaret Dougherty ’18 from Chatham, New Jersey, is attending UVM and is in her sophomore year. She is very happy there—loves the school and Vermont.
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56 Robert Gauthier tells us that the Gauthier family has purchased the T-bird Motor Inn in Shelburne, Vermont, (802) 985-3663. Barry Stone writes that he and his UVM basketball teammate, Rollie Massimino, enjoyed a two-day reunion in October when Rollie brought his Keiser University team to Burlington to play UVM in a pre-season exhibition. Very prominently included in the festivities was former UVM Head Basketball Coach and Hall of Famer Tom Brennan who served as a young assistant to Rollie at Villanova University. Rollie and Villanova went on to win the NCAA National Championship in 1985, one of the greatest upsets in NCAA history. Nancy McGoughran Blanchet shares, “Another year, another Tri-Delta get-together at Jane Battles’ beautiful home on the Connecticut shoreline. In spite of the fact that our numbers are getting smaller and smaller, we manage to fill the weekend with good conversation, many laughs and plans for future get-togethers! (So there, Father Time!) This year’s attendees included: Jane Carlough Cleary, Carol Coen Dan and husband Lew Dan ’55 MD’59; Lorrie Buehler Farwell and Bill Farwell ’57; Sandy Geer Willey and Bob Willey ’54; Betsy King Beasley, hostess Jane Battles ’55 and me!” Richard (Dick) Towne writes, “My wife, Charleen, and I attended the 90th birthday party for my cousin, Ida Mae Anderson Towne ‘48, with 75 friends, family, and former students of Ida Mae. She recently retired after more than 60 years of teaching. Out-of-town attendees also included her sister, Mary Towne Cronin ’57, and husband Jim Cronin ‘55, Cronin nephews Mark Cronin ‘79 and Tim Cronin ‘83, and niece Laurie Cronin ‘80. It was agreed by all attendees that we will all gather again in 10 years to enjoy Ida Mae’s reaching the century mark.”
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57 Janice Burke shares, “Douglas and I moved into The Cypress on Hilton Head Island two years ago. We love it and all it offers. This fall our granddaughter rushed and joined Kappa Alpha Theta. Now I am not only her grandmother, but also her sister! Mackenzie is now wearing Kay Beebe’s Theta pin and Julie Dempsey had also volunteered hers. We continue to enjoy part of our summers on Birch Island in Maine.” Sandy Waugh Lutz tells us, “I’m enjoying a busy year as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Methodist Theological School in Ohio and serving on the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church.” Jacob Zwynenburg writes, “This past September Joan Zwynenburg and I were married 60 years. Now that is 50 plus 10. We were both students at UVM and we had our wedding reception at the Sigma Phi house at 420 College Street. I was a veteran discharged in June of 1953 and started as a freshman in September 1953. At our last class reunion I was deemed the oldest member of the Class of 1957. Looking forward to another ski season.” Martin A. Danoff celebrated his 80th birthday with a party at the New York City restaurant Eleven Madison. The party was thrown by his wife, Judge Susan Danoff. There were over 100 family and friends that attended. Martin is still practicing law on Madison Avenue and 50th Street. He is still in touch with fraternity brothers Mark Bernstein ’56, Bob Corshen and Steve Ifshin ’58. Marty’s secret to a healthy life is playing golf three times a week and working out daily at New York Sports Gym, where he boxes three times a week.
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58 Clare Louise Dyer enjoyed 10 wonderful days in May visiting family and attending UVM graduation ceremonies for two granddaughters, Danielle Allendorf ’15 and Catherine (Katie) Alexander ’15. Her son, Grant Allendorf ‘83, and Susan Spence Allendorf ‘83 of Underhill are Danielle’s parents and her daughter, Jeanne Allendorf Alexander ‘85, and Peter Alexander ‘84 of Derby are Katie’s parents. Counting Clare’s father, Daniel B.Dyer ‘24, that makes four generations of UVMers! Richard Turrone writes, “Tish and I are still enjoying the Sierra Foothills. We grow grapes and make wine and do our fair share drinking some of what we make.” Steve Rozen writes, “I guess I am finally retired although the doctor who bought my practice has left the door open until May for my possible return. I am also old enough to have a grandson applying to UVM. I hopefully will still attend the Oral Surgery clinic at Yale. My wife and I will in the spring do a UConn Dental school mission to Honduras. We will instruct the students and treat the unserved. In October we had a pleasant dinner with Evan Salmore and Natalie Salmore. Not much changed there, except we are all older. Wintering in Naples, Florida, as usual and hopefully catching a lot of fish. I am volunteering at Rookery Bay Nature Preserve in Naples. Always must be busy. The deadly New England work ethic bites again. Stu Zeitzer still hitting them out, straight down the middle. Most of the time.”
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59 Jerry Heller writes, “Anne Beaudin Heller ‘72 and I had dinner in New York with a few of our former UVM classmates and their wives: Jim Baum, Ira Effron ’60, and Stew Kolbert. All of us were residents in Wills Hall freshman year and became members of Phi Sigma Delta fraternity. Jim lives in the city, Ira lives in the Poughkeepsie area, and Stew lives in Westchester. They are all retired, look great, and are active with skiing and tennis. I saw Ira at our 25th Reunion, but I had not seen Jim or Stew since graduation. We had a great time at the Island Restaurant in the Upper East Side. We plan to remain in touch.” During Elliott A. Brown’s long and distinguished career in Washington, D.C., he worked for the United States Department of Justice as a staff director of a Congressional Committee.
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60 William Leighton Wheeler shares, “On May 1, 2015, when I walked out of Room 201 in Joyce Hall, I closed the door on a wonderful second career—fifteen years as an adjunct professor of advertising and marketing in the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. It topped off six years of college, four years in the service and, a 50-year career as an international advertising executive, creative director, and chief copy writer. I officially retired at the end of this spring semester.” Grant Corson writes, “I am pleased to announce that my most recent book, The World According to Nub, a collection of short stories based on all of the quirky Vermont characters I have known over the years, is now available through or at your local bookstore. Now that it is in print I can get back to restoring my 1910 antique boat. Can’t wait for summer.” Brian Harwood ‘60 and Janet Harwood ‘77, G’88 have moved from Waterbury to South Burlington. They downsized to a new planned community (not retirement village) off Spear Street and are pleased to be closer to UVM. Pat Doherty Denmead ’58 and Bob Denmead would be delighted to hear from any “old” friends who might remember them. They are located in Venice, Florida, just 30 miles south of Sarasota on the west coast.
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61Adele M. Kahwajy writes, “I love UVM! I am retired and living in San Antonio, Texas. And, yes—I love Texas!” Carole Demas reports: “I’m still singing (a lot!) and in pretty good health. A quick look at my website will tell you, better than I can recap here, what I’ve been up to. On Saturday, I sang as special guest star in Steve Ross’s brilliant show for the Ziegfeld Society. The next day, at the crack of dawn, my Magic Garden friend and co-star, Paula Janis, and I hauled our Carole & Paula/Magic Garden Family Concert (with our original puppeteer, Cary Antebi, and my sound designer husband, Stuart Allyn) out to Westhampton Beach PAC. In this show, we are on stage singing and racing around live, with on-screen clips of ourselves on The Magic Garden TV show 43 years ago. We must be crazy, sharing the stage with ourselves as we were in 1972. It was a great day, with three generations of happy fans. Our one-hour holiday special, A Magic Garden Christmas, made in 1981, was broadcast on WPIX-TV, New York, in December. Also in December, I guest-starred in shows in New York City at The Metropolitan Room and The Triad. And I may make it to our Reunion in September.” John Chiu reported: “I am still working two days a week but taking at least eight weeks of vacation each year. Since we have twelve grandchildren between my wife and me, plus many more family members, we have been kept quite busy. I have finally resigned my clinical professor of medicine appointment at the University of California at Irvine this past May after having been on the faculty for 45 years.” John also said he and his wife are planning a trip to Cuba in the spring. Karen Kellers Marino Donovan sends her best to the class of 1961 and says: “Wow! 55 years! Where has the time gone? Remember when we thought the 55th Reunion class was all old people and now we are those old alums! Life has been so good to me. I have two successful daughters and they have given me beautiful grandchildren. Isn’t being a grandparent the best thing ever?! I still have such great memories of UVM and Pi Phi. We lived during such an innocent time. I would not trade a minute of it—10:30 curfews, imagine that today? I live six months in Naples, Florida, and six months in Wellesley, Massachusetts. I feel so lucky to still play golf and tennis and have my health and my great memories.” Roy Kelley emailed that he had stepped down as founder/artistic director of the Charles River Chorale, based in Millis, Massachusetts, after 30 years. He also retired as organist/ choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Duxbury, Massachusetts, after 20 years, but he is still the artistic director of the Snug Harbor Community Chorus in Duxbury, going on 15 years. And finally, he is the new organist/choirmaster at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Holliston, Massachusetts as of May 2015. As you know, 2016 will be our 55th Reunion year. UVM is planning our Reunion during Alumni Weekend over the last weekend of September. There is no way we can beat the 50th celebration we that we had five years ago, with the Champlain boat cruise and entertainment by classmate Carole Demas, but plan on attending to see just what we do come up with!
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62 Patricia Hoskiewicz Allen shares the death of Linda A. Borgos Hirst, who died on October 13, 2015. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and was retired from the State of California. She is survived by husband Ellis, son Charles, daughter-in-law Charyl, and granddaughters, Victoria and Evelyn. Jules Older has published his third e-book. The first was Skiing the Edge; next, Death by Tartar Sauce; this one is entitled Take Me Home: How to Rent or Buy in a Hot Home Market. All three are on Amazon and all other platforms.
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63Unfortunately, I have some sad news. As memories of our fiftieth reunion fade and we are moving closer to our fifty-fifth, we lost two hugely popular classmates; Jeffrey Falk, our class president, passed in May and Elaine Stauber, our Greek Week Queen, passed this November. Jeff was an active and encouraging class president all these many years. He always initiated the planning for our reunions, and ensured that we worked closely with the UVM Alumni office. He had an easy way about him and was friendly to everyone around him. At our fiftieth reunion, he marveled how no one seemed to age! He wished for us to stay well, happy, and to keep in touch. He was already planning for our fifty-fifth. Elaine Stauber, “Lainie” to many of us, shared many interesting articles and seminar opportunities for those of us who wished to continue to be vibrant and fulfilled women and citizens. During her recent years in Arizona, she re-united several of her classmates via e-mails, sharing stories, photos and especially her energies and passions for a life of enlightenment. That is how Sandra Timmermann and I reunited, as well as Lola de Girolomo Lawrence, Melissa Hetzel McKay, Julie Hersey Chapman and Grace Waters Young. As the feelings of the loss of many of our friends and family linger, life avails other opportunities to reach out, make that effort, to re-connect with those who are often in our thoughts. Classmates, we lost two remarkable, generous, spirited friends whom we will hold in our hearts and memories. Bob Pasco also shared that Anthony R. Russo Jr. of Pompano Beach, Florida, died on September 29, 2015. Tony was a member of SAE fraternity and was one of the goalies on the first UVM hockey team when the team was formed in 1963. He was originally from Somerville, Massachusetts. Miles Heller tells us that he, Ken Lewis and Jack Carterson got together for a weekend at Jack’s home in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The three Sigma Nus, friends for 56 years, went to a University of Michigan football game at the “Big House” and they all agreed that between them, nothing had changed in more than half a century. Rosalyn Diane Lipman Lifshin (Lyn) has published over 130 books and chapbooks including three from Black Sparrow For a complete listing, visit her website at
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65 Steven C. Pell writes, “In 2011, after 36 years running an ad agency, I merged my company, Timely Advertising, with another ad agency, BOC Partners. At the same time, my wife, Marcy, and I moved from New Jersey to the Boston area (my hometown) for the ease of city living. I continue to work, part time, for BOC. The “R” word is not in my vocabulary. My family and I still ski in Vermont, at Mount Snow, not far from our weekend home in Wilmington. Our love for the state of Vermont continues to grow. We have two beautiful grandchildren and are awaiting the birth of our third.” David Kauder tells us, “I have been retired for the past year and a half after 36 years practicing urology in Lynn and Salem, Massachusetts. I experienced rewarding medical missions to Haiti, Honduras, and Belize before retirement. Susan and I celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. Susan, an artist, accompanied me on our medical missions teaching art to the children in schools and the hospitals. We have two boys, one a pharmaceutical researcher in cancer immunology and the other a computer engineer for a large law firm. We have one far.” Gail Marie Perlee writes, “I’m retired for 16 years from the Phoenix Public Library and still living on my desert acre in Phoenix. I no longer have my Morgan horses but am active in researching and writing Morgan history. I visit family in Vermont every spring.”
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66 50th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Foster writes, “I just reached 40 years of service in the United States Government! This included Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa, then National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. and now V.A. Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Life is still fun!” Stephan Schulte recently got married to Jane Nicolette Rossiter-Smith in a small ceremony in New York City attended by, among others, two UVM alumni and their wives: Roy Zuckerman ’67 and Daniel Goldberg ’67. Now retired after a long, successful career in the television business (ABC and Showtime Entertainment), Stephan and Jane will continue to live between Beaulieu-sur-Mer, in the South of France, London, and New York. Living in Europe for the past 25 years, Stephan has enjoyed visits by a number of UVM classmates: Bob Mirman ’67, Jeff Shapiro ’67, Daniel Goldberg ’67, Roy Zuckerman ’67, Jean Halpern, Gordon Josephson ’67, Nadine Glasband and .Dennis Baum, Aaron Schildhaus ’65 and Cheryl Gadoci ’69. Stephan and Jane continue to look forward to visits from old friends. Peter Mulford retired, for the second and “probably” final time, on December 31, 2015. He writes, “Looking forward to traveling to warmer climates during the winter, some part-time volunteer callings, and spending more time in the Adirondacks this summer. Light is always on for UVM friends traveling through eastern West Virginia. Still miss the Kakewalk festivities of long ago! Great memories of a great university life and times.” Our 50th Reunion is just around the corner, and it promises to be a special time for us to celebrate with classmates. We are hoping for a large turnout for the September 23-25 weekend in beautiful Vermont, and you are encouraged to gather friends and make your reservations. Looking forward to seeing you and to sharing this milestone.
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67 Peter Finamore retired from John Deere after a career of 47 years at Chrysler, Textron, and John Deere in engineering, operations, energy technology, and sustainability. His interests include energy, sustainability, gardening, hiking/cycling, and model railroading. During his career at Deere, Peter authored and co-authored 10 U.S. patents in hybrid and advanced fuels technology. Peter and Elene, his wife of 46 years, will continue to reside in Weddington, North Carolina, where they will pursue recreational, personal, and business interests. Jane Taylor Vincent writes, “I live in Nashua, New Hampshire, with my husband, Peter Vincent ’71. I have two adult sons and their families who also live in Nashua. After retiring a few years ago as a high school mathematics teacher, I now tutor high school students in mathematics and thoroughly enjoy this contact. I visit the Burlington area often since my siblings and their families live in Stowe and South Burlington.” Barbara Smith Cedarfield writes, “Still doing system and programming for FIS. After graduation I worked at UVM in academic computing for nine years. I wonder who else is still working. I guess the math, engineering, economics, and accounting classes paid off but ceramics with George Scatchard was the best. Would love to hear from anyone who was on the UVM ski team with me. Our team actually won one event. I have a friend living in Hawaii and this has brought back memories of classmates from there. Life goes on with three kids, three grandkids, and five draft horses (Percherons).” Ronald Allbee writes that since graduating from UVM, he and his twin brother, Roger Allbee, took separate paths that often led to the same place. Rog was commissioned in the Army and trained in missiles. Ron was commissioned in the Navy and trained in nuclear weapons. Rog served as a nuclear weapons officer in Germany, while Ron served as a missile officer on an aircraft carrier. Ron served in Vermont government as director of energy and agricultural secretary; Rog would later serve as Vermont agricultural secretary. At the federal level, Ron served as director of the Vermont Farm Service Agency under President Clinton and Rog served as director under President Bush. Ron would later help start medical practices in Florida and Rog would serve as CEO of Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont. On their separate journeys they often met people who confused them for the other, even when on separate continents! They both look forward to our 50th Reunion. Here’s hoping they wear name tags! Dwight Ovitt writes, “I am celebrating 50 years of Peace Corps in Micronesia this coming year by returning and visiting my Micronesian son, Juan Babauta, who attended high school in Bakersfield, Vermont, while living with my Vermont family. He lives on Saipan with his wife, Charlene Tudela. I will then venture to Pohnpei to visit former classmates from the University of Hawaii ’70-’72. Before returning home to Hawaii, I plan to spend two weeks on Kosrae where I taught agriculture to Kosrean high school boys. This area is nearly on the opposite side of the earth from Vermont and the weather is much different. Just north of the equator, it never goes below 65 degrees. I promised myself warmer climates after nearly freezing in Vermont in the winter of 1966. I continue to work with limited English speaking disabled folks here in Hawaii, specializing in new arrivals from Micronesia. I’m writing a book about the Ovitt family that has been in Vermont since 1800 and get back to Vermont almost every summer to see relatives, three of whom are students at UVM!”
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68 Betsy Rowe Waters says, “I am continuing to learn and be creative. I published my first book, Testify to the Light: The Spiritual Biography of Andy Gustafson, part murder mystery, part inspiring true story of resilience. I am remarried, living in a co-housing community, and in active ministry in the United Church of Christ.” Rich Tinervin writes, “As usual the Tinervin Family has much going on. Youngest son, Tom, who lives in Munich, Germany and owns a software business, has become a proud father of our first grandchild, Milo. Daughter, Mary Elizabeth, is attending New York University to get her master's degree in ballet pedagogy with the intent of teaching ballet at the college level. Oldest son, Joe, lives in San Francisco and is CEO of a hospital. Gail and I continue to split our time between our apartment in New York City and Hilton Head, with Rich very busy being the CEO of two software companies.” Dr. Melvin Hebel, of Mount Arlington, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 17, 2015. Born in Burlington, VT, Dr. Hebel grew up in Union, New Jersey, and resided in Rockaway, New Jersey, before moving to Mount Arlington, NJ, in 1986. Dr. Hebel graduated from Union High School in 1964. He earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, where he was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, and his Doctoral of Dental Medicine degree in 1972 and certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1975 from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Fraternity. Dr. Hebel was a self-employed Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Hackettstown, NJ until he retired in 2006. He was also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and Clinical Instructor and visiting Professor at UMDNJ. Dr. Hebel was awarded many awards for his work, including: UMDNJ – Clinician of the Year and The Academy of General Dentistry Award in 1972; Union High School – National Honor Society and Outstanding Musician, to name a few. Dr. Hebel was a member of multiple Professional Organizations, including: American Dental Association; Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons; Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology; Tri-County Dental Association; and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, to name a few. In addition, he was a member of the Rotary Club, ELKS, and the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club. In his spare time, Dr. Hebel enjoyed gardening, skiing, wind-surfing, sailing, golf, tennis, softball, and playing the French horn in many orchestras with his late Father, William Hebel. He also had a “hole in one.” Dr. Hebel is survived by his loving wife, Alice Hebel; and his devoted children, Lauren Hebel ’95, David Hebel, and his wife, Jessica, and Scott Hebel, and his fiancé, Leigh Paulson. He is also survived by his beloved mother, Celia Hebel ’42, of Whippany, and sister Cheryl Ochs ’64, and her husband Paul, of Morristown and nephew Matthew Mandel’89 and niece Sharon Ochs. Visitors to Bethesda's Washington Metropolitan OASIS Art Gallery were recently treated to a tour around the world via Jack Rosenberg’s photographic exhibit, capturing stories through his portraits of the gritty faces of people, the high waves and horrific winds of a hurricane, and one-of-a-kind scenic images. Fifty of Jack's photos were displayed, a variety of pieces that include doors, windows, landscapes, flowers, abstract images and faces from numerous foreign countries as well as from the United States and his home in Potomac, Maryland. To see the world through Jack's eyes, go to his website at:
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70 Bruce Davis retired from a financial planning career in 2007. Today, Bruce is the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Racine County (Wisconsin). Bruce’s son, Tyler, graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2014 and is working as a benefits consultant with A. J. Gallagher Co. in Chicago. Cathy Davis, Bruce’s wife, is in her 23rd year at InSinkerator, a division of Emerson Electric Company, where she works in sales and marketing. Bruce is active in ham radio and holds the Amateur Extra Class license (N9BBL). Bob Warner writes, “After 40 years of practicing law, I retired and moved with my wife to Woodford, a small town outside of Bennington. Our daughter is a sophomore at Marlboro College and having a great time with college life.” Lorraine Parent Racusen ’70, MD’75 has semi-retired as emerita professor from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine after 35 years. She joins her husband Richard Racusen ’70, MD’75 in retirement, for traveling, home projects, etc. Sons, Chris Racusen and Darren Racusen ’11, are in California, so mom and dad plan to visit them more often! Lorraine still travels nationally and internationally as lecturer in kidney and transplantation pathology. Staying in the Baltimore area, but visiting Vermont several times a year; Richard’s father, David, is a UVM retired professor and biochemist and musician living in Shelburne. Jane Ellen Juchnicki Bonner tells us, “I’m enjoying retirement in this lovely Myrtle Beach community with lots of activities and charity events. Roger and I moved here three years ago with our two dogs and have joined the northern transplants; the lower cost of living and low taxes are real benefits. The weather is lovely and so are the miles of sandy beaches. Come visit!”
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71 Robert A. McCready ’71, MD’75 shares, “After 34 years of surgical practice, I have retired and I am trying to figure out my next career!” I’d like to begin with a sad note about Nina Joy Nadworny’s passing in late November. Nina’s sister shared the news with Marc Milowsky and she wanted Nina’s friends and classmates to know. As I reported in an early column, Nina was working to get back East, the Boston or Burlington areas in the next few months. According to her sister, she was conceptualizing a website for blogging and podcasting and looked forward to being in touch with friends on the East Coast. We will all miss her spirit, talent, and energy. On October 21, Wally Johnson, director of athletic media relations at St. Lawrence University, announced his retirement effective June 1, 2016, ending a four-decade career at St. Lawrence. The 1995 winner of the ECAC’s Irving T. Marsh Award, 2001 CoSIDA Warren Berg Award recipient, 2012 ECAC Pete Nevins Award winner and 2013 inductee into the College Sports Information Directors’ Association Hall of Fame, he has seen the St. Lawrence athletic program grow from 13 teams on his arrival in 1975 to its current 32-program offering. In addition to day-to-day coverage of St. Lawrence’s athletic program, Johnson designed and built the university’s first athletic website and has been the color commentator on broadcasts of the Saints men’s Division I hockey program since 1975. He also helped establish the St. Lawrence Athletic Hall of Fame and has been a member of its selection committee since its inception in 1978. He has been host SID for two NCAA Division I Skiing Championships, a NCAA Division I ice hockey championship, two NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and NCAA Division III finals in men’s soccer in addition to a number of NCAA tournament games in a variety of sports. Robert A. McCready ’71, MD’75 shares, “After 34 years of surgical practice, I have retired and I am trying to figure out my next career!” I had a nice visit with Doug Wells in Greenwich mid-November. He’d just been in Vermont with the opening of hunting season, and mentioned the loss of a Delta Psi brother, Doug Moore ‘70. We all send our condolences to Claudia Clifton Moore ‘72.
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72 Cheryl Delbeck Albrechcinski writes, “After 41 years in education, I retired in the fall of 2015. Clark County School District (Las Vegas, Nevada) recognized me as a Distinguished Educator in 2010. My daughter has followed my path in education and is a ninth grade science teacher.” Ken Brown and Barb Brown were pleased to attend the wedding of their granddaughter, Bethany Brown ‘13 to Michael Strand ‘12 at Ira Allen Chapel on November 7, 2015. Bethany’s parents are Scott Brown and Lisa Brown ‘85. Mike’s parents are Eric and Barbara Strand. The reception was held at the Sheraton. The couple honeymooned on a Caribbean cruise. Patty Quinn Thomas ‘72, G’76 enjoyed a fantastic 11-day trip to California with Pat Hunt Vana ‘71 in May and June. The trip was sponsored by the Community National Bank’s Community Circle. She writes, “We traveled with 30+ people from the Northeast Kingdom to San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Sacramento, Sausalito, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks with our last two nights in Monterey/Carmel. Eating dinner in the Wuksachi Lodge at Yosemite I spied two familiar people coming into the dining room. Turns out they were Brian Reed ‘74 and Holly Reed whom I recognized from my days hanging out at Phi Gamma Delta and my three semesters in nursing before I switched to education. There is definitely some truth in the saying, ‘It’s a small world’.” As for your class secretary, I retired from UVM after 22 years. I am still teaching at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski and manning a computer help desk one night a week from home, so I still have a hand in the working world. Teaching continues to be very rewarding, but it also feels really good to be able to do whatever I want each day. I don’t think that will ever get old!
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73 Charlotte Charli Cohen Sheer asks all UVMers to save their cancelled postage stamps for the Holocaust Stamps Project which she began in 2009 while teaching fifth grade at Foxborough (Massachusetts) Regional Charter School. Now retired, she continues to be involved with the project which has evolved into a community service learning initiative for the entire kindergarten to grade 12 school, serving as a springboard for lessons about tolerance, acceptance, and respect for differences. The goal is to amass 11 million stamps, one for every victim of the Holocaust, with more than 6.5 million stamps having been donated already. Students are using thousands of the stamps to create a series of eighteen, one-of-a-kind 18 x 24 inch, stamps collage artworks depicting what they are learning about the events and effects of the Holocaust. To see the website, photos, and contact info for donating stamps, enter Holocaust Stamps Project on Google or Bing. Karen Blakney shares, “After ending my federal career serving as the national climate change coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management in D.C., I have retired to the Land of Enchantment. I maintain Vermont ties by regularly visiting Jeanne Lamoy Hullett, at her lovely home in Warren. Here’s to a Vermonter in the White House!” Paul Gordon writes, “My son Levi is in Veterinary Medicine School in Saint Kitts and my daughter Kiowa is in the Peace Corps in Mongolia.” Douglas J. Wolinsky writes, “I am a shareholder/director at Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, a regional law firm, resident in the Burlington, Vermont, office. I live close to Redstone with my wife and son, and often jog through the campus with my dog. It’s great to see so many alums in my business who either stayed here after school, or returned to make Burlington home.”
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74 Pam Knights writes, “2015 marks 15 years in business for Pam Knights Communications. PKC offers full service marketing communications for small businesses, specializing in culinary, hospitality and agritourism marketing. Check us out at I also have a daughter, Ashley Heaney ’18, who is a UVM sophomore!” David Wilder ’74 G’78 MD’85; UVM Orthopaedics faculty member 1985-1994), University of Iowa professor of biomedical engineering, was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at the May 4 University of Iowa College of Public Health Annual Awards Presentation and Luncheon. Delta Omega defines an Honorary Member as: “Honorary membership is conferred only upon persons possessing exceptional qualifications, who have attained meritorious national or international distinction in the field of public health.” Each chapter may induct only one member per year. Prior Honorary Member inductees include former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and the late President Herbert Hoover. Wilder was introduced to ergonomics by his grandfather and inventor of the overhead door, Henry Clark, who urged him to consider the person doing a job when designing a workplace. By doing so, one can reduce and preferably avoid the incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and the associated personal and national costs. Wilder emphasizes the importance of treating, not only the patient, but also the workplace/physical environment in order to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of the problem. “I would like to put orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons out of a job by eliminating the reasons for treatment of these disorders. Just think of the misery avoided and the resources that would be saved," Wilder has said. Wilder is an internationally recognized expert in the human body's response to whole body vibration. He has been involved in developing policy / "soft law" via invited appointments to national (American National Standards Institute) and international (International Standards Organization) standards-setting bodies related to human exposure to vibration and was the founding convener of the working group on posture in vibration and repetitive mechanical shock environments. His work on spine biomechanics and ergonomics has been recognized with several prestigious awards including the 1996 Kappa Delta Award (jokingly known as the “Nobel Prize” of Orthopaedics) and the 1998 Borelli Award of the American Society of Biomechanics, among others. Wilder holds a secondary appointment in the Occupational and Environmental Health Department and has made many contributions to the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. He served as core faculty of the Ergonomics Training Program within the NIOSH-funded Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety since the program’s inception in 2001. His annual course, “Ergonomics of Occupational Injuries,” is among the Ergonomics Training Program’s core courses. Wilder regularly serves on thesis or dissertation committees for trainees of the Heartland Center’s Ergonomics Training Program. He lectures each year in in the Occupational and Environmental Health Department course “Occupational Ergonomics I,” providing non-engineers enrolled in the class with an elegant and entertaining model of spine biomechanics and its relationship with low back pain, which is historically among the most common health complaint of working people. And he was instrumental in the design and implementation of the new Biomedical Engineering/Industrial Hygiene 3+2 degree program. Linda Rough Probst shares, “I am still teaching at University of North Carolina, Charlotte in the Kinesiology Department. We have over 200 students in our exercise science program and about 50 students in our athletic training program. I teach a number of classes and I also supervise and mentor our graduate teaching assistants. My son and his wife and my daughter live in Boston and my step-daughter, husband and 4-year-old grandson live in Alexandria, Virginia. My husband I spend our leisure time traveling to hear our favorite musicians and singer-songwriters!” Paul Kenny & Matt Bogue Commercial Real Estate in Sun Valley, Idaho is busy as the market has improved significantly. Call anytime for market info. Donna McVetty Wark shares, “I was an older student in the nursing program having completed the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing program in 1961. What a great program, thank you UVM for accepting an older student. My two daughters also went on for post-graduate degrees and now have practices of their own. One of my grandchildren is now considering UVM next year. Yippee!” I had a wonderful time at Reunion in October. I enjoyed seeing old friends at the Delta Delta Delta open house and at the Green and Gold banquet. After many years, I was finally able to have dinner with Tom Munschauer ’75 along with Diane Batt Smith and Sally Cummings ’72. We had such a good time reminiscing of our days of yore at UVM!
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75 Bruce Ellison writes, “It’s been 40 years since I’ve seen most of you. I’ve moved to the West Coast’s version of Burlington: Portland, Oregon. I look forward to swapping stories with you all.” Fred “Chico” Lager took a photo of the “Men of Chikago” on Saturday, September 19 at the train station in Frankfurt, Germany, 40 years, almost to the day, from when they arrived in Europe for a three-month post-graduation tour of the continent. The photo can be seen on the Alumni Association’s Flickr gallery at Pictured, left to right, are Hans Puck G’80 (Saga Foods), Fred “Chico” Lager, Jim Thomas, Alan Dimick, Scott Baldwin ’76, Bert Anderson, Bob Musser (Continuing Ed), Fred Bussone, Bill Dillon and Dennis Canedy. This marked the sixth time the group has returned together to Europe since the original trip, and the third time they survived the celebration at Octoberfest. Jane MacAlla Livingston shares, “I will retire from Carthage College in May 2016 after serving on the music faculty for 22 years. I have been the director of keyboard studies since 2004. Prior to that I was a part-time member of the piano faculty of Northwestern University from 1982 –1996. My husband, Ralph, and I celebrated our 31st anniversary this year. We have two wonderful daughters and three very young and amazing grandchildren! Best wishes to all.” Gail Bigwood Werrbach writes, “My husband Jim and I were proud to watch our son, Matthew Werrbach ’15 graduate from UVM this past May. Matt is now the fifth generation to graduate from UVM. I am on sabbatical this year from the University of Maine School of Social Work and recently enjoyed a six-week road trip through France. We always enjoy our trips to visit our son in Burlington. The campus and the city sure have changed!” Patti Porter Struna and her husband, Mike Struna, have joined Bonita Bay Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida. Serendipitously, Patti and I were paired to play golf together and were able to reconnect after 40 years! Small world indeed! Patti and Mike continue to run Advantage Commercial Realty, Inc. in Danbury, Connecticut but hope to spend more time in Florida in coming years. Patti’s step-daughter, Michelle Struna, lives and works in Tampa, Florida, and this will be one step closer to her. Patti also spent part of October in Virginia Beach with her parents celebrating their 92nd and 93rd birthdays. Congratulations Betty and John Porter!
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76 Don Nelinson shares, after 30 years in academic medicine and medical communications, he is changing it up and has accepted the position as chief science and education officer with the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Still living in New Jersey, Don enjoys summer hikes and winter skiing while based at his house in Wilmington, Vermont. Andrea Mastrocinque Martone writes, “Since we graduated nearly 40 years ago from UVM, our tight-knit group of friends (men and women) have stayed together over the years, attending all the Reunions, and a few gatherings in between. Our friendship and ties to peers were so central to our lives during that time and remain so today. Our last women’s weekend in Stowe, Vermont (a yearly event since graduating), we were determined to reach out to a few women with whom we had lost contact, but who were a large part of our UVM experience. Happy to say we found them and reunited at Tish Beitzel Vredenburg’s home in Connecticut in October. There are now 38 of us attending our 40th Reunion next year at UVM!” Suzanne Gebo, Andrea Mastrocinque, Tish Beitzel, Jan Sherman, Amy Jacobs, and Susan Edson are pictured in a photo on the Alumni Association’s Flickr photo gallery at MaryAnn Holak writes, “I took a walk down memory lane this summer and visited UVM with my daughter, Kayla, who is now a senior in high school. Just celebrated my 10th anniversary as the executive director of the Beverly Council on Aging and am teaching an introduction to gerontology class at North Shore Community College. I keep telling myself if I continue to work in the field, I will always be younger than my clients, not! Had a nice visit with Joan Carey this fall and attended two weddings for the children of Susy Ritter Young.” Michael J. Cote earned his doctorate in law and policy over the summer, and completed his thesis on Public Sector Leadership. His research uncovered seven core leadership behaviors for effective and ineffective leadership styles, and the countermajoritarian principle of leadership. Diane Greene has been hired to head Google cloud business. Her new title will be senior vice president for Google’s enterprise businesses, and she will remain on the Google board. Linda Boardman writes, “Members of the class of ‘76 have started the planning for the 40th Reunion Weekend on September 23-25, 2016. We will kick off the planning by asking classmates to submit photos from their UVM years and past Reunions to the alumni office at Be sure to include your name, class year, and a description for the photo caption. A planning committee is in the works and we encourage classmates to visit the UVM Alumni Weekend website at Information on places to stay, weekend activities, and much more will be on the website for the class of ‘76 to check out.
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77 Rob Waxman writes, “I am still teaching at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School. Since 2010, I’ve been teaching high school diploma classes. Adults with Disabilities is making a comeback, so I’ve got one class of AWD now. I’m still playing in an Allman Brothers tribute band, and am looking for another project. I bought a beautiful handmade bass from Scotland this year. Our daughter is applying for colleges and wants to be a neonatal nurse. I turned 60 this year, or at least that’s what I’m told. I’d love to hear from classmates from UVM. Sorry to hear of Buckham’s demise this year.” Patricia Boera shares, “As associate director of Career Services for Champlain College, I am a cheerleader for volunteerism. I enjoy connecting our students with the community organizations with which I have maintained a long volunteer affiliation: Lyric Theatre Company, presenting Mary Poppins April 1–10 on the Flynn Main Stage; the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts; and the Middlebury Summer Festival-on-the-Green, celebrating its 38th season during the week of July 10-16. To my alumni colleagues, I encourage you to support these great organizations and to consider volunteering!” Adolfo Richard DeSandre writes, “I enjoyed a quiet Christmas with my family in North Carolina. No snow, but I’m fine with that. However, the urge to ski still hits me periodically. Jerry and Hank, if you’re out there, drop me a line sometime.”
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78 Michael Bachman has been with Towson University in Maryland for 27 years and serves as director of IT client services. He also teaches in the Computer Sciences Department. In his free times, he flies planes, SCUBA dives, works out, and enjoys sport shooting. Stan Przybylinski jetted down to Orlando just before Christmas to see Chris Henningsen for some fun and sun as winter descended on his Boston home. Debra Welsh writes, “I spent two weeks in Uganda in October as a dentist on a medical/dental mission trip. It was an incredibly rewarding trip working with a great team to help improve the lives of a beautiful and loving group of people. I hope to return!”
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79 Judy Cookson writes, “I live in Barre Town, Vermont, and have been working for the past 20 years at Washington County Mental Health. Currently, I work in the Supported Apartment Program. I work with adults with developmental disabilities who have their own apartments. I am heading towards retirement and look forward to that. I sing in The VSO Chorus, The Mad River Chorale, and my church choir. My longtime partner, Rick Theken, and I enjoy being active in the community and spending time with our grandchildren and their parents. My closest grandson, Declan, was two in August and is so much fun. My older granddaughter, Abby, graduates from high school in Katy, Texas in June. She is part of the winning Katy Football team dance team called “The Brigade.” I am fortunate to have family in Connecticut. It is great to be near Burlington with all its cultural events, restaurants, and of course, the waterfront. I recently attended a meeting at Main Street Landing: what a magnificent space!”
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80 Mike Heffernan recently passed away. Mike was one of the early members of the UVM rescue team which has now operated for over 35 years. Mike died January 22 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was 62 years old. Balanced on a scaffold, usually with a cigarillo dangling from his mouth, he painstakingly restored slate roofs around the world — in Hong Kong, Cuba, and Russia, as well as in Colorado and his own rural Vermont. Professionally, Mike was known for precision and artistry: you only had to look up to appreciate the work of a master. Personally, he was more hidden. There was no LinkedIn profile, no Facebook account — no digital fingerprint anywhere. In his remote Vermont town, cellphone access was so spotty he had to drive to the library to conduct business from the parking lot. He eluded the modern world, and he preferred it that way. His mother and an aunt raised Mike in Woodstock, Vermont. He had one sister. From early on, he loved reading and hunting; guns were utilitarian tools that instinctively appealed to the practical side of him. Watching old movies later in life, he took pleasure in critiquing the improper technique actors used during flashy shootouts. Weapons were one great interest, while ironically saving lives was another. His romance with search and rescue began in high school, when Mike volunteered as a ski patroller on Suicide Six Mountain in Vermont. It evolved through college, until, eventually, he was leading and training Vermont’s emergency rescue service. When it came to his own care, though, he had no faith in doctors — he was a self-sufficient healer. Once a chainsaw carved a chunk out of his leg in Vermont, and he sewed himself up. After a scaffold collapsed in Moscow, he was hospitalized there for six months, while family worried he would never walk again. But returning home, he constructed and triumphed in his own rehab program. “Tougher than a box of hammers,” one friend said approvingly. “Tougher than a boiled owl,” Mike liked to say. He was full of knowledge, much of it historical or philosophical. On long road trips to survey buildings with his daughter, the two shared cans of Coca-Cola and bags of Doritos, while he passed along the words of Winston Churchill or Mark Twain (he especially loved Mark Twain). Other knowledge was practical. He drilled her in the military alphabet, and —just in case — taught her how to take someone down with a sharpened No. 2 pencil. Mike believed that self-respect widened into respect for others. Consummately polite, he arrived at work in tie and jacket, handwrote letters to clients, and, instead of phoning someone, often showed at their door — which really IS more respectful. When he called his daughter from the job in Jakarta (it was just too far away to show up at her door), he explained that a recent infection had left him with renal sepsis. But, he assured her, he was feeling better than ever. He died a few days later.
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81 Nan Dickovick Barnes shares, “Love the second time around was found through for two alumni from the class of 1981, Nan Dickovick Barnes (APEX ) and Henry Gillert (Civil Engineering). We enjoy living in Yarmouth, Maine, and our children, travels and careers. It was fun to walk around campus recently and realize how both of us started life in New York, received excellent educations from UVM, and wound up living in Maine. It was meant to be!” Matt Dustin writes, “I am starting a new career as a full-time paramedic for Gorham EMS in Gorham, New Hampshire. I also work part time for the Mount Washington Auto Road as a stage driver/tour guide. It is quite a change from the agricultural career path I started on at UVM. My wife, Amanda, and I moved to northern New Hampshire three years ago as she started a new job as an APRN for the Coos County Family Health Service in Berlin. We have been keeping our legs in shape by cross country skiing and hiking with our Labs and Bernese Mountain dog, and cycling. Stop by if you visit the area!”
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82 Tim Goddette writes, “Thirty-three years! Settled in Alexandria, Virginia, since 2010, a stone’s throw from Tom Bilodeau, Jeff Fitzgerald, and Joe Villemaire. Not uncommon to also run into Pete Fuller and Steve Stebbins from ROTC days. Celebrating 30th anniversary this year with my charming wife, Sarah (Sutton Coldfield, England). Our daughter Ashley has graduated from Virginia Tech. Gabby is a senior at University of Rochester, so you can see Sarah and me in the stands watching her play her final year of soccer this fall. Personal thanks to Jack Leggett, UVM baseball coach ’77-’82.” Sarah Hunt Hobart (Sally) Hobart was recognized by the Consortium of Vermont Colleges with the Jerry E. Flanagan Service Award at their annual meeting. It is given to a member who has shown exemplary leadership within the field of college admissions counseling in Vermont and has gone above and beyond in service to the consortium. John Bartlett tells us, “SoCal is still treating the Bartlett Family very well. My wife Cynthia’s travel business is growing, our boys are doing well, and we are grateful for good health and good fortune. As always we welcome all Cats to look us up if you are in Los Angeles area. We wish everyone well and look forward to the return of varsity baseball and varsity softball to UVM in 2016. Why not? It would be a great gift to the students and club players who are keeping the dream alive. Bring It Back! Go Cats Go!”
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83 Gary D. Russell is senior legal counsel and Burlington site counsel at Global Foundries Fab 9 in Essex Junction, Vermont. Gary is married to Mary Jane Beane Russell ‘84. Bob Johnston writes, “I recently opened an office in New York for Herald Investment Management. I am working on an event for alumni living in Darien early in 2016.” Beauport Financial Services, LLC., an independent, locally owned, client-centered advisory firm based Gloucester, with a proprietary, custom, partnering approach to client services, and an innovative community service program involving their clients, announces a milestone event, their 30th anniversary, founded in 1985 by managing partner David McKechnie, CLU.
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84 Lynn Tarbutton Cummings writes, “I retired from the Training & Development Department at UVM eight years ago, and have been teaching painting and collage classes and entering art shows for about 10 years. My husband and I travel more since my retirement, especially to warm places when it’s cold in Vermont! This winter we will be in Cuba and in previous years have been to many parts of Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, various Caribbean islands, several European countries and the southwestern United States. Travel inspires many of my paintings, so I come home with hundreds of reference photos for my paintings and those of my students. My son John W. Hutchins ’12 works at UVM and lives in South Burlington. Son Kyle Hutchins recently moved back to South Burlington from Medellin, Colombia, where he spent three-and-a-half years teaching English as a foreign language at a university. Retirement is great! Busy, but in a very good way.” Sanne Kure-Jensen has been hired as the recycling coordinator for the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Susan Podell Mason is so grateful to be living a happy life in Waterbury, Vermont. She shares, “I work at Vermont Medicaid and put the physical therapy skills I learned at UVM to work every day. My son Seth Mason ’17 attends UVM. My daughter has married and moved to Santa Fe. She attended grad school at UVM with me regularly as an infant, interrupting many classes!” Kim Krandall just reunited with classmates for a weekend in Grand Isle Vermont. “Thirty years and over half of us are still actively practicing dental hygiene! Our weekend was full of past memories as we hiked Camel’s Hump, had cocktails at The Daily Planet, shopped downtown, and enjoyed the hospitality of local classmates: Bea Shumway and Claudette Bouffard and Liz Wark. We may not see each other often enough but as soon as we do it’s like old times! Fun, fun, fun!” There is a photo of the group on the Flickr photo gallery at Susan Marchand Higgins ’85 writes, Chris Higgins and I had a great time at the wedding of Bill Wallace to Toni Cole along with Doug Keefe, Peter Long, John Stamatov and MaryJane Lightsey Stamatov ’82, Rob Churchill and Sheryl Pietroski Churchill ’87, Don Connors ’81, Jim Ahern ’83, Mark Denney ’83, Chris and Margo Anderson Connors ’85, Dale and Wendy Murdock Spaulding ’85 and Mike Vagnoni ‘91.
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85Jonathan Henry ‘85, G’91 and Sara Arnett Henry ‘87, G’91 celebrated 28 years of marriage in August, only one day after their son, Andrew, got married. Jon is the vice president of enrollment management at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, and Sara is the director of Disability Services at The University of Maine. Their younger son, Jordan is a senior at the University of Southern Maine. They reside in Hampden, Maine. Sherri Steinfeld Maxman writes, “After careers in publishing and pastry, I have started a new business called College Maven, in which I advise families on the college application process, with a specialty in working with students with learning disabilities. I am always excited to recommend UVM to students! I have been living in Manhattan for the past 25 years but still love to visit Burlington, where my brother, Gene, and his wife, Kim Steinfeld ‘87, reside.” Craig John Mabie and his husband, Douglas Sutherland, completed their move up into the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Living in the town of Cle Elum, they are enjoying all the outdoor activities that small town mountain life affords. Cathy Irish Tremblay writes, “The Class of 1985 celebrated its 30th Reunion on campus in October. It was great to see so many classmates as we gathered at Waterman Manor to enjoy the sunset and reminisce about our days at UVM while listening to some wonderful music.”
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86Maria Heck Swanson writes, “I resigned from my physical therapy job working with children with developmental disabilities just in time to help my eldest son move to Alaska to begin grad school in Fairbanks, while my youngest takes a semester abroad in Scotland. Our drive along the Al-Can highway was stunning! Volunteering a lot with local library and soccer club while contemplating my next career move, working in my garden, and doing some more knitting. Life is indeed good!” Howard Solomon shares, “I’m living in Belvidere, New Jersey, with my partner Carlos. I am a branch manager and investment advisor representative with Next Financial Group, Inc. in Fairfield, New Jersey. I hang out frequently with Andrew Pearl and his family. The dogs consume much of our time as I breed, course, and show Bedlington Terriers and Salukis. We spent 10 days this spring in Colombia which was amazing. Would love to hear from old classmates.” Lori DeRosa Centerbar is currently in her 11th year at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, teaching English. She continues to love what she does and is forever grateful to have chosen teaching as her career. She remains connected to UVM by opening her classroom to many education majors as interns. She also delights in watching her son, Zachary, navigate his way through his undergraduate work, majoring in mechanical engineering. Mike Patterson shared that he and his wife Noelle celebrated their 25th anniversary in August, 2015. Their eldest daughter, Rachel, is a junior at the University of Maryland. Their middle daughter, Caroline, is a freshman at Mount Saint Mary’s University, in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and their youngest, Abigail, is a junior in high school. Mike has served on the Board of Directors for the Metro D.C. chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) for several years, and in July he began serving a one-year term as president. He has also written two articles for Fine Homebuilding Magazine; the most recent of which appears in the January 2016 issue. As for me, I’d love to hear from any old classmates, particularly denizens of 4th floor, Wright Hall, where I lived for three years!
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87Patty Hession Watson reports, “On Cape Cod with my husband Peter (St. Mike’s) and my two ski-buddies: Charlie, 11; Sally, 10. Love working for Barnstable County improving quality of life for year-round Cape Codders. Fond memories of Billings Rotunda, Monty R’s burritos, Joe Schall’s environmental biology and finishing organic chemistry lab on way back from Mad River.” Celeste Leon writes, “I’m delighted to announce my novel inspired by a true story. Luck is Just the Beginning, was just released by Floricanto Press. Some of you may remember the story of my father winning the lottery and changing his life. Visit for more information and feel free to contact me as I love hearing from my fellow UVMers!” Read the review in VQ.
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89 Brockett Muir lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He continues to move forward with his mobile technology invention. Brock’s creation includes the mobile notifications you see, hear, and feel on your devices. For example, when you receive a SMS or MMS, you might hear an audio notification. That is part of Brock’s patent portfolio. Jeff Barron and his family just visited Brock and it was great to reconnect! Dee Barbic writes, “Finishing up my 24th year with the Vermont State Police as a lieutenant currently assigned as the professional standards commander out of headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont. I regularly see classmate and fellow Harris Millis RA, Tracy Fay Stolese. I am living in the area with my husband, Allen, and step-children, Harry and Harper. We are all huge UVM hockey fans and support the team at the home games.” Karen Spiller shares, “I met my husband Jason Loughman in 2011 while we were both living in the Republic of Palau (where my classmate and college roommate Rachel Dimitruk has been living since 2001), and we just moved to Sydney, Australia. Fellow UVM classmates at our 2013 wedding included Jill Bernstein Shinnick, Luisa Zauli, and Laura Schaefer Wildman. After a 15-year career in international marketing I became an ESL teacher in 2009 and have never looked back. I’m thrilled to be back in Sydney after a six-year absence and hope to get lots of visitors.” Jeffrey Paradysz shares, “I’m about to go into post-production on my latest documentary on the Sci-Fi/Comic Conventions cosplayers and their craft.” Philip Mandel, CPA, CFP, the regional managing partner – New York / New Jersey and the co-office managing partner of the Roseland, New Jersey office of CohnReznick LLP, one of the leading accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
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90 Elizabeth Rosin shares with us that Rosin Preservation, one of the most prominent historic preservation firms in the region, has moved into its own building, the newest old building in Kansas City’s East Crossroads, as its firm becomes its own client. Rosin, whom the American Institute of Architects Kansas City chapter named Preservationist of the Year in 2014, writes about the restoration experience —“Walking Our Talk”—on the Rosin Preservation blog. Rosin Preservation plays a key role in Kansas City’s major preservation projects, such as the Kansas City Public Schools’ repurposing initiative and the rehabilitation of Commerce Tower; Kansas City Power and Light Building; Pickwick Plaza and the Bancroft School Apartments. For more information visit Mark Bove wanted his fellow alumni to know that their favorite Italian eatery in Burlington, Bove’s Restaurant, closed Dec 23, 2015 after serving thousands of UVM students and thousands of pounds of pasta for the past 75 years. For those able to visit during the last few months, he hoped it brought back memories of the “good ole days.” Ruth Henry writes, “Many thanks to everyone who made it back to Burlington to celebrate our 25th Reunion! What a blast! A very special thank you to Mike Cohen, Jeff Perez, Dave Bartlett, Ron Tarsy and Jane Tarsy, Meg Smith, Lisa Palvino, Julie Vincent and Erin Murphy who helped to make sure we had the perfect venue for sunset cocktails and after-hours! You’re the best!” Allison Connolly just returned from living abroad for a few years. After many years of working at the state health department in North Carolina, she decided to switch her focus to global public health. Allison worked in immunization in Nepal and Ethiopia and on case investigation during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Raleigh, North Carolina is once again her home base, and she looks forward to hearing from any local UVMers.
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91 25th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Douglas Lewis writes, “After a great summer in Vermont with Eliteam Camps, we are back in Park City and covering the Alpine World Cup for NBC. Hoping for a great snow year here in Utah!” Dr. Don Stenta MD ’91 is the co-editor of an issue in the New Directions in Student Leadership series titled “Student Leadership Development Through Recreation and Athletics.” The nine-chapter book, co-edited with Dr. Cara McFadden from Elon University, outlines leadership models and frameworks for students in collegiate recreation and intercollegiate athletics. Looking forward to seeing everyone for our 25th Reunion on September 23-25! Make your plans now to join me, Brian Acrish, Suzanne Cabot, Beth Eberl, Noreen Feldmann, Nini Avila Fenton, Phil Gonzalez, Grant Gund, Leigh Husband, Neil Jensen, Bill Luderman, Liza MacKinnon, Aimee Marti, Chip Mason, Pam Quinn, and Geoff Sweitzer in Burlington.
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92 Ambari Prakash Pinto writes, “I am married to John Pinto, graduate of the University of Virginia, and we are planning to celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2016. We have one daughter and are teaching her to enjoy winter activities. Would love to connect with UVM alumni in area interested in family ski trips.” In 2015 Jessica Jacob accepted the position of theatre manager at University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre after five seasons as artistic and executive director of Alaska Theatre of Youth and 14 years working with University of Alaska’s Theatre and Dance program.
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93 Victor Rivero, Integrated Humanities Program alum, is editor in chief of EdTech Digest, a leading source of cool tools, in-depth interviews, and notable trends in the education and technology (edtech) sector. He oversees the annual EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program featuring Cool Tool, Leadership and Trendsetter Awards, now in its sixth year. “We’re telling the story of 21st-century education transformation,” he writes. “A lot has changed since the time we used to have to send emails from the basement of Waterman back in the early 90s!” Visit to learn more.
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94Jackie Levin writes, “I’ve been growing my nurse entrepreneur self with my new seven-week online mindfulness program, ‘Room to Breathe: Rewiring for Ease.‘ So excited to share my passion with other nurses showing that we can really take good care of ourselves while taking care good of others. I’m also bringing creative arts based facilitation to educational trainings at hospitals. So much fun. Loving my life in the Pacific Northwest with my husband-love, Randy.” Narric Rome writes, “My wife, Megan, my son Will (8) and I have moved to downtown Annapolis, Maryland, and my wife is expecting a baby girl in April.”
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95 Jill Stoddard writes, “I was promoted to associate professor of psychology; own my own business, The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management; published my first book, The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Clinician’s Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (New Harbinger Publications).”
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96 Bizia Greene writes that she and her husband, Clinton Huling, were married at Shelburne Farms on a rainy July 27, 2014. Many alums were in attendance including bridal party members Kristina Pisanelli ‘97 and Danielle Ragonese Browne. Although they make their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the bride and groom wanted to host a destination wedding to showcase her home state. Guests flew in from Mozambique, Belgium, England, Canada, and the groom’s home state of California. For many, it was their first time seeing the Green Mountain State and festivities kicked off with a lake cruise aboard the Northern Lights. Bizia is an etiquette consultant for children and professionals and writes a column for the Santa Fe New Mexican called “Etiquette Rules.”
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97Amy Damon has received tenure at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amy teaches in the Economics and Latin American Studies departments. She focuses on household poverty reduction strategies and food security issues and is currently working on a project examining links between conservation, food security, and hunting practices in Tanzania.
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98 Brian Byrnes shares that after living twelve years working as a foreign correspondent in Argentina, he returned to the United States and now lives in Miami with his wife, Macarena, and sons Bautista (8) and Bastian (5). He owns and operates Agency Byrnes Communications, a boutique public relations consultancy working with technology companies and artists in the United States and Latin America.
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00 Seth Mobley shared the sad news that William W. Warrick IV, “Boomer” to his Dad and “Will” to his many friends, died of a heart attack while exercising August 3, 2015. Courageous EMT professionals and Stamford Hospital emergency staff did their best to revive him but were not successful. He will be greatly missed by his parents, sister Kelly, wife Catalina, his daughters Lola (6) and Isabel (4), many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as everyone who ever had the privilege to meet him and stand in his light for a while. A named account manager at Optiv, Inc., he was passionate about providing his clients with tailored cyber security solutions. He was a mountain of a man who loved intensely. A gifted guitar player, lover of nature, talented chef and bourbon aficionado, he was most proud of his sweet girls whom he loved more than anything. Born in Pittsburgh with a congenital heart issue he survived several lifesaving surgeries and led a full and active life but was taken from us way too soon.
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01Sarah Laidlaw Wilde shares, “Tove Sloan was born at the end of September. She joins her big sister, Malin, as one of the Catamounts’ biggest fans.”
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02 John Bainton writes, “My wife and I completed our second ‘fixer upper’ purchase in Darien, Connecticut. Renovated and moved in three days before the arrival of our second son, Theodore Edward Bainton (Tad). We are enjoying our new home and life as a family of four plus our dog, Maple. When not selling real estate I am usually on the water of Long Island Sound. It was great meeting some alumni at a Summer Southport gathering this past summer.”
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03 Alissa Thompson Chiasson married Jeremy Chiasson in October of this year. They also welcomed a baby girl in April. Genevieve Abedon writes, “I have been living in California for the last 10 years. I was pre-vet, finally applied to vet school, and completed my first year at University of California, Davis. I am currently taking a year off to work on plastic pollution policy in California’s capital. I’m so happy that my brother, also a UVM alum, still lives in Burlington so I have an excuse to come visit annually.” Amanda Reade Sturgeon shares that after working for 12 years in the wine industry in Napa Valley and New York City, she has joined the family business. In October she accepted the position of controller at Reade Advanced Materials, representing the sixth generation along with her sister. Amanda, her husband David, and daughter, Elise, are living in Newport, Rhode Island. On September 26, Bryan Carnahan climbed Killington Peak in Vermont to complete his journey to the summits of all 111 4,000-foot peaks in the Northeast United States. Several UVM alumni (2001-2013) were a part of this journey, including two who made the trip to Killington. The overall experience actually encompassed numerous different stages of his life and involved quite a diverse array of characters from various peer groups and time periods. This journey represents a sort of continuity that ties it all together. As for your class secretary, I’m happy to share that I was married on September 18, 2015 on a beautiful fall day in Vermont. My husband, Dan, and I were joined by several good friends and fellow UVM alumni: Kimberly Quirk, Rebekah Stuwe Baril, Molly Betzhold Kusek, Janine White, Heather Pearson, Jenny Casartello Eddy ‘04, Jimmy Eddy ‘04, Kara Egasti Dooley ‘04, Kelly Kisiday ‘04, Jessie Rosenfeld Vicente ‘04, Cailin Rarey Judge ‘04, and my sister Callie Moore ‘10! It was a wonderful celebration and we were so happy to bring everyone together in our beloved Vermont for an amazing weekend. e ‘home’ in our hearts.”
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04 Ryan Kuja ‘04 recently completed a Master of Arts in Theology and Culture at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, which culminated in a capstone research project on the intersection of spirituality, psychology and cross-cultural service work—which he is currently turning into a book. Craig Waugh, a business litigation attorney in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Polsinelli PC, a national law firm, was recently appointed to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Valley Young Professionals Board of Directors. Craig focuses his legal practice on prosecuting and defending claims in federal and state courts alleging violations of securities laws, and represents clients before the SEC, Arizona Securities Division and FINRA. Ingrid Herrera-Yee writes, “I was named National Guard Spouse of the Year last year, have accepted a position as the director of Military and Veterans Policy at NAMI in Washington, D.C. and founded an organization for military spouse clinicians that supports them in their educational and employment pursuits, all while working towards developing solutions to our military’s mental health crisis.”
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05 Chelsea Ransom currently works for the Environmental Protection Agency in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and recently obtained her professional engineering license in the State of Michigan. Lydia Guild St. Onge writes, “This summer, Melissa Nepomiachi, Erin Roche, Laurel Bourret, Hillary Hess, Kathryn Wrigley, Rose Pfiffer, Lindsay Blumenfeld Cox, Lydia Guild St. Onge, Laurel Bourret, and Kathryn Wrigley gathered in Burlington to celebrate 14 years of friendship and our class of 2005 10-year Reunion. The farmers’ market, brunch at Penny Cluse, a night out on Church Street, swimming at the Bolton Pot Holes, and chatting into the wee hours while looking at college photos was the perfect way to relive and celebrate four great years at UVM.” Zachary Carson, writes, “I am living in Berkeley, California, and I recently launched a new business called Nature Partners, an online match-making service created to connect business, events and recreation with appropriate land assets. Our goal is to use business as a tool to strengthen and preserve nature-based land assets for communities to utilize and for future generations to experience. (”
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06 10th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Jameson duPont Collingham shared this exciting news, “Tom Collingham ‘07 and I welcomed our second child, Clara duPont Collingham, on July 9, 2015. Big brother Campbell is thrilled to have a new sister!” Betsy Benton writes, happy to announce that I’m getting married in September to a handsome southern gentleman, Zachary Warner. There will be many UVMers in attendance, and we’re thrilled to get married in the gorgeous state of Vermont. Can’t wait to see all of my Groovy UV friends back in Vermont!”
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07 Amy Allen writes, “I completed a Master’s in Accounting program at SNHU in May, and onto the dream of completing the CPA Exam certification. Already passed Part 1! (AUD, 85%), next will be REG, wish me luck!” Alaina Dickason Roberts shares, “Jonathan Roberts ‘08 and I are excited to introduce Jonas John Roberts, born on September 1, 2015.” Andrew Pandolph and Heather Greenberg Pandolph, are expecting their first baby in March 2016. The baby Catamount gifts have already started rolling in. Andrew and Heather were married at the New England Aquarium in Boston, June 2014. UVMers in attendance were Pete Spartos, Josh Malczyk, Nick Donahue, Andrew Menke, Beth Ross, Donia Shirley, Brian Noonan, Hillary Birch, Heidi Considine ‘13, Eric John ‘08, Brian Kenney ‘08, Neil Connors ‘08, Ben Perkins ‘07, Greg Swank ‘10, Laura Caughey ‘09, and Jackie Mazur ‘08. Andrew and Heather bought a house several years ago in Woburn, Massachusetts, and get up to Vermont quite often. Submit your news to—
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08 Ashley Michelle Fowler writes, “On September 26, 2015, Hannah Richman Rizzo, celebrated her marriage to Danny Rizzo with a reception in Weed, California. Ian Prieto and I were among the guests. The couple had been married in a private ceremony on August 18, 2015. Both Hannah and Danny are employed as California State Park Rangers and reside in Arroyo Grande, California.” Madison Ginnett shares, “After meeting in San Francisco in June 2013, Erin McElaney and JT Fisher became engaged in July of this year. They will marry next fall in Napa. They currently reside in San Francisco where they both work as account managers, Erin for EMC and JT for One Login.”
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Emma Grady

09 Janelle Dawson Aimi and Steven Aimi welcomed a daughter in May 2015 in Buffalo, New York. Jamie Stone Feingold got married on September 26, 2015. There were many UVMers in attendance! The following people are pictured in the photo posted on the Alumni Association Flickr photo gallery at Lauren Honrath, Jen Brine ’11, Jamie Stone Feingold, Paige Leenstra Georgiadis, Ali Saslafsky, Jane Greaves, Melissa Ross, Panos Georgiadis ’08, Chris Beck ’10, Halley Ross, and Mike Stone G’86.
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10 Anne Angarola recently returned to Tanzania to take up a position as director of programs with Jifundishe, a small NGO located outside of Arusha. She had been working at IREX in Washington, D.C. on a team implementing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She is excited to return to East Africa, and hopes to see some fellow UVMers there! Christine Elliott and Addison Minott got engaged on November 7 while hiking up Mount Mansfield during a weekend getaway in Stowe, Vermont. Christine and Addison met when they lived on the same floor in Millis freshman year and shared a friend group throughout college. They have been living together in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2011. They look forward to planning a fall 2016 wedding in Manchester, Vermont! Grayson Savoie and Gail Savoie ‘09 recently welcomed a new addition to their family. Norah Leigh Savoie was born on September 19, 2015 weighing 7lbs., 6oz. Finn Chappell and Caitlyn Rinaldi met their junior year at UVM and got married this past fall. Caitlyn writes, “We thought of UVM at the wedding as we took a great picture holding a University of Vermont sign with all of our fellow UVM classmates in the background.” Thomas Stirling was recently elected as the new president for the Woburn Business Association. After graduating from UVM, Thomas founded Stirling Technologies, a full-service web design and development firm located in Winchester, Massachusetts. The company provides businesses and nonprofit organizations with custom websites, web and mobile applications and marketing strategies. Stirling Technologies has partnered with and launched engaging sites for Woburn Public Library, Boys and Girls Club and Woburn Community Ed Foundation.
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11 5th Reunion September 23–25, 2016 
If you are interested in planning your upcoming reunion, email Caroline Shepard Leary married Forrest Leary at her parent’s home in Roswell, Georgia on October 3, 2015. Classmates, Tom Finan, Lisa Finan and Kara Caliri were in attendance. Caroline met Forrest while the two were in law school at the University of Mississippi School of Law. They now live in Atlanta with their yellow lab, Mr. Battle. Bob Just shares, “Since graduation, I have completed my master’s in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University in 2013 and have been working and living in the Bay Area of California. I first started working at San Jose State University as a residential life coordinator and have recently accepted a new position at the University of San Francisco as the assistant director of Leadership Programs.” Samantha Du and Keegan J. Brown would like to announce their engagement. The couple met during their first year at UVM in 2007 and are looking forward to becoming the Du-Browns in 2016.
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12 Meagan DiVito Phelan shares the news about her marriage to Daniel T. Phelan. Dan and Meagan met their freshman year as neighbors in the Honors College. They were married in Meagan’s home town of Alton, New Hampshire, on September 13. They now live in Washington, D.C. with their dog, Ellie. Matt Buder Shapiro writes, “This past year I co-founded the healthcare tech startup MedPilot Inc, and serve as the chief marketing officer. MedPilot helps patients understand and pay their medical bills with ease. I am responsible for all marketing, branding, digital strategy initiatives, and government relations. I also have the pleasure to help advise the nation’s largest chapter-based military family organization. Their mission is to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Lastly, I’ve been working as the political and tech advisor for a Bad Boy/Interscope rapper and actor on how to create the most impact on both local and national issues.” Natalie Jones is currently living in Albany, New York, and working as the marketing and communications associate at The Albany Academies, an independent K-12 school. She has connected with two UVM alumni also working at the school: Jen Rosen ‘08 and Melanie Greene ‘10. She is also coaching lacrosse at Albany Academy for Girls and working toward her MBA at SUNY Albany.
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13 Renick Lalancette writes, I was born and raised in Williston, Vermont, attended the University of Vermont from 2009-2013, and am now proudly serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I have been living in El Salvador since March and started to work officially as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in May. I live in the community of Carasque, Nueva Trinidad and will be living and working here for the next two years. So far, I have been teaching English at the school, helping the teachers develop their skills, organizing sports and physical education, and collaborating with youth on other community projects. Carasque is a small community in rural El Salvador that was severely affected during the 1980s civil war. Today the majority of people live in adobe houses, have no indoor plumbing, and survive on subsistence farming. Almost all older adults have less than a 2nd grade education and cannot read or write. With that being said, today they are very organized against the gang violence that terrorizes most of the country and put a lot of value in their young people as leaders. They have told me amazing stories of resilience, welcomed me as a member of their community, and are very hopeful for the future. The local school here in Carasque where I work serves children from kindergarten through 9th grade. High school here in El Salvador normally is considered to be what translates in the U.S. as 10th and 11th grade. For teenagers here in Carasque to go to high school, they have to take a 45-minute bus ride to the closest town that has adequate facilities. The yearly expenses to attend high school, which mostly consist of transportation and food, are around $250. Because of this, many students do not continue past 9th grade (most people here live on around $1.50 a day). I have started a scholarship fund for the youth of Carasque in hopes of sending some of my kids to high school, who in turn will be able to better support their families and community. Thanks to Aid El Salvador, an American NGO founded by former Peace Corps volunteers, I am able to collect tax-deductible donations for this fund from the United States. Every donation made to this organization and specified “Renick Lalancette, Carasque” will go directly to my students. Please consider making a contribution to this fund, no matter how small. As a way to pay forward all the support I received in my own education, I am donating $250 of my own savings to ensure that at least one of my students will go on to high school when the school year starts in January. To donate: Send a check made out to Aid El Salvador to: 2688 Pala Mesa Court, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (Check memo must indicate "Renick Lalancette, Carasque") OR Go online to and click on “Donate Now” using PayPal to make a donation (you MUST specify “Renick Lalancette, Carasque” so that it goes to my community’s account) Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon. Your support would be very appreciated by my community and contribute so much to their growth and development. I credit much of what I am doing now to the education I received at UVM and the values instilled in me during my time there. I was reminded recently of the old mural in Living and Learning that I used to walk past everyday representing “Solidarity for Peace in El Salvador” that was created during the devastating 1980s civil war. With the recent gang violence here sweeping the country and the murder rate rising to match that of the past war, El Salvador is a place in need of that same spirit of solidarity that UVM and the Burlington community possess. Katharine Longfellow and Trevon Noiva '14 are happy to announce another Catamount Couple engagement. They will be married in October of 2016 at Okemo Resort in Ludlow, Vermont. Kristen Vogel is writing to you today from Ghana, where she has been serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for 15 months. She writes, “I am a JHS teacher in the Upper West of Ghana, teaching Integrated Science and Information and Communications Technologies. In my first year at my site, I conducted several needs assessments with the 5 sub-communities and the school to determine the most pressing education need. The winner of the needs assessments was a project that had been started before I even arrived: a computer lab/ library for the community. After several meetings and much time spent working on plans and budgeting, we have finally completed our grant! The community has already contributed more than 60% of the project cost (much more than the required 25%!), but we have a long way to go raising more than $9,000! To support this project please contact Kristen directly at
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14 Meghan Reilly shares, “After UVM (major in film and television studies and minor in theater) I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, with my boyfriend, Pearson King. I got a job at HBO in association with Danger Boys Productions as a makeup artist on Danny McBride’s upcoming show ‘Vice Principals’. In addition to working with the amazing cast and crew, I got to work with Bill Murray and Walton Goggins from ‘Justified’.” Kelly Nguyen writes, “I can’t believe a year and a half ago, we graduated from UVM! Time really flies by. I’m currently serving at MA Campus Compact based in Boston, Massachusetts. One of my jobs is to build a community within a corps of VISTAs. I can’t help but think about the strong community UVM builds every day. I especially thank the ALANA Center, Residential Life, and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics for helping me feel like I belonged in the UVM community.” Shae Rowlandson is currently attending Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a Master of Health Science (and will possibly continue to perform an extra year to matriculate to Master of Science) in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is doing graduate laboratory research and volunteers as a medical assistant at the nearby Baltimore Rescue Mission. He hopes to continue onto med school at Johns Hopkins or another med school.
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15 Ryan Britch, of Franklin, Vermont, who first served his country overseas as a military veteran – is currently serving in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Swaziland. Britch lives and works in a community empowering Swazi youth to fight for causes like gender equality and participating in secondary projects to help meet community development needs. Britch, who dedicated six years to serving in the U.S. Army National Guard, believes the sense of resiliency he gained from his military service has translated well into his service as a Peace Corps volunteer. “During my time in the National Guard, I spent a considerable amount of time in remote and austere environments under constant stress,” noted the University of Vermont graduate. “I learned to roll with the punches. My ability to deal with difficult situations in a cool and calm manner has helped me adapt quickly to life in Swaziland.” Britch served as a Mountain Infantryman in the Vermont Army National Guard from 2008 to 2014. In 2010, Britch was deployed to Eastern Afghanistan where he later became a sergeant and assumed the role of an Infantry Team Leader. He was also assigned to work as a skiing and driving instructor for his fellow infantrymen. During the first three months of his Peace Corps service, Britch lived with a host family in Swaziland to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist his community, Britch was then assigned to a community in Swaziland, where he now lives and works with the local people. Aside from his primary assignment, Britch has launched secondary projects such as building libraries at local primary and secondary schools. He has also founded a local club for teenage boys that educates them on positive male identity, men’s health, HIV education, drug and alcohol awareness, among other subjects. Through his service, Britch hopes to discover challenges, adventures, a sense of purpose, and most importantly, a chance to prove his humanity. “A former first sergeant, and a good friend of mine, once told me that a warrior seeks the truth in all things, but first in himself,” he said. “Peace Corps would be yet another test of what truths I will discover in myself.” Britch joins the 49 Vermont residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 1,501 Vermont residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. Vermont was recently recognized as a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers in 2014. It ranked No. 1 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita currently serving overseas. To see the complete 2014 rankings of Peace Corps’ top states and metro areas, visit Casey Ann Short accepted a position as an associate corporate compliance specialist with CT Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a foster mom through Northern California Sled Dog Rescue. Jordan Munger shared the following poem:

Keep on keepin'

The winds may be blowin',

in the hills, maybe snowin

the cat may be missing,

and the dog may be moanin'.

The world's just spinnin',

And that’s okay.

Keep on keepin'

and you'll be okay.

Emily Heath tells us, I am in Phetchabun, Thailand for a year teaching math and English.
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  • Jane Riddell Gay '39, of Alexander City, Alabama, August 30, 2015.
  • Wilma Reed Howard '39, of Enosburg Falls, Vermont, August 25, 2015.
  • Kenneth J. Estey '41, of Essex Junction, Vermont, August 20, 2015.
  • Dawn Nichols Hazelett '41, of Colchester, Vermont, October 14, 2015.
  • Harriet Woods Rice '42, of South Windsor, Connecticut, September 26, 2015.
  • Stanley D. Feldman '44, of White Plains, New York, August 25, 2015.
  • Betsy Roberts '44, of Freeland, Washington, August 21, 2015.
  • Margaret Durfee West '44, of Charlotte, Vermont, September 13, 2015.
  • Richard Whitcomb Ellis '45, of South Royalton, Vermont, September 28, 2015.
  • Irene Varga Schreck '45, of Mount Holly, North Carolina, October 28, 2015.
  • Herbert Ashley Durfee, Jr. '46, MD’48, of Burlington, Vermont, September 21, 2015.
  • Marylee Russell Rose '46, of Essex Junction, Vermont, October 06, 2015.
  • Ann Pearsons Neal '47, of Ludlow, Vermont, September 24, 2015.
  • Most John H. Perry-Hooker '47, MD’47, of Newbury, Vermont, August 07, 2015.
  • Irwin W. Becker '48, MD’52, of Tustin, California, September 30, 2015.
  • Rosemary Bristol Bryden '48, of Cambridge, Vermont, September 11, 2015.
  • Joan Barrett Hay '48, of Boylston, Massachusetts, August 14, 2015.
  • Donald J. MacPherson MD’48, of Livingston, New Jersey, September 28, 2015.
  • Marjorie Clark Page ‘48, of Waterbury, Vermont, November 09, 2015.
  • Edward E. Barber '49, of Green Valley, Arizona, November 07, 2015.
  • Emmett L. Fagan, Jr. '49, MD’53, of Rutland, Vermont, October 07, 2015.
  • John R. Milligan '49, of Palos Park, Illinois, April 29, 2015.
  • Albert Stephen Redway '49, of Hamden, Connecticut, September 26, 2015.
  • Norma Carmichael Wilson '49, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, October 27, 2015.
  • B. William Bigwood '50, of Stratham, New Hampshire, September 01, 2015.
  • John C. Page '50, of Waterbury, Vermont, September 07, 2015.
  • Thelma Cole Perkins '50, of Rutland, Vermont, October 10, 2015.
  • George Counos '51, of Springfield, Massachusetts, October 19, 2015.
  • Donald Franklin Green, Jr. '51, of Chazy, New York, October 24, 2015.
  • Donald Weston Guidoboni '51, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, November 11, 2015.
  • Robert Edgar Morrison, Sr. '51, of Riverview, Florida, November 12, 2015.
  • Frederick Smith Briggs ‘52, of South Burlington, Vermont, October 06, 2015.
  • Nancy Cantor Eddy G’52, of Framingham, Massachusetts, October 05, 2015.
  • Marvin Garrell MD’52, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, August 18, 2015.
  • Donald Francis Hebsch '52, of Seabrook, New Hampshire, October 01, 2015.
  • Philip D. Jewett '52, of Keene, New Hampshire, November 04, 2015.
  • Arthur Jason Perelman MD’52, of Summit, New Jersey, September 23, 2015.
  • George S. Wood, Jr. '52, of Indianapolis, Indiana, October 24, 2015.
  • Janet Waggoner Buckley '53, of Cary, North Carolina, October 10, 2015.
  • Neville Cecil King '53, of Los Angeles, California, October 15, 2015.
  • Catherine Pete '53, G’58, of Poughkeepsie, New York, November 01, 2015.
  • Herbert L. Ross '54, of Branford, Connecticut, September 29, 2015.
  • Jane Martin Thomson '54, of Naples, Florida, October 07, 2015.
  • Nancy McMann Dandrea '55, of Pine City, New York, October 08, 2015.
  • Theodore Joseph Goodman MD’55, of Walpole, Massachusetts, October 21, 2015.
  • Eugene Donald Jacobson MD’55, of San Francisco, California, August 14, 2015.
  • Robert Lee Pratt MD’55, of Bethesda, Maryland, June 30, 2015.
  • Mark Rosenblatt '55, of Los Angeles, California, July 15, 2015.
  • Richard L. Russell '55, of Beverly, Massachusetts, August 02, 2015.
  • George H. Brown '56, of South Hadley, Massachusetts, October 26, 2015.
  • Clifton Bernard Hersey '56, of Groton, Vermont, August 18, 2015.
  • Donald Long Kjelleren G’56, of Shelburne, Vermont, August 30, 2015.
  • Philip M. Kuhn '56, of Severna Park, Maryland, September 10, 2015.
  • Aubrey Walter Akin '57, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 07, 2015.
  • Jerome Thomas Duffy '57, of Swanton, Vermont, November 17, 2015.
  • Benjamin L. Antonellis, Jr. '58, of Mashpee, Massachusetts, September 28, 2015.
  • Robert N. Morehouse ’58, G ‘60, of Georgetown, Massachusetts, October 14, 2015.
  • Robert H. Tafrate '58, of East White Plains, New York, October 09, 2015.
  • Richard E. White '58, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, October 09, 2015.
  • John D. Brewster '59, of Grayslake, Illinois, May 28, 2015.
  • William F. Cirmo MD’59, of Wallingford, Connecticut, October 09, 2015.
  • Thomas L. Kiehl '59, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 14, 2015.
  • Maurice E. Mongeon MD’59, of Lady Lake, Florida, June 07, 2015.
  • Henry J. Ramini MD’59, of Danvers, Massachusetts, October 26, 2015.
  • Patrick W. Luck '60, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, October 14, 2015.
  • Francis Bushnell Mather '60, of West Newbury, Massachusetts, September 27, 2015.
  • James N. Showstack '60, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, September 16, 2015.
  • Alan B. Shute '60, of Morrisville, Vermont, October 31, 2015.
  • Robert E. Desorcie '61, of Apalachin, New York, September 06, 2015.
  • Joan Curtis Osgood '61, of Nashua, New Hampshire, April 18, 2015.
  • Sten E. Fersing '62, of Grand Isle, Vermont, August 22, 2015.
  • Marsha A. Gunther '62, of Manchester, Connecticut, November 11, 2015.
  • Linda Borgos Hirst '62, of Sacramento, California, October 13, 2015.
  • George William Starbuck '63, of Grand Isle, Vermont, November 17, 2015.
  • Jane Perlis Ambrose G’63, of Jericho, Vermont, November 01, 2015.
  • Robert L. Jennings MD’63, of Bismarck, North Dakota, November 06, 2015.
  • Anthony R. Russo '63, of Pompano Beach, Florida, September 29, 2015.
  • Cameron C. Bangs MD’64, of Mulino, Oregon, September 10, 2015.
  • John Samuel Gould MD’64, of Birmingham, Alabama, September 29, 2015.
  • Ralph P. D’Altilia '65, of Coral Springs, Florida, June 24, 2015.
  • Suzanne Boudreau Bacon G’66, of Colchester, Vermont, October 22, 2015.
  • William H. Bosworth '66, of Surprise, Arizona, October 25, 2015.
  • Ellen Mansell MD’66, of Keene, New Hampshire, August 28, 2015.
  • Duncan G. Hannah '68, of Bomoseen, Vermont, August 24, 2015.
  • Norman W. Merrill '69, of Woodstock, Vermont, October 01, 2015.
  • Judith Bailey Gilman '70, of Concord, New Hampshire, October 02, 2015.
  • Kay E. Charron '71, of Hardwick, Vermont, September 16, 2015.
  • F. Clifton Miller, Jr. MD’71, of Scio, New York, October 26, 2015.
  • Joan Crawford Poser G’72, of Boston, Massachusetts, August 25, 2015.
  • Anita Piro Toppin '72, of West Rutland, Vermont, August 16, 2015.
  • Mia Talbott Callahan '73, of Burlington, Vermont, September 16, 2015.
  • Richard Emmanuel Dehais G’75, of Wappingers Falls, New York, September 21, 2015.
  • Philip C. Greene, Jr. '76, of Mystic, Connecticut, August 28, 2015.
  • Joanna Houbolt Hayes '76, of St. Albans, Vermont, August 30, 2015.
  • Denise Doris Pieratti G’76, of Rochester, New York, August 29, 2015.
  • Wayne David Davies G’77, of Waitsfield, Vermont, November 12, 2015.
  • Charles Martin Frattini '77, of Gainesville, Florida, September 25, 2015.
  • Dee Michael VanHorn G’77, of Culpeper, Virginia, November 14, 2015.
  • Jonathan Milne '78, of Williston, Vermont, November 09, 2015.
  • Robert A. Lechner G’79, of Mantorville, Minnesota, April 03, 2015.
  • Robert Louis Wanner, II G’79, of Aurora, New York, November 07, 2015.
  • Paul A. Cook G’81, of Lexington, Kentucky, September 29, 2015.
  • Kelly Ober Gray '82, of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, September 27, 2015.
  • Patricia Chase Allen G’83, of Green Valley, Arizona, August 23, 2015.
  • Erin Shea Parmenter '84, of Essex Junction, Vermont, November 16, 2015.
  • Fr. Colin John McKenna '86, of Wilton, Connecticut, September 09, 2015.
  • Terence Michael O’Donnell '89, of Hyattsville, Maryland, October 01, 2015.
  • William W. Brislin, III '91, of Williston, Vermont, October 22, 2015.
  • Charles Leo Houton '94, G'96, '02, of Burlington, Vermont, November 06, 2015.
  • Sondra Elice Solomon G’94, of Colchester, Vermont, September 13, 2015.
  • George Louis Jennings MD’96, of Hermantown, Minnesota, November 05, 2015.
  • Gordon Ryerson Williams ‘98, of Burlington, Vermont, August 15, 2015.
  • Aimee L. Falcon '03, of Scotia, New York, September 14, 2015.
  • Marie Olsen Indahl '03, of Belmar, New Jersey, September 19, 2015.
  • Melanie Campbell Menagh G’06, of Calais, Vermont, October 08, 2015.
  • Matthew John Tavares '07, of Winooski, Vermont, August 17, 2015.
  • Lucas Ryan Richardson '13, of Barre, Vermont, September 12, 2015.

Jane Ambrose, professor emerita of music and longtime director of the UVM Lane Series, passed away on November 1, 2015. She joined the Music Department as a part-time instructor in 1968. Through the course of her career, she would become a full professor, department chair, and guided the Lane Series for twenty-three years. Ambrose was a passionate and inspiring teacher of music history, with specialties in early music and J.S. Bach. Her teaching was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991 when she was given one of the first Dean’s Lecture Awards, awarded to faculty who have “consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students.”

Judy Cohen, professor emerita of nursing, passed away on December 30, 2015. A native of Burlington, Cohen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1975. Returning to her alma mater as a professor, she was known as the consummate teacher and mentor, winning the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence, the Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award for Vermont Women in Higher Education, the Service Award from the Vermont Nurses Association and the Excellence in Education Award from the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She was also active as a leader among her colleagues university-wide through her UVM Faculty Senate work.

Larry Kost, senior lecturer in mathematics, passed away on December 26, 2015. After joining the UVM faculty in 1973, Kost would teach at the university for the next forty-two years, reaching more than 7,000 UVM students through his classes. He was the co-creator of two courses for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and co-authored a textbook for one of the courses. Kost was a past recipient of UVM’s Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Excellence Award. His service to the university and Vermont communities include chairing the Math High School Prize Committee for twenty-eight years.

Dolores Sandoval, associate professor emerita of education, passed away on December 30, 2015. Professor Sandoval joined the UVM faculty in 1971 and served the university for twenty-eight years as a much loved teacher and scholar. She served UVM in numerous leadership roles, including co-chair of the Middle East Studies Program and director of the Race and Culture Course Program. She also served as chair of the Faculty Senate and as Faculty President in the College of Education and Social Services. Sandoval was also instrumental in the Black and Third World Educators organization, which is now known as the ALANA Coalition.

Alfred “Tuna” Snider, UVM’s beloved debate team director and an international legend in the arena of academic argument, died on December 11, 2015. Snider, who was the Edwin W. Lawrence Professor of Forensics, led the university’s Lawrence Debate Union for more than three decades and took the student team to international acclaim. Since 1984, he served as director of the World Debate Institute. A consummate wordsmith in every format, Snider also loved music and served as the faculty advisor for the campus radio station, WRUV. In addition to his many debate and persuasion courses at UVM, he taught the popular course “The Rhetoric of Reggae Music.” Read more about Professor Snider and his work with debate in this recent Vermont Quarterly article:

Ruth Elizabeth Peaper-Fillyaw, director and clinical supervisor at the E.M. Luse Center for Communication Disorders from 1984 to 1991, passed away on October 31, 2015. After her years at UVM, she was a faculty member and director of clinical programs with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire from 1997 until her retirement in May 2015.

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