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Sophie Levin Danziger sent a note after reading the spring 2005 class notes. She wrote, “I was happy to note that Jennie Fibish Scheller was still living in New York. I knew her vividly as my sister, Bessie Levin (’26) Haslan, was her classmate. I was able to reach Jennie and had a pleasant conversation about Burlington and UVM. I was not yet in college when Jennie was there, but it was an exciting and emotional experience to talk with her. I am still ‘hanging in there’ at age 94. Last year, I received a certificate for more than 16 years of volunteer service in the English as a second language program. I am the sole survivor of a family of six, all of whom attended the University. I also gave years of service to Women’s American Organization for Rehabilitation through Training, rising through the ranks to serve on the national executive council. This has kept me well occupied during the years I was still working. My Achilles heel has been my eyes.” Sophie lives at her home in Newton, Mass., in retirement.
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I attended the Green & Gold luncheon this year with my daughter, Margaret Lanzetta. Our “old friend” Herb Selib and his wife were not able to attend this time, but he wrote that at 92 they both are active. They go to Longboat Key for the winter and attend the UVM luncheon, then they head to Boston for the summer. They are both well, and they enjoy seeing their family, especially their grandchildren. Hilda Davis Sturdevant wrote that she is physically well and active. She spends the winter in Langhorn, Pa., and summers at her home in Grand Isle, Vt. Hilda stays in touch with Ellen Park Sanders, and she keeps her informed of our class’s activities. Because this year was not a special reunion for our class, I decided to sit with the class of ’35 at the Green and Gold luncheon, because they were celebrating their 70th reunion this year. My husband, William, was a member of the class, and I enjoyed visiting with them. This year I made a contribution in honor of William’s 70th reunion. Last year, I gave in memory of our friends Dick and Peg McCracken (’35) Congdon. This year, we lost a lot of our classmates. I’ll mention two here, because they were my friends. Ada Ingalls Martin passed away in April. She started her teaching career in a one-room school in Vermont and worked her way up to a lecturer on teaching. She was faithful in sending news for our column. Barbara Whitney Wagner also died in April. I knew her in college, and I remember that she and her husband were married while she was at UVM. The class of ’34 sends our sympathy to the families of both of these loyal classmates. In closing, thanks to those who sent news for this issue.
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Ellinor Bean Hauke

Ellinor Bean Hauke gave UVM a gift in memory of the 70th anniversary of her late husband Bill’s graduation from the University. The funds were included in our class’s 70th reunion class gift. Several classmates represented the class of ’35 at Reunion 2005, including Mary Cunningham, Joe Wood, Mary Peet and Helen Heininger Carr.
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Ray Collins

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John Williams

On Sunday, June 5th, your secretary and four loyal members of our class met at Cook Commons in Billings for the annual Green and Gold Luncheon. Seated at our table were Kay Babbitt from Wake Robin, Christine Brown Perry, Clarence Watters, and Pauline Bristol Noonan. We were happy to have as guests Christine’s husband and Pauline’s sister, Harriet Bristol (’44) Saville, as well as Pauline’s sister-in-law, Ethel Rice (’39) Bristol. It seems the five of us make the luncheon every year and are always hoping for more company. Let’s see if we can double this number in 2006. See you then.
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Gilbert Rist

I am sad to report the death of our classmate Murray Foote. He spent five years at UVM, where he earned a master’s degree in biochemistry. He later received a doctorate from the University of Connecticut. Murray was a professor of biochemistry at UVM for 45 years. He is survived by Geneva, his wife of 65 years; sons Jonathan and Peter; four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Phyllis Craig Graves, who has been living in Montpelier, Vt., for the past several years, has moved to St. Johnsbury, where she has an apartment in a senior housing facility. We are grateful to Phyll for keeping us informed. We can only plead with our classmates to “go thou and do likewise;” keep us informed that is.
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O. Elaine Griffith Nawrath

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Mary Shakespeare Minckler

The class of 1940 was represented at this year’s reunion by E. James Roberts, Betsy Marlow Komline, Merriman Hull, Heath Riggs, Robert Smith, Lucien Paquette, Florence Wade Eaton, Jack Berkowitz, Esther Moor Doran, and me. Class president Florence Eaton welcomed us to our class dinner at Waterman on Saturday, June 4. UVM was most hospitable. Early arrivals toured the Morgan Horse Farm and Dakin Farm, which specializes in Vermont meats, cheeses, and textiles. The cruise on Lake Champlain gave us marvelous views of the islands and the dramatic red cliffs. Most memorable was the reunion of three Redstone roommates: Florence Eaton, Betsy Komline, and your class secretary. As of May 31, 2005, pledges and cash from our class have reached a total of $13,910. The Class of 1940 Scholarship Fund contributed a total of $14,500 to seven undergraduate students for the 2004-2005 academic year. Their fields of study were electrical engineering, anthropology, biology, environmental science, elementary education, and agriculture. A reminder: Please make a contribution to our Class of 1940 Scholarship Fund.
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Mary Nelson Tanner

Our dedicated president, Carole Stetson Spaulding, reported that she has moved to Pillsbury Manor. Her home is near our classmate, Rae Sheehan Cummings, with whom she enjoys playing bridge. Carole is urging classmates to make early plans to attend our 65th reunion, which will take place on June 1-4, 2006. She is anxious to hear from those who are planning to come. We will be hearing soon about plans for Reunion Weekend events and activities as well as special plans for our 65th reunion to be held on campus June 1-4, 2006. Anyone who would like to serve on the committee should contact Pat Brennan at 802-656-8284 or 1-800-458-8691.
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Maywood Metcalf Kenney


Where were you? Only seven classmates attended the Green and Gold Luncheon last June. I hope you will start making plans now to attend next year. We received information about what Collamer Abbott has been up to. He has shown his extensive historical collections of photographs from years of personal picture making and from his newspaper photojournalism in the Upper Valley and Brattleboro area in the 1950s at exhibits in White River Junction and Queechee, Vt. The show was curated by Collamer and Northern Digital Photography in White River Junction, Vt. Merton Pike and his family live in Stowe, Vt., and they have been busy hosting farm tours for fourth graders through Lamoille County Dairy Promotion. Nearly 300 children from surrounding towns spent the day rotating through 18 stations featuring various topics and activities.
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Gwen Marshia Brown

It was fun to hear that in May George and Elaine Burns Little along with Lyn Elmer (’44) Vreeland visited Julia Fletcher (’44) Peet in Morristown, N.J. They spent a lovely spring day together at the sculpture gardens in Hamilton, N.J. Elaine also wrote that they are proudly announcing the birth of a great-grandson, Oliver Crosby, son of Caroline Little Crosby. Recruiters take note: a candidate for the class of 2026 perhaps. Have to keep the tradition going! During the winter, Elaine had lunch with Ada Selleck, who is now living at Shelburne Bay Retirement Home. Ada was from Sudbury, Vt. On a sad note, we learned that our classmate, Kathleen Benson White King, died on February 24, 2005, after a courageous battle with melanoma. Her daughter, Kathy White (’65) Walker, reminded me that her mother and father, Reginald White, met at UVM — still another UVM romance. Her father left college early to serve in World War II. He passed away in 1988 after 45 years of marriage. Kathy and her husband are both UVM grads. We extend our deep sympathy to Kathleen’s family and friends. She will be long remembered by those of us who knew her.
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June Hoffman Dorion

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Alison Carr Wood

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Kay Hennessey

Recently, Mary Lou Robinson Adsit, Virginia Coffman Allen, Leslie Bell, Betty Johnson Bahrenburg, and I met for lunch in Burlington. Ginny was leaving the next day for a National Garden Club convention. She stays very active in garden and floral groups. Peggy Miller Logan and husband Bill spent a few days at the Trout Club in Stowe, Vt. Betty and I met them there for lunch. Our next luncheon was with the Green and Gold at Reunion. Some of the usual attendees were missed. Mary Boardman Ciaschini and husband Walt were late returning from Florida to their home in Greensboro, Vt. Walt was battling a bird fungus but now is recovering. Alberta Read Reed and husband Wendell, Mary Jean Dunsmore Cox, Leslie Bell, and I were the only members of our class attending the luncheon this year. Hilary Shelvin Caplan celebrated her 80th birthday by visiting her son, Richard, at Oxford University. He recently had a book titled International Governance of War Torn Territories published. The book is based on extensive interviews with international officials, and he has traveled to Kosovo, Montenegro, East Timor, Kenya, and many other countries. Richard’s wife is an English literature professor at the University of London. Hilary and her husband, Leonard, continued their travels to Dubrovnic and the island of Hvar in Croatia. At home, Hilary continues to teach tap dancing to seniors, and she enjoys spending time with her grandson. Keep in mind that 2006 is another big milestone for us, our 60th reunion. Hope many of you will travel to Burlington to see the many changes that have taken place.
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Harriet Bristol Saville

Your class secretary has finally found a small house, and, by the time you read this, I will be settled in. My new address is listed below. I hope all of you will fill my mailbox with news of your comings and goings.
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Louise Jordan Harper

A cheerful hello to UVM friends and sorority sisters were sent by Dorothy Scott Hopkins, who lives in Phoenix, Md. She enjoys crafts and teaches a class at a local retirement home. She had an exciting trip to Labrador and Newfoundland with her daughter. Congratulations to Dorothy for her 55th wedding anniversary! Three of Larry Ahrens’ six children are UVM graduates. Larry is a retired physician living in Bloomfield, Conn. His retirement gave him time for a three-month bareboat sail in the Caribbean. The class pays its last respects to Katherine Westwood Breuer.
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Theresa Guzowski Johnson

If you received the Vermont Quarterly and just turned to the class of 1949 column and found little or no news, no doubt you were disappointed. So, why don’t you just write or email me right now with an update on what’s going on so we will have lots to report in the next issue? Traveling? Retiring? Moving? Having great grandchildren? Golfing? Fishing? Seeing classmates? By telling us where you’re living, you might find some old friends showing up at your doorstep. As for myself, I continue to travel, last year in Russia, this year in Turkey and Greece. I also play golf and bridge and continue to keep my hand in my tax business along with my sons, Gerry ’75 and Donald ’76. I attended reunion last June with my high school friend, Al Callahan, who lives in West Hartford, Conn.
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Pat Brush Hunt