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It was good to see all of you who attended our 55th reunion. There were 48 of us at the dinner on Saturday night in Memorial Lounge in Waterman. Please send any news about yourselves to me.
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Hedi Stoehr Ballantyne

Terry Champagne Hurlbut, Alma Warrell Briggs, and Valerie Meyer Chamberlain got together for a mini-reunion in San Diego. After UVM, Alma, Valerie, and Rose Mary Traynor (’50) Meyer lived together in Burlington while teaching in the area. A few years later, Terry and Alma taught together in Japan. We have received word of the death of Josephine “Jo” Buck Hayslip on April 19, 2005. After UVM, Jo went on to earn her master’s and doctorate degrees. She taught English and was a guidance counselor in public schools. She also worked in the New Hampshire Department of Education in career development. She is survived by two sons and two grandsons. Her husband, Ellwyn ’50, died in March 2004.
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Joan Coffman Sabens

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Trudy Rosenberg Wolf

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Nancy Hoyt Bernett

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Kathy Dimick Wendling

And what a 50th it was! Hats off to everyone involved who made it so wonderfully successful from beginning to end. It was a beautiful weekend in Burlington, and the campus never looked prettier. While the buildings and the Green seem the same, we were all made aware of the major changes and programs being put into place by UVM’s dynamic and youthful President Dan Fogel. At a special reception for our class at the president’s house, he spoke eloquently of his vision for UVM. It was also great to review memories and friendships from our momentous years in the early 50s. We think it safe to say that every alum and significant other left Burlington renewed and refreshed, each with a special copy of our Reunion Memory Book. There were some notable highlights. Our class had 106 alumni in attendance, representing 29 percent of 370 classmates, and with guests, the total attendance was 189. The class of ’55 gift of $1,621,501 was a new record for a 50-year reunion, with more than 50 percent of the class contributing. Our class received the coveted McCullough Cup and Milk Can Award for these accomplishments. At our class dinner at Vermont National Country Club, David Hershberg surprised George Plender by announcing that George will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend this fall. George joins our classmates Keith Jampolis, Earl Steinman, Clem Forte and Larry Damon in the Hall of Fame. Finally, on a sad note, we were sad to learn that Marilyn Soloff Gordon passed away on January 15, 2001. Her husband wrote that she remained friendly with several classmates, and she would have enjoyed coming to our 50th reunion. Marilyn was missed by her UVM friends. As of this reunion, our class has become official members of the Green and Gold, and we will be invited back to Reunion every year. To those who missed our 50th reunion, please make a special effort to join us in subsequent years. It is well worthwhile. Jane Battles, was pleasantly surprised by the presentation of a lovely plaque and flowers in appreciation of 50 years as your loyal secretary. Of note, we have another secretary now, Dan Burack, and we will work as a team to reinvigorate our class notes. Please take a moment to drop us a line about yourself, where you live, your grandchildren, hobbies, retirement plans, and travel.
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Jane Morrison Battles

Dan Burack

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Jane Stickney

Hi, classmates! Please send news of your gatherings with classmates to add to our column. My second cousin, Roger Wakefield, died in Burbank, Calif., on October 5, 2004. He is best remembered by UVM friends for his starring role as Curley in the UVM players superlative production of “Oklahoma” in 1955. Roger went on to sign a contract with a major Hollwood movie studio, doing film and television, acting in some episodes of “Bonanza,” and playing a major role in a film with Dennis Hopper that was shown in the Cannes Film Festival. After leaving his entertainment career, he earned a master’s degree in special education at CSUN and served the Los Angeles school system as a special education supervisor. At one time, he served as acting principal, and he retired as a resource specialist two years before his death. He was elected to his school board, and he enjoyed scuba diving as a certified instructor. He is survived by his wife, Patti, and their two children.
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Susan Wakefield Cochran

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Joyce McQuilkin Dawson

Last May, Ed Thorn ’60 and I, along with our wives, got together in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Ed and Linda sailed their 37-foot boat, Sea Smoke, from Daytona Beach up the Inland Waterway to Waccawachee Marina, where they met Judy and me. That evening we grilled steaks on the boat, washed down with a brew that tasted like Old Fitzgerald of bygone days. Next morning, we took a spin up the Waccamaw River, had lunch on the boat while watching two gators languish in the water not far from us. After we left, Ed and Linda proceeded up the Inland Waterway to the Massachusetts coast, where they will spend the summer. We get together about once a year. These meetings are calmer and more sublime than they were back in the ’50s.
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Henry Shaw

Orland and Dorie McCain Smith wrote that after 12 years in Puerto Rico, they moved back to the States last summer. They spent 10 months traveling, mostly in the U.S., and one month exploring Scandinavia, cruising on the Baltic Sea. They welcomed their 18th grandchild last January, which gave them a chance to travel to Vermont in early February. They wrote that after three weeks they were nearly frozen, stating, “No more winters for us.” Orland and Dorie were not able to attend reunion, because they were moving to their new home in Naples, Fla. Golf is one of their favorite pastimes, and although they both worked in the golf business in Puerto Rico, playing golf was one of their favorite perks that went with it. They now lament that they have to pay to play. The Smiths are now Florida residents; however, they return to Vermont in the summer. They would love to hear from classmates via email at dorlands1@yahoo.com.
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Paul Heald

It sounds like Roy Kelly is more active in retirement than when he was working. This spring, he was the artistic director for the 20th anniversary spring concert of the Charles River Chorale in Millis, Mass. He was also the artistic director for the fourth season of the Snug Harbor Community Chorus in Duxbury, Mass. He completed 10 years as organist and choirmaster as well as music leader for Vacation Bible School at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Roy also sang as a member of the chorus in a concert version of HMS Pinafore, sponsored by the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, Mass. After 25 years in Hanover, N.H., Bob and Barbara Bergen Williams have moved and are splitting their time between Longboat Key, Fla., and Williamsburg, Va., to be closer to grandchildren. Bob was in the construction business for the past 35 years, and, with sons Rob and David, he is a partner in the International Construction Equipment Co., a firm specializing in the purchase and sale of construction equipment worldwide. Barbara has been a volunteer reading assistant in the Hanover schools, and she is a volunteer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Jamie and Jean Pillsbury (’62) Roberts, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Jamie retired from his cardiology practice in June 2004, but he returned part-time to the practice last August. During his year off, he hunted pheasant in the Czech Republic, duck in Hungary, pheasant in South Dakota, grouse and woodcock in Georgia, and deer, wild turkey, and quail at home in Kentucky. He also enjoyed downhill skiing, playing golf, and fly fishing for trout at his second home in Utah. He enjoyed a week of golf in Ocean City, Md., with some of his Owl house brothers and attended his 40th medical school reunion in June. David and Joyce Frechette (’62) Fifield have lived in Clifton Park, N.Y., since 1962. Both are retired, and they enjoy playing golf, traveling, and spending time at their summer home in South Hero, Vt. They have three children, all married, and four grandchildren. They enjoyed a walking tour of the UVM campus last fall while the daughter of friends did an orientation tour for prospective students. George and Carol Lee (’60) Gunn currently live in Scottsdale, Ariz., eight or nine months of the year and spend the remainder of the year in Stowe, Vt. George still works part time as a client service manager for CH2MHILL, where he has been employed for 33 years. Carol is a volunteer docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Robert “Nick” Manning reported that he lives and teaches in Miami Beach. He has done six feature films and recently has been working for the State Department through the Fulbright program to teach documentary film and video production in India, Indonesia, and Thailand. His wife, Josephine’s, third book, My Lady Scandalous, a biography of a courtesan, will be published in September. His son works in India, and his daughter is a painter and wall painting restorer in London. Bob Hobbie, MD ’65, has cut his work down to four days a week, mostly in clinical practice and some adolescent medicine teaching with Yale pediatric residents. He and his wife, Joyce, enjoy golf, gardening, and traveling, primarily to Italy.
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Toni Citarella Mullins

Once again, I write as I sit on the deck of our “camp” on the shore of Lake Champlain in West Addison, Vt. When you read this column, the glorious summer will be over and we'll be heading for hibernation time. I received an email from Jules Older ’62, who moved to San Francisco with his wife, Effin Lawes Older. They will be closer to their daughter, Willow, and her young family. Effin’s latest book is My Two Grandmothers, published by Harcourt; and Jules’s latest book is Pig, published by Charlesbridge. Tony Marro ’65 wrote to Phyllis Perry Marganoff that he had recently gone to Manchester to hear Steve Terry and Sam Hand, retired UVM history professor, speak about their book on George Aiken. The Fourth of July brought many classmates together at Bill and Cindy Orr (’66) Davidson’s camp. Bob Davidson, Ann Van Gilder (’62) Davidson, Norman Bohn, Phyllis Perry Margnoff, Duane Barber ’63, John Norton ’65, and I had a grand old time. Phyllis Perry Marganoff and Valerie Felton Robinson, who were dormmates senior year in Redstone Hall, had a reunion over the Fourth of July weekend. Valerie’s folks own the camp next to ours. Donna Lee Merrill Blaise and Ceci Frechette Dupee stopped at Barbara Cross Ruccio’s in Saratoga, N.Y., for lunch on their way home from visiting Sue Beattie Koole at the Jersey shore in late June. Ceci Frechette Dupee and husband John ’65 celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise party given by their sons Jed and Mike. Eileen Stark Gold sent an email with thoughts on the “Robinson Hall Five,” who have been meeting and keeping in touch since our reunion. She compares our renewed friendship to things you don’t miss if you don’t have them, but once you have them, they are of inestimable value. We feel blessed by our renewed connections and hope that those of you who have not reconnected will take time to do so. It is well worth it.
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Susan Griesenbeck Barber

For those who couldn’t make it back, the consensus is that our 40th reunion celebration was one of the best ever. More than 70 people reminisced, danced, and reacquainted ourselves with other classmates and with the beauty of UVM’s campus. Recently-retired journalist, editor, and classmate Tony Marro wrote a thoughtful and poignant class history, and others submitted a class poem. The best was seeing old friends who are aging well and taking on new challenges, from stand-up comedy to hiking to being grandparents. One who returned was Mary Kay Ober Hunt, whose interests and pastimes have been varied to say the least. All four of Mary Kay’s children attended UVM. Son Alan graduated in 1994. Mary has spent time as an auditor, bookkeeper, substitute rural letter carrier, and farmer’s wife. She and husband Dalton ’62 live in Barton, Vt., and they are always happy to welcome visitors. Want to know what your fellow grads are up to? Send in some news, and I’m sure they’ll do the same!
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Colleen Denny Hertel

I have not received one bit of news from any classmates for this edition of Class Notes. Please drop me a letter at the address below with news about yourselves. Email works great! My daughter, Leslie Barber, was married to Adam Van Derven on July 2 in beautiful Telluride, Colo. Classmates who attended besides me were Carol Neiman Spatz of Excelsior, Minn., and, of course, my husband, Ken McGuckin.
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Kathleen Nunan McGuckin

Clifton “Bill” Price wrote that, in May, he retired from Millersville University, where he taught physics and astronomy for 34 years. Bill plans to play a lot of golf, get caught up on his reading, and do a little traveling. He continues to live in Millersville, Pa., with his wife, Judy, and their two English cocker spaniels.
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Jane Kleinberg Carroll

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Diane Duley Glew

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Mary Moninger-Elia