Alumni - An AU Love Story
Richard '51 and Barbara (Harney) H'99 Alliegro

In 1951, my roommate, Frank Rizzuto '51 pleaded with me to go on a blind date during Christmas recess. I finally relented. He was going with Joan Harney from Flushing, N.Y. and set me up with her sister Barbara. The date took place. We went into the city to the Roxy to hear Tony Martin. It was love at first sight!

Barbara and her sister came to St. Pat's that year chaperoned by my parents. To make a long story short we got engaged and married in Sept. 1952.

Herb Larisch '52, Karsten Styhr '52, and Frank Rizzuto '51 were in our wedding party. After our honeymoon at Eastover Resort in Massachusetts we journeyed back to Alfred where I was a research associate in the air force project under Jim Tinklepaugh.

Our fondest memories of Alfred, where we lived at 1 University St., were the great friends we had, the many parties we chaperoned, and the gentle life Alfred had to offer. My entry into the U.S. Navy in February 1954 ended that phase but we returned in 1976 (trustee for 16 years), and in 1999 when Barbara was made an honorary alumnus.

Truly a great relationship!