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Ellsworth "Dutchy" Barnard, 95 years old (96 on April 11) who was head of the English department for our early years at Alfred, wrote a Christmas message to Matt Melko '51, who passed it along. Dutchy wrote, in part, "Nothing has greatly changed in our small world (his apartment). Mary (his wife) must use a walker to get around and I get scant of breath if I walk briskly even for a block, but we are able to care for ourselves, have congenial surroundings, physical and social, and find no cause to complain. Not so in regard to politics. If you ever read 'Life on the Mississippi' by Mark Twain you will doubtless recall Twain's response to the abusive treatment that he received from the pilot to whom he was apprenticed named Brown. His favorite mental sport was in imagination killing Brown. This, though I have no personal motive, suggests my feeling about George Bush, who is an arrogant idiot...And Congress has acted like a bunch of wimps. I hear a few tentative rumblings of discontent and hope they will increase. An invasion of Iraq would be preemptive only of an imaginary threat and would make us more intensely hated throughout the Muslim world than we are already. Not being able to do anything to this I am preparing a volume of my favorite lectures. This is difficult because there are enough to fill a small library and I am impressed with how good much of it is." Dutchy's address is Clark House, 22 Lessey Street, Apartment 56, Amherst, MA 01002. His wife, Mary will be 93 on March 12 this year. By Frank Bredell '52 Betty Lou Ogden Crowley '52, who was once Dutchy's secretary, reports that she and her husband, Bick, were in Amherst for Dutchy and Mary's 65th wedding anniversary and paid a surprise visit, which filled Dutchy's eyes with tears. The foursome shared ice cream and chocolate eclairs. By the way, they arrived just as Dutchy was driving up in his car, which he still manages to operate at his age. Those who want more about Dutchy can look up his four-volume autobiography, which has a large section about Alfred in volume three entitled "Life in the Ivory Tower." It was published by the Dinosaur Press (Dutchy) and is in libraries. The author will sometimes send copies to alumni who request them.
Alan Cole became engaged to Sarah Miles of Corning, NY. Alan is employed as a project engineer at Dresser-Rand. Sarah is an administrative assistant at Automated Cells & Equipment Inc. The pair were married on Feb. 1, 2003 at St. Vincent De Paul Church.
1925
Frances Barden Conroe celebrated her 100th birthday on May 3, 2003. Many members of her family gathered for a luncheon celebration. Frances was a charter member of Pi Alpha Pi and has contributed her original paintings as well as some by her sister, Lillian Barden Gerace '24, to the renovated house. Frances no longer paints, but she still enjoys watching baseball.
William J. Navin was the featured subject of an article in the 40th Anniversary issue of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society Journal, dedicated to the society's most loyal members. Frank C. Pavlak wrote about Bill as a friend, teacher, attorney, writer, and athletic coach, accentuating his lifelong interest in and support of the young people of Port Washington, NY. Mr. Navin died in 2000 at the age of 97.
1927
I had, on January 30th, the privilege of attending a memorial service for Ruth Randolph Brooks '27 at the Frank Knox Village Chapel in Orange City, FL. Ruth Randolph Brooks was the daughter of Curtis and Adell Randolph, our next door neighbors on Park Street in Alfred. Curtis was the Alfred University treasurer for many years in the twenties and thirties. Ruth's daughter, Adella Brooks Botticelli Latus '69 invited me to the service. On arrival for the service, I introduced myself to Adella as having last seen her when she was about five years old, who, with her parents, was visiting her grandparents in Alfred. Adella had no idea who I was until I told her my name which was familiar to her. She had corresponded with me a couple years ago when she found my name in the Alfred Magazine as living in DeLand and the Class of '48 correspondent. This most gracious woman gave 'A Sharing' as this was a memorial for both her husband and her mother who died eleven days apart in December 2002. She presented a tribute to her husband who a few present, guests from Rochester and South Carolina, knew, and a summary of her mother's life, which her mother had written several years earlier. Ruth had told of the family moving to Alfred from Ashaway, RI, travelling from the train station in Alfred Station to Alfred in a horse-drawn stagecoach, graduating from Alfred High School and Alfred University. Ruth then moved to the Rochester, NY area where she met and married Fredric Brooks. With twelve years of residency at Frank Knox Village, several friends there were in attendance in the Service. Following the Service, a reception was held in a banquet room near the Chapel where friends, relatives and in-laws chatted informally. It was a grand tribute to the Mother, 98 years old and the Husband, 65 year old Franz Latus. Best regards, Don Polan '48."
1931
Phil Perrone writes to tell us of his father's passing. died on Nov. 4, 2002. Phil writes, "Dad taught in Alfred after graduation. He taught at the University during the war and then taught high school math and coached in Wellsville and Bolivar, where he was chief school administrator prior to taking an administrative position in Wappingers Falls, New York, from which he retired in 1972. He and two of his brothers, Pat '27 and Jim '35, were loyal Alfred alumni."
1932
Robert L. Flint writes, "I enjoy the alumni magazine, especially class notes. I hope my annual donations have helped others. I am indebted to AU for my education, which has allowed me a happier life, accomplishments and wealth. I hope to visit there this summer and see your progress and renew old memories! Best wishes for dear old Alfred. Love you all, Bob Flint."
1933
We received a letter from Mary Stevens on behalf of her mother, Constance "Connie" Edmister Stevens, now of Portland, Oregon. Mary writes, "After graduation she taught in one-room country schools, got a couple more degrees, joined the WAVES, came out west and taught math for twenty years at Portland State University. She was much loved by her students for her caring heart and willingness to patiently explain math concepts several different ways. Mom spoke fondly of Alfred. She remembers coming at the age of fifteen, a 'little green girl from the country,' and appreciating the friendship of two older girls,Lois Brown Davidson '32 and Claire Benson '33. She had some amazing stories about being a freshman at Alfred. Did they really wear beanies and have to kneel to upperclassmen? She also mentioned the 'ugly' Lisle stockings they were required to wear. Connie and her late husband Hugh lived in a pioneer-era home west of Portland. She loved teaching, but her greatest joy was spending summers tending to a huge vegetable garden and selling Gravenstein apples from her 100-year old orchard. Connie now resides in an adult foster home just around the corner from her old house, near her son, daughter and grandson."
From your class correspondent: "In these uncertain times, it's especially important to keep up with our friends from college. Before my report of my class, I do want to mention the passing of Dante Vezzoli '33, which was felt by all at Alfred. He was a terrific guy, a 'man of all seasons' and was very dedicated to Alfred, getting to reunions. I remember he always stayed at the Brick and we had a ball. He got to many reunions from Florida. I'm sure we all remember our Florida Reunion; Dante and Grace, his wife, whom he had recently lost, were wonderful hosts to all. Their home was the mecca for all of us from Alfred.
1934
Doris "Dodie" Coates Pfeiffer writes, "I am always so disappointed to find no notes in the Magazine for 1934. I would love to hear from the Pi Alpha members of my era. I'll soon be 89 and I'm in good health. I did a lot of bus trips for 26 years, and touched all the states but one. I did get to Alaska and the British Isles. I'm lucky to be living in my quiet little rural town of Whitesville, NY, among old friends."
1935
Catherine Luria, during a visit to her mother, Margaret "Peg" Cantwell '35, used the internet to show her and her two friends what her alma mater looks like today. "Going to Alfred University on the computer did bring smiles on a day when Mommy was feeling exhausted and poorly," writes Catherine. "Sunday morning we showed them the Brick, Library, Castle, and the Pi Alpha Pi house. Then mom had to nap. But at least she was able to show off her college. They always introduce her as a math teacher - who knows how to do 'calculus and all that difficult stuff.' They are in awe of the math teacher in a wonderful way."
1936
I lost an old friend in California this November. Bernard "Barney" Oldfield '36 died after a lengthy illness. I met Barney after moving to LA in 1962 and he was a wonderful pal for all these years. He always took great pleasure in telling people that we went to school together. Since I haven't heard from a soul in the class, you'll just have to read about me in this issue. I had a great trip to Thailand and Cambodia (Angor Wat). I attended the Asian Pacific Laser Conference in Pattaya (my excuse to get out of the country and to go to the beach in Phuket). Hope to hear from some of you in 2003."
Ruth Oldfield wrote to share the sad news of her husband's passing. Bernard "Barney" Edward Oldfield passed away peacefully on November 16, 2002. "As an early pioneer in the field of aviation, he was instrumental in the development of the P-59, the first American version of the Jet Airplane. He was an active test pilot, flying out of what is now known as Edwards Air Force Base…It has been said, 'Barney was a great man and a true American Hero in the history of aerospace.' He often quoted from one of Robert Browning's poems, 'Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?' For many years, Barney was a highly respected executive with Hughes Aircraft Company, having run the Hughes facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He and his family lived in the San Fernando Valley after having left New Mexico. Barney finally made his home in Camarillo, California for the past twenty-three years. Barney loved to travel and during the past fifteen years, he and his wife, Ruth, toured Alaska, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, the Hawaiian islands, Canada and extensively in the Caribbean islands as well as the United States. Barney loved life and among the many things he enjoyed doing, he most enjoyed skiing, elk and pheasant hunting, fishing, gardening, and was an avid golfer. He and Ruth enjoyed the culinary arts, classical music and the theatre. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Ruth. Also surviving are a son, Kenneth, two daughters, Janet Cone and June Ennis, and beloved stepsons Gregory, Gordon and Donald Gale; two sisters, Phillis Green of Orange City, Florida and Edythe Heuer of Downey, California. A memorial service was held on November 23, 2002 at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park Chapel in Camarillo."
1937
Now, for the rest of the class, I spoke with Don Hallenbeck's son. Don is recuperating from a broken hip, and is temporarily in a nursing home. He can be reached by phone at his home on Sunday afternoons at (518) 424-2419. Do give him a call.
Sam Scholes was in Richmond during Thanksgiving to see his daughter, Jean. He had only a two day visit during which time he had a luncheon with one of the recent Nobel Prize honoraries,
Recently, Anita Herrick Donahue entertained an Alfred visitor with remembrances of growing up in Bolivar, New York where her father was the publisher of the local paper, The Bolivar Breeze. Anita continues to enjoy retirement at her home in Carlsbad, CA.
1941
Sometimes we never seem to hear from or know the whereabouts of Alfred alums. Just a month ago I got an e-mail from Morris "Morrie" Musgrave '41. He could be anywhere in the USA, but better than that he lives less than 2 miles from Dave and I. Morrie moved a year ago from Ocala, FL. Carl Robert "Bob" Moebus '43 and wife Lois, Bob '41 and Jane Bray Humphrey '43, and Morrie came to our home mid-January for a get-together. Four Lambda Chi brothers had many stories to relate. Let me hear from you; your memories of Alfred, your hobbies and interests today. Until the next class news, your friend, Betty."
Elaine Richtmyer Brown '41 writes of a trip to the Island of Malta this past fall. In January she went on a trip to Northern England to see if she wants to take a tour group there in the 2003 summer.
Last November e-mail came from Santa Rosa, CA. Theodore "Taber" Clausen '41 was flying to Tampa to visit his brother, rented a car and drove to see us in Sarasota. On a Saturday, a heavy rainy day, came a knock on our door. There stood a very dapper looking gentleman in shorts and a Payne Stewart cap. A rented convertible in our driveway, top up of course, but not intended to be. Taber truly has an upbeat, positive attitude. He lost his wife Frances this past winter. It was a joy to have him visit us. Taber told us he has two volunteer jobs. One is Meals on Wheels and the other is taking single ladies out to lunch. With his son two years ago they sailed from the California coast to Hawaii. Pretty remarkable for an 80-plus, gutsy man. Upon departing from our home in the drenching rain he headed for Venice and Florida's east coast visiting more relatives and friends.
1942
Jean Collier Parks in Collingwood Manor, Collingswood, NJ wrote of her beautiful surroundings. Jean created a puppet in 1970 and calls it Yankee Poodle. Interestingly this puppet was born as an outgrowth of a history course she took at Glassboro, NJ (where Stan Langworthy gave her her diploma in 1967). The puppet has over 60 historical hats, plus a few holiday ones. Songs have been written to go with the hats. Jean performs for kindergarten students. Yankee Poodle won a Freedoms Foundation Medal of Honor, took 27 trips to Washington Crossings on Christmas Day, did a number of programs for schools, churches, and senior citizens homes, and had a special meeting at the White House with Mrs. Pat Nixon. Jean added a description of her lovely new home: 'As I sit on the second floor, I marvel at the beauty of the winding staircase, the sparkling chandelier, and the Christmas decorations. If you have a chance to visit, I would be most grateful.'
William "Bill" Crandall sent e-mail and said he felt we had a pretty good turnout for the reunion. Bill was married to Betty Jane Warren on Sept. 7, 2002. His minister, Laurie DeMott, performed the ceremony. Family members of both were in attendance. Bill is in the process of selling his home in Alfred and making an addition on their home in North Port, FL. Bill is President, for the third year, of the North Port Chorale Group. Welcome to your full time home in paradise, Betty and Bill.
Stanton "Stan" Langworthy- truly an English major with a knack for writing creative, interesting stories of his family - keeps in touch with me. He told of his wife's big birthday party, Elizabeth "Betsy" Burns Langworthy '44. Before the planned party she was summoned and serenaded by son-in-law Carl and an old friend of her son, as she descended the steps to the street. The means of transportation was a 1932 Pontiac. She got her first ride in that piece of memorabilia in fifty years. The beautiful part of the story is that Stan courted her in Alfred in a 1932 Pontiac.
A letter from David Armant informs us, "We have moved after 47 years in Tinton Falls, NJ to a nice house about three blocks away from our son and daughter-in-law's house in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Please give our best regards to all our fellow alumni."
To correct a crucial mistake in the Fall 2002 Alfred Magazine, David F. Nordquist is alive and well and living in Pennsylvania. His wife, Dorothy Y. Nordquist, passed away in 1996. Our sincere apologies to David for this error.
With reunion time behind us I was delighted to have mail from William Arthur "Art" Petri, who also attended our 60th reunion. He tells of his daughter-in-law, Sarah, who made arrangements for a private tour of a cheese factory. Art said he never realized how much hand labor went into making specialty cheese. It's a cottage industry; ten pounds of milk used for one pound of cheese. Their final stop was in Rydal, PA to visit daughter Lisa and family. She is a research director of the Foxchase Cancer Center and is credited with discovering the gene that causes LAM disease in women.
1943
Rhoda Ungar Merriman Jost '43 sent a Christmas card decorated with a pencil print of boats and a fishing shack done by Seth Merriam '44 (deceased), her first husband. The picture I have framed.
Ailsa Johnstone Inglis '43 wrote at Christmastime that she would be spending Christmas in Vermont. She added that she is undecided about her 60th reunion. Well, Ailsa - go! It is a treat, nostalgic, very much so.
Helen Nelson Dygert now resides at 2927 S. W. Village Loop #220, Vancouver, WA 98683.
Cora "Kit" Carson Burdick and husband Bob '43 e-mailed from Lancaster, VA that although they may have dozed off during the evening, they were wide awake before midnight and celebrated the arrival of 2003 in appropriate style. Therapy following Kit's stroke has been helpful and Bob has honed many talents hitherto unknown. This year brings their 59th wedding anniversary and I know of no happier couple.
Robert Sinclair is planning to attend the Reunion celebrating the 60th anniversary of his Alfred University class on campus in 2003. For some interesting stories, ask Bob about his experiences as a naval officer on LSM in the Pacific in WWII. Or you can ask his wife, Patsy, about her adventures as a pioneer stewardess on Western Airlines during the same time. Bob and Patsy now live a calmer lifestyle in Laguna Niguel, CA.
1944
Margaret Lord Wood and her husband Warren keep busy staying in touch with their grandchildren from their retirement home in Camarillo, CA.
Although professionally Alvin Glaser is best known as the President of Essex Printing Company in Manhattan where he lives, his life-long interest has been in political science, which he majored in at Alfred. One of his many memorable political experiences was riding aboard the campaign train of Harry Truman during his Presidential campaign.
Robert Goodell continues to work several days a week at the company he founded and now runs with his daughter, Christine, in Lake Wylie, SC called Ceramic Recruiters. When he isn't in the office, Bob is spearheading a Lions Club project repairing fifty used bikes for distribution to kids at Christmas. Bob and his wife Olivia live in Clover, SC.
1945
There may be additional information in the Alfred Magazine about Edwin "Shifty" Gere. He is the author of a book regarding the West Berlin Airlift which he participated in. If not, I will make additional comments next issue. Shifty and wife, Doris Hill Gere '45, entertained Andrew "Page" Gentsch and wife Dorris Weaver Gentsch, Jeanne Morgan Holman '47 and husband Eugene "Sandy" Holman at their cottage on Keuka Lake in late September, the same time they were in the area for the mini-Sigma Chi get-together which is held every few years for the class of '48 group, this time at Norma Jacox Stoneham cottage across the lake from the Gere cottage.
Jeannette Milnes Cottrell wrote to keep me up to date on her large family who are all successful adults. She sings in her church choir, records books for the blind, plays bridge and participates in a Bible study class. We lived across the hall from each other in the Brick our freshman year and have kept in touch through the years. Jeannette Milnes Cottrell tells us, "I belong to AAUW Book Review Club Section, am Church Librarian, sing in choir and play bridge. I also record for the blind and enjoy my five children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, of which I have six, going on seven!"
Jeanne Heckman Fulford writes me that she lives in Massachusetts not far from me. She has a good friend who lives in my village. Jeanne taught math for eighteen years at Roger Williams University and overseas for four years. We plan to get together soon when she visits her friend here. Hecky was a good friend of my freshman roommate since they came from the same place and I am looking forward to seeing her.
Emma Burdick Johnson '45 wrote that she had a bout of pneumonia in late fall but was better in time for Christmas. Both her daughters live nearby and work in childhood education and her husband Paul mows and shovels as the season in Waterford, CT dictates. Her brother Stan and his wife and daughter were Thanksgiving visitors.
Christian Laurin "Larry" March '45 relays in a newsy letter how much he enjoyed reading about the meeting of Reginald Miner '43 and Mearl "Mike" Greene in the fall Alfred Magazine class notes. He reminisced about about the 1942 track team. He said, 'As a class of 45 freshman, I had a special appreciation of these two mean, Mike and Reg, for their athletic ability, scholastic achievement and encouragement of lesser light such as I.'
1946
From Geneseo, NY, Jean Barber McTarnaghan wished everyone the joy of being with their family for the holidays.
Cora "Kit" Carson Burdick and husband Bob '43 e-mailed from Lancaster, VA that although they may have dozed off during the evening, they were wide awake before midnight and celebrated the arrival of 2003 in appropriate style. Therapy following Kit's stroke has been helpful and Bob has honed many talents hitherto unknown. This year brings their 59th wedding anniversary and I know of no happier couple.
Violet "Billie" Dunbar Donaldson wrote from Branchport, NY that she lost two months out of last summer after breaking her ankle. In the fall, however, she was able to drive to Allentown, PA to visit her granddaughter at Cedar Crest College.
In early January I had a good long telephone chat with Genevieve Polan Scheffer from Ocala, FL. She and Karl '49 spent New Year's with her brother Donald "Don" Polan '48 and his wife Miriam "Mimi" Tooke Polan '48, whose new house in Deland is only an hour's drive away.
Betty Lou Fontaine Cameron and husband Joe in Maple Valley, WA spent the holidays with their daughter and family who live near enough for frequent visiting. Their sons are in Michigan and Tennessee. Betty had a knee replacement last May and is recovering on schedule.
1947
One of Alfred's football greats passed away on January 9, 2003 at the age of 82. Jim Kehoe '47, from Olean, an attorney with a statewide reputation for honesty, integrity, and fair play, entered AU in 1941 and quarterbacked the football team as a frosh in that year, an extraordinary accomplishment. He also played varsity basketball. Jim left Alfred in 1942 to serve in the U.S. Army until discharge in 1946. Returning to Alfred, he sparked the 1946 football team again as captain and quarterback, leading it to a successful season with only one loss. For this achievement he was named All-Western New York Quarterback, and the Buffalo newspapers stated that even in that one defeat, Jim never lost control of his team. A three-sport athlete in high school, Jim was elected to the Olean High School Hall of Fame, and in 1992 he was elected to the Alfred University Hall of Fame. At AU, he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. By 1947, Jim had left Alfred and enrolled in the University of Buffalo law school from which he graduated in 1950. After passing the bar exam, he opened a law practice in Olean, was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1958, and in 1973 gained his most prestigious professional honor with induction as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Known as a fierce competitor in the courtroom, Jim was formidable in the defense of his clients. His law partner, Atty. Daniel DeRose, said that for all his prowess, Jim was a very modest person and avoided the spotlight. Jim's wife Pat died last August, one month short of their 52nd wedding anniversary. The couple had six daughters, thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. By Ed "Shifty" Gere '48
1948
After living and working in Pittsburgh for thirty-four years, when Archie Farr retired he and his wife, Ruth Galloway Farr '48, decided they had experienced enough northern cold and followed their daughter who had moved south. Today they enjoy living in the oceanside community of Calabash, NC.
There may be additional information in the Alfred Magazine about Edwin "Shifty" Gere. He is the author of a book regarding the West Berlin Airlift which he participated in. If not, I will make additional comments next issue. Shifty and wife, Doris Hill Gere '45, entertained Andrew "Page" Gentsch and wife Dorris Weaver Gentsch, Jeanne Morgan Holman '47 and husband Eugene "Sandy" Holman at their cottage on Keuka Lake in late September, the same time they were in the area for the mini-Sigma Chi get-together which is held every few years for the class of '48 group, this time at Norma Jacox Stoneham cottage across the lake from the Gere cottage.
Miriam "Mimi" Tooke Polan and I are in the process of getting settled in our new house - moved the day before Thanksgiving, still getting things unpacked and squeezing things into smaller quarters. Nonetheless Mimi had a Thanksgiving dinner ready for the two of us at 4:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day - no delay. This was not too unlike the Thanksgiving dinner I had while in the SeaBees in China. We had moved into a new area just outside Peiping (now Beijing) at South Field, the large airfield, now an international airport. We had been promised "a full turkey and everything" dinner and we were still moving equipment that day in 1945. Our holiday occurred three days later. Except for the cooks, it was a holiday for the remaining personnel with great food. The Marine pilots and the mechanics were invited for dinner that day. They had been eating C-rations for the previous two months.
From your class correspondent: "Heard from the usual correspondents at Christmastime - John Seidlin and his wife Joanne celebrated the holidays with their sons and grandchildren. All is well there.
Don Polan received an e-mail from Scott Dwinelle, son of James "Jim" Dwinelle. "He and my mother, Shirley Grunder Dwinelle, became great-grandparents recently with the birth of their great-grandsons Nicolas Tyler Wilson Dwinelle on August 23, 2001, and Aden James Ault on February 24, 2003. An interesting side note: my father actually participated in the birth of my grandson Nicolas as did my wife Pamela and I. Nicholas had 2 grandparents and a great-grandparent witness his first day of life. Nicolas is the son of my daughter Marie. Aden is the son of my sister's daughter Kelly."
In her second note to me, Janet Matson Hillman states that she is doing well after a couple of medical setbacks and is attending a Writers' Group at the retirement complex where she lives. She began this project several months ago of writing her memoirs for her four children and is enjoying it very much. The Group critiques the material each individual writes to improve the presentations. (This is just what all of us should be doing for our descendants. It tells all why we became what and who we are).
Miriam "Mimi" Tooke Polan and I are in the process of getting settled in our new house - moved the day before Thanksgiving, still getting things unpacked and squeezing things into smaller quarters. Nonetheless Mimi had a Thanksgiving dinner ready for the two of us at 4:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day - no delay. This was not too unlike the Thanksgiving dinner I had while in the SeaBees in China. We had moved into a new area just outside Peiping (now Beijing) at South Field, the large airfield, now an international airport. We had been promised "a full turkey and everything" dinner and we were still moving equipment that day in 1945. Our holiday occurred three days later. Except for the cooks, it was a holiday for the remaining personnel with great food. The Marine pilots and the mechanics were invited for dinner that day. They had been eating C-rations for the previous two months.
1949
In early January I had a good long telephone chat with Genevieve Polan Scheffer from Ocala, FL. She and Karl '49 spent New Year's with her brother Donald "Don" Polan '48 and his wife Miriam "Mimi" Tooke Polan '48, whose new house in Deland is only an hour's drive away.
Arthur "Art" Wallace and his wife Jewell recently took a cruise to Alaska after enjoying an Alaska cruise several years ago. They enjoyed revisiting the scenic beauty of the area.
After living and working in Pittsburgh for thirty-four years, when Archie Farr retired he and his wife, Ruth Galloway Farr '48, decided they had experienced enough northern cold and followed their daughter who had moved south. Today they enjoy living in the oceanside community of Calabash, NC.
1950
Over the course of his prominent career and long-time residency in Manhattan, Richard "Dick" Johnson had the chance to befriend a lot of celebrities. He recently stumped visitors with the trivia answer that the first name of actress Tullulah Bankhead was the name of a waterfall near her childhood home. He learned the answer from Ms. Bankhead.
David Hildebrand and his sister Katherine "K" Hildebrand Gamsby, who are neighbors in Waterloo, SC, recently entertained an Alfred visitor with memories and tales of their childhood friends growing up in Alfred as the children of the memorable AU professor E. Fritjof Hildebrand '18 and Lucille "Lilly Lu" Langworthy Hildebrand.
1951
Ralph Spaulding wrote in response to the invitation for comments about Prexy's Pool published in the previous magazine, "As a transfer student, I was spared the opportunity to be bashed and dunked by a sophomore or to render the same fate to a freshman student. However, when filled with clear water, I always gave the pool a passing glance while walking by. As it was also adjacent to the student union on the appointed day I was told, it was difficult to avoid the encounter." Ralph now lives in Wisconsin.
1952
Robert Fluhr works as a volunteer teaching a class of blind sculptors. "As a result of teaching this class, I have put together a slide presentation of their work. It is dedicated to all those who have overcome adversity through hard work and perseverance, and is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of people with special needs. If your educational, professional, cultural or community group is interested in this lecture, please contact Robert Fluhr at (215) 849-4319."
Betty Lou Ogden Crowley sent a letter of praise for the AU magazine, particularly thanking Class Notes Coordinator Joan Dickenson for "the informality of the class notes of late. I never would send anything in past years, as it seemed to be about educational degrees, business success or serious accomplishments. For a brief time I was class correspondent but I had serious medical problems which caused me to drop out of things. Nowadays I can scarcely wait to read the notes to see what is happening to people I know. None of us ARE our title, position or bank account. We are individuals, most of us living productive but not newsworthy lives. The Alfred magazine is just so much more user-friendly now, and I must add that e-mail certainly helps! Thanks for all your work in keeping us connected. It actually makes me feel like donating each year, since I know how great the campus looks and what is going on at Alfred. I am also impressed with the manner of our new president. He has to raise money, we all know, but he doesn't seem to look at me as a dollar sign. His wife is an asset as well. My husband and I met them at our 50th reunion last June, which we both enjoyed immensely. Two of our four children are AU grads; Bill Crowley '85 and Beth Crowley Duane '86. God Bless."
Joan Sauter, thinking back over last spring's 50th reunion, writes, "It was great being back and I am proud of myself for making the trip. I had forgotten how pretty Rt. 17 (now I-86) is. Wish we could have had more time to visit, but it is better to leave wanting more than wanting to leave sooner. I had a wonderful Pacific Northwestern tour during summer of 2002 to see Barbara Swearington Peterson of Vancouver, BC, who was an art student at Alfred but didn't get an Alfred degree. She graduated from Evergreen in Olympia, WA several years later. In Victoria, BC I called Marty Chodos and we had a grand chat, agreeing that it was a wonderful reunion."
B.J. Amberg Lawrence sent us an emailed message; "It sure was great to see all those who were able to get back to Alfred for our 50th Reunion. The weekend went by too fast with all the visiting and planned activities, but I think we ought to have a reunion every year now! What do you think?"
Chickie Ballman Herrick writes to tell us that her husband, Dr. George Herrick, received his high school diploma this year. "A World War II veteran, George enlisted in the Navy when he was seventeen and missed his entire senior year and a diploma with his 1946 high school class. His diploma from the Cameron County, PA school system arrived in the usual case, signed by all the members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools. In addition, he received a separate congratulatory letter on the completion of his formal education!"
Chickie Ballman Herrick writes to tell us that her husband, Dr. George Herrick, received his high school diploma this year. "A World War II veteran, George enlisted in the Navy when he was seventeen and missed his entire senior year and a diploma with his 1946 high school class. His diploma from the Cameron County, PA school system arrived in the usual case, signed by all the members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools. In addition, he received a separate congratulatory letter on the completion of his formal education!"
Neil August M.D. and his wife Joan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 25, 2002. Neil writes, 'I'm still in love with Alfred but not well enough to travel. We live in West Palm Beach at the Breakers West.' His e-mail address is docgyn@aol.com.
Bill McClurg reports that he has a new e-mail address; wmbmc@earthlink.net. His wife, Fran, can be reached at fran727@earthlink.net.
Although his business card still says "Wakely Engineering," in recent years Wilbur "Wil" Wakely has devoted increasing time and energy to the study of the art of glass blowing. He continues to live in San Diego, CA.
Barry Newman may be the busiest (and best known) attorney in the San Diego area, though these days he has cut back his law practice to devote his time and energies to improving his community by leadership on numerous civic boards including the Community Foundation, the County Treasury Oversight Board, a theatre board, a golf club board, and many others. Barry continues to live in Escondido, CA, with his wife, Jean.
Donald Boulton has completed his third six-week visit in three years to St. Andrews, Scotland consulting with St. Mary's College of St. Andrews University on the creation and implementation of a United Kingdom higher education accreditation system. He assures his friends that being able to walk from his campus office to play on what is arguably the most famous golf course in the world is not slowing down his project. Don continues to live with his wife, Rosemary, and play golf in Chapel Hill, NC.
From your class correspondent: Frank Bredell and his wife, Jean Carnahan, report that they visited Cuba for a week this fall, spending most of their time in Havana, but venturing out into the western tip of the island for a look at he countryside and a farm. In case you are wondering how they avoided the ban on travel to Cuba, Frank assures us that it was all quite legal and they went on a tour sanctioned by the U.S. government and sponsored by Jean's alma mater, Wayne State University in Detroit. Havana, Frank says, has some marvelous architecture, mostly baroque with Cuban flourishes. Many buildings have been sadly neglected, but others have been gorgeously renovated to restore their original elegance. The reason why there hasn't been more renovation, of course, is lack of money and much of the blame for that situation comes back to Washington and the American embargo on trade with Cuba. Frank returned from Cuba convinced that the American government is stupid for continuing what Cubans call the blockade, but he also found that the Castro government is doing dumb things that are causing shortages of food and medicine in the country. He says for further details, maybe even pictures of those 50 and 60-year-old cars on Havana's streets, you can write to him. Does he wish he could have stayed longer? Yes, yes, yes.
Martin "Marty" Moskof recently relocated his design firm in Manhattan from midtown to Ninth Street. Best known as a freelance designer, Marty is the author of about a dozen children's books.
1953
As the parents of a Metropolitan Opera diva, Charles "Buddy" and Barbara Cohen Rabiner '54 get to travel to exotic locales such as Paris to hear their daughter, Ellen, sing. They are enjoying retirement at their home in La Jolla, CA.
Charles N. Williams writes that he is retired but busy with travel and volunteer work. He and his wife Nancy Kelsey Williams '53 "spent February 2002 in Costa Rica and October 2002 in Australia touring on our own. We volunteer at the Montezuma Wildlife Complex; Nancy at several church functions, Charles at the Westminster Manor in Auburn, the Skaneateles Historic Landmarks Preservation, and is an active Rotorian." The couple reside in Skaneateles, NY.
Charles N. Williams writes that he is retired but busy with travel and volunteer work. He and his wife Nancy Kelsey Williams '53 "spent February 2002 in Costa Rica and October 2002 in Australia touring on our own. We volunteer at the Montezuma Wildlife Complex; Nancy at several church functions, Charles at the Westminster Manor in Auburn, the Skaneateles Historic Landmarks Preservation, and is an active Rotorian." The couple reside in Skaneateles, NY.
While he is known professionally as the owner of Discovery Oil, in international diplomatic circlesAndy Ippolito is known as the dean of the consular corps in Los Angeles, having served for more than eighteen years as the Honorary Consul General of Liberia. Although his title is "Honorary," he is busy with consular work including such responsibilities as approving visas, inspecting Liberian-flagged freighters, providing counsel to Liberian nationals in the area, and representing Liberia at diplomatic functions. Andy and his wife, Jan, continue to live in Malibu, CA.
1954
Ron Lapin passed away July 30, 2002 following a two year battle with cancer. Lenore remains at their home in Delray Beach, FL and welcomes correspondence from former classmates at Lenor1@hotmail.com.
As the parents of a Metropolitan Opera diva, Charles "Buddy" and Barbara Cohen Rabiner '54 get to travel to exotic locales such as Paris to hear their daughter, Ellen, sing. They are enjoying retirement at their home in La Jolla, CA.
"I got a Christmas letter from our classmate Roberto Veiga in Curitiba, Brazil. He is planning to attend our 50th reunion in 2004. We're looking for a big turnout, and plans are already under way.
I recently heard from George Taft and he informed me that he was re-elected to the American Society of Crime Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board. It is the body that accredits Crime Labs nationally and internationally and is listed on the internet as www.ASCLD-LAB.org. There are over two hundred labs in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and Singapore. George is planning to attend the reunion from Anchorage, Alaska. How about all you New Yorkers? Anyone attending the 2003 reunion in June is welcome to attend a reunion planning meeting."
1955
Michael Ostrow merged his prior law firm into Schlissel, Ostrow, Karabatos, Poepplein, Center & Fisher, PLLC, in Garden City, NY. Their practices are limited to matrimonial law.
Harold Snyder and his wife Beverly still reside in Alfred on their 250-acre family farm. Three of their four daughters and their respective families also reside in Alfred. Harold and his wife serve as volunteer staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on the Alfred University campus, where they have enjoyed meeting with sixty to ninety students each week.
George Graine, master gardener in Fairfax County, Virginia is continuing his garden correspondent career by writing horticultural articles for four newsletters. He recently accepted the position as county representative to the Virginia State Master Gardener Association.
1956
Since his retirement Howard "Howie" Mendes has enjoyed traveling. A few years ago on a month-long walking pilgrimage across Spain he made so many international friends he has been busy exchanging visits in Europe and Africa ever since. At home in Manhattan when he isn't entertaining visitors he keeps busy as a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Director and Treasurer of the Settlement Housing Fund, and a member of several committees of Community Board Five.
Dr. Alan Posner was re-elected Speaker of the House of Delegates of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists this year. Dr. Posner retired from his clinical practice in 2002.
1957
Betsy Stockton Chamberlin and her husband Bob recently hosted visitors from Alfred at her lovely new residence, Van Dyk's Park Place, in Hawthorne, NJ. After moving, one of Betsy's first tasks was to hang her framed Alfred Alumni Hall poster.
If you enjoy golfing as much as Albert "Bert" Peters and his wife, Sue, you might consider their home a paradise, as they are surrounded by (and enjoying) six golf courses at their home in La Quinta, CA.
1958
George Graine, master gardener in Fairfax County, Virginia is continuing his garden correspondent career by writing horticultural articles for four newsletters. He recently accepted the position as county representative to the Virginia State Master Gardener Association.
Robert "Bob" Greene retired from Wakulla School District where he was the assistant principal at the Riversprings Middle School in Wakulla County, Florida.
For the present, I'll just refer to Dick Widdicombe's 1963 notes as he always seems to know what everyone is doing. Dick Errico '58, one of Alfred's best intercollegiate wrestlers ever, stops periodically in our fair town, Mt. Pleasant, SC, with his wife Dina, to do chores for their daughter Suzanne in her new townhouse. He's retired now after decades of teaching and coaching."
On a recent trip to Utah, instead of being content to admire the scenery, J. Russell "Russ" Fahey challenged his bike group to a race up a winding mountain road. Although he claims to be retired, his competitive juices aren't - he was the first to the top! Returning home, not content to follow the several entrepreneurial companies he has started in recent years, he's a partner in yet another, this one called Crowns Now Dentistry, which uses ceramic materials and laser technology to create and install dental crowns in a single visit lasting about one hour. Russ and his wife Pat are planning a move from Duncan, SC to Daytona Beach, FL. Pat Fahey writes to inform everyone that John Russell "Russ" Fahey had a total knee replacement surgery in late January. "The doctor said that the joint was shot but the kneecap was okay and didn't need to be repaired. The doctor also left the patella ligament intact by cutting and resewing a muscle so that there was greater strength initially." He had an epidural in to control the pain for the first forty-eight hours. The optimum prosthesis was "an excellent and perfect alignment." Russ was pretty groggy but soon lobbied to stand up, and is making an excellent recovery.
Harry Bubnack is planning to come east in 2003 to join Alfred cronies on campus at Reunion. He stays busy at his firm, Bubnack & Company, facilitating mergers and acquisitions. Harry and his wife, Sue, continue to live at Lake San Marcos, CA.
When they're not square dancing, golfing, or skiing, Raymond "Ray" Urode and his wife Ginger keep busy in the real estate market around Marina Del Ray, CA, where they live with their dachshund, Daisy.
Frank Bredell received a letter from Steve Saunders '58, originally part of the class of '52. Steve writes, "When the Korean Conflict came along, I enlisted in the Air Force and spent the next four years flying for the U.S. I returned to Alfred in the fall of 1956 and completed my education with the class of '58. I have been somewhat involved with the school since then and do return every five years for fun and fellowship. I do remember the "Moving Up" days at Alfred. As I recall, the sophomore class stood around the pool and tried to keep the freshman class from taking control. Whatever, it turned into a muddy mess in a very short time! One of the deciding factors in the filling in of the pool was during our sophomore year, myself and a couple of other guys grabbed President M. Ellis Drake as he was walking past and threw him in the pool, clothes on and all. It didn't take long after that when the pool was filled in. I was a member of Kappa Psi and spent my remaining years at the house. I did participate in freshman basketball and remember that we had guys on our team from the agricultural school. I also remember the terrible milk every so often and no one knew just what it was that turned bad. I find it interesting that Alfred is again trying to join with the agricultural school. It seems to me the drawback before was that the agricultural school was a two-year college and it would not mesh with Alfred. The nursing school was a four-year program but they were off-campus for two years so I didn't see the difference. I guess that's why I'm not President of the University. I am still working here in southern California and do see some Alfred people on our annual get-togethers but very few from my original class of 52. I did enjoy your article in the latest Alfred magazine." Steve lives with his wife Barbara Potter Saunders '60 in La Habra, CA.
1959
Not only does Alan Cohen volunteer during fund-raising episodes for his National Public Radio station, he visits local vendors to procure snacks to feed volunteers while the project is occurring. He is also kept busy as a volunteer for the local humane society in Wilmington, NC where he and his wife have retired.
1960
Sylvia Weinstein Levinson wanted to report a little success to her classmates; "I have been writing poetry for several years and have been published in a number of San Diego County college and literary anthologies. I recently had a poem accepted by Snowy Egret, a national literary journal and it will appear in a forthcoming issue. I was also pleased to have been invited to perform in September 2002 as the featured poet at Claire de Lune Coffeehouse, a significant poetry venue in San Diego. That Alfred English major is serving me well!"
Now living in North Carolina but not yet ready to retire, James "Jim" Tuzzeo and a partner are hard at work growing their client base for a financial planning business they operate in Wilmington where Jim lives with his wife Barbara.
Frank Bredell received a letter from Steve Saunders '58, originally part of the class of '52. Steve writes, "When the Korean Conflict came along, I enlisted in the Air Force and spent the next four years flying for the U.S. I returned to Alfred in the fall of 1956 and completed my education with the class of '58. I have been somewhat involved with the school since then and do return every five years for fun and fellowship. I do remember the "Moving Up" days at Alfred. As I recall, the sophomore class stood around the pool and tried to keep the freshman class from taking control. Whatever, it turned into a muddy mess in a very short time! One of the deciding factors in the filling in of the pool was during our sophomore year, myself and a couple of other guys grabbed President M. Ellis Drake as he was walking past and threw him in the pool, clothes on and all. It didn't take long after that when the pool was filled in. I was a member of Kappa Psi and spent my remaining years at the house. I did participate in freshman basketball and remember that we had guys on our team from the agricultural school. I also remember the terrible milk every so often and no one knew just what it was that turned bad. I find it interesting that Alfred is again trying to join with the agricultural school. It seems to me the drawback before was that the agricultural school was a two-year college and it would not mesh with Alfred. The nursing school was a four-year program but they were off-campus for two years so I didn't see the difference. I guess that's why I'm not President of the University. I am still working here in southern California and do see some Alfred people on our annual get-togethers but very few from my original class of 52. I did enjoy your article in the latest Alfred magazine." Steve lives with his wife Barbara Potter Saunders '60 in La Habra, CA.
Ralph Betters' home contains a striking collection of mementos from his career serveing Marines all over the globe as a Navy Chaplain, not the least of which are the throw-rug sized shells of three seagoing turtles. Now that Ralph and his wife, Gloria, are landlubbers, they continue to live in Vista, CA.
Currently in his 31st year of coaching track at Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York, Carlton Blanchard is proud of his daughter, Cheryl Blanchard '86, who was recently promoted to the position of Vice President of Research and Biologics at Zimma Orthopedic Co. in Warsaw, Indiana.
1961
The paintings of Bette Harris Blank were displayed at Gallery Schlesinger in New York City from December, 2002-January, 2003. Bette lives in Madison, NJ with her husband, Dr. Stuart Blank '62.
Frank Beylo recently finished a book entitled "The Best of Nothing," which he jokes is indeed four hundred pages about nothing. "There really was nothing to it," Beylo told the Annapolis newspaper. Beylo was inspired to write the book after looking through boxes of letters and observances, poems and essays on his first love, his days in the Korean War and his thirty-three years as a teacher. "I finally thought, well, whatever I've put down really amounts to nothing, even though it's something, and this was the best I could come up with." The book can be ordered by calling 1-877-BUY-BOOK. Mr. Beylo lives in Crofton, Maryland.
Houstonian Eric Orzeck, M.D. was recently elected to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Dr. Orzeck has devoted his career to diabetes care and education.
William "Bill" Taft and Liane Beeson Taft continue to live in Gettysburgh, PA. Bill was just named Executive Director of Healthy Adams County, a partnership for community health in Adams County. Liane is a school nurse in the Fairfield Area School District.
William "Bill" Taft and Liane Beeson Taft continue to live in Gettysburgh, PA. Bill was just named Executive Director of Healthy Adams County, a partnership for community health in Adams County. Liane is a school nurse in the Fairfield Area School District.
Betty Bartkowiak retired as a professor emeritus from SUNY Oswego in 1985. She was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Brockport State in 1988.
1962
The paintings of Bette Harris Blank were displayed at Gallery Schlesinger in New York City from December, 2002-January, 2003. Bette lives in Madison, NJ with her husband, Dr. Stuart Blank '62.
In addition to publishing an account of a recent trip to the British Isle of Wight,Peter "Pete" Buttress has recently authored a newspaper series on local history vignettes of ten communities around Lexington, SC where he continues to live. Friends are urging him to compile and publish the series in a book format.
John Gutierrez's Manhattan restaurant, Chelsea Commons, on West 24th Street in Manhattan is usually one of New York's busiest gathering spots but it seems to be even busier since Chelsea Clinton moved to an apartment across the street and former waitress Edie Falco became such a hit on the TV show "The Sopranos."
1963
For the present, I'll just refer to Dick Widdicombe's 1963 notes as he always seems to know what everyone is doing. Dick Errico '58, one of Alfred's best intercollegiate wrestlers ever, stops periodically in our fair town, Mt. Pleasant, SC, with his wife Dina, to do chores for their daughter Suzanne in her new townhouse. He's retired now after decades of teaching and coaching."
When he isn't fishing or tooling around in his Corvette, chances are you'll find Arthur "Art" Reinking hard at work on one project or another for a local residential facility for boys 11-18 where he is the President of the Board. Art and his wife, Susan, live in a lakeside home in York, SC.
Fred Greenberg and wife Marjorie announce the marriage of their son, Jason, this past August. Alfred alum Howard Freidman attended the wedding in Malibu, California.
You can contact Henry Hopkins at his new e-mail address, hhrp@sbcglobal.net. He welcomes mail from AU friends.
1964
Ruth Gau informs us that her son Kenneth and his wife Patricia became the proud parents of Emma Elizabeth Gau on January 15, 2003. Kenneth and Patricia live in Kansas City, MO, where Kenneth works for Wadell & Reed Financial, Inc. Ruth's daughter Kristin became engaged to Janyk Kauzel. They are to be married on July 26, 2003. Ruth is looking forward not only to seeing her daughter married, but also to being her matron of honor in the ceremony! Kristin works for Meadow Hall Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Joan Norris writes that she is now working for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, where a $125 million initiative is doubling the size of the museum and catapulting it into the top 25 art museums in the nation. Joan spent ten years at the Museum of Fine Arts and another ten at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, both in Boston. She also runs an animal shelter called the Last Resort which has rescued nearly 10,000 abandoned and injured animals over the last two decades. Joan calls it her "hobby gone out of control!" She lives near her Alfred roommate Sue Katz.
Frederick Cohen, a founding partner of Ross & Cohen, specializing in construction and real estate law, continues as a member of the Board of Brooklyn Law School where he received his law degree after graduating from Alfred. He lives in New York with his wife, Diane, who, accepting the challenge of the New York City Superintendent of Schools, left her career as an energy consultant and is in her first year of teaching elementary school in Brooklyn.
Robert C. Woodworth is an administrator of a church-related HUD housing apartment building in Omaha, NE. Bob is retired from ENRON and also a local insurance company where he was a computer operator.
Jim Morgan says, "I'm directing a production of The Laramie Project with a cast of 45 people at Middlesex County College in NJ, where I teach. I am also acting in it, playing Matthew Shepard's father. This is the first acting I have done since college. Meanwhile Naked Boys Singing with some lyrics by me is in its 4th year off-Broadway here in New York and continues in Chicago and in Oslo, Norway. It will soon be opening (and disrobing) in Amsterdam, Toronto, Berlin & Washington, DC. I am hard at work on three new musicals; The Great Train Robbery, based on Michael Chrichton's book, Playboy's Century of Sex, and another called Love Stories." You can contact Jim at Jimor4ny@aol.com.
1965
Cheryl J. Sluys retired in November, 2002 after thirty-seven years with the Rockland County Health Department, most recently serving as Supervising Public Health Nurse. Cheryl resides in Pearl River, NY.
Dr. Guner Sumer is teaching ceramics at Anadolu Universite in Eskisehir of Turkey. He has published three new books, Ceramic Kilns, Ceramic Testings, and Ceramic Glazes in addition to his previous four.
1966
Sandra "Sandie" Manning Davison writes, "I took an early retirement from the Erie County Probation Department in September, 2002 and in October took the job of Director of Continuing Education for the Hamburg, NY school district."
1967
The drawings and watercolor landscapes of A. Thomas O'Grady were presented at Prendergast Library Art Gallery in Jamestown, NY, according to the Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY). The exhibit was titled "A Journey With Color." The artist has taught art seminars at Alfred State College and painting at Houghton College. Tom is retired as a principal and art teacher at Scio (NY) Central School.
General Dynamics, the leading supplier of sophisticated defense systems to the United States and its allies, named Cordis "Cork" Colburn as the successor to G. Kent Bankus, 59, vice president - Government Relations, in May 2002
1969
George P. Basher was the keynote speaker for an event sponsored by the Coxsackie-Athens Rotarians honoring various armed service organizations. Basher is the director of the New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs, and was appointed by governor George Pataki after serving two months as interim director, according to the Greene County News in Catskill, NY.
Richard Schultz achieved the dream of every golfer when he got a hole-in-one at Green Lakes Golf Course near Syracuse, NY where he continues to work at the David B. Schultz Agency. Richard and his wife, Mary, still live in Lafayette, NY
1970
Wesley Martens and Carol Tripp Martens '72 lead double lives. Both are working professionals in Laguna Niguel, CA, but during their spare time, Carol enjoys her pottery studio and electric kiln and Wes makes people laugh as a stand-up, improvisatory comedian in local clubs. 04/25/2007 11:14:43 AM MaryS
Nora Freeze Bollinger is a full-time faculty member at Burlington County College's Nursing (RN) program. Her daughter Jessica is a freshman at American University in Washington D.C. as a political science major. 04/25/2007 11:16:38 AM MaryS
1971
It's easy to tell from his office that Mark Morrison is the West Coast Editor of In Style magazine because an entire wall is covered with baseball caps. If you visit, try to find the Alfred University cap. Mark and his wife, Merrill Cohen, live in Beverly Hills, CA. 04/25/2007 11:17:52 AM MaryS
Jay Sanders continues his career as a CPA located at the firm of Phillips Gold in Manhattan where he lives with his wife Carol. 04/26/2007 3:25:24 PM MaryS
Lurena McNamara informs us that she retired in June 2002 after thirty-one years as a school psychologist. She is looking forward to traveling, remodeling her house and doing volunteer work. 04/26/2007 3:26:28 PM MaryS
Christine Pinto Kulp '71 sent a note on telling us the latest about her daughter: "A month after graduation, Devan Kulp left for Karlsruhe, Germany for a job in market research at Bosch Automotive, an international company. Her six month contract has been extended to nine months. In April she will transfer to Bosch in Turin, Italy where she will remain until late fall of 2003. Devan misses everyone and sends her regards."
1972
Wesley Martens and Carol Tripp Martens '72 lead double lives. Both are working professionals in Laguna Niguel, CA, but during their spare time, Carol enjoys her pottery studio and electric kiln and Wes makes people laugh as a stand-up, improvisatory comedian in local clubs. 04/25/2007 11:15:22 AM MaryS
1973
After twenty-one years as executive director of the Fairmount Fine Arts Center, Marsha Bird of Aurora, Ohio is relocating to sunny Florida with her husband, Jim. The Fine Arts Center honored her with a farewell open house this January. 04/26/2007 3:27:51 PM MaryS
Trafford Doherty was recently appointed Director of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of Local History in Hammondsport, New York. Doherty leaves his position as production control manager at Yerger Bros./Great Connections/Versatek in Lititz, PA to return to the area where he was born. He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 28 years and have three children, ages 24, 21, and 19. 04/26/2007 3:29:14 PM MaryS
Mike Moore, LTC, USA, (RET) and family, has an Arabian horse breeding farm on a Civil War battlefield in Petersburg, VA. Mike is also employed by Computer Sciences Corporation. 04/26/2007 3:40:57 PM MaryS
1974
Ann Minervino Robinson is a professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing at Finger Lakes Community College. She lives in Canandaigua, New York. 05/07/2007 2:39:07 PM MaryS
Lana M. Gits sends "a big hello to Chris, Peter, and Charlie - wherever you are!" Lana is a commercial nature artist and owns "The Prairie Arts" graphic design studio. You can visit her website at www.ThePrairieArts.com or send her an email to ThePrairieArts@juno.com 5/10/2007 9:34:56 AM BrendaH
Peter Cassebeer writes, "Career change time! I'm currently a full-time student studying for MCSE certification (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineering). You can contact me at pcasse @rcn.com."5/10/2007 9:22:09 AM BrendaH
In addition to her own teaching schedule,Kathy O'Connor Benzaquin continues to direct the Teaching Fellows Program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington where she and Del '73 reside. Kathy's program, with 140 undergraduates, is one of the largest in the statewide program to encourage undergraduates to enter the teaching profession. 05/07/2007 2:40:32 PM MaryS
Geoff Chanin is the counsel to the county legislature of Orange County, NY. He recently got together with Paul Lurrie, Mike "Schwarty" Schwartz and Don Levi '75 and families. 5/10/2007 9:26:45 AM BrendaH
1975
Stephanie Lafair Smith was recently promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet, a state-of-the-art television operation. Smith admits her greatest challenge is staying current with modern technology. In order to maintain Comcast SportsNet's position as a prominent sports network, Smith is currently looking into adding two new features to their station: high-definition TV and video on demand. Smith, born in Philadelphia and raised in Forest Hills, NY, received her college degree in English and journalism at Alfred University. She now lives with her husband Larry, an apparel manufacturing executive in New York, and daughter Alexandra in Radnor, PA. 5/10/2007 3:05:18 PM BrendaH
1976
Andrew Reiss, an employee of New York Life Insurance Company since 1997, was promoted to the position of vice president in the company's Individual Annuity. Formerly the corporate vice president in the Individual Annuity Department, Mr. Reiss is now the national sales manager for New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation's Mainstay Annuities and is responsible for marketing annuities to banks and broker-dealers. Mr. Reiss earned his B.A degree from AU before her began his career in 1980 as an annuities wholesaler at Security First Group. After working for Security First Group, Reiss held positions at B & D Equities, MetLife/State Street, Continental Equities, and Cowen & Co. until taking a position with New York Life. Currently New York Life is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. Reiss, originally a resident of Danbury, CT, lives in Yardley, PA with his wife and three children. 5/10/2007 3:34:23 PM BrendaH
1979
Artist Deborah Oropallo gave a lecture and slide show at the Monterey Institute of International Studies presented by the Monterey Museum of Art on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002. Deborah's lecture divided her career as an artist by decade, and she discussed the artists who had influenced her artistic growth. Deborah's abstract style centers on objects in her everyday life, from a child's toy to a train track, and attempts to capture the pattern and repetition in its form and in our daily lives. Deborah lives in Berkeley, CA. 5/10/2007 3:40:55 PM BrendaH
CPA John P. Whitty was featured in a January edition of the Buffalo Law journal in an article about his company, John P. Whitty & Co Inc., now entering its 13th year in business. The four-person firm serves approximately 250 clients, including individuals needing help with taxes or huge companies. Whitty lives in Williamsville, NY with his wife Maria and thirteen-year-old daughter Elissa. 5/10/2007 3:46:35 PM BrendaH
Scott Sullivan '79 writes on behalf of his brother, Spencer Sullivan, "My brother is at home recuperating from complications suffered during surgery in late 2001. He is at home in Newport Beach, CA and would love to hear from any classmates at AU. His address is 2206 East 15th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Thanks." Scott can be reached at ssullivan@bellsouth.net.
1980
Deborah G. Spratt is a candidate for the AORN nominating committee, election to be held in late March 2003. Deborah is an OR nurse manager at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She is a member and president-elect of AORN of upstate New York.
SculptorDavid Boyajian showed more than fifty of his pieces in his show "David Boyajian, Inside Out" in Ridgefield, Connecticut this November. For the past seventeen years, Mr. Boyajian has taught at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, where he is also the Director of Sculpture Studies.
1981
Bob Schuster was inducted into the inaugural class of the Livonia Athletic Booster Club's Hall of Fame. This is Bob's second athletic honor, as he was inducted into the AU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He lives in Americus, GA with his wife Midge, son Matthew and daughter Sara.
Bob Schuster was inducted into the inaugural class of the Livonia Athletic Booster Club's Hall of Fame. This is Bob's second athletic honor, as he was inducted into the AU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He lives in Americus, GA with his wife Midge, son Matthew and daughter Sara.
1982
Deborah "Debbie" Bryce-Holtz writes, "Sorry I missed our 20th reunion. I would have liked to chatch up and reconnect with old friends and classmates. I am now working Monday through Friday in the recovery room at St. Mary's hospital in Troy, NY. I'm in the process of moving. My new address is 29 Holloway Lane, Averill Park, NY 12018. I would love to hear from anyone."
Scott Sullivan '79 writes on behalf of his brother, Spencer Sullivan, "My brother is at home recuperating from complications suffered during surgery in late 2001. He is at home in Newport Beach, CA and would love to hear from any classmates at AU. His address is 2206 East 15th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Thanks." Scott can be reached at ssullivan@bellsouth.net.
1983
John Edmond tells us that his company, Cree Research, continues to grow in part because he is assembling his own alumni group with four Alfred ceramic engineers now on the staff. John and his wife, Rita, live in Cary, NC.
After twelve years with Key Equipment Finance in Wayne, PA, David I. Angel has been promoted to the position of senior vice president. Angel began in 1991 as a senior credit analyst and was named manager of leveraged leasing in 1993. David lives in Troy, NY with his wife Diane.
Robert "Bob" Persia is enjoying his new position as School Psychologist with Wheatland-Chili CSD.
Karen Shemet writes to tell us that she and her husband Don Pitcher have a little boy, Rio, born Sept. 19, 2001, in addition to a four year old daughter, Aziza.
Thomas Whelan has held a CPA Accounting Practice in Darien, CT for the past ten years, and also owns an Irish pub in Camillus, NY called Whelan's Pub at Split Rock.
Bart Savino wrote to give an update for himself; "After graduation from Alfred I worked for a few years in the microbiology department of a pharmaceutical company in Long Island. I left there and went to medical school at the University of Bologna in Italy. I graduated in 1993 and started my residency in internal medicine in Staten Island, NY. I finished my residency and started an internal medicine practice on Staten Island with my partner who I met during residency. Currently I am one of three partners in one of the biggest internal medicine practices on Staten Island. I am also an associate clinical professor at SUNY downstate medical hospital in Brooklyn, NY. I am still single (never married) and recently bought a beautiful penthouse coop on the water in Staten Island overlooking NYC and am very, very happy. My e-mail is bsavino@si.rr.com and my address is 10 Bay Street Landing, Apartment 8f, Staten Island, NY 10301."
1984
Ninette Swanson is an e-commerce project leader at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, PA. She and her husband, Mark, live in Haddon Heights, NJ.
Rachel Lutz Jessup recently joined NBT Bank as bank officer and branch manager of the bank's Oneonta Financial Center. Rachel is a member of the Oneonta Rotary Club, the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority and the Special Events Committee for the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.
Jackie J. Roesser has been named vice president, audit/risk manager of Belmont National Bank in St. Clairsville, New York. Roesser and her family reside in St. Clairsville.
1985
Rosemary Miele Meade was inducted into the Who's Who of Teachers for the second time. She was recommended by a former student who felt Rosemary made a real difference in this student's education. Rosemary teaches A.P. chemistry and College Prep chemistry at Colonia H.S. in Colonia, NJ. She and her husband Shawn Meade '86 live in Edison, NJ with their two sons, Shawn II (12) and Ryan (10 1/2).
Elizabeth "Betsy" Hatcher Gayner is living in Camp Hill, PA with her husband Scott Gayner. "Currently, I'm a stay-at-home mom to my two sons, Joel (4) and Will (2)."
1986
Stephen Altobelli has joined the public affairs department of The MWW Group in East Rutherford, NJ as senior public affairs director. Stephen lives with his wife, Jacquelin Caligiui Altobelli, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
Currently in his 31st year of coaching track at Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York, Carlton Blanchard is proud of his daughter, Cheryl Blanchard '86, who was recently promoted to the position of Vice President of Research and Biologics at Zimmer Orthopedic Co. in Warsaw, Indiana.
Stephen Altobelli has joined the public affairs department of The MWW Group in East Rutherford, NJ as senior public affairs director. Stephen lives with his wife, Jacquelin Caligiui Altobelli, in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
After twelve years with Key Equipment Finance in Wayne, PA, David I. Angel has been promoted to the position of senior vice president. Angel began in 1991 as a senior credit analyst and was named manager of leveraged leasing in 1993. David lives in Troy, NY with his wife Diane.
Sylvia DeCarr was named to the Alfred University Sports Hall of Fame. During her time at Alfred University, Sylvia played basketball and volleyball, ranking 16th on the college's all-time rebounding list in basketball and playing on the 1985-86 team that went 19-6 and earned an ECAC Upstate New York tournament title. Sylvia is a materials scientist for the General Electric Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. She currently lives in Schenechtady, NY.
Timothy J. Smith recently left his position as vice president of Commerce Bank and joined the Wachovia Corporation. Smith is located in Summit, New Jersey covering the central and northern parts of the state.
1987
Tracy Cochrane Raynor sent us a letter updating us on her AU friends. "On November 2, 2002, Dawn Torlish married Steve King, an Atlanta Native, in a sunset ceremony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in St. Petersburg, FL where Steve has his own landscaping business called Uncommon Grounds. Dawn is a Health Information Analyst at Bayfront Medical Center. While it was the first marriage for both, two ceremonies were needed to accommodate friends in the north and south. Laura Blaessig was among others who attended Dawn's Florida reception, while Arleen Correra Snyder '88 and Cathy Taranto Hogan and I attended a beautiful Christmastime reception in Connecticut in December. Both Dawn and Steve plan on staying in the warm climate, but if anyone wants to contact Dawn she may be reached at dawntorlish@hotmail.com.
Arthur Apgar Jr. made Alfred proud when he was inducted into the AU Sports Hall of Fame for his record times in swimming. "A.J." lives in Brookfield, CT and has a material handling supply business called Clayton's Mercantile Supply Inc. with his father Arthur Apgar Sr.
Tracy Cochrane Raynor sent us a letter updating us on her AU friends. "On November 2, 2002, Dawn Torlish married Steve King, an Atlanta Native, in a sunset ceremony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in St. Petersburg, FL where Steve has his own landscaping business called Uncommon Grounds. Dawn is a Health Information Analyst at Bayfront Medical Center. While it was the first marriage for both, two ceremonies were needed to accommodate friends in the north and south. Laura Blaessig was among others who attended Dawn's Florida reception, while Arleen Correra Snyder '88 and Cathy Taranto Hogan and I attended a beautiful Christmastime reception in Connecticut in December. Both Dawn and Steve plan on staying in the warm climate, but if anyone wants to contact Dawn she may be reached at dawntorlish@hotmail.com. My life has been very busy as well. My husband Greg and I published our first book, "There Are No Words…A September 11th Remembrance Book," a book devoted to honoring the memory of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Although this project was, at times, an emotional and time-consuming one, it taught my whole family much about compassion and appreciation. We have five children now: Krista (14), Brent (11), Garrett (5), and Skylar and Sabrina, our two-year-old daughters. Greg is due to retire from the military in a year or so, which I'm sure will bring about more changes in our lives, but right now, things are just plain good. I'd love to hear from other Alfred people or pass notes on to Cathy, Dawn, or Arleen by e-mail to tracy@twinapplepublishing.com. I'd also love to hear from anyone, especially Alfred alumni or students, interested in illustrating children's books. Take care."
Patrick McMahon informs us, "I'm currently working for Concept Systems Inc, a consulting company in Ithaca, NY that helps organizations process ideas for planning and evaluation. Our clients have included NYS, CDC, the National Institute of Health, the American Cancer Society and many others. One of the things I have been working on is a new web site. Check it out at www.conceptsystems.com. You readers might also check out the Concept System for a way to gather information from your many stakeholders. This is a wonderful software and consulting service that has helped many small, medium and large organizations put ideas into action." You can contact Patrick at pqmc@aol.com.
Catherine Taranto Hogan and her husband Christopher have a new baby in their home! Michael Patrick Hogan was born on May 12, 2002 in South Korea and was adopted on October 17, 2002. He joins Daniel (10), Griffin (7), and Erin Grace (6).
1988
Cynthia Childs is engaged to William C. Taylor. Both live in Wellington, NY, and a wedding is scheduled for Oct. 11, 2003. Cynthia is an education coordinator for the department of juvenile justice.
Ralph Meyers and Katherine Sugar Meyers enjoy a comfortable life in Pine Brook, NJ with their children Samantha (8), Andrew (51/2), and twins Jessica and Sydney who are almost two years old. Ralph has been the president and owner of a telecommunications company for the past eight years. The couple welcomes news from old friends at meyers6@optonline.net.
1989
John Walker has been promoted to Plant Manager at Saint Gobain Performance Plastics in Bristol, Rhode Island. He lives there with his wife, Kathleen Crowe Walker, daughter Quincy-12, son Jake-8, and two Great Danes. Both John and Kathleen would like to hear from AU friends at kwalker32@cox.net.
Ellen Shindelman married Shai Kowitt on June 23, 2002 in Arlington, VA. In attendance were Alfred grads Molly Brehm Bonanno, Sharlene Wedin Le Clerc '91, Jo Ann Altomare, Becky Green, and Suzanne Fausette. The newlyweds honeymooned in the Mediterranean and now reside in Denver, Colorado. You can contact Ellen at grapevynwest@attbi.com.
Robert Pavlik writes, "My wife Andrea and I were married on Dec. 30, 2000. We had our first baby, Carter Stephen Pavlik, on Oct. 30, 2002 at 4:06 A.M. He weighed 6lbs and 6ozs, and was 19.5 inches long at birth. Carter was delivered at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Mom and baby are doing great! We live at 214 Walnut Street in Corning, NY. I work at Corning, Inc. as a Project Manager, and Andrea is on maternity leave from MetLife, Elmira, where she is a Marketing Director. Bob graduated from AU with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and received an M.S. and Ph.D from Rutgers University in Ceramic Science. Bob has worked at Corning, Inc. for about ten years. Andrea graduated from Mansfield University with a B.S. in Marketing Science. Andrea has worked at MetLife for about five years."
Bill Burke recently sent us an update about his life. "My wife Karen and I had a baby girl on Sept. 7, 2002. Her name is Reagen Kimberly J. Burke. I live in Nashville, IL and work at Nascote Industries, a division of Decoma International for which I am a Purchasing Agent. We mold, paint and assemble bumper fascias for the automotive industry." Bill welcomes news from old friends at his e-mail address, Bill_Burke@Nascote.com.
John Walker has been promoted to Plant Manager at Saint Gobain Performance Plastics in Bristol, Rhode Island. He lives there with his wife, Kathleen Crowe Walker, daughter Quincy-12, son Jake-8, and two Great Danes. Both John and Kathleen would like to hear from AU friends at kwalker32@cox.net.
Maura Fitzpatrick Lilley writes, "On Sept. 19. 2002 Robert and I had our third child, a little girl named Piper Flynn Lilley. She joins her older brothers Braden (8) and Connor (6)."
1990
Robert W. Cranston writes, "Last summer I attended the Gilder Lehrmann Institute of American History at Stanford University." Robert lives in Florida with his wife, Marie.
Kurt Potter is well into his third year as a Senior Program Director at Gartner Inc., an information technology research and advisory services company. "I facilitate Best Practices Groups for Advanced Technology management, Outsourcing management, and Help Desk." Kurt lives in Stamford, CT.
1992
Aileen Mason writes, "Just wanted to let you know I'm still living north of Boston. I really enjoy being close enough to Harvard and MIT so I can attend lectures on things like "dark matter" and "Total Immersion Swimming." There's nothing quite like continuing education when it's free. I'm still running with the Somerville Road Runners; I qualified for the Boston Marathon 2003 (I ran 3:39:33 in this year's race). I spent my summer weekends guiding paddle rafts on the Deerfield River in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, so I guess you could say I'm living (some of) my dreams. I also rafted in Maine on the Dead and Kennebec Rivers, and in Vermont on the West River. I work for Crab Apple Whitewater; if anyone's interested in rafting, next season starts in April!" You can contact Aileen at ayem_sm@ yahoo.com.
1993
Kim Lorraine Heckman was awarded the "Golden Apple Award" in teaching from Channel 18 WETM in Elmira, NY. "A parent of one of my students wrote a letter to nominate me," Kim writes. She is in her second year of teaching first grade at Jasper-Troupsburg Elementary School after teaching eight years at Wellsville. Kim and her husband Bill live in Woodhull, NY.
1994
A poem by Victoria Rentz entitled "New York City, December 2001" has been accepted for an upcoming anthology that the September 11th National Peace Poetry Project is compiling. All proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
The Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers has selected Vickie Kaplan as the 2002 Rookie of the Year. This award is presented to the member who has made the greatest contribution to the organization within their first year of membership. Vickie was honored for her work as Program Coordinator for KACE's 2002 Annual Conference which was held in Wichita, Kansas in November. The award also acknowledged Kaplan's promotion to the position of Director of Career Services at Emporia State University within her first year of employment at that institution. Vickie would love to hear from friends at her e-mail address, Kaplanvi@esumail.emporia.edu .
Kristin Schomp Morrow and William Morrow '95 had their second child on Jan. 6, 2003, a daughter Grace Elizabeth. She joins her brother Billy, now age two. Kristin writes, "We still live in Kenai, Alaska. This past summer Kristin and Billy went back east to visit other AU alumni; Jen Frank, Kim Skelton Ladwig, Aaron and Lori Hirsch Henry. Both Lori and Kim also recently had baby boys. I think this completely overwhelmed Jen."
Virginia Livermore got married on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 in Elmira, NY to Norm Johnson and is now Virginia Livermore-Johnson. Norm is the head chef and kitchen manager at The Green Derby, a great restaurant and bar in Elmira. "We met playing on the Derby's co-ed slow-pitch softball team the summer of 2001," Virginia said. "I am still working as a bilingual Correctional Counselor and have almost completed my 6th year on the job at Southport Correctional Facility. We went on a fabulous three-week tour of the British Isles for our honeymoon, which included a couple of days visiting my relatives in England before our guided tour began." If anyone wants to view the wedding, reception and honeymoon photos they may do so at http://piperbiker.tripod.... .
Dorothea "Dee" Richardson '94 got engaged in March 2002 in St. Croix to Chris Kellogg and recently bought a house in Ringoes, NJ. The couple is planning a September 2003 wedding.
1995
Bridget Hoffman and Vince DiCello recently moved to New Orleans, LA, where Vince is working at the Naval Reserve Personnel Center and Bridget is finishing her MBA and starting her own Leadership Consulting Business.
Jennifer Swinton has a new job at Here's Life Inner City in New York City. HLIC is a non-profit organization that reaches out to the poor, inner city children via after school programs, and many other special needs groups. Her role is administrative assistant to the Director. To find out more about her organization, check out their website at .
David Brennan has moved back to the USA from his three-year stint in Germany. He is currently living in Morristown, NJ and is working in the Central Finance-Controlling department at Ticona, an engineering business of Celanese AG in Summit, NJ.
Michael and Julie Hathaway Verde now reside in a new home they built in Berwick, Maine with their kitten, Sox. They are both working at the Corning, Inc. Life Sciences Plant in Kennebunk, Maine where Michael is an Equipment Engineer and Julie is a Senior Process Engineer. Their move to Maine has brought them closer to family since Julie grew up in nearby Concord, NH. They are enjoying exploring their new hometown area and state."
Michael and Julie Hathaway Verde now reside in a new home they built in Berwick, Maine with their kitten, Sox. They are both working at the Corning, Inc. Life Sciences Plant in Kennebunk, Maine where Michael is an Equipment Engineer and Julie is a Senior Process Engineer. Their move to Maine has brought them closer to family since Julie grew up in nearby Concord, NH. They are enjoying exploring their new hometown area and state."
Larry Maniccia writes, "I got married on May 18, 2002 to my longtime girlfriend Christin "Christie" McMillen. We had a small wedding ceremony and reception here in the Cleveland area with our family and close friends. Since my last update I have also changed jobs. I used to work for DAI Ceramics, a small, privately held company. I now work for the Advanced Ceramics division of General Electric as a Development Engineer. You can contact me at maniccial@ameritech.net ."
Vincent Secondo became engaged to Carrie Boyce. Carrie is a Buffalo State College graduate, with a B.S. in business. She is currently a financial consultant for Oracle, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. Vincent is a project geologist with LT Environmental, Inc. in Denver. A June 20, 2003 wedding is scheduled.
Kristin Schomp Morrow and William Morrow '95 had their second child on Jan. 6, 2003, a daughter Grace Elizabeth. She joins her brother Billy, now age two. Kristin writes, "We still live in Kenai, Alaska. This past summer Kristin and Billy went back east to visit other AU alumni; Jen Frank, Kim Skelton Ladwig, Aaron and Lori Hirsch Henry. Both Lori and Kim also recently had baby boys. I think this completely overwhelmed Jen."
1996
Daniel Robert Solloway became engaged to Kristen Platt. The future bride is a graduate of Clarkson University. Daniel is a project test engineer for Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, NY. A May 2003 wedding is planned.
Michelle Sciria opened her new studio, gallery, and boutique this fall, a place where people can meet her and "see the artwork being created firsthand," she told local newspapers. Ms. Sciria was awarded a $6,000 grant from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, which instigated her opening her own studio. Michelle is an art teacher in the Holmdel, NJ school district.
Jay D. Eich married Lindsey Stone on October 5, 2002. Lindsey is from Pickens, SC and works as a compensation analyst at Bank of America.
Jen Garefino tells us that she ran in the Honolulu marathon in December of 2000 after raising $4,500 for the Leukemia Society. "I was chosen as one of the Olympic torch bearers for the Winter Olympics last February," she writes. "I carried the torch in Washington, PA in December of 2001. In April I will be doing a Triathlon - a one mile swim, twenty-five mile bike ride and six mile run - to once again raise money for the Leukemia Society. My Godmother died from leukemia, and that's why I first got involved with this organization. If anyone is able to make a donation to help me reach my fundraising goal, they can send me a check made out to the Leukemia Society of America. Thank you! Jen Garefino 412 Deer Run Rd. Slippery Rock, PA 16057"
Randi Jermansen '95 received mail from Adam Gates, who is living in Charlotte, NC and utilizing his Bachelors and Masters degree from Alfred at Oracle Corp. implementing Human Resource and Payroll Systems. He was a groomsman in the wedding of classmate Jay Eich this past fall in Pickens, SC. Adam occasionally runs into John Mitchell '95, Eric Baum '97 and Nyseem Thomas, but he misses all of his friends from college. You can keep in touch with Adam at adam.gates@oracle.com .
Brad Butterstein is the CFO/General Manager of Data Graphics, Inc. in Orlando Florida. Brad enjoys the small business world as it allows him to be very involved in his work.
Miriam Rieger is the activities director in a retirement community near where she now lives with her husband, Alain, in Ft. Lee, NJ.
Jodi Csaszar and Josh Zielinski recently purchased and moved into their first house in Upper Montclair, NJ. Jodi is working at Cline Davis on the East side of mid-town Manhattan and Josh is an attorney in Morristown, NJ. After work, Jodi and Josh spend their evenings with their one-year old daughter, Noa, and decorating their new home.
Jodi Csaszar and Josh Zielinski recently purchased and moved into their first house in Upper Montclair, NJ. Jodi is working at Cline Davis on the East side of mid-town Manhattan and Josh is an attorney in Morristown, NJ. After work, Jodi and Josh spend their evenings with their one-year old daughter, Noa, and decorating their new home.
1997
Amanda Cawley took the position of full-time librarian at Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY. This position is geared toward students ages 12-18. Cawley will devote her energy to expanding the library's young-adult collection, both books and audio CDs. One goal is to start a teen advisory board that will meet once a month to discuss what the teenagers would like to see in the library.
Patrick Morrissey announces his engagement to Beth McLaughlin of Ballston Spa, NY. A May 31, 2003 wedding is scheduled at the Georgian Resort in Lake George. Both Patrick and Beth are pursuing RN degrees at Adirondack Community College. Patrick is employed as a mental health worker for adolescent youths at Four Winds Hospital.
Portrait artist Eric Jones held a two-night workshop teaching students to create portraits this November. Eric works as an architectural designer/graphic design artist at a local/international company in Olean, NY.
Paul Howard announced his engagement to Courtney Scott of Bedford, New Hampshire. Paul is employed as a senior direct marketing specialist with The Mathworks in Natick, Massachusetts. The couple is planning a July 12, 2003 wedding.
1998
The art of Jeff Schmuki was displayed alongside that of Lee Renninger in an October show, "30 Day Notice" at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County campus art gallery. Schmuki is an assistant professor of ceramics and art history at William Carey College on the Coast in Gulfport.
Michael Marschke and Abby Unger Marschke were married on September 1, 2002 in Buffalo, NY. Alfred graduates in attendance included Mandy Nourse '01, Susan Vitch Rozak '86, Laura Blake '99, Jennifer DeCicco '97, Becky Francy '01, Jennifer Baran Alfieri '97, Carianne Mack, Esca Stumpf, Brad Berwald '00, Kevin David '99, Paul Mitchell, Jason Volk '99, and Mike Alfieri. The couple now resides in Providence, RI. Mike earned his BFA in Art & Design and Abby has a BS in Ceramic Engineering.
Christine Greber Calandra of Wildflowers Farm in Princeton Junction has been certified by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) as a Level II Instructor in Open Jumpers. Mrs. Calandra holds a Level II certification in Hunt Seat Equitation as well. These two certifications together make her one of only two instructors in the state who have been recognized with this certification. Mrs. Calandra was required to display a broad base of knowledge in general horse care, safety principals, ethics and value judgments, horsemanship teaching techniques and specific specialty knowledge for the style of riding she has been certified to teach. In order to become certified by ARIA Mrs. Calandra attended an ARIA Test Center in Baltimore, Maryland where she was required to successfully pass extensive written exams, submit a video tape of her teaching techniques for evaluation by a panel of some of the nation's top horsemen and educators, and successfully complete a personal interview.
Michelle A. Young was promoted to audit senior at Pasquale & Bowers LLP. Young has been with the company as a certified public accountants business consultant for the past four years. She resides in La Fayette, NY.
Patrick Morrissey announces his engagement to Beth McLaughlin of Ballston Spa, NY. A May 31, 2003 wedding is scheduled at the Georgian Resort in Lake George. Both Patrick and Beth are pursuing RN degrees at Adirondack Community College. Patrick is employed as a mental health worker for adolescent youths at Four Winds Hospital.
Jason Gray has poems featured in Poetry, Phoebe and other journals, and new work will soon appear in Threepenny Review. His manuscript, Photographing Eden, was a finalist for the 2001 Walt Whitman Award.
Michael Marschke and Abby Unger Marschke were married on September 1, 2002 in Buffalo, NY. Alfred graduates in attendance included Mandy Nourse '01, Susan Vitch Rozak '86, Laura Blake '99, Jennifer DeCicco '97, Becky Francy '01, Jennifer Baran Alfieri '97, Carianne Mack, Esca Stumpf, Brad Berwald '00, Kevin David '99, Paul Mitchell, Jason Volk '99, and Mike Alfieri. The couple now resides in Providence, RI. Mike earned his BFA in Art & Design and Abby has a BS in Ceramic Engineering.
Alison Marzouli is teaching at the Wilbraham and Monson Academy Wilbraham, MA. She recently participated in a show with mixed media art at the school's art gallery. Alison is also the head of the school's dance program. Their upcoming concert in March, she writes, will be "a bit of modern and some hip hop and jazz too."
1999
For Kerri-Ann "Kazza" Appleton, Denver is treating her wonderfully. Kazza writes, 'The snow just keeps coming; that means more powder days in the mountains for me. I recently changed careers and have accepted a position for a fantastic organization called Young American Center for Financial Education as the new Development Associate. This is an exciting opportunity for me and it is where I want to be, back in non-profit and in development. Over the holidays I took a short visit to NYC to see a friend in a production and while I was there I had a nice visit with Kenneth "Ken" Leidig. It seems like he hasn't changed a lot and yet he has. I guess we are all just growing up. We aren't drinking Natural Ice anymore but Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. The restaurant where we grabbed lunch was charming and something I would recommend. It was nice to see old friends and reminisce about our days at Alfred. It is also a time to share gossip about other classmates. Since I brought it up I might as well share it. There are very few Alfredians in Denver but for the ones I see it is great. I occasionally see Melissa Forsey Mertz '97. If anyone is out here or planning on visiting, contact me at appletk@yahoo.com . Besides work and skiing I spend most of my time with the band scene here in Denver. I have been working with a local band and started their official fan club website. Knowing me I am probably going to start touring with one of them. If you are interested in seeing more on the way-cool band I gawk over go to www.opiegonebad.com . I hope all is well with the class of 1999.'
E. Miguel Sturla writes, 'I continue working at AT&T Business only this time, my title within the company has changed. I'm now a National Account Manager responsible for growing and managing a franchise of some of AT&T's largest national accounts. Outside of AT&T I'm working with a group of consultants that are assisting me in constructing business plans to launch a real estate investment venture. Life in New York is always hectic but I live for the rush. Between work at AT&T, real estate plans, salsa lessons, and softball leagues, I find that I rarely get a moment's rest. I'd love to hear from Alfred alumni and professors. My e-mail address is sturlaem@hotmail.com .'
Jim Kostiw is a Compliance Officer with the United States Treasury Department. He is currently serving as part of an inter-agency initiative to encourage greater harmonization of various government anti-terrorism and debarment lists. He is also heading up a project to produce a new electronic reporting system for the Treasury Department. Jim recently moved from Washington, DC to Bethesda, MD.
Rebecca Hellinger writes, 'In September I was promoted to Supervisor, starting my fourth year at Rotenberg & Company in Rochester, NY. I've made the transition out of auditing and am now working full-time in the health care department consulting on nursing home and other health care projects.'
Benjamin Link (thunderbird@fiverivers.org ) writes, 'On January 1, 2003 I was promoted to Senior District Executive. I remain with the Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America serving Scouting in the twin tiers. This summer I will be working directly with the leadership of our summer camp, Camp Gorton. On a personal note, I will be engaging in the extremes of seasonal sporting over the next few months. In February I am off to South River, Canada for a dog sledding trek and I am anxiously awaiting the early April launch of my sailboat for the 2003 sailing season. Anyone in the neighborhood should drop by for some Finger Lakes sailing!'
Amy. E. Kupinski announced her engagement to Dieter P. Steigerwald of Syracuse, NY. Amy graduated as a registered nurse from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in 2001. She is an operating room nurse at St. Joseph's Health Center in Syracuse. A May 24, 2003 wedding is planned.
From Michael Christakis: "Please note that Michael Christakis' phone number has changed. Please conctact him at (518) 956-5297.
After three mortgage companies, two appraisals, and one long nightmare, Russell Patterson has finally closed on his first house in Mount Pleasant, SC. Russell writes, 'I am now settled fifteen minutes from the beach and thirty minutes from work, the perfect compromise if you ask me! My work at the Naval Weapons Station with Zapata Engineering continues to grow rapidly as I prepare to present at the Department of Defense Region 4 Environmental Meeting in November on "An integrated approach to Environmental Management Systems and GIS." I have also been elected to serve as the Charleston Jaycees President for the 2003 year. Anyone interested in visiting sunny Charleston can reach me at the new pad! 2448 Cotton Creek Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29466 or rpatterson@zapeng.com .'
Kenneth "Ken" Leidig tells me that the Christmas season was very churchly for him - in fact, a spectacular treat! He spent most of his free weekend time in Manhattan, attending several festival services at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue and enjoying the world-reknowned music of the Boys' Choir that he admires. Going with a varying circle of friends each time, he spent the First Sunday in Advent at historic St. Mary's (for the church's new year) and he participated in Even Song at St. Thomas on two different occasions. The highlight was attending St. Thomas' Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols - a beautifully majestic event every year! (You usually have to show up forty-five minutes early to get seats). What made the services extra special were the reserved seats for his party. During the week of Christmas, Ken joined his friends to see the Nutcracker ballet at the NYBC. Around these impressive trips were shopping excursions, pre-show cocktail hours, post-show/pre-dinner cocktails, and dinners involving excellent sweetbreads. Alumnus David Clay '00 - who coincidentally was in the city on one of Ken's trips - phoned him to say hi and was surprised to hear that Ken was nearby."
2000
From Jasmine "Jacy" Lellock: "Alison Huftalen writes, 'This might be the first time in a couple of years I have something new to say for the notes. I am currently applying to graduate school for art history and may end up anywhere from downstate New York to London. I am leaving my job at the library in May and plan on heading out of Boston to travel for the summer, with of course a stop on the Cape on July 4th! Boston is still great, work is good, and I look forward to heading back to school after a three year hiatus (a much-needed break). That's all! Hope all is well.'
Stacia True of Perry, NY, began work as the new 4-H Resource Educator for Livingston County this September. "It has been a lot of fun so far and I look forward to getting to know more of the leaders and members in Livingston County," True commented in the Perry Herald. The position allows True to work closer to her home with husband Jeff and son Tucker. The couple is expecting a second child this March.
Rachel Sluga and Rob Johnson '99 were married on August 31, 2002 in Erie, PA. "150 guests were invited to attend the ceremony at Saint Luke's Catholic Church followed by a beautiful reception at the Sunset Inn on Lake Erie," says Rachel. "Alfred alumni present at the joyous occasion were Jason Sealy '99, who was also an usher at the wedding, Rob Hausrath '99 and Lisa Mercurio '01. The day after the wedding, Rob and I met up with some other friends and family to attend the Tragically Hip concert at Darien Lake; it was a blast! After the concert, we were off to Aruba for a two-week sojourn. Aruba was the perfect honeymoon destination! We went sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, and we even rented a Jeep to ride through the mountains. Sine the wedding, we bought a beautiful home in South Carolina. Being a homeowner is a whole new and exciting experience. Rob is still working as the Treasury Manager for Guardian Building Products and I was recently promoted to Senior Accountant at KPMG. We really like South Carolina and hope that if any alumni are ever in the area they will let us know."
Last March, Adam Perkins and his coworkers left San Diego on a quest - a quest to find the next milk mustache celebrity. The "Milk Rules! Road Trip" team - one of three crews - toured the western United States teaching about the important role milk plays in a healthy diet. Perkins decided that after working two different desk jobs - his most recent a position as a recruiter in Boston - he didn't want to spend his days in an office so he joined the Milk Rules! tour. "This is the best line of work for me right now, I get to see the country and meet all these fabulous people." Perkins will spend a year working on the tour.
Vanessa Krauser took her MBA in International Business (specializing in information technology, management, and research and analysis) and went a step further. "I decided to learn Spanish and take the D.E.L.E. (certification of Spanish as a second language) exam. To prepare for that, I am studying in Spain at Enforex Centro de Estudios Internacionales, which is affiliated with the Instituto Cervantes. I completed classes in the school's Marbella and Barcelona campuses, and now attend the Madrid campus. Simultaneously, I am interning at the wine company Bodegas Real. The company has existed since 1989 and is headquartered in Madrid. The wine is produced in the province of Cludad Real, and the vineyards are located south of Madrid in the region of Valdepenas. My work includes translating, editing, conducting research, in addition to dealing with current clients and working in business development. Bodegas is presently exporting its wines to eleven countries and is looking to expand its distribution lines. The experience is tremendous - a new language, the export business and the wine process, all in one."
Evera Lovelace e-mailed to tell us, "I have my third exhibit running currently at Just a Taste Wine and Tapas Bar in Ithaca, NY. If you are interested in more information, please e-mail me at evera@evera.com. Thanks and have a great day!"
Christine Pinto Kulp '71 sent a note on telling us the latest about her daughter: "A month after graduation, Devan Kulp left for Karlsruhe, Germany for a job in market research at Bosch Automotive, an international company. Her six month contract has been extended to nine months. In April she will transfer to Bosch in Turin, Italy where she will remain until late fall of 2003. Devan misses everyone and sends her regards."
Brooke Keil e-mailed to tell me that she was named Salesperson of the Year 2002 at a banquet ceremony on January 6th. 'I'm an Account Executive for CoreMedical Group in Windham, NH. I was thrilled. I contract with hospitals across a ten-state territory to provide them with travel nurses. One-fourth of my job I spend traveling to various accounts nationwide and the other three-fourths in an office environment. My brother, Captain Blake Keil '97, went to South Korea on January 4th for one year of service in the U.S. Army. He was also engaged to Jennifer Decker (from Lawton, Oklahoma) on July 4, 2002. His wedding is set for January 17, 2004.'
Rachel Sluga and Rob Johnson '99 were married on August 31, 2002 in Erie, PA. "150 guests were invited to attend the ceremony at Saint Luke's Catholic Church followed by a beautiful reception at the Sunset Inn on Lake Erie," says Rachel. "Alfred alumni present at the joyous occasion were Jason Sealy '99, who was also an usher at the wedding, Rob Hausrath '99 and Lisa Mercurio '01. The day after the wedding, Rob and I met up with some other friends and family to attend the Tragically Hip concert at Darien Lake; it was a blast! After the concert, we were off to Aruba for a two-week sojourn. Aruba was the perfect honeymoon destination! We went sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, and we even rented a Jeep to ride through the mountains. Sine the wedding, we bought a beautiful home in South Carolina. Being a homeowner is a whole new and exciting experience. Rob is still working as the Treasury Manager for Guardian Building Products and I was recently promoted to Senior Accountant at KPMG. We really like South Carolina and hope that if any alumni are ever in the area they will let us know."
Mike Pellicciotti is in his second year of law school in Washington at Gonzaga University. 'I'm busily following Gonzaga basketball. I've also accepted a position working in the Office of the United States Attorney, here. This summer, I'm looking forward to studying law at Gonzaga's campus in Florence. I'd be happy to hear from any friends who might be out that way. Contact me at pellicmj@hotmail.com. That's about it, take care.'"
2001
Emily Grandy has been named Admissions Counselor at D'Youville College. She is responsible for the recruitment of prospective students to the school.
Nicholas Christoff joined The Quantum Group, a Parsippany-based CommonHealth agency, as a studio assistant in the creative department.
Laura Parisio started her first year of study at The Royal Veterinary College at the University of London.
Andrea L. Williamson is now research assistant at the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center.
2002
Christine Pinto Kulp '71 sent a note on telling us the latest about her daughter: "A month after graduation, Devan Kulp left for Karlsruhe, Germany for a job in market research at Bosch Automotive, an international company. Her six month contract has been extended to nine months. In April she will transfer to Bosch in Turin, Italy where she will remain until late fall of 2003. Devan misses everyone and sends her regards."
Christian Jason Maier writes on behalf of himself and Carolyn Corrado, "We've started graduate school at U Albany. Carolyn is in the Sociology Ph.D. program and I am in the Mathematics Ph.D. program. We are hoping to get married in two years in Alfred. All is well. Our new e-mail addresses are cc9090@albany.edu (Carolyn) and cm8612@albany.edu (Jason). Take care!"
Christian Jason Maier writes on behalf of himself and Carolyn Corrado, "We've started graduate school at U Albany. Carolyn is in the Sociology Ph.D. program and I am in the Mathematics Ph.D. program. We are hoping to get married in two years in Alfred. All is well. Our new e-mail addresses are cc9090@albany.edu (Carolyn) and cm8612@albany.edu (Jason). Take care!"
We just received the tragic news that Laura Payeur passed away on March 3, 2003 at 24 years of age. Laura was in a car accident in Maine, caused in great part by poor weather and visibility. Laura was born Dec. 21, 1978, in Concord, N.H. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1998, and attended Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., graduating with a liberal arts degree. She had been employed part-time by the Belfast Area Children Center. Laura enjoyed knitting, animals of all kinds, and she loved people. She is survived by her parents, Dennis L. and Patricia Ann Warner Payeur of Waldo; her maternal grandparents, John M. and Berthe R. Warner of Pembroke, N.H.; her paternal grandmother, Lennie Payeur of Pembroke, N.H.; her aunts, Ellen Brown, Carol Payeur, Judy Payeur, and Donna Payeur; her uncles, Gerard L. Leblanc, Richard Payeur, Michael Payeur, Alan Payeur, and many nieces and nephews. Friend and classmate Foresta Castaneda commented, "I will remember her fondly as my wonderful traveling companion on the many long trips to and from Alfred back to Maine over our four years together."
Bradley F. Bowden received the first Alfred R. Cooper Award for undergraduate research in glass science and technology at the First International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in July. Brad presented a poster on his research (Micro-spherical Indentation of Glass in the Ge-Se System) at the conference. He is currently in a doctoral program in glass science at Rutgers University.
Alan Cole became engaged to Sarah Miles of Corning, NY. Alan is employed as a project engineer at Dresser-Rand. Sarah is an administrative assistant at Automated Cells & Equipment Inc. The pair were married on Feb. 1, 2003 at St. Vincent De Paul Church.
Melissa Prashad is currently working at American Connections in Woodberry, Long Island. She is actively pursuing her career in marketing. She resides in Valley Stream, but no gold fish!
Jonathan Wormwood writes, 'I live in Dover, New Hampshire, attend graduate school at the University of New Hampshire in Durham for a masters in materials science and engineering, and do research for the University as well on ceramic thin films. I'm a single white male…and I still have all my fingers and toes. Um…what else? I'll graduate in Spring 2004. My current favorite drink is raspberry Stolichnaya vodka with tonic, mixed about 50/50, with a twist of lime. My favorite video game is Timesplitters 2 for Playstation 2, my favorite guilty pleasure TV show is 24, my favorite tune is John B "Up all Night," and my favorite moves are currently the Thin Man series. That's my current situation in a nutshell, I think.'
From Judy Tsang: "Liz Reina notes, 'I'm still at Alfred University working as the Assistant Resident Director in Cannon Hall, and taking a full load of graduate classes for my Master's of Education in Counseling. You can reach me at reinaet@alfred.edu.'
2003
Amanda Waloven married Matthew Johnson in a ceremony in Rochester. Amanda is completing her MA/CAS in school psychology at Alfred.
Research by Stephen Thorndike '03 appeared in the Oct. 20th issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Thorndike completed research during the summer of 2002 with Alice Quillen, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at University of Rochester, investigating the possibility of a new planet roughly the size of Neptune about 3.5 billion miles from the star Epsilon Eridani. The team has tracked the planet (Epsilon Eridani C) with the tracks it left in a dust cloud around the star, which is about 10.5 light years away from Earth. Though the study has been met with skepticism, new telescopes used by NASA may help uncover more planets in dust clouds.
Andrew A. Kubrich was married to Holly M. Rial on July 13, 2002. Andrew is a 1999 graduate of Elmira college pursuing his master's degree while working at Alstom.
Births
In May 2002, Pamela Bauer Brownell and husband Richard adopted Jasmine Bauer Brownell, born on December 23, 1999.
Linda Contino-Lamb and her husband Wade welcomed their first child, Evan Dewitt Lamb, into the world on April 23, 2000. Linda is the Director of the Internet Academy at Herkimer County CC.
Deaths - Alumni
Another loss to Alfred is Marion Phillips Bartlett. At her memorial that I attended, it was noted she was 'a woman of all seasons.' She was my Sigma Chi roommate and we kept in touch over the years, except during WWII when she was in Europe and I was in Washington, D.C. Her circumstances enabled Steve Bartlett and she to go around the world for three months at a time. I respected her desire that I not publish it. I did not know for some time that she was the daughter of the second president of IBM. The first president of IBM was Thomas Watson. A book has been written by Watson's son; it is called 'My Father and I.' Marion's father is noted in the index. Marion's dedication to Alfred was not only known through the family's support of the college, but also through her personal appearances. Besides supporting the college, Marion and Dorothy "Dot" Ievers got to many reunions. For our 65th reunion, she and Dot (in Ireland) were to be there, but due to a European air strike, they were unable to come.
Engagements
Mary Blowers writes, "I was engaged on August 31, 2002. My fiance proposed to me at a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game in front of 36,021 people! It was a wonderful surprise! I am currently work for Pro Action in Bath, NY. I provide intensive case management services to pregnant and parenting teenagers. My fiance, Chris Clark, is a third grade teacher in Bath. We are planning an August 2003 wedding!"
Marriages
Christy Dryden and Zack Butler '94 were married on September 1, 2002. Josh Hoover '94 served as the best man and the officiant (yes, that's right, he's a priest!)
Christy Dryden and Zack Butler '94 were married on September 1, 2002. Josh Hoover '94 served as the best man and the officiant (yes, that's right, he's a priest!)