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We were pleasantly surprised to see on page 24 of the winter 2004 issue of Alfred Magazine a reference to Walter Gibbs '27. Walt was an active member of the Buffalo, NY, Alfred alumni group at the same time we were, in the early 1950's. We remember him fondly as a loyal, jovial contributing alumnus with innovative ideas. The program committee often met in the homes of the Buffalo area alumni. We remember especially the attractive residence of Charles Riley '35 and his wife, Elizabeth Hallenbeck Riley '36 (Betty made delicious coffee!). Walt's class of 1927 was considered a special group, known not only for a considerable number of very successful professionals in its ranks, but for its high jinks. (Somewhat before my time, so I don't know the specifics). It was very rewarding to read of Walt's role in the Gibbs legacy, and kudos to Sue Goetschius for writing the article about this eminently generous family.
1932
Howard A. Splitt, 95, died Nov. 12, 2004 in Waynesville, NC. For many years he was in chemical sales and in 1965 he purchased Giles Chemical Co. in Waynesville. He is survived by his wife of 65 years; two daughters; a son; a sister; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
1933
Marcia Elizabeth (Colgrove) Sweeney, 92, died Sept. 17, 2004. A native of Hornell, NY., Marcia taught at the State College of Ceramics at Alfred for three years after graduating from the college. She held bookkeeping positions in Phelps, NY, at several places including Sweeney Insurance Agency, which her husband John Sweeney '48 founded. She is survived by her husband of 61 years; two sons; and four grandchildren.
1934
Howard Schurr died Oct. 3, 2004, in Plantation, FL. Former owner of Rockland Country Milk and Cream Co. in Spring Valley, NY, he retired in the late 1970s but remained active playing tennis and golf and was an editor for his community newspaper. He is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
1935
Ralph C. Williams, 90, died Nov. 4, 2004, in Brevard, NC. He taught science and math at high schools in New York state before working for RCA Victor as national sales manager for custom records division. He retired in 1972 and moved to Brevard. Survivors include his wife of 63 years; a son; a daughter; and grandchildren.
1937
Norm Schachter H'68, 90, died Oct. 5, 2004 in San Pedro, CA. The Brooklyn-born Schachter, who refereed the first Super Bowl and the first "Monday Night Football" game, began his career as a high school coach and English teacher. After earning a degree from Alfred University, Schachter served with the Marines in World War II. Upon his return he went back to teaching and coaching. The National Football League hired him in 1954 and the weekend job went on for 22 years as Schachter became a high school principal and an area superintendent for Los Angeles schools. In addition to working three Super Bowls, 11 conference championship games and the first Monday night game in 1970, Schachter wrote or co-wrote several books about football. After his retirement in 1976, he continued to work with the NFL, including editing the league rulebook. He is survived by three sons and eight grandchildren.
1938
Ceramic artist Hal Riegger was honored with a retrospective show from Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2004, at TRAX Gallery in Berkeley, CA. He was also the subject of an article about the exhibit in Ceramics Monthly, which discussed his career as a raku pioneer. Raku is a pottery known for unique, irregular shapes and surface glazes
1939
Laura Bratt Skoglund died Sept. 8, 2004. A native of Jamestown, NY, she was the director of Chautauqua County Social Services, where she worked for 20 years, retiring in 1982. She is survived by a son; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
1940
From Rich Simington: "If you think you're a patient person, you should ask Richard Peglar to show you his collection of intricate, detailed hand-made ship models. Ships would be of interest to a guy who worked at the Panama Canal. Now he is trying to persuade his grandson to become a student at Alfred University. Richard lives in Oak Ridge, TN."
On November 4, 2004, we received one of our most welcomed e-mail messages ever. It was from Margaret Ames Parker and her husband, Merle Parker '40, regarding their experiences with Hurricane Charley August 13, 2004, its aftermath effects on their Florida residence in Port Charlotte, and their personal lives. Charley made a direct hit on their retirement home, doing considerable damage, but fortunately sparing their apartment. However, the whole building had to be evacuated. After a short stay in a Tampa hotel, they were "rescued" by their son Phil from Dallas who came and arranged a timely flight to his home there. Marg and Merle stayed a few weeks with Phil and his wife Kathy, then found a retirement home in Dallas that would rent them a furnished guest apartment. They feel very fortunate being close to loved ones for the holidays and other occasions, and enjoying, as Marg says, what seems like an extended vacation! They expect to return to their home in Florida in April, 2005. Meanwhile, they're both keeping well and involved in different activities in their temporary residence.
1942
Catherine Francis Montclare is living in Riverton, UT. She is in the process of selling her business. She has written 53 books of museum sampler patterns during the last 20 years and has been going over the master copies to be sure they are there for the new buyer. She has worked all her life since losing her husband in World War II and was a single mom. She lives near her grandchildren.
Marjorie (Eiss) Lawrence died Oct 19, 2004, in West Palm Beach, FL. She is survived by a daughter; a son-in-law; grandsons; a brother; a sister-in-law; and nephews.
From your class correspondent: Stanton Langworthy and his wife, Elizabeth Burns '44, are fortunate to have their great-grandchildren living near their home in Putman, NJ and sometimes spend time with four of them at once. Having lived in their home for many years, they have collected everything the youngsters would like to play with such as tools.
Bill "Art" Petri reports that his wife, Ann, has written Cherokee Tears, a historical novel about the Cherokee Indians and the conditions they endured in 1838 when the U.S. government seized their lands and forced them on an 800-mile death march to what is now Oklahoma. A couple of summers ago, Ann and Bill retraced the Trail of Tears to Tallequah, OK.
Class correspondent Betty Stangl Thomas sold the home she shared for 22 years with her husband David Thomas '40 who recently died. She bought into a retirement complex, which is independent living with separate buildings for assisted living and long-term care on the same grounds. She is still in Sarasota, FL. The many amenities of the new place are welcome, and she has been meeting new people from the start, which has made things enjoyable.
William "Hooker" Lowe was sorry he could not make the reunion. Lowe had knee-replacement surgery in May 2003. He says the operation is not as tough as rehab, and the final results in time bring about full use in walking without pain.
1943
Bob Sinclair, saying that Patsy, his late wife, would have wanted him to continue on with his life, sent us a 2004 report. Both always attended the conferences of the California Historical Societies. Bob went to all three this past year, in Buena Park, Sonora and Freemont. In late August, he drove to Reno, NV, for the annual meeting of the LSM Association, comprised of men who served aboard LSM's in WWII. Two of Bob's shipmates and their wives were in attendance. Tours included trips to Carson City, with its notable historical and residential districts, and Virginia City, which was known for its mining industry and the fabulous wealth it poured into the nation. In September 2004 Bob attended a reunion of USNR Midshipmen in Monterey, CA. He and his comrades were in school together there aboard the Prairie State in 1943. The reunion attendees spent a day at the Naval Postgraduate School, located in Monterey since 1952. It is the world's largest and most prestigious defense-oriented graduate institution. Another day was spent at the Defense Language Institute, where military personnel from various branches of the service can attend to become proficient in one of 39 languages. Bob adds that he and his family are doing well. Again, my thanks to Bob for his loyal contributions to this column.
George Jones always writes a note that seems to mirror the thoughts of many of us. He and his wife Claire are finally putting up for sale their lovely but much too large old house. "We are sorting out, giving away, and packing for a move to an apartment nearby… no stairs, no snow to remove, no maintenance, etc." In the spring of 2005, they plan to travel to Belgium to help celebrate the 80th birthday of Claire's two sisters. They have many friends and family members there, Claire's homeland. George adds that they both could be kept occupied for a long time, reminiscing and renewing friendships. I never knew George during our student days, but as with many others, I feel now that we're good acquaintances. This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of this job as correspondent.
From Rich Simington: "Benny Soldano has four kids: a physician, a dentist, a surgeon and a school administrator. They all live in different cities. This past year each one was honored as the best in their profession in their respective communities. Even though Benny is retired as a physics professor at Furman University, he still publishes regularly. He is working on a book about corrections to Einstein's Theory of Relativity. He says if it's published it would be world shattering. Benny and his wife, Fay Jargstorff '46 continue to live in Oak Ridge, TN."
We had a warm, funny and informative holiday note from J. David Broudo and his wife Barbara. David is an eminent artist, having directed for 48 years the art program at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Some years back, he was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus, the first such title on campus. He's still actively creative, and has an annual lecture series. The 2004-2005 series delves into the field of Impressionism, and discusses the works and influence of three of the masters: Gaugin, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. David was preparing for an exhibit of his recent paintings, to be held March 2-May 7 in a Beverly, MA, gallery. Notable will be his abstract works, featuring reactions to 9/11. David and Barbara visited Ireland in the summer of 2004. He decided to go as David "Fitzgerald," Barbara's maiden name. However, at every pub, the patrons would drink a toast to the successful American, then hand him the bill! He decided "Broudo" would do just fine…
Marv Britton continues his brilliant, witty observations in letters and notes we always enjoy. His versatile talents range from a loving eulogy composed for his late wife to philosophical piquant asides about his current life. After his serious surgery in the fall of 2003, he made a slow but progressive recovery. His widely scattered family has always been wonderfully supportive. Marv's clarinet ensemble friends still come to his house every Sunday night, and he is once again playing 3rd chair clarinet in the Hornell band. Of course, he's been subject to continuous care, and is "constantly hauled in to be tested here, there, and everywhere. Well, not quite everywhere…" Marv ends the letter with an incomparable sign-off: "On the whole, my life is circumscribed and confined, but I must say that at least I survived, and my family and friends are priceless." No simpler nor better way to say it.
Isabel Riggs Geibel, our nonstop, peripatetic good friend, crowds more activities and traveling in a year than I have in the past several! She continues her volunteer work at a number of veterans' facilities and historic societies, and travels to many points of interest in New York state and the northeast United States. These include venues that feature road shows of old Broadway favorites, such as Showboat and Funny Girl, and quintessential vocalists like Patti Page and Anne Murray. Early October found Isabel on a Maine seacoast tour, visiting Ogunquit, Smugglers Cove, and Boothbay Harbor. We're often tempted to ask Isabel what she does on her time off! She probably spends a few minutes planning her next trip…
Rhoda "Do" (Merriman) Jost sent a poignant, beautifully written note which informed us of the loss of her husband Slim to Alzheimers last spring. I replied with a personal expression of sympathy, and as correspondent, the same from Do's classmates. She's wondering what course to take; stay in Ohio or relocate to California, where her children live. She'll make the right decision, as Do always seems to be a very practical person, confident in her own thoughts and behavior. She reinforces this opinion by continuing her volunteer work, drama and French, bridge, AAUW groups, and swimming exercise.
In early September, 2004, Ellis "Chick" Berger, his wife Tudy and daughter Muff spent a few glorious days at Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark, on Lake Mohonk at New Paltz, NY. Chick sent us some outstanding photos of the picturesque lake, the landscape, and the quaint historic building itself, built just after the Civil War, and maintained in the original style, except for some modernization. The family enjoyed golfing, boating, walking the grounds, reading, eating excellent food and just plain relaxing in a quiet atmosphere of no television, except in a TV lounge. Chick is a loyal contributor to the class notes. Wish more of you would emulate him…
Elaine Whitford Fitzgerald maintains a busy and active schedule with her daily routine of yoga and weight lifting. She keeps in good shape at a rugged (!) 80 lbs. Many remember her as "Termite." I think of her now as the "Perennial Tinkerbelle."
From Rich Simington: "Robert Starr moved with his boxes to Webster, NY, to be closer to his kids and grandchildren.
We were privileged to have a double communication with Helen Nelson Dygert this past holiday season. She sent a breezy newsy note, and then I called her to elaborate on some of the information. Two years ago, Helen moved from the family home in Vancouver, WA, to an apartment not far away. Ten years ago, she lost her husband Paul Dygert '42, a well known cardiologist, very active in their state medical association. They had three sons, now adults with children of their own. Three of four grandchildren are in college; one is in high school. For many years, Helen and her three sisters have had an annual reunion at various places in the country, usually near one of the sisters' homes, or equidistant for all of them. Last year, they convened in Vancouver. Helen's three sons and their wives joined them in a "Brunch Train" that runs from Hood River, OR, to Parkdale, OR, in the Columbia River Gorge. With Mt. Hood dominating the scenery, it was a beautiful trip, Helen affirms. She concludes with a quotable quote: "Remember the past, enjoy the present, anticipate the future."
On November 4, 2004, we received one of our most welcomed e-mail messages ever. It was from Margaret Ames Parker and her husband, Merle Parker '40, regarding their experiences with Hurricane Charley August 13, 2004, its aftermath effects on their Florida residence in Port Charlotte, and their personal lives. Charley made a direct hit on their retirement home, doing considerable damage, but fortunately sparing their apartment. However, the whole building had to be evacuated. After a short stay in a Tampa hotel, they were "rescued" by their son Phil from Dallas who came and arranged a timely flight to his home there. Marg and Merle stayed a few weeks with Phil and his wife Kathy, then found a retirement home in Dallas that would rent them a furnished guest apartment. They feel very fortunate being close to loved ones for the holidays and other occasions, and enjoying, as Marg says, what seems like an extended vacation! They expect to return to their home in Florida in April, 2005. Meanwhile, they're both keeping well and involved in different activities in their temporary residence.
1944
From your class correspondent: Stanton Langworthy and his wife, Elizabeth Burns '44, are fortunate to have their great-grandchildren living near their home in Putman, NJ and sometimes spend time with four of them at once. Having lived in their home for many years, they have collected everything the youngsters would like to play with such as tools.
V. James Willson died Oct. 14 in Cuba, NY. A native of Olean, NY, Willson served in the U.S. Army as a surgical technician during World War II. He was a businessman and owned the United Dairy Machinery Corp. He is survived by a wife; two sons; three daughters; two great-grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
1945
From your class correspondent: A short e-mail from Edwin "Shifty" Gere reported the featuring of his book, Unheralded: Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift, in the April 11, 2004, issue of the Sunday New York Times Book Review section. Gere was a bomber pilot in World War II and then was recalled to fly again in the Berlin Airlift. He and his wife, Doris Hill '45, live in the summer at their Keuka Lake cottage in Hammondsport, NY, and the rest of the year in Amherst, MA. Rich Simington adds: "Edwin 'Shifty' Gere was the featured author on the Southern Tier National Public Radio Station WSKG program, Off the Page, a one-hour live author interview show in which Gere talked about his book."
Other dear friends that concerned us during the hurricane fury were Col. Larry March '45 and his wife Eddie. They had sold their St. Petersburg home and moved to Freedom Square, an attractive retirement community in Seminole, FL. This area was also in Charley's destructive path, which did severe damage but luckily didn't require evacuation. However, it meant Larry and Eddie were busy trying to keep fiercely blown water from coming in around windows. They alternated toweling up water, then putting the towels through the clothes dryer. A harrowing time, to be sure. We talked to them on the phone afterwards and were relieved that they survived the experience OK. Despite his vision problems, Larry maintains his keen wit and sense of humor, and Eddie keeps up with her bright and chipper attitude. What a great born-to-be-together couple!
1946
Our classmate, Jean Barber McTarnaghan, succumbed to longstanding emphysema on October 3, 2004 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Moving to a smaller, "do-it-yourself" house a few years ago enabled her to enjoy independence until the last few weeks. Her husband Bob died in 1991 but she is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In September Jean wrote me of attending her high school reunion (Conesus, I think) along with Edna J. McBride Wyeth who was visiting in the East from Oregon. E.J. says it was a very special time and is thankful that she was able to visit Jean when she was hospitalized. Of late years Jean has been a frequent correspondent; I shall miss her.
Jean MacDonald Coulombe of Sodus, NY, who sent me the news clipping about Jean B., also gave news of her own current activities. She wrote, "I keep busy with assorted church activities (the Rummage Sale), going to Curves, attending Red Hat luncheons, an Elderhostel at Glimmerglass in Cooperstown last August and a women's literary club. Except for diminishing eyesight which has curtailed my beloved rug hooking and allergies developed in old age, I am blessed with health and enjoy my little house and two affectionate cats." Jean's three sons live in the Rochester, NY area but her five grandchildren are scattered from New England to the West Coast. She has two great-grandchildren in the Washington, DC, area and one more who lives near by. With an old friend, she makes frequent day trips to places and events.
1947
From Rich Simington: "Charles Bathrick came to Alfred to study pre-med but Uncle Sam decided he should finish his medical education in the Navy V-12 program. Then after World War II, just as he was ready for private practice, his country needed him and he was back in the military, this time in the Air Force. He finally did get to achieve his dream of a private practice in Canandaigua, NY, where he retired and lives today with his wife Elmira."
1948
Jim and Helen Thomson '48 had a visit from classmate John Heebner in October 2004. Heebner was on his way from Buffalo, NY to see his kids in California. Jim and Helen advise everyone to eat lots of chocolate and to stay healthy.
From your class correspondent: A short e-mail from Edwin "Shifty" Gere reported the featuring of his book, Unheralded: Men and Women of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift, in the April 11, 2004, issue of the Sunday New York Times Book Review section. Gere was a bomber pilot in World War II and then was recalled to fly again in the Berlin Airlift. He and his wife, Doris Hill '45, live in the summer at their Keuka Lake cottage in Hammondsport, NY, and the rest of the year in Amherst, MA. Rich Simington adds: "Edwin 'Shifty' Gere was the featured author on the Southern Tier National Public Radio Station WSKG program, Off the Page, a one-hour live author interview show in which Gere talked about his book."
From Rich Simington: "Mary Lowden grew up in East Meadow, Long Island. But when Mary was a kid, the bucolic name was more than a memory. She grew up on a farm and walked to school down dirt roads. While she spent most of her career teaching art in the Hempstead school system, ask her someday to tell the story of what she found when she arrived to teach as an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University. Today, Mary lives in Basking Ridge, NJ."
1949
David J. Baruch retired as professor of library service at Suffolk Community College in Selden, NY, in December 2002. He continues to serve as adjunct.
From Rich Simington: "After graduating from Alfred and after establishing herself as a surgical nurse at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, Virginia Ciampaglio was looking for a new challenge. And she found it on the golf course. Ginny was so good at golf that she and a group of friends traveled to places like California, Hawaii, Europe and Canada to play. Today, Ginny lives in Spring Lake Heights, NJ."
Willis J. Breitsman Jr, 80, died Aug. 21, 2004, in Lewiston, NY, after a long illness. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and after the war completed his education at Alfred University. A ceramic engineer, he worked for several companies, retiring in 1988 as the manufacturing manager for three plants. He was active in several volunteer organizations, including serving as former president and member of TIMA, the Thermal Insulation Manufacturing Association. He is survived by his wife; two daughters; two sons; a sister; a brother; and seven grandchildren.
1950
Joseph A. Markle, 85, of St. Augustine, FL, died Dec. 24, 2004. An army veteran of WW II, he was a teacher and assistant coach at Wellsville, NY, Central School. He is survived by a wife of 58 years, Audrey McKentie '59; a son; three daughters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Howard L. Taylor, 79, died Sept. 5, 2004, in Scarborough, ME. A Navy veteran in World War II, he later worked for Raytheon Co. as a glass engineer. He was active in the Big Brothers Program, and was treasurer of the Georgetown Historical Society for three years. He is survived by two sons; and six grandchildren.
Emily (Worth) Robinson, in a news packed holiday letter, told about a trip to France including a visit to the D-Day beaches last November. She and husband, Dick '50, were part of a tour group, and by prior arrangement each tourist was presented with a bouquet of flowers by members of a French organization at one of the American cemeteries in Normandy. With the bouquet came a card bearing the name of a soldier or sailor who died on D-Day and is buried in the cemetery. The Americans were to place the flowers on the proper grave. Emily describes it as a moving experience as she located her sailor's name on the Marble Wall of the Missing (those whose bodies were never recovered.) But there was more. After returning home she did some Web searching and located a nephew of the missing sailor and there was an exchange of photos and information. In a year of traveling the Robinsons visited Hawaii, Barbados, and various places in the U.S. She took time out to receive first place in a poetry contest for her poem, "Ground Zero, NYC" which was published in the 2004 Dan River Anthology.
Herbert L. MacDonell received an achievement award from the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association for his pioneering work that made bloodstain pattern interpretation an integral part of criminal investigation. He is director of the Laboratory of Forensic Science in Corning, NY.
Harold P. Kespert, 82, died Oct. 12, 2004 in Inverness, FL. A World War II veteran with the U.S. Army, he was a manager at Yaun Electrical Co. He is survived by a wife; two daughters; a brother; several cousins; and five grandchildren.
1951
From Rich Simington: "Some people would think that a year in which Roger Jones' company, Fireline, was flooded and he suffered a rotator cuff injury would be discouraging, but not Roger, who says, 'A crisis is an opportunity to focus.' He's continuing to help spearhead a neighborhood renovation project and still finds time to write poetry. Roger and his wife Gloria live in Youngstown, OH."
David and brother John's company, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc., was involved in the July 4, 2005 NASA space mission via its highly specialized cryogenic temperature sensors.
William and Peggy Nettleton Brison have written a book, "A Tale of Two Visists to Chechnya."
1952
Richard and Roxanne '53 Homer run a B&B in Southwest Harbor, Maine, called the Birches.
Marge (Bard) McNamee was also a traveler and reported a trip to Russia that she described as "an eye opener and fantastic." After doing all her Christmas shopping in Russia, Lithuania and Estonia, she returned home to buy herself a hybrid car. If you want details contact her at Margiemack@mindspring.com.
B.J. (Amberg) Lawrence is headed for Texas and Arizona this winter.
Val Cushing is planning a show of some of his ceramics in March in Baltimore during the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Val, along with seven other Alfred alums, has served as president of the council.
If no news is good news, Ed and Mae Pettengill are reporting the best: "No major health or other problems in 2004." Nevertheless, their Christmas card showed Ed hanging upside down from the eaves while supposedly putting up lights.
Marty Moskof is designing the first of a series of books he plans to publish. The initial volume will be The Song of Songs: the Song of Solomon. He says he'll let us know when to look for it on the book stands.
From Rich Simington: "When you get a holiday greeting from Tom Skinker, it's never clear whether it's been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service of was delivered by Tom himself as he and his wife Joan gallivant around the country in their motor home. When they're at home, the couple live in Tucson, AZ."
Ted Sly, a retired history teacher, was the subject of an article in the Middletown, NY, paper about his efforts for 51 years to have a symbol he developed adopted as an international symbol of democracy.
Emily (Worth) Robinson, in a news packed holiday letter, told about a trip to France including a visit to the D-Day beaches last November. She and husband, Dick '50, were part of a tour group, and by prior arrangement each tourist was presented with a bouquet of flowers by members of a French organization at one of the American cemeteries in Normandy. With the bouquet came a card bearing the name of a soldier or sailor who died on D-Day and is buried in the cemetery. The Americans were to place the flowers on the proper grave. Emily describes it as a moving experience as she located her sailor's name on the Marble Wall of the Missing (those whose bodies were never recovered.) But there was more. After returning home she did some Web searching and located a nephew of the missing sailor and there was an exchange of photos and information. In a year of traveling the Robinsons visited Hawaii, Barbados, and various places in the U.S. She took time out to receive first place in a poetry contest for her poem, "Ground Zero, NYC" which was published in the 2004 Dan River Anthology.
Don Boulton is still thinking warmly about his trip last October 2004 to St. Andrews in Scotland, but is also deep into work with the Alumni Council to select the next group of award winners. Meanwhile his eight grandchildren keep him busy, and he reports a return to good health after his 2003 surgery and heart attack.
Frances (Brooks) Tompkins, 81, died Dec. 7, 2004. A retired schoolteacher with 37 years of experience, she is survived by her husband; two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.
Bill McClurg has a new e-mail address: wmbmc@verizon.net.
1953
Received a postcard several months ago from Marilyn Synnestvedt regarding her move to 4524 Howard Street, Muskogee, OK, 74401 to be near her daughter and family.
From Rich Simington: "Thomas Whalen is now up to 22 grandchildren. Keeping up with them takes so much time he's no longer running marathons after finishing eight. However, he's also busy bowling (165 average), golfing and playing serious pool and billiards. He needs things to do because his collection of U.S. stamps is so complete there are virtually no more to collect except new issues. Tom and his wife Barbara live in Ann Arbor, MI."
From Rich Simington: "After retiring from a distinguished career as a teacher, department head, principal and community college professor, Bruce MacDonald recently traveled to France for three weeks where he visited with his Alfred pal, Robert Littell '56. Bruce and his wife, Alice, live in Newton, MA."
Roxanne and Richard '52 Homer run a B&B in Southwest Harbor, Maine, called the Birches.
From Rich Simington: "So what is it about ceramic engineers and bowling anyway? One of Larry Lyke's hobbies when he isn't working on glass projects at Visteon is bowling. And on his team is fellow ceramic engineer and former Ford glass specialist, Thom Whalen '53. Do materials scientists know something secret about the properties of bowling balls? Larry and his wife, Debbie, live in Novi, MI." 04/06/2007 11:12:02 AM MaryS
1954
Myron is affiliated with Sleepy Hollow Bank, White Plains, NY. He is also associate counsel to the Building REalty Institute. He sits on the Board of Visitors of Pace Law School.
Marlin Miller and his wife, Regina, received the 2004 Arts Patron Award from Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell. Marlin is chairman emeritus of Arrow International Inc.
Bill Griffith is assistant director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.
George Taft, retired state crime lab director for Alaska, was honored on June 28, 2004, with a statue by the Fraternal Order of Alaskan State Troopers Museum. The George Taft bronze sculpture was the creation of Karen P. Taylor, nationally known forensic artist, who credits George with a positive influence on her early career.
From Rich Simington: "Bill Tatem is a good example of how life leads off in twists and turns that are hard to predict. After spending his summers as a young man paving asphalt, Bill decided to become a math teacher. He came to Alfred and decided ceramic engineering had to do with math. After finishing his bachelor's and master's, he went into the Navy where he was an electronics officer. After discharge he went on to a distinguished career in the electronics industry. Today Bill is setting off in another new direction beginning a two-year study to be ordained as an Episcopal deacon. Bill and his wife, Sandy, live in Loudonville, NY."
Robert Kalfin recently went to Trenton, NJ, to direct the play, Willie B. Came Into the Sun. Kalfin has directed plays in Siberia, Europe and the Middle East.
From Rich Simington: "When he retired from a career as an Air Force officer, Henry Kast started a whole new career as one of the first employees to bring a new nuclear power plant online in New Hampshire. Some folks might have worried about nuclear power, but for Hank nothing would ever be as challenging as flying more than 150 missions as an Air Force navigator in Vietnam. Today, Hank and his wife, Nancy, live in Exeter, NH."
1955
From Rich Simington: "Recently Mary Jane Vilareale Mackey and her husband, Sam, were enjoying their long-planned vacation in the Southwest. One morning in an Albuquerque café, she looked up and saw a familiar face, George Taft '54. He was visiting from his summer home in Montana. Mary Jane and Sam continue to live in East Northport, NY."
1956
Richard E. Sicker, 70, died on Sept. 6. A native of Buffalo, NY, he enjoyed nature and fishing and was a member of Holy Angels Church and Meals on Wheels. He is survived by a wife; two children; and five grandchildren.
Robert William Perry died on July 26, 2004 at the age of 71. A longtime engineer at Corning Glass Works in New York, he retired in 1996. He served in ROTC at Alfred and served in the U.S. Army after graduation. He is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and two brothers, Richard R. '68 and Wilson D. '61.
Sidney will be on the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster for five years.
Robert has written another novel, "LEGENDS: A Novel of Dissimulation." It was reviewed in The New YorkTimes on Aug. 21,m 2005.
Ed has accepted an appointment from the Roman Catholic bishop of Albany, NY, to serve as a volunteer liaison between Albany and Ireland to promote interaction.
1957
Frederick is the deputy mayor of the village of Hobart, NY; a member of the Alumni Awards Committee, Hartwick College; an administrative council member at Hobart United Methodist Church; a member of the Board of Education at South Kortright Central School; a board member of the Hobart Activity Center.
From Rich Simington: "Angelo Muccigrosso worked as a barber in Hornell when he was a student at Alfred University. He also installed TV antennas on houses, but his cleverest job might be the scheme he dreamed up with Bob Ruggles '58, called the 'Happy Birthday Club.' They obtained the names and addresses of parents of AU students and contacted them to pay for a birthday cake to be delivered to their offspring on the appropriate day. Today, Ang is retired from his career as an engineer building nuclear submarine power plants. But he continues his long volunteer association with strengthening mental health services in New York, serving as the governor's appointee on the New York State Committee on the Quality of Care. Ang and his wife, Mary Catherine, live in Schenectady, NY."
From Rich Simington: "People who know Don Nelson know he's a high energy guy. They know that at the company where he's an executive selling products all over the world. But maybe the best most recent example is how this past year he tore his rotator cuff and hardly interrupted his golf game. He's back to playing twice a week. He does slow down periodically to tend to his impressive coin collection. Don and his wife, Maureen, continue to live in Kennesaw, GA."
David G.S. Greene, a retired physics professor at Towson University, recently ran for a seat in the city council in Baltimore.
Alvin and Joyce Padrusch Glasgold '59 returned to Alfred for the 45th reunion in June 2004. Joyce writes there were so many changes but at the same time it was still a warm college town. She had a great time seeing and spending time with old friends and feeling like she was back at school again. She and Alvin live in Highland Park, NJ, where Alvin is still very busy practicing facial plastic surgery and heading a division at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University Hospital. Alvin has been honored by being included in a list of "America's Top Doctors." Sons Mark and Robert have joined Alvin in the practice. Joyce works as office manager. Joyce's favorite hobby is being a grandmother and spending time with her family.
Nathan Lyons received an honorary degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, for his more than 40 years of work as a photographer.
1958
From Rich Simington: "After leaving Alfred University and finishing her graduate degree, no one would have called Joyce Jividen a pioneer, but she was. She began a distinguished career at a little known research facility in Buffalo, NY, that is today regarded as one of the four most prestigious full-service cancer institutes in the world, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. And although she officially retired seven years ago after a 36-year career, she still helps out part time each week. Joyce continues to live in West Seneca, NY."
From Rich Simington: "William Karn first came to study at Alfred as an Army officer. He left because he and his fellow soldiers were needed in Europe, but Bill couldn't be shipped because he was hospitalized at his U.S. base. He was the only one in his unit who survived the war. After graduating from Alfred and medical school, he went on to a distinguished career as a doctor pioneering residential and outpatient mental health programs for nearly 40 years in Wyoming and Idaho. Today in retirement Bill builds radio-controlled planes, studies to enhance his collection of Egyptian artifacts and is a locally renowned baker. He lives in Falmouth, ME."
From Rich Simington: "Raymond Urode and his wife, Ginger, recently returned from spending two weeks in China where they took a boat tour on the Yangtze and visited Beijing and Shanghai. Ray says he was amazed to see more than 5,000 immaculate high-rise buildings in Beijing alone. At the Great Wall, Ray, a ceramic engineer, was especially impressed to see the firing technique that created the thousands of buried terra cotta soldiers. He says it's hard to overestimate how industrious and kind the Chinese people are. Ray and Ginger live in Marina Del Ray, CA."
John and brother David's company, Lake Shore Crytronics, Inc., was involved in the July 4, 2005, NASA Deep Impact space mission via its highly specialized cryogenic temperature sensors.
1959
Ken Price, a ceramic artist, was the subject of an article in American Ceramics examining his 40-year career.
Alvin and Joyce Padrusch Glasgold '59 returned to Alfred for the 45th reunion in June 2004. Joyce writes there were so many changes but at the same time it was still a warm college town. She had a great time seeing and spending time with old friends and feeling like she was back at school again. She and Alvin live in Highland Park, NJ, where Alvin is still very busy practicing facial plastic surgery and heading a division at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University Hospital. Alvin has been honored by being included in a list of "America's Top Doctors." Sons Mark and Robert have joined Alvin in the practice. Joyce works as office manager. Joyce's favorite hobby is being a grandmother and spending time with her family.
John Regis Tuska had his sculptures and artwork on paper on exhibit in November, 2004 at Clossen's Phyllis J. Weston Art Gallery in Hyde Park, KY.
From Rich Simington: "Florence Gerhardt Simmons is a tennis player and volunteers at church. She has three children and four grandchildren living near her home in Pittsford, NY. She also works nearly full time as a nurse. She decided she has a couple of nights free so now she's beginning graduate study."
From Rich Simington: "This summer Samuel Warner had a knee replacement. Figuring physical therapy was the thing, and living next door to a golf course, Sam put them together and was playing golf in three weeks. He wanted to be sure that the new knee would be in shape for the annual cold weather jaunt he and his wife, Beverly, took for several months each year to Myrtle Beach and Florida in their motor coach. Sam and Beverly continue to live and play golf in Cobleskill, NY."
1962
Stephan Greenberg officially retired with 20 years' service in the U.S. Navy Reserve on Sept. 11, 2005. He was honored as the oldest person to serve as a Seabee combat doctor.
1970
Timonthy Gibbs of Wellsville, NY, has been hired as a lecturer in the mathematics and physics department at Alfred State College. 04/06/2007 11:02:20 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "After 28 years as a bank executive and then a whole new career as a CFO of an entrepreneurial start up, it might be easy to think of David Kenyon as being risk averse. But not if you knew him at Alfred. As a freshman, one night he and a pal decided it would be a good idea to climb to the top of the highest communication tower in town and look around. Four years later someone doubted the feat, so Dave did it again. Unfortunately, this time the Alfred village police were official observers when he descended. Today, Dave keeps his feet on the ground where he lives with his wife, Maureen, in Hingham, MA." 04/06/2007 11:03:37 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "So if you've seen one ceramic engineer, you've seen them all, right? Wrong. Oh yeah, Bob Powell finished his bachelor's degree in science at AU and earned his doctorate in thermodynamics at Cal Tech. And today he is a senior researcher at GM with 26 years of experience. But he's also treasurer of the Thomas Wolfe Society. He was the person who spearheaded the successful effort to convince the U.S. Postal Service to put the renowned 20th century author on a stamp. And in the meantime, Bob has researched and written a 100-page history of his father's World War II experiences as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Bob and his wife, Hsiao-Ping, live in Birmingham, MI."' 04/06/2007 11:04:59 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "For many years, Lynn Eichhorn Mandaville has been the director of the architecturally significant Henika Library in Wayland, MI, where she and her husband, Dave '70, live. She is quick to credit her AU studies and professors like Dr. Ohara as preparation for her professional accomplishments. She was also quick to meet a future husband at AU. Before she had taken her first class, she and Dave were introduced at the Beacon. Chances are she didn't even know what 'down the road' meant yet. Today she and Dave work literally across the street from one another in Wayland, where Dave is the owner of Wayland Carpet and Radio Shack." 04/06/2007 11:59:26 AM MaryS
1971
Pat Baker works as a ceramic engineer with the Florida Tile Corp. of Shannon, GA. 04/06/2007 11:07:37 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "If you want to hear a cute, romantic story, ask Paul Kaye how he first met his wife, Yoka. Here are some clues. It happened in Killarney. He rescued her from a rainstorm. She couldn't get in the hostel because the door was locked. That didn't stop the enterprising American from meeting the young woman from the Netherlands. They lived happily ever after and today Paul and Yoka reside in Huntington Woods, MI." 04/06/2007 11:08:50 AM MaryS
Joyce Ludwig runs Ludwig Consulting Services and lives in Landover Hills, MD. 04/06/2007 11:09:48 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "So what is it about ceramic engineers and bowling anyway? One of Larry Lyke's hobbies when he isn't working on glass projects at Visteon is bowling. And on his team is fellow ceramic engineer and former Ford glass specialist, Thom Whalen '53. Do materials scientists know something secret about the properties of bowling balls? Larry and his wife, Debbie, live in Novi, MI." 04/06/2007 11:11:16 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "While he still has a few years to go in his job as a production manager at Ferro, David Savage is pointing toward a retirement during which he will be serving others as a substance abuse counselor. And he'll be good at it. You'd agree if you heard him talk about successful ideas he has implemented for empowering the almost 100 hourly employees in his work group. Dave and his wife, Rose Goss '72, live in Parma, OH." 04/06/2007 11:38:42 AM MaryS
1972
From Rich Simington: "While he still has a few years to go in his job as a production manager at Ferro, David Savage is pointing toward a retirement during which he will be serving others as a substance abuse counselor. And he'll be good at it. You'd agree if you heard him talk about successful ideas he has implemented for empowering the almost 100 hourly employees in his work group. Dave and his wife, Rose Goss '72, live in Parma, OH." 04/06/2007 11:40:00 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Carol Zea Cromwell is a Navy veteran, an attorney and a mother of two worried about her daughter who is fighting in Iraq now. Carol also weaves gorgeous baskets. She and her husband Wally live in Queensbury, NY." 04/06/2007 11:50:55 AM MaryS
Edward Eberle, a Pittsburgh-based ceramic artist, presented a visiting artist lecture at the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall at the Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV., in November. Eberle's work was included in an exhibition on contemporary ceramics at the center. 04/06/2007 11:54:30 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "So you think you have a high pressure job? How would you like to be the director of critical care at a large hospital supervising the work of 120 staff? Wendy Bakken Harrigan is a cool operator both because she's good at what she does and because she and her husband, Mick '70, can relax by going to games of the minor league baseball team where her son is in sales and marketing. Wendy and Mick continue to live in Fayetteville, GA. 04/06/2007 11:55:26 AM MaryS
William P. Kelly is the president and CEO of Unifax Corp. in Niagara Falls, which recently aqcuired ETS Schaefer Corp. The company manufactures duct wrap fire protection.
From Rich Simington: "For many years, Lynn Eichhorn Mandaville has been the director of the architecturally significant Henika Library in Wayland, MI, where she and her husband, Dave '70, live. She is quick to credit her AU studies and professors like Dr. Ohara as preparation for her professional accomplishments. She was also quick to meet a future husband at AU. Before she had taken her first class, she and Dave were introduced at the Beacon. Chances are she didn't even know what 'down the road' meant yet. Today she and Dave work literally across the street from one another in Wayland, where Dave is the owner of Wayland Carpet and Radio Shack." 04/06/2007 11:58:31 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: One of the most memorable parts of college is how much change occurs between entering and commencement. Amos Jackson Young ran for a seat on the Pomona, CA, City Council in a recent election. He is a church administrator. 04/06/2007 12:04:25 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Dennis Pedley graduated with a degree in ceramic engineering and worked for some of the largest companies in the world including Westinghouse and Osram Sylvania. But around Londonderry, NH, where he lives with his wife, Barbara, Dennis is better known as a dedicated volunteer instead of for his professional accomplishments. Dennis is active in his church and for many years he and Barbara were mainstays in a program to protect abandoned and endangered cocker spaniel dogs." 04/06/2007 12:05:19 PM MaryS
On Oct. 19, 2005, Col. Jeffery Gere was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity from Sepj. 8, 2000 to Sept. 10, 2004.
1973
From Rich Simington: "Richard Snowden is an entrepreneur, but since his Alfred days he has also had a passion for history and politics. Many years ago he saw a check signed by a U.S. president. Realizing nearly everyone uses checks, he began to seek them out and today he has a magnificent collection of checks personally signed by every president beginning with George Washington. Richard and his wife, Danielle, live in a historic house he restored in Buffalo, NY." 04/12/2007 11:07:02 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "You may not know that Michael Benmosche's company was doing business in your town, but the chances are it is. If you've driven into a car wash, it's likely that business was insured by Mike. He's the entrepreneurial king of car wash insurance all over America. Mike and his wife, Gail, live in Clifton Park, NY." 04/06/2007 12:09:22 PM MaryS
Patricia Gardner married Richard A. Reedlinger in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2004. She is the author of a recent book, Million Dollar Sales Call (McGraw-Hill). 04/06/2007 12:29:32 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Thomas McLouth has taken up hiking after a thirty-one year career with the U.S. Postal Service. He hasn't done as much walking on the job as he used to since he's been postmaster for many years. Thomas and his family, including wife Eugenia, live in Canandaigua, NY." 04/06/2007 12:30:53 PM MaryS
Steve Miller was inducted into the Upstate Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse's Hall of Fame on Oct. 17, 2004. Miller has been involved in the game at all levels of officiating for the past 30 years and still officiates at the collegiate, international and professional levels. 04/06/2007 12:32:05 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "The next time you pass one of the 3,600 Boys and Girls Clubs in the United States, say hello to some of W. Ed Mishrell's work. Chances are the club you are passing will have one of the technical centers created across the country as one of Ed's projects. Or the club will have a juvenile justice diversion program created and implemented by Ed across the country. Today he's the vice president of technical and educational programs at the national headquarters in Atlanta. Ed and his wife, Leslie Paddock '74, live in Roswell, GA." 04/12/2007 11:03:07 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Bruce Rosenthal made his third humanitarian trip to Havana, Cuba, in December 2004 to distribute medical supplies and equipment to health care clinics in the country. Bruce and his wife, Connie, live in Marietta, GA." 04/12/2007 11:05:54 AM MaryS
1974
From Rich Simington: "The next time you pass one of the 3,600 Boys and Girls Clubs in the United States, say hello to some of W. Ed Mishrell's work. Chances are the club you are passing will have one of the technical centers created across the country as one of Ed's projects. Or the club will have a juvenile justice diversion program created and implemented by Ed across the country. Today he's the vice president of technical and educational programs at the national headquarters in Atlanta. Ed and his wife, Leslie Paddock '74, live in Roswell, GA."
Laurie was featured in Smithsonian craft show in April 2004.
Pamela Borey Puckett has settled in Las Vegas after 25 years of practicing public relations in New Jersey and New York. She and her husband, Bill Johnson, would be happy to help any Alfred alumni thinking about moving to the Las Vegas area. www.johnsonvegashomes.com 04/12/2007 11:13:30 AM MaryS
Jeff Zamek is the author of an article in a recent issue of Ceramic Industry on cobalt. He is the author of several books on pottery and runs a ceramics consulting firm. 04/12/2007 11:32:03 AM MaryS
Nancy (Sharpe) White's ceramic art was featured at Delta State University's Wright Art Center Gallery to open the 2004-05 academic year in Cleveland, MS. 04/12/2007 11:30:52 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Dale Lathrop likes to ski, while his two children are all around athletes and especially accomplished ski racers. Dale and his wife, Wendy, live in Northboro, MA." 04/12/2007 11:09:31 AM MaryS
Kathleen Mulcahy has artwork that is featured in a new book, The Sculpture Reference. The artist's images were chosen from among 16,000 to be included in one of the largest full-color sculpture references available. Since 1989 she has worked out of her studio in Oakdale, PA. 04/12/2007 11:12:24 AM MaryS
Charly Bloomquist was one of nine faculty members at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, whose work was featured at the college's Sheehan Art Gallery to open the 2004-2005 academic year. Bloomquist had his photography on exhibit. 04/12/2007 11:08:01 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "William Weidman is one of those guys who can sell sea water to sailors. So no one is surprised that he's doing very well as a broker for Edward Jones, including the folks who worked with him when he was the VP for sales for an international mining company. Or several other engineering companies. Or Ferro where he started out after becoming a ceramic engineer at AU. He likes to travel too. Look for him soon if you're going to Rome or Ireland. Bill and his wife, Marilyn Hicks '76, continue to live in Franklin, TN." 04/12/2007 11:19:28 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "With his ceramic engineering degree from AU, it's no surprise that Christopher Welker is a big glass guy at GE. But have you heard about his secret life? He's nuts about celtic rock music. Chris and his wife, Beth (Bishop) '76, for years have been traveling the country attending concerts of their favorite bands. The performers write and call him and introduce him at concerts. He has been known to take his guitar and sit in. And occasionally when someone in the crowd objects, performers have been heard to announce, 'The old guy's with the band.' Chris and Beth live in Lyndhurst, OH, when they're home." 04/12/2007 11:15:36 AM MaryS
1975
Deborah Card Haab was appointed the new superintendent of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown school district in New York. 04/12/2007 11:38:36 AM MaryS
Chong-il Park delivered the annual John F. McMahon Memorial Lecture on Oct. 14 in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall on the AU campus. He is currently vice president of the Research and Product Technology Center for Kyocera America in San Diego, CA. 04/12/2007 11:36:59 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Jeffrey Rosenthal became the first attorney in New York State history to serve as an assistant district attorney simultaneously in two counties, and he was elected to serve as a town judge. Today, Jeff is an attorney in the New York Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform. Jeff and his wife, Lea Ann, live in Amsterdam, NY." 04/12/2007 11:43:34 AM MaryS
Northwest Airlines rehired Debra Rhodes Smith's Debra Rhodes Fine Art Services for phase two of the Detroit Terminal WorldClub art program. She has already placed 90 original works of art installed among five WorldClubs within the new facility that opened in 2002. Smith also got a hole in one while golfing recently at Pine Lakes Country Club while vacationing in South Carolina. 04/12/2007 11:40:11 AM MaryS
Elizabeth "Liz" Perry and husband Carl F. Ahlstrom IV were given the Conservationist Award of the Year by the Brewster (MA) Conservation Trust for moving and restoring an 1830s historic house and placing their property under a conservation restriction, along with helping to secure other surrounding sensitive Cape Cod land as protected open space. They plan to open a gallery/printmaking studio next to their home in spring 2006, to be called Blue Jacket Gallery. To view Liz's prints go to lizperry.com.
1976
Bob Watts came to Alfred to continue his studies of ceramic art but by graduation he was a photography enthusiast. For many years he has been the area manager for Nikon sales in New England and Albany, NY. Bob lives in Medfield, MA." 04/12/2007 11:48:54 AM MaryS
William Carlson was elected as a trustee of the American Craft Council in Washington, D.C., in September, 2004. A glass artist, he is professor and chairman of the department of art and art history at the University of Miami. 04/12/2007 11:45:26 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "William Weidman is one of those guys who can sell sea water to sailors. So no one is surprised that he's doing very well as a broker for Edward Jones, including the folks who worked with him when he was the VP for sales for an international mining company. Or several other engineering companies. Or Ferro where he started out after becoming a ceramic engineer at AU. He likes to travel too. Look for him soon if you're going to Rome or Ireland. Bill and his wife, Marilyn Hicks '76, continue to live in Franklin, TN." 04/12/2007 11:20:15 AM MaryS
Ken Slattery is a priest who has led the parish in New Port Richey, FL, for three years. 04/12/2007 11:58:39 AM MaryS
Andrew Silfen recalls radio shows on WALF, parties, his tireless work on the concert committee, attending football games and the Alfred Sub Shop. He has been married for more than 20 years and has two sons, one a freshman at the University of Rhode Island, the other a freshman in high school. Silfen loves to cook and is an avid golfer and is employed in real estate in White Plains, NY. He and his family live in Bedford, NY. 04/12/2007 11:57:19 AM MaryS
Don Schreeck was recently promoted to senior vice president within the network engineering department at Citigroup. He was also recently elected as chief of the Suffern Volunteer Fire Department, located in his home town of Suffern, NY. A member of the fire department for 26 years, he had been deputy chief and battalion chief for the last five years. The department has 105 members, and serves a community of 12,000 residents. 04/12/2007 11:49:52 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "This summer John Ten Eyck and his wife, Monika (Ott) '77, decided to vacation out west. But that didn't mean Disneyland or an Alaskan cruise. It meant a multi-week 250-mile trek down the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Washington through Oregon and into California. When John and Monika are at home they're in Lewiston, NY." 04/12/2007 11:46:32 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "With his ceramic engineering degree from AU, it's no surprise that Christopher Welker is a big glass guy at GE. But have you heard about his secret life? He's nuts about celtic rock music. Chris and his wife, Beth (Bishop) '76, for years have been traveling the country attending concerts of their favorite bands. The performers write and call him and introduce him at concerts. He has been known to take his guitar and sit in. And occasionally when someone in the crowd objects, performers have been heard to announce, 'The old guy's with the band.' Chris and Beth live in Lyndhurst, OH, when they're home." 04/12/2007 11:16:15 AM MaryS
1977
Robert Tucker is practicing law in New York City specializing in intellectual property primarily for the fashion industry. He is a senior partner at Tucker & Latifi LLC. 04/12/2007 12:23:31 PM MaryS
Lois Rockcastle was recently chosen as president of the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association. She lives with her husband and their three children in Anchorage, Alaska. She is on the faculty of the University of Alaska at Anchorage and continues to fly to Bethel, Alaska, on a regular basis to practice as a family nurse practitioner. 04/12/2007 12:22:28 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "This summer John Ten Eyck and his wife, Monika (Ott) '77, decided to vacation out west. But that didn't mean Disneyland or an Alaskan cruise. It meant a multi-week 250-mile trek down the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Washington through Oregon and into California. When John and Monika are at home they're in Lewiston, NY." 04/12/2007 11:47:18 AM MaryS
1978
Jennifer Ludemann has moved to northwest Arkansas. She is currently living in Siloam Springs. Jennifer and business partners Marie and Jim Wilbanks are working with Clubz: In-Home Tutoring Services and conducting training programs in the Siloam Springs area. Their "I Can" series focuses on life skills training for teens and adults. 04/12/2007 12:26:01 PM MaryS
Ron Sofo recently published a book, No Bad Schools about how public policy can create a more effective system of K-12 education so that all students can achieve high academic standards. Sofo was appointed superintendent of the Freedom Area School District in Freedom, PA, in November 2002. He lives in Pittsburgh. 04/12/2007 11:59:36 AM MaryS
1979
From Rich Simington: "Kevin LaForge is a natural born entrepreneur. When he graduated from Alfred, he worked in several states for a pipeline company that went out of business. Kevin went to work for himself, renting a backhoe and a dump truck, and today there are several LaForge companies all using heavy equipment owned by Kevin. Kevin and his wife, Virginia, live in Wellsville, NY." 04/12/2007 12:28:44 PM MaryS
Patrick Barber is an attorney in Washington County, NY, who is a guardian in surrogate's court and a law guardian in family court. 04/12/2007 12:27:47 PM MaryS
Andy Levine and Mim Petrover celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. Mim is working as a math school teacher in New York City. Andy is working at his family's business, Clearoll Poly Co. in Brooklyn, NY. Andy also works as a part-time commodity advisor. Any AU alumni who want to contact the couple can drop them a line at ajhl@gbronline.com . 04/12/2007 12:29:43 PM MaryS
Kristin Mannion joined the firm of Korn/Ferry International as a senior client partner in the Washington, D.C., office. 04/12/2007 12:31:19 PM MaryS
Andy Levine and Mim Petrover celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. Mim is working as a math school teacher in New York City. Andy is working at his family's business, Clearoll Poly Co. in Brooklyn, NY. Andy also works as a part-time commodity advisor. Any AU alumni who want to contact the couple can drop them a line at ajhl@gbronline.com . 04/12/2007 12:30:18 PM MaryS
1980
Doug Nolan and his wife, Maria Murphy, have three daughters. The family lives in Strongville, OH.
Richard K. Brow, chair of materials science and engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, was named Curators' Professor of ceramic engineering during university commencement ceremonies on Dec. 18, 2004.
David Boyajian, who owns and operates a sculpture barn in New Fairfield, CT, hosted an exhibition in November 2004.
1981
From Rich Simington: "Mark Overbye continues to be the best thing at Heinz since ketchup. You'd think then that his two dogs would be named gherkin and dill, or mustard and relish. But no. They're named Mickey and Pluto. Mark and his wife, Cindy Neuman, live in Atlanta."
Steven Rabeler continues to play guitar in the verdant fields of New Jersey. He just released a compact disc. You can get more information at www.cdbaby.com/speedlimit....
Dave Moynihan was promoted to the new position of senior vice president, supply chain, of Constellation Brands, Inc. of Canandaigua, NY.
Keith A. Neff works as a baker at Ried's Markets Inc. in Olean, NY.
Daniel G. Shephard was named senior vice president of Martin Marietta Materials Inc in Raleigh, NC.
1982
Michael J. Teribury was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. He is a resource management director assigned to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax, Va.
Lorilee Coleman created an installation titled, "9/11, War & Roses for US," commemorating the attacks on the World Trade Center. The art work was installed at a gallery in Little Falls, NY.
Elizabeth, a sculptor, was one of 10 artisits receiving an Anonymous Was a Woman Award in fall 2005. The $25,000 award enables women ove 35, at a critical juncture in thier lives or careers, to continue to grow, recover from traumatic life events, and pursue their work.
1983
John is immediate past president of The American Ceramic Society.
Madeline has been named director of the Hood Center for Children and Families at Dartmouth Medical Center.
Anthony L. VanCampen recently closed out a successful 20-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy in a retirement ceremony held July 1 at the USS Cole memorial on the Norfolk Naval Station. Beginning in October, VanCampen will be working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency as a maritime electronics technician based out of the Atlantic Operations Center in Norfolk, VA.
Xavier Toubes has an exhibit of his artwork at the Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art.
1984
Brad DeVine, market development director for porcelain enamel product development and marketing activities for Ferro Corp. in Cleveland, is one of the authors of an article about a new ceramic-based non-stick coating for household and cooking appliances that appeared in the November 2004 issue of Appliance.
John is recovering from a double organ transplant (liver and kidney).
1985
Philip J. Schena married Mary Ann Hirsch, Dec. 27, 2001. Schena works as a ceramic engineer. The couple live in Olean, NY.
From Rich Simington: "D. Jeremy Rase worked for several years as a social services professional and briefly worked as a Pinkerton investigator. For many years he was elected to the position of town judge in his Southern Tier, NY, town. He went to law school and today has his own law firm in Fonda, NY, where he works and lives with his wife, Patricia (Williamson) '87."
William C. Johnson was appointed president and CEO of Graham Corp. in Batavia, NY. The company builds vacuum and heat transfer equipment for process industries throughout the world. Johnson joins Graham from ESAB Welding and Cutting Equipment, a global welding and cutting equipment manufacturer where he served as vice president and general manager since 1999.
1986
Michael Talbot, former city recreation director, is the new sanitation supervisor in Auburn, NY.
1987
Christine Blockley Hoffman and her husband, Ron, are parents of a daughter, Grace, born Sept. 8, 2004, and a son, Noah, born Jan. 19, 2003. The family lives in Murfreesboro, TN.
Holly Shulman founded Ceralink in 2000 and serves as the company's president. Ceralink is working with microwave heating to heat high-tech metals and ceramics, to process nanomaterials and to do rapid prototyping.
Andrew married Gabriele Seffert in Clifden, Ireland, on July 10, 2005. The couple lives in Denver, CO.
1988
Perry and wife Jeanne welcomed their second son, William Alexander "Will" Streeter on Jan. 14, 2005.
In May, 2005, Perry accepted a position with telecom provider Global Crossing, Rochester, NY, as a senior product marketing manager.
Harry is co-author of Margaret Bourke-White: The Early Work, published by Pocket Paragon in Oct. 2005.
Harry is a photographer, an artist, and a teacher at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY.
David Ruller, the Kingsport, TN, director of public works, was featured in a program for the American Society for Quality, Section 1106.
William Castle gave the first lecture of the 2004 Center for Environment and Energy Research Fall Eco Design Series on Sept. 29, 2004 at Alfred. The presentation focused on the benefits of compostable recycling and organic gardening.
Stacey (Smith) Berceli and her husband Scott had a girl, Catherine Anna, Feb. 1, 2004. She joins brothers Matthew and Alec at home in Gainesville, FL.
1989
Lisa Cove was profiled in an issue of Rochester Woman. She is a nurse for Strong Health Geriatrics in Rochester, NY.
1990
Mark and Deborah Letham '91, are parents of a boy, Andrew James, born Aug. 29, 2004. The family lives in Levittown, PA.
Pierre LaBarge is a naturalist with the city of Seattle's Cedar River Municipal Watershed. He and his wife, Amy, live with their daughter Emily at the base of the Cascade Mountains.
Jonathan Strohl was appointed head of the Seneca County Mental Health Department. He lives in Horseheads, NY.
Eric VanEimeren has his ceramic art on display at Carroll College. He has a pottery studio in Helena, MT.
1991
Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin '92 screened solo video projects in November and December 2004 as part of a celebration of contemporary film and media at the newly refurbished Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Melissa is moonlighting as a copy editor for The Jewish Advocate, New England's weekly Jewish newspaper.
Mark and Deborah Letham '91, are parents of a boy, Andrew James, born Aug. 29, 2004. The family lives in Levittown, PA.
1992
Mark D'Arcy returned to Alfred State College as an assistant professor in the mathematics and physics department where he teaches courses in statistics and algebra.
Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin '92 screened solo video projects in November and December 2004 as part of a celebration of contemporary film and media at the newly refurbished Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Steven R. Reis married Hilary E. White, Aug. 15, 2004. The couple live in New York City.
1993
Scott Marinelli marriedJennifer Ryan in Aug. 2004. He is an attorney in Cranford, NJ.
David Fultz and his wife, Katherine (Berry), are the parents of twins, Maya and Charlie, born Aug. 27, 2004. David and his wife have another child, Keller, who was born on May 14, 2003. The family lives in West Chester, PA.
Nick Basta played the title role in a new adaptation of Macbeth in an off-off Broadway production. He is an actor in New York City.
Christine Samson Telford is employed by Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.
Javier and wife Jenna '94 celebrated the arrival of Anna Sihan Morales from Hubei Province, China, on Oct. 24, 2005. Anna was born on Dec. 6, 2004.
Cathleen P. Driscoll married Karl E. Schweiker, Aug. 7, 2004. Alumni in the wedding were William '94 and Jennifer Petersen Angell '93; Steven '92 and Amy Jedlicka Ostrander '93; Jennifer Saunders '93; and Doug Seabury '93. The couple live in Chapel Hill, NC.
Ronald S. and Kimberly McIntosh-Little, had a girl, Kristina Morgan, born Sept. 20, 2003. The family lives in Gaithersburg, MD.
Daria Marson Deevy and her husband, John, had a boy, Finley Caleb, born May 17, 2004. The family lives in Birdsboro, PA.
Paul André, a Homer High School art teacher and owner of a workshop called Nikkitta Armories, proposed to Leah Donnina in a manner befitting a chivalrous gentleman of the Middle Ages. That is, according to the Cortland Standard of Cortland, NY, "Wearing a suit of armor he labored over for 14 months at his workshop, he rode up to her on a horse while the pair were having dinner at Belhurst Castle in Geneva. Although making and selling suits of armor is an avocation and not his main job, he gives his heart to creating historically accurate armor using authentic techniques. He refuses, for instance, to weld any of his armor. Instead, he pounds, shapes, and smoothes the iron on an anvil with some two dozen kinds of hammers. A low-end suit of armor sells for about $2,000. The suit he wore to propose to Leah Donnina - which took him some 1,500 hours to build - would sell for $10,000 to $15,000. His girlfriend, by the way, said yes.
Ronald S. and Kimberly McIntosh-Little, had a girl, Kristina Morgan, born Sept. 20, 2003. The family lives in Gaithersburg, MD.
1994
Mark A. Ferm and his wife, Michelle, had a girl, Megan, born May 31, 2004. The family lives in Clarence Center, NY.
Jason and Maureen McKinley Sibble are the parents of three: Morgan Ann, 4; Mallory Elizabeth, 2; and Brooke Danielle, born July 11, 2005.
Jason Maring married Melissa Machado in August 2004. Maring is director of sales and marketing for The Bridges Resort in Warren, MA.
Karen Wapnick Radjavitch and her husband, Joe, had a boy, Joshua Logan, born Sept. 3, 2004. The family lives in Newton, NH.
Potter Steven Rolf was the subject of an article in Ceramics Monthly. Rolf was profiled by a former University of Wisconsin-River Falls professor of his who is impressed with Rolf's work in pottery.
Victoria Rentz has her comic strip coming out almost daily on the Web site www.thebiglife.net .
Carrie B. Manon-Hawk and her husband, Morris, had a girl, Celia, born June 3, 2004. The family lives in Cleveland.
Antony Pfeifer died on Nov. 6, 2004, in Miami. He was employed by Reef Radio Electronics at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL. He is survived by a mother; a father; a sister; and a brother.
James Ponder married Lisa Hamilton on Sept. 12, 2004. The couple live in Bath, NY.
1995
Bryan Thomas and his mother held a show featuring Bryan's sculptures at the Arts Council for Chautauqua County, PA.
Christa Neu is a photo editor in the corporate creative group for Rodale Press in Emmaus, PA. Previously she worked in Manhattan as an assistant photo editor for TV Guide.
Susan Letvin Menand and husband Howard welcomed Ethan Barnes Menand on Jan. 10, 2005.
Maureen McKinley Sibble and Jason Sibble '94 are the parents of three: Morgan Ann, 4; Mallory Elizabeth, 2; and Brooke Danielle, born July 11, 2005.
1996
Jon Cody was named permanent media advisor to Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell, who recently announced he was stepping down from the position. The first one in his family to graduate from college, Cody has help set the agenda for the chairman. Cody has been a special advisor to Powell since 2000 and was named media advisor to Powell in December 2003. He joined Powell only nine months after graduating with a law degree specializing in communications law from Catholic University in 2000.
Sally Dougherty was hired as an adjunct instructor in the social and behavioral sciences department of Alfred State College where she teaches courses in psychology, sociology and counseling.
Dawn Marie Drennen and Bryan R. Moore were married on July, 3, 2004. The couple live in Augusta, GA, where Drennen teaches art at Greenbrier High School.
Forrest Snyder received a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Vermont Community Foundation for his ceramic art. He makes books out of clay.
Allen Raish has joined the faculty of Alfred State College as a lecturer in the mathematics and physics department.
Alison Safford has an exhibit of her sculpture work at the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The exhibit, Hither and Thither and Hence, investigates the body as a site for the mind to process thoughts and to comprehend the external world.
1997
Todd Freebern left Hays & Co. and is now working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He and his wife, Melissa '97, had a son born on May 11, 2004. Freebern lives in New Rochelle, NY.
Brian Klump and his wife Cindy welcomed their first child, Jessica Marie, born on Dec. 28th, 2004. Brian writes, "We're both still in disbelief that we're parents…but we're both enjoying it. Jessica is the sweetest little thing you've ever seen! Now, we just need to get her to start sleeping through the night."
Elizabeth DeFranco McDonough was inducted into the Ticonderoga Sentinel Sports Hall of Fame in New York. McDonough starred in softball for the Sentinels and later at AU.
Shawn Wyatt and April (Sobota) Wyatt '98 are having a great time living in Greenville, NC. They purchased a home in the summer of 2004 because they were "tired of moving." April and Shawn said it was time to settle in and have a place to call "home." April is one of five veterinarians at a local vet hospital, and Shawn is working as a chemist at a fast-paced chemical company. The couple writes, "We are enjoying East Carolina very much. Oh, and the 75-degree weather in mid-January doesn't hurt either."
Becky (Higginbottom) Dahlman and Josh Dahlman moved to Taiwan as expatriates with Corning Inc. Home for the couple still remains in Kentucky, however, they expect to be in Taiwan for 18 months. Becky is currently responsible for a team of engineers that are dedicated specifically to the melting processes being started and operated at other display glass sites (Becky says frequent flyer miles are adding up). Josh is the Taiwan Process Operations Leader, responsible for starting up a new expansion in Tainan, as well as a new facility in Taichung (Josh says to buy some LCD TVs, laptops, and computer monitors!). Josh writes, "Needless to say, this is a huge experience for both of us. Our Mandarin is poor at best, but we are not having any problem communicating. A few words, hand gestures, smiling, and drawing make it a fun challenge. I highly recommend to anyone to do some international traveling. It is great to view the U.S. from the outside. The food is good (I'm not losing much weight) and the people are more friendly than we ever imagined. But, we would love to hear from folks!" The best way to reach Becky and Josh is to email them at joshdahlman@hotmail.com .
Jeremy Lepisto had his glass sculptures featured in the Dec. 4, 2004, issue of American Craft. Lepisto lives in Portland, OR, where he co-founded Studio Ramp LLC, a glass fabrication studio in 2001.
As you can see from the new address, your class correspondent, Kari Jermansen, is a proud new homeowner of a condominium in Eatontown, NJ. Kari continues to work as Outreach Director for Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit ocean advocacy organization based in Sandy Hook, NJ, that uses research, public education and citizen action to improve the waters off the NJ/NY coast. Kari develops citizen action campaigns to inform the public and elected officials about ocean pollution issues and to engage them in efforts to help protect the ocean.
Eric Jones had his work in oils and graphite presented by the Potter, PA, County Fine Arts Council. He lives in Wellsville, NY, and is employed by Daltile International/American Olean as a commercial graphic designer and illustration artist.
Becky (Higginbottom) Dahlman and Josh Dahlman moved to Taiwan as expatriates with Corning Inc. Home for the couple still remains in Kentucky, however, they expect to be in Taiwan for 18 months. Becky is currently responsible for a team of engineers that are dedicated specifically to the melting processes being started and operated at other display glass sites (Becky says frequent flyer miles are adding up). Josh is the Taiwan Process Operations Leader, responsible for starting up a new expansion in Tainan, as well as a new facility in Taichung (Josh says to buy some LCD TVs, laptops, and computer monitors!). Josh writes, "Needless to say, this is a huge experience for both of us. Our Mandarin is poor at best, but we are not having any problem communicating. A few words, hand gestures, smiling, and drawing make it a fun challenge. I highly recommend to anyone to do some international traveling. It is great to view the U.S. from the outside. The food is good (I'm not losing much weight) and the people are more friendly than we ever imagined. But, we would love to hear from folks!" The best way to reach Becky and Josh is to email them at joshdahlman@hotmail.com .
Jenn became a certified yoga instructor in April 2004. She teaches yoga at the Yoga & Polarity Center of Nassau, Malverne, NY. She was nominated for the 2005 edition of "Who's Who Among American Teachers." In fall 2005, Jenn was appointed to facilitate Nassau TRACT's Satellite Teacher Center whic sponsors in-service course work and training for teachers in instructional technology.
Todd Freebern left Hays & Co. and is now working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He and his wife, Melissa '97, had a son born on May 11, 2004. Freebern lives in New Rochelle, NY.
1998
Zachary Grice married Laura Gregory on May 30, 2004. Grice works as a marketing manager for Rodale Inc. The couple live in Macungie, PA.
Rachel Patterson married John Ollie Edmunds, Sept. 13, 2004, in New York City. The couple will live in New Jersey and Louisiana.
Michelle Young married James D'Imperio Sept. 11, 2004. Young is employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The couple live in LaFayette, NY.
Gianna E. Commito, visiting assistant professor in the AU School of Art and Design, joined the faculty for the 2004-05 academic year. She has taught at the University of Iowa and her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions.
Jason Green had a show of his sculpture artwork at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island in November and December of 2004.
Deborah Nall took a photograph that was selected as an Artist Award Winner for the I Love Manhattan 2004 Exhibition with Manhattan Arts International.
Marcia Palmer had a show featuring her ceramics and artwork in the Shremshock Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.
Shawn Wyatt and April (Sobota) Wyatt '98 are having a great time living in Greenville, NC. They purchased a home in the summer of 2004 because they were "tired of moving." April and Shawn said it was time to settle in and have a place to call "home." April is one of five veterinarians at a local vet hospital, and Shawn is working as a chemist at a fast-paced chemical company. The couple writes, "We are enjoying East Carolina very much. Oh, and the 75-degree weather in mid-January doesn't hurt either."
Jon Tollerup married Kimberly Cruze on December 22, 2004. According to Jon, a "quick" wedding was made easier by Nathan Alderman '00 and his flask of Scotch (Jon recommends this tip if you're ever a best-man). The honeymoon will be in Maui in mid-February, and Jon writes, "So you can guarantee that we'll have the snowstorm of the century the night before we're supposed to leave. Hmmm, I wonder if the snowstorm of the century would be like a typical Alfred winter?"
Carianne Mack was one of five artists whose work was displayed at the LoRiver Arts Gallery in Beacon, NY, recently.
1999
Mindy Saddlemire is currently working at the U.S. Embassy in London. She started working there in mid 2004 in between her wedding celebrations. She finally had her wedding ceremonies on July 31, 2004, in Haigerloch, Germany, and then a small family brunch on Oct 2, 2004, in Arlington, VT. Both ceremonies were wonderful and the couple feel incredibly blessed that they were able to include their families from both sides of the ocean. At long last, the couple are now officially Mindy and Oliver S. Wintermantel '99. Mindy reports that "Oliver and I are still in London although we are looking to leave early this year. We have had fun here but are looking forward to a change. Hopefully, we will have positive news for you very soon. We would both welcome news from AU folks as well. Happy New Year to all!"
Ronald A. Stinson and his wife, Martha, had a boy, Ronald Allen, born June 12, 2004. The family lives in Howell, NJ.
Marie Ann Lowell and Matthew J. Silfer '00 were married on Sept. 4, 2004. The couple live in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Chris and wife Keri Curtis had a son, Robert James Schaeffer on May 29, 2005.
2000
Michael and Jessica welcomed Mattingly Michael Creter on July 9, 2005. Michael began Hartford (CT) Police Academy in fall 2005, should graduate in spring 2006.
Alison works in the library at St. John's University in Archives and Special Collections and is taking classes in the library science program.
Ann Jones married Kris Stachowiak '01 in July 2005. She is writing/producing for television in the NYC area and has worked on project with MTV and the Food Network.
Sarah Snow Eyre and her husband had twins, Cecily and Lynda, born July 23, 2004. Eyre recently left her job in the software industry to stay at home in Barkhamsted, CT, with the children.
Kevin M. Fox married Elise S. Bickford on Oct. 2, 2004. The couple live in State College, PA.
Corrinee Brink married Christopher Malloy, Aug. 28, 2004. Brink is operations manager for Scott Barber Inc. in Fort Collins, PA. Malloy is patination department manager at Bronze Services Fine Art Foundry in Fort Collins.
Your correspondent, Chandra just bought a house in North Yarmouth, ME, with Kris Giuyot. Chandra is still working at Maine Medical Association with Lauren Mier '99.
Nomi Manon and Suzanna Randall married. DeAnne Smith '98 drove down from Canada. Countless friends and family from around the country also came.
Nicholas Smith was named head coach of Eastern Connecticut State University's men's lacrosse program.
Matthew Herrick and Dagmar Sepulveda were married on Aug. 7, 2004. The couple live in Russell, PA.
Cynthia Lewis and Chris Black recently announced their engagement. They plan to wed in October 2005. Lewis works in Alfred University's Office of Alumni and Community Relations as associate director.
Alison Huftalen writes: "I am graduating in May with an MA in art history and criticism and looking to go to library school and move into Manhattan or, more realistically, Queens."
Mindy Saddlemire is currently working at the U.S. Embassy in London. She started working there in mid 2004 in between her wedding celebrations. She finally had her wedding ceremonies on July 31, 2004, in Haigerloch, Germany, and then a small family brunch on Oct 2, 2004, in Arlington, VT. Both ceremonies were wonderful and the couple feel incredibly blessed that they were able to include their families from both sides of the ocean. At long last, the couple are now officially Mindy and Oliver S. Wintermantel '99. Mindy reports that "Oliver and I are still in London although we are looking to leave early this year. We have had fun here but are looking forward to a change. Hopefully, we will have positive news for you very soon. We would both welcome news from AU folks as well. Happy New Year to all!"
Marie Ann Lowell and Matthew J. Silfer '00 were married on Sept. 4, 2004. The couple live in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Matthew Herrick and Dagmar Sepulveda were married on Aug. 7, 2004. The couple live in Russell, PA.
Corrinee Brink married Christopher Malloy, Aug. 28, 2004. Brink is operations manager for Scott Barber Inc. in Fort Collins, PA. Malloy is patination department manager at Bronze Services Fine Art Foundry in Fort Collins.
2001
Jay A. Weisberger recently accepted a job as public relations manager at Teen People, a division of Time magazine.
Kizzy Parks reports that life in Florida is going well. Kizzy is still teaching and has expanded into teaching online. Currently, Kizzy is in the middle of applying to Florida Tech for the Ph.D I/O psychology program. A couple of months ago Kizzy completed a half-marathon in West Palm Beach and is planning on doing it again in December 2005.
Matthew Dodge of Canisteo, NY, was appointed as a police officer in the village of Alfred, NY.
Andrea Olewnik was selected as a winner in the 2004 American Graphic Design Awards for excellence in communication and graphic design for her branding and packaging of the Blue Buffalo Co. The prestigious award, issued by Graphic Design USA magazine, is in its 25th year and only 12 percent of entrants were honored this year. Olewnik's award-winning artwork was published in the December 2004 issue of Graphic Design USA under the name of her company, Sierra Communications. Olewnik lives in Stamford, CT.
Your correspondent, Chandra just bought a house in North Yarmouth, ME, with Kris Giuyot. Chandra is still working at Maine Medical Association with Lauren Mier '99.
Rae works as a freelance television producer.
Michael is a health science specialist at the Bronx VA Medical Center.
Joshua is a human resources specialist at Fidelity Investments. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Concord, NH.
Myles works as a research scientist at General Electric, Niskayuna, NY.
2002
Bradley Bowden, a doctoral student in glass science at Rutgers University, was one of 170 Fellows chosen from more than 3,200 applicants to receive a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship funded by the Office of Naval Research. The fellowship, which provides tuition and an annual stipend for three years, identifies talented doctoral candidates for pursuing research projects in defense initiatives. Bowden also received a $2,500 International Society for Optical Engineering Scholarship to support travel to conferences related to optics.
Jalal Clemens was promoted to operations manager for the Illinois State Disbursement Unit.
Cheryl Hayne is still in the Boston area and just moved to Somerville with her girlfriend. She writes, "I am now teaching in Urban Studies at Northeastern University, where I instruct my own class of 50 students ranging from sophomores to seniors this semester. I have survived my doctorate courses and comprehensive exams and am now a Ph.D. candidate. I am at the beginning stages of my dissertation, which is on same-sex civil marriage where I will conduct survey research both here in Massachusetts and then in San Francisco in September, so a move to the West coast for awhile is definitely in my future."
Cristina Cordova was a recipient of the 2004-2005 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award. A resident artist at Penland School of Crafts, she was recognized for her sculpture work.
Ashley Brenon e-mailed from West Africa: "I am working as an agriculture extension agent for the Peace Corps in a small village about 80 kilometers east of the regional capital of Segou, Mali. We are working to create a community garden to improve nutrition and generate some extra income. Living in Africa is as fascinating as it sounds. It was certainly difficult at first. Fortunately, after a year and a half, I have settled in. I have come to love the people in my village, the language, the laid-back lifestyle. I have gotten to backpack around a bit, Burkina Faso and Ghana. I am planning a boat trip down the Niger river to visit the legendary Timbuktu this fall and a celebatory jaunt through Europe with Alfred friend Carolyn Burgess when my contract here is up in the spring. I hope all of my Alfred companions are well and happy. Please don't hesitate to write. I live for mail. I can be reached at ashleybrenon@gmail.com or Ashley Brenon, PCV / Corps de la Paix / Dioro, Mali / West Africa.
Alexis Piekarsky is living in New Jersey and is headed to law school in the fall. She recently travelled to California to visit Lauren Tannenbaum, who had been living in West Hollywood while doing a film internship. In January, Lauren moved back to New York, so the pair decided to take a Thelma and Louise-style road trip home. They visited Las Vegas, Phoenix, Texas, New Orleans, and Atlanta, and then stopped to visit Becky Samuel in Richmond, VA. Alexis said the trip was "an amazing experience, but also very long!"
Chad Voty recently relocated to Albany, NY, to start his new job at Lockheed Martin.
Alicia Culbertson recently moved to Buffalo to pursue a master's degree in criminal justice. She has been working part time for the Buffalo Bills to help pay for school books. She is enjoying being back in school and looks forward to the next few semesters.
Rachael Downey marriedTom Glasoe on July 31, 2004. The couple has moved to Houston where Rachael is continuing law school at the University of Houston.
Meanwhile, Aminah Brelvi is currently enjoying the hot, sunny days in Phoenix, AZ, working as the director of education at Sylvan Learning Center. If you want to get in touch with Aminah, you can e-mail her at aminah526@hotmail.com.
I (Judy Tsang) have relocated to New York's state capital to work on my legal education at Albany Law School. It's a bummer having to reacquaint myself with the cold and the snow! And I've also submitted to suburbia life. I don't get to use a MetroCard anymore; instead my car, named Dar, takes me around.
2003
Brighid O'Dea recently moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and also has a couple shows of her sculpture work coming up. The first is a group show at the Kubiak Gallery at the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts in Oneonta, NY, (April 1 - 23) and a solo show at The Art Mission on Washington Street in Binghamton, NY, (June 3rd - 25).
Alison Green is living in New York as well, teaching elementary school in the inner city and finishing up her master's degree in education.
Sebastian White is still living in Boston, and like Cheryl, also thinking about a move to the West coast, probably to San Francisco, sometime this year. Recently, he had the chance to catch up with Julie Babulski over a long weekend in Toronto, Canada. She is living in Rochester, NY, and working at a lab at U of R, where she's also taking a couple graduate school classes in biochemistry.
Josh Phillips married Courtney Thompson on April 24, 2004. The couple live in Farmington, NY.
Laura "Florida" Fortune is also living in Brooklyn. She's working as a jewelry designer for Ten Thousand Things, a high-end fashion jewelry line, and hangs out with April Felipe on a regular basis.
Mark was awarded the fourth annual Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize on Sept. 29, 2005. The $5,000 award is bestowed on a student of African descent who has demonstrated exceptional academic acheivement and professional promise during the first year of law school at the University of Buffalo. 3/1/2010 9:17:21 AM AnneC from website - http://haoodnla.com/article/lxy09218190y9j01/224878 Vikki L. Pryor, President & CEO of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc., to Present the Fourth Annual Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize Vikki L.Pryor, president and CEO of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc., will award the fourth annual Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize on Thursday evening, September 29, to Mark Smith, a second year law student at the University at Buffalo Law School. The award will be presented at the 23rd Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, at the Statler Golden Ballroom in Buffalo, New York. The $5,000 "Promise Prize" award is bestowed annually on a student of African descent who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and professional promise during the first year of law school at the University at Buffalo, Ms. Pryor's alma mater. "I am ecstatic, and very surprised," said Mr. Smith, about receiving the award. "I feel good about my grades, and am confident about being an attorney, but receiving an award like this does a lot for one's confidence about the ability to succeed in the legal world. I hope that receiving this award will give me the opportunity to give back ten fold to the community and to the University at Buffalo." Ms. Pryor created the award in 2002 in memory of her grandmother, Marie Nesbitt, who was a great granddaughter of slaves and whose formal education stopped at the third grade. Having lived through the Great Depression, World War II, as well as the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras, Ms. Nesbitt was a woman of strong opinions and deeply held principles who was an inspiration to everyone with whom she came in contact. "I am pleased to present the Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize for the fourth consecutive year. My grandmother faced many difficulties in her life, but she stayed positive and inspired me and all those around her," said Ms. Pryor. "The Promise Prize is an opportunity to create a legacy of giving to support young people and their dreams. As alumni, parents, professors and mentors we now have the chance to give back to our schools, communities and the young people of today as a way of saying 'thank you' for all that we have been so lucky to receive in our own lives. The award will also help develop a network of young leaders dedicated to achieving their full potential and who will strive to give back to their communities." 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2004
Deirdre Dowd and her two cats are happily living in Alfred, NY. She teaches first grade to children with special needs, and is applying to graduate schools for school psychology. Deidre often hangs out with Christina Saunders '03 (who recently moved back from a year and a half in the Phoenix sun) and Gretchen Schwerzler '03, who are also living in Alfred, NY, and she lives next door to Mel Schmitt, who is in graduate school in ceramic engineering at Alfred.
Becca Chernow and Zack Wickham '04 are now partners and technicians in a new glass blowing studio in Greene, NY, where they design, produce, and market fine art glass as well as teach classes and give weekly tours. Becca reports, "We've now offically had our doors open for three months and are showing our wares in the Central New York area as well as preparing for a show of our own work in Cortland, NY."
Jessica Dunster was hired as the athletic trainer in the athletics department at Alfred State College. She lives in Alfred, NY.
Christopher Norton joined Alfred State College as a lecturer in the mathematics/physics department where he teaches courses in physics and in electrical engineering.
2005
Bradford's biography was accepted for publication in The Chancellor's List 2004-05. He is in law school at Roger Williams University.
Births
Christine Shipway Dye and her husband, Tom Dye are parents of a daughter, Anne Elizabeth, born Oct. 7, 2004. She joins sisters Katherine and Alexandra at home in Eau Claire, WI.
Rachel Roberts Morandi had a baby girl, Elizabeth Carol, on July 27, 2005.
Mary Turner Buchanan and her husband, Cal, are the parents of twins, Robert and Charles, born Aug. 10, 2004. They join sisters Beverly and Alice at home.
Douglas and Tracy Lazarony-Rudd, are parents of a boy, Derek Matthew, born Jan. 11, 2005.
Steve Mangin and his wife, Michelle, had a boy, Ryan Patrick, born Oct. 6, 2004.
A second son, Alessio Bhajan Gage was born to Carla Renzi Gage and Jeremy Gage on April 28, 2005.
Deaths - Alumni
Josephine T. (Sill) Hill died Dec. 14, 2004. She worked as an elementary school librarian in the East Lansing, MI, schools until her retirement in 1980. She is survived by her husband of 61 years; and two daughters.
Donald DeSerio, 87, died Dec. 10, 2004. An employee at Eastman Kodak for 40 years, he is survived by six children; seven grandchildren; and a sister.
John Milton Harris, 79, died on Oct. 2 in Wilmington, DE. He attended AU for one year before joining the Navy and graduating from the University of Rochester in 1945 with a degree in chemical engineering. He worked in the engineering department design division at the Dupont Co. before retiring in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Roxanne Robarts Harris '48; four children; four grandchildren; and a brother.
Maurice Beebe, 82, of Jamestown, NY, died Oct. 1, 2004. A World War II veteran, he worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a nuclear physicist before retiring in 1987. He is survived by his wife; a son; a daughter; two grandchildren; and a brother.
Kenneth R. Ferguson died on Dec. 30, 2004. He was on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute where he taught for 32 years. He is survived by a wife; and three children.
James E. Hartnett died Sept. 29. 2004, in Sarasota, FL. An Army veteran and retired business owner, he was a member of Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is survived by a daughter; two sons; a sister; and two grandchildren. 04/06/2007 11:06:26 AM MaryS
Douglas R. Dickson, 53, died on Oct. 27, 2004. He was a ceramics engineer for 25 years at Ferro Corp. in Cleveland. He is survived by a brother; and three sisters. 04/06/2007 12:13:53 PM MaryS
Michael W. Fitzgerald, 52, died on Dec. 7, 2004. He worked in the banking industry in Chicago and later Florida. He is survived by his mother; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 04/12/2007 12:24:54 PM MaryS
Jane Margaret Fitzgerald Cook died Jan. 4, 2005. A resident of Wellsville, NY, for most of her life, she was assistant director of personnel at Alfred University prior to her retirement in 1984. She went back to school to earn her AU degree at the age of 67. She is survived by her former husband; four children including Brian Cook '76, J. Michael Cook '76 and Alan Cook '80; and six grandchildren.
Jennifer Jordan Googins, 38, died on Oct. 2, 2004. She is survived by a mother; a father; a brother; two aunts and an uncle.
Engagements
Teresa E. Wightman and Michael J. Cianchetti announced their engagement. The wedding is planned for August 2005 in Wellsville, NY. Wightman works as a consumer lending associate at M&T Bank.
Elizabeth R. Kachmar and Joshua S. Burkhard '01 recently announced their engagement. The couple is planning to wed on June 19, 2005. Kachmar is a second year law student at Franklin Pierce University.
Marriages
Sean Mansfield married Jinny VanDeusen on Oct. 22, 2004.
Jeffrey C. Brinkherhoff married Wendy Glimpse on Oct. 16, 2004. The couple reside in Auburn, NY.
Christine M. Samson, now Telford, married on July 2, 2005.
Bethany Lynn Lysiak married Scott DeWolf, July 17, 2004. She is a psychologist at Port Byron Central School District in Auburn, NY.
Kris married Ann Jones '00 in July 2005.
Mary Giglio married Mark Davidson on Sept. 4, 2004. The couple live in Hornell, NY.
Sara Thompson married Eric Geitner on Oct. 8, 2005.