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1925
Bruce Conroe '53 reports "my mother, Frances Barden Conroe, Class of '25, died on April 22, 2006, at age 102, 10 days short of 103. Her sister, Lillian Barden Gerace '24, predeceased her, as did her husband, Dr. Irwin A. Conroe '23. He was Mother's freshman English teacher at Alfred and later dean of the faculty under President Norwood. They moved from Alfred to the Albany area in 1935 when he took his first position in the NYS Education Department. In addition, my brother, Barden, graduated in the class of '52 and I graduated in '53 plus master's '54... She and her sister were founding members of Pi Alpha Pi Sorority." Lillian was the first president. Frances was an avid antique collector and took great pride in decorating her home. In later years, she began painting in oils. She was also an avid NY Yankees fan. In addition to her two sons, Frances is survived by seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
1931
Mildred E. Gullette writes: "Hi, y'all. Hope all goes great for you. Me(98)? I'm still dancing!"
1933
Phlabia (Sheheen) Shoemaker is a retired counselor/teacher. She sends "Greetings from O'Connor Woods, a lovely retirement residence in Stockton, CA."
1939
"If you see Ruth Davie Smith's resume you'll find she studied and worked for many years as an educator and librarian in the Wellsville, NY, public school system. But she should be able to list 'historian' as an avocation. Ruth has stories galore about generations of her family who have lived in Allegany County near Alfred since shortly after the War of 1812, when her great-great-grandpa received a veteran's land grant. So it's not too surprising that Ruth has compiled a fine, historic, photographic collection of Alfred University life in the late 1930s, with a concentration of her Sigma Chi Nu Sorority sisters in campus scenes. Today Ruth lives in Inglis, FL."
Addison Boren Scholes, 88, glass technologist and ceramic engineer, died on March 27, 2006, at his home in Upper Saucon Township, PA. After graduation from Alfred University's College of Ceramics with a degree in ceramic engineering and glass technology, Addison worked in research and development for almost his entire professional life. He was essentially an inventor with more than 40 patents to his credit. He was an elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Addison was a world authority on glass coatings. His invention of a process for coating glass has had application worldwide. He contributed a ceramic device which makes possible the atomic clock in satellites essential to the Global Positioning System. In retirement, he was a valued consultant and was still an active inventor. In recent months he had been devising a method for refurbishing fluorescent lamp bulbs. Addison was an active musician, singing in and directing barbershop quartets. He was a certified harmony accuracy judge for barbershop music competitions and an avid amateur radio operator. He is survived by his son, Addison Boren Scholes Jr. '65; two daughters, Gale Scholes Siess, and Jane Scholes Checkeye; brothers Samuel Scholes '37, Alfred, NY, and James Scholes '42, Geneseo, NY; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
From Rich Simington: "Many of us have a cute story of how we met our wife. But to this day, it's hard for Kendall Getman to tell how he first met Debby without laughing. It seems he was asked by a pal to join him at a YWCA dance to see if they could meet some new girls.What Ken didn't know was the way the 'introductions' were handled was to line the men up on one side of a gym with the women on the other. Then each woman got to run across the floor to be the first to reach the man with whom she wanted to dance. Lucky for Ken, Debby was a fast runner. Today Ken still lives in Stamford, CT."
1940
(Editor's Note: We regret the error of referring to Dr. Marvin Weinstein, recipient of the 2006 Alfred University Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement, as Harvey Weinstein in the April 2006 edition of the Magazine.)
Betsey Ryder Shelley, 88, of Raleigh, NC, died on June 11, 2006. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Cranson, in 2003. Betsey is survived by two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.
From Rich Simington: "When Charles Casamo felt the kitchen floor needed to be replaced he picked out the tiles at Home Depot and assumed he would hire them to install the new floor. But as they talked, he learned they wouldn't do the job as he would. And though he could afford their price, it didn't make sense to pay a lot for something different than he wanted. Besides, those whippersnappers were a lot less mature than Charlie. So he's installed the new floor himself just the way he wanted it. At only 89 years old you want the job to last. Charlie and his wife, Bea, continue to live in St. Petersburg Beach, FL, and in Blowing Rock, NC."
1941
Elaine Richtmyer Brown, retired teacher, writes that the "Class of '41 Thetas continue to keep in touch through a round-robin newsletter."
Elmer Wentworth Wilkins, 91, of Manassas, VA, died on July 1. For 58 years he served as a United Methodist pastor as a member of the Greater New Jersey Conference. He was preceded in death by his wife,, Florence, and a daughter. He is survived by two daughters and a grandson.
1942
David Armant and his wife moved to Grosse Point, MI, from Tinton Falls, NJ, two years ago to be near his son who is a professor at Wayne State University. Gardening is one of David's interests. At one time, after David had moved to his new home, my grandnephew, who is in the landscape business, had met with David for planting help. David said he and his wife are in good health.
Susan Howell Shiverick, 86, of Boise, Idaho, died on March 14, 2006. Susan worked in the accounting office of Bon Marche for 30 years. She was a 17-year volunteer at St. Alphonsus Hospital and a life member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed travel and cherished her collection of Chinese Rose Medallions. Susan was predeceased by her husband, Myron "Pete" Shiverick. She is survived by four sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
"Robert Burton and Ruth Hughes '44 have moved from Wayne, NJ, to Carthage, NY, and spend a great deal of time at their cottage in Harrisville, NY. They will be celebrating their 62nd anniversary this month, June. I asked Ruth, 'What are you doing in your life?' Ruth, who always had a laid-back way and a sense of humor said 'As little as possible.' She has heard from Rhoda Unger Jost '43 and seen Ailsa Johnstone Inglis '43. Talked a short time with Bob and he requested Jack Wall's address.
From Rich Simington: Class Correspondent Betty Thomas"now lives in a gorgeous retirement community. But anyone who knows Betty knows the word that should be emphasized is 'community,' not 'retirement.' As usual she's vibrant and busy. She knows everyone in the place. And she still plays golf. And bridge. And she keeps up her longtime membership in the American Rose Society. But that may be just so no one questions her expertise as she consults and supervises the planting of rose gardens all over the grounds. Betty today is living in and helping to beautify Sarasota, FL."
"Rea Bovit Jablons resides in Trenton, NJ, has been there for over 50 years and spends the winter months in Florida, on the east coast, Boynton Beach. At the time she was watching the PGA U.S. Open (I was too). Rea is doing the things she enjoys -- bridge, canasta, and theater trips into New York City. Rea was at Alfred for two years and graduated from Ryder College in Trenton. Now it is Ryder University.
"Harold Barr and his wife are in good heath. They recently returned from a riverboat trip up the Danube, to the Black Sea, and ended in Prague. The boat held 140 people and there were scenic views of the shores at all times. Riverboating is the easy relaxing type of trip he enjoys so he and his wife have taken a number of them: Amsterdam to Vienna on the Rhine, Main and Danube.
"E-mail from Ann Petri keeps me up-to-date on our classmate Bill (Art) Petri. He is busy repairing antique clocks. The tools needed are very specialized and he doesn't own most of them so he took a class once a week and had access to what he needed. His sister living nearby collects antiques and keeps him well supplied.
1943
"Everything doesn't always work out as initially planned and reported in this news column. Ye olde correspondent here was recently reminded of this, when we heard in April from good friend Isabel Riggs Geibel, who was still in her home in Hammondsport, NY. The last notes assumed (mea culpa) that she had left there in January, and had already arrived at her destination in Del Norte, CO, to live near relatives. Isabel now reports authoritatively that her definite departure date will be May 9. Godspeed to Isabel driving her own car with two passengers, a dog and a cat, her grandnephew driving an escort car, and a moving van! May she find love and happiness in the years ahead.
"We've learned that Marv Britton has moved into an assisted living facility in Green River, WY, not far from where his son and daughter-in-law reside. In letters to his good friend, Ellis 'Chick' Berger, he reveals that he's happy and contented there, and his health is being favorably maintained. We were very glad to hear that his mental acuity is still sharp and keen. He writes Chick that there are 23 elderly ladies living in the facility, and he is doing his best to entertain them! He adds, 'I've lost my good looks,' but evidently this hasn't negatively affected his wit and charm. Long may Marv's brilliance and writing skills continue to amuse and entertain us.
"In the middle of May, we were very pleased to receive a letter from J. David Broudo, as we hadn't heard from him for a considerable time. He writes he has resolved to 'think young,' with the relentless years taking so many of his '43 art group. This commitment is supported by his continuous involvement with Endicott College, where he taught for many years and still gives his annual lecture series on art. His wife Barbara still works as director of museum and archives. In March of this year, David exhibited 12 recent abstract paintings at the Marblehead (MA) Arts Association galleries. At the opening, he gave a lecture on understanding modern art, which was well received by the association director and Marblehead's large arts colony. The director welcomed the artists' reaction, because he's been trying to encourage their interests beyond painting racing sailboats, for which Marblehead is so well known. Congratulations to David and Barbara with the April addition to their family of a second great-granddaughter!
"Bob Sinclair is making very good progress in his recuperation from hip replacement surgery on April 11. We called him May 6 and learned that he had returned home and was about to undergo physical therapy. With his typical spirit, patience, and cooperation, we know that Bob will make a successful and permanent recovery.
1944
Joseph E. Kayes, 84, died on June 13, 2006. A resident of Hornell, NY, for most of his life, he was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Army. He was involved with the D-Day Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and Operation Varsity, the first airborne assault into Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and two Combat Jump medals. Early in his career he owned and operated Kays Construction in Phoenix, AZ. Later, he was civil engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Esther; two sons; a daughter; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
"Robert Meyer was the quintessential all-around athlete. He could run the hundred in under 10 seconds. He starred in football playing both ways. But he always wanted to use athletics to inspire kids. Especially kids others gave up on. In 1955, the Saturday Evening Post did a multi-page photo story on the work he and his wife, Betty, did in inner city Baltimore. Bob still has favorites. Like one of the 11 boys who lived with Bob and Betty over the years. He joined the Marines, became a Special Ops Officer, and later joined the CIA. After retirement, he taught at the school where his mentor, Bob, had been on the staff a generation before. Today Bob continues to live and remains interested in helping youngsters in New Haven, CT."
1945
Gloria Jean (Burchell) Lengenfelder of Bordentown, NJ writes: "Nearly a year ago I moved into a beautiful, old, farmhouse with my daughter and her husband. She raises and shows Borzoi (Russian wolfhounds) and now that my traveling days are about over, I am the official baby dog sitter and I love the job. My Alfred and Theta Theta Chi days have always been close to my heart and I wish you success in the new endeavor."
Rosemary Jankowski, 86, of Falls Church, VA, died on May 12, 2006. She will be remembered for her volunteer work and her handcrafts. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Benjamin Jankowski Jr.; five daughters; a son; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
1946
"Because Elaine Locke Derby is petite, it's easy to underestimate how powerful she is. Until you ask for a list of some of the things she's done -- sold china settings, taught art in college, supervised the construction of a house, studied and sold real estate, was a head model at an art museum, created and exhibited paintings and pottery, operated a sheet music business out of her house for 30 years. And raised two kids. Oh, and she's still studying and demonstrating ballroom dancing in the community where she lives, Temple Terrace, FL."
From your Class Correspondent: "Red roses to Billie Dunbar Donaldson, the only member of the Class of '46 to attend our 60th reunion. She reports 20-25 Golden Saxons there, some of whom you might have known had you been there. Besides the picnic and program activities, she enjoyed visiting the new off-campus metal and glass casting department as well as the ceramic studios and kiln room. "A graduating granddaughter in Maryland with many awards to applaud kept me from going to Alfred. Perhaps next year?"
Patricia Kenny of Santa Monica, CA, a ceramic artist writes: "I have such wonderful memories" of Theta Theta Chi.
"Most people who know Karl Scheffer, know he's had a distinguished career in his native South Africa and the United States as a ceramic engineer. But all their married life, Karl and Genevieve (Polan) '46 have loved organ music. Karl began playing on a modest keyboard instrument they could afford at the time. As the years went by, they were able to 'trade up' for the next best model. Several times. Today, if you stand outside their home you can hear Karl playing on one of the finest multi-keyboard organs made by the famous Lowey" Organ Co. And inside, Genevieve is enjoying the concert. Karl and Genevieve continue to live in Ocala, FL.
1947
Lois Jordan, 81, of Bakersfield, CA, died on March 29, 2006. Lois found great joy in raising her family and working as a nurse. After her retirement, she volunteered many hours with the American Cancer Society. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley. She is survived by three sons, a daughter, 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
1948
Joan (Gaffney) Boicourt of Silver Spring, MD, is a retired high school art teacher. She writes: "I was one of the founders of Alpha Kappa O."
1949
Iona Bohl Johnston of Lake Placid, FL, writes: "I was pleased to learn that the AKO house proceeds will be used for scholarships for members' descendants. I wish the Women's Leadership Center much success."
"Most people who know Karl Scheffer, know he's had a distinguished career in his native South Africa and the United States as a ceramic engineer. But all their married life, Karl and Genevieve (Polan) '46 have loved organ music. Karl began playing on a modest keyboard instrument they could afford at the time. As the years went by, they were able to 'trade up' for the next best model. Several times. Today, if you stand outside their home you can hear Karl playing on one of the finest multi-keyboard organs made by the famous Lowey" Organ Co. And inside, Genevieve is enjoying the concert. Karl and Genevieve continue to live in Ocala, FL.
1950
Class Correspondent and Distinguished AU Alumnus Herb MacDonell, a criminalist who was a professor of chemistry and head of the Chemistry Department at Milton College, Milton, WI, was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Milton College Preservation Society this spring. He taught at Milton from 1951-54. Herb is director of the Laboratory of Forensic Science. He is the inventor of the MagnaBrush, a device used to process latent fingerprints.
"Fortunately, the home of James and Elizabeth Berglund Thayer sustained very little hurricane damage in the past year when four howlers ripped through Florida. Of course, they know more about weather than most people. When Jim was considering retirement from his distinguished career as a higher education administrator, they lived for a year and a half on a sailboat. That was enough however. Today they're landlubbers continuing to live on solid ground in Punta Gorda, FL."
From Rich Simington: "When you visit Robert and Betty Jo Champlin Hatch you'll admire their beautiful home. Now. After Hurricane Charlie with winds above 168 mph, you would have seen blown-out windows; ripped-off siding, some of which was imbedded in tree trunks; finish stripped off bedroom furniture; roses in the kitchen from a vase in the living room, which was in place and intact; and a flooded downstairs with the new three-month-old carpet. Rob and Betty Jo continue to live in Punta Gorda, FL.
"Fortunately, the home of James and Elizabeth Berglund Thayer sustained very little hurricane damage in the past year when four howlers ripped through Florida. Of course, they know more about weather than most people. When Jim was considering retirement from his distinguished career as a higher education administrator, they lived for a year and a half on a sailboat. That was enough however. Today they're landlubbers continuing to live on solid ground in Punta Gorda, FL."
From Rich Simington: "When you visit Robert and Betty Jo Champlin Hatch you'll admire their beautiful home. Now. After Hurricane Charlie with winds above 168 mph, you would have seen blown-out windows; ripped-off siding, some of which was imbedded in tree trunks; finish stripped off bedroom furniture; roses in the kitchen from a vase in the living room, which was in place and intact; and a flooded downstairs with the new three-month-old carpet. Rob and Betty Jo continue to live in Punta Gorda, FL.
"Robert Hawkins' a persuasive guy. Always has been. When he was discharged as a wounded Marine vet, Bob decided he wanted to go to college. His high school career was less impressive than he hoped, so he came to Alfred and talked with Prof. Samuel Scholes. Sam was impressed with his determination. And that's how Bob came to Alfred and went on to a distinguished career as an engineer, and later as a professor and college administrator. Bob and his wife, Pat, continue to live in North Fort Myers, FL.
Jack Gardner writes: "I wish to notify my Alfred friends that my dear wife Peggy died Dec. 5, 2005. She blessed me with 52 years of marriage." Jack can be reached at 2619 Dawn Lake Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46217-7022.
James Robert Lunney was granted an honorary doctorate of politics by Woosuk University, Korea, on Feb. 24, 2006, "in recognition of his extraordinary humanitarian service and Christian faith in action during the Korean War through his outstanding performance as the Staff Officer of the S.S. Meredith Victory in the successful rescue of 14,000 North Korean refugees... " James also has a Guinness World Records certificate for performing "the greatest rescue operation ever by a single ship by evacuating 14,000 refugees from Hungnam, North Korean in December 1950." In addition, James reports he was awarded The Great Meritorius Service Medal from the Korean Veterans Association in recognition of his service. He says this was the first time the medal was given to a foreigner. More recently, J. Robert was featured in an article appear in the the Metro section of the May 30, 2006 edition of The New York Times. Columnist Clyde Haberman tells of the mission that J. Robert had been on for more than nine years -- to bestow the Medal of Honor on some family member of Peter Tomich, nee Petar Tonic, a native of Croatia. Tomich had been the only recipient in more that 100 years whose medal was not presented to a surviving relative. J. Robert, himself a Rear Admiral, took it upon himself to find family members, and finally prevailed. On May 18, 2006, as the article reads: "Admiral Lunney found himself aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise, anchored off the coast of Split, Croatia. There, with full Navy honors and plenty of brass on hand, the long-orphaned medal found a home. It went to a distant cousin of Chief Tomich.... "
1951
"After graduating from Alfred, when William Holly enlisted in the military to serve his country, he might have chosen the wrong branch. He served in the U.S. Army, with overseas duty in Germany. since then he has returned to Germany as a tourist and is going again this year. but his trips have been river cruises; this year's will be on the Danube. Maybe he should have joined the Navy. Bill continues to live in Geneva, NY."
From Rich Simington: "Most people who know A. William Clark know he's an accomplished artist and art professor, including his own former Alfred professor, Val Cushing '52, who recently invited Bill to exhibit work in a national competition of contemporary art in South Carolina, where Val will be the juror. But besides creating art, Bill's had another lifelong interest, birding. His fascination began when he set out to be an Eagle Scout by the age of 14 and continues today as an officer in the local Audubon Society chapter near where he lives in Homosassa, FL.
1952
"Marjorie (Bard) McNamee said she was too busy packing to supply any news for this issue. She was off to Thailand.
"Brad and Jody (Perry) Conroe said they would compete in the Empire State Senior Games at Cortland in June. Jody has placed third or better in golf every year beginning in 1998, and took gold from 2000 through 2005. She will also compete in the Women's Senior Amateur Championship in August and last year placed eighth in the National Senior Olympics at Pittsburgh. Brad and Judy have won the Couples League Championship at the Skaneateles Country Club where she runs the junior golf program. Judy says she works at golf, Brad plays.
"Brad and Jody (Perry) Conroe said they would compete in the Empire State Senior Games at Cortland in June. Jody has placed third or better in golf every year beginning in 1998, and took gold from 2000 through 2005. She will also compete in the Women's Senior Amateur Championship in August and last year placed eighth in the National Senior Olympics at Pittsburgh. Brad and Judy have won the Couples League Championship at the Skaneateles Country Club where she runs the junior golf program. Judy says she works at golf, Brad plays.
From Rich Simington: "When someone reaches the pinnacle of academic achievement they often become a college professor. A smaller number of them become deans or other academic administrators. And a very few become a college president. But these days it's almost unheard of to be selected to be a college president at two different institutions. Unless you're John Fisher, who is now settled into his second presidency, this time at St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport, CT. John and his wife, Beulah, live in Ridgefield, CT.
"Frank Bredell is having a hard time reconciling what he reads in the news media about India's great wealth with the incredible poverty he witnessed firsthand during a three-week tour of India last winter. Included in the tour was a fairly close look at cremations on the banks of the Ganges. Frank decided right then that he prefers burial to cremation when the time comes. He says his summer project, as it is each year, is to fight a daily battle with a lawn sprinkling system that seems to have a mind of its own about when to run. Frank adds, 'It is most disconcerting to be reading the New York Times at breakfast on the patio and be drenched by the sudden outpouring from a sprinkler that is doing the right thing, but at exactly the wrong time.'
"Don Boulton wrote that he was packing two suitcases. One was for a trip to the AU reunion, but the other, larger we presume, was so he and his wife Rosemary could spend 18 days touring Turkey, Greece, and the Greek Islands. He says he's not tired of going to Scotland, which he does frequently, 'but change is good.'
Robert Mangels writes: "Joan and I are going to our annual Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Reunion at Pocono Manor Resort this June. Hope to visit relatives and friends in Switzerland this September. Plan to visit Millie Stubbs in April in Williamsburg, VA, to remember our good times at Alfred! Many thanks, be well and enjoy each day!"
"Once you learn that as a young woman Jane Petersen Uschold loved riding horses English style, where she lives takes on more significance. The road is named Hunt Club. From her back windows she can look out on an exercise track where equestrians hone their riding skills at almost any hour of the day. Without experiencing sore muscles, or having to muck out a stall ever again, she can enjoy watching magnificent animals. Jane continues to live in Westport, CT.
"Marty Moskof checked in with a lengthy e-mail that said he was about to publish a novel by Alan Littell ('53) called 'Courage: a Novel of the Sea.' Marty's publishing house is called Brillig Press, which specializes in limited edition books and designer/artist volumes. He is also doing a quarterly magazine for the Active Long Term Hospitalcare Association. He says, 'It is a world I never knew existed.' Marty planned to leave soon for Sedona, AZ, to spend time with his son and was just back from a week with Tom Spleth ('72), former teacher of ceramic design at AU and now in North Carolina. And finally, Marty is hungry for news of classmates and is available at Moskof@aol.com."
"Joan Sauter's a traveler. She's been to Europe, and to Hawaii and to lots of the United States. But she's taken her last cruise. She's tried twice. And both times the planned itinerary was scrapped because of huge storms. Now that she's a landlubber, the cruise industry is booming. Joan continues to live on dry land in Mineola, NY."
"Bill McClurg has released his travel agenda for part of the year: Epcot, Las Vegas, Louisville, Tulsa, canyon country in California, North Carolina, his hometown of Painted Post in New York, North Carolina again, Virginia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and finally home to Florida in late September. Golf clubs will be in the luggage for many of the trips. Bill comments, 'Retirement is tough, so we need vacations.'
1953
Edmund H. Miller, 75, a magistrate for the Family Division of the Superior Court of Connecticut, died on March 7, 2006. He had served in the Marines for four years, leaving as a captain in the reserves. As a pilot officer, he attended the U.S. School of Justice and New York Law School. In the 1960s, Edmund was one of the founders of the Small Business Development Corp. which served to aid and educate small business owners and entrepreneurs in the New York City area. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren.
1954
Suzanne Miller Peck of Los Altos Hills, CA, writes that "My current body of pastel landscapes will be shown in Palo Alto in late March."
"George Taft has co-authored a book entitled 'Forensic Science Today.' The book was written to interest high school students in science. It is available on Amazon.com. George is highly regarded in his field and has consulted on many prominent cases. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and has made the trip to Alfred reunions many times."
Barbara Cohen Rabiner of La Jolla, CA, writes that she transferred to Brooklyn College after attending AU for two years. She married Charles "Buddy" Rabiner '53 in 1954.
From Rich Simington: "Anyone who knows Dionne Levine agonized with her as she struggled for months and months to have her house rebuilt after a devastating fire. And today it's a showpiece. Such an emotional ordeal needed a capstone to symbolize the new beginning. And she found it. Her son, a mason, built a stunning circular stone patio where she can sit and enjoy her picture book-landscaped yard sloping to the water. Dee continues to live in Center Moriches, NY."
1955
Clare Louise LaBar, 72, of Minerva, NY, died on June 23, 2006. Her entire career was spent in nursing and related fields; she practiced in Ann Arbor, MI; San Francisco; London; Albany, NY; New York City; Atlanta; Kansas City; and Raleigh, NC. Clare enjoyed decorating, specialized collecting, scrapbooking, family history, church activities, and researching and writing on various topics.
Penelope F. "Penny" Weiss writes: "I have just received my copy of Alfred Magazine. WOW! When I saw the picture on the cover I knew that my mother would be in it. The styles of clothing and hair were her era, and sure enough there she was. Perhaps you do know that two of the women in the photograph are the youngest daughters of Charles F. Binns. My mother, Nora Binns Fraser, is in the third row just below the tall man on the last row. Her sister, Dorothy Binns Remsen, is on the same row just at the fold of the magazine. They were both in the class of 1912 although in age they were a couple of years apart. My mother was the youngest child of Charles and Mary Binns. I have never seen this photograph, but I do have the 1912 and the 1911 copies of Kanakadea. Everyone should be proud that women have been admitted to Alfred for so many years."
1956
(Editor's Note: The notice of the death of Jack D. Slawson of Wellsville, which ran in the April 2006 Magazine was in error. Jack Slawson who is an AU alumnus is John W. Slawson. The editor regrets any concern or anxiety this announcement caused.)
Susan Nevmark Stern of Monroe Township, NJ, writes: "Marty and I are both retired, living in New Jersey, and wintering in Florida. Enjoying our grandchildren, lots of golf, tennis, travel, and fun."
Ellen Honig Propp of Great Neck, NY, writes: "I am very actively retired from an assortment of jobs throughout my working life. Currently, I serve on a NYS Department of Education committee for medical physics in addition to writing a few wide-circulation newsletters. I am the mother of four children and grandmother to four, with hopes that more will come as my youngest child will marry March 19, 2006. Warmest wishes to all."
1957
Ruth C. Mead of Port St. Lucie, FL, 84, died on April 4, 2006. She taught in public schools for 34 years, mostly in grades seven-12 in English and reading. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Norman; a son; and one grandchild.
Thomas E. VanDerhoof of Utica, NY, 72, died on May 28, 2006. He was never happier than when he was enjoying the affection, warmth, and company of his family, especially when they were gathered for the celebration of traditional events. Tom spent his professional life serving the community, especially the children in the Utica City School District, as a history teacher and a professional social worker. He loved animals, adventure, and nature. He was an avid reader, a knowledgeable gardener, and a meticulous landscaper. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Angela; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.
Angela (Zegarelli) Van Derhoof of Utica, NY, writes that she has been executive director of a human services agency for almost 30 years. She has two grandchildren "living up the street. I am a lucky grandmother."
Leonarda (Baan) Van Der Werf, foreign language teacher, was honored at a special open house on April 30, 2006, at Denver Lutheran High School, Denver, CO, celebrating her 40 years in the teaching ministry. She currently teaches French.
1958
"Dick Errico writes: 'Have been retired for 15 years from teaching and coaching. We spend our winters in Boynton Beach, FL, and in Chestertown, MD, the rest of the year. We enjoy traveling. We have attended all the five-year reunions, keep in touch with Bob Greene and Andy Seaman. Andy and Fran Seaman live about a half hour from the Faheys and Russ and Andy have taken fast bike rides together. Andy is pumped about the big bike ride to Alfred and it sounds like Fran will be driving the car.
"For many, many years Judy Loomis Allen as class correspondent has shouldered the task of providing information about our class for Alfred alumni publications. We thank her for her long- term devotion to this effort. Now I will be taking on that role as an addition to the editing and forwarding our successful 'start of something good' e-mails. We started this to see what our classmates have been doing. We now number 92 classmates receiving the e-mail plus five more who will receive copies of this e-mail periodically through snail mail. They are Catherine Daggett, Bruce Boulton, Bob Chellin, Joanne Houghton and Dick Sproule.
Thomas E. VanDerhoof of Utica, NY, 72, died on May 28, 2006. He was never happier than when he was enjoying the affection, warmth, and company of his family, especially when they were gathered for the celebration of traditional events. Tom spent his professional life serving the community, especially the children in the Utica City School District, as a history teacher and a professional social worker. He loved animals, adventure, and nature. He was an avid reader, a knowledgeable gardener, and a meticulous landscaper. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Angela; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.
"Ray and Ginger Urode live in California and they will definitely attend. Ray will talk to Steve Saunders, Harry Bubnack, Lou Ursitti, and others. Ray retired from Hughes Aircraft years ago and got into real estate, so he is still working. "Question: Why should I go to Alfred for the 50th reunion? "Answer #1: BECAUSE IT'S THE 'BIG ONE' and not for sissies (as in growing old) -- Ray Urode"
"Ed DeChristopher spent 30 years in the military and after retiring now lives in Virginia and is in the real estate business with his daughter. A couple of years ago he attended his granddaughter's graduation from Alfred. Wow!
"Arnold Namm, who has a promotional specialties firm, and Elliott Lasky, working for his wife's show registration company, just happened to meet at a show where they had adjoining tables. Arnold said he probably would not attend the Reunion but he would like to be on the e-mail list.
"Frenchy and Diane LeBlanc plan to attend the Reunion. He is still consulting and does his work in Spain and Portugal.
"Lyle and Beth Slack live in Wellsville. Lyle is into house building/repair for his kids. Of course, they will be attending the Reunion.
From Rich Simington: "Some guys are good at relaxing. Some aren't Officially, Samuel Hulbert is retired from a distinguished career as president of the renowned Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. But Sam is not doing so well in remedial retirement training. He's been a consultant and now a professor in the start-up engineering program at nearby Florida Gulf Coast University. And this fall he's going to Japan to teach for a semester at a sister institution to Rose-Hulman. His wife, Joy Husband '58, is trying to get him to slow down in Naples, FL, where they now live."
Amy (Koechling) Weaver writes: "My husband Don and I continue to live in Western New York (Mayville) on beautiful Chautauqua Lake. Our four children have blessed us with 11 grandchildren ranging from 21 years to eight weeks. In our winter home in Estero, FL, for four months we enjoy tennis and golf, etc. with AU alums Gary Braun '57 and Bob Carman '55 and their wives.
1959
Brian Rogers writes: "I raced to my computer this evening the instant I read in the new Alfred Magazine of Dr. Timothy Foecke's July lecture on the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. "It is beyond my comprehension why the author of that announcement described the planes that hit the towers as 'small.' A small plane is a Piper Cub or a Learjet. The Boeing 767s that hit the towers were large airliners capable of flying more than 5,000 miles, loaded with thousands of gallons of fuel and carrying 200 or more passengers. "To describe the planes as 'small' is a shocking understatement that does no credit to Alfred Magazine. I am deeply disappointed that such a gross error could have been printed in a piece related to one of the most tragic and traumatic events in our history."
Charles D. Post, 66 of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, died on March 22, 2006. He worked for 32 years as a self-employed ceramic engineer and for 15 years as a real estate agent. He had served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant from 1961-63. He is survived by his wife, Ann, a daughter, and a granddaughter.
"Had a nice chat with Cy Berlowitz who has relocated with his family to Oakland. Hope to see you at the next reunion Cy -- it's been a while.
Stanley M. Moskowitz, 68, of Great Falls, VA, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official who twice served as the agency's l;liaison to Congress and who tried to forge peace between Israelis and Palestinians, died June 29, 2006. Stanley spent more than 40 years with the CIA. He retired in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Evadna; two sons; two daughters; and three grandchildren.
1960
"Ed DeChristopher spent 30 years in the military and after retiring now lives in Virginia and is in the real estate business with his daughter. A couple of years ago he attended his granddaughter's graduation from Alfred. Wow!
"Your class correspondent spent a great day with Paula '60 and Stan Schumann '60 during their visit to Los Angeles. Had a good lunch in Calabasas and visited their son Marc's music business offices and his beautiful new home in Agoura. Nothing like old, good friends!
"Your class correspondent spent a great day with Paula '60 and Stan Schumann '60 during their visit to Los Angeles. Had a good lunch in Calabasas and visited their son Marc's music business offices and his beautiful new home in Agoura. Nothing like old, good friends!
Jacqueline Anne (DuBois) Ritter writes that she retired in June 2005 after working as an administrative assistant at Mandarin Presbyterian Church for 22 years. She was widowed in 1980, has three children (one whom died in 2000), and has three granddaughters. "I am enjoying my family, cruising, and 'lighthousing.'"
Marjorie Lee of Toledo has been elected president of the Ohio branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She has two grown sons and a daughter, Sandi, who is incoming treasurer of the Ohio branch of AAUW.
From Rich Simington: "Some guys are good at relaxing. Some aren't Officially, Samuel Hulbert is retired from a distinguished career as president of the renowned Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. But Sam is not doing so well in remedial retirement training. He's been a consultant and now a professor in the start-up engineering program at nearby Florida Gulf Coast University. And this fall he's going to Japan to teach for a semester at a sister institution to Rose-Hulman. His wife, Joy Husband '58, is trying to get him to slow down in Naples, FL, where they now live."
Sylvia Levinson has lived in San Diego for the past 32 years. She has been writing and performing her poetry for 14 years. Publications include "The Snowy Egret," "City Works," and many other journals. She is a frequent featured reader at San Diego County venues. In 2004, she was awarded first prize in the poetry contests of the American Society on Aging and the San Diego African American Writers and Artists, Inc. Her first book of poetry was published in 2005 by Caernarvon Press. Titled "Gateways: Poems of Nature, Meditation and Renewal, A Self-Guided Book of Discovery," it is intended to provide the reader with respite by being mindful of each moment. Each poem is framed by commentary and suggestions for the readers to respond with their own writing on the blank page that follows. Contact Sylvia at shlconsult@cox.net.
1961
"Lyle and Beth Slack live in Wellsville. Lyle is into house building/repair for his kids. Of course, they will be attending the Reunion.
Julianne (Vance) Goodridge is retired and living in Huntsville, AL.
'Bob Gabbey '61 and I had lunch this fall. 'We are trying to put together a program for Rochester-area alumnae from the '50's, '60's, and '70's.'
Ceradyne CEO Joel Moskowitz was featured in an article about his company's ceramic armor which appeared in the May 22, 2006 edition of Investor's Business Daily. In addition, Joel spoke at NASDAQ's 17th international investor forum, June 20-21, 2006, in London, England.
1962
Janice (Hobbie) Wolcott of Dallas, OR, a staff RN in pediatrics and coordinator of a parish nurse program, writes: "I am reluctant to retire from nursing and stay busy in parish nursing and offering assistance to family caregivers. I only lived at the Theta house during my senior year. I have some fond memories of hours working in the kitchen/dining room."
(Mary) Alise (Ogden) Irwin of Branchport, NY, writes: "We live at Keuka Lake and we do keep in touch with many AKO sisters, especially class of '62. I am very pleased by the decisions made to sell the house and to support the Women's Center and provide for a scholarship. My mother, Helen Acker Ogden, was one of the first honorary members of AKO, along with Mae Bernstein. They were very supportive in the early days when AKO was struggling. They would be proud!"
Susan (Lindsey) Cridge writes: "I have relocated from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Salem, OR. Am enjoying a longer growing season, grandchildren nearby, and exploring Oregon. Have enjoyed visits with Warren Sutton '61 and Alise Ogden Irwin when I work in my sister-in-law's art gallery for the racing season in Saratoga Springs, NY."
Sandra (Kaplan) Coplon writes: "I retired in 2004 from Hartford University Hospital after 28 years on the staff. I'm active with my 10 grandchildren (two more on the way). Norm and I travel and I'm still able to roller blade, bike, etc."
"Dick Zodikoff '62 writes: 'This past March, Dr. Marty Oppenheim, Dr. Josh Fierer, and Dick Zodikoff got together in West Palm Beach, FL, and renewed old friendships. We talked about the great times we all had at Alfred. We had a lot of catching up to do and after many hours realized this couldn't be done at one gathering. We promised each other to stay in touch and meet again soon. Marty is now retired and Josh is semi-retired. I am still active in the carwash industry in New Jersey doing real estate sales and selling equipment to the carwash industry. I am still trying to have a get-together with some of the Tau Delts and hopefully it will be this August or September.'
Robert Klein was the star attraction April 22, 2006, at the ninth annual benefit concert for the Youth Center at the Midia Theater, Philadelphia. He joined Judy Collins, Dave Mason, Eileen Ivers, and others.
1963
from Maureen Sullivan Dalton '65 (Henry Hopkin's cousin) that Hemmings Classic Car magazine had an article in the February 2006 issue, pages 14- 19, featuring one of Henry's autos. It included a picture of Henry and his partner. Henry looks great with white hair. His partner looks familiar but I can't place him.
'Joyce DeChristopher Schmidt just e-mailed me with the news of the death of Nancy Gerkin Morris of cancer and asked that I forward the news to you.
Lucille (Weichert) Croscup writes: "After 39 years I retired from teaching vocal music in 2003. I taught mostly in the Bennington, VT area. I enjoy gardening, digital photography, and singing in community choral groups."
Barbara (Cruzan) Green writes: "Although officially retired, I work as a parish nurse for the Milton, WI, Seventh Day Baptist Church and as a teaching assistant in the nursing skills lab at Blackhawk Technical College on an as-needed basis. My husband and I toured the Alps in September 2005 -- a beautiful trip!"
"Bill Rapp (Kappa Nu) writes: 'Shortly after my 64th birthday, in March, I began a new career in show business. I have been working as an "extra," or background actor, in such TV shows as: "Law & Order," "Law & Order SVU," "Convicted," and "Without A Trace," and I was in a pilot called "Traveler." I have also, so far, been in two movies, to be released next year, one, a Disney, part animation, part live, film called "The Enchanted," where I was one of 250 extras in Times Square for three days while people in strange (even for NYC) dress popped out of a sewer. And a police drama called "Into The Night." It keeps me busy, is fun, and I've been meeting some very nice people. Of course, I'd appreciate a hand from any alum in the industry in getting a SAG card. I can be reached on my cell: 646.963.7319, even if you can't help, but just want to say, Hi. I hope to be getting voice-overs in addition to to the "acting." 'I have four grandchildren. The greatest bumper sticker I've ever seen said, "If I had known how wonderful it was to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first!' "
"Michael S. Mishkin writes: 'Received the Alfred Magazine and thought it might be time to bring everyone up to date as to what has been happening in my life. Jan. 1 I began my second shot at retirement. The first time in 1987 lasted only two years as boredom set in and the mind started getting interested in business again. This time I think I might remain retired, but time will tell if the feeling is real. 'I have sold all my interests in NYC and have moved permanently to Georgia. I find it hard to believe that I am now a Southerner. I love it here and find the area a great place to enjoy retirement. 'I am married now for 40 years and have two married sons and three grandkids. One son, and his family, is here in the South and the other remains up North in New Jersey. Both are very successful and I am proud of their accomplishments. 'Went to a surprise birthday party not too long ago for David Skolsky '62 who has also moved South. Still close to Arnold Ecker and stay in touch with John Sprung. I am doing lots of travel, playing lots of golf and trying to find out if retirement will hold with me. I am still playing a little basketball which causes some conflict with my family as they feel it is time to hang it up already -- they are probably correct and I might have to do so eventually. 'I was a guest lecturer at Columbia University several months ago and I might like to pursue that as my next adventure. I really enjoyed it and had a great response. If anyone out there wishes to be in touch with me, I can be reached by e-mail at mike@mishkinpartners.com.'
From Rich Simington: "If you check the records at Alfred, technically Frederic Lindauer was a psychology major. But C.D. Smith and Rod Brown knew theater was in his blood. He went on to complete graduate study at the Yale Drama School and has created a distinguished career as one of the best know experts in theater lighting in America. There's hardly a venue in Las Vegas today that hasn't been lit by Fred. And he's a frequent flier to Europe. He's still working 'under the lights' as the United States director of operations for France's internationally renowned entertainment lighting company, Robert Juliat. Fred and his wife, Barbara Bennett '64, continue to live in Wallingford, CT."
'Joyce DeChristopher Schmidt just e-mailed me with the news of the death of Nancy Gerkin Morris of cancer and asked that I forward the news to you.
"Joan Potter writes: 'Nothing has changed for me, I am still working too hard and traveling to see my five grandchildren I drive to Chappaqua every six weeks to see Dillon, Nicole, Jake, and Luke, and I fly to San Diego every three months to see Brett. Thanksgiving was spent in Chappaqua and Christmas was enjoyed in San Diego and Catalina Island. My son Stephen, who works in London, joined us for Christmas.
1964
Carol Wharton Titus, 63, of Point Breeze, PA, died on March 27, 2006. She was a key figure in the local women's movement and was a founding member of the East End chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the mid-70s. She was instrumental in forming a racially integrated NOW chapter. Carol was also among the 16 original owners of Wildsisters, a restaurant/cafe, performance space and art gallery. She worked as a technical writer for Management Science Associates for 25 years. She also did volunteer work for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and on several political campaigns. Carol enjoyed writing poetry and songs and creating paintings and wearable arts. She is survived by a daughter and a son.
Dr. Kathryn S. (Simons) Wurster-Schmidt, a doctor of chiropractic, writes: "I love chiropractic and my nursing program has helped me so much in understanding and providing better care for my patients. I often think of the wonderful times I had at Alfred and the great people I got to know. You all meant a lot to me... and still do. Enjoy life! P.S. AKO will always have special memories for me."
Class Correspondent Ruth (Reeve) Gau of Poughkeepsie, NY, a retired educator, writes: "Just returned (3/28/06) from a trip to the Miami Boat Show, Keys, FL, and St. Pete Beach. We toured New Orleans on our return trip and were shocked over the devastation of Katrina. We did not visit District 9 in New Orleans but viewed all the destroyed homes, businesses, churches, etc." Then she writes (6/15/06) again: "Gregg and I just returned from Kansas where we saw our grandchildren, Emma, 3, and Katelyn, 1. We went to see Emma's dance recital. From there we toured Custard State Park, SD, and saw Mt. Rushmore. If you want to see herds of buffalo, visit Custard State Park. Our next trip will be spending a night at a light house on Rose Island, Newport, RI.
"Heard from Fred Ames. He just returned from a vacation to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. After leaving AU he spent four years in the Navy with the NAVSECGRU (Naval Security Group Activity) stationed at Kami Seya, Japan, where he performed maintenance and repair for some electronic equipment. 'The base itself was a Navy "listening post" that intercepted electronic communications from around the Pacific RIM, Russia, China, Japan, etc.)and than provided that data to the NSA for analysis. Japan was a great place to be.' "After the Navy, he returned to San Francisco and married Natalie, and then went to UC Berkeley and graduated with a BA in sociology. He did a brief stint in the insurance business to return to school to receive a MA in sociology from UC at Santa Barbara. He started working for CDC and ended living in Morgantown, WV, where he resided for 26 years. 'I worked in administration for NIOSH/CDC (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health --the division of respiratory disease studies) until 1991, stayed within the division but later transferred to a job in IT (information technology) which provided the division with local area network support, until retirement in 2003.' "For four years, Fred was a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in West Virginia before he moved to North Carolina where he does volunteer work as a Guardian ad Litem. He spends 10-15 hours a week doing this work. At the present time he is working with six cases which involve eight children. "Natalie and Fred have two young adults, Brennan, their daughter, and husband, Brent, who have a 2-year-old, Jude, and their son Jonathan, a nurse, who lives in Morgantown, WV."
Lesley (Mace) Knoll of Long Lake, NY, owner/operator of Waters' Edge Cottages, writes: "Married T. Knoll in 1966 and lived on Long Island until 1981. Bought and run Water's Edge Cottages. Have two daughters, Andrea and Michelle (1974 and 1966). Andrea is an art director and graphic designer; Michelle has MA in archeology in Utah. First grandchild (Andrea's) arrived in June -- Alexander Dawson-Ellis. We are also rock 'hounds' and have a rock shop. Tom does lapidary and I do designer silversmithing. We winter in Tucson, AZ."
Barbara (Beck) Muratore writes: "I was surprised to wake up one morning and find that I was on the front page of the Rochester (Democrat & Chronicle) newspaper. I had been painting with the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters in Highland Park, Rochester. I exhibit in art shows throughout Western and Central New York."
1965
Karen (Lattanzio) Matles of Coral Springs, FL, writes that she retired in February 2004, and reports on her children: Samantha is a mother of two, ages 6 and 5, lives in Alphrata, GA, and has a master's degree in speech and language pathology; Alison has a degree in criminal justice and is a federal agent in California; and Greg has a degree in electrical engineering technology and works in high-tech industry.
from Maureen Sullivan Dalton '65 (Henry Hopkin's cousin) that Hemmings Classic Car magazine had an article in the February 2006 issue, pages 14- 19, featuring one of Henry's autos. It included a picture of Henry and his partner. Henry looks great with white hair. His partner looks familiar but I can't place him.
From Rich Simington: "Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can figure out the inner workings of highly technical research-based companies? They find engineers like Herbert Dietrich. After decades creating a distinguished career as a ceramic engineer with an Alfred master's degree in glass science, Herb was recruited by the IRS and today heads a multi-state team of engineering consultants who work as technical advisers to mere mortal tax investigators of state-of-the-art research companies. Herb and his wife, Gina Rich '70, continue to live in New City, NY."
1966
Leticia (Loomis) Tubman of Pleasant Valley, CT, a teacher of strategies at The Forman School (a college prep school for students with learning differences) writes: "I live with my husband, Harry, and Samantha the cat. We have two freshly grown sons who are still trying to decide what their next step in life will be. We are toying with the idea of retirement, but teaching is still too much fun."
Wayne A. Newton writes that he "has moved from Connecticut to Las Vegas (where else?) to become director, compensation for Sierra Health Services, Inc." He will be designing, developing, and administering compensation programs for Sierra's diverse healthcare business units.
Oakland (CA) City Council member Nancy Nadel is in a six-way race for city mayor, which will be determined this fall.
Bob Sevene, the coach best known for helping Joan Benoit Samuelson win the first Olympic Marathon gold medal for women, has decided to retire from his position at the Big Sur Distance Project at the end of this season. He will concentrate his energies on one runner, Blake Russell, the nation's fastest woman in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs, and fourth ranked in the 1,500. Bob is in his 37th year of coaching.
1967
Dr. James R. Davis, board chairman at Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Wellsboro, PA, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the National Cooperative Services Corp. (NCSC) Board of Directors. NCSC is a member-owned cooperative association that provides electric cooperatives and their affiliates with specialized financing and related services.
Ron Gebhardt was recently appointed to the supervisory committee of Goldenwest Credit Union. The volunteer committee ensures that the business affairs of the credit union are in compliance with federal guidelines. Bob is employed as a safety manager at Williams International, Utah.
Peggy (Preuss) Amster of Water Mill, NY, writes that after earning an MBA and working in marketing she is now a landscape designer on eastern Long Island.
Connie (Pettit) Stephens of Utica, NY, writes that she is a legal assistant and "currently enjoying my three grandchildren: Morgan, 4, and Ella, one week (on May 26), and Campbell, 1 1/2 years. Mike ('64) and I look forward to our 39th anniversary this August. Yes, we met at AU."
Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology, Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of the Newsletter of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology entitled, "Freud and the Queen of Crime."
Martin "Bob" Karig writes that he recently completed his first book, "Hard Coal and Coal Cars," which has been published by the University of Scranton Press. The book traces the history of rail transportation in the anthracite region and the development of freight car technology. Bob retired from the Army in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel and recently enjoyed a second retirement from industry.
From Rich Simington: "So you think you're busy? As a psychotherapist,Laurie Meyerowitz Kopp maintains a schedule of seeing patients for 45 consultation hours per week. And she's planning weddings for both her son and her daughter before the end of the year. And this fall she's planning to resume her routine of skiing like she did at Alfred, and maybe also do some snowshoeing. Laurie continues to live, but not rest, in Woodbury, NY."
1968
Peggy (Judd) Stott writes: "I worked from 1968 through 1989 in various public health nursing positions. When my husband and I adopted two young sisters in 1990, I also began a home child-care business. We started a home improvement/repair business in 2000 and I am now caring for my elderly mother full-time (in Florida in winters and Virginia summers)."
NYC artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme writes that she had an exhibition and receptions June 23-24 at The Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY,as part of Decorators Showcase Weekend. In addition, one of Eileen's works appeared on the cover of the June 23, 2006 edition of Dan's Papers, the largest circulation paper in The Hamptons.
Sharon Rose of Rock Hill, NY, a nurse, asks: "Doyle, where are you?"
1969
Mark Cohen of Morristown, NJ, was a candidate for Mountain Lakes School Board. The father of six is a management consultant in his own practice.
1970
Geoff Brunger writes that "at the NYS Council for the Social Studies/NYS Social Studies Supervisors annual convention in early March 2006, I received an award. I was selected as the Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor of the year." Geoff works for the Kenmore/Tonawanda (NY) School District. 04/05/2007 10:48:21 AM MaryS
Mary Elizabeth (Gibson) Corey of Athens, GA, a case manager for Hospice, writes that she has four daughters -- Heather, Miranda, Rebecca, and Catherine; and two grandchildren, Jacob, 8, and McClain, 5. Husband Steve works at the University of Georgia. 04/05/2007 10:49:39 AM MaryS
Dr. Gary F. Purdue, a surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, recently completed a term as president of the American Burn Association. Gary directs the burn center at the Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, and is a clinical professor of anesthesiology and plastic surgery. He's on the editorial board of the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, is a reviewer for the Journal of Trauma, and has published many journal reviews and other writings. 04/05/2007 10:54:37 AM MaryS
If you think you're having a bad day, think of what happened to Jay Knox when he was at Alfred. He was selected for the honor of running the lab chosen to study six microscopic samples of material brought back from the lunar landing. All went pretty well until the day someone was careless with one of the samples and it fell onto the floor. If you want to know whether the sample was found, or whether the research leader sent Jay 'to the moon' for a replacement, ask Jay. He now lives in Palm Harbor, FL. 04/05/2007 10:57:13 AM MaryS
1971
Anthea (Vanech) Philippou of Rockville Centre, NY, a managing partner at G.E.P. General Association, writes that she is "married to a diplomat and now posted to Nicosia, Cyprus." 04/05/2007 11:06:40 AM MaryS
C. Scott Vanderhoef, Rockland (NY) County executive, has been tapped by Republican and conservative candidate for NYS governor, John Faso, as a candidate for lieutenant governor. Gary Horowitz, former director of Alumni Affairs at AU, writes that following his graduation from the University, Scott went to Columbia Teachers College and worked as an usher at Carnegie Hall. "Bill Cleveland '72 and I visited Scott and we met at Carnegie Hall. When the evening performance was over and the hall empty, Scott went on stage and played one of his own compositions. The only people to hear Scott's performance were Bill, me, and a janitor cleaning the balcony. "Scott wrote music, and in fact when he could not attend the wedding of a close Alfred friend he wrote a piece for the friend's wedding." Scott and his wife, Colleen, of Blauvelt, NY, have triplet daughters and twin sons. Daughter Erin has completed her junior year at AU in the School of Art & Design. 04/05/2007 11:10:33 AM MaryS
Noted Texas attorney Stanley Schneider offered a unique perspective on the Enron trial through the Houston Chronicle's Legal Commentary blog. He also appeared in a segment of the March 11, 2006, edition of CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" entitled "Texas Confidential." Stanley is a specialist in state and federal criminal trials and appeals. 04/05/2007 11:12:38 AM MaryS
With keeping up with her two kids, working full-time, theater events with friends, and singing and other activities, it's no wonder Catherine Clarke Baumgarten was singled out for the honor of being selected this spring as the Woman of the Year at her synagogue. Cathy and her husband, Bruce, still live in Syosset, NY. 04/05/2007 11:14:12 AM MaryS
1972
Mary Kay O'Rourke of Tucson, AZ, associate professor at the University of Arizona, writes that she "will be speaking at AU in the environmental seminar series on Sept. 22, 2006." 04/05/2007 11:17:08 AM MaryS
In her capacity as the CEO of Meals on Wheels Association of America, Enid Borden recently accepted an invitation from members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee including Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), to testify on the effectiveness of how the Older Americans Act programs have served older Americans since the 2000 reauthorization. Enid, president of the Borden Group, continues to live in Alexandria, VA. 04/05/2007 11:18:49 AM MaryS
David Greenspan is a well known glass expert. He has a Ph.D. in glass science. He is the chief research executive where he works, supervising projects around the world. But what drew him to Alfred and to glass initially was how beautiful it was. So instead of just admiring museum glass, Dave has begun to own his own glass art. Considering his research success, we might one day be seeing his art in exhibition. "Daughter, Geri, a Yale law student, is interning in Cambodia, assisting in efforts for the launch of the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal, bringing to prosecution persons responsible for the genocide and crimes against humanity during the Khmer Rouge regime. Dave and his wife, Alice, continue to live in Gainesville, FL. 04/05/2007 11:20:04 AM MaryS
No one ever accused Kathryn Fingar Scott of walking away from a challenge. Years ago she went to a PTO meeting where the principal asked if a volunteer would help supervise kids after school. Kathryn thought, I can do that. Boy could she. Today she heads a private organization with 20 employees operating a comprehensive care program for children in her school from 7:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Kathryn and her husband, Jim, continue to live in Guilford, CT. 04/05/2007 11:22:16 AM MaryS
William T. Hanley, former chairman, president, and CEO of Millittech, has been named to the Video Communications, Inc. Board of Directors. 04/05/2007 11:24:29 AM MaryS
1973
Anne (Bloom) Flaherty, a certified rehabilitation counselor, of Dewitt, NY, writes: "I received a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Syracuse University in 1992. I have been married to Denis '69 for almost 35 years. (We were married in Alfred Station on Oct. 17, 1971. Many Theta sisters attended the outdoor wedding under a yellow maple tree!) We have three grown -- two daughters and one son -- college-educated children and one beautiful little granddaughter! We are so blessed!" 04/05/2007 11:15:44 AM MaryS
Rita (Bonning) Murphy of Rochester, NY, a nurse, wrote that she was "looking forward with great anticipation for Reunion 2006 when AKO and nurses will be getting together. Motherhood is a great equalizer! Shalom." 04/05/2007 11:29:55 AM MaryS
Talk about making lemonade from lemons. When Kevin Conklin was at Alfred he hoped to be a soccer star, until a knee injury ended his career. But the injury started his lifetime career as an athletics trainer. He pursued his vocation at a number of schools, including Alfred, finally using his health promotion expertise to lead a group of professionals in disability insurance at Metropolitan Life, where he works today. Kevin and his wife, Sally, continue to live in South Windsor, CT. 04/05/2007 11:31:10 AM MaryS
1974
Lisa Murray, who has taught art for 21 years in Springfield, VT schools, is also a professional artist and crafts person. Well known in the area, she organized "Beyond the Unicorn" Craft Fair for 18 years; is a trustee of the Miller Art Center; a member of the Fletcher Farm Society of Vermont Craftsmen, and the Jelly Bean Tree Crafts. 04/05/2007 11:32:22 AM MaryS
If you live in a small town where there's a college with a team that's a perennial national powerhouse, almost everyone in town is a fan. And that's what it's like in Durham, NH, where the University of New Hampshire (UNH) hockey team is often a contender for an NCAA championship. Because Stephen Greiner and his wife, Sally, live in Durham, he's a super fan, on the board of the Friends of UNH Hockey, and annually spearheads its golf outing. 04/05/2007 11:33:47 AM MaryS
Mark Groesbeck has been named vice president of sales and marketing for the Occtane Group LLC of Hilton Head Island, SC. 04/05/2007 11:34:47 AM MaryS
Ceramist Suzanne Hill, who runs her own studio at the Emerson Umbrella, Concord, MA, was the subject of a local feature article in March 2006. 04/05/2007 11:35:41 AM MaryS
Jeff Zamek wrote an article entitled "Stoneware Clay Body Formulas" in the February 2006 edition of Ceramic Industry. 04/05/2007 11:36:57 AM MaryS
Jonathan Greenfield reports he has opened Jonathan Greenfield Fine Jewelry Designs (store and studio) at 263 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT. He notes he has created three fresh lines of jewelry; see the designs for yourself at: jonathangreenfield.com 04/05/2007 11:37:54 AM MaryS
Mark Little has work in the permanent collection of the Davistown Museum, Liberty, Maine. Mark can be reached at: 1772 Western Ridge, Palermo, Maine 04354, or APOTHEKEARY@hotmail.com 04/05/2007 11:28:56 AM MaryS
1975
Dorothy (Van Houten) Fassbender writes that her son, Albert Fassbender III '06 just graduated from AU summa cum laude as an Alfred Scholar with a bachelor's degree in French. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and numerous other honor societies. 04/05/2007 12:15:27 PM MaryS
Dr. David Gruder married Laurie Morse on May 21, 2006, in San Diego, CA. David is executive director of Willingness Works. Laurie is a licensed acupuncturist and energy medicine specialist in private practice. 04/05/2007 12:16:31 PM MaryS
Debra (Rhodes) Smith of Pinehurst, NC, owner of Debra Rhodes Fine Art Services, reports that she is "currently writing a memoir of 30 years in the fine art field -- 'Tales of Art Beyond the Frame.' " 04/05/2007 12:17:40 PM MaryS
Most people who knew Steven Tierney in high school and at Alfred thought of him first as an accomplished athlete who happened to major in business. But today, people who know Steve think of him as an accomplished executive heading a regional company providing computerized services to more than 600 restaurants in one of the hottest tourist markets in the United States. And he still is into athletics. He's the coach of his son's middle school football team. And he's a Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket holder. Steve and his wife, Karen, continue to live in Tampa, FL. 04/05/2007 12:18:50 PM MaryS
1976
Cathy (Timpert) Johnson writes that she: "retired from the Army Nurse Corps in August 2003 at the rank of colonel and now works as a mental health nurse practitioner for the VA Health Care System, Fairbanks, Alaska. I live with my spouse, Carl, and three cats, in North Pole, Alaska, just south of Fairbanks and Ft. Wainwright -- the view from our deck includes the Alaska Range Mountains and Mt. McKinley! "I recently received recognition at the annual convention for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as the Nurse Practioner of the Year from Alaska." 04/05/2007 12:20:16 PM MaryS
James E. O'Keefe, head of the start-up company Demodulation, Inc., was the subject of an article in the April 27, 2006 edition of The New York Times. The company works with microwires which it is marketing for future use as security tags, in surveillance systems, and as chemical and temperature sensors. 04/05/2007 12:21:53 PM MaryS
Arthur Spitalnick has joined The Kaufman Organization, New York City, as managing director. 04/05/2007 12:22:52 PM MaryS
David Chesnoff, described as one of Nevada's two most prominent criminal defense lawyers in a June 23, 2006 article in The New York Times, has been retained by a wealthy former pawn shop owner from Reno charged with the stabbing death of his estranged wife and the shooting of the judge hearing their divorce case. The case has been receiving national attention. 04/05/2007 12:23:45 PM MaryS
Richard Steitzer of Clifton Park, NY, married Kimberley Wells on Aug. 20, 2005. Richard is a regional manager at Vascular Solutions. His bride is a teacher. 04/05/2007 12:24:40 PM MaryS
Doug Kulmacz has never been shy about volunteering for new experiences. Before Alfred, he was selected for an experimental high school/college program in his home state of Connecticut. After Alfred he served a year in VISTA working with senior citizens. Then he served two years in Indonesia with the Peace Corps. He returned home to become the youngest ever director of social services in the town of Plymouth, CT. After seven years, and when Connecticut reorganized prison programs, the state needed someone to organize volunteer and recreation programs for 18,000 inmates in 25 institutions. Just another new experience for Doug. After 20 years he has organized a cadre of thousands of volunteers. Currently 250 new ones sign up each month. No wonder he has been cited by the Department of Corrections as one of the 'Best in the Business.' Doug and his wife, Sharon, live in Haddam Neck, CT. 04/05/2007 12:26:56 PM MaryS
1977
If you knew how Barbara Dion Duffy has held highly responsible positions in some of the largest financial companies in the world it would be hard to believe how close she came to rejecting college. Instead, she was convinced in August to come to Alfred for her freshman year. Today she makes decisions with consequences in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Barbara and her husband, Peter, continue to live in Manhassett, NY. If you want an interesting read, try Peter's account of their professional lives, 'The Courage of My Convictions.' All proceeds from his book are donated to charity. 04/05/2007 12:27:55 PM MaryS
1978
Works by fiber artist Gail Hersey of Weare, NH, a member of the Beard Pond Art Group, were included in the group's pond-themed exhibit on view from May 16-June 30, 2006 at the Conservation Center, Concord, NH. 04/05/2007 12:29:02 PM MaryS
Vicki (Ackley) Larson, a nursing supervisor at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport, NY, writes: "Reed A. Larson ('77) and I married in April 1979. We are blessed with our son, Andrew Kenneth Donald Larson, who was born in Bacau, Romania, on Dec. 1, 1998. We are very proud parents. We love Andrew and Alfred!" 04/05/2007 12:30:28 PM MaryS
Susan (Farrell) Marois of Queensbury, NY, writes: "I'll always have the nice memories of my (Theta Theta Chi) sisters and the house." 04/05/2007 12:31:21 PM MaryS
Linda Ellett is founder and co-owner of L'esperance Tile Works, Rock City Falls, NY, a hand-manufacturer of tiles used in the renovations of buildings of the Victorian and craftsman eras. She says the majority of L'esperance sales are generated from its New York City showrooms at 57th Street, Manhattan, and Green Street in SoHo. Her business was featured in an article in the April 1, 2006, edition of the Saratoga (NY) Business Journal. 04/05/2007 12:32:37 PM MaryS
Robert Mitchell has retired after 31 years of teaching math to Canaseraga (NY) Central School students. He plans to travel and spend more time with his hobby -- painting wildlife. 04/05/2007 12:34:56 PM MaryS
Akio Takamori, professor of ceramic art at the University of Washington, has several exhibitions on display at the Tacoma (WA) Art Museum - "Between Clouds of Memory: The Ceramic Art of Akio Takamori" (through Oct. 8, 2006) and "Akio Takamori: The Laughing Monks" (through Oct. 22, 2006). 04/05/2007 12:35:48 PM MaryS
When he was a kid growing up in Queens, if you asked Mark Samuels what he wanted to be when he grew up he would have said, be an orthodontist. Like his dad. He came to Alfred with that plan but went another direction. Not because he thought less of his dad. But because he found a field that didn't exist when he was a kid. Today he's a prominent laser engineer. Mark and his wife, Barbara, continue to live in Madison, CT. 04/05/2007 12:37:03 PM MaryS
For most of his life, Evan Goldstein has done things other people can't do quite as well. He directed firefighting efforts as a volunteer chief of one of the departments which fought the great Suffolk County wildfires in 1995, and today is a fire commissioner. "He regularly lands the biggest shark in contests which take his boat 30 miles out to sea off the Long Island coast. "Wish you had a classic '66 Corvette? Evan does. "Wish you had two Harleys? Evan does. "But he's best known for his professional skills as a horticultural broker in states around New York. He finds growing stock even large retailers can't. In the future, when you visit the World Trade Center Memorial now being planned, you can thank Evan for locating the exact size and variety of trees the landscape architect wanted but that no one but Evan could locate. "In October 2005, Evan and Chris became the grandparents of a baby girl, Kaleigh Alexandra Summer. Kaleigh is the daughter of the Goldsteins' daughter, Jody, and her husband, Mike Summers, of Stamford, CT. Evan and his wife, Chris, continue to live in East Moriches, NY. 04/05/2007 12:39:01 PM MaryS
William F. Smith II has received a master of science degree with honors in international business management from Daemen College, Amherst, NY.
1979
Joanie (Priceman) Hunn writes: 'I have started a new job as of July 11, 2005, the first full-time one since my 20-year-old daughter was born. My vacation is very limited and we're going on a big trip this summer. I am working at the Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax, VA, as a public health nurse. 04/05/2007 12:40:23 PM MaryS
This may be a few years late, but I enjoyed my 25th class reunion (in 2004) -- especially since my son, Nathaniel, was with me. I was amazed by the cushy amenities now provided for students: come on, heated sidewalks? Back in my day, you were lucky to find a sidewalk! I mean we were happy if someone had trudged to class before us and had already made tracks in the slippery snow! And a shuttle bus to town (what town?) -- once we were entrenched on campus there was no thought of escape, let alone the ability to do so! Today's students are so spoiled -- they don't like adventure! Anyway, I just wish more of my classmates had come, although those of us who did had fun. "As for more recent news -- my son graduated from high school this week (late May, yes, I am getting old) as the valedictorian of his class. He made a clean sweep -- he received the departmental award in math, science, history, English, and foreign languages (French). It is frightening, actually. In September, he'll be heading off for Princeton, leaving me in a state of awe, excitement, and empty-nest depression. "Take care of yourselves! (By the way, anyone else feel like they're almost ready for a walker?)" 04/05/2007 12:42:21 PM MaryS
Lisa (Schimmel) Weston of Webster, NY, writes that she has been married for 26 years to Jeff, and has three children: Julia, 25, RN, regional education consultant for Planned Parenthood; David, 24, in graduate school for theatrical lighting design at the University of Memphis; and Jennifer, 21, a junior at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA. "We're enjoying our empty nest! I'm a breast cancer survivor. My treatment left me alive, but unable to work. (She was a senior nurse counselor at Rochester General Hospital Pediatric Triage Center.) I keep busy knitting, spinning, and weaving. We maintain a menagerie of two dogs and three cats, most of whom spend summer weekends in our RV as we explore NYS campgrounds and beyond!" 04/05/2007 12:43:16 PM MaryS
Artist/painter Deborah Oropallo of Berkeley, CA, had an exhibit of computer-aided, photo-based art entitled "Twice Removed,"(a reference to the fact that what we see is a two-stage takeoff from the physical world) at the Boise (Idaho) Art Museum. 04/05/2007 12:44:08 PM MaryS
1980
Ryan Dirkx is the director of research and development for Arkema Inc., Altuglas International Worldwide, based in King of Prussia, PA.
Joe Mooney, returning from a 2004 stroke and then battling and recovering from leukemia in 2005, is exhibiting six new outdoor sculptures through Oct. 30, 2006, in a show titled "Phoenix," at the James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA.
Roseanne Sherman of Melbourne, FL, writes that she is a senior technical specialist completing a second year working on the Shchuch'ye Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in Russia.
Works by David Boyajian were included in an exhibit at the Wooster (CT) Community Art Center from Jan. 29-Feb. 26, 2006.
Mark Brostoff 515 W. 16th St. Bloomington, IN 47404 E-mail: mbrostof@indiana.edu Your Class Correspondent, Mark Brostoff, associate director of the Undergraduate Career Services Office at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, recently won a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Excellence Award in the category of Advancement of the Profession for his development of a presentation to help career services professionals better understand the issues gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students face during their job search and in the workplace. Titled "Gay Lives, Straight Jobs: Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making," the program is designed as a starting point for career services professionals to use to help GLBT students address the challenges they face as they move from what often is the supportive environment of the college campus to the uncertainty of the workplace.
1981
William "Bill" T. Giles is the new executive vice president and chief financial officer of AutoZone, Inc., the nation's leading auto parts retailer.
William Leverence 4 Secor Road Brookfield, CT 06804 E-mail: hevylevy2@yahoo.com
Charlie Hartz has been appointed general manager of Glenmore Country Club, just outside Charlottesville, VA.
Madeline (Russo) Edwards of Marietta, GA, writes: "I am a part-time OR nurse. I have a 9-year-old daughter, Cassandra, and we are adopting a 6-year-old Russian boy. The process is complete and we are waiting for permission to travel."
Eileen Rippe Phillips of Perrysburg, Ohio, is a supervisor for patient care services, Visiting Nurse Hospice. She writes that she is "still happily married to Randy '78 (Alpha Chi Rho brother)," has four children, three in college, and works full-time in Hospice and the paliative care field. "I think of 'the good old days' at Alfred and Omicron sisters often."
Donna Farrell, a registered nurse, is the new director of the Smethport (PA) Senior Center. She and her husband have one son and reside in Crosby, PA.
John W. Woychak of Pine City recently joined Perry & Carroll Insurance in Elmira as an account executive for employee benefits and group health insurance products. He will focus on helping small businesses meet and understand the health insurance and group benefits market. Woychak, a graduate of Southside High School in Elmira, is also a graduate of AU, where he majored in business administration.
1982
Mrs. Linda Unrath Anderson 35012 Lilac Loop Union City, CA 94587 E-mail: LLUANDE1@aol.com Ceramics workshops hosted annually by Anderson Ranch Art Center in Jamaica were featured in the April 2006 edition of Ceramics Monthly. Doug Casebeer, ceramics program director at the Ranch, began his career as a ceramist in Jamaica. He is prominently quoted in the article.
1983
Ms. Jodi Innocent Poggi 120 Jameson Way Seven Fields, PA 16046-4326
Eddie Dominguez is one of 10 recipients of the 2006 Governor's (NM) Awards in Excellence of Art. His mixed media sculptures are in public and private collections throughout the country.
Victoria Bolton is chairman of the Agriculture and Horticulture Department at Alfred State College.
John M. Hyde is the new director of employer relations, Career Network Center, at the New York Institute of Technology.
1984
Mary E. Newman of Loveland, Ohio, a program manager for case management, writes that she has been elected to a three-year term on the National Board of Directors for the Case Management Society of America.
Mrs. Judith Brayer 1249 W. Clinton St. Elmira, NY 14905 E-mail: jbrayer@mnsfld.edu
Denise (Messina) Hull of LeRoy, NY, writes that she is married to Charles Hull Jr. and has four children -- Stacey, 18; Anthony, 16; Lucas, 8; and Lauren, 7. She works as an emergency room staff nurse. Hobbies include playing hockey (moms' team) and fishing.
A 70-piece exhibit -- "Night Wings: Moths in Sight and Sound" -- featuring works by Joseph Scheer, professor of printmaking and co-director of the AU Institute for Electronic Arts, runs through Nov. 15, 2006, in the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT. Also, "Moths: Beauty and Biodiversity" is on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History through December 2006.
Leah Leitson taught pottery this summer at the third annual Shakerag Workshops in Sewanee, TN. The two one-week summer workshops bring close to 120 adults to the St. Andrew's-Sewanee School campus for a residency of art and craft classes, lectures and exhibitions. Leah was joined by faculty artists from around the world. Participants at the workshops hailed from 24 states and Brazil. In addition to teaching, Leah's work was included in a faculty exhibit. Leah is a studio potter and a member of the Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC, art faculty. Her work includes everyday objects inspired by the 18th and 19th century decorative arts combined with inspiration from plant forms in nature.
1985
Susan Munyon has joined Saint-Gobain Ceramics as marketing assistant for high-performance refractories.
Margot Ferrari Fry 413 Grenham Road Greensboro, NC 27455 E-mail: nchomefrys@aol.com
1986
Catherine Riscili Staszewski 350 Buchannan Drive West Lafayette, IN 47906 E-mail: jstaszewski@verizon.net
Stacey (Peters) Boeckel is department head of the Paralegal Studies Program at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord, NH. She also works in the private sector as a paralegal specializing in litigation practice.
Howard Hotze has been named small business relationship manager for Rochester West by HSBC, based in Batavia, NY. Hotze coaches for both Caledonia-Mumford Youth Baseball and Caledonia-Mumford Hoops Club. He lives in Caledonia with his wife, Barbara, and their three sons.
Ashvin Srivastava launched the Liberty Group, a conglomeration of stone casting companies in southwest Florida, three years ago. Liberty Cast Stone, the manufacturing end of his conglomerate, has completed work for the Florida Department of Transportation's SunGuide Building near Tampa. Besides manufacturing, Ashvin also launched Liberty Masonry Services to install stone made by his manufacturing arm, and started Masonry Depot to distribute stone, tile, and other building materials not made by the Liberty Group. Ashvin employs 30 and expects his business to expand quickly.
Your Class Correspondent reports: "Michele (Heigle) Kimball of Lake Elmo, MN, writes: 'I currently live in Minnesota with my husband Marc and two children, Adam, 12, and Amanda, 9. I run the state's largest consumer organization as state director of AARP (American Association of Retired People) Minnesota, providing advocacy, education, and consumer protection for more than 650,000 Minnesotans over the age of 50.'"
1987
Jordana Shane of Ardsley, PA, an information literacy coordinator/reference librarian, writes that she is engaged to Brian Peck and plans a November 2006 wedding. She "enjoyed a summer 2005 visit with Steven Weinman '84, wife Vivyan, and their three children. I also caught up with Joe Keddie in London, in 2004. Among other things, we enjoyed the huge statue of King Alfred in Winchester, and the Museum of Costume on Alfred Street, in Bath.
Loren (Fischer) Spann of Annandale, NJ, graduated in December from Capella University with an M.B.A. She married Maximillian Spann in 1989 and has three boys, Maximillian, Alexander, and Ivan, who are 8.
Philip D. Favre, and his wife, Susan, welcomed a baby girl, Amelie Louise Favre, on May 14, 2004. Philip is a freelance video editor in New York City.
Mrs. Susan McDonald Gould 35 Carriage Court Pittsford, NY 14534-4031 E-mail: sgouldroc@frontiernet.net
1988
Kara Mackey Dopman 11 Briar Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 E-mail: kmdopman@aol.com
Tina (Heaney) Birdsall, a business owner, writes: "Hi! Married Tom Birdsall in October 2002. Moved from Vermont to Park City, Utah -- not so cold and much better snow! It's amazing here! Would love for old friends to contact me and stay in touch as my husband and I are on the road most of the time."
Kimberly Buff Prado writes that following graduation from the nursing school she "worked as a traveling nurse for several years in critical care units, in Hawaii, California, Alaska, Washington, DC. I then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey for a master's degree, and work currently as a nurse practitioner for a cardiology group. I was the first nurse practitioner to work at Morristown Memorial Hospital and, in addition to clinical rounds, I set up the policies for future nurse practitioners. Now there are many nurse practitioners and physician assistants."
Jeffrey A. Rudler of Apalachin, NY, is the owner of Tioga Tool, which was featured in the May 29, 2006 edition of Press Connects (NY).
Harry Littell was one of three photographers and a sculptor who were guests at the State of the Art Gallery Photography Forum, March 29, 2006, in Ithaca, NY. Harry is a fine-art photographer and educator. His photography currently focuses on the natural and built environments of upstate New York. He teaches at Tompkins Cortland Community College. His commercial studio specializes in custom black-and-white, digital printing and framing for artists and museums. Harry also exhibited new work at the Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY, from April 28-June 4, 2006.
1989
Jeffrey P. Kenefick was appointed regional president, southeast region (NY) -- Bath, Corning, Hornell, and Elmira -- by Five Star Bank.
Mrs. Stephanie Niles Conroy 1265 Lake Summerset Road Davis, IL 61019-9653 E-mail: johnstef70@aol.com
Tim Stone of Victor, NY, has been promoted to vice president of commercial services by Canandaigua (NY) National Bank & Trust. Tim is also a board member of Bristol Valley Theatre.
1990
Andrew Weller 149 Orchard Court Blue Bell, PA 19422 E-mail: aweller@chestnuthillacademy.org
Leslie (Kamlet) Sapienza of Ramsey, NJ, writes that she and Tony Sapienza '88 have 7-year-old twin daughters, Rachel and Katie. Leslie manages ITS projects for Prudential. Tony develops and implements new products for Medco Health Solutions.
Wendy (Chambers) Summers of Wallback, WV, writes that she is living with her husband, James, and son, Paul. She is a potter in her own studio, Summer Hollow Pottery. Her work is available throughout the Northeast and on her Web site at shpottery.com
Carol (Ermentraut) L. Baxter writes: "I am on a new Army adventure with my husband, LTC Mark Baxter. We are moving to Brussells, Belgium this summer. We are excited to see Europe. We plan to do lots of traveling. Come visit us and see Europe."
Kristin (Schad) Vergis of Ellicott City, MD, is an associate director of university promotion and outreach at Adelphi University. She is married to Michael Vergis; they have a son, Thomas Michael Vergis.
Laura L. Giglio '90, '92 of Hornell, NY, was named director of Financial Aid at Alfred State College. She is married to John Giglio. They are the parents of grown sons Todd and Brad.
Bryan J. Hill has joined the South Carolina Bank and Trust Advisory Board for southern Beaufort County, SC. Bryan is vice chancellor for finance and operations at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.
Keith Orfanides has been appointed executive vice president of ServU Credit Union, Elmira, NY.
Frank Pisciotta, president of Business Protection Specialists, Canandaigua, NY, is only the eighth person in the United States to earn the Certified Security Consultant professional designation conferred by the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.
Dow Chemical Co. has appointed Attiganal N. Sreeram vice president for Dow Core Research and Development. He will relocate from Boothwyn, PA, to Midland, MI.
1991
Karen Schrader Greabell 10 Elm Road Kings Park, NY 11754 E-mail: greabell@verizon.net
From your Class Correspondent: "Kimberly Buck writes: 'I'm doing well. Back in the Syracuse area after a brief jaunt to Vail, CO, for a year to ski... I'm back at Haylor, Freyer & Coon, which is where I worked before I went out to Colorado.'"
William Cermignani, LO Material Requirements chief at Pratt and Whitney, was inducted into the Kings Park (NY) High School Science Hall of Fame on June 9, 2006, for his contributions in materials science and engineering.
Joshua DeWeese, currently resident director at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT (until Sept. 1, 2006, when he will be replaced by fellow alum Steven Young '04), was one of 16 artists represented in the seventh Annual Clay Invitational, May 12-June 3, 2006, at the Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, MT. Joshua enjoys creating work that is comfortable to use, pleasing to look at, and extremely interesting to ponder. His work is highly recognized and exhibited all over the United States. Joshua, who served as resident director at Bray for 14 years, and his wife, Rosalie Wynkoop, will move to Bozeman, MT, in 2007 to concentrate on their studio work.
Michaeline Shuman has been appointed director of career services at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.
Joe Iudice writes: "Jennifer (Morse) Iudice '91 and I celebrated our 13th anniversary on June 12, 2006. Before that we celebrated the first birthday of our son Quinn Michael on May 7. We have been living in Seattle for the past three years after moving from Chicago, and have taken in the beauty of the Northwest to the fullest. I am enjoying my third year at Microsoft as an account manager, while Jen is keeping busy with contract consulting work as well as being a full-time mommy! Our oldest son, Jack, 8, is in second grade and daughter Sadie, 6, is in first grade. One of our favorite things to do is to spend long weekends with friends in the San Juan Islands (see photo)." You can reach Joe at: joei@microsoft.com and Jen at jeniudice@hotmail.com"
Joe Iudice writes: "Jennifer (Morse) Iudice '91 and I celebrated our 13th anniversary on June 12, 2006. Before that we celebrated the first birthday of our son Quinn Michael on May 7. We have been living in Seattle for the past three years after moving from Chicago, and have taken in the beauty of the Northwest to the fullest. I am enjoying my third year at Microsoft as an account manager, while Jen is keeping busy with contract consulting work as well as being a full-time mommy! Our oldest son, Jack, 8, is in second grade and daughter Sadie, 6, is in first grade. One of our favorite things to do is to spend long weekends with friends in the San Juan Islands (see photo)." You can reach Joe at: joei@microsoft.com and Jen at jeniudice@hotmail.com"
1992
Denise Tabacchi of Mars, PA, a sales/marketing solutions executive for Xerox, writes: "Sam, PJ, and Dawn Marie, where are you? Hope all the (Theta Theta Chi) sisters are well."
Margaret Boozer was the featured artist in the July 7, 2006 edition of Washington, D.C.'s "City Paper."
Michelle Peck 12001 Slouth Anna Drive Rockville, VA 23146 E-mail: Michelle_Peck,@Pediatrix.com
Your Class Correspondent reports: "Thomas Rock was recently elected as president of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP). Tom is the director of Admissions at Columbia University Teachers College, New York City, where he resides on Manhattan's Upper West Side."
1993
Lisa Berger-Kahn and Joel Kahn '94 and their 7-year-old daughter Madison welcomed Alexander Ethan to their family on May 16, 2005. They welcome any old friends to contact them at Laughter@optonline.net
Nick Basta appeared in the March 26, 2006 episode of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent (CI)." It was Nick's fifth "Law and Order." He's been on "SVU" twice, "CI" twice, and the original, what he calls "the mothership," once. Nick is an actor based out of New York City. He graduated in 2003 from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University with an M.F.A. from the Moscow Art Theatre. The Institute is a joint venture between Harvard and the Moscow Art Theatre. He and his wife have lived in New York for the past three years.
Tracy Lazarony Rudd 3634 Skipjack Court Abingdon, MD 21009 E-mail: TracyLazarony@hotmail.com Your Class Correspondent reports that she has finished her master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska, and also just completed her fifth year at Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, MD. She also heard from Sean Salo that he "and his wife welcomed their second daughter to the world on Feb. 8, 2006. Abigail Leigh is doing well and her big sister, Rebecca, seems to enjoy being a big sister. He is still at VH1, where he has been for nine years."
Julie Francis, vice president/general manager of Coca-Cola Enterprises Bottling Cos., Midwest Business Unit, was the subject of a feature article in the March 6, 2006, edition of the Chicago Tribune.
Sara (Schulman) Kloor writes that she and Howard Kloor were "proud to welcome our first child, Brayden Ryan, on Feb. 22, 2006, in Plantation, FL." Mother and son are doing well and Sara returned to her marketing position in mid-May.
Sean Salo that he "and his wife welcomed their second daughter to the world on Feb. 8, 2006. Abigail Leigh is doing well and her big sister, Rebecca, seems to enjoy being a big sister. He is still at VH1, where he has been for nine years."
Anthony W. DiGaudio has been appointed vice president of marketing by Park Electrochemical Corp., Melville, NY. This new post is in addition to his duties as vice president of sales.
1994
Works by ceramist Keiko Akiyama Kamiyama of Louisville, KY, were included in a four-artist exhibit from April 21-May 15, 2006, at the Hawken School, Gates Mills, Ohio. Her work is inspired by "ancient human spirits and instinct energy."
Lisa Berger-Kahn and Joel Kahn '94 and their 7-year-old daughter Madison welcomed Alexander Ethan to their family on May 16, 2005. They welcome any old friends to contact them at Laughter@optonline.net
Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., Syracuse, NY, named Matthew Green principal accountant. He has been with the firm 11 years.
Ellen De Biasa Kolonoski 18 Crestview Lane Hamburg, NJ 07419 E-mail: mekolonoski@netzero.com
Ellen Kolonoski was named Teacher of the Year for Newton, NJ Kittatinny Regional High School, earning the Governor's Teaching Award. She has been teaching seventh grade social studies for the past 12 years. She has also been named Sussex County Teacher of the Year and is one of 21 teachers in the running for the State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in October. This summer, she was one of 25 teachers selected from across the country participating in China: Images and Identities, a summer institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Victoria Rentz writes: "I've just completed a year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at a nonprofit law center in Camden, NJ. A short story I wrote, entitled 'The Christmas Visit,' will be published by St. Anthony Messenger Magazine in December. And I have a Web site (I like to think of it as a "cartoon blog") open for visitors at http://www.thebiglife.net/>
1995
Emily (Bologna) Balcom writes: 'For the last two years, life has been a little crazy! Two years ago I took a position as the director of Residence Life at Utica College and my husband and I moved to Utica. We became homeowners a year ago, purchasing our first house, and moving in last May. We are really settling in! I have continued to be involved professionally with the College Student Personnel Association of New York State, the state division of the American College Personnel Association. This spring I was elected president-elect of the Association, which is a three-year commitment, moving from elect to president then past-president. I was also recently chosen to serve on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. In my spare time I enjoy working on our 51-year-old house (it's nothing compared to Sigma!), learning to garden, and entertaining friends from the area. If anyone is passing through Utica or lives in the area, I would love to hear from you at ebalcom@utica.edu.'
"Scott Feldman sent in this update: 'After getting married to my wife Jody in August 2001, we moved around the United States quite a bit… from Salt Lake City to Dallas (two years) to Las Vegas (seven months) to Orange County, CA (two years) and then back to Salt Lake City. I am currently working for Opinion Access Corp. in Long Island City, NY, out of my home in Salt Lake City. We had a son, Sebastian David, on Aug. 11, 2004, and are looking forward to his upcoming second birthday! I would love to hear from my classmates… feldbork@comcast.net.'
"Julie (Hathaway) Verde and Michael Verde announce the birth of their second daughter, Audrey Mae, who was born on Oct. 6, 2005. Three-year old sister Grace loves having a baby sister around to play with! The Verde family is living in Berwick, Maine.
"Tekonbla 'Randy' Wright and his wife just had a baby girl on April 27, 2006, Zora Sanai Wright. Congratulations!
Sandra (Smithson) Murchison, of Jackson, MS, associate professor of studio art, writes: "I married Julian Murchison in 2004, in Black Mountain, NC. I teach at Millsaps College where I was recently tenured. Julian teaches anthropology and sociology, also at Millsaps College."
"Julie (Hathaway) Verde and Michael Verde announce the birth of their second daughter, Audrey Mae, who was born on Oct. 6, 2005. Three-year old sister Grace loves having a baby sister around to play with! The Verde family is living in Berwick, Maine.
John Potter '95, '96 of Elmira, married Miranda Barnum '02 of Elmira, on July 9, 2005. John is a sales supervisor in Chemung County for Seneca Beverage. Miranda is a middle school guidance counselor for Campbell-Savona Central School.
Jacqueline (Pennington) Yates of Rochester, NY, a self-employed/work-at-home mom, writes: "Time spent with my AKO sisters is the most memorable and meaningful part of my AU experience. I miss you all and thank you for being such an integral part of my growth."
Scott Bartkowski has been promoted to president of Refractron Technologies Corp., Rochester, NY.
1996
Andrea D'Amico, a marriage and family therapist, of Holtsville, NY, writes: "In 2001 I received a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Hofstra University. This year, I obtained my license and I'm working with women substance abusers and their families."
"On May 18, 2006, Rachel (Alley) Kenyon and Brian Kenyon welcomed their first child, a boy, Nathaniel Quinn Kenyon. At birth, he measured 19 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. He loves his meals. How do we know? The doctor confirmed that at five weeks old, Nathan is now 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and 23 inches long! Congrats Rach & Brian!"
"Jodi (Csaszar) Zielinski '96 and Josh Zielinski '96 announced the arrival of a new addition to their family. Emma Kate Zielinski was born on Aug. 14, 2005. Emma was six weeks early and Jodi spent five months on bed rest, but mom and baby are healthy and happy now! Big sister Noa is thrilled to have a baby sister around. The Zielinski family is currently living in Upper Montclair, NJ."
"Jodi (Csaszar) Zielinski '96 and Josh Zielinski '96 announced the arrival of a new addition to their family. Emma Kate Zielinski was born on Aug. 14, 2005. Emma was six weeks early and Jodi spent five months on bed rest, but mom and baby are healthy and happy now! Big sister Noa is thrilled to have a baby sister around. The Zielinski family is currently living in Upper Montclair, NJ."
Jennifer Grower '96 married William York on Aug. 13, 2005, in Clemson, SC. Jen and Will met at Clemson, where she is currently attending chiropractic school, and her husband is finishing up his Ph.D. They have three dogs, Jasmine, Boots, and Barley, and may be relocating to Greenville.
Suzanne Alesso 229 Barnes Court Rochester, MI 48307 Phone: 248.608.9650 E-mail: Suzanne.Alesso@gm.com
Sarah Cuciti has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force. A group practice manager with seven years' military service, Sarah is assigned to the 99th Medical Operation Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV.
1997
"Shawn Wyatt reports in: 'Hello there everyone! Just writing to let you all know that the Wyatt Family has been increased by one with the birth of Jade Lillian Wyatt on Feb. 10, 2006. Both April (Sobota Wyatt '98) and I are so happy! She is certainly a handful, but because she's so cute, it's okay. We are both still working away here in Greenville, NC. April is one of six doctors at a local veterinarian hospital and I am a senior analytical chemist for a contract pharmaceutical lab. We are both having a great time here in North Carolina and are continuing to live it up with our two dogs and five cats. (Did I mention that April is a vet? Heh!)'"
"Evelyn Trzeciak Leduc has been very busy since her days at Alfred. In just the past five years, Evelyn moved to Paris, married Michael Leduc of France, spent a year in the country, and moved to Newport Beach, CA, where they lived on the beach and learned how to surf. While in California, Evelyn started working for Cartier, the international French jeweler and watchmaker. After one-and-a-half years in Southern California, Evelyn and Michael moved back to New York City where Evelyn became the marketing manager for Cartier accessories (e.g., leather goods, baby gifts, writing instruments). Most recently, Evelyn launched a new concept salon in the Fifth Avenue store. Now, the couple is back in Paris, and Evelyn's husband Michael is buying a company. Evelyn is taking some time off, traveling on the weekends, spending time in bistros and cafes, enjoying springtime in Paris, and working 'on the next thing.'
Aaron Brophy had two sculpted figures in "Father," a group exhibition exploring fatherhood in a variety of media by 12 different artists, at the Anne C. Fisher Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC, June 16-July 22, 2006. In May, Aaron had a one-artist show, "Numina,"of figurative sculpture at Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus's Waddell Art Gallery.
Amy (Nash) Meunier writes: "My husband Jim and I married on July 7, 2001, and on Feb. 27 of this year I gave birth to our first son, Aidan James Meunier. I enjoy reading the magazine and seeing what other classmates are doing now."
"Sarah Clark and Peter Wiernicki welcomed their first child, a baby girl, Brooke Elyse Wiernicki, on March 13, 2006. Brooke has red hair and is doing well.
1998
Jeremy Entwistle, a contemporary sculptor and printer studying for a master of fine arts degree at West Virginia University (WVU), had his work selected for the exhibition, "Not to Scale," at the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, from late April through May 28, 2006. He is exploring the integration of wood sculpture, various concrete casting techniques, and structural steel fabrication. He also teaches 3-D design and undergraduate sculpture and is researching bronze and iron foundry development to compliment and enhance the existing casting program at WVU.
"On May 18, 2006, Rachel (Alley) Kenyon and Brian Kenyon welcomed their first child, a boy, Nathaniel Quinn Kenyon. At birth, he measured 19 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. He loves his meals. How do we know? The doctor confirmed that at five weeks old, Nathan is now 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and 23 inches long! Congrats Rach & Brian!"
Steven Young Lee will be the new resident director at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT, beginning Sept. 1, 2006, replacing fellow alum Joshua DeWeese '91, who has served in the position for 14 years. Steven is a former Bray resident who most recently taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC. He was selected from a field of 25 candidates after a yearlong search.
"Big thanks to Lauren Borchard! She prompted me (Natalie Krasuer-McCarthy) into joining her at Reunion last weekend, and we had a blast! We stayed in the Brick and felt like students as we wandered around campus. It was also a wonderful weekend because it enabled us to rejoice and reflect with special groups: Performing Arts and AKO! What was so wonderful was to see was the combination and overlap of alumni, who thanks to Alfred's smaller size (and willingness to let all majors participate in anything that struck their fancy), participate in all events such as the 5K, Women's Leadership Center Dedication, and of course, the Performing Arts revue Saturday night! We both want to start planning for our 10th reunion (which is only in two more years!) and are hoping to get interest from not only Performing Arts and AKO, but also Honors! Maybe Paul Strong will see this, and include it in Sublunary Life!
"Hello, everyone from Debbie Nall! She and PJ are proud new parents of a little eight-week-old puppy! They adopted the lil' guy from cause for paws (http://www.causeforpaws.com). His name is 'Baker' (after Josephine Baker) and he's a pit bull/Jack Russell terrier mix.
Natalie Krauser 1211 Prospect Ave. Plainfield, NJ 07060 E-mail: natalie@1211prospect.com Your Class Correspondent writes: "I have just begun a new job with Northstar Travel Media, and am the advertising sales manager for a B2B publication, T&E. My first day on the job was on a plane to a conference in Atlanta, so I definitely hit the ground running. "Also, celebrated a milestone birthday -- 30 (see photo page 36)! "My AKO big sister, Jennifer Grower '96 married William York on Aug. 13, 2005, in Clemson, SC. Jen and Will met at Clemson, where she is currently attending chiropractic school, and her husband is finishing up his Ph.D. They have three dogs, Jasmine, Boots, and Barley, and may be relocating to Greenville. "Hello, everyone from Debbie Nall! She and PJ are proud new parents of a little eight-week-old puppy! They adopted the lil' guy from cause for paws (http://www.causeforpaws.com). His name is 'Baker' (after Josephine Baker) and he's a pit bull/Jack Russell terrier mix. "Big thanks to Lauren Borchard! She prompted me into joining her at Reunion last weekend, and we had a blast! We stayed in the Brick and felt like students as we wandered around campus. It was also a wonderful weekend because it enabled us to rejoice and reflect with special groups: Performing Arts and AKO! What was so wonderful was to see was the combination and overlap of alumni, who thanks to Alfred's smaller size (and willingness to let all majors participate in anything that struck their fancy), participate in all events such as the 5K, Women's Leadership Center Dedication, and of course, the Performing Arts revue Saturday night! We both want to start planning for our 10th reunion (which is only in two more years!) and are hoping to get interest from not only Performing Arts and AKO, but also Honors! Maybe Paul Strong will see this, and include it in Sublunary Life!
Karen Swyler married Joseph William Shiffer on July 23, 2005, in Helena, MT. Karen is an assistant professor of art at Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. Her husband is employed as a data entry clerk while pursuing a Vermont teaching certificate in English literature. The couple lives in Bomoseen, VT.
"Shawn Wyatt reports in: 'Hello there everyone! Just writing to let you all know that the Wyatt Family has been increased by one with the birth of Jade Lillian Wyatt on Feb. 10, 2006. Both April (Sobota Wyatt '98) and I are so happy! She is certainly a handful, but because she's so cute, it's okay. We are both still working away here in Greenville, NC. April is one of six doctors at a local veterinarian hospital and I am a senior analytical chemist for a contract pharmaceutical lab. We are both having a great time here in North Carolina and are continuing to live it up with our two dogs and five cats. (Did I mention that April is a vet? Heh!)'"
Steven Zelin writes: "As you may know, in addition to my day job as a CPA, I am a singer/songwriter. I fondly remember the open mics, performing at Hot Dog Day, and also the Alfie Awards during my time at Alfred. I haven't given up! In fact, last year I had two songs on the radio in the United States and Puerto Rico! Last year, my humorous song about taxes, "Dear IRS," got radio airplay on seven stations in the United States and I'm planning for more success this year. Also, I'm making a CD for children."
1999
Michael N. Christakis PO Box 22186 Albany, NY 12222-0001 Phone: 518.956.5297 E-mail: mchristakis@gmail.com
Andrew P. Alesso 2916 Willowood Drive Erie, PA 16506 E-mail: andrewalesso@aol.com
Korin Scheible of Randolph, MA, is engaged to Jay Kingman. She is employed at Camp Dresser & McKee, Cambridge, MA.
Keli (Turner) Walker '01, '03 writes that she and Thomas A. Walker Jr. '99 were married on July 3, 2004. Tom will celebrate his seventh anniversary at his position as a controls engineer at Micro Instrument Corp., Rochester. Keli is completing her first year as the school psychologist at the junior/senior high school in the Keshaqua Central School District, Nunda. The couple "became the proud new owners of a beautiful colonial house on over seven and a half acres in Caledonia, NY, on Oct. 21, 2005."
Tadd Barnes writes: "Things have been good. I'm now the technology director at an advertising and branding company called Forge Worldwide in Waltham, MA. I'm seeing this amazing and beautiful woman, and things couldn't be better right now. I've been learning how to be a better cook, particularly Asian-styled cuisine, and have been doing a lot of traveling. I just went to Ireland this past February with alumni Dan Roswell '00 and Gwen McShea '00, and I'll be heading out to the Grand Canyon this summer for some camping!"
(Editor's Note: We regret an error that occurred in the April 2006 Magazine regarding the marriages of two Argentieris -- Christopher and Domenic, who are cousins. Christopher married Ansley Carswell on Aug. 6, 2005. Domenic married Hilary. Their photo was incorrectly identified as that of Christopher and Ansley.)
(Editor's Note: We regret an error that occurred in the April 2006 Magazine regarding the marriages of two Argentieris -- Christopher and Domenic, who are cousins. Christopher married Ansley Carswell on Aug. 6, 2005. Domenic married Hilary. Their photo was incorrectly identified as that of Christopher and Ansley.)
Melissa (Meissner) Thompson writes: 'Michael Thompson and I are living in Corning, NY, and we now have a son, Isaac Donald Thompson, born on Sept. 22, 2005... I'm staying home with Isaac and working part-time for the company I worked for in Boston, BT Conferencing. Mike is enjoying his position at Corning, and we are hoping to put down some roots here. We have a house that we are constantly making our own and it really feels like home now that we have a family. Plus we are closer to our family in Buffalo. They are happy to be near their grandchild.'"
2000
Melissa (Meissner) Thompson writes: 'Michael Thompson and I are living in Corning, NY, and we now have a son, Isaac Donald Thompson, born on Sept. 22, 2005... I'm staying home with Isaac and working part-time for the company I worked for in Boston, BT Conferencing. Mike is enjoying his position at Corning, and we are hoping to put down some roots here. We have a house that we are constantly making our own and it really feels like home now that we have a family. Plus we are closer to our family in Buffalo. They are happy to be near their grandchild.'"
Jennifer Foust has been promoted to art director at Pinckney Hugo Group, Syracuse, NY.
Peter McClain of Alfred has been hired as an administrative coordinator at Alfred State College. He is married to the former Janet Sootheran; they are the parents of infant Justin.
Katie Isaac Franklin 102 Colebourne Road Rochester, NY 14609 Phone: 585.654.7694 E-mail: kifranklin@yahoo.com
Jessica Gattone '00 writes: 'Our family of four is doing great! We are still in south Jersey and love our convenient location to both the shore and city! Sal is still working for Kimble Glass as a furnace engineer. Not sure I can tell you exactly what that entails other than it gets really hot. I am still freelancing in between running after Jake, 2 1/2, and Tyler,1. We just celebrated out fifth anniversary and can't believe it has been that long since we have seen some of our fellow alumni! Hello to everyone in L-burg and Pinehurst. We will come visit soon -- there are some new faces we have to meet! Looking forward to girls weekend, although I hope to see you guys before then!'
Jasmine "Jacy" Lellock 175H Centre St., Apt. 823 Quincy, MA 02169 E-mail: lellocjs@yahoo.com
Nomi Manon writes that she and "her partner Suzanna Randall welcomed their daughter, Shoham Randall, into the world on Feb. 2, 2006. She was born at home at a healthy 7 lbs. 6 oz. Moms and the new baby are doing well and having a great time together. Nomi is continuing her studies to become a rabbi and is still working at Ursinus College as the Hillel director."
Charles J. Holder of Bemus Point, NY, a career member of the Chautauqua County (NY) Sheriff's Department, has been named its second in command -- undersheriff. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Jamestown (NY) Community College and teaches several courses at the Police Academy. In 2002, Charles was appointed by NYS Gov. George Pataki to the Law Enforcement Accreditation Council and is vice president of the state's Law Enforcement Training Directors Association. He also chairs Chautauqua County's Employee Assistance Committee. During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, Charles has been the recipient of numerous agency agency commendations as well as a meritorious service award and special unit citation. Charles and his wife, Lori, a sergeant in charge of security at Chautauqua County Court, are parents of 15-year-old J-T.
Peter McClain of Alfred has been hired as an administrative coordinator at Alfred State College. He is married to the former Janet Sootheran; they are the parents of infant Justin.
Kathleen Diane Rasmussen married Brian Paul Schwartz on Oct. 8, 2005. Kate is the clinic treatment coordinator for Madison Cortland ARC, Oneida, NY. Brian is the director of residential services for Madison Cortland ARC. They live in Lee Center, NY.
Chandra K. Leister 93 Mountford Road North Yarmouth, ME 04097 E-mail: andshewas23@yahoo.com
2001
Theresa Haass is engaged to Kevin Rowland. She is a grant coordinator at the Workforce Investment Board, Fall River, MA. A 2007 wedding is planned in Rhode Island, where the couple lives.
Keli (Turner) Walker '01, '03 writes that she and Thomas A. Walker Jr. '99 were married on July 3, 2004. Tom will celebrate his seventh anniversary at his position as a controls engineer at Micro Instrument Corp., Rochester. Keli is completing her first year as the school psychologist at the junior/senior high school in the Keshaqua Central School District, Nunda. The couple "became the proud new owners of a beautiful colonial house on over seven and a half acres in Caledonia, NY, on Oct. 21, 2005."
Jay Weisberger of Charlotte, NC, will marry Sarah Hyde, also of Charlotte, on Oct. 28, 2006, in Charleston, SC.
Stephanie Webster, of East Amherst, NY, writes: "I am nearly done with my master's degree in English (finally!), and I am planning to go back to school for a doctorate in literacy. This is my third year at Sacred Heart Academy, a small private girls' school just outside of Buffalo. I miss all my AKO sisters!"
Lauren Flynn writes: "Just got into MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) for my master's in art education in Baltimore, where Dan and I live now... My school (Dr. Samuel L. Banks High School) just named me Teacher of the Year!"
Lauren Pidcoe 5063 Ninth St. S Arlington, VA 22204 Phone: 703.998.6297 E-mail: Rennie7879@hotmail.com
Kizzy M. Parks 4805 Lake Waterford Way West Apt. 2 Melbourne, FL 32901 E-mail: kizwiz@hotmail.com
John Mauro of Painted Post, NY, a senior research scientist at Corning Inc.'s Science and Technology Modeling and Simulation Group, is the 2006 recipient of the American Ceramic Society's Norbert J. Kreidl Award for Young Scholars. The award was presented in Greenville, S.C., at a meeting of the society's Glass and Optical Materials Division. John presented a lecture at the gathering on "A New Model of the Glass Transition."
Works by Robert D. Sutherland Jr. were featured in the June-July 2006 edition of American Craft. He teaches at the Clay Studio and the Ceramic Shop, Philadelphia.
April (O'Reilly) Smith of New Berlin, NY, writes that she is married to Michael Smith and was expecting a baby in late spring/early summer.
2002
Judy Tsang 86 Sycamore St., Floor 2 Albany, NY 12208 518.438.0138 E-mail: JTsang@mail.als.edu
Jennifer Baltrush 19B Louis Ave. Albany, NY 12204 E-mail: baltruja@alfredalum.com
Jonathan Bridges, an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Minnesota, described his work in a recent article in the Minnesota Daily, the student-run newspaper. Jonathan said he "works with everything -- porcelain, brass, stoneware, photography."
Kelly "Pelton" Robinson writes that she is engaged to Kyle Robinson and their wedding is set for Oct. 7, 2006. "He currently works for Blount Bennet LTD, an architecture firm in East Providence, RI. I currently work for Paychex, Inc., also in East Providence. We own a home in Providence... I love going through the Magazine each time and seeing/hearing about what everyone is up to now."
Melissa Cavagnaro has been hired at Cohen & Lombardo PC, Buffalo, NY, as an associate.
Miranda Barnum '02 of Elmira, married John Potter '95, '96 of Elmira, on July 9, 2005. Miranda is a middle school guidance counselor for Campbell-Savona Central School. John is a sales supervisor in Chemung County for Seneca Beverage.
John Potter '95, '96 of Elmira, married Miranda Barnum '02 of Elmira, on July 9, 2005. John is a sales supervisor in Chemung County for Seneca Beverage. Miranda is a middle school guidance counselor for Campbell-Savona Central School.
Alexis Piekarsky 250 Gorge Road, Apt. 8J Cliffside Park, NJ 07010 E-mail: piekaras@yahoo.com
2003
"Kelley Piccone '02, graduated in May from Daemen College in Buffalo with her master's degree in physician assistant studies. She most likely will practice in internal medicine or surgery in Rochester."
Theresa Haass is engaged to Kevin Rowland. She is a grant coordinator at the Workforce Investment Board, Fall River, MA. A 2007 wedding is planned in Rhode Island, where the couple lives.
Danielle Johnson 9713 51st Place College Park, MD 20740 johnsonkutch@msn.com
Leigh Orcut, owner/curator of BREAD, a retail outlet for artist-made fashion and objects in North Bennington, VT, was featured in and article in the Escape Section of the April 14, 2006 edition of The New York Times.
Sebastian White 262 West 24th St. Apt. 5D New York, NY 10011 Phone: 617.821.4038 E-mail: seb@sebastianwhite.com
Jill Culeton 431 Cline Road Victor, NY 14564 Phone: 585.924.8289 E-mail: jculeton@rochester.rr.com
Carmen Lozar, a flamework artist, was featured in an an article in the March/April 2006 edition of Glass Art.
Lisa Valitutto '02 married Larry Rossi '03 on Aug. 6, 2005, in Shamong, NJ. Alfred alumni in attendance included EJ Valitutto '98, Liz Smith '03, Patrick Kerwin '02, and Allison Lass '04. After graduating from AU, Lisa received her master of arts degree from Rider University. Larry received his commission as a naval officer from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. They currently reside in Groton, CT, where Lisa is a parent counselor for United Community and Family Service and Larry is division officer onboard the fast attack submarine USS Augusta. The couple is expecting their first child in November.
2004
LaDona Lanphere One Lancaster St. Aptl. 1R Worcester, MA 01609 lll2@alfredalum.com
"Mel Schmitt finished her master's in glass science at AU in December and has started her Ph.D. in materials science at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Harlan Brown-Shaklee '05 will join her there this summer and beginning his Ph.D., working on ultra-high temperature ceramics. Mel reports that she is 'enjoying Rolla so far, but it definitely doesn't even come close to comparing to Alfred!' Feel free to e-mail her at: mlst3c@umr.edu.
Kerry White 154 Sierra Vista Lane Valley Cottage, NY 10989 E-mail: kwlikethecolor@optonline.net
Elizabeth Burlinson is a mortgage account executive in Syracuse, NY, and owns her own home.
Amy Marie Yachup married Andrew John Michales on Aug. 6, 2005. Amy works at Stampcrete International in Liverpool, NY. Andrew works at Service Van Equipment, Liverpool. They live in the town of Camillus.
Hannah Patterson and Ryan Raynes are engaged. Both anticipated earning master's degrees from Eastern New Mexico University this spring, Hannah in communications, and Chris in elementary education.
"Jacque Krycia had this to say: 'I am beginning a year of clinical rotations in May, which will conclude my master's degree in the physician assistant program at Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. I will graduate in May 2007. This past winter I traveled to the Dominican Republic with Students Without Borders and worked in a clinic for 10 days. It was a life-changing experience. I've also managed to stay involved in softball, coaching and playing. 'I was engaged on Valentine's Day to my high school sweetheart, Eugene Partridge. We are planning an Aug. 11, 2007 wedding. Gene is currently living in Pittsburgh where he is working on his law degree at Duquesne University and will also graduate in May 2007. I am very excited to be starting this new adventure in my life. I'd like to send congratulations on to John Chaney!'"
Hannah Patterson and Ryan Raynes are engaged. Both anticipated earning master's degrees from Eastern New Mexico University this spring, Hannah in communications, and Chris in elementary education.
The Vermont Arts Exchange, Bennington, hosted "Salient Dust and the Civil Ceiling: An Installation" by visual artist Chadwick Augustine at the Stark Hose Firehouse Gallery, from late May through July 2006. Chadwick is a ceramic technical assistant at Bennington College and has been an artist lecturer at both AU and Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI.
2005
Shadra Bruce of Boise, Idaho, has been selected from a field of nearly 1,200 applicants to be a Go-To Mom for ClubMom® (www.clubmom.com), the Web site where millions of moms go for practical, been there, done that advice, connections, and rewards. Shadra, mother of five, has three stepchildren. Her experience as a stepparent, combined with her talent as a columnist, afforded her the opportunity to share experiences with and offer support to moms in similar situations as the Go-To Mom for stepparenting and blended families and the Go-To Mom for gifted children. Prior to arriving in Boise, she and her husband were columnists for the Corning, (NY) Leader newspaper and now publish their column online at www.daveandshadra.com
Emma Buckthal 21 Drybrook Road Barton, NY 13734 E-mail: emmabuckthal@hotmail.com
Tim Inthirakoth 244 Kennedy Drive Apt 211 Malden, MA 02148 Phone: 617.227.0012, Ext. 229 Fax: 617.227.0034 E-mail: laminus@msn.com
James G. Hensel of Saratoga Springs, NY, is engaged to Patty J. Humphrey of Saratoga Springs. James is an engineer at Knoll's Atomic Power Laboratory/Lockheed Martin, Ballston Spa, NY. An Oct. 7, 2006 wedding is planned.
Zach Lind is a technical education teacher at South Royalton School, Randolph, VT. His favorite course is woodworking. He also coached the boys junior varsity soccer team at the school this year.
Cassi Lynn Clarke is engaged to Shane Michael Sharrett. Cassi earned her master's degree in elementary/early childhood education from AU in May. She works in the Andover (NY) Central School in the pre-kindergarten program. Shane is employed at Alstom Corp. and Wildwood Education Center, Hornell, NY. An Oct. 21, 2006 wedding date has been set.
William John Sorokes Jr. of Fairburn, GA, is engaged to Emily Kate Searles. He is assistant quality assurance manager at Owens-Illinois. Emily is an archaeologist in the Atlanta area. A July 22, 2006 wedding date had been slated.
Janelle Villone received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Janelle is a doctoral student at the University of Arizona.
2006
Matthew Jay Rollins '06 of Canisteo, NY, is engaged to Dane Erin Knoll of Hornell, NY. Matthew is majoring in business administration and minoring in education. Dane is a substitute teacher in Arkport, Avoca, and Hornell, NY. A summer 2006 wedding is planned at the Buena Vista Wesleyan Church.
Jennifer L. Scutt '06 of Wellsville, NY, is engaged to James V. Joyce of Wellsville. Jennifer anticipates receiving her master's degree in May. James is a sales director at Certified Traffic Controllers, Andover, NY. The couple plans an Oct. 7, 2006 wedding at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wellsville
Births
Brad Butterstein and Julie welcomed a second son, Owen Rosser Butterstein, on April 5, 2006. He joins Noah, nearly 3.
Kimberly (Carol) '96, '01 Birmingham and Michael Birmingham '95, '01 had their first child, Jeffrey Michael, on Sept. 19, 2005. Kim, Mike, and baby Jeffrey are living in Dansville, NY.
Sarah Clark and Peter Wiernicki welcomed their first child, a baby girl, Brooke Elyse Wiernicki, on March 13, 2006. Brooke has red hair and is doing well.
Deaths - Alumni
John C. Dunham, a lifelong resident of Wellsville, NY, died on March 23, 2006. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a technical sergeant. He was a cryptologist, which he also taught. John was awarded the American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a history buff.
Lawrence E. Coleman, 84, of Ventura, CA, died on March 12, 2006. He was a Navy pilot during World War II. He had a long career as an engineer with Chevron. Larry and his wife, Elizabeth, were founding members of Guidance for Retarded Children. He loved the ocean and had a passion for photography. He is survived by his wife; three sons; four daughters; and seven grandchildren.
Aileen F. Button, 82, of Wellsville, NY, died on May 20, 2006. She was employed at Worthington Corp, Wellsville, as a draftsman, and later for the J.J. Newberry Co., Wellsville. She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence. She is survived by a son; a daughter; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-stepgranddaughter.
Eugene W. "Sandy" Holman, 81, of Indian Lake, PA, a former University trustee, died on May 17, 2006. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He retired from Pittsburgh-Corning Corp. after 35 years during which time he started the international manufacturing operation in Belgium and became the vice president of manufacturing in the United States. He was former mayor and borough council president and was a founder of Indian Lake Golf Club. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne; and two sons
Jack Gonzales, 82, of Ocean Pines, MD, died on June 11, 2006. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45. He retired in 1978 from the Office of Economic Opportunity, where he worked as head of inspection for the Head Start Program under Sargeant Shriver. During the 1950s, he was a newspaper and television journalist, and in the 1960s and '70s, he worked for the Food and Drug Administration. Jack was an avid student of Shakespeare and his sonnets, and an author. He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.
Laverne J. "Jay" Conklin, 81, of Rohrerstown, PA, died on April 27, 2006. He served as a yeoman 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy from August 1943-May 1946. He was formerly employed at Radio Corp. of America, Grinnell Corp., and the Hempfield School District. His hobbies included fishing, gardening, playing the piano, and visiting Cape May, NJ. He was predeceased by his wife, Joanne. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and two granddaughters.
Madeline Opal Macauley Francisco of Belmont, NY, died on March 28, 2006. She started her work life in the front office of the Wellsville (NY) Daily Reporter. Next, she enlisted in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). Most of her Navy service was at the Naval Hospital, St. Albans, Long Island, as a property and accounting technician, Pharmacist's Mate 2/c (second class). Later she was office manager for the Allegany County Farm Bureau, and was Allegany County clerk for 15 years. She is survived by four daughters and seven grandchildren.
Bruce Conroe '53 reports "my mother, Frances Barden Conroe, Class of '25, died on April 22, 2006, at age 102, 10 days short of 103. Her sister, Lillian Barden Gerace '24, predeceased her, as did her husband, Dr. Irwin A. Conroe '23. He was Mother's freshman English teacher at Alfred and later dean of the faculty under President Norwood. They moved from Alfred to the Albany area in 1935 when he took his first position in the NYS Education Department. In addition, my brother, Barden, graduated in the class of '52 and I graduated in '53 plus master's '54... She and her sister were founding members of Pi Alpha Pi Sorority." Lillian was the first president. In addition to her two sons, Frances is survived by seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Rita H. Dempsey, 84, of Hornell, NY, died on May 2, 2006. She taught school in Andover, Angola, and Mt. Morris before being employed by the Hornell City School District, retiring in 1978. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, shopping, playing bridge, and reading about current affairs, but most of all she loved to spend time with her family. She is survived by a son and a daughter.
Robert Everson, 71, of Fort Worth, TX, died on April 16, 2006. He had worked for the federal GSA. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judy; three daughters; and 11 grandchildren.
(Editor's Note: The editor regrets that announcement of the death of Marilyn Butts Bardsley '57 inadvertently ran under the 1956 class year in the last issue of Alfred Magazine, so it is repeated here.) Marilyn Butts Bardsley, 69, of Murrells Inlet, SC, died on Dec. 23, 2005. She had worked in five states as a registered nurse. Marilyn enjoyed playing piano and organ and had been the church organist at several churches. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, James J. Bardsley; a son; a daughter; and four grandchildren.
Richard J. "Dick" Cardman of Canisteo, 73, died on June 3, 2006. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, then was a junior high school math teacher at Canisteo Central School until his retirement in 1988. He also served as junior high basketball coach for a number of years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha; a daughter; a son; and two grandsons.
Richard A. Bergh, 74, of Canisteo, NY, died on March 20, 2006. He was a U.S. Army veteran and employed as a counselor and admissions staff member at Alfred University and the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter; and two stepsons.
Marriages
Elaine (Hartman) George of Wilmington, NC, writes that she married Michael S. George in 1989. 04/05/2007 12:25:35 PM MaryS