Alumni - An AU Love Story
George ’52 and Phyllis “Chickie” (Ballman) ’52 Herrick

George and I met in chemistry class in 1948 (freshman) and soon began dating.  We were married June 10, 1952 in the Gothic by “Mike Sibley (Alfred University Chaplain).  Lola Sutton Webster ’54 played the organ, and my sister Sandra Ballman Lydohl ’57 was a bridesmaid.  George’s attendants were fellow Kappa Psi brothers.  Best man was Edwin “Stan” Higgins ’52 and ushers were Ellison “Pat” Patterson ’52 and Tom Uschold ’53.

Among the guests were fraternity and sorority brothers and sisters.  Other guests included the Fred Gertz family (for whom I worked) and Alfred University President Ellis Drake.  My wedding cake was made at ex by “Babe” in a white enameled dishpan.

Less than 24 hours before the wedding, my new “going away suit” was not to be found in the EX attic where it had been stored!  Have never seen it, and someone needed it more than I.

Four days later, George and I moved into Saxon Heights with the rest of the WWII vets & families.  George began grad school and I worked as secretary to Fred Palmer (Building and Grounds Superintendent) in the back end of Greene Hall.

We taught at various schools in western New York.  Came back to Alfred University for our 10th reunion, and George heard about an opening in psychology at Alfred State, and that there was a farm for sale on Route 21.  We took both offers, and I taught in Hornell.  We raised our 2 sons here and also raised horses and beef cattle.

We have been quite active alumni, especially since we’re so close to Alfred University.  We’re still on our 340 acres, and enjoy every day here; it’s a perfect retirement place.