Class Notes and Newsmakers


Colby Magazine



Anne Hagar Eustis

Well, here I am again. Thanks to those of you who have been in touch. As I write, it’s fall in New England with foliage at peak. For those of you no longer in New England, remember those spectacular bright red maples, my favorites! Cynthia Crook Lieck reports from Venice, Fla., that she survived Hurricane Ian. “I’m sure there are other ‘Colby kids’ doing the same thing. Aston Gardens Independent Living took a lot of damage, seen and unseen. Thankfully, my two daughters here had no real damage to their homes. I was with one on the island for four days after Ian passed, home for two days, then to other daughter’s for four more as a rain-penetrated LR wall, facing north and east (worst direction), needed immediate treatment for five days, but back home yesterday. More work here (wall and floor) but I shouldn’t have to leave again. I’m so thankful for my daughters and the efforts here. And I am well. God bless those many who have suffered far more. No other news in my life right now.” I had a call from Mary Lou Roberts Friberg, who really only wanted the address and telephone number of another classmate. However, she did report that her husband died last August at 96. They had had 73 wonderful years together. John Stuart reports that he went to medical school following Colby, and after completing a residency and internship he practiced for 23 years in Providence, R.I. While there, he delivered his daughter, who is now also a doctor and with whom he now lives in California. John states that he’s “living a good life!” Dwight Erlick called me from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He’s a retired psychologist with a son and daughter and three grandsons and a granddaughter. He spends his summers in Portland, Ore., with his daughter. He’s a great proponent of Match, having discovered the site eight years ago. He’s also a Rummikub addict, playing three or four hours a day! “Life is pretty good!” At our time in life, it’s not surprising that I’ve heard that our class is getting smaller. Richard Tardiff notified me that his father, Donald Tardiff, “passed away on December 15 of last year at the age of 97.” Also, Todd Sigety wrote, “My dad, Ernest Sigety, passed away peacefully in his sleep April 2, 2022, at home in Alexandria, Va. It was one month shy of his 98th birthday.” And so I come to the end of another column for the ’49ers. Please remember to send me news at any time for my ’49 file.



Fred Boyle

Al Stone, now 94, is the grandfather of five Colby alumni. “I can report that they’re all prospering. Meanwhile, I’m privileged to still be allowed to go to work most days as one of their employees, which I consider my good fortune. Thanks to Colby, Harvard Business School, and the U.S. Navy, I’ve been blessed with good health, a long life, and nine additional grandchildren!” The Springvale Public Library honored Harland Eastman with the naming of its genealogy room as the Harland H. Eastman Room. Congratulations! Harland is a long-time trustee of the library and is also president of the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, which dedicated a park next to its building as the Stephen Emery Eastman Park in memory of Hal’s late son. For me, Fred Boyle, 2022 brought many challenges. With the death of my wife, Barbara, in March, I moved into an apartment and sold our home of almost 40 years. My latest book, Early Families of Buxton, Maine, came out in June 2022. I’ve gotten in some traveling—Italy, PEI, Columbia River—and performed in a veteran’s show last November.


Art White

Louise Ginsberg Hirshberg lives in Exeter, N.H., and has become active in the game of pickleball. In fact, Louise writes that she is the senior New Hampshire pickleball champion! She also confesses that the competition at the senior level is thin. The competition may be thin, but I don’t think I’ll challenge Louise to a game! Louise visited Colby recently and is impressed with what the College and the town of Waterville have done together. Mary and I traveled to Charlottesville, Va., for my grandson’s wedding last fall. Four delightful days filled with festive events. We visited Monticello and were impressed with that magnificent estate. Our trip home began at 5:30 a.m. in Virginia, and we arrived in Bath, Maine, at 7:30 p.m. Mary and I rode in the back of the van the entire trip. Not bad for two mid-90 oldies! I was saddened to hear of the passing in April 2022 of my good friend and loyal Colby grad George “Lum” Lebherz. He was a very friendly, loyal, and contributing person. It was difficult to spend time with Lum and not smile. Happy spring to all our classmates. Let me know what is happening in your life for the next Colby publication.


Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey

What are classmates doing during these waning years? I heard from two of our loyal correspondents. Priscilla Eaton Billington sent me a note, saying she went to Massachusetts Eye and Ear last fall for a “thumbs-up” decision on having an implant in her ear. It would be a long process but could be done before she left for her Florida home in December. Her Colby daughter, Dianne (Billington Stronach ’75), enjoyed her Colby reunion but returned home with a Covid infection, despite having a fourth shot protection. It gives me a warm feeling to hear again from Carolyn English Caci. She said that having had a broken hip in January 2022 and then a broken wrist in June, she decided to move to the assisted-living section of Brooksby Village in July. Carolyn is learning to love her newest change in her way of living. I will add a final note from this correspondent. For all the avid readers, if you have not heard of Colby’s Thomas Savage ’40, you should try to find his novel Power of the Dog with “afterward” by another Colby writer/author, Annie Proulx ’57. She said that Dean Marriner told Savage that he could miss classes as long as he was writing! It seems that Dean Marriner saw in him a classic writer of the future.


Vic Scalise

Nancy Moyer Conover lives in Storrs, Conn., and is a big rooter for the UConn women’s basketball team. All the homes in her community have expansive front porches, which encourage conversations with passersby. (The poet Sam Foss wrote, “I want to live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.”) Nancy’s three daughters, Betsy, Joanne, and Sally, and their families bring much joy to her life. Nancy traveled to Sweden last summer to visit the home of her maternal grandmother. Nancy concluded, “America is a country of emigrants, so I encourage everyone to look to their roots in the ‘old’ world and see where they take you.” Whitey Thurston sold his home in Penobscot, Maine, last August and moved permanently to Englewood, Fla. Whitey found traveling back and forth and maintaining two properties “became too much for me.” He said he would miss his summers in Maine but will always have fond memories of those delightful times. John Krusell phoned from his home in Kissimmee, Fla. He continues to live alone but appreciates the visits and support of his family. John was upbeat about life and retains an active mind. His love of reading remains one of his greatest pleasures. Tom Hunt and his wife, Susan (Miller ’56), celebrated their 66th year of marriage. It has been a 70-year relationship when including their going-together at Colby, which Susan is eager to count. Last Sept. 2, Tom began his 92nd year of life. He concluded, “These are big numbers, and we are grateful we’ve had a very good life together.” Art Eddy died Feb. 19, 2023. Art wrote a wonderful biography for our 50th Reunion book. He closed by saying, “Colby served me well, my memories are positive, and my life has been (and still is) completely due, in no small part, to what happened to me during my four years ‘on the hill.’” His daughter Sara wrote when he passed, “He was 90 and, until the last few months, lived a fully independent and active life, including playing as many rounds of golf as he could manage!” Art served as our class correspondent with distinction for nearly two decades. Sue Johnson flew for the first time since Covid. She traveled from her home in Virginia to visit her sister Nancy, who lives in Massachusetts. Sue continues her love of knitting, which she learned at Colby from Ginny Kane Hawrylycz, who recently passed away (see obituary section). Many of us were recipients of Sue’s beautiful socks. Sue is currently learning a new skill, playing the harp. She takes pride and great joy in her eight great-grandchildren. Sue also said in this time of life, she has a desire to grow closer to God and develop a greater awareness of “the other side.” Christine Henderson Harper left Colby after two years to marry. Yet, Chris is one of our most loyal and generous members of the Colby family. Currently living in Unionville, Ontario, Canada, Chris turned 90 in August. She enjoyed a family reunion and celebration of her birthday. She keeps busy by going to exercise class, knitting for a charitable group, doing work for a small firm, and reading a lot. Mary Mastin Campbell spoke of her longtime meaningful relationship with Betsy Powley Wallingford. She also remembered fondly Ned Shenton “as a quiet but strong presence.” She requested Mira Ptacin’s essay on Ned and has obtained his memoir. Ten of our ’54 classmates are Floridians: Carole Bullock Adams, Lakeland; Margaret “Peggy-Jane” Moore Blair, West Palm Beach; John Krusell, Kissimmee; Colby Thompson Lowe, Gainesville; Al Packard, Merritt Island; Mark Powley, Cape Coral; Jim Rapaport, Boca Raton; John Resler, Miami; Allen Sandler, Boca Raton; and Whitey Thurston, Englewood. Each person’s experience with Hurricane Ian was different depending on their location. Whitey Thurston said it most succinctly for all, “Survived Ian.” On a sad note, the beloved wife of Karl Dornish, Jane Millett Dornish ’55, died last October. She was the daughter of our much-loved alumni secretary Bill Millett. In Karl’s words, “Jane was a wonderful person, wife, and alumna.”


Betty Harris Smith

Kay Hartwell Philipps commented that she enjoyed reading about David Ward’s research in our last column. Every summer Kay’s family spends a week together at Rockywold Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake, N.H. “I call it my spirit home. This year my husband and I planned to drive to Maine after Squam and visit the Colby Museum of Art. Unfortunately, age-related problems prevented this excursion.” Kay is curious if many alumni have visited the art museum. Have you? Speaking of David Ward, he reports that his 25 years of research on federal supermax prisons still garners attention. Last summer two producers from the History Channel interviewed David for a series on famous prisons, which was scheduled to air at the end of 2022. They spoke to David about his Alcatraz project and about the prison’s successor in Colorado, a project he worked on from 1994 to 2002. Peter French wrote in from Yonkers, where he lives in a castle known as Greystone Court with a view of the Hudson River. “When I was 84 and my wife, Marietta (Roberts ’57), had died, I decided to buy a castle in Yonkers that I fell in love with at first sight. Secretly, I think I always wanted to live in a castle. Everyone thought I was crazy to do it, including me. Now that I’ve lived another five years and lived here, I’m glad I did it. I’m hoping for at least another five. It’s been a good place to sit out the pandemic. Now that my children are running my business [French Color and Fragrance], I have time to work in a lab I set up in the basement to do what I learned at Colby: chemistry. I’m trying to make some new products for our salespeople to sell.”


Charlene Roberts Riordan

Joanna McCurdy Brunso wonders how many classmates are left. When she lived in upstate New York, several classmates would get together at someone’s house. She still hears from Lois Latimer Pan, Kathie Vogt, Cookie Allen, Yvonne “Vonnie” Noble Davies, and Heidi Pauly Lansing. Joanna lives in the Seattle area during the warm months and snowbirds in Green Valley, Ariz. Any classmates nearby? She dreams of travel: this year she will go to Atlanta for her oldest son’s retirement. Kathy McConaughy Zambello went to Colby last June for Saturday events during Reunion Weekend. Mary Ann Papalia Laccabue came from Tarzana, Calif., with her daughter and two grandsons. The Class Parade was led by a 98-year-old woman, JoJo Pitts McAlary ’44, who walked on her own. Mary Ann and Kathy followed; Kathy carried our class flag. They were the only Golden Mules in attendance at the luncheon afterward. The campus has changed so much: an enormous field house, dorms by Johnson Pond, rotaries, and pedestrian-only walkways. Brian Stompe works on getting single-payer health care in California and the U.S. He belongs to Sons in Retirement, which meets monthly and has speakers of general interest and a dozen interest groups: science, foreign affairs, military history, books, etc. He gets out around the Golden Gate in his Klamath boat for salmon and rockfish and Dungeness crabs in season. It was a slow salmon season north of the Golden Gate last year. Frank Huntress’s big thing was watching, with a gathering, the Queen’s funeral with its precision and timing. He shared that the funeral had been “practiced” over a five-year period to avoid “hitches and glitches.” However, he did notice two errors in the names of two clergy. He had planned to attend our reunion but an eye problem canceled that. His general health is good and he takes services in Marblehead. He compares President David Greene with our President Seelye Bixler in their idealism. He wishes to be remembered by our classmates for memory’s treasure of friendship and wonderful years “on the Hill.” Last summer’s highlight for Janet Nordgren Meryweather was her granddaughter’s wedding in New Mexico, an hour from Santa Fe. She stayed at the “Blame Her Ranch” for five days and slept in an air-conditioned Conestoga wagon with bathroom facilities outside. Before the wedding, they lost power and there wasn’t a generator. Thankfully, power was restored before the ceremony. Janet has recently dealt with colon cancer. She had surgery in Florida and chemo in Maine, and both procedures were easy with no side effects. She is a survivor of four melanomas and two breast surgeries. Her current CT scan shows her clean of colon cancer. She’s blessed by her wonderful team of physicians and maintains a positive attitude. In early December, she headed back to Nokomis, Fla., where her home was habitable except for lanai damage following Hurricane Ian. Covid has taken its toll on me, especially in New York City: no operas, museums, or Broadway. However, I visited Little (Lil) Island, my landscape-architecture grandson’s idea. It’s an artificial island park at Pier 55, and it’s impressive. Then, we walked the High Line. Last summer, with my granddaughter and another grandson, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was tiring but wonderful fun! Take care and be safe. Your correspondent, Robbi.


Don Tracy

Michaline “Mikki” Chomicz Mann feels lucky that despite our age, we’re able to enjoy our families, friends, and favorite activities. Her move to Wilmington, N.C., a few blocks from her daughter’s home, has been much easier than she thought. She misses everyone from up north but takes advantage of the internet. She’s now in an area with many interesting group activities and is close to the beach. She joined the Wilmington Choral Society and participated in its December concert. Last August she visited friends in Boston, which was a “delight. They drove me to Rhode Island for lunch with my granddaughter and to Worcester, my hometown. That’s something I have in common with President Greene since he grew up in Worcester.” This year she hopes to visit grandkids in Newport, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and Ithaca. Peter Hussey checked in from Kennebunkport, Maine. He and his wife, Kathryn, traveled in Europe over the past 20 or 30 years, with one trip to New Zealand, but the pandemic killed their chances for more trips overseas. They feel really grounded now. “Kathryn volunteers at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk and I hold down the fort, as the saying goes. I’m still on the board of directors of Hussey Seating Company, not far away in North Berwick. The company had a tough time with the pandemic with prices of steel and plywood going up fast while jobs already sold were on the books at lower prices,” writes Peter. He wants to visit Colby’s new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, which, of course, has Hussey Seating products throughout. “Must be a great improvement!” Annie Schimmelpfennig Laszlo shared two “long-remembered” quotes from her father-in-law: “The best exercise is a push from the dining room table,” and “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” She concluded: “I hope this brings a smile.” What a treat to hear from Annette Picher Houston, who has never sent in news before. After her husband, Ken Houston, died in 2009, she moved to Lebanon, N.H., to be near her daughter. She also has a musician son in Berkeley, Calif., and another son in Dover, N.H. “I spent my teaching life in central Maine, teaching art in Waterville and area schools, and then being the coordinator of a gifted program in Newport, Maine. As a member of Art Quilts Maine and the Newport Art Association, I exhibited with fellow artists in many shows with paintings and art quilts.” Annette lives in a senior community now and says she is blessed with good health. She keeps active as an art teacher in her community and continues to make small quilts to donate to servicemen and women through their VA hospital nearby. Eleanor Duckworth retired in 2013 from teaching at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She still does some teaching, though, as well as some writing. She started dancing around 1993 and still does modern dance, performing with various groups, mostly in the Boston area. Eleanor lives in Cambridge, Mass., and spends summers in Québec. Lou and Bill Bois celebrated their 65th anniversary last summer with their two children (now senior citizens themselves), grandchildren, relatives, and friends at a fun party. Lou and Bill are “both reasonably well and able to maintain our home,” Bill writes. “I went to our 65th Colby reunion, one of only two of our class to attend. Colby is heavily involved in the efforts to revitalize downtown Waterville. Very impressive! The changes on the Hill are amazing.” As for me, Don Tracy, I’m still living in Rockport, Maine, and have a little energy to enjoy our coastal area and my family, half in Maine and the others in the Midwest and in Phoenix. My wife, Linda, and I have enjoyed Maine for more than 45 years. We enjoy our many children, who keep a close eye on us. Many within our family remain active in the preaching activities for which Jehovah’s Witnesses are well known. Linda and I enjoy letter writing to many in the area or those I’ve known over several years. I’ve been doing this for more than 60 years, having many precious memories for an “ol’ guy.”


Mary Ellen Chase Bridge

Peter Vlachos still works full time as chief investment officer in a business managed by his daughter Zoe and his business partner. During the pandemic two years ago, he became chairman of the nonprofit Valissima Institute, which was “created to correct the wrong that has always existed in classical music: the systemic block to women becoming conductors and music directors of the world’s leading symphonic and opera orchestras.” It intends to accomplish this mission by training and mentoring outstanding young women musicians, 13-18-year-olds, in summer programs. The second program was held last August to outstanding acclaim. Peter promises to tell us more about this activity in upcoming columns. (Hooray! I’m always looking for more news.) Jane Gibbons traveled to Washington State last fall to help out her daughter. On her return, she decided to open her house in Sweden, Maine, near the White Mountains, as an Airbnb. If you’re traveling in her area, you might like to check out the location and attractions. Janice Klem Benicek is in touch with her roommate Peg Beebe Ramsay; in fact, their combined families (17 people) plan a cruise to Bermuda in June 2023. Janice enjoyed a trip to Cuba three years ago and thought such jaunts might be over, so she’s excited for the one upcoming. In other news, she has a new great-granddaughter who is lively and interested in everything and brings joy to her life. Janice’s hobbies include painting and reading lots of British mysteries. We two are going to compare notes on our reading: my latest British mysteries include the Elly Griffiths series (14-15 to date), featuring Ruth Galloway, an archaeologist in northern England (find the list online and be sure to start with the first, as they proceed chronologically); the series by Judith Flanders (four to date), featuring Samantha Clair, who works in a London publishing house; and the Richard Osman series about the Thursday Murder Club (maybe three to date?), a group of seniors in a retirement village in Kent who collaborate with the local police. What are the rest of you reading and doing? Are you still traveling? Do you have grandchildren or great-grandchildren you want to brag about? (My 18-year-old grandson is in Spain, training to perhaps become a professional soccer player.) I need to hear from more of you to keep this news column alive, so please help out when the next request comes your way.


Joanne K. Woods

Fran and Boyd Sands celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary and live, in retirement, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. They enjoy the benefits of their large family—five children, 15 grandchildren, and 23+ great-grandchildren. Frank Seebode reports that he is “85 and still alive!” Ed Tomey and Maich Gardner have spent nearly four years in their independent-living apartment in a marvelous lifelong retirement community in Keene, N.H. They left their home on 25 acres, and Ed misses their extensive flower gardens as well as working the land with his tractor. Ed finally retired from organizational consulting and leadership coaching after nearly 50 years, receiving the title of professor emeritus when he retired after 30 years teaching at the Antioch University Graduate School in Keene. Music is still part of his life. He formed a trio last year: Ed is the vocalist, accompanied by a pianist and a bassist. About 90 percent of their concert repertoire can be found in The Great American Songbook of standards familiar to our ’50s Colby generation. Maich and Ed still engage in community work, including advocating for the homeless, striving for racial equality and inclusion, and promoting chamber music and human services nonprofit organizations. In their more limited life surroundings, it’s not as easy to gather their four kids, their spouses, and eight grandkids, but they’re getting more creative at it. Wendy (Ihlstrom ’61) and Bob Nielsen will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary this August. Both are fine, walking a little slower but doing well. They had made reservations for our 60th reunion but, unfortunately, had to cancel at the last minute. They live in East Lyme, Conn., and enjoy all that the shore has to offer. Their children live outside of New England, and they look forward to their summer visits with their families. Bob and Wendy planned to travel to Alexandria, Va., to see their daughter’s family and then in November to Scottsdale, Ariz., to celebrate Thanksgiving with their son and family. Jocelyn and Tom Connors moved to Arbor Acres, a “continuing care center,” which is across the street from where they lived in Winston-Salem. Karen (Beganny ’63) and Skeeter Megathlin spent the night with them the week they moved. Tom fought the move, but now that he’s there he’s enjoying it very much. They have a fabulous fitness center that has three pools, all sorts of workout equipment, fitness classes, etc, and a great library, so Tom is in hog heaven. They had a lot of friends there anyway but were surprised to find out that Tom’s twin brother’s four-year Yale roommate and his wife are also there. Tom and Jocelyn became great-grandparents last March of Katherine Martin Harder, their first great-grandchild. Tom has enjoyed seeing Colby sporting events on the web and was excited to see that Colby bought Allen and Benner islands from the Wyeth Foundation. His family used to visit the Maine coast from Connecticut in the summer, not too far from where those islands are located. Ed Goldberg spent four weeks in Vietnam last fall. Much of his time was spent in the northeast along the Chinese border. Aside from the indescribable beauty, he accidentally became involved with a group of retired military people who never had the opportunity to engage an American in an intimate way. It was an extraordinary moment filled with watery eyes, long hugs, and an exchange of gifts. Despite the language barrier, a thousand thoughts were exchanged without the spoken word. Ed was disappointed that no one showed up for the June reunion, which was a lost opportunity. Hopefully, the class can do better in the future. I hope all is well with everybody. I always enjoy hearing from you.

60s newsmakers

Lead Sponsor Eddie Woodin
Eddie Woodin ’69
Basketball legend Ken Stone ’64 was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. When he graduated, Stone was the Mules’ career scoring leader with 1,500 points in just 74 games (20.3 points per game). He’s currently ninth on the scoring leaderboard. Maine’s Scarborough Land Trust named Eddie Woodin ’69 its first Conservationist of the Year. The trust said Woodin is a “spiritual and inspirational philanthropist who has championed many local causes, including Maine Audubon, Center for Wildlife, Boy Scouts of America, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Friends of Casco Bay, and Scarborough Land Trust.” The State of Maine’s 130th Legislature extended its congratulations to Woodin on the award with an official recognition signed by the Speaker of the House and president of the Senate.


Jane Holden Huerta

I went to our reunion in June and was disappointed that so few of us were able to attend. However, those of us who were there had a great time. Claudia Lawrence Rogers, Tony ’57 and Bev Jackson Glockler, Jock Knowles, Steve Curley, Ed Marchetti, and Phil Shea. And we talked to John Vollmer by phone, which was special for me as we went to high school together. We also spent time with members of the Class of ’61. Colby did a really great job handling the multiple reunions. One of the highlights for me was talking to a young woman who told me that she was only able to attend college because of the financial aid she received from Colby. Her family could not even afford to send her to any state college in Washington. Juan and I have managed to avoid Covid so far and are still wearing masks on airplanes, in supermarkets, and in large gatherings. Both of us continue to work part time, which seems to keep us feeling young! Jock Knowles has both good and bad news for us. The really good news is that he has been smitten by Betsy Perry Burke ’61, and they have been seeing a lot of each other. They now call themselves “partners.” The bad news is that he attended Dick Lucier’s funeral service. We will all miss Dick. Jock and Betsy had lunch with Ed Marchetti a while back. Ed had a redo on a knee and was hobbling a bit but still in rare form. Jock talks to Steve Curley often. Steve’s wife, Bryna, recently entered a nursing facility. Steve Curley was also disappointed that we didn’t have a bigger turnout for our reunion. His time with Phil Shea, Eddie Marchetti, and Jock Knowles was time well spent. His thoughts for all of us are to take care, be healthy, and above all, stay positive! Peg Jack Johnston moved from her home of 31 years to a condo two blocks away, just north of Denver’s beautiful Washington Park. She looked forward to making new friends. Covid had curtailed her travel, but she went to Philadelphia twice last year to be with family, to Houston for a Rotary convention, and to Maui in August with 14 family members: three sons and wives plus eight grandchildren. “Great fun!” This spring she planned to spend a week at her timeshare in Puerto Vallarta. She writes, “Many of my hours are spent on Rotary, fundraising for international programs and polio eradication, planning luncheon speakers, and socializing. I’ve been blessed with great health. Retirement is wonderful!” Pete Henderson has been dealing with the loss of his wife, Jane, who passed away three years ago. She died of lung cancer, which is doubly distressing since neither she nor Pete smoked. Pete is in good health in spite of turning 84. He has spent a lot of time visiting his two daughters, one in Tennessee and the other in Florida. Weekends are spent at his lake house, where he does a lot of canoeing. Pete is also writing a book that may or may not get finished, but it gives him a lot to think about and makes time go by faster. It’s about terrorists who devise a way to destroy Portland’s historic waterfront. How they are discovered and stopped makes up the rest of the story. Mike Silverberg agrees that we’re fortunate to have Steve Curley to hold our class together. “He is great.” Mike works at home three days a week, nothing like past years, but enough to keep his mind sharp. He continues to battle cancer and has been successful for about 10 years. He speaks with Hank Silverman ’61 and Dick Fields ’61 often. A close associate of Mike’s has a son in Colby’s Class of 2026. He loves Colby so far!


Diane Scrafton Cohen Ferreira

Aloha, Class of ’61! Bravo to those who attended our 60th reunion, greeted by thunder, rain, and lightning. Those who braved storms to attend: Sandy Arens, Betsy Perry Burke, Class President Bob Burke, Bill Clough, Ginny Murphy Cragin, Denny Dionne, Mary Sawyer Bartlett, Sandy Nolet Quinlan, Scotty MacLeod Folger, Charlotte “CC” Clifton Lee, Gene Rainville, Quimby “Q” Robinson, Dave Tourangeau, and your correspondent. As newly initiated “Golden Mules,” we are now welcomed back to Colby every year as distinguished older alums. A big special thanks to Donna Burke, who served as “hostess with the most-est,” organizing the Woodman party headquarters and helping with everything that needed help. Immediately following our reunion, I met my sister Lee Scrafton Bujold ’64 for two days of family time in Weld, then flew to northwestern Montana for a weeklong indoor yoga spa, where the outside temperature was below 40 degrees with heavy snow the last two days, closing Glacier National Park … making the Maine experience look temperate by comparison! My next adventure was in Africa for most of November 2022 rafting on the Zambezi River and hiking on a safari in Botswana. The conclusion featured four days in Cape Town visiting wineries. Two vintners from Hawai’i were part of our small group of six. As a former correspondent, Penny Dietz Sullivan always shares a few words, assuring us. “Paul (Hill) and I are doing fine. He retired for the fourth (and last) time.” Penny keeps busy playing golf and bridge, serving on a board of concerts group, and as a judge in the midterm elections. “Have not seen or heard from anyone in a long time. Sorry to have missed the reunion. Hope all are staying healthy and busy.” Sandy Nolet Quinlan really enjoyed seeing Mary Sawyer Bartlett and others at the reunion. We shared memories during a brief sun experience in front of the tent on the Colby Green before leaving campus. Sandy reports, “having only attended Saturday late afternoon and Sunday brunch (because of a granddaughter’s high school graduation), I missed seeing other classmates who left early. Dean and I savor life. I continue to enjoy oil painting, I play occasional (frustrating) golf, and I cook, garden, entertain, and practice yoga. Yes, life is good!” Terence Lee (Terry, to fans of Colby Eight) reports he and Cathie celebrated 54 years of marriage and visited Mary (Mercer ’60) and Doug Riis in their beautiful home featuring a magnificent Asian arboretum out back. Doug and Terry sang with the Colby Eight—attendees of past reunion dinners will remember the special touch the “Retired Eight” added with smooth tones generating great memories. I’m humming “Mood Indigo” now! Both also sang with the Colby Concert Choir and the Colby Glee Club. Terry now sings with his church choir. Thank you, Doug and Terry, for sharing your talents so generously. Denny Dionne wrote a note of appreciation for this column! It was wonderful seeing both him and Gene Rainville again. Here’s Quimby Robinson’s message: “Enjoyed seeing and conversing with you all at our reunion. Good lobster rolls, too. I may be too old to remember what I may have learned about your lives, but it was nice hearing it and seeing that we’re still just elderly physical versions of our college selves. See you in five.” And finally, a note from Judy Dunnington Vollmer in Italy: “In the midst of Covid, I moved to Pietrasanta, Toscana, Italia, to be near my daughter, Vicki, who has a yoga studio here. I’m delighting in learning Italian and in becoming part of the community in this famous old city of art. Saluti a tutti!”


Nancy MacKenzie Keating
Pat Farnham Russell Cole

Greetings, Class of ’62! Kudos to Judy Hoagland Bristol for her brilliant “steering” of our class at our reunion last year. Numerous events took place because of her abilities and her energy. Judy roomed with Roey Carbino, finally deciding that dorm life might not be really exciting for 80-year-old women. Judy wrote that of the three classes that were grouped, ’62’s was the largest. The Class of ’62 reunion began with a brisk wind and a cool temperature followed by the wonderful warmth of old friendships. At the check-in, Michael (McCabe) and I (Nancy McKenzie Keating) encountered John McHale. He traveled all the way from Colorado to “get a taste” of his alma mater. He told us a little about his illnesses, maybe because Michael shared his own. Jay Webster and his wife, Diane, attended reunion with Peter Leofanti, Doug Mulcahy, and Doug’s friend, Liz, staying at a cottage in Belgrade Lakes. They explored some of the newer facilities on campus, and Jay remarked particularly about the “first-class pool,” the hockey rink, and the basketball court in the new athletics center. Jay also mentioned the Andrew Wyeth exhibition at the Colby Museum of Art, saying, “Clearly, Colby is no doubt first class in all manners.” Jay and Diane feel fortunate to still enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, sailing, kayaking, and swimming. They attend concerts and such, and the four family weddings were “the highlight of this past summer.” Peter Duggan made a 1,700-mile trek from Naples, Fla., to Phippsburg, Maine, for a seven-week vacation in wonderful Colby country. While there, he had four delicious meals at Linda and Bruce Marshall’s home (his next-door neighbor) and one with Nancy and Whit Coombs, whom he hadn’t seen in decades. Peter said the Marshalls and the Coombs made a trip to campus and were “impressed” with the athletic complex and new soccer field. (Whit and Peter played on the Colby undefeated soccer team their junior year.) Peter worked out at the Bath Y last year next to Ann Tolan ’23, a Colby varsity swimmer. Nancy Rowe Adams, Judy Cronk Liberty, and Annie Ticknor McNeece met up for a happy day in Gloucester, Mass., last fall. Nancy said it was a great time and something they should do more often. Don’t we all say that? Nancy and Nancy McKenzie Keating reminisced about living at Colby in a room with three that was meant for two. Those were the days! Michael (McCabe) and I (Nancy McKenzie Keating) had a difficult year in 2022, but a good one after all. One day, Michael touched his neck and said, “Can you feel something here?” I did. That bump turned into a year and more of treatment with about four doctors and dozens of nurses (the best!) and daily trips to Brunswick and Bath for things I couldn’t spell. On a snowy day, Michael called to let me know that he had an accident. The truck was halfway up a hill, stuck in the trees. What did he do? He called me. I went to him in my car, left the truck where it was … and we went off to Bath for a treatment. There was no question that the treatment was more important. Since then, he’s had a long recovery, but a good one. Every day has been better. Ann Tracy sent a copy of her newest book, Rivets and the Heart’s Attachments, to Pam Taylor. Pam said, “It is just wonderful. It’s about family and sibling love.” Find it on Amazon. Pam spends April-October in Forest City, Maine. Other summer residents she sees frequently are Forrest ’56 and Ann Jefferson Barnes ’57, Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton ’65, and Bruce Snow ’64. Pat Farnham Russell Cole had a nice phone visit last fall with Jimmy Johnson, who had sad news to report. His good friend Connie Fournier passed away Sept. 15, 2022. Our best to all of you.


Paule French

Anne Quirion Connaughton continues to garden “with beasts of various species eager to partake of the harvest.” All is well with her, son Jacques, and daughter Marie-Noelle. Bill ’62 and Barb Haines Chase spent two weeks in Friendship, Maine, with sailboat in tow and with granddaughter Dierdre O’Rourke ’25, a sophomore at Colby. Barb and Dian Emerson Sparling had a fun chat when Dian was visiting Judy Thompson Chandler in Bangor. Bill and Barb see Don and Mary Michelmore Hayes often, as they live in Concord, N.H. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Sally Morse Preston’s husband, John, who died last December. Gayle and Byron Petrakis celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on a vacation in Ireland last September. Their first overseas trip since 2019 was “well worth the wait!” George Swasey wrote of a wonderful 80th birthday trip to Manhattan with daughter Anne and her family. Dinner at his favorite restaurant, drinks overlooking Chelsea, a visit to Little Island, and Fika at the Whitney Museum. “Sometimes getting old is fun!” Jody Spear has been revisiting Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, which she’s sung many times and would have liked to perform in August at the Voces8 British summer festival in Milton Abbey, Dorset. “Singing Haydn’s Creation Mass there in 2019 was a milestone event, along with crossing on the Queen Mary (a far cry from the Sylvania in 1961-62, for junior year abroad).” Nancy (Godley ’65) and John Wilson attended Colby class reunions last summer and caught up with former classmates. John is still singing with the Bagaduce Chorale and making hand-crafted wooden fishing lures, and Nancy is active in church and community activities on Deer Isle and Blue Hill. They’re planning to move back to western Massachusetts within the year to be closer to their son, Seth, and family. Honolulu continues to be home for Ken Robbins, although his sons and family are in Oregon and Texas. He’s still practicing law full time and has fit in traveling to Florence, Umbria, Istanbul, Athens, and the Aegean islands. Recently, he saw Tom Jones at a Van Morrison concert and was inspired by the 82-year-old Jones’s performance! John and Marsha Palmer Reynolds continue to practice and perform with their handbell group. Marsha’s grandniece returned to Colby for her second year. She loves it there and is doing so well both academically and athletically (swim team). They visited her last fall and went to the Colby Museum to see the Wyeth and Alex Katz exhibitions. Bonnie Brown Potter organized a gathering at the beautiful Maine home of Dick ’62 and Joan Dignam Schmaltz. Buck ’62 and Nat Gates Lawton, Pen Williamson and Bev, Ned Platner, Jane Melanson Dahmen, and I enjoyed a lobster dinner with lots of catching up and laughter. Al Carville and Linda were with us in spirit from Florida! Thanks to a birthday trip from her daughter, Pauline “Pi” Ryder Kezer visited Dorking, England, birthplace of her eighth great-grandmother, Priscilla Mullins Alden. Pi heads the Alden Kindred Historic Site in Duxbury, Mass., and is working on “twinning” Duxbury with Dorking. She visited the building where Priscilla Alden was born in 1604 and imagined how she survived her trip on the Mayflower. Pi’s pilgrimage was fulfilled! Sandra “Sam” Moulton Burridge has rejoined a choir associated with the twin town Oxford of Leiden in the Netherlands, and they “exchanged concerts, which meant travel!” Gardening and domesticity are foremost in these post-pandemic times. Whit Bond and Faith will be moving to southern Maine in the near future. Faith (Fuller Wilcox) has written an award-winning book, Hope is a Bright Star: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again. Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, it’s beautifully written and a must-read.


Marcia Phillips Sheldon

Dick Friary retired in Montana after a long career as a Ph.D. medicinal chemist. He’s the owner of 25 U.S. patents and the author of two books and 32 chemistry papers. Highlights of his life include having a Colby student as an intern in his laboratory for two summers and being invited to present a lecture to the Colby Chemistry Department. After 50 years working in tax and finance, John Bush is leaving his position as director of tax and fiscal reform at the International Lawyers Project, a small UK-based charity that provides legal services to developing countries. He and his wife split their time between New Castle, N.H., and Manhattan. They recently had dinner with Nancy (Greer ’65) and Andy Weiland. Sally Berry Dixon enjoys her new home and art studio in Kennebunk. She’s happy to be back in Maine and is interested in finding a Colby group in her new surroundings, including Portland. Gloria Shepherd, usually a frequent traveler, is slowly returning to socializing but not yet taking trips. Covid-19 has kept her from traveling but she has plans to do so in the next few months. Robbie (Gilson ’65) and Bob Drewes are retired and live in Provo, Utah. Their main focus is their family. Bob applauds the continuous improvements by the Colby administration. Zooming around hilly central New York, Louise Brown Smith and her husband are enjoying their new electric-assist bicycles. They heat their house with wood but use a gas-powered wood splitter and are looking for easier ways to get the maple sap down from their woods. Louise has kept in touch with Sue Sawyer McAlary and with Becky and John Oakes, and she enjoys family, friends, books, cycling, outdoor chores, exploring, conversations, and equity and peace work. Jonathan Allen values his broad liberal arts education from Colby, with an emphasis on ethical and intellectual growth. Jonathan earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in applied physics, both with a parallel curriculum in environmental science. In retirement, he volunteers at the Mercer County (New Jersey) science fair and works at the Sarnoff-RCA Museum. Jonathan and his wife recently became grandparents! Still a full-time professor, Jerry Shapiro teaches psychotherapy to graduate students at Santa Clara University, Calif. Jerry recently published a memoir, An Acquired Taste: Lifelong Optimism, Skepticism, and Darn Good Luck. He continues to write and visit grandchildren. Larry Dyhrberg is recovering from significant back surgery but is looking forward to being back on the golf course. He’s home with the family dog, who sleeps while Larry cooks, reads, and writes. Maybe he’ll publish a novella-length piece based on a boy growing up in a 1950s Maine mill town?! Linda Spear Elwell recently attended four family weddings, in New England and in Kentucky. She and her husband spent three months at a beach house in Wells, Maine. Two grandsons are graduating soon, from business college and the University of Louisville. Richard Larschan is expecting a new grandson! After summering in Westport, Mass., Richard is back teaching a course at the 92nd St. Y in New York City: Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Jim Harris is on the board of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, having spent the bulk of his work life in the book publishing field. Jim is looking forward to our 60th reunion in June 2024 and hopes to see everyone there. Judy Milner Coche Anderson has retired to Haddonfield, N.J., after many years of clinical practice and teaching colleagues, and of extensive writing in the area of clinical psychology. She stays active with walking and fitness classes, caring for two Italian water dogs, and visiting with grown children and two granddaughters. Stephen Brudno has resorted to online chess and Scrabble tournaments due to Covid concerns. He had been participating in live events ever since being at Colby. Recently, Steve “had to say goodbye to a long-time family member”: his 1970 Chevrolet. After five replaced engines, rust from New England weather couldn’t be removed any longer.


Jay Gronlund

Despite lingering Covid risks and erratic weather, our 55th reunion attracted a solid core of classmates. John Cornell had to cancel his pre-reunion party due to Covid but rallied to attend on Saturday. Instead, Betsy Stevens Palmer hosted a “pre-mini-reunion” gathering at her house in Nobleboro, Maine. Betsy continues her success in the art world, exhibiting in shows in Boothbay, Damariscotta, Rockland, and even NYC (international internet art show). Congrats to Harold Kowal, who received a Colby Brick award at reunion. Travel seems to be back. Rick and Nancy Winslow Harwood missed our reunion because they were on a safari in Zimbabwe. They went to Morocco in October and planned to visit Egypt and Jordan in January, along with Sunny Coady. Sunny transformed our June reunion into a family affair, with her siblings Brad ’67, Jeff ’69, and Shelby ’72 all joining her. Sunny stays in touch with George Hooker, who overcame some health challenges to help celebrate his daughter’s 50th birthday in October, a “multi-day extravaganza,” in Thailand. Ken Gray missed reunion due to medical issues but is getting the best treatment available. Margo Beach recently became a great-grandmother! Bruce Davey is involved in community activities in Minnesota and fondly remembers his hockey years at Colby. Jim Foritano reads poetry that “chimes with the theme of his friend’s music on the piano” around Boston, plus books “his professors said he won’t understand.” Callie Holmes Marsh and her husband enjoy independent living at a senior life-care residence in Iowa. They summer on Gotts Island in Maine. Joan Stressenger Chesley lives in Vero Beach, Fla., but often travels in the Northeast visiting her son in NH and daughters in VT and VA. Joan still works as a real estate broker. Lew Krinsky continues to be “amazed at all the progress at Colby.” John ’63 and Nancy Godley Wilson remain very active with community organizations in Deer Isle and Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine. Instead of traveling abroad during Covid, their sons and grandkids visited often in the summer, but now they are getting ready for more cruises. Norman Miner continues his acting “career” and is scheduled to play George Washington in July in Exeter, N.H. Rodney Gould still practices law but had time to visit a dude ranch and polar bears in Manitoba with his kids and grandkids. Pam Pierson Parziale is in West Virginia, where she and husband Ren own a pottery studio, Sycamore Pottery. They spend summers in Ferry Beach, Maine, with a son and granddaughter next door. She also sees Donna Brown Salisbury and Pat Campbell, who are close by. Bob Lewis summarized his 55 years since Colby with jobs in NATO, insurance, local governments, and consulting. He’s lived in NYC, Seattle, LA, and now Denver. Tom Donahue has spent the past 40 years teaching in LA, Texas, and now Michigan (Saginaw Valley State U). Tom remains active reading, painting, hiking, and traveling. Rick Spitzer confirmed how happy he is back in Massachusetts close to his family and relatives. Fortunately, there was minimal damage to our classmates’ homes in Florida from Hurricane Ian: Stan Garnett in a retirement community in St. Petersburg; David and Dale Rottner Hatch, plus neighbors Ann and Bud Marvin, who had their roof and lanais damaged; Allen Post and Randy Antik in Naples reported no damage, too. Jane Patterson Paxton in Hallowell, Maine, remains busy lecturing at a nearby college, playing bridge, reading, and gardening. Judy Turner Jones is now in Chappaqua, N.Y., with both children and grandchildren. She traveled to Florence, Bologna, and Venice last spring. Eliot Terborgh had a family reunion (13) in Yosemite in July and toured Iceland in August. Personally, I saw John Tewhey and Rick Davis on the Cape last summer. Rick and Gail had to cancel a tour to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic when Putin announced his nuclear threats. May-Lis and I went to the Galapagos in April 2022, then Sweden, Norway, and Estonia in late August to visit relatives. Our daughter and family joined us from London, too.


Beth Adams Keene

Greetings, Classmates! I enjoyed hearing from many of you last fall and was pleased to be able to send news via email at that time. I hope you found it as inspiring as I did to hear that so many classmates are still working and/or volunteering for important causes and purposes. Others are coping with serious illness or loss and yet finding the best in their situations. Several reflected upon ways they had found peace and fulfillment or coped with change. It certainly reaffirms our resilience, and it’s much appreciated that you shared these thoughts. In news received since that email, Peter Densen writes from Iowa City that he and his wife, Ellie, have felt fortunate to spend June–October on Mount Desert Island for the past few summers. In the small-world department, they’ve gotten together with Anne Ruggles Gere and husband Budge in Ann Arbor a few times over the years as their younger son, Brad, lives one block from Anne. Peter shared that John Cookson serves on the board of a lobster company in York, Maine. In mid-July John and his wife, Marilyn, met up with Peter and Ellie for dinner on the Portland Wharf. A fair share of oysters and lobster were washed down with Portland Pale Ale. Fran Finizio reports he lost his carport to Hurricane Ian at his home in Naples, Fla., but feels very fortunate the seven-foot storm surge stopped a mile from his home. The email did not include details of our delayed 55th/actual 56th reunion last June. We had a robust crowd of 17 classmates and six accompanying spouses. Fran Finizio and I arrived early enough on Thursday for the highly interesting Alumni College presentations from Colby faculty. The talk about the new Davis Institute for AI at Colby was fascinating and particularly relevant to the world we live in. We were joined on Thursday evening by Pete Anderson and wife Elena, George Cain, Tom Boghosian, Frank ’64 and Natalie Bowerman Zaremba, and Betty (Savicki ’68) and John “Daisy” Carvellas for a celebratory dinner at the Village Inn and Tavern on Belgrade Lake. Friday offered campus tours led by undergrad students—such fun to talk to them about their current Colby experiences. Those of us who visited the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center were wowed by this impressive facility that caters to both athletes and the entire Colby community. Friday night we hosted our own lively Class of ’66 cocktail party in Dana Hall and invited Class of ’65 and ’67 attendees as we were the only class from those years that had planned something. Arriving for that party were Deb Anglim Higgins, Erik Thorson and wife Rhonda, Dag Williamson, Budge and Anne Ruggles Gere, John ’65 and Gretchen Wollam O’Connor, Ellie Caito Thompson, Marty Walker Marchut, and Peter Grabosky all the way from Australia. A huge thanks to Pat Berg Currier, who organized both our reunion headquarters and the party so successfully. Many of you are familiar with the traditional Class Parade and Vacationland Luncheon that happen on Saturday of Reunion Weekend. The difference is that now, as we walk, we receive the applause of the crowd honoring the elderly for still attending—haha! It was great fun. Our class dinner on Saturday night included a Colby Mule mug as a favor and an unanticipated but greatly enjoyed song by Erik Thorson sung to his wife, Rhonda. Later, some of us, including Deb Anglim Higgins, George Cain, and Pete Wagner, proved we can still party like undergrads by rocking under the big tent to a great local band. Please contact me or Pat Berg Currier if you did not receive the emailed Class of ’66 newsletter last fall so that we can send you a printed copy or update your email address. Also, contact us if you have any suggestions for our 60th reunion in 2026.


Bob Gracia

Chris and JJ Tillinghast Sinton traveled to Venice, Italy, and enjoyed the wonderful architecture, sights, food, and perfect weather! They spent most of the summer in Stonington, Conn., and headed south to Vero Beach for the winter. They very much enjoyed the 55th reunion at Colby last June. Speaking of reunions, Vero Beach is an off-campus meeting spot for Mules. Kurt Swenson also spends the nasty months there. Kurt was unable to attend our most recent reunion because he’s busy, very busy, attending his grandchildren’s athletic events. This brings Kurt great joy, and he’s thankful to be part of the unfolding of the generations. And yes, if you were wondering, Kurt does get together with JJ and Chris in Vero Beach. Clemence Ravacon Mershon runs a 100-acre farm in northwest Pennsylvania. Her husband died recently, and the farm never ceases to demand care and attention. Her son offers assistance that is greatly appreciated, and her family helps to raise produce, tend to the chickens, harvest potatoes, etc. Clemence has retired from all other endeavors but continues, however, to serve on many Quaker committees via Zoom. Clemence hopes to visit a revitalized Waterville before her great-niece, a sophomore, graduates from our alma mater. Sandy Miller was among the dedicated cadre attending the reunion, and as a reward for her loyalty, she and Patty Whittemore Jenkins have been appointed co-presidents for our 60th. President-for-Life Irv Faunce claims that he won the nomination, and a court battle is to follow. On a more serious note, Sandy spent much of her summer in the Maryland woods on Antietam Creek and then returned to the Quincy section of Wollaston on the shores of Quincy Bay. Sandy is partial to waterfronts. I see that Rick Sadowski lives in Venice, Fla., and I can only wonder how he fared in the terrible storm that swept that part of the state last October. Rick reported that he attended the funeral of his former wife, Penny Fertel. Our thoughts are with the family. Alice Hubert Gardner used her pandemic lockdown time very well as she completed 46 paintings for a book about what to do in Gloucester, Mass. She worked with her granddaughter, and they meet via Zoom several times a week. Regular readers of this column might recall that Ken Ingram has moved about the hemispheres, north and south, for some time as if he were on the lam. Perhaps the statute of limitations has run out. Ken has settled, for now, in Maine as he works restoring a classic Bristol sailboat. Ken attended the 55th and spent time with Tony Wilkins and Dag Williamson. Bob Field has produced documentaries for many years and continues his work on a variety of topics, including national parks, national historic trails, and the Buffalo Soldiers. He currently is working on a project about prisoners of war from Vietnam. He recently had lunch with Fran Richter Comstock in Grantham, N.H. This reminds me that I had dinner with Dave Aronson recently, and it will come as no surprise to those who know Dave, but he’s playing baseball in an over-50 league. Dave is 27 years over 50. He didn’t pitch this summer due to a shoulder problem, but he played first base and didn’t miss a game. Tom Brady, are you paying attention? Linda (Mitchell ’66) and Lee Potter had to return early from a cruise along the Maine coast cut short by a nasty storm in September that took aim at Nova Scotia. Nonetheless, they enjoyed the voyage and are now comfortable at their residence in New Hampshire. Martin Gliserman and his wife spent last summer on Islesboro as they have for the last 30 years. Martin celebrated his 50th year on the faculty at Rutgers, and his book on neurology and cultural transmission will be published soon. Chris Balsley ’68 lets us know that Bob “Guppy” Goldstein died unexpectedly Dec. 14, 2022. He was living in Vero Beach, Fla., where he moved after retiring from a career as a lawyer. Read his obituary and other classmates’ in the back pages of this magazine.


Lynne Oakes Camp

Bob Grossman still practices law in Rochester, N.Y., but finds time for long bike rides. He spends most of the winter in Longboat Key, Fla., where he keeps meeting Colby folks on his biking journeys or on shopping trips to Publix, seeing Paul Cronin ’67 and his wife. Ken Hoadley and his wife, Leana, continue to enjoy life as retirees in beautiful Costa Rica, with trips to the States to visit family. He keeps busy as a board member of two local nonprofits: TeenSmart International and Semilla Nueva. They also enjoy their garden and orchard, where they produce coffee, bananas, avocados, mangos, and a variety of citrus fruits. Skip Fucillo and wife Linda enjoyed getting together last spring in Naples, Fla., with Peter Frizzell and wife Linda, Gerald Ogus and wife Christine, and Joe Boulos. They also visited with Martha (Luce ’70) and Rich Habeshian in Maine. They have completed their family circus by adding two English creme golden retrievers, “Barnum and Bailey.” Phil Johnson and wife Brenda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last September with family and friends, including classmates Peter Roy and his wife, Jane, and Dave Lanman. Al Gray and wife Donna have moved into their condo in Litchfield, Conn., and see a lot of son Chris and his family, wife Kara and daughters Avery, 8, and Addison, 7. Their oldest daughter, Erin, visited from California, and daughter Julie also visited from Wilmington, N.C., along with her son MJ, 3 1/2. Al and Donna continue to work full time remotely. Clarke Keenan reports that Cathie Smith Keenan has been battling long-term Lyme disease for the past year and that she is greatly limited. Clarke is her caretaker, and Cathie takes many medicines, integrated antibiotics, supplements, tinctures, and probiotics. Ted Allison’s son, a yacht captain, got a contract to deliver a 54-foot catamaran from the south coast of France to St. Thomas in the Caribbean. Their other son also came, and the whole family got to sail across the Atlantic Ocean together. They put into Spain, Gibraltar, the Canaries, and the Cape Verdes. Ted’s motorcycle riding continues with his annual ride to hook up with the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club of Wyoming. He’s been hanging out with Carolyn for some 50 years now! Life is good! Pat McCormack and wife Linda retired from teaching and are traveling to celebrate. In 2022 they visited Antigua, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, Morocco, the Grenadines, St. Maarten, and St. Barthelemy. In 2023 they plan to visit Costa Rica with family before heading to Tahiti, Raiatea, Moorea, and Rangiroa, finishing off with a cruise on the Douro. Steve Ford and wife Mary fared well during the pandemic. Their annual family reunions in Maine continued each summer and were attended by all five children, spouses, and 13 grandchildren. Their travels resumed in earnest in October 2021 with a river cruise in Bordeaux, a Barcelona-to-Bergen ocean cruise in June 2022, and a river cruise through Eastern Europe in October 2022. Betty Savicki Carvellas wrote from St. Augustine, Fla., where they do the weekly BOGO buying at the grocery store. This year, however, they’re telling people they got cardiology BOGOs. John ’66 was in the ER just before they left Vermont and was diagnosed with atrial flutter. Betty was in the ER in Florida exactly a week later and diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Both saw the cardiologist the same day and had stress tests the same day. Maybe a little too much togetherness, even after 52 years! They visited Colby last June for John’s delayed 55th reunion and were once again amazed at what President Greene has done. While there, she met Margie Reed McLaughlin for coffee, and they had a great time catching up.


Ray Gerbi

Greetings, classmates! It was nice to hear from so many of you, and I hope you are all well. Chris Christensen took delivery of electric snow-melt mats so he didn’t plan to do much snow shoveling this year. He got together with some mutual friends, flew to Portland, where they picked up TDP roommate Charlie Miller, then flew to Brunswick, Maine, for lunch and catching-up time. They hoped to have Ed Beard join them, but Ed was in Colorado visiting Peter Shearston. In February Peter retired as an IT program lead with the Missile Defense Agency and since then has been “trying to figure out what this retirement gig is all about.” During Peter and Patti’s visit with Meg and Ed Beard, they drove to the top of Pikes Peak and also attended the Air Force Academy Falcons-Nevada Wolfpack football game. Ed and Meg then headed north to Estes Park and Peter and Patti to the Bryce Canyon area. They planned to travel to Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina this spring, then visit Scotland and England in June. Peter hopes you have had an opportunity to view the slideshow he created of our 50th Reunion. If you have not received it, please let me know. Warren Heller retired from his solo law practice last September, and he and Debbie now spend weekends going to their grandson’s hockey games. Last winter they followed him to a national tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., and last summer to the Portland, Maine, area for a “summer bash.” They also enjoy following their granddaughter, a sophomore dance major at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College. Warren and Debbie visited Peter ’70 and Linda Marsh Foss ’70 and keep in contact with Linda Loring Shea ’70, Walter Cotter ’70, and Connie Tingle Grabowy. Last year, 2021-22, was a very difficult year for Bill ’66 and Cathy Cyr Latvis. They experienced significant family losses and sold their “sweet lake house” in Gardiner. They resided in Dayton, Maine, for the summer and headed back to Florida in September. They visited Colby’s Museum of Art and toured the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, ending their afternoon with a lovely meal at Front + Main, Colby’s new restaurant in the Lockwood Hotel. Plans were for a trip to Disney in November with their son and his family and a trip to Portugal in March. Cathy missed her get-togethers with Colby friends, but did connect with Kristina Faber for lunch in Waterville. Judy and Gary Austin saw last summer begin with high school graduations of three grandchildren. One joined his brother at the University of Alabama, one flew off to La Rouche University in Marbella, Spain, to study hospitality management, and the other started at a community college. The rest of the summer was traveling to the Canadian Rockies on a Rocky Mountaineer train trip, spending a week in London with grandkids, and a three-week trip to the Dolomite area in Italy. Last fall, they headed out for a 15-day Mississippi River cruise. Cynde and Steve Fisher saw the arrival of their seventh grandchild, the first for one of Steve’s own two children. They are very happy to finally have one living pretty close after all their jaunts to NYC and London. Eddie Woodin was the first recipient of the Scarborough Land Trust Conservationist Award. Congratulations, Eddie! Dwight Parsons retired six years ago and spent several years visiting family and fly-fishing. He and his son Dwight B. went to Montana/Idaho/Yellowstone for two weeks for more fishing. One highlight was a 1,300-foot descent into Cardiac Canyon on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River at about a 45-degree angle. Dwight thinks it’s the last time he’ll be able to do that. They spent Christmas 2021 with his sister’s family in San Mateo, Calif. Best wishes to everyone! Editor’s note: Colby Magazine received news that Ray Gerbi died suddenly and unexpectedly April 23, 2023, at his home in Brunswick, Maine. His full obituary will be in the next issue of the magazine.

70s newsmakers

Headshot of Deborah Morell Polackwich
Deborah Morrell Polackwich ’75
Photo: Joshua Kodis
The Maine Historical Society named Earle Shettleworth Jr. ’70 its 2023 Maine History Maker. A prolific writer and speaker on Maine history and architecture, Shettleworth is Maine’s sixth state historian, first appointed in 2004, and also served as director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The American Hockey Coaches Association awarded Bill Driscoll ’75 its Founders Award, which recognizes contributions to the growth and development of the sport of women’s ice hockey. Driscoll founded the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt., in 1999 and served as director for 20 years. He also cofounded the Junior Women’s Hockey League, the first such league, in 2011. Florida’s Vero News featured Deborah Morrell Polackwich ’75 in a story about how she finds joy in designing jewelry. Polackwich uses beads and other materials to create her unique pieces, often employing kumihimo, a traditional Japanese art form of making braids and cords, or using precious metal clay, a soft clay with microscopic particles of pure silver. Jamie Paterson ’79, cofounder of Save the Bay in Hancock, Maine, was part of a group of environmental activists receiving a 2022 Conservation Leadership Award from the Natural Resource Council of Maine. Frenchman Bay United is leading a campaign in opposition to an industrial fish farm in the bay near Mt. Desert Island. Kevin Schneider ’79 earned the designation of Five Star Wealth Manager for the 12th consecutive year. Schneider, executive vice president and partner of the Bulfinch Group, was featured in Boston magazine’s March issue and singled out for his exceptional leadership, advice, service, and experience in the financial services industry.


Libby Brown Strough

We celebrated our twice-postponed 50th Reunion with the Classes of ’71 and ’72 last June. Over 100 had preregistered. We spent Wednesday afternoon touring Peak’s Island and had a private dinner there. We traveled to Waterville for three days with Alumni College lectures among them, learning how artificial intelligence is woven into so many liberal arts courses and how Colby is a leader among colleges committed to AI. We socialized, ate, drank, laughed, cried, and listened to our comfort music in the background. There were many first-time attendees. People attended from all over the country, although Covid prevented some from attending. Fortunately, Andy and Sandy Holler Hayashi as well as Dan Timmons were able to attend from Canada. Thanks to all others who attended and to those who contributed their time to make the events so meaningful. Jane Stinchfield Sexton and her husband spent six weeks traveling from Maine to Seattle and then back home. The last stop was Dover, Del., which made all 50 states for Jane. In June Jane was elected as a trustee to the Portland Water District. Jeff Lovitz did not attend the reunion. Instead, they celebrated their 50th anniversary with their four kids and grandkids on a cruise out of Camden harbor. They have been speaking with Roman Dashawetz, who has been active for more than 20 years organizing medical missions to Ukraine. Most recently he’s been putting together emergency backpacks for the Ukrainian army. Wallace and Mona Burnett Tapia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family party in Stowe, Vt., in May 2022, hosted by their two daughters and other family members. Wallace is almost fully retired from his CPA practice, and Mona retired from a 25-year elementary school teaching career a few years ago. They look forward to resuming traveling again soon. Mike Self was planning to attend reunion but tried hard to cut his finger off while splitting firewood so was unable to come. Mike spends a lot of time splitting, bundling, and selling firewood, money for a college fund for two of his grandsons in elementary school. Debbie Anderson very much enjoyed attending our 50th Reunion, visiting with many classmates, and taking a swim in the new pool. She and her husband have two fun and entertaining grandsons, 18 months and almost 1. One daughter lives next door with her husband and son. They are fortunate to have the other family also nearby in Seattle. They had a busy summer hiking in the Cascades, kayaking off the BC coast, and spending a week in Yoho and Banff national parks hiking. They had several long weekends with the family on Cape Cod and also in the San Juan Islands. Norma Rivero de Biermeyer has been married to Herbert for 46 years, and they have two grandkids living in Spain. Norma missed reunion due to residency requirements from Germany and the EU, which oblige them to reside in the EU for six months and one day. She still likes living in Caracas, Venezuela, despite the current 10-percent inflation rate. Their apartment is high, and they live without air conditioning or heat year-round, in a very nice humid rainforest climate. Bill Aldrich cites several memorable moments from reunion: random “bouts” of rain until Sunday, the small ceremony the class had in the chapel for those who have predeceased, and marveling that the gym that was being built when we were incoming freshmen cost $2 million or so, and the new gym complex cost $240 million. Thomas Whidden received the National Maritime Historical Society Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to yachting and his leadership in the design and manufacturing of technologically advanced sails and sailcloth. Now a request from me. I have been the class correspondent since 2010 and would like to pass this duty on to someone else who would enthusiastically take on this responsibility. Send a note if you’re interested.


Ann E. Miller

You must see the very first response I received for this column, asking for memories from our 50th Reunion. Dave Williams said, “My very favorite memory was when, at 10 p.m., Ann Miller headed down to the big dance tent by herself in a complete downpour! After seeing that, we had to head down ourselves!” I laughed out loud at this memory, and I hope you will, too. It’s totally true. We had such a fantastic weekend for reunion. For those who were not there, you missed a great time. It was absolutely wonderful to have three reunion classes (’70, ’71, and ’72) all together, especially since we know so many people in other classes. Thank you, Colby, for doing that; we know it was a logistical nightmare, but so worth it for us. In December 2021 Rich Abramson sent a lengthy and newsy note but missed the deadline for submission. He reported then that he was recovering from a total reverse shoulder replacement and was doing well. The second one was in November 2022. He’s been appointed to the Maine State Museum Commission; Earl Smith is also on the commission. Rich serves on his homeowners’ association, and he’s also served as education director for Day One, a Maine-based substance abuse/mental health agency. He’s also one of the Portland event staffers ushering at Merrill Auditorium. He’s stayed in touch with former President Bro Adams and his wife, Lauren. Debbie Wentworth Lansing returned in October to her home in Florida after their exile in Tennessee avoiding Hurricane Ian. Fortunately, they encountered only some tree debris. She missed reunion because of a long-delayed trip to Lake Como. Back in Florida, she’s now a research contractor for the Mayflower Society revising the William White Silver Book. This response about reunion also made me laugh, from Sarah Hall Gibson: “… I had a great time and am looking forward to the 75th!” And she meant that! We aged quickly! She traveled with her sister to the Grand Tetons, where she enjoyed incredible scenery. Chip Altholz and his wife bought a 33-foot RV and headed to Arizona for the winter, where they planned to connect with Dave Nelson and other friends. Chip is still producing music and had an album coming out in January called Handheld with Rough Edges by Anonymous 17. Thanks to Linda Wallace (and her husband, George) for all the hard work and preparation for our 50th Reunion—fantastic job! Linda writes that reunion was fabulous and tiring. Huh? Really? You were tired, Linda? (She slept for a week!) Seriously, she did a wonderful job with film clips and photos. She also said that she hopes to see us in “4 HOURS”… for our 55th. Time flies. She and George met up with Larie Trippet last fall. In February Larie, Jerome Layman, and Linda and George met up in Florida. Linda and George were scheduled to visit Egypt last November. Unable to come to our reunion because his daughter was getting married, Joe Greenman writes that he’s expecting his first grandchild. Leslie Anderson sent a long, newsy note. She enjoyed reunion in unexpected ways: she was blown away by the talk at the Legacy Society brunch (by Randi Arsenault Maloney ’09); the Colby students driving golf carts all over for us and giving tours—incredible ambassadors for the College; the tour of the new athletic center and the data point that students actually USE the facility; and the self-guided tour of downtown. She’s proud to be affiliated with this amazing institution (me, too!). She went back to Waterville last fall, and then she painted again for three shows in Portland, Maine. Mike Smith said it was great to see his Deke brothers at reunion: Bob Ewell, Paul Spiess, Ed Mahoney ’72, and Steve Self ’72.


Nancy Round Haley

Our 50th Reunion was an awesome experience! I shared a suite at the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons (downtown) with Janet Veasey McLetchie, Norma Ouellet O’Reilly, and Stina Reed. It was wonderful! Susan Hoy Terrio attended, and one of her best moments was literally bumping into her Colby roommate Jamie Aronow O’Heir. They had lost touch over the years and had a wonderful time catching up. (That’s the best part of reunions!) Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans attended with her former roommate Susan Buttner Lavelle. They spent three days catching up. Marilyn still grows apples and vegetables in central Maine, supplying local stores and even Colby. Sally Chester Williford and Joyce Bemak Hanes didn’t make it to reunion, but they celebrated 54 years of friendship in Joyce’s booth at the York (PA) Antique Show. Sally still sits as a retired judge and hopes to go to our 55th. Alice Ossmer Olson has been retired from teaching for eight years but continues to work at the local library. She and her family enjoy Maine’s Eustis, Flagstaff Lake, and Round Pond. She traveled to Scotland in spring 2022 and looks forward to visiting Madeira Island in the Azores. In spite of a persistent medical issue, Paul McGurren went on a fly-fishing trip of a lifetime last May. He flew with friends to Montana for eight days and stayed at a gorgeous private ranch house on a 4,000-acre plot with ponds full of huge rainbow and brown trout. Food and lodging were provided as well as a private jet. Paul is proud father of daughters Emma and Clara, now living within driving distance in Maine. Michael Harvey, who lives in Hancock, N.H., and his son, Colin, a filmmaker from Los Angeles, completed a 30-minute documentary on the homeless population in southern New Hampshire. They interviewed numerous homeless people, experts in the public defender’s office, and the county prison warden. The film has been shown at festivals and will air on New Hampshire PBS. Dean Ridley, John and Janet Shreve Martland, and Nat Smith and his wife, Mary, were all at reunion. In July John and his family ran into Jean De Christoforo Coello, a Vermont native, on a hiking trail in the White Mountains. John and Janet have taken several road trips, including to the Outer Banks to see their youngest son and family. Robert Brown loved teaching high school history for 41 years. He’s served on the local board of education and is involved in Connecticut’s teacher’s union political action committee. He and his wife enjoy time with their five grandkids. Bob and Judy Moreland Spitz attended our 50th and were happy to get together with Peter and Pam Mause Vose and Susie-Jane (Rogers ’73) and David Belton. Judy found Colby’s campus and the programs it’s developing very impressive. Tina Murphy Serdjenian had a wonderful time reconnecting with classmates from the Classes of ’70, ’71, and ’72 at reunion. She thanks Dave Cheever, Debbie Christensen Stewart, and Andrine Smith for getting our yearbooks out ahead of reunion. Tina also thanks Chris and Debbie Trescott Pinkham, Mike Szostak, and Clark Ruff for their planning, communications, and leadership to make our reunion so special. Thanks also to Chris Hanley Pike, who worked very hard to honor classmates and “honorary” classmates no longer with us. Joani and Billy Alfond continued their gracious hospitality at their Belgrade home on the Sunday of Reunion Weekend, as they’ve done for us reunion after reunion. Thank you to John Atkinson, who joined Billy in providing boat rides around the lake. Billy has enjoyed Zoom calls, catching up on life with classmates, and being on Colby’s Board of Trustees, which allows him to appreciate and admire the vital work that Colby accomplishes. Billy and Joani enjoyed a wonderful summer in Maine with their children and seven grandchildren, ending with a trip to Italy with their entire family (15) to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. John Danila had a terrifying experience in August 2022 at Ogunquit Beach. He and his partner got stuck in a rip current that pulled them way offshore. A witness alerted the lifeguards, and a 16-year-old came to their rescue. An unforgettable experience for him. Greg Chapman is in his 50th year in education and is currently subbing. He coached football for 25 years and basketball for 22. Greg has memories of great times and great people at Colby. He was saddened to hear of the loss of his Colby roommates Cletch, Crabby, and Pikey. Time goes by way too fast. Carpe Diem!


Carol Chalker

The Class of ’73 has been busy keeping up with all of the information that Colby requested to prepare us for an amazing experience at our 50th Reunion. A few classmates shared recent experiences. Author Richard Cass has published his seventh novel, The Last Altruist. It’s his first standalone mystery that follows the sixth book in his Elder Darrow Jazz Mystery series. In 2018 he was the “Crime Fiction” winner of the Maine Literary Awards, and in 2021 he was awarded the Nancy Pearl Book Award. Visit his website to learn more: Gülsün Aydinlar writes from her home in Turkey. Due to a number of health-related procedures last year, she won’t be able to attend reunion. She sends her love and best wishes all. When the pandemic started, Gülsün retired from Bosphorus University, where she taught English. She especially would like to be remembered to her Colby roommates Ida Dionne Burroughs and Terri Ashburn Higgins. Anne Huff Jordan experienced a number of health issues last year that needed attending to, but she helped with her son’s new puppy in her recovery. She also found time to include some recollections for our reunion yearbook, and I’m very jealous that hers included seeing a moose near her sleeping bag while camping on Mount Katahdin with the Outing Club! Thank you for sharing that memory, Anne. Stay tuned for a very newsy column following Reunion 2023.


Dennis Delehanty
Richard Vann

Judging from the abundance of news submitted for this column, we can now proclaim that the pandemic has ended! Brian McQuarrie traveled to western Ukraine last summer to produce a three-part series for the Boston Globe on the grim daily lives of refugees displaced by the war in the east and the mood of defiance among ordinary Ukrainians. Harriet Hults King is returning to Vermont to take up a job she held previously and loved, working as a small-town prosecutor. Last summer Jane Dutton ventured to the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park for the trip of a lifetime. Philip DeFord is teaching Introduction to International Business as an adjunct at Saint Louis University. Newly retired Nancy Snow Littlefield is studying for her second (!) B.A., this time in classics, at the University of Vermont. After taking Homeric Greek with Professor Westervelt at Colby, Nancy always longed to major in the classics. Jody St. Hilaire has downsized and moved to a new Las Vegas neighborhood five minutes from her two beloved grandchildren. Having just won a trial for a Fairbanks hospital, Howard Lazar can now brag that he has won trials in every decade from his 20s to his 70s. For happily retired Craig and Cathy Downes Weston, travel last year included a bike tour along the Danube River. Diana Waterous Centorino’s first grandchildren, a boy, then a girl, were born last September and October, 10 days apart! After 35 years managing a lab at Schepens Eye Research Institute/Mass Eye and Ear, Sandra Spurr Michaud has retired to Cape Cod. Sandra would love to hear from Ronda Luce and Kyle Buck MacPherson. Mark Curtis revels in the athletic feats of his grandchildren, who variously play basketball, lacrosse, and soccer. After a double bypass last August, Mark says that “all going well.” David Bailey continues to teach music lessons for woodwind, brass, percussion, guitar, recorders, and bass in Nashua, N.H. David is in his 37th year conducting the Hollis Town Band nearby. Lynn Urban Roberge and her husband operate a marina in Casco, Maine, purchased a dozen years ago as a “retirement plan.” It’s a “fun business to own,” writes Lynn, offering slip and boat rentals on a gorgeous lake. A thoughtful message arrived from David DiCola, who retired in 2015 primarily to care for his dad, a severely wounded World War II veteran who had been diagnosed with dementia a decade earlier. Though his dad passed away in 2019 at age 101, David feels grateful to have been able to develop a stronger bond with him during his last years. Last summer Michael McNamara navigated up the Seine on a Viking river cruise from Paris to the Normandy beaches. Having an uncle who lost a leg on D-Day, Mike found the memorial service at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach particularly moving. John Ladky’s “test run” for our class’s forthcoming reunion was his 50th high school reunion at the University School of Milwaukee. Scott Hobden and Donald Joseph were on Mayflower Hill last September for a reunion of Colby’s 1972 football team that finished 7-1. Scott was in awe of the transformation of Colby’s campus. “Words don’t do it justice,” he writes. “You need to see it for yourself.” Marilyn Lebowitz Rothberg’s husband, Brian Rothberg, and Norman Rattey completed their second Des Moines Register Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, a 470-mile route. The pair’s team name was the Maine Line Spokesmen—a nod to Norm’s home in Maine and Brian’s residence on Philadelphia’s Main Line. Finally, it is with great sadness that we share the passing of Linda Krohn Lund last August. Lindy loved her time at Colby and joined many of our reunions, most recently our 45th. Lindy lived a life of good humor, compassion, and grace despite the challenges she faced over the years. Even after her ALS diagnosis last year, she would start each day by saying, “It’s good day!” Yes, Lindy, it is a good day … because we had you in our lives.


Susie Gearhart Wuest

Thanks for all the great responses! Katy Seabrook Brunault continues to play cello in a community orchestra and teach ballet and pointe one night a week. Husband Charlie and she enjoy visiting her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, 5 and 7, in Clinton N.Y. They also spend a week on the Maine coast every summer. Ed Walczak traveled to London and Paris on business in October, followed by a more interesting tour of Vietnam and Cambodia in November. Michael and Kristine Bowen Lynes spent five months in winter 2021 in Norway, where Michael was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bergen, Center for Diabetes Research. Since then, he’s stepped down after a decade as molecular and cell biology department head at UConn. Now they’re spending more time with their five grandkids. Retired for several years now, Kris helped their kids manage the issues Covid brings to young families; something she continues to do. Not ready to retire yet, Michael continues working on a therapeutic antibody recently licensed to a pharmaceutical company. Andie Ward Antone finally fit in her 2020-postponed traveling, first with a retirement trip to Paris and Italy, an Alaskan cruise, both with her youngest daughter, and then with Linda Watts to our twice-postponed 45th reunion, which was all she had hoped it would be. She said it was a great time with people she knew well and others she hadn’t really known. An unexpected and fun adventure was discovering that our class was housed in the former ATO house and then exploring new buildings on campus as well as in downtown Waterville. In October Mike Fletcher attended the 50th Reunion of the 7-1 1972 Colby Mules football team, when they gathered Sept. 17, 2022, at the Colby home opener with a victory over Williams College. They shared memories/stories, went to a dinner that Carl Nelson attended, and remembered those teammates and coaches who had passed. It was great seeing all his teammates again. Mike plans to retire in March to spend time with grandchildren, travel, and golf! Sarah Dailey ’74 and Alan Berry now have four grandchildren ranging in ages from 4 to 10. Currently working at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., Alan is in his 48th year of teaching secondary math. Bill and Barby Beran Muller recently moved cross country from Pinehurst, N.C., where they had lived for the past 10 years, to the San Juan Islands, Wash. They’re loving their new life, but more importantly, they’re able to spend time with a new grandson, child of Anders Nordblum ’10 and Molly Muller ’11, who live in nearby Seattle. Eric Parker has decided to retire in 2023 and is looking forward to spending more time with his 6-year-old granddaughter plus twin grandsons, born in July. After spending a few weeks in both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks last August, Eric remarked on how the national parks are such a treasure. He has stayed in touch with former Colby buddies Steve Smith and Steve Kunzman, who inspired Eric to keep music in his life. I was sorry to miss our 45+2-year Colby reunion, but my husband, Paul, and I opted instead to spend a few days with our grandchildren on Cape Cod. In October we had the opportunity to visit Pete Coz in Southern California. About five years earlier, he began construction on an all-steel frame structure for a Spanish Revival-style house on a “hilltop” in Bonsall, Calif., 11 miles east of Oceanside. Pete did a large portion of the work himself, and three years later, the interior and exterior were completed, including solar panels and extensive landscaping, plus great views of both the ocean and the mountains. Truly a comfortable home for his family: wife Susan and twin daughters Petra and Lizzie, 7 ½ years old.


Robert Weinstein

Hello, my ’76ers! Hard to believe it’s already been so long since reunion. Hoping you’ve been well. First-time writer Bob McAuliffe received his doctorate in economics from the University of Virginia. He then taught at Babson College for 40 years. He retired in 2021 but may reconsider. (Great to hear from you, Bob. And now hoping to hear soon from other first-time writers!) Heather Finney Eng is enjoying life in Pittsburgh, well launched into “real life.” She made two retirement commitments: exercise every day and make no commitments. Heather recently narrated a recorded book at the Library for Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians and loves the process. Her ecologist daughter has encouraged Heather to convert her mown-grass yard into a more natural habitat; Heather’s focused on supporting native bees and pollinators. Heather has a new bike and is training for a Pittsburgh-to-DC trip along the Great Allegheny Passage; she’s hoping to go this coming summer once her husband retires. She maintains monthly Zoom contact with Kathy Jewett ’77, Joy Sawyer Mulligan, Julie Stewart, and Wendy Swallow. Since the educational and Covid shutdowns in China, Mitch Brown’s international tutoring business has grown even more. He teaches about 20 students from around the world. He also runs his home-improvement construction business while taking care of family rental houses. Mitch says the mix of intellectual and physical work gives him the variety to maintain his energy and meet each challenge. All four of Mitch’s daughters are now out of the house. His wife runs her own RNA-sequencing cancer diagnosis and treatment company. Mitch continues to play soccer regularly, though after two hip replacements and rehab, he’s decided it may finally be time to play at his own age level. Mitch and his wife hope to travel as well. He sends his prayers for everyone’s peace, harmony, balance, and health. Sherry DeLuca Delany reports that her son Joseph is currently a Colby first-year who did his first semester in Salamanca, Spain, after taking a gap year (thanks to Covid). Joseph seems to be loving the experience and was excited to get to the Colby campus for Jan Plan 2023. Joseph’s twin brother is doing an internship in marine biology at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. Cathy Worcester Moison has a simple message for all of us. Having lost too many relatives this past year—including two brothers within four days—Cathy writes, “Do it. Do it now. Spend time with people now as tomorrow is not promised.” Cathy’s message is not only simple but also powerful. Susan and Barry Rabin had a great time at our class reunion in June; it was fun to mingle with the others. They had a terrific Sunday brunch at the new Lockwood Hotel in downtown Waterville and highly recommend it to any visitors. They’re well and enjoy having their two grandchildren across the street from them. Barry can’t believe the next reunion is our 50th. “Wow!” Like many of us, Dale-Marie Crooks Golden MacDonald traveled “home” for her 50th high school reunion; in her case, it coincided with her birthday. While in Massachusetts, she naturally reunited with Betsy Buckland for a birthday lobster roll! As for Robert Weinstein (me!), I returned to community theater in 2022. In April I played Old Mr. Toad in The Adventures of Peter Cottontail. Over the summer, I was in Mary Poppins at the Algonquin Theatre in Manasquan, N.J. A terrific experience. As I complete this column, I’m rehearsing for the musical A Christmas Story, also at the Algonquin in December. In addition to being in the ensemble, I’ll be playing the cranky, cantankerous department store Santa in Act 2. Some have called it typecasting! Closing this column with a reminder that our 50th reunion is closer than you think. Remember to donate to the Colby Fund. Please contact that classmate who’s been on your mind. Be well, everyone!


Russ Lowe

Many of us may be retired or close to it, but we do find some great ways to keep challenging ourselves in this phase of our lives. Joanne Karlin Giudicelli writes that pickleball is a great replacement for the tennis that she played for years. She still runs two companies, spends time with her horses, and sees kids and grandchildren while feeding the addiction of pickleball. She published a second book in 2022: Freedom from a Toxic Relationship with Food: A Journey That Will Give You Your Life Back. Life is good, except for the extreme heat, drought, and fires. It’s been quite some time since we heard from Martin Lobkowicz. He married in 1983 and has a son who married in 2021 and a daughter who is recently engaged. He moved to Florida in 1994 and ran his own business for many years but is now consulting in the electronics industry and doing volunteer work for the Palm Beach Animal Care & Control facility. He finds time to fish and golf with his wife. Mindy Levy stopped by Colby when she was visiting the U.S. last November. She’s lived in Israel since 1979 and has a new book out, Birth Days: Inspiring Stories of Healing and Transformation in Childbirth. It is all about how she became a midwife, body-mind psychotherapist, and specialist in working with post-trauma surrounding birth. I got to see Sue Harvey and many others at reunion in June. Sue reported that she and Vicki Johnson were happy to see the people there from our class. We both ended up talking with folks who were not close friends back in the day. Vicki also saw an old friend, Everett Briggs ’80, due to the extra classes having reunion this year. One of the best things about the weekend was a tour of Miller Library’s tower. Fantastic views for miles and miles all around. I echo what Sue said about reunion—the College is more beautiful than ever. Colby goes all out to put on a great party for us. Check out the pictures and follow the Colby College Class of 1977 Facebook page.


Lisa Mathey Landry

Thanks for the abundance of news! We’ll begin with all the weddings. In August Suellen and Jeff Wheeler’s daughter, Katie, was married on Cape Cod. In September Sarah and Bob Underhill celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Molly, on Nantucket, with Gary McCarthy ’79 and Henry Kennedy ’80. Then, Chris and Lea Jackson Morrissey’s daughter, Anne, was wed in Marblehead, Mass. Four Morrissey alumni joined in the celebration: Chris’s father, Chuck ’56; brothers Dean ’79 and Shawn ’81; and sister Shannon Morrissey Cronin ’85, as well as Peter Schmidt-Fellner and Sandy Buck. Jeff, Bob, Chris, Peter, and Sandy were off-campus roommates their senior year; it was lovely they were able to witness all three weddings together. Lastly, Nancy Piccin and Ken Kubic tied the knot in November! This was the culmination of a busy year of changes, including the sale of her long-time home, the death of her mother, and retirement. At Ed Smith’s “Lobsterfest,” Nancy joined Sue (Conant ’75) and Jim Cook, Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik, Laura Hyer, and John Devine. Still living in Andover, Mass., John spends a lot of time at Colby, watching hockey games at the amazing new athletic center with Brian and Michele Fortier Cullen and Mike Slavin. Cynthia Burns Martin entered Colby with us but spent only two years there. She credits the College for her strong foundation in the liberal arts. She’s been on the faculty of New England College since 1985 and is currently associate dean of institutional effectiveness. Nick Levintow bought a home in Brunswick, Maine, and is still involved in the development and labor rights area. He planned to attend his first Colby Homecoming last fall. The Class of ’78 is active outdoors: read on. Betsey Judd Butler lives in Durango, Colo., with her husband, Rich, where they ski, snowshoe, and hike. They’ve climbed all the 14,000-plus-foot peaks in Colorado (54 official and two unofficial), and last summer she solo hiked the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango, 485 miles, in 32 days (resupplied by Rich and her son, Brett). In September Paul Wolf and Jacie (Cordes ’79) and Charlie Hurd hiked almost 74 miles in the Engadine region of the Swiss Alps, an amazing bucket-list item following the previous summer’s “old-man backpacking” trip. After 35 years, Paul Fackler retired as a professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. He’s returned to Maine, where he hikes and plays the fiddle. Stuart Alex retired after 39 years and lives with his wife, Savi, in Truro, Mass., where they hike the National Seashore and enjoy time with their granddaughter, Maven-Rose. Francie Prosser-Riessen lives in Hanover, N.H., and works as a pediatric physical therapist. Her husband died three years ago, and it’s been a time of rebuilding, greatly helped by her friends and community. Her son, Rian, graduated from Colby in 2013, and at his graduation, she loved seeing all the changes on campus. Still a professor of physics at Florida State University, David Van Winkle, along with his wife, lives on 10 acres with a true menagerie: four horses, a goat, 16 chickens, dogs, birds, and a cat. They are proud parents and grandparents. Pam Devine now lives in Falmouth Foreside, Maine, close to her six grandchildren in Connecticut and Maine. Sadly, René Martinez died unexpectedly in July 2022. He and his wife of 39 years, Barbie, lived in Mashpee, Mass. At Colby, he played baseball and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He loved his three grandchildren, sailing his Shannon 43, Glory, and playing golf. Ken Johnson ’76, Wally Gorman ’76, Bill “Soup” Campbell ’76, and John “Mizzou” Breedlove (best man and groomsmen at their wedding) served as his pallbearers.


Cheri Bailey Powers

Hard to believe it’s already 2023 and so many of us are of Medicare age now and retiring. Ben and Karen Oehrle Wright are now both retired, for good this time. They traveled last October to Georgia and South Carolina with classmate Sheila Meeres Yurcik. In November Karen and Ben headed to Hawaii and on a trip to be decided in December. They enjoy having time for hobbies, traveling, and visiting their daughter in Chicago whenever they want, no longer tied to the school vacation calendar. Another classmate, Gayle Amato, retired June 1, 2022. Last summer she did more hiking with a local hiking group and also participated in a choral concert for the first time since the pandemic started, with the Hartford Chorale. Unfortunately, they’re still required to wear masks when performing. In August Gayle celebrated her nephew’s wedding in Portland, Ore., which also included hiking and e-biking in the Columbia Gorge. There were trips to Virginia and Maine over the summer, with extended babysitting for Gayle’s 4-month-old grandson in NC and a quick trip to Alabama for her granddaughter’s first birthday. There are now four grandkids, three of whom were born within nine months of each other! Sounds like retirement is keeping her busy. Ross Moldoff had a very good year. In June 2022 he received a lifetime achievement award from the New Hampshire Planners Association. His second grandchild, Betty Elisse Esses, was born in Brooklyn in July. And to top it all off, he planned to retire at the end of 2022 after serving as planning director in Salem, N.H., for 39 years. Congratulations, Ross! Amy Davidoff ran for the Maine State House of Representatives, where she hoped to represent House District 61 (Sidney and Vassalboro). Unfortunately, she didn’t win, but she hopes that she gained some name recognition for the next round. Amy retired a couple of years ago from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Biddeford. She and her partner of 40 years, Mary Schwanke (retired UMF professor), built a high-efficiency house in Vassalboro: no lawn and lots of solar panels. Amy and Mary keep their sailboat (Cape George 38-foot cutter) in Belfast and seem to be busier than ever. Another retiree, Katie Cofsky Lemaire, and her husband, Christophe, started traveling after retiring in March 2020. They went on safari in Tanzania, trekked along the Mediterranean in Turkey, hiked/climbed in the French Alps last June, and spent three weeks in Corsica last fall. I hope to hear from Sarah Russell MacColl or Jan Barker next time to hear about the 200-mile trek this past summer. I hear there were several Colby grads involved. Stay healthy, all!

80s newsmakers

Sharon Matusik
Sharon Matusik ’86
Mimi Brodsky Kress ’80 was named 2022 Philanthropist of the Year by Bethesda Magazine. Kress is COO and owner of Sandy Spring Builders and also champions a number of nonprofits in the metropolitan D.C. area, including Habitat for Humanity, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Montgomery County, Jewish Women International, and the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. Jody Holmes Bachelder ’82 has a new book out, Here First: Samoset and the Wawenock of Pemaquid, Maine (DownEast Books). Bachelder’s first book examines the life of Samoset, the first Indigenous person to make contact with the colonists at Plymouth Plantation. Sharon Matusik ’86 was named the Edward J. Frey Dean of Business at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Matusik, also appointed a tenured professor of business, was heralded as a “distinguished scholar and teacher whose foci include strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship” by U-M Provost Laurie McCauley. Mike Archibald ’87 and his wife, Kathy, earned a U.S. Tennis Association Gold Ball by winning the husband/wife Senior National Clay Court Tennis Championships in Charlotte, N.C., in May 2022. The competition was open to married couples with a combined age of 100 or more.


Tom Marlitt

It was great to see many of you at our postponed reunion last June. The Class of ’80 had a great turnout—even better if you count everyone who showed up at the Friday pre-function at the Maine Beer Company in Freeport. Many thanks to our class presidents, Elliott Pratt and Fred Madeira, who took on the role for more than a decade; to Kevin Fahey, who served as class correspondent for the past seven years; to Sue Sullivan Hinrichs, who has spearheaded our class fundraising efforts for … well, forever; and to Lynn Collins Francis, who provided great decorations and food and drink for our class headquarters. In July a group of former Colby musicians (from Pearl, Floyd’s Motel, Mayflower Hill, and Moosehead Mining Co.) glamped and jammed together at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in the Catskills. In attendance were Brian Neligan, Fred Frayer, Geoff Becker, Jeff Wuorio ’79, John Stivers ’79, Becky Rogers Bushong ’79, and Fritz Martin ’78. Missing was Sandy Pardee ’77, who had to remain in Québec due to a case of Covid. Grey Fox features roughly 40 acts on its five stages and draws 18-20,000 annually to listen to some of the best acoustic music found anywhere. Lots of news from those of us who lived on second floor Dana freshman year: in August, Elliott Pratt welcomed his third grandchild, James Murray Pratt, born in NYC. He joins cousins Tessa, 3 ½, and Noelle, 1 ½, in Hanover, N.H. Elliott and Tricia have been living full time in Sunapee, N.H., since 2020 and would love to hear from classmates in the area. Gretchen Hall retired in 2017. She and her husband, Craig, have been in the same house in Portland, Ore., for the last 35 years. She’s loving retirement, playing lots of tennis and planning a trip to Sicily. Gay Shanahan, Liz Beach Fitzpatrick, Esmé McTighe, and I were all in attendance at the wedding of Kate Searles Fraser’s son, JD, last October. We hadn’t all been together since Kate’s wedding! Cate Talbot Ashton graciously stepped out of retirement when Colby’s DavisConnects health professions advisor left unexpectedly. Cate is working to bring back a Jan Plan she created that matches students with area physicians. On the hottest day of the summer on Cape Cod, Carol Sly completed her 34th Pan-Mass Challenge (Sturbridge to Provincetown, 192 miles in two days)! To celebrate her incredible fundraising efforts for Dana Farber, she met up with Jeannie Minkel in Barnstable. As Jeannie said, “Go, Sly, Go!” Also on the Cape, Diana Herrmann, Ken Sacks, Lynn Collins Francis, and I met up for lunch in Provincetown in July. Scot Lehigh ( has published a novel, Just East of Nowhere, a dark coming-of-age story set in the little Maine town where he grew up, published by Islandport Press. For those of you who haven’t been to campus in a while, make the effort. The new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center (the HAARC) is amazing, and the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts will open this fall and looks to be equally impressive. Thanks to all who sent in news. I look forward to hearing from the rest of you in the coming months!


Ginny Bulford Vesnaver

Greetings, classmates! Here’s the latest news. Beth Pniewski Wilson retired from Thomson Reuters Westlaw in January 2022 after 35 years with the company. Beth quickly hit the road and took trips to St. Simons Island, Ga., Arizona, and Southern California (twice!) to see friends and do some sightseeing. Last fall she went on a “fabulous trip” to Egypt, seeing the pyramids, numerous temples, and tombs and also meeting with families in villages and cities. Her travels even included a visit to a camel-trading center. Beth attended not only our Colby reunion in June but also her high school reunion, which brought her back to New York’s Hudson Valley, where she grew up. Bob Ryan attended our Colby reunion as well as the Summer Luncheon for the Colby Museum of Art. He was able to catch up with Professor Véronique Plesch, chair of the Art Department, and many alumni. Bob also spent five days on an “absolutely amazing” dove hunt in the Santiago del Estero province of Argentina. Bob returned to Maine in October 2022 for a trustees’ meeting at Hebron Academy and enjoyed leaf-peeping. Marisa D’Andrea Barber and Pam Ellis visited Québec City together last fall. They had a great time catching up and visiting the Château Frontenac and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, shopping in Petit Champlain, watching glass-blowing artisans, climbing the battlements, and having French pastries for breakfast. They try to get together every year. In October 2022 Scott and Judi Greene Stewart celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Ramsay, to Daniel Franck. The event was held at the Wequassett Resort on Cape Cod with Dana Russian ’79 and Beacon Brass providing ceremony music. Jean Siddall-Bensson and her husband, Steve, shared in the joy of the day. In more fall 2022 nuptials news, Faith Rodenkirk traveled to Camden, Maine, to attend the “Colby merger” of her niece Hannah Twombly ’16 and Connor O’Neil ’15. She enjoyed meeting the many younger Mules in attendance. Following the wedding, Faith and her husband hit the road for their home in Florida. They stopped for an overnight visit with Faith’s roommate Kim Wadkins Seymour and her husband, Matt ’84. Their drive was extended a bit as Hurricane Ian sat right on top of their home in Saint James City on Pine Island. They were fortunate that their home survived, though with significant damage. They stayed in their home with the use of a borrowed generator; power returned after 11 days but internet and reliable cell service took longer. Faith shared that the humanitarian support was amazing. Mike Hawrylycz checked in to say that he works at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in computational neuroscience in Seattle, where he has been since its founding in 2003. Ellyn Montgomery retired after 30 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and USGS. She moved to Middlebury, Vt., with her husband, Tom Bolmer ’74. They spend time hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and working around the house and yard. The pandemic curtailed their travel plans, but they did enjoy a week in Acadia in May 2022. Ellyn is in contact with Bonnie Turnbull and Alex Gauss Sutton. Victor Vesnaver and I enjoyed our 40-plus-1 reunion and spending time with old friends on campus. We missed those of you who couldn’t make it. Fingers crossed for next time!


Sarah Lickdyke Morissette

Bob Benjamin’s big news is that he and wife Lynn welcomed their first grandchild, Rowan Patrick Benjamin, July 18, 2022. Rowan and his parents stayed with them for six weeks before moving to Baltimore to start new jobs. Cathy “Smitty” Smith Badmington, Sarah “Foxy” Fox Whalen, Ellen Huebsch Anderson, and Claire Brovender Liliedahl got together for their yearly pilgrimage to someone’s house. Smitty hosted at her home in New London, N.H. They enjoyed lounging about, swimming in Little Lake Sunapee, and taking long walks, all with much laughter, lots of memories, and conversations about the state of the country and the world. Claire writes that they remain four liberal-minded women with hope and concerns for the future of our many children and theirs—present and yet to come. Paul Maier enjoyed our reunion, which he followed up by traveling with family to the Greek islands last summer. He’s now on to his next chapter as he retired as president of ConvergeOne Sept. 6, 2022. He looked forward to the men’s hockey alumni game last December. Go Mules! Sarah Perry Indelicato didn’t attend reunion but had a really great mini-reunion last summer with Diane Zavotsky and Andrea Brantner at Andrea’s beautiful lakeside camp in Maine. Sarah paddleboarded for the first time and loved it! She and husband Paul traveled to the Trinity Site in Albuquerque in October and then to Switzerland in December. She’s amazed that she’s been retired from Fidelity since January 2022 but loves her part-time job at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Mass., where she works in registration in the emergency department. Congrats to Jody Holmes Bachelder on publishing her first book, Here First: Samoset and the Wawenock of Pemaquid, Maine, with DownEast Books. For all the history lovers out there, the book explores what Samoset was doing in Plymouth, Mass.—he was from Maine, a long way from home—and looks at the clash of cultures during the period of early colonization from the Indigenous perspective. Linda Hurwitz couldn’t attend reunion as she was performing with a string quartet at a wedding on the Carolina coast. It was a beautiful setting, but she missed Maine and Colby and will try to get back for a campus visit another time. Linda sends a big hug to Lavinia Stefani! Mark Hopkins happily reports that his second son was married in August 2021, and his youngest daughter married last July. All five kids are now educated, gainfully employed, married, and on their own. On Sept. 5, 2022, they celebrated the birth of their 10th grandchild (yikes!), balancing out the mix with five boys and five girls. Mark continues to work for Komori America selling high-quality printing machinery in an 11-state area. He recently connected with Willie Perez ’85, who lives in Columbia working for the government of England. Mark lives in Cleveland, where he’s been for 24 years. No clear thoughts about retirement yet, but “I know it is coming.” Helen Dooley Anthony, Diane Conley LaVangie, Tom and Ann Skinner Ryder, and Jeff Brown spent Reunion Weekend at the Belgrade Lakes home of Doug and Kim Smith McCartney. On Friday night, Kim and Doug hosted a delicious barbecue, and were joined by Jed Santoro and Delisa Laterzo ’83; Marc Gordon and his wife, Carolyn; Paul McGrory and his wife, Kerri; Jon Haddow ’83 and his wife, Colby Professor of Philosophy Jill Gordon; Lynn and Bob Benjamin; and Deena (Schwartz ’83) and Curt Ball. So much fun, and no shortage of chitchat that weekend! As for me, we had a busy summer spending time in Maine and testing out our newly acquired RV. Garry got his dream truck to pull it, and we visited several lovely campgrounds in New Hampshire and Maine. There’s a big trip on the horizon…! We’re so proud of our daughter, Ensign Kyra Morissette, who graduated from UVM in May 2022, passed her nursing boards, completed U.S. Navy Officer Development School in Newport, R.I., in October, and is now a Navy nurse at Camp Pendleton. Joy and health to you all in 2023!


Jennifer M. Thayer

Hey squad! Thanks for the massive enthusiasm for my news request. I enjoyed hearing from all of you! Since I last heard from Sean Duffy, he has moved back to the U.S. after his 27-year stint in Sweden. He resides now in Hollis, N.H., where his two boys are in third and sixth grade. On the professional side, Sean remains the brand strategist for his eponymous Duffy Agency for an international client base and has partnered with Rick Hauser on establishing a U.S. office. Sean’s book, International Brand Strategy, is out, and you can read all about it at (cool TLD, bruh!!!). Ron Walutes writes from Virginia, where he returned upon graduation. Ron has worked as a federal prosecutor for the past 30+ years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria courthouse. His daughter is now a junior at Colby and—yay!—a rugger with some big scores. Ron’s wife and daughter have been climbing over the years in Colorado, which may be the retirement pick—class Coloradans might want to ping Ron on why that’s a GREAT CHOICE for his post-work life!! Now back in B-Town, Mike Schafer is currently head honcho of the Newman School in the Back Bay, having left Kimball Union Academy several years ago after his change-making, 15-year tenure there. Both of my kids graduated from KUA while Mike was head of school there, and Mike, if I haven’t already told you, I do miss seeing you and Gayle several times a year! Susan Sheehan and Richard Schwermer sent an update from Utah: “Rich and I are enjoying our lives, traveling as much as we can, and still working hard. We try to spend as much time as we can at our cabin in the mountains. We love to hike and see wildlife. Rich is being tapped throughout the nation as a courts expert for best practice solutions in the areas of substance use disorders, mental illness, and also veterans courts. He finds the work very rewarding. I’m finishing up a cancer clinical expansion in Utah, with just $5 million left to raise for construction.” Susan adds that they saw Laura Strassman in Boston in September 2022. For the folks remembering her ineffable style: “Yes … she arrived in a leather jacket. It was just like the old days.” Kelly Burke Corwen wrote that in August 2022, “We once again hosted the family of my cousin Mark Burke ’86, who participates in the Pan-Mass Challenge [bicycle ride] in memory of his father, Edward J. Burke Jr. ’60. This is the 13th year Mark has participated in the ride, and, with the exception of a few years of Covid, we have celebrated his successful ride with Mark and his wife, Jane, at our home on the Cape.” Erin Healey writes from Littleton, Mass., her hometown of more than two decades, that her two kids are making their way through college. Erin works for Mayflower Wind on environmental and marine-science permitting to develop an offshore wind farm, and it’s as much work as you and I think it is. Erin stays in touch with Kelly Zajechowski Raghavan, Amy Black Villafranca, Su Charrette, and Marie Maliawco, and she occasionally “bumps into Delisa Laterzo in town.” Favorite travel destination: “Oaxaca, Mexico, for the vibrant colors, friendly people, and great food.” Duly noted, Erin! Finally got news from Elaine McClellan Niemann (longtime reader, first-time writer, amirite?!), who noted her cross-country move with husband Scott “Nemo” ’84 from the East Coast to Washington State a couple of years ago when Scott was recruited. As Elaine is “self-employed and portable,” they did it! She shares, “It is absolutely, stunningly beautiful, and we are loving it. We had a big, multi-day mountain climb this summer to kick off our next decade!” Their two sons remain East Coasters and single, so no weddings yet on the horizon. Loved, loved hearing from Nishit Mehta!! In the summer of 2022, he and his partner sold their house in New Mexico and took up full-time residence in Paris. Pretty sure he wrote me from the beach in Sardinia—sounds glam!! Next time, tell me what you were doing in Botswana, pretty please!! Anyone coming through Paris is invited to contact Nishit.


Marian Leerburger

A big thanks to our classmates who provided news. You are all involved in so many interesting activities. Kathryn Soderberg is still active in tennis. She was in the Ipswich Country Club championships last fall and won the women’s singles event for the second year in a row. She and her tennis partner were finalists in the ladies doubles. Kathy’s business is expanding, and the goal is to eventually move their commercial lines and life insurance divisions to their new development. Paige Lilly is a freelance archivist and museum consultant in Maine, living in Blue Hill. She’s worked at the Shaker Museum (she hired Director Ted Johnson ’53); at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport; as the William S. Cohen Papers Archivist at the Fogler Library, University of Maine; and as a curator for the Castine Historical Society. Last fall she co-taught a six-part online archives workshop with Colby’s Assistant Director for Special Collections Pat Burdick. Samuel Staley visited with classmates Nancy Heselton and Rick Patten while in Vermont on business. Samuel’s book, The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution, was released in May 2020, just as the nation had descended into the throes of the pandemic. The book continues to receive interest. Sharon Kehoe Miller and her twin sister, Laura, celebrated their 60th birthday last summer in Nosara, Costa Rica, learning to surf. They thought it would just be a bucket-list item to check, but they found that even at their ripe age they were still plenty athletic and up to the task. They wound up being quite good at surfing! Sharon sends encouragement to everyone to get out there and try whatever it is they’ve been wanting to do. Charlie Boddy had a mini-reunion last August in Point Judith, R.I., with Pete Saccocia and Gregg Gabinelle. They hopped the ferry to Block Island and spent the day eating seafood and exploring the island and its beaches by moped. Charlie said, “It was my first trip to Block Island, and they showed me some beautiful rocky beaches accessed from the cliffs. I learned I have no business on a moped! We ran out of time to look up Pam Littlefield Gasner, who is an islander. After returning to Point Judith, we ate on the deck at Buster Krab’s. We spent so much time getting a good outdoor seat only to abandon it before the meal arrived to seek shelter from the summer’s worst thunderstorm. It was a fun trip definitely worth repeating and a great chance to catch up with classmates. Sometimes Colby tales are best shared in the rain!” I had a typical Colby experience in mid-October at a conference in Iceland. I went on a tour of the Blue Lagoon and heard someone talking about Maine. Turns out Holly Peirce ’90 and Sean Pratt ’90 were on my tour with me! Connecting with our Colby contingent is just something so endearing, no matter where we are.


Tom Colt

Paul Swartz reports that his daughter Lexi transferred from Drexel to Trinity, where she looks forward to playing lacrosse this spring. His older daughter, Dana, captained the Bates lacrosse team. Leslie Robinson published a humorous memoir called Fun with Fred: Life With OCD and Hoarding. It’s available on Amazon and IngramSpark. Lesley Melcher Greer moved back to Kittery, Maine, where she is enjoying reconnecting with friends and family. Kevin Bruen says that a series of unfortunate events (plane delays, thunderstorms) conspired to keep him from attending reunion. He looked forward to heading back to the campus last fall to catch some football games and watch his son Chris ’25 play for Colby’s water polo team. Kevin had a great surf trip last summer with Tom Valinote to Hawaii, where they surfed on both the north and south shores of Oahu. Ben Lowry has retired from his 30-year law practice. Ben and his wife, Jenn, split their time between La Jolla, Calif., and their condo in Portland, Maine. Ben spends most of his time umping baseball games and playing disc golf. Doug Brown reports that he shaved off his seen-at-reunion Yosemite Sam moustache and is now clean-cut and clean-shaven with a crew cut. He’s walking and swimming Madeira Beach these days, having completed a move out of Portland, where he was involved with entrepreneurial projects. He splits time between Belfast, Maine, and St. Petersburg, Fla., having started a new job at Citi Tampa. Jim King says he went from being an anchorman to an egg man. He spent 20 years as a newsman and the rest as a salesman. Jim’s son, Michael King, plays for the New York Yankees. He is in his fourth year in the big leagues, all with the Yankees. Last summer Phil DeSimone and Dan Toomey ’84 joined Jim in Boston to watch Michael pitch against the Sox. Debbie England Gray joined her first public company’s board of directors as she continues her nonprofit board work. Her legal career continues to be busy and meaningful. Debbie and her husband traveled last spring to Turkey, Greece, and Israel. Her older daughter is teaching in Boston. Debbie’s younger daughter moved to Denver, where she’s a robotics engineer. Last summer, Debbie had a wonderful visit with classmate Lynn Brunelle and her family in Cape Elizabeth. Debbie sees her neighbor Cici Bevin Gordon jogging all over their neighborhood. Carol Eisenburg caught up with Sarah Land for a long-overdue visit and a nice walk around Peaks Island last fall. Carol and her husband, David Simpson ’86, are nearly empty nesters, with their youngest headed to Connecticut College after he completes an “awesome” gap year that includes a semester in Nepal. Carol’s daughter Charlotte hosts For Your Reference, a sports-reference podcast. Carol says that if you go to Puerto Rico, take a cliff-jumping, rock-sliding rainforest tour with her daughter Maxine at Island Journeys. Dwayne Jackson took a short vacation last fall to the Boston area, where he caught up with Kelli Crump Capozzoli for dinner. (Kelli mentioned that she was unable to attend our reunion so she could attend her daughter’s wedding.) Dwayne then went for a fun tour of Martha’s Vineyard and attended the island’s annual Pumpkin Festival, where he crossed paths with Isabelle Gill, daughter of Jim Gill, who was working at the event.


Susan Maxwell Reisert

Hello, Class of 1986! News was a bit sparse this time around. Many thanks to the few who wrote in to share news. Lila Hopson Monahan reported that she had taken a bucket-list adventure to South Africa. She did a six-night safari at Zulu Nyala, where she saw four of the “Big Five” (buffalo, rhinoceros, elephants, lions, and leopards), followed by five nights in Cape Town, where she saw penguins and southern right whales (the latter known as part of the “Big Seven”). Benjamin Allen is now semi-retired, although he reports that his status has not led to any real diminution of work. His recent travels included a work trip to the Balkans and his first flight since Covid began. He’s spending more time with hobbies, including the publication of a new collection of speculative stories, Chambers of the Heart, which he’s happy to report was pretty well received. He’s also continued publishing Metaphorosis, a science fiction and fantasy magazine he’s been running since 2015. And, he’s been walking on the Oregon coast, mushroom gathering, and relaxing. Guy Holbrook and his wife, Amy Lumbard Holbrook ’88, dropped off their youngest child at Tulane University and are now empty nesters! They now have lots of free time and spend most of it visiting the two youngest kids at their colleges or seeing their oldest daughter, who lives in Charleston, S.C. It was great to see so many people at the reunion last June. We celebrated Jen Imhoff Foley’s new status as a grandma. We also celebrated our two favorite Colby trustees, M. Jane Powers (current board chair) and David Epstein, both from the Class of 1986. It was good to get caught up with Rich Deering, Colette Cote Mayerhoeffer, Evan and Sue Roberts Dangel, Christine (Palmer ’87) and Mike Savage (their younger son is at Colby), Laurie (Haley ’87) and Jay Allen, Dan MacDonald, Norma Delaney, Suzanne Swain, and all of the other people who showed up on my deck during the Saturday afternoon event at my house on Great Pond. My husband and I hadn’t seen so many people on our deck since before Covid! Finally, I’m happy to report that my niece, Kenzie, is now a first-year student at Colby. Best to all!


Scott Lainer

Quick note about that amazing reunion: I’m really sorry about the bathroom I destroyed. Honestly, I had no idea that showerhead was so loose, and it was just bad luck that I was carrying four open gallons of red paint at the time. I’d try to explain more here, but according to my lawyer, that’s all I’m allowed to say. On the brighter side, it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces that simply haven’t changed in my mind’s eye. Colby has evolved in so many positive ways, including a fieldhouse big enough to house another fieldhouse. Though I’ll admit, 35 years still feels a bit surreal. So, let’s just call it our seventh fifth-year reunion and move on, shall we? Tim Hennessey writes that “after living in California since 1990, I moved to Boise, Idaho, with my wife, Holly. (A very common move, Tim.) We’ve been here for about four months and liking it so far. Boise is a great little city, up and coming, tons of outdoor recreation and reasonable people abound.” Bill Clendenen says, “All is well here in Oregon. Adjusting to the empty nest as our sons are living on the East Coast. Last Monday, this article ran in the WSJ.” (I believe the WSJ is a local paper for Bill, so let’s pretend it’s impressive and give it a read, shall we?) While I’ve never had an article about me in a big newspaper as Bill did, I have read many articles over the years. So, there’s that. Glenn Cummings moved from Lambertville, N.J., across the river to New Hope, Pa., a couple of years ago. “We crossed the Delaware just like General Washington. (I’m not familiar with that general. Did he cross it recently?) My partner, Jim, and I split our time between New Hope and New York. His twins are headed to college this fall. My son, Rex, is almost 16 and will be driving soon, so stay off the roads in Bucks County. We all took a wonderful trip to London back in March, and I got to see my old Kings College haunts. I’m still running the post-bac premed program at Bryn Mawr, so send me your aspiring doctor children who skipped the premed track to college.” (I used to play doctor quite a bit, Glenn. Does that count?) Kat Bishop (nee Todd) took early retirement from MoMA in April of last year. What an impressive job from which to retire, Kat. Frankly, I’d be resting on my laurels. But not so for this intrepid soul. “I moved to Miami Beach, started Campfire, a consulting agency, and I’m transitioning my gender. I’m also proud to have been elected to the Board of Governors of the Colby Museum of Art and attended the luncheon last summer.” Congratulations on all counts, Kat. You have always been a beautiful force of life. Jeff Russell’s company remains super busy, though he announced his retirement date four years hence. (I’m announcing mine 20 years hence, Jeff. Now if I can just find a decent career from which to retire.) “This year flying took a back seat as my beloved Piper Super Cub suffered a sudden engine casualty that left me standing in a buddy’s potato field 30 seconds later looking at a sizable hole in the engine. Twelve months after, the parts have arrived for repairs.” I have a story very similar to Jeff’s. Except it wasn’t a plane, it was a couch. And I didn’t land in a potato field, I napped in front of a football game. Otherwise, our stories are identical. What are the odds? I wish you all happiness, safe travels, and to remember if you ever feel down or off your game, reach out. Your Colby family is exactly that. Especially me. Prepare for the 40th. I’ve already scheduled my facelift and hair weave. You won’t recognize me.


Kate Walker

Greetings, ’88s! For most likely the 35th straight year, Rob Koff hosted Scott Bunker, Derek Sappenfield, Geoff James, Tim Wissemann, Peter O’Toole ’89, and Mark Sicinski ’89 at his lake house in Sunapee, N.H., for wake surfing and reminiscing. Jamie Arsenault recently completed his 25th year as athletic director at New Hampton School. His daughter, Dempsey, earned a gold medal with Team USA in lacrosse last summer at the World Championships and completed her second year playing pro lacrosse for Athletes Unlimited. Son Ryder ’17 works in Manhattan for Sompo International. Mary Jane Carty Brown spent Labor Day weekend with Karen Hentz Merriam in the Berkshires, where they caught a concert at Tanglewood with their husbands. MJ looked forward to visiting with Mark Wylie when he comes to the Boston area for a Best Buddies event, which happens to coincide with the Head of the Charles. MJ’s daughter Margaret is captain of the women’s crew team at Skidmore and rows six seat in the varsity 8. In addition to being a steadfast crew mom, MJ keeps busy on the North Shore of Massachusetts with the League of Women Voters, Council on Aging, and library trustees. Brent and Karen Hentz Merriam took their daughter, Maielle, to England and Scotland last summer. Karen enjoyed showing them around the beautiful city of Edinburgh, where she spent her junior year. The student house in Edinburgh, where she lived with MJ and Josh Goldberg, is now a boutique hotel (The Bonham). They had the pleasure of having afternoon tea there with MJ’s Scottish roommate and her family. Karen resides in New Hampshire, where she frequently sees Susan Zimmermann, with whom she recently had lunch on the UNH campus, where Susan works. Karen volunteers with Seacoast NH Permaculture, Southeast Land Trust, and the local library, and she is also a homeschool mom. Jocelyn Wooten Giangrande finished her third book and first on diversity, titled Top-Down Commitment, How Good CEOs Do Diversity and Great Ones Build Culture. She was excited to have President Greene’s endorsement as he graciously read an advanced manuscript! Since the pandemic and the unfortunate killing of George Floyd, Jocelyn has been working with organizations to advance their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. She has conducted more than 250 virtual DEI trainings with organizations all over the globe (without leaving her home office!). Jocelyn had the honor of being recognized and awarded for HR Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion by Crain’s Detroit Business for her work. Nina Colhoun Wilson recently received a reading specialist degree from Gordon College and is working as a reading interventionist in a local public school. Her daughter graduated from Tufts University last spring, while her middle son is a junior there. Her youngest son is a senior at Phillips Academy, and her oldest son is working for a Covid testing program. The Wilson family greatly enjoys spending summers Down East in Sorrento, Maine. Over Labor Day weekend, I traveled from Colorado back to my home state of Connecticut to attend the U.S. Open tennis tournament. I stayed in Greenwich with Phil and Lorin Haughs Pratley. My hosts had just returned home on a redeye from an Alaskan fishing trip, which was a bucket list adventure to celebrate being empty nesters. I was thankful that they stayed awake long enough to take me on a boat ride around Greenwich Harbor. A few weeks later, Lorin ran into Guy ’86 and Amy Lumbard Holbrook at parents’ weekend at St. Lawrence University. It turns out that their sons are good friends. What a small Colby world we live in!


Anita Terry

Suzanne Milauskas has relocated to Waterville to begin a new job as assistant VP of operations and research in Colby’s Advancement Office. Suzanne’s daughter is a nurse at Mass General Hospital and loves it; Suzanne is excited to be back in Maine. And we’re all excited for you to host a get-together at our next reunion, Suzanne! (2024 is coming up faster than you think.) Chris Tompkins reported from Saudi Arabia, where he’s overseeing the development of early childhood through grade 12 education programs and building schools. He just opened his second school for a region that’s expected to grow to about nine million people! Try as she might, Laura Wood McKeever could not convince her older son to apply to Colby. He’s currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan. Laura and her family returned to their old London haunts last summer and also traveled to Paris and Switzerland. Laura lives in Wellesley, Mass., working in marketing for a biotech company, while her husband, Tom, works in the wine industry. Their younger son is a high school senior—perhaps we should take up a collection and get him a Colby sweatshirt! Martha Brockelman Rebour is enjoying her work ensuring children around the world have access to lifesaving vaccines as executive director of Shot@Life at the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C. Last summer she traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with UNICEF officials and healthcare workers about the pandemic’s effect on health services. She enjoyed a dinner last winter with Larry Collins and his daughter, where they reminisced about Mayflower Hill. While her naturopathic medical practice keeps her very busy, Dr. Lizzie Clapham finds time to enjoy beautiful Southern California, biking, hiking, and paddleboarding with dolphins during her off time. Despite living on the West Coast, she makes a trip to Vinalhaven every summer to maintain that Maine connection. Brian Kaplan left NYC for Saxtons River, Vt., where he is director of marketing and communications at Vermont Academy. He encourages you to drop him a line if you’re near Brattleboro and want to leaf-peep or go for a ski. Finally, I might forfeit my class-news gig to Marc Rando, who seems to see nearly half of our class semi-regularly. Marc and Stephanie bought a place on Cobbosseecontee Lake near Eric and Shari Sadowski Stram and made it to campus for last summer’s Colby Museum’s Summer Luncheon, featuring Hilary Barnes Hoopes as speaker. (Rob Hoopes and son Riter ’20 were there too.) After Labor Day, Marc, Rob, Matt Sotir, Dave Fernandez, Tom Abbatiello, Bill Thayer, Andy Schmidt, Eric Stram, Randy Catlain ’88, Ken Ginder ’88, and Whit Marshall ’88 gathered at Great Pond for water skiing, wake surfing, and lots of good food and drink. Check out Marc’s Insta “im-not-yelling-im-italian” if you want to be jealous of his culinary creations. Thank you all for your news! Keep it coming!

90s newsmakers

Mark Boles
Mark Boles ’92
Mark Boles ’92 was named to Outside Business Journal’s list of the “20 Most Influential People in the Outdoor Industry.” Boles is CEO and founder of Intrinsic Provisions, a curated, specialty outdoor retail experience with an emphasis on brands with positive social impact. Bridgton Academy in western Maine named Diana Barton Gleeson ’92 head of school. Gleeson, a career educator and school leader, was most recently assistant head of school for external affairs at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pa. Melissa Wilcox ’94 and three other Episcopal priests have written the book Grace in the Rearview Mirror: Four Women Priests on Brokenness, Belonging and the Beauty of God (Wipf and Stock). This book is a series of vignettes in which you are invited to read your own life—and find grace in the rearview mirror. Chad Higgins ’97, a stakeholder with Bernstein Shur, received a Certificate of Recognition from Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. Higgins was part of a pro bono legal team that worked with the New England Innocence Project to secure freedom for Keyon Sprinkle, who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1999. The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology presented Jackie Bates ’98 its Clinical Instructor of the Year Award. Bates is a certified registered nurse anesthetist who teaches at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and in Gonzaga University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.


Katie Erickson

Hello, and thank you to those who wrote in! Julie Tarara started a new job in November as senior viticulturist for Results Partners Vineyard Management, headquartered in McMinnville, Ore. She covers territory from Walla Walla, Wash., to The Dalles, Ore., and mentors the Willamette Valley viticulture team. Aside from working in the vineyards, she is still on the White Pass (WA) Nordic Ski Patrol; once the snow melts, she gets out to hike the Washington Cascades. Jen Milsop Millard relocated from the San Francisco Bay area and now splits her time between Austin and Maine. She works for Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips and leads the Digital and Technology Consulting Group with a focus on fintech and financial services. Jen would love to catch up with anyone rolling through Austin! Carol Lockwood took the opportunity of her niece’s June graduation from Dartmouth to take her sons (a 13-year-old eighth grader and a 17-year-old junior) on an early East Coast college tour. They flew to Washington, D.C., from Honolulu and covered 2,010 miles in their rental car, visiting 10 states (plus DC), eight colleges, and multitudinous friends and family. The clear highlights were their visit to Colby (especially the lunch visit with Joyce McPhetres!), an overnight in Ogunquit, and a New Hampshire visit with her Colby roommate, Krisan Evenson ’89. “The trip definitely made me nostalgic for my Colby days.” Sean Pratt and Holly Peirce are still in Colorado Springs, where Holly is “seconded” to DOD from the State Department. She was busy assisting the USNORTHCOM plan for Operation Allies Welcome and served as a gender advisor at Task Force Liberty (Joint Base Dix, McGuire Lakehurst in New Jersey) looking out for vulnerable Afghan populations. Holly managed to do some work travel in the early summer to Mexico and the Bahamas. Sean is writing a mystery thriller; Ben, 17, is applying to college and contemplating a gap year; and they all are enjoying skiing at Copper Mountain, where they bought an investment rental. Holly and Sean hope to get to Rangeley, Maine, this summer for a family reunion. Stephen Nahley’s family move from NYC to Maine is almost 10 months in and has been wonderful, in no small part due to the many Colby classmates who eased his family’s transition. Special thanks to Scott and Kirsten Rossner Buchanan, Sam Tucker, Jon and Nori Sterling Gale, and Said Eastman and Mim Siegel! Susan Kachen Oubari continues to enjoy living in Paris. Her husband is in Montreal for work and comes back to Paris once every month. “I’ve made a big career transition in the last six years, finally closing the door to a 27-year career in fashion to dedicate all my time to being a spiritual coach, keynote speaker, Breathwork leader, Reiki master, and my wellness business called Breathe in Paris.” Susan saw Kelly Cogan Calnan, Mya-Lisa King, Maeve Costin Giangregorio, Clare DeAngelis Connelly, and Kristen Fryling Bingel ’91 in May 2022 while visiting family in Boston. Kristen Pettersen Miller was missed. Susan’s daughter, 23, recently moved to Vancouver, and her son, 27, lives in LA and is getting married in July in Sicily. Janet Boudreau Ceddia has been an elevator company executive for nearly two years, leading integration efforts for every business her company buys, which has her traveling a ton. Janet is a newly minted empty nester! Nick, 22, is working on his master’s in architecture at Catholic University of America in D.C., Jillian is a junior at Wheaton College studying education, and Julianna is a freshman at the University of Portland in Oregon in their business school. Her hubby, Chris, works at a product-manufacturing startup in Massachusetts and watches their 13-year-old golden doodle and holds down the fort when she’s on the road. Janet is already looking forward to the next reunion to reconnect with even more of our classmates. Well put, Janet! Please stay in touch!


David Shumway

Greetings, classmates! It’s been a very quiet news time for our class, but there is some news to report. Felise Kissell sends the updated highlight that her son, Landon, was on campus as a freshman member of the Class of ’26! Extremely meaningful! Felice is still consumed with her role as investor relations and corporate affairs officer at Aramark. A note also arrived from Sandra Sundwall Phillips, who wrote, “I’m finally back in the classroom, teaching first grade this year after staying home for many years with my own kids, then working as an intervention tutor. It’s kind of a special year … I have a co-worker, parents of a student, AND one of my own daughter’s teachers, all Colby grads, all in one school system. That’s pretty cool!” As for your loyal class correspondent, I’m happy to report that the Class of 1991 was well represented at reunion last June. The campus was once again bustling with activity, and there were LOTS of new sights to see mixed in with all the old familiar places: former parking lots will soon be the site of a new performing arts center, new residence halls near Johnson Pond, and the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center is amazing (just to name a few). A new twist for the weekend was a shared class dinner with the Classes of 1990 and 1992 as the College caught up on lost time and missed reunions, meaning there were even more opportunities to see friends from classes who aren’t normally back on campus at the same time. On a sadder note, I am sorry to report the passing of Father John Skehan, who served as Catholic chaplain at Colby during our first year. I got to know Father John as a member of the Newman Council, and he provided a great deal of assistance and guidance as I conducted an Eagle Scout service project on campus during the fall of 1987. Almost 30 years later, my parents moved to Maine and joined the parish where Father John was serving as pastor, and I was able to re-introduce myself and thank him again for his help. He passed away unexpectedly in August. For the next four years, I will continue serving as class correspondent, so I hope you will all continue to send in your updates, no matter how big or how small. I ALWAYS love to hear from you! Thank you, and keep that news coming in!


Molly Beale Constable

Three cheers for a solid turnout at our 30th reunion last June! I rarely feel both that youthful and that old during the same weekend. In July I caught up with K-K Smith Tindall on Martha’s Vineyard, our stomping grounds for many fall-break weekends during Colby. K-K is a professor of economics at the United States Naval Academy and lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, Mark, and their four children. After more than 15 years at their home in Washington State (“many layers of paint, a number of updates, and several remodels”), Rob and Lisa McMahon Myhran are enjoying a beautiful new view in Bend, Ore. Their son, Charlie, is a senior at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and their daughter, Alice, is a sophomore at Colby. “In Bend, I have been able to catch up with Gordon Bunting ’93 and his family, who live here. So nice to reconnect after all these years!” Jennifer Zampell Mayer writes from Essex, Mass. “I had a reunion in Waterville in September with my Colby roommates, Nicole Porter (Winthrop, Mass.) and Hilda Westervelt (Waterville). We had a wonderful time catching up over dinner at Front & Main on Friday night and spent Saturday at the Common Ground Fair, which we hadn’t been to since our sophomore year. I was also able to introduce my daughter Eden, Class of ’25, and a group of her Colby friends to the fantastic fair. It was a perfect Maine fall weekend.” On Sept. 11, a number of ’92 alums, including me, David Leavy, Anne Maddocks Michels, Lisa McMahon Myhran, Amy Selinger, Jessica D’Ercole Stanton, and Kristin Nixon Donahue, supported the second annual Run to Remember 5K in honor of Lyz Makely Best and her late husband, Jeremy Glick, who lost his life on Flight #93 in 2001. The 5K event is a fundraiser for Jeremy’s Heroes, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help children find their “hero within” through sports and service. We look forward to more alums participating this year. Sarah Block Wallace has been appointed judge by Governor Jared Polis of Colorado; in January, she was officially sworn in. (Congratulations, Hon. Wallace!) In October Sarah visited with Anne Maddocks Michels and Kristin Wallace Livezey in Southern California. Jim Condron is in the middle of a yearlong program as one of 10 international art residents at Art Cake in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. Last fall his work was included in a group exhibition at 57W57 Art in New York City. Nicole St. John, who lives in NYC, came to the opening. Jim’s work was also the subject of a solo exhibition titled The Spoon at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Warren Claytor has been working with Colby to continue the “Dare Skyward” Jan Plan, now in its second year. In the course, Dare Skyward Flying: Ingenuity, Practicality, and Adventures in Life, students “explore greater heights of imagination and life goals using aviation as a medium.” Warren writes, “Last year, we received amazing student feedback about how impactful the program was in their day-to-day lives. Kayla Murphy ’22 said, ‘I can do more than I think I can. Aviation has begun to teach me that. I am not sure I want to stop that lesson. There are many possibilities, but for now, I am intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually stimulated by the revelation this class and my flying has brought me.’” Stay well, everyone. Hail, Colby, hail!


Jill Moran Baxter

Greg Burns was part of a crew that gathered at a beach called the Spit in Scituate, Mass., last July, including Gregg Suffredini, Chris Baines, Paul Froio, Will Berglund, Bill Higgins ’92, Mark Boles ’92, Rick Catino ’95, Chris Chin, Mike O’Neil, and Stephen Hatch. Fun was had by all. Greg also keeps in touch with Ryan Friel, who continues to catch fish in Montana and Alaska. Sheri Petelle Marnoto’s daughter, Sonia, is a member of the Class of 2026 at Colby. Sheri reports that Sonia has climbed mountains, swum in the Belgrades, and seen the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. “Somehow it feels like she experienced more in her first few weeks than I did in four years. … It’s so much fun experiencing Colby through her eyes!” Sheri looks forward to our reunion this summer. Doug Morrione writes from Dubai, where he and his family have lived for almost 10 years. Doug was in Maine last summer, where his most recent film, Fairways to Happiness, premiered at the Maine International Film Festival. The film—shot in the UAE, UK, Ireland, Ukraine, Austria, Zimbabwe, and Nepal—is about people’s perceptions of happiness, set against the plight of a British amateur golfer attempting to break 80 on the course. Doug says, “We had great fun at the festival and connected with many Colby folks, including my parents, Ken Eisen ’73 (who runs the festival), Chris Sharpe ’94, David Nicholson ’94, and Logan Morrione ’23 and Max Morrione ’25, my nephews, both current students at Colby. We spent lots of time on Great Pond and were also blown away by the new facilities at Colby, including the downtown living spaces.” Keith Dupuis’s third book was published in May 2022, and he is under contract for the next three books in what should be a nine-book run. In a first for Keith, the first trilogy of his series, The Tarot Sequence, will be published in French. If all continues to go well, Keith hopes to consider a “soft retirement” into being a full-time writer in the next five years. Tobin Slaven was in Europe when the pandemic started but has relocated back to the U.S. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tobin and wife Martina started an Acton Academy-based K-12 school in Fort Lauderdale. “We are just getting started, but we plan to open a sister school in Prague. Our vision is to create a ‘family-exchange’ program where families on each side can take a season or more at the other school and plug-in immediately into a whole community of like-minded folks. The Acton schools attract a certain type of personality that we think will love this freedom and independence.”


Sara Ferry

A great response from our class for this issue! Scott Kadish writes that after serving as a financial advisor for nine years, he joined Greenvest, a group of advisors that specializes in sustainable investing. He still lives in Massachusetts and recently became an empty nester when his younger daughter went off to UMass-Amherst. His older daughter is a third-year architecture student at Tulane. Marina Netto Campos writes of a busy summer with a high school graduation trip to Tuscany and then dropping off her eldest at Stanford University. A special shout-out to Rebekah Freeman Schulze, who helped navigate the college application process. Professionally, Marina has been promoted to global external marketing head at Teleperformance, a leading global outsourced customer service firm. Emily Davis Wall has published her fifth book of poetry. The book, Breaking Into Air: Birth Poems, was the culmination of a five-year project collecting birth stories from women around Alaska. It was published by Red Hen Press. She has lived in Juneau for the past 26 years with her husband and three daughters and enjoys teaching creative writing at the University of Alaska. Last summer Pat Marshall started a new role as provost and VP for academic affairs at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Mass. Trezlen Drake started at the Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library in 2022 as head of digital resources and foreign and international law reference librarian. The position allows Trezlen to teach students how to research, support law faculty scholarship, and help build a foreign and international law collection that, in decades to come, reflects the state of the law today. Junko Kito Saito is working in the Development Assistance Policy Coordination Division under the International Cooperation Bureau in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Toyko. Her main task is policy coordination for public-private cooperation. She also covers debt problems of developing countries, such as Sri Lanka and Argentina, and participates in the Paris Club meetings, which is an informal group of public creditors. Ross Nussbaum reports he hired a 2022 Colby grad into his estate investment banking team at Scotiabank. He’s excited to be helping the current generation of talented Colby students. Siri Oswald is back from Amman, Jordan, her first work trip in nearly three years! She was thrilled to be back on the road. What she didn’t miss was sprinting through the airport to catch her flight home. It reminded her why she always travels in running shoes. Bruce and Sue Benson Panilaitis had a busy winter. They adopted three more teenage boys into their family, which will bring a grand total to 10 sons. Bruce, who already has his Ph.D. in biology, will also be getting a master’s from BU in project management. But the real highlight is their first grandchild celebrating their first birthday. As most of us celebrate the big 5-0 this year, I hope you’ve had the opportunity to celebrate in big and small ways. I was lucky enough to have not one but two such celebrations surrounded by my dearest Colby girls. These moments remind me of the enduring bonds created on Mayflower Hill. Be well, Class of ’94.


Yuhgo Yamaguchi

Scott Koles lives in Melrose, Mass., with his wife of 18 years, Jeanne, and their two daughters. Their 15-year-old started high school this year and keeps busy with soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, and TikTok. Their 12-year-old is in seventh grade and keeps busy with soccer, ice hockey, the piano, and Xbox. They visited Portland, Maine, over Labor Day weekend. Sam White is the lead designer for Hope Puzzles, where he creates high-end wooden jigsaw puzzles. He also just had a solo show of his artwork in Providence, R.I., where each art piece contained a hidden diorama. He lives happily in Providence with his wife, Gillian Kiley, and their two kids, Winnie and Abe. Lee Paprocki lives in Southern California and works as a hydrogeologist at a small environmental consulting firm. Her son is in sixth grade, and they’ve had fun exploring national parks. Last summer they went to Pinnacles National Park in central California, and in the fall they planned a trip to White Sands National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Guadalupe Mountain National Park. Ben Bartlett is enjoying his second term as a Berkeley city council member. His daughter, Ankara, turned 3 last October. Ben served as the governor’s appointed member of the California Blockchain Working Group, where he helped devise California’s blockchain policy strategy and resulting executive order. Dan Polk writes from “the hotbed of Colby alums, Nashville, Tenn.” He met up with Mark Griffin for a neighborhood stroll. “I dropped John Dunkerley’s name (‘Tennessee Jed’) at a back-to-school night event, and a few women remembered him from his high school days!” Josh Burker visited Maine a few times last summer and got a great tour of Westbrook with Erin Curren ’97, hung out with Eric Sokol ’94 in Portland, and stayed twice with Tobey Williamson. Noah Learner lives with his family in Colorado, where he recently repainted his home a deep, dark purple and spoke at marketing conferences, including MozCon and SearchLove. He’s the cofounder and VP of product at, a marketing data company. Noah also enjoys fly fishing and time with his dogs. Matt Martel lives in Marblehead, Mass., on the same street where his wife grew up. He’s been working at Greenpages Technology Solutions “for most of this century,” and he’s enjoying time with his 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. “They say children keep you young, but they also give you gray hair!” Matt finished the first draft of his second novel and plans on getting it published one of these days. “The older I get the more I appreciate how formative my time on Mayflower Hill was,” writes Matt. Meadow Dibble-Dieng lives in Portland, Maine, with her two daughters. She has been leading an ongoing truth-seeking initiative for the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations. Meadow also serves as executive director of Atlantic Black Box, a nonprofit she founded that empowers communities throughout New England to research and begin reckoning with their role in the slave trade and the economy of enslavement. Ariana Talbot Vance completed a life goal last year by traveling to both Hawaii and Alaska. “Now I can proudly say, ‘I have set foot in all 50 U.S. states.’”


Brad Smith

Welcome to a new class notes section called “Things I don’t remember.” It’s a way to gently invite our fellow classmates to color in the details of events that may be gently (or not so gently) receding into the recesses of our minds. I’ll start with a few: I don’t remember the Last Day of Loudness in 1994. I don’t remember Glenn Forger ’97 playing football. I don’t remember what sculpture beat the eight-foot-tall “Snow Hopper” sculpture at Winter Carnival in 1993. I don’t remember why Jeff Sklarz and I were chosen to run the lights at the Toad the Wet Sprocket concert, or what band opened for Tribe Called Quest. I also don’t remember paying for wood from the Woodsmen’s team woodpile, or who was the third member of the Balding Cotters, and I certainly don’t remember ever setting foot in Coburn. So, if there are things you don’t remember—but might welcome a refresher—please send your own “I don’t remember” moments to the email above. Now, on to the notes! Tara Marathe lives in the Bay Area with her husband. In August she became chief of staff at the Climate Imperative Foundation, which is focused on informing the most important climate policy decisions facing our planet. When not at work, she enjoys hiking along the Pacific coast and partaking in the area’s diverse culinary food scene. Great update, Tara! Bex Mawn is a reading specialist at an elementary school in Littleton, Mass., and writes a teaching blog called The Reading and Writing Redhead. Earlier this year, Bex went to the Tampa/St. Pete area to visit Woody ’97 and Anne Robinson Pollack. She also visited Jenney Smith Maloy in the Berkshires last fall. Anna Goldsmith celebrated her 20th work anniversary at the Hired Pens, a copywriting agency she founded when she was 8 years old (or so it seems—congratulations on 20 years, Anna!). She also just celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary. When not being an entrepreneurial badass, Anna runs one of the most successful TEDx events on the planet (TEDx Portsmouth), incidentally home to the best tater tots on the planet. Go, Anna! In a small-world moment, my firm started working on a project with Dr. Renee Greenfield, wife of our very own Chris Greenfield. Renee is head of school at Carroll School in Massachusetts, and Chris works in finance at UMass. I ran into Chris on Chebeague Island last summer, which I must say was quite lovely. And if you missed it from the ’90s Newsmakers column last issue, our own Jonathan Bardzik started a cooking show that airs on Revry, a global LGBTQ+ streaming network. Plus, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) honored Alane O’Connor with its Linda Norman Alumni Award for Innovation in Health Care. The award is presented to a VUSN graduate who uses nursing experience and knowledge to create tools that solve healthcare issues. Alane, the first director of perinatal addiction treatment at Maine Medical Center, is interested in the care of pregnant women with substance use disorders. And for most of last fall, Jean-Michel Picher was traipsing around Pennsylvania with the Fetterman Senatorial Campaign. Go Jermichael! And finally, a riddle: A few weeks ago, I met up with fellow Oxford Hills classmate Kevin Thurston ’98 to watch the OH football team play (and beat) Bonny Eagle. The next day Derek Scacchi refereed the Colby v. Amherst football game on Mayflower Hill. What do these two events have in common? Answer in the next class notes. Until then, send more notes, please.


Tom DeCoff

It was nice to celebrate, reconnect, and reminisce during our milestone reunion—in person. Countless thanks go to all our reunion planners, April Armstrong Campbell, Brian Golden, Chad Higgins, Kara Marchant Hooper, Jen Atwood Lesky, Chris Sullivan, Linda Jenkins Van Arsdale, and Class President Jess Miller Pachler. And congratulations to Chad, who received the Mitchell Distinguished Service Award for his continued service and leadership at Colby. Although it’s hard to believe that our 25th reunion has passed, it’s no surprise that our class had an impressive turnout. I particularly enjoyed gathering news this time because I got so many updates in person. While it was not a good season for the Red Sox, I had fun catching up with Mark House, Chris Sullivan, and Welling LaGrone at David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame induction celebration at Fenway Park last summer. I also saw Kathleen Mulcahy Hopper and Katie McGovern at a fondue dinner party hosted by Kim Berget Salmon. We heard about Kim’s amazing European vacation with her mom, husband Dave, and twin daughters, Ellie and Addie, 13. They traveled to Austria and France and visited relatives in Germany. When Amy Stengel and Anna Hamlen Lyttle made the trip to reunion from Boulder together, it was Amy’s first time in Waterville since graduation! Amy and her partner are slowly migrating to a new home in Crested Butte, Colo., with plans to live there full time after their kids graduate. Their daughter, Barrett, started middle school last fall. Amy has been at the same firm for more than five years practicing family law, mediation, and estate planning. Steve Papagiotas and wife Denise have certainly been busy. Not only do they both work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, but last August they welcomed a son, Ryan Sturgis, joining sister Kara, 4. After quarantine, Simone Kaplan Cote and her family ditched DC city life and moved to Charlottesville, Va., which she thinks is a lot like New England. She’s bumped into quite a few alums who moved there for the awesome outdoors, breweries, and wineries (still no Dave Matthews sightings, however). She’s householding full time and volunteering with Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, a local nonprofit that works to increase public awareness of the value of trees. Her husband commutes to DC twice a month, and their two girls are both in middle school (ouch). She gets up to New England a few times a year and keeps up with Dave Hanauer and Amanda Gläser-Bligh. Speaking of Amanda, she recently started running the corporate social media channels for fashion/IT company Zalando. She would have loved to attend reunion but couldn’t make the trip from Germany. Be sure to let her know if you are ever in Berlin! Colin de Bakker lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts and is in his 16th year with Miltenyi Biotec, Inc., where he manages a field-based team of cell- and gene-therapy specialists throughout North America. Last summer he and his clan—Brian Dowling, E.J. Anderson, David Hall, and Eugene Buono plus families—met up in the Green Mountains for a few days of golf, family Olympics, and “other degeneracies.” Also invited was Tim Corkery, who, according to Colin, “couldn’t get his act together to make it happen.” Colin added, “Even though we are all getting older, it’s good to see that some things never change.” Congratulations to Javier Fernández, who was elected mayor of South Miami, Fla., in November. And sadly, we are left with a painful void by the loss of Anthony Moulton. After fighting brain cancer with remarkable courage, positivity, and strength for several months, Anthony passed away May 21, 2023, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family and friends. To know Anthony is to know he lived a life beyond the fullest—with humor, heart, and a passion for serving others, whether by his steadfast dedication to the LGBTQ+ community or his special commitment to Boston Children’s Hospital, for which he raised more than $150,000 by running 12 Boston marathons. He is survived by parents Howie and Donna Moulton; brother Jeff and sister-in-law Katherine; and nieces Piper and Sydney, whom he adored. Anthony was so proud to know that Piper ’27 will be attending Colby this fall. Rest in peace, Anthony, and thank you for being a friend. Thank you all for sharing your news, in person or by email. I hope to catch up again soon.


Brian M. Gill

Christina Goudreau Collison was part of a mini-reunion in November 2021 for the Woodman senior suite from ’98, including Tina, Lizzie Ivry Cooper, Lis Pimentel Pokrinchak, Emily Record Lane, Julie Williams Norman, Christine Vaughn Hendrickson, and Jennifer Rose. They rented a house in the Berkshires, cooked for one another, and went for a short hike. It was fantastic seeing one another. Jen flew in from Seattle and Christine flew in from Sioux Falls. Tina Goudreau Collison is also involved in a project that involves the Sign Language Incorporation in Chemistry Education (SLICE) project. Their team is at the forefront of creating a new sign language lexicon to convey concepts in organic chemistry that were otherwise absent. They recently published a paper on the performance gains by deaf and hard-of-hearing students who take these courses and incorporate their sign language lexicon. Recently their team won the Royal Society of Chemistry 2022 Inclusions and Diversity Prize for their work on this endeavor. The prize was awarded in London in December. Her love of teaching chemistry has at its roots Colby and her experience as an undergraduate, especially with Professor Brad Mundy, whom she still keeps in touch with and who was one of her biggest inspirations. Congratulations to Jackie Bates, selected as the 2022 American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Clinical Instructor of the Year. Geoff Bennett headed to Denver to see his former senior year roommate Walid Hamzi before Walid moved to Hawaii. It’s been a labor of love for both Andrew Littell and Katherine Littell Hinchey, who have been preparing to sew a quilt to bring attention to feline lower urinary tract disease. Andrew Porter lives in Barrington, R.I., and started a new job at East Coast Yacht Sales after spending 15 years at Hinckley. He’s excited to get back to yacht brokerage. Andrew has three kids, 16, 13, and 10. He spends time racing and placed second in the 2022 Newport to Bermuda race aboard J/133 Vamoose. It’s great to hear from everyone and please keep the news coming! (Go get your colonoscopy!)


Brad Sicchitano

The Class of ’99 had a lot to share, and I’m excited to have received so many submissions. Alex Wall and his wife, Marie Kent, were very excited about the arrival of a little girl last December. They celebrated 13 years of marriage in September. Last year they spent three weeks in France in April and visited his host family from his semester abroad in Dijon, whom they regard as family. Alex and Marie live in Portland, Ore., with two Pomeranians, Felix and Hugo. Alex works at a global IT support company called Rimini Street, Inc. and was promoted to director of privacy and senior managing counsel. He recently spoke with friends Skip Newberry ’00 and Rachel Tobie ’04. Christina Scannapiego spent the last 20 years in California but is now in her hometown—a tiny island off New Jersey—for a several-month stint. The goal is to move back to the East Coast and travel during the winter. After more than a decade of working in women’s surf journalism (dream job!), she’s been in content marketing for the last decade. She’s director of content for a tech company, Copper, and loves it. “I must be strategic and analytical yet creative—within the constraints of business—so everything is a constant puzzle. On the side, I spend a lot of late nights painting and trying to hock my art in various venues (check out my art @christinascannaartillo), and I put in a LOT of hours surfing. Can’t wait to be back on the East Coast more permanently and hang out with all my Colby people!” Sean Foley and his wife, Stella, flew from LA to New England to take part in the annual Ragnar “Reach the Beach” relay race, an annual race stretching more than 200 miles from Bretton Woods to Exeter Beach, N.H. Her team, Sharks with Frickin’ Laser Beams Attached to their Heads (a carryover from iplay days), has participated for 10 years now and always has a bunch of Colby folks. This year’s team was made up of Dan Zipin, Brian DiBello, John and Melissa Gerbi Doyle, Liz Magyar Stockwell ’98, Reed Bundy ’00 and Kelly Fanning ’00, and Chris Greenfield ’96. It’s a fun event and a great excuse to make it back to the East Coast to see some great Colby friends. David Fasteson shared the difficulties of last year, in that they caught Covid and lost their dog, Buzz. Nevertheless, there is good news! They have a new pet in the family, Sunny, a shih tzu puppy. Jon Hiltz still lives in Maine with his wife, Danielle. They basically just chase their kids around to their different activities. Their sophomore daughter, Lydia, is playing varsity field hockey. Their eighth-grade son, Brady, participated in the 12U Major 60 Cal Ripken World Series last summer. Jon coaches Brady’s fall 13U travel baseball team; they play on Sundays at Colby’s turf baseball field (finally using that Colby education connection…). Their youngest, Charlotte, is in fourth grade and a beast on her field hockey team. Jacob Berg and Rebecca Plummer celebrated their 21st anniversary. Their marriage is now old enough to legally drink. They live in Washington, D.C., with their two children and two rabbits. Jacob assumed the position of editor at in 2019. The site won its first North American Guild of Beer Writers award last fall. After 20 years on the client side in fashion/retail marketing, Christopher Fleming finished year two as SVP of commerce at Havas Market, an e-commerce consultancy within the Havas Media company. Working primarily with Proximo Spirits and Wolverine Worldwide, he helps build e-commerce strategies and develop profitable omnichannel marketing programs. His wife, Lauren Cooke ’00, is in her second year as an eighth-grade English teacher and secondary-school admissions coordinator at St. Hilda’s/St. Hugh’s after five years teaching fifth grade. Their daughter is 4 1/2 (going on 15) and loves attending school with her mom. Mark Melander shared that a group of Colby friends got together at the home of Chris Tashjian ’01 last summer, including Ross McEwen, Marc McEwen ’01, Liza (Messenger ’00) and Pete Kugeler, Andy Young ’98, Michael Higgins ’02, and Sara Saltzman ’02.

00s newsmakers

Milan Babik
Milan Babik ’01
Milan Babik ’01 was honored with the Crystal Heart of Gold Award from the Czech Center New York for his work organizing “Havel and Our Crisis,” an international conference of scholars and leaders that considered the life, work, and legacy of Václav Havel, held on Mayflower Hill last fall. Babik is a visiting assistant professor of government at Colby. Ice hockey players Ken Kearns ’01 and Evan Kearns ’04 skated in the master division for athletes 40 and older at the 2022 World Maccabiah Games in Israel last summer. The brothers competed because they wanted to see Israel, connect with relatives, and introduce their families to deeper elements of their religious faith. Kim Condon Lane ’01 was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. Lane was the 1997 Miss Maine Basketball winner and a 1,000-point scorer at Presque Isle High School. She scored 1,094 points at Colby and led the Mules to the ECAC Championship in 2001. Whitney Jones ’05 was named one of “New York’s 101 Top VPs in the Advertising Space” by Best Startup US. As SVP for data & analysis with Publicis Groupe, she has “helped infuse a new standard of data strategy, measurement, and insight” into the company. Antonio Mendez ’06 won the AmeriCorps Leadership in Action Award last fall. Mendez is the deputy regional director for programming with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps based out of Denver. Poet and educator Elly Bookman ’09 won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award for 2022 for her “urgent, insightful” Love Sick Century collection. Bookman has also won the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review and the Lorraine Williams Poetry Prize from the Georgia Review.


Brooke Frappier Jude

For this edition of our notes, we’ve heard from some members of the Class of 2000 we haven’t heard from in a while. Let me use this as your invitation to start today, jotting down anything you want to share with our class in upcoming issues. A great way to keep from being homesick for Colby is to check in with the many things we are all doing now. David Ferguson jokes how a possible upcoming column could feature false news stories buried in with the truthful ones, requiring some sleuthing to figure out fact from fiction. But this time, completely factual, David began work as the program coordinator for the Red House, Martha Vineyard’s Peer Recovery Support Center, putting his 18+ years of alcohol-free living to use in a way that warms his heart. Brenda Yun reports, “I got married to Gregory Jones on August 6 in Honolulu, followed by a September ‘honeymoon’ in Rodanthe. We reunited with Colby friends Jason St. Clair and Alyson Nickse ’01, Stephanie Graber Sutherland ’01, Lindsay Fanjoy Corson ’01, and Hannah Smith Harrison ’01. Our siblings officiated the DIY outdoor wedding, where our twin nephews were our ring bearers and our 3-year-old daughter, Sheena, was the flower girl. I had a bad bout of stomach flu prior to and during the wedding—plus a 101º fever that reduced attendance by 25 percent—and Greg was ill after (but thankfully neither of us or the bridal party had Covid!). We now understand why you get hitched once and why it’s better to do it before you have kids!” Annalise Blech Rivas began her fourth year teaching Russian at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn., and has now also taken over as program director for Russian and Eastern European Studies. Carrie Logie Sprague completed an executive M.B.A. last spring at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in health sector management. She currently lives in Indianapolis, working remotely in medical communications for Seagen, a biotech company based in Seattle with a focus on oncology treatments. And from across the globe, Patrick Burlingame is currently serving on an unaccompanied / danger tour at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, with the State Department. He works as deputy financial management officer with responsibility for all the finances and budgets for the embassy and three consulates that make up Mission Pakistan. Although he lives and works on the compound, he hoped to get a much-needed break and meet his family in Dubai last fall.


Dana Fowler Charette

Tom and Laura Montgomery Malone welcomed John Alexander Malone June 11, 2022, so, sadly, they missed our reunion. But life is full and sweet with two children. In September Caroline started school for the first time. Laura celebrated 15 years as an assistant district attorney in Boston in the Child Protection Unit, prosecuting cases of child abuse. Michelle Cook and her family moved to Falmouth, Maine, last summer and love living there. They see the Patrick ’00 and Jessica Alex Keenan family often and have been able to connect with fellow Colby grads more regularly. Michelle completed her M.P.H. last summer and is pursuing public health work in addition to practicing as a veterinarian at a local clinic. Shanna Brownstein lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and two sons, ages 10 and 5. She and Eric Lantzman met up to go backcountry skiing in Montana in March 2022 and had a blast. Shanna started a new job last May at Tesla working on building out charging infrastructure. Eric Lantzman finished a six-month job as an OB/GYN consultant in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and course director for a women’s health conference in Wellington. He and his family squeaked out a second winter and a few more days of skiing in the Southern Alps before the requisite bungee jump. Jackie Johnson Mourot works as a foreign service officer (diplomat) and finished three years in Uruguay last July. She’s headed to Bangkok next. Lauren Schaad enjoys mountain adventures in Denver, her home for the last year. When not hiking, she performs improv with her spunky house team at Chaos Bloom Theater.


Bridget Zakielarz Duffy

A blink and 20 years. Many of our classmates were able to reconnect on Mayflower Hill at our reunion last summer, and I have the pleasure of sharing news from classmates to keep us connected until the next one. Sally Hall Bell attended reunion with a gaggle of classmate pals: Jess Bennett Shah, Piper Elliott Abodeely, Anna L’Hommedieu Boyer, Mariah Hamel, Katie Harris Solms, Katie Rausch Bailey, Blake Hamill Nichols, Vanessa Wilson, Megan Thomas Tanous, Fraser Ross Maloney, Chris Collopy Kendall, Molly Currie Heaney, Leila Porteous, Mike Ames, John Shea, Chris Prendergast, Grant Swisher, Sean Skulley, David Friedman, Shawn Burnell, Carl Tugberk, Rob Belcher, and more. An incredible turnout. They re-lived their glory days and reconnected with parts of themselves that can truly only be found in Waterville, Maine. Tammie Sebelius Pelletier was bummed not to be able to make it to reunion, but she was able to get together with Kristy Malm, Nicki Shoemaker McNair, and Kathryn Kosuda in late July with their kiddos when Nicki and Kristy’s travel overlapped for about six hours in Massachusetts. They all ended up at Nicki’s parents’ house for a pool party. Tammie’s son, Bryson, did great on his first flight last year, so they’re planning more trips. Next up is Ann Arbor, Mich., where Nicki and her family recently relocated. Eric and Tara Lantz Strome welcomed their new baby in January 2022, Silas Hall Strome. Tara, now chief operations officer, continues to serve the Milbank Memorial Fund and its population health journal, The Milbank Quarterly. Eric defended his history dissertation on the transatlantic 19th-century university at Teachers College, Columbia University. Last June Devin and Jennifer Coughlin Haran welcomed their first child, a daughter, Caroline Frances Haran. Kathryn Dalton opened her own practice called Cape Cod Surgical Arts and MediSpa and is completing a cosmetic surgery fellowship. She has three kids, 15, 11, and 7, and lives on Cape Cod. Chris Hale got married in Maine last October to his now-wife, Marjorie, with Oliver Sabot, John Sullivan, and Mary Kathryn Brennan in attendance. Marjorie is a widow, so he was lucky enough to hitch his wagon to her children; Claire, 13, Austin, 11, and Tommy, 8, whom he legally adopted. They all moved to Medellin, Colombia, where he’s continuing to work remotely for his company, Ideas United, as well as doing some consulting around the Colombian peace process until July when they return to D.C. David Manning lives with his wife, Nicole, in Ontario, Canada, where they’re busy with children Libby, 7, and Levi, 5. He’s a teacher, assistant athletic director, hockey program leader, and coach at St. Andrew’s College. Coaching, he’s in a rink every day! Brian Chisholm ’04 and he are coaching their kids together. Victor Cancel and his family recently survived Hurricane Ian. They will celebrate daughter Yesenia’s seventh birthday in Puerto Rico, which will be the first time she boards a plane. His son, AJ, started his freshman year in high school, where he plays soccer. Jon Weber and Ed Jastrem met up with their respective families for a walk around Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Mass. Ed was quoted in a CNBC article about year-end tax-planning strategies. Loryn Traversi Irwin earned her brown belt in kempo karate and is near the end of a doctorate of social work program. She works in private practice and is developing a mobile app for incorporating exercise into mental health treatment. She is busy with her three boys. Patrick ’01 and Bliss Woolmington Bernal are in Boulder, Colo., where she serves as CCO of Crestone Capital. While their children were away at camp, they worked remotely while visiting Italy, Sardinia, and France with a stop in Paris, where they caught the end of the Tour de France as the riders approached the Champs-Élysées.


Rich Riedel

Kara Watson and her family recently moved to Westport, Conn., where she lives near Tracy Brenner and Ben Craig ’02. Kara and Tracy’s daughters are in the same kindergarten and hip-hop dance class, where they are perfecting their moves for Heights dance parties in 2035. Kelly Miller and her three children live in Nigeria. Thankfully, Mieko McKay ’01 and Rharaka Gilbert Isiekwe ’05 are also there with their families too! Josh and Lesley Loss Weitz continue to enjoy working together daily in Rochester, N.Y. Last summer they took their boys, 9 and 6, to visit Colby, where they enjoyed catching up with Professor Julie Millard. They couldn’t wait for snow and look forward to their 15th anniversary in 2023, which is also our 20th reunion. Jess Martin Gorbet’s first novel, For the Love of the Bard, debuted last summer from Penguin Random House. It garnered favorable reviews from USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and the Boston Globe. The sequel, The Dane of My Existence, is out July 4, 2023. Having majored in English, with a focus on creative writing, one might argue this puts her valuable education from Colby to very good use. Matt Tabas and his wife, Belle, welcomed their first child, Maisie Louise, in July. Matt is now a partner in the antitrust group of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and works closely with Justin Hedge and Mike Bernstein ’98. After 17 years in DC, Brighton Payne moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, last summer with her husband, Fred, and two daughters, Georgie and Lala. They welcomed baby Clementine “Minnie” at the end of August and already have a pair of skis ready for her. Mike Richardson and his wife, Haley, welcomed their beautiful daughter Wilona in December 2021. Lil’ Dubs told Mike (with her eyes) that she’s anxiously awaiting her first trip to Colby this summer. Nat Chamberlin hopes everyone goes to reunion the weekend of June 3! Send an email to our class news address ( any time. We’d love to hear from you!


Emma McCandless


Kate Slemp Douglas

It’s been a while, but we’re back in action with lots of exciting news! Thanks to his efforts to decarbonize cities, Mike Walsh, launching Groundwork Data, was named one of Boston’s 40 Under 40. Matt Bucklin graduated from Yale School of Management, then drove with Peyton McElyea and Jeff Lederman to reunion; they saw Margaret Trzyna Marks, Kara Evanko O’Connor, and Courtney Smith. Post-reunion, Matt got engaged and expected a baby in March. Peyton, otherwise LA-based, works in Brooklyn on a three-year 14-story residential-tower project. Courtney Smith moved to Denver in time for her twins to start kindergarten. Emily Goodyear Forgett, also Denver-based, works in development and finally has three kids in one school. Alana Willhite (school psychologist), Haid Garrett Bloxham (co-president of Washington State Charter Schools Association), and Sarah Eilefson (assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth) traveled together to Peru, Vegas, Vancouver, and Seattle. Hillary Klug, still in the Army Reserves as a judge advocate, lives in Seattle. She and her husband welcomed a son. Ted Farwell works in interventional oncology (tumor ablation) and resides in Switzerland, as does Kevin Selby. Gabriel Reyes, visiting associate professor of fundamentals of lawyering at GW Law School, relocated to DC. Pawel Brodalka and his wife, Archana (Prasad ’07), welcomed him to the city. They often see Nick Von Mertens, a U.S. diplomat in the foreign service, just back from Mauritius with his wife and three kids. Will and Cat Pappas Marks and their child, 3, have escaped corporate life to sail the Bahamas, Caribbean, and beyond. Christina Pluta works as a global account manager for Amazon Web Services and welcomed a baby last February. Melissa Plante Dubois and her husband stayed with Steph Pierce Sheline last spring; they grabbed dinner with Carreau Mueller Ryder, Courtney Morris Drauschke, and Maureen Sherry Lynes. Steph Pierce Sheline also welcomed a son last June. She’s seen Matt and Maureen Sherry Lynes and Katie Lynch. Abraham Summers went on a seven-country, 36-day European adventure with his kids, 12 and 9. Miranda Silverman Gaudet, Emily Gavryck Childs, and Caitlin Grasso celebrated Caitlin’s birthday with a trip to Iceland, where they hiked, traversed waterfalls, spotted puffins, swam in a blue lagoon thermal spring, and sported Colby sweatshirts. Rebecca (Taylor ’04) and Nick Malick reside in Oakland, Calif., with their two daughters, 13 and 10. Nick is head of the upper school at Town School for Boys in San Francisco. Adelin Cai, based in Oakland, Calif., runs an independent consulting practice and travels often to Park City with her partner. Meredith Duval O’Brien lives in Atlanta with her husband and five kids, 10, 9, 6, 3, and 3. They vacationed in Maine last summer and hope to return soon. Conor Semler and Jennie MacPherson live in Medford, Mass., with their two kids, 8 and 5. Conor opened a Boston office for Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (engineering and urban planning); Jennie works in the service industry, hoping to open her own hospitality-based business. They live next door to Nate Dick ’06 and his wife. Lauren Bruno Wolpin moved to East Thetford, Vt., and works fully remotely as a manager with the Environmental Defense Fund. She recently saw Lydia Durant in England and visited Jillian Parker Blakeslee and her family in Maine. Ilana Saxe and her husband welcomed a second son last June. Patrick Harner and his wife welcomed their fourth daughter in March 2022. Rich Downing married Sarah Naghibi. As founder and CEO, he was preparing for the spring ’23 launch of FORCE, a community-run bank and collateralized lending platform. I continue to work for Devoted Health and reside in Medfield, Mass., with my husband and three daughters, 7, 4, and 1. Take care, congrats, and may you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy!


Lindsey Boyle McKee

The Class of 2006 was very busy moving and traveling last year! Emily Boyle Westbrooks and her family moved back to Houston last summer—and are here for the long haul. Michael ’07 took a job as a regional career guidance counselor for a company that runs charter schools all over Texas, Emily is still a copywriter for a software company, and they bought a house in northwest Houston. They’re hoping to run into some Colby friends now that they are back stateside. Shari Katz had a baby girl, Penny, in April 2022, making her a mom of two. As the marketing director for all 16 Pure Barre Studios in the greater NYC area, she has seen her fair share of Colby alumni in the studios. Most recently, she took a trip to Boston with Jamie Kline ’07 and Jamie Winterbottom ’07, had brunch with Laura Keeler Pierce ’07, and lives two blocks from John McCormack ’07. Noah Balazs is in his sixth year living in Cairo, Egypt. He says that teaching kindergarten at Cairo American College has been fantastic, and his family doesn’t have plans to leave anytime soon. His 5-year-old is in kindergarten, his 3-year-old is in PreK-3, and his wife, Rebecca, is a learning support teacher in the high school. He’s always up for visitors if anyone wants to make the trip! After 16 years at an educational nonprofit, Becky Greslick Vance-Charles moved to a new position in education consulting at the Public Consulting Group. She now works entirely from home with her 1-year-old schnoodle pup by her side. Anders ’07 and Jessica Seymour Woods still live in Boulder with their two children, Theo, 4, and Baxter, 2. After a four-year hiatus, Jess has returned to work as a middle school teacher. Her family made up for lost years of traveling by spending a month in Costa Rica last winter and a month in New England over the summer. They even stopped at Colby to relive good memories! Josh ’05 and Emily Greene Kahn had a blast reconnecting with classmates at their 15-year reunions back in June. When they’re not chasing around their 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son at their home in Brookline, they’re thinking about their Colby days as they approach the 20th anniversary of their first Dana Dining Hall date! Sheehan (Lunt ’07) and Andrew Jenkins and kids Nellie, 9, and Henry, 7, relocated to Oahu. They now spend school years in Hawaii surfing and soaking up the sun and summers in Maine. Their kids attend Honolulu Waldorf School and love to play with a 60-year-old tortoise named Keoki that roams the campus. Andrew has a new role as chief actuary, Group and Specialty Division at Gen Re as of December 2021. Bennett Barnwell sends his update from the Pacific Northwest and Portland, Ore. His sons are quickly growing up with his oldest in kindergarten and his youngest in preschool. He continues to enjoy building large multifamily projects with Walsh Construction, where he’s worked since graduating from Colby 17 years ago. Bennett got in a trip to D.C. last June to visit several Colby alums, including Steve Planas, Nate Stone, Melissa McNulty, and Cait Miller. He writes that it was great to see them and catch up in person! John McKee and I are still loving life with our daughters in western Massachusetts. We did some regional traveling and a home project last summer. We’re really hoping to get a family trip to Mayflower Hill on the calendar for 2023!


Annie Mears Abbott

Dan and Katie Maland Schupack increased their boy band to a trio by welcoming Max in June 2022. Congratulations, Dan and Katie! Liz Boeheim is happily unmarried and child-free. She has a job she enjoys, recently ran her first marathon, and continues to love living and having epic adventures in Montana (sometimes even with Kathryn Bartholomew O’Leary). Liz will travel to her seventh continent this winter on a trip to Antarctica. James Tang was excited to celebrate Chris Appel‘s wedding in Maine. Jamie also recently got engaged himself. Kevin Fritze recently joined the new sustainability team at American Tire Distributors. After gaining experience working in other fields, from strategic project management and talent management to leading his last company’s pandemic response, Kevin is excited to return to his passion for helping companies figure out how to operate more sustainably. Laura Keeler Pierce and her husband, Vassar, welcomed Matthew Vassar Pierce III, “Percy,” in December 2022 (as well as their newest golden retriever, Emma, who arrived in November).


Palmer McAuliff DePre

I hope 2023 has gone well for you thus far! Joerose Tharakan had the pleasure of finally getting back to Mayflower Hill last September, along with our classmate Gretchen Markiewicz. They enjoyed catching up with their math professors and exploring all the new buildings on campus and in Waterville. Joerose was also in London at the end of September and caught up with some of her Colby seniors, Osman Haneef ’05, Nina Korolyova ’06, and Kip Kiprop ’07. In April 2021 Skylar Sutton and Ronnie Wise welcomed Mallory Wynn Wise to the world. Skylar shared that she is a joy, now 2 and a nonstop ball of energy. After spending the first year of her life in pandemic Southern California, Mallory got to travel last summer and meet the East Coast crew. Michelle Easton Barton, Bailey Woodhull and Dustin Hilt, and J Larson (and all their children) graciously hosted. And Emily Goodnow, Sam Boss, Jack Perkins-Davidson, and Jim Kelly ’09 were all able to visit. Apparently, congratulations are also in order to Dustin Hilt and Christopher Shelley for their joint Championship Title in the most esteemed fantasy baseball league of them all! Jessica Osborne has been working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for nearly six years and has been involved in projects supporting NASA, medical-isotope production, and other important research. Last fall she traveled to Houston to take exams in two ultrasonic testing recertifications. Jessica married her fiancée, Nikki, on 11/11/22! They still live in Tennessee but visited her family in Maine for Christmas. They planned to honeymoon this spring somewhere tropical! Meaghan Fitzgerald and her husband, Neil Goldberg, share the exciting news of the birth of their first child. Charlotte Robyn Goldberg was born Sept. 14, 2022. Meaghan and her family are all doing well. She still works at Meta on the company’s VR and metaverse projects and recently moved into a new home in Seattle. She enjoys reconnecting with Colby friends who are also recent parents and is always happy to hear from classmates or host visitors in the Seattle area. Bill Whitledge wrote that he is doing well and still living in the Washington, D.C., area. Last fall Bill and his girlfriend, Michelle, moved into a condominium near Old Town Alexandria, Va., where they’re close to their jobs and to some excellent dining, biking paths, and other activities. They completed a nine-day cycling expedition along with Bill’s dad, from Pittsburgh to Alexandria along the historic Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio bike trails. The trip had been a goal of theirs for several years. Congratulations, Bill! He also visited Colby last August and was very impressed with the new construction, particularly the new athletic center. Julie Wilson, an industry leader in audio storytelling, launched a coaching practice for voiceover actors and business professionals. Develop your stage presence and public speaking skills through one-on-one coaching. Stay informed and sign up for a session at or contact her at Patrick Sanders and his husband, David, welcomed their son, Benjamin, into the world Nov. 9, 2022. He was born via surrogacy in Austin, Texas. Patrick and David were so grateful that Erika Ciszek lived nearby and got to meet Ben soon after he was born. Their IVF doctor, Mark Leondires ’86, is also a Colby alumnus. In September Patrick and David’s friends and family hosted a baby shower for them in DC. I was thrilled to be in attendance along with Joel Alex and Emily Bruno. Thanks for all of the updates!


Elyse Apantaku

Erin Beasley and Ben Poulos ’08 welcomed their daughter, Emily Grace Beasley Poulos, Feb. 17, 2022. At the end of 2020, Alea Thompson joined TeachUNITED, a global education nonprofit, as the director of product and implementation. She and husband Jason Stigliano continue to be happily outwitted by their 4-year-old daughter, Isadora. John and Liz O’Neill Dennison welcomed their third baby, Frances, in January 2022. Frances and her siblings, Sophie and Tim, loved playing with the children of Tyler and Caroline Hunt Ruggles and Hope (Kraft ’11) and Nicholas Nassikas on a trip last fall to Providence from their home in Colorado. Ashlee Holm started a new position at Cooley LLP in March 2022. She and her wife have 10 animals with constant plans for bringing more to their old farmhouse. Ashlee and Lane work on their respective art, stay involved in their local seacoast New Hampshire LGBTQ communities, and support abortion-access work. They see Alea Thompson and Jason Stigliano and Elyse Apantaku and Ben Hauptman as often as humanly possible, even though it’s still never often enough. Abigail Sussman Anderson graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s in higher education. Devon Anderson was matched to an orthopaedic surgery fellowship in sports medicine at Duke. Abby continues to thrive working at College Coach, but they’re also looking forward to the day when Devon finally gets his first real job after 30 years of school—hopefully somewhere near fellow Mules. David Metcalf has been practicing small Boston-area hikes with his wife, Hillary, and their children, Everett, 3, and Murphy, 1. They’re training the toddlers to ride in backpacks. He reports that it’s a different kind of challenge but has the potential to be fun for all, especially when they have plenty of snacks. They hope to work their way north to the White Mountains next. Shirmila Cooray and Tommy Szalasny welcomed their second daughter, Celine Ava Szalasny, March 2, 2022. Mom, dad, and big sister Sophie are doing well. They look forward to bringing the girls to Mayflower Hill one day. Averill 103 freshman-year roomies Danny Wasserman and Scott Zeller have reunited in Denver and see each other with frequency, though they no longer share a bunk bed. Their third compadre, Dan Heinrich, came to Colorado last winter to complete the trifecta for a Colby ’09 reunion. Alexander Richards and his wife, Kate, welcomed their first child, Lawson Archer Richards, in September. Lawson’s grandfather Pierce Archer ’78 was serendipitously in London for Lawson’s early arrival, and he enjoyed meeting the future Mule in person on his first day in the world. Ben Hauptman and I continue to settle into our new home near our rivals. It’s only been two years and we still have so many boxes to unpack. Last fall I cheered on our Mules as they faced the Polar Bears on Bowdoin’s gridiron.

10s newsmakers

Sarah Martinez Roth
Sarah Martinez Roth ’11
Sarah Martinez Roth ’11 won the 2022 Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award from the Posse Foundation and was cited for her “groundbreaking work for a treatment that would revolutionize the health of the Black community.” Martinez Roth is a senior scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals working to develop novel biomarkers for treatments for sickle cell disease. Berol Dewdney ’13, a pre-K teacher at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, was named Baltimore City Public Schools’ 2022 Teacher of the Year, followed by an even greater honor, being named the 2022 Maryland Teacher of the Year. She is spending part of this year as a speaker and advisor in Maryland. Mike Perreault ’13 was named the 2022 Emerging Leader of the Year by Central Maine Growth Council and KV Connect. Perreault is the executive director of the Maine Film Center, based in Waterville. CNN included Jamaal Grant ’16 in a story about the nation’s need for more Black men in the classroom. Now an eighth-grade science teacher in Boston Public Schools, Grant told CNN, “I felt like I was needed in that space. I was in there, and I was like, ‘These kids need me.’ I felt that every day was worthwhile.” Wild Boys, a podcast series by producer Abukar Adan ’17, won Podcast of the Year at the Ambie Awards. Adan’s work with Campside Media earned national attention when Wild Boys appeared on two “best podcasts of 2022 (so far)” lists. Artist Wiley Holton ’19 was selected through a juried process to exhibit in the 24th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show last October, where she was one of 15 artists in the “EMERGE” group. Her work was also featured in the April 2023 issue of House & Garden magazine.


Leigh Bullion

After a very long pandemic-induced hiatus, Doug Sibor, Mike Baldwin, Reilly Taylor, Scott Veidenheimer, and Dan Marden recently reconvened for their first monthly dinner since early 2020. Margaritas flowed, guacamole was inhaled, and a good time was had by all. This culinary odyssey came on the heels of Reilly’s trip to London to visit Rohan Dutt, where the lads hoisted a few pints of dark beer, took in a Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool, and reunited with articles of clothing long thought to be lost forever. Piper Haywood has settled in Brooklyn with her husband, Sam Baldwin, and 1-year-old son, Beck, following a pandemic-related stint (just enough time to have a baby!) in San Francisco. After running an independent design/dev studio together for 6-plus years, Piper is now a front-end engineer at SuperHi and Sam is the brand design lead at Notion. Michael and Sara Cameron Baldwin have settled in Hingham, Mass., and welcomed Theodore “Teddy” Cameron Baldwin March 6, 2022. Teddy joins big sister Madelyn, 3, and furry brother Finn, 4. They hope to bring them up to the Hill sometime soon! Sarajane Blair recently transitioned from working in the nonprofit community-development sector to a new job as director of client development and partnerships for CIC Labs + Innovation Campus in Philadelphia. She also completed a September birthday sprint, celebrating birthdays for three of her five blended-family children. Will “Rufio” Price lives in a slightly whimsical teacup on stilts in Durham, N.C., with his fiancée, Adrienne, dog Rosie Lou, and cats Freddie “Fredbones” Flower and Georgia May. Will works in environmental conservation with the state government after going back to grad school in a bid to secure the coveted Human with the Most Student Debt award. As Will types this missive, he looks back fondly on his time on Mayflower Hill, where he enjoyed spinning asymmetrical Foss trays on his finger to the universal adoration of everyone in line for eggs, and he is not at all still bitter about the unjust ban of said dining trapezoids and the impact this had on his overall well-being. Hasan Bhatti is still in D.C. They convened a gathering of conflict-transformation and healing/transformative-justice practitioners to start resourcing justice movements with skills on navigating conflicts and harms on a communal level. Additionally, they’re getting together artists to explore creating content at the intersection of ancestral trauma and dreams for future generations as they show up when people try to lead (or work) toward a more just world. Andrew and Kristen Psaty Watts welcomed their first baby, Sebastian, in July 2022. She’s enjoying living in Santa Barbara, Calif., and working as a technology lawyer in the video game industry. Hannah Parnes and her husband, Nick, moved to Chicago with their sunshine-loving floof of a dog, Rocco. Hannah recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of meeting noted investigator Gene Parmesan, although she initially thought he was a firefighter. Emily Marzulli and Peter Rummel ’11 welcomed their second daughter, Madelyn “Maddy,” to the family in early June 2022. Her big sister, Charley, is thrilled by the new addition (so far). Daniel Nolan and Elise DeSimone ’12 were married in St. Louis April 9, 2022! They recently bought their first home together in Quincy, Mass., with their dog, Beasley, and cat, Louis. Leigh Bullion lives in Maine with Ross Nehrt and specializes in negotiations, particularly around bedtimes and the number of books being read that night. She is frequently the only adult in the room. Ross Nehrt lives in Maine with Leigh Bullion, two kids, a dog, and three new grey hairs.


Rian Ervin

Matt ’04 and Jules Kowalski Forlizzi welcomed their second girl June 25, 2022, on Martha’s Vineyard. Claire Alice is the happiest, chunkiest little sister to Grace. After a decade of living in Boston, Saikrishna Chavali moved to NYC with his partner and looks forward to meeting Colby folks there. Ellen Morris and Alex Pan welcomed their son, Julian, in September. Hannah Wagner and Noah Bonnheim, who live nearby in Oakland, Calif., kept them fed with a steady stream of food, including homemade sourdough bread. During the summer of 2022, Michael Clark completed his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina. He now works as an English teacher at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. Olivia Lattanzi is a veterinarian practicing at a small-animal veterinary hospital in Peterborough, N.H. She also owns a small hobby farm. Abby West married Andy Halterman June 25, 2022, in New Harbor, Maine. Colby alums in attendance included Lysa Marquez, Kevin Lucas, David Schumacher, and Kaitlyn O’Connell ’15. Abby and Andy moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Abby works as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery. On Sept. 7, 2022, Holly (Mawn ’13) and Austin Sutherland welcomed their first child, Camden. After a bit of a rough start with a few nights in the NICU, Cam bounced back. They’ve loved getting to know and spending time with him at their home in Pittsburgh. After two years as chief of staff to the executive chairman at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Austin starts a new role as senior buyer of basketball and Jordan footwear after paternity leave. Hali Castleman had a great time celebrating the wedding of Heather Quadir along with fellow Colby field hockey alums Meryl Poulin and Elizabeth Fontaine Squindo. Hali and her wife welcomed a baby girl in September 2022, Hayden Castleman Mayer. Hopefully, a future Mule! Ben Cunkelman bought a house in Rhode Island and welcomed a new dog. He’s been involved professionally in medical-device supply-chain quality since 2020 and surfs as often as he can. Daniel Lesser tied the knot with Sandra Stonebraker in July 2021. The couple moved to Wayland, Mass., in July 2022 and expected their first child in January 2023. Dan has started a new role in go-to-market strategy at HubSpot and is excited for the year ahead.


Sarah Janes

Maddie Bergier and her husband, Sam, moved to Evanston, Ill., and welcomed a baby boy, Harry, in January 2022. Harry received his first batch of Colby clothes from the bookstore and snuggled in for a cold but cozy Chicago winter. Jamie Curley, Andy Estrada, Ruth Frank-Holcomb, and Josie Thiele had an absolute blast celebrating Amy Slipowitz and her husband, Edo, at their wedding reception in Warren, N.J., in late September 2022. Justin Partridge completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and made a move across the river to Cambridge, Mass. Last summer he joined the Oral & Facial Surgery Centers of Massachusetts, where he works out of Cambridge and Burlington. He married Johnny Hilbrant in July 2022 at French’s Point in Stockton Springs, Maine, with a strong Colby College attendance. It was truly a weekend to remember with a surprise wedding gift, adding a second golden retriever to the family. Sylvie Gregory, child of Veronica Foster and Austin Gregory ’11, and Ari Starr-DeAngelis, child of Hannah DeAngelis and Aleah Starr ’11, enjoy being new neighbors in Portland and attending weekly family dinners as 9- and 12-month-olds. Daniel Nolan ’10 and Elise DeSimone were married in St. Louis April 9, 2022. They recently bought their first home together in Quincy, Mass., with their dog, Beasley, and cat, Louis. Rachel Frenkil celebrated her wedding to Sam Belcher June 25, 2022, in Lenox, Mass. Colleen Kenny and Robyn St. Laurent were bridesmaids, and among other Colby alumni was Louisa Bell Pauster ’87. Rachel lives in Belmont, Mass., and teaches Spanish and coaches cross-country at Gann Academy. Alex Hymanson moved from Washington, D.C., to Dallas in 2019 and is getting married in July 2023. He looks forward to having many Colby friends in attendance and as groomsmen. Andy Estrada, Lynn Hidalgo ’14, Nathan Lord, Tendai M’ndange-Pfupfu ’13, and Mike Zarfos got together in late September 2022 in Washington, D.C., for a “good ol’ dude brunch.” Caitlin Burchill is now NBC Connecticut’s consumer investigative reporter. If you know anyone in CT struggling with a consumer problem (can’t get their hard-earned money back, etc.), reach out to her! Caitlin was traveling in Iceland with her cousin and ran into her freshman-year roomie Elise DeSimone and Dan Nolan ’10 on their honeymoon. Mason Roberts got engaged in March 2022 to Amanda Palffy ’11. Mason and Amanda are settling into life together in Chicago and planning a wedding next summer with lots of AquaMules in attendance. Than Moore lives in Vermont and is currently in his third year of medical school. He bought a piece of land just outside of Burlington and is enjoying the process of constructing a house with his own two hands from architectural designs and site work to the framing, plumbing, and electrical. He has officially moved in, even without a well and septic, with a goal to have heat and water by the time the cold weather arrived. Lastly, some happy news of my own: Sarah Janes got engaged to Alex Bien in San Sebastian, Spain, in September 2022. A column filled with lots of joy! Thanks to all who wrote in.


Sarah Lyon

I can’t believe we’ve already had our 10th reunion. It was great catching up with everyone who made it back to the Hill in June. Here are some updates from our class! Last June Grace Schlesinger graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and recently joined J.P. Morgan as an investment banking associate in New York. Laura Crowley defended her dissertation last summer and now has her Ph.D., graduating from the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University. Last fall Molly Colman attended Cassie Huang’s wedding in Massachusetts, where she had a mini-reunion with Nate Krump, Rick Wiederhold, Sarah Morris, and Noah Teachey. Shany Tropper Fraissler writes from Austria, “2022 has been an exciting year. I finally married the father of my two children (after postponing our wedding a few times due to Covid). I also quit my job in performance marketing and started working full time on my online shop, where I’m selling hair accessories.” Molly Susla lives in Crested Butte, Colo., where she’s worked for two local nonprofits for the past nine years. Last fall she left her Nordic skiing coaching position to live abroad for six months with her husband, giving the digital nomad thing a try. Molly hopes to make it to our reunion! Jillian Blouin and Lester Batiste welcomed a new baby, Zora Jean, Aug. 13, 2022, which was also their first wedding anniversary. They’re delighted to expand their family and are looking forward to reunion. Trent and Val Vesnaver Wiseman have lived in Charlottesville, Va., for four years and love it. “We’re still working as a teacher and a pediatric nurse and are happy we live so close to great hiking spots to enjoy!” Holly Mawn and Austin Sutherland ’11 welcomed their first child Sept. 7, 2022. Camden Mawn Sutherland weighed in at 8 pounds 9 ounces and grows bigger by the day. Holly’s excited that Hillary Sapanski’s work has brought her through Pittsburgh a couple of times, giving them the opportunity to reconnect. Holly and Austin look forward to introducing Camden to many more Mules. Noah Teachey started a new job as an instructional supervisor for Education Through Music, a nonprofit that partners with the NYC Department of Education to provide music programming in underserved schools. He still rows with the New York Athletic Club, with which he won a national title last summer in the men’s coxed four. He ran his first NYC marathon in 2021 with a time of 3:24:44. Lloyd Liang married Amy Huang July 30, 2022, in Dana Point, Calif. Jennifer Tsang, Eleni Choephel, and Kelsey Naruse were present to celebrate. James Hootsmans left the private sector and started a new job in government that is hybrid and includes fieldwork. In 2021 he and his wife bought a house in Salem, Ore., where he volunteers at the local soccer club and runs community soccer games. Ben and Callie Wade Hannon live in central Washington, where Callie has been an emergency medicine attending for more than a year. Ben still works as a firefighter for the Forest Service. “We have a 19-month-old, Graham, who doesn’t stop moving,” Ben writes. In 2022 Amy Tortorello, Carly Rushford, Courtney Laird Hesslein, Eliza Larson, Kathryn Lee, Leah Walpuck Van der Sluis, and Rosie Wennberg found ample reasons to celebrate the big and small things. Whether singing to Billy Joel, sweating it out with a cardio class pre-wedding, doing hair and makeup for a hot girls’ night, catching up over wine and dinner, watching in rapture as Rosie returned to the stage at her own wedding in an epic sequel to her “Lose Yourself” performance senior year at Mainely’s, or just sharing daily life check-ins over their beloved ladies text thread, they were reminded time and again how grateful they are that Colby brought them together. They’re looking forward to more reasons to gather as best friends in the years to come.


Anders Peterson

Hello, 2014ers! Shannon Kooser Miller still lives in Chicago with her husband and their new baby boy, born last September. They’re getting settled as a family of three. Amarinda Keys married Brendan Paradis last October. Grace O’Connor and Taylor Witkin were married Sept. 10, 2022, in Morris, Conn., in front of their family and friends, including some Colby roommates and Ultimate Frisbee teammates. They met sophomore year, first becoming friends on a Jan Plan ecology field study trip to Belize. Grace and Taylor currently live in Somerville, Mass. Mackenzie Nichols will soon marry his longtime girlfriend. He still lives in Toronto and works as a software engineer. William ’12 and Kayla Lewkowicz Voigt welcomed their first son, Theodore, who will (hopefully) be in the Colby Class of 2044. As for me, I’m still living in Mountain View, Calif., with my girlfriend and have managed to survive the many layoffs in the tech industry. I’m looking forward to attending a handful of Colby weddings this summer.


Molly Nash

Libby Ekman graduated from medical school in May 2022 and is a first-year pediatric resident at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She’s enjoying getting to know the area and has adopted a very sweet cat named Mabel. Tionna Haynes joined the Colby Board of Trustees as a recent alumni trustee. Her term runs until May 2025. She’s still living in Chicago and working in education. Tionna did some international travel to Morocco and Panama last year. Andrew ’16 and Caitlin Sperzel Herwig welcomed a baby boy into the world last fall. Gregory Naigles lives in Concord, N.H. Last September he spent a few weeks in Europe, where he went to a handball game in Denmark and did some pretty amazing above-treeline hiking in Switzerland. Back in New Hampshire, he recently completed the Terrifying 25 hiking list. Kate Parsons married Fred Knight (not a Mule, but a fellow Mainer) in Yosemite surrounded by their immediate families. They’re hoping to have a larger celebration at their new home in Westfield, Mass., this year so they can celebrate alongside many Mules. Arianna Porter and Ryan Cole got married at Ohana Family Camp in Post Mills, Vt., Sept. 4, 2022. They celebrated all weekend with a large group of Colby graduates, including Christien Laible, who married them. They honeymooned in Portugal and the Azores and have now settled into their lives in Louisville, Colo. Last summer they attended Colby weddings and have more to come in 2023. They’ve loved reconnecting with friends and spending a significant amount of time back in the Northeast after a couple of years away. Marina Wells works as the inaugural photography collections curatorial fellow at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Ray Zeek and Marie Bebear had a baby boy, Lucas, May 17, 2022.


Holly Bogo

Happy spring, Class of 2016! Here’s what some of the Class of 2016 has been up to since our last update. Meg Giblin Upton began the Tufts occupational therapy doctorate program in June 2022. Nine years after meeting at Doghead ’13, Jake Bleich proposed to Elise Ozarowski ’15 on a scenic vista in Catoctin Mountain Park last June. They celebrated with fellow Mules Nick Merrill ’14, Brett Ewer ’14, Bertrand Teirlinck ’14, and Mark Gracyk ’14. In July Jake and Elise (and their greyhound, Roo) left muggy DC for the dry heat of California’s Central Valley, where Jake is pursuing a J.D. at UC Davis School of Law. Gillian Katz is in her first year at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Fellow Colby classmates in the 2024 M.B.A. class include Max Eberhart and Becca Robinson ’17. Tim Gallagher and Mara Badali got married in Vermont over the summer. Caitlin (Sperzel ’15) and Andrew Herwig welcomed their son, Alden Edward Herwig, into the world Oct. 2, 2022. Peak fall foliage welcomed them back to their home in the mountains of Vermont. Mikaela Johnson married Ben Silton (Middlebury ’11), and they continue to argue about where they will want their kids to go to college. Mackenzie Reimer was in two Colby weddings last summer, the first for Sarah Evans and Michael Decker ’18, and the other for Caroline Keaveney ’15 and Alec Finigan ’14. There was lots of Mule representation at both weddings, and Mackenzie said it was great to get more time on the dance floor with Colby classmates after seeing so many folks at the reunion in May, Samantha Sturchio and Erik Wilson got married in August and moved to Portland, Maine. John Gallego and Sam Willson are in their fifth year, better known as their “PG Year,” of living together in New York. John and Erin Trainor Morrow welcomed their son, Bode, in September 2021 and moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in May 2022.


Cecil Brooks

Greetings, 2017 Mules! As your class correspondent, I seek to uplift your stories and provide exciting updates. 2023 brings us an invigorating wave of optimism and recovery as the world moves beyond the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. I personally loved witnessing personal milestones like Anita Guaman’s wedding in Chicago, where I was joined by fellow classmates and former dormmates Aaliyah Michelle Bell, Anh Uong, Gerald Owusu, Gianna Nappi, Jaritza Abreu, Kiernan Somers, and Nadia Mustefa. Meanwhile, while I take on grad school in Washington, D.C., I love living a stone’s throw from Lucas Lam and Sierra Fuller ’18. I still owe Janet Vasquez and Kadish Hagley a visit to Baltimore among other alumni, to be sure! What are other classmates up to? Gemma Bready, Jabari Hurdle-Price, and Larry Patrizio are forming a new Colby hub in Miami, where my parents are transitioning to! After a few botched happy-hour attempts, we remain hopeful for more opportunities to hang out. Henry Ackerman makes us proud as he heads to New York Medical College’s School of Medicine this year. Abukar Adan has already graced us with his presence as he builds upon his successful Wild Boys podcast. We will look forward to having them both as neighbors in NYC! Across the Pacific Ocean in Japan, Fenwick Bowen is making many of us jealous with his photo journey on Instagram. He is there and welcomes visitors from the States as he explores a new chapter of adulthood. Lisa Fujitake shares the country with him while serving as a PYP teacher at Nagoya International School until June. Mina Wagner ’19 holds it down in Aomori Prefecture for the foreseeable future. They recently hosted Luc “Spooky Yuki” Marrie and Pedro Caballero for a good time in Tokyo this spring. Here’s to more international reunions among Colby Mules! Kay DeGraw steps up as an M&A advisory manager at PwC. Brian Martinez takes on his next adventure in venture capital investing at Correlation Ventures in the San Francisco Bay area. Lucas Hickok moves into the world of social work as an M.S.W. student at Hunter College’s Silberman School. Yannik Buchi blends the worlds of artificial intelligence and real estate into “PropTech” as a software engineer at Fund That Flip in New York City’s startup ecosystem. We wish all of our classmates with entrepreneurial ambitions (like the Rubik Homes team of Amar Sehic, Krenar Roka, and Tommaso Montagni) all the best of luck! In other academic news, Ph.D. candidate Kumba Seddu continues making an impact through her doctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins School Bloomberg School of Public Health. Juno Yingzhi Dong ’18 has already spent a year analyzing narratives for data from the Digital Humanities Program at UCLA. After a great internship at Bain & Company, Georgia Lubrano approaches the end of her journey through business school at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Burcu Sagiroglu continues making a splash in New York politics as a policy and advocacy associate at the Joyful Heart Foundation. She leads an impressive collection of campaigns centered on topics such as gender equity and reproductive justice. We have plenty of fun geeking out over local elected officials and government offices! In a post-pandemic world, this work remains more important than ever as our definition of well-being expands. For anyone looking to connect with someone in the fight for better public health, Burcu is definitely your lady. Thank you to all who chimed in with stories. A year after our grand reunion on campus, I hoped to see some of you in Waterville this June. Remember: We are not limited to visiting during our milestone years! In the meantime, you can stay involved between newsletters by updating your contact info on I am always happy to discuss ideas or make introductions throughout the Colby network. Reach out anytime for a catch-up call or hangout in DC or New York!


Clare Murray

If you are looking for someone to show you the best of New Haven pizza, mobile art museums, state and national parks, mountain bike races, or any niche subject, look no further than the Class of 2018. Start in Connecticut, where I, Clare Murray, continue growing my nonprofit mobile art museum bus, cARTie, while pursuing my doctorate in art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Just down the road, in New Haven, Joshua Young and Stacey Hou began pursuing M.B.A.s at the Yale School of Management as part of the class of 2024. So far, they’re enjoying the experience and the New Haven pizza! Also, as of August, Monique Legault graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with her doctorate in occupational therapy. She’s now working in a pediatric outpatient clinic in San Antonio. So too, Liam Butchart graduated from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in May 2022 with an M.D. degree and a scholarly concentration in medical humanities and bioethics as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. This was after having graduated in December 2021 from the Stony Brook University Graduate School with an M.A. in medical humanities, compassionate care, and bioethics, too. Last July Liam started as a resident in psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – Morningside/West program. In Maine, Kyah Morrissette married Jay Huskins ’19, and they bought their first home together in Naples, Maine. Kyah works as a costume designer and psychic. Also in Maine, Marcques Houston finished serving a term on the Portland Charter Commission and also received a master’s in education last summer. Marcques is currently working as an assistant track and field coach at Bowdoin College and can be found fly-fishing or cooking barbecue in their backyard. In Saint Louis, Joebelle Bonete has been busily studying as a third-year student at the University of Missouri St. Louis, College of Optometry, and enjoying everything that the Lou has to offer. Joelle Young has not only been teaching dance at local studios and offering group fitness classes as an ACE-certified group fitness instructor but also amplifying action around the global water crisis with investors and companies through Ceres. Just recently, in fact, Joelle helped launch a big new initiative called the Valuing Water Finance Initiative, which was a great highlight of 2022! Meanwhile, Fan Zhang got into combat robots as a solo builder over the past summer. After several months of improvement and hundreds of dollars into research, Fan won second place in a competition this September. Victoria Cheff started a Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies at Brown University. Earlier this year, Victoria also got a poodle named Misha and made a very complicated Ukrainian walnut cake. Across the Atlantic, Natalie Oakes began her master’s in international affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Pat Dickert signed a contract to play professional basketball in Oslo, Norway, which he calls a dream come true and something he’s worked toward since graduation. In fact, he was practicing with the team at the time he did a CMB Instagram takeover our freshman summer. Last summer, Hudson McNamee won the Montana Enduro Series (an enduro mountain-bike race series) in the pro division and is now in the process of obtaining sponsorships and racing as a semi-professional this year. Wish Hudson luck, and all the rest of the Class of 2018 too!


Amy LoTemplio

Hello, readers! I hope this year is a great one for everyone thus far. I sadly was unable to attend our reunion last summer, but it sounded like a fun-filled weekend. I hope that many of you were able to reconnect. It’s been wonderful to hear from some Mules who are making an impact on the world in one way or another. Here’s what a few of our classmates are up to. Rachel Leonard is now director of operations for the track and field and cross-country teams at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Merrill Read recently moved to Denver and started a new job with a solar development company called Pivot Energy, focusing on developing solar projects in the Midwest. Merrill, Banks Dotson, and Kate Burkett all ran in the half-marathon in Leavenworth, Wash., and Holli Olson ran the full. Congrats to these folks! Lisa Blackmer-Raynolds is halfway through her Ph.D. at Emory. She’s studying the role of the gut microbiome in Alzheimer’s disease. Meg Yoder spent 38 days at sea conducting research relating to oceanography as a part of her Ph.D. research at Boston College. Abby Mulligan is in Baltimore getting her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology.


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