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Around the Hill 

Clara Yu has research, outreach and 
technology on the top of her agenda for 
the language schools ... A new book 
captures the spirit of the Writers’ 
Conference ...Frank Kelley (at right) 
retires after 10 years of "making haste, 
slowly.” ... DU is suspended ... Center 
dedicated to honor Stephen Freeman. 



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Cover story 20 

The Class of ’93 got a great sendoff from Middlebury on May 23: Sunshine, 
balmy breezes, and a challenge from civil rights advocate Mary Francis Berry. 


Still waters run deep 26 

In their research, Pat and Tom Manley of the geology department have 
found some surprises beneath the surface of Lake Champlain (below). 



Words and music 30 

Midd’s music library and the Flanders Ballad 
Collection are finally under one roof, in the 
new Center for the Arts. Last of a series. 


Departments 

Editor’s Note 2 

From the President 3 

Letters 5 

Faculty Notes 15 

Book Reports 17 

Sports 18 


Alumni Newsletter 

35 

The Schools 

37 

Class Notes 

38 

Obituaries 

75 


On the cover: Mortarboards wheel skyward and smiles break out on May 23, 
as the Class of 1993 celebrates the end of four (or, in some cases, more) years 
of work at Middlebury. Facing page: A graduate lets the crowd know he made 
it. Photos by Erik Borg ’67. 









































EDITOR’S NOTE 


After another four years, it’s 
so long again — and thanks 


A s careful readers of the magazine 
will recall, this is my second time 
around as editor. I first took the 
job back in September of 1982, after about 
eight years in the newspaper business. I 
stayed four years, until the summer of 
1986, when I took a job with a start-up 
magazine in Burlington, Vt. I wrote a fare¬ 
well column for the Summer ’86 issue, 
implying that I'd keep in touch through the 
class notes. 

I didn't, of course, and so was not 
heard from again in the pages of this 
magazine until about three years later. By 
that time, the start-up magazine had folded 
up, and I'd moved on to a company called 
Ski Racing International in Waitsfield, Vt., 
where I was managing editor of Ski Rac¬ 
ing , which calls itself “the international 
journal of ski competition.” But when my 
old job at Middlebury opened up, I ap¬ 
plied, and the College, in its wisdom, gave 
me another shot. That was about four years 
ago, in the late summer of 1989. 

Well, as it happens, after another four 
years, I'm leaving again. (I’ve now 
“graduated” after four years at Middlebury 
three times — with the classes of 1974, 
1986 and 1993.) And I'm heading, again, 
to Ski Racing International, which has 
grown considerably in the interim. I'll be 
mostly a management type, overseeing the 
editorial and the production departments, 
which are now responsible for several pub¬ 
lications, all ski-related. 

Deciding to leave Middlebury wasn’t 
any easier the second time around. As I 
said in my “Editor’s Note” column after 
returning in 1989, Middlebury is a place I 
care a lot about. And I’ve enjoyed work¬ 
ing with people on campus and off — 
alumni, students, faculty and staff. In par¬ 
ticular, I’ll miss working with Dotty 
McCarty, the Alumni Newsletter editor, 
without whom this magazine just flat 
wouldn't happen. Her work, and that of the 
dozens of class secretaries that she over¬ 
sees, makes Middlebury’s class notes sec¬ 
tion the best there is. 

Fortunately, Dotty will still be around. 
And taking my place at the magazine will 
be Debby Hodge '60, who’s worked in the 
public affairs office at the College, of 


which the magazine is a part, for the past 
10 years. Debby has spent most of her time 
in recent years editing Midd Points , the 
newsletter for faculty and staff here at the 
College. She’s also contributed the occa¬ 
sional story to the magazine. With Debby 
and Dotty on the job, the magazine will be 
in good hands. 

The last four years have been eventful 
ones at the College. We’ve had three presi¬ 
dents in that time, which has meant a lot 
of transitions, and a lot of uncertainty. 
Since 1990, Middlebury has also been in 
transition from a college with all-male fra¬ 
ternities to one with coeducational social 
houses, a road that has not been without a 
few bumps. 

One of the biggest events of these past 
four years came in the fall of 1990, when 
the Dalai Lama returned to campus for the 
“Spirit and Nature” conference. I feel 
lucky to have been here both times the 
Dalai Lama visited, for “Spirit and Na¬ 
ture” and the 1984 symposium on the 
Christ and Bodhisattva; both events left 
enduring impressions on anyone who was 
here to watch and listen. 

But what I'll remember most about the 
past four years is the time I’ve spent talk¬ 
ing with Middlebury students. Despite all 
the demographic doom and gloom you 
hear about declining enrollments, Middle¬ 
bury has somehow been able to continue 
attracting top-quality students, who also 
happen to be top-quality people. When¬ 
ever I’ve interviewed students — whether 
about their academic careers, their roles in 
student government, or their success on 
the playing fields — I’ve come away im¬ 
pressed with their intelligence and their 
commitment. 

So it goes. You’ve written “letters to 
the editor” in record numbers over the past 
few years, and while some have been less 
than flattering, I hope you'll keep ’em 
coming. It definitely helps us to hear what 
you have to think about the magazine, and 
about what’s happening on campus. 

This time around, I know better than 
to promise that I'll “see ya in the class 
notes.” But I will make an effort to keep 
in touch, and hope that you will, too. 

— Tim Etchells ’ 74 


Middlebury College Magazine 
Editor, Tim Etchells '74 • Alumni Newsletter Editor, 
Dotty McCarty • Associate College Editor, Debby 
Hodge ’60 • Photography, Erik Borg 67 • Contribut¬ 
ing Editor, Karl Lindholm *67 • Production Consult¬ 
ant, Steve Metzler • Director of Public Affairs, Ron 
Nief • Editorial office: Farrell House. Middlebury Col 
lege, Middlebury, VT 05753. • Diverse views are pre¬ 
sented and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the 
editors or the official policies of the College. 

Middlebury College of Middlebury, Vt., 05753. pub¬ 
lishes the Middlebury College Magazine (ISSN-0745- 
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Autumn. © 1993, Middlebury College Publications. The 
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Middlebury College 

John M. McCardell Jr., President 

Charter Trustees 

Robert P. Youngman ’64, Chairman, New York, N.Y. • 
Claire Waterhouse Gargalli ’64, Vice Chairman, Phila¬ 
delphia. Pa. • Patricia Judah Palmer '57, Secretary, 
Wellesley Hills, Mass. • Dort A. Cameron III '67. New 
York, N.Y. • C. Irving Meeker ’50, Portland. Maine • 
Jonathan O’Herron, New York, N.Y. • Milton V. 
Peterson '58, Fairfax, Va. • Jane Bryant Quinn '60, 

North Salem, N.Y. 

Term Trustees 

William H. Kieffer III '64, Vice Chairman. Boston. 

Mass. • Frederic W. Allen, Shelburne, Vt. • Ronald H. 
Brown '62, Washington, D.C. • Sister Elizabeth Can- 
don, Burlington, Vt. • James S. Davis '66. Boston. Mass. 
• Magna Leffler Dodge '68, New York, N.Y. • Robert C. 
Graham Jr. '63, New York, N.Y. • Antonia A. Johnson. 
Stockholm, Sweden • Reuben Mark '60, New York, 

N.Y. • Wm. E. Odom, Washington. D.C. • David E. 
Thompson ’49, Panton, Vt. 

Alumni Trustees 

Pamela Nugent Czekanski '81, Boston. Mass. • Patricia 
Sherlock Davidson '59, Boston, Mass. • Albert H. Elfner 
III '66 • Churchill G. Franklin '71. Boston, Mass. • John 
E. Martin '67, Irvine, Calif. • Martha Saenz '65, Chevy 
Chase, Md. 

Directors of the Alumni Association 
Virginia V.V. Ziobro '82, President • Pieter J. Schiller 
'60. Vice President • Jane Abbott Barry '38. Tri-State 
Alumnae • Jennifer L. Blake '86, Athletics • Richard 
Brown '88, Philadelphia Chapter • Marilyn R. Bruhn 
'47. Continuing Education • Bruce K. Byers '55. Athlet¬ 
ics • George L. Cady '72, Annual Giving • Paula Carr 
'82, Career Counseling & Placement • Jill T. Cowper- 
thwaite '76. Denver Chapter • Dana M. Curtis '84, 
Young Alumni • Adrienne Littlewood DeLaney '57, 
Nominating Committee • Bronwen Williams Flahive 
'70, Admissions • Lucy Newell Hancock '78, Boston 
Chapter • Paula Hartz '60. Annual Giving • Karin Bloom 
Heffeman ’82, Class Secretaries • James R. Keyes ’71, 
Continuing Education • Heather Pierce Kingston '86. 
Greater Burlington, Vt.. Chapter • Thomas J. Knox '84. 
Washington, D.C.. Chapter • Sholomo Levy '86, Admis¬ 
sions • Richard J. Makin Jr. '84, Young Alumni • David 
T.W. Minot '74, Hartford Chapter • Mark A. Patinkin 
'74, Career Counseling & Placement • Alice Neef Perine 
'47. Midd-Vermont Chapter • Asa E. Phillips III '79, 
Nominating Committee • Stephen Ramos '76. Philadel¬ 
phia Chapter • Sally Green Risberg '54, Communica¬ 
tions • Richard G. Silton '80. Communications. 

Ex officio: Ann Einsiedler Crumb '71. Director of 
Alumni Giving • David W. Ginevan. Treasurer • Hugh 
W. Marlow '57, Director of Alumni Relations • Susan 
Veguez, Graduate Alumni 

Middlebury College does not discriminate against any 
individual on the basis of race. sex. religion, ethnic ori¬ 
gin, sexual orientation or handicap in any of its pro¬ 
grams or activities. In particular. Middlebury College 
complies with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 
Educational Amendments of 1972. the IRS Anti-Bias 
regulation, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation 
Act of 1973. 


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FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Now go, remembering that college 
is just one chapter in your education 

By John M. McCardellJr. 


The following is excerpted from 
this year s Baccalaureate Ad¬ 
dress, given by President 
McCardell in Mead Chapel on 
May 22, 1993. 

O ne of the most vividly 
descriptive passages in 
American historical lit¬ 
erature occurs in the final chap¬ 
ter of The Education of Henry 
Adams , a chapter Adams titled 
“Nunc Age,” Latin for “Now 
Go.” In it, Adams recounts his 
return from a European sojourn 
in 1904. As he sailed into New 
York harbor, he mused: 

Power seemed to have out¬ 
grown its servitude and to have 
asserted its freedom. The cylin¬ 
der had exploded, and thrown 
great masses of stone and steam 
against the sky. The city had the 
air and movement of hysteria, 
and the citizens were crying, in 
every accent of anger and 
alarm, that the new 7 forces must, 
at any cost, be brought under 
control. Prosperity never be¬ 
fore imagined, power never yet 
wielded by men, speed never 
reached by anything but a me¬ 
teor, had made the world irri¬ 
table, nervous, querulous, un¬ 
reasonable, and afraid. All New 7 
York was demanding new> men 
... men with ten times the endur¬ 
ance, energy, will and mind of 
the old type —for whom they 
were ready to pay millions at 
sight. 

New York. 1904. Seen 
through the eyes of an old man, 
a self-described “eighteenth 
century man,” ill-prepared by 
his education to comprehend 
the chaos he perceived around 
him. It is a reaction to what ap¬ 


pears to be an ever accelerating 
pace of change, unfamiliar, dy¬ 
namic and, thus, threatening, 
and requiring “at any cost” that 
it “be brought under control.” 

What had Henry Adams’s 
education been? How well did 
it prepare him to lead the sort of 
life he might have wished to 
lead? The reader turns to the 
chapter entitled “Harvard Col¬ 
lege” for the answer. Adams 
was a member of the class of 
1858. His undergraduate years 
were spent during the most tur¬ 
bulent period of American his¬ 
tory: the debates over slavery, 
Bleeding Kansas, the birth of 
the Republican Party, the can¬ 
ing of Charles Sumner, the 
Dred Scott Decision, the de¬ 
pression of 1857. But one seeks 
in vain for the merest clue that 
any of these events penetrated 
the denizens of Harvard Yard. 
Instead listen to Adams’s ac¬ 
count of undergraduate life at 
Harvard College in the 1850s: 

Socially or intellectually, the 
college w } as for him negative 
and in some ways mischievous. 
The most tolerant man of the 
world could not see good in the 
lower habits of the students. ... 
The habit of drinking — though 
the mere recollection of it made 
him doubt his own veracity, so 
fantastic it seems in later life — 
may have done no great or per¬ 
manent harm; but the habit of 
looking at life as a social rela¬ 
tion—as an affair of society — 
did no good. It cultivated a 
weakness which needed no cul¬ 
tivation. 

What did Adams mean by 
cultivating weakness? He con¬ 
tinues: 


If it had helped to make men of 
the world, or give the manners 
and instincts of any profession 
...it would have been education 
better worth having than math¬ 
ematics or languages; but so 
far as it helped to make any¬ 
thing, it helped only to make the 
college standard permanent 
through life. The Bostonian 
educated at Harvard College 
remained a collegian, if he 
stuck only to what the college 
gave him. If parents went on, 
generation after generation, 
sending their children to 
Harvard College for the sake of 
its social advantages, they per¬ 
petuated an inferior social type 
... ill-fitted ...for success in the 
next generation. 

T welve years later, 
Adams returned to 
Harvard as a member of 
the newly established Depart¬ 
ment of History. For seven 
years he professed his subject in 
the classrooms of his alma ma¬ 
ter. He found his students, he 
writes, “excellent company. ... 
Their minds burst open like 
flowers at the sunlight of a sug¬ 
gestion. ... Their faith in educa¬ 
tion was so full of pathos that 
one dared not ask them what 
they thought they could do with 
education once they got it.” 
Adams did put the question to 
one of them, and was surprised 
at the answer: “The degree of 
Harvard College is worth 
money to me in Chicago.” 

Perhaps this is why Adams 
titles this particular chapter of 
The Education “Failure.” 

In the second half of the 
book, the reader sees a man 
once described as a “begonia,” 
a mere ornamental, who never 


quite fit in the Age of Grant, 
Garfield and Blaine, who never 
quite understood why, despite 
all his advantages (grandson 
and great-grandson of presi¬ 
dents, son of a Secretary of 
State, graduate of Harvard), 
neither he nor others of his type 
and generation had been much 
of a match for the self-made 
men of the era: John D. 
Rockefeller, James J. Hill, 
Henry Clay Frick, Andrew 
Carnegie, men who had drawn 
at birth a far weaker hand of 
cards than Henry Adams. But it 
is also in these chapters of lat¬ 
ter day reflection that the book 
takes on its full meaning and 
speaks in clear tones to us al¬ 
most a century later. 

“Every man with self-re¬ 
spect enough to become effec¬ 
tive,” Adams writes, “has had 
to account to himself, for him¬ 
self somehow.” In these words 
one catches the clearest glimpse 
yet of what Adams would de¬ 
fine as the process and the pur¬ 
pose of education: to teach you 
to “account to yourself, for 
yourself, somehow.” In ac¬ 
counting “to yourself, for your¬ 
self, somehow,” you will again 
and again be reminded of the 
years you have spent at this 
College, and of the mark you 
bear as one of its alumni, and as 
we shall recite tomorrow, of the 
responsibilities, as well as the 
privileges, appertaining to this 
identity. Today and tomorrow, 
then, mark not the end, but the 
beginning, of that process of 
accounting. And how well you 
are able for the balance of your 
lives to give that accounting, 
will be the surest measure of the 
value of the education you have 
received at Middlebury Col¬ 
lege. 

“The child born in 1900,” 
Henry Adams wrote, “would be 
born into a new world which 
would not be a unity but a mul¬ 
tiple.” Adams tried to imagine 
it and an education that would 
fit it. If that statement accu¬ 
rately described the world 
awaiting the child born at the 
start of the 20th century, it no 
less accurately describes the 
world you will inherit at the 


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start of the 21st: a world of 
multiplicity in every respect, a 
world that will not permit you, 
if you wish to make your way 
through it, comprehend it, and 
prosper in it, to make, in 
Adams’s words “the college 
standard permanent through 
life.” For unless you wish to 
remain the perpetual collegian, 
you must take what this College 
has given you and continue to 
grow. Nor will the College be 
in 10 or 15 or 25 or 50 years 
what it now is. This you may 
come to lament, as all lament 
changes in familiar and beloved 
things. But, like you, the Col¬ 
lege must also continue to 
grow, lest the standard of 1993 
— which is no more the perma¬ 
nent standard than that of 1893, 
1943 or 1973 — fix your alma 
mater in irrelevance and con¬ 
sign us to history’s dust-bin. 

Again, Henry Adams: “The 
old formulas had failed, and a 
new one had to be made, but, 
after all, the object was not ex¬ 
travagant or eccentric. One 
sought no absolute truth. One 
sought only a spool on which to 
wind the thread of history with¬ 
out breaking it.” Our modest 
hope is that, over the course of 
the last four years we have pro¬ 
vided you not with the spool it¬ 
self but with the knowledge and 
the patience and the will to rec¬ 
ognize the need for a spool and 
thus to fashion one of your 
own, around which the thread 
of your history, including these 
last four years, may be wound 
without breaking. No two 
spools will be identical. The 
separate threads will inevitably 
be of different shades and 
strengths. As year succeeds to 
year the threads will lengthen. 
At periodic intervals, they will 
intersect. For some of you they 
will become intertwined. 

These threads will connect 
what you see and hear and read 
with your own critical faculties 
and impose upon you the obli¬ 
gation, before you praise or 
condemn, to understand. They 
will join what you have learned 
with the world you are about to 
enter and which you will even¬ 
tually inherit, and demand of 


you the highest standards of 
citizenship. They will link you 
with one another as alumni of 
this College, and will enable 
you to share the sorrows and the 
joys life holds for you with a 
special, indissoluble bond. 

Having given you these 
tools to shape and direct and 
build your own futures and the 
future of your world, we now 
give you our blessing and let go 
of your hand. “The clouds that 
gather round the setting sun,” 
Adams concludes in “Nunc 
Age,” “do not always take a 
sober coloring from eyes that 
have kept watch on mortality; 
one walks with one’s own 
friends up to the portal of life, 
and bids goodbye with a smile.” 

And thus, tomorrow morn¬ 
ing, each of you walks up to 
that portal, there to begin the 
next chapter of your own edu¬ 
cation. “Nunc Age,” Now go — 
softly, yet confidently, through 
that portal. Know that our 
thoughts and our prayers go 
with you. Know, too, that you 
are always welcome here. For 
you are now part of the thread 
of this College, a spool around 
which 193 years of history have 
been wound, without breaking. 

“Nunc Age,” Now go — 
and as you begin to account to 
yourself, for yourself, some¬ 
how, may you continue for the 
rest of your lives to strive to 
broaden the reach of your own 
limited understanding. 

“Nunc Age,” Now go — 
and, though now you may be¬ 
lieve yourselves to be educated, 
may you never take yourselves 
too seriously. And may you al¬ 
ways retain a sense of humor, 
which is, after all, nothing more 
than a sense of perspective. 

“Nunc Age,” Now go — 
and as you spin out the thread 
of your lives, may you from 
time to time lift your eyes to 
these hills, from whose strength 
generations of Middlebury men 
and women have drawn confi¬ 
dence, courage and hope. 

“Nunc Age,” Now go — 
we bid you goodbye, with a 
smile. We shall not forget you. 
And we wish you well, until we 
meet again. 


4 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 
















LETTERS 

ASP — not DKE or SE — was the first 
Middlebury fraternity to admit blacks 


The Middlebury College Maga¬ 
zine welcomes letters from 
readers on the contents of the 
magazine or on topics related 
to the College. Letters may be 
edited for conciseness. Letters 
must be signed, and we ask that 
you include your name, address 
and a daytime phone number 
for verification purposes. Send 
your letters to: The Editor, 
Middlebury College Magazine, 
Farrell House, Middlebury, VT 
05753. 


‘Slug’ was first Midd 
frat to admit blacks 

Without wishing to detract 
from the commendable steps to 
eliminate racial discrimination 
by both the DKE and Sig Ep 
houses, but just to set the record 
straight regarding the member¬ 
ship of blacks in Middlebury 
fraternities: Both the New York 
Times and Lawrence D. Geller 
’62 in his letter to you that ap¬ 
peared in the Spring ’93 issue 
are inaccurate. The first black 
admitted to a Middlebury fra¬ 
ternity was Charles James, who 
pledged Alpha Sigma Psi in the 
1947-48 academic year. 

James, a native of Philadel¬ 
phia and a veteran of World 
War II, came to Middlebury in 
1946. 1 believe that he was one 
of two black students then on 
campus. The year prior to his 
admission to the Alpha 
“Slugs,” this fraternity had 
taken the step of withdrawing 
from the national Alpha Sigma 
Phi fraternity on the principle 
that the membership and the 
incoming pledge class did not 
wish to support the practice of 
racial and religious discrimina¬ 
tion that was then the policy of 
the national. 

I am pleased that I was able 
to be one of the brothers who 


A correction, 
and an apology 

A letter we received last 
summer signed “Susan 
Crandell ’73,” which we 
used in the Autumn ’92 is¬ 
sue, was not, unfortunately, 
written by Susan Crandell 
’73. We don’t know who did 
write it, but we do know that 
we’ll be checking letters 
more closely in the future. 
Our apologies to Susan, who 
is executive editor of the 
American Express maga¬ 
zine Travel & .Leisure — 
and, we discovered, very 
understanding. 

— T.E. 


was privileged to participate in 
both the decision to withdraw 
from the national on those 
grounds, and to accept Charlie 
James. 

DAVID L. PEET ’50 
Bethel Park, Pa. 

L.D. Geller’s letter to the editor 
(Spring ’93), claiming that 
DKE was the first fraternity at 
Middlebury to admit an Afri¬ 
can-American, is in error. In 
1948, I entered Middlebury as 
a freshman and pledged to Al¬ 
pha Sigma Psi. At that time 
Charles James, an African- 
American, was already a mem¬ 
ber. 

I recall being told that Al¬ 
pha Sigma Psi had been a chap¬ 
ter of the national fraternity, 
Alpha Sigma Phi, but that when 
the local at Middlebury could 
not pledge either a black or a 
Jew, the local dropped out of 
the national. I also recall that 
Charles James had a distin¬ 
guished career, including ser¬ 
vice at one time as ambassador 
to Niger. 


We used to joke around the 
house that we were more like a 
branch of Ellis Island than sim¬ 
ply a local fraternity since there 
were so many different back¬ 
grounds to the members. 

ALAN GUSSOW ’52 
Congers, N.Y. 

Editor s note: As David Peet 
and Alan Gussow contend, 
Charles James ’49 was, as far 
as anyone knows, the first Afri¬ 
can-American member of a fra¬ 
ternity at Middlebury. (We also 
received letters correcting this 
historical error from Linwood 
Meacham ’50, Louise Laverie 
Bresky ’50, Walter F. Miner 
’53, Walter D. Paterson '50 
and Paul Vyrros ’48.) James, 
who received his law degree 
from Yale, went on to have a 
distinguished career after 
Middlebury. He practiced law 
for some years in northern 
California, where he was an 
area director of the NAACP. In 
1964, he began work with the 
Peace Corps in Africa, as 
deputy director in Ghana and 
then director in Uganda. He 
worked for the Agency for In¬ 
ternational Development in 
Thailand and Vietnam, and 
served as Deputy Assistant Sec¬ 
retary of State for African Af¬ 
fairs from 1974 to 1976. In ’76, 
he was nominated as U.S. Am¬ 
bassador to Niger by President 
Ford, and served in that post 
through 1979. He received an 
honoraiy degree from Middle¬ 
bury in 1977. After receiving 
the letters from Peet, Gussow, 
et al., we wrote to James and 
asked him what his memories 
were of that time. He sent along 
a copy of a 1947 article from 
the New York Post, reporting 
on the actions of the ASP chap¬ 
ter, and a letter, which we ex¬ 
cerpt here: 


“David Peet is correct in most 
of his comments. I would make 
only one correction or qualifi¬ 
cation. I was the only black un¬ 
dergraduate at Middlebury 
during my years there, from 
1946 until 1949. There were 
several black graduate students 
pursuing advanced degrees in 
French. 

“The decision of Alpha 
Sigma Phi to admit black, Chi¬ 
nese, Jewish and whatever else 
appeared on campus was coura¬ 
geous at the time. The national 
office of the fraternity sent a 
representative to the campus to 
warn of the consequences and 
to urge reconsideration, but the 
fraternity persisted and was 
dropped from the national as a 
result. 

“Disapproval, skepticism 
and cautious acceptance of the 
move permeated the campus. 
The “Slugs” decided to make a 
different kind of mark on cam¬ 
pus. They sponsored the author, 
Catherine Drinker Bowen, who 
spoke to a full Chapel; and an 
international debate with a 
Cambridge (England) Univer¬ 
sity team. I participated in that 
debate with Phil Hull (’49). The 
fraternity gained an “egghead” 
reputation. This was an unusual 
group of young men. They 
were serious about the frater¬ 
nity. They were serious about 
education at Middlebury. The 
fraternity hoped to establish a 
new tradition of constructive 
contribution to the educational 
environment. We dreamed that 
the tradition would survive us 
and be upheld by Alpha Sigma 
Psi progeny. Apparently, that is 
too much to expect of a 
younger and less worldly-wise 
generation. After all, most of us 
were World War II veterans 
and several years older than 
anyone on campus except our 
professors. 

“By and large, the campus 
was friendly, although one dean 
of women came in for student 
outrage when she suggested to 
a female student who was a 
close platonic friend of mine 
that her parents would not ap¬ 
prove of her association with 
me and she should hold herself 


SUMMER 1993 5 








available for other men on cam¬ 
pus. 

“Bob Shadick (’50) was 
one of my roommates, as well 
as Andy Yang (’51) from 
Tientsin. The internationally- 
famous financier, Felix 
Rohatyn (’49), then a refugee, 
was one of those voting my ac¬ 
ceptance in the fraternity.” 

Gays recognized, 
respected in the ’30s 

In your Spring issue I find two 
surprising elements raised by 
Jason Rosenbaum’s letter: (a) 
his statement that your an¬ 
nouncement of the April 
alumni panel discussion was 
“the first mention, or 
acknowledgement, of gay or 
lesbian issues which (he had) 
ever seen in the magazine,” and 
(b) your editorial note on the 
matter, which would seem to 
imply that the subject had first 
come up on the campus as late 
as 1990. 

Had Mr. Rosenbaum kept 
eyes and ears open while a stu¬ 
dent at the College, he might 
have been aware of a gay group 
that regularly met during those 
years, officially organized with 
a faculty adviser. And if you, as 
editor, had scanned issues of 
the magazine for the past 10 
years, you would have discov¬ 
ered many letters on the subject 
of homosexuality at the Col¬ 
lege. 

I might add that the prob¬ 
lem of being gay at Middlebury 
goes back a long time before 
Guy Kettelhack’s days — by at 
least 40 years. In the ’30s, there 
were a number of students, and 
faculty members, who were 
recognized as being gay — and 
respected. It seems to me that 
straights of the period may have 
looked upon homosexuality as 
a humorous aberration, but vi¬ 
cious homophobia, as we see it 
today, was a later development 
fostered by certain illiberal seg¬ 
ments of our society. 

JAMES FECHHEIMER ’34 
Glen Head, N.Y. 

Editor s note: We did not mean 
to imply that there had been no 
mention of gays at Middlebury 


in the magazine before 1990; 
our intent was simply to demon¬ 
strate that the item in the Win¬ 
ter ’93 issue was not the first. 

How we discuss gays 
makes a difference 

As one of the five lesbian and 
gay alumni who spoke at the 
first conference of gay and les¬ 
bian Middlebury students and 
alumni back in November 
1990, I found the second con¬ 
ference, in April 1993, to be a 
very moving experience. There 
were about 15 alumni this time, 
and gratifyingly large audi¬ 
ences at the weekend’s events. 
I was privileged to be present 
when President McCardell, 
who’d come to a scheduled 
Sunday morning talkfest to give 
a five-minute, we-welcome-di- 
versity-at-Middlebury hello, 
found himself in a spirited and 
illuminating 40-minute dia¬ 
logue with numerous very 
bright and articulate students 
and alumni who gave him a 
vivid picture of a wide range of 
feelings and concerns. Presi¬ 
dent McCardell reminded me a 
bit of another president, the one 
we just elected to the White 
House — someone I think the 
lesbian and gay community can 
genuinely claim as a friend, 
even as we may need to remind 
this friend of the urgency of our 
plight. We still live in a fright¬ 
eningly homophobic world. 

It struck me, as I listened to 
people speak at this conference 
both formally and informally, 
that there is a kind of organic 
acceptance we can encourage 
simply by talking about our gay 
experiences or gay friends (if 
we’re not gay ourselves) as nor¬ 
mal. Maybe this sounds obvi¬ 
ous, but I’ve unwittingly found 
myself at a cutting edge of pub¬ 
lishing recently in the books 
I’ve written about sobriety and 
recovery simply because I’d 
moved in my case histories 
from straight to gay to lesbian, 
back to straight (to gay to ...), as 
well as young to old to black to 
white to rich to not-so-rich — 
all without making a big thing 
about it. The fact that my edi¬ 
tors and readers have remarked 


on how unusual this flow was 
surprised me at first: Doesn’t it 
reflect life? But then 1 remem¬ 
bered the obvious and painful 
fact that most “general audi¬ 
ence” media products — books, 
magazines, ads, movies, sit¬ 
coms — mean “straight audi¬ 
ence.” Roseanne apart, we’ve 
been pretty much completely 
ignored, except as dangerous 
and subversive weirdos. 

Perhaps I can call on the 
readers of this magazine with 
whatever degree of clout (and 
anyone who opens his or her 
mouth to speak has some) — 
teachers, writers, artists, par¬ 
ents, office-workers, communi¬ 
cators of any stripe — to make 
similarly “normal” reference to 
gay and lesbian people in their 
work and their conversation. 
Just talk about us the way you 
talk about your neighbors, your 
friends, your family, your col¬ 
leagues at the office. That is, 
after all, who we are. 

GUY KETTELHACK ’73 
New York, N.Y. 

Editor s note: An essay by Guy 
Kettelhack on being gay at 
Middlebuiy during his college 
years, and of returning for the 
first conference of gay and les¬ 
bian alumni back in 1990, ap¬ 
peared in the Spring ’91 issue 
of the magazine. 

Midd should rethink 
ban on fraternities 

Events surrounding moves by 
members of the administration 
and faculty over recent years to 
banish fraternities and sorori¬ 
ties from Middlebury’s campus 
and to prevent students from 
joining off-campus groups have 
finally induced me to write a 
letter. Personally, if there has 
been a positive side to all the 
debate, it has been to force me 
to consider a number of 
changes which are occurring in 
society and which I believe are 
mirrored in events at Middle¬ 
bury. 

This is not a letter in sup¬ 
port of, or against, the institu¬ 
tion of Greek letter societies. 
Their merits and problems are 
completely irrelevant to the is¬ 


sue at hand. It is also not espe¬ 
cially relevant that most stu¬ 
dents favor or disfavor the ex¬ 
istence of such organizations 
(even though, currently, most 
do favor them, as they did when 
I was at Middlebury). The issue 
is whether Middlebury under¬ 
graduates should be considered 
competent to make their own 
decisions, or whether the ad¬ 
ministration should be making 
those decisions for them. Any 
careful consideration of this is¬ 
sue can only lead to the conclu¬ 
sion that the administration has 
succumbed to a case of political 
correctness, of which one of the 
primary symptoms is the appar¬ 
ent belief that someon in charge 
is in a much better position to 
make value judgments which 
are “best” for the whole com¬ 
munity while ignoring the 
rights of individuals. 

Prospective college stu¬ 
dents in the United States have 
an option unavailable to most 
of their peers around the world, 
and this is to be educated 
broadly. In most countries, 
those fortunate enough to re¬ 
ceive higher education are put 
through curricula designed to 
turn out historians by teaching 
students history and biologists 
by teaching them biology. A 
primary ethos of liberal arts 
education is the belief that 
people should not be educated 
by simply filling their heads full 
of particularly pertinent facts, 
but by forcing them to consider 
alternative perspectives and to 
make their own informed deci¬ 
sions, whatever the subject. 

Those of us who have been 
educated in such institutions are 
often quick to point out that 
much of the actual education 
occurs outside of classrooms, 
and indeed outside of 
coursework entirely. The 
achievements of Middlebury 
alumni are strong testimony for 
the effectiveness of this brand 
of education. It is therefore un¬ 
conscionable to me that those in 
charge of such an institution 
could rationalize such a blatant 
move to regulate the personal 
behavior and associations of 
students. This restriction is bad 


6 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 




enough when it applies to stu¬ 
dents’ activities on campus, but 
it is an inexcusable breach of 
personal civil liberties when it 
is extended beyond the bound¬ 
aries of the College. I take some 
measure of solace in the knowl¬ 
edge that such a ban cannot 
possibly stand up under judicial 
scrutiny. 

One of the bits of history I 
learned while I was majoring in 
biology at Middlebury is par¬ 
ticularly relevant to the issue at 
hand. During the middle of the 
nineteenth century, shortly after 
fraternities were first estab¬ 
lished, there was a vehement 
move by the faculty and admin¬ 
istration at Middlebury to effect 
their demise. At that time, one 
of the primary arguments in 
support of their position was the 
contention that fraternity mem¬ 
bers were gathering to discuss 
literature that was considered 
outside the bounds of material 
suitable for college students to 
read. While at Middlebury I 
was assigned readings from 
Thoreau, Emerson and other 
authors that were so reviled by 
the earlier manifestation of 
Middlebury’s faculty. I have a 
strong suspicion that arguments 
marshalled in the current wave 
of antipathy towards fraternities 
and sororities will appear simi¬ 
larly cogent when viewed more 
cooly by our own descendants. 

I repeat, the real issue is not 
whether students should be al¬ 
lowed to join “single-sex stu¬ 
dent social organizations,” but 
whether students should be al¬ 
lowed to come to their own 
conclusions about this, and the 
myriad other issues they are 
forced to confront as they un¬ 
dergo the process of contribut¬ 
ing to their own education. As 
an academic and an educator, I 
am finding it hard to tacitly 
condone the actions of the ad¬ 
ministration by supporting 
Middlebury with my time or 
money while the rulemakers 
refuse to acknowledge a funda¬ 
mental tenet of liberal arts edu¬ 
cation. I look forward to a real 
reconsideration of this issue by 
the administration and faculty. 
For the sake of the students, 1 


hope it happens sooner rather 
than later. 

DAVID W. SKELLY ’87 
Wollongong, New South 
Wales, Australia 

Editor s note: David Shelly 
holds a Ph.D.from the Univer¬ 
sity of Michigan and is a post¬ 
doctoral research fellow in the 
department of biological sci¬ 
ences at the University of 
Wollongong. At Midd, he was a 
member of Chi Psi. 

Frat decision: 'Crude, 
Stalinist’ policy 

When I first heard that Middle¬ 
bury had adopted a policy that 
guarantees total control over 
the off-campus associations 
and activities of undergradu¬ 
ates, I was worried. From my 
unenlightened perspective, this 
policy seemed like crude, 
Stalinist problem-solving, un¬ 
worthy of an institution com¬ 
mitted to freedom of thought, 
expression and association. 

But your eloquent words 
(as quoted in the Spring 1993 
Middlebuty College Magazine) 
have since eased my worried 
heart. Not since Richard Nixon 
— or Jimmy Swaggart — has 
such pure truth dripped from 
the mouth of a mere mortal. I 
want to thank you for your cou¬ 
rageous leadership, and heart¬ 
felt commitment to what you 
know is right. 

There are many people out 
there (foreign language stu¬ 
dents, math and science majors) 
who may not have had the train¬ 
ing to appreciate your penetrat¬ 
ing and historic comments on 
this off-campus issue. To help 
those less advanced readers, I 
offer this humble translation of 
your words. 

“Few issues in my 17 years 
have been so vexatious ...” 

Translation: Few faculty 
and administrative campaigns 
have been so flagrantly anti¬ 
freedom, and so directly anti¬ 
thetical to the Bill of Rights of 
the United States of America. 
Many people noticed that the 
administration didn’t care 
about student freedoms, and 
that made it very difficult to 


force through our contrived 
policy. 

The question of off-campus 
organizations has been ap¬ 
proached “with a high degree 
of intelligent, careful, sensitive 
and open-minded consider¬ 
ation.” 

Translation: If I use 

enough noble and complimen¬ 
tary adjectives, no one will no¬ 
tice that the principles of free¬ 
dom were shamelessly by¬ 
passed so that a liberal faction 
of faculty and administrators 
could punish students with the 
audacity for self-determination. 

“As a community, we have 
acquitted ourselves throughout 
this exercise with great distinc¬ 
tion. All voices that have sought 
a hearing have been heard.” 

Translation: Before we 
decided to punish students for 
having independent, off-cam¬ 
pus associations without our 
Big Brother approval, we went 
through the motions. Everyone 
was allowed to speak, we nod¬ 
ded our Big Brother head, pat¬ 
ted them on the back for partici¬ 
pating in the “community,” and 
then we did exactly what we 
wanted to do in the first place. 

“ Many of those voices echo 
through the policy that has 
been adopted.” 

Translation: If you are 
dumb enough to believe every¬ 
thing else I have said, you 
might even believe this. 

“I am particularly appre¬ 
ciative of the time, care and en¬ 
ergy devoted to this issue by 
student leadership.” 

Translation: Thanks to the 
Community Council and the 
SGA for not raising the prickly 
issue of student opinion. For a 
minute there, I thought democ¬ 
racy might get in the way. 

Congratulations, Mr. Presi¬ 
dent, on an issue well handled. 
I am all the more confident that 
under your leadership and guid¬ 
ance, Middlebury will remain 
one of the top U.S. colleges at 
which to obtain a B.S. degree. 
Keep up the good work. 

JOSH SARKIS ’91 
Vancouver . B.C., Canada 

Editor s note: While an under¬ 


graduate, Josh Sarkis was a 
member of DKE. 

Volunteers make 
a difference for CC&P 

Networking, information inter¬ 
viewing, gaining experience 
through internships and brief 
externship opportunities. These 
are all critical elements in ca¬ 
reer planning today. The Career 
Counseling and Placement Of¬ 
fice at Middlebury wishes to 
acknowledge with great appre¬ 
ciation the 10,000 alumni and 
nearly 400 parent volunteers 
whose names are made avail¬ 
able to current students through 
our Middlebury College 
Alumni Computer Program. 

These individuals are often 
contacted by students seeking 
career insights and advice con¬ 
cerning strategies for gaining 
the skills and experience neces¬ 
sary for successful entry into 
the marketplace upon gradua¬ 
tion. The wisdom, guidance and 
inspiration shared by these ex¬ 
perienced professionals makes 
a tremendous difference in the 
lives of our students and in 
CC&P’s ability to provide 
timely and accurate informa¬ 
tion. 

For all our readers who 
have served Middlebury and 
CC&P as described above, 
thank you. If you’ve not had the 
opportunity to connect with 
current students to talk about 
your career experience for 
some time, or if you suspect we 
need to update our records re¬ 
garding your employment sta¬ 
tus, please know we’d love to 
hear from you. On the other 
hand, if you are feeling a need 
to take a break from such infor¬ 
mal career advising, we hope 
you'll let us know. 

Our alumni and parent vol¬ 
unteers are our most vital re¬ 
source. Thank you for the tre¬ 
mendous support you’ve ex¬ 
tended to CC&P and our stu¬ 
dents throughout this past year. 
VAFERIE B.SZYMKOWICZ 
Director of CC&P 
Middlebury, Vt. 


SUMMER 1993 7 




THE 


Yu has research, outreach and technology 
on her agenda for language schools 


W hen Clara Yu takes 
over as Middlebury’s 
✓ice president for lan¬ 
guages in September, she’ll in¬ 
herit the responsibility for one 
of the College’s strongest and 
best known programs. But Yu 
does not intend to simply main¬ 
tain the status quo. She knows 
that Middlebury has to push 
forward, and quickly, to hold 
on to its reputation as one of the 
top schools in the world for lan¬ 
guage instruction. 

As vice president, Yu will 
succeed Edward Knox, who is 
taking over for the retiring Ni¬ 
cholas Clifford as vice presi¬ 
dent for academic affairs. Yu, 
an associate professor of Chi¬ 
nese, will be the first woman to 
serve as a vice president at 
Middlebury. 

She comes to the job in ex¬ 
citing, if challenging, times for 
language instruction in general, 
and at Middlebury in particular. 
For Yu, the excitement comes 
from the possibilities for 
growth and improvement in the 
summer and academic year lan¬ 
guage programs. She’s con¬ 
vinced that Middlebury contin¬ 
ues to offer the best language 
programs in the country, if not 
the world. In the summer, the 
campus is home to 200 of the 
best teachers in the world, and 
more than 1,100 top language 
students. And during the aca¬ 
demic year, Middlebury stu¬ 
dents work on campus and at 
the College’s Schools Abroad, 
in France, Germany, Spain, 
Italy and Russia. 

Yu knows, however, that 
the language teaching field is 



Clara Yu feels the possibili¬ 
ties that technology offers in 
language instruction have 
only begun to be realized. 

becoming more and more 
crowded, and that Middlebury 
is going to need “to be very 
nimble, very quick on its feet” 
if it’s going to continue to draw 
the best students and teachers. 
“More than any other part of the 
operation at Middlebury,” Yu 
says, “the language schools feel 
market pressures acutely.” In 
recent years, summer enroll¬ 
ments at Middlebury have 
dipped, largely, Yu says, be¬ 
cause of competition from simi¬ 
lar programs at other colleges 
and universities. “Middlebury 
has always had a great pro¬ 
gram,” Yu says, “and our em¬ 
phasis on total immersion has 
distinguished us. But now 
everyone’s doing it. The Ivies 


and others have awakened to 
the fact that they have the space 
and time in the summer to do 
this.” She noted that one former 
Middlebury summer school di¬ 
rector has set up a summer pro¬ 
gram, in China, “that in content 
and length is much the same as 
ours, and costs less.” 

This makes it more impor¬ 
tant than ever, Yu says, for 
Middlebury to get out the mes¬ 
sage that its programs are still 
the best. And more important 
than ever that the programs 
continue to improve, to reflect 
the latest trends in both lan¬ 
guage pedagogy and technol¬ 
ogy- 

The summer language 
schools, she says, “must cast a 
wider net. and increase their 
yields (the percentage of the 
accepted students who end up 
enrolling at Middlebury). It’s 
clear cut that we need to put 


more work into pub¬ 
licity, let more people 
know that our l-to-5 
teacher/student ratio 
can’t be touched, and 
that we really do have 
the best teachers. 
That explains both 
why Middlebury 
costs more, and why 
it’s worth more. But 
it’s also true that in 
such a competitive 
environment, and 
with more and more 
students needing fi¬ 
nancial aid, we need 
to run our operation 
as efficiently as pos¬ 
sible.” 

Yu also hopes to 
see Middlebury’s language 
schools become a huge summer 
laboratory to learn more about 
cognitive processes and sec¬ 
ond-language acquisition. “We 
need to be careful,” Yu says. 
“Our teachers and students 
aren't guinea pigs. But I think 
it’s a shame that we’re not find¬ 
ing out how people learn sec¬ 
ond languages as adults, and 
getting that information out. 
We already have a great group 
of people. Without being too in¬ 
trusive, we could find out what 
they do that makes them suc¬ 
cessful teachers and learners, 
and make that information 
available to others.” Getting the 
word out would be just a part of 
a broader outreach program that 
Yu envisions, involving profes¬ 
sional organizations such as the 
Modem Language Association 
and the Northeast Conference; 
and the huge network of current 


8 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 











and former Middlebury stu¬ 
dents and teachers, who work at 
other colleges and secondary 
schools throughout the country 
and the world. 

Emerging technologies, 
which have already had pro¬ 
found effects on language in¬ 
struction, will continue to chal¬ 
lenge Middlebury’s language 
schools, Yu feels, and it be¬ 


hooves the College to be on the 
cutting edge. As of the fall of 
’93, two multimedia laborato¬ 
ries with 30 powerful worksta¬ 
tions will be available for ma¬ 
terial development and instruc¬ 
tion. And Yu, who has written 
extensively on computer aided 
instruction and the uses of tech¬ 
nology in education, can see a 
day when advances in “virtual 


reality” will make it possible 
for a student “to put on a glove 
and a helmet and be in Paris,” 
experiencing the sights, sounds 
and culture of another country 
and using the target language 
for interaction. 

“My vision of the future — 
instruction-research-outreach 
— for the language schools 
may seem ambitious,” Yu says. 


A book on Bread Loaf captures the spirit 
of a place, and of a community of writers 


‘Like anyone who has returned to the moun¬ 
tain repeatedly, the sessions have tended to 
blend over a decade. Ten years times twelve 
days makes 120 days, only seventeen weeks 
out of that decade — but whose vividness, no 
matter how blended, has not diminished. In 

that seventeen-week-long 
Bread Loaf Writers’ Con¬ 
ference of the mind, with 
a musician’s ear, I hear 
the sublime aural quali¬ 
ties of certain readers. ... 
As a musician I comment 
on these readers’ tones, 
their rhythms, their melo¬ 
dies, for reading is an¬ 
other kind of public per¬ 
formance. As a writer, I 
place them here for another purpose, too, and 
it must be simply put: I draw inspiration and 
gain insight from the extraordinary alchemy of 
their words on the page; their example is 
enrichment itself.’ 

— David Haward Bain, who has spent many hours playing the 
Stein way in the Bread Loaf Barn, writing on his years at the 
Writers’ Conference, in Whose Woods These Are. 



L ike most members of the 
extended family that is 
the Bread Loaf Writers’ 
Conference, David Haward 
Bain knew he wanted to write 
something about Bread Loaf 
almost from the day he arrived, 
back in 1980. The publication 
of Bain’s first book, After¬ 
shocks , had helped him earn a 
fellowship in non-fiction writ¬ 
ing for that summer, and it 
wasn’t long, he says, before he 
was “looking for a way to trans¬ 
late my own experiences and 
the historical record into some¬ 
thing about the Writers’ Con¬ 
ference.” 

This summer, 13 years 
later, the result of Bain’s work 
will be published by Ecco 
Press: Whose Woods These 
Are: A History of the Bread 
Loaf Writers’ Conference, 
1926-1992. The book, edited by 
Bain and his wife Mary Smyth 
Duffy, is put together in two 
parts. The first is an historical 
narrative by Bain, “Group Por¬ 
trait”; the second is a documen¬ 
tary section, in which photo¬ 
graphs from Bread Loaf are 
juxtaposed with the words of 
many of those who have been 
important in the history of the 
conference. 

For Bain, the publication of 
the book is the culmination of a 
process that began in earnest in 
1983, after his second non-fic¬ 
tion book. Sitting in Darkness , 
had been published. “I decided 
to spend a year or so sitting in 
the New York Public Library, 
getting a start on amassing files 
for a Bread Loaf book,” Bain 


says. “I wanted to develop a 
narrative, not just a simple 
chronicle of 65 Augusts, but 
something with a larger scope, 
that would say something not 
only about Bread Loaf, but also 
about writers, and writing.” 

The result, Whose Woods 
These Are , is as much a history 
of American writing and writ¬ 
ers in the 20th century as it is a 
history of Bread Loaf. Bain 
says he wanted to capture the 
sense of community and fel¬ 
lowship that Bread Loaf repre¬ 
sents. “There really is no liter¬ 
ary capital in this country,” he 
says. “We have a publishing 


capital in New York, but no one 
is flocking to Bloomsbury or 
Paris. Bread Loaf, though, is 
one kind of capital. With the 
August light, the green and yel¬ 
low buildings, the natural set¬ 
ting — it’s a place where writ¬ 
ers are not just welcomed, but 
affirmed; it’s become an idea of 
community that writers can 
carry around in their heads.” 

Bain began to research his 
subject in earnest in the sum¬ 
mer of ’83 and by the fall of 
1984, he says, “I’d amassed 
enough to know that it could be 
done. I decided to focus on in¬ 
dividual writers during differ¬ 


“but it will expand our mission 
and practice beyond what the 
schools have been for the past 
80 years; it will serve the lan¬ 
guage teaching and learning 
communities better and more 
effectively; and it will make 
Middlebury the most valuable 
open language resource center 
for the nation.” 


ent eras at Bread Loaf, roughly 
by decade, a sort of group biog¬ 
raphy. I wanted to capture the 
idea of community and conti¬ 
nuity that a simple year-by-year 
chronicle wouldn’t present.” 

The research was a massive 
effort, but one that was often 
enjoyable, Bain says. He 
particulary relished reading 
early works by important 
names from Bread Loaf’s past 
and present. “I’d read writers 
whose reputations are now se¬ 
cure in their first published 
works, when the outcome was 
still very much in the balance,” 
he says. “And there was this air 
of potential and expectation, 
reading Eudora Welty’s first 
stories, for example, or Stephen 
Vincent Benet’s earliest work. 
It made me more aware of my 
roots in the literary world, and 
has given Bread Loaf an even 
greater resonance.” 

Bain spent a lot of time 
checking out what Bread Loaf 
attendees had written around 
the time they were at the con¬ 
ference, and checking their 
memoirs for references to 
Bread Loaf. He had rosters 
from the annual conference, 
and wrote to many of those on 
the lists. “I was writing to writ¬ 
ers, and I’d often get back four, 
five or six-page singled-spaced 
letters,” he says. Others called, 
and he’d talk to them on the 
phone for hours, eventually de¬ 
veloping “a nice thick file of 
personal testaments.” 

He also spent time talking 
with those who’d run the con¬ 
ference, including Ted Morr¬ 
ison (“he opened a lot of 
doors”); John Ciardi, with 
whom Bain spent three days in 
Key West, about a year and a 


SUMMER 1993 9 











Around. 

THE 


half before Ciardi’s death; and 
two of Middlebury’s own, Rob¬ 
ert Pack, who just recently 
stepped down as director, and 
Sandy Martin, who spent many 
years as an assistant director. 

Bain and Duffy collected 
thousands of Bread Loaf photo¬ 
graphs, too, and about 350 of 
them appear in the 384-page 
book, many of them in the 
documentary section. “The 
College's own photographs 
were scattered all over,” Bain 
says, “some in the Abernethy 
Collection at the library, some 
in the Bread Loaf offices, some 
in the Public Affairs office.” He 
solicited pictures from all over, 
asking people to send him im¬ 
ages that could be copied and 
then returned. From Dick and 
Hildy Ross, who’d worked for 
years at the Bread Loaf Inn, 
Bain learned that a waitress 
who’d been at the conference in 
its earliest years still had a large 
photo album full of candids, 
including pictures of Robert 
Frost. 

But there were disappoint¬ 
ments, too: Bain heard that a 
man who’d worked at the con¬ 
ference for years as an admin¬ 
istrator had a trunk full of pho¬ 
tos and records. When Bain fi¬ 
nally traced the man down, it 
turned out that his wife had died 
a year earlier, and in the after- 
math he’d cleaned out the attic 
of his house and burned all of 
his Bread Loaf memorabilia. 
Bain also heard a rumor (never 
confirmed) that some years ago 
a truck was backed up to a 
building at Bread Loaf and 
mountains of files were literally 
shoveled in and taken to a 
dump. 

Outnumbering those horror 
stories were the pleasant sur¬ 
prises, such as the discovery 
that some noted authors without 
obvious Bread Loaf connec¬ 
tions, such as the biographer 


Richard Elliman and novelist 
George V. Higgins, had once 
worked at Bread Loaf and had 
countless anecdotes from their 
stints on the mountain. 

And the mountain itself 
plays a major role, along with 
the man who loved it, preserved 
it and eventually donated it to 
the College: Joseph Battell. 
Bain calls him “one of my fa¬ 
vorite historical characters,” 
and says the book “is about his 
Bread Loaf plateau as much as 
it is about writers, and about 
Battell’s feelings for the inn, 
and for the surroundings. We 
can’t all go out and buy a 


mountain the way Joseph 
Battell did, but we can learn 
from that sense of steward¬ 
ship.” 

The result of all the years of 
research, reading and writing 
— a large-format (8 1/2 by 11) 
book with hundreds of illustra¬ 
tions — will be unveiled 
(“trucked up directly from the 
bindery, probably still warm”) 
on August 20 at a Bread Loaf 
party. Bain hopes that one 
theme of this summer’s confer¬ 
ence will be a celebration of 
Bread Loaf’s past: He plans to 
have pictures, books and other 
Bread Loaf memorabilia on dis¬ 


play throughout the conference. 

“You often hear people 
talking about the ghosts of 
Bread Loaf, and I admit I’ve 
felt their presence,” Bain says. 
“Late at night, after a noisy 
party at Treman, crossing the 
west-running brooks, you can 
feel the presence of Frost. We’ll 
be honoring some of those 
ghosts this summer.” 

For information on ordering 
copies of Whose Woods These 
Are directly from the College, 
please refer to the advertise¬ 
ment that appears on page 34 of 
this issue. 


Delta Upsilon suspended indefinitely 


O n June 15, Delta Upsi¬ 
lon, one of Midd¬ 
lebury’s social and 
residential houses, was sus¬ 
pended indefinitely as a social 
organization by President 
McCardell. 

The president’s decision 
followed a season of debate 
over the future of the house, 
which had been placed on pro¬ 
bation for a year during the 
spring term for excessive dam¬ 
age to the house and failure to 
comply with the College’s 
guidelines on coeducational 
membership and residency, 
meaning that DU had too few 
women members, and two few 
women living in the house. 

Immediately after members 
were informed of the decision 
to put the house on probation, 
an additional several thousand 
dollars worth of damage was 
done to the house. The indi¬ 
viduals responsible for the 
damage never came forward, 
and house members decided to 
accept any disciplinary action 
as a group. 


All of this led to two differ¬ 
ent recommendations to the 
president: Ann Hanson, dean of 
students, recommended that the 
house be terminated. But after 
a series of meetings, including 
presentations by DU members, 
the Community Council de¬ 
cided not to recommend termi¬ 
nation, but rather an extension 
of DU’s probation through May 
of 1995. 

President McCardell's de¬ 
cision falls somewhere between 
the two recommendations. Ac¬ 
cording to a memorandum to 
the College community from 
the president, the indefinite sus¬ 
pension means that “all activi¬ 
ties by or in the name of Delta 
Upsilon are prohibited. Use of 
any College house or other fa¬ 
cility by Delta Upsilon is not 
permitted. No meetings, rush¬ 
ing, pledging, initiation or so¬ 
cial gatherings are permitted, 
either on or off campus. The 
officers of Delta Upsilon and 
the Delta Upsilon Leadership 
Council will be held respon¬ 
sible for any violation of the 


terms of this suspension. Viola¬ 
tion of these or any other Col¬ 
lege regulations by members of 
Delta Upsilon will, if the indi¬ 
viduals responsible are not im¬ 
mediately identified, result in 
the termination of Delta Upsi¬ 
lon.” 

While the president said 
that “eventual reinstatement is 
in no way assured,” his decision 
allows the remaining members 
of DU to petition for recogni¬ 
tion as a College organization 
“no earlier than the fall of 
1994,” with reinstatement, if 
granted, not to take effect until 
the fall of ’95. 

The president said the deci¬ 
sion “reaffirms the College’s 
commitment to providing a so¬ 
cial and residential environ¬ 
ment that encourages student 
responsibility and accountabil¬ 
ity. It reminds us all that, as in¬ 
dividual members of this com¬ 
munity, we are expected to bear 
ourselves with civility and con¬ 
sider always how our actions 
reflect upon us and the integrity 
of our institution.” 


10 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 











IN BRIEF 


The American Association of 
Museums, in its 1993 design 
competition, awarded six prizes 
to publications of the Middle¬ 
bury College Museum of Art. 
Second prizes went to the 
Norman Rockwell calendar 
poster (a version of which ap¬ 
peared on the back cover of the 
Autumn ’92 magazine) and to 
the museum’s brochure, both 
designed by Catherine Waters 
of New Haven, Conn. First 
prizes went to Waters’ design 
for the museum calendar card, 
featuring a Stuart Davis paint¬ 
ing, and for the exhibition cata¬ 
logue and the invitation to the 
lectures sponsored by the mu¬ 
seum in conjunction with the 
exhibition Hardy Holzman 
Pfieffer Associates: Concepts 
and Buildings. Another first 
prize went to the museum 
newsletter, designed by Kate 
Chamberlin of Lyme, N.H. The 
competition included 939 en¬ 
tries, of which only 40 received 
first and second prizes. Also, 
the museum received an award 
of distinction in 1992 from the 
Association of State and Local 
History for its exhibition and 
catalogue, Celebrating Ver¬ 
mont: Myths and Realities. 


ate study of the history and 
principles of the U.S. Constitu¬ 
tion. The award came from the 
James Madison Memorial Fel¬ 
lowship Foundation, based in 
Washington, D.C. The fellow¬ 
ship provides up to $24,000 to 
be used in pursuing a master’s 
degree. The awards are made to 
those who wish to pursue ca¬ 
reers as secondary school 
teachers of American history, 
government or social studies. 

Two American literature and 
civilization majors at Middle- 
bury, David Ferris and Cole 
Odell, both ’93, were the 
founders of a new regional pub¬ 
lication that appeared this 
spring, the New England 
Intercollegiate Literary Jour¬ 
nal. The first edition, which 
came out in May, included po¬ 
ems and stories from eight New 
England colleges. The publica¬ 
tion is believed to be the first 
attempt to bring together the 
best creative writing by under¬ 
graduates from colleges 
throughout the region. The nine 
poems and 11 pieces of fiction 
came from a total of 20 students 
at Middlebury, Williams, 
Dartmouth, Bowdoin, Wes- 


David Upham ’93, a political 
science major from Pawling, 
N.Y., has received a James 
Madison Fellowship for gradu¬ 


Tliis spring , Keith Kelly ’94 
offered some of his fellow 
students a 100-level seminar 
in fly-fishing. 


leyan, Connecticut College, 
Colby and Amherst. The 
Middlebury contributors were 
John Colpitts, Rebecca 
Graves, Stephanie Johnson 
and Anne Moore. Ferris and 
Odell undertook the creation of 
the journal as an independent 
senior project. They helped pay 
for the printing of the first issue 
with funding from individual 
contributors and a grant from 
Middlebury College’s Friends 
of the Library. To receive a 
copy, send $7.95 to: New Eng¬ 
land Intercollegiate Literary 
Journal , Middlebury College, 
Middlebury, VT 05753. 

Work that first appeared in 
Middlebury’s New England 
Review , which is now celebrat¬ 
ing its 15th anniversary, has 
recently won national recogni¬ 
tion. The title story of this 
year’s Pulitzer Prize winner in 
fiction, Robert Olen Butler’s A 
Good Scent from a Strange 
Mountain , originally appeared 
in NER's Spring/Summer 1991 
issue. In addition, poetry and 
fiction from the NER has been 
singled out for inclusion in sev¬ 
eral annual “best-of” collec¬ 
tions. Mark Jarman’s “Ques¬ 
tions for Ecclesiastes” and 
Rodney Jones’ “Grand Projec¬ 
tion” will appear in Best Poems 
of1992. Dennis Johnson’s short 
story, “Rescuing Ed,” was 



picked for New Stories from the 
South: The Year s Best, 1992. 
And Pushcart Prize XVIII: Best 
of the Small Presses (1993-94 
edition) will include Jarman’s 
“Questions,” Mark Cox’s 
“Sleep Apnea,” William 
Matthews’ “Note Left for 
Gerald Stem in an Office I Bor¬ 
rowed” and David Rivard’s 
“Change My Evil Ways.” 

Margaret Kline ’94, a history 
major from Minneapolis, re¬ 
ceived the 1993 Andrew E. 
Nuquist Award for outstanding 
student research on Vermont 
topics, given each year by the 
Center for Research on Ver¬ 
mont at UVM. Kline’s study, 
“Modernity and Morality: 
Middlebury in the 1920’s,” was 
based heavily on the archives 
housed at the Sheldon Museum 
in Middlebury. According to 
history professor Jim Ralph, 
the paper “was one of the finest 
in recent years to emerge out of 
the junior research seminars 
offered by the history depart¬ 
ment.” Ralph, who is Kline’s 
advisor, says the study “is full 
of fascinating details about ev¬ 
eryday life in Middlebury in the 
1920’s, ranging from the coun¬ 
try hospitality that could still be 
found to the mixed emotions 
about that new contraption, the 
automobile. It is much more, 
however, than a romantic, nos¬ 
talgic study. It offers an explicit 
framework for understanding 
the 1920’s: the struggle be¬ 
tween modernity and morality 
(actually, traditional values). In 
many ways, then, it follows the 
line of thinking advanced by 
Robert and Helen Lynd in their 
classic Middletown , which 
stresses that the ’20s was pri¬ 
marily an era marked by cul¬ 
tural conflict. But this study is 
particularly noteworthy be¬ 
cause unlike most of the schol¬ 
arship on the 1920’s, it does not 
focus on a city, but rather on a 
small town in a predominantly 
rural setting.” 


SUMMER 1993 11 











Gay and lesbian alumni discuss past, present and plans for the future 



Some of the alumni , 
ft! students, faculty and 
staff who took part in 
the Gay/Lesbian/ 
Bisexual Alumni 
Weekend , held at 
Middlebury in early 
April. 


S eventeen alumni re¬ 
turned to campus on 
April 3 and 4 for the sec¬ 
ond Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual 
Alumni Weekend, organized 
by the Alumni Office, the Cen¬ 
ter for Counseling and Human 
Relations and the Middlebury 
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Alli¬ 
ance. The alumni — 10 men 
and seven women — spanned 
the classes from 1966 to 1992 
and the Language Schools, and 
included all five of those who 
attended the first such weekend 
event, held back in November 
of 1990. 

The major events were two 
panel discussions held in Dana 
Auditorium. The first dealt with 
current issues facing gay men 
and lesbians, and included an 
historical overview of the past 
50 years of gay and lesbian ac¬ 
tivism in the U.S. The second 
panel discussion, entitled “On 
Being Gay at Middlebury and 
Beyond,” focused on the panel¬ 
ists’ experiences as students at 
Middlebury, and their lives 
since graduation. The weekend 
also included a welcoming din¬ 
ner in the Chateau, a Sunday 
brunch and a meeting with 
President John McCardell. 


T hree members of the 
Middlebury faculty — 
Greg Vitercik, music; 
Katherine Ann Sonderegger, 
religion, and Cates Baldridge, 
English — were recently pro¬ 
moted to the rank of associate 
professor with tenure. 

Vitercik, acting chair of the 
music department for 1992-93, 
received his B.A. from Colum¬ 
bia and holds M.A. and Ph.D. 
degrees from the State Univer¬ 
sity of New York at Stony 
Brook. His work with student 
performers has included con¬ 
ducting the Middlebury Cham¬ 
ber Orchestra and acting as ac¬ 
companist and coach for senior 
music majors giving their recit¬ 
als. His recent research has in- 


The returning alumni ex¬ 
pressed unanimous apprecia¬ 
tion to the College for inviting 
them back to share their expe¬ 
riences with students. For sev¬ 
eral, it was their first visit back 
to Middlebury since gradua¬ 
tion. Discussions during the 
weekend focused on future 
plans, including the publication 
of a newsletter and formation of 
a gay/lesbian/bisexual alumni 
group. Alumni interested in fur¬ 
ther information about this 
group should write to Sage 


eluded papers and articles on 
Mendelssohn and Schubert, and 
he has worked on the develop¬ 
ment of educational software 
for music history and theory. 
He joined the Middlebury fac¬ 
ulty in 1986. 

Sonderegger, who joined 
the faculty in 1987, received 
her bachelor’s degree from 
Smith, D.Div. and S.T.M. de¬ 
grees from the Yale Divinity 
School, and a Ph.D. from 
Brown. Her areas of research 
interest are in the history of 
Christian thought, especially 
the German academic tradition, 
the history of modern Judaic 
thought, constructive system¬ 
atic theology, and modem sys¬ 
tems of thought. 


Russell ’73, associate director 
of Alumni Relations, at the 
Kirk Alumni Center, Middle¬ 
bury College, Middlebury, VT 
05753, or call 802/388-3711, 
ext. 5187, or contact Liz Zale 
’90 (see address below). 

A new career network: 
The Career Counseling & 
Placement Office has an¬ 
nounced the formation of a 
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Career 
Network for alumni. Similar to 
the previously-established 
MiddNet, this network will in- 


Baldridge received his B.A. 
from Johns Hopkins and M.A. 
and Ph.D. degrees from the 
University of Virginia. His re¬ 
search has involved the works 
of Hardy, Dickens and Bronte, 
and at Middlebury he has 
taught narrative fiction, poetry 
writing, Chaucer, Shakespeare, 
Milton and the 18th, 19th and 
20th century novel. 

Also, seven members of the 
faculty were promoted to full 
professor: Richard Dollase, di¬ 
rector of the Teacher Education 
Program; Jeffrey Dunham, 
physics; Michael Kraus, politi¬ 
cal science; Ronald Liebowitz, 
geography; Andrea Olsen, 
dance; Marc Riess, psychology; 
and Ugo Skubikowski, Italian. 


volve volunteers who are avail¬ 
able to be contacted by Middle¬ 
bury students and alumni to dis¬ 
cuss issues of relocation, career 
concerns and sources of support 
and services to members of the 
gay and lesbian community. 
Volunteers will also be excel¬ 
lent sources of referrals to other 
Middlebury graduates and gen¬ 
eral contacts in their regions for 
informational networking. 

The new network is being 
launched with three volunteers, 
and additional volunteers will 
be sought for two-year terms. 
To be a volunteer, it is not nec¬ 
essary to have your name listed 
in the magazine. The current 
volunteers are; 

In Boston: Liz Zale ’90, 
network chair. Electronic Prod¬ 
ucts Coordinator, Houghton 
Mifflin Co., 222 Berkeley St., 
Boston, MA 02116; 617/351- 
5372 (W). 

In Denver: Susan Ander¬ 
son ’81, 1162 Adams St., Den¬ 
ver, CO 80206; 303/388-9575 
(H); 303/388-9578 (Fax). 

And in New York: Ron 
Najman ’69, 210 Wyckoff St., 
Brooklyn, NY 11217; 718/260- 
9683 (H); 718/270-2696 (W). 

For more information, con¬ 
tact CC&P at Middlebury Col¬ 
lege, Middlebury, VT 05753- 
6111,802/388-3711, ext 5100; 
fax, 802/388-6207, or one of 
the alumni listed above. 


Three receive tenure; seven named full professors 


12 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 








Frank Kelley steps down, after 10 years of ‘making haste, slowly’ 


it M arry, Magic and me — 
all retiring in the same 
year. How will the 
country survive?” 

Frank Kelley jokes about 
his retirement. He won’t take 
questions about it seriously. 
“Haven’t thought about it for a 
minute,” he lies. “I’m too 
busy.” 

He has prohibited all public 
acknowledgements of his re¬ 
tirement. No parties with stu¬ 
dents he has known and loved 
returning from far and near to 
celebrate these last 10 years of 
his 40 years in schools. This 
piece is written without his 
knowledge. (So sue me, Frank.) 

This reticence is more com¬ 
plicated than modesty. It is a 
combination of a Catholic sense 
of sin and New England Puri¬ 
tanism and Eastern abnegation 
of ego. We all celebrate his de¬ 
votion to young people and 
schools and find it remarkable. 
He sees it as an “addiction” and 
regrets the price his family has 
had to pay over the years for his 
normal 80-hour work weeks. 

Frank would like to slip 
away from the College this 
spring in the same way he left 
the high school in Middlebury 
after 25 years as Latin teacher 
and principal, with his legacy in 
his actions and in the memories 
of students and colleagues, not 
in public words of recognition. 
We plead with him to accept 
part-time work. He declines, 
finding the idea “oxymoronic,” 
a word he says he has learned 
since coming to the College. 
“I've never worked ‘part-time’ 
at anything,” he says. “I’m too 
old to learn.” We’ll keep work¬ 
ing on him. 

When pressed, Frank ad¬ 
mits he looks forward to the 
next six months and visits to his 
five children, now grown up 
and spread out across the coun¬ 
try: Tim in Alaska, Liam in 
Hawaii, K.C. and Anne in 
Colorado; Dierdre lives nearby 
in Burlington. He relishes the 
idea of free time in the fall and 


the chance to work with Anne, 
his wife of 35 years (Anne: 
“Seems like 105.”) around their 
farm in Cornwall. He does 
worry a bit about the winter. 

In 1982, Dean of Students 
Erica Wonnacott discovered 
that Frank was considering a 
change after so many years at 
the high school. She and Steven 
Rockefeller, then dean of the 
College, knew of Frank’s gifts 
with young people and leapt at 
the chance to bring him into the 
College community, creating 
for him the position of Director 
of Residential Life. Thus began 
the Kelley decade. 

During his 10 years here, 
Frank has had an enormous 
impact on the lives of students 
and others. Hundreds and hun¬ 
dreds of students have been 
warmed by his craggy smile 
and his genuine interest in their 
lives. His colleagues, too, have 
been supported and inspired by 
his calm demeanor, wise coun¬ 
sel and logistical brilliance. 

One morning a couple of 
years ago, a colleague asked 
Frank what that particular day 
held for him. “Bed storage,” he 
replied, waving his clipboard. 
“See all the names on this list? 
They all built lofts in their 
rooms. I have to run all these 
students down and make sure 
they return their beds from stor¬ 
age.” 

The colleague groaned and 
was glad his day promised 
somewhat more variety. Frank 
read his attitude and said, “No, 
I’m looking forward to it. I’ll 
talk to them for two minutes 
about bed storage and 20 min¬ 
utes about their lives. Some of 
my favorite people are on this 
list. It’ll be a great day.” 

Frank has spent many such 
great days at the College. His 
style and strategy are old-fash¬ 
ioned: He arrives at the College 
between 6 and 7 a.m to catch up 
on paperwork, works the cam¬ 
pus all day, and then attends 
student meetings or social gath¬ 
erings until between 9 and 11 


p.m. Then he goes home. This 
is six days a week. He works 
fewer hours on Sunday, but 
compensates by staying later on 
Saturday. He doesn’t sleep 
much. 

He eschews meetings, hates 
conferences, and will not be 
seen on the power lunch and 
cocktail party circuit, such as it 
is at Middlebury. He confines 
his “schmoozing” and “net¬ 
working” to the student com¬ 
munity. He knows nearly every 
student on campus by name and 
is comfortable in every dining 
hall, dormitory and social 
house. 

For Dean of Students Ann 
Hanson, the value of having 


At an end-of-year party, 
front row, from left, Kathy 
Follert y 87, Frank Kelley, 
Dean of Students Ann 
Hanson and RHA y s Karmali 
Bhanji and Kristen 
Gustavson; back row, RHA 
Hieu Nguyen, Associate 
Dean of Students Arlinda 
Ardister and RHA y s James 
Christian and Mara Gorman. 

someone like this on her staff is 
incalculable. “In a crisis, Frank 
is the first person I call,” she 
says. “Almost always, he has a 
personal relationship with the 
people involved and is crucial 
to the resolution.” 

He has knocked on the door 
of severely depressed students 
and walked them to the Coun¬ 


seling Center. He has resolved 
a million roommate conflicts, 
deliberately, with concern for 
the feelings of both parties. He 
has attended potentially out-of- 
control social gatherings and 
kept the lid on, not with authori¬ 
tarian pronouncements, but by 
identifying students who have 
the respect of their peers and 
asking them to intervene. And 
they do, because Frank has their 
trust and he has put in time with 
them in other, less volatile set¬ 
tings. 

The favorite saying of this 
old Latin teacher is “festina 
lente,” or “make haste slowly.” 
Frank Kelley gets things done 
by not rushing them. He allows 


students to “vent” (one of his 
favorite words), to make outra¬ 
geous statements, without be¬ 
coming defensive or impatient. 
He has a deep intuitive under¬ 
standing of the developmental 
issues, and occasional absurdi¬ 
ties, of this age group. He gets 
his way by not pushing, by re¬ 
spectful listening, by returning 
to issues and problems again 
and again, with all deliberate 
speed, until the time is ripe for 
a decision. 

Frank has seen himself al¬ 
ways as a bit player in a larger 
drama, working behind the 
scenes, making sure the whole 
thing comes off as conceived. 
He loves to watch from the 
wings. His most exhilarating 
times at Middlebury have been 



SUMMER 1993 13 













the two conferences that occa¬ 
sioned the visits of the Dalai 
Lama. He was intimately in¬ 
volved in these stimulating af¬ 
fairs, arranging things, unob¬ 
trusively, assigning tasks to a 
legion of student workers. 
“Frank was absolutely invalu¬ 
able,” says Steven Rockefeller, 
the organizer of the confer¬ 
ences. “He is so wonderful with 
people.” 

“At this point in my life, if 
I’m anything, I’m a Taoist,” 
Frank says. “To have the Dalai 
Lama here, to hear all this bril¬ 
liant talk about the common 
bases of the world’s great reli¬ 
gions, was a real joy. I loved 
being a part of it.” 

Frank will be succeeded as 
director of residential life by a 
Kelley protege, Katherine 
Follert ’87, one of Frank’s 
original residence hall advisers, 
or RHA’s. Kathy spent her se¬ 
nior year at Middlebury as the 
house director in Allen Hall, 
then was selected as one of the 
first RHA’s. The RHA pro¬ 
gram, now in its seventh year, is 
perhaps Frank’s most visible 
legacy. RHA’s are recent 
graduates who spend a year as 
interns living in the dorms and 
working full-time in the resi¬ 
dence hall system, under 
Frank’s supervision. 

“When the drinking age 
went up,” Frank says, “it was 
clear our dorms would feel the 
impact. The social life would 
move from downtown into the 
residence halls. We needed 
some help, not so much to be 
police — to supervise, yes — 
but to plan programs and to be 
a presence. Not exactly peers 
but not old folks either.” Luck¬ 
ily for Middlebury, Dave 
Ginevan (treasurer and vice 
president for administration) 
and Olin Robison (then presi¬ 
dent) went along; the RHA pro¬ 
gram has since proven, many 
times over, to be the right idea 
for Middlebury. 

After her RHA year, Kathy 
Follert left Middlebury for 
Washington, D.C., where she 
lived and worked for six years 
before coming back as Frank’s 
assistant director last fall. “I’m 


not trying to replace Frank 
Kelley,” she says. “I’d fail if I 
did. As a student at Middle¬ 
bury, I gained a great apprecia¬ 
tion for the way Frank works 
with others. He was the most 
fair and compassionate person 
I had ever met. I came back this 
year for the chance to work 
with Frank and I’ve learned a 
lot. My goal is to take his val¬ 
ues and ideas and adapt them to 
my personality and style.” 

In addition to Follert, Frank 
has enjoyed a professional rela¬ 
tionship this year with another 
alum from his first RHA class 
in 1987, John Castle. John has 
spent this year as the acting as¬ 
sistant dean of students. “Frank 
Kelley represents Middlebury 
to me,” Castle says. “I came as 
a freshman in Frank’s first year, 
was trained by him in the 
dorms, and now I’m leaving 
with him. I can’t imagine 


On the board: 
Two new names 
and a new chair 

T wo new members were 
elected to five-year 
terms on the College’s 
board of trustees this spring: 
Magna Leffler Dodge ’68, a 
managing director in the bank¬ 
ing and corporate finance group 
for Chemical Bank in New 
York, was elected as a term 
trustee; and John E. Martin ’67, 
president and chief executive 
officer of Taco Bell, was 
elected as an alumni trustee. 

Dodge, who received an 
M.B.A. from the Harvard Busi¬ 
ness School, was managing di¬ 
rector of global loan syndica¬ 
tions and sales for Manufactur¬ 
ers Hanover in December of 
1991, when Manufacturers 
Hanover and Chemical Bank 
merged. She’d begun work for 
MH in 1975. In 1985, she 
founded the firm’s media group 
and eventually became its ex¬ 
ecutive vice president, a job in 
which she managed the firm’s 
activities with clients in the 
cable, broadcasting, publishing 


Middlebury without him. 

“Without question, Frank is 
a mentor to me. Frank defines 
‘educator’ to me. My profes¬ 
sional goal is to teach in a high 
school in Vermont, as Frank 
did. I admire the way he works 
with students and staff. He is 
never autocratic. He gives 
people responsibilty and then 
nurtures them. He treats every¬ 
body with respect; he tran¬ 
scends systems and brings 
people together. Very few lives 
at Middlebury in the last 10 
years have not been touched 
significantly by Frank.” 

A Middlebury parent, a 
dean at a similar school, be¬ 
came aware of Frank Kelley 
through his daughter’s some¬ 
times difficult first year experi¬ 
ence. “Every school should 
have a Frank Kelley,” he ob¬ 
served admiringly. “But very 
few do.” 


and entertainment industries. 
Dodge and her husband, David 
’69, live in Bronxville, N.Y. 

John Martin began his ca¬ 
reer in the food service business 
in 1967 with the Canteen Corp. 
and ARA Services, two large 
food service companies in Den¬ 
ver. Three years later, he joined 
Burger King as a restaurant 
trainee, and was quickly pro¬ 
moted to restaurant manager, 
region training manager and 
then district manager for both 
the company and franchise op¬ 
erations, later pioneering 
Burger King’s expansion into 
Europe. He worked subse¬ 
quently at Burger Chef and 
Hardee’s, and joined Taco Bell, 
a PepsiCo company, as presi¬ 
dent and CEO in 1983. Since 
then. Taco Bell has gone from 
a regional competitor to a na¬ 
tional leader and pacesetter in 
the food service industry. Sales 
have quadrupled and the num¬ 
ber of restaurants nationwide 
has doubled. Among his major 
innovations: the much-copied 
“value menu” strategy, reduc¬ 
ing the prices of the most popu¬ 
lar items; and a program to fos¬ 
ter greater “ownership” of the 


Having been inspired by 
Frank on a daily basis for 10 
years, I find it hard to believe 
that any other school has a 
Frank Kelley. His character is a 
unique combination of practical 
intelligence, an enormous ca¬ 
pacity for work, a genuine un¬ 
derstanding of young people 
and their struggles, and a keen 
appreciation for the life of the 
mind. His leisure reading would 
shame many scholars. He spent 
two years taking Russian at 
Middlebury (at 8 a.m.) so he 
could speak with his Russian 
major son at Dartmouth. We 
haven’t even talked about his 
sense of humor: he loves a good 
joke, prank or satiric turn of 
phrase. 

He’s remarkable. If you 
don’t believe me, ask any stu¬ 
dent who was at Middlebury 
between 1983 and 1993. 

— Karl Lindholm ’67 


company by its employees. 

Also this spring, Robert P. 
Youngman ’64, a long-time 
member of the board, was 
elected chairman, succeeding 
Milton V. Peterson ’58, whose 
term as chairman had expired. 
Youngman is the president of 
Hovey Youngman Associates 
Inc., an investment counseling 
firm in New York City. 

Claire W. Gargalli ’64 and 
William H. Kieffer III ’64 were 
elected as vice chairmen of the 
board, and Patricia Judah 
Palmer ’57 was elected secre¬ 
tary. Retiring from the board 
this year after the maximum 15 
years of service were Allan R. 
Dragone ’50, a former chair¬ 
man of the board, and W. Kyle 
Prescott ’49. Also stepping 
down this spring as their terms 
expired were term trustee Susan 
Comstock Crampton and 
alumni trustee Peter Decker 
’57. 

Re-elected to the board 
were term trustees Ronald H. 
Brown ’62 and Frederic W. 
Allen. In addition, Gargalli and 
Dort A. Cameron III ’67, for¬ 
merly term trustees, were 
elected charter trustees. 


14 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 





FACULTY NOTES 


Christopher McGrory Klyza 

(political science) has recently 
published “A Window of Au¬ 
tonomy: State Autonomy and 
the Forest Service in the Early 
1900s,” in Polity ; “Cars, Deer 
and Ecocentrism,” in Wild 
Earth ; book reviews in Envi¬ 
ronmental Ethic and Policy 
Currents ; and has contributed 
32 entries to Gale Publishing’s 
forthcoming Environmental 
Encyclopedia. In addition, 
Klyza presented a paper, 
“Ideas, Institutions and Policy 
Patterns: A Study of Hardrock 
Mining, Foresty and Grazing 
Policy on the United States 
Public Lands, 1870-1985,” at 
the annual meeting of the 
American Political Science As¬ 
sociation in Chicago, and 
served on a panel that discussed 
“Natural Resources Manage¬ 
ment and Regulation in the 
United States,” at the annual 
meeting of the Western Politi¬ 
cal Science Association in 
Pasadena, Calif. ... A paper by 
Jeff Byers (chemistry) and 
Gregory Lane '92, “Radical 
Addition Reactions of 2- 
(Pheny lseleno)propanedioates 
to Alkenes and Alkynes,” will 
appear in the Journal of Or¬ 
ganic Chemistry. Also, Byers, 
Brendan O’Leary 94 and 
Amy Geffken ’94 recently 
were awarded grants from the 
Organic Division of the Ameri¬ 
can Chemical Society to attend 
the June 1993 National Organic 
Symposium in Bozeman, Mont. 
... In February, Leger Grindon 
(theater/dance/film-video) at¬ 
tended the 1993 conference of 
the Society of Cinema Studies 
in New Orleans, where he 
chaired a panel on “The Boxer 
and Boxing in American Film 
and Television,” and delivered 
a paper, “The Body and Soul of 
the Boxing Film Genre.” 
Grindon’s essay, “Witness to 
Hollywood: Oral Testimony 
and Historial Interpretation in 
Warren Beatty’s Reds,” ap¬ 


peared in the March issue of the 
journal Film History. 
Suzanne Bocanegra (art) has 
had one-person shows recently 
at the California Center for the 
Arts in Escondido and at the 
Queens Museum in New York 
City’s Bulova Center. Boca¬ 
negra has also received a grant 
from the Marie Walsh Sharpe 
Art Foundation.... The changes 
in the former Soviet Union 
have kept Tom Beyer (Rus¬ 
sian) busy keeping up with the 
latest developments. Students 
of Russian require up-to-date 
materials to reflect the enor¬ 
mous changes that have taken 
place since August 1991. Beyer 
has recently co-authored Learn 
Russian The Fast And Eun Way 
for the Barron’s Educational 
Series. The new book contains 
current Moscow street and 
metro maps, information on the 
new independent countries 
formed from the former Soviet 
republics, as well as the latest 
photographs and graphics of 
currency, stamps, flags and 
other realia that reflect the new 
Russia. Beyer has also substan¬ 
tially revised Russian At A 
Glance (Barron’s, 1991) to take 
into account the new Russia 
and its language. ... In 1993, 
photographs by John 
Huddleston (art) have been or 
will be featured in one-person 
exhibitions at the Hatton Gal¬ 
lery at Colorado State Univer¬ 
sity and the Watson Gallery at 
Wheaton College. Huddleston 
will serve stints as visiting art¬ 
ists at both schools in connec¬ 
tion with the shows. Also in 
’93, video work by Huddleston 
was to be seen at the Sawhill 
Gallery of James Madison Uni¬ 
versity in Virginia, and was 
screened at the Academy of 
Fine Arts in Prague.... Richard 
Saunders (director, Museum of 
Art) delivered talks last year on 
Albert Bierstadt, at the National 
Gallery of Art, and on George 
Berkeley, at the annual meeting 


of the International Berkeley 
Society. In March, he took part 
in a symposium on John Single- 
ton Copley at the Center for 
Advanced Study in the Visual 
Arts at the National Gallery. In 
April, he gave a talk, “Pictures 
Sometimes Lie: Dealers and 
Deception in the Art Market at 
the Beginning of the 20th Cen¬ 
tury,” as part of the Abemethy 
Series at Middlebury’s Starr 
Library. Recent publications 
include an essay on art fakes for 
the book The Portrait in Eigh¬ 
teenth Century America (Uni¬ 
versity of Delaware Press, 
1993) and an essay on the life of 
James Bowdoin III (1752- 
1811) commissioned on the 
200th anniversary of Bowdoin 
College for inclusion in the 
book, The Legacy of James 
Bowdoin III. In September, he 
will go on leave for the aca¬ 
demic year to work on an exhi¬ 
bition about fakes in American 
painting and sculpture and on 
Eastman Johnson, the 19th cen¬ 
tury American painter. ... In 
October of 1992, Miichael 
Kraus (political science) gave 
a paper on “Settling Accounts: 
Post-Communist Czechoslova¬ 
kia” at the Center for European 
Studies of Harvard University. 
In April of 1993, Kraus deliv¬ 
ered a talk in Washington, 
D.C., on the subject of 
“Decommunization” at a Con¬ 
ference on Post-Cold War 
Communists in Central and 
Eastern Europe. The confer¬ 
ence was sponsored by the At¬ 
lantic Council of the United 
States and the International 
Research and Exchanges 
Board. The sponsors also 
hosted a joint policy forum, co¬ 
chaired by Kraus, in which 
about 60 diplomats, policy 
makers and journalists were 
briefed on the conference find¬ 
ings. ... Alicia Andreu (Span¬ 
ish) presented a paper on 
Benito Perez Galdos at the 
Kentucky Foreign Language 


Conference at the University of 
Kentucky in April; has two 
book reviews in recent and 
forthcoming issues of Revista 
Hispanic a Moderna; and this 
summer is taking part in a six- 
week course at the School of 
Criticism and Theory at 
Dartmouth College. The course 
is “The Interdisciplinary Im¬ 
perative: Modernity and the 
Post-Colonial Condition,” 
taught by Homi Bhabha, a pro¬ 
fessor of English at the Univer¬ 
sity of Sussex. ...An article by 
Tim Spears (American litera¬ 
ture and civilization), “All 
Things To All Men: The Com¬ 
mercial Traveler and the Rise 
of Modern Salesmanship,” will 
appear this fall in an issue of 
American Quarterly. ... David 
Macev (history), since 1991 the 
director of Middlebury’s Cen¬ 
ter for Russian and East Euro¬ 
pean Studies, spent 1992 work¬ 
ing on a new book on the imple¬ 
mentation and impact of the 
Stolypin Agrarian reforms in 
Russia (1906-14). He returned 
to resume his duties as director 
in January. On his year away 
from the campus, he spent 
March, April and May conduct¬ 
ing research in the Central Rus¬ 
sian Historical Archive in St. 
Petersburg, and also made short 
visits to provincial archives in 
Tula, Ul’ianovsk and Riga in 
Latvia. While in Russia, he 
gave a lecture, in Russian, at the 
Institute of History of the St. 
Petersburg Academy of Sci¬ 
ences. He also took part in an 
international conference on 
“Stolypin and his Reforms” in 
Moscow, presenting a paper on 
his research. The conference 
papers will be published in both 
Russian and French. At the end 
of May, he visited China, giv¬ 
ing talks on contemporary So¬ 
viet reforms at various insti¬ 
tutes of the Chinese Academy 
of Social Sciences in Beijing 
and Shanghai and at the history 
department of Nanjing Univer- 

SUMMER 1993 15 




Stephen Freeman , vice president emeritus, professor emeritus of French and director 
emeritus of the language schools shares a moment with President John McCardell during 
the re-christening, in May , of the former SDU’s as the Stephen A. Freeman International 
Center. A commemorative plaque on the building says: “The Freeman International Center is 
dedicated in honor of Stephen A. Freeman ... in recognition of his distinquished service to 
Middlebury College , May 8 , 1993. *.Let us build bridges.’ ” The final quote is a reference to 
an article by Freeman , in which he called for the study offoreign languages , literatures and 
cultures to offer students “the thrilling experience of real communication with other human 
beings.” The dedication coincided with Freeman’s 95th birthday. 


sity. In June, he visited the 
Slavonic Research Center of 
Hokkaido University in Sapp¬ 
oro, Japan, and gave a talk on 
the popularity of Stolypin and 
his agrarian reforms in Russia 
today. In November of ’92, 
Macey served as commentator 
on two panels at the annual 
meeting of the American Asso¬ 
ciation for the Advancement of 
Slavic Studies, one on land re¬ 
form in Russia and Central 
Asia, the other on women and 
marriage among the peasantry 
in 19th century Russia. An ar¬ 
ticle by Macey, “Government 
Actions and Peasant Reactions 
During the Stolypin Reforms,” 
was published in 1992 in New 
Perspectives in Modern Rus¬ 
sian History , published by St. 
Martins Press in New York and 
Macmillan & Co. in London. 
Another article on the current 
resurgence of interest in the 
Stolypin Reforms, “Stolypin Is 
Risen! The Ideology of Land 
Reform in Russia,” appeared 
this spring in Agrarian Reform 
in the Contemporary Soviet 
Union , published by Westview 
Press in Boulder, Colo. ... This 
spring, the Journal of Inverte¬ 
brate Pathology printed a paper 
titled “Transfer of Incompat¬ 
ibility Factors between Stocks 
of Nasonia (-Momoniella) 
vitripennis” by Edward H. 
Williams, M.S. ’74, Stanley 
Fields ’76 and George Saul 
(biology). Theses done by Wil¬ 
liams and Fields, completed 
with Saul, constitute major 
parts of the paper. Both Wil¬ 
liams and Fields are now active 
in teaching and research: Fields 
in microbiology at Stony Brook 
in New York, and Williams at 
Mankato, in Minnesota.... Ken 
Pohlman (Museum of Art) 
conducted a session in museum 
installation techniques at the 
Fall 1992 New England/Mid- 
Atlantic Museum Association 
meeting of the National Asso¬ 
ciation of Museum Administra¬ 
tors. Much of the session was 
devoted to Pohlman’s installa¬ 
tion of “Bodystories,” based on 
the book of the same name by 
Andrea Olsen (dance), and one 
of the museum’s inaugural ex¬ 


hibitions last October.... Alison 
Stanger (political science) was 
invited to present different as¬ 
pects of her research, on the 
foreign policies of democratiz¬ 
ing states, at the Olin Institute 
for Strategic Studies of the 
Center for International Affairs 
at Harvard in November, and 
for a workshop on political 
economy at the University of 
Toronto in March. The Harvard 
paper, “Interim Governments 
and the International System,” 
will be published in Interim 
Governments and Democratic 
Traditions , edited by Juan Linz 
and Yossi Shain. Stanger re¬ 
ceived a Presidential Fellow¬ 
ship to participate in a Salzburg 
Seminar in May on “European 
Integration After the Cold 
War.” This summer, she is 
studying Czech and conducting 
research in Prague on a grant 
from the American Council of 
Learned Societies. ... In 1992, 
Emmie Donadio (assistant di¬ 
rector, Museum of Art) took 
part in a panel discussion at 


UVM on the art of Francis 
Hewitt. Other participants were 
the painters Ed Mieczkowski, 
Ernst Benkert and Lance 
Richbourg. ... Gary Margolis 
(director, Counseling and Hu¬ 
man Relations; English) gave a 
presentation, “New Thinking, 
Old Practice: Issues for Con¬ 
temporary College Counselling 
Services,” at a Greater Boston 
Counseling Centers Confer¬ 
ence. He also presented a talk, 
“Earlier Alcohol Intervention: 
Strategies for College Counsel¬ 
ors, Administrators and Fac¬ 
ulty,” at a conference of the 
Maine College Counselors, 
held at the University of New 
England. Also, poems by 
Margolis will appear in an an¬ 
thology, Poems for a Small 
Planet , to be published by the 
University of New England 
Press. ... An article by Paul 
Sommers (economics), “A 
probability distribution with 
serious faults,” appears in Vol¬ 
ume 24, Number 4, of the Jour¬ 
nal of Recreational Mathemat¬ 


ics. The article examines pat¬ 
terns in the frequency of major 
earthquakes in Southern Cali¬ 
fornia. The same issue of the 
journal will include Sommers’ 
“Are Supreme Court Resigna¬ 
tions Non-Stochastic?” coau¬ 
thored by Katherine Buchan 
’95. Another article by 
Sommers, coauthored by Mark 
Hamre ’95, “The Line-Item 
Veto: A Reappraisal,” will ap¬ 
pear in the December ’93 issue 
of the Atlantic Economic Jour¬ 
nal. ... Karl Lindholm (dean of 
advising and off-campus study) 
chaired a panel titled “Study 
Abroad Adviser — Or Tight¬ 
rope Walker?” at the national 
conference of the National As¬ 
sociation of Foreign Student 
Advisers in June in San Fran¬ 
cisco. Also on the panel were 
advisers from Harvard, Bran- 
deis and Trinity (Conn.). Also 
this summer, Lindholm will 
visit northern England, Scot¬ 
land and Ireland with a group of 
study abroad advisers. 



16 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 








BOOK REPORTS 


With Eagles to Glory: 
Napoleon and His 
German Allies in the 
1809 Campaign 

By John H. Gill ’77; 

Greenhill Books, London, 

1992. 

When Napoleon led his Grande 
Armee against the might of the 
Hapsburg Empire in 1809, his 
host included over 100,000 al¬ 
lied German troops. From the 
earliest imperial campaigns, 
German soldiers had played a 
role as the Emperor swept from 
victory to victory, but in 1809 
their numbers and fighting 
abilities were crucial to his ul¬ 
timate success. Drawing on in¬ 
tensive research into previously 
untapped sources, John Gill 
examines the composition, or¬ 
ganization and battle history of 
each German contingent, pre¬ 
senting quirks and qualities, 
heroism and cowardice. Maps, 
charts and tables illustrate de¬ 
tailed descriptions of the Ger¬ 
man role in the battles, marches 
and skirmishes that scarred the 
face of central Europe. Gill, a 
major in the Army, is currently 
assigned to Washington, D.C. 

Voices of Beginning 
Teachers: Visions 
& Realities 

By Richard Dollase, director 
of teacher education; 

Teachers College Press, New 
York, N.Y., 1992. 

Richard Dollase charts the be¬ 
ginning classroom experiences 
of well-prepared, idealistic in¬ 
dividuals — liberal arts gradu¬ 
ates from select colleges — 
who have decided, often with 
some reservations, to pursue 
careers in secondary school 
teaching. In Part I of the book, 
through in-depth case studies, 
Dollase, head of Middlebury’s 
teacher education program, il¬ 
lustrates the evolving class¬ 
room perspectives of four 


promising newcomers to the 
field of education. In Part II, a 
composite portrait of all 38 
teachers included in Dollase’s 
study, he focuses on the dynam¬ 
ics of teaching, including class¬ 
room management, curriculum 
and evaluation issues, and the 
central question of what consti¬ 
tutes good teaching. 

Excellence in U.S. 
History: Preparing for 
Advanced Placement 

By Theodore F. Morse ’ 65; 
Longman Press, New York, 
N.Y., 1993. 

Theodore Morse teaches Ad¬ 
vanced Placement history at 
The Forman School in 
Litchfield, Conn.; works for the 
College Board, teaching teach¬ 
ers about Advanced Placement 
techniques; and is one of the 
readers of the actual exam each 
spring. This second edition of 
his study guide in American 
history is recommended by the 
Educational Testing Service for 
AP students who want to learn 
to handle documents, write 
conceptual essays and deal with 
historiography. New in the 
1993 edition is an extended 
chapter on the Reagan-Bush 
years, and a section titled 
“Writer’s Tips,” demonstrating 
carefully crafted essays, which 
have focus and supportive evi¬ 
dence. 

Flight to Black 
Hammer: The Letters 
of a World War II Pilot 

By Ted Withington, M.A. Bread 
Loaf ’ 56; Biddle Publishing 
Co., Brunswick, Maine, 

In letters to his family and en¬ 
tries in a personal journal, a 
young B-24 pilot describes his 
coming of age during World 
War II. Ted Withington, whose 
family lived in Hawaii, was a 
student at Harvard when he en¬ 
listed in the Army Air Corps. In 


this book, he tells of his war¬ 
time experiences, from basic 
training, to the flak- and 
fighter-filled skies over Ger¬ 
man targets, to the harrowing 
experiences he had being shot 
out of the sky — not once but 
twice. Withington retired in 
1988 after a career in secondary 
education, including 22 years 
as headmaster of the Friends 
Academy in Locust Valley, 
N.Y. He and his wife of 45 
years, JoAnn Souter, now live 
in Brunswick, Maine. 

Pilgrim’s Progress, 
Puritan Progress: 
Discourses and 
Contexts 

By Kathleen M. Swaim, M.A. 
Bread Loaf '63; University of 
Illinois Press, Champaign, 
1993. 

In this study of John Bunyan’s 
Pilgrim’s Progress , Kathleen 
Swaim recognizes the author as 
a major Puritan cultural figure, 
and his best-known work as a 
multilayered locus of cultural, 
historical and theological, as 
well as literary, systems. 
Swaim’s book maps shifts of 
cultural and theological empha¬ 
sis as Christian’s focus on the 
Word and Protestant martyr¬ 
dom in Part I (1678) gives way 
to Christiana’s characteristic 
emphasis on good works and 
the material reality of the 
Church in the world in Part II 
(1684). Swaim, a professor of 
English at the University of 
Massachusetts at Amherst, is 
also the author of Before and 
After the Fall: Contrasting 
Modes in Paradise Lost, and 
coauthor of A Concordance to 
Milton s English Poetry. 

After the Cold War: 
Russian-American 
Defense Conversion 
for Economic Renewal 

Edited by Michael Claudon, 
professor of economics and 


president of the Geonomics 
Institute at Middlebury, and 
Kathryn Wittneben, president 
of the Enterprise Development 
Information Center; NYU 
Press, New York, N.Y., 1993. 

This book reports on the pro¬ 
ceedings of a Geonomics Insti¬ 
tute conference on defense con¬ 
version, held in October of 
1992 at Middlebury. The con¬ 
ference brought together schol¬ 
ars, business people and gov¬ 
ernment officials from the U.S. 
and Russia, to discuss the chal¬ 
lenges of reversing decades of 
military buildup, overcoming 
generations of hostility and 
converting bloated military-in¬ 
dustrial complexes to the post- 
Cold War realities. 

Heart of Lightness: 
Experiences of a 
Peace Corps 
Volunteer in Africa 

By Anne Grimshaw Kempers 
’ 48; Peter E. Randall 
Publisher, Portsmouth, N.H., 
1993. 

In the late 1970s, Anne 
Kempers spent two years as a 
Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire. 
She was not the typical volun¬ 
teer, since she was by then the 
mother of four grown children, 
and had been a French teacher 
for 20 years. Almost ever since, 
she’s been told that she should 
put her experiences in writing, 
and 15 years later, she has. In 
Heart of Lightness (a title in 
conscious opposition to 
Conrad’s Heart of Darkness), 
Kempers writes of her “totally 
positive” tour of duty, and the 
surprising challenges she faced 
on “re-entry” into American 
culture. Those interested in re¬ 
ceiving a copy of the book can 
send a check for $12.50 ($10, 
plus $2.50 postage and han¬ 
dling per copy) to Anne G. 
Kempers, 17 Elmhurst St., 
Waterville, ME 04901. 


SUMMER 1993 17 









SPORTS 


Motter, Olson take 
national tennis titles 


Helen Motter of the women’s 
tennis team took home two na¬ 
tional championships at this 
year’s NCAA Division III ten¬ 
nis tournament, held at 
Carleton College in Northfield, 
Minn. 

Motter, a freshman, won 
the singles title with a 6-4, 6-1 
victory over Katja Zerck of 
Kenyon College, and teamed 
with Nancy Olson of Omaha, 
Neb., to defeat Stephanie 
Desmond and Pascale Muhl- 
eman of Trinity College, 6-4,7- 
5, in the doubles final. 

Motter, from Kansas City, 
Mo., was seeded third entering 
the NCAA championships and 
defeated two Williams College 
players on her way to the finals. 
In the semifinals, she beat top- 
seed Penny Foss, 6-4, 6-1, the 
first win for Motter in four 


matches this year against the 
Williams senior. 

Motter and Olson, the first 
Middlebury doubles team ever 
to qualify for the NCAA cham¬ 
pionships, began playing to¬ 
gether in the fall of 1992, and 
since then have gone 24-1, win¬ 
ning the Rolex Regional 
Doubles Championships along 
the way. 

Motter is the first Middle¬ 
bury woman to win a national 
tennis title, and only the second 
player ever to qualify for the 
NCAA’s; the first was Chantal 
DenBroeder, last season. In her 
one season of play for Middle¬ 
bury, Motter went 29-4 and was 
the Rolex Regional Singles 
Champion. Her efforts earned 
her recognition as NCAA 
rookie tennis player of the year 
for 1993. 


The men’s tennis team fin¬ 
ished its dual match season at 4- 
4, and produced some strong 
performances in the NESCAC 
championships at Williams. 
Rich Paterniti and Steve 
Pozatek each made it to the 
third round in “A” singles, and 
teamed up to make it to the 
semifinals in the “A” doubles, 
before losing to the top-seeded 
doubles team from Wesleyan. 
Chris Butler and Lance 
Klingler made it to the 
quarterfinals in the “B” 
doubles, as did Doug Tsao and 
his partner Oman Sloan. 
Klingler made it to the second 
round in the “B” singles, and 
Tsao made it to the quarters in 
the “C” singles. 

The men’s lacrosse team 
nearly made it three ECAC 
championships in a row. The 
team had an up and down regu¬ 
lar season, finishing at 7-5, but 
put together strong games in the 


Ray Alcindor named 
player of the year 

Middlebury hockey player Ray 
Alcindor was selected this 
spring as the Division II-III Na¬ 
tional Player of the Year by the 
American Hockey Coaches 
Association. Alcindor was cho¬ 
sen from among five regional 
finalists for the AHCA’s first- 
ever College Division award. 

Alcindor,who was also the 
ECAC East player of the year, 
was Middlebury’s leading 
scorer for the past two seasons. 
In 24 games this year, he had 18 
goals and 30 assists for 48 
points. During his four years on 
the Panther hockey team, the 
team’s record was 83-15-5, and 
he led the team to an 18-3-2 
record and the ECAC 
quarterfinals this year. He was 
the 1992-93 ECAC Player of 
the Year, and was named to the 
All-American and All-ECAC 
first teams, the New England 



At a dinner in Boston , Ray 
Alcindor shows off his ECAC 
Player of the Year trophy 
with Julie Power y 92, who 
now works at the ECAC. 

Sports Writers All-Star Team, 
the the AHCA East All-Star 
Team. 

“Ray epitomizes what col¬ 
lege hockey is all about by the 


way he plays the game and con¬ 
ducts himself on the ice,” said 
his coach, Bill Beaney. “His 
game is characterized by tre¬ 
mendous speed, excellent puck 
skills, great hockey sense, an 
outstanding work ethic and a 
dogged determination to be the 
best. He is one of the most 
coachable players I’ve had in 
16 years of college coaching. 
His leadership has been an inte¬ 
gral part of the success a young 
Middlebury team has enjoyed.” 

Alcindor received his 
award at a banquet held in con¬ 
junction with the Shrine East- 
West College Hockey Classic 
in Bangor, Maine. In the Shrine 
game, Alcindor had an early 
assist, and later had a goal to tie 
the game at 4-4. His East team 
went on to win 6-5. 

Alcindor, from Mount 
Royal, Quebec, is the younger 
brother of Marc Alcindor, who 
was also an All-American for 
the Panthers. 


ECAC tournament, defeating 
two teams to which they'd lost 
during the season to reach the 
finals. In the quarterfinals, 
Middlebury beat Tufts 16-11, 
and then beat Connecticut Col¬ 
lege in the semifinals, behind 
Dave Low’s seven goals, to set 
up a second straight champion¬ 
ship game against Bowdoin, 
and the third in a row to be 
played at Middlebury. 

Before a large home crowd, 
the Panthers jumped out to a 
quick 3-0 lead, but Bowdoin 
stormed back to trail only 4-3 
after one quarter. Bowdoin then 
outscored the Panthers 3-2 in 
the second to tie the game at 
halftime, 6-6. The third quarter 
turned out to be decisive, with 
the Polar Bears going on a 5-2 
run and taking an 11-8 lead into 
the fourth quarter. Each team 
had three goals in the fourth, 
with Bowdoin coming out on 
top 14-11. 

Middlebury’s Dave Fagan 
had five goals in the game, and 
freshman Charles Whinery had 
four assists. All-American 
midfielder John Atherton fin¬ 
ished his Middlebury lacrosse 
career with a goal and two as¬ 
sists in the championship game, 
and Low had a goal and an as¬ 
sist. Freshman goalie Ian Wolfe 
had 15 saves. 

The Panthers finished the 
season at 9-6. 

The women’s lacrosse 
team also came close to making 
it three ECAC titles in a row, 
before falling in the finals of the 
Division III tournament to Wil¬ 
liams, 5-3. 

In the tournament quar¬ 
terfinals, the women jumped 
out to an early 10-0 lead and 
cruised home with 13-5 win 
over Mt. Holyoke. Nicole 
Kassissieh and Kim Griffith 
both had four goals for the Pan¬ 
thers, and goalie Lissa Gipson 
made 16 saves. In the semifi¬ 
nals, the Panthers defeated pre¬ 
viously unbeaten and top- 


18 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 
















seeded Connecticut College, 
12-7. Middlebury led just 4-3 at 
halftime, but scored seven of 
the next nine goals for the win. 
Meg Martin and Griffith each 
had four goals in the game, and 
Kirsten Morbeck added three. 
Gipson again had 16 saves. 

In the championship game, 
Williams was able to derail the 
Panthers’ potent offense, win¬ 
ning 5-3, the same score by 
which the Ephs had beaten 
Middlebury during the regular 
season. Williams held Middle¬ 
bury to one goal in the first half 
and led 3-1. The teams traded 
goals in the second half, and 
Middlebury pulled to within 4- 
3 with 8:27 left. But a goal by 
Williams’ Kelly Faucher with 
three seconds left sealed the 
win for Williams. 

It was the fourth year in a 
row that the women’s team had 
reached the ECAC final game. 
The team finished the year with 
a 10-3 record, and six players 
were named Brine Regional 
All-Americans: Griffith, Mor¬ 
beck and Kassissieh on offense, 
and Meredith McLean, Kate 
Chapman and Lissa Gipson on 
defense. Kate Chapman was 
also named to the 1993 
Women’s College North-South 
Senior All-Star Team, one of 
only 40 seniors selected to play 
from Divisions I, II and III in 
the annual North-South game at 
Johns Hopkins. 

Kim Griffith, an All- 
American in 1991 and 1992, 
ended her career at Middlebury 
as the most prolific scorer in 
school history, with 189 goals. 
She led the team this year with 
53 goals and nine assists. 

In baseball, Middlebury 
finished the season at 9-9. One 
of the highlights of the season 
was a narrow 8-7 loss to Divi¬ 
sion I UVM at Centennial 
Field. The Panthers trailed 7-1 
going to the top of the ninth, but 
scored six runs to tie the game, 
highlighted by a three-run 
double by Jeff Milks, an RBI 
single by Matt Gorra and a two- 
run single by Doug Mandigo. In 
the bottom of the inning, UVM 
loaded the bases, and a fly ball 


over a drawn-in outfield scored 
the game winner. Milks had 
two hits and four RBIs in the 
game. 

Also this season, Middle¬ 
bury had an 8-7 win over Wil¬ 
liams; split a double header 
with Southern Vermont Col¬ 
lege, including a 2-1 victory for 
pitcher Tim Loescher; split a 
double header with Colby, los¬ 
ing 1-0 and winning the second 
game 4-3 in extra innings; split 
two games with Castleton 
State; beat Norwich 6-3 on a 
seven-hitter by Loescher; and 
split two with Albany State. 

The men’s and women’s 
track and field teams had 
strong seasons and saw some 
great individual efforts. At this 
year’s NESCAC meets, the 
men were fifth at Williams and 
the women finished ninth at 
Wesleyan. 

The headliner this year was 
freshman sprinter Nikola 
Tarashev. At the men’s 
NESCAC meet, Tarashev, from 
Bulgaria, won the 100 meters in 
10.94. At the New England 
NCAA regionals, also held at 
Williams, he finished second in 
the 200 meters in 22.21. 
Tarashev was also a member, 
with Anthony Atkinson, 
Terence Bradford and Branigan 
Sherman, of a Middlebury 
4x100 meter relay team that 
qualified for the NCAA Divi¬ 
sion III championship meet. 
The relay team ran well all sea¬ 
son, and actually won a heat at 
the prestigious Penn Relays in 
Philadelphia, running a 43.38 
and beating Division I teams 
from Penn State, Boston Col¬ 
lege and BU, among others. 
The team was unable to run in 
the finals because Atkinson, 
who holds dual citizenship in 
the U.S. and St. Lucia, had to 
tly to St. Lucia for that nation’s 
Olympic try-outs. He qualified 
as an alternate to the team. 

Also performing well at the 
men’s NESCAC meet were 
Greg Fisher, with a win in the 
shotput; Foster Goodrich, first 
in the discus; Gil Prado, third in 
the 5,000 meters; and Jeff 
Lindley, second in the long 


jump at 21 feet, 3 1/2 inches. 

At the women’s NESCAC 
meet, Middlebury got a strong 
performance from captain 
Susie Caldwell, who finished 
second in the 800 meters and 
anchored the 4x800 relay team 
that finished third. Jen Hutchins 
had the top finish in the field 
events, with a third in the jav¬ 
elin 

At the men’s New England 
championships, Greg Fisher 
earned All-New England hon¬ 
ors and qualified for the NCAA 
championships with a second 
place finish in the shot. His 
throw of 51 feet, 4 1/2 inches 
broke, by one inch, the 25-year- 
old school record set in 1968 by 
Richard McMahon. Also earn¬ 
ing All-New England honors 
was Kyle Hirsch, who was fifth 
in the discus at 136 feet. 

At the women’s New Eng¬ 
land meet, Caldwell earned All- 
New England status three 
times: with a third in the 1,500 
meters; a fifth in the 800; and as 
a member and anchor of the 
Panthers 4x800 relay team, 
which finished third. Also on 
that team were Bethany John¬ 
son, Brooke Magnaghi and 
Ruth Kelty. 

Middlebury’s men’s golf 
team got a late start on its sea¬ 
son because of miserable spring 
weather, but had a creditable 
performance at the NESCAC 
meet, finishing fifth in the 
championships that were con¬ 
tested at the difficult Williams 
College course on April 24 and 
25. Jon Hanlon led Middlebury 
with a two-day total of 168. 
Topher Smith had a 170, Zach 
Peterson was at 173 and Josh 
Pepin shot 177 to round out the 
top four for the Panthers. 

The presidents of the 
schools in the New England 
Small College Athletic Con¬ 
ference, which includes Midd¬ 
lebury, have voted to lift 
NESCAC’s prohibition against 
teams competing in NCAA Di¬ 
vision III tournaments. Being 
implemented beginning with 
the 1993 fall sports season for a 
three-year trial period, the new 


Alumni tee it up 
September 10-11 

The 1993 Gordon C. Perine 
’49 Alumni Golf Tourna¬ 
ment will be held at 
Middlebury’s Ralph Myhre 
Golf Course Friday and 
Saturday, September 10-11. 
The tournament will feature 
individual competition for 
women, and individual and 
team competitions for men. 
The price is $40 per person, 
which includes greens fees 
for the tournament and for 
an optional practice round 
on September 9. Carts will 
be available on a first- 
come, first-served basis at 
$17 per round. Housing at 
Bread Loaf will also be 
available, at $20 per person 
per night. An informal 
dinner is scheduled for 
Friday evening, with an 
awards banquet on Saturday 
night. For more information 
or to sign up for the 
tournament, contact Gordie 
Perine, Senior Development 
Officer, Forest Hall, 
Middlebury College, 
Middlebury, VT 05753, 
802/388-3711, ext. 5195. 


rules will permit NESCAC 
schools to send qualifying 
teams to NCAA champion¬ 
ships. The one exception: Foot¬ 
ball, in which schools will con¬ 
tinue to play eight-game sched¬ 
ules without post-season activ¬ 
ity. 

Under the previous policy, 
individuals from the NESCAC 
schools — Amherst, Bates, 
Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut 
College, Hamilton, Middle¬ 
bury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan 
and Williams — were allowed 
to attend NCAA champion¬ 
ships, but not as teams, though 
they were able to collect team 
points. One exception has been 
in skiing, where several 
NESCAC schools have for 
many years fielded teams for 
the NCAA Division I champi¬ 
onships. 

SUMMER 1993 19 










A day in the 
sun for 1993 


For this year’s graduates, it was blue 
skies, balmy breezes — and a challenge 
from speaker Mary Francis Berry 


Photos by Erik Borg ’67 



ell, they lucked out. On May 23, the Class of ’93 caught an absolutely perfect Vermont 
spring day for Commencement, held in the amphitheater formed by the back of Forest 
Hall. Blue skies, bright sunshine, warm temperatures and a gentle breeze. 

Commencement is always a good time, rain or shine, but the weather added extra lus¬ 
ter to the celebration this year — and the additional touches of whimsy that always seem 
to surface when the sun shines on graduation. 

For example: A relatively large subset of the graduates had attached small bits of pine boughs 
to their mortarboards; balloons were everywhere, including a colorful array that was launched, in¬ 
advertently, from the seats and ended up lodged, waving in the breeze, in the top of the tallest tree 
that overlooked the ceremony; and more than the usual number of messages taped to mortarboards, 
ranging from the simple, declarative "DKE” to the more abstruse, such as one that said, "DA FEW.” 
Da few, da proud, da Class of ’93? We’re not sure. 

Perhaps the best moment of a glorious day came relatively late in the proceedings, during the 
awarding of the diplomas to the individual graduates. That was when David Buse, a double major 
in English and Spanish from Newtown Square, Pa., made his way, on crutches, obviously in pain, 

up the ramp to receive his diploma, to a long and loud standing 
ovation. Buse’s march was so extraordinary because this past 
winter he’d been very nearly killed in a serious accident on cam¬ 
pus involving his mountain bike, a snowy sidewalk, and a snow- 
removal machine. 

At the time, it was believed he’d be lucky to be back in school 
by the fall of this year (see the Spring '93 issue). But in a matter 
of weeks he was out of intensive care, out of the hospital and back 
studying at Middlebury, living in a specially modified room in 
Forest Hall. And by the time Commencement rolled around, he 
was able to get around on crutches, though with difficulty, and 
he’d caught up with the work he’d missed; some professors were 
working with him even while he was still hospitalized, including 
Roberto Veguez of the Spanish department. He’d caught up well 
enough, in fact, that he graduated summa cum laude. Phi Beta 
Kappa. 

Also honored during Commencement were the class valedic¬ 
torian, Ding R. Chun, and the salutatorian, Jonathan Edward 
Beecher, both of whom also graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa 
cum laude. Ding was a double major in economics and mathemat¬ 
ics, who received highest honors from the economics department, 
and Beecher was a philosophy major, graduating with high hon¬ 
ors from his department. 

Receiving honorary degrees at this year’s Commencement 
were: 

Mary Francis Berry, historian, lawyer and civil libertarian, 



Greenery was in at graduation. Above , 
part of the pine bough crowd; facing 
page , a serious garland. 


20 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 















this year’s Commencement speaker. 
Berry, a long-time member of the U.S. 
Civil Rights Commission, has written ex¬ 
tensively on civil rights issues, and is cur¬ 
rently a professor of public policy at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 

Allan R. Dragone ’50, president and 
CEO of Akzo America Inc. in New York. 
Dragone has been a College trustee for 15 
years, and served as chairman of the board 
from 1980 to 1989. He’s stepping down 
from the board this spring, and will be¬ 
come a member of Middlebury’s board of 
overseers. 

Eleanor Jack Gibson, professor of 
psychology emeritus at Cornell Univer¬ 
sity. In 1992, Eleanor Gibson received the 
National Medal of Science, the nation’s 
highest scientific honor, from President 
Bush. She is the author of Principles of 
Perceptual Learning and Development. 
She now lives in Middlebury, and has 
taught and done research at the College. 

Richard Zanuck, a studio executive 
and independent film producer for more 
than 30 years. Zanuck’s films — includ¬ 
ing The Sting, Jaws and Driving Miss 
Daisy — have won many Oscars, and in 
1991 he received the highest individual 
award offered by the Academy of Motion 
Picture Arts and Sciences, the Irving 
Thalburg Award for lifetime achievement. 
His most recent film. Rich in Love , had its 
premiere at Middlebury College in Janu¬ 
ary. 

Wallace Stegner, winner of the 1971 
Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angle of Re¬ 
pose, and of two National Book Awards 
for his fiction and non-fiction. Stegner, 
who died in April from injuries suffered in 
an automobile accident, was honored post¬ 
humously. He had long been a parttime 
resident of Vermont, and was for many 
years a regular visitor to the Bread Loaf 
campus. 

And Robert Mitchell, who served as 
editor and publisher of the Rutland , Vt., 
Herald for more than 50 years. Because he 
was known to be in poor health, Robert 
Mitchell received his honorary degree at 
his home on March 3, six days before his 
death. 

When it was her turn to speak, Mary 
Francis Berry told the graduates, and their 
family and friends who were spread over 
the fields and hillsides behind Forest, of 
the challenges facing our world and our 
country as we prepare to celebrate the 
millenium, and asked the graduates what 
they were prepared to do to help. Her 
speech follows. 


What will history say 
of us, 100 years from now? 

By Mary Francis Berry 

Thank you. Thank you very much, Presi¬ 
dent McCardell, members of the board of 
trustees and all of those who are respon¬ 
sible for inviting me here on such a glori¬ 
ous Vermont day, in this wonderful envi¬ 
ronment for learning. I’ve always wanted 
to come to this college, ever since, even 
before Ron Brown told me how wonder¬ 
ful it was when he was a student here. I 
always wanted to find out whether he was 
born smooth or he became a smoothie 
while he was at Middlebury. And I’m not 
sure I know the answer to that yet, but I’ll 
find out before I leave. 

But it is to the members of the class of 
1993 that I want to address my remarks. I 
first want to congratulate each of you, and 
of course I congratulate your parents and 
your grandparents and your other relatives 


and friends on this occasion. I also know 
that you know that the faculty shares with 
you the responsibility for your accom¬ 
plishment. I also want to congratulate 
President McCardell and the other admin¬ 
istrators for knowing well when to lead, 
when to intervene, and when to stay out of 
the way. Which is the most important 
judgment call that an administrator can 
make in a college. I know that from expe¬ 
rience. 

However, seriously, today belongs to 
those of you who are graduating. You're 
being recognized, your achievements, 
even though others had a major role to 
play. And I would like to ask you to re¬ 
member that the diploma you receive rep¬ 
resents more than academic attainment. It 
signifies that you are a persistent person, 
and that you can achieve whatever goals 
you set for yourself for the rest of your 
lives. Most of you came here in 1989, if I 
count correctly; there may be an occa¬ 
sional one who came before that. But it 


At left , Ding Chun , who 
was the valedictorian for 
the Class of ’ 93 . Below , 
the salutatorian, 
Jonathan Edward 
Beecher , with President 
McCardell. 


22 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 











doesn’t matter when you matriculated, just 
that you’re graduating today. 

And many of you who sit out there 
will be in positions of local, community, 
national and international leadership as we 
enter the next century. And that is who you 
are. And that is what Middlebury College 
has helped to prepare you to do. Everyone 
of you has gained something here that will 
enhance your lives. It may not seem that 
way to some of you, if precisely the right 
job or precisely the right law school didn’t 
come through. But you’ve been taught 
how to build on what you have. Your 
achievements here at Middlebury College, 
coupled with continued perseverance, will 
make it possible for you to progress in 
whatever you choose to do. 

When I was asked for a topic for this 
speech, I thought. Why do I need a topic? 
But I guess I did. So. 1 decided that I would 
choose as my topic Edward Bellamy’s 
1887 Utopian novel. Looking Backward 
from the Year 2000. In fact, what he did in 
that novel was to look forward to a brave 
new world. He commented on the defects 
of the society of his own times by contrast¬ 
ing it with an ideal society. He noted the 
end of the frontier, the growing organiza¬ 
tion of capital and labor, and a consequent 
sense of frustration, and then described the 
ideal society of the future. It would be a 
place in which there would be no ruthless 
competition; absolute equality of all citi¬ 
zens would exist. And poverty and injus¬ 
tice and crime would be eliminated; in¬ 
deed, all sordid human motives would no 
longer be present. 

Well, of course this Utopian novel was 
Utopian, and what Bellamy hoped for 
hasn’t happened, even though some 
progress has been made as we near the end 
of the 20th century and head toward the 
21st. And I think that your education here 
at Middlebury College creates a responsi¬ 
bility for you to help us in shaping a future 
of even more progress beyond what we 
have already achieved. And where do we 
start? You don’t have to read the rather 
strained dialogue in Bellamy’s tendentious 
novel to find out. We know what exists at 
this hour, in our own time, and we know 
that what change takes place will occur 
largely by your efforts. Surely, 107 years 
from now, communications, changing so 
rapidly, will make the world and all of 
space and the planets a global world in¬ 
stead of a global village. Those of us who 
have just gotten into computers and mo¬ 
dems and discovered the immediacy and 
joys and frustrations of fax and Internet, 
including the junk people send to you, 
along with the good stuff, can imagine that 


Mary Francis Berry , center , received 
her honorary doctorate from President 
McCardell, at left , and Dean of the 
College John Emerson. 

greater technological wonders await us, 
even though we have no idea what they 
will be. 

But what of the poverty, injustice and 
selfishness which stalks the world today? 
Racism and fundamentalism of various 
religious varieties. Nationalism, which 
remains an evil force in many areas of the 
world. What of that? What about war in 
the Balkans, which always seems in my 
historical memory to be about to break out, 
or on the verge of just having been broken 
out, if I may put it that way. What about 
that? Will that continue to be a factor? We 
know we have today growing anti- 
Semitism, racism and bigotry in many 
places in Europe, which have put at risk 
large numbers of immigrants, Jewish 
people and people of color. I was in Ger¬ 
many just recently, in Berlin, and I was 
warned to stay out the Metro, subway, at 
night, and to always dress very well so that 
no one would think I was a refugee, be¬ 
cause they might beat me up. And so I had 
to abandon my usual blue jeans and 
sweater for something more staid. 

Discrimination against women is re¬ 
surgent in Eastern Europe. The new poli¬ 
tics has meant a retreat on women’s equal¬ 
ity and the law and policy, as a side effect. 
Nationalism and fundamentalism on the 
rise throughout the world with unpredict¬ 
able consequences to come. 


Will there in the next 100 years be 
peace, finally, between the Israelis and the 
Palestinians? What of China, one half of 
the world population is Asian, and half of 
them are Chinese. Not all of them are in 
China, of course. China’s is the third larg¬ 
est economy in the world, just behind the 
United States and Japan, and growing 
faster. What about balancing human rights 
concerns with the growth of the economy 
in China, and the fact that we are seeing 
their unevenness, more division between 
rich and poor. What will happen? Will 
human rights problems, poverty, AIDS 
and drugs continue to stalk Latin 



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The Grunge look? Or just someone 
who thought paddock hoots would he 
appropriate for an outdoor graduation? 


SUMMER 1993 23 








America? In Africa, how long must fam¬ 
ine, murder, maiming, a continuing clash 
of political egos and disputes fomented in 
the East-West dispute, continue? Will de¬ 
mocracy be quickly consummated in 
South Africa? I visited with Nelson 
Mandela when he was here for the inaugu¬ 
ration and he seemed to think democracy 
would come this year, but he and DeClerc 
and Buthelezi are transitional figures, too. 
There’s more to come. We’ve just recog¬ 
nized the government in Angola after so 
many years of supporting the warfare of 
Savimbi and his butchers. Will there be a 
political settlement to end the violence? 

Also, 100 years from now, will the 
international AIDS crisis be no longer 
even a memory? And will famine in Africa 
be a distant nightmare? And will environ¬ 
mentalism be so inculcated and ingrained 
in the human consciousness that people 
are bom recycling from the day that they 
enter from the womb? And will that just 
simply be a hallmark of everything we do? 
And will there be halcyon peace prevail¬ 
ing in the world, or at least more peace and 
less disruption than we have today? Will 
the grandchildren and great-grandchildren 
in Haiti tell each other stories of how Bill 
Clinton kept his promises and helped to 
achieve democracy in Haiti? Will that hap¬ 
pen? Will those be stories? Or will that 
country still be subsisting under disorder, 
chaos, poverty and a long-ensconced mili¬ 
tary dictatorship? 

And then here in our own country, will 
the gap between rich and poor continue to 
widen, or will it narrow? Over 32 million 
Americans live in poverty and about 40 
percent are children under the age of 18. 
Will students 100 years from today, as¬ 
suming there are students and I guess there 
will be, learn that in the Clinton era the 
economy picked up and we began to deal 
with our structural problems and our desire 
to have the civilization that good govern¬ 
ment and taxes pay for, while not paying 
any taxes? What will they learn about that? 
Will they learn that we started a compre¬ 
hensive plan for the poor of America: 
housing, entrepreneurship help, loans, 
money to pay for services? And what 
about the homeless? If there are any 
streets, will there still be homeless people 
out of work, mentally ill people begging 
and people saying about them, as an afflu¬ 
ent student told me the other day, that he 
does not give money to the poor on the 
streets because they might buy wine. And 
I had to remind him that the Bible says, 
Give alms to the poor, and not. Give alms 
to the poor if you think they will not buy 
wine. Will children learn that in the 


America of the end of the 20th century we 
got tired of knowing that among the 37 
million people with no health insurance 
are many poor mothers and fathers, who 
when they hear an ill child cry out in the 
night worry whether she is $5 sick or $50 
sick or $1,000 sick? And if that parent 
goes for care to the local government hos¬ 
pital, they will find, if it is still open, long 
lines, crowded waiting rooms and people 
dying without attention, as if it is a poor 
Third World country, which is what it is 
for all intents and purposes. Will they leam 
100 years from now that Hillary Rodham 
Clinton’s health care task force gave us, 
finally, the answers to these questions. 

And what of diversity? Will this be 
remembered as the era when we began not 
only to talk about including all of the 
people who make up our country and ev¬ 
erything that is worthwhile and important, 
that we really began to see our diversity as 
a strength to celebrate, rather than a weak¬ 
ness? We begin this year with more diver¬ 
sity in the political arena than we’ve ever 
had before. We’ve all acknowledged those 
six new women in the Senate and all those 
new people in the Congress of the United 
States, people of color and women in the 
Congress. We have noted this. But we 
have also noted that the Select Committee 
on Children and Families, the only com¬ 
mittee in the Congress chaired by a 
woman, was abolished. We noted that. 
And that the budget committee has no 
women sitting on it at all. The Clinton 
Cabinet certainly looks more like 
America. We have two Latinos — 
Cisneros and Pena; we have the two 
Browns — Ron and Jesse, and soon to be 
three with Lee, so there will three Browns; 
Mike Espy and Hazel O’Leary; and we 
have, finally, a woman in one of the old- 
line departments, Janet Reno. But there is 
no Asian-American Cabinet member, and 
yet to be a major Asian-American appoint¬ 
ment. And I also know, from a reporter 
friend of mine, who has to answer this 
question for me every day, that at the end 
of the day, when policy decisions are fi¬ 
nally and ultimately made, there are no 
women and no people of color in the room 
— unless Hillary happens to wander in 
from the hall. 

Will this be the era when we find out, 
once and for all, what difference it makes 
when we have more women and racial 
minority men in office? Maybe we’ll 
know that. And will this, and the years 
after your graduation, be the period in 
which we finally overcome sex discrimi¬ 
nation, and modify gender roles in order to 
give opportunity to women, and men, to 


make fair choices about employment, and 
economic opportunity, about parenting 
and freedom to enjoy their lives? And 
what of sexual harassment? It is, of course, 
illegal, but will this be the period when we 
will have stopped having people pretend¬ 
ing that they didn’t do it, or trying to pre¬ 
tend that they did it, but what they did was 
just friendship, or that whoever is com¬ 
plaining is overreacting? Will we over¬ 
come ageism? There are more complaints 
of age discrimination filed by older Ameri¬ 
cans who employers want to get rid of 
because they cost too much, than all the 
other discrimination complaints filed with 
government agencies. And will this be a 
brave new world in which we implement 
the Americans with Disabilities Act, so 
that those who are disabled, in so far as 
possible, become productive citizens? And 
what of the climate of racism, which still 
permeates this society more than 37 years 
after Rosa Parks sat down on the bus in 
Montgomery? African and non-white 
Latinos or Hispanics, whether male or fe¬ 
male, whether middle class, upper class or 
no class, suffer discrimination, in trying to 
buy a house, or trying to rent an apartment, 
buy something in a store. Being out of 
context is very dangerous. You can be a 
mayor, you can be a member of Congress, 
you can be Oprah Winfrey or Johnny or 
Suzie No-Name, it sometimes makes no 
difference. Asian-Americans are subject to 
harassment because they are seen as 
advantaged. And African-Americans be¬ 
cause we are seen as despised. And His¬ 
panics are caught in between, depending 
on what color they are. And so are gays 
and lesbians, who are abused in many of 
our communities. 

Will there still be, 100 years from 
now, friends of inclusion and diversity, 
legions of them, but also many foes? Will 
the opposition still suffer in so many ways 
the snide remarks, the devaluing, the ig¬ 
noring, the statements about, If we could 
only find someone who was qualified? On 
campuses at predominantly white institu¬ 
tions like this one, will there still be only 
a few black and Latino students, feeling 
overburdened with trying to study and be 
activists and to make change and to edu¬ 
cate white students, and trying to do all 
that and balance it at the same time? And 
will there be administrators and faculty 
who are trying, and others who are sort of 
tugging and trying to retard progress? Will 
that still be going on? And will every black 
American in a predominantly white insti¬ 
tution have to pay what I call “the black 
tax,” of being overburdened by racism 
while one tries to achieve something else. 


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But will we be far beyond that? Will 
we be far beyond that in that time? Will we 
have long before the end of the next cen¬ 
tury found a way to defend freedom of 
expression, and I’m speaking of hate 
speech, while at the same time, respecting 
each other? And will we be able to then 
maintain an environment of civility and 
order on our campuses? This I think is one 
of the most important questions for this 
next century. In other words, will there be 
an end to racial polarization, as it exists 
presently? That is a great task. 

Now, we know that W.E.B. DuBois, 
the great African-American scholar, first 
to get the Ph.D. from Harvard, and so on, 
and who was a prolific writer and thinker, 
that he said that the problem of the 20th 
century was the problem of the color line. 
And he was right. In 107 years, at the end 
of the 21st century, will another scholar, 
and seer, say, the problem of the 22nd cen¬ 
tury will be the problem of the color line? 
And will he be right? That I think is a 
question for the hour. 

And who is responsible. Class of 1993, 
for the answer to this question? Now usu¬ 
ally when I ask this question someone 
says, Well, we need leadership. And it’s 
true that leadership can shore up and spur 
on the committed and encourage those 
who are not committed. People usually 
think about presidents or CEO’s of major 
corporations when I say leadership, but 
there are other people who have been lead¬ 
ers, and who have set models, who have 
been neither. Of course, there’s Martin 
Luther King and Rosa Parks, and there are 
other people; my mind immediately turns 
to those I have watched, and who have 
earned my respect time and time again, 
such as Ralph Nader and his consumer 
activism, from car safety to the federal pay 
raise issue. There would be no safety belts 
and air bags, which save lives every day, 
if there had been no Ralph Nader. There 
have been people who called Ralph all 
sorts of names, but he is tenacious, honest, 
smart and many people who hate him 
should love him. Who will be the Ralph 
Nader of the new century? Who among 
you will be the Martin Luther King or the 
Rosa Parks or the Ralph Nader? Who 
among you? 

I also think of people who have re¬ 
ceived no public notice, who never got 
their 15 minutes of fame that Andy 
Warhol says we all deserve, but who are 
just as significant. I think of women, espe¬ 
cially, because women have, even if they 
didn’t want to, most often had to exercise 
public power in the background. In the 
civil rights movement, I think of someone 


that people have never heard of, most 
people, Ella Baker, who was god-mother 
to Martin Luther King and SCLC and mid¬ 
wife to the student protest movement, who 
believed, she said, not in leaders, but in 
followers. Not in the magic man or woman 
at the top, but the people at the bottom 
organizing. Who among you will be Ella 
Baker? She knew that if the people will 
lead, the leaders will follow. Think of the 
lessons that she taught us, about how to 
make change. 

So it really is up to you, Class of 1993, 
you and graduates all over this country this 
month. People like you. And I would only 
say to you that if any of you take to heart 
what I’ve said, I hope that you will com¬ 
mit yourself in whatever way you can to 
make the new century a period of greater 
human progress. I ask, then, that each of 
you will agree that for every day for the 
rest of your life you will 
do one thing in this cause. 

That you will do some¬ 
thing in the cause of hu¬ 
man progress and social 
justice, just one thing, 
and that’ll be enough. 

And I don’t ask you for 
large measures. I’ve 
learned over the course of 
my life to be satisfied 
with incremental change, 
so long as it’s some kind 
of change. You may do a 
very small thing. If you 
believe in praying, say a 
prayer. If you hear a 
bigot, and you can think 
of no helpful answer, at 
least walk away. What you do may be just 
to try not to engage in racist or sexist be¬ 
havior, or behavior which is provocative 
and which treads upon rights, yourself. 
Think about the poor. Think about the 
hungry, and not just at Thanksgiving or 
Christmas. I mean, you eat when it’s not 
Thanksgiving or Christmas. They would 
like to, also. Do whatever you can. And 
most importantly, you don’t need to tell 
anybody what you did. As a matter of fact, 
it would be better if you didn’t tell any¬ 
body. If you just did it every day. If you 
would do something, whatever it is, and do 
it every day, for the sake of the world, and 
for our country’s sake. 

Now I know when I speak about com¬ 
mitments and civic responsibilities and 
grim realities and you are graduating and 
it is a day of celebration, you may wonder 
whether I know that life is not all commit¬ 
ment and responsibility. I do understand 
that. I know that there must be time to lis¬ 


ten to music, to read, to reflect, to play ten¬ 
nis, squash, golf, even to rest. But if you 
spent all of the time you could use in mak¬ 
ing positive change in self-improvement 
and gratification, there will be no change. 
And I can say to you that there can be no 
real satisfaction in a life devoted entirely 
to personal pleasure. We are all members 
of the human family, and if one is to be 
consumed by passion, my life teaches me 
that there is no more worthy, all-consum¬ 
ing passion than the struggle for human 
rights and greater opportunity in our soci¬ 
ety. 

Now I know you worked hard (at least 
some of you did) to graduate today. So in 
closing I ask you to remember the words 
of Dr. Benjamin Mays, who was president 
of Morehouse College, that Martin Luther 
King and other great African-American 
leaders attended, and was a wonderful 


After Baccalaureate on Saturday in 
Mead Chapel , graduates Ben Gyepi- 
Garbrah of Ghana , second from right , 
and, to his left , Rachel Allen from 
Jamaica celebrated the moment with 
family and friends. 

man. He used to say at every convocation 
at that college, this: 

“It must borne in mind that the tragedy 
in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. 
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. 
It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams 
unfulfilled. But it is a calamity not to 
dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to 
capture your ideal. But it is a disaster to 
have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace 
not to reach the stars. But it is a disgrace 
to have no stars to reach for. Wherever you 
go, whatever you do, remember: Not fail¬ 
ure, but low aim, is sin.” 

Thank you very much. Thank you 
very much, class, and congratulations. 



SUMMER 1993 25 


















Still waters 
run deep 

Researchers Pat and Tom Manley 
have found some surprises under 
the surface of Lake Champlain 


By Tim Etchells 74; Photos by Erik Borg ’67 


T o look at it, you’d think Lake Champlain was tough enough to take just 
about anything that humanity or the elements could throw at it. It’s over 
a hundred miles long, more than 10 miles across at its widest point, up 
near Burlington. Off Thompson’s Point in Charlotte, the lake plunges 
down to 400 feet. And its grey-green waters can build up six-foot waves 
in no time. 

But the more scientists study the lake, the more convinced they 
become that it is a fragile resource, and one that is more seriously threatened now than at 
any time in its long history. And the more they study, the more they realize just how little 
anyone really knows about the “sixth Great Lake.” 

Tom and Pat Manley, two professors in Middlebury’s geology department, are now 
part of an elaborate effort to discover just what is happening in Lake Champlain, and 
why. Their hope is that the lake — and the plants and animals that live near and in it, the 
people who boat on it, swim in it, drink its water, and live and work on its shores — will 
not have to go through the pain experienced by some of Champlain’s larger Great Lakes 
cousins. 

Research on the lake was energized in 1990 with the passage by Congress of the Lake 
Champlain Special Designation Act, which established the Lake Champlain Management 
Conference (LCMC) and charged it with developing a comprehensive pollution preven¬ 
tion, control and restoration plan for the the lake. The act, and the LCMC, have brought a 
steady stream of federal money to assist research and outreach projects on the lake; most 
of the money has come from the Environmental Protection Agency, with smaller amounts 
from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceano¬ 
graphic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Park Service. The 
LCMC works with several other committees, organizations and agencies that have 
become collectively known as the Lake Champlain Basin Program. One of those commit¬ 
tees is the Lake Champlain Research Consortium, which has been formed by several of 
the academic institutions in the Champlain Basin, including Middlebury and UVM in 
Vermont. 

All this activity, and the grant money it has brought with it, have brought about a 
mini-boom in research on and under the lake. And among the leaders are Tom and Pat 
Manley, a husband and wife team who joined Middlebury’s geology department in 1989. 
Pat is a marine geologist, whose primary interest is the bottom of the lake, while Tom is a 
physical oceanographer, who studies the movements of the water in the lake, or hydrody¬ 
namics. 

Before coming to Middlebury, both had more experience with oceans than with lakes, 
and both continue with research on the high seas. But as Tom Manley says, “limnology 
(the study of lakes) is not really very different from oceanography. The only difference is 
the size of the body of water, and the amount of salt in it.” 


Facing page: Aboard the R/V Baldwin, named for the late Brewster Baldwin. 


26 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 
























In her work on the lake, Pat Manley 
has studied both the natural structures on 
the bottom, and the man-made artifacts 
that have been left there over the thou¬ 
sands of years that Champlain’s shores 
have been inhabited. “Not a lot is known 
about the lake right now,” she says, “so 
whatever we do, we learn a lot. For ex¬ 
ample, most people think the bottom is just 
mud, but there are lots of different struc¬ 
tures down there. Knowing what’s down 
there, and how it got there, will help us 
understand what we’re up against in trying 
to monitor and control pollution in the 
lake.” 

With the help of National Science 
Foundation grants, the College has been 
able to purchase equipment to help the 
Manleys in their research. A total refit of 
the College’s research vessel, now called 
the R/V Baldwin after the late Brewster 
Baldwin of Middlebury’s geology depart¬ 
ment, was one of the first steps. The Col¬ 
lege was also able to purchase a sophisti¬ 
cated side-scan sonar device that can pro¬ 
duce images of structures on the lake bot¬ 
tom, and a submersible video camera, usu¬ 
ally referred to as “the fish,” with propel¬ 
lers and controls that allow it to be “flown” 
through the water at the end of a long 
cable. 

In her research, in which she’s often 
joined by Middlebury undergraduates, Pat 
has found some unexpected structures on 
the lake bottom, such as furrows that im¬ 
ply consistent, relatively strong currents. 
“The speeds associated with the currents 
that would be necessary to create these 
were surprising,” Pat says. She and her 
fellow researchers have also discovered in 
several places what are called “pock¬ 
marks,” roughly circular depressions, as 
much as 30 meters across and one to five 
meters deep. These may be associated with 
groundwater welling up from the bottom 
of the lake, or perhaps with seismic events 
along what is called the Champlain Thrust. 

Working with Art Cohn at the Lake 
Champlain Martime Museum, located at 
Basin Harbor, Pat has also discovered 
quite a few man-made artifacts on the lake 
bottom. Among the more interesting finds 
were components of what was called “The 
Great Bridge,” a floating bridge that con¬ 
nected the Vermont and New York shores, 
between Mt. Independence and Fort 
Ticonderoga, during the Revolutionary 
War. Using the side-scan sonar, and later 
examination by divers, researchers were 
able to find 21 “caissons,” large boxes 
made of timbers and filled with rocks that 
anchored the floating bridge. Also discov¬ 
ered were three 19th century canal boats; 



Lake Champlain is long and narrow , 
hut Tom Manley has found its 
resemblance to a river ends there. 


two 300-foot-long railroad drawboats; 
pieces of an 1,800-foot-long railroad trestle 
dating from 1872; four large iron cauldrons; 
three vessels that were part of the British and 
French fleets, dating from 1758 and 1759; 
and a large number of other Revolutionary 
War-era artifacts, such as cannons, muskets, 
tools, bottles and anchors. 

In addition to their archaeological sig¬ 
nificance, the caissons from the Great Bridge 
have also provided hints about the move¬ 
ments of water and sediments along the bot¬ 
tom. 

Another significant event in which Pat 
Manley had a hand was the discovery, in 
1989, of the wreck of the Sarah Ellen , a 19th 
century sailing ship that went down in a vi¬ 
cious lake storm. Pat was on board a research 
vessel owned by UVM, using the remote 
video camera, in search of the Providence , 
one of Benedict Arnold’s ships. The winds 
were not favorable at that site, so they 
steamed to another spot, near the suspected 
final resting place of the Sarah Ellen. “I was 
‘flying the fish,’ and I saw something 
square,” Pat recalls. “I said, ‘I think we’ve 
found her.’ ” The discovery came in very 
deep, very cold water, about 300 feet down. 
Pat says that a wreck will decay quite 
quickly at first, but then will reach an equi¬ 
librium. Later pictures taken of the wreck 
show a ship in remarkably good shape, with 
one of the masts still upright. Pat says that 
if the ship were raised from the bottom, de¬ 
cay would begin anew. “The best place for 
her might be right where she is,” Pat adds, 
as long as she’s protected from souvenir 
hunters. Last summer, as it happens, the 
Coast Guard had to intervene when some¬ 
one, allegedly mistaking the Sarah Ellen for 
a wrecked airplane, had grabbed part of the 
ship with grappling hooks and was prepar¬ 
ing to pull it up. Pat says the ship “would 
have been destroyed if the Coast Guard 
hadn’t stepped in; as it was, part of the ship’s 
railing was tom off.” 

Tom Manley’s research, too, has turned 
up some surprises. Most people, if they think 
about the lake at all, think of it as a narrow, 
river-like body, with water flowing slowly in 
in the south, and slowly out into the 
Richelieu River in the north. 

“But we’ve found out that this is abso¬ 
lutely wrong,” Manley says. What he's dis¬ 
covered, together with researchers Ken 
Hunkins from Columbia University and Jim 
Sailor from the Great Lakes Ecological Re¬ 
search Laboratory, is that there are massive 
movements of water within the lake that 
dwarf the flow of water from south to north. 

The discoveries were made possible by 
the placing of sophisticated instruments on 
moorings in the lake. Tom and his colleagues 


28 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 






placed temperature and current sensing de¬ 
vices at three spots in the lake — off 
Thompson’s Point; near Juniper Island, off 
Burlington; and near Valcour Island, off 
Plattsburgh, N. Y. The devices are attached 
to moorings on the lake bottom, with 
cables that extend from the bottom up to 
within 20 feet of the surface. Each moor¬ 
ing includes two current meters and a de¬ 
vice that measures the temperature of the 
water along the length of the mooring, 
every four meters. The devices record data 
for six months, at which point they’re 
pulled up, the data is collected, the moor¬ 
ings are cleaned and refurbished, and 
they’re put back in the lake. Eventually, 
the data collected will be fed to powerful 
computers, which will grind on the num¬ 
bers for a while and produce what’s called 
a numerical model of the processes that are 
taking place. 

This long-term study, supported at 
first by the USGS and then by NOAA and 
the EPA, has now completed its second 
full year. It’s revealed that the movement 
of water in the lake “is not anything like a 
river’s sluggish movement,” Tom says. 
What they’ve discovered is that the lake 
has what is called an “internal seiche,” or 
a shifting of water back and forth, and that 
this brings about a tilting of the thermo- 
cline, which is the boundary between the 
warm surface water and the colder bottom 
water. The effect is similar to water slosh¬ 
ing back and forth from one end of a bath¬ 
tub to the other, though the internal seiche 
in the lake moves much more than the sur¬ 
face seiche. 

“When the wind is blowing from south 
to north,” Manley says, “the water piles up 
in the north, and as it piles up, it tilts the 
thermocline down. So at the southern end 
of the lake, the usually deep, cold water is 
closer to the surface, and at the northern 
end of the lake, the thermocline dips down 
almost to the bottom.” 

The displacement of water is on a 
comparatively vast scale, with six cubic 
kilometers of water moving: three head 
north, and three head south. And the dis¬ 
placement, or tilting, of the thermocline 
can reach 20 meters. “That’s a tremendous 
amount of water movement,” Tom says. 
“It would take eight months to discharge 
that amount of water through the Richelieu 
River, but it can be shifted north and south 
in a matter of two days.” 

Champlain “responds very, very rap¬ 
idly to atmospheric events, such as high 
winds from the north or the south,” he 
says, “and there is almost constant move¬ 
ment, a tilting back and forth, about every 
4 1/2 days.” Researchers have also deter- 


On the stern of the R/V Baldwin , the 
College's lake research vessel , Pat 
Manley hauls aboard a device that 
allows her to collect samples of the lake 
bottom. 

mined that the lake’s “resonance fre¬ 
quency” matches the normal length of lo¬ 
cal atmospheric events, which is three to 
five days. So there is a “tuned” movement, 
back and forth, and that, Tom says, is 
“why we see such a high degree of activ¬ 
ity in the internal seiche.” 

What you have, in effect, are two tee¬ 
ter-totters at work. One, the surface seiche, 
moves a small distance, perhaps no more 
than a few inches, and is barely noticeable. 
“But that surface seiche is supported by a 
huge internal seiche,” Tom says. “In high 
wind events, you can tilt the teeter-totter 
so far that the thermocline intersects with 
the surface water, and bottom water can 
actually be sitting on the surface. At the 
other end of the lake, the surface water will 
be on the bottom.” When the thermocline 
is tilted so precariously, he says, if you 
turn off the wind, or change its direction, 
“the water really takes off. Then you get 
surges, or bores, in which the water moves 
very rapidly.” These bores can stir up the 
bottom water, which can result in sedi¬ 
ments being resuspended in that water.” 

This, according to Tom, is yet another 
factor to consider when making manage¬ 
ment decisions about the lake. “If you 
know that there is noxious stuff on the 
bottom where a bore can stir it up,” he 
says, “it could be resuspended and put 
back into the system. It won’t just lie 
there.” 


He points to the case of the Grand Isle 
fish hatchery, which has two intake pipes, 
one near the bottom of the lake for cold 
water, one near the top for warm. “The 
director of the hatchery reported that they 
were getting water from the deep pipe that 
was so sediment-laden, even after being 
filtered at the intake, that they couldn’t see 
the fish in their tanks,” Tom says. “We’ve 
been able to link that to a high wind event, 
and a bore.” 

After studying data from three moor¬ 
ings for two years, Tom and his colleagues 
are adding two more this year, in the north¬ 
ern part of the lake. Each mooring and its 
sensing equipment costs close to 
$100,000; about 75 percent of the cost of 
the new moorings will come from the 
EPA, and 25 percent from Middlebury. 
The researchers have also begun monitor¬ 
ing flows between some of the large north¬ 
ern bays and the main section of the lake. 

Finding out how water moves in the 
lake is, of course, crucial to making deci¬ 
sions about how to clean it up. For ex¬ 
ample, Pat says, Burlington is now putting 
in a new pipe for its sewage treatment 
plant that runs from Burlington harbor out 
several hundred yards into the lake. “Right 
now,” she says, “we don’t know enough 
about the way the lake works to figure out 
where that water, and what it holds, is go¬ 
ing to end up.” 

To help make the crucial management 
decisions that will be coming in the next 
few years, Tom says, “we have to classify 
the important processes that govern Lake 
Champlain. We still don’t have a really 
good idea of how the water moves. But 
we’re learning.” 


SUMMER 1993 29 













Words and 
music 

The College’s music library and the 
Flanders Ballad Collection have 
finally found a home under one roof 


By Tim Etchells 74; Photos by Erik Borg ’67 

This is the last of three stories on the new occupants of Middlebury College's Center for the Arts. 
In the Winter ’93 issue, we featured the performing arts, and in the Spring ’93 issue, the Museum 
of Art. This time: the music library and the Flanders Ballad Collection. 


/ J hen Jerry McBride, Middlebury’s music librarian, recalls what it took to move 
k / the music library’s collection from the Johnson Building and Starr Library to the 

^ M / the College’s new Center for the Arts, he sees bar codes. 

For various reasons, the music library’s move to the new building was delayed 
▼ ▼ several times, McBride says, “and this made it difficult to coordinate the different 

people and departments that we needed. We were fortunate to be able to work with a 
library moving company. They provided the equipment and the experience required to move a li¬ 
brary quickly.” In fact, getting all of the music library’s material, from both the Johnson Building 
and Starr Library, over to the Center for the Arts took just four days. 

Unfortunately, by the time that had happened, just three weeks remained before the beginning 
of the fall semester. The music library’s computers still hadn’t been installed, and the records were 
in need of updating: All of the books that had come to the music library from Starr Library were, 
according to the computer records, still in Starr. Eventually, the staff had one week to change the 
location information on about 6,000 volumes. “The music library staff,” McBride says, “spent lit¬ 
erally the entire week, eight hours a day, doing nothing but taking books from the shelf, scanning 
the bar codes into the computer and returning the books to the shelf. I’m very proud the staff was 
able to complete all this work under such pressure and open the library so that it could be used by 
students on the first day of classes.” But, he adds, “I hope that I never have to go through anything 
like that again.” 

For Jennifer Post, curator of the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection and the Vermont 
Archive of Traditional Music, the move from Starr Library to the Center for the Arts was perhaps 
even more difficult. Not willing to trust the job of moving the thousands of priceless and irreplace¬ 
able recordings in the collection to anyone else, she essentially moved it all herself. 

But with those traumas receding in their memories, both Post and McBride are glad to finally 
have their entire collections under one roof, and handy to one another. In the past, with part of the 
College’s music collection in one building and part in another, it was difficult for students and 
faculty to do research. In the case of McBride’s music library, recordings and printed music had 
been in Johnson, with books and periodicals in Starr. “Library users who had information ques¬ 
tions were frequently referred to Starr Library because most of the books and periodicals were kept 
there,” McBride says, “But then they may have found that a related question was best answered 
by a reference book or the jacket notes to a recording, both of which were (in Johnson). After a 
while, this becomes discouraging. Now that all of the sources are together, students can easily and 
effectively study music in all of its forms, regardless of the medium.” 

The spaces the collections occupy are both handsome and pleasantly quirky, in much the same 
way as the other office, performance and exhibition spaces in the building, designed by the New 


Facing page: Among the study carrels in the music library are, from left , staff members 
Joy Pile , Jerry McBride and David Marcum. 


30 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 








SUMMER 1993 31 













York firm of Hardy Holzman Pfieffer As¬ 
sociates. There are unusual angles and 
oddly-shaped rooms here, a spiral staircase 
there. Traditionally, McBride says, librar¬ 
ies are built as rectangles, so that the space 
is as flexible as possible. “However, that’s 
not very interesting architecturally,” he 
says, “and what we have is a number of 
rooms within the library perimeter that are 
designed specifically for a particular pur¬ 
pose. It’s a different architectural idea 
from designing a flexible, rectangular, 
modular library, but it is working very well 
for us.” 

In the Center for the Arts, McBride 
says, the amount of space available to the 
music library is about double the total that 
was devoted to the enterprise when it was 
split between Johnson and Starr. “But it 
seems like even more,” he says, “because 
of the adverse arrangement of the space we 
had in the Johnson Building. The old li¬ 
brary was not designed to accommodate 
the size of the collection or the staff that 
we had by the 1980’s.” The amount of 
space for studying was also inadequate, 
and it was frequently noisy because of re¬ 
hearsals going on nearby in Johnson. “Ba¬ 
sically,” McBride says, “the former library 
was a place that students came to get ma¬ 
terials and left as quickly as possible. The 

32 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 


The Flanders Collection’s Jennifer 
Post; at left is one of the Dictaphones 
with which the collection got its start. 

new library is a totally different atmo¬ 
sphere. During our last exam period, I 
noticed that nearly every study carrel was 
in use, and yet the library was quiet. That 
could have never happened in the old li¬ 
brary. The new library is a distinctly invit¬ 
ing study environment that permits indi¬ 
vidual or group study. Students have ac¬ 
cess to computers networked to academic 
computing for completing assignments, 
and they also have access to our recordings 
collection that they can use for class as¬ 
signments, or for pleasure. In many ways 
it’s almost as comfortable a study area as 
their own rooms, but without the distrac¬ 
tions of dorm life.” 

As for Jennifer Post’s collections, they 
now live in about three times as much 
room as they had previously. “We now 
have space for housing and building the 
collections over the next 10 to 20 years, 
growth space,” Post says. “And in the past, 
we didn’t have a reading room, which we 
do now, along with listening stations. The 
move has provided a lot of positive 
things.” 

For Post and McBride, one of those 


positive things is the proximity of the 
music department, its faculty and students, 
and many of the College’s best perfor¬ 
mance spaces. “I have a growing relation¬ 
ship with the music department because of 
the move,” Post says, “because it’s right 
here. There’s lots more use of the collec¬ 
tion. Before, it was basically only used 
when I was teaching classes.” Post, whose 
work with the Flanders Collection and the 
Vermont Archive is on a parttime basis 
(she also works in the reference depart¬ 
ment at Starr Library), has taught courses 
on the folk songs of New England, world 
music, women in music, and folklore in 
Vermont. 

For McBride, one of the best parts of 
his new space is the four media rooms that 
are now available for group listening, 
viewing and studying. “The rooms contain 
audio and video equipment and can seat up 
to four people,” he says. “In these rooms, 
students can gather to study and discuss 
music on which they are working without 
disturbing other people in the library. 
Some of the best educational experiences 
come out of this type of interaction. This 
wasn’t possible before the new building. 
There is also a small study room where we 
will be able to have workshops on the re¬ 
search process in music.” 









The new and relatively luxurious 
home for the Flanders Collection and the 
Vermont Archive is a recognition, perhaps 
overdue, of the importance of the material. 
The heart of the collection is a series of 
field recordings of New England tradi¬ 
tional music — mostly Anglo-American^ 
but also some French-Canadian — made 
by Helen Hartness Flanders over the 
course of 30 years, beginning in 1930. 
Two hundred and fifty of these are on wax 
cylinders, made on an early version of the 
Dictaphone machine. In the late ’30s, 
Flanders switched to a disk cutter, which 
used aluminum disks and glass disks 
coated with shellac, both about the size of 
a traditional LP. By the late ’40s, Flanders 
had moved up to a tape recorder, which 
used paper tapes, and about 125 of those 
are part of the collection. 

Flanders entered into a partnership 
with the College relatively early in her 
collecting, and in 1941 she gave the col¬ 
lection to Middlebury. In the beginning, 
most of her material came from Vermont, 
but she gradually broadened her reach to 
other parts of New England. Around 1960, 
Post says, Flanders stopped collecting re¬ 
cordings, and at about the same time, the 
College stopped supporting her work. The 
collection, though, had by that time grown 
to include thousands of recordings, most 
of them involving people singing ballads. 
Many of the songs had been brought over 
from the British Isles in colonial days; an 
example is the song Scarborough Fair 
(made famous by Simon and Garfunkel in 
the 1970’s), which Post says dates back to 
at least the middle of the 17th century, and 
which was brought to the colonies and 
adapted over the years, with New World 
place names. The collection also includes 
several thousand books, dating from the 
late 18th century to the present, with most 
coming from the 19th century; a large 
number of “broadsides,” an early form ot 
sheet music that included lyrics, but no 
melodies, and were the way that music 
was often passed down from one genera¬ 
tion to another; and Flanders’ notes on her 
recording sessions and conversations, 
along with a great deal of her correspon¬ 
dence. 

After Flanders stopped her collecting, 
the College put the material in a storeroom 
in the library, and it was basically little 
used until Post arrived at Middlebury in 
1979. She spent time organizing and re¬ 
searching the collection, to put the various 
items in context. As part of that effort, and 
with the help of a grant from the National 
Endowment for the Humanities, Post spent 
close to 10 years seeking out those who 


had been recorded, or their families, to 
find out more about the music on the disks 
and tapes. She’s still in the process of writ¬ 
ing a book about her findings. She also 
established a separate collection, now 
called the Vermont Archive of Traditional 
Music. This collection includes printed 
material and recordings of folk music that 
are more contemporary than what’s found 
in the Flanders Collection. Among the 
highlights of this collection are hundreds 
of tapes from performances, between 1974 
and 1981, at the Chelsea House, a folk 
music coffee house in West Brattleboro 
that attracted some of the biggest names in 
folk. 

Now that all of her material is right 
upstairs from the music library proper, 


Post expects to see a lot more use of the 
collection by students and faculty. “It’s 
really an incredible resource for students,” 
she says. “There’s a lot of fun stuff in here. 
Many of the songs are quite funny, and 
some are even bawdy.” She says that 
popular culture, which is what’s repre¬ 
sented in the Flanders Collection and the 
Vermont Archive, is not often taken seri¬ 
ously by academics. “They prefer to teach 
k the classics,’ ” Post says. “But this is our 
past, an oral history that tells a whole dif¬ 
ferent side of the story of this country, and 
one that can be very enlightening.” 

The music library, McBride says, is 
already seeing increased use, by students 
and faculty, and that, combined with the 
larger space and new equipment, has in¬ 
creased everyone’s workload. Most af¬ 
fected: David Marcum, the music library 
assistant, who is in charge of circulation, 
hires and supervises most of the 14 student 
assistants, deals with library equipment, 
and basically handles the day-to-day op¬ 
erations. Also working with McBride at 


the music library is Joy Pile, the music 
catalog librarian, who catalogs sound re¬ 
cordings and videos, along with some of 
the books and printed materials. She also 
supervises several student assistants. 
McBride, Marcum and Pile all help library 
users with reference questions. 

Perhaps the most important difference 
in the new space, McBride says, is that the 
music library can now be what he feels it 
was meant to be, “a place of quiet dyna¬ 
mism. It’s this treasure house of knowl¬ 
edge, experience and artistic expression 
where people are free and challenged to 
explore whatever path of inquiry interests 
them. Music is such an elemental part of 
the human experience that it touches ev¬ 
ery person in some way. The music library 


Jerry McBride: The music library's 
new home presents ‘a totally different 
atmosphere' for those who use it. 

provides materials through which connec¬ 
tions to other peoples and cultures can be 
made. 

“Libraries are likely to change almost 
beyond recognition in our lifetimes, but 
most people still think of them as these 
places where books are kept. Music librar¬ 
ies will change in a different way from 
general libraries, because music has such 
a strong attachment to the past and to tra¬ 
dition, while at the same time being on the 
cutting edge of new technologies, as we 
can see most readily in the case of sound 
recording. 

“What’s important in the library is not 
the collection or even its organization, but 
how people make use of those materials, 
how they interact with ideas and creations 
expressed through library materials. It is 
this human element that it is critical to rec¬ 
ognize and encourage.” 



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FAMILIES 



It was pumpkin time in Colorado when the Kavcics visited from Switzerland. 
From left , Boris Kavcic , Suzanne Webel Bovet '71 with daughter Claire , Ray 
Bovet with son Colin , and Anne Yerpe Kavcic '71 picked the best ones for 
carving. 



Baseball was the order of the day last spring when the children of Phil '72 
and Anne Lahey Kehl '71 got together with the offspring of Susan Fritsch 
Faber '71 and Cyndy Bronson Altman '71. Andrew Kehl , Lauren Faber , Sara 
Altman and Philip Kehl prepare to sharpen up their skills. 


MARRIAGES 

Susan Drummond and Tim Budd ’52 
on December 5, 1992; 36147 N. 
Springbrook Lane, Gumie, IL 60031. 

Lesley Harper *54 and Frederick M. 
Miller on September 15, 1992; P.O. 
Box 456, Rye Beach, NH 03871. 

Susan Bakker and Bruce Chapin ’73 
on February 6,1993; 1665 Placer Circle, 
Livermore, CA 94550. 

Catherine Rogers *73 and Arvo Henifin 
on June 6, 1992; 5 Arrowhead Ct., Sa¬ 
vannah, GA 31406. 

Jill Andrea Landry and James R. Stoner 
Jr. 'll on May 24, 1991; 809 Newton 
St., Gretna, LA 70053. 

Sara Morrissey ’80 and Jeffrey Gunn 
on October 10, 1992; 4308 N.W. Jon 
Place, Corvallis, OR 97330. 

Anne Caudill ’81 and Todd Goertzen 
on September 12,1992; P.O. Box 1615, 
Silverthome, CO 80498. 

Alisa Joyce ’81 and David Barba in 
July 1992; 727 Gage Drive, San Diego, 
CA 92106. 

Anne Leggett ’81 and Daniel Billman 
on September 14, 1991; 13740 
McDonell Road, Anchorage, AK 99516. 

Trish Intagliata and Caleb Rick ’82 on 
October 17, 1992; 148 Laidley St., San 
Francisco, CA 94131. 

Jayne Gilbert Benz ’83 and John Henry 
Chipman Jr. on June 20,1992; 611 Los 
Robles Ct., Danville, CA 94526. 

Linda Shepherd and Brian Cabral ’83 
in December 1992; 121 N. Eastgate 
Way, Manchester, NH 03109. 

Kelly Hickey and Miguel Fernandez 
’85 on June 27, 1992; 1509 Park Ave., 
#3, Baltimore, MD 21217. 


Sarah Beck ’86 and John Tokar in July 
1992; 196 Crater Woods Drive, Peters¬ 
burg, VA 23805. 

Donna M. Engel ’86 and William Cox 
on May 25, 1991; 147 Turner Road, 
#85, Holliston, MA 01746. 

Allison Price and Michael Green ’86 


on January 17,1992; 1015 Aoloa Place, 
#428, Kailua, HI 96743. 

Susan Bahr and David Gumbart ’86 
on November 21, 1992; 74 Lee St., 
Middletown, CT 06457. 

Melissa Kontoff ’86 and Akram 
Eljamal on December 19, 1991; 174 


Laurelwood Drive, Hopedale, MA 
01747. 

Kristin Roberts *86 and James Asbury 
on May 26, 1991; 98 N. Prospect St., 
Burlington, VT 05401. 

Susan Schornhorst and Cliff Romig 
’87 on September 19, 1992; 48 Haight 
St., #18, San Francisco, CA 94102. 

Kristine Benoit ’88 and Michael 
Chochrek on October 3, 1992; 395 
Harvard St., #4, Brookline, MA 02146. 

Cristine Meredith 90 and Shawn 
Miele *88 in October 1992; 10 Somerset 
Drive, Rumson, NJ 07760. 

Marianne Paige Triggs and Gordon 
Smith ’88 on August 21, 1992; 65 
Church St., Greenwich, CT 06830. 

Charlotte Bergmans and Amer 
Siddiqui, both ’89, in January 1993; 

1400 10th Ave., #3, San Francisco, CA 
94122. 

Heather Bohr *89 and Tom Unterseher 
in May 1992; 87 E. Green St., #210, 
Pasadena, CA91105. 

Elizabeth Wilson and Christopher 
Dutton, both ’89, in August 1992; 601 
W. Cliveden St.,#B 11 -B, Philadelphia, 
PA 19119. 

Elizabeth Swire and Charles Falker 
’89 in September 1992; 70 E. 12th St., 
#10A, New York, NY 10003. 

Britta Heuer ’89 and William Roper in 
October 1992; 742 Mt. Auburn St., 
Watertown, MA 02172. 

Jennifer Lowance and Reynolds 
Salerno, both ’89, in August 1992; 717 
Hawley Lane,#27, Stratford, CT06497. 

Nicole Paul *89 and Robert Grover in 
August 1992; 505 Columbia Ave., 1st 
Floor, Lansdale, PA 19446. 


















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Christine Peaslee 89 and Marc 
Criscitelli in September 1992; Bigelow 
Commons Apts, #6206, Enfield, CT 
06082. 

Laureen Scaia '89 and Michael Mathon 
in June 1992; 25 Baycrest Drive, #309, 
South Burlington, VT 05403. 

Lisa Seiden '89 and Gerald McGowan 
in October 1992; 100 E. Hartsdale Ave., 
#6E, Hartsdale, NY 10530. 

Lisa Borchardt ’90 and Mitsuru Hoshi 
on May 30, 1992; 1705 Lei Lehua St., 
Hilo, HI 76720. 

Jennifer Faulkner ’91 and David 
Campbell ’90 in September 1992; 334 
4th St., #2, Troy, NY 12180. 

Judith Wright ’90 and Timothy 
Battista ’91 in August 1992; 2202 
Sherman Ave., #C1, Evanston, IL 
60201. 

NEW ARRIVALS 

A daughter, Natasha Marie, joined Mim 
and Hamilton Sporberg 74 on Janu¬ 
ary 24, 1993. 

A daughter, Sydney Margaret, joined 
Jan Carney ’76 and Geoffrey Knisely 
’75 on May 29, 1992. 

A son, Gregory, joined Joanne Scott 
’75 and John Rubright on September 
15, 1992. 

A son, Cameron Way land, joined Mary 
and Greg Adams '76 on December 17, 
1992. 

A son, Benjamin, joined Stan '76 and 
Jane Schwarzer Fields ’77 on Decem¬ 
ber 23, 1992. 

Twins, Emma and William, joined Lisa 
and Steven Groo '76 on September 27, 
1992. 

A son, Christian Keane, joined May 
Ricci and Gary Holmes ’76 on Febru¬ 
ary 5, 1992. 

A son, Joshua Benjamin, joined 
Suzanna Sherry ’76 and Paul Edelman 
on May 20, 1992. 

A son, Samuel Ryuta Stemgold, joined 
Ellen Rudolph and James Sterngold 
’76 on May 12, 1993. 

A daughter, Jordan Brogley Webb, 
joined Joycelyn Brogley and Douglas 
Webb ’76 on March 13, 1992. 

Twin sons, James Christopher and John 
Michael, joined Maria and Richard 
Caswell '77 in December 1991. 

A daughter, Caroline Elizabeth, joined 
Stephanie and Steve Maire ’77 on 
November 30, 1992. 



Halsey Alexander Vandenberg was 
born on November 3, 1992. Her 
parents are Fred and Marjorie 
Williams Vandenberg ’80. 



Hannah Joy Wallenberger Rudow 
was born on June 20, 1992. Her 
mother is Andrea Wallenberger '85. 


A daughter, Ellen Catharine, joined 
Karen and Jay A. Taylor '77 on April 
22, 1992. 

A daughter, Elaine Stebbins, joined 
Deborah and Duane Wilcox 'll on 
December 27, 1992. 

A son, James Patrick, joined Rick and 
Sue Tomlin Kinney 78 on November 
19, 1992. 

A daughter, Anna, joined Matt and 
Barbara Lange Nelson ’78 on July 26, 
1992. 

A daughter, Hilary Lloyd, joined John 
and Macy Lawrence Ratliff '78 on 
January 25, 1993. 

A son, Caleb Andrew, joined Joy and 
Steven Smith '78 on November 20, 
1992. 

A son, Nicholas Milan, joined Valerie 
Havas ’79 and Matthew Schwab ’81 
on April 30, 1992. 

A son, Kevin Leslie, joined Paul and 
Katie Driver Murphy ’79 on July 21, 
1992. 

A son, Travis Dean, joined Leslie and 
Larry Petzing '79 on February 10, 
1992. 

A son, Halsey Alexander, joined Fred 
and Marjorie Williams Vandenberg 

’80 on November 3, 1992. 

A son, Ross, joined Nancy and John 
Amato ’81 on February 17, 1992. 


A son, Robbie, joined Lisa and Todd 
Deburlo 81 on July 24, 1992. 

A son, Ryan Hampton, joined Christine 
and Robby Higgins 81 on January 14 , 
1992. 

A son, Nathaniel, joined Gunnar and 
Alice Tower Knapp ’81 on August 23, 
1992. 

A daughter, Kara Ingraham, joined 
Kenny and Sue Butler Lehman 81 on 
September 19, 1992. 

A daughter, Austin Marie, joined Eliza¬ 
beth and Dave Nalen ’81 on March 31, 
1992. 

A son, Charlie, joined Stephen and 

Mara Quigley Prutting ’81 in April 

1992. 

A daughter, Rebecca Catherine 
Lombard Roe, joined Benjamin and 
Linda Feldmann Roe, both '81, on 
December 13, 1992. 

A son, Ian Hamilton, joined Elizabeth 
and Tony Trase ’81 on January 9,1992. 

A son, Philip Buckmaster, joined Jay 
and Sue Dutcher Wagley ’81 on Sep¬ 
tember 28, 1992. 

A daughter, Charlotte Mclvor, joined 
Kate and David Wilson '81 on June 28, 
1992. 

A son, Peter Joseph, joined Laurie and 
Bill Cahill ’82 on February 14, 1992. 

A son, Aidan Case Sheahan, joined 
Casey and Tara McMenamy Sheahan 
’82 on October 29, 1992. 

A son, Henry James II, joined Andy ’82 
and Kathy O’Connor Sidford ’83 on 
September 29, 1992. 

A daughter, Celine Constance, joined 
Marc and Bettina Bretz Terfloth ’82 
on December 19, 1992. 

A son, Zachary Patrick, joined Roger 

and Marv Ann Petkiewicz Wilmarth 

’82 on December 26, 1992. 

A daughter, Hannah Kathleen, joined 
Timothy and Elizabeth Davies Aiken, 
both '83, on November 10, 1992. 

A son, Ryan Robert, joined James and 

Mary Ann Boehm Dougherty ’83 in 

April 1992. 

A daughter, Aurora Page, joined An¬ 
drew and Amanda Hurt Fegley ’83 in 
December 1992. 

A son, Kyle William, joined Carolyn 
and Jonathan Seamans 83 in October 
1992. 


A son, Aidan Francis, joined Skip 83 
and Beth Dor ion Wyer 85 on Decern 
ber 8, 1992. 

A son, James, joined Laura and Blair 
Chestnut 84 on July 5, 1992. 

A daughter, Hannah Louise, joined Rich 
and Sarah Ball Damberg 84on March 
5, 1992. 

A son, Jack, joined Jennifer and Larry 
Goldstein ’84 on July 14, 1992. 

A daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, joined 
Doug and Ellen Shammash Hotvedt 
’84 on October 8, 1992. 

A daughter, Tessa Constance Lank 
Fortier, joined Heather Lank '84 and 
Peter Fortier on March 27, 1992. 

A daughter, Lucy, joined Margaret and 
Joshua Rabinowitz ’84 on July 28, 
1992. 

A daughter, Rebecca L. Nelson Wolfe, 
joined Gretchen Nelson and John Wolfe 
’84 on August 13, 1992. 

A son, Dylan Scott, joined Scott and 
Kathy McDermott Moore 85 in Au¬ 
gust 1992. 

A daughter, Hannah Joy, joined An¬ 
drea Wallenberger ’85 and Scott 
Rudow on June 20, 1992. 

A son, Meade Faxon Atkeson, joined 
Jamie and Krista Faxon Atkeson ’86 
on November 25, 1992. 

A son, Benjamin Robert, joined Nick 
and Cathv Gagne Peacock, both 86, 
on October 1, 1992. 

A son, Preston James, joined Jeff and 
Jen lies Seavey, both ’86, on February 
10, 1993. 

A son, Finn Bennett Stem, joined Chris¬ 
topher and Bettina Thompson Stern. 

both ’86, on February 7, 1993. 

A son, Andrew Scott, joined David and 
Denise Paige Lietz ’89 in July 1992. 

A daughter, Rebecca, joined Tom and 

Patricia Bauman Norton 89 in April 
1992. 


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THE SCHOOLS 




FRENCH 

Joseph (iiovanini (M.A. 68), an ar¬ 
chitectural designer and critic, was 
married in Venice on December 24, 
1992, to Christine Janet Pittel, a 
freelance journalist. The head of a New 
York design concern that bears his name, 
he is a graduate of Yale and received his 
M.A. in architecture from Harvard. 
...Maurice Gagnon (M.A. ’61), a dis¬ 
tinguished scholar of French literature 
at Montclair, N.J., State College, was 
recently presented a citation, insignia 
and medal of honor at the Parliament in 
Quebec City after being named laureate 
by the Conseil de la Langue Francaise 
of Canada. A native of Woonsocket, 
R.I., he also received double honors at 
a separate ceremony in France. The 
medal of honor and parchment of the 
order are in recognition of “his out¬ 
standing contributions for many years 
to the support and development of 
French language and life in the Ameri¬ 
cas.” He has been an officer of numer¬ 
ous international and national learned 
associations. A graduate of Providence 
College, he holds a doctorate in Ro¬ 
mance languages from the Univ. of 
Pennsylvania. A resident of New York 
City, he is the author of nine books and 
more than 100 studies in continental 
French and Francophone literatures. 
...Gerard-Roland Le Tendre (M.A. 
’71) recently received the French 
government’s highest academic award, 
having been named Chevalier of the 
Order of Palmes Academiques by 
French Minister of Education and Cul¬ 
ture Jack Lang for his promotion of 
French language and culture in the 
United States. The award, which is the 
academic equivalent of the French Le¬ 
gion of Honor, was to be officially 
awarded in a ceremony at the French 
embassy in May. A teacher at Taft High 
School in Connecticut, he has been 
affectionately dubbed “Froggy” by his 
students who over the years have be¬ 
stowed hundreds of stuffed frogs, pic¬ 
tures, and other “frogabilia” upon him. 
He teaches literature, language and 
“how to comport oneself when in a 
French country.” Bom in New Hamp¬ 
shire, he didn’t speak English until he 
was 14 years old, and earned his B.A. 
and M.A. in music from Yale Univ. An 
accomplished pianist, he also writes, 
records and performs songs of Franco- 
American history. ...Christopher J. 
Callahan (M.A. ’76) was recently 
awarded tenure at Illinois Wesleyan 
Univ., where he has been a member of 
the foreign language department since 
1989. He earned his B.A. from the Univ. 
of Notre Dame and his doctorate from 
Indiana University. ...Daniel J. 


Hubbard (M.A.’83) of Fredericksburg, 
Va., recently received his doctorate in 
accounting from Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute in Blacksburg. He is a member 
of Beta Alpha Psi, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta 
Gamma Sigma, the Academy of Ac¬ 
counting Historians, the American Ac¬ 
counting Association and the Russian- 
American Congress. He received a 
master’s in accounting from Virginia 
Tech (1985), a B.S. in applied physics 
from Georgia Tech (1981), and a B.A. 
in French from George State Univ. 
(1979). ...Lucille Daniel (M.A. ’86) has 
been named editor of the Chelmsford 
Independent in Acton, Mass. Since join¬ 
ing that newspaper as a staff reporter in 
1991, she has contributed to several 
award-winning pieces. As a freelance 
writer, her works have appeared in nu¬ 
merous publications and she is working 
on a book that chronicles the life of 
American Indian activist JoAnn Tall. 
...Carl Little (M.A. ’86) has been named 
director of public affairs at the College 


O B I T U A R 


1936 

THEODORE SANTEE WHITFORD. 
M.A. English, of Providence, R.I., on 
August 17, 1992. He had a long and 
distinguished career as a teacher of 
French and as a swimming coach. A 
graduate of Amherst, he also attended 
the Univ. of Nancy, the Univ. of Paris 
and the Univ. of Zaragoza. From 1928 to 
1931 he taught French and was swim¬ 
ming coach at the Manlius School 
(N.Y.). He served as a staff sergeant in 
the U.S. Army aircommunications sys¬ 
tem, was a teacher at the Moses Brown 
School in Providence and, after retire¬ 
ment, taught French at the Lincoln 
School. He served as president of the 
Rhode Island Modern Language Asso¬ 
ciation from 1957 to 1959. 

1961 

BOB HERSHEY, M.A. French, of 
Bennington, Vt., in 1992. He received 
his B.A. from Williams and taught in 
secondary schools, retiring from 
Woodbury Forest in Virginia as the 
head of its language department in 1982. 
He is survived by two sons and a daugh¬ 
ter. 


of the Atlantic in Maine. He was previ¬ 
ously an editor at Windswept House 
Publishers in Somesville and, prior to 
that, the associate editor of Art in 
America magazine in New York City. 
He graduated from Dartmouth College 
in 1976 and has his M.F.A. in writing 
from Columbia. He is the author of a 
collection of poems, 3,000 Dreams 
Explained , and an art book. Paintings 
of Maine. 

SPANISH 

Virginia Lawreck Muzquiz(M.S.’91) 
and her husband, Victor, recently in¬ 
corporated Aztec International, a com¬ 
pany dedicated to promoting the Span¬ 
ish language through study abroad op¬ 
portunities, private classes and tutori¬ 
als, and interpreter services. She has 
left Deerfield Academy to pursue a 
Ph.D. in Spanish at Washington Univ. 
in St. Louis. 


I E S 


1971 

MARY MARGARET O’HEARN, 
M.A. Spanish, of Toronto, Canada, in 
November 1992. She taught Spanish, 
Portuguese and English as a second 
language in Kingston, Ontario. She is 
survived by her husband, Alan Radecki, 
and two pre-school sons. 

1975 

JANET M. MORRIS, M.A. French, 45, 
of Canton, Mass., in March 1993. A 
native of Canton, Mrs. Morris attended 
Boston State College. She taught French 
and Spanish at Easton Junior High 
School for a number of years until she 
was forced to retire because of multiple 
sclerosis. Mrs. Morris was active in the 
Great Books Society of Canton and the 
Massachusetts Multiple Sclerosis Soci¬ 
ety. She leaves her husband, Philip J. 
Morris; her parents, Paul and June Cash; 
two brothers; a sister, and several nieces 
and nephews. 


FACULTY 

At age 89, Nicolette Ringgold, who 
was Mile. Pemot when she taught in the 
Middlebury French School in the ’30s, 
is an author, linguist, tutor and foreign 
traveler. She had been the attache at the 
Institut de Phonetique in Paris before 
teaching at Wellesley College. At 
Middlebury she met Gordon Ringgold 
(M.A. ’33). Following their marriage, 
they taught for many years at William 
and Mary College. Although a hemor¬ 
rhage deprived her of most of her vision 
10 years ago, she maintains her busy 
life style in Williamsburg, Va. She is 
constantly reading one of the American 
Foundation for the Blind’s Talking 
Books, which she describes as “abso¬ 
lutely fantastic.” The Foundation re¬ 
cently published her timely and useful 
book. Out of the Corner of my Eye, a 
personal account of living with vision 
loss in later life. 


1977 

STEVEN D. HOLCOMBE, French, of 
Philadelphia, Pa., on June 27, 1992. 

1983 

DOUGLAS GASS, Spanish, 29, of 
South Hadley, Mass., on November 25, 
1992. He earned a B.A. in history from 
Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., in 
1985. He taught English at the Ameri¬ 
can Language Institute in Lisbon, Por¬ 
tugal, and earned his M.A. in 1990 from 
Tufts University Fletcher School of Law 
and Diplomacy. Active in international 
relations, Mr. Gass was self-employed 
in that Field at the time of his death. He 
is survived by his parents, Wayne and 
Marilyn Talbot Gass. 


SUMMER 1993 37 


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Alumni NewsLetter 


THE CLASSES 


HIGH NOTES 


Natalie Dunsmoor ’35 has been a Literacy Volunteer for more than 15 years. 
She was honored with an award for her service at a recent Literacy Volunteers 
convention in Denver. 

The American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies has established a 
fellowship fund in honor of Peter Stanlis '42 commemorating his scholarship 
and service. 

Bob Beattie ’55—former Middlebury ski coach, one-time coach of the 
U.S. Ski Team and for many years a skiing commentator on TV—was inducted 
into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in February. 

Barry Croland '59 has been selected as one of the best lawyers in family 
law by the publication Best Attorneys in America. Barry is a partner in Stem, 
Steiger & Croland law firm in Paramus, N.J. 

Our thanks to one of 1960’s class secretaries, Jean Seeler. for pointing out 
how many of her classmates have served the College as faculty, staff or 
volunteer leaders: Jane Brvant Quinn and Reuben Mark are currently 
College trustees; Pieter Schiller is vice president of the Middlebury College 
Alumni Association; Paula Hartz is an MCAA director and a co-chair of the 
Annual Fund Executive Council: Russell Leng is a professor of political 

science; Deborah Van Hodge is associ¬ 
ate college editor; Ed Sommers is direc¬ 
tor of gift planning, and Breck Lardner 
is a gift planning officer. 

Virologist H. Alan Wood '63 heads 
the Boyce Thompson-Comell research 
team that completed the first field release 
of a genetically-engineered virus in the 
U.S. A genetically-altered virus is de¬ 
signed to kill a target insect—such as the 
gypsy moth—without persisting in the 
environment. Dr. Wood has co-founded a 
new biotechnology company, AgriVirion, 
to develop viruses which can be used as 
alternatives to chemical pesticides. 

Richard Voniacka '68 has received an Outstanding Service Medal from 
the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for providing 
medical training to enlisted military medics. 

Dr. Rick Hodes ’75 is the medical director for the American Joint 
Distribution Committee. Living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he runs a clinic for 
displaced people, works with tuberculosis patients and, among many other 
duties, commutes to Kenya and Somalia to work with refugees and war victims. 
Last year he made a documentary for PBS with Dr. Ruth Westheimer (yes, he 
says, that Dr. Ruth) about th efalashas, or Ethiopian Jews. In 1991 he was part 
of Operation Solomon, which transferred 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. 

Michael Mulligan '75 has been appointed the eighth headmaster at the 
Thacher School in Ojai, Calif. His wife, Joy Sawyer Mulligan (M.A. Bread 
Loaf ’82) is director of admissions at Thacher. Married in 1981, two years after 
meeting at Bread Loaf, the Mulligans worked together at Governor Dummer 
Academy before moving to Thacher in 1986. In addition to his administrative 
duties, Mulligan continues to teach English and a world religions course, as well 
as coaching soccer and lacrosse. At Middlebury, Mike captained an ECAC 
champion lacrosse team and received a scholar-athlete award at graduation. The 
Mulligans’ daughter, Annie, is three years old. 

George Carr 'll is the sculptor of a Bill Clinton plaster-cast caricature 
that received national attention in The New York Times , The Washington Post 
and on the Joan Rivers Show. The toga-gowned bust is available in D.C. gift 
shops. 

Andrea Koppel ’85 won an Emmy last November for her series of reports 
on Haitian life since the September 1991 coup. Andrea is a reporter for WPLG- 
TV in Miami. 

Last summer, John Safford ’88 skippered the top boat in the Star Class 
Atlantic Coast Championships. The Star is the Olympic two-man keelboat. The 
name of Safford’s boat: Rosebud Cafe , after the now-defunct Middlebury 
hangout. 



Michael, Annie and Joy Mulligan 


20 


Class Secretary: Mrs. Julius Kroeck 
(Elsa Holmstrom), 376 Central St., 
Acton, MA 01720. 

A Christmas card to Estelle J. Foote 
elicited the following letter from her 
nephew, Ralph A. Foote: “I am writing 
to you on behalf of my aunt, Dr. Estelle 
J. Foote. She does not do any letter 
writing these days, although she is in 
reasonably good health. She enjoyed 
receiving your note, but it was lost 
when she was transferred to a retiree 
home. Estelle now lives at Shard Villa 
in Salisbury, Vt., a neighboring town to 
Middlebury. Shard Villa is operated in 
a lovely old and historic mansion, set in 
the country, with attractive views and a 
peaceful atmosphere. Estelle does quite 
nicely. She spends a great deal of her 
waking hours enjoying one of her life¬ 
long favorite pastimes of reading. She 
also attends Project Independence some 
days weekly, which gives her a chance 
to get out and meet with a different 
group of people.” 



Carolvne Hay ward Reed of Port St. 
Lucie, Fla., reports that she is “93 years 
young and in perfect health, as I never 
go to a doctor. I drive my car every day, 
play a lot of bridge, am president of a 
club and active in the Woman’s Club— 
for two years I’ve been asked to be in 
the fashion show. I read a book a day, 
large print. I live alone and do a lot of 
baking to give to my friends.”... J. Louis 
Donnelly of Holland, Pa., just retired as 
treasurer of the Twining Village Resi¬ 
dents Association. 


23 


Class Secretary: Mrs. Allen C. Clifford 
(Catherine Robbins), 15 Carver St., 
Brandon, VT 05733. 

The deadline for these notes preceded 
Reunion Weekend, but we were antici¬ 
pating that four people from the Class 
of 1923 would be able to attend our 70th 
Reunion: Helen Abel Brown (from 
Raleigh, N.C.), Catherine Robbins 
Clifford (from Brandon, Vt.), Esther 
Langwill (from Glastonbury, Conn.) 
and Grace Provencher Way (from 
Brookline, Mass.). We were to be housed 
in Gifford Hall, near Mead Chapel where 
Saturday morning convocation occurs. 
Our Saturday luncheon was planned at 


38 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 


President McCardell’s home and our 
banquet Saturday evening in the 
President’s Dining Room in Proctor 
Hall. We received a report from Helen 
Abel Brown, informing us that she 
spends her free time teaching English to 
foreign students. We hope to have more 
news to report after the Reunion. 

24 

Class Secretary: Mrs. Frederick M. 
Meek (Amy Hunt), Box 447, 
Kennebunkport. ME 04046; telephone 
(207) 967-2440. 

Ruth Eddv Pratt’s daughter writes 
that Ruth’s son and his wife visited her 
last summer to help celebrate Ruth’s 
90th birthday. The next day they went 
to the reunion of the Theresa High 
School where Bob and Dot spent most 
of their school days and where Ruth and 
Russell had both taught. The following 
weekend they spent in Bridport, Vt., for 
a Pratt reunion where they saw all the 
cousins. Ruth thinks of Midd class¬ 
mates often and sends love to them. She 
was saddened by the death of Stanton 
Harris who had been best man at their 
wedding. ...Al and Anna Wilkinson 
Pratt attended an alumni luncheon of 
Al’sclassmates at Amherst College last 
year. A friend drove them and they had 
a great time. Anna says that her hus¬ 
band has attended so many Middlebury 
reunions with her that he feels like a 
part of Middlebury as well as Amherst. 
They are still living in their home, where 
they have lived for 53 years, and are 
doing well. ...Muriel Morey Doolittle 
has evidently moved to a new residence 
at 300 Parsippany Road in Parsippany, 
N.J., but a letter forwarded to her there 
has been returned. If anyone knows 
Muriel’s exact address, please notify 
your secretary. 

25 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Donald D. 
Fredrickson (Dorothy Johnson), 199 
Central Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940, 
and Dr. Ward Oliver, 35 North Grand 
St., Cobleskill, NY 12043. 

It is with sadness that we learned of the 
death of Dorothy Tillapaugh Headley 
on February 28,1993, of complications 
resulting from myelofibrosis, a disease 
of the blood. Her son, David, assures us 
that her quality of life remained high for 
most of her last months. Dot was bom in 
East Harland, Conn., and grew up in 
Torrington. She worked her way through 
Middlebury, where she was a member 























of Pi Beta Phi sorority and completed a 
double major in English and home eco¬ 
nomics. After graduation she became a 
home economist for the Vermont Ex¬ 
tension Service, traveling the back roads 
to help families in the Montpelier area. 
Following their marriage in 1931, she 
and Arthur A. Headley moved to 
Florham Park, N.J., where they raised 
two sons. She was actively involved in 
Girl Scouts. PTA, Little League, Cub 
Scouts and AAUW. After Art’s retire¬ 
ment from Roger Smith Hotels and 
Dot’s from the Morris County Mental 
Health Association, in 1967, they moved 
to their remodeled shipbuilder’s home 
on the Bay of Fundy in St. Martins, New 
Brunswick, Canada. There they helped 
found a senior citizens group. Dorothy 
was active in the Quaco Historical and 
Library Society, as well as writing a 
food and nutrition column for the Sea¬ 
side News. Art died in 1975. In 1989 
Dot moved to Eaton Rapids to be near 
son Dave and his family. In Michigan 
she enjoyed her duplex across from the 
Grand River, where waterfowl, boat¬ 
ers, canoeists, walkers, bicyclers, jog¬ 
gers and fishermen frequented the quiet 
neighborhood. She attended musical 
luncheons at the Senior Center, enjoyed 
productions at the Eaton Rapids Com¬ 
munity Theater and participated in a 
congenial AAUW group. She is sur¬ 
vived by her two sons, Richard and 
David; three sisters, Mildred Loveland, 
Enid Tillapaugh ’29 and Helen 
Tillapaugh; two granddaughters and two 
great-grandchildren. Dot served two 
terms as class secretary, the first from 
1955 to 1960, the second from 1990 
until her death. A collection of Dot’s 
letters to her family, written from 
Middlebury in 1921-24, can be seen in 
Starr Library where they are preserved 
as part of the permanent collection. 
They supply a lively look of what life at 
the College was like during the ’20s. A 
memorial appears elsewhere in this 
magazine. ...Dr. Ward Oliver has gra¬ 
ciously agreed to serve as co-secretary 
for our class. We welcome him and 
remind everyone to send news fre¬ 
quently to your secretaries. 

26 

Class Secretaries: Elizabeth Goodale 
Murray, R.R. 1, Box 396, Perkinsville, 
VT 05151, andLindley W. Robinson, 33 
Christian Ave., Concord, NH 03301. 

Dick Allen writes from his retirement 
home in Hartford, Conn., that he is well 
situated there. ...Dana Hawthorne re¬ 
ports that since his severe stroke in 
March 1989 he has been in Santa Fe, 
N.M., confined to a wheel chair. ...The 
College and I (Lindley Robinson) seem 
to have lost track of Frank Chubb, 
James Tucker and Clyde Waite. Let 
us hear from you if you happen to read 
this. ...Yours truly (L.W.R.) suffered a 
valvular heart attack in January. It 
caused me to gain 18 pounds in 8 days. 


all excess body fluids, and my blood 
pressure to go down to 90/50. My doc¬ 
tor ordered X-rays, a CAT scan and an 
echo-cardiogram to find the trouble. 
New medicines got rid of the excess 
body fluid in 10 days and got my blood 
pressure back to normal. Now I’m feel¬ 
ing much better and hope to be back to 
normal soon. ...Dorothy Simonds 
Palmer of Montpelier is one of our 
classmates who is able to live in her 
own home. She has her husky dog as a 
companion. Although she had been 
hoping for snow so she could go 
snowshoeing, the February storms 
brought so much snow that it was too 
deep for her. She is a hockey fan and 
watches it on a Canadian station. Dot 
has used her fireplace a great deal this 
winter, since she has her own woodlot 
and a neighbor who cuts wood for her. 
In December she visited Ruth Mehuron 
McGill at Four Seasons in Northfield. 
Ruth reported the ’26 news for many 
years. ...Miriam Colby Sunderland 
(89) and husband Jack (93) have sold 
their car and are now grounded in St. 
Albans. Miriam still corresponds with 
classmate Marion Swift Carter, who 
lives in Whately, Mass., with her daugh¬ 
ter, Virginia. The Sunderlands have 
three great-granddaughters, born in 
1992: Margaret Ryan born in May, 
Rachel McKewicz bom in July and 
Alanna Gaylord bom in August. After 
20 years as market gardeners, Jack and 
Miriam retired. Then they learned about 
a chiffon squash developed by the Uni¬ 
versity of New Hampshire. Seeds can¬ 
not be purchased because they cannot 
be stabilized, but Jack’s nephew Ro¬ 
nald Sunderland now grows it on the 
family farm and stores it in the family 
cellars until ready to market. It is sold 
locally in small amounts (up to 20 
pounds) in plastic bags ready to be 
cooked. Chiffon squash peels like an 
apple and has a small cavity four inches 
deep. They reported that 800 pounds 
had gone to Boston markets each of the 
last two weekends. At times Jack and 
Miriam help prepare the squash for 
market during a family coffee hour. 
Sounds like a very specialized family 
business. ...Looking out of her 
Perkinsville home windows on Febru¬ 
ary 17, lines from James Russell 
Lowell’s “First Snowfall” repeated 
themselves in Betty (ioodale Murray’s 
head: “The snow had begun in the 
gloaming and busily all the night been 
heaping the field and highway with a 
silence deep and white. Every pine and 
fir and hemlock wore ermine too dear 
for an earl and the poorest twig on the 
elm tree was ringed inch deep with 
pearl.” Some people have flowers named 
for them as in the lovely story of Mrs. 
Miniver , who had a red rose named the 
Mrs. Miniver! In contrast, Betty was 
delighted when a 90-lb. Holstein heifer 
was named “Betty,” because she was 
bom on Betty’s 89th birthday, February 
19, at Harold Greenwood’s farm in 
Springfield, where Betty’s daughter 
Barbara Ann Murray is employed. 


27 

Class Secretary: Miss Julia B. Austin, 
38 E. Parkside Terrace, Bane, VT 
05641. 

Joseph L. Finnegan writes: “Ten great 
days with Paul and Betsy in New Jer¬ 
sey. Participated once again in the great 
Christmas ceremony at the cathedral in 
North Newark. Enjoyed the modern 
version of Girl Crazy by the Gershwin 
brothers at the Schubert. All the old 
music, plus great staging! Dinner at the 
Rainbow Room, with a clear, fantastic 
view of ‘the greatest city in the world.’ 
This old hockey player enjoyed the 
skating at the Rockefeller rink—from 
an armchair! Joined eight dear old 
friends at the Baltusrol Country Club 
for New Year’s Eve. A chilly but won¬ 
derful visit! ...Elizabeth (“Lisbo”) 
Hack Simons has become visually dis¬ 
abled so that she can read very little, 
even with magnification. She still writes 
beautifully, however. She is happy to 
note that Hal Phillips is still touring the 
world and speculates that he must be the 
strongest of ’27. She enjoys occasional 
visits with Judy Austin and she misses 
keeping in touch with Peg Sedgwick 
Mertens. Up until last year, she was in 
frequent telephone communication with 
Gunny Elfstrom Carlson. When their 
communication came to a sudden end, 
Lizbo got in touch with the authorities 
to find out what had happened. She 
learned that Gunny is still in the same 
retirement home but in a different sec¬ 
tion, due to her Alzheimer’s disease. 
Writing to her through a Mr. Chapman, 
who is in charge of her affairs, she sent 
a letter and some snapshots of Gunny 
and her husband in earlierdays, of Lizbo 
at Mead Chapel and of four freshman 
friends dressed (as the sophomores had 
ordered) in yellow bibs and bright green 
berets, sitting on the cannon in the 
Middlebury park. Mr. Chapman said 
she seemed pleased with the pictures 
but came back again and again to the 
Chapel on the Hill and to the girls on the 
cannon. “That,” says Lizbo, “shows her 
deep love for Middlebury.” In closing, 
she writes her classmates: “In this dark 
time in our history, we have little 
strength left to help mankind. Let’s use 
what energy we have in prayer for our 
country and the world. Prayer changes 
things.” 

28 

Class Secretary: Mrs. J.D. Coombs 
(Miriam Sweet), 13 Highland St., Con¬ 
cord, MA 01742. 

We couldn’t believe the first message 
we received of Bill Donald’s death on 
March 11, 1993, his 89th birthday. He 
was about to leave on a cruise when his 
doctor sent him to the hospital with 
pneumonia, which proved fatal. Bill 


was an extraordinary class secretary. 
Elected with Jane Carrick Oviatt in 
1988, he continued as secretary follow¬ 
ing her death in 1990 and was very busy 
organizing and anticipating our 65th 
Reunion (May 28-30, 1993) at the time 
of his death. When first elected, he felt 
out of touch with his classmates and 
began a five-year pattern of personal 
visits with many of you. New England, 
Florida and California were all on his 
route. Bill enjoyed the personal con¬ 
tacts and also enjoyed writing the col¬ 
umn, sharing with us his Rotarian travel 
adventures. He was determined to see 
the Moody Area established. Fortu¬ 
nately he got to Middlebury last fall and 
did see the cabinet he had helped to 
design. He was busy with plans and 
enthusiastic about our 65th Reunion. 
He wished no mourning, just happy 
memories. You will remember that his 
wife, Louise, died in August 1992. I 
hope some of you will write to his 
daughter, Diana Bates (Mrs. Lee) at 
P.CX Box 1539, Julian, CA 92036. Bill 
prepared for Middlebury at Vermont 
Academy, Saxtons River, Vt. At 
Middlebury he established college 
records in both track and cross country, 
and was athletic editor of the 1928 
Kaleidoscope. A member of Alpha 
Sigma Phi, he participated in fraternity 
track and basketball, and was a member 
of the cast of Charley’s Aunt. A memo¬ 
rial appears elsewhere in this maga¬ 
zine. ...We also regret to report the 
death of George Eaton on January 29, 
1993, in Montpelier, Vt. He prepared 
for Middlebury at Bradford (Vt.) Acad¬ 
emy. Bradford also gifted us with Zella 
Cole Hibbert and Marguerite Kent 
Fitzpatrick. At Middlebury, George 
regularly won speaking contests. The 
contests were in English, but he would 
have been equally comfortable speak¬ 
ing in French. He was a member of our 
Kaleidoscope board and was active in 
dramatics and in the French Club. We 
don’t know how he managed it, but one 
of his best memories was of maneuver¬ 
ing Prexy Moody into “untenable posi¬ 
tions” in some of their chess games. 
George enjoyed our reunions and, when 
we last saw him, he told us about his 
satisfying volunteer service to people 
starting small businesses. Please turn to 
his memorial in this issue. ...Our next 
column will report on our long-antici¬ 
pated 65th Reunion, but the rest of this 
column was prepared by Bill shortly 
before his death. It begins with thanks 
from Bill. Mimi Sweet Coombs, Hank 
Ferryand Zella Cole Hibbert to those 
who couldn’t come to Reunion but 
whose letters and good wishes were 
greatly appreciated. ...Earl Hindes 
wrote: “Wish I could come. I’ll be up in 
the Smokies, remembering the 5th to 
the 50lh I did make consecutively, and 
the 60th, too. My love and best wishes 
to all survivors. Sail on, ’28.” ...Alice 
Brown Nielson sent her best wishes 
from their new home (121 Trinity Lakes 
Drive, #226, Sun City, FL 33573). She 
needs help with walking but, once in the 
car, enjoys drives with husband Pete. 


SUMMER 1993 39 


Alumni NewsLetter 





















Alumni NewsLetter 


ALUMNI 

CALENDAR 



July TBA 

Boston Harbor Cruise. 

July 15 

New York Harbor Cruise. 

August 11 

Tri-State Alumnae Luncheon, at 
the Kirk Alumni Center. 

September 1-5 

Alumni College XVIII, at Bread 

Loaf. 

October 16 

Middlebury College Alumni 

Association annual meeting, in 
Middlebury. 

October 16-17 

Homecoming Weekend. 

For more information on these or other events, contact the 
Alumni Office, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753, 
802/388-3711, ext. 5183. 


...Eva Marshall Douglas had some very 
special family events with son Paul in 
British Columbia on her late May cal¬ 
endar. ...Storrs Lee wrote toZella from 
Hawaii that he and Mary Lou could not 
be with us. ...Al Leahy claimed that he 
was not in top MC condition. ...Fred 
Whittemore's heart problems restrict 
his activity. ...We invited loyal Middle- 
bury supporter Fred Coombs, who had 
enjoyed coming to reunions with the 
late Florence (Philipsen). but he did 
not feel up to the trip. ...We would have 
loved to have Ruth Blanchette with us, 
but her health, too, does not permit 
travel. She has moved to 45 Meriden 
Ave., Southington, CT 06489 to be near 
her daughter, Jean Blanchette St. Clair 
’64. She would appreciate notes and 
calls (203-216-8010). ...We have lost 
another classmate. Theodore “Ted” 
(“Goody”) Goodwin died on January 
2,1993, in Dennisport, Mass. When we 
last heard from him, he was enjoying 
retirement from his science teaching 
career, spending summers in Dennisport 
and winters in Key Largo, Fla. The son 
of Frank and Eva Goodwin, he was bom 
on March 28, 1907, in Marblehead, 
Mass., and prepared for college at the 
high school there. After getting his M.S. 
at Harvard, he was a chemist at Perth 
Amboy, N.J., and then a high school 
science teacher, returning to chemistry 
as an instructor at Norwich University 
and Marlboro College, Vt. He found 
time in college to sing in the Men’s 
Glee Club and he belonged to the Dra¬ 
matic and French clubs. He enjoyed 
backpacking and mountain climbing, 
writing in 1978 that he had had to give 
up the latter. We express our sympathy 
to his wife, Catherine. A memorial ap¬ 


peared in the Spring issue. ...Bill re¬ 
ported frequent phone conversations 
with Eva Marshall Douglas in Penney 
Farms, Fla. He marveled at her vitality 
and acuity. ...The same held true for 
Helen Revere Hatch, who was to be in 
Costa Rica with her son at Reunion 
time. In late February, Bill and Helen 
attended a Middlebury alumni luncheon 
meeting in Sarasota. Gordie Perine ’49 
was, as usual, the personable MC. He 
introduced John McCardell, our new 
president, who held our rapt attention 
as he gave us his comments on the 
“State of Middlebury Today.” His brief 
and candid talk underscored the theme 
that no college, wedded to the status 
quo, could survive for 192 years. ...Drop 
a line at birthday time to Storrs Lee 
(August 3), Helen Bailey (August 8), 
Margaret Moody Rice (August 27), 
Marjorie Cross Smith (August 28), 
Marguerite Kent Fitzpatrick (Sep¬ 
tember 24), Emily Lobdell Smith (Oc¬ 
tober 1), Helen Revere Hatch (Octo¬ 
ber 23) and Gwendolyn Thatcher 
Whalley (October 30). 


29 


Class Secretary: Dr. Raymond ,/. 
Saulnier, 230 Heron Point, 
Chestertown, MD 21620-1676. 

Last August, Fred ’27 and Evelyn Jones 
Ives celebrated their 63rd wedding 
anniversary. I am sure they celebrated 
with their son, two daughters, seven 
grandchildren and Five great-grandchil¬ 
dren, all of whom visit frequently with 
them. Evelyn and Fred still live in 


Holden, Mass., in the house they have 
occupied for 50 years. They still sum¬ 
mer on Block Island, R.I., though nowa¬ 
days for a shorter period. The Friends of 
Block Island, including Evelyn and 
Fred, have worked to preserve it as one 
of the “Twelve Last Great Places of the 
Western Hemisphere,” as it is now offi¬ 
cially designated. Evelyn’s activities 
include “church, volunteer work, read¬ 
ing and bridge,” but no longer the for¬ 
eign travel she and Fred used to do. 
...Ron and Fredrika Alexander Bur¬ 
rows—’’both 85 and showing our age,” 
says Ron—have been settled for many 
years on Craigville Beach, in 
Hyannisport, Mass. Because Freddie 
has vision problems, they no longer go 
to Europe, nor vacation in Mexico, but 
“the Cape” is a lovely place, and there 
they raise Morgan horses, walk on the 
beach (“beautiful sunsets”) and enjoy 
the attention of two married daughters 
who live nearby. ...Again I have been 
telephonically in touch with Carolyn 
Woodward O’Neill, my ever-reliable 
aide in this reportorial task. Carolyn is 
in good spirits and in good hands—a 
daughter nearby—and attended the mid- 
February luncheon that brought about 
20 Middlebury people to an elegant 
Florida restaurant to hear a report on the 
College from John McCardell, our new 
and much-admired president. ...As for 
my own affairs, Estelle and I are settled 
now in a retirement facility in this pleas¬ 
ant “Eastern Shore” (Maryland) com¬ 
munity, also with a daughter (Alice) 
nearby. It is not easy to get anywhere 
from Chestertown, a feature of the place 
that they say gets more attractive as you 
get older, but I have a studio in town 
complete with such materials and equip¬ 
ment as will (hopefully) keep me in 
touch with what is happening in the 
world (quite a lot nowadays). One of 
our pictures (DuBois's Third Avenue 
El) made the trip to Middlebury last fall 
to help celebrate the opening of the new 
Center for the Arts, but is now back 
home. We hope to make that trip soon 
ourselves, certainly in 1994 to celebrate 
the 65th reunion of the 1929 class. 


30 


Class Secretary: Mrs. Beecher W. Dudey 
(Helen Kendall), 220 Ash St., Corinth, 
NY 12822. 

The Class of 1930 Scholarship was 
awarded to James R. Wilson ’95, a 
double major in French and Spanish 
who is living in the Chateau. He has 
already spent a summer at our French 
School and hopes in the future to study 
in both Paris and Madrid. (His twin 
sister is a student at the Univ. of Maine.) 
James works in the music library in the 
new Center for the Arts. He is involved 
in the Midd choir and also helps with 
theater make-up when he is needed. 
...Christmas letters brought news of our 
classmates. Nathalie Hall Jones (1010 
Waltham St. #F13, Lexington, MA 


02173) enjoys her new residence and 
would enjoy visits from any of her 
Midd friends. ...Grosvenor Crooks 
says he is still “poking along” at 
Havenwood, where he says there are 
three other Middlebury residents. 
...Wallace Greens wife, Evelyn (Clem¬ 
ent) ’32, reports that with some help she 
is able to care for Wally at home where 
they are visited by family members. 
Indeed, they have even been able to 
visit their loved ones occasionally. 
...Fred Dirks feels that Middlebury is a 
second home to him. He has friendly 
relations with the faculty and adminis¬ 
tration. Last September he participated 
in a three-day lecture series for eco¬ 
nomics students. ...Ginny Knox has 
changed her lifestyle. No more golf, 
gardening and bowling. Her friend and 
tenant, Esther Langwill ’23, sleeps 
downstairs now and Ginny prepares all 
meals. ...Howard Huntress, who is a 
whole year younger than the rest of us, 
promises to share with us any news he 
gathers about classmates. ...Wilhelmina 
“Kitty” Hayes is older than the rest of 
us, because she worked nine years be¬ 
tween high school graduation and en¬ 
tering college. Kitty recalls being un¬ 
able to attend our 35th Reunion because 
she had suffered a broken hip. Return¬ 
ing from a two-year stint in Africa, she 
was knocked down on cobblestones in 
a marketplace in Fez, Morocco. Kitty 
did get to other reunions and is still with 
us “in spirit” at each gathering. ...Ruth 
Potter Bode says that her great-grand¬ 
children liven up the scene from time to 
time. ...Lloyd Mann enjoys the Florida 
weather. He sings in the church choir 
and does his own yard work at age 90! 
In August he and Harriette celebrated 
their 63rd wedding anniversary. 
...Ralph Woodbury visited Bermuda 
and sailed around South America, re¬ 
turning through the Strait of Magellan, 
along the East Coast to Buenos Aires 
and Rio. ...In July Bob Herrick saw 
Sanford Witherell in Maine and vis¬ 
ited a daughter in Denver, Mass. He 
visits his other daughter each year, too, 
in Greensburg, Ind. So Bob is not a total 
Floridian. ...Bert Nylen has recovered 
nicely from a minor stroke. He quips, 
“Anyone can grow old. All you have to 
do is live long enough.” ... Mary and 
Carl Howard are helped by canes as 
they follow along “the cool sequestered 
vale of life.” ...Larry Wilson broke a 
hip and encountered several other diffi¬ 
culties in ’92. His wife, Eleanor, has 
trouble with her knees. ...Muriel John¬ 
son Thorne says she is pleased about 
the way things are going at Middlebury. 
Aren’t we all? President McCardell 
seems to be doing very well. ...Lib 
Parker Andrews' Christmas greeting 
included a recent picture of her. Good 
idea! Let’s have some more pictures. 
...Hugh McKee still plays his har¬ 
monica, participating in 38 programs in 
'92. He played at the Christmas hospi¬ 
tal party and in other programs in 
Champlain, Ellenburg, Peru and 
Mooers. He does volunteer work at his 
hospital and transports patients. On the 


40 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 






















first Monday of each month he calls 
bingo at the Elks Lodge. His wife, Dudie, 
lets Hugh do the dishes. Hugh admits to 
having a few aches in his joints, but says 
he feels fine most of the time. Inciden¬ 
tally, his son graduated from Ithaca 
College and his daughter from the Univ. 
of Connecticut. ...Carolyn Lee Allen 
now lives in Pleasant Manor in Rutland, 
Vt. (P.O. Box 6761, 05702). She par¬ 
ticipates in group activities, watches 
movies and enjoys having people 
around. ...We are sorry to report several 
deaths. Nita Leland Willits is at peace 
since September 1992. ...Ralph 
Hammersley died in February 1992. 
His son Brian is in the computer field. 
...Hazel Downing Orts died in April 
1992 after a three-and-a-half year battle 

I with cancer. ...Ruth Sturtevant 

Pierce’s husband, Hal, died at age 90 in 
May 1992. Ruth is reached in Michigan 
c/o Dante R. Zanoni, 7741 Randy Drive, 
Westland, MI 48185 or Room4B, 28349 
Joy Road, Westland, MI 48185, where 
she gets care because of her heart. ...We 
must also report the death of Margaret 
Cecelia Kocher Nozell on February 
13. We are indebted to Ginny Knox for 
the following synopsis of her life: Mar¬ 
garet and her late twin sister, Eleanor 
Mona Kocher Wallace were bom De¬ 
cember 13, 1907, in New York City. 
Eleanor died in 1978. Graduates of 
Suffern High School, the twins entered 
Middlebury in 1926. While Ellie was 
majoring in physical education and earn¬ 
ing her “M” sweater in record time, 
Margaret was majoring in home eco¬ 
nomics, living with the late Francelia 
Rose (Howe Haff) for several semes¬ 
ters at the Homestead. The twins were 
members of Phi Mu sorority. On gradu¬ 
ation, Margaret worked at the bank in 
Suffern and, in 1931, married John 
Nozell, whose career was in banking. 
Sons Richard and John were born in 
1933 and 1935, respectively. Her hus¬ 
band died in 1968 and, in 1972, she 
moved to Clearwater, Fla., where she 
became a hospital volunteer and a bell 
ringer at the Presbyterian Church. Her 
travels included Europe, Hawaii, the 
Orient and Canada. In recent years I 
was fortunate to share a happy period of 
her life, because she occupied my up¬ 
stairs rent for three summers. We took 
wonderful trips to visit the late Nita 
Willits in Scotia, N.Y., and Betty 
Norman in charming Lititz, Pa., and 
also to Bread Loaf in the fall when I 
attended the seminar for class agents. 
We send the condolences of the Class of 
1930 to her family. 

31 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Edward W. 
Toomey (Mary Stolte), RD 3, Box 301, 
Grafton, VT 05146 (May 1 to October 
26), 17615 W. Hwy. 98, Panama City 
Beach, FL 32413 (October-May), and 
Mr. E. Parker Calveit, 6251 Old Do¬ 
minion Drive, 4225, McLean, VA 22101. 


Some of our classmates continue to 
travel. We received cards from Rich¬ 
ard (Dick) Fear, who was in London 
for his annual trip for the theatre season, 
and from George ’32 and Natalie Lewis 
Emery, who traveled to Scotland and 
Ireland in fall 1992. During the winter, 
the latter also traveled to northern Vir¬ 
ginia where they entertained the Parker 
Calverts who are newcomers to the 
area. ...As for further classmate travels, 
the Walton Crockers moved from Cape 
Cod to Portland where they could be 
near their children. Like so many of us 
who have moved in recent years, it was 
amusing to learn from Walt and Elsa 
that they shared the common problem 
of being unable to find some items after 
moving that they were sure they had 
packed. ...After our many reunions 
which have so often been attended by 
our better halves, we are saddened when 
they are lost to us. Now we regret to 
report the death of Bob Lake, husband 
of Gwendolyn Mason Lake. Although 
Gwen was invited to join her son and 
family in Baltimore, she plans to stay 
on in their town house in Rome, N.Y. 
...Have any more of you ’31ers had 
grandchildren who have graduated from 
Middlebury? Lucy Booth Goodwin’s 
grandson, Christopher Hopkins ’ 87, has 
received his M.A. from Bread Loaf. 
Now that Lucy has a new car, those of 
us who go to Tri-State meetings hope 
that she will come to at least one gath¬ 
ering in ’93. ...It was wonderful to have 
a line or two at Christmas from Vir¬ 
ginia Cole who stays cheerful even in 
Montpelierchill. ...Are any more of you 
feeding birds or taking part in the an¬ 
nual count? Helena Dundas Rayner 
has new bird feeders to which tufted 
titmice, nuthatches, chickadees, wrens 
and purple finches flock. She also en¬ 
joys the winter waterfowl: hooded mer¬ 
gansers, buffleheads, canvas-backs and 
Canada geese, to list but a few. ...It was 
a short but sweet mini-reunion at 
Panama City Beach for Harriet Eliot 
and Mary Stolte Toomey. Fortunately 
five glorious days succeeded the previ¬ 
ous rain. “Shadow” and I both enjoyed 
a short telephone chat with Ruth 
Morrison Wilcox, who anticipated 
joining Eleanor Foote Cartmell at a 
nearby Middlebury gathering in Florida. 
Both were looking forward to meeting 
our 15th president, John M. McCardell 
Jr. ...The latest word from Kenneth 
MacClelland and Jo told of their jour¬ 
ney to Vancouver, once again for a 
family wedding—Nora’s this time. 
Some weeks later the honeymooners 
entertained four-score or more with a 
picnic at Will Rogers Park. Fun for all! 
Jo will retire in about a year. Then the 
Macs hope to move further north to be 
nearer family. ...As usual Marian Tolies 
Chase and Phil are busy. In February 
they were engrossed in making a map of 
the 50 houses displaced 30 years ago by 
a flood-control project. The map is part 
of theircontribution to Henniker’s 225th 
celebration. ...Congratulations go to 
Priscilla March on receiving her 15- 
year service pin from the Deerfield 


Museum. She had also received news 
from Nathalie Lewis Emery on a card 
mailed from Martinique. Nathalie and 
George ’32 were flying on from there to 
Jamaica. ...It was lovely to receive a 
note from Marshall and Prudence 
Ingham Montgomery. They recently 
had the pleasure of greeting President 
McCardell at a luncheon in Boca Raton, 
where he was accompanied by Gordie 
Perine '49 and Mike Schoenfeld ’73. 
Monty and Prue enjoyed our new 
prexy’s report and were pleased to have 
the parents of present-day students asked 
to pass on the undergraduates’ com¬ 
ments on Middlebury of today. ...It was 
with deep regret that we learned of 
Virginia Bland Smullen’s death on 
November 3,1992. Ginny was not only 
a sports enthusiast, but also a truly blithe 
spirit. She spread joy and later comfort 
as well to patients, friends and family. 
We extend belated but heartfelt sympa¬ 
thy to her son, William Bland Smullen, 
her daughter, Joan Hall-Feinberg, her 
six grandchildren and her two great¬ 
grandchildren, as well as to her sister 
Winifred Bland ’34, with whom Ginny 
came to live three years after the death 
of her husband. Of her marriage she 
wrote, “We had a good life.” Certainly 
she herself always enriched the lives of 
others. ...We were sorry to learn of the 
death of “Sandy” Claflin ’32 on March 
18, 1993. We send our condolences to 
Theta Conant Claflin. Theta and Sandy 
recently celebrated their 59th wedding 
anniversary. 

32 

Class Secretaries: Dr. and Mrs. GrayN. 
Taylor (Georgiana Hulett), 182 
Lancaster St., Albany, NY 12210. 

Alice Cady Russell was awarded hon¬ 
orable mention at a juried art show of 
the Westerville Art League. Her entry 
was a watercolor of a sunflower on a 
dark green background. She is again 
secretary of her resident’s association. 
As co-chairman of its library commit¬ 
tee, she has tackled the task of catalogu¬ 
ing a collection of 2,000 books. ...The 
Rev. George Owen and wife Esther are 
still enjoying retirement with occasional 
professional activities. Last winter they 
purchased five-month passes for air 
travel, planning to use them to visit 
some of their 18 grandchildren and 24 
great-grandchildren who are scattered 
about in California, Texas, Minnesota, 
Colorado and Maine. He reminds us 
that he inherited 16 of the grandchil¬ 
dren and 22 of the greats when he and 
Esther were married in 1980. While at 
home, George enjoys his woodworking 
shop and Esther her well-equipped sew¬ 
ing room. ...We have a new address for 
Josephine Saunders Taggart: 161 
Sacked Road, Westfield, MA 10085. 
She is located only three miles from her 
former home, but is now “a bit out in the 
country” where, she writes, “it seems 
like a new world and I love it—less 


traffic, fewer exhaust fumes, larger 
yards, downstairs bedroom—all the 
good things for growing older. Also my 
daughter and her family are with me.” 
...Of course, not everyone could make 
our 60th, and Jeanette Burgess Lane 
was greatly disappointed to miss the 
event. She reports that she is feeling 
considerably better after a long, slow 
battle to climb back from a potassium 
deficiency. ...May Clark Stevens spent 
Thanksgiving with her daughter and 
family in Syracuse and Christmas with 
her younger son and family in Hyde 
Park, Vt. She was “glad the election and 
inaugural are over. I sure was caught up 
in both. Now we will bite the bullet.” 
...Last August Peg DeWitt went to 
California with five friends via Amtrak 
and Glacier Park. They attended the 
Conference of the International Fed¬ 
eration of University Women and met 
women from all over the world. ...I). 
Temple Braymer and wife Marion 
announce the arrival of their first great- 
granddaughter. ...George Emery and 
Nathalie (Lewis) ’31 enjoyed winter 
holidays in Martinique and Jamaica. 
They had dinner in Washington one 
evening with Parker Calvert ’31 and his 
wife, DeeDee. The Calverts are in a fine 
retirement home in McLean, Va. George 
sent your class secretaries an interest¬ 
ing article from the January ’93 issue of 
Conde Nast Traveler. In the article, 
entitled “One Man’s Piece of America,” 
Ron Powers (a visiting assistant profes¬ 
sor at Middlebury) extols the strong 
sense of “place” which characterizes 
the town of Middlebury. Powers claims 
that this is due in large part to the fact 
that our Middlebury College takes seri¬ 
ously its responsibility to act as steward 
of the town’s fortunes. The College is 
“a safeguard, insulating the town from 
the extremes of either decay or 
hypergrowth.” He declares that Midd 
enriches the town economically; it nour¬ 
ishes the town spiritually. It protects the 
town as well as its campus, for“over the 
decades its board of trustees has pur¬ 
chased nearly six thousand acres of 
farmland around the town’s perimeter 
and in adjoining townships. The result 
is a kind of rural preserve.” ...Arnold 
(“Scrap”) Melbye has been honored 
again with a certificate of appreciation 
from the Cape Cod Museum of Natural 
History at the 17th annual bird carvers 
festival. ...Peripatetic Betty Brown 
Hearne is still marveling at the great 
time enjoyed at our 60th Reunion. Fam¬ 
ily weddings, graduation and a family 
vacation filled her time from April to 
July. She admits she arrived home “a bit 
frazzled and worn from the hectic pace, 
but filled with great thankfulness for 
my family and friends.” Betty is on a 
residents’ advisory council, fulfills 
church responsibilities and volunteers 
at an elementary school. Who says you 
have to“stay put” in your 80’s?! ...Gray 
and Georgiana Hulett Taylor are elated 
that their granddaughter, Susannah 
Church, will be entering Middlebury 
this fall. She is the daughter of Betsy 
Taylor ’69 and Richard Church '66. 


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33 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. W. Dale Brown 
(Miriam Barber), 22 Horizon Drive, 
Ithaca, NY 14850, and Mr. Clark H. 
Corliss, 214 Pineridge Court, 
Mandeville, LA 70448. 

Your retiring secretaries, Phil and Helen 
Easton Carpenter, want to thank all of 
you who have sent cards and notes. 
Helen is having more heart problems 
and, because of her tiny fragile vessels, 
is not a good candidate for bypass sur¬ 
gery. So Phil is learning both house¬ 
keeping and nursing as the doctors work 
out a medical course of therapy. They 
especially thank Ginnie Whittier 
Warthin for preparing this column as 
1933 pro tern class secretary. They are 
also pleased to announce that Miriam 
Barber Brown and Clark Corliss will 
serve as our class scribes for the new 
term. Their addresses appear above and 
all are encouraged to provide them with 
news. ...Ring Pratt suffered “a couple 
of heart attacks” at Christmas time and 
after five weeks in bed is out again on a 
somewhat restricted regime. He too was 
considered for surgery but also seems 
to suffer from fragile vessels. He is 
doing well on medication, though thinks 
doctors’ orders re spirits somewhat lim¬ 
iting. ...Helen Wooding says that Milton 
Wooding doesn’t always know her but 
remains his gentle, polite and kindly 
self and is grateful for all attentions. 
...Altha Hall Holbrook has post-polio 
syndrome and is having a bad time with 
her legs and feet. She had a knee re¬ 
placed last spring and is now hopeful of 
great assistance from a new brace. ...Mil 
Buffum told Ginnie Whittier Warthin 
that her only outings entailed visits to 
her doctor, while Fen Buffum s were 
back and forth to the bam where he 
cares for four horses, in spite of all the 
huffing and puffing. But, as Mil says 
cheerily, “at least it gets him out.” ...Now 
for the real estate transactions. Ev Gould 
sold his house within a week of putting 
it on the market, so the address we gave 
as temporary will now be permanent. 
...Joan Rowland Glassburn and Ed 
have moved into a new retirement cen¬ 
ter: Longwood at Oakmont, 500 Rte 
909, #G27, Verona, PA 15147. They 
too are learning a new way of living. 
...Art Amelung now admits that he 
should have settled in Vermont but gives 
his new address as Pine Run Commu¬ 
nity, #1 Quince Cluster, Doylestown, 
PA 18901. ...Lou and Clark Corliss 
have no regrets about their move to 
Mandeville, La. (address above). Clark 
has become a hospice volunteer and 
they are busily sinking new roots. ...Jack 
and Marian Ball Davidson continue to 
enjoy their Floridian existence, though 
they admit to playing less golf, while 
Prof H use continues to play great Geor¬ 
gian golf. ...Now to our travelers: Ruth 
Nodding Hopkins enjoyed a super trip 
to Switzerland, covering much of the 
Italian-speaking area. ...Marguerite 


Hunold Ross and John have vacationed 
in Bermuda and Niagara Falls and have 
enjoyed several overnight excursions 
with an active senior group. ...Marge 
Haynes Lacher and Halvor drove to 
New Mexico in their van to see their 
daughter, Katherine, receive a master’s 
degree in landscape-related architec¬ 
ture. Another trip took them to Wash¬ 
ington Island, Wis., where Marge cel¬ 
ebrated her 80th birthday. ...Howard 
and Faith Kellogg Dailey have visited 
in Rhode Island and Maine, driven to 
Florida and celebrated their 50th wed¬ 
ding anniversary since their last report¬ 
ing. ...Lyle Glazier volunteered togive 
a course in independent study (African 
and African-American literature) at 
Southern Vermont College. ...Johnny 
Hartrey is quite handicapped but gets 
about with crutches or a walker... Harry 
Wells produced three new great-grand¬ 
children in 1992! ...Perky ’39 (Marianne 
Monroe) and Mel Glazier have four 
grandchildren in college—at Middle- 
bury, University of Maine, University 
of Oregon and Canterbury, New 
Zealand. ...Greetings and cheery mes¬ 
sages have been received from the fol¬ 
lowing good friends who had nothing 
of great import to impart: Doug Short, 
Mary Duryee Weeks, Dottie Britnell, 
A1 Painter, Dot Cornwall Cheney, 
Mini Barber Brown, Marion Holmes, 
Red and Luella Page, Ted and Lois 
Lewthwaite Walter, Betty Nesbitt, 
Red Yeomans, Alice Denio Rulison, 
Boyd and Emmy Lou Nothnagle ’34 
Brown, Rose and George Siipola and 
the Bookstavers—David and Rachel 
(Booth). ...We are happy in our memo¬ 
ries of Barbara Truman Lindgren 
and saddened to have to report her death 
on January 5, 1993. Our love and sym¬ 
pathy goes out to her family. A memo¬ 
rial appeared in the Spring issue of this 
magazine. ...We must also send our 
condolences to the family of George A. 
Colclough, who died on January 28, 
1993. George was bom in Stockbridge, 
N.Y., and prepared for Middlebury in 
Hillsdale High School. At Middlebury 
he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, 
played in the band and participated in 
intramural sports. In retirement he en¬ 
joyed traveling and developed consid¬ 
erable skill in repairing antique clocks. 
His education and career are outlined in 
a memorial which appears elsewhere in 
this magazine. 

34 

Class Secretary: Mrs. Ruth Ells Crane, 
P.O. Box 1077, Coe St., Winsted, CT 
06098. 

A note from Thelma Croft Fisher says 
she has been slowed down somewhat 
by a hip replacement. She still manages 
occasional visits to her daughter, who 
lives in Manhattan Beach near Los 
Angeles. She also plays some bridge, 
takes some senior-sponsored bus trips 
and enjoys the symphony. She says she 


is still plugging away on her life history 
and enjoys having the class involved. 
...Dot Smith Wright has sold her mo¬ 
bile home in Venice, Fla., and is renting 
a two-bedroom apartment in 
Charlottesville, Va., where her daugh¬ 
ter and family live. She says watching 
two grandchildren (ages 6 and 7) grow 
up is a pleasant change from being with 
old folks her age all the time. Her ad¬ 
dress appeared in our Spring column. 
...Gertrude Hewitt Lathrop wrote a 
long letter, apologizing for not writing 
sooner and also telling of some interest¬ 
ing activities she has enjoyed. In Octo¬ 
ber of 1991 she, along with two cousins 
and a friend, flew to St. Paul, Minn., and 
boarded The Mississippi Queen for her 
last trip of the season down the big 
river. They enjoyed many side trips, 
including Hannibal, Mo., birthplace of 
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), going 
up the 630-foot arch in St. Louis and 
seeing some of the famous Clydesdale 
horses at the Annheuser Busch plant. 
Last summer she and husband Earl cel¬ 
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
with a party attended by six of their 
children and their families. The family 
dinner was held at the Waybury Inn and 
the celebration was taped on a VCR so 
they can re-enjoy the whole event. 
...Thanks for all the news. Keep it com¬ 
ing! 

35 

Class Secretaries: Alma Davis Struble 
(Mrs. Robert) 1977 Marlboro Road, 
Kennett Square, PA 19348, and the 
Rev. Leland Hunt, 10 Murray St., 
Norwalk, CT 06851. 

During a recent Literacy Volunteers 
convention in Denver, Natalie 
Dunsmoor received an award for more 
than 15 years of service. Your secre¬ 
tary, Alma Davis Struble, was pleased 
to learn that a fellow Kennett Square 
resident had met Natalie in Denver. 
After the convention Nat went on to 
visit one of her second grade pupils who 
is now a clinical psychologist in Boul¬ 
der. During a drive into Fort Estes Park 
they rounded a curve and “there before 
them in a sunny Field were hundreds of 
elk!” Her year has been filled with 
family gatherings, much volunteer work 
and two wonderful trips back to Midd— 
one for her 17th Bread Loaf Alumni 
College session and one for alumni 
weekend in May ’92. She is looking 
forward to showing her Valentine video 
at our 60th and lately she has found the 
time and energy to make more than 55 
valentines herself. ...Mildred Aubrey 
Monagan has been busy sorting the 
acquisitions of more than 18 years of 
living in the same place. Like a lot of us, 
she and Walter are moving to less stress¬ 
ful living arrangements. This May they 
were hoping to move to Wake Robin, a 
new community in Shelburne, Vt. 
...From Jean Wiley Zwickel comes the 
report that they are slowing down, 


though I see little evidence of that. On 
her next visit to her friend in Pleasanton 
prison, Jean hoped to make a sidetrip to 
visit Marge Clark Headley. Besides 
prison visits, Jean dedicates much of 
her time to working on behalf of Puerto 
Rican independence. She recently pre¬ 
sented a workshop on Puerto Rico at the 
Women’s International League for 
Peace and Freedom at Tacoma, Wash. 
The Spanish translation of her book is 
beginning to be circulated in Colombia. 
Her son, Daniel, continues his singing 
and his efforts to market Hexadec, the 
computer card game he invented. 
...Louise Fleig Newman wrote from 
Fort Worth but her letter gives little 
evidence she spends much time there. 
Besides family visits she flew to Mary¬ 
land to visit friends, made a trip to 
Rochester to enjoy the Lilac Festival, 
and made a side trip to Akron. Summer 
found heron Pleasant Pond, Maine, and 
then in Southwest Harbor. In the fall 
she visited Ellis Island where her fam¬ 
ily first set foot in America. During her 
travels in and around New York she 
found the old familiar places were as 
nice as, or better than, her recollections 
and that the changes were interesting, 
not devastating. ...Avis Fischer has 
completed the move to her new apart¬ 
ment and she and her friend are very 
happy with the change. The life, as they 
had hoped, is easier. During the Christ¬ 
mas holidays, Gertrude Knight 
Cleverdon spent a day with Avis in the 
new apartment. Gert’s son lives nearby 
and Avis’ move makes a visit easier. 
After Christmas, Avis was spending the 
winter in Puerto Rico. (As snow is fall¬ 
ing abundantly here in Pennsylvania, I 
envy you, Avis.) ...Like the Phoenix, 
Faith Arnold Diver and Howard arose 
from previously-reported disasters and 
by May were on the road through Ver¬ 
mont and New Hampshire, stopping for 
a delightful lunch with Lael Sargent 
Mancib. In October they drove to 
Cornell to visit son Jeff who gave his 
father a quick lesson in computers. They 
spent Thanksgiving with daughter 
Marjorie in Connecticut, where she is 
social service director for Groton. 
Faith’s Christmas card was a picture of 
their handsome grandson, Nicky, ex¬ 
changing a long, loving look with what 
must be his favorite horse. ...Carroll 
and Virginia Easier Wilson spent their 
second September in Austria. In Febru¬ 
ary there was a family gathering, with 
15 in all! Ginny’s brother, Don Easier 
’36, and his wife, Carol (Wheeler) ’36, 
and brother-in-law Allison Beebe '38 
swelled the number of Midd graduates. 
...Your secretary spent a snowy yester¬ 
day delivering Meals on Wheels and 
frantically organizing the notes you have 
read. Do you remember receiving a 
yellow card on which you could write a 
sentence or two and send it to Midd? 
One of you made use of that card. Come 
on, the rest of you, search out that card 
and use it. ...Your other secretary. Lee 
Hunt, had a recent telephone conversa¬ 
tion with Don Brown of Jacksonville, 
Fla. Don and wife Jacqueline play two | 


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or three doubles at tennis weekly, to 
keep in trim. They visited their daugh¬ 
ter in Evergreen, Colo., last September. 
Son Donald II had flown his Cessna 6 
across the country, bringing his family 
to visit his father and mother—much to 
the delight of the latter, who were en¬ 
chanted with their two teenage grand¬ 
daughters. ...Matt Korwin of 
Marysville, Calif., rejoices over the end 
of California’s six-year drought. Rains 
this past winter, however, have tipped 
the scales a bit far in the other direction. 
Matt says that snows in the Sierras were 
the deepest in a number of years. He and 
wife Jeanette, he says, “go along at the 
same leisurely pace and wonder about 
the future.” ...Phil Mathewson, writ¬ 
ing from Florida, says this was the 21st 
winter that he and Jean have spent in the 
South. They were heading back to Ver¬ 
mont early in May to start their garden. 
Perennials and wildflowers were to be 
in the forefront this year. ...Warren 
Brown of Bemardston, Mass., is the 
patriarch of an extended family of four 
children, 12 grandchildren and 22 great¬ 
grandchildren, his wife’s progeny from 
a former marriage. ...Your secretary 
continues as part-time pastoral assis¬ 
tant to the rector of a neighboring Epis¬ 
copal church. He is also priest-in-charge 
of the remnant of a parish divided over 
the issues of prayer-book revision and 
the ordination of women. ...Again our 
column ends on a note of sadness as we 
report the death of Larry Seelye last 
November. Larry was a member of Chi 
Psi, received his numerals as a member 
of the freshman cross-country team, 
and played in intramural sports during 
his last three years. A memorial ap¬ 
peared in the Spring issue. 

36 

Class Secretaries: Ed and Ruth 
(McNulty) Howard, Mountain View 
Estate, 19125 N. 93 Ave., Peoria, AZ 
85382. 

Apologies to all of you who have to hear 
about the beauties of the desert and of 
Arizona as the price for reading this 
column. This past winter, however, we 
have seen another side of the desert— 
wet desert (a contradiction in terms), 
with dry river beds becoming raging 
rivers, 12 times normal rainfall and all 
of the heartbreak and misery that come 
when homes and farms get washed 
away, sometimes leaving the land use¬ 
less forquite a while. Fortunately, we’ve 
had no damage in our immediate neigh¬ 
borhood. We hope the more than 30 
tribes of Native Americans hereabouts 
have deleted the Rain Dance from their 
repertoire, at least for the present. Your 
secretaries’ lives are going well, with 
no very high peaks and no very low 
troughs (if life is like a wave)—sort of 
a flattening out, and that is not at all bad. 
I doubt if we could stand the excitement 
of any great high. So if we get in touch 
with you, and you tell us you aren’t 


really doing anything and don’t have 
any news, you are wrong. The fact that 
you are still in motion is, at our age, big 
news. So drop a note. Please! ...After 
many months, word comes from the 
house of Hamilton Shea. (As happens 
so many times when hearing from one 
of you, we are transported back to the 
days in the ’30s when life was mellow 
and we were callow fellows and unso¬ 
phisticated gals.) Ham writes, “We have 
just gone through an emotional phase 
and, hallelujah, we will survive. I refer 
to the decision to lop off the old home 
place and all the work and get into a 
retirement community where we can 
enjoy independent living, as long as we 
can manage that, but where other levels 
of care are available right there if and 
when needed. We have found a delight¬ 
ful place outside Richmond (where two 
of our daughters and families live) and, 
as soon as we sell our home, we are on 
our way. There is a good Gary Player- 
designed golf course there and a regular 
program of activities one can get into or 
ignore as the mood suits. I am hoping to 
find a down-and-dirty regular gin 
rummy or poker game at which I can try 
to supplement my lunch money to the 
level of two Manhattans instead of the 
more sensible one.” Ham, may the Great 
Planner cause a plump pigeon to roost 
in your new neighborhood. We wish 
you well! They have taken a large unit 
so that Dottie can hang onto the things 
she particularly prizes and they will 
soon be off into a new phase of their 
lives. There will be much, much more 
from the red-headed Irishman with the 
still sharp mind and truly caustic wit 
and tongue in the next issue. ...Dick 
Chase sounds both busy and content. 
He has high praise for Pres. John M. 
McCardell Jr. The Chases attended his 
inauguration. Another member of ’36, 
former trustee Mary Williams 
Brackett, had as her partner in the 
processional Ron Brown ’62, Secretary 
of Commerce. Dick tells us that he and 
Anne have made the decision to “back 
off a bit” from their very extensive 
motor coach traveling. They have trav¬ 
eled to all but one of the Canadian 
provinces, every state in Mexico, and 
all but three states in the U.S.—175,000 
miles in all. To quote, “It seems appro¬ 
priate that our efforts should be devoted 
to our country life style. Summers de¬ 
voted to flower gardens, vegetable gar¬ 
den and small orchard providing ample 
food supply during the growing season 
and food to freeze for the winter. Win¬ 
ter devoted to skiing, downhill in south¬ 
ern Vermont. Still trying to get together 
with Gus Brooks for some cross-coun¬ 
try,” but, at the time of his writing, there 
was little or no snow cover. Dick’s 
spring hobby is a small maple sugaring 
operation which provides 25 to 30 gal¬ 
lons of syrup. He also continues to play 
trombone and baritone in a “very fine” 
town band. He sends his best to every¬ 
one. ...Speaking of Gus Brooks, I called 
Dick Hubbard just about an hour or so 
after Dick had lunched with Katie and 
Gus. The Brookses were headed for a 


skiing date with Rett Hanson 
Herrington and her husband. I cer¬ 
tainly admire the way many of you 
handle that white stuff and manage to 
get more out of it than a sore back from 
shoveling. Dick Hubbard speaks of 
about four and a half feet of snow around 
his house. The temperature that day 
was in the low teens, but a few days 
earlier, taking into account the wind 
chill, it had been 40 or 50 degrees below 
zero. Somehow when I hear that report, 
the rain in Spain or on the plain or here 
in the desert doesn’t sound all that bad. 
...After a number of attempts, I man¬ 
aged to reach Dr. Bill Carter at his 
Princeton, Mass., house. He is well and 
retired from his professional duties at 
Clark Univ. in Worcester, Mass. His 
knowledge of Middlebury is current 
and he still returns to Vermont for a 
period of time in the summer. I tried to 
entice him to put some of his thoughts in 
a letter and I hope he does, because it 
will be well worth reading. ...Doug 
Hall’s death came at the end of October 
and his memorial appeared in the Spring 
issue. His wife, Caroline, has been kind 
enough to supply me with more infor¬ 
mation. Doug was a KDR. He was bom 
in Brooklyn and lived there until he was 
six, at which time the family moved to 
Larchmont, N.Y. He graduated from 
MamaroneckHighin ’32andfromMidd 
in '36. He worked for the U.S. Tobacco 
Co. in New England, was drafted in ’41, 
spent a year as an enlisted man, then to 
O.C.S. and then four more years in the 
Army. He was sent to Hawaii, where he 
met Caroline and was married in Sep¬ 
tember of ’42. Most of his Army career 
was spent in Europe. Went into France 
on D-day plus two and through Europe 
with Patton’s army in an anti-aircraft 
unit. The Halls lived in Baldwin, N.Y., 
and in Chappaqua, each for five years, 
while Doug was working for Burlington 
Mills and Pacific Mills. He joined 3M 
in 1956, so the Halls moved to 
Mahtomedi on White Bear Lake near 
St. Paul, where they lived for over 20 
years. His three daughters were married 
there. Doug was active in the Methodist 
church and in the Masons. The Halls 
moved to Florida in 1978 and, to quote 
Caroline, “he thoroughly enjoyed his 
retirement life—golf, swimming, trav¬ 
eling and those great reunions at Middle¬ 
bury. Two years ago he was diagnosed 
as having Parkinson’s disease and de¬ 
clined very fast. He always had such 
fond memories of his college years!” 
Our hearts go out to you, Caroline, and 
to your daughters—Barbara in Califor¬ 
nia, Betty in Bangkok, Thailand, and to 
Beverly in Denver. He will be missed. 
...We are always chilled a bit when we 
realize we are one less. To those of you 
who haven’t been in touch, I say again, 
please , we all want to hear from you— 
even just once, even just a few lines. We 
all touched each other’s lives just by 
being part of that freshman class in the 
fall of ’32. You probably wouldn't be 
reading this 61 years later if you didn’t 
feel, ‘way down deep, that you are still 
an integral part of Midd ’36. ...By the 


way, the Class of ’28 has assembled a 
“Moody Area Collection” in the north¬ 
east comer of Kirk’s great hall. They 
are asking us to check our personal 
Midd memorabilia for appropriate 
things which might be added. He was 
Prexy to us too. Drop a line to us if you 
can respond to their request and we will 
give you info as to where to send it. 
...Although an operation has somewhat 
slowed down Barbara Warner Barry, 
she still continues her volunteer work at 
the hospital where she is in charge of 
food for the snack bar. Volunteer work 
at the library also keeps her busy. She 
spends holidays, Christmas and Thanks¬ 
giving with her sons. She and Anna 
Mayo keep in touch regularly. ...In 
Denver, Colo., Dorothy Rich Dollahite 
keeps in touch with Harmony Buell 
Cooper, Mary Dansereau Howard 
and Frances Wilkinson Russ. ...Melba 
Spaulding Lombard remarks that her 
days are just routine, but her enjoyment 
of her children and her grandchildren is 
uppermost in her life. She is a volunteer 
at the Dover Craft Shop. Although her 
husband suffered a heart attack a year 
ago, he is fine now with much improved 
hearing and walking. ...Jean Barton 
Cotton is still exercising on the tennis 
court twice a week, weather permitting, 
and plays bridge with a golf club group 
that plays bridge all winter. The day I 
spoke with Jean (February 25), the tem¬ 
perature was 5 degrees, not good for 
tennis but great for bridge. Jean says 
she and Dan are just doing run-of-the- 
mill stuff but were planning a trip to the 
Gaspe Peninsula this summer, and were 
looking forward to seeing the last of the 
snow and ice that had kept them some¬ 
what housebound in winter. ...Jean 
Edgerton Orr is still running the 
Stetson Library as a volunteer activity. 
She has put her house on the market and 
is making plans to move to Bangor, 
Maine, where she will be closer to a 
medical center for health reasons, the 
most immediate being cataract opera¬ 
tions. ... Armistead and Eleanore Cobb 
Lee made their ritual Vermont visit in 
May to visit daughter Rebecca Lee 
Samanci ’70 and her family. Rebecca 
and her husband have started a small 
business, Cobbs Corners, selling pates 
to shops and supermarkets. Their ac¬ 
countant tells them they are among the 
few who have prevailed in a new busi¬ 
ness venture. At Christmas time, the 
Lees visited their California daughter 
and her family, which includes three 
grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 
The two married children of Eleanore’s 
late sister-in-law, Betty Baker Cobb, 
live in Oakland, so they had a real Cobb 
family reunion. ...A card from Louise 
Hutchinson, Travis ’34 and Maggie 
Leach Harris reported that they were 
enjoying the ocean, the birds—espe¬ 
cially a nesting bald eagle—church and 
the choir at Bootgreen Gardens, Myrtle 
Beach, S.C. Son Stephen drove Maggie 
and Travis to Myrtle Beach after they 
toured Gettysburg with an autotape. 
This was such a moving experience that 
it “sparked” them into a study of the 


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Civil War while there. ...Russ and Jerry 
Kevan Philpott attribute their good 
health in part to lots of exercise and they 
hope it keeps up. “We have just re¬ 
turned from a Caribbean cruise which 
we thoroughly enjoyed. The British are 
so amusing and so much fun! Our table 
for 10 was always the last out of the 
dining room. So now back to routine. 
However, it has finally snowed in 
Montreal so I will get out my downhill 
skis. I don’t ski on artificial snow— 
don’t trust my skis. Of course I'm okay, 
it’s my skis that do funny things.” 
...Doris Wall Roberts was planning to 
be back in Tucson, Ariz., for a couple of 
weeks in late March visiting her daugh¬ 
ter, Nan. We were hoping to play golf 
during her stay. ...Mavis Jones Little 
spent a couple of nights with Dode at 
Marco Island, Fla. In February Dode 
had a trip to Mexico—a week in Merida 
on the Yucatan with friends and a week 
in Oaxaca, which she loves because “it 
still retains the Old World atmosphere,” 
and then a few days in Mexico City. She 
camped with Nancy and family in New 
Mexico and Utah, seeing the gorgeous 
canyons along the way and doing a bit 
of white water kayaking. She is still 
carrying on her “little” wholesale biz in 
shell lobsters and is presently working 
on a large order for Acadia National 
Park in Maine for over 5,000 of the 
critters. “It’s hard settling down to work 
in Florida when I really want to be out 
on the lovely golf course I belong to.” 
...By the time you read this, Ed and I 
will have attended a Midd alumni re¬ 
ception at the Phoenician Hotel in 
Scottsdale. Bill Deacon ’91 reports that 
100 fellow graduates live in the Valley. 
Hope someone attending will be a bit 
older than our grandchildren! We’ll fill 
you in later. ...Late news flash! Ed 
Howard! HOLE IN ONE! March 5, 

1993, at Union Hills Country Club, Sun 
City, Arizona! 

37 

Class Secretary: Mrs. Barbara Hopkins 
(Barbara Gregory), 1021 W. 
Devonshire Road, Delafield, W153018, 
and the Rev. Loring D. Chase, 10 Surry 
Hill Drive, Keene, NH 03431. 


and has been teaching as an English 
intern at Middlebury Union High 
School. She has stage managed two 
plays at the College, plays in the college 
jazz band and has been asked to con¬ 
tinue teaching a children’s theater course 
by the elementary school in Middle¬ 
bury. “Whether I will get much sleep 
this term remains to be seen! ” she wrote 
at the beginning of spring term. “But 
receiving the Middlebury Class of 1937 
Scholarship is surely an incentive to 
continue to work hard academically 
and to remain deeply involved in Col¬ 
lege and Middlebury community life.” 
...Ramona Ford Emory moved to Or¬ 
egon last April, and has enjoyed living 
there, despite the winter’s rain and snow. 
In November she went to Australia, 
New Zealand and the Fiji Islands and 
loved it all: Cairns, the Great Barrier 
Reef, Kuranda, Sydney, Canberra and 
Melbourne. ...Doris Cutting writes 
from Belmont, Mass., that she keeps in 
touch with Middlebury friends, includ¬ 
ing Mary Taylor Stocker, Doris Ryan 
Pitcher and her once-roommate 
Catherine Branch Erasure. ...Bea 
Lindgren Zaremba still has her gift 
shop on Cape Cod (in Chatham). She 
enjoys having grandchildren nearby, 
ages 24 months to four years, and a two- 
year-old great-grandson. ...Janet Gray 
Willis writes from Honolulu that she 
has been through 12 months of cancer 
recovery. “Thank heavens for wigs!” 
she quips. Her advice: “Don’t ever turn 
down chemo because of what you may 
have heard!” ...John ’38 and Carol 
Bloom Chalmers rejoice in the birth 
(on December 4, 1992) of their first 
great-grandson, Zachary Rockow 
Chalmers. Their grandson, Seth 
Chalmers Janus, is a member of the 
Class of ’95 at Middlebury. Carol and 
John recently enjoyed a 10-day stay in 
southern Jamaica with nine of their 
immediate family. They stayed in two 
double cottages with kitchens and baths, 
but with no electricity or hot water. 
However “a friendly local community 
and living in a very different culture, 
with ocean swimming and some hiking 
and leisure to visit as a family, all made 
for a real treat.” ...Marshall Sewell Jr. 
is “trying to avoid Medicare as much as 
possible,” so he keeps fairly busy as 
program chairman of the residents’ as¬ 
sociation in his Whiting, N.J., adult 
community. He “wrote an article for 
our state hospital journal on ‘under¬ 
standing retired people’ (as if I did).” 
Though he missed our 55th Reunion, he 
and wife Joyce “spent a beautiful Sep¬ 
tember day in Middlebury walking 
around campus and having lunch with 
Walt and Bobbie Carrick ’40 Brooker." 
...Charles and Ruth Schaeffer ’36 Saw¬ 
yer both attained the age of 78 in Janu¬ 
ary. Charlie is still teaching anatomy at 
UCLA—his 52nd year on the subject 
and his seventh as a volunteer. Daugh¬ 
ter Joan is in biochemistry at UC Irvine, 
“cloning genes and I can’t understand 
her papers!” The Sawyers get to see 
their grandsons fairly often since the 
family lives only 50 miles away. “The 


older one plays the trumpet and re¬ 
minds me of my alternate major in 
music at Midd,” writes Charlie. ...Ruth 
Van Sickle Dyer has been coping with 
macular difficulties that beset her vi¬ 
sion, but is happy to report, “I can still 
walk!” Her New Jersey Alumnae Group 
(including Dot Mathison Scott, 
Eleanor Milligan Dormorit, Mildred 
Moore Sheehan and Ruth Furness 
Lombardy) had aget-together recently. 
Vannie rejoices in her Blue Hills, Maine, 
son, and her nearer-by son, daughter 
and grandchildren. She has been busy 
with the reunion committee for her high 
school class. Working on preparations 
for that 60th reunion make her deter¬ 
mined to get to our 60th at Middlebury. 
...Muriel (Juno) Jones Corbett says 
it’s “amazing how close to the begin¬ 
ning of the notes the class of 1937 has 
become! Can’t be we are among the 
oldsters, can it?” Juno and husband 
Ross “have given up motorhoming, af¬ 
ter a 7,500-mile trip last summer to 22 
states, including participating in an arts 
and crafts show atop a mountain in 
western Arkansas—in fog, wind and 
cold weather. Loved the canyons of 
Utah and the desolate plains of western 
Nebraska. It truly is ‘America the beau¬ 
tiful’!” Juno is still volunteering at the 
hospital and singing in the church choir, 
“but am finding the high notes are get¬ 
ting VERY high and squeaky!” 
...Caroline Elliott Dorst continues to 
make music, both with a piano program 
in New London, N.H., and singing in a 
chorus doing Bruckner and Haydn with 
the New Hampshire Symphony. 
Caroline spent a week in Paris with her 
daughter: “Want to know the cost of 
things? $4 at the Louvre for a glass of 
orange juice.” ...A sad note: Paul 
Foster's lovely wife, Audrey Dimm 
Foster ’39 died in February. Her obitu¬ 
ary appeared in the Spring magazine. 
Our hearts go out to you, Paul. ...Nancy 
Blanchard Britton writes from the 
Baysmont Retirement Center in 
Kingsport, Tenn., where she’s had a 
successful interocular implant. She’s 
enjoying a dulcimer class and keeps 
busy with DAR, Audubon, church ac¬ 
tivities and the secretaryship of the 
Baysmont Assoc. She'd love to share 
walking with anyone who might visit 
Kingsport, which is only a few hours’ 
drive from the Smoky Mountains. 
...Herb Ellison helped organize the 
Fellowship Fund to help residents of 
Wood River Village in Bensalem, Pa. 
The fund has now reached a quarter of 
a million dollars and is going strong. 
During the planning stage. Herb re¬ 
ceived good advice from Walt Brooker 
and Marsh Sewell, and many a Wood 
River Village resident thanks them all. 
...Marion Gerling Church wants her 
Midd friends to know that she bought 
the stamps for Christmas cards, “but 
just couldn’t stand the pain of writing 
the messages” telling that her son had 
died. She hopes next Christmas will be 
more jolly. “Think of all of you often 
and wish you’d stop by.” ...A letter 
from Robert Zuck's wife, Florence, 



Did you know that the Class of ’37 has 
a Fund, and awards a scholarship? The 
Fund was established at our 25th Re¬ 
union, and has provided a scholarship 
since our 40th Re¬ 
union in 1977. This 
year the scholarship 
was awarded to 
Anna P. Nolin ’95. 
Anna graduated 
from Gorham (N.H.) 
High School, where 
she carried off all 
kinds of honors from 
all sorts of involve¬ 
ments. At Middle¬ 
bury, she’s a regular 

Anna P. Nolin ’95 on the Dean’s List, | 


informs us that he is seriously ill and has 
moved to a nursing home near his son in 
Rhode Island. We all certainly wish 
him the best. Cards and letters may be 
sent to him at The Holiday Home, 30 
Sayles Hill Road, Manville, RI 02838. 

38 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Herbert Ellison 
(Virginia Fischer), Wood River Village, 
3200 Bensalem Blvd.,#C102, Bensalem, 
PA 19020, and Bruce Brown, RD 2, Box 
167, Hamilton, NY 13346. 

By the time you read this, we will have 
had our 55th Reunion. We had a good 
return to our questionnaire in February 
and, based on that information, we sent 
the whole class an update on many 
members. Please keep these lines of 
communication open. ...Em Hebard 
sent no biographical notes but did indi¬ 
cate that he would be in Middlebury for 
the 55th. ...Ray Brainard was sorry to 
say he could not attend. ...Albert Riccio 
wrote that Jess and Art Barney cel¬ 
ebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
in November 1992. Their children and 
grandchildren helped them celebrate 
this momentous occasion. ...We were 
sorry to hear of the death of Bob Cairns 
on January 28. He had planned to attend 
our 55th and had even made reserva¬ 
tions at the Inn. However he was diag¬ 
nosed with lung cancer and lived only a 
short time after that. ...We were also 
saddened by the death of Roland V.E. 
Johnson. Dr. Stephen A. Freeman spoke 
at his memorial service at Mead Chapel 
on January 19, 1993. Dr. Freeman was 
serving as vice president of the College 
in 1947 when Roland took up his duties 
as chaplain. At that time, required daily 
chapel was under much discussion. 
Attitudes were changing and men re¬ 
turning from combat were uneasy with 
the ritual of chapel. As a result, chapel 
requirement was varyingly changed 
from daily to three times a week. We 
quote from Dr. Freeman’s address: 
“Roland was very wise in this difficult 
situation. Showing great tact, he tried to 
make the chapel service not only a 
center for the expression of the reli¬ 
gious tradition of the College, but also 
for its social and personal contacts. A 
current phrase, long used, continued to 
be, ‘I’ll meet you on chapel steps.’ 
Besides the scripture reading and hymn 
singing, he sought to make chapel a 
source of good advice and guidance on 
their personal relationships and their 
academic opportunities and responsi¬ 
bilities. His talks were always well 
thought-out, low-key and tactful. Very 
modest, he also invited faculty mem¬ 
bers to give short talks on some aspect 
of the academic program or some item 
in the College calendar. Besides his 
important role as chaplain, Roland also 
taught in the religion department. He 
helped to shape the training of students 
going into the ministry. His own expe¬ 
rience as a pastor, and in the Army, 


44 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 




























made him very helpful. By his modesty 
and thoughtfulness, he related well to 
the students.” Roland’s memorial ap¬ 
peared in the Spring issue of this maga¬ 
zine. ...Herm Benner reports a change 
of address: P.O. Box 2655, 
Kennebunkport, ME 04046. Is this just 
a seasonal change? ...Phyll Malcolm 
Mithassel left Seattle on a freighter in 
January for a long trip to the South Seas. 
This is only one of many such adven¬ 
tures Phyll has included in her life. 
...The Autumn issue of this magazine 
will bring you news of the May re¬ 
union—in case you were unfortunate 
enough not to be able to join us at 
Middlebury. 

39 

Class Secretary: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
N. Murray (Gertrude Bittle), P.O. Box 
303, 6 Wilson Road, Cornwall on 
Hudson, NY 12520. 

A great letter from Freddie Wheeler 
thanked us for the birthday card and 
brought us up to date on family activi¬ 
ties, including wife Ginny’s 104-year- 
old grandmother, who lives with them. 
Ginny and Fred do occasional antiquing 
and enjoy rare weekends in Savannah 
and Charleston. They have three sons 
and one daughter whom they see on 
holidays. The Bill Herrmanns, Rob¬ 
ert Rathbones, Doc Lane and Frank 
Avery keep in touch with the Wheelers. 
Fred’s winter golf was interrupted by 
nine straight days of rain, more rain and 
fog. They are planning on the 55th. 
...Congratulations to Borden and 
Louise Roberts Avery for their long 
and successful years as innkeepers. We 
heard from many sources that they have 
sold Lake Morey Inn. Louise wrote that 
they will maintain ownership of the 
Lake Morey Golf Course and surround¬ 
ing property. They are staying in their 
lovely home on the hill overlooking the 
lake. .. Ruthie Coleman Skinner, 
Margie Walsh Vertonneau and Bev 
Browning Gilbert met for lunch in 
Montpelier after the holidays. ...The 
Len Andersons celebrated their 50th 
anniversary last summer. They visited 
their daughter and her husband and 
their two grandchildren and have done 
no other traveling. Len is still golfing 
and is looking forward to the 55th. 
...Bill Herrmann and Doss have sold 
their house in Grafton, Vt., and have 
settled permanently in Williamsburg 
Landing, Va. They celebrated their 50 
years of marriage in the Tyrolean Alps 
in Austria and then toured Germany by 
car. Bill is still acting as consultant to 
air carriers. At time of writing, he was 
working with Tower Air on arrange¬ 
ments for Hying troops to Somal ia. They 
have visited both children and grand¬ 
children. One visit entailed driving a 
Ryder truck load of furniture to 
Bartlesville, Okla. ...Bettie Letson, 
Coco Farrier Wade, Pat Brewe 
Chadwick and Beth Heward Jackson 


attended a reunion in Conway, N.H., 
with fellow “sailors” from Victory 
Chimes days. John and Betty Reixinger 
Mettler were part of the group. 
...Roland Anderson and Alice are re¬ 
covering from an automobile accident. 
Alice continues to write every day and 
has three novels on tap, but progressing 
slowly. Their daughter in Dallas has 3 
“J’s”—James, Joseph and John. Rollie 
is still in his Spanish studies and was to 
use them in Guatemala for four weeks 
in July. He recommends All the Pretty 
Horses for good reading and the movie 
Howard's End. He adds, “Life is good. 
Hope the same is true for all Thirty- 
Niners.” ...Mary Lou Race Tonge and 
Stat moved to a new home in 
Spartanburg, S.C. last year. Their niece 
and husband supervised the construc¬ 
tion. Stat plays golf year-round and 
Mary Lou “putters” seriously in the 
garden. They plan to Hy up for the 55th. 

. B.G. Heldman deVeer is occasion¬ 
ally giving lectures on American art 
history. Bob’s medical problem is re¬ 
sponding to therapy. Many of his aging 
golf friends share his problem and en¬ 
joy talking about it. Highlights for the 
deVeers in 1992 included family din¬ 
ners at the Old Deerfield Inn, Block 
Island vacation provided by a daughter, 
a trip to Athens and a cruise of the 
Greek Islands and a stop-over at 
Ephesus, Turkey. ...Olive Holbrook 
Nagle says she had no exciting news, in 
spite of being in Washington for the 
election and inauguration. A big divi¬ 
dend for living in D.C. is the 
Smithsonian, where Olive has signed 
up for her third music-related program. 
“Schoolboy” Rowe (Dr. Robert A.) ’38 
is one of the most popular Smithsonian 
lecturers. He is also music director of 
the Amadeus Orchestra in Virginia. 
...Bill Watt is making plans to maintain 
only one home. He and Priscilla will 
spend most of the year at their “condo” 
on Hutchinson Island, after the home in 
Smith Mt. Lake in Virginia is sold. 
They hope to do a little traveling. 
...Tom’s Johnstown buddy, Ed King, 
writes that outside of a detached retina 
and dental problems they are doing 
well. Mary is still active in church mu¬ 
sical activities. She gave a benefit con¬ 
cert for Hunger Relief in Amsterdam, 
N. Y. Their summer at Caroga Lake was 
taken up with visiting family and friends. 
The King grandchildren are all juniors: 
one in Colgate University, one in 
Watkins Glen H.S., and one in 
Johnstown High. ...Anneand JoeTrask 
went ballooning with friends in Octo¬ 
ber. Quiet, peaceful and the fall foliage 
was beautiful. They can exchange ex¬ 
periences in the air with the Jacques in 
’94. ...Mel ’33 and Perky Monroe Gla¬ 
zier report that they have had a healthy 
and happy year. They enjoyed visits 
from all six of their families. Grand¬ 
children are in colleges spread from 
Middlebury and Maine to New Zealand. 
...Forgot to include last time that Bob 
Cushman reported that our class tree 
dedicated at the 50th is doing well. ...So 
many ’39ers have mentioned the great 


work Ray and Ruthie Coleman Skin¬ 
ner did as class secretaries. They were 
all saddened to hear of Ray’s death. 
Ruthie continues to be a source of infor¬ 
mation from classmates and is a real 
support to us. All your cards and letters 
are great. Keep them coming. Hope you 
all read Bert MacFadden’s letter. He 
does a great job as our class agent and 
deserves our support. ...Continuing our 
search for missing ’39ers, we are look¬ 
ing for news of Richard Franklin, 
George Greene, Emily Seaman 
Hadland, Claudia Bassett Kinraide, 
Ruth Brennan Margulies and Vern 
Nvstrom. 

40 

Class Secretaries: Bob and Bobbie 
Plumer Alden, 51 Otterside Court, 
Middlebury, VT 05753. 

Your secretaries did not send out the 
annual letter this winter because this 
year the College is sending cards to all 
alumni on a quarterly basis. We hope 
that you will send us news when you 
receive a card. ...Verna George Bain is 
still very busy volunteering, and still 
enjoying in-town/out-of-town and state 
and country walking trips. She remains 
on the board of directors of Walkabout 
International of which she is a group 
leader. As we in Middlebury were but¬ 
toning up for the winter, Vema was 
busy putting in plants to bloom all win¬ 
ter in San Diego. That sure would be a 
welcome change. ...John and Jean 
Sweeny Hancock were off to Chicago 
to spend Christmas with their daughter, 
Cindy. ...Lois Gillette Thorkilsen and 
her son, Eric, did some sailing last sum¬ 
mer on their boat around Block Island, 
Portsmouth and Newport. ...Bobby 
Peek Loftin reports that she is still busy 
writing and that she enjoys swims in the 
pool in her spare time. ...Jean Rose 
Cozzens was happy to report an un¬ 
eventful year. She enjoyed a visit to 
northern Michigan, where she visited 
her brother, Neil, at his summer place 
overlooking Portage Lake. Jean keeps 
busy with the League of Women Vot¬ 
ers, of which she is on the Dallas board. 
...Betty Carpenter Metcalf wrote that 
she and Gerry are doing well now, after 
both had a few health problems during 
the year. She was back into her favorite 
activity of cross-stitching, making col¬ 
ored-picture mats to decorate her kitchen 
walls. ...Winter Alumni Weekend be¬ 
came a real winter wonderland, as the 
long-awaited snow came just in time to 
provide the best skiing of the winter, up 
to then. Both nordic and alpine enthusi¬ 
asts were able to enjoy the foot of new 
snow on the trails. ...It was with sadness 
that we received word of the sudden 
death of Betty Allen Clay on Decem¬ 
ber 2, 1992, at her home in St. Croix, 
V.I. A memorial appears in the obituary 
section of this magazine. We extend 
our deepest sympathy to her husband, 
son, and daughter at this time. It was 


nice that she and her husband were with 
us for our 50th. ...Lute Buttolph writes 
that he is enjoying winters in Florida, 
not far from his dear friend “Cool” Park 
’39, and summers on Skaneateles Lake. 
The fall of ’91 he enjoyed a Tauck tour 
of New Zealand with a WWII army 
buddy. The Buttolphs and this couple 
had lived together in the States before 
he and Lute were sent overseas. On July 
5, 1991, he and Marge celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary. Last spring 
Lute and three of his army buddies Hew 
to Europe and retraced their steps 
through England, the Normandy 
beaches, the Battle of the Bulge and on 
into Germany, and of course three days 
in Paris. He’s still healthy and having a 
ball.... Dave Goodell and his wife, Polly, 
spent two weeks in Italy last Septem¬ 
ber. Going as a tourist, he found it much 
more pleasant and quiet than the year he 
spent there in 1943 and ’44. They really 
enjoyed this visit. He adds they both 
now know at least some of the places 
that the V-Mail only referred to as 
“Italy.” ...Charlie Straight and his wife, 
Paula, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary with a dinner and dance at 
their VFW. They have gone almost two 
winters without a killing frost, which is 
remarkable for central Florida. Both his 
crotons and powder puff plants were 
looking great and he had his fingers 
crossed for the rest of the winter. ...Hal 
(Jordon enjoyed a trip last fall from his 
Walnut Creek home to Portland, Ore., 
to visit his son, a doctor at the V.A. 
hospital in Portland. The highlight of 
his trip was a visit to the “big dam” on 
the Columbia River. Hal says it is well 
worth a side trip, as the many exhibits 
are very well planned and explain all 
about the dam and its many benefits. 
...Last June, Bob Zurbach joined a 
delegation from Pasadena attending the 
“Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, oth¬ 
erwise known as the United Nations 
conference on environment and devel¬ 
opment. He and his oldest grandson 
also traveled from the Amazon rain 
forest to the Iguacu Falls on the border 
of Brazil and Argentina. ...Ralph Swope 
and his wife, Helen, had four big events 
in 1992. First, they had earthquakes of 
7.1,6 and 6.1 hitting their area. Second, 
they celebrated their golden wedding 
anniversary on May 4,1992. Third, and 
still on the subject of weddings, Helen 
Hew to New Jersey to attend the wed¬ 
ding of a grand-niece—just before the 
big twister along the East Coast. The 
fourth big event was Ralph playing 
Jorgy, a lead role in the North Coast 
Repertory Theater’s production of All 
That Money Can Buy. That was the 
same role played by Gregory Peck in 
the movie. ...John Gale welcomed his 
second granddaughter on November 17, 
1992. The baby’s father is Kenneth L. 
Gale ’76. Hopefully she will be class of 
2014! ...On January 27, Marje Burditt 
Striker was looking at a foot of new 
snow and all the pines and laurels bowed 
with white. Her Hock of juncos—true 
snow birds—have called for her to scat¬ 
ter seed. Her days are full with grand- 


SUMMER 1993 45 


Alumni NewsLetter 






















Alumni NewsLetter 




children nearby, and she has become 
more involved with prison programs, 
especially alternatives to violence, 
strengthening her belief in personal re¬ 
habilitation. 

41 

Class Secretaries: Topsy Wadlund 
House, RD 1, Box3039, Hyde Park, VT 
05655, and Lester W. Ingalls, P.O. Box 
583, Middlebury, VT 05753. 

“If Winter comes, can Spring be far 
behind?” From the frigid climes of an 
old-fashioned Vermont winter, en¬ 
hanced by the crystalline beauty that 
surrounds us, we offer the balmy sum¬ 
mer news. ...Steve Arnold responded 
to our birthday greeting: “Thanks for 
your efforts in making the 50th a very 
memorable occasion. Maybe fate will 
be kind to us and we can do it again on 
the 55th. This past year has been very 
unusual from a gardening standpoint. 
Even the raccoons are taking more than 
their fair share of my sweet com.”.. Tom 
Bennett writes, “We continue to have a 
rather active life in our college commu¬ 
nity with both Cornell and Ithaca Col¬ 
lege athletics, concerts, plays, etc. We 
also play golf in season and tennis year 
‘round. Two of our six grandchildren 
are now in college. During the year we 
get down to Hilton Head, where we 
time-share a villa for several periods of 
climate and interest change. We had all 
the family members, 14 of us, down 
there to celebrate our 50th wedding 
anniversary. We continue to enjoy rela¬ 
tively good health for which we are 
thankful.” ...George “Bud” Berry has 
endured three major medical problems 
which took him to the Mayo Clinic on 
as many separate occasions since our 
50th in 1991: a ruptured lower back, a 
prostatectomy, and removal of his right 
eye, injured in a fall at home in Florida. 
The good news is that he is recovering 
nicely from it all. While Bud and Jane 
were vacationing in Alaska last year, 
Hurricane Andrew blew across Pump¬ 
kin Key Largo with devastating effect. 
The D/S Amteco, his “second love,” 



The Middlebury contingent on a 
recent trip to the Galapagos Islands 
included Dorsey Milot ’81, Mary 
Eimer Leinbach ’42, Meg Buscher 
Andrews ’42 and Bill Andrews ’42. 
Dorsey works with the Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institution in 
Massachusetts. 


broke from her moorings and was driven 
ashore. Fortunately, she was not holed 
and was subsequently picked off the 
beach by a 100-ton crane on a barge and 
was towed to Miami for repairs. The 
destruction of vegetation was tremen¬ 
dous. It took three people two days to 
cut and clear a path from the dock area 
to their house. Bud sends thanks to all 
who lent their support with cards, flow¬ 
ers and friendship through all of these 
travails. Hang in there, friend! ...A nice 
letter from Mai Frieberg: “Big news is 
that we took a garden tour of 19 days in 
November in New Zealand and a tour 
on our own for nine days in Australia, 
winding up at our daughter’s digs in 
Richmond, Calif., to decompress. The 
tour was great fun and the trip of a 
lifetime. In Wellington, N.Z., we caught 
up with a former member of daughter 
Sarah’s Sierra String Quartet, who is 
now a violinist with the New Zealand 
String Quartet. In Hobart, Tasmania, 
we renewed our acquaintance with a 
descendant and namesake of the sub¬ 
ject of my dissertation at Brown, the 
well-known governor of Massachusetts 
just before the American Revolution, 
Thomas Hutchinson.” In May the 
Freibergs anticipated joining daughter 
Sarah in Regensburg, Germany, where 
her baroque trio would perform. Prior 
to that, Mai and Mildred planned to be 
on an Elderhostel in Vienna and the 
Salzach. Hope that it all worked out! 
...Bob Martin reports, “Had 50th wed¬ 
ding anniversary 11/21/92. All news 
from our part of Miami (South) is of 
Hurricane Andrew. All conversations 
deal with some aspect of Andrew— 
damage, insurance, progress of repairs, 
etc. Our yard damage was tremendous, 
house damage moderate. The shingles 
on our roof are just now (February) 
being put on, five months after the 
storm. It will be many more months 
before other repairs (plaster, insulation, 
windows, kitchen cabinets, carpet, tile) 
are done. We hope to return to 
Killington, Vt., for a fourth year in July 
and August.” ..."Dingy” Wright “made 
it to Vermont this past August to a 
family reunion. There are eight broth¬ 
ers and sisters, 82 years down to 60. The 
youngsters call us the ‘big eight,' all of 
us intent on keeping it that way.” He 
hopes to stay longer in Vermont in ’93 
so that some of us can get together with 
him. He reports that daughter Carol is 
still an RN in the emergency room and 
working on her M.S. from Georgia 
Southern. As for Ding, “I’m still hold¬ 
ing my own with the rest of the septua¬ 
genarians on the golf course and enjoy¬ 
ing life.” ...Betty Stratton Loomis 
writes that Dick had a triple by-pass and 
other surgery last Thanksgiving. All 
went well. They had both saved up a 
number of inside jobs to do while he 
was recuperating. She and Caroline 
“Buttsie” Butts Dodge talk weekly on 
the phone. ...During the winter months, 
Connie Girard Brown keeps busy with 
a book discussion group, a theater group 
and the Friends of the Library board. 
The library needs to expand, so there 


will be lots of work ahead. ...Edith 
“Grimmie” Grimm Miller is taking 
courses on what appears to be a full¬ 
time basis. She’s enjoying courses in 
linguistics, literature, music and politi¬ 
cal science! ...Bud and Gerri Lynch 
Palmer finally got the Elderhostel urge. 
Their first was at St. Simon’s Island, 
Ga., and they loved it. They have led a 
quiet life since her hip replacement last 
September, but did take a visit to the 
Florida Keys. ...Dodie Lathrop Riggs 
went to Florida very early last winter— 
before Thanksgiving. She had never 
spent Xmas in Florida before and the 
“Christmas lights outlining palm trees 
and plywood snowmen set up on green 
lawns seem incongruous when the tem¬ 
perature is 75-80 degrees.” Dodie is 
busy with golf, swimming, long walks, 
etc, but still volunteers at the local hos¬ 
pital. ...In 1992 Mose and Betty 
Wolfington Hubbard had many things 
to celebrate: college graduation for two 
of their grandchildren, the Tall Ships in 
Boston, the beach at Cape Cod and their 
50th wedding anniversary. As for their 
other two grandchildren—one is a se¬ 
nior at NYU and a budding actress, the 
other a third-year student at Vermont 
Law School. They planned to attend an 
Elderhostel in Philadelphia in March 
and were dreaming up other trips. ...Sam 
Bertuzzi had such a good time at the 
50th that he’s hoping to attend the 55th. 
Less than three years off, as you read 
this. Can it be? ...Elinor Dziobek is still 
working—including overtime—as a 
secretary at the Dennis Union Church 
on Cape Cod. She does a lot of child 
sitting as she has grandchildren nearby. 
One of her best friends is Barbara 
Wood Verlick. ...Last August Bob and 
Polly Potter Tesar took a long cruise in 
their boat from Plymouth, Mass., to 
Mystic Seaport and up the Connecticut 
River as far as Portland. They loved the 
river, but were surprised to find it so 
shallow. Then they took off for Wash¬ 
ington, Idaho and Montana. On a side 
trip to the International Peace Park in 
Alberta, Canada, they got caught in the 
earliest snowstorm on record—wear¬ 
ing summer clothes. Before winter 
really came, they spent two delightful 
weeks in Brittany and Normandy. ...Ed 
and Peggy Waller Glazier enjoyed their 
’92 trip to France so much that they plan 
to return in '93. ...Mabel and Nelson 
Easton went in a different direction: 
they enjoyed a cruise to Alaska. ...Dick 
Treat and Jean are still talking fondly 
of the 50th. It was Jean’s first trip to 
Vermont and they are looking forward 
to the next trip. Son R.L. Treat II served 
24 years in submarines and now works 
for the Washington, D.C., subway sys¬ 
tem. R.L. Treat III is presently in the 
U.S. Marine Corps. Dick and Jean send 
their best wishes to all. ...Mary Kiely 
White writes that there’s nothing new, 
“which at our ages is good news.” At 
the end of May ’93, they planned to 
travel to Alaska with brother Ray ’40 
and his wife, Martha. Mary and Roger 
were there 21 years ago and have al¬ 
ways wanted to return. ...The Whites 


may run into Charles and Doris Wolff 
Bartlett with Doris' brother. Richard 
Wolff ’48, who will be part of an RV 
caravan to Alaska in June-July ’93. 
Doris and Charles celebrated the birth 
of their first great-grandchild and 10th 
grandchild in '92. Among other activi¬ 
ties, Charles directs volunteer tax aides 
forthe local AARP program. ...Mildred 
“Becky” Becker Elefante reports that 
Michael fell and cut his eye just before 
Thanksgiving. “One week and two op¬ 
erations later it was necessary to re¬ 
move the eye. At home on December 
2—positive attitude—drives car—looks 
distinguished with black eye patch.” 
Becky herself continues to play viola in 
the Central Florida Symphony. She is 
involved in Great Decisions (Foreign 
Policy Assn.) discussion group for the 
sixth year and she is Bible moderator 
for the Presbyterian Women’s Circle, 
among other things. She and Michael 
worked for the Clinton-Gore campaign 
and were delighted with the outcome. 
New zip code for Becky: 34481. 
...Ginny Brooks Hutton was recently 
elected to honorary membership in the 
Sanbomton (N.H.) Conservation Com¬ 
mission. Ginny served on the Commis¬ 
sion for many years. In addition, the 
commission named the very first trail it 
cut on town-owned land the “Virginia 
Hutton Trail.” Congratulations, Ginny. 
She and Red keep very active in their 
new location in Laconia. In addition to 
running an exercise class three times a 
week, Red draws a monthly cartoon for 
the Ledges Bulletin. But, to quote Red, 
“time seems to move much faster than 
it used to and we move much slower.” 
...Ruth Carpenter Donnell says that 
she sees few classmates between re¬ 
unions, although she does occasionally 
see Nickie Bory Decker in Kissimee, 
Fla. In January, Ruth and John attended 
their 15th Elderhostel near Albuquer¬ 
que, N.M., and spent a few weeks tak¬ 
ing photographs in the area. ...Our class 
agents, the stalwart Helen “Westie” 
West Burbank and the intrepid Gil¬ 
bert Hubbard (sometimes a.k.a. 
“Mose” or remember when “Bud”) wish 
to remind us that there are several me¬ 
morial funds to which you may direct 
your annual giving contributions. They 
include the Class of 1941 Memorial in 
the Alumni Endowment, the John 
Crawford Trask Memorial Scholar¬ 
ship Fund and the Albert W. Coffrin 
Memorial. You may allocate all or part 
of your gift to our College by a written 
designation when you pledge or pay. 

42 

Class Secretaries: Mr. and Mrs. Wil¬ 
liam Andrews (Margaret Buscher), 107- 
A Heritage Village, Southbury, CT 
06488. 

It’s hard to believe that ayear has passed 
since the “fabulous 50th.” Our class¬ 
mates have been busy and we can pass 
on some bits of news. ...A few breaks 


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last winter— Helen Hooley Young 
broke her wrist just before Christmas 
and Meg Buscher Andrews her leg. 
Both survived and are now doing fine. 
Meg and Bill Andrews joined John and 
Mary Eimer Leinbach on a trip to the 
Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. We 
had a wonderful time and highly rec¬ 
ommend it. ...Received a report that 
Bill Hennefrund had a photography 
exhibition in January at the Shutter 
Speed Gallery in Middlebury, Conn. 
...The alumni office has notified us of 
the death of two of our classmates. We 
send our condolences to the families of 
Carl E. Congdon Jr., who died on 
February 13, 1993, and Donald S. 
Putnam, who died on December 9, 
1992. Their memorials appear else¬ 
where in this magazine. ...Peter and 
Eleanor Thomas ’44 Stanlis summered 
in Scandinavia. In January he lectured 
on Robert Frost at the Caxton Club in 
Chicago. Pat Kane MacFadden was 
his guest at this presentation. A fellow¬ 
ship fund, “The Peter Stanlis Fund,” 
was established in his honor for schol¬ 
arship and service by the American 
Society for Eighteenth Century Stud¬ 
ies. Pat MacFadden took her first 
Elderhostel trip to New Orleans in April. 
She would like to hear from any class¬ 
mate looking for a partner in these ad¬ 
ventures. ...Dorothy Milligan Schuck 
has done some traveling. While in New 
Mexico she visited Sue Hulings 
Ottinger and Harry. At home she does 
volunteer work at the local hospital, 
church and the Heifer Project Interna¬ 
tional. ...We do have renowned class¬ 
mates. John Corbin will be listed in 
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 
honoring his work in teaching law. 
...Dixie Davis and Dottie are making 
good use of their motor home. They 
toured New England last summer and 
in 1993 are planning to tour New York 
State, Eastern Canada and Cape Cod. 
He's still playing golf and scoring well. 
...Let us hear more from you. We have 
such an active and interesting class and 
we want to pass on your comings and 
goings to our classmates. 

43 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. J.G. Kriehle 
(Amanda Sanhorne), 3646 Tolland 
Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, and 
Dr. S. Peter Nikitas, 41 Stonehenge 
Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201 . 

Outgoing Secretary Kay Sempepos 
Silliman reports: “Our revels now are 
ended” and our 50th class reunion has 
become a happy memory. Soon you 
will receive the 50th Reunion wrap-up, 
including impressions of and reflec¬ 
tions on our four-day celebration, writ¬ 
ten by Ibi von Thurn Frawley and Bill 
Hawkes. The Autumn issue of the maga¬ 
zine will contain what you're all wait¬ 
ing for—individual updates from all 
who attended the reunion, as well as 
communications from those who 


couldn’t or didn’t. ...My recent note to 
Marian Day Dryer was answered by a 
friend of hers at the Vedanta Centre in 
Cohasset, Mass., who wrote as follows: 
“I am so sorry to have to tell you that 
Marian passed away on December 6, 
1989. She entered our community in 
the spring of 1982. What a wonderful 
person she was! Fun, a hard worker, 
wonderful with retreatants and guests, 
sharp as a tack. Her character, integrity 
and deep faith made her an inspiration 
to all of us. Marian had brain surgery in 
May 1989 to remove a malignant tu¬ 
mor. Sadly it developed again and she 
passed away, nursed and cared for at 
our home and surrounded by love and 
appreciation.” Marian transferred to 
Middlebury from McGill Univ. in her 
junior year. She taught French for many 
years in the public schools of Brighton 
and Great Neck, N.Y. A dedicated 
teacher, she encouraged many of her 
students to follow in her footsteps as 
French majors at Middlebury. A me¬ 
morial appears elsewhere in this maga¬ 
zine. ...This issue of class notes brings 
with it a partial changing of the guard. 

I (Kay Sempepos Silliman) am turn¬ 
ing over my responsibilities to Amanda 
Sanborne Krieble. It has been a joy to 
have close contact with so many of you 
for the past four and one-half years. I 
will miss your calls and letters. Peter 
Nikitas will continue as co-class secre¬ 
tary for the next five years. It’s a win- 
win situation—continuity and new 
blood! 

44 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Charles A. 
Brown (Elizabeth Broadhent), 1190 
Princeton Lane, West Chester, PA 
19380, and David Stebbins, 5 Brennan 
Drive, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. 

Planning for our 50th Reunion began in 
earnest last February when John 
Cadwell, Bob Crooks, Helen 
Beardslee Johnstone, Mike Kolligian, 
Marmie Jolivette Manning, Hugh 
Taft and your class secretaries met at 
Middlebury to lay the groundwork for 
what, with your help and attendance, 
will be a glorious Class of '44 celebra¬ 
tion. Your secretaries are attending the 
50th Reunion of the Class of '43 this 
May to “walk through” the four-day 
event. Dave’s wife, Irmy (Nierhaus) 
'48, co-chaired the 45th Reunion of her 
class at the same time. Dave may be a 
slow learner but all this exposure might 
help. You will have heard from us be¬ 
fore you read this but we want to make 
sure that you save the dates of June 2,3, 
4 and 5, 1994, and make every effort to 
be there. Also, whether you can or can¬ 
not attend, please send in ASAP your 
“biography” with a current snapshot for 
the Class Yearbook. Everyone should 
be included in this book. ...Jean 
Milligan was enjoying 10 inches of 
snow in Burlington, Vt., when we talked 
to her last. She must like cold weather 


because she spent Christmas in Calgary 
and New Year’s in Vancouver, visiting 
relatives. She said they didn’t have the 
usual “Chinook” warm front that comes 
into Vancouver from the Alaska cur¬ 
rent so it was a cold and windy holiday. 
...Eighteen months to two years of ser¬ 
vice on the federal grand jury in White 
Plains is keeping Jane Landes out of 
mischief. The duty of the jurors is to 
hear evidence and to decide whether or 
not a crime has been committed. If the 
accused is indicted by the grand jury, he 
or she will then go to trial. Jane finds it 
extremely interesting, but cannot dis¬ 
close anything about the cases being 
reviewed. ...Irving Wakeman is re¬ 
covering well from surgery. ...Neil 
Atkins had the misfortune to have a 
heart attack the day after having suc¬ 
cessful back surgery, but he is also 
recuperating well. ...Pat Noe Bursaw 
spent the winter in warm Naples, Fla., 
while Bill ’41 toils away in the cold 
North at his oil business. She came 
home for Christmas and Bill visits 
Florida from time to time. They see a lot 
of their eight children and spouses and 
their grandchildren in the summertime 
at the old farm they have in East 
Randolph, Vt. ...Doris Orth Pike was 
in Washington, D.C., for festivities the 
week before Clinton’s inauguration, 
with her husband, Otis, former Demo¬ 
cratic congressman from New York. 
Otis, who writes a nationally-syndi¬ 
cated political column, stayed on for 
the inauguration but Doris returned to 
Riverhead to pursue her ESL (English 
as a Second Language) teaching and 
her activities as a trustee at Dowling 
College. On February 11, Doris pre¬ 
sided at graduation ceremonies and 
awarded an honorary degree to Pedro 
Serra Bauza, an international author, 
Spanish publisher and patron of the 
arts. Doris has been on the board of 
trustees for 17 years and enjoys the 
work tremendously. As a teacher in the 
ESL program, Doris says she has “36 
students from 21 different countries, all 
learning English. A great challenge. I 
love teaching them.” ...Another trustee 
in our class is Ruth Wheaton Evans. 
Ruth is vice chairman of the board of 
Andover-Newton Theological School 
in Newton, Mass. As such, she chaired 
the education committee in their search 
for a new president. Mission accom¬ 
plished. Ruth and Chuck live in a con¬ 
dominium complex overlooking 
Worcester. They Find it “liberating to 
be able to come and go as we please." 
Ricky sees Nancy Reed quite often, as 
she is in Worcester helping to care for 
the grandchild of a friend who died. 
...Marjorie Jolivette Manning was 
watching the inauguration ceremony 
with her 93-year-old fatherthe day Betty 
talked to her. Marmie moved back to 
Vermont to be with her dad and says 
he’s a remarkable man. They had a 
houseful of family over Christmas and 
New Year’s and were enjoying the calm 
after their departure. It was a beautiful 
sunny day, January 19, and Marmie 
was about to go cross-country skiing 


outside her home in North Bennington. 
...Mary and John Cadwell toured Por¬ 
tugal in March. We’ll hope for a report 
later. ...Barbara and Hugh Taft plan a 
trip to the northwestern United States 
and Canada in the fall. ...Another trav¬ 
eling couple are the Louis Menands, 
who were in Europe all of April and 
most of May. ...Pete Harris was ex¬ 
pecting a “surprise” 70th birthday 
celebration on April 27. He and Bar¬ 
bara have decided to sell their 50-acre 
property in Sanbornton, N.H.—com¬ 
plete with Christmas trees and tennis 
courts. ...Edna and Brick Uphain vis¬ 
ited Daytona Beach, Fla., in May to 
celebrate Edna’s 50th reunion of her 
Army Nurses group. Brick had a com¬ 
plete knee replacement last spring and 
is working on rebuilding his leg muscles. 
...Jeanne Chatfield Addison and Ed 
ward took their first trek to Europe last 
year. From Heathrow they “Brit Railed” 
to the island of Cumbrae in the Firth of 
Clyde, Jeanne’s ancestral home area. 
Following visits to Glasgow, Edinburgh 
and York, they trained to London where 
they spent seven days. They then joined 
a bus tour leaving on an overnight 
steamer for Holland, returning 14 days 
later on a catamaran from Calais. Their 
trip took them to Volendam, 
Amsterdam, Cologne, Heidelburg, 
Rothenburg, Oberammergau, Munich, 
Venice, Lucerne and Paris. “A whirl¬ 
wind trip, but fun!” ...Barbara Dixon 
Morton is enjoying mobile home re¬ 
sales in Venice, Fla., but spent last 
summer in New Hampshire closer to 
the kids and grandchildren. One daugh¬ 
ter is a librarian in Mystic, Conn.; one is 
a paralegal in Boston; another is an 
accountant; her son is associate director 
of admissions at Harvard Law School. 
Two of her five grandchildren are in 
college (at Wheaton and UVM). Col¬ 
lege age grandchildren, however, 
doesn’t mean you still can’tenjoy square 
dancing and yoga! ...Gertrude Night¬ 
ingale Gettel writes from Melbourne 
Beach, Fla., that she still enjoys com¬ 
petitive tennis, occasional bridge, 
aerobics, nautilus and biking. Three 
trips are planned each year to visit the 
Gettel sons and families (seven grand¬ 
children) in New Hampshire, Texas and 
California. ...Bill and Ingrid Monk 
Stevenson traveled last September from 
their home in Midlothian, Va., to 
Lansdale, Pa., for a family gathering of 
27 people to celebrate the baptism of 
the youngest of their 15 grandchildren. 
Other travels include a week in the 
Grand Canyon area in October and a 
week in London in December, followed 
by a couple of days at a castle in Wales 
where they saw the New Year in. “Fan¬ 
tastic!” ...Peter Johnson, son of Leight 
and Shirley West Johnson, was mar¬ 
ried the day after Christmas in Mary¬ 
land, making three weddings in the 
family in 1992! Their daughter, Sally, 
was married March 21 in Mead Chapel 
at Middlebury. Christopher was mar¬ 
ried September 12 in Middlebury. Pe¬ 
ter, the most recent bridegroom, is a 
prosecuting attorney in Baltimore 


I 


SUMMER 1993 47 


Alumni NewsLetter 

















Alumni NewsLetter 



County, Md. ...Thanks to all of the 
above for contributing to this issue. 
Without you there would be no Class of 
’44 column. So keep us informed on 
what’s new (and old) in your life. Your 
classmates want to hear from you! 


45 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Winslow 
WetherbeeJr. (Barbara Boy den), 1642 
18th St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223, 
and Alan Wolfley, 22 Canaan Close, 
New Canaan, CT 06840. 


News from Darien, Conn., former 
howntown of Harold T. McDonald, 

M. D., informs us of “Old Timers” Com¬ 
munity Honors awarded him. As the 
Kaleidoscope indicates, Hal started with 
us in the fall of 1941 but left after 
freshman year for Fordham and WWII 
Navy service, followed by a doctorate 
degree in 1950 from New York Medi¬ 
cal College. Hal serves on the staff of 
the community hospital in Ellenville, 

N. Y. ...Al and Jo Higgins Wolflev 
welcomed a sixth grandchild, Andrew 
William Wolfley, bom in Bogota, Co¬ 
lombia, on December 28, 1992. 
...Selden Gifford Thomas died on 
December 16, 1992, after a brief ill¬ 
ness. A native of Watertown, Conn., he 
graduated from the Taft School in 1941. 
He was a member of Beta Kappa frater¬ 
nity at Middlebury and graduated with 
high honors. The Class sends sympathy 
to his brother, Truman Thomas ’42, and 
to his sister, Louise Lorensen Forbes 
’52, of Deerfield Beach and Marathon, 
Fla., respectively. A memorial appeared 
in the Spring issue of this magazine. 
...We need more news from the men of 
our class. ...Bob and Lois Faulkner 
Dawson acquired their third grandson 
recently, bringing the grandchildren 
total to seven. Lois is still enjoying life, 
especially the hiking, in the mountains 
of North Carolina. They have been on 
seven Elderhostels and hope to go on 
more. Fascinated with New Mexico, 
Arizona, Colorado and Utah, they plan 
another trip there soon. .. Helena Cioffi 
Stoffel still enjoys the excitement of 
living in Washington, D.C. Since she 
thought Middlebury only bred Repub¬ 
licans, she is delighted to see Ron Brown 
’62 as a Cabinet member. Helena does 
some volunteer work and lots of 
babysitting. She is thankful that she and 
husband Al are still in reasonably good 
health. ...Ruth Jean VanNoy Buell 
retired in January 1989, after 12 years 
as medical administrative secretary at 
Prince George’s Medical Center. She 
reports that she has been busier than 
ever since then, doing church work, 
helping to feed and clothe the homeless 
and being involved in politics. Ruth 
Jean has been widowed since 1977 and 
lost her younger son, Tom, in an auto 
accident five years ago. In 1990 she 
went to Europe and saw the Passion 
Play in Oberammergau, Germany. She 
has seven grandchildren nearby and her 


eldest grandson lives with her. ...Elaine 
King Dandh’s play, Two Worlds , has 
been produced by Pro-Teatro. Set in 
Guadalajara, the humorous plot revolves 
around a “gringa” from New York, her 
maid, their families and their different 
lifestyles. Elaine commented that she 
based the comedy on her personal expe¬ 
rience of living in Guadalajara for six 
years. Elaine and her husband left for a 
trip to Thailand and India in December, 
planning to return to Mexico in late 
March. ...BA Evans King is delighted 
to live in the same town as her Middle¬ 
bury roommate, Barbara Walters 
Mudd. Their paths cross frequently, 
particularly over shared environmental 
concerns. BA says both she and Barbie 
have served as “Queen of the Dump”! 
Barbie has done a remarkable job of 
making recycling an important activ¬ 
ity, working to get the bottle bill passed 
in Massachusetts, and energizing a net¬ 
work of like-minded souls throughout 
the many towns in the area. They also 
share news of children and grandchil¬ 
dren and have occasionally gotten to¬ 
gether with Al ’44 and Hedy Hogg 
Boissevain and Jo Kirk Komow. BA 
and husband George traveled to Greece 
and Seattle last fall to visit some of their 
children and grandchildren. They travel 
frequently to keep up with their seven 
children and 10 grandchildren. ...Jim 
and Midge Harwood Greer are enjoy¬ 
ing their new home in Nottingham, 
N.H. They enjoyed a month in St. Pe¬ 
tersburg Beach last winter, and spent a 
day with Win and Baba Bovden 
Wetherbee, who were vacationing a 
few miles up the beach. Jim and Win 
managed to get in some tennis and of 
course Midge and Baba got caught up 
on the news. ...George and June 
Robinson Reenan took a Canyonland 
tour last fall. They particularly enjoyed 
Bryce Canyon. At Thanksgiving they 
had all 16 of their children and grand¬ 
children with them, a merry time for all. 
In October Char Hickcox visited with 
them in Endicott. George and Char 
played a little golf. After the holidays, 
June and George headed for Panama 
City Beach for a three-month stay. 

46 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. DonaldT. Means 
(Mary Nasmith), 3414 Miller Heights 
Road, Oakton, VA 22124, and Sheila 
Schmidt (Hamilton) Rowland, 1152 East 
St., Southington, CT06489. 

I (Mary Nasmith Means) find that one 
of the benefits of being a class secretary 
is the contact with classmates I haven’t 
kept up with over the years. It’s really 
fun to hear about the varied interests 
and activities of our Middlebury class¬ 
mates. ...Since her retirement, Mary 
Anderson Williams has been very ac¬ 
tive in Senior Olympics, both in swim¬ 
ming (she loves the backstroke) and in 
track (she does both the broad jump and 
the long jump). Mary competes in both 


the Northern Virginia SeniorOIympics 
and also the State of Virginia Senior 
Olympics held at Virginia Tech in 
Blacksburg each year. Mary was a gold 
medalist in both the 50-meter and 100- 
meter backstroke last year in Blacksburg 
and she also won a silver medal in 
throwing (a frisbee, she said with a 
laugh. Don't laugh, Mary. I’m im¬ 
pressed!). Mary has attended several 
Elderhostels, most recently (in Janu¬ 
ary) a study of the coastal ecology of St. 
Simon’s Island, Ga. Mary also took up 
tap and line dancing about a year ago. 
She performs several times a year with 
a group of about 10 dancers. She sounds 
bubbly and happy—must be all that 
goodexercise. ...Jean Anderson Battey 
Lewis has been dancing and writing 
about dance for years. I remember read¬ 
ing dance review columns in the Wash¬ 
ington Post over the years with the by¬ 
line Jean Battey Lewis. When I called 
her to chat I was ashamed to admit that 
I didn’t really know to whom I was 
speaking until she gave me her maiden 
name. Then I found her picture and of 
course I remembered her. Jean was a 
war bride, married in October '44. She 
moved to Colorado when the Navy sent 
her husband there, and then to Japan 
where they lived for five years. In addi¬ 
tion to rearing three children, Jean found 
time to teach both dance and choreogra¬ 
phy. She has been a devotee of both 
ballet and modem dance since herteens. 
Her college teacher, Dorothy Madden, 
later left Middlebury and became the 
driving force in creating a fine dance 
program at the Univ. of Maryland, be¬ 
fore leaving to start her own performing 
company. Jean travels about the U.S. 
evaluating different dance companies. 
When I called, she had just returned an 
hour earlier from Italy where she com¬ 
bined a pleasure trip with a business trip 
connected with La Scala. Jean’s daugh¬ 
ter, Megan Battey ’79 (slide curator in 
the Middlebury art department), was 
married to George Todd (Middlebury 
College music prof.) last May and the 
two have spent the past year in Venice, 
Italy. Megan is fascinated with archae¬ 
ology after two digs in Italy. Jean and 
husband Paul had a marvelous time 
visiting the newlyweds in Italy. Jean is 
the dance consultant for the National 
Endowment for the Arts. She has taught 
many courses in dance appreciation with 
the Smithsonian Institution in their resi¬ 
dent associates program and recently 
taught “Looking at Ballet” at the 
Kennedy Center. ...Doris Smith 
Earnshaw has partially retired from 
teaching at the Univ. of California, 
Davis. In the winter of ’93 she was 
teaching a course on women writers of 
Africa, Asia and Latin America. “Last 
summer was special—four grandchil¬ 
dren and my three children were to¬ 
gether for a holiday in Davis.” ...Mary 
Elizabeth Cummings Nordstrom (10 
Inverness Road, P.O. Box 4225, 
Pinehurst, NC 28344—note new box 
number) is VP for Nordstrom Associ¬ 
ates, husband Everett’s home-based 
fundraising consultant service. Ev is 


now enjoying four unscheduled days 
per week. Mary says that “Pinehurst has 
been our best move of many over the 
years. I joined the NC Poetry Society, 
the NC Writers Network, and am an 
ongoing active member of American 
Guild of Organists.” She has five chil¬ 
dren and four grandchildren. ...Helene 
Jacober Siegel is happy that Gerry's 
retirement has brought her the opportu¬ 
nity of taking care of their two wonder¬ 
ful granddaughters, ages 3 and 18 
months, two days a week. Helene went 
to her 50th high school reunion in May 
for which, she says, “Barbara Busing 
Harris worked very hard and did a 
great job. Where did all those old people 
come from? Had a great trip to Italy in 
September. Play tennis with Paula 
Knight Jeffries ’41 every week.” 
...Helen Riggs Rice keeps busy with 
the Beirut Reunion Group (people who 
used to live, go to school and/or work in 
Beirut, Lebanon, where Helen grew up) 
which meets every other year. She is 
also deeply into genealogy. The Rices 
traveled to Turkey in 1990, while this 
year they went to both England and 
Iceland. She attended two high school 
50th reunions—one for her American 
Community School (Beirut) and the 
other for Newton (Mass.) High School. 
Hubby George plays and works on pipe 
organs. He is also on the board of a local 
little theater. They enjoy seeing their 
six grandchildren often as two sons live 
in town (Omaha) and their daughter 
lives in Kansas City. “Our Midd class 
reunion is only three years away—hope 
both George and I can make that.” ...Last 
year, Bob and Peg Romer Jones Hew 
to Genoa, Italy, where they boarded the 
MV Victoria for a six-week cruise 
around the coast of Western Europe— 
Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal, Guernsey, 
Dover and Amsterdam during the first 
two weeks. Peg writes, “Though we 
had both been to England more than 
once we had never been to Canterbury 
which is a short train ride from Dover. 
We passed down the Roman Wall, had 
a proper Ploughman’s Special for lunch 
in a pub and then walked where the 
Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, et al., had 
walked before us. How do you describe 
the glorious prayer that is the Cathedral 
itself, lifting your eyes and your soul 
heavenward?” Had a quick phone call 
(on February 20) from Peg an hour 
before she was leaving for a trip to my 
first homeland—China. They were to 
visit Beijing and Xian, take the Yangtzee 
River cruise, then Shanghai, Guilin, 
Guanzhou and Hong Kong. Peg prom¬ 
ises to write in detail after their return. 
...Just as Helen Riggs Rice is active in 
a Beirut Reunion Group, I am involved 
with the Shanghai American School 
Association, having the fancy title of 
2nd vice president (fortunately a fig¬ 
urehead-type job so far). The SAS 
classes of '42 and ’43 are having a joint 
reunion on May 21-23 in Arlington, 
Va., and I’m on the committee. It looks 
as though we’ll have quite a group, as 
125 have registered. There are so many 
interested in China in this area that we 


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often have get-togethers. The camara¬ 
derie that exists between those that grew 
up in China is amazing to our spouses 
who at times wonder why we want to 
see each other so often. We look for¬ 
ward to hearing our speaker, Nien 
Cheng, who wrote Life and Death in 
Shanghai , the story of her life and her 
daughter’s tragic death. Arrested by the 
Red Guards in 1966 during the Cultural 
Revolution, she was subjected to count¬ 
less interrogations and almost seven 
years of solitary confinement in the 
attempt to make her confess that she 
was a “spy for the imperialists.” Unable 
to break her, they finally released her 
from jail in 1973. One friend to whom 
I lent the book told me she felt every 
American should read it to realize how 
much we take our own freedoms for 
granted. ...Don and I enjoyed a visit 
with Cliff and Jane Drury MacLeod 
in December. The MacLeods were in 
Alexandria for a week to see the sights, 
some relatives, the Hellekjaers and the 
Means. Jane and Cliffs family are all 
fine. Their 10 grandchildren are all in 
California. Jane reports driving to 
Vancouver, B.C., for a meeting of Clan 
MacLeod, after which they took a bus 
tour through the Canadian Rockies to 
Calgary and back via Fort MacLeod, 
spending a day in Victoria before head¬ 
ing back to sunny Claremont. ...Per and 
Mary Jane Selleck Hellekjaer had a 
veritable feast of travel this year, begin¬ 
ning with a trip to Morocco and Spain. 
“Morocco was fascinating. Put it on 
your list! Spain had gotten very touristy 
and expensive since we were there 15 
years ago,” In August they went back to 
Norway with a side trip to Berlin via a 
Norwegian bus line. They also drove a 
rental car about 250 miles north of Oslo 
to Roros, near the Swedish border, an 
old mining town and a living museum 
of 300-year-old houses and mine build¬ 
ings. Mary Jane and Per have had fam¬ 
ily reunions in North Carolina with 
Mary Jane’s brother, Pete, and sister Jo 
Anne Selleck Woolsey ’48. In Novem¬ 
ber, they had the unforgettable experi¬ 
ence of spending four days as guests of 
Lady Bird Johnson in Texas—two 
nights at her Austin home and a night at 
the Ranch in Stonewall. They enjoyed 
VIP tours of the Library and Wild- 
flower Center and personal tours by 
Mrs. Johnson of Austin and her Texas 
Hill country. They found her to be a 
walking, articulate encyclopedia of 
Texas history and flora and fauna. They 
then flew to Houston to meet a couple 
they had traveled with last year in Indo¬ 
nesia. Together they took a day trip to 
Galveston and also spent several hours 
at the new Space Center at NASA. 

47 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Robert E. Fry 
(Betsy Hornaday), 405 Vassar Ave., 
Swarthmore, PA 19081, and Mrs. Ben¬ 
jamin W. Heath (Joyce Walsh), 13 
Marble St., Brandon, VT 05733. 


We begin with a letter from Joshua 
Tyree. Joshua Tyree? Who’s he? Why, 
he’s the recipient of our Class of 1947 
Memorial Scholarship for ’92-'93! And 
here’s what he says: “I’m writing not 
only to express my pleasure and thanks 
for receiving the honor, but also to tell 
you a little bit about myself. I am a 
sophomore and an English major from 
Madison, Wis., lured to Middlebury 
because of its outstanding reputation in 
English and literary studies. My plea¬ 
sure is writing: stories, poems, any cre¬ 
ative or imaginative project, and I am 
involved with Frontiers as a member of 
the prose board. Though I plan to write 
all my life, my career plans (if a young 
man my age can be said to have career 
plans) and interests lie in publishing, 
editing, or some other connection with 
the world of books and literature. I am 
also involved with a new organization 
which holds poetry readings at the 
Gamut Room (in the basement of 
Gifford) which gives anyone with guts 
the chance to express their deepest feel¬ 
ings to a large and (usually) generous 
crowd. I am taking full advantage of the 
various winter sports here and am tak¬ 
ing in once again the stunning beauty of 
the mountain winter, the snow-covered 
buildings and white forests and Fields, 
the rushing icy beauty of Otter Creek as 
it winds through the town—all mag¬ 
nificent. It’s a first-rate place to be at 
any time of year, and I feel it tinges my 
academic learning with the true touch 
and rhythms of nature.” Wow! Good 
choice! ...A Graduate Award in History 
has been established in honor of Fred 
Williams by a former student, “in rec¬ 
ognition of Professor Williams’ out¬ 
standing teaching and service at Michi¬ 
gan State University.” Now an emeritus 
professor, Fred invites us to “stop by for 
some cheer, chat and chow” at their 
summer place on Walloon Lake (776 
North Shore Drive, Walloon Lake, MI 
49796) between May and September. 
Fred wrote about the Wharton Center 
and some of the fascinating details of 
arranging the third presidential debate 
there. ...Eric Bunzel claims that he 
“flunked retirement.” He retired in Oc¬ 
tober 1991, “after 22 years of fascinat¬ 
ing involvement in international mar¬ 
keting of steel at Cargill, Inc.” In less 
than a year he took on a management 
consulting job which takes him to Bos¬ 
ton and eight other branches once a 
month. He enjoys touching base with 
classmates. ...Alice Delorenzo 
Stansbury writes from Fairfax, Va., 
that the freedom of this time of life is 
marvelous. Almost ready to retire from 
Mobil, they are about to travel to Eu¬ 
rope and are putting off the decision of 
where to settle down. ...Liz Young 
Condon Anderson was planning a trip 
to South Africa in March and April. Her 
youngest, Marcia Condon, who gradu¬ 
ated from Middlebury in 1980, was 
married in Berkeley last June. The whole 
family celebrated there. ...Victor 
Springer (new address: 111 N. Everett, 
#306, Glendale, CA 91206) and his 
wife visited their daughter and husband 


in La Paz, Mexico, on the Baja Penin¬ 
sula last June—the hottest in 50 years! 
Their young people are missionaries 
there. ...Carolyn Leach Gorman, who 
received her master’s degree in coun¬ 
seling from Johns Hopkins Univ. in 
Baltimore, is now a counselor for the 
AIDS Service under the department of 
psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. She is 
wonderfully enthusiastic about the ex¬ 
hausting work. ...Joanne Buckeridge 
Booth and Cap reported the great fun 
they had taking part in the pre-inaugu¬ 
ral activities last January with thou¬ 
sands of others from all over the U.S. 
On Inauguration Day they joined the 
spectators along the parade route and 
waved to president Clinton. “Living 20 
minutes away from Washington, D.C., 
continues to be exciting!” ...We were 
sad to hear from Lynn Bruhn about the 
November 22, 1992, death of Mary 
(Polly) Belcher Dello Russo in Albu¬ 
querque, N.M. Polly and Lynn went to 
high school together in Westfield, N.J. 
Polly was a member of Delta Delta 
Delta sorority and was active in the 
Mountain Club, Choral Society and 
College Players. She married Robert 
Dello Russo of Westfield, N.J., in 1946 
and divorced in 1971. For a number of 
years Polly had suffered from deterio¬ 
ration of the spine which had required a 
number of operations. Before her move 
to Albuquerque, she was a resident of a 
nursing home in Plainfield, N.J. While 
in Westfield she was a member of the 
First Congregational Church and a long¬ 
time member of the Westfield Advance 
Club. We extend our sympathy to her 
family. A memorial appeared in the 
Spring issue of this magazine. 
...Marjory Nelson Bench has moved 
to Venice, Fla., Helen Swan Cawood 
to Brandon, Vt.; and Eunice 
Goodfellow Ratnaike to Glendale, 
Calif. (Why did the press have com¬ 
ments about Hillary Rodham Clinton 
keeping hermaiden name? We’ve been 
doing it since before she was bom!) ...A 
chance encounter with Janet Kraft 
West out walking on Bainbridge Is¬ 
land, Wash., one sunny Sunday revealed 
more of her travel plans and continuing 
work at the HELP LINE Center there— 
an ongoing saga. ...How about a snap¬ 
shot from your mini-reunions? Any 
book or movie recommendations? (Any¬ 
one else catch Tous les Matins du 
Mondel) Joyce and I will gladly share 
your addresses. Let us hear from you! 

48 

Class Secretaries: Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Kellogg (Marya Steele), 7 Murdock 
Court, Middlebury, VT 05753. 

Outgoing Secretary Fran Van Cleve 
Smith begins her report with special 
thanks to Boh Kellogg for his wonder¬ 
ful job of putting together the news 
items for our Reunion newsletter. ...Al¬ 
though Helen Thwaits Buttel (766 S. 
Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19147) was 


away and wrote too late to be included 
in the newsletter, she wanted to express 
her appreciation for it, “with all of its 
wonderful reprints of ’44- ’48 newsclips 
from The Campus, as well as the won¬ 
derful notes from so many people whom 
we all know and love.” She regretted 
having to miss Reunion, but she and her 
husband were to be out of the country at 
reunion time. John M. Hale, in Au¬ 

burn, Calif., is still enjoying full-time 
work. His community involvements 
include a homeowners association and 
the governing board of a senior nutri¬ 
tion program for central California. He 
also spends some weekends hiking and 
camping in the Sierra. ...Last May, Janet 
Kohler enjoyed an Elderhostel at the 
SEA, between Falmouth and Woods 
Hole, Mass. Another Elderhostel in 
September took her to the Adirondacks. 
Staying in cabins on Indian Lake, they 
took in the Adirondack Museum, vis¬ 
ited Sagamore and enjoyed a boat ride 
on Raquette Lake. In June, she had a 
fabulous Amtrak trip all around the 
country, with stopovers in New Orleans 
and Seattle, a day in Chicago and a 
nine-day visit in Grand Junction, Colo. 
...Doris Maurer Thompson is 
babysitting grandchildren Thompson 
and Taylor Limaneck in Shelburne, Vt., 
and Kaylee Thompson in North Granby, 
Conn. A visit to Jack and Nancy 
Rindfusz Bates (both ’42) included golf 
and a Clemson football game. Perry is 
busy with tennis, golf and volunteering 
at the Midd town library. Dave ’49 is 
busy with tennis, golf and volunteering 
at Porter Hospital and Porter Nursing 
Home. They have spent three weeks in 
Antigua for 16 straight years, plus many 
two-week stays in Virginia and South 
Carolina. “Tough life,” she concludes. 
“Retirement in Vermont is terrific.” 

.. Stew Washburn sent a postcard from 
Canal de Panama. He was Caribbean 
cruising “Mo Bay,” Costa Rica, 
Cartagena and Aruba. Funny thing is 
we were also at the Panama Canal on 
December 1. My husband was stationed 
there 50 years ago in the Army Air 
Force. ...News arrived from Anne 
Saurman Myers, “a voice from the 
distant past.” She and Bill are in full 
retirement. For 12 years they owned a 
B&B on Cape Cod, which they allude 
to as their “early retirement.” They were 
fortunate to sell the property last spring 
to coincide with the availability of a 
perfect home on the water, less than a 
mile from the inn. Last summer, all five 
children and nine grandchildren visited 
them. They were recently on an 
Interhostel trip to Bavaria with Joan 
L’Episcopo Muset and joined trips 
planned by Mini Wade and Charlie 
Butts touring the Inner Hebrides is¬ 
lands off Scotland. They enjoyed a din¬ 
ner reunion with Nancy Cheesman 
Baetzhold and Mim Wade Butts, as 
well as a hasty luncheon with Betty 
Reid Buzby in New London, N.H., on 
their way to the Trapp Family Lodge. 
She closes, “Hope to see you at the 
Reunion next May.” ... We have some 
new addresses to report. Margaret 


SUMMER 1993 49 


Alumni NewsLetter 

















Alumni NewsLetter 


I 


Curtis Burckes prefers Box 74, Calais, 
VT 05648. She works for Washington 
County Mental Health in Montpelier, 
Vt. ...Christ Christ is at 286 Bertha 
Bums Road, Inman, SC 29349. ...Joan 
Sherman Riebow is at 14C Pinehurst 
Manor, Pinehurst, NC 28374. ...We have 
new phone numbers for Elaine Pankopf 
Cummings. 908-232-7374, 908-464- 
1718; and J. Anne Saurman Myers, 
508-432-3712. ...Robert Todd is no 
longer with Citibank NA in New York. 
His phone is 805-969-4318. ...Sylvia 
Smead Gallagher is no longer at Pio¬ 
neer Valley Regional School.. ..Kather¬ 
ine Rapp Nathan (prefers Mrs. Kather¬ 
ine Nathan) is no longer at Grumman 
Data Systems in Woodbury, N.Y. 
...John H. Fitzpatrick has an addi¬ 
tional phone number: 413-298-4670. 
...Lawrence C. Thompson is at 12705 
S.E. River Road, #704E, Portland, OR 
97222. ...We received many news items 
which arrived too late to be included in 
our 45th Reunion booklet. Louise 
Planck Terry (112 Ocean Ave., 
Bayport, NY 11705; 516-472-0108) 
attended the German School at Middle- 
bury last summer and enjoyed renew¬ 
ing her contact with the College. As the 
secretary of the Long Island Chapter of 
the American Association of Teachers 
of German, she was recently nominated 
co-chair of a foreign language confer¬ 
ence to be held on Long Island in No¬ 
vember. ...Thomas J. Whalen (19 
Cherry St., Bridgewater, MA 02324; 
508-697-2058) retired on September 1, 
1988, as superintendent of schools in 
Weston, Mass. He has served for 20 
years as superintendent in Pittsfield, 
Brockton and Weston. He is now an 
adjunct professor at Bridgewater State 
College as well as an educational con¬ 
sultant to several school districts. He 
and wife Julie have five children: Thom¬ 
as J. Whalen III (an anesthesiologist in 
Vermont), Christine T. Samas (a clini¬ 
cal psychologist in Northhampton, 
Mass.), Patrice Wilson (an attorney in 
Newton, Mass.), Denise Conway (an 
attorney in Manhasset, N.Y.) and Mary 

Gans (an attorney in Weston). James 

R. Campbell (14301 Yosemite Court, 
Rockville, MD 20853; 301-460-5676) 
was employed by United Airlines from 
1948 until his retirement in 1989. He 
had several assignments, the last and 
longest of which was account executive 
for government and military sales. A 
resident of the Washington, D.C., area 
since 1950, he continues to travel to 
many interesting places around the 
world and enjoys leisure pastimes of 
gardening and woodworking. ...Edith 
Titus Harman (Box 585. Middlebury, 
VT05753; 802-388-2782; work—508- 
744-0991) has announced her intention 
to retire as of January 1994! “Leaving a 
position I have enjoyed so much is not 
easy and would be untenable were it not 
for the desire to spend more time with 
children and grandchildren who are 
spread throughout the country. If any of 
you are ‘on the road,’ please put Salem, 
Mass., on your itinerary. You can be 
sure of a red carpet welcome at the 


House of Seven Gables where I enjoy 
the beautiful waterfront ambiance night 
and day, as I reside in the historic site as 
well as work there. There is plenty to 
see and do in this historic city and we 
would welcome your visit. ‘Home’ con¬ 
tinues to be Middlebury, Vt., with vi¬ 
sions of Orleans, Mass., (Cape Cod) as 
a shared retreat in retirement.” 
...Patricia Malone Bothwell (RD 8, 
Deer Hill Road, Carmel, NY 10512) 
was sorry not to be at our 45th, but 
hopes for our 50th. She was recently in 
Orlando, Fla., where husband Bruce 
was doing an interview for a superin¬ 
tendent search. Pat and Bruce run a very 
successful educational consulting busi¬ 
ness. While in Florida, they visited St. 
Augustine, Gainesville, St. Petersburg/ 
Tampa and Long Boat Key, and went 
down to Sanibel and Captiva. The high¬ 
light of their trip? Their meeting with 
Pres ’47 and Joan Spross Carr. “We 
drove to New Smyrna Beach, had lunch 
at a charming restaurant by the water 
and then walked the wonderful board¬ 
walk across the dunes. Joan and Pres 
have moved to Vancouver Island— 
which isn’t exactly next door. They 
look great, and I think all ’49ers age 
gracefully!” The Bothwells traveled a 
lot in 1992, including a February week 
in San Diego; a week in July “among 
the infamous Adirondack black flies”; 
two and one-half weeks in Hawaii in the 
fall (arriving one day after the devastat¬ 
ing hurricane Iniki); and nine Novem¬ 
ber days at Sea Pines, Hilton Head 
Island, S.C. They enjoy working with 
wood, refinishing antiques and garden¬ 
ing. Her three kids and Bruce’s two are 
fine and they have a grandson. Pat closes: 
“I've always had a good feeling about 
Midd, and a favorite memory is the way 
the Chapel looked against a brilliant 
sunset—and nothing has moved me so 
much as the ‘Amen’ sung by the choir. 
Happy Reunion.” ...Bob Fuller (P.O. 
Box 24268, Gallows Bay, St. Croix, 
USVI 00824; 809-773-9298) and wife 
Mary still reside on Saint Croix, but are 
listing their property for sale. They hope 
to relocate to the Southwest and look 
forward to traveling and visiting their 
seven grandchildren. ...LiviaRemmler 
Rosman (1010 Keeler Ave.. Berkeley, 
CA 94708; 510-525-1883) has four 
children: Ian (MacDonald Oceanogra¬ 
phy Ph.D., married, two children— 
Colin, 3, and Basil, 4 mos.), Karin (in 
science education, getting her M.A. in 
public administration), Rick (aerospace 
engineer for Boeing in Seattle) and 
Rebecca (gemologist and jewelry de¬ 
signer in L. A.). Husband Richard (Ph.D. 
psychologist for Kaiser Hospital for 27 
years) is retiring in June. They’ve been 
married over 35 years. Livia is a Ger¬ 
man teacher (Adult School and UC 
Berkeley Independent Study), a docent 
at Audubon Ranch (sanctuary for her¬ 
ons and egrets), a tour guide and peren¬ 
nial language student (working on Span¬ 
ish; has had many summers of study in 
Heidelberg, Germany), an avid trav¬ 
eler, a hiker and sometime skier. She 
closes, “See you in Vermont!” ...Phil 


'50 and Sue Cooke Turnbull (12806 
St. Andrew Drive, Kansas City, MO 
64145; 816-942-8723) are enjoying re¬ 
tirement lifestyle, although she notices 
she seems to go to a lot of meetings. 
After never living any place longer than 
six years in their married life, they’ve 
now been in Kansas City for seven. 
Unfortunately, none of their seven chil¬ 
dren and five grandchildren live in the 
area. They visited Roy and Bev Bovnton 
Kinsey in Fountain Hills, Ariz., last 
February and have seen John O’Connor 
’50, Bob Simpson ’50 and Jane Baker 
’49 in the East, and see Lee Cuniff 
Ketzel '49 who lives in nearby 
Lawrence, Kans. Their children gave a 
surprise 40th anniversary party for them 
on December 26 in Scotch Plains, N.J. 
John O’Connor ’50 was in attendance. 
Phil and Sue continued the celebration 
with a t wo-week cruise in January to the 
Caribbean and through the Panama 
Canal. Sue keeps in contact with Ann 
Walthall Kittredge. who now man¬ 
ages a resort called McCall’s Beach 
Castle in Longboat Key, Fla. She sees 
Jean Webster Skoien from time to 
time. Says Sue, “Can you believe it’s 
been 45 years—almost—since our 
graduation from Middlebury?! We’re 
looking forward to Reunion.” ...Dick 
and Edith Pinckney Williams John¬ 
son (Christmas House, Byfield, MA 
01922; 508-465-8044), both retired, 
grow practically all of their own pro¬ 
duce and have a small flock of hens. 
They have four generations at their 
house for Christmas, including seven 
grandchildren. For civic contributions 
they monitor radiation from the 
Seabrook nuclear power plant and test 
water in the rivers and estuaries for 
Massachusetts Audubon. Edith plays 
the viola with a small chamber orches¬ 
tra and Dick serves on the boards of a 
conservation organization and a his¬ 
torical society. ...We regret to report the 
death of Robert H. Hoaglund on No¬ 
vember 29, 1992, and of Donald B. 
McGuire Jr. Bob’s memorial appeared 
in the Spring issue; Don’s can be found 
elsewhere in this magazine. ...We re¬ 
ceived a thank you note from the recipi¬ 
ent of the scholarship of the Class of 
1948, Alyssa Sveden ’94, who is an 
English major with a specialty in cre¬ 
ative writing. “I am concentrating in 
social and personality psychology. This 
year I am a Junior Counselor living in 
Stewart. I also spend a great deal of time 
working in the admissions office as an 
office aide and tour guide coordinator. 

I would like to extend my thanks to you 
and your classmates for making it pos¬ 
sible for me to be at Middlebury.” 

49 

Class Secretaries: Mary Ashworth 
Anderson, 5431 Crestline Road, 
Wilmington, DE19808-3625 (302-737- 
3403), and Boh Trimmer, 398 
F earrington Post, Pitt shorn, NC27312. 


Barbara Girard Scali has been a para¬ 
legal for over 40 years and she has no 
plans to retire. In son Joe’s law office, 
the “younger women keep her from a 
‘fuddy duddy' outlook.” Husband Nick 
retired as president of the Middletown 
(N.Y.) Savings Bank in August 1992, 
after 40 years in banking. He continues 
as president of the bank’s holding cor¬ 
poration and is on three other corporate 
boards. They have seen much of the 
U.S., travel annually to Europe and 
enjoy walking in the Alps. From 
Middletown, N.Y., they have easy ac¬ 
cess to Manhattan for the opera, sym¬ 
phony and museums. Taking two Ital¬ 
ian courses per term, Barbara says she 
is functional, but not yet bilingual. The 
Scabs’ second son, Tom, who gradu¬ 
ated from the Univ. of Rome, is bilin¬ 
gual. He’s a senior resident in internal 
medicine at Long Island College Hos¬ 
pital (Brooklyn Heights, N. Y.). Son Joe 
and his lawyer wife have a son and 
daughter. Barbara’s sister, Connie 
Girard Brown, graduated from Middle¬ 
bury in 1941. Barbara reports that 
Harold Suresky is in business in nearby 
Goshen and is “an outstanding commu¬ 
nity member.” ...Barbara Schobinger 
Short retired in 1992 as a librarian with 
Exxon Research & Engineering Co. 
Husband Abram retired in 1968 as as¬ 
sistant postmaster in Westfield, N.J., 
where they live. Formerly an avid golfer, 
she now enjoys swimming and reading. 
In 1990, they stayed in Ocho Rios, 
Jamaica, where they climbed Dunn’s 
River Falls, took a tour across the moun¬ 
tains to Kingston and visited the farm¬ 
ers’ market daily. They want to tour 
more of Jamaica. ...Tony ’50andCleone 
Jones Sporborg retired 15 years ago. 
Cleone was director of a remedial read¬ 
ing program staffed by volunteers in a 
home for neglected and dependent chil¬ 
dren. Tony was director of curriculum 
in the Newtown, Conn., public schools. 
Cleone has served on the boards of 
several organizations, including 
AAUW, Mental Health Assoc., Red 
Cross and Jr. League. Of their three 
children, son Hamilton graduated from 
Middlebury in ’74. They have five 
grandchildren, ranging in age from 16 
years to newborn: “We are decidedly in 
the girl business—four girls to one lad.” 
Their daughter, Harriet, who experi¬ 
enced extreme difficulties following a 
heart transplant, strongly urges every¬ 
one to sign their driver’s license to 
become an organ donor. She owes her 
life to an organ donor. The Sporborgs 
visit Scotland twice yearly, returning to 
favorite spots and visiting favorite 
people. Tony climbs mountains, a sport 
referred to in Scotland as “hill walk¬ 
ing.” (Some hills!) Cleone keeps in 
touch with Bob Simpson, Rachel 
Adkins Platt, Becky Belisle Baute, 
Priscilla Davis Ballou and Doris 
Queren Oddsen. ...Frank 48 and Mary 
Cole Williamson (P.O. Box 341, 
Castleton, VT 05735; 802-468-5523) 
retired in 1992 to her 200-year-old fam¬ 
ily home on the historic Main Street of 
Castleton. “Life in this small village is 


50 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 






















busier than life in suburbia!” They can 
walk almost everywhere, including 
church, historical society and library, 
all places where they volunteer. They 
enjoy many entertainment attractions 
at Castleton College, as well as playing 
a weekly bridge game there. Their daily 
two-mile walk around the cemetery is 
popular with all the village walkers. 
Last year, they climbed Camel’s Hump 
with their son and his wife! They have 
a daughter in Corpus Christi, a daughter 
in Fort Collins and a son in St. Louis. 
Mary and Frank lived for 30 years in St. 
Louis where Frank was in the chemistry 
dept, at Washington Univ. Mary was a 
homemaker until their last eight years 
there, when she was affiliated with the 
Conservatory and Schools for the Art. 
Mary hopes to see all of us at her first 
and our 45th Reunion, June 3-5, 1994. 
She keeps in contact with Dot Morse 
Cooper and Priscilla (Keetsy) Noyes 
Crosson. ...Barbara Bishop has writ¬ 
ten a scholarly article, “The Holy Spirit 
Is God the Mother.” Four First-class 
theologians have told her it is very 
significant and she is seeking a pub¬ 
lisher. While Barbara continues to net¬ 
work toward new monastic forms, she 
survives by being a part-time church 
secretary. “What’s the opposite of 
‘yuppie’? That’s what she is.” ...Ed 
Sullivan reports from the outskirts of 
Middlebury. He and Spence Wright 
went up to Northfield to watch Norwich 
entertain Middlebury at hockey. Presi¬ 
dent McCardell strolled by with his 
youngsters, stopped to chat and thanked 
them for coming up. Ed says they are in 
a good position to see and hear Pres. 
McCardell on occasion and he sees him 
as a great person to represent our Col¬ 
lege. “Take advantage of any opportu¬ 
nity to read, see and hear him. Spence 
and I came back home in 12-below 
weather on a crystal-clear night, sur¬ 
rounded by great snows left and right— 
and at times under. You can all imagine 
this trip in winter, up from Route 100 to 
Bread Loaf and then Ripton and easing 
down and out to our frozen solitude on 
Lake Dunmore. All this under a bright 
cradle-moon with Venus a bit under. 
‘Good night,' and Spence heads for 
Cornwall. We ice-fish, walk the woods, 
read the books, look to hockey games 
(there’s Kyle Prescott, who doesn’t 
wear a hat ever!), take advantage of 
College programs, live on fresh air and 
enjoy offspring growing up. My 
Peggy—with garden club, church, his¬ 
torical society—is always doing things 
for others. (She also lost the biggest 
pike of the year ’92!)” ...Jim Coursev, 
of Dundalk, Md., has retired twice. He 
worked for Baltimore County for 31 
years in guidance and administration. 
In June ’92 he retired as a civilian 
employee of the Army. Jim and wife 
Mary have three children. He was busy 
planting seedlings (in the basement) 
when I talked to him. Jim has a Middle¬ 
bury neighbor: Lucy Humphreys Grif¬ 
fin ’29. ...Larry Smith, of Pittsford, 
Vt., claims that his most strenuous ac¬ 
tivity is letting the dog in and out! Larry 


taught and coached football and skiing 
at St. Albans School for Boys in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C., for 20 years. He also ran 
Camp Sangamon (which his parents 
started in 1922), but he recently turned 
the executive directorship over to his 
nephew-in-law. (Larry has 12 grand¬ 
nieces and nephews!) Still active in 
town affairs, Larry is chairman of the 
town auditors and is involved in the 
Pittsford Historical Society. He sees 
Pete Cady ’60, who practices law in 
Pittsford. Larry’s siblings are all Midd 
graduates: Jim ’40, Dave ’42 and Jean 
Smith Davies. ...Ray Hartshorn lives 
in Lancaster, N.H., not far from the 
Canadian border. As the owner of Maine 
Mack, he is the truck distributor for 
Maine and half of Vermont and New 
Hampshire. He drives 50,000 miles a 
year on business, flies his own plane 
another 20,000. (He was a navigator- 
bombardier in WWII.) He has a private 
airstrip with a hangar from which he 
flies a Lake Flying Boat—which comes 
with two paddles as standard equip¬ 
ment. He recently purchased 6,000 
acres, with two lakes, which he hopes to 
develop as a recreational area. The roads 
are in and he is logging the area. Ray has 
three children—including daughter 
Nancy ’78—and three grandchildren. 
...Bob Brown, who was part of the 3-2 
program between Midd and MIT, re¬ 
ceived his degree in civil engineering 
from MIT, followed by a master’s in 
city planning. Semi-retired from the 
New England River Basins Commis¬ 
sion, he has been working for L. Daven¬ 
port Boyd, realtors. He and wife Carol 
have three children—including son 
Steve ’81—and six grandchildren. Bob 
and Carol live in Weston, Mass., and 
until recently spent their summers in 
Saltaire on Long Island. ...Dick Hill, of 
Montpelier, Vt., sounded particularly 
mellifluous on the phone and no won¬ 
der! He worked for six years in radio 
broadcasting for a small station in Ver¬ 
mont. He also sold time, managed and 
did whatever needed doing. He was the 
state director of the Vocational Reha¬ 
bilitation Program until 1984. His hobby 
is ham radio and he is an eclectic 
reader—everything from poetry to tech¬ 
nical materials. 

50 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Robert 
Kings land (Elly Flett), Foster Hill Road, 
West Brookfield, MA 01585, and Mrs. 
F. R. Young (Anna Sherwood), 24 
Whitehall Ave., Edison, NJ 08820. 

In December, Walter and Barbara 
Wesselman Stark moved to a house on 
Lake Norman, about 40 minutes north 
of Charlotte, N.C. They enjoyed an 
Elderhostel week at St. Andrews-By- 
The-Sea in New Brunswick, Canada, 
last October. The Starks now have a 
grandson inCollege! ...JoanSanderson 
Rickers, “mother-of-the-bride,” hopes 
that you all noticed the photo from 


daughter Heidi’s wedding on page 76 
of the Spring issue. Heidi ’88 and Mark 
VanEveren were married in January of 
1991. ...Lois Rapp Mcllwain reports 
that husband Bill ’51 retired in Febru¬ 
ary 1992 after many years as a VP and 
director of personnel of Grey Advertis¬ 
ing. Lois works one day a week as 
advertising director of Main Line Party 
Rentals. Their son, Rob, lives nearby 
with his family. Lois and Bill were 
hoping to head for Louisiana for Mardi 
Gras and to visit their daughter, Shari. 
...Frank and Val Field McNamee have 
a similar arrangement: Frank is retired, 
Val works. They do some traveling, 
play golf in the Moss Creek-Palm Beach 
area, and enjoy court and lawn tennis as 
well as squash in Philadelphia. Their 
children are all nearby. They point out 
that “despite money being tight, con¬ 
struction slow, aches and pains, physi¬ 
cal pleasures limited and John O’Connor 
in the CIA, life is great.” ...Evelyn 
Brite Janaro has dedicated three years 
to learning to play the mountain dulci¬ 
mer: “One is never too old to learn to 
play something NEW!” She teaches, 
plays and thoroughly enjoys her hobby. 
...David L. Peet “married off’ his 
youngest daughter, Melinda, and ac¬ 
quired three grandsons this year. Dave 
was happy to see Ron Brown ’62 and 
Felix Rohatyn ’49 involved in the presi¬ 
dential campaign. Dave and his wife 
serve as host family and tour guides for 
the Pittsburgh Council for International 
Visitors. They would be happy to wel¬ 
come classmates as well. ...John R. 
Burleigh retired in October 1992. He 
and his wife plan to remain in Atlanta 
through the 1996 Olympics, “but with 
plenty of visits to New England.” 
...James R. Nugent is still in private 
practice (internal medicine) full time 
while teaching at Georgetown Medical 
School. He mentions some traveling, 
including a trip to England, and claims 
fourchildren and five grandchildren, so 
far. They spend weekends at their Chesa¬ 
peake Bay cabin. He was anticipating 
his 40th reunion at Georgetown Med 
School. Speaking of reunions, remem¬ 
ber that our 45th Reunion is coming up 
in 1995! ...Nancy Warman Pihlcrantz 
says “hello to all the gals from Hillside 
1946.” For 15 years, Nancy has been 
“leading a quiet single life here in this 
pleasant little resort city on the bay in 
northern Michigan.” After 22 years of 
full-time work, she has opted for Social 
Security and part-time work. Her son, 
Dave ’73, will soon have his Midd 20th 
reunion. Nancy wants to know where 
Jim Shapiro has gotten to. Phone her at 
616-947-5909 (444 State St., Traverse 
City, MI 49684). ...Bambi Ellsworth 
Lamere is happy to report that after a 
long, six-month ordeal with breast can¬ 
cer, a mastectomy and chemotherapy, 
she is now “feeling very well, both 
physically and emotionally. Joel ’49 
and the children are all well. Their love 
and support was the wind beneath my 
wings.” ...The Class of 1950 Scholar¬ 
ship Fund was established in 1980 at 
our 30th Reunion. Income from this 


fund is used in support of financial aid. 
Gordie Perine ’49 reports that the prin¬ 
cipal in this fund is now $14,332.07. 
Elaine Anderson ’94, the ’92-’93 re¬ 
cipient of this scholarship, has written 
to thank us for our “continued generos¬ 
ity” with scholarship money. An inde¬ 
pendent scholar, Elaine is majoring in 
creative writing, American literature, 
women’s studies and English. She is 
also working towards teacher certifica¬ 
tion, having spent the January term 
interning in English and creative writ¬ 
ing classes at Middlebury Union High 
School. Elaine also hopes that her 
Middlebury education will help her to 
become a “great novelist.” ...We re¬ 
ceived the sad news that “Babs” 
Bostelmann Elwell died in February. 
A memorial appears elsewhere in this 
issue. She was such a remarkable woman 
that her many activities could not fit 
into one brief obituary. We would like 
to add here that she was an instructor at 
Community College of Vermont, co¬ 
editor of the Windham Childcare Assoc. 
Newsletter, director of the Windham 
World Affairs Council, past president 
of the Windham County Children’s 
Museum, and a member of Planned 
Parenthood, the American Diabetes 
Assoc., the AAUW, and a founding 
member of the Brattleboro League of 
Women Voters. We send our love and 
sympathy to Corky, her husband of 43 
years, and to their family. We’ll miss 
this warm, giving and talented woman. 

51 

Class Secretaries: Helen (Reid) and John 
Gilmore, 128 Bungalow Ave., 
Greenfield, MA 01301. 

From the Campus Journal in The New 
YorkTimes comes the Middlebury, Vt., 
special report. According to this article 
more Middlebury alumni marry each 
other than do graduates of any other 
college. Former students recall hearing 
variations of this theme from at least 
three Middlebury College presidents. 
Furthermore, the College’s alumni re¬ 
searcher found that the Class of 1951 
has been the most amorous with 29 
percent! ...Since retiring from nursing, 
Lynne Rask Bowman has been teach¬ 
ing English as a second language to a 
Spanish speaking boy. She also volun¬ 
teers at church and at school with kin¬ 
dergarten children. Her three children 
are doing well. Ty has a photo lab in Los 
Angeles; Mark and Penny work in Con¬ 
necticut; Susan works on a farm which 
is a residential treatment center for the 
mentally ill. ...Pat Ray Christiansen's 
first letter to the editor of The New York 
Times appeared in the travel section of 
Sunday, November 15, 1992. In case 
you missed it, she wrote in response to 
Stephen Drucker’s “Choppy maiden 
voyage” (October 11), in which he de¬ 
scribed the calamities visited upon the 
passengers of the cruise ship Crown 
Jewel on its maiden voyage from New 



SUMMER 1993 51 

















Alumni NewsLetter 


i. 


I. 


York to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pat and 
Don. also passengers on the ship, 
thought the Crown Jewel was a pol¬ 
ished gem. “Contrary to Mr. Drucker’s 
experience, the library was filled with a 
great selection of paperbacks and the 
shelves remained well stocked through¬ 
out the voyage. The food was fine, 
although the service was slow. And 
how about the daily 4 p.m. ice cream 
bar with all the fixins! Unbelievably, 
we somehow managed to drift in at the 
opportune time each afternoon.” (Sec¬ 
retarial comment: Knowing Don, he 
was probably waiting from 3 p.m.!). 
They agreed with Mr. Drucker that 
“Smitty and the Ray Kennedy enter¬ 
tainers were great. We also enjoyed the 
talents of Tony Pantano, Australia’s 
answer to Mario Lanza.” ...Joan Allen 
Armour’s Christmas note observes that 
Norm ’53 continues to be involved with 
a local asset management company 
which will shortly become a private 
Connecticut chartered trust company. 
Becky and Piper are working at the 
Willie Matthews Gallery in Denver, 
Colo., doing styling and setting up props 
for photographers doing ads. The 
Armours’ newest grandson, Christo¬ 
pher, arrived July 8, 1992. His parents 
live in the Boston area. Another grand¬ 
child, Britta, daughter of Tim Armour 
’82, was bom in January. Son John ’80 
lives in Washington, D.C., and works at 
the Brookings Institute. Son Paul works 
in the real estate and investment depart¬ 
ment of the Hartford Insurance Group. 
...Bill and Jeanne Flauss Keiter cel¬ 
ebrated the marriage of their youngest 
child, Susan, on October 3, 1992. At¬ 
tending the wedding were David and 
Charlotte Clarke Hay. The Hays re¬ 
port a new grandson, Alexander, bom 
in March of’92, to Tom Hay ’80 and his 
wife, Jenny, residents of Evanston, Ill. 
Char sounded delighted to be babysitting 
while Jenny did Christmas shopping. 
Char and Dave went to the Yale reunion 
in St. Croix in April and then visited 
friends in England when the English 
gardens were at their peak. ...Over La¬ 
bor Day weekend John and Helen Reid 
Gilmore celebrated the marriage of their 
oldest son, Stuart, and Teresa Lenihan. 
Ushers included sons James Gilmore 
’81, a trader at Jeffries & Co. in Los 
Angeles, and Bob, president of Gilmore 
and Watters Inc. Granddaughter Bea 
(daughterofMark ’79 and Sally Gilmore 
Gordon ’78) was the flower girl. Stuart 
is studying for a master’s in science at 
Harvard. Sally and Mark are cattle and 
sheep ranchers in Buffalo, Wyoming— 
where the Gilmores all spent Christmas 
cross-country skiing. ...Betty Nelson 
Esterson, who has been in market re¬ 
search for 38 years, found 1992 a year 
of enormous change. When she arrived 
in Britain in 1951 she worked for Mars 
(3M). Fourteen years and three children 
later she started her own company, Tay¬ 
lor Nelson. In 1986 when her company 
went public, it was the eighth largest in 
the United Kingdom. When Taylor 
Nelson acquired one of the Maxwell 
Companies, AGB, early in 1992, it be¬ 


came # 1 and, as Betty says, it was “time 
to move on.” She then became CEO of 
the Princess Royal Trust for Careers, an 
organization that looks after people who 
cannot make it on their own. Her chil¬ 
dren are all fit and happy. Catherine is 
a hospital senior registrar in obstetrics 
with two daughters under two. Chris is 
in Holland, marketing environmental 
products. Nick is married and is the 
deputy head of languages in Sheffield. 
He was spending 1993 in the Ukraine 
and possibly 1994 in the U.S. ...Ed and 
Jean Maintain Higgins have welcomed 
a new grandson, Edward Higgins Berke, 
son of Nancy Higgins Berke ’77, who 
lives in New Hampshire, as does her 
sister Carol. Daughter Susan is another 
New Englander from Yarmouth, Maine. 
They feel they are blessed to have all 
their children and their nine grandchil¬ 
dren living so near. Jean and Ed were 
planning a BIG trip, scheduled to begin 
in February. After a stop to see Linda 
and Dick Allen ’53 in Easton, Md., they 
planned to continue to Hilton Head, 
N.C., to visit with Jim and Beth Huey 
Newman. Alex and Anne Meyer 
Marshall were to be visited next in 
their winter quarters in Venice, Fla. 
From Venice the Higgins’ journey was 
to turn north toward the Florida Pan¬ 
handle and on to Kingwood, Texas, to 
see Paul and Marianne Folke Lin¬ 
coln. If all went well, they hoped to get 
up to see Neil and Gladys Tanner M vers 
in Estes Park, Colo., before returning 
home. 



Class Secretaries: Mrs. Peter K. Race 
(RuthEldridge) P.O. Box 103,Boxford, 
MA 01921, and William H. Barber, 
19504 Gallatin Ct., Gaithersburg, MD 
20879. 

Chuck Lauer continues as corporate 
VP of Crain Communications Inc. and 
publisher of Modern Healthcare maga¬ 
zine, whose “rebirth” and current status 
as “the premier business news maga¬ 
zine for the industry” is credited to him. 
His successful book. Soar with the 
Eagles , now in paperback, has been 
acclaimed as “a powerful book” em¬ 
phasizing “common sense and distilled 
practical wisdom” in the achievement 
of personal and professional excellence 
and success. Chuck addressed students 
at his old high school (Nichols School, 
Buffalo, N.Y.) in December; addressed 
the American College of Healthcare 
Executives in early March (Chicago); 
and hosted a well-attended lunch for 
Middlebury President John M. 
McCardell, Jr., in January at the Chi¬ 
cago Athletic Association. Chuck keeps 
his hand in ice hockey, playing every 
weekend with son Randy and a great 
group of former college players at Lake 
Forest Academy. ...Paul Faris is still 
preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
Located with wife Geneva in remote 
“Arizona cactus country” about 90 miles 


northeast of Phoenix, he plans to con¬ 
tinue in the ministry “as long as He 
gives me a sound mind in a sound 
body.” ...Charlie Ratte, having retired 
in 1991 as Vermont state geologist, is 
completing a two-year visiting profes¬ 
sorship at the Univ. of Kentucky. He 
has combined “a little travel and 
sightseeing” with an enjoyable position 
in the dept, of geological sciences. He 
and wife Judy are fanatical fans of the 
superb UK basketball team and have 
also enjoyed thoroughbred horse rac¬ 
ing, picking eight of 10 winners on 
Derby Day in ’91. In June, the Rattes 
were returning to 4 Chestnut Hill Road, 
Montpelier, VT 05602, while looking 
for another adventure in ’93-’94. ...Jim 
Hutchinson reports that he is semi- 
retired, working part time for Nestle 
Beverage Co., and still enjoying east¬ 
ern Tennessee with its four seasons and 
mountain country. ...Bob Bowser and 
his wife take great pride in the ongoing 
career of their son, an Air Force captain. 
With extensive training and experience 
in jet fighters and C-12, he was com¬ 
pleting a tour of duty in Korea and 
commencing training in the C-141 this 
summer. ...Tim Budd married Susan 
Drummond on December 5, 1992. Son 
Andy served as best man and two other 
children (with spouses) were present 
for the celebration. A “delightfully 
sunny and warm” trip to Hawaii fol¬ 
lowed—and ended all too soon. Susan 
has a daughter, Sara (16). Tim contin¬ 
ues as associate dean for economic de¬ 
velopment at the College of Lake 
County. Tim caught up on 40 years with 
Jim Olson (originally from nearby 
Waukegan), when Jim visited from 
Oregon recently. ...Nancy Harrison 
Bove is still heavily involved in Lit¬ 
eracy Volunteers, tutoring twice a week, 
training others to be tutors and teaching 
trainers for the state organization. Nancy 
also volunteers for FISH, delivering 
food to inner city families, has joined 
the Unitarian Society and is a liaison 
and volunteer in the Headstart program 
in New Haven. For recreation, she prac¬ 
tices yoga and does watercolor“off and 
on.” Nancy’s husband, Joe, retired last 
July, so they’ve had more time to visit 
their three children and five grandchil¬ 
dren. Their two sons are Vermonters, 
Bruce in Brandon and James in Jericho, 
while daughter Susan is in Simsbury. 
Conn. Nancy ended her note with, 
“We’re happy and healthy!” When I 
(Ruth Eldridge Race) finish some vol¬ 
unteer curriculum preparation for the 
local schools, Nancy has piqued my 
interest in helping out in the literacy 
program nearby. ...Liz Loemker 
Furber reports that “retirement is 
great—but busy!” How true this seems. 
How did we ever find time to work? Liz 
and Ed ’51 retired from the Manches¬ 
ter, N.H., area about two years ago to 
Southport, Maine, where they are still 
working on their house: “all very liv¬ 
able, but still too many doors to paint.” 
Liz says that “Southport is a wonderful 
place to be: two worlds—the winter and 
the summer. The winter full of ‘home 


grown’ activities with the bright, caring 
people who live here, and summer full 
of relatives and good friends who can’t 
stay away from Maine.” Liz and Ed 
enjoy taking visitors for a sail. Their 
plans for the “mud season” included a 
trip to South Carolina, with visits along 
the way to Marji Dawson Storrs ’54, 
Lincoln Furber ’53 and Line’s daugh¬ 
ters Edith ’85 and Sarah ’89. Liz and Ed 
now have two sons in the Portland, 
Maine, area: Win and wife Cordelia 
Pitman, both ’85, and Tom ’83 and wife 
Laura. Son Bill lives in NYC, a good 
visiting stop on the way south. A lot of 
Midd connections in this column! ...In 
the last issue I mentioned two similar 
fall trips to France which the Races and 
Brewsters (Carol Whitham ) had taken. 
Now I can report new grandchildren for 
each family in late 1992. The Brewsters’ 
second grandson, William Lane 
Brewster, was bom in Boston on No¬ 
vember 11 to son Toby and his wife, 
Rebecca. The Races’ third granddaugh¬ 
ter, Elizabeth Rose Race, was bom on 
December 18, also in Boston, to Alan 
’80 and his wife, Cathy. For anyone still 
employed in the education field, you 
may be receiving the magazine Cable 
in the Classroom ; the editor of same is 
A1 Race. ...Our Class of 1952 Scholar¬ 
ship Fund, which was established in 
1977 at our 25th reunion, now has a 
principal of $114,653.85. The income 
is to be used in support of financial aid, 
with preference given to students from 
middle-income families. Prospective 
tuition costs are staggering and I’m 
glad the Class of ’52 will be adding 
some support for students. ...Keep those 
cards and letters coming! Share news of 
your lives and adventures. We look 
forward to hearing from you. 

53 

Class Secretary: Mr. Robert C. Kelly. 7 
Governors Lane, Shelburne, VT05482. 

By the time this column is published 
our class will have completed its 40th 
Reunion. At this writing, Irv Morris is 
laying the groundwork for an outstand¬ 
ing event and all in attendance will be 
up to date on current class news. Don 
Beers has been working hard to in¬ 
crease our participation in giving to the 
College. If you have not yet made a 
pledge, the need is still there so please 
make the effort. ...Clementine 
Wininger Gregory, of Ashville, N.C., 
is enjoying time with her children. Her 
job as a medical social worker keeps her 
busy, but she is looking forward to 
retirement, volunteer work and travel. 
...Dick Allen wishes he could say that 
he is happily retired, but he isn’t and 
can't. He is president of the Chesa¬ 
peake Bay Maritime Museum and he 

was looking forward to our 40th Jack 

and Norma Loesch Carney are still 
living in Rocky River, Ohio, but Cape 
Cod will be their retirement home for 
half the year in the future. They have 


52 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 






















purchased a 1740 house in West 
Harwich, Mass., and are now busy gut¬ 
ting and remodeling it. ...Judy and Rob¬ 
ert Prosser are living in Vero Beach 
during the winter and on the coast of 
Rhode Island in the summer. More or 
less retired. Bob is still a partner in RSF 
Partners and is still a member of the 
New York Stock Exchange where he 
has worked for almost 25 years. ...Dick 
Steinman reports that the last of his 
nine—that’s right, nine —kids has left 
home. He celebrated by building a new 
home with very few bedrooms. He keeps 
busy with wildlife conservation organi¬ 
zations, a reasonable amount of work¬ 
ing in real estate development and, ap¬ 
parently, running a lumber business. I 
don’t know if that adds up to retirement 
ornot. ...Lyman Allen of East Thetford, 
Vt., writes that he is enjoying his explo¬ 
rations into the pathways of spiritual 
growth. He recently joined a Course in 
Miracles group. He says it all began 
back with Prof. Reg Cook ’24 who told 
us always to “keep our minds open and 
be seekers.” ...Anita Bland Andreasen 
says hello and asks those visiting the 
West Palm Beach, Fla., area to call 407- 
833-3057. ...During a sabbatical from 
American Univ. in Washington, Link 
Furber is creating a course on the his¬ 
tory of broadcast journalism—which 
means he’s spending his time listening 
to old newscasts from the ’30s and ’40s 
and screening early TV news efforts by 
the networks. ...Anne Coleman 
Zehner, Jean Overhysser Arneberg 
and Pat Pattyson Eckley got together 
for a pre-reunion mini-reunion last Janu¬ 
ary. ...Elizabeth Darling Sherburne 
reports that her Middlebury French 
worked well during their stay last year 
in Nice. Elizabeth heads the alumni 
interviewing group in Nashville. ...Also 
living in Nashville, Bob and Peg 
Davidson Zone are members of the 
Yacht Club with the Sherbumes. ...We 
are sorry to report that Bob Parker 
broke seven ribs. He didn’t say what 
caused the breaks. His son, David, 
teaches Latin American history at 
Queens College in Kingston, Ontario. 
David and wife Marcia produced a 
grandson on January 3. Daughter Anne 
was married last June to Ira Shield, 
while Steven and Debbie live in 
Manchester, Conn. ...Bob Arel is semi- 
retired but doing consulting work in the 
area of instructional task analysis for 
Orlando area firms. He is also active in 
church work. ...Since the blizzard of 
’93, Marilyn Buist Scott is thinking of 
retiring to a warm climate when the 
time comes. She still works for IBM 
and is taking courses, including Lotus. 
A trip to the Dominican Republic was a 
highlight of her spring. ...The College 
informs me that many classmates are on 
the move. The longest move seems to 
be Ed Perrin’s from Cambridge, Eng¬ 
land, to Seattle, Wash., while the short¬ 
est was Don Beers’ move from 3325 
Bayshore Blvd. to 2413 Bayshore Blvd. 
in Tampa, Fla. Others include Pat 
Pattyson Eckley from New Jersey to 
Lake Ariel, Pa.; Bruce MacKay from 


Pennsylvania to Venice, Fla.; Cedric 
Sherrer from Lake Tahoe, Calif., to 
Redmond, Ore.; Don Faber from Ft. 
Lauderdale to Vero Beach, Fla.; Wil¬ 
liam Harding from California to Vir¬ 
ginia; and Pat Tyler Turner from 
Waltham to Ipswich, Mass. ...The Kellys 
are still at the same address, struggling 
with a depressed motel business, cop¬ 
ing with two boys in college (Andrew at 
Babson and Scott at Springfield) and 
working hard to make our mail order 
business profitable. We’re happy to be 
alive and healthy and able to look for¬ 
ward to retirement at the end of the 
century. I’ll be turning over this 
reporter’s job to classmates in the near 
future. ...Pat Hamilton Todd wrote the 
following letter concerning her friend, 
Jane Weitzel White, who died on 
March 5, 1993: “She was my Middle¬ 
bury classmate, a special friend and 
confidante, and a Vermont neighbor. 
We parented, renovated and built 
houses, commiserated about Vietnam 
and Watergate, supported women’s lib, 
turned 40!—and delighted in our hus¬ 
bands’ special relationship. Our chil¬ 
dren grew and became friends. Eventu¬ 
ally, we shared widowhood and grief— 
and then, the joys of grandchildren. 
During much of this time Jane dealt 
with the emotional and physical chal¬ 
lenges unique to a cancer patient. She 
accepted her disease with graceful dig¬ 
nity, seldom discouraged, always cou¬ 
rageous. She became an active volun¬ 
teer with the American Cancer Society, 
bringing her special encouragement to 
others in her community through her 
work with Reach for Recovery and Road 
to Recovery. Concern for the needs 
others—her family, an elderly Vermont 
farmer, countless friends, cancer pa¬ 
tients—sustained her throughout her 
long illness. Jane’s practical outlook, 
self-reliance, constant good humor and 
thoughtfulness inspired all of us who 
knew and worked with her. We will 
miss her.” Her memorial appears else¬ 
where in this magazine. 

54 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Peter B. 
Marshall (Cecily Mattocks), 290 
Goodale St., West Boylston, MA 01583, 
and Peter L. Simonson, 105 Lower Fly¬ 
ing Pt. Road, Freeport, ME 04032. 

Not all the news is of retirement plans 
and activities. Roger Chapin recently 
founded Retrofit America to be part of 
the new explosion in conservation tech¬ 
nology that enables at least a 20-percent 
reduction in total electric bills. He re¬ 
ports that they are the “Super Team” of 
retrofitting and are very environmen¬ 
tally friendly. For introductions to 
CEO’s of big companies, Roger offers 
a special finder’s fee to Midd alums. 
His number is 619-291-5846. ...Mike 
and Kathy Donohue Hall have en¬ 
joyed some insightful and interesting 
lectures by Dr. Baird Whitlock, former 


American literature professor. The 
Whitlocks and Halls are all residents of 
Belfast, Maine. ...Maggie Moreau 
Willett writes from Cheshire, U.K. The 
Willetts spent three weeks visiting New 
England last spring. Highlights of their 
trip included a visit with Hazel Hoxie 
Greaves and a family reunion on Cape 
Cod, attended by 40 family members 

(Midd-count: eight). lean Tibbetts 

Pentland is treasurer of Jefferson Rub¬ 
ber Works, a manufacturer of custom 
molded rubberparts in Worcester, Mass. 
When not balancing the books, Jean 
and Dick enjoy their four grandsons 
and their boat, moored in Jamestown, 
R.I. ...Margie Dawson Storrs stopped 
to see the Pentlands last winter on her 
way home from skiing at Waterville 
Valley. ...One can always count on 
Chuck and Maureen Kane Steineeke 
to return their postcard post haste. News 
is of their children: John ’82 is the father 
of a baby daughter; Ann is getting a 
doctorate in English; Patty is a student 
at General Theological Seminary. 
Chuck plans retirement next year, after 
which Winter Harbor, Maine, will be 
home for part of the year. ...New ad¬ 
dress for Lesley Harper Miller is Box 
456, Rye Beach, N.H. Lesley was mar¬ 
ried to Frederick M. Miller (Yale ’48) 
on September 15, 1992. ...Joan 
Emerson Sleinkofer reminds us all 
that we are eligible to participate in 
Elderhostel activities. Joan is 
Elderhostel coordinator at Paul Smith 
College. Among the list of special events 
are biking, hiking and quilting. Although 
spring is their busy time, Joan hopes to 
make the 40th Reunion. ...Caroline 
Apfel Stouffer responded to the post¬ 
card with a news-filled letter. She’s still 
singing on a limited basis for fun. She is 
chair of the Hingham (Mass.) Demo¬ 
cratic Town Committee and coordi¬ 
nated the local campaign for the Clinton/ 
Gore ticket. She attended the Demo¬ 
cratic National Convention as a del¬ 
egate and for the past three years has 
been working with the Massachusetts 
Coalition of Democratic Women, whose 
purpose is to help more women get into 
elected office. John is retired from teach¬ 
ing and they enjoy sailing out of Cape 
Cod. ...Leah Wallat Odden spent two 
weeks at Christmas in Rheims, France, 
where daughter Danielle is an assistante 
d’anglais. After many years of playing 
golf she recently had the thrill of mak¬ 
ing a hole-in-one. ...Dick and Mary 
Ann Bourbeau skied with Karl and 
Lois Robinson Limbach last winter in 
Squaw Valley, Calif. ...Pat and Bill 
Carpenter are dividing their time be¬ 
tween Vancouver Island and St. Peters¬ 
burg Beach, Fla. ...Bruce Marshall, son 
of Peter and Cecily Mattocks Marshall, 
head hockey coach at UConn, was 
named National College Division Coach 
of the Year. We haven’t strayed too far 
from the rinks. In closing, we need to 
hear from more of you. Peter Simonson 
and I are trying to reach everyone dur¬ 
ing our tenure and the success of that 
goal depends upon your responses to 
our queries. With our 40th Reunion a 


year away, we need wide participation 
to make the event memorable. 

55 

Class Secretaries: Scotty MacGregor 
Gillette, 2309 E. Lake of the Isles Blvd., 
Minneapolis, MN55405; Junie Stringer 
DeCoster, 726 Linwood, St. Paul, MN 
55105; and Judy Zecher Colton (Mrs. 
Roger), 3 Long Marsh Lane, North Oaks 
Farm, MN 55127. 

Bob Beattie was inducted into the Colo¬ 
rado Sports Hall of Fame in February. 
...The Boston Globe has a great article 
about Jerry Doolittle’s new mystery, 
Bear Hug. So off to your nearest inde¬ 
pendent bookstore! ...Charmian 
Lamble Cretnev writes that she and 
Warren have a new grandbaby, Riane 
Isabella. She is their first. ...Junie 
Stringer DeCoster and Steve, along 
with Susan and Earl Samson, report 
the birth of three grandchildren in 1992! 
Emma Samson was born to Ed and 
Diana in August, and twins Henry and 
Peter were bom to Trip and A Hyson in 
December. ...We would like to remind 
you all that at our 25th class reunion we 
established a Scholarship Fund. The 
principal in our fund is $40,877.07. 
...We have address changes for Bob 
Beattie (402-AABC, P.O. Box 4580, 
Aspen, CO 81611), Anne Johnson 
Clark (P.O. Box 33, Manset, ME 
04656), Patricia Blake Stimson (233 
River St., P.O. Box 553, Norwell, MA 
02061), Marjorie Vanleuvan (245 
Cherry Ave.. #22F, Watertown, CT 
06492), Malinda Collison Wolter (P.O. 
Box 581, Norfolk, CT06880); and John 
Zabriskie (518 Overlook Drive, Flat 
Rock, NC 28739). 

56 

Class Secretaries: John Chase, 2000 
Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena, CA 
94574; Virginia Collins Emerson, 15 
College Road, Wellesley , MA 02181; 
and Maureen Craig Seamans, 12 
Pelham Road, Weston, MA 02193. 

Retirement is somewhat of a joke in my 
(John Chase's) family because, as my 
kids say, “Dad doesn’t like to use the 
‘R’ word.” I tell them my life is in 
“transition” from one career to another. 
Since we’re at an age where transitions 
do occur, it’s interesting to note how 

classmates are handling them. Jim 

McCrea writes that he accepted an 
offer forearly retirement April 1. What’s 
next, Jim? ...Dick Powell, who retired 
from Rohm and Haas in December 1992, 
is still exploring full, partial or limited 
retirement plans. Dick recently attended 
a one-week Philadelphia Phillies base¬ 
ball camp and pitched 21 innings with 
20 strike-outs and batted .400. Obvi¬ 
ously Dick chose the wrong career. 
...Helga Neuse Whitcomb thinks re- 

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tirement is wonderful. No wonder! She 
and husband Dick went to Elderhostels 
in Denmark, Sweden and Finland last 
spring, as well as in New Zealand and 
Australia in January and February 1993. 
In between times they’re cheap air-fare 
junkies, with trips to Arkansas, Ver¬ 
mont and Washington state. “The rest 
of the year is still open,” she says. 
...Lynne Atherton awaits summer in 
the Midwest to till “the ‘north 40”’ 
(that’s 40 square feet of flower garden). 
She quit a 40-year habit with the ciga¬ 
rette, works out at a nearby fitness cen¬ 
ter and sings in a large choir. She was 
planning to be in San Francisco in May 
for daughter Roxanna’s graduation from 
San Francisco State. ...Tom Hart re¬ 
tired from GTE Corp after 32 years to 
form his own manufacturer’s rep 
agency, now three years old. He’s still 
playing competitive basketball and a 
lot of golf. Greensboro, N.C., seems to 
agree with Tom, his wife of 33 years 
and three of his four children. The other 
offspring still lives in Madison, Conn. 
...Paul Doering says he is far from 
retirement and still sailing. His three 
children are spread from Pennsylvania 
to a mesa in Santa Fe, N.M. ...Shirley 
McMahon Oktay, MD, is another who 
says “retirement is not an option.” Medi¬ 
cine, singing in a choir and raising a 
teenager keeps her busy... Jerry Ocorr 
completed his M.A. in speech commu¬ 
nication last summer at the Univ. of 
North Carolina. He still runs the Foun¬ 
dation for the N.C. State Univ. College 
of Veterinary Medicine. He has also 
taken on the duties of executive director 
of the N.C. Medical Assoc, on an in¬ 
terim basis. loan Rehe Wilkinson 

(743 Bear Creek Circle, Winter Springs, 
Florida 32708) and her husband have 
moved to the Orlando area and she is 
“adjusting.” She unfortunately had to 
leave her job at the Reader's Digest in 
New York but is editing a book for them 
on a freelance basis. She and her hus¬ 
band have three children still in school 
and would love to hear from visitors, 
especially those from the Northeast. 
...Jody Newniarker Crum is teaching 
“Kitchen Kapers,” an after school en¬ 
richment program in the Indianapolis 
township schools. She’ll take time for 
her annual spring European FlowerTour 
to see the tulips and is booking another 
tour October 8-23 to the Alps and South¬ 
ern Europe. Interested? ...Another trav¬ 
eler is Mary Anne Thorne Lewis who 
lives in Santa Fe. She recently returned 
from a month in North Africa to view 
crafts of the area. She continues to hold 
fiber-related workshops in her studio 
which brings in teachers from all over 
the country. If you want to be on her 
mailing list, contact her at #14 Wilder¬ 
ness Gate, Santa Fe, NM 87501. ...Tom 
and Sally Thomson Clark spent a fall 
weekend in Minneapolis with John and 
Helen Starr Ackerman in their 
townhouse overlooking an urban lake. 
They took in such local attractions as 
the Walker An Museum and the Guthrie 
Theater. ...Motivating classmates to let 
us know what’s happening in their lives 


isn’t easy. That’s why we appreciate 
the efforts of Jack Kettell who has 
undertaken a personal campaign to elicit 
class news. He achieved success with 
his freshman roommate at Hepburn, 
Jack McDermott, who says that he 
hasn’t seen or spoken to a classmate in 
30 years. He did return to Middlebury 
last summer and showed his wife, Ji 
Hong, his old room in Hepburn. He 
promises to return for our reunion in 
1996! Jack teaches courses in litigation 
and patent and trademark law at Loyola 
Law School in Los Angeles. This spring 
he was teaching Japanese law for the 
first time. He is very involved in 
Loyola’s faculty exchange program and 
was personally leading a faculty group 
to Beijing and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 
this summer. His travels have already 
taken him to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, 
China, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, In¬ 
donesia, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka. 
No wonder Jack hasn’t been to Ver¬ 
mont much of late! In the spring of 1994 
he expects to take a sabbatical to Japan 
where he intends to write a textbook on 
Japanese law. Sounds like a busy and 
interesting career and we look forward 
to catching up with Jack in three years. 
...The Class of 1956 established a schol¬ 
arship fund at its 25th Reunion in 1981. 
The principal in this fund is now about 
$123,500. The most recent scholarship 
recipient is Carrie MacFarlane ’94 who 
is in Kyoto, Japan, for the ’92-’93 aca¬ 
demic year in a program affiliated both 
with Kyoto’s Doshisha University and 
Middlebury College. Carrie is living 
with a host family which is “hospitable, 
lively and funny.” Whenever she doesn’t 
understand something, her host mother 
will act out the vocabulary in charades 
until Carrie says the magic words, “Ah, 
wakarimashita”—I understand! Carrie 
taught two English conversation classes 
during the year and was returning to 
New Hampshire in May. “Thank you. 
Class of 1956, for awarding me a schol¬ 
arship for my senior year. My family 
and I greatly appreciate it!” ...On a sad 
note, I read in the San Francisco 
Chronicle of the passing of Rodney E. 
Reid on January 28 in San Francisco. 
He was a vice president of the Federal 
Reserve Bank and collapsed and died at 
a bank luncheon, apparently of a heart 
attack. He was a career employee of the 
bank for 26 years and supervised bank 
holding companies and agencies of for¬ 
eign banks operating in the nine west¬ 
ern states. His memorial appears else¬ 
where in this issue. ...We must also 
report the January 24, 1993, death of 
Susan Little Kramaric. Although suf¬ 
fering with cancer for three years, she 
remained in the words of her husband, 
Peter, “a brave and positive person.” 
Susan and Peter were able to vacation in 
Southeast Asia, Hawaii and Costa Rica, 
and together they rejoiced at the wed¬ 
ding of their daughter, Karen, in Ver¬ 
mont. Classmates who wish to express 
their sympathy may write to Peter S. 
Kramaric, 242 Branch Brook Road, 
Wilton, CT 06897. 


57 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. Alexandrine 
Post Koontz, 204 Tatoket Road, 
Branford, CT 06405, and Mrs. Eliza¬ 
beth O'Donnell Wallace, 201 Asbury 
St., South Hamilton, MA 01982. 

Looking through the class list for calls 
I (Xanie Post Koontz) wanted to make 
to add to the cards received (thank you!), 
I realized that I had just been visiting 
within a few doors of Townie and 
Maxine Vought Hoen inOwings Mills, 
Md., and not known it. New secretary 
resolution #1: Get to know the territory 
or miss a Midd! Call first! Maxine is VP 
of Nations Bank there; Townie raises 
money for the Independent College 
Fund of Maryland. They both eagerly 
await news about Webber Hoen’s Peace 
Corps placement as a recent master’s 
physics graduate from Stanford. ...Ann 
Eckels Bailie, after telling me about the 
town of Sommers in my new home 
state, reports having worked for H & R 
Block for seven years. She and her 
husband, a store manager for J.C. 
Penney’s, were looking forward to a 
trip to Egypt and Greece. ...Derek 
Evans, an almost neighbor, moved this 
summer with his wife and children— 
Jared (8) and Peggy (6)—from Fairfield, 
Conn., to Trumbull. Derek wants those 
who knew his brother, Steve, freshman 
year to be informed that he recently 
moved to San Antonio. ...Don Sanders 
has taken early retirement from Scott 
Paper where he had been for nearly 20 
years, most recently as head of the 
consumer tissue/towel business. Who’d 
have guessed as they pulled the very 
best down from the market shelf? Don 
has started birdcarving and re-started 
golf. ...Charlie Sykes sent a message 
after trips to Somalia and Ethiopia with 
other representatives of non-govem- 
mental organizations: “The conditions 
and human suffering were the worst I 
have seen in 35 years. The relief work¬ 
ers, Somalis and expatriates, live under 
terrible conditions, but go about their 
work with great courage. We had long 
discussions with the United Nations 
officials about the need to engage So¬ 
malis in the peace keeping efforts.” 
...Sheldon Dean has been recognized 
yet again for his work in materials engi¬ 
neering by his appointment as Air Prod¬ 
ucts Fellow at his firm, Air Products 
and Chemicals, Inc. Sheldon holds 12 
U.S. patents. ...Holly Goodhue Van 
Leuven is approaching 20 years as a 
trial consultant in her organization. 
Genesis Group. We hope Holly will 
write again so we can accurately report 
on progeny in our next episode. Do we 
read 16or 26 grandchildren?. ..Frankie 
Hall has left New England. Now direc¬ 
tor of student programs for the Assoc, 
of American Medical Colleges, she re¬ 
ports loving D.C. and environs. ...As 
always, Charlie Palmer would like to 
hear from any and all of us. He advises 
us that it is customary for him to change 


jobs every 32 years, most recently from 
Advest to Legg Mason Brokerage. He 
and Pat went to the Galapagos Islands 
and Ecuador recently. ...It is with regret 
that we write that Judy Holmes Van 
Schaick died on October 15, 1992. 
While earning her B.A. at Middlebury, 
she was involved in Theta Chi Omega 
sorority and the College Choir. We 
extend our sympathy to her daughters, 
Kathryn V.S. Brown and Elizabeth Van 
Schaick; to her sister, Nancy Holmes 
Lambom; and to her father, Harold T. 
Holmes of Lakewood, N.J. A memorial 
appeared in the Spring issue of this 
magazine. 

58 

Class Secretaries: Mary Roemmele 
Crowley, 24 Giorgetti Blvd., Rutland, 
VT 05701, and Joseph E. Mohbat, 551 
Pacific St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. 

We’d comment on how wonderful our 
35th Reunion was, but for the fact that 
this is being written in the snows of 
February. Though it probably was won¬ 
derful, we must allow for the Unpre¬ 
dictable Hand of Fate and avoid com¬ 
menting further on an event you readers 
know happened but we don’t yet. ...If 
you notice a sudden upturn in the for¬ 
tunes of the Slovak Republic, it’s prob¬ 
ably because Lang Bell is our man in 
Bratislava. Having last year resigned as 
chairman and CEO of the Connecticut 
bank he had rescued from the buzzards, 
Lang eschewed the R-word and de¬ 
cided “to refocus my life and career.” 
So he “joined up with the U.S. Treasury 
Department as a senior adviser to the 
chairman of the General Credit Bank, 
which is the largest commercial bank in 
Slovakia, for a two-year period.” Lang 
and his new wife, Judy, live at 
Druzstevna 6, 83-104 Bratislava, Slo¬ 
vak Republic. “The life in Slovakia is 
different, to say the least, but I feel I am 
at the cutting edge of change as the 
country moves from communistic forms 
of governing into what we call in the 
West a democratic free-market 
economy. The struggle will be long and 
painful, but I’m hopeful that I can make 
a difference on both a macro and micro 
basis. It’s not all work and no play, as 
Judy and I have traveled a great deal 
throughout Eastern and Central Europe. 
The change in lifestyle suits me just 
fine. I plan to follow this career path for 
about the next five years or so. Then: 
golf!” ...Mary Bachman Wright has 
become not only a grandmother but 
“the typical doting, obnoxious type we 
all dread running into.” Mary sold her 
home of 23 years and moved into a 
condo in the Washington suburb of 
Rockville, Md., where, she reports, “I 
really love my simplified lifestyle.” 
...The day after Reunion. Barbara Bang 
Knowles was slated to move from Penn¬ 
sylvania to Maine (9 Seely Road. Bar 
Harbor 04609), where she is the new 
associate director for research and se- 


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nior scientist at the Jackson Laboratory. 
“Come visit this paradise and catch up 
with the years,” Barbara writes. Daugh¬ 
ter Amanda was graduating from Penn 
in May; son Jared has a year of grad 
school remaining. ...In Salem, 
Katharine Williams Souter continues 
to work as a tax economist for the 
Oregon revenue department. She is also 
president of the local Soroptimist Club. 
Two of her kids earned their master’s 
degrees last year, David in administra¬ 
tion (Yale) and Barbara in geology (U.C. 
Davis). (Darn! Now your scribe’s re¬ 
minded of Charles Welby.) ...(Jordon 
and Mary Loomis Simms of Dover, 
Pa., have married off all four Simmslets 
and have reaped four grands for their 
efforts. “Wiz loves working in a fabric 
store and Gordy still sells woodwork¬ 
ing machinery, now as a distributor,” 
the forever couple reports. Both still 
sing in the church choir and the York 
Symphony Chorus. ...Mike and Connie 
Crabbe ’59 Dehlendorf returned from 
Florida, where they ran into former 
Midd Prof. Paul Cubeta, who was teach¬ 
ing a one-month class in Shakespeare at 
Vero Beach. “We spent a few great 
evenings reminiscing about Middle- 
bury,” Mike writes, and “then the three 
of us had dinner with Mike ’59 and 
Lynde Suddeth Karin ’62, who live in 
Vero Beach.” ...Joe Mohbat, follow¬ 
ing his policy of a career change every 
other decade, has joyfully shuttered his 
12-year-old law practice and is now 
program director for INFORM Inc., a 
NYC-based national non-profit envi¬ 
ronmental research organization that 
seeks practical solutions to the environ¬ 
mental problems plaguing the planet 
through such best-selling books as 
Making Less Garbage, Paving the Way 
to Natural Gas Vehicles, Reducing Of¬ 
fice Paper Waste and A Citizen’s Guide 
to Promoting Toxic Waste Reduction. 

59 

Class Secretaries: Mrs. William W. 
Locke (Noel Caseley), 1326 Stillwater 
Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, and Henry 
Pete Erbe Jr., 12 Longview Ct.. Hun¬ 
tington, NY 11743. 

Barry Croland was selected as one of 
the best lawyers in family law by the 
publication Best Attorneys in America. 
His own family news is that he has eight 
grandchildren—two with additional 
Middlebury connections, being the 
daughters of Lizabeth (Sarakin) ’84 and 
Jennifer ’86. Barry and his extended 
family were planning to get together for 
a long weekend in Middlebury during 
July. This event will replace their tradi¬ 
tional Alumni Weekend at Middlebury, 
so he will be missing that for the first 
time in many years. ...Bob Copp re¬ 
ports that Fred Bowman recently re¬ 
tired from California Lutheran College 
but continues to be actively involved in 
activities there. Bob also passed on 
information that Fred and Hank Moody 


were together for Thanksgiving a couple 
of years ago. ...Speaking of Hank 
Moody, he wrote that 1 992 was another 
record year of sales and profits for 
Panamax. Panamax produces power 
protection products that protect against 
“surges” (natural and accidental) that 
interfere/disrupt information process¬ 
ing of all types—computer, cablevision, 
TV, etc. Hank’s second company, 
Fitmax, producing fitness products such 
as sports bottles, roller-blades and bik¬ 
ing accessories, was a proud sponsor of 
the Summer Games in Barcelona. While 
Hank travels in Guatemala, Mexico City 
and the U.S., his son, Myles ’90, enjoys 
a career in marketing. Erica ’92 is in 
Boston doing graduate work at Harvard 
and Northeastern. ...Steve Cohen, who 
has spent 25 years in the practice of 
urology, is serving as chief of urology 
at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. His son, 
Michael ’89, is a practicing attorney; 
daughter Laura ’92 is a pharmaceutical 
rep in the North Carolina area. Steve 
and his wife spend weekends in a cabin 
in West Virginia, bird watching and 
fishing. He’s “looking forward to retir¬ 
ing from work—but not too soon.” At 
the time of our conversation, Steve was 
celebrating having been married to wife 
Susan for one-half his life, putting him 
in the “first day of the second half of his 
life.” He doesn’t see any of his contem¬ 
poraries in the Baltimore area and closes 
with “Are you there?” ...Bill Hahn is 
pursuing health and happiness in Bel 
Air, Md., with wife Mary Jane, two 
daughters and two grandsons. He had 
26 marvelous years in the Army (would 
have stayed for 30, had it not been for 
politics). Bill prides himself on being 
the “Chief Baby Sitter.” ...Phil Buley 
was anxiously awaiting daughter 
Samantha’s return after a year in Tas¬ 
mania, Australia. She will be a fresh¬ 
man at Susquehanna Univ. Phil enjoys 
the peace of country living in Cornwall, 
Vt. ...Jim McGowan was expecting his 
book Les Fleurs du Mai to be out in May 
’93. He and Anne had visited their new 
grandson, Benjamin, in Las Vegas twice 
since his birth in March. ...Phil and 
Tammy Kuebler Hodges were paid a 
visit by Bick Bicknell as they were 
enjoying a glorious month at Lake 
Dunmore. ...Bob Jones presented an 
unprecedented gift of $ 10 million to the 
Harvard Divinity School as a part of its 
175th Anniversary Celebration. Bob 
first came across the Divinity School’s 
literature 15 years ago while attending 
Bible study in San Francisco. “So many 
questions came out of Bible study that 
I began buying books to find some 
answers,” said Bob. “After a while it 
became almost a hobby of sorts. Wher¬ 
ever I traveled, I would stop in book¬ 
stores and buy books. It didn’t take me 
long to realize that some of the best 
literature was coming out of Harvard 
Divinity School.” Bob said he gave the 
money to the Divinity School in part 
because of his high regard for the 
school’s faculty but also because he 
wanted to send Harvard a message. “I 
want Harvard and the Divinity School 


to think of their constituency as not just 
Harvard graduates, but everyone in the 
United States,” Bob said. “Harvard rep¬ 
resented a light in the midst of a great 
deal of confusion regarding religion, 
even resentment in some cases. It’s the 
Divinity School’s prescription to 
counter this confusion by searching for 
the truth and then disseminating that 
truth in a way that is understandable to 
lay people like myself.” ...Doris 
Brassington Rich acquired a new 
grandson in December 1992. Her other 
daughter, Susan, is in L.A. trying for 
her big break in motion picture produc¬ 
tion (directing and writing), having 
graduated as valedictorian from 
UCLA’s Motion Picture School. Doris’ 
son, Jack, continues at Boise State Univ. 
in Idaho. Doris loves her sunny Florida 
clime, but has some winter nostalgia for 
Vermont snow. ...Sally Wagner Hague 
moved from Montana three years ago to 
Bloomington, Minn., where husband 
Bill is a psychiatrist with Group Heart 
(HMO). Sally volunteers in the mental 
health field, studies voice and music 
theory and is also an avid birder. They 
hike and cross country ski, enjoying 
Minnesota’s wilderness and Lake Su¬ 
perior. ...Ailene Kane Rogers, a high 
school biology teacher, has a grant to 
research the biological changes in the 
Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge Great 
Marsh, near McLean, Va. She has our 
deepest sympathy for the loss of their 
youngest son, Daniel, in February 1992. 
...Noel Casely Locke has a first grand¬ 
child, the son of oldest son Clay, who 
graduated from the Kellogg School of 
Management (Northwestern) last June. 
Husband Bill is group VP of industry 
products and Pacific rim sales develop¬ 
ment for Armstrong. His constant inter¬ 
national travels cause some suitcase 
packing for her, as well as some inter¬ 
esting visitors at home. In between, 
she’s on the local Planned Parenthood 
and American Heart Association boards. 
Their youngest, Jenny, is a Midd “first- 
year.” ...Our 35th Reunion is scheduled 
for June 3-5, 1994. Please mark your 
calendars! 

60 

Class Secretary: Jean Seeler, Windmill 
Farm, 18 Upland Lane, Armonk, NY 
10504, and Lars T. Carlson, 14478 
50th St., S., Afton, MN 55001. 

Ladies first! Nancy Mumford 
Mulvey’s son, Steve, was married in 
October 1991. They had only two weeks 
advance notice, which eliminated all 
the fuss and stress. All the immediate 
family were present for a simply lovely 
day. Nancy heartily recommends it. 
Daughter Kathy, who has worked her 
way back east to Boston, from China, 
California and Washington, D.C., now 
works for an anti-nuclear-weapons 
group. Don has retired to a new career 
as house husband while Nancy contin¬ 
ues working for the Massachusetts State 


Dept, of Mental Retardation. They have 
a new pet in their empty nest, a black lab 
cross adopted from the pound. ...Emily 
Adams has been doing a lot of genea¬ 
logical research over the past few years, 
especially during the winters on Grand 
Isle. Summers are for gardening. The 
rabies epidemic has come to northern 
Vermont. Emily knows a number of 
people who do not go out without being 
armed. Emily says that not only does 
she NOT have a gun, but she doubts 
very much that she could manage to hit 
any object if she did, including her 
newly-repainted bam! ...Paula Hartz 
is doing publicity for the book she co¬ 
wrote with Don Sloan, M.D. Abortion: 
A Doctor’s Perspective!A Woman's 
Dilemma was published in January. 
Weekends Paula sings in a choir in 
Highland Park, N.J., where she occa¬ 
sionally meets Ann Wagner 
Kaizerman for an ice cream sundae in 
the Corner Confectionery. She also 
keeps in touch by phone with Jan Fisher 
Barstad in Tempe, Ariz. ...Breck and 
Sue Hibbert Lardner’s home address 
is 44 College Street, Middlebury, VT 
05753. (You can talk to them without 
Breck asking for money!) Sue spent last 
summer working for the biology dept., 
organizing and graphing hundreds of 
pages of data collected by student in¬ 
terns who were out in the field (under¬ 
water) studying aquatic weevils. The 
bugs have a passion for Eurasian mil¬ 
foil, a particularly noxious weed that is 
clogging more and more lakes. (The 
Jan./Feb. issue of Vermont Magazine 
has a long article on milfoil.) Those of 
you who have infested ponds will be 
happy to know that the biology dept, 
has a continuing grant to introduce these 
wonderful weevils into infested waters, 
with the hope of the future destruction 
of this aquatic weed. Sue spent the 
winter studying for the Vermont real 
estate exam. Son Sam is in Moscow 
working on a master’s in Russian. 
Gretchen ’87 is married, lives in New 
Jersey and travels extensively organiz¬ 
ing conventions. Peter resides in a 6 x 6- 
foot space in Kumagaya, Japan, teach¬ 
ing English. His Japanese is improving 
as is his “bow.” Because all persons 
must leave their shoes at the door, and 
there was no way he could hide his feet 
when he wore his Xmas gift of Woody 
Jackson black and white cow socks, he 
received more than bows! Grins! ...John 
and Mary Vaughn LaPlume quit their 
respective jobs last fall in Minneapolis 
and purchased a convenience store cum 
gas station in Kalispell, Mont. They 
hoped to lower their stress levels by 
being their own bosses. But when the 
plumbing backed up, the heating went 
out, and two gas pumps broke down on 
New Year’s Day, that appeared to be a 
dubious premise. Fora while they rented 
a house on beautiful Flathead Lake. In 
April they moved into their new home 
at 1525 Three Mile Drive, Kalispell, 
MT59901. ...And nowforthe guys! Sid 
Dickson sent a half-inch thick package 
covering 32 years of what’s been going 
on in his world. Sid is divorced, owns a 


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tree moving company in St. Michaels. 


out traveling on any paved streets or 
highways (aside from crossing them at 
right angles). He celebrated his 50th 
birthday by entering the Incas Rally in 
Peru. He once shipped his motorcycle 
to Iceland because he heard the riding 
there was “different.” Sid’s picture is 
on the cover of the September 1992 

issue of Trail Rider magazine. Jim 

Tracy and daughter Megan ’90 win the 
long distance prize this time. Megan 
has been with the Peace Corps in 
Mongolia since July 1991. Last sum¬ 
mer Jim visited her in Ulan Bator for a 
week. He reports that Mongolia is a 
strange mixture of Soviet and Far East¬ 
ern culture. The Mongol people are 
warm and fun. The countryside is a 
little like Switzerland, but more primi¬ 
tive and rugged. Megan and Jim spent a 
few days in Beijing on his way home. 
Son Jim works in the Washington, D.C., 
area for a computer services company. 
In 1989, Jim Sr. joined a similar start up 
business which, he reports, is progress¬ 
ing reasonably well despite the reces¬ 
sion. ...Lloyd Graybar was also on the 
move last year. In May, he spent three 
weeks visiting Germany, Poland, Hun¬ 
gary, Austria and Switzerland. And in 
August he had a grand time visiting 
with Dick Dennison in Pittsford, N.Y. 
Lloyd is a professor of history at East¬ 
ern Kentucky Univ. and lives in Rich¬ 
mond, Ky. ...Jim Wright's comments 
apply to us all: “When your son is a 
better athlete, when your daughter hits 
30 years of age, and you can’t clearly 
see your toes, it’s time to seek the 
sympathy of those in a like station in 
life. I wish some of you would stop in 
Bethlehem, Pa., if you can still travel.” 
...Thanks to everyone who sent cards 
and letters. Do keep in touch. Your 
classmates read this column first! 

61 

Class Secretaries: Steve Crampton, RR 
1, Box 127, Tarbox Road, Jericho, VT 
05465, and Lee Kaufman, 161 Three 
Mile Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901. 

Jane Werner Bonnesen (9028 Lark¬ 
spur Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55344) 
may hold the current record for grand¬ 
children in our class, with a total that 


has swollen to seven. As the marketing 
support manager for Amsdahl, Jane 
covers an area in the upper Midwest 
which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, 
the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska. She 
won the field business conference award 
for her 1992 performance. All those 
grandchildren have not tied Jane down 
either. She visited Spain in 1992 and 
planned trips to Alaska and Prague in 
1993. Jane reports she ran into Carol 
Nicholson Fryberger at President 
McCardell’s reception in the governor’s 
mansion in St. Paul. ...Janet Linderoth 
Bohren (9581 Fox Road, Clayton, OH 
45315) works at the Univ. of Cincin¬ 
nati. Janet’s Bearcats had made it to the 
sweet sixteen, at the time these notes 
were being prepared. Janet is directing 
two research grants with local school 
districts to develop science teacher ex¬ 
pertise by using multi-media technol¬ 
ogy to improve learning in middle 
school. ...It was great to hear from 
Howard Mettee (220 Ridgewood 
Drive, Boardman, OH 44512), who has 
jumped right into the new frontier for 
business development—Eastern Europe 
and Russia. He spent August and Sep¬ 
tember of 1992 in St. Petersburg as an 
International Rotary Volunteer assigned 
to help stimulate small business. He 
came away with the names of 49 enter¬ 
prises and institutes who are interested 
in establishing trading partnerships with 
American counterparts. If anyone is 
interested in exploring the possibility 
of establishing relationships with a 
Russian business or institution, Howie 
would be glad to act as the catalyst. He 
can be reached at 216-726-0363. ...Lois 
Ry man Lewis has certainly diversified 
her life and interests recently. While 
continuing to work as a tax preparer and 
as a nurse, Lois has ambitiously en¬ 
rolled in a master’s program in special 
education, early childhood, at Cal State, 
Los Angeles. She loves the challenging 
return to college life and the deja vu 
experience of tackling the library, buy¬ 
ing books and registering for classes. 
Her daughter, Jennifer, is a third grade 
teacher; younger daughter Kathleen was 
to receive her teaching credentials in 
June. Bravo to Lois for jumping back 
into life with both feet after the unfortu¬ 
nate loss of her husband. ...Received 
some news coupled with good advice 
from Judy Stenger Johnson (7301 
Rebecca Drive, Alexandria, VA 22307). 
Judy has taken a new job with Earth 
Share, a federation of 40 environmental 
groups. In a cooperative effort to raise 
funds for the activities of all 40 groups, 
Earth Share does workplace fund rais¬ 
ing through campaigns in cities, states, 
corporations and the federal govern¬ 
ment. One could not put it better than 
Judy: “It’s fun to put your talents where 
your heart is! Do your Earth Share!” 
...Since graduating from Pomona Col¬ 
lege in May 1992, your eastern 
secretary’s daughter, Kathryn 
Crampton, has been serving an intern¬ 
ship with the Wildlife Habitat Enhance¬ 
ment Council in Washington, DC. Not 
only is she a great source of pride to her 


Md., on the Eastern Shore, and has a 
daughter attending Washington Col¬ 
lege in Chestertown, Md. You may 
remember that 25 years ago Sid and a 
co-driver completed the London to 
Sydney (as in Australia) road race mara¬ 
thon, in a non-factory-sponsored 1968 
Rambler-American. As of this writing 
(March) Sid is at it again, gearing up for 
the 25th anniversary re-creation of the 
event that has been called the last great 
intercontinental auto race. Once again 
the only American entrant, Sid is driv¬ 
ing a pre-1969 vehicle. He has also 
completed some wonderful motorcycle 
events. He rode 4,000 miles coast-to- 
coast, across the U.S., off-road —with- 


parents, but she is providing us with 
new perspectives and educational ex¬ 
periences. It is exciting to see the devo¬ 
tion these kids have for improving the 
environment—as long as it’s tempered 
with common sense and a spirit of co¬ 
operation, not merely an extension of 
the NIMBY philosophy. ...We are 
pleased to report the exciting news that 
Willard M. Reger (123 E. Middle St., 
Hanover, PA 17331) was married on 
May 22, 1992, to Elizabeth Esther 
Hostetter. Congratulations, Bill, and 
welcome, Elizabeth, to the Middlebury 
family. ...The last note is one which 
reflects a great personal loss for your 
secretary. On December31,1992, Judy 
Remington Parsons died in Burlington, 
Vt., after a courageous battle against 
cancer. Judy and her husband. Rod ’62, 
and my wife, Susan Comstock 
Crampton ’63, and I were privileged to 
share a unique and wonderful friend¬ 
ship that extended over 30 years. It was 
one of those chance things—four young 
people from diverse backgrounds whose 
paths merged at Middlebury and whose 
lives then continued in lock step there¬ 
after. The cadence of our lives at times 
defied belief. Judy and Susan each had, 
or would have had, three of their chil¬ 
dren within a couple of months of each 
other. They also each lost a child. The 
Parsons left Middlebury and went west 
for further education and training, ar¬ 
riving back in Vermont at the end of the 
’60s. The Cramptons left Middlebury 
and went south for further education 
and training, arriving back in Vermont 
at the end of the ’60s. For each of the last 
20-odd New Year’s Eves we have been 
with each other to catch up on family 
and to usher in each succeeding year. 
The essence of Judy Parsons can be 
summed up in two key words: DEVO¬ 
TION to her beloved husband. Rod, and 
DEDICATION—sprinkled prudently 
with a strong dose of discipline and a 
no-nonsense attitude—to her kids, 
Debbie, Roddy and Brad, and to the 
light of her life during her last difficult 
times, her grandchildren, John and little 
Jake. Judy was a tax specialist, first in 
Susan’s CPA accounting firm and later 
establishing her own business. Through¬ 
out her professional career, Judy was 
what I call a “turn to” person. Because 
of her wisdom, her upbeat can-do atti¬ 
tude, and her genuine concern for oth¬ 
ers, people turned to Judy as a sounding 
board for their professional, social or 
personal problems, seeking her counsel 
and advice. Judy’s other love was the 
family’s summer home in East Hamp¬ 
ton, L.I. Although Judy’s death robbed 
her of years with the people she most 
cared for, her husband and her family, 
she knew, and we should not forget, that 
she had already accomplished what she 
truly wanted from life: a wonderful 
marriage, coupled with the pride and 
realization that she and Rod, working 
together, had provided important op¬ 
portunities and benefits to their chil¬ 
dren in terms of ribrocked values and 
educational experiences. And her chil¬ 
dren in turn have taken those gifts and 


opportunities, used them to the fullest 
extent, avoided the pitfalls that sur¬ 
round youngsters growing up in these 
complex times, and blossomed as truly 
wonderful human beings. Daughter 
Debbie, after graduating from St. 
Lawrence, lives outside Burlington, runs 
a daycare center, and gave Judy the joy 
of her first two grandchildren. Oldest 
son Roddy, after receiving his Ph.D. in 
chemistry at UVM, is pursuing post¬ 
doctoral work at the Univ. of Califor¬ 
nia, Berkeley. Youngest son Brad is a 
junior at Stanford, which meant a lot to 
Judy since Rod obtained his Ph.D. de¬ 
gree from Stanford in 1965. Rod can be 
reached at Bean Road, Charlotte, VT 
05445. 

62 

Class Secretaries: Leslie Dearborn 
Cronin, 16320 Batchellors Forest Road, 
Olney, MD 20832, and James D. 
Shat tuck, 59 Wesskum Wood Road, Riv¬ 
erside, CT 06878. 

Lucy Beckley Cole (Lucy IV) reports 
heavy involvement in the recent elec¬ 
tion year, campaigning heartily for Perot 
(and voting for Clinton), working on 
two congressional campaigns and pro¬ 
moting a candidate’s forum. Wonders 
of wonders, according to her daughter, 
she’s also on her way to computer lit¬ 
eracy. Oldest daughter Lucy (Lucy V) 
is a first year student at the Univ. of 
Redlands; daughter Genie is active in 
theater and dance; 7th grader Stew has 
become a prodigy trumpet player; hus¬ 
band Ross is lawyering away. ...In Geor¬ 
gia, Jim Warburton has a good thing 
going at Emory Univ. where he is si¬ 
multaneously teaching Spanish and see¬ 
ing the world—last year, Guatemala 
and Honduras (twice), Costa Rica, Spain 
and Portugal. ...Sounds like Craig 
Lloyd also has a good thing going in 
Georgia. A professor of history and 
director of archives at Columbus Col¬ 
lege, Craig has been researching the life 
of Eugene Bullard, the world's first 
black combat aviator who flew for 
France in WW I. Bullard’s odyssey 
included boxing and vaudeville careers 
before the war and ownership of night¬ 
clubs thereafter. Craig's odyssey? You 
guessed it! Research summers in Paris, 
which he has enjoyed with wife Caryl, 
a French professor. ...Linda Ross 
Sinrod writes, “As the proud parent of 
a lesbian, as well as the aunt, daughter- 
in-law and cousin-in-law of gays, I have 
become active in the Gay Rights move¬ 
ment. More and more evidence shows 
homosexuality to be physically based, 
especially twin studies. Parents have to 
come out as well as gays to break down 
the stereotypes. I would enjoy hearing 
from other classmates who are parents 
of gays. You may write to me at 6053 
River Drive, Lorton, VA 22079 or call 
703-550-9582.” ...Hilda Wing reports 
from Silver Spring, Md., that she con¬ 
tinues at the FAA, working on selection 


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systems for air traffic controllers. She 
adds, “My curiosity is not disinterested 
in what changes Mr. Clinton will make! 

It should be noted that I live beyond the 
Beltway.” ...Grant Weier has made 
good his intention of early retirement 
from Delta Airlines and is teaching part 
time in the aviation department of North¬ 
ern Kentucky Univ. ...Cynthia Cooper 
Bracken is also planning for retire¬ 
ment. She and her husband have pur¬ 
chased a building lot near Williamsburg. 
...And it sounds as though Linda 
Beauregard Vancini has already made 
that move to a life of leisure. She’s 
enjoying lots of golf and idyllic times in 
Johns Island, S.C. ...John Pribram, for 
one, is maintaining a somewhat more 
rigorous schedule, having just been 
appointed associate dean of the faculty 
at Bates College. He and Hope Brown 
Pribram are the parents of two daugh¬ 
ters—Sarah, a graduate student at St. 
Michael’s College, and Margaret, in 
her first year at Connecticut College. 
...Tom and Marren Ward Meehan are 
cleaning up at local paddleball tourna¬ 
ments. They report that they attended 
an Inaugural Ball with John and Betty 
Allen Hornbostel, who are awaiting 
the next four years with bated breath. 
This, too, shall pass, John. ...Gil Owren 
was in fine fettle for a weekend reunion 
with Andrew and Carol Keyes ’63 
Ferrentino at Skytop in Pennsylvania. 
He did, however, refuse to strap on the 
boards. ...Keep us posted on your sum¬ 
mertime activities. Have a good one! 

63 

Class Secretaries: Jane Bachelder John¬ 
son, 625 Talamini Road. Bridgewater, 
NJ 08807, and Robert W. Clarke, 63 
Mountain Road, Hampden, MA 01036. 

News of your 30th Reunion will appear 
in this space in the Autumn issue. Hope 
you were able to be there! 

64 

Class Secretaries: Patricia Lynch 
DeMas, 3774 Ashford Lake Ct., At¬ 
lanta, GA 30319, and Robert J. Baskin, 
805 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. 

R. Gordon Werner (205 N. Oakhurst, 
#34, Aurora, IL 60504) has moved to 
the Chicago area where he is working at 
AT&T Bell Labs. He hopes MiddKids 
will call when in the area. ...Fred Strife 
is happily practicing pediatrics at 
Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital. His 
wife, Janet, also works there as a radi¬ 
ologist. One of their four children has 
finally joined the work force, while the 
others are struggling at various stages 
of their education. Fred says they still 
visit Vermont and think often of great 
friends from Midd. ...John Wallach is 
the founding editor of WE, the first 
Russian/American independent news¬ 


paper, a joint venture between Hearst 
and Izvestia. They are publishing 
350,000 copies a week in Moscow and 
50,000 in the U.S. (in Russian and Eng¬ 
lish). Advertising is welcome from any¬ 
one looking to make a fast buck, or 
ruble, according to Editor Wallach. His 
third book. The New Palestinians , co¬ 
authored with his wife, Janet, is now in 
the bookstores. ...Last year, Judith K. 
Williams was appointed VP, quality 
improvement, at VITAS Health Care 
Corp., which is headquartered in Mi¬ 
ami, Fla. ...Anne and C. Richard 
Hawley last year celebrated their 25th 
anniversary by taking a four-day, 184- 
mile bike trip on the Chesapeake & 
Ohio canal tow path from Cumberland, 
Md., to Georgetown (D.C.). In another 
milestone, Dick’s daughter, Katie, is 
receiving her master’s degree from 
UVM. ...Richard W. Maine was ap¬ 
pointed president and CEO of Hyperion 
Credit Service Corp., of Glastonbury, 
Conn., an indirect subsidiary of 
Hyperion Partners L.P. Dick had been 
serving as executive VP and chief in¬ 
vestment officer for Connecticut Mu¬ 
tual Life Insurance Co. ...Sally Wil¬ 
liams Allen has a new address: 38 Rue 
Saint Sulpice, 75006 Paris, France. She 
manages the alumni office there for 
INSEAD, the Institute of European 
Business Administration in 
Fontainebleu. A widow with a daughter 
at Columbia, a son at Yale and a daugh¬ 
ter U.S.-college-bound next year, Sally 
comes to the States frequently. She 
even returned to her hometown to vote. 
...Daniel R. Vantassel recently 
downsized in a move to a condo com¬ 
munity. Two of the four kids have left 
the nest and, with no more lawns to 
mow, Dan now finds time for finishing 
a novel, building an Adirondack guide 
boat and rollerblading. His daughter, 
Amy, had the opportunity to watch the 
filming of a new A1 Pacino movie at her 
school, Emma Willard. Dan is looking 
forward to the 30th—and his first— 
Reunion. 

65 

Class Secretaries: Polly Moore Walters 
(Mrs. Kenneth), 100 Grandview Ave., 
Fort Collins, CO 80521, and Frederick 
W. Stetson, 123 N. Union St., Burlington, 
VT 05401. 

Summer is coming in, signaling the end 
of lilacs, dandelions and buttercups, 
and reminding us of favorite flowers 
and happy mem’ries: Dunmore days, 
norgling nights, classes that suspended 
time and sunmotes. Now we are off to 
other duties while another generation 
moves through those green hills of Ver¬ 
mont. ...After long research and work, 
Ann Fowler LaBerge (2814 Mt. 
Vernon Lane, Blacksburg, VA 24060) 
is pleased that her book. Mission and 
Method: the Early Nineteenth-Century 
French Public Health Movement, was 
published in 1992 by Cambridge Uni¬ 


versity Press (N.Y). Now she is work¬ 
ing with 10 other historians on a histo¬ 
riographical work reassessing French 
clinical medicine. Her family, includ¬ 
ing two teenaged daughters, two dogs 
and two cats, seems to have survived 
intact. ...Fred Noseworthy (1 Surf Way, 
#139, Monterey, CA 93940; 408-373- 
6407) has joined forces with two former 
pro football players and a pro golfer to 
start a pro sports golf association. They 
bring together pro athletes and associ¬ 
ate members to play golf in their tourna¬ 
ments. This ought to tickle the fancy of 
several ’65 golfers. ...Since last No¬ 
vember, Susan Phibbs Brezenay has 
enjoyed her new job as director of stu¬ 
dent health services at Mount Vernon 
College in Washington, D.C. “It’s near 
home so I can walk in good weather. 
Seeing patients as a physician assistant 
proves very satisfying.” Sue attended 
the presidential inauguration and has 
high hopes for the new administration. 
She would like to hear from classmates 
who are visiting the area. ...Paul 
Prentiss (1229 N. Jackson St., #303, 
Milwaukee, WI 53202) has moved 
downtown and is enjoy ing the 15-minute 
walk to work, weather permitting. He 
attended the Midd area alumni gather¬ 
ing in January to meet with President 
McCardell. Son Mike is a junior at 
Duke and daughter Sharon is a fresh¬ 
man at Sarah Lawrence. “Where,” he 
wonders, “does the time go?” ...Nancy 
Smith (1209 Rose Glen Road, 
Gladwyne, PA 19035) writes that she, 
husband Jay and son Lane (9) visited 
Hawaii in the summer of 1992 and 
stayed with Diane Takamune Ander¬ 
son and her daughter, Lolly. “Even 
though 22 years had passed, during 
which correspondence was the only link, 
we soon caught up and were able to get 
into some ‘meaty’ discussions about 
modem day events. It was truly a memo¬ 
rable visit.” The Smiths were looking 
forward to hosting Diane and Lolly in 
the Philadelphia area this summer (and 
extend an invitation to any other ’65ers). 
Anticipating a future trip to Alaska, 
Nancy asks, “Do we have any class¬ 
mates there?” ...Jiffy Starr Johnson 
(2054 Coronet Lane, Clearwater, FL 
34624) has been selected to chair the 
Clearwater-Kaluga “Friendship City” 
delegation. The purpose of the delega¬ 
tion is to try to establish business, cul¬ 
tural and humanitarian ties with Kaluga, 
a Russian city 125 miles southwest of 
Moscow. Jiffy reports that she didn’t 
get to McDonalds in Moscow during an 
official visit in August ’92, but she did 
stay with a Russian family who re¬ 
turned the visit in February of ’93. Sud¬ 
denly Jiffy regrets not having studied 
Russian at Midd, but with her flair for 
languages, I expect she’ll soon be able 
to communicate well enough. ...Nancy 
Sherman Walker received her master’s 
degree in social work in May of ’92. 
She is working with Lutheran Social 
Services in Washington, D.C., where 
she helps mentally ill patients move 
from St. Elizabeth's Hospital into the 
community. Husband John Walker, 


still director of admissions at Episcopal 
High School, enjoys interviewing stu¬ 
dents in the area who are applying to 
Middlebury. Their son, John Walker 
’88, was married in June 1992 and works 
in New York City for Saatchi and 
Saatchi. ...William “Terry” Wright 
(Box 279, Forestville, CA 95436) is 
back teaching after a year’s sabbatical 
in Franconia, N.H., where he spent his 
mornings writing a book and his after¬ 
noons skiing. The momentous daily 
decision revolved around whether he 
and his wife should downhill or cross¬ 
country. He finished writing the book 
back home in California last fall, so 
now we await word of its publication. 
...In February I (Polly Moore Walters) 
decided to brave the fickle weather and 
commit to attending the mid-winter 
Midd gathering down in Denver. This 
was the first time I had gone in nearly 20 
years, when I last went solely because T 
Tall was there. I’m hooked; I’ll go 
again. The topic was environmental 
studies and the crowd was varied and 
attentive. My favorite finds were the 
young men who had recently gradu¬ 
ated. They gave me hope for our son as 
he faces outward mobility this fall to 
points unknown on his hero’s adven¬ 
ture. ...Please keep in touch as you all 
seek and find your own. 


66 

Class Secretaries: Carolyn D. Holmes, 
38 Glenwood Road, Upper Montclair, 
NJ 07043, andThomasR. Easton, 10456 
Burke Lake Road, Fait fax Station, VA 
22039. 


Bill Barstow (P.O. Box 240261, An¬ 
chorage, AK 99524, 907-349-7070) 
focuses on the three major concerns of 
us all: personal —Bill is still loving and 
enjoying Alaska, competed in the World 
Masters Cross Country Ski Races in 
March 1992, and broke a collar bone 
while mountain biking (“ouch !”);/£//??- 
ily —children Billy '88, Craig (West 
Point ’94) and Meghan ’94 have spent 
considerable time with Bill in Alaska; 
and professional —bankruptcy trustee 
work is still brisk and exciting. ...Alan 
Magarv (1440 16th Ave., San Fran¬ 
cisco, C A 94122,415-661 -0537) elabo¬ 
rates on his work “on a huge historical 
novel set in the time of the Hundred 
Years War and Wars of the Roses (so 
why did I major in American history?).” 
wife Kerstin is director of the 300-acre 
Mission Bay Project in San Francisco. 
Their children, Kate (8) and Karin (6), 
“grow more wonderful by the minute.” 
...Several of the following contacts with 
classmates were made around a theme— 
or, more precisely, around a Forest West 
lounge 24-hour bridge game. Joyce 
Smith Mills (7 Central St., Winchester, 
MA 02539,617-729-3346) remembers 
the “Red Riding Hood’s Hood” jigsaw 
puzzle with which classmates (the 
dummy and various kibitzers) occu¬ 
pied their time (consider a round puzzle 


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with all of its pieces the same color red). 
Compare the creative challenge of fit¬ 
ting pieces together solely through in¬ 
tricate shape differentiation with new- 
style electronic game challenges of 
Nintendo or Genesis. My, how the world 
has changed (or maybe not). Joyce has 
not kept up with the game of bridge but 
has enjoyed her part-time work with 
husband Quinn, who teaches at Harvard, 
as well as volunteer work for recreation 
programs and for her church in Win¬ 
chester, Mass. Joyce has also been study¬ 
ing Japanese, has worked on her high 
school class’ 30th reunion, and has got¬ 
ten involved in family genealogy, re¬ 
porting that “it’s like playing detective, 
searching for clues and putting puzzle 
pieces together.” (Red Riding Hood’s 
Hood strikes again!) Daughter Lisa (17) 
is an accomplished cellist preparing to 
enter Harvard in the fall; Shirley (13), 
an oboist benefiting from an incredible 
music program at Phillips Andover, is 
doing well both academically and so¬ 
cially—”1 think she will turn into a 
telephone soon!” By the way, Joyce 
remembers that the bridge players spent 
several months putting the hood to¬ 
gether. More later. ...Shirley Frobes 
(1741 Tustin Ave., #9A, Costa Mesa, 
CA 92627, 714-646-8472) spent some 
years in Boston before moving back to 
Salt Lake City. She earned her graduate 
degree in economics from the Univ. of 
Utah, enjoying the outdoor lifestyle in a 
canyon where she could ski from her 
back door—remember, she had skied 
for the state of Utah in high school! 
Shirley and her significant other, Steve 
Nelson, moved to Costa Mesa, Calif., 
about four years ago, when the market 
for commercial construction was prom¬ 
ising. The lifestyle change has been 
dramatic. Shirley reports that the cli¬ 
mate is indeed wonderful and she en¬ 
joys living near Newport Beach. She 
has pooled her English major at Middle- 
bury with the economics degree and 
works as an editor for Kenneth 
Leventhal & Co., a CPA firm specializ¬ 
ing in the real estate industry. The geo¬ 
graphic trade-off has given her much- 
appreciated cultural advantages in the 
arts and entertainment. Shirley, who 
has been working for Middlebury, in¬ 
terviewing candidates for admission, is 
pleased to say that the caliber of appli¬ 
cants is excellent. ...Don and Joanne 
Meissner Houston (305 Maple St., 
Contoocook, NH 03229,603-746-3435) 
returned to Contoocook in 1977, build¬ 
ing a home close to both of their fami¬ 
lies. Joanne recalls that when the elec¬ 
trician installing a newly-made chan¬ 
delier asked if the connection should be 
made so that the fixture could be moved, 
Don responded, “No, where I’m going 
from here, the chandelier is not.” 
They’re still in the house! Joanne has 
worked part time for the Institute for 
Trend Research, a small company spe¬ 
cializing in economic forecasting. Don 
is the administrative manager of 
Crathem Engineering which serves the 
cardboard folding industry. Daughters 
Kim (22) and Wendy (18) have been 


actively involved in sports. While Kim 
has graduated from UNH with a busi¬ 
ness major and will be entering the 
management training program at Yan¬ 
kee Book Peddler, Wendy will con¬ 
tinue her softball, basketball and field 
hockey career, attending UVM this fall 
to major in physical therapy. ...Back to 
Red Riding Hood’s red hood, Suzanne 
Pineau Engler (1991 Bahia Way, La 
Jolla, CA 92037, 619-483-1623) re¬ 
members that a lot of people worked on 
the puzzle, sometimes for hours at a 
stretch. In fact, it may have been a 
marathon effort that resulted in the 
completion of the round red attraction, 
and it may have been the red that caused 
the near-adolescent silliness which put 
the pieces back in the box only a few 
minutes after the puzzle’s completion. 
Then again, it may have been caffeine 
overdose. It seems Forest Westers often 
collected quarters and drew lots to de¬ 
termine who would run down the hill to 
buy the next pound can to feed the 
lounge coffee pot. For as long as the 
bridge game lasted, the coffee pot stayed 
on. The grocer down the hill must have 
retired well off! Well, Suzanne still 
does jigsaw puzzles and manages to 
stay in touch with some of the Forest 
Westers, especially Holly Hartley, 
Carolyn Sharp Hamilton and Nan 
Haeffner Mahland. Three years ago, 
Suzanne and husband Bob moved to La 
Jolla with her children, Emily (13) and 
Gregory (9). They are regularly joined 
by Bob’s children, Eric (11) and Mat¬ 
thew (8). The whole family enjoys ski 
vacations. Emily is a swimmer and 
dancer; Gregory enjoys soccer, 
Nintendo and performing annually in 
the Nutcracker Suite at San Diego’s 
Civic Center. Bob is a cardiologist as¬ 
sociated with UC-San Diego and with 
the V.A. Hospital. Suzanne has contin¬ 
ued her interests in education, having 
enjoyed her work with the Association 
of American Medical Colleges in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C., but now focusing on what 
she terms “The Gap”—not a retail store, 
but the continuing difference between 
median test scores of children of the 
majority and those of the minorities. In 
southern California, it is the native Span¬ 
ish-speaking children who are not pro¬ 
vided appropriate language and cul¬ 
tural support to promote success. 
Suzanne has also become involved in 
local politics and harbors a desire to 
continue her earlier entrepreneurial ef¬ 
forts (The Needlework Attic is still be¬ 
ing operated successfully in Bethesda 
by her sister). Suzanne often visits the 
East Coast and was about to embark on 
a five-day trip to Washington with Gre¬ 
gory. ...Holly Kasson MeGinty (12153 
Charlotte, Kansas City, MO 64146,816- 
942-1853) lives with her husband of 17 
years, Jim, and their 14-year-old beagle. 
Jim retired from the U.S. Postal Service 
two years ago. Although Holly was 
temporarily at home recovering from 
an operation, she has been returning to 
the local brokerage firm where she has 
worked part time for 15 years. Holly’s 
travels over the years have included 


vacations in Florida—Jim enjoys fish¬ 
ing and hunting—and she would like to 
visit New England again. Holly would 
like to be remembered to Lvn Fulton 
Hayden and remembers 8 a.m. ice skat¬ 
ing classes at the Field House (“where 
your hair frizzed up as soon as you set 
foot inside”). ...Ward Whipple (75 
Squire Hill Road, New Milford, CT 
06776, 203-354-3342) and wife Deb 
Ewen were just about to celebrate son 
Ben’s third birthday. Ward’s older chil¬ 
dren, Heather (27) and Ward III (24) are 
pursuing careers in academia and mu¬ 
sic, respectively. Heather graduated 
from S warthmore and works at the Cen¬ 
ter for Astronomical Studies at Harvard. 
She wants to pursue a Ph.D. and has 
strong interests in science fiction. Ward 
III, who attended the Univ. of Dela¬ 
ware, is a sales representative for a 
company supplies tapes and CDs to 
retail outlets and has interests in writing 
and playing music. Wife Deb is a con¬ 
sultant with Personnel Corporation of 
America, juggling professional and pa¬ 
rental responsibilities. Ward reports that 
raising a child in the ’90s is very differ¬ 
ent from in the ’70s. He feels much 
more like a participant and notes that “it 
is really terrific!” Ward has followed a 
banking career, with five years in the 
trust department of First National Bank 
of Boston, 18 years in the trust area of 
Scarsdale National Bank. On January 
20, 1989, George Bush and Ward both 
began new jobs. George is now out of 
work, but Ward has developed trust 
related business in an SEC-registered 
investment advisory company. Capital 
Management Corporation. Ward and 
Deb are exploring the juggling required 
of “dual income/career with small child/ 
children” families. ...First there were 
hippies, then yuppies; soon there were 
dines; now we have discs, or is it slipped 
discs? But each of us have the same 
three concerns Bill Barstow raised .per¬ 
sonal, family and professional (not nec¬ 
essarily in that order). As far as Red 
Riding Hood’s red hood riding 
roughshod over Forest West, some of 
us barely remember the red. beyond the 
bloodshot eyes of late night bridge— 
and certainly we have changed our tol¬ 
erance for caffeine, for now coffee 
comes in an orange pot. 

67 

Class Secretaries: Susan D. Patterson, 
67 Robinson Parkway . Burlington, VT 
05401, and David E. Robinson, P.O. 
Box 748, Amherst, NH 03031. 

Here in northern Vermont, where your 
class secretaries live, we are having a 
great old-fashioned winter with lots of 
snow and wonderful skiing. As I write 
this on March 1, we missed breaking 
the February snow record of 33 inches 
by just half an inch! Remember those 
Middlebury winters, with bright sun¬ 
shine, below-zero nights and moun¬ 
tains of snow? That’s what we have this 


winter. Ironically, because of publica¬ 
tion schedules, you'll be reading this in 

July, wearing short sleeves.Judith 

Pierpont. who teaches English at 
Cornell, reports that herotherpassion is 
now gardening. The high point last sum¬ 
mer, says Judy, was the arrival of a ten¬ 
wheeler load of manure for her 80 by 
60-foot garden. This summer she'll 
spend a couple of weeks in Santa Fe 
visiting her parents and brother. But 
who will mind the weeds while she’s 
away? ...Craig Ehrich's son, Jason, 
graduated last December from the Univ. 
of Colorado. He’s working in Boulder 
while applying to graduate school in 
cultural anthropology. In northern Man¬ 
hattan, Craig reports that he is “dusting 
off old summer skills and coaching 
basketball in a Police Athletic League 
for 8 to 13-year-olds in Washington 
Heights once a week.” ...Phil Ross and 
family skied Smugglers Notch for a 
week at Christmas time and went on the 
town in Burlington with Tom and Su¬ 
san Davis Patterson. The Pattersons 
also visited with Ann and Ford Cole, 
who came up for Middlebury Alumni 
Winter Weekend. ...Dee Martin Mont¬ 
gomery has a new job. She's now an 
account executive for Killington Tele¬ 
vision. ...Wink Baldwin was unable to 
come to Reunion last May because of 
the death of his mother. He and his wife 
Jane are in the midst of moving to 
Baltimore (2114 Webb Lane, Baltimore. 
MD 21209), where Wink will be an 
associate professor of pathology at Johns 
Hopkins, with primary responsibilities 
in research. ...David Robinson, your 
reporting secretary, has started a 
master’s degree program in counseling 
psychology at Antioch New England in 
Keene, N.H. His wife, Felicia, is seek¬ 
ing work as a nurse midwife. They can 
be reached at (603) 673-2339. If you are 
visiting Vermont or New Hampshire, 
we urge you to contact your class secre¬ 
taries. We may be able to visit with you, 
and we certainly want to know what 
you are up to. One final note: We asked 
all of you a question about Baby 
Boomers in the spring issue. Because 
the class notes are written long ahead, 
we will not have those responses for 
you until the fall issue. So be on the 
lookout! 

68 

Class Secretaries: ShariGalligan John¬ 
son, 230 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 
NH 03301, and Dr. Bentley C. Gregg, 
418 East St., NE, Vienna, VA 22180. 

Looking at all the snow outside, it’s 
hard to believe you will be reading this 
when the flowers are blooming and our 
reunion is a fond memory. ...Linda 
Burley Glaser (Binnenhof 12, 6715 
DP Ede. Netherlands) has returned to 
her former job with Elsevier Science 
Publishers in Amsterdam, after helping 
husband Robert establish his company. 
She has taken up golf and is “struggling 


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NEW YORK 
Michael R. Bassett ’80 

(Chairperson/Law) 

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue 
599 Lexington Ave. 

New York, NY 10022 
B: (212) 326-3929 

James R. Cohen 75 

(Advertising) 

Bozell 

40 W. 23rd St. 

New York, NY 10010 
B: (212) 727-5345 

Susan S. Cohen 78 

(Insurance) 

Crum & Forster 
211 Mount Airy Road 
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 
B: (908) 953-3025 

Tracy Howell ’85 

(Publishing) 

890 West End Ave., Apt. 1G 
New York, NY 10025 
B: (212) 888-2700 

Valerie Taylor, M.A. Italian 76 

(Magazine Publishing) 

New York Magazine 
755 2nd Avenue 
New York, NY 10017 
B: (212) 880-0755 

Kirsten Hegan ’87 

(Marketing) 

Bristol Myers Products 
345 Park Avenue 
New York, NY 10154 
B: (212) 546-4321 

Seeking additional 
New York volunteers in: 

• Capital Markets 

• Commercial Banking 

BOSTON 
Jay Houlihan 79 

(Chairperson) 

Boston Capital Ventures 
Old City Hall, 45 School St. 
Boston, MA 02108 
B: (617) 227-6550 

Melissa D. Mills ’82 

(Marketing) 

USA Today 
100 Unicorn Park 
Woburn, MA 01801 
H: (617) 932-0660 

Pieter Schiller ’60 

(Financial Services) 

1373 Monument St. 

Concord, MA 01742 
H: (508) 371-1858 

Scott Helmers 73 

(Data Communications/ 
Telecommunications) 

107 Colonial Drive 
Andover, MA 01810 
B: (508) 683-4414 
H: (508) 470-3445 

Russell E. Brackett 79 

(Management Consulting) 

CSC Index 

Five Cambridge Center 
Cambridge, MA 02142 
B: (617) 499-1561 

David B. Fischer ’82 

(Banking) 

Silicon Valley Bank 
45 William St. 

Wellesley, MA 02181 
B: (617) 431-9904 


Charles C. Palmer ’57 

(Brokerage) 

Legg Mason 
99 Summer St. 

Boston, MA 02101 
B: (617) 951-9862 

David D. Wallace ’50 

(Architecture) 

Wallace, Floyd, Associates Inc. 
286 Congress St. 

Boston, MA 02210 
B: (617) 423-4440 

Maryanne Herlihy Ulian ’84 

(Marketing) 

IBM 

404 Wyman St. 

Waltham, MA 02254 
B: (617) 895-2771 
H: (617) 868-2095 

David W. Foss 74 

(Publishing) 

Harvard University Press 
79 Garden St. 

Cambridge, MA 02138 
B: (617) 496-2624 


WASHINGTON, D.C. 

Bruce Brennan 72 

(Chairperson/Law) 

509 East Capitol St. 

Washington, DC 20003 
H: (202) 543-6810 

Peter Zinsser ’63 

A Z Trust Services 
35 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 225 
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 
B: (301) 718-3778 

Linda Feldman Roe ’81 

(Journalism) 

Christian Science Monitor 
910 16th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20006 
B: (202) 785-4400 
H: (202) 667-4465 

John Scharfenberg Jr. ’87 

(Federal Govt.-Legislative) 

Professional Staff 

B371A Rayburn House Office Bldg. 

House Banking Committee 

Washington, DC 20515 

B: (202) 225-2258 


PHILADELPHIA 
Lisa Bazemore ’82 

Morgan, Lewis & Backius 
2000 One Logan Square 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
B: (215) 963-4864 

VERMONT 

J. Kenneth Sowles ’80 

150 Porter’s Point Road 
Colchester, VT 05446 
B: (802) 864-8181 

FLORIDA 

Margaret B. Cox ’81 

969 Haas Ave. NE 
Palm Bay, FL 32907 
H: (407) 724-8468 

LOS ANGELES 
Kevin O’Leary 78 

Williams, Woolley, Cogswell, et al. 
200 Oceangate, Suite 700 
Long Beach, CA 90802 
B: (310) 495-6000 
H: (818) 761-7868 


Midd Net 

Conducting a job search or contemplating a career change? A MiddNet representative may be able 
to help. These volunteers can discuss their own experiences as well as refer you to other graduates 
in their region. The MiddNet program is not a job placement service, but it can help you find 
information that will add to your success in today’s ever-changing job market. Those using this 
service will help others by keeping MiddNet volunteers informed of their progress and by offering 
feedback on suggestions they’ve received. For more information, contact Career Counseling & 
Placement at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753, 802/388-3711, ext. 5100. 


William T. Whelan 79 

(Law) 

Palmer & Dodge 
One Beacon St. 

Boston, MA 02108 
B: (617) 573-0100 

Don Siegrist 78 

(Software Development) 
Healthcare Decision Technologies 
300 Massachusetts Ave. 

Acton, MA 01720 
B: (508) 263-6300 

Scott McAdam ’88 

(Commercial Finance) 

Fleet Bank of Massachusetts 
28 State Street 
Boston, MA 02109 
B: (617) 346-1553 

Heidi Hunter Siegrist ’80 

(Education) 

9 Clarkes Road 
Amesbury, MA 01913 
H: (508) 388-4539 

Maureen Nardone 77 

(Non-profit) 

31 Llewellyn Road 
West Newton, MA 02165 
H: (617) 244-1379 


Jocelyn Samuels 77 

(Federal Agency-Attorney) 

4606 Overbrook Road 
Bethesda, MD 20816 
B: (202) 663-4643 

Amy Dale 78 

(Federal Govt.-Executive Branch) 
4605 B-1 S. 31 Road 
Arlington, VA 22206 
B: (301) 492-5818 

Seeking additional 
Washington volunteer in: 

• Social Services / Health Policy 

CHICAGO 
Ed King ’81 

Tribune Company 
435 N. Michigan Ave. #2100 
Chicago, IL 60601 
B: (312) 222-3891 

DENVER 

Jill Cowperthwaite 76 

636 Vine Street 
Denver, CO 80206 
H: (303) 355-8656 
B: (303) 399-2962 

SAN FRANCISCO 
Mark Wilcox ’86 

First Deposit Corp. 

88 Kearny St. 

San Francisco, CA 94109 
B: (415) 627-8292 


SAN DIEGO 
J. Mark Guinther 70 

5750 Pray St. 

Bonita, CA 92002 
B: (619) 699-8244 

HOUSTON 

Karey Dubiel Dye ’83 

Vinson & Elkins 
1900 First City Tower 
Houston, TX 77002-6760 
B: (713) 758-1114 

SEATTLE 
Sheri A. Doyle ’80 

Pacific Northwest Journeys 
3209 South Dearborn 
Seattle, WA 98144 
B: (206) 329-9520 

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL 
Jody Reis Johnson 77 

1544 Oakdale Avenue 
West St. Paul, MN 55118 
H: (612) 457-0040 

HARTFORD, CT 
Susan M. Banville 78 

107 Elizabeth St. 

Hartford, CT 06105 
B: (203) 727-5431 

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT 
Robert E. Luce ’59 

Hay Management Consultants 
One Landmark Square 
Stamford, CT 06901 
B: (203) 324-4800 







Alumni NewsLetter 



to pass the written and practical exams 
required for a license to play the game.” 
Perhaps we should institute that prac¬ 
tice in the U.S.! She enjoys flying with 
Robert, who has his pilot’s license, but 
assured me that she was planning to fly 
KLM to reunion. ...Elizabeth Austin 
Page is manager of information tech¬ 
nology planning at Texaco Chemical. 
She is also an officer of the Chemical 
Industry Data Exchange. Her son, Aus¬ 
tin, is a senior economics major at U.C., 
Santa Barbara. Her other son, Joel, a 
junior in high school, recently won an 
internship in Washington in the office 
of Texas Congressman Bill Archer. 
...Nikki McCausland has started a new 


career as a cruise specialist at a travel 
agency in Potomac, Md., after 17 years 
in Montgomery County government as 
a division chief (she retired in July 
1992). ...Jake (Jeer called last month 
with news of the BBQ business which 
he and his wife started in addition to 
their fancy sign/graphic design busi¬ 
ness. He’s living in Bridport and doing 
landscape painting. He had a show at 
the Southern Vermont Art Center in 
Manchester, Vt., early in June. Last 
fall. Theta Chi had a mini reunion at the 
Belmont over Homecoming Weekend, 
which brought together Jake, Bill Burke 
’66, Dick Wien ’66 and John Lord ’67. 
...Katv Gutchenritter Lissbrant (P.O. 
Box 79, Eveni, Swaziland) moved to 
Swaziland after three years of teaching 
at the American University in Cairo. 
She was married last summer to Nigel 
Nichelson, a Brit, who is the project 
director at the water board in Mbane. 
Katy is looking for work, loves living in 
Swaziland and welcomes anyone who 
is in the area. ...Rita Lavin Gore is now 
working at a different bank, Carney 
Bank in Boynton Beach, Fla. She has 
also moved to a different condo (6227 
Coral lake Drive, Margate, FL 33063). 
Her son has joined the Navy and is in the 
Great Lakes area; her daughter was 
graduating from Florida State Univ. 
this May. ...Susan Caughman and 
Gerry Goodrich sent news of the ar¬ 
rival of a daughter, Hope Lindley, bom 
September 18, 1991, in Hangzhou, 

China.John Marks (Rt. 1, Box 100, 

Ettrick, WI 54627) left Save the Chil¬ 
dren Federation in July of 1992 after six 
years as the country director in Somalia 
and Sudan. He worked for the UN Sec¬ 
retariat in Somalia from mid-October 
1992 to mid-January 1993 in Baidoa 
and Kismayo. ...Rick Vomacka wrote 
that he received the Outstanding Ser¬ 
vice Medal from the Uniformed Ser¬ 
vices University of the Health Sciences 
for providing medical training to en¬ 
listed military medics. He also received 
an Outstanding Alumnus Award from 
Phi Kappa Tau national fraternity for 
the same activities. Congratulations! 


69 

Class Secretaries: Elinor Livingston 
Redmond, 1235 Sawyer Road, Cape 


Elizabeth, ME 04107, and Wendy Cole 
Singleton, 16342 Sunset Valley Drive, 
Dallas, TX 75248. 

We are pleased to Find so many of you 
sending in youryellow postcards! Keep 
them coming. ...In Los Angeles, Nancy 
Breuer has a consulting business in 
workplace HIV/AIDS education and 
scriptwriting for corporate and educa¬ 
tional videos. Both parts of the business 
are thriving and she loves self-employ¬ 
ment. Her husband. New Testament 
scholar Scott Bartchy, is her business 
partner. They run 5K and 10K races in 
their spare time! ...Also from California 
(156 Hillcrest Road, Berkeley, 94705), 
Susie Cummings Goodin writes, “One 
year after the firestorm burned our home 
to the ground we have poured the foun¬ 
dation to build a new home. Our four 
children, Amanda (14), Rebecca (10), 
Sarah (8) and Kate (6) plan to make an 
indelible impression on the garage slab 
when it’s laid—Rob and I will be satis¬ 
fied with a simple walk across the thresh¬ 
old.” She thanks the alumni office for 
finding a yearbook and a diploma for 
her. ...David Nelson also has a new 
address (4265 Fairway Villas Drive, 
Alpharetta, GA 30202). Transferred 
from Dallas to Atlanta in summer 1992, 
he reports he’s glad to be back in a place 
with hills and trees! (Sorry, Wendy.) 
...Clemens A. Werner Jr. has been 
elected president of Wolcott Trust and 
Savings Bank in Wolcott, Iowa. ...Leslie 
Blau and two other attorneys from 
Winston & Strawn in Chicago have 
started their own establishment, Blau, 
Eberhardt & Kokszka. Their primary 
interest is general civil and commercial 
litigation with a emphasis in commod¬ 
ity futures, bankruptcy, insolvency and 
creditors’ rights. ...Ginny Hopper 
Mead still runs her own corporate train¬ 
ing company in Annapolis, Md. She 
also serves as a volunteer speaker for 
the Nature Conservancy and finds it 
enormously rewarding. Her daughter, 
Heather, is a sophomore at Middlebury; 
son Christopher is a senior in high 
school. ...David Sayre and his wife are 
adding the finishing touches to their 
new home on Cumberland Island, off 
the coast of Georgia. They are helping 
market a new firearm safety product to 
prevent gun accidents involving chil¬ 
dren. ...From Baltimore, Myra Martin 
MacCuaig writes that her family has 
now broken its record for longevity in 
one area—8-1/2 years! Myra is back in 
school, working toward a master’s in 
pastoral counseling at Loyola College. 
School plus being full-time mom to 
children ages 13, 11 and 5, as well as a 
part-time enthusiastic volunteer at 
church and children’s school, keeps her 
busy. ...Two of our classmates were in 
the news recently—one was Lt. Col. 
William knowlton, who retired from 
the Army last August; the other was 
Eric Bass, a puppeteer who appeared in 
Burlington with the Sandglass Theatre. 
Eric has performed extensively in Eu¬ 
rope and has headlined at the Brooklyn 
Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festi¬ 


val and at the Jim Henson Festival of 
Puppet Theater in New York. ...Finally, 
Kathy Rouse Carr wrote of the chal¬ 
lenges of single parenting while chang¬ 
ing her job from teaching gifted and 
talented children to being a fifth grade 
teacher and team leader. She avers that 
she is “in love with my job and the kids. 
It doesn’t seem right to be this happy 
duringa work week. I won’tcomplain!” 
She and herchildren went tent camping 
last summer (it rained every day). Kathy 
has a good reminder for us all: “I am 
really looking forward to our next re¬ 
union.” Me too! It’s less than a year 
away. I don’t know where the heck 25 
(TWENTY-FIVE) years have gone, but 
I hope you can all plan to come back to 
Middlebury and compare notes! 

70 

Class Secretaries: Sue Thompson, P.O. 
Box 326, Mystic, CT 06355, and Andy 
Wentink, P.O. Box 356, Hohokus, NJ 
07423. 

Birgit Jacobsen McCone has moved 
back into San Francisco (2979 Jackson 
St., CA 94115) and opened a studio for 
the teaching of painting techniques. She 
teaches painters how to think artisti¬ 
cally and artists how to be business 
people. In the past 15 years, Birgit has 
worked for designers, contractors, show¬ 
rooms and private clients on custom 
finished projects. ...In February, Mary 
Swanton (3314 N. Lake Shore Drive, 
Chicago, IL 60657) started a new job as 
client services manager for Burson- 
Marsteller public relations office in 
Chicago. ...Gary ’71 and Star Bright 
Higginbottom have moved to Bangor, 
Maine (1004 Buck Hill Drive, Veazie, 
ME 04401), where Gary is working for 
a software mapping firm. Star is trying 
to move her computer consulting to 
small businesses. Their son, Jacob, is 
attending Lehigh Univ.; daughter Becky 
is a senior at Orono High School. “Life 
goes too fast!” Star adds. ...Sherman 
White is still assistant ski school direc¬ 
tor at Smugglers Notch, Vt., a full-time 
job from November through April. 
Sherm is also on the board of directors 
of PSIA and PSIA-E and practicing law 
in the off-season. He’s married with 
two children, Jocelyn (17) and Andy 
(15). “If anyone comes to Smugglers,” 
Sherm writes, “look me up.” ...Woody 
Jackson moved eight miles, from “the 
deep country of Addison, Vt., to 60 
Seminary Street in Middlebury, “so I 
can be close to the beloved College” 
and also so one daughter can attend 
Middlebury Junior High and “my wife 
won’t be just a taxi driver.” In April ’92 
Woody and Rick Lapham traveled to 
Tibet and by train through China, where 
they got together with Marshall Adair, 
who was U.S. Consul General in 
Chengdu. ...J, Griffith Strasenburgh 
and wife Suzanne have three children, 
ages 16,15 and 12, two horses, two cats 
and a dog. They live in New Vernon, | 


N.J. (P.O. Box 203). and spend sum¬ 
mers in Truro and S’Conset. Mass. ...In 
August, Andy Wentink was appointed 
director of the Louis Bay 2nd Library in 
Hawthorne. N.J. ...David ’68 and Dottie 
Shea Weinstein write that their young¬ 
est daughter started high school last fall 
and their eldest is a junior at Middle¬ 
bury. Dottie is studying for a master’s 
in natural resource planning at UVM. 
She continues to work part time at 
Planned Parenthood where she’s been 
an option counselor for four years. “It 
keeps me sane,” Dottie comments, “in 
a world I share with William 
Rehnquist!” ...Rebecca Lee Samanci 
and husband Yavuz have started a spe¬ 
cialty foods business called Cobbs Cor¬ 
ner. They have fun products— 
mohammarra (spicy hot spread), 
hummus, babaghahoush and tabouli— 
in stores all over Vermont and also in 
Massachusetts and New Hampshire. At 
last report, business was “wildly suc¬ 
cessful.” Rebecca and Yavuz (RD #2, 
Fairfax, VT 05454) have three chil¬ 
dren, Rachel (16), Emily (12) and Noah 
(9). ...We express deep sadness for the 
entire class at receiving news of the 
death of Suzanne Eerraris Valby on 
October 24, 1992. Our sincerest sym¬ 
pathy and support goes out to husband 
Gary. 

71 

Class Secretaries: Dr. Susan R. 
Thornton, 54 Pennsylvania Ave., 
Binghamton, NY 13903, and Sandy 
McDowell, R.R.l, Box 1240, Shelburne, 
VT 05482. 

It appears that Sandy’s recent threat to 
fabricate news has had the desired ef¬ 
fect! Thanks to all who wrote in. ...In 
Fort Collins, Colo.. Lvnn F. Zinn is 
enrolled in a doctoral program in edu¬ 
cational leadership (administration) at 
the Univ. of Northern Colorado. Part 
time she is also coordinating the imple¬ 
mentation of a reading program to meet 
the needs of at-risk children in grades 
one and two in Fort Collins. ...Dr. Curtis 
C. Marder received his private pilot 
license in November 1992. He is in 
practice in cardiac, thoracic and vascu¬ 
lar surgery at Marquette (Mich.) Gen¬ 
eral Hospital where he’s chief of sur¬ 
gery. Curt and wife Shannon have two 
daughters, Kate (1) and Emily (7). 
...Denny and Maureen O'Bryan 
Shanahan report that Denny was re¬ 
cently promoted to colonel and assigned 
as deputy commander of the U.S. Army 
Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Fort 
Rucker, Ala. He was also recently 
elected a Fellow of the Aerospace Medi¬ 
cal Association. He continues conduct¬ 
ing research into injury prevention in 
aircraft crashes. Maureen recently co- 
authored two papers with him on injury 
analysis in U.S. Army helicopter 
crashes—at no cost to the taxpayer! 
Maureen continues to do computer con¬ 
sulting for small businesses, provides 


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gratis computer support for four non¬ 
profit community organizations and 
designs computer-aided needle art. As 
a family, they travel extensively, bass 
fish and continue to support son Mike’s 
high school baseball team. ...Barbara 
Horiuchi received her master’s from 
the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of 
Management at Northeastern Univ. She 
is the senior director of Hobart Devel¬ 
opment Co., headquartered in Chicago. 
She reports a new suite number at her 
home address: 505 No. Lakeshore Drive, 
#4109, Chicago, IL 60611. ...Susan 
Secord, who moved west over 13 years 
ago, now calls Boulder, Colo., home. 
She was remarried in 1989 to Chris 
Hoffman. “My number one job right 
now is being mom to our 19-month-old 
son, Benjamin. I'm also working part 
time with a local community college 
where I manage training programs for 
private industry. I’ve been a student of 
Tibetan Buddhism and Native Ameri¬ 
can traditions for many years. When¬ 
ever I can make time, I also enjoy 
skiing, white water rafting and back¬ 
packing.” ...Linda Rogers Fruits is a 
part-time writer for a media company 
specializing in corporate video and multi 
media. Husband Dennis and son Greg 
(8) fill in all her spare moments. ...Our 
farthest flung correspondent for this 
round of news, Anne Yerpe Kavcic, 
writes from Nussbaumen, Switzerland: 
“Well, here I am back in Switzerland. 
Never thought I’d be here so long—it’s 
been 11-1/2 years! Life sure takes some 
funny turns. We took a quick two weeks 
last fall and visited, among others, 
Suzanne Webel Bovet and family in 
Boulder, Colo. It was a great visit—the 
children are really fun to be around. 
Claire was two then and Colin nine 
months. Suzanne is carrying on her 
father’s business of pharmaceutical 
advertising ‘objets d'art’ and Ray is 
still with the Center for Atmospheric 
Research as a computer programmer. 
Boris and I still have engineering and 
secretarial jobs, respectively, and are 
still riding Western style—it’s getting 
more and more popular in Europe!” 

72 

Class Secretaries: Jennifer Hamlin 
Church, 11151 Summerfield Road, Pe¬ 
tersburg, Ml49270, and Judy Wing ham, 
417 Guildwood Parkway, West Hill, 
Ontario M1E 1R3, Canada. 

Here comes the judge! Martha Sosman. 
who holds a law degree from the Univ. 
of Michigan Law School, was sworn in 
as a Superior Court Judge for Massa¬ 
chusetts on January 26. Four years ago, 
Martha was a founding member of one 
of the Boston area’s first all-women 
law firms: Kearns, Sosman, Hagerty, 
Roach and Carpenter. In an article in 
her hometown Concord Journal, Martha 
describes her recent appointment as “a 
very big step.” It certainly is, but we 
know that Martha will do well and we 


wish her all the best! ...We also have 
word from two other legal beagles of 
the Class of ’72: Elliot Polebaum is a 
partner in the international law firm of 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & 
Jacobson. He is with the Washington 
office, where he specializes in complex 
civil litigation and international arbi¬ 
tration. And Andy Merdek has been 
named vice president-legal affairs and 
corporate secretary for Atlanta-based 
Cox Enterprises Inc. Cox publishes 17 
daily newspapers and owns 24 cable 
TV systems and 20 TV and radio sta¬ 
tions across the country. ...As I (Judy 
Wingham) shovelled two feet of snow 
from my driveway, I received word 
from Chris Downs that “after five years 
of island life (in St. Thomas), it was 
time for a change.” Chris and wife 
Paula now live in Connecticut, where 
Chris continues to work with Chase 
Manhattan, but is now with their new 
regional bank, headquartered in Bridge¬ 
port. ...Becky Patterson Bruns writes 
from Forest Park, Ill., that she has left a 
corporate position with Budget Rent-a- 
Car to become an independent consult¬ 
ant in leadership and organizational 
change. (Her new business number is 
708-771 -7041.) She apparently has her 
hands full, what with building her busi¬ 
ness and acting as a “full-time stepmom 
to precocious 10-year-old Nicholas, 
who really keeps me on my toes. We 
play poker, go skating and fight over 
the Macintosh!” ...Bill deSalvo reports 
in from Fort Wayne, Ind., where he has 
been the director of Canterbury School 
since 1989. “In addition to running the 
high school, I teach classes in sociology 
and ethics. The former can be attributed 
to Dave Andrews and the Midd sociol¬ 
ogy department, the latter to the broth¬ 
ers of D.U.” Bill’s wife, Jode, is a 
concert pianist who shuttles between 
the East Coast and the Midwest. Says 
Bill, “We’re already fighting over 
whether the kids (age 4 and 1) will be 
musicians or football players!” ...Dr. 
Badri Pande is in Kathmandu, where 
he is employed by IUCN-The World 
Conservation Union/Nepal. As envi¬ 
ronmental education program coordi¬ 
nator, Badri attended the World Con¬ 
gress for Education and Communica¬ 
tion on Environment and Development, 
held in Toronto last October. ...Tucked 
inside a lovely Christmas card (hand¬ 
made, as it is every year) from the 
Longmeadow, Mass., home of Debby 
Soule Mcllrevey was a smiling portrait 
of a grown-up looking second grader 
and a note that could have been written 
by many of us: “She’s growing up so 
fast, it’s incredible!” Debby’s Julia is 
an avid reader, athlete and troll collec¬ 
tor. In response to her daughter’s ad¬ 
vancing age, Debby has “somewhat 
hesitantly” re-entered the real estate 
world. “I think it will be fun,” she says, 
“once I figure out how to juggle it with 
teaching Sunday school, serving as vice 
president on the P.T.O. (which means 
president next year) and working on a 
committee to fight homelessness.” 
Debby’s husband, Hugh, runs Paine 


Webber investment offices in Hartford 
and Middlebury, Conn., and tinkers with 
old cars in his spare time. ...Torie 
Osborn has become executive director 
of the National Gay and Lesbian Task 
Force (NGLTF), the nation’s oldest gay 
and lesbian civil rights advocacy orga¬ 
nization. With 25 years of activist work 
and organizing and advocacy training 
behind her, Torie sees her new position 
as “the perfect challenge,” and she is 
looking forward to the opportunity to 
“craft some clear goals for the organi¬ 
zation and for the future.” ...Former 
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Doug¬ 
las has published a book. A Book of 
Opinions brings together the more than 
3,000 opinions issued by Jim and his 
deputy, Paul Gillies, during their 12 
years in office. This is an often amusing 
primer on local government, providing 
the answers to such points of law as 
what to do if a farmer continually spills 
liquid manure on the town highway and 
what to do about the neighbor’s tree 
branches hanging in your yard. It’s also 
chock full of historical trivia. So, all 
you Vermonters (and Vermonters at 
heart), rush to the phone and order a 
copy! ...Still in the world of politics, 
Bronxville, N.Y.. resident Kathy 
Mulligan Lord has taken up the posi¬ 
tion of executive assistant to Audrey 
Hochberg, the new state representative 
for the 88th District. Kathy is located in 
Hochberg’s district office in 
Eastchester. (Tel: 914-723-1115). 
...Madeleine Phu Dung Li is an inves¬ 
tigator forthe mental health department 
in San Jose, Calif. “Although my con¬ 
tribution is minimal,” she says,”I am 
glad I can lend a hand to [these] unfor¬ 
tunate people.” Madeleine's parents and 
sisters also live in San Jose, having 
emigrated from Viet Nam. “They love 
this country and especially the Ameri¬ 
can people,” writes Madeleine. “I was 
right to have chosen the U.S. to carry on 
my education; it was a privilege.” 
...Have a wonderful summer, every¬ 
one! And try to send us a postcard or a 
note with a photo from your summer 
vacation spot. We’ll put them in up¬ 
coming issues, so that we can continue 
to enjoy summer all year long! 

73 

Class Secretaries: Kathryn Winsberg, 
4808 Moorland Lane, U1006,Bethesda, 
MD 20814, and Dean Nikitas, 7 Second 
St., 419, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413- 
445-5082). 

Reunion will be over when you read 
this. Hope you made it and hope you 
had fun! Here are some news items 
which were received in February ’93. 
...From Julie Witt Reis and husband 
Tom ’70 (1223 15th Ave., San Fran¬ 
cisco, CA 94122): “We were visited by 
Cilia Stone Stevens and her husband, 
Jon, and their children in July ’92. In 
August ’92 Anne MacLeod visited us 
in San Francisco and accompanied us to 


Hawaii. Tom and I visited Anne in New 
York in late September ’92 for an early 
celebration of our 20th wedding anni¬ 
versary. I will visit Anne in New York 
and Cilia in Chelmsford, Mass., in April 
’93 when I take our daughter Anne (age 
16) on a college tour, including Middle¬ 
bury. Will also visit Ginny Lambe 
Guaraldi in New York.” ...Also writ¬ 
ing from California, Bruce Chapin re¬ 
ports his February 6 marriage to Susan 
Bakker in Colorado. They honey¬ 
mooned in Telluride and now live at 
1665 Placer Circle, Livermore, CA 
94550. ...Out in Frenchtown, Montana, 
Lance Collister reports: “I'm still in 
my own business doing international 
marketing. If I miss the reunion it will 
be because I had to be in Switzerland on 
a business trip which could not be re¬ 
scheduled. I’ve also lately been involved 
in developing a business to introduce 
portable CD players for rent in national 
parks (to provide tour information and 
education for visitors). Still playing lots 
of volleyball and doing lots of tele- 
skiing.” ...Marty Schuster writes, “I 
got married last summer to Peggy with 
Jim Hurd as my best man. Other grads 
in attendance were Ross Fruen, Peter 
Hitch ’70, Tom Hitch '75. I’ve been 
traveling the world, thanks to my high- 
tech start up company. A trip to India 
opened my eyes to many things that my 
Midd geography professors never 
warned us about!” ...From George 
Schirtzinger (3705 Wentwood Drive, 
Dallas, TX 75225): “Completed first 
year in Dallas. We enjoy Texas very 
much, even more now that we are feel¬ 
ing more settled in. Went to Taos in 
March and got all the family on one ski 
run at the same time for the last run on 
the last day!” ...Molly McKitterick’s 
second book, Murder in a Mayonnaise 
Jar, was scheduled for publication in 
April ’93. It’s a sequel to her first book, 
The Medium is Murder, which won a 
Suntory award. ...John Akers was 
“looking forward to seeing friends at 
our 20th.” ...From Keith Oberg: “Sub¬ 
urban Washington, D.C., living, work¬ 
ing on house and garden and raising a 
family—Kathryn (9), Alex (5)—work¬ 
ing for the federal government (Inter- 
American Foundation, a small agency), 
married 12 years to Jessica Mott. Look¬ 
ing forward to returning for our re¬ 
union.” ...The major change in 
Catherine Rogers Henifin's life last 
year was her marriage on June 6, 1992, 
to Arvo Howard Henifin of Portland, 
Ore. A former merchant marine officer, 
he was studying for a second career 
when they met, and has since graduated 
from the Univ. of Georgia Law School. 
She reports that several Middlebury 
friends were able to attend their wed¬ 
ding, including Ginny Clark Potter ’72 
and Diantha Bartlett Howard '70, who 
were vocalists, and Lee Ferry Wohlers 
’72, who read a prayer during the cer¬ 
emony. Arvo practices law in Savannah 
and Catherine teaches English part time 
at Armstrong State College while “wres¬ 
tling my dissertation to a conclusion.” 
She would love to hear from old friends 



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Alumni NewsLetter 


at 5 Arrowhead Court, Savannah 31406. 

74 

Class Secretaries: Barry Schultz King, 
P.O.Box 77, R ipton, VT05766, and Jim 
Ware, 90 East Bare Hill Road, Harvard, 
MA 01451. 

Many thanks for all of your notes. Please 
keep the yellow cards coming in. Barry 
and I really appreciate hearing from 
you as that’s what makes this job fun. 
...Dr. Peter Lindblad. who specializes 
in internal medicine at the Fallon Clinic, 
is living in Rutland, Mass., with wife 
Anne and three sons, Scott (6), Mat¬ 
thew (8) and Andrew (10). The 
Lindblads live near Mt. Wachusett Ski 
Area where Peter is having a great time 
teaching the boys to ski. ...Bob Bower 
lives in northern New Hampshire, about 
40 miles from the Canadian border. He 
enjoys both the summers and the win¬ 
ters out in the wilderness, but occasion¬ 
ally gets back to Maine to see the fam¬ 
ily. Working for the James River Corp., 
Bob manages two paper machines which 
produce 90,000 tons of paper each year. 
...Dr. Mary Kane writes from 
Barrington, III., that she and husband 
Vem Kerchberger now have three chil¬ 
dren: Eric (7), Matt (5) and Anne Marie 
(2). They are involved in “the full round 
of school, soccer and TigerCub Scouts.” 
Mary continues in her solo practice of 
gastroenterology and enjoys full-time 
patient care. ...Anne DuVivierrecently 
moved into a new home (3013 Cleve¬ 
land Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008) 
where she lives with her husband. Bob 
Green, and dog. ...Chris Brown and 
wife Debbie named their second son 
Nathan Andrew after the hurricane. 
Nathan was bom on August 24, 1992, 
and joins his brother, Justin (3), in 
Chelmsford, Mass. Chris is the man¬ 
ager of information systems at Analog 
Devices. He still manages to get out 
occasionally to play bridge with Tim 
Counihan ’75, Mark Sullivan ’78 and 
me (Jim Ware). ...Trudie Thompson 
has been learning the Korean lan¬ 
guage—her “first language learning 
experience since Middlebury—and she 
reports it to be a very difficult language. 
She was planning to put her new skills 
to work at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, 
starting this summer. Trudie requests 
that anyone visiting Korea in the next 
few years should look her up at the 
Embassy. ...After eight years directing 
the Massachusetts Office of Dispute 
Resolution, government and service are 
embedded in David O’Connor’s bones. 
And so he could not resist the offer to 
become Chief of Staff to the Governor’s 
Secretary for Administration and Fi¬ 
nance. “Now my days are consumed 
with budget debates, collective bargain¬ 
ing and wolfed lunches. Any restless¬ 
ness that arrived with my 40th birthday 
has been quite happily consumed.” 
...Cameron Brown seems to be enjoy¬ 
ing life in Norwich, Vt., with wife Leslie 


Baker-Brown ’84 and son Robert Wil¬ 
liam (20 mos.). Cameron runs a small 
property and construction management 
company. He designed and built his 
own house four years ago. He and Leslie 
make sure they get in plenty of golfing 
and skiing and both have been racing on 
the master’s circuit. ...Jim Kelly and 
his family (Terri, Abby, Jessi and 
Patrick) are back in Columbus, Ind., 
after five moves in nine years. He com¬ 
pleted graduate school at Cornell and 
has been working for Cummins Engine 
Co. since 1976. Jim states that “the 
entire family considers Jimmy Buffett 
the poet of our age, and I’d like to think 
I resemble ‘a pirate at 40.’” ...Several 
people noted that they are looking for¬ 
ward to our 20th Reunion which is just 
one year away. If you can save the first 
weekend in June 1994, come and join 
the class. I’m sure no one looks a bit 
older (but boy those college students 
sure look young). 

75 

Class Secretaries: Tim and Carol 
Blakely Counihan, 2 7 Percy Road, Lex¬ 
ington, MA 02173. 

So much news to share this time! We 
send congratulations to many new par¬ 
ents! ...Jim and Paula Welles Sheehan 
welcomed their first child, Samuel 
Carver, last summer. Paula ended her 
“ 15-year career with Citibank last year 
when they closed their Seattle office. 
Now that Sam is old enough for daycare, 
I’m back looking for a new job. My 
husband is an officer at the Canadian 
consulate in Seattle.” ...Daughter Eliza- 
Eve Sophia joined Jimmy and Sandy 
Chizinsky Leas in October. Eliza-Eve 
joined sister Zoe Justine (5). They have 
bought a house in Vermont (37 Butler 
Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403) 
and Sandy is “a full-time mom for the 
time being, although I plan to do 
freelance editorial work again within 
the year.” Sandy claims that “giving 
birth to Eliza-Eve was my first all- 
nighter since college.” Sandy’s hus¬ 
band, Jimmy, works on patent filing 
and strategy at the IBM Essex Junction 
plant. ...Debbie Eaton Stirling's third 
child, Thomas Jeffrey, was bom in Sep¬ 
tember, joining sisters, Michell (12) 
and Nellie (2). Debbie writes, “We’re 
lots busier and having a great deal of 
fun.” ...Anna Christoff Weiss has two 
sons, Alexander (6 mos.) and Christo¬ 
pher (2-1/2). Anna is taking a leave of 
absence from her job as an accounting 
instructor at IVY Tech. She and her 
family live in Ft. Wayne, Ind. ...Malou 
Flato paints tile murals and watercol- 
ors in Austin (3501 Green way, Austin, 
TX 78705). She would love to see any 
old friends passing through. ...Another 
Texan, Kate Brennan Loughrey is a 
video producer and on-air talent for the 
Texas Education Agency, where she’s 
been for over three years. She spent the 
six years before that at KLRU-TV, the 


PBS affiliate in Austin, as a producer 
and television broadcast anchor/mod¬ 
erator (a.k.a. “on-air talent”). Living in 
Austin, she and husband Terence have 
two daughters, Brennan (8) and 
Marianna (6). Kate writes, “Contrary to 
popular belief, this part of Texas is not 
flat, sandy and dry. Lots of modest hills 
and lakes. I don't miss the cold and 
snow shoveling, but I do miss the au¬ 
tumn glory.” ...Also working for public 
broadcasting, Sara Meyer is the pro¬ 
ducer for Minnesota Public Radio news. 
New address for Sara and husband Pe¬ 
ter McLaughlin is 3530 Edmund, Min¬ 
neapolis, MN 55406. ...Libby Paddy 
(463 S. Gulf Road, Belchertown, MA 
01007) writes, “I’m finishing up my 
doctorate. I’ve been working in the 
field of addiction and recovery. I work 
with individuals and families and run 
teen groups in schools. I also have the 
privilege of working with survivors of 
physical and sexual abuse. The courage 
and honesty people share inspires re¬ 
spect and a greater sense of what it 
means to be human.” ...Ellise Neel West 
lives with her family in Maine, 15 miles 
from Sugarloaf USA. She writes, “Ski¬ 
ing friends coming this way are more 
than welcome to look us up. I have gone 
back to school and expect to have my 
RN in spring ’93. I have two children, 
James (8) and Christina (6). They keep 
me busy. Right now, I’m building a 
gingerbread playhouse for them. The 
projects never seem to stop!” ...Con¬ 
gratulations to Mike Mulligan on his 
appointment as the eighth headmaster 
at the Thacher School in Ojai, Calif. He 
started his Thacher career as dean of 
administration in 1986, becoming as¬ 
sistant headmaster and dean of students 
in 1988 and interim headmaster last 
spring. Michael and wife Joy (Sawyer) 
met at Bread Loaf and worked together 
at Governor Dummer Academy in 
Byfield, Mass., where he taught Eng¬ 
lish, history and economics, and di¬ 
rected college placement. Mike and Joy 
have a daughter, Annie (3). At Thacher, 
Mike teaches English and a popular 
world religions course and has coached 
lacrosse, soccer and gymkhana. He also 
finds time to ride his quarterhorse, 
Duster, on pack trips and to sing in the 
Belvederes, a faculty singing group 
specializing in barbershop and doo-wop 
tunes. ...Chris Tower Zafren writes, 
“Our exile from Alaska is almost half 
over. We can’t wait to get back to the 
Great Land. Besides, California needs 
to lose a few people! We’ll be happy to 
volunteer.” Chris continues to work as 
a school psychologist, while husband 
Ken interns in the emergency room of 
Kern Medical Center. ...Marcia 
McCary Mavo is working on her M.A. 
in Adlerian psychotherapy and coun¬ 
seling. She writes from Wayzata, Minn.: 
“The end is finally in sight! My hus¬ 
band Geoff and I remain busy with five 
children. The latest arrival is Christian 
McCary Mayo (1-1/2).” ...Meredith 
Parsons was married to David McComb 
on March 28,1992. From Bolton Land¬ 
ing, N.Y., she informs us that she is 


“still up to the same things. More con¬ 
certs than opera lately: Mahler. Wagner, 
Berlioz, Bizet. We’re closer to Midd 
and enjoying occasional visits there.” 

..Helen Gatling-Austin is living in 
Charlottesville, Va., with husband 
Bruce. Since retiring from the theater, 
where she was a lighting designer, five 
years ago, she has got a second master’s 
degree in physical therapy (PT). She 
now works as a PT specializing in pa¬ 
tients with chronic and severe pain. 
Helen writes, “We love our home— 
dogs, garden, etc.—and don't miss NYC 
a bit.” ...Russ Marrazzo writes from 
Miami, Fla.: “We’re still rebuilding/ 
remodeling after hurricane Andrew, 
even though our damage was a minor 
$45,000-550,000!” Russ spent the 48 
hours during and after the hurricane at 
the South Miami Hospital, where he is 
chief of surgery. He and his wife had 
their third son, Daniel Kevin, in Febru¬ 
ary, joining brothers Joe (5-1/2) and 
Nick (4-1/2). Russ writes that his older 
sons have been busy as “actor”/models, 
having done television commercials and 
print ads for Playskool, Kids ‘R' Us, 
several department store chains and 
European magazines. ...Tony and Anne 
MarieThompson Miller and their fam¬ 
ily had a busy fall in Lilbum, Ga. Anne 
writes, “After 10 years in a house that 
measures 1,000 square feet for five hu¬ 
mans and three cats, we moved into a 
house over three times as large this fall. 
The move means a longer commute for 
Tony, but the children are happy in their 
new schools and the space is wonder¬ 
ful.” ...David Cherashore writes from 
La Jolla, Calif.: “Grace and I have two 
children, William (5-1/2), now in kin¬ 
dergarten, and Nancy (4), now in nurs¬ 
ery school—with luck, both on their 
way to Midd! Look us up whenever 
you’re in San Diego. There's lots of 
room at the hotel!” (David is executive 
VP of the Catamaran Hotel.) ...Joan 
Carpenter Troccoli says that “life is 
great in the most typical city in the 
USA. I’m enjoying being director of 
Gilcrease Museum, the home of one of 
the best collections of American art, 
American Indian artifacts and histori¬ 
cal documents in the country. My hus¬ 
band, Robert, an audit P.I.C. with 
KPMG Peat Marwick, and I just moved 
into a great old house (2116 E. 32nd 
Place, Tulsa, OK 74105) and we’re 
having fun decorating it in the two 
minutes of free time we have each day. 
Y’all come down and see the museum!” 
...Jerry Buffa has been with Hewlett- 
Packard for the past five years, manag¬ 
ing large sales and systems integration 
deals. “But,” writes Jerry, “that’s not 
enough! So I’m still playing jazz and 
building guitars on the weekends.” Jerry 
lives in Dana Point, Calif., with wife 
Toni and their children, Nicola and 
Coleman. Jerry sends his best to you all. 
...Steve Knowlton. a physics professor 
at Auburn Univ. in Alabama, recently 
had the pleasure of visiting classmate 
Peter Durkee and family in Seattle. 
“We reviewed his copy of the Kaleido¬ 
scope and, after much discussion, con- 


62 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 


















eluded that we were indistinguishable 
from our senior year pictures.” ...If only 
we were all so lucky! And on that note, 
‘til next time. 

76 

Class Secretaries: Marion Adler, 530 
N. Linden, Oak Park, IL 60302; Thom¬ 
as Hitch, 1180 Lyman Ave., Wayzata, 
MN55391; and William Kuharich,3726 
Whitehall Drive, Destrehan, LA 70047. 

Scott and Alice Raymond Thomson 

report that they “have recently become 
Wisconsinites (Cheeseheads!).” Scott 
is an assistant professor of biology at 
the Univ. of Wisconsin in Parkside. 
Alice is teaching community nutrition 
courses part time at Mount Mary Col¬ 
lege in Milwaukee. “Considerable time 
is also devoted to shepherding Raymond 
(8) and Elsie (4) through their ever¬ 
growing list of activities.” ...Irene Calvo 
and Peter Glick are living in Seattle 
(1221 N.W. Norcross Way, Seattle, WA 
98177), having brought in a partner to 
manage Peter’s Ice Cream Parlor in 
Brooklyn. Irene and Peter, who are tak¬ 
ing a year off from work, are home 
schooling their children, Jared (6) and 
Roxanne (3). “It’s great to have time to 
get to know this great city and the 
mountains nearby.” They would enjoy 
hearing from old friends in the Seattle 
area. ...There’s a lot of news from Beryn 
Frank Harty, starting with a new name. 
In June 1992, Beryn and G. Richard 
Harty were married in a double wed¬ 
ding ceremony, with Beryn’s mother, 
on the beach at Compo Cove, Conn. 
Rick is the director of internal audit at 
Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, 
where Beryn is manager of pathology. 
Beryn and Rick “survived” Hurricane 
Andrew, although they had to evacuate 
Miami Beach. Apparently things have 
calmed down, as Beryn writes “we are 
living happily with our two cats and two 
parakeets” in a new condo on the ocean 
(6767 Collins Ave., #1902, Miami 
Beach, FL 33141). ...Cindy Regan 
Greiman has been living in Montana 
for almost 10 years. For the past Five, 
Cindy has been the director of advising 
at Carroll College in Helena. Cindy and 
her husband, who is an engineer, spent 
the fall of 1991 teaching English at 
Xian Jiaotong University in Xian, China. 
Their daughter, Lillie, is eight years 
old. Cindy writes that “Montana is a 
great place to visit—so anyone who 
wants to come, we have plenty of room.” 
...Cynthia Brady Burdakin was busy 
last spring co-chairing a two-day project 
for high school and middle school girls. 
Called “Explorathon: Expanding Hori¬ 
zons for Girls in Science,” it was jointly 
sponsored by the Birmingham, Mich., 
branch of the American Association of 
University Women, the Cranbrook In¬ 
stitute of Science, and the local high 
school. ...Kevin Hundley, wife Vir¬ 
ginia and son Tyler have been living in 
Cornelius, N.C., since August 1991. 


Kevin was sorry to miss the Middle- 
bury sports team reunion last October, 
but that weekend he was at a women’s 
soccer tournament in Washington, D.C., 
where he bumped into John Carter ’73. 
This was Kevin’s second season of 
coaching women’s soccer, and his sec¬ 
ond straight winning season. Way to 
go, Kevin! ...Also from south of the 
Mason-Dixon line, we heard from Bob 
Pender, living in Falls Church, Va: 
“Aware of my historic difficulty under¬ 
standing women, the Lord—in her wis¬ 
dom—has surrounded me with them; 
Victoria and I have two daughters, 
Alexandra and Caroline.” ...While on 
the faculty at Penn State, Jonathan 
Phillips has been working on a patent 
application relating to “a class of cata¬ 
lysts with unique composition and un¬ 
precedented selectivity and activity for 
isomerization/hydrogenation of hydro¬ 
carbons.” Jonathan writes: “Will we get 
rich? NOT!” In his leisure, Jonathan 
still jogs, rides his bike and tries to 
cross-country ski when there is enough 
snow. ...Betsy Baetjer Mayer recently 
moved into a townhouse in Baltimore 
(209 Gaywood Road, Baltimore, MD 
21212) with her two children. Jody (10) 
and Tommy (8). Betsy is working for a 
gilder, restoring gold leaf mirrors and 
frames. She recently heard from Joan 
Carroll and Lise Hewitt, both of whom 
are doing well. ...Richard Hodges 
started his own consulting firm in May 
1991, assisting companies in managing 
telecommunication and utility costs. 
Richard writes that he is “still single” 
but “not traveling around the country as 
much as before.”... Jane HaddenGeisse 
reports from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, that— 
along with raising her two children, 
ages 4 and 8—she takes courses in 
counseling and trains thoroughbred 
horses for jumping. She is also playing 
ice hockey again which she says “is a 
hoot”—even though they don’t get on 
the ice until 11:00 p.m. Sally Courtney 
Biggar ’80, is Jane’s next-door neigh¬ 
bor. ...Alison Christie Keeney is still 
living in Cairo, Egypt. Her daughters, 
Jennifer (11) and Christina (6) attend 
Cairo American College, where they 
are members of the swim team. New 
additions to Alison’s household include 
two Austrian long-haired daschund 
puppies and an Egyptian Arabian filly, 
“to keep the other horse happy.” ...Closer 
to Middlebury, Kip DeMoll reports that 
he and Melinda rented the Vermont 
country house they built last year and 
moved into Burlington (512 North St., 
Burlington, VT 05401). Kip is in a 
residential construction partnership. 
Their daughter, Brianna(2-l/2), is “do¬ 
ing perfectly after a scary heart proce¬ 
dure.” Kip’s other children, Grace (17) 
and Zach (13), “are thriving in Califor¬ 
nia and visit twice a year.” ...Anne 
West became a group brand manager 
within Helene Curtis' consumer prod¬ 
ucts division, where she is responsible 
for the company’s antiperspirant and 
deodorant products, as well as manag¬ 
ing the company's Hispanic marketing 
program within the U.S. Anne has been 


with Helene Curtis since 1987. ...David 
Sibley reports from La Habra Heights, 
Calif., that he and his wife of three 
years, Suzanne Hollands, have an 18- 
month old daughter, Claire Frances, 
“who brings us immeasurable joy.” 
...Betsy Kuphal Wyckoff continues to 
work at Bank American International, 
traveling as a private banker to Europe 
and Mexico. Last year she organized a 
large investment conference in Mexico 
for the Financial Women’s Association 
of New York. ...Finally, we have an 
impressive number of new births to 
announce: Gary Holmes and Meg Ricci 
welcomed a son, Christian Keane 
Holmes, on February 5,1992. ...Steven 
Groo and wife Laura were doubly 
blessed with twins Emma and William, 
on September 27,1992. “Life with twins 
and a toddler (older sister Molly, 2-1/2) 
is absolute chaos,” but Steve and Laura 
“are loving it.” ...Suzi Sherry and hus¬ 
band, Paul Edelman, have a son, Joshua 
Benjamin Edelman, bom in May 1992. 
...Jan Carney and Geoffrey Kisley ’75 
are the parents of Sydney Margaret, 
born May 29, 1992. ...Mary and Greg 
Adams report the birth of a son, 
Cameron Wyland, on December 17, 
1992. ...Douglas Webb and his wife, 
Joycelyn Brogley, are the parents of a 
daughter, Jordan Brogley Webb, born 
March 13, 1992. 

77 

Class Secretaries: Virginia L. Jones, 
250 County St., Taunton, MA 02780, 
and William R. Thicks tun, 76 Utica St.. 
Clinton, NY 13323. 

Sculptor George Carr has been selling 
a plaster cast caricature of Bill Clinton 
in gift stores around the D.C. area. 
Gowned in a Roman toga, the bust has 
received national attention in The New 
York Times, The Washington Post and 
on the Joan Rivers show. “No one has 
mentioned the name of the sculptor,” 
George writes, “but I’m not complain¬ 
ing.” ...Cappv Jackson has been oper¬ 
ating her own freelance photographic 
business since 1977. She specializes in 
equine photography, for which she has 
won numerous awards—most recently 
1992 Photo of the Year from Chronicle 
of the Horse, and 1992 Best Editorial 
Black and White Photo from American 
Horse Publications. She’s also photo¬ 
graphing 20-30 weddings a year, and 
has corporate clients as well. ...Patricia 
Wilson, a dance instructor at Marlboro 
College, choreographed a series of origi¬ 
nal dance works, “Images to Grow By,” 
which were performed in December 
1992. ...We are sorry to report the Octo¬ 
ber 28, 1992, death of Thomas J. 
Andrews. He was born and grew up in 
Lawrence, Mass., where he became an 
Eagle Scout and graduated from Cen¬ 
tral Catholic School in 1973. At Midd 
he majored in English, played on the 
football team and was active in Zeta Psi 
fraternity. His career is outlined in a 


memorial which appears elsewhere in 
this magazine. Extended Wings Inc., 
the company he founded, was involved 
in the promotion of many films, includ¬ 
ing Ghostbusters, La Bamba, Alien 3, 
For the Boys, Edward Scissorhands 
and Ghostbusters II. We extend our 
sympathy to his family. ...Christine 
Lansdale Willis writes that since the 
birth of two daughters, Elizabeth (2-1/ 
2) and Ann (6 mos.), she is “slowly 
getting back into my pottery studies and 
the business of making pots and teach¬ 
ing ceramics to AFS students and lo¬ 
cals” in Thessaloniki, Greece. ...Rich¬ 
ard Caswell excuses himself for hav¬ 
ing missed last spring's reunion on the 
plea of twin boys James Christopher 
and John Michael, who arrived in De¬ 
cember 1991 to join brothers Ricky (7) 
and Mark (4). Richard and wife Maria 
admit that “life with four boys under 
seven has been exciting and hectic, to 
say the least! Proud grandpa Richard H. 
Caswell I ’48 hopes they all go to 
Middlebury.” ...Scoft Markus has left 
law practice to pursue a full-time me¬ 
diation (“not arbitration”) practice for 
corporations and insurance companies. 
His wife, Barbie Donnell, is 
puppeteering for Easter Seals and teach- 
ing English as a second language at the 
Univ. of California at San Diego. Their 
daughter, Katrina, turned three in Feb¬ 
ruary. ...Demie Moore Leekoff and her 
new husband, Alan, live just outside 
Salt Lake City (9086 Quail Hollow 
Drive, Sandy, UT 84093). Alan teaches 
skiing at Snowbird in the winter and “is 
trying his hand” at real-estate off-sea¬ 
son. Demie writes, “Contact us if you 
want a condo or house close to five ski 
areas!” She continues her position as 
international marketing manager with 
AQUATROLS, thanks to “super” mod¬ 
ern communication systems which al¬ 
low her to live in Utah and work for a 
company headquartered in New Jersey. 

... Katie Lange Dolan was recently pro¬ 
moted to executive director at St. 
Joseph’s Hospital in Flushing, Queens. 
She and husband Peter and sons Timo¬ 
thy and Christopher live in Larchmont. 
They try to head north to the Berkshires 
most winter weekends for skiing. ...A 
lot has happened to Carol P. Wallace 
(16 Strawberry Hill, Wallingford, CT 
06492) since her last visit to Midd in 
1982: “I’ve been married, moved to 
California, worked with Hughes Air¬ 
craft in Fullerton, then Peat Marwich in 
Costa Mesa, moved to Michigan, more 
manufacturing work in Battle Creek 
(yes, it is the cereal city), divorced, 
moved to Connecticut and am currently 
working with my dad at Cooper Instru¬ 
ment. My, how time (and life) flies. Hi 
to Toots Towne and Jennie Martzloff.' 
...Jim Stoner married Jill Angela 
Landry on May 24, 1991, on the out¬ 
skirts of New Orleans, with Peter 
Minowitz ’76 and Professor Murray 
Dry in attendance. Since 1988, Jim has 
been an assistant professor of political 
science at Louisiana State Univ. Al¬ 
though “you won't find it on most best¬ 
seller lists,” his book, Common Law 



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and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and 
the Origins of American Constitution¬ 
alism was published in June 1992 by 
Kansas Univ. Press. ...David Grier has 
a new job as director of the University 
Honors Program at George Washing¬ 
ton University (where he has worked 
for several years). For a speaker’s series 
this year on “Revolution,” he convinced 
Frank Sesno to speak on “Revolutions 
in TV News.” Frank, Kathy Sanderson 
and all three of their kids spent January 
in Middlebury, where Frank taught a 
winter term course on “The Media and 
the Message.” The course involved 
“speaker-phone appearances by such 
luminaries as George Stephanopoulos, 
Senator George Mitchell and Larry 
King. The students—and the teacher— 
were fascinated.” Meanwhile Matthew 
(8) attended third grade at Mary Hogan 
School. Back at home, Kathy has re¬ 
sumed her graphic arts business, but 
they all hope to return to Middlebury 
again this summer. ...Patty Freeman- 
Ly nde, who is working on a master’s in 
social work, has two children in el¬ 
ementary school. “Call now,” she says, 
“to reserve floor space for the 1996 
Olympics” at her home in Athens, Ga. 
...Alexandra Bernstein (308-C Cedar 
Crest Apts, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401) is a 
co-editor of Simulation & Gaming, an 
international journal of theory and re¬ 
search. Her extensive travels in 1992 
included Scotland, England, France, 
Grand Canyon, Michigan, New York, 
Russia, California and Oregon. She 
plans 1993 trips to Romania, Italy, Rus¬ 
sia, Hong Kong, Japan and Atlanta. She 
is also doing freelance copy-editing, 
with a background in technical writing, 
“so anyone who needs a copy editor 
should write.” ...Jim Buxbaum mar¬ 
ried Amanda Thomas, “a retired 
Ringling Brothers clown, actuary and 
Peace Corps volunteer” who is now 
teaching high school math. Still prac¬ 
ticing emergency medicine in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C., Jim is assistant medical 
director of US ASSIST, an interna¬ 
tional travel assistance company. ...Bar¬ 
bara Kritchevsky has moved to a new 
house in the country (385 Knoco Cove, 
Eads, TN 38028), with five acres of 
land and neighbors who have pet pigs 
and geese. ...Richard McKeon (Zion 
Episcopal Church, 18 Oak St., Dobbs 
Ferry NY 10522) is parish priest in 
“sleepy Dobbs Ferry,” living with two 
dogs, Yale (mutt) and Sperry (Welsh 
corgi), in a 24-room rectory with a great 
view of the Hudson River, and so “wel¬ 
comes friends to come and stay.” 
...Chuck Andres (57 Red Hill Road, 
Branford CT 06405) and wife Donna 
(married in July 1989) have two chil¬ 
dren: Michael (2) and Lauren (9 mos.), 
as well as Donna’s teenage daughter. 
...Karl Miran has “concluded from 
careful, unbiased study of reunion pic¬ 
tures that our class is not only better¬ 
looking, but younger-looking than the 
class of ’82. We are not sure why, but 
tentatively conclude going to college in 
the Reagan era aged them prematurely.” 


78 

Class Secretaries: Lucy Newell 
Hancock, 15 Amber Road, Hingham, 
MA 02043, and Robert K. Race, 21 
WillowdaleRoad, Topsfield,MA 01983. 

News of our gala 15th Reunion will 
appear in the next column. Here is the 
latest news in the meantime: In January 
1993, Carolyn McIntosh Buchholz 
became a partner in the law firm of 
Patton, Boggs and Blow, with her of¬ 
fice in Denver, Colo. Her practice em¬ 
phasizes environmental law and litiga¬ 
tion. Carolyn is in her second four-year 
term on the Lafayette (Colo.) City Coun¬ 
cil and she also teaches environmental 
law classes at the Univ. of Denver and 
at the Colorado School of Mines. 
...Marty Cleary, wife Annelisa, and 
children Colin (4), Daniel (3) and Caitlin 
(1) live on a 200-acre farm in north¬ 
western Illinois where they raise com, 
alfalfa, soybeans, cattle and horses. Pro¬ 
fessionally, Marty is doing family prac¬ 
tice, including obstetrics, in a small 
town nearby. He has also been elected 
president of Freeport Clinic S.C., a 
multi-specialty group practice with 30 
physicians. ...In January 1993, David 
Salem was named president and CEO 
of the Investment Fund for Founda¬ 
tions, a non-profit membership organi¬ 
zation founded in 1991 to address the 
investment concerns and responsibili¬ 
ties of charitable foundations. Prior to 
accepting this position, Dave was a 
partner in the investment management 
firm of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo 
& Co. of Boston. Before that, he was a 
managing director of Cambridge Asso¬ 
ciates, which provides investment and 
financial planning services primarily to 
not-for-profit endowed institutions. 
...Although we haven’t heard the out¬ 
come, Zoe Peterson Erdman was a 
candidate for the Vermont state legisla¬ 
ture last fall. Zoe lives in Williston, Vt., 
with husband Fred Erdman ’75 and 
their three children. Zoe has been a VP 
with the Vermont Banking Department 
of State Street Bank. She has also served 
as deputy secretary of development and 
community affairs under Governors 
Kunin and Snelling, been a VP of the 
Merchants Bank in Burlington and 
worked as manager and a loan officer of 
the Vermont Industrial Development 
Authority. ...Court Chilton reports that 
his daughter, Cyana, is the smartest, 
most beautiful, talented, athletic child 
ever! He says that Jeff Plank's daugh¬ 
ters are already intimidated! ...Rick 
Lansdale biked across the U.S. last 
summer—3,264 miles! He notes that 
Nebraska is long and flat, Iowa is sur¬ 
prisingly beautiful, and the hardest hills 
were in Pennsylvania. In his fourth year 
teaching English at the Taft School in 
Watertown, Conn., Rick’s fellow teach¬ 
ers include Barclay Johnson ’57, Linda 
Saamijoki ’75, Peter Frew ’80, Baba 
Ashby Frew ’81, David Hostage ’76 
and Andrea Baier ’85. In his depart¬ 


ment of 16 people, eight earned their 
M.A.’s at Bread Loaf! Rick finished his 
M.A. at Bread Loaf/Oxford in 1982. 
...Carol Smith Graves and family have 
moved from Fort Leavenworth, Kans., 
to Aberdeen, Md., where they continue 
their army life. Carol heads the division 
teaching supply management to officer 
courses in the Ordnance School. Ralph 
is the deputy for military construction 
in the Baltimore District of the Corps of 
Engineers. Beth (5) is in kindergarten; 
Frederick (3) is a busy pre-schooler 
who wants to be a Ninja Turtle when he 
grows up! The Graves live one mile 
from the exit off 1-95 so, if you are 
traveling through Aberdeen, you are 
welcome to visit. Their number is 410- 
272-0871. ...Kevin O’Leary left Shell 
Oil Company and is now a partner with 
Williams, Woolley, Cogswell, 
Nakazawa & Russell in Long Beach, 
Calif., practicing products liability, en¬ 
vironmental and business law. Kevin, 
wife Karla, and children Katie (3) and 
Alexandra (6 mos.) enjoy living in south¬ 
ern California. ...Rob Connerty is di¬ 
rector of marketing and sales for Olin 
Skis at the company’s world headquar¬ 
ters in Stowe, Vt. Rob has worked for 
Olin since 1978, first as promotions 
coordinator and then as a salesman. 
...Marti Mayne has left the Mount 
Washington Valley Chamber of Com¬ 
merce and become the Northeast re¬ 
gional property marketing manager for 
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. She is 
responsible for marketing and promo¬ 
tion of seven factory outlet centers in 
Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and 
Cape Cod. Marti has a condo on the 
Maine coast and another in the New 
Hampshire mountains overlooking 
Mount Washington. ...Joyce Rowe 
Cassidy has been promoted to VP at 
Casco Northern Bank, where she will 
be responsible for the management of 
the bank’s municipal banking portfo¬ 
lio. Joyce was employed at Bank of 
Boston from 1986 until she joined Casco 
Northern in 1991. 

79 

Class Secretaries: Sharon Flack 
Mussomeli, 6817Market Square Drive, 
McLean, VA 22101, and Katie Weidman 
Jones, 314 San Saba Drive, Portland, 
TX 78374. 

Sorry for the blank column last issue. 
We didn’t coordinate our moves well! 
Now that both secretaries are back on 
the mainland, keeping in touch should 
be easier! ...Leslie and Larry Petzing 
and son Drew, welcomed Travis Dean, 
on February 10,1992. ...Valerie Havas 
and husband Matthew Schwab ’81 have 
two kids, Hallie Elizabeth (4) and Ni¬ 
cholas Milan, who was bom April 30, 
1992—the night L.A. was going up in 
flames. They’re all crowded into a 
Brooklyn brownstone, but they’re near 
a park, museum and botanical garden. 
It's not Vermont, but they have actually 


cross-country skied in the park! Valerie 
is writing and editing on a freelance 
basis, mostly for the U.N. She echoes 
the sentiments of many of us: “Life of 
new parents isn’t very exciting sound¬ 
ing—just carseats. Sesame Street and 
endless loads of laundry, and multiple 
purchases of Pampers! But of course, 
it’s quite wonderful.” Just wait till she 
gets to Cub Scouts, Brownies and mu¬ 
sic lessons! ...Andrea MacRitchie sent 
me (Sharon Flack Mussomeli) an in¬ 
vitation reading “Let’s party till the 
sheep come home (they stay out later 
than the cows).” I’m sorry I missed the 
housewarming party in October (the 
card wasn’t forwarded from Sri Lanka 
until November), but her new house in 
Westfield, N.J., sounds great. Andrea 
noted she was sending me the card 
“even though you put that stuff in the 
Midd mag—you must be hurting for 
news!” The truth hurts, Andrea, but I'm 
big enough to admit it—and to beg 
everyone to write his or her own news, 
or that of classmates! ...Katie Driver 
Murphy’s second son, Kevin Leslie, 
was born on July 21, 1992. Kevin has 
“his dad’s look, his brother’s laugh, 
Katie’s voice, and RED HAIR.” Katie, 
husband Paul, Daniel and Kevin live in 
Reston, Va. ...Robin Yurkewicz writes: 
“My husband (Marc Restuccia) and I 
are thrilled to announce the arrival of 
our newly-adopted son, Matthew Louis 
Restuccia, bom July 26,1992. This was 
a very open adoption and I was able to 
be at the delivery the night Matt was 
bom. My husband says it’s a constant 
battle to keep me in the work force so 
I’m happy to take some time off and 
then go back to doctoring part time. 
Anyone interested in adoption who 
would like to talk to someone who’s 
been through the trials, please feel free 
to contact me.” ...Mark Nejame is an 
attorney with general practice, concen¬ 
trating in real estate and wills/trusts, 
with the law firm of Cooley, Shrair in 
Springfield, Mass. He’d like to hear 
from Nick Morgan, George Varga 
and Jeff Robbins Janet Jones Shipp 
was recently in a local dance perfor¬ 
mance with Luciano Nicasio’s (’78) 
daughter. Janet is still working on her 
MBA and employed by a commodity 
trading firm while her husband is in law 
school. She has heard from Tyrone 
Wilson ’81, who spent part of 1992 
traveling around the country with a play 
with actress Julie Harris. Janet also stays 
in touch with Sarah Eddy Ward ’78, 
who’s living in the D.C. area, is married 
and has two children. ...Dana Yeaton 
went to Russia in December for a two- 
week tour of To Bed with Betsy, a com¬ 
edy commissioned by the Open Stage 
Theatre. ...Amos and Jeanne Goldman 
Shepard live in the suburbs of Provi¬ 
dence, R.I.—same town as Leslie 
O’Hare Strolla. Their two sons are 7 
and almost 4. Jeanne is working full 
time as a lawyer in a small general 
practice firm, doing primarily litiga¬ 
tion, environmental and business law. 
“Wish my husband would win the lot¬ 
tery so I could retire and be a suburban 


64 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 
















mom playing golf and tennis and going 
to the pool! Would love to hear from 
Sarah Crisafelli Jennings!” ...Kim 
Collins Parizeau gave birth on August 
13, 1992, to Molly Louise Parizeau, 
who joins big sister, Katelyn (5) and big 
brother Douglas (3). ...Dave Howell 
left his position as a securities broker to 
become part of the Univ. of 
Pennsylvania’s development effort 
while he completes a master’s in liberal 
arts. He and wife Lou-Ann have two 
children, Heather (8) and Ryan (6). 
Dave joined Skip D’Aliso in central 
New Jersey for a mini-triathalon last 
summer. ...Steve Martel joined the 
Turner Group in April of 1992. He had 
worked previously as a mechanical de¬ 
sign engineer in Maine and Massachu¬ 
setts, specializing in heat recovery and 
cogeneration systems. ...Michael 
Weaver is “still alive, still in New 
Jersey, still young. Working at carpen¬ 
try for a living; studying voice and 
singing like mad all the time. My brother, 
Phil, and I have a foothold in Ver¬ 
mont—17 acres near Stowe. We’re 
ready to build if something peculiar 
happens and we end up with a lot of 
extra money.” ...Louis Bacon and his 
wife, Cynthia Pigott, returned to the 
States from Paris in January and are 
now in Greenwich, Conn. Louis also 
announced that third son Louis Dillon 
Kidder Bacon was bom in London on 
March 15,1991. ...Brooks Stevens says 
“my husband and I are thrilled to be 
parents!”Twins Merrill Maguire Brady 
(6 lbs. 3 oz.) and Tomasen Butler Brady 
(6 lbs. 6 oz.) arrived on May 20, 1992. 
Brooksie would love to hear from Terry 
Jones Rosencrantz. ...Sue Whitton 
Goodenough, husband Andy ’77 and 
daughters Kathryn and Kyle welcomed 
James Whitton Goodenough on Sep¬ 
tember 10,1991. ...Betsy Clark can be 
reached if anyone is passing through at 
138 Hastings Place, Syracuse, NY 
13206. She is finishing a Fellowship in 
infectious diseases—’’and who knows 
where to afterwards?” ...Carol Zuber 
addressed the Stowe Women’s Club 
last year on the topic of genetics and its 
role and effect in our society today. 
Carol is the coordinator of the New 
Jersey Pregnancy Risk Information 
Service at the Institute for Reproduc¬ 
tive and Perinatal Genetics at the Univ. 
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jer¬ 
sey. Her specialty is teritology and she 
has been a guest lecturer for the AMA 
across the country. Carol completed her 
master’s at the Univ. of Pittsburgh and 
was instrumental in the development of 
the “Pregnancy Hot-Line” now deliv¬ 
ering information in many major hospi¬ 
tals across the country. ...Greg and 
Karen Jackson ’80 Birsky announce 
the birth of daughter Michelle, who 
joins sister Carolyn (4). ...Stephanie 
Dickson Halpern’s son, Zachary, 
joined sisters Megan and Courtney on 
July 14, 1990. “Mark and I built a new 
house in Basking Ridge and moved in 
last summer.” ...Jamie and Susan 
Greene Turner, now of Medfield, 
Mass., belatedly but joyously announce 


the adoption of their daughter, Kelsey 
Grace, born July 15, 1991, in Rutland, 
Vt. They have begun the process of 
adopting their second child by means of 
a compassionate open adoption with 
the help of Friends in Adoption of Ver¬ 
mont. They’d be happy to share their 
experience with anyone considering 
adoption (508-329-5796). Sue has taken 
time out from teaching “to be a full time 
mom and is dabbling in Discovery 
Toys.” ...John Goodman was promoted 
to associate professor at Harvard Busi¬ 
ness School in July 1992. ...Casey 
O’Brien Blondes writes that “Jeffrey, 
Devin (5), Sarah (2) and I moved tem¬ 
porarily (?) out of Paris two hours south 
to renovate an old farm in the Touraine. 

I haven’t been confronted with so much 
mud since spring thaw at Middlebury! 
The switch to isolated country life has 
been a challenge, especially since I 
have even fewer opportunities to prac¬ 
tice English. But Jeffrey does have 
ample time to paint. Four landscape 
shows this past year have kept him 
busy. We are on the Loire Valley Cha- 
teau/Vignobel route (tel: 47 94 26 56) 
should a weary tourist pass by!” ...Rob 
Meldrum and his wife, Kelly, met Doug 
Jenkins on Upper Captiva Island in 
March for a week-long vacation. Doug 
and Rob co-wrote an article for the 
Sheboygan Law Review titled, 
“Buddyism and Judges: Dealing with 
Denial.” ...Larry Blinn is “practicing 
radiology and trying to get a new house 
together. Otherwise getting some trav¬ 
eling in, including some great skiing. 
Also desperately trying to become com¬ 
puter-savvy. Stop by and say hello if 
you’re in western North Carolina!” 
...Deirdre Browne Smith says she’s 
“happy and busy learning about this 
adventure called life with three won¬ 
derful children: Jasper (8), Violet (6) 
and Harry (6 mos.). Recently I’ve gone 
back to school and am working towards 
a bachelor’s in Nursing-RN, and hope 
toeventually work in midwifery. I would 
really like to hear from Midd class¬ 
mates! Write to me at 42 Lakeshore 
Drive, Danville, IL 61832.” ...Nancy 
Limbacher Meyer wrote last summer: 
“Boston set the stage for a mini- 
Mischord reunion. Majie Zeller orga¬ 
nized the get-together for several of us 
who happened to be in New England at 
the same time: Dorrie Fuchs was in 
from D C.; Joanellen Sullivan Hurley 
and herchildren, Sean and Caitlin; Jane 
Hosie-Bounar ’81 and her two girls, 
Maya and Anna; and me and daughter 
Katie. Melissa Carr swung by to drive 
Dorrie to the airport, so a good collec¬ 
tion was assembled. Even though cer¬ 
tain voice parts were dearly missed, we 
sang our Java Jive and Walchin’ the 
River Run amidst happy tears!” ...Russ 
and Ellen Perkins Green and daughter 
Rachel (8) welcomed Benjamin in July 
1990. Since being part of a women’s 
delegation to El Salvador at the signing 
of the peace accords (January 16,1992), 
Ellen has been working part time as a 
staffperson for the Romero Interfaith 
Center in Philadelphia. “Although a 


certified teacher, I have worked as a 
full-time mom and part-time other jobs 
(including teaching reading at the col¬ 
lege level) since Rachel’s birth. I’m 
also back into bagpiping after a 14-year 
sabbatical. Hey, Hamish, do you still 
play pipes?” ...Michael Sirois has been 
named associate medical director for 
Health Centers, Community Health 
Plan, Vermont Region. He will be re¬ 
sponsible for activities at CHP Health 
Centers throughout the state while con¬ 
tinuing to see patients at CHP in Berlin, 
Vt. ...David Littlefield and Karen 
Stolley ’77 now live in Atlanta where 
Karen ’ s an associate professor of Span¬ 
ish at Emory Univ. David runs Littlefield 
Asset Management from his office at 
home where daughter Kathleen (4) 
keeps things lively! ...Jenny Skoble 
writes she’s married “(this is the first 
time) to Lou Levinson, a video tech 
person and all-around great guy! I’m a 
litigator in Los Angeles, world capital 
of vicious lawyering. All old friends 
and acquaintances, please call (213- 
461-8510) when you’re in or near my 
neighborhood (the fabulous Hollywood 
Hills).” ...Lora Schofield Ilhardt lives 
in Glen Ellyn, Ill., with husband Kent 
and children Alex (3) and Peter (1). 
“After spending six years at a large 
Chicago law firm working crazy hours, 

I decided to move to an in-house lawyer 
position with Sara Lee Corp. in 1988.1 
switched to three days a week after the 
birth of our first child and am still Sara 
Lee’s only part-time attorney. I love 
it!” ...Jonathan Glass is “settled down 
in Baltimore—now assistant professor 
of neurology and pathology at the Johns 
Hopkins Hospital. Recently finished 
playing This Old House with our tum- 
of-the-century home. Emily and Abigail 
are now 6 and 4 respectively, and lov¬ 
ing life.” ...Having packed away our 
Aloha shirts, flip-flops and hula tapes, 
Katie Weidman Jones is working on 
getting accustomed to life in the “Great 
State of Texas.” We’re searching for 
just the right Western hat and boot 
combination—if sachallenge! My hus¬ 
band is the theater liaison officer for 
Mine Countermeasures Group Two and 
spent the spring and early summer in 
the North Atlantic, Baltic Sea and Bay 
of Biscay, riding a British minesweeper 
as a member of a multinational NATO 
force and participating in a variety of 
exercises in Denmark, Belgium, France, 
Portugal and Spain. Andrew (5) and 
Elbe (3) continue to remind me that 
mothering remains my full-time job! 
...News has arrived from the four cor¬ 
ners of the earth! Karin Malmstrom. 
in Hong Kong, is leading the kind of life 
most of us can only dream of fondly. In 
early 1990, she quit her international 
marketing position at Commercial Met¬ 
als in Dallas to start her own consulting 
firm, Malmstrom Associates Orient, and 
to pursue her interest in publishing, 
writing and photography. Her work of¬ 
ten takes her to China, Southeast Asia 
and, most recently, to Vietnam. She 
writes for Business International publi¬ 
cations—a member of the Economist 


group—has co-authored, published and 
marketed a book called The Man With 
the Key is Not Here—A Key to What 
They Really Mean in China and, as of 
the summer of 1992, was completing 
another book entitled The Decadent 
Picnic Handbook—Recipes for Survival 
and Enjoyment ANYWHERE. Stories 
from this last book have been appearing 
in a weekly series in the Hong Kong 
Standard newspaper. She also wrote 
the 1992 edition of The American Ex¬ 
press Guidebook to China , the guide¬ 
book which is distributed worldwide 
through AMEX travel-related services 
offices. Karin’s photos are represented 
by a photo library in Hong Kong and are 
published in Asian newspapers and jour¬ 
nals. She aims to do assignment work 
for international magazines. Karin says 
there are quite a few Midd alums in 
Hong Kong and that any Midd class¬ 
mates traveling through should give a 
call attel/fax 852-574-5404. ...You don’t 
have to travel regularly in the Orient for 
your classmates to care about your 
news—please write! 

80 

Class Secretaries: Robin Putnam 
Ahmann, 2521 Grand Ave., Everett, 
WA 98201, and Rich Silton, 68 Wesson 
Terrace, Northboro, MA 01532. 

It’s wonderful being able to share news 
about classmates we have not heard 
from recently. Thanks to all who have 
been sending in those little yellow cards. 
...Matt and Barbara Lange Nelson 
celebrated the birth of their daughter, 
Anna, on July 26,1992. Barb continues 
to work as a medical writer in the Chi¬ 
cago area, but she and Matt are working 
part time so that they can take turns 
being at home with Anna. ...Rick and 
Sue Tomlin Kinney welcomed their 
first child, James Patrick, on November 
19, 1992. This spring marked the 
completion of Sue’s ninth year with the 
Boston Symphony Orchestra. She is the 
assistant director of development for 
the orchestra. Rick is a partner with the 
law firm Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman & 
Sands in Boston. They would love to 
hear from classmates at 13 Pine Ridge 
Road, Wellesley, MA 02181. ...Fred 
and Mar jorie Williams Vandenberg 
celebrated the birth of their son, Halsey 
Alexander Vandenberg, on November 
3, 1992. ...John and Macy Lawrence 
Ratliff and daughter Katy welcomed 
Hilary Lloyd into the family on January 
25, 1993. Macy managed to wait until 
the power came back on in their house 
after the inauguration day storm hit the 
Northwest. ...Stu Alden is a consulting 
actuary for Towers Perrin in NYC. He 
writes that he loves the job, but not the 
city, so his family is still living in Phila¬ 
delphia and he commutes every day. 
...Congratulations to Carol Thickstun, 
who received her Ph.D. in Hispanic and 
Luso-Brazilian literatures from the 
Univ. of Minnesota in March 1992. She 


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Alumni NewsLetter 



























Alumni NewsLetter 



was thereby promoted to assistant pro¬ 
fessor of Spanish at Lake Forest Col¬ 
lege in Illinois. Last October she at¬ 
tended the wedding of Sara Morrissey 
and Jeff Gunn in Corvallis, Ore. 
...Louise Burpee is enjoying life on 
Lake Murray in Irmo. S.C., where she is 
a partner in a small animal clinic. Hus¬ 
band Randy's veterinary surgery prac¬ 
tice has enlarged to a group specialty 
practice. They stay busy keeping up 
with son Will (2-1/2) and multiple dogs 
andcats. ...Steve and Liz Bruch Rotholz 
plan to stay in the Washington, D.C., 
area where Liz is running federal fit¬ 
ness centers, as well as training fitness 
instructors and personal trainers. After 
finishing his ob/gyn residency in June, 
Steve planned to join a practice in Alex¬ 
andria, Va.... Marna Mraz has changed 
her name to Marna Ehrech, but she’s 
still living in Raleigh, N.C., and enjoy¬ 
ing it. She gets together with Elsa and 
Andy Kimbell on “cold” (40 degrees) 
North Carolina winter afternoons to 
exchange Vermont winter stories. Andy 
and Elsa celebrated the first birthday of 
their daughter, Luiza Mona, on January 
13. Kimbell Construction Co. is busy 
building houses for all you “damn 
yankees” moving south (yankees visit, 
damn yankees stay). ...First we hear 
that Simon Gerlin passed his CPA 
exam. Now we hear that he has been 
promoted to senior associate in the au¬ 
dit practice of the Boston office of Coo¬ 
pers & Lybrand. Congrats! ...Fred 
Andresen has discovered the joy of 
doing snow curtsies (telemarking). 
When he’s not “freeing his heels,” he’s 
working as the person in charge of all 
machine vision software at Adept Tech¬ 
nology. ...David Andrews, who spent 
several years teaching Russian at Co¬ 
lumbia, now teaches Russian at 
Georgetown Univ. in Washington, D.C., 
where he was honored in the fall as one 
of that university’s most outstanding 
teachers. Kudos! ...Lorilyn 
Chamberlin loves being the mother of 
three kids—David (6), Stephen (4) and 
Caroline (20 mos.). She enjoys spend¬ 
ing time with Grace Brown Smith and 
her family, who have just moved to the 
Chicago area. Grace, husband Peter and 
daughter Lauren have just landed in 
Illinois after four moves in 10 years. 
Peter is director of trade marketing for 
E.J. Brach Corp. Grace is enjoying her 
time at home with Lauren. ...In Cleve¬ 
land, Sally Biggar Terrell notes that 
her three children are growing up 
quickly and are now 10,8 and 5. ...Betsy 
Bryan Kohnstamm admits that she 
has been living in The Last Best Place— 
Whitefish, Mont.—for six years now. 
“You’re always welcome to visit, but 
don’t move here!” Betsy’s projects this 
year were helping to build a new 
Montessori school and teaching daugh¬ 
ter Mary (4) how to ski. ...Libby Halpin 
has moved from Seattle to Poison, 
Mont., to work with the Flathead Indian 
Tribe. ...Susan Hawkey Springer 
would love to hear from friends she met 
during her freshman year at Middle- 
bury (P.O. Box 257, Seldovia, AK 


99663). She moved to Alaska in 1981, 
married a petroleum engineer and 
worked for ARCO for seven years. She 
worked in remote sites all over the state, 
including several offshore rigs. Since 
1989 she has been at home as a full-time 
artist with her own greeting card com¬ 
pany, selling in Maine, Alaska, Japan 
and Seattle. She also runs a bed and 
breakfast. She and her husband have 
two field trial springer spaniels and lead 
a semi-subsistence lifestyle, doing lots 

of hunting and fishing.John Tokolish 

has moved from Berlin to Moscow, 
where he is working for the Interna¬ 
tional Finance Corporation (c/o IFC 
Hotel Metropol, Teatralny Proezd 1/4, 
103012 Moscow). With the fall of com¬ 
munism in the USSR, he has been busy. 
He led a project for the privatization of 
small shops in the Volgograd region 
and has begun a similar project in 
Tomsk—Siberia! In January he was 
starting work on auctioning off shares 
of large Russian companies. ...I have 
heard, via the grapevine, that Susie 
Estes Wolter and family have returned 
to the States from Germany. Where are 
you? ...Keep sending us all of your 
news! 

81 

Class Secretaries: Elaine King 
Nickerson, 48 Lake Ave., Unit BR9, 
Woburn, MA 01801, and Sue Dutcher 
Wagley, 4060 Hanover, Dallas, TX 
75225. 

Robert Turner writes that he is enjoy¬ 
ing Duluth, Minn., with his wife and 
two daughters (ages 4 and 5). He spends 
quality time on the ski trails and volun¬ 
teering as a Spanish teacher at his daugh¬ 
ters’ school. ...David Wilson recently 
became a partner with the Reynolds, 
Motl, Sherwood and Wright law firm in 
Helena, Mont. He also became the fa¬ 
ther of Charlotte Mclvor on June 28, 
1992. ...From Wisconsin. Terry 
Stanton reports that he and Mary 
Davidson were married in October 1991. 
As the manager of Carlisle Publishers 
Services, a prepress and editorial op¬ 
eration, Terry would enjoy hearing from 
classmates also involved in college and 
professional book publishing. ...In chilly 
Minneapolis, Caren Hoffman-Smith 
is director of informational systems for 
the National Marrow Donor Program, 
the national organization responsible 
for matching volunteer bone marrow 
donors with patients. She sees a lot of 
Connie Buran Schreck and Christine 
Bishop in the Twin Cities. ...Cecily 
Chilton Matthai writes that she is en¬ 
joying balancing motherhood with 
working in sales/marketing for a new 
squash club in Baltimore. ...H. John 
Walter is busy at Christ Church Epis¬ 
copal School where he is director of the 
middle school and construction super¬ 
visor of new middle school facilities. 
He recently visited Japan to set up a 
student/teacher exchange program and 


he was named Teacher of the Year by 
the school newspaper. ...Steven Gabriel 
received his Ph.D. in mathematical sci¬ 
ences in May 1992 from Johns Hopkins, 
where he is now a visiting assistant 
professor of mathematics. ...After five 
years as a professor and psychologist at 
Nova Univ. in Ft. Lauderdale. Jim Tay¬ 
lor is loving life in Aspen, Colo., where 
he has a sport psychology consulting 
practice and is writing a book—that is, 
when he is not skiing, mountain biking 
or hiking. ...In Abilene, Texas, Carolyn 
Allen Miller is busy completing a 
master’s degree in English, as well as 
working in the writing lab at Hardin 
Simmons. ...Tony and Elizabeth 
(Princeton ’84) Trase are loving par¬ 
enthood with Ian Hamilton, born Janu¬ 
ary 9, 1992. They were planning to 
move soon into a new home on the 
Charles River in Needham, Mass., 
where they can canoe and enjoy the 
outdoors out their front door. Since 
receiving his MBA from Babson last 
summer, Tony has been working in the 
corporate finance department for 
Millipore Corp. ...Joseph Smith is liv¬ 
ing in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was 
recently promoted to account supervi¬ 
sor with Creswell, Munsell, Fultz & 
Zirbel, a Young & Rubicam company. 
...Janice Gadaire is doing graduate 
work at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, while 
working at Ares-Seronco of Norwell, 
Mass. ...Mark Holzbach is living hap¬ 
pily in Tokyo but says he often dreams 
of Vermont and Maine. Last year he 
was promoted to the board of directors 
of Asaca Corp., a manufacturer of 
HDTV and robotic media changing at 
Tripler Army Medical Center in Ha¬ 
waii. This summer he was to start a 
fellowship in neuroradiology at UCSF 
in San Francisco. ...Malik Mufti re¬ 
cently received his M.A. in Middle 
Eastern studies from Harvard. While 
completing his dissertation on Pan- 
Arabism and state sovereignty in the 
Middle East, Malik has joined the fac¬ 
ulty of Tufts and teaches several classes 
on the Middle East. ...From Silverthome, 
Colo., Anne Caudill writes that she 
was married to Todd Goertzen on Sep¬ 
tember 12, 1992. ...We hear that Dave 
Buzbv, Steve Willis, Chris West, Luis 
Fernandez and Carl Erdman had a 
reunion on the ski slopes of Park City 
this winter. ...Among the happy news of 
growing families, Mara Quigley 
Prutting reports that her youngest of 
four, Charlie, was bom in April 1992. 
She and husband Stephen have lived in 
Valencia, Calif., for three years. 
...Gunnarand Alice Tower Knapp had 
their third child, Nathaniel, on August 
23,1992. Alice is enjoying a break from 
teaching to be a full-time mom. ...Dave 
Nalen welcomed his daughter, Austin 
Marie, into the world on March 31, 
1992. ...Nancy and John Amato have a 
son, Ross, born February 17,1992, who 
joins sister Carrie. They are enjoying 
the Bay area, where John is a tax man¬ 
ager for Price Waterhouse, and they 
already look forward to seeing class¬ 
mates at our 15th Reunion. ...Jay and 


Sue Dutcher Wagley welcomed their 
First child, Philip Buckmaster, on Sep¬ 
tember 28, 1992. Sue has a home busi¬ 
ness, WagleyTales, designing and mar¬ 
keting Mother Goose related products 
for children. ...Christine and Robby 
Higgins have a son, Ryan Hampton, 
bom on January 14, 1992. ...All is well 
with Cynthia and Peter Price after the 
birth of their son, Jordan Colovas, on 
March 23, 1992. ...Lisa and Todd 
Deburlo have a son, Robbie, who joined 
brother Winn on July 24, 1992. They 
live in Taos, N.M., where Todd is a 
building contractor and Lisa a fiber 
artist. ...Kenny and Sue Butler Lehman 
welcomed Kara Ingraham on Septem¬ 
ber 19, 1992. Last summer they moved 
to Concord, N.H. (26 Maple St.), where 
Kenny is clerking for a federal judge 
and Sue works for Baybanks Bank. 
...After almost three years in Beijing as 
producer for ABC TV, Alisa Joyce 
returned to this country in February 
1992, was married in July, and lives 
with her neurosurgeon husband, David 
Barba, in San Diego (727 Gage Drive, 
San Diego, CA 92106). ...Please let us 
know your news! 

82 

Class Secretaries: Alison R. McGhee, 
3441 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 
55408, and Charles H. Robinson Ill, 
118 Paradise Ave., Piermont, NY 10968. 

Betsy Horne took a leave of absence 
from her job as a marketing research 
moderator for Creative & Response 
Research in order to return to Midd for 
the 1992 French summer language pro¬ 
gram. After seven weeks of life in Battell 
with a roommate, Betsy reports, it’s 
“never again!” She turned to the Ralph 
Myrhe Golf Course for salvation. After 
the program, Betsy spent a week in 
Greece, followed by 10 days in Paris 
and two weeks in Provence. She is now 
back at work in Chicago. ...Karen 
Sturges-Vera moved to Washington. 
D.C., after Middlebury, to study inter¬ 
national relations at George Washing¬ 
ton Univ. In 1983 she started working 
for the Library of Congress. While 
studying in Paris in 1986, she married 
Ivan Vera, a Caracas native. Back in 
Washington, Karen finished her 
master’s in 1988. Ivan and Karen wel¬ 
comed their son, Alex, in September 
1989 and their daughter, Katy, in Janu¬ 
ary 1991. ...Heidi Reichenbach (197 
Commonwealth Ave., #2, Boston, MA 
02116) writes that “it only took 10 years 
since graduation to finally get a job in 
Boston and move. It would take an 
awful lot to move me from here now!” 
...Carla Straessle Compton (38 
Langford Ave., Toronto, Ont., Canada 
M4J 3E3) is a speech writer and infor¬ 
mation officer for the Ontario govern¬ 
ment. Her son, Lucas, was bom on 
February 27, 1992. ...Peter and Grace 
Brown ’80 Smith report that “after four 
moves in 10 years we now find our- 


66 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 























selves in Chicagoland (2N122 Nulhem 
Drive, LaFox, IL 60147), where Peter is 
director of trade marketing for E.J. Brach 
Corp.” Grace is at home with daughter 
Lauren (3) and looks forward to going 
back to teaching biology “someday.” 
They’d love to hear from anyone who 
finds themselves out that way. ...Dan 
Urbach has finished his medical train¬ 
ing and writes from Beaverton, Ore., 
where he is practicing as a locum tenens 
physician in internal medicine. ...Alison 
Bartle Adair reports from Hollywood 
that she has attained her UCSB certifi¬ 
cate in microcomputer office manage¬ 
ment and is working as an executive 
assistant at Apogee Productions... .From 
the Oakland hills, Greg Murphy writes 
that he spent two weeks rock climbing 
in Switzerland. Although he was un¬ 
able to get onto the Eiger due to weather 
and deep snow, he managed an adjacent 
peak which he climbed in “hideously 
deep and unconsolidated snow. A solo 
attempt on the Matterhorn was also cut 
short due to deep snow. However, the 
whole experience was a blast.” Greg 
was also planning a ski trip near Seattle 
with David Cole. On the work front, 
Greg has become a registered geologist 
in the state of California. He also re¬ 
ports that he and fiancee Annie “finally 
got rid of RJ (John) Hake! Thank God 
he’s gone.” RJ has moved to San Fran¬ 
cisco where, according to Greg, he is 
“openly soliciting silverware for his 
stark new apartment.” Greg has mes¬ 
sages for Steve Kiernan—Steve, call 
on weekdays instead of weekends— 
and Doug Woodsum, who should drop 
him a letter if he would like “about a 
million” corks that Greg has been sav¬ 
ing expressly for him. ...Donna 
Winham writes from her new house 
(36251 62nd St. E., Palmdale, CA 
93552) that she is sorry she missed our 
10th Reunion but was in the middle of 
classes. Donna is working on a doctor¬ 
ate in public health at UCLA, where she 
also works for a body composition lab. 
In the lab, she reports, “we do a variety 
of interesting things, but primarily look 
at variation in the distribution of body 
fat and cancer risk, along with a lot of 
dietary analysis for levels of fat and 
other nutrient intakes in relation to can¬ 
cer. Also look at bone density and diet 
for risk of osteoporosis.” Donna’s dis¬ 
sertation topic is a study of nutritional 
risks for stunting of growth in Egyptian 
toddlers. Donna and Mark welcome 
any Middlebury visitors to the Los 
Angeles area. ...Michael Kountze 
(13758 E. Fourth Ave.,#9-206, Aurora, 
CO 80111) was expecting to finish his 
MBA at the Univ. of Colorado in May. 
...Peter Campbell has moved to Man¬ 
hattan, where he loves his marketing 
job at Colgate-Palmolive. He has re¬ 
cently been enjoying lots of work-re¬ 
lated travel to Europe. ...Alison 
McGhee has enjoyed spending time 
with Jeff Legro and his wife, Janet, 
who moved last summer to a big Victo¬ 
rian house in St. Paul, Minn. At the 
Univ. of Minnesota, Jeff is an assistant 
professor of political science, special¬ 


izing in international relations. Janet is 
a minister at Macalester-Plymouth 
United Church in St. Paul. ...Also in St. 
Paul is Nick Gardner, who expected to 
graduate from Hamline Univ. School of 

Law in May.Jeff Clarke has been 

keeping busy with business school ap¬ 
plications. Jeff spent several winter 
months in Europe, coaching and travel¬ 
ing with the disabled cross-country ski 
team. ...Jane Oski, who has completed 
half of her pediatrics residency at Johns 
Hopkins, continues “to love the work 
despite the obvious strains. In July 1994 
I will be moving west to the Bay Area to 
pursue a three-year research fellowship 
in pediatric hematology/oncology.” 
Jane hopes to focus on the pathophysi¬ 
ology and treatment of sickle-cell dis¬ 
ease. ...In Middletown, Del.. John and 
Hannah Felton Lyons, are “thoroughly 
enjoying being parents to our two-and- 
a-half-year-old Rachel.” John is in his 
second year as chairman of the history 
department at St. Andrews School, while 
Hannah continues to be quality assur¬ 
ance coordinator at an oncology-spe¬ 
cific home care agency. They saw 
Bobby Hill at a wedding over Christ¬ 
mas. Hannah has also seen Bettina 
Bretz Terfloth, Laura Tenbroeke 
Rumbough and Lori Geiger Carlton. 
...Speaking of Bettina Bretz Terfloth 
(3461 Holton Ave., Montreal, Quebec, 
Canada H3Y 2G4), she writes that she 
and husband Marc “have been in 
Montreal since November ’91, and I’ve 
been busy with our oldest daughter, 
Stephanie Erika. On December 19, 
1992, we had another little girl, Celine 
Constance, and doubtless she’ll keep 
me occupied for a few years, too! I 
would love to hear from anyone plan¬ 
ning to visit this beautiful city!” ...Lots 
more news from the baby front: Joe and 
Jane Simon Fritz (3549 Burch Ave., 
Cincinnati, OH 45208; 513-533-1191) 
are having loads of fun with their son, 
Joseph Peter Fritz III, who entered the 
world on March 28,1992. ...On May 8, 
1992, Sara Grove and her husband, 
James Alexander Macaulay, welcomed 
Emily Dearborn Macaulay. ...Laurie and 
Bill Cahill had a second son, Peter 
Joseph Cahill, on Valentine’s Day, 1992. 
...Curt Ehler and wife Sandra (Rider 
College ’84) announce the birth of their 
son, Ethan Frederick, on September 6, 
1992. ...Evelyn Elder Jeffries is a re¬ 
search analyst for the U.S. government. 
She earned her master’s from George 
Washington Univ. in security policy 
studies in May ’87, then moved to 
Augsburg, Germany. In 1992, she and 
husband Robbin L. Jeffries moved to 
England, where they will be stationed 
until April 1995. Evelyn and Robbin 
welcomed Samantha Nicole Elder 
Jeffries in September of 1992. ...Casey 
and Tara McMenamy Sheahan had 
their second son, Aidan Case Sheahan, 
on October 29, 1992. Brother Caelin is 
two and a half. Tara says she’s “a full¬ 
time mom.” ...In Newburyport, Mass., 
Andy and Kathy O’Connor '83 Sidford 
welcomed the arrival of their first chi Id, 
Henry James II I, on September29,1992. 


Andy opened his own architectural of¬ 
fice last January. ...Chris Gagne, liv¬ 
ing in Longmeadow, Mass., has been 
named VP of management sales, trust 
and investment department, for the 
Springfield Institute for Savings. Chris 
graduated from the New England School 
of Banking in 1986. ...Jon Warner is 
regional VP of sales and marketing 
(Virginia to New York) for Employer 
Benefit Plans, a managed care com¬ 
pany specializing in self-insured health 
plans for companies. Vicki (UVA ’82), 
Jon’s wife of five years, is a marketing 
manager for a Swedish company. Jon 
and Vicki are self-described DINKS 
and were planning a move to mainline 
Philadelphia in the spring, John also 
writes that “I am healthier today than at 
any time during my college career, 
thanks to exercise and a low-fat diet!” 
...Meredith Wade has left her school 
outreach position at the Museum of 
Science in Boston. During the week, 
she now lives in Burlington, Vt., where 
she observes elementary and secondary 
school science teachers and helps imple¬ 
ment new ways of teaching science. On 
the weekends Meredith can be found at 
her home in Putney, Vt. ...Caleb Rick 
was married on October 17, 1992, to 
Trish Intagliata (Central Conn. State 
’80) and was elected to the board of 
directors of St. Paul’s Elementary Prep 
School in Oakland, Calif., last Septem¬ 
ber. Caleb writes, “I love my wife, love 
my new house, love my work at the 
Sierra Club! Guess I’m pretty lucky!” 
What a way to end the column! Keep 
those notes and cards and phone calls 
coming. 

83 

Class Secretaries: Allison D. Burroughs, 
2429 Locust St., #202, Philadelphia, 
PA 19103, and Kenneth F. Edwards, 9 
Aerial St., Arlington, MA 02174. 

Kim Risedorph is finishing her disser¬ 
tation on modern Chinese history at 
Washington Univ. in St. Louis. ...Also 
in the Ph.D. business is Tim Taylor, 
who is completing his in musicology at 
the Univ. of Michigan. Hopefully Tim 
wasn’t sidetracked by the crushing loss 
the Wolverines suffered in the NCAA 
basketball finals. ...Speaking of sports, 
Geoff Proctor was one of four Ameri¬ 
cans named to compete in the World 
Cyclocross Championship just north of 
Venice. Cyclocross combines riding and 
running with a bicycle. Geoff finished 
only 4:45 behind world champion 
Henrik Djemis of Denmark. Henrik is 
also the world mountain bike cham¬ 
pion. .Helen Hammond is pursuing 
an opera and concert career. She has 
already performed in South Africa. ...On 
the other end of the globe are Mark and 
Jeanne Hammond Larsen. They are 
still operating their commercial salmon 
fishing net operation on Kodiak Island 
every summer. Jeanne claims that they 
get plenty of help from their 2-year-old, 


Molly. ...Fred Taylor has been elected 
to serve a three-year term on the board 
of trustees at the Webb Waring Institute 
for Biomedical Research... .On the baby 
front, Jonathan Seamans and wife 
Carolyn welcomed Kyle William in 
October, joining his brother, David. Jon 
and his wife say that “life is now one big 
blur.” ...Also welcoming child #2 was 
Mary Ann Boehn Dougherty who 
brought Ryan Robert into the world in 
April ’92. ...Amanda Hurt Fegley gave 
birth to Aurora Page at the end of ’92. 
Amanda is working part time as the 
U.S. representative for a marina in 
Antigua, W.I. ...Barb T urney Heussler 
reports that Betsy Briggs Feighan has 
a new son, Alexander. Betsy is living in 
Cleveland and has started her own pedi¬ 
atrics practice. Barb still works part 
time at the Securities and Exchange 
Commission in Washington. ...Rick 
Abrahamson has joined his father’s 
ophthalmology practice in Cincinnati: 
“It feels great to be done with my train¬ 
ing and get started in the real world.” 
...Brian Cabral married Linda Shep¬ 
herd in Beverly, Mass., last winter. Brian 
has finished his service as a naval flight 
instructor at Naval Air Field in 
Pensacola, Fla. He is now a first officer 
with Norwest Airlink in Manchester, 
N.H. ...Carl Paulsen is living in Savan¬ 
nah, Ga., where he is doing research 
and lobbying on fish conservation for a 
small national non-profit organization. 
Carl supplements his work with some 
sea kayaking. ...Parker Sutton is di¬ 
rector of marketing at the R.E. Michel 
Co., while working toward his MBA at 
Loyola in Baltimore—definitely a full 
load. However, when the load gets 
lighter he hopes to resume sailboat rac¬ 
ing on the Chesapeake during his free 
time. ...Quinn Wagner has also com¬ 
pleted her training and is now a Public 
Nurse Practitioner with a master’s in 
public health. Now working part time 
for the Center for Disease Control, she 
plans to look for a long-term position— 
hopefully in Africa. In the meantime 
she’ll be in the Atlanta area, welcoming 


any Midd alum visits. ...Kwang Chul 
Whang is running his own commercial 
real estate and investment firm in Wash¬ 
ington. Kwang and his wife have two 
children, ages 6 and 3. ...Dave Winchell 
has moved to Philadelphia to begin a 
research job at Penn. ...Jackie Vanacek 
and Sue Bayler Kotila are still spend¬ 
ing time in California together. Jackie 
has been promoted to a marketing man¬ 
agement position for H-P in Delaware, 
where she is a 10-year veteran, but she 
goes to Palo Alto frequently. Jackie 
would love to hear from fellow Midd 
alums in the Delaware area. ...Peter 
Merrill and Harriette Mauran, who 


were married July 13,1991, continue to 
enjoy life in Marblehead, Mass. ...Chris 
Rice writes from Jackson, Miss., where 
he and some colleagues, in collabora¬ 
tion with the John Perkins Foundation, 
have launched a new national magazine 
called Urban Family , aimed at people 
with aconcem for urban America. Chris 
is also publishing a book. More Than 


SUMMER 1993 67 


Alumni NewsLetter 

























Alumni NewsLetter 


Following the October 24, 1992, 
marriage of Marilyn Weiss (Trinity 
’86) and Andrew Cruickshank ’86, 
Middlebury friends celebrating with 
them at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 
Boston included, from left, Joel 
Solomon ’86, Charlene Surprenant 
’86, Patrick Cronin ’86, Jake Brown 
’87, Elizabeth West ’87, Bert Welling 
’54, Christopher Coates ’86, Barbara 
Barry Coates ’86, Stephen Batista ’86 
and Susan Hahn Svendsen ’63. 


Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of 
the Gospel, which was scheduled for 
release by InterVarsity Press in May. 
Chris’s wife, Donna, is a home health 
nurse and they have a son, Benjamin 
(2). ...Finally, Rima Al-Turki writes 
from her home in Saudi Arabia that her 
two daughters, Tamara and Rayna, are 
both doing well. She recently resigned 
as director of the Down’s Syndrome 
Center where she worked for three years. 
Happily, she and her family have to¬ 
tally recovered from the experience of 
living in the basement of their house 
during the Gulf War. 




A Mead Chapel wedding on August 
22,1992, was followed by a 
reception at Hadley Barn to 
celebrate the marriage of Adrienne 
Dougherty ’86 and Rob Martin ’87. 
Middlebury friends included (all ’86 
unless otherwise indicated) Amy 
Ffield, Tim Egan, Lisa Hillner, John 
Zaccaro, Elaine Cissi, Juliet 
Lambert, David Dougherty ’92, 
Erika Lederman, Jay Kahn, Dina 
Moakley, Jim Sullivan and Maura 
Webber. 


A New Year’s celebra¬ 
tion in Boston brought 
one of your secretaries 
together with Mike ’82 
and Sally Burke 
McNamara, Brian O’Sullivan, Kevin 
B. D’Arcy, Tom and Martha Keenan 
Baldwin, Bill and Kim Schlegel 
Boscow, Ron Klein. Barry McPherson 
’82, Dave Friedman ’83, Joe Sullivan 
’83, Dave ’85 and Kerry Polzer Morton 
’88, Beau Coash ’82, Ed McGrath ’82, 
and Chris ’83 and Martha Turnbull 
Higgins ’85. Brian 
O’Sullivan reported that 
he had made an annual 
pre-Christmas visit to the 
Village Smokehouse with 
Kevin D'Arcy, Jon 
Good, Jeff Connolly, 
Ron Klein and Tobv 
Daley. ...Lots of Minne¬ 
sota news. Doug and 
Ellen Shammash 
Hotvedt are enjoying 
their new roles as parents 
of Sarah Elizabeth, bom 
on October 8, 1992. In 
January, Ellen and Doug 
attended a Middlebury 
gathering at Governor Amie Carlson’s 
residence to meet President McCardell. 
Others at that get-together were Fran 
Mehen, Chris Pierson and Ed 
Schaefer. Ed informs us that he will be 
moving to Indiana soon to assume the 
presidency of a group of banks for 
Norwest Corp. ...Anders ’85 and Sally 
Lindwall Knutzen still live in Roches¬ 
ter, Minn., with Kanga, a yellow lab. 
Sally coordinates educational programs 
and Anders is a third-year radiology 
resident at the Mayo Clinic. Last winter 
they had a fun weekend with Craig 
Davis, who was visiting from Los An¬ 
geles. ...Rick and Phoebe Twichell ’86 
Peterson are enjoying life in Clifton, 
Va., with daughter Cara. Phoebe is a 


84 

Class Secretaries: Cecil 
Marlowe, 2322 

Lamberton Road, Cleve¬ 
land Hts., OH 44118; and 
Kristin Smith, 143 Chest¬ 
nut Ave., Jamaica Plain, 
MA 02130. 


68 MIDDLEBURY MAGAZINE 


“most-time mom and part-time graphic 
design artist." Rick is having a great 
and challenging time working in real 
estate with his dad and brothers Jon ’86 
and Steven ’88. He was looking for¬ 
ward to this year’s “Goodfellas’’ Golf 
Tournament. ...Peter Elwell and his 
wife, Wendy Harrison, are buying their 
first home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 
where they welcome visitors. Peter is 
assistant to the town manager in Palm 
Beach. Last year, Peter and Wendy 
traveled to Italy for two weeks with 
family, and to Russia for two weeks 
with a delegation representing the In¬ 
ternational City/County Management 
Association. Highlights of their trip in¬ 
cluded two days in Florence and shar¬ 
ing the Russia trip with Peter’s dad. 
Corky Elwell ’50, a retired town man¬ 
ager. ...Annika Turitz (Walleriusg 2, 
41258 Goteborg, Sweden) is managing 
director for SAS Service Partner Air¬ 
port Restaurants, a company operating 
restaurants and airline catering services 
at nine airports in Sweden. She would 
love to hear from Middlebury friends. 
...Cynthia Morrison, husband Bosse 
and sons Fredrik (4) and Kristofer (2) 
live in Ekebo, Sweden, where Cynthia 
recently returned to work at a local 
Montessori pre-school. Cynthia de¬ 
scribes Freddy as “the thinker” and 
Kristofer as “Mr. Mischievous.” In 
1992, Cynthia and Bosse spent two 
weeks in France and took the boys to the 
States for a month. They welcome visi¬ 
tors, so drop by when you visit Sweden. 
...Blair and Hillary Stewart Peterson 
have bought a new house in San 
Anselmo, a small town near San Fran¬ 
cisco. Hillary still sees West Coast 
alumni, including Dr. Brad Erazee and 
Nick Podell. She also looks forward to 
catching up with Erich Pessl and Will 
Porter, who reportedly live nearby. 
...In southern California, Dave 
Wagstaff is VP of Corporate Finance- 
Deautsche Bank AG, Los Angeles 
branch, covering U.S. Fortune 500 cus¬ 
tomers on the West Coast. He writes 
that Rick Makin was his partner for the 
ninth year in the Gordon Perine ’49 
Alumni Golf Tournament and they fin¬ 
ished in third place! He welcomes visi¬ 
tors to Santa Monica. ...Clay Ernst left 
the Navy after seven and one-half years 
and is now pursuing an MBA at UCLA’s 
Anderson Graduate School of Manage¬ 
ment. ...Greg ’81 and Debbie Cliff 
MacKay (526 Gardenia Lane, Vero 
Beach, FL 32963) have two children, 
Allison (2) and Jan (6 mos.). ...Chris¬ 
tian Itin graduated from Cornell Uni¬ 
versity in 1985 (B.S.W.), and from the 
Univ. of Denver in 1987 (M.S.W.). A 
course director and instructor for the 
Colorado Outward Bound School since 
1989, he plans to return to Denver for a 
Ph.D. in social work. ...Dale Dewey left 
New York in the beginning of 1989, 
spent one year in Geneva, two in Lon¬ 
don, and now lives outside Paris with 
his wife and son, Dylan. Dale has been 
working in the perfume industry for 
fouryears.... Having received herPh.D. 
in psychology from Emory Univ., 


Laura Flashman is doing a post-doc¬ 
toral fellowship in clinical 
neuropsychology and neuroimaging at 
the Univ. of Iowa Mental Health Clini¬ 
cal Research Center in Iowa City.... Re¬ 
becca Bay less Theobald, husband 
Chuck (Purdue ’84) and daughter Sarah 
(2), have returned from a year’s assign¬ 
ment in Paris. Chuck spent his time 
working for Federal Express, while 
Rebecca studied French and organized 
weekend travel. Now back in Mem¬ 
phis, Rebecca works part time and vol¬ 
unteers for the local neighborhood as¬ 
sociation and the youth symphony. 
...Sarah Ball Damberg and husband 
Rich (Notre Dame ’82) welcomed 
daughter Hannah Louise to their family 
on March 5, 1992. Sarah is a freelance 
editor; Rich works for the Clean Air 
Officeofthe U.S. EPA in Durham,N.C. 
...Also in Durham, James, the first child 
of Laura and Blair Chesnut was bom 
on July 5, 1992. Blair is in the master’s 
program in electrical engineering at N.C. 
State. ...Jennifer and Larry Goldstein 
welcomed their first child. Jack, on July 
14, 1992. ...Jennifer Pattee married 
George Frost on August 1, 1992. They 
live in Gilford, N.H. ...Mike Graham 
and Julie Greene-Graham live in An¬ 
chorage, where Mike teaches junior 
high English and phys. ed., as well as 
coaching cross-country running, ski¬ 
ing, and track and field. A part-time 
elementary school librarian, Julie spends 
the rest of her time with daughters Ariel 
(3-1/2) and Mariah (2). ...Also in An¬ 
chorage, a daughter, Rebecca L. Nelson 
Wolfe, joined John Wolfe and his wife, 
Gretchen Nelson, on August 13, 1992. 

• Paul Quinlan reports that he is leav¬ 
ing Jackson Hole, Wyo., after two and 
one-half years of private legal practice 
and skiing. He is returning to Salt Lake 
City where he will work as a public 
defender for the Salt Lake City Legal 
Defender Association. He recently skied 
Snowbird with the Utah Middlebury 
alums, including Steve Moynahan. 
Drew Schembre ’83, John McIntosh 
’85 and TomGavigan ’86. ...Liz Hruby 
is also in Salt Lake City, finishing law 
school at the Univ. of Utah. After gradu¬ 
ation, she will practice family law fora 
Salt Lake firm. ...Elizabeth Rand mar¬ 
ried Quills (Leo) Algeo in September 
1990. Their son, Benjamin Baker Algeo, 
arrived on January 7, 1992. Liz contin¬ 
ues as a senior health scientist at 
ChemRisk in Portland, Maine. She spot¬ 
ted F.W. Nugent in a Portland pub, 
whereupon F.W. reported that he had 
spent time in the Peace Corps in Mali 
(West Africa). He has been applying to 
medical schools while working on fin¬ 
ishing boats sailing out of Portland har¬ 
bor. ...Last but not least, some Middle¬ 
bury cheer was spread in the French 
Quarter during Mardi Gras this year. 
New Orleans was the lucky host-city of 
Cracker, Silk and Lunchpail. Word 
has it that the town will never be the 
same. 




































85 

Class Secretaries: Toni Mauck, 198 
Lambert St., Portland, ME 04103, and 
Phil LeTourneau, 5903 Tokay, N.E., 
Albuquerque, NM 87107. 

Chris Beck was one of 13 employees 
named to Chubb Life America’s 1993 
management development program in 
January. An actuarial student at Chubb 
Life, Chris has worked for Zion’s First 
National Bank in Salt Lake City and 
R.D. Smith and Co. in New York City 
since receiving his MBA from New 
York Univ.’s Stem School of Business. 
...Anne DiVecchio was recently pro¬ 
moted to portfolio manager, asset man¬ 
agement division, at Wells Fargo Bank 
in San Francisco. While studying for 
level three of CFA, she has also been 
working with other alumni to form a 
Bay Area alumni group. ...Skip ’83 and 
Beth Dorion Wyer announced the birth 
of their third son, Aidan Francis, on 
December8,1992. ...Cecelia Faulkner 
is a counselor at an alternative day 
school in Virginia Beach, Va., for chil¬ 
dren with behavioral and emotional 
problems. She is also pursuing her li¬ 
cense as a clinical social worker, teach¬ 
ing skiing and keeping fit by running, 
rollerblading, biking and camping. 
...Miguel Fernandez married Kelly 
Hickey on June 27,1992. Miguel is still 
working on his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins 
Univ., while coaching the JHU rugby 
team. ...After completing her master’s 
in international relations at Johns 
Hopkins Univ. School for Advanced 
International Studies last year, Anne 
Hambleton went to work as an interna¬ 
tional affairs officer for the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra¬ 
tion. Anne enjoys living in Washington 
and was planning to begin competitive 
horse riding in the spring. ...Lyn 
Hermann married Warren Grace on 
June 19, 1992. Midd alums in atten¬ 
dance were Lissa Briggs, Suzanne 
Poulin Rowan and Flynn Ford ’83. 
...Scott Iodice, still a Baltimore resi¬ 
dent, recently made a trip to Ecuador, 
where he climbed two 20,000-foot 
peaks. ...Emily Johnston has a variety 
of fun jobs in Seattle. She’s a climbing 
guide for Rainier Mountaineering, a 
pro ski patroller at Crystal Mountain, a 
co-owner/manager/guide/factotum of 
Orion Expeditions (a whitewater raft¬ 
ing company), a program faculty mem¬ 
ber at the Lakeside School, an alpine 
skiing coach for Team Snoqualmie, and 
an occasional Outward Bound instruc¬ 
tor! Sounds exciting! ...Randy Allyn 
(Plotkin) received her master’s in so¬ 
cial work from Temple Univ. and now 
works as coordinator and therapist of 
the Southern New Jersey Regional Re¬ 
source Center for the Deaf, working 
with the mentally ill. She is living out¬ 
side the city of Philadelphia in 
Fairmount Park, but plans to relocate to 
the “Big Island” of Hawaii with partner 
Malia, who is finishing her Ph.D. at the 


Univ. of Pennsylvania. ...Ward Joyce 
was finishing his master’s in architec¬ 
ture at the Univ. of Minnesota this spring. 
His thesis explores strategies for repair¬ 
ing our inner cities. ...Don Hall is fin¬ 
ishing his MBA at Duke Univ.’s Fuqua 
School of Business. ...Andrea Koppel 
has been a reporter for WPLG-TV in 
Miami for the past two years. She has 
been to Cuba twice and recently re¬ 
turned from her second trip to Haiti. 
She won an Emmy last November for 
her series of reports on Haitian life 
since the September 1991 coup. She is 
sailing and studying Spanish for fun. 
...Anders and Sally Lindwall ’84 
Knutzen still live in Rochester, Minn., 
with their infant-substitute Kanga, the 
yellow labrador. Anders is a third year 
radiology resident at Mayo. ...Karen 
Kraus Skalla finished her master’s in 
nursing and is now a staff nurse in the 
intensive care unit at the Veterans Ad¬ 
ministration hospital in Durham, N.C. 
She also recently published an article in 
a professional journal. ...Chris Lande 
is still working as an attorney in Des 
Moines. He has avoided acquiring a 
wife, child, mortgage or minivan, and 
notes that he voted for the other Elvis 
stamp. ...Andy Neuman and wife Tara 
Jeffries and dog Sam have lots of fun 
living in Boulder, Colo. ...Kathy 
McDermott Moore announced the ar¬ 
rival of son Dylan Scott in August 1992. 
Kathy is enjoying being a stay-at-home 
mom with Dylan and daughter Hayley 
(2-1/2). ...Sara Ramseyer Klein gradu¬ 
ated from Hastings Law School in 1990 
and married classmate Tom Klein. They 
both work in San Francisco, Sara as an 
international trade lawyer for Baker 
and McKenzie and Tom as a labor law¬ 
yer. They hoped to move to Europe in 
the summer. ...After completing her 
M.Phil. in geography at the London 
School of Economics, Rachel Riemann 
Hershey returned to the States to work 
for the U.S. Forest Service in Radnor, 
Pa. ...Suzanne Poulin Rowan works 
for IBM. She is enjoying her daughter, 
Kaitlin (16 mos.). ...Still in D.C.. Jodie 
Silverman began working as Senator 
Tom Harkin’s press secretary in Febru¬ 
ary. ...Meg Storey, who received her 
MBA from Dartmouth Univ.’s Tuck 
School of Business in May 1992, is a 
marketing assistant for General Mills in 
Gloucester, Mass. ...After receiving his 
Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth 
Univ., Ernie Trujillo moved to Bor¬ 
deaux where he is working on 
postdoctoral research. He was happy to 
find that he has a Midd neighbor there, 
Eileen Angelini ’87. ...Andrea 
Wallenberger and husband Scott 
Rudow welcomed their new daughter, 
Hannah Joy, on June 20, 1992. Besides 
mothering, Andrea sings as a soprano 
with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, 
studies voice, and serves as a job coach/ 
translator for recent Russian immi¬ 
grants. In addition, she is the Baltimore 
alumni interview chairperson. Andrea 
challenges classmates Peter and Liz 
Thompson Hotvedt, Mike Nealey, 
Cece Pearson, Noriko Akiyama, 


David Richardson, Mary Conceison 
Devaney, Blake Herron and Sonia 
Krotkov to write in and bring us up to 
date on their lives. ...Martha Witbeck 
married Paul Chamberlain in August 
1992. They live in New York. 

86 

Class Secretaries: Kathryn Cater, 1087 
Club Place, Atlanta, GA 30319; Lyle 
Fulkerson, 99 Perry St., Brookline, MA 
02146; and Chris Peters, The Roosevelt, 
2220 Walnut St., 406, Philadelphia, PA 


Sarah Thompson ’88 and Lyle 
Fulkerson ’86 were married on 
November 28, 1992, in Lawrence, 
Kansas. The Middle bury smiles 
belong to, front row, from left, 

Henry Romaine ’86, Judith Johnson 
Thompson ’61 and Chris Peters ’86; 
back row, Bruce Johnstone ’86, Tom 
Farrell ’86, Sheila D’Arcy ’88, Mark 
Foster ’86, Torrey Wise ’88, Rob 
Gilpin ’86, Peter Thompson ’61, 
Judith Tichenor Fulkerson ’56, the 
newlyweds, Teresa Arent ’88, Jamie 
Orvis ’86, Kate Grund ’88 and Mark 
Boyle ’88. 





The August 1992 wedding of Pamela 
Gelson and Ronald Palmeri ’86 
provided a mini-reunion for many 
Middlebury friends: from left (all ’86 
unless otherwise indicated), Rob 
Gilpin, Jan Gray ’88, Ginny 
Thomas, Tom Farrell, Susan 
Gavlick Ballard (holding J.D. 
Ballard), David Ballard, the 
newlyweds, Henry Z. Persons, James 
Orvis, Christopher Peters, Arne 
Heggan, Mark Paradis and Bob 
Sakaniwa. 


19103. 


Van Dorsey is an as¬ 
sociate attorney for 
Venable Baetjer & 

Howard in Balti¬ 
more, Md. 

... Wendall S. 

Churchill also works 
in Baltimore. 

Wendall obtained a 
master’s in landscape 
architecture in 1991 
from the Univ. of 
Virginia. ...Also in 
Baltimore, Bessie 
Cromwell is direc¬ 
tor of admissions at her alma mater, the 
Bryn Mawr School, while teaching 
English and coaching tennis. ...David 
V. Guerra married Megan Thanner in 
August 1992 and lives in Kensington, 
Md. He is finishing his Ph.D. in physics 
from the American Univ. through 
NASA/GSFC (Goddard Space Flight 
Center). ...Andy and Gabriela Geutner 
Fellows are living in Vienna, Va. Andy 
works for IBM and Gabriela is taking 
time off from residen¬ 
tial real estate to take 
care of two daughters, 

Christina (2) and Jes¬ 
sica, born November 3, 

1992. ...Sue Whitty 
and Andrew Zehner ’ 84 
are also living in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C. ...Marg¬ 
aret Gill is teaching 
Italian to undergradu¬ 
ates at the Univ. of 
North Carolina, Chapel 
Hill, while working on 
her master’s in com¬ 
parative literature. 

Margaret planned an 
autumn move to Long Island. ...Mel¬ 
issa Kontoff was married on December 
19, 1991, to Akram Eljamal, whom she 
met during her 1985 Midd-Mainz ex¬ 
change program. Melissa celebrated 
their return to the U.S. (after six years in 
Germany) with Igor and Vicky Litz 
(who now live in Queens), Nicole Rivet, 
Lee Galban ’85 and Amy Snyder Weed. 
Amy is practicing corporate law at John 
Hancock and working on her new house 
in Marblehead, Mass., with her hus¬ 
band, Rick. ...Victor Kommerell is 
still the personal assistant to the CEO of 
Leipzig Trade Fair in East Germany. 
The Trade Fair is 826 years old—older 


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than the Frankfurt Trade Fair. Victor 
was recently at the U.S. Department of 
Commerce to build interest in the Trade 
Fair. ...Stuart Johnstone has written 
and self-published his second guide¬ 
book, Mountain Biking New Hamp¬ 
shire: A Guide to the Best 25 Places to 
Ride. Stuart spent most of last year 
doing “research” throughout the state. 
Stuart’s first book was Mountain Bik¬ 
ing Near Boston. ...Kelley Meade is 
completing the second year of her pedi¬ 
atric residency at Boston City Hospital, 
where she has been named resident of 
the week twice. She recently partied 
with her neighbor. David Kornhaber, 
who continues his day job at Block¬ 
buster while writing, writing, writing at 


January 2,1993, was the wedding 
day of Sarah Albano ’87 (M.A. 
Bread Loaf ’90) and Robert 
Wascura. Celebrating with them 
were Paul Hubbard, Gail Harrison 
Hubbard ’87, the newlyweds, Elaine 
Chanute Burg ’87, Paul Burg and 
Patricia Phaneuf (Bread Loaf ’90- 
92). Not pictured were Fred ’50 and 
Dottie Bigelow Neuberger ’58. 



Along the Delaware River, Charlie 
(Susan) Groth ’87 and Dan Tuft 
(Pitt ’77, Princeton Theological 
Seminary ’80) celebrated their 
November 28, 1992, marriage with, 
from left, around table, Jim Shands, 
Betsy Bass Shands ’87, Stephanie 
Houtzeel ’87, Trish Clary ’87, Joann 
Dwyer Etka (M.A. Spanish ’87) 
holding Catie Claire, Steve Etka '87 
holding Patrick, Bernard Condon 
’87, the bride (standing), Emily 
Thayer Benson ’87, Peter Benson 
and the bridegroom. 


night. ...Bruce Genereaux is still liv¬ 
ing in Phoenix, Ariz. ...Henry Zee Per¬ 
sons, who is specializing in environ¬ 
mental law, was due to graduate from 
Chicago-Kent Law School in spring 
1993. Henry spent 10 days skiing in 
Colorado with law school friends. He 
notes that “the quest for the ‘perfect’ 
woman continues. Who knows....” 
...Kathy MacMillan finished her 
master’s in environmental science at 
UVA. Kathy is looking for a job at an 
environmental consulting firm in Rich¬ 
mond, Va. ...Ann B. McCollum was 
graduating in May 1993 with a M.Ed. in 
counseling from UVA. She was look¬ 
ing for a school counseling position in 
northern Virginia or Colorado. Anyone 
know of anything? ...Nick and Cathy 
Gagne Peacock, of Tampa, Fla., an¬ 
nounce the birth of their son, Benjamin 
Robert, bom October 1, 1992. ...Jamie 
and Michael Rawding’s son, born 
August 24, 1991, was given an incor¬ 
rect name in a previous edition. Their 

son is Alexander James Rawding.Jeff 

and Jen lies Seavey were joined by 
their second son, Preston James Seavey, 
on February 10. 1993. ...Jamie and 
Krista Faxon Atkeson welcomed son 
Meade Faxon Atkeson on November 
25, 1992. ...Sarah Beck is in her fifth 
year of teaching high school history. 
Sarah taught three years in Durham, 
N.C., one year in Clarksville, Tenn., 
and this year in Petersburg, Va. In July 
1992, Sarah married John Tokar (Vir¬ 
ginia Tech ’86), a captain in the army. 
They were moving to Germany for three 
years in June. ...Catherine Stifel is the 
production manager in the publications 
department of the Philadelphia Museum 
of Art.. ..Lawrence Ewing has returned 
from a two-month national tour with 
the San Francisco-based dance com¬ 
pany. Lawrence is enjoying life as an 
actor-dancer-singer. ...Virginia L. 
Gates is an environmental chemist in 
Prudhoe Bay, 10 miles from the Arctic 
Ocean—where it is dark from Novem¬ 
ber 20 until January 20. She reports that 
she fends off polar bears and curious 
arctic foxes on a daily basis. Ginny, 
who received her M.S. in oceanogra¬ 
phy in 1992 from UC-Santa Cruz, works 
for Kuparuk Industrial Center. 
...Michael Green writes that 1992 was 
“the best year of my life.” He married 
Allison Price of Sacramento, Calif., on 
January 17, 1992. He got out of the 
Marine Corps with a nice separation 
package in October 1992, and he found 
an incredible job with CIB A-GEIGY as 
a pharmaceutical sales representative 
in Hawaii. Last, but certainly not least, 
Mike completed the Ironman Triathalon 
World Championship in Kailua-Kona, 
Hawaii. The distances were a 2.4-mile 
open ocean swim, a 112-mile bike trek 
and a 26.2-mile run. Congrats, Mike, 
for all of the above! Mike’s wife, Allison, 
is director of human resources for Straub 
Hospital and Clinic in Hawaii, while 
working on her master’s in public health 
administration. ...Rebecca Hart re¬ 
cently displayed her “Corazones 
Valientes” exhibit of 43 folk paintings 


by eight rural Costa Rican women at 
Macalester College. Becky developed 
this collection during her Peace Corps 
service in a small village in the San 
Carlos region of northern Costa Rica. 
She also helped create a kindergarten 
program and organized a women’s soc¬ 
cer team that competed with neighbor¬ 
ing villages. Before joining the Peace 
Corps, Becky was a VISTA volunteer 
in Oregon, working with elderly His- 
panics. Becky has obviously made a 
great impact on many people’s lives! 
...Kris Roberts Asbury is a unit claim 
manager for Allstate Insurance Co. in 
Williston, Vt. Husband Jamie (UNH 
’85, UVM ’90), whom she married on 
May 26,1991, is an electrical engineer. 
They live in Burlington with their two 
cats, Yodel and Nutmeg ...Rich Sobel 
has moved east from Phoenix to Stony 
Brook, L.I. He is working for Sea Spray 
International, which manufactures 
metal pools. Margaret Gill traveled to 
Lyons, France, with Rich to act as his 
translator at a convention. Margaret 
passed her master’s exam in January. 
...Ginnv Thomas was in NYC inter¬ 
viewing in February. She finished her 
MBA at Kellogg this spring. ...Jen 
Kemp won a grant for a class project on 
Egypt at the school where she teaches in 
Brooklyn. ...Lynne Beers, who received 
her master’s in social work from NYU 
this spring, is working for an adolescent 
agency in the Red Hook section of 
Brooklyn. ...John Griffith is teaching 
English at the Montgomery Bell Acad¬ 
emy in Nashville. ...Mark Paradis 
coached basketball at Middlebury Union 
H.S. this spring. ...Don and Carol 
Scarbeau ’87 Guidi have bought a house 
in Raleigh where Don is a sales rep with 
Gaspari, a paper products company. 
...David Gumbart was married to Su¬ 
san Bahr (Bethany College) on Novem¬ 
ber 21, 1992, and honeymooned in 
Sonoma, Calif. Dave reports “All is 
well in Connecticut.” 

87 

Class Secretaries: John A. Castle. RFD, 
Box 86. Derby, VT05529, and Cameron 
C. McClearn, 891 Massachusetts Ave., 
#7, Cambridge, MA 02139. 

Greetings! As you read this on a warm 
summer day, remember it was written 
(by John Castle) the weekend of the 
Blizzard of ’93—by candle light, 
huddled next to the wood stove in my 
rocking chair. Seriously, though, Ver¬ 
mont had one of the snowiest winters in 
recent history. Strange as it may seem, 
there was even snow for Winter Carni¬ 
val this year! ...Catherine McLusky 
who is teaching fifth grade outside of 
Atlanta, Ga., would love to hear from 
any folks in that area. ...Jennifer Speir 
is teaching elementary school French in 
Chapel Hill while she works toward 
completing her M.A. at UNC. ...Bill 
Nadel writes that he “graduated from 
Thunderbird, the American School of 


International Management, in May of 
’92. Now working for GLAXO Inc. in 
San Francisco.” Something about 
“Thunderbird” and “GLAXO" that 
draws attention? Maybe it’s just me? 
...Doug Weekes is putting his MBA in 
marketing from Indiana Univ. to work 
in North Carolina for RJ Reynolds with 
the Winston brand. ...Tracy Harris is 
living in London and studying painting 
conservation. ...Robert Albritton is a 
computer analyst for the National Acad¬ 
emy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. 
...Wendy Gates Fink recently joined 
the law firm of Wildman, Harold, Allen 
and Dixon in Chicago. It must be inter¬ 
esting working for a firm with a partner 
by the name of “Wildman.” Well, it 
must be because Don Hindman is work¬ 
ing there as well. ...Congratulations to 
Andy ’86 and Gaby Geutner Fellows 
on the birth of their second child, Jes¬ 
sica. ...I got a note from Ramiro 
Prudencio: “Don’t send the ransom— 
I’ve escaped!” Word is he is holed up in 
D.C.? ...Tal Birdsey is still recovering 
from the Braves’ loss in the World 
Series and takes his frustration out on 
7th and 8th graders at the Paidia School 
in Atlanta. Tal was on schedule to com¬ 
plete his master’s in English at Bread 
Loaf this summer. ...Michael 
Ehrenstein is working fora law firm in 
Miami. “Still enjoying sunny south 
Florida’s beaches, windsurfing, scuba 
diving and boating in my free time.” 
Sounds good! ...Barb Marvin is an¬ 
other of the young educators. She 
teaches and coaches in Bethesda/Chevy 
Chase, Md., and has been taking a group 
of students to Honduras each summer. 
...Paul Phillips is off to begin his law 
career in Atlanta. ...Dan and Elizabeth 
Wimberley Piekarsky are in 
Bloomington, Ind., where she is pursu¬ 
ing a master’s in education and Dan is 
studying for a career in opera. ...Jerry 
Iannotti. who was married last sum¬ 
mer, is now living and working in Con¬ 
necticut. ...Paul Hayt was another to 
go. He and his wife are living in NYC. 
Paul has his own law firm in Soho. 
...Vinnie Ziccolella is doing that law 
thing in Chicago. ...Dorn Napolitano is 
working the commodities exchange and 
living with John Bohan. ...Diane 
Abendroth and her husband, Richard 
Anderson ’88, are skiing, hiking and 
scrimping in Jackson Hole. Diane is 
working for the Wyoming Fish and 
Game Dept., while Rich is working for 
Jackson Hole Guide. ...Shannon Seaton 
Boyd and her husband spent some time 
hiking across a national park in Tasma¬ 
nia last fall, after which they settled into 
their new house in Montana. ...Jean 
March was married to Timothy Furbay. 
...Cici Mulder is living in a dorm and 
working in publications at the Walnut 
Hill School in Natick. Mass. ...Lisa 
Preston is teaching at the Iolani School 
in Honolulu. She spent last summer in 
St. Petersburg, Russia. ...Sarah Hebb 
is putting a master’s in social work into 
practice working with substance-abus¬ 
ing women and their newborns. Sarah, 
who threatens to become a true trans- 




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plant, is involved with the Bay Area 
Alumni Association along with class¬ 
mates Scott Sunsbury and Kristen 
Hoberg. ...Sarah Clark married Wil¬ 
liam Baskin ’85 last August; they live in 
Boston. ...After teaching Spanish at 
Virginia Episcopal School.,John Ashley 
has joined the flock of others in law 
school. He enrolled at William & Mary, 
but only after going to the Olympics 
with 18 high school students last sum¬ 
mer. ...Steve Kirkpatrick is still work¬ 
ing in Connecticut with a whole bunch 
of Midd folks in the sports management 
and marketing business. ...Paul Bottino 
is practicing law in Boston. Keep prac¬ 
ticing—you’ll get it sooner or later! 
...John Zehner is living in D.C. and 
teaching/coaching at his beloved BBC 
High School. ...Tim O’Connor is still 
in Buffalo. (Sorry to hear that! Hey, 
how about those Bills?) ...I still manage 
to run into some folks in and around 
Middlebury. Tom Funk is around but 
planning an epic bike trip through East¬ 
ern Europe. ...Anne Klinck Cluss is 
working in the Health Center at Middle¬ 
bury. ...Kathy Follert was recently 
chosen to succeed Frank Kelley as Di¬ 
rector of Residential Life. ...That’s all 
for now. Keep the news flowing, and 
stop by if you’re in town! 

88 

Class Secretaries; Pam Lawson Quinn, 
55 Otter side Court, Middlebury, VT 
05753, and Jim Calise, 2521 
Woodwardia Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 
30345. 

In this, our Final issue, Jim and Pam 
wish everyone our best. We have en¬ 
joyed trying to keep track of you all, but 
now someone else will have all ot the 
fun! Thanks to all of you who sent in 
information over the years. ...Begin¬ 
ning with the weddings, Frances Fox 
married Ashish Chowdhary on Decem¬ 
ber 19,1992, in a civil ceremony and on 
January 28,1993, in a Hindu ceremony 
in New Delhi, India. They both work 
for Hughes Network Systems, Frances 
as an editor/proofreader in the publica¬ 
tions department and Ashish as a soft¬ 
ware engineer. ...Scott Me Lei Ian mar¬ 
ried Karen Marquard (Colby ’84) on 
January 5, 1991. They live in Brussels, 
Belgium, where Scott is the European 
division manager for Windsor Indus¬ 
tries. ...Sarah Thompson married Lyle 
Fulkerson ’86 in Lawrence, Kansas, 
over the Thanksgiving weekend. See 
the picture for the many Midd guests 
attending! ...Kristine Benoit married 
Michael Chochrek on October 3, 1992, 
in Falmouth, Mass. Kristine is a print 
production manager for Chadwicks ot 
Boston, a clothing company. ...Gordon 
Smith married Marianne Paige Triggs 
in Springfield, Mass., on August 21, 
1992. They live in Greenwich. Conn., 
and both have their master’s degrees in 
education. Jeff Granatino was the best 
man at their wedding. The many other 


’88ers in attendance are shown in their 
wedding photo. ...Now for those pursu¬ 
ing further education. At the Univ. of 
Michigan, Ann Arbor. Kim Stone is 
working on two master’s degrees—one 
in public policy and the other in popu¬ 
lation planning. Last March she ran a 
two-day national conference, called 
“Women in Politics and Policy.” ...Meta 
Schrenk. who has her master’s in inter¬ 
national studies, worked on the envi¬ 
ronmental staff for the Clinton cam¬ 
paign. ...Kim Maynard is now a li¬ 
censed school psychologist, having fin¬ 
ished her master’s program at North¬ 
eastern Univ. ...Antoinette van Zelm 
is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at the 
College of William & Mary, where she 
received her master’s. ...Mo Omori, 
who received her master’s in applied 
linguistics from Georgetown last May, 
is now an instructor there. ...Catherine 
Vanaker Smith moved to Washing¬ 
ton, D.C., after graduating from BC 
Law School. She now enforces hazard¬ 
ous waste statutes for the Environmen¬ 
tal Protection Agency. ...After receiv¬ 
ing her master’s in library science at the 
Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
in May ’92, Mary Catherman became 
the science cataloger at the library of 
Virginia Tech. ...Christopher Phelps 
has a master’s in electrical engineering 
from Washington Univ. in St. Louis 
and has started his Ph.D. research in the 
same department. To commemorate his 
achievements, he and his girlfriend, 
Bonnie, went skydiving! ...Lisa Kring 
is an assistant account executive at Lord 
Dentsu & Partners in New York City. 
She received her MBA from Emory 
Univ. last year. ...Completing his first 
year of an MBA at the Wharton School 
in Philadelphia, John Chaplin is fo¬ 
cusing on emerging markets in Eastern 
Europe. He tells us that George Lee 
and Victoria Lewis are both attending 
Wharton as well. ...Andrew Waine is 
finishing his MBA from the Faqua 
School of Business at Duke. He was 
planning to return to New York upon 
completion of his MBA. ...Odisseas 
Makridis is a Ph.D. candidate in the 
department of politics at Brandeis Univ. 
His research is on the history of politi¬ 
cal thought. ...Paula Ricciardelli is 
graduating from George Washington 
Univ. Law School during reunion week¬ 
end, but sends her best wishes. ...Nick 
von Moltke is attending Kellogg with a 
few other ’88ers: Bruce Wimberly, 
Dave Peak, Jon Wilson and Mike 
Lounsbury.Jeremy Fryberger re¬ 

turned from New Zealand where he 
spent 10 months at the Univ. of 
Auckland. He has graduated from the 
Univ. of Colorado-Denver School of 
Architecture. He works for Salmela 
Fosdick, an architecture firm in Duluth, 
Minn. ...Chris Dollase is in law school 
at the Univ. of Maryland. His wife, 
Kristin Crowder Dollase, is a techni¬ 
cal writer in the communications prac¬ 
tice of Alexander and Alexander Con¬ 
sulting Group, an employee benefits 
consulting firm. ...Melissa Perry 
Penton is an insurance agent with State 


Farm Insurance. She and husband Russ 
and their two kids live in Cordele, Ga. 
...Leslie Clements is working as a de¬ 
signer and import/export coordinator 
for an international jewelry wholesale 
manufacturer in Philadelphia. ...Diane 
’87 and Richard (Anderson) 
Abendroth are living in Jackson, Wyo. 
Rich is working for Jackson Hole Guide; 
Diane is working for Wyoming Fish 
and Game. ...After three years working 
for American Express in Asia, Michael 
Dow is now back and working with the 

South American region.John Safford 

is skipper of a two-person, Olympic 
class, one-design sail boat. He has been 
sailing this boat in his spare time forthe 
past eight years. Last summer, he won 


Scotland was the setting of the 
marriage of Marion Brune '88 and 
Guy Paterson on August 8, 1992. 
Kneeling on the far right is Diana 
Stuart Sinton '88, the maid of honor. 
The bride is the daughter of 
Frederick and Jean Waller Brune 
'64. 



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the Atlantic Coast Championship, which 
made him and his crew the top boat in 
this highly competitive district. The 
trophy he holds is a beautiful silver cup 
which has gone to the winners since 
1930. The name of the boat is the Rose¬ 
bud Cafe, afterthe infamous Midd hang¬ 
out. ...Best of luck to all classmates and 
good luck to the new class secretaries! 


This gathering on the Cape was 
occasioned by the marriage of 
Deborah Tripp '88 and Philip 
Budden on August 29, 1992: front 
row, Steve Feldman '88, Deb Payne 
'85, the newlyweds, Chris Higgins 
'83 and Tim Tripp '88: back row, 
Martha Turnbull Higgins '85, Jen 
Karin Clegg '85, Nat Saltonstall '88, 
Paul Jensen '85, Toni Mauck '85, 
Matt Caffrey '88, Nancy LJmer '85, 
Liana Discepolo-Caffrey '88, Cecil 
Barron Jensen '85, Granthia Lavery 
Preston '59, Laura Bull Bailey '85 
and Nicole Porino Bloomfield '83. 


89 

Class Secretaries: Kristen Canfield 
McBurney, 2 Commercial St., 
Marblehead, MA 01945, and Timothy 
O'Shea, 90 Willow St., Garden City, NY 
11530. 


The Class of ’89 is now less than one 
year away from our 5th Reunion! De¬ 
tails will follow in the coming months, 
but do your best to re¬ 
serve the weekend of 
June 3-5,1994,forour 
reunion. ...Amer 
Siddiqui and Char¬ 
lotte Bergmans were 
married last January 
in San Francisco. In 
attendance were no 
fewerthan 20 Middle¬ 
bury alumni, includ¬ 
ing Susan Hamill who 
is working in the Bay 
Area for Levi Strauss 
and Co. ...Emily 
Scudder and Ed 


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The Midd banner was unfurled at 
the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in 
Boston when friends gathered to 
celebrate the marriage of Liana 
Discepolo and Matt Caffrey, both 
’88, on January 2, 1993. Holding the 
banner with the newlyweds is Dimitri 
Nionakis '88. Behind them are, from 
left, all '88, Chris Dollase, Kristen 
Crowder Dollase, Kristi Garrett 
(behind Kristen), Motoko Omori, 
Vicki Wright, Christine Hrycyna, 
Andre Berot Spring, Nancy Hudson, 
Mark Miley, Antoinette van Zelm 


Teufel ’88, who were married in June of 
'92, live in Washington, D.C., where 
Emily is working on her master’s in art 
therapy at George Washington Univ. 
...In October of ’92, Britta Heuer mar¬ 
ried William Roper in Arlington, Mass. 
They were lucky enough to have 
Howard Fauntroy sing at the cer¬ 
emony. ...Heather Bohr and a good 
number of Midd alumni weathered the 
Los Angeles riots of ’92 to attend the 
May wedding of Heather and Tom 
Unterseher. Heather works for Cultural 
Designs, a firm which develops Ameri¬ 
can pop culture media products for ex¬ 
port to Asia and Latin America. ...Chris- 
islee married Marc Cinslitelli in 
September ’92 in Connecti¬ 
cut. Living in Enfield, Conn., 
Christine was preparing for 
law school in the fall. 
...Charles Falker married 
Elizabeth Swire in early Sep¬ 
tember of last year in New 
York. Charlie is working for 
Astrogamma, a financial 
software company based in 
Manhattan. ...Patricia 
Baumann and husband Tom 
Norton live on a small farm 
in West Virginia, where she 
teaches piano. Their first 
child, Rebecca, was bom in 
April ’92. ...Denise Paige 
Lietz announce the birth of 
son Andrew Scott in July 
’92. ...Nicole Paul was mar¬ 
ried to Robert Grover in 
August ’92. Nicole works as 
a German and Russian trans- 
lator in Lansdale, Pa. 
...Aniko Nakazawa 
Delaney has finished a one- 
year fellowship to study 
Japanese in Yokohama at the 
International University 
Center for Japanese Lan¬ 
guage Studies. ...Laureen 
Scaia married Michael 
Mathon in June ’92 in 
Williamstown, Mass. ...Lisa 
Seiden married Gerry 
McGowan in Purchase, 
N.Y., last October. Lisa is a 
portfolio analyst for Chemi¬ 
cal Bank in Manhattan. 
...Elizabeth Wilson and Chris Dutton 
were married in August ’92 in Concord, 
N.H. Elizabeth is an elementary teacher 
at the Springside School in suburban 
Philadelphia, while pursuing her 
master’s in science and education at 
Penn. Chris is studying to be a veteri¬ 
narian, also at Penn. ...Jen Lowance 
and Reynolds Salerno were married 
amidst torrential rains and gale-force 
winds in North Carolina last August, 
when Hurricane Andrew paid an 
uninvited visit. Forty-four Midd alumni 
braved the ankle-deep mud to enjoy the 
festivities! ...It sometimes seems that 
these pages are filled with fun facts 
about our classmates, but that is not 
always the case. We are deeply sad¬ 
dened to let you all know that our class¬ 
mate, Greg Davison, was in a very 
serious accident last fall in Manhattan. 


Gathering for the marriage of 
Rebecca Martin '88 and Frank 
Connard on August 8, 1992, were 
Sarah Thompson Fulkerson '88, 
Lyle Fulkerson '86, Dave Low '93, 
Mary Beth Pryor '88, Marc Boyle 
'88, Sheila D'Arcy '88, the 
newlyweds, Ellie Waud '88, Cynthia 
Martin Brown '85, David Brown '85 
and Torrey Wise '88. 


He is on the long and difficult road to 
recovery from a serious and debilitat¬ 
ing head injury. Please feel free to con¬ 
tact either Tim or Kristen if you would 
like more information about how you 
might help with Greg’s plight. ...Con¬ 
gratulations to Melinda Leitch. a 
teacher in Elkton, Md., who recently 
won praise for some of her art works 
demonstrating watercolors as well as 
the art of stippling, a pen-and-ink tech¬ 
nique of creating an image comprised 
of thousands of dots. Melinda’s work 
has been exhibited in Delaware, Cali¬ 
fornia, Vermont and Colorado... .Cindy 
Wasser graduated from Lewis and Clark 
Law School in Oregon and has relo¬ 
cated in the D.C. area. ...Susan John¬ 
son graduated from Suffolk Law School 
last June. ...Eric Frye is working for 
Coudert Brothers in Manhattan this sum¬ 
mer as he prepares to waste the hours 
away in his last year of law school in 
Washington, D.C., this fall. ...Jay 
Abella is pursuing a master’s in health 
administration at UNC at Chapel Hill. 
...Chris Loewald is finishing up his 
master’s degree in international eco¬ 
nomics and European studies at the 
Nitze School at Johns Hopkins in Bal¬ 
timore. ...Wajeeh Nasser received his 
MD degree last May and is “going into 
primary care with a slant on wilderness 
and sports medicine.” Wajeeh’s ulti¬ 
mate dream is to actually locate the 
fabled Sasquatch and then treat him for 
athlete’s foot. ...Susan Conley is writ¬ 
ing poetry at UC San Diego where she 
“has taken up surfing and teaches un¬ 
dergraduate English.” She recently 
spoke to Emily Hall, “who is happy at 
the University of Wisconsin at Madi¬ 
son, getting her Ph.D. in literature and 
feminist studies.” ...Laura Andrews is 
still working hard at the Mayo Clinic in 
Rochester, Minn. ...Brian Green is in 
his fourth year of dental school: “I am 
working on patients now, and I antici¬ 
pate going on for an advanced general 
dentistry program after finishing 
school.”...Jim Hackett isquickly mov¬ 
ing up the corporate ladder, working at 
Nike’s corporate headquarters in 
Beaverton, Ore., as a training special¬ 
ist. ...Amer Diwan is in his fourth year 
in the computer science Ph.D. program 
at UMass, Amherst. He received his 
M.S. last year and has spent a year 
studying at Carnegie Mellon Univ. in 
Pittsburgh doing research on his thesis. 
...Robin Bucaria moved to Monument 
Valley, Utah, to teach English on a 
Navajo Reservation, after teaching in 
Haines, Alaska, for a year. Robin writes 
to say that her job also includes “cos¬ 
tuming, writing and producing a Native 
American show with Pow-Wow, danc¬ 
ing, singing, drama and history.” Robin 
and her students hope to take the show 
on tour. ...Amy Smith is working on a 
master’s in public policy at the Kennedy 
School of Government at Harvard. ...Af¬ 
ter two years in the White House Press 
Office, Kristen Hyde has found work 
with Senator Robert Dole’s office as 
the assistant press secretary.... Viviana 
Rodriguez, who works at the Washing¬ 


ton Post , has finally learned to ski in 
Maryland—after spending four years 
of college in the Green Mountains. 
...Christine Jacobsen lives in Paris 
where she is a project assistant manager 
for Ralph Lauren. ...Remember to keep 
our 5th Reunion in mind for next spring, 
and please contact us to find out more 
information about Greg Davison. 

90 

Class Secretaries: Mary Stechschulte, 
2018 W. 91st St., Leawood, KS 66206, 
and Paul E. Needham, 3 Monument 
Circle, Hingham, MA 02043. 

Another summer is here, our third since 
leaving Middlebury, and ourclassmates 
continue to embark on exciting endeav¬ 
ors. We send our congratulations to 

several pairs of newlyweds.Judith 

Wright and Tim Battista ’91 were mar¬ 
ried last August. Living in Evanston, 
Ill., Judith is completing her masters at 
Northwestern and Tim is working at an 
environmental consulting firm. Tim is 
also volunteering at the Shedd 
Aquarium/Oceanarium, where he has 
had some interesting encounters with a 
beluga whale. They hope to be back on 
the East Coast soon. Jackie Geer and 
Diahann Klein were in the wedding 
party. Jackie is working for Booz, Allen 
& Hamilton, a management consulting 
firm in Philadelphia, where Kelly 
Kennedy also works. Jackie is looking 
into grad school for environmental 
management programs and occasion¬ 
ally sees Pam Rosser. ...Dave 
Campbell and Jennifer Faulkner '91 
were married in September ’92. Dave is 
halfway through his master’s in ac¬ 
counting at SUNY Albany. ...Cristine 
Meredith and Shawn Miele ’88 were 
married in October ’92. ...Paola 
Venturini loves her job with Hyatt in 
Argentina and enjoys traveling in Bra¬ 
zil and Chile. She heard from Rob Skiff, 
who is teaching in an American school 
in Bogota, Colombia. ...Others abroad 
include Anne Sellers, who is teaching 
math in French to 8th grade students in 
Guinea. She plans to attend grad school 
in international development when her 
Peace Corps tour is over in the fall. 
...Elizabeth Toder continues to write 
gushing letters about her Peace Corps 
experience in Thailand. (Her photo ap¬ 
peared in the Spring issue, page 81.) 
She’secstatic about hersimple, wooden- 
stilt, no plumbing abode. She welcomes 
visitors and anyone considering the 
Peace Corps to contact her. She had 
dinner with Mona Meyers Wheatley 
’56 in Bangkok last winter. Mona’s 
non-Midd daughter, Linda, is the assis¬ 
tant Peace Corps director for health 
projects in Thailand. ...Laura Farley is 
still kicking the soccer ball around and 
working for Adidas in Germany. ...Kelli 
Naylor has been attending St. George’s 
Univ. Medical School since last Au¬ 
gust. She will be on the islands of 
Grenada and St. Vincent for three more 


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semesters, followed by a semester in 
England, then back to California until 
spring of 1996. She plans to graduate 
with an international degree from the 
United Nations and to be certified in 
family practice. ...Kristen Nelson, who 
received her master’s degree in poli sci 
from the London School of Economics, 
is pursuing career opportunities in the 

international market.Jaime Holmes 

returned from five months of travel in 
Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, New 
Zealand, Canada and 14 states. He’s 
returning to an environmental scientist 
position at a consulting company in 
Boulder, where he 
bumps into other 
Midd kids. ...Lyss- 
andra Barbieri- 
Williams has been 
living in Crested 
Butte for a couple of 
years. She is teach¬ 
ing French at the el¬ 
ementary school and 
trying to get those tele 
turns down. Husband 
Jason ’89, a research 
analyst for the resort, 
snowboards and 
paraglides on a daily 
basis. ...Andrew 
Krugman was voted 
best new teacher of 1992 by the Con¬ 
necticut Association of Independent 
Schools. He teaches history and coaches 
tennis at Kingswood-Oxford School. 
...Steve Fitzpatrick, who is in his last 
year at Albany law school, has accepted 
a job with a law firm in New Jersey. 
...Betsy Winchester was in Alaska for 
the winter. She missed 
Colorado living, so planned 
to return to Steamboat 
Springs this summer.... Rob 
Gray was with the Bush/ 
Quayle campaign and is 
now working as press sec¬ 
retary to Congressman Pe¬ 
ter Blute (R-Mass.). 
...Hank Mayer is finishing 
his second year of med 
school at the Univ. of Pitts¬ 
burgh. ...Susanne Johnson 
has completed her course 
work for a master’s in coun¬ 
seling at the Univ. of Illi¬ 
nois. Now she’s working 
on her thesis on responsi¬ 
bility attributions in romantic relation¬ 
ships. ...Devon Daney is a member of 
the U.S. Biathalon Team (that’s cross¬ 
country skiing and shooting). She com¬ 
peted in the European Championships 
and World University Games in Poland 
in the winter. Her goal is to make the 
1994 Olympic Team! ...Andrew 
Guggenhime graduated from Wells 
Fargo Bank’s credit management train¬ 
ing program. He has moved to Newport 
Beach and is now working as a loan 
officer in the bank’s real estate loan 
workout group. ...Eric Paquette gradu¬ 
ated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Insti¬ 
tute in May ’91 with his M.S. in opera¬ 
tion research and statistics. He spent the 
winter in Jackson Hole skiing and then 


The Class of *88 was well repre¬ 
sented at the marriage of Marianne 
Triggs and Gordon Smith '88 in 
Springfield, Mass., on August 21, 
1992. The bride and Betsy Phillips 
Kohl '91 are seated in front; second 
row, John Theiss, Frank 7.ecca, the 
bridegroom, Murray Kohl and Scott 
McAdam; third row, Don Brantley, 
Denver Edwards, Jeff Granatino and 
Bill Meagher; fourth row: Chad 
McClennan, Mickey Kelly, Michael 
Dubzinski, Barry Van Gerbig, LJ. 
Russell, Nathaniel Saltonstall, 

Steven Peterson and Timothy Tripp. 


Emily Scudder '89 and Edward J. 
Teufel '88 were surrounded by 
Middlebury friends following their 
marriage on June 13, 1992: seated 
in front, from left, Marc Boyle '88, 
Sheila D'Arcy '88, Bart Gummere 
'83, Susie Leahy Gummere '89 and 
Eric Winter '89; middle row, Valerie 
Hegarty '89, Margaret Gibbs 
Warren '89, Annie Shepherd '89, the 
newlyweds, Barbara Howd Miller 
'65, Miles Lilly '88 and Brandt 
Williamson '88; back row, Bill 
Warren '88, T.R. Lazo '89, John 
Renwick '89, Scott Scudder '64, 
Eddie O'Mara '88, Richard Miller 
'65, Steve Ames '64 and L.J. Russell 
'88 



began his job search. ...Nancy Frost 
Bland has been working for Carney, 
Sandoe & Associates, an educational 
placement agency in Boston. ...Natana 
J, Delong-Bas was completing her 
master’s in Arab studies at Georgetown 
Univ. ...Minii Gottesfeld was in her 
last semester at Univ. of Pennsylvania 
Law. ...Bill Schwartz taught for a se¬ 
mester at Carrabassett Valley Acad¬ 
emy in Maine and is going to med 
school this fall. ...Colleen Quinn is 
getting a master’s in journalism at North¬ 
western. ...Fanning Hearon received 
his master’s in Spanish from NYU in 
June 1991, then spent the next year in 
San Francisco. Now he’s teaching at 
Woodberry Forest in the rolling foot¬ 


The January 16, 1993, celebration of 
the marriage of Charlotte Bergmans 
and Anter Siddique, both '89, 
occasioned a San Francisco 
gathering for (all '89, unless 
otherwise indicated), from left, 
Langdon Cooke, Charles Lamson, 
Cynthia Vaughan Lawrence, George 
Lawrence, James Parke Logan, 
Philip Conner, Margaret Beeman, 
Addison Strong, Robert More, the 
newlyweds, Charles Butt (behind 
newlyweds), Stuart Maeder, Sara 
Johansson (friend), Adam Horowitz, 
James Zanze, John Ward, Susan 
Hamill, Maura Phelan, Haydn 
Cutler and Elizabeth Hollister 
(friend). 



hills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Moun¬ 
tains. He writes that he is “molding 
young minds and enjoying the academic 
calendar once again!” ...In NYC, Lory 
Myerson is working as consultant/of¬ 
fice manager for The Daily Telegraph 
in their New York 
office. ...Leanne 
Potvin is an associ¬ 
ate product manager 
on Keri lotion at 
Bristol Myers 
Squibb. ...Meghan 
Walsh works in the 
design studio of Ba¬ 
nana Republic and 
loves it. ...Last we 
heard from George 
Clifton, he was dili¬ 
gently writing a book 
and a screenplay 
based on the life of 
his little brother. 

...Summertime means Midd weddings, 
and we’ll be looking for the photos. 
Please send all your news! 

91 

Class Secretaries: Karmali Bhanji, Box 
4202,Middlebury College, Middlebury, 
VT05753: Brum Bank. 6420 Goldleaf 
Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817; and Sara 
Bremner, 225 E. 95th St., #21G, New 
York, NY 10128. 

Well, summer is finally here. I hope 
everyone is Finding some time to get 
outdoors and do the things we do best. 


The marriage of Lisa Seiden '89 and 
Jerry McGowan (Boston College 
'89) took place in Purchase, N.Y., on 
October 10, 1992. Celebrating with 
them were (all '89, unless otherwise 
indicated), from left, front row, 
Bridget Fitzgerald, Kathleen 
Brigham, the newlyweds, Hilary 
Seiden '93, Laura Levering 
O'Connell and Maura Phelan; back 
row Chris Hiland, Kathleen Murphy 
'90, Tim O'Shea, Mike Subak, 
Lowrey Sullivan '90, Joan Viebranz 
'88, Graham Goldsmith, Susan 
Golkin, Karin Von Estorff John 
Renwick, Jill Erickson and Will 
Carey. Not in the photo: T.R. Lazo 
and Bruce Anfindsen. 


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Alumni NewsLetter 




Three '89 friends — Catherine 
Cardwell, Melanie Friedlander and 
Adrienne Buda — vacationed 
together for a week in Cancun, 
Mexico, in April. 


Carolyn Tracey '90 married Daren 
Gill on June 27, 1992, in Westport, 
Conn. Gathering to celebrate 
afterward at the bride's home in 
Wilton were Von Rollenhagen 
(Bread Loaf M.A. '86), Phoebe 
Paine Gause '90, Andy Bucknam 
'86, Kristen Potter '90, the 
newlyweds, Lory Myerson '90, J.P. 

Tracey '85, Phoebe Wood '90, 
Kristen Homer '90 and Alexandra 
Mahoney '90. 


Our classmates seem to continue to 
spread out and prosper. ...Following an 
exciting summer in Barcelona and fall 
in Washington, Kim Dillon settled in 
Jackson Hole. She is living with long- 
lost Asia traveler Diana Smith, who 
spent the past year and a half in Hong 
Kong. ...Speaking of Asia, Cristina 
Sala-Porras is living in Tokyo and 
studying at Waseda Univ. ...Also in J- 
Hole are Robin Folweiler, Bill Tobin, 
Mike Chalmers and Pat Berry. ...In 
Seattle, we find Sarah Garner, 
Catherine McGrady and, as of July, 
Brian Bank, who is officially becom¬ 
ing “Banker” the Investment Banker.. 
...San Francisco claims Mark Ely and 
Deb Nelson. Deb is said to sell over¬ 
priced art to overly-wealthy people. 
...Also in the Bay Area are Holly 
Foskett, Bob Hinkle and Meghan 
Schwartz. Holly is working at the V.A. 
Medical Center; Bob and Meghan are 
probably up to too much mischief to be 
addressed. ...Lucy Randolph is a re¬ 
cent transplant to the area as well.... Pam 
Honsberger is working hard toward 
herdegree in medicine in southern Cali¬ 
fornia. ...Kendra Hutchinson is earn¬ 
ing her medical degree at UVM. ...Con¬ 
gratulations are in order to Carrie 
McCusker who was named head coach 
of Bowdoin’s nordic ski team. Let’s 
hope she remembers that Panthers are a 
far superior breed than the polar bears. 
...Hoo-rah to Bill Hoyt who received 
his commission as a second lieutenant 
in the Marines. He has been accepted 
into the aviation program and, after a 
stint at Quantico, Va., he’s off to flight 
school. Remember “Officer and a 
Gentleman?” Yeah, right! ...I guess we 
can also congratulate our truest politi¬ 
cian, with the name 
to match, Andrew 
Friendly. After 
crashing and burn¬ 
ing with Gov. Du¬ 
kakis, Andrew has 
hit the jackpot. 
When he is neither 
flirting with Chelsea 
norchanging Socks’ 
kitty-litterbox,heis 
a personal aide to 
President Clinton. 
This allows him to 
travel everywhere 
with the president 
and do other cool 
stuff—which you 
pay for! His book will be out in four 
years and six months (down payments 
on orders can be sent to Class Secretary 
Brian Bank). ...Washington has many 
more ’91ers: Jon Norling works as an 
energy policy analyst. Melissa Menta 
is in marketing for a small theater. Todd 
Capute is mastering the finer aspects of 
journalism. Cassie Robbins works for 
the Discovery Channel. Beth Levison 
is a researcher at the National Geo¬ 
graphic Society. Nicola Bradley con¬ 
tinues to stress while working toward a 
master’s in Russian area studies at 
Georgetown, while consulting for Booz, 
Allen and Hamilton. Duncan Evans 


works at Riggs Bank, handling other 
people’s money (and supposedly al¬ 
lowing them to keep some of it). Nando 
Zucchi is a newly-licensed stock bro¬ 
ker, living with Rich “the Richmeister” 
Heald and Marc Parsons, who both 
work on Capitol Hill. Margie Sheehan 
is officially in D.C., but has been living 
in the “where are they now?” files for 
quite some time. ...Graduate schools 
are being swarmed by more and more of 
our class. Marvbeth Dingledy and 
ShireenTabechian just completed their 
first year of law school at William and 
Mary, where Matt Warren and Jeff 
McMahan finished their second. Tom 
Chambers is also at W&M, where he is 
studying history. ...Craig Hajduk is 
enrolled in a one-year program for or¬ 
chestra management run by the Ameri¬ 
can Symphony Orchestra. This program 
has taken him to Boston, Spokane and 

Ft. Worth.Julia Paulk is working at 

the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 
Atlanta, which is where Gretchen 
Loree lives as well. .. .Harry Rezzemini 
is also in Atlanta, where he volunteers 
for a food service and recovery pro¬ 
gram for the homeless. ...Chris 
Emerson works at the Landing School 
of Wooden Boat Building in Rehoboth, 
Mass. ...Becky Castle is halfway 
through her one-year Rotary Ambassa¬ 
dorial Fellowship in Costa Rica. ...From 
the jungles of Costa Rica, we go to 
Hamar, Norway, where Barney Hodges 
and Chris Clark have gone to train for 
the Olympics in Lillehammer. Six 
months to go guys! GOOD LUCK! ...If 
anyone finds their way to Pittsburgh, 
Johannes Ernharth is there waiting 
for you! He says hi to everyone and 
hopes to see you soon. ...Sabina Wister 
works in an auction house in Philadel¬ 
phia. ...Alex Heros is in Memphis, 
where he is the regional manager for 
Latin America for Crews, Inc., a safety 
glass manufacturer. He hopes to estab¬ 
lish a regional distribution office in 
South America soon. ...After what must 
have been a stellar year behind a bar at 
the Phoenician Hotel Resort in 
Scottsdale, Ariz., Bill Deacon has been 
promoted to director of restaurant sales. 
In this position, he is responsible for six 
restaurants at the nationally-renowned 
resort. ...Jeff Collins is doing very well 
in Zimbabwe, where he is finishing his 
second year with the Peace Corps. Over 
Christmas he traveled all over southern 
Africa, running into Stephanie Blair, 
who was just starting her stint with the 
Corps. He said she’s doing great. ...Fi¬ 
nally, New York still claims many of 
our classmates. Tara Kasaks is work¬ 
ing for Cato Gobe and Associates, a 
strategic imaging firm (they came up 
with that really cool clear Gillette de¬ 
odorant stuff!). ...New York is still home 
to Thea Migel, Kim Shephard, Susie 
Dalrvmple, Janice Turecki, Steve 
Quinn, Ray Strong, Eshun Khan and 
Mustafa Topiwalla. Rumor has it that 
John Waldron is still in the city, but 
he's also in the mystery file. ...Speaking 
of mystery files, Send info to us! The 
Boston contingent has been particu¬ 


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larly bad about sending information, so 
let's get with it! Take care, everyone, 
and see you at HOMECOMING! 

92 

Class Secretaries: Leslie L. M. Cone. 40 
College St., Middle bury, VT05753. and 
Viraj M. Mirani, 427 N. Cleveland St.. 
Arlington, VA 22201. 

Yes, there was as much snow at Midd as 
we all used to envision there would be 
when we came as freshmen! It was fun 
for a while, but after spring break we 
just wished it would all go away. 
...Stacey Fallon is having a great time 
in Moscow, studying the gymnastics 
situation in Russia for her Watson Fel¬ 
lowship. ...Mila Pavek, Denise Getty, 
Devera Hadden, Becky Fair and 
Gavin Svmes are also in Moscow, 
where they have been known to get 
together to celebrate events of extreme 
cultural significance—such as the Su¬ 
per Bowl—and to reminisce about 
Proctor’s salad bar. ...Jen Kaufman is 
also in the former Soviet Union, living 
in Pskov. ...Sara Weale returned from 
teaching English in Moscow with no 
definite plans, except to go back to 
Moscow soon. ...Tiffany Winne was 
planning to go to Siberia with the Peace 
Corps but opted for a warmer climate, 
heading for grad school in New Mexico. 
...Annie Rimoin left for Africa in May 
with the Peace Corps, ending up in 
Benin instead of Togo because of the 
revolution. ...Audrey Waters joined 
the Peace Corps in February after 
completing her internship at the U.N. 
last September and working as a radio 
news reporter in the D.C. Metro area. 
...Noelle Stevens is volunteering at the 
Princess Basma Center for Disabled 
Children on the Mount of Olives in 
Jerusalem. ...Nils von Zelowitz and 
Jon Bicknell, living together in Madrid, 
are using their master’s degree studies 
at Midd Madrid as the excuse for pursu¬ 
ing careers as bullfighters and musi¬ 
cians. They specialize in everything 
from new wave punk to Spanish bal¬ 
lads—Julio Iglesias joins them occa¬ 
sionally in their jam sessions. In their 
spare time they are active in a competi¬ 
tive backgammon league and Jon has 
been honing his dishwashing skills, as 
has Nils with his cooking skills. They 
write that “Spain is tododebajoel sol!” 
...Maria Vrachnos, who lives only one 
block away from Nils and Jon in Madrid, 
is teaching English there. ...Bruce 
Bender is teaching in China. ...Helen 
McCabe spent the year at the Johns 
Hopkins Center in Nanjing in Chinese 
Studies. She traveled throughout China 
in January. Helen will attend Washing¬ 
ton Univ. in St. Louis this fall, working 
towards an M.A. in Asian studies. ...Pete 
Hirschmann is reported to be in Hong 
Kong. ...Cathy Lee is spending the 
year in Seoul. Korea, working for an 
international law firm. ...Kristen 
Bermudez was also in Seoul for sev- 























eral months this spring. ...After com¬ 
pleting Chinese summer school at Midd, 
John Heywood helped to sail a boat 
from Turkey to Sicily. He then found a 
position as a crew member on a yacht 
sailing from the Canary Islands to the 
Caribbean and then all the way to Aus¬ 
tralia. He should arrive Down Under in 
September, after which he plans to look 
for a job in the Far East. ...Hannah 
Covert is in Costa Rica with the World 
Teach Program. She teaches English 
and environmental education in Jan Vito 
for students in grades 7-11. ...Lydia 
Ramos is in graduate school in Puerto 
Rico. ...Christine Bastianelli finished 
her internship in the Dartmouth Col¬ 
lege Health Service and then headed to 
Europe for a couple of months. ...Matt 
Saldivar moved to NYC in the spring, 
contemplating a return to school to study 
theater. ...Brian Huff just missed all 
the excitement at the World Trade Cen¬ 
ter, where his office is on the 92nd floor. 
He was skiing in Jackson that week. 
...Marian Darrell, Blakely Anderson, 
Jill Sagner, Chris Bushey, Lyle 
Humphrey and Gillian Morris are all 
living in NYC, according to Lisa Healy. 
A paralegal in downtown San Fran¬ 
cisco, Lisa spent last summer in Vail 
with Corky Mather. ...Carla Huek is 
living in NYC, assisting a French chef 
with the opening of a new restaurant in 
Manhattan. She is frequently seen with 
Clare Burns, who decided that with a 
background in pre-med, English and 
French, law was the obvious choice for 
her. ...Justin Ayers is staying with Paul 
Cusimano in Manhattan while he ac¬ 
tively pursues a career in the music 
industry. He also works at HM V Records 
on 86th and Lexington. ...Mike Ben¬ 
jamin is working fortheenvironmental 
division of Booz Allen Consulting in 
D.C. Mike lives in the deep, dank cellar 
of Dave Rickard’s house. ...Jennifer 
Schumaker is in D.C. working forMike 
Murphy Media, a Republican media 
consulting firm. ...Susan Liu has com¬ 
pleted her first semester at the National 
Law Center at George Washington 
Univ. in D.C. ...Steve Schrodel is also 
in D.C., hoping to continue his political 
career by getting a congressional staff 
job. Steve managed the campaign of¬ 
fice for Clinton, Leahy and Dean in 

east-central Vermont. Janet Phelps 

is working as a reporter for a trade 
publication in D.C. ...Living in Alexan¬ 
dria, Va., Laura Cohen is legitimately 
pushing drugs for TAP Pharmaceuti¬ 
cals, a subdivision of Abbott Laborato¬ 
ries. ...Shannon Connell is a research 
analyst at Economic Analysis Group in 
D.C. She lives with Ana Suarez and 
Holly Mead.Jackie Proulx is teach¬ 

ing English at a private high school in 
Killington, Vt. ,.J)ave Berry is living 
and working in Richmond, Va. ...l.aura 
Hayes lives in Colchester, Vt. ...Max 
Chuangus is studying law at the Univ. 
of Florida and is living with Dan Coyne. 
...Jason McGowin is making full use 
of his varied talents by delivering piz¬ 
zas and skiing in Jackson. ...Also using 
his Midd degree creatively is JJ 


Gilmartin, who is working as a bellboy 
somewhere in Idaho. Apparently he has 
a very attractive uniform. ...Shawn 
Emory spent the fall in New Mexico 
learning to build adobe houses. She 
helped to rebuild an adobe church on 
the Picuris Indian Reservation. Now 
working for an architect in Jackson, 
Wyo., she supplements her income as a 
prep cook at the Mangey Moose. 

. Brian Schilling went out for a wild 
weekend in Las Vegas, where he ran the 
Las Vegas marathon in a personal best 
time—thanks mainly to the hot pursuit 
of a large gentleman named Mike the 
Fish, chasing him and screaming some¬ 
thing about marked cards. ...After barely 
surviving the armed robbery in broad 
daylight of the bank where he worked in 
Chicago. Tom Kovach decided to take 
some time away from the Windy City 
and reassess his life. So he headed to 
Virginia where he spent a couple of late 
nights sharing local culinary treats with 
friends. He was so moved he decided 
that upon returning to Chicago he would 
open a Gusburger stand, specializing in 
eggburgers and whipped cream cakes. 
This business venture may take a while 
to realize since his new job at IDC, 
which expands upon his experience as a 
class agent, will take most of his free 

time. ]on I^irr has also changed jobs. 

He now works for Peterson Consulting 
in Chicago. ...Kate Larocque is work¬ 
ing at the Stone Environmental Educa¬ 
tion Center in Groton, Mass. ...Lisa 
Balaschak is working for her state rep¬ 
resentative in Massachusetts. ...Amy 
Hillier, making a bid for the Guinness 
Book of World Records, has switched 
jobs nine times in the past few months 
and continues to interview. ...Jon 
Young is processing loans in a bank in 
Boston. ...Ann McNally is going to 
school in Boston. ...Mimi Warendorf 
is teaching 3- to 6-year-olds in a Boston 
Montessori school. Mimi and Amy 
Gannett live down the road from Car¬ 
rie Harasimowicz, Erica Moody, 
Caroline Leary and Jessica Kubek. 
Jessica is a legal assistant in the envi¬ 
ronmental law department of Bums and 
Levison. ...Mary Blanchard, living in 
Boston with Nellie Perera, is working 
at Legal Seafood at Copley Place while 
taking pre-med courses at Northeast¬ 
ern. ...Lindsay Smith and Tom Garrett 
spent the spring driving cross country 
in twocars, using walkie-talkies tocom- 
municate while on the road. ...Mike 
Summersgill, unable to handle the re¬ 
ality of a Democrat in the White House, 
headed to the Caribbean to sail around 
for a week before beginning to master¬ 
mind a triumphant Republican return to 
power in '96. He and Dave Freeland 
toured the country this spring to “meet 
the little people” and mooch off of 
various Midd alums. ...John Swanson 
is passing anatomy in med school and, 
as is typical in the hard-working life of 
a med student, has found time to fly 
over to Paris for a vacation. ...Brian 
Willing is back in Connecticut from his 
stint in Saudi Arabia where, he reports, 
the Red Sea coral reefs provided plenty 



of scuba diving opportunities. ...Garon 
Jones remains in Saudi Arabia with 
Bob Dovle. Garon is taking a course in 
Arabic while Bob has immersed him¬ 
self in the local culture so much that he 
has threatened to join a group of 
Bedouins and flee into the desert. 
...Miha Zajec is in Connecticut, work¬ 
ing part time for his dad, as well as 
working at a horse stable in Greenwich. 
...Jill Morris is working forachildren’s 
record company. ...While traveling in 
Colorado, Katherine Beal stopped to 
see Susan Scheer in Aspen. ...Karen 
Olsen moved off the ranch in Telluride 
and is now living in a 1 
supporting herself with 
two jobs. She was manag¬ 
ing to ski quite a bit and 
would love mail at Box 
3351, Telluride, CO 
81435. ...Heather 
Pedersen is teaching and 
coaching at a small pri¬ 
vate school in Colorado 
Springs. She enjoys all of 
the skiing, mountain bik¬ 
ing and hiking she gets to 
do in the Rockies. 

...Tammy Caruso is in the 
process of getting her 
MBA at Cornell’s John¬ 
son Graduate School of 
Management. Although 
she enjoys the college at¬ 
mosphere, she says she still misses Midd. 
...Tom Armbrecht is in a five-year 
French doctorate program at Brown 
Univ. Despite the heavy workload, he 
has found time for bridge, two-stepping 
and the gay pride committee. ...Ben 
Rosenfeld braves the riots, fires and 
flash floods to get to work at Paramount 
Studios, where he works as a script 
consultant. He writes, “Thank God for 
parents and old bedrooms, but thank 
God the whole world isn’t a suburb of 
Los Angeles, too!” ...Megan 
Underwood is in a management train¬ 
ing program with an industrial supply 
company, McMaster-Carr in Long 
Beach, Calif. ...Chip Muir traveled in 
Europe after graduation and managed 
to catch some of the action at 
Wimbledon. Then he coached football 
at his old high school, Windham High, 
helping his team to be runners-up in the 
State championship. Now he’s in 
Pensacola, Fla., in Aviation Officer’s 
Candidate School on his way to becom¬ 
ing a Naval Pilot. ...Fiona McDonald is 
working as a desktop publishing opera¬ 
tor for the American Institute of CPA’s 
in Jersey City, N.J. ...In Pullman, Wash., 
Todd Kafka is supplementing his gradu¬ 
ate work at Washington State Univ. by 
teaching labs for the WSU equivalent of 
Midd’s “Rocks for Jocks.” He finds the 
experience challenging and frustrating. 
...Marlene Orantes is working for the 
Ministry of Finances at Guatemala City. 
As the adviser for international com¬ 
merce, she works closely with members 
of the International Monetary Fund. 
...Following a month-long trip to East 
Africa, Jen Jolliff is back at Nature’s 
Classroom in Alabama, teaching envi- 


Thomas Press '91, Susanne Press 
'89, Paul Testa '91 and Dave 
Liebmann '91 were happy to be at 
Vail before mud season hit. 


ronmental science. ...After floating be¬ 
tween the bayous and bistros. John 
Ervin writes that he is finally thinking 
about getting a job. Anyone heading 
south should stop by Baton Rouge and 
visit. ...In case you haven’t heard, three 
members of our class stayed in M idd for 
a year as RHAs. Hieu Nguyen, Mara 
Gorman and James Christian all did 
an incredible job at Midd this year and 
managed to avoid the real world for a 
little bit longer! Mud season at Midd 
was rather prolonged and we all re¬ 
joiced when we no longer had to wear 
boots to fend off the snow, ice and mud. 
Please keep in touch! 

93 

Class Secretaries: Kathryn Virkler,5137 
Purview Drive, Charlotte, NC 28226, 
and C hristopher Pi elder, 4367Schenley 
Farms Terrace, Pittsburgh, PA 152/3. 

What are your plans? Send news of 
your adventures to one of your class 
secretaries! 


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OBITUARIES 


1915 

ELISABETH THORPE VOSS, 96, of 
Stamford, Conn., on May 13,1988. She 
served as secretary to the director of the 
Middlebury summer session in 1911. A 
native of Shelburne, Vt., she married 
John C. Voss ’14 who became a teacher 
of Latin and Greek in Brooklyn, N.Y. 
He died in 1947. She is survived by her 
daughter, Jean Voss Fenn ’44. 

1917 

HELEN ELIZABETH LINNELL 
DEWHIRST, 98, of Asheboro, N.C., 
on March 30, 1993. Mrs. Dewhirst 
taught mathematics at Willimantic 
(Conn.) High School following Middle¬ 
bury, while her future husband, 
Theodore H. Dewhirst ’17, served in 
the Air Corps. Predeceased by her hus¬ 
band and a son, she is survived by a 
daughter, Jean Newton, six grandchil¬ 
dren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. 
Dewhirst returned to Middlebury 70 
years after her graduation, when she 
was honored as the oldest alumna in 
attendance at the 1987 reunion. 

1917 

LOIS BODURTHA ESTER, 98, of 
Southampton. Mass., on April 24,1993. 
Mrs. Ester received her R.N. degree 
from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School 
of Nursing in 1924. She was an instruc¬ 
tor of nurses at institutions in Califor¬ 
nia, New York, Pennsylvania and 
Maine, retiring in 1956 as director of 
the nursing education department at the 
Cooley Dickinson Hospital in 
Northampton. Her husband, George H. 
Ester, died in 1934. She leaves several 
nieces and nephews. 

1921 

LUCY STEARNS JENKINS, 95, of 
Bennington, Vt., on March 11,1993. A 
teacher in St. Johnsbury, Waterbury 
and Bennington, Vt., she married 
George R. Jenkins in 1922. She was 
associated with the Order of the Eastern 
Star, the AAUW, the Second Congre¬ 
gational Church in Bennington and the 
Putnam Health Care Auxiliary. Prede¬ 
ceased by her husband and by two sons, 
she is survived by a son, Steams Jenkins; 
a sister, Priscilla Jackson; 10 grandchil¬ 
dren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

1922 

ELSIE S. SCOTT, 93, of Greenfield, 
Mass., on February 27,1993. She taught 
chemistry, physics and general science 
at Northfield Seminary (now Northfield- 
Mount Hermon School) from 1925 to 
1964. In 1957, she was named the state’s 
outstanding secondary school science 


teacher by the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences. A charter member of 
the Northfield Seminary Church, she 
was active in the Northfield Historical 
Society, the Dickinson Memorial Li¬ 
brary and the Trinitarian Congregational 
Church. She is survived by two nieces 
and two nephews. Her sister, Beulah 
Scott Cross ’23, died in 1991. 

1924 

MARJORIE MILES CAMPBELL, 91, 
of Wilton, Conn., on January 16, 1993. 
Transferring after one year, Mrs. 
Campbell graduated from Wheaton 
College in Illinois. Her husband, Dr. 
Carleton Campbell, died in 1984. She 
leaves a son, Carleton Campbell Jr.; a 
sister, Dorothy Miles MacLeod ’24; 
and four grandchildren. 

1924 

MARGARET BROWN HOUSTON, 
89, of Madison, Conn., on March 18, 
1993. She taught high school English in 
Litteton, Gardner and Hingham, Mass., 
from 1924 until her marriage to Bradley 
R. Houston in 1932. Besides her hus¬ 
band, she is survived by three sons, 
David R.. Richard F. and Daniel B.; a 
sister, Elizabeth Brown Heame ’32; 
seven grandchildren; and five great¬ 
grandchildren. 

1925 

DOROTHY TILLAPAUGH HEAD- 
LEY, 89, of Eaton Rapids, Mich., on 
February 28, 1993. As a home econo¬ 
mist employed by the Vermont Exten¬ 
sion Service, she served families in the 
Montpelier area. Following her 1931 
marriage to Arthur Headley, they lived 
in Florham Park, N.J., until they retired 
in 1967 to St. Martins, New Brunswick. 
She had lived in Eaton Rapids, Mich., 
since 1989. Predeceased by her hus¬ 
band and by a brother, Howard, she is 
survived by two sons, Richard and 
David; three sisters, Mildred Loveland, 
Enid Tillapaugh ’29 and Helen 
Tillapaugh; two granddaughters and two 
great-grandchildren. 

1926 

VIOLA PALMER HOUGHTON, 88, 
of Concord, N.H.. and Chebeague Is¬ 
land, Maine, on March 23, 1993. In 
1928, Mrs. Houghton earned a master’s 
at the Bread Loaf School of English, 
where Robert Frost was one of her 
instructors. She taught high school Eng¬ 
lish and Latin, served as a Girl Scout 
leader, and worked as a psychiatric 
social worker at New Hampshire Hos¬ 
pital. Predeceased by her husband. Dr. 
C. Winthrop Houghton, in 1982, and by 


her sister, Ethel Palmer Higgins ’28, in 
1964, she leaves a son, Winthrop P.; a 
daughter, Patricia Prescott; four grand¬ 
sons; two great-grandchildren; two sis¬ 
ters and several nieces and nephews. 
— Betty Goodale Murray '26 

1926 

FRANCIS S. IRONS, 91, of Montpe¬ 
lier, Vt., on March 19, 1993. Mr. Irons 
was the superintendent of schools in 
Bennington Southwest District for 15 
years and then joined the Vermont State 
Education Department in 1945 and 
served for 20 years as director of voca¬ 
tional rehabilitation. He was executive 
secretary of the Vermont Council on 
Aging and was planning consultant for 
the Vocational Rehabilitation Division. 
In 1991 he was recognized by the Mont¬ 
pelier Rotary Club as “Distinguished 
Citizen of the Y ear.” His wife, the former 
Lillian Coutts, died in 1991. Survivors 
include four daughters, Jean Brown, 
Ruth Clark, Carol Irons and Morgan 
Irons; a son, Paul Irons; 13 grandchil¬ 
dren and five great-grandchildren. 

1927 

CHARLES O. ADAMS, 86, of Ellicott 
City, Md„ on March 19, 1993. A 1930 
graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. 
Adams practiced law in New York City 
from 1930 to 1934, after which he prac¬ 
ticed in Middlebury, Vt., from 1935 
until retiring in 1973. He served as 
director and officer of many organiza¬ 
tions, including the National Bank of 
Middlebury, Columbus Smith Estate 
Trust, Middlebury Savings and Loan 
and the Middlebury Hotel Corp. He was 
a trustee of the Middlebury Community 
House Association. Predeceased by his 
wife, Catherine, in 1991, he is survived 
by a son, Charles A. ’59, two grandsons 
and several cousins. Mr. Adams’ grand¬ 
father was Ezra Brainerd, Middlebury 
Class of 1864; his parents and several 
aunts and cousins also graduated from 
Middlebury. 

1927 

HELEN CHURCH MALLORY. 89, of 
Lancaster, Mass., on February 14,1993. 
Mrs. Mallory taught high school Eng¬ 
lish, history and mathematics in the 
Rutland, Vt., area. After moving to 
Massachusetts in 1940, she taught at the 
Atlantic Union College in South 
Lancaster, retiring in 1965. She was a 
member of the Village Seventh Day 
Adventist Church of South Lancaster, a 
lifetime member of the Presidential 
Commission Task Force and a member 
of Citizens for a Sound Economy. She 
is survived by her husband of 52 years. 


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Clark L. Mallory; ason, Paul H. Mallory; 
five grandchildren and three great¬ 
grandchildren. 

1927 

ELLIOT F. STEARNS, 87, of DeLand, 
Fla., on March 10, 1993. Mr. Steams 
taught science and mathematics and 
was a coach in the Tarrytown, N.Y., 
school system from 1935 until his re¬ 
tirement. He is survived by his wife, 
Emelene, a daughter, Janice Vercruysse, 
and one grandson. 

1928 

WILLIAM KENNETH DONALD of 
Fort Myers, Fla., on March 11, 1993, 
his 89th birthday. After Middlebury he 
studied at the Walton School of Ac¬ 
counting and received his MBA from 
New York University. His accounting 
career began with Coopers & Lybrand 
and continued as treasurer and director 
of Massback Hardware Co. of New 
York. A dedicated Rotarian, he repre¬ 
sented his local club at six international 
conventions. His wife, Louise, died in 
August 1992. He is survived by his 
daughter, Diana Bates, two grandchil¬ 
dren and one great-grandchild. 

— Miriam Sweet Coombs ‘28 

1928 

GEORGE HARVEY EATON, 86, of 
Montpelier, Vt., on January 29, 1993. 
He was a training officer and analyst for 
the State of Vermont Department of 
Employment and Training. In retire¬ 
ment, he was a volunteer for SCORE 
(Senior Corps of Retired Executives), 
giving advice to people starting small 
businesses. His first wife, Muriel 
(Carey), died in 1962; his second wife, 
Olive (Brooks), died in 1976. He is 
survived by a nephew and three step- 
grandchildren. 

— Miriam Sweet Coombs '28 

1928 

ALICE BROWN NIELSON, 86, of Sun 
City, Fla., on December 15, 1992. She 
taught biology at Simsbury (Conn.) High 
School and remedial reading at 
Renbrook School in West Hartford. She 
also wrote short stories for children and 
served as a Girl Scout leader for 20 
years. In 1978, she moved to Sun City 
where she was a member of the United 
Community Church. Predeceased by a 
daughter, Barbara Nielson Heath ’54 
and a sister, Esther Brown ’25, she 
leaves her husband, Peter, and a grand¬ 
son. 

1930 

RALPH HAMMERSLEY Jr., 83, of 














Daytona Beach, Fla., in February 1992. 

drove for the Red Cross Motor Corps 

many societies and made presentations 

brother, George, and by a daughter, 


□ 


He continued his education at the Univ. 

during World War II and continued as a 

on his area of expertise throughout the 

Diane. Survivors include his wife of 50 




of Oklahoma and was associated with 

Red Cross volunteer. She also volun- 

world. He served as a medical officer 

years, Claire (Halbach); two sons, Gor¬ 


'*3 


Blue Cross-Blue Shield for 41 years. 

teered for the Meals on Wheels pro- 

during World War II, retiring as a com- 

don and George; one daughter, Wendy 


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During World War II, he served as a 

gram. Her husband, Norman, died in 

mander in the Naval Reserves in 1974. 

Single; and four grandchildren. 


hi 


captain in the Adjutant General’s De- 

1973. She leaves a son, William; a 

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy 



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partment of the Army. His wife, Elinor 

daughter, Pamela; three grandchildren. 

(Milligan); a son, William P.; a daugh- 

1940 


S 


(Horn) died in 1975. He is survived by 

and a great-grandson. 

ter, Dorothy Plessner; a sister, Deane 

GORDON E. EMERSON JR., 76, of 


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a son, Brian. 


Berry Thomas; and four grandchildren. 

Stratham, N.H., on April 25, 1993. Mr. 


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1932 

A brother, Robert H. ’42, died in 1985. 

Emerson was involved with real estate 


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1930 

RALPH I. WILLIAMS, 82, of 


development in Boston in various ca¬ 


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MARGARET KOCHER NOZELL, 85, 

Claverack, N.Y., on August 1, 1992. A 

1938 

pacities until his retirement in 1987. He 




of Suffern, N.Y., on February 13,1993. 

graduate of Franklin & Marshall Col- 

ROBERT E. CAIRNS, 77, of East 

also held positions with John Hancock 


C 

e 


Her twin sister, Eleanor Kocher Wallace 

lege, he retired as general foreman, 

Longmeadow, Mass., on January 28, 

Mutual Life Insurance Co., Cabot, Cabot 


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'30, predeceased her in 1978. She was 

Columbia County Highway Dept., in 

1993. Mr. Cairns worked for the 

and Forbes, and Bay Financial Corp. 


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married to John Nozell, a banker, in 

1971, after 42 years of service. A World 

Monsanto Chemical Co. for 43 years, 

He was director of Gulf-Reston, 




1931; he died in 1968. Survivors in- 

War II veteran who served in the Ord- 

retiring in 1978 as research director. 

Watergate Improvements and DMI 



elude sons Richard and John, eight 

nance department of the Army, Mr. 

His wife, the former Evelyn White, 

Coral Gables. He also served on the 



grandchildren and nine great-grandchil- 

Williams is survived by his wife. 

died in 1983. He leaves three sons, 

Mass. Housing Finance Agency and 



dren. 

Bernice. 

Robert E. Jr., Richard W. and John F.; 

other civic organizations. In addition to 



— Virginia Knox ’30 


a daughter, Laura Dugre; a sister, 

his wife, Margaret (Jones), Mr. Emerson 




1933 

Heather Bly; a niece, Elizabeth Bly 

is survived by three sons, David, Chris¬ 



1930 

GEORGE ALBERT COLCLOUGH, 

Fitzpatrick ’62; five grandchildren; two 

topher and Jonathan; two brothers. 



MARGUERITE BROWN SHAY, 83, 

80, of Hillsdale, N.Y., on January 28, 

great-granddaughters; and a friend, Ann 

Wendell and Everett; and nine grand¬ 



of Somerville, Mass., on December 23, 

1993. He taught and directed visual 

Kennedy. 

children. 



1992. She taught French, Latin and 

education at Hillsdale High School un- 





English at Somerville High School from 

til his retirement in 1970. He did gradu- 

1938 

1942 



1932 to 1940. A member of the United 

ate work at the Univ. of Mexico, UVM, 

JEAN L. WALKER, 77, of Acton, 

CARL E. CONGDON Jr., 72, of 



Reformed Church, she was active in 

Cornell and New York University (M. A. 

Mass., on March 2, 1993. Miss Walker 

Orrville, Ohio, on February 13, 1993. 



Somerville on the library board, in the 

’44, Ed.D. ’48). He is survived by his 

graduated from the Modem School of 

Mr. Congdon served in the Army Air 



Rotary Anns, the Civic League and the 

wife, Carolyn Stone, and sons Lindsley, 

Applied Art in Boston in 1938. Prior to 

Corps during World War II. He held 



AAUW. Survivors include her husband, 

George and James, to all of whom his 

her retirement, she was a commercial 

positions in Orrville and Rochester, 



George; a son, Robert; a daughter, 

classmates extend deepest sympathy. 

artist in New York City. She is survived 

N.Y., before continuing his career in 



Donna Cameron; a sister, Ramona 

— Phil and Helen Easton Carpenter 

by one brother, Lloyd R. Walker, four 

Cleveland, where he retired from the 



Brown Fleming ’27; and three grand- 

’33 

nieces and one grandniece. 

Higbee Co. in 1973. He returned to 



children. 



Orrville in 1980. From 1961 to 1990 he 




1934 

1939 

served as a director of the Orrville Sav¬ 



1930 

DONALD R. MacQUIVEY, 79, of 

HELEN J. COLE, 77, of North Carver, 

ings Bank. His wife, Susanna (Rieley), 



WILLIAM A. SHEPARD, 84, of East 

Palo Alto, Calif., on April 30, 1993, of 

Mass., on March 1, 1993, after a long 

survives him. 



Montpelier, Vt., on January 2, 1993. 

cancer. A graduate of Stanford, Mr. 

illness. After earning her M.S. from the 




Mr. Shepard graduated from Norwich 

MacQuivey became an electrical engi¬ 

Simmons School of Social Work in 

1942 



University and was employed by the 

neer specializing in telecommunica¬ 

1946, she served as a medical social 

DONALD S. PUTNAM, 71, of 



state of Vermont for 26 years, retiring 

tions. He was a foreign affairs officer 

worker in Minneapolis, Minn.; Water- 

Lakeville, Mass., on December9,1992, 



in 1972. His wife, Jane, died in 1980. 

with the State Department and contin¬ 

bury, Conn., Lakeville, Mass., and in 

after a long illness. Mr. Putnam re¬ 



He is survived by a daughter, Sally, and 

ued to do consulting work with ITU/ 

Wareham, Mass. Failing health neces¬ 

ceived his master’s from Brown Uni¬ 



two grandchildren. 

UN, UNESCO, Brazil and the Com¬ 

sitated her retirement in 1975. She is 

versity (1947) and served in the U.S. 




merce Department. His wife, the former 

survived by a brother, Theron M. Cole. 

Coast Guard during World War II. He 



1930 

Edith James, died in 1983. He is sur¬ 


was a member of the English depart¬ 



MURIEL JOHNSON THORN, 83, of 

vived by a daughter, Jean Foot; a son, 

1940 

ment at Hamline Univ. in St. Paul, 



Old Deerfield, Mass., on April 10,1993. 

Glen; and a sister, Marian Ritchie. 

ELISABETH ALLEN CLAY, 73, of 

Minn. Survivors include a brother. 



She was librarian at Dickinson Library 


St. Croix, Virgin Islands, on December 

Stearns Putnam, and two daughters, 



in Old Deerfield for 40 years, retiring in 

1935 

12, 1992. During the war years, Betty 

Elizabeth Tomlin and Genevieve 



1987. Her husband, Franklin H. Thorn, 

LESTER H. BENSON, 78, of Fort Lau¬ 

was a medical social worker with the 

Phares. 



died in 1963. Survivors include a son, 

derdale, Fla., on January 28, 1993. He 

Red Cross. She received a master’s 




John F.; a daughter, Wilma D. Colella; 

served in the Army Air Corps/Air Force 

from the New York School of Social 

1943 



three sisters, Madeline Spencer, Theo 

in World War II and was recalled to 

Work, Columbia University (1947), and 

MARIAN DAY DRYER, 68, of 



Sawyer and Wilma Begg; a grandchild 

active duty in Germany, 1950 to 1952. 

then worked with Child and Family 

Cohasset, Mass., on December 6,1989, 



and several nieces and nephews. 

In Bolton Landing, N.Y., he taught 

Services in Honolulu where she met her 

of a brain tumor. She studied at the 




mathematics and science, coached all 

husband. They lived in New Jersey from 

Univ. of Rochester, in Madrid and in 



1931 

sports and served as vice principal. He 

1953 until retiring to St. Croix in 1980. 

Paris, earning her master’s at the Middle- 



FLORENCE PORTMAN CANEDY, 

later served as superintendent in 

She is survived by her husband. Bob, 

bury French School in 1956. She taught 



84, of Bernardston, Mass., on April 21, 

Philmont, N.Y., retiring to Florida in 

son David, daughter Pamela, and two 

high school French for many years in 



1993. Retiring in 1972, Mrs. Canedy 

1977. Survivors include his wife, 

grandchildren. 

New York state, most recently in 



was a 25-year French teacher in the 

Kathryn; three sons, George, Jeffery 

— Boh and Bobbie Plumer Alden '40 

Brighton and Great Neck, encouraging 



Dalton and Greenfield, Mass., school 

and Steven; and five grandchildren. 


many of her students to become French 



systems. She was a lieutenant in the 


1940 

majors at Middlebury. She spent the 



Navy WAVES from 1943 to 1945. She 

1937 

GORDON R. ELLMERS, 78, of Fort 

last seven years of her life at the Vedanta 



leaves her husband of 50 years, Edward 

EDGAR P. BERRY, 78, of Cataumet, 

Edward, N.Y., on April 9,1993. A 1941 

Centre in Cohasset, Mass. 



N. Canedy, and several nieces and neph¬ 

Mass., and New York City, of 

graduate of the Univ. of Pennsylvania 

— Kathryn Sempepos Silliman ’43 



ews. 

Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Berry received 

School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. 





his M.D. from the University of Roch¬ 

Ellmers started a veterinary practice in 

1943 



1932 

ester School of Medicine. He served as 

1944, which became a partnership in 

WILLIAM J. PURCELL, 71, of Pom¬ 



EVELINE VINTON WELLS, 82, of 

director of plastic surgery service at 

1956. His son, Gordon, joined the firm 

pano Beach, Fla., on March 3,1993. An 



South Windsor, Conn., on March 24, 

Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, retir¬ 

in 1980. He served as an officer or 

Army veteran of World World II, he 



1993. After studying at a business col¬ 

ing in 1984. He also served on innumer¬ 

board member for many organizations 

participated in the Battle of the Bulge. 



lege, Mrs. Wells was employed in a 

able committees in medical and com¬ 

and received the Liberty Bell Award on 

After receiving his doctorate from Co¬ 



bank and worked for a newspaper. She 

munity activities, was affiliated with 

May 1, 1990. He was predeceased by a 

lumbia, he was a mathematics profes- 





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sor at Chicago State University for 40 
years, retiring to Florida in 1988. He is 
survived by a cousin, Pauline Martin. 

1944 

GEORGE FREDERICK WIEMANN 
III. 71, on February 3, 1993, of cancer. 
Following distinguished service as a 
bomber pilot in World War II, he earned 
a business degree at Columbia and spent 
most of his business career in the mo¬ 
tion picture and television industry. He 
lived in Manhasset and Shelter Island, 
N.Y., until moving recently to Stuart, 
Fla. He is survived by his wife, Dolores 
Balzac Wiemann ’46; a son, George 
IV; daughters Nancy and Constance; 
and five grandchildren. 

— David T. Stebbins ’44 

1946 

STEVEN GILBERT SPEAR, 67, of 
Dumont, N.J., on February 25, 1993. 
Serving in the Navy (1944-46), he par¬ 
ticipated in the post-war atomic bomb 
tests at Bikini. He graduated from the 
Univ. of Michigan’s School of Naval 
Architecture in 1951 and worked for 
National Bulk Carriers for 17 years as a 
naval architect, designing the world’s 
largest bulk carriers for oil, wood pulp, 
bauxite and liquid natural gas. He also 
worked for Exxon and Burmah Oil Co., 
and served as a consultant for marine 
lawyers. He is survived by his wife, 
Shirley; a brother, Moncrieff J. Spear 
’43; fourchildren, Robin Ingalls, Linda 
Goemer, Julie Grofsik and Kenneth 
Spear; and four grandchildren. 

1948 

DONALD BALL McGUIRE Jr., 69, of 
New Gloucester, Maine, on February 
17, 1993. A 36-year underwriter for 
Aetna Life and Casualty, Mr. McGuire 
retired in 1984 as manager of Aetna’s 
employee benefits division in Portland, 
Maine. He served in the 2nd Cavalry 
Group under Gen. George Patton in 
World War II. His lifelong commit¬ 
ment to community service benefited 
many organizations, including the PTA, 
Rotary Club, Opportunity Farm for 
Boys, the United Church of Christ, New 
Gloucester Historical Society, United 
Way, Maine Medical Center and the 
YMCA, as well as Middlebury Col¬ 
lege. He is survived by his wife of 44 
years, Nancy Weale McGuire ’48; chil¬ 
dren Valerie Rich, Janice Raab, Ken¬ 
neth McGuire and Laurie Houston; 
seven grandchildren; and a sister Janice 
Rothery. 

1948 

JACKSON B. PARKER, 69, of Lin¬ 
coln, Mass., on February 26, 1993, of 
cancer. He served as a Navy pilot in 
World War II and later in the Naval 
Aviation Reserve. He studied at MIT 
and worked for his father’s machinery 
design and sales company, becoming 
president in 1973 and retiring in 1988. 
He is survived by his mother, Irene; his 
wife, Jacqueline; two daughters, 
Kathleen and Elaine Hawkes; one son, 
Richard; three brothers, Francis D. ’39, 


Stanley C. and Harold P. '44; and one 
grandson. 

—Francis D. Parker '39 and Harold P. 
Parker '44 

1949 

DAVID W. GRANT, 69, of Farming- 
ton, Conn., on March 8, 1993. Prior to 
his retirement in 1985, Mr. Grant was 
an officer of the employee benefits di¬ 
vision of Aetna Life & Casualty Co., 
with whom he had been associated for 
36 years. He worked in Seattle, Alaska 
and Hawaii before moving to the home 
office in 1958. He leaves his wife of 45 
years, Betty Jean (Welsh); a daughter, 
Jacqueline; three sons, David W. Jr., 
Stephen W. and Robert L.; a brother, 
John L.; and five grandchildren. 

1950 

FRANCES BOSTELMANN EL- 
WELL, 63, of Brattleboro, Vt., on Feb¬ 
ruary 11, 1993. She took graduate 
courses in early childhood education 
and became a lifelong activist and ac¬ 
knowledged expert on quality public 
education and services for children. A 
recent member of the Vermont State 
Board of Education and the Vermont 
State College Board, she taught at the 
Brattleboro Nursery School for 17 years, 
serving as head teacher and director for 
14 years. She is survived by her hus¬ 
band, Corwin Elwell ’50; a son, Peter 
Elwell ’84; three daughters, Cathleen 
and Colleen Piantadosi and Christine 
Elwell; and two grandchildren. 

— Eleanor Flett Kingsland ’50 

1950 

LEONARD A. RICE, 69, of Pottstown, 
Pa., on April 18, 1993. An Army vet¬ 
eran of World War II, Mr. Rice was 
employed as a reporter for the Reading 
Eagle Newspaper Co. for the last 27 
years. Survivors include his wife, Mary 
(Fink); a son, Leonard M. Rice; two 
daughters, Sharon Dimarco and Susan 
Fronccak; and five grandchildren. 

1953 

JANE WEITZEL WHITE, 61, of Lin¬ 
coln, Vt., and Williamstown, Mass., on 
March 5,1993, of cancer. Her husband, 
John M. White ’52, died in 1987. She is 
survived by her mother, Arlene Weitzel; 
a sister, Mary Jo Smyth; a brother, 
Frederick Weitzel ’56; three sons, John 
M. Jr. ’77, James S., and Douglas S. 
’85; and three grandsons. A member of 
the United Church of Lincoln and an 
active volunteer for the American Can¬ 
cer Society, Mrs. White was quick to 
show her concern for others and was 
always ready to help and encourage 
those afflicted with cancer. 

1955 

GERARD R. CUGINI, 59, of Bell¬ 
ingham, Mass., on April 25, 1993. A 
self-employed architect with over 20 
years of experience in commercial, resi¬ 
dential and institutional projects, Mr. 
Cugini received national design awards 
for several of his projects. He is sur¬ 
vived by his father, Raymond Cugini; a 


son, Gregory Cugini; a daughter, An¬ 
gela Cugini; and a sister, Joan Cugini. 

1956 

SUSAN LITTLE KRAMARIC, 58, of 
Wilton, Conn., on January 24, 1993, of 
cancer. She married Peter S. Kramaric 
in 1959. Residents of Wilton for the 
past 18 years, they lived in New York 
prior to that. In addition to her husband, 
she is survived by her daughter, Karen 
Dean; her mother, Ruth Little; and a 
brother, Thomas Little. 

— Virginia Collins Emerson ’56 

1956 

RODNEY E. REID, 58, of San Fran¬ 
cisco, Calif., on January 28, 1993. A 
career employee of the Federal Reserve 
Bank in San Francisco, he began as a 
bank examiner and in 1988 was pro¬ 
moted to vice president. He collapsed at 
a bank luncheon and died of an apparent 
heart attack. 

1958 

DEWEY I. CLASON, 56, of Shrews¬ 
bury, Mass., on February 18, 1993. He 
earned a doctor of optometry degree 
from Mass. College of Optometry in 
Boston, served in the Army Medical 
Corps and was a self-employed optom¬ 
etrist in Worcester for 33 years. Dr. 
Clason was a leader in many organiza¬ 
tions, including the Massachusetts So¬ 
ciety of Optometrists. In 1977, he served 
on a federal group designed to curb 
abuses in the Medicare program in 
Massachusetts. He is survived by his 
wife, Beverly; a son, Kurt; a daughter, 
Karin; his mother, Edith V. Clason; a 
brother, Richard; and a grandson. 

1961 

JUDITH REMINGTON PARSONS, 
53, of Charlotte, Vt., and East Hamp¬ 
ton, N.Y., on December 31, 1992, fol¬ 
lowing a brief illness. A devoted wife 
and mother, she volunteered her time 
and energies to the Charlotte Central 
School as a teacher’s aide. She worked 
as a tax preparer with Gallagher Flynn 
and Co. for nine years, after which she 
joined Gail Proctor, CPA, as a tax spe¬ 
cialist. Survivors include her husband. 
Rodney L. Parsons '62; a daughter, 
Deborah Donnelly; two sons, Rodney 
Jr. and Bradford; two grandsons, two 
sisters, one brother and many nieces 
and nephews. 

— Steve Crampton '61 

1977 

THOMAS J. ANDREWS, 37, of Los 
Angeles, Calif., on October 28, 1992. 
He attended Bread Loaf School of Eng¬ 
lish, held a teaching fellowship at 
Phillips Academy and, in 1978, became 
dean of students at Brentwood School 
in California. In 1981 he began work in 
the Film industry at 20th Century Fox, 
later moving to Columbia Pictures as 
creative director in video and market¬ 
ing. As the founder and president of 
Extended Wings Inc., Tom was instru¬ 
mental in creating music videos to help 
market motion pictures. He was chosen 


an Outstanding Young Man in America 
in 1981 and received many awards in 
the film industry, including Columbia 
Pictures’ Chairman Award in 1986 and 
Ad Week’s Rising Promotion Star in 
1989. He is survived by his brothers, 
David, John and George, and by his 
sisters, Ellen Christianson and Cathy 
Martin. 

— William R. Thickstun III '77 

1979 

DIANA JORGENSEN WESTNEY, 35, 
of Rupert and Bennington, Vt., on March 
1, 1993, following a long illness. She 
held a master’s degree in science from 
the University of Vermont. She is sur¬ 
vived by her parents. Dr. and Mrs. 
Howard J. Westney; a brother, John 
Westney; and a sister, Clarissa 
Nadhemy. 

1987 

JANET M. BULLENKAMP, 26, of 
Ashton, Md., on January 16, 1992. She 
had hoped to combine her interest in the 
theater with her skills in spinning and 
weaving to work in the Field of costume 
design. She did volunteer work at the 
Baltimore Opera, at the Summer Opera 
Theater in Washington and was em¬ 
ployed for a time at Center Stage in 
Baltimore. She is survived by her par¬ 
ents, Peter and Lola Bullenkamp, and a 
sister, Marjorie Zotto. 

BEQUESTS 

From the estate of Ralph W, Pickard 
’37, $50,000 for the Annual Fund. 

From the estate of Jane D, VVhamer 
’48, $159,003.53 to establish the Jane 
D. Whamer ’48 Memorial Scholarship 
Fund. 

From the estate of Roger P. Cleveland 
’28, $5,000 to establish the Roger P. 
Cleveland '28 Memorial Scholarship 
Fund. 

From the estate of Edna G. Hinds 27, 
$5,000 for the Annual Fund. 

From the estate of Isabel I. 
Baumgartner ’37, $4,529.64, bring¬ 
ing the total bequest to $51,029.64 for 
the general endowment. 

From the estate of Jean Foard Colton 
’43, $683.85, bringing the total bequest 
to $32,414.83 for the general endow¬ 
ment. 

From the estate of Donald H. 
Whittemore, S541.45, bringing the to¬ 
tal bequest to $2,223.45 for the Annual 
Fund. 


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ment to improve the curve. 

Now we’re in the ’90s, and 
although we’ve been called the 
PC generation, the apathetic 
generation and even the MTV 
generation, I don’t believe 
we’ve found a fitting label just 
yet. These trends that I have 
been sharing with you scare 
me. I didn’t come to college 
merely to become an able body 
for the work force. I didn’t get 
good grades because it would 
get me into grad school. I came 
to learn how to share ideas with 
others, to think independently, 
to come into my own, so to 
speak, as a human being. I 
think that is what I found here, 
yet sometimes I fear this expe¬ 
rience is too rare. I’m a Liter¬ 
ary Studies major, and for 
those of you who don’t know 
much about it, it’s distinguish¬ 
ing feature is a comprehensive 
exam on more than 100 of the 
greatest works of literature in 
the world today. Once most 
students see the list, which 
ranges from Homer to Goethe 
to Dostoyevsky, they run 
away. However, 10 of us, per¬ 
haps mentally deranged, stuck 
it out for four years and made 
it through the dreaded Winter 
Term. And the amazing thing 
about it was that it was the best 
academic experience of my 
entire life. Our group, whose 
areas of expertise ran the 
gamut from ancient Greek and 
Latin poetry to modern Chi¬ 
nese literature, spent 24 days in 
the Fletcher Room of Starr Li¬ 
brary discussing, arguing, 
fighting, ranting and raving 
about literature. By the time 
the comprehensive exam came 
around, we had almost forgot¬ 
ten that that was the reason we 
had been studying in the first 
place. The exam might have 
signaled the end of the month, 
but it did not even remotely 
capture what we learned. If I 
had to name the one thing we 
learned it was that our study of 
literature was just beginning. 

I don’t know of any other 
major on this campus that al¬ 
lows students to conduct their 


own study as a group for a 
month. Why doesn’t this hap¬ 
pen more often? Are students 
uninterested in learning just for 
learning’s sake? Is it too hard 
for the faculty to evaluate this 
kind of learning in our society 
so obsessed with grades? Is it 
because it won’t get us a job 
with the World Bank or help us 
on the LSAT’s? I don’t believe 
that is the case, especially here 
at Middlebury. Perhaps more 
opportunities to interact this 
way would encourage students 
to see learning as a top-floor 
path to personal development, 
as opposed to a path to the top 
floor of the World Trade Cen¬ 
ter and an office, with a 
jacuzzi, overlooking the entire 
city. We’ve had the good for¬ 
tune of being in a small com¬ 
munity filled with students 
from different backgrounds 
and different nations. We’ve 
studied abroad, not only in 
Europe, but in Vladimir, 
Beijing, Bali, Israel, the list 
goes on and on. If we the stu¬ 
dents and faculty take the re¬ 
sponsibility, we can recreate 
that ideal academic setting of 
the Middle Ages. That atmo¬ 
sphere, which, well, which al¬ 
lows intellectual enthusiasm to 
triumph over debauchery. 

So it’s not over. We can’t 
just go out and get cushy little 
jobs and lead cushy little lives. 
We can’t, that is, if we really 
want to call ourselves students. 
We, like Chaucer’s Oxford 
clerk, must have a moral obli¬ 
gation to “Gladly learn and 
gladly teach” for the rest of our 
lives. That’s the reward, or the 
price we must pay, for being 
students. If we cease to criti¬ 
cally analyze and challenge the 
world as we challenged our 
professors, then we cease to be 
students. If we cease to be stu¬ 
dents, then what are we? Toad¬ 
stools. We might lose the facts, 
figures and faces when we 
leave here, but let’s not let our¬ 
selves lose the spirit that moti¬ 
vated us through it all, a spirit 
that has endured through the 
ages and which must be pre¬ 
served to make life worth liv¬ 
ing. 




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STUDENT TALK 

Reinventing the wheel: What Midd 
can learn from the medieval model 


By Lisa Horwitz ’93 

What follows is a slightly condensed ver¬ 
sion of this year s Phi Beta Kappa Ad¬ 
dress. Lisa Horwitz, a Literary Studies ma¬ 
jor from Plainfield, N.J., graduated in May 
summa cum laude, with highest honors. 

Hello, everyone, and thank you for com¬ 
ing to Middlebury’s Phi Beta Kappa cer¬ 
emony. Originally, I had planned to share 
some thoughts with you about the mean¬ 
ing of life; however, that seemed a bit am¬ 
bitious even for a Phi Beta Kappa cer¬ 
emony speech, which is 
too early on a Saturday 
morning, so I decided to 
tackle the meaning of 
student life, instead. 

As I was reading 
about the history of stu¬ 
dent life over the ages, I 
was surprised, yet some¬ 
how comforted, to dis¬ 
cover that students have 
been up to the same type 
of barbaric antics as we 
have since universities 
began. We clever, inno¬ 
vative, creative students 
who thought we were 
actually doing something new and excit¬ 
ing at college have essentially been 
reinventing the wheel every four years. 
For example, students have been getting 
themselves in trouble for “drinking, gam¬ 
bling, profane games, immodest runnings 
and horrid shoutings” since the Middle 
Ages, according to Hastings Rashdall’s 
Student Life in the Middle Ages. 

Hazing of first-year students existed 
long before fraternities. There is one fa¬ 
mous hazing ritual recorded in the late 
15th century of two upper-class students 
investigating the source of an abominable 
smell, only to discover that the source is a 
new student, who they pretend is a wild 
boar. They mock the student’s supposed 
wild glare, extremely long and hideous 
ears, ferocious tusks, etc., and decide to 
give him an operation. They smear his face 
with soap, clip his ears, cut his beard, re¬ 
move his “tusks” with a saw, and so on. 


Then, just in case the operation proves to 
be fatal, they force the student to make his 
last confession. As penance for his sins, he 
must provide a banquet for his new mas¬ 
ters and comrades. And you thought that 
Midd social houses were rough. 

The universities also had an early form 
of the honor code. Instead of taking atten¬ 
dance, monitoring exams or enforcing the 
rules, they had students swear an oath that 
they had complied with the regulations. 
My personal favorite is the student oath 
not to wreak vengeance by knife or dag¬ 
ger upon the examiner. Maybe we should 
add that to our honor code. 

Yet despite the ab¬ 
sence of discipline and 
domestic supervision 
and the easy degree re¬ 
quirements, the universi¬ 
ties were still centers of 
intellectual achieve¬ 
ment. And the key to 
their success was that 
students and teachers 
from all walks of life 
lived together. The con¬ 
stant interchange of 
ideas with other people 
fostered a kind of intel¬ 
lectual enthusiasm that is 
impossible in isolation. 
This attitude toward learning forms the 
framework for the modern university. It 
has increased or decreased in importance 
depending on the times. 

American universities are a product of 
this attitude, yet we’ve added a few tradi¬ 
tions of our own, some for the better, some 
for the worse. Fraternities are a uniquely 
American invention, bom out of the spirit 
of revolution in the 18th century. They 
were a means through which students at¬ 
tempted to gain power over the faculty. 
They started out as small, select bands of 
men pledged to secrecy, whose purpose 
was friendship, mutual protection and 
good times. Among fraternity members, 
grades had little value. Students judged 
each other by their own set of standards, 
not the school’s. Success on the athletic 
field, in journalism, in literature, and 
among your peers was what counted. Col¬ 
lege, Helen Horowitz tells us in Campus 


Life: Undergraduate Cultures from the 
End of the 18th Century to the Present , 
was a place to develop the intellect, make 
connections and acquire good taste. 

The Industrial Revolution brought 
about great changes. An expanding middle 
class attended college to train for the pro¬ 
fessions. By 1880, women, African- 
Americans and Jews were admitted with 
increasing frequency, although they were 
rarely included in the social life. The cur¬ 
riculum changed from explaining the ways 
of God to exploring the ways of man. Col¬ 
lege became the gateway to a better life, 
and grades took on a whole new meaning. 

During the 1930s, schools became 
centers of political rebellion. Due to the 
Depression, many students were scared 
about their prospects for the future. They 
turned to Marxism and socialism for the 
answers. Women became an increasingly 
important part of the social scene, and the 
sexual liberation of the ’20s freed them to 
participate in many of the same hedonis¬ 
tic activities as the men. 

After World War II, this rebellious 
spirit changed to American loyalism, 
which lasted until the 1960s, by which 
time students were getting fed up with the 
factory mentality of producing an able 
work force. They demanded increased in¬ 
tellectual challenge from the curriculum 
and recognition of the individual’s per¬ 
sonal academic interests. They were tired 
of the elitism of fraternities and developed 
a more communal social atmosphere. 
They protested football and fraternities, 
segregation and discrimination. They 
dropped the barriers among themselves 
and put them up against the older genera¬ 
tion. Their strength of community is what 
fostered their success. When the Vietnam 
War started and there was talk that stu¬ 
dents with low grades would lose their 
draft exemptions, the real protests began. 
The students were motivated to fight 
against the war not only by moral opposi¬ 
tion, but also by self-preservation. 

After the tumultuous ’60s, the ’70s 
ushered in an age of “grim professional¬ 
ism.” Once the war ended and the reces¬ 
sion hit, students adopted a very serious 
attitude toward grades. Because the job 
prospects were better, students favored the 
sciences and technical fields over the hu¬ 
manities. The norm of student behavior 
was docility in the classroom and hell-rais¬ 
ing on weekends. This trend continued 
into the ’80s, with competition in some 
schools so fierce that students reported 
wrecking a classmate’s science experi- 

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Summer Celebrations 



S 

^-Aimmertime gives us many 
reasons to celebrate at Middlebury: 

• Students begin their new lives after 
benefiting from their Middlebury 
experience. 

• Alumni reacquaint themselves with 
Middlebury at their class reunions. 

• The Annual Fund successfully ends 
its 1992-1993 fiscal year. 

Middlebury salutes your participation 
as involved alumni, parents, and 
friends in the 1992-1993 Annual Fund. 
Your continuing support is vital in 
keeping the Middlebury Experience 
alive for all present and future 
students. 


The Annual Fund: A Return to Middlebury 
























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OF THE HILLS 




“Visions of Nature and 
Challenges for the Environment” 
September 1-5 Bread Loaf 

Six courses taught by Middlebury faculty 
focusing on the natural world. Alumni, 


HOMECOMING WEEKEND 


October 16-18 


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