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CLASS NOTES
CLASS NOTES
summer 2014 | St. Lawrence University Magazine 43
42 summer 2014 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
I received a newsy email from
Julie Chevalier
,
who has been co-editing a book,
Cracking the
Spine: Ten Australian Short Stories and How They
Were Written
, which was scheduled to be pub-
lished by Spineless Wonders in May. Her latest
book,
Darger: his girls
(Puncher & Wattmann),
was short-listed for the West Australian Premier's
Award. It had previously won the Alec Bolton
Prize for an unpublished poetry manuscript. “I go
to a gymclass three times a week to try to keep up
with seven creative and lively grandchildren, ages
3 to 10,”she concluded.
I was impressed to read about Julie’s workout. I go
up to Georgetown University for exercise classes
designed for the "mature adult.”We have a great
time, but the best part is coffee afterwards. Don't
think I've done anything like this since coffee in
the Snack Bar between classes!
Paul Taylor
and “his” dog, an Irish setter, spent
two months in New Mexico. This was their an-
nual “Guy Trip” – the boy, his dog and his truck! I
maintained the home front with “my”Old English
sheepdog, who’s now 14½.
Congratulations to
Scarlett Emerson
! Last year,
Scarlett was a recipient of the “Sharing the Light
Award”presented by Catholic Charities of the Fin-
ger Lakes to individuals who dedicate their time
and energies toward making the community a
better place. Now retired, Scarlett works part-
time as project assistant in the Intercultural Af-
fairs Office of Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
remains active in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and
serves on the boards and committees of several
local organizations.
And kudos to
Ken Shilkret
! The Clinton (N.Y.) Var-
sity Hockey Booster Club dedicated their 2013-
2014 publication to him for his work with the club
during the past 10 years. The dedication page
called him “the most giving and selfless person.”
When asked why he had spent 10 years with the
Boosters, he commented, “The kids work hard in
practice and during their games, so as an avid
hockey fan, it is a pleasure for me to provide as-
sistance and support for the team, through the
Boosters Club, to showmy appreciation.”
In the spring issue of this magazine, did you see
Andy Nevin
’s comments in letters to the editor
about an electric car charging station on campus?
There's a reply in this issue's "Letters" column.
Along those lines, as you read this column
Floyd
Sandford
and his wife, Sharon, should be touring
China! In September, he’ll return to England for an
Earthwatch program on climate change and then
plan a couple of weeks hiking in different locales.
Carole Sperzel Clark
wonders if anyone
knows that St. Lawrence is mentioned in Nelson
DeMille's
Wildfire
, in about Chapter 35.
Hope you all have an enjoyable summer. And I
hope to hear from you by Labor Day, in time for
the next Class Notes deadline. (That’s a hint!)
1962
SteveWahl ’62
7899 E. Soaring Eagle
Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1280
480-575-5300
Next Reunion: 55
th
, 2017
1963
Leah Kollmer Puzzo ’63
135 Hillcrest Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605-1508
201-461-7052(home)
201-321-5519(cell)
Next Reunion: 55
th
, 2018
Hilary Hartman Goodwin
celebrated her birth-
day with her kids and grandkids on a four-day
vacation in New York City. They all had a wonder-
ful time! She had a tour guide who she recom-
mended to
Karen Allred Quinn
, who also took
her granddaughters to NYC for a week’s holiday.
Tory Liersch Spater Somerville
and Doug
spent six glorious weeks in sunny Mexico, return-
ing to New England in early March expecting
spring. That didn’t happen! Much snow was still
on the ground.
April Norton Tweddell
’s daughter, Holly, ran
for 3rd District Supervisor in Willets, Calif. April
helped with the campaign by asking people if
they were willing to put “Vote for Holly” signs on
their lawns! At publication time, the election re-
sults are unknown.
Ken Gross
and Trish live inVirginia. Their son Jake
is a sophomore at James Madison University and
their daughter Kayla starts at Lynchburg College
in September. Ken has had lunch several times
with
John McClenahen
, who recently published
a book of his own poetry. Ken also met
Wally
Brown
while Ken was de-installing his exhibit of
Porsches at the North Carolina Museum of Art in
Raleigh. They had fun catching up after 50 years.
Ken has been busy writing articles about cars,
completing seven exhibitions of fine cars in fine
art museums, and publishing his tenth book!
Tom Halper
reports happily that his daughter
Pauline gave birth to a boy,Walter.Tom says,“He is
very precocious and is already talking, but unfor-
tunately we can’t understand anything he says.”
Congratulations to the Halper family!
I received sad news of the death of
Mary “Scot-
ty” Babcock Fosko
on March 26. She had been
ill for 10 months. She will be missed. And our
heartfelt condolences go to
Mark Morris
on the
sudden death of his wife, Elena Kusa Morris ’62,
in January. A memorial notice appeared in the
spring magazine.
1964
Sherry Gage Chappelle ’64
800 Bayard Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-226-1594
Next Reunion: 55
th
, 2019
1965
Jane Petrie Davis ’65
P.O. Box 730
92 Coventry Lane
Manchester Center, VT 05255-0730
802-362-3621
Next Reunion: 50
th
, May 28-31, 2015
Doug Hartford
emailed that his annual “Vita-
min D Excursion”was in Arizona. He and his wife,
Pat, stopped in Tucson to visit
Tom Ham
. They
were very happy to escape the Twin Cities after
a brutal winter.
JoanKeene Smith
writes that her sons Gavin and
Quentin and their girlfriends spent Christmaswith
them. Joan and Dale enjoyed travels to Seattle to
visit their son and Dale’s relatives in California.
Next was a birthday celebration for Joan in New
York City with a trip to visit Joan’s brother Alan
and his wife in North Carolina, Jim and his wife in
Maine and Joan’s sister, Lorie, in Massachusetts.
In April of 2013, she and Dale cruised to the Ca-
ribbean with their five-couple gourmet group. In
September they spent a month in Vietnam and
Cambodia, which included an eight-day cruise
from the Mekong Delta. They visited local areas,
Saigon and Angkor Wat. Joan and Dale spent
most of the summer of 2013 at their farm with
visits from family and SLU friends.
My news is the celebration of the birth of another
grandson in March. My son, Parker, has two boys;
my daughter Hilary has a son; and my daughter
Tori ’96 has two stepsons. We waited a long time
for grandchildren, and now have five in just over
a year and a half.
Classmates, please take some time to send
some news.
1966
JimMichaelson ’66
22 Gouverneur Street
Canton, NY 13617-1214
315-386-5250
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2016
Carol Blank Bloomer
says hello from Hilton
Head, S.C., where three Pi Phis (herself,
Betsy
Harris Cantlie
and
Pat Griffeth Douglas
) were
gathered with their husbands. Being so scat-
tered geographically (Ohio, Massachusetts,
Montana) they make it a winter ritual to meet at
Hilton Head because of its beauty andWARMTH!
The
Beislers
(Pete ’65 and
Marty
) were with
them earlier, but had to return to their new
home in Cumberland, Maine.
Carol and Al spent part of last fall in Italy and
France. They day-tripped to villages along the
Amalfi Coast while staying with friends in a
500-year-old watchtower. Then they cruised the
rivers of Southern France and explored Paris.
Pete Henry
wrote that he has written a novel
(a six-year project) entitled
Hard Charger from
the Sky
, which is being published in paperback
and can be located on Amazon Kindle. A histori-
cal novel about Lt. "Rye" Anders and his passage
through the Vietnam War, it is based on real
events that Pete experienced (arrival, survival
and fallout). Pete has a blog that tells more:
. The bulk
of the story is written in dialog and many events
have yet to be disclosed. Peter states that it is
very emotional and it is his hope that it emulates
what participating in a war does to the soul for
those in it and those around it. He says it is a sto-
ry "that had to be told...”and sends his best to all.
Lyn Bedel
, who we all know is always busy and
always doing good things, wrote that her real
estate business is booming (“it's a good time for
both buyers and sellers"...and realtors…). Lyn is
president of the Naples Philharmonic League,
which raises awareness and funds for the or-
chestra, the youth orchestra and music educa-
tion programming. She practices Bikram yoga
several times a week, plays golf, and is a member
of a local sailing club. And she is serving on the
SLU Alumni Council. Lyn sends her best to every-
one and would love to hear from you at 239-777-
5202 or
.
Vern Ingram
writes, “I’m still practicing law,
solo, in Potsdam, N.Y. For years, I have listened
to bands playing in the area and thought,‘Some-
day I’d like to try that.’ About a year ago, I de-
cided ‘this is the someday!’ I have been playing
for some summers with the Firemen’s Brass Band
fromNorwood (they led the athletes into the sta-
dium at the Sarajevo Olympics, and have played
[twice] at theWhite House and at the Indianapo-
lis 500). Now, I am playing with the Crane Com-
munity Concert Band of SUNY Potsdam and with
the Potsdam Community Band. I’m also playing
with a band that does contemporary Christian
music while continuing with the Norwood Band
and doing karaoke with a group of friends. When
‘sometime’ came, it came with a vengeance!”
In April, the U.S. Senate Historical Office spon-
sored a program to mark the 225th anniversary
of the week that the two houses of the U.S. Con-
gress achieved a quorum and began work, at
which
Charlene Bangs Bickford
spoke on the
origins of the tradition of "Senatorial Courtesy."
Two days later, she gave an expanded version of
that talk as the Roger Trask Award Lecture for the
Society for History in the Federal Government's
annual meeting. The director and principal in-
vestigator for George Washington University’s
First Federal Congress Project and co-editor of
the multi-volume
Documentary History of the
First Federal Congress, 1789-1791
, she focused on
the early interactions between the first Senate
and President GeorgeWashington as they strug-
gled to establish procedures for carrying out the
Constitutional provision for Senate “advice and
consent” to the President’s nominations, as well
as the more complex issues of treaty negotia-
tions and ratification.
Please consider a quick email or note to Stevie
and me. Our next deadline is in September.
1967
Meg Smith Eisenbraun ’67
4460 Norris Lane
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
360-682-2345
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2017
Charla “Charlie” Davidson Jennings
is living
back in Glens Falls, N.Y. In March she finished her
six-year-term on the board of the Adirondack Sa-
maritan Counseling Center, serving as president
of the board in her last year. She says, “It has felt
productive and beneficial. We are the region’s
largest counseling center, and since we don’t turn
clients away for lack of insurance or money, the
board runs an Ethics in Business Award Banquet
as a fund-raiser. We work with business classes
from our local college to vet the nominations –
win-win for them and us.”
Charlie also does a lot of pleasure traveling. Last
year saw her in French Polynesia, Mexico, Hawaii,
Florida and Texas. She has also been to watch a
nephew at Duke and a niece at Nazareth run cross
country for their colleges. She’s trying to sell a
house on the New York/Vermont border. “Lots
goes on in this area, and I like company,”she hints.
Jill Mulholland Muller
is the general manager
of Safar Oilfield Services, an oilfield supply com-
pany her late husband and his partner built. Their
offices are in Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan, Iraq and for-
merly Turkmenistan. They are closing on the sale
of the company, and Jill is leaving the Emirates
after almost 30 years. She promises to write more
about her experiences in that part of the world.
Please send news from your corner of the world,
would you?
1968
Anne Lauriat ’68
6 Bishops Forest Dr.
Waltham, MA 02454
617-484-6841
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2018
When the subject line says “long overdue update,”
my class secretary’s heart leaps. (That indicates
how terribly exciting my life is….) I received two
lengthy emails recently. The first was from
Bruce
Ferris
, who is in his 38th year as a flight attendant
for TWA (28 years), and now American since 2003,
interrupted by a couple of years of layoffs, working
for various companies including United Health-
Care, UCare Minnesota, and the Department of
Veterans Affairs.
He and his wife, Barbara (also a flight attendant,
also having worked for TWA and AA) live in Eden
Prairie, Minn., but are "based" in Dallas, where they
begin and end their trips. They "commute" the
1,200 miles from Minneapolis on their "flying bus"
and are fortunate enough to be able to work virtu-
ally all flights together.
Bruce wrote, “Along the way since college and
a stint in Vietnam in 1969-70 with the 101st Air-
borne, I became a licensed commercial pilot on
smaller airplanes, and in the '70s and '80s did char-
ter flying and flight instruction on the side, and
worked for a small regional airline out of Albany,
N.Y., during a TWA strike. I've dropped skydiv-
ers into weddings, done fish-spotting along the
Hudson River, and done night sightseeing rides
around the Statue of Liberty. It’s been a great
corner 'office' over the years, taking me to every
state and over 40 countries.”
He and Barbara obviously have great vacation
destinations and recently returned from Cura-
cao. Bruce says some of his favorite places are
the Italian Alps, the French Riviera, Paris, Por-
tugal, Costa Rica and, state-side, Jackson and
Grand Teton National Park; Seattle; Block Island,
Rhode Island; and Big Moose Lake, N.Y., in the
Adirondacks.
In remarking on last winter’s severe weather,
Bruce says, “I had a preview almost 50 years ago,
walking many a morning up the hill to Richard-
son Hall from the Sigma Pi house!”
My second correspondent,
Howie Amann
, said
he was saddened to see last fall’s fire damage to
Gunnison Chapel, where he has happy memo-
ries of being a Laurentian Singer. Through Barry
Torres, the current Laurentian Singers director,
Howie was thrilled to get his reel-to-reel con-
certs digitized and enjoy the long-ago sounds.
Howie is a family doctor and still sees patients
two days a week. He lives in Manlius, outside
Syracuse, having moved there not long after his
wife of 40 years died. He’s now near his three
daughters and six grandkids. He says that since
2000 he’s been battling lymphoma and is doing
“quite well” in a clinical trial at the University of
Rochester. He’s a busy guy with interests includ-
ing rustic furniture-making, recumbent cycling,
canoeing, photography, music and spending
time at his cabin in the eastern Adirondacks.
Having always wanted to play an accordion, he
bought one and is “plugging away.”
At a mini-reunion in Phoenix last winter at
Lau-
ren Whittier Schweizer
’s lovely home, New
Yorkers
Annie Montgomery
and
Chris Tas-
sone Kovner
and I reminisced -- but also spoke
of the new generation. There are many grand-
children among the three women. Hard to be-
lieve that this September marks 50 years since
we donned our beanies: why does it seem like
yesterday that I can hear the rattle of the old ra-
diator in Dean- Eaton? What do
you
remember
about Freshman Orientation?
Take part in our
Shadow-A-Saint
Program!
l
Help students
explore
careers – spend time with one
and learn something yourself.
l
Sign up
for the traditional
experience (one day) or a mini-
internship (3-7 days).
For more information visit
stlawu.edu/career-services,
email
or call 315-229-5906.
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