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Patti Black Giltner ’69
16 Pellett Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Next Reunion: 45
, May 28-31, 2015
(Cluster with '70, '71)
Recently I got a nice long email from
. He and Claire live in Seattle, where Mi-
chael keeps busy with his law practice: trial work,
consulting on disputed attorney’s fee cases, fee
agreements and lawyer billing practices, and giv-
ing expert testimony in that area. After 42 years,
he will be giving up trial work and cutting his
workload to 20-30 hours per week. He and Claire
are going to start snowbirding in Tucson this
coming fall and will spend about six months of
the year down there. They will both be admitted
to the Arizona bar. They have recently become
friends with
Nancy Babcock
and her husband,
Robert Alberts, who summer in Seattle about a
mile and a half from the Caryls, on a small but
very cute houseboat on Lake Union (where they
call them barges).
Out of the blue, Michael got a call from
, who had dropped below all radar about 25
years ago. Charlie had been living on Mercer Is-
land, near Seattle, for part of the year. He is a con-
sulting forester and timber manager and spends
most of his time traveling the world on business.
He has projects in Asia, South America and Eu-
rope. Michael said he hoped to go skiing with
Charlie or climb an easy mountain, but Charlie’s
schedule makes that difficult. “We all know how
old we are, but Charlie does not seem to have
slowed down at all,”Michael said.
Sadly, I received notches of the passing of two of
our classmates.
Bryce Lockwood
L. Craig
both died in February. Our condolences
go out to the families of Bryce and Craig. For more
on them, turn to“In Memory.”
Make a summer resolution to write to your
class reporter!
Dennis Szymanski ’70
915 Hillwood Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22042-2420
Next Reunion: 45
, May 28-31, 2015
(Cluster with '69, '71)
John Hartmann
sent a 2013 review of road trips
to Montreal; Williamsburg, Va.; Washington, D.C.;
Cincinnati; Bloomington, Ind.; and the Jersey
shore. In Bloomington, they visited the grave of
Hoagy Carmichael “while serenading him with
our son J.P.'s recorded whistling rendition of ‘Star-
dust.’” John added that J.P. briefly fronted a Latin
jazz band, "Latin Translation," which performed in
Greenwich Village and Brooklyn. “He is now bus-
ily working with me, writing and recording new
material," John said. John isn't letting retirement
slow him down!
Dave Murray
's National Center for College Costs
venture continues to thrive. They received a grant
from the Lilly Endowment and the Independent
Colleges of Indiana to open their services to any
Indiana resident, which resulted in a big spike in
calls.The Center is arguably themost comprehen-
sive college selection, admission and financial aid
website in the country
org) and Dave is exploring options to expand the
tool to other states.
Janet Hunt Williams, Chris Brandy
met on campus last October 25, when
the Board of Trustees and Alumni Council were
there for their fall meetings, and arranged to have
dinner together. Earlier, Kathy and I were fortu-
nate enough to spend some time with Jan and
Rodgers '68 at their home on Keuka Lake. They
had just returned from visiting their daughter and
her family in New Jersey.
Jan is working part-time these days. She formed
a consulting company, Harp & Associates, LLC,
with three former colleagues last year. Their back-
grounds are law enforcement, human resources
and behavioral health, and they specialize in
workplace/school safety and security. Among the
services they offer are physical (building) assess-
ments/audits both during and off hours, review
of policies and procedures, interviews with staff
and employees and delivery of violence preven-
tion awareness training. They have also organized
day-long training for organizations. Originally, the
target clients were businesses, but since Sandy
Hook, they've had a lot of interest from schools.
I tried to process all this information as Rodgers
made us a refill and concluded that Jan's "part-
time" isn't what I would have envisioned.
It seems we Boomers use social media after all. I
used Facebook to reconnect with
John Patrick
. Pat runs a City Market in downtown Bur-
lington, Vt. This is a co-op grocery store with $36
million in sales and 9,500 members. He's been
at it for quite some time and still finds it fun and
challenging. He still sees a number of Laurentians
Eric Hanson
Greg Davis-Jeffers.
He says "Burlington does attract a number of
younger graduates, who just smile when I say I
graduated in 1970.”
Another Facebook update came from
. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife
of 43 years, and has two married sons and two
grandchildren. He's handed his investment
banking business over to a son and his partners.
Craig says "I go to the office most days and am
Craig reminded me that a bunch of former SLU
footballers got together in Albany, N.Y., to cel-
ebrate Coach Bob Ford's retirement from coach-
ing. The dinner was organized by
Jeff Cook
Don Martin
and others there included Tom
Crane '68, Bob Shone '68,
Bill Chadwick
, John
Meyer '67, Bill Martin '67, Frank Shields '54, Pete
Ticconi '69,
Don Martin
, Jim Michelson '66, Bob
Rood '69 and himself.
James P. Snedeker ’71
5 Linden Tree Road
Wilton, CT 06897
Next Reunion: 45
, May 28-31, 2015
(Cluster with '69, '70)
I took a class in "bowl turning" where you take a
log and, eventually, with the help of a chain saw
and a lathe, turn it into a bowl. Very rewarding
and a great break from the hectic pace of work
and my day job. I'd suggest bowl turning to all as
a new hobby to try if you haven't already.
It was very good to hear from
Dick Colantuono
who retired on May 1 after 40 years in banking.
They’ll stay in Woodstock, Vt., but lots of travel
is on the horizon. He is in frequent contact with
Brian Boxer, Greg
Rita Fishel Kennedy
Peter Hotaling
. Occasionally he sees
Conklin Malcolm
, and he’s spoken with
. He was looking forward to“a large contin-
gent of ’68, ’69 and ’70 SAEs for a reunion at Lake
Placid this July. Hi to all ’71 classmates."
It was also very good to hear from
Kathy Dou-
glass Dailey
, who wrote, "I have retired from
teaching and am wondering how I ever worked
so much. I serve in several volunteer groups, in-
cluding one that was featured on NBC News (in
the spring):
End 68 Hours of Hunger
. It provides
food to children of struggling families over the
“Unlike many classmates, we are just embarking
on the college tuition business,” Kathy said. “My
son, Matthew, is a freshman at Husson University
in Bangor, Maine, majoring in Live Sound and Ra-
dio Production.”
Tom Crawley
is also retired, after 20 years as a
school superintendent on the Jersey Shore. He
says he has “two second careers: education pro-
fessor at Georgian Court University, a small col-
lege in Lakewood, N.J., and I am a licensed thera-
pist with a counseling practice nearby. Best news:
I will be a grandfather for the first time--twice!”
Dave Corcoran
is still in the fly-fishing industry
in Bozeman, Mont.“In 2002, I soldmy retail opera-
tion, but have continued operating my outfitting
and guiding business,”he wrote. Should you want
to connect with Dave for a fly-fishing expedition,
google Dave Corcoran Outfitters. In winter, they
“make a 180-degree switch: my wife, Lynn, and
I head to Palm Desert, Calif., where we immerse
ourselves in golf.”
I received some tough news from
Vivian Swan
(if you are out her way, I know she'd love
to hear from you): “My husband of 40 years died
without warning one night in November of 2012.
After months in shock, then spending the winter
with my sisters in St. Croix, I decided to move to
California to be near my kids and grandkids. So
here I am in Menlo Park/Squaw Valley, figuring
out how to begin rebuilding a new life. Happily,
I have many things for which I am enormously
grateful, but everything sure can change in a sec-
ond. My grandkids, Sam, 4, and Pearl, 2, are great
fun. Carpe diem!" Amen to that!
Barbarajean Schaefer Blodgett ’72
6763 25th Street North
Arlington, VA 22213
Next Reunion: 45
, 2018 (Cluster with '73 '74)
Preston Smith
wrote from the NYC area to let
me know that he was looking forward to his son
Derek’s graduation fromYale in May. In a previous
column, Preston wrote about his desire to be the
next Don Draper. Apparently, he has scaled back
his ambitions and is attempting to settle on writ-
ing. But, he wrote, “I still keep a rather shaky toe
in the acting field. I was hired to ‘voice double’
for Walt ‘Clyde’Frazier for a PUMA footwear com-
mercial. I've actually done this type of thing be-
fore. I once doubled for the voice of George For-
man for an HBO promo for one of his fights. But
the wildest of these is when I doubled the voice
of Dooley Wilson in the famous ‘Play it again
Sam’ scene in
, using the actual film
of that scene, for a Sara Lee Cakes commercial.
When Sam ‘played it,’ instead of ‘As Time Goes
By’ it was the Sara Lee jingle--don't ever tell me
I don't do high art. I watch that film (one of the
greatest of all time) every time it's on and fondly
recall ‘the time I worked with Bogie.’
Paul Gilbert
wrote in late February about a won-
derful trip he and his wife took to Hawaii, with
an interesting twist: “Pat (Romeo-Gilbert '74) saw
a Facebook posting from
Dave Ober
’s wife that
they were in Hawaii, on a cruise visiting a number
of islands. After numerous texts, we were able to
spend one fun day on the Kona coast. The Obers
live in New Jersey, andwe reside in greater Boston.
Only SLU couples travel 5,000 miles to see each
other when a simple drive of 200 miles will do!”
Steve Hill
and Ramona have successfully made
the transition from Vermont to Alabama. No
doubt the winter weather was far more pleasant
in his new surroundings. He wrote, "My number
one son (Brigham) and Sarah presented Ramona
and me with our first grandchild/daughter on
January 10, 2014, when Kerrigan was born.”
Suzanne Leip Collins
and Tom became grand-
parents in late February. In March, Tom surprised
Suzanne with a birthday party at their home. “It
was a wonderful surprise,” she said, “but I was a
bit suspicious when Tom started cleaning all the
bathrooms in the house in advance of the party!”
In the grandparenting vein, my daughter, Sarah
Metevia Reynolds, gave birth to her third child,
another boy, on March 31. It’s Raining Men, Hal-
leluiah! Please let me know of the big and small
joys of YOUR life. Cheers!
Linda Tirelli Herrmann ’73
60 Crosman Avenue
Swampscott, MA 01907
Next Reunion: 45
, 2018 (Cluster with '72, '74)
Vicky MacLean
emailed me that retirement is
still keeping her busy. She spends winters inTexas
and summers in Montana, training her Labradors
for field trials. In her "spare" time, Vicky published
another book on Forest Service history:
Home on
the Range, Montana's Eastside Ranger Stations
. The
second volume will be out in the fall. This project
has given her a chance to explore remote areas of
Montana, photograph a lot of very old buildings,
and interview a lot of old-timers about working at
or growing up at some of these remote locations.
Vicki also wrote, “It was good to get news of my
senior-year roommate,
Gail Behrens Day
, in the
winter St. Lawrence magazine. My summer loca-
tion in the beautiful Mission Valley of western
Montana is on the way to Glacier National Park.
If any old Outing Club folks are passing through, I
would love to see you.”
Debbie Bessey Benjamin
retired on March 28
after 41 years in higher education, first at the Uni-
versity of Rochester and then at Monroe Commu-
nity College. Prior to that, she wrote, “It’s a pretty
scary step and I’m not sure how I’ll feel about ‘not
having a job’after all these years. In April, the first
book in my
Women of a Certain Age
mystery series
will be coming out,
The Death of Perry Many Paws
It will be available on Amazon and Kindle. It’s a
humorous cozy mystery.”
While my classmates are busy writing books, I’m
busy writing change-of-address cards. My hus-
band and I are in the midst of buying and sell-
ing houses to move to Swampscott, Mass. We’ve
enjoyed living in the Pittsburgh area and recom-
mend it highly, but we’d like to be closer to our
daughter and grandchildren in Marblehead. Our
other daughter lives in Bethel, Alaska – we en-
joyed visiting there in January (ironically, it was
actually colder down in the Lower 48 during our
trip), but have no plans to move there!
That’s it for news. Please drop me a line or send
me an email – note by new address and cell
phone number above. Your classmates would
love to hear about you!
Sandra CicconeWagner ’74
13030Walking Path Place
San Diego, CA 92130
Next Reunion: 45
, 2018
(Cluster with '72, '73)
The next issue will be full of details from our
40th reunion, which took place May 29-June
1, just after this issue went to print. If you were
not able to come to our 40th, please take the
time to send me an update on where you are
and what you are doing.
Carol Owen ’75
12 Lake Village Drive
Durham, NC 27713-8952
919-544-2121 (evenings)
Next Reunion: 40
, May 28-31, 2015
In March, ELLE magazine included
Susan Collins
U.S. Senator from Maine, as one of the 10 most
powerful women in the nation’s capital. Recog-
nizing her 17 years in Congress, the piece noted
that she has become known as an important and
bipartisan-spirited senator. In a refreshing change
from the typical political coverage in the news
media, the interview also mentioned what her
husband gave her for their first wedding anniver-
sary – a tandemkayak!The piece was a nicemix of
the professional and the personal.
Save the date (it will be here before we know it!)
– our 40th class reunion will be held next May
28- 31! Please think about it and start making
plans to attend!
O’Shea ’74
Wins Prestigious
Medical Prize
John J. O’Shea ’74
, M.D., scientific director
at the National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS),
has been named the 2014 recipient of the
Ross Prize in
Molecular Medicine
, conferred
by the Feinstein Institute’s peer-reviewed,
open-access journal Molecular Medicine.
The award was given on June 9 at the New
York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan,
followed by scientific presentations by Dr.
O’Shea and other prominent researchers.
NIAMS is part of the National Institutes of
The award is bestowed upon an active
investigator who has produced innovative,
paradigm-shifting research that is worthy of
significant and broad attention in the field of
molecular medicine. “John’s
scientific achievements in molecular
immunology have been transformative.
His work exemplifies the bridge between
basic research and clinical practice. We
are very proud of John and congratulate him
on this honor,”said NIAMS Director Stephen
I. Katz.
Dr. O’Shea has been a physician and im-
munologist at NIH for 33 years. He has made
fundamental discoveries related to the
signaling of cytokines, molecules that are
critical for the development and functioning
of the immune system. His research also has
focused on the molecular cause of primary
immunodeficiencies, inherited conditions in
which immune function is impaired, and the
genetic basis of autoinflammatory disorders,
conditions in which the body attacks its own
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence,
from which he received an honorary Doc-
tor of Science degree in 2013, Dr. O’Shea
received his M.D. from the University of
Cincinnati. He is a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.
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