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I am grateful to
Roger Brandt
for continuing
to provide me with the details of a large group
of classmates with whom he regularly keeps in
touch. The winter found these alumni gathered
for their annual reunion, this time in Stowe, Vt.:
“Trip” Samson
and Allyson,
Ed Stabler
Anne Hungerford ’79,
Mike Ranger
and Virginia,
Terry O’Connor
and Amy,
Tim Simpson
Carolyn Streett ’81,
Chris Abbott
Mark Attar-
, and Roger and Mary Jo. You can see most of
them in the picture on the previous page.
The video that accompanied Roger’s transmis-
sion helped me conclude that thankfully, some
things never change! Jitterbugging appears
to be alive and well among this old group of
friends. It brought back fond memories, a smile
and an itch to find a capable jitterbug partner to
dance with soon!
wrote that he andMark Patriquin
’79, aka“Quinby,”made the long trip north on No-
vember 13, 2013, to attend the memorial service
for Coach Bob Goodwin, who passed away on
November 11. Fortunately, “Goody” was still with
us to be honored on September 7 upon the dedi-
cation of the Robert “Goody” Goodwin Memo-
rial Locker Room in Augsbury. His former soccer
players joined others in honoring the man who
had permanently touched their lives. As Brian
expressed then, it was not only about Goody the
man, but also about the gift of friendship and the
connection he engendered among so many over
countless years.
I am sorry to conclude with the sad news that
died on October 13, 2013. (There
was a brief notice of this in the previous issue’s“In
Peter Balderston
reached out to me within days of
one another to share the loss of their very special
friend. “Fitzy” passed on after a protracted battle
with brain cancer. Many classmates had joined
him in his long fight by attending the “Lemon
Fests” he organized in an effort to raise funds for
Sloan Kettering, where he was treated for more
than 11 years. Many friends also joined his
family at his memorial service inWilton, Conn., on
a “Cantonesque” autumn day last fall, including
Peter and his wife, Kathy; Charlie;
Maas Jansen
John Near
; Jim Leversee ’79 and
Mary; Sloane Miller Simmons ’81; Tom Goodwin
’79; Rick “Sal” Andrews ’79; Julie Willis O’Connor
’79; and Bruce ’81 and Robin Scott Sozzi ’82.
The following is excerpted from a tribute Charlie
sent to honor Fitzy: “Fitzy was the ultimate SLU
Chip, the son of Jean Edwards Fitzpatrick ’54
and the father of Jack Fitzpatrick ’08. He will be
remembered as a lover of music, the outdoors,
windsurfing, anything with a motor, and his
unique dance style. Fitz was known for his posi-
tive, loving energy during his days on campus, his
nights at ATO and his semester in London. Fitzy
was responsible for bringing live music to cam-
pus, including Talking Heads, Little Feat and Peter
Tosh, all within one semester! Because of how he
lived, how he loved and how he was loved, his
music may pause, but his sound will never fade.”
My thanks to those of you who have been in
touch. With confidence and anticipation, I await
word from those of you who have yet to reach
out. Our connection to St. Lawrence is enough.
Your unique memories will touch someone read-
ing our column who will smile in recollection with
you. As we share our memories and our life sto-
ries, we bind ourselves to our shared history, and
the distance time creates miraculously shrinks.
Steve Lubrano ’81
30 Goodfellow Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Next Reunion: 35
, 2016 (Cluster with '80, '82)
I’ve become more aware of “time” recently. I
see kids with enough on their hands to spend
a remarkable amount of it on social media;
members of an older generation for whom it’s
running out; and then there is me, firmly posi-
tioned in the middle of life, wondering if I should
be managing to the future, or reflecting on the
past. Should those of us in this middle zone still
be looking forward, making plans that will have
some future payoff? Are we giving something
up by doing so? I’ve reflected on the emotional,
the logical, the economic and even the spiritual
sides of the question.
It’s dissatisfying to lock into a conclusive answer
to a question that has none. I’ve decided to adopt
different approaches for the different aspects of
life because each satisfies something important.
Class Notes, for example; they have little to
do with the future, other than promises to get
together with classmates. For me, they’re my
backward-looking crystal ball; every time I take a
look I see things that I was meant to remember. I
am thankful to all of you for investing the time to
think about them and to send them.
Mary Wilson
wrote in for the first time in a long
time that she was excited to see the Kenya Re-
union plans (as was
Karen Heller
). She was
planning to head back to campus for the 40th
anniversary of that program. She was in Canton
in the spring of '12, but, “as always,” she says, “hit
the campus during Spring Break. In my excite-
ment about heading to the North Country, I'd
gotten new snow tires and packed nothing but
turtlenecks and snow gear. Wouldn't you know,
it was in the 70s the whole time. Sigh. Couldn't
even scrounge up some good North Country
cold for a homesick Laurentian.” She enjoyed
talking with several international students, tour-
ing the new student center and science building,
and seeing retired psychology professor John
and Marilyn Ross. “I even indulged in a pizza roll,
but took several days to eat it, rather than the 15
minutes it used to take!” she declared.
Do y’all recall Mary’s impish grin in the year-
book? Sparkling!
Scott Bening
has a son at Butler. The guy who
held my position before me is the president
there. Hmm...“President Lubrano.” I like that!
Bea Doering Shea
writes that Elyssa is work-
ing in Berlin and headed to the London School
of Economics in September, while “Spencer ’16
loves SLU to pieces,” skis at Whiteface and is a
Beta. He plans on being a business/econ major.
Tally is a junior and Luke is a freshman at Weston
(Mass.) High School.
Bea was a temporary tutor/teacher in the
Weston school system, “getting plugged in for
day assignments or short-term and/or long-term
assignments” last spring. “Chris continues to de-
velop his franchise, batteries and bulbs,” she re-
ported. “He is taking on another store in Natick,
Mass., in addition to the one in Woburn.”
Okay – I’ll be the first to raise my hand and sug-
gest that it would be wicked cool to have Bea
as a teacher.
After 30 years, I finally heard from
Brian Bisac-
. He asked to be connected via LinkedIn. I
heartily accepted and was going to do some-
thing nefarious but he’s an SVP at KeyBank and
has a reputation to consider.
and Chanda took a 25thwedding an-
niversary tandembicycling trip toMaui, Lanai and
Molokai, and then visited Oahu. At some point,
Dan had the great idea to cold-call classmates. Is
there an all-alumni search engine he could access
to see where folks live? Yup, at
St.Lawrence via
Last fall, they flew the tandem to Las Vegas and
toured Bryce and Zion National Parks. In April, he
saw his son off at the southern end of the Ap-
palachian Trail, and had plans to join him for the
last 100 miles at the northern end. Dan alerted
his fellow New England hikers that the son was
“coming through.”
Congratulations to
Mauri Maroney
, who upon
her retirement was acclaimed for her 25 years
with the U.S. Postal Service, most recently as
postmaster in our own Canton. She has no im-
mediate plans, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts, now
that she’s retired she’ll finally get bitten by a dog.
Aggie Kirby Perkins
reports that her oldest
daughter is married and that her nephew, Rome
Kirby, was the youngest sailor and the only
American on the boat that won the America's
cup race in San Francisco in one of
comebacks in the history of sports.
It was a pleasure to hear from
Chris Young
, who
got his start at the
Boston Phoenix
and became managing editor of magazines and
special publications in 1995. He is now the editor
of the official publications of the Boston Mara-
thon, and in April oversaw his 20th Official Race
Program. He writes,“(In 2013) I was a block away
from the finish line when the bombs went off,
and while I was certainly in no danger from that
distance, I saw how quickly that day changed
from one of celebration and pageantry to one
of horror and shock. This year's Race Program
will do its best to look forward, but we cannot
ignore what happened and how it affects this
year's race,”he wrote prior to the 2014 running.“I
am very much looking forward to RaceWeekend
2014, but like many others, will have mixed emo-
tions throughout the day.”
Rob Bick
let the University know that he still
promotes the Snowmobile Ride for Children
with Special Needs on Syracuse media. He said
as part of that, he was asked to bring a sled to
Channel 9. He called it “a once-in-a-lifetime op-
portunity to ride into a TV Studio!” Rob was
named Trustee of the Year for 2013 by the On-
ondaga County Public Library. He’s an architect
with Bear Springs Studio in Syracuse. Congratu-
lations to Rob!
Karen Helle Nemiah ’82
58 Oldfield Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Next Reunion: 35
, 2016 (Cluster with '80, '81)
Summertime and the living is e-zeee. Or sup-
posed to be. From my front-row seat, it seems
that that if you are a recent high school graduate
chillin’ until your new dorm lets you escape the
wrath of Mom and Dad, life is pretty good at the
moment. Of course if you are a parent wrestling
with restless offspring, ill-functioning air-condi-
tioning or weeds gone wild, things are far less
chill. In fact, they’re just wrong. So sit back and
catch up with some crew from your past. Pour a
cold one if you must, but rest a while and maybe
you’ll feel some cool breezes.
Enjoying the cool mountain air of Vermont,
has been changing it up since selling the
inn he ran for many years. “Now get to enjoy my
murder mystery weekends at other inns (antici-
pating 40 this year) and don't have to deal with
broken toilets, leaky pipes and cranky customers,”
he said. John finds meditation an excellent re-
placement for“my warped need for making beds,
vacuuming and serving food to others (once an
innkeeper, always an innkeeper?).” John still calls
the Brattleboro area home, and is adapting to all
the changes of his new non-innkeeper life.
He reports that his boys are doingwell.The eldest,
Marsh, is working on ship-related projects on the
Cape and going to school part-time in hopes of
returning to the Massachusetts Maritime Acad-
emy. Middle son Nick is back fromboot camp and
considering next steps. (John says, “I keep tell-
ing him the Xbox is NOT going to provide those
answers, but he keeps at it.”) His youngest son,
Owen, continues to thrive in the revered young-
est position, being easy-going; actively engaged
with school, sports and jazz band; and wanting to
hang with dad.
On the West Coast, things may be a little warm-
Peter Bartlett
got to catch up with
at her presentation at Claremont
McKenna College about her latest documen-
The Square
, and her widely acclaimed film,
Miss Representation
West Coast life has been treating Peter well. He is
the director of student life at the Webb Schools
while his wife, Colleen, oversees development ef-
forts for the institutes run by Claremont McKenna
College. Their daughter Maizie loves school (she
just completed third grade) and recently aced
her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Peter sees
far too infrequently, and says
Bill Smith
are trying to pull together
another reunion of the more "seasoned" mem-
bers of the class.
Up in the cooler Great Lakes area, Aspire of WNY’s
president and CEO,
Thomas Sy
, has been recog-
nized as one of Buffalo’s
Business First’s
Power 250.
This “Who’s Who” is comprised of Western New
York’s most influential people for 2014. It’s great
recognition of Aspire’s work in support of children
and adults with developmental and similar dis-
abilities and of Aspire’s mission to help them live
the fullest possible lives, and especially of Tom’s
role in leading the charge. Tom is in the picture
on page 56.
Hope the best part of summer finds you soon
and that your recent grads are toeing the line and
keeping it cool. Congrats to all new diploma hold-
ers; enjoy what comes next! Until next time....
Eric Kozlowski ’83
49 Clovercrest Drive
Rochester, NY 14618
(c) 585-230-7400
(h) 585-461-3784
Next Reunion: 35
, 2019 (Cluster with '84, '85)
Courtesy USTA/Garrett Ellwood
From left,
Reed Thompson ’82, Woody
Phelps ’82, Dan Fish ’82 and Charlie Law
3 convened from four different states for
a mountain-top reunion at Stratton Mtn.
Vermont, in February.
By Sarah Gulbrandsen
Jill Whelan Setian ’79
(right in photo) of the
USTA New England women’s 3.5 team from
Black Rock Country Club in Hingham, Mass., is
an inspiring woman. Her courage and tenacity
helped her beat breast cancer, but she’d be the
first to admit that she’s had help in winning
that battle.
Her husband of 24 years, Brian, has been her
rock. Her three sons have been by her side all
the time, keeping her spirits up.
And because of tennis, Setian’s support group
is even bigger, as
Joanne “Jody” Boardman
Nash ’86
, doubles partner of 10 years, has also
been with her throughout. Whether it’s been
providing meals, transportation, a good laugh
or a shoulder to cry on, Nash has always been
there for her doubles partner and friend.
When the two met 17 years ago, neither real-
ized that both had attended St. Lawrence. That
realization helped bring them closer together
and made their bond stronger. So did tennis.
Setian was diagnosed with stage three breast
cancer in the fall of 2011. She had a mastecto-
my, radiation five days a week and chemother-
apy once every two weeks. It was a tough road,
but in only seven months, she was back on the
court with her second family—her team, every
member of which constantly encouraged her
in her fight.
"(Jill) has touched so many people just by be-
ing her. She is very inspirational,”Nash says.
I love this game, and I love these women,”
Setian adds. “We hug each other before every
match and say, ‘Let’s have fun.’ If I can beat can-
cer, I can win a tennis match. Tennis was and is
my salvation from the cancer.”
Adapted with permission from,
October 26, 2013. Jody Nash explains that “3.5”
is a level of play, based on a scale of 2.0 to 5.5.
Jill Setian notes that while she and Jody Nash
did not overlap at St. Lawrence, she and Jody’s
cousin Deb Boardman Davis ‘79 were close
friends, sorority sisters and roommates on
the London program. “Jody and I met in
1996 while planning to create a children’s
playground,” Jill says. There’s one more Lauren-
tian connection: author Sarah Gulbrandsen’s
daughter Devon ’15 and Jill Setian’s son
Mark ’16 are fellow students at St. Lawrence.
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