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Sylvia Center, a NYC-based organization that pro-
motes nutrition and healthy eating for children.
Kye is at their educational farm in Kinderhook,
N.Y., where she manages the Children's Garden
and helps plan programming for visitors. After
Katchkie Farm, Kye hopes to continue working
with the Sylvia Center in one of their New York
City programs.
Ross Robinson
was accepted into the University
of Chicago master’s program in social sciences,
but he intends to research topics in political psy-
chology from a neuroscientific perspective.
gail Horan
will be attending graduate school at
Boston University's School of Social Work in the
fall, and
Sarah Koallick
will be heading to Mil-
waukee, Wis., to get her Master of Science in com-
puting at Marquette University.
Katelyn Almon
graduated early, in December
2013, and has been a research associate at Duke
University, with the Canine Cognition Center and
Hominoid Psychology Research Group, since Jan-
uary 2014. She has worked in Orlando, Fla., with
service dogs for one month.
New homeowner
Kristen Linder
is marrying
SUNY Potsdam graduate John Luke William on
August 9 in Sauquoit, N.Y. The couple lives in Uti-
ca, and Kristen is looking to start a job at one of
the nearby universities.
Graduate Programs
Gary E. Krolikowski M’77
4380 Lakeshore Drive
Castile, NY 14427
This news comes directly from the White House:
Michael Botticelli M’81
was named acting
director of national drug control policy in the
spring. This appointment reflects his leader-
ship in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
where he was director of the Bureau of Sub-
stance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts De-
partment of Public Health. Additionally, he has
been active in national organizations promoting
healthy and safe therapies for those adversely af-
fected by drug addiction. Michael is an Upstate
New York native.
Please share your life experiences/accomplish-
ments with your fellow SLU graduate alumni.
I welcome contributions!
In Memory
Compiled by Shayla Snyder Witherell ’11
Chemist and pharmaceuticals ex-
Gustave “Gus” Wetterhahn
of Winter
Haven, Fla., died December 11, 2013. He was a
member of Sigma Pi and graduated with a degree
in chemistry at age 19. Gus began his career as a
chemist and retired as executive vice president
and general manager at American Home Prod-
ucts (now Pfizer) in Rouses Point, N.Y. In 1986,
he and his wife, who predeceased him, began
wintering in Florida and travelling the world. His
daughter Karen Wetterhahn ’70, who was a pro-
fessor of chemistry at Dartmouth College, also
preceded him in death, in 1997.
Jean Godley Littlefield
died April 13,
2014, at her home in Myerstown, Pa. At St. Law-
rence, she majored in psychology and was active
in many sports. She made the Dean’s List and was
a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Women’s
Student Government Association, and the Outing
Club. Carrying her passion for nature throughout
her life, she supported nature centers and envi-
ronmental agencies in eastern Pennsylvania. She
also enjoyed singing and watercolor painting. Re-
membering her are four children and their fami-
lies, including son Bruce G. Littlefield ’72.
Robert E. Ewing
of Pleasant Gap,
Pa., died March 27, 2014, six weeks after the
death of his wife, Virginia Harwood Ewing ’43n.
Those surviving them include sons John H. Ew-
ing ’66 and Andrew G. Ewing ’79. Robert was a
member of the Thelomathesian Society, Alpha
Tau Omega and Mummers. He also contributed
The Hill News
and the
. In addition to
making the Dean’s List, he was honored with an
award at Moving-Up Day and listed in
Who’s Who
Among Students in American Universities and Col-
. After serving in World War II in the Pacific
Theatre from 1942 until 1946, he received the
American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Cam-
paign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He
retired in 1985 after a long career in the publish-
ing industry.
Virginia “Dinny” Harwood Ewing
died at home in Pleasant Gap, Pa., on February 13,
2014.While on campus, she was amember of Del-
ta Delta Delta. She raised her own children as well
as welcomed dozens of foster children into her
home. She was an active member of St. Andrews
Episcopal Church. She predeceased her husband,
Robert ’43n by six weeks, bringing to a conclusion
their 72-year marriage. In addition to their sons
John ’66 and Andrew ’79, surviving Dinny and
Robert are three other children, 15 grandchildren
and 16 great-grandchildren.
Margaret “Peg” ManleyMangum
Kennebunk, Maine, died December 28, 2013. She
majored in English andwas inducted into Phi Beta
Kappa. She was a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma
and sang with the Laurentian Singers. The daugh-
ter of G. Atwood ’16 and Alice Reynolds Manley
’17, Peg’s Laurentian heritage ran deep, her father
being the first director of St. Lawrence’s alumni
relations office and a prominent North Country
historian. Peg co-authored
Frederic Remington
and the North Country
with her father.
Marilyn “Lynn” Carter Metsger
January 30, 2014, in McLean, Va., where she
had been an active volunteer. A sister of Tri-
Delta, she worked for McCann Erickson at Rock-
efeller Center in New York City before marrying
and starting a family and becoming active in
her church and community. Remembering her
are two daughters, six grandchildren and eight
Robert “Bob” Hebblethwaite
Jacksonville, Fla., died September 29, 2013. He
pledged Sigma Pi and studied chemistry at St.
Lawrence. After obtaining a master’s degree from
the University of North Carolina, he worked as a
chemist for the Florida State Board of Health. He
is survived by his wife, five children, three grand-
children and one great-grandchild.
Robert “Bob” Parker
died March 16,
2014, in Watertown, N.Y. Originally a member of
the Class of 1945, he was a retired CEO of Blount
Lumber Company and an Army Air Force veteran.
While receiving his B.S. in physics and mathemat-
ics, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and the
Laurentian Singers. He was involved with broad-
casting and producing publications on campus in
addition to competing on the football, basketball
and intramural ski teams.
Ellen Joseph Prahl
of Panama City,
Fla., died January 30, 2014. During her time at St.
Lawrence, she studied English, which led her to a
career as an editor at the Rockefeller Foundation.
After moving to Panama City, Fla., in 1995, she
volunteered as an administrator for the Bay Cares
Indigent Care Program of the Bays Medical Soci-
ety and served on the board of the Panama City
Music Association. She is survived by her son and
his wife and their three children.
Mildred Elliot Auxter
of Sun City
West, Ariz., died November 20, 2013. She majored
in psychology and was a sister of Pi Beta Phi. She
raised her two children and, when her husband
retired, they sold their house in New Mexico and
traveled around the country in a motor home for
seven years before settling in Arizona.
Jay Smith Hague
of West Orange, N.J.,
died October 28, 2013. She met her husband,
J. Elliot Hague ’52, at St. Lawrence; he preceded
her in death in 2001. She majored in English
and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, the
field hockey team and the Riding Club. She pur-
sued her passion for photography, beginning
commissioned photography work in the 1970s
before opening a wedding photography busi-
ness, Bask & Hague, in 1991.
Dr. Edward “Ed” Attarian
of Durham,
N.C., died March 21, 2014. He majored in biology
and was involved on campus as a class officer, Ori-
entation leader and Winter Carnival Committee
member. He was a brother of Alpha Tau Omega
and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa. Be-
fore enrolling at St. Lawrence, he had contracted
pulmonary tuberculosis, which led to his interest
in studying medicine and to earn his M.D. in 1955
from Albany Medical College. He was board cer-
tified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
He was a fellow or member of numerous profes-
sional societies, including the American College
of Physicians, the American Gastroenterological
Association, the American Society of Gastroin-
testinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gas-
troenterology, the American Medical Association,
and the American Society of Internal Medicine.
His survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Cole At-
tarian ’52; son Mark ’80; and nephews Mark R.
Watson ’83 and Michael S. Watson ’83.
Janis Wilson Clarke
died March 24,
2014, at her home in Naples, Fla., where she had
lived for 15 years after having lived in Massachu-
setts. Janice found her niche on campus singing
with the University Choir, Laurentian Singers, and
Kappa Delta sorority, where she led the sorority
sisters’ songs. She was a member of the psychol-
ogy honorary andwas inducted into Phi Beta Kap-
pa. After graduation, she taught 7th grade. She is
survived by her husband, Matthew P. Clarke ’50.
Louise Welton Biernacki
of Hunting-
ton, N.Y., died January 26, 2014. She had livedwith
brain cancer for seven years under the devoted
in-home care of her husband, Robert “Bob” Bier-
nacki '56. She pledged Delta Delta Delta and con-
tributed to
The Hill News
. After graduating with a
degree in history, she worked at Daniel Gale Real
Estate for 25 years. She was preceded in death by
her brother-in-law, Vincent H. Biernacki ’51, and
daughter Elizabeth, who died during her senior
year of high school. The Biernackis established a
scholarship in Elizabeth’s name at St. Lawrence
because she had the intention of continuing the
Laurentian tradition. Louise is survived by her son
Robert J. Biernacki '83 and additional family mem-
bers who enjoyed the Biernackis’ summer home
in Amagansett, N.Y.
Mary “Fitz” Fitzpatrick Griffin
Camillus, N.Y., died March 18, 2014. While on
campus, she was a member of the golf and bas-
ketball teams, the Student Judiciary Board and
Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a member of
the Irving Bacheller Society, making the Dean’s
List and earning departmental honors. She used
her undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence and
master’s degree from Syracuse University to teach
English at West Genesee High School for over 30
years. Survivors include a son, Gregory J. Griffin ’91.
Robert B. Reid
of Albany, N.Y., died
March 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by
his father, William E. Reid ’28. Robert and one of
his sons operated a stock brokerage firm for 36
years. At St. Lawrence, he pledged Sigma Alpha
Epsilon and participated in ROTC, KSLU and the
Outing Club while earning a degree in business
Civil rights
A. Thomas
of Goleta, Calif.,
died January 1, 2014.
He donated his body
to medical research.
At St. Lawrence, Tom
studied government
and was a member of
Phi Kappa Sigma. He
also merited member-
ship in Omicron Delta
Kappa and Phi Beta
Kappa. After gradu-
ating from Harvard
Law School, he taught law in Khartoum, Sudan,
and practiced law in New York City and at the
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
In 1972, Tom moved to California to join private
firms. He spent his entire law career pursuing
class action litigation against large companies
and government agencies, fighting discrimina-
tion against women and minorities. In recent
years he had returned to campus as a Lauren-
tian-in-Residence. He is survived by his wife of
52 years, three sons and five grandchildren.
Peter E. Van de Water ’58,
retired longtime
St. Lawrence administrator and community
activist, died peacefully at his home in Can-
ton on April 30, 2014. He was 77. Part of a
four-generation Laurentian family, he was
described by President William L. Fox ’75 in a
campus announcement as one of the Univer-
sity’s“giant oaks.”
At St. Lawrence, Peter was president of Beta
Theta Pi, baseball captain and a psychology
major. He received a master’s degree from
Cornell (and later a Ph.D. from the University
of Michigan) and in 1962 began a long career
at St. Lawrence, where he was successively
director of student activities, financial aid
and admissions, and the University’s first vice
president of student affairs. He also taught oc-
casionally in the history department. He was
president of the Beta Theta Pi General Frater-
nity (“the national”) from 1981 through 1984,
the year he left St. Lawrence to become head-
master of Vermont Academy.
“Upon retirement from academic adminis-
tration, (Peter) returned to Canton to begin
an amazing quarter-century as a pillar in the
community and an exemplar of volunteer
activity,” wrote President Fox. He and his wife,
Elizabeth “Becky” Blaisdell Van de Water ’60,
operated a small produce farm and bed-and-
breakfast. He remained engaged with St. Law-
rence, as a supervising teacher in the Educa-
tion Department and in helping to start the
Outdoor Program. The Van de Waters estab-
lished two St. Lawrence scholarships for North
Country students, and received the G. Atwood
Manley Society Achievement Award, for their
activities in planned giving, in 2011. Peter
served on the Alumni Executive Council, was
deeply involved with many class Reunions,
and was honored with an Alumni Citation in
1997. “SLU is in the blood!” he wrote to then-
President Lawry Gulick in 1987.
His list of Canton and North Country com-
munity activities is breathtaking. A gardener,
woodsman, canoeist, runner and hiker, he
was a founder of the popular Stillman Foote
running races, led the Canton Community Ac-
tion Plan and co-founded Grasse River Heri-
tage. He ran for the New York State Assembly
in 1990 and fought to preserve the regional
environment as chair of Citizens to Save the
Adirondack Park and the Coalition on Low
Altitude Flights. He was an active member or
board member of several regional environ-
mental organizations.
Peter was active in the Canton Rotary Club for
over 20 years and in the Canton Unitarian Uni-
versalist Church for 50 years, co-founded the
Canton Community Fund and represented St.
Lawrence County on the Northern New York
Community Foundation, and was outspoken
in his advocacy of downtown Canton revital-
ization. He was on the boards of the St. Law-
rence County Historical Association and the
Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation, which
he chaired.
Carrying on a tradition begun by his late
father, John W. ’35, Peter wrote a column for
St. Lawrence Plaindealer
over many years,
later gathering these short essays on North
Country life into an anthology,
This is What I
Thought at the Time
. He also collaborated with
Dana Professor of Biology David Hornung on a
pictorial history of St. Lawrence, in celebration
of the University’s sesquicentennial in 2006.
He wrote several articles for this magazine,
was published in
Adirondack Life
, and penned
a biography of University of Michigan
President Alexander Ruthven.
Among Peter Van de Water’s survivors, in ad-
dition to his wife, are his mother, Sarah; three
children; six grandchildren, including Marga-
ret MacDonald ’16; and siblings Jean Van de
Water Williams ’60, John G. “Jack” ’61 and Gor-
don B.“Spud”’66. Several nieces and nephews
are also Laurentians.
The designation “n” with class numerals indicates that the
individual did not graduate from St. Lawrence.
The designation “M” with class numerals indicates that the individual
earned a master’s degree from St. Lawrence in the year given.
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