Class of 1938

From the November/December 2017 Issue

Virginia Macmillan Trescott (see Jean Trescott Lambert ’68).

From the July/August 2017 Issue

Samuel H. Rubin celebrated his 100th birthday on July 24, 2016. He is an emeritus professor of medicine and dean of the New York Medical College. He lives in Redding, Conn., with his wife, Audrey.

From the November/December 2016 Issue

Virginia Macmillan Trescott celebrated her 100th birthday in July with friends and family, including daughter Jean Trescott Lambert ’68, grandson  Alex Pinkham ’08, ’09 ScM, sister-in-law Joan Trescott Heald ’51 and niece Candace Lee Heald ’74. Vee lives in a retirement community in Exeter, N.H.

From the November/December 2014 Issue

Virginia MacMillan Trescott, who lives in a retirement community in Exeter, N.H., celebrated her 98th birthday in July with a luncheon at Wentworth-by-the-Sea, a summer hotel in Newcastle, N.H. Helping her enjoy the day were daughters Jean Trescott Lambert ’68 and Deborah Trescott Pinkham, parent of Alec Pinkham ’08, ’09 ScM, as well as her niece Candace Lee Heald ’74 and sister-in-law Joan Trescott Heald ’51.

From the November/December 2013 Issue

Virginia MacMillan Trescott, a former archivist for the John Hay Library’s Lincoln Collection and an active Pembroke alumna, celebrated her 97th birthday with Candace Lee Heald ’74, Joan Trescott Heald ’51, Jean Trescott Lambert ’68, and Deborah Trescott Pinkham. 


From the March/April 2013 Issue

Samuel Rubin (see Births & Adoptions, Elizabeth Rubin Clements ’00).

From the November/December 2008 Issue

Robert Thomas (see Allen Thomas '97).

From the September/October 2008 Issue

Among those attending the 70th reunion were Dorothy Page Mills Webb, Virginia MacMillion Trescott, Ewan Fletcher, Walter Covell, Bob Brokaw, and Bob Thomas. They came from many different places including Calif., N.H., Mass., and R.I. Carrying the 70th banner through the Gates and down to the Meeting House were Dorothy, Ewan, Virginia, and Bob Thomas.

From the July / August 2004 Issue

William A. Tucker writes that he busy with working around his home, which sits on two acres, and with helping at Alan Tucker Associates. “Hate to read obituaries,” he says.

From the May / June 2004 Issue

Alan Fontaine won the Best of Show award at the Wilton (Conn.) Art Council’s 2003 photography exhibition.

From the January / February 2004 Issue

Charles Rushmore (see Joe Donahue ’56).

From the November/ December 2003 Issue

Alan Fontaine writes: “After joining the Brown Camera Club in 1937, I have enjoyed sixty years as a professional photographer, producing advertisements as well as fine-art photography. My Web site is now back online and features six categories of photography, including my current cyber-Renaissance work. My son, John, is managing our studio and also the Web site. Please visit us at”

From the March / April 2003 Issue

Luke Mayer reports: “Reunion plans are almost complete. We hope to see you for a great reunion weekend, May 23–26. Registration information will arrive soon, or you can register online at Questions? Contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or”

Alexander Kantor writes that his son, Harvey Kantor ’70, a professor of education at the Univ. of Utah, has received the school’s 2002 Jones Endowed Education Faculty Fellowship, which provides up to $30,000 in research funding.

From the May / June 2002 Issue

Rebecca Lowenstein Cauman (see Erwin Strasmich '46).

From the January / February 1999 Issue

Alan Fontaine, Westport, Conn., created a Web site ( to display fifty years of his photography.

Darthea Hess Tunnicliffe, Medford, Oreg., writes: "I spent the later part of April, all of May, and half of June visiting castles and cathedrals in England and Wales. My daughter had been planning the trip for three years, and although we naturally spent some time with relatives in England, for five weeks we climbed sixty castles (mostly in Wales) and six churches and cathedrals - a most fascinating trip. We also had a wonderful chat with the Dean of Abergavernny, who is so pleased with the renovation work being done in the cathedral. Then, at Dorforwyn Castle, we came across the head of the team that has been working on castle ruins in Wales; we talked to him for almost an hour while he explained what he and his team were doing. If I do not stop right now, I shall end up sending you a five-page article!"

From the September / October 1998 Issue

It was a great reunion for the class of 1938. Eighteen Pembrokers and twenty-five Brown men, along with twenty-two guests, got together to celebrate over the weekend. They came from all over - California, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

The reunion started Friday afternoon with a cocktail party, followed by the Brown Bear Buffet in the Chancellor's dining room of the Sharpe Refectory. Before sitting down to dinner and the class meeting, classmates posed for the class picture.

The first order of business at the class meeting was the election of officers to head the class of 1938 for the next five years. Elected were Bill Rice, president; Muriel Macpherson Abbott, vice president; Herb Noble, treasurer; Bob Thomas, assistant treasurer; Jean Gordon Thomas and Luke Mayer, secretaries; and Phyllis Littman Corwin, vice president for the Providence area. The class also voted to extend the life of our treasury indefinitely so that we could continue class activities as we have in the past. Class secretaries then read letters from five classmates who were unable to attend.

After dinner, several couples went on to Campus Dance as guests of the Brown Alumni Association.

At noon on Saturday, the Pembrokers had a luncheon at the Faculty Club. Twenty-four attended and enjoyed each other's company and the two speakers: Muriel Macpherson Abbott talked about retirement, and Shirley Sugarman Wolpert '46 told us about the alumni relations organization as viewed from the front desk of Maddock Alumni Center.

On Saturday evening, a reception and dinner sponsored by Jerry Corwin and Phyllis Littman Corwin were held at the Providence Art Club. Forty-eight attended and praised the elegant affair. After dinner, several went on to the Pops Concert on the Green. The concert featured Ray Charles and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Our classmate, the Reverend Howard Olsen, presented the '38 candle at the all-class memorial service in Sayles Hall on Sunday, honoring the memory of our departed classmates.

On Sunday afternoon, classmates and guests joined fellow alumni at the waterfront festival at Waterplace Park. Everyone was amazed at the new look of Providence. The downtown we knew as undergraduates is gone. The broad bridge covering the river has been replaced by several smaller crossings. The exposed rivers are much clearer and there are now places to sit and enjoy the views.

We sat on the edge of Waterplace Park and listened to music from the bands; walking tours and trolley tours were also available. The evening was capped off by a spectacular Water Fire - forty bonfires in the middle of the river created an amazing effect.

On Monday morning, eighteen Pembrokers and twenty-five Brown men marched in the Commencement procession. Guided by class marshals Muriel Macpherson Abbott, Polly Moxley Greer, Marvyn Carton, and Tom Huckins, we circumnavigated the campus toward the Van Wickle Gates. President E. Gordon Gee shook hands with each of us as we walked by. Three Pembrokers and two men carried the 60th reunion banner through the gates and down the hill. It was a beautiful spring morning. We could not have asked for better weather to celebrate our 60th.

Several stayed on to attend Commencement ceremonies and the reunion brunch at the Sharpe Refectory. Tony Shabica and his wife, Eleanor, attended the graduation of their granddaughter, Molly '98.

Thanks to the Alumni Relations office for the outstanding job. The reunion was most enjoyable. - Jean Gordon Thomas and Luke Mayer, class secretaries


  • 60th reunion attendees included: Muriel Macpherson Abbott, Don Allen, Francoise Archambault Anderson, Helen Gerber Bloom, Bob Brokaw, Marvyn Carton, Walter Covell, Sally Frost Eddy, Polly Moxley Greer, Alice Harrington, Lillian Avseev Harris, Jack Kreitler, Edwin Lovering, Mildred Sydney Marks, Luke Mayer, Sam McDonald, Marion Couch Moreau, Dorothy Hand Neves, Herb Noble, Vic Petrone, Bill Rice, Robert Richard, Anthony Shabica, Helen Stone Titmas, and Dorothy Page Webb.


From the July / August 1998 Issue

Eleanor M. Addison, Providence, writes: "After fifteen years as a volunteer income tax assistant, I `turned in my badge' as of January. I especially enjoyed helping elderly taxpayers hang onto a few bucks! Alas, I was unable to retain any for me."

Lillian Avseev Harris, West Hartford, Conn., is still folk dancing twice a week. She is the great grandmother of Victoria, 4, and grandmother of five college graduates and two very young granddaughters. She has been a widow for nineteen years.

Allan Brent, Baton Rouge, La., writes:"I enjoyed roommate Marv Carton's 80th birthday bash at the St. Regis in New York City in November. I returned the shoe brush he left in Slater Hall after we graduated. It was none the worse for fifty-nine years of brushing my shoes in California, Oregon, Baton Rouge, and eight different Air Force stations during World War II and the Korean War."

Walter Covell, Barrington, R.I., appears as Col. Mustard on the cover and on a playing card of the classic Clue board game. His photo has also been seen in about ten Clue jigsaw puzzle games. Walter writes, "In `The Masquerade Murder,' for the first time in all of my eighty-one years, I star in, and am divided into, several of the 500 pieces."

Thomas R. Huckins, Concord, Mass., returned in April from a Hawaiian cruise.

Dorothy Hand Neves, Largo, Fla., writes: "I've outlived my competition in tennis in the Senior Olympics; I won my fifth gold medal by default. I did win the silver in mixed doubles. Last June I visited my grandniece, a vice counsel in the embassy in Paris, and I celebrated my 81st birthday in Rome. My grandniece is the granddaughter of the late Rose Hand Horn '30. I am the last living alumna of six Brown graduates: Rose, Leon Hand '29, Louis Hand '34, Edward Hand '36, Joseph Hand '40, and myself."

Victor G. Petrone, Altadena, Calif., writes: "Jeanie and I are in decent health. Our three kids are doing fine, as are our five granddaughters."

Gavin Pitt recently founded Water Tower Publishing House in Chicago. Gavin writes: "The company is collaborating with First Hall of Fame (which was established by New York University `to honor men and women significant in the nation's development') to publish Hamilton Pitt's Living Profiles of Great Americans." The book, which will feature people enshrined in the Hall, will be published in conjunction with the Hall's 100th anniversary in 2000. Gavin adds, "Dr. Gregorian is a member of Hall's Board of Advisors."

Anthony C. Shabica, Destin, Fla., was looking forward to walking down the Hill with his granddaughter, Molly '98, at her graduation.

From the May / June 1998 Issue

60th reunion

Come back to Brown for your 60th reunion, May 22-25. You should receive your registration packet by late April. Be sure to return the registration forms immediately. If you do not receive your packet, call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.


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