Class of 1945

May, 2018

George Ulrich writes: “When Sally and I took up housekeeping in an assisted living facility in the South Denver area, it took a while to adapt to our new lifestyle. Not used to living with elevators, wheeled walkers, electric scooters, and oxygen carts, we’re amazed, after nearly three years, at how much we enjoy the urban environment on this 84-acre campus. We’ve renewed acquaintances with several professional colleagues in the area and other U.S. geology surveyor retirees. We also have made friends with a couple of Brunonians; Norm Walters ’45 and Ann Jones Mills ’60. I’m still playing tennis and pedaling on bike/pedestrian trails in the area. Besides working in the wood shop and placing 18 bluebird houses around campus, which so far have attracted only tree swallows, I’ve joined the Learners Committee, supporting 10 to 15 courses of four to eight weekly classes three times each year. I’ve also generated two courses: one on the Grand Canyon and another on Adventures to a Rocky Moon, reminiscing about the Flagstaff days of the last four Apollo missions.”

Apr, 2018

The deadliest nightclub fire in history occurred just over 75 years ago on November 28, 1942, an hour’s drive north of campus at Boston’s popular Cocoanut Grove nightclub. The conflagration killed 492 people—the club was licensed to hold 460—and injured hundreds more. Even in the midst of World War II, it briefly became the biggest story in newspapers around the world and led to a reform of fire and safety codes and an international improvement in the treatment of burn victims. Among the dead was a Brown student, as recalled recently by his friend Richard Silverman ’45:
 

I started Brown in the fall of 1941. By the following year I had made many new friends. Among them were Ernie Savignano and Rod Prendergast. The only thing they had in common was that each had his own car, and any time I needed a ride home to Newton, Massachusetts, I would call one or the other. Ernie came from Newton, and Rod lived in Brookline, the next town.

Ernie was captain of the Brown football team and a great all-around athlete. He came from a family that had little money, and his tuition was being paid by a wealthy alumnus. Rod was not an athlete, came from a monied family, and had always gone to private schools.

Rod imagined himself living in the Roaring Twenties. He drove a finely tuned, newly painted Model T Ford. His hair was cut in the Roaring Twenties style, and he always wore a raccoon skin coat with his ever-present silver pocket whiskey flask.

It was a cool November Saturday morning, and I was in my dorm room hitting the books for a Monday exam. Rod came into the room.

“I’m taking you to Boston for the weekend. I have a date with a girl from Wellesley, and you’re going out with her roommate.”

“Rod, I have an exam on Monday, and I really have to study!”

“I’ll have you back by noon on Sunday. Don’t be an old stick in the mud.”

I was sorely tempted, but I turned him down.

I studied all Saturday, but took an hour off on Sunday morning to go to the Faunce House lounge. All the out-of-town newspapers were there, and a few of us gathered around the big Philco radio to hear the news: “Several hundred people were killed in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub last night. Among the confirmed dead was Roderick Prendergast, a Brookline resident and student at Brown University.”

From the January/September 2017 Issue

Richard Silverman (see Sara Garrity-Gentile ’09).

From the September/October 2016 Issue

Jerrie Byam Cribb writes: “I’m still teaching cello and loving it.”

Margaret Ajootian Layshock writes: “There is an annual meeting in December at the San Francisco home of Barbara Shipley Boyle ’58, the highlight being a white elephant auction with the proceeds going to the women’s center at Brown. There is a loyal group of alumnae that attends. I am the only one from my class.”

Jeanne Spiehler Leinen turned 92 on Mar. 4. She has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

From the July/August 2016 Issue

Dorothy von Hacht writes: “Sorry to live so close and not attend reunions. Phyllis Baldwin Young and I often talked of going together. I’ve played my last golf, as eighty years of competitive tennis, badminton, bowling, and golf create deteriorated knees and hips—three of which have been replaced. I am a former president of the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association and the Connecticut Badminton Association.”

From the March/April 2015 Issue

Audrey Mishel Cooper (see Adam Leventhal ’01).

From the March/April 2014 Issue

Anne Rossman Krause writes: “On Saturday, Oct. 19, I enjoyed an outstanding day given in honor of scholarship donors and their recipients. I had a lovely visit with Charlotte Kim ’16, the recipient of the Class of 1945 scholarship. I hope I can get together with Charlotte at our spring get-together for local nearby graduates of our class.” 

 

From the July/August 2013 Issue

Leonard Michelman turned his practice over to his son, Jay, and left Longmeadow, Mass., in 2012. Leonard enjoys playing duplicate bridge, nine holes of golf, and helping his son settle insurance claims. He plans to write his memoir. His wife, Sybil, died in 2008. He writes: “I try to stay busy and help other friends who have lost their spouses.”

From the March/April 2013 Issue

Lewis W. Lees and Kathleen Anderson Lees ’46 celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December. Their five children and spouses, and six of their eight grandchildren joined them for the occasion. Lew is active gardening and playing golf, while Kathleen is busy with church work and community service.

From the September/October 2012 Issue

Pembroke class president Anne Rossman Kraus hosted an informal off-campus lunch on May 26, which Roxanne Karibian Arzoomanian, Janet Cameron Claflin, Ruth Keily Dugas, Florence Asadorian Dulgarian, and Jean Tanner Edwards attended.

 

From the March/April 2011 Issue

Class president Anne Rossman Berkelhammer Krause requests that classmates send in news and information to update fellow alums. Send your news to the BAM, Box 1854, Providence 02912; www.brownalumnimagazine.com.

From the January/February 2011 Issue

Anne Rossman Krause writes: "Those of us who were able to attend our 65th reunion last May had a wonderful time. I still get butterflies when I march through the open gate. The highlight was the cookout at the house of the gracious Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe Jr."

From the May/June 2010 Issue

Jean Tanner Edwards is looking forward to seeing many Pembroke and Brown classmates at her 65th reunion.

From the March/April 2010 Issue

Janet Cameron Claflin's husband, Robert Claflin, was elected president of the residents association at their retirement home. Janet has been appointed grounds chairman. She writes, "Between us we're having fun sprucing up the 23 acres where we live. Our 65th reunion is approaching, and we hope to get there!"

Dorothy von Hacht writes, "I spent a great day at the Yale Bowl on Nov. 7, two days after my 85th birthday, watching Brown beat Yale 35–21. I enjoyed having good food and meeting alumni, grandparents and parents of players in the alumni tent; the closest to my class was from 1951. I hope to make the game in 2011!"

From the January/February 2010 Issue

Class cochairs Jean Edwards and Dan Fairchild look forward to seeing you at the 65th reunion in May: "Please save May 28–30 on your calendar and plan to be with us on campus. You will find Brown transformed, with new buildings all around, especially for the arts and the medical school. You'll have some lovely meals while chatting with your classmates, and you'll march down College Hill on Sunday morning, behind your giant 1945 class banner."

A. Peter Quinn is a happy, independent resident of a retirement community in Redding, Conn. He is completing his third and last year on its board of directors. He proposed and promoted the development of golf croquet and the construction of an artificial-turf croquet court. "The game has been the most popular outdoor activity in the community," he writes. Peter's daughter Emily lives in Darien, Conn., with her husband and two daughters.

G. Gordon White retired in 1982 and has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 66 years.

In October, Phyllis Baldwin Young met with Margaret Ajootian Layshock in Stonington, Conn. Margaret was visiting from California. Phyllis's son, Andrew '87, is with the Stanford Research Institute. He and his wife and three daughters live in Menlo Park, Calif.

 

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From the May/June 2009 Issue

Bill Stone turned 84 in Dec. and still does research on the genetics of complex human diseases at a local hospital and medical school. In addition, he completed a small book of his quotations for family and friends and is working on a second volume. He hopes that his grandson, Matt, will attend Brown in a couple of years.

From the March/April 2009 Issue

Edwin Wattman (see Beatrice Wattman Miller '35).

From the January/February 2009 Issue

Daniel Fairchild writes that he and Sam Beachen '49, Dick Pretat, Tom Woods, and Wes Yando are still in Rhode Island and still do lunch on the second Wednesday of each month, continuing a friendship that dates back to their childhood: "The talk is mostly of memories and new stories, but now and then something serious, such as health issues, creeps into the conversation! Anyone interested in joining us can contact any of us to learn the location of the next monthly gathering."

Lewis W. Lees Jr. retired from his second career as a commercial real estate broker on June 30, 2008. He now helps his wife, Kathleen Anderson Lees '46, with her recovery from knee replacement surgery.

From the May/June 2008 Issue

Vernon Alden (see Elaine Berlinsky Fain '70).

Dorothy H. von Hacht retired in 1986 after teaching elementary school for 37 years. She is the past president of the Connecticut Women's Golf Association and continues to play golf at Race Brook Country Club. She writes: "I play with declining skill but still can break 100!"

From the January / February 2008 Issue

Shirley Gallup writes: “I am disabled from severe spinal stenosis but have a motorized wheelchair. I can’t attend reunions now, but enjoy reading.”

From the September / October 2007 Issue

Class secretary Florence Dulgarian reports that Lois Colinan Counihan passed away in May. She extends her sympathy to Lois's family on behalf of the class.

From the July / August 2007 Issue

Phyllis Baldwin Young writes: “Had a reunion in San Francisco with my Pembroke classmate Margaret Ajootian Layshock. Margaret lives in nearby Walnut Creek, Calif. She and I have kept in touch all these sixty-one years and arrange meetings when my husband and I visit our son Andrew ’87 in California. Andrew and his wife, Noel, have three girls—Emily, Elizabeth, and Erin. He is a research engineer for SRI International, which has sent him on field trips to bases in Alaska and Greenland. He is in close touch with his classmate Michelle Madansky ’87 and her family, who live on his street. My husband, Bill, has retired from teaching at the Columbia Law School, but is busy revising his casebooks on contract and insurance law. In Oct., the Larchmont (N.Y.) Public Library will mount an exhibit of my watercolors.”

From the March / April 2007 Issue

Frank S. Arnold (see Andrew Arnold ’74)

From the May / June 2006 Issue

Jim Tyrrell (see Sarah Sikes Tyrrell ’50).

From the March / April 2005 Issue

The countdown has started for the 60th reunion, May 27–29. It will be a great weekend, but it won’t be the same without you! Join us at such traditional favorites as Campus Dance, the Pops concert, and a delightful class dinner. Registration information will arrive soon, so please make your reservation early. Register online at alumni.brown.edu. Any questions? Call or email reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or reunions@brown.edu.

Peter Quinn reports that after forty-five years in Longmeadow, Mass., he has moved to an attractive life-care retirement community in Redding, Conn. He is within a half-hour drive of his daughter Emily and her family in Darien, Conn.

From the September / October 2004 Issue

A. Peter Quinn Jr. writes that his wife, Sallee Quinn, died on Feb. 11, after fifty-one years of a very happy marriage.

Edwin Wattman (see Hank Vandersip ’56).

From the July / August 2004 Issue

Warren H. Chelline writes: “As we used to sing, ‘I’m a Brown man born, and a Brown man bred.’ Now I’m an octogenarian and retired English professor who is looking forward to our 60th reunion next year. I continue in my priestly ministry, and last May I had the privilege of performing the marriage ceremony of my son, Eric Warren Chelline (a son of Eli), and his lovely bride, Mary, who is a Washington, D.C., attorney with the American Medical Association.”

From the May / June 2004 Issue

Margaret Ajootian Layshock writes: “Even though Phyllis Baldwin Young and I live on opposite sides of the country, we continue to have the good fortune of being able to get together at least once a year, either in northern California where Phyllis’s son Andrew Young ’87 lives with his family, or back in New England. In 2003, we met in April and again in December.”

From the March / April 2004 Issue

Edwin Z. Wattman (see Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth ’59).

From the January / February 2004 Issue

Anne Rossman Krause writes: “I have just made a wonderful move to a retirement community. There are so many activities here, along with a pool and a gym. I am still involved in some community activities. I play golf and bridge.”

From the March / April 2003 Issue

Vernon Alden was recognized on Nov. 26 for his twelve years of service as Thailand’s honorary consul general in Boston. Vernon received the decoration of Knight Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand.

From the September / October 2002 Issue

Class president Jean Tanner Edwards reports: "Dorothy Kay Fishbein is busy working on the tribute to Pembroke.

"Shirley Gallup is at 56 Jeffrey Dr., Sarasota, Fla., from Oct. 15 to April 15 each year. Still does volunteer work to help Hospice and keep her medical license.

"Jeannie Stewart lives in Okeechobee, Fla., near her brother. She was looking forward to a program on March 25 hosted by the Brown Alumni Schools Program of Palm Beach with Phil Estes and Dave Zucconi '55 at the home of Mimi Maddock."

Priscilla Wilson Bernd writes: "My husband and I are enjoying living in Natick, Mass. I entered my decoupage in a May exhibit. It was great to be asked."

Janet Cameron Claflin writes: "On Sept. 13, 2001, Bob and I took Amtrak to Portland, Ore., my first train ride in fifty-five years. We drove to Crater Lake and explored state and national parks for two weeks. We spent Thanksgiving with our daughter, Heather Claflin Clayton '77, and her family in Northborough, Mass. Our oldest son, George Claflin '73, brought his family from Arlington, Va. His wife, Frances Wentworth '74, and her mother, Lillian Hicock Wentworth '35, made the occasion a great Brown reunion. I'm still playing tennis and having a great time."

Lois Colinan Counihan (see Hank Vandersip '56).

Margaret Wooster Freeman writes: "Retirement is a happy mix of summers in my old cottage in Maine and winters in Williamsburg ,Va. Each year I teach a course or two for a lifelong-learning enterprise run under the sponsorship of William and Mary, where I taught for many years. I travel a great deal and always seem to miss reunions, but I certainly wish you all well."

Jane Cooke Harris writes: "My artwork has been shown in New Haven and Essex, Conn. On May 24, I was awarded an Essex Art Association prize of $350 for a collage. On June 8 David and I took a cruise to Bermuda with family and friends to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary."

Gloria "Penny" Fabacher Hector writes: "I have a hard time describing mental illness as a ÔBeautiful Mind.' John, the second of our four sons, graduated from Yale, attended the Guildhall School of Drama in England, married, and took up acting. In 1984, John was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He returned home and took the part of Macbeth in an Atlanta theater, but his paranoia and insecurity around people, in addition to his wavering sense of reality, kept him from continuing. It is only recently that a new medication has given him some relief. He no longer has hallucinations. Mostly he stays in his apartment writing poetry and letters to the editor, commenting about the mentally ill in prisons, plus the lack of services for the homeless. I want to alert people to this devastating illness that is so often ignored and ridiculed. It is a sickness that needs the same medical care we give to such illnesses as cancer and heart disease."

Irma Rosengard Hyman writes: "Life continues to be interesting after four years in Henderson, Nev. Between programs at the university and the proximity to interesting events like the annual Shakespeare festival in Cedar City, Utah, there are plenty of activities. This is no longer a cultural wasteland, much to our delight."

Marcia Loebenstein McBeath writes: "In early June my husband, Chuck, and I will be going to C"te d'Ivoire to start our fifth Peace Corps assignment. This will be somewhat different from the others, since the official language there is French. I was a little rusty, having studied French in junior high school sixty-five years ago, but a couple of courses at the Alliance Franaise have helped."

Martha Gilman Saunders writes: "My husband has been retired from the practice of medicine for ten years. Our three boys live in Annapolis, Md., New York City, and Fairfield, Maine, and we have five grandchildren. We keep busy in spite of the increasing infirmities of advancing years."

Beverly Moss Spatt writes: "I work as special assistant to Bishop Joseph Sullivan, of the Brooklyn, N.Y., diocese, researching and writing on issues related to health and human services. I have a new grandson; another grandson graduated from Cornell in June; and a granddaughter is due to finish college next year. I also interview prospective candidates for Brown and serve on the board of a number of local groups."

Roberta Wheeler writes: "On May 25, the date of the reunion, I was just returning from a trip to England with daughter Patricia Mullin. We were meeting younger daughter Molly Mullin in London. Molly's book on the Southwest art markets was published this past year by Duke University Press."

Phyllis Baldwin Young writes: "We saw Margaret Ajootian Layshock in California in early April, when we visited our son, Andrew Young '87, who lives in Menlo Park with his wife, Noel, and two daughters. I am enjoying my watercolor painting and quilting. My husband, Bill, is retired from Columbia Law School but will teach in the fall term."

From the July / August 2002 Issue

Tom Walker, of Laguna Woods, Calif., writes: "I retired seventeen years ago after spending thirty-eight years with one company. I'm active in Kiwanis, travel frequently, and bike twenty-five miles a week. I enjoy visits from and to my three ԫkids,' six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, who, fortunately, all live in California. I'm still in touch with some fellow WWII armored infantry veterans."

From the September / October 2000 Issue

Louis E. D’Amico, former senior vice president and treasurer of Duro Industries, was awarded an honorary doctor of business administration degree from Johnson & Wales at its graduate-school commencement. D’Amico has an M.B.A. from Harvard. In 1947 he started teaching accounting and small-enterprise management at Johnson & Wales. He is now a member of the school’s corporation and board of trustees.

Ed Wattman (see Hank Vandersip ’56).

From the July / August 2000 Issue

Warren H. Chelline, of Saint Joseph, Mo., writes: "I’m coming up on three years of retirement. After twenty-six years of teaching, preceded by twenty-nine years of ministry, I am a professor emeritus at Missouri Western State University. I keep busy with full-time membership on five boards of regents/directors, and I am reverting back to my full-time ministerial duties, now on an international scope. ‘Here’s to dear old Brown...’ "

Edwin Z. Wattman (see Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth ’59).

From the May / June 2000 Issue

Florence Asadorian Dulgarian writes that the sympathy of the class is extended to Lois Colinan Counihan on the death of her husband. Bud ’35 was head of the criminal division in the attorney general’s office until he retired in 1984 (see Lois Colinan Counihan ’35).

Priscilla Wilson Bernd, of Natick, Mass., writes that she and her husband plan to attend her 55th reunion. She also planned to visit Montreal in April to attend the National Guild of Decoupeurs convention.

Phyllis Baldwin Young, of Larchmont, N.Y., writes: "My first grandchild, Emily May, was born Dec. 14 to my son, Andrew ’87, and his wife, Noel. They live in California. My husband, Bill, is retired from Columbia Law School but still teaches part-time."

From the March / April 2000 Issue

Class presidents Knight and Jean Tanner Edwards report: “Reunion plans are complete. Among the weekend highlights will be the Pembroke class luncheon at the Crystal Room in Alumnae Hall and the Brown class luncheon at Alpha Delta Phi. A pre­ Commencement concert dinner will be Saturday at the Hope Club. On Sunday we’ll enjoy a clambake in North Kingstown, R.I., at the home of Hank Sharpe and his wife, Peggy. Watch your mail for registration information.”

Douglas Snow writes that he has moved to Colorado to be closer to his grandchildren. He and his wife, Marta, moved in November after living in Exeter, N.H., for forty years. Doug, a former BAM assistant editor and former manager of the University store, managed the bookstore at Phillips Exeter Academy for twenty-five years before retiring in 1984. He and Marta have three sons: David, in Littleton, Colo.; Andy, in Durango, Colo.; and Matt, in Exeter. Brown friends are urged to get in touch at 860 E. 5th Ave., Durango 81301.

Jim Tyrrell (see Sally Sikes Tyrrell ’50).

From the January / February 2000 Issue

Jill Rossi, senior assistant director of alumni relations, reports: "Reunion plans are well under way. Among the highlights of the weekend will be the Pembroke class luncheon at the Crystal Room in Alumnae Hall and the Brown luncheon at Alpha Delta Phi. Saturday dinner, to be held before the pops concert, will be at the nearby Hope Club. On Sunday we'll enjoy a clambake in North Kingstown at the Pojac Point home of Hank and Peggy Sharpe. If you have not yet received a reunion mailing, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947."

Class secretary Florence Asadorian Dulgarian reports: "Janet Cameron Claflin, of Kalamazoo, Mich., writes, 'I am playing in a tennis doubles league with forty-five-year- olds. It is a great challenge and lots of fun. I am in the upper half of the group.'

"Margaret Wooster Freeman lives in Williamsburg, Va., from mid-October to mid-May and in New Harbor, Maine, for the rest of the year. Retired from the faculty of the College of William and Mary, she now teaches one course a year in the Christopher Wren Association, a program for retirees.

"Shirley Gallup writes: 'This year I celebrate my Harvard Medical School 50th reunion. We were the first class to have fe- male students (twelve out of 142). Last year's class was 52 percent women. I spend four to five months each winter in Sarasota, Fla., where I own a mobile home.'

"Jane Cooke Harris has moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where her son and his family live. She writes: 'We will see how we like mountain, instead of ocean, backgrounds.'

"Nancy Noyes visited Australia last year and plans to steamboat on the Ohio River this year. She still does volunteer work in Pittsburgh.

"Martha Gilman Saunders writes: 'Our three sons are scattered among Fairfield, Maine; New York City; and Annapolis, Md.'

"The sympathy of the class is extended to Marjorie Hackett Spencer, whose sister, Doris Hackett Diebold '47, passed away in August 1998.

"Jeannie Stewart writes: 'I see Providence every Friday night on TV. I think it is most interesting, and the views of Providence and the Van Wickle gates are superb. I hope we get to see more of Brown.'

"Leslie Miner Taylor has visited Ireland and Greece, and has made a reservation to see Passion Play in Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps this year. She writes: 'Recently I was elected to a three-year term as commissioner of the Eastman Village water district.'

"Phyllis Baldwin Young writes: 'I was in charge of the Westchester reception for our new president, which we hosted with the Fairfield county group. I've been very successful with my watercolors and have been pleased with their sales. Occasionally I do demonstrations for various groups. Our son, Andrew '87, lives in Menlo Park, Calif., with his wife.' "

Betty Horenstein Pickett '49 Ph.D., of Surry, Maine, writes: "My husband, James Pickett '51 Ph.D., and I attended the Fourteenth International Congress of Phonetics Science, where we were delighted to see three younger Brown graduates of the department of linguistics and cognitive science. They include Pat Keating '80 Ph.D., a professor of linguistics at U.C.L.A.; Chiu-Yu Tseng '81 Ph.D., a research fellow at the Institute of Linguistics at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan; and Aditi Lahiri '82 Ph.D., a professor of linguistics at the University of Konstanz in Germany." James and Betty enjoy life in coastal Maine. James, an emeritus professor of speech science at Gallaudet University, has recently published Acoustics of Speech Communication, a textbook. Betty retired from the National Institutes of Health as director of the division of research resources. "We have just returned from a fascinating visit to Germany," Betty adds, "where we enjoyed wonderful music and marvelous museums in Berlin and Leipzig.

From the July / August 1999 Issue

Fred I. Brown writes: "This is my eighteenth year of happy retirement in Cincinnati. I'm enjoying traveling, singing in the church choir, and, especially, our four daughters and their troops: four husbands, seven grandsons, and one granddaughter. I'll be back to golf as soon as my busted knee heals."

Betty Horenstein Pickett '49 Ph.D. (see James Pickett '51 Ph.D.).

From the May / June 1999 Issue

Ruth Ferguson Mitchell, Raleigh, N.C., writes that after she left retail she started volunteering with Communities in Schools, a nationwide source of tutoring and mentoring for 'at-risk' children. "I met a young girl in sixth grade who was reading and generally performing at third-grade level, with no support from teachers or family," Ruth writes. "I met with her from sixth grade to the tenth grade and we became good friends. It was a great experience. She's still doing well. I am proud to say that for my volunteer work with CIS I received four awards, two of which were from the county commissioners and the governor of North Carolina."

From the January / February 1999 Issue

Irma Rosengard Hyman writes: "After forty years of the good life in Providence, we have pulled up stakes and followed our children west! We have moved to Henderson, Nev., and are enjoying our journey of discovery."

Frances Kotock Silverstein, Randolph, Mass., writes: "My husband, Philip, passed away on Dec. 29, 1997, and my daughter, Ann, had her third child on Jan. 3, 1998. It was quite sad and happy at the same time. On Sept. 1, 1997, my son Steven became a grandfather, making me a great-grandmother."

From the November / December 1998 Issue

Pembroke class secretary Florence A. Dulgarian reports: Priscilla Wilson Bernd has moved to a town house in Natick, Mass., after living thirty-two years in Wellesley. She took a trip to Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming last fall to visit her husband's family.

Janet Cameron Claflin, Kalamazoo, Mich., is on the state board of Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan, is president of the Landscapers Garden Club in Kalamazoo, and is nature chair on the board of the Kalamazoo Garden Club. "I'm also learning to play doubles tennis," she writes. "Lots of exercise, lots of fun."

Shirley Gallup has purchased a mobile home in Sarasota, Fla., where she will spend five months of the year.

Frances Weeden Gibson, Farmington Hills, Mich., is teaching a class in analyzing stocks using the methods of National Association of Investors Corp. She is also compiling a history of the Gibson farm in Wixom, Mich. The Victorian farmhouse - built in 1872 and old by Michigan standards - has been turned over to the city of Wixom for a community center and historic site.

Jane Cooke Harris writes: "In August 1997, David and I took our two adult children, spouse, and granddaughter to Scotland for a clan gathering. They met about twenty-two cousins, many for the first time." Jane adds: "I showed my artwork in a five-person show in New Haven, Conn., last April. Made up mostly of monotypes, the show was called 'Starting with Paper.' I also showed some image transfers in a photography show called 'Images' and actually sold one. In December, we had a two-person show of collaborative work where we sold about twenty-two of our pieces."

Katherine White Hart is a retired funeral director whose husband passed away suddenly in 1974. Her eight children at the time ranged in age from eight to twenty years old. They now reside in Florida, California, and Massachusetts. "They're all doing quite well," Katherine writes. She has eleven grandchildren.

Irene Pretzer Pigman stays busy writing children's books. She will soon be exploring the Caribbean with her family.

Peter Quinn Jr. received the Anderson Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel in May. This award is for service both to the association and to the life insurance industry. The award was established in 1993, and Peter was the fifth person to receive it.

Jeannie C. Stewart attended an international congress at Keble College, Oxford University, in September 1997 and presented a paper on Robert Adam, the 18th-century architect.

The sympathy of the class is extended to Frances Kotock Silverstein, whose husband, Philip, passed away in December 1997. Frances writes that she became a great grandmother to Tayler of Arizona in September 1997. In January she became a grandmother to Nikki Alaina of Sharon, Mass.

The class extends sympathy also to Dorothy Von Hacht, whose mother passed away last fall at the age of 96. "She played golf until she was 86, bowled to 89, and drove to 90," Dorothy writes. "My family consists of five cats and Hully the dog, named for Mom, whose maiden name was Hull."

Phyllis Baldwin Young sends news of a reunion with Margaret Ajootian Layshock in December 1997 in California. Phyllis also saw Sarah Levitt Winter in Florida in February. Phyllis is still on the Board of the Brown Club of Westchester, N.Y. Husband Bill is now retired from Columbia Law School, but he still teaches some terms. Phyllis writes: "I'm having great pleasure with my watercolor painting and have been very successful in selling. Looking forward to meeting our new president. Bill taught him at Columbia Law School."

From the July / August 1998 Issue

Norma Macbeth Sturges, Littleton, Colo., published The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art (Lark Books). Norma has been braiding rugs for almost fifty years and teaching others to braid for forty years.

Jim Van Epp (see Florica Cicma Van Epp '48).

From the May / June 1998 Issue

Vernon R. Alden has published a memoir, Speaking for Myself (Ohio University Libraries Press). Vernon, a former president of Ohio University, is president of the Japan Society of Boston.

Stanley L. Ehrlich's wife of forty-eight years, Louise, passed away in December. Louise was an artist, teacher, and the mother of Barbara '74, Stephen '77, and Michael. Donations in her memory can be made to the Stanley L. and Louise W. Ehrlich Library Fund, Brown University, Box A, Providence 02912.

Jeannie C. Stewart's first children's book, Three Little Friends and a Castle: Craigievar, was published by the Pentland Press. "I wrote it for my grandnephews and the children of my friends in Scotland," Jeannie says. Illustrations for the book were supplied by the National Trust for Scotland; Craigievar is one of the trust's special properties.

From the May / June 1998 Issue

Vernon R. Alden has published a memoir, Speaking for Myself (Ohio University Libraries Press). Vernon, a former president of Ohio University, is president of the Japan Society of Boston.

Stanley L. Ehrlich's wife of forty-eight years, Louise, passed away in December. Louise was an artist, teacher, and the mother of Barbara '74, Stephen '77, and Michael. Donations in her memory can be made to the Stanley L. and Louise W. Ehrlich Library Fund, Brown University, Box A, Providence 02912.

Jeannie C. Stewart's first children's book, Three Little Friends and a Castle: Craigievar, was published by the Pentland Press. "I wrote it for my grandnephews and the children of my friends in Scotland," Jeannie says. Illustrations for the book were supplied by the National Trust for Scotland; Craigievar is one of the trust's special properties.

 

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