Class of 1950

Aug, 2021

Class copresident Paul Lipsitt writes: “The Brown and Pembroke classes of 1950 met on April 30 to celebrate their 70th reunion, due to unforeseen circumstances held on our 71st year since graduation. A small but intrepid and enthusiastic group of classmates ventured into cyberspace to get together. In attendance were class copresidents Caroline Decatur Chick and Paul Lipsitt, class vice-president Russ Kinne, Shirley Lechtman Sallet, and Barry Schwartz. Guests included Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 and Caroline’s granddaughter Melissa. The “cocktail party” included beer, wine, and Grey Goose vodka martinis in honor of  Sidney Frank ’42, whose sale of this brand enabled Brown’s then-largest donation to support need-blind admissions. A toast was given to the Brown and Pembroke classes of 1950. Caroline presented a slide show of earlier reunions accompanied by Brown students singing the alma mater. A proposal was presented by Paul and Caroline to gift the class treasury to Brown’s new Alzheimer’s Research Project. Last, but not least, in attendance was Jill Stange, our Alumni Relations liaison, without whom this event would not have happened.”

Aug, 2020

Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Russ Kinne ’50).

Aug, 2020

Russ Kinne writes: “I’m still living in mid-coast Maine; will be here forever, I think. Great place, great people. Living in a nifty little log house and driving my 11th Subaru (Maine’s unofficial state car). I don’t have a small airplane anymore and I miss it like mad. But at my advanced age of 46 (on each foot), the insurance is prohibitive. Sigh. Sure was fun. I keep in regular touch with Col. Charles Williamson, who is now living in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and I see him once a year on my ‘winter walkabout,’ which was 6,800 miles this year. Hard to believe. David Clough ’51 lives fairly close to me and I see him occasionally, but he spends half the year in Florida. I see Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 and Paul Lipsitt, our class president, once a year too. Guess where? I miss the ‘old gang’ and hope some/all of you will visit. You’re always welcome. Hope we can meet at reunion, whenever it is. And if you want a few laughs get a copy of my first published book of almost-fiction, Rosie’s Lightning; it’s on Amazon and ridiculously cheap. I keep expecting Hollywood to call and buy it for a movie, but I guess they’ve lost my phone number. Sigh again. Fair winds to you all.”

Aug, 2020

Jerry Green, longtime sports columnist and writer for The Detroit News, is now the only print writer to have covered all 54 Super Bowls. He covered Super Bowl LIV when the Kansas City Chiefs were the victors over the San Francisco 49ers in Miami Gardens in February. Two colleagues who kept streaking with him for 53 years since Super Bowl I in 1967 dropped out. Green retired from the active staff of The News in 2004, but continued to write daily and game Super Bowl columns afterwards. “I’m recalled to active duty every January,” he says. Green was elected to the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as recipient of the Dick McCann Award in 2005 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Aug, 2020

Class president Paul Lipsitt writes: “Much is topsy turvy since our last class note. The bad news is that our well planned 70th reunion for May was postponed. The good news is that we will look forward to it. My co-chair, Caroline Decatur Chick, and I are thinking ahead to that time and that many classmates will be with us then. We are remaining sheltered, and maintaining contact with friends and relatives through the marvel of electronics. FaceTime reassures us that grandchildren do not forget us, and Zoom is wonderful for courses and parties. Ever true.”

Apr, 2020

UPDATE: Class president Paul Lipsitt writes: “Much is topsy turvy since our last class note. The bad news is that our well planned 70th Reunion for May has been postponed. The good news is that we will look forward to it. My co-chair, Caroline Decatur Chick and I, are thinking ahead to that time and that many classmates will be with us then. We are remaining sheltered, and maintaining contact with friends and relatives through the marvel of electronics. FaceTime reassures us that grandchildren do not forget us, and Zoom is wonderful for courses and parties. Ever true.”

Apr, 2020

Class copresidents Caroline Decatur Chick and Paul Lipsitt report: “We hope you will be joining us for our 70th reunion on May 22-24, 2020. Thanks to the University and our class subsidies, there is no charge for any of our class events. However, please register meal choices for you and your guests. You may register online at or by calling the reunion headquarters at 401-863-7783. Please join us for this special event.”


Nov, 2019

Paul Lipsitt writes that he and Nancy L. Buc ’65 appeared in the July 4th parade in Marion, Mass. Paul writes: “While other World War II veterans appeared in the procession in olive drab military vehicles, I rode with Nancy in her bright red convertible. Nancy has been a close friend of my wife Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 since their student years at Pembroke.”


Sep, 2019

Spike Gonzales, Charles Shumway ’58, ’66 AM, and Roger Young ’50 have been playing tennis together at the Wilderness Country Club in Naples, Fla., for the last decade.


Spike gonzales ’69 and his tennis buddies
Sep, 2019

Marjorie Matz Henning writes: “I’m sorry that I couldn’t be with you on May 23. My husband Ted and I are fine and are still living in Manhasset, Long Island. We have three children and five grandchildren. I’m still playing tennis and our last trip was to Iceland.”


Sep, 2019

Temple Fawcett keeps busy with local Rhode Island politics plus the Rhode Island music, theater, and art scene.


Sep, 2019

Eugene F. Ahearn writes: “Sorry I had to pass on our mini-reunion this year. I’ve had my 93rd birthday and feel fine, but I’m restricting my travels to about a 10-mile radius of home. My focus is on maintaining health, exercise, walking, and being social. All of us here at Mercy Ridge renewed our driver’s licenses to our 100th birthdays.”


Sep, 2019

Class secretary LeRoy F. Anderson reports: “The great class of 1950 (I believe the largest in history) held a mini-reunion on Thursday, May 23, at the University Club, which was an ideal location for our great reception. The setting was just right and the chef’s team prepared a most delicious meal. There was an abundance of comradeship as we all caught up on family and Brown news. Additionally, we focused enthusiastically, and with some disbelief, on our 70th celebration coming along in 2020. Attendees included myself and my wife, Claire Anderson, Caroline Decatur Chick, Pauline Longo Denning, Temple Fawcett, Nancy Chick Hyde ’80, Russ Kinne, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63, Paul D. Lipsitt, William L. Mayer, Donald B. McLellan, Jeffrey S. Michaelson ’80, and Rita Caslowitz Michaelson.”


Jan, 2019

Janet Brof writes: “I’m still teaching—now it’s Russian literature, with my one student with whom I’ve worked for four years. I mean to get back to finishing a memoir about my life in Mexico in the seventies. I feel blessed living near the Hudson River. No children, but good friends in my life.”


Sep, 2018

Roy Anderson writes: “Nine stalwart folk attended the class of 1950 mini-reunion on May 24 at the Faculty Club for lunch and much banter. Jill Stange of Alumni Relations arranged the gathering, and Paul Lipsitt was the genial host. We were saddened to learn that copresident Bruce Chick passed away in March, but his wife, Carolyn Decatur Chick, graced our table. Other classmates attending the reminiscence of one of the largest classes in Brown history included: Pauline Longo Denning, Temple Fawcett, Bill Mayer, Don McLellan, and Rita Caslowitz Michaelson. Greetings and regrets were sent by several other classmates who, because of distance or health issues, could not be present. They included Gene Ahearn, Celine Chabot-Hall, Dorothy Smith Curtis, Allan Dougherty, Robert D. Hall Jr., John B. Leeming, Donald McLellan, Haven H. Newton, Fletcher Ward, and J. McNally, who wrote: ‘I still proudly wear my class of ’50 college ring that, after 68 years, is polished smooth from wear.’ All were optimistically looking forward to 2020 for a spectacular 70th.”


Jul, 2018

Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).


Jul, 2018

Paul and Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 became proud grandparents on Aug. 22, 2017, with the birth of their grandson, Zachary Joseph Gregorian. Zachary is the son of their daughter Sarah and her husband, Oshin Gregorian.

Jan, 2018

Ann Kline Cook '49 writes that after her husband, Bob Cook ’50, retired from his position as assistant director of information at the National Bureau of Standards and she retired as a NOAA public affairs officer, they moved to Linville in the North Carolina high country. There they enjoyed square dancing, editing a community newsletter, and many friends. However, after Bob passed away in 1999 and Ann had a stroke, she moved to a retirement community in Asheville, N.C.

From the November/December 2017 Issue

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From the September/October 2017 Issue

Joseph McNally writes, “A recent article in Military Officer magazine prompted memories of my recall into the navy after graduation due to the outbreak of the Korean War. The article presented Thule, 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland, as an interesting place to visit. But I could only think of the polar darkness, frozen seas, and weeks of being trapped there by ice floes before construction could begin on Thule Air Base.” Joe has lived in San Diego since 1971. His wife, Bonnie, passed away in 2010.

From the May/June 2017 Issue

Roy Fidler has added another docent activity. In addition to giving school talks about endangered species for China Camp State Park, he is now leading architecture tours at the Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Paul Lipsitt writes: “My wife, Brooke Lipsitt ’63, and I were part of a group of 15 on a people-to-people visit to Cuba when Ron Offenkrantz ’58 spotted my Brown cap. We were delighted to get to know him and his wife, Blossom, and to bond over our shared Brown experiences. We loved the warmth of the wonderful Cuban people as well as their music and art, and marveled over their ingenuity in maintaining their 1950s-era cars for daily use.”

On Mar. 4, 2016, Victor Donald Russo Jr., a retired supreme court trial attorney with more than 60 years of experience at Allstate, was selected as a Top Trial Attorney of North America and included in the “Who’s Who Directory (2016–2017) of Top Attorneys of North America.”

From the March/April 2017 Issue

John K. Stepita writes: “I write periodically to [BAM editor and publisher] Norman Boucher, and he always responds kindly although I am critical. I sent a welcome to Logan Powell, dean of admission. He is outstanding and a great addition to the staff. I keep in touch with Christina Paxson—she is superb.”

From the November/December 2016 Issue

Roy Fidler reports that several classmates responded to an inquiry about their travels. Roy counts as travel highlights more than 25 house exchanges in Europe with his wife, Carole. He writes: “As members of Servas, an international peace organization, we’ve enjoyed home stays and day visits with fellow members in India, Japan, and most countries in Europe, while visitors from other countries have stayed with us.”

Are you engaged in volunteer activities? Class members are invited to submit reports on their current (or recent) volunteer work for a volunteer-themed Class Notes entry in an upcoming issue of the BAM. What? Where? Why you do it?

Temple Fawcett, who lives in a senior complex in Providence, offered memories of a lifetime of hiking adventures in the Colorado Rockies, the Italian Dolomites, Bryce, and Zion, as well as hill walking in England, Scotland, and Wales. She writes: “I somehow seemed always to be at the back of the pack, but always enjoyed it.”

Paul Lipsitt and his wife, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63, sailed on the Queen Elizabeth in June through the Baltic Sea via Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Tallinn to St. Petersburg. Paul and Brooke write: “The ship as a hotel simplifies travel for us more mature types. But the tempting edibles available 24 hours a day are a real risk to one’s avoirdupois.”

Bill Walsh and his partner of 14 years, Myra Oliver, who live in Orange City, Fla., are scheduled for a couple of end-of-year cruises, one starting from Rome, and another a round-trip to Hawaii.

Harry Westcott writes that most of his journeys have been with Lindgrad/National Geographic Adventure Cruises with trips that have included both Poles, the Northwest Passage, and the Panama Canal. Using their camper van, he and his wife have also crossed the United States from coast to coast and spent a month in Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Harry writes: “Travel is on a temporary hold while my wife, Gerd, completes treatments for cancer.”

From the September/October 2016 Issue

Pauline Longo Denning (see Joan McMaster ’60).

Frances H. Leimkuehler writes: “I enjoy reading about exciting new programs and research in the BAM. Thank you.”

From the July/August 2016 Issue

Leroy Anderson released his first book, Joie de Vivre, from Page Publishing. He writes: “It’s a chronicle of my family’s history over 150 years and abounds with over 800 incredible pictures that follow each chapter. The story follows my community banking career and is supplemented with many collateral interests in music, travel, church, sailing, camping, and gardening, all described in a quite readable and witty presentation. Our multi-home residency to accommodate my banking career provides lots of ammunition and color for many personal vignettes.”

Roy Fidler writes: “Class members of 1950 are invited to submit reports on their past, recent, and/or upcoming travels for a travel-themed class notes entry in the November/December issue of the BAM. Submissions must be received by August 15.

From the May/June 2016 Issue

Robert H. Breslin Jr. writes: “I read recently a class note from Russ Kinne in which he talked about the paucity of news from the class of 1950. It happens that I was extremely fortunate last August to have lunch with Don Parker and his son, Luke. Don is doing great. He’s in Amelia Island, Florida, and was up here visiting his children. My daughter, Pamela Breslin Murphy ’80, lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and my son, Bob, lives in Dover, Massachusetts, and has a summer house in nearby Saunderstown, Rhode Island. They are all well, as are our grandchildren. I still practice law as of counsel to the firm of Sullivan & Sullivan in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.”

From the March/April 2016 Issue

Roy Fidler writes that his life has come full circle in some respects. “My first job after graduation was guiding tours for the New York Times. I am back leading tours again as a volunteer at China Camp State Park, near my home in San Rafael, California, having been trained to give nature walks and campfire talks.” He notes, “The park is on the National Register of Historic Places for a Chinese shrimp-fishing village that thrived on the site in the 1880s.” 

From the January/February 2016 Issue

Class president Paul Lipsitt reports the following attendees at the 65th reunion: Gene Ahearn, Claire and Leroy Anderson, Bruce ’53 ScM and Caroline Decatur Chick, Pauline Longo Denning, Temple Fawcett, Harold Godlin, Celine and Robert Hall, Mary Holburn, Russ Kinne, Mary Beth and Jack Leeming, Paul and Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63, William and Nancy Rosenstein Mayer ’73 MAT, Donald McLellan, Rita Caslowitz Michaelson, Ron Picerne, Bill and Amelia Stern Revkin ’53, Christine and Donald Russo, Betts Swantz Sanford and Gerrit Sanford ’49, Sandra and Cy Seifert, Bill Walsh and Mary Oliver, Gerd and Harry Westcott, and Ron Wilson and Delores Younger. Paul writes: “A highlight of the reunion was the publication of the 65th Reunion Yearbook, which contained 88 biographical sketches submitted by our classmates. Among the many contributors was former class president Allen Kerr, who, sadly, did not live to see the yearbook produced. But he was proud to know that his granddaughter, Leigh Thomas ’15, graduated on our 65th. Class marshals Paul and Ron Wilson led the procession through the Van Wickle Gates.”

Class secretary Roy Fidler invites members of the class to e-mail or snail mail him directly with their news. He writes: “If e-mailing, please put ‘Brown ’50’ in the subject line to ensure it doesn’t wind up in spam.” He also reports that retiring class president Paul Lipsitt received the Nan Bouchard Tracy ’46 Award for Distinguished Service from the Alumni Association in October. During Paul’s six years of leadership, the class of ’50 was honored as 2012’s Class of the Year.

Gordon Allen retired in 1986, before moving to the Cape Cod town of Osterville, Mass. Now he spends half the year at his Orchid, Fla., home. He lives with his wife of 64 years. He writes: “We first dated as undergrads when Sally was at Wheaton.”

Bruce Chick ’53 ScM and Caroline Decatur Chick were elected class copresidents at the 65th reunion. Rita Caslowitz Michaelson is vice-president, John Poulos is treasurer, and Roy Fidler is secretary of the class. 

Homer L. Gibbs Jr. writes: “I’m enjoying living on the Maine coast. No stents or new joints! As I write this, sitting 30 feet from the salt water, I’m thinking back 69 years to entering Brown with many other WWII veterans and realizing how fortunate I have been!”

Jerry Green is still doing his weekly sports column and is slated to cover his 50th Super Bowl in February. But he writes: “None of those games gave me the thrill I had in watching my granddaughter score two goals for the Univ. of Michigan lacrosse team.” Jerry lives in Detroit full-time.

Russ Kinne invites any alums traveling through MidCoast Maine to pay him a visit in Topsham. He writes: “I was honored to help carry the class banner down the Hill at our 65th reunion. I’m still active in writing and photography. My first fiction, Rosie’s Lightning, is on Amazon.”

Harvey Lapides writes from Barrington, R.I., that, while vacationing in the California desert, he read a story in a local paper about a semi-retired local resident who has been a sportswriter for the Detroit News. It turned out to be classmate Jerry Green. Harvey writes: “We reconnected after 60 years and have kept in touch since. Jerry had an incredible career as one of only two living writers to cover all 49 Super Bowls.”

Frances “Limey” Leimkuehler volunteers at the Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden. She writes: “Biology was my first interest at Brown, and the time I’ve spent as a docent teaching school classes and greeting visitors from all over the world continues to enrich my life.” 

From the November/December 2015 Issue

Russ Kinne writes: “I’ve noticed the dearth of info in the BAM on the grand and glorious class of 1950, and though I don’t have much news, here it is. I attended our 65th reunion last May. When I arrived, College Hill was, understandably, crowded with people and cars. My assigned dorm room was only 50 feet from my car. What phenomenal luck! I didn’t move my car all weekend. But it was sad to see how few classmates made it back to the reunion. There were only 25 of us at the class dinner, but a good time was had by all. A highlight for me was the honor of helping Paul Lipsitt carry our banner down the Hill. Paul was looking mighty spiffy in his formal duds and tall silk hat. It was grand fun all around, and I plan to attend next year, too. In the meantime, any alums traveling through mid-coast Maine are most welcome to pay me a visit. Brown is still a strong force in my life, and I treasure the time I spent there.”

Peter Lawson writes: “My new book, Lifeline for the End Times: Creating a New Humanity for the Apocalypse and Beyond, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The achievement of my life is five kids, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, who are all exceptionally decent and caring human beings. After 17 years in Valley Ford, California, Danielle and I have moved to Petaluma.”

From the September/October 2014 Issue

Gene Ahearn was married to Shirley Jackson for 61 years. They met in 1947, lived in Belgium and France for five years, visited 53 countries, and enjoyed Florida for 23 years. Gene is now a resident of a retirement community.

Robert Shepard writes: “I’m now located in a fine and spacious condominium, not a long drive from Rockland, Mass., to Providence. Physical ailments are a problem, but they seem to occur one at a time, so far!”

From the July/August 2014 Issue

Martin L. Jacobs’s wife, Phyllis, passed away Oct. 8, 2013.

Harry D. Lane writes that he is working with his five sons five days a week as an architectural engineer in the same construction business.

John Leeming is still playing tennis two to three times a week.

Janet Brof writes: “A story of mine, ‘Holding Ground,’ about the last winter of my husband, Bill De Moss, who died in December, appeared in the fall issue of Persimmon Tree Magazine. I continue to write and to teach writing.”

From the March/April 2014 Issue

Janet Brof’s haikus about life with her husband, Bill DeMoss, were featured in the fall issue of Persimmon Tree, an online arts magazine for women over 60 ( ).


From the November/December 2013 Issue

Class secretary June Gibbs reports: “The class of 1950 held its annual mini-reunion on May 23 at the Providence home of newly elected copresident Rita Caslowitz Michaelson. Twenty-three graduates, spouses, and friends attended, including copresident Paul Lipsitt and his wife, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63; board members Bruce and Caroline Decatur Chick; former president Ollie Patrell and his wife, Kay; former class secretary Mary Holburn; and current secretary, June Gibbs.

Joe McNally was newly elected vice president, and present officers were approved unanimously. Also in attendance were Eugene Ahearn; Pauline Longo Denning; John and Joan Durnin; M. Temple Fawcett; Bill Mayer; Don and Jeanne McLellan; Jean Stack Robbins; Robert Shepard; Bets Swantz and her husband, Gerry Sanford ’49; and Edward and Mary Ann Torgen.

“Recognition of the class of ’50 as recipient of the Class of the Year Award, along with our being among the top contributors to both the Annual Fund and the General Fund, was reported.” 


From the May/June 2013 Issue

Class president Paul Lipsitt reports: “This year our class received the Class of the Year Award. Our consistency in holding annual mini-reunions between our five-year major reunions was a contributing factor in achieving this recognition. On Thursday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., we hope to exceed last year’s very respectable gathering. Rita Caslowitz Michaelson, our copresident, has graciously offered to host our event in her home at 97 Angell St., close to the campus. There is a fee of $25 per person to help defray the planned heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.”

Russ Kinne writes: “After many years of living in New Canaan, Connecticut, I’ve moved to Maine. I have a small, simple, rustic, primitive little log cabin with only the bare essentials of life—electricity, running hot and cold water, central heat, gas and electric stoves, trash compactor, phone, TV, Internet access and e-mail, and two woodstoves. Any passing Brunonians are invited to say hello. I’m in Topsham, near Brunswick, in the midcoast region, or by today’s navigation about 45 minutes past L.L. Bean. I plan to get my next aircraft in the spring—been too long ground-bound.” 


From the March/April 2013 Issue

Harry D. Lane writes: “I feel I was fortunate in receiving a civil engineering degree at Brown in 1950, which helped me to attain a Texas professional engineering license after four years’ experience. Following an added two years working as an architect and taking the state exam, I became a registered architect, as well as engineer, in both Texas and New Mexico. I will have to credit Brown for a sound education. I recently received my 50-year pin from Phi Delta Theta fraternity. I also have time for seven children and just had my first great-granddaughter. I was able to attend my first and only reunion, the 50th, in 2000. I got together with four fraternity brothers in 2004 for a four-day golf trip in Houston. I would love to get back for a reunion, but two knee replacements, a hip replacement, three back operations, and a few hernias have slowed me down—but I still work! I enjoy the alumni magazine.”

From the January/February 2013 Issue

Paul D. Lipsitt writes: “The Class of 1950 was honored to be the recipient of the 2012 Class of the Year award at the alumni fall weekend and presidential inauguration. As class president, I accepted the award, which honored the class for its continuous annual mini-reunions and its ‘unique component’: inviting current student veterans to join the reunion of the class, which includes many veterans of World War II. Present as special guests at the ceremony were Bruce Chick, Caroline Decatur Chick, and Phyllis Cook. The extensive contributions of copresident Allen Kerr, who passed away on September 22, were recognized with a minute of silence. His granddaughter, Leigh Thomas ’15, was also a special guest.”

Harry S. Westcott writes: “I was in the Arctic in August looking for sea ice in Greenland with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. No ice in Iceland; no green in Greenland. Glaciers retreating at an alarming rate. Northwest passage open to ordinary vessels. Global warming a myth?”


From the November/December 2012 Issue

Class secretary June Johnson Gibbs writes: “The class of 1950 held a mini-reunion on May 24 at the Hope Club in Providence. Thirty-five members, some of whom hadn’t been able to attend in recent years, were present along with spouses and friends. Three veterans were also in attendance: Philip Crean ’14, Nicholas Gesualdo ’13, and David Salsone ’13. Our copresident, Paul Lipsitt, met all three at a Veterans Day event in November and extended them an invitation. Conversation, food, and drink were enjoyed, followed by a warm welcome from copresidents Allen Kerr and Paul. A special project was proposed for future class reunions before our big 65th reunion in 2015. We are asking all 1950 classmates to write a one-page biography of what has happened to them since graduating from Brown on June 2, 1950. These should be mailed to Paula Pillsbury DeBlois ’89 in Alumni Relations at Box 1859, Providence, R.I. 02912. They will appear on our website and help us build greater participation in future reunions.”

From the May/June 2012 Issue

Robert Follett published his ninth book, the second edition of How To Keep Score in Business: Accounting and Financial Analysis for the Non-Accountant. The first edition was used in college business courses, purchased by companies for up-and-coming employees, and used as a text for seminars and workshops. He is already at work on his next book.

William Pollard (see J. Cheston Constable ’39).

Shirley Lechtman Sallet writes: “At 82, I was without doubt the oldest member of the Creative Aging Training Institute sponsored by the Creative Center for the Arts in Healthcare in New York. I was honored to be one of 40 participants from the United States and Canada, and I was especially impressed by the research that pointed to measurable health benefits for the aging population who engage in any of the arts. We heard leaders in their fields tell how neighborhood centers and retirement and nursing homes are actively using music-making, play-acting, and working in the visual arts to improve the quality of life for the elderly. And, since I create art myself, as well as conduct art workshops in healthcare settings, this whole experience was right up my alley. I am happily living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, not far from my son Jonathan Sallet ’74, my daughter Hilary, and my grandchildren.”


From the January/February 2012 Issue

Class secretary June Johnson Gibbs reports: "The class of '50 held its annual mini-reunion in the Petteruti Lounge at the newly renovated Faunce House on Thursday, May 26. Approximately 20 people attended, including Brown and Pembroke alumni and alumnae, many with their spouses. Copresidents Donald Hazard and Allen Kerr were both in attendance. Special thanks to Paula Pillsbury DeBlois '89."

John Leeming writes he is happy to be in Sarasota, Fla., with his wife, Mary Beth Abel Leeming, and near his son John Leeming II '81 and his family. His grandson, Hunter Leeming '15, rowed in the World Cup Junior Regatta and is the third generation at Brown. Son Charles Leeming '86 and his wife, Jean, welcomed a son, John Thomas Leeming, on Aug. 31. John writes: "It's been a busy and full year."

John Mullen writes: "I am still getting up on the right side of the ground. All is well on Cape Cod, where life, even in summer, is serene."

Thomas Quinn writes: "I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend the 60th reunion, but I'm feeling much better now that I've hit 86!"

From the November/December 2011 Issue

Ursula Heineman Rickenberg lives at Epoch Assisted Living on the East Side in Providence. She writes: "I recently took part in a poetry class at Epoch with Brown professor Rick Benjamin. We published a book of our poetry, Life, Loss, Love. All profits will be donated to a student literary scholarship."

From the July/August 2011 Issue

Donald R. MacDonald moved to a continuing care community in August 2010.

From the May/June 2011 Issue

Joe Adams writes: "At the age of 90, I got married again to a cute, young 85-year-old gal named Jeanne Poulin. Thousands of years ago I retired from Bettcher Manufacturing Co. and started an engineering consulting business. I also taught English as a second language and a graduate engineering course at Florida State Univ. I got a master's degree in administration and continued my love for writing humorous verse."

Russ Kinne plans to move to midcoast Maine. He writes: "Connecticut's fine but too warm!"

Allen Kerr writes: "My oldest granddaughter, Leigh Thomas, applied to Brown early decision, like my only son, Charles Kerr '78, did in 1974. We all hope a Brown tradition continues!"

From the January/February 2011 Issue

Lester R. Allen Jr. sings with the Mid-Cape Chorus. He is a discussion group cochair, a member of the Cape Cod Men's Club, a trustee of the Kingsway Condominium trust, and an active hacker at the Club at Yarmouth Port. He has been happily married to Ruth for 63 years.

Harold M. Schwartz writes that he is still chugging along, playing table tennis, singing, swimming, teaching basic computer skills, enjoying a wonderful life, and hoping to get a lot older.

Harry S. Westcott writes: "The reunion was awesome, and it was great fun to reconnect with Brown. Let's do it again in 2015."

From the September/October 2010 Issue

Mary Holburn writes that the following class officers were elected during the 60th-reunion class meeting, May 29: copresidents, Donald Hazard and Allen Kerr; vice president, Paul Lipsitt; secretary, June Johnson Gibbs; and treasurer, John Poulos. In addition to current board members—Maurice Bissonnette, Bruce Chick, Phyllis Towne Cook, Lacy Herrmann, Rita Caslowitz Michaelson, Oliver Patrell, Janet Reeh Pinkham, Ralph Seifert, and Ronald Wilson—were added new board members: Edna Graham Anness, Robert Breslin, Roy Fidler, John Halliwell, and Antoinette Loiacono Dupont, and Burton Staugaard.

Edna Graham Anness has been curator of the Hunt House Museum of the East Providence Historical Society for 20 years.

Richard Armstrong '50 (see Nancy Weissman '80).

Antoinette Loiacono Dupont continues to serve as a judge trial referee on the Appellate Court of Connecticut.

Roy S. Fidler volunteers two days a week at the Consumer Protection Unit of the Marin County District Attorney's Office in San Rafael, Calif. He continues to travel all over Europe, Canada, and the United States. He is active in a photography club and received a "Print of the Year" award in a regional competition.

Dianne Muth Herr lives in Bermuda and writes that she would be delighted to have classmates visiting the island.

Janice Synes Weissman '50 (see Nancy Weissman '80).

From the May/June 2010 Issue

Frances H. Leimkuehler is currently volunteering and teaching at the Butterfly House (

Donald MacDonald hopes to make it to his 60th reunion this year.

Oliver Patrell writes: "Are you ready for our 60th Reunion on Memorial Day weekend? The Reunion committee has been planning a memorable event. Check out the reunion website http// for details and our growing list of attendees. Please register early. Blurbs, bios, and old photos are welcome. We are also well on our way to making a significant class gift to the Brown Annual Fund. We hope you will join us in the gift as well. Contact to help us meet our class gift goal and make a positive impact on life at Brown."

From the March/April 2010 Issue

George A. Davis, retiring president of the Glenridge Advisory Council in Sarasota, Fla., was roasted on Nov. 10. He has been a council volunteer for the past six years, first as secretary and now as president. During his tenure he reestablished the community's art committee and helped make Glenridge greener.

Allen S. Kerr and his wife purchased a condominium in Minnetonka, Minn., where their three daughters live. Their son, Chet Kerr '78, is a corporate litigator with Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York City.

Paul and Brooke Kruger Lipsitt '63 announce the June 27 marriage of their daughter, Sarah, to Oshin Gregorian. Paul and Brooke will travel to Ireland with Sarah and Oshin to celebrate the couple's first anniversary.

From the January/February 2010 Issue

John Kimball suggests a Google search of "colorful Kimball works at Elizabeth Moss Gallery."

Harry Westcott celebrated his 85th birthday by hiking and canoeing in the Appalachian Mt. Club's Maine Woods Camp at Little Lyford Pond just south of Mt. Katahdin.

From the November/December 2009 Issue

Donn Fichter writes that he walks a lot and is in good health. He has never owned an automobile. The families of Donn's son and daughter live in Capital District, N.Y. Donn has been a widower for seven years.

John L. Moore retired from freelance writing and editing for CQ Press.

Diane Deland Wagner writes that, since her husband passed away, she divides her time between Florida and Virginia.



From the July/August 2009 Issue


Gordon E. Allen writes that at a Brown Club of Cape Cod meeting he ran into Lester Allen, whom he had not seen since college. Gordon has been living on the Cape for 22 years and has a home in Vero Beach, Fla., where he spends the winter. He is in good health and looks forward to celebrating 58 years of marriage.

Philip and Dorothy Smith Curtis write that Philip is an emeritus mathematics professor at UCLA and is still involved in efforts to increase the number of math majors going into high school teaching. Dorothy is a retired Los Angeles Unified School District teacher in early childhood education with an emphasis on parent education.

M. Dean Jacoby celebrated his 80th birthday in Dallas with the help of Arnie Raphealson.

Russ Kinne is a freelance photographer and moves boats ( in New Canaan, Conn. He still flies airplanes and plans to buy a new one and move soon.

Ruth Weiss Soforenko writes: "I'm still active in my interior design business and loving it." She remains in touch with several classmates, including Marcia Krawit Brown, Rita Caslowitz Michaelson, and Phyllis Rosen Cardozo.

Edward Torgen has semi-retired; he sold his office last July and moved his practice home. He and his wife welcomed their sixth grandchild to the family last October.

Robert Vivian and Peter Lyon sing in the choir at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bridgton, Me. Bob grew up in Pawtucket, and Pete grew up in Providence, where he sang in the choir at St. Stephen's Church for four years as a boy soprano. Bill Walsh and Myra Oliver went on a 32-day trip through Thailand and Vietnam last Dec.

From the March/April 2009 Issue

George A. Davis has been elected president of the Glenridge Advisory Council at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, Fla.

Eben E. Smith Jr. is engaged to Emily Anne Lyons. They plan to travel to San Diego on Amtrak this summer and possibly go to sea for a day on the Star of India.

From the January/February 2009 Issue

Stanley DeVoe is busy as a consultant on the chemistry of bioactive natural products, but he finds time to play tennis often. He enjoys boating in Florida and is involved in boater education through United States Power Squadron courses.

Eugene McNally, Joe McNally, and Tom Walsh visited Paul Lipsitt and his wife, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt '63, in July at their summer home in Marion, Mass. For the first time in many years, these Brown classmates and former roommates got together for a mini-reunion. Gene lives in Celebration, Fla., Joe in San Diego, and Tom in Georgetown, Tex. Gene Ducati '49 arrived a couple of weeks later.

From the November/December 2008 Issue

James R. Hebden has moved to an independent living community.

Seymour M. Rosen has been writing plays for the past several years after a career with the U.S. Department of Education. Most have had staged readings at Smith College and at the Williamsburg Library (Mass.). Axing the Axel and Rooftop Reverie have been published, and three others have been produced: Foxhole in St. Paul, Minn.; On Temporary Loan in Rome, N.Y; and The Crash off-Broadway, in Manhattan.

Ruth Weiss Soforenko writes she still works at her California-based interior-design business, which takes her all over the United States. She treasures her Pembroke and Brown friends and is in touch with many of them.

Sally Sikes Tyrrell writes: "Miracles do indeed happen. After three months in a medical coma, three months in intense therapy, and three months at home with TLC, my husband, Jim '45, is now back to normal (almost). This all was the result of an unexpected triple-bypass operation on New Year's Eve 2007. I wish I were 60 years younger so that I could take far more advantage of all those educational opportunities there were (and are) at Brown–and I would flirt with my granddaughter's handsome boyfriends. One of them said to me recently, 'I wish I were 60 years older!' Now that's style! One day I counted all the members of the Tyrrell/Sikes family who graduated from Brown. I believe there are 16 of us."

From the May/June 2008 Issue

Edward De Witt III retired from the practice of law after 50 years.

Robert Follett is president of Alpine Guild Inc., a publishing company in Dillon, Colo. His 2006 book, Wolf Trapped: The Life and Death of a Young Artist in Hitler's Europe, is a collaboration with Peter Natan, who tells the story of his older brother Wolf, a Jewish artist exiled from his German homeland. It's illustrated with Wolf's drawings and cartoons.

Theodore D. Foster retired from teaching in 1993 as professor of marine sciences at UC Santa Cruz, but continues to do research in geophysical fluid dynamics at the UC San Diego.

Paul Lipsitt (see Brooke Kruger Lipsitt '63).

Donald R. MacDonald writes it was a good year for downhill skiing at Smuggler's Notch in Vermont, where he was able to ski for free at the age of 83.

Ben Patrick turned 80 and writes he is "still finding life a wonderful trip."

William Walsh and Myra Oliver continue to travel, having already visited China, Costa Rica, Sicily, Ireland, and the Danube over the past two years. They live in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Janice Synes Weissman's husband, Bert, died in July '07. She writes: "He attended so many class reunions, people thought he was a member of our class."

Dave Zenker retired in 2001 from practicing ENT Head & Neck surgery in Morristown, N.J. He spends winters in Vero Beach, Fla., and summers in Edgartown, Mass.

From the March/April 2008 Issue

John A. Bruce retired from GE Reco in 1992 after several foreign assignments. He had a quadruple bypass, a kidney removed, a broken shoulder, and a stroke, but is still laughing in a retirement home.

Mary Ann Holmes Hull returned from a month-long trip to Egypt, where she visited her son at the Canadian Embassy in Cairo. She highly recommends the trip.

Edward Margolies published New York and the Literary Imagination: The City in Twentieth Fiction and Drama, with McFarland & Company.

From the January / February 2008 Issue

Frances Leimkuehler writes: “In March 2007, I moved to the St. Louis area to be closer to family and started a whole new way of living. The last fifty years were in small cities of northwestern Illinois. The biggest adjustment is the many people and cars.”

From the November / December 2007 Issue

Harry D. Lane writes: “I was glad to read that Bob O’Day is doing okay. Bob, along with Al Kerr, Jim DeForest, and I, formed a golf foursome while at our 50th reunion in 2000. For four years we played four rounds each year at our respective clubs with the host providing the dining and entertainment. As is not unusual, age caught up with us. Bob had his auto accident and Jim passed away last year. However, Al and I continue to work nearly full-time. I am an architect and structural engineer and have had projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, the Bahamas, and Texas. Four of my five boys are in the building or real estate business. The oldest is a PGA golf professional in Dallas. My brother-in-law, Jackie Burke Jr., was given a distinguished service award at the PGA event in Tulsa. With my five boys and two girls, all of whom are pretty good golfers, I have been blessed with thirteen grandchildren. Alas, no Brown alums so far. All Texas and Arkansas.”

Alex Marshall has been active as a trustee of Central Methodist Univ. for the past dozen years and is currently a trustee emeritus. He was pleased to deliver the Commencement address at the graduation ceremonies in Fayette, Mo., in May 2007, where he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Barry F. Schwartz is alive and well and living in Lake Success, N.Y., with his wife, Janice. He writes: “I retired from my urological practice ten years ago, and I am on the Board of Governors of a medical malpractice insurance company. My three children and five grandchildren are well and living in the New York City area (I threatened them with extinction if they didn’t). We built a vacation home in Great Barrington, Mass., and spend almost every weekend there. Janice is a hospice nurse part-time, and I also work part-time, so we have plenty of opportunity for recreation. We enjoy golf, bridge, reading, and the Mets. I have been in touch with John Perrine, Richard Putscher, and David Parry. The next time I write, I hope before 57 years, I will brag about how brilliant my grandchildren are.”

Harris Ullian (see Stanley Freedman ’62).

From the September / October 2007 Issue

Robert H. Breslin Jr. writes: "I am back after being out of commission for three months. My wife, Carol, and I moved from Warwick, R.I., to Saunderstown in 2001. Also living in Saunderstown is our daughter, Melissa Chafee, as well as her husband and three boys. My son, Bob III, his wife, Jen, and three children just bought a summer home nearby. I am still employed at Breslin, Sweeney & Earle doing primarily estate planning and administration. I enjoy occasional trips to Florida, the Caribbean, Europe, and Nantucket."

James Colville of Sanford, Me., lost his beloved wife, Jean, on Feb. 22. He remains director emeritus of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA and honorary chairman of the $6 million capital-gifts campaign.

Robert McVicker writes: "I've noticed in recent times that the Class of '50 has been more widely represented in the obit columns than in the class notes, so I thought I would offer this item as partial remedy. I have just completed ghost writing Distant Force, a memoir and history of the Teledyne Corporation, for its former president and CEO. I have staff jobs with McCann-Erickson in San Francisco, J. Walter Thompson in New York City, Mc-Cann Hakuhodo in Tokyo, and Teledyne in Los Angeles. I am now hiding out in a remote corner of southern Utah. I've lost touch with many of my classmates, but I still occasionally hear from my friend Lewis Bosworth, and my former roommate Haven Newton, who manages to come out this way once a year or so to hike the wilds of southern Utah with me."

Harris Ullian is playing keyboard with a group called Harris and the Boyz at the Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence in Warwick, R.I. One of the members of the group is clarinetist Stanley Freedman '62. They have performed classical jazz programs numerous times. Harris was featured on a Providence ABC affiliate in May.

From the July / August 2007 Issue

Les Allen was elected to the board of the Club at Yarmouthport in Dec., and chairs the public relations committee.

Paul Daube reports that all is well; his first great-grandson was born on Dec. 5, 2005, and Paul and Shirlee are feeling okay.

Temple Fawcett has moved to a senior condo complex in Wayland Square, Providence, after living in the New Bedford, Mass., area for thirty-five years.

Donn Fichter writes: “Life continues in the plain old middle-class house in Albany. By choice, I have no auto; walking keeps me in shape. I’m still alone four-and-a-half years after Margallen’s hospital death.”

June Brenner Judson writes that she and her husband, Jud, are living in a wonderful retirement community where she has created an acting class. “There are twelve people in my class, ranging from age 77 to 93—a lively, intelligent, enthusiastic group. We are now delving into plays by the ancient Greeks. The grounding I received in my Pembroke/Brown education is enabling me to tackle research and planning for this unusual class!”

Rita Caslowitz Michaelson writes: “After forty-seven years in a house, we moved to the second floor of a beautiful Federal brick mansion in Providence, a half -block from Brown, and we are enjoying all that Brown has to offer.”

Barbara Dressner Mills writes: “I just had my third book published by Heritage Books in Md., called Justice, Peace and God. For ten years, Rev. Thompson, the subject of the biography, was pastor at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church in Cranston, R.I. I’m no longer writing but am active with the Brown Community for Learning in Retirement.”

Zachary P. Morfogen’s memoir Ya Gotta Have Art! was published in Oct.

Robert Moyer writes: “Helvi Olen Moyer ’49 and I both retired from Travelers Insurance Co. We have two fine sons and four grandchildren, and have been married for 55 years this past Nov. 17, 2006.”

Lou O’Brien writes that he lost his wife, Hope, to cancer in May, 2006, after fifty-eight years. He moved from Smith Ranch’s outstanding senior complex in San Rafael, Calif. (where the average age is 86), to a snug townhouse in Hamilton Park in Novato, Calif., surrounded by young couples. Lou hopes the extra bedrooms will entice his kids, their spouses, significant others, children, etc., to visit often and spend overnights. He writes: “So far it’s working.”

Bob O’Day continues the battle with quadriplegia. He remains in good spirits, travels in his power chair and converted van, and is still interested in Brown.

Howard Page writes: “I was founder and owner of Crest Electronics and sold that firm in 1986. Since that time I have been active with real-estate investments and created a railroad museum known as the Old Depot Museum in Minnesota with railroad artifacts from around the world.”

Howie Palmer writes: “I retired from my State Farm agency in Dec. 2005 after fifty years, and my son Chris took over.”

Bennett Patrick writes: “I’m still alive and well—that’s good news, at least for me.”

Arnie Raphaelson retired as professor emeritus at Temple Univ. on June 30, 2006.

Lombard Rice writes: “I visited Bob Follett in Keystone, Colo., to ski in Oct. The skiing was good but Bob was grounded by a broken wrist.”

Barry Schwartz (see Melisa W. Lai ’94).

Ralph Seifert writes: “I’ve been involved with Scholarship America since 1961. I was the past chair of the Capital Campaign (which raised $32,500,000). During the past five years, Brown undergraduates have brought more than $1,500,000 in Scholarship America Grants to campus in financial aid.”

Edward H. Torgen is still working in his law office, attending Brown football games, and traveling.

Harry S. Westcott writes: “At Thanksgiving dinner in Hong Kong, I discovered I was sitting at the table with Eliot Fisk ’92. We sang a chorus of ‘Ever True to Brown’ and toasted our alma mater, much to the wonderment of our Chinese friends.”

From the January / February 2007 Issue

Lester R. Allen Jr. writes: “Eleven months ago I moved to Kings Way condominiums, joined the golf club there, and discovered that Joe Jamiel ’80 runs several Ardeo dining businesses, including The Grill at Kings Way Golf Club. In July, while he was overseeing the staff, I edged up to him humming ‘We are ever true…’ and he spun around. We had a nice chat. We are both ever true! Recall he was a star running back in the 1970s.”

Sidney Bearman (see Joshua Bearman ’00).

C. James Colville was named honorary chairman of a $6 million campaign to expand the Sanford-Springvale YMCA in Maine. So far, $3 million has been raised. Jim has been a director for forty years and also serves as a trustee of the North Parish Congregational Church of Sanford.

Barbara Dressner Mills writes: “Since retirement in 1992, I have had two books published, Providence 1630–1800: Women Are Part of Its History and “Got My Mind Set On Freedom”: Maryland’s Story of Black and White Activism, 1663–2000. A third book will be out this September: Justice, Peace and God: A Minister’s Personal Odyssey. More information about all of these can be found on the publisher’s Web site, Parts of my personal story can be found in sections of the latter two books. Now I’m more occupied with Brown’s great program for retirees (BCLIR) than with tackling another book. There’s a great article describing that program on our Web site:”

From the September / October 2006 Issue

Arline Goodman Alpert writes: “I am watching my grandchildren grow up. I will have two ready for college in 2007. I’m also planning an 80th birthday party for my husband, Sumner ’49. He is also president of class of ’49, retired, and loving it.”

Edna Graham Anness has received the Preserve Rhode Island merit award in recognition of her fourteen years of volunteer service as curator of the John Hunt House Museum of the East Providence Historical Society. Over the years she has worked to preserve the history and historic architecture of East Providence. She and her husband, Lowell Anness, celebrated fifty years of marriage last August.

H. Cutler Fall writes: “Didn’t make the 55th this year, but will try for the 60th. I am well, busy, happy, and turned 78 in June. Regards to all old friends still with us, especially music and DU folk.”

William Henshaw writes: “Donald Hazard, Allen Kerr, and I, along with our wives, congregated in Virginia at the Hen­shaw household for a very mini-reunion and golf effort. This was part of an ongoing visit first initiated after last year’s 55th reunion, when this same trio met at the Hazards’ Manchester, Vt., chalet for golf and camaraderie. An over-fifty-five-year-long friendship is a true and lasting one.

Paul Lipsitt writes: “Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 and I were honored on May 12, 2000, by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology with the community service and training award. I also received the Karl F. Heiser award for advocacy at the American Psychological Asso-ciation convention in New Orleans on Aug. 10.” Paul adds: “Reminiscing about the good old days was hardly on the agenda when Brooke and I visited other alumni on a whirlwind trip to Florida.” Paul and Brooke had pleasant get-togethers, focused on their current active lives with Gene McNally and his wife, Anne, in Celebration, George Bogorad ’48 in West Palm Beach, Conrad Surprenant on Hutchinson Island, and Gene Ducati ’49 in Melbourne. All were well and enjoying their residence in Florida. Brooke and Paul hope to reciprocate soon in Newton or Marion, Mass.

From the May / June 2006 Issue

Peter E. Carbone and his wife, Pauline, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Oct. 28 with their five children. Peter has been happily retired for twenty-two years after working at Brown & Sharpe for thirty-four years.

Walter E. Gay, of Cranbury, N.J., married Elizabeth Herrick on Aug. 10.

John Kimball has been awarded an artist residency to the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation for the winter term 2006. He will join six other artists from around the world to pursue creative work in a variety of artistic disciplines: visual arts, filmmaking, playwriting, music composition, sculpture, etc.

Sarah Sikes Tyrrell writes: “Jim ’45 and I are the lucky ones. We have three children and five grandchildren in the area and good friends. Our health is good. We get back to Brown on occasion and follow all the news. We still rely on the phone and the mail—no computers for us, so far.”

From the November / December 2004 Issue

Peter G. Fradley, longtime Providence Journal columnist and editorial writer, has published a collection of his writings: In Perspectives, 1964–1973. The seventy-six columns “comprise a panorama of piquant, and highly personal, often humorous observations about family life, nature, especially in New England, and the daily trials and triumphs of existence,” observed the Journal, which described the collection as “a fine example of regional writing.” Pete and his wife, Joan, have retired to Westport, Mass.

John Kimball’s Art of the Lobster was featured in the summer-long juried art exhibition at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine. The show included visual art, as well as exhibits dealing with the catching and processing of lobster. The show ran until Oct. 17.

From the September / October 2004 Issue

Pauline Longo Denning (see Hank Vandersip ’56).

Mary Holburn writes: “On May 28 about twenty-five class members and guests attended the annual mini-reunion cocktail party on the terrace of the Brown Faculty Club. Class vice president Jim Cook had an informal discussion concerning plans for the 55th reunion, May 27–29, 2005. That should be a great occasion!”

Z. Stephen Kalarian reports that, after thirteen years as a plastic engineer with General Electric and then another twenty-two selling real estate, he retired on Dec. 31. “Together with my wife, also a real estate broker, we own Camelot Realty Inc. We have four children.”

From the July / August 2004 Issue

Bob Harwood writes: “After a beautiful forty-eight years of marriage, Claire succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis on Dec. 13. Memorial service and interment took place at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Mass.”

Bill Pollard (see Bill Corrigan ’58).

From the May / June 2004 Issue

Lucinda Danzinger Gregory writes: “The Chocolate Barn, my antique store and fudge shop, is still going strong after twenty-seven years. The shop specializes in antique chocolate molds. It’s in southern Vermont, just over the Massachusetts border. Come and say hello!”

Haig Varadian writes: “I retired from my second career as executive director of the New England High Schools Principals Association and am now serving as consultant to the organization. I was honored to be inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame for service to the state’s educational, cultural, and civic activities. I am still an active supporter of the Brown wrestling team. My wife and I have six grandchildren.”

From the March / April 2004 Issue

Mary E. Holburn writes: “There will be another off-year mini-reunion cocktail party on the terrace of the Brown Faculty Club on Friday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. All classmates, family, and friends are invited. Do plan to attend.

“The class was deeply saddened to learn of the death of our class president, Jane Fagan Donovan, on July 19. We send out sympathies to her family. Class vice president Jim Cook will assume the duties and responsibilities of president as we plan for our 55th reunion in 2005.”

Harold Harris (see Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth ’59).

Roy Fidler writes: “I was married in March to Carole Sherick, who has been my partner for five years. We continue to do lots of traveling, island hopping in Greece this year, visiting Berlin and Krakow, exploring the Canadian Rockies, and doing a house exchange in Montreal.”

Martin Temkin (see Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth ’59).

From the January / February 2004 Issue

Peter E. Carbone writes: “After all these years, I still enjoy a round of golf. Our five children and twelve grandchildren keep Pauline and me busy.”

Barry Schwartz (see Scott Paley ’95).

From the November / December 2003 Issue

Robert “Moose” Rougvie was honored by the Connecticut blood services division of the American Red Cross for donating blood every year since 1943.

From the March / April 2003 Issue

Robert K. Dee, Madeline Rocchio Dee, Angeline Rocchio Kiernan, and Richard Dee (see Nancy Dee ’82).

From the November / December 2002 Issue

John B. Leeming writes: "I moved to Sarasota, Fla., in June after thirteen years on Cape Cod. I still play tennis and golf but no longer play hockey or ski, so I don't need the cold weather. I'm working part-time selling memberships at a local bath and racquet club. I still weigh the same as when I swam for Brown. Eldest son John II '81 lives six miles away on Siesta Key, with his wife, Laura, and sons J.B., 13, Reed, 11, and Hunter, 9, who all won awards in a triathlon in August. Son Charlie '86, and his fianc}e, Jean Tyler, live in San Francisco, but will be married in Venice, Fla., in October. My twin daughters (both Connecticut College '84) live in Chicago, where I grew up."

Barbara Dressner Mills writes: "After friends of Baltimore civil rights lawyer Fred Weisgal paid to publish my first book, And Justice for All, my second book, Providence, 1630-1680: Women Are Part of Its History (Heritage Books), was published in May. I am especially pleased that Heritage also accepted my third book, Got My Mind Set on Freedom: Maryland's Story of Black and White, 1663-2000. It should be out in time for Black History Month, February 2003."

From the September / October 2002 Issue

&Mary Holburn (see Hank Vandersip '56).

Ed Spires writes: "Sherry, my wife of more than forty-nine years, died Dec. 30, 2001, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., due to complications following surgery. Daughter Sherrie has been an absolute rock for me."

From the July / August 2002 Issue

Robert H. Breslin Jr. writes: "My son Robert H. Breslin III married Jennifer F. Cabot on Nov. 17, 2001, in Boca Grande, Fla. Bob is an equity trader at Jones Associates in Boston. Jen is the assistant director of annual giving at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. My eldest daughter, Pamela Breslin Murphy '80, is living in London with her husband, Byrne Murphy, and their four children, Avery, Cara, Erin, and Kyle. My other daughter, Melissa Chafee, lives with her husband, Quentin Chafee, in Saunderstown, R.I., with their three children. I am still working in my law firm, Breslin, Sweeney, and Earle, in Warwick, R.I. My wife, Carol, and I moved to Saunderstown in May."

Edward Burns writes: "I retired from Raymond Engineering, a subsidiary of Kaman Corp., in March 1990, at the same time my wife, Gloria, retired from Connecticut Light & Power. We traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe until Gloria's death in November 1997."

Jerry Green, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., writes: "I was pleased to read the BAM piece on Drew Inzer '01 and his journey to the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. And I was pleased to learn that Chris Berman '77 and I were not the only Brunonians in the Superdome that Sunday. I was there to write a column for the Detroit News, covering my thirty-sixth Super Bowl, making me one of only seven journalists to cover every Super Bowl."

Arthur Jacobson writes: "The Brown Club of Boston has created great programs for recent graduates, but I don't see many alumni from my era at these events."

Wilfred J. "Bill" Martel wrote in March: "I am enjoying retirement in Mendon, Mass. I plan on visiting Brown this spring with my two grandsons."

From the May / June 2002 Issue

Mary Holburn writes: "Another off-year, mini-reunion cocktail party has been planned for Commencement weekend this year. On Friday, May 24, the event will be held on the terrace of the Faculty Club from 5 to 7 p.m. All classmates, families, and friends are invited to attend."

From the September / October 2000 Issue

Mary E. Holburn reports: "The four funfilled days of our 50th reunion were fantastic! There were 297 classmates and 190 guests who returned to Brown. After registering on Friday afternoon, we had cocktails and dinner in Andrews dining hall with a live band. Some went to the Campus Dance later that night. On Saturday many attended Joe Paterno’s forum on leadership. The Pembroke and Brown luncheons were also well attended.

"Ron Wilson presided at an afternoon ceremony recalling the importance of the Veterans College. That evening we had a cocktail hour and dinner in the Westin Hotel with a dance band. Many attended the Commencement concert as well. On Sunday we had breakfast with Chancellor Emeritus Art Joukowsky ’55 and President Sheila Blumstein. We presented the University a check for $2.7 million.

"Many classmates joined in the all-class memorial service in Sayles. Ron and Harriet Rotman Wilson read Psalm 90. Ed Kiely and June Johnson Gibbs participated in the candle lighting. Later, several classmates went to Newport, R.I., for a wonderful barbecue while others stayed in Providence for WaterFire. On Monday, the Commencement procession was led by chief marshal Lacy Herrmann. Many classmates participated. The farewell brunch on Wriston quad was marvelous, too. This was indeed our best reunion!

"We elected the following class officers to serve until 2005: Jane Fagan Donovan, president; James Cook, vice president; Margot Mendes Oppenheimer, secretary; Oliver Patrell, treasurer; Arline Goodman Alpert, class agent (women); Richard Brackett and Donald Hazard, class agents (men)."

Richard Nason ’50 died May 4 (see Obituaries). His friend, Lori Scinto (Boston College), writes:"In addition to being a poet of distinction, Richard Nason was my friend and mentor. My parents introduced me to Nason, as my family called him, in 1985, when I was a senior in high school interested in attending Brown. He entertained us over lunch and later gave us a tour of the campus. He was what we New Yorkers would call a real ‘character.’ Nason was a talented person and a brilliant writer. A former staff writer for the New York Times, he found his true calling in poetry. The author of such works as Old Soldiers, Boiled Grass and the Broth of Shoes, and Two Radicals — Unpublished Essays on Jean Genet and Ezra Pound Plus Selected Reviews on Sundry Subjects, Nason was a natural teacher whose encouragement often came in the form of books. When as a high school senior I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, he sent me a copy of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. When I studied abroad in Rheims, France, he sent me a copy of George Bernard Shaw’s Joan of Arc, complete with his notes on the book’s lengthy preface, which he called "the best of its kind in the Twentieth Century." And when I informed Richard of my fascination with the thirteen-part PBS miniseries Brideshead Revisited, he sent me a copy of Evelyn Waugh’s great novel, which remains my favorite book today. Although Nason and I never lived in the same city, we stayed in touch through letters and telephone calls. He died too soon to appreciate that he had nurtured someone who will soon be a published scientist. He edited a paper I’d cowritten that will soon appear in an Australian conservation journal. At the time of his death, Nason was working on a third volume about the Roman poet Horace. He was still doing what he loved best."

George Paterno has written Joe Paterno: The Coach from Byzantium (Sports Publishing Inc.), about his brother Joe, who is head football coach at Penn State.

From the July / August 2000 Issue

Joe Adams, of Niceville, Fla., writes: "The class of ’50 has gone nuts. When we were there, there were no women in our class. Now the reunion committee asks us for first name, last name, and maiden name. Kind of turns me off as far as the reunion goes. The committee should have more sense! Of course, they are mostly women – great to have around, but not classmates of mine."

Frederick M. Diehl writes that he enjoys retirement in his Swarthmore, Penn., home. He is president of his woodcarving club, teaches woodcarving, and has started a course in watercolor painting. He and his wife, Paula Jespersen Diehl ’47, go on Elderhostel trips at least once a year. When they have time they also take trips to Washington State and Washington, D.C., where their children and five grandchildren live. Paula is working hard to promote her classical music system. She also writes poetry and does movement pieces to the poetry of others. She is thinking about going on a fall service Elderhostel that entails teaching English in Italy. She writes that two weeks on the Adriatic are thrilling for her to contemplate.

Fran Becker Koenig, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., writes that she was one of seven retired intercollegiate athletic administrators to receive the Nike Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting women’s intercollegiate athletics. She received the award in Atlanta at the 1999 fall forum of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.

Vincent A. Langelo, of Mendon, Mass., has published With All Our Might: The World War II History of the USS Boise (Eakin Press, Austin, Tex.).

William P. Walsh writes that after retiring as senior attorney at Texaco, he now lives at Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter, Fla.

From the May / June 2000 Issue

Warren Howard, of Tustin, Calif., writes that his new Web site is

John L. Moore, of Severna Park, Md., writes that his second (and likely last) book, Elections A to Z (CQ Press) is a one-volume, 576-page encyclopedia on the U.S. electoral process.

Janice Synes Weissman writes: "Having retired a little more than three years ago, my first and only husband, Bert, and I have finally come into the 21st century with our first computer. We plan to be at the 50th reunion and will march down the Hill with any classmates who are there."

From the March / April 2000 Issue

Class president Lacy Herrmann and secretary Mary E. Holburn report: “We are planning wonderful events for our 50th reunion on May 26­29. Do plan to come. Also, we are compiling a list of names of those who served as Brown and Pembroke class presidents until our classes merged in 1975. Though we have found the names of all the men, our list of the women is still incomplete. If anyone can help, please write to Mary at 40 Sachem Dr., #206, Cranston, R.I. 02920. If you have any questions about the reunion, or if you do not receive registration information, contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947;”

Sally Sikes Tyrrell, of Stamford, Conn., writes: “Imagine our surprise when Anne Tucker Pollock (a.k.a. Tommy Tucker) and I discovered six years ago that we were at Pembroke at the same time. We have become great friends, keeping alive our many fond memories of life at Brown. We volunteer together at the Bennett Cancer Center of the Stamford Health System. You bet I’ll be back for my 50th this year. My husband, Jim ’45, and I returned for his 50th and my 45th. We had a sensational time and can’t wait to see everybody again. It was interesting to note that many of the East House gang came back for the 45th. We have sixteen people in the Tyrell and Sikes families who went to Brown over the years. Can any other family do that?”

Robert H. Warren reports: “Retired colonel Edgar McGowan is recuperating nicely from a back injury sustained while paragliding in July. When asked why he was hurling himself into the air, he said it was ‘really an exciting thing to do and not the same as the jumping off a cliff while hang gliding.’ All of this should come as no surprise, as Ed has been an avid skier since he arrived in 1990 at Sun Valley, Idaho, from New York, following a successful career as an Army officer. He married Connie Finney in 1996. Ed and Connie manage one of the venues at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree each October. The doc says Ed will be back on the slopes before long. Stay tuned; bungee jumping could be next!”

From the January / February 2000 Issue

Paula DeBlois '89 R.U.E., associate director of alumni relations, reports: "It is time to celebrate, so make plans now to return to campus for the 50th reunion on May 26-29. The weekend will have something for everyone, including a gala in downtown Providence and an afternoon by the sea at the exclusive New York Yacht Club. The weekend will also include such traditional events as the Brown Bear buffet, campus dance, Commencement forums, the pops concert, and the Commencement march. In recognition of the milestone event, free rooms will be available on campus. If you prefer to stay at a local hotel, make your reservations now. To find a hotel, refer to the reunion planning guide or call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. Registration information will be mailed in the spring. Please call reunion headquarters if you do not receive any mailings."

Bernard J. Berstein, of Narragansett, R.I., and his wife, Dorothy Kaplan '49, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11. Bernard writes: "We have three wonderful sons. Richard is vice president and chief legal counsel of the property and auto division of Metropolitan Life Insurance. Larry is chief of ophthalmology at North Shore Hospital and was president of its medical staff in 1997. Jason '80, '85 M.D. is in practice with me in obstetrics and gynecology in Johnston, R.I. He is also chief of ob/gyn at St. Joseph's Health Services, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, in North Providence."

Mary Kostas '46 reports that Joan Benson Ehrenbeck, of Ashburn, Va., was named volunteer of the year by the Loudoun County (Va.) Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Joan, a Loudoun county volunteer since 1994, is active with the Income Tax Assistance Program and the Medical Insurance Counseling Program.

Donald MacDonald, of Underhill, Vt., reports that he and Ernest Ward, of Le Canto, Fla., teamed up to win second place in their division at the Burlington (Vt.) Country Club McAndrews Member-Guest Golf Tournament in August. Both plan to attend their 50th reunion in May.

Haig Varadian, of Cranston, R.I., reports that he was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame at its 34th annual banquet in May. Haig is executive director of the Council of New England Secondary School Principals' Association and is director emeritus of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Wrestling League.

Ronald and Harriet Rotman Wilson, of Centerville, Mass., write: "On July 4, six alumni took part in a most extraordinary event. Our close friends Florence and Leon Frank '51, Nanci and Carl Ostroff '49, Avis and Ron Pritzker '49, and Phyllis and Ken Sisson '50, along with everyone's children and grandchildren, arrived at our Cape Cod home for a mini-reunion. Some of the children are Brown alumni, and many little ones aspire to be in the future, as evidenced by their Brown T-shirts. We ate a wonderful lunch and dipped in and out of the lake singing Brown songs and crowding around a wood-carved Bruno on the lawn. The children of the original six 'Brownies' organized the celebration for the parents and the grandchildren. They gave each parent a T-shirt with the inscription, 'From Brown Days to Golden Years-Eternal Friendship.' After a wonderful dinner and exchange of memories, we all agreed that we eagerly await the next reunion. Hail, Brunonia!.

From the November / December 1999 Issue

Russ Kinne, Ned Killeen '51, and Bob Peabody held an unusual mini-reunion. As Russ, of New Caanan, Conn., writes: "Three of us, all proud, loyal Brown men, brought a Grand Banks forty-two-foot trawler yacht up from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Connecticut. The trip went well and was fairly uneventful. But of course, in some 1,500 miles we encountered a wide variety of weather conditions and scenery. Incidentally and coincidentally, we're all former Navy men."

Ronald Wilson, a graduate of the Veterans College at Brown, wishes to contact fellow alumni of the program to collect their memories and to document the effect it may have had on their subsequent lives. If you entered Brown through the Veterans College (earlier known as the Veterans Extension Division), please contact Ron.

From the September / October 1999 Issue

Class secretary Mary E. Holburn reports: "On May 28 about forty classmates and guests gathered on the terrace of the Brown Faculty Club for our annual off-year mini-reunion cocktail party. It was a marvelous event. Our class president, Lacy Bunnell Herrmann, spoke. We are planning our fantastic 50th reunion in the year 2000. We want to have at least 50 percent of our class return for this special event. Do plan to attend the reunion next May."

From the May / June 1999 Issue

Class secretary Mary E. Holburn reports: "Our annual off-year mini-reunion cocktail party will be Friday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Faculty Club terrace. Do plan to be there. All classmates, spouses, families, and friends are welcome. It could be the start of a great weekend. If you have not paid your dues yet, please send a check for $25 (payable to Brown University - class of 1950) to our treasurer: Maurice Bissonnette, 311 Laurel Ave., Providence 02906." The May / June class note contained an error: Joseph Paterno will receive the William Rogers award on May 29, not the Roger Williams award.

Joe Adams (see Matt Merrick '89).

Laurence Gross (see Jennifer Gross '89).

Charles T. Williamson, Mount Dora, Fla., has published The U.S. Naval Mission to Haiti, 1959 -1963 (U.S. Naval Institute). Charles, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel with more than thirty-two years of active duty, was a military adviser with the U.S. Naval Mission to Haiti from 1959 to 1962.

From the March / April 1999 Issue

Report from Class Secretary Mary E. Holburn: "Class officers and board members met on Nov. 13 in Gregorian Quad to discuss plans for our 50th reunion. Lacy Herrmann led the discussion. The year 2000 will be an exciting one for us. Meanwhile, we will have our annual off-year mini-reunion cocktail party on the terrace of the Faculty Club on Friday, May 28, 1999, from 5 to 7 p.m. Joseph Paterno will receive the Roger Williams Award the following day.

"The deadline for class dues is now! Please send a check for $25 (payable to Brown University _ Class of 1950) to our treasurer: Maurice Bissonnette, 311 Laurel Ave., Providence 02906."

Joe Adams (see Jay Russell '89).

Pauline Longo Denning and Mary Holburn attended the fiftieth anniversary dinner of the Brown Alumnae Club of Kent County in North Kingstown, R.I., on Oct. 25. More than fifty people enjoyed this marvelous celebration, which featured a performance by the Chattertocks.

Andrew P. Swanson writes: "Just to let friends know I've not disappeared into the desert never to be seen again, or washed away in one of our summer monsoon storms, or driven my Jeep off some remote cliff on one of our more interesting mountain roads. It's a good life out here and, like Providence, Tucson's an easy town to get involved in if you're willing and committed. After four and a half years in Tucson I've gotten thoroughly involved in this community, thanks in part to Rotary. I was recently made vice chairman of a steering committee for the Building the Future project, which is devoted to getting about 100 fourth-grade kids shaped up to be accepted at the University of Arizona. Their school is in a poor, crime-infested neighborhood in Tucson; only two of its graduates have ever made it to college. I've also been nominated to stand for election to the downtown Rotary Club board of directors and have been serving as a grants-review panelist for the Tucson/Pima County Arts Council. And, finally, I'm doing pro bono consulting jobs with two new start-up nonprofit organizations. I'm semi-retired from my consulting work with nonprofit boards but still take on a client now and then and also do a good bit of writing in my field on the Internet. If anyone is interested in our Building the Future project, e-mail me.

From the January / February 1999 Issue

Bernard J. Bernstein, Narragansett, R.I., is semi-retired and works two days a week in his ob/gyn office, where his son, Jason '80, '85 M.D., runs the office. Jason is currently the director and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph's Health Services. Middle son Larry is an ophthalmologist in Plainview, N.Y., and chief of ophthalmology at Central General Hospital. Oldest son Richard is chief and general counsel for the property and casualty division of MetLife in Warwick, R.I. Bernard is the grandfather of five girls and two boys. Granddaughter Julie is currently applying to Brown.

John J. Michaud has retired after teaching accounting at Roger Williams University in Providence for twenty-five years. He is still busy with his part-time C.P.A. practice and his grandchildren.

From the September / October 1998 Issue

On May 22, thirty class members and guests gathered on the terrace of the Brown Faculty Club for our annual off-year mini-reunion cocktail party. It was a wonderful event. Our class president, Lacy Herrmann, spoke to the group. We plan to do it again next year and hope to see many of our classmates then.

- Mary Holburn, class secretary, 40 Sachem Dr., #206, Cranston, R.I. 02920

Antoinette Loiacono Dupont received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Connecticut College on May 23. She is chief judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Larry Lincoln writes: "For the past thirteen years, I have been living on Cape Cod, enjoying retirement from BankBoston. I've made several trips to England, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as to Florida, California, and the Southwest. In 1996, I had surgery twice on my vocal cords to remove benign nodules and then learned that I had prostate cancer. Fortunately, it was in an early stage, so I opted for a relatively new treatment which was done in a matter of hours at the Boston Medical Center. I'm happy to report that everything is fine. To celebrate, I took several extended trips last year. After attending the wedding of my niece, Priscilla, daughter of my late brother Bob '38, I hopped a flight to Britain to attend my cousin's wedding and visit a 'special' friend. She accompanied me back to the States, and we flew on to California to attend the wedding of my son Steve '81, in which son Bob '83 was an usher. Still in California, we attended my son Jeff's graduation from Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey in late September. In December, it was back to England to spend the holidays with my friend and her family."

From the July / August 1998 Issue

Haig Varadian, who retired after serving forty-one years in the Cranston (R.I.) school system, continues to serve as executive director of the New England High School Principals' Association. He was also recently elected president of the Cranston Hall of Fame Foundation. Haig's son, Paul (Worcester Polytechnic Institute '75), served as the "Chef de Mission" for the Republic of Armenia at the winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Paul's neighbor in Newton, Mass., served in the same capacity for the United States. "Their primary role," Haig writes, "was to serve as head of the country's delegation of athletes, acting as Olympic sports ambassadors for the International Olympics Committee."

From the May / June 1998 Issue

We have reserved the Brown Faculty Club terrace for our annual off-year mini-reunion cocktail party on Friday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. All classmates, spouses, significant others, and families are welcome. The class officers and board members look forward to seeing you there. If you have not paid your dues, please send a check for $25 (payable to Brown University - Class of 1950) to our treasurer, Maurice Bissonnette, 311 Laurel Ave., Providence 02906. - Mary E. Holburn, secretary

George E. Chapin, Columbia, S.C., writes: "Had a repeat of our 45th reunion a year later when I saw Dick Armstrong at Classical High School's 50th reunion. Since then I've had a bout with esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma. I survived the surgery, which I'm told was completely successful, but my voice did not!"

Larry Lincoln (see Steve Lincoln '81).

From the May / June 1998 Issue

We have reserved the Brown Faculty Club terrace for our annual off-year mini-reunion cocktail party on Friday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. All classmates, spouses, significant others, and families are welcome. The class officers and board members look forward to seeing you there. If you have not paid your dues, please send a check for $25 (payable to Brown University - Class of 1950) to our treasurer, Maurice Bissonnette, 311 Laurel Ave., Providence 02906. - Mary E. Holburn, secretary

George E. Chapin, Columbia, S.C., writes: "Had a repeat of our 45th reunion a year later when I saw Dick Armstrong at Classical High School's 50th reunion. Since then I've had a bout with esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma. I survived the surgery, which I'm told was completely successful, but my voice did not!"

Larry Lincoln (see Steve Lincoln '81).

From the March / April 1998 Issue

Class secretary Mary Holburn writes: "We congratulate Thomas J. Brown, who received the John S. Hope Award for his commitment to volunteer public service at the alumni recognition ceremony in October. During leadership weekend, our class president, Lacy Herrmann, met with class officers and board members to work on plans for the 50th reunion. We hope all our classmates will come back to Brown in the year 2000. Please send a check for $25, payable to Brown University - Class of 1950, to our treasurer, Maurice Bissonnette, 311 Laurel Ave., Providence 02906."

Charles T. Williamson has retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and is living in Mount Dora, Fla., where he is finishing a book for the Naval Institute Press.


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