Class of 1956
Professor Nancy Shuster writes: “I am still teaching in Naples, Florida, and also in Narragansett, Rhode Island. I enjoy living and teaching in both locations six months each year. Many of my students are seniors who are writing their life stories. It is a joy to be able to still do the teaching and I learn from my students as well. I have three adult children, six grandchildren, and a partner I have been with for 35 years. My tennis days are over, but I do enjoy daily swims in Florida. If anyone wants to connect, I love to hear from classmates.” Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Kessler writes: “Steve Cutler and I again upheld the honor of the class of ’57 against Bob Gordon ’56 and Steve Rogers ’56 on the golf links at Jupiter Country Club in Florida, in February. No one got injured.” This annual clash of the same foursome has been going on for 16 consecutive years.
Roger and Helen Heckel Stoddard ’56 sold their condo in Lincoln Ridge to move to Concord, Mass. Roger writes: “From three floors to three rooms. My books are scattered as far as Alfred, Maine, and Charlottesville, Virginia.”
Gretchen Wheelwright reports: “Classmates are interested in knowing what other classmates are doing so please send updates.”
Nancy Pollock Stavis writes that she and her husband Edward live in three places: Cape Cod in the summer, Key Biscayne in Florida in the winter, and Brookline, Mass., in between. They attend many different cultural activities in all three places. An avid tennis player for 45 years, Nancy is unable to play anymore because of a bad shoulder.
Richard Bower writes: “My granddaughter Emily Maenner ’16 makes the fourth generation of Brown alums in the family. My brother Jim Bower ’60 still lives adjacent to the campus. My daughter Sally Maenner ’84 is an active interviewer for Brown in the Minneapolis area. Ever true.”
Joanna F. Alden writes: “Harvey and I celebrated our 55th anniversary and 56 years since we met at the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Language Institute for secondary teachers. We’ve also celebrated marriages and 50th birthdays of our three college graduates. Our two granddaughters are in school and visit frequently. I am a full-time caregiver to Harvey, who is blind and a candidate for a new implant device in his right eye to give him black and white images; he is also having a hip replacement. We enjoyed our 65th high school reunion, where a large percentage of the class was in attendance. How good to see old friends.”
Emily Maenner (see Richard Bower ’56).
Joe Soloway writes: “I have finally retired after 57 years of pediatric practice. I am happy with the newfound freedom, though I do miss the joys of being with and tending to kids and their families for all those years. My wife, Lorraine, a retired New York City school teacher, and I celebrated our 59th anniversary this past August. Our family is now three generations deep at Brown. Our eldest son, Greg Soloway ’82, and his wife, Linda E. Gray ’82; our daughter Liz S. Snider ’84; our son Andrew Soloway ’86 and his wife, Sabina Siani Soloway ’85; our granddaughter Sophie Soloway ’14; and our grandson Ari Snider ’18 all attest to the Brown effect on the Soloway clan. How fortunate we have been. Lorraine and I live in Jamaica Estates in Queens, but will be moving to East 56th Street in Manhattan.”
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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From the September/October 2017 Issue
Professor Nancy Shuster still enjoys teaching in Naples, Fla., and in Rhode Island. She teaches writing programs and many of her students are writing their life stories. She lives six months in Naples and six months in Narragansett, R.I.
From the July/August 2017 Issue
Nancy Shuster writes that she and her husband enjoyed a good winter in Naples, Florida, and continue to split their time between Florida and Rhode Island: “I am still teaching in both locations and enjoy helping writers do their life stories. I now have six grandchildren and two are married. Hello to all my classmates. Sorry I could not make our reunion last year.”
Raymond Tortolani writes: “Thanks to those who wrote concerning my book The Last Nazi. I appreciated your views and comments on my depiction of Adolf Hitler and my comparisons with U.S. historical events. My newest book, The War The South Was Forced to Fight, is available at Amazon. It is a historical account of the simultaneous growth and sectional upheaval that produced the Civil War, focusing principally on the victimization of the South and a reappraisal of the presidencies of Lincoln and Davis. My next project deals with a historical critique of the U.S. Supreme Court and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Frank R. Yanni writes: “Just finished my 18th year as a snowbird in Naples, Florida. Under the leadership of Bob Sanchez ’58, the Brown Club of Southwest Florida has an active agenda, including its annual Red Sox outing. I see Martha and Jack Delhagen regularly, although our golf is now limited to the 19th hole.”
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Joanna F. Alden writes: “Harvey and I just celebrated our 54th anniversary. Although he’s totally blind and is extremely arthritic, he’s wearing a pacemaker and is looking to have hip replacement so we can get back to traveling after three and a half years of confinement. Our 21-year-old granddaughter graduated with honors from Bridgewater Univ. and has seen fit to opt out of teaching to go into management. Our eight-year-old grandchild is a bright light to our lives in more ways than one. I feel very distant from Brown because my lifestyle has not allowed me to go there, so the BAM has kept me in the loop. I also have a grandniece from New York who is in the freshman class.”
Diana J. Baker writes: “To my surprise, it’s been 36 years since a vacation prompted me to move from Cambridge to Santa Fe, and never a dull moment since. I’m currently renovating a townhouse in an attempt to downsize, but there is a guest room if any Pembroke ’56 alumnae are coming this way.”
David Durfee and Sandra Sundquist Durfee ’57 returned from a Road Scholar trip to London via the Queen Mary 2. A fellow scholar on the trip was Lauren Pennington ’56 AM.
Roger L. Hale is healthy and actively supporting various nonprofit causes. He is also playing tournament chess and enjoying time with his four daughters and their husbands and his 14 grandchildren.
Jenifer Morgan Massey writes: “We are so lucky to be fulfilling my lifelong dream of traveling almost half the year. We also feel lucky to have three wonderful kids and eight delightful grandkids. The two of our kids who went to Brown make us feel it was so worthwhile: Hilary Massey Billings ’85 lives in San Francisco and is on the board of Habitat for Humanity, and Justin Morgan Massey ’93 is an environmental lawyer and mayor of the City Council of Hermosa Beach, Calif. Come see us in San Clemente, Calif.”
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Jerry Mattka writes that, in addition to being a U.S. Army veteran, he also worked for nine years as a conductor/foreman with the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad; worked more than 20 years in civilian law enforcement and is now retired from 55 years as a surgeon. He’s a proud owner of a ’56 Austin-Healey 100/4 Le Mans Kit and has enjoyed taking two trips by rubber raft through the Grand Canyon, the first as a “dude” and the second as a crew member/raft operator. He’s a Second Amendment supporter as an NRA Benefactor member and a California Rifle and Pistol Association life member, as well as a Sierra Club and Wilderness Society life member.
Sally Shaw Randall writes: “Ned has crippling arthritis, but he is holding his own. I am taking care of him, doing my artwork, and preparing for a talk on birds. Our lives have been enriched by Brown, and I miss all our old friends. Ned is going to give a talk on the marines in Korea during the war and his time with Ted Williams and John Glenn while he was there.”
Carl H. Seligson and his wife, Bonnie, enjoyed the 60th reunion and were delighted by the fact that so many classmates attended and for achieving an Annual Fund Class Participation of 50.9 percent. Carl was a member of the reunion gift committee.
Barbara Radulski Sickler writes that she was sorry to miss the reunion, but she was laid up with leg and foot problems and surgery and just couldn’t manage the trip. She hopes to be there for the next one.
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Ned and Sally Shaw Randall write that Ned had a serious fall last spring and is learning to walk again. They send their best wishes to their classmates.
John Worsley reports: “The class of 1956 had a highly successful 60th reunion, with 114 classmates attending, dinners at the University Club and the Hope Club, and a great Saturday luncheon at the Brown Refectory. The following officers were elected: Copresidents John Worsley and Joyce Marangelo Anderson; Covice-Presidents Robert Watts and Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann; Cotreasurers Noel Field and Nancy Zarker Jones; and Reunion Cochairs Jenifer Morgan Massey and John Worsley. Ken Golder was re-elected Webmaster. Former Class President Hank Vandersip was appointed ‘Honorary Class President.’ A memoriam was extended to 70 class members who have passed. Those wishing to pay into the class fund may send any amount to Class Programs at Alumni Relations. Treasurer Field suggests $56. Those wishing to send information to the class website and the BAM may send it to Ken Golder.”
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Dick Porter writes: “I was pleased to read the subject article about Bill Condaxis ’55, Don De Ciccio ’55, Vin Genua ’55, and Soc Mihalakos ’55. I was a freshman at Brown in 1952–1953, and a highlight of my year was when I pledged to Kappa Sigma and was privileged to socialize with those fine gentlemen. I left Brown after one year and went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and a 26-year naval career. I retired in Hawaii in 1983.”
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Gretchen Gross Wheelwright, cochair of the class reunion gift committee, writes: “Mark your calendars to attend our 60th reunion on May 27–29. In addition to campus-wide activities, we will have dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as separate luncheons for the men and women of the class on Saturday. Class headquarters and rooms will be in Keeney Quad, which has elevators. Members of the reunion gift committee are calling classmates. Please welcome their calls and help us exceed our goal of $100,000 for the Brown Annual Fund.”
Carolyn Morgan Palermo (see Shelley Atwood ’67).
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Joanna Roche Alden writes: “It’s astonishing how the years have passed and many names no longer appear. We are now retired from teaching, from organ/choir directing, and from Harvey’s 20-plus years of affiliation with Cantella & Co. of Boston. We are free to play and enjoy our granddaughters, one 22 and one almost 7. Golden years must mean that doctors and lawyers make the gold and we just keep going. We attended Harvey’s 50th college reunion at Bridgewater State Univ. What used to be a few buildings now stands to fill most of the town. Comparatively, I drove through Brown recently and almost didn’t recognize it. I’m also amazed at many articles in our magazine.”
Ray Tortolani published his book The Last Nazi: A Tale of Passion and Sorrow. He writes: “It is a historical novel about a real-life infamous Nazi leader that contains an outpouring of historical information covering the Nazi regime and the period between 1918 and 1945, a topic I have long had a deep desire to write about in a manner that avoids the restrictions of standard historical texts. Currently I am completing the final draft of an orthodox historical book on Abe Lincoln, Jeff Davis, and the Unfair War, which should be ready for publication by mid-2016. After that, I plan to resume my retirement with a lot of reading and less tennis and golf, and perhaps one more book, or maybe two. This retirement business sure gets in the way of pleasure.”
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Jim McGuinness met up with Phil Gerould, Tom Holmes, and Charlie Merritt at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, S.C. Jazz great and club owner Bob Masteller, a high school friend of Phil’s, acknowledged the presence of the Brown ’56 group.
Nancy Blacher Shuster still teaches in Naples, Fla., and Narragansett, R.I., living six months in each location. She writes: “What a treat it has been to be teaching for more than 40 years. My Brown major was philosophy and English, and, since I have never read an ad for a philosopher, I decided that English was the better career path. Regardless, what I learned in my philosophy classes has definitely helped to mold my teaching. As a professor of English, I have enjoyed teaching students at eight colleges. In addition I have taught kindergarten and at senior centers. I feel blessed to have found such a rewarding career. Love to hear from any of you reading this.”
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Dick Williams and his wife, Joan, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in December. Joan is the sister of Roger B. Williams and Mason B. Williams ’51. Dick writes: “We have been graced with excellent health during our 17 years in retirement. We are planning big for our 75th anniversary in 2033: our three sons will assist.”
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Stafford I. Cohen retired from clinical patient care after 40 years of academic cardiology practice. He continues scholarly pursuits at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Stafford writes: “The transition was from a highly satisfying career to a wonderful time of life. My wife, Debby, and I have more time to bond with long-term friends and to visit with our two sons and our four grandchildren. This year we were able to spend a month in New Zealand with son Matthew Cohen ’87 and his family. We also visited son Gregory and his family in Silicon Valley.” Since retiring from clinical care, Stafford in 2012 coauthored an article in Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology entitled “Death and Near Death from Cardiac Arrest during the Boston Marathon” and has written a biography, Paul Zoll MD; The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death, published by Free People in July.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Norman J. Cowen writes: “I’ve just returned from my twice-a-year ski trip to Vail, Colorado. Conditions were fabulous and I felt like an eagle soaring as I floated down huge deserted and recently groomed slopes with my skiing companion. I suspect I was the oldest person on the mountain that day. Now, nine years after retiring as a hand surgeon in the Washington, D.C., area, my wife, Diane, is planning some big parties for my 80th birthday, one in Northeast Maine and one in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. There’s plenty of duplicate bridge being played North and South. If any of my classmates would like to visit us or accompany me skiing, just say the word.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue
Nancy Dawn Zarker Jones and her husband, Bill, welcomed grandson Christian William Hanson ’17 to Brown during Convocation activities. Christian represents the family’s third generation to attend Brown, following his grandmother; his mother, Jennie Dawn Jones Hanson ’86; and uncle Wesley Jones ’87.
Nancy Pollock Stavis (see Sara Stavis Altman ’82).
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Henry Vandersip (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Jim McGuinness, Charlie Merritt, Phil Gerould, and Tom Holmes, together with their wives, gathered in Pittsfield, Vt., in late September for autumn leaves and memories of Brown.
From the May/June 2013 Issue
Nancy Pollock Stavis writes: “My husband of 54 years, Edward, and I still live in three places: Brookline, Massachusetts; West Harwich, Massachusetts; and Key Biscayne, Florida. We’re looking forward to the graduation of our grandson Evan Altman ’13. He will be the fourth generation in my family and fourteenth relative to graduate from Brown, but he will be doing something on graduation day that I don’t think any other Brown graduate has ever done: he will be wearing the same cap and gown that the three generations before him wore. My mother, Ida Cohen Pollock ’31, wore it. I wore it. And Evan’s mother, Sara Stavis Altman ’82, wore it. My mother had to buy it in 1931 and kept it, hoping that I would graduate from Brown wearing it. I don’t think I’ll be around to see the fifth generation of relatives wear it, but hopefully my daughter and grandson will see that!”
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Al N. Hakam hosted an alumni Thanksgiving dinner at Jerry’s BBQ and Grill in Singapore, featuring smoked turkey. Twenty alumni from various classes attended.
Gilbert Pemberton II (See Margaret E. Thomas ’79).
Albert Perrino is still fishing, downhill skiing, fox hunting on horseback, and enjoying life. He resides in Wilmington, Del.
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Daniel Hardenbergh writes: “Retirement continues to be grand. I have visited my kids and grandkids in Alaska, Florida, and Virginia this past year. My granddaughter Lindsey just graduated after starring on the Univ. of Virginia’s varsity tennis team for four years, playing as the #1 spot for three years and All-American for two. I loved going down to watch her play. My wife of 56 years, Mary Ann, is still totally disabled after her tragic fall nearly four years ago, which caused severe brain damage.”
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Jennifer Morgan Massey (see Engagements & Weddings, Justin Massey ’93).
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Al Hakam celebrated his 27th wedding anniversary at Lujiang in Yunnan Province, China.
Roger Hale writes: “My very accomplished daughters are representing their alma mater well. Jocelyn Hale ’85 is the executive director of the Loft Literary Center, the most active center of its type in the country for poets, writers, and aspiring literary people, sponsoring hundreds of classes, lectures, and literary events each year. Leslie Hale ’87, a cross-country runner at Brown, just competed in the Arctic Circle Race, described as the toughest Nordic race in the world. She was the only American to compete and came in second in her 40–49 age group (female). Nina Hale ’89 is a very successful entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of a search engine optimization company, NinaHale Inc. All three live in Minneapolis with their husbands and kids.”
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Joel Davis’s son Chuck Davis ’82 was recently named as the International President of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Chuck is currently a Brown trustee, as was Joel some years ago.
Eveline Portnoy Hunt writes: “The 55th reunion was great fun. Especially gratifying was the chance to get together with several Pembrokers I hadn’t seen since graduation. They were terrific company during the weekend, and I miss them already!”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Joanna Roche Alden writes: "This year we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. I am a retired language teacher, retired church organist and choir director. I'm now secretary and office manager for my husband, Harvey, a financial advisor. Christopher is at home with 3-year-old Madison and doing computer tech business. Kathryn has an MEd in special education and is earning her certificate of advanced graduate study in school administration. Margaret has a pediatrics degree from Tufts and is doing workshops for schools in New Bedford."
From the July/August 2011 Issue
The Minnesota Assoc. of Development Professionals recognized Roger Hale as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year for his many years working for Ploughshares Fund, Public Radio International, and Plymouth Congregational Church.
Daniel K. Hardenbergh writes that his wife, Mary Ann (Syracuse '56), who suffered severe brain damage due to a fall over two years ago, remains the same. He is still traveling to visit his four children and 12 grandchildren in Alaska, Florida, and Virginia.
Nancy Blacher Shuster continues to teach in Naples, Fla., and Narragansett, R.I. She enjoys helping students write their life stories. She works mostly with Learning in Retirement Programs sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast Univ.; in Rhode Island she teaches for the YMCA as well. She also helps students write books about various topics. In October, she connected with Gloria Fireman Goldenberg in California. Nancy would like to hear from fellow students. She is still enjoying her cochlear implant, and, if anyone needs a copy of her book, Hearing Loss and Winning Solutions, e-mail her.
Nancy Pollock Stavis writes that her grandson Evan Altman '13, is enjoying Brown. He is the fourth generation in her family to go to Brown and the 14th relative.
From the May/June 2011 Issue [55th]
Sheldon P. Siegel writes that he looks forward to the 55th reunion with his wife, Lolly, who will celebrate her 55th at Wellesley next year. Shel's son, H. B. Siegel '83, is chief technical officer at IMDb.
Richard E. Williams and his wife, Joan, celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 13. Richard writes that he is enjoying his 15th year of retirement after 36 years of service with Pennsylvania Gas & Water. He enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, competitive shooting, and visiting his three sons and their families.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Alan Levenson was recognized by the Maine Bar Assoc. at its summer convention in Rockland with a lifetime membership commemorating his 50 years practicing labor and employment law in Portland. Alan lives in Tucson part of the year and in Sebago Lake, Me., the rest.
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Nancy Willenbecher Dickinson has set up a website www.nancydickinson.net, a coffee-table book of photographs is available for purchase. She writes: "Come visit and let me know if you've been charmed."
Al Hakam is looking forward to a great 55th reunion. He writes: "The most important thing at our age is to be healthy and happy. My wife, Li Wen, who runs our restaurant, Jerry's BBQ and Grill, and my son, Joseph'13, will be there." He invites all alumni to visit his restaurant in Singapore.
Daniel K. Hardenbergh's wife, Mary Ann, is still recovering from a severe brain-damaging fall of over a year and half ago. Most of his traveling over the past year has been to see kids, grandkids, and other relatives in Green Valley, Ariz.; Anchorage, Ala.; and Fairfax County, Va. He hopes to get to central Europe next year, tagging along on a concert tour with the Dedham Choral Society, with whom he sang for 26 years.
Barbara Goodman Lees is hoping to attend the 55th reunion in May. Unfortunately, her husband of 30 years died in July after several years battling health problems. She plans to move from their large home to an apartment in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Louis Ray has been elected as an at-large director on the board of the Mar Vista Community Council. Mar Vista is a community on the west side of Los Angeles. He has been appointed as a member of the advisory panel on the creation of an Office of the Ratepayer Advocate for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Carl H. Seligson recently spoke at the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners and the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. He filed expert testimony with the Illinois Commerce Commission on behalf of Commonwealth Edison Co. He vacationed in northwestern Italy and Paris last spring and enjoyed his home on Fire Island, N.Y., in the summer. He has four married children and eight grandchildren. The eldest grandchild began college in August 2010 and the youngest turned 2 in April 2010.
Barbara Radulski Sickler traveled extensively with her children after the death of her husband, Hal (Rutgers '51) in December 2008. She attended a wedding in Germany with her son, Chris (Univ. of Texas '86); toured Egypt with her daughter Jennifer (Rice'83); and went on a cruise to the islands in the eastern Caribbean with her daughter Carol (Southern Methodist Univ. '83). An avid quilter, she goes to many quilt shows, retreats, and workshops, and collects fabric art from around the world.
John A. Smith and wife Elaine Lavault Smith '59 recently attended the wedding of classmate Robert A. Watts to a longtime friend of theirs, Charlotte De Serio. Elaine had introduced them earlier this year. Also attending were classmates Joel Davis and his wife, Carol, and Peter Shutkin and his wife, Tippy.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Joanna Roche Alden retired from being a teacher and an organ choirmaster. Since her husband lost his sight a few years ago, she has been working in his brokerage office as secretary and reader. She has granddaughters aged 16, 14, and 17 months. She writes that she will be visiting her brother's villa in Tercera, in the Azores, and taking a trip to Fatima in Portugal. In September, she and her husband will celebrate their 45th anniversary on Cape Cod.
George Chapman writes: "After spending the majority of the last 35 years at almost two miles above sea level, Karen and I have become flatlanders in the almost too conservative Midwest."
Bonnie Eckenbeck Cobb moved into a high-rise condominium in the heart of Dallas's arts district in November 2008. She writes: "I can walk to theaters, the Symphony Hall, the Opera House and three museums. My view from the 24th floor is spectacular. There are even five restaurants downstairs. I am thrilled to be living in such an exciting environment."
Pauline H. Davis and her husband, Peter, spent last Christmas with her brother, John Davis II '63, at his house on the Olympic Peninsula. Last May, they took a river cruise through Peter's homeland in Holland and Belgium and visited relatives in London.
Jack Delhagen writes: "Our Southwest Florida Brown Club continues to flourish. I'm keeping the local medical establishment well employed. I gave up fishing and took up oil painting, with surprising success."
Edwin N. Forman writes: "After 41 years in Providence at Rhode Island Hospital's department of pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology, my wife, Sylvia, and I have moved to Manhattan to join grandchildren, children, and sisters." Edwin is currently at Mount Sinai Hospital, teaching and caring for children with cancer and blood diseases.
Al Hakam's son Joseph Hakam '13 is at Brown. Al and his wife, Li-Wen, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at Club Med in Phuket, Thailand, this past May. They met Joseph in Europe for a three-week holiday in Paris, Switzerland, and Italy in August. Al's American BBQ Memphis-style ribs restaurant continues to do well in Singapore.
Samuel A. Herzog writes that, after three grandsons, as of July 2009 he has a granddaughter: Jillian Morgan Herzog, daughter of Jonathan Herzog (Univ. of Michigan, '96). Samuel is also the proud father of Robert Herzog '90. In 2002, Robert formed Zog Sports LLC, a charity-focused, co-ed social sports club where young professional participants play touch football, soccer, volleyball, softball, and other sports. Since its formation, its charitable contributions have exceeded $850,000.
F. Jerry Mattka is now a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He recently married and is a member of the Sierra Club, the Coroner Society, the National Rifle Assoc., and the California Rifle and Pistol Assoc.
Mary Jane Mikuriya writes that she enjoys hosting Servas Fulbright students, U.S. Department of State visitors, and foreign students attending UC Berkeley. "These visits require learning about values and cultural perspectives."
Mary Lou Couture Murphy writes: "I lost my husband of 52 years due to brain cancer in May 2009."
Gerald G. Norigian and his wife, Lillian, are now Florida residents but spend about five months of the year in Warwick, R.I.
Carl H. Seligson and his wife, Bonnie, enjoyed Venice, northeast Italy, Trieste, and Paris for three weeks this spring. Carl writes: "It's the start of asparagus harvest and there is no such thing as a bad meal in Italy or Paris."
Peter M. Shutkin's grandson, Alex Schwartz '10, became the sixth Brown graduate in the family this May. His brother, James Schwartz '13, is the seventh family member to attend Brown.
Dodd B. Wragg rows with the San Diego Rowing club six days a week. He won the Canadian Masters championship for the over-70 last summer in Victoria, Canada. He writes that he is doing well with his wife, Sonja, in San Diego. He runs a part-time coffee shop at the boathouse and trades stocks.
Frank Yanni writes: "I got to enjoy a Red Sox game in Fort Myers with classmates Jack Delhagen, David Reynolds, and Barry Blank."
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Last February, Dan Hardenbergh's wife, Mary Ann, suffered severe brain damage after an accidental fall down a flight of stairs in Cape Cod, Mass. The fall was related to a stroke. After brief stays at Cape Cod Hospital and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, she has been at Brighton Rehab Center/Nursing Home since last summer. Dan writes: "Please send a good thought her way—they all help."
Joe Soloway writes that his granddaughter, Sophie Soloway '13, is now the fourteenth member and third generation of the Soloway family to attend Brown. Joe is enjoying an active pediatric practice in a seven-person group in Forest Hills, N.Y. He holds the position of clinical associate professor at the Weill Cornell Medical School, and is an attending physician at the New York Presbyterian and Long Island Jewish Hospitals.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Bernard Iser retired Dec. 31 after 30 years in real estate management and 25 years in educational administration. He writes that he will be doing real estate management consulting as a home occupation, catching up on the opera and theater, and learning how to relax with his partner of 23 years.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Al Hakam, who lives in Singapore, enjoyed accompanying his son, Joseph '13, on campus during orientation week in September.
Carl Seligson remains active in the electric industry financial space, which he has inhabited for more than 45 years. He is a consultant to the industry trade organization, the Edison Electric Institute, in its regulatory outreach program.
Nancy Shuster enjoyed connecting with Gloria Fireman Goldenberg in California last summer. Nancy has been teaching again in Rhode Island and Florida.
Nancy Pollock Stavis writes that her grandson, Evan Altman '13, who was accepted early decision, is enjoying Brown and is the fourth generation in the family to go there. He is the 14th of Nancy's relatives to attend Brown.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Members of the Pembroke class enjoyed the annual summer reunion luncheon at the Rumford, R.I., home of Margaret Devoe Gidley on August 4. Sixteen classmates enjoyed catching up. Attending were: Joyce Marangelo Anderson, Margery Jackson Chambers, Judith Gagnon Davidson, Ruth Berkelhammer Fink, Linda Kessler Fishman, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, Margaret Devoe Gidley, Sheila Monaghan Harvey, Katherine Cashman Hower, Nancy Dawn Zarker Jones, Dorothy Mancini LaFond, Jane Hamlett Malme, Jenifer Morgan Massey, Julie Petrarca, Barbara Perrino Piscuskas, and Nevann Winslow Smith. Caring thoughts and cards were sent to class president Geneva Whitney Courtright and classmate Miriam Maccoby Netter. Please send news to Jane Hamlett Malme.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Joel Davis writes that his grandson Jared B. Davis has been accepted into Brown's class of 2013. He is the third generation in the family.
Nancy Blacher Shuster divides her time between Naples, Fla., and Narragansett, R.I. She is teaching for a learning-in-retirement program at Florida Gulf Coast Univ. This season she taught six courses, including Writing Your Life Story.
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Arthur M. Love Jr. writes that he is halfway through earning his master's degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and that he is still playing the drums.
Jenifer Morgan Massey writes: "John and I travel half the year and look forward to living overseas in a couple of years. We plan to rent places for a month or more and will start with Venice, Paris, London, Istanbul, and Hong Kong. Our three kids and six grandkids are all great fun."
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Stafford I. Cohen writes: "Although I recently retired from my clinical consultative cardiac practice, I continue to be involved at my hospital and medical school. I am currently researching the modern history of electrocardiac therapy and intend to write a book on the subject. Other commitments are to family and to becoming acquainted with new ideas. The latter reminds me of the intellectual excitement I experienced from exposure to the liberal arts curriculum at Brown."
Edwin Forman writes: "After 41 wonderful years in Providence and in the department of pediatrics at the Rhode Island Hospital, I, along with my wife, Sylvia, am relocating to Manhattan to be near family (three granddaughters, two children, and three sisters). I will join the department of pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Sylvia plans to continue her psychotherapy/psychoanalysis practice."
Katherine Cashman Hower writes that she has gotten together with Nancy Zarker Jones, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, and Margaret Devoe Gidley. She also writes that her daughter, Kathleen, bought a beach house in Narragansett, R.I., overlooking Bonnet Shores and will be renting it in the summer.
Joanne Dean Keane enjoys her job as the therapeutic-recreation director at a health facility. Her granddaughter, Megan, 15, lives only 30 minutes away.
Mary Irene Pett returned to Washington, D.C., after the death of her husband last June.
Ronald Schwartz writes that he is still working, still traveling, still married, and still acquiring grandchildren.
Nancy Pollock Stavis writes: "My daughter, Sara Altman '82, has two children: Jennifer, a junior at Brandeis, and Evan, a senior at Noble and Greenough School who sent in his early decision application to Brown. If he gets accepted he will be the fourth generation Brunonian in my family! I still live in one of three residences—Brookline, Mass., West Harwich, Mass., and Key Biscayne, Fla. Life gets a little complicated, but it's still lots of fun."
Robert L. Sterling Jr. lives in Palm Beach, Fla., with his wife, Joyce. His three sons, Rob, Bill, and Cameron, work and live in New York City and Greenwich, Conn. He also announces the Oct. 15 arrival of his granddaughter, Clair Robin.
Hank Vandersip (see Beatrice Wattman Miller '35).
John Worsley '63 MAT teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island and writes for newspapers. He was recently elected to the board of the Heritage Hall of Fame in R.I., and serves on the executive board of the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Entertainment Committee, and the University Club. He plays the piano and produces music.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Dan Hardenbergh writes that he is still recuperating from an amputation of his right foot and leg last April. He writes: "The prosthesis is working well but it's still painful, and I expect it will be for several months or longer. I had fun, but all too short, fall visits with my freshman roommate, Pete Fuger (Zeta Psi) and my roommate of the next three years, Dave Willis (like me, Phi Gamma Delta). It was great to see them both. I am back to my job coaching those with disabilities—on a very limited basis—but still love it."
Mary I. Pett writes that her husband died in June 2008. After living in Idaho, she is returning to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the U.S. government for 33 years in international aviation.Carl Seligson and his wife, Bonnie, spent more than two weeks in Kenya in October visiting many sites, including Kilimanjaro (as seen from Amboseli) and Lake Nakuru with its hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos.
Nancy Shuster will teach the Learning in Retirement Program for Florida Gulf Coast Univ. She will be connecting with the Naples, Fla., Brown Club as well. She continues to conduct hearing seminars and establish hearing groups in Narragansett, R.I., and Providence. She is enjoying her cochlear implant.
Frederick Trost and his wife traveled to Thailand, where they spent several days with Jerry Jerome and his wife.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Marilyn Taylor Browder writes: "We've been getting a lot of mileage from the celebration of our 50th anniversary, which was September 7, 2007. We're still using it as an excuse for fun! We first spent time with our family in Williamsburg, Va., then continued driving to the Canadian and U.S. Rockies, celebrating the day in a wee log cabin chapel in the Tetons, with those magnificent mountains as the altar backdrop. Eventually we made our way back to Florida. In March, we stood on the equator in Ecuador with two of our children (it was their gift to us). Now we've just returned from a month in Europe and are planning our fall tour north. Blessed, indeed, we have been, and are!"
Jack Delhagen writes that any snowbirds looking to join the Brown Club of Southwest Florida should contact him.
Janet Beery Owers and Jane Hamlett Malme met in Copenhagen, Denmark, for four days in June to mark the 50th anniversary of their year of graduate studies at the Univ. of Copenhagen. They attended a performance at the new Opera House, revisited old haunts, and caught up on family news, which included the April marriage of Janet's daughter Kate in Cambridge, England.
Barbara Perrino Piscuskas hosted the annual summer reunion of Pembroke '56ers at her home in Hyannis, Cape Cod, on July 15. Margery Jackson Chambers, Judith Gagnon Davidson, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, Sheila Monaghan Harvey, Jane Hamlett Malme, and Mimi Winslow Smith enjoyed lunch and shared news of classmates, family, and travels. Next year's reunion lunch has been scheduled for July 14.
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Al Perrino is active in downhill skiing, saltwater fishing, boating, and fox hunting.
Nancy Shuster has been teaching in the Florida Gulf Coast University Learning in Retirement program. She teaches life-story writing and a writing workshop. She recently had two articles published in Tri-County Woman magazine's spring issue. She divides her time between Rhode Island and Naples, Fla.
Donald Uhl retired as CEO of In Store Media Systems, Inc. He now works on a four-seat jet aircraft project as vice president of corporate development for Excel-Jet, Ltd. in Colorado Springs. He writes: "I'm looking forward to bringing the aircraft to the EAA AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh, Wisc., which is billed as the 'World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.'" He is very proud of his grandson, who graduated from the Univ. of San Diego after being on the Dean's list and lacrosse captain, and his granddaughter who completed her master's in education with honors at Whittier College this past May.
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Norman Cowen writes that he and Arnold Kritz continued their successful duplicate bridge partnership at the recent Palm Springs regional tournament where they earned 25 master points. This was followed shortly by another 30 master points at the Myrtle Beach Regional Competitions. The two have been close friends since their time at Brown, but only got interested in bridge recently; however, they are both life Masters. Arnold is a professor of physics at Lehigh Univ. and also a consultant to the United States government on its energy problem. Norman is a retired hand surgeon who is interested in gardening, tennis, and skiing out west. Norman enjoys summers in northern Maine and winters in Pawleys Island, S.C., with many stops in Washington, D.C.
Al Hakam, retired professor of international business and marketing at the National Univ. of Singapore and currently a Singapore restaurateur, hosted his Brown roommate Andy Wojcicki and wife Marba at his family home in December. Andy is professor emeritus of chemistry at Ohio State Univ.
Roger L. Hale was honored with a lifetime achievement award by Twin Cities Business. Roger also writes that his daughter, Jocelyn Hale '85, was named executive director of the Loft Literary Society, after a nationwide search.
Daniel Hardenbergh has spent the last two years trying to overcome what arthritis has done to destroy the cartilage in his right ankle. He writes: "Wanna talk? Write in."
Carl H. Seligson is beginning his sixth year on retainer for the Edison Electric Institute, representing investor-owned electric utilities. He and Bonnie went on safari in October.
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Roger Bensinger retired to Rancho Mirage, Calif., 12 years ago after a business career that took him to Brazil, London, and Mexico City. Three of his seven children went to Brown. He often sees classmate Paul Brenner, who lives in San Diego. Roger has been married for 39 years.
Barry W. Blank enjoys playing tennis and golfing in retirement. He continues as a board member of ARI Insurance Companies and a regional advisory board member for Peoples Bank & Trust Co. in Panama City, Fla. With the recent addition of twin grandsons, Barry now has 14 grandchildren.
Nancy Turner Bowers enjoys life in Greensboro, N.C., after 46 years in Florida. She especially loves the trees!
John Golden writes: "My 16th grandchild arrived on schedule and rounds out eight boys and eight girls, ages 20 to 6 months. I'm starting a new medical manufacturing company in the first quarter of 2008. This is my fifth start-up over the past 40 years. I am loving the south, and winter in the Florida Keys."
Dan Hardenbergh writes: "After a wonderful Brown Alumni Travelers trip to Sardinia, Corsica, and Rome, Mary Ann and I returned to Boston for a fun-filled end of summer. After a long, slow recovery from ankle surgery, I've been able to get back into my post-retirement job coaching individuals with disabilities. It can be frustrating at times, but in the long run it is extremely rewarding. We planned a trip to Arizona in late December, then to San Miguel de Allende over St. Patrick's Day with our sister Barbara."
Samuel A. Herzog reports that he has two new grandsons: Mason Jeremy Herzog, the son of Jonathan Herzog (Michigan '95), was born on January 31, 2007, and Jackson Wyatt Herzog, the son of Robert Herzog '90, was born on April 27, 2007.
Phyllis Stickell Lary writes: "If you don't mind cold, windy winters, and a muddy March, northwest Vermont is a comforting place to live in year-round retirement. I find enjoyment and friends in my garden club, in Master Gardener volunteer work, and in the 'Head Smart' spinning class at my athletic club. One of my eight grandchildren, a six-year-old boy, has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. I'm interested in hearing from classmates who have had a similar experience."
Jenifer Morgan Massey writes: "I had a fabulous year traveling to the Hawaiian Islands, Paris, and the Loire Valley. I stayed with Bonnie Eckenbeck Cobb at her gorgeous home in Provence, then went to Valencia for the America's Cup, and Barcelona, Menorca, Mallorca, and Maine. I'm now back from a month-long Elderhostel in China and Tibet and on the Yangtze. Don't ever stop this world, I don't ever want to get off!"
Carl Seligson writes: "Bonnie and I spent three weeks abroad in October, visiting London and Kenya, where we went on a six-day safari. Kenya is a fantastic bird and animal paradise."
Hank Vandersip thanks all who have sent along words of encouragement.
Dodd Wragg writes: "I retired eleven years ago and married (second try) Sonja seven years ago. I am living well at Mission Beach in San Diego. The best of my many jobs as a wrangler on horseback in Washington's Cascade Mountains. I'm rowing for exercise and fun, and our crew won the 60-year-old category in the San Diego Crew Classic this year. I climbed Mount Whitney last year because it was there. Best wishes to all."
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Dan Hardenbergh writes: “I retired from Jewish Vocational Service in Boston as a job coach. Five minutes after I got home from a retirement party, the program director for Services to Individuals with Disabilities called to urge me to continue job coaching as a part-time consultant. I accepted! I thoroughly enjoy working with clients with disabilities who have job-related concerns and issues. In retirement I’m working ten to 15 hours per week, and it’s great. Otherwise, I’ve traveled to Alaska, Arizona, and Florida to visit family and celebrate Mary Ann’s and my 50th anniversary. Also great trips via Brown Travelers to Sicily, Tuscany, Sardinia, Corsica, and Rome. Life is good!”
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Margaret Devoe Gidley hosted a reunion of Pembroke ’56ers at her home in Rumford, R.I., on July 20. Eighteen classmates enjoyed lunch and catching up on one another’s lives. Attending were: Margery Jackson Chambers, Alice Clemente ’67 PhD, Judith Gagnon Davidson, Linda Kessler Fishman, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, Ruth Berkelhammer Fink, Christine Holmberg Freiberger ’59 MAT, Margaret Devoe Gidley, Rosalie Greenberg Goldman ’66 MAT, Sheila Monaghan Harvey, Katherine Cashman Hower, Nancy Dawn Zarker Jones, Jane Hamlett Malme, Jenifer Morgan Massey, Geraldine Weicker McCann, Barbara Perrino Piscuskas, Nevann Winslow Smith, and Hazel Kingsley Turley.
Patricia Hales Laidlaw writes: “Our lives are substantially circumscribed by my husband’s advanced Parkinsons. We do see our four grandsons and their parents from time to time. We are still in our home, forty years now, where I garden assiduously.”
Sheldon Siegel and Marvin Wilenzik celebrated their 50th class reunion last year. Then, on June 30, Marvin and Nancy Wilenzik joined Shelden and Lolly Siegel (Wellesley ’57) at the Seigels’ gala 50th anniversary party at the Bethlehem Club in Bethlehem, Pa.
Gretchen Gross Wheelwright traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., to speak at the July 27 celebration of the life of classmate Phyllis Rannacher Dodson. In addition to making her own remarks, Gretchen read remembrances of Phyllis’s freshman roommate, Geneva Whitney Courtright. Phyllis’s sudden illness had forced her to cancel plans to join classmates Bonnie Eckenbeck Cobb, Jenifer Morgan Massey, Geneva Whitney Courtright, and Gretchen Gross Wheelwright, as well as Nancy Schuleen Helle ’55 and Alice Wheelwright ’81 at a May gathering at Bonnie’s home in Provence, France.
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Joanna Roche Alden writes: "Fifty-year synopsis: I taught English, French, and Latin in public schools for twelve years. I have been organist and choir director at various Catholic churches since 1952. I stayed home to raise my family for ten years while working as a Coppercraft Guild counselor and manager for thirteen years. I am currently office manager at Harvey's Financial Office, a branch of Cantella & Co., in Boston. I've been married forty-nine years to Harvey, a now-retired English teacher and a financial planner and broker representative. Because he is now blind, he does the brainwork while I do the reading and writing. Meanwhile, I dote upon my thirteen-year-old granddaughter, Kaitlyn, a high-honors student and competition dancer."
Beth Zalusky Finkelstein writes: "All is well in Chappaqua, N.Y., where we have been living for the past thirteen years. My husband, Stuart, is a partner at Skadden Arps in New York City; our son, Sam, 15, is an avid lacrosse player; and Julia, 13, is a lover of musical theater and dance. I spend most of my days trying to keep up with them, though I often feel as if I am just running in circles with my hair on fire sometimes. When I do get a minute, I knit, of all things! Would love to hear from old friends!"
Jane Hamlett Malme writes: "Margie Jenckes Fleischman, Dazzle Devoe Gidley, and Noel Field represented our class at the annual all-class-leaders meeting on April 28. For one week at the end of May classmates Geneva Whitney Courtright, Jenifer Morgan Massey, Gretchen Wheelright Harris and daughter Alice, and Nancy Helle '55, were guests of Bonnie Cobb in Provence, France. It was a glorious house party without any spouses! Some husbands met their wives at the end of the week for additional travel. Hank Vandersip is continuing his rehabilitation under the excellent care of Phebe Phillips Vandersip '98. Hank would love to hear from any and all."
Nancy Shuster will teach in Florida Gulf Coast Univ.'s Lifelong Learning Program in 2008. She is a professor emerita and taught at the Brightview Commons facility in South Kingstown, R.I., this summer. She is starting a cochlear-implant support group in R.I. Nancy divides her time between Narragansett, R.I., and Naples, Fla. She is doing ongoing seminars from her book, Hearing Loss and Winning Solutions.
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Nancy Turner Bowers writes: “After years of threatening to run away from home, I finally did in Jan. 2007. I picked Greensboro, N.C., because of the wonderful cultural opportunities and natural beauty, and it is where my best friend from childhood lives. I am pursuing many new interests, plus a few old ones. If your curiosity is piqued, send me an e-mail and I will provide details.”
Richard H. Bower writes: “My wife and I just returned from three weeks in Thailand and Vietnam. It was a wonderful trip!”
Margaret “Dazzle” Devoe Gidley writes: “I’m still teaching at the Community College of R.I., and I have many private students at my studio at home. I have four trunk shows a year selling Doncaster clothes. I’m very involved in Republican politics, trying to restart a Republican Women’s Club. Since there is no two-party system in R.I., corruption is rampant. We are controlled by the unions.”
Jerry Jerome writes: “We had a wonderful reunion—many thanks to the committee, which has a thankless job. It was great to see my fellow classmates, but sad for the ones who passed on. This winter, Pat and I cruised through the Panama Canal—what an experience.”
Dorothy Mancini Lafond writes: “We’ll be celebrating our fiftieth anniversary July 4. Our children are planning a ‘surprise’ party for us.”
Alton Ryder writes: “I am deeply involved with cemetery management in southern N.H., both on the local and state level. Betty and I celebrated our fiftieth this June; three children and four grandchildren live nearby and visit frequently. Life is good.”
John Worsley ’63 MAT writes: “I’m continuing to teach in the Human Services Department at the Community College of R.I., and write for the weekly jazz column. I also produce major jazz shows.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Joan and Bruce Bartsch hosted a mini-reunion in February in Bradenton, Fla. Attending were Peg and Barry Blank, Elizabeth and Caleb Boggs, and Missey and Dick Sackett. John Hines, Jim Lohr, and Bill Pringle were unable to attend, but were there in spirit. Conversation related to Brown included the football Ivy League championship, the great 50th reunion, and the continued absence of NROTC.
Roger Bensinger writes: “I have retired after a forty-two-year career that allowed me to live in Brazil, England, and Mexico working in the sporting goods industry (Brunswick), pharmaceutical industry (G.D. Seale), and communications (Edleman). My wife, Beatriz, and I divide our time between Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”
Geneva Whitney Courtright writes she has stayed in touch with Phoebe Phillips Vandersip ’98 on Hank’s progress following his stroke last June. She also will be attending Bonnie Eckenbeck Cobb’s house party in Provence, France, this summer along with Gretchen Wheelright Harris, Jiffy Morgan Massey, Phyllis Rannacher Dodson, Nancy Schuleen Helle ’55, and Gretchen’s daughter Alice Wheelright ’81. She visited with Barbara Perrino Pisculkas during her annual visit to Sarasota this past March.
Samuel A. Herzog has a new grandson, Mason Jeremy Herzog, born Jan. 31, 2007.
Andrew B. Martin writes: “My wife and I, through our church, are involved in projects providing hurricane relief to New Orleans. In September we will have a jazz band from New Orleans come to Milwaukee for a fundraiser for the H.O. Musicians Clinic. The clinic provides health care for street musicians. While conditions have improved somewhat, it’ll be years before the city fully recovers. I would be pleased to share information if anyone is interested.”
Herbert Rakatansky writes: “I’m still practicing and teaching full-time. I am a clinical professor at the Brown Med School, and the chair of the Physician Health Program in R.I. I am also serving on the board of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. My ‘blended family’ includes six children and eight grandchildren.”
Carl H. Seligson writes: “I continue to serve as a consultant to the Edison Electric Institute, the organization representing virtually all investor-owned electric utilities, and have decided to return to my own practice as an expert financial witness in electric utility rate proceedings before regulatory bodies—a field I have been involved with for over forty-five years.”
Nancy Shuster had an article on “The Miracle of the Cochlear Implant” published in the January issue of Prime Time Magazine. The author of the book Hearing Loss And Winning Solutions, she is doing seminars on the subject and would be happy to do a program for your organization as well.
Peter M. Shutkin writes: “I am very proud of my grandson Alex Schwartz, now the class of 2010. He is the third generation. I’m looking forward to the 55th reunion.”
Gail Scott Sleeman writes: “I’m working full-time as a reporter/photographer for the Berlin Daily Sun in New Hampshire—fascinating! We cover everything from weekly selectmen’s meetings to U.S. presidential candidates. Life is splendid, with four beautiful seasons treating our eyes with the constantly changing natural world of northern New Hampshire. My three children are doing well as a lawyer in Denver, a consultant in New York, and a mother/housewife in Mt. View, Calif.”
William A. Wescott writes: “Rosa and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2006. Our son, Drew, and daughter, Pam, had a beautiful anniversary party for us at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, N.J. Frank Yanni, our best man and my roommate, was present with his wife, Dolores. We have one granddaughter, named Mackenzie. I have been retired from trust and estate banking since 1999.”
From the March / April 2006 Issue
William Wasco writes: “Back in the United States after living in the Bahamas for eight years. We just moved into our home on Leesville Lake, Va. It’s great to be back. We’re very much out of the loop.”
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Jane Hamlett Malme writes: “As we gathered together at the 50th reunion gala dinner in Sayles Hall on Friday evening to hear words of welcome and appreciation from President Simmons and other Brown leaders,Roger Hale, class reunion gift cochair (with Gretchen Gross Wheel-wright) greeted the class with, ‘There are three stages of life—youth, middle age, and you’re looking great!’
“And we did look great—all 203 of us, setting a 50th reunion attendance record and joining in an extraordinary weekend planned by reunion chairs Jiffy Massey and John Cutler and their hardworking reunion committee. Ever true to Brown, our class gift to the annual fund had reached close to $494,000, with a remarkable 57 percent of the class participating—the highest participation rate the class has ever achieved. The comprehensive total of gifts from the class exceeded $2 million.
“With a total of 346 (including guests) participating in the 50th reunion activities, we were quite a presence on campus, overflowing class headquarters at Goddard (Delta Phi) House in the Wriston quadrangle and at Andrews Terrace for our Saturday class picture.
“The 50th reunion program began on Friday afternoon with an exclusive presentation to the class on long-range plans to meet the campus needs of the University for the next fifty years, followed by an opening reception at class headquarters, the gala dinner, and Campus Dance. On Saturday, classmates enjoyed being part of a vibrant campus and attending stimulating Commencement forums. At a moving all-class memorial service at Sayles Hall, in which classmates Ken Golder and Rev. Ann Nelson took part, candles were lit by Geneva Whitney Courtright and Donald Lowry in remembrance of 145 of our classmates known to have died since graduation.
“Always a happy tradition, the Pem– broke Class luncheon was followed this year by the dedication of a Pembroke class of ’56 memorial garden in a shaded corner of the Pembroke campus. A memorial bench and plaque were made possible by Pembroke class funds and the efforts of class president Geneva Whitney Courtright.
“A unique highlight of the reunion was the hilarious performance of classmate Joe Bologna and his wife, Renee Taylor, in If You Ever Leave Me I Am Going With You for our reunion dinner theater on Saturday evening. Many thanks to Joe and Renee for a wonderful show—a truly special gift to all of us there. WaterFire Providence and schmoozing at Goddard House kept us up well past our usual bedtimes as the revelry continued until the wee hours.
“The condensed two-day Commence- ment weekend resulted in a significant number of the class joining in the 238th Commencement procession through the Van Wickle gates on Sunday morning. They were led by chief marshal Roger Hale; his aides Henry Baer, Noel Field, Jane Hamlett Malme, and Gretchen Gross Wheelwright; and class marshals John Cutler, Dorothy Mancini Lafond, Jenifer Morgan Massey, and Hank Vandersip. Many others shared in carrying the class of 1956 banner through the ranks of cheering new graduates shouting, ‘You look great!’
“More than sixty stayed on for a dinner organized by Dorothy Lafond Sunday evening at the Faculty Club. The final event was Hank and Phebe Vandersip’s annual Sunday brunch at their delightful seaside home in Cranston, R.I. The class reelected Geneva Whitney Courtright and Hank Vandersip as copresidents and elected a full slate of class officers to keep us in communication and to plan for the 55th reunion in 2011 (to be chaired by Dazzle Devoe Gidley and John Worsley).
“There is too little space to thank all who contributed to this extraordinarily successful reunion, including those who submitted photos and reflections to the reunion yearbook. But thanks to classmate Ken Golder, we now have a Web site, www. brown1956.org, which includes reunion committee members, a reunion picture gallery, class news, and a class blog where we can all post messages of appreciation. Special thanks is due to Paula DeBlois and Brown’s alumni relations office for their superb support and assistance for our 50th reunion and for our 50th reunion yearbook, printed courtesy of Brown and sent to all classmates before the reunion. The lasting memories of the 2006 reunion will be the time spent in renewing ties with old friends, reminiscing about treasured college experiences, and reconnecting with a great university. A splendid time it was, and we did look great. Keep in touch with your new communication class officers, Joel Davis and Jane Hamlett Malme.”
James Griffin writes: “Received my BA in English from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). On to an MFA!”
Nancy Shuster writes: “Hi. Just an update—we are running out of copies of my book Hearing Loss and Winning Solutions. If you need any additional copies, please send me an e-mail and I will be happy to mail you a copy. The cost for each book is $18, but if you order three or more copies I will cover shipping costs. Thanks!”
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Reunion ’06 weekend is almost here—May 26– 28. Return to campus to renew ties with old friends. Start with Campus Dance and finish the weekend by passing once again through the Van Wickle Gates. Visit the reunion Web site for complete details: http://alumni.brown.edu/news_events/reunions.
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Nancy Turner Bowers writes that she “experienced an amazing recovery from a major illness last spring. Feel (and look) twenty years younger! Am embarking on an entrepreneurial project with great enthusiasm.”
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: “On July 20, several members of the 50th reunion committee held a breakfast meeting at the Hope Club. As was the case earlier this year with our other cochair, John Cutler, we took advantage of Jiffy Morgan Massey’s being on the East Coast to hold the meeting. Others in attendance were Geneva Courtright, Jane Hamlett Malme, Margaret Devoe Gidley, Paula DeBlois ’89, Phebe Phillips Vandersip ’98, Jiffy’s husband, John Massey, and I. We were fortunate that Paula was able to attend, since she is our 50th reunion contact in the alumni relations department and came with much valuable experience. We also toured the Hope Club’s new dining facilities, which give the class more options for its dinner arrangements. Jane, Geneva, and I will be working on the 50th yearbook and the multimedia event, and will have a report in the future.”
Katherine Cashman Hower writes: “My husband of forty-four years, Kenneth S. Hower, died on April 10. I’m traveling with Nancy Zarker Jones and her husband, Bill Jones, to Italy in late October for a Brown Travelers trip.” Katherine, Nancy, and about twenty other Pembrokers will attend an annual Pembroke mini-reunion this year at Margaret Devoe Gidley’s home in Rumford, R.I.
Nancy Dawn Zarker Jones (see Jennie Jones Hanson ’86).
Professor Nancy Blacher Shuster will be the luncheon speaker at the November meeting of the Pembroke Club. She will do a program based on her new book, Hearing Loss and Winning Solutions. Her book focuses on strategies for the hearing-impaired, their families, and friends.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Jim Lohr reports that he and his wife, Pat, attended the 48th reunion of his marine corps basic training, which was held in Arlington, Va. “We witnessed the sunset parade by the president’s own drum and bugle corps and the silent drill team on the field adjoining the commandant’s residence, which was attended by some 400 U.S.M.C. officers from our era. We attended a reunion dinner with the assistant commandant as host speaker and had as our guests Capt. Charlie Mead ’58, a U.S.M.C. buddy and DKE fraternity brother, and his wife, Mary Jane, who live in Alexandria. We then moved on to visit with Col. J. Caleb Boggs, also U.S.M.C. and a DKE brother, and his wife, Elisbeth, in Lewes, Del.” Jim also attended the dedication of the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.
Nancy Blacher Shuster reports that she has been busy with book signings for Hearing Loss and Winning Solutions, a consumer-oriented book she wrote from her own experience with hearing loss and from interviews with audiologists, doctors, and therapists in five states. Nancy continues to teach the Writing Workshop in Naples, Fla. Many of her students are now published, and one recently won a book award in Mississippi. Nancy would love to hear from anyone having hearing problems.
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: “As many of you know, Reunion 2004 had the total cooperation of the weatherman, from beginning to end—truly a glorious weekend. Our annual mini-reunion on Sunday afternoon was filled with sunshine and alums celebrating a seventy-five-year range of classes—from Ruth Bugbee Lubrano ’23 to my wife, Phebe Vandersip ’98. Not too far behind Ruth were Homer Smith ’29, ’33 PhD, celebrating his diamond 75th, and Maury Caito ’34, enjoying his 70th with his daughter, Eleanor. Other reunion classes were represented by Peg Porter Dolan ’39, ’43 AM (65th), and Charlene Ingraham Underhill ’59 (45th). Also in attendance were Pat Shea ’30; Helen Cusick, wife of Alan Cusick ’32; Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35; Devara Abramson Poll ’42; Edwin Wattman ’45; Pauline Longo Denning ’50; Mary Holburn ’50; Sheila and Nick Pliakas ’53; Kae and Gene McGovern ’53; Arthur and Janice Swanson Post ’53; Margaret Going Settipane ’55; Linda Kessler Fishman and David Fishman; Marjorie Jenckes Fleischman; Walter and Christine Holmberg Freiberger ’59 MAT; Margaret ‘Dazzle’ Devoe Gidley; Jeanne and Tom Holmes; Dorothy Mancini Lafond; Carole and Jim McGuinness; Emmet and Hazel Kingsley Turley; John Worsley ’63 MAT; Judy and George Rollinson ’57; Mary Beth and Barrett Barnard ’58, ’70 MAT; Ann Thorndike ’58; Rebekah Hill Eckstein ’60; Ernest Evans ’72; Alana Thorpe-Bender ’91 PhD and Tom Bender, and Natalie Fuqua.
“Monday morning, more sunshine greeted the participants in the Commencement procession, with Homer Smith proceeding without assistance (and wearing his traditional beaver stove-pipe hat down College Hill for the 75th time). In due time, Homer was followed by the class of ’56 contingent. Carrying the 1956 banner were Dazzle Gidley, Tom Holmes, Jim McGuinness, and Hank Vandersip.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
H. Boyd Cameron, of Osterville, Mass., writes that he would be glad to hear from anyone. He’s listed as H.B. in the Osterville phone book and can be found at 23B South St., Osterville 02655.
William Pringle writes: “Enjoyed reading about Florida, Vermont, and Delaware classmates in the March/April BAM. We have lived in Southern Pines, N.C., for about six years—a peaceful place except when the U.S. Open is played, multiplying the population. (The Open will be here again in 2005.) Our last trip abroad was to Brussels to visit our son. Dolores and I keep busy with volunteer work, helping second and fourth graders with their writing skills. I enjoy golf, but have learned that more play doesn''t automatically translate into lower scores.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: “John Cutler, our 50th reunion cochair, was in town recently for a Brown Corporation meeting. We took advantage of his cross-country trip to have breakfast at the Hope Club, which is undergoing major renovations. John and Jiffy Morgan Massey are considering the club for our Friday night festivities.
“My wife, Phebe Phillips Vandersip ’98, and I will again be holding our annual Commencement mini-reunion at our home. The party is held immediately following the Sunday memorial service, which ends approximately at noon. Our guests of honor will again be the early reunion classes, but all members of the Brown community who are in town for Commencement are welcome.
“Thanks to all those who contributed to our recent class dues drive in order to be in good financial shape for the 50th.”
Jack Nesbitt writes: “I retired to the heart of Dixie—Dothan, Ala. Family, religion, poverty, the good ol’ South! I love it.”
From the March / April 2004 Issue
John J. Hines writes: “This fall, Dick Sackett and his wife, Missey, toured Eastern Europe with Barry Blank and his wife, Peggy. At the same time, Caleb Boggs and his wife, Elizabeth, were in St. Petersburg, Russia, to celebrate its 300th anniversary and then went by riverboat to Moscow. Following these meanderings, Dick, Barry, Caleb, and I met to dissolve our functioning engineering enterprise, passing the torch to a new generation. Dick and his wife will now spend most of their time commuting between Naples, Fla., and Danby Four Corners, Vt., while Barry and his wife reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., enjoying its high culture and laid back lifestyle.” John reports that Caleb is essentially a full-time student at the Univ. of Delaware in Lewes, where he is taking the courses he intended to take while an undergraduate at Brown. John continues to live in Atlantic Beach, Fla., which has been his home for forty years. “We all hope to make it to the 50th reunion,” he says, “and wonder what happened to the intervening years.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Joel Davis (see Jon Davis ’89).
Phyllis Rannacher Dodson rented a house in Antigua, Guatemala, for the month of July. She and her daughter Holly, a professor of geology and oceanography, attended Spanish language classes at Escuela San Jose El Viejo. Phyllis was also in Central America in January 2003 on a study tour of the Mayas.
Joe Donahue had the opportunity to meet Charles Rushmore ’38, whom Joe discovered was a fraternity brother of his cousin David McGovern ’37. David gained notoriety as Rhode Island’s first World War II flying ace. He later became treasurer for the city of Providence. Charlie retired as medical director for Indiana Bell and resides with his wife, Mary, in Carmel, Ind.
Jim Lohr writes: “Pat and I attended the Princeton homecoming game. It was great to see teammates Dick Carolan ’58 and Jerry Haverty ’54, as well as fraternity brother Hugh Mainelli ’58. We visited with Joan Cronin, the widow of Bill “Crunch” Cronin, my DKE roommate and a three-sport letterman. We spent the next week on the Cape.”
Frederick F. Trost writes: “My wife, Joan, and I have spent the last few winters near Brownsville, Tex.”
From the November / December 2003 Issue
Nancy Blacher Shuster writes that she published “12 Tips for Writing Your Memoirs” in the October Outreach Magazine. She enjoyed seeing many of her classmates at the luncheon at the Dunes Club on July 30.
Nancy Whitney Smith (see Maxwell Howell ’51).
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Nancy Blacher Shuster writes: " I just received notice that two articles I wrote will appear in the TIAA-CREF magazine, Outreach, in February. I will be teaching a writing workshop in Providence next October. My book, Hearing Loss, Winning Solutions, will be published in the fall."
From the September / October 2002 Issue
President Hank Vandersip writes: "The following alumni and spouses, spanning seventy-five years of Brown classes, attended the annual mini-reunion at our home on Sunday, May 26: Ruth Bugbee Lubrano '23 (as young and beautiful as ever); Homer Smith '29, '33 Ph.D.; Pat Hogan Shea '30, '35 A.M.; Byron Waterman '32 and his wife, Marion; John Waterman '49 and his wife, Elizabeth; Beatrice Wattman Miller '35; Francis T. Eddy '37; Lois Colinan Counihan '45; Mary Holburn '50; Jan Drake Box '51; Janice Swanson Post '53 and her husband, Arthur; Gene McGovern '53 and his wife, Kae; Nick Pliakas '53 and his wife, Sheila; Margaret Going Settipane '55; Hazel Kingsley Turley and her husband, Emmet; Christine Holmberg Freiberger '59 M.A.T. and her husband, Walter; Margaret 'Dazzle' Devoe Gidley; John Worsley '63 M.A.T.; Hank Vandersip; George Rollinson '57 and his wife, Judy; Charlotte Lowney Tomas '57, '65 A.M.; Ann Thorndike '58; Charlene Ingraham Underhill '59; Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth '59 and her husband, Dexter; Joan Hoost McMaster '60; Sandy Chang '98; Phebe Vandersip '98 R.U.E.; and Phyllis Hudek '06 R.U.E. and her husband, Dean.
"Many thanks to the following classmates who contributed annual dues: Alan Atwood, James Berrier, Justin Biddle, Peggy Clute, Edward Damutz, Pauline Davis, David and Linda Kessler Fishman, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, J. Robert Foley, Christine Holmberg Freiberger Ô59 M.A.T., Margaret 'Dazzle' Devoe Gidley, Carol Jordan Hamilton, Katherine Cashman Hower, Jerry Jerome, Judy Preston Kimball, Nancy Dawn Zarker Jones, Dorothy Mancini Lafond, Alan Levenson, Bruce Lovell, Jenifer 'Jiffy' Morgan Massey, David Merson, Inabeth Rabinowitz Miller, Ann Nelson '59 M.A.T., Mary Pett, Charles Sandler, Fred Trost, Hazel Kingsley Turley, Hank Vandersip, and John Worsley '63 M.A.T.
"On Commencement Monday, Phebe and I had just swung out onto George Street carrying the 1956 banner when we heard, ÔHey, Hank, wait up!' Sure enough, here came John McGinn and Tom Holmes, fresh from a white-water rafting expedition in Vermont. Five minutes later, more huffing and puffing announced the arrival of Dazzle Gidley, and down the hill we went."
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Mary Jane Mikuriya, of San Francisco, writes: "I am an active volunteer in U.S. Servas as a host, traveler, and board member. I also host for U.S. State Departmentгsponsored travelers for the International Diplomacy Council. Life in retirement is exciting."
Nancy Blacher Shuster writes that she has published Hearing Loss, Some Solutions. She has been appointed professor emerita at the Community College of Rhode Island. She still teaches the Writing Workshop in Naples, Fla., and also teaches writing to Rhode Island seniors.
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: "Just a reminder that our class get-together during Commencement will resume again this year, following our 45th reunion last year. As usual, it will be held at our home by my wife, Phebe '98, and myself on Sunday, May 26, immediately following the alumni memorial service in Sayles Hall. For more information, feel free to call Phebe or myself."
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Class secretary Margaret “Dazzle” Devoe Gidley reports: “Due to the death of John Peterson, we have new cochairs—Geneva Whitney and Art Love—for our 45th reunion to be held May 25–28. Save the date! We’d love volunteers to help make this the best reunion of all. If you have ideas or would like to be on the reunion committee, e-mail Geneva or Judy Kweskin Greenfield. Judy has agreed to cochair and edit the class survey with a yet-unnamed alumnus. Please come forward. We need your help! Classmates should e-mail Judy about your comings and goings of the past forty-five years so we can put out a class survey booklet.”
George Caffrey writes: “On Aug. 21, 1999, my daughter, Siobhan, married David Monahan in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. A reception following the ceremony was held at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Despite the misty day, the festivities were attended by Joe Bologna; Dick Harris; Pete Kohut ’55; Larry Corcoran ’55 and his wife, Donna Hanley Corcoran ’58; and Bud Brooks ’55, ’65 M.A.T. and his wife, Isabel. A fun time was had by all.”
John J. Hines writes: “There was cause for celebration at the Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 9. When Delta Kappa Epsilon brothers Dick Sackett, Barry Blank, and I reviewed the program for the seventh race we found a gift from the racing gods: one of the entries was Class of Fifty-Six. Class of Fifty-Six went off at very long odds, and while it did not win, it was in the money, finishing third. After the race everyone returned to Dick’s new, elegant summer home in the boondocks of Danbys Four Corners, Vt., for a few libations in memory of DKE brothers Breck Chapin ’55 and Reuben Patey.”
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: "Commencement has come and gone, but as usual the memories linger. My wife, Phebe ’98 R.U.E., and I were honored to be invited to the class of ’55 reunion (thanks, Margaret Going Settipane ’55). While we could not attend all events, we enjoyed immensely the class dinner at the beautiful home of Martha Sharpe Joukowsky ’58 and Art Joukowsky ’55. Before the dinner we had the honor of escorting Ruth Bugbee Lubrano ’23 and Pat Hogan Shea ’30 to the Brown Bear Buffet. After dinner we picked up Ruth and Pat, then dropped off Phebe, who, after a Clark Kent change of clothes, reported for Campus Dance duty with the Brown Rescue Unit, with which she is now a volunteer emergency medical technician.
"The usual mix of alums and friends attended Sunday’s mini-reunion: Bob and Marie Petrarca; Dazzle Devoe Gidley; Nicoletta Barbarito Alegi ’63 A.M.; Homer Smith ’29; Judy and George Rollinson ’57; Dottie Mancini Lafond; Walter and Christine Holmberg Freiberger ’56, ’59 M.A.T.; Bea Wattman Miller ’35; Dexter and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth ’59; Devara Abramson Poll ’42; Chelis Bursley Baukus ’42; Joan Wernig Sorensen ’72; Arthur and Janice Swanson Post ’53; Mary-Beth and Barret Barnard ’58, ’70 M.A.T.; Teresa Gagnon Malone ’39, ’62 A.M.; Pat Hogan Shea; Charlotte Lowney Tomas ’57, ’65 A.M.; Ed Wattman ’45; Ann Thorndike ’58; John Worsley ’56, ’63 M.A.T. and Ginny Hebert; Joan Fitzgerald Golrick ’47; and Tom Brady ’51. Sorry if we missed anyone; we’re sure some did not sign the guest book. Though the skies were threatening, the rain held off and once again we enjoyed our annual Brown day-on-the-bay.
"On Commencement morning Dazzle and I carried the class banner down College Hill while Phebe marched with the class of ’98. Commencement’s pageantry, of course, is legendary, but what I find inspiring year in and year out are the likes of Homer Smith ’29, marching for the seventy-first year and Chet Worthington ’23, marching for the seventy-seventh year!
"Kudos to the following classmates for sending in that old bugaboo — annual dues: John Worsley, Christine Holmberg Freiberger, Dottie Mancini Lafond, Jack Arovas, John Cutler, Donald Uhl, Bruce Abbott, Gilbert Pemberton, Theodore Zinn, William Dyer Jr., George Allgair, Gilbert Alexandre, Henry Baer, Joseph Bologna, Priscilla Strang Clute, Winifred Sibley Coleman, Edward Damutz, John Delhagen, Neil Dickerson, Thomas Doherty, Lewis Eigen, Christa Buhler Fagerberg, David Fishman, Linda Kessler Fishman, J. Robert Foley, Roger Hale, Carol Jordan Hamilton, Sheila Monaghan Harvey, Eveline Portnoy Hunt, Jerimiah Jerome, Phyllis Macchia Johnson, Nancy Zarker Jones, Alan Levenson, Elizabeth Morse Lucas, Leo Marcoux ’64 Sc.M., Jenifer Morgan Massey, David Merson, Ann Nelson ’59 M.A.T., Charles Sandler, Roberta Shakis, Sarah Holyoke Smith, Margery Fagan Tippie, Fred Trost, Dick Williams, Frank Yanni, and Lyman Gutterson. With the 45th reunion less than a year away, it is a big help to get the books in shape beforehand."
Bob Burnham (see Lyndon Burnham ’32).
Carl H. Seligson writes: "I recently retired as senior adviser to Andersen Consulting in New York City and began receiving both Social Security and a pension from Merrill Lynch, where I was an investment banker for sixteen years. This, plus the desire of my wife, Bonnie, to keep me out of the house after 7:30 a.m., has led me to join a start-up e-commerce firm, energyLeader.com, which will help utility companies start e-commerce ventures. I have opened a New York City office for this Washington, D.C.—based firm, and I continue to maintain my contacts of nearly forty years in the electric-utility industry. We are blessed with three daughters, all of whom are married, and a son, who is engaged to marry a doctor in November. We have three grandchildren, ranging in age from 7.5 years to 10 months (the baby lives just across town). We missed our 40th reunion due to a daughter’s wedding, so I’m particularly looking forward to our 45th. Gads — can it really be that long?"
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Margaret "Dazzle" Devoe Gidley reports: "I am busier than ever teaching at the Community College of Rhode Island. I also teach in my studio, accompany singers and instrumentalists in recitals and auditions, and accompany various choruses. I am president of the Rhode Island Federation of Music Clubs, and in general am trying to promote classical music. I urge classmates to join the boards of musical organizations and schools. Our audiences are shrinking.
"Geneva Whitney married Robert Courtright (Yale ’48), on Oct. 2 in a small church wedding in Wilton, Conn. Bob, a retired self-employed manufacturer’s representative, plays the oboe and English horn in several quintets and orchestras in Connecticut. Attending the wedding were Pat Okin Pace, Judith Preston Kimball, Nancy Zarker Jones, and Sally McCarthy Kolber. Geneva and Bob spend winters in Sarasota, Fla., and the rest of the year in Ridgefield, Conn.
"In August Barbara Perrino Piscuskas hosted a luncheon at her home in Sandwich, Mass., for Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, Judy Gagnon Davidson, Carol Jordan Hamilton, Dorothy Mancini Lafond, Marilyn Aneyci Stiles, Deena Brodsky Liffmann, Kay Cashman Hower, Anne Murphy O’Brien ’55, and me.
"Kay Cashman Hower’s daughter, Kathleen, who attended our last reunion, married Peter Munter on June 12, 1999, in Hawley, Pa. They now live in Sydney, Australia. Kay works full-time and travels between her homes in Teaneck, N.J., and Lakeville, Pa.
"Last summer Dotty Mancini Lafond and her husband, Dick, traveled to Hawaii and spent nine days visiting Oahu, Kauai, and Maui with their son, Richard, who lives in Maui. Next they visited their daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson in Riverside, Calif. Does anyone else in the class have a great-grandchild?
"Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann still happily works in the reference department at the North Kingstown (R.I.) Free Library. She spent a wonderful summer at the beach with family.
"Marilyn Aneyci Stiles retired from teaching first grade in Needham, Mass. She will divide her time between homes in Brookline, Mass., and Orleans, Mass. After a trip to France in September, Marilyn and Curt visited their four children and grandchildren at various spots in the United States.
"Deena Brodsky Liffmann retired in 1998 after twenty-nine years teaching science at Providence Hebrew Day School. She is a docent at the R.I.S.D. Museum, gives walking tours of the sculptures in downtown Providence, and gives tours of the history of Benefit Street and the John Brown House for the Rhode Island Historical Society.
"Judy Gagnon Davidson’s daughter, Anne, gave Judy her first grandchild, Allison Rose, in February. Judy and her husband, Mal, who has retired, have spent much of their time traveling to California to visit two of their sons in Claremont and San Luis Obispo."
Al Hakam (see Sue-Yin Goh ’92).
Dan Hardenbergh writes: "Mary Ann and I enjoyed our best-ever First Night in Boston with our five kids, their spouses/etc., and most of their eight children. It was a wonderful celebration and a thoughtful looking-ahead."
Jim Lohr, of Fort Wright, Ky., writes: "My wife, Pat, and I took the perfect trip to see the Brown-Cornell Homecoming game. We arrived a week early. The weather was gorgeous for our stay on Block Island and in Newport, R.I.; then we spent a rainy day in Boston, and a beautiful weekend in Providence. We said hello to Dave Zucconi ’55, who presented me with a Brown Key cap to wear to the game. We toured the campus, including the fabulous athletic complex, and thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere of the new cosmopolitan city of Providence. On game day I had a great time seeing old teammates Dick Carolan ’58, Richie Crews ’58, Jim Coukos ’55, John O’Brien ’55, and Dave ‘Mr. Brown’ Zucconi. I also ran into the brother of the late Tommy ‘T.D.’ Thompson ’50, a football and hockey great. Post-game, we spent a delightful evening at the home of Gordon Perry ’55 in Barrington, then spent a wonderful afternoon with Joan Cronin, widow of Bill ‘Crunch’ Cronin, my fraternity roommate and a standout in baseball, hockey, and football, who earned nine varsity letters. My congratulations to the Bears’ historic Ivy League victory! My best to my friends and classmates. My daughter, Lece Lohr Albanese ’79, is a division manager for Limited Too in Columbus, Ohio."
Andy Martin (see Margaret Trostel Ayers ’87).
Charles Merritt (see Elizabeth Merritt ’89).
From the March / April 2000 Issue
John Robinson (see Chase Robinson ’85).
Dan Semel (see Jennifer Semel-Concepcion ’88).
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: "The Leadership and Homecoming Weekend was held Oct. 1-3 with class secretary Dazzle Devoe Gidley and I in attendance. This was the first year that the association of class officers held its annual meeting during Homecoming rather than Commencement weekend, and the meeting was very well attended. The annual Nan Tracy '46 Award was presented to Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth '59, a regular at the 1956 mini-reunions. Class of the Year Award went to the Pembroke class of 1937. After the breakfast meeting, Dazzle and I attended two very informative workshops. "Making Your Class Connection," chaired by Associate Director of Alumni Relations Paula DeBlois '89 R.U.E., highlighted the positive impact of computers in creating virtual reunions and Web sites. "Event Planning: What's Hot for the Millennium," led by Randy Sherman '75 and Jeanne Lee Cantrill '68, focused on their most successful and unsuccessful programming ideas. After lunch and a heartbreaking loss in the football game, it was time for the annual alumni recognition celebration. This is always a stellar event and a fitting climax to the weekend's festivities. One other item: on Sept. 26, my wife, Phebe '98 R.U.E., and I had the honor of attending the hundredth-birthday celebration of Jack Lubrano '24. Jack and his wife, Ruth Bugbee Lubrano '23, who are also regulars at the '56 mini-reunions, are living examples of the power of positive thinking and action."
William L. Demchak writes: "I met with my legendary four-year roommate, Zane Anderson, at center court at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., last July. Since they wouldn't let us play tennis in football cleats, we regaled each other with the obvious lies we must tell to make our dreary lives seem more interesting. Zane claims to have been an architect, a professor, and a world traveler who just returned from Cuba. I claimed to be a weight-lifter, a published poet, and a religious zealot. Who knows? That we are still alive is the miracle!.
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Nancy Pollock Stavis (see Hyman L. Pollock '30).
Gretchen Gross Wheelwright married Louis Mayer Harris Jr. (University of Minnesota '57) in Minneapolis on June 26. Gretchen's daughter, Alice Wheelwright '81, was matron of honor. Bonnie Eckenbeck Cobb and her husband, Allen, as well as Lalla "Honey" Peterson Goodwillie and her husband, John, traveled from Texas for the occasion. Gretchen retired from public-school administration in California and has subsequently worked as an adjunct professor of educational administration for Troy State University on overseas military bases. Gretchen and Lou live in Minneapolis. She would love to hear from classmates.
From the September / October 1999 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: "Brown's reputation for beautiful Commencement weather was fulfilled again this year, with blue skies and seventy- to eighty-degree temperatures dominating all four days. Mild weather certainly puts a positive spin on all reunion events, and the mini-reunion my wife, Phebe '98 R.U.E., and I hosted on Sunday afternoon was no exception. As usual, the guests were celebrating their 65th, 70th, and 75th reunions. However, even the 75th reunion class, represented by Jack Lubrano '24, was not the most senior. That honor went to the 76th reunion class, represented by annual attendees Ruth Bugbee Lubrano '23 (Jack's wife) and the indomitable Chet Worthington '23. Mathematics department manager Phyllis Hudek '03 R.U.E. represented the most junior class at the party. Many others attended the get-together, including Gus Anthony '26, Elizabeth Rose '29, Doris Seagrave Warren '29, Louis Miller '29, Ted Giddings '29, Homer Smith '29, Pat Hogan Shea '30, Maury Caito '34, Beatrice Wattman Miller '35, Chelis Bursley Baukus '42, Ed Wattman '45, Joan Fitzgerald Golrick '47, Mary Holburn '50, Janice Swanson Post '53, Mort Gilstein '55, George Caffrey, Margie Jenckes Fleischmann, Dorothy Mancini Lafond, Dazzle Devoe Gidley, Linda Kessler Fishman, David Fishman, George Rollinson '57, Charlotte Lowney Tomas '57, Ann Thorndike '58, Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth '59, Joan Wernig Sorensen '72, Alana Thorpe '91 Ph.D., Sandy Chang '98, and Tracey Tebrow '98.
"Representing the faculty were Leonard and Barbara Lesko of Egyptology; Ted Morse of engineering; his wife, Edelgard, of chemistry; and Dean Hudek of physics. Peggy Lippka, Bob Petrarca, and I represented the Faculty Club. Including spouses, more than fifty people joined in the great afternoon. Dazzle and I carried the 1956 banner in the Commencement procession, as we do every year. We saw Homer Smith '29, who wound up on the front page of the Tuesday morning Providence Journal. Dressed in his class marshal finery, Homer was pictured walking up, not down, the hill. Homer's comment: 'I wanted to go for the whole ball of wax!' Kudos to all who sent in class dues."
The Association of Connecticut Library Boards named Joel Davis, of Westport, Conn., the 1998 Outstanding Trustee of the Year. Joel has presided over the Westport Public Library's governing body since 1997 and has been a trustee since 1992. During the library's recent capital campaign, Joel arranged a $1 million challenge grant to the library's expansion and renovation project. He is president of Architectural Designs and a partner of Davis/Herschbein & Associates, both in Westport. Joel is trustee emeritus at Brown and a former national chairman of the University Fund, as well as chairman of the Alumni Schools Committee.
John J. Hines writes: "One highlight of spring in Wilmington, Del., is the annual point-to-point races held at the Winterthur Museum at the beginning of May. This year J. Caleb Boggs participated as one of the gentlemen riders. Caleb was able to negotiate all the jumps without mishap to himself or his mount. Cheering him on were two of his fraternity brothers, Richard Sackett and me. After the meet I headed to Ireland with anoth- er fraternity brother, William D. Pringle, where, among other things, we planned to enjoy a pint or two of Ireland's finest at the pub owned by Trevor O'Driscoll '97 (see The Classes, Sept./Oct. 1998). It may be of note that neither Caleb, Richard, William, nor me were tattooed or otherwise physically marked while at Brown, notwithstanding Maureen Dowd's allegations to the contrary in a recent New York Times column about George W. and a school down the road in New Haven."
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Nancy Turner Bowers, Apopka, Fla., writes: "I have finally semiretired to the status of human-resources consultant. I now have time to travel, cruise, and spend more time with my four grandchildren."
Rudy King retired from the office-products industry and is moving from Madison, Wis., to Longboat Key, Fla., with his wife of forty-two years, Nancy. He looked forward to visiting Brown in May.
Pat Libby and Phil Lutes (see Jennifer Cooperman '82).
Louis Ray and his wife, Sandra, have returned from Sofia, Bulgaria, after volunteering one month with Top Management Advisors. Louis assisted the management consulting firm in preparing software for quality standards. He conducted the project under the auspices of the International Executive Service Corps.
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Class president Hank Vandersip reports: "Save the date! Sunday, May 30, right after the Hour with the President (10-11 a.m.), my wife, Phebe '98 R.U.E. and I will be resuming our annual reunion at our home (72 Seaview Ave., Cranston, R.I.) and hope to see as many of you as possible. We had to forgo this occasion last year because of Phebe's graduation schedule. Remember, this reunion also honors the graduates celebrating their 60th, 65th, and 70th reunions, so come on down and cheer them on! There are many other members of the Brown community who attend this event, so there's no telling who you might run into. Hope to see you there!" A shuttle bus will leave the Faunce House arch at 11:30 a.m. It will be marked "Vandersip Picnic" and is primarily intended for the 60th-, 65th-, and 70th-reunion classes.
Phyllis Stickell Lary has retired from public service work in employment and training, moved to Vermont, and gotten married. Phyl has six grandchildren, as does her new husband, Carleton Tatlock, a retired school administrator. Phyl and Carl live in Charlotte, a community of about 3,400 people. They recently visited Marilyn Beemus Buzzard and her husband, Jon, in Richmond, Va. Phyl writes, "Marilyn's work in nutrition analysis has been internationally recognized, and she's just as hard-working, funny, and generous as she was forty-six years ago when we first roomed together at Pembroke." An enthusiastic gardener, Phyl collects and sells antiques when she is not volunteering at the local newspaper.
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Report from Class President Hank Vandersip: "Fred Trost and Dick Williams continued their tradition of mini-reunions at each other's homes with Dick and his wife, Joan, traveling this fall from Pennsylvania to the New York State home of Fred and his wife, Joan, for a several-day visit. Sometime in the New Year, Fred and Joan will do the driving, continuing a long-standing Brown friendship. Hank and his wife, Phebe '98 RUE, continued their own tradition of visiting Alan Atwood and Pauline Healey at their beautiful home on Nantucket during the Thanksgiving holidays. All these visits have one thing in common: the conversation always begins with some current matter but always ends with Brown!"
Polly Betts Seifert (see Stephen Smeulders '93).
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Dick Buck and Anne Wivel Buck '57, Wyndmoor, Pa., stayed at the Inn at Brown on their way to Cape Cod last summer. They were visited on the Cape by all six children and six grandchildren. Anne is president of their local heart association and Dick is president of their local historical society. Dick writes: "There is not enough time to do what has to be done!"
Joe Donahue's son, Rob (Northwestern '97), is the director of Northwestern's Chicago civic education project, a program that identifies and develops diverse Chicago high school students in the areas of community involvement, civic responsibility, and leadership.
Nancy Dawn Zarker Jones and husband Bill announce the birth of granddaughter, Sara Dawn Hanson, born to Jennie Jones Hanson '86 and Jeff on Sept. 17. The family, which includes a son, Christian, 31Ž2, lives near Los Angeles. Jennie's brother, Wes Jones '87, and wife Kim live in Chesapeake, Va., and have a son, Connor, and a daughter, Taylor.
Hank Vandersip, class president, writes: "Homecoming weekend proved to be a jam-packed series of events, which, when coupled with the absolutely perfect weather, resulted in a truly enjoyable experience. One of the Friday night events was an evening of jazz at Alumnae Hall, which my newly graduated wife, Phebe Vandersip '98, and I were unable to attend. Instead, we went to a dinner at the president's house celebrating fifty years of Egyptology at Brown, the only university in the country with a full-time department. President and Mrs. Gee are truly gracious hosts, and their newly refurbished home is beautiful. Saturday morning began with a pre-game brunch at Pizzitola Sports Center. Also attending was our class secretary, Dazzle Devoe Gidley, and the indefatigable Pat Hogan Shea '30. President Gee and members of the Watson Institute for International Studies presented a most interesting program, and then we all shuttled over to the stadium, where Brown beat Penn in the last four seconds of the game, resulting in what must have been one of the loudest cheers in Brown football history. The annual alumni recognition ceremony was held in the evening at Salomon Hall, where I was reunited with one of the award recipients, Ed Giberti '54. Ed and I, who were fraternity brothers, reminisced about 'old Brown.' After this, we agreed that we were just too tired to attend the Fall Dance, sponsored by the Key Society."
Richard Williams and his wife, Joan, spent four days visiting Fred Trost and his wife, Joan. Richard writes: "It was a fine visit that we are looking forward to repeat again."
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Class secretary Hank Vandersip reports: The July outdoor wedding of Dazzle Devoe Gidley's son, David, served as a mini-reunion for Deena Brodsky Liffman, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, Judith Gagnon Davidson, and Vandersip. It was a beautiful setting at Beechwood, the former residence of the Astor family in Newport, R.I., overlooking the ocean. Classmates and spouses enjoyed themselves immensely and wish David and his bride the very best.
Judith Gagnon Davidson went on a six-week cross-country automobile trip with her husband, Malcolm. They visited twenty-eight states, including California, where they visited two of their sons living in Claremont and San Luis Obispo. Judy has been coordinator of visitor services at the Rhode Island School of Design museum for thirteen years.
Margie Jenckes Fleischmann works at the reference desk of the North Kingston (R.I.) Public Library and the Willett Free Library in Saunderstown, R.I. "Both jobs are challenging and fun," she writes. "One of my daughters will be moving to Rochester, Mich., for a year or so. Any alums near there?"
Dazzle Devoe Gidley, Providence, still teaches piano and accompanying singers and instrumentalists. She also sells Duncaster clothes and Mary Kaye products. Dazzle has just finished a two-year term as president of the Rhode Island Music Teachers Association and is now president of the R.I. Federation of Music Clubs.
Carol Jordan Hamilton, North Attleboro, Mass., recently traveled with her family to Beaver, Pa., to see Phil Hamilton's mother. "We returned home to a flooded basement, thanks to heavy rains," Carol writes. "We spent the rest of the summer beaching it and seeing friends."
Dorothy Mancini Lafond is a docent at the South County Museum in Narragansett, R.I. "We went to California in June for a granddaughter's graduation," she writes. "Then we went back to San Diego in August for a wedding and more visiting with our daughter, granddaughters, and great-grandson in Riverside."
Mitchell Leaska has published Granite and Rainbow: The Hidden Life of Virginia Woolf (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He scrutinizes Woolf's memoirs, letters, and diaries, in addition to her novels and short stories, to uncover the "granite" of fact behind the "rainbow" of her writing. Mitchell is the author of numerous articles and books on Virginia Woolf, including A Passionate Apprentice, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is a professor of humanities at New York University.
Julie Petrarca enjoyed hosting the mini-reunion at her home in Wesguage, Narragansett, R.I., in August. She is still involved in commercial real estate with her two sisters in Warwick.
Barbara Perrino Piscuskas retired in June from the Lawrenceville, N.J., school where she has been library director since 1986. Her work upgrading their library services culminated in the opening of a new building in June 1996. Barbara now lives in Sandwich, Mass., and has taken a part-time position as a reference librarian at the Sandwich Public Library. She's glad to be back in New England and is keeping busy planning for a daughter's wedding in June 1999.
Martha Day Quinn, West Warwick, R.I., got reacquainted with classmates at Julie Patrarca's mini-reunion in August. Martha is keeping busy with her five children and six grandchildren.
Rita Albanese Simonette recently retired from the real estate business. She enjoys activities such as tennis, aerobics, piano, and visits with her five sons. Two are attorneys and another is a commercial banker in New York City; one is an architect in Boston, and the oldest, Anthony '82, is a doctor in Florida. "Visit me in Cranston, R.I., when you're in the area," Rita writes.
Mimi Winslow Smith still lives in Waccabuc, N.Y., where she enjoys golf, bridge, and her work at the library. She spends the summer in Charlestown, R.I. Mimi had a great time on her May trip to Tuscany, "even if we had to go with a University of Washington group," she writes. "The Brown group was full."
Hazel Kinglsey Turley is retired and lives in Jamestown, R.I., with her husband, Emmet, a retired engineer. They are now on year ten of their twenty-year plan to finish their house. They pray that they can begin year one of a new five-year plan and be around to see the house finished. Hazel is also busy working on two books. One is about the summer of 1958, when Hazel, a nurse on Nantucket Island, was involved in the identification of victims of the Northeast Airways crash. The other will be about the history of the Narragansett brewery in Cranston, R.I., which is scheduled for demolition. Anyone with stories or memorabilia should contact Hazel.
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Hank Vandersip writes: "This was a special commencement for me. My wife, Phebe Phillips Vandersip (the class mascot of 1956), graduated from Brown with a degree in biology. It was quite a weekend. A party held in her honor at the Hope Club on Saturday night was attended by a host of friends, fellow students, professors, and alumni ranging from the class of 1923 (Chet Worthington and Ruth Bugbee Lubrano celebrating their 75th year out of Brown) to the class of 1998. The class of 1956 was represented by Dazzle Devoe Gidley, Geneva Whitney, Dottie Mancini Lafond, Christine Holmberg Freiberger, and myself. The tributes given to Phebe by those who knew firsthand what was required for her successful six-year journey through Brown were truly moving. I was extremely proud.On Monday, the class of 1956 held its annual march down the Hill, with
the class banner being proudly held by Dazzle Gidley, Geneva Whitney, myself, and Barry Gottehrer, whose son, Kevin '98, also graduated this year. One classmate who was greatly missed this year was our recently deceased reunion chair and former president, John Peterson. Our class certainly felt his presence, however. Judith Gagnon Davidson, Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann, Carol Jordan Hamilton, Dorothy Mancini Lafond, and Barbara Perrino Piscuskas purchased a brick in memory of John for the brick walkway at the Maddock Alumni Center. Perhaps this could be the beginning of a tradition by the class of 1956 in memory of its departed classmates."
Dorothy Mancini Lafond is cochair of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Brown Alumnae Club of Kent County (R.I.). (See Eunice Bugbee Manchester '52 for more information.)
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Norman Cowen and Arnold Kritz had a mini-reunion in Cozumel, Mexico, in early January. Together they explored the Mayan ruins at Tulum. Norman writes: "Old reunion hats were the order of the day. Other activities included very competitive tennis tournaments, snorkeling, and reminiscing. Arnold continues as the chair of the physics department at Lehigh University because they just won't let him quit. I continue to reconstruct hands in the Washington, D.C., area. Many of my patients come from outside the United States, where they are unencumbered by managed care. I thank Ira Magaziner '69 for redirecting my patient population abroad."
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Frank C. Dorsey (see Sarah Dorsey '89).
Daniel K. Hardenbergh writes:"Our supported work program for individuals with disabilities at JVS-Boston is expanding into services for chronically mentally-ill people. Old psych majors never die! As most of our Brown friends from the class of '56 have moved south, we'd love to hear from any of you living in or visiting Boston. Mary Ann and I are in the Boston phone book, so look us up and give us a call."
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Frank C. Dorsey (see Sarah Dorsey '89).
Daniel K. Hardenbergh writes:"Our supported work program for individuals with disabilities at JVS-Boston is expanding into services for chronically mentally-ill people. Old psych majors never die! As most of our Brown friends from the class of '56 have moved south, we'd love to hear from any of you living in or visiting Boston. Mary Ann and I are in the Boston phone book, so look us up and give us a call."
From the March / April 1998 Issue
Several members of Pembroke '56, plus Ann Murphy O'Brien '55, had a luncheon reunion in August at the home of Barbara Perrino Piscuskas in Sandwich on Cape Cod. Those attending were Dazzle Devoe Gidley, Judy Gagnon Davidson, Margie Jenckes Fleischmann, Dorothy Mancini Lafond, Margie Jackson Chambers, Jeanne Maxwell Clark, and Julie Petrarca.
Barbara Piscuskas is director of the Bunn Library, a new 47,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art library at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. .
Julie Petrarca owns and manages a family real estate business.
Carol Jordon Hamilton has built a new house in North Attleboro, Mass., and invites everyone to visit.
Margie Jenckes Fleischmann loves her work as a reference librarian at the North Kingstown (R.I.) Free Public Library.
Judy Gagnon Davidson is coordinator of visitor services at the Rhode Island School of Design's museum.
Margie and Ken Chambers '55 are authorities on legal, medical, and estate planning for the elderly after handling the affairs of seven octogenarian relatives during the past ten years.
Jeanne Maxwell Clark, Scituate, Mass., has retired from nursing and is self-employed, selling vintage clothing and antiques.
Dotty Lafond and her husband, Richard, are retired and enjoy spending more time with their children and grandchildren.
Dazzle Devoe Gidley teaches piano privately and at the Community College of Rhode Island. She is president of the Rhode Island. Music Teachers Association and the Rhode Island Federation of Music Clubs. "Now that the NEA has cut its funding for the arts, I urge you all to support your local arts organizations." - Dazzle Devoe Gidley, secretary