Class of 1951
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Ann Matteodo Dupre writes: “Having the good fortune to have three brothers precede me at Brown (Sam Matteodo ’51; Maurice Matteodo ’53; and Eugene Matteodo ’56, ’78 PhD)—their mantra was that it was appropriate for me to graduate in 1961 because it could be read upside down, proving I did not know if I was coming or going. It always raised my love and awareness to think of that distinction.”
George Wallerstein retired from teaching astronomy at the University of Washington in 2003 but continues his research on the chemical composition of stars.
Constance Hunt Del Gizzi has been living in an apartment in Mass. for two years. She writes that there are all kinds of activities and interest groups, and it accommodates assisted living residents.
Michael Cantwell published his 10th novel, The Black Hole Express. It is the story of two young physicists who escape the cruelties of their planet’s ruler by unleashing the energies of a Black Hole that takes them to New York City in the early 21st century. When he was a student at Brown, he was coeditor with Hillary Masters ’52 of Brunonia, the literary magazine.
Elizabeth Maass Phipps writes: “Sending good wishes to all my classmates. I’ve been residing in California for 65 years and I’m still going semi-strong. I enjoy the company of my four children, five grandchildren.”
Joanne Kunz White writes: “I’m living in a senior place. Don’t have to cook or clean anymore.”
Natalie Johnson Walls writes: “I enjoyed notes and pictures from classmates who had attended the class reunion last May.”
Jane Fulton Street writes: “I’m writing from my trailer at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground. This is my 20th summer at this particular campground, having had to move here after 18 summers at the closed Webb’s Camping areas. My lifestyle is called affordable living on Martha’s Vineyard. I returned in the fall to my home of 52 years in Hingham, Massachusetts, and have to really connect with Connie Del Gizzi who has ‘set up camp’ in Hingham. For now, good health, good times to all—and pray for good weather.”
Mordecai Rosenfeld self-published a new collection of essays, Mozart as Lawbreaker: Humorous Essays: Autobiographical, About The Law, and About Poetry. It is his fifth book. He writes: “I also now use a cane (for balance, not as a prop à la Charlie Chaplin), and added a mustache (but not sure about keeping it).”
Joan Henry Plumb writes: “I have moved to Maine. The house in which I lived in Whitinsville, Massachusetts was sold, and I am now in an apartment in Edgecomb, Maine. I would appreciate hearing from my friends.”
Mary Harris Marks writes: “We have moved to a retirement community in Santa Barbara, California. Our daughter and son-in-law live here, and one son is close by in Los Angeles, and, of course, it’s far better weather than Oregon.”
Virginia Marlatt Hershey writes: “I am content, happy, and busy. My apartment is spacious and I am close to family. I wish I was close enough to Providence to see you all. Good luck and good health to all my classmates.”
Margaret Jolly Estey writes: “I’m having fun helping a Turkish woman with conversational English.”
Margaret Dampman Edwards writes: “Greetings to all. I moved from a retirement home in North Carolina to one in northern New Jersey. My son flew in from San Francisco to pick me up in Charlotte and drove me in a rental nonstop to New Jersey and then to my daughter’s house near New York for an Easter reunion. I still have permanent back problems, but I tootle around with a walker and I’m otherwise quite healthy. I wish I could get back to see all the changes at Brown. Best wishes.”
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Henry Shea Jr. writes: “Best wishes to my ’51 classmates. I’m living happily in Johns Creek, Georgia.”
From the September/October 2017 Issue
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Warren Galkin and his brother Bob ’49 were awarded honorary doctorates on Apr. 30 from New England Tech, along with Red Sox great David Ortiz. On May 6, both Warren and Bob were inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Warren became involved with the Warwick Boys and Girls Club as a benefactor and was the first inductee into the Club’s Hall of Fame. Warren established physics and brain science fellowships at Brown and also funds a scholarship for the Spanish department at the Community Preparatory School. He is a major supporter of the John F. Kennedy Museum and a recipient of the Common Cause Distinguished Service Award. For 22 years he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander.
From the July/August 2017 Issue
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Michael Cantwell’s book Max the Mouse and the Secret of Mars was published in December and is available on Amazon.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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Katherine Baccaro writes: “In 2016 I completed my second novel, Joss, a thinly veiled account of dormitory life at Pembroke in the mid–twentieth century. It is available at Amazon and other venues, as is my other novel, Precipice, and my two volumes of short stories, Catscratch Fever and Discombobulated. On the occasion of the book signing for Joss, the locale also exhibited seven of my paintings from the series A Celebration of Beer.”
From the January/February 2017 Issue
Constance Hunt Del Gizzi reports: “Members of the Pembroke Class of 1951 met on Saturday of reunion weekend and enjoyed lunch and each other’s company at the Hope Club. A proposal to donate $1,000 from the class treasury to the Pembroke Class of 1951 Scholarship in memory of classmate Susan Wright was accepted unanimously. Classmates traveled from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois. Of the 15 members attending, eight stayed in dorms and took in events on campus. Attendees were Zita Grant Brier, Anne Hunt Brock, Mary Criscione, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Lorie Lyons Fuller, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Judy Brown McDonald, Mary Harris Marks, Eleanor Moushegian, Eleanor Oddo, Joan Henry Plumb, Dottie Blair Sage, Jane Fulton Street, and Joyce Tesler.”
From the November/December 2016 Issue
Joan Trescott Heald (see Virginia Macmillanean Trescott ’38).
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Hank Shea writes he is enjoying life and retirement.
Reunion chairman Gene Weinberg reported that the class of 1951 celebrated a very successful 65th reunion, with 40 men and women attending from California, Washington, Illinois, New York, and New England. “On Friday and Saturday we enjoyed dinner, cocktails, and good conversation at the Hope Club. During Friday dinner we were serenaded by the Chattertocks, led by Armie Merolla’s granddaughter, Jennifer Hogan ’18. The Campus Dance had great music by Duke Belaire and beautiful weather. Officers elected at the lunch class meeting were: President Gene Weinberg, Secretary Guido Salvadore, and Treasurer Warren Galkin. Neil Donavan, gift cochairman, reported that the class of 1951 fund-raising is among the top contributors to the Brown Annual Fund and has set fund-raising records for the 60th and 65th reunions. The 2016 Commencement was highlighted by an unforgettable march down College Hill to deafening applause. We were led by Class President Armie Merolla, who was accompanied by his grandson, Robert Hogan ’15. Armie was also our class marshal and resplendent in formal attire. Ben Eisenberg, accompanied by his grandsons, wore his father’s graduation cap from 1923. Neil Donavan, Bob Fearon, and Dottie Blair Sage carried a banner with the impressive inscription “25,095 days later—Sept. 14, 1947, to May 29, 2016.” In addition to those mentioned, these classmates also attended: Norbert Fessel, Brewster Gifford, Everett Greene, Don Jaffin, Russ Kinne, William Moran, and George Wallerstein.”
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Mordecai Rosenfeld self-published his book, Cases I Lost and Other Injustices, which chronicles his legal career as a solo practitioner. He writes: “I specialized in cases challenging (alleged) corporate excesses, and while I won some, this book is only about the cases that I lost—even though the (alleged) greed was extraordinary. And I lost them from the U.S. Supreme Court (9–0) on down.”
From the March/April 2016 Issue
David M. Curry writes: “I would like to hear from classmates interested in a gathering at our 65th to address the culture of the campus and whether trustees and administration are giving constant regard to and seeing that effectual care be taken of the morals of the college as specified in the Charter of the University.”
Allen Goldman ’53 ScM writes: “We have had a wonderful summer in Maine. Perfect ‘blue diamond days.’ I actually got out to sail on beautiful Penobscot Bay.”
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Perry S. Herst Jr. writes: “After 22 years residing in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., my wife, Angela, and I have moved to San Juan Capistrano, about 50 miles north of Rancho Santa Fe, on the California coast. San Juan Capistrano is one of the original Spanish missions famous for the return of the swallows every March. Angela, who is 15 years my junior, likes the small-town atmosphere and the convenient access to the coast cities of Newport Beach and Dana Point. A new lifestyle for me—going on 86. All is well, and we see our children and grandchildren on a regular basis, including Perry Herst III ’86.”
Shirley Nagle Holmes writes: “In May I adopted yet another cat, a Maine Coon—he’s a hoot. Still playing bridge and gardening. Really sad to read that Tekla Torell Steuart had died—she was a roommate and one of my bridesmaids.”
Alex Robinson writes: “I have retired from basketball officiating after doing more than 8,000 games. At age 86, a bad knee forced the retirement. Otherwise my health is fantastic, and I still jog every day but with difficulty. I’m living in Maine with wife Pat and one of my six children (also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren).”
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Katherine Baccaro writes: “In 1950 I began writing a novel for which I received a stipend from what was then Harper & Bros. publisher, but I never finished the story. Instead I became a U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools teacher and went off to live in England, Italy, Turkey, and Korea. Now I have picked up that old manuscript and am attempting to make it a novel. I’m still having fun with the local art group. Much love to my dearly remembered classmates.”
Micki Israel Balaban writes: “I’m healthy except for osteoporosis, which makes travel difficult. It’s been a year and a half since my husband Len (Red) died, and I’m playing bridge and meeting friends and family to fill the gap. There was a second musical tribute and fund-raiser in Red’s name in July. Daughter Rachel’s daughter, Olivia, is spending two years in Europe getting her master’s in dance. Rachel ’80 is adjunct lecturer and cofounder and codirector of Artists and Scientists as Partners at Brown.
Margaret Nuss Bobb has lived in a retirement community in Wyomissing, Pa., for ten years. She is active on several committees and served a three-year term on the resident council. She continues to work part-time in local needlework shops, specializing in cross-stitch. She and Donald, a retired attorney, are celebrating 63 years of marriage this year.
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Sanford Golin and his wife, Jane, spent last summer on Cape Cod with their children and seven grandchildren and celebrated Sanford’s 85th birthday with them. Among those present were Eric Golin ’81, ’85 ScM, ’91 PhD; Marion Abrams Golin ’81; Sarah Golin ’84; and James Golin ’13. Sanford still works part-time as a psychology consultant for the State of Florida Division of Disability Determination. Sanford writes: “Jane and I live in Boynton Beach, Florida, near many of our friends who have retired in the Sunshine State. In April, Jane took a river cruise from Paris to the Normandy beaches. We hear from our friends that this a very moving experience.”
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Michael Cantwell writes: “In my latest novel, Graven Images, hundreds of patients in a public hospital and home summon the power of art as they rise up against the abuses of bureaucracy.”
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Micki Israel Balaban, wife of the late Leonard Balaban, writes: “Len had been ailing for some time and was honored in February 2014 with a musical tribute by the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. Friends, family, and musicians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and elsewhere comprised the more than 200 that attended.”
Bob Warsh writes that his daughter, Alexandra Warsh Steele ’91, is a professional meteorologist on CNN who broadcasts out of her home station in Atlanta under the name Alexandra Steele. Bob, a former president of the Brown Club of Northeastern New York and a past member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, retired from his position as chairman of children’s retail clothing stores for the United States Shoe Corp. He writes: “Enjoyed homecoming football this year with Howard Fain ’49 and Carol Ostroff ’49—all except for losing to Harvard.”
Mason B. Williams (see Dick Williams ’56).
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Joan Trescott Heald (see Virginia MacMillan Trescott ’38).
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Mordecai K. Rosenfeld announces the publication of a book of original essays, Brooklyn Local—Growing Up Jewish in the 1930s and ’40s, available on Amazon. He writes: “My two previous essay collections from long ago (The Lament of the Single Practitioner, Univ. of Georgia Press, and A Backhanded View of the Law, Ox Bow Press) received rave notices from, among others, The Times Literary Supplement, and I hope that these new essays are of the same quality. The writing keeps me busy.”
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Micki Israel Balaban, wife of the late Leonard Balaban, writes: “Len had been ailing for some time. He was honored on Feb. 8 by the Neighborhood Music School [in New Haven] with a musical tribute. Friends, family, and musicians from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and elsewhere comprised the over 200 that attended. Friends and family are helping me adjust to this challenging time. For some more pleasant news, my daughter, Rachel Balaban ’80, wife of John Burnham ’78, is an adjunct lecturer of theater, speech, and dance at Brown. She is the regional coordinator for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, and cofounder and codirector of Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP) at Brown.”
Allen Goldman ’53 ScM writes: “Our Great Works Round Table (in its eighth year) has begun to read and study Shakespeare. Having finished Macbeth with great enthusiasm, we are about to embark on King Lear. We have suspended our annual cruises so that our grandchildren can go to college.”
Hank Shea writes: “Happily retired in Johns Creek, Georgia. Investing in stocks and bonds plus golfing, exercising, and travelling. Hope to make my 65th reunion in 2016.”
Ellen Eaton Wilson writes: “Hello to all my classmates. Dick ’50 and I are in reasonable health and are delighted to be spending our 29th year here in Florida. Best wishes to all our classmates and Brown friends!”
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Dorothy Blair Sage writes: “2013 was a good year and included a trip to Britain to see my granddaughter graduate from Oxford. I also sailed to the Bahamas with Helene Vincent ’12, Carolyn Vincent ’14, and their parents. I went to Belize in March 2013 for work.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue
Michael Cantwell’s new book, Rosa’s Gift and Other Stories, was named an Editor’s Choice by the editorial staff of iUniverse; it’s available through Amazon.
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Jim Keat was inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia (MDDC) Press Assoc. Hall of Fame on Aug. 15. The association comprises all the dailies and most of the weeklies in the two states and the District. Jim retired from the Baltimore Sun in 1995 after serving as a reporter, foreign and Washington correspondent, foreign editor, assistant managing editor, and associate editor of the editorial page. He was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Award in 1991 and MDDC’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005. MDDC’s annual award to the newspaper that has done the most to advance freedom of information was named for Jim in 2000. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Christine Thompson. At Brown he was editor-in-chief of the Brown Daily Herald in his senior year.
Elsie Zelman Robinson reports the recent death of her husband, Herbert Robinson. She writes: “We had 56 wonderful years together. Surviving are our three children, Steven ’80, Deborah Robinson ’83, and Heidi Sedovsky.”
Natalie Johnson Walls writes: “Bill and I enjoyed our annual visit with Jane Fulton Street and her two daughters in April. Jane was vacationing in Daytona Beach, and we met halfway between our home and Daytona for dinner in New Smyrna Beach.”
Ellen Eaton Wilson writes: “Dick and I are in good health and enjoying our home on Amelia Island. We celebrated our 64th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3. We have lots of great memories of the class of 51—love to all!”
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Susanne Cohen Olin is active playing golf and doing arts and crafts. She spends time in Longboat Key from November until early May. She writes that she had lunch with Barbara Hunt Meehan, who lives a few miles away from her in Florida. She also downsized in New York and now lives at the Towers, which is on a golf course.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Michael Cantwell writes: “In my latest novel, The Halls of Montezuma (Book Three of the Tollan Trilogy), Peter and Rosa, now in their teens, fly back in time to the dawn of the new world and help in the making of America.” IUniverse published the book and awarded it Editor’s Choice for outstanding fiction; it is available through Amazon.
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Allen S. Goldman writes: “We just returned from a cruise up the St. Lawrence to Gaspe Peninsula. On the Saguenay River is a colony of beluga whales trapped in the river and fed by the changing tides of the St. Lawrence. We will continue our perusal of the Iliad.”
Suzanne Osborne Shea is a feature writer and photographer for the monthly Heritage Hills newsletter. She drives patients for Friends in Service Here (FISH) and is a bronze life master in bridge.
Ivan Spangenberg writes he is alive and well with his wife of 57 years, Dell, and six children and 19 grandchildren. He and Dell recently had their first great-grandchild. He spends half the year in Wilton, Conn., and the other half in Naples, Fla. He keeps busy tending a large vegetable garden and hacking around the golf course.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Michael Cantwell writes: “In my recently published novel, The Rising of the Fifth Sun, Book Two of the Tollan Trilogy, sixth graders Peter and Rosa fly in time on the back of the plumed serpent to the first morning of the world. The book is available through Amazon.”
Shirley Nagle Holmes retired from the real estate business on Dec. 31 and now acts as a referral agent. She writes that her oldest grandson, Matthew Holmes Linder, is a classical guitarist and played with the San Francisco Symphony in April.
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Cleo Palelis Hazard writes: “This was the 11th annual holiday gathering for some of our local Brown ’51 classmates and executive board members. It was held in our private room at the Faculty Club on Dec. 15. We enjoyed a beautifully presented and bountiful buffet with luscious desserts. We caught up on all our personal and family and classmate news and reminisced with highlights of our most successful and record-breaking 60th reunion, held last May. Enjoying the festivities were: Wes and Grace Kennison Alpert, Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Martin and Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Joyce and Warren Galkin, Norma and Everett Greene, Bob and Cleo, Shirley Nagle Holmes, Kitty Barclay Merolla ’52 and Armie Merolla, Ellie DeBlasio Oddo, Charlotte and Sandy Taylor, Joyce Cohen Tesler, Kay Cauchon Thurber, and Jane McGeary Watson.
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Allen S. Goldman '53 ScM writes: "Rachel and I just returned from a four-hour drive from St. Andrews, New Brunswick. This is a delightful town full of interest and right on Passamaquoddy Bay (almost as nice as Camden, Me.). The leaves changed to beautiful magentas, golds, and apricots just in time for our trip home after Canadian Thanksgiving on Oct. 10. Returning to teach a class on The Iliad. Oh, to have been alive at the time of Achilles!"
Billy Kelly (see Lee Jacobus '57).
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Michael Cantwell writes: "My latest novel, The Secret of the Smoking Mirror, is the story of two sixth-graders who travel in time to Ancient Mexico. Named 'Editors' Choice for Outstanding Fiction,' the book is available at Amazon.com.
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Gordon D. Dewart writes that he is saddened by the loss of Bob Warren, with whom he had been communicating through the years.
Allen S. Goldman '53 ScM and his wife, Rachel, write they are not traveling this year, in order to fix up their home and send their grandchildren to college. Allen continues to teach a study group around his dining room table. This will be his eighth year.
Phyllis Van Horn Tillinghast is living in a continuing care retirement community an hour from Manhattan and close to the Connecticut shore. She writes: "Several Brown alums have passed through, and a few of us are still here!"
From the May/June 2011 Issue [60th]
Neil Donavan, chair for the 60th reunion gift committee, writes: "We are fast approaching our 60th reunion weekend, which starts May 27. If you have not yet sent in a reunion gift to ensure that your name is on the '100% for Brown' honor roll list, there is still time to be included. Don't be left out. Quickly send your gift to: Brown University, Gift Cashier, Box 1877, Providence 02912. And if you have already sent in your contribution, we thank you!"
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports that the 10th annual holiday gathering for local classmates and executive board members was held at the Faculty Club on December 16. "We enjoyed a lovely buffet, while catching up on all our personal and family news, our new bionic working parts, our recent loss of classmates, and on an uplifting note ... our upcoming 60th reunion in 2011.
Todd Andrews '83, vice president of Alumni Relations stopped by and addressed the group, which included: Charles A. Andrews, Jane McGeary Watson, Warren Galkin, Ellie DeBlasio Oddo, Kay Cauchon Thurber, men's class president Everett Greene, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Natalie Bailey Perry, women's class president Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Sandy Taylor Armie Merolla and Kitty Barclay Merolla '52, Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg, Grace Kennison Alpert, and Shirley Nagle Holmes.
If you are planning to attend all the great functions scheduled for our BIG-SIX-OH REUNION, and you haven't sent your postcard back to Sandy Taylor, please do. Also, if you intend to stay at our reunion headquarters at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence, please make your reservations. The 40 rooms reserved for '51 are going fast. If you have any questions, call your reunion co-chairs: Sandy Taylor, Gene Weinberg, or Cleo Hazard.
Beth Becker Pollock (see Engagements & Weddings, Russell Pollock '76).
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Katherine Baccaro published her new book, Discombobulated, a collection of 24 short stories with illustrations, in 2010. This is her third book and, she thinks, the best so far. Please visit her website, baccarobooks.com, for a glimpse of her recent artwork.
Benjamin P. Eisenberg and his wife, Marilyn, have four great-granddaughters. He writes: "One never knows what retirement will bring!"
Allen S. Goldman '53 ScM and his wife, Rachel, are teaching "the Odyssey redux" around their dining room table for the second time to 10 or 12 very curious and intelligent friends. He writes that they have also downsized to a 27-foot coastal motorboat that they plan to picnic on with their two poodles this summer.
Dinah Lauterbach Heller teaches in a master's program in early childhood special education at New York University. She also supervises student teachers in their field placement. But she writes that her "greatest joy is the time that I spend with my grandchildren."
Edgar E. Johnson Jr. writes with memories of being a political newspaper reporter in Fort Worth, Tex., and Washington, D.C. When people ask him what was the biggest story he covered, he replies that he was in the 1963 motorcade in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated and Texas governor John Connally was severely wounded. In 1962, he spent more time with Connally than with his bride-to-be, traveling around Texas as a reporter. He admired Connally's wife Nellie. Connally died in 1993.
Susanne Cohen Olin spends half her time on Long Island, N.Y., and the other half in Long Boat Key, Fla. She plays golf several times a week, makes and sells jewelry, and mentors foreign students.
Daniel M. Pilot (see Engagements & Weddings).
In 2009 Alan F. Rogers moved to Fort Myers, Fla. He writes that he and Muriel fully enjoy their life there and struggle to limit their involvement in the many activities available daily. They would be happy to hear from any classmates.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Ben Eisenberg is on the board of the 45-member Sarasota–Manatee Brown Club. He spends seven months a year in Sarasota and five months on Cape Cod. He currently has three great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Michael Cantwell has published The Labyrinth of Love. He writes: "It is a story of love and adventure set amid the social and political upheavals of contemporary Mexico." The book is available on Amazon.
In 2009, Ken Holmes received the Lillywhite Award from the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C., for lifetime contributions to the economic security of Americans.
Gene Rogers is semiretired and living in Saratoga, Calif. He writes that his local Brown Club activities help to keep alive memories of the class of '51.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Richard M. Gibney writes that he is in good health and retired from Gibney & Co.
In Nov. 2009, John F. Morrissey Jr. moved to a continuing-care community in Wallingford, Conn. After 10 years in Fla., he now lives close to his three sons and eight grandchildren.
Jim Pollock married Sally Higgins on Nov. 21 at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Fla.
Charles Robinson retired from basketball officiating in 2009. He has been married to Patricia for 58 years and they have seven grandchildren.
Henry F. Shea Jr. writes that he is looking forward to the 60th reunion next year.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: "The 9th annual holiday gathering for some of our local classmates and executive board members was held on Dec. 16 at the Brown Faculty Club. We enjoyed a lovely buffet while catching up on all our personal news, and then solved all the economic issues and world problems to our liking. Todd Andrews '83, vice president for alumni relations, addressed the group. In attendance were: Charles A. Andrews, Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Warren Galkin, Everett Greene, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Armie Merolla and Norma Barclay Merolla '52, Ellie DeBlasio Oddo, Natalie Bailey Perry, Joyce Hall Poyton, Sandy Taylor, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Jane McGeary Watson, Win Wilson, and Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg. As an added treat that evening, we had a special book signing by Win Wilson for his recently published book, Good Swimming. (See Sports, page 24.) Due to illness, Grace Kennison Alpert and Henry Litchman could not attend but sent best wishes to the group, as did Bill Surprenant from Florida. As a reminder, last fall we mailed out a questionnaire and survey to all classmates. Please return it ASAP. The reunion planning committee needs your input in order to make our big 60th reunion in 2011 another memorable one."
Norman Duquette writes that his three daughters visited him in Anchorage, Alaska, to celebrate his 90th birthday in early October. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1972, when his wife, Patricia, agreed to remain in Anchorage and make it their permanent home.
James M. Hutchinson enjoys retirement in Bonita Springs, Fla., after 43 years in Indianapolis. He also has a summer cottage in Dexter, N.Y., near one of his five children. He attends alumni events regularly in Naples, Fla.
Maxwell A. Howell took up the saxophone and clarinet a couple of years ago after 50 years of silence. He now plays with several musical organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.
Dave Leys, chairman of Bank Newport for 13 years, is now retired. He is vice president and a trustee of the Preservation Society of Newport and is active in many Newport-area nonprofit organizations.
George Wallerstein is a professor emeritus at the Univ. of Washington, where he researches astrophysics and concentrates on the chemical composition of stars.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Katherine Baccaro published her second book, Catscratch Fever. It is available through Amazon and other booksellers, along with her novel, Precipice.
Henry Daden enjoys living with his daughter and family in Simsbury, Conn.
Benjamin Eisenberg is fully retired and spends winters in Sarasota, Fla., and summers in Mashpee, Mass., on Cape Cod. He is a committee member of the Sarasota-Manatee Brown Club, and he and his wife, Marilyn, are the proud great-grandparents of three girls.
Allen Goldman writes that in summer 2010 he and Rachel will cruise to the North Cape of Norway and then to St. Petersburg, Russia. They also will conduct their study group on Sundays in January, discussing The Oresteia by Aeschylus.
Sanford Golin is busy writing a book on psychotherapy.
Cleo Palelis Hazard reports that the Pembroke '51 mini-reunion was beautifully organized by Connie Hunt Del Gizzi and Joyce Cohen Tesler at the University Club in Providence. A luncheon was served, and all shared family news, friendly gossip, bionic-limb tales, and travel adventures. They also discussed their 60th reunion in 2011. In addition to Cleo, Connie, and Joyce, attending were Micki Israel Balaban, Zita Grant Brier, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Ellie Deblasio Oddo, Natalie Bailey Perry, Betty Hogarth Pinson, Joan Henry Plumb, Joyce Hall Poyton, Dottie Blair Sage, Kay Cauchon Thurber, and Jane McGeary Watson. Anne Korman Fine and Shirley Nagle Holmes were unable to attend.
Perry Herst's wife, Angela, gave him an 80th birthday party attended by 12 children and grandchildren. On Sept. 18, they celebrated with a western barbecue at their house in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., and on Sept. 19 they celebrated with a clambake on the beach at Del Mar, Calif. He writes: "Great fun was had by all, and I was glad when Sunday came. Now the challenge is to stay fit physically and mentally!"
Don Jaffin retired to Florida, travels, and is active in politics. He and his wife, Sue, have three active Brown alumnae daughters.
Charles Mack retired from Citibank and spends his time sailing, curling, and consulting to small businesses through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
Frances Wexler O'Connell writes: "I've been speaking at book clubs about my novel, The Apostate's Daughter, enjoying the lively discussions, and wondering why I waited so long to do this. When readers ask whether I'm working on another, I equivocate, all the while thinking, 'Well, who knows? I'm only 80!'"
Susanne Cohen Olin was on Long Island from May through Nov. She is on Longboat Key, Fla., for the rest of the year. She plays golf and makes costume jewelry.
Bob Warsh writes that his son, Kevin, is on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His daughter, Alexandria '91, is a meteorologist and an anchor on the Weather Channel.
Tony and Pat Estes Waterman moved to a new retirement community in Pittsburgh.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard writes: "On August 13, the annual joint executive committee of the men and women of our class met again at the Goat Island gazebo. This has been an annual summer event co-hosted by Warren Galkin, past president of the men's class, along with his wife, Joyce, who always plans the sumptuous buffet lunch. Because of the unusual Newport mist, the venue quickly changed to our other host's condo, also on Goat Island, where Everett Greene, the men's class president and his wife, Norma, treated us to delicious desserts of Ev's special fudge, fruit trays, and coffee. Enjoying the affair were Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, president of the women's class, as well as Charlie Andrews, Saul Arvedon, Bob and Cleo Palelis Hazard, Amadeo Merolla and Norma Barclay Merolla '52, Bill Surprenant, Charlotte and Sandy Taylor, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Jane McGeary Watson, Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg. We missed the other board members who could not attend because of either illness or scheduling conflicts: Natalie Bailey Perry, and Anne Korman Fine due to conflicts, and Grace Kennison Alpert, Tom Brady, Henry Litchman, and Win Wilson because of illness. Class reports were submitted and discussed."
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Ed Girard writes that he is "still vertical, in good health, and very thankful to view the amazing universe/nanoverse developments." Ed is also singing in his church choir.
Allen S. Goldman '53 ScM writes: "Rachel and I just circumnavigated the globe for nearly four months. We saw 27 countries, 38 states, many gulfs, and most of the major oceans. Thales was right: there is a lot of water between here and there." They enjoyed Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, India, and Singapore, and going through the straits of Malacca.
Eugene Weinberg writes that he has completed 14 years teaching English at International House of R.I. Gene and his wife, Arline Kerzner Weinberg, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Aug. Their son, Robert '74, '78 MD, has become a grandfather with the birth of their first great-granddaughter, Natalie.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
F. Monroe Allen was recently appointed probate judge for the town of Smithfield, R.I., and continues to practice law full-time. He also swims, runs, plays tennis, and volunteers as a swim instructor twice a week at the YMCA.
Frances Wexler O'Connell has published a novel, The Apostate's Daughter, which is largely set at Brown. She coedited her 50th reunion yearbook and used to edit the New Jersey Pembroker.
Phyllis Van Horn Tillinghast spends winters in Florida and summers in Connecticut.
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Francis L. Crowley retired as director of the Ledge Light Health District in Feb. 2007. He is involved in several volunteer projects, including a new nonprofit to help seniors in their homes. He and his wife, Carolyn, like to travel and enjoy their grandchildren, who live nearby.
David M. Curry writes: "This year, Brown celebrates 150 years of rowing. Were it not for the vision and energy of two members of the class of 1951, Harlan Bartlett and the late Jim Donaldson, who were responsible for the rebirth of rowing at Brown in 1949, there probably would be no rowing at Brown today. What they started from scratch has developed into one of the elite rowing programs in the U.S."
Maxine Rosenbaum Goldman is a volunteer at KIPP Academy Lynn working with students in the Wilson Reading System.
Parker Handy writes that all is well with the Handys and their 12 grandchildren and five daughters. Parker and his wife live in their old neighborhood in Lyme, Conn.
Kenneth Holmes won the award for lifetime contributions to economic security from the Employee Benefit Research Institute for his work with investment firms and for his consulting work in pension and investment matters to the Treasury and Labor departments and to public and private pension plans.
Pat Panaggio writes that he has served for several years as cochair of the Community Partnership Board of the National Federation of the Blind. With his wife, Arline, he has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and Africa. In addition, they have driven across the U.S. several times, including along Route 66 from beginning to end. Pat is also a Maryland Grand Lodge Trustee in the Order Sons of Italy in America. He is active in several Italian culture heritage groups in the Baltimore/D.C. area and is a member of the Brown Club of Greater Baltimore. While vacationing in St. Petersburg, Fla., last February, Pat and Arline had many happy get-togethers with their good friend William Surprenant and hope to see him again this winter. Pat sends best wishes to Warren Galkin; his wife, Joyce; and his colleagues who are working to make the 60th reunion a huge success in 2011.
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports that the eighth annual holiday gathering for some of the local '51 classmates was held at the Brown Faculty Club on Dec. 17. Attending were: Charles A. Andrews, Jane McGeary Watson, Warren Galkin, Ellie DeBlasio Oddo, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Everett Greene (men's class president), Henry Litchman, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Win Wilson, Natalie Bailey Perry and Mahlon Perry, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi (women's class president), Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Sandy Taylor, Armie Merolla, and Norma Barclay Merolla '52, Grace Kennison Alpert, Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg. Todd Andrews '83, Brown's vice president for alumni relations, stopped by to greet everyone. Bill Surprenant sent his best wishes via e-mail from Florida.
Allen S. Goldman '53 ScM and his wife, Rachel, set sail on Jan.10 for a trip around the world in 107 days. Their itinerary includes Mumbai, Bangkok, Somalia, and 23 other stops.
Sanford Golin writes: "My wife and I had dinner with Peter Calise and his wife. We learned they live near us in Florida. Peter and I were on the Classical High School track team in Providence."
Donald G. Rich and his wife, Joan, celebrated their 57th anniversary last June. He writes: "We're still doing well, considering we're both just one short of four score years. Playing tennis and duplicate bridge once a week helps keep me physically and mentally fit." Since retiring in 1994 from Carrier Corp., where he worked for more than 40 years as a research engineer and engineering manager, Donald has continued to be active in the air conditioning industry through membership in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He served on many ASHRAE committees throughout his career, and was its national president from 1991 to 1992. Donald has worked as an AARP Tax Aide volunteer for the last ten years.
Charles A. Robinson III writes: "After 50 years, I have finally retired at age 79 from basketball officiating, thanks to a cranky knee. I will be inducted into the hall of fame of our association this spring. It has been an eventful and incredible career. All else remains the same; my basketball camps continue to flourish. My health (excluding my knee) remains excellent, and if I can resolve the knee problem I may return to officiating."
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: "The Pembrokers held a mini-reunion in October at Beth Becker Pollock's condo overlooking Boston Harbor. Eleanor Moushegian helped host the luncheon. Photos were sent via e-mail to classmates. If your e-mail address has changed, and you wish to receive future class news, please contact Cleo. Attending the mini-reunion were: class president Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, Jane Fulton Street, Beth Becker Pollock, Anne Korman Fine, Constance Heath Burr, Sally Gates Cook, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Natalie Bailey Perry, Eleanor Moushegian, Ellie Deblasio Oddo, Maxine Rosenbaum Goldman, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Dottie Blair Sage, Cleo Palelis Hazard, and Thalia Moschos Calmar."
Susanne Cohen Olin writes: "I still split my time between Long Island and Longboat Key, Fla. I enjoy doing arts and crafts and making jewelry, as well as going to plays, concerts, and lectures. I manage to keep busy, but still find it very lonesome since my husband, Gerald Olin '48, passed away."
Phyllis Van Horn Tillinghast spends winters in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she can be found almost daily at the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College. She spends her summers at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Conn. She writes that Meadow Ridge is "a wonderful life-care center atop a big hill. It's full of Brown grads—none from our class that I've found yet, but many of their children and grandchildren have attended Brown."
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: "On August 25, the annual joint executive committee meeting of the men and women of the Class of 1951 was held again at the beautiful Goat Island gazebo, overlooking Newport harbor and Narragansett Bay. (This has been an annual summer event hosted by past president Warren Galkin along with his lovely wife, Joyce, who always plans the sumptuous buffet lunch.) After a joint class business meeting, we made preliminary plans for our next class reunion, the big Six-Oh, in May 2011.The group walked to Everett Greene's condo (also on Goat Island) for coffee, fruit, and delicious desserts provided by his wife, Norma. (Everett is the men's class president and, as always, made his special secret-formula chocolate fudge for the group.) Enjoying the affair were Bill Surprenant (visiting from Florida), Charlie Andrews, Sandy Taylor, Saul Arvedon, Win Wilson, Armie and Kitty Barclay Merolla '52, Maureen and Tom Brady, Judy and Henry Litchman, Anne Korman Fine, Natalie Bailey Perry, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Jane McGeary Watson, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Kay Cauchon Thurber, and Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, president of the women's class."
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Michael Cantwell recently published Chasing Mayan Dreams.
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: "Another Pembroke spring mini-reunion, organized by our very talented Priscilla Wright Lingham and Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, was held on Wednesday, April 30, at the Agawam Hunt Club in Rumford, R.I. The gals enjoyed a lovely and healthy luncheon with plenty of time to share their special news, family stories, jokes, and past and future travel plans. (Mercifully, politics was not discussed!). Those attending: Mickey Israel Balaban, Anne Hunt Brock, Mary Criscione, Ann Tingey Ellsworth, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, Anne Korman Fine, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Shirley Nagle Holmes, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Judy Benander Moreau, Ellie De Blasio Oddo, Natalie Bailey Perry, Betty Hogarth Pinson, Kay Cauchon Thurber, and Jane McGeary Watson. Our next mini-reunion will be in October in the Boston area."
Maxwell M. Mozell '56 PhD was honored in April for a lifetime of service and outstanding accomplishments as he retired from the faculty of SUNY Upstate Medical Univ. He served on the faculty for 47 years. A new classroom was dedicated in his honor, his portrait was hung, and a special dinner featured speakers from the National Academy of Sciences. At the time of his retirement he was dean of the College of Graduate Studies, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, and professor of neuroscience and physiology. NIH funded his pioneering work on the olfactory system for 44 years.
Gene Rogers is enjoying the Sarasota, Fla., lifestyle and is still active in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning industry. He continues to log flight time in his 1956 Cessna.
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Katherine Baccaro's novel Precipice was recently published and available at bookstores.
Maxine Israel Balaban is still working with homeless African American women in recovery and supervising a book, soon to be finished, titled On the Write Path. Leonard Balaban had his second cataract surgery and is doing well.
Benjamin Eisenberg writes: "I am fully retired and living in Sarasota, Fla., for the winters and Cape Cod, Mass., during the summers. I am active in Sarasota as a board member of the Manatee Brown Club. Now we have three great-granddaughters. Looking forward to the 60th reunion!"
Philip W. Thomas writes that he retired in 1986 from Exxon Corp. after 35 years of service. He was widowed in 2001 after 49 years and married again in 2003. Philip is an active traveler and enjoys family activities, church, and his retirement community club. He has five children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: "The 6th annual holiday gathering for some of our local classmates (many who serve on their class executive boards) was held at the Faculty Club on December 12. In attendance were: Jane McGeary Watson, Joyce and Warren Galkin, Ellie DeBlasio Oddo and Dom Mainelli, Kay Couchon Thurber, Norma and Everett Greene, Judy and Dr. Henry Litchman, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Bob and Cleo Palelis Hazard, Win Wilson, Mahlon '50 and Natalie Bailey Perry, Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Martin and Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Charlotte and Sandy Taylor, Armie and Norma Barclay Merolla '52, Wes and Grace Kennison Alpert, Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg. Todd Andrews '83, vice president of Brown's alumni relations department, stopped by to greet everyone. Bill Suprenant sent his best wishes in an e-mail from Florida with a photo of him, properly attired in shorts!"
Saul D. Arvedon boarded the Pacific Princess in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for his sixtieth cruise. This cruise will take him around the world.
Jean Heffernan Cook (see Robert B. Cook '46).
Francis Crowley and wife, Carolyn, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2006. Francis retired in February 2007 and enjoys boating.
Edward Dugan retired in 2007 after 15 years in social work and 40 years in architectural practice. He spends his time in Florida and Cape Cod.
Charles Frankenbach writes: "Teedie and I are still able to enjoy our place in the Poconos, but for our children's peace of mind we have purchased an apartment in a continuing care facility in Bethlehem, Pa. It's a one-and-a-half-hour drive from our Pocono club. Last summer the club celebrated its 125th anniversary and we noted our 30th as members; for 16 of those years I served as a director and officer of the club. This provided a perfect transition for my retirement from our business. Our four children are happily married, and we enjoy nine grandchildren. I do plan to attend the 60th reunion."
Allen S. Goldman '53 ScM writes: "This is the third year my wife, Rachel, and I are teaching the classics to a group in our house in the winter and spring. The first year we did Homer's Odyssey, the second the Aeneid and Beowulf, and this year Herodotus' Historia and Gilgamesh. This is a wonderful way to pass our Northern winters and springs. We just returned from a wonderful cruise up the Hudson. I had never done this on my boat. Sadly, after 43 years of owning a sailboat and four years a power boat, I have had to give up boating, and my motor boat (Duffy's 35) is for sale."
Sanford Golin writes: "My wife and I have moved to Palm Beach, Fla. I recently retired from my job as psychological consultant to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination."
Robert Greenlees is still living at 62 Seaview Ave., Swansea, Mass. 02777.
Ken Holmes writes: "After almost 55 years, I had a nice retirement send-off from the financial services trade press. I promised to continue to heckle (and still do)."
James M. Hutchinson writes that his son, George Hutchinson '75, was honored in Washington, D.C., in December to celebrate his receipt of the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award for his book In Search of Nella Larsen.
Don Jaffin writes that he is retired, living in Florida, traveling, and staying active in Republican politics.
John Klimko writes: "I feel so lucky to have been able to obtain my education at Brown. When I graduated I thought I knew it all, but as time passed in my job in industry, I found out the knowledge I had represented the tip of the iceberg. I'm feeling good, and if I had known that I would live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
Ray D. Leoni writes that he retired from the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in 1992 after 41 years as senior vice president of engineering: "I wrote a book entitled Black Hawk—The Story of a World Class Helicopter, which was published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in October 2007. I served as chief engineer and program manager for the Black Hawk and hold the design patent for this helicopter. I also have nine other patents."
John F. MacNeil and wife, Betty Jean, visited the Clan MacNeil Castle on the Isle of Barra in the outer Hebrides and enjoyed a fun, informative tour of Scotland.
Robert W. Murray writes: "I retired from my faculty position at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. My current title is Curators' Professor of Chemistry Emeritus."
Charles A. Robinson III writes that he recently received an award for 50 years of service as a basketball referee: "I officiated at USA vs. Russia; the Olympic trials in Raleigh, N.C., before the Montreal Olympics; and spent two years on the National Basketball Association (NBA) staff of officials. I refereed 8,000 games on the high school and college schedules, a national record."
Bill Surprenant is living in St. Pete Beach, Fla. He would like to hear from any classmates in the area or receive a visit from any classmates.
Eugene Weinberg writes that Robert Weinberg '74, '78 MD is a pediatrician who has been elected chief of staff for the Geneva (New York) General Hospital through 2009. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has served as the president of the Ontario County Medical Society. Bob lives in Geneva with his five children and wife, Barbara, a nurse manager for the intensive care unit at Geneva General.
Donald F. Whiston retired in 1990 and is still in good physical shape, and skis every January and February. He and his wife, Marie, spend part of fall and spring in Longboat Key, Fla. Due to Marie's Parkinson's they are unable to travel for reunions.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Class communications officer Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: “On August 9, the annual joint executive committee meeting of the men and women of the Brown Class of 1951 was held at the Goat Island gazebo, overlooking both Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. (This has been an annual summer event hosted by Warren Galkin, past president of the men’s class, along with his wife, Joyce Galkin, who always plans the sumptuous buffet lunch.) After a joint class business meeting, preliminary plans are under way for our next class reunion, the big six-oh, in 2011. The group walked to Everett Greene’s condo (also on Goat Island) for coffee and delicious desserts provided by his wife, Norma. (Everett is the men’s class president, and as always, made his special, secret-formula chocolate fudge for the group.) Enjoying the affair were Charlotte and Sandy Taylor, Saul Arvedon, Win Wilson, Armedeo and Kitty Barclay Merola ’52, Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Jane McGeary Watson, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Sally Gates Cook, and Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, president of the women’s class.
“In September, another annual get-together was held on Cape Cod. This year’s pot-luck supper was hosted by Marie McCarthy Sexton and her husband, Mark. Enjoying the good food and catching up were Ann Tingey Ellsworth and husband, Stote ’50, along with Ken and Anne Hunt Brock, and Cleo and Bob Hazard.
“The second Brown ’51 women’s class mini-reunion of 2007 was held at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, Mass., on October 2. Priscilla Wright Lingham and Connie Hunt Del Gizzi planned the affair. Our large class banner, made by Ginny Marlatt Hershey for our 55th class reunion luncheon, was proudly displayed on the wall in our private dining room at the Marriott. Attending the luncheon were Maxine Rosenbaum Goldman, Beth Becker Pollock, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Jane McGeary Watson, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Polly Welts Kaufman, Priscilla Loring Griffin, Ellie Deblasio Oddo, Anne Korman Fine, Ellie Moushegian, and Priscilla Wright Lingham. Connie reported all the news of the gals who could not attend.”
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Winthrop B. Wilson participated in the annual swim across Narragansett Bay to support the Save the Bay organization. Winthrop, 80, was the oldest among 455 starters and finished 274 out of 443 swimmers. He has been a competitive swimmer all his life and was a varsity swimmer at Brown.
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Beth Becker Pollock (see Steve Pollock '73)
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Jean-Ann Heffernan Cook (see Robert Cook ’46).
Cleo Palelis Hazard writes: “After a weeklong siege with our Apr. Nor’easter, the sun finally came out on Thursday, Apr. 19th. Why? Because it was to celebrate another Pembroke ’51 mini-reunion! What a lovely day for our luncheon in the New England setting of the Agawam Hunt in Rumford, R.I. The event was beautifully planned and executed by Priscilla Wright Lingham (with her creative invitations) and the ’51 Women’s President, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, and her committee. We looked at past—way past—reunion group photos and enjoyed our special favors. We had time to mingle and catch up with all our news prior to a delicious buffet luncheon.
A flyer of recent ’51 Pembroke news was also handed out. (The news and some luncheon photos will be sent out via e-mail to all who are on Cleo’s list. The photos and news will also be posted on our class web site.)
Those attending were: Mary Cristione, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, Seena Kovitich Dittelman, Anne Korman Fine, Natalie Bailey Perry, Midge Servis Russell, Jane McGeary Watson, Janice Drake Box, Anne Hunt Brock, Ann Tingey Ellsworth, Shirley Nagle Holmes, Joyce Hall Poyton, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Thalia Moschos Calmar, Dottie Blair Sage, Judy Benander Moreau, Marjorie Schneider Litchfield, and Joan Laboissoniere Lisi. (Ellie Deblasio Oddo had to cancel at the last minute.) Martha Davis Schroeder, Dinah Lauterbach Heller, Joan Henry Plumb, Ann White Gilman, Anne Stellwagen Connor, Lesley Davison Perrin and Nancy Hamilton Brown wrote but couldn’t make our get-together. Our next mini-reunion might be in the fall with a change of venue to somewhere interesting outside of Boston.”
Paul Michael writes: “I’m still acting after my Broadway debut in 1956 in Bells are Ringing, starring Judy Holliday. There have been fourteen more Broadway shows since then; lots of film and TV, including Seinfeld and Frasier. I spent last summer acting with Marion Ross (Mrs. C. in Happy Days) at the New Theatre in Overland Park in Kansas. I cruised in May to Rome, Athens, the Greek Isles, Istanbul, and Venice. I remember with great affection my Brownbroker and Sock and Buskin classmates way back when.”
James H. Stoehr and his wife, Margot, have three children: Jay, Tom ’81, and Katherine. He also has two other children, John and Phillip, from his previous marriage. After Brown, James joined the Air Force flying a C-46 in the Korean War, then a C-119 in Europe, being discharged in Dec. 1955. He joined the family business, Cincinnati Floor Co., founded by his grandfather, Robert Stoehr ’27. In 1977 James purchased Robbins Flooring and was CEO until retirement in 2003. His son is now CEO of the company and James carries the title of chairman and owner.
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Saverio Caputi Jr. retired in 1995 from the practice of radiology medicine. Saverio received a certificate of distinction from the Indiana Medical Association for fifty years of practice. Saverio enjoys walking, music, reading, and traveling, and occasional visits to the Indiana Riverboat casinos. He also is an avid Indianapolis Colts football fan.
Samuel R. Goodson is retired, volunteering, and wandering.
Kenneth L. Holmes continues to give talks at investment conferences. His daughter, Kristin Holmes-Linder ’76, is an artist visiting the University of Delaware for a mural art program.
Raymond V. Leonard writes: “My wife, Bettie, passed away last year so I spent the winter in Apache Junction, Ariz. I intend to do the same this year. I also plan to continue hiking and enjoying the sunshine.”
John Mac Neil writes: “I will forever consider it a privilege to have attended Brown, having earned a degree in German literature at Brown and an ensign’s commission in the U.S. Navy. At Brown, I made priceless, lasting friendships. Though I violently disagree with the decision to remove the ROTC from the school, I still agree with the values and principles taught there. My NROS professors convinced me not to major in NROS Sci, but to grasp the opportunity to broaden my education in a field of my choice. ‘Nuf said.”
Robert H. Scott bought a new home in Evans, Ga., after fourteen years of retirement in Florida. He and his wife made the change to be near family and to enjoy the four seasons.
Jim Sutherland writes: “Marie and I retired to Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod twenty years ago. We had seven children while living in Brown town. We have twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with two more due any day. We hope to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary this spring.”
Robert L. Warsh is still living in the suburbs of Albany, N.Y., but escapes the winters by spending them in Palm Beach, Fla. His daughter Alexandra ’91 is a meteorologist and TV anchor on the Weather Channel. Her television name is Alexandra Steele. Son Kevin was recently elected a governor of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., and at 35 he is the youngest governor in the history of the Federal Reserve system. Son Brad is developing a software package to increase occupancy in apartment developments.”
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Allen S. Goldman ’53 ScM writes: “I am teaching, along with my wife, Rachel, a course in the Odyssey for ten weeks beginning in the winter 2007 at the University of Maine College in Belfast, Me. It will be an honor to lead a class.”
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: “We were blessed with wonderful weather during our 55th reunion for class of 1951. Our reunion headquarters was at the lovely and intimate Johnson and Wales Inn in Seekonk, Mass., fairly close to the Brown campus. Please note that the space restriction policy of the BAM prevents us from including the list of 129 classmates who attended the many fun events during our memorable weekend. Those who have computers can log on to our ’51 Web site, www.alumni.brown.edu/ classes/1951, or just go to the Brown site, www.brown. edu, sign in, and check out the different links available.
“On our own Web site you will find the 55th reunion attendee list and a list of the newly elected officers for the men’s and women’s classes serving until our 60th reunion. Also in a special section of the Web site is our wonderful ’51 photo gallery. Take a look at the fun classmate candid shots taken at the J&W Inn during Friday’s reception/buffet dinner and Saturday’s dinner/dance (orchestrated by our own classmate Stu Baird), the ’51 Pembroke luncheon, the Commencement March, and finally the Newport dinner/cruise. The Campus Dance (no rain), our memorial service Saturday morning, and the interesting University forums were well attended by classmates. I proudly report that we broke another University record for 55th reunions in class attendance and class gift and annual fund giving. Of special note, five years ago, at our 50th reunion, we marched down the Hill waving flags that said, ‘19,614 days later’ (since graduation). This year for our 55th, we sported our new, updated banner, ‘21,439 Days Later.’ To make an even more festive Commencement March event this year, our classmates proudly carried two-foot-by-three-foot placards with our messages of wisdom and experiences from ’51. The signs read, ‘Huzzahs—class of ’06!’ ‘Pamper your cerebrum!’ ‘Keep reading!’ ‘Be ever true,’ ‘Brown is forever!’ ‘Read, read, read!’ ‘There’s a ton more to learn!’ ‘Never miss an annual fund,’ ‘Think critically!’ ‘Be useful to society!’ and ‘Active alumni are cool lovers!’Yes, we certainly do have fun at our reunions, so we thank our team of men and women of the reunion and gift committees for making it another memorable class act.”
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
Cleo Palelis Hazard reports that she and her husband, Bob, hosted the fourth annual holiday gathering for local ’51 classmates at the Brown Faculty Club, Dec. 10. “Also in attendance were Jane McGeary Watson (president, women’s class), Ellie DeBlasio Oddo, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Everett Greene and Norma Greene, Judith and Henry Litchman, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Win Wilson and Nonny Mills, Joyce and Warren Galkin (president, men’s class), Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Natalie Bailey Perry and Mahlon Perry ’50, Sandy Taylor and Charlotte Taylor, Armie Merolla, and Norma Barclay Merolla ’52.”
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Alan S. Calnan writes: “I am still active with the American Club of Brussels as a board member and past president. After serving seven years on the Belgian-Luxembourg European Union Fulbright commission I was recently elected its chairman. The commission selects the European candidates going to the U.S. and approves the U.S. candidates going to study or do research in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union. I retired from my marketing consultant job at the beginning of the year.”
David Curry writes: “I have retired from the U.S. Department of Justice and am heavily involved in rowing in Pittsburgh and Naples, Fla.”
John R. Davidson writes: “We spend our summers in North Carolina and the winters in Mesa, Ariz., with 200,000 other snowbirds. About a year ago I presented a research paper to NASA about a method to predict the radiation dose to electronic equipment and astronauts on a Mars mission. But most of the time we enjoy retirement, grandchildren, and golf. We hope to see everyone again at the 55th reunion.”
Parker D. Handy writes: “Sally and I are enjoying our ‘dotage years’ with five active daughters, respective sons-in-law, and twelve grandchildren—ages 26 to 4—all of whom reside on the East Coast, which makes it easy for them to visit us in Lyme, Conn., at a moment’s notice. In June, 2003, my fly-fishing wife and I traveled to a ranch in Creede, Colo., where we had some of the best trout fishing of our lives. We have also traveled to New Zealand (in 2000) and Argentina (in 2002) and waded some top rivers. One great plus about retirement is that you have the time to plan some exciting fishing excursions, and we have—from Alaska to the Bahamas. In May we spent ten days in Athens doing the classical tour and ended up on the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini. We traveled with our two oldest daughters—a birthday surprise for both. It was a special time for the four of us to be together. Naturally the remaining three are waiting in the wings. While in Boca Grande, Fla., in March, we had lunch with Jim Stoehr and his lovely wife, Margot. They have a winter home in Boca Grande, which in June and July is a tarpon-fishing mecca. In fact, they sell a T-shirt with a tarpon holding a martini glass with the slogan boca grande—a nice little drinking village with a fishing problem!”
Paul Levesque writes: “By the time you read this, I will have passed my 79th birthday and, contrary to my attitude as an undergraduate, it has dawned on me that we don’t really live forever. My wonderful wife, Dorothy, passed away May 1, 2003, after fifty-one years of soulmatesmanship. Life has changed for me since then. I spend much time at my computer forwarding jokes to friends (it seems that’s what e-mail is all about). More time passes reading or listening to jazz. Otherwise I’m at a bowling alley twice a week complaining about the glue on the bottom of the seven and ten pins. I’d like to hear from you.”
Robert Lindner writes: “Since I retired in 1998, I’ve been bringing music from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s to residents of Rockingham County Retirement (or Nursing?) Home three days a week. I’m still doing work in my vegetable garden despite an arthritic knee. My wife, Jackie, died in 2000. My daughter lives with me.”
Pat Panaggio writes: “Since my retirement in 1989 as director of administrative services with the Maryland Department of Human Resources, my wife, Arline, and I have traveled extensively in Europe and the United States. We have made several cross-country trips, traveled Route 66, visited Hawaii and Alaska. Travel has become our hobby, and we are now planning a trip down the Danube from Amsterdam to Budapest. I am also active in community affairs and civic clubs. My major volunteer endeavor is with the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization in the country dedicated to improving the lives of the visually impaired. I was appointed to its Community Partnership Board several years ago. The federation has chapters in all fifty states, and its headquarters are in Baltimore.”
William White writes: “This is year five at the little mini-farm I got in Bristol, R.I. We did an overhaul of the old barn last winter, which now has five spacious stalls and a wash stall with radiant heat. It’s all leased to a trainer and instructor who runs a successful business and cares for it all. A great pleasure and not much effort for me. My daughter, who runs a tutoring academy in Puerto Rico, brought her entire school of twenty-four to New England in May. The high point was hiking to Tuckerman’s Ravine during a three-day mountain education course by the Appalachian Mountain Club. After several days of seeing Boston, they capped their visit with a TV interview in Bristol, R.I., by George Sisson and a sumptuous picnic lunch at the Bristol Yacht Club courtesy of Matt Hayes, owner of the East Bay Newspapers. We’re enjoying the many activities offered by Narragansett Bay.”
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Class secretary Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: “The spring foliage was in its glory on May 12, and some of the regional ’51 Pembrokers gathered to celebrate. An elegant reception and luncheon was held at the University Club in Providence with seventeen in attendance. The wonderful occasion was planned and sponsored by Joyce Cohen Tesler, the women’s vice president and mini-reunion chair. After lunch president Jane McGeary Watson discussed our shared need to continue supporting our own Susan Wright Scholarship Fund, which offered assistance to two scholars this year. Our 55th class reunion is coming up in 2006 and a survey will be mailed to all the men and women in our class. Those enjoying our mini-reunion were Micki Israel Balaban, Anne Hunt Brock, Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Priscilla Loring Griffin, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Eleanor DeBlasio Oddo, Eleanor Moushegian, Natalie Bailey Perry, Joyce Cohen Tesler, Kay Cauchon Thurber, Jane McGeary Watson, Ann Tingey Ellsworth, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Ruth Wall Hopkins, Shirley Nagle Holmes, and Zita Grant Brier. Janice Drake Box was unable to attend.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Acting class secretary Charles Andrews writes: “The executive committee of the class of 1951 and class president Warren Galkin extend condolences to Pete Williams’s family. We are grateful for all his work on behalf of the class. Pete, our class secretary and a past president, died on Feb. 25 (see Obituaries). He had been active on our executive committee since 1964 and was one of our most ardent members and one of the greatest contributors to our class’s success through the years. He will be missed.”
Walter Barsamian writes: “Great-grandson Matthew Lovett enjoyed his third birthday party on Feb. 20 at the house of my daughter Sandy, who is his grandmother. Also present were six grandchildren (two sons and two daughters) and son-in-law Vince Jackson.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Jean Heffernan Cook (see Robert B. Cook ’46).
Joan Henry Plumb writes: “On Jan. 16, seven 1951 Pembrokers met for lunch to celebrate Natalie Bailey Perry’s birthday. Reminiscing about gracious living were Jane Fulton Street, Connie Hunt DelGizzi, Mary Criscione, Janet Blake Eschenbacher, Anne Korman Fine, and I.”
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Class vice president and reunion cochair Joyce Cohen Tesler and her committee are planning a mini-reunion luncheon for ’51 Pembrokers at the University Club in Providence on May 12. Five rooms have been reserved for May 11 or 12 at The Inn at Brown for those coming from afar. You can reach the inn at (401) 863-7500. Contact Cleo Hazard for more details. A notice for the luncheon will be sent out to regional classmates in March.
Grace Kennison Alpert (see Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth ’59).
Cleo Palelis Hazard writes that she hosted the third annual holiday gathering for local ’51 classmates at the Brown Faculty Club on Dec. 12. In attendance were: women’s class president Jane McGeary Watson; Ellie DeBlasio Oddo; Kay Coachon Thurber; Norma and Everett Greene; Maureen and Tom Brady; Priscilla Wright Lingham; Win Wilson and Nonny Mills; men’s class president Warren Galkin and his wife, Joyce; Connie Hunt DelGizzi; Mahlon ’50 and Natalie Bailey Perry; Martin and Seena Kovitch Dittelman; and Gene and Arline Kerzner Weinberg.
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Alan Calnan writes: “I’m still active as a consultant. I’m participating in American Club activities. I also serve on the Fulbright Commission for Belgium and Luxembourg."
James A. Garland writes: “I’m enjoying my retirement from Boston University School of Social Work. Beverly and I are increasingly enjoying what we read in the BAM about diversity efforts being led by President Simmons. I saw what she did at Smith when I taught there in the late ’90s and I believe that she will do that at Brown.”
Edward W. Girard writes: “I’m rejoicing to see Euclid proved right—the Universe is flat—it is open, expanding, and accelerating. Who could ask for anything more?”
Robert Warsh writes: “Daughter Alexandra Warsh ’91 is a meteorologist with the Weather Channel in Atlanta. Her on-air name is Alexandra Steele.”
From the November / December 2003 Issue
Charlie Andrews writes: “President Warren Galkin and vice president Everett Greene hosted the annual meeting of the class of ’51 executive committee at Goat Island in Newport, R.I., on July 31. Those attending were Saul Arvedon, Armie Merolla, Warren Galkin, Charlie Andrews, Tom Brady, Everett Greene, Henry Litchman, Bill Surprenant, Pete Williams, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Jane McGeary Watson, Eli DeBlasio Oddo, Joyce Schreiber Tesler, and Kay Cauchon Thurber. Warren’s wife, Joyce Galkin, arranged the buffet luncheon in the outdoor pavilion before the meeting. In addition to the usual reports, the agenda included advanced planning for the 55th reunion, including the appointment of Sandy Taylor as reunion chair. We also discussed mini-reunions; a memorial tree planting in memory of Phyllis Wodogaza, who served as our main liaison with the development office; and class public relations. After the meeting concluded, we all adjourned to Everett Greene’s condo, where his wife, Norma, was waiting with coffee and enough dessert to overload the entire class with cholesterol.”
Graham D. Andrews writes: “I am the current president of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. Among other activities, we send students on scholarships to Scottish universities.”
Albert Capozzoli writes: “I retired from the practice of dentistry many years ago, and in 1991 I bought a condominium in Florida. I am in the process of selling my home in East Greenwich, R.I., and plan to live in Florida year-round.”
Luis Fernando Echavarria writes: “Last May, I was on campus to celebrate the magna cum laude graduation of my eldest grandson, Alejandro Landes Echavarria ’03. I celebrated my 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29 in Mexico with all our children, grandchildren, and in-laws—a total of thirty-six people!”
Cleo Palelis Hazard writes that she is “surprised, honored, and certainly thrilled” to have received the 2003 Brown Alumni Service Award. The honor was presented to her at the 20th annual Alumni Recognition dinner on Oct. 4.
Lloyd Hill writes: “Although I am now retired, I still teach at Northeastern Univ.”
Maxwell Howell reports that he and his wife dined in June with Charlie Williamson ’50 and his wife, Helen. Howell writes: “Ned Killeen keeps us informed of events from Stuart, Fla. Ned and his wife, Linda, seem to spend much time traveling the world. Ned and I have sailed some close-in parts together, but I’m not quite as adventurous as he is. Russ Kinne ’50 and his lovely wife, Jane, breeze into town from time to time and always are a delight to see. One of my best friends is Jim Carroll ’57 Sc.M. Jim and his wife, Mary Gesens Carroll, have retired to their farm in Connecticut.
“After thirty years as a Washington lawyer, I stopped to devote more time to other pursuits, one of which was ice dancing. I also returned to my long-neglected clarinet and saxophone. My wife, Jill, and I spend our summers in Sun Valley, Idaho. I still remember our broadcasts over WBRU Thursday evening with lovely Nancy Whitney Smith ’56 belting out tunes à la Ella Fitzgerald. Roy Stratton and I accepted any gig that came up, and we always played the same songs, ‘Sunnyside of the Street,’ ‘The Man I Love,’ ‘How High the Moon,’ etc.
“My daughter Patricia Howell Geyer ’78, ’80 A.M. also attended Brown, where she got her A.B. and an advanced degree as well as a husband from the medical school.”
Jim Hutchinson writes: “We still spend about half the year at our place in Bonita Springs, Fla., where I play golf regularly with Gil Borjeson’s younger brother, Howard ’55. Normally, Gil makes a visit to Bonita Springs from Key Largo, where he spends part of the winter, but we missed him this year. I also do a fair amount of small-boat sailing.”
Robert J. Kramer writes: “My wife, Ruth Lytle Kramer ’53, and I have relocated to Harvey Cedars, N.J.”
Bob Lindner writes: “I am retired but now play music from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s for residents of the Rockingham Court Nursing Home in Brentwood, N.H., three days a week. My wife, Jackie, died in November 2000. My daughter lives with me. My health is reasonably good.”
John MacNeil writes: “I received a B.S. in occupational safety and health from Univ. of New Haven in 1988. I’m spending summers with my second bride, Betty Jean, at Gardner Lake, Salem, Conn.”
Armie Merolla writes: “My wife, Norma ‘Kitty’ Barclay Merolla, and I are delighted to report that our oldest grandchild, Jeremy Kay ’07, is now at Brown. His parents are Katherine A. Merolla ’76, a partner in our Providence law firm, and her husband, George Kay ’76, a dentist.”
Jim Mullaney writes: “I’m enjoying my fourteenth year of retirement. I am a board member of the Central Mass. Council on Aging, as well as a member of the AARP State Legislative Committee and the Association of BellTel Retirees. I host a local cable TV show in Milford, Mass., called Senior Scene. I survived a quadruple heart bypass and now attend Gold’s Gym three times a week.”
Richard Pemstein (see Dorothy Cotton ’58).
Charles Robinson writes: “At the age of 74, I continue to be the country’s oldest basketball referee who does ‘meaningful’ games. They haven’t run me out yet, so I will continue. I’m also operating a popular summer basketball camp for boys and girls. I was a mentor for last year’s Brown football team.”
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Cleo Palelis Hazard reports: “The second annual holiday gathering for local classmates was held at the Brown Faculty Club on Dec. 18. The festive affair was hosted by my husband, Bob, and me. Also in attendance were women’s class president Jane McGeary Watson; Ellie DeBlasio Oddo; Kay Cauchon Thurber; Everett Greene and his wife, Norma; Tom Brady and his wife, Maureen; Priscilla Wright Lingham and Lee Goodstone; Win Wilson and Nonny Mills; men’s class president Warren Galkin and his wife, Joyce; Pete Williams and his wife, Jane; Connie Hunt DelGizzi; Natalie Bailey Perry and Mahlon Perry ’50; and Sandy Taylor and his wife, Charlotte. Sarah Pierson ’99, from the Brown development office, stopped by to say hello. Grace Kennison Alpert and Bill Surprenant canceled due to illness.
John Dee (see Nancy Dee ’82).
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Robert Fearon writes that son Jeffery Fearon '75 and his wife, Regen, are the parents of twins, Sabrina and Fiona, born on June 14.
The Rev. Everett Greene (see Rachel Salmon-Brown '99).
Cleo Palelis Hazard has been named president of the Brown Alumnae Club of Kent County.
Jane McGeary Watson has been named vice president of the Brown Alumnae Club of Kent County.
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Public relations chair Charles A. Andrews Jr. reports: "Since our 50th reunion in 2001, we have received more notes than ever and wish to keep our classmates informed about one other as we plan our 55th.
"Allen Goldman '53 Sc.M., who is retired from a career as a research pediatrician and a professor of pediatrics, genetics, and pharmacology, has picked up some new hobbies. He keeps busy with needlepoint, astronomy, sailing, and traveling with his wife, Rachel.
"Jason Green and his wife, Marjorie, announce the June 18 birth of their fifth grandchild, Jack Hayden Green. Jason writes: 'I am retired from the practice of medicine and actively engaged in helping fund early- stage health-care companies. I would like to hear from both entrepreneurs and potential investors in these fields.'
"Ray D. Leoni, who is retired from Sik-orsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn., will celebrate his fiftieth wedding anniversary this year with his wife, Patricia. They have three children and eight grandchildren, all living close by in Connecticut. His two sons are engineers with Sikorsky and his daughter, a 1977 Brown alumna, is a mathematics teacher at Cheshire Academy.
"Bill Maguire was married in 2001 on Bastille Day.
"James L.S. McLay writes: 'I am sorry to report that Barbara Lynn Gibson McLay, my beloved wife of forty-six years, died in Bloomington (Ind.) Hospital on March 20 from a stroke. She is survived by our four children and ten grandchildren.'
"Charles 'Alex' Robinson III has been married to Patricia for fifty-two years, and the couple has three daughters and three sons. Alex has been a referee, a high school and college baseball coach, and the proprietor of dozens of summer basketball camps. He writes: ÔMy health is great, and I run every day. I still referee basketball games, and I'm told I'm the oldest referee in the country still doing meaningful games.'
"Bob Schueler, who is is under medical care at the Chesterfield, Brandermill Woods, Midlothian, Va. 23112, would appreciate news from his class friends.
"Richard Scott writes: 'Five kids and we just had our ninth grandchild. I've been retired for a year and am very busy with volunteer work, sports, gardening, etc. We also recently toured Italy. Nostalgia time - I lost my class ring in the Atlantic Ocean a week after graduation, and I would like to locate another. Does anyone know of an available '51 ring?'
"Hank Shea writes: 'Everything is fine in Atlanta - the Braves are back in first place. I just got back from a scuba-diving trip with the family in the Cayman Islands. I had a great time at the reunion and can't believe a year has gone by. I plan on returning in '06.'
"Win Wilson entered his fifth World Masters Swimming Championship this year in New Zealand and won three titles. In June he was inducted into the International Scholar/ Athlete Hall of Fame. He is also in the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame."
Communication cochairs Anne Hunt Brock and Cleo Palelis Hazard report: "We grieve the loss of Phyllis Wodogaza of the Brown development office, who had a special place in her heart for the class of '51. She worked closely with the 50th-reunion class-gift committee for several years before taking medical leave. Her gracious good nature and help to us in our organizational efforts developed into lasting friendships that we will forever cherish. We were so happy that she could join us in some of our special 50th-reunion festivities last year. Charles A. Andrews Jr. and Cleo Palelis Hazard attended the memorial service for Phyllis held at Manning Chapel on campus in late June."
Anne and Cleo add that twenty-three Pembrokers gathered on May 10 at the Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Mass., for a mini-reunion: "The luncheon was planned by Joyce Cohen Tesler. The day was beautiful, the luncheon was delicious, and it was so great to get together and catch up with friends. Everyone reminisced about our wonderful 50th reunion last year and vowed to hold these mini-reunions at least annually. Also in attendance were Grace Kennison Alpert, Zita Grant Brier, Maxine Israel Balaban, Mary Criscione, Marilyn Mason David, Connie Hunt Del Gizzi, Seena Kovitch Dittelman, Ann Tingey Ellsworth, Joy Shuler Harbeson, Shirley Nagle Holmes, Grace B. Kiernan, Peggy Morley LaSala, Priscilla Wright Lingham, Marjorie Schneider Litchfield, Eleanor DeBlasio Oddo, Natalie Bailey Perry, Betty Hogarth Pinson, Tina Sammartino, Katherine Cauchon Thurber, and Jane McGeary Watson. The fun continued Friday evening at the Inn at Brown on Thayer Street, where a number of us were staying. Peggy Morley LaSala and Joy Shuler Harbeson drove together from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, respectively, and stayed for a few days to savor the campus. Ginny Marlatt Hershey was planning to come, too, but suffered a heart attack a few days before. We're happy to report that she is home recuperating.
"Our class was also well represented this year by both men and women in the Commencement March, and another gathering is planned for Oct. 22 to 25. This will be a four-day Elderhostel program, just for the class of '51, in Gloucester, Mass. Priscilla Wright Lingham is making the arrangements, and it's not just for the women. Men from the class of '51, spouses, and significant others are welcome, too. For further information, contact Priscilla."
Anne and Cleo also pass along news of these classmates: "Nancy Poole Armington is enjoying life at Aquidneck Place in Portsmouth, R.I. Her daughter and family live nearby in North Kingstown.
"Zita Grant Brier and her husband, Milton '50, traded their house for a condo in South County, R.I., where they have lived for more than twenty-eight years.
"Eleanor Annis Cappon writes that she and Gordon 'Bill' Bowman were married on March 2 in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
"Enid 'Sue' Andersen Chace and her husband took a Brown Travelers cruise in May from Rome to London. They also did a trip last October from Venice to Istanbul.
"Mary Sullivan Hanley, of Seattle, completed a four-month world cruise.
"Shirley Nagle Holmes went on a Brown Travelers trip to Ireland last summer and on a trip to Holland for a flower show in April.
"Peggy Morley LaSala married Stafford McQuillan on June 16. Joy Shuler Harbeson was matron of honor, and Ginny Marlatt Hershey and her husband, Glenn, were wedding guests.
"Jane Fulton Street, of Hingham, Mass., while packing for her thirtieth summer on Martha's Vineyard, discovered a copy of her bio that should have appeared in the class of '51's 50th-reunion yearbook. Here is some of what she had written: ÔFresh out of Pembroke, I began teaching for $1,250 per year - the cost of our eldest granddaughter's recent two-week trip to France. All told, my teaching years amounted to twenty years in public and private Massachusetts secondary schools. My final annual salary was $35,000, which would be scoffed at by most college graduates today. But I loved my teaching years and would choose the same path again. I'm still married to the same man after forty-one years, and we have been blessed with three children.'
"Phyllis VanHorn Tillinghast writes that she has taken birding trips this past year to Scotland and Madagascar, which has Ôone of the highest percentages of endemic birds on earth.' Phyl's birding life list is approaching 4,000 sightings."
President Warren Galkin reports: "The class of '51 had a 51st reunion in May cruising to Bermuda on the Pacific Princess. We returned just in time for the graduation ceremonies. In addition to my wife and me, the group included Brad Pease and his wife, Monica; Wesley Hall with his wife, Joan Stapelton Hall '53; and Priscilla Wright Lingham and her friend Lee Goodstone. What we lacked in numbers, we made up for in congeniality and good spirits."
Maxine "Micki" Israel Balaban writes: "We celebrated our 50th anniversary in January. Our three kids and five grandkids gave us a wonderful celebration in West Haven, Conn. Grace Alpert and her husband, Wesley, attended, along with 136 others. I received my Reiki master certificate in May. I am booked solid. Len's music is going strong."
Jan Drake Box (see Hank Vandersip '56).
Saverio Caputi Jr., of Greenwood, Ind., writes: "I retired in January 1995 after practicing medicine for more than thirty-three years. I am enjoying traveling, classical music, sports, and occasional visits to Las Vegas and the numerous riverboat casinos in Indiana. My three children are all grown, and my only daughter has blessed me with a granddaughter, Katherine, 10. My sisters and brother are still living and healthy in Rhode Island, Virginia, and Florida."
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Eleanor Annis Cappon and Gordon "Bill" Bowman were married on March 2 in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. The wedding party included five children and ten grandchildren.
Gordon D. Dewart, of New York City, writes: "I enjoyed Brown's football season and seeing classmates and friends at the Yale and Columbia games."
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Anton "Bud" Bantel writes: "I am delighted to see that show on television, Providence. I hope they work in some episodes around the University."
Jean Heffernan Cook '51 (see Robert Cook '46).
Channing W. "Deak" Deacon writes: "I enjoyed the 50th reunion very much. The ceremonies were great, as were the visits to the open houses and frat houses and downtown Providence."
Cleo Palelis Hazard writes that she is coordinating an Elderhostel trip of coastal New England towns in October. If interested, contact Priscilla Wright Lingham.
John Swan writes that his wife, Gloria, died Feb. 2 after a short battle with cancer.
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Reunion cochair Everett H. Greene reports: “Your reunion committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our 50th reunion to be held May 25–28. This is our chance to remember the old, visit the new, greet old friends, and make some new friends. We’ll be spending time on campus, at the Biltmore Hotel, and at other places well remembered. The River Walk, Waterplace Park, and one of Providence’s newest and finest restaurants are on the schedule, along with the traditional on-campus events. Watch for mailings with full information and make your reservations early.”
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Reunion cochairs Jane McGeary Watson and Ev Greene report: "Plans for the big five-oh are well under way. Our 50th reunion will be the best ever. Look for more information this fall in a special mailing and save the weekend of May 25—28." Jane and Ev saw several classmates on campus this year. Among them were Bill Surprenant, Eleanor DeBlasio Oddo, Charlie Andrews, Tom Brady, Win Wilson, Amedeo Merolla, Cleo Palelis Hazard, Sandy Taylor, and Pete Williams. All said they look forward to next year’s reunion.
Tom Brady ’51 (see Hank Vandersip ’56).
Sanford Golin writes that he and his children, Eric, ’81, ’91 Ph.D.; Sarah ’84; and Carol, spent their annual vacation in Chatham, Mass., on Cape Cod this August, continuing a family tradition. Eric is chief technology officer of Broadvision, a Silicon Valley software company; he and his wife, Marion Abrams Golin ’81, live in Menlo Park, Calif. Sarah is copy chief at the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She and her husband, Dan Gerger, live in Maplewood, N.J. Carol (University of North Carolina) and her husband, Andy Kaplan, are doctors on the faculty of the UNC Medical School. Sanford, a retired psychology professor from the University of Pittsburgh, works part-time as a psychological consultant for the Pennsylvania bureau of disability determination. His wife, Jane, is a vice president of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. Jane and Sanford have eight grandchildren. They spent part of the summer with Carol, Andy, and their two children in Lucca, Italy, and will travel to Israel in October. Sanford writes: "Work and traveling to see our grandchildren keep us pretty busy, but we still manage some time for our favorite fun activity — sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and the British Virgin Islands. We look forward to the 50th reunion."
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Class president Bill Surprenant announces that the 50th reunion committee is fully organized and that the reunion agenda is nearly complete. As of last count, 134 men, seventy-eight women, and 130 spouses and guests plan to attend the May event. That total will make this the biggest ’51 reunion ever. If you haven’t responded yet, don’t be discouraged – you’ll have a chance. Don’t get left out. Direct questions to secretary Mason B. "Pete" Williams.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Class President Bill Surprenant writes: "I am pleased to announce that next year’s 50th-reunion committee is fully organized, and the final reunion agenda is nearly complete. At last count, 134 men, seventy-eight women, and 130 spouses and guests plan to attend. This will be the biggest ’51 reunion yet. If you haven’t yet responded, don’t be discouraged. You’ll have a chance. Don’t get left out."
Andrew Gibson has published The Abandoned Ocean: A History of United States Maritime Policy (University of South Carolina Press). He recently served as the Admiral Emory S. Land Professor at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he is now an advanced research fellow.
Allen S. Goldman ’53 Sc.M., of Camden, Maine, writes: "My retirement is going very well. I am so busy with my daily routine that I can’t imagine how I had time to work!"
David Lusty (see Sarah E. Gilbert ’80).
Hal Spalter, of New York City, writes that he and his wife, Diane, completed a fact-finding mission to Cambodia and Vietnam, where they reviewed efforts to reduce blindness caused by trachoma and vitamin A deficiency. He made the trip as a trustee of Helen Keller Worldwide. Hal is professor of clinical ophthalmology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is also chairman of the scientific advisory panel of Research to Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit that supports eye research at departments of ophthalmology in medical schools throughout the country. Hal is medical coordinator for ophthalmology at the New York State Department of Health’s office of professional medical conduct. He eagerly looks forward to next year’s 50th reunion.
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Nancy Welch Dalton, of Ellicott City, Md., writes: "I have not written in many years, and my news is not good news. I lost my husband of forty-eight years, Donald J. Dalton, in March. He leaves sons Stephen, Brian, and Keith and eight grandchildren."
Allen S. Goldman reports that he was named professor emeritus of pediatrics and genetics after retiring from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago on June 1. He has been funded throughout his career by the National Institutes of Health, has published more than 220 articles in major scientific journals, and has researched the causes and prevention of birth defects. From 1959 to 1985 he was at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was teratologist and professor of pediatrics and pharmacology. From 1985 to 1995 he directed the Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 1995 to 1999 he focused on completing his research.
Ronald Wilson '50, a graduate of the Veterans College at Brown, wishes to contact fellow alumni of the program to collect their memories and to document the effect it may have had on their subsequent lives. If you entered Brown through the Veterans College (earlier known as the Veterans Extension Division), please contact Ron.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
John Hilpman (see Amy McLaughlin '93).
Charles F. Leveroni (see Amy McLaughlin '93).
Jim Sutherland writes: "On Nov. 13, 1998, the 1951 hockey team was installed into the Brown Hall of Fame. All living members attended, including classmates Tony Malo, Warren Priestley, Don Whiston, and me."
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Class president Bill Surprenant reports: "replies to the 50th reunion survey we received from approximately twenty-five percent of those contacted. Planning to attend in May 2001 are 245 men, women, and spouses. Seventy-five percent are planning to stay in downtown hotels, with the Biltmore as our main headquarters. Events most favored by classmates are the cocktail party, dinner dance, clambake, and boat trip. Those who have not replied as yet should send in their forms or request additional ones from Everett Greene, reunion cochair, 20 Ellery Rd., Newport, R.I. 02840."
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Mordecai Rosenfeld announces the birth of his grandson, Raúl, on Oct. 2, to Michael John Rosenfeld '89 and Vivian Levy '89.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Kathie Baccaro writes: "Not unlike the phoenix, old Angell House arose on the desert out of the ashes of the past when Brock (Annie Hunt), Hazard (Cleo Palelis), and Hershey (Ginny Marlatt) came to visit Baccaro (Kathie) in February. Prompted by the magic of the occasion, Arizona turned as cold and blustery as Providence was in 1947, but in spite of some gray hair and wrinkles, the four of us were transmuted to radiant youth, remembering with affectionate nostalgia and lots of giggles all our beloved Angells of yore."
David M. Curry writes: "I retired two years ago after twenty-six years as assistant U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh. Looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the rebirth of Brown rowing in 1999, thanks to the work of Harlan Bartlett and the late Jim Donaldson. Brown's outstanding crew program is the result of the efforts of many fine people over the past five decades, but it all began with Bart and Jim."
Mary-Jo L. Ebner, Rochester, N.Y., announces that her son, Fritz Ebner, has earned a Ph.D. in color imaging from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jim Sutherland announces that the 1950- 51 hockey team that played in the NCAA national championship finals was inducted into the Brown Hall of Fame on Nov. 13. Classmates present included Jim, John Casey, Tony Malo, Warren Priestley, and Don Whitson.
George Tingley, North Kingstown, R.I., is launching Tingley Consulting, Ltd., to provide computer consulting and programming to cope with the year 2000 problem and to support regional and urban planning. He writes: "This activity is a welcome alternative to chair dancing at the senior citizens center and helps me in meeting the alimony payments."
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Ellen Eaton Wilson has published Two Paths in the Wilderness, a novel for young readers about the King Philip's War. Ellen was the education coordinator for Brown's Haffenreffer Museum for seventeen years, where she researched and studied the museum's rare books, artifacts, ethnographic materials, and historical records. She consulted with Native American peoples and amassed an extraordinary amount of material that she then simplified to present to the schoolchildren of southern New England and beyond.
From the September / October 1998 Issue
George Wallerstein married Julie Lutz on February 28. George has retired from his professorship of astronomy at the University of Washington but will continue to teach part-time and conduct research on the chemical composition of stars. He plays on two softball teams and keeps up his climbing and skiing.
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Richard Rubin and Helene Rice Rubin (see Laurie Rubin '83).
Duke Templeton, Knoxville, Tenn., writes: "I know that as we get older, our values and those of younger people differ. Most of my friends and classmates were affected by World War II. I warn the classes of '91 and '01 that years move on very quickly."
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Henry Shea writes: "I'm enjoying retirement in Alpharetta,Ga., just north of Atlanta. I'm active in golf, tennis, scuba diving, and the Internet."
George Tingley, North Kingstown, R.I., retired from Swissair in 1991. He is now studying at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he is "getting up to date and up to speed on the Year 2000 problem."
From the March / April 1998 Issue
Graham D. Andrews was re-elected commissioner of Radnor Township, Pa., in November. He has served in that position since 1984.
Allen S. Goldman, Bertram Wolfson '52, and Paul Von Loeseke '49 met at the Camden Yacht Club in Camden, Maine, in August to sail to the Bay of Fundy. Allen skippered and Bertram was a crew member on Nepenthe, a 34-foot mason sloop. Paul was skipper of a 36-foot power boat, also named Nepenthe.