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1970

Rachella Mac Bolton wrote in with some family news. Margery Helen Bolton '03 and Thomas Hajek '03 were married in September, 2007. Several members of the UVM track, lacrosse, and ice hockey teams attended. The newlyweds live in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Margery is a registered dietician working for the VA hospital in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Thomas plays lacrosse for the Philadelphia Wings. Joanna Grace Bolton Probola MD '04 is in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, California. She has three children, Katherine Grace, Lillian Devora, and David Edward. Ray Bolton '69 is an attorney in Bennington. Rachella "Ruthie" retired from teaching in '05 and works as a legal secretary for Ray. Betsy Bahrenburg is still enjoying working as a clinical research nurse in psychiatry at UVM. Her current study is with opioid dependent adults. Betsy's husband, Jim Bahrenburg '68, manages the home front and his real estate endeavors. He admits to missing teaching science at times, but who wouldn't after thirty-seven years? They love visiting their kids, Nate '97 and wife Gina, Amy '99, and Dan '03, all in Colorado. They had the honor of dinner at the Bearded Frog with Susan and Sammy Bender–great humor! Dr. Raymond S. Kirk retired from the University of North Carolina in June 2006. He is presently working for Independent Living Resources, Inc. to assist national resource centers dealing with child abuse prevention. He is also flying for Children's Flight of Hope, a non-profit charity dedicated to transporting children to medical treatment facilities for specialized treatment of burns, genetic disorders, or rare cancers, etc.

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Doug Arnold
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1971

Marsha Young Phillips fits in her gourmet nut business with everything else that's going on in her life in Montgomery, Vermont. After the summer Vermont Quarterly hit alumni doorsteps, I happened to run into Patsy Wheeler McLaughlin '72 and husband, Bob '72, on the Nebraska Notch Trail heading to Stowe from Underhill. I was walking with my golden retriever to the Lake Mansfield Trout Club–the first time I'd done it solo (twelve-plus miles round trip). It was great fun to catch up with Patsy, who teaches physical education at UVM, and Bob, who is wrapping up a career at IBM after being the best soccer coach at Champlain Valley Union High School ever! I know this because he coached my oldest son, Robert, there many years ago. Mags Caney Conant decided to write her own news so I would not embarrass her: "After being an organic farmer at Pitchfork Farm in the Burlington Intervale for three years, Mags Caney Conant's daughter, Molly '06, has moved on to being an active jewelry designer/creator (www.rackkandruin.etsy.com) using "repurposed" materials. Steve '78 and Mags' older daughter, Alden, lives in San Francisco, where she coordinates national yoga conferences for Yoga Journal. Steve sold Conant Custom Brass (his company's name, and garden products division) last year, and is now d.b.a. www.conantmetalandlight.com, concentrating on larger-scale lighting projects across the country. Mags still loves her work teaching high school art, beginning her thirty-ninth year in the Burlington School District this fall. She's thrilled that a project she contributed art to (a unique hand-bound book filled with original art by Vermont artists, all images related to the lake) was on display during the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial celebration this summer and will be acquired by UVM library's Special Collections in the fall." That note was prompted by an email I received from Jeff Faller whose son is looking into a career in organic farming, and Jeff wanted to know what UVM is doing in this area. Jeff is in Chicago in the restaurant business and his son, Joshua, received a post-graduate degree in self-sustaining farming from Santa Cruz last year and is doing an internship in New York not far from Ann's (Ann Coletti Faller) family farm. He has heard that the Burlington area is very well known for self-sustaining agriculture and has advanced co-ops and marketing organizations. Jeff said that the last time he heard from Marc Milowsky was when Marc was getting bikers for his hundred-mile bike ride for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock cancer ride which he did again with Annie Viets. Marc sent me the pics, which were amazing, and added that he's been in Vermont occasionally to go to the lake house in Ferrisburgh. John Radimer wrote in to share that he set three New England records while winning four events at the New England Swimming Championships held in June at Middlebury College. This was in our new age group, 60-64. He enjoys seeing news about Bill Allard as they were on the UVM swim team together for two years. John and his wife, Linda (Horsford), just celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary in August and their youngest daughter, Laurel, graduated from UVM in June '08. Gary and Maureen Barnes showed up at a UVM/Lake Monsters baseball game August 7. It was great to see them briefly. I wrote to Mona Stein Klaber recently and she told me that she was in New York in July, and had dinner with roommates, Sue AdlerWeingarten and Wendy Holzman Phillips. Sue's son is married to Joan Bronheim Pearson's '70 niece and Wendy's daughter will get married in September. Wendy and Mona hadn't been in touch for thirteen years but picked up as though they had seen each other last week. I also see Sheri Kaplan Papish '70 whenever she is in Chicago visiting her mom and sister Robbie '72. I also hear from Dr. Karen A. Kerin who shared some nostalgic musings about UVM back in our day. Karen has a degree in civil engineering, and currently practices human rights and international law in Vermont. And, I saw Susan Hynes Taylor in Summit, New Jersey, in early August, and she was planning a '71 mini-reunion with Judy Wiendl Hood, Pat Lennox Kaufman, and Johanna Smith-Ellis in Auburn, New York, the weekend of October 17 to talk about our happy UVM days at Johanna's home. Since Johanna's husband, Bill, is in the Cornell Hall of Fame, captain of both football and lacrosse teams while he was there, they may take in a Cornell football game!

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Sarah Wilbur Sprayregen
sarah.sprayregen@uvm.edu

1972

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Debra Koslow Stern
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1973

Janet Early Pietrovito retired from teaching at the end of the 2008–2009 school year. She started her elementary teaching career in 1973 after graduating (and getting married) at Saint Albans City Elementary School. She and her husband Jim '73, G'81, relocated to southern New Hampshire in 1976 where she then began teaching in the Contoocook Regional School District. Since then she has taught every grade from first through sixth and spent ten years as a special education teacher. Additionally, she raised two sons, earned her master's degree (Cambridge College), and supported Jim through completion of his doctoral program in the late '80s. Never one to be still for long, Janet will now join the faculty of the education department at NHTI, Concord's community college where she will teach several courses per semester and supervise student teachers. Janet and Jim celebrated their 36th anniversary this June and plan to spend more time sailing and skiing. Jennifer Allen is now director of professional learning for Hartford, Connecticut, public schools overseeing leadership training for educators throughout the Hartford school district. Jennifer wants to challenge everyone in the Class of '73 to join Facebook as we look forward to our 40th Reunion coming up in 2013!

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Deborah Mesce
dmesce1@verizon.net

1974

I attended our 35th reunion with my friend, Diane Batt Smith, from Stowe. We toured the campus (love the new Davis Center!), ate lunch at the picnic and attended the President's Reception. Visit this site to see pictures of the reunion, including me and Diane: www.alumni.uvm.edu/reunion. One of our classmates, Ted Child, received the Distinguished Service Alumni Award. In the evening, Diane and I met our husbands and Sally Cummings '72 for dinner. And I couldn't leave on Sunday without playing tennis with Diane. It was a fun weekend.

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Emily Schnaper Manders
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1975

Our class was well represented at the annual McAndrew Member Guest Golf Tournament held in August at the Burlington Country Club. It was nice to catch up with Chico Lager and Bill Dillon, who finished second in their flight and Bert Anderson and Dennis Canedy, who also finished second in their flight. My husband, Ted Child '74, played with Whitney Watts '74, and they too finished second in their flight. I played golf with Missy Dever over the summer and she said the Pi Phi girls had their annual spring weekend, this year in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Her husband Craig said the weekend trip has morphed into several days for the girls. Missy also said that Betsy Delaney Elwell had a surprise birthday party for her husband at a Boston Red Sox game, which was fun. Nulsen Smith's oldest daughter, Pierson, graduated from UVM in May. It has been fun to catch up with Nulsen and his wife, Louisa. Their daughter, Page, is a sophomore at UVM and youngest daughter, Carter, is now at Saint Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, where my sons, Kevin and Peter, graduated from. Carter will see Hank Elitzer's daughter, Hailey, who is also attending Saint Paul's. Remember to save the date for our thirty-fifth Reunion in June 2010.

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Dina Dwyer Child
dinachild@aol.com

1976

Heather Logan Weiler writes with great sadness about the passing of Kathleen Ubelhart Carrico. Kathy died on May 12, 2009, in Colorado Springs. She was married to Fred Carrico and had four children, all of whom were at her bedside. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and a cancer survivor for more than seven years. Please keep Fred and Kathy's children in our thoughts and prayers. Congratulations to Ruth Feldman for receiving the State of Connecticut's 2008 Raymond E. Baldwin Award for outstanding contributions made to persons who are blind or low-vision impaired in the state. Ruth is also a 2008–2009 recipient of the Elm/Ivy Award given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven. The award recognizes work that sustains and expands partnerships between the city and the university. Samuel Press writes he is living in genteel retirement in Burlington since a disabling illness in 1998. The details are a drag, but the doctors say his vices and intense work had nothing to do with it and, after thirty years of litigation, it's a career. Samuel is nominally of counsel to his firm, but does no remunerative work. His disability precludes most of the fun stuff you'd imagine for retirement and it is unlikely he will ever practice again. Samuel's wife, Sue, really is from Kalamazoo. A professional potter, Sue taught studio art at UVM. They live comfortably in a 1905 Victorian home in the Old North End. No longer able to ski, bicycle, or hike the Green Mountains, Samuel gets outside as much as he can to enjoy the turning seasons in green, quiet, clean Vermont. His pal Tuna Snider, UVM's debate coach, gets him up the hill to engage with the highly successful Lawrence Debate Union. While Samuel didn't graduate with '76 he is a Catamount at heart, staying in touch with as many Buckham fourth survivors as possible, and all are welcome to contact him at 40 Booth Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401. While on business for Clarkson University in Portland, Oregon, I ran into Bill Moore. Bill is CEO of Temp Control Mechanical Service Corporation, a large HVAC service company serving the Pacific Northwest. Bill recently relocated to the Portland area after living in Pittsburgh for many years.

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Pete Beekman
pbeekman@clarkson.edu

1977

It is with sadness that we inform the UVM community that Kimberley Harris Howard, formerly known as Kimberley Harris, nursing class of '77, passed away on June 26, 2009. She was married for twenty-seven years to Edwin Howard. The family resides at 340 West Street, Lunenburg, Massachusetts, 01462. Bill Kurtz G '77 is living in Wilder, Kentucky. He is the parent of William '87 and Joanna '90. He is currently the marketing manager at L-3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems Division in Cincinnati, Ohio. He participated in a three-year NATO/SAE study that resulted in the publication of an updated universal standard for military aircraft stores. As for me, I have been in touch recently with Maura Sylvester '78, who is moving back to her hometown of New Orleans after a two-decade absence. I also see Rab Ker '82 on a regular basis on the tennis courts, as well as fellow New Canaanites Rob Mallozzi '84, Tucker Murphy '83 and Rob Sloan '82.

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Stephen Monroe
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1978

John Grapek moved with his children from upstate New York to Dacula, Georgia, to be close to his fiancée, Pam Asberry. Pam accompanied John to the 30th class reunion a year ago. Glenn C. Howland writes: "Life is interesting these days. I've been married to Anne Donnis '80 for the past twenty-eight years, and we have two wonderful daughters. The oldest, Alison, will be entering Goucher College in the fall as a studio arts major. A recent portrait of hers won first place in the 2009 Vermont Congressional Art Competition, and will be displayed at a gallery in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. for the next year. Her sister, Mariah, will be entering her junior year in high school and is an accomplished photographer who rides horseback on the weekends. When I'm not butchering a swing tune on the guitar, running sound for local bands, or mixing a tune in the project studio, I practice law with McKee, Giuliani & Cleveland P.C. in Montpelier, Vermont. I can usually be found most days at our home in Middlesex, Vermont, either working on the stone walls or trying to fix 'Lazarus,' my truck." Philip D. Lanoue writes: "My daughter, Joslyn, graduated from the University of New Hampshire this past May, and I am now Dr. Philip D. Lanoue after a successful Ph.D. defense several weeks ago." He received his doctorate from Mercer University in educational leadership, and currently lives in Smyrna, Georgia with his wife, Vickie. On a personal note: classmate Jody Plummer, of Portland, Maine, and her beautiful daughter, Addie, came through Boise, Idaho, for less than twenty-four hours in late June, and spent the night at my house! Jody and I were friends in college but had not seen one another since we graduated. Earlier this year, we reconnected on Facebook. Jody and Addie spent more than 144 hours traveling out west by train, with a few bus trips in between. Addie will be a high school senior this fall and hopes to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder when she begins college in 2010. I am enjoying my life in Boise with my boyfriend, Mike, and our nine rescued dogs. I am still working for the Idaho Department of Finance.

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Audrey Ziss Bath
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1979

I trust everyone who returned to Burlington this past June had an enjoyable time. I ran into Joanne Wall Ploude at the Pi Phi open house. Julie Lundgren writes that she has relocated to Albany, New York, as a Nature Conservancy ecologist for the New York National Heritage and State Parks. Karen Siegel Propis sends greetings from Houston, where she keeps in touch with Carol Bengil Goldman and Carol Sturnick Burns. Karen and her husband are empty nesters as their daughter completed her sophomore year at Northwestern and their son completed his freshman year at Washington University in Saint Louis this past spring. Allison Ewing is encouraging all Kappa Alpha Theta alumni and friends to join facebook "UVM class of 1980-ish" for news on a 2010 reunion. I just enjoyed a mini reunion last weekend at the summer home of Susan Thomas Englander. Also in attendance were MaryKay Mcguire Conte and Anne Trask Forcier.

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Beth Nutter Gamache
class.notes@uvm.edu

1980

Greetings from Vermont! Hope you are all enjoying fall as much as I am. The sunny days, beautiful colors, crisp air, and crunchy apples belie the winter soon to envelop the countryside and shorten the daylight hours. For now, I will take all the sunshine and outdoor fun I can get. A special "hello" goes out to Robert Monniere in Laurel, Maryland. Thank you for the nice note. It was great to hear how much you enjoy our class notes column and how it keeps you connected to your UVM days. I also heard from Chris Volkert Fleuriel, who now lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with her family. After graduating, Chris worked as a medical technologist for a few years, then went back to school to get her master's in library and information science. She was the library director at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for just over twenty years and is now looking forward to a new life journey and hopefully another medical library position. She has two children: Sam, sixteen, and Shoshana, fourteen. Janet Terp represented UVM at the inauguration of Dartmouth College's new president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim. That's it for now. Keep your notes coming.

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MaryBeth Pinard-Brace
MaryBethPinard_Brace@alumni.uvm.edu

1981

Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae from '79-'82 and friends: join the Facebook group "UVM class of 1980-ish" for news on a 2010 reunion.

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UVM Alumni Relations
class.notes@uvm.edu

1982

Marcia Joy Duggan is living in South Orleans, Massachusetts, and recently had a chance to visit UVM with her son, a senior in high school. It was great to be back! Her son, Jeffrey, won the Massachusetts State Division II Golf Championship in October 2008. Marcia's daughter is a junior in college. Marcia is president of CapeCodSoul.com. CapeCodSoul offers superior customer service and state of the art technology for mind, body, and soul. Marcia says "Cape Cod is not just a destination, it is a lifestyle. Come visit!" Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae from '79-'82 and friends: join the Facebook group "UVM class of 1980-ish" for news on a 2010 reunion.

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John Scambos
pteron@verizon.net

1983

After many years in the world of finance, Cheryl Peress has launched Artists in Auction, a company aimed at assisting emerging artists across the U.S. to sell their work via online auction. She invites all artists and collectors to visit the site, www.artistsinauction.com, submit artwork and participate in the next auction, slated for early December. My apologies to a classmate who wrote to me this summer a few days before my computer crashed. I lost your e-mail. Would you and anyone else who might have encountered a problem, please resend your notes. Thanks.

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Sharon Morrissey Young
sm.young@att.net

1984

It's hard to believe that our 25th reunion happened this year. Shelley and Abby got a call from Bill Rustico, who wanted to meet at our old stomping ground, What Ales You. With a little trepidation, we went and were pleasantly surprised by how much fun we had talking about the "old times." We met up with Bill and his fellow Kappa Sigs, John "Percy" Pursell, Tom Mensel, Scott Warkentin, and Jon "Blitzy" Blitz. Percy and Scott are both living in Fairfield, Connecticut, and are still as fun as ever. Scott married former UVMer and Theta, Sandy Weir. Scott and Percy live in the town next to Chuck "Shertsy" Sherts and Ned and Tina Wittich Hickcock (also a Theta), and get together with them as much as possible. Tom is living in New Jersey and still makes time for the links and connects often with Bill and Sarah (Smith) Klein (also a Theta). Blitzy is living in New Hampshire and is looking to connect with his old crew. Mark Mermel also dropped in. He recently got married and has a teenage daughter and a new son. There were other familiar faces at What Ales You too: Scott and Kim McCrea, Sonja Shaver and her husband, Andy Fuller, Dave Marshall and Alan Huizenga. What a great weekend–can't wait for our 26th reunion next summer. Nellie Aikenhead lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and works for trust for public land. She writes that she has "a few kids, three chickens, and a really cute husband." Nellie wonders "where the heck are Jody, Ellen, and Lisanne?!?" and wishes a happy 25th reunion to everyone. Tilty Tanenbaum is living in New York City and is a leisurologist. He has a mutt he got on Route 66 while fulfilling a lifetime dream of driving Route 66 in a BMW wagon. The two-week trip took three months in 2005 and he is still enjoying his journey. Diane Offbach Stamford's CD, Songs of Love, Home, and Weather, is now on amazon.com. She has been playing folk music since her sophomore year at Redstone station. Christine Moriarty continues to build her reputation of statement engagements on personal financial planning. She continues to enjoy life in South Lincoln, Vermont, with her husband, Larry, who is the town treasurer. John Sama has been working at UVM for more than twenty-four years as director of the Living Learning and Residential Learning Community. He became engaged in Paris to his partner of twenty-one years. They have travelled extensively and live in Essex, Vermont. Joan Kerr lives in Massachusetts and has a great house on the Cape with two adorable kids. She golfs all the time. Joan reports that she "is a manager at some big company in Boston." Anne Howard Bassler loves to dumpster dive, runs miles in less than nine minutes, has two girls, and one husband. Anne is a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital. Cheryl Schondek enjoyed spending the weekend at UVM with her family, Peter, Angela, and Christine. The weather was great. She was disappointed that the Dairy Bar was gone, but happy that Boves and Leunigs still exist!!! She says "I could not bring the kids to the Chickenbone or What Ales You....maybe the next reunion...see you then." Janet Hoberman Lipkin writes of life with husband, Stephen, and daughters, Michelle and Heather. Janet is very involved in coordinating health education initiatives for the local public school system, as well as for a private school in Weston, Massachusetts. The whole family, having a passion for community service, spends time involved in volunteer projects. Janet came back to visit UVM twice last year and loves all the wonderful campus additions!

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Laurie Olander Angle
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1985

Josh Powers wrote in with the following great story. "Into the wilds of Alaska's Wrangell, Saint Elias National Park, we went in late July, Amy Sieger Daniels, Roger Lewis, Ross Nayduch, Craig Mabie, and Josh Powers (class vice president), celebrating our 46th birthday year and twenty-four years since our days at UVM. Our plan: a thirty-mile, no trails, backpack trip in the largest U.S. national park equipped only with a map, compass, GPS, and a satellite phone for emergencies. After a day's drive from Anchorage, we hopped onto a bush plane held together with what looked like re-inforced duct tape. Twenty minutes into our plane ride, the pilot banked sharply right and dropped us onto a river basin, bid us adieu, and flew off and out of sight with plans to pick us up five days hence, somewhere over and around four mountain ranges. Quiet with our thoughts in the misting rain and of loved ones at home who had no #$@*! idea where we were, we shuffled off; the sound of the tinkling bell on Josh's pack the only noise to be heard, hopefully keeping the grizzlies at bay. The Longaberger sales representative, the national community land trust director, the doctor, the federal customs officer, and the professor, varied in their hiking/camping experience, but bonded through friendship and adventure since college, were off on the experience of a lifetime. The glacier views were breathtaking, the mountain streams and rivers spectacular to ford and to take a very quick bath in, the mossy camp sites as good as any pillowtop, the gemstones and fossils observed one-of-a kind, and the wildlife spectacular, especially the dangerous ones encountered, blessedly, at a safe distance. The highlight of the trip was a traverse of what we labeled "death scree" and the climb of "death ridge" where all of us questioned our sanity and our mortality, but upon collective survival, we celebrated life as only backcountry campers can: a double PB&J and a deep swig of mountain spring water. If only What Ales You or Minerva's had a satellite operation! Finally, one last adventure on the last day: three got out and two were left behind when winds precluded a second plane flight. Perfect weather the next morning ensured our two most rugged members were rescued and we enjoyed a beautiful reunion in McCarthy. Sadly, just when we felt reconnected, a salmon and king crab dinner to die for in Anchorage and early morning flights sent us on our way back to home, families, and separate lives. Yet, we were cheered by a 25th Reunion at UVM in just eleven short months that we plan to attend and where we hope to see many more friends. Twenty-five years is a long time and a perfect reason to celebrate all that UVM provided and hopefully an opportunity to toast our alma mater with something stronger than mountain spring water!"(See page 38 for a picture of the Alaska hikers.)

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Barbara Roth
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1986

George Payne shared that he and his wife, Matilda, welcomed their second child, Nova-Li Payne on November 25, 2008. Their son, Lennart, turned two years old in February, 2009. They have lived in Sweden for almost five years. He is employed as an educational sales consultant for Pearson Education, a British publishing company. He said that two of his passions are helping youth and writing a weekly blog. He has a youth basketball program blog: www.Gswede.blogspot.com and his personal blog is www.Gswede-Sunday.blogspot.com. Alice Stifter Bartram wrote in to say that several Boston-area UVM'ers recently celebrated Amy Nostrand's marriage to John Jurus. Fran Moore Eddy, Gail Masciantonio Welsh, Karen Hardock Ross, Kim Johnson McCrae, Lori Beaumont Martin and Alice Stifter Bartram had a fun night out, sharing a lot of laughs with Amy in Boston's South End. Joining them in "spirit" were Lisa Brest Daley, Evie Fleisher Katz, Beth Mitchell Guiliano, Sue Browning Claire, Lori Murchison Chervin and Julie Kully Faryniarz. Ross Marc Abrams, a certified public accountant and chief financial officer, died February 4, 2009 at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts. He joined Laventhol and Horwath in Boston in 1986 as a CPA upon graduation from college. In 1990 he became a senior CPA at the firm of Schneider and Schneider in Braintree, Massachusetts. And in 1992 became the CFO of Cross Industry Marketing in Boston. In 1996, Abrams became treasurer and CFO of Economy Plumbing and Heating Supply in Philadelphia, a family business, and worked with his father and brothers, Brad and J.D. He negotiated the sale of the company in 2005. In 2007, he became the CFO of Karmaloop LLC, a Boston Internet company. He was a champion tennis player, a skier, sailor, bicyclist, and computer specialist. Memorial donations can be made to: the Ross Abrams Foundation at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, 6th floor, Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445.

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Lawrence Gorkun
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1987

Thanks to Nancy Skerry for sending us some news. She wrote "I left the Girl Scouts almost two years ago and am now project coordinator for FIRST Robotics Competition, www.usfirst.org (quite a change). It's an amazing program that pairs high school students with engineers to create robots that compete in unique challenges each year. I'm having a blast writing technical documents, supporting events around the world and watching teenagers get excited about science and technology. I was married in April (no he's not from UVM) and have changed my name to Nancy Crawford Skerry." Cathy Coleman Acampora is showing lots of spunk. Last fall she was afflicted with a spinal infection that caused her to lose feeling in both legs and nearly killed her. She's been through surgery and rehab and is now back at home learning to walk again. Her work as a muralist is on hold until she can stand again, but she's still doing agility dog training from her wheelchair. Some days are more discouraging than others, so she could really use a call, card, or email from anyone who remembers her from her days in the college of agriculture and as a little sister at Alpha Gamma Rho." Our thoughts are with Cathy! I also heard from Rob Faivre who has just been promoted to professor of English at Adirondack Community College (SUNY), where he has been teaching since the early 90s. When he read of David Huddle's retirement, he found himself thinking of his fellow students in John Engels's summer creative writing workshops and wondered "What is anybody writing?" He has published a couple of chapbooks of poetry and prose poems, the most recent with Wood Thrush Books (Saint Albans, Vermont), as well as academic essays on reading theory, which is the subject of the dissertation that he is working on.

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Sarah Reynolds
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1988

Chris Compton graduated with a master's in math in 1991 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was married in 1993 and lived in Phoenix for ten years. He makes his home in Texas and works in Alaska. Molly Bryan Rudnick wrote in with the sad news that Caroline Feuerbach Lofgren and her family died tragically from carbon monoxide poisoning while in Aspen for Thanksgiving weekend, 2008. Caroline's children attended the same school as Molly's, Saint Anne's Episcopal School, in Denver where they were very well loved and involved as a family. There were a number of UVMers at the funeral service and a memorial fund has been set up in memory of Caroline and her family at www.st-annes.org. The tragedy lead to the Lofgren-Johnson Carbon Monoxide Safety Act which is legislation in Colorado mandating carbon monoxide detectors be placed in homes, apartments, and rental properties. Be sure to contact your local state representative to encourage legislation that covers both existing and all new construction including dorm rooms, assisted living centers, hotels, cabins, etc. (Editor's Note: See page 53 for an article about Dan DeMars.)

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Cathy Selinka Levison
crlevison@comcast.net

1989

Jon Dix just returned from a seven-month tour in Baghdad. Most of his time over there was spent in one of the former presidential palaces. David Peck and his wife, Angie McArthur, along with a small team of specialists have created Dweeber.com, the first social networking site designed to facilitate student homework collaboration. Dweeber not only enables students to solve problems together, but also to participate in virtual study sessions and communicate with friends concerning schoolwork in a variety of ways. Targeted at students thirteen years old and above, Dweeber is proving to be a powerful, free tool for both students and teachers.

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Kate Barker Swindell
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