From the March/April 2008 Issue of
the Brown Alumni Monthly
Robert Ackerman writes: "With much regret, I missed the 50th reunion because of professional commitments abroad with the European Stroke Society. Stroke disease has been my medical specialty for the past 40 years. I have been at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. By specializing in both neurology and neuroradiology I was able to pursue innovative clinical research in this area. My lab at MGH provided the first consultative carotid artery ultrasound studies in the country and among the earliest positron emission images of acute stroke disease. Twenty-five years ago I founded the Boston Stroke Society, which I have chaired ever since. The American Heart Association recognized these efforts with a career achievement award in 2004. In addition to medical research, since graduation I have been a journalist, gardener, and rower, and briefly, a husband and stepfather. My garden is on a moraine in Gloucester, Mass. My rowing I do in a single shell next to my Cambridge home on the Charles River, where I have competed frequently in the Head of the Charles Regatta. I hope classmates who wander (or row) this way will visit."
Don Arsenault and his partner have built a beautiful condo project on Tybee Island, Ga., which is just outside Savannah. They received the island's Historical Society Preservation Award for the building. The condo is called Captain's Watch, and you can find pictures on the internet.
Mariette Perron Bedard continues to run her antiquarian book shop, Tyson's Old and Rare Books, which is now online helping customers find special out-of-print books. She spent last summer traveling in eastern Canada with her daughter, Nancy Stigers '82.
Tony Booth has been spending two weeks on a Habitat for Humanity build every year for the past six years. He spent three weeks in the Gulf Coast area working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
Britten Dean had a good Elderhostel trip on the Erie Canal late last summer. He writes: "I grew up in that part of the country, so it was very much a nostalgia trip for me. I keep my mind alive by pursuing my interest in Japanese literature. I taught the great 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji a couple of years ago at a volunteer institute with the University of Virginia, and am now translating a contemporary novel from Japanese into English. Walking and yard work keep me physically fit."
Sandy and Dave Durfee '56 and Bob and Sandra Minnerly spent a week in the Florida Keys in January, visiting Key West, kayaking, and, Sandy says, "eating fish that jumped from the sea onto the grill." She writes: "It was great fun reminiscing about the 50th reunion and planning for the future. The Durfees entertained Jim Page '56 on Hilton Head Island with more kayaking, bike-riding, and other activities that belied their senior citizen status."
Laurie Kelleher Goring can be reached at 4649 Sweetmeadow Cir., Sarasota, Fla. 34238;
Charlie Hill still teaches at Yale. He's now teaching three courses; his favorite is Architecture of Power, an idea traceable back to William Jordy's art and architecture course in 1953. He kept working on it in graduate school at Penn, where he narrowly missed becoming an architectural historian.
Judith Wright Hill writes: "I am currently volunteering at the Palm Beach Zoo and taking care of my 2-year-old great-granddaughter, Josalynn, one day a week while her mother finishes her degree in education. In January, I traveled to Hawaii, where I met Helen Donaldson Nienhauser and her husband, Gayle, as they took a break from Alaska's cold and darkness. I had a great time at our 50th reunion, my first."
Judith's e-mail address was incorrect in the class yearbook. It should have read
Martin Imm has been attending events at the Boston Brown Club, which he says should serve as an inspiration to other clubs throughout the Brown community. At one event, hosted by Don Saunders at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Lincoln Chafee '75 spoke with candor about his role in the U.S. Senate. Don hosted a second event, the club's Christmas party, with a turnout of more than 200. Martin met some recent graduates, including researchers at Massachusetts General and a member of the class of '02 who is working on his PhD at MIT in computer science and mathematics. "One of the greatest pleasures of joining a Brown Club," Martin writes, "is the opportunity provided to meet other graduates who are creating significant lives for themselves."
Ira D. Levin writes: "Over Thanksgiving, I returned to the Brown campus for the first time since 1961. I was accompanied by Joel Kane '56, whom I hadn't seen since he graduated. We were on the swimming team together, so we paid a visit to the old pool to find that it had been converted to a dance floor or small theater. As we were peeking through the window, two students inside came over and opened the window to find out what we wanted. We explained that we were just taking a peek at where we used to swim back in the 1950s and that their dance floor was once our swimming pool. They laughed, perhaps at the idea that their practice floor was once a swimming pool, or perhaps at the sight of two oldsters pressing their noses to the window like two young kids, or perhaps at both."
Bob Norman was a cochairman for the Military Officers' Association of America, Sandhills Chapter, administering the Empty Stocking Fund for Moore County, N.C. The group raised more than $220,000 from donors and sponsors, thus providing a meaningful Christmas for about 1,000 families. Bob and Crista spent two weeks during the Christmas holidays with their three teenaged granddaughters in Colorado Springs and managed to ski Breckenridge with them. Bob still flies his Piper Dakota and plays golf and tennis regularly.
Judy and George Rollinson report they have enjoyed their involvement with the Brown Club of the Treasure Coast (Florida) and have been assisted enthusiastically by Ted Colangelo and Rosemary Carroll. Judy and George enjoyed a trip back to Rhode Island over the Christmas holiday to visit their four sons and six grandchildren as well as some friends and other family members.
Susan Low Sauer was grateful to Doris Finke Minsker for sending her reunion mementos on. Susan is now a self-described real estate mogul, selling commercial properties. She hopes that there will be a mini-reunion in New York City in 2008.
Hugh Smith lives in Southport, Conn., with his wife, Sally, of 50 years. He has been an independent and freelance photographer "for 30-something years" and has traveled extensively, covering America's Cup sailing in Australia, missionaries in the jungles of Ecuador, and taking many group and family portraits in the United States. His two grandchildren, Riley and Teddy, and his own children, who live nearby, are keeping the Smiths closer to home these days.
Mary Ann Filson Smith is a volunteer bent on improving our health care, child care, and foreign aid process. She is beginning a focus group to do some strategic planning about working through groups such as OXFAM or World Vision.
Dick Thomson and his wife, Marilyn, escaped the New England winter by traveling to St. Kitts-Nevis in February and will be spending time in Italy in March and April.
Virginia Wyler-Saunders was startled when she looked at the class reunion yearbook and discovered on page 112 that she was married to Tom Mackey. She and her late husband, Berthold Wyler, belonged on page 166.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Class secretary Sandra Sundquist Durfee reports: “I encourage classmates to send news and information to 2740 Quarry Heights Way, Baltimore, Md. 21209;
; or directly to the BAM at
Nancy Jacobs Arkin writes that she traveled to Weston, Fla., with three friends during the summer and plans to travel to Puerto Rico with the same group.
Dick Barker writes that he spent the summer at his ranch south of Sun Valley, Idaho, doing lots of fly-fishing and taking a float trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. His two daughters, Jessica ’03 and Rebecca ’05, visited with friends for eight days. He connected with classmate Bob Saltonstall, who has taken a place in Sun Valley and is as sharp as ever and very fit.
Tony Booth and his wife, Barbara, lead RV caravans for Winnebago-Itasca Travelers. Last summer they made their fifth trip to Alaska, where they watched wildlife, saw Mt. Denali, caught many fish, and enjoyed cool weather. They spent Thanksgiving week on Edisto Island, S.C., with their family.
Rosemary Carroll writes that she has settled into her home in Florida. She is in the second year of a two-year term as president of the Stuart, Fla., branch of the American Association of University Women. An article she coauthored with Eliza Cope Harrison, “Newport’s Summer Colony: 1830-1860,” was published in Newport History, the journal of the Newport Historical Society. For the past two years Rosemary has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Education.
Ann Christmann writes that she is now married to her partner-in-crime of 24 years, Henry Gates—math professor, world traveler, and couch potato. She and Henry watch a lot of NASCAR and Yankee games. She volunteers for the Audubon Coastal Center in Milford, Conn., where she is a docent. She would love to hear from classmates at
Ted Colangelo and his wife, Kay, took a small yacht cruise of twenty people to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. They ended their trip with a week of cooking classes at a beautiful winery in the mountains north of Palermo.
Marilyn Tarasiewicz Erickson ’59 AM writes that in October she went on an 18-day trip to Turkey.
Jack Giddings writes that last summer he went with the Brown Travelers to Tuscany with his wife, Sue; their son, Matt; and their daughter-in-law, Dara. They found the group congenial, the lecture “super,” and Italy magnificent.
Douglas Godshall is recovering from a hip transplant operation.
Jim Goldsmith, along with his daughter Kira, volunteered again for the Barclays, the first of the FedEx Cup elimination tournaments as ShotLink personnel. They track how long the player’s drives are on a particular hole and electronically send the information to TV personnel. He writes that seeing how differently the professionals swing is an education. His middle daughter, Kim, has had her third child, so he now has three grandchildren. He volunteers at the Phelps Memorial Hospital, at his temple, and at the Midnight Run, which feeds homeless people in New York City.
Charlie Hill spent the summer as usual, preparing for the fall term teaching at Yale with a couple weeks at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. He also put in many hours as a senior foreign policy adviser to Rudy Giuliani in his campaign for the presidency.
Fred Humeston writes: “I had a great time at our 50th reunion visiting old classmates and renewing old bonds and friendships. It passed too quickly. I must get back to Brown more frequently, perhaps when I retire from my pediatric practice.” Contact Fred at 1320 Apple Ave., #204, Hayward, Calif. 94541.
Wyeth Lynn Hare Jachney owns Hylas Yachts with her husband and son, Kyle. They had four sailboats in the Annapolis Boat Show.
James McCurrach spent a busy summer tutoring in San Francisco. He continues to teach history and geography on a half-day schedule, but plans to finally take a break by traveling to South America this summer.
Robert Norman writes: “We have recently moved into our dream house in the Pinewild Country Club, a gated community. We’re on the fifth fairway of the Holly course (designed by Gary Player). Tennis, golf, and flying are still fun and exciting. Come see us—we have ample room!” Contact Bob at 74 Pomeroy Dr., Pinehurst, N.C. 28374;
Paul Oppenheimer invites all classmates to visit him in Cape Town, South Africa. He returns to the United States a few times a year to visit his children and grandchildren.
Dorothy Young Pierce writes that she enjoyed the summer in the hills of Vermont and welcomed many visits from family and friends.
Bob Press writes that he continues to enjoy hot and humid Houston, even after 32 years there.
Judy and George Rollinson returned to Florida to enjoy the fruits of their efforts in starting up the Brown Club of the Treasure Coast. Six or seven fellow alums have come forward to assist in the leadership, including Rosemary Carroll and Ted Colangelo.
Alan R. Shalita writes: “Sorry I missed our 50th. I am still actively working as chairman of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and continue to enjoy academic life. Being surrounded by bright young students keeps me going, as do my five grandchildren. I also join you all in mourning the loss of classmates who are no longer with us.” Contact Alan at 70 East 77th St., #9B, New York City 10075;
Maryann Filson Smith writes that she entertained many house guests over the summer, including a L’Abri Canada speaker’s family and people from South Korea, keeping them in touch with the international Christian scene. The United States has a L’Abri in Massachusetts that eastern Canadians attend, and West Coast Americans come to Maryann’s place on Bown Island. In September she and Mal swam the tidal river daily in Eastham, on Cape Cod, and had their annual maritime fix on pristine Prince Edward Island before returning home to a very chilly fall.
Warren Williams and his wife traveled from Wales to Washington, D.C., this past summer to attend the Office of Strategic Services Society dinner.
Class of 1957
Class Notes from BAM June Issue
Polly Veneri Bowen and Don Bowen ’56 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May. They have four sons and four grandchildren. Don is professor emeritus at the University of Tulsa. Polly is retired from the American Red Cross and is adjunct faculty at local colleges and universities.
John Conner writes: “Henrika and I welcomed our first grandchild Sarah Madeline Sireci, in August of 2007. I retired in November and I am now taking a creative writing course and studying Spanish.
Rosemary F. Carroll writes: “I am in the second year of a two-year term as president of the Stuart, FL. Branch of the American Association of University Women. In January 2008 I was appointed to the board of directors of the Hanson’s Landing Condominium Association, my place of residence. Also, since 2007, I have been on the steering committee of the Brown Club of the Treasure Coast, which has had very successful seasons.”
Ted Colangelo writes: “I am happily assisting President George Rollinson in organizing the Brown Club of the Treasure Coast based in Vero Beach, FL. We just had our fifth dinner event with Paula DeBlois (Class Liaison in Alumni Office) ’89, as our guest speaker. Each event has been highly successful, averaging 40-50 attendees.”
From Robert Corrigan, he is in his 20th year as the president of San Francisco State University. He was recently awarded and honorary doctorate from Chun Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and also a distinguished community service award from the San Francisco based Anti-Defamation League. He recently finished a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce as well as a one year term as chairman of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
Patricia Kelley Cunningham is teaching Spanish in kindergarten and first grade part time at St. Edmonds Academy in Wilmington, DE. This past November, she enjoyed a sailing holiday on the Nile. She writes “I do plan to come to the 55th reunion; missed not being able to attend the 50th. I still keep in touch with Francine Flynn Atkins, Nancy Brookover Bell, Janet Rowden Mergenthaler, and Margie Winneg Cohen.”
Britten Dean took an Elderhostel trip on the Erie Canal last summer. He grew up in that part of the country, so it was very much a nostalgia trip for him. He says that he’s keeping his mind alive by pursuing his interest in Japanese literature. He is now translating a contemporary novel from Japanese into English.
Bud Feuchtwanger has been president of the Tamarind Foundation, a private operating foundation to the environment and selected healthcare issues, for the past wo and a half years. He is married to Irene, a psychologist. They live in Manhattan and have a place on Long Island. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Ann Filson Smith’s daughter, Katie Smith has just launched a new children’s book, One Hen, a story based on an improbable but true African success story. You can read more about it on Google.
Mike and Shirley Geremia attended weddings of both their sons in May and June. In the fall they will go to Italy and meet up with Ira Levin who has lived in Rome since 1970. Mike is keeping up with friends from Brown: Bill Feeney, Bob MacArthur and George Rollinson. The Geremias love living in the mountains of Western North Carolina and find it is like living in New Hampshire without the winters.
B.G. Goff has just completed two years as Chair of the Alliance of Artists Communities, an organization which advocates for creative environments that advance the work of artists of all kinds. Headquartered in Providence, the Alliance also supports the “R and D” part of the artists’ world both in the U.S. and abroad. He and Raya will be attending her 50th reunion in May.
And for more book publication news: Bill Kelly and Lee Jacobus and a third writer have launched a new press, Hammonasset House Books. Covers, descriptions and sample chapters of their first four books can be seen on their website, www.hammonassethouse.com. “The novels and short story collection—all written by HHB principals—are high quality but unlikely to rip across theater screens and earn buckets of money,” says Bill. All three are published authors and feel that there is an audience for their fiction.
Eugenie Loupret Marin is a private tutor and an officer in the Democratic Party in Marion County, FL. “Hopefully we will gain seats in the 2008 election. Theater is my place for th future. I am now teaching and studying ballet and working with a group to start a performing arts center in this part of our country. It would include acting, music, and dancing for all ages if it comes to fruition.”
Burnley Miles writes that he is retired and enjoying time to travel. “I have been married 50 wonderful years to the love of my life, Madeline Kimberly Miles ’55. Three sons, eight grandchildren, and a house full of stuff we are trying to downsize.—all of this due in part to Brown.”
Robert E. Oberg writes: “My wife, Eleanor and I retired to our Florida home in June of 2000. We are having the time of our lives. In May of each year we drive back to New England and stay for three and a half months. We stay for one month with relatives and the remainder of the time we rent a dorm at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. We are enjoying ourselves completely.”
Judy and George Rollinson continue to enjoy their seven months per yearin Vero Beach, FL, and five months in Narraganssett, RI. “I continue to enjoy my involvement in the Brown Club of the Treasure Coast, whicxh I was instrumental in founding two years ago.” (Hey, George, since the Treasure Coast Club is so active, how about some pictures of its activities???? Ed.)
Robert Rosenblatt retired from 41 years doing obstetrics/gynecology. He and his wife, Carol have five children and seven grandchildren. The spend winters in Ocean Ridge, Fl. and he plays as much golf as he can. (Dr Rosie, now that you are retired, you have no excuse for not making the 55th reunion. Ed.)
Bob Saltonstall’s news appears in the Special Request Section
Dottie Young Pierce gets through the snowy winters in Vermont by keeping very busy: volunteering, spending time with family and friends, doing a bit of teaching and college counseling, etc. Her title of “consultant” undoubtedly keeps her phone ringing with many opportunities to court exhaustion!
Dr. Gus (Augustus A. White, III) received the American Orthopaedic Association-Smith & Nephew Endoscopy distinguished Clinician Educator Award from the AOA at the associations 120th annual meeting. The purpose of the award is to recognize the recipient’s “personal achievement and broad contribution to orthopaedics” and emphasizes the “critical role of clinician educators within academic health centers.” Be sure to go to the website to read more about Gus’s career in orthopedics
Bud and Isobel Williams spent a wonderful week in the Galapagos Archipelago “dodging iguanas, tortoises, sea lions, hammerhead sharks and a wide assortment of other exotic and unique animals.” You can see the happy couple on the website.
John and Margaret Wolfe left their home in Alaska in January for the midwinter convention of the nationwide Barbershop Harmony society in San Antonio, Texas. John has been singing with the Anchorage chapter for fifteen years. While in the chilly North, he is trying to conclude a genealogy project which he describes as “obsessive.” He would be delighted to hear from old Theta Delta Chi friends.