Class of 1977

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Hi! We are Drew Kintzinger, Eric Edmondson and Robin Gosnell, your new class secretaries. We thank John Bird for his long service in this post and humbly note that it takes three of us to replace him.

Here’s our news. Drew practices municipal finance law in Washington, D.C., teaches part-time at Georgetown University Law School, and is CEO of the Bank of Dad. Eric is a finance guy in San Francisco with three daughters. He complains that Robin only texts about this column when he’s about to take a swing on the golf course. Robin has joined the board of her kids’ day school and become a Rutgers Master Gardener. To her surprise, she enjoys the scientific lectures she has to attend to maintain this certification.

Jose Fernandez writes, “Of course I am coming to reunion!” Jose left the Obama White House three years ago to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Latin America group. His practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and general finance in emerging markets around the world. Although Jose demurs, we wonder whether there might be a position in a future administration. Stay tuned.

George Shackelford’s exhibit, Monet: The Early Years, garners praise from coast to coast. The New York Times proclaims it “groundbreaking.” The San Francisco Chronicle raves “dazzling.”

Lea Sikora Finck, a clinical dietitian, still skis, bikes, hikes and runs marathons, qualifying for the Boston marathon last April. The exercise helps her keep up with her three “simply delightful” grandsons. She and her husband celebrated the last college tuition payment for their youngest child with champagne. For those who have tuition payments yet to make, stocking the fridge with bubbly may ease the journey. Just saying.

Kathy Kelley Cimina continues to run her Jazzercise franchise. As Kathy’s daughter lives in Montpelier, Vermont, Kathy occasionally passes through Hanover. She misses Daryl O’Brien, who passed away a year ago. The Distractions plan a tribute to Daryl at reunion.

Sandy Woods and Doug Mavor had a three-week adventure in the Grand Canyon, which included surviving flash floods, having an injured friend helicoptered out and rescuing a lost hiker suffering from hypothermia. (Who else does this stuff?)

Artists, authors and performers in the class will stage a reunion showcase in conjunction with the class of 1978. This event will feature an art exhibit, public readings, an online directory of the participants’ collected works and a personal challenge class. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Nora Odendahl ASAP at nora.odendahl@gmail.com or check the class website at www.dar7mou7h.com.

Reunion, like winter, is coming. It is June 15 to 18. Every classmate mentioned here except one has already made plans to attend. Don’t miss out!

Almost 40 years after graduation, we have all had our triumphs, and our tragedies. History and friendship bind us together. We each have stories we can only share with one another, lessons we can only learn from one another. Please send us your news.

Robin Gosnell, 31 Elm Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540; robins.nest@icloud.com; Eric Edmondson, Signal Hill Capital LLC, 425 California St., Suite 19, San Francisco, CA 94104; eweedmondson@gmail.com; Drew Kintzinger, 2400 M St. NW, Apt. 914, Washington, DC 20037; andrew4616@msn.com
 

Daryl O’Brien Palmer ’77

Daryl O’Brien Palmer ’77 passed away October 21, 2015, in Montvale, New Jersey. Raised in Morris Township, she graduated from Morristown High School and matriculated at Dartmouth in September 1973.

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