Greetings! In October we launched our “Big Question Series” to honor our 60th birthdays as well as the College’s 250th anniversary. The first question, “If you could re-experience one day or moment from your Dartmouth career, what day or moment would that be?” elicited many enthusiastic responses. For Robert Goldbloom it was “February 29, 1980. I had the two best swims of my life—20 minutes apart! The best feeling was all of my teammates leaving the stands to come to the end of my lane to congratulate me. Twice. (It never happened again.)” Chris Goff would redo graduation. “This time I would not stay up all night, would be sober and conscious, and would not have to wait for the video to see what happened. (Watching our kids graduate has been a nice proxy do-over.)” Susan Lasko Sulisz fondly recalls the day the football team won the Ivy League title against Princeton in 1978. Caroline Rudd: “I have many fond memories, which are not necessarily significant moments. If there were one moment I would relive, it would be to hear, again, live John Kemeny’s speech at our graduation. Just hearing him say ‘Men and Women of Dartmouth’ was always such a treat. We were truly honored to have such a great man lead us for our four years and I would happily relive his parting words during our Commencement celebration.” We agree, and that’s why we have posted our entire graduation ceremony, including Professor Kemeny’s speech, on our class website. Check it out! Bob Dewey recalls “The Jack-O-Lantern’s final comedy review during senior week. Enjoying the Grateful Dead concert from the best seats in the house or waiting three days in line for those tickets! To relive so I could change a decision: enrolling in ‘Astrophysics 101’ freshman spring—not a good idea!” That reminds me of when I took “Biology 5” freshman fall thinking that it would be an interesting distributive for a govy major and then finding out halfway through that it was a pre-med course. This Argentine girl was pretty clueless back then. My GPA never did quite recover from that ill-conceived idea! Brad Stone answered philosophically—“Dartmouth was and is a cumulative experience. There isn’t any one thing I would single out in the way this question asks. But I don’t hesitate to say that I would take greater advantage of its opportunities, more depth in my studies and breadth of coursework, more engagement with faculty and classmates, more of all that the College had to offer. I didn’t fully appreciate its richness at the time, and I left a lot on the table. And yet I learned how to learn more deeply and broadly and am grateful for my time at Dartmouth. Plenty of mistakes, few regrets.” We couldn’t agree more!

We look forward to receiving your answers to forthcoming questions at our class email address, You’ll be able to see them throughout the year in this space, the newsletters, and class website.

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When we started our collective Dartmouth experience, we were young, bright, optimistic, and true. Honest curiosity motivated us. The College, at its initiation, resonated the same spirit. With patina, transcendent truths remain. We are one.

In an effort to reflect on ties that bind us in our personal 60th year and the College’s 250th year, your class executive committee initiated an email-based approach named the Big Questions Series; first one: What moment would you re-experience? The response of Linda Gundal was, “Spontaneously a feeling came to mind. I had just finished playing an interdormitory water polo game. It was nighttime. I was walking alone across the Green back to my dorm, hair still a bit wet, weather cold, crisp, and clear. And a moment of freshness and belonging overwhelmed me and felt just perfect.” Allison Pingel Cooley had a few: “My first meeting with my freshman roomie, Nancy Kopsco Rader, at Hinman Hall. I was flooded with relief since I immediately realized she was the stuff of dreams, not of nightmares.” And “necking with my future husband (class of ’77) at Occom Pond.” Michael Holmes responded that a highlight of his college experience was the night he was tapped for Casque & Gauntlet: “We all had our little corners, but this felt like campus-wide recognition. That meant something.” Two members recalled Moosilauke. Dave Focardi recalls “my freshman trip summit was so clear we could see the Green Mountains in Vermont. Though I’ve had many summits since, none were that clear.” Chip Bettencourt noted the warm post-freshman trip feeling of “walking into Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.” Jon Herron wrote, “Sitting down to dinner backstage with the Grateful Dead before their concert while working as a cook and stage crew freshman fall.” In terms of further exciting moments, Steve Pignatiello recalls “the day John Rassias asked me to be his teaching assistant in Blois, France, for the spring 1980 term.” We all owe a great debt to our teachers, but there is a special debt Vaughn Halyard owes to recently named chairman of mathematics at Oregon State University Bill Bogley. Apparently, Bill’s assistance with Math 3 freshman year eliminated the “very good chance I would be graduating this week from a community college somewhere in Wisconsin.” The experience aided Bill also, since he has earned numerous graduate and undergraduate teaching awards and developed one of the first-in-the-world web-based courses in differential calculus called CalculusQuest.

In “give a rouse” news, our co-presidents Pat Berry and Robert Goldbloom were awarded the 2018 Class President of the Year Award and our very own Lynne Hamel Gaudet was honored at Homecoming as an Alumni Award winner. Bob Gaudet was inducted into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame just a few weeks earlier.

Stay tuned for the next installment question for our Big Questions Series, and respond as many times as you wish or write to us spontaneously. Long live the inspired.

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Vaughn Halyard wrote uproariously about a mini-reunion that took place this summer at a charity golf tournament in “the mosquito and black fly haven of Minnesota.” The tournament was hosted by Marc Belton,with Vaughn, Marvin Smith, Bill Jenkins, Jimmy Bynoe, and Paul Yelder in attendance. Vaughn wore his lucky golf hat, courtesy of Geoff Hatheway and Magic Mountain. Apparently the hat has exhibited magic powers and will be donned for all future golf tournaments until it tatters. The full story, which has been published in the August class newsletter along with photographs, is a must-read. The group plans to reconvene with Tim Itin this winter, when Vaughn promises to “continue prototyping experimental, time-compressed ski instruction techniques on research subject Bill Jenkins.”

Mary and Doug Bates tied the knot in Jackson, New Hampshire. The wedding was attended by Mike Peterson, Steve Levitan ’82, and Mia Luehrmann ’84. The couple, who met back in the day at Mary Hitchcock Hospital, have moved into their new home on Lake Pawtuckaway in Nottingham, New Hampshire. Pictures of the beautiful celebrations can be viewed in the aforementioned class newsletter.

Jeff Healy was honored to join the board of the Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles, which won the Metro Alumni Club of the Year Award in 2017.

Lynn Noel shared an interesting connection with the late poet laureate Donald Hall. “I was saddened to read of the passing of poet laureate Donald Hall. I am one of many who love his work, but came by my signed copy in an unusual way, 35 years after a freshman year escapade. We were trimming our tree one December and invited a friend and her husband, whom we barely knew, over to help. He noticed the milk crate the lights were stored in, and asked me where I got it. I coughed and confessed that I’d nicked it from behind the grocery store in college. He said, ‘Dartmouth?’ I said yes, and asked how he knew. ‘It says Hall’s Dairy, and my granddad had a dairy in New Hampshire.’ I was mortified, even more so when he offered to buy the milk crate to give to his dad. I immediately unpacked it and gave it to him. The next time we met, he said, ‘We’d like to thank you for the milk crate, my dad really loved it. He wrote some poems, and he hoped you might like one of his books.’ My jaw hit the floor. So that’s how I met Donald Hall’s son. And returned a stolen milk crate to a poet laureate. I will always see the twinkle in his eye when I open my signed copy of Unpacking the Boxes.” Lynn lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, and has recently re-released an update of her folk heritage CD, A Woman’s Way: First Millennium of Adventurous Women, first recorded while she was a research fellow of the Dickey Institute of Arctic Studies in 1999.

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;; Emil Miskovsky, 520 Seneca St., Suite 312, Utica, NY 13502; (802) 345-9861;

The granite of New Hampshire may be in our muscles and our brains, but we all have amazing heart and soul as evidenced by the astounding acts of the past few months. Our very own Annette Gordon-Reed ended her eight-year tenure as a member of the board of trustees with a wonderful smile and a statement of devotion saying “what an honor to be asked to serve, and to serve.” She oversaw the distribution of the precious big “D” parchment to our palindromic pair class of ’18, some of whom have proud parents in our class, including Barnes Darwin, Jane Alexander, Robert Webb, Cathy Haley Rost, Grace Macomber Bird, Tom McGonagle and Anne Hallager McGonagle, David Edelson,and Annabelle Brainard Canning. Also getting measured for the lone pine robes of the trustees is the highly distinguished Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, who is the executive director of the global digital policy incubator at Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Eileen joins classmates Bill Burgess and chair Laurel Richie on the board.

On the Fairfield University campus David Frassinelli was honored with the Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award. He is the vice president of facilities management and oversees campus operations as well as capital planning and construction. He has overseen the construction or renovation of more than 500,000 square feet of campus facilities that include a stadium, residential buildings, a dining hall, a center for nursing and health sciences, parking garages, and now a new $42-million school of business. He obtained a master’s in finance from Fairfield in 1992.

Down in Virginia Yvonne Howell is professor of Russian at the University of Richmond. She enjoys the music scene with her husband, Carter Blough ’76, who is a bass player in several bands there. Her next book is a translation of a “Russian feel-good book” called Moments of Happiness.

In Bourges, France, nearly 40 years after her 1979 language study abroad trip, Julie Koeninger rekindled relations with her host family in the shadows of the cathedral. She shared this family one term later with Sharon Washington, and they recalled the interesting 10-kilometer journey each morning on bike for Julie and moped for Sharon. The “memories came flooding back” for Sharon, who recalled the incredible home-cooked meals and the daily visits to the patisserie. I personally recall the speedy, intrepid mobilette driver Sharon weaving through traffic to get to classes as I hoofed it through farm fields along the river, casting my fly rod, if I had time! The College’s “spell on them remains” indeed.

Send news, or we will have to put on our creative caps.

Emil Miskovsky, 520 Seneca St., Suite 312, Utica, NY 13502; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;

Did you know that thanks to our incredible webmaster, Kevin Kerin, President John Kemeny’s memorable 1981 Commencement address can be found on our class website? Jon Goss is one of many to write in to say how much he loved the graduation video. “I am looking forward to returning to Hanover this June for daughter Claire’s graduation. She and her brother, Nathaniel ’16, are carrying on the Goss family history at Dartmouth that dates back to 1798. I am in my 23rd year of education in Idaho. This year I have enjoyed teaching a large majority of refugee students from a variety of countries such as Myanmar, Nepal, Iraq, Iran, the Congo, and Eritrea.” 1798? Goodness! That’s 69 years pre-Canadian confederation!

Another educator, Chris “Spot” Morrison, traded in his business suit for secondary school academia. He is a mathematics teacher, soccer coach, and honorary bus driver at University High School of Indiana. He spends much of his free time volunteering as a basketball coach for Special Olympics and also heads the local community service club. And now the ever-energetic Chris is one of the point persons for Compassio ’81, our classmates-helping-classmates initiative. If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to sign up through our class website or directly at Either through our professional or life experiences, we all have something to contribute to this meaningful project.

Andrew Lewin and Matt Hunter were dormmates freshman year. Recently, Andrew attended Matt’s New York Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet concert. “Matt returned to music after graduation and took up the viola. Matt was the first American to become a member of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. He has performed in the world’s great concert halls—throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States—with the world’s great conductors and recorded with Deutsche Grammophon, Sony-Classical, and many other labels. He lives in Berlin, and it was great to see and hear him.” Wouldn’t it be amazing to organize a mini-reunion around Matt’s next U.S. concert? An idea for our forthcoming 60th birthday celebration….

Mark Davis reported on a successful second annual Magic Mountain mini-reunion he attended with John Westerfield, Geoff Hatheway, Dan Evans, Peter Flink,and Toby and Sally (Ankeny) Reiley. The group was small but merry, and Magic looked great, having benefitted from a fresh snowfall the day prior. Peter, who teaches high school math and chemistry, and Dan, an attorney, both live in the Boston area. Randy Bodner, another Magic investor, is married to Dan’s sister.

After many years Dave and Leslie (Maglathlin) Shula are excited to find themselves back in Hanover, where Dave has been appointed the Dartmouth football team’s receivers coach. “It’s kind of like planets getting back in alignment,” Dave was quoted as saying. “That’s the way it feels to me.” And we agree wholeheartedly!

Finally, on a sad note, Patrick Meehan passed away in February in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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“Remember, in the years ahead, you are not alone. It is the special quality of the Dartmouth family that in times of need, we will rally behind its members. Use your very, very considerable talents to make this a more compassionate world for all of us….For all mankind is your brother, and you are your brother’s [and sister’s!] keeper.” Inspired by this charge to our class by President John Kemeny at our graduation, along with compassionate networks created by our fellow Dartmouth classes, Chris Morrison, Anne Scott-Putney and Polly Duncan Collum are spearheading an initiative called Compassio ’81, to create a group of volunteers to support classmates who are undergoing challenging life events, such as a serious illness for themselves or in their family. Chris writes, “The mission of Compassio ’81 is to connect classmates who are seeking advice about something outside of their knowledge area with those more knowledgeable and to help set up support groups around issues our classmates are concerned about.” He and the Compassio ’81 team encourage all classmates to consider getting involved to share their talents and experience in support of fellow ’81s. Take a look at the ’81 class web page and click on “Compassio ’81” for more information. Give a rouse indeed!

Kinetics matter. Philip J. Gibbs left the corporate world and joined the New York City Fire Department from 1990 to 2010. He drew similarities between the purposeful life of firefighting and his experience at Dartmouth, stating in a recent DAM article that both experiences made him feel “comfortable, happy, part of something good. I’ve always felt the two are much more similar than they would seem.”

We may have to engage song writers to come up with a rendition of “As the backs go tearing by” for the Big Green hockey team since their leader Bob Gaudet recently reached the 300 wins at Dartmouth mark. The team talent level and esprit de corps continues to impress. Well done, Coach!

To the dismay of many of our era, there appears to be a need to resurrect passion for snow sculpture construction on campus. A Winter Carnival sculpture did appear this season, but aficionados such as our own Mitchell Arion have continued the construction of significant oeuvres for many years after graduation. Our nature, our tradition, our fellowship.

I understand how consumed with life’s demands and challenges we all are, but consider a reset and reach out to others, including your class secretaries and other members of the class, perhaps also via the Compassio ’81 route.

Emil Miskovsky, 520 Seneca St., Suite 312, Utica, NY, 13502; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;

Greetings and best wishes for 2018! Lots of news this month—keep the updates coming!

Robert (Robin) Webb reports from Boulder, Colorado, that the highlight of his business travels as director of the physical science division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is the opportunity to connect with old classmates, including Brian Alpert, an attorney in Washington, D.C., and Pete Clinton, who works in the investment industry in San Francisco. Robin also recently enjoyed catching up with Thaxter Sharp,whose daughter attends the University of Colorado in Boulder. He travels east periodically to visit his daughter, who is an ’18, and his son, a sophomore at Colby.

Thaxter lives in Marin, California, and works in San Francisco. He started his own fund management business five years ago after stints in the private equity and hedge fund world. “It’s either making me old fast or keeping me young depending on the day, but I’m having fun and still learning. I’m also lucky to spend a remarkable amount of weekend and vacation time with Dartmouth friends, including Pete Clinton, Sue-Moon Paik, John Madden, Lee Carson, Searl Vetter, John Westerfield and Robin Webb. For me it’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

Marcia McCrea Braden (whose cousin is married to Thaxter!) has been living in Hawaii for the past 20 years, working as a middle school science teacher. She shares that she is adjusting to a new life phase after tragically losing her husband of 10 years, Wythe Braden ’77, last year to leukemia. Marcia writes that she is nevertheless grateful for the many good things in her life and would welcome contact with classmates who might find themselves in Hawaii. We are so very sorry for your loss, dear Marcia.

Linda Gundal has reduced her work hours as a software engineer in Braunfels, Germany, to dedicate more hours to her musical passions. She is a choir director for a small mixed-voice church choir and also sings in four other choirs, including a mixed chamber choir. “On November 25 the chamber choir performed the wonderful oratorio ‘Annelies’ by James Whitbourn. The oratorio takes short excerpts from the English edition of the diaries of Anne Frank to capture her fears, hopes and even whimsy in breathtaking music. Anne’s ability to be thankful in the worst of times is inspiring and heartbreaking.” Linda also performs occasionally as a mezzo-soprano and has started playing the organ regularly in church services at three different small churches. Wow!

And finally, give a rouse for Michael Simon and Lydia (Herman) Lazar. Michael was appointed chief executive officer of Finally Light Bulb Co., a Boston-based technology startup, after two decades in senior corporate positions. Lydia, an attorney, lecturer and global strategy consultant based in Chicago,recently published her first book, Dean Lazar’s Golden Guide: Pragmatic Advice for Smart Young People.

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

As I write this column, the splendorous autumn colors grace all surfaces outside. Variations of amber and scarlet replace previously omnipresent, unripe verdancy. Especially on the Hanover Plain, sugar maples surge with radiant hues, replicating the energy we all experienced each fall while blessed to be undergrads there. Reality of Terra Firma and spirit of alma mater join.

The two have joined this football season to produce historic success on the gridiron. Devout fan Toby Reiley continues his run of organizing Dartmouth tent events. He was seen with Dawn Decker, Nancy Baskin, Jody (Awad) Evans and his wonderful wife, Sally Ankeny Reiley, at the Harvard game and earlier in the month with Kim Young, Betsy Brew, Pat Berry and Bob Van Wetter. Sally has recently finished her fifth sub-3:38 marathon in Chicago, raising funds for ALS research. This year’s finish at the Boston marathon was 3:29 on her way to raising $132,000 for eye research. All of these “runs” were completed this decade; inspired am I.

Earlier in the fall in Boston our own Peter Oudheusden and Danielle Dyer lit up the course at the Head of the Charles crew race on a beautiful Saturday morning, resplendent in awesome Big Green gear. The ranks of ’81s who have been honored as Wearers of the Green expanded to include Anthony Desir, who continues to roll the dice by playing rugby to this day. Remarkable.

Not to be too proud or anything, but class officer props went to the class officers of ’81s and ’82s for an outstanding fall mini-reunion last year. It was a spectacle and, to be honest, we should do it a lot more often. There is great joy in getting back together, or meeting for the first time, at these events.

Elizabeth Wang has worked her mini-reunion magic again, this time to the Civil War Manassas Battlefield (Bull Run). She was joined by Betsy Slotnick Rubinstein, Beth Shapiro Lewyckyi, Kathy Kiernan and Tom Kiernan. A winery tour followed for some. For all of you in the D.C.-to-N.Y.C. corridor, pay attention to the class of ’81 newsletter for more events.

Doug Bates represented the class at the inaugural public opening of the Ravine Lodge at Moosilauke. He took in the first dinner, overnight and breakfast. From all accounts, it is highly energy efficient and architecturally enticing. A long way from the original and sounds like a destination spot for sure. Many classmates made lifelong friendships there, such as Grace Macomber Bird and Anne Hallager McGonagle.

Regretfully, professor Vincent Starzinger passed from this earth September 6, 2017. There are few of us who were not touched by the force of intellect and awesome discipline known respectfully as “Zinger.” His prophetic insights into the politics of the center (middlingness) are worth reexamination.

Buoyancy, fluidity, equanimity and joy to you all. Please reach out to all of us through the class of ’81 Facebook page or directly to Vee or myself via email or snail mail.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;

On a glorious Sunday in June several proud classmates were spotted on the Green celebrating the graduation of their ’17 offspring. Sightings included Sally Ankeny Reiley and Toby Reiley, Molly Sundberg van Metre, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, Su-Moon Paik, Kim Young, Nancy Baskin, George Alexakos and Liz Eldredge, Keith Jacques, Kathy Rackow Kiernan and Tom Kiernan, Lynne and Bob Gaudet, Danielle Dyer and Tim Fredel. Tim’s parents-in-law, Robert King ’57 and Dorothy King, both received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees and trustees Bill Burgess, Annette Gordon-Reed and Laurel Ritchie were resplendent in their academic finery. Congratulations one and all!

Amy Beringer has been living in Boulder, Colorado, for 24 years and still loves it. “After working for technology companies and then taking time to spend more time with my family, I changed careers several years ago to work for the Colorado Forum, a nonpartisan statewide public policy organization. Also, I have enjoyed representing my local club on Alumni Council; the trips to Hanover give me the chance to see my daughter, Emily ’19, on campus and connect with classmates.”

After several decades working in the corporate world in privacy and compliance, Sue Murr and her husband of more than 30 years moved from New Jersey to their Maine happy place, where Sue is essentially retired and doing some consulting. She has two kids, one of whom is an ’09.

Jill Frommer Carpenter was recently honored with the Women Breaking Barriers Award of Connected Women of Influence, an association recognizing and encouraging excellence in female business leaders. She was acclaimed for her work bringing cutting-edge machine learning technology to psychiatry with MYnd Analytics. Jill recently started a new gig as the VP of marketing for Cirrus Insight and reports, “The job blends my passion for marketing automation with my love of working in a high-growth environment.” She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, George Carpenter ’80.

Scott Bucey recently moved his law practice from San Francisco to Sausalito, California, just a few minutes from his home. “The shorter commute has been life-altering and as an added bonus, I now share my office with a Labradoodle, which makes drafting loan documents more interesting! Our twins are now teenagers (yikes), which I like to think keeps us young. Dartmouth friends are welcome to look me up whenever they are in the area—Jennifer and I enjoy being tour guides. I remain an avid hiker and fan of live music concerts. Look for me up on Mount Tamalpais or in Golden Gate Park chasing the next music festival.”

Jerry Pierce owns a government relations company, the Interamerica Group, and two newspapers, USA Hispanic and Political Hispanic in Washington, D.C. He advises the Trump administration on government operations reform and 21st-century solutions for America’s inner cities. Jerry attended the presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C., with Ben Hart and recently enjoyed a grand tour of the Johns Hopkins Hospital facilities courtesy of surgeon-in-chief Bob Higgins.

Keep the news coming, folks!

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

Our 81st day virtual Facebook reunion was a huge success. Classmates from far and wide participated by sending greetings, photos and updates. Even those without Facebook found ways to communicate, including through our new class news email address, Check out our latest class newsletter for extensive coverage of this fun event.

John Sconzo reports that a great time was had by all who attended the Magic Mountain mini-reunion during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The weather was perfect, having benefitted from the blizzard just prior and some gorgeous sunshine with moderate temperatures. John skied and dined with Ted Hibben, Geoff Hatheway and Greg Hale and family members. A sequel is being planned for next year.

David Carradini sent this update from Ashburn, Virginia. “I’ve been blessed with an adventurous life: after Dartmouth a stretch at a law firm in N.Y.C., followed by Yale Divinity School, then work in upstate New York with Rick Bellows, several years at AT&T, five years in Spain studying philosophy and theology and teaching English as a second language, time with my family in Oklahoma, several years in Washington, D.C., that included teaching religion at an all-boys school, attempting a turnaround of an independent primary school, eight-plus years in the faith-based initiative under Presidents Bush and Obama and three years as head of a diocesan high school in Rhode Island. All this work has given me rich perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by everyone who lives in the United States and throughout the world. I look back with particular pride and joy on my time in the initiative, as there I learned about the crushing poverty and inequities experienced by so many of our brothers and sisters in this country, as well as solutions, programs and initiatives that can really work. During our current distress I’ve been honored to be in dialogue with so many of our classmates, sharing perspectives on issues that affect us all. We have an amazing class and I am honored to be part of it. President Kemeny’s words still ring in my ears: ‘Men and women of Dartmouth, all mankind is your brother and you are your brother’s keeper.’ May we be worthy of that commitment.”

Brent West writes that all is well in Maine, where he works at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works as the program director for the design and construction of three Zumwalt Class destroyers for the Navy. He enjoys exercise and travel as well as spending down time at his camp on Worthley Pond in Peru, Maine, and at the family cottage on Lake Michigan.

Jim Kinealy has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service, an award recognizing a physician who has made a distinguished demonstration of compassion and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public. Congratulations, Jim!

Happy summer to all and please remember to send us your news!

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

For many of us through the years, a great pizza from Everything But Anchovies was as much a part of the Upper Valley experience as throwing a Frisbee on the Green, hiking on DOC trips and taking tea at Sanborn Library. After 38 years of serving highly tasty carbohydrates to Dartmouth students, the doors closed May 16 on our collective memories. Rest in peace EBAs, and rest assured that many classmates have identified alternative venues for calorie loading, including Greg Jaeger and Kirk Wilson, who have treated fortunate friends to their insights.

Keith Jacques practices law in the Biddeford-Kennebunk, Maine, region and still enjoys a good lobster with friends and family. His ex-roomie Bob Casassa gets plenty of seafood in Exeter, New Hampshire, and adds excellent baked goods downtown at the award-winning coffee shop. John Byrne has special access to king crab legs in Alaska most of the year while conducting his owner-operator role at Alyeska Resort. Benjamin Pierce follows a blessed existence in Bozeman, Montana, where fly rods are always loaded to cast for rainbow and brown trout. Fellow fly fisherman John Pasquesi is every dinner party’s best friend due to his warm laugh and his devoted knowledge of wine. Byron Boston is back exploring with his wife and sons the culinary and cultural offerings of Vienna, Austria. Watch out for the hidden butter calories in the pastries!

Speaking of desserts, Andy Chodos is a cardiologist in the land of chocolate (Hershey, Pennsylvania) and in good preventive practice he rides bikes regularly throughout the region. He coached his daughter in soccer for years and she is now a collegiate soccer player at Penn State. John Sconzo is as much a devotee to food as he is to studying and writing about food preparation, photography and pairings with exotic drinks and wine. If you want great wine advice, consider our own world-class expert Steve Pignatiello, who follows his passion in the region of Burgundy, France.

Sweet-smiling, vocally talented Doug Tyson scours Washington, D.C., for the finest variety of foods. He sounds as good today as 40 years ago and just as happy.

Vee and I wish you happy get-togethers over food and drink, we hope in a mini- or micro-reunion format with other classmates such as the one Goeff Hathaway, John Westerfield, Craig Cloud and Greg Hale arranged in N.Y.C. recently.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802)345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613)748-6248;

The winter season finally resembled the “back in the day” 1980s style. Heavy drifts were the norm and there were plenty of school “snow days.” Now we rise. Spring sparks the interest of all of us.

Tickets to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. are sold out for three months, but our own Elizabeth Wang wrangled enough for 12 classmates and their family members for a rousing mini-reunion tour. By all accounts the information was edifying and thought provoking, “sobering, yet hopeful.” She retired recently from the World Bank and promises to continue her mini-reunion activities in the D.C. to N.Y.C. corridor, so stay tuned. 

Doug Harrison traveled up by train from eastern North Carolina with his wife to take in a Shakespeare play and dovetailed in the mini-reunion. Each semester he writes checks to Northwestern University, where his daughter studies. Through her he relives his own college experience and recognizes the importance of mind-opening discussions late into the night with fellow New Hampshire dorm mates. And so it was also with his visit to the museum. He is a practicing general surgeon and recently completed a Dartmouth Institute health policy program. Frank Broner, proudly sporting a Big Green ski team jacket, brought his 86-year-old mother and his family to the event. His high school senior son, who kicks 65-yard field goals, raved about the quality of the food on the top floor. Frank’s two other children are Middlebury graduates, and so was his father, which Frank says makes him the “green sheep” of the family. Others who made the trip are Thomas Duke, Gregg Ramm, Judy Stagg, Jill Martin, Juliette Rossant, Jeff Meer, Beth Shapiro Lewyckyi, Pat Berry and Jim T. Pearson.

Anne and Tom McGonagle chaired the first fundraiser outside New England for the Kelly Brush Foundation, devoted to supporting ski race safety and specialized sports equipment for disabled athletes. In a spectacular site in downtown Denver, the event was an instant mini-reunion. Many ’81s were on the organizational committee and many of their children helped out before, during and after the event. Grace Macomber Bird traveled from Boston, where she and her family are involved with the same organization and other programs benefitting ski racing programs. Tim Itin and Bob Van Wetter represented the financial services sector and Betsy Brew gave the general surgery perspective. Others supporting the cause included John Haroldson, who traveled from his home in eastern North Carolina and can still ski the back bowls at Vail, Colorado. Local Coloradans showed up with broad smiles, including Amy Beringer, who lives in Boulder, and Kevin Lewis. There was much dancing and appreciation of music. We have much to be thankful for. Please keep the mini-reunions rolling! Veronica and I would love to hear from you.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861; emilmiskovsky@gmail.comVeronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;

Happy New Year, dear classmates! I hope that many of you resolved to enhance your engagement with the College and our awesome class in 2017. You may have noticed that we are working hard on outreach. To facilitate news sharing we’ve set up a brand-new dedicated class news email address ( that is monitored regularly. Our Facebook group ( is also a good place to share information and photographs. Our 81st day virtual mini-reunion is taking place there on March 22. We hope you’ll join us!

Give a rouse for our very own Laurel Richie, who has been appointed chair of the College board of trustees for a three-year term. Laurel, we are tremendously proud of you and wish you all the best during your tenure.

Congratulations are also in order for Sharon Washington on her hugely successful playwriting debut. Sharon completed 29 performances of her solo play, Feeding the Dragon, at the City Theatre in Pittsburgh. The play is based on her own coming-of-age story.

In other entertainment news, Sean Bersell was named to the 2016 “Top 50 Movers and Shakers of Home Entertainment.” Sean is senior vice president of public affairs at Entertainment Merchants Association and makes his home in the Los Angeles area. Way to go, Sean!

Kudos to Geoff Bracken, who was selected to the “Who’s Who Energy List,” recognizing top energy leaders throughout the United States. Geoff practices law in Houston and this is his third appearance among the energy industry’s most influential players.

Geoff Hatheway and seven other ’81s recently purchased Magic Mountain, a ski resort in Londonderry, Vermont. Geoff writes that his group, which also includes Greg Hale, Lee Carson, John Westerfield, Jim Randolph, Mark Davis, Danny Evans and Randy Bodner, has “invested in creating a sustainable and profitable ‘throwback’ ski area known for its uniquely challenging terrain and laidback, non-corporate, fun ski-enthusiast, après ski vibe.” A mini ski reunion is planned there for St. Patrick’s weekend.

Molly Sundberg van Metre caught up with third-grade classmate Kevin Carpenter on a flight from Minneapolis to Hartford, Connecticut. Kevin is currently chief financial officer of the Minnesota Housing Fund and was on his way to visit his daughter, who is a senior at Amherst. Molly called their meeting “a really fun, random occurrence.”

Cindy Terzakis Gakos lives in Mendham, New Jersey, and has a passion for skating. It started at Dartmouth, where she took figure skating to fulfill a PE requirement. She took up skating again at 35 to accompany her young daughter. She has competed in adult competitions, including twice in Lake Placid at the U.S. Adult Nationals, and now skates for enjoyment several times a week. Cindy also loves ice hockey and has had season tickets to the New Jersey Devils for more than 25 years. Cindy’s brownies are legendary at the Devils’ Prudential Centre. The lore is that if a player eats one of Cindy’s brownies, he is guaranteed to score a goal during the next game!

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

Newsflash: The epic ’81-’82 reunion during Homecoming weekend was the envy of the campus. Our own class leaders Robert Goldbloom and Pat Berry inspired this get-together along with erudite ’82s. Supreme kudos to the organizers Sally Ankeny Reiley, Lynne Gaudet and John Sconzo. Toby Reiley served up 17 gallons of chili (Lee Carson a prominent evaluator) and we broke records for involvement in the Friday parade. Aside from class officers, confirmed sightings included Bob Spears, Pam Donovan and Jake Gehret, Paul Kinson, Caroline Rudd, Nadine Pearce, Wendy Harris, Bob Crowe, Thomas Duke, Lydia Herman Lazar, Blair Tucker Gilman, Peter Little, Fraser Smith, Cathy Haley Rost, Byron Boston, Sue Reed, Betsy Rubenstein, Claudia Sweeneny Weed, George Alexakos, Lizzie Eldridge, Tony Brand, Jim Delisle, Jerry Pierce, Lon Povich, Dan Evans, David Edelson, Dave Shula, Chris Niehaus, Pete Weller, Susan Adler Funk, Kent and Cathy Whitaker, Mark Brown, Niels Sokol, Frank Ryan, Richard Page, Ellen Brout Lindsey, Tim Phillips, Kate Silberman, Su-Moon Paik, Marty Cetron, Steve Quatrano, Alain Moureaux, Charlie Craig, Tom Waterman, Sally Weldon, Laura Barbuto DeAngelo, Randall Bodner, Kirk Wilson, Mark Davis, Bill Burgess, Tony Shaw and Scott von Eschen. The bonfire glinted off the freshly replaced copper roofing of Baker library and tower despite the cool drizzle. Kevin Kerin led a hike up the Dartmouth Skiway, there was a smackdown crew race between classes and a sartorially splendorous evening gathering at the DOC House felt so right, complete with dance moves that could injure. “A wonderful celebration of all things Dartmouth” was the sweet refrain.

Best performance of the Homecoming weekend goes to proud parents Tom and Anne McGonagle’s daughter Morgan, who was awarded player of the match in the women’s rugby victory.

Reunion in Rio? That’s what Martin Weinstein did with his college track coach at the Olympics. Martin went to law school and his coach went on to become the head coach for the U.S. team. The statement, “I think I made the right choice,” is a gauge of his humility. Certain U.S. swim team members might have sought out Martin for his legal advice but that is on the down low. Dean Lodmell and Shawn O’Neil also had fond remembrances of their coach—something about silliness and driving him crazy at times.

We seem to be getting better in many ways. People such as Rahn Flemming make the world a much better place. He is a highly prized educator and coach at Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont and the father of two college-graduating, football-playing, straight-out scholars.

’Tis the season and if you have not heard it enough, make it an attitude adjustment choice and say, “Have a happy, happy and a merry, merry,” to all around you and the guy/gal in the mirror. Veronica and I care very much to hear from you in any format that you choose.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;

I hope many of you had the chance to attend Homecoming and our joint ’81-’82 reunion. Please send your fun stories our way!

It was a pleasure to hear from K.C. Worden, a travel mate during a Toulouse foreign study junior fall. After Dartmouth K.C. went to law school in Washington, D.C., and then Harvard for an LL.M. After teaching public interest law in San Francisco for 10 years, K.C. switched to mediation and moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband and three children. Another career change brought her to the University of Otago Medical School, where K.C. works in health sciences. K.C. and family live a low-key, mostly rural life on the Otago Harbor.

Forever a fan of warmer climes, Jody (Awad) Evans writes that she is in her 16th year of private psychotherapy practice in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She looks forward to regular visits from Mark Frawley, whose sojourns can be depended upon to light up the island. Mark is currently working on the new musical, The Bipolar Express, for which he wrote the book, lyrics and music.

Jody also mentions seeing Mark Lotito in Jersey Boys and being mesmerized by his phenomenal talent.

In further entertainment news, Mark Hansson reports from Los Angeles that his last two shows, Animal Kingdom and Angie Tribeca, were renewed and he is grateful that interesting shows are finding audiences. Kudos to all of our talented artistic classmates. You make our crazy world a better place through your amazing creativity.

Mary Gearn was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Mary, a hematologist-oncologist, has recently completed a fellowship in palliative medicine, which she now practices in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations, Mary!

Jane Alexander recently retired from 30 years in human resources management, most recently as the managing partner of the Mercer Consulting office in Minneapolis, and is now focused on board work. Jane and her husband, Chris O’Brien ’79, have recently purchased their fulltime dream home in Grand Marais, Minnesota, a small town on Lake Superior that last year was voted “The Coolest Small Town in America” by CNN. Jane writes, “I have yet to ascertain if the ‘coolest’ refers to the vibe or the temperature as both would be accurate! The community is made up of writers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts and, thankfully, lots of people with trucks who like to move snow in the winter! At times it feels a bit like we live on the old TV show, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, as we routinely see deer, wolves, bobcat and bears in our yard, which provides our 3-year-old wheaten terrier Guster hours of viewing pleasure from a perch at a loft window.” Jane was looking forward to a late summer visit from pals Pat Berry, Jill Martin Eichner and Patti Marchand Bradbury.

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 864-4491;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

Floral patterns and the agrarian cycle govern our thoughts at the time of writing this column in mid June. We are a group of remontants, forever re-blooming.

Whether it is the celebration of multi-decade relationships, career transitions, the births of grandchildren (gulp!) or the graduations of middle schoolers through medical schoolers, our callings mature, diversify and refocus. The expressions of glee prevail now: smiles as great as when we were younger, lingering vestiges of a bygone era perhaps, but for many of us some of the most balanced and truthful happiness of our time.

David Shula was at it again, pushing the envelope of age and physiology by competing in a triathlon not only against father time but also his Dartmouth-era mates (James Rill, Joe McLaughlin, Shaun Teevens ’82) who competed as a team against him.

Medical assistance was provided by Robert Higgins, who did not appear to have gone through the same rigorous athletic training, but whose smile in pictures deserves splendid praise. Give a rouse for the work of Allen Hance, who directs the engaged scholarship student program at Brown University. The mission is to couple academic work with real-life social change.

In the “loyal sons and daughters of Dartmouth” realm, Howard Morse serves as the chairman and highly entertaining emcee of the Daniel Webster Award for meritorious public service for the D.C. area Dartmouth club. This year’s awardee was none other than freshly minted U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning ’90, who credited our own Abner Oakes for his own highly meritorious actions in the heat of battle to learn the art and mechanics of essay writing when he was a middle schooler. Abner, it does not get any better than that for a teacher. Jill Martin Eichner, Beth Shapiro Lewyckyi and Tom Duke were in attendance, along with the other 130 alumni at the storied Army and Navy Club.

To most of us, to run a marathon is nearly equivalent to running “the girdled earth,” but to Sally Ankeny Riley and her two daughters (Julia and Heather) and Ted Hibben, this was a joyous run about town in the most recent Boston marathon in which Sally placed eighth in her age group. On top of that, team Ankeny Riley earned $42,000 for Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

It is with a heavy granite heart but a tremendous amount of pride that I report that our own Lynne Gaudet is officially retiring from alumni relations at the College. Danielle Dyer wrote a fantastic Dr. Seuss-inspired poem that encapsulates how many of us feel about our classmate: “No one could be kinder, dedication defines her, she’s a team player, the best Dartmouth portrayer.”

Plan to make the trip to campus for our upcoming reunion in October with the class of ’82. The tentative schedule is listed in the most recent class newsletter. If you have news of yourself or others, send an email or text to your loyal secretaries.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;

A trip down memory lane brings me back to the magic of freshman winter at Butterfield and those perfectly engineered slides from second-story windows. That was enough snow for Julian Bull and Cas Stimson, now in California. Julian is in his 13th year as headmaster of a large private Los Angeles school and Cas is the past president of Old Spanish Days, which puts on a major Santa Barbara festival every year. Bill Barker reports that he and his wife are thoroughly enjoying retirement, empty-nesting and good restaurants in Chicago. Jim Doscher lives in the Boston area when not traveling, works for a semiconductor manufacturer focused on finding solutions for boosting healthcare systems and tries to get out into the great outdoors whenever possible. Jane Giffin has spent her career working for an electrical utility company in Pittsford, Vermont. Jane writes that, along with many of us, she was saddened to learn of the passing of John Rassias, who influenced her greatly. Finally, Alan Ritterband practices real estate law in Philadelphia. His youngest is off to Hanover soon as part of the class of 2020. How is that even possible?!

Laura Barbuto DeAngelo recently switched careers after obtaining her master’s in social work. She now works as a mental health specialist while continuing to train parents of children with autism in Connecticut. Mary Favret, Laura’s bestie from Hinman and my travel companion in Europe during foreign study program days, recently moved to Baltimore, where she and her husband are English professors at Johns Hopkins.

Susan Spencer has survived three changes in corporate ownership during the past two years and is still employed as a staff reporter at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Like so many of us she is facing the challenges of long-distance caregiving for an elderly parent.

And from Bob Dale: “I look forward every year to a fall gathering of Theta Delt alums for a weekend of cards, lies and laughs. The event has its own game (‘Fizzbin’), is 35-plus years running and moves around the country. Regular ’81 attendees include Tom Nee, Bill Proom, Scott Markman, Steve Horwitz, Len Jardine, Al Siegel, Lawrence Serrano, Jim Randolph, Jim Degenhardt and Terry Bonus.”Bob is self-employed as a real estate developer and homebuilder, splitting his time between Philadelphia and the Jersey shore. He’d welcome any classmates passing his way.

I caught up with Terry Bonus last March while cheering on Bob Gaudet and his boys at the ECAC Hockey Championship in Lake Placid, New York. Terry lives in Hanover and provides services remotely to Bob Dale’s business.

Finally, I’m happy to report that after 20 years in Ottawa I’ve found a classmate here! John Watson is an anesthesiologist and faculty member at the University of Ottawa. He’s in touch with Jack Krusche (of Freshman Book deer fame), an environmental engineer in Alberta.

We hope to see many of you at the ’81-’82 Homecoming reunion, which is the last weekend in October.

And please send news.

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

Spring will be a welcome arrival for all of us, but especially those in the regions of N.Y.C. and Washington, D.C., where it is said that the price was cheap for the makings of snowmen, something about supply and demand curves, win-win outcomes and such. Nevertheless, the top 1 percent and the bottom majority all experienced equally the joy of the dumping that slowed the heat of the political debates with a loud hissing sound, briefly.

The spirit of vox clamantis in deserto is alive and well for Dave Focardi, who writes, “I went on a trip to Bhutan in November with Phil deRiemer, a kayak guide I happen to work with doing tortoise surveys in the Mojave Desert. While there, we did (the very) first descent of the Sonam section of the Kuri Chu River.” Now the word sonam means “good luck coming from living a good life,” but honestly, attacking numerous rapids at the class IV+ level seems more like testing your luck. Around the girdled earth indeed. Vociferous may be the tone of happenings in the beautiful hamlet of Atherton, California, where our own politico in residence Mike Lempres has been elected vice mayor in a not so contentious election. Literal life can be dangerous. The phrase “granite in their muscles and their brains” may have been expressed more dangerously than is appropriate for our age recently by skiing trainers Vaughn Halyard and Tim Itin. Well-natured William Jenkins was taken from bunny hill to back bowl in a matter of hours, not completely with his consent. No matter. He survived and now knows the power of the granite force in his life. Others were in attendance and may have complicit responsibility, including Marc Belton, Paul Yelder, Bob Van Wetter. Bill summed it up succinctly: “Don’t let them fool you. These clowns tried to kill me.” More fodder for reunions, we suppose.

Elliott Davis always knew how to throw a great ’tails party but now he has developed an exclusive venue: his own craft distillery and tasting room, named Mine Hill Distillery, centered in the circa 1872 Roxbury, Connecticut, train station. The project is a “historic restoration of four buildings with a cool 21st-century look inside.” Stopping by to sip is encouraged.

Finally, we have great news. Do you remember the Oscar acceptance speech of Sally Fields when she said, “This means you like me, you really like me,” or Barbra Streisand’s, “Hello, gorgeous”? Well, both are a propos for the next offering: There will be a reunion of ’81s and ’82s during Homecoming Weekend (October 28-30) in Hanover. There will be a dinner with dancing Saturday night (29th) at the DOC House and many other activities. Let’s be honest, it’s Homecoming vs. Harvard, you must go, so get a Sharpie and let’s pen that in our calendars right now.

Veronica and I welcome input from all of you for this column; please email us your news, we would be delighted to share it.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;

Happy 2016! Since it is now officially 35 years since our graduation, it seems fitting to dedicate this column to college friendships.

Here is some news from some of my amazing One Occom Ridge housemates. From southern California, Anne Putney Swire shares happy tidings of her marriage to Astrid, with their children (two each) in attendance in a beautiful at-home ceremony ending with tango and an outdoor terrace dinner. Anne leads the advancement team at the botanic garden associated with the Claremont Colleges and keeps up her affiliations with several nonprofits dear to her heart. Searl “Lisa” Vetter reports that after 30 years of globetrotting, she and her husband have settled in Boulder, Colorado, where she hikes with her three-legged Aussie and leads a global network of leaders committed to a low-carbon future. Ellen Brout Lindsay moved back east to Amherst, Massachusetts, after 18 years in San Francisco. She and her husband have a daughter in sixth grade in Chinese and French immersion. Ellen is mostly retired and belongs to a few nonprofit boards. Chicago resident Jeannie Boutelle left the world of finance a few years ago to follow her passion for sustainable food and wine. She has several wine and spirit specialist certifications and enjoys writing. Lisa Robinson Spader lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She too has left a mainstream career to devote herself to empowering locals to make positive change in their communities. Lisa’s projects have included building a school in a rural village in India that had none, painting murals with AIDS orphans in Kenya, developing a chicken project in Guatemala to fund high school tuition for impoverished girls and providing relief to an Indian slum devastated by floods. Holly Burks Becker has been at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, for 30 years. Her field hockey fan travels with hubby Paul Becker have helped keep her connected to many old Dartmouth pals, including Ellen and Jeannie, Karen McKeel Calby, Robert “Barney” Oldfield, Annabelle Brainard Canning, Anne Hallager and Tom McGonagle, Bob VanWetter and Betsy Brew, Alain Moreaux, Pattie Marchand Bradley, Lizzie Eldridge and many others. Holly and Paul also enjoy infrequent but regular visits with Bob Smith and his family.

Suzie Sudikoff Weixel, Becky Nyren Shepherdson, Anne Minnich and Cathy Haley Rost met freshman fall in Lord Hall. Every year they gather for a long weekend to celebrate their friendship, along with partners in crime Lynne (Hamel) Gaudet and Barb Anderson. “It’s like no time has passed at all. We just talk and laugh,” says Cathy. Suzie is a writer and editor who tries to have at least one yearly life-affirming adventure, including a walking safari across Kenya and hiking the rim of the Grand Canyon. Suzie stays in touch with Dawn Decker Dowd and family. Becky and husband recently celebrated their Washington, D.C., empty nest with a trip to Europe, highlighted by a Czech Republic hike.

Please send us your news. Emil and I love and need to hear from you!

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;


Straddling the good vibration moments of the recent reunion and the Thanksgiving through Christmas holidays, I see you for what you are collectively: brilliant, joyous, fun and enriching. We are blessed to have each other, to connect soulfully around the resplendent memories of polychromatic fall foliage, the crispness of an early morning dip in the Connecticut River, the invigoration of a rapid descent on crusty snow and now in new ways, after we have returned from afar. Yes, you do motivate still.

From the region of form and function, James Rill has found his stride with award-winning architectural projects in the Washington, D.C., area, including masterful renovations. In the category of “as the backs go tearing by,” Interamerica Group’s Jerry Pierce continues to share his talent and vibrant smile rounding up the likes of Mark Brown, Jeff Walters, Tom Duke, Beth Shapiro Lewyckyj, Joe McLaughlin, Howard Morse, Greg Jaeger, Terry Bonus, Martin Weinstein and Fred Koberna for a raucous tailgate prior to the inaugural Dartmouth-Georgetown football game. Glory to Dartmouth is indeed a sweet refrain and also happens to be the modus operandi for Houston, Texas-based Barnes Darwin and his wife, Pam, who seem to be omnipresent at all the momentous on-campus events, sharing spectacular images of the Homecoming bonfire as well as choice shots of the Green from reunion. It is no surprise to any of us that the Johns Hopkins Hospital welcomed our own Robert Higgins as the chairman of surgery, long may he reign. There is no doubt that green machines are flowing at the Pat Berry household after her momentous acceptance of the Dartmouth Alumni Award.

John Sconzo is an outstanding anesthesiologist in Glens Falls, New York, but truth be known he has a serious avocation for fine food and drink, including a blog focused on tricks of preparation and spectacular photographs. The high-end N.Y.C. apartment renovation scene has welcomed Julie Whitney for her innate abilities and aptitude. As of the end of September, the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys surpassed Miss Saigon for the 12th longest running show in Broadway history with original cast member Mark Lotito, who also has credits in television for NYPD Blue and Law & Order. St. Louis, Missouri, native Byron Boston is now living in Virginia, where he is president, CEO and co-chief investment officer for Dynex Capitol. Byron and his son are card-carrying fly fishermen, so the trout of the Dartmouth Grant have been duly warned. In the same vein, the inseparable co-cardiologist pair of Maribeth Hourihan and Thomas Ryan has been bitten by the same fly-fishing bug. L.L. Bean, here we come.

This time of year is for personal reflection and renewal. Let’s reach out and share our collective spirit. Involve yourself in mini-reunions. Veronica and I welcome your input here. I am sad to report that Dana Walsh has passed away in Hawaii.

Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;; Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;

Greetings from Canada’s capital! Emil Miskovsky and I are your new DAM scribes. Following a long hiatus away from the College I am happy to report that I once again bleed green. Reunion was amazing—joy, emotion and fun all wrapped up and tied with a bow. I even had my very own embarrassing senior moment when I called Lee Carson “Peter.” Well, it had been 34 years after all. On a sad note, Winnifred Levy lost her brave battle with multiple sclerosis that weekend. Rest in peace, Winnie.

A few notes came from classmates who weren’t able to make reunion. From Portland, Maine, Charlie Craig writes that he and his new wife, Kate, were in Chicago for a wedding. Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, whose son, Thomas ’09, tied the knot in California, continues her travels as director of global affairs for Human Rights Watch. Judy Yun was busy with the marriage of her eldest son in Pennsylvania. She reports that she, Betsy Brew and Bob Van Wetter enjoyed cheering for their Williams daughters at the NCAA Division III soccer championship in Kansas in December. Rachel Kenzie King has had a hectic year with both her children getting married. Rachel just finished a two-year term as chair of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization. She is CEO of GlycoMimetics, which has two drugs (to treat sickle cell disease and leukemia) in clinical trials.

From Tracy Bennett: “Bob Bristol and I were married on the shores of Lake Superior on August 15 surrounded by family and friends, including my five children and his daughter. Bob and I were colleagues at the Overlake School 20 years ago and reconnected by chance four years ago. He teaches history and coaches soccer there and I am head of school at Seattle Waldorf School.”

Ann Jacobus’ first novel, Romancing in the Dark in the City of Light, was released in October. It’s an edgy young adult thriller about a girl in Paris who is in love with love and death. The novel isn’t autobiographical, she says. Sharon Washington ended a week-long residency in Hanover in the summer with the New York Theatre Workshop with a reading of her new work-in-progress play, Feeding the Dragon, and is spending the fall in Louisville, Kentucky, performing in Seven Guitars at Actors Theatre.

By the time you read this the College will have honored the achievements of several of our classmates. Bill Sherman (master swimming)and Patrick King (ultimate Frisbee) will have been inducted into the Wearers of the Green at Homecoming. And once again a Dartmouth Alumni Award goes to someone from our class—congratulations, Pat Berry! Pat and Susan Adler Funk attended a symposium in May in honor of Janet Jakobsen’s 15 years as director of the Barnard Centre for Research on Women.

I am pleased to be back in the fold and hope that my own positive experience may prompt others to reconnect. Write, call and join the class Facebook page. You’ll be happy you did.

Veronica Wessels, 224 Buena Vista Road, Rockcliffe, ON K1M0V7, Canada; (613) 748-6248;; Emil Miskovsky, 77 Bates St., Suite 202, Lewiston, ME 04240; (802) 345-9861;

This is the last Class Notes column I write. Brian Cusack and I are moving on to greater things. As a direct result of our stint as co-secretaries, Brian has been tapped as the next editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe and I have been asked to head several Pulitzer Prize juries.

It is hard to come back to reality after our 35th reunion. “Best reunion ever” was the most common refrain heard as the weekend winded down. If you were there, you knew. If not, just ask anyone who went. It was so much fun, and our class is such a great group of people to hang out with. We owe a huge thank you to reunion chair Rick Silverman, who inspired a terrific group of classmates on the reunion committee, worked alongside them at every step and was a masterful master of ceremonies. Special thanks also to Lynne Gaudet, who orchestrated the event programming and food, and to Claudia Sweeney Weed, who as reunion treasurer had to keep tabs on more than you can imagine.

I wish I could’ve done everything, but of course there were many simultaneous events. Some of the highest of the highlights for me were witnessing an amazing TEDx panel (see our class website), gathering for a class photo in front of Dartmouth Hall, posing on the Richardson steps with four classes of Rapiers for an encore taunt of “Hey Wheeler, you suck!” and hanging out at the tent every night till after midnight. The weekend’s most poignant moment was hearing a replay of Kemeny’s Commencement address at Saturday’s dinner on the Bema. We sat in rapt attention just as we did 34 years ago, but this time the message struck even deeper.

It is always good to see old friends. But it was a testament to the pervasive spirit of camaraderie to have so many great conversations with classmates I met for the first time. (At least I think it was the first time—maybe at our 55th reunion I’ll think I’m meeting everyone for the first time.) I chatted with Kim Dunn, who came from Alaska with her daughters, and Mark Uhrynuk, who came from Hong Kong with his. I talked turkey with Lydia Herman Lazar about university fundraising challenges and with Sue Nutt about N.Y.C. architecture. I had fun talking to Bill Brown, Steve Quatrano and Tom Conner. I am certain that Tom Ryan and Maribeth Hourihan must be the world’s hippest couple of cardiologists. I got to know Cathy Haley Rost, who created magic on a limited decorations budget, and Polly Duncan Collum, who conducted a beautiful memorial service for departed classmates. And I finally disclosed the truth to Jeff Kemp about the bizarre living room shrine of Kemp family portraits maintained by my parents when I was a boy.

Veronica Wessels and Emil Miskovsky are taking over as your new co-secretaries. Be good to them by sending lots of news. And I may just have a Pulitzer waiting for them.

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

You’ve probably read or seen stories of this winter’s reunion in Hanover of four Frozen Four hockey teams, but you probably haven’t heard the story as reported by Chip Bettencourt. Organized by Lynne and Bob Gaudet, ’81s in attendance were Chip, Mark Bedard, Chris Andrews, Jim Jankowski, Chris McLaughlin and Mark Uhrynuk, who came all the way from Hong Kong! In Chip’s words, “We all descended on Smoyer Lounge for a post-game reception Friday, when many a story of the ‘good old days’ was told. We skipped Heorot and went straight to the Canoe Club to warm back up—and remember a few more stories. Saturday many of us met at Lou’s for our ‘training meal’ before heading down to the rink for our alumni hockey game. After a two-hour battle we managed a 4-4 tie and headed for the locker room to start icing our sore muscles—from the inside—with several frosties. For a second straight night we exited Thompson in the early morning hours into snow and cold. Finally on Sunday morning we were treated to a generous brunch at the Hanover Inn before we headed back to our corners of the earth.” Another bunch of ’81s gathered in late April at the Boston South End home of Jerry and Gay Bird for a mini-reunion. Hosted by the Birds and Toby and Sally Reiley, this mini-reunion combined Jerry’s ’80s with the ’81s. Sally deserves a big hand for making the hike up to the fourth-floor party just a couple of days after completing the Boston Marathon, during which she raised $10,000 for Mass Eye and Ear. The full roster of ’81s in attendance included Will Hill, Betsy Field (who came from Vermont!), Ted Hibben, Rick Silverman, Bill Burgess, Patsy Fischer, Larry Dunn and Shelley Warren Weiler. Oh yeah, I was there, too. With all the talk about mini-reunions and attention turning to our big one in June, here’s word from a couple of classmates who won’t be able to make it. Bob Spears has a couple of family graduations to attend and a long-planned trip to Africa. Bob’s working for Burlington Capital Group, a private equity and real estate management firm in Omaha, Nebraska, and is getting back into masters swimming after shoulder surgery. Rob Hoffman is going to have to miss when he attends the bachelor party for his future son-in-law—making sure everything is on the up and up, no doubt. Anne McGonagle will miss while she attends Mack Lyons’ wedding, followed by a float down the Salmon River. I guess if you can’t get to the White River….Anne also hosted an April gathering attended by ’81s Betsy Brew, Bob Van Wetter, Tom McGonagle, Chris Toll, Tim Hudner, Lisa Searl Vetter, Kevin Lewis and Tim Itin. Sadly, Chris Halloran lost his battle with cancer in late March. Rest in peace, Chris. 

Brian Cusack
, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;;
Robert Goldbloom
, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

Between the time I write this and the time you read this we will have had an unprecedented 17 mini-reunions around the country in tandem with the classes of ’80 and ’79. The number of our classmates who volunteered to make these mini-reunions happen is truly impressive. Many of them have never hosted or helped organize a mini-reunion before. Take Tom and Anne McGonagle, for instance. They volunteered to host a mini-reunion at their house in spite of its dual function as a Dartmouth skiing lodge. Bob Van Wetter and Betsy Brew offered to lend a hand. (They also recently joined the McGonagles at CarniVail along with Tim Itin.) Chris Toll pitched in too. By the way, Chris and Howard Morse were spotted at the Dartmouth Lawyers Association (DLA) midwinter meeting (in Telluride, Colorado—sounds very serious!). Howard, who heads Cooley’s antitrust practice in D.C., just assumed the DLA presidency (earlier held by Chris).

Jerry ’80 and Gay Macomber Bird flew in from Boston to visit the McGonagles a couple weeks earlier—the skiing foursome heading up to Beaver Creek to watch the world championships, with Gay “hanging around afterward for a bit of knee surgery.” (Hmm, perhaps my knee could use a little touch-up, too.) The Birds likewise signed on to help put a mini-reunion together in Boston. 

It was good to hear from Kevin Kerin after he was corralled into promoting the mini-reunion at the DOC house. Living in a parallel universe (on the other side of Vermont) is Peter Weller, who just like Kevin is a doctor at Central Vermont Hospital, married to a doctor, a hobby farmer who enjoys mountain hikes and (most importantly!) volunteered to help promote a local mini-reunion (in Burlington, Vermont). 

In case you’re wondering what all the mini-reunion hype was about, the master plan is to inspire you to make it to Hanover in June for our joint 35th reunion. This is the last notes column you’ll get before reunion. For those of you who are already planning to be there, I am really looking forward to seeing you. For those of you who haven’t yet decided to go, what is your problem!? Our nests are emptying and our careers are starting to wind down. How are you going to spend some of that emerging extra time? Shouldn’t a big part of the answer be “with friends”? Reunion is the perfect time to reestablish friendships and to create new ones. Surely by now you must appreciate how rare it is to find people who are not only bright, well-rounded, talented and energetic, but who also share the values of integrity and trust that Dartmouth instilled in us. Perhaps the best thing Dartmouth offered us was each other. For all you who wish you’d gotten to know more classmates at Dartmouth, it’s not too late! Come to reunion and you just might be amazed.

P.S.: Susan Spencer rocks: multiple New England Newspaper & Press Association award-winner, including New England Newspaper Reporter of the Year! Congratulations!

Robert Goldbloom
, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;;
Brian Cusack
, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

The class of 1981 continues to excel, produce and be recognized across a number of professions and pursuits. This column is being written as the holiday season peaks, and celebrating more ’81 accomplishments is the festive thing to do. Lon Povich was selected to be the top lawyer for Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker. The chief legal counsel’s duties typically include shaping the legal response to major lawsuits against the state, vetting legislation and overseeing judicial nomination. Lon is already familiar with the role, having been deputy chief legal counsel for Gov. Weld, when he worked on a reorganization of the governor’s cabinet and helped negotiate a pact with the Wampanoag tribe for a southeastern Massachusetts casino. Earlier in his career Lon worked as vice president and general counsel at Boston Consulting Group and executive vice president and general counsel at BJ’s Wholesale. Lon has served on the board of the Greater Boston Food Bank and recently won the Good Apple Award for “demonstrated dedication to public service, fairness and social justice” from the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. I did get Lon to comment: “I’ll say that I am excited to take on this challenging new role in the public sector. While at Dartmouth I interned for the chief legal counsel to the governor of Maine, and it only took me 36 years to get the job myself.” I was on student council with the new governor at Needham (Massachusetts) High School and I went on my freshman trip with Lon—is there something in all of this for me? 

Andy Lewin is the managing editor of the Magnum Legacy Series and let us know that after two years of work, the first volume, Eve Arnold, is going to press to be published in April. This volume will explore the creative process of Magnum photographers, from the agency’s early founders to more contemporary members, through a mix of biographical text, archival materials and iconic imagery. 

Dan Gilroy is the writer and director of the film, Nightcrawler (see story on him, page 30), and brother John Gilroy is the film editor. The film has been getting a lot of buzz since it premiered and as awards season ramps up it has garnered many performance and production nominations for Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and Satellite honors. I caught wind of all this following classmate Mark Hansson on Facebook. Mark has recently been first assistant director on the critically acclaimed series The Last Ship and Masters of Sex.

We’re a few short months away from reunion and Rick Silverman wants to make sure you know what is in store and what you can expect. Current plans include a TedX-style panel, a lobster bake and a live band Friday night, with more to come. We are clustered this year with the almost-as-great classes of 1979 and 1980—so lock this up on your calendar now. Gotta’ go—over the river and through the woods.

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

Getting a recent note from Steve Kroll was like a ray of sunshine. He has moved to Boca Raton, Florida! Well, actually his job lawyering for Cancer Treatment Centers of America has relocated there. The rest of his life hasn’t quite caught up yet. He is flying back most weekends to Winnetka, Illinois, where his daughter is a high school senior and his wife hangs out with Rob Oldfield’s better half while Steve is away. And he is keeping in touch with classmates: “My wife and I are attending the wedding of Alice and Shep Burr’s oldest daughter in Washington, D.C. And Ben Knox played with me in our golf club’s annual member-guest event. We both played poorly.” [Note to self: Don’t accept any future golf invitations from Steve.] “Ben is enjoying life in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee, where he maintains an active orthopedics practice and lives with his wife and two daughters on the sixth fairway of a really great golf course in the mountains.”

Guess who came to our class’s recent joint mini-reunion with the ’79s and ’80s at Homecoming? Yes! Vince Pollard! What a rare treat it was to see him and knock back a couple of bourbon and ciders together. Vince was in the midst of a Northeast college tour with Liam, No. 2 of the three sons he and Shika have raised in Indianapolis. 

I actually got to see 25 classmates at that Homecoming mini-reunion. Kudos to Cathy McGrath ’80 and Bill Mitchell ’79, who did more than their share [translation: more than my share] in pulling it off. 

I met three classmates for the first time. One was Chris Andrews, who lives on the New Hampshire coast and was kind enough to answer all my questions about the engineering profession. 

Another was Arthur Hutton. He lives in New York and runs a commercial real estate appraisal business. Note to Lisa Fritz Burditt: Arthur’s kids are only 12 and 10. [Lisa, who is cloistered in Princeton with four teenage boys, felt certain that no other ’81s had younger kids than her 12-year-old.] Anyway, Arthur stopped by the mini-reunion tent with his buddy since freshman year, Ray Woolson, the two having been arrested by the sight of the class tent sporting the new ’81 banner designed by Gail Chen. Ray came all the way from Roanoke, Virginia, for a Homecoming family reunion with his parents and siblings, including his dad, Raymond ’55, and brother Tyler ’85. 

And the third was Annabelle Brainard Canning, who is already my new best friend. Annabelle has just volunteered to host a mini-reunion in Philadelphia this year with her husband, Doug ’79.

And let’s all give a big ’81 rouse for Danielle Dyer, who just received the Alumni Award for longstanding meritorious service to the College on a magical night surrounded by family and friends. Danielle recounts, “We had a great crowd of ’81s there: Julie Koeninger, Jenny Toolin McAuliffe, Karen Calby, Dave Edelson, Lynne and Bobby Gaudet; it was so much fun!”

Robert Goldbloom
, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;;
Brian Cusack
, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

Tracking down a lead regarding an annual flotilla of the Dartmouth Club of the Virgin Islands I ran into Tom Zurich, a charter member of the club. If you want to join Tom and other members of the club, the only requirements to join are having visited or lived in the Virgin Islands at any point in your life and a willingness to pay $0 in annual fees. Annual meetings are held at the Pub, a local restaurant in Road Town, Tortola, the night before the flotilla heads out. Tom has a lot more to report on life in the islands. “I moved to the British Virgin Islands [BVI] in 1990 as a charter boat captain. Aside from a few years in Little Cayman in the mid-1990s I’ve been here every since. In my years as a boat captain I sailed to most of the islands in the eastern Caribbean and made a few trips from this area to the northeastern United States via Bermuda. My wife and I went to Tonga on our honeymoon, which is another place known for great sailing waters. I can honestly say that although Tonga is quite a bit more culturally exotic for a North American, the sailing isn’t as good as what we have here in the BVI. The waters are protected, the anchorages are calm, you can eat out most nights to avoid galley duty, there are plenty of anchorages with nightlife if you want it or nothing much at all if you prefer to truly get away from it all. We have a rental property here for anyone interested,, so we’re used to answering questions about the area.” Reunion: For the first time in 15 years we will cluster again with the classes of 1979 and 1980. The reunion will run from Thursday, June 18, through Sunday, June 21. The reunion committee is rounding out nicely, and in a gratuitous effort to get as many classmate names in the column as possible, here is your class of ’81 reunion committee: Rick Silverman, chair; Lynne and Bob Gaudet, food and entertainment; Claudia Sweeney Weed, treasurer; Julie Koeninger, souvenirs; Molly Sundberg Van Metre, Emil Miskovsky, Chip Bettencourt (another noted sailor), Veronica Wessels, Sally Ankeny Reiley, Cathy Haley Rost, Kirk Eveleth Arnold, Kim Young, Dennis Ryan, Danielle Dyer, Su-Moon Paik, Robin Smoller Sullivan, Jim Jankowski and Debbie Williamson. You know what they say about more hands—if you want to help, please let Rick or Lynne know. Congratulations to our class co-agents, Lon Povich and Martin Weinstein, for their great leadership of our Dartmouth College Fund-raising effort for the class in 2014-15. Our class raised an extraordinary $737,530 with 41 percent participation. For the second year in a row, we exceeded the largest non-reunion gift in our class history.

Brian Cusack
, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;;
Robert Goldbloom
, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

Greg Clow writes in: “I had the chance to get together with Andy Churchill and Jeff Gundlach in February for a reunion of Hitchcock hall mates. Andy was in L.A. from Amherst, Massachusetts, and I drove down from San Francisco to meet Jeff in Santa Monica, California. Jeff was an excellent host, we had a great time and Santa Monica was beautiful.

“In June my wife, Kathleen, and I were in New York for my Tuck E.E. class mini-reunion—of which Lisa Sanders was a part. Lisa is balancing her time between New York and L.A. as she runs the Ronin Digital Group, her studio for video games, interactive, animation and visual effects.

“For myself, I finished getting our house in California on the market and in April made the move to Boise, Idaho. The family was already in place in our new home when I arrived. Great to be all together again! In January, on one of my shuttle trips back and forth, I had the chance to share a beer with Mack Lyons, a Boise native, who gave me the lowdown and instructed me not to let the rest of the world know what a fabulous place this is.” [Oops!]

“If there are any other ’81s in the vicinity, or traveling through, be sure to get in touch.”

I got to exchange home-and-away visits with Tucker Gilman. He gave my son and me the insider’s tour of Hollywood when we were in L.A. and the next month he stayed at our house when he had business in N.Y.C. Tucker runs a real estate management company with his wife and also does frequent consulting gigs. 

I heard from Peter Caron, who says, “Life in Seattle is great. I still love this place. No intention of ever moving.” Pete is road and mountain biking, rollerblading, hiking, forest clearing and trail making. And his goal is to keep skiing until he’s at least 75. “Then I’ll hit the pool!” I guess some of us run in a higher gear. Personally, I’m just hoping to keep swimming until I’m 75 and then hit the bridge table. 

Mark Hansson just finished a very challenging stretch recently. If you’ve been enjoying the series Masters of Sex or The Last Ship on TV this summer, you can thank Mark for his work as first assistant director on both of those shows. 

Etienne Boillot is now back in the States after spending a few years in Spain with his family that he says were great. He already misses the wine, the beaches, the hills and the soccer. 

All’s well in Budapest for Steve Oakes. “I’m working on the second edition of Speakout. The first edition is doing well and I’ve had a few fun promo trips along the way, most recently Turkey. My daughter’s 4 1/2 now, alternating between being a charming angel and a total terror.” Let’s hope we get to see both sides of her at our reunion next June.

Robert Goldbloom
, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;;
Brian Cusack
, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

Members of the class of ’81 are a distinguished bunch and this spring the accolades continue to pile up. If only someone could discover springtime for New England in April. 

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe has been honored by the Harvard Divinity School Alumni/Alumnae Council as a 2014 recipient of the Peter J. Gomes S.T.B. ’68 Memorial Honors, given annually to a small group of graduates whose lives and work exemplify the mission and values of the school. “Muffin” is the director of global affairs for Human Rights Watch. She’s served as the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, appointed by President Obama in 2009. Not satisfied with her degree from Dartmouth, she has a law degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. in ethics and social theory with a focus on human rights issues from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Theological Union. 

Dr. James Kenealy has been honored by his peers of the Middlesex West District (Massachusetts) Medical Society as its 2014 Community Clinician of the Year, recognizing his contributions as a physician. The award was presented on April 2. James is a board-certified otolaryngologist in Framingham and Milford, Massachusetts. James must like the camera, too: He’s an occasional host of Physician Focus, the health educational television program produced by the Massachusetts Medical Society, and has been a health reporter for Hopkinton Community Television.

Scott von Eschen’s PR person found me, but I went straight to the source for an update. “After I left Morgan Stanley in 1993 I partnered with Scott Halsted’s wife, Lisa. She started Adventures Cross-Country in 1983 and I bought the majority of the company from her in 1993. The Halsted and von Eschen kids have all grown up together. We have had a bunch of ’81 families send their kids with us through the years. Most recently ’81s Seth Woodberry, Lee Carson, Scott Stuart, Ben Pierce, Joe and Susan Jangro and Tom and Maribeth Ryan have all had their kids go with us to Africa, Belize, Fiji, Ecuador and Costa Rica. It has been great fun catching up with everyone. I never know who will be on the other end of the line when I pick up the phone.” 

Taking a pass on Facebook I found these juicy items: Sally Ankeny Reiley running the Boston (Strong) Marathon and Dynex CEO Byron Boston ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell. 

If you are reading this before June 30 there is still time to contribute to the Dartmouth College Fund before the end of the fiscal year. Did you know tuition covers only 43 percent of the total cost of the student experience? The College relies on gifts from alumni to make up the difference. In 2013 gifts from alumni, parents and friends made up 23 percent of Dartmouth’s annual budget. Finally, reunion is only a year away. If you want to help, drop a line to Rick Silverman at 

Brian Cusack
, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;;
Robert Goldbloom
, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

This is my hardest Class Notes to write. I’ve procrastinated much worse than usual, and the deadline is only a few hours away. Fortunately, however, I recently made it to Homecoming Weekend for the first time in several years. It was a great time, not least because I got to see so many ’81s. There were 39 of us there!
I admit that I was tempted to go for a new record for most classmates mentioned in a 500-word Class Notes column by naming all 39. But that would not exactly make for interesting reading. So I’ll just mention a smattering of the immense turnout including those I hadn’t seen for a long time or just met for the first time. You see, I was actually a hermit till junior year, when I started hanging out with the likes of Tim Phillips. Seeing “Lips” is always a highlight of any event, and Homecoming was no exception. Then I met football guys like Joe McLaughlin and Terry Bonus. Susanne Strong was back on campus for first time since graduation. She recently moved back to her native New Hampshire and is teaching. I finally met Betsy Field and Su-Moon Paik, who came all the way from California. 
And then there was Claudia Sweeney Weed, who I learned is practically as green as the Gaudets! Both her kids have now graduated from Dartmouth, one married a classmate and Claudia and Jay ’80 are new homeowners in Hanover. Claudia is now the latest in a line of class of ’81 living saints for having volunteered to serve as treasurer for our 35th. I figure the least we can do for her in return is to save money on reunion expenses by all staying at the Weeds’ house. 
I also saw Kirk Wilson, who had an especially good time. He not only got to see his son Chad ’16, but got to gloat that we beat the school in New Haven that his wife, Annette, attended. And when he thought no one was looking, I think I witnessed Steve Risberg giving the secret HPF handshake to Rich Page and Lon Povich. 
A special shout-out goes to Pat Berry and Shelley Wieler for helping our mini-reunion tailgate come together so nicely with the ’79s and ’80s. While I’m at it, I should also thank Toby Reiley, who generously volunteered his much better half Sally to organize the mini-reunion at the Hahvard game. 
I had a virtual chat with a couple former Richardson buddies. I checked in on Tom Waldo after running into a hometown (Juneau) friend of his in Montana. Tom is still saving the Alaska wilderness, God bless him, and cross-country skiing as well. Tom’s two sons are already out of college and he’s now an empty nester—exactly like Jim Payne. Jim, also a lawyer, is now working for the U.S. Patent Office in Virginia. 
And this just in under the wire from Betsy Rubinstein: It’s a girl! Her first grandchild, Maya Adira.
Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

I am playing puck again. I have not been on an organized team since my days teaching at Tabor, some 15 years ago, and it is a gas—the up and down the ice, the slap shots sprayed all over the place, the creaky good feeling I have the next day (and the day after that). I missed it those 15 years and am very glad to be back.

And it’s a small ovoid world on that ice surface. I asked a teammate who teaches at the Potomac School, “Do you know Ned Mandel?” And he sure did—the son Ned Mandel, that is. I know the father Ned Mandel and had a great visit with our classmate at the start of June. Ned is the new development director at the Septima Clark Public Charter School, the only all-male public charter school in the District of Columbia. At the moment the school has preschool through second grade and will continue to add a grade each year until eighth grade. Ned and the team at Septima Clark are working hard at raising money and looking for new space, the bane of many startup charters. If you live in D.C. keep your eyes open for space, Ned asks, and visit him at Septima Clark. It is a cool and important little place.

Ray Hiley wrote some time ago that his oldest daughter Alexa just finished her frosh year at Bates College, where she played junior varsity soccer. Megan, daughter No. 2, just finished her junior year at the local high school and is deep into her college search. Ray’s wife, Lisa, is an editor at Storey Publishing in North Adams, Massachusetts, and specializes in books about animals, which is more than appropriate given that the Hiley household includes a horse, dog, three cats and a bird. When not keeping the cats away from the bird Ray is the in-house environmental lawyer for Momentive Performance Materials, an Albany, New York-based global chemical manufacturer. He also bikes, hikes and plays squash.

Six faculty members in Johns Hopkins’ Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences were among the 180 artists, scholars and scientists named Guggenheim Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and classmate Amanda Anderson was one of those recipients. Amanda is the Caroline Donovan Professor of English Literature and chair of the department and specializes in critical theory and 19th-century British literature and culture. Her Guggenheim project “reconsiders the relation between liberal aesthetics and philosophical liberalism, focusing on the way that a dialectic of skepticism and hope characterizes both traditions,” Anderson said. “I will spend the grant period in Baltimore researching and writing.”

Had a great Facebook connection with former New Hamp dormitory denizen Doron Ezickson. A partner at McDermott, Will and Emery, Doron wrote that we “have lived in London for three years and it’s all that we hoped.” Doron, his wife, Kelly, and their kids Josh (16), Zach (14), Noah (11) and Abby (5) had embarked on what they had thought would be a one-year adventure, which they have obviously extended and plan to continue for a few more years. “The children are getting an expanded world view at the American School of London,” wrote Doron. “Highlights include music performances in Qatar, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Morocco; history in Wales, Italy, France and Spain; and sports tournaments in Belgium, Holland and Scotland. While rejecting cricket, the boys have committed to rugby and (European) football and young Abby can speak ‘posh’ English on cue. Any ’81s visiting London should drop us a line.”

Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;; Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;

For an hour last evening I followed Dartmouth Night festivities online and at 7:59 p.m. this was posted at The Dartmouth’s stream: “The class of 1981 may win the award for greatest enthusiasm—the yell ‘81’ can be heard up and down North Main Street.” Well done, classmates. Wish there had been audio to that stream.

So who’s the ombudsman for the ’81 newsletter? “I just got the October newsletter,” wrote Bob Spears, “and guess it’s my own damn fault for not going public with the fact that I’m back in South Dakota. As a result Mike Peterson and Steve Sanford received recognition for ‘being the only ’81s living in South Dakota!’ ”

In August Bob, his wife, Chris, and their three kids moved from San Diego to South Dakota, to Dakota Dunes, and Bob wrote that these are “our old stomping grounds from my Gateway days, and we’re having fun reacquainting ourselves with friends not seen since we moved to San Diego in 1998.” Bob is the CEO of InMoTx, a 3-year-old tech company that sells vision-guided assembly-line robotic solutions to food processing companies.

“Our two older kids are at Bishop Heelan High School,” wrote Bob. “Corinne, 11th grade, is playing volleyball this fall and Connor, ninth, is playing football, and our youngest, Tucker, is in seventh grade.” As for work, Bob wrote, “In September I organized a new round of investor financing to recapitalize the company. I’m excited by the professional challenges that lie ahead but hope that I encounter more startup-related challenges this winter than snowdrifts!”

Had some great back and forth with Facebook friend, former New Hamp resident and Los Angelean Jeff Healy. He and I reminisced about the time we spent waiting tables at the Breakers Hotel sophomore winter, and I heard about Jeff’s work, his husband, Chris Cook, their kids Will (8) and Jamie (4) and their summer vacation in Durango, Colorado.

“I am a senior vice president at Citibank,” wrote Jeff, “dealing primarily with corporate finance for companies in Mexico, and Chris works at USC in fundraising. We had a great time in Durango—did 11- and 6-mile hikes, the boys went fishing and we had some great meals.” Will and Jamie are at an Episcopal school five minutes from the house and Jamie has already had the honor of hosting at home Stripey, the preschool class pet, a stuffed tiger. Jeff reminded me that he had lived in Mexico City from 1986 to 1990, and while he travels much less to Mexico, he wrote, “Almost everybody I work with is Mexican—my work life is conducted 90 percent in Spanish, so I think my Spanish has improved in my current job.”

Hugo Ribot is outside Atlanta, in Cartersville, and he and his partner at Cartersville Ob/Gyn Associates have started “construction on our very own ambulatory surgery center, where we’ll be doing some groundbreaking stuff in the world of gynecology.” Hugo continued that he “had shoulder surgery in October, but thanks to my crackerjack orthopedist I returned to work in one week and to doing surgery in 13 days.” Hugo wrote that his oldest, Sydney, is a Dartmouth ’11 in Glasgow on her second FSP. Son Max is a frosh at the University of Georgia and their youngest, Sara, is a high school senior who also wants to attend UGA. Lastly Hugo and a passel of SAE brethren—confirmed are Greg Smyers, Ken Holmes, Mitch Arion, and Tom Kiernan—will head to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, this March for a weekend of skiing and snowboarding.

Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;; Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;

Logging on to Facebook I’m struck by the number of birthday greetings classmates are receiving as we hit the big 5-0. As Jane Alexander notes, “I’m glad my kids pushed me into this new world of communication. I have especially enjoyed congratulating and consoling one another as our odometers click past 50.” Jane recently celebrated her birthday in Bethel, Maine, but writes that the highlight of her summer was a week spent at her cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota, with husband Chris O’Brien ’79 and their four children Tim, Erin, SuLin and Des. “It was spectacular weather and we did it all—paddling in the Boundary waters, walleye fishing and hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail. It was nice to be together before our oldest son Tim starts his freshman year at the University of Puget Sound. Tim is truly ready to launch but Mom is having a really rough time with the impending separation.” 

Martin Weinstein’s children are keeping him young. On July 18 Martin and his wife Lori, along with 7-year-old brothers Max and Ethan, welcomed Joshua Michael Weinstein into the world. Max and Ethan are enjoying being big brothers and they play a variety of sports, including hockey, baseball and soccer. Martin, who ran track at Dartmouth, admits he has never done much in the way of winter sports—until now. As he explains, “The boys’ love of hockey prompted Lori to buy me my first pair of skates for my 50th birthday. Over the past few months I’ve learned how to skate—a bit—and actually joined a competitive adult ice hockey team for beginning adults. I was just elected captain of the Washington Gators!” When not on the ice or otherwise trying to keep pace with the kids Martin is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Washington, D.C., where he chairs the compliance and enforcement practice group, sits on the firm’s business committee and helps manage the office. Lori is a U.S. federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice and, as Martin insists, “the true athlete in the family.” 

Barb Barker Schulze of Sunderland, Massachusetts, has been staying young by completing “a few triathlons since hitting the half-century mark and having an empty nest.” Barb and husband Rob just celebrated their 27th anniversary and still love living in New England. Their eldest daughter, Rachel, is married and their son Chris is getting married in June 2010. Their third child, Emily, just graduated from Biola University in California and their youngest, Will, is a sophomore at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. As Barb comments, “We are in no hurry to become grandparents, but we’ll cherish the day when it happens. I am still enjoying the challenges of teaching chemistry in a public high school. Life is good!”

Life’s been good for Susan Weiss Spencer, who has parlayed more than 25 years of experience as a writer, photographer and executive in the nonprofit and public policy sectors into a freelance writing and photography business. Sue shuttles between the Worcester, Massachusetts, suburbs and the family’s vacation home in Brewster, Massachusetts, and her work can be seen in regional magazines such as Cape Cod Life, Worcester Living and Rhode Island Monthly and nationally in Sister 2 Sister. She also contributes weekly to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Meanwhile daughter Dana’s and son Colin’s school activities occupy much of Sue’s spare time, as she “wants to make the most of the time before the teens leave the nest.” 

I’m still trying to figure out how to celebrate my upcoming “big birthday,” but I do plan to be in Hanover for the class birthday party October 23-25. To sign up, please go to See you then!

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Lynne Gaudet was handing out green glowing necklaces and pompoms as the children of John Sconzo, Byron Boston, Danielle Dyer, Martin Weinstein, Greg Slayton and others clambered onto the flatbed truck carrying a huge, inflatable birthday cake—thus began our 50th birthday party during the Homecoming weekend parade this past October. Kathy Shepard Alexander was there, as well as Molly Sundberg Van Metre, Andy Lewin, Karen McKeel Calby, Debbie Williamson, Wendy Brooks Harris, Jim Delisle, Ken Holmes, Maribeth Hourihan, Tom Ryan, Shelley Warren Wieler, Nancy Baskin, Chip Bettencourt, Patsy Fisher and many others. Cindy Ritter caught up with her old Wheeler roommate Sally Weldon Proctor, who was making her first return to the College since 1981! Earlier in the day Sally Johnson and Holly Dustin played their annual game of “zen tennis.” Along the parade route Molly and I were surprised by our Fire & Skoal roommate Bish Mumford, who, like several other classmates, was making the College tour with his son. At Dartmouth Hall we listened to President Kim and other speakers and cheered the loudest of all the classes (really!) before watching the bonfire in the rain.

Saturday morning we were treated to a 1981 legacy student panel organized by Ann Smolowe and Pat Berry. Kathryn Arion ’11, Hilary Becker ’10, Josh Lewin ’11, Emily Neihaus ’12 and Allessandra Slayton ’13 all spoke articulately, honestly and thoughtfully about their college experiences. 

A few of us, including Greg Clow, Robert Goldbloom, Rick Silverman, Gino Gabinelli, Larry Dunn, Paul Duder, Matt Shannon, Bill Brown, Andy Churchill, Ray Woolson and Brian Hussey, braved the torrential rains to watch Dartmouth defeat Columbia 28-6, ending a 17-game losing streak. Later, at a pre-dinner reception, President Kim attributed the football team’s first win in more than a year to our presence. After meeting the new president Sally Ankeny Reiley, Toby Reiley, Jenny Toolin McAuliffe, Sara Minor, Chris Neihaus, Tim Phillips, Mitch Arion and about 50 other classmates enjoyed an extended cocktail hour where we all took time to listen to each other’s stories of the past 28-plus years. Despite busy lives and challenging personal issues the general sentiment was that folks were happy to be there together and grateful for all the blessings they find in their lives.

Dinner speaker professor Donald Pease gave a classic performance with the same cadence and mannerisms familiar to students in his American drama classes of our era. He spoke about Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel ’25, and his career (from Pease’s upcoming book on Seuss). Professor Pease inspired us by noting that Geisel did not completely devote himself to children’s humor as Dr. Seuss until the age of 50—so, life begins at 50! After dinner, along with Pam and Jake Gehret and others, we toured the newly renovated Zeta Psi fraternity, designed by classmates Sue Reed and John Vansant of Smith and Vansant Architects, PC. 

The relaxed atmosphere and the genuine warmth felt among classmates all weekend bodes well for class cohesiveness during the next 50 years. Thanks to Lynne and Patsy for organizing the dinner, Sue for the decorations and Debbie for the truck! Even classmates who couldn’t make it to Hanover wrote to share how they celebrated the big 5-0. Lolly Bates is enjoying playing in a seniors tennis 50-and-over league, and Peter Caron celebrated by surfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and mountain biking on New Zealand’s north island. Tom Waterman successfully completed his first Race Across the Sky in Leadville, Colorado, a 100-mile trail run, the nation’s highest ultra-marathon, in 28.5 hours. Despite altitudes of 9,200 to 12,600 feet and 15,600 feet of vertical ascents and descents, Tom was one of the 275 of 550 starters who finished the race! 

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This winter classmate Mark Hansson received his seventh Directors Guild of America Award nomination for his assistant director work, this time for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The two TV series on which he works, Glee and Curb, garnered four out of the five nominations in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series category. I have to be honest and say that I don’t regularly watch either, but I will ask Mark to intro me to actress Jane Lynch; she makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. Mark’s upcoming projects include the Fox TV series Terriers and the feature film Beautiful Boy, with Michael Sheen and Maria Bello, due out this fall.

John Dodd is well and busy and living in Greenville, Delaware. He works at Security Global Investors, joining this joint about two years ago after his old company U.S. Trust was purchased by Bank of America. John tells me that they are hiring, “particularly on our alternatives, hedge funds, quantitative and product side of things. We’re rolling out many new offerings now and this spring. I’ve been on the road, talking to institutional investors all over the country.” On the family side John and his wife, Chrissy, have been skiing on what passes for mountains in the Mid-Atlantic with daughters Haley (9) and Grayson (7) and son Reece (3). “We got Reece up on skis for the second time last weekend,” John wrote. The girls are at the Sanford School, an 80-year-old institution started by a Dartmouth grad, and John and Chrissy have trouble keeping their beanstalks in clothes that fit these days. For example, Haley is already 5 feet, 2 inches and playing volleyball with middle school-age teams. Guess that happens when John marries Chrissy, who can just about dunk at 6 feet tall.

Mark Zehner called when I was shoveling snow—come soon, spring, please—and it was great to hear about new work challenges, his wife, Peggy, and their boys Ryan and Brendan. “Ryan’s a sophomore at Dartmouth,” Mark told me, “and just pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon.” Brendan is a junior at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philly—both boys went there—and takes part in forensics, where he specializes in extemporaneous speaking. Peggy teaches AP American history at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania. After 12 years in private practice at the Philadelphia office of Saul Ewing, Mark has been at the Securities and Exchange Commission also for 12 years, where recently he was promoted. Within the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mark is now the deputy chief of the municipal securities and public pensions unit.

Former ’81 column scribe Stephen Godchaux is busy writing the screen adaptation of Walker Percy’s novel The Moviegoer, which won the National Book Award in 1962 and is set in New Orleans. “I’m not the first screenwriter to be asked to take a crack at it,” Stephen wrote, “and I have no illusions about being the last. But a kid can dream.” He’s renting a house in the Big Easy from January to May, looking for inspiration, and just sold a pilot to USA Network with its basic premise, as Stephen wrote, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—if you have a good lawyer. Lawyers in Vegas. So we’ll see.”

Lastly a quick note from Charlie Jacobs: “My daughter Katherine is a member of the class of 2013 and we enjoyed helping her and the Dartmouth Outing Club attempt the AT In a Day in October by hiking a challenging section in Maine.”

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As I write this my hometown Boston Red Sox have opened the season with their worst record in recent years, but in Atlanta there is excitement and new hope for the Braves in the person of rookie sensation Jason Heyward, son of Eugene Heyward and Laura Benjamin Heyward ’79. It’s not just the ceremonial opening day first pitch he received from Hank Aaron or the huge first-time-up-in-the-majors home run that Jason launched later that day, but what columnist Peter Gammons calls Atlanta’s “unique connection” to a kid who worked his way through Marietta, Georgia’s East Cobb youth baseball program. By all accounts Jason appears to be taking his fame in stride, a tribute to Eugene and Laura’s parenting, and is clearly a player to watch!

Peter Heymann is just back from three years in Tokyo where his wife, Nicole Piasecki, was president of Boeing Japan. Peter and Nicole welcomed the third of three boys, Franklin, to the family nine weeks before embarking on their Japanese adventure. As Peter notes, in addition to the newborn baby, among the more interesting aspects of his experience was his role as “trailing spouse” with his wife “in the role of president of a Fortune 50 company in a country that is perhaps 25-plus years behind the United States in embracing equality for women in the workplace.” Now back in the United States, Nicole is leading a small business development team charged with identifying strategic elements vital to Boeing’s future success, while Peter expects to soon return to consulting work with faith-based organizations in addition to his Mr. Dad duties with Franklin, now 3, Nicholas (10) and Benjamin (8).

Howard Morse has a new job at Cooley Godward Kronish in the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice in Washington, D.C. Howard is the former assistant director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission and co-chair of the antitrust practice at Drinker Biddle and Reath. Howard’s wife, Laura Loeb, also practices law, focusing on healthcare regulatory issues. Their daughters Elizabeth and Marni are a junior and a freshman in high school, respectively. Elizabeth recently appeared in her high school production of Blast 2010 Rock ’n’ Broadway and Marni was in Thoroughly Modern Millie. “They clearly get their talent from someone other than their father,” says Howard.

After 12 years of consulting on diversity issues in the workplace Susan Adler Funk (Harvard M.B.A. ’86) is back in graduate school working on a master of arts in policy studies at the University of Washington. She hopes to work in the nonprofit sector when she completes her degree. Her husband, Allen, is publisher of The Herald in Everett, Washington. Daughter Lindsay is a freshman at Stanford and Rachel is a junior in high school. On a recent college visit trip Susan and Rachel caught up with Molly Sundberg Van Metre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Yvonne Howell is associate professor of Russian and international studies at the University of Richmond. She teaches and does research on “the interface between science and literature in East European culture,” publishing articles with sexy titles such as The Liberal Gene: Sociobiology as Emancipatory Discourse in the Late Soviet Union. Yvonne’s husband, Carter Blough ’78, is a bass player who performs and records with various innovative jazz/rock/world combos in Richmond, Virginia. Yvonne notes that daughters Sonia (14) and Marina (11) “have rhythm (from dad), love of language and travel (from mom), generally exceed all our expectations in everything and are a ton of fun to live with.”

Sadly, I must report that Douglas Chang, M.D., passed away on March 23 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

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We go to the Big Apple Circus and have a great time, as always, although I miss Paul Binder ’63, Big Apple cofounder, now that he no longer travels with the show. I particularly liked the Spanish performer named Picaso Jr., who “juggles” five ping-pong balls via his mouth. Shoots them high into the air and then catches them, one after the other. I swallow hard imagining one going down the wrong way. Around that same time I hear from Jens Larson, who was once a circus performer and now performs in front of a tough audience, high school sophomores. “I’m still teaching geometry in a public high school here in Phoenix, Arizona,” Jens wrote.

Jens and his wife, Maggie Keane, have a 13-year-old named Kyle who has—surprise, surprise—taken an interest in the circus. “He can ride a unicycle and has learned to juggle,” Jens continued, “which is to say he has acquired all the relevant skills that I brought to my first job after graduating from Dartmouth. No need to send him to college, I guess.” Kyle bounces on the trampoline in their back yard, balances brooms on his chin and is learning to climb an unsupported ladder. “It’s harder than it looks to wiggle around on the ladder and keep it underneath you while you climb,” wrote Jens.

Jens and Maggie were still in the circus business until Kyle was about 3, and their boys picked up this interest through frequent visits to shows and contacts with friends from their past. “I can’t hide how much fun it is to see him take an interest in this stuff,” finished Jens, “quite different from the reaction I experienced from my own parents. I can still picture my mother’s face the moment she heard me explain my intention to join a circus—a mixture of stunned silence and horror.”

Gino Gabianelli wrote that he practices ophthalmology in Atlanta and that he and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Joey, Anna and John. “Joey’s headed to Hanover this fall,” wrote Gino, “and we’ll make the journey in his waste veg-oil powered diesel pickup. Anna is very involved in cross country (all talent inherited from her mom’s side of the family) and John is busy attempting to dominate his father in golf.” During the past year Gino’s enjoyed two medical mission trips to Leon, Nicaragua, and is working on a long-term surgical mission relationship with a hospital there that needs much equipment and training.

Lastly, from the very busy Sharon Washington: “Last summer I finished shooting two indie films set for release this year, Two Mothers and Rocksteady; had a multi-episode character arc playing the slightly crooked FBI agent Hawkins on Damages; and was an ER nurse with an attitude on Royal Pains.” This year Sharon has originated the role of The Lady in The Scottsboro Boys, the last unproduced musical by the legendary Kander and Ebb at New York’s Vineyard Theatre, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman. “Although I don’t sing in it,” she wrote, “and actually don’t really speak and dance just a little it’s been the ultimate acting challenge: to listen and be alive and present. I’m having a blast.”

The musical will play at the Guthrie in Minneapolis before its Broadway world premiere at the Lyceum, a first for Sharon. “Twenty years in the business,” she said, “and it will be my first time on Broadway! I guess it’s never too late for a debut.”

Believe it or not Sharon has time to keep in touch with a passel of classmates: Mark Frawley, Mark Lotito, Pam Mason-Wagner, Byron Boston, Laurel Richie and Jean Brown.

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Before I traveled to England this summer to watch my son Andrew play in a soccer tournament I bought an international Blackberry. The device enabled me to check my e-mail, voicemail and Facebook frequently from the soccer pitch or while sightseeing in London. This inability to unplug, even while on vacation, may not be a good thing, according to a new bestselling book by Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains explores how the Internet is changing the way our brains function, reducing our capacity for creativity and deep thought. By operating in a constant state of distraction, we are making only shallow connections to people and ideas. Nick, who recently moved from Boston to Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Ann, has this advice for us: “You have to ration your use of the web and related gadgets and also engage in more contemplative kinds of thinking,” but he acknowledges how hard it is to actually do this, as my England experience illustrates. The fact that many of you are similarly addicted does make it easier for me to connect with you to gather information for this column! 

Deirdre Daly, Connecticut’s new deputy U.S. attorney, answered my e-mail plea for details on her career and family from Bar Harbor, Maine, where she was hiking in Acadia National Park with her husband, Al Pavlis, and sons Michael (20), Nick (18) and Will (16). Nick is headed to Dartmouth after a fall hiking trip to Peru and Bolivia. Deirdre and Al met as federal prosecutors in Manhattan and until recently ran Daly & Pavlis LLC, a white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation law firm. 

Byron Boston’s Facebook page includes a great photo of him and Debbie Jackson at an Earth Wind & Fire concert in Richmond, Virginia, last June. “Had a blast dancing and singing outdoors to Earth Wind & Fire —first time seeing Debbie since senior year at Dartmouth,” notes Byron. Debbie works for the City of Richmond department of social services as program manager for employee training and organizational development but is currently developing a citywide strategic plan. Her daughter Kendra is a senior at Haverford College and her son Brandon lives in New York City. Speaking of New York, Byron also reported running into Sharon Washington on 42nd Street recently. Sharon’s most recent play, The Scottsboro Boys, opens on Broadway October 31 at the Lyceum. When not catching up with classmates in Richmond and New York, Byron lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife, Andi, and sons Nicholas and Victor. He is executive vice president and chief investment officer at Dynex Capital Inc.

Dr. Robert Higgins is the new head of Ohio State University Medical Center’s solid organ transplant program. Bob recently left Rush University in Chicago, where he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery and led a successful transplant and mechanical assist device program. At Ohio State Bob will direct the comprehensive transplant program and the division of cardiac surgery. While excited about the new position, he is equally excited about his oldest son, John, starting his freshman year at Dartmouth, where he is also playing football. “Yes, these are exciting times. I’m happy to be part of the OSU team and I look forward to the opportunity,” said Bob. Bob’s wife, Molly, daughter Grace and son Grant will make the transition to Ohio during the next year.

“She radiated a special energy and generosity of spirit that deeply touched everybody who came into contact with her.” So wrote Jill Smolowe about her sister Ann Smolowe, who died on August 14 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Read more at

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You never can tell what may happen when a group of former Phi Delt brothers get together, as they recently did in Denver. Fortunately, they gathered at Chris Toll’s house, where Chris, who is a longtime partner at Holland & Hart, could at least make sure that nothing illegal transpired. 

It was good to hear from Michael Leede and Tim Hudner, who were both there. Michael and his wife have been in the Denver area for more than 25 years. Their two sons are now grown up and living in California. Business and family are all healthy, he reports.

Tim left the full-time work world a few years ago. “These days,” he says, “my wife, Jean, and I spend most of our time in Grand Junction [Colorado], where my son Sandy lives. Our daughter Sara ’10 lives in N.Y.C. I keep busy working with a number of organizations that provide services to people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. We also enjoy the full range of outdoor activities in Colorado. Plus I recently got my private pilot’s license, so I plan to explore some of the more remote parts of the West this summer.”

Being practically next door in Kansas, Bill Sherman had to be there too. “Fred” seems to be covering all kinds of territory these days, visiting Dartmouth connections coast to coast. He also has an alumna daughter (Elizabeth ’08) living in N.Y.C. and another daughter, Ali, living in Chile.

Just a message from Beth Shapiro Lewyckyj was all it took to get six ’81s together with fellow Washingtonians from the classes of ’82, ’83 and ’84 for dinner at Chef Geoff’s after President Hanlon’s D.C. reception. Beth and her husband, Ray, will soon reach the end of an eight-year run as Dartmouth parents when their son Jonathan ’14 graduates. 

Frank Broner was there with his wife, Annette, and son Aaron. Jim Payne enjoyed the evening and so did Jerry Pierce. Jerry owns an expanding business and government consulting firm, the Interamerica Group, which promotes trade and creates partnerships in Latin America for American companies. 

Business is also booming for Rachel Kenzie King. GlycoMimetrics, the biotech company that she cofounded, just went public in January. Rachel and her husband, John ’82, have a daughter teaching in North Carolina and a son in med school at nearby Georgetown. 

And three snaps for Kevin Lynch, who came all the way to the D.C. mini-reunion from Portland, Oregon. Kevin is in charge of external affairs for Iberdrola Renewables. “Ironically, I had been in D.C. just the week before to meet with, among others, Tom Kiernan, who leads our industry’s trade association.”

Personally, it was great to see Doug and Molly Van Metre in N.Y.C. when they came to town to watch their daughter Mary ’14 swim vs. Columbia. Jim Delisle attended too, practically making it a mini-reunion. Mary capped her career in style the following week at the Ivy champs, achieving personal bests as one of the team’s high scorers. 

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

It’s December 23 and this is one of the best times of the year. Festive activities, generosity of spirit and not too much “work” to do. Much better than the time of year when most of us will be reading this—at least those of us in New England and other northern climes—the time of year when we’ve had just about enough winter. Just a few weeks until pitchers and catchers report and the Red Sox begin defending their championship—hang in there. 

When Brad Stone sent this along, he thought it wasn’t “exciting.” Me, I’m trying to avoid anything too exciting. “My wife, Pam, and I became quasi-empty-nesters recently when our youngest child left for boarding school. Our two older children were already away at school, so we’d sampled a quieter household. Still we were unprepared for such change! Unscheduled date nights and new activities ensued, including a track day at Thompson Speedway with Hap Brakeley, his wife, Sue, Tom Kiernan, and Kathy (Rackow) Kiernan. (Tom is the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association and wants ’81s to know that he fully offset his CO2 emissions.) I miss my kids, but we’re having fun reconnecting with friends.”

Mark “Beds” Bedard checked in from Huntington Beach, California, where he’s been for 17 years. Probably doesn’t matter what month it is there—the sun’s always shining. Mark let us know, “I came to help run a tractor-trailer rental business with a couple of high school buddies. We’re still having fun with it. My wife, Debbie, and I have kids Kristen (14) and Stephen (11). Like most other parents we run around taking them to practices and watching their games and performances. I occasionally see some ex-classmates or other Dartmouth alums, if I’m lucky, but for the most part I stay in touch with them through emails. I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces again at our next reunion.”

A little more than a year ago Lee Carson married Glenna Waterman ’82. This past October they threw an anniversary party for more friends and family at the Silverado Resort in California. Classmates in attendance were Hollywood (Chris) Halloran, Danny Evans, Geoff Bracken and John Casaudoumecq. There were around 75 people total including a pack of pesky ’82s. 

Sadly, in closing, our class lost Jason Scott Lamb on August 20. In 1983 he received his master of arts degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, concentrating in administration planning and social policy, and later attended the Madison School of Law at the University of Wisconsin from 1986 to 1988. In 2002 he obtained the position he had been trained for, senior legal and policy analyst in the office of the secretary of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. Jason was a father, a grandfather and a friend to many. One of his greatest passions was protecting the rights and civil liberties of Native people; he devoted his time, legal expertise and love to this cause.

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

In early August I went to see JayZ and Justin Timberlake at Fenway Park with my son Liam and one of his friends. As we watched the crowd we found ourselves trying to segment the audience—who were Jay fans and who was there for J.T.? Then it struck me that I was being judged similarly—I wonder what camp they had me in? From the extended 617….Last summer Hap Brakeley’s house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, was overtaken by Sony pictures. Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek and crew took over the place to film Grown Ups 2. Hap tried to get Adam out for some golf, but Adam was content to play hoops and swim. Hap wants you to know, “the deer is not real.” After 12 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Eric Pierce and his family returned to the Boston area two years ago. Eric is director of the Ocular Genomics Institute in the department of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. He and wife Debora Hoffman and their daughters Emma and Hannah live in Belmont. Jeff Johnson reports that daughter Holly is entering her fourth year at Gettysburg College as a math major (like her dad was at Dartmouth) and is on the women’s tennis team. Jeff and Holly just finished their fifth national father-daughter doubles tennis tournament at Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Son Chris is entering his second year of graduate school for physics at UMass-Lowell after graduating from Union College. Jeff and Chris have hiked 87 percent of the Appalachian Trail in sections during the past 16 years. Jeff’s wife, Susan, whom he met at Dartmouth, takes care of all of their home duties while he continues his work as an emergency physician at the local community hospital. Allen Smith’s oldest daughter graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 2010 and will be starting in the physician assistant program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. His oldest son just graduated from Bowdoin College and is working for a company that creates apps for large corporations. Son No. 2 will be a sophomore at New England College while son No. 3 will be a sophomore at Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Allen reports: “I was fortunate to be able to run the Boston Marathon on April 15 for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where I work. I finished about 10 minutes before the terrorist bombs went off and was lucky to be among the ones who got out safely but was very proud of what the caregivers all around Boston were able to accomplish on that day.” Lynn Noel is now a program manager of IT collaboration services at NTT Data, the sixth largest global IT service provider. Lynn remarried in 2009, and she and her husband live in Waltham, Massachusetts. ’Til next time, “I’m so far ahead of my time, I’m ’bout to start another life. Look behind you, I’m ’bout to pass you twice.”

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

As I write this we have just had three class mini-reunions. By now you all would have read in our class newsletter the entertaining account given by Frank “Pancho” Ryan of his first mini-reunion hosting at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Connecticut. Among the 10 ’81s in attendance was Peter Oudheusden, recently returned from having completed the Everglades Challenge from Tampa, Florida, to Miami. Peter is the first to complete the course by rowing. And to think that it only took him eight days!

Ann Jacobus was spirited enough to arrange a mini-reunion near San Francisco, building it around one of Sharon Washington’s on-tour performances in Wild with Happy. (I’ve decided I’m starting a groupie club for Sharon. Let me know if you want in.) Ian Christophe and Lucy Irwin came. So did Charmaine Curtis, who thoughtfully dropped me a note: “It was nice to meet alums from ’81s to ’11s and reconnect with ’81s— Carolyn Samiere and Cindy Greco—who I know live in the Bay Area but never see. We all went out for drinks and noshing after the show on a lovely summer night.” Charmaine is a residential real estate developer in San Francisco. She and her husband have twin daughters.

“No one got arrested. I got to tell my favorite dirty joke maybe 10 times. The barbecue was fantastic.” So tells Fraser Smith of the mini-reunion Chris “Spot” Morrison hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, the day before the Indy 500. Peter Little wouldn’t have missed it. Jon Bassindale, Scott Markman and Tariq Zaman drove in from around the Midwest. And Dave Plough, who lives in California, flew in after attending an alumni/parent regatta in Hanover with his daughter, who is a sailor in the class of ’14. Dave gushed about the wonderful hospitality offered by Spot and his wife and daughter, and also writes that “if you—all Dartmouth folk, not just ’81s—are in the area this fall when Dartmouth will be playing at Butler, Spot and Peter would love for you to attend the Dartmouth tailgate.”

One guy who will definitely be there is Bob Higgins, whose son John ’14 is a running back. I contacted Bob after hearing that he was named chair of the department of surgery at Ohio State. After reading his amazingly impressive bio in the press release, I couldn’t help but be struck by the humility and gratitude expressed in Bob’s note, which he wrote while waiting for a heart transplant case to start. “In the face of terrible tragedy these folks—the organ donors and their grieving families—are the real heroes.” He wrote back later, “P.S.: Transplant went well, finished at 4 a.m. Ready to go for the day!”

A couple other key mentions: Deirdre Daly is now acting U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut. And Naomi Pollock, an architect and writer living in Japan, launched the inaugural Dartmouth/Keio speaker series with a talk on her widely acclaimed book, Made in Japan: 100 New Products. Cool book. Check it out. 

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The biggest news involving classmates is that Laurel Richie has been appointed a trustee of the College and Mark Davis was elected president of the Alumni Council. Actually, Mark first serves as president-elect for a year before assuming the full mantle, which coincidentally is just now being vacated by Danielle Dyer. Mark says, “I was really honored to be elected. I’ve enjoyed my time on the Alumni Council; it’s a great window into what is happening at the College and a great platform to get more involved.” Mark is an investment banker and currently CEO of Lank Group. Laurel is a former advertising and marketing executive and is now president of the WNBA. 

I remember only a couple years ago Greg Clow (our class president at the time) wondering aloud, “How come we haven’t had any trustees from our class?” Well, the gods must have heard that. Laurel joins Bill Burgess and Annette Gordon-Reed as one of three current trustees from the class of ’81. We are a force!

It was also great to see Annette at the recent mini-reunion in N.Y.C. that I co-hosted with Jim Delisle before she had to fly to California the next morning for a historical conference. For his part, Jim is working on various new business ventures, but still finds time to hike in the Presidentials with Peter “Boot” Weller and to help coach soccer at the local high school on Manhattan’s West Side.

At the mini-reunion I also had some good chat time with Peter Corren, Jenny Hoadley and Pancho Ryan. Peter owns a marketing display business running everything from design to delivery. Jenny is back in school pursuing a degree in nursing. Pancho is an architect who not only designs buildings but also consults to large architectural firms, helping them to integrate the latest and greatest design software into their operations. 

We did learn some interesting news from those who were not able to make the mini-reunion. It turns out that Etienne Boillot is in Barcelona with his family “just for fun” and plans to stay there for a couple more years watching the economic meltdown. Danielle Schanz was kept away by a “litigation emergency,” which comes with the territory when you’re a senior attorney at FINRA. She did say she had a wonderful time at an earlier event in N.Y.C. honoring Dartmouth veterans, including members of the class of ’42 who recently published the book Dartmouth at War as part of a class project. “I thanked them for their service,” she says, “as it permitted my father to survive the Holocaust (he was on Schindler’s list) and send his daughter to Dartmouth.” (Who knew?!)

For you guys who still have young ’uns, be sure to pick up Greg Slayton’s acclaimed new book, Be a Better Dad Today. Greg emphasizes the importance of fatherhood, regardless of situation, and gives “10 tools” to guide fathers on their journey.

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

Our 30th reunion started early for me—the Monday before. Dartmouth student Stephanie Pignatiello, daughter of Steve Pignatiello, e-mailed me the weekend before reunion to see if I had time for lunch. She was in Washington, D.C., doing an internship and—small world—she was with her boyfriend, a Dartmouth student I had interviewed when he applied as a high school senior. We ate pizza, talked about cooking meals in fraternities and professed our love for Dartmouth. I had a great grin on my face as those two walked away. Reunion week had got off to a great start.

And then Wednesday Julie Koeninger posted on Facebook a pic of the reunion team, already in Hanover: Julie, Robert Goldbloom, Barney Oldfield, Pat Berry and Nancy Baskin. Our classmates piled on, Facebook-style: John Sconzo commented, “See you later today!” and Larry Dunn worried when he wrote, “Save some beers for the rest of us.” Since our 25th many classmates have connected with others via Facebook, and what we see posted there allowed us quick entries into conversations with classmates. When we saw each other at Friday’s lunch, Susan Spencer and I dove right in to the college tour that she’d just finished with her daughter and had posted about on Facebook.

And as we all know, those conversations are the weekend’s highlights. Dirk Olin, Greg Hale and I debated the best FM radio stations across the United States—where “DJs program the music,” as Dirk said, not computers or management. Maine denizen Helen Hemminger told me of her baseball-playing son Daniel and Scott Bucey and his wife Jennifer filled me in on what to see when I’m in San Francisco next. Dave Focardi drove across the United States with his whitewater kayak, and I look forward to going on one of the river-rafting trips that he guides.

At our 25th our boy played soccer with classmates and their kids; this time it was Frisbee, as Charlie got gentle coaching from Patrick Haid, son of Hallidie Grant Haid. He and Hallidie were heading back to Seattle early Sunday so that Patrick could try out for an elite Ultimate team. But there was soccer on Saturday. Chris Morrison played with bunch of young alums on Whitey Burnham Field, and while he did not admit it, I bet our classmate gave ’em a run for their money. Spot’s in Indianapolis, Indiana, teaching and daughter Olivia is a true tomboy, he said.

The oldest son of Marty Cetron accompanied his father Saturday evening, and I remarked to Marty that I hope our boy grows up to be as mature and thoughtful as his. Doug Schwarz and I talked about his two kids: high school junior Julia is off to France this summer and Marcus just finished his sophomore year at Yale. I remember at our 15th reunion Marcus and I went to look for cookies during our meal at the Bema. As we waded into the crowd, his hand instinctually went for mine, and there is that picture, forever in my mind, Marcus and me hand in hand, talking about cookies, wandering through all of you on the Bema.

It was good to hold your hands this weekend, my classmates, to see you and hear of your lives, your kids, your work, your remarkableness. Big thanks to Nancy and her reunion committee for putting on this grand gathering. There are other stories to tell, but I have run out of room in this, my last column. Thankfully I shift over to the class’s newsletter and will continue there; Robert Goldbloom and Brian Cusack take over here. I feel very lucky that I can continue writing about you, the great class of 1981.

Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;; Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;

Go to for the latest class news.

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

With the passage of another reunion, a new slate of class officers moves into place. While several of our new officers have moved into new roles from past positions, there is also a new set of classmates joining the team. Included among them, your Class Notes secretaries, and more on that in just a moment. 

Current officers, who are always looking for your support, input and feedback: co-presidents, Julie Koeninger and Molly Van Metre; vice president, Andrew Lewin; treasurer, Martin Weinstein; Alumni Council representative, Mark Davis; co-webmasters, Jim Jankowski and Will Blanchard; newsletter editors, Rick Silverman, Abner Oakes, Pat Berry and Lynne Gaudet; co-secretaries, Robert Goldbloom and Brian Cusack; mini-reunion chairs and head agent—still to be determined at this writing. Stay tuned or, better yet, volunteer!

Many thanks to our most recent past officers for all of their hard work.

Co-president Julie Koeninger was recently honored with the Dartmouth Alumni Award. This award was established in 1954 and is selected annually by a standing committee of seven past recipients. The primary criterion is meritorious service to Dartmouth with career achievement and community service as additional dimensions. 

Recently winning a ruling before the U.S. Supreme Court was classmate Sean Devlin Bersell. Sean is the vice president of public affairs for the Entertainment Merchants Association and the case revolved around video game sales. In the wake of the ruling Sean’s comments were recorded and broadcast on various TV and radio outlets as well as in the pages of many properties, including the Los Angeles Daily News. There’s making a case for yourself and there’s the Supreme Court! 

As Class Notes secretaries Robert and I will be relying on you to submit information that is inspiring, informative and entertaining. The Class Notes section will be bite-size updates while the class newsletter format allows us to provide more in-depth information. Newsletter editors and secretaries are always looking for fresh content. Even in the day of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, MySpace (what?) and YouTube it’s easy to keep track of friends and family through your digital life. If you are like me though, you straddle communications platforms—I’m on Facebook, but I still read the Sunday Boston Globe and books, sometimes on the Kindle, sometimes on paper pages. At our certain age that is probably familiar behavior. I know when the Alumni Magazine arrives in the mailbox, the first or second thing I do is turn to Class Notes. It’s great to keep up, it’s a fun seasonal activity—catching up with ’81s and others. Help us keep that up with a quick e-mail. 

Inspire with stories of community service, philanthropy, middle-aged athletic achievement and deep thought.

Inform with updates on you, your career, your family, other ’81s.

Entertain with accounts of escapades with family and classmates, a great joke about that place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, you just heard or a link to your favorite new YouTube video. It’s six months old but have you seen Maria Aragon on YouTube? Take a look, you won’t be disappointed if you haven’t seen it already. 

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (781) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

It’s great to get news from some classmates we haven’t heard from in a while. Such as Bill Barker,who recently traded in his Chicago reverse commute for a job as CFO of a “pre-IPO” tech company called Trustwave. He is coming to terms with being the oldest person at the company. “It’s a very steep learning curve (I think they make up extra acronyms just to throw me off), but I am enjoying the role.”

John Dodd is living outside of Wilmington, Delaware, but working two to three days a week out of N.Y.C. for an equity and hedge fund firm. “I run the sales and marketing side and still find myself on the road a lot.” He still has three kids at home, ages 12, 10 and 6. They’re involved in multiple activities, but they’re all tall and (most importantly!) they are all swimmers.

Having trouble getting a handle on Twitter? See Jill Carpenter. She has two Twitter handles: @jcclicks and @ptsdinfo. Jill reports that she and her husband, George ’80, recently got to travel together on business like never before. “I was invited to attend the State of the Union address at the White House and a panel discussion following based on my social media expertise. I took photos for the inauguration book.” (That’s the “jcclicks” part.) She also curates information on post-traumatic stress disorder, so she was right at home at the National Press Club when George—as CEO of CNS Response—announced a major psychiatric trial his company was starting. The Carpenters have three kids who all share their parents’ high-tech or medical yen. 

We managed to coax Mike Steinharter to come out. Mike is working at Xerox and still maintaining four kids on the family payroll: three of them in college or grad school. He keeps in touch with soccer buddies “like Brian Hitchcock and Abner Oakes, where we talk trash about global soccer happenings.”

Patsy Fisher reports that it has been great fun reconnecting with Chris Blaski, who is back at Dartmouth as a student in the master of healthcare delivery science program, where Patsy is director of student and alumni affairs. 

Sally Johnson has been busy rebuilding a house from the footings up with her boyfriend. And now they are building a home together, along with Sally’s two new teenage stepchildren. “Nancy Green Oey and Diane Bennett both came to the wedding. Nancy was one of the six women who rowed me (photos on Facebook!) to the blessed event.”

Taking B.G. Sykes’ boat would have been a little easier. He offers an open invitation to classmates coming through Florida to stay aboard. B.G. and his wife, Cathy, have been working hard to put their two daughters through college. 

Speaking of which, Tim Fredel, Danielle Dyer, Toby and Sally Reiley, Nancy Baskin, Bob and Lynne Gaudet and Su-Moon Paik all learned recently that their once-little girls will soon be daughters of Dartmouth in the class of ’17!

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

“The economy must be improving and print media must not be dead yet when a daily paper hires a 52-year-old as a staff reporter.” So says Susan Spencer, who recently joined the Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette. On the beat nearby is Rich Barlow. Rich used to be a freelance writer for The Boston Globe, but is now full-time at BU Today. The other big class journalism news is that Dirk Olin, who is editor-in-chief of Corporate Responsibility Magazine, had his newly released book, Rebuilding Justice, featured on the Jim Lehrer NewsHour.

And speaking of books, Steve Oakes co-authored Speakout, a six-level adult course for learning English as a foreign language. The course was the recipient of the English Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh prize for the best new book in English language teaching in 2011. Steve, who is now the proud papa of a 2-year-old girl, has lived in Budapest for more than 20 years.

He spends summers nearby at huge Lake Balaton, and occasionally sees Mike Doyle when he swims down the river from Vienna. Mike works there for the International Atomic Energy Agency, frequently participates in masters swimming competitions and enjoys the Tyrolean skiing in winter. 

Good changes are happening for Julie Koeninger: She has recently transitioned from independent consulting to working at GMO as product strategist for timber and agriculture. As it happens, during the interview process for her current position Julie was taken to lunch by classmate Jody Shuman! Jody’s a client relations manager and partner who has been at GMO since the 1980s. Jody attributes her original hiring to having computer skills, which she would not have learned at Dartmouth had it not been for President Kemeny’s insistence that math majors master computer science.

“I’ve been keeping busy,” Sally Johnson writes, “rebuilding a house on a bike path and the water here in Rhode Island with my boyfriend. I’m hoping to make most of the textiles for the house on a loom I was given by Susan Tenney that we shipped back from her house in California last spring. Been rowing a lot too.”

Susan Hess, who has been actively serving as a member of the College’s alumni liaison committee, shared some good news about her growing Dartmouth family connections. “Our oldest daughter, Christina Wray ’12, is graduating from Dartmouth in June, so we will also be up there for that special occasion. And our youngest daughter, Jennifer, is now officially a member of the Dartmouth class of ’16, so we are Big Green all the way!”

Dan and John Gilroy certainly have their share of Dartmouth family connections, and they share a passion for filmmaking. Dan just co-wrote the screenplay for The Bourne Legacy with brother Tony, who is also directing. John is the editor of the movie, which is due out in August. (Their father, Frank Gilroy ’50, is a playwright.)

Besides marquee names Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Ed Norton, the film also features nephew Sam Gilroy ’09 and our own Sharon Washington.

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117; rgoldbloom@; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (781) 710-7228;

On his website Dave Pine writes that he “is excited to share with you that I am a candidate for a seat on the San Mateo County [California] board of supervisors” in a special election that will be held on May 3.

Our classmate has an impressive record of public service in that part of California. He currently serves on the San Mateo Union High School District school board, was a school board member for the Burlingame School District and was a Redwood City planning commissioner, among other civic activities. Work-wise, Dave is an attorney in Silicon Valley, where he has lived since 1985, and was general counsel for three tech companies: Handspring, Excite@Home and Radius. He and his wife, Jane, have two boys: Kevin (10) and Jack (7).

Let’s stay in California: Santa Barbaran Cas Stimson wrote that he and his wife, Kathy, are excited that their oldest daughter Kelsey is a member of the Dartmouth class of 2015. “We were a little surprised when she applied early decision,” Cas said, “as I tried not to put too much pressure on her to go green!” Their other child, Kathleen, is in the eighth grade. “With Kelsey off to college and Kathleen off to high school,” Cas finished, “the family dynamics will be quite different—at least the weather in Santa Barbara is consistent and will help us through the change.”

Cas and Kathy saw Brad Baldridge when they attended a bash before the Dartmouth/UCLA men’s soccer match this past November.

More from that state: John Madden wrote that he “can’t believe it’s been almost five years since our 25th.” He and his wife, Fresca, live in Tiburon, north of San Francisco, and John works for the “frequently renamed Bank of America Merrill Lynch.” Son Brooks is a sophomore at Georgetown and, as with Kelsey Stimson, daughter Kendall is a member of the Dartmouth class of 2015. “I sign everything I send to her ‘Dad ’81,’ ” finished John.

Tori McGeer holds a tenured research position at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, with lecturing responsibilities in the department of philosophy. “I’m on sabbatical this year,” Tori wrote, “spending my time as a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. I’m also catching up on a lot of yoga and otherwise glorying in the delights of the Bay Area.”

View Tori’s bio and you’ll see her wide range of academic interests, from moral psychology to the problems of self-knowledge and the metaphysics of the mind. Tori is married to Philip Pettit, who also teaches at Princeton.

Indianan Mary Favret wrote to say that they got “more ice than snow last week, and a half-inch of solid ice can be nearly as debilitating as 20 inches of snow.” Mary and her husband, Andrew Miller, have two kids, Cassie (13) and Ben (11), and both were off from school for three days. Cassie spent the time writing the next great American novel; Ben spent it eking out more time on various video games. Mary and Andrew are English professors at Indiana University, and Mary’s most recent book, War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime, received very good reviews. In fact, one review appeared on a website edited by former Dartmouth professor James Heffernan, one of Mary’s former teachers. Mary finished by saying that she and “family will be living in the United Kingdom next year, in Oxford,” and she wonders if there are classmates in the vicinity.

Now, Team ’81, have you made your plans to be at reunion this June 16-19?

Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;; Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;

Not sure if it’s just my experience, but it seems we are at the age where when we attend weddings, they are for our generation’s children—ours, our classmates, our neighbors or other younger family members or friends. It’s a rare treat when we get to attend a wedding for a friend our age. It’s even more rare when they are classmates and contemporaries from Dartmouth.

Recently, a few ’81s had exactly that opportunity, joining with classmate Lee Carson (a one-time class secretary, a most honored office) as he and Glenna Waterman ’82married late this past fall.

Celebrated at a breathtaking ranch out Wickenburg, Arizona, way in the Sonoran Desert, the wedding was an extended celebration for friends and family. In the days preceding the ceremony, guests were able to play golf—there were reports that money may have changed hands; ride the desert in motorized vehicles and on four-legged conveyance; hike (I called that golf); and shop Wickenburg (bring home a bolo tie)! Following the rehearsal dinner all were invited to toast the bride and groom, with toasts running deep into the night, bringing equal amounts of tears and laughter.

The ’81s joining the celebration were John Casaudoumecq, Tom Waterman and your scribe. Tom went for an adventurous hike, demonstrating his youthful conditioning and prowess while ignoring the auspicious warning provided by the trail’s name—Vulture Peak. 

John C., who was also best man, provided these thoughts on the days together: “It was a great weekend in a beautiful spot with great people. It was fascinating to speak with all the interesting, accomplished people that are the Waterman and Carson families. Their care, concern and joy for Glenna and Lee made a big impression. As much fun as all the outdoor activities, parties and dancing were, what I remember most is what Lee and Glenna said to each other and all of us.”

The Watermans and Carsons brought other generations of Dartmouth to the desert to share their joy: Sibyl Waterman, wife of Charles Dana “Dinny “ Waterman Jr., mother of the bride, honorary ’45, as she lived in Lord Hall and Sachem Village with Dinny and baby Dana after the war while Dinny finished up on the GI Bill. Additionally, in some order: Dana Waterman ’68 (celebrant), Cathy Waterman, junior exchange and Wheaton ’75, John Carson ’79, Libbet Waterman McKeon ’82, David Carson ’85, Ann Waterman Roy and Kanishka Roy, Tu’04.

Finally, as 2012 becomes 2013, while the country tries to reconcile unfathomable violence and legislators haggle while we hang over a cliff, some words from John Stuart Mill to consider: “Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.”

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

Mini-reunions are a great way to maintain contact between on campus reunions, recharge old friendships and get exposure to a number of interesting experiences. Classmate John Sconzo, a man of diverse skills and interests, organized a mini-reunion recently in N.Y.C., and sent along this account:

“On Wednesday, November 30, a group of classmates and partners convened for an intimate dinner at the Portuguese- and Asian-inflected Michelin-starred restaurant Aldea in N.Y.C. The group included Pat Berry, Wendy Brooks, Peter Corren, Jim Delisle, Robert Hoffman and Danielle Schanz. Chef George Mendez prepared a delectable menu with first course choices that included his signature shrimp Alinho or salad or mussel soup or foie gras terrine, a main course of sea-salted Chatham cod or wild mushroom risotto or wild striped bass or suckling pig along with a bevy of desserts and Chef Mendes’ signature Asian-influenced sea urchin toast. Ensconced in our own private room, we had a blast resuming old friendships and starting new ones. So much fun was being had, that we neglected to take a group photo!” Doesn’t it just make your mouth water? 

A couple of upcoming mini-reunions are planned for the New England area: Classmate and trustee Bill Burgess will be hosting a mini-reunion at his home for Boston area classmates on March 8. This will be a chance to hear from our two classmate trustees, Bill and Annette Gordon-Reed. Just 10 days later Geoff Hatheway is organizing an ’81 ski weekend at Magic Mountain in southern Vermont the weekend of March 17 (a very, very green St. Paddy’s Day)!

There are a number of ways to source column material and one of my favorites is walking the streets of Boston. On a recent stroll in the financial district I ran into George McLaughlin, who told me about his son George’s college selection process. Check out George the Younger’s skills on YouTube, showing moves his dad once displayed on the lawn of Alpha Delta during outdoor bands. George the Younger was named to the Boston Herald’s all-scholastic team. 

After serving three years as our class representative to the Alumni Council, Mark Davis is coming to the end of his term. We thank Mark for his time and service and for keeping us informed of council activities. 

The mission of the 126-member council is to sustain a fully informed, representative and engaged exchange of information and sentiment between alumni and their College and to enhance and inspire alumni involvement that furthers the mission of the College. Terms last three years and meetings occur twice annually for two to three days per session. This position is a great way to stay in touch with the action in Hanover. If you are interested in serving as our representative to the council or hosting a mini-reunion in your town, please reach out directly to Robert or me. Updates and details on many class events and class news can also be found on our class website and our Facebook page. 

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (781) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

It’s hard to believe but our 30th reunion is June 16-19! Reunion chair Nancy Baskin promises an exciting and fun weekend of reconnecting with old friends and classmates. Details will follow shortly, but here’s a pre-reunion look at what some of what your classmates have been up to: 

At the 30th you’ll have a chance to congratulate Bill Burgess, who was recently nominated as a candidate for the board of trustees by the Alumni Council. (See and please vote March 9 to April 6.) Bill is a managing partner of ABS Ventures. Throughout his career he has advised and invested in emerging growth technology companies. He is also an active volunteer, serving as trustee and treasurer of St. Mark’s School and as chairman of the New England Aquarium. Bill and his wife, Barbara, have a blended family of five children from each of their previous marriages. As Bill notes, “We seem to have pretty successively navigated the treacherous waters of merged families and I think that all our children are better for having one more adult who loves them.” Two of Bill’s three sons, Drew (22) and Christopher (20), are at the University of Vermont, while Peter (15) is at New Hampton School. Stepson Willie Mead (15) and stepdaughter Emily Mead (16) are both at Weston High School. Bill stays in touch with Mark Heuberger (who first introduced him to Barb!), Kirk Wilson, Dave Edelson, Dan Evans, Mike Steinharter, Chris Niehaus, Joe McLaughlin and John Westerfield.

Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Dong Kim, whosesister Jenny Kim Voelker ’94 wrote to say he was named 2010 Physician of the Year by the Provena St. Mary’s Foundation of Kankakee, Illinois. A surgeon at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, Dong was nominated for exemplifying “dignity, compassion, patience, virtue and respect” and “rising up to the Provena mission of healing and hope and the pillars of people, quality, excellence, finance and service.” Dong and his wife, Margaret, live in Kankakee with their children Alex, Daniel and Audrey.

Steve Herzog plans to be at the 30th. Steve lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife, Jackie, and daughter J.J. (6). Jackie and Steve adopted J.J. (Jessica Jingting Qingling Herzog) from China in May 2005 at age 11 months. In Steve’s words, “Bringing her into our life has been the greatest joy imaginable.” J.J. loves soccer, gymnastics, skiing and her two cats. Since 2005 Steve has been a principal, wealth manager and member of the investment committee at Wetherby Asset Management, an independent registered investment advisor to individuals, families, endowments and foundations. He also serves on the board of nonprofit Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC; ETC provides outdoor adventure trips for people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth. Steve thinks ETC’s mission should resonate with Dartmouth’s active, outdoors-oriented community and would love for classmates to support the organization. As Steve says, “It’s a wonderful organization that really changes lives.” 

Dean Lodmell is an “unpaid strategic consultant” to Lodmell Cellars, a Walla Walla, Washington, winery owned by his first cousins. As Dean explains, “I lend them a hand in various areas, some welcomed and others not, including manufacturing (crushing and fermentation), testing (tasting the wine while it is still in the barrels—my favorite part) and sales and marketing. Dean gave up his day job in the hedge fund industry sometime before 1999, but he’s currently looking for the right property from which to continue the family wine tradition with a “very small, super premium winery.” When not immersed in the wine business Dean spends time skiing at Mt. Hood and reports that he skied every month of the year in 2010!

Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;; Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;

This column is being written about one and a half miles and 10 days away from the horrific and inexplicable events at the Boston Marathon.

Father John Connolly, pastor at St. Brendan Parish in Dorchester, Massachusetts, led a prayer vigil on April 16 to remember Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed that Monday. 

“Good and gracious God, we come before you this evening with hearts full of sorrow and sadness, anger and confusion. We come before you as residents of a neighborhood who have been touched all too directly by the reality of violence and evil in our midst,” Father Connolly said. He closed the vigil with a blessing: “May Almighty God bless and console the Richard family, all of us, our city, our commonwealth and our country in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Following the blessing the crowd spontaneously began singing “God Bless America.” As difficult as it is to move on from that, we must while keeping Martin and the many other victims in our memories. 

Other classmates lead in other ways. David Courtney was recently named general partner and chief operating officer of Crosslink Capital. Crosslink is a stage-independent venture capital and growth firm. 

Rachel King was named as the first female chair of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a group representing more than 1,100 organizations. Rachel is the president and CEO of GlycoMimetics Inc.Others celebrated leadership at the recent Greenways Weekend, the community celebration of coeducation at Dartmouth. Classmates serving as speakers, panelists or moderators included Annette Gordon-Reed, Sharon Washington, Lisa Conte, Lynn Gaudet and Pamela Mason Wagner. Pamela is an Emmy Award winner and her most recent work is Makers: Women Who Make America. Laurel Richie, trustee and the president of the WNBA, delivered the keynote, where she declared, “Every day is an opportunity to show the world what is possible.” Had you gone, you would have also seen Julie Koeninger, Susan Spencer, Julie Matuschak, Sue Reed, Beth Shapiro and Ellen Brout.

Some lead in diplomacy. Chip Bettencourt just signed a lease for a flat in Paris, a few doors up from a bistro promoting beer pong. According to Chip, the French play beer pong with a glass of wine in their hand. Chip may be looking for a partner for the next game. 

Others lead charmed lives. Jim “Okie” Randolph ran into Gordy and Bobby Davenport skiing atop Telluride, Colorado, recently, where hairlines were compared. Jim said the occasion felt like everyone had last met only three years ago, not 30. Mark Jeffrey reports from St. Louis, Missouri, where he does marketing and marketing development for Solutia. He and wife Jennie recently added a Vizsla puppy to the household while sons Chris and Scott are off at school.

Some lead in the arts. Fraser Smith’s work was recently featured at the Katonah Museum of Art’s “Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution.” 

Time for you to lead—last chance to give to the College Fund,

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

It’s late April as I write this, and it’s either winter, spring, summer or some season Al Gore has not yet named. As you read this it should be early summer, the weather should have settled on a pattern and you’ll be getting ready to watch, or even attend, the Summer Olympics in London. Here’s a preview and update from Andrew Lewin, class VP and recently relocated London correspondent. 

“There is a great deal of scrambling for tickets. About 1 million will go on sale in early May, but only to those who registered a year ago, and it seems there will be more losers than winners even for those. The games will take place all over London. Beach volleyball will be near us, behind the royal horse guards in St. James Park. While a lot of people we know will be going out of town to avoid the crowds, some are planning to stay and enjoy the atmosphere, if not the actual games.

“On a recent trip to Berlin with my son Nate ’14 in March I visited with our classmate Matt Hunter. Since 2006 Matt has been a violist for the Berliner Philharmonic, the finest orchestra in the world. I believe he is the first American to do so. Those of you who remember Matt from Dartmouth may remember that he was heading to banking after graduation. Fortunately, he decided to go to conservatory instead. He lives in Berlin with his wife, Karen, and three daughters.”

If you are lucky enough to attend in London, you’ll likely be living the life one associates with someone 31 years out of college. In contrast, Chris Morrison remembers a trip to the Lake Placid Olympics with classmates Stu Levenson and John Connolly. Details are scarce, but reportedly it was very cold in the back of an unheated VW bus driven by an ’80, whose name has been withheld. 

Though not Olympian, Chip Bettencourt reports an epic effort, also happening as you read this. In June Chip and Chris Andrews will participate in the Newport to Bermuda Sail race. “Our boat Hakuna Matata (“no worries”) is a Cal 39, one of the smallest in the race. Two years ago our goal was to finish the race and not be last. There was one boat behind us, and several dropped out. Our goals are the same this year. Chris is the captain—so if we go slowly, blame him. I am navigator; so if we get lost, blame Chris for making me the navigator. The rest of the crew also play hockey. The race should take us five days, give or take a day. Our crew gets special invites to all the best parties at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club—and you can’t miss us wearing Bermuda shorts, knee-high socks, our own favorite hockey T-shirts and baseball hats—among the crowd of matching preppy shirts and blazers.” Track Chip and Chris on the web.

Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;; Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since our 25th reunion when I took on this role of co-secretary with Abner Oakes. As I look forward to seeing many of you at our 30th reunion around the time this, my last column, hits your mailboxes, I am grateful for the privileges of the job. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with old friends while getting to know classmates I’d never met before. Thank you for trusting me to share personal stories such as these:

Marc Chabot has been teaching science at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vermont, for 15 years. A Thetford parent shared the news that the robotics team he formed this past January recently placed fourth in the Vex Robotics world championship in Orlando, Florida. As Marc notes, “We went from coming in dead last in our first meet to reaching the finals in the next three. At the final meet we qualified for the championship event. The Thetford community rallied around us, and we raised the funds to send the team to Orlando in just a week.” Out of the 104 teams in their division, Thetford finished the qualifying rounds in fourth place, but lost in the elimination rounds. In addition to his robotics team success Marc is one of 50 science teachers nationwide recently awarded a Siemens STEM Institute Fellowship to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics this summer in Washington, D.C. Marc and his partner, Cindy Perry, live in Thetford Center, Vermont, and have four adult children.

Doug Graham lives in Birmingham, Michigan, with his wife, Janet. Doug writes, “Janet is a very successful real estate agent in the Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills area. I work in the private equity and venture capital world.” Doug is chairman and CEO of Detroit Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Bloomfield Hills that specializes in early stage, development, distressed situations and growth capital investments. As Doug notes, “We are currently looking at relocating out of Michigan, preferably to the West Coast. I would love to move to San Francisco or Palo Alto if the opportunity is right! We both love the area and find the environment surrounding the university stimulating!”

Mary Lauzon Long lives right here in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Mary is a part-time anesthesiologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where her husband, Jack Long ’79, is a urologist. Mary and I caught up recently while riding the exercise bikes at our local gym. As the parent of a high school freshman, I appreciated Mary’s willingness to share some “words of wisdom” gained from her experience in navigating the local high school experience with her kids. Oldest daughter Katie, a senior, will be going to Bucknell in the fall and oldest son Stephen, is a junior at Wellesley High. Younger sons Brian, in eighth grade, and Matthew, in fifth grade, round out the Long household. 

In the midst of writing this column I received the exciting news that our own Laurel Richie has been appointed president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). When I contacted her, Laurel said, “I am really excited about joining the WNBA—these women are amazing athletes and role models for young girls. I hope to see ’81s and their families at the games!” Laurel comes to the WNBA from Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was chief marketing officer. She has received a number of awards during her career and earlier this year was named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal. 

Again, thanks for sharing the stories of your lives. Abner’s last column will feature the reunion. Hope to see you there. Cheers!

Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;; Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;

I can see that point in life coming when I begin shedding responsibilities of parenting and working. And strutting to Mick Jagger’s “I’m free…to do what I want…any old time.” I know I’d like to spend more time with friends and classmates in the golden years. I’ve often thought it would be fun to hang out again with Jan Gaynor Bandeen. We were good friends senior year. We often went to Peter Christian’s for dinner on Sundays with Jim Delisle and Ann Jacobus. I really enjoyed Jan’s mischievous laugh, her sharp wit and her savvy understanding of the world. She lived in California most of the years since Dartmouth. We didn’t get to talk too often, and I hadn’t seen her for quite a long time. And now, I won’t get to see her at all. Incredibly, Jan died in September. One night she suddenly fell into a coma from which she never recovered. I guess it goes to show that we shouldn’t wait too long to do the things we yearn to—like getting together with old friends. 

Beth Shapiro Lewyckyj and John Sconzo have the right idea. They organized a mini-reunion dinner at CityZen in Washington, D.C., when John and his wife, Kitty, came through town. Kate Silberman Balaban, Abner Oakes and wife Lolly, Jerry Pierce, Tina Jones Silberman, Becky Nyren Shepherdson and Jill Martin Eichner were all enjoyed the fabulous food as well as each other’s fabulous company.

At Homecoming this fall more than 20 ’81s were on campus for the festivities. And for some of them it was no small jaunt: Carolyn Samiere came from California, as did Cas Stimson, who came with his wife and daughter; Susan Hess came from Dallas; Marty Cetron and his wife from Atlanta; and Byron Boston drove up with his wife and son from Richmond, Virginia. Elliott Davis showed off the campus to his son for the first time. And Kate Balaban doubled down by making her second class mini-reunion in as many weeks! Thanks to the classes of ’78, ’79 and ’80 for sharing a mini-reunion with us before the football game. 

The reviews from The New York Times describe Sharon Washington’s performance in Wild with Happy as “sensational.” By the time you read this a group of 24 of us will have gathered for dinner, seen the show at N.Y.C.’s Public Theater and then toasted Sharon in the theater’s adjacent lounge. 

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (617) 710-7228;

Attention classes of 1978 through 1984! Yes, you! We know you read our column, checking for names of old comrades. Well, since you don’t get much other news about the great class of 1981, we thought you should know that for the last year we were named Class of the Year!

Just wanted to share that good news with you. (Okay, and maybe rub your noses just a bit.)

And now it’s time to make the doughnuts: Wendy Whitlock Cornish has a new lease on life. She is now living in Palo Alto, California, working in S.F., and hardly ever needing to use her car. Ann Jacobus Kordahl is also in San Francisco, writing creatively for children as her own have been going through Dartmouth. In a nearly parallel existence on the East Coast, Pat Berry is writing creatively and has a daughter at Dartmouth. And Ann and Pat are among the many classmates who have developed their own blog. It sounds like you two should be swapping some good stories.

Jim Slavin has been found alive and well and living in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He and Doreen have been busy raising kids. No wonder he’s been so mysterious all these years.

It was great to run in to Frank “Pancho” Ryan at a recent Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network event in N.Y.C. Pancho has his own architectural design firm.

Thinking back on some of the other ’81s I saw at reunion for the first time in many years: Gary Weiner and his family made the trek in the family van from Salina, Kansas, where Gary is an ophthalmologist. Mike Komara is an electrical engineer cum consultant with all kinds of experience and patents in wireless communications. He came from Florida with his daughter. Linda Gundal came from Germany, Tom Waldo from Alaska, and Pam Hedstrom was just back from Haiti, where she had been working to try to help them sort out the mess in their financial infrastructure. And how wonderful was it to see Annette Taylor! Annette is a microbiologist/immunologist and the director of a genetics lab near Denver.

Everyone from George Alexakos to Tariq Zaman has joined our new “Class of 1981” LinkedIn group. It is really an essential forum for us to collaborate in areas of shared professional interest or to help classmates establish beneficial connections to others. I, for one, didn’t realize that Tom Farmer recently founded his own communications firm, built on his extensive experience in broadcast journalism and marketing strategy. Or that Jeff Meer has been all over the world for the past two decades, first as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service officer and more recently as an advisor and advocate serving a myriad of public health and development nonprofits. So please join the LinkedIn group. (Sorry all you other ’78s to ’84s, this one’s for ’81s only.)

Robert Goldbloom, 324 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706; (914) 231-5117;; Brian Cusack, 26 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945; (781) 710-7228;

I just got off the phone with Lee Carson, as his car made the trek from his office in Larkspur, California, to the airport. Seems he doesn’t need to touch the steering wheel on that route, the wheels following a well-worn path, and I could hear Lee making himself an espresso in the front seat, with his free hands, to steel himself for his flight. Lee told me that he had a Dartmouth start to the week: e-mail exchange with Chris Halloran on Monday and then coffee with Scott Von Eschen that morning. I kept that streak going.

Since 1999 Lee has worked for the D.C.-based Carlyle Group; the company shut down its San Francisco office a few years ago, but he remains, raising money for Carlyle from state pension funds, high-net-worth people and other big rollers. Lee tells me that his kids are doing great—oldest daughter Lauren has been on two of Scott’s company’s trips—and Lee keeps busy playing golf and tennis and running marathons, of which he’s done seven. “I just had back surgery,” he told me. “My second.” And so some of Lee’s athletic accomplishments have taken a back seat to a successful recovery. He and I plan to have coffee when he’s next in D.C.

Freshman trip pal Lydia Lazar is now the associate dean for recruitment and career development at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies, responsible for the admission and career development offices. She had been the assistant dean for international law and policy development at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

“My older daughter Rachel graduated in June from Lincoln Park High School,” wrote Lydia, “where she earned both French baccalaureate and international baccalaureate degrees. Completely coincidentally, she decided to attend the University of Chicago.” Sister Naomi is a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep, and Lydia finished by saying that she and her girls “enjoyed our annual August visit to Block Island, Rhode Island, where we always visit with Deanie Pearce and her family. This summer we were really excited to get a visit from Steve Quatrano and his wife, Doreen.”

A mouse told me about Peter Sullivan and Elizabeth Viscott Sullivan, who live in Brooklyn, New York. Google Peter and you will find his website, filled with his paintings, works on paper and videos; I was struck by the rich colors and shapes of these abstract compositions, all of which grow out of photographs of everyday scenes. And Liz is an executive editor at HarperCollins, where she develops four-color books on fashion and pop culture.

A few quick notes: Annette Gordon-Reed is not only a 2010 MacArthur Fellow but also our class’ first trustee—what great news! Doug Harrison was in town for a conference and came to our place for dinner, proffering a bottle of cabernet sauvignon from his cellar. And Debbie Wesselmann wrote this when I asked about her life these days: “I’m just plugging away on a new novel manuscript, as always.” Be sure to read Debbie’s latest book, Captivity.

And lastly: We are a great class! Check this out: We were presented with the 2010 Class of the Year “With Distinction” Award and will receive the Dartmouth College Fund’s Class of 1926 Award for greatest single-year increase in participation. Big thanks to class agents Halladie Haid and David Edelson for their efforts. And our own Greg Clow will be president of the Dartmouth Webmasters Association and was named Class President of the Year by the Class Presidents Association. So, great class of 1981: See you all at our 30th, June 16-19.

Abner Oakes, 4807 Dover Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-1772;; Julie Koeninger, 2 Wilson St., Wellesley, MA 02482;


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