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Class of 1963

Class Secretary: Elizabeth Buker Creighton, 2419 Marion St., Columbia SC 29201, lizdickc@earthlink.net

Class President: Richard Brown, Governors Landing, 13 Cross Dr., Waterford CT 06385, rhmmbrown@myeastern.com

Linda Antoun Miller does private tutoring in English two afternoons a week, and is a docent at the “world class” Worcester Art Museum. She is on the steering committee of the Worcester Women’s History Project…. Peter Aransky won’t stop working until he stops enjoying it. Jane, at 50-plus, went back to school and got her master’s. At almost 60, she’s building a newer, larger skin care salon. They are still trying to figure out what they are going to do when they grow up…. Bette Anne Barber Crowell has moved to Cape Cod after 27 years of ministries in Connecticut and service on national directorates of the United Church of Christ. She and Josh are trying to figure out what to do next, and they think “cruise ship chaplaincy” sounds great…. Thomas Brown and Gail spend a lot of time around Bates, because their son, Win ’89 lives four houses from Page Hall. They built a second home in Georgetown, Maine (Reid State Park Road), on the peninsula across the Kennebec from Popham Beach…. Paul Castolene celebrated retirement by taking a five-week golfing excursion to New Zealand and the Cook Islands…. John Charkoudian says he is “still chugging along.” After three surgeries and a three-month hospital stay, he’s back to most activities, including golf, at his Naples, Fla., home…. David and Janet Suomela Compton retired in June 2001 after 34 years of teaching. His first novel was published in February 2003…. Jim Curtis highly recommends retirement, although he is busier than ever. He continues to direct the Manchester, Conn., Barbershop Chorus (since 1982). Betsy has also retired, and is devoting more of her creative time to her pottery studio…. Judy Graham Boedecker retired from teaching June 1999 and now works full-time as a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Wolfeboro, N.H…. June Gustafson Munro spends all day with 4-year-olds and loves it. She teaches pre-K in a Title I school in Virginia. David is a logistics manager for PackageTrack…. Web Harrison golfs regularly with Howie Vandersea, Chick Leahey ’52, and Bob Flynn…. Bill Holt has no retirement plans yet. He does mostly cataract and LASIK surgery in his ophthalmology practice. He remains a Bates Trustee, as well as one at Andover-Newton Theological School. He’s starting to have some success growing grapes and making wine…. Barbara Hudson Fuson works with three middle schools and two high schools in Decatur on school improvement…. Leslan Jones Carlson planned to retire in December 2003 in order to enjoy four grandchildren, and her hobby of collecting and repairing (or finishing) antique quilts…. Nancy Levin Coleman has traveled through South America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Asia since retiring in 1997, and vows to get to Europe one of these days. Her volunteer activities include long-term care ombudsman for a nursing home, and being active in Bahai community in Seattle and the Interfaith Council of Washington…. Bonnie Logie Bieder now has her shop on the web (www.lionheartgallery-bonniesplace.com), featuring faux finishes, murals, custom furniture, and gallery paintings…. Nona Long Thomas is getting back to music. She sings in a women’s chorus and a mixed chorus…. Margie Lord King plans to retire in a few years. Phil is slowly easing out of his business as their son is gradually easing into the business…. Leslie Love Costello’s husband is semi-retired and spends much of his time taking care of the house and her, as progressive MS renders things more difficult…. Louise McCabe Cleary hopes retirement is somewhere on the horizon. Kevin works part-time as the director of religious education at their church. After 24 years, they reluctantly left the family homestead in Boca Raton and moved about 20 minutes north to an “adult” community (where the grass is cut for them). That seemed easier than tackling the 24-year-old “to-do’s” for the old house…. Julie Noble Scoma teaches special ed part time; Richard is still practicing architecture. No early retirement they’ve been doing a lot of traveling…. Leslie (Lee) Nute retired (for the second time) last year…. Lois (Loie) Payne Lindner absolutely loves living in Sequim, Wash., in the log home they designed and built in 1999-2000 at the foot of the Olympic Mountains and across the strait from Vancouver Island, B.C. She continues to work full time (and then some) as director of accounts management for UTS Global LLC, a San Jose-based firm spin-off from Amdahl. She works remotely from her well-equipped home office. Husband Dick enjoys retirement and stays busy designing and building beautiful items (including their new bedroom furniture) in his woodworking shop, and as instructor for the Coast Guard Auxiliary…. Gary Post enjoys helping others his age prepare for retirement at New England Financial, where he specializes in helping entrepreneurs extract the financial rewards from the businesses they built…. Millie Pruett has a small, private psychotherapy practice and, for the past 10 years, has had a small, professional gardening business designing and caring for perennial border gardens. No immediate plans for retirement! In October 2002, she married Norman Richardson and acquired four lovely adult “stepchildren” and assorted “step-in-laws” and grandchildren…. Ruth Raymond Kapnis is finally in the “happy business of retirement,” after teaching in the Salem school system for 28 years. She enjoys volunteer work at the North Shore Medical Center Stroke Survivors Club, founded by her mother after she had a stroke. She’s also busy with garden club, book club, and cherub choir at church…. Marcia Rogers Nelson did “all of the retirement things Ñ travel (Ireland, Western Canada, Las Vegas), golf, museums” and got incredibly bored. She’s been working as a contract technical writer for the past two years. Anyone else interested in a trip to Antarctica?… Marion Schanz Ratcliff loves the central Texas area…. Al Seelig appreciates the new-found freedom retirement brings. He’s reading all those books that have piled up and volunteering at Connecticut Public Radio. He’s also helping a friend in Vermont restore an 1810 farmhouse. Eventually, he hopes to do some writing as well as some genealogical research…. C.J. Snow works full time at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (formerly The DeWolfe Company) in Lexington, Mass. She loves to assist Bates families in relocating around the country…. Stuart Solomon spends time playing tennis, studying Italian, traveling, and volunteering at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic…. Bud Spector has joined the gastroenterology faculty at the Univ. of New Mexico part-time. He has become interested in landscape painting…. George and Dorothy Selden Stone maintain their tax and accounting practice in Norwalk, Conn…. Howie Vandersea was profiled in the Metrowest Sunday News (Framingham, Mass.) in July 2003. The article gave a retrospective of his collegiate football, baseball, and coaching career. Howie’s son, Craig, is the Bobcats’ varsity baseball coach…. Judith Wendell Kramer is an educational consultant and enrichment specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia. She enjoys graphic art, photography, and studio art…. Arlene Wignall Nickerson is a legal secretary for a mid-sized Portland law firm. Nick travels Maine as information technology auditor for small banks…. Eug
enia Wise Hathaway
enjoys gardening, playing golf, visiting her grandchildren, traveling, and working on her house. She hikes, skis, camps, and climbs mountains with the Canyon Explorers Club…. Sylvia Woodaman Pollock loves working as a clinical psychologist in Madison, N.J., but finds herself thinking more and more about their lakefront house in Madison, N.H. Husband Lee still works in the biology department at Drew University.

Next Reunion in 2008. Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu!


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