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Class of 1959

Co-Class Secretaries: Clifford Baxter, 17913 Tiara St., Encino, CA 91316, bud@baxter.org; Margaret Montgomery, 400 Central Park West, 9K, New York, NY 10025, peggydm@rcn.com

Co-Class Presidents: Gerald M. Davis, 15 Hamlin Road, Falmouth, ME 04105-2205, gmdavis@maine.rr.com; Henry J. Keigwin, 2 Sound Point, Amelia Island, FL 32034, keigwin@hotmail.com

Next Reunion in 2004. Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu!Selections from the recent Class Letter: Tom Lee and his first wife, Melva, remarried in August 2002. They first reconnected when she answered the phone at their daughter’s house. Together they built a new home in Ocala, Fla…. Bud Baxter builds Web pages and computers, but not as much as in the past. “User error is alive and well,” he says…. Lou Brown and Bobbie are still working, Bobbie in the East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure unit at the World Bank and Lou at the Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation. Last spring, they were in Hanoi, where Lou represented the U.S. Climate Change Science Program in a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research. He was part of a U.S. delegation to a meeting in Havana of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, for which he chairs the committee on rules and procedures…. Vicki Daniels Aberhart was accepted into an 18-month docent training program at the Worcester Art Museum. She is immersed in art history, a longtime interest of hers that began with Cultch…. Pauline retired in June, but Ross Deacon continues working between half and full time, as determined by the Nevada state budget…. Barbara Farnham Grant was feted by staff and students when she retired after 16 years as a beloved teacher of children with learning disabilities at Eagle Hill School in Southport, Conn. A poem composed in her honor includes the lines, “You are about to retire, you surely deserve a rest/Eagle Hill will really miss you, we’re losing one of our best.”… Pete Gartner found that work impacted recreation, so he terminated his part-time work as a school psychologist. He continues to ski and to teach skiing at Sunday River, Maine…. After 41 years of parish ministry, Dwight Haynes retired, and he and Maryellen renovated a 1780s cape and moved to Concord, N.H. Dwight has been involved in weekly peace vigils in front of the State House, writes articles for the Concord Monitor, and supports Howard Dean for president. He has also preached, done some funerals, and made hospital calls, but loves having no administrative worries. He also serves as chaplain for people seeking ordination. Last autumn, he cycled 229 miles in four days down the length of New Hampshire, fulfilling one of his retirement goals…. John Hooper is involved with the Retired Educators Assn. of Massachusetts as president of the Hamden East chapter. He serves on the advisory committee to the Edith Stewart Chase Foundation, which gives cash grants to elderly retired teachers in need…. Mary Ann Houston Hermance helped plan a faithworks festival in Hanover, Mass., for the Southeast Area of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Don continues with his writing, both prose and music, and loves getting into his own space at the computer…. Clif Jacobs is retired from the insurance business, and Mary Lou works parttime for the American Red Cross as an R.N. in the bloodmobile division. He serves as director of music at their church…. Jack Keigwin and Beverly enjoy getting to Bates more often, now that Jack is a Trustee…. Dave Lowry is on his fifth post-retirement job. He ran a charter school, did consulting at Milton Academy, worked in a boat yard, did substitute teaching, and now drives a big yellow school bus. “Nothing like having a job you don’t need,” he says. He fills his “spare time” as president of the Duxbury Rotary Club… “Thought I’d be retired by now,” writes John “Mac” Makowsky “but this new responsibility is very challenging, and I’m enjoying it!” Mac is the CEO of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in San Francisco…. Helene Marcoux Quint is active in theater again and had a chance to do the Miss Blotta monologue, written at Bates over 40 years ago! She was Auntie Em in the Wizard of Oz recently and has been very active in a Senior Players group, which is part of Senior College at the Univ. of Southern Maine… Oscar Mullaney moved into a home designed by his wife and son on land overlooking Plymouth, Duxbury, and Kingston Bay in Massachusetts. A spectacular view…. Ginny Schultz Humphrey serves as treasurer of the Connecticut League of Nursing and as director of the Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care for Connecticut…. Ronnie Scudder Harrold and Ray continue to enjoy their 55-plus condo community and love living in the same town as their granddaughter. “We don’t need a gym membership,” she says. “Running after her keeps us fit!”… Sylvia Soehle Schindler is very active in the local land trust, as well as participating in church activities and a college club (AAUW) reading group. Earl volunteers with the “Over-the Hill-Gang” to help maintain their church facilities. He enjoys meeting periodically with Stanley Works retirees…. Rod and Sue Stoliker Goulding, after five years on the road in their RV, moved to Bradenton, Fla., but use the RV to escape the hottest months…. Jay Tanzer ’59 returned from Sweden, where Sahlgrenska Academy, of the University of Gothenberg, awarded him an honorary degree for his “epoch-making” research on tooth-decay-causing microorganism. “I was treated like semiroyalty!” he says. “Other awardees ranged from contributors to clinical science, laboratory science, and medical journalism. Awards also went to presidents of drug firms and of Volvo, humanitarians, movie directors (Ingmar Bergmann’s daughter). A diverse crew. Following all this was a banquet, initially very staid and formal, later raucous.”…. Charlie Updegraph writes, “I’m enjoying Social Security, but it just ain’t enuf, so I’m also still selling pianos and organs to religious institutions in the Metro New York area for the largest dealer in the Northeast.”


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