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Class of 1986

Class Secretary: Erica Seifert Plunkett, 56 Morton St., Holliston, MA 01746, eplunkett@wellesley.edu

Class President: Angus M. “Don” Green, 6005 Natick Court, Burke, VA 22015, don.green@mail.house.gov

Next Reunion in 2006. Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu! Selections from the recent Class Letter: Bill Burleigh and family run the Laramie River Dude Ranch in Colorado, featured in 100 Best All-Inclusive Resorts of the World. In the winter, 60 horses, 10 chickens, three cats, one dog, and one longhorn steer keep them busy, he says…. John Fiske and Dan Ludden moved to Columbus, Ohio, when John was recruited to Abercrombie & Fitch to be their SVP, human resources. Dan is starting his own business (too new to talk much about at this point). Columbus has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise… Michael Goldberg received the 2002 Award for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical psychology from the American Psychological Assn.’s Society of Clinical Psychology…. David Graves has been living in Japan for the past 12 years. David is a coordinator for the foreign staff (English teachers) of a major English school called ECC. He keeps healthy by studying aikido, and holds a third-degree black belt…. Beth Landry Ostaszewski researches Alzheimer’s disease at the Brigham in Boston…. “Lipitor, anyone?” asks Mark Leahey. He works for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in their cardiovascular division in Maine and New Hampshire. He was recently promoted to the battalion operations officer for the 2/197th Field Artillery Battalion, New Hampshire Army National Guard. Mark’s wife, Michele (Wygant) ’85, works as a reading specialist in a Rochester, N.H., elementary school…. Jamie Merisotis believes that he is very fortunate to do what he does. The Institute for Higher Education Policy is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which is a major milestone for a nonprofit organization. Its work continues to focus on fostering access and quality in higher education. It has expanded in recent years to include supporting the collaborative work of minority-serving colleges and universities…. Jeff Miller was promoted to associate at DPK&A Architects, LLP, in Philadelphia. He is the project manager for the restoration of historic buildings at The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, Pa.) and ongoing design for Verizon throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions…. Miriam Wold teaches part time at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She recently finished a children’s book, text and illustrations, about her dog, entitled Memories of Emma Lou…. Tracey Misins Geary oversaw a $7-million-plus capital campaign at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine, that surpassed its initial goals in just under 10 months…. Diane Murphy got her 15 seconds of fame on The Today Show when it broadcast from The Canyons Ski Resort, owned by Diane’s employer, American Skiing Co. She has been working at ASC for four years as director of database marketing. Diane runs the marketing systems and heads up market research for the resorts…. Dave Reynolds worked with the U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins at a poetry workshop in southwestern Ireland. It was a memorable week filled with deep thoughts, dark beer, and lots of writing. He is now seeking publication in various journals and magazines. Dave’s wife, Kaja (Beenhouwer) ’88, has dropped her ceramics career to pursue a master’s in education and teacher (K-5) licensure…. Bill Walsh continues to work as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. He won the David Lynch award for excellence in congressional reporting in 2002…. Darrell Williams enjoys success with his company, Washington Emerging Technologies Center (WETC), a business consulting firm working with small high-tech firms to acquire federal technology transfer contracts to help grow their operations.


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