Class of 1957

Class Secretary: Arlene Gardner Foulds, 115 Marshall St., Torrington, CT 06790-2509;

Class President: Paul D. Steinberg, 106 Peninsula Dr., Babylon, NY 11702-3336;

Next Reunion in 2007. Got news? Tap out a note to! Ann Akehurst Hodgkinson and John ’55 are involved in Orleans, Mass., town “workings,” including land-use and cable/telecommunications issues, and with the board of water commissioners. John also serves on an all-Cape committee to deal with various Cape issues…. Phil Allen is retired since the last offspring graduated from college…. After years on Cape Cod, Wayne Crooker writes that he has returned to Maine (Danforth) 10 miles from Canada…. Scott and Aggie Beverage Dailey call their move to Brunswick a wise choice. “Volunteer work, caring for young grandchildren, and visiting adult children in the Netherlands and California make retirement enjoyable.”… Deb and Dick Davignon in Naples, Fla., report that “Christmas in the tropics is a hoot. The natives here all have ‘snow envy.’ Picture Christmas lights wrapped around palm trees.”… Deepest sympathy to Bea Douglas Massih on the death of her husband, George, in March 2001 from cancer. Bea says that she is well and involved in a hospital board raising funds for cancer and serving as a hospital trustee. She is also a trustee at church and singing in the choir…. Don and Jean Flagg’s 2001 motor home trip focused on the northern half of the country and the Canadian Rockies. Don reports that “our daughter, Debbie, had to have her complete thyroid removed. She is on medicine now and doing fine. After Jean had a lumpectomy, the pathology report showed the tissue in all eight sections around that area to be clear. No further action is required except to periodically monitor it.”… Arlene Gardner Foulds oversaw the planning and executing of Torrington First Night on New Year’s Eve. “We had between 3,500 and 4,000 people for a great night.” She works at Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen 15 hours a week as the Christian education director. “Son Kevin is in Manhattan with Price Waterhouse Cooper, David is with Sedexho Marriott in food service, and Jeff teaches at an alternate high school in Winsted.”… In late September, the University of Maryland, where Nan Henson Hey works as associate director of the demonstration lab preschool, was struck by a tornado. A few minutes before closing, her husband called to alert her of the impending danger. “I ran from class to class, alerting teachers and barking out instructions to take the remaining children into interior rooms and huddle under built-in desks. That’s where we listened to 200-mph wind roar and heard second-story windows in the adjacent room crash to the floor. The storm tore a hole in our roof and broke 70 of our windows, sending shards of glass scissoring through the exterior rooms. Not 200 feet away, the twister sucked up a medium-sized car and hurled it over an eight-floor dorm, killing the two university students (sisters) in the car. Aided by our 4-minute warning, we all survived without a scratch.”… Helen Joerger Einstein “keeps busy with church work, classes and traveling. Tom has cut back to shorter hours at Mercury Computer Systems in Chelmsford.”… Judy Larkin Sherman is treasurer of Mid-Coast (Maine) Habitat for Humanity. “We have built 12 houses and hold mortgages on 10 of them. Somehow the treasurer’s job also entails managing such things as the donor database and mailing labels. In a weak moment, I also agreed to be the treasurer of Youthlinks, a nonprofit in Rockland, working with middle school kids to actively connect youth with their communities through volunteer activities.”… Peggy Leask Olney writes: “We enjoyed a wonderful cruise in March 2001 along with Bill ’54 and Carolann McKesson Laird ’54, Burt ’59 and Shirley Harris, Professor of Psychology Dick Wagner, and alumni from Colby, Bowdoin, and UCLA. The summer was busy with non-stop visits from relatives and friends, trying out our newly upgraded beach house.”… Anne Lombard Vartabedian writes with the sad new that she and Dick are divorcing after 44 years. “Our children have been very supportive. David lives in Darien, Conn., is a municipal bond trader and has three children. Susan lives with her husband in Salem, Va., and has a boutique in Roanoke, Va. I go on most of the buying trips with her, which is great fun. I keep busy watercoloring, playing league tennis and bridge, and am on two boards: the Farnsworth Museum and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens…. “Jean and I are looking forward to our three-month stay on Marco Island again this year,” reported Jim McGrath over the winter…. Bill Moore retired in April 2001 after 40 years as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Daughter Debe, a Chicago architect, and husband Bill Kent and children Kyle (6) and Kaitlin (3) live in Oak Park, where they attend Pilgrim Congregational Church with Garvey and Nancy Libby MacLean ’56’s daughters. “My wife and I are working on a book on Abraham Lincoln’s’ best friend, Owen Lovejoy, who grew up in Auburn and attended Bowdoin, 1831-33.”… Dudley and Didi Halbert Moses moved from Ohio to Lancaster, Mass., near their son. Dudley does consulting work with his son on environmental issues, and Didi teaches a course in gerontology at a local college…. Janet Neal Allen and Bill celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in September…. Nancy Nichols enjoys retirement in New Milford, Conn. She spent time with Joan LaWall Weimer in Florida and lunched with Mary Sinott Barry…. Dick Pierce still enjoys work, but on a reduced schedule. “Two of our children and four grandchildren are nearby in Dedham, Mass. One child and grandson are in San Francisco. We enjoyed a mini-reunion in Chatham and Eastham (Cape Cod) with Doug Campbell, Oley and Roseanne Johnson, Jim and Margo Muth, and Clark ’59 and Diane Whelton ’60.”… Grant and Jo Reynolds ’58 planned to be at Reunion (Grant was passing up driving in his favorite race to come!). Last season was successful, he says, winning races and finishing second in the toughest vintage Formula Vee series in the country. Last spring, Grant outfitted Lori Beer ’58 “with his heart’s desire: 210 metal Head skis, the kind that were the newest and latest when we were at Bates. They came from my growing ski collection, up to nearly 70 pairs from 1918-2000. When John Nickerson and I rented a pair of new Heads at Sugarloaf in 1956 to check them out, we concluded they were OK for beginners but would never replace wood racing skis for serious skiers! Very sad that John and I will not be skiing together any more since he passed away last July.”… Don Root enjoys retirement on Cape Cod “when Pat ’59 and I are not traveling to Columbia, S.C., to see our 2-year-old granddaughter. We also traveled to Ireland, England, and Greece in April and May 2001.”… “I will practice law until my forced retirement on Nov. 1, 2005,” vows Dick Rowe, who was recently appointed to the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. “Sylvia is chief executive officer of the Food Information Council, which gives me spousal rights to travel to places like Lisbon and Vienna. Oldest daughter Betsy is coordinator of alumni relations at Rutgers-Newark and a newly minted Ph.D. (also the first of our brood to marry). Daughter Deedee is a surgeon now on fellowship in pediatric surgery at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. Son Chris is assistant manager of our yo
uth hostel in D.C.”… Bill Ryall and Edie traveled to Copenhagen and Reykjavik last spring and then took a cruise down the St. Lawrence from Quebec to Buffalo in August…. Charlie Sanborn is still in “phased retirement” teaching two classes at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., and serving as a library trustee and president of the Canterbury Historical Society…. At the gentle behest of Hoby Reed ’44, Richard Short offered a talk on AARP issues and a piano program of oldies but goodies at Heritage Club of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala. “We all joined him in singing ‘God Bless America’ at the end,” Hoby says…. Paul Steinberg writes: “Our extended family received tragic news last winter. While skiing in Canada, Susan Majeski McKnight ’70, mother of our daughter-in-law Sarah ’96, was killed in an avalanche. Susan and husband Stan ’70 met at Bates (and their parents were also Bates grads). Both loved the outdoors and reveled in hiking, mountain climbing, bike riding, skiing. When our families met, it was like we had been friends for years.” Paul also notes the birth of their first grandchild, Katie, to Sarah and son Scott ’86. “Laura and Charlie are in Seaford, N.Y., close to us; Peter and Kara (Welling), both with Computer Associates, in Bayport, N.Y.; and Matt and Liz (Welling) in New Zealand — and all are expecting children! Matt sails in his third America’s Cup, this time for Oracle One. I’m still in the executive search (retained) business as president of IMA Search Inc. and also active in Coast Guard and Rotary. Suzanne merged her real estate firm with Prudential Realty of Long Island.”… Joan Thorne DeLamater and husband Ed retired to Stockton Springs, Maine, last year. “Ed’s involved with the local ambulance squad and boating, while I’m involved with church groups, the local historical society, and quilting organizations.”… “Enjoyed 6 weeks in New Zealand, Hawaii, and California last winter,” says Mary Lou Townley Swasey. “Spent the summer in Maine. Attended an Elderhostel in West Virginia in October, followed by a reunion with ex-California neighbors on their retirement farm.”… Janice Tufts Hughes says her “official residence is Atlanta, but we spend half the time at our Lake Oconee home in White Plains, Ga. Traveling includes visits to most of the Shaker villages around the country as Nick has made many items of furniture in the Shaker style. Our daughter and her two sons live in Atlanta, and we’re spending special times with them as she completes her divorce plans. I’m also teaching an art class to first- through fifth-grade special-needs students, perhaps an outgrowth of my activity in pottery and watercolor painting.”… Bob Williams spent the fall, winter, and spring in Jupiter, Fla., and the rest of the time in Braintree, Mass. “Playing lots of outside three-wall handball and pumping weights. Started playing golf after a layoff. Have two grandchildren with another on the way. Attended the funeral service last July of one of my roommates, John Nickerson.”