Class of 1980

Class Secretary: Vin Skinner Jr., PO Box 8724, Portland, ME 04104,

Class President: Christine Tegeler Beneman, 105 Spurwink Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074,

Next Reunion in 2005 Got News? Tap out a note to!Donna Anderson enjoys her part-time private practice at Mt. View Counseling and Consulting in Pagosa Springs, Colo. “We enjoyed trips to both coasts this summer to get our beach and seafood fix and now are happily gathering wood and enjoying the quaking aspens at home,” she says…. Debbie Beal Ahle writes, “We finally made a trip back up to Bates this past summer. After running around the track several times, checking out the pool and ice rink and having a burger at the Den, our son, J.T. (8), decided this was the school for him. In addition to keeping very busy being mom (room mom, cub scout leader, Sunday school teacher), I work one day a week at a private physical therapy practice doing their clinical development activities. I also volunteer as the music director of a special education theater group that puts on two musicals a year.”… Dave Beneman is completing his second year as chair of the school board in Scarborough, Maine. He returned to Wyoming for 10 days this summer, mixing work with mountain biking and a visit with Mark Baer. Chris Tegeler Beneman is busy on boards of the library and art museum. She continues to paint and has garnered a following for her local landscapes…. After a very busy year building a solar home on an island for his family, Matt Buchman has started a new career (No. 8: mapmaker) to keep him occupied when he is not working on his fourth novel or playing with his 12-year-old stepdaughter…. Dave Covill writes, “I traveled to Alaska this year in June for the first time. I climbed Mount Bona, 16,500 feet, in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, with a 10-day expedition. Great time, took a while to get used to daylight almost 24 hours a day.”… In Thaxted, England, Tim Dewey is enjoying some time off before starting his next business challenge…. Joe Farara is the director of Vermont State College Libraries. He hosts a weekly American roots music radio show on WJSC-FM and recently served as an editorial consultant to Impossible Dreams: A Red Sox Reader, published by Houghton Mifflin…. Richard and Ann Kees Fieldhouse toured Bates with two of their almost-college-age children in August. They also stopped at Dartmouth and saw Richard Crooker, former Bates chaplain and now the chaplain there. Ann is teaching a unit on observation and inference, using a murder mystery as her material. Richard is busy with a Democratic staff inquiry into the accuracy and reliability of the pre-war intelligence on Iraq. He is on the staff of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)…. Chris Gammons is a tenured faculty member in geological engineering at Montana Tech. Two of his local research projects are in collaboration with Dave Williams ’71, who works for the Bureau of Land Management in Butte. Further afield, he also has projects going in Peru and Argentina. “I still play hooky and fish and ski whenever possible,” he says. “Come visit, and I’ll show you some great trout holes.”… Trudy Higgins Brown describes herself as the official scheduler and chauffeur for the Brown family. The new house rule is “No Tackling Mom!” Her therapy, she says, is singing in the New Hampshire Women’s Chorus…. Mark Hurvitt was appointed superintendent of schools for Maine School Union 93, which includes the towns of Blue Hill, Brooksville, Castine, and Penobscot…. Cathy Klein works almost full time as a finance manager for Hexcel Corp., Her husband, Riad Manaa, is a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Somehow she ended up being the treasurer for Little League, scout troop, and cub scout pack, and a den leader…. Joyce Kornetsky Groemmer writes, “About a year ago, I folded my home-based marketing business and ‘got me a real job.’ No more working in my sweats.” She is director of marketing for the Catania Hospitality Group in Hyannis, Mass., parent company of several hotels/resorts and restaurants on Cape Cod. She’s started painting again, though in pastels rather than oils…. Mark Koromhas retired after 20 years in the Navy in July 2002. He now works for the Dept. of Defense as an operational test director in Navy ballistic missile defense…. Phil Marshall leads Sun Software’s guerilla marketing efforts out of its Burlington, Mass., offices…. On Cape Cod, Mark McSherry is president of Onset Computer Corp., a high-tech company with 85 employees that makes data loggers. He writes, “Somehow, we grew through the recent high tech massacre and now are setting all-time records. Turns out that Bates is one of our customers — one of my goals is to sell more to Bates than they charged for 1976-80 tuition.”… Glenn Morrell writes, “I was promoted to senior IT project manager at UnitedHealth Group. I also finished my second master’s, in information technology project management from George Washington. I also still have my problem with skiing — can’t get enough of it.” He purchased a house at Sugarloaf this summer, so spends lots of time in Maine…. Boon and Beth Hefferman Ooi saw Jackie Howard Chace last year, and got together with Jonas Nycander, Ian Horne and Hakan Andersson Lonnqvist and his family last spring in Falmouth…. “I’ve been playing possum all these years and just reading the class notes,” says Carol Perrone-Butler. “Maybe it’s about time I came out of hiding. Life after Bates consisted of various jobs (none of which had anything to do with my French/Spanish major): aerobics instructor, car shuttler for Hertz (incredibly fun job!). Then finally the need for a real job struck, so I went back to school for a M.S.N. in cardiopulmonary nursing. No particular reason why, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve been at Mass. General in Boston ever since. Along the way I got married, moved to Gloucester, Mass., and adopted a beautiful little girl from China, Julia, now 5.”… Rod Proust campaigned for the ex-governor of California, hoping that his policy of open borders with Mexico would attract the illegal alien vote…. Mike Riley is a vice president with Woodard & Curran, an environmental engineering firm. W&C has several New England offices, and he is based in Bangor, providing engineering services to municipal water utilities throughout Maine and New Hampshire. “I keep busy following the exploits of my two daughters, Devon (13) and Jessica (10), play guitar in a local garage band called Dog Leg Left, and enjoy living at my country home in Troy, Maine.”… Dan Scully was promoted from publisher to executive vice president of Boston Magazine. “I love the publishing work but also feel privileged for the opportunity it gives me to give back a little bit, either through my role as a director on the boards of various local charities or by using the resources of the magazines to help.” In addition to Boston Magazine, the company publishes six regional niche magazines covering travel, hospitality, weddings, and home and garden. His editor-in-chief is Jon Marcus ’82. “No nepotism here, he’s a terrific journalist.” He’s noticed that Batesies seem to have a disproportionately prominent role in Boston media. Local TV news anchors Jonathan Hall ’83 and Stephanie Leydon ’87 and Boston Globe writers Brian McGrory ’84 and Mark Shanahan ’87 are just a few…. Dave Trull continues as the golf outing coordinator at Ferncroft and a “golf scout” in the Northeast, searching for and researching new golf properties. Joann is in the final stages of earning her doctorate in physical therapy. “We did cause a stir in our quiet village of Rowley by painting our house spring violet this summer,” he writes. “We have now secured our position as the wacky family at the end of the road.” This winter they are likely off to Arizona to vacation, warm up, and sniff around for relocation
potential…. Robert Umberfield is site manager/lead carpenter for Boothbay Home Builders. He recently oversaw the construction of a 19,000 square foot cottage in Pemaquid, perched on the edge of the ocean with views of Camden Hills and Monhegan Island.