CLASS NOTES
34
FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE
Barbara Hutt Phillips
summers five months on
Chippewa Point on the St. Lawrence River. She
has moved from North Carolina to a retirement
community in Pennsylvania for the rest of the
year. Barbara and I reminisced about our fresh-
man year, living on the third floor of Dean-Eaton
Hall, and recalling who the other 12 students
were. Barbara was still wearing her freshman
beanie! "My 'beanie' may be getting tired but
I'm not!!” she proclaimed. “It's great to be able to
wear it again, among such wonderful friends."
Paul Myers
"
married Welthy Soni in 2000 after
27
years of 'loose living' and teaching geology
at the University of Wisonsin-Eau Claire. We got
tired of our drafty house and built an energy-
efficient house in Peru, Vt. It's comfy and cheap."
Paul combines solar and wind power in his home.
Jean Swetland Wiley
was spoken of as "the bi-
onic woman." She said that she's had all joints re-
placed except her elbows! "Somehow thememo-
ries are overwhelming but fun to talk about,” she
said at Reunion.
Ed '52 and
JoanHansen Pflugheber
were at the
parade and picnic on Saturday. Joan, who lives in
upstate New York, stopped in New Jersey to get
her 91-year-old sister, Phyllis, and the two of them
travelled to painting classes in Maryland and then
on to Cape Cod to visit one of Phyllis's children.
Nat Wells
and I had a great time talking with
everyone at Reunion. Nat helped me get infor-
mation for this report. We're still doing trail main-
tenance, hiking, canoeing, and enjoying our chil-
dren and grandchildren east and west.
Word was out at the Honor Guard dinner that
Suzanne "Sukie" McHenry Martin
was in at-
tendance, but those of us who looked for her
didn't find her. If I've missed anyone who was at
the reunion, please let me know, and you will be
mentioned next time.
Two emails have come my way since the last is-
sue.
Joan SjobergMcGinnis
sent pictures of her
three dachshunds. Besides working on the book
that was mentioned in the spring issue, Joan does
research for Frad Garner '50 and his Noteworthy
column in
Jersey Jazz.
Rosalie Epstein Moriah
'
s email came from
Jerusalem just after the reunion. She sent her re-
gards to all. She wrote, "These days my trips are
limited to traveling to the children for the Sab-
bath. I am sort of at the ‘hub of the wheel’ with
my two daughters and two sons living in commu-
nities west, north and south of Jerusalem."
1954
Frank Shields ’54
16
Seward Street
Glens Falls, NY 12804
518-745-1775
Next Reunion: 60
th
,
May 29-June 1, 2014
Joan Talbot Kaler
sent a note informing us that
she has moved fromher condo in Exeter, N.H., to a
retirement residence in the same town. Joan not-
ed that in making the move she discovered her
collection of St. Lawrence plates. She would be
glad to hear from anyone who is interested in this
collection. Her phone number is 603-401-0352.
Stuart Krupkin
has found a new outlet for his
desire for physical exercise. Tai chi has kept Stu
busy not only performing but teaching to be-
ginners. Aside from that he has had his Land-
scape Impressionist acrylic paintings in local art
shows as well as in the Art and Cultural Center in
As I reflect upon my St. Lawrence expe-
rience, I realize that I owe a great deal to
my alma mater. For all of the goodness St.
Lawrence has brought into my life, I am
deeply grateful.
I encourage all Laurentians to take a few
minutes to think about all of the benefits,
direct and indirect, that you have derived
from your association with St. Lawrence.
Then I urge all of us to act upon that spirit
of gratitude by giving back to the school
we love in meaningful ways. In giving
back, we pay benefits forward to the un-
dergraduates of today and tomorrow.
My list of things for which I amgrateful is a long one, and it gets longer
the more I learn about the workings of the University:
1.
I benefitted from generous scholarship support during my four
years at St. Lawrence, without which I would likely have been un-
able to attend.
2.
My three sisters and my brother benefitted from the same gener-
ous scholarship support.
3.
I had the opportunity to work with professors who took a personal
interest in me as a student and as a human being. Prof. Robert
Wells, in particular, took me under his wing and consistently of-
fered me opportunities for research and stimulating work. But
more important, Dr. Wells taught me, by personal example, how to
be a good citizen. Throughout his time at St. Lawrence, Dr. Wells
modeled for all of his students the perfect example of community
engagement and passionate advocacy for worthy causes. Each of
us has had meaningful relationships with St. Lawrence faculty, and
we must remember and celebrate those relationships. As we do, I
urge each of us to reach out to those cherishedmentors and thank
them. I also urge each of us to thank St. Lawrence for making those
relationships possible. When we do so, we help current and future
Laurentians benefit from similar relationships.
4.
My closest St. Lawrence friends are still among my closest friends
to this day, more than two decades after graduation. Regardless of
the length of time between our visits, we always pick up as if we had
seen one another the day before.
5.
I owe my first job opportunity after college to a Laurentian who
opened a door for me. I wager that many of us could tell similar
stories.
6.
The extra-curricular pursuits I enjoyed at St. Lawrencehavebecome
my hobbies in my life after St. Lawrence. My love of vocal music
(
which has enriched my life) is directly related to my four years in
the Laurentian Singers.
7.
During the last decade, I have had theprivilege of re-engagingwith
the University through my membership on the Alumni Executive
Council. This has allowed me to forge life-long friendships with
Laurentians who graduated across the last six decades. These fel-
low Laurentians have had similar feelings about our beloved alma
mater, in spite of our generational differences.
8.
After four years at St. Lawrence, I entered the world with broader
views and a wealth of experiences that have consistently served
me well in life.
9.
I became stronger inoral andwritten communicationduringmy St.
Lawrence years. This has servedme well in virtually every aspect of
my professional and personal life.
10.
Simply put, St. Lawrence made me a better person and changed
my life. I would wager that thousands of others could say the
same.
If, like me, your reflection brings you to the realization that you owe
St. Lawrence a debt of gratitude, repay the debt by paying it forward.
Contribute to the St. Lawrence Fund, sponsor an internship, or mentor
a current undergraduate. Thank the faculty and staff members who
changed your life. And if your reflection hasn’t brought you to the re-
alization that you owe St. Lawrence a debt of gratitude— reflect some
more.
Stephen Todd ’92
Alumni Executive Council President
YOUR ALUMN I COUNC I L
Laurentian Gratitude