CLASS NOTES
42
FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE
1967
Meg Smith Eisenbraun ’67
4460
Norris Lane
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
360-682-2345
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2017
Jim Swenson
sent both sad and joyful news.
He emailed that
Mike Thompson
,
his room-
mate at SLU, had succumbed to cancer on April
17. (
There’s a notice in“InMemory.”) Jim andMike
were in touch only occasionally over the years
until about 4-1/2 years ago, when Jim’s wife, Ann
Sherman ’68, died. Mike sent him a very long and
touching letter, and since then they had stayed in
touch regularly.
Jim has been traveling quite a bit over the last
few years: Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Iceland
and last fall, three weeks in Patagonia. He added,
I’ve also been taking a lot of trips to Saratoga
Springs, N.Y., since last fall to visit
Joy Gurzynski
Bixby
,
whose husband passed away some years
ago from ALS. Ironically, we got reconnected be-
cause she couldn’t make it to the last reunion. I
sent her an email shortly after, just to say hi, and
after three months of emailing and texting, we
met again for the first time in 45 years. We’ve
been seeing each other ever since. Have a couple
trips planned together.”
Jim stays in touch with a bunch of his Sigma Chi
buddies and gets to see themwhen they come to
NewYork, where he has an apartment. He lives in
New Jersey but spends so much time in the City,
the apartment is his second home. He had din-
ner with
Tom Ryan
and wife Meg Atkins’ 70 last
August.
Lori Strauss Bantz
stays there when she
visits her daughter in Brooklyn;
Jeff Wells
and
wife Chris come up a couple times a year (Jimwent
on a cruise around the British Isles with Jeff and
Chris right after Reunion last June).
Doug Robin-
son
and wife Cindy have stayed with him several
times, as has
Dave Christian
.
David “Chip” Of-
ficer
and Joan live in the City, so Jim sees them
for dinner from time to time, and he and Joy had
dinner with
ChrisMcElwain Cusic
in January. Joy
and Chris got to be really good friends while living
out in Denver for a number of years.
Mike’s widow, Mary, emailed me about Mike’s
passing as well. “True to the character of a
man who had no children but always voted
for the school bond, Mike donated his body
to the UCSD School of Medicine,” she wrote.
Mary sent along a link to a video memorial-
izing Mike’s life, which I know you will enjoy:
.
Upon learning of the bombing at the Boston
Marathon in April, I quickly got in touch with
Sally Fleming Watters
,
since I knew she lived
in the area and had been heavily involved in the
marathon for years. She had just left daughter
Amanda ’02’s workplace on Boylston Street when
she heard a tremendous explosion two blocks
away. She continued, “We turned to look, and
there was a second explosion accompanied by
huge plumes of smoke. The seven of us knew we
needed to get out of the area quickly.” A friend
who lives in Cambridge “opened up her home
to seven very exhausted and emotional people.
Amanda had not been able to get in touch with
her boyfriend, who was near the finish area, so
had had some anxious moments before finally
reaching him.” They were finally able to make it
home. She told me, “I am still having a problem
wrapping my head around all that we witnessed.
What started as a beautiful and exciting day end-
ed with such tragedy. The marathon will never be
quite the same for us.”
Their other daughter, Rebecca ’99, was inMongo-
lia as part of a National Geographic research team
of five cross country skiing 400 miles through a
remote area near the Russian border in search of
evidence of wolverines. “They had no access to
the Internet but did have a satellite phone,” Sally
said, and Rebecca was able to call home. “It was
one of dozens of calls, but certainly the most un-
usual and unexpected, from the mountains of
Mongolia,”Sally said.
Later, Sally sent a photo of “Onerun,” where
runners ran the last mile of the route. The four
lead runners were carrying flags to honor the
four people who were killed. One was Aman-
da. You may have seen the image on the major
networks or BBC.
I’ll close with an upbeat and newsy message
from
David Howe
.
He said that
Doug Robinson
and Cindy paid a relaxing visit to Peggy and him
in October, keeping a promise made at the 45th
Reunion. The Howes are nine years into retire-
ment in Big Canoe, an 8,000-acre mountain com-
munity 60 miles north of Atlanta. David is on the
community homeowners’ association board and
chairman of a church finance committee, and has
been named to the county authority running the
local airport. Peggy recently finished a stint as co-
president of a 400-woman social organization in
the community and is busy with church activities
as well. They do their best to keep up with their
three adult children (an actress, an airline pilot
and a nurse assistant). David says, “Early springs
and late falls are great blessings of Southern liv-
ing, making for a nice long golf season – trees in
Georgia are in full leaf before the Canton snows
have melted. Life is good!”
1968
Anne Lauriat ’68
100
Horace Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478-2315
617-484-6841
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2018
Well, it’s “feast or famine,” and this is truly a fam-
ine (
and
a drought.) Please email me with your
summer adventures andwhether you visitedwith
any of our classmates.
1969
Patti Black Giltner ’69
16
Pellett Street
Norwich, NY 13815
607-336-1202
Next Reunion: 45
th
, 2015 (
cluster with ’70, ’71)
Jane Garvey Hughes
and Smitty '70 have re-
tired and moved to Virginia to be closer to their
sons Tucker and Brett, whose families, conve-
niently, live 90 minutes apart. Jane had a very
rewarding career in special education and Smitty
in the ski industry. They look forward to exploring
the Appalachians, hiking, biking, canoeing and
fishing into the sunset.
Phi Kappa Sigma brothers gathered last spring in Syracuse to celebrating memories of Rocky
Vivenzio ’71, who died in April (see “In Memory”). Left to right are
Jerry Zehr '71, JimMoseman
’72,
Jack Risio '71, Scott Enter '71
and
Bob Bell '72.