CLASS NOTES
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FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE
Sam Rakoc
relocated to Las Vegas, Nev., and is
working for the Nevada Conservation Corps. He
is in a position through AmeriCorps in association
with the Great Basin Institute and is a member
of a 10-person trail restoration and construction
crew. In addition to backcountry camping and
maintaining trails in the mountain ranges that
surround LasVegas, he plans to travel to themany
national parks of the Southwest.
Martina Svrchek
packed her bags and moved
to Miami, Fla., where she is an assistant at Gallery
212
in the Wynwood Design district. Gallery 212
works to promote emerging artists to collectors
and art fans throughout Florida. She also has
plans to continue working on her music career,
which blossomed during her time at SLU.
On that musical note,
Alex Smith
signed with
Wepecket Island Records back in the spring and
toured down South this summer. His album
"
Hamilton County” comes out this fall and will be
available on iTunes.
Moving to warm places and touring the country
is not all we’ve done to follow our dreams.
Sam
Lagor
moved to Burlington, Vt., in August to pur-
sue a master's degree in geology at the University
of Vermont.
Shelley Kandola
moved to Minne-
apolis to start work on a Ph.D., in mathematics at
the University of Minnesota. And
Lily Noble
ac-
cepted a full-time teaching position at Woodland
Community School in Bethlehem, N.H.
In the Boston, Mass., area,
Ryan Schaefer
is
working for a startup catering company called
Phoodeez, which is affliated with MIT. He aids in
the promotion of the company through social
networking and videography. And
Christine
McCartin
is a project manager at IBM in Boston,
working in their financial services and service op-
erations delivery division. She works on separate
accounts with companies including Panasonic,
Honda and Ameriprise Financial.
That’s not all! Other exciting news includes
Alli
Shea
s blog post for Venture for America, “The
Post-Grad Problem, and Part of the Solution,”pub-
lished on
The Huffington Post
.
And the only fe-
male in Laurentian history to achieve All-America
status in golf,
Amiee Caligiore,
recorded her first
career hole-in-one at the Lake Placid Club Resort
last spring.
Once again, congrats to us! We’re doing amazing
things and going amazing places, so feel free to
contact me and keep the news coming!
Graduate Programs
Gary E. Krolikowski M’77
4380
Lakeshore Drive
Castile, NY 14427
585-237-6168
Your reporter has been ill of late, having spent
Thanksgiving, Christmas and NewYear's hospital-
ized. Happy to report that I am on the mend and
wouldwelcome news fromSt. Lawrence graduate
alumni to share in this magazine. Would any of
you like to start a SLU Graduate group on either
Facebook or Linkedin? Let me know!
I continue to be active in editorial work for Mc-
Graw-Hill and serve SUNY as an online profes-
sional.
Congratulations go out to
Robert N. Finster
,
who was named Superintendent for Schools in
Harrisville, N.Y. He earned his master's in school
administration in 2006 and has been serving Har-
risville Central Schools as principal and acting su-
perintendent. It is reported that he has enjoyed
a very positive professional relationship with the
Board of Education and the Harrisville commu-
nity. Robert lives inWatertown, N.Y., with his wife
and three children.
In Memory
Compiled by Shayla Snyder Witherell ’11
1934
Doris M. Offermann
of Sun City,
Ariz., died April 23, 2013. She was 99 years old.
She pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and
played field hockey, basketball and tennis. She
was also a member of Mummers. After graduat-
ingwith a B.A. in economics, she had a long career
in business. She was interested in photography
throughout her life and, in the 1960s, when the
Griffiths Arts Center was under construction, led
an effort gathering photographs to be donated as
a permanent art collection.
1941
Jeanne Brand Billings
died June
17, 2013,
in St. Louis, Mo. Working as a medi-
cal historian and health sciences administrator
throughout her career, she retired as chief of
the National Library of Medicine’s International
Programs branch. She
wrote and co-edited
several books on the his-
tory of public health and
psychiatry. Dr. Billings
majored in history at St.
Lawrence and earned
departmental
honors.
She earned her M.A.
from the University of
Rochester in 1942 and
wrote her dissertation at
the University of London
on economic and public health history in 1953, af-
ter serving as a lieutenant, junior grade in the U.S.
Naval Reserve duringWorldWar II. She was a Ful-
bright Scholar in England and was a recipient of
the National Institutes of Health Directors Award
and the American Association for the History of
Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1979,
St. Lawrence awarded her an honorary degree.
1943
n
Ruth Costa Blankman Barbour
died on June 4, 2013, in Canton. She married
Edward J. Blankman ’29, an assistant professor
of English at St. Lawrence, in 1942. After he was
discharged from the military and returned to
teaching, the couple settled in Canton. Ruth was
active in all sections of the community. In 1975,
she was elected mayor, one of the first woman
mayors in St. Lawrence County history; she was
reelected in 1977 and 1979. After Prof. Blank-
man passed away in 1982, she married E. Fred-
erick Barbour in 1984. He passed away in 2003.
Those remembering her include her daughter,
Gail Blankman Rouse ’67; son, Edward L. Blank-
man ’77; and stepson, Paul F. Barbour ’77.
1946
Florence Fischer Eynon
of Rocky
River, Ohio, died in June 2013. She was a member
of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Thelomathesian
Society and majored in psychology. Florence is
survived by her three children and their families.
1947
n
Boyd McDowell II
of Elmira, N.Y.
died June 9, 2013. He began college at Syracuse
University and then attended St. Lawrence as a
Navy officer trainee before graduating from the
NROTC program at Holy Cross College in 1946. A
reporter for the
Star-Gazette
for several months,
he then attended Cornell Law School, graduating
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