CLASS NOTES
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine 35
There also came two nice long emails from both
Brian
and
Joan Pellet McFarlane
,
who have just
undertaken that dauntingmove – dealing with all
the stuff we accumulate over the years. In their
case, the amount was swelled by the troves of
hockey memorabilia from Brian’s years of broad-
casting and his hockey museum and from his
new-found hobby of painting. He’s done more
than 250 paintings and has authored more than
100
books! He’s working on his first adult book
andwill be coming out with two Peter Puck books
for young readers in 2014. Not content with those
activities, he also had his own show of his acrylic
paintings last fall in Canada and sold several! And
you thought of him as just a hockey star!
Joan related that she had gone on a fabulous
St. Lawrence alumni trip to Kenya with their
daughter, Lauren ’84, in 2011 and that both Lau-
ren and her sister Brenda ’84 are successful entre-
preneurs with their own businesses. Brian and
Joan live five months of the year in Naples, Fla.,
where Joan does fitness classes six days a week
and Brian still (!) plays hockey three days a week.
He said, “At 81, I may be the oldest player in Flor-
ida.” He added that his sister,
Norah McFarlane
Perez
,
has just finished a new book:
When the
Bough Breaks
,
a family-based tale of their father’s
career as the ghost writer of the Hardy Boys series.
This follows her successful book
River Burning
,
about theWar of 1812 in the Niagara Falls area.
Martha Gray Graham
,
my sister Betsy Doughty
McMann ’60 and I have enjoyed two wonderful
trips visiting English gardens. Martha, who ran
her own horticultural wholesale business for a
number of years here on Long Island, was a very
knowledgeable and fun travel companion. She’s
retired, both from horticulture and from many
years on the local library board, and has sold the
land inMelville – andmoved across the street. No
more begonias; condos instead as more of Long
Island farmland disappears.
In March, with husband Dick ’54 and
Geni
Boyd Hurd
and another friend, we cruised in
the western Caribbean. Geni is thrilled that her
granddaughter, Waverly Hurd, daughter of Chris
Hurd ’85, will be going to St. Lawrence in the fall.
I remember how delighted we were when our
daughter Nancy ’84 was accepted.
Jane Fippin Thompson,
who lost husband
Oreay ’56 last November, wrote that right at that
difficult time she had to have hip replacement
surgery. Happily, she is recovering very well, and
is very grateful to be at Park Springs retirement
community with wonderful friends and great
support. She saw
Bob Gould
(
remember those
chapel bells?) and Doris at Christmastime, stop-
ping on their way to Florida.
Peg Geyh Rassmussen
writes from Cape Cod
that she’s dealing with plans to sell her house
and with a few health problems. She notes that
her grandmother always said, “Old age doesn’t
come alone!”
Ted Hiller writes from Williamsburg Va., that
he’s looking forward to our 60th (can you be-
lieve!?) and is volunteering to do his part! He and
Ruth Reeves Hiller ’58 have just done two Road
Scholar programs. Not planning to stay home
much, they were heading for Alaska in June and
to Switzerland on a Rhine cruise from Amsterdam
in September. When he is at home, Ted is active
in Rotary and president of the Friends of the Wil-
liamsburg Regional Library, which, he says, is “Ar-
guably the best library in Virginia.” Ted had hip
replacement surgery in March.
I posed the question in my introductory letter as
towhatmemories of your time at St. Lawrence still
resonate with you. Joanie McFarlane responded
with: “ice cream cones (cheap too!); long walks
by the river; ice-cold dorms on the third floor of
the Delta House; the Tick Tock; studying for ex-
ams in the library; skirts, sweaters and matching
bobby socks – and frozen, red legs after our walk
to classes on a frigidmorning; football games and
dances (especially the one where the band went
to Canton, Ohio instead of Canton, N.Y.); and of
course, all those hockey games!”
Thanks for these, Joan! Please share some of
yours
for next time. I’m very much looking for-
ward to hearing from each of you!
Joyce Thompson ’55: ‘Mrs. Enthusiasm’
Concludes 57 Years of Class Reporting
by Brittany Moten ’13
I became an active alumna of St. Lawrence about two days after I graduated,” says Joyce Sul-
livan Thompson ’55. One way she expressed that activeness was by immediately becoming class
reporter. After 57 years in that role, she has turned over the reins; her final column appeared in the
Spring 2013
St. Lawrence
.
The Brooklyn native has given back to the University in many more ways than this. She served for
12
years on the Alumni Council, works closely with Admissions, has been a fund-raising volunteer,
and has chaired class reunions.
Joyce has been themost faithful, loyal and diligent alum that any school could hope to have,”says
Connie Doughty Knies ’55, her successor as class reporter.“She’s Mrs. Enthusiasmwhen it comes to
St. Lawrence.” It was for those qualities that Thompson was awarded an Alumni Citation in 1988.
St. Lawrence is a place Joyce and her spouse, David Thompson ’54, have treasured for a very long
time. They have shared their love for the University with their children, four of whom followed in
their parents’ footsteps: Martha ’81, Sarah ’82, Amy ’85 and Elizabeth ’87. Elizabeth’s twin, Carrie,
graduated from Brown University.
Our family has thrived from our St. Lawrence exposure,”Joyce says.“We have all formed a deeper
connection and natural bond with each other and with the University.”
Staying in touch with classmates is something she has deeply valued. It is what inspired her com-
mitment to class reporting throughout the years. “I was lucky to have a very engaged class,“ she
says.“Keeping tabs on where everyone’s children and now grandchildren are going to college has
always been fun.”
These interactions with classmates put the joy in Joyce during her tenure as class reporter.“I never
really thought about how long I’ve been doing it,” she says. “I was shocked when I realized it had
been that long! I never saw it as a big job. It was just something that I enjoyed.” As she passes the
pen, she hopes to remain in contact with the spirited Class of 1955.
After writing this story, University Communications intern Brittany Moten was inspired to take on the
role of class reporter for the Class of 2013.
A fixture at Reunion Weekends,
Joyce Sullivan Thompson ’55
got a lift in one of his antique
cars from
Dick Knies ’54
in the 2010 Alumni Parade.