CLASS NOTES
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine 37
1958
Lennelle“Lennie”Dougherty McKinnon ’58
5
Jay Street
Canton, NY 13617
315-386-8216
Cell: 315-323-5267
Next Reunion: 60
th
, 2018
By the time this edition of the magazine reaches
your mailboxes, our 55th Reunion will be history.
My sincere thanks to those of you who made the
trip and to the members of the Planning Com-
mittee who contacted classmates to encourage
attendance, acted as hosts at registration and in
the hospitality room, and provided some feed-
back for future columns. I was a bit relentless. A
little arm-twisting was needed to get
Bob Curtis
to agree to make some calls as he recovered from
back surgery. Thanks also to
Marg Hannon Kee-
ney
and the Development Committee for their
role in raising funds for our class donation.
Last spring, Jim and
Carol Davis De Catur
took
an Elbe River cruise from Berlin to Prague. Before
embarking, they celebrated Carol’s birthday by
attending a stunning performance by the Berlin
Philharmonic. Both children live in California. Mi-
chael ’88 runs a winery in Healdsburg and Caro-
line Putnam ’88 does wonderful work keeping
up the morale of vets San Francisco. Jim studies
German and opera and still teaches in Lifelong
Learning. Carol continues to be a docent for her
local historical society, monitors first graders and
still finds time to play bridge.
Rich Boyd
was one of the stalwart members
of the Planning Committee, and he was kind to
send along some tidbits of news about those he
contacted. He was not successful in luring a few
of them because of family commitments, health
issues or second families. However, catch up with
a few of them:
Al Hamilton
will be spending the summer at
his second home in New Hampshire. Ron and Al
worked together for over 30 years at GM.
Bruce
Hagen
continues be very active with family and
his community.
Howard Harper
is still in Florida,
although he is in the process of moving.
More optimistic reports came from others.
Pete
Barnes
is still working, but hopefully, his wife
convinced him to be at Reunion.
Ray Jennings
and
Bob Lyle
are neighbors and were still on the
fence about making the trip to Canton. Ray is
lucky to have young grandchildren nearby who
keep him busy.
Spring is a busy time and scheduling does pres-
ent challenges.
Jack Winchester
had a conflict
with a granddaughter’s graduation on Reunion
Weekend. Jack wrote from Puerto Rico where
he was vacationing for a few months before re-
turning to San Jose. He is hopeful that even with
six grandchildren, elementary and high school
events will not prevent his attendance at the 60th.
He is looking forward to seeing the new campus.
Thank you for the note, Jack.
Betsy “B J” Dunlap Erhard
has been on the
road again. She and Jack took their RV to Hous-
ton to visit a daughter and her family and another
daughter who flew in from Bozeman. They then
ventured farther west to Taos, Santa Fe and Mesa
Verde, Col., and the Balcony House, whichwas not
opened yet. Gratitude, not disappointment, was
her reaction since, like me, climbing 30-foot lad-
ders and crawling through an 18-inch tunnel at
our age and stage would be more than challeng-
ing. The trip home triggered an idea for a future
trip—to explore the history of Kansas. B J also
mentioned that in contacting some Pi Phi’s, she
had a particularly warm response from
Sandy
Clarke Swenk
.
I would love to have a note from
you, Sandy.
Health reasons prevented
Kay Sauers Kehoe
from attending Reunion, but always willing, she
helped by making calls to her Kappa sisters urg-
ing them to attend. Unfortunately the response
was not very positive, but I certainly appreciate
her efforts. Kay is fortunate to live close to four
of her grandchildren and to be able to spend holi-
days and other important days with them.
Kudos go to
Todd Ash
for his efforts tomake our
reunion parade a success. As for other news, ac-
cording to our esteemed classmate, Cape “Todd”
was very windy this winter. However, it did pro-
vide the opportunity for Todd and Rebecca to
spend a weekend with Liz and
Paul Fideler
and
visit St. Marks School to see their son Briton sing
with the American University’s a cappella group
Dime a Dozen.” Todd reported that Paul’s most
recent book is
Social Welfare in Pre-Industrial Eng-
land
(2006)
and Liz’s
Women Still at Work: Profes-
sionals over Sixty and On the Job
was published
in 2012. Congratulations to both of them. Todd
was looking forward to the “turning 75” party for
ATO’s at the home of Archie Urciuoli ’59 in Florida
(
pictured on page 39).
St. Lawrence people are modest. We
don’t brag. We don’t promote ourselves.
Yet we sometimes hide our light under a
bushel, when we should be celebrating
the brightness of that light.
In recent years, St. Lawrence’s reputa-
tion has consistently grown. The positive
buzz and upward momentum have made
St. Lawrence a hot commodity among
private liberal arts colleges. Admissions
numbers are very strong again this year.
Our sports programs are finding great suc-
cess. Our alumni network is universally
recognized for our devotion to the University and to one another.
We have every right to be very proud of St. Lawrence, and of our as-
sociation with the Laurentian community. But how do we show that
pride, and thereby boost St. Lawrence’s profile, without violating our
inclination to remain polite andmodest? Here are a few simple ways:
1.
Display your diploma:
Is your St. Lawrence diploma displayed in a
prominent place at your office or in your home?
2.
Wear St. Lawrence clothing:
Brewer Bookstore, the athletics
department, and our Alumni Council SaintsWear all offer a wide
selection of clothing and gear for any occasion. When you are go-
ing to be photographed or appear on television, simply choosing
to wear a St. Lawrence tie is a great way to subtly but meaningfully
promote our alma mater.
3.
Make sure your affiliation with St. Lawrence is part of your
public story:
At various times in our lives, we may receive media
attention. When those opportunities arise, mention that you are a
St. Lawrence alum. When part of our personal narrative is our status
as a Laurentian, that helps the world recognize the greatness of St.
Lawrence. And be sure your employer’s public biography of you
includes your alma mater.
4.
Put a St. Lawrence bumper sticker or decal on your car:
This is
perhaps the easiest way tomake our pride for St. Lawrence very public.
5.
Proudly surround yourself with St. Lawrencememorabilia:
St.
Lawrence photographs, coffeemugs, mouse pads, books and so on re-
mind us of the school we love and can also show others the beauty of
St. Lawrence. My colleagues at work sometimes kid me about the fact
that my office looks like a shrine to St. Lawrence. But as they kid, they
recognize that St. Lawrence is central to my identity, and a matter of
intense pride. I’m not suggesting that everyone turn their office into a
St. Lawrencemuseum. But I do ask that you allow those around you to
see the distinctiveness of St. Lawrence through you.
We support St. Lawrencewith our time, our talent andour financial re-
sources. But let us not forget also to support the University by publicly
acknowledging our pride and our affection. That pride does not make
us arrogant or boastful. It makes us Laurentians for Life.
StephenTodd ’92
Alumni Executive Council President
YOUR Alumn i Counc i l
Show Your St. Lawrence Pride