CLASS NOTES
38
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
Shortly after the first of the year,
Sandra Epstein
Conradi
,
her daughter Diane from Whitefish,
Mont., and her daughter Elaine and her husband
Chad fromMt. Pleasant, S.C., visited Sandra’s sister
Rosalie Moriah ’53 in Jerusalem, Israel. The pri-
mary purpose of the trip was to attend her grand-
son’s wedding, a grand affair. Afterwards, they
spent two weeks touring the country. Rosalie’s
children and grandkids were the best of guides.
Griggs Irving
proclaims that life is good in Se-
attle and beyond. His five adult “kids” and lots of
grands are doing interesting things. He suggests
that if any one of us has a passionate interest in
vintage aircraft, we should take a look at www.
skagitaero.com. He is project manager for the
Hall Springfield Bulldog replication and an Advi-
sor to the Board as they aremoving this collection
to the Arlington, Wash., airport and rebirthing it
to become the Center for Vintage Aircraft. Griggs
belong to a men’s book group, eight senior guys
who dine together once a month. History seems
to be the focus.
Lois Langtry
was not thrilled with the low tem-
peratures in Florida when she wrote me. Visits
from a number of family members provided fun-
filled weeks up close and personal with Disney
rides. Son Drew and his family have bought a
home nearby in Port Charlotte anticipating retire-
ment in two years. Lois still teaches swimmercize
and directs the chorus and plans monthly parties
for birthdays/anniversaries/newcomers. Lois
and her sister organize trips for the senior resi-
dents of the park, mostly cruises. She admits to
saying that taking teenagers anywhere is like
trying to nail jello to a tree while taking senior
citizens is like herding cats.
Once again, Phil and
Barbara Blair Nangle
were
kind enough to pay me a brief visit in Orange
Beach last winter. They have enjoyed visits with
two daughters, Andrea in North Carolina and Mi-
chelle in Maine. Grandchildren and great-grand-
children keep life interesting wherever they meet.
In Alabama, we played cards, cheered on the Con-
necticut women’s basketball team, went to the
movies, and relished some fantastic seafood. One
major topic of discussion during the visit was how
to get
Carol “Scotty” Kleinsmith Newton
back
to campus.
Claire McGarrahan Strang
shared some very
exciting news. Five years ago,
Sue Avery Bick
at-
tended our 50th and shared with us that she had
written a book of recollections about the area of
Syracuse where she had always lived. It was a
detailed history of a region in transition from a
farming community to a more industrialized, de-
veloped part of the city. Sue was hoping to get
the book published. Within six months of our re-
union, we were in Syracuse attending her funeral.
However, Claire learned three sections of her book
have been reproduced by the Town of Clay histo-
rian. How proud Sue would be to know that the
publication of at least some of her book has been
accomplished.
In making calls to classmates, we learned some
not so happy news as well, including the passing
of
Bruce Carter
and the death of
Margaret Peg
Steuer Hammer’s
husband, Rolf. Our sympa-
thies go out to the families for their loss and ours.
My life continues to center on my family, my
friends, and my hobbies. All six grandchildren
will be in college next year. I enjoy friends here
in Canton and in Alabama and amdeeply grateful
for their love and support. Golf, cards, MahJongg,
reading, theater and various volunteer activities
more than fill my time with some constructive
pursuits.
The next column will contain a little more in-
formation about Reunion since it will be written
after our 55
th
takes place. If you were not able
to attend, please take pen or phone in hand or
computer in tow and send me a note, so we can
touch base, at least through the column. If you
have a change of address or a new email, please
share it with the University so that you can re-
ceive mailings and keep up with the changes at
our St. Lawrence.
(
Swahili for "What's the News?")
Habari Gani?
Living here in Bozeman along with me are
Leah Knickerbocker ’04
(
KSP
spring ’03),
Emma Horton ’12
(
KSP spring ’11) and
Barrett Miles ’07
(
KSP
spring ’06). Leah is programmanager with the conservation group Polar Bears
International, throughwhich she traveled to Alaska last fall. Emma is an Ameri-
Corps volunteer through the Trout Unlimited Montana Water Project. Barrett
left Bozeman in May for a six-month stay as conservation logistics coordinator
for Drexel University’s Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) on Bioko
Island, Equatorial Guinea.
Pat McLaughlin ’05
(
KSP fall ’04), a Ph.D. student
at Drexel, has been involved with BBPP for several years and will visit Bioko
this summer.
MaloneMiller ’81
(
KSP spring ’80) is countrymanager for Catholic Relief Ser-
vices’ programs in Somalia and Djibouti. She wrote from Nairobi, where she
lives with her husband and daughter, “We moved to Kenya from Tanzania in
August 2012. I have also worked in Benin and was a Peace Corps volunteer in
Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) 1981-1984. I haven’t been to the
SLU site in Karen and I had a hard time recognizing the old flats in Westlands
with all of the development in that neighborhood since 1980. I’d love to hear
from other spring ’80 participants (
.”
Arturs Saburovs ’10
(
KSP fall ’09) wrote, “I have assumed a new role at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. This is a long-time dream
come true since I studied not only environmental studies but also political sci-
ence and have been very interested in international politics. I hope that this is
just the beginning of my career in diplomacy.”
Kathleen Perkins Colson ’79
(
KSP spring ’78) led a discussion of economic
empowerment programs for African women living in poverty at a February
showing of the Kenya segment of the PBS film
Half the Sky
in Manchester, Vt.
Colson is founder and CEO of the BOMA Project.
Last fall,
Tristan Statler '04
,
a KSP fall ’02 classmate of mine, shared with our
group an entry he penned in his journal on our program's Tanzania field com-
ponent.That excerpt, included here, brought back great memories and I imag-
ine will do the same for the many alums whose KSP took them to Tanzania. If
you are willing to share through this column an excerpt from your KSP journal,
please be in touch with me.
September 23, 2002 -- We move on. I want to go be a hunter-gather and do a
homestay with the Hadza people. But we traveledmost all day. It was a long day
of climbing in the truck. Wemove slowly towardNgorongoro in the distance. Had
some minor problems with the fuel filter on the truck but it gave me time to 'enda
choo' as well as get a fire stick which I will try later. We stopped for lunch and had
an amazing view, so I tried a sketch and took a picture of the five mountains. We
didmake it to our destination; we are high up on the crater and it’s beautiful. A lot
of animals and sign around andwe are back in the jungle and the cold. Tomorrow
we’ll get a Land Rover and go down into the crater. We are really tourists today.
The public campground is full of safari company ‘wazungu’ trips. Did stay up late
this evening around the fire.”
KSP 40
th
Anniversary Celebration
KSP alumnus and Associate Professor of History Matt Carotenuto reports that
preparations are well under way for the KSP 40th anniversary celebration in
Canton during Reunion Weekend 2014. Stay tuned! He said in April that the
KSP Facebook page had 375+ members and over 300 historic photos of the
program dating back to the 1970s. We encourage you to join and share some
memories and photos (
/).
As always, news, updates, and photos are welcome.
Tutaonana!
John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
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