CLASS NOTES
40
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
Steve Anderson
wrote that he could relate to
getting through”our 74th birthdays and still feel-
ing very good. He is “considering” retiring next
year. In mid-February, he and Barbara traveled
to Argentina, Chile and the area shared by both
countries, Patagonia.
April found
Tim Stevens
and Kathy in their new
home in Hailey, Idaho, within walking distance of
their grandchildren. They plan to sell their house
in Anchorage, make Idaho their home base, and
spend summers at their cabin in Alaska.
Craig Ruhm
plans to see Les Enderton ’66
(
originally ’63, but joined the Special Forces and
then returned to graduate), director of tour-
ism in Oahu. In July, Craig will be in Hawaii to
attend his son’s wedding! “We have a great cot-
tage on the ocean,” he says.
Jack Fancher
and Barbara take frequent day
trips to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.
In September they plan a trip to France, his first al-
though he’s been to all the surrounding countries.
Jim Finke
wrote that 2012 was “the year of the
broken leg for us. I brokemine inMay andwas laid
up nearly two months, and in September Elaine
fell and broke hers and is not yet completely free
of pain. Her situation is complicated due to short-
termmemory problems. Fortunately, our‘kids’are
not far away and are a great help to me."
In early March at an SLU-RPI men's hockey game,
Jim talked with
Bob
and
Nancy Allen Ducatte
.
St. Lawrence memories were high among
the conversation topics, along with family,” he
reported. Last August, Jim was in charge of the
Middle Atlantic 15-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball
tourney, “and as usual was wearing the cap we
got at our 50th Reunion. One of the team man-
agers asked about it; he’d graduated about 2001.
You never know when a St. Lawrence contact is
going to come up!”
Gene Hays
and
Pete Foley
were looking for-
ward to a reunion of ATOs at the home of Archie
Urciuoli ’59 in Casey Key, Fla. Their last get-to-
gether was 10 years ago. “Will we see changes?”
Gene wondered. “Probably not as striking
as at some earlier reunions!” Judge for your-
self - see the picture on page 39. Gene was
involved with with the Annual Art Show week-
end (300,000 visitors expected).
You heard about it first in the Class Notes:
Sandy
Towle
announces his first novel! He says, “
China
Red
,
by Ralph Sanborn (aka Sandy Towle), is avail-
able on Amazon in hard and soft cover and on
Kindle. An action/thriller (ideal for lazy vacation
reading, long flights, dull evenings and sating
blood lust), the story is about heroin smuggling
into the United States. Why did I write it? That’s
a question my children ask. I wrote it to fend off
the appearance of being retired. And for Christ-
mas you can buy The Assassins' Game, written to
further the illusion of not being retired. And so
on….” I’m looking forward to reading them all!
Nancyann Orth
was happy that her daughter
and two granddaughters from Costa Rica vis-
ited for 10 days. They were able to hunt Easter
eggs in the garden and spend time with their
cousins. After such a cold spring,
Kay Robert-
son Tomasi
was eagerly anticipating spending
a week with their family, especially their grand-
children, on St. Thomas.
Canna Smyth Rocco
spends a lot of time at
her pied-à-terre on the Upper East Side of Man-
hattan. Her apartment is conveniently located
within a few blocks of both of her daughters, so
she frequently sees her five grandchildren, rang-
ing in age from 3 to 11.
In March,
Natalie Beaumont
had a hernia re-
paired and hoped to get back to salsa and folk
dancing before too long. She talked to
Cinnie
Baldwin Luscombe
when she was visiting her
daughter in New Jersey, but that they were un-
able to get together.
Speaking of NewYork, I sent
Jay Fleisher
a short
video about a glacier calving a chunk the size of
Manhattan. His reply:“Not to suggest I’ve person-
ally seen anything like this, but in 2000 I was at
the terminus of Sheridan Glacier, Alaska, when a
segment the size of a football stadium collapsed
into a lake. Very cool, except I was on the lake in
a 10-foot Zodiac, with a student doing bathymet-
ric surveys, when the glacier front ‘came apart.’
Couldn’t get out of there fast enough, but we
did manage to outrun the bergs as they popped
to the surface. Just proves that geologists have
more fun, certainly more gusto.”
1962
SteveWahl ’62
7899
E. Soaring Eagle
Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1280
480-575-5300
Next Reunion: 55
th
, 2017
1963
Leah Kollmer Puzzo ’63
135
Hillcrest Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605-1508
201-461-7052(
home)
201-321-5519 (
cell)
Next Reunion: 55
th
, 2018
1964
Sherry Gage Chappelle ’64
800
Bayard Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-226-1594
Next Reunion: 50
th
,
May 29-June 1, 2014
A recent
Washington Post
article highlighted a
hockey team of men mostly 70 and older, aptly
named the “Gerihatricks.” It made me wonder
how many of our former hockey players (at any
level) still sign up for ice time. Care to check in
with stories, gentlemen?
We are obviously still a class of doers (even if
we are not playing hockey!).
Leigh Berry
and
husband Tom Coburn signed on with GoEco and
spent most of January as volunteers in Kandy,
Sri Lanka. Leigh spent many hours working in a
Catholic elders’ home while Tom taught English
to 8- and 9-year-old Buddhist monks. Of her ex-
perience, Leigh said, “The home was headed by
two nuns and a few volunteers. Food was donat-
ed for every meal… they were totally dependent
on the community’s generosity… there were 55
women and 28 men in the complex. Fifteen of
the women were bedridden and needed con-
stant attention. The remainder were quite self-
sufficient, and able to do needed chores. The
spirit and love of life of these folks was just un-
believable. The smiles we got when we arrived
the hugs offered lovingly… the thank-yous
whispered in our ears…they were our reward.”
Leigh and Tom also spent many hours together
down and dirty” pulling weeds and tending to
the lovely year-round gardens at the home.
InMarch,
BobGoodfellow
,
executive director of
Transitional Living Services of Onondaga County,
N.Y., joined with agency execs; his wife, Prudence;
and disability self-advocates and their families to
protest proposed Medicaid cuts. They marched
in front of the State Office Building in Syracuse,
garnering significant print and broadcast media
attention. They hoped to bring alive the plight
They styled themselves the Class of '63 Dixie Chicks when they met at the Grand Ole Oprey in
Nashville last September. From left to right are L
eah Kollmer Puzzo, Ann Cogswell Caldwell, Karen
Allred Quinn, Ann Somerville Benedict, Hilary Hartman Goodwin, Ann Jacobson Dixon, Marty
Sikaras Driscoll, Ellen Johnson Kern, April Norton Tweddell
and
Tory Liersch Spater Somerville.