CLASS NOTES
42
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
1967
Meg Smith Eisenbraun ’67
4460
Norris Lane
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
360-682-2345
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2017
Some of youmay have heard about the huge sec-
tion of ourWhidbey Island bluffs sliding down into
Puget Sound back in early spring. Rest assured
that your class reporter is still here! The island is
55
miles long and several miles wide, and the area
affected is a good 45-minute drive down the high-
way from here and on the other side from us.
The University sent me the sad news of the loss of
a classmate.
KatyBinghamPage
of Hoosick Falls,
N.Y., passed away in January. She was amember of
the Laurentian Singers, and sang two solos on one
of the CDs they recorded. She had worked at the
Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational
Services (BOCES) as a senior typist.
Natalie Ammarell
has become a world-class
photographer! I first enjoyed her photos on Face-
book and amnow seeingmuchmore on her web-
site, One Woman’s View
.
com). Her interest began with floral photography
and expanded to fauna: birds and other wildlife
(
lizards, turtles, deer, butterflies, squirrels). She
has some fantastic shots taken in the Piedmont
area of North Carolina and many more from Sani-
bel Island, the Everglades, Venice Rookery and
Corkscrew Swamp in Florida. If you go to her
website, you can purchase her cards and calen-
dars adorned with the extraordinary images she
has captured. Bravo, Natalie!
Please send me some news of what has caught
your
attention in retirement!
1968
Anne Lauriat ’68
100
Horace Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478-2315
617-484-6841
Next Reunion: 50
th
, 2018
Just when I am ready to give up – lo! classmates
emerge from a 45-year hibernation.
One was
DonnaHall Smorol
,
who remembered
Professor Rita Goldberg admonishing her to study
her Spanish more and “pay less attention to
that
boy
”–
he being Greg ’67, her husband of 47 years.
Donna says that after their days at Vetsville they
moved to East Aurora, N.Y., where they worked
and raised three children. Greg had his own con-
sulting business and Donna taught at both the
high school and elementary school levels. In 2002,
they retired and moved to Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Donna, “We have loved every minute of our
time here. The climate allows us to enjoy many
outdoor activities year-round: golf, tennis, bik-
ing, kayaking, hiking, swimming and walking on
the beach. I also love working in my vegetable
garden...we have three growing seasons here!!
I also work several hours a week at a local ten-
nis pro shop and serve as captain of three USTA
teams. Greg has become involved in writing
fiction and is the treasurer of the Island Writers
Network. We also travel, and in recent years have
visited many states, including Hawaii, as well as
China, Greece, France, Turkey, and Italy (twice!).”
Italy also figured in the news from long-married
Tom James.
It’s where he and Marge celebrated
their 45th wedding anniversary.
Another Vetsville “alum” and a couple also cel-
ebrating 45 years are Judy and
Richard “Rick”
Hartigan.
She wrote a wonderfully long
letter
--
what a treat to receive! -- describing their life since
Judy worked as a receptionist at Whitman Hall.
They rode out of Canton on Rick’s motorcycle and
settled in Tucson, where Judy finished her stud-
ies and Rick joined the Tucson Police Department.
He retired in 1995 as a motorcycle sergeant with
the traffic and commercial vehicle enforcement
unit. Their motorcycle has accompanied them on
many trips around the U.S.
Their three children have produced a total of
nine grandchildren, two of whom Rick and Judy
take care of while their parents work. Rick and
Judy live in Vail, Ariz., in an over-55 community.
Rick is a naturalist at a guest ranch and also part
of an incident management team out of Phoenix
responding to disasters like forest fires, hurricanes
and space shuttle recovery.
Speaking of 45th anniversaries and Phoenix,
both pertain to Paul and
Lauren “LJ” Whittier
Schweizer
,
who
Annie Montgomery
and I vis-
ited in their lovely Southwest home. It was won-
derful (while snow fell in Massachusetts) to be
entertained by their pool and admire Camelback
Mountain.
We just missed a visit with
Mary Lou Brugge-
man-Gershater
.
She and Burt ’69 have been
divorced for nearly 20 years but spend holidays
with their children Jennie, Jessie and Mat. (All
three sound so accomplished that I wish there
were room to recount their activities.) Mary Lou
lives in Parks, Ariz., and has house rentals that sup-
plement her Native American jewelry business,
Village Trader. She skis and hikes in Sedona in the
winter and Flagstaff during the summer.
Lauren and Paul enjoy visits with their grandson
and granddaughter by daughter Gareth and her
husband, who live in Maryland. Their son Jordan
married last summer and lives in Utah. Lauren
was the consummate volunteer back in Elmira
(
where they summer) but has now gotten in-
volved in her church’s governing body as clerk,
and in outreach projects to the disadvantaged.
She has a complex story about naming her small
Norwich terrier “OH! Henry,” which warmed my
English major’s heart. (I promised I would men-
tion him, but this is an exception:
please
,
send no
cute pet pictures!)
We had hoped to be joined by
Chris Tassone
Kovner,
but she was unable to get away from
her work in the College of Nursing at New York
University. She and I also missed each other
while she had a business trip to Boston as I was
on a river cruise in France trying to remember
long-forgotten French.
And speaking of that beautiful language, out of
the blue came an email from
Michael “Mickey”
Maione
,
who has been teaching French and
Italian at the Juilliard School for 28 years, “after
12
years in exile in wintry Minnesota.” He says,
I love my work and the extraordinarily creative
environment in which I am fortunate to work, but
am seriously contemplating a time in the near
future when it will come to an end and I will join
the ranks of the retired.”He sees
Mimi McGavern
several times a year, as do I.
I was delighted to get an invitation to (but dis-
tressed I could not get toWinnetka, Ill., to attend)
Susan Doscher Underwood’s
first solo show of
her watercolors, of which there were more than
40,
including some prints. For a look at her work
go to
/
about, and under "Gallery," see some of my favor-
ites—her dog portraits, landscapes and florals.
Dennis Angel
writes that“in what are supposed
to be my retirement years, my music career is just
taking off.” Last year he was named jazz artist
of the month by Sound of Timeless Jazz, a well-
known jazz site. Dennis is still a full-time attorney
with his own record company, Timeless Grooves.
In one of those weird coincidences, I was sitting
on a lovely patio having lunch in gorgeousWinter
Park, Fla., last winter. I stared at -- but didn’t really
see”-- a storefront named “Maureen H. Hall Sta-
tionery & Invitations.” To my companion’s aston-
ishment, I screeched in mid-sentence, “That’s
Mo
Hanafin Dearden
!”
and raced in the store. Alas,
she was not there.
So have
you
seen any classmates recently? Let
me know who, when, what and why!
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