CLASS NOTES
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Stephanie Porta Eilese
has have been having a
great time traveling the country to celebrate all of
her friends’ 50
th
birthdays. “Not one to miss a par-
ty!” she states. Their oldest, Sam, graduated from
Fordham in May and is working in New York City.
Daughter Elizabeth, a junior at Bucknell, studied
in Capetown for the spring semester, so the ‘rents
were planning a visit with a safari! Kat will join her
big sister at Bucknell in the fall.“It will be a big ad-
justment becoming empty-nesters, but after 26
years of marriage, Bill and I are looking forward to
this next chapter of our lives,”Steph said.
I was so happy to hear that both of
Jeff Ed-
wards's
daughters went to SLU. What a great
family tradition! Jeff andwife Annie Connellan Ed-
wards '83 reside in Lake Placid. Elizabeth '12 con-
tinued on in the master's program in educational
counseling, using her remaining year of eligibility
to run cross country and track. The family trav-
eled to Terre Haute, Ind., last November to cheer
SLU on at the cross country nationals. They also
watched Elizabeth and her teammates compete
at the Penn Relays in April. Older son Nicholas '15
will be on the fall program in New Zealand.
Annie continues in her 30th year as the academic
director at Northwood School where Matthew is
a junior. Jeff left teaching two years ago to head
up operations for the production of all Ironman tri-
athlon events.Wow, Jeff, I ambeginning to feel like
an underachiever…Thanks for the great update!
My two best friends at SLU were
Lyndsey Van-
Vliet
and
Susan Kiley-Taylor
.
We have been
doing pretty well keeping up with one another
over the years. Susan married Jim Taylor '85. They
live in Vernon, N.J., and have three daughters.
Kate ‘16 is on the volleyball team at St. Lawrence.
Margie is going to be a junior and Jane will start
8
th grade. Kiley is a great sport and comes to all
my daughter Charlotte’s birthday parties, even
though Charlotte is only 3. Our daughters have
a great time with one another despite the age
difference! Sue is a busy mom but finds time to
teach French a few days during the week at one
of the private schools in her area.
Lyndsey is a busy single mother of three. Aman-
da graduated fromMichigan this year, son Bradley
is going to be a sophomore at Boston University,
and Clayton is an accomplished lacrosse player so
he has begun the college search early; he will be
a junior in the fall. Lynds is busy with her home
renovation business in Chevy Chase, Md.
Sarah Bajjaly
has been in the Boston area
since graduation. After 25 years in financial ser-
vices, she switched to healthcare a couple of
years ago, which not only totally reenergized
her, but is proof that “you can teach an old dog
new tricks.” Sarah is marketing director for Multi-
Plan, a firm that provides healthcare cost man-
agement solutions. She enjoys traveling and is
planning her fourth visit to Ghana, West Africa.
Sarah and the girls from 17 Pine --
Anne Whit-
man Jenkins, Anne Conklin DeVita, Carol
Fischer Deerwester, Hope Thurston Carter,
Lue McWilliams
and
Anne Ziebarth
--
have
been great about getting together annually,
usually in New England (Maine, Boston, Cape
Cod) or the Adirondacks. “We were all together
for our 50th, which we fondly referred to as our
jubilee,’" she said.
As for me, I am recovering from a freak accident.
I was hit by an out-of-control cyclist as I was get-
ting into my car. I suffered a neck injury, concus-
sion and hairline fracture of the skull, so I have
spent much of this spring in physical therapy,
getting back on the stick. Luckily the boy who
hit me wasn’t hurt badly, and I am on the mend
trying to stay positive.
As for all of the SLU gang who live and work and
are from Boston, I am sending many prayers to all
of you who suffered from the April attack on your
amazing city, from the Curley Clan.
1985
Cary Regan and Michael Keigher ’85
1
MacPherson Drive
Greenwich, CT 03860
203-622-5030
Next Reunion: 30
th
,
May 29-June 1, 2014 (cluster
with ’83, ’84)
The new year began with a festive 50th birthday
celebration in NewYork City for
Donna Winston
.
Within Donna’s immediate family are quite a few
Laurentians, from her father, Larry Winston ’60, to
nephews and a niece, Morgan ’17. See the nearby
photo, which shows many classmates from Con-
necticut:
David Ball, Bill Stoops, Craig Somer-
by, Martha Shaffer Curtis, Bob Weaver, Susan
Nicolais Weaver, Jackie Elliman Leonard
and
your class reporters.
Lisa Skalny Hill
made the trip from Oregon,
while
Marnie Wright Read
came from Maine.
Susan Hunt McDowell
flew in from Atlanta with
husband Sean.
Laurentian Legacy: Sprague Family’s
St. Lawrence Roots Go Back 147 Years
by Jasmine Wallace ’13
Many“chips”and“twigs”have attended St. Lawrence over the decades, but one family tree has particu-
larly deep roots embedded in the rich history of the University. The legacy of Sarah Sprague, Class of
1866,
reaches down to the present day.
Sarah Sprague was one of the first two women to graduate from St. Lawrence and her descendants
have been attending the University ever since. Twentieth-century family members include Archie
MacAllaster ’50n, Sandy MacAllaster ’78, Phil Sprague ’80 and Jamie MacAllaster ’81.
I had a wonderful experience there,” says Phil Sprague. When he faced having to leave the University
for financial reasons, he was awarded increased aid, an experience that later motivated him to create a
scholarship fund for North Country students. Says the Watertown, N.Y., resident, “That’s just my way of
passing it forward.”
The most recent Sprague alumna is Phil’s daughter, Julia ’11. She came to St. Lawrence without know-
ing the true depth of her family’s connection to the University. She says that learning about that history
added significance to traditions like Moving-Up Day and the Quad Experience. “I cannot sing the alma
mater in front of my dad without crying,”she admits.
Julia’s parents visited for her Laurentian Singers and Gospel Choir concerts and other campus events, and she says her father felt right at home: “It
doesn’t sound like he graduated 30-plus years ago; he just gets right back into the swing of things.”
While the facilities, technologies and students may change, Phil says, “I think the core essence of the school is the same.” The comfort that both
Spragues feel when returning to campus is helped by the traditions that span their generations. One of these is the evening chapel bells; Julia used to
call her father so that they could listen together over her phone. They also gave the baccalaureate speech at Julia’s graduation together.
The family’s tradition will continue,” says Phil, whose family still attends hockey games and events such as the Candlelight Service. “The place just
gets into your heart and you can’t escape it.”
Going to St. Lawrence was probably the best decision I’ve ever made,”says Julia.“If Sarah hadn’t been brave enough to go first, the rest of us might
not have gotten the option to. She opened the door.”
When Julia Sprague ’11 returned to
campus last spring for the "Got Spirit?"
Gospel Choir Workshop, her father, Phil
’80,
surprised her by appearing for her
concert. The Spragues are descendants
of one of St. Lawrence’s first two alum-
nae, Sarah Sprague, Class of 1866.
.
Kathleen Buckley