Hulit Pressley Taylor ’61
Surrey Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Next Reunion: 55
, 2016
This time the prize for first-timer to this column
goes to
Ron Richardson
He and his wife, Vikki,
have lived in Ft. Myers, Fla., for 43 years, and have
two children and four grandchildren, ranging in
age from 13 years to 6 months. Ron’s brother Ray
has lived in Ft. Myers since 1971. He started with
the Class of ’60, but left early and became a naval
aviator and eventually a commercial pilot with
Pan Am, final1y retiring as a captain with Delta.
Ron says,“My dad, who will be 100 in March, lives
close by. He is very active and sharp as a tack."
Ron builds customhomes in the five-county area
of Southwest Florida. His son, Jason, “runs the
show these days and I try to stay out of the way
as much as possible,” he says. They have horses,
cows, dogs, cats, and “sundry diversions and
calamities to make life exciting. I stay in touch
via email and Facebook with
Craig Ruhm
Qua ’62,
Willie Cassin, Vic Nardone
and look forward to hearing fromany
other legends from the past.”
Also in Ft. Myers is
Jean Luce Eaton
who has
downsized – twice! They moved into a ranch
townhouse, all one floor, for summers in NewYork
State, then sold the Florida condo andmoved to a
villa in the same complex.
Continuing with Sunshine State news,
Griffing Southwick
and Bill ’60 have moved back
to Florida, this time to New Smyrna Beach, where
they have dear friends. Their son, Rick, is in Or-
lando, working for the Golf Channel.
Carole Sperzel Clark
is dealing with govern-
ment restrictions on a building project she’s
undertaking. In August, she and Bill hosted a
family reunion and they are now planning their
wedding anniversary. This winter, Carole
and Bill are in Palm Desert, Calif. Carole wonders
if anyone recognized people in the photo with
students arriving on the Canton Creeper that
was used on the Honor Guard Reunion flyer. The
picture is definitely from our era. “How did we
ever manage on a suitcase and/or trunk?” she
asks. “Kids today use a U-Haul!”
This past summer,
Jim Pritzker
stayed close
to home while his wife, Judie, recuperated from
surgery. Their children and grandchildren all live
nearby. “How time flies – our oldest granddaugh-
ter is looking at colleges and med schools with
our son,” he observed. “Seems like we were just
doing that with her dad!”
Last spring,
Jay Fleisher
gave a three-lecture
series to an Oneonta adult learning group on the
subject of time. He said it covered “The concept,
our perception of time, and the scientific tech-
niques used to measure ‘deep’ time (as with geo-
logic events). One thing boomed through loud
and clear: time seems to pass faster as we age,
and deadlines help to accelerate the illusion.
Part of what made last summer pass so quickly,”
Jay added, “was a 16-day trip I led to Iceland for
two dozen local folks. In addition to glaciers, vol-
canoes and geothermal energy, we also looked
into the settlement history and the Viking era.”
Later, he saw Jeanne Baldo White ’59, and was
happy to report that she still has the youthful
spirit many SLU alumni will recall.”
Jack Fancher
and Barbara had a terrific two-
week excursion through the Pacific Northwest.
They toured Seattle, then spent three days on the
Olympic Peninsula. A ferry took them to Victoria,
B.C., and on to Vancouver. “Even in the rain forest
we had no rain!” Jack reported. In July, he had a
successful one-man art show. “I really am enjoy-
ing my new career and intend to paint lots from
our trip,”he said.
Last July,
Sue Hunter Schultz
spent two weeks
in Seattle to celebrate Paul’s oldest grandson’s
wedding. August found
Natalie Beaumont
in southern California for three weeks visiting
friends and family, especially her son, while
and I spent three weeks at a friend’s cot-
tage on the rocky coast of Maine, then took a
week’s cruise to New England ports and Canada.
In September,
Sandee Huebenthal Fleisher
her friend John planned a two-week trip to the
Canadian Maritimes. In late October,
Marty Nut-
tall Heath
and Joe ’62 planned a trip to Australia
and New Zealand.
Sandy Towle
states that it’s harder to get a
book published (“kick it out the door”) than it is
to write it!
China Red
is ready and a second novel
is almost finished.
Ken Shilkret’s
newest granddaughter, Elle, joins
an older brother and two girl cousins. Ken’s been
redoing his kitchen. Like somany of us, he started
with one small project and ended up redoing the
entire room! He was looking forward to his an-
nual golf trip to Myrtle Beach.
Steve Anderson
had a busy summer. He started
an off-season Chautauqua in the Bay Area for the
people who live here and visit there; added
a new partner with Southeast Asia banking and
business experience to our consulting group in
June; spent two weeks with our three children
and their spouses and six grandsons at Lake
Naomi in Pennsylvania in July; was elected chair-
man of Insight Systems Inc., a private software
and services company whose customers are U.S.
Government departments; had a great week at
Chautauqua.” Steve planned hip replacement in
September so that he and Barbara could travel to
Cuba in October.
Wishing you all a pleasant winter and hoping to
hear from you.
SteveWahl ’62
E. Soaring Eagle
Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1280
Next Reunion: 55
, 2017
Joan Castro Nordbotten
was unable to join the
reunion but writes, “It appears that our class was
well represented and has done well enough to
contribute record amounts to SLU. Congratula-
tions to us!”
Peggy Corin Hecklinger
and Fred
visited Joan and Svein in Bergen, Norway, in
May. They were on a 50th wedding anniversary
trip to London and took a side trip to Norway.
Sveinwas invited to give a talk at a statistical con-
ference in Athens in late May, and Joan “tagged
along” and enjoyed exploring three nearby is-
lands and the ruins at Delphi and the Acropolis. In
the fall, they planned to visit their son in Amster-
dam and Barcelona, where he will be spending
his sabbatical year. He is a full professor in applied
mathematics at the University of Bergen, and has
a 25% position at Princeton University. Joan and
Svein have office space at the University of Ber-
gen and try to keep up with their research.
Vivian and I had a lovely late-summer visit and
lunch with
Linda Cassidy Kline
Linda, who lives
in Southern California, comes to Phoenix from
time to time to visit with (and do a little babysit-
ting for) her two granddaughters. Shewas unable
to attend our reunion but was filled in on the fun
Barbara Raine Mann
Jeanne Heffernan
Note: All of you are invited to let us know
when you are coming to town. Easterners and
Westerners are all welcome!
I have a sad note to pass along.
Bonnie Rupert
passed away peacefully on July 5, 2012, surround-
ed by her children. Bonnie worked at a couple of
NorthCountry hospitals, thenwent to Plattsburgh
State to get a teaching degree. She became an art
teacher, and then a special education teacher. She
received a grant fromNewYork State to develop a
teaching technique called the ABC Program. She
volunteered at events like the Special Olympics,
ran games for the children at school picnics and
coordinated blood drives.
Bonnie enjoyed riding her motorcycle, and even
tried skydiving (three times). Shemoved toWood-
stock, Ga., in 2006 and found ways to keep herself
busy, in spite of her Parkinson’s disease. She cre-
ated stained glass until it physically became too
difficult, and then moved on to oil painting. She
found that when she painted, her Parkinson’s-re-
lated tremors subsided, which amazed her. Bon-
nie also loved to work in her large and elaborate
gardens. She requested amemorial celebration of
her life to “laugh, sing, dance, cry, and tell stories.”
On a personal note, I was pleased that she was a
regular contributor to this column.
Let’s all commit ourselves to the important task of generating and
for our young Laurentian family members.
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