WINTER 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 39
Leah Kollmer Puzzo ’63
Leonia, NJ 07605-1508
Next Reunion: 50
May 30-June 2, 2013
Hilary Hartman Goodwin
and Ralph had a
fabulous 17-day adventure in Alaska, and spent a
great summer on their ranch with
and her husband, Jack.
April Norton Tweddell
is enjoying life in Willits,
Calif. She spends lots of time in her garden.
Janet Lefkowitz Schotz
and Arthur continue
to like living in Venice, Fla. She has been in
Lynn Wilderman Beardslee
has moved with her husband, Bob, back to the
Kansas City area to be close to their children
and their families.
I would love to hear from you. Bring us all up to
date with your lives. And don’t forget to come to
reunion in June!
Sherry Gage Chappelle ’64
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Next Reunion: 50
It’s a landmark year for many of us. We enter
a new decade, a new chapter in our personal
story. So, I loved this from
is a good side to turning 70. In Jewish tradition
that means you have completed a life cycle and
are considered an elder. It alsomeans that you are
starting a second cycle and begin your age at 1
again.” So happy birthdays to all of you, turning
into elders and toddlers simultaneously. What a
way to think young! Thanks, Harvey.
My news this time is mostly of summer get-to-
gethers. For me that meant lakeside hours and
road-tripping in New Hampshire with
Ball Knight, Diane Friday Fisher
Brenda and husband Jim
went a few weeks later to see
and Dick Saunders ’65 dined
on Jane and
s porch in August
with their wives.
Ginnie Wolfe Manuel, Euge-
Joan McCaskie Drum
rendez-voused at Chez Drum in the Poconos –
the first time the Dean-Eaton hallmates had been
together since graduation.
The nexus of activity, however, is the Guthries’.
Gwen Briggs Guthrie
Tory Gregg Lan-
in Connecticut, where they both have vaca-
tion homes, over Labor Day weekend. Bill and
Gwen also traveled to Tahoe in September for
the marriage of
s middle daugh-
Sheila Caulley Hill
was there; she and
Bruce had been high school classmates as well as
on Campus to Honor Mark Erickson
Chapin Professor Emeritus of Geology Mark Erickson, left, with Bloomer Lecturer Art Waterman ’73 at
the eighth triennial St. Lawrence University Geology Alumni Conference (SLUGAC8) last fall.
Erickson, who retired last year, was honored at the conference.
Last October 5-7, more than 70 St. Lawrence
alumni returned to campus for the eighth
triennial St. Lawrence University Geology
Alumni Conference (SLUGAC). The theme,
Celebrating J. Mark Erickson’s Career: Con-
tributions to St. Lawrence Geology and the
Profession,” honored Professor Erickson’s 40
years as an exemplary teacher, mentor and
researcher in the wake of his retirement last
spring, at which time he was named Chapin
Professor Erickson is known as a tireless
advocate for his students and for bringing
many innovations to the geology program
at St. Lawrence University. Among them are
the honors thesis program and, along with
some of the early graduates of the program,
the alumni conference itself. Special guests
included his twin brothers Ray and Glenn and
Glenn’s wife, Jane.
A retrospective on the impact of Erickson’s
scholarship on the profession was presented
by Bonnie Swoger ’99, a science and technol-
ogy librarian at SUNY Geneseo. The R.O.
and Vera Bloomer Lecture was given by Art
Waterman ’73, who discussed biostratigraphic
paleontology. President William L. ’75 and
Lynn Fox hosted a reception at their home,
followed by a banquet at which Ned Baker ’86
and Mark Klett ’74 were awarded the William
T. Elberty Jr. Medal for sustained service to the
geology program. A thorough but good-
hearted roast of Professor Erickson ensued,
followed by Erickson’s rebuttal, supported by
considerable photographic evidence.
Alumni from the 1960s to the present at-
tended, with several traveling from Alaska,
Washington state, Texas, Louisiana, Idaho,
Michigan and Arizona. One brought greetings
from the School of Geology and Geological
Engineering at the University of North Dakota,
Erickson’s graduate alma mater.
Students and their parents often ask, “What
career options are possible with a degree
in geology?” The alumni gave talks related
to their research, work and careers, and
participated in panels on graduate school
and employment opportunities in fields
ranging from academia to environmental
remediation and energy exploration. Breaks
in the busy program permitted students and
alumni to network on a more informal level,
and students to present the posters they had
prepared for professional conferences.
Reflecting on the weekend, many students
said they gained a better understanding of
what awaits them after graduation and how
to prepare for graduate school. Some were
pleased to know they have a web of connec-
tions “out there.” One recent alumnus noted,
It’s one of the most amazing things that
St. Lawrence offers.”
The conference was chaired by Sarah Zimmer-
man McElfresh ’98 and Christopher Stevens
assisted by department chair Jeff Chiaren-
zelli ’81, who has been named the new Chapin
Submitted by Sarah McElfresh ’98 on behalf
of the committee.