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Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word that Norman G. Wilder, a resident of North Bennington, VT, passed away last Nov. 20 at the age of 102. Norman served in the Pacific during World War II after earning his degree in forestry. After the war, Norman established his life and career in Delaware, serving as director of the Delaware Fish and Game Commission, special assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and director of the Delaware Nature Society. Following retirement, he lived in Landrum, SC, before eventually settling in Vermont. He was predeceased by his sister and his wives, and is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter, two great-grandchildren, eight step-children and numerous step-grandchildren and their children.
Nancy Bryant on behalf of Lonnie (Eleanor) Gould Bryant
9 Rickey Drive
Maynard, MA 01754; 978-501-0334
I am sorry to report that Elizabeth (Betty) Buxton Burns, a lifelong resident of Hudson, NH, passed away on Feb.14. As a teenager, Betty worked summers at Benson’s Wild Animal Park. Her UNH degree in social work led her to working for the State of New Hampshire Welfare Administration prior to starting her family. Betty later worked as a real estate broker for 30 years. She and her husband Dick had a Saturday night tradition of square dancing. Betty also enjoyed crafts, crocheting and card games. She was predeceased by her husband and is survived by a son, daughter, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. I received a lovely hand-written note from Bob Kimball of Hernando, FL, who enjoys reading the UNH Magazine. Bob celebrated his 100th birthday on December 5, and we wish him much good health and happiness! I am writing this news column on behalf of my Mom (Lonnie (Eleanor) Gould Bryant), who passed away in 2014. I just want to personally say that all the ’41ers have my greatest respect. The Class of ’41 grew up during the Great Depression and witnessed World War II, yet they still had such a zest for life! They passed along their wisdom, knowledge and experience to their kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they volunteered and worked hard to build strong and vibrant communities, and our society will be forever grateful. To fellow ’41ers and their families and friends, please send me your news and your memories about your days at UNH! Hoping to hear from you!
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word that Faith Williams Donoghue, a resident of Manitowoc, WI, passed away on Nov. 7 at the age of 99. Faith graduated UNH with a degree in English and was recruited to join W.A.V.E.S. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), a unit of the U.S. Naval Reserve, where she worked to decode classified military communications. After the war, Faith worked for U.S. News and World Report, and then as a teacher and high school librarian after she married and raised her family. In her later years, she continued to use her leadership skills with roles at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, organizing and running a book group and being elected as the representative for her resident group. Faith was predeceased by her husbands, and is survived by her five children, four step-children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word about the passing of three alumni. Phyllis Hopkins Burkush, a resident of Manchester, NH, passed away on Oct. 28 at the age of 93. Phyllis earned her associate degree from the Thompson School and subsequently worked as an administrative assistant at New England Telephone Company for 38 years. She was a devoted community volunteer to such organizations as Catholic Medical Center and the Palace Theatre, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, skiing and horses. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, her grandson, and later in life, her companion, and is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John C. Budron, a resident of Salem, NH, passed away on Nov. 12 at the age of 96. During his time at UNH, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving three years as a Sergeant stationed in Germany, France and Belgium with the 61st Division. While in the Army, he learned three foreign languages at Stanford University, was awarded sharp-shooter honors, and played football, where he became the division sports editor. His post-Army careers include Morton Salt, Sunnybrook Farms and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. John was predeceased by his wife, his brother, a sister and a great-granddaughter, and is survived by four children, two sisters, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mildred Patten Johnson, a resident of Portsmouth, NH, passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 97. She was active in music circles and attended Queens College as a piano major and played cello in the college orchestra before transferring to UNH. Over the course of her life, Mildred was actively involved in her church and community, serving in roles that highlighted both her musical talents and her leadership skills, including choir mother at St. John’s Episcopal Church, president of the Hospital Guild and campaign chairman of The Community Concerts Association. She was predeceased by her first and second husband, and is survived by a son, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Class Notes Editor
We heard from Sylvia-Jane Whittemore Foulkrod, DVM, who transferred after two years at UNH to Middlesex University in Waltham, MA, to earn her degree in veterinary medicine. She did not practice but worked in administration in the Biological Science Center and later as the science acquisition librarian at Mugar Library, both at Boston University. After retiring, S-J established her own bookstore and women’s meeting place, and enjoys supporting LGBTQ issues, co-founded a CUUPS chapter, a Sharing Locker (supplies to needy) and a Unitarian Universalist women’s spiritual support group. She serves on the Social Justice & Disability Justice teams at her local Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Rhode Island. Her husband, Robert Miller Foulkrod ’51, passed away in 2011. S-J has three children and three grandchildren and counts among her best memories of UNH the Dairy Bar, football games and teaching riding from the old barn. UNH Magazine received word of the passing of two alumni. Eleanor McHugh Roger, a resident of Paw Paw, MI, passed away on Dec. 25 at the age of 99. Eleanor grew up in the White Mountains of NH, and graduated from Littleton High School. Upon meeting her husband, Norman, at UNH, they married and settled in Paw Paw, where she was active in her church, community, Girl Scouts, politics and worked as a real estate broker. She was predeceased by her husband and her two brothers, and is survived by two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, eight step-children and numerous step-grandchildren and their children. Mary E. Maguire, a resident of Nashua, NH, passed away on Oct. 6, 2018, at the age of 95. In addition to her studies at UNH, Mary also earned degrees from Rivier College, Middlebury College and Harvard University. Her careers were equally varied; Mary taught Latin in private schools in Virginia, Connecticut and Massachusetts then shifted toward publishing, working as a consulting editor for Houghton Mifflin and a copyeditor at PC&F and Puritan Press. She was a political, antiwar and social-change activist, and was involved in Amnesty International, the ACLU, the Nashua DNC and the NH CLU. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, and is survived by a niece, three nephews and 11 grandnieces and grandnephews.
Jean Spiller McCullough-Perkins
PO Box 2656
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
UNH Magazine learned about the passing of five alumnae. Agnes Bedortha Lowell passed away on Aug. 12 at the age of 97. Grace Shaylor Tubbs passed away on Oct. 7 at the age of 93. Grace earned her degree in physics and together with her husband, Donald, started a successful industrial motor repair business, where she worked for 35 years. In retirement, Grace traveled the world and enjoyed geocaching. She was predeceased by her husband, and is survived by three sons, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Barbara Bartlett Davis passed away on Oct. 16 at the age of 94. She met her husband, Kenneth, in high school and after World War II, “the original Barbie and Ken” moved from Claremont, NH, to Saginaw, MI, to Pittsburgh, PA, finally settling in Meredith, NH, where they raised their four children. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Chi and Daughters of the American Revolution, and an active member of Ellacoya Chapter Order of Eastern Star for more than 40 years. She was predeceased by her husband, her two siblings, and a daughter-in-law, and is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Isabel Burgiel Hilton passed away on Nov. 10 at the age of 93. Isabel earned her B.S. at UNH and worked as a dietician at Maine General Hospital. She transitioned to teaching, her lifelong career, earning her M.Ed. Isabel enjoyed spending summers on Sebago Lake, even after moving to Stamford, CT, where she was an active ‘Friend of the Acton Public Library’, delivered Meals-on-Wheels and served as president of Sound Steppers, a square-dancing club. She was predeceased by her husband and her brother, and is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren and two nephews. Frances Lord Huntley passed away on Jan. 12, just one day before her 95th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband, and is survived by her three children.
Elizabeth M. Shea 11 Boulder Brook Drive Unit #4
Exeter, NH 03833
UNH Magazine hear from Glenn-Marie Lange of her father’s death of a massive stroke on Jan. 11. Paul H. Lange Jr. of Bridgeport, CT, was a chemical engineering major, AXZ and Yacht Club member. Although she did not know Paul’s graduation date, she did know that “…attending UNH, interrupted by military service in World War II, was a foundational experience for him and meant a great deal to him.” Constance Garfield Richardson, 92, died in Dracut, MA, on Jan. 8. Predeceased by her husband of 45 years, George B. Richardson, she is survived by two sons, a daughter, two stepsons, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Born in Hanover, NH, she grew up in Medford, MA, summering on Bustin’s Island, Casco Bay, ME. Educated in Medford public schools, she then majored in hospital dietetics, OT at UNH, followed by Pierce Secretarial School. An active member of her community, she worked with the Lowell Visiting Nurses’ Association, was a member of Christ Church United and sang in many choral groups. Connie donated 19 acres of her Nashua Road farmlands to the Dunstable Land Trust for the enjoyment of future generations. Helen Magrath Lombard, 93, died Dec. 30 at Langdon Place, Nashua, NH. Growing up in Durham, NH, she became a UNH biology major. Married to John S. “Jack” Lombard in 1947, they raised three sons and a daughter in Marlborough, MA, where she taught high school biology. Moving to Arizona in 1976, she worked at Phoenix College Library and enjoyed hiking throughout the west, including the Grand Canyon. After Jack’s death in 2007, Helen moved to Hollis, NH, continuing to hike in the White Mountains. Beside her four children, she leaves seven grands and six great-grandchildren. Heartfelt sympathy goes to the families of our departed classmates.
Joan Boodey Lamson
51 Lamson Lane
New London, NH 03257
Another member of the famous 10th Mountain Division has left us. Richard “Dick” Mansfield died May 14 in his hometown of Newport, NH. With his wife Genevieve “Gen” Furman ’50, retired to a home surrounded by woods in Grantham, just down Route 10 from the Newport High School, where he was captain of the ski team. After graduating in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He trained in Colorado, and saw action in the northern Apennine Ridges in Italy. Dick participated in the steep rocky icy ledges, night time climb, and successful assault on Mt. Belvedere. In retirement years Don Lamson ’48 and I skied weekdays with six (sometimes more) members of the 10th and their wives at Mt. Sunapee, and ate our brown bag lunches downstairs in the old lodge. There was great jollity and tremendous camaraderie between members of the 10th. Thirty young men joined the 10th from Berlin, NH — the largest number from any U.S. city or town. Later many became UNH’ers. Dick worked 38 years as a chemical engineer for the Rohm and Haas Company of Philadelphia, where he was awarded two dozen patents. He told me that Tide tested the best of all soaps, and that’s what I use. Dick and Gen had 68 happy years together; Dick was a deacon and Gen sang in the choir of the South Congregational Church. They raised four sons, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. John Economopoulos, a Nashua native, who died in Nashua on Dec. 1 at age 96, had a lasting impact on public education in New Hampshire. John earned his B.A. and M.Ed, and met his wife, Dorothy at UNH. John was a combat infantryman in World War II under Gen. George Patton. After UNH, John started his teaching career as a high school history teacher, and then principal of Newmarket, Henniker and Hillsboro-Deering communities. He became assistant chief of NH Department of Education. John developed the state’s first elementary school guidelines and standards. Throughout his life he believed in the power of education and the potential of each and every student. John’s wife died in April 2019, after 70 years of a happy marriage. Their children are Karen (husband Stephan) Thomas and Philip (wife Nancy) Economopoulos and there are four grandchildren. I hope that when you read this, the dreadful coronavirus has been eradicated here, and all around the world.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word of the passing four classmates. Joan Heartz, a resident of Concord, NH, passed away on Nov. 27 at the age of 91. She worked as a teacher in Louisiana before returning to NH, where she worked as a supervisor at the DMV for 37 years. She was a devoted volunteer at her local food pantry, putting together baskets every Thanksgiving for those in need. She enjoyed quilting, reading and visiting Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, ME. Joan was predeceased by her brother, and is survived by a niece and several cousins. Odyssias “Dish” Athanasiou, a resident of Portsmouth, NH, passed away on Dec. 13 at the age of 93. Dish proudly served his country in WW II before earning his degree in microbiology at UNH. After graduations, he held positions at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and as the health officer of the City of Portsmouth. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine, and is survived by his son, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Richard P. Brouillard, a resident of Meredith, NH, passed away on Dec. 3 at the age of 91. He practiced law in NH for 66 years, with the exception of 2.5 years while on active duty as an officer of the Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he attained a captain’s rank. He proudly served on many boards for such organizations as Lakes Region General Hospital, The Taylor Home and the Knights of Columbus. Richard was devoted to the local community, and was instrumental in the redevelopment of downtown Laconia. He was predeceased by his first wife, his brothers and a niece, and is survived by his wife, nine children and step-children and 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Harris F. Skinner Jr., a resident of Pinehurst, NC, passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 97. Harris grew up on a wheat farm in Wyoming where he learned the value of hard work before his family moved to NH to run a dairy farm. He and his first wife, Marjorie, were high school sweethearts, enjoying the kind of love you read about. He enrolled at UNH after WW II with the help of the GI Bill. Harris was predeceased by both his first and second wives and his brothers, and is survived by his three children.
Anne Schultz Cotter
PO Box 33
Intervale, NH 03854
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of seven classmates. Patricia Coombes Worthen, passed away on Oct. 29 at the age of 90. She was a strong believer in volunteer work, having served as a Girl Scout leader and coordinator for Red Cross Bloodmobiles. A lifelong animal lover, she worked as a director for Wild Care, providing shelter for injured wild animals and volunteered at the Florida Oceanographic Society working with injured sea turtles and stingrays. She enjoyed traveling, crafting and a good game of bridge. She is survived by her husband, two children and three grandchildren. Raymond H. Grady, a resident of Napa, CA, passed away on Oct. 21 at the age of 89. Gifted with a good voice, he sang and spoke publicly from childhood, providing voice to war bond rallies, radio ads and speakers’ bureaus. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Air Force Reserves for 20 years before retiring with the rank of Major. He made his career in the industrial security, both in the public and private sectors. Ray is survived by his wife, Annabel, three children and two grandchildren. David W. Wilson, a resident of Shelburne, NH, passed away on Nov. 24 at the age of 88. He served in the U.S. Army during the Koran War. He had a long teaching car, including teaching driver’s ed, until his retirement in 1993. He had a passion for horses, owning and breeding Standardbred trotting horses, and was a member of the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. He was predeceased by his first wife, two siblings and a step-daughter, and is survived by his second wife, three children, two step-sons, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Barbara H. Neville Waterhouse, a resident of Wolfeboro, NH, passed away on Dec. 2 at the age of 90. She was a school teacher in Stoughton, MA. Barbara enjoyed golfing and was a member of Kingswood in NH and Myles Grant CC in Stewart, FL. She is survived by her husband, eight children, a sister, 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Marilyn Holland Hale, a resident of Annapolis, MD, passed away on Dec. 24 at the age of 90. She earned her B.S. at UNH and worked in the fields of microbiology and mycology for many years, including at MGH and University Hospital in Leiden, The Netherlands. Marilyn was an avid gardener and enjoyed putting her gardening skills to use through volunteerism, as a member of both the Queen Anne County and Talbot County Master Gardeners. She was predeceased by her husband and sister, and is survived by two children and six grandchildren. Marshall K. Corbett passed away on Jan 4., just three days shy of his 90th birthday. He will be remembered for his irrepressible sense of humor and a penchant for storytelling. Marshall was able to travel the world through his service in the Korean War and his family’s frequent moves for employment opportunities – Colebrook, NH; Ithaca, NY; Melbourne, Australia; and Denver, CO, to name a few. His favorite job was teaching for 17 years as a professor of geology at Idaho State University. He was predeceased by his brothers, and is survived by his wife, two daughters, two grandsons and a sister. Martin F. Kelley, a resident of Merrimack, NH, passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 90. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and spent his career in civil engineering at various related companies. Martin worked to develop the first radar system for the U.S. military worldwide, including assignments in the Philippines, Spain and Japan. He enjoyed camping with his family, golfing, skiing and activities on Baboosic Lake. He is survived by his wife, five children, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of six classmates. John S. Kelley passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 92. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WW II. After earning his degree at UNH, he spent his entire career as a mechanical engineer at the USM Corp in Beverly, MA. John enjoyed both downhill and water skiing, candlepin bowling and woodworking. He is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Charles H. Hamilton passed away on Nov. 15 at the age of 89. After graduating UNH, he earned his medical degree at Tufts, and went on to serve as a U.S. Navy physician aboard the USNS Geiger, later establishing a private practice until his retirement in 1999. Charles loved the arts, his English mastiffs and was an expert on Frank Lloyd Wright. He prided himself on hard work, self-reliance and volunteerism, participating in many civic organizations. He was predeceased by his four siblings, and is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren and a sister-in-law. Ruth M. Drake-Benedict passed away on Nov. 20 at the age of 89. She was a practicing occupational therapist for many years. In the communities in which she lived over the course of her life, she was an active and valued member, volunteering for such organizations as the York Village Fire Dept. SMART team, auxiliary police in Eliot, ME, and Kiwanis and 4-H clubs. She was a master weaver and spinner, and educated young people in fiber arts. She is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Richard H. Marston, a resident of Scarborough, ME, passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 91. He served in the US Air Force, and subsequently spent his entire career working for the state of Maine. Richard lived his last 60 years in Hiram on his beloved land and tree farm. He was predeceased by his first wife, and is survived by his wife, Patricia, and son, Noah. Neil Thomas Buffett passed away on Feb. 14, 2019, at the age of 88 with little information. Robert M. Coleman passed away on Feb. 1 at the age of 94. Prior to earning his master’s degree from UNH, Robert served in WW II and earned his bachelor’s degree from Bates College. He was known for his research in immunology, co-authoring a textbook on the subject and establishing the biology department at UMass Lowell. He was as devoted to his family as he was to his work, and will be missed by his two children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his siblings.
Ann Merrow Burghardt
411 Wentworth Hill Road
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
William “Bill” Bullis of Chester, MD, an animal husbandry major, died in Aug. 2019. After military service, he pursued careers in the oil industry, retail management, and inventory control in the Maryland area. Marjorie Frye of Marshfield, MA, died Nov. 9. A Romance language major, she earned a master’s from Boston University, and worked for the state of Massachusetts for many years. Civil engineering major and Phi Mu Delta member Chandler Perkins of New London, NH, died Dec. 1. After Infantry service, he joined his parents’ real estate and insurance business, becoming owner after their retirement. He was very active in area and civic groups, was a ski instructor at Mt. Sunapee, a director of Kearsarge Cable Communications, and a longtime member of the Concord Aeronautical Guidance Club. Roslyn Oberlander Slater of Gainesville, FL died Jan. 31. A social service major, she earned an MSW from Florida State, eventually becoming chief psychiatric social worker at the Children’s Psychiatric Clinic and taught at Barry University School of Social Work, both in Miami. In retirement in Gainesville, she helped develop the Ham Museum’s Art for Life Program. Author of Bicycle Across AmericaBarbara Allwork Siegert, formerly of CT and Durham, died in February. Sources for her book were retirement bike trips, with husband Dick, across the country, down both coasts and down the middle. They also biked extensively in Europe. After Dick died, she continued travels (non-bike), including Antarctica. Barb was a Romance language major, president of Chi Omega and a Mortar Board member. Edward Chin, who earned an M.S. in Zoology at UNH and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington, died last July 9. He built the University of Georgia’s Marine Complex, founded its Marine Extension Service and directed the Marine Sciences program. To end on a lighter note: benefitting from the class endowment fund during the 2019 –2020 school year were business administration majors Madeline Burke of Derry, NH, and Annabelle Stott of Lebanon, NH. Your dollars at work.
Ruth Nash Clark
149 East Side Drive #294
Concord, NH 03301; 603-715-2493 or 603-828-6885 (cell)
Tom Crowther passed away in November. He majored in physics, was in the band and orchestra as well as other campus organizations. I was told that he had worked for OSHA in Waltham. Three more classmates passed away in December: Greta Hoffman Mesta, Col. (Ret.) Fred White and Mary Drew Fraser. At UNH, Greta Mesta was active in Band, Spanish Club and many other activities. She later also graduated from Southern Maine U. Fred and his wife, Nancy Swift White, met at UNH and were married for 67 years. He majored in Fish & Game Management, was a member of ATO, Scabbard & Blade, and played both football at and hockey for three years. He and Nancy were a great couple during those four years and beyond! Mary Fraser was a home economics major, president of Home Ec. Club, on Dean’s list, Big Sister and member of Theta U. We miss our former classmates and won’t forget them! How lucky we were to be at UNH in the ‘50s! Almost every weekend there was an event/project that involved everyone. Few of us had cars so did not think about leaving campus. The few guys who did leave thumbed rides home with laundry case in hand. There were so many fun activities: Woodsman’s Weekend with log rolling contests and more, football rallies on Bonfire Hill on nights preceding games, to which we marched behind the band. There was much cheering and support for UNH around the bonfire! Winter Carnival was wonderful — not always much snow for ski races, which were held on a hill in Dover, but the snow sculptures were beautiful, many made from snow we trucked in from local fields. Due to lack of snow, races were sometimes held in the cow barn on hay bales — a different experience to say the least. No medals for me, but a case of hay fever! We had song fests where judges determined the winners, and Mil Arts Balls at which we danced to big name bands. AND MUCH MORE! THOSE WERE THE DAYS, MY FRIENDS, I THOUGHT THEY’D NEVER END, but they did! Hope to see you at the next reunion! GO WILDCATS!
Marge and Bill Johnston
May-Nov.: 40502 Lenox Park Dr.
Novi, MI 48377; (248) 859-4084
Dec.-April: 4940 Westchester Ct. #3703
Naples, FL 34105; (239) 213-0140
Hi, everybody. First, we need to notify you all of the passing of six of our classmates. Stuart Andrew Bushong died on July 11 in Sierra Vista, AZ. Carl A. Barnard passed on Feb. 17 in Salem, NH. He attended Wakefield public schools, Pinkerton Academy and UNH. He was an artillery officer in the army in Greenland. He worked as a software designer and is survived by two sons, two grandsons and two sisters. He was predeceased by wife of 48 years, Karolyn Erler. Helen Frances Delaney died on Oct. 17. She graduated with a degree in occupational therapy and served the disabled in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Commander. She was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. William J. Gosselin passed away on Nov. 11. After naval duty during WWII he graduated from UNH and became a club manager in Boston, Exeter, Plymouth, California and Norwalk, CT. He retired to Florida and is survived by 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Margaret “Peggy” Curtis MacDonald died on Jan. 23. She graduated with a degree in occupational therapy and worked for the Veterans Administration and as a traveling OT in Maine. She was a highly respected caregiver her entire life. She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Arthur Thomas Valacenti Jr. passed away on Jan. 23. He attended Weymouth HS, Thayer Academy and then UNH. He earned varsity letters in football, baseball and hockey at UNH. He served on the U.S. Air Force for two years and became a coach and teacher at Thayer Academy and eventually athletic director before retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Vi, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. By now you have washed your hands so many times that you have no finger prints left. What an unbelievable period of time — minimal social interaction other than elbow bumpin, smiling, conversing from 6 feet away, lots of phone calls and texting. A whole new social networking…Postponements, of events from weddings, reunions, graduations to sad events such as celebrations of life, funerals, etc. We have learned lessons in behavioral etiquette from grocery stores to airports. Internet schooling, cell phone lectures. Hopefully our society will have learned a great deal about sharing and behaving by the time you see this issue. It is our hope that you all have withstood and endured this challenging time. God Bless!
Joan Holroyd
5 Timber Lane, Unit 213
Exeter, NH 03833
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of six classmates. Richard J. Sederstrom, a resident of Agawam, MA, passed away on Oct. 18 at the age of 85. After receiving various degrees and certificates from schools including UNH, Brown and Harvard, Dick worked for 43 years in public education before retiring in 2005. His volunteer work extended to his expertise in education, serving as president of the American Association for Employment in Education and receiving the Priscilla A. Scotian Award for distinguished service in the field of recruiting and training teachers. He enjoyed coaching youth sports, reading and playing tennis and cards. He was predeceased by his wife, a son and two siblings, and is survived by three children, six grandchildren, his best friend and partner, Barbara, and her two children and four grandchildren. Ronald Clive Bartlett, a resident of Dover, NH, passed away on Oct. 26 at the age of 85, one day after his birthday. After graduating from UNH, he served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as an electrical engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Following his retirement in 1990, he volunteered for Wentworth Douglass for 20 years. Ronald was kind and unassuming, and will be remembered fondly for his generosity. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion, and survived by two children, four grandchildren and a brother. Patricia Mahoney Blackler, a resident of Skaneateles, NY, passed away on Dec. 23 at the age of 84. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she earned her degree in chemistry and went on to work as a chemist for Eastman Kodak. Once she and her husband, Walter, settled in Skaneateles, she became a real estate agent and proudly served as the town’s historian for 16 years. In 2012, she was recognized by the local Rotary Club for her commitment to helping others in the community. She was predeceased by her brother and son, and is survived by her husband, four daughters, nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and two sisters. Barbara Daggett Merriam, a resident of Beverly, MA, passed away on Dec. 10 at the age of 86. She was active in Girl Scouts when her daughters were young, and worked as a supervisor of special needs adults for an ARC employment program at Varian Associates. She loved opera, and was involved in several choral groups. She enjoyed hiking and had a love of all animals. She was predeceased by her husband and son, and is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister. Edward A. Flanagan, a resident of Haverhill, MA, passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 85. A lifelong musician, he served in the U.S. Army Band at West Point and taught music at public schools in Treadwell, NY, and Exeter, NH. After his retirement in 1994, he played in and directed the Exeter Brass Band and played in the Seacoast Wind Ensemble. In his later life, he enjoyed golfing trips, fantasy football and spending time with family. He was predeceased by his first wife, Pauline, and is survived by his second wife, Priscilla, seven children and step-children, and eight grandchildren. Nicolas Johnson passed away on Jan. 3 at the age of 85. He was born in the Dominican Republic and lived in Spain until he was eight years old, before his family moved to Portsmouth, NH. After his retirement from Digital Equipment Corporation, he enjoyed traveling to Germany and Mexico. He was a pianist and avid supporter of the Gardner Museum. He was predeceased by his brother, William, and is survived by his wife, two children, four grandchildren and three siblings.
Nancy Jillson Glowacki
117 Woodbridge Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739; 828-606-5201
I’m soaking up spring on my deck, the cardinals are singing, the mountains in view, piano jazz of favorites from the 50’s playing. I feel the gratitude for this precious moment as I write the sobering news that classmates continue to take sudden leave. I’m so grateful we can wave goodbye from afar and offer them a final thank you salute in the UNH Magazine that reaches out! Every one of these people lived a wonderful journey and the tributes received from loved ones honoring their lives showed just how clearly each made a difference in this world. If anyone would like a copy of a tribute, please call or email me. The following leave-takings were received: Emile “Rudy” Parent on April 28, 2019, in Rochester, NY; Robert “Bob” James Collins on Aug. 18 in Denver, CO; Paul Arthur Rico on Sept. 27 of Berlin Corners, VT; Howard P. Ross on Sept. 30 in Salt Lake City, UT; Ann G. Perkins on Oct. 12 of Farmington, NH; J. Dudley Colcord on Dec. 11 in Boscawen, NH; Herbert C. Macmartin on Dec. 20 in Wolfeboro, NH; Richard Lynde on Jan. 13 in Watsonville, CA; Thomas Hollarn on Jan. 26 in Shalimar, FL; Donald Francis Douville on Feb. 9 in Marshfield, ME; and Seth Perry on March 7 of Alstead, NH. Thank you … for being. Quite a few alumni are now making RiverWoods Durham their new home as of Nov. 2019 and creating new connections! Carly and Jim Hellen, Dottie Parkinson Smith, Michael Gordon and John Sasner, to mention a few from ’57. And congratulations to Dr. Sasner for being the recipient of a generous gift made in tribute to his work as a zoology professor at UNH and was designated to the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture by Ms. Regina Carbon of Foster City, CA. Also, we send our heartfelt condolences as John’s wife Joanne passed in April 2020. Remember…“It’s never too late to be your best friend, you’ll be together until the end…never too late to love you.” Song and Lyrics by N. Glowacki, 2020
Peggy Ann Shea
100 Tennyson Avenue
Nashua, NH 03062-2535
First a correction to the last column where Ed Robert wanted to get in touch with his Air Force classmates. His correct email address is Thanks to Ned Gould for noticing this error. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, donations were received for our class endowment funds for music and the scholarship fund. The recipient from the scholarship fund was Lilly Friedman of Holderness, NH, majoring in medical and veterinary sciences. Bill Nelson, our class president, encourages our class members to donate to our specific class funds. Richard Elliott of Burlington, MA, passed away in March 2019. Dick earned a M.Ed from the University of Hartford and was a science teacher at McCall Jr. High School in Winchester, MA, for over 40 years. He loved music and enjoyed golf, tennis and bowling. Wayne Sinclair forwarded information on the passing of Dean Lewis of Ann Arbor, MI, in June 2019. Dean was a renowned orthopedic surgeon and educator for 44 years. Specializing in hand surgery, Dean was elected President of the Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 1997. He enjoyed wood working and the theater. Carl Love of Boulder, CO, passed away in April 2019. Spending summers in Yellowstone National Park he enjoyed fishing, hiking and geyser and animal watching. Bruce J. Spaulding of Round Top, TX, passed away in January 2020. After serving in the Navy, Bruce started his business career in sales management with Borg-Wagner (becoming York International). He had 35 years with York concluding his career as President of Natkin Services, a York acquisition. Martin P. Turmelle of New Castle, NH, passed away in October 2019. An electrical engineer, Marty served in several management and executive positions with the NH Public Service for over 35 years. He was active in several civic organizations across the state .In December, I was honored to be the presenter of the Eugene Parker Lecture at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. This lecture, “A Scientist’s Adventures in Space Weather from the IGY to Present” included my years at UNH followed by incidents in my scientific career. It is available on YouTube here.
1959 Clegg in hockey gear
Wildcat ice hockey co-captain Sylvester “Buster” Clegg ’59 is the 2020 recipient of Rhode Island’s Malcolm Greene Chace Memorial Trophy. His many years of service and contribution to the sport have largely taken place in his native Ocean State.
— 1959
Diane “Dini” Woods
RiverWoods #F114
7 Riverwoods Dr.
Exeter, NH 03833
The Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that Sylvester “Buster” Clegg has been selected the recipient of the 2020 Malcolm Greene Chace Memorial Trophy, recognizing “Achievement and Outstanding Service by a Rhode Islander to the Game of Hockey.” Buster has had a connection to the game of hockey in Rhode Island for most of his life and it has touched all levels of the sport. Few in Rhode Island history have served the game of hockey in so many ways. Buster has earned achievements and awards as a player, coach and proponent of the sport since he was a young teenager. He was named an All-State defenseman in high school and played UNH hockey for four years, serving as co-captain and named co-MVP as a senior. Post-college, Buster was hired as publicity director for both the AHL and the RI Auditorium, eventually being named as the general manager of the RI Reds — becoming one of the youngest GMs in professional hockey and one of the first to focus on collegiate athletes as a source of professional talent. In his spare time, for close to four decades, Buster was also active as a youth hockey coach, while serving in several other capacities in the development of hockey programs throughout Rhode Island, including founding the Barrington Youth Hockey Association and playing on several amateur hockey teams. In 2016, Buster continued that path as one of the founding board members of the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Buster! UNH Magazine also received word of the passing of four classmates. Roger McIntire, of Portsmouth, NH, passed away on Oct. 18 at age 82. He worked as a nuclear engineer at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 30 years. He also enjoyed his retirement career of delivering newspapers for the Portsmouth Herald. He is survived by six children and nine grandchildren. Robert C. McKenna passed away on Oct. 23 at the age of 83. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. Robert had a long career as a civil engineer and was elected Fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He will be remembered by family and friends for never letting the truth get in the way of telling a good story. He was predeceased by his first wife, Harriet, and is survived by his second wife, Linda, six children and step-children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Priscilla Parmenter Lockwood, of Canterbury, NH, passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 82. Volunteerism was vitally important to Priscilla, and her contributions to her town were significant. She followed up that civic pride at the state level, serving on the NH state legislature for 16 years. Priscilla enjoyed pickle-making and playing games. She was predeceased by her husband, and is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sally J. Allen passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 82. In addition to her BA at UNH, she earned her MA in art education from Lesley University. She will be remembered for her kind and non-judgmental personality. She was predeceased by her life-partner of 30 years and is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five siblings.
Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry
315 Chickory Trail
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Under normal circumstances, you would be reading about the wonderful time that the combined Classes of 1960 and 1961 had at their reunion. But who could have suspected that it would have to be cancelled because of COVID-19? The advantage now, however, is that all should be in order for it to be held in June 2021. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion— the biggest in UNH’s history! — on June 4-6, 2021.  You can always find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and if you’re not already a member of our class Facebook page, you should be! As I am writing this letter, we are now in the fourth week of quarantine. Ordering online and waiting for the delivery or pickup time is the norm. What has kept me sane here in southern NJ is watching the trees blossom, the perennials come to life, and the forsythia bushes with their bright yellow leaves appear. My husband’s birdhouse has become a sanctuary for the many cardinals that have come to brighten the day. I was in touch with class president Sam Paul in CT, and he mentioned that he had just talked with Doug and Nancy ’61 Blampied. They were hoping to return from Venice, FL, to NH in June. Sam also mentioned that his grandson received his degree from UNH this year. Henry “Butch” Roy of Manchester told me in a phone conversation that his grandson will be entering the Paul School of Business in the fall. We also are proud to announce that our granddaughter has been accepted at UNH in the nursing program! Her parents, our daughter Martha Landry Duffey and her husband Patrick Duffey both graduated from UNH in the Class of 1993. We offer condolences to the family of Robert J. Iafolla of Portsmouth, NH, who died on Dec. 24. He started his own management and consulting firm where he worked until his final days. He served on the Portsmouth School Board and spent many years as a high school football coach. Condolences are also extended to the family of John M. Donelson of Auburn, NH, who passed away on Feb. 13. He served with the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed with the Social Security Administration until his retirement.
Pat Gagne Coolidge
P.O. Box 736
Rollinsford, NH 03869
Looking forward to celebrating our 60th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion— the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 1961 to find us. And we’d love for you to get involved! If you want to have fun reconnecting with classmates while helping to plan an unforgettable weekend for them, contact the UNH Reunion team to see what volunteer opportunities suit you interests ( Can’t wait to see you in 2021! Robert A. Brown wrote in to share some happy news. He was recently featured in Foster’s Daily Democrat after his USA team won the 80-and-over age division at the Federation of International Masters Basketball Association world championships in Espoo, Finland. Bob was eager to share what can be achieved when “we don’t give in to ‘Old Father Time’.
Judy Dawkins Kennedy
34 Timber Ridge Road
Alton Bay, NH 03810; 603-875-5979
Al Denio shares that his UNH Magazine brought back memories of his days in the chemistry department in James Hall, across the street from the Dairy Bar. He finished in August of ‘62 and went to Dupont in Delaware. Kennedy’s assassination changed his focus from Dupont to academics. In 1964 he moved to the University of Wisconsin ,where he enjoyed teaching for 32 years, and then retired to Delaware. Our condolences go to the family of Robert P. Lane who passed away Nov. 22 in Fort Myers, FL. Shortly after graduation Bob began his work with the family company Markem Corp., successfully expanding the company into Canada and later leading it in South America. He loved his friends, jazz and laughter and jokes over scotch and water. He was a great philanthropist, generous with his family, community and the UNH Wildcats. And condolences to the family of Donald G. Klim who passed away Oct. 10. He received his master’s in chemistry from UNH and a master’s in oceanography from the University of Hawaii. He taught oceanography for 32 years at Leeward Community College. He loved the ocean and Hawaii where he lived with his wife, Blanche, in Makakilo. Please remember the Class of 1962 Student Enrichment Fund when donating to UNH, and please send your news!
Alice Miller Batchelor
110 Dillingham Avenue, #301
Falmouth, MA 02540-3357; 508-548-2221
Our class scholarship award for 2019 went to a student from Bow, NH, Sohani Demien, who is majoring in mechanical engineering. Cheryl Kuebler Dickson,, was honored at the UNH vs. Duquesne football game on Donor Appreciation Day (UNH won 23-6). She and Andrea Desmarais Coleman shared lunch and reminiscences last fall. Madelaine Shaw Gray ( moved from Pennsylvania to Florida, where she has become an avid kayaker, and maintains her photography business of 33 years. Dick Smith ( and his wife Anna enjoyed a trip to Germany and Italy, including a cruise home from Rome. They visited bases where they’d been stationed during their collective 50 years of military life. They live in Maryland, but have a cottage on Chrystal Lake in Acworth, NH, where (in his senior age group) Dick was both first and last in a charity 5K run. From my outreach phone calls: Alan D. Hale is retired following 33 years with DuPont. He lived in many states, and ended up in South Carolina with his wife, Alice. Alan expects the births of his ninth and tenth great grand-children this summer. Lynne Covel Hansen of Holderness, NH, a retired state of New Hampshire occupational therapist, and Earl (’74) travel often to the British Virgin Islands, renting a motor yacht with three other couples. Their three children have all gone to UNH. Willard F. Hinkley, who served in both Korea and Vietnam after we graduated, is now active in church and veterans’ affairs. He and his wife Janet live in Colorado Springs, as does Sandra Barnaby Hutchins ( She retired from teaching 10 years ago and is handmaking designer doll clothes for sale to American Girl Doll owners. She and Loren have a lovely view from their home of mostly snowy Pike’s Peak. Stuart A. Hodgeman and his wife Mauri of Cornish, NH, and North Carolina recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They greatly enjoy their granddaughters’ soccer and cheerleading activities.

I have received word of too many deaths among our classmates, stereotypically, sadly, mostly men. Please see the “Memoriam” section of this issue for their names.

Polly Ashton Daniels
3190 N. State Route 89-A
Sedona, AZ 86336
Classmates all, it is both a very quiet and tumultuous time in April 2020. In setting out to do the “class secretary thing,” I immediately knew that I did not wish to write an “ordinary” column but, instead, search for a little gift I could send to you all via our class notes. I wanted some words designed to be helpful…thoughts that would make one stop and reflect, if only for a moment; something short but meaningful. I came upon the following quote by Ed Lester. I printed it out and posted it on the kitchen cabinet door where my mask hangs from the little knob there. It makes me feel better to read it each time I pass by that cabinet. “On particularly rough days, when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that’s pretty good.” We know the world is changing and we within it as well. There are new ways developing that take us away from living in the past as we did and redirecting us onward toward a whole new and, I believe, bright future ahead. We are adapting and shall continue to adapt, hopefully all paying better attention and taking better care of ourselves and all that is around us. Write to me of your experiences, adaptations, new accomplishments and ways you have kept yourselves “together” throughout this present time (I bought a “paint by numbers” kit!) and remember to keep your “track record” in the forefront of your mind.
Jacqueline Flynn Thompson
PO Box 302
197 Cross Hill Road
Wilmot, NH 03287
Please feel free to share happy news with me to pass along to your classmates. Regrettably, the 55th reunion of our class has been re-scheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, until June 4-6, 2021. This is a huge disappointment as the reunion committee has planned some great events. But…we will now share the reunion weekend with the classes of ’61, ’66 and others. Perhaps if you hadn’t planned to attend this year, you can plan ahead to save that weekend in 2021 to come back to UNH and become reacquainted with your classmates and friends. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion—the biggest in UNH’s history! You can always find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and if you’re not already a member of our class Facebook page, you should be. Search UNH Class of 1965 to find us. 

Kathy (Seabrooke) Megathlin reached out sharing that she became a widow in March 2019, after 52 years of marriage. She lives in Boca Raton, FL, working as a volunteer and swim instructor. Philip Rowe of Portsmouth, NH, died in December. He and his wife Patricia relocated to Granville, NY, where he taught Spanish and coached cross country for 31 years, also serving as athletic director. Matthew Poftak died December, in Biddeford Pool, ME. As a mechanical engineer in the power industry, Matt worked for several companies including Alexandria Power Associates where he served as president, general manager and environmental manager. He was a longtime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served on the panel of the American Arbitration Association. David Eastman, naturalist, author, radio show host, newspaper columnist and Vietnam War helicopter pilot, passed away in November. Dave was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 34 Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Gold Star for his outstanding efforts in the Vietnam War. In 2001, he wrote a book “Outlaws in Vietnam,” a firsthand account of his wartime service with the Outlaws of the 175th Aviation Company in the Mekong Delta. After retirement he obtained his master’s in forest science and returned to teach at UNH as adjunct faculty. In 2008, UNH inducted Dave into the ROTC Hall of Fame. Michael Eastwood died in January. In 1995, UNH inducted Mike into their Hall of Fame for his athletic achievement in football and lacrosse. Mike met his soulmate Sally Hilton and they were married for 56 years. He held various sales positions with Anheuser-Busch, NYNEX, and Verizon. While working at NYNEX, Mike was selected as a member of the Chairman’s Club for outstanding sales achievements. Marney (McLean) Miles-Pineda died in January in Sullivan, ME. With her degree in art educations she moved to San Francisco where she taught until retiring. Her many interests included salsa dancing, Celtic history and speaking fluent Spanish.

Lynda Brearey
791 Harrington Lake Dr N
Venice, FL 34293-4239
Greetings from southwest Florida. Social distancing and staying at home create many challenges. Luckily bicycle riding, walking, sitting on the lanai and swimming in the neighborhood pool keeps one active. Hope all of you are doing well during this time. On Feb. 7, the Florida Southwest Coast Alumni Network hosted the annual alumni luncheon at Plantation Golf and Country Club. In addition to a visit by UNH President James Dean, our featured speaker was, Diane Foster, Director of the UNH School of Marine Science. Her topic was timely and welcomed by attendees. Classmates Carol Cole LeClair, Tom and Ann Murphy, Dave and Diane ’67 Deering and myself were in attendance. At the end of the program, I had the honor of leading the alumni in the singing of our alma mater. Feb. 22 welcomed UNH alumni at a Red Sox spring training game in Fort Myers, FL. Before the game there was a great tailgate get together. The Red Sox won and, as I recall, it was an amazing catch by the Red Sox outfield that clinched the game. Not much news has been received to date so please share your stories for our class notes. We’re looking forward to celebrating our 55th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 1966 to find us. And we’d love for you to get involved! If you want to have fun reconnecting with classmates while helping to plan an unforgettable weekend for them, contact the Reunion team to see what volunteer opportunities suit you interests ( Can’t wait to see you in 2021!
Diane Deering
921 Deerwander Rd.
Hollis Center, ME 04042
Greetings to our classmates near and far! Many of you have been “sheltering in place.” For sure we are all in the high-risk group. Many retired classmates are planning to return to their summer addresses in New England, but as I write we are unable to travel. We were fortunate to move the SW Florida annual UNH Red Sox spring training game to February so that activity and our annual early February luncheon took place. Not so for our participation in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with UNH trolley, as the event that draws 40,000 people was cancelled. Of course, we wish you are safe and in good health. We again have received word of the death of classmates. Eldred Atkinson received his M.S. degree from UNH after receiving his B.A. from Shippensburg State in his native Pennsylvania and eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He continued to teach in a York, PA, high school and as an adjunct professor at Penn State. Fernand Prevost also received an M.S. From UNH after a B.A. from Keene State and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Boston University. He served as an education consultant to the NH State Dept of Education for 30 years and as an adjunct professor at UNH. Our sympathies to our classmates’ families.
Angela M Piper
509 Weston Place
DeBary, FL 32713
As we are all sequestered in stay-at-home mode due to COVID 19, news from and about friends is a welcome relief. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the crisis will be over. I hear very little from anyone lately, so a few emails would certainly be welcomed! Sue Ann Robinson is teaching artist books and paper making at California State University Long Beach. Although she is partially retired, she is curator Emerita at the Long Beach Museum of Art and worked on an exhibition, Decade by Decade: Women Artists of California. She is a busy and happy retiree! I hear from Jim O’Reilly in the Fort Myers area of Florida that the Florida Southwest Coast Alumni Network is very active. They were planning on tailgating the Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers at the end of February, and maybe they were able to have that one last party! We have learned of the passing of several 1968 graduates: Harry E. Johnson of White River Junction, VT, in October 2019, David Boynton Staples of Concord, NH, in September 2019, Stephen Habif of Durham, NH, in December 2019, David Savidge of Scarborough, ME, in October 2019, Elizabeth Keith of Boothbay Harbor, ME, in December 2019, Carroll Leone of Nova Scotia, Canada, in December 2019, David G. Stuart of Kennebunk, ME, in March 2020. Please send news!
Steve Capistran
I sincerely hope that by the time this edition comes out, we are back to some normalcy in the world. This has been a trying time for everyone. Having been in medicine for 40 plus years, and still working, this has been one of the most stressful situations in my career. I think that I speak for the whole health community in thanking everyone for their support and understanding. As I look out my window, I can see that spring is arriving. With the trees budding, blue jays and cardinals setting up shop and flowers starting to come around, the world is looking brighter. Kathy and I wish everyone a safe spring and summer. We are lookingforward to our annual trip to Cape Cod in August with our son and his family. I was notified of the passing of two class members: Mark Perry, a Phi Mu Delta brother, by his daughter Elizabeth. Mark died on Oct. 20, 2018. He was a career intelligence officer with the Air Force and with the Defense Intelligence Agency until his retirement in 2008. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College where he won the Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Writing. Carl E. Querino died unexpectedly on Nov. 17. Carl lived in Marlborough, MA. After graduating from UNH, Carl went on to earn his M.A. from the University of Illinois in 1971. Following graduation, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army until 1977. He spent his entire career in banking until his retirement in 2014. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Patricia, son Matthew and daughter Carrie. I have a correction to make. In the fall issue there was a misprint of a deceased class member; the name should have read Daniel Hussey and not Daniel Hussein. Thanks go out to his good friend, John H. Larochelle, for bringing this to my attention.
1970 Christie at a coffee shop
John Christie ‘70 tops off a long and distinguished career in the news business with the publication of his new memoir, “The Prince of Wentworth Street,” a moving story about his childhood in Dover, New Hampshire, and his grandmother’s survival of the Armenian Genocide.
— 1970
Jan Harayda
82 Plantation Pointe #280
Fairhope, AL 36532

Call it fate, symmetry, or just another sign that our class is unique: Our days at UNH ended with a strike that shut down the campus—and our plans for a 50th reunion in 2020 ended with a pandemic that shut down the country. Our gala weekend has been rescheduled for June 4–6, 2021, when will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! You can always find more information on the UNH Reunion website at: — and if you’re not already a member of our class Facebook page, you should be. Search UNH Class of 1970 to find us, and in the meantime, why not drop us a line to let our classmates know how the pandemic has affected you? On the Class of 1970 Facebook page, Ann Boulanger reports that she lives in Milton, NH, after 35 years with Portsmouth School System. She works part-time as a judge on the Granite State Challenge for high school students on NHPBS, loves to travel and has spent “lots of time reading, walking and raking now that the snow has left my yard.” John Christie has topped off a long career in the news business (which he started as the managing editor of The New Hampshire) with his first book, a memoir, “The Prince of Wentworth Street: An American Boyhood in the Shadow of a Genocide.” This capstone for a distinguished journalism career describes how John’s upbringing in a tenement in Dover was affected by his grandmother’s survival of the Armenian Genocide; to learn more, check out the “Bookshelf” page in this issue of the magazine, visit John’s Facebook page and watch for book signings in the Gloucester, MA area, where he lives with his wife, Naomi Schalit. Gary Evans enjoys hiking in NH with Jerry Langdon ’71, especially the “great trails in Concord and Pawtuckaway,” and he’s working up “to doing more 4000 footers.” Laurie Folkes is still pursuing his lively acting career in New York City. His latest success: a role in Episode 218 of the NBC series “New Amsterdam,” which dealt with the pandemic. Jay Frost and his wife moved last year to Meredith, NH ,to fulfill a retirement dream: “We love it here. We are both fit and active and maintain our sanity during CV-19 by hiking every day on any one of dozens of nearby trails. My wife teaches private piano lessons, and all of the students have transitioned to online learning, so not much has changed for her. Suffice it to say that life has been very good for us and our children. Let’s hope it stays that way.” Mike Franz retired to Uruguay after 46 years in corporate America: “Like everyone else it seems, my wife and I are observing the quarantine and doing more reading than ever…never a bad thing for certain. We were traveling to other South American countries but that is ‘on hold’ for the moment.” Carolyn Innis Remley is thriving in Long Beach, CA: “My husband and I are retired, but staying busy with grandkids, travel and volunteer work. My 45 years in nursing have given me a deep appreciation for the wonderful education I received at UNH. I spent my entire career caring for poor children and their families. I enjoy good health, we love traveling and I am looking forward to seeing my classmates in June 2021!” Alan Peterson — aka Captain Al “Skitch” Peterson — is upbeat as ever in Sunapee, NH, where, he says, “All is good.” Al has been doing “essential” motorbiking and lake touring (in his boat), talking with ham radio friends, playing online bridge and poker, and—of course—Zooming. Need a smile in iffy times? Visit Larry Spongberg’s “Daily Laugh with Larry” page on his YouTube channel, or search for a direct link on our class Facebook page. Mike Willette and his travel-agent wife, Jacki, live across the street from ski lifts in Squaw Valley, CA, so he’s often on the slopes. A retired real estate broker and children’s martial arts instructor (“Okinawan karate”), Mike has been a “merchant seaman, lawyer (for six weeks), traveling bartender, location manager for a couple of cheesy TV sitcoms” and travel writer. Mike and Jacki once lived in Bali and for the past several years have spent winters traveling in Africa (including a recent visit to Cape Town, Namibia, Kenya, Zanzibar and Uganda, trekking with chimps and gorillas). We are so sorry to have lost two classmates, both before the pandemic: Mike Nyhan of Burnt Hills, NY, a retired a school administrator, and Wallace “Wally” Robinson of Ashford, CT, who’d been an NBC news correspondent and host of ABC Weekend Sports. Please search online for their obituaries learn more about the admirable lives of these two classmates, both of whom were military veterans.

1971 Gnecco portrait
Also publishing a new memoir is Don Gnecco ‘71G. His book, “The Dean’s Underwear,” chronicles his years at Piermont College’s School of Education.
— 1971
Debbi Martin Fuller
276 River St.
Langdon, NH 03602
By the time this is published, hopefully we will be out and about again and getting back to a more normal existence. Here’s something to look forward to! SAVE THE DATE! June 4-6, 2021, for our 50th UNH reunion! We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 1971 to find us. Some of you may have heard from either myself or Doug Knapp or possibly another class member regarding either joining our committee or just to get you started thinking about coming to the reunion. We want THIS reunion to be super special, because it’s our 50th, and realistically — how many more times can we get together and still hop around like we were 19? It will be a fantastic time, all the more special since by then we will be allowed out in public! THINK OF IT! We will be celebrating WITH the class of 1970 as their reunion has fallen prey to the coronavirus, and that’s a good thing for us as we’ll get to see them and celebrate with them! I’m sure some of us had more friends in THEIR class than we had in our own! YAY! If you want to help out, we can sure use you! Contact me or Doug or Corena Garnas at the alumni office if you think you’d be willing to pitch in at some level. Heard from Don Gnecco who got his M.Ed. in ’71: He had been in education in both Maine and NH for over 40 years when he moved to Georgia and retired from his position as dean of the School of Education at Piermont College in 2019. He wrote a memoir, “The Dean’s Underwear,” which, from the title, sounds to be an interesting read! Walter E. “Scotty” Scott III passed away last November. Most of his career was spent at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he was a nuclear pipe fitter. He also worked for the US Postal Service in Manchester before retiring in 2008. Scotty loved to read, especially about history, and specifically the Civil and Revolutionary Wars. He was a huge fan of the Red Sox, Notre Dame football and, of course, UNH hockey! He was also a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. He and his wife, Dana, had a daughter, son and grandchildren. His family will remember him for his kind and gentle nature and his compassionate spirit.
Paul Bergeron
15 Stanstead Place
Nashua, NH 03063
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of two classmates. Kathie Schmidt Weibust passed away on Jan. 13 at age 69. She retired from UVM in 2014 after almost 37 years, where she was an associate director of admissions. Kathie loved sailing and volunteering as a board member for Healing Winds Vermont. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen, and is survived by her two children, five grandchildren and three siblings. Nancy Stonner Potvin of Auburn, NH, passed away on Feb. 20 at the age of 69. She taught art at Manchester Memorial High School and was a talented calligrapher and pressed flower artist. Nancy loved long drive through NH and stopping at yard sales along the way. She loved cooking, and her family loved tasting her creations at family gatherings. Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Richard, and is survived by her two daughters, two grandchildren and two brothers.
1973 Robinson Music Hall program and portrait
Dennis Robinson’s book, “Music Hall: How a City Built a Theater and a Theater Shaped a City” earned gold in the history category from the Independent Book Sellers Association. Robinson, a member of the class of 1973, is a longtime, prolific chronicler of the New Hampshire Seacoast and its history.
— 1973
Joyce Dube Stephens
33 Spruce Lane
Dover, NH 03820
In happy news, Becky Kimball Faunce from Epping and her husband, John, have migrated to the 49th and 50th states. Their retired lives center around the Pacific with some treasured lake time in the Granite State. Becky spent 30 years as a civilian attorney with the U.S. Navy. John retired from active duty in the Navy around the world as a civil engineer. They now enjoy supporting the arts and public media. And speaking of the arts, UNH received word that J. Dennis Robinson’s book about the Portsmouth Music Hall, “The Music Hall: How a City Built a Theater and a Theater Shaped a City,” earned gold in the history category as the Best History Book of 2020 from the Independent Book Publishers Association. Based in the New Hampshire seacoast, Dennis has written more than 2,000 stories about New Hampshire history and culture and previously published books about Strawbery Banke, the Isles of Shoals and the historic Wentworth by the Sea hotel. You can pick up Dennis’ latest from the Music Hall or by ordering online. On another note, I sadly have multiple reports on the passing of classmates. James W. Anderson from Westwood, MA, and James “Jim” Dillon of Merrimack, NH, passed away with little information. William “Billy” Brown of Dover also passed away. He worked with his brothers in the family business Brown and Horsch Insulation Company. He then left to pursue his master plumber license. MSGT Brian D. Cincotta of Berwick, ME, was retired from the U.S. Air Force. He then joined the NH Air National Guard serving 26 years. Brian was a social science teacher in the Berwick School System for 35 years. In addition to his M.S. in history from Rivier College in 1969, Brian earned a M.Ed. from UNH and an M.S. in English from the University of Southern Maine. He was a long-time member of American Legion Post #79 in Berwick. Mary K. Gardner of Venice, FL, was a special education teacher at Westborough High School in Massachusetts for 30 years. Anthony “Tony” J. Latacz of Waretown, NJ, obtained a B.S. in chemistry and received a master’s in public administration from Seton Hall University. He worked for Exxon before entering the Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Academy. He served 20 years and covered the response to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and the Ground Zero 9/11. A star football player at UNH, Tony coached football for Old Bridge High School. 

Brig. Gen. Barry J. Sottaks started his military career in the Army in 1963. He earned his commission at the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Barry served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He was shot down six times, lost many friends and was a highly decorated warrior. His early career assignments included Germany, Korea and several stateside posts. He commanded the 101st Aviation Battalion. Later, Barry worked for many years as a golf marshal at Glen Annie Golf Course. Bruce C. Smith of Orlando, FL, became an electrical engineer and worked in the aerospace industry for Martin-Marietta. He then relocated to Maryland where he worked for Vitro Labs in Silver Spring. Returning to Orlando, Bruce worked for Insystec in Winter Park and NCR in Lake Mary. He also attended Rollins College and received an MBA. Bruce was described as a “modern day MacGyver!”

1974 Portsmouth watercolor by Greer
Wildlife biologist by day, painter by night. Richard Greer ’74 of Moorestown, New Jersey, shared one of his latest watercolors — an image of Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s iconic waterfront.
— 1974
Jean Marston-Dockstader
51 Londonderry Rd.
Windham, NH 03087
Norman Fluet recently retired after 41 years as a clinical psychologist, with the last 26 years as chief of mental health services for Baylor Scott & White Central Texas regional clinics. He would love to hear from UNH friends at Denise Dumas LeBlanc retired as director of learning experiences at the Discovery Museum in Acton, MA. She plans to bring her 30 years of experience to new settings, including international partners through the Fulbright Scholar Program where she is a Fulbright Specialist, certified to do international projects through the US State Department. Her husband, Denis LeBlanc ‘75, continues his career as a groundwater hydrologist with the US Geological Survey. Their three children all work in science or technology. Richard Greer continues his consulting career as a wildlife biologist, and has worked worldwide from the Arctic ice cap to the rainforests of West Africa. From his studio in Moorestown, NJ, he sends a recent watercolor of his hometown, Portsmouth, and its iconic historical waterfront. Sadly, we have lost several classmates. Catherine Barron passed away Oct. 29 in Hyattsville, MD. She was a legal administrator in Washington, DC. She was the 2016 Volunteer of the Year for Hyattsville. Survivors include her partner of many years and her sisters. Olivia Decastanos passed away Nov. 7 in Denver, CO. She was a copywriter and editor of publications/public relations office with the University of Colorado Health Sciences. She is survived by her husband Dan Thomas. Reverend Dr. Barry Cass of Ellington, CT, passed away Dec. 31. He earned a doctorate in Ministry at the Hartford Seminar. He served the Somers Congregational Church. Survivors include two sons, his mother, brothers and two children and a sister. Jeffrey Landroche passed away Jan. 5 in Rochester, NH. A talented musician he owned and operated his own recording studio, Landrock. In the late 70s his band, Landrock, toured New England. He is survived by his daughter, son, granddaughters, sister and brother. Please send news, and note my new email address above.
Kim Lampson Reiff
7540 SE 71st St.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Hello, 1975 classmates. Suddenly our world has changed. At the university where I work, COVID-19 has transformed the collegiate experience. What we experienced during our tenure at UNH is not an option for so many college students…living in dorms, eating in dining halls, going to class, having parties. We, who during our UNH days felt so invincible, are now part of the older cohort, considered to be more vulnerable to the attack of the virus. As a psychologist trained in disaster mental health, I have learned that people survive this type of crisis best if they find a meaningful way to help others. I invite you to share stories of ways you were able to make a difference, big or small, in what I hope and pray is a once in a lifetime experience. Mark Freel wrote that he was back at UNH twice and loved what has happened to the campus — a great mix of old and new. A lot of memories there with great friends from our class (Mark Constant) and from the class of 1977 (Casey McNamara and Dave Ceglia.) Now living in Providence, RI, he intends to work five more years as a lawyer. Lynn Lessard is winding down after years on staff at the University of New Mexico by serving as a program coordinator for the School of Medicine’s office of Professional Wellbeing. Retirement plans following a near 40-year career in journalism and healthcare communications include exploring the Northwest, more yoga retreats and stepping up activism to protect our endangered environment. It is important to pause to remember those from our class who have died. Leo Richard, a grad in mechanical engineering, passed away in October, 2019. He had two passions in life: his Christian faith and running, having completed eight Boston Marathons. Kim Vincent died in December. A teacher for 25 years, she loved her work and was also a devoted member of her Catholic parish. Neil Cascadden, a chemistry grad, also passed away in fall 2019. He was a chemistry teacher who impacted the lives of thousands of students during his lifetime. Sherman Rosser died in October. He worked in college admissions as a minority and diversity recruiter, then as an assistant professor at Broward College. Jeff Pierson, also a mechanical engineering major, passed away in January. He spent his career in test and evaluation of military equipment. Julie Downes, an education major, also died in January. Making friends easily, Julie is remembered for her quick wit and her warm, welcoming manner. Eugene Daniell, III earned his M.A. in English from UNH. An avid hiker, Eugene led hikes all over the world.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. May you all stay healthy and strong! Please use this email if you would like to e-mail me,

Susan Ackles Alimi
48 Fairview Dr.
Fryeburg, ME 04037
Charles W. Bozoian died Jan. 11 in Manchester, NH. He earned a business degree from UNH. Prior to retirement, Charles was an office manager for Hermsdorf Fixtures, Manchester. He was an avid golfer. Robert Charles DeBlois died Jan. 31 in Seekonk, RI. In addition to UNH, Robert earned degrees from Brown University and Rhode Island College. In 1984 Rob founded SPIRIT, a summer program for urban students. In 1989 he founded UCAP, an independent public middle school whose purpose is to identify and intervene in the education of students at risk for not completing high school. He also contributed to numerous other organizations; you can read more about his life and his impact in the “Memoriam” section of this issue. June Elizabeth Garvey died Jan. 27. A resident of Byfield for the past 20 years, June was a devoted advocate for animal rights. She was a well-known employee many years ago of Dick’s Variety on Plum Island. More recently she worked as a cashier at the CVS pharmacy in Newburyport, MA. June was admired for her warmth, engaging personality and easy humor. She maintained her lifelong appreciation for music and dance, playing flute, piano and guitar. Linda Fenton Klockner of Sherborn, MA passed away peacefully May 30, 2019.
Lois Kelly
35 Newell Dr.
Cumberland, RI 02864
UNH Magazine received word that Joseph Moore has been name to the board of trustees of Thomas College in Waterville, ME. He previously served as the president of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and of SUNY: Empire State College. He has an accomplished 35-year career in higher education that also includes leadership positions at Mansfield University (PA) and Vermont State Colleges. Congratulations, Joseph! Wilfred B. Corriveau, of Manchester, NH, passed away on Nov. 28 at the age of 91. He served in WW II, participating in the Berlin Airlift and serving as a French interpreter, and also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Post-military, he worked in the field of employment services for the state of NH. In his later life, he developed a passion for photography. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Carol Scagnelli Edmonds
75 Wire Rd.
Merrimack, NH 03054
Malcom Kidd died in May 2019. He had a successful career working in the plastic injection molding industry including as a general manager. Malcom was a competitive full marathon runner having run the Boston Marathon many times. He loved golfing and reading. He is survived by his wife, Olivia, and daughter, Abigail.

George Arthur Rasula died in December 2019. George was most proudly a soldier and a Finn, sharing his interest in Finland with his family. George enlisted in the Army in December 1942 and retired as a Colonel in 1974 having served in the Pacific Theater in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and as the Army attaché to Finland. He earned an M.A. from UNH after retiring. Annebelle Cohen passed away Dec. 25. She was married to Arnold Cohen for 66 years. She was a graduate of Radcliffe (1949), earned an M.A. in zoology and earned an MBA from UNH. She was past president of Temple Adath Yeshuran, founder of the Derryfield School and served on numerous Jewish public service boards. She was loving, giving and an inspiration. Harold Williams died Dec. 30. Following graduation, he served in the Vietnam War in the 11th Armored Cavalry “Blackhorse” Regiment. When facing difficulties, he would say “I’ve been in war. I can deal with this.” Harold completed his MBA at UNH. Harold opened his accounting practice in Hampstead, NH, and was town treasurer for 40 years. He loved American history and his family’s place in it and Boston sports. He was a member of various organizations including the Lions Club and the VFW. He leaves behind his wife Stephanie daughter Marissa and grandson Levi,who knew to find Swedish fish in Pop’s pockets. Sharon Ann Clark died in January. She received her business administration degree from UNH. Sharon loved her position coordinating services for seniors. She was best known in her favorite role as auntie and loved to celebrate family accomplishments and traditions. She was auntie to families of cousins and friends always remembering special occasions. Sharon was a sports fan and member of the family Pan Mass Challenge team.

Chris Engel
268 Washington Ave.
Chatham, NJ 07928
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of five classmates. Kathleen C. Harrison Richards of Exeter, NH, passed away on Nov. 7 at the age of 62. For the past 10 years, Kate was a devoted caregiver to her mother — a quality that extended to her friends and neighbors in need. She enjoyed cooking, boating and spending summers at Chebeague Island. She was predeceased by her brother and sister, and is survived by two sons, a sister, her former husband and several nieces and nephews. Jennifer Blake Henry of Huntington, WV, passed away on Nov. 13 at the age of 64. Jennifer was a member of the ASCP and retired from St. Mary’s as a medical technologist. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lauren, and is survived by her husband, step-daughter and two siblings. Carol Vachon Zalis of Derry, NH, passed away on Dec. 1 at the age of 90. She earned her master’s degree from UNH and taught English, German and Latin at Manchester Public Schools for many years. She was predeceased by her brother, Francis, and is survived by her husband, two children, two grandchildren and four siblings. Elizabeth S. Vogler of Deerfield, NH, passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 62. She was a lifelong educator with the Newfound Memorial Middle School for more than 33 years. Betsy had a knack for hosting parties — she loved planning, organizing, cooking and baking for a crowd. She especially loved spoiling her dog, Marley. She is survived by her two children, her brother and four grandchildren. Peter L. Teran of Worcester, MA, passed away on Jan. 21 at the age of 63. He lived his life with a fiery passion, whether ski racing down a mountain or riding full throttle on his Harley Davidson chopper. He had a knack for repairing things, and was the go-to for family and friends. He is survived by his daughter, two grandchildren, a sister and nephew.
Caryl Dow
38 Stratham Green
Stratham, NH 03885
Well, believe it or not, pandemic or not, this year marks our 40th since graduating. Wow, time flies when you’re quarantined! By now hopefully you’ve all heard that reunion has been postponed to next year. We’ll be celebrating June 4-6, 2021, in combination with the classes of ‘60, ’61, ‘65, ’66, ‘70, ’71, ’81, ‘95, ’96, ‘ 10, ’11, ‘15 and ’16 — a mega “double reunion” that will be the largest in UNH history. Join the Facebook class group at “UNH1980,” find out who plans to go and invite your friends! Thanks to Sharon Brophy Duquette for sending in news that she and Patty Fox McCaffrey traveled with a group of public-school educators on a cultural and educational tour of Guatemala. Patty is the director of health services and Sharon is a school nurse at one of the seven elementary schools in Waltham, MA. They visited the ancient Mayan temples and explored the beautiful country while visiting local schools and towns where many of their current Waltham students come from. Last November, five former roommates who lived on Stoke 5 before moving to Webster House met for dinner in Portsmouth: Maureen Bergeron Gnecco, Lisa Doty Cloyd ’79, Mary Ellen Dutton Potter, Kim Matyas Morgan ’81 and me. Although we live close to one another, this was the first gathering of the five of us — promises to make this a bi-annual event were made. Sadly, we have received news that Lynne S. Lewis of Plymouth, NH, passed away unexpectedly on Christmas night, 2019. Lynne graduated Hanover High School and earned her law degree from the VT Law School after UNH. Her life was full of love for her husband, three sons, a grandson, her family and friends. In her professional life Lynne worked as an attorney for 32 years on behalf of those for whom life was less giving, stable and fortunate. Likewise, we report the death of Robert G. Pasquill on Feb. 20 in Montgomery, AL. He was the son of Robert G., Sr. ’54 and Emily Zappala Pasquill ’55. I’m looking forward to these class notes and hearing your news.
1980 Duquette and McCaffrey at dinner
Sharon Brophy Duquette ’80 and Patty Fox McCaffrey ’80 traveled with a group of public-school educators on a cultural and educational tour of Guatemala. They visited ancient Mayan temples and explored the beautiful countryside while learning about the local school system.
— 1980
1980 Friends from Stoke at dinner
Former Stoke 5 roommates Maureen Bergeron Gnecco ‘80, Caryl Dow ‘80, Lisa Doty Cloyd ’79, Mary Ellen Dutton Potter ’80 and Kim Matyas Morgan ’81, pictured from left to right, met for dinner in Portsmouth several months ago. They hope to do it again, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
— 1980
Caroline McKee Anderson
PO Box 3082
Bourne, MA 02532
Greetings, Class of 1981. As I write, we all are experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and we can only imagine what the future holds. I hope you and your family — and extended circle of friends — are happy and healthy. For me, this has been a good opportunity to pause and reflect on what is most important — people and shared experiences. Our time at UNH represents shared experiences at a most defining time in our lives. While hard to believe, it’s been nearly 40 years since we graduated. Right now, our 40th Reunion is scheduled for June 4-6, 2021. I would encourage you to attend. It will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce but also affords the chance to find ways to engage in UNH life today. If that’s not enough, we will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 1981 to find us. And we’d love for you to get involved! If you want to have fun reconnecting with classmates while helping to plan an unforgettable weekend for them, contact the Reunion team to see what volunteer opportunities suit you interests ( Can’t wait to see you in 2021! Mark Proctor writes that he is the department chair at the Swedish Institute in New York City and continues to work as a part-time massage therapist. He also takes dance classes, a passion he discovered at UNH. He has published a multi-touch book for the iPad titled “Keys to Music Theory 1” that is available on Apple Books. Melissa Tuttle Glasgow died on Feb. 10 in New Harbor, ME. She worked as a volunteer engagement manager at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. She is survived by daughters, Heather and Bridget, son, Ryan and an extended family. We extend condolences to her family and friends.
Ilene Segal, DVM
245 Warren Drive
Norfolk, MA 02056
Hi, everyone! I received an email from William Carey, who graduated from UNH as a journalism and political science major. He wrote many articles for The New Hampshire, and along with his friend, Xavier Cronin, created and produced the satirical publication “Your Face Bothers Me.” Bill notes that he had a business career in Washington, D.C., and in addition, he and his family have owned The Copper Candle in Kennebunkport Maine’s Dock Square for the past 40 years. Bill started a blog in 2018 called The Dystopia Report which can be found at consisting of political essays where he “…prefers the boredom of competence to the drama of government by the scurrilous whims of a fool.” Sadly, Theodore C. Vrettos passed away after battling multiple illnesses over the past few years. Ted was a devoted family man, an avid golfer and a business leader on the Seacoast, most notably as President and CEO of Royal Design Builders and PlanAhead, Inc. Ted is survived by his wife, two sons and two stepchildren. We send our condolences to his family.
Robin Peters Schell
5 Ashley Dr.
Amesbury, MA 01913; 603-770-3607
2020 will go down in history as “the year of the Coronavirus pandemic”, when attending meetings by Zoom and “social distancing” became the new normal and graduations, conferences and yes, even college reunions got postponed. Last year, the Class of ’84 established a Class Scholarship in honor of our 35th reunion year. Please continue your contributions as we work towards our goal of raising $50,000 in three years. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit the UNH website at: Click on “other” and type in “Class of 1984 Scholarship Fund.” Thank you in advance — gifts of any size are welcomed! I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to my own husband, Todd Schell, who traveled to Argentina this past February to hike Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere at elevation 22,000 ft. I’m happy to say that all five hikers in his group reached the summit and came home in one piece! Donna Kelsey Chisholm has been teaching geometry online with VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy Charter School) for the past two years. She and her husband, Joe ’81, recently relocated to Hampton, NH, from Londonderry and they are loving their new life on the Seacoast, even with beaches and restaurants temporarily closed because of COVID-19. I traded emails with Amy Purcell Vorenberg. Amy has been working as an administrator and teacher in independent schools for over 30 years in the locations of Boston, Philadelphia and DC, most recently serving as head of the Lower School at King School in Stamford, CT. She and her husband Tom are eager to move to their home in Norfolk, CT, full-time this summer. I saw Sharon Hartford, a fellow Devine Hall resident, on campus in February when we were both volunteering at a UNH speed networking event. Sharon lives in Portsmouth, NH, and has been married to husband Martin Seul for 21 years. Previously they lived in Germany, where their daughters Maren and Maiah were born. For the past six years, she has been working for Great Island Realty in Portsmouth and her daughter Maren is now a UNH junior, studying biomedical sciences. Sharon is still in touch with Beth McKinnon, Terri Searl, Kristi Bancroft and Julia Korontjis. Some of her favorite UNH memories include “countdown to Pelican Hour at Devine Beach; Karl’s late-night in the Quad; backgammon in Devine 317; hockey games at Snivley Arena and dancing at the Franklin ballroom.”

Please send your news to me at or text/call 603/770-3607. I’d love to hear from you!

1984 Schell at the top of a mountain
Todd Schell ’84 traveled to Argentina in February to hike Mt. Aconcagua. At 22,000 feet, the peak is the highest in the Western hemisphere.
— 1984
1985 Silvasy being honored for his service
UNH ROTC grad James G. Silvasy ’85 was promoted to Brigadier General on March 8 in Springfield, Illinois. He’s a commercial pilot with United Airlines.
— 1985
Julie Colligan Spak
116 Longfields Way
Downingtown, PA 19335-4486
Hi, friends. Hope you are safe and well with sheltering in place. Whether you worked, worried, cleaned your closets or zoomed your children/friends/family, you did what you had to do!  Ken Vivian made it just under the quarantine wire to visit Lucy Skinner, a long-time UNH admissions staffer who is now retired in Fort Myers, FL. Ken and I loved Lucy from the moment we met her as student admissions reps in Thompson Hall and then as we worked as summer interns in the admissions office. The fun and the laughs continued as they enjoyed wonderful morning together reminiscing over all the great times in Durham. Lucy’s graciousness attracted many students and families to campus over the years and her lasting friendship is a benefit to all. How wonderful to catch up and thanks for sharing, Ken! Illinois Air National Guard Chief of Staff James G. Silvasy was promoted to Brigadier General on March 8 in Springfield, IL. He became a helicopter pilot after commissioning through the UNH Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He is a pilot with United Airlines and has more than 10,000 hours of flight time. Congratulations, James! Six years ago, Maria Savasta Sinclair, a nurse, emailed me with pride about the her work with Center for Reproductive Care of Exeter Hospital, which has become the first certified American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Nurse Certificate Program in NH. Now, she and her nursing staff split into two teams to minimize contact with one another during COVID-19 while continuing to see patients. As a mom, she’s super proud of her son’s recent graduation from SNHU and starting his MBA at UNH. Well done at home and work, Maria!  John Davis shared a final update on our hugely successful “Big 80s Reunion.” John writes, “I am proud to announce that as of the close of UNH’s fiscal year back on June 30, 2019, our Class of 1985/86 Endowed Scholarship Fund had grown to a balance of over $106,500! This great achievement, as well as having 500 of our classmates from the ’80s come back for a great reunion weekend, shows the great loyalty and love we all have for the university. Over the years we have had hundreds of our classmates contribute to our scholarship fund, and in fact we had 17 people donate $1,000 or more during this past fundraising drive. But I must single out three classmates that made leadership contributions that allowed us to break our goal of $100,000: Julie Joyce McMahon, Tim Collins and Jay Feeney. Thank you from all of your classmates for your generous support! I also wanted to give a shout out to classmates who offered their corporate support of our reunion with gifts-in-kind or sponsorships:  Gary Thulander, Chatham Bars Inn; Doug Ridge, Gaylord National Resort; Eric Chinburg ’84, Chinburg Properties; Ted Eynon, Meier Skis; Chris Kfoury, Central Paper; Mike DesRochers ’86, PoliteMail; Mark LaRoche ’84, 401 Tavern; Beth Ambargis, Vineyard Vines; Tyler Kelly ’99 and Chris Brown ’93, New Hampshire Distributors; J. Morgan Rutman ’84, Willoughby Capital Holdings, LLC; and especially Jay McSheery ’90, Jumpin Jay’s Fish Café. The corporate contributions from these alums helped support our reunion with over $25,000 in donated goods and services. See you all in four or five years at the next “Big 80s Reunion” and again, thank you all!”
1985 Vivian and family
Ken Vivian ’85 made it just under the quarantine wire to visit longtime UNH admissions staffer Lucy Skinner in Fort Myers, Florida. Ken met Lucy when he worked as a student admissions rep in Thompson Hall.
— 1985
Beth D. Simpson-Robie
P.O. Box 434
Kennebunk, ME 04043
As I submit this article on April 16, we are in the midst of the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been sheltering in place with my family here in Kennebunk for just over a month and it appears as though our attempts to flatten the curve are working, at present. I am a school-based speech-language pathologist and I am behind the screen for 50 hours a week, finding a way to provide remote learning opportunities for my students in South Portland. My UNH senior’s last two months before graduation are being spent sheltering in place with his three housemates in Durham and finishing his degree online. I am caring for my elderly parents from a distance. It continues to be a bad dream that I don’t wake up from. I know you are all in similar and likely much more challenging situations. I’m sure many of you also have high school and college seniors grieving the loss of these last two months of events; maybe you have children whose weddings are in limbo; you may have parents, children and grandbabies you aren’t able to see; and most concerning —maybe you are working the front lines as essential workers. I fear that there have been and will be losses of classmates and their loved ones. There is so much unknown and no words seem right. I can only hope that by the time you are reading this, the worst of the pandemic is in our rearview mirror and we are all starting to take some steps forward. I asked on the UNH Class of 1988 Facebook page (please like it if you haven’t already) for those of you directly impacted, especially front line and essential workers, to share your stories. Here is what I received: biology major Karen Verny Henny shared that she is a senior lecturer in UNH’s department of kinesiology teaching Emergency Medical Services classes. She also works for McGregor Memorial EMS as a paramedic covering Durham, Lee, Madbury and the UNH-Durham campus, as well as providing 911 EMS ambulance services. My old friend and ATO brother Jim Buckman is working virtually as a school counselor at Barnstable High in Hyannis. He is doing everything from scheduling to college admissions to answering questions about where to find the local food pantry. He has recently reconnected with some ATO brothers and has been volunteering as an advisor for ATO, which has recently been rechartered at UNH. They are working on getting the final town approval to begin building a new ATO Chapter House at 18 Garrison Avenue (the old Elizabeth DeMerritt House). If all goes well, they are hoping to break ground this summer. Karl Leinsing sponsored a very successful fundraiser that raised almost $9,000 to supplement his donations and buy more materials such as PVC plastic, foam rubber, rubber bands and N95 masks for his company, ATech Designs, Inc., to make face shields and masks for local hospitals, Fire/EMT, police, health care workers and dentists. They also created a YouTube video on a fast, inexpensive way to make COVID-19 face shields so others could build face shields for their local healthcare workers. At the time of my article submission, here are just some of the places they have made deliveries to: Exeter Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Dover Police, Dover Fire Department, Rollinsford Police Department, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Durham Fire/EMT, Milton Police, and as of yesterday (in response to his personal offer for needs in my personal community and those of my friends), the Kennebunk and Portsmouth PDs. Thank you again, Karl! They also supplied the 300-bed emergency facility that has been set up at UNH’s Hamel Recreation Center. Ann Burke Haddock lives in Barrington with her husband and two sons. One of Ann’s sons, Michael, is also a senior at UNH and finishing his psychology degree this spring. Ann is in her 13th year of teaching third grade in Barrington after taking a nine-year hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom in the early 2000s. Elizabeth “Buffy” Scott-Fox, husband Kevin, and 12-year-old chocolate lab, Bosco, are getting into the routine of working and doing everything from home. She looks forward to meeting up with UNH pals from ’87, ’88, and ’89 as soon as we can. Lisa Hochmuth Bomberg and husband, Craig Bomberg, are both retired Air Force Officers, serving 26 and 24 years, respectively. They live in Colorado Springs and are now defense contractors. Their son is now a 2nd Lt. stationed at Vance AFB in Oklahoma. Their daughter is a sophomore at UNH who is home completing her online classes.
Amy French
2709 44th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116-2408
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of two classmates. Michael R. Philips passed away on Oct. 6 at the age of 81 with little information. Cynthia Salvador Ginsberg of Epping, NH passed away on Dec. 6 at the age of 52. She earned both her bachelor’s and MBA degrees at UNH and worked as an accountant in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. She is survived by her mother, her son and three siblings.
Christina Ayers Quinlan
406 S. Columbia St.
Naperville, IL 60540
UNH Magazine received word of the passing of two classmates. William F. Cass, of Eliot, ME, passed away on June 18, 2017 at the age of 86 with little information. Corey T. Nelson, of Western Springs, IL, passed away on Dec. 20 at age 50. He was part of a family legacy of many aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents to attend UNH. He spent over 20 years managing sales and marketing teams and earned multiple top performer and growth awards in his career. Even after relocating to Illinois, he would return every summer to spend time with family and friends on Cape Cod, MA. He is survived by his parents, his wife, three children, two brothers and five nieces and nephews.
Missy Langbein
744 Johns Rd.
Blue Bell, PA 19422
UNH Magazine received word that Stephen P. Osbon, a resident of Bethesda, MD, passed away last July 24 at the age of 49. He relocated to the D.C. area following college to begin his career with Marriott and was recently recognized with the prestigious 25-year career award. Stephen enjoyed attending his daughters’ cheerleading events and volleyball tournaments. He will be remembered for his professionalism, kindness and generosity. Stephen is survived by his mother, his wife, two daughters and two brothers.
Caryn Crotty Eldridge
As I write this, here in England, we have been on lockdown for four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. I hope everyone is coping with the new normal. Please find us on Facebook at Some belated news: Kevin D. Clark (B.S. computer science and philosophy and M.S. computer science) died Aug. 19, 2018, of complications from the autoimmune disease granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). A software engineer with Oracle Dyn in Manchester, NH, Kevin started his career with Cabletron Systems in Rochester, and worked for several software companies over the years. Kevin loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker and cyclist. He was a volunteer for many years with Boy Scout Troop 168 in Dover and a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Four-Thousand-Footer Club, hiking all mountains over 4,000 ft in NH. Kevin rode on Saturdays with the Bagelry Bikers, often planning their route, and completed the Mt. Washington Hill Climb twice on his bike. The weekend before being hit with the effects of the disease, he had completed a 60-mile cycling trip. Asina Ellen Karlsen Alcott died Aug. 10 after a very brief illness. Asina’s career started in speech therapy, culminating as director of special education for the Auburn School District, when she began a new career in modeling.
Tammy Ross
22 St. Ann’s Ave.
Peabody, MA 01960
Looking forward to celebrating our belated 25th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! You can always find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and if you’re not already a member of our class Facebook page, you should be. Search UNH Class of 1995 to find us. See you in 2021!  As I write this, many of us are working from home and practicing social distancing in an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Thank you to all the healthcare workers and first responders who have been risking their own health and safety to help others. I hope that, by the time you read this, we will have resumed some semblance of normalcy in our lives. If not, please find comfort in knowing we are all in this together. UNH heard directly from Karen Iverson, who was named a 2019 “Difference Maker” by the Self-Publishing School for her book, “Winning the Breast Cancer Battle.” In addition to chronicling her experience with breast cancer, the book provides resources for breast cancer patients and a tip section at the end of each chapter with questions to ask medical caregivers, relaxation techniques and more. Congratulations, Karen! Unfortunately, I have only sad news to report in this issue. Catherine “Cassie” Heppner, of Exeter, NH, died unexpectedly Feb. 9. An avid skier who loved the outdoors, Cassie worked as a marketing director for an outdoor apparel company. Our deepest sympathies go to Cassie’s husband, Mike, son, Jack, and extended family. You can read more about her in the “memoriam” section of this issue. We are also sending our sympathies to the family of Carole Francis Schueler, of North Conway, NH, who died Oct. 6, after a lengthy illness. Carole earned her master’s degree in social work from UNH and spent many years as the director of admissions for a private school in the Chicago area. Please send me some happy news!
1995 Iverson's Winning book cover
Karen Iverson ’95 was named a 2019 “Difference Maker” by the Self-Publishing school for her book, “Winning the Breast Cancer Battle,” a chronicle of her own diagnosis and treatment as well as a how-to guide for others facing life-threatening illness.
— 1995
Michael Walsh
607 Atwood Drive
Downington, PA 19533
Looking forward to celebrating our 25th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion —the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 1996 to find us. And we’d love for you to get involved! If you want to have fun reconnecting with classmates while helping to plan an unforgettable weekend for them, contact the Reunion team to see what volunteer opportunities suit you interests ( Can’t wait to see you in 2021! UNH Magazine received word that Paul C. Poworoznek, passed away on Aug. 27 at the age of 65. He was an electrical engineer, and put his skills to good use in the U.S Air Force as a biomedical equipment maintenance specialist. He followed his service with a long career in his field at various companies such as DEC, Benchmark and VXI. Paul remembered what mattered most to those around him and understood the importance of birthdays, good food and simple pleasures. He was predeceased by his brother, and is survived by his wife, his son and four siblings.
Geoffrey Grant ’97, ’03G
I am happy to serve as the new class correspondent for the Class of 1997. Please send me your news. Amanda Wood Laihow and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Emilia, in April, 2019, joining them and big sister Lila, who turned 3. In October, Amanda was appointed by the president to serve as a Commissioner to the US Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Hilary Smiley is currently the assistant vice president of development at Boston Children’s Hospital, overseeing a team of fundraisers. She is mom to Felix (14) and Skylar (12) and lives in Framingham, MA. In her free time, she sits on boards for local organizations and volunteers her time advocating for the rights of transgender and non-confirming kids and adults. Laura Vogel is now assistant general counsel for litigation in the Legal Global Patents Group of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), working out of their new Waltham, MA, site. Kelsey Koehler Dearborn is a clinical microbiologist in Walnut Creek, CA, where she tests patient specimens, including COVID-19. She and her husband Sean enjoy watching their two boys play travel ice hockey. Matt Kerr is married to Kate and is a proud father of two daughters. He is an ER physician in Maine helping people in need and staying safe during the COVID-19 crisis. Matt reported that in his downtime he completed a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that had “horses, ocean waves and a lightning bolt.” Many friends reported they were healthy, while sheltering in place during the pandemic and adjusting to the new work routine, homeschooling kids and trying to remain upbeat and active. I hope everyone manages to remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. I am still living in Cincinnati, married to Kathryn and proud father of Ella (11) and Betsy (8). I recently completed phase 3 of my exterior home illumination scheme, to the pleasure of my neighbors and to the chagrin of my lovely wife. Sadly, we learned that Jay Forrest passed away peacefully on Dec. 16. He was a math teacher in Germany, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our condolences to his friends and family.
Jaimie Russo Zahoruiko
6 Atlanta St.
Haverhill, MA 01832
UNH Magazine received word that Polly K. Beaird, a resident of Hampton Falls, NH, passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 51. After earning her executive MBA at UNH, Polly went on to hold executive positions at Sanofi Genzyme, Textron and Cenveo. She was recognized as a top performer and true asset to any team to which she belonged. Polly enjoyed purchasing and refurbishing older homes, traveling anywhere spontaneously and flying modern and vintage aircraft. She is survived by her husband, her sister and many extended family members.
Michael Bove
91 Penn Ave
Portland, ME 04103-3961
Hello, fellow members of the class of 2000! I’m happy to be taking over our class notes, and I look forward to hearing what you’re all up to. As I write this from my home in Portland, ME, I’m hunkered down with my wife and kids, riding out the pandemic and wishing you all happiness and health in these strange times. In this issue, we send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mary Kate Keefe Shaw, who passed away Jan. 28, and to the family and friends of Louis “Louie” DeMarco, who passed away Dec. 19. They will both be missed. If you have news you’d like to share, please send me a note at
Elizabeth Merrill Sanborn
2082 Pequawket Trail
Hiram, ME 04041
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of two of our classmates, George Veilleux, who passed away on Jan. 25 and Megan Chapman, who passed away on Feb. 13. George earned his master of science degree in speech pathology at UNH and spent many years in the Lewiston, ME, schools before his retirement in 2016. He served in various educational capacities as a speech pathologist, assistant principal, curriculum director, special education director and Title I coordinator. Megan, from Pelham, NH, was interested in computer programming, and she loved to read and cook. She is described as being a person with a good heart. Please send your news!
UNH Magazine received word that Katie Becker Morrill-Cleary passed away on Jan. 10 at age 39. Katie taught at Loudon Elementary School for 14 years. She enjoyed coaching her children in youth sports, spending summers at Pleasant Lake, and family trips, including Yellowstone National Park and Hershey Park. Katie is survived by her parents, her husband, two children, her sister and many extended family members.
Victoria Reed
UNH Magazine received word that David R. Twyon passed away on Dec. 4 at age 48. He was known for his dry wit and compassionate heart, helping others see their own strengths. He brought that quality to his career in social work. He enjoyed playing his guitar and attending many concerts, traveling and sitting around a campfire. David was predeceased by his ex-wife, and is survived by his daughter, his fiancée, his step-son, two siblings and his grandparents.
Megan Stevener
UNH Magazine received word that Diane Sylvester Raimo passed away on Dec. 29 the age of 67. Her varied career had a running theme — to leave a place more organized than when she started, managing restaurants and properties alike. After leaving the workforce to raise her children, she continued to volunteer in her community. She managed her family and volunteer endeavors with the same can-do spirit and was a wonderful role model. Diane is survived by her husband, three sons, five grandchildren and her brother.
Lindsey Ostler Rosencrans ’08 and Richie Rosencrans welcomed their son, Reed, on March 12. They now live in Portland, OR, where Lindsey is an optometrist in private practice and Richie works at the Bonneville Power Administration. Heidi Antosh ’09 ’10G and Mike Antosh welcomed their third child this year — a son named Jack.
2007 Rosencrans with their newborn
Lindsey Ostler Rosencrans ’08 and Richie Rosencrans welcomed their son Reed on March 12, 2020. The family lives in Portland, Oregon.
— 2007
Alexandra Covucci
Matthew Wadlinger writes that he is the chief communications officer at the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, CA, where he’s worked for more than nine years. One interesting thing about his nonprofit is that he works alongside “two amazing volunteers that are also graduates of UNH.” One is Michelle Fisher ’99 and the other is Cathy Fitzpatrick ’81. Matthew shares, “We were all at a fundraising event together and I was able to have the photographer take a photograph of us. I feel like it is a cute story because we are all UNH graduates who are living in Orange County, California; because I work at this amazing nonprofit helping foster youth and these two amazing volunteers help me tremendously with fundraising; and because it shows the community engagement, support and philanthropic nature of UNH graduates.” We agree, Matthew — thanks so much for sharing!
2008 Wadlinger out on the town with friend
While working a chief communications officer at the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, California, Matthew Wadlinger ’08 connected with fellow Wildcats Michelle Fisher ’99 (at left) and Cathy Fitzpatrick ’81 (right).
— 2008
2007 Rosencrans with their newborn
Lindsey Ostler Rosencrans ’08 and Richie Rosencrans welcomed their son Reed on March 12, 2020. The family lives in Portland, Oregon.
— 2007
2008 Wadlinger out on the town with friend
While working a chief communications officer at the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, California, Matthew Wadlinger ’08 connected with fellow Wildcats Michelle Fisher ’99 (at left) and Cathy Fitzpatrick ’81 (right).
— 2008
Class Notes Editor
The class of 2010 is looking forward to celebrating a belated 10th reunion at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6, teaming up with 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! You can always find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and if you’re not already a member of the UNH 2010 class Facebook page, you should be. Search UNH Class of 2010 to join! Tiffany Narbonne wrote in to share exciting new about her business, T. Jazelle. “I founded my company T. Jazelle over eight years ago…with the core concept being to spread positivity and happiness. With all that’s going on in the world I wanted to make something to help and try to make a difference during this time. On March 20, we launched our Relief Bracelet, of which $5 from each sale is being donated to the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is helping nurses and doctors on the frontline and also families in need. Since our launch, we have now raised over $14,000 and rising daily for this fund and together making a difference one bracelet at a time. Being a small business, this has truly made us feel so grateful to have created something that is bringing a bit of happiness and also making a difference!” Tifanny credits her years at UNH as being “some of the best years of my life that shaped me to who I am today!”
Class Notes Editor
Looking forward to celebrating our 10th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 2011 to find us. And we’d love for you to get involved! If you want to have fun reconnecting with classmates while helping to plan an unforgettable weekend for them, contact the Reunion team to see what volunteer opportunities suit you interests ( Can’t wait to see you in 2021!
UNH Magazine received word that Jonathan P. Kaplan, a resident of Chicago, IL, passed away Dec. 2 at age 29. He was an assistant VP at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and held various prestigious professional licenses. He was an avid collector of unique treasures, including his exotic fish and rare coins. He will be remembered for his loyalty and sense of humor. Jonathan is survived by his parents, his brother and grandmother.
Class Notes Editor
Andrew “Drew” Blake of Bedford, NH, graduated June 5 from the MD/MBA program at Dartmouth College. A lifelong Bedford resident, Drew attended the Bedford public schools K-8, graduated from West High School class of 2009 and graduated with a B.S. in neuroscience from UNH c. After completing his undergraduate studies Drew took an internship at the National institute of Health in Washington, D.C., and subsequently attended the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. This summer Drew will begin his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
2014 Nardone with his students teaching abroad
COLSA grad Alex Nardone ’14 spent four years in Nichinian, Japan, as an assistant language teacher for the prestigious Japanese Exchange Teaching program. Now back in the U.S., Alex is attending Officer Development School with the U.S. Navy and will begin medical school at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
— 2014
Hillary Flanagan
1001 Islington St Apt 65
Portsmouth NH 03801
UNH Magazine heard from the proud parents of Alex Nardone that the COLSA grad will be attending Officer Development School (ODS) as a commissioned ensign in the U.S. Navy in June, after which he will enter The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda MD. A biology major and Asian studies minor, Alex spent four years following graduation in Nichinian, Japan, where he was an assistant language teacher (ALT) with the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program— a highly selective organization often described as the Japanese equivalent of the Fulbright program. Following his return to the United States in 2018, Alex worked for Northeast Dermatology Associates as a medical assistant while applying to medical schools. His father writes, “I’m sure all the assistance he got from UNH – in particular, Japanese lecturer Pam Ikegami — for his acceptance into the JET program as well as the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship work with Dr. Charles Walker while in COLSA were factors in his medical school application acceptance process.” Congratulations, Alex! On a more somber note, Frank M. Couch passed away Jan. 21 at age 37. Frank’s family moved from Georgia to New Hampshire when he was three. He grew up working for his family’s businesses, Philbrick’s Sports in Dover and Philbrick’s Sales and Service in North Hampton. He loved reading, skiing and the outdoors. Frank is survived by his mother and step-father, five siblings and many extended family members.
Class Notes Editor
Looking forward to celebrating our belated 5th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4–6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! You can always find more information on the UNH Reunion website at — and if you’re not already a member of our class Facebook page, you should be. Search UNH Class of 2015 to find us. See you in 2021!  UNH Magazine received word that Andrea Batchelder of Lebanon, NH, passed away Oct. 30 at age 26. Andrea was a champion basketball player for Exeter High School, captaining the girls’ varsity team and competing at the national level in the AAU. She was a pet lover, creative cook and music enthusiast. She loved hiking in the White Mountains with her fiancé. Andrea is survived by her parents, her brother, her fiancé and many extended family members.
Class Notes Editor
Looking forward to celebrating our 5th reunion with you at Reunion Weekend 2021, June 4 – 6. We will be joined by 13 other classes for a double, mega reunion — the biggest in UNH’s history! Find more information on the UNH Reunion website at: — and be sure to join the class Facebook page where you can reconnect with classmates and share photos and stories while receive regular reunion updates. Search UNH Class of 2016 to find us. And we’d love for you to get involved! If you want to have fun reconnecting with classmates while helping to plan an unforgettable weekend for them, contact the Reunion team to see what volunteer opportunities suit you interests ( Can’t wait to see you in 2021! UNH Magazine heard from Katja Kleyensteuber, who graduated with a degree in music education. She writes, “I am currently a full-time master’s student and part time music teacher in Massachusetts. Due to school being online for the remainder of the year, we were not able to visit elementary school students to demonstrate band instruments. Inspired by this and the extra time on my hands, I wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled “Myna Joins the Band!” It’s currently available on Amazon.” Congratulations, Katja! Sadly, the magazine also received word that James Preston Owens IV of Hamden, CT, passed away Dec. 28 at age 26. He was a universal banker with Liberty Bank. Jimmy loved the outdoors, including fishing, running and hiking, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family at Lake Arrowhead, ME. He is survived by his parents, his brothers, his maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents.
2016 Kleyensteuber book cover
Master’s student and music teacher Katja Kleyebsteuber ’16 used her COVID-19 quarantine to write a children’s book, “Myna Joins the Band!” to educate elementary students about various band instruments she would ordinarily be demonstrating to them in person.
— 2016
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine received word that Chizoba Nwosu Chine passed away Oct. 17 at the age of 56. She earned many degrees from schools all over the world, from Nigeria to Lagos and, most recently, earning her master of law from UNH Law. She held prominent positions in the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Interpol. Chizoba was active in the Anglican Church and was devoted to her family. She is survived by her husband, father, four children and three grandchildren.
2016 Kleyensteuber book cover
Master’s student and music teacher Katja Kleyebsteuber ’16 used her COVID-19 quarantine to write a children’s book, “Myna Joins the Band!” to educate elementary students about various band instruments she would ordinarily be demonstrating to them in person.
— 2016
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1982 | Julie Lake Butterfield

1986 | Stephanie Creane King
93 Channing Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478

1987 | Tina Napolitano Savoia
5 Samuel Path
Natick, MA 01760

1989 | David L. Gray
131 Holmes Ave.
Darien, CT 06820

1994 | Michael Opal
26 Rockwood Heights Rd.
Manchester, MA 01944

1998 | Emily Rines
23 Tarratine Dr.
Brunswick, ME 04011

2002 | Abby Severance Gillis
19 Chase St.
Woburn,MA 01801

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