Class Notes

If your class is not represented here, please send news to your class secretary (see page74) or submit directly to Class Notes Editor, UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave., Durham, NH 03824. The deadline for the next issue is April 15.

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UNH was one of the first colleges to follow the “War Program of Physical Fitness through Physical Education” for women. Under the instruction of Margaret R. Hoban, assistant professor and director of physical education for women, some 650 women participated in activities that focused on strength building instead of recreation. — January 25, 1943
Side view of a 1943 class ring.
1943 class ring.
Crew hat from 1944, gift of James S. Stevens, Jr.’44
Crew hat from 1944, gift of James S. Stevens, Jr.’44
Nancy Bryant on behalf of Lonnie (Eleanor) Gould Bryant,
9 Rickey Drive, Maynard, MA 01754;; (978) 501-0334
I am sorry to report that Constance Smith Kenney passed away in Keene, NH, on Oct. 2, 2019 — just a couple months shy of her 100th birthday. Constance was a librarian and for many years she owned the Homestead Bookshop in Marlborough, NH. She enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, and spending time with her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Harry and is survived by three sons, two daughters, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. To fellow 41ers and their families and friends, please send me your news or stories about your days at UNH. I hope to hear from you!
Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave, Durham, NH 03824

The university advancement office received word of the passing of Lucille Labnon, who died at home on Sept. 25, 2019. Lucille enrolled at UNH following her graduation from Berlin (NH) High School in 1938 but left the university at the height of World War II to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). In 2011, she was formally inducted into the UNH class of 1942 in recognition of her service to her country and her comm itment to the university — an honor of which she was immensely proud. Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Ralph “Navy” Labnon, she is survived by her five children: Linda Rydin ’71, Holly Rene, Randall, Lori Morin and Scott, as well as by 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave
Durham, NH 03824
Two members of the class of 1944 passed away recently. Gerald Wolcott died several months shy of his 100th birthday, on July 19, 2019, though he was a leap year baby — born Feb. 29, 1920 — and therefore had celebrated only 24 “actual” birthdays throughout his lifetime. After high school, he worked for two years to earn the $50 in tuition he needed to attend UNH as a member of the Army ROTC. It was at UNH that he met his wife Lois, who graduated with the class of 1945. Lois predeceased Gerald following 66 happy years of marriage, but he left behind his three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild — as well as the devoted companion of his final years, Adeline Crowe. A pioneer as a woman in the field of aerospace, Phyllis Blissel earned a degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering and mathematics as well as a graduate degree in aeronautics from NYU. She worked at Chance Vought and then at Boeing in Seattle, WA, with her husband Walter before leaving the field to raise her five daughters, Andrea, Sarah, Meg, Roberta and Reba. Predeceased by Walter and Andrea, she is survived by her remaining four daughters, five grandchildren and six great-grands.
Class Notes Editor

UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave
Durham, NH 03824

We received word of the passing of two members of the class of 1945. Lydia Shaw Brauer died on April 19, 2019, in Gwynedd, PA. At UNH, she earned one of the first degrees in occupational therapy and went on to a long career in the field at Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center. Predeceased by her husband, Frederick Brauer, she is survived by her daughter Deborah Shaw Brauer, her sister Jane Shaw Smoot, and many grandchildren, great-grands, nieces and nephews. Elinor Abbott Stewart passed away on Sept. 1, 2019. She met her husband Bob, a West Point graduate, while she was at UNH, and spent many happy years as a “military wife,” dividing her time between Lambert’s Cove, on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and Arlington, VA. She was predeceased by Bob and is survived by her sons and daughter and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our condolences go out Lydia’s and Elinor’s families.
Elizabeth M. Shea
11 Boulder Brook Drive, Unit #4
Exeter, NH 03833
Heartfelt sympathy goes to families and friends of two recently departed classmates. Jane Thurlow Greene, 93, was born in West Newbury, MA, where she was raised with two sisters and a brother among the fruit trees, flowering shrubs and peonies of the family Cherry Hill Nursery. After graduating from UNH, she earned a PhD in biochemistry at Rutgers University in 1953, becoming an associate professor and researcher at the University of Vermont in the biology department. Through her passion for skiing and weekend instructing at Stowe, she met and married Fred Greene of Morrisville, VT, after a trip to Europe in 1957 — “a big deal in those days.” Jane and Fred had two boys and two grandchildren who inherited their interest in the world. Roger Charles Woodworth, 94, was born at his Durham, NH, farm during the January 20, 1925, blizzard, the youngest of five children. At age 18, Roger joined the Navy. He participated in the second wave on D-Day in Okinawa. After the war, he attended UNH, graduating with an economics degree and moving to Iowa State for graduate work. At a dance, he met Joyce V. Quire. Their 52-year marriage produced three children and one grandchild. Earning his PhD in agricultural economics, he found a position at the University of Georgia. A year after Joyce died, he met Marie Sloan at a senior dance. They married and enjoyed many years of dancing. A man of many interests, Roger was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Shoals and the Exchange Club. Survivors include his wife, son and spouse, daughter and grandson, as well as brothers, sisters and stepchildren.
Joan Boodey Lamson
51 Lamson Lane
New London, NH 03257
“Let’s go to Dover!” was the cry when everything was quiet in Durham and all games were “away.” For James Kageleiry, this would be a trip home to where he and his eight siblings were born and grew up. He graduated from Dover High as the captain of the basketball team that won the N.H. Class L championship. Jim was also voted the best dancer in the class, a talent he demonstrated well into his nineties. After serving four years as an aircraft technician in the Navy, Jim entered UNH and graduated after three years with a major in business administration. He was a successful and popular agent for the NY Life Insurance Company, retiring in Dover at age 86. He received many honors from his insurance business, and from the many charitable organizations he “chaired;” but Jim was most proud of being named “Citizen of the Year” in 1979 in his home city, which was then 356 years old. Jim died Oct. 13, 2019, after 61 happy years married to Frances (White), and leaves one daughter, three married sons (all in Dover), and nine grandchildren. David Merrill met Agnes Willet when he was 5, and they both lived on the west side of Manchester; but it was at Manchester West High School where he was “smitten” with pretty Agnes. Dave attended UNH but left in 1943 to serve in the Army. He became a sergeant in the Pacific Theatre. He returned in 1946 to marry Agnes and continue at UNH, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. Starting work in power plants, he became executive vice president and an officer at PSNH and chairman of many important power and electric corporations. David and Agnes raised two children, and adopted many stray dogs and cats, who arrived at their country home in Candia. They were a mini Animal Rescue League. Dave, who died last June, was preceded in death by his wife, as well as his son Mark. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Posnack, her husband Alan and their daughter Cara. To end this on a happy note: golfer Matt Kuchar, grandson of Jeannette “Jay” Mathews Kuchar and the late Maurice “Mo” Kuchar, played in the Presidents’ Cup in Melbourne, Australia, December 12–15, 2019, and was chosen for the team by captain by Tiger Woods. Matt “delivered the winning point, without even winning his match. His 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole assured the Americans the half-point they needed to win.” Mo started his grandson playing golf at the age of 7.
The UNH women’s ski team, circa 1941 standing side-by-side at the top of a hill
The UNH women’s ski team, circa 1941. Left to right — Eleanor Mauricette ’42, Dot Sparks ’41, Winifred Curtis ’43, Dot Page ’42 and Lois Draper ’41.
Richard “Dick” Brouillard
c/o Class Notes Editor
15 Strafford Ave, Durham, NH 03824
New London, NH, Wildcat Carlton Bradford recently published his fourth book: “A Boy, His Village, His Lake: Growing up in the 1930s in North Sutton, NH.” His last book, “Out of Tin Boxes,” is a history of the Harvey family and Musterfield Farm, also in North Sutton, NH. Congratulations, Carlton! We received word of the passing of two members of the class of 1950. Martin Smith earned his undergraduate degree with the class after serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and spent many years working for the New Hampshire Democratic party, the state of New Hampshire and the United States Postal Service. Upon retirement at age 60, he fulfilled a longtime dream to earn his law degree, enrolling at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law as a member of the class of 1992. After passing the state bar, he held a variety of law-related real estate jobs in New Hampshire and completed his “second-act” career at the Sanders and McDermott Law Office in Hampton. He passed away on June 25, 2019, leaving behind his wife of 67 years, Priscilla, as well as five children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Longtime Lee, NH, resident and town of Durham employee Carolyn Storer passed away on Sept. 17, 2019. She is remembered as an active member of her community, serving on school boards for both the Oyster River and Newfields districts, as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and as chair of the Durham Community Church’s annual Christmas fair. She was predeceased by her husband William as well as two daughters, Cynthia and Rebecca, and leaves a son, Barry, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Anne Schultz Cotter

PO Box 33, Intervale, NH 03854

Sadly, mail from the alumni office brings only news of the passing of several classmates. Philip Yeaton, 90, passed away on Sept. 11, 2019 in Concord, NH, after falling and suffering a brain injury. A lifelong learner, he earned a PhD from Boston University after UNH and started a program to bring BU professors to Laconia so teachers did not have to travel to Boston for continuing education. A teacher himself, he taught in Merrimack, MA, and Windham and Laconia NH and was the director of reading for the Concord, NH, school system. He’s survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy, as well as a brother, a sister, and nieces and nephews. Donald Dunbar, 90, of Groveland, MA, died on June 5, 2019. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and spent 34 years at AT&T, retiring in 1987. An avid Wildcats football fan, he was the president of the UNH Football Merrimack Valley Alumni Association for several years in the 1970s. He is likewise survived by his bride of 47 years, Elizabeth, as well as three children and six grandchildren. My dear friend Betty Jean Herrin passed away three days shy of her 90th birthday, on May 31, 2019. She graduated from Dedham (MA) High School as class valedictorian and earned her UNH degree in botany. In addition to many lifelong friends, she also met her husband John Herrin at UNH, and together they raised five children. She was a longtime docent with the UNH Marine Docent program and spent many hours giving classroom presentations in Seacoast area schools, leading school group trips to the Sandy Point Discovery Center and the Seacoast Science Center, and giving tours of Smuttynose Island at the Isles of Shoals. Predeceased by John, she is survived by her children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grands. One of our “Havenwood Heritage Heights gang,” Art Grant, passed away in Concord on Aug. 2, 2019, at the age of 89. Art was a longtime employee of UNH and the University System of NH, working as a member of the public relations staff. There’s a memoriam for Art in the back of this issue where you can read more about his life and accomplishments. Finally, Mary Christie Chicos, 90, died Sept. 23, 2019, at her son’s house in Belmont, MA. A 67-year resident of Belmont, Mary spent many years contributing to that community as a member of the Garden Club and was also a patron of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston University and the Claflin Club. She and her husband, John, were dedicated volunteers at the Auxiliary at Mount Auburn Hospital, and the emergency room there bears their names. An English major at UNH, she was the inspiration for the Mary Christie Foundation, a thought-leadership organization dedicated to the health and wellness of teens and young adults. Predeceased by John, with whom she shared 39 years of marriage, she leaves behind her three children, two grandchildren and a sister.
Class Notes Editor
UNH Magazine, 15 Strafford Ave
Durham, NH 03824
UNH received news of the passing of five members of the class of 1952. Norman Smith Jr. served three years in Korea as a staff sergeant before attending UNH, where he studied agriculture and forestry. After graduation, he worked for Beebe River Corporation and eventually purchased a Gulf Oil franchise in northern New Hampshire. He and his wife Beverly operated “Norm’s Gulf” for more than 20 years. An avid pilot who continued recreational flying until the age of 89, he is passed away on May 22, 2019, shortly after his 90th birthday. He is survived by Beverly, his son and two daughters, and four grandchildren. Donald Bennett earned a degree in mechanical engineering and spent 33 years with Makem Corp. in Munsonville, NH. He died on July 1, 2019, less than a week before his 90th birthday. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and leaves a son and daughter, four grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Janet Mallett Stiles passed away on July 12, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She earned her degree in psychology and spent many years working for A Way To Better Living LLC, a community-based peer support charitable organization for individuals struggling with mental illness co-founded with her brother Hugh Mallett. In 2001, she was received the President’s Award from NAMINH, a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, for her contributions to the mental health community. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Walter, and is survived by her three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Donald Oleson earned two undergraduate degrees in engineering from UNH: one in mechanical engineering in 1952, and another in electrical engineering in 1955. He worked for 32 years at Raytheon, during which time he earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering. Predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Betty, he passed away on Sept. 25, 2019. He is survived by his two daughters and two grandchildren. Nancy Webster Peterson studied occupational therapy at UNH and worked for many years at Eskaton American River Hospital and Community Psychiatric Services in Carmichael, CA. She spent much of her adulthood in California, marrying husband Ron in San Jose in 1961. She leaves behind her husband, two sons and two granddaughters.
Winter 2020 Get Puzzled solution
From p. 23: Winter 2020 Get Puzzled solution
UNH football team celebrating a victory
Under the direction of acting head coach Ricky Santos ’07, the UNH football team ended its season with a great victory against UMaine.
— 1954
Ann Merrow Burghardt
411 Wentworth Hill Road
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
In Dover, NH, Cortez Willey (Botany) has emerged from a “Lost ’53’ers” list. He served in the Air Force for 20 years, then worked for Clarostat for 10, followed by Milton, NH, Cumberland Farms, and still does part-time work for McCrone’s Christmas Farm in Dover. Charles R. McLoud of Plymouth, NH, a Thompson School graduate, died Sept. 8, 2019. An Army veteran, he returned to Plymouth where he founded his own chainsaw sales and repair company, retiring in 2001. He was a deputy fire warden, Grafton County snowmobile trails adviser and groomer, and an avid gardener and fisherman. At his home in Kittery, Maine, Ralph Stevens died May 1, 2019. After Army duty, he pursued a career in insurance, eventually owning an independent agency in Wellesley, MA, for nearly 40 years. At UNH he was a member of ATO, Senior Skulls, and the track team, and continued to run in races throughout his life. A. Harding Margeson, a business administration major and member of Psi Epsilon, the honorary economics and business society, died July 7, 2019. After graduation he joined Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY, retiring 31 years later. He had served in both World War II and the Korean conflict. David Berry of Barrington, NH, died Aug. 13, 2019, the same August day on which he was born. A civil engineering major, he owned and operated Berry Surveying and Engineering after an Army and Army Reserve career, retiring as a colonel in 1991. He was also an active member of the First Congregational Church in Rochester where he served on boards, sang in the choir and was bell choir director. Albert “Al” Russo of Westerly, RI, who earned a B.S. from URI and a M.S. from UNH, died Oct. 9, 2019. As president of Chickadee Farm he guided it to become the largest poultry and egg processing facility in RI, and was a former state senator. Following a brief illness, Stewart Harlow died on Aug 19, 2019 — one day after his 88th birthday. He earned his degree in electrical engineering and spent 33 years with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, PA. He’s survived by his wife of 68 years, Nancy, as well as his five children, who took his advice to “go forth and outnumber the idiots” and provided him with 24 grandchildren and 26 great-grands. Finally, earning a master’s in English was Harold “Hal” Owen of Camden, Maine who died July 18, 2019. He taught at Proctor Academy, and English and theater at Phillips Andover for 36 years.
Ruth Nash Clark

149 East Side Drive #294
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 715-2493 or (603) 828-6885 [cell]

Congratulations to class president Harriet Forkey and her husband, Jere Lundholm, president of the class of ’53, who recently received the Hubbard Family Award for Philanthropy. For details check pg. 14 of the Fall issue. How proud we are and what a wonderful job they did directing the “Fabulous ’50s Reunion! Since moving to Havenwood-Heritage Heights, Concord, I have met many wonderful people. The staff is great, as well as the many and varied activities. I recommend HHH highly to anyone looking for a lovely retirement setting. I have found several UNHers here and am always looking for more, which is fun. Alice Marshall Woodward passed away May 28, 2019, in Lake Hartwell, GA. She married Francis P. Woodward ’53. He joined the Navy after his first semester. She graduated with a B.A. in nutrition and was offered internships at several hospitals, but instead she and her husband traveled the U.S. for 30 years, then settled in Georgia, where they started a company producing industrial labels. Tom Crowther passed away recently. He majored in physics, was in the band and orchestra as well as other campus organizations. I was told that he worked for OSHA in Waltham. Lee Perkins wrote that his wife Ann Garside Perkins ’57 passed away peacefully in front of the fire at their family cottage in Alton Bay on October 12, 2019, with all the family present. Ann was secretary of the Class of ’57 for at least 20 years, a music major and was involved in several music related activities, She was a member of Theta U Sorority, where she was Chaplin. She and Lee have attended many reunions over the years. Marilyn Turner Campbell died last June after a lifetime of service to her community, running a dairy farm with her family and many other projects. At UNH she majored in occupational therapy, was a member of Kappa Delta, Outing Club, Student Senate, 4-H & all-star softball. She was married to Bernard Campbell, who also graduated from UNH. Louis Dumont died in Winter Springs, FL, also in June. Following retirement he had been active in his community in FL. Bob Lear died in July in Claremont, NH. He earned a B.A. in political science, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and on the Dean’s List all four years. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Davis. Ray Cragin died in September. He served in the Air Force in Alaska and worked for the U.S. Department of Forestry as a landscape architect in the White Mountain National Forest. On a much happier note: The UNH Marching Band under Director Casey Goodwin, has been invited to march in the Holiday 2019 Parade in Philadelphia. which is a great honor for their accomplishments, as demonstrated most recently at this season’s home games. My family has always been close to UNH and the football team. This season, we met at the Elliot Alumni Center for tailgate lunches and enjoyed two games together in our beautiful new stadium. Today’s marching band has grown in size and ability, as we enjoy their performances and their skill in presenting the program! Last but not least, the UNH football team under the direction of acting head coach Ricky Santos ’07 ended its season with a great victory against UMaine, with more than 10,000 in attendance. Great that we now have the famous “musket” back in our possession! GO CATS!.
Hockey UNH vs. BU 1955 on the ice
Hockey UNH vs. BU 1955
Hockey UNH vs. BU 2020, Agganis Arena, Boston, MA team celebration on the ice
Hockey UNH vs. BU 2020, Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
Marge and Bill Johnston
May – Nov.: 40502 Lenox Park Dr.
Novi, MI 48377, (248) 859-4084
Dec. – Apr.: 4940 Westchester Court
#3703, Naples, Florida 34105
(239) 213-0140;
We heard from Chan and Ann Sanborn in September, filling us in on the celebration of life service for Harry Beaudin on September 14 in Laconia. Other classmates in attendance were Jack and Patty Weeks and Billy and Toni Pappas. Our sincere sympathy to Carmen, her three daughters Noelle, Virginia and Brigitte and all their families. Chan and Ann’s son Scott also represented our class at a memorial service for Richard “Dick” Shepardson. Shep did a fine job as our class treasurer for many years. He died August 4 and the memorial service was held August 19 in West Palm Beach, FL. News from Marilyn and Tom Tracy in September that a group of 55ers attended a home game in Durham after a lively lunch at Newick’s. Classmates present were Len and Penny Willey, Billy and Toni Pappas, Chan and Ann Sanborn, Anne Russell and Bud, Bill and Ruth Lacey, Norris Browne, Jeri Stevens and Marilyn and Tom Tracy. Penny Willey was celebrating her healthy recovery from a broken hip, which occurred not long after our wonderful reunion in June! Lots of hard work in rehab, then graduating from a wheelchair to a walker. She made it to the game!! UNH won and the gang celebrated.
Joan Holroydk

5 Timber Lane, Unit 213
Exeter, NH 03833

I drove through Durham recently; renovations big and small continue on campus, which was golden under a warm sun and brilliant foliage. News from classmates is slow to be received. Sadly, the obituaries are always with us. Our group of Chi O’s who meet regularly for lunch at the Wentworth is still active. On July 12 we had a special gathering to welcome Carolyn “Cal” Foshay Opie visiting from Cambria, CA. She spent nearly a month in New England visiting family and friends — something she hadn’t done in many years. At that point she was determined to fight off a cancer scare but learned after arriving home that her condition had worsened. Much the same group met again in October, before several left for points south. Sadly Cal had passed away some weeks before. Cal is survived by sons Christopher of Seattle. WA and Richard of San Luis Obispo, CA, and one daughter, Jennifer, of Santa Clara, CA. She also leaves a grandson, Spencer Opie. On Aug. 5 we lost James T. “Jim” Hastings of Peabody, MA, formerly a longtime resident of Wilmington. Jim is survived by his wife, Virginia (Eames) Hastings ’56, three children, and six grandchildren. Lastly, we received news of the death of Thomas R. Pucci of Chelmsford, MA, on Oct. 2. Tom received a B.S. in math and retired as a systems engineer at Hanscom AFB. He is survived by his wife, Rita (Stebbins) Pucci, five children, 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Still waiting for your news, classmates! Have a happy and healthy year ahead, and please keep in touch.
Nancy Jillson Glowacki
117 Woodbridge Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739
(828) 606-5201
“Grief and gratitude are kindred souls, each pointing to the beauty of what is transient and given to us by grace.”
— Patricia Campbell Carlson

When I get my copy of UNH Magazine I am aware of how many pages I have to turn back to find the 1957 column. Really? That much time has passed? It’s another reminder that we are all aging in place and trying to do it gracefully. Whatever challenges we encounter that might disturb that “graceful” attempt, we can and must find the “grace” in it. And very importantly, we can reach out and share it with family and old and newer friends; remember we classmates ARE our fellow travelers’ UNH support group! We lovingly share the passing of two of our classmates. Don Mullen of Dover, NH, died Aug. 20, 2019, surrounded by family after a lengthy challenge with lewy body dementia. Don received a B.S. from UNH, served in the Navy, received an M.S. in library science and served for 29 years as director of the Dover Public Library. Don’s loves were traveling with his wife, being at Thompson Lake and enjoying their large family. Ann Garside Perkins of Kennebunkport, ME, died in front of the fireplace at her Lake Winnipesaukee cottage on Oct. 12, 2019, surrounded by her family. Ann graduated with a B.A. in music education, was active in Theta U sorority and was very active in the Alumni Association alongside her husband of 62 years, Lee. Music, in many formats, was her life’s joy and work! These two individuals’ lives left their legacy everywhere in ways that won’t ever be fully known. Each gave of themselves in their own unique ways and we acknowledge their gifts given and are grateful. Pema Chodron says, “Welcome each moment as if you have invited it. Why? It is all you have.” ENJOY one moment at a time as fully as you can! Welcome to you all to please share your news.We’re listening!

Peggy Ann Shea
100 Tennyson Ave.
Nashua, NH 03062
Bill Kurtz is still consulting in the aerospace field although he said he has “retired” to St. Augustine, FL. In August Bill won the High Average in the Zone 4 skeet tournament for the Senior 80+ years veteran age group, winning in all four gages. The Zone 4 Skeet tournament includes six southeastern states and Puerto Rico. Ed Robert of Fort Collins, CO, would like to get in touch with his Air Force ROTC classmates. He believed that the AFROTC class of ’58 ended up with 18 senior officers (colonels). Some crossed paths at unlikely locations and on unlikely missions; all were special defenders and great classmates. Ed can be reached at Wayne Sinclair wrote to share news of the passing of Dean Louis in Ann Arbor, MI, June 16, 2019, noting that he was a class-leader as well as a top-notch surgeon and teacher. After UNH, Dean earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed his orthopedic surgery residence at the University of Michigan. He served as an orthopedic surgeon and educator at the University of Michigan Hospital for 44 years and was a devoted family man, passionate about the arts and music, a nature lover — and a true Michigan fan. “Dean and I enjoyed a 64-year friendship that included good memories of experiences at UNH,” Wayne writes. William H. Brown of Plattsburgh, NY, passed away in May. After serving in the Army, he received his NY State teacher certification in 1963, a master’s degree from Long Island University in 1965 and did post graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, working for Tahal for the government water commission of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. He was the Earth science teacher at North Shore High School on Long Island, a tennis pro and a marksman, taking 3rd place in his last national competition in 2007. Cynthia Varrell Coher of Delray, FL, passed way in December 2018. Cynthia, a high school classmate of mine, received a master’s degree from Long Island University and taught in Hampton Bays, NY, for 22 years. Her artistic activities included acting, singing and painting, creating 140 works that were bought by collectors. Col. Bruce MacLennan of Alexandria, VA, had a 30-year career flying high-performance fighter aircraft, culminating in command of USAFE’s first F-5 Fighter Aggressor Squadron. He earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, retiring from the weapons and plans division at the Pentagon in 1989. He passed away in Sept. 2019. Edwin R. Somero of New Ipswich, NH, passed away in July. A Thompson School graduate, he was an Army veteran and later worked at various horticulture jobs and the NH Employment Security office.
Dean Louis and Senior Key memorabilia
Among his other accomplishments, Dean Louis served as president of Senior Key, the senior men’s honorary society established in 1957 following the merger of Blue Key and Senior Skulls. Members were selected based on scholastic achievement and service to UNH.
— 1958
Linda Rhodes Swanson ’60 and Helene Brunelle Hickey ’60 reconnecting
Last year, Linda Rhodes Swanson ’60 and Helene Brunelle Hickey ’60 reconnected some 60 years after they met at UNH. The two women were at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, for the burial of Helene’s brother Col. Pierre Brunelle ’58.
— 1960
Estelle “Stella” Belanger Landry

315 Chickory Trail
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

60th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

In early November, members of the classes 1960 and 1961 were informed by letter of the upcoming combined 60th reunion on June 5–7, 2020. This joint reunion was also mentioned in the fall issue of the alumni magazine in both 1960 and 1961 class columns. By the time you read this winter letter, you will have received more information as well as registration materials. We certainly look forward to reconnecting. Remember to come prepared to bid on the beautiful T Hall picture given to us by Parker and Cecilia Finney of Lakeland, FL! Proceeds will be applied toward the Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund. Congratulations are in order for classmate Lt. Colonel Dale V. Hardy, who was inducted into the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame in November at the annual Veterans’ Day ceremony. Fellow UNHers Colonel James T. Murray ’65 and Colonel James L. Soule Jr. ’61 were also inducted. Colonel Soule, who was unable to attend, was represented by his close friend of many years, Major General Roland Lajoie ’58. In October, I received an e-mail with pictures from Dick “Mike” Mikszenas. He said that he and his wife Terri celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a “bucket list” trip to Egypt. I also received an e-mail with pictures from Helene Brunelle Hickey who met up with Linda Rhodes Swanson (after 60 years) at the Arlington National Cemetery burial for Helene’s brother, Col. Pierre Brunelle ’58. Please see photos! Class condolences are extended to the family of Robert Arthur Dusseault of East Sandwich, MA, who passed away on July 4, 2019. After graduation, he served in the US Army as a lieutenant stationed in Germany. Bob became the youngest director of the Honeywell Corporation, working for more than 30 years. Condolences are also sent to the family of Robert D. Lewis of Dover, who died on Sept.15, 2019. After receiving his B.A. degree cum laude, he received his M.A. in teaching. He spent many years in the classroom and in administration. In later years he served as Dover City councilor and as a state legislator. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not publicly thank Jennifer Saunders, who served as class notes editor until recently. She was a joy to work with. I am sure all class secretaries would agree!

Pat Gagne Coolidge

P.O. Box 736
Rollinsford, NH 03869

60th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

Classmates, please mark your calendars! We’ll be joining the class of 1960 to celebrate our 60th reunion on June 5–7. Keep an eye on your mailbox for registration information in March.

Judy Dawkins Kennedy
34 Timber Ridge Rd.
Alton Bay, NH 03810, (603) 875-5979
Ken McKinnon, Alton, NH, and North Port, FL, is finally 80 years old, allowing him play on the “80-plus” hockey team he has been coaching for a few years. This year his Team USA won for the second time, in the US vs Canada 80-plus hockey match. While playing on the UNH hockey team — the Wildcats’ first Canadian player — Ken set the record for six goals scored in one game. He has been very active supporting UNH hockey and playing since graduation, despite hip and knee replacements. He has coached, refereed and founded men’s hockey teams. Congratulations, Ken and team! And speaking of congratulations: in October, Meriden, NH, resident Steve Taylor received New Hampshire Humanities’ 2019 Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities award. Steve served for 25 years as the state’s commissioner of agriculture and frequently delivers talks around the state about New Hampshire’s rural culture. A farmer and a journalist, he also happens to be the founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council — the former name of the organization that just feted him. We send condolences to the family and friends of William L. Paul, Scituate, MA, who died Oct. 6, 2019. He received his M.S. from UNH and taught high school chemistry, before his lengthy career in sales management for Holt Rinehart & Winston and later Prentice Hall. In retirement, he enjoyed golf and founded the Widows Walk senior league where he had many friends. On a happier note, Vincent Pagano, recipient of the Class of 1962 Student Enrichment Fund, used drones to map the forest edge near Durham for 10 weeks the summer of 2019. Vincent will continue this research during the academic year to determine if drone-collected imagery is as effective at determining forest health as hand-collected data. He is working for his degree in environmental conservation sustainability.
Alice Miller Batchelor
110 Dillingham Ave., #301
Falmouth, MA 02540, (508) 548-2221
Juliana Foster Dodge is a retired piano teacher now living in Wenham, MA. She volunteers at their Council on Aging conducting courses, most recently one about Mozart. Both she and her husband Win ’62 keep fit at a gym and updated me as a fellow Outing Club member about the UNHOC’s Jackson cabin: it has been disassembled, moved uphill and rebuilt nearby! The Dodges also recently enjoyed active travel to the Galapagos. Harold E. Davis,, spends part of each year in both Groton, MA, and Jaffrey, NH. He’s been on the UNH Alumni Council one or two terms and won the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. Retired from his company, Wastewater Alternatives, he is currently treasurer of a camp sponsored by the Ringe Jaffrey District Rotary Club for 6th to 8th graders at Franklin Pierce College.
Polly Ashton Daniels
3190 N. State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
End of yet another year! I will begin by wishing you the old familiar tried and true: a very Happy and Healthy New Year ahead. I will end by telling you all that I have nothing! Nada! Zilch! And also zero news to report. Perhaps you have exciting plans for 2020? A cruise? Wandering around the Emerald Isle? Maybe creating and accomplishing a personal goal . . . something not attempted before? Let me know. In the interim, my best to each of you!
Richard “Mike” Mikszenas ’60 with his wife in Egypt
Richard “Mike” Mikszenas ’60 shared a photo from a recent “bucket list” anniversary trip to Egypt with his wife, Terri. Mike and Terri celebrated 45 years of marriage in 2019.
Jacqueline Flynn Thompson

PO Box 302, 197 Cross Hill Road
Wilmot, NH 03287

55th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

An interesting article about Ralph Norwood announces that he has been appointed to the CPS Technologies Corporation board of directors. Ralph served as the chief financial officer of CPS prior to his retirement and had also served in similar capacities for several other corporations. Ralph is a CPA, and after graduating from UNH with a B.S., he went on to receive an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. In other good news, in September, Bill Hull of Pomfret Center, CT, was the recipient of the first-ever New England Aldo Leopold Conservation Award, given to recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation and management of natural resources by American foresters, ranchers and farmers in 20 states. He founded Hull Forest Products, Inc., to preserve working forests, grow trees and manufacture wood products and sustainable building materials. He and his family have permanently protected almost 28,000 acres of forestland through Hull Forestlands. Our condolences to the family of Miriam Sargent Shafner, who died in Lynnfield, MA, in October 2019. Miriam spent most of her career as an occupational therapist for the Lakeside School in Peabody, MA, helping to enrich the lives of special-needs students. She also became a pilot, and with her husband became involved in training seeing eye dogs through the organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She was a 30-year breast cancer survivor. My Phi Mu sisters had a small group assembly this year, but we spent three delightful days in the Freeport, ME, area in September, continuing our almost 60 years of friendship. At the October 2019, meeting of the Class of 1965 Reunion Planning Committee, it was suggested that we should anticipate at least 60 classmates attending our 55th reunion, June 5–7, 2020, in Durham. Please be in touch with your friends to make plans to attend — with your help and support, we can exceed this goal! Residence hall housing is available at half the price of off-campus accommodations; housing includes a hot breakfast in Holloway Commons, overnight parking and bedding. The attendees from the classes of 1960-1970 will stay in Adam’s Tower West, formerly the New England Center. Each room has its own bathroom. Our contact for reunion planning at the Elliott Alumni Center is Corena Garnas, 603-862-4875. Please feel free to share happy news with me to pass along to your classmates and friends.

Bill Hull, founder of Hull Forest Products, Inc. standing among the trees
Bill Hull’s affinity for trees began in his Rhode Island childhood, and by the age of 15 he’d convinced a local farmer to help him purchase a forest. He repaid the loan — with interest! — even before he set off for UNH to study forestry. The founder of Hull Forest Products, Inc., he recently received the first New England Aldo Leopold Conservation Award.
— 1965
Dave O’Connor's hockey lettermans jacket from 1966
UNH football and hockey standout and Wildcat Hall of Famer Dave O’Connor spent time as an assistant coach with the U.S. National hockey team. He also served as an assistant coach to UNH coaching legend Charlie Holt, who led the team from 1968–86. Gift of Steve Hardy.
— 1966
Lynda Brearey
791 Harrington Lake Dr N
Venice, FL 34293-4239
Richard Dunn reached out to share an update, describing himself as “engaged more actively in various pursuits than I had imagined I would be at ‘retirement’ age.” The founder and a consultant at an organization called Strategic Institute for Innovation in Government Contracting, he provides advice, research and analysis related to the deployment and implementation of technology in the military and civil sectors through partnering and other innovative means. He’s also been busy publishing articles about innovative government contracting in various professional and popular journals and recently added to his body of writing about World War II with the book “Exploding Fuel Tanks,” which looks at the technology that changed the course of Pacific air combat during the war. The university heard directly from the daughter of Mark Perry, who passed away Oct. 20, 2018. Mark received both his B.A. and an M.A. (1969) in history from UNH. He was a career intelligence officer, serving first with the U.S. Air Force (1969–1973) and then with the Defense Intelligence Agency until his retirement in 2008. He was also a 1991 graduate of the elite U.S Army War College where he won the Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Writing. For several years after retiring from the Defense Intelligence Agency, he worked as a government contractor teaching writing to new intelligence analysts.
Diane Deering
921 Deerwander Rd.
Hollis Center, ME 04042
Greetings from sunny Florida, where many alums enjoyed the fall cruise at Punta Gorda sponsored by our Southwest chapter. Area alums are looking forward to our February luncheon and the Boston Red Sox spring training game in March. We still enjoy reminiscing about our days at UNH . . . a wonderful time. Sadly, today we remember David Savidge, who passed away in Scarborough, ME, and who “proudly played for the UNH hockey team for four years” and continued playing for most of his life till his knees wore out. Dave owned Banacom Sign and leaves behind his soulmate Roberta. We also remember Vaira Zervins Paegle, who was born in Latvia, received her B.A. from Tufts and a master’s from UNH in Middle Eastern history. After she served as a government director in Connecticut, she returned to Latvia, where she was a candidate for its presidency. Her career was spent in support for women in politics, democracy building, political ethics and anti-corruption. Our sympathies to the families of our alumni.
Angela M Piper
Weston Place
DeBary, FL 32713
While the Northeast is shivering, we in Florida are enjoying some long-awaited normal temperatures, in the 70s and low 80s with little or no humidity. Jim O’Reilly writes that the Southwest Coast Alumni in Florida got together for a day cruise and lunch from Fishermen’s Village Marina in Punta Gorda. Sun, food and dolphin watching at its best! He did not attend the event this time because his daughter flew from her home in Hong Kong to visit. Recently, Steve Seay was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Steve! Steve earned his B.S. degree at UNH and a M.S. degree from North Carolina State University. He has had a very distinguished 33-year career in active military service in the United States Army through 2005 and held the office of brigadier general, commanding at all levels. After leaving the military, Steve became director, leadership and career development strategies at the University of Central Florida department of athletics. He also serves on the board of directors of the Kids’ House of Seminole County, and the Orlando Science Center. I would welcome any emails with news of your adventures which spice up your lives!
Steve Capistran
Hope everyone enjoyed winter in their own way. I know Kathy and I did. Had a great trip to Sicily; enjoyed our 15th Thanksgiving family get together in Virginia; played golf until late November, in NH, with Bob Hasevlat ’70, Mark Renaud ’73 and Paul Brassilier ’73. I received an update from Eugene Davis. He has had an interesting and fruitful career as a film reviewer, screenwriter and teacher in Germany and Los Angeles. He and his wife Christel will be moving back to Germany following their son Jonathan’s graduation from college in Florida, where they currently live. Eugene recently wrote and published a novel, “My Wife’s Husband: A Family Thriller.” Good luck, Eugene, and keep us informed! Phi Mu Delta’s — aka Sons of Gus’ — fall golf outing was a success, with 40 brothers attending. The “Sons of Gus” rebrand comes from the name of our house dog, Gus. He lived with the brothers in Durham from 1967 to 1976. I really encourage alumni updates, otherwise you have to hear what I am doing! Besides email, I can be found at the “Whitt” during hockey games: Section 102, Row L, Seat 2.
Jan Harayda

82 Plantation Pointe #280
Fairhope, AL 36532

50th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

Wow. Where did a half-century go? Hope you’re planning to join the fun at our epic 50th reunion in Durham June 5–7, 2020. In the meantime, watch your mail and email — and join the UNH Class of 1970 Facebook page — so you won’t miss late-breaking details. Now is also the time to share your memories, photos, updates and newspaper clippings for the Class of 1970 Golden Granite (a 2020 version of the Granite, the yearbook we got when we graduated) if you haven’t already. Didn’t get the Golden Granite questionnaire from the alumni office? Request another or email your experiences directly to Phebe Moore ’13 (, our alumni relations point-person for the project, who’s working with the Golden Granite team on our reunion committee; Craig Abbott, Edrina Kilbashian Barsamian and Jeff Crane. Remember, too, that it’s not too late to contribute to the class gift we’ll present to the university at the reunion. To donate online, go to and choose “Class Gift”; to learn about other options for giving, email Katie Oslin at The reunion itself will have something for everyone. Two highlights will be our Class of 1970 dinner and an all-class luncheon with UNH President Jim Dean honoring — yes! — our class. The weekend will also include campus and college tours, an all-class lobster bake, Wildcat Academy faculty-led talks, and Greek life, sports and ROTC reunions. You’ll have free parking at the Elliott Alumni Center and transportation to and from events, and you can stay on campus or in a local hotel or guest house. Reunion room blocks are already available at local hotels. See the reunion website for more information ( or contact the Alumni Office at 603-862-2040 or We are so sorry to report the deaths of four classmates: Francis “Frank” Davis of Pembroke, NH; Everett Morse of Baltimore, MD.; Peter Pappas of Dover, NH; and Elliott Whitney of Nashua, NH. Our reunion will have a time set aside to remember classmates who have died, and if you’d like to pay tribute to them, that’s yet another reason to attend. See you there!

Debbi Martin Fuller
276 River St. Langdon, NH 03602
(603) 835-6753
Classmates, it’s true: Our 50th reunion is happening in 2021. PLEASE contact me if you would like to help in any way. If you’ve never been to a class reunion, THIS is the one you need to come to! We aren’t getting any younger (as you’ve probably noticed) so I think THIS is the moment when we come together as a class and HOWL!! Remember how much trouble we got into? Time to do it again, before it’s too late!! Doug Knapp got me going on this and you’ll be hearing from us in the near future!! William Hodgdon wrote me just this week. After graduating, he went to work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Had three great kids; he says one was adopted, but he can’t remember which one (LOL!) He became a registered professional engineer. Got laid off at the shipyard, worked at a research lab in Virginia on the beginnings of the Navy GPS system, developed an explosives shield for use in disarming bombs and started the first work on the Navy rail gun. Returned to work at the shipyard when it didn’t close. He divorced and married the one “I should have chosen the first time.” Moved to a camp on Kooaukee Island for retirement. He still enjoys woodcarving, photography, boat building, paddle boarding, hiking and computers. Craig Knowles passed away in October 2018 after a long battle with cancer. He was married to Terry Martin Knowles ’73, and retired after a 31 year career as a health physicist at the radiological health division of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. He was an avid hockey fan, attending UNH men’s hockey games for many years, and always loved cheering on the ’Cats. He received a B.S. in chemistry from UNH. Ben H. Swett, retired Air Force Colonel died on July 20, 2019. He got his M.A. from UNH with our class. He went to Vietnam where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards. He worked at the Pentagon and was instrumental in achieving significant improvements later seen in the Gulf War. He worked to reduce the amount of sub-standard materials purchased by the DOD. Bruce Barton died on October 4, 2019, in Epsom, NH. He owned Barton Lumber Co. in Barnstead. He was a member of the US Army reserve from 1971 to 1977. He had three children. Mary Stuart Gile was a lifelong advocate of education and reforms to children and family law. She entered state politics in 1995 and had a reputation as a cross-party lawmaker. She graduated from McGill University in 1957 and earned a doctorate in education from UNH with our class. She will be remembered as a trailblazing champion for children and families. Her license plate was CARE and that summed up her life in general.
Paul Bergeron
15 Stanstead Place
Nashua, NH 03063
Mark Hertel, a life member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the association during its 2019 annual conference in Kansas City, MO, in recognition of his service and contributions to chapter, regional and society activities. Mark is currently executive vice president of Inter-Island Solar Supply in Honolulu, HI, and senior engineer for SunEarth, Inc., of Fontana, CA. We wish to extend our condolences to the families and friends of our classmates who passed away in 2019, including John David Carmody (Jan. 22); Leslie Durgin Brock (Jan. 30); Cathleen H. Coakley (March 3); Dana A. Fisher (March 31); Darryl Conte (April 12); Janet Snow, G ’72 (April 20); Rosemarie C. Russo, G ’72 (May 5); and Edward T. “Ted” Clancy (June 3).
Joyce Dube Stephens
33 Spruce Lane
Dover, NH 03820
I am happy to report that I had a note from Becky Kimball Faunce. Becky writes, “I’ve migrated from the land of the original states to the 49th and 50th. Husband John and I enjoy living our retired lives for the moment around the Pacific with some treasured lake time in the dear old Granite State. As we near the winter solstice, the sun comes up in Anchorage around 10 a.m. just as the full moon sets. Later we might enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Turnagain Arm around 3:45 p.m. We enjoy the sight of moose walking through our yard here and then hearing the outrigger canoe teams barking along the Ala Wai after the holidays. I spent 30+ years as a civilian attorney with our United States Navy while John retired from active duty in the Navy as a civil engineer. We both loved our jobs but now enjoy supporting the arts and public media in both cities and traveling around the planet. We’re headed to Tanzania in February with the former owners of a large farm and sandhill crane refuge near Fairbanks. Keep agoin’!” Sadly, there are two obituaries to report. Elizabeth Ester Fenderson Griggs [Goldman] of LaBelle, FL, and Sharon, NH, passed away on March 3, 2019, in Lehigh, FL. Beth was a special education teacher at Timberlane Regional School until she retired in 2016. Steven R. Parker of Goshen, KY, passed away on Sept. 21, 2019 in Kentucky. Steven enlisted in the US Navy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, flying helicopter missions. He spent countless years supporting the Warriors Heart program, and the Arts in Healing program at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. Classmates, we’re getting close to our 50th reunion — time to reflect and reconnect! PLEASE reach out to me and let your fellow ’73ers know what you’ve been up to. It’s considerably more fun to share your good news than our classmates’ obituaries!
Eugene Davis's first book, My Wife's Husband's cover
A film reviewer, screenwriter and teacher, Eugene Davis can now add “novelist” to his list of professions. His first book, a thriller, is available on Kindle.
— 1969
Mark Hertel ’72 receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
Mark Hertel ’72 received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers during its 2019 annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Hertel is currently executive vice president of Inter-Island Solar Supply in Honolulu, Hawaii, and senior engineer for SunEarth, Inc., of Fontana, California.
— 1972
Gail Thorell Schilling standing by the Eiffel Tower
Gail Thorell Schilling independently published her memoir, “Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris: Travels of an Uncertain Woman of a Certain Age.”
— 1974
Jean Marston-Dockstader
51 Londonderry Rd.
Windham, NH 03087
In August 2019, Gail Thorell Schilling independently published her memoir, “Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris: Travels of an Uncertain Woman of a Certain Age.” She won a fellowship in the Jentel Artist Community in Wyoming to work on it. Her previous feature stories won awards from the Wyoming Press Association. A former adjunct at NHTI in Concord, NH, she now teaches memoir and spiritual writing. Alan Packard has been elected as 2019–2020 president-elect of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). He is a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, director of radiopharmaceutical research and senior research associate in nuclear medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and research associate in nuclear medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. MA. His laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital is focused on cancer research on antibodies that can treat cancer. Lee Morin is leading a NASA team that is working on Orion, the spacecraft that is scheduled to return astronauts to the moon in 2024. He logged 259 hours in space, including 14 hours on two spacewalks on the space shuttle Atlantis. Sadly, we have lost several classmates. Pamela Foss Greer passed away Oct. 28, 2019, in Henrico, VA. Survivors include her two children and sister. Patricia Allen McKenna passed away Aug. 2, 2019, in Peterborough, NH. She was an investment professional. Survivors include her husband, Francis, two children and two grandchildren. Deborah Ann Wooley passed away in North Hampton, NH, Aug, 21, 2019. Survivors include her husband, three daughters, son and five grandchildren. Edward “Ted” Pierce Wells passed away Aug. 13, 2019, in Bar Harbor, ME. He worked for Bar Harbor Marine and was a surveyor and violinist with several musical organizations. Survivors include his daughter and grandsons. Douglas Evans passed away June 5, 2019. He had been a chemist for Morton-Thiokol and later was president of Evans Motor Fuels and Evans Expressmart. Survivors include his wife, two sons and four grandchildren. Kevin Duguay passed away July 3, 2019. He was a computer consultant for over 30 years for the Massachusetts DOT-RMV. Survivors include a son and daughter, five grandchildren and his fiancé. Raymond Gauthier passed away Aug. 16, 2019. He was a research professor at UNH and later moved to California, where he was a senior engineering manager and senior director of manufacturing engineering at Seagate Technology. He also was director of engineering, developing an implantable blood pump for an artificial human heart. Dennis Holland passed away Oct. 3, 2019. He was a math teacher in California and after returning to NH was a math teacher at Derryfield School for 48 years. Survivors include his five sisters and brother. Mark Stevens passed away Sept. 17, 2019. He worked for the family farm, Red Gate Farm in Kingston, NH. After the farm was sold, he was a truck driver and then was the owner of Mark Stevens Pool Water. He is survived by his wife, mother, three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Susan Ackles Alimi
48 Fairview Drive
Fryeburg, ME 04037
Ken Green says hello to his fellow UNH classmates. After earning an MBA in healthcare management, a career in medical practice management took Ken from New England to the Pacific Northwest and back. Most of his career was spent managing federally funded multi-service community health centers providing services to economically disadvantaged members of the community. Now retired, Ken and his wife Maggie live in Saint George on the Maine coast. Hiking, biking and kayaking are new passions. Richard F. LaBranche of Newmarket, NH, died June 16, 2019. He served 21 years in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, including service in the Korean War and Vietnam conflict. Richard and his wife Barbara owned and operated Marcotte’s Market in the 70s and 80s. He worked at the New England Center and the UNH Transportation Department and operated buses for C & J company until retirement.
Lois Kelly
35 Newell Dr.
Cumberland, RI 02864
This month brings joy and sadness about our classmates. There was a big UNH turnout at the wedding of Bob Varney’s daughter, Hannah ’11 this summer in Wolfeboro. Phil Boole and his wife Kathy ’78, Peter Young and his wife Kim ’79 and I danced into the wee hours, celebrating with Bob and his family, and then visited the Varneys’ island cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee the next day. We also received the sad news of four classmates’ deaths. Laine Sprague of Fairfax, CA, died of breast cancer. An anthropology major, Laine was a New Englander at heart though she had lived in northern California since 1978. She had an independent will, a thoughtful and curious mind, a kind spirit and resilient force. She is survived by her son Ethan and granddaughter Eloise. Steve Chapin, a retired mathematics professor at Ohio University and an avid Red Sox fan, died at his home in Athens, Ohio. After graduating from UNH, Steve earned his doctorate in mathematics from Rutgers University. Survived by his four siblings, Steve loved astronomy, physics and math, stargazing and reading. Known for his devotion to his family, keen intellect, culinary prowess, passion for cycling and irreverent sense of humor, Peter Mulhern died unexpectedly in Annapolis, MD. After graduating UNH, Peter, who grew up in Durham, earned a law degree at Cornell Law School and an LLM degree at Harvard Law School. Peter worked as an attorney and law professor and then began a long, storied career as a stay-at-home dad when his children were toddlers. He is survived by his wife Carla, four children and granddaughter. Ann Cowle-Bozner, a civil engineering major, died in Lakewood, CO. After UNH, Ann earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering at RPI. An information seeker and problem solver at her core, Ann was passionate about increasing access to health care, creating a community response to the opioid crisis and electing progressive candidates to office. She is survived by her two daughters and son.
Carol Scagnelli Edmonds
75 Wire Rd.
Merrimack, NH 03054
Julie Palais Ph.D. was honored twice by UNH in 2019. She was awarded an honorary degree for contributions to climate change research. She also received the 2019 CEPS Distinguished Alumni Award, given in recognition of outstanding societal contributions with an emphasis on enhancing the image of UNH. Julie has served as director of the Antarctic glaciology program at the National Science Foundation. Palais Glacier and Palais Bluff are named in her honor. In 2017, she received the Richardson Medal for service to glaciological science by enabling discoveries that have impacted climate science. Julie hopes others recognize how well their professors, courses and lives at UNH prepare them to achieve their dreams. Jean Pouliot recently wrote, illustrated and published two educational children’s books: 2018’s “Bernie and the Day the Icebergs Melted,” which follows a family of walruses from Indonesia to Washington, D.C., as they try to understand why their ice is melting, and last year’s “I am a Tyrannosaurus Rex!” Jean describes his second book as “a comical romp through the dinosaur world, educating kids about the size, behaviors and personalities of beloved dinosaurs.” Both titles are available on Brian Glenn Greenwood passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2019. He was salutatorian of Lin-Wood High School in Lincoln, NH, and captain of the baseball and basketball teams. He graduated with a degree from Whittemore School of Business and Economics and worked in the financial services his entire career. He leaves behind his wife Susan, his daughter Nina and his father Carroll. Katherine Hudson Sikes of New Hartford, CT, died June 20, 2019. She was a high-honors graduate of UNH with a B.S. degree in nursing and worked as an emergency and intensive care nurse for 32 years. Katherine was also an accomplished skier, golfer and springboard diver. She is survived by her husband Jeffrey and her son Jeffrey Sikes Jr.
Lee Morin portrait and a look at the Orion spacecraft
Lee Morin is leading a NASA team that is working on the Orion spacecraft, scheduled to land on the moon in 2024.
— 1974
Dr. Julie Palais ’78 receiving an honorary degree from UNH
Some 40 years after earning her undergrad degree in geology and Earth science, Dr. Julie Palais ’78 received another degree from UNH — this one honorary — for her contributions to climate change research studying volcanic fallout in ice cores from both Greenland and Antarctica. She’s pictured here on the Wildcat Stadium videoboard, receiving her honorary diploma at UNH’s 2019 graduation ceremony on May 18, 2019.
— 1978
Chris Engel
268 Washington Ave.
Chatham, NJ 07928
Mike Vayda sent a nice note along with pictures of himself and his wife Jeanne Marie with Sue Everett and her husband Leon Lapierre ’78 at Reunion 2019. Both Jeanne Marie and Sue were nursing grads and Leon received a degree in business. Leon lived in Sawyer Hall at the same time as me, so we caught up and had some good laughs over the times spent there. Mike and I attended the same high school in New Jersey and have had a chance to golf a few times post the reunion. Both couples are doing very well and enjoyed their time spent at UNH.
40th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

Members of the class of 1980: After 20 years of generous service, Anne Getchell is passing the class correspondent torch to Caryl Dow. Thank you, Anne, for your years of help, and thank you, Caryl, for stepping up! Classmates, we hope you’re planning to attend your 40th reunion, to be held in Durham June 5–7, 2020. Corena Garnas, associate director of alumni engagement, is looking for classmates to help plan the event. Drop her a line at if you’re interested, and be sure to join the class Facebook group: “UNH1980.” The university advancement office received word of the passing of two classmates. Carol Sandberg Hay died on June 24, 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and worked for 17 years with the Reliant Medical Group/Fallon Clinic. An avid outdoorswoman, she leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Robert, a son, two daughters and a grandson. Claudette Labonte Mahar died on Aug. 4, 2019, after a brief and sudden illness. A dedicated nurse and patient care advocate, she received a master’s degree from UNH while working second and third shifts as a caregiver and ultimately rose to the ranks of VP for Hospital Services at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH, the institution where she worked for 45 years. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and dear friends and colleagues.

Mike and Jeanne Marie Vayda met up with Sue Everett and Leon Lapierre during Reunion Weekend 2019
Mike and Jeanne Marie Vayda ’79 met up with Sue Everett ’79 and Leon Lapierre ’78 during Reunion Weekend 2019. Mike, Jeanne and Sue were all on hand to mark 40 years since their graduation from UNH.
Classmates celebrating the 40th anniversary of their junior year abroad at Place Darcy, Dijon, France
Joyeux anniversaire! Marianne DiMascio ’81, Caroline McKee Anderson ’81, Tracy Patton Longo ’81, Jean-Christopher Tainturier (TA at UNH 1980-81), Robert Dunigan ’81 and Laura Hartop Kalnajs celebrate the 40th anniversary of their junior year abroad at Place Darcy, Dijon, France.
Cynthia Kaplan ’81 and Marianne DiMascio ’81 on the Camino Norte
Not to be outdone, Cynthia Kaplan ’81 and Marianne DiMascio ’81 walked part of the Camino Norte from Bilbao to Santander, Spain, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their junior year-abroad travels.
Caroline McKee Anderson
P.O. Box 3082
Bourne, MA 02532

Dijon, France — 40th reunion — a wonderful trip down memory lane! In October, Bob Dunigan, Laura Hartop Kalnajs, Marianne DiMascio, Tracy Patton Longo and I returned to Dijon for a whirlwind weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing, fine dining — and even some singing (nous sommes fiers d’être Bourguignons!). It was if no time had passed at all as we recalled our exploits and adventures as 19 and 20-year-olds. We missed our fellow travelers from 1979–80 but hope to continue the reunions stateside. We were joined in Dijon by Jean-Christophe Tainturier, who served as a UNH teaching assistant in 1980-81. Marianne DiMascio and Cynthia Kaplan, junior-year abroad travel companions, also celebrated the 40-year anniversary by walking part of the Camino Norte from Bilbao to Santander Spain. Ned H. Finkel of Lancaster, NH, passed away on May 21, 2019, after a heroic 20-year battle with multiple myeloma, a blood cell cancer. After working briefly as a journalist, Ned spent nearly 25 years as a marketing expert for the outdoor power equipment industry. For the past two decades, he was self-employed and ran Ned Finkel Marketing and Finkel Marketing LLC. He also worked with his father to sell antique collectibles online, specializing in antique pocket watches. Ned is survived by his wife, college sweetheart Tawnya Eastman, and daughters Abby Richardson and Molly Finkel. We send our condolences to his family and friends.

Julie Lake Butterfield
Congratulations to Ronald Cantor, who graduated with our class from the Whittemore School of Business (now Paul College) and was recently named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cayuga Community College in Cayuga County, New York. After UNH, Ronald went on to receive a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate in cultural foundations of education and history from Syracuse University. Ronald has held positions in higher education for 35 years and was the president of Southern Maine Community College prior to his July 2019 appointment to Cayuga Community College, which is part of New York’s SUNY college system. Condolences go out to the family of Peter Maynard, who passed away in June 2019. Peter had been employed as a chemist and principal management consultant at CDM Smith in Boston for 35 years and most recently was a resident of Malden, MA. He will be missed and remembered fondly by his family, friends and classmates.
Ilene H. Segal, DVM
245 Warren Drive
Norfolk, MA 02056
Hi everyone — please note my new email address! It was great to hear from Barbara Brown Macquarrie, who wrote to update me about the mini reunions Christiansen B was holding every other year since graduation. Their usual weekend involves visiting Portsmouth, ice cream at the Dairy Bar, pictures at the Wildcat statue and lots of reminiscing! Attendees include Joann Dionne ’84, who comes from Greenland, NH, Anne Capelli from Florida, Gail Mckenzie Kosmel, who makes the trip from Slovakia, and Stephen MacQuarrie from upstate New York. Other dormmates have included Beth Young Bissell, Ann Travers, Rodney L’Italien and Karri ’84 and Ed Olefirowicz. Keith Askin wrote to say that after 10 years as a design engineer at Pratt and Whitney followed by 17 years as a systems and financial analyst at IBM, he has retired due to physical disabilities resulting from multiple sclerosis. Keith is currently residing in North Port, FL. Sadly, there were many obituaries to report. Susan Marie Keefe of Newark, VT, passed away in May 2019. She received her master’s degree from UNH, and was a special educator at Vermont’s Lyndon Town School, where she saw the potential in every student. She leaves behind her partner and her brothers. Alan Gibson of Rochester, NH, passed away unexpectedly in May 2018. He loved to sing and was a member of the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. Cynthia Karabelas of Lovell, ME, passed away suddenly in June 2019. After graduating from UNH, she received her JD from the University of North Carolina. She was an accomplished trial attorney for over 20 years before going into private practice. She leaves behind her two daughters. Debra Jean Littlefield passed away in July 2019. After graduating from Winnacunnet High School in 1979, she graduated from UNH, where she met her lifelong friends of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She was employed by Lamprey Health in Newmarket. She is survived by her daughter and her extended family. We send our condolences to all their families.
Robin Peters Schell
5 Ashley Drive, Amesbury, MA 01913
text: 603-770-3607
I am writing just after the festive and well-attended UNH Seacoast alumni holiday party at the Atlantic Grill in Rye, NH, where I ran into a number of UNH ’84 classmates. Kevin Macguire made the hike from Rockport and brought along Jeff St. Cyr of Danvers. Kevin works as a digital banking client executive for Temenos and has been in the digital banking world for the past six years. On my way out the door, I caught up with my “neighbor” from Newburyport Kerry Rourke Pattie, along with Penny Allen, who now lives in North Hampton, NH. Since this column won’t hit mailboxes until 2020, it’s a great time to remind our ’84 classmates to make a donation to The Class of ’84 Scholarship, established in honor of our 35th year reunion. We remain determined to establish an endowed scholarship by raising at least $50,000 in the next two years. We got a good start in 2019, but we have a long way to go! To donate, visit and click on the orange “give” button; then choose “other,” fill in “The Class of 1984 Scholarship Fund” and indicate the amount you wish to donate. Any size donation is appreciated! I heard from Barb and Rich Powlowsky; they enjoyed an amazing trip to Tanzania to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in August, with fellow ’84 friend Jon Verville (Exeter, NH). They sent along a great photo from the summit and said another highlight was the safari they went on following the hike. From my San Diego State spring semester ’83 gang: Kathy Brewer Bayek has found warm weather once again — she and husband Warren have relocated to Wilmington, NC — we spoke this fall when she was heading back from a 75-degree beach day. Well played, Kathy! From my UNH band crowd: Todd and I had a fun afternoon in Newburyport celebrating the holidays and winter birthdays with Tom Schmottlach ’85 and wife Namrata, now living in Chestnut Hill, MA , where Tom teaches at the Brimmer and May School, as well as Elaine Smith Scholtz and her husband Jeff, who made the trip down from Waterville Valley, NH. David Ports has been appointed the new president and CEO of The Granite YMCA. He comes to the position from the YMCA of the USA where he was the resource director for California and the Northeast for the past 8 years. The Granite YMCA operates 5 branches located in Manchester, Goffstown, Londonderry, Rochester and Portsmouth and 2 overnight camps in Alton and Strafford. On a sad note, Gerald Clauson passed away in July 2019 in Mesa, AZ. Gerry moved to Scottsdale, AZ, from Boston to escape the New England winters and enjoy his passion for golf; he was known as a sports enthusiast, an avid reader and a great storyteller. Please send your news to me at or call me at 603/770-3607. Hope your 2020 is off to a great start!
Julie Colligan Spak
116 Longfields Way
Downingtown, PA 19335-4486
Happy new decade, friends. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. Here’s hoping you’re happy, healthy and living your best life. Great to hear from Tammi Truax, who recently received her M.ed in library media studies from Plymouth State University. (I know that took a while!) Now residing in Eliot, ME, she is working for the Portsmouth, NH, school system by day, and still writing in her spare time. Last May, she released a young adult novel in verse, For to See the Elephant, to excellent reviews. She was thrilled to get much support for the book, which was published by Piscataqua Press, from Colleen Donahue Bean and Connie Desmond Moody ’86. Tammi recently signed with Oghma Creative Media for a two-book historical novel for adults, the first due out in 2021. She is serving as the Portsmouth’s poet laureate as well as the Maine beat poet laureate. More info at I’d love to share some news from more of you in the next issue. Please take a moment to shoot me an email with your update! My best, Julie.
Stephanie Creane King
93 Channing Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478
Happy New Year, 1986! Crazy that we actually “worried” about turning calendars to 2000 and what that would be bring . . . fast forward to 2020. Special shout out to Tom Gamache, a fellow Christensen-ite from early UNH days. Tom was named senior vice president, strategic growth of Evolve Bank & Trust’s mortgage division. Make this the year to share what’s new with you — you know you want to, and you should! Here is wishing you and yours all the best in the upcoming year.
Tina Napolitano Savoia
5 Samuel Path
Natick, MA 01760
Greetings everyone! Hard to believe it is 2020 already! I have just a few updates on some of our classmates. Jack Hathaway and Elizabeth Lahme Hathaway ’89 recently moved to York, ME, after Jack served for 15 years as the town manager for Norfolk, MA. Jack is now working as the firm administrator for Bergen, Parkinson, LLC, a law firm located in Kennebunk. Their daughter Christina ‘22 is following in her mother’s footsteps, as a member of the UNH field hockey team. Maureen Beauregard has recently taken over the role as president and CEO of Easterseals NH. Previously, Maureen was the founder and longtime leader of Families in Transition-NH, and has led the state’s largest homes services organization since 1991. Throughout her career, Maureen has received numerous awards including the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year, Southern New Hampshire University’s Loeffler Award, and UNH’s Granite State Award. Under her leadership, Families in Transition was awarded the Business NH Magazine’s 2013 Nonprofit of the Year. That is all the news I have for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful year and please continue to send along updates on yourself and our classmates!
Barb and Rich Powlowsky and Jon Verville hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro
In August, Barb and Rich Powlowsky and Jon Verville enjoyed an amazing trip to Tanzania to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. They made it to the top!
— 1984
Alumni meeting up at Shipyard Brewing
Denise Gavel Iafolla, Beth Simpson-Robie and Kristin Connolly Millen attended the Portland alumni reception hosted by Fred Forsley ’84 and Shawn Gorman ’89 at Shipyard Brewing in November.
— 1988
Met up of classmates for a Pats game at Gillette Stadium
Dana Hartwell ’90 Todd Huber ’87, Shawn Gorman ’89, Ned Dane ’88, Ed Melia ’88, Max Brickle ’88 and Matt Witkos ’89 met up for a Pats game at Gillette Stadium in December.
Beth D. Simpson-Robie
P.O. Box 434
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Happy New Year and decade to you and yours! Thank you to all who answered my “midnight hour” plea for news. It was great to hear from the following: Kristin Connolly Millen and husband Jonathan Millen ’87 have recently moved to Maine after 30 years in Pennsylvania and I have had the great pleasure of getting to know them a bit. They, along with Denise Gavel Iafolla and I, attended the Portland alumni reception hosted by Fred Forsley ’84 and Shawn Gorman ’89 at Shipyard Brewing in November. Kristin is a CPA and continues her accounting work through her firm, Boscarelli, Lauer, Lazzaro, and Millen, Inc. based in New Jersey. Jonathan is the new dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England in Biddeford. Paula Blake Doucette and I discovered this fall when she walked by my office that we both work for the South Portland School Department. Paula has been working here for 20 years — seven or so years in special education and now as a teacher for English language learners. She and her family live in Falmouth and enjoy living in Maine. Kathleen Rice is certified in medical device regulatory compliance ISO 13485:2016 as a qualify management system auditor at a surgical instruments company in suburban Philadelphia. Kathy Burant Loan started a new job in the winter of 2019 as a cyber defense senior manager at PWC in southern California. Kathy has been in SoCal since 1989 in the computer and network technology and internet security fields. She has three children (two in college) and a stepdaughter who just got married in July. Scott Menice recently started a job at Symbotic as a senior software test engineer working on software for robots in warehousing. He considers his daughter a traitor for choosing UVM, where she is currently a freshman. His son who has autism has aged out of the school system and is in a day-based skills program. Scott’s wife is a teacher at Westford Academy under Betsy Murphy ’89. All the best to you all as this world keeps getting smaller!
David L. Gray
131 Holmes Ave.
Darien, CT 06820
On June 1, Rob Steen retired as a captain, US Navy, after 30 years of military service. Rob, who received graduate degrees from UNH in 1997 and 2001 after graduating with our class, was commissioned from UNH AFROTC into the Air Force, and switched to the Navy upon leaving active duty and entering the reserves. His career highlights include working as operations officer, 7th Naval Construction Regiment; executive officer, NR CNIC; commanding officer, NR EUCOM J4; and commanding officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 26. Congratulations, Rob! He currently resides on Cape Cod with his four children and works as the assistant director of public works for the town of Barnstable.
Amy French
5 Samuel Path
Natick, MA 01760
Allen Carignan joined Interventional Spine Medicine’s Barrington, NH, office where he’s a member of the physician team. After graduating from UNH, he received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. Michael Daly has become the athletic director at Deering High School in Portland, ME. Michael has served in this same position at Merrimack College and Stonehill College, and coached women’s lacrosse at those two colleges, as well as at UNH. Robert Underwood has joined Hogan Lovells, a multinational law firm in Boston, representing life science and a range of other industry clients. His experience as an intellectual property attorney will broaden the firm’s IP and corporate capabilities in Boston. Patricia Bliss Schwartz passed away last summer. She had received her M.A. in social work at UNH and worked in the counseling department at Phillips Exeter Academy. She was well known for her annual fire baton show every 4th of July on Wallis Sands Beach — an event that continued into her 70s. Matthew Lee also passed away recently in St. Johns, FL. He was VP, financial solutions team manager for the Merrill Edge Advisory Center in Jacksonville, FL. He enjoyed time with family and reading, golfing and music.
Melissa Langbein
744 Johns Rd.
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Gretchen Lenamond was named chief financial officer for Rose Community Foundation in Colorado. The organization engages in grantmaking, donor engagement and community leadership to create positive change in the greater Denver area. Congratulations, Gretchen!
Michael Opal
131 Holmes Ave.
Darien, CT 06820
In September, Maine’s Coastal Enterprises, Inc. announced the appointment of Amy Winston as state policy director. Amy earned a master’s degree in political science from UNH and will lead policy initiatives supporting the organization’s efforts to expand economic opportunities, create good jobs and support environmentally sustainable enterprises. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she previously conducted ethnographic fieldwork in an eastern Kentucky mining town that was seeking to diversify its dependence on coal following mine closures.
Laurette Vitteri Folk's novel “The End of Aphrodite” cover
Laurette Vitteri Folk recently published her second novel, “The End of Aphrodite,” which weaves together the lives of four women over the course of several decades following a young girl’s disappearance.
— 1992
Tammy Ross

22 St. Ann’s Ave
Peabody, MA 01960

25th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

Greetings, classmates! Our 25th reunion weekend is June 5–7, 2020. Registration begins Mar. 1. Join and follow our Facebook group for updates: In class news, Mike Farhm has been promoted to vice president of business development at DEW Construction, serving southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Linda Orel of Sharon, MA, has been named director of policy for The Trustees, Massachusetts’ largest land conversation and preservation nonprofit organization. Brian Quigley has been named to the board of directors at MustGrow Biologics Corp., an agricultural biotechnology company based in Saskatchewan, Canada. Robert J. Peters has been named senior vice president of insurance operations at Insurance Office of America. Christopher S. Schultz has joined Boston’s Burns & Levinson law firm as an intellectual property attorney. Adam Earle recently joined Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank as a commercial loan officer. Andrew James Wulf has been named executive director of the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia. I also have some sad news to share. Jill Phelps Griffin died Sept. 15, 2019, in her home surrounded by family. We send our deepest sympathies to Jill’s husband Dave their three children, and all her loved ones.

Emily Rines
23 Tarratine Dr.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Class of 1998. It’s been pretty quiet, so please take a few minutes to send me news about what’s going on with you to share. I have a couple updates from the alumni office to share. Josh Davidson is putting his hotel and restaurant management degree to work and recently opened River Dale Market and Deli in Lenox, MA. Opening his own market is a dream come true — if you find yourself in the Berkshire Mountains, stop by and see his new venture! Mike McCaffrey has joined Windham High School as the school’s director of athletics. Prior to this new position Mike was the director of athletics at Groton-Dunstable Regional High in Groton, MA. He has previously coached at the college level, coaching both men’s soccer and lacrosse at American International College, and coaching lacrosse at Wheaton, Rivier and Holy Cross colleges. He was a member of the UNH lacrosse team and got his coaching start as an undergrad, working with Oyster River’s hockey program.
Miles Schwartz Sax, director of the Connecticut College arboretum
Miles Schwartz Sax has been named director of the Connecticut College arboretum. His background in conservation and ecological land management made the role a perfect fit.
— 2008
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Abby Severance Gillis
19 Chase Street
Woburn MA 01801
Congratulations to Richard Haggerty, who married Haley Ayraud in September 2019. Erin Haggerty ’99 served as a bridesmaid. Congrats to the happy couple! We extend our condolences to the family of Jessica McEttrick Kaminski, who lost her battle with cancer on Sept. 17, 2019. She is survived by her husband Kevin and sons James and Nathan.
Women’s hockey stick, signed by the 2000-2001 team
Women’s hockey stick, signed by the 2000-2001 team, gift of Mary Ellen Boelhower.
Life in the Bay Area of California often feels far away from the snowy winters of Durham, but when I do make it back to New Hampshire every few months, catching up with UNH classmates is often a highlight. If I haven’t heard from you in a while (or ever), please send me an update on your life so that I can share in an upcoming issue. A few fun updates from classmates: since 2007, Bill Gillard and his wife Tara (Sansone) have lived in Keene, where Bill teaches mathematics at Keene High School and, until recently, was the varsity wrestling coach. He’s recently taken over as president of the Keene Education Association, the teachers union, and is championing a statewide campaign to improve safety for teachers in the Keene schools and across NH. Tara, a 2002 Wildcat, works as a human resource manager for C&S Wholesale Grocers, whose corporate headquarters are in Keene. Bill and Tara have three kids, Jack (11), Oliva (9), and Oliver (1). Greg Hofmann is a self-described blue-collar English major. He’s working at raising a son, loving life with his sweetheart . . . and writing a novel about lizard people.
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Last summer, Massachusetts’ MetroWest Daily News ran a fun story about Revolution Trapeze, a Stow-based “flying” school run by Jon Wells. An English major, Jon came to the trapeze via UNH’s famed aerial dance program. He was a student in a UNH dance class when he saw another student in an aerial class performing on a trapeze. “When I saw that person up in the air, that’s all I could look at,” the article quotes him as saying. “And I said, ‘I want that to be me.’” On a more somber note, the UNH advancement office received notice of the death of Cedra Christiansen Davis on June 22, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer. Cedra earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in occupational therapy from UNH and had worked as an OT at Taylor Community in Laconia, NH, since 2013. She is survived by her husband, three young children, and many loving friends and family members.
Eden Suoth ’18 portrait
In November, Eden Suoth ’18 was named a 2020 American Rhodes Scholarship finalist, the first such finalist from UNH since 1991 and the second in the university’s history. He was also a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which was established as a “living gift” to recognize the work of General George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan and allows U.S. students to study at the graduate level at any United Kingdom institution. Suoth completed a decorated academic career at UNH that included a 2018 Fulbright grant to conduct research in Indonesia. A mathematics and philosophy double major, he was Hamel Scholar and a member of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). He also co-founded the Socratic Society, a student-run organization that gathers weekly to discuss current events from a philosophical perspective.
Alexandra Covucci
Hello fellow 2008 graduates! I hope you’re doing well this winter and finding yourselves exactly where you wish to be. These days, I find myself splitting my time between the East and West Coasts, and I’ll soon be escaping this winter weather for sunny San Diego. As we roll into a new decade, I hope you’re finding the time to reflect on where you are, where you wish to be, and what lessons will come in handy along the way. I recently went through a massive life transition that has me deep in reflection and reinvention, and I couldn’t be more excited for this new decade. Let’s take a look at what your fellow classmates are up to: Congratulations to Miles Schwartz Sax on being named the new director of the Connecticut College arboretum. With a longtime goal of getting into working at botanical gardens, Sax said the arboretum job appealed to him due to his history of work in conservation and ecological land management. Eric Cumba joined the Dover High School football team as the newest head coach last August, fulfilling a dream of teaching and coaching football once he was done playing. A former offensive lineman at UNH, Cumba spent two years as an assistant for the Green Wave, including las season as the offensive coordinator. Now, he finds himself leading 71 players in the program as the head coach at Dover. David Creer was recently announced the new director of public policy at the Business and Industry Association. Creer will head advocacy efforts in the areas of energy and environmental compliance. Please keep sending your updates, keep updating your dreams, and keep moving forward towards the very things you long to experience. Wishing you the best until next issue!
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Christian Kuhn was named deputy assessor for the city of Rochester, NH, last summer. Working under the city’s chief assessor, he supervises the general management and administration of Rochester’s assessing department and also assists in establishing and maintaining the assessed value of all city residential, commercial and industrial properties for tax purposes. He earned his degree from UNH in mathematics and statistics Also last summer, Christopher McKay was promoted to principal at the public accounting firm of Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, Professional Association. A New Hampshire-certified CPA, Christopher has been with the firm since his graduation from UNH, where he earned a B.S. in business administration with an option in accounting.
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10th Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

Former Olympian and NHL player Bobby Butler is the first director of hockey operations for the Junior Railers Hockey Club in Worcester, MA, a role in which he will oversee the direction, administration, management, supervision and marketing of all Junior Railer programs. A UNH standout, Bobby earned a degree in health management and policy while earning honors that included first-team All-American, the Walter Brown Award and Hockey East Player of the Year. He was also a Hobey Baker Award finalist. After UNH, he played for the Ottowa Senators, the New Jersey Devils, the Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that competed in South Korea in 2018. Collin Gatley joined the staff of NH Congressman Chris Pappas last June as communication director. A New Hampshire native, Collin previously served in several roles for US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and has extensive communications and digital strategy experience with both Harvard University and the city of Boston. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law graduate Phillip Apruzzese has been appointed director of the Combatting Upstate Financial Fraud Schemes (CUFFS) Initiative in the New York State office of the Attorney General. A New York State assistant attorney general, Phillip investigates and prosecutes large-scale financial crimes, including but not limited to securities fraud, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud and money laundering. In his new role, he will also provide training, outreach and assistance to district attorneys in the prosecution of complex financial crime cases and instances of money laundering.

Jordan “JoJo” Curro, who earned America East honors as a member of the UNH women’s lacrosse team, has been named head coach for the Portsmouth High School girls’ lacrosse program. She stepped into the winning program (five Division II state championships in 10 years, including the last three) last summer and will balance her role in Portsmouth with her job as a school counselor at the Learning Skills Academy in Rye. Conner MacIver was named town administrator for Barrington, NH, following 10 months working for former administrator John Scruton. At the age of 28, he’s one of the youngest municipal administrators in the Northeast, and exactly half the average age — 56 — of local and county administrators nationally. Conner earned both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration from UNH. Another 2012 upstart, Katie Ambrose, has been named Rochester’s deputy city manager. A former Sanbornton town administrator and Hooksett project coordinator, Ambrose also serves as Rochester’s director of finance and administration. She earned her undergraduate degree from UNC-Wilmington and a master’s degree in natural resources from UNH.
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Thomas Chingas has been hired as an engineer intern at Allied Engineering Services, Inc. a multidisciplinary civil, technical, water resources and surveying firm in Bozeman, MT. Tom, who hails from Strafford, NH, received his B.S. in civil engineering from UNH and an M.S. in the same discipline from Montana State. Jeff Janovetz, who received his J.D. from UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, has joined the faculty of Bethany College, the oldest private college in West Virginia, as an assistant professor of biology. In addition to his UNH degree, he holds a doctorate in organismal biology and anatomy and has held previous faculty positions at Grand Valley State University, Centre College, and Sweet Briar College. UNH was informed of the passing of MacKenzie McNamara of Meredith, NH, on Sept. 13, 2019. MacKenzie graduated from Interlakes High School in 2009 and earned his UNH degree in horticulture. He’s survived by his parents and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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5thth Reunion JUNe 5 – 7, 2020

Last summer, Kaytlynn Jacobs-Brett was named political director for New Hampshire for Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. A political science and government graduate, Kaytlynn previously ran the 2018 District 3 Executive Council campaign for fellow Wildcat Joe Pace ’97. She was also political director for Maura Sullivan’s 2018 bid for a 1st District seat and managed the 2016 reelection campaign of Portsmouth Democratic Sen. Martha Fuller Clark.

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After two years as athletic trainer for Hampton, NH’s, Winnacunnett High School, Chantal Filiau has moved on to Goffstown High School, where she will hold the same role. “The Winnacunnett community really made it a tough decision to leave, but ultimately the location is a lot better for me,” Chantal told the Portsmouth Herald last summer. Prior to earning her degree in athletic training from UNH, Filiau attended Pembroke Academy in Merrimack County.
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Mike Rosa was recently featured in a Boston Globe story for his participation in the Discovery Channel’s reality show “Man Vs Bear.” Rosa appeared in the Dec. 11 episode, the series’ second, testing his strength against grizzly bears in an eating competition, tug-of-war, log rolling, an obstacle course, and a “steel ball clash.” An avid powerlifter, the Boston-based Rosa told the Globe the strength of the bears was unlike anything he’d ever experienced. “One pull was like a force that wouldn’t be reckoned with,” he told the paper. “The power is something you really can’t understand unless you experience it.” A nutrition and wellness major at UNH, Rosa is no stranger to strength-related endeavors. He was already running a fitness channel on YouTube called Anabolic Aliens before he started college that now has some 600,000 followers. He’s also launched a successful exercise app called EXERPRISE, recently started a clothing line and has published two e-books about fitness. If you want to learn more, check out his newly launched podcast or follow his Anabolic Aliens blog, “The Signal Blog.”
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The Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL — the US mid-professional hockey league — announced the acquisition of defenseman John Furgele from the Atlanta Gladiators. John played for the Wildcats for two years, scoring two goals and 20 assists in 73 games. He subsequently transferred to Quinnipiac University, where he sat out a year and then served as assistant captain his senior season. He made his pro debut last year, splitting his time between the Gladiators and the Maine Mariners. Marina Bowie has been promoted to executive director at Biobased Maine, a mission-driven trade association aimed at advancing the state’s biobased manufacturing industry. At UNH, Marina earned a dual degree in economics and sustainability. She spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she saw firsthand how an economy can prosper and its citizens thrive in a sustainable environment.
Mike Rosa “Man Vs Bear” running away from a bear
Mike Rosa recently participated in the Discovery Channel’s new reality show, “Man Vs Bear,” testing his considerable strength against grizzly bears in a series of competitions. How did he fare? You’ll have to look for a re-run of the Dec. 11 episode to find out.
— 2017
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Robbie Hanson ’12 and Celena Zucco ’14 shared their wedding photo with us. They tied the knot in Danvers, Massachusetts, on Sept. 21, 2019, with more than 50 of their fellow Wildcats in attendance.
Sarah Avery Young ’14, ’15G and Ian Young ’13 were married Sept. 21, 2019, with more than 30 UNH alumni in attendance. “Thanks, UNH, for all the amazing memories you’ve provided us,” Sarah writes. “Every day is a good day to be a Wildcat!”
Erin Traeger ’16 and Daniel Welch ’15 were married in Middletown, Rhode Island, on Sept. 6, 2019, surrounded by their closest friends — including many fellow UNH grads.
Meredith Hartmann Matuszewski ’11, ’13G and Ryan Matuszewski ’07 were married on June 22, 2019, in Gilford, New Hampshire. They’re pictured here with their fellow Wildcats (from left) Tate Hartmann ’15, Mitchell Hartmann ’15, Jerrian Stevens Hartmann ’78, Zach Stevens ’16, Camela St. Gelais ’80, Brooke Walsh ’16, Bethany Roun ’11, Mallorie Patterson Dubios ’11, Dana Magane ’11, Sarah Bates ’17G, Amy Clarke ’11 and Lauren Carroll ’19. Also in attendance but not pictured was Brad Stevens ’84.
Bernadette Byrne Labbe ’15 and Matt Labbe ’15 were married Oct. 26, 2019, at the Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick, Maine. From Boston and Portland, respectively, Bernadette and Matt met at UNH in the fall of 2014. Bernadette majored in elementary education and swam for UNH, and Matt majored in business. The couple, who now reside in Newmarket, celebrated their wedding with Wildcats from the classes of 1987, 2013–15 and 2017. Pictured here are Bernadette and Matt with John McDonald, Risa LePera McGurn, Connor McGurn, Brian Dusinberre, Ashley Tartaglia, Matt Ames, Brian Byrne, Nicole Foster, Steve Donlan, Sam Gaskin, Barry Mothes, Jenni Roberts Zarkoskie, Emily Magnavita, Jenna Bull, Lauren McCandless Pepi, Nicole Anderson, Jane Tighe Geary, Katie Keefer, Chad Lawrence, Meagan Suffel, Pat L’Heureux, Sean Brown, Lindsey Socha, Cedric Williams, and Brittany Welch Williams.