University at Albany - State University of New York

Class of 1962 50th Reunion

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Invitation - RSVP card - Accommodations - Directions
List of Attendees

 
Class of 1962 - Through the Years...

Weekend Events

Friday, Oct. 12

 Saturday, Oct. 13

Sunday, Oct. 14 

Friday, October 12

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd floor
View UAlbany’s nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Reunion Weekend Registration
Alumni House

12:15-2:00 p.m.
Reaching Higher, Achieving More Luncheon

Campus Center Ballroom
Reaching Higher, Achieving More is an alumni campaign designed to showcase the remarkable career paths of the University at Albany graduates. They are entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, corporate leaders, entertainers, doctors, social workers, authors, policymakers and more, and their impact is truly global. Registration required. Free lunch.

5:00-7:30 p.m.
Chairs That Tell A Story
Auction and Wine Tasting

University Library
Through a special partnership with local high school art programs, 41 chairs designed by area high school students will be auctioned off to benefit the UAlbany Libraries programs and services. Stop by the main library to view the chairs, connect with fellow alumni while enjoying a sampling of New York wines and maybe take home a one-of-a-kind chair! Registration required. Free.

Class of 1962
Hospitality Hours
Hospitality Room
Best Western Sovereign Hotel
1228 Western Avenue, Albany
Kick off your reunion weekend with an informal meet and greet. Here’s your first chance to find out what has happened to your classmates over the years. Registration required. Free.

Saturday, October 13

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Reunion Weekend Registration

Alumni House

Reunion Event

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Half–Century Club Breakfast and Class of 1962 Induction

Hall of Fame Room - SEFCU Arena
Shuttle service will be available.
Pick-up will be at the Dutch Quad parking lot across from the Alumni House.
Join fellow alumni and celebrate with your class as you are inducted into the Half-Century Club.
Registration required. Free. (Limit 1 guest)

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Farmer’s Market – Go Green Initiative
Tailgate tent on back lawn of Science Library
Shuttle service available. Pick-up will be at the Dutch Quad parking lot across from the Alumni House. Visit the farmer’s market and sample products from several local farms around the Capital Region. Fresh baked goods, vegetables, fruits, cider, cider doughnuts and homemade jams are among the items offered.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sorority Coffee Hours
Alumni House
Beta Zeta
Chi Sigma Theta
Gamma Kappa Phi
Kappa Delta
Registration required. Free.

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Touchdown Tailgate
Tailgate tent area on back lawn of Science Library
Get into the spirit, enjoy food, fellowship and fun with other Great Danes fans under the big top. Receive free food and drink vouchers if you preregister (alums only). Special tables will be reserved for the Class of 1962. Free parking in the Dutch Quad lot, $5.00 in the SEFCU lot. Registration required.

1:00 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. St. Francis Red Flash
University Field
Show your true colors! Wear your purple and gold proudly and cheer on the UAlbany Great Danes as they score a touchdown against the opponents. Registration required. Cost: $12 reserved seating, $10 general admission seating, and $3 kids 2-12. Free for Class of 1962 alumni.

1:00-2:30 p.m.
UAlbany Downtown Campus Walking Tour

Downtown Campus
See some of your old haunts and reminisce with alumni during this tour of the various buildings on the downtown campus. Geoffrey Williams, University archivist will host the tour. Registration required. Free. Tour starts at Draper Hall entrance. Parking is available at Thurlow Terrace on Western Avenue.

Reunion Event

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Class of 1962 Cocktail Reception

Ballroom
Western Turnpike Golf Course
2350 Western Ave Guilderland, NY
Registration required. Free. Cash bar.

7:00-10:00 p.m.
Class of 1962 Reunion Buffet Dinner

Ballroom
Western Turnpike Golf Course
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner. Registration required. Cost: $50/person.

Sunday, October 14

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Class of 1962 Farewell Breakfast
Poolside Room
Best Western Sovereign Hotel

Here’s your chance to say farewell until the next reunion. Registration required. Cost: Free for hotel guests, $6.00/person for non-hotel guests.

 


 

Accommodations

Best Western Sovereign Hotel
1228 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
1-800-WESTERN • (518) 489-2981

Please mention that you are with the UAlbany Class of 1962 when making a reservation. Reservations must be received by September 28, 2012. For information on other accommodations, please contact 1-800-836-ALUM.

Directions to Best Western

 
Class Councilors
 

Sheril Joan McCormack
Vanillastar202@yahoo.com

Helen Arcuri Stoloff
stolohel@hotmail.com

Dr. Robert A. Sweeney
lakeerie@yahoo.com

     

List of Attendees

Gene Altman '62
Rochelle Levin Altman '66
Susan Blank '62
Joan Sunukjian Bramfitt '62
Marijke Juchter Brower '62
James Brower '61
Sally Smith Cook '65
David Cronen '62
Nancy Jo Klein Delaney '62, '63
Thomas Delaney
Mary Ann Calderone Donovan' 62
David Donovan '59
Jan Dyckman '62
Claude Frank '62
Lenore Frank
Karl-Heinz Gerstenberger '62, '66
Charlotte Gerstenberger 
Lawrence Goldfarb '62
Mary Ellen Goldfarb 
Elena Rabine Halady '62
Barbara Hancher 62, '67
Gail Bossert Klink '62
Jerry Klink 
Rev. Donald  Lawrence '62
Katherine Schmidt Lawrence '63
Henry Maus '62
Patricia Jones Maus '62
Sheril Joan McCormack '62
Dr. Irwin Nelson
Gail Osborn Neff '62
Carol Smith Opdyke '62
James Osterhout '63
Pamela Beys Parker '62
Shelley Kellerman Pollero '62
Hannah Schnitt Rogers '62
Anne Meade Roney '62, '94
Daniel Schultz '62, '63, '87
Mildred Susan Schultz '63
Frances Cicero Shepherd '62
Philip Shepherd '60
Robert Sherburne '62
Susan MacFarlane Smith '62
Pete Spina '61, '63
Helen Arcuri Stoloff 62
Robert Sweeney '62
Phyllis Sweeney  '77
Paul Turse '62
Lillian Upcraft '62
Lee Upcraft '60, '61
Paul Villani '62
Franz Zwicklbauer '62, '65, '74
Fran Zwicklbauer '61, '72

Last updated on Oct. 4, 2012

Class of 1962, Through the Years . . .

(Updated on 9/24/12) - Listed Alphabetically by last name.


Carol Lambert Ahl writes . . .

My education credentials include an M.S. degree in English Education from Post College, L.I. University and permanent teaching certificate of Latin & English gr. 7-12. I taught Latin & English at L.I. Lutheran High School, Brookville, NY for three years after graduation from Albany with a major in Latin & minor in English. After five years of raising a family, I returned to teaching, first as a substitute, then part time and then full time at Center Moriches High School on Long Island. In 1975, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy and Sicily for a month with the master Latin teacher at the school with several of her students and one of mine from The Hewlett School who received a year of language credit from the experience. This was also a period of intense fighting to save Latin in the school program.

In October of 1963 I married Harry(Horst) Ahl whom I had met at Saranac Inn, NY. where we both held summer jobs. After living first in Hicksville and then Center Moriches for 20 years, we moved to the Edgemont section of Greenburgh with a Scarsdale P.O. in Westchester County, NY where we have resided for 31 years. We have been blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren, ages 9-17. My husband is now retired from the restaurant business and I have been associated with Houlihan Lawrence Inc. first as a real estate salesperson and then as an associate broker for the past 29 years. carolahl.houlihanlawrence.com is my personal website. This spring and summer we traveled to Berlin, Germany, my husband's birthplace and to Hyde Park, Vermont for my family reunion. While at Albany I lived in the Sigma Alpha sorority house my senior year. No longer on campus, their reunion is being held Oct. 13 @Beltrone Living Center, Six Winners Circle, Colonie.


Gene Altman writes:

Well it has been an interesting and fun ride over the last 50 years.
The most consistent thing in my life is has been my marriage of 46 years to Shelley (Rochelle Levin '66). We have three children Lisa, Eric and Robyn. The two girls are married and each have two children.

My professional life has been fun and varied. Over the years, I completed an MBA and Ed.D at SUNY Albany. Soon after college, like many of our peers, I served 6 years in the National Guard attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.  I taught business courses for 15 years full time at Columbia-Greene Community College and Syracuse University and another 15 or so years as and adjunct at Russell Sage, Marist and Hudson Valley. Highlights of my teaching career was being advisor to a number of national award winning student business presentations and serving as president of the Association of Marketing Educators.  Leaving  full time teaching, I went into computers sales and sales force management and in 1984,I started Technology Rentals of America, which provided technology equipment for short term needs, much like a car rental service. While in that business, I served as president of the International Technology Rental Association.

On the fun side, most of my free time was spend attending thousands of Little League games, Pop Warner games, swim meets, ski meets, tennis matches, concerts,  and plays as our three children were all active in sports in school activities.  The limited remaining time was spent on the water as a windsurfer, swimming instructor and as 30 year member of the National Ski Patrol (Frozen Water). Surprise, I was in the outing club while at SUNY.

Since selling our business in 2010, Shelley and I spend time with the grandchildren and go to Florida for a few winter months. I am still a current Water Safety Instructor and teach swimming in the summer, continue to windsurf, serve as a SCORE Counselor and run a consulting service for entrepreneurs.

Gene Altman, galtman903@aol.com


Larry Edwards writes:

As Andy Rooney would say:
"I just got an interesting email inviting me to the October 2012 50th class reunion of my SUNY college graduation. They want to get 100 graduates. I can't imagine that 100 are still alive. Besides they moved the entire campus to a new location and I don't think I can find it.

I started college 54 years ago so some of the reunions will be 54 years. I went to a SUNY reunion once and there were 10 people there. I can't imagine that any of my classmates want to hear what I have been doing for the last 50 years.

I just can't imagine that my working at Montgomery Ward; The Southern Grain Insects Laboratory of The United States Department of Agriculture in Tifton, GA; The Department of Entomology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA; The C. V. Mosby Company in St. Louis, MO; Metals Testing in South Windsor, CT; Combustion Engineering in Windsor, CT or Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA could possibly be of interest to anyone other than a job recruiter. A checkered past like that invites embarrassing questions or at least whispers.

I can't imagine that my scientific publications discovering the aphid alarm pheromone, mode of action of carbon dioxide anesthesia and patents for eddy current testing of nuclear plant components would be of interest to anyone but the most reclusive scientist or nerdy engineer. Accomplishments like these can often create envy, but alas no awards.

I also can't imagine that any of my medical problems including bad teeth, allergies, hypothyroidism , psoriasis, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, type 1 diabetes, glaucoma or bipolar disease in addition to my colonoscopies and bladder surgery could be of any interest to anyone other than my doctor or my insurance company. Diseases like these can often lead to questions about your genetics.

I also don't think that my three children and seven grandchildren could be of interest to anyone other than me and my wife, Judy of 50 years on January 27, 2012.

So have a good reunion without me. If I wanted to hear from you I would be on Facebook."

Signed, Andy... No,
Larry Edwards Class of 1962


Maureen Gillespie Andrews '62 writes:

After Albany, I went on to a Ph.D. program in English at the University of Rochester, where I met my husband, Hugh.  Our first jobs were in Cincinnati, and in 1970, we went to Northern Michigan University in Marquette on Lake Superior, where we both taught in the English department until we retired in 2001.  We had always spent summers on Cape Cod in the old house Hugh had from his mother, and in 2002, we went to live there full-time.  That brought us nearer to Albany, so that I was able to serve on the University's Library Development Committee for several years, enjoying very much my twice-a-year visits to campus.  We are also much closer now to our son Ned's home in West Hartford, CT.  We see him and his wife often, and we are expecting our first grandchild in July!  Of course, old teachers never die, so I have taught for six years in the Lifetime Learning Program at the Snow Library here in Orleans, just now finishing a course in Wordsworth's long autobiographical poem, The Prelude.  I also always take several courses there--in music, China today, and antiques this term--and I have been studying Italian for more than eight years.  I am very happy to be living in such a stimulating place.  Aimee Ginnis Nover and I have been close friends since our Albany days, and last summer she and her husband bought a vacation house near us.  We and our families look forward to many more occasions like our annual campfire picnic on Coast Guard Beach, complete with songs, games, and s# mores.


Nancy Jo (Klein) Delaney

Nancy Jo (Klein) Delaney completed her BS and MS in mathematics and physics at SUNY Albany in 1962 and 1963, respectively.  In 1979, she received a Ph.D. in statistics and operations research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  Her career has been a combination of teaching and industrial work.

After six years teaching mathematics and physics in high schools, Nancy decided to pursue a doctorate. Upon completion of her Ph.D., she spent more than 15 years teaching statistics, operations research and operations management in schools of business at Union College (Schenectady, NY), Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Babson College (Boston, MA area).

Nancy has over twenty years of industrial experience, which includes:  General Electric – engineering analyses for nuclear submarines; Space Astronomy Lab – analysis of Sky Lab data for a SUNY Albany research group; Mobil Oil Corporation – training scientists and engineers in quality control and experimental design for their Solar Energy Division; Para Research & Champlain Software – computer software design for accounting and college management software.

In 1996, Nancy moved to the ocean in Rockport, MA with her husband, Tom, a retired social worker. Their daughter, Kathleen Delaney, a physical therapist at Beverly Hospital, lives in Wakefield, MA with her husband, Jeff Law and daughters Madeleine, 13 and Monique, 12.
Nancy and Tom love to both travel and bicycle, combining them when they can. Their current goal is to cycle in all 50 states (41 to go).  2012 trips have taken them to countries on four continents: Columbia, Egypt, Austria (biking) and in October they travel to China and Tibet.


Reflections on a Journey of 50 Years
by Mary Ann Calderone Donovan '62

Location, Location, Location is the mantra of the real estate agent. I maintain, however, that it is also what determines a life. What we become is often the result of where we choose to be. Some of the choices we make are made by us; some are made for us by the events that occur in our lives. All, however, are influenced by where we are and with whom we are.

I made a choice fifty-four years ago to attend Albany State College for Teachers. It was the only state school offering courses leading to a degree in Business Education. That was a conscious choice. The life I enjoy as a result of my experiences while at Albany is the result of what Albany offered as a school and the people I met there who deeply influenced me and the future choices I would make.

I didn’t remain a business major for long. Before my freshman year had ended, I had decided to teach Spanish. I had a minor in English. In my junior year, an opportunity to enter the Honors English program led me to change my major once again to English. My choice to become an English major led me to a job in South Huntington where I met my future husband. Choosing Dave Donovan as my husband was the best and most important decision of my life. Economics and job location led us to settle in Port Jefferson Station. When we outgrew our home, we relocated to Stony Brook. This led again to the formation of friendships and community connections that have impacted my life.

After a number of years as a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful daughters, I resumed a career as an English teacher in Comsewogue High School. Again, the decision was based on location. In this case, I wanted to be near my children’s school. The next twenty-seven years of my life were spent teaching English there. Again, much of my personal philosophy was formed by the contacts and experiences I had while there.

Retirement brought a whole new set of choices. As a child, I always dreamed of traveling to faraway places. Now, I had both the time and opportunity. I received my first passport in 1989 and since then my husband and I have traveled extensively. Our personal lives were further enriched by the arrival of grandchildren. They are truly a blessing and one of the few gifts of old age! They are packages of unsolicited and underserved love.

Somehow, out of all the choices I have made came my new career as a writer. Perhaps, it was all those years of correcting papers and all that wonderful literature I got to teach that inspired me. It began simple enough by writing an article here and there for a retiree’s newsletter and a local newspaper. The positive feedback I received encouraged me to write longer material. I am now the author of three books. The fourth should be available before the end of the year. Other writing in bits and pieces, fragments of essays litter my home. It was the last thing I ever expected to be. While it takes up much of my free time, I find that it is something I simply must do.

In addition to my writing, I have found great joy in gardening and in photography. I also have become a volunteer of sorts. I cantor at Mass, participate as a docent with the historical society, and involve myself in educational programs for our local schools.

As I look back on my life and see where I have been, I realize that much of what has happened in my life is because of where I have been. It has been a great journey so far. My years at Albany opened doors and windows for me. With my diploma in hand I walked through a door of opportunity that has given me a wonderful life.


Karl-Heinz Gerstenberger writes:

I received my bachelor#s degree with cum laude honors in 1962 and studied both German and Social Studies. After that, I went back to get my master#s degree in German in 1966 from SUNY Albany as well. I married Charlote Laabs in 1960 and we have been together for 51 years. Together we have three children, six grand-children and one great-grandchild.

While at SUNY I played four years of soccer and was nominated by the U.S. Soccer Coaches as an All-American from 1961-1962. I was also selected to Signum Laudis at SUNY in 1962.After graduating I taught German and Social Studies at Scotia-Glenville H.S. from 1962-1966. While at Scotia-Glenville I started the soccer program and was a coach until I left. After leaving Scotia-Glenville I went on to teach German at SUNY Albany from 1966-1974. This also included one year at the University of Massachusetts at a PhD Residence.

After leaving SUNY in 1974, I taught German and Social Studies at Shenendehowa middle school and high school from 1974-1990. While in this school district, I was the co-founder of the Clifton Park NY Youth Soccer program (1973) and the Soccer Club (1976). I have been Treasurer for the Soccer Club since 1976. My involvement in soccer has not stopped there. I have been a high school, college and FIFA soccer referee for 40 years (1966-2006).

In 1986 I was selected to the University at Albany Athletic Hall of Fame. I was also awarded the SUNY Albany Husted Fellowship in 1968.

In addition to teaching, I have worked as a part-time estimator and project manager at C.H. Quay Co. In Schenectady, NY starting in 1972. After I retired from teaching I worked full-time in this position from 1990-1996. Presently, I still substitute teach at Shenendehowa high school.

Karl-Heinz Gerstenberger, KarlandCharlotte@aol.com


Richard (Rick) P. Johnson '62 writes:

Greetings One and All!

It is our mutual good fortune to be celebrating fifty years since we graduated from SUNYA.
My college years were filled with studies, work and commuting to and from college. For me, the opportunity for multiple student friendships and engagement in “campus life” occurred in graduate school. Upon college graduation, I enrolled in the Boston College School of Social Work. After completing this two year graduate program, I received a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Social Work. I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

During my forty eight years of professional employment I have worked in the fields of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health. I have held management and executive positions in the public and the not for profit service systems. I continue to work, part-time, directing a local children and adolescent mobile crisis team. 

Community volunteerism has also been a large part of my life over these many years.
My education at SUNYA has been put to good use. For eleven years I worked in and, eventually directed, a large organization employee in-service education and job development program. I have also held adjunct positions at SUNYA School of Social Welfare, the New School for Social Research and Hudson Valley Community College.

Like many of you, I am a spouse, father and grandfather.  Gertrude Schiff Johnson, my wife of 49 years, and I are parents of two daughters, Kirsten Johnson Moore (Philadelphia, PA) and Jennifer Johnson Olsen (Clifton Park, New York).  Our grandchildren, two girls and two boys, range in age from 12 to 19. Each is engaged in pursuits typical to their age and temperament.

I wish each of you who attend the 50th Reunion festivities an enjoyable, fun filled time as you renew the connections of our college years. I will not be in attendance but welcome contact from those of you who see this anecdotal update. I can be reached at rpjohnson452@aol.com.


Arlene Simpson Keenan writes:

Hello All,
Finally, I#m getting my thoughts together to write this recap. After graduation, I married John, my long-time boyfriend. For the next 8-9 years, I taught in various public and private schools in New York State, primarily teaching French, but occasionally English and American History. When we moved to Delaware in #73, I decided to be a full-time mom to our son, Chris and daughter, Beth. Since 1989, I#ve been a volunteer docent at Rockwood museum, a rural Gothic manor in Wilmington.
When I#m not there, it means John and I are cruising somewhere or busy spoiling our five grandchildren, ages 2 to 13.


Gail Bossert Klink '62 (usaklink@windstream.net) writes:

I married Jerry Klink right after graduation. We just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. I taught Spanish and English in Anderson, SC, for one year, and then had three children, Jay (6/5/64), Wendy (8/26/65), and Tracy (11/29/66). We moved to Granville, OH in 1966. I taught Spanish and English in Newark, OH, from 1972 to 1990, and served as Aerospace Education Coordinator from 1990 to 1993.

National educational honors include The Project for American Studies in the Secondary Schools (1 teacher per state), American Studies Curriculum Project (15 American teachers and 15 European teachers), and William Robertson Coe Fellowship (12 American teachers).

In 1985, I was selected as Ohio Teacher-in-Space, a finalist to fly on the Space Shuttle Challenger. In that capacity, I served as a NASA Space Ambassador, and on the International Faculty of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

I left the classroom to become a professional speaker. Besides platform speaking, I also did seminars for The Wright Group, and Fred Pryor Seminars. Briefly, I was employed as executive director of the East Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association. In 1995, Jerry and I moved to Saudi Arabia when he was asked to start a company there. We lived there for four years, and traveled back and forth for several more years.

Today we are both basically retired with some intermittent contractual work. We have five grandchildren, and travel extensively. We usually spend our winters in warm climates on cruises of 3-4 months, including Grand South American, South Pacific, and World Cruises. We have also wintered in Siesta Key, FL. We often visit, or host, people from all over the world who lived with us in Saudi Arabia, were American Studies Fellows with me, were also Challenger Finalists, or cruise friends.

We also are avid railroaders, and have a garden railroad that covers 1/4 acre of our land, with over 1/4 mile of track, running G-scale trains simultaneously.


Eugene Leibowitz writes:

Eugene W Leibowitz, M.D. ’62 has been awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service, from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. He is retiring from the Board of Trustees after serving for 12 years.

Eugene is retired from his practice of neurosurgery in Pittsfield , MA after 35 years. He is married to Augusta (Gus) Spellman ’63


Sheril Joan McCormack writes:

Post-graduation found me at Georgetown University in Wash. D. C. pursuing African Studies in preparation for Peace Corps stationing in Ethiopia. Upon completion, I returned to Long Island instead and obtained a position as a business teacher in Massapequa. While in Massapequa, I started the girls Rockette Kick line Squad and ran the booster club. I started my master’s degree at Hofstra University, married and moved to San Diego where I took a position 65 miles east in a small rural school with 16 teachers for grades 7-12. I wore many hats and taught business, journalism, and math; advised the school newspaper, yearbook, pole vaulting part of the track team and was a class advisor.

I returned to NY to spend the rest of my teaching career at Lawrence High School in the five towns on Long Island. I taught physical education for a year, then mainly accounting and business over the years and some math. I advised the school newspaper and ran the modern dance club, participated in faculty shows, and did summer stock at the Gateway Theatre in Bellport, L.I. I finally finished my M.A. at Hofstra and continued on with 90 graduate credits.

I dabbled here and there with writing and had a few minor things published in periodicals - short stories, fillers and scientific articles; bowled in leagues for a long time, became very active in the teacher's union and acted as election commissioner for the union, then auditor, in addition to being a rep.
In the culmination of my career, I was dean of discipline, then got an elementary license and finished the last 6 years as an early childhood specialist with pre-kindergarten students.

Travel has been a passion for me . . . it still is. I spent many summers backpacking in Europe, and still love to relish the memories. In the last few decades, I have taken many cruises, tours all over the world including Asia, visited friends in foreign countries and USA too. My proximity to NYC finds me at the theatre and opera often.

I am still friends with my roommates and others from college . . . it’s hard to ever sever those ties. When I am not getting new body parts, I am still traveling, gardening, RED HATTING, planning reunions, and enjoying life. I have three great nephews, three nieces, and three stepchildren who bring delight. I have been a UAlbany class councilor with Helen Arcuri for decades.


Stephen V. Myslinski Jr. #62

Steve had planned to attend the #62 class reunion, but he passed away from lymphoma on 27 Feb. 2012.

After earning his B.A. in English from Albany State, Steve joined the Navy and as a Lieutenant JG, taught at the Naval Academy Prep School. He subsequently served two five-year tours instructing English at the Naval Academy and returned as a Commander at the Naval Prep School in Rhode Island. Steve went on to accept the English department chair at the International School in Brussels, Belgium.

In 1955, he earned his Ph.D. in Modern British Literature from the University of Maryland. Steve returned to Rhode Island where he held the posts of visiting professor at the US Naval War College and professor at Regina University until retiring in 2006. Relocating to Charlotte, NC, Dr. Myslinski taught part-time at Pfeiffer University. All in all, he taught English for 42 years. His many students remember him as a demanding, but fair instructor who pushed them to do their best.

Steve was a dedicated Boy Scout leader who encouraged his two sons, Andre and Paul, to achieve the rank of Eagle. He served as a lector in his parishes in Rhode Island and North Carolina. Steve enjoyed the outdoors and gardening as well as riding his bike. He always was among the first to assist if his friends were ill or needed aid. The delicious meals that he prepared and delivered always were appreciated.

In addition to his sons, he is survived by his loving wife (Ursula) of 43 years and a caring daughter (Nicole Hanson). Both of these ladies ministered to Steve#s needs during his two year battle with cancer and dementia.

His fellow #62 alums will miss his wit and good cheer when they gather next October in Albany.


Andrew Neiderman writes:

Since I graduated from SUNY Albany, I have had a wonderful teaching career at Fallsburg High School, during which I began to publish my novels with major publishers. In 1987 I left teaching to work in Hollywood on movies made from my books, the biggest one being The Devil's Advocate, for which SUNY Albany held a premiere and weekend of events. In 1987 I also took over the world famous V.C. Andrews franchise and at this point have driven it from 30 million books worldwide to over 106 million. At the moment I am working new novels and getting my stage play of Flowers in the Attic produced, as well as the London stage musical version of The Devil's Advocate.
Andrew Neiderman

PS: You might recall I was one of the originators of the SUNY Albany underground newspaper Suppression. Great days.

Andrew Neiderman, Neid1@aol.com

Aimée Ginnis Nover writes:

In 1963, I received an M.A. degree in English from the University of Rochester, married a medical student and moved to Syracuse, NY where I taught eleventh and twelfth grade English for two years.  Through a summer job, working with children from birth to three years old, at the pilot Head Start program, I found another passion#early child development. I moved to New Haven, Connecticut where I taught in nursery school, and then to Washington, D.C., with my husband, now a psychiatrist, and three daughters.  I got a M.Ed. degree from the University of Maryland and co-founded and co-directed The Clara Barton Center for Children.  Steeped in children (my own included), child development and psychology, I returned to school for a Ph.D. in Social Work. I also co-founded and directed the Therapeutic Nursery of the Regional Center for Infants and Young Children and also was a founder of the Jenny Waelder Hall Center for Children.

I trained as a psychoanalyst at an APsaA Institute, and for the past almost thirty years, have been in full-time private practice of adult and child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, in addition to being on the faculty of several programs.
I have wonderful memories of my inspiring mentors in the English department#Drs. Adams, Paulus, Staley, McIlwaine and Westbrook. The shift from English literature to psychoanalysis seems natural, in that metaphor and character study are central to both.

The best aspect of recent times  has been enjoying six grandchildren, ages 7 to 16.
A highlight over the years has been my ongoing friendship with Maureen Gillespie Andrews. Once more, we#ll be neighbors, this time in Orleans, Cape Cod.  In the last decade, thanks to Google, we#ve reconnected with some former classmates.  We#d love to see old SUNY friends.


Andrea (Joanne) Weddigen Perry writes:

I married Harley (Skip) Perry in 1962.  We have lived in Brockport since 1962.  We raised 4 children and now have 7 grandchildren.  I began my teaching career at Brockport High School teaching High School English. As children arrived I changed to substitute teaching and tutoring for 19 years and 10 years in Real Estate.
Volunteer activities include Girl Scouts, Food Shelf, Village of Brockport Parks Committee,  Twig for Lakeside hospital.

Hobbies and leisure activities:
Bridge, Travel, Gardening, Grandchildren, needlepoint, Florida winters, walking
Ann Frye, if you see this, contact me!

Andrea Perry, hlakperry@yahoo.com


Johanna Scholl Prong writes:

After graduating in 1962, I received a master of arts in 1963 from Albany.  My career involved teaching high school American History and primarily German in New Hartford, Canandaigua and Clifton Springs, New York.  I also spent several summers in Germany as a Fulbright student and one year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher on a Gymnasium in Bavaria, Germany.  During this time, I also organized tours for my students to the German-speaking countries.  When I retired, I became a travel agent and now own a home-based agency, Johanna#s Journeys.  Not wanting to stop studying, I went to Finger Lakes Community College and took the courses for a paralegal major.  I have continued this study at Champlain College in Burlington, VT where we have lived the past 5 years.

I married Bob Prong in 1968 and we lived in Clifton Springs until 2007, when we moved to Burlington, VT where two of our sons live.  Our third son lives near Tampa, FL.  We have three granddaughters and one grandson, ages 5, 3, 2 and 2


Hannah Schnitt Rogers writes:

I graduated from SUNY with a bachelor#s of science in Business education in 1962. After that I was a teacher for two years in Valley Stream, NY. I married Stephen Rogers in 1964, and taught third grade near Ft. Dix, NJ as my husband was stationed there.

In 1965 I moved to north Westchester and taught business education in the Lakeland School District for three years. After that I took a two year maternity leave. Then I taught business education for two years at an all girls# school. I then enrolled at Pace University where I received my master#s in education in 1976. Following that, I substituted in high school and did home tutoring.

I gave birth to twin sons 1974 and then retired from teaching. I spent many years as a stay-at-home mom and volunteer at the school, cub scouts, took dance classes at an advanced age and also developed an interest in physical fitness.

Eventually, I went back to work at the Yorktown Pennysaver, doing advertising sales. I retired in 2001 and spend my days at a fitness center taking pilates, TRX, strength training and aquatic classes.

Every three years I get together with Sheril McCormack, Susan Blank and Linda Bosworth, all '62 alums. We've taken trips to Las Vegas, Acapulco, Washington DC, 2 cruises, New Orleans, Ireland and Savannah in Nov. 2011.

Hannah Rogers, rogersh36@yahoo.com


Martin Selig writes:

I was a German magor and social studies minor Albany and went on to teach German and social studies at Uniondale High School/Junior High School on Long Island until my retirement in 1989 from teaching. Then I went to do data entry and proofreading work at West and Hearst publishing for the next twelve years, as well as a final temporary stint in that capacity at the I.R.S in Holtsville before my permanent retirement in 2002. My family is a veritable SUNY dynasty. My daughter, Jody and her husband, Chris Siegel both went to Albany, and my daughter, Amy and her husband Richard Bersch both went to Stony Brook and my former wife went to New Paltz (Ruth Selig).
Best Wishes from Martin Selig

P.S. I do not expect to attend your fine SUNY Albany reunion, but I hope this input will provide you with some interesting infomation for the occasion.


Robert Sweeny writes:

After completing my Albany State course requirements in December #61, I taught biology labs at the University of Houston for 9 months. I then enrolled at Ohio State University and with the aid of a federal fellowship completed my master#s (#64) and Ph.D. (#66).  I was appointed an assistant professor of biology and director of the Great Lakes Laboratory at Buffalo State. By 1969, I was one of the youngest tenured professors in the SUNY system. In 1979, I was awarded the initial Chancellor#s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  While a state university employee, I was elected president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, served as an advisor to five federal agencies and two U.S. presidents, helped draft state and national environmental legislation, authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, edited three books on Lakes Erie and Ontario, established the theme for Earth Day II and was awarded the highest non-employee commendation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, I consider helping numerous students to secure careers in ecology to be my most significant accomplishment.

In 1981, I accepted the position of director of special projects with Ecology and Environment Inc. (E&E), an international consulting firm.  During my 15 years with that firm, I helped E&E secure work in Ireland, Mexico, the Soviet Union, Peoples Republic of China and numerous locations through the United States.

After a brief semi-retirement, I directed the Pisgah Forest Institute (PFI), a program at Brevard College in North Carolina that provided environmental science training to K#12 teachers from 2001 to 2006. During that tenure, I served as president of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. 

Currently, I am overseeing a program in Asheville, NC, that engages people with disabilities in culturing herbs using hydroponic technology. I also chair the committee that advises Henderson County Commissioners regarding environmental matters.

On a personal note, I am married to the former Phyllis Lindsey, a 1975 SUNYA graduate. We have two children, Meghan (30) and Kristin (28). During a prior marriage, I adopted Erica (42) and David (38).  Phyllis and I reside in Mills River, NC.


PAUL TURSE After Graduation:
  • 1962 # 1965: Served in the Army with the Army Security Agency
  • Stationed in Japan and studied judo and Kabuki theatre
  • 1967 # 1971: Attended Columbia University-TC, earning an MA in Speech and an Ed.D. in theatre arts (Dissertation title: Shakespeare: Kabuki-style)
  • 1972 # 1973: Taught judo and English at various drug rehabs, most notably New Hope Manor, located at the Graymoor Monastery, in Garrison, NY
  • 1972: Directed the first Ms. Senior Citizen Pageant held at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ
  • 1972- 1973: Published several articles on judo, two of which appeared in Black Belt magazine.
  • 1973 # 1974: Worked for the Fort Monmouth Recreational Department as Youth Activities Director
  • 1981: Placed 3rd in the US Masters National Judo Championships held in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1986: Co-produced Exploring Martial Arts for Storrs Cable, Channel 8 in Eatontown, NJ
  • 1979 # 2005: Worked with the Fort Monmouth Theatre group, acting, directing, and writing
  • 1983 # 2000: Served as president, executive vice-president, and chief negotiator for the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 476
  • 1975 # 2000: Taught English and judo at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, located at Fort Monmouth, NJ. (Retired in 2000 as the course director for the English writing program)
  • 2002 # 2008: Edited and wrote articles for Raiderdrive.com, Bayareasportsdrive.com, interviewing sports figures and celebs, including Anjelah Johnson, Sunny Thompson, Kelsey Jeffries, and Tyrone Wheatley
  • 2005 # 2011: Worked as a technical editor for Defense Information Systems Agency, reviewing satellite communications documents
  • Currently teaching judo at the Community YMCA, in Toms River, NJ, and at Jita Kyoei Judo Klub, located in Toms River, NJ
  • Look for me on Facebook and visit my martial arts Web site at http://home.comcast.net/~samurairaider/site/


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