Milne Alumni February Newsletter
February 15, 2009

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

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Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Class of '59 Social-Networking Site
* Class of '64 45th Reunion!

* Birth Dates
* Crimson and White: Exciting Projects!
* Comments Made in the Year 1955!
* Thanks for Help!
* Sad News


Mike Ungerman (Class of '59) has asked that we promote the new social-networking site for the Class of '59. He set up a free publicly available but privately moderated website ( run by So far, 26 members of the class have joined, some sharing their biographies and pictures, with others lurking but being encouraged to share in the same manner. Since he's concerned about keeping the site private and protecting the members' information, if you're a graduate of the class of '59 and would like to join the site, send Mike an email and request access:

Mike also said that if any other classes would like to evaluate a similar site, he'd work with them to help set it up.

Note: I have set up a "ning" site for all Milne School Alumni. We also have a Facebook group. If anyone is interested in further information, please let me know. I would be especially interested in volunteer(s) for some of these activities. — Judy


The Class of 1964 has planned a forty-fifth reunion for the weekend of July 17-19, 2009, centered around the Hampton Inn and Suites, Albany Downtown. Events include an informal Friday-night cocktail gathering at Yono's; a Saturday-morning Albany Aqua Ducks amphibious historic tour of Downtown Albany and the immediate harbor; Saturday lunch in and around Quackenbush Square; a casual cocktails-and-buffet event at McGeary's, 4 Clinton Square, on Saturday night; and a light breakfast at the Hampton Inn on Sunday morning. A Saturday-afternoon tour of Milne and the adjacent SUNY buildings is currently in the works.

Hotel rooms can be reserved at $109 plus tax, breakfast included, under reservation code R01, up until one month prior to the event. Robert Valenti (76 East Road, Troy, NY 12180) is accepting reservations for the Ducks ($30; includes tip) and McGeary's ($25.50; includes tax and tip).

For further information, contact Martha Lowder Kimball.


Keep'em coming! Let's see if among us we can fill 366 days! See Birth Dates.


Steve Levitas, '63, and George Houston, '59, have each embarked on a project to scan many issues of the Crimson and White. I asked each of them to share information about their respective projects. I have set up a web page with links to the issues of the C&W that Steve and George furnish. Digitized versions of our yearbooks, newspapers, etc., are now available here.

George: "For my part, the tale is quickly told. My wife (Jean Verlaney, Milne '58) was editor of the C&W in 1957-1958. She trained me to be her successor (and in the process we fell in love), and I edited the paper in 1958-1959. We kept copies of the papers from our respective years, forgot about them, and rediscovered them deep in the chaos or our attic last summer. So this year I have been sending out the 1958-1959 issues electronically, each issue going out on its original date of issue (October 26, etc.), but exactly fifty years later. A few of our classmates transferred to Shaker for our senior year, and one of them asked if I could send copies of his last year at Milne, which was 1957-1958, so I've sent those issues to him."

Steve Levitas: "This began for us '63ers when Marc Kessler told me he had all six years of C&W somewhere. Target to complete [through June 1963] will be a year for me... A link will appear on the '63 site within a month with the first few issues."

If anyone would like to scan other issues of the Crimson and White for inclusion on our C&W web page, please let me know.


On the lighter side...what a difference 53 years makes! Click here to read how our lives have changed.


Soon after I posted the announcement for the January newsletter, I received an email from Mary K. (Mapes) Phillips, Class of '46, who said, "I just happen to have my brother’s Crimson and White. The name struck me. Walter James Simmons graduated 1936. His photo and 'biography' are on page 24." Thanks so much, Mary, for providing that information. I have now included Walter James Simmons with the Class of 1936!


The following Milne alumni, attendees, or family members passed away recently. Please note that I rely upon the Albany Times Union and input from other alumni for this information, so if you become aware of someone who has passed away, please let me know. If a name is underlined, it represents a link to the obituary. The Times Union links are available free for 30 days after the initial posting. Other newspapers may have different timetables.

Martha S. Vellano, mother of Dr. Carol Lee SANDERS Porter Faber, '64, and Gail Ann SANDERS Pipito, '67, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2009 
- Times Union.

Patricia BIRKEL Stricos, Milne Class of 1950, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. She is survived by her brother Peter BIRKEL, Milne Class of 1955.

Charles Calvin CROSS, Milne Class of 1943, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2009 
- Times Union.

Thanks to all of you for your interest in Milne Alumni activities.

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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