Milne Alumni February Newsletter
February 15, 2014

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Digitization Project Update!
* News from Ralph Benko, '70
* Sad News

(Please note that links included in Milne Alumni Newsletters may at some point become obsolete.)


Due to the snowstorm of 2/13-14/2014, I don't have an update to share this month. I will repost the January update for anyone who may have missed it.

As of 01/14/14, our total is $12, we're halfway to our goal! If you click here and then click on the donations link, you will see that there are many alumni who have not yet contributed to this important project. Please help us reach our goal so that we are able to digitize all available Crimson & White and Bricks & Ivy editions, which will enable us to enjoy full-text web access of many of our Milne yearbooks and/or newspapers via searchable files. If we, as Milne School Alumni, don't ensure that our memorabilia is preserved...who will?

Please remember that the total necessary to complete this project is $25,000 (but, as with anything else, the price will rise as time passes) if you haven't yet donated or wish to increase your contribution, please consider doing so soon. Thank you very much to those who have already contributed.

For further information, see A list of donations is available at If your donation does not yet appear on our list, please note that the University sends updates every two weeks.


"Laissez Faire Books just published Essay on Money (LFB), a fresh translation of Copernicus's Essay on Money, of which I served as co-editor (and furnished the Introduction). The translation of this long-overlooked small gem (Copernicus was really smart!) is very relevant and beautifully written and translated.

"It has gotten some media notice. The most intriguing probably was the translation into Polish of my weekly column referencing it (and making some observations about Keynes, and by Keynes about Sir Isaac Newton) and publication at a website maintained by (but not necessarily reflecting the opinion of) the National Bank of Poland.

"This was a republication from my weekly column at It also was republished in many other venues around the world.

"My classmates (and others!) who wish to keep up with my work, which often addresses good money as a policy issue, are invited to click Follow me at Forbes Opinions and to Like 'The Gold Standard' on Facebook. Cheers, all!"


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. Many obituaries are available free for a limited time only.

John S. WILTROUT, '56, passed away on January 6, 2014. He was the brother of Alice "Lisa" WILTROUT, '62.

Lawrence Irving COFFIN, '49, passed away on January 20, 2014. He was the brother of C. Tristram COFFIN, '47, and Lucinda COFFIN Huggins, '61 (Milne/Shaker).

Esther Peller FINKELSTEIN, mother of the late Louis FINKELSTEIN, '69, and Barbara FINKELSTEIN Hochberg, '71, passed away on February 5, 2014.

Richard ENGLANDER, brother of S. William "Jiggs" ENGLANDER, '57, died on February 6, 2014.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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