Alumni April Newsletter
April 15, 2009
by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61
Milne Alumni and Supporters,
In this issue:
* Milne Photos
* Merle Lyn Bachman, '72: Diorama with Fleeing Figures
* Thanks to Our Website...
* Sad News
As a reminder, you can keep up with all Class-Reunion Planning at Reunions.
The Class of '61 held a "mini-reunion" on Monday, April
13th, at the Orchard Tavern in Albany. Fifteen classmates and guests
enjoyed an informal dinner...and celebrated Dave Blabey's birthday!
Gee, this is starting to sound like the Milne Merry-Go-Round!
Do you have old photos from your Milne School days? If so, please
let me know! (Contact information is on the home page.)
MERLE LYN BACHMAN, '72:
DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES
Merle Lyn Bachman, graduate of the Milne Class of 1972, has a collection
of poems out: Diorama with Fleeing Figures (Shearsman Books,
Exeter, U.K., 2009). From the back cover: "The poems in Diorama
with Fleeing Figures delicately point to devastating historical
events. Instead of mounting judgments, the poems accrue power gently,
even stealthily. Evoking a language at once lost, familiar, original,
and dying, they balance fragments of culture, with a locus of Jewish
Eastern Europe, against intimate imagery of the body 'the most
confused part of the forest.'" Pierre Joris, an internationally
known poet and translator (with whom Merle studied during her Ph.D.
program at the University at Albany, State University of New York) contributed
this blurb for Merle's book:
the dictionary says, is the art of carving or incising intricate designs
on whalebone. These poems are indeed intricate designs carved, or better,
etched, if not on whalebone, then 'inside this wrist,' as Merle Lyn
Bachman writes. This is lovely, tough, needed work. Her question: 'Where
is the location of desire?' A relentless investigation, at times celebratory,
at times plangent, in tightly wound lyrical constructs that take nothing,
neither themselves, nor the world for granted."
costs $15 and can be ordered through The Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza
in Albany or online here.
THANKS TO OUR WEBSITE...
Thanks to our website, I recently received the following email:
Dear Ms Madnick,
My name is Mara Elliott. I am a parishioner at St. Andrew's Episcopal
Church in Albany. We are putting together a special service for this
Memorial Day and hope to be able to provide biographies of the eight
young men from our parish who died in World War Two.
One of these young men...was Richard Alexander Selkirk. I know from
the Milne website that he graduated from the Milne School in 1938. I
know he died in France in 1944 and is buried there. I believe he had
two sisters, Ruth and Jeanne, who also attended Milne.
Any information you could give me would be appreciated. We want very
much for the parish to see the young men who died as more than just
names on a plaque we want them to be real people who are
remembered for the lives they led before they were killed in the war.
Thank you very much.
I sent an email to the members
of the Class of '38 for whom I have an email address and received a
response from Frank Steinhardt. Frank subsequently mailed to Ms. Elliott
copies of yearbook information regarding Richard Selkirk's high school
activities and accomplishments. I received a note of gratitude from
Ms. Elliott...and none of this would have happened had she not found
"Richard Alexander Selkirk" on our website!
When I contacted Ms. Elliott on April 12th for her permission to
post her email in our newsletter, she mentioned another Milne alumnus
who died during World War II, Jack Benjamin from the Class of '32. I
called Annette Worthman Rosenstock, '34, who told me that she has the
1932 yearbook. Since I happened to be in Albany visiting family and
friends, I was able to pick up the yearbook the very next day, drive
to Ms. Elliott's home so she could photocopy the appropriate data, and
then return the yearbook to Annettemission accomplished!
Ms. Elliott has promised to provide all the biographical information
she has compiled regarding Richard Selkirk and Jack Benjamin upon the
completion of the memorial project. Perhaps one (or more) of you
would like to help memorialize other Milne alumni who have given their
lives for our country. I am confident that Ms. Elliott would be
willing to share her sources of information to help us get started.
The following Milne alumni, attendees, and 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
BECKER Towle, Milne Class of 1941, passed away on Friday, March
27, 2009. Elaine was the mother of Sharon TOWLE Warejko, Milne Class
of 1974 - Times Union.
to all of you for your interest in Milne Alumni activities.
Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61
For contact information, see the Milne Alumni homepage: www.albany.edu/~milne/
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