Milne Alumni April Newsletter
April 15, 2011

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* More Memories
* Reunion Planning
* Sad News


John Garman, Class of '58: "Here is a story to add to your wonderful story about Dr. Moose.....those black and white mice were still there in the '50s.....and one day in '56.....something happened and the nice mice got loose in the hallway between classes.....and this one boy.....somewhat of a trouble maker type.....a 10th grader.....saw this.....and ran down the hall to the science office screaming.....Dr. MICE....., your MOOSE is loose!! Dr. MICE, Your MOOSE is loose!!"

Don Milne, Class of '56: "Bob is right on target with his recollection of Carleton Moose. Dr. Moose was the teacher who inspired me to become a physics teacher and, later, a teacher trainer. Most amazing about Dr. Moose was his lesson planning. There were 181 days of school in New York State and Dr. Moose had 181 lesson plans in his bag. Included in each plan was a list of typical questions that a student might raise during the lesson and, in inimitable fashion, Moose included suggested answers to each. When I later attended Albany State and took Methods of Teaching Science, I noticed that his list of questions was definitive. Observing him teach, I never saw a student ask a question that he hadn't included in his list. Bob Abernathy mentioned Moose's extra-credit 'brain teasers' that inspired many of us to put on our thinking caps. It was only one of his many motivational techniques that had us forming study groups and putting in extra effort to master his subjects. A bonus effect was that we learned how to learn from him. He was an icon."

Jackie Mann Gavryck, Class of '47: "Miss Mary Elizabeth Conklin was my homeroom teacher throughout Milne. She was sometimes derided by the students who thought her old fashioned. They especially liked to mimic her 'Careful, careful, check with me,' but she really had the students' moral and intellectual development at heart. She took a personal interest in our reading habits. She even loaned me books from her own collection. I remember her loaning me T.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters. She was responsible for directing plays, for the Crimson and White and Bricks and Ivy, and any other project involving student writing. And most importantly, she was the Head of the English Department, assigning student teachers to the other English Supervisors. In addition to all this, she taught English Methods at the college. A very hardworking and dedicated lady who made a major contribution to the Milne School over a large number of years."


The Milne Class of 1961 is planning its 50th Reunion for the weekend of July 15-17, 2011. All scheduled events will be held at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, including an informal "Meet and Greet" at Chat's lounge on Friday evening, a dinner-dance on Saturday night (reservations required), and a Dutch Treat breakfast on Sunday morning.


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.

Dr. Gerald M. KOTZIN, Milne Class of '45, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. He was the brother of the late Rosara KOTZIN Sundell, '48.

Dr. Franklin Glockner, husband of Judith L. WEBEL Glockner, Milne Class of '56, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

Terry Ross Fortune, husband of Rose BOULE Fortune, Milne Class of '72, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

Irene Hawkins, Milne Class of '36, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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