Milne Alumni May Newsletter
May 15, 2009

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck – 2009 Milne School Scholarship Recipients
* Class of '47 "Lunch Bunch"
* Class of '59 50th Reunion
* Class of '61 "Mini-Reunion"
* Sad News


Evan Felitte, whose grandfather graduated from Milne in 1950, will receive a $500 2009 Milne School scholarship. Evan will be a junior next year and will officially declare his major in the Documentary Studies Program. Evan's interests are filmmaking, photography, music, and writing. Evan also received this scholarship in 2007 and 2008.

An incoming freshman, John Iseman, will receive a $500 scholarship. His father, uncle, and grandmother are all Milne alumni. John is planning to be a wildlife biologist. He has been very involved with Boy Scouts and is now an Eagle Scout. John is also a member of his high school's National Honor Society.

A Milne School Scholarship will be awarded to William Vollmer, whose grandfather, David Vollmer, graduated from The Milne School in 1946. In addition, William's grandmother graduated from the New York State College for Teachers at Albany and was a student chemistry teacher at The Milne School.

Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck, principal of the Milne School from 1948 to 1972, established an annual scholarship to the University at Albany for a student who is a descendent of a Milne School graduate or faculty member. Applicants must fill out an application and submit documentation that they are direct descendents of a Milne School graduate or a Milne School faculty member. Both incoming and present undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

Congratulations to Evan, John, and William!


From Jackie MANN Gavryck: "Classmates of 1947 are now the 'Lunch Bunch' after reconnecting at the class's 50th, and only, reunion. Other Milnites are always welcome."

From left to right:
Jackie MANN Gavryck,
Joan CLARK Walsh,
Patricia SNYDER,
Joan MINNOCK, and


The Milne Class of 1959 held their 50th reunion in, of all places, New Bern, North Carolina. Over the weekend of May 1st, 24 classmates, along with family and friends, enjoyed the atmosphere of this quaint harbor town while renewing old acquaintances and fond memories.

Many thanks to Sheila Burke McGarity and Nancy Jones Clausen for their organizational efforts in making the reunion happen. Barbara Kircher Fenimore assembled a great reunion book with bios on all the attendees and notes on many others. She also took the best group photos of the event. Max Streibel was responsible for creating the Milne logo that graced our reunion mug. Myron LaMora donated red "I survived" T-shirts. George Houston sent out monthly issues of the Crimson and White and conducted extensive research on our deceased classmates. Connie Evans Finley donated a picture CD of our deceased classmates, as well as an audio CD, with a '50s mix. Mike Ungerman was the tech guru providing web support and audio/visual for the event. Many other classmates contributed their time and efforts during the reunion to make this a successful event.

The following links are to Mike Ungerman's Picasa web album. Many class members contributed their digital photos to this compilation. Additions and captioning with names are still in progress, so check back over the next month for updates.

Lots of pics
Group photos
Deceased Classmates


On April 13, 2009, 15 Class of '61 "classmates and friends" met at the Orchard Tavern in Albany for an informal dinner and opportunity to "catch up" with each other. I have posted photos here.


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 timetables.

Dr. John J. Black, husband of Susan BARR Black, Milne Class of 1967, son-in-law of Sara KESSLER Barr, '35, and brother-in-law of William BARR, '63, passed away on April 10, 2009 - The Buffalo News.

Helen NORRIS Coleman, Milne Class of 1941, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009 - Times Union.

Louis FINKELSTEIN, Milne Class of 1969, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009. Louis was the brother of Barbara FINKELSTEIN Hochberg, '71 - Times Union.

Marguerite WATERBURY Pearce, Milne Class of 1937, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - Times Union.

Edna Van Popering Vollmer, wife of David VOLLMER, Milne Class of 1946, passed away on April 27, 2009 - Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Ruth MANN Sumberg, Milne Class of 1936, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2009 - Times Union.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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