Milne Alumni May Newsletter
May 15, 2011

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Daughter of Milne Alumna Named as National Merit Scholarship Finalist
* Website Update
* More Memories of Dr. Moose
* Egypt: Unchanged, by John Edgar
* Sad News

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From Elaine Wieczorek, '72: Julia Steppich, daughter of Deborah Dugan, Class of '72, was named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

"ALBANY, N.Y. (October 7, 2010) - Two Albany High School seniors have been named as semifinalists in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking them among top students in the United States.

"Megan Murphy and Julia Steppich are among the 1.5 million students nationwide that took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Their stellar scores place them in the top 1 percent of students in both New York state and the U.S.

"In order for Murphy and Steppich to become finalists, they must have outstanding academic records throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test." [From City School District of Albany website.]


I am in the process of updating the Milne Name Directory and Milne Class-Year Directory so that all alumni in classes prior to 1900 will be listed as "Deceased." So far I have completed A through L. If I have missed any such alumni, please let me know.


From "Tripp" May, '56: "One of the more interesting things (to me) is that I was a 2nd generation Milnite, and Dr. Moose (he may have been Mr. Moose then) also taught my father, Bill '32.

"I was very surprised that no one mentioned the great trick that he demonstrated every year. He would sit on a wooden chair, on the desk/tables in the physics room, balancing on two legs while playing the trumpet. I think I fell over on my back a dozen times trying to emulate Dr. Moose, and I didn't even have the added problem of playing the trumpet!

"Dr. Moose's love of music, in addition to his love of science and physics, was fulfilled by his son Charlie's ('55) attending the Crane School of Music at Potsdam State University. My wife and I know a woman in our fair town of Perinton, NY, who attended the Crane School with Charlie. She has some great stories about his college days.

"Once again, thank you for all of your hard work in keeping us all informed. Although we rarely take the opportunity to express it, we very much appreciate your efforts. I hope it is a labor of love, because I don't think they pay enough to do your job." (Thanks, Tripp. Yes, it's a labor of love--no pay!)


Thank you to John FULENWIDER, '46, for sharing this information about Egypt: Unchanged, which was published in March of this year.

Egypt: Unchanged, by John Edgar: "An engineering team, led by Dr. Fulenwider, is sent to Cairo in 1979 to plan the modernization of Egypt's telecommunications system. Deterioration of the system, triggered by thievery, is evident in both Cairo and Alexandria. Business is suffering badly from dead lines, no dial tone, sudden disconnects, wrong numbers. Fulenwider's team leads the planning for new cables, fiber optics and electronic switches. By 1983, Egypt gets a new telephone system--but also new ways for scam artists to make their living.

"Edgar's story has the appeal of a mystery novel and the detail that tells you just what it was like to be an American engineering consultant on the streets and in the offices of Egypt. 'Like a visit to Egypt,' said one early reader.

"About the Author: The author has worked as a consultant for business and government clients in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. His PhD in electrical engineering was earned at Stevens Institute of Technology in 1970. Now semi-retired, he resides with his wife Cynthia in Holland, Michigan."


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.

Lillian T. Alpert, mother of Helen ALPERT Goldenberg, Milne '61, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Samuel Sylvan Raab, brother of Beatrice RAAB Greenberg, Milne '41, and father-in-law of Nancy SUNDIN Raab, Milne '68, passed away on April 18, 2011.

Norman Bachman, father of Merle BACHMAN, Milne '72, passed away on May 9, 2011.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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