Milne Alumni June Newsletter
June 15, 2008

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

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Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Alumni News
* Message from a Student Teacher
* "Hall of Fame": Dr. Robert S. Langer, '66
* eBay Listings for Yearbooks
* Sad News


Ralph Benko, '70, a former editor of the Crimson and White, says that he "apparently is a recidivist editor." He now publishes, an online magazine about hypnosis. According to Ralph, "It has had readers from 104 countries including exotic places like Mongolia. It's for the general public. So if you have ever been curious about hypnosis, you're invited to visit. If you like it, subscribe to the free weekly email feature article, the EnTrance Me Note. So, you're invited to visit, hope you love it."


I received the following (slightly edited) email from Clinton Atkins, who graduated from what is now called the University at Albany and was a student teacher at Milne. Perhaps some of you remember him.

I went to SUNY Albany in '64-'65 and finished my MA in Education during the summer of 1967 at the new campus. I also trained as a mathematics teacher at the Milne School during '64-'65. My wife and I were married in August '65 and moved to Long Island, where we both started teaching. I began teaching at Finley Junior High School in Huntington, NY, in September of 1965 and have been there for 43 years. I will be retiring at the end of June. In talking to other teachers and reminiscing about the past, I related to them about my wonderful experiences at the Milne School and my work with Dr. Oakes and Mr. Buck. I was disappointed to find out that the Milne School was closed in 1977.


Mary Welch, Class of 1971, has nominated Dr. Robert S. Langer, Class of 1966, as our newest "Hall of Fame" member. Bob is a chemical engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an international leader in cancer-treatment research. He was recently interviewed on the CBS Evening News regarding his accomplishments, and there will be a three-network (ABC, CBS, and NBC) special hour-long program on September 5th focusing on raising money for this important area of medicine.

The links included in the information below include a great deal of information regarding Bob's achievements. (Please note that I have no idea how long these links will remain on the Web.)

President George W. Bush awarded the 2006 National Medal of Science to Bob "For his revolutionary discoveries in the areas of polymeric controlled release systems and tissue engineering and synthesis of new materials that have led to new medical treatments that have profoundly affected the well being of mankind," according to the National Science Foundation website.
Credit: Ryan K. Morris, National Science and Technology Medals Foundation

Bob has received over 130 major awards, including the Charles Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. This award is considered to be "the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers and the world’s most prestigious engineering prize" (

According to, "Dr. Langer has written over 950 articles. He also has more than 600 issued or pending patents worldwide, one of which was cited as the outstanding patent in Massachusetts in 1988 and one of 20 outstanding patents in the United States." See the above link for further information regarding Bob's outstanding accomplishments.

Bob Langer is described on the website as "an architect in plastic whose remarkable work may one day let you grow a new heart or replace a bone" and on the Millennium Technology Prize website as "one of history's most prolific inventors in medicine."

Time Magazine and CNN (2001) named Langer as one of the 100 most important people in America and one of the 18 top people in science or medicine in America. Parade Magazine (2004) selected Langer as one of six "Heroes whose research may save your life."

A hearty "Thank you!" to Bob for his important contributions to medical research and technology and congratulations to him for his impressive honors!

If you know of a Milne attendee or graduate whom you believe deserves special recognition, please let me know.


Occasionally there are listings on eBay for Milne yearbooks. I have "saved" several searches and receive an email if one of my searches produces results. An example of search terms I've used is "Milne Bricks Ivy." If someone is trying to sell a Milne yearbook and has used these terms in his or her ad, I am notified by email.

If you are missing yearbooks that you would like to have, you might want to occasionally visit eBay or take advantage of email notification.


The following Milne alumni, attendees, or 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 365 days after the initial posting. Other newspapers may have different timetables.

Malcolm Liggett, husband of Suzanne LaPaugh Liggett, Class of 1957, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2008 - TC Palm.

Donald C. Hallenbeck, Jr., a member of the Class of 1960 who transferred to Shaker High School, passed away on May 19, 2008 - Times Union.

George H. Bedian, father of Linda Bedian, Class of 1965, and Robert Bedian, Class of 1968, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Times Union.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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