Alumni June Newsletter
June 15, 2008
by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61
Alumni homepage: www.albany.edu/~milne/
Milne Alumni and Supporters,
In this issue:
* Message from a Student Teacher
* "Hall of Fame": Dr. Robert S. Langer, '66
* eBay Listings for Yearbooks
Ralph Benko, '70, a former editor
of the Crimson and White, says that he "apparently is a
recidivist editor." He now publishes www.Pnosis.com,
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 www.Pnosis.com,
hope you love it."
MESSAGE FROM A STUDENT TEACHER
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
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.)
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
Science Foundation website.
Ryan K. Morris, National Science and Technology Medals Foundation
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 worlds most prestigious engineering prize" (http://nano.cancer.gov/programs/mit/investigators.asp?invesId=0).
According to http://web.mit.edu/langerlab/langer.html,
"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 Forbes.com
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
Technology Prize website as "one of history's most prolific
inventors in medicine."
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
If you know of a Milne attendee or graduate whom you believe deserves
special recognition, please let me know.
LISTINGS FOR YEARBOOKS
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.
Liggett, husband of Suzanne LaPaugh Liggett, Class of 1957, passed
away on Monday, May 5, 2008 - TC Palm.
C. Hallenbeck, Jr., a member of the Class of 1960 who transferred
to Shaker High School, passed away on May 19, 2008 - Times Union.
H. Bedian, father of Linda Bedian, Class of 1965, and Robert Bedian,
Class of 1968, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - Times
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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