Milne Alumni September Newsletter
September 15, 2008

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Milne Alumni homepage:

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

Thanks to those of you who responded to my plea for Newsletter contributions.

In this issue:

* Class of 1973 Reunion
* Facebook Group for Milne School Alumni
* "Good Stuff!"
* Sad News


From Peter Bulger Class Contact for the Class of '73:

"The Class of '73 held its 35th reunion with three events.

"On Friday, September 12th, friends and members played golf at the Orchard Creek Golf Club. It rained but all had a great time.

"Friday evening, the class and other Milne Alum and friends met in downtown Albany. In total, there were about 70 reveling in the occasion. Many in the group moved from Jillian's to the Fountain on New Scotland.

"The final event was a cocktail [party] and dinner at the Hudson Harbor restaurant in downtown Albany. About 40 Alum and guests reminisced about old times. There was even conversation of the School mascot ('Red Raider'- a bear) and how in 1968 the student council almost voted to replace the bear with the saluki. Look that one up. An informal hand count called for another gathering 5 years from now."

It sure sounds as though the Class of '73 knows how to party!

But . . . in May I asked: "
Was the mascot's name always 'Happy'?" And now I'm seeing a reference to "Red Raider." Can anyone provide further information regarding the history of the Milne mascot?


For some time I have been thinking about setting up a Facebook Group for Milne School Alumni but have never gotten around to doing so. After learning that Randi Greenberg Barrell, '73, had set up a Facebook Group for her class, I decided that if she can do it, so can I! So there is now a Milne School Alumni Facebook Group. See Facebook. (Thanks, Randi, for giving me a push in the right direction!)

If you are not familiar with Facebook, it is a website that is used for social networking. It's somewhat like Classmates in the sense that you can contact other Facebook members without having to know their email addresses. Facebook started with college students, but now there are lots of people of all ages participating. It's a great place to post information and to communicate with one another and is quite intuitive and easy to navigate.

The Milne School Alumni Group is private; i.e., only people that are "approved" can see the group. You can access it yourself by searching for "Milne School Alumni" on Facebook (if you have an account), or you can send me your email address and I will send you an "invitation" to join the group.


Born to Alexis Cohen Gantsoudes and George Gantsoudes on July 3, 2008,
a son, Isaac James Gantsoudes, 7 pounds 4 ounces. "Papa" is Artie Cohen,
Class of '67.
Congratulations, Artie!

Joan Martens Frumkin, Class Contact for the Class of '48, asked her classmates for contributions to the Newsletter. Here's her first response:

Elaine and Bill deProsse, Class of '48, have both been retired for many years now, after each had a 30-year career with the Federal government. They have been traveling extensively to various and far-flung parts of the planet. This past summer they explored the Norway fjords and are happy to report that the Vikings are being very peaceful. They are living in Concord, CA, and enjoying their three children and five grandchildren. During the last 21 years, Bill has held about every position in the Boy Scouts, both at the troop and council level. Elaine has been a soloist in the church choir for many years, and even sang at Carnegie Hall last year.

Keep the "Good Stuff" coming!


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 30 days after the initial posting. Other newspapers may have different timetables.

John E. Wurst, father of Sandra Wurst Chisholm, Class of 1957, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2008
- Times Union.

Jerome R. Lozoff, Class of 1960, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
- Times Union.

Dr. Victor N. Tompkins, father of Ms. Amy Elizabeth TOMPKINS Kroll, '71, Ms. Rachel Victoria TOMPKINS, '68, and Ms. Ruth TOMPKINS Bridgham, '64, passed away on August 22, 2008
- Times Union.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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