Milne Alumni October Newsletter
October 15, 2006
(Revised for Web publication.)

by Mary Welch, '71

Dear Classmates & Milne Alumni,

Our Milne Website (established February 17, 2006) has been found by many formerly disconnected Milne Alumni, according to the website creator and webmaster, Judy Koblintz Madnick, 1961. Judy has told me that she receives several new responses each week from people who are surprised to find it when they do a search on "Milne." Many say how pleased they are to find that they now know how to get in touch with their classmates and to know their Milne years are not forgotten. Judy has been updating the website with new graphics and features, including an area for "News" that will have events, recent obituary notices, and other Milne-related news. Please visit the website when you have the opportunity.

Here is news that you will soon find posted there:

Reunion Luncheon 2007

The University at Albany Alumni Association has invited Milne alumni to join University alumni at a luncheon under a tent on the lawn in front of Milne and Page Hall on Saturday, June 2, 2007, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. We suggest that you contact your former classmates to join you in this informal reunion. This event may be of special interest if your class year hasn't had a reunion recently or one is not scheduled. There will be additional programming during the day in which both Milne and University alumni may participate. If you and your classmates wish, you can make this Saturday event part of your own class reunion weekend with the addition of a dinner that evening and/or breakfast the next morning at area restaurants.

As additional information, including pricing, becomes available, we will update you on the Milne Alumni website at Luncheon. If you have any questions, please contact Judy KOBLINTZ Madnick. Judy is a dual Milne/University at Albany graduate, so she represents Milne Alumni as our University Liaison.

Two Milne Faculty of the 1960s have been located this past week: Bob Lewis, the Boys' Physical Education Teacher and Coach, and Charles Graber, the Latin Supervisor.

Bob Lewis wrote to me:

"I think it's great what both of you are doing. Milne has such a great tradition, and it would be a shame if it was just forgotten. I would be very interested in being included for the Milne Alumni Newsletter. You have my permission if you wish to include anything about me."

Bob came to Milne in the fall of 1960 and he left Milne in 1968 to teach at the U. at Albany and retired from there in 1995. He says, "My wife and I currently live in Voorheesville from about May 1-November 1 and live in Florida the other six months. Our Voorheesville address is 176 Georgetown Court, Voorheesville, NY 12186 and our Florida address is 905 Hyacinth Circle, Barefoot Bay, FL 32976." (Click on Bob Lewis if you would like to contact him.) We have five adult children and nine grandchildren. Our children were born during my tenure at Milne. I have attended several Milne class reunions and enjoy connecting with the students that I taught. I will be attending the Class of '66 reunion on October 14.

"I don't have any contact with former Milne faculty. I attended the Class of '67 reunion four years ago and Barbara Palm was there. Don't know her address, but believe she lives in Schenectady. Dan Ganeles was at the Class of "64 reunion with me. I believe his address is 904 Rosemary Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92009."

Dan Ganeles, reportedly, has not been well. If you want to send him a card at the above address, I am sure he would appreciate hearing from you. (Update: Dan Ganeles passed away on November 8, 2006.)

Charles Graber can be reached by clicking this link: Charles Graber. Judy, who spoke with him by telephone, says he was very "funny." If you took Latin, as I did (for one year), I remember him being funny too. Judy says he is happy to be listed in the "Faculty" section on the Milne website.

Throughout Milne's years, we all had wonderful faculty that provided us with a superior education. I know we greatly appreciate all the concern and interest they had in us as students. We continue to search and find as many former Milne faculty as we can. If you can help us in this search, please let me or Judy know.


Two Milne class years had reunions this past week, 1957 and 1966.

Dan Brown sent me this information on The Class of 1957's event:

DATE & TIME: October 12th; Drinks & chat start at 5:00 pm; Dinner buffet starts at 6:30 pm. If you can't make dinner, at least stop in for a long drink.

LOCATION: Newly renovated Washington Tavern at 250 Western Avenue, between Quail and Ontario Streets (518) 427-0091. There is parking behind the WT building and the "Ginger Man" (owned by same person).

MENU: Fruit and Cheese Board, Tossed Salad, Assorted Breads. Choice of three entrees: Penne pasta with mixed vegetables, Italian meatballs or Chicken Marsala. Starch: Rosemary garlic roasted potatoes. Vegetable: I think Ratatouille (eggplant).

COST: Buy your own drinks .... Buffet is $18.00 per person.

ATTIRE: Anything; prefer casual

Judy Koblintz Madnick attended this event and she said there was a good turnout and everyone had a nice time.

The Class of 1966 had their invitation posted on their website and I copied an edited version of it below:


The Milne School Class of 1966
40th Reunion

Saturday, October 14, 2006

2-4 PM Informal Reception and Tours
Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck Milne Alumni Room (the old Milne Library)
1400 Washington Avenue 2nd Floor
Albany, NY

6 PM Cocktails (cash bar)

7 PM Elegant Buffet Dinner
Yono's Restaurant
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
25 Chapel Street € Albany, New York

Special Guest of Honor: Coach Robert Lewis

RSVP with check for $65.00 per person
by Friday, September 29

For reception at Milne (now the the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy):
Free parking will be available at the (former) Albany High lot, next door

For Dinner: On-street parking or $5.00 lot across from the restaurant.

I do not have any report on how this event went or how many they had in attendance, but the website (click link to the left) is certainly worth checking out.

You can see there is variation in the cost of the two events, but the most important feature of these reunions is getting to see and talk with your old classmates. If you know of any upcoming reunions, please include us in your e-mail list.

Judy and I are continuing to research and assemble the Milne Class Contact Directory by class year. We also welcome news you want to share with other Milne Alumni. If you want to be added to the newsletter mailing list or receive back editions, please contact me.

I hope you are having a good Fall season so far. My next newsletter will be on November 15th.

Thanks for writing.

Best wishes,

Mary Welch, '71

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