Milne Alumni November Newsletter
November 15, 2010

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

Happy Thanksgiving!

In this issue:

* Help Wanted
* Alumni News
* Sad News


John Murphy, '54, currently maintains a backup of the Milne Alumni database. (Thanks, John!) I would like to find someone who is interested in becoming a co-moderator of our two Yahoo! Groups, the "milnenewsletter" group and the "MilneSchoolAlumni" group. The only prerequisite would be familiarity with moderating Yahoo! Groups...or simply a willingness to learn how. If I can do it, anyone can. LOL! Please let me know if you are willing to help.

And I'm still looking for a volunteer to help with webmaster duties. As you have seen, this is a very basic website, so if you have any skills relating to website creation, I'm sure you can help.

Thanks in advance!


Jim Panton, '49, and his wife Georgiana are among eight individuals who won the Senior Services of Albany 15th Annual Third Age Achievement Award. The awards are a tribute to people over the age of 60 for their contributions to their communities in various areas. At a dinner at Wolferts Roost Country Club on November 16, Jim and Georgiana will be recognized for their dedication to Arts and Culture in the Capital District, including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard ASO, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany Center Gallery, and the Art Collection of the Empire State Plaza. They have served on the boards and volunteered for the Empire State Plaza Art Commission, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany Center Gallery, Service Corps of Retired Executives, and the Art Center of the Capital Region. In addition, Jim is a Member Emeritus of the University at Albany Foundation Board, and Georgiana has served in various offices with the Board of Troy Chromatic Concerts.

Congratulations, Jim and Georgiana!

John Henkes, Milne '49, a retired GE electrical optical engineer, is among a group of men at Beltrone Living Center in Colonie, NY, who participate in a weekly pool league. The league currently has 24 players, all men, who range in age from 75 to 91.

According to Paul Grondahl, Albany Times Union Staff Writer, "They suggest with a wink that they're participating in 'physical therapy.' That's what they tell their wives or significant others, anyway."

John's little dog Angel is the league's mascot. According to Grondahl, "Angel rests quietly on its bed in a corner near a table. But if the old guys raise their voices or get into a heated discussion over a disputed shot, Angel begins to bark excitedly. The dog's shrill yips pierce the air and quickly silence the players, even the ones who don't hear so well. The gentlemen yield to Angel, their pint-size pool hall bouncer."

Grondahl said, "There is a palpable spirit of camaraderie. The league is an excuse for some male bonding, a little good-natured ribbing and gives them a reason for getting out each week. They credit a points standings list on the wall for helping to keep their competitive juices flowing. Bragging rights keeps them young."

Click here to read the full article. Or go to the website and search for "taking their cue for fitness and fun." (I don't know how long the article will be available, but you can also search the archives.)

Please continue to update me with your "Alumni News"! 


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.

Anne CARLOUGH Wormwood, Milne '49, passed away on October 20, 2010. She was the sister of Jane CARLOUGH Cleary, Milne '52.

Jacqueline PFEIFFER Lueth, Milne '46, passed away on Monday, November 1, 2010. She was the sister of Elizabeth PFEIFFER Coburn, '48.

Betty Lou SILBERG Lipscher, Milne '51, passed away on November 7, 2010. She was the sister of Martin SILBERG, '55.

Robert Lockwood PERRY, Milne '46, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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