Milne Alumni November Newsletter
November 15, 2013

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Education and Career Survey
* Digitization Project Update!
* Message from Former Faculty Member Rosemary THOMAS Dallas
* (Lots of!) Alumni News
* Sad News

(Please note that links included in Milne Alumni Newsletters may at some point become obsolete.)


In 2007, Mary WELCH, '71, began developing a list of alumni and their educations and careers. In an effort to continue this project, I have developed a short survey (with the help of Randi GREENBERG Barrell); please click here to complete the survey if you haven't already done so.


Thanks to two new contributors, effective 11/7/2013 we have received $11,992 toward digitizing all available Crimson & White and Bricks & Ivy editions. We will soon begin our digitzation project, which will enable us to enjoy full-text web access of many of our Milne yearbooks and/or newspapers via searchable files. As Alice "Lisa" Wiltrout Moffa, '62, stated in her newsletter contribution below: "...history gets lost if no one preserves it." If we, as Milne School Alumni, don't ensure that our memorabilia is preserved...who will?

Please remember that the total necessary to complete this project is $25,000 (but, as with anything else, the price will rise as time passes) if you haven't yet donated or wish to increase your contribution, please consider doing so soon.

For further information, see A list of donations is available at If your donation does not yet appear on our list, please note that the University sends updates every two weeks.


"Hi Judy,

"I was sent a copy of the newsletter by a former Milne student so that I could update information on the faculty list. I was a member of the Milne faculty from 1968-1969. I was in the French Department with Dr. Wasley and Sue Losee. My name then was Rosemary Thomas. I loved working there and can honestly say that it was the best year of teaching in my entire 20-year career. I left because I got engaged that year and married in June 1969. My husband worked in NYC and therefore I had to leave to join him downstate. Of course, I was so saddened to leave such a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity. I did my student teaching there under Dr. Wasley, at which time she told me to get my MA and three years of experience and she would hire me to supervise. That was exactly what I did to the day! The student teachers and students at Milne were so great to work with -- I looked forward to every day that I worked there. It truly was a special place and will always remain my favorite year of teaching. I am presently in Saratoga Springs, retired and near my first grandchild. Life is good. I only regret that so many of my colleagues at Milne have passed on. They were very special people. Thank you for keeping Milne alive through the newsletter and all your reunions."


Catherine SCOTT, '59, has a book coming out by the end of the year. Booze at Breakfast is a fictionalized autobiography about an Albany family and the perils of alcoholic families juxtaposed with Irish wit and spiritual transcendence in Al-Anon and AA.

Nancy JONES Clausen, '59, was juried into the Appalachian Pastel Society's Members' Show in the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The show will run through November 24. She was also juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's Online Show, which you may view by going to their website at

Alice "Lisa" WILTROUT Moffa, '62, wrote: "I have always volunteered at not-for-profits and simultaneously continued my deep interest in learning. I feel that the start I received at Milne encouraged my great curiosity about everything and anything. I have a bit of news I would like to share with you.

"I have been Director of the Town of Pompey (NY) Historical Society (PHS) for 17 years. Recently I asked for and was given the position of Director of Research at the PHS. It gives me a chance to interact with the public more frequently. September 20-21 I ran a booth at the New York State Family Conference held in Syracuse. It meant two extremely long days but it was worth it. An attendee came up to the booth and in our conversation she mentioned that she had grown up in Albany. I replied that I had also and attended the Milne school. She said that she and her friends had always thought it was a great school and that because I attended there I must be very smart. It was nice to hear that Milne had such a reputation for academics and reinforced my pride in going there. As we discussed our high school years, I again realized all the latitude I was afforded in my studies there.

"I volunteer 20-30 hours a week at the PHS and am in the midst of finishing three major research projects. My husband always encouraged me to do what I love -- otherwise who else would have pursued a Bachelor's in Russian Studies/Soviet Economics -- wasn't very employable after I graduated -- of course, my social security remuneration reflects my many years of volunteering. I really admired hearing of all the work done by the attendees at the reunion last year. Milne produced some amazing people. Wish high schools could do that today.

"I think it is nice to know that although Milne has been closed for decades, some people remember it as a fine school with successful alumni. I was really pleased to hear the nice things the conference attendee said because I live out of the Albany area and no one here knows the school. That is why the digitizing project is so important -- history gets lost if no one preserves it."


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.

Dr. David Alfred GOLDEN, '64, brother of Reid M. GOLDEN, '68, passed away on October 30, 2013.

Arnold Linter, father of Amy LINTER Wallman, '67, and Barbara LINTER Siskin, '72, passed away on November 4, 2013.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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