Milne Alumni December Newsletter
December 15, 2012

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Whatever it is you celebrate
I hope your holidays are great!

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Newtown, Conn., School Shooting
* Status of Yearbook and Newspaper Digital Reformatting Project
* 2012-2013 Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck Scholarship Recipient
* Sad News

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My thoughts and condolences are with those who were directly affected by yesterday's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. We are all shedding tears and wondering...why?


We have now received $3,015 toward digitizing all available Crimson & White and Bricks & Ivy editions. For further information regarding this important project, see Thanks for your support of this initiative, which will be funded solely by your tax-deductible contributions. A list of donations is available at


I have received word that Michael C. Patti was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Theodore H. Fossieck Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Michael is currently a sophomore and is studying both biology and political science at UAlbany. Although Michael's major is undecided, he is pursuing a minor in Spanish. Here's Michael's letter to "Members and Faculty of the Milne School":

"I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and thanks on bestowing The Theodore H. Fossieck Scholarship to me. I was honored to be chosen as the recipient of this scholarship. My grandmother had worked at Milne for many years, and always talked about this time in her life with fond memories.

"The goal of students today is to try and attain the best education possible. The cost of this education, as many of you know, can be exorbitant. I chose this institution for its outstanding reputation, as well as hoping I would not incur outstanding debts. I am so grateful for this monetary assistance, whereby this helps with the financial burden on my family.

"I have thought of various directions that I may take for my major. I enjoy the field of Biology, however, Political Science and Globalization are very interesting programs as well. I continued my Spanish studies from high school, and will receive a minor in this field. Through education one strives to learn as much as possible, and I feel this is vital in order to live in the world of today.

"Again, I was very touched by receiving this award, and I will utilize this assistance to the fullest.

"Sincerely, Michael C. Patti."


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.

Mario A. deSousa, '51, brother of Willa deSousa, '56, passed away on November 16, 2012.

Charles Graber, Milne Latin supervisor, passed away on November 17, 2012.

Chester Gavryck, husband of Jackie MANN Gavryck, '47, and uncle of Karen GAVRYCK Amerling, '65, and Dr. Wayne Gavryck, '69, passed away on November 28, 2012.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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