Milne Alumni December Newsletter
December 15, 2013

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Digitization Project Update!
* Message from Bob Abernethy, Class of 1948
* Need a Milne School Transcript?
* Sad News

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We're almost halfway there! Thanks to two new contributors, effective 12/09/2013 we have received $12,142 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.


"Judy....Please let me thank you for all your efforts sending us news about Milne and the alumni. I am writing to you with the hope that some of my classmates from the 1948 class will respond. I would love to hear from them." [Click here to send an email to Bob.]

"Brief Bio and comments: First let me say the Dr. Carleton Moose was the greatest teacher by far that I have ever had. Considering I have four degrees from RPI and the University of London, I think that says a lot. He was also my homeroom teacher. I remember he had an electrical board with lots of double throw switches and light bulbs. If he set the switches and you correctly predicted the outcome of lights, he would raise your grade by 5%. He cheered me on to take the NY State Regents as he wanted to have students that got 100%. In my rush to finish I failed a multiple choice problem even though I knew the correct answer. I failed my mentor.

"One memory is the Crimson and White dance. My date and I went up to the top floor...cannot remember why...and his pet rats were loose...somehow we gathered them and put them back in the cages.

"We had two children, and my first wife passed on in 1971. I have been married to my second wife, Sally, for 41 years. My claim to fame is that I invented the engines on the Lockheed A12 and SR71 Blackbirds. The A12 holds 17 world speed and altitude records. My slide rule prediction was cruise at 90,000 feet at Mach 3.2 and that turned out to be accurate. One of the CIA secret projects I worked on was 'Oxcart.' It has just been declassified so the CIA brought my wife and me to Washington to lecture on our experiences along with three Blackbird pilots. My talk was given at the Dulles Airport IMAX theater. The pictures were published on the internet for a few hours before it was erased because there were several CIA covert agents in the audience. During the Korean War I was on destroyers Atlantic and wound up as Staff Operations Officer for DESDIV 22.

"The other claim to fame is Weibull Analysis. This is the best method for predicting when things like pacemakers will fail. Lecturing on this method has taken Sally and me to fifty countries. My book on the subject has passed 23,000 copies.

"Again I hope to hear from classmates...please...Bob Abernethy class of 1948."


If a Milne alumnus or alumna needs a copy of his or her Milne transcript, the person to contact is Dean W. Knapton. Thank you to Libby JOCHNOWITZ for providing this information.


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.

Bertram "Bert" Fisk TALLAMY passed away on February 14, 2013. Bert was a post-graduate member of the Class of '49.

Lawrence Sylvan, husband of Susan MECKLER Sylvan, '72, and brother-in-law of Ronald MECKLER, '67, passed away on September 7, 2013.

Frances Ann MITCHELL Sherman, '52, passed away on November 9, 2013.

Eleanor E. Grover, mother of the late Harriet GROVER Daggett, '62, and mother-in-law of Michael Daggett, '62, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013.

Robert "Bob" Connor, husband of the late Sally DUNCAN Connor, '46, passed away on November 25, 2013.

Ruth DYER Jones, '53, passed away on December 1, 2013.

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

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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