Alumni News & Notes


A note from your class councilor: I received a letter from Mabel Schweizer Loughlin’s daughter telling us that she passed away in March. John and Rosemary Zongrone celebrated 59 years of marriage in April. They are going to become great grandparents in October. Their 16 grandchildren range in age from 4 to 32.

Mimi Webb is recovering from a stroke she suffered last year. Her visual field was reduced, which is the most challenging result of the stroke. Joan Hartman spent the bitter cold winter planning a Danube River summer cruise and a reunion with her family. Inez Mallery Parker recently returned from Sharon Springs, N.Y., where her 106-year-old mother currently resides. Inez recalls her mother and father playing host to several college friends during Inez’ years at SUNY Albany. Inez was able to reconnect with her Pierce Hall roommate,

Audrey Cahill Silveri; they spent time in Venice and Sarasota, Fla., reminiscing and sightseeing. Inez has nine grandchildren, four of them college graduates. The remaining grandchildren are juniors in college, and one is a high school senior. Inez and her husband recently traveled to Eugene, Ore., where one grandson was selected to participate in the Joseph Alessi Seminar. Don Voellinger is recovering from a broken hip. He is pleasantly retired and splits his time between New York City and Cape Cod.

Patricia Byrne Manning, still a volunteer with 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds in nursery school, also volunteers with Hospice patients. She continues to write children’s science-book reviews for the School Library Journal. Patricia is planning an annual trip to Italy, where she will spend time in Venice, Rome, Amalfi, Sorrento, Naples, Paestum and Pompeii. Margaret Jacobson is going to be a first-time great-grandmother: Her grandson and his wife are expecting a baby girl. Margaret’s grandson recently accepted a position as assistant professor at the University of Delaware. July marked one year since the passing of Margaret’s husband, Dick Jacobson ’53. Her son lives nearby and is a big help.

Gert Daly enjoyed watching the men’s and women’s UAlbany basketball and lacrosse teams this past year. Naoshi Koriyama’s translation of the 12th-century collection of Japanese tales, Konjaku Monogatari, was released by Tuttle Publishing in August under the title Japanese Tales from Times Past. Corinne Valente Moxham traveled to Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for her granddaughters’ high-school graduation ceremonies – not on the same evening, luckily! She plans to visit upstate New York and Canada before returning home to Las Cruces, N.M.

Ed Osterhout and Carol recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a hot-air balloon ride over the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, N.M. They a hiked along the Rio Grande walking trail, enjoyed a tram ride in the Sandia Mountains and visited the National Lab Center. They also enjoyed a walk around Santa Fe and attended a country-rock concert in which their daughter played bass guitar. Their 45-year old son David accompanied them on the trip, and all had a wonderful time.

Richard “Dick” Bailey missed the reunion last fall, as he had back problems and couldn’t face a long plane ride. His boat, Dreamer, sank in the Pacific about a year ago while being operated by a friend. Bonnie Dodge Brousseau recently celebrated the arrival of her first great-grandchild, Kyleigh.

Jim Thompson and Bill Floyd meet for lunch each month. Jim and Carol celebrated their grandsons’ graduation ceremonies at Cazenovia College and the University of Rhode Island this past spring, before heading to Tupper Lake, N.Y., for the summer. They traveled to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for the retirement ceremony of Jim’s son, Navy Capt. Scott Thompson ’91, in July. Scott and his family reside in Springfield, Va. In August, Jim and Carol traveled to Lincoln, Vt., where Jim officiated his granddaughter Carissa’s wedding.

After living in Williamsburg, Va., for 26 years, Gladys Smith O’Mea and John relocated to Bailey’s Glen, Cornelius, N.C., to be closer to their family. They have three children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. John Granito and Dolores White Granito continue to enjoy traveling. They’re still living on Pine Island, Fla., seven months a year and at Keuka Lake for five. Last October, Dolores traveled with their oldest daughter to Slovenia, Istanbul, Venice, Sicily and Milan. John and Dolores spent Christmas with family in Mallorca, Spain. Their recent travels also included a trip to San Diego to visit a granddaughter, as well as a “Chateaux, Rivers and Wine” Viking trip in France. Their oldest granddaughter graduated from Fordham Law School this past May.

Class Notes Councilors: Bernice Gunsberg Shoobe, [email protected], and Joan Paul, [email protected]


Arlene Adel-Posses and Alice Lockwood Say reunited in West Palm Beach, Fla. They had not seen each other since 1958.


A note from your class councilor: Greetings to the Green Gremlins of 1959. Ron Short and his wife have been traveling to spend time with their children and grandchildren, including to Nova Scotia, where their oldest and his family reside. Ginny Buddenhagen Guglielmone and Tito Guglielmone ’57 had a wonderful family reunion in Italy, where they visited Rome, Florence and Sorrento.

Terri Vitale Bosomworth and Bob toured Australia and New Zealand in 2014; sadly, Bob passed away unexpectedly in March 2015. They loved their home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Carol Scheu Hackett passed away in May after a three-year battle with cancer. She and husband Art Hackett ’60 lived in Virginia and enjoyed visiting their kids and grandkids. A beautiful memorial service was held in the church where Carol led Bible studies. They attended Art’s 50th reunion in 2010.

Joe Hill and Jane Bushart Hill ’60 live in central New York. They have three daughters and five grandkids. They spend winters in Las Cruces, N.M., and return to the Finger Lakes in spring. Joe taught junior-high social studies and coached wrestling; he moved to BOCES and became director of Instructional Services. He and Jane are seasoned travelers; they’ve visited Antarctica, Easter Island, Tibet, Swaziland, Cuba and Iceland.

Carol Waldron Robinson and her husband live in Phoenix and have been active in real estate, but are now retired. Their two daughters have settled in Denver and Salt Lake City. You may remember that Carol was one of the finalists for “Campus Queen” our senior year. She says a former sorority sister, Bev Burke Poole ’60, lived in Phoenix for a while, and they enjoyed getting together during that time. Our class has been invited to be a part of 1960’s 55th reunion in October. Class of ’60 members are hoping to see people from the classes of 1957-1963. Your class councilor attended their 50th reunion and would encourage any who can to attend this one.

Class notes councilor: Ron Short, [email protected]