Class Notes

June 2022

Class of 1940

Robert Orr wrote: My mother, Dorothy Whitman Orr, Class of 1940, died in April at age 100 in our home in Massachusetts.  A Pittsfield native, she grew up on Peltoma Avenue.  After graduation, she attended secretary school in Bangor, then served in the navy WAVES during WWII.  After the war she worked as a secretary with a shipping company in Washington, and later relocated with the company to New York City, where she also attended Columbia University and where she met my father.  Living in and around New York for many decades, she and my father then moved to Massachusetts to live with my wife and me.

She was valedictorian of her class and always spoke fondly of MCI and her teachers, and had only good memories of her time there.  Throughout her life she recited the poetry she had memorized as a student (her favorite was Carryl's "The Walloping Window Blind") and was always my primary source for proper grammar.  She continued to enjoy reading your 'Alumnus' magazine and would share memories of graduated you mentioned whom she knew.

It's striking to me the significant role MCI played in her life.  Thank you.

Robert Orr

Class of 1952

Alvah Wyman recently moved and is now living with his daughter.  He is getting settled and will be in touch with you soon.  Would like to see many of you at Reunion August 5 and 6.  If you have any questions, contact the Alumni Office at 207-487-5915 or email alumni@mci-school.org.

Alvah Wyman

Class Agent

Class of 1959

David Pattee wrote: I retired from a paying job one and a half years ago, but not from volunteer jobs.  I am the chairman of the local Conservation Commission that also is the Wetlands Commission. I am also the Conservation Commission’s representative on the local Water Pollution Control Commission that oversees the operation of a small wastewater treatment plant in the commercial section of Redding, CT.  I am a member of the town’s Democratic Town Committee and will be a delegate to this year’s Congressional, State Senator, and State Representative conventions. Last year I bought a kayak that I use on Long Island Sound when conditions are good. I hope to make it to this year’s Alumni Weekend and hope to see some of my classmates.

Donna Richardson Glenn wrote: My family in Arizona is fine. We have a second grandbaby due in July. They give us much happiness and joy. The 80’s are great!!! A little more pain here and there but we are grateful to be here. I still have great memories of MCI.

James MacMichael

Class Agent

Class of 1961

Juliana Armstrong Getts '61 wrote:  Since retiring from nursing I've been traveling and volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Kokomo, Indiana, where I now live.  Since Charles and Gary Armstrong live in Pittsfield, I visit them and the Library during the summer.

Class of 1963

Patricia Rodgers Skaling wrote: My husband Mike and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary in April, though it seems like it couldn’t possibly be that long ago we were married in Pittsfield and honeymooned in Quebec during a cold April week.  We are happily living in Camden where we both volunteer for town committees and enjoy life on the coast.  I keep busy with the town’s Historic Resources Committee work and assisting individuals research the history of their older houses and manage the town’s Historic House plaque program.  I am also deep into family genealogy and find it fascinating and challenging to uncover relatives in the 18h century.

We have recently traveled west to visit children and grandchildren and especially enjoy skiing and hiking with them. We attended our first grandchild’s high school graduation last June in Anchorage.  He was valedictorian of his class and is now finishing his freshman year at Stanford.  Next month, in June, we’ll be in Salt Lake City for our granddaughter’s high school graduation. She was recently recognized for her academic achievements as a Cum Laude scholar (a designation often used in independent schools in place of the traditional academic recognition designations).  She will attend Davidson College in North Carolina.

Last spring we bought a small boat and now enjoy trips to the nearby islands and boating on a local lake. We spend a lot of time outdoors exploring the many hiking trails in the area and way too much time taking care of our yard!  We look forward to returning to museum visits and cultural events as we become more comfortable being in enclosed venues again.  We wish everyone a wonderful summer.

Marcia Sprague Hodson writes that she returned to the Pittsfield area in February to attend her sister’s “surprise” 80th birthday party. Great to see family and friends. Jan Viger Bryant joined her at the party. She commented that coming up from Florida, winter was colder than it used to be.

Janet Viger Bryant

Marcia Sprague Hodson

Wayne Pinkham

Class Agents

Class of 1964

Carole Daily Vigue is enjoying time with her family.  She’s presently “maple syruping” and looking forward to camp time.

Georgie Brown Farrin is having fun with her 8 grandchildren and her new dog, Winston.  Ron is lending a helping hand to their neighbors.

Ralph Damren and Roberta moved to the Pittsfield countryside, and he still finds time to referee area sports events.

Bonnie McGaffin Baker, in Rhode Island, still has time to do her hospice work, but hasn’t gone to the new gambling enterprise at the end of her formerly quiet street.

Speaking of Bonnie, she was one of 3 girls that went to school in Portland in 1964.  Pat Elkins Pratt, Joan Vanderveer Gould, and I went to school after graduation.  Pat, Joan and I went to Golden School of Beauty Culture (some of the original Golden Girls).  Bonnie headed to Plus Grey School of Business.  Hamburgers were 18 cents! – that’s right – 18 cents each back in the day!

Joan Venderveer Gould is living in NH, and has retired from a hairdresser career and her career as an RN.  She has two grandsons and still enjoys the White Mountains.

Patricia “Patty” Elkins Pratt is also retired, lives in sunny Florida and enjoys zipping around in her red golf cart.

Frank “Tom” and Anne Haseltine now live in Pittsfield and remodeled the old homestead.  Tom is busy training a black lab puppy for his grandson.

Mark Hodgkins will be returning to their camp in Maine.

Steve Barnes is presently in Florida and plans to come north to visit for the summer.  He has seen Ben Doody and Jeff Hathorn.  Jeff informed Steve that Hathorn Park in downtown Pittsfield will be having some special upcoming events.

Robert “Bob” Mercier and I chatted recently.  He is planning a new move coming up.

Jane Woodcock Woodruff is busy with family and still has time to help the town out.  Janie found time to help the Hartland Children Fund find pairs of ice skates for children without them

Greg Wright and his wife also helped the Hartland Children Fund with years of support.  They brought bags of new toys and clothes – so far up to 173 children have been helped.  There are so many caring, kind people – so happy to know them.

Rae Philbrick is in Florida and enjoyed a recent visit from her son and grandsons.  Rae is planning on coming north fairly soon.

Carolyn Dutil Belanger still finds time to help out your class agent.  Carolyn and husband Buzz have a “cutie pie” granddaughter.

Dorothy Creasy Ackerman has 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Dot lives in Pittsfield.

Linda Vanadestine Bell is also in Florida.

Marlene Hunt Ward is in Florida, but will be heading north later this year.

Donna Brooks Rolfe is planning to go camping with family again.  She has 2 children, 2 great grandchildren, and a cute little dog.

Crystal Hunt Cyr and husband Arthur plan to open their antique shop in Burnham.  They have 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mike Vigue is still working at his Pittsfield business.

Two of our classmates are outside the USA:  Rosalie Small O’Shea is in MacKay Queensland, Australia and Jim Scribner is in British Columbia, Canada – far away, but not forgotten!

Joe and Karoldene Barnes moved to Pittsfield recently.  Joe still flies and is hoping to go up country fishing.  Joe plans to go “maple syruping” with Karoldene’s family.

Edward Toulouse has retired from school teaching (twice!) and now spends time gardening, canning, and having fun with his 5 grandchildren.

Richard Withee is still teaching history and English in Chicago at a 2000-student high school.  Impressive!

Linda Snowdeal Brown says hi to all.  She was very blessed this past December that all their family was together for the first time since 2004.  Linda and her husband Pat have 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Lowell Martin on his farm in Cambridge, is getting ready for another planting season – he grows excellent tomatoes!

Glenda McMann Weymouth and George enjoy time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Hope all of you and yours have happy and healthy months ahead!

Barbara Vigue Day

Class Agent

Class of 1965

The 2021 Spring Summer issue of “The Alumnus” magazine brought back fond memories of my time spent at MCI and of the ever-changing times.

In 1965 I graduated from MCI.  During my 4 years at the school, I resided in Alumni Hall.  The building contained 8 suites each housing 8 students.  Oh, did I mention the dorm was a boy’s dorm.

During my time at MCI there were a couple of girls who were boarding students at the school.  Since the school did not have a dorm for girls, they were housed off campus.  Congratulations for now having a dorm for girls

Rowe Hall and Weymouth Hall were also dorms for boys.  Back in the sixties the school enrolled many fifth-year students.  Some of the fifth-year students played sports to improve upon their skills prior to attending college.

A friend, suitemate, and roommate was Jose.  Jose was from Mexico.  Outside of a couple of students from Canada, Jose was the only other international student.  It would have been nice if we all could have been exposed to more international students, their culture and their ideas.

On campus smoking was only allowed in designated areas.  In Alumni Hall smoking was allowed in basements areas such as the room with the pool table.  Thank goodness for present day rules concerning smoking.

The article in the magazine that brought me back in time to my student days concerned the flight training article with students enrolled in aviation courses.  Reflecting on my experiences I started taking aviation lessons at my hometown airport in the Summer of 1963.  March 1964, I obtained my private pilot certificate.  

In 1964 the school did not have a policy concerning students riding in airplanes.  The only policy delt with cars.  However, dorm students were prohibited from riding in a car driven by another student.  

The week following my passing the check ride for a private pilot certificate I was summed to the Headmaster’s Office of Mr. Stanley.   We first discussed my interest in aviation.  Then Mr. Stanley offered, and I accepted a gentlemen’s agreement that I would not rent an airplane from the Pittsfield Airport for the purpose of taking other students up for a sightseeing flight.  

It’s great to learn that the school now has formal courses for students with aviation goals.   My early interest in aviation resulted in a rewarding and lifelong career in the aviation field.  Hopefully the school’s aviation program will help foster and promote interest in aviation for those students looking for a potential career in aviation.

I am impressed with all the positives changes at MCI.  Without changes, time for the school would have stood still, and MCI would not be one of today’s leader in education preparing students for life beyond their academic years.

May Maine Central Institute administrators and instructors continue to improve upon the school mission and core values.  Growth for all is found in how we handle changes in the ever Changing Times. 

Leigh White ‘65

Class of 1966

From Dalen Mills: Norby ‘66 and Chris Young and Liz and Dalen Mills ’66 got together in April for a Viking cruise from Los Angeles, to San Diego, to Santa Barbara (weather forced us to bypass Santa Barbara where we were going to get together with Pete Susi ’65 (not seeing Pete sucked), then San Francisco, then to Astoria, Oregon, then to Victoria, BC then to Vancouver.  Then our flights to Daytona Beach and Portland had us parting company in Seattle.  We had two days in LA and this picture was from the lunch area in the Getty Museum which was incredible.  We also went to the Getty Villa as well. One of the many highlights of the two days in LA was getting together with Greg Patterson ’69 and wife Elaine for a wonderful dinner and great conversation. Overall the trip was very tiring with a lot more walking than was expected for us old people but we were all troopers.  None of us had gone much of anywhere during Covid and this was kind of a starter trip for us all and sharing time with the four of us was great.   Norby is a great tour director in La and we saw things that we weren’t going to likely do without his foresight.

Vicki Boetsch wrote: Today is Mother’s Day as I script some news from Rockport, Maine. Weather’s improving, not so the issues around Covid numbers. I’m proud to say, although I’m officially retired from the ranks of the nurses’ in those difficult positions around the state & county, the Knox County Nurses’ Guild (I am head of the scholarship committee), just awarded 4 local students in nursing schools & universities with scholarships and support. Also today, my brother Chris ( class of ‘67) and I did some cemetery cleanup and flagpole repair in memory of our Mom who pushed us out of the nest into MCI so long ago it seems.

Speaking of “long ago...”, Dalen Mills, asked me to put the push on for a new MCI Alumni Directory. The last official directory was done in 2000 (22 years ago) and he believes the only other one (we remembered) was around 1985. The Advancement Office has also eluded to the need for something of this kind as well. Class mates and fellow Alumni, is this something that could be done ? Let me know your feelings about this as it would be a rather large & possibly costly project.

Kathy Sweet Waugh tells me she’s been cautiously walking her dog and using those great hiking sticks throughout the late winter months. She continues to assist her husband Charles with his writing and publishing books. As I remember, many of them are about animals.

Norby Young and his wife hosted Peter and me for a lovely weekend in Southwest Harbor for my 74th birthday in April. We were fortunate to be taken to a Judy Collins live concert at the Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor as well as eat at the Havana Restaurant. It was fairly quiet on most of the trails in Acadia National Park then.

As the school gears up for Alumni Reunion Weekend in August, please let me know what’s going on in your life . Or you can send your news directly to the Advancement Office via the MCI Link. I look forward to seeing classmates there then.

Vicki Boetsch

Class Agent

Class of 1968

Sharon Ringuette wrote: Dawn (Peterson) and Jesse Cox spent a couple of months on Unity Pond last summer and report it was lots of fun.  Something Dawn has wanted to do for a long time.   Together with their daughter, Lindsay, Kathy (Starbird) and Paul Warburg, Dora (Barrett) and Steve Miles, Rose Ann and Ellery Hathorn, and me, we took a day trip to the coast.  Along the way we stopped at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge for a ride to the top and a spectacular view.  Then down into the Fort Knox Historical Site to explore some history and some very interesting architecture.  From there it was a drive down to Deer Isle and then over to Belfast for pizza, beer, great conversation and laughs.

We strive each year to get together if possible.  As time passes, we realize how precious our friendships are.  We do our best to stay in touch throughout the year and hope a few of us can gather again this summer at MCI Reunion and perhaps another fun day trip.  If you are in the area at that time, please reach out and join us for our own little reunion.  Please send any updates or information you would like to share with the class. Do hope you are all doing well.  Next year  -  ’55!!!

Sharon Hanson Ringuette

Class Agent

Class of 1975

Bud Ingraham writes: I hope this finds you all well and getting out this summer, as it has been a while for most. We are looking forward to seeing you at Alumni Weekend, August 5th and 6th, 2022. Look for the schedule and get signed up early for the events on campus or the golf scramble, as we are expecting a great turn out!

Some notes as to what classmates may be up to are far and few between, but I do stay in touch with quite a few. I am enjoying retirement and loving the business of real estate.  Doing a little kayaking on the Kennebec and am having my knee replaced on May 30th, so maybe I can play in the golf tournament!

I have a granddaughter that is almost 2 and one due on May 20th – very exciting times at the Ingraham’s!

I do see Brian Duplisea when he is up.  He and his wife Lisa have moved to Stuart from Miami and have a beautiful place to watch the air show from.  Brian is doing very well after a bout with cancer.

I see Mike Susi and Deb from time to time.  They are very active and it’s always good to see them.

I heard from Ruth Dutting White, and she is busy with grandchildren as well.

Kiti Rogers Trudell and Dennis Mitchell are living the dream.  Have a beautiful spot by the water in NH, and enjoy time in their RV.  Grandchildren are in the Carolinas and they get there quite often.

I attended a concert at the Waterville Opera House with Rusty Hall, Matt McGowan and Pat McGowan. Sitting right behind us was Roxanne Rollins!

Bart Kelleher is back home and retired from his life away in NYC, Miami and Colorado.  He did an around-the-world trip when he left Miami, and had quite the time!

Suzie Quint stops by, and it’s always good to see her catch up.

Well, I hope to see as many of you as I can for Alumni Reunion.  There are tons of things to do, and so much fun!  Please come and enjoy.  Oh, Rex Fowler ’66 and his band, Aztec Two-Step 2.0, will be playing under the tent on Friday night.

Bud Ingraham

Class Agent

Class of 1976

Colleen Dunphy Martin wrote: I retired from SAD #53 after working between three of the schools for 40 years.  I now have three granddaughters.  We just moved again into our 4th new home right on number 9 green at the golf course. My husband Stephen (Class of 1973) is slowly beginning to retire after many years.  Still working but no more house building for him.  My oldest son Kory (class of 2001) and his family live in Pittsfield and my youngest son Bradley (Class of 2003) lives in Manchester New Hampshire.  Keep me updated on any festivities.

Mickey Young wrote: I am still in Detroit living with my husband, and in June we will have been married for 45 years. I have three grandchildren, Jenna age 20, Alex age 10, and Abe is 3. Grandchildren are great. They come and visit and then they can go home with Mom and Dad. I have been retired for 2 years now. That is wonderful. The old saying, “I don’t know how I got anything done before retirement” fits me. That is pretty much it in a nutshell.

Charlie Tryder wrote: I am happy to serve as the class rep for ‘76. I hope to hear from you all in the coming months and years. Fill us in on what is happening in your life! After 38 years of classroom, coaching, and administrative ventures in the education field, I retired. I have a home in Lovell, but my wife Helen’s business is in Portland, so we recently moved there. Although retired, I have been subbing regularly at Waynflete in Portland while assisting with the girls’ basketball team and coaching middle school baseball. My two children and three step children have all graduated college and all but one lives in the Portland area. (I am working on the other). With one grandchild and another on the way, I feel blessed. If you are in the Portland area, I would love to get together. Please reach out. Hope to see you all in August.

Charlie Tryder

Class Agent

Class of 1979

Phil Hendricks wrote: Ellen and I live in Augusta and enjoy our 11 grandchildren. We run our company Gerrick Enterprises and enjoy life to the fullest.

Anthony Edith wrote: Bonnie and I are still enjoying life in Richmond Virginia. The pandemic has slowed life down a bit but we still enjoy a simpler life here in our Backyard Paradise (BYP). We welcome you all to come hangout with us! We also look forward to the next time …

Kathy Kelly

Class Agent

Class of 1980

From Belinda Laflamme: I hope everyone is doing well. It has definitely been difficult the past few years for everyone. We are strong and will keep moving forward.  I can’t believe how the years are passing so fast. So get out and do what you enjoy in life. Do not wait.  I have so enjoyed the small class gathering the past 2 years. It was great!! Thank you to Stacy and Tina Fitts for providing the location. I started a Fairy Garden at camp two summers ago. This has been attracting young children to come down with their parents to visit frequently when they are visiting. They play “I spy.” One little girl left a note for the fairies. I continue to collect items to add that is ok for them to play with. I have enjoyed this so much. My family has had a lot of changes. My brother Lee passed away several years back, but he has two beautiful grandchildren. My mom lives with me now. She has Dementia and, having experience with dementia in the medical field, it has been a game changer when it’s your own mother. We are making the best of what we have. I am still loving my job at RFGH—definitely a lot of changes.

Belinda Lawrence Laflamme

Class Agent

Class of 1985

From Hope Tormey (Roberts): Hope and Paul just celebrated their 26th anniversary in Jamaica.  Their kids are grown and doing well. Abby is a Deputy sheriff in Silverton CO. Michael graduated with a dual degree in Civil engineering and economics and then won a scholarship to study in London for two years which he is just finishing up. He will start a full time job in London this fall. Hope and Paul just moved to Texas after a lifetime in Maine, bought a house, found new jobs and love living in the South.

Karen Rollins Fraser

Class Agent


March 2022

Class of 1960

Michael Robinson is happily retired on the Gulf Coast of Florida and fondly remembering years at MCI.

Class of 1962

From Preston Carter: Last year, I retired after 50 years working in the US Army Healthcare system, 25 years active duty followed by another 25 years as a civilian general surgeon at Madigan, the Army hospital serving the west coast, located near Seattle.  Fulfilling a longtime dream, Beth and I returned home to Maine, and are now living in Etna, pending a move this summer to our new retirement home in Blue Hill.  With two grown sons, two grandchildren, and continued good fortune with our health, life is good.  We look forward to reconnecting with friends and family in New England, and at MCI reunions!

Class of 1964

Carole Daily Vigue is enjoying time with her family.  She’s presently “maple syruping” and looking forward to camp time.

Georgie Brown Farrin is having fun with her 8 grandchildren and her new dog, Winston.  Ron is lending a helping hand to their neighbors.

Ralph Damren and Roberta moved to the Pittsfield countryside, and he still finds time to referee area sports events.

Bonnie McGaffin Baker,  in Rhode Island, still has time to do her hospice work, but hasn’t gone to the new gambling enterprise at the end of her formerly quiet street.

Speaking of Bonnie, she was one of 3 girls that went to school in Portland in 1964.  Pat Elkins Pratt, Joan Vanderveer Gould, and I went to school after graduation.  Pat, Joan and I went to Golden School of Beauty Culture (some of the original Golden Girls).  Bonnie headed to Plus Grey School of Business.  Hamburgers were 18 cents! – that’s right – 18 cents each back in the day!

Joan Venderveer Gould is living in NH, and has retired from a hairdresser career and her career as an RN.  She has two grandsons and still enjoys the White Mountains.

Patricia “Patty” Elkins Pratt is also retired, lives in sunny Florida and enjoys zipping around in her red golf cart.

Frank “Tom” and Anne Haseltine now live in Pittsfield and remodeled the old homestead.  Tom is busy training a black lab puppy for his grandson.

Mark Hodgkins will be returning to their camp in Maine.

Steve Barnes is presently in Florida and plans to come north to visit for the summer.  He has seen Ben Doody and Jeff Hathorn.  Jeff informed Steve that Hathorn Park in downtown Pittsfield will be having some special upcoming events.

Robert “Bob” Mercier and I chatted recently.  He is planning a new move coming up.

Jane Woodcock Woodruff is busy with family and still has time to help the town out.  Janie found time to help the Hartland Children Fund find pairs of ice skates for children without them

Greg Wright and his wife also helped the Hartland Children Fund with years of support.  They brought bags of new toys and clothes – so far up to 173 children have been helped.  There are so many caring, kind people – so happy to know them.

Rae Philbrick is in Florida and enjoyed a recent visit from her son and grandsons.  Rae is planning on coming north fairly soon.

Carolyn Dutil Belanger still finds time to help out your class agent.  Carolyn and husband Buzz have a “cutie pie” granddaughter.

Dorothy Creasy Ackerman has 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Dot lives in Pittsfield.

Linda Vanadestine Bell is also in Florida.

Marlene Hunt Ward is in Florida, but will be heading north later this year.

Donna Brooks Rolfe is planning to go camping with family again.  She has 2 children, 2 great grandchildren, and a cute little dog.

Crystal Hunt Cyr and husband Arthur plan to open their antique shop in Burnham.  They have 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mike Vigue is still working at his Pittsfield business.

Two of our classmates are outside of the U.S.: Rosalie Small O’Shea is in MacKay Queensland, Australia and Jim Scribner is in British Columbia, Canada – far away, but not forgotten!

Joe and Karoldene Barnes moved to Pittsfield recently.  Joe still flies and is hoping to go up country fishing.  Joe plans to go “maple syruping” with Karoldene’s family.

Edward Toulouse has retired from school teaching (twice!) and now spends time gardening, canning, and having fun with his 5 grandchildren.

Richard Withee is still teaching history and English in Chicago at a 2000-student high school.  Impressive!

Frank Chaffin is “enjoying every day of my retirement. Every day above ground is a great day!” 

Ron Kinney is currently wintering in Panama City Beach Florida with long time friends. Then on to Myrtle Beach SC for more R and R before returning to Connecticut. Wondering if Skip Ettinger will remember our long ago adventures in Myrtle Beach? Last year was a little rough as my last sibling, sister Peg Kinney Thompson class of 1955, passed away. Her children Tammy Thompson Vuocolo and Eric Thompson are MCI alums, as was her departed son Scott Thompson. We all miss them greatly. I broke an ankle that took 5 months to rehab but recently was able to play 9 holes of golf. Score not available for publishing but it was truly enjoyable. Life goes on and is still all good!

Linda Snowdeal Brown says hi to all.  She was very blessed this past December that all their family was together for the first time since 2004.  Linda and her husband Pat have four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Lowell Martin on his farm in Cambridge, is getting ready for another planting season – he grows excellent tomatoes!

Glenda McMann Weymouth and George enjoy time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rita Flood Bubar called from Florida.  She came to Maine for Christmas to see her family, and will be back in Maine for the summer.  She is treasurer of the condo where she lives, and has been vice president.

Hope all of you and yours have happy and healthy months ahead!

Barbara Vigue Day

Class Agent

Class of 1966

Winter and wind from Penobscot Bay continue to have an impact on the weather here in Rockport, Maine as the pandemic begins to loosen its grip. And now the concern for Ukraine and the price of "the potential continued threat of war" takes its place. However, I have some news to share from classmates with hopes of putting a positive spin on this weird and frightening world of the current times.

Anna Parker is slowly settling into living back in Portland at Park Danforth. Learning her way around the city was a challenge at first, as is living in a much smaller space. After spending some time in hospital at Maine Medical Center, a knowledgeable therapist got her on track with her oxygen therapy and usage of her CPAP machine. She feels that correct, night time usage has made a big difference in how clear she mentally feels during the day. She loves being near her daughter and family.

A post from Tom and Judy Webster in Glochester, Mass seem to indicate that their attempts at retirement are not totally in the books yet.  Tom had shared pictures of huge fish caught off shore last fall.  But then during one of those powerful winter noreasters, he had a tough time in the middle of the night while out sanding the roads. Tom, glad you didn't get hurt–what happened to the truck?

Dalen and Liz Mills call periodically to check on me.  They had an enjoyable time away from their Port Orange, FL home to tour Charlestown, SC earlier this year.  Sounds like they are planning a cruise on the west coast with Norby and Chris Young in April.  Let's hear about it?

Norby has continued his weekly trips from Duck Cove in Tremont to Pittsfield to oversee the restoration of Powers Hall. Last fall, he toured Anna Parker and I about campus to see some of the tremendous work being done there.

Linda Abbot Morgan and I are currently communicating our ups and downs as both of us are in cancer care.  Linda reports that she's doing better on a new treatment plan. She's glad to be living in Oakwood, GA in her walk-in apartment near family.

After being in long term remission with non-hodgkins lymphoma since 2003, I was re-diagnosed at the beginning of this year.  I am lucky to be right around the corner from my younger brother, who now lives on the family farm where I grew up.  Greg (Class of '65) lives in Lincolnville and Chris (Class of '67) is in Union.  I'm minutes away from Penobscot Bay Medical Center where I'll be receiving my chemotherapy for the next 5 months.  My life partner of the last 3 years, Dr. Peter Giustra, has been instrumental in me getting the best care I could possibly receive close to my own home.

I'm proud to say my friend Rex Fowler is making his mark in the music world with his wife Dodie. Hopefully, we'll all be at reunion this summer.

Please let me know what you're up to, classmates. Or you can send directly to the Alumni Office at MCI. Stay Safe!

Vicki Boetsch

Class agent

From Dalen Mills: Just an update.  There is some waxing philosophically in my update that just seems appropriate in this day and age.  Liz and I are still, so far, able to drive back and forth to SW Harbor in the spring and Port Orange, Fl in the fall.  Now when we are asked “how are you doing?” we say we're VERTICAL!  And at our ages that is a goal every night when our heads hit the pillows.   So far so good!  Liz and I will be married 21 years on May 25 and of all the blessings I have, next to my children, she is at the top of the list. Most of my friends who know me and have met Liz have wondered why she hasn’t killed me?  You’d have to ask her because I have no idea why myself.  Also, I’ve been blessed to have two hometowns, in Pittsfield and SW Harbor.  The 3 years of MCI morphed into many lifetime friendships in Pittsfield that I still cherish and certainly in SW Harbor where I lived and worked most of my life.   As the years have passed I can’t tell you how much I value these lifetime friendships that have grown and flourished over the years in both SWH and Pittsfield.  It is abundantly clear to me as I have aged that it’s relationships that matter more now and the material things I strived for in my early years aren’t nearly as important.  It’s about health and friendships and not things.  And as for today?   Liz and I are in reasonably good health. Death and taxes come to mind when I write the following.  We’ve all lost more than a few friends in the past few years and all of the class of ‘66 are in the same boat as we are losing, and have lost, friends, classmates and family members.      Both Liz and I are looking forward to being able to connect to friends and family when we are back in SW Harbor for our 5 months there.  The biggest drawback to that is the close to 3 1/2 million of our closest friends who visit Mt. Desert Island in the summer months.  Try to find a parking space!  And all on single lane highways that were never intended to have wall to wall tourists. It’s a challenge for sure. Hey, be well, stay involved in our country and don’t hesitate to let those we vote for know how you/me feel about things. All of us have a role to play in our government if we choose to. Speak up!!!!

Class of 1970

Bill Cunningham wrote: On Sunday Feb 6, 2022, at age 70 I skied in my first cross country ski race since sophomore year at Bates College back in 1972. I was a cross country skier on the MCI ski team during each of my four years there. This was the Annual Caribou Bog Race held in Orono Maine. It was a nice size race with a mass start of thirty-five 9K racers and twenty-four 18 K racers of mixed ages, genders and skills on a cold, clear, windless day with excellent snow conditions. It took me 57 minutes and a few seconds to cover the 9K (5.6 miles) fairly flat course through woods and across the large frozen Caribou Bog. This race time got me a "Silver Medal," second place in my 70 to 79 age group and the 18th finishing spot in the overall race. Needless to say, I was very happy with this result and happy I could still  do this high energy sport at a not too slow of pace and not feel too sore afterwards! My MCI ski team coach Bob Borelis sure taught me well!

Wendy Murdock Esposito wrote: A lot changed in our life in 2021. I lost my mother at the age of 94. She was living with us and we were able to care for her until the end. That was a wonderful thing for both of us. Needless to say, she is missed. That and the pandemic and our own age caused us to take a look at our own life and how Espo and I want to move forward. Let's not forget we had a 51st class reunion. That alone got me thinking. We may have looked good at the party, you should see us try to get up in the morning. So, we are figuring out how to semi-retire from our business. Being an artist and creating pottery is what we are passionate about. It is easy to walk to work and be creative together. That we will continue, only on a smaller scale. No more walking up hills, across fields in 98 degrees, wind, rain and cold to sell pots under a tent at 29 shows a year. This old lady's back and feet don't want that any more. We have also stopped wholesale. We are planning to keep our storefront open a few days a week and have fun creating what we feel like. Visit us here at Unity Pond Pottery. The rest of the time we plan to go camping and explore our beautiful state of Maine and have more free time to enjoy the lake we live on. We started our "bucket list" of places across the country that we have always wanted to have time to see. Hard to believe we are the "older generation" now. Better grab that energy drink and MiraLAX and get going. I am excited about this next stage in my life. Watch for my "go fund me" page. 

Your friend and classmate, Wendy

From David England: Last summer was an eventful summer. Our class celebrated our 50th +1 class reunion, which I thought was a great success. It was fun catching up with friends. There were a number of classmates in attendance that had not been back to school since graduation. I also took the big plunge into retirement and sold my plumbing business which I had been operating for 42 years. Having a love for being out on the water, I landed a job as a deckhand on a seasonal passenger ferry that runs from Jamestown to Newport RI. 

Susan and I are still living in the island community of Jamestown, RI. which is located in the lower portion of Narragansett Bay. 

If you find yourself in our area, please feel free to give me a call. Deckhand Dave can be reached at (401) 639-0509.

Class of 1973

From Sue England: 

Greetings Classmates,

I hope you are well and looking ahead to summer and all the family times and activities that the warm weather brings. 

I am aware that Richard (Dick) Davis retired last fall and Brenda Neal in March. Congratulations to you both. Enjoy your well deserved retirement. 

I am saddened to write of the passing in October of classmates Terry Bishop and William (Bill) Glencross. Both will be missed by many. 

David and I enjoyed his 51st class reunion last August which was a shared event with the class of 1971 who celebrated their 50th. It was great catching up with a number of 1973 classmates as well as friends from 1970-76. 

Our 50th class reunion will be held August 4-6 2023. Mark your calendars so you can join in the events. Please use this link Update Your Information - 2020 Maine Central Institute (mci-school.org) to update your mailing and email addresses. As always you can contact me at ssengland55@gmail.com or the Alumni Office at alumni@mci-school.org. If you haven't already, please join our class Facebook page - MCI Class of '73. 

Best wishes to you all,

Sue

Class of 1974

From Debbie Morra Lemus: Retired Registered Nurse, volunteer tax preparer, nana of 4, happily married in California, recently traveled to Big Island and Manzanillo, MX

Vera Lloyd Bryant wrote: I retired from Cianbro in 2020 after 30 years in the IT department. Kevin and I are enjoying our retirement life. Our children live in the Augusta area. Maggie works as a wellness coach at Maine General. Douglas is an engineer at CPM Construction in Freeport. We enjoy going to bluegrass festivals and spending time with family. 

Class of 1976

Hello to you all - classmates of '76,

My name is Charlie Tryder and I have volunteered to be the class rep for the class of '76 at MCI. I hope this email finds you and your loved ones well.

As I think most of you know, Donald Hallenbeck sadly passed away this past year, and he has handled this job for years. We will miss him, no doubt. I will miss my occasional conversation or email exchange with Donald, and I suspect those of you who stayed in touch with him will as well. I will do my best to carry on for Donald. 

Part of the class rep's job is to gather information to share with the alumni office for their MCI ALUMNUS magazine which is mailed out once or twice a year. I always enjoy getting my mailing and reading about what you are all up to...I am happy to say that I have reconnected with a number of you and I would love to reconnect with more. 

You will hear more from me in the coming months, but for right now, I am hoping that you will share any new developments in your life that you would like your classmates and fellow alumni to know about. Grandchildren? A move to a different community? New professional ventures? Or in my case, retirement? Plans to visit the Pittsfield area? Let me know and I will share with the Alumni Office for their publications. 

I will be in touch in the near future with other notifications and thoughts. I would love to see our class have more representation at reunions and other MCI functions. Hopefully you will share information with me to share with the MCI community at large, but even if you just want to catch up, please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you all. 

Take care. 

Charlie Tryder

(207) 256-7114

charlie.tryder@gmail.com

Class of 1979

From Ann Cianchette: I left my 8-5 job working on the staff of Keller Williams Realty Maine at the end of September after 2 crazy years.  Took my first post-pandemic vacation and visited  my oldest son in CA.  And I am back to selling real estate as my only job which is super flexible so I’m looking forward to lot s of time in Unity this summer and hope you all will visit! I also love selling Central Maine properties in the summer so call me if you need my help! Cheers to 2022!

From Dianne Marcoux Libby: I have made a big move. I am now living in Morehead City, North Carolina. It’s a hop, skip and jump from Atlantic Beach. So beautiful here and no snow and much warmer! My daughter and family also moved here and I’m loving spoiling my grandbabies, Katelyn 9, Teagan 7 and Tyler 2. A few times a year I fly to California to visit my other daughter and family to spoil Enzo 5 and Finn 4.

From Kathy Kelley: I left Sebasticook Valley Hospital after 5 years and have joined with Northern Light, Home Care and Hospice as a Home Health Nurse. I am enjoying it immensely! I am finding myself caring for people that I know, and it gives them great relief to see a familiar face in this crazy world we are living in, where healthcare is such a challenge. I so enjoy hearing from you all, looking forward to seeing you in person!

From Eric Witham: We still live in ND, changed jobs a few times due to COVID and oil prices.  It was bitter cold winter here this year.  The wind was so bad once it took down part of our fence.  We have four dogs now, 3 golden retrievers and one Aussie.  The newest being 10 weeks old.  It is starting to warm up now and As of Jan 3rd, I started a new job and am loving it.

Jim Richmond (from his wife Lois Pease Richmond `78) Jim retired in December of 2020 only to return to work for another company in January of 2022 as Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Commercial Operations, Americas for Medela.  He is back to traveling but when he is home his heart belongs to our only grandchild, Olivia Doll Thomas, who is an absolute delight and her Papa’s shadow.

Class of 1992

Sean Callahan reports that he is losing all his hair and what he does have left, is turning gray. Despite getting older, losing his memory and fighting off daily aches and pains, he is living his best life living on Sebago Lake, traveling and spending time with close friends from MCI. He is looking forward to seeing the rest of the Classmates from ’92 and catching up on all our latest ailments. 

Class of 1999

Shannon Davis Ring wrote: Celebrated 10 years with Manpower on Halloween 2021!  Hope all are well and happy!

Faye Mack wrote: I am currently teaching a third and fourth grade combination classroom at Fort O'Brien Elementary School in Machiasport, Maine. I coach cross country and softball. I have a 9 year old (Jade) and a 13 year old (Kai). They are both fantastic human beings excelling at life and school! I recently got engaged to Joseph Costa from Martha's Vineyard and we are planning our wedding for Labor Day weekend this year. We are incredibly happy, healthy and grateful.


December 2021

Class of 1952

Robert Benoit ’52 passed away November 30, 2021

Class of 1959

Brenda Quiet writes, "I'm writing to inform you of my husband's death on 12/6/2020.  Harold Quiet '59 leaves behind wife Brenda Davis Quiet of 60 years and 2 sons, Dave Quiet (and his son Sam serving in the Army in Germany) and Duane Quiet and wife Mary Raynes.  He was predeceased by son Derek Quiet '86.  Harold worked for J.J. Nissen's Baking Co. for 41 years and loved to fish, hunt and travel.”  

Donna Richardson Glenn emailed:  “We are all well here in AZ. We had three granddaughters get married this last year so our family keeps growing.   We now have one great grandchild.  It's been a few years since our last trip to Maine so I am looking forward to another visit next summer. I still have two sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends back there. Maine will always have a special place in my heart and MCI”.

Al Walker emailed:  “Hi Jim (Red), Bob Therrien and I attended the reunion this past July, and had a great weekend.  Played in the golf tournament, enjoyed swapping stories with members of the class of '59.  Right now with the colder weather and holidays coming up, my wife and I look forward to heading to Florida for the winter.   Hope to see you at next summer's reunion.  Best Regards.”

Nancy Ross emailed:  “Hi Red, This sounds insignificant but here goes. Nancy Ross, Cameron, and Martha Menedez Mourkas met recently for lunch. We hope to have Sophia Kellis and Donna Richardson Glenn return next summer for a summer visit and possibly attend MCI summer reunion. Friendships that last over 60 years should be celebrated. The class of 1959 has many of those friendships.”  

Class of 1963

Pat Rodgers Skaling writes that she and her husband will be heading out to Utah for the holidays to visit with their daughter and family in Salt Lake City. She adds that one of their granddaughters is a senior and working with college applications. Their other granddaughter is a sophomore in high school. Their son lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Their older grandson is a freshman at Stanford and the younger one is a junior in high school. Sounds like a proud grandmother to me. She is looking forward to getting together for our 60th.

Ross Furman writes that he also is in the lodging and retreat business but in the area of Eastport. You can reach him at Rossportbythesea.com.

Thank you,

Marcia Hodson, Janet Viger Bryant, Wayne Pinkham

Class agents for class of 1963

Lewis P. Barton authored and released the first book in a four-part series. According to Barton's website, Countess Athena & Godfather's Twins is the first of four books that will "illustrate one hundred and forty three years of Sicilian family life – their love and devotion, traditions, commitment and loyalty, royal families merging, wealth, survival, and crime with the first book covering the first eighty years. All these factors had an influence on the world, both in America and abroad." The book was released on November 8, 2021 by Global World Publishing Ltd. and is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Class of 1964

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Willis Dunton.

Class of 1965

Douglas Thompson emailed:  We just enjoy being retired and the great outdoors, and watching our granddaughters make their ways in the world (ages 22 and 26).  One of the most wonderful meetings which caught me totally off-guard was seeing Skip Ettinger at an airport in the far east.  We were both on the way back to the USA.

Class of 1966

Hi Everyone!  How's the MCI Class of 1966 faring this ending of 2021? What have you been doing classmates?

I am Vicki Boetsch, and I will be the MCI Class of 1966 Agent in 2022. Anna Parker has taken a break from MCI to move to Portland, Maine. Having been uprooted three years ago myself to move back to my Boetsch Family surroundings in Rockport, Maine, I realized how difficult these life changing moves can be at our age. So I stepped up to the plate, knowing that I can't possibly  fill the shoes Anna has worn over the years as an Alumni, Trustee, and Class Agent.

In talking with the Advancement Office and Wayne Lobley, it's come to his attention that many e-mail addresses, residential addresses, and telephone numbers (as well as the whereabouts of some classmates) are missing.  If you are so inclined to let us know what, where, or how you are doing, please don't hesitate to let the Advancement office know or you can contact me directly  as follows:

Vicki Boetsch

19 Michelle Lane, Rockport, Maine 04856

boetschvicki@gmail.com

207-691-0629.

Happy Holidays and the Best to all in 2022.

Class of 2010

Terra Frederick is currently in her 3rd year of her Master’s of Divinity at Boston University. Terra is a certified candidate for elder ordination in the United Methodist Church. Terra  is currently working as a Campus ambassador for Interfaith Youth Core Faith in the Vaccine program to help increase Covid-19 vaccine rates. Terra has worked with various Boston grassroots organizations and has been privileged to be recognized by the White House during the month of service vaccine effort this past June. During Terra’s time in the program she has been able to meet with Dr. Fauci and Vice President Harris as part of the ongoing work to end this pandemic.

 


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