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Class Notes--Undergraduate


October 12-15, 2000


Eleanor Otto reports that she has been named an "International Poet Laureate" and awarded a diploma by the International Poets Academy in recognition of her achievements in the art of poetry.


The daughter of Guinevere Clarkson Curtiss writes to report the death of her mother in January, pointing out that the elder Curtiss could claim 14 University graduates among the relatives on both sides of her family in five generations between 1863 and 1990 (a point that was featured in the October 1988 issue of the alumni publication Rochester '88). A longtime resident of Salisbury, Md., Curtiss worked as a school librarian before retiring in 1971. "She will be remembered for her community leadership and her accomplishments, such as organizing a citizens' committee to establish fluoridation of city water in 1956, initiating the formation of the Friends of the Library, co-founding the local Unitarian Fellowship, and serving as an officer and on the board of directors of eight community commissions and associations. She is listed in six biographical dictionaries, including Who's Who of American Women and Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans," notes daughter Linda Curtiss Prause.


"You can't keep an 89-year-old with reasonably navigable legs inside," writes retired federal judge Carl Paul, "so I broke out and made two long journeys: one to Sacramento, Calif., and one to Newport, R.I." In Sacramento, Paul attended the annual meeting of the Federal Bar Association; in Newport, he joined the annual conference of the Navy-Marine Corps Retired Judge Advocates Association. While in Newport, he visited the U.S. Tennis Hall of Fame, where his aunt, Marie Wagner, was inducted as a member in 1969. Wagner's record of winning six National Indoor Championships still stands, notes the proud nephew.


OCTOBER 12-15, 2000


George Dick, Jr., writes that he took time out from his trip to Alaska with a group of Rochester alumni last summer to pay a visit to Mount Fellows, a 4,476-foot mountain in Denali National Park named after Robert Fellows '39. Fellows was head of the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska in 1949 and had just launched a 10-year field project in the park when he died. The mountain was named for him in 1950. The two first met as Boy Scouts growing up in Rochester. During a 12-day Alumni Association tour in Alaska, Dick made a point of looking for his college friend's mountain. "It looked just as it was described to me: rather spread, with not much peak, no trees, no snow, but a great location near park headquarters," Dick later wrote in a summary letter to the Alumni Association.


Robert Fellows (see '36)


OCTOBER 12-15, 2000


Frank Okey received his first top 10 national ranking in the National 80s tennis circuit after turning in some stellar performances last fall, according to the Brighton-Pittsford Post. In September, Okey defeated former Wimbledon and U.S. champion Gardnar Mulloy in the quarterfinals of the National Grass 80s Championships in South Orange, N.J., before losing to eventual tournament champion John McGrath. A week later, Okey made his way through the quarterfinals of the National 80s Clay Courts Championships in Arlington, Va., before losing again to McGrath, who went on to win the tournament.


OCTOBER 12-15, 2000

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