River Campus Undergraduate: Slater Society–1950s
College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering classes celebrating reunions
October 6–8, 2006
Slater Society: All post-50th Reunion Classes
65th Reunion: 1941
60th Reunion: 1946
55th Reunion: 1951
50th Reunion: 1956
45th Reunion: 1961
40th Reunion: 1966
35th Reunion: 1971
30th Reunion: 1976
25th Reunion: 1981
20th Reunion: 1986
15th Reunion: 1991
10th Reunion: 1996
5th Reunion: 2001
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Glenn Rayson (see ’99).
Delwyn Rayson (see ’99).
Leland (Ennis) Rayson (see ’99).
Barbara Chandler Rayson (see ’99).
Walton Howes writes, “I have sponsored a
modest Regenerative Medicine Fund for stem cell research at the Lerner Research
Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.”
Kenn Hubel, class correspondent, writes:
Sallie Turner Guy and her husband, Carroll, have
enjoyed traveling in their RV for 20 years. Sallie is an ardent weaver, and
she has taught Elderhostel workshops on the subject. An expert in Scottish tartans,
she has created two designs, one for her Presbyterian church and the other for
the students of an undergraduate fellowship program at the University of Kentucky.
Sallie also is a watercolor artist, active in the League of Women Voters, and
has held offices in the Presbyterian church at the national level. Sallie and
Carroll have four girls and two boys. (424 Moser Lane, Murray, KY; (270) 436-2261;
kenlake2 (at) aol (dot) com).
Mary Louise (Lou) Nortz married Bob
Leene in 1951, and they moved to Newark, N.Y., where Bob later owned
Ely & Leene Insurance Agency. By 1963, they had four girls and two boys
and kept busy with family activities. A volunteer at her local hospital, Lou
was a member of the board of directors at the Medical Center as well as the
Patient Care Ethics Committee. Bob died in 1994, and Lou remained active in
her church, literary group, bridge group, and the Embroiderers Guild of America.
She has traveled to Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain, and Scandinavia. She
now lives in Cape Porpoise, Maine, in the home she and Bob built in 1985 close
to the shore and tidal wetlands. Three of her six children and their children
live in nearby New England towns. Lou says that “family and friends have
made my life rich beyond belief.” (P.O. Box 7204, Cape Porpoise, ME; (207)
967-2119; mleene (at) gwi (dot) net).
Barbara Longstaff Outterson ’83N (Mas) and
her husband, Hugh ’49, attended the Slater
Society lunch at the 55th reunion last fall and were delighted to find Betty
Lou Babcock Fisher ’70W (Mas), Mary Lou
Renick Nickles ’73W (MA), Jane Finch Mills,
Jeanne Cramer Armstrong, Sallie Turner Guy, Ginny Webber Robinson, Sarah Henderson
Forsyth, Nancy (Smitty) Henderson Michel, Lou Nortz Leene, Marie Ostendorf Wells,
Anna Maggio Camelio, and Doris Waring Luckey.
They sang “The Genesee” before adjourning and wondered if undergraduates
still learn the alma mater. Barbara and Hugh were impressed with Chris Matthews’s
talk in the Palestra and the class dinner at the Chatterbox Club, where Barbara
noted the death of English instructor Ruth Adams at the age of 90 after a rich
life. (231 Mobile Drive, Rochester, NY, 14616; (585) 621-6069; boutterson (at)
earthlink (dot) net).
—Contact: Kenneth Hubel, 2562 Oak Circle N.E., North Liberty, IA 52317;
(319) 626-6562; khubel (at) southslope (dot) net.
Erwin Cherovsky, a New York lawyer (retired),
author, and literary agent, writes, “I returned to the University on October
20, 2005, and spent 2 1/2 days with the remnants of the Class of ’55 (105
deceased out of 320 grads). My major purpose, as an official member of the 50th
reunion committee, was to make certain that my first-year roommate at Harvard
Law and professor there for many years, Arthur Miller,
returned to his alma mater to lead a panel of commentators and become officially
recognized as a member of our class after spending his entire career until then
as a ’56 alum. (I earlier had learned that the date of graduation determines
the class to which one belongs.) I was asked to act as Arthur’s guide
by Rosanna Centanni, high priestess of reunion activities, which I did in fits
and starts, including obtaining soft drinks for Arthur and my wife, Edith, one
evening while getting soggy feet in the tent near Rush Rhees Library. The reunion
should have been designated the “Grandma and Grandpa Reunion” or
the “Reunion of Retirees”—almost all returning alums fell
under both descriptions. Still, it was a grand experience, exchanging war stories
with other recidivists over hard drinks (moderate) or repasts (consistent with
medical advice). I was happy to receive the handsome gold-plated medallion from
our recently installed President Seligman. (My grandsons, Sammy and Zachary
Stone, 6 and 4, respectively, thought it was pretty neat.) In spare moments
I read our class memory book, which included short and long bios and comments
by most surviving ’55 grads, including the incomparable 5 1/2-page narrative
of Gene Landau about his adventuresome life abroad
before coming to the University, a depiction that has more than a passing resemblance
to Gulliver’s Travels. I recommend that all alumni read the many
and diverse revelations contained therein.
“The 50th reunion may well have been the last formal chance for our class
as a whole to salute our years at Rochester. When she took our daughter, Karen
Cherovsky Stone ’92, to tour the campus in 1988, Edith believed
it was the prettiest and most impressive campus she had ever seen. She still
holds that opinion, and I agree with her. Clearly the school and campus have
changed markedly during the last half century, mostly for the better. Now that
the school and Kodak have almost the same number of employees, future University
developments seem very material and important. Still, the spirit of the school
seems the key factor here. Need I say that the alumni—particularly we
older ones—will have a critical role in determining how all this will
“Let me close with what may be considered a personal postscript. At the
45th reunion, we saw a video of Bruce ’64W
(Mas) and Carolyn McCamey McPherson ’58
(Mas) talking movingly about Bruce’s very serious prostate condition.
(Mine, relatively recently discovered, is, I believe, of a much milder variety.)
Then I sent Bruce a note, and for almost three years we exchanged rather frequent
letters. While at Rochester, I didn’t know Bruce, only that he was a big
jock on campus, so imagine my reaction to his thoughts and poetry, which frequently
was about appreciating the beauty of all things natural—far different
from what I had expected. In addition, I learned that much of Bruce’s
postcollege work was teaching convicts how to write prose and poetry. I was
delighted we had met in a very peculiar way and that we got to know each other
pretty well before Bruce ran out of time. Sometimes, time makes one wiser—I’m
certain I would not have appreciated Bruce’s steadfast views much earlier—and
I learned that one needs to keep one’s mind and heart open to many people
and to judge everyone by his or her individual merit, including both spirit
“It is somewhat eerie to recognize that 50 postgraduate years are behind
us. Who knows how long the retirement aspects of our lives remain, taking into
consideration the health and related problems that come naturally with advancing
years? And the University seems to have ‘come of age’ as well, bearing
in mind its current strong influence on the Rochester community and beyond.
This may actually herald the beginning of a new and promising future for the
University and the rest of us. Scary but exciting. Meliora!”
Chita Angeli Duval ’78W (EdD) writes, “A
group of us Class of ’57 women got together in Boston for a three-day
minireunion last summer. Boston is none the worse for it—maybe even better.
We all agreed that we haven’t changed a bit—well, maybe a little—and
were the same lovable girls we had been when we first met on the Prince Street
campus.” The “girls” included Sally
Child Chirlin, Jo Stafford Barnes, Alice Taylor Gale, Barb Keady Booth, Claire
Buckley McGurr, Judy Benz Brennan, Mary Lou Myers Grevatt, Barbara Flannagan
Ingersoll, Norma Guthiel Burns, Kay Hatten Ryder, Marg Noble Freeman, and
Joan Coombs McKinley.
John Rathbone, class correspondent, writes:
Margaret Taylor Adams reports that Hurricane Wilma
removed a few roof tiles from her home and took a few screens off the pool cage.
Her area had massive tree damage, she writes, and as of last winter, the road
was still full of tree trunks and other debris awaiting removal. “Other
than that,” she writes, “life is back to normal.”
Salvatore (Sam) and Mary Anne Pappalardo
hit the road early last autumn and visited a pair of classmates. They met Ron
Hess and his wife, Rose, in Virginia Beach and visited the Newport News
Maritime Museum with them. Sam thanks Rose again for the delicious dinner she
cooked for them. Sam and Mary Anne then drove north to see Don and Nancy
Festa Brown at their home in Boothwyn, Pa. Sam writes that Nancy keeps
busy playing the organ at her church and decorating their new home. Sam and
Mary Anne say that they also visited other friends and, except for the price
of gas and the rain and fog along Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains,
it was a great trip.
Jane Allyn Piliavin will retire (or “become
emerita”) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in July. Jane says,
“This does not mean that I will stop working, however!” She already
is slated to teach one honors class in the fall and may continue to teach her
course on the sociology of sport in the summer. Jane adds, “There also
is always so much writing to do. But it will be at a more relaxed pace.”
Having settled into the springtime habit of river cruising, John
and Val Evans Rathbone ’60W (Mas) will be
on the Rhine again this year, this time going upstream.
Joe Steinman writes that he and his wife, Jennifer,
planned to return to Switzerland in March to ski—the one thing that Joe
says will get him on an airplane these days. Having traveled so much during
his career, he now has “travel burnout,” as well as a huge distaste
for the trials and tribulations of boarding flights. Joe figures that his spring
2006 semester might be his last at the University of North Florida. He will
return to Purdue in May to teach his mini-M.B.A. course to Ph.D. students in
science and engineering for the ninth time. Joe says that he has been asked
to take an abbreviated version of his course “on the road” in the
fall, to instruct industry executives in major cities.
Orren Van Orden writes that he and Dorothy Knapp
were married on September 30, 2005. High school classmates, they knew each other
for 52 years before having a dinner date. After working together on their class
reunions for several years, they finally went out on a date and were engaged
three months later. Gene Le Doux and John
Foster ’59S attended the wedding.
—Contact: John Rathbone, 2375 Brookview Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346;
jrathbon (at) dreamscape (dot) com.
Sarah Curtice Greenfield writes, “Last June,
four members of the Class of ’59—Frances
Seaman, Beverly Malcow Carlson, Cynthia Palaby Robson, and I—met
in North Easton, Mass., and enjoyed a weekend reunion, almost 50 years after
meeting as freshmen at Rochester.” Sarah adds that they also connected
with Ruth Fulton Tweedy and Blanche
Seymour by phone.