University of Rochester

Rochester Review
May-June 2009
Vol. 71, No. 5

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Class Notes

River Campus Undergraduate 1950s and Slater Society


John Rathbone, class correspondent, writes: “During the closing moments of our delightful 50th reunion, some of the Class of ’58 ladies who reside in—or near—upstate New York decided to get together sometime this summer for a minireunion. Everyone’s invited; we just need to work out the details regarding date(s) and venue. Since we have the class address list, we ‘Youpers’ of New York State (as opposed to Michigan’s) shall probably contact folks in the general area by one of the usual modes of communication: mail, e-mail, or telephone. There is no intention of excluding anyone; the ladies who discussed it just thought that fuel and travel expenses might preclude any long-distance travel. Naturally, any classmate reading this who thinks it might be nice to get together again this soon will be welcomed and, for convenience, may contact me.

“In other news, Dayton Vincent was honored with two other founders of the atmospheric science program at Purdue University when a Founders Atmospheric Science Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment was created in honor of their service. Dayton and Drs. Philip Smith and Ernest Agee all began their careers at Purdue University and developed the atmospheric sciences program in the department and have taught and mentored virtually every undergraduate and graduate student in atmospheric science during the past 40 years for a combined 112 years of service. The year 2009 marks Dayton’s 50th anniversary in the field of atmospheric science. He spent four years as a weather forecaster in the Air Force and received his MS and PhD degrees in meteorology from Oklahoma (1964) and MIT (1970). He spent 31 years as a faculty member in the Earth and Atmospheric Studies Department before retiring in 2001. His research interests focused mainly on the disciplines of tropical meteorology and large-scale weather and climate systems in the Southern Hemisphere. Dayton coauthored two books, two atlases, and one American Meteorological Society (AMS) monograph in these disciplines, and was an author or coauthor of 60 refereed and 60 other scientific publications. He also supervised nine BS (honors), 26 MS, and 13 PhD theses. During his career at Purdue he became involved in AMS activities. He was asked and agreed to chair the AMS Committees on Tropical Meteorology (1981, 1982) and on Meteorology and Oceanography of the Southern Hemisphere (1994–1998), as well as the AMS Board on Meteorological and Oceanographic Education in Universities (1989–91). His research and service work contributed to his being elected a fellow of the society (1984), elected to its council (1993–94), and in being selected for the Charles Franklin Brooks Award for outstanding professional service over many years (2001). In 1989, he spent a sabbatical at the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology in Cologne, Germany. This led to the formation of a faculty and grad student exchange program; from 1990 to 2005 more than a dozen exchanges between Cologne and Purdue’s department took place. Finally, throughout his career he has enjoyed his association with students whether it be in the classroom, lab, or at a social event. Now in his ‘senior years,’ he looks forward to the alumni get-togethers each January at the AMS annual meeting. Dayton feels fortunate to have such a rewarding experience in EAS and is especially pleased to play a role in the Founder’s Scholarship.”

—Contact: John Rathbone, 2375 Brookview Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346;