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Class Notes 1980

Donna McGrath Drouin M'91 retired in June 2004 from Green Mountain Union High School in Chester, Vt., after teaching social studies for 17 years. She served five years as department chair. She is now enjoying grandchildren and gardening in Walpole, N.H.


IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis Farnum Topa '81 died March 17, 2006, in Enfield, Conn. She was a longtime employee of Sears & Roebuck.


Jane Carlson writes: "I'm living in Providence, R.I., with daughter, Kelsey, 13."


From Ruthie Nelson: "After a one-year full-time position (and summers spent off and on over the course of the last 20 years) at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., I have been teaching at Winnisquam Regional High School. This year marks my 21st. For the first six I was in special education and then switched to the English department to which I was named department chair four years ago when my own high school teacher, lifelong friend, and mentor, retired. It has been a great honor and reward to return all the enthusiasm and spark to the place where my interest and commitment to teaching began and I look forward to at least a few more great years here.

"My life is blessed with so many wonderful people, and lights up even more each and every time I spend a day or two with my nephew, Dillon, and his twin sisters, Molly and Cassidy, who have been the apples of my eye since their births, 11 and nine years ago respectively. I live at the family homestead - a 14-room Victorian I can't bear to think of selling, and share all this space with my two brothers, two wonderful dogs, and any and all who decide to stop by and spend some time.

"I am looking for contact with the girls from 2W in Fiske Hall, 1984-85, and with Karen and Maura from my time at KSC. Any news or contact from others would also be welcomed and appreciated, as I love to hear from people! Hope all is well with all of you!"

Norm W. Skantze writes: "Since 2000, I have been employed by the town of Bristol, N.H., as chief of the fire department. Bristol Fire Department has seven career and 30 on-call employees, providing fire and EMS services to Bristol and surrounding communities. I married Terri Nichols Skantze in 1984. She is a registered nurse and works in the ICU at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. We have two children. Jane, 19, is a freshman at PSU, majoring in political science. William, 17, a junior at Newfound Regional High School, is active in soccer, basketball, and track."

Brendan Denehy writes: "This has been a busy year for me. This spring I celebrated working at Keene State for 15 years. Between going to school and working here I've been around the college for about 25-plus years. Seen a lot of positive changes, especially in the last couple of years. In addition, I was fortunate enough to serve as cochair on Dr. Giles-Gee's Inauguration Committee, and we created a celebration and a party to remember! The College really came together to celebrate our new president, and welcome her into the family! Finally, this was the Redfern Arts Center's 25th anniversary, and we created a celebration tied into Professor Doug Nelson's final concert band performance. It was great to see a lot of music alums come back for this event. In my personal life, Brian and I are celebrating our 10th year together. Our home in Brookline used to belong to my great aunt Alice Ouellette '35, and we enjoy both the history of a family home and making it into our own special place."


Sandra Milczanowski Garrity writes: "We live in Beverly, Mass, with our three children - 10-year-old Matthew and 8-year-old twins, Katie and Ryan. Greg owns Garrity Chiropractic in Danvers, Mass., and I stay busy volunteering at school and as a Wish Grantor for Make-a-Wish. We'd love to hear from our class of '85 friends."

Richard Peffenbach Jr. writes: "I have been living in South Norwalk, Conn., for the past six years, where I have been selling real estate for Country Living Associates. Still see Bill Jacob, Tom O'Hanlon, Dan Jacobs often. Still enjoying the fun life of bachelorhood."


From Michael and Debbie Muhlfelder: "We recently moved to Andover, Mass., and are happily settled in our new home. We consider ourselves among the fortunate every day and try not to take what we have for granted. We had great times at KSC and still look back with happy memories. Always happy to hear from the alumni and always happy to go fishing on the Cape in the summer. Drop a note if you find yourself in Dennis."


Anne Marie Hamel Parkhurst writes: "My husband of seven years and I are currently living in Weisbaden, Germany, and loving it. We have a five-year-old little girl, who is wonderful. My husband is a senior noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army and is in charge of the health clinic here. My daughter is attending a German kindergarten school and doing very well learning a new language. I am hoping to locate some old friends from my college days - Matt Simpson and Charma Clay, to name a couple. I hope you are doing well. E-mail me at Nineteen years is a long time, but I have always thought about those times and the people that I knew."


Shannon Waters writes: "I reside in Keene with my son, Chris Galvin (his dad is Jeff Galvin '85), and my daughter, Alyson. I am employed by National Grange Mutual and am licensed to write insurance in 11 states. I have attained several insurance-related designations and am currently working toward my Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. I continue to be active in the community with my children through many volunteer organizations. I am captain of an American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team, formed in honor of my father and named Bob's Band of Heroes. I serve as a foster home for displaced animals through Monadnock Humane Society and Puppy Angels. Unfortunately, I have little time for music in my life. I do teach piano lessons occasionally. My son continues to play trombone with the Westmoreland Town Band and is learning bass and lead guitar. I stay in touch with Susan Lundgren Regan, Nancy Petrucelli Pellicioni, and John Paerels. Would love to hear from my fellow music alumni."

From Susan VanDeventer Iverson: "In December 2005, I defended my dissertation, 'A policy discourse analysis of U.S. land-grant university diversity action plans,' and was awarded a doctorate in higher education leadership with a concentration in women's studies. I will begin a new position in August 2006 as assistant professor of higher education administration and student affairs at Kent State University in Ohio."

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