Class Notes – Fall 2016
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Russ Todd ’50, H’75 & P’75 was presented with the Theta Chi Distinguished Achievement Award on April 2 at a ceremony to honor a group of outstanding Theta Chi alumni.
On May 28, at Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington, Roger H. Damon Jr. was presented with the National Ski Patrol’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals who have performed extraordinary service to the National Ski Patrol and the skiing and riding public. Roger was also recognized for having completed his 70th season as an active member of the National Ski Patrol.
Peter Cuthbert writes, “On Army Leader Day, April 26, Lt. Gen. David Quontock ’80, the Army Inspector General, was one of the leaders who talked to small groups of students at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. My daughter, Col. (Ret.) Lee Cuthbert Green, USAR, now a civilian GS-14, was in one of the groups he talked to about what it takes to be a leader at the strategic level and the issues and challenges facing the Army today. Afterwards, he graciously chatted with the students. Lee informed him that both her father and her uncle, U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) Zach Whaley ’53, had also graduated from NU.”
Dean Hederstedt and Bill English, accompanied by their sons, went on a fly-fishing trip to the Uganik River, Kodiak Island, Alaska, for silver (Coho) salmon, during the fish’s annual spawning run. This is Dean’s third and Bill’s fourth trip to various rivers in remote Alaska to fly fish. More father/son fishing trips to Alaska are planned. (See photo.)
Art Yando represented Norwich University at the Barton College presidential inauguration ceremony on April 15 in Wilson, N.C. (See photo.)
Bill Lounsbury, MOS #1203 Tank Unit Commander, marched in the 2016 Northwood, N.H., Memorial Day Parade. (See photo.)
More than 200 golfers and numerous wounded veterans hit the Hampton Hall Golf Course in Bluffton, S.C., for the 6th Annual Wounded Heroes Golf Classic fundraiser on May 16. The event raises money for the PGA Tour’s “Birdies for the Brave” Foundation and benefits wounded veterans in the Low Country and Coastal Georgia. Supporting the event were four NU alumni: Sig Borkoski, Steve Horn, Jim Levesque ’64 and Wayne Brock ’64, who made contributions as well as played golf with a Wounded Hero. (See photo.)
Annual West Palm Beach Golf Outing
Bill O’Neil received the John Marinucci award honoring the top high school ice hockey coach in the country. The award was presented at the annual American Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year Awards in Naples, Fla. (See photo.)
John Mulhern writes, “On April 13, a group of friends gathered to celebrate Ed Hackman’s milestone birthday in Braintree, Mass.” (See photo.)
Randy Gaetz was recently promoted to senior vice president of sales for Toyo Tires. Randy joined Toyo Tires in September 2013 as vice president of sales and has been instrumental in growing the consumer-tire market share in the U.S. and for successfully relaunching the brand’s U.S. truck and bus tire business.
On June 13, Thomas Otero retired from teaching and coaching at Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt., after 29 years of teaching and 13 years with the Town of Bennington Police Dept. and Recreation Dept. Tom will continue as the head coach of women’s lacrosse at Southern Vermont College (SVC). This spring, the SVC Mountaineers made the conference playoffs for the second time in their two-year history. On June 9, Tom celebrated his retirement with former Cadets football player David Kelley ’09. (See photo.)
Dean Rondeau ’85 and Alan “Chip” Bogosian attended a Memorial Day observance in Sandwich, N.H., on May 30. Dean was the honoree for the Memorial Day services. Alan writes, “[Dean] has had quite an illustrious and accomplished career in military and public service.” (See photo.)
In May, the Senate approved the promotion of Brig. Gen. Frank Muth, director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review, to major general. Frank is a friend and mentor of the Norwich National Security Scholars course offered by College of Liberal Arts Board of Fellows.
Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe, Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Massachusetts National Guard, was promoted to his present rank on March 6 at the Hanscom Air Force Base Commons. Gary received his commission in 1986 through ROTC and served in the Active Duty Air Force until he joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 1992.
Doug Houle, along with his fellow U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Color Guard Unit from Phoenix, Ariz., presented the colors at the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game on May 1. Doug writes, “I’m the short one carrying the national flag.” Doug also performed his duties with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Honor Guard on May 30 at Cabela’s Glendale Memorial Day Flag-Raising and Remembrance Ceremony. (See photo.)
Michael Lesco writes, “I had the pleasure of introducing my classmate Air Force Brig. Gen. Cedric George to my son, Cadet Michael Lesco ’19, during the ROTC Centennial Celebration at Norwich in April. (See photo.)
In June, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the president had nominated Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Geary for appointment to the rank of major general. Tom recently served as the director of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, strategy, plans, policy, and force development, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. Headquarters, USAF, Pentagon.
Col. Molly McGlaughlin, USAR, was appointed to a one-year fellowship to the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Special Studies Group in D.C. Molly serves on Norwich University’s Board of Fellows.
Dahnyell Caslow recently completed her PhD in educational psychology. (See photo.)
Sgt. Robert G. Schumaker has been appointed commander of the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team (STOP). His brother Daniel W. Schumaker ’96 will be under Robert’s command as a member of the Northeast STOP team. Robert has served with the state police since 1999.
On April 2 in Keene, N.H., NHSP Detective Trooper First Class Michael Anger ’98, Keene Police Officer Steven Corrigan ’91, and NHSP Sgt. Kevin Oxford played in the 1st Annual Police vs. Fire Hockey Game at the grand opening of the new Keene Ice Arena. Final Score: Police 4, Fire 3. (See photo.)
In May, Ted Fisch graduated from Marist College School of Management with a Master of Public Administration. He works for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in the Office of Emergency Management.
In May, Tony Johnson moderated the first public event of newly confirmed Army Secretary Eric Fanning. (See photo.)
Trevor Hough writes, “We’re happy to announce the arrival of Grant Warren Hough on June 11. He weighed in at 9 lbs., 10 oz. and 22 in. long. Both he and Mom are doing great! He’s a big boy and will have either a rifle or a hockey stick in his big hands in the future.” (See photo.)
Ryan Derouin and Greg Toler, who work for Sigfox, took in some sights while in Europe on business. Sigfox is a French company that builds wireless networks to connect low-energy objects such as electricity meters and smart-watches, which need to be continuously on and emitting small amounts of data. (See photo.)
Lt. Col. Anthony Pasquale took command of the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron in a change- of-command ceremony on April 3 at Hancock Field ANG Base in Syracuse, N.Y. Attending were proud dad, Peter Pasquale ’70, and Pat Cox ’92. (See photo.)
Jeremy Reed, a licensed professional engineer in Vermont, has accepted the position of Regional Construction Engineer in the Northeast Region within the Construction & Materials Bureau. With VTrans for 15 years, Jeremy began his career designing bridges before moving to construction to support the team overseeing the construction of the Missisquoi Bay Bridge.
On December 18, 2015, Kristin LaVallie married Eli Willey in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Kristin’s matron of honor was Tiffany (Carter) Lafarier ’08. Wedding guests included Dana Lafarier ’06, Justin Fitzgerald ’05, Chris O’Donnell ’05, Sharlene (Markowski) Hermanski ’10, Dan Hermanski ’09, and Ashley (Malinovsky) Pila ’07. (See photo.)
After 33 years of dedicated service to her country, Norwich alumna Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes retired from the U.S. Navy. In a ceremony on April 1 at NAS Patuxent River, Jaynes stepped down from her last official duty as the program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault, and special mission programs. Jaynes made naval history on August 1, 2012, when she became the Navy’s 79th woman promoted to rear admiral, as well as the first woman at the Naval Air Systems Command and in the Navy’s aerospace maintenance duty officer community to achieve flag officer rank. (See photo.)
Nicole Terry, daughter of Gary Terry ’81, was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Naked & Afraid, now in its fourth year. (See photo.)
Capt. Michael Christopher and Capt. Zach Stanton are currently assigned as project engineers with the 820th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron as part of Exercise NEW HORIZONS in Rio San Juan, D.R. (See photo.)
For two years in a row, Norwich alumni have won the Vermont New Advisor of the Year Award for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). In 2014, Parker Babbe was recognized, and last year, Parker’s classmate Sam Philbrook received the honor at the NAIFA Annual Conference in Burlington. Parker and Sam, along with newest team member Jacob Isham ’12, are young movers and shakers in an industry that traditionally caters to an older crowd.
Brandon Gallant writes, “Congratulations to Vermont’s newest state troopers! Four of the fifteen new Vermont state troopers are recent NU grads: Mark Pohlman ’13, Christopher Hein ’08, Austin Soule, and Brandon Gallant. Welcome to the #802VSP!” (See photo.)
Lucien Renault writes, “I am a member of the Class of ’16 currently deployed to Kuwait. I was originally part of ’15 but volunteered for this deployment and am finishing my classes while here. I took this picture after completing my ruck in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition.” (See photo.)