Class Notes – Fall 2017


On April 27, 2017, a dedication ceremony was held in honor of Thaddeus Buczko at the Essex Probate and Family Courthouse in Salem, Mass. The courthouse was renamed the Thaddeus Buczko Building in honor of Judge Buczko’s decades of service to the citizens of Essex County.

CLASSes OF 1947, 1966 From left: Judge Thaddeus Buczko ’47 and Joe Milano ’66.


Dick Lovisone writes, “As most of you know, Dottie and I are actively involved in a nonprofit ministry called Family Promise of Brevard. As a nonprofit we have several fundraisers a year. The big one is a golf scramble. Folks contribute to the golf scramble by buying numbered golf balls. The balls are dropped from a helicopter, and the ball that ends up being closest to the hole wins a $2500 prize. Well this year our classmate Bill DuRie could not play, but he did buy some golf balls for the ball drop. Bill’s ball ended up being closest to the hole and he won the grand prize! There is a funny part of this story, but I will leave it up to you to ask Bill and Marcia about that.”


Bernie Carpenter recently helped secure a generous, in-kind contribution of linguistics analysis software from Rosoka Software. Disciplines across campus as well as NUARI will benefit from the gift. Former NU senior development officer Rebecca Painter showed Norwich’s appreciation by presenting framed photographs of the Alden Partridge statue to help decorate the Rosoka Offices in Herndon, Va.

CLASS OF 1965 From left: Rosoka chief technology officer Michael Sorah, Bernie Carpenter ’65, former Norwich senior development officer Rebecca Painter, and Rosoka chairman and CEO Greg Roberts.


Classmates Don Ayers, Kevin Miner, and Brian Attenborough held a Norwich mini reunion as they cruised the Danube River in May 2017.

CLASS OF 1970 Don Ayers, Kevin Miner, and Brian Attenborough on the Danube.


Herbert Degan writes, “May 29 marked the 9th Memorial Brick Dedication at a Vietnam War Memorial on Long Island, N.Y. The dedication was attended by approximately 150 people, and the featured speaker was Navy Captain Christopher ‘chet’ Misner ’90 & M’06, commander of the University of Virginia NROTC department. The walk is dedicated to anyone who served in the military, with the gray bricks memorializing those KIA and the red bricks in honor of those who served and survived. I have dedicated two additional bricks for two members of my class who attended NU but did not graduate and were KIA. Just found out about William Aiken ’72, so a brick will be made for him to be dedicated Veterans Day. Also memorialized is Maj George Hussey, an advisor to us in the late ’60s who was called back to Vietnam and was KIA. We will continue to dedicate bricks in order to help fund the museum, as we are a private foundation and receive no public funds.”

CLASS OF 1971 Granite tiles dedicated to Norwich alumni killed in Vietnam. William Aiken ’72 will be added on Veterans Day.


Nelson Murray retired from Fairfax High School, in Fairfax, Vt., after 30 years of teaching high school and middle school physical education. He has also coached for 51 seasons at Fairfax High School/Middle School, three seasons at Colchester High School, three seasons at Winooski High School, and nine seasons at Johnson State College.


Russell Chisholm served as an FBI agent in the Boston office for 21.5 years, from July 9, 1995, to December 31, 2016. Attending his retirement celebration at the Coast Guard Station in Boston were classmates James Hanrahan, Steven Carney, Mark Madsen, Frank Curtis, and Kenneth Johnston.

CLASSES OF 1982, 1988, 2019 From left: James Hanrahan ’82, Russell Chisholm ’82, Steven Carney ’82, Harold Shaw ’88, Mark Madsen ’82 & P’19, Peter Madsen ’19, Frank Curtis ’82, and Kenneth Johnston ’82 at Russell’s retirement from the FBI.

Susan Collins writes, “My husband, Wes ’83, and I have recently become proud grandparents. On May 10 our eldest daughter and her husband had a beautiful baby girl, Imogen (‘Immi’) Wendy Chastain. We are thrilled to be first-time grandparents!”


Brian Balukonis and his wife, Dr. Wendi Goldsmith, Yale ’87, shared an intercollegiate moment at the Yale-West Point Civilian-Military Service Symposium with General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59. General Sullivan delivered the keynote address at the symposium, which took place at West Point. Brian is looking forward to his class’ upcoming 30th reunion and is looking to connect with other Norwich USACE employees. He asks that you please reach out to him at

CLASSES OF 1959, 1987 From left: Wendi Goldsmith, General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.), ’59, and Brian Balukonis ’87 at West Point.

Army Col. Paul Melanson relinquished command of the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 51st Troop Command on February 1, 2017, after a 30-month tour. The 51st TC comprises the battalions of the historical 1-101 FA, 1-181 IN, 1-182 IN Regiments as well as C/1-20 SF. Paul resides in Franklin, Mass., with his wife, Tanya, and three daughters. He is the Global Storage Product Compliance Engineering Manager for Dell Corporation in Hopkinton, Mass.


Dave Brigham was promoted to brigadier general on December 9, 2016, by General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59. Dave writes, “General Sullivan was a classmate of my dad’s (Donald Brigham ’59). The ceremony was held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and was attended by many ’59 and ’88 NU grads.” Donald, Dave, and John Brigham ’91 are the only “father-son-son” members of the NU Athletic Hall of Fame.

CLASS OF 1988 Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59 (left) with newly promoted Brigadier General Dave Brigham.

John Boyd was recently promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army at the U.S. Capitol Building. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was on hand for the ceremony.

CLASS OF 1988 John Boyd at his promotion ceremony.


Lieutenant Todd Kibbee of the Seattle Police Department (SPD)was promoted to his current rank on May 8, 2017. He is currently assigned to SPD’s West Precinct as the 3rd Watch Commander. Todd is a 24-year veteran of the SPD and lives with his wife and two children in Kenmore, Wash.


On April 11, 2017, Army Lt. Col. Mike Shoen and Marine Lt. Col. Dennis Sampson ’96 toured the Mexican Navy and Marine facilities in Mexico City as part of their National War College country study field practicum.

CLASSES OF 1992, 1996 Mike Shoen ’92 (left) and Dennis Sampson ’96 in Mexico City.


The Omar N. Bradley Foundation named Army Lt. Col. Matt Dale a recipient of a General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship in Military History for FY 2017. The award takes the form of a cash grant to support his continuing research on the United States Army’s experience along the Mexican border during the 1916–17 American Punitive Expedition in Mexico. Matt currently serves as the Executive Officer, Operations Group, National Training Center.


Norwich alumni took a moment to gather for a group photo while deployed in support of NATO Resolute Support Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan. Pictured are Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Vulpis, Army Maj. Carolyn Bronson ’04, Richard Giero M’05, Army Col. (Ret.) Christopher Winne ’84, Air Force Capt. Brian Von Hone ’11, Lee Hill M’06, and Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gary Smith ’87.

CLASSES OF 1984, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011 NU grads in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Three decades of Norwich grads found each other while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield in Iraq: Army Col. Bob Davis ’92, Army Lt. Col. Michael Flaherty ’95, Army Maj. Nick Milkovich, Army 1st Lt. Justin Kudu ’13, and Army 2nd Lt. Shawn Madison ’16.

CLASSES OF 1992, 1995, 2002, 2013, 2016 NU grads in Iraq.


Paul Smith was recently honored by the New Hampshire Union Leader as one of the state’s 40 Under 40, and was also named an Outstanding Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association. In his second term as clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, he resides in Epsom, N.H., with his wife, Jennifer, and their one-year-old son, Henry.


James Urso writes, “Pictured is my daughter, Mackenzie Jo Urso, who is seven months old. I hope she might one day follow me to Norwich. I originally posted this photo on the NU Ring Facebook page. Check out the other great photos there! My wife Heather and I currently live in Chester, N.H., and I serve as the Risk, Security, and Compliance Manager for Treasury at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.”

CLASS OF 2004 Mackenzie Jo Urso


Adam D. Cummings M’08 has been named Senior Managing Engineer in the Asset Management Department at Barton & Loguidice. A resident of North Chili, N.Y., Cummings earned his BS in chemical engineering from SUNY at Buffalo and his ME in civil engineering at Norwich. Adam is currently committee chairman and board member of the New York Water Environment Association.

John Farruggella and his wife, Hope, welcomed a baby boy, Theodore Lawrence Farruggella, born February 3, 2017, and weighing 7 lbs., 2 oz., Theodore has a brother, Dominic, and a sister, Genevieve.

CLASS OF 2008 Theodore Lawrence Farruggella


The U.S. Senate has confirmed the promotion of John Lawlor M’10 to the rank of brigadier general in the Army Reserves. A civil affairs officer, John is also director of public works in Bloomfield, Conn. John is a frequent attendee at Norwich events, including the recent Connecticut sendoff.


First Lieutenants Kevin and Megan (Campbell) Durgin ’12, announce the birth of their son, Conor Ansel Durgin, on April 16, 2017, at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Conor joins his two-and-a-half-year-old sister, Emmeline Rose. Conor and Emmeline Rose are the great-grandchildren of Bruce W. Baker ’60.

CLASSES OF 2011, 2012 Conor Ansel Durgin with his parents, Kevin ’11 and Megan (Campbell) Durgin ’12, and sister, Emmaline Rose.

Bill Eger M’11, who earned his Master of Military History from Norwich, recently earned his PhD in International Studies from Old Dominion University. His dissertation was titled, Different Endpoints After Empire: Explaining Varying Levels of Democracy in Post-Communist Eastern Europe.


Jack De Forrest III M’13 has been selected as the executive director of transportation for the 70K student North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas, where he will be responsible for more than 500 employees who operate and maintain over 400 school bus routes traveling 1.4M miles annually. Jack joined the district’s transportation department in 2008, serving in various capacities before becoming director in 2013. Before joining the North East ISD in 2008 he served over 29 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a chief master sergeant.

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