Class Notes – Spring 2017
In December, Dick Thayer and his wife, Marylou, and Henry Pierpan and his wife, Meg, got together at the Thayers’ home in Delmar, N.Y., to start making plans for their 60th class reunion in 2019.
The class held a mini-reunion at Lake George during last September’s annual hot air balloon festival.
The class rang in the holidays with its annual lunch at Café Escadrille in Woburn, Mass., on December 9. Attending were Pete Smith, Fred Pacione, Nate Palmer, Al Bradley, Al Pettingill, Bill Lounsbury, Glen Osberg, Bill Sweetser, Bruce Bonnell, Don Fawcett, Paul McMackin ’66, Charlie Heberle, Lynn Olmsted, and Dick D’Elia, along with honored guest General W. Russell Todd ’50. Nate writes, “We had a great time as usual. However, this lunch was special because Bill Sweetser brought Gen. Todd to be with us ’63 guys. He sure did elevate the sophistication of the group (this is no great feat when you look at the rest of the group). Bill Sweetser insisted on paying for the general, and many other guys volunteered to let Bill pay for them.”
Dick Lovisone writes, “As most of you know, Dottie and I are actively involved in a nonprofit ministry called Family Promise of Brevard. Our biggest fundraiser is a golf scramble. As part of the event there is a “ball drop” from a helicopter. Folks contribute to the golf scramble by buying numbered golf balls. The balls are dropped from the helicopter and the ball that ends up being closest to the hole wins the $2,500 prize. This year our classmate Bill DuRie< could not participate in the scramble, but he did buy some golf balls for the ball drop. Well Bill’s ball ended up being closest to the hole! There is a funny part of this story, but I will leave that up to you to ask Bill and Marcia about it.”
Roommates Bob Priestley (Coach Priestley’s nephew) and Jim Fortune connected in Laurel, Md., a year ago for the annual GeriHatrick Hockey Tournament (for players 70 and older). Bob continues to skate five times a week during the winter on Cape Cod. Jim writes, “We were both mechanical engineers, and both had Don Wallace as a professor.”
Paul Angotti has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Country Club, a private, member-owned, nonprofit country club. Paul writes, “This leadership position encompasses legal and operational responsibilities for the staff for the benefit of the club members. Over the years, many Norwich alumni events have been held there.” Also, Paul and Bonnie are celebrating 25 years of marriage this coming year.
Eight years ago, while serving as president of the Maryland Chapter of the Special Forces Association, Jim Croall started a charity golf event. In 2016, the event raised more than $100,000. Jim writes, “Over the years we have supported several organizations such as Fisher House, and now a majority of funds support the Green Beret Foundation.”
Last October, classmates Phil Burkhardt, Walt Gunning, and George Kabel met in New York City for a lovely fall afternoon. Great friends, great weather, and great memories.
Bill Clark writes, “Late last June I took my ’55 Studebaker Speedster to the Studebaker show in Warwick, R.I. Although I never saw the car’s owner, I was convinced that the ’56 Studebaker Golden Hawk displayed there was the best in class. It was perfect in every way, and both it and mine scored very high. This past fall, I saw the very same Golden Hawk at the big car show in Hershey, Pa., and chatted up the owner. As we were talking, I noted he had an N (in Old Guard script) and Class of ’66 on his hat. I learned his name was Gus Daub ’66. We were both at the Studebaker show in Warwick, R.I., at Norwich in September for our respective class reunions, and finally met in October at Hershey!”
Paul Ricker was one of 11 individuals inducted into Hamilton-Wenham (Mass.) Regional High School’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class in a ceremony on November 22. Described as “a solid all-around athlete,” Paul was best known for football and “may have been the best defensive end in school history,” according to the program. A member of the NU Hall of Fame, he played a couple seasons of professional football in the USFL and tried out for the New England Patriots.
Lifetime mariner Mark Dahm has been named CEO of SmartCatch, a company committed to developing smart technology products and data services designed to help fishermen reduce waste, increase their profitability, and lessen their ecological impact. Mark, who has 25 years of success in Silicon Valley and international markets in the disciplines of business development, sales, operations, and engineering management, says, “The ocean and its rich marine life is one of our most valuable assets, as well as a place I spend a large amount of my time. I’m proud to share that I am on board to help sustain this incredible resource.” Learn more at smart-catch.com.
Scott Manning writes, “In September, I flew to San Antonio to ‘pin the wings’ on my son, who graduated from Basic Sensor Operators School. Carter Allen Manning ’15 was a cybersecurity major who attended NU as a civilian; however, after graduating in 2015, he decided to join the Tennessee Air National Guard. He graduated from Basic Military Training in 2016 and will now become an MQ-9 Reaper Sensor Operator for the USAF with the Tennessee Unit. Suffice to say, it was quite an honor for me to pin on his new wings.” After leaving the Hill, Carter was hired as a junior analyst and programmer with DeLoitte Consulting in Nashville, and also decided to serve his nation through the Air National Guard.
In December, New York Army National Guard Col. Michel Natali, a Halfmoon, N.Y. resident and a veteran of the Iraq War, took command of the Army National Guard’s 53rd Troop Command. Located at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, the 53rd is responsible for military police, transportation, supply, engineer, and other Army National Guard support units located across New York State. There are about 4,000 soldiers in these units.
U.S. Army Col. Paul H. Fredenburgh III was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a frocking ceremony on November 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Geary started a new job in July as the next assistant to the deputy chief of staff for ISR, Air Staff. He writes, “Simply put, the HQAF Deputy A2.”
Dennis B. Fleming was promoted to the rank of major in the Rhode Island State Police (RISP). A 22-year veteran of the force, Dennis has served in all barracks locations as a member of the Uniform Bureau. He holds an MS in criminal justice from Roger Williams and is a graduate of the 263rd session of FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Prior to joining RISP, he was a caseworker for the Suffolk County, Mass. Dept. of Corrections. Dennis is now serving as RISP’s detective commander.
Captain James “Goody” Goudreau recently retired from the United States Navy. The retirement ceremony, which was attended by classmate Bill Lyons, occurred at the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company’s armory in Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Goody retired as acting deputy assistant secretary of the Navy.
On May 8, 2016, U.S. Army reservist Col. Bill Lyons relinquished command of the 2500th Military Intelligence Group, Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida, after nearly three years of successful command. A month later he assumed command of the 2200th Military Intelligence Group, Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Both the 2500th MI Group and the 2200th MI Group support research on foreign military capabilities for the National Ground Intelligence Center and national intelligence consumers.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anela Arcari recently redeployed from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where she supported Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon her return from Kuwait, she moved from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Kelly M. Law, known in her cloistered religious life as Sister Rose Philomena Law, currently resides in a Roman Catholic Monastery in East Tennessee. Sister Rose is one of the “Handmaids of the Precious Blood,” Catholic nuns dedicated to praying for priests and the needs of the world. Kelly says that while she doesn’t personally communicate by email, Facebook, Twitter, etc., rook buddies can follow her community’s activities through the Sisters’ website, nunsforpriests.org, which links to the blog nunsforpriests.org/news which others manage for the Sisters. In addition, Kelly is always happy to receive old-fashioned snail mail. She writes, “I can’t always guarantee a reply, but will always guarantee you prayers.” Reach her at Cor Jesu Monastery, 596 Callaway Ridge, New Market, TN 37820. She also says to feel free to email prayer requests any time.
Last summer, some ’97 grads, originally from Hotel Company, pulled in some fellow alumni to form a team to compete in a Tough Mudder Challenge in Loudon, N.H. Joseph Wright ’96 writes, “We got a laugh remembering how (for some of us), 23 years ago we completed the Dog River Run and, fast forward, here we are completing a Tough Mudder Challenge. We made T-shirts with a bulldog wearing the NUCC cover pictured on the back and Norwich University Alumni printed on the left front breast. It was a great time to get together with fellow alumni and complete the 10-mile obstacle run together.” The team comprised Kenneth Murphy ’00, Gerard Ditolla ’04, Kevin Leblanc ’97, Timothy Santy ’97, Timothy Rosario ’97, Joseph Wright ’96, Patrick Costin ’15, and Dana Dexter ’05.
Dahnyell Caslow writes, “This past summer I completed my PhD in educational psychology; in my photo is my mentor, Dr. Chen, myself, and a member of my dissertation committee, Dr. Gilman.
Emily Menard M’13 and Matthew Barrett were recently married. Wedding guests included 45 years of Norwich history!
Brent Thompson, former offensive coordinator and first-year head coach of the Citadel Bulldogs, led his football team to a 10-2 record and a second straight Southern Conference championship. The Bulldogs went 8-0 in the SoCon and won their first 10 games of the season. Brent was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year, and finished second in the voting for Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year honors.
Don Braman was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. On hand for the celebration were Adam Chittick, John Lyon ’99, Matthew Braman ’95, Chris Cavallaro ’02, Courtney (Braman) Nestor ’02, Charlie O’Neil ’94, John Nestor ’02, Christopher Perkins, and Adam Sacchetti ’02.
Three NU grads who are all members of the New Canaan (Conn.) Police Dept. got together for a photo op at an award and promotional ceremony in November. They are: Officer Chris Dewey, Lieutenant Marc DeFelice, and Captain John DiFederico ’92.
Laurent Felizardo and Amanda (Catanio) Felizardo ’06 welcomed their firstborn son into the world. Samuel Lawrence Felizardo made his entrance on September 26, 2016, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and 19.5 in. long.
Jason Lewis writes, “My rook brother Major Thomas Hickey stopped by our Columbus office right before the startup I work at, Financial Guard, was acquired by Legg Mason, a global financial institute. Financial Guard’s acquisition was the second largest in Central Ohio history. I have continued on with the company as we explore new ways to use technology to assist the everyday person in investing.”
Andrew Kettner sent in a photo taken at the Camp Lejeune Officers Club last July. The occasion was a mixer with midshipmen and Marine Corps Company Grade Officers which took place during a summer training. The 11 midshipmen pictured are all currently attending Norwich on NROTC scholarships, and the five officers are all Norwich grads: Marine Capts Brian Pastore ’08, Erik Melanson ’07, and Andrew Kettner ’07 & M’14, Navy Lt. Sarah Brown ’06, and Marine Lt. Charles Bousa ’12.
David Nicklas recently married Stephanie Realini. The ceremony and reception were held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, Mass. After completing a tour of duty serving in the U.S. Navy in Djibouti, Africa, David returned to his civilian position as a computer security specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Sarah (Gardner) Chilson writes, “Doug and I want to share news of the newest recruit for the class of 2038, Gabriel Matthew Chilson.” Gabriel joins 2-year-old sister, Ella, and the family in Okinawa, Japan, where Sarah is stationed at the Naval Hospital.
Murad Hassan M’11 is currently living in Germany and working to assist those affected by ISIS, specifically, the Yazidi population.
Lisa Schmidt and Joshua Szakal, both surface warfare officers in the U.S. Navy, recently graduated from the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Warfare Tactics Instructor course.
Norwich MSIA alumnus Stanley Fridge has become the first IT security manager for the City of Port St. Lucie in Saint Lucie County, Florida. Stanley writes, “Port St. Lucie is Florida’s 8th largest city, with more than 174,000 people and growing!”
In mid-October, Audrey Seaman received the Bruce Jesson Emerging Journalism Award, which recognizes critical, informed, and creative journalism contributing to public debate in New Zealand on an important issue. Audrey reaped the honor by virtue of her article “Protecting the Protectors When They Come Home,” a story on the lack of support for New Zealand Defence Force personnel and their families. She wrote this piece while living in New Zealand for 18 months, where she earned her Master of Journalism from Massey University.
Nicholas Gendron and Stephanie Manyak M’15 were married in Castine, Maine, on July 2, 2016. Celebrating with the bride and groom were (from left in the photo): former staff member Meg Ryan, Sam Philbrook ’13, Scott Yashinski ’14, Matthew Gendron ’19, and Patrick Ogden ’15. Nicholas and Stephanie reside in Savannah, Ga., where Nicholas is an Army first lieutenant and Stephanie works at Memorial University Medical Center as a nonprofit administrator.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Michael B. Howard M’14 has been hired as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at San Jacinto High School, San Jacinto, Calif., where he directs the Air Force Junior ROTC program comprising two additional instructors and more than 200 cadets.
Hannah Bell and Thomas St. Pierre ’18 were married on the last day of 2016, in the presence of many Norwich alumni, at the Upperville Baptist Church in Upperville, Va. Norwich alumni who attended include (front row, from left in the photo): Dan Miller ’16, Zack Norris ’18, Matt Rambin ’17, and Tim Sikand ’18; and (second row, from left): Sophie Mundell ’15, Emily Oor ’15, Riley Blankenship ’16, Amber Marie Carini ’15, and Ari Harrison ’18.