Class Notes – Spring 2017

1959

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.

CLASS OF 1959: Henry and Meg Pierpan (left) with Dick and Marylou Thayer.

CLASS OF 1959: Henry and Meg Pierpan (left) with Dick and Marylou Thayer.

1962

The class held a mini-reunion at Lake George during last September’s annual hot air balloon festival.

CLASS OF 1962: Back row (l-r): Dick Atkins, Jim Terlizzi, Jim Mooradian, Wally Wuehler, Barry Johnston, Steve Blakeslee, Bill Clark. Front row (l-r): Mike Gilbert, Dick Schmidt, Bob Luby.

CLASS OF 1962: Back row (l-r): Dick Atkins, Jim Terlizzi, Jim Mooradian, Wally Wuehler, Barry Johnston, Steve Blakeslee, Bill Clark. Front row (l-r): Mike Gilbert, Dick Schmidt, Bob Luby.

1963

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.”

CLASS OF 1963: The class invited General W. Russell Todd ’50 (front row, second from left) to their annual holiday lunch at Café Escadrille.

CLASS OF 1963: The class invited General W. Russell Todd ’50 (front row, second from left) to their annual holiday lunch at Café Escadrille.

1964

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.”

1965

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.”

CLASS OF 1965: Bob Priestley (left) and Jim Fortune at the annual GeriHatrick Hockey Tournament.

CLASS OF 1965: Bob Priestley (left) and Jim Fortune at the annual GeriHatrick Hockey Tournament.

1967

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.

1970

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.”

CLASS OF 1970: Jim Croall shares the good news about the Maryland Chapter of the Special Forces Assn. charity golf event.

CLASS OF 1970: Jim Croall shares the good news about the Maryland Chapter of the Special Forces Assn. charity golf event.

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.

1971

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!”

CLASSES OF 1966, 1971: Gus Daub ’66 (left) and Bill Clark ’71 in front of Gus’s 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

CLASSES OF 1966, 1971: Gus Daub ’66 (left) and Bill Clark ’71 in front of Gus’s 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

1979

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.

1983

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.

1985

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.

1987

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.

1988

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.”

1990

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.

CLASS OF 1990: Bill Lyons (left) and James Goudreau celebrate Goody’s retirement.

CLASS OF 1990: Bill Lyons (left) and James Goudreau celebrate Goody’s retirement.

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 reservist Col. Bill Lyons.

U.S. Army reservist Col. Bill Lyons is now in command of the 2200th Military Intelligence Group, Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

1991

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.

1992

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.

CLASS OF 1992: Kelly Law, known in her religious life as Sister Rose Philomena.

CLASS OF 1992: Kelly Law, known in her religious life as Sister Rose Philomena.

1997

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.

Class of 1997 at the Tough Mudder Challenge.

Class of 1997 at the Tough Mudder Challenge.

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.

Dahnyell Caslow ’97.

Dahnyell Caslow ’97.

1998

Emily Menard M’13 and Matthew Barrett were recently married. Wedding guests included 45 years of Norwich history!

CLASSES OF 1968, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, M’13: NU guests at the wedding of Matthew Barrett ’98 (third from left) and Emily Menard M’13 (l-r): CG Griswold ’99, Thomas Donnelly ’68, Ronald Stephens ’98, Tracy Chu Kelly ’01, Ryan Barrett ’07, and Benton Ableman ’01.

CLASSES OF 1968, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, M’13: NU guests at the wedding of Matthew Barrett ’98 (third from left) and Emily Menard M’13 (l-r): CG Griswold ’99, Thomas Donnelly ’68, Ronald Stephens ’98, Tracy Chu Kelly ’01, Ryan Barrett ’07, and Benton Ableman ’01.

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.

CLASS OF 1998: Brent Thompson, first-year head coach of the Citadel Bulldogs football team.

CLASS OF 1998: Brent Thompson, first-year head coach of the Citadel Bulldogs football team.

2001

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.

CLASSES OF 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002 NU folks at the promotion of Don Braman ’01 (center). From left: Adam Chittick ’01, John Lyon ’99, Matthew Braman ’95, Chris Cavallaro ’02, Courtney (Braman) Nestor ’02, Charlie O’Neil ’94, John Nestor ’02, Christopher Perkins ’01, and Adam Sacchetti ’02.

CLASSES OF 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002 NU folks at the promotion of Don Braman ’01 (center). From left: Adam Chittick ’01, John Lyon ’99, Matthew Braman ’95, Chris Cavallaro ’02, Courtney (Braman) Nestor ’02, Charlie O’Neil ’94, John Nestor ’02, Christopher Perkins ’01, and Adam Sacchetti ’02.

2003

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.

CLASSES OF 1992, 2003: From left: Chris Dewey ’03, Marc DeFelice ’03, and John DiFederico ’92 of the New Canaan Police Dept.

CLASSES OF 1992, 2003: From left: Chris Dewey ’03, Marc DeFelice ’03, and John DiFederico ’92 of the New Canaan Police Dept.

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.

Samuel Lawrence Felizardo.

Samuel Lawrence Felizardo.

2005

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.”

2007

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.

CLASSES OF 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012: The five officers pictured here with 11 Norwich students are all NU alumni: Marine Captains Brian Pastore ’08, Erik Melanson ’07, and Andrew Kettner ’07 & M’14, Navy Lt. Sarah Brown ’06, and Marine Lt. Charles Bousa ’12.

CLASSES OF 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012: The five officers pictured here with 11 Norwich students are all NU alumni: Marine Captains Brian Pastore ’08, Erik Melanson ’07, and Andrew Kettner ’07 & M’14, Navy Lt. Sarah Brown ’06, and Marine Lt. Charles Bousa ’12.

2010

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.

CLASS OF 2010: David Nicklas and his bride, Stephanie Realini.

CLASS OF 2010: David Nicklas and his bride, Stephanie Realini.

2011

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.

Gabriel Matthew Chilson

Gabriel Matthew Chilson

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.

2012

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!”

2013

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.

2014

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.

CLASSES OF 2014, M’15: NU family members at the wedding of Nicholas Gendron ’14 and Stephanie Manyak M’15.

CLASSES OF 2014, M’15: NU family members at the wedding of Nicholas Gendron ’14 and Stephanie Manyak M’15.

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.

2016

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.

CLASSES OF 2016, 2018: Norwich alumni at the wedding of Thomas St. Pierre ’18 (front row, center) and Hannah Bell ’16 (second row, center). Norwich Men’s Rugby Head Coach Bob Weggler is in the back row, center.

CLASSES OF 2016, 2018: Norwich alumni at the wedding of Thomas St. Pierre ’18 (front row, center) and Hannah Bell ’16 (second row, center). Norwich Men’s Rugby Head Coach Bob Weggler is in the back row, center.

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