Class Notes – Summer 2016
Ray Humphrey ’57, Jack Abare ’57, Paul Carrara ’59, Charlie Brox ’57, and Jack McDermott ’60 got together at Bocca Royale Country Club in January for brunch. The Class of 1957 is already talking about their 60th reunion in 2017.
Rudy Treml play-acted President George Washington in the Eustis, Fla., GeorgeFest the weekend of February 27. He writes, “I have played President Washington for seven years at this event for the City of Eustis Chamber of Commerce. The festival parade is a big event on Saturday. I usually ride with the mayor to start the parade.
Joe Egolf writes, “We celebrated 50 years of marriage on December 18. Most of the credit goes to Arlene of course. The whole family came to celebrate with us. Son Joe [Egolf] ’93 is standing next to me in the photo.”
On November 1, 2015, Nancy and Ed Shyloski, and Frieda and Bob Omasta, met up with Ann and Marty Wilkes in Melbourne, Australia, to enjoy old and new times. Bob and Ed presented Marty with NU 2019 swag as well as the “long distance trophy” getting there! Ed writes, “We all look forward to the Wilkeses joining us on the Hill in September.”
Joe Milano sent in a photo taken at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, Italy. In the photo are (l-r): Tom Furey M’15, Jim Furey ’87, Larry Willwerth, Joe, Charley Holden ’67, Landers Symes ’87, and Donald Piroli ’83. (See photo below.)
Walter Banaszak recently circumnavigated the globe—touching down in London for his daughter Kristen’s graduation from King’s College (with a master’s degree), followed by a tour of Singapore, and finally, New Zealand, where Kristen resides and works at the University of Auckland. His daughter Kathleen graduated cum laude from the Washington College of Law of the American University last May with a JD, passed the bar, and is employed as a judicial law clerk in Palmer, Alaska. His son, Matthew, is a special education teacher with the Sayville, N.Y., public school system.
Fr. Richard C. Malo has been appointed pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish and St. Leo the Great Parish, both in Penobscot County, Maine. A graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School in Lewiston, Maine, he received a bachelor’s degree in French from Norwich and a master of divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on May 9, 1987, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston, Maine. He enjoys following Cadets ice hockey and sends a shout out to all his former hockey teammates.
Ken Erickson writes, “Wearing of the Maroon and Gold! Grammy and the girls got the kiddos and me dressed up in our new Norwich shirts for this pic at Christmas. Nice surprise! Ages: 6, 5, 4, 3, and 21 mos. old. Fun Christmas with family this year!”
Denis (Denny) Mulvihill was recently inducted into the New England Wrestling Association’s (NEWA) Hall of Fame. He writes, “I was an NCAA college official for 33 years, 24 of which I officiated the Division III New England Championship tournament and meets all over New England.
The NEWA presentation took place at Bridgewater State University, during the DIII New England Dual Meet Tournament, in which Norwich was competing. I asked Coach Alex Whitney if I could have a picture of his team with me. As expected, the Norwich wrestlers are a great group of men and a true reflection of what Norwich is all about. Some wanted to know what Norwich was like in 1970. I told them we had one Northfield civilian student who took a few courses at NU, no female students, and the rest were cadets. Norwich has come a long way since then as President Schneider has performed his magic over the years. I also told them, ‘Wrestling is a great sport and Norwich is a great school!’ It felt great to bond with those guys!” (See photo.)
Marilyn Sciarra Ridolfo VC was recently reappointed to the Board of Directors for the Hundred Club of Connecticut, an organization that provides financial assistance to families of law enforcement officials, police, fire, corrections officers, and conservation officers killed in the line of duty. She is the only woman currently serving. Marilyn has also served on the boards of the Junior League of Hartford, Inc., and the Town and County Club, both established in 1925.
Dave Plank, of Albany, N.Y., and Tara Lange ’95, of Colorado, ran into one other while on vacation in Belize in December 2015. Dave and his wife, Susan, and Tara and her husband, Dan, were all on the same dive trip with Amigos del Mar, a dive operation located in San Pedro on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. Dave writes, “We had fun comparing notes on life at Norwich during our respective times there.” (See photo.)
Don Brown, a running back at Norwich from 1973 to 1976, has been named defensive coordinator for the University of Michigan football program. At Norwich, Brown rushed for 1,917 yards and 21 touchdowns in 26 games played. He entered coaching right after graduation as an assistant at Hartford High in Vermont. Between 1982 and 2015, he completed coaching stints at Dartmouth, Mansfield, Plymouth State, Brown, Yale, UMass, Northeastern, Maryland, UConn and Boston College. Don has a career college-football win-loss record of 95–45. He was inducted into the Norwich Hall of Fame in 2007.
Carolyn Crandall Mauger writes, “After many years of section hiking, I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail last summer at Springer Mountain in Georgia. It was an amazing journey and one I had to piece together for a number of years during weekends and one week of summer vacation, skipping over a year when I had my right knee replaced. Happily, I started getting summers off six years ago and could start hiking for many weeks at a time. If I can offer any guidance for others who wish to hike the trail or parts of it, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Pat Tria writes, “My son Dominic [Tria] ’16 and I took a hunting trip down to Central Georgia in December. In addition to filling the freezer with fresh pork, Dominic also bagged a six-point buck. This was probably the last time we will be able to hunt together for a while, as Dominic will graduate and commission in the U.S. Navy this May.”
Gerard Cogliano sent in a photo taken during last fall’s Parents Weekend of himself with classmates Dave Fernandez and Donald Menard in front of Fernandez Hardware. Cogs writes, “I was in town to celebrate David’s 60th birthday and ran into Don at the store. This was the first time I had ever made it back to Norwich for a Parents Weekend since I graduated. I watched the rugby game against BU; I think NU won. I left to check out the football game. I was in shorts at the rugby pitch and it snowed. I had shorts on! Go figure!” (See photo online.)
Lip Tek Hor writes, “This year I was conferred the Dato’ Setia Di Raja Kedah (Knight Companion) DSDK award in conjunction with the 88th Birthday of HRH the Sultan of Kedah. I received the award on 17 January in the investitures ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit, Kedah, Malaysia. This award comes with the honorific title of Dato’ before my name.”
Gary W. Keefe has been promoted to the rank of major general in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. As the assistant adjutant general for air at Hanscom AFB, Gary is responsible for oversight of all Air National Guard units in Massachusetts and is tasked with ensuring their ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining readiness to accomplish their wartime missions.
U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Glover, program manager of the Navy’s Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office, received the prestigious Stars and Stripes United States Navy Award on February 19. Mark accepted this honor in science, engineering, and technology management at the Stars and Stripes dinner during the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Conference in Philadelphia.
Nick Peters forwarded us a photo of himself, Kevin Crews, Dennis Peters ’88, and Greg Finch ’91 taken during a recent hunting trip. Nick writes, “Dennis, Greg, and I have been hunting together since our days at Norwich and are still at it. We are pictured here with the results from one of our recent New England deer hunts.” (See photo.)
Jason R. Rittie, a resident of Green Township and a partner at Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito and Frost, PC, in Denville Township, N.J., was recently listed in the 2016 New Jersey and New York City editions of Best Lawyers for Land Use and Zoning Law, and Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law. Jason chairs the Real Estate Practice Group at the firm.
Jason Wagner, Professor of Military Science (PMS) at Syracuse University, Justin Putnam ’98, PMS at WPI, and Steve Gagner ’03, Assistant PMS at Norwich, converged on the United States Military Academy at West Point for the “Developing a Culture of Academic Excellence” conference in March.
Will Storms was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the USAF. Will is the Material Leader for the B61-12 Tailkit Assembly Branch, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Eglin AFB, Florida. Will, his wife Melissa, and their daughter, Alexa, live in Niceville, Fla. On hand for the ceremony was retired Air Force Lt. Col. Russ Barbero ’77, who also works on the base.
Trooper Robert Golden of the Pennsylvania State Police – Blooming Grove Barracks was recently awarded the Medal of Commendation for his actions and bravery on September 12, 2014, during a sniper attack at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks. A fellow trooper exiting the barracks was shot by a gunman concealed in a wooded area. Another trooper attempting to aid him was also shot. Trooper Golden then coordinated a plan with several other troopers, who had just graduated the Academy the month prior, to use a vehicle and ballistic shields to aid the wounded trooper as he lay in front of the barracks. Trooper Golden then dragged the shot trooper to safety and performed CPR. That trooper unfortunately succumbed to his wounds. Trooper Golden then coordinated cover fire in the sniper’s direction as the second shot trooper was safely medevaced from the barracks. Following a 45-day manhunt in the Poconos, involving numerous federal, state, and local law-enforcement agencies, the suspect was found living in an abandoned airport hangar and is awaiting trial. Reach Robert at email@example.com.
Jacob Sotiriadis writes, “Raquel and I recently received some great news: The Air Force selected us for the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) Faculty Development Scholarship. This covers a fully sponsored PhD in political science, after which I’ll return to SAASS as professor of strategy and security studies. We are preparing for our move to Honolulu this summer as I’ll be a candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Political Science Department.”
Christopher Cadorette has two Norwich degrees: a Bachelor of Physical Education (2005) and a Master of Public Administration (2010). He currently works for the State of Vermont at the Center for Achievement in Public Service as a training and engagement specialist. Chris writes, “I live in Calais, Vt., with my amazing wife, Laine, and our daughters, Rhys (9), Hunter (6), and Magda (1).
George Tower writes, “Everything is going great! I receive the Norwich Record, and it’s really nice to see what everyone is up to from various classes. Currently I am working for a biotech/drug company as a release auditor (we release the drug) and enrolled in a Massachusetts National Guard OCS program. I will finish this August if all goes well. I hope to make the trip up to Homecoming this fall (assuming I don’t have drill).”
Jael Marx M’07 will begin her appointment as the Juvenile Rehabilitation PREA Compliance Manager for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. In addition to her roles within JR, she has been an adjunct criminal justice professor at Saint Martin’s University for 9 years and has 17 years of experience within the Washington juvenile justice system, both in county and state programs across the continuum.
Ashley Potvin has been named head coach for the University of New England’s new varsity women’s rugby program. The Biddeford, Maine, native has led the school’s club team since 2012 and helped UNE capture the New England Rugby Football Union title last fall.
In January, Lance Lewis M’12 was named provost and chief academic officer at Cleary University in Howell, Mich. Lance previously served as academic dean at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. In addition to his Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich, Lance earned a BS and MS from Kansas State University, an MLS at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, and a PhD from Michigan State University.
Joseph Gaskill recently accepted letters of invitation from the National Olympic and National Paralympic Committees asking him to volunteer at their respective games in Rio de Janeiro this summer. He writes, “I will be working with a delegation of athletes, providing translation and interpreting services from Portuguese to English.
Matthew Minch graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and was sworn in as part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department. He will be working as a police officer at Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport.