Parade of Classes
Dr. Harold Burke ’40, G’42, finished his memoir, Lighting the Way, shortly before his death in 2013. Published by R.E. Lawlor Graphics & Printing LLC, the story follows Burke’s life from childhood in Wickford, R.I., where he was raised by his grandmother, to Danbury State College (now Western Connecticut State University) where he was a professor.
Gill Charters ’48 plans on celebrating his 100th birthday in December. Happy birthday, Gill!
An oak tree was planted in County Park, Schooleys Mountain, N.J., in honor of the 90th birthday of Jerry Lawton ’48. The park is the former site of Camp Washington YMCA.
Leonard Melish ’49 celebrated his 90th birthday and is still married to his wife of 67 years. He plays golf every week with an 11 handicap and attributes much of his life to the spirit, mind, and body education he received at Springfield College.
Joe Lettera ’52 has been inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Lettera coached for more than 30 years at Roslyn High School, compiling at 405-210 record, seven division titles, and two trips to the Nassau County finals.
Michael Fiorillo ’53 competed in the 2014 Michigan Senior Olympics and medaled in six field events. Fiorillo’s performance qualified him to compete in the 2015 National Senior Games.
Connie Farnsworth, G’53, retired after 27 years of teaching at St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School in Tampa, Fla.
Dr. Everett Phillips ’53, G’64, was inducted into the Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame. Phillips coached for 39 combined years at SUNY Fredonia and the University of Rochester.
Eunice ’54 and Dr. Richard Wiseman ’51, G’52, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, 2014. Eunice taught in the Portland, Conn., school system for 28 years and Richard was the first superintendent of Riverview Hospital for Children for 20 years. Richard is completing his book on the evolution of Riverview Hospital.
Peter Marcon ’51, G’55, was one of the subjects interviewed in We Had a Ball…: The Indelible Influence of Youth Sports on the Game of Life by Nancy Hoehl Shapiro. Included in the book are Marcon’s former coach Ben Bedini ’43 and Springfield College coaches Frank Robinson, G’55, and Ted Dunn, G’47.
Dr. Walter Ersing ’54 was inducted into the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Officials Hall of Fame in 2013 for outstanding service in swimming and soccer and for administrative leadership contributions to Ohio high school sports. Ersing continues to serve as a swimming official at Kenyon (Ohio) University and The Ohio State University.
Women’s basketball pioneer Lucille “Chris” Kyvallos ’55 of Queens College and legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski are the winners of the Lapchick Character Award for 2015. Kyvallos compiled a 239-77 record while coaching at Queens College and led the U.S. team to a silver medal at the World University Games in Bulgaria in 1977. The award is named for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. Lapchick coached St. John’s and the New York Knicks. The awards will be presented Nov. 20 in New York.
Toby Snelson ’55 biked 207 miles through the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia in May, completing his quest to bike through all 50 U.S. states. Snelson began in 1979 on a cross-country trip that covered 13 states.
Before May, his most recent bike trip was in 1997 when he crossed off four states, leaving only West Virginia. Snelson dealt with medical problems for several years before finally deciding to finish his goal, and it wasn’t easy. On one day he bent his rear tire and couldn’t have it repaired because it was Memorial Day and no stores were open. The combination of his age and steep inclines caused Snelson to break his never-walk-the-bike-up-a-hill rule.
“I broke every rule I ever had. West Virginia is the toughest place I’ve ever biked. Vermont was tough but I was in good shape in 1981,” he said.
All together, Snelson biked 20,958 miles in 13 trips. Several of the trips were with students from Wachusett (Mass.) Regional High School, where he was a physical education teacher. He biked to the summit of East Maui Volcano in Hawaii, encountered a bear in Glacier National Park in Montana, and biked an Arizona trip that started in Phoenix in 90 degree heat and ended in Flagstaff in snow. Well done, Toby!
Miller Bugliari ’57 donated Eight Decades at the Pingry School: The Life & Times of Miller A. Bugliari to the Springfield College archives. The book chronicles the life of Bugliari and includes a chapter on his time at Springfield College with stories told by several of his classmates. Bugliari reports that he holds the national record for most victories as a high school soccer coach, reaching the 714 win mark during the fall 2009 season when his team won the Non-Public A State Championship and was selected as the Team of the Year by the Star-Ledger.
Dr. Owen Houghton ’59, G’60, received the 2015 Cheshire County Vaughn Award, which recognizes seniors helping seniors in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.
Norena Soumakis ’60 published her fourth mystery novel Mystery at the Foul Fowl Farm. It is available on Amazon and Kindle.
William Decker ’60 writes in to say that he recently attended the graduation of his two grandsons from the University of Tampa. A third grandson graduated from Shepherd University on the same day. He is proud to say four of his five grandchildren now have college degrees.
Paul and Susan (Barstow) Thomas ’61 are proud great grandparents of Willow, born in April 2014 to their granddaughter Brianna. Brianna is a student at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Jenny Ogata Yoshizumi ’61 wrote to say that she recently visited with Susan Thomas ’61, Dr. Mimi Murray ’61, G’68, Barbra Pettersen Belmonte ’61, and Nancy Berghmann-Willson ’61.
Thomas Page Jessup ’61 writes in to say that he and his wife are enjoying life in Middlebury, Vt. They are active volunteering in their church and at local schools, reading books both separately and together, going for outdoor walks, and cross-country skiing.
Larry ’61, G’62, and Sara Skalla ’60 wrote in to say that they both retired from teaching 18 years ago but Larry continued to coach middle school football and wrestling. A few years ago, Larry gave up coaching football but continues coaching wrestling. This fall marked the beginning of his 53rd year.
Susan Winters Ferrell ’62 writes that she has separated from her husband of two years and moved to Tampa, Fla., to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren and is loving it.
Donna L. Gallagher ’63 recently was honored by Queen’s University with the dedication of a classroom in her name in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies building. Gallagher taught at Queen’s University for 27 years before her retirement.
At 73, Tom Hart ’64 set a world record in his age and weight group in the strict curl, curling 123 pounds. He also holds a bench press record for his home state of Vermont.
David E. Behrend ’64 received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Sterling College, Vt. Behrend served on the Sterling College Board of Trustees for almost 30 years. He and his wife live in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and often visit their five adult children and seven grandchildren. Behrend still maintains his practice, counseling lawyers going through career transitions.
Christina Burroughs Brown-Eckart ’65 wrote in to say she is enjoying retirement. She and her husband enjoy cycling, and recently cycled through Southern France. She enjoys Midwest living, the outdoors, exercising, and spending time with her two grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and four step-daughters.
Dick Conklin ’67 was presented with the John E. Worthen “Outstanding Contribution to Education Award” at the commencement of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities at Ball State University. The award goes to an Indiana resident who has demonstrated a continued commitment and/or innovative approach to education.
After 26 years as the head athletic trainer at Eastern Connecticut State University, David G. Yeo ’67, G’68, DPE’77, retired in July 2012. He was inducted into the Connecticut Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame in May 2014 and, in October 2014, was inducted into the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
David Stickney ’68 has retired from the United Church of Christ Congregational Church where he served as pastor for more than 40 years.
John Hedbavny ’68, G’70, is the current president of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, Conn., where Rich Friedman ’68, G’73, recently served as a program speaker. Friedman is an active Rotarian and involved in the organization’s international student exchange program.
Dave Allen ’69 has retired as head swimming and diving coach at the University of North Carolina Wilmington after 37 years.
Huyland Bryant ’69, G’70, wrote in to say that he retired from Onondaga Community College in 2008. He served in many capacities including as chair of the health, physical education and recreation department; athletic director; and women’s volleyball coach. He also coached the women’s volleyball team at the Empire State Games and was the women’s volleyball coach at Marcellus High School. He was founder of the Onondaga Volleyball Club team and he is marking his last year as head coach.
Steve Goldberg ’70, G’71, wrote in to say that, after retiring in 2012 from the women’s footwear industry, he has decided to go back to work. He is now working as a specialist at the Apple store in Wellington, Fla.
Bill Guzze Jr. ’70 and Juhan Laurites ’70, G’73, appeared on the Oct. 12, 2014 episode of America’s Home Videos. In the video, the two best friends acted out a play from their own “Senior Bowl” filmed at Laurites’ house. Mike Masiuk ’70, Norman Martel ’70, Bob Gray ’70, Tom Herget ’70, and Dr. J.D. Downing ’70, G’74, also helped make the video.
Paul LeSueur ’70, G’74, was honored by The Waldorf School of Garden City at its golf classic and dinner reception. LeSueur served as the school’s athletic director and also taught physical education and coached soccer, basketball, and softball. In addition to his numerous accomplishments, he helped coach the boys varsity basketball team to a league championship in 2011 and led the boys varsity soccer team to three league championships in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Vic Cervizzi ’70 will retire in January 2016 after 45 years as a physical education, health education, and driver education instructor in both Connecticut and Florida. He will reside in Melbourne, Fla.
Roger Moffat ’71, G’74, Al Cutler ’74, and Barry Weinberg ’73 were having dinner together in Jupiter, Fla., when they met Bob Doleva ’72, who also was dining in the restaurant.
Howard Friedberg ’72 writes in to say that he has retired from property management in Harlem, N.Y., after 25 years.
Scott Sprague ’72 received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association, Inc. Sprague served as director of the Manchester (Conn.) Parks and Recreation department for 30 years. He served as assistant director for the Bloomfield (Conn.) Parks and Recreation department for seven years.
Dr. Ju Ho Chang G’73 with Dr. Frank Fu, G’73, DPE’75, at the third Asian Sport for All Association conference, Macau, May 24-25, where Fu was a keynote speaker. Chang is the president of the Association for International Sport for All Association. Fu is Hong Kong Baptist University associate vice president.
1973 Ju Ho Chang and Frank Fu
Ollie Wilson ’74, G’76, was inducted by the Worcester Public Schools into its 2015 High School Hall of Fame class at a ceremony on May 1. Wilson, a fullback while at Springfield College, has coached football for more than four decades, including almost 25 years in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers, where he currently is running backs coach.
Sean Gleason, G’75, was awarded the Fellows Award by the Virginia Recreation & Parks Society (VRPS) at The Homestead Resort in Hot Spring, Va. Gleason, who retired in 2009 after working for 34 years in parks and recreation in Virginia, was nominated by his former employer, the Colonial Heights Recreation and Parks Department, where he served as director for 24 years. Gleason is a past president of VRPS and a life member. His is now living in Ventnor, N.J., with a new passion for photography.
Maj. James Kisser, Jf, ’76, G’78, was promoted to the rank of major in The Salvation Army. He and his wife, Capt. Deborah Kisser, are responsible for all programs and services of The Salvation Army in southern Dutchess and western Putnam counties in New York. They also serve as corps officers and co-pastors of The Salvation Army corps and church in Beacon, N.Y.
Kevin Sorge ’78 was elected president of the chapter staff organization for the National Hemophilia Foundation in September 2014, representing all chapter staff in the United States.
Rob Reeves ’79 wrote in to say that after 35 years of working for the YMCA in Lawrence, Mass.; Marblehead, Mass.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Bangor, Maine; and Westport, Conn.; he has retired and will be moving to Leland, N.C. Reeves spends his spring, summer, and early fall at his cabin near Lake Winnipesaukee. After retiring, he traveled throughout the southeast, connecting with Dee Davies LaMay ’79, Paul Soucy ’79, Lou Mazzini ’79, Vin Rigoglioso ’79, Harris Foster ’79, Dave Ennis ’79, Mike Harrison ’79, G’81, and Frank Sumpter ’80. He recently gathered with class reunion committee members at the home of Ernestine DeCesare Fryberg ’79 in Wickford, R.I.
1979 Ernestine DeCesare Fryberg, left to right, Rob Reeves with his wife Joanne, boat captain Rick Fryberg (Ernie’s husband), Harris Foster, Donna DeCesare Manchester, Mary Farnham Cooper, Candy Dias McLeod, and Lorraine Aliperti Neilan
JoAnn Domingoes Nannig ’80, assistant administrator at the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and Jeni Gordon Mowry ’89, manager of volunteer and customer services at The Miriam Hospital, joined forces to bring the first Project Search site to Rhode Island. The project provides onsite classroom space and internships for high school students with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and then provides assistance with entrance to the workforce upon graduation.
1980 JoAnn Domingoes Nannig (left) and Jeni Gordon Mowry
Jay Margnelli ’80 and Laurie Golan ’80 met at their 35th Reunion in June and recreated an image that appeared in their yearbook.
Dave Boyle ’83 recently hung out with former quarterback for the NFL Miami Dolphins Dan Marino when Boyle worked with the owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza on a recent restaurant opening.
1983 Dave Boyle, right, with Dan Marino
Jean McCarthy Woletz ’83, Trudy Hutton ’83, Sue Hendee ’82, Cheryl Croce ’82, Laurie Faust Hinman ’82, and Sheila Murphy Salois ’82 got together for a week of hiking, biking, rafting, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Although not pictured, they were also joined by Cheryl Fitch Vincent ’82 and Deb Gagnon ’82.
David Hoffman, G’81, received the Outstanding Community Advocate award from the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York for his significant contributions in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s Disease. Hoffman, who sits on the Board of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, is also on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Disease Research Care and Services. He is a leading health policy expert and recently wrote an article on Alzheimer’s legislation in Health Affairs.
1981 David Hoffman is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York.
Patricia Millette ’81 wrote in to share that she finished her PhD in August 2014. Millette taught high school science for the 13 years it took to her to complete her degree in geology and science education from the University of Maine. Her dissertation was titled The Effects of Conducting Authentic Field-Geology Research on High School Students’ Understanding of the Nature of Science, and Their Views of Themselves as Research Scientists.
Mary-Lee (Potrepka) Dube ’82, G’83, wrote to share that her daughter, Rachel, hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 15th inning to win the 2014 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL state title game for Southington High School. MaxPreps named the hit to its Top 12 game-ending plays of the 2014-15 high school sports year list.
Rayanne (Bridgham) Neveu ’83 wrote in to say that she is attending Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, working on a master’s degree in Christian counseling.
Kerry Hotaling ’85 published his second book, The Yankees Had Something To Do With It, about the Gettysburg campaign from the viewpoint of several union generals. The book is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book format.
Michael Nanartowich ’87 was inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Nanartowich was named Massachusetts State High School Coach of the Year while winning a Division III state title in 2012. (Editor’s note: In the previous issue of Triangle, Nanartowich’s induction was incorrectly attributed to his brother, Richard Nanartowich ’82. We apologize for the error, Michael.)
As a part of 2014 November’s college football rivalry week, Matt Bayly ’89, head athletic trainer at Lafayette College, and Tim Doane ’94, director of sports medicine at Lehigh University, were invited to represent their schools in a panel discussion on the history of the rivalry and the evolution of sports medicine in the Lehigh Valley.
Anne Reibold Henley ’89 wrote in to say that her daughter is a first-year student at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Henley began a new job in April 2015 at the Richland County clerk’s office.
Alumni gathered for a photograph at the American Hockey League’s (AHL) headquarters in Springfield, Mass. Six of the 14 current AHL employees are Springfield College alumni. From left are Chris Nikolis G’98, executive vice president for marketing and business development; Sean Smith ’14, coordinator of marketing services; Kelly Flanagan G’13, manager of hockey operations; Melissa Caruso ’09, director of hockey administration/AHL central registry; Jonathan Forsberg ’09 manager of team business services; Brendan O’Halloran ’13, coordinator of digital properties and administration; and Springfield College employee Maria D’Agostino Crawford ’91, who worked for AHL from 1990-99.
Bob Bardwell ’91 was one of 200 invited guests at a White House ceremony honoring the 2015 School Counselor of the Year. Bardwell is a school counselor and director of guidance and student support services at Monson (Mass.) High School.
Springfield College Head Men’s Volleyball Coach Charlie Sullivan ’91, G’97, and alumni from his program recently reunited in competition on the James Naismith court.
Mike Gallagher ’92, Eric Martin ’92, Dan Kilby ’93, Mike Cerasulo ’93, Matt Way ’95, Jeff Hyde ’86, and Adam Sherman ’08 participated in the New England Tough Mudder at Mount Snow in Somerset, Vt. The group was raising money and awareness for the daughter of Kilby and his wife Kate (Kenton) Kilby ’93, G’96. Their daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.
Matt Siegel ’94 was recently promoted to director of leadership development at Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Kim (Nichols) Hanlon ’95 and Alesia Vaccari ’06 were inducted into the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2014.
1995 Kim Nichols Hanlon, pictured with Joel Dearing and Alesia Vaccari ’06
Jeff Gosselin, G’96, G’01, was recently elected to the Westfield School Committee. Gosselin is a competitive ice skater, member of U.S. Figure Skating, and skates at the International Skating Center of Connecticut. He works in the Northampton, Mass., school system and lives in Westfield, Mass.
Chris Veraszto ’98 was one of the top sales representatives at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, which awarded his efforts with a trip to Hawaii.
Kazukata Onoda ’99, G’02, is working as a first class health supervisor at WILL Hearts Co., LTD in Osaka, Japan.
Springfield College Head Coach Kristen Mullady ’00 connected with alumni at the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention in Orlando, Fla., in November, including Kerry Hausdorf ’04, G’09, head coach at Bentley University; Jennifer Thomas ’14, assistant coach at Mercyhurst; Anne Versprille ’14, assistant coach at Endicott College; Nicole Flores ’09, assistant coach at Bowdoin; and April Pollock, G’08, head coach at AIC. Not pictured, but in attendance was Emily Booshada ’04, G’06, head coach at Slippery Rock.
Ryan Bamford G’03 was named athletic director for the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Josh Bourne ’04 became a U.S. Marine Corps major in a promotion ceremony that took place on April 1 in Virginia Beach. Bourne is with the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group at JEB Fort Story, Va. In attendance was his wife, Molly Gorman Bourne ’05.
Marissa (Picard) Wengell ’04, G’06, Tony Loomis ’04, and Amy Bartholomew ’04, G’11, attended the Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in November 2014. Wengell and Loomis presented at the conference.
2004 Marissa Picard Wengell, from left, Tony Loomis, and Amy Bartholomew
Ryan DiPanfilo ’06 has just completed his ninth year as an athletic trainer for Major League Baseball and his third year as assistant athletic trainer with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He and his wife, Kathryn (Becker) DiPanfilo ’07, welcomed their second child, son Rhys, on Dec. 30, 2014. Kathryn is a volunteer coach, scout, and webmaster for the Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.) volleyball program.
2006 Ryan DiPanfilo and Kathryn (Becker) DiPanfilo with son Rhys and daughter Kelly
Alesia Vaccari ’06 and Kim (Nichols) Hanlon ’95 were inducted into the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2014. (See photo under 1995.)
Peter Gillen ’04, G’07, was named principal of West Springfield (Mass.) Middle School.
In December 2014, Amanda Wright ’09, Gabby Gaudreault ’14, G’16, and Stephen Headley ’10, G’13, competed at the UMass Boston Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Track Center. Gaudreault, graduate student and assistant women’s track coach, won the mile in 5:04 and won 1000 meters in 2:59. Both were meet records, according to Coach Jim Pennington. Headley, now working in finance in Boston, won the 60-meter dash in 6.85, meet record time. And Wright, an attorney, competed in the mile.
Corey Hetherman ’09 was named defensive line coach at the University of Maine Orono.
Gregor Walz ’09 wrote in to share that when he started working at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, he discovered another alumnus, Mike Orechia ’78, was working there as well. Walz is the director of athletic communications and Orechia is the head coach for the track and field and cross country teams.
Andy Covington ’10 wrote in to share that he is now a first lieutenant in the U. S. Army JAG Corps Reserve. He has been assigned to the third Legal Operations Detachment. Covington is certified by the U.S. Army to practice military justice, civil and administrative law, contract and fiscal law, and international and operational law. He provides legal assistance to soldiers and veterans on a variety of issues.
Lindsay Maynard ’11, G’14, wrote in to say that she is now the reentry services programs and treatment coordinator at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office.
Alistair Matthews ’13 has been named the head strength and conditioning coach for the Milwaukee Brewers academy in the Dominican Republic.
Kate Thomas-Moody, G’11 has been named head coach of the Husson University women’s soccer team.
Kristin Cannon, G’12, has been promoted to assistant director of athletics for student-athlete development at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt.