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Mike O'Brien, son of James O'Brien '49, who passed away in April, sent this photo his dad had taken of Phi Kappa Theta brothers in the late
1940s. Let us know if you are among those pictured, and send any memories you have of the occasion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lally School's Change the World entrepreneurial
competition where the Class of 1951 Entrepreneurial
Awards are made.
"In addition to the benefits it has brought to many
students and faculty, the funds we put together for
our 50th Reunion, along with continuing contributions, provides our Class of 1951 a continuous presence on the campus and it will continue to do so for
years to come. Be proud of your class and what it has
meant to your school."
In April, Bob helped select this year's winners for
the Change The World Challenge and for the Class
of 1951 Entrepreneurial Awards. Also in April he
attended the Celebration of Support festivities at
the Heffner Alumni House. "It's a nice affair where
many student projects are showcased, including a
couple of our entrepreneurial award recipients, and
so I got to talk with some them and also was able
to have a conversation with the winner of this year's
scholarship award." Bob was planning to represent
the class at the Faculty Recognition Dinner in May
to hand out our teacher award.
of our classmates: Marvin J. Abrams, B.S. physics,
Alpha Epsilon Pi, and Polytechnic news staff; and
William F. Payne, B.C.E., Lambda Chi Alpha, Phalanx, varsity hockey, and Grand Marshal.
Bill Payne, who was a prominent early figure in the
transformation of New York University into a global
force in education, passed away on May 13, 2017.
Two of Bill's RPI fraternity brothers-Roger Galliher
'51 and David Krashes '49-married Bill's sisters,
Joan and Barbara. A third fraternity brother, Pete
Easterling '51, introduced Bill to his sister, Nancy.
Nancy and Bill married and spent 28 years together,
living in Europe and upstate New York, raising their
sons, Todd and Mark, in Summit, N.J., and spending
memorable summers at Bill's favorite place on earth,
Forest Lake Park in Grafton, N.Y.
After graduating from RPI, Bill served his country
as first officer on a Navy minesweeper, and as an
admiral's attaché in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1958,
he joined RPI's Development Office, beginning
an accomplished career in academia that would
span four decades. In 1968, he left RPI to help lead
a decade of successful revitalization efforts at New
York University, serving as senior VP of development
and external affairs. He went on to found a consulting firm, Payne, Wester, Forrester & Olsen, lending
his experience to many prominent educational institutions, nonprofits, and foundations. Bill married
Betty Savage in 1986, and retired to Vero Beach, Fla.
I was looking forward to seeing many of you at our
65th Reunion. On a sad note, we recently lost two
Marvin Abrams died on Feb. 19, 2017, after a long illness. After graduating from RPI with a B.S. and M.S.
Barbara and Robert Pavan have relocated to 50 Forest at Duke Drive, Durham, NC 27705, (919) 4012511, e-mail email@example.com. Wish them well. If
you are a golfer, play Durham CC. It's great. -Fred
Williamson '51; firstname.lastname@example.org
in physics, he spent his early career in the atomic
power industry specializing in atomic power plants
for submarines. His work earned him a commendation from Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father
of the atomic-powered U.S. Navy. He subsequently
joined IBM and enjoyed a wide-ranging career from
systems engineering to education, world trade, and
market research. After retiring from IBM, he taught
mathematics and computer science at various local
colleges. Marvin also served on the Town of Ramapo
Housing Authority for a number of years. He enjoyed
jogging, reading books on mathematics and science,
and going on long hikes with his dogs.
My wife, Esther, and I celebrated our 60th anniversary on May 11 at the Woodstock (Vt.) Inn. We
received a most pleasant surprise at dinner, when the
people at the next table (complete strangers) paid for
our dinner. It was a memorable two-day experience.
If you have any news, please send it to me as soon as
you can. -Harry (Bud) Hovey '52; email@example.com
65th Reunion: September 2018 The "Great Decisions" course was created by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) to help inform adults in a non-biased
manner on foreign policy. It is offered free at over
1,000 libraries, community centers, and religious
institutions nationally. Check FPA.org to find where
it may be offered in your community. I have taught
this class for several years at Westchester Community College (WCC). This year we studied and viewed
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