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during WWII. Carl took ice-skating lessons to
keep his mind off the war. Carl went on to compete
in U.S. North American and world championships
in pairs and ice dancing from '45 to '50. He and
partner Anne Davies placed third in the '49 world
pairs event and first in ice dancing in the '46 U.S.
Figure Skating Championship. The two placed at
least third in one event each of the six years they
Even though Carl spent only 12 months at RPI and
was unable to participate in normal class activities
because of the rigors of the academic program and
his family responsibilities, he feels very much a part
of the Class of '57. When asked why he made the
gift to the Spectrum Fund, he said he had received
so much from Rensselaer he just wanted to give
back to the school in a meaningful way.
Carl, thank you for your commitment and generosity to RPI. -J.R. "Buzz" Campbell '57; JRCampbel2
60th Reunion: September 2018 I received the
following note from Fred W. Hand: "After my
bachelor's degree at RPI, I completed my master's
degree at University of Southern California. I
worked at Bendix Corp. and retired in September
1998 from Hughes Aircraft Co. after working on
the various Hughes commercial and military satellite programs. Now, at 81, I am residing in the
mountains of Southern California in the quaint
community of Big Bear Lake. Here we get a touch
of snow, but nothing like the winters at Troy."
Please, send much-needed news! -Jim Augstell
It's time to fill my inbox with updates. Please send
me a note so that I can share your news in the next
issue. -John Lindsay '59; email@example.com
I heard from an old friend Jim Merrick that Henry
Nejako died in February. I knew Henry from our
days at Rensselaer and especially at Lambda Chi
Alpha. He was quite a guy.
A Phalanx member, Henry majored in management engineering (what a quaint name for a major)
and then completed a master's in public administration at Harvard.
Always a loyal Rensselaer guy, Henry was quite
different from the slide-rule-toting students. He
retired in 2014 after a long career as a transportation expert for the federal government.
After many columns extolling the loyalty of the A
E Pi guys, Thanksgiving dinner brought a pleasant
surprise. My grandson pledged A E Pi this spring.
Connections keep getting stronger.
The Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund is still supporting students. I meet them at the annual party
held on campus honoring deserving students. If
anyone has any extra money-it's a good cause. -
Bill Blanchfield '60; firstname.lastname@example.org
In mid-February, Fred Guimond (Deke) and Bob
Bardagy (Chi Phi) had a mini-reunion at Grouse
Mountain in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where they
were able to ski at night with a beautiful view of
the city of Vancouver below (see photo). Bob lives
in Victoria, BC, and had great success with Comdisco Leasing. Fred, the indomitable lacrosse player
who was the only
player from our class
on the alumni team
at our 50th, played 33
years of lacrosse after
college plus 25 years
of ice hockey (and he
lives in Baton Rouge,
hard to believe), but now limits his athletic activities to tennis. His Dekes were thrown off campus
in the '60s and Chi Phi shortly thereafter, but have
returned today, he is happy to relate. Fred still owns
and works at his metal trading business (he didn't
like me calling it a scrap business) where he handles lead, antimony, and arsenic. He recommends
it for a profitable and fun business as long as you
don't ingest the product. He and his wife have a
summer home on lovely Lake Wenatchee in the
Cascades and plan to move there soon.
Merv Lapin, who lives in Vail, Colo., took a break
from his extensive real estate management duties
to recently tour Australia and New Zealand for
three weeks with his wife. With the congestion
of skiers, etc., in Vail, Merv now owns a Citation
jet plane to more easily get out when he wants to.
-Brian McManus '61; email@example.com
A double entendre: I was living in my rented room
on 14th Street during my last two years at RPI and
was about to leave for a weekend with a girlfriend
who was at school in New Paltz. I asked my floormate Lenny whether it was going to rain during the
weekend. He asked, "Why?" I said, "Because I want
to know whether to take my rubbers." He replied,
"Don't you always?"
Marvin Easton says that IBM stands for "I've Been
Moved." The peripatetic Marv had a 35-year career
with IBM, in various marketing, staff, and management positions in the U.S., South Korea, Japan,
China, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. He retired
in 1993 and was retained as a full-time consultant
for four more years in China, Europe, Vietnam, and
India. Marv married Barbara Emminger in 1977.
(They met in seventh grade-What took him so
long to propose?) In 1997, they moved to Naples,
Fla. Barbara was NYS Baton Twirling Champion
for six consecutive years, World 1 and 2 Baton
Champion, and Miss Majorette of America. Not
able to get his ants out of his pants, Marv and Barbara partake of foreign travel annually. They were
planning to be in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia,
and North Vietnam during our 55th reunion.
Mary Lou Dickerson emailed me about the death
of her husband, William J. Dickerson, on Feb. 12,
2017. A geology major, Bill was an administrative
law judge at the NYS Department of Encon. After
his retirement, he became an independent consulting geologist and environmental analyst. Bill was
with the U.S. Air Force, on active duty in Vietnam
and Thailand, followed by 18 years in the reserve.
He is survived by his wife, five children, and four
Dr. Thomas Cobb, class of 1966, mailed me news
about the death of John R. Craddock (BCE). John
received a U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship, subsequently becoming an aviator in the U.S. Navy.
Twenty-one years later, he retired from the Navy
and worked in marketing and construction in Jacksonville, Fla. John is survived by his wife, Jennelle,
two children, and four grandchildren. While at
RPI, John was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
I just donated $50 to the 50 Year Club. Better late
than never. All alumni who graduated from RPI at
least 50 years ago are automatically enrolled in the
club. I urge our classmates to make their symbolic
and very useful $50 donations to this chapter of the
Rensselaer Alumni Association, which serves and
supports our alumni and students. Our very own
John Templin is president. Send your payment to
William Blanchfield '60, treasurer, at 2610 Sunset
Ave., Utica, NY 13502. -Jay Winderman '62;
55th Reunion: September 2018 I asked Jerry
Lenaz if he could recommend a good mysterythemed bookstore. The very best seems to be
"Cloak and Dagger" in Princeton, N.J. Sixteen
years ago Jerry and especially his wife, Aline,
kicked the corporate rat race to open Cloak and
Dagger to advance their love for the mystery literature genre. The bookstore stocks over 15,000 titles;
something for everyone.
Jerry tells me that "after years of plotting schemes
that responded to a client's needs, I am now selling
plots with clues to test the mystery-solving acumen
of book readers. Even have a few Rensselaer engineers and architects in my customer base."
Asked for some recommendations, Jerry thought
"that for some mystery authors who would pique an
adventurous mind you might try these: Davis Ignatius (espionage, spy thrillers), Christopher Fowler
(zany unorthodox crime solver), Peter Lovesey
(British police procedural par excellence), and for
the cerebral sleuth, try Aaron Elkins (professor of
anthropology crime solver in the mold of Sherlock
Visit the website, www.thecloakanddagger.com,
and get free shipping. And to think that I don't
even get paid for the plug. What a neat business
after a career in architecture. There might even be
a murder set in that little college town of Troy, N.Y.
It would be fitting...Death at the Approach.
Looking back to 1961, we should remember that
RPI won the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on
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