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photos and other information on the page, getting
us ready for a grand 50th Reunion in 2020.
Stephen Valentine also wrote to me. "After living
in the East all our lives (with the exception of a
year in Vietnam, thank you Uncle Sam), we decided to downsize and move to Reno. Western trips
were always two-week vacations and we wanted
to see more of the West at our own speed. Mission
accomplished. No state income taxes and we're five
miles from California. That said, we do miss Pittsburgh and the East Coast."
Gerardo Brown-Manrique spent the 2014-2016
academic years at Miami University's John E.
Dolibois European Center in Differdange, Grand
Duchy of Luxembourg. The center will celebrate
its 50th anniversary in that country in 2018, by
which time he hopes to again be there for another
two-year appointment. He has, however, officially
retired from professional practice in the State of
Ohio and is now emeritus architect in that state.
He is looking forward to 2020, and meantime
keeps trying to organize reunions with his Greene
Chuck Rancourt was named Adviser of the Year
at Siena College by the Student Government
Association. The award is presented to an adviser
who has been a great help to both the Student Senate and the student body. Chuck retires from Siena
this year after being a successful part of the Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Susan Alten wrote how her memory glosses over
the hard stuff and what she remembers most was
all the wonderful times she had and the lifelong
friends she met. Stephen Valentine and she served
together years later in the Defense Logistics Agency, although he was a Naval officer and she was
in USAF. At our last Reunion she sat in on what
was supposed to be a physics class. It turned out to
be chemistry, and the professor opened by telling
everyone how badly most of them had done on the
first quiz. "I suddenly flashed back to how hard I
found chemistry, and left shortly thereafter with a
vaguely familiar feeling of being overwhelmed."
I always enjoy my lively Facebook discussions with
Tom Myers; it may be about corgis or politics or
RPI. Recently Tom had lunch with Elaine and Hap
Erstein '70 and among other things talked about
Jim Detjen and his good deeds in other countries.
Alexandra Krawicz, Ph.D. '12, was named
one of the Capital Region's 40
Under 40 by the Albany Business
Review. She has been recognized
as one of the SI Group's leading
chemists in rubber resin technology.
Tom remembers that he never had any of those
problems that guys who graduated in 1970 had. "I
got my degrees on time, although my parents saw
me running up to the Field House after having just
confirmed that I'd be getting my diploma at lunch
that day. It was close."
After 13 wonderful years living in France experiencing its culture and lifestyle, Joanne and Kenneth Titow have returned to the U.S. to live in
Scottsdale, Ariz. Joanne continues her 30-year-old
tax preparation and representation practice under
her business name of Joanne McConnell, EA.
While in France they attended several RPI events
including the wonderful reception given by President Jackson at the prestigious auto club location
overlooking the "obelisk" in central Paris.
Recently I reconnected with my Acacia fraternity
brother Joe Alber, who has had a successful career
in the motion picture and television industry working for SONY Pictures, CBS, Columbia Pictures,
MGM, and many others. He recently shared a
photo of the crew he worked with on both Star Trek
Voyager and Star Trek Next Generation. He and his
wife, Eileen (Cartwright) Alber '72, have lived in
Thousand Oaks, Calif., since 1976.
Int'l Captain Paul Miller (ret.)
presented a paper on Commercial Aviation Runway Collision Prevention Strategies
and Flightcrew Procedures at
the Flight Safety Foundation
Seminar, at Eurocontrol Brussels, with 280+ global safety fellows.
Looking forward to hearing from you, and remember to join the RPI Class of '70 Facebook page.
-Rick Hartt '70; email@example.com
Bill Cobb retired a few years ago from GM Proving Grounds, where he was a vehicle dynamics
engineer. He is still active with FSAE college race
car teams. Bill and his wife, Terri, live on a 25-acre
ranch in Brighton, Mich. He has restored nine vintage windmills to working order and still harvests
hay for local horse owners. I'm glad to hear that Bill
is healthy (having beaten prostate cancer) and is
staying active by playing in a 60-and-over hockey
Dave Ritchie writes that he recently visited Al
David Schepperly '10, control room supervisor at
the Indian Point nuclear power plant, was featured in
the Westchester, N.Y., business magazine 914INC.
as one of 23 "Wunderkinds," under-30 professionals
on the rise. Schepperly qualified as a senior reactor
operator at age 27, making him one of the youngest
in the industry to earn that distinction.
Swierczek '72, who is not yet ready to retire, and
Gary Nelson '70. Gary and his wife, Dale, have
moved back to Troy, having lived in Virginia for
many years. Gary and Dale are supporters of the
local food pantry and the Troy Chamber Music
Series. Dave is now retired and recently did a multiday bike tour in Wisconsin.
Martin Nadelman writes that he and his wife,
Susan, were displaced from their Hilton Head
resort by Hurricane Matthew. Returning four
weeks later they discovered no damage to their
property. Susan has had several ailments recently,
and Martin has been occupied as chief cook, bottle-washer, and caregiver.
After two flat tires, I dropped out of a sprint triathlon in Egg Harbor City, N.J., last September. I did
manage to finish the Ben Franklin Bridge 10K run
(crossing the Delaware River) in 45:40, placing first
among men 65-69. I'm still working as a computer
science professor at Rowan University. -Seth
Bergmann '71; firstname.lastname@example.org
I've actually heard from several of our classmates
over the last months. I have taken my cue from
what Rick Hartt '70 wrote a few years back-his
lawyers have advised him that it's not a good practice to make up stuff about my classmates. With
Reunion this fall, I fully expect to hear lots of news
from all of you out there somewhere...
In the meantime, Chia Day was one of two
recipients, worldwide, of the Engelberger Robotics
Award, in 2016. This award has been presented
annually since 1977 by the Robotic Industries
Association to individuals who "have [had] a significant impact on the robotics industry." In his
four years at Foxconn, Dr. Day has overseen the
installation of more than 40,000 robots. He and his
wife, Sansan, reside in China. Their 40th wedding
anniversary coincided with the trip to Munich to
receive his award, which consists of a plaque, a special medallion, and an honorarium. He notes that
the award is "like a lifetime achievement award,
recognizing contributions to the field of robotics in
Rick Zevin sent me a quick summary of 45-plus
years. His computers career started with his undergraduate mathematics major co-op sponsorship
by Ciba-Geigy; the program led, ultimately, to
Jonna Gerken '96, manager in manufacturing engineering at Pratt
& Whitney, was installed as
2017-18 president of the
Society of Women Engineers.
She is the fourth Rensselaer
alumna to serve as SWE
president, following in the
footsteps of Lois Graham '46,
Paula Loring Simon '68, and
Melissa Tata '97.
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