Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 36

Class Notes Class of 1955 Sally Chase shares, “I’m a snowbird. I leave Maine in November and return in April. [My] 6 th great-grandchild arrived in June—a sweet little boy named Finley. Golf, fishing, fairs, and gardening kept me busy for the summer.” Class of 1958 Mary Baldyga shares, “I spent a wonderful vacation in South Dakota visiting my daughter who was an employee at Mount Rushmore. She was a wonderful tour guide, taking me to many tourist attractions. Visiting Maine is always a pleasure. I met with my brothers, John ’56, Fred ’59, and Amos ’60.” Class of 1958 Deborah Olstad volunteers as a counselor with California’s End of Life law. Class of 1958 Carole A. Spiller writes in, “I had a wonderful time at the Senior Luncheon and enjoyed seeing so many classmates. It was one of my first outings since I lost my husband, Don and it helped me see many of my friends! If anyone is in the Valley Forge, PA area, please call me and let’s get together!” Class of 1959 Sheila A. Wyatt shares she has been married to the same dear man for 53 years. They have three daughters, five granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson. Life is good! Class of 1961 Peter C. Gordon shares, “I continue my prison ministry as a member of the KAIROS prison ministry. I also volunteer as a teacher at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana, a maximum security prison where I volunteer as an assistant chaplain. I still play golf a couple of times a week.” Class of 1963 Gerard Bilodeau retired after 22 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve! He now Class of 1965 Ronald Forest writes, “Next year my company, Ron Forest & Sons Fence Company will be 50 years old and I am passing it on to my grandson, Patrick Roy, in my estate.” makes custom turkey calls. Class of 1963 Robert E. Parslow returned to Maine permanently after six years in FL as a church administrator. No more missing family and friends! Class of 1965 Cindy (Warren) Estano and her husband, Chuck, write, “ I want to thank the class of 1958 for showing and giving your love and friendship to my sister, Carole Warren Spiller, following her battle with cancer and after her husband Don Spiller’s death in May. It was an honor having so many of you at our home for the celebration of Don’s life. Thanks to many of our family members who are also TA alumni. Her family and friends were very impressed by the closeness and the strong friendships of her classmates. I’ve known many of you since I was a little girl. I looked up to you then and still do now. Thanks again and love to all!” Class of 1970 Jon B. Boutet welcomed a new granddaughter, Elliana, born in June 2016 to son Chad ’04 and Amy Boutet. He is a proud grampa to his first grandchild! Class of 1973 Charles “Chuck” Tsomides led Thornton Academy students in a loud cheer at the Homecoming rally this past fall. See box on p. 36 for more! Class of 1975 Mary (Kiely) Sicard shares, “I am retiring from Burns School this June!” Class of 1981 Richard Corriveau sends his thanks to David Pendleton and Todd Davis for a wonderful 35 th class reunion celebration! Well done! Class of 1981 Eric Purvis was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, which honors and recognizes Maine athletes and sports figures that have brought distinction to the State of Maine, and provides awards and scholarships to Maine high school scholar-athletes. Maroon & Gold Pride Charles “Chuck” Tsomides ’73 led Thornton Academy students in a loud cheer at the Homecoming rally this past fall. Chuck has been a lifelong supporter of the Golden Trojans and is one of the football team’s biggest fans. He encouraged current students to “keep trying to do your best and think of making progress towards the future.” 36 Class of 1966 Wayne E. Nason shares, “I lost my wife of 36 years last November. She was the mother of Sue Connor Ward ’82, Buffy Connor Bullard ’83, Hugh G. Connor II ’84, and Kristan Connor Gould ’87. She will be missed.” Class of 1988 Kerri Bassett shares, “I am currently attending Argosy University in Atlanta, GA, working towards my Bachelors in Psychology. I only have five weeks left of my first year and am currently on the President’s List with a 4.0. I am also a member of The National Society Of Collegiate Scholars.” Class of 1988 Thayer Redman had a great time with his family at the Cleveland Browns stadium visiting with former athlete Seth DeValve who was drafted in the 4 th round this year, BY EMMA DEANS Thayer Redman ’88 (right) with Olympian Michael Flight Hartfield and watching Tom Brady play his first game of the year. This past summer he traveled to Rio to see a former athlete Michael Flight Hartfield long jump at the Olympics. This was a dream come true and a trip of a lifetime. Class of 1998 Jennifer (Conley) Burnett, a first grade teacher at Walter Caldwell Elementary in Florida, was named a Finalist for Polk County’s Teacher of the Year. See p. 32. Class of 1998 Josh Fearon has been named President of P&C Insurance, succeeding Roland Eon. Class of 2003 Erin Hatch graduated with her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England in 2014 and is currently a licensed psychologist in the state of Maine. She currently works as a Sport Psychologist at the University of Southern Maine and Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. She recently got married to Matthew Merritt and was inducted in the Thornton Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in October. Class of 2013 Courtney O’Brien is a senior at the University of New Hampshire and co-captain of the Women’s Rowing Team. They competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston (the largest two- day regatta in the world) and earned a Bronze Medal with a time of 21:06 on the 4,800 meter course. They were third behind Barry University from Florida and Carleton College in Minnesota. Class of 2015 Jessie Zhao shares, “I’m currently a sophomore at Emory University who double majors in Economics and Linguistics. This past summer, I studied abroad at London School of Economics for two months, where I learned interesting concepts and also analyzed the trends of Brexit with professors. I’m currently working as an ESL (English as a Second Language) Writing Tutor and EPASS Tutor of Economics at Emory. Also, I work at Student Involvement, Leadership, Transitions Office (under the division of Campus Life) as a student consultant to conduct organization president’s trainings, organize Leadership, Service, Diversity Awards, help students get involved, and deliver workshops in servant leadership. In addition, I have been a teaching assistant since the second semester of my freshman year. All of these opportunities have helped me to strengthen my communication skills and to better understand other people’s struggles as I continue to realize my own problems growing up cross- culturally. This summer, I will be an intern at a local finance firm based in Manhattan, NY for a month.” Jessie Zhao & Ms. Katy Nicketakis Class of 2015 Tourner Moseley will travel to Columbus, Ohio in March as a member of the UGA Ice Dawgs Hockey Team for the ACHA D3 National Championships. Tourner is in his second year playing defense for the team, which has won the SECHC Championship both years. Tourner has also made the SECHC All Academic Team both years. Tourner is a sophomore at UGA majoring in Biological Sciences/Pre-Dental with a minor in Exercise and Sports Science. He is an undergraduate research assistant for the UGA Concussion Research Laboratory. 37