Class of ’59 Fall 2017 Class Note

Nancy Roberts Munson

P. O. Box 1995

Orleans, MA 02653

(508) 255-4091


Faculty member and classmate, John Nickerson, has made a generous bequest, which has led to the appointment of Professor James Warhola as the first John Mitchell Nickerson Professor of Political Science. Five terrific students have also received Nickerson Scholarships from the same gift.

Torrey Sylvester writes that he has a new career, still within the law framework. He is now a court mediator for civil cases including divorces. He averages about five cases a week, mainly in Houlton but also in Lincoln and Millinocket. He says being neutral is a nice change from previously being an advocate for one side or the other.

At an alumni event in San Leandro, CA, Chuck Peddle was honored as a member of the Francis Crowe Society for his outstanding contributions to engineering. He has been called Father of the Personal Computer. In the 1970s he served as lead designer on the MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor. He also worked on the KIM-1 and the Commodore PET personal computer. His contributions helped people conduct business in new ways.

Classmate Jan Adlmann passed away recently but his many outstanding accomplishments should be made known. Jan was an art historian, author, and artist.

He was director of several major art museums including Wichita, Tampa, Long Beach, and Vassar College as well as assistant director of the Guggenheim in NYC. He resided in Vienna for a time, where his work on the art and architecture of early modern Vienna resulted in him being awarded the Knight’s Cross from the Federal Republic of Austria.

He was professor of art history at Hamilton College as well as lecturer at the University of Colorado, College of San Mateo, SUNY, and UCal Berkeley. Retiring to Santa Fe, NM, he continued to write articles for art and travel magazines as well as a book on contemporary art in New Mexico. His many contributions to art history were nationally recognized.

Don’t forget our matching gift challenge for our 1959 scholarship fund. We have a way to go but we can do it!