Class of ’69 Fall 2017 Class Note

Bill and Andrea Hayes Lott

11 Bayberry Drive

Eliot, ME 03903


Hello, classmates. As we write these notes, much of 2017 has passed, and we are getting closer to our 50th Reunion in 2019.

We were happy to be seated at a table with Dr. Denham Ward and his wife, Debbie Lipscomb, at a campus event in June. Denny graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in systems science at UCLA. Then he earned an M.D. degree from the University of Miami and went on to a career in anesthesiology and in research on respiratory physiology. He retired from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 2011, and Denny and Debbie moved to Bowdoinham.  

Maureen Doyle Hodge ’83G was a teacher and guidance counselor for over 30 years. Her late husband, Gerry ’53, ’67G, was a legendary football coach at Bangor High School. After Gerry’s death two years ago, Maureen wrote a book about their son, Adam, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four.

His four-and-a-half-year struggle with cancer included many moments of despair, but also many moments of joy. Avoiding sentimentality, this account of a plucky little boy who continued to reach out to help others even as his situation deteriorated is both heartbreaking and humorous. This is not just another cancer story. It is also an exquisite love story. In his short life, Adam was sustained by the love of many, which allowed him, in the face of a dire prognosis, to live life fully as a fun-loving child who gave as much love as he received, and who touched and changed so many lives. Examining the big questions of life, love, and death, and acknowledging pain even as it celebrates life, this story will hurt your heart. It will make you cry. But it will also make you laugh and make you sing. Adam’s story demonstrates that life may not be fair, but it can still be full of joy and of loving, of laughter and tears, showing life in all its complexity.

Richard L. Turner ’71G retired and is now professor emeritus at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, where he was on the faculty in biological sciences for 41 years.

Jim Stephenson ’70G was inducted into the Class of 2017 of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1969, Jim set the record at UMaine for points in a game with 54 points. He still holds the record for career scoring average with 22.7 points per game.

John Treworgy lives in Graham, NC. His UMaine major was sociology; later, he earned a master’s degree in media communications from Boston University. From 1983–1996, he was publisher of Robb Report magazine, and in 2008, he became president of Publishing Services Group, a consultancy that works with publishers.

Jerry Goss ’75G is deputy mayor of Brewer. Ellen Conant Krohn of Brewer has authored Judge Alonzo Conant (1914 – 1962), a biography.

Bill and I are happy to be grandparents for the second time. Henrietta Rose Hale arrived on June 28 to join her sister Adeline Emily and her parents Ben ’03, ’10G and Samantha Lott Hale ’02.

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