Class of ’76 Fall 2017 Class Notes

David Theoharides

68 Payeur Circle

Sanford, ME 04073

(207) 636-7482


Hello, fellow ’76ers,

After a particular dry and hot summer, fall in all its glory is arriving in Maine. Do you remember how beautiful the campus was in autumn? I haven’t heard from a lot of our classmates lately, so please take a moment and send me an email or post something on the University of Maine Class of 1976 Facebook page. My wife. Jane Goodwin ’75, ’81G, ’97 C.A.S. and I recently took a wonderful vacation on a Viking River Cruise in Bordeaux, France. We sampled wine from multiple vineyards on each side of the Garone River and had a chance to indulge in lots of French cuisine! 

John Ferland has been promoted to president and chief operational officer of Ocean Renewable Power Company. Based in Portland, the company develops hydrokinetic power systems.

The Bangor Daily News featured an article about Alan Jepson and Brenda Nasberg-Jepson ’78, who have been documenting the cultures and history of northern Maine. Living on Madawaska Lake near Stockholm, they have interviewed hundreds of people and created videos preserving the stories and language of the Acadians in the St. John Valley and the Swedes in Maine’s Swedish colony.

The University of Southern Maine has named its baseball field after veteran coach Ed Flaherty. Ed has coached the Huskies for 32 seasons with 941 career wins. USM president Glenn Cummings stated at a ceremony held for Ed last May that, “USM has a lot of assets, and a lot of good things going for us, but today with this ceremony, we are acknowledging very formally that Ed Flaherty is one of the best assets, and best points of pride any university could ever have.”

Greg Boardman, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Dr. Jim Rittenburg ’78G, ’81 Ph.D. and Lorna Good Rittenburg ’82G have co-founded a new company called IC Optic, whose mission is to provide convenient, low-cost vision aids that are unobtrusive to one’s lifestyle and always close at hand when needed.

That’s all for now. Please send me an update to include in our next column.