Diane Ingalls Zito
24 South Hills Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
A warm hello to all of you from Mount Desert Island, where we are fortunate to have escaped the heat that is covering most of the country this summer. It is mid-July as I write this, and fingers crossed, the weather will still be comfortable when you read this column in the fall.
Summer is a time of reunions and special get-togethers. Our class president, Millie Simpson Stewart, was in charge of two such events. In June the Mid Coast Alumni group met at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. The Class of ’62 had the most members in attendance. Classmate Carol Lovejoy Gay reports that the evening was a great success. She and husband, Fred ’63, spent the month of June at their home in Harpswell, sailing and enjoying being on the coast. During their time in Maine the couple also attended the ceremony on campus honoring outgoing University President Susan J. Hunter. Also in attendance at the Boothbay gathering were Jayne Fitz Wilcox and her husband, Oman. Jayne and Oman have recently moved back to Maine from Alaska. At the time of this writing they were anxiously awaiting the completion of their new Maine home.
As alumni president of her high school class, Millie also organized a July 60th reunion of the class of ’58 from Brunswick High. UMaine alumni in attendance at that event were Dr. Walter Higgins, who recently retired from 50 years of dentistry; Linwood Billings, who now resides at Horizons in Brunswick; Judy Zottoli Floyd ’69 from Asheville, NC; Ginny Dyer Bousum of Kingfield, who managed to win the night’s lottery and get a table at “The Lost Kitchen” in Freedom; and Sally Kennett Juenemann who, along with her partner, Bob Hancock, hosted a lovely breakfast for all her classmates at their Freeport home.
Class agent, Gary Cran and his wife, Sally, have a new address. After selling their home in Owls Head they have settled into a lovely condo at Rockport’s Samoset Village. Gary reports that it is wonderful to have found such a great place so close to old friends and activities. He has happily given up his lawnmower and snow blower for much more pleasant activities. The new address is 45 Village Way #58, Rockport, ME 04856.
This spring the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame announced its new members. Among those recognized was classmate William Livesey. A two-time All Yankee Conference outfielder, he was the senior captain for head coach Jack Butterfield ’53. After graduation, Bill coached at Worcester Academy, Brown University, and Eckerd College. He managed the Cape Cod League, winning six titles, and in 2002 was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame. Bill also spent 18 years as a scout and vice president of the New York Yankees. He oversaw the drafting of such players as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams. Bill was honored in 2012 with the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.
I end this column with a memory of campus days from classmate Jim Ochsner. “I was recalling a college algebra class taught by Professor Spofford Kimball. Unless I am dreaming, I recall that he was ambidextrous and at least one time he was solving two problems at the same time on the chalk board (remember those?) using both his left and his right hands.” Jim is curious if anyone else has that same memory. You can contact Jim through our class Facebook page.
Looking forward to all your Christmas correspondence! Be sure to keep in touch.