Karen Wessell Hull
1014 Heron Run Drive
Leland, NC 28451
Over 50 classmates attended our 50th Reunion! For those who couldn’t be there, here’s what you missed on that warm and sunny October weekend!
Cocktails at the President’s home, class dinner with entertainment by UMaine students, Pat’s pizza, barbeque tailgate party, football game, Bob Marley performance, and a delicious lobster feed at Dave Ames’s ’68G home on the coast.
Especially enjoyed were the campus tours: the VEMI Lab, where students learn about scientific research, creative design, and technical skills using virtual and augmented reality technologies; the TeachLivE Lab where students can practice teaching and classroom management techniques on avatars; the Advanced Structures and Composites Center; and the Emera Astronomy Center, featuring a 33-foot dome tilted 22 degrees. The dome is transformed during a presentation into an interactive theater screen.
New officers were elected at our class meeting: vice president, Gene Humphrey; co-class agents, Zachary Longley and Jerry Perkins; Senior Alumni representatives, Patricia O’Connell Keene and Thomas Perry ’69G. Our classmates who have passed away were noted and remembered.
Joe Siegel from Bedford, MA, was sorry that he was unable to attend. After the University of Maine, he received a doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT and spent 40 years in the defense industry. He and Elaine Cohen Siegel ’69 have been married 41 years, have three daughters, one granddaughter, and enjoy gardening, traveling, cruising, theater, and concerts.
A portrait of U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal was recently unveiled in the Federal Building and Courthouse in Bangor. As a nearly identical portrait hangs in the U.S. Courthouse in Portland, he is the only judge in Maine to have his portrait displayed in both federal courthouses. Judge Singal, who grew up in Bangor, took the oath of office in 2000, semi-retired in 2013, but is continuing to work full time. One of his favorite responsibilities as a federal judge is administering the Oath of Allegiance to immigrants. He understands what many of them have experienced because his family fled the Nazis in Poland during WWII.