Class of 1968 Fall 2018 Class Note

Betty Loew White

1849 Ludlow Road

Ludlow, ME 04730


A huge thank you to Stephen Rideout and the board members for having organized the four-day 50th Reunion celebration that so many of us enjoyed during September. I know that we’ve all come a long way since 1968 and have kept the University of Maine close to our hearts always.

Here are some newsworthy stories about our classmates Bill Stevens, Tom Maines, and William Horner:

Bill Stevens writes that he retired in 2009 and moved to Punta Gorda, FL, about 10 minutes later. Bill says he never looked back. He spent his career in telecommunications and high tech, and was a Master Maine Fly Fishing Guide on Kennebago Lake for 16 years. Now he is a full-time flats fly fisher and beach bum who enjoys life to the fullest every day.

Hall of fame coach Tom Maines began coaching basketball at the old Mexico High in 1973. Then he went on to Waterville and Morse High School in Bath from 1981-1993. As their coach, the Shipbuilders won three Class A titles from 1987-1989. He coached for seven years at Madison High. He also coached the Scarborough girls’ basketball team in 2011-2012. This past year, once again Tom was named as Morse High’s head basketball coach. Tom is one of the most respected coaches in Maine, having coached coaches as well as players.

William “Bill” Horner is one of our class officers and serves as our class agent. He lives full time in Montauk, NY, since his divorce in 2010 after 34 years of marriage (second marriage). Some classmates may recall that Bill married Janis Bolster after his junior year at UMO. Bill attended Yale Law School and he and Janice divorced but have remained good friends. Janis remarried in 1971 and currently lives in Brunswick, ME. Bill has a son, Andy, who has worked for the New York Mets for 13 years as a business manager, and a daughter, Katie, who just finished her master’s degree in food technology at the University of Vermont and has started working on her Ph.D. in agroecology (sustainable agriculture), also at UVM. Bill’s cousin, Robert Bayer teaches at UMaine and his second college roommate, Howard Cody ’67, recently retired from the UMaine Political Science Department. Bill enjoys visiting with Bob, Howard, and his partner from the debate team, Suzanne Hart. As column writer, I would also like to mention that both Bill and I are “Newtonites.” We graduated from Newton (North) High School, Newtonville, MA, in 1964. I guess we have lived parallel lives to a certain extent and it has been delightful to go full circle in that regard.

As always, we welcome news from our classmates, so please consider writing us a few lines.