Class of 1969 Summer 2023 Class Note

Greetings! We hope you had an enjoyable winter and are enjoying the beauty of summer. Send your news to us or to the Alumni office. Mary Pooler Barnes 99G, Susan Brock Gordon, Karen Sample Drinkuth, Gloria Boggs MacGregor, and Catherine Buotte Anderson had fun making a snowman that was dressed as Bananas, the University of Maine mascot. Steve Daly resigned as Waterville’s city manager in December 2022. Prior to coming to Waterville, Steve served as town manager in Bedford and Salem, NH, and North Reading, MA. He also had worked as a regional and statewide Homeland Security program administrator, multistate government collective procurement entrepreneur, and municipal management contractor. 

On Feb. 15, 2023, UMaine’s Honors College held the first webinar of their Alumni Connections series, which allows current Honors scholars preparing to work on their theses to connect with alumni who share advice. Denham Ward moderated the panel discussion. His ’69 Honors thesis focused on a computer simulation of what a self-driving car might look like. Denham noted that “some of the panelists’ Honors theses didn’t match what they are doing now. The topic isn’t necessarily as important as the process.” Denham, whose career was in medicine, is a member of the Honors College Board of Advocates, which advises Honors scholars and faculty on community and connections.

David Daniel G wrote for military newspapers. Later he taught college English in Boston and wrote fiction. He has published 20 novels and short-story collections, including the prize-winning mystery White Rabbit, set in the ’60s. For the last decade of his teaching career, he taught at an inner-city high school for at-risk students. At UMass Lowell, he was a Jack Kerouac visiting Writer in Residence. His newest book, Beach Town, is a collection of stories. 

LTC Robert D. Eaton, USA, Ret. and his wife, Claudia K. Eaton, traveled to Kenya, Africa, in March. They stayed with a local family and visited an orphanage, an elephant orphanage, and a giraffe sanctuary. They flew to Mombasa to snorkel in the Indian Ocean and swim with dolphins. They traveled by train to the interior to go on safari at four national parks, where they saw many animals in their natural habitat. Bob says it was the trip of a lifetime. After graduating from UMaine, Bob went on active duty and was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He is now retired from the military as well as Verizon and Old Town Trolley. Bob and Claudia reside in Hingham, MA.

Keep in touch.