Class of 1973 Winter 2022 Class Note

As semi-normality returns (as of this writing), I am hopeful that we will all be doing things to share with our fellow classmates. Actually, let’s face it, life is all pretty interesting. 

Gary Spinney G was inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame, honoring his 41-year career as a physical education teacher in the Camden-Rockport elementary and middle schools. Over his career, Gary was recognized nationally six times, regionally three times, and by the state a number of times, including being named PE Teacher of the Year. His jump rope teams won admiration throughout the country. He was awarded by the American Heart Association as Volunteer of the Year and Camden-Rockport Elementary was named the School of the Year the same year. Gary also served as athletic administrator at the middle school where he also coached soccer and basketball teams.

Regis Beaulieu ’76G returned to the throwing circle, and, now 50 years after stepping into that circle he came in second in his age group at the USATF 2022 Indoor Masters National Championships at the Armory in New York City, boosting his rankings as a Master athlete. Regis credits Coach Walt Abbott ’58, ’65G for turning his career-ending football neck injury into an opportunity to contribute to Maine athletics off the gridiron. He recalls the other athletes against whom he threw during his undergraduate days and was happy to reconnect with fellow Black Bear Steve Pelletier ’74, who competes in the javelin on the senior circuit. He also trains with a former student shot put champion, Jane Jawor. Regis is retired from coaching at Lewiston High and from his mountaineering adventures, but continues to be active and competitive.

Watch for more information coming on our upcoming 50th Reunion in September of 2023. We hope to see many of you there!