Class of 1978 Spring 2018 Class Note

Linda Card

52 Wildwood Drive

Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

(207) 799-0545


REUNION October 26-28 at Homecoming


Get ready, everyone! Believe it or not, our 40th class Reunion is coming October 26-28. Mark your calendars now and let’s plan to reconnect in person this fall.

John S. Williams ’80G, the former head of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association, has been named the director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. John previously worked as director of the Maine Waste Management Agency and the Land Use Regulation Commission under Gov. Angus King.

Main Street Hospitality has named Donald Hebert as vice president of finance, and he will be responsible for the company’s financial health, management, and reporting, as well as banking overnight and relationships. Immediately prior to his new role at Main Street Hospitality, Don served as the CFO of the Trapp Family Lodge. Don and his wife, Mary, will be relocating from Kennebunk to the Berkshires.

Karen Ross Taylor ’91G, in anticipation of our Reunion, has written to say that she treasures her great UMaine memories, which include being a cheerleader and the 1977 Homecoming Queen.

Dan Taylor ’78G, a professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title of professor emeritus. Dan has been at Virginia Tech since 1982 where his teaching and research focused on the production and resource economics for farms and on agricultural policy analysis. He also served as the long-term chairperson of the university’s commencement committee.

Congratulations to our classmate Paul Sanford, who was recently named trust and estates litigation Lawyer of the Year in Rhode Island by Best Lawyers. Paul, who received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, is a partner at Burns & Levinson LLP in Providence, where he oversees civil litigation practice in state courts and the Rhode Island federal court. Lawyers of the Year are chosen by overall peer feedback; this is the second time in three years that Paul has won this award.

The first RSVP for our 40th Reunion came from Patrice Krant. She emailed me (yes, you too can do that!) to let us know that she has recently retired after a 22-year career in global procurement with the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Evidently she didn’t care for heat and humidity, as she and her husband have moved to Homer, AK, where they are enjoying all things outdoors and raising a Siberian husky puppy. Patrice is still a member of the UMaine Foundation — she has found more than 12 other UMaine alums in Homer and more than 400 in the state.

I realize many of you are reluctant to send me your news because you think it is either bragging or boring. Trust me, it is neither! Come on, folks! It’s been 40 years and it’s time to let your classmates know if you’re still out there somewhere. We sure hope so. Please write. Please. Begging is not a good look for me. With a wink and all good wishes for a Happy 4th of July.