Class of 1981 Fall 2018 Class Note

Barb Brown Dalton

21 Black Bear Drive

Veazie, ME 04401-6929

(207) 947-4827

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Are you retired yet? I am far from it, having just started my ad agency three years ago! But, those of you who are lucky enough to have retired early should feel guilty. You have all that time on your hands and you haven’t updated any of us on your careers, families, travel, etc. And I know many of you are on Facebook, yet only 94 classmates out of about 1,700 have joined our class page. If you’d like to get more news and check up on Joel Maxcy ’89G, Kathy Trenholm, Karen Kaczman, Bill Fraser, Karen Lindsay Dunn, Richard Silver, Betsy Harling, Steve Holden ’83G, Lee Blumenstock LeRoy, and more than 80 other classmates — get on board! Facebook is a good thing — when used properly and in moderation! Hope to see YOU there — but, at least email me some news!

A newspaper clipping tells me Ed Kohtala will be coaching the Orono Red Riots boys’ basketball team this winter, after a three-year hiatus from the game. Ed has an impressive coaching background with 15 years of teaching and coaching at the high school level in Maine, Florida, and Georgia. After that, he entered the collegiate coaching ranks where he held positions at the University of Florida, Clemson, University of Texas, Alma College, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UMaine. He returned to the high school level in 2012, coaching the Bangor Rams for three seasons. He currently teaches math at Bangor High and resides in Orono.

Dave Spellman has moved his business to 20 Independence Drive in Freeport, after 30 years in Westbrook. He and his wife, Paula Chai, bought a building just a short distance from L.L. Bean and a number of good watering holes in town. Strategic move?! He invites any Black Bears in Freeport for some shopping to stop by! Dave provides individual, employee benefits, business insurance, and retirement plan services. He departed the large employer “polyester jungle” (Aetna) in 1984, to strike out on his own. Dave and Paula live in Cumberland, and have two grown daughters, both Loyola Maryland grads, who live in Amsterdam and Baltimore, both in management with UnderArmour.

Marcia Green Doyle serves as an assistant clerk magistrate at the Massachusetts Trial Court in Worcester. She also teaches criminal justice courses at a local community college and enjoys time at her Scarborough, ME, cottage as often as possible. Her children are grown; her son coaches high school football, and her daughter is a scientist.

That’s all, folks! Hope to find more news in my inbox for the next issue and hope to see some of you around campus this year at the Alfond or the Cross Insurance Center. Lots of excitement as we welcome our new president to campus, educate young minds, continue with incredible research, and provide entertainment for all through the arts, music, and athletics. If you haven’t been back in a while, come see what you’ve been missing!