As we reach the halfway point in 2021, we can look back to a year unlike any other. I know we are all looking forward to a more normal existence in the year ahead. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Class of ’82 alums have been very active.
We received an email from Stephen Lauritsen, who retired from his career as an optometrist after 34 years—the last 29 in private practice in Falmouth. Stephen reports that he sold his practice and retired in December 2020, adding: “What better year to retire for an optometrist than 2020! My wife, Lee Hodgin Lauritsen ’85, ’01G, and I bought our retirement home on Lake Arrowhead in Limerick in 2019.”
We also heard from Sybil Turner-Pressprich, who recently retired after a 24-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as director of career services in the Continuing Studies Department. She’s now spending time with her husband and family exploring the region’s many parks and natural areas, and looking forward to some traveling—including a trip to her home state of Maine.
Jamie Russell, girls’ basketball coach at Central High School in Corinth, ME, reached the 400-win milestone — a feat only achieved by 27 Maine high school coaches. The win was the 60th in his fourth season at Central. Previously, he amassed 340 wins over his 32 years coaching boys’ teams at Central, Penobscot Valley High in Howland, and Piscataquis Community High in Guilford.
Cynthia Rand Stephenson was inducted into the Hampden Academy Hall of Fame. A 1978 graduate of the academy, Cynthia was the school’s career basketball scoring leader for both boys and girls, with 1,580 points. She was selected to the Eastern Maine Class A All-Tournament Team in 1974 and 1975 and to the All-East and Bangor Daily News All-Maine teams in ’75 through ’78. She was also a four-year starter on the academy’s softball team.
Camden National Bank promoted Timothy Nightingale G to executive vice president and chief credit officer. He joined the bank more than 20 years ago and most recently served as executive vice president and senior loan officer.
Jeffrey Hamilton was elected chair of the board of directors of the Penobscot Regional Chamber of Commerce. Jeffrey owns JA Hamilton Consulting, a business consulting firm based in Rockport. Before starting his consulting practice, he held leadership positions in the manufacturing industry. He also serves as a member of the Rockport Select Board.
Nancy Wanderer was featured in a Bangor Daily News article on her challenges dealing with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, including the financial hurdles. In addition to earning a Certificate of Advanced Study at UMaine in ’82, she taught at the UMaine Law School for 25 years before retiring to Falmouth. We wish Nancy all the best in her struggle with this unforgiving disease.
Wishing everyone in the Class of ’82 a happy and healthy second half of 2021. Have any news of your own or just want to share what’s new in your life? If you have anything to share, or just want to give a shout out to your classmates, please drop me a line.