Class of 1984 Fall 2018 Class Note

Louise Soucy

190 Main Street

Southwest Harbor, ME 04679


Hi, all! Although I am writing this column on a warm summer day, you are probably reading it on a cool autumn day. That means it is football season, which means time for class reunions. We will be celebrating our 35th class Reunion next fall in October 2019, so put it on your calendars! Plan to come for some football, tailgating, craft fair shopping, and catching up with old friends. The university hosts several events during Homecoming Weekend including arts performances, sporting events, and the big Homecoming Craft Fair! You have an entire year to plan — and I will have more information in my next column.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner with Tracy Harding and his wife Aimee Smith ’85. We had a delightful time! Tracy is a principal at Berry Dunn, where he began his public accounting career 34 years ago! They split their time between Hampden and Bar Harbor.

Amanda Bost ’87G has affiliated with SagePoint Financial to offer securities and advisory services in the Downeast and Bangor/Brewer regions of Maine. She has 22 years of industry experience and most recently was a financial consultant and AVP at Camden National Bank in their Ellsworth branch. She has volunteered with Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts of America and United Way of Eastern Maine. Additionally, she served on the Brewer School Committee for three terms. Amanda lives in Brewer with her husband.

The University Credit Union has promoted Carla Theriault Walton to electronic branch manager in Orono. Carla will oversee the credit union’s electronic service channels, including its video teller system, and will be responsible for ensuring the highest degree of member satisfaction.

I believe that Carla and I worked on a project in one of our business classes in which we researched spreadsheet programs and then concluded which was best. I seem to recall Visicalc coming out on top. I have no recollection of the other programs. I’ve tried explaining these college classes to my two kids and they look at me like I have two heads. I don’t think they believe me when I tell them about writing computer programs on cards line by line and then running the cards through a card-reader.

My husband and I survived our first year of being empty nesters. In the last column, I noted that the fall was spent golfing and attending UMaine football games. We were busy with work and family issues in the winter and spring. And then, before we knew it, the school year had ended and both kids were home. Our daughter was home for only one week before heading to Chevy Chase, MD, where she is doing an internship. She loves it! Our son is home working and studying for his first actuarial exam. We are looking forward to a vacation in Washington, DC, and then autumn will be here in no time.

I hope you will share your news with me. Do you have new grandchildren? Are you still playing noontime basketball at the Y every day? Have you moved? Did you visit some national parks this past year? Your classmates love to hear what you have been doing. I challenge you all to send me your news. I have a 680-word limit and I would love to break it! I’m looking forward to a full email inbox and seeing many of you next year for Reunion!