Class of 1987 Summer 2021 Class Note

Andrew P. Nagelin
56 Gibson Street
Medford, MA 02155

Hello, Class of ’87,
Hopefully you have received your vaccinations and life is back to some semblance of normal.
Fingers crossed!
For the past year, most of us have been hunkered down at home and not doing a whole lot. I’m optimistic that we will be able to enjoy this summer and we will be able to visit with family and friends.
Joan Gass LeMole ’94G continues on the board of directors of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. 
Dan Tremble was selected as chairperson of the Bangor City Council. Dan has served on the council previously, and as Penobscot County treasurer as well. Dan owns Fairmount Market and the Ground Round Grill and Bar in Bangor.
Matthew Dunlap ’94G completed eight years as Maine Secretary of State and stepped down due to term limits. Matt successfully ran for Maine State Auditor after receiving much encouragement to do so.
Maine’s three constitutional officers are elected by the Maine House and Senate. Those offices are attorney general, state treasurer, and state auditor. Every state is a little different. 
Theresa Oleksiw ’93G had a short tenure of four months as Ellsworth Planning Officer, citing a poor ideological fit with Ellsworth. Theresa is currently a conservation planning consultant and lives in Freeport. 
Dr. Ed Biggie III was elected president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. For several years he has served on various boards and committees of the OVMA. He is a partner in a mixed animal practice In Millersport, OH, that covers multiple counties of the central Ohio area. The practice has six veterinarians and sees cattle, sheep , goats, pigs, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, pet birds, and some reptiles. In his spare time Ed is renovating his 120-year-old farmhouse. 
Rick Elder was elected to the board of directors of the Boothbay Regional Land Trust. Rick is executive vice president at First National Bank and serves on several local boards. He and his wife, Monica Russell Elder ’89, live in Edgecomb.
Margaret Collamorecampbell `20G is first vice president and senior operations manager for Northway Bank in New Hampshire. In April she was a panelist on an Alumni Association webinar in which she and others discussed their experience earning their MBA degrees online through UMaine’s Division of Lifelong Learning.  
Use part of this with photo re Jeffrey Durr ’87?
Jeffrey Durr of Plainfield, NJ, is the senior vice president/ senior partner and director of training and management development for MassMutual/ Ru Financial. The former Black Bear football player has three children. His work includes coaching and guiding advisors on how to build a comprehensive financial planning practice both in the corporate and personal marketplace. 
He wrote, “During my career with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, I have earned the National Management Council award and the Management Summit award 15 times from 1998 to 2017 and was runner up as National Sales Manager of the Year multiple times.” Congratulations!
I know all of us have been in quarantine for well over a year now. But life goes on in spite of a virus. Have you received a promotion? Retired? Started a new career? 
Personally, I’ve been working from home during the quarantine. When the office is home and home is your office it takes some adjusting. While I don’t miss the commute, I have had to deal with dueling conference calls with my wife, trash trucks, tree trimmers, and the lure of the back yard. But I think I’ve finally figured out how to use Zoom! 
Look how far we’ve come since they introduced PCs at Fogler! No hard drives, no network of any kind, and those green screens!