CLASS NOTESNovember-December 2009
The class celebrated our, wait for it, 65th birthday in grand style in the great Southwest in late May.
Jim Lustenader and his posse, also known as the Birthday Party Committee consisting of
Roger Brett, Mike Bromley, Ben Day, Jeff Futter and John Rollins,
planned an action-packed smooth-running three-day affair in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that
attracted 34 classmates and an equal number of family members.
There were spectacular hikes at Bandelier National Monument, challenging golf, culture
from Georgia O'Keeffe to Los Alamos and ample opportunity to raise a toast to warm memories
and bright futures. Word is 67 bottles of wine contributed to the success of the actual
b-day party itself at Rio Chama Steakhouse.
Among many highlights - Wally Buschmann leading the singing of the alma mater,
Joff Keane's moving tribute to our friends and classmates who sacrificed during the Vietnam War
and a visit by Eric Treisman's son Zack. Eric, a local resident and a major planner of the event,
died suddenly in early May.
For a full report and photos check out Bob Serenbetz's terrific August 2008 newsletter on our
class Web site, www.dartmouth.org/classes/66.
Many classmates are still hard at it.
Dave Coughlin lives and practices civil law in Baker City, a small town of about 10,000 in
northeast Oregon. Dave's wife, Lisa, has retired after 29 years teaching in local public schools
and daughter Jennifer is in the family business, practicing law in Bend, Oregon. Dave remains
active, or super active, what with rowing the Grand Canyon, heli-skiing in Canada and Alaska
and riding and racing bicycles.
David Johnston is in his eighth year at Casey Family Services in New Haven, Connecticut,
working with foster youth throughout New England. Daughter Rebekah teaches second grade in the Bronx,
daughter Mariah is heading to med school, son Isaac is a junior at Guilford
College and wife Hera conducts a part-time psychiatric practice.
"I have lived a smorgasbord of a life." Leave it to writer Jeff Stein to sum things up so succinctly,
so well. After graduate work at Stanford and a stint "ski-bumming," Jeff spent 20 years
in Hollywood and 20-plus more in Tennessee writing, lecturing and teaching as an adjunct
at Tennessee State, Watkins College of Art and Design Film School and Vanderbilt. Last June
he taught directinro for the screen to seniors at Governor's School for the Arts.
"It just all seems surreal," Jeff confesses at the swift passage of time. His grandest achievement?
Twenty-two years of marriage to Brenda, a wood-turning artist, and raising his two daughters,
one of whom is a Dartmouth '11 and will graduate during our 45th reunion.
Okay. Howie Weiner is a '66 and darn proud of it. An article in this prestigious magazine earlier
this year had his class wrong, but everything else right. Dr. Weiner is a physician specializing
in chronic neurologic disease, is Robert L. Kroc Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical
School, does direct the Partners MS Center at Brigham & Women's Hospital and is director
and producer of a documentary What is Life? The Movie. Now that's settled.
A group of Phi Delts were in Boston in May to cheer on their brother and friend Pete Barber
when he was inducted inro Wearers of the Green. Jane and Albie Macdonald hosted a gathering
at their home in Winchester, Massachusetts, where Pete and wife Mary and son Chris,
Neil Castaldo and wife Molly, Charlie Stuart, Barry Machado and Ted Amaral had time to reminisce.
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