The Carillon

1950s Alumni News & Notes

Fall 2022

Last updated July 18, 2022.

These notes will appear in the print edition of the Fall 2022 issue of UAlbany Magazine.


Joyce Leavitt Zanchelli had knee surgery in April. She and Joe ’49 had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed a home-cooked meal prepared by her son-in-law.

Class Councilor: Joyce Leavitt Zanchelli,


A note from your class councilor:
Morton Cohn of Commack, N.Y., passed away Feb. 20, 2022, at the age of 91. He was very fond of his time in Albany. Morton was a teacher for 35 years. His son, Steven, wrote, “He was such a warm blessing to those around him.”

Louise Petfield Burns shared her experience living near the wild fires in Colorado Springs. Stay safe, Louise!

That is all I can bring to your attention this time. I will be pestering you for news for publication in December. Start thinking what you might contribute! C’mon Red Devils!

Class Councilor: Rose Mary (Rosie) Keller Hughes,


Naoshi Koriyama of Kanagawa, Japan, continues to write and translate poetry. His major translations are Like Underground Water –The Poetry of Mid-Twentieth Century Japan (Copper Canyon Press, 1995) and Japanese Tales from Times Past (Tuttle Publishing, 2015). Recently Naoshi wrote the poem “Today Is the Only Day That You Can Live on Earth” and sent a copy to the Alumni Association. Naoshi sends his warmest regards to the Class of 1954. 

Class Councilor: Joan Paul,

Spring 2022


Nancy Frey Pettenelli spent the holidays near Philly with her youngest son’s family and two grandchildren.

Shirley Rosenbaum’s grandchildren attend Columbia and Barnard. Shirley participates in a virtual book club and takes a senior class at West Virginia University. She keeps in touch with her daughter via Zoom.

Tom Holman spent the winter in Naples, Fla. rather than St. Maarten.

Marian Newton Knight is still involved with church activities that are mostly on Zoom. She saw the Van Gogh exhibit and visited the Frick Museum in NYC. Marian spent Christmas with her three children.

Joyce Zanchelli and Joe’s three children rented a large house in Saratoga Springs for a family gathering at Christmastime. 15 of the 21 family members attended and a great time was had.

Class Councilor: Joyce Leavitt Zanchelli,


A note from your class councilor:

Hello dear members of the Class of 1953! Soon, we will be thinking of our 70th reunion!

In late September Louise Petfield Burns took what used to be a “semi-annual” trip back East to see family. This time it had been three years because of the pandemic. The delayed trip turned out to be a blessing because her first great-grandchild, Shirleigh, was born in February 2021 and in normal times Louise would have missed out on seeing her the year before. Baby Shirleigh “is a real sweetie and loves the family dog, Moxie, who, fortunately, is well-trained and very gentle with ‘her’ baby.” Louise visited all three daughters and three of five grandchildren in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It’s been a few years since she’s seen her granddaughter who lives in Minnesota. Another lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, where she is an archivist. Louise also visited her brother in the Brant Lake area of the Adirondacks. In July, Louise celebrated her 90th birthday with two of her daughters who together created a wall hanging featuring family signatures and baby Shirleigh’s footprint.

Twelve members of the Class of ’53 participated in a virtual gathering on Zoom in July, with the help of Loida Vera Cruz from the Alumni Association. One of the attendees, Kay Sinclair, passed away just three month slater. In addition to Kay, those who attended were: Ifigenia (Iffi) Aliferis Boulogiane, Lita Krumholtz Braundien, Louise Petfield Burns, Betty (Coy) Coykendall Hart, Rose Mary (Rosie) Keller Hughes, Linda Hopkins McGrath, Douglas (Doug) Nielsen, Herbert (Herb) Thier, Margaret (Peg) Hebert Wernette and Martha (Marty) Nevlezer Zonneville. Rosie encourages other classes to do this – it’s a lot of fun!

Rosie Keller Hughes welcomed her second great-grandchild, Brooks, last year. “Ahhh, there is such a wonderful feeling when one holds a great grandchild! So many generations are present! ”Rosie celebrated turning 90 with multiple smaller gatherings – one with family from Vermont and Pennsylvania, another hosted by her eldest granddaughter in Pennsylvania and a party with Rosie’s fellow building residents. “It was a happy and festive time, and then I became 90. Now people want to hold my elbow when I’m walking anywhere!” Rosie says there are other ‘take care of mom’ or ‘grandma needs help’ moments and she’s come to the conclusion to let them help. “When they are gone I continue to live alone and do what needs to be done all by myself.” Rosie has decided not to drive anymore. She had a driving incident in which no one was hurt, but knowing there could have been led to Rosie’s decision not to drive anymore. “I’ve discovered several local services that help the elderly get to appointments and to do shopping, etc.”

Let your class councilor know if you hear anything about our classmates via email. And stay tuned! You’ll be hearing about another virtual meeting of the Class of ’53. “You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” - Bob Hope on turning 90

Class Councilor: Rose Mary Keller Hughes,


Naoshi Koriyama of Sagamihara City, Japan, writes and translates poetry. One of his poems, “Unfolding Bud,” was included in a secondary English textbook used in Pakistani schools. His latest translation was a book of poetry, The Angel of Suffering Zeami, written by Saburo Moriguchi. Mr. Koriyama donated a copy of the book to the Alumni Association.

John "Jack" Cooper, New York State College for Teachers Class of 1954
Jack Cooper ’54

John “Jack” Cooper passed away March 29, 2021 in Portland, Ore. at age 88. He graduated from the New York State College for Teachers (NYSCT),served in the U.S. Army, and later earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Yale. Jack taught English at the University of Chicago, where he published The Art of the Complete Angler. He then taught English literature at Penn State University 1970-1999. At PSU, Jack served as English department chair and faculty senate president, and received the Hoffman Award for Faculty Excellence in 1997. In retirement he authored and published Wit’s Voices. Jack volunteered for the Oregon Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the MAC, the Elizabethan Society of Yale, and was named Outstanding Retired Faculty Member of PSU in 2007.

Class Councilor: Joan Paul,


Mort Katz of Columbus, Ohio is still teaching chemistry and enjoying his music.


Jan Champagne McGrath has lived in Windward, Oahu for 30 years. She re-retired from HPU when she reached 80. She is still involved in acting and playwriting. Her book, Home: Four Plays by Jan Shiarella McGrath was published last winter and is available on Amazon. Jan’s children live in Honolulu. She enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and met her first great-granddaughter.

In October Sheila Lister Bamberger and husband Hank travelled to Cincinnati to visit their daughter. Along the way they visited Mort Katz ’56 and wife Carol.

Marilyn DeSanta DeLorenzo and Berenice O’Connor Ormsbee visited Marilyn Leach Causey ’58 in Schenectady in early November. Marilyn, Sheila Lister Bamberger and June Burrows Studley viewed a special exhibit of paper dresses at Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art.

Sheila Bamberger corresponds with Joan Macholl and Barbara DeMarco Schacklinscky on social media. Barbara shares wonderful cartoons.

I wish one and all a relaxed and healthy 2022. Hopefully life will have returned to some normalcy as you read this.

Class Councilor: Sheila Lister Bamberger,


Alice Lockwood Say gave up skiing but continues to golf when possible.

Marilyn Leach Causey lives in Schenectady

Fall 2021


Shirley Wiltsie Dunn is living in a geriatric unit in Troy. She was editor of State College News. Shirley and Jerry Dunn ’49 married a few days after Shirley graduated from NYSCT. She taught for four years, raised their four children, then returned to the workforce in the 1980’s. Shirley spent nearly a decade in the Department of Parks and Recreation and founded the Dutch Barn Preservation Society. In recognition of her research on Dutch farm locations, she was honored as a Fellow by the Holland Society of New York. A scholar of the Mohicans and early Dutch, she is the author of The Mohicans and Their Land, 1609-1730 (1994), The Mohican World, 1680-1750 (2000) and co-author of Dutch Architecture Near Albany: The Polgreen Photographs (1996), and The Mohicans (2008). Three of Shirley and Jerry’s four children are retired; one is still teaching. They have nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters living in California, Virginia and New York.

Harold Sparky Vaughn is in great health which he contributes to heredity and a healthy lifestyle. An active member of the Rotary Club of Washington D.C., he is involved in anti-human trafficking work in cooperation with a club in Bangkok. As of this printing, Harold is still seeking a publisher for Bacco’s Song, set in Western Europe and Thailand. In the meantime, he is writing a historical novel.

Lila Lee Charmaine lives at the Ranch Estates in Scottsdale, Ariz. She enjoys yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba and mobility classes and daily walks. Lila became a great grandmother. Her granddaughter Emily of Raleigh, N.C. gave birth to twins and all are doing well. Lila was able to attend Emily’s wedding in February 2020.

Class councilor: Harold “Sparky” Vaughn,


Marilyn VanDyke moved into the Terrace at the Glen in Queensbury, N.Y. She celebrated Mother’s Day by visiting her daughter in Clifton Park. Marilyn is proud of all of her grandchildren, who earned college degrees.

Shirley Rosenbaum is still involved with the League of Women Voters. Her children and grandchildren are following in her footsteps: her son operates a non-profit bicycle shop and her daughter, a Julliard graduate, teaches piano. Shirley’s grandson was accepted at Columbia and will join the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

Vickie Eade Eddy of Olean, N.Y. enjoys her grandchildren although distance keeps them far away. Two of her grandchildren attend colleges in New York State.

Nancy Pettinelli’s oldest granddaughter graduated from Ringling Art School and then left immediately for a job in Vancouver, Canada.

Tom Holman enjoyed time in Naples.

Joyce Leavitt Zanchelli and Joe ’49 moved to a lovely senior residence, and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June.

Dr. Gerald R. Firth passed away June 7, 2021 at the age of 90. He was Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia. George’s great-niece, Kathryn Agan, started at UAlbany in Fall 2018.

Class councilor: Joyce Leavitt Zanchelli,


Hello Red Devils of 1953! A beautiful note was sent by Barbara Van Horne Smith, wife of our classmate Hal “Smitty” Smith. Smitty retired from serving as a Director of Guidance at Starpoint Central School after 33 years. The year after, Barbara retired from an elementary education position. They had three children, five grandchildren, and 11 greatgrandchildren. Barbara and Smitty visited two former exchange students while touring Europe. They spent winters at Jekyll Island in Georgia. Smitty was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment that has progressed to Alzheimer’s. They have a supportive family, but covid-19 has kept them apart. Hal and Barbara, you are in our thoughts.

Louise Petfield Burn’s middle daughter visited for two weeks. Since vaccines were not yet available, they wore masks everywhere – including in the house – and instead of going out for an occasional meal they enjoyed pickup meals from local restaurants. This July Louise and her eldest flew out to help Lousie celebrate another one of those birthdays that end in a zero! Louise resumed playing piano once a week for a small group of seniors at church who love to sing the old hymns. Louise’s congregation is getting younger, so she prefers the newer praise songs complete with drums and guitars. Louise attended church virtually for several months, but is going back in person again. She became a great-grandmother to a baby girl in February, and is anticipating traveling back east this fall to meet her. The Covid-19 restrictions kept Louise from her yearly visit back home with her family. Fortunately, she had a delightful visit from one of her granddaughters, an archivist, before the pandemic.

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society featured Joyce Dawn Turner Ogden in the Spring 2021 issue of New York Researcher. The full-page article entitled “In Other Lines” detailed Joyce’s genealogical discoveries of New York ancestors. Joyce said, “I think they found my Olympia Washington address in their list of members and wondered why somebody so far away bothered with a membership to a New York-based organization.” Congratulations, Joyce! Doing genealogical research is time consuming and requires lots of dedication!

Millie Foote Sheerin talked with Ruth Dunn Benishin recently. Ruth is still writing but is hampered by her poor eyesight. She hasn’t lost her chutzpah! though and is fun to talk with. Joan Allen Balfe and Millie talk frequently and do their best to visit one another at least once a year. Both manage to live fairly active lives. Millie walks 2½ miles each day and volunteers as a docent at the Town of Brewster’s Museum. She has six children, 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. After getting fully vaccinated, Millie and husband Jim completed a 2K-mile road trip to visit five of their children, some cousins and best friends. Millie sent out a “Best to all!” message to her former classmates.

Betty Hart-Coykendall loves being 89. “It is a Fibonacci prime as well as the sum of the square of two Fibonacci numbers (5 and 8).” Betty reflected on the pandemic, saying: “It has been an interesting and challenging year but haven’t they all been that? We deep depression babies have been through many world shattering events. Our numbers are down to about 37% of those of us born at that time. The health care givers, I believe, have had the most challenging situations.” Betty’s daughter works in the Newborn Nursery at Strong Beginnings Birth Center, University of Rochester Medical Center. Betty repeats the following mantra to herself when she gets anxious: BT, BAP, BITM (B = Be Thankful; BAP = Be At Peace; and BITM = Be In The Moment). Each day Betty swims a kilometer at the Webster Aquatic Center, does two miles on an elliptical machine and weekly yoga. Betty taught virtual math labs on Google.

Just like so many of you, Rose Mary (Rosie) Hughes struggled with the loneliness of the quarantine. She felt lucky that her apartment had a balcony on which she could go and feel she was part of the world around her. Rosie continues to read jokes on Facebook each day in her attempt to bring some laughter into the lives of friends who are feeling depressed. Before lockdown Rosie was in an exercise class. When it closed, Rosie and two friends in her building decided to do their own classes in the hallway, with adequate space for social distancing. Rosie has since returned to the normal class. Rosie is now the great grandmother of two darling little fellows. She loves being a grandparent! Like a good number of you, Rosie turned 90 this year. It just doesn’t seem possible! “I can remember when we were still at State and there were alums celebrating their 50th reunion.” Rosie was stunned that people could still walk at that age! As class councilor, her hardest part of the job is to hear about the passing of another classmate – people like J. Paul Ward, Jordine Skoff VonWantoch, and Louie Vion. We are only two years away from a 70th reunion. Joe Lombardi has asked who will attend. Rosie hopes she can make it! She and Betty Hart Coykendall attended their 70th high school reunion. Stay well dear classmates! Keep moving. And laugh – it’s the best medicine! Share any news with Rosie (please note her new email address).

Class Councilor: Rose Mary Keller Hughes,


It’s time to think about how to celebrate the 65th anniversary of our graduation. One classmate suggested a luncheon in Albany. Please share your thoughts, as well as class notes, with your class councilor.

Sheila Lister Bamberger connected with Janice Champagne McGrath through email. Janice mostly taught in Newburgh with a one-year sabbatical in Nairobi in 1970. She attended a couple of reunions in Albany including our 25th while living in Maine, and attended another of our reunions after she moved to Hawaii. Janice retired in 1992 and moved to Windward Oahu to be near her son and grandkids, both of whom flourished. Janice worked part time training tutors for Hawaii Pacific University before “re-retiring” three years ago. She still enjoys acting and playwriting. Her plays have been read and produced in Honolulu’s theatres and some were published in a collection entitled Home: Four Plays, available on Amazon. Janice hopes all of her classmates are doing well, and she loves reading everyone’s news in the UAlbany magazine.

Class councilor: Sheila Lister Bamberger,

Fall 2022

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