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									               The ’73 Reconnection!
                            Your 1973 Class Officer Team
President              Mark Harty        781-237-0421
Vice President         Steve Kessner     914-725-8568
2nd VP/Asst. Treas.    Bunk Rosenblum    802-649-5270
Secretary              Val Armento       408-733-5111
Treasurer              John Neff         203-655-5137
Head Agent             Rick Routhier     203-966-7332
Newsletter Editor      Bob Barr          603-632-7924
Gift Planning Chair    Pat Kennedy       206-324-7394
Mini-Reunion Chair     Bob Haynes        802-649-1097
Web Master             Bill Nisen        603-448-0645
Alumni Council         Thad King         404-351-1640
Class Necrologist      Bob Conway        518-439-7763

                                    Happy Holidays 2009
―The world‘s troubles are your troubles, and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings
cannot fix.‖ --John Sloan Dickey as quoted by President Jim Yong Kim.

Since we last connected, the big news on campus has been the appointment of Jim Yong Kim as the 17th
President of Dartmouth College. This guy is a rock star! I have heard him twice this fall, once during his
inauguration and again over Class Officers‘ Weekend. It is amazing to me how much he already understands
about what Dartmouth is (and what it isn‘t). He brings to Dartmouth a world vision that is much different
than those of any of his predecessors. You can read more about him at, but here are the

Early years: Born in Seoul. Immigrated to the United States at age 5. Raised in Muscatine, Iowa, where he
was high school valedictorian, class president and a quarterback on his HS football team.

Education: Graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982 where he played volleyball.
Received master‘s and doctorate in anthropology, as well as medical degree, from Harvard.

Academic career: Cofounded Partners in Health, which supports health programs in poor countries, with Dr.
Paul Farmer and other colleagues while students at Harvard Medical School. Also headed the World Health
Organization‘s first major effort to promote treatment of AIDS patients. Was chairman of the department of
global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the division of global health
equity at Brigham and Women‘s Hospital.

Personal: Married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician at Children‘s Hospital. They have two sons.

Quotable: ―The challenge is to not lose our focus in providing a great liberal arts education, but also
preparing students to make a difference in the world.‘‘
What struck me in listening to him during the COW presentation was how connected he already was with the
essence of Dartmouth. He had been to football practice and thrown a few passes, volleyball practice where he
dove for a dig and the players thought that he had injured himself (he was OK), and the basement of AD
where he was tutored in the finer aspects of beer pong.

In a Boston Globe article, President Kim acknowledged that outside misconceptions about Dartmouth
prevent the school from recruiting and retaining an even wider range of professors and students. ―I had my
own misperceptions that Dartmouth was roiled by pitched political battles and Neanderthal frat life,‘‘ Kim
said during an interview in his office last week. ―But that‘s not the kind of family I discovered here.‘‘

He closed his inauguration speech with the following words: ―By inviting me to serve you as the seventeenth
president of Dartmouth College, you‘ve given me the highest honor of my life. In return, I offer you this
promise, backed by both passion and practicality to the fullest measure of which I am capable: I will do all I
can to enable Dartmouth to continue delivering the treasury of its centuries-old dream safely into the hands
of those who will shape the future. To send a legion of young people out into the world so inspired by this
place that there is no challenge from which they will shrink—all the while remaining true to the abiding
sweetness of the College on the Hill.‖

If any of you have a chance to hear our new President talk in a venue near you, I strongly urge you to attend
and to form your own judgments. I for one am impressed.

Of course he is coming in to face of a budgeting nightmare at Dartmouth with a projected $50 million
shortfall in each of the next three fiscal years. As there are only so many pencils that can be left un-
purchased, I suspect that some of the accomplishments of the Wright era will need to be rolled back in
conjunction with painful personnel cuts. What Dartmouth needs to do is reduce its overall dependence on the
endowment draw as a percentage of the total budget from the current 32% (at a 6.3% draw rate in 2009) to a
lower percentage at a reduced draw rate (5-5.5%) which would be more sustainable. Maybe the base budget
is pegged lower and deferred maintenance is dealt with when the level of return goes about a fixed percent of
the budget. This would keep Dartmouth from getting too fat in the good times necessitating painful cutbacks
in the bad. Time will tell. I am just glad that I am not President Kim.

Our own President, Mark Harty, has been a busy, busy bee. He outlined his thoughts both last May and
again over Class Officers‘ Weekend this fall. They include:
                      The possibility of clustering with 1972 (and perhaps others) at our next reunion. As
        you know, our numbers were down a bit last reunion owing to the dates being work days for most of
        us. The same will probably be true for our 40th and 45th too (and I suspect that I‘ll be working long
        beyond that too judging from my 201-k statements).
                      Mark is also talking with folks at the College as well. There is an understanding that
        the weekday reunions are less than optimal. Perhaps a weekend at another time or clustering with
        other classes or both.
                      Reconnecting: Mark and the rest of the class leadership has committed to reaching out
        and bringing the ‘73 Connection to you…literally! To this end, Bunk Rosenblum hosted the first of
        these mini-reunions at his home in September. More on this later.
                      Plans are also afoot for New York City (Steve Kessner to host assisted by Rick
        Routhier) possibly this winter and Chicago (Paul Sehl to host with help from Terri Thomas) in the
        spring. We may piggy back on events featuring President Kim or we may just go it alone. Several of
        us who travel will plan to attend as well.
                      Keeping connected: The best way to keep you informed about our Class activities in a
        timely and cost effective way is by email so PLEASE make sure that the College has your current
        email address. You can email to, or fix it yourself by logging in. The class

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        website is worth a look as well. Finally, we are
        investigating setting up a Facebook page for our group.

Our Class of 1973 Scholarship Fund recipient has been Mary C. Stepick ‘10 from Miami, FL. In her thank
you note to the class (at the time from Auckland, New Zealand where she was on an Anthropology Foreign
study Program) she recounted her activities at Dartmouth, which were many. Come next spring, ―I hope to
work in an organization that deals with immigration policy and advocacy, of which I have been privileged to
learn about through the generosity of Dartmouth and donors like you. I sincerely thank you for your help.‖

News from and about our classmates…
Last March the Financial Times interviewed Leon Black in the midst of the financial turmoil.

―Leon Black set up Apollo Management in 1990 to invest in buy-out deals and the debt of troubled
companies. Apollo now has about $45bn under management, with a war chest of $13bn to take advantage of
new opportunities at a time of unprecedented volatility and distress in the markets. While other firms have
often run into trouble because of ill-thought out diversifications, Mr. Black has been judicious in his
expansion and is currently looking at investing more in commodities and commodity companies.

―Mr. Black‘s early career was at the old Drexel Burnham Lambert, a pioneer in making debt capital available
to companies with low credit ratings, where he learnt the discipline of debt investment. From his office
overlooking Central Park he can see many of the institutions on whose boards he sits, including the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Asia Society and Mount Sinai Hospital. Mr. Black graduated from
Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Harvard.

―In a video interview with this week, Mr. Black saw little sign of reaching the bottom of the market
soon, predicted more challenges in commercial real estate, and said the name of the game in general is
surviving to play another day. Edited highlights appear below.

FT - How does this macro cycle compare to previous macro cycles?
―I would have to say that in my business career, which now spans some 32 years, this has to be the worst
economic cycle that I've ever experienced. It is really affecting every asset class, every industry, maybe with
the exception of government workers . . .

FT - When did you start to get nervous?
―I guess that at Apollo, which is both in private equity and in a number of credit funds, we first started seeing
a lot of credit tremors and nervousness in the summer of 2007. Apollo is kind of a fund for all seasons,
because on the private equity side you can take advantage of times when conditions are good and on the
distressed debt side you can profit when times are bad.

FT - What are the signs you will look for that say the bottom is near, and do you see any today?
―I wouldn‘t call them lights at the end of the tunnel; I would say they‘re more flashes in the dark right now.
The banks [are] really only part of the way through . . . They started with the terrible corporate credit
problems they had to get off their balance sheet. However, when you then look at the other things on their
balance sheet: it's credit card debt and student loans . . . [on] residential mortgages they are halfway through,
probably they have unloaded or written off half a trillion there. There is probably another half a trillion to go.
And then you have the black hole of commercial real estate, and that hasn‘t happened yet. Usually, that lags
12 to 18 months [behind] the rest of the financial problems and there you are sitting with $4 trillion of debt
and you know not all of it is bad but a lot of it is diminished, and that really hasn't yet been addressed.

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FT - What you suggest about commercial real estate would lead me to believe that there is, in fact, a whole
other leg down?
―Ah, there well might be, and that is one of the big question marks out there in terms of what still has to be
addressed and how big a hole there is to cover. Some people have estimated [the additional bank clean-up] at
$1 trillion but I think that it could be as much as $2 trillion.

FT - You grew up in a world of figuring out what companies had too much debt, how to refinance that debt.
What do you see happening to the defaults in this cycle?
―In general, defaults have to go up. If you look at JP Morgan‘s expert predictions you know they are talking
of 10 per cent to 15 per cent and that‘s probably right. Very high prices were paid for companies and they
were bought with a lot of debt although some of the debt has no default triggers so [it] really depends on
which sectors and which companies you're looking at.
Where earnings are down, cash flow is down, and you have a lot of leverage, there will be more defaults.
There are some exceptions to that and a lot of the companies that were financed in the past few years had
varied capital flexible structures, and therefore I believe many of them will find ways to deliver outside of
bankruptcy to get through to a recovery.

FT - This is what you're good at, finding opportunities in the debt. But how perilous is that game now?
―I think it‘s time for defense and offense. On defense, the focus on existing portfolio companies is to take out
costs, manage capital better and capture debt discount to deliver the balance sheet. On offense, there are great
opportunities in distressed for those with dry powder, but it isn't for the faint of heart due to mark to market
considerations and intercreditor disagreements. So, what does the world look like when we come out?
Probably, there will be more regulation. Some of it will be good. I think some of it will be bad and will make
doing business probably harder. I think companies will have to put more equity into deals, so that they will
be less leveraged. In order for that to happen, the equity markets, the prices, will have to adjust because
otherwise the math just doesn't work. You know, if you've paid less for the asset, you can still make the math
work very well in terms of getting good returns.

FT - When do you shift to more offensive mode? When do you say, ―This is the right time to go in with both
―It will be when I feel that we have done everything we can that is possible for our existing portfolios, and
that they are really on even keels, and that our investors are protected, and we've stabilized all those
situations. Then, and only then, will we shift to playing full offense.‖

Jeff Calhoun               Conifer, CO   
Jeff sent in the following from a TIME magazine article quoted on the CNN website...
―Americans are suckers for a good ranking. Give people a copy of the annual U.S. News & World Report on
the country's best colleges and you'll have them gloating, sulking and arguing over the results for hours. Ditto
for the various lists put out by the Princeton Review. (Should Penn State really be this year's top-ranked
party school? What happened, University of Florida?)
―But for all the college rankings floating around, there's still one area students and parents can't find much
concrete info about: how much an undergraduate degree will pay off. Enter which claims to be
the world's largest salary survey. Its 2009 College Salary Report uses data supplied by 1.2 million visitors
who came to the site and plugged in all sorts of info to find out whether their salaries were in line with those
of people doing the same kind of work in their geographic area.
“When the list is sorted by school, Dartmouth College alums lead the PayScale pack with a median
midcareer salary of $129,000. (The site defines midcareer as having a minimum of 10 years' experience.)
Not far behind are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Universit y and Harvey Mudd College
(a small school with a big engineering program). On the other end of the 600-school spectrum: South
Dakota's Black Hills State University, whose midcareer graduates reportedly earn $42,000 a year
―PayScale's college ranking, in its second year, is drawing fire for its methodology. Median salaries for

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smaller institutions--like Black Hills--can be based on as few as 100 people. And the salaries are not adjusted
for factors like cost of living. Another problem with the ranking is that it excludes anyone with a graduate
degree. As a result, a huge portion of alumni can be left out; a recent Dartmouth survey of its 2008 grads
found that 80% of them were either attending graduate school or planning to apply in the next five years.

and more good news…

U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2010" rankings released August 20 included a new feature, a
category called "Best Undergraduate Teaching" -- with Dartmouth College #1 in that category among
national universities.

Bob Conway                 Glenmont, NY  
―I am living and working in the Albany NY area. After 20 years in the Marine Corps as a JAG officer, I
transitioned in 1996 to working for the State of New York as the Counsel for the state's Army and Air
National Guard agency (Division of Military and Naval Affairs).
―I just finished a 10 year run as President of the Dartmouth Club of Eastern NY and was Class Secretary for
about 9 years during the 1990s. I am now the secretary for the local Dartmouth Club and striving ‗to keep the
torch lit‘ in the alumni club world.
―My son is a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps (communications and IT) having graduated from
Wake Forest University last May. My wife is a middle school music teacher in the local public school

Brooks Cutright          Danvers, MA      
I don't believe my name has ever appeared in our class notes. I suppose it is because I've been waiting to
have something really good and really important to report. The time has come! In January of 2007, I
happened to run across Ann Paulsen's name (class of '76) on the Dartmouth web site and sent her a
short email reminiscing about some good times we shared working at Peter Christian's Tavern. She was nice
enough to respond and after many emails, a first date in Providence, RI, and a subsequent long distance
romance (Mt. Gretna, PA to Danvers, MA), we were married on May 23 of this year with our 4 grown
children (2 for each of us) serving as our wedding party. Jack Nicholson, also a '76, honored us by
attending. Ann is Vice President, Technology Pre-sales with Chicago based IRI and I am Vice President of
Operations for RISO, Inc., here in Danvers. We're still working on exactly where we will settle down but
Ann's virtual office gives us a great deal of flexibility in choosing a location.

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Bill Graulty             Stockbridge, MA 
Your editor was able to steal a few moments from a business trip on a snowy January day to visit with Bill
and Vaunie Graulty in West Stockbridge (no, you can‘t get there from here). While I was being mauled by
their affectionate lab we compared notes on our lives post Dartmouth (and Loomis: Bill and I were
classmates there as well). Their kids are out of the nest and they are entering into the next phases of their
respective lives. Vaunie is talking about a return to school to become a certified school psychologist and Bill
continues his B-B marketing consulting work at Mintz and Hoke.

Paul Gross                 East Thetford, VT
The Valley News (our local newspaper-all the news that fits) ran an article last March featuring goldsmith
extraordinaire Paul Gross. It seems that he and three teammates got together to race in the Canadian Ski
marathon (CSM), a two day 100 mile event from Lachute, Que to Gatineau, Que. Sid Pual, ―Most of us ski
the Craftsbury 50K the week before; you finish that and you‘re beat. You have to ski fast, but you can‘t go so
fast that you can‘t talk, which is fun. You get the chance to meet other people.‖
This fall the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation‘s four man shell with coxswain won the Men‘s Fours
competition at the Saratoga Rowing Association‘s Head of the Fish Regatta. Our own P aul Gross and Bob
Haynes teamed up with Tim Cox, Ralph Stedman and coxswain Emma Kaufman to haul away the gold!

Fred Haas                 Hartland, VT   
―Sabrina and I are looking forward to lots of family time this holiday season and several performances with
musician friends in Hanover, Woodstock, White River Junction and other local communities. We hope to see
you during this time of celebration.
―As a special holiday gift to you, I have added three new tunes to the FREE DOWNLOAD page. I have kept
the previous downloads available (Samantha's Blues and Prayer For Peace) and have added three seasonal
tunes (Autumn, Fall's Alive and Winter Samba). I hope that you will take this opportunity to listen to a few
of my original compositions performed with guitarist Gene Bertoncinci and bassist Michael Moore, both
world class players. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform and record with them both.

For Fred's Free Music Downloads click on this link to go to the download page:

Jake Johnston             Mississauga, Ontario
―Bob, As promised here is my "report' on my visit to Hanover this last weekend for the Alumni Hockey
Game and Winter Carnival. "Thou round the girdled earth they roam, her spell on them remains".
I guess you could say that was my reason for travelling to Hanover with my son Tait to play in the Alumni
Hockey Game which I had read about for a few years but never ventured into. It was also winter Carnival so
we got to share the atmosphere of Carnival and see 2 great men's hockey games.
We made some prior arrangements with Bob Barr and Bob Haynes who were kind enough to take care of us.
Upon arrival on Friday we had a visit with Bob Haynes in his office overlooking Main Street before going to
hors d'ouvres (nachos style) with Bob Barr. Then off to supper with Bob Haynes and his wife Brenda for
supper at Murphy's (in the front window of course as Bob knows all the local business folk) before going to
the rink for the Cornell/Dartmouth hockey game. Great game – Dartmouth wins 5-4 in overtime! The game's
winning goal was decided with a goal by Bob Gaudet's oldest son (Bob Gaudet ‘79 is the Head Coach ) in
the end where Bob Haynes is the goal judge. There was a bit of a dispute but I'm proud to say that closer
observation and judgment showed Bob made the right call from the beginning. What a wild finish!

Bob and Brenda Haynes were kind enough to host Tait and me at there beautiful (and I mean beautiful )
home with a gorgeous view of Vermont close to the campus. Saturday we saw the workings of Carnival
while wandering around campus with a visit to Sigma Nu. My son Tait took pictures of the basement – ‗beer
pong' tables, sticky floor and all. The kids can still party …….to some degree.

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The Alumni Game was in the afternoon. The highlights were that I got to play on the same "fivesome" with
Stevie Arndt ‘72 at centre while I was on defense. It was great to play with him again after 30+ years and we
even made a few neat plays just like old times, only slower! The key to me was not to embarrass myself and
have some fun which we did, according to my son. The rink holds a special key to me as our fellow 73‘s and
myself were heavily recruited by Grant Standbrook with this rink as the place we would be. It is really grand
but Davis Rink had a unique character. After the game we hooked up with Bob Conway who was there for
Class Officer's weekend I believe. Another engaging supper conversation.

Saturday night Dartmouth hosted Colgate. Another exciting game with a 1-0 Dartmouth loss. Again a large
crowd. The team is doing very well placing around 4th /3rd place in the ECAC as I write exceeding
expectations for a young team. Back to Bob and Brenda's for nightcaps and very engaging conversation
about where we all started and where we all ended up.

Through this whole trip I continually felt the pull of what the Dartmouth "experience" means to me. There is
a hook that no matter how long you have been out of touch with folks because it's Dartmouth your reunion
with folks is easygoing, engaging and exciting. I encourage all of us to make contact with some fellow
classmates, visit them and share those precious things that no one else but you and those folks you contact
have……memories of each other and interesting times together.‖

Jake was kind enough to choose to make the long drive down in September to join in the festivities on Class
Officer‘s Weekend as well. Thanks Jake!

Jonathan Low            West Palm Beach, FL
I got an email from Jon over the summer about a recent trip he took to China:
―China was incredible. I had had no particular desire to go but then was invited this summer by the
Chinese Gov‘t to speak at a seminar in Beijing as one of 15 non-Chinese experts on intellectual
capital (only 3 Americans, including me) – it was very stimulating. Much to my surprise, I loved the
city and the country – what little I saw of it. Beautiful city, no air pollution that I experienced,
people really friendly, food yummy, etc. I was very impressed by the people with whom I interacted
at the seminar. Also spent a day at Forbidden City, Great Wall, etc, which were as impressive as
advertised. Looking forward to going back when I can.‖
He also reports that Trevor O’Neill‘s widow, Ellen Iseman, and son Alex dedicated a garden in Trevor‘s
name at the Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT earlier this fall. It thoughtfully combines Trevor‘s love of
sailing and the sea with his long-time devotion to forestry, gardening and environmental concerns. The
O‘Neill family has been members of the club for over 30 years. Chris and Janette Ley and Allen and Lyn
Kraus were in attendance.
Ellen and Alex, now 11, also sponsored and dedicated a similar garden at Alex‘s school, Horace Mann
School in New York. Ellen continues her work in communications and international affairs. Alex is turning
into a fine young man who has inherited his dad‘s intellectual and athletic ability. He stays in touch with his
god-father, Fran Sparagna.

Michael Neary             Palm City, FL 
―Bob – Spent 12 years running Harbour Ridge (near Stuart, FL) which was developed by John Dodge ‘53.
For the past four years I have been managing McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound
Nick Price is course designer (along with Tom Fazio) and one of our owners, so there are always some
interesting people stopping by (even Tiger!).
Ah, the Hanover Inn days – you know we had a good thing going when Brad Little was on the payroll so he
could be our goalie in the fraternity league. My visits to town have been infrequent since stepping down from
the Hanover Inn Overseers Board, but hope that will change and will get to see you soon.
Susan and I have twin boys in college (BC and Michigan) and our daughter lives and works in Atlanta. Best,

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John Neff                Darien, CT     
Our class treasurer reminds us that our dues pay for this newsletter as well as our subscriptions to the
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. He notes that because of your participation we were able to reduce our dues
last year, and that we continue to hold them steady this year at just $40. He also reports that the Class of
1973 Scholarship Fund receives significant support yearly in combination with dues payments. Thanks to all
of you who pay your dues!

Trevor Rees-Jones         Dallas, TX     
I am going way back on this but I had saved the October 2008 edition of Dartmouth Life reminding myself to
report to the class on the generosity of Jan and Trevor who have contributed $10 million for need based
scholarships, with first preference for students from Texas. In addition they have funded the Trevor Rees-
Jones Scholarship Fund and named a conference room in Kemeny Hall. Such generosity deserves our

Ambassador Francis Ricciardone is in Kabul where he serves as deputy to Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.
Prior to this assignment he was on leave from the U.S. Department of State as a guest scholar at US Institute
of Peace. He has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt (2005-2008), the Republic of the
Philippines and the Republic of Palau (simultaneous appointments, 2002-2005). As a career member of the
Senior Foreign Service, he received U.S. government and other organization awards for his work in foreign
policy and program management, political reporting and analysis and peacekeeping. His language skills
including Italian, Arabic, Turkish, and French have obviously served him well in his various postings.
Be safe Frank!

Don Ritt                  Mequon, WI      
Your editor had business in Milwaukee recently, and was able to pull Don away from taking care of his
ailing wife Susan for some dinner and catching up. The last time we had connected his daughter Sam was
playing hockey for Middlebury and mine was at Williams. and now she is ―off the payroll‖ teaching school
at Culver Military Academy and thinking of moving further south with her S-O. His two sons are still in
college, and we compared notes about how much longer we‘ll need to work to pay for our kids‘ educations!
Don is the Human Resources at Enerpac and lives in Mequon. He and Susan skated on a hockey team
together until a year or so ago, and he, like I, continue to wear the stripes!

Rick Routhier             New Canaan, CT    
As our esteemed Head Agent reported via postcard recently, despite last year‘s economic downturn our class
exceeded our goal and contributed $406,842 to the Dartmouth College Fund. This success was due in no
small measure to Rick and his fund raising team who encouraged, cajoled and shamed 42.4% of our class to
join them in supporting Dartmouth College. Thanks to all of those who contributed. As this year‘s DCF runs
from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010 I know that Rick and his troops are already hard at work. An invitation:
―In planning for next year's campaign, I'd like to invite anyone that would like to get involved to contact me
directly. Raising money for the College is of course a worthwhile goal. But I've also really enjoyed the
opportunity to get back in touch with old friends. As a class agent, you can do as much or as little work as
you have time for or interest in. But the idea is to take the time to reach out to the people with whom you'd
like to be in touch. If you'd like to participate in the campaign, just let me know.‖

Paul Sehl                Chicago, IL   
During a business trip to Chicago your editor caught up with Paul Sehl. He has a condo on N. Sheridan that
overlooks the beach looking straight down (good scenery in the summer I suspect) and right down Lake
Shore Drive as you look towards Chicago. We set out for dinner picking up Terri Thomas, Chuck‘s widow
along the way. She has a similar view to Paul‘s although her recently renovated double condo could host a
football team with room to spare. Terri volunteers her medical talent for the Lakefront Lolapaloosa concert.

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Paul‘s S-O Katy Dillon joined us for dinner at a little Italian restaurant nearby. She is an OB-GYN doctor
who was able to grab some time between her patients‘ contractions. Paul‘s son Daniel is teaching English in
China and his other son Cody is still in school. It was great to catch up. Paul and Terri are talking about
jointly hosting an event for Chicago area for 72-74‘s, perhaps in the summer.

Francis Sparagna           Northbridge, CA 
―Dear Bob, I have always liked the title of the newsletter, The Rest of the Story, but if you think a change is
necessary I liked Mark Harty's re-connection line. So if you want to fit that phrase in the title, it is fine with
me. I believe it is one of your proposals. You know that I love you and the work you have done for the class.
My personal trips to Dartmouth are always made richer by your presence and fingerprints on every thing, and
if I have ever neglected to thank you, I am saying it now.
Your mailings always sound great and it seems as if you are in a generally happy mode. Of course, spending
your life with Trish is a reward in itself. I spent some time talking to your daughter and your wife and at
times I thought they were cloned. You should be proud of your daughter who is a really fine person. You
and Trish did good there.
My news is similar to yours. My daughter Jackie is halfway through her first year at Smith College and she
has been successful so far. She played volleyball for the school and is currently running track in the 55 meter
sprints and 4 by 200 relay, the broad jump and high jump. She has made the all academic team for athletes
along with her athletics. She is the last of our children and so we are in essence living in the empty nest and
trying not to live through our kids. My wife and I are having fun with raising our Dobermans and going to
Laker games. We have been season ticket holders since 1996. We are currently working as hard as ever in
our law practice- working harder for less like everyone else in the economy,- but I do not look like I am
starving, unfortunately. Life seems to be picking off our classmates little by little, so I am already looking
forward to the next reunion. That pretty much sums up our life for now. Thanks for all you do and look
forward to hearing from you soon. Fran‖

Todd Stern               Washington, DC
On the heels of President Obama‘s announcement that he would ask the EPA to reconsider applications from
14 states attempting to set stricter greenhouse gas-emissions standards, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
named another member to what some have recently dubbed Obama's green team. Todd Stern, a longtime
friend and adviser to both Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, has held positions in government and in
private law practices where he has advised on issues ranging from global warming to anti-money laundering
methods. Many see his appointment as further evidence that the Obama Administration is serious about
addressing the issue of climate change.
               Fast Facts
•Born May 4, 1951 to Judith and Richard Stern of Chicago, he went on to receive a bachelors in 1973 from
Dartmouth (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa) and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in
1977. He married Jennifer Klein on Sept. 10, 1995.
•After completing his law degree, Stern served as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society for two
years, followed by more than a decade working for private firms
•In 1990, he became senior counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he
advised Leahy on intellectual property, telecommunications and constitutional issues.
•Worked on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, and later became Clinton's deputy staff secretary. In
1995 he was promoted to staff secretary and assistant to the president. As secretary, he played a central role
in preparing presentations on key domestic, economic and national security issues for the President's
•Was the senior White House negotiator at the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, which called for the stabilization
of greenhouse gas emissions.
•Served a three-year stint at the Treasury Department from 1999 to 2001, where he advised the Secretary on
the policy and politics of a broad range of economic and financial issues and supervised the Treasury's anti-
money laundering strategy.

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•As an adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, he counseled on issues pertaining to the
environment and global warming.
•As a member of the Obama-Biden transition team, helped negotiate the terms on which former President
Bill Clinton agreed to disclose the names of 200,000 donors to his charitable foundation in order to clear the
way for Hillary's nomination as Secretary of State.
•Currently a senior fellow at the think tank Center for American Progress, where he focuses on climate
change and environmental issues. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a vice chair
of public policy for the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Quotes From
"The time for denial, delay and dispute is over." — at a news conference announcing his appointment
(Washington Post, January 26, 2009)

Ronn Tigner as reported by Vicki Marks  
―Val, it is with deep sadness that I inform the College of the passing of Ronn Tigner ‘73. Ronn was blessed
to have had a double lung transplant in 2008 which allowed his family and friends to have additional
precious time with him and for him to become a grandfather by his only child, Akilah and her husband. His
little granddaughter, Ana, is about 8 months old.
I met Ronn, who was also from Atlanta, as a freshman at Smith College. We remained friends for 40 years.
You had to know Ronn well to know what a big heart he had. He loved his friends dearly and could always
be counted on. He was a great guy…there was never a dull moment when you were around him! He will be
sorely missed by those of us who loved him but we are so blessed to have had the opportunity to travel life‘s
journey with him through all its ups and downs, twists and turns. Sharing that journey, no matter how long or
short, provided his friends with such wonderful memories of him. And in the end, Ronn can receive no
higher accolades than that he was loved and his presence made a difference in this world.‖

John Towers as reported by Joe Davis ‘72
Colonel John W. Towers, 57, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 in Shawnee, Kan. Col. Towers
was born on June 20, 1951, to Allan and Aphia (Dempsey) Towers. He was united in marriage on Sept. 13,
1981 in Lawton, Okla., to Faye Shanks. He entered Dartmouth College in 1969, leaving prior to graduation.
He spent five years in what he referred to as "being a ski bum" and then found his focus, entering the Army
in 1975 and was trained as a Korean linguist/Voice Interceptor. After 29 months at the Army Security
Agency Field Station in Korea, he returned to the CONUS MI Group, Fort Meade Md., as a Sergeant.
Colonel Towers entered the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1980 and was commissioned
in the Field Artillery. Assigned to Fort Sill, Okla., he served initially as an instructor of Land Navigation and
Survey, followed by assignments as a Fire Direction Officer, Executive Officer and Battery Commander in
2d Battalion, 12th Field Artillery. After completing the Officer Advanced Course he returned to Dartmouth,
completing his B.A. in history in 1986. Assigned to 4th Bn, 3rd FA, 2AD (Fwd), Garlstedt , Germany,
Colonel Towers served as an armor battalion FSO, Battery Commander and SGS of the Division (Fwd).
Returning to CONUS, he was assigned to the III Corps Artillery Fire Support Element, Fort Hood, Texas. In
January 1991, Colonel Towers deployed to Saudi Arabia and joined the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery as an
Assistant Operations Officer. Upon return to Fort Hood, he was assigned to 1st Bn, 3rd FA, as the Brigade
FSO for 3rd Brigade (Grey Wolves). He was subsequently the battalion S3 (redesignated 2d Bn, 82nd FA),
and DivArty S3. In July 1994, Colonel Towers reported to the Naval College of Command and Staff,
graduating the following June with a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was then
assigned to a joint duty position at Camp Lejeune, NC, as the 2nd Marine Division DFSCOORD and
subsequently as the S3 of the 10th Marine Regiment. Returning to Fort Hood in June 1998, Colonel Towers
assumed command of Headquarters Battalion (Phantom Command), III Corps and Fort Hood. After
command, he served as the III Corps SGS. From July 2001 through June 2002, he attended the Army War
College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., receiving a Masters Degree in Security Studies. He was then assigned as the
Director of Requirements Determination, Development and Integration at the Futures Developments
Integration Center, Field Artillery Center and School, Fort Sill. Colonel Towers assumed command of the
Fort Leavenworth Garrison in April 2003. After leaving the Garrison Command in August 2006, he served as

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the Secretary, United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, United States Forces Korea. Upon
returning to CONUS in August 2007, COL Towers' final assignment was as Senior Army Advisor, Kansas
Army National Guard in Topeka, Kan. Colonel Towers' awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Ranger Tab and Airborne Badge, and Defense Superior
Service Medal. He enjoyed skiing and golf, but his true passion was that of serving his country. He was
preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Anne Rice and also an infant sister; and two beloved aunts,
Hazel Wilson and Louise Greenwood. He is survived by his wife Faye, of the home; son, JD Towers of
Leavenworth; sister, Judith Towers of Chicago, Ill.; and numerous other family members and friends. A
Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Main Post Chapel at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Chaplain (COL) Ronald Thomas will be officiating. Inurnment will be private at a later date. Memorials may
be given to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.

Joost van Nispen                     
―Hi Val: I am in San Diego to give a presentation at the annual DMA (Direct & Digital Marketing
Association) Conference, putting the finishing touches to my speech. As I was browsing the beta
version of the new social search engine (to demonstrate it as an example in
my presentation) lo and behold I stumble on your mention in February‘s classnotes of my
professional activities in Spain. Thanks for including my news. Best wishes. Joost
PS I was in the US this summer to visit Dartmouth friends, including Tom Erwin (class of 1972)
and Dick Green (class of 1975). A great time was had by all!
Joost van Nispen        Presidente / CEO               ICEMD - ESIC
The Institute of Direct, Interactive & Relationship Marketing @ ESIC Business & Marketing School
Edificio ESIC, Avda. Valdenigrales s/n , 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid)
Office phone: +34 91 351 5094       Cellphone : +34 609 845722

Robert S Weil II         Montgomery, AL 
―Bob, Just got the Newsletter today. Thanks so much for tireless communications over so long a period.
Usually good news to make our days brighter. However, the news of Cass Squire floored me. He was a
good guy. Am getting married next month and we are delaying our wedding trip til this summer. We are
going to share each others‘ formative years by visiting people and places. So, Dartmouth is on the itinerary.
Should you and Tricia be available (don‘t know the date), could we buy you dinner and catch up? I haven‘t
been to a reunion since our 20th for various reasons like my son‘s wedding but I do still think about all the
fellows. Glory days. Bobby [Ed note: We had a date but Bobby came down with food poisoning and
couldn‘t make it. Next time for sure!]

Bob Haynes and Bunk Rosenblum reported on Dartmouth Night weekend (aka Homecoming):
As usual Bob Haynes drove his truck in the (rainy) Friday night parade. A Tucker Foundation meeting
brought Wayne Davis and Mitch Kurz to town – Doug Britton and Bunk met them for a beer Sunday night
– 4 Alpha Theta‘s telling stories – nice time. Charlie Smith from Reston, VA, Billy Koppenheffer, Steve
Kessner with his Dartmouth son Johnny and friends, Pat Kennedy (absent his 2 enrolled students) and his
wife [Note: Pat has really gone through a tough spell from a bad car accident this past summer with spleen
rupture, clots…..lucky to be alive, but looks and feels great now.‖ Per Bunk]

End Note…
This fall your editor was honored with the Dartmouth Alumni Award at a ceremony over Class Officer‘s
Weekend. Many classmates were in attendance and I am grateful that many of them (Debbie and Jeff
Calhoun for instance) came a long way to bear witness. It was an evening I will never forget. Mark Harty
made the presentation. Both he and Thad King had been honored with the award previous ly, and as I made
mention in my remarks, I am humbled in their company, as well as in the company of all of the others who

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have received this award before me. Most of my immediate family was also on hand, and when President
Kim took the podium after me, his first slide was from the 1973 yearbook. So that no one missed it, he took
out his laser pointer to ensure that everyone knew that the long-haired fellow in the bottom row with the
starred shirt was one in the same with that evening‘s award recipient. My kids had never seen me with hair!

The following evening Nancy and Bunk Rosenblum graciously hosted a fête at their home complete with
pulled pork and all the fixins. You will find a picture of those in attendance below.

This is the season for giving thanks for the blessings that we all have. If you watch the news it would be easy
to think that the world is going to hell in a hand basket as most of it is pretty grim. I tend to look at life as the
glass being half full as opposed to half empty. Sure there are many problems that need to be addressed. I
cannot fix them all, nor can you. But if each of us can focus on making a difference even in some small way,
incrementally we can have a significant impact upon our world.

An elderly member of our church put it very well, and I have his words on the wall of my office:
―I figure in this world you‘re never going to change the whole thing, but if you leave it a little better than you
found it, you‘ve done your job.‖ Foster Blough has left us, but his words ring true!

Blessings to you and yours!                         Bob

Front l-r: Paul Gross, Marie Shaffer, Gretchen Teichgraeber (Neff) ‘75, Clark and Jill Graff, Bunk
Rosenblum, Brenda and Bob Haynes. Middle: Bob Barr, Jake Johnston, Debbie and Jeff Calhoun, Kim
Stone, Tim Rieser, Mark Harty. Top: Fred Haas, Sabrina Brown, Rick Routhier, John Neff, Peter Stanzel,
Bill Nisen

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Missing from photo: Mac and Roberta Rood, Nancy Rosenblum

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