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Class Notes

Welcome to 1979's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2008, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



Notes from 2008


Patricia Green Budwig ’79 M.A.R serves asbudwig Creative Director for Starshine Children's Theater in Great Falls, VA.  She writes and directs original plays for students, and presents them on local theater stages. She and her husband, Jerry, co-write musical scores for each show. They have one daughter, Stormy, who is 17 and is a beautiful dancer!

Catherine Cadieux ’79 M.Div. is an adjunct in Communication at Keene State College, Keene, NH, in her 17th year, where she teaches Public Speaking and Introduction to Communication Studies. She served churches in Vermont and Rhode Island, and retired in 2001 from Christ’s Church, UCC/ABC in Sactons River, VT after 12 years and their decision to become Open and Affirming. Catherine is a long-time advocate for same-gender marriage and volunteers for the Vermont Freedom To Marry Task Force, and a critic of the 9/11 Commission Report. She is a Master Gardener, sings with the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, and serves as Treasure of the Keene State College Adjunct Association, NEA-NH. Catherine and her husband, John, celebrated 25 years of marriage last summer with special guests, Jane Middleton ’78 M.Div., who officiated in 1982 and her husband Jack. Her immediate family consists of three adult children and their spouses, two stepchildren and their spouses, six grandchildren, and her husband.

Ron Hooker ’79 M.Div. recently became Pastor Emeritus of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbus and in his retirement writes articles for These Days and presents workshops on Henri Nouwen's writings.

David McConkey ’79 M.Div. received his Ph.D. in church history form the Graduate theological Foundation in May 2008. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Bishop Michael Bolton Furse (1870-1955) and the waning of the ‘Catholic Moment’ in Anglicanism.”

Libby Nestor ’79 M.Div. is an assisting priest on a very part-time basis at St. Paul’s church, Wickford, RI, and works full-time as an ER doctor at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, one of the ten busiest ERs in the country. The Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association also named her 2008 Woman Physician of the Year. She is sure you’re thinking “O well, smallest state,” but that is where she lives.


After graduating John C. Panzetta ’79 M.Div. became a Chaplain at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell, FL where he still serves in the capacity of Senior Chaplain. During his time at Sumter, John has helped implement various programs and opportunities for those who are searching through various religious beliefs. John and his wife have been blessed with a son and daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Michael J. Quinn ’79 M.A.R. received his law degree from the University in 1987. Michael has been practicing law in Connecticut for the past 20 years. He currently has a practice in New London, Polito & Quinn, LLC, which is entering its seventh year. He has been listed in Connecticut magazine as one of Connecticut’s top lawyers for the past three years. Michael has taught law and ethics at Fairfield University. He and his wife, Terry have three songs and have been married for 27 years.

To celebrate the 15th year as the pastor of the Quail succopHollow Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, Gus Succop, ’79 M.Div embarked upon his first trip to the Holy Land. The attached photo was taken at Qumran with the Dead Sea in the background. Later that day Gus "floated" on the Dead Sea. He is looking forward to

the 30th Class Reunion.

Scott Thayer ’79 M.Div. is in his sixth year as minister of the First Christian Church (DOC) of Tuscaloosa, AL. He has been married to his wife, Regina, for 15 years and they have a son, Michael (12). Scott is the current President of the Campus Ministry Association for the University of Alabama. He also serves on the executive committee of a fledgling organization called the Alabama Faith council, a diverse coalition of various faith traditions, which exists to build relationships and interfaith understanding in an effort to improve the lives of all within the State of Alabama. He is also a chaplain for the Boy Scouts of America.

Cynthia Walton-Leavitt ’79 M.Div. has been called as pastor of First United Presbyterian Church in Oneonta, NY. She began July first and will be installed September 14th. The job is getting off to a great started and the congregation is ready to move ahead!

David Anthony Yeagley ’79 M.Div. is an American composer, pianist, conservative commentator, and portrait artist. He also writes poetry and fiction, plays the Native American flute, and Gourd Dances. He lives in Oklahoma City, OK.


Notes from 2007


After a process taking more than ten years, Cathy Barker ’79 M.Div. has just published her first novel, A Heron's Balance (Infinity Publishing, 2007). It's a story of a man deep in grief whose progressive pastor invites him into a wilderness experience where he discovers healing and balance in his life. Because of the themes of grief, balance, and the power of God's earth, this novel is excellent for book clubs and discussion groups.  She invites her classmates to contact her or visit www.heronsbalance.com to learn more, find photos and discussion questions, and to order! In addition to being an author, Barker is currently the Senior Minister at Magnolia United Church of Christ in Seattle, WA.

Regina A. Bosclair ’79 M.Div., ’82 S.T.M. worked briefly in Chicago after completing her dissertation from Temple University. She was appointed to the Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University in 1997, and this past year she attained the rank of Professor of Religious Studies. Along with this honor, Bosclair received a generous grant to spearhead a major community education program entitled Engaging Muslims: Religion, Cultures, Politics. With the realization that current global issues mandate that Americans gain a better understanding of Islam, Alaska Pacific University is sponsoring this project to foster a respectful knowledge of Islam that recognizes the diversity in Islamic cultures as well as internal struggle within the contemporary Muslim world. While this engagement will not solve world problems, it is the hope of this group that its participants will all grow beyond the distortions and phobia promoted in much of the public media and come to grow in friendship with their Muslim neighbors. For more information see http://religion.alaskapacific.edu. Bosclair recently spent her sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and was received as a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley this past January. 

Catherine Aiken Cadieux ’79 M.Div. retired from Christ's Church, UCC/ABC, in Saxtons River, VT, in 2001, after 12 years as their Pastor and Teacher. The church voted to become Open and Affirming in 2002, and she performed a civil union in the sanctuary following Vermont's historic decision to create civil unions for same-gender couples in 2000. She is now in her 7th year as adjunct faculty in Communication at Keene State College, a half-hour from her home in Westminster, VT, where she and her husband garden, read, and write.

Jim Frazier '79 S.T.M., who also has a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music, is the Organist and Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul, MN (one of whose members is Garrison Keillor, of Prairie Home Companion fame). Jim recently completed his book Maurice Duruflé: The Man and His Music, a biography of one of the greatest organist-composers of the twentieth century. The research involved a number of trips to Paris over a period of several years. Jim was supposed to have studied with Duruflé in 1975 on a Fulbright Scholarship, but the composer was gravely injured in an auto accident only days after Jim arrived in Paris. Although he never met Duruflé, in 1993 he had the privilege of playing his complete organ works in coaching sessions with his wife, who was a formidable organist in her own right. The book is being published by the University of Rochester Press as part of the Eastman Studies in Music and is due to be released by September 1, 2007. It is available on Amazon.com and online from Barnes and Noble.


Sandy Riggins ’79 M.A.R., even after spending 14 years teaching overseas in Berlin, Germany; Bad Kreuznach, Germany; and Seoul Korea, and after traveling to over 48 countries and most of the USA, is still not ready to sit still.  She is thinking about moving again to points unknown, and will be in touch whenever she lands.

Dale Rosenberger ’79 M.Div. is publishing his second book this summer, Outreach and Mission for a Vital Congregation, (Pilgrim Press). The book represents the attempt to move the church beyond the Christendom paradigm for mission and outreach into this forever changed world in which we today live and minister.  The book is the second in an unfolding series from Pilgrim Press, which includes volumes on leadership, discernment, stewardship, worship, and other themes. He notes that his first book was Who Are You to Say? Sources of Authority in Matters of Faith (Brazos Press, 2005) in case anyone missed it. He remain a UCC pastor but has moved to Cape Cod where he is the senior pastor at Dennis Union Church in Dennis, MA.

succopTo celebrate his 15th year as the pastor of the Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, Gus Succop '79 M.Div. embarked upon his first trip to the Holy Land.  Among, other sites he got to visit Qumran and later that day he floated on the Dead Sea.

David Taylor ’79 M.Div. was awarded the 2007 Trustee Award by the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries in recognition of his service to Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS.  David began his relationship with Back Bay Mission in 1973, joined the Board of Directors in 2000, became Vice President in 2001 and president in 2004.  In August 2005, all six buildings of Back Bay, its files and clients, and the historic poor neighborhoods it had served for eight decades were all lost to Hurricane Katrina.  Despite this devastation, David continued with empathy and confidence, maintaining daily contact from his home in Connecticut, providing the necessary leadership to hold the organization together, including assembling a team of volunteers to travel to Back Bay and assess the damage, leading his local congregation to secure financial gifts and deploy recovery workgroups and arranging for Back Bay’s inclusion in the UCC’s Connecticut Conference’s capital campaign.  This support has allowed Back Bay to recover at a much quicker rate than many locally based agencies.  Rev. Taylor is the Senior Pastor at the First Church of Christ (UCC) in Glastonbury, CT.

After graduating from YDS, Bob Tschannen-Moran '79 M.Div. founded a multi-racial congregation on the far north-side of Chicago, IL (1979-93 www.uccwebsites.net/goodnewscommchicagoil.html). He then served as Senior Minister of a downtown church in Columbus, OH (1993-98 www.first-church.org) before launching LifeTrek Coaching International (www.LifeTrekCoaching.com). LifeTrek uses personal coaching, professional development, and strengths-based strategies to generate exceptional results with both its individual and organizational clients. To learn more about its work with churches, visit www.CelebrateCongregations.com or contact Bob at Coach@LifeTrekCoaching.com.