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Class Notes

Welcome to 1985'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, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



2010 Notes


Betsy Bergen '85 M.Div. continues to lead monthly Worship Services at Loomis Village Retirement Community in S. Hadley MA, teaching Scripture when she can and always looking for secular ways to present spiritual material. At age 78, Betsy has been married to husband Bob, a Williams man, for 57 years, and reports that “some of us never die, and we don't even fade away - too bad, I could stand to lose a few pounds.”

Paul Bussan '85 M.A.R is currently at work on his next book of poetry. His most recent book, On Freeing Myself From A Full Nelson Hold, and other sonnets, received an Honorable Mention in the 16th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards, and was selected as a Finalist in the 2008 USA Book News Awards and as a Finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. For more information go to www.psbpublishing.com.

Gorman Houston ’85 M.Div. is in his seventh year as pastor of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama. This is the same church where Gorman served as an Associate Pastor for five years shortly after returning to Alabama from YDS. He and his wife Jeanne are busy this year as their son, Gorman, a member of the Class of 2010 at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, prepares for college.

Serene Jones '85 M.Div. has just finished her first year as President of Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is also pleased to announce the publication of her new book, Trauma and Grace. She and her daughter Charis enjoy living in Morningside Heights.

Kate Latimer '85 M.Div. and husband Arthur '98 M.Div. have been serving churches needing short term pastoral leadership through a transition crisis. The Latimers are beginning such a call in a small Connecticut church because of the serious illness of their long term, much loved pastor. Even a short time with a congregation feels like a lifetime connection. Kate reports she and Arthur never know where they will be next, and that's just fine.

Gene McAfee '85 M.Div. just celebrated his fifth anniversary as pastor of Faith UCC in Richmond Heights, OH. He welcomed two new kittens into the family in April (Boaz and Phoebe), and traveled to Atlanta for a preaching conference in May and General Synod in Grand Rapids in June. He continues to serve the Western Reserve Association in its Department of Church and Ministry and in its Lay School, where he loves to teach Bible.


Caroline Keeney Meyers '85 M.Div. is concluding four years as pastor of South Congregational Church in Amherst MA. She and 14 other members just returned from the church's first-ever mission trip, to Appalachia. Finishing a major reconstruction, the church looks forward to rededicating their building in the fall. Caroline and husband Tom are enjoying the activities of their children Rebecca (15) and Sam (13), both involved in local music, theater, and sports.

Tim Morita '85 M.Div., retired after 28 years as a Navy chaplain, is now vice-president of a college-prep private school in Hawaii and preaches regularly at Ilikai Hotel Resort Ministries in Waikiki. Wife Jan is a public school teacher in Honolulu.

Pamela Mott '85 M.Div. just celebrated her fifth anniversary at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, RI, a lovely setting and a wonderful parish in which to serve. In these last few years - in addition to the usual stuff – Pam's congregation has welcomed another church in a merger, planned a new building, and had a capital campaign. Pam looks forward to the class of 85's 25th reunion (has it really been that long?).

In September, Carol Pinkham Oak '85 M.Div. will celebrate her third anniversary as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Ellicott City MD, a 2000-member parish outside Baltimore with a day school of 400 children. She remains active in efforts to support newly ordained clergy as they transition into ministry, following seven years administering a "Transition into Ministry" grant from the Lilly Endowment. Carol and Jeff have two children, Nathaniel, 20 and Julia, 17.

Jeff Oak '85 M.Div. serves on the leadership team for Bon Secours Health System, a nonprofit Catholic health system operating in seven states. In addition to serving as corporate responsibility officer, he recently began leading philanthropy efforts in the ten communities served by Bon Secours. He also serves as a corporate fellow for the Ethics Resource Center, an independent nonprofit organization in Washington DC dedicated to advancing ethics in public and private institutions.

Anne Stanback '85 M.A.R., hit several milestones this year. She turned 50, celebrated her 25th anniversary, and then legally married her partner (now wife), Charlotte. She also "retired" from her position as founding Executive Director of Love Makes a Family, the organization that has been leading the campaign for marriage equality in Connecticut for the past nine years. She is looking forward to some time off while she figures out what’s next.