News of the Alumni Association February 2004



Boston pictureThe Boston chapter had the misfortune of scheduling our winter potluck on the same weekend as the historic blizzard that dumped two feet of snow on much of New England. We soldiered on, and a dozen hearty souls made it to the roaring fire and hot apple cider reward. Before breaking for the evening, talk surfaced for a retry of the event in February.


The Chicago chapter held its second annual Oktoberfest in September at the Chicago Brauhaus in one of the old German, and rapidly gentrifying, neighborhoods on the city’s north side. Sixteen alumni, family, and friends attended, including chapter chair John Bergholz ’86 and family, Kristen Jacobson ’91, Greg Clarke ’88, Chantal Sudbrack ’97, Itai Sher ’97, and Lynn Tesser ’93. Besides enjoying hearty German fare, the group raised their beer steins (or kiddie cocktails) to sway to the house oompah band.


Westwind kids picture
Dancing at Camp Westwind
The Portland chapter sponsored a successful weekend on the coast at Camp Westwind again this October. More than 50 people attended, including a number of energetic and entertaining children (see photos at
). The weather was better than anyone could have asked, and the talent show surpassed last year’s revue. We will repeat this wonderful event again next fall. The chapter is working on scheduling a town hall event with Colin Diver and other members of the faculty and staff for February.


Rainier chapter alumni attended a lively panel discussion in November about the initiative process, organized by Nic Warmenhoven ’96 and moderated by Adam Holdorf ’97. Panelists included Yoram Bauman ’95, Sue Bly Tupper ’80, and Gray Pedersen ’68. Ongoing activities include the monthly brew pub gatherings and reading group meetings, to which newcomers are always welcome. For schedules, go to our chapter website at /rainierchapter/ or call or email Barbara Carter Radin ’75 at 206/ 523-2484,


Our solstice celebration was well attended, and all appeared to be having a good time. The next chapter event, the annual picnic, is in the planning stages. The book group continues to meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call ahead for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information call Robert Hadley ’53 at 310/391-1427 or send email to

The Washington, D.C., chapter has joined the oral history project, with a dozen or more alumni in the area interested in participating. Cricket Parmalee ’67 is heading up the effort here and organized a training session to get things started. Planned for December, the session was pre-empted by a snowstorm, but it was rescheduled for January, and we are now off and running! For more information on the project, go to To join us or ask questions, email Cricket at or call 301/588-3912.


Reed Magazine February 2004