"Class Notes" for the Emeriti Association

Members of the Emeriti Association are welcome and encouraged to submit a paragraph of their recent activities and interests, to keep their EA colleagues up to date. Send your "Class Notes" paragraph to EMERITUS@HARTFORD.EDU

October 2008 Notes:

Virginia Hale (A&S) has finished her biography of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, a Hartford "Woman in Business" who was a great benefactor of the University of Hartford. On October 2, Virginia made a 
presentation at the Emeriti Association Fall Meeting. She still teaches courses in the All-University Program and in A&S, and is Co-Chair of the Emeriti Association.
To learn more about the book, click the link below:
EA member Virginia Hale's book on Beatrice Fox Auerbach

August 2008 Notes:

Watson Morrison (Hartt)  This fall I will be presenting a piano recital in observance of my 80th birrthday. It will be at Lincoln Theater on campus, on Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public, and will consist of compositions by C.P.E. Bach, Schubert, Hartt composer David MacBride, Debussy and Chopin. I do hope that my friends and colleagues can attend.

April 2008 Notes:

Domenic Armentano (Barney)  My two books, "Antitrust and Monopoly" and "Antitrust: The Case for Repeal", both still in print, recently have been translated into Russian. In addition, I continue to publish op/eds on public policy, most in our local Vero Beach, Florida, Press Journal,  and many on Lewrockwell.com. (where my son, Paul, also frequently writes.)  Recent op/eds have included topics such as the insurance crisis in Florida, Federal Reserve monetary policy, and the current deepening economic recession. My most recent controversial op/ed called for more government disclosure on the subject of UFOs, something that both Gov. Bill Richardson (New Mexico) and former astronaut Ed Mitchell (and many other public figures) have called for, too. Unfortunately in my case, the Cato Institute, where I've been an adjunct scholar for 20 years, dropped me one day after the piece was published. (I still maintain scholarly affiliations with several other less squeamish think tanks).  Civil libertarians, take note!

Ed Sullivan (A&S) reports that he is deeply involved with the Centerville Historical Society as a volunteer curator and archivist. Never thought I'd be using my 
professional skills again. I recently installed an exhibit called "Hellbent for the White House"; excellent local coverage all over the Cape in the "C.C. Times" and radio
stations. I am also similarly involved with the Academy for LIfe Long Learning, an over-60 program for senior retirees. The Cape is loaded with retired professionals
of all sorts and we are all volunteers in ALL. The variety and quality of courses offered is incredible: literature, history, engineering (e.g. building of the Cape Cod Canal
and the bridges), geology, history etc, etc., Whatever one wants to teach is free to do so. Very exciting and of considerably high quality. I will be teaching a course
next spring based upon one of my books. Great fun. 

March 2008 Notes:

Kathy Delventhal (Hillyer College) & John Paul Froehlich (CETA)  We took two wonderful trips last year. In May we went to the island of Sicily spending three weeks in the southeastern corner of that island. Our primary interest was in looking at baroque architecture in the towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa as well as the classical ruins of Agrigento---since we had rented an apartment in Sicily, we were able to cook many dishes with the delicious ingredients found in local grocery stores. From Sicily, we flew to the Island of Malta for a week. Again our focus was on art: specifically two Caravaggio paintings that never leave the island (meaning they do not participate in traveling exhibits) and three archaeological ruins---some of the oldest in western civilization (c.45000 B.C.). We had heard that Malta has some of the worst food anywhere so we were prepared--and cooked in our condo every night but one. Fortunately, grocery store items (fruits, vegetables, meat and bread) were very good and when prepared well provided us with tasty meals. Based on eating out for one night, we would agree that Maltese food is among the worst we have had in our travels (dishes of gray food).
      In October/November, we rented an apartment in Oaxaca, Mexico. The apartment is part of a school for indigenous young people and its rental helps to fund the school. We wanted to be in Oaxaca for "Day of the Dead" celebrations which occur around Halloween for an extended time. John's sister, Kay, joined us for two weeks staying in one of the school's B&B rooms. By the time Kay arrived we were all registered for classes at the Academy Vinigueleza, a local language school that also sponsors trips into the countryside to visit archaeological sites, Spanish colonial churches, a paper making factory and local markets. I brushed up on my Spanish with two weeks of classes while John and Kay took one week of private lessons. School trips for "Day of the Dead" activities were wonderful. We went to several cemeteries (families spend the night in the cemetery at the tombs of their deceased relatives----they bring food, drink and flowers---flowers galore, for this celebration of the dead), parades, outdoor theatrical events and trips to the local markets to purchase items to make our school altar. We had wonderful food in Oaxaca, some of it we cooked and some of it we had in restaurants. As an "arts" tourist center, Oaxaca now has good Italian (delicious pizza) and Chinese restaurants as well as a "European" bakery (that means no tortillas) with excellent rolls, pastries and grain breads.

Wally Banzhaf did, indeed, become a first-time grandpa in December; Eli is a miracle and a joy.Work continues writing the book on basic electronics, and being treasurer for both the Emeriti Assoc. and my volunteer fire company are keeping me out of trouble (mostly). Being home during the day allows me to respond to far more fire dept. calls (CO detectors, fires, car accidents, hazardous materials spills, rescues), which serve as a welcome distraction from writing. Soon the mountain bike will come out of winter storage and my wife Mattie and I will pedal the wonderful "rail trails" around home.

November 2007 Notes:

Bernard Friedlander ("B Z"), U of H Psychology Department 1970-1995, reports that he is rather startled to discover that he is still called upon occasionally for professional assignments.  He has recently been appointed Visiting Research Professor of Psychology in a graduate program jointly conducted by Antioch University-Seattle and the University of Washington.  His role in the program is to serve as a resource person to graduate students developing independent research projects and to lecture from time to time. As a gesture to modernity, his principal contact with the students is via phone & e-mail.  His talk scheduled for December 7, 2007 is "How People and Psychologists Get The Way They Are."  This talk is based on an update of the same continuously evolving conceptual structure he used in his human development courses throughout his years at U of H.  Bernard lived in Seattle 1995-2002 and now resides principally in Madison, WI.

Wally Banzhaf, College of Engineering, Technology, & Architecture ’77-‘06, is hoping that he can be rehired as a professor so he’ll get some rest. Now Executive Secretary, Treasurer and “webmaster” of the Emeriti Association, he is also treasurer of his volunteer fire company, under contract to write a book on basic electronics, and doing web design for the University. In late November 2007 he expects to become, for the first time, a grandfather, a title for which he is not ready because “grandpas are old people”. He and spouse Mattie just came back from a month in Japan, where they toured with son Jeremy who lives in Tokyo. Every week he batters his aging knees with several games of racquetball, and finishes the torture with a mile or so in the UH Sports Center pool.

We announce with sadness the passing on November 5, 2008 of Ethel Bacon, EA member and former University archivist. A UNotes article about Ethel Bacon may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing in September 2008 of John McGavern, EA member and former University librarian.
A UNotes article about John McGavern may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on July 28, 2008 of Chet Dudzik, EA member and former faculty member. A UNotes article about Chet Dudzik may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on June 21, 2008 of Lee Yosha, EA member and former faculty member. A UNotes article about Lee Yosha may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on June 20, 2008 of Adelaide Bishop, EA member and former faculty member. A UNotes article about Adelaide Bishop may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on December 15, 2007 of Paul Zimmerman, EA member and former faculty member. A UNotes article about Paul Zimmerman may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on November 22, 2007 of Alan Tompkins, EA member and former Dean. A UNotes article about Alan Tompkins may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on November 16, 2007 of Irving Starr, EA member and former Dean.
A UNotes article about Irving Starr may be found here.

We announce with sadness the passing on November 10, 2007 of George Michael Evica, EA member and former faculty member.  A UNotes article about George Michael may be found here.

We all mourn the passing on June 21, 2007 of Gordon Clark Ramsey, EA member and Executive Secretary, and former Secretary of the Faculty Senate.  A UNotes article about Gordon may be found here.