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Spread Your Wings and Fly
(by Dana Perillo '03)

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'34   Robert E. Mentzer reports that he and his wife Helen are living in a retirement home in Seminole, Fla., where he serves as president of the resident advisory council. He is also treasurer of LSS Scholarship Fund, Inc., and has spent 59 years in Rotary, having served as district governor and also as president of three different clubs. Robert and Helen have been married since 1934.

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'48  The Rev. Craig J. Dorward is pretty handy with a racquetball racquet. In 2000 and 2001 he won the State of Pennsylvania Senior Games in Racquetball for the 70 to 75 age group, receiving two gold medals. In 2001 he participated in the Senior Olympics, National Senior Games in racquetball and took fifth place in the competition, which translates into a ranking of fifth nationally.

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'53   Robert J. Huber and wife Carol are happily retired and living in Lansdale, Pa.

'55 Dr. Arvids Ziedonis, professor emeritus in comparative literature, was chair of the 17th International Conference on Baltic Studies, "Baltic Countries and Their Baltic Neighbors: Redefining Relationships," at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in June 2000. A total of 155 scholars of various academic disciplines from all over the world attended the conference. Next year, he will chair the religion division of the 18th International Conference, ˝The Baltic States in the Era of Globalizationţ at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., from June 5 - 8, 2002.

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'61Skip Werley, who lives in Springfield, Pa., reports that he retired this summer after 40 years of teaching mathematics at Springfield High School. For the past eight years he also served as director of athletics. He spent 25 years as a class advisor and was head basketball coach for 20 years. Skip was also head basketball coach at Ursinus College for seven years.


'62Once every six years, the American Academy of Arts and Letters chooses an "outstanding short story writer" to receive its Award of Merit "in recognition of a writer's lifetime achievement." Frederick Busch, author of seven collections of short stories and the Edgar W.B. Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University, is this year's recipient. A medal and $10,000 accompany the award.

'63Barry C. Dorn writes to say that both of his daughters were married this year and that he was elected to the American Orthopedic Association. Barry is CEO of Health Care Negotiation Association in Lexington, Mass.

'64Dr. Douglas F. Turtzo sends the following update: "I live across the field from Muhlenberg's Graver Arboretum in Bushkill Township, Pa. I was recently elected to fellowship in the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine. I practice at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. I sort of can't get away from things called Muhlenberg!"

'68 Nancy (Shea) Taylor, who lives in Fresno, Texas, with her husband William writes in to say she is looking for 'Berg acquaintances. You can email Nancy at NAST@houston.rr.com.

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'71Dr. Richard L. Chalal, who lives in Russellville, Ala. with his wife Betsy, a master gardener, writes that he received his MBA from Auburn University in August 2001. His daughter Lauren is enrolled in the University of Florida (Class of 2005) and her sister Samantha is in high school.


'72William Silverman, who is a physician with Lake Howell Family Medicine Associates in Maitland, Fla., reports that he has become involved with osteopathic medical politics. He is a past president of both the Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. He and his wife Dottie have four children.

'73The West Pinellas All Stars, a basketball team coached by Joe Paul that included his son Ben (14), repeated as champions of the middle school division of the City of St. Petersburg, Fla., city-wide basketball league. And, the team did so with an undefeated record. Joe reports that he and his wife Marianne have a new addition to the family, Zoe Juliana, born in March. Joe's daughter, Chloe, now 5, is starting to show signs of becoming the next basketball player in the family. Ira S. Wolfe is president of a consulting company called Poised for the Future Company. He is a talk show host for matching, managing, and motivating employees. In September he was a speaker at the FDI World Dental Conference on customer service and team building, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In October, he spoke at a management development center in Hong Kong. Ira lives in Leola, Pa.

'78Robert Gurdak, M.D., and wife, Nancy, are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Douglas Donald. He was born on August 6, 2001. He joins his brother, Andrew, age four. Eileen (Jarrell) Paul was married to William B. Paul on May 20, 2000 in their home in Chester Springs., Pa. Eileen is assistant vice president for Rittenhouse Financial in Radnor, where she serves as a client service manager/investment advisor for the firm's institutional clients. William is a salesman for Rowland Printing.

Photo of Dr. Ziedonis, alumni, and friends This summer Dr. Arvids Ziedonis '55 led a group of 25 Muhlenberg College alumni and friends on an Alumni Association-sponsored study visit of three Baltic States - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - and Finland. The highlight of the trip was the 800th anniversary of Riga, capital of Latvia, with a special song festival recounting the city's eight centuries of history. The group also met with faculty and students of the University of Latvia, where Ziedonis is an adjunct professor of theology and co-sponsor and co-editor of its theological journal "Cels."


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