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Alumni Class Notes updated through Aug. 9, 2021.

1951 Wilbraham

David Tyson checked in with the Office of Advancement in July. He writes: “There has been little posted on the class of ’51 … no doubt because we aren’t doing much of interest these days. I guess the news is we keep on keeping on. My best to Wilbraham (and Monson) and to the class of ’51.”

1965 Wilbraham

John Cluett checked in regarding the passing of his Wilbraham roommate Richard A. Bucci ’65. He writes: “I found myself opening a bottle of ‘Bucci’ Italian white at a party in Carmel, CA, the other night and realized it had been a couple of years since I'd spoken with my old roommate Richard A. Bucci. When none of the five phone numbers I have for him answered, I looked online and discovered to my great sadness that he had passed away in July of 2020. He was a true friend, a dedicated doctor and a swell human being who couldn't do enough for those around him. I raised a glass (maybe a few) of Bucci to ‘The Bootch.’ Thanks old friend, for your sweetness and all the laughs.’’

 

Harry “Terk” Williams reports that he and his wife, Lisa, are “living the dream in the Florida Keys.” They enjoyed a visit with their son and daughter and their spouses and kids over Father’s Day in June. Their 12-year-old grandson stayed for a few extra days so that Mr. Williams could introduce him to SCUBA diving. He writes: “For what it’s worth, I started a SCUBA club at Wilbraham in about 1963, which was second in popularity to Mr. Mattern’s headmaster choir … until his wife took up diving with us!” Mr. Williams is also an accomplished aviation professional and continues to teach ground school in his living room two nights per week for his wife and friends.

1965 Monson

Charles “Chuck” Nothe’s latest book, “Five Names on a Granite Slab” is a nonfiction story of the Monson, Massachusetts, men killed in the Vietnam War. Chuck personally knew four of the five Monson men whose names are listed on the granite memorial in front of the Monson Town Hall (one of whom was fellow Monson Academy alum Ken Berube ’61). For his book, Chuck conducted interviews with family members, friends and fellow service members, and included documents from the D.O.D., maps, pictures and after-action reports. In July, Mr. Nothe attended a book signing hosted by the Monson Free Library. He is pictured with WMA’s Director of Stewardship Sean Valentine (right) at the signing.

1981

 (photo courtesy of U.S. Rowing)

Patti Wagners daughter Kristi Wagner made her Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer as a member of the U.S. Rowing team. Kristi (left) and her double skulls partner, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Gevvie Stone, finished fifth in the double skulls final in 6 minutes, 51.98 seconds over the 1,500 meter course at the Sea Forest Waterway on July 28. While Patti and the family could not attend the Tokyo Olympics due to this year’s no-spectator rule, they were cheering her on from home!

1986

Members of the WMA Class of 1986 had an impromptu 35th reunion at Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts in July! Pictured from left to right: Todd Stuart, Sean Cox, Laura Mulcahy Mayhew, Seth Wesson Jr., Stephen Kane Jr. and Mark Schwendenmann.

2001

Faruk Aliyu '02 writes with the sad news of the passing of his brother Muktar Aliyu '01. He passed away on March 9, 2021 in Abuja, Nigeria. Muktar is survived by his wife, three children, parents, three brothers and three sisters. Muktar graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture. Up until his death, he was working as an Executive Director at one of Nigeria's largest private Real Estate developers, Urban Shelter Ltd. He will be missed. 

2013

Ivy Durepo married Andrew Guay on July 2, 2021, at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre, Massachusetts. Fellow Titans Mike Caine ’14, Kevin Lambert ’13 and Allie Cerpovicz ’13 were on hand to celebrate. Pictured left to right: Mike, Ivy and Kevin.

2015

Andrew Faulstich and Ximena Reyes Torres were married on July 9, 2021, at the Delaney House in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Drew Mele served as the best man, and Mr. Bloomfield, Chair of the Fine & Performing Arts Department, was the photographer!