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Alumni Class Notes updated through May 5, 2020.

1963 Wilbraham

Edwin Swarbrick writes from lockdown in the United Kingdom (on his 75th birthday!): “Being in the ‘high risk’ category is a little scary, but we are all still fit and well otherwise. I look back to graduation in 1963 and feel sorry for this year’s class, who I guess will miss out if your lockdown is like ours … My year as an ESU exchange student was an extraordinary developmental year for me. The cultural differences were much greater then, and I learned a lot about myself and how I wanted to live. I returned to England and started medical school in October 1963 and loved my career as an Internist/Gastroenterologist, retiring finally in 2017 at 72. To keep my brain working, I am taking a History of Art course at Oxford University. Otherwise I fish, shoot, sing, play my guitar and ski when I can. I have only managed to get back to Wilbraham once since graduating but think about my time there frequently.


Kelley McCormick, a captain with the Boston Police Department, has come to WMA to speak to Mr. Cook’s Sociology class for the last six years. This year’s presentation looked a little different via Zoom, but provided students an opportunity to ask questions not only about his extensive background in law enforcement, but how COVID-19 has changed the dynamics of his work. 


Justin Danhof and his wife, Kristin, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Juliet Ruth Danhof was born April 16, 2020, and joins big sister Nora. 


Yung Ti “Mindy” (Chang) Laio and her husband, Jeff, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Cooper Laio was born January 30, 2020. 


Courtney Petrone-Autry and her husband, Pierce, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Preston Petrone Autry was born December 13, 2019, and joins big brother Parker, 2.


Junhao “Mark” Xu will begin the doctorate program in Business Economics at Columbia University this fall. The program is hosted jointly by Columbia GSAS's Department of Economics and the Columbia Business School. BusEc Students are enrolled in the GSAS Economics Ph.D. program, but can also leverage the resources at the Business School. Mark writes: “The program gives generous funding for six years, allows me to receive a very rigorous training in economics, and most importantly offers me opportunities to work with the world-class researchers at Columbia and NYC. I consider myself to be incredibly fortunate, if not undeserving. I am extremely grateful for the resources and the opportunities I have enjoyed at NYU Abu Dhabi, a young but internationally-renowned institution that has contributed tremendously to my personal and academic growth. Thanks to its generous scholarships and globally-oriented curriculum, I am graduating debt-free (in fact with some savings), studied in five countries, interned in Guangzhou and London, conducted research for two summers in New York and attended an economics conference in Turkey.” Best of luck, Mark!


Idan Tretout was named Most Improved Player for Harvard men’s basketball for the 2019-20 season.