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Spring 2022

1955 Wilbraham

Olli Kokkonen salutes all his classmates who happen to see this message. “I have warm memories of the school year 1954-55 which changed the course of my life totally in a way I could not imagine on arrival at Wilbraham 67 years ago. The last time I visited Wilbraham was for the 50th class reunion. Fred Watts was present then and permanently in my mind.”  

1961 Wilbraham

Bill Hawthorne reports that he is fully retired from two careers, living in Naples, Florida, and traveling at will. “I am painting with oils many hours weekly, planning more travel and hiking mountains. Still married to my first wife, Carol. I enjoy running into former W&M colleagues during travel.”

1962 Wilbraham

In March 2022, the town of Enfield, Connecticut voted to name the baseball diamond at Powder Hollow Park after much-loved coach Bob Bromage, who devoted almost 40 years to athletes at Enfield High School. Mr. Bromage took over the Enfield baseball team in 1967 as the second coach in school history and held the job until 2004, when he became coach at East Granby (Conn.). He retired in 2019.

1965 Wilbraham

Philabooks|Press will publish Richard Carreño’s new book “Master Amateur: George H. McFadden and the Dashing Diggers of Cyprus” in early 2023.

1970 Wilbraham

Darius Mojallali writes: “Hello to all my old friends from Wilbraham Class of 1970. It is hard to believe 51 years have passed since we graduated. I am enjoying retirement from full-time ministry as an Episcopal priest, with lots more time for making music and adding to my ever-expanding collection of guitars and other instruments. I lead the Praise Band (I know, cheesy name) at a local Episcopal church, and my wife, Stephanie (who is an amazing singer), is part of it. We have a lot of fun learning new songs and leading them at church. Our kids are doing well, and Matthias (who is 18) is still with us and taking a year off before venturing forth to further education. We have five grandchildren, the most recent being our daughter Anna’s baby Shiloh. I’d love to be in touch with any of my old friends so feel free to text me!” 

1973

After 20 years as Senior Vice President, David Dibner is retiring from NYU Langone Hospitals. “I will be staying in my town of Port Washington, N.Y., with my partner, Elise, while my daughter Isabelle is preparing for college. If ever in Port, just go to the water and ask for the boat "Blue Gold." That's where you'll find me most of the time.” 

On Feb. 25, 2022, Chuck Feinstein was able to realize a lifelong dream by immigrating to Israel. He stayed in the central city of Herzliya before moving farther up the coast to Nahariya. “Great beaches!”

1983

Lisa Sheehan started a new role as Senior Vice President with the Community Development Lending Group at Eastern Bank. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

1986

Rich Thompson heads the Global Airline Strategy for Riskified, the world’s leading fraud prevention management provider. “We work in several industries helping companies optimize their sales channels while reducing their chargebacks and taking on their fraud chargeback liability. Our Headquarters are in NYC and Tel Aviv, and we have other global offices. I work remotely from Cape Cod but travel the world for events, conferences, meetings and speaking engagements.” 

1987

Bruce Baker writes with an update from China: “Just celebrated 10 years of marriage to my beautiful wife Yuhong (I call her Hong ... her English name is Mia). We have a 1-year-old daughter. Her name is Mei Bao. She is an English Springer Spaniel with black spots on white. Adorable and a "Cutey-Wutey." We spent 11 year together in my wife's hometown/city called Xiamen, a southeast coastal city across from the southern tip of Taiwan. I was offered and took a Head of Studies position at an International High School in Singapore that was to start the summer of 2020, but that obviously got derailed by COVID so we moved to the delightful and culinarily wonderful city of Dongguan, China, which is very close to Hong Kong (if you go to Hong Kong and like pizza there is a place called "Death by Pizza." INSANE. They opened up a store recently in NYC. Check it out.). I am working at one of the finest Foreign Language High Schools in China and am also into some import/export action. The plan is to be semi-retired by 58: Spain, pool, good food.”

1990

Chris Belisle has spent the last 23 years traveling and protecting the country’s coastline as a U. S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer - from Florida to Hawaii, California through Oregon, up to Alaska and stations beyond. “Thank you, Mr. Nick for those cold winter-morning two-a-days. Both kids are attending Oregon State University (Go Beavers!) and are looking forward to my retirement next year. Hope all are well and hope to see you soon!”
 

1992

Mark Oppenheimer has been touring the country to speak at schools and community centers about his latest book “Squirrel Hill,” a major study of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the background of white supremacy. Oppenheimer is the author of five books and was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Mother Jones, The Nation and The Believer, among other publications. The host of Tablet magazine’s podcast “Unorthodox,” Oppenheimer has taught at Stanford, Wellesley and Yale, where since 2006 he has directed the Yale Journalism Initiative. He lives with his family in New Haven, Connecticut. 

1994

Ian Macdonald writes, I (finally) got married to Sabrina Lee on Aug. 2, 2021, on Lake Orta in Orta San Giulio, Italy.” The couple, pictured with Ian’s parents, now live in Hoboken, New Jersey.

1999

Caitlin (Majocka) Sepeda has announced her candidacy to run for Sheriff of Hampshire County in the 2022 election. Sepeda is a registered nurse who has worked in two Western Massachusetts correctional facilities, including nine years at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton. Her campaign website is www.sepedaforsheriff.com.

2005

Kelsey (Ekness) Lastowski and her husband, Tim, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Elaina Marion Lastowski was born Jan. 5, 2022.

2007

Michael Washington won three 2021 Clio Awards for his work as creative director on the advertising for the Spike Lee film “Da 5 Blood” and the Amazon Studios’ action thriller “Without Remorse” Michael received one gold and one silver for “Da 5 Bloods” and another silver for “Without Remorse.”

2008

Lauren Brodeur Buckley married Patrick Buckley on Dec. 4, 2021, at the Old Saco Inn in Fryeburg, Maine. Patrick is a carpenter, and Lauren works at Holyoke Medical Center as an ultrasound technologist. The couple lives in Hampden, Massachusetts. 

Brigida (Palatino) Froling and Kevin Froling were married on March 19, 2022, at Union Station in Northampton, Massachusetts.

2009

Stephanie (Pajak) Firely and her husband, Chris, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Logan Christopher Firely was born May 22, 2022. 

2019

For the second time during the spring 2022 season, Jack Robinson was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Associations Division II Dynamic Team of the Week. As of April 21, Robinson, who plays attack for Saint Anselm, led his team and the Northeast-10 Conference in assists.

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