DaPron lifts Stonehill
Julia DaPron ’19 helped Stonehill College move up two spots in the team standings in the second and final round of the Inaugural Chippewa Invitational, hosted by Central Michigan University, at the 5,966-yard, par-72, layout of the Birmingham Country Club in October. Julia led Stonehill with a two-day score of 165, following up her opening round 80 with an 85, to finish tied for 34th in the field of 86. She registered a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to go with six pars during her round. Julia finished the two-day tournament tied for tenth in par-5 scoring at 5.13, which included the first eagle in program history on the 14th hole on Monday – one of just four in the field at the event.
A distillery grows in Brooklyn
After graduating from Skidmore College in 2009, Lee Bilsky ’05 moved to Brooklyn, New York and has been Operations Manager at Kings County Distillery since 2016. Kings County Distillery is the largest whiskey distillery in New York City and, despite being founded in 2010, is also the oldest. Lee’s daily responsibilities include anything from facilitating payroll to generating content for the company’s Instagram (@kingscountydistillery) to designing labels for their bottles. When not at work, Lee loves grilling for his friends, taking closeup photos of street-side treasures (some might call it trash) and listening to The Beatles. He gets back to Vermont as often as he can – especially during ski season. Lee and his fiancé, Molly, plan to get married in Rhode Island in June 2020. A strong BBA contingent will be present.
Alumni Association elects Andrew Boyer ’01
The Alumni Association Executive Board elected Dr. Andrew Boyer ’01 as its newest member this fall. After graduating from Burr and Burton, Andrew obtained a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He headed to Michigan to pursue graduate medical training including residency in Diagnostic Radiology and additional subspecialized fellowship training in women’s imaging and procedures. Andrew started and ran a private medical practice in Oregon for four years, while also serving as the Medical Director of Diagnostic Radiology and Director of Mammography at the largest hospital in the Columbia Gorge region. After nearly 10 years away from Vermont, Andrew and his wife, Ananda (also a Vermonter), decided to move back home. He currently works at Rutland Regional Medical Center as a diagnostic radiologist. During his career, Andrew has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed medical journal articles, presented at international conferences, and served in various leadership positions. His passions include his family, skiing, investing, traveling, home coffee roasting, and BBA football. Andrew is also the new Chairman of the Reunion Committee which was established this fall. Andrew joins current Alumni Association Board members Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81 (president), Judi LaMontagne McPhail ’65 (secretary), Juliette Gates Britton ’89, Merrick Counsell ’75, Stephen Drunsic ’93, Meredith Ams Fleurie ’05, Liz Hand Mackey ’05, Lisa Kern Rohde ’98, and Jon Wilson ’01.
We say farewell to Elizabeth Silsby ’09 who stepped down from the Alumni Association Board in November. Elizabeth has volunteered at Burr and Burton’s annual Gala for many years and currently resides in Maine.
Sharing her environment
In 2000, Renee Casella Wilson ’86 landed a Research Translator position with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She called it a great opportunity to learn a lot and write about her favorite subject: the environment. She remained there for 18 years, was promoted to Regional Communications Coordinator, a position she held for six years before making a new nest at Audubon Florida as a Communications Associate in 2019. This was a natural move as Renee had graduated from USF in Tampa with a degree in Mass Communications. Although the area around Renee has built up significantly over the past 29 years, she and her husband, Lee, continue to share their environment with black bears, bobcats, and even Florida panther. A fenced-in yard allows their large-breed canines to play safely. Five canines so far have all have been rescues: from the Humane Society, from the side of the road, and their latest addition, “a beautiful troublemaker named Charlotte,” who came to them through Big Cypress German Shepard Dog Rescue. Renee and Lee love traveling, birdwatching, and nature photography at places like Lake Tahoe and the Grand Canyon, but spend most of their free time enjoying Florida’s outdoors. Their flats boat is ideal for fishing shallow backwaters along the mangrove coast, and perfect for snorkeling in the Florida Keys where they spend several long weekends every summer catching lobster and fishing for snapper and grouper. Photo: Renee in 2010 helping release over 100 rehabilitated sea turtles following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Will French ’18 is finishing a semester abroad in China.
Samantha Sullivan ’15 graduated from UVM and is teaching French with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) near Rouen.
Bryan Emery ’18 transferred to Sterling College after the closure of Green Mountain College, and loves it. He recently served as a guide for the Fall Mountain Campus group that visited a few weeks ago. Tilly Ewens ’19, also an alum of the Mountain Campus, attends Sterling College, and word has it is enjoying it as well. Bryan and Tilly took Draft Animal Power class together and learned to harness and drive a team of oxen and a team of draft horses.
Hannah Nicholson ’16 plays on the Brandeis women’s basketball team and had a great game recently vs. Babson. In overtime, Hannah put Brandeis ahead with a jump shot and they never looked back. She scored 19 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds.
Lucy Gobbi Costa ’81 and her husband, Jack, just celebrated 29 years at their business, Promotional Incentives, in Cape Coral, Florida.
H.N. Williams Store in Dorset, Vermont expanded with a 3,200-square-foot, post and beam addition in October. The family-owned general store which dates back to the 19th century, is popular with area residents and visitors. Congratulations to Billy Brownlee ’94, Steven Brownlee ’97, Gerritt Brownlee ’98, and their mother Ruth Rumney Brownlee ’68.
Justin Thompson-Tucker ’01 was promoted to VP of Drama Development at CBS last summer.
Memorial bench for Sandy Casey ’00 comes to Burr and Burton
On a Sunday in October, two years to the month after Sandy Casey ’00 was tragically killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, a bench in her memory was brought to Burr and Burton by family and friends. The bench was located at Sandy’s college, the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. However, with the college’s closing this past year, Burr and Burton agreed to relocating the bench and plantings to a spot above Taylor Field by the Observatory where it overlooks the Green Mountains. Bringing the memorial bench to Burr and Burton: Steven Casey ’78, Teresa Casey ’78, Tracy Casey Carey ’98, Tanya Casey ’05, Chelcie Carey, Kaiden Casey, Dallas Bryant, Sierra Bryant, and Jayde Dufresne ’99. Sandy was a special education teacher in California at the time of her death. A classmate remembers Sandy as athletic, smart, very kind, funny, and close to her family and friends. Pictured above are Sandy’s father Steven Casey ’78 and her mother Teresa Casey ’78.
Alumni connect in Winooski
We had a great turnout of alumni, spouses, and friends at Bulldogs Connect – Winooski in November. The event is an annual gathering of alumni that first started at Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington, Vermont, where it was hosted by Barbara Bardin ’69 for many years. The event then transitioned to Ri Ra’s in downtown Burlington. This year it was held at Waterworks Food + Drink in Winooski, Vermont with a great view of the falls and river. Our thanks to hosts Boris Funtow ’71 and Whitney Heingartner ’05 for reaching out to area alumni. Gloria Rovnak Palmer ’81, president of the Alumni Association Board joined a number of her family at the event. Special thanks to Sarah Johnson ’07, general manager at Waterworks for coordinating the evening. Pictured above in alphabetical order: Jackson Ameden ’18, Meredith Bay-Tyack ’04, Erin Cairns ’17, Peter Carrol ’71, Kiki Colgan ’89, Jill Prouty Coombs ’02, Boris ’71 and Mary Beth Funtow, Ana Garay ’17, Eva Gonova ’05, Fred ’59 and Meg Hadley, Jamie Hathaway ’88, Kylee Heingartner ’08, Whitney Heingartner ’05, Erica Houskeeper ’88, Dan Hutner, Jr. ’02, Roy Johnson ’69, Sarah Johnson ’07, Tasha Cornell Lansbury ’84, Faye Conte Mack ’02, Tina Madkour-Companion ’77, Kristen Palmer ’09, Rich Pearl ’73, Jeanne Pallotta ’58, Lucy Prouty ’09, Lauren Read ’05, Matthew Rosenthal ’10, John ’92 and Michelle Rovnak, Bobby Sheridan ’09, Molly Smith ’02, Carolyn Rovnak Weber ’85 and Patrick Weber, and Gordie ’59 and Dottie Wilkins.
Bulldogs Connect – Manchester on February 5, 2020
Join fellow alumni and spouses at the next Bulldogs Connect – Manchester at Union Underground on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7 PM. There will be complementary beer, wine, soft drinks, and appetizers. Door prizes too. Put a little warmth in your mid-winter at this free alumni event. RSVP by January 27, 2020 to Rich in the Alumni Office at email@example.com. Union Underground, 4928 Main St., Manchester Center, VT (the former Factory Point Bank). See you there!
Reunion Weekend ’20
Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend ’20: Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, 2020. Come celebrate the first weekend of fall, emerging foliage season, and enjoy food, fun, and reconnecting with classmates back in Manchester and on the Hill. A Reunion schedule and registration will be mailed in early July and visit burrburton.org/alumni for updates and a comprehensive lodging list. Will your class have bragging rights for biggest turnout?
A Vermont first
In their first year in D-I, the varsity football team won the State Championship in November, 47 – 20, against a tough St. Johnsbury team. This makes Burr and Burton’s varsity the first football team in Vermont history to win back-to-back State Championships in D-II and D-I. Go Bulldogs!
No gift at year end? No problem!
If we didn’t make your end-of-the-calendar-year gift list in 2019, no problem. Our fiscal year ends June 30 so there’s still time to support Burr and Burton. Mail your tax-deductible donation today to Burr and Burton, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 or online anytime at burrburton.org/onlinegiving. Thank you!
Blast from the past
Thank you to Mrs. Mary Cobb of Pawlet, Vermont for donating items from her father, Carroll W. Dodge, Class of 1912 (pictured above) to Burr and Burton’s Archives this past summer. The materials included photos, letters, Burtonians, and a wonderful book “My Golden School Days” which was filled in by Ruth A. Dodge ’21 and in turn included photos and anecdotes. In one letter from Carroll Dodge ’12 to Bob Treat ’55 dated November 20, 1985, Mr. Dodge states “I suppose I was the last graduate to have been offered Greek for graduation from the Seminary, so that at Middlebury I was prepared for third year Greek.” Carroll Dodge served in WW I, attended Middlebury, and received a PhD. from Washington University with a specialty in Botany, and taught at Brown, Harvard, and UVM. We are always grateful for donations of Burr and Burton materials, including Burtonians, to the Archives.
Stephen “Spike” Clayton ’76, December 13, 2019
Dorothy McGuffin Conomos ’43, March 28, 2019
Trudy Fowler-Fadden ’75, September 30, 2019
Skip Martin, November 18, 2019, Trustee and loyal friend of the school
Wendy Rowland, November 25, 2019, Longtime friend and extraordinary benefactor of Burr and Burton
Stephen Hunter Witt ’61, December 27, 2018
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