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Latest Class Notes will be posted the first Thursday of every month in conjunction with the release of new editions of The PortEnjoy submissions from December 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017 below.

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Class Notes: December 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017


 Marty Hoctor '62 was inducted into the Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame as coach of the 1977 undefeated football team.

James Smith '68 has his fourth book out, a memoir about growing up in the first wave of baby boomers: A Boy's Life in the Baby Boom, True Tales from Small Town America. There is much in the book about his time at The College at Brockport as a varsity soccer player and president of the student government. His previous books are: A Passion for Journalism, A Newspaper Editor Writes to His Readers, the historical novels Wah-say-lan, A Tale of the Iroquois in the American Revolution and its YA edition Wah-say-lan, Seneca Warrior. He is past president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, inductee of the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame, and past president of the non-profit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Writing Award from American Society of Newspaper for a selection of columns on the First Amendment, which were published in "Best Newspaper Writing 2003” put out annually by the Poynter Institute; and many other national, New England and Connecticut journalism awards. He is also a past editor of the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and city editor of The Hartford Courant.


Joan Sitterly '74 was one of three coaches inducted in the the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Hall of Fame this year.


Zinda Williams '83 recently had costume credit with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after 33 years in the business.

Lynne McFarland '85 was recently promoted to Vice President, Communication and Associate Engagement for Rich Products Corporation, Buffalo, NY.

Brockport Central School District Instructional Coach Lisa Montanaro ’88 received the 2016 Gerald L. Browne School-Based Teacher Educator Award, which annually honors a teacher who collaborates with the faculty and supervisors at The College at Brockport to support students who are teacher candidates.


Christopher Ost '94 was promoted to Supervisor of the Forensic Medical Unit for the NYS Commission of Correction.


 Erin McMullen '13 is working full time at the University of Rochester in the Center for Translational Neuromedicine (medical research administration), while obtaining her MPA in Healthcare Management and Nonprofit Management from The College at Brockport's NASPAA accredited MPA program.

Lindsay Knapp '13, an English major, completed a master’s degree in higher education administration and has been hired as the one and only resident director at Bryant & Stratton College in Syracuse. In the spring, she will also be teaching a course as an adjunct for the first time.

Jessie Held '15, who studied psychology with a minor in art, has opened a holistic wellness center in Le Roy called the Holistic Hub. She serves as the hub's artistic director and marketer while teaching 3 different yoga classes as a registered yoga teacher, hosting holistic and creative workshops, and offering reiki healing.

Wataru Orihara '16 is now on the radio in Japan on 78.9 Mhz in Shonan Beach.


Professor Emerita Pat Baker was awarded The Alan S. Bader Community Service Award by the Greater Brockport Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) at its annual awards dinner on February 2 at Fazool's.


Ian Wheatley '13 and his wife Theresa had a son, Anthony Francis, on November 23.


Paul Archer ’66
Harry Bouchard ’50
William Cobbett ’50
McKay Cortright ’08
Joseph Culhane ’64
Thomas DeMaio ’50
Alan Foster ’85
Wayne Gary ’64
Claire Herford Geiger ‘85
Christine Hayduke ’02
Frank Lane ’42
David Ludwig ’71
Richard Marsden ’87
Sharon Muth ’74
Thomas Neidl ’80
Eileen Spillman O'Neill ’85
Marcia Taylor Penfold ’58
Brian Pennington ’83
Richard Reynolds ’58
Linda Rooker ’68
Irving Shelp ’54
Robert Smith ’71
Mary Jane Mcgarry Thomas ’67
Donald Vogt ’78
Daphne Washburn ’05
Richard Wesolowski ’69
Bruce Wohlers ’55

Emeriti Deaths

Former President Paul Yu
Sriram Bakshi