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Colorado CollegeBulletin | March 2006


John and Beverly Field Blum, married 63 1/2 years, have moved to Naperville, Ill. “Still hanging in there!”


Ruth McClintock Henderson was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society in October, at a symposium recognizing the 50th anniversary of the doubly-labeled water method for measuring metabolism, largely developed by Ruth as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. This method is still used today; some U.S. government nutrition guidelines are based on it.


Bob Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain, was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in February.


A former colleague is collecting information about the late Mary Daehler Smith for a publication dedicated to her, and would appreciate any essays, poems, anecdotes, letters, or recipes that CC alumni might have from her. Carolyn Nolte of Nebraska Wesleyan University requests that Mary’s classmates send materials before Sept. 1 to Stories for Mary, Box 83636, Lincoln, NE  68501-3636, or e-mail them to storiesformary@yahoo.com with contact name, postal address, e-mail address, and a phone number with area code. 


50th Reunion, Oct. 6-8, 2006!

Clyde “Kip” Herreid received a Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, voted upon by students at SUNY-Buffalo. He pioneered the case-study approach to teaching science to undergrads there, particularly to nonscience majors, and directs the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.


John Larkin retired from Louisiana State University in 2003 as professor of microbiology and dean of the graduate school. He remarried the same year; he and his wife, Paula, now live in Surprise, Ariz. A team of biologists from Belgium and Russia has discovered a new genus of bacteria and named it Larkinella in his honor.

Class Secretary:
Nancy Cunningham Pike
217 Cerro St.
Encinitas, CA 92024-4823


Jay Wimer says he’s “alive and well and living in Chama, N.M.,” where he owns the Chama Steam Store and hosts the Narrow Gauge Dead Goat Saloon, an online newspaper about the nearby Cumbres and Toltec Railroad.


Bill Geary wasn’t too worried about moving to Vastervik, Sweden, on the coast of the Baltic Sea, because he and his wife, Margareta, had been told the winters were quite mild. “We haven’t seen the sun since the end of December!” he e-mailed in late February. • Pat McGrath Avery is helping organize a reunion of survivors of one of the Korean War’s most deadly massacres, in which several hundred prisoners of war were force-marched through Korea and then massacred at the Sunchon Tunnel. There were about 20 survivors, eight of whom are still alive and plan to attend
the reunion. Pat intends to write a book about them.


Barbara Wadell Bluck lives in Lynchburg, Va. She runs her own company, Insight, in which she both teaches and maintains private practice in feng shui and dream work. “My entire world is a classroom, packed with metaphors. And every day is a new learning experience. Retirement is not a word in my vocabulary!”

Class Secretary:
Ben Eastman
2020 Julian Way
Denver, CO 80211


Harris Sherman was named to the Denver Water Board, one of Colorado’s most powerful government entities. He is an attorney at Arnold & Porter, where he focuses on environmental and water law.


John Dickson retired in 2005 after 35 years of teaching and administrative work at several institutions of higher education, including Indiana University, the University of Otago (New Zealand), and the University of Puget Sound. “It has been fun to see CC students who come to UPS for sports events,” says John.


Bill Yost is president of the Acoustical Society of America, an organization of acoustic professionals in many fields, including engineering, bioacoustics, and architecture. He and his wife, Lee Prater Yost, live near Chicago.


In April, W. Meredith Bacon received an Alumni Excellence in Teaching award at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she is a professor of political science. She is the former Walter M. Bacon Jr.; her gender change became final in 2005. • Charlotte Herrick Udziela is in her 18th year of teaching psychology part time at Portland Community College in Portland, Ore., where she loves caring for her toddler grandson.

Class Secretary:
Jan Metcalfe Mahony
1730 Wood Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907-7355


The Wisconsin legislature’s enactment of a “truth in sentencing” law in 2000 inspired Jerry Hancock to make a career change. Jerry, who’d worked for 35 years as a lawyer in the criminal justice system, believes that the law’s elimination of parole and early release removes the only incentive for criminals to change. In 2001, he began studying at Chicago Theological Seminary; he is now a minister in the United Church of Christ. • In February, Jane Lubchenco received the Public Understanding of Science and Technology award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes her commitment to public understanding of science initiatives in public policy and professional arenas, especially her training of other scientists to become active public communicators. • Bob Manning represented CC at the inauguration of the new chancellor of the University of Denver in April.