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Class of 1960
Class of 1960 reunites at Mont Alto.  Visit http://bulharowski.net/montalto/ to see who's who!

Adam Bulharowski
, 1960 – Oro Valley AZ; adam1960@bulharowski.net. January 2011: “After graduation in 1960, I worked that summer at the Harvard Experimental Forest in Petersham, MA—a superb experience. That fall, I re-matriculated at Penn State in Electrical Engineering, subsequently graduating (BS-EE) in 1962. I then went to work at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where I had a marvelous and adventurous career, retiring in Oct 1999. Having been in the engineering world, and essentially in academia, for over 37 years, my contact with our 1960 Forestry class was rather minimal. Of course, forestry is in my blood, and even through those 37+ years, I couldn’t drive past a USFS ranger station without stopping to reminisce. Then I got involved with the 1960 class reunion committee, which I found to be wonderfully rewarding, and regained some contact with my old Forestry brotherhood through that experience. Our reunion at Mont Alto was unbelievably fantastic, surpassing all my expectations. Fifty years just melted away. I am the keeper of the roster for the Class of 1960.”
      Mr. Bulharowski has prepared a website that includes photos from the Class of 1960 reunion, as well as 50 photos from their year at Mont Alto provided by Boyd Hutchison. The URL is http://bulharowski. net/montalto/
      Mr. Bulharowski also maintains a collectionof his own photos online at http:// bulharowski.net/

Gary R. Coleman, 1960 – Gary Coleman passed away December 22, 2010. He served in the Reserves and the National
Guard. He was a forester for the Daniel Boone National Forest, retiring after 42 years of service. (From obituary in Pottsville Republican).

Ernest H. Geannette, 1960 – Ernie Geannette died December 9, 2010, in Newville, PA. He was a retired assistant district forester with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He served as a dog handler for the military police during the era of the Korean War. Memorial contributions may be made to the Collie Rescue, c/o Tom Lewis, 263 Texaco Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. (From obituary published in Patriot-News).

Ed Frayer, 1961 - Lady Lake, FL; edfrayer@hotmail.com; January 2011, news from the Class of 1961:
Ed Frayer: worked as a U.S. Census enumerator for a few months, did some deer hunting in Florida (saw three bears – no deer), caught some redfish (four 30-pounders in a three-hour period), played some golf, and got a year older.
Jim Bull: spent the past summer on a cross country adventure going to places he had wanted to see for a long time, re-visited a few he wanted to see again, and found dozens of neat places he’d never heard of
before. The eastern-most point was Acadia National Park in Maine. In the course of traveling the 11,500+ miles he met many
interesting people, saw some spectacular landscapes, got some genealogical research accomplished, and survived four separate heat waves in his un-airconditioned camper van. Back at the homestead Polly worked on the flower beds and did some painting. She didn’t get everything done she wanted to do but she did admit to spending some time in the lounge chair down by the river. Polly and I took three separate short trips to bowling tournaments in Tillamook, Albany, and Vancouver. We continue to be in good health but slower in getting things done. As the sign at our local hardware store said earlier this year, ‘old age ain’t for sissies’ but we continue to forge ahead on whatever needs to be done even if you have to drive a stake to measure progress at times.
Ron Shields: Addie is still in remission with cancer, my older grandson has accepted an appointment to West Point. I continue to consult with Trout Unlimited on instreamflow projects in Montana and volunteer at the USGS.
Werner Bruckner: still volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley, building houses for needy families. On December 18 we dedicated a home, which is the 16th house I have been involved with since I began this adventure in 2003. To finish this house by dedication, volunteers and I worked 4 to 5 days a week. We had to get this house done by the end of December in order to receive a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The house has a common fire wall with a mirror-image home that we will finish and dedicate about mid-January. These homes are the first two homes of a 10-home subdivision Habitat is building. Jackie, the other half, also volunteers with Habitat but not on the construction side. She is on the committee tasked with selecting families for the homes, and she also is a partner with Spanish-speaking families; that is she helps them through the whole process of becoming home owners. Last June, under the Habitat Global Village program, Jackie and I and several local volunteers, went to El Salvador to help build several houses in Vila Esperanza, a complex of 75 houses largely financed by Thrivent Financial. As before, this was a very rewarding experience, and there is nothing like a working vacation to recharge you.

Walter Peechatka
, 1961 – Camp Hill, PA. Congratulations to Walt Peechatka who was inducted into the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Armsby Honor Society on November 26, 2010 at the Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State University Park. Dean Bruce McPheron inducted 11 new members into the society and the Honorable Russell C. Reading, secretary of agriculture of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, was the guest speaker. (From Ag Alumni Society newsletter, Dec. 2010).

Paul C. Augustine, 1962 – Curwensville, PA; pada@atlanticbb.net.

James HallJames “Jim” F. Hall, 1963 – died May 20, 2010. Mr. Hall was a 1959 graduate of Ligonier High School and a 1963 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Forest Management. He also received training in prescribed fire management, wildlife habitat management, and watershed management. He worked as a state forester in Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1993 where he conducted a variety of forest management activities. He also was responsible for forest fire prevention and control, gypsy moth spraying and snowmobile programs. Since 1993 he worked as a forestry consultant for private landowners. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, PA. Deer Forest Committee, Northwest PA Woodland Owners Association, and other activities included American Red Cross, Rails to Trails, and Boy Scouts of America. (From obituary in The Times Observer.)

John D. Mood, 1967 – Ninole, Hawaii. Dr. Mood continues his taxonomic research. In 2010 he co-authored a paper on a new Asian genus of gingers, the culmination of three years of investigation and research. It was the first paper to be published on PhytoKeys, a new, peer-reviewed, open-access, online and print journal.

Michael Kusko, Jr., 1969 and 1974g – Chambersburg, PA; kusko@pa.net. October 2010: “Retired in March 2010 from PA
Bureau of Forestry after 36 years of very rewarding service. Enjoying retirement a lot. Three children (Beth, Nick, Katie) still in college. Wife Rosemary still working at Shippensburg University.”