Linda Dole Backup and husband Larry Quinn took part in the 14-day CC raft trip through the Grand Canyon last August. They live in Lyons, Colo., where Linda is a cardiologist and has worked at the Longmont Clinic for the past 27 years. Linda also is an accomplished artist, and packed her watercolors for the raft trip. She painted each evening at camp and even on a few of the day hikes.
John and Debbie '73 Dolson returned to the U.S. after four years in Russia. They have retired and started an oil and gas consulting company, DSP Geosciences and Associates. With partners in Denver and Alberta, Canada, they work in Denver and Houston, and overseas in Russia, India, and Egypt, as well as prospecting privately for new oil and gas deposits. John was with British Petroleum for 29 years and Debbie retired from teaching after 35 years. They now consult out of their home in Miami, Fla.
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Martha Hartzell Fosdick and her husband, Mike, are living in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Their daughter, Amanda, is married and is a middle school teacher in Steamboat. Their son, Tyler, is a junior at Colorado State University.
Margaret Myers '72 visited the White House for a meeting in January. She is working at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). One of her projects is for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Margaret retired from the U.S. Department of Defense in February. The IDA is a nonprofit corporation that administers three federally funded research and development centers to provide objective analyses of national security issues.
Robert "Scott" Gorman has been appointed to the Mayo Clinic's board of trustees. Scott received his medical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo., and did his residency in family medicine and internal medicine at the University of Arizona, Phoenix. The Mayo board of trustees is a 31-member group of public representatives and Mayo physicians and administrators responsible for patient care, medical education, and research activities at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Phoenix.
Bill Milliken has been elected to the board of directors of CCIM Institute, the governing body of the world's largest commercial real estate broker network. Bill, from Ann Arbor, Mich., was one of 16 certified commercial investment members (CCIMS) elected to the board, which is comprised of 48 elected directors, appointed officers, and past institute presidents. He is president of the Ann Arbor firm Milliken Realty Co., which provides commercial brokerage and consulting services in southeast Michigan.
Anne Tweed, principal science consultant and director of the North Central Comprehensive Center at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Aurora, Colo., has been awarded a Distinguished Service to Science Education award. The award was presented by the National Science Teachers Association at a special banquet and ceremony at the group's national Conference on Science Education in New Orleans in March. Anne began her professional work in a secondary science classroom in Colorado. She has taught science for more than 25 years, and has served as president of both NSTA and the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. She also has written several science education articles and books, and has written and received more than $50,000 in grants or science projects and materials for student use in and out of the classroom. She currently is an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines.
Susan Landau Axelrod and her family were featured in the Feb. 15 issue of Parade magazine. Susan and her husband, David (a senior White House adviser to President Obama) are the parents of a daughter, Lauren, who has had severe epilepsy for most of her life. In 1998, Susan and other mothers of children with epilepsy formed a nonprofit group, CURE - Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. In its first decade, CURE raised $9 million, funded about 75 research projects, and inspired a change in the scientific dialogue about epilepsy. Today, Lauren Axelrod is 27. For the past decade, she has been taking an anti-convulsant drug called Keppra, which Axelrod calls "a magic bullet" for Lauren. (To see the article, go to www.parade.com/health/2009/02/susan-axelrod-CURE-epilepsy.html) The Axelrods also are parents of a 2009 CC grad, Ethan.
Joe Simitian was re-elected to the California State Senate for a second four-year term on Election Day in November 2008. He represents the 11th Senate District, including all or parts of 13 cities and towns in three counties accounting for roughly 900,000 constituents.
Charles Briggs and his wife, Clara Mantini, were featured in a BBC News story in September 2008. Charles is a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, and his wife is a Venezuelan doctor. They were interviewed while working with the Warao ("boat") people in rural communities of Venezuela. The people in the villages have been fighting a mysterious disease that has killed nearly 40 people. Charles and Clara have been investigating the disease and traveled to Caracas to present their findings to the government.
Mike Stiehl has been elected to a second term as Fremont County commissioner in Colorado. Mike and Penny Steadman have lived in Lincoln Park, a "suburb" of Canon City, Colo., since relocating from Colorado Springs in 2001.
Bruce and Jean Lemmons are members of Pro Musica Tulsae, an instrumental quartet that has performed early music from the Renaissance and Middle Ages around the Tulsa, Okla., area for a dozen years. The Lemmonses perform on recorders and crumhorns.
An article about a recent concert by the group "shows two liberal arts grads still livin' the dream and doing what they did in the CC Collegium Musicum between 1973 and 1981!" says Bruce.
Sydney McNiff Ferguson is president of Lockhart Strategies International, LLC, in Washington, D.C., where she also worked with the Obama transition team.