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SPR-SUM 2016

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SPRING 2016 \ PIERCE 53 60s Ronald Savarese '66 retired from the automobile business in 2004. He and Gail relocated to St. Augustine, Fla., and Ron is now working as a Realtor with Davidson Realty at World Golf Village. Ron has been in contact with some of his classmates over the last few years and is looking forward to Alumni Reunion Weekend in June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the frst graduating class of Franklin Pierce. Ron's daughters live in Charlotte, N.C., and his oldest granddaughter started her freshman year at Mt. Holyoke. John S. Flood '68 has moved to Murrells Inlet, S.C., and is playing golf and enjoying retirement. Barry Johnson '68 is living in North Carolina and received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Walden University. Anthony "Tony" Abatino '69 writes, "Retired. Enjoying my four grandchildren and family. Spending time in warm climates and playing golf. Watching soccer on the big screen!" Kenneth (Kenn) Brown '69 "Oft-times I have wondered what my life would have been like if Franklin Pierce University (nee Franklin Pierce College) was not the basis for my higher educational pursuit upon graduating from high school in 1965. Although Franklin Pierce University was not the academic institution of higher learning that presented me with a sheepskin, it was the foundation that set the tone for future growth and development. Over the years I have found the Pierce Class Notes as a vehicle to see how former fellow students have wended their way to signifcant accomplishments as well as where their present station in life has taken them. As a non-graduate of Pierce, I found myself caught between a rock and a hard place, if you will, in submitting updates to Class Notes since I am not a Pierce graduate; but to be perfectly honest it has become more pronounced at this time when one recognizes 50 years have gone by the wayside! So the time has come to share with other classmates that have or would have graduated in the Class of 1969 for various reasons, from the general to the specifc, but none more salient, then the opportunity that Pierce was the laboratory that allowed me to develop an enhanced sense of value, an avenue to foster awareness about social and practical pursuits, and a pathway for me to develop a persona that to this day has held sway. I also write with a sense of thanks to the educators I encountered over my two years at Pierce, including, but not limited to, my philosophy professor, Mr. DeSimone, who opened my eyes to a broader world perspective, and to Coach Matson who instilled in me, as an athlete, intestinal fortitude, drive, and motivation. Finally, it's a chance to refect back on the past 50 years when, as a 17-year-old, I stepped onto a college setting for the frst time to accept the challenges, adventures, and the unknown. In leaving Pierce, I headed to the University of Miami where using the tools aforded me at Pierce, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology. While at the U of M, I played baseball and basketball. I enjoyed the travels and situations that playing for a major university gives an athlete, including spending time playing baseball in South and Central America. My passion for baseball also led to a number of major league tryouts, though I never made it to the big show. Subsequently, I entered, but never completed, a doctoral program in Public Administration/ Health Care at NYU. This, however, in and of itself led to a 45-year career in health care, starting at Mount Sinai in Miami Beach to Long Island Jewish in Lake Success, N.Y., to the Margaret Tietz Center, a not-for-proft nursing home in Jamaica, N.Y., where the mission was to care for survivors of the Holocaust. I spent 31 years as its President and CEO." David Fernandez '69 writes, "Hello class of '69. I've remained happily married after 32 years to Cathie and have two children. I'm working as CEO of OEM America in Hartford and always looking for successful FPU graduates. Still avidly sailing and golfng. Emailed Bob Ackerman '68 and LinkedIn with Tim Sherry. Heard Bob Baldanza is well. My son, Tyler, just retired from the Pittsburgh Penquins organization and the ECHL and started his own stafng company in Springfeld, Mass. My daughter, Brooke, is teaching history and is also the girls head hockey coach at Brewster Academy in N.H." Jane Lisa (Kramer) Johnson '69 "Happy New Year! I have developed a private practice specializing in individual therapies to include whole health nutritional models and specialized wellness. This has been a focus since leaving a major medical center on the central coast of beautiful California!" Timothy Sherry '69 writes, "I retired to the West Coast of Florida after owning and running four businesses in Vermont for 15 years. My wife, Laura (Falzone) Sherry '68, and I are living in paradise. Laura is still teaching languages at a A-1 high school and loves it. I thought I was retired, but then I was ofered a corporate position with an $8 billion RPM company, which lasted the last 16 years. I was the Northeast Regional Manager for Increte Systems, a division of Euclid Chemical. Even though I fnally retired, I'm doing a little real estate as an International Referral Agent to keep me busy along with fshing and riding my fun Honda 750 Shadow Trike Motorcycle. I'm loving the Florida lifestyle. Hello to my fantastic pioneer Class of '69." 70s After 36 years as the Founder and President of MRI-Sales Consultants of Rhode Island, Peter Cotton '70 moved to Franklin, Mass., and rebranded his executive search frm. He is now the President and Founder of Best Sales Talent, LLC, (www.bestsalestalent.com) where he continues his work in search and recruitment of sales, sales management, and marketing talent with his client companies. While running MRI-Sales Consultants of Rhode Island, Peter was also the Founder and President of the all-volunteer Make-A-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island, a non-proft charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Peter and his wife, Leslie, have two daughters and three grandchildren. Ken Akroyd '71 reports, "Still enjoying retirement on Cape Cod. I traveled a bit this year (Barcelona-Rome-Orlando) and liked each place in that order. If it wasn't for Franklin Pierce, I doubt that I would be here." Bruce Barrett, '71 , recently renewed his Massachusetts license as a Mental Health Counselor and contin- ues to work at South Bay Mental Health in Plymouth, Mass., with specialties in psychotherapy with Partial Hospital Groups, adults and children on the autism spectrum, and military families and veterans. CLASS NOTES

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