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CL AS S NO T E S CREATIVE THOUGHT Life-saving innovation F


or Thom Lach ’87, his top life influences have been his experience as a student-


athlete and his relationship with his father, a cardiologist. As CEO of Deca-Medics Inc., Lach is bringing


to market the Life Belt, a new device that could save countless victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Based on an idea patented by his father, the Life Belt provides a compression handle that makes CPR less physically demanding and an LED indi- cator that en- sures accurate chest-compres- sion depth. Hav- ing won a NASA award and a $1 million National Institutes of Health grant, Deca-Medics is seeking further funding to com- plete product development. Lach attrib- utes his strong


work ethic to experiences in Skidmore’s busi- ness classrooms and on the Thoroughbreds polo team (which he captained as a senior, winning the Town & Country Player of the Year award). “Playing polo, I had to put in the time to practice and to take care of the horses, and to work with my teammates. And in business courses, I had to work with my classmates on research and pre- sentations.” He learned that collaboration is key to success. In addition to running Deca-Medics, Lach is


cofounder of Legends of Baseball, a program that brings families together for tournaments in Cooperstown, N.Y., home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The impetus for Legends, again, was Lach’s father. “I knew if I was going to have a stronger relationship with Dad, I’d have to get involved with his interests.” The doctor loves baseball, so the two joined in launching Legends in 1992. Teams often include fathers and sons— or even grandsons and granddaughters. Like Skidmore, which he calls one of his


best-ever experiences, Legends is deeply re- warding for Lach. “It’s one of those things in life I’m really lucky to be part of.” —Jim Akin ’84


local horizons. View more about what Norwood is up to at facebook.com/ norwood.creech.art. Richmond, VA, resident Carrie Grady


was looking forward to a trip to San Fran- cisco, CA, with a side trip to Sonoma in May. She encourages West Coast Skiddies who would like to connect while she is in those cities to contact her on Facebook about meeting up. Last fall Tom Brandt sold the New Mex- ico-based movie-theater chain he ran for the last 25 years. He’s now partnering with a friend who owns and operates a chain of high-end Indian and Mexican restaurants in Connecticut. In January they launched Oaxaca Kitchen, a nouvelle Mexican restaurant in Westport. Tom invites classmates in the area to stop by for a mini-reunion. It was nice to catch up with Lisa Bogart at Reunion last June. She has completed a master’s in library science from Drexel University. Although not working in her profession, she says she found “the next best thing”—a job as director of market- ing for Somerset County Library System. Originally a part-time position, it became full-time just five weeks after she started. Lisa was also happy to learn that she made the library and information-science honor society at Drexel. What with Re- union, some family milestones, and pay- ing off a few bills, she says, “I’ve had a pretty spectacular year.” Exhibit designer Mark Walhimer taught English in Bali and art in Saigon, and did some pro bono design work in Jakarta last year. He also worked as a part-time ski in- structor and taught an exhibition design course. His most recent project, an exhibit about Silicon Valley innovation, was com- pleted at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA, in October. Karen Geary Budde’s husband Tom was transferred to Houston, TX. The fam- ily spent Christmas in their new home in the Woodlands, a nearby suburb. Karen notes, “It is certainly different than New England, but we love it. I do not miss my snow blower or shovels.” And she likes playing tennis outdoors in December. The Buddes’ eldest daughter, Nina, is a fresh- man at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Son Karl is 16, and younger daughter Tara is 13.


Karen Kern is a tenured associate pro- fessor of history at CUNY’s Hunter Col- lege. Her book Imperial Citizen: Marriage and Citizenship in the Ottoman Provinces of Iraq was published by Syracuse University Press last year.


Laura Iannacone Fowler is a mathe- 48 SCOPE SPRING 2012


matics teacher at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in North Carolina. Her 17- year-old will graduate from high school this year and plans to attend college with- in the UNC system. Laura is in touch with longtime friend Susan Turnier. Laura reports last winter in North Caro- lina was the coldest she has experienced since living in Saratoga My youngest child has left for college,


and I have taken a job in the student accounts office at Clark University. Our family is rebuilding a 75-year-old Friend- ship Sloop, which has been in my hus- band’s family for over 44 years. We bent in the first new frames over the winter and hope to sail her this summer. CINDY PENDLETON 81 SMITH ROAD CHARLTON, MA 01507 CROPEN1985@GMAIL.COM


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Wendy Harper and Glenn Lois ’85 are the proud parents of an


incoming Skiddie Their daughter Carolyn was accepted via early decision. “We are thrilled and look forward to hearing about our daughter’s new world of excit- ing experiences at her dream school,” says Wendy.


Kathy Dick Nye and husband John Nye missed Reunion but say, “We thought of you all ” Son Tupper is at UVM, while their youngest is in elementary school. The couple owns Nye and Co. Auction- eers and Appraisers in New Jersey. Kathy notes, “We are making good use of our art history degrees. Imagine that.” John made an appearance on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow in January. After 25 years as your trusty scribe, I


have passed the reins to Cliff Nelson, who agreed to take on the role on a tem- porary basis. I have loved doing this job all these years and sincerely appreciate the support of so many of you wonderful classmates who took the time to stay in touch. ANNE CHORSKE STUZIN 206 RIDGEWOOD ROAD BALTIMORE, MD 21210-2539 ANNE@STUZIN.COM


corner—can you be- lieve 25 years have passed since we gradu- ated? Check out the Facebook fan page “Skidmore Class of


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