SPRING 2021



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Phil Mezey and wife are hunkered down in Fort Meyers, Florida, waiting for the Covid-19 pandemic to pass. Like most of us, he’s hoping it’s behind us by June so that we can gather again in Bethlehem to enjoy our 60th Reunion. Sixty years! Can you believe it!?!
I’ve been communicating regularly with Class President Paul Smith, who’s also snow birding in Florida and enjoying the fresh air on the links. He expects the University to make a decision about this year’s reunion by mid-March. Hoping for the best, he’s well into planning for the event. Friday, June 11, will be the All Class Dinner. The Class of ‘61 will swing into high gear on Saturday morning, with the Parade of Classes and the Alumni Awards. Our Class Symposium will be held in the afternoon, providing an update from key faculty members on current programs at Lehigh and a report from our 611 Challenge Scholarship Committee (Paul, Ed Walters and Dave Hapke) on a proposed endowment plan to keep alive our joint scholarship program with the Class of 2011. Not to be missed is the Class Dinner and Party Saturday evening. A word of warning: this year’s reunion will be combined with the deferred reunion from last year, meaning that there will be twice as many alumni invited. So, reserve your hotel room as soon as the Class of ’61 hotel is designated! (Stay up to date via our website, lu61.com)
Paul reports that Rich Bradley is recovering from a serious bicycle accident, but he plans to be up and running (and biking again) by the June Reunion. Paul also referred me to Rich Miller’s Facebook page, which features a picture of the bonefish he caught when Paul visited him in the Keys. Rich gathers his clan of four generations in Florida each winter, and then reassembles them in Ohio in the summer. John Van Deusen enjoys most of his life these days in Colorado, but still maintains his place in the Big Apple. Like many of us, he and his wife had to cancel their Fall vacation to Europe due to Covid.
Here goes a complete update on Phi Delts, courtesy of Roy Martins. Tom and Ronna Whitten hang out in Denver, where Tom has become an accomplished painter and an avid skier. Lee Keiser makes his home in Chicago, but is constantly travelling around the world. Art Rogers has moved into a retirement complex on the East Coast of Florida. Philadelphia wouldn’t be the same without Dick Bookbinder’s cheesecakes, which Lee and Bookie still bake and sell. Ken and Barbara Smith just made a big move — from one home on Lehigh’s hilltop campus to another, just across the road. Except for the heavy items, they moved most of their things with a shopping cart! And Roy, himself, has moved. He and Vonnie are still in the San Diego area, but in a smaller home with a nice garden, where they grow fresh vegetables year-round.
Myron Olstein wrote to encourage us all to participate in clinical trials, as he and his wife Sherry have been doing in the National Capital Region. Living in Falls Church, VA, near the National Institute for Health, they have participated in numerous such studies, including testing of the high speed MRI machine for heart imaging, the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine trial, and the All of Us study on steroids. The Olsteins are now empty nesters, as both David and Nanci have recently left home for professional jobs in New York City and Madison, WI, respectively.
Hope to see you all on Old South Mountain in June!

Robert Paternoster
444 N. Bellflower Blvd., Suite 302
Long Beach, CA 90814
e-mail: robertpaternoster@yahoo.com

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