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WYMAN MEDAL WINNER

JULY 3, 2007

Class of 1951,

Alyssa Briody has been awarded the 2007 Wyman Medal. Alyssa is an All-NESCAC lacrosse player for the second year, team captain and All-Sport Academic Honoree. She is a history major and devoted a semester to studying in Chile. Diana Scriver from the Advancement Office supplied this information to me and Debbie Wyman. The medal was awarded May 11, 2007 at the Senior Assembly. I am awaiting word on the amount of the Annual Fund Donations from the Wyman Endowment.

Best,

Allan Lerner

Footnote from Charlie Tritschler:

Here's an attractive picture of Alyssa from an Amherst web article on her athletic accomplishments. Please click on this underlined address below.

http://www.amherst.edu/sports/current/w-lax/0530_IWLCA_All-America.html

Not one of the 158 hits on the Amherst web as of 7/7/7 for Ms. Briody cites the Wyman medal. However, she herself speaks appreciatively of it in an interview with the New Jersey Times. She fills in a profile of a talented woman, of whom Tom and the class of 1951 can be proud.

Briody's world is well-rounded

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
LOCAL ATHLETES IN THE COLLEGES BY MARY ANN TARR
It was the best of all worlds for Alyssa Briody of Hopewell. During four years in Amherst, Mass., she was able to experience small-college life as well as big-world atmospheres.

The recent Amherst College graduate will continue to relish those themes.She'll be close enough to root for the esteemed Amherst women's lacrosse program while working in Boston. Starting in August, Briody will be a paralegal in the economic crimes unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office there.

The former Princeton Day School student-athlete was thrilled with her Amherst years. "My experience was two-fold," she said. "I had a really great four years playing lacrosse there and the academic -- with my major and my teachers -- I've really gotten to do a lot."

Briody, a Latin American history major, spent quality time working in her field. "It was great to be in a place to have those direct experiences," said Briody, who spent last summer on a fellowship in Ecuador working with indigent communities, and also spent seven months of her junior year studying in Chile. She graduated with Honors and Distinction and was especially recognized for being well- rounded.

"That was the nicest award or honor that I've ever gotten," said Briody, who received the Thomas H. Wyman Medal, which is presented to the member of the senior class who best represents the highest standards in scholarship, athletics and/or extra curricular activities, community service, integrity, character and humanism. "It means a lot to me to be considered for that award. That's really something that I've striven for --that kind of balance and commitment."

The awards also rolled in for her role as a senior attacker and captain of the women's lacrosse team. Briody was named to IWLCA and womenslacrosse.com All-America teams. She received recognition as a conference all- star athletically as well as academically. She led the New England Small College Athletic Conference in assists (47) and assists per game (2.94), and finished second in the league in points per game (4.12) and third in points (66).

She played in 60 games during her collegiate career. She finished with 106 goals and 97 assists and became the fourth player in the history of the program to exceed 200 career points.

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Recent Loss of Classmates

John D. Olds '51 MS (1927-2015) was a vet and an Amherst legacy led to campus by a brother '47, father '13 & uncle '12. His grandfather was a math prof and President of the College 1924-'27. John settled in Seattle to become a Boeing engineer for 38 years. He and Elise, Smith 51, raised eight children on the west coast, some distance from campus. If you were to share Robert Caro's rather curious attention to John's family, read Master of the Senate. Trace to Leland Olds '13, driven from chair of the Federal Power Commission as a communist agent by Big Oil. While at this very same time, his son was studying physics at Amherst in the midst of the vicious senate hearings and strain on family equanimity. 



Samuel M. Watson '51 MBA (1929-2015) was instrumental in the remarkable fundraising record of the class of 1951 as class agent. Bearing credentials as a naval officer, a Wharton degree and CPA, Sam became a partner in Arthur Young, now branded as EY. Adding to his global stature, Watson retired as chief financial officer of Matshushita.Sam_Wat.png The class extends its condolences to his beloved wife Connie and to his family. The same concern applies to our other classmates remembered in these reports. 
W. Brooks Keffer '51 LLB (1929-2015)  Brooks had a wonderfui family life where he grew up. He became the managing partner of a leading Philadelphia law firm. As at
Amherst, Brooks was a respected leader in all that he undertook. All who knew him grieve his passing. 
Richard B. Duncan '51 (1929 -2015) was editor for Armstrong World Industries publications. Family and community revered him.
James D. Hobbs '51 LLB (1927-2014) Jim was a lawyer in San Francisco, CA and active with Amherst alumni and California conservationists.
Richard A. Hopkins '51 MBA (1929-2014) Dick was longtime executive of the Ford Foundation and brother of John '58. A stalwart of class of '51 reunions.
Eric B. Outwater '51 (1929-2014)
Peter K. Nichols '51 MBA (1929-2014) Pete has passed away having performed nearly all dimensions of Amerst liberal arts. Pete is survived by his wife Nancy Nichols of San Francisco, daughters Julia Nichols Andres of Novato, Karen Mercury (Dan) of Vallejo, Claudia Heikhaus-Morfit (Fred) of San Anselmo, Jonathan Nichols (Carla) of San Francisco, and Matthew Nichols of New York City.
John M. Woodbridge '51 MFA (1929-2014) imageJohn died suddenly while traveling in the south of France. A prominent architect, he designed Pennsylvania Ave in DC. John was nephew, cousin, grandson, son and father of Amherst grads.  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer prize poet, his children Pamela and Lawrence '80.
Leonard S. Kolsky '51 LLB LLM (1929-14)  Len was a pioneer in the legal dimensions of the Internet revolution.  He was an indispensable advisor to the Federal Communications Commission and to Motorola. Len is survived by Liz Sachs, his beloved wife of 25 years, as well as two adoring daughters, Meredith (Kent) Lewis and Reese (Rob) Rowe, from his first marriage to Michele Gordon Kolsky,
                                                                                             George A. Grover '51(1929-2014)  
George became an accomplished computer programmer with IBM. George Grover was also a passionate reader, poet and surfer.  He married Mary Elizabeth Grover with whom he raised five children; Eric '79, Gavin, Wendy, Chris and Margot.  
Class of 1951 grieves for dick snodgrass who  lost his wife arlanne. our class secretaries are closest to us by keeping in touch by phone and writing up our news.
 click on each name below to reach the college's "In Memory" portal.These include available public obits and/or extracts from the cherished 50th Reunion book of Bill Maloney whose own links & photo appears at the close of this column.  
                       

John H. Baker '51 MBA (1930-2014) Raymond R. Machlett '51 (1929-1987)
Robert Cornish '51 MA (1929-2013)
Thomas H. Bloor '51 (1930-2013)
Julian D. (Jack) Conover '51 MBA (1929-2013) See his last words >>  Jack Conover writes “in keeping up with our country’s fast moving cultural changes, I married my partner of over 49 years, Bob Hickok, on July15, 2013.
Robert B. Campbell '51 LLB (1929-2012)
Charles M. Marshall '51 (1927-2013)
Benjamin N. Kightlinger '51 MD (1929-2013)
Ben has especially generous in his donations to Amherst College.after a distinguished medical career.

2013 Wyman Medal Winner

Risalat Khan '13 is a geology and environment major from Dacca, Bangladesh.  There follows his own words and his response for the 1951 campaign for the Singing College.
 
"I am honored to receive the Wyman Medal. It came as a very nice surprise in the same week following my birthday! I am sorry for the late reply - I was in the Berkshires with some friends for the last few days for a senior week trip and had no internet access.

To satisfy a bit of your curiosity about my background:

I went to a normal private high school in Bangladesh. It isn't especially distinguished by any means. When I graduated from high school, I considered my college options, and coming to the US on scholarship seemed like a good idea. So I went online, searched for rankings, and applied to the top few colleges and universities. Amherst happened to be the only place I got in (besides being wait-listed in a few other places), and while I did not know much about liberal arts colleges at the time, I liked it the more I read about it, and ended up coming here. Some of my school mates are in colleges in the US and Canada, but very few are in Oxford or Cambridge (or more generally, in the UK - even though there are some). Did you ask because Bangladesh used to be a British colony?

My plans for the immediate future involves a social entrepreneurship program in Boulder, CO for which I got selected. It is a start-up called Watson University, founded by a young Amherst alum (Eric Glustrom '07). I am excited to be part of the inaugural class (comprising 18 Watson scholars) and look forward to being in Boulder. Over the summer, I hope to do some research with a professor on the recent political turmoil in Bangladesh, take a road trip across the US, and go back home for a bit.

By the senior song, I understand you mean the song with lyrics "Strangers once, we came to dwell together..."? I did not know the song until quite recently, but a good friend of mine arranged to have the entire senior class sing the senior song together at Senior Assembly, and forwarded us a video of the song so we could learn the lyrics. I enjoyed singing it, and think it is a good song.

Regarding the Lord Jeffery Amherst song, however, I take some issue. From your google search, you may have come across my name relating to conversations on the "Lord Jeff" mascot. The song embeds in its lyrics a power dynamics that is inappropriate in a world where native americans are still so oppressed. Whether or not it was designed to be satirical does not really matter. Even very recently in our college's history, and definitely during the time that you were a student (please correct me if I'm mistaken), the issue of genocide of native americans was thrown around very lightly, even displayed as decoration in Val china. I organized an event on campus during this past semester where Michael Kelly, the Head of Archives and Special Collections at Frost Library, made an excellent presentation about the history of our mascot. I firmly believe that even though this has been an important tradition, it is time for us to move beyond this and choose a mascot that is inclusive for all our community members but can still energize our sports teams.

Again, I thank you for your email and for the recognition. Is there anything that follows this? You shared the list of previous award receivers, and I was impressed upon looking up the past awardees. Perhaps there can be a group where these individuals can share ideas about how best to use the Amherst education and experience to service humanity?
 
Best regards,
Risalat Khan 

CLASS OF1951 ANNUAL FUND DONATIONS FOR 2013 POSTED 81.9% PARTICIPATION IN LINE WITH THAT ACHIEVED BY CLASSES OF OUR VINTAGE IN SUPPORT OF AMHERST COLLEGE TODAY

VIEW LINKS TO LIBRARY DVD ORAL HISTORIES BY CLASSMATES     

Thomas Gibbs '51
Charles Longsworth '51

DEATHS GRIEVED BY CLASS OF 1951