Nocoball with Chris Collimore

Happy New Year! We’re all looking forward to 2021 being a little more normal than 2020, but let’s face it, we’re not there yet. Chris Collimore was going as stir crazy as the rest of us, but he went ahead and invented a new outdoor sport! He calls it Nocoball and it’s social distancing approved for some outdoor fun and exercise while keeping your distance from your playing partner. Check out his YouTube video, grab a ball and some other stuff you probably have lying around the house, and get out there!

In Memoriam: Charla McMillian

With great sadness we pass along the news of Charla McMillian’s passing. Charla was diagnosed with MS in 2010. A tribute can be found on Forever Missed, and includes some beautiful writing about Charla’s life and lots of pictures. Those who knew Charla at Dartmouth will remember her spirit, her love of music, her good humor, and how all around great she was. After Dartmouth Charla became a Marine, then went to law school and practiced law, and finally started her own company, FitBoot, one of the first military-style fitness programs. She will be missed.

Joyce A. Sackey, M.D. ’85 MED ’89 will be our newest Alumni Trustee

How exciting is that? Our classmate Joyce Sackey (official College bio) was nominated by the Alumni Council to join fellow classmate Sue Finegan on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. You may recall our post when Joyce was named the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. As there were no petition candidates, Joyce will be Dartmouth’s newest trustee.

Joyce is Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for Tufts University’s Health Sciences Schools, where she works closely with University leadership to fulfill the strategic mission and goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health and the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts, she oversees the medical school’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including programs to increase the number of under-represented students in medicine pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences and health professions. Her office also oversees and coordinates opportunities for students to gain exposure to global public health and health care delivery in international settings. 

Prior to her work at Tufts, she was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine and served as Primary Care Chief Resident. 

After Dartmouth Joyce received her medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine. She has served on the Geisel School of Medicine Alumni Council and as an alumni interviewer and has mentored and advised many recent graduates. She is a member of the Geisel Board of Advisors. Joyce has also served on the boards of Management Sciences for Health and the Foundation for African Relief and is currently a board member for the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School. 

Joyce and her husband Kwaku Acheampong live in Sharon, Massachusetts and have two children, Kwaku and Nicole.

Shades of Green – Fall 2020

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This edition of the newsletter marks the beginning of a collaboration between the newsletter and website that allows us to bring you enriched content from our newsletter features. How cool is that? I’m pretty sure nobody has ever thought of this before . . . . Look for the “There’s More Online!” icon in the newsletter for stories that have more content here on the website. Click the links below to find the corresponding extra goodies. The featured articles in this issue relate our classmates’ experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. From teachers to parents to clergy to medical professionals, there are a lot of stories to tell.

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This issue includes COVID-related stories from Laura Allyn, Maureen Ward Doyle, Bob Giugliano, Valerie Hartman, Rich Lindahl, Thom Peters, and Ellen Robbins. There’s more news from and about Gayle Gilman, our head agents Joe McGee, Andy Ford, and Joe Niehaus about our Dartmouth College Fund efforts, Financial Aid news from Leslie Davis Dahl, 35th Reunion News from Reunion chair Beth Parish, a new retail venture from Katie Leede, Class Project news about mentors Anne Schonfield, Sue Finegan, and Ted Meisel, book and music ideas, recipes led by Karen Garbe Matjucha, and more. Click to download the PDF!

In Memoriam: Suzanne Powers

We are saddened to report that our classmate Suzanne Powers passed away on September 16, 2020.

Her sister, Jennifer Powers, was kind enough to share some thoughts about her big sister.  A memorial service will be held next spring.

“Yesterday, my big sister Suzanne Powers passed into spirit. She had been in more than one battle with cancer during the last three years, and if will alone could have defeated this disease she surely would have won. 

In my younger years, I regarded my big sister with both admiration and envy. Naturally more extroverted, she was my example of how to be an intelligent, charming, and successful woman. My own path took me to the West Coast, and distance and circumstance limited our relationship. In light of her illness, I am so grateful that we had made the effort to reconnect in recent years.

Suzanne touched many lives. Her voice rang clear and strong whether through song or spoken word on stage. She had the ability to be adventurous, creative, and fun, while also being the essence of reliability and strength. Despite being both an artist and a professional, she was always driven to be more. Life challenges at times constrained her natural ebullience, but her spirit would inevitably break through those grey clouds.

Safe journey, sis. I  expect the angels will have a stronger soprano section (maybe mezzo-soprano?) section now that you are singing your heart out up there.

Love you.”

In Memoriam: Jim Britton

We’re sad to report that Jim Britton passed away on July 14, 2020, from brain cancer. After Dartmouth, Jim’s career included genetic research in Maine, research and development of biological pesticides in Montana, and business analysis at the Town Pump Corporation in Butte, Montana. Jim is survived by his wife Margie Seccomb and daughter Claire Britton. Jim’s friends on Dartmouth crew passed along the news, as well as the info that Jim had been a winner on Jeopardy! and went on to a stint on Who Wants to be a Millionaire as well. An obituary in the local paper can be found here and another article about what a special person Jim was can be found on

In Memoriam: Paula Miller

We are saddened to pass along the news that classmate Paula Miller, on April 30, 2020, lost her battle with cancer. Paula lived in Greece with her husband Vassilis Pantelis. She worked in finance, most recently at Opel Vauxhall Finance and earlier at GM Financial and Ally Financial.

Last year in Shades of Green, Paula shared her thoughts about her recent retirement and her health:

After a wonderful 18 years with GM Financial, which offered me the opportunity to live in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden and to add to my frequent flier miles on trips to almost all European countries, as well as Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, I retired in June 2018. Having been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2014, I was very grateful to have managed to basically maintain my lifestyle and career for four years, but increasing fatigue and successive treatment failures also led to the realization that I should no longer postpone devoting myself to other important things, like spending more time with my family and friends, and pursuing my personal interests more actively. The past year has been a bumpy one, both physically and mentally, but overall I’m feeling both happy and at peace . . . .”


In Memoriam: Sarah Snyder Morris

Sarah died at her home in Salem, OR on May 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly twenty years, Russ Morris, her mother Sally Page Snyder, her sisters, Sue Snyder Traver, Glastonbury, Ct, Sandy Snyder, Noblesville, IN, Deb Snyder Lawrence, Westerville, OH, and seven nieces and nephews. You can read more about Sarah’s post-Dartmouth life, and read about memorial gifts, here:

Shades of Green – Spring 2020

The latest issue of Shades of Green is heading to your mailbox! This issue includes featured stories about classmates who have chosen a career in religion, either as clergy or staff. Stories from Bo Beatty, Claudia Broeker Egger, Ellen Jennings, Blaine Richard, and Greg Somerville. Plus news about our 35th Reunion, The Call To Lead campaign, and updates from Brad Kliber, Katie Leede, and ’85 get togethers, both real and virtual.