Class Notes - Summer 2010


On May 2, Coach Will Sanborn ’86 became the winningest single-sport coach in Saint Joseph’s College athletics history. Coach Sanborn has completed his 18th season as the Monks’ baseball head coach and is 467-270-6 in his career.

Linda Abernethy ’89 of Castine, Maine, is the new superintendent at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor, Maine. Linda is a former nurse administrator at the facility.  


Kristin Lemieux Borntrager ’91 of Farmington, Minn., was honored with the title of Civil Servant of the Year for 2009 in the leadership category for the 934th Airlift Wing in the United States Air Force. Kristin is the budget officer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station.

Coach Jamie Smyth ’92 of Windham, Maine, was named the 2010 GNAC Coach of the Year after leading the St. Joe’s softball team to a 30-10 record for the season. Coach Smyth has been the head coach since 1998.

Beth Kelleher Paris ’97 of Raymond, N.H., writes that she is working on her master’s in nursing while maintaining her position as an emergency nurse at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. She also teaches as an adjunct nursing faculty at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H.

James Henry ’98 of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, recently had his novel Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon published by Full Moon Over Bunganut Publishing. He is a member of the English and Communications faculty of the University of Phoenix Online.

Anne Taub-Carney ’99 of McLean, Va., was named Public Nurse of the Year for Arlington County, Va. Anne is the public health nurse in the Abingdon Elementary School in Arlington. 


J.P. Pyne ’01 of Merrimack, N.H., has been selected as a pitching coach for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, in addition to his position at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H., as the head coach of their baseball team. The Fisher Cats are part of the Eastern division of the American League AA professional teams.

Patrick Brennan ’04 of Boston, Mass., has announced his candidacy for State Represent-ative in the Fourth District of Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Walter Calabrese ’06 of Havelock, N.C., has announced that he was ordained to the Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., on June 26.

Robin Caron ’06 of Portage, Maine, has been awarded a fellowship at the Betty Ford Center Medical Student Summer Institute in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

In April, Phyllis Harmon ’08 graciously hosted Dr. Johan Erikson’s Climate Change and Glacial Geology class at her home in Ellsworth, Maine. The class took a field trip to Mount Desert Island, and coastal Hancock and Washington counties, to look at landscape features created by glaciers or by sediments accumulating near glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago.

Phyllis Harmon '08 and Dr. Erikson's Climate Change class

In Ellsworth, Maine: Sean Donnelly '12, Nick Burridge '10, Kiani Camire '13, host Phyllis Harmon '08, Melissa Wiggins '11, and Dr. Johan Erikson. Photo by Robert Besch '92, chemistry instructor. 

Ken Peck '06

Kenneth Peck ’06 of Wells, Maine, received the RE/MAX Executive Club Membership for outstanding sales volume in 2009. Ken is a real estate professional in the RE/Max Realty One office in York, Maine.

Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer ’07, CSA, of Hays, Kan., wrote the handbook “What the Church Believes and Teaches,” which correlates the Catholic catechism teachings with the Gospel readings for the coming 2010-2011 Church year.  


Patrick Moran ’10 of Winterport, Maine, has joined the roster as a pitcher with the Pittsfield Colonials in Pittsfield, Mass. The Colonials are part of the Can-Am League, sponsored by the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. 

New Additions

Elizabeth Close Backman ’61 of South Portland, Maine, writes that her family has welcomed their 18th grand-child, and that they are proud that son Lt. Col. Robert Backman is home from his tour in Afghanistan.

Mary Archibald Strnad ’67 of South Portland, Maine, is pleased to announce that her first grandchild, Markose Ludek Strnad, was born on Feb. 18.

James Pelletier's Baby
James Pelletier ’99 and wife Hollie of Augusta, Maine, welcomed daughter Addison Marie on March 23. Addison Marie joins big brothers Jacob, age 6 and Tyler, age 4. James is a social services specialist with the Maine Department of Human Services.

Heather Plati's baby
Heather Plati, director of annual giving at the college, and husband Josh welcomed their second child, Nathaniel Joshua, on May 19. Nathaniel Joshua joins big sister Molly Elizabeth, age 3.

Dawn Swindler Bailey's baby
Dawn Swindler Bailey ’99 and husband Jason of Warren, Maine, welcomed daughter Avery McKenna on Jan. 23. Avery McKenna joins big brother Logan, age 2. Dawn is a pharmacy tech at Waltz Pharmacy in Camden, Maine.  

Condolences & prayers

The college community offers sympathy to...

Ann Poulin Anctil ’62 of Brunswick, Maine, on the passing of her husband, Ronald, on Nov. 11.

Jane Pindar Reilly ’65 of Williamsburg, Va., on the passing of her husband, Richard Wallsom, on Mar. 17.

Mary Ann Johnson Green ’79 of Topsham, Maine, on the passing of her father, Robert Johnson, on May 11.

Paula J. Ring ’83 of Millville, N.J., on the passing of her husband of 53 years, William, on October 6.

Laura LaFlamme Reynolds ’85 of Lewiston, Maine, and Janet LaFlamme, CAO at the college, on the passing of their father, Paul J. LaFlamme, on April 24.

Will Sanborn ’86 of Standish, Maine, on the passing of his grandmother, Alice, on Feb. 27.

Paul Butler ’88 of Nashua, N.H., on the passing of his father, Raymond, on Feb. 21.

The family of Mary Agnes MacCormick Fuhrer ’88 of West Palm Beach, Fla., who passed on May 4.

The family of Margaret Carroll ’90 of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, on her passing on May 3. Margaret’s husband, Jim Carroll, was a part-time faculty member at the college prior to his passing in 2006.

Dorothy Kuhlman McNaught ’94 of Afton, Iowa, on the passing of her husband, Clinton, on June 5.

The family of Jennifer Jimenez ’09 of Freeport, N.Y., who lost her life on May 5 in an automobile accident on Long Island, N.Y.

Rose Meehan, of the college’s Institutional Advancement office, on the passing of her grandfather, Paul Edmund Meehan, on May 20, and of her uncle, James Coyne, on June 15.

The family of Paul Horn, a former longtime academic adviser for online students, who passed away on May 22. His wife, Judy, of Otisfield, Maine, also worked on campus in the Registrar’s Office for  many years.