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The Second Annual Eighth Street Reunion



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On the weekend of Nov. 8, 2003, some 1970s-era RPI alumni gathered at Shaker Mill Inn in New Lebanon, N.Y., to commemorate the Second Annual Eighth Street Reunion. Their former communal residence at 162 Eighth St., Troy, was at the perihelion of RPI’s humanities department, centered at West Hall. Organized by Marvin Rabin ’71 (Phys.), the sponsor of the original living arrangement, the reunion reflected the diverse intellect, talent, and joie de vivre that has been sustained by the group over the years. The highlight of the weekend was a communally prepared gourmet meal, followed by a total lunar eclipse.

The turn-of-the-century Victorian house, now, sadly, demolished, included large rooms, oak floors, marble countertops, a grand staircase, high ceilings, pocket doors, and a carved Victorian organ that you pumped with your feet. Our group included RPI students, alumni, and others. We had communal meals most evenings, a vegetable garden in the backyard, a huge library of recordings, and a lot of talent to go around.

Special guest at this reunion was Lou Hammer, poet and retired (1994) chair of the philosophy department, which had such a great influence on these eminent graduates. Cynthia Ligenza ’74 (Phil., Biol.) is a physician with her own practice, specializing in internal and pulmonary medicine, and is also a violinist. Dave Richardson ’72 (Phil.) runs the library at MIT’s Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research. Dell Campbell ’76 (E.E.) is an expert in industrial controls, with an amazing career track record. David Liguori (Phys., E.E.) works in SUNY Albany’s physics department, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. Leslie Craigue ’73 (Math.) works with computer systems and writes occasionally. Lise Winne is an artist, musician, and singer/songwriter. John Conners is a fine artist. Reed English fabricates ornamental ironwork. Bonnie Fucci manages a NYS government daycare center.

Many others were associated with “Eighth Street.” And many of us now have families. For more photos and information, visit www.eighthstreet.org. — by Leslie Craigue ’73



Attending the Eighth Street Reunion were, from left: Leslie Craigue ’73, Reed English, Jim LeStrange, Lise Winne, Dell Campbell ’76, Ginny Campbell, Bonnie Fucci, Cynthia Ligenza ’74, and David Liguori.
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Rensselaer Magazine: Spring 2004
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