by Larry Benjamin RC'66, Class Correspondent

Attending the 50th reunion of my Perth Amboy High School class in October afforded an opportunity to catch up with two RU classmates.

Brian Monti retired at 55 after a 32-year career in sales and marketing for IBM USA and later for IBM Canada outside Toronto. His varied retirement activities include traveling, running wine-tasting events, performing in live theater, playing golf and serving as chairman of the IBM Canada Retiree United Way Fund Drive.

Barry Klegman has practiced geriatric and forensic psychiatry in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He's also a law school graduate. He combines the two disciplines when testifying on psychiatric commitment competency and medical malpractice.

Gerry Winter is still writing fiction that's still getting published. His stories "The Grand" and "R&R" appeared in issues of the Hardboiled crime magazine while "The Poker Face" was published by Connotation Press.

We've lost three more classmates:

Arthur Brooks, who died March 12, 2012, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service with the Marines in Vietnam that included critical injuries on a reconnaissance mission in North Vietnam. He was a marketing executive in the Boston area and, upon retirement to Clearwater, Fla., pursued his passion for deep sea fishing, carving and letter writing.

Dr. Martin Frank of Waterford, Conn., died Aug. 28. He practiced medicine in Washington before moving to Connecticut and settling in New London. He, too, was drawn to fishing, in his case, fly-fishing.

Dr. Ronald Smits of Ford City, Pa., died Sept. 26, He taught English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 29 years and wrote poetry that was compiled into a book entitled "PUSH." His love of the outdoors, specifically hiking, was evident in his poems.