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Lois Vermilya '74 & Lenny Weslowski '73
October 21, 2016
Lenny and I met on Tony Aveni and Bob Linsley's 1972 Archeo-astronomy trip to Oaxaco to map Monte Alban. We returned to Mexico a second year to drive the equipment from Hamilton to Merida Yucatan in 1973. We have now been married for 42 years, forever celebrating that our roots are intertwined with Tony and Lorraine as long, beloved Colgate friends.
We've been living in New Mexico since 1975 where Lenny built our passive solar adobe home as an incredible country place to raise our 2 kids. Lenny has maintained his love of painting, sculpture and jewelry-making amid a lifetime of success as a carpenter and builder. I've brought to life my passion for social activism and community-based change through non-profit leadership. I'm currently the Executive Director for the University of New Mexico's Family Development Program that works throughout the state and nationally as a center for excellence in early learning.
Lenny and I have been laughing with Tony stories all week as we zeroed in on this one as a fond and very funny memory. In what is now known as the Cancun region of Yucatan, our Archeo-astronomy group slept a night in hammocks and grass huts before catching a boat to Cozumel the next day. As Tony and I stood in the night identifying constellations, Tony asked me if I felt anything crawling on my legs... which I didn't. We carried on for quite some time figuring out the night sky which was crystal clear. But by the time we got inside... poor Tony was covered with biting ants up both pant legs and beyond! We still can see him jumping around and shouting to try to get them off of him!! Ouch!
Indeed, Tony's full sense of life and contagious love of people is what lives on for both Lenny and me as fond, and very enduring memories.
I forever will see Tony with an avid twinkle in his eyes. It's a twinkle of curiosity, and a playful sense of humor, and a serious commitment to inquiry with rigor, and most importantly, an abiding belief in me as one of his students. I can say without hesitation that Tony was the absolute best teacher I ever had who also became a professional mentor very early in my life. His unequivocal faith to "simply go for it" has shaped who I am as a leader, spawning my professional confidence and courage as an advocate for children's rights throughout my now long career.
Lenny and I send our love and warmest best wishes to both Tony and Lorraine as they embark on this next great adventure and ALL that it surely will entail. Congratulations Tony for your lifetime of service as an outstanding member of Colgate's faculty! Lenny and I wish we were seeing you as often as we once did when Manlius was our family destination. We look forward to the next time that our paths will cross!