Lynn Campbell Smith
Graduation weekend in June 1966 was a doubly memorable time in my life as I married my Allegheny sweetheart, Buck Smith, and received my diploma becoming an official Allegheny College alumni!
We settled in the Cleveland area where I taught high school English and Buck joined the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. After a couple of years, Buck joined the Economics/Accounting faculty at Baldwin-Wallace College teaching with the intention of starting his own CPA practice & I switched from teaching to working with him to build the business. The practice grew quickly into a full-time career opportunity and as computers became an integral part of the business, I found my niche working in that aspect of the practice along with general office management. In 2007, we retired after selling the practice to his partners. It was a wonderful experience working together & sharing in the growth & success of the business. We just kept the rules simple.....I didn’t give accounting advice & he would ask advice on correspondence.....utilizing our Allegheny educational strengths!!!
Along the way, we were blessed with two daughters who had the good sense to also attend Allegheny College....Julie Smith Womack (’90) & Sharon Smith Brumagin (’92). We are also the proud grandparents of five (4 girls, 1 boy) ranging in age from 10 - 18 who bring great joy to our lives & we love being involved with & “trying” to keep up with their diverse activities.
In 2011, we moved from Cleveland to a lake community in Central Ohio where we had been weekending for 40 years. We are enjoying life at the lake and indulging in our passion for traveling......ocean & river cruising, Road Scholar learning adventures, hiking, biking & road trips. At home I stay involved with my favorite hobbies of reading and sewing.....mainly quilting and other craft projects.
Things will come full circle next June as we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary & join with friends at Allegheny College for our Class of 1966 50th reunion......2016 is promising to be a very good year!!!
Rich, Kathy and Muffy dressed for a wedding: Rich in his "penguin suit", Kathy wearing a “fascinator” and Muffy wearing a dress that she has reconstituted
After I left Allegheny, I served with the USAF as a Flight Commander stationed in Karamursel, Turkey, and later was the Chief of the USAFSS Office, at HQ Aero Chart and Information Center, St. Louis, MO. I served full time in the USAF in that capacity while attending the St. Louis University School of Law at night. I met my wife, Kathy, a native of Missouri, in law school. I transferred into the SLU Law day school while Kathy worked (isn’t that the standard procedure early 1970’s??) and upon my graduation we returned to Pittsburgh (my home growing up – actually in Allison Park, PA which back then was in the “country”) in late 1972. I was admitted to the PA Bar in May 1973.
I have been practicing law continuously in all surrounding counties and divisions, including substantial litigation and still maintain a very active fulltime law practice in Sewickley, PA. Just think - Marcus Welby wearing a suit & tie rather than hospital scrubs providing legal services to (almost) any and all who walk through my door seeking pro bono or high end legal service. I was an early member of the “Great Society” commencing my legal career as a Neighborhood Legal Services Attorney -think LA Law without the law firm showers!! I was elected and served three terms as a member of the Sewickley Borough Council. I also served for 25 years as President of the Sewickley Valley War Memorial Association and was instrumental in the planning and construction of a new 1,000 square foot meeting space and platform tennis courts for the Sewickley YMCA through a land swap with Sewickley Borough. I have been the recipient of the “Gold Award” as voted by the Readers of the Sewickley Herald for the Best Attorney in Sewickley and Western Allegheny County for the past consecutive 5 years, with a total of 12 such awards lining the walls of my waiting room from prior years.
Our daughter, Meredith, known in the art world as “Muffy” Brandt, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, resides in Providence, RI and is the founder and owner of By Muffy Brandt, a designer sportswear company.
My wife, Kathy Gibson Brandt, received a BA degree from St. Louis University and is a very successful 39 year Realtor in the top 3% of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realtors throughout the country. Kathy currently serves as Chairperson of the Sewickley Borough Tree Commission and is the former President of the Sewickley Council of Garden Clubs. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Kathy was the Legislative Assistant to James P. Kelly, a former PA State Legislator.
Kathy and I continue to call our 120 year old Victorian located in Sewickley “home” and, unlike what appears to be a trend, we do not have a Winter Get Away in AZ, FL, or other exotic locales. We do enjoy outdoor swimming (Kathy swims laps and I do Jack Knife dives off the low board – still!!), tennis, platform tennis, good food, etc. at the Edgeworth Club which is a 5 minute walk away.
I have fond memories of my years at Allegheny, but that was a LONG time ago and lots of water has gone over the dam in the intervening years, as per the above capsule.
Ben and Nancy Branstrom Haytock
Greetings from Meadville, PA! Ben and I were married in August 1966, attended by classmates Mary Conant Stack, Chris Woodwell Phenix, and Ivor Fields. We journeyed to Pittsburgh where I began my career teaching high school English and Ben his studies at Carnegie-Mellon University. After receiving his doctorate in 1970, we looked around for that “ideal small liberal arts college,” and, lo and behold, there was Allegheny which offered Ben a position in the math department. We've had a blessed life here raising two wonderful children (Jennifer, a professor of English at SUNY Brockport, and Dawson a computer science teacher at Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh. Do you sense a pattern here? ) I enjoyed a 34 year career as an English teacher at Meadville Junior and Senior High Schools. Ben's career at Allegheny found him as a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and, starting in 1993, as Registrar and Associate Dean. Allegheny is certainly in our blood!
Life has been rich and full as we enjoy travel, golf, our winter home in Port Charlotte, FL, and three beautiful grandchildren, the latest born August 24. Retirement has also allowed us to devote more time to our church and to our roles as CASA volunteers. Ben has become an accomplished photographer.
We are eagerly awaiting your arrival in Meadville for the reunion in June. You are all invited to a party at our house, 404 Hamilton Ave, on Friday, June 3 at 7 PM. See you then!!
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Julie, Buck, Lynn, Sharon Smith....
all Allegheny alums!