Class of ’63 Reunion

August 19th, 2013 Posted in Alumni News & Events


Several members of Auburn Community College’s class of 1963 gathered at the Springside Inn last month to celebrate their 50th reunion. Over 100 invitations were sent out to class members inviting them to planned events; with the help of Kay Benedict Sgarlata ’63, who spearheaded the gathering. While many were unable to attend, numerous graduates provided the Alumni Association with “class notes,” that can been seen in the fall/winter issue of The Spartan. Here are some updates from the class members that were able to participate in the celebration.

50th Anniversary 11Charlie Criss and wife Carol shared stories of their life in Victor, NY where Charlie lives just a few doors from the family homestead in which he grew up. Charlie retired as a fifth/sixth grade teacher in the Fairport School District after thirty two years. After ACC he attended Brockport for his BS degree and received his Masters from Nazareth College. He and Carol have an adult daughter. Charlie loves the out of doors – hunting, fishing and especially skiing – he is a fully certified ski instructor. He currently works the demo-center at Bristol Mountain in the winter. Charlie reminisced about his days at ACC and mentioned a lot of names as he scanned our yearbook wondering where they all are now- he questioned how many of the men in our graduating class might have been drafted and served in Viet Nam. While at ACC Charlie was active as a soccer player and served on the student council.

Good friends Pat Drummey and Kathy Coyne met while they attended ACC and along with others from the class including Kay Benedict Sgarlata went off to Oswego State where Kathy and Kay were room-mates. Pat Drummey, who still resides in the family home, retired from teaching 5th grade in the Auburn School District after 37 years. Kathy, who has a home in Camillus, NY, likewise retired in 2002 after as many years serving as a Reading Specialist for the Onondaga Central School District. Both Kathy and Pat do a lot of traveling together and probably haven’t missed an Arts and Crafts Show, a musical comedy performance or any number of specialty festivals in Central New York over the past thirty years.

50th Anniversary 7Kay Benedict Sgarlata, lives with husband Tony in Syracuse, NY. After graduation from Oswego she taught fifth grade for eleven years. After obtaining her Masters and CAS degrees from Oswego she switched careers, entering governmental administration from which she retired in 1995. In retirement Kay has written two memoirs – The Class of ‘60 and Lessons from the Lower Road. He debut novel, Adirondack August, is about to be released and will be available on

“Our gathering was small but spirited. We shared were how truly handsome/beautiful our classmates were. Remembering the era when dress, hair styles and manner all gave an air of elegance. We all felt blessed that ACC got us all started on our career paths that have been fruitful – many commenting on the fact that they still encounter former students who are grateful for their tutelage.” ~Kay

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