Gary Hummel ’69
I had a longtime marketing, forecasting, and
product development career at Illinois Bell and Ameritech Corporation in
Chicago. My team and I were responsible for developing the first
digital data network product to run on ordinary copper wire in
1988–1991. The product — called ISDN, or integrated services digital
network — helped spur high-speed data applications and was a forerunner
of AT&T’s DSL service.
I had developed an appreciation of
architecture in high school at Cranbrook School (Michigan), which is the
work of Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, and as a student at Colgate. I
remember watching the construction of the Dana Arts Center. It is a
masterpiece of complex poured concrete construction.
retired from Ameritech in 2000, I took art and architecture courses at
the College of Dupage. I went on to earn a master’s degree from the
Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2006.
graduating, I worked as a design intern at the LA firm Ball Nogues. I
was part of a team that developed the physical model for the MOMA PSI
summer pavilion in Queens, which won the Young Architect’s Prize. In
2008, I helped develop and install an exhibition of models called
“Fabrications” at UC Berkeley.
I have kept busy with
volunteerism and independent design work. I am nearly finished with the
renovation, both interior and landscape, of a mid-century house in
Oakland Park, Fla.
Currently, I am working on a website
tentatively called HomeScape, which allows visitors to view my work
through the lens of my home renovation and landscape redesign. I am also
developing a design for a compact, energy-saving house called Micro
The spirit of alumni sporting their Colgate gear is seen here, there, and everywhere around the globe. Where was your latest spotting? On a Machu Picchu trek? At a mini-reunion in Pocatello? An election polling site in Houston? We’re collecting photos of Colgate sightings around the world. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambreen Shah ’01 (left), Jacqueline Hurley ’01 (right), and Jessica Whitt ’01 (not pictured) reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at sunrise last summer. Recalled Hurley: “Slow and steady was the way to the top … ‘pole, pole’!”
“How low can Colgate men get?” asks Rick Clogher ’70 (left). He and Jim Smith ’70 said they found out in January when they met in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin, the point of lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level.
Maroon’d… in Jamaica
Stefanie Thomas ’05 loves being back home in Jamaica. As editor of an online cultural magazine and team coordinator of a business development NGO, she recommends leaving the confines of the all-inclusive hotels and instead exploring these local spots and activities.
Attractions: Portland parish is great for outdoor adventurers. Climbing the Blue Mountains, Jamaica’s highest mountain range, then rafting on the nearby Rio Grande River is a must-do. A trip to Frenchman’s Cove, YS Falls, the Martha Brae River, or Green Grotto Caves gives fresh appreciation for nature. Swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove is also quite the gem.
Food: What’s a trip to Jamaica without jerk? Jerk chicken, pork, and fish can be found at Scotchies in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Kingston. For the seafood lovers, escoveitched fish and festival (cornmeal fritters) is a must-have, and Hellshire, the local beach in St. Catherine, is where it’s done best. Ackee and saltfish (our national dish) and pepperpot soup will add spice to your feast.
Culture: If you visit in summertime, check out the National Dance Theatre Company’s season of dance. Also be sure to see what reggae concerts are on. I recommend Jamaica Jazz and Blues as well as Sumfest. The National Gallery and Bob Marley museums are also quite interesting.
Stay: Rock House, Silver Sands Villas, Half Moon Hotel, and Couples Sans Souci are great options.
Whether it’s Usain Bolt, Bob Marley, or Louise Bennett, mother of Jamaican poetry and folklore, the culture has much to offer. For any visitor, what makes Jamaica stand apart from other gorgeous islands in the Caribbean will come from interacting with the locals and experiencing the colorful spirit of our people.
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