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14 West Hartford Residents Honored as in 2018 Class of ’60 Over 60′

West Hartford resident Moly Loudon was recognized at a recent ceremony for the 60 Over 60 Class of 2018. At left is Bob Newbold, a Newington resident who works in West Hartford and was recently named the Chamber of Commerce's Volunteer of the Year. Courtesy photo

The members of the 2018 class of ’60 Over 60,’ including 14 residents of West Hartford, were recently honored at a ceremony at Duncaster.

West Hartford resident Rayda Ruth Bouma receives her ’60 Over 60′ award in a ceremony at Duncaster. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

A group of Connecticut residents were recently honored for their impact on the community, and the one thing they had in common was that all are at least 60 years old.

Fourteen West Hartford residents were among those named to the 2018 class of ’60 Over 60′ – a group that may include some who have retired from career jobs, but in no way have retired from making a difference in the business world, nonprofits, the arts, the sciences, or all of the above.

More than 200 people, including family, friends, and admirers, celebrated with the “Class of 2018” at a reception at Duncaster, sponsored by the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, whose students also provided the music for the event.

“We were so honored that almost all of the members of this year’s class were able to attend,” Duncaster CEO Michael O’Brien said in a statement. “We are pleased that, for the second year, we had the honor of showcasing some of the state’s most influential individuals who are age 60 or better. We are overwhelmed with the contributions each member of the Class of 2018 has made to the world; the people they touch every day and their families.”

Nominations for membership in “60 Over 60” were requested in January, and came from all over the state. Judges included three members of the first class of Connecticut’s 60 Over 60: Molly Gavin, president of Connecticut Community Care, Inc.; Kathleen Miller Murphy, Simsbury Library board member; and Terry Borjeson, State of Connecticut, Pardons and Paroles board member.

The following are the members of the 2018 Class from West Hartford. Click on a name for an individual’s bio and headshot:

Rayda Ruth Bouma

Dick Cave

Susan Clemow

Faith Messer Fuerst

Jeffrey Kagan

Bernard Kavaler

John Lemega

Molly O’Neill Louden

Al Rosenfield

Rob Rowlson

Deanne Shapiro

Esther Spigel

Richard Sugarman

Tom Trumble

In addition, several members of the Class of 2018 do not live in West Hartford, but work in town and have a major impact on the community. They include Bob Newbold of West Hartford-based Thomas Fahy Insurance who was just named West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Playhouse on Park Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Darlene Zoller, and Ballet Theatre Company Executive Director Tracy Dorman.

Click here for profiles of all of the members of the 2018 Class of 60 Over 60.

The search for the 2019 Class of Connecticut’s 60 Over 60 will begin in January 2019.

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