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Rich Morris '78 and Nora Strano '78, nowYes, we met at SUNY New Paltz on January 17, 1976. It was a blizzard. We danced the night away at P&G's on the night that we met. That semester we ended up in the same class, Hugo Munsterberg's, "Art of China & Japan." We married in June of 1978. Rich graduated and I had a semester to go. My degree reads Nora Strano-Morris. I dropped the Morris after one year of marriage after reading the novel, "The Women's Room." It redefined our marriage. I was always glad that I dropped the Morris, but kept Rich Morris. Rich Morris and Nora StranoWe celebrated 20 years of marriage last June and, yes, we moved backRich Morris and Nora Strano, then to New Paltz two and ½ years ago — something about the Shawangunk curse as I recall. We both ended up being social workers and, you guessed it, parents. We have three boys: Nicholas, age 9; Isaiah, age 8; and Michael, age 7. Life is good, but it sure turned out different than we ever imagined it.

Richard J. Morris Jr. graduated in May 1978 with a bachelor's degree in art education with a speciality in drawing and painting. Nora Strano-Morris (now Nora Strano) graduated in December 1978 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and sociology. We both went on to get our master's degrees in social work.


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