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Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Reunion ’01!

Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Helen Cole Netter
PO Box 784
Pine Plains, NY 12567


Marjorie Yetter Walls
11 Denton Rd.
Binghamton, NY 13903

Emily Dunstatter Hellawell now lives with her daughter. She is doing well but needs extra care so she could no longer live alone. Her new telephone number is 909-273-8589.

Edythe Hardtmayer has lived in an apartment in a retirement community north of Pittsburgh for 17 years. She has had problems with her legs but is still able to drive a little and can get around the 84-acre community to take part in the many activities.

Elise Foulder Norvig and Irvin are still in Southbury, CT, in an assisted-living apartment. They both have health problems but are fortunate to still have each other.

Repeated phone calls to Myrtle Ford have brought only prolonged rings with no answer. Any news of her would be welcome.

Janet Miller Robinson traveled to Saratoga in May to see granddaughter Caitlin Robinson ’00 graduate. Except for rain and cold, it was great. She met Skidmore’s new president and liked her very much.

Margaret Murray Gordon sent me the obituary of Frances Smith Vorce. The class extends its sympathy to Frances’s family. Margaret is still living in her lovely home in Newport, OR, designed by her architect husband. She overlooks the Pacific but is high enough not to worry about high tides.

After Leadership Council on campus in April, Marsh and I drove to Middlebury to see Prindle Hodges Wissler-Mullin. We enjoyed lunch at the Middlebury Inn and hope to see her again if we get to Vermont in October.


Sally Miller Curtin
31 Saunders Dr.
Niantic, CT 06357

Jean Douglass Horstman says she is in perfect health and lives in a retirement home. She has been playing the piano there for eight years and enjoying it very much. Her son and his wife live only 10 minutes away. He is vice president of Playtag Corp. Her daughter has dual citizenship since she married a Canadian and lives in Alberta.

Madalyn Bellinger Bryant, who lives in Delmar, NY, says, “We’re pretty well—thank God for every day left for us.”

Roberta Brunner Miller is living in a nursing home and is no longer able to get around or communicate. She is well cared for and has family nearby, writes her daughter Lyn Miller Cowas.

Chara Church Phillips lives in a “continuing care” community since her 94-year-old husband has Alzheimer’s, but she says that they are contented and happy and have made lasting friendships. Chara paints, and although she is on oxygen 24 hours a day, she still drives. She would be pleased to talk with anyone else caring for an Alzheimer’s patient and can be reached at 732-363-8858.

Harriet Eastman Albee is living in Columbus, NC, on a 13-acre farm with a house and three cats. Recently, she and daughter Susan went to Boston to hear some concerts conducted by Christopher Hogwood, whom Harriet enjoys greatly. She also enjoys gardening, time with friends, and reading.

Elizabeth Easton Kleinhans now lives with son Edward Casden Jr. and his wife in Darien, CT. Betty, who is blind, finds her daughter-in-law a great help. Betty’s grandson, who was married last fall, lives nearby. Her granddaughter is working on her master’s degree in chemical oceanography.

Lucy Jacoby Tarbox spent the winter in Tucson, AZ, and then returned to New York State. The highlight of the winter was her son’s birthday bash (imagine a son on Medicare! ). I talked to Lucy recently, and she says she is fine and has no complaints.

Emma Kelty Kamps enjoys family visits and planned activities at the Homewood Retirement Center near Frederick, MD. She has four great-grandchildren, from 2 months to 6 years old. Her three children and nine grandchildren are amazed by her strong constitution, as she has recovered from several serious physical problems.

Lucy Hernady Arnoti’s youngest grandchild graduated cum laude from Amherst and got a job in Columbus, OH. She writes that her arthritis is worse and her “eyes are going” but her mind is OK.

Betsey Sawin Kiel moved to a retirement community two years ago to be near her daughter and two grandchildren in Ann Arbor, MI. Her granddaughter has been studying in France and England and returned for her senior year at the University of Evansville this fall. Betsey, too, has been traveling recently in Canada, Spain, and Florida.

Jane Shepard Marshall writes that her son and daughter-in-law come to California from western Massachusetts three times a year. Seven members of her family are in Mendocino, CA, including three grandchildren and one great grandson. Her vision is poor but she hikes a couple of miles a day!

Even after her husband’s heart attack, writes Miriam Temkin Kuskin, they still travel a little bit. Most often, they visit daughter Susan in Atlanta, GA. Son Andrew lives nearby, while daughter Lisa works for Golden Books in New York and visits “infrequently.” Miriam also occasionally gets together with Lucy Arnoti.

Betty Willard Thomas sounds happy with her spot in life. She read The Odyssey for an adult education class and enjoys her annual family reunion at Lake George’s Canoe Island Lodge. Most of her family lives near her in Saratoga.

I spent July 11 on a small cruiser sailing around Niantic harbor, where I saw 14 of the tall ships on their way to the Op-Sail get-together to be held the following weekend in New London. It was a sight to behold – sailors on the yardarms waved to us. I’ve been at the same address on the Niantic River for the last 55 years and love it. I conduct the East Lyme High School’s show of the statewide Women’s Club Art Contest every spring, and through this endeavor, I met a student going to Skidmore this fall. One daughter lives nearby, and my other daughter and her husband live in the Boston area.


Elizabeth Norlander Newell
15 Deane Avenue
Holden, MA 01520

Marguerite Berrian White lives in a retirement community in Southbury, CT, and enjoys the community very much.

Among the many interesting people we met at Reunion was Fran Corwin Nichols’s daughter. She looked us up at one of the gatherings and said her mom was well and living contentedly in Manchester, MA.

Alice Furbish Kerr was disappointed not to be able to return to Reunion, but she asked me to send you her greetings.

Edie Latcher Smith says that she spends most of the good weather working in her garden. I have seen pictures of the garden, and it is glorious.

We send sympathy to Liz Hill Boylan’s two sons, daughter, and two grandchildren.

We also send our sympathy to Mary Kates Tuthill, whose husband, Marsden, died last winter.


Reunion ’01!

Enid Kay Schiff
81 Bryant Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605

Charlotte Pease Davis has found a really interesting way to keep busy. As she did in 1980 and 1990, she is helping to conduct the census.

Although her three children now live in Colorado far from her Cleveland, OH, home, Phyllis Munn Martien enjoys visits with them over the Christmas holidays. Last year was extra special since the whole group, which numbers 13, traveled to Hawaii together. The kids also visit her at the family’s Michigan cottage. Her biggest news is that “I’m a great-grandmother now!”

Ruth Suttie Whiting is still on the go in spite of “a bad back and hips that ache.” She limbers up by riding a bike in cooler weather and doing water exercises during the summer heat, which as she wrote had hit 106 degrees. Her habit is to go on Elderhostels in the spring and fall, and her next scheduled stops are Thailand and Vietnam this winter. “My passport runs out in 2004,” she says, “so I have to get trips abroad in before that.”


Agnes Dunn Mackenzie
304 Stoughton Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Jane Zabriskie Bogert keeps in touch with several classmates including Marion Bussey Bentley of Florida, Jane Comstock Ramsbottom of Missouri, and Priscilla Person Day of Maine. Although they travel less now, Jane says that they have had a few good visits within the past three years.


Betty Hale
317 S. Valley Hill Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098


Betty Jones Stern
211 Benicia Rd.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Edith Cosgrove attended a folk music festival over Memorial Day. “Interesting, friendly people,” she says, “but I was disappointed that they sang new folk songs. Lots of audience participation, but all I know are the old traditional ones. It was different!”

Jessie Crumback Lisk writes, “Helen Shea Wells and I enjoyed a great visit at her lovely condo in Stuart, FL, in March. We talked to Lenore Clark Hamilton in Durango, CO, and reminisced some more.”

Four days after moving to Naples, FL, last April, Betty Eastman Peyton underwent emergency abdominal surgery. With help from family and friends, Eastie was able to leave the hospital in time to fly to Minneapolis for a memorial service for husband Morrow, who died the previous February. The three Peyton sons had arranged a “celebration of life.” Showing amazing recuperative powers, Eastie attended her 65th high school reunion and is making travel plans and eyeing the golf course and tennis court.

Gladys Harvey Dexter is recovering from a severe stroke suffered about two years ago. She has some language difficulties but is still able to draw and paint.

Inda Hughes Smith planned a summer visit with friends in New Hampshire and then went on to see relatives on Cape Cod and to visit other Massachusetts spots.

Elizabeth King Waage is adjusting to the death of her husband, Karl, after 57 years of a great marriage. She notes, “I am very grateful that he did not suffer long.”

Bill and Marjorie Mapes Boulware have moved to an apartment in a retirement community. Their new address is 700 John Ringling Blvd., #605, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Laurine Southard Lancaster has moved from her home of 34 years to a small ground-floor villa complex, the beautiful landscape of which includes a lake. Her new address is 1014 SE 15th St., Apt. 6B, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2176.

Doris Wearne McGowan enjoys retirement in New Hampshire. This past spring she visited in Florida and attended a high school graduation in Arizona.

The class will regret hearing of the death of Margaret Filson Sheehan, who died April 11. You may recall how active Peg was in student government, including serving as senior class president. Our condolences also go to the family of Ruth Shaffer Schwartz, who died last December, and to the family of Ruth Webb Stickel, who died last September. Outing Clubbers will recall Webber as an enthusiastic weekender at the club’s Skiderondak cabin.


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