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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian
6828 Lemon Rd.
McLean, VA 22101

“Life has been very good to me,” asserts Sallie Holland Corish. “We have four wonderful grown children, who are in middle age already, and five wonderful grandchildren.” She and her husband now spend the winter in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dot Stephan Kellsey shares the news that Mae Justice Soule married Bob Beer on April 24. At Reunion, Dot notes, “we nursing majors surprised her with a wedding shower. What fun!”


Reunion ’01!

Betty Wagner French
7577 Tayside Drive
Blacklick, OH 43003

Pack your Saratoga trunk of memories and plan to attend our 50th reunion, May 31–June 3, 2001.

Betty Rae Smith Eckberg is involved in our reunion planning. “The ’51 spirit still lives!” she exclaims and urges everyone to plan on attending “our golden reunion. Our day is not done yet!”


Dori Harbach Patten
77 Robert Treat Dr.
Milford, CT 06460

Barbara Biggs Kurtz enjoys a college connection through her husband, Don, who is chair of the board at Bowdoin College. Barbara continues to exhibit in local art shows but, for the present, has put art on hold while she enjoys spending time with her first grandchild, who lives across the street with his parents—daughter Mary Pat and husband Frank. Barbara is happy to still be in touch with Nancy Dalton Rogal and Doris Schueller Baum.

Pat Carle Powers, whose husband, John, passed away in 1996, spends her time between her home in Longmeadow, MA, and another home on the coast of Maine in the town of Friendship. She has frequent trips to Virginia to visit her family. This past spring, Pat spent two fantastic weeks in France: one in Paris and the other in Provence.

Nancy Cutting Young and her husband recently traveled to Kenyon College for John’s 5oth reunion. She ran into Cynthia Margetts Robinson at a Garden Club of America meeting held near Nancy’s home in Cleveland this spring, which gave them a chance to catch up on Skidmore news.

Sally Evans Hunt turned 70 last April while she and Ken were in Florida. Their four children—two from Ohio, one from North Carolina, and one from Florida—surprised her by appearing at a restaurant where she and Ken were dining. Ken kept the secret and Sally was overwhelmed. They spent the weekend talking. It was the first time in 16 years that the six of them were all together without the wives, husbands, and children. Sally felt turning 70 was worth it.

Gus Forcucci spent two weeks in Germany and Italy. In May, he attended his 40th Tufts dental school reunion. He has two granddaughters, Alessandra and Anastasia.

Peggy McConnell Hinrichs spent her first winter in Florida at the Moorings in Vero Beach, where the McConnells have a condo from mid-January to mid-April. They hoped to visit classmates in the area after they got settled.


Elizabeth Hauser
241 Lotte Rd.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Sue Dorr Cairns writes, “We’ve enjoyed our first year of retirement with travel to Spain and the Southwest as well as lots of activities.” She is pleased that both daughters and their families live nearby. She sees Ann Ridge Adams ’52 a lot and would love to see more from our class!

Carol Feuerman Gertz says she and husband Jerry keep busy with their two fAIDS oundations, Love Hurts: The Alison Gertz Foundation for Education and Prevention, and Concerned Parents for AIDS Research. For relaxation, she sculpts and plays tennis. She and Jerry divide their time between New York and Westhampton Beach.

“Bill and I had a super three-week trip to Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand,” writes Patsy Lanpher Compton. They spent two weeks on an “excellent” Touck tour, visited with an old friend in Melbourne, and spent four days on their own in Tasmania. She also painted 10 watercolors. “Getting old is going well so far,” she claims, adding that they have four granddaughters.

Gail McKay writes from Lake Placid that she has moved again, is having fun with her three grandchildren, and is doing some painting as well as lots of walking, canoeing, and camping. In her “spare” time, she maintains a satisfying ministry in pastoral care.

Bruce Wiley was remarried on January 8 to Mary Ellen Van Tassell in Tempe, AZ. The couple now resides in Chandler, AZ.


Joanna Davenport
25 Harbor Ave.
Marblehead, MA 01945

Currently an accountant and comptroller, in Hoosick Falls, NY, Nancy Canedy is listed in Who’s Who in America (Millennium Edition), Who’s Who Among American Women, 2000-01, and the soon-to-be-published 2000 Outstanding Women of the Twentieth Century.

Mary Lou Ellis Sorenson is still active in real estate in Albuquerque, although her husband, Jay, is retired. Both their son and daughter are married with careers in New York City. Son Eugene provided them with grandchild Campbell in September 1999.

Joan Hall Hardy and Doug moved to Brunswick, ME, where they are renting for a year while they build a house in Woollwich. They took a two-week course at the Sheltar Institute and with its help are building the house.

Jerry and Peg Roberts Kranz celebrated their 40th anniversary by vacationing on Maui, their favorite place, for two weeks.

Anne Thobae Diggs recently had her first painting in a national show. Three of her miniature seascapes are being shown at the Seaside Gallery in Nags Head, NC. She has built a studio in her backyard ,where she spends as much time as possible when she’s not teaching kindergarten through sixth grade as a teaching artist for the Memphis Arts Council. “Life is full and very exciting,” she says. “I’m not retired, just recycled.”

Marcia Weeks Clayton had dinner with Barbara Cox Schanz while she was in Florida. Also Marcia played golf with Nancy Burgess Rodts ’52.

I went to a sport history conference in Banff and spent time on the West Coast before going to Canada. I got to see family, Liz Culver ’55, and talked to Gail Lawrence Lerch and Sue Lindemann Staropoli.


Mardi Duggan Drebing
48B Ponderosa Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13215

Marilyn Himmelfarb Swartz sends regrets that she could not be here for the 45th reunion, but she and Chuck were joining his sister and her husband on a trip on the Danube. They stopped in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. All is well with her family, she notes. “Chuck is still working full time as a professor of medicine, and I work part time as a family therapist.”

Mickey McBride Sterling enjoyed a trip to Hawaii, the land of her birth, last April. Most of her time, she says, she spent “clambering over lava to see petroglyphs and heiaus (temple sites). The rest of my time,” she adds, “I was eating: avocados, papayas, macadamia nuts, pineapple, mahi-mahi, soybeans…yum!”

Nancy Passaro Whittaker, who is director of nurses at Sutter Merced Medical Center, has two married grandchildren.

Travel is the name of the game for Bill and Audrey Whitcomb Fetter now that they have retired. They have two sons. William is a senior petroleum engineer in Houston, and Eugene, a vice president at Genmark Inc. in Orlando, has given them two grandchildren: Laura, 8, and Carey, 2.

The class sends condolences to Georgia Goddard Charles, whose husband died in January.


Reunion ’01!

Gayle Stein Bishop
3101 Old Pecos Trail, #636
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Received a darling picture of Nancy McDougald Dickson and Marietta Laskey Hibbard, who attended the Garden Club of America annual meeting and recognized each other standing at the elevator! They hadn’t seen each other since college days. Marietta and husband winter in Sedona, AZ.

Bobbie Jones Hawks recommended a young man to Skidmore, and he was accepted. She sent me a newspaper clipping with a picture of three people at an event at Frederick Remington Art Museum, and in the middle was our own Doris Kleissler Whitehead.

Rosemary Gilman has been in Santa Fe several times decorating homes for old friends of hers who have moved here. She came as my “date” to the patrons party of Buckaroo Ball, which includes a wonderful weekend of parties, house tours, etc., with all the proceeds going to children’s charities.

Jessica Murphy Seymour is retired and living in Fairfield, CT, where she is close to her children and grandchildren. She spends lots of time babysitting.

Wally and I love our life in Santa Fe and go to operas, symphonies, ballets, and art shows. We have great weather and wonderful people. Come see us!


Ann Talbot Brown
PO Box 1384
E. Orleans, MA 02643

Marie Bonady Napier is still filling pastry orders for Paramount Studios, Universal, UCLA, and various country clubs. “I think I’ve had to replace my delivery vehicle several times since I last wrote,” she says, “but I’m not nearly as heavy on the metal these days.” Marie adds that she still has “only” three grandsons.

Last spring brought “a dream of a horseback-riding vacation” for Chick Glassey Ehbrecht. During the trip through the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy, she took “a step back to the 12th century” as she rode through vineyards and tiny walled villages, visited castles, ate delicious food, and drank Chianti classico wine. She also saw art treasures and churches in Florence and Siena.

I received a wonderful description of Hope Thompson Kerr’s trip “down under” in February and March. She toured north and south New Zealand, where she took a helicopter trip over the Franz Glacier. In Australia, she visited Sydney, Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs and Melbourne. From there, Hope went to Tasmania and, on the way home, spent three days in Fiji.

“While I sometimes consider retiring,” writes Thea Woodfin Reinhart, “I am still going strong in my private practice.” A family therapist, she is often appointed by the courts to provide expert testimony in family law. In her leisure time, she and her husband walk and hike in the nearby mountain and beach areas in Southern California.


Jane Goodman Hunter
17 Caversham Woods
Pittsford, NY 14534

Condolences to Elizabeth Jennison Brady and family on the loss of husband Hugh, who died in June of bone cancer.


Carol Brown Straker
500 East 83rd St.
New York, NY 10028

Barbara Brownell expects to retire in another year. In the meantime, she says, life is good. Daughter Jenny and grandson H.J. are fine. “Aside from a few creaky bones,” she is well too and playing golf, laughing, and enjoying life. She sometimes sees Maryann Bruno McCrea and Gail Bendix Jaffe ’60.

Virginia Diefendorf Preston is where she wants to be after moving from Connecticut to a simple place near San Francisco, where she says “I found my heart and my kids!”

Martie Hubbard Harrigan and her husband, Jack, recently enjoyed a two-week trip to Ireland and found it so beautiful that they hated to leave.


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