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Marcia Mattson Todd
6003 Parkis Mills Rd.
Galway, NY 12074

Georgia Anderson Pendleton reports on her four children. Cindy works at Glowdog in Concord, MA. Julie works at General Investment and Development Company of Boston. John is a lawyer with a firm in Nashua, NY, and is married, and Brigham is a Web site designer for Flywire of Portsmouth, NH.

As we celebrated our 4oth reunion, Barbara Bidle Thayer was graduating from Hiram College with a B.A. in social sciences. Guess that explains what she’s been doing since retiring over a year ago.

Barbara Meisel Greenbaum is now living in Stockbridge, MA, and is retired from her psychotherapy practice in New Jersey. Hardly idle, however, she now produces and hosts a television program in the Berkshires on women’s issues.

Eleanor Pisarra McConine sent her regards and was sorry to miss the class’s 40th. However, she was busy singing in the Chorus of Brigadoon with the Potomac Theatre Company. “Nell Nugent,” she writes, “would get a chuckle out of that.”

Our condolences go to Gail Robinson Ghose, whose husband, Hirendra, died in June. Gail met Hirendra, a one-time Skidmore faculty member, during her Skidmore years. He was well known for his political activism in his native India, where he met Mohandas Ghandi and embraced his philosophy of nonviolence.

Doug and I still enjoy living in the Saratoga area but also look forward to spending full summers at our vacation home in Maine as soon has he retires. Both of our children are happily married, and we welcomed a second grandson in May.


Reunion ’01!

Sandra Weisman Sheppard
PO Box 2047, Canterbury Rd.
Manchester Center, VT 05255

In July, I attended a 4oth reunion planning meeting at Skidmore. We arranged to have our class dinner at the new Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, named in memory of our classmate Frances Young Tang. Our dream is to raise $200,000, aside from our normal every-year fundraising, to name the museum’s dramatic main staircase after her. If you’re in Saratoga in the meantime, stop and see the museum—you won’t be disappointed.

Barbara Baldwin McIlveen’s son Fritz and his wife live in Paris with their son and daughter. Her daughter Kimberly married Peter Tufo, our U.S. ambassador to Hungary, in December and moved to Budapest with her 4-year-old son. Barbara and her husband visited them there in June.

Linda Brafman Berke continues to enjoy her job as coordinator of the University of Arizona College of Medicine admissions office. “Every once in a while,” she says, “I process an application from a Skidmore grad!” She’s hoping to visit Saratoga more often since her youngest daughter and 17-month-old grandson live only three miles from campus.

“Life is delightful these days,” reports Margaret Howe-Soper. “I’m in good health and good cheer and thoroughly enjoying my job at Boston University.” She also sings in a choir and is active in the Special Library Association. Since her children live in California, she travels there often.

“It was wonderful to see some 1960-era alums at Skidmore’s scholarship dinner in February at the Casino!” writes former Skidmore first lady Ruth Rowe Wilson. She’s still “puttering away” as class notes editor at Bates College and gardening like crazy when it doesn’t rain.


Emily Jansen Kane
19101 SE Sea Turtle Ct., #B101
Tequesta, FL 33469

Janet Gardner has her own company, the Gardner Group, which produces documentaries on Southeast Asia. Her most recent production, Dancing Through Death: The Monkey, Magic and Madness, was broadcast last April and May on PBS stations.

Mary Gowdy Lee retired from her work as a high school librarian in June 1999. She remains active in community organizations like the youth commission, the Early Childhood Library, and the local historical society and is also her church treasurer.

Mollie Klee Heron was in Japan in May and Alaska in July.

Naomi Leibowitz Cramer is still teaching psychology as an adjunct at Bloomfield College and Montclair State University. She’s also an antique dealer with booths and shops in Great Barrington, MA, and Bennington, VT.

Susanne Markley Isbill is retiring from teaching after 25 years and looking forward to “dancing to her own tune or not dancing at all.”

Karen Schnall Barash has bought a home in West Palm Beach, FL.

A July birthday party was held in Lake Placid, NY, for Herb and Sally Simmons Stoerr by their three children: Eric ’91, Heidi, and Sonja. Attending were Carol Copeland Schmidhauser, Katrine DeMaria Kretser, Lollie Engel Triebold, and Gay Mulligan Klaus-Scarborough. Also attending was Sally’s sister Ann Simmons Lundie ’58.

Peter and Terry Tiffany Sullivan have purchased a second home in Vero Beach, FL, with plans for traveling back and forth from Virginia via their boat and the Intracoastal Waterway. This summer, however, they spent three weeks in Africa, from Kenya down to South Africa.

Janet Tobie Robbins led a bicycle tour from Lake Champlain to Montreal and back to Lake Placid. She gave up horses but is still “riding” to keep in shape.

George and I broke the summer heat by spending August in Stowe, VT.


Jane Snowdon Jones
60 Elmcrest Dr.
Dallas, PA 18612
fax: 717-283-6099

After husband Sam retired in the spring of ’99, Hether Connor Turner reports, they bought a home in Siesta Key, FL, where they now spend the winters. Son Sam Turner ’89 and his wife gave them their first grandchild, Grace Crawford Turner, last November. Daughter Michele Turner ’88 has been accepted into a Ph.D. program in English at the University of Massachusetts. Bert Turner ’96 and his wife are living in Boston, where he works for Zoom Telephonics.

Our condolences to Margaret Mower Reynolds, whose husband died in February.


Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb
6212 Castle Haven Rd.
Cambridge, MD 21613

I am sorry I left out news from Elsie Raymond Maddaus of Scotia, NY, in the last issue. She retired in July ’99 from the Schenectady County Historical Society as archivist and librarian although she continues her work there as a member of the board and volunteer.

Nancy Harrison is newly retired after 31 years with IBM. Not one to rest on her laurels, she has moved to Farmington, CT, and is working for that state’s government investing in high-tech start-up companies. She enjoys the tranquility in her new home and would “love to hook up with Skidmore women in the region.”

Mary Stofflet, who helped launch the San Francisco Airport Museum in 1980 and is now its assistant director of education and publications, reports that its current staff of 50 has been anticipating the opening of a new international terminal this fall. Among the new exhibitions: parasols from Japan, 19th-century mechanical toys and automata, and California Indian baskets.

Sherrie Thurtson Tossell’s husband, Gary, is retired from the travel business. When they are not traveling on the boat that they keep in La Paz, Mexico, Sherrie works with an organization that arranges for church volunteers to help needy people.

Sue Wilkinson Hunter has been in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania for about a year; husband David works for PP&L. She works three days a week as a legal secretary and plays golf and bridge in her free moments. Daughter Samantha plans to take the bar exam in the early summer of 2001; daughter Allison is in architecture in Denver; and son Ted is a junior majoring in computer engineering at Penn State.

In addition to painting and showing her work, Ellen Winnick Sinel was busy preparing for her daughter’s October wedding.


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein
315 Sheringham Dr.
Hockessin, DE 19707

Sallie Baldwin echoes the last news of herself and Kathie Aberman. Although they could not attend the 35th reunion, they send their best wishes to all their classmates. Kathie still teaches English at Liberty High School in the Catskills, and Sallie is a social worker for the elderly and lives in Agawam. Sallie’s daughter is Kristin Andrade ’89.


Reunion ’01!

Ann LoDolce
1350 Belmont St., Ste. 104
Brockton, MA 02301

Jane Aberman Baringer reports that her daughter graduated in May 1999 from Haverford College. Husband Jim, a building contractor, is currently building a house for her mother right across the street from them. Jane left her position of 10 years as a medical secretary to satisfy her need for change. She worked three garden jobs during the summer of 1999 and found the work therapeutic and satisfying. She is now pursuing graduate studies in gerontology.

Sandy Berk Jacoby notes how quickly life is flying by. The young man she married in 1966 has just turned 60. Friends and family gathered on Block Island to throw him a festive surprise party. The guests included classmates Nancy Fisher and Dale Kurland. Sandy’s three sons entertained: Scott ’93 played the piano and Jon, a recent Harvard graduate, and James, a sophomore at UPenn, completed the roast-toast portion of the day. In addition to her private tutoring practice, Sandy is director of the Rye Youth Employment Service based in Rye High School.

During the summer of 1999, Bonnie Borrie Miller visited with Susan Kanowith-Klein in Pacific Palisades, CA. Susan encouraged Bonnie to pursue an M.A. in fine arts at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. As a result, Bonnie obtained this 60-credit-hour degree while teaching art at Washington Episcopal School. Her thesis show included seven watercolor paintings and a monumental sculpture; two of the paintings were shown at the Mill River Gallery in Ellicott City, MD. When in California, Bonnie visits with her first-born grandchild.

Sybil Grindlinger Reid has been a psychotherapist in private practice in Somerset, NJ, for 25 years. She is an avid kayaker who prefers white water rivers. Her daughters, Sharon, 21, and Debra, 19, attend Rutgers University.

In 1999 Roselle Kline Chartok led a study tour in Peru in June, did a week of research in Vienna in August, and attended a women’s conference in Cuba in October. She lives in Great Barrington and welcomes classmates who come to the Berkshires.

Louise Provisor Kleinbaum, husband Cliff, and son Eric enjoyed an exciting trip to the Galapagos Islands in May. Eric received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and will pursue his residency in internal medicine at Baylor Medical Center in Houston.

Ann Ramsay Jenkins serves on a variety of boards. She is the new appointee to Governor Lock’s Education and Coordination Board, is founding chairperson of the University of Washington Academic Medical Center’s Development Council, and serves on the Seattle Repertory Theater board. She was also expecting to launch a $15-20 million endowment campaign. She and her husband find ample time to travel, including a 1999 trip to Vietnam and Bangkok. In October they planned a trip to Israel, Cairo, Bombay, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Mary Ann Sheldon went back to school at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a master’s degree in education a few years ago. She has given up medical publishing after many years and now enjoys teaching first grade at Friends’ Central School in Pennsylvania. Her daughter starts ninth grade there and her son is in sixth grade.

Frances Srulowitz had a wonderful opportunity in August 1999 to go to Iceland with children’s book author Bruce MacMillan to study puffins and the Icelandic horse. She highly recommends visiting this “land of the midnight sun.”

Christina Strong Hirsch reports that daughter Marjorie is a CPA working in Chicago for Upshot, a marketing company. Son Peter is also in Chicago embarking on a teaching career, and daughter Kathryn is a sophomore at Middlebury College. Now that they are “true empty nesters,” Christina and husband Ron have moved to Portland, ME, after living in Dusseldorf, Germany, for eight years. She adds that she sees Cathie Baxley Gifford frequently and spent a weekend with her at the Saratoga Springs dressage show.

Dorothy Terk Korostoff writes that she has been living in Pasadena, CA, since 1972. She has three daughters, one of whom is an ob/gyn resident at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Another is an elementary school teacher in Irvine, CA, and the third is a junior in high school. Terry is a real estate agent with Podley, Caughey and Doan/Coldwell Banker in Pasadena.

The birth of Sophie Wiley Gallacher to oldest son Douglas and his wife has made Charlotte Young Gregory a grandmother.

I am still active in my divorce and mediation law practice. I am proud to report that my oldest son began attending Harvard University


Elizabeth Maccracken Winn
421 Alan-A-Dale Hill
Sherwood Forest, MD 21405

Along with husband Alan and daughter Jennifer, Beth Alexander Baumert trains dressage horses at their Cloverleaf Farm in Columbia, CT. She is also the technical editor for the national magazine Dressage Today. Son Kevin is married and works at World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. Son Karl is a senior at Dartmouth.

During annual fund calls, I talked with Victoria Ansbacher Hosford in Barrington, RI. Last September she found a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She took a leave of absence from her job as a school nurse and underwent four cycles of chemotherapy and 34 radiation treatments. Her husband and daughters have been wonderfully supportive. Her oldest daughter is a special education teacher in Providence and her youngest is at Marist College.

Christie Ellis Courtney writes with sad news of Sandy Harrod Frigon. Last April Sandy lost her husband, Richard, after a long, courageous battle with brain cancer.

Bev Harrison Miller wrote, “Laura Lee Linder’s son Jamie graduated with the Skidmore class of 2000. I spoke at that commencement ceremony, welcoming the seniors, now graduates, into the Skidmore alumni association. As I walked up to the podium, I saw in front of my eyes Laura waving our 1967 class scarf from our last reunion! (I was wearing mine too.) This was a truly wonderful moment.”

After I told Bev about professor emeritus Jim Kettlewell’s tour and lecture on the Capitol Building for the Washington alumni club, Bev spoke with Dale Appleman, who lives in DC. Dale was truly sorry to miss Dr. Kettlewell, but her son had a concert that conflicted. I wish she had been there, since I was the only one from ’67 among the huge group that attended.

Lorraine Rorke Bader has been teaching fourth grade at the French-American International School in San Francisco for five years. She is co-chair of her church’s stewardship committee and has helped many parishioners to become involved in community service projects. She and her husband, Lani, have also been active in their children’s schools. Their daughter, Linden, is now at the University of California at Berkeley. Tony is in ninth grade at University High School.

Wendy Shapiro Katz shook off the cold of Nova Scotia and took a half-sabbatical this past spring in Florida. She taught introductory composition at a community college and continued her research on Robert Louis Stevenson.

Jean Summersgill Sandberg is now the grandmother of twin boys. Dianne Wingerter Robinson, Jean’s Skidmore roommate, thinks that is really neat because her twin boys are grown up and in college.


Molly Meyer
496 Whitney Ave., #1C
New Haven, CT 06511

Marte Loken Berntsen, Susan Starrett Martin, and Nita Walter McAdams hiked, skied, and talked about old and new times in Norway for 10 days in July. Marte lives in Filtvel, Norway, and has a ski cabin and a summerhouse. The three visited at both houses and also enjoyed a hotel in the mountains. Marte’s two daughters are on the Norwegian national ski team—Hedda in slalom and Ingrid in moguls. Son Bjarte is a math instructor at the University of Oslo and a BASE jumper. Susan’s son John Martin completed his Skidmore degree last spring, and son Matthew is a high school student in Portland, Maine. Nita’s daughter Nellie is at Dartmouth and studying in Edinburgh, Scotland, in October. Son David is at Linfield College in Oregon.

Karen McCarthy Cady published the memoir “Bertha’s House” in the August 1999 issue of House Beautiful. She is now writing for Web sites and buying regional literature for Borders bookstore in Burlington, VT.

Nancy Reid moved from northern California in August to take a position with the Janus Press in Newark, VT.

After completing an internship, Pat Underwood Rich will receive her M.S. in counseling from Georgia State in 2001. She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in gerontology and will have an internship at Wesley Woods at Emory University.


Elizabeth McKinley Loomis
8 Leather Lane
Beverly Farms, MA 01915

Carole Chulick Stone became New York State budget director in June. Governor George Pataki praised her as “a consummate professional who has demonstrated she has the experience, skills and intellect to be a great budget director for the people of New York State.” Carole has worked in the state’s budget division for 25 years, rising to deputy director in 1995 and acting director since last January.

Dale Eddolls Goodyear has marked her 3oth year of teaching high school English. Along with husband Dan, she has also been raising llamas for the past 12 years. Their herd now numbers 187. She invites everyone to visit or come to eastern Pennsylvania and see them in person.

Suegy Getty Randall and husband Randy are “totally ensconced in the Sante Fe lifestyle.” Randy manages Eldorado Hotel, and both are very involved in community volunteer work.

Candace Leeds and husband Ed are well and happy. She is working hard for Loews Corporation and the Tisch family and is “loving every minute of it.”

Sandra Mclaughlin McFarland writes that daughter Elizabeth was married in June. Her older daughter, Amanda, presented her with an “adorable” granddaughter, Grace, in June 1999.

Christine Neill continues to direct the postbaccalaureate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She regularly exhibits her own paintings in East Coast galleries and spends the summers in southern New Hampshire, where she has a house with her husband, Lew Fifield, a designer. She adds that she occasionally sees Michelle Cherney Gillette in the Berkshires, Bailey Evans Fine in Baltimore, and Nancy Marx Ellsworth in San Francisco. She also receives email from Diana Clark Crookes.

Sara Ritz Kaplowitz’s son, Elliot is at Brandeis, and daughter Emily is at the University of Maryland. Son Aaron keeps busy with high school sports and preparing for college boards. Her husband, Howard, has a new position with Cushman-Wakefield in New York City. As for Susan, she is still a rehab program manager with Genesis.

“I am now the mother of two college graduates!” says Sue Hubbard Okie. Ted graduated from NYU in 1998 and Seeley from Colby College in 2000. Cameron is a sophomore at Darien High School and Susanna is in the sixth grade. Sue has seen Charlene D’Avanzo a few times this year.


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