About Scope    Editor's Mailbox    Back Issues    Skidmore Home

Fall 2001

- - - - - - - - - -





On campus

The faculty


Arts on view

Alumni affairs
and development

Class notes



1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 |1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949


Genevieve Oliver Littlefield


Miriam Ogden Cudmore

What a great 60th reunion we had! We missed those of you who were not able to attend. Eighteen class members (along with five husbands, four daughters, and one son) enjoyed “minicollege” courses and lectures, warm greetings from President Studley, and a delicious dinner at Union Gables Bed and Breakfast, formerly Furness House, a dorm on the old campus.

Outgoing president Pat Wakeley Mara was given a vote of thanks as reunion planner and class agent. Pat reported that an impressive 66.7% of the class contributed to the Annual Fund and raised $29,600. The new class officers are Ruth Mook Kerr, president; Dot Shaw Panning, class agent; and Miriam Ogden Cudmore, class secretary.

Gloria Moos Hatch announces the birth of her first great-grandson, Alden Blackman.

John and Tina Towne Moore enjoyed attending a family wedding in Denver, CO. The Moores summer in Vermont, returning to their home in Florida each October.

Ruth Lewis Runge is doing well after a hospital stay in March. She and husband Bob were sorry to have missed Reunion.

Carolyn Eberle Caldwell was honored by the Junior League of Cincinnati, OH, for her many years of service to the Greater Cincinnati community. She has been a key volunteer for the Salvation Army Federation of Women’s Auxiliaries, a group that coordinates the efforts of over 500 volunteers, for more than 40 years. As a member of the Junior League since 1940, Carolyn has staffed the newsletter, fashion show, and garden club committees, earning several awards for her horticultural expertise.

Alma Steinen Jung, Dottie Rose Murphy, and their spouses spent the winter in condos at Fairway Villas, in Stuart, FL. “It was perfect vacationing weather!”

Mary Collins Cookinham was unable to attend Reunion as she continues to repair her yard in Greensboro, NC, from the devastating effects of a severe storm last year. She did, however, enjoy a visit from Peggy Jouard Gibson.

Carolyn Eberle Caldwell attended the graduations of three granddaughters in June, traveling to California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania for ceremonies at Stanford University and two high schools.

We extend sympathy to the families of Mildred Harr Davis and Anne Watson Green, who died this spring.


Reunion ’02!

Julianne Oppenheimer Lewis

Elaine Lorson is preparing to move to a life care center in Westchester, NY. “I have a year to get ready and lots to do,” notes Elaine.

With several children and their families nearby, Marjorie Scott Ott is enjoying life in Florida. She insists that the art classes she took at Skidmore continue to add much to her life today; she designs ads for her son’s restaurant, the Pineapple Grille. Marjorie took a European cruise with her eldest son this summer.

North Carolina residents Virginia Fowler Gurney and husband Bob play golf as often as they can.


Mary Sinon Sayer

The Class of 1943’s Web site has been updated. You may e-mail class note items directly to me through the site. Please visit and send your comments, ideas, and photos to http://www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1943new/1943.html.

Anne Mills King chaired a National Council of Teachers of English conference, “Global English: Literature and Literacies,” in Washington, DC. Anne also delivered a presentation entitled “Fairytale, Fantasy, and Feminism in Chocolat; Book and Film,” at Cambridge University in England. She encourages classmates to visit her Web site, academic.pg.cc.md.us/. Anne, who edited the Skidmore News, has fond memories of “the odd little building behind Skidmore Hall, where we assembled the newspaper” and the adjacent police station, “which was helpful when we got locked out of the dorm.” She also recalls the excellent faculty who brought authors like Katherine Anne Porter and Carson McCullers to campus. Anne credits a liberal arts foundation for her varied careers, which include a stint in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, marriage to a foreign service diplomat, and 30 years as a professor of English and author of literature textbooks.

Suzy Smith Austin and I got together for lunch near Exeter, NH, this spring.


Barbara Conlon Bulger

In the small world category: Jean Poskanzer Rudnick has a friend who has a grandson who graduated this year from Norwich University in Vermont. The friend brought Jean the commencement program because one of the honorary degrees was awarded to a Skidmore alumna, Anna Bessarab Turner. Jean then called Anna and “we had a great visit, as we hadn’t talked since 1944.”

At the same event, Anna’s husband, George, was also awarded an honorary doctorate. They have been at Norwich since 1959 and George, who still teaches English, has worn many hats, including sports information and public relations. Anna says their years at Norwich have been exceedingly happy.


Olga Massimiano Gigante

Madeleine Schmidt Sullivan and her husband attended the 50th birthday of their sons, triplets Peter, Bill, and Jeff, in Seattle this spring.


Miriam Blechman Grimes

Faith Hope Barnard attended the New Orleans Jazz Festival this summer and later escaped with her three children, sans spouses and grandkids, for a week in the Bahamas.


Reunion ’02!

Jane Geibel Morton

Jerry Lehmann Moats’s granddaughter Charlotte, a sophomore at Dartmouth, won a 24-hour ski competition in Aspen last December.

Nancy Nickum Damtoft and her husband, Don, were thrilled when the life care community they had been considering offered them a place. They sold their condo, packed, and moved, all in just six weeks.

Class president Betty Noyes McMath, who continues to travel between Schenectady and Michigan, is heading a committee working on our 55th reunion. She welcomes ideas from all of you.

Nettie Ruland West and husband Bob journeyed to Cremona, Italy, in March to purchase a violin she had spotted on a trip the previous October. Web savvy Nettie negotiated the actual transaction with violin maker Ricardo Beogonzi on the Internet.

Joan Houghton Wynne is the proud grandmother of Isabella, born to daughter Connie.

My young neighbor Samantha Kipling ’00 tells me she toured the Tang Museum while attending this year’s graduation and was very impressed. Having watched the Tang evolve from idea to plan to construction, I can’t wait to see it during Reunion.

Back in March, my husband, Chuck, suffered a stroke. Although his vision has been affected and he is unsteady on his feet, he is ambulatory and speaking normally. The stroke has caused us to anticipate some major changes: we plan to move to a life care community in Greenport, Long Island, which is slated to open in July 2002. My new book, The Farmstand Companion, Vegetables and More, is now in bookstores. It was a two-year project that includes a history of farmstands in America.


Esther Anderson Lacey

Jessica Weis Warren and husband Bill spent three winter months in their new home in Boca Grande, FL. Son Chip ’76, who is an architect, designed the residence to make living easier for Judy and Bill.

Mary Ellen Tompson enjoyed a visit from Carol Bassett last winter in Fort Pierce, FL. The pair lunched with Pat Boan Rothermel from nearby Vero Beach. Carol and Tommie also spent time together at an Elderhostel earlier in the year in Tiger, GA.

Gloria D’Aiello Wehle displayed 14 watercolor paintings at an exhibit held at The Goldsmith Shop in Milford, CT. One of Gloria’s watercolors was used for the cover of the book Love Yourself First from Decipher Publications.

Jean Domin Knapp’s big splurge this year was the purchase of a Baldwin baby grand piano, which, to her delight, “really sings and resonates!” Jean still enjoys teaching music students in her home studio.

Verna Dick Stassevitch decided to hold a brunch this past spring for Skidmore alumnae classes of ’45 to ’60, who live in Marin County. For a Midwesterner newly transplanted to California, it was “a great way to meet new friends.”

Barbara Bettleheim Routh and her husband have moved to Florida and love it. Their new address is Indian River Estates, 2400 Indian Creek Blvd West, E301, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Barbara Green Brooks had a great time in Costa Rica last winter.

Tibby VanNess Reid and Dotsie Slosson Erskine got together over the summer to continue making plans for our big 55th reunion in 2003. They are contacting classmates who missed the 50th. I hope you are all planning to attend.


Edith Armend Holtermann

Cary Bruner Dean and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in the company of their four children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren in West Chester, OH. In March, Cary and husband Henry flew to South Africa—Cape Town, safari camps in the Okavango Delta of Botswana, and then Zambia and Victoria Falls. Cary spent the summer at her residence in Ontario, Canada.

Helen Buch Thorpe returned from a boat trip on the Rhine and Danube, from Amsterdam to Vienna. Nine family members assembled at her summer place to welcome her home, making finding a place to sleep that night a challenge for Helen!

Al and I had an opportunity to catch up with Mary Lou Woodruff Thompson during a trip to East Falmouth, MA, where my daughter, Dawn, has a new summer home. Lou spent time in Vermont with her son, who resides near Lake Champlain; she later hosted her stepdaughter and her family for a week. To my surprise, Suzanne Zinser Rosenborg also happened to be in town. She is still training horses, although she recently reduced her thoroughbred stable from 12 to six. Suzanne resides on a 47-acre farm in Stockton, NJ. She has five children and eight grandchildren.


© 2001 Skidmore College