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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian

Charlotte Mueller Smith was in charge of cataloging over 400 quilts in the biennial New England Quilt Show in Amherst, MA, this spring. Shortly thereafter, she was delighted to learn that one of her quilt samplers was selected for exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum as part of a commemorative show honoring her late instructor, Kathleen Weinheimer. Charlotte spent a week at Quilt Camp in New York’s Leatherstocking region over the summer.

My husband, Set, and I recently cruised from Venice to Istanbul via the Black Sea ports of Odessa, Yalta, Constantza, and Varna—an interesting mix of ancient and modern history with both depressed and thriving economies. Each city, however, had lovely tree-lined streets, which gave a certain charm to even the worst of them.

Ellen Kelsey Dubocq informed me of the death of her husband, Charlie, in March.


Patricia Bryant Koedding

Our 50th reunion was stupendous! Much of the credit belongs to the reunion team members and to my sidekick, class fund chair Dot Danniger Ericsson. Joan Kreuser Noone’s creative energies came out in full flower in the hospitality room. And where would our theme “Saratoga Trunk” have been without the actual item so ably pulled by Merry Lou Greeley VanGelder and husband Paul during the parade of classes! It was wonderful to see so many returning classmates, and for some, it was their first reunion!

New class president Pat Grummon Clegg thanks planning committee members for a great job. “They are a hard act to follow, but Pat O’ Meara Jevons, Izzie Bohman, and I will do our best! We are already at work on a scrapbook of reunion memories for our 55th in 2006.” Pat and her husband, George, capped their summer with a 10-day train trip on the American Orient Express across Canada from Vancouver to Montreal. “It was wonderful,” observes Pat, “especially walking on the glacier at Jasper.”

Georgene Simon Dreishpoon writes, “Our 50th reunion was extra-special, right down to the fireworks.” Georgene and husband Irv have a new granddaughter, Maia, born this spring to Lisa and Douglas Dreishpoon ’76. Georgene and Irv have quite a challenge keeping up with their three other grandchildren, particularly 12-year-old Marion, who, says Georgene, “is outdriving both of us on the golf course!”

Martha Kennedy Warren and her husband, Bob, took a cruise to southern Caribbean islands this summer. They were able to make a stop in Venezuela, where Martha and Polly Herrick Pujol had lived after graduating from Skidmore.

Please see the feature story on Diane Fiske Haessler in this issue of Scope.

Betsy Morison Allen, who was unable to attend Reunion, was touched when Carol Miller Brown brought back several photos and reunion items to her. Carol attended the funeral of Betsy’s daughter, Nancy, who died in May. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Betsy and her family.

We also extend condolences to the families of Marilyn Zneimer Gosnell and Rosina Schmidt McKee.


Reunion ’02!

Doris Harbach Patten

Our 50th reunion is in May 2002. Wouldn’t it be great if 100 percent of our class attended? All you have to do is come and enjoy seeing and talking to old and new friends. Make plans now to attend.

Ginny Martin is now in the 40th year of operating her stables, Borderland Farm. Elected Orange County Horse Council Horse Person of the Year in 2000, she says, “I’m up to my ears in riding camps and clinics for adults and children.” Recently Ginny’s horses graced the cover of Skylands magazine, the New Jersey Herald did a profile of her for its “Sassy Seniors” column, and a New Jersey agri-tourist magazine chose her for its cover. She quips, “I still don’t know if it’s me or the horses they want to photograph!” Ginny, who has been involved in farmland preservation for over a decade, notes that Borderland Farm is near land protected from development by the New Jersey and New York governments, which will guarantee that her property will remain a farm in perpetuity. Last year, Ginny traveled to Yucatan to coach a disabled riding group and later returned with three of her able-bodied students for an international jumping competition.

Betty Tullis Hagen and Art traveled to Chicago over the summer to see new granddaughter Elinor Elizabeth, born to their daughter, Karen. Andy Griffith Kelpler, and her husband, Keith, joined Betty and Art for a Caribbean cruise on the SS Norway, followed by a few days in Key West in January. Friends for many years, the foursome travel together annually.

Pat Case Young’s grandson, Paul Edmonson, graduated from Texas A&M in May with a bachelor’s in computer science.

Jean Adams Shaw and Randy Moore Foster met for lunch with Mary Lyman Heist ’53 in late May. Following a wonderful chat, Mary treated Jean and Randy to a tour of the Lyman Homestead in Middlefield, CT, a historic farm that was being showcased to benefit the local YMCA.

Gus Forcucci was surprised by an “unforgettable” retirement party thrown by his son, Richard, who will take over Gus’s dental practice. In addition to the June 29 retirement bash, reports a happy Gus, “my daughter, Maria, was married on July 4. What a week!”


Elizabeth Hauser

Til Jones Neri joined a group of classmates who got together to tour Mary Lyman Heist’s family homestead in Middlefield, CT. Lyman Orchards was part of a designer showcase home fundraiser to benefit the local YMCA. A favorite gathering place for generations, the homestead features acres of orchards, two golf courses, and a year-round farm market. Classmates came from three states to spend the day with Til and Lymie. Edie Baldwin Wonnell, Ann Shaaber Campney, Alice Gundersen Schofield, Carolyn Roberts Breakenridge, and Rusty Lyon Holton enjoyed touring 20 decorated rooms and a delicious lunch.

In June, Jacquie Bailey Martin hosted the first meeting of the 50th Reunion Committee at her home on Cape Cod. Those who began the planning for the “Big 50” were Joan Dymond Barnett, Dianne Snow Brennan, Sally Sanderson Cutler, Betsy Singer Gluck, Cyndie Madsen Henson, Jacquie Bailey Martin, Til Jones Neri, Debby Phillips, MaryJo Marcy Rines and Priscilla Greene Taylor. Annual Fund director Adele Einhorn ’80 was on hand to assist.


Joanna Davenport

Sue Davis Tull continues as president of the board for the Ivymount School, which serves special-needs kids and can be accessed at Ivymount.org.

In April, Gwen Williams Spencer visited Betty Carpenter Evans and husband Gil in Tucson, and were joined for dinner by Edith Barbour Lauver, Joy Richardson Vidal, and their spouses.


Mariana Duggan Drebing

Rosanne Brody Raab took a spring trip to Spain and France, which included attending a French language school for three hours a day. As always, she is happy to share travel tips and can be contacted at Rosraab@aol.com.

Diane Davis Noble met with Joan Kennison Shaw on a trip south. Joan and Gerry have a home on St. Simon's Island, GA.

Tracy Guthrie hosted a mini-reunion with Ellie Boughner Axford, Syl Grove Hitchcock, Dot Kathan Jardine, Jean Lechleitner Weisel, Sally Wagman Hoge, and Rosemary Wheatley Hudson at her ranch at Lometa, TX. They rekindled friendships as they romped through the bluebonnets, admired cattle with new calves, and rode four-wheelers.

Dorie Kilpatrick Frey and husband Jack spent a week visiting friends in Saratoga and were quite impressed with the city as a getaway destination.

Nancy Sulkin Marin attended a Lifelong Learners Association conference and chatted with guest speaker Michael Dukakis, a former next-door neighbor and childhood friend.

Sue Warren Campbell spent three months in the Syracuse area to escape the Florida heat. She and husband Doug visited their son in Homer, NY.

Jane Blau Grossman’s husband, Ron, is assisting her recuperation from her second hip replacement this year. Both retired, the couple has four children and eight grandchildren scattered in Connecticut, Illinois, and Ohio. Jane was able to attend her 50th high school reunion in September.

Adrea Gelb Seligsohn and husband Leo now live in Sarasota, FL, during the winter and summer in Becket, MA. Although retired, Adrea works many hours as a Guardian ad Litem representing children of divorce, abuse, or neglect in court. Andrea is also president of the Berkshire Chapter of UNIFEM (UN Development Fund for Women), on the board of the U.S. Committee for UNIFEM and travel chairperson of the Gulf Coast chapter. In July, she and Leo hosted Sandra Weber Epstein and her husband, Harold, in Sarasota.


Averill Geus

Carol Stock Mahony and her husband, Dick, spent a week in Chicago this summer welcoming their ninth grandchild, Frederick, born to daughter Sheila. Carol and Dick can now boast seven granddaughters and two grandsons. In August, they flew to France to visit daughters Mary and Carol Ann, followed by a September trip to Manchester, England, to attend a nephew’s wedding.

Linda Walleen Will had an active summer hosting many visitors at her home on the Potomac. She invited over 70 members of the Treasure Cove community to a poolside party, just a week before a massive lightning storm struck the area and injured two residents. Linda enjoyed her annual August wanderings throughout New England to visit family.

Harry Ambrose wrote to “clandestinely report that my bride, Margie Andre Ambrose, scored a hole-in-one at the Williamsburg, VA, Country Club on June 25. She hit a five wood on the par-three, 140-yard third hole. I doubt she would tell you this on her own.” Harry describes himself and Margie as “avid golfers trying to make up for a late start.” He adds that Margie “also plays tennis very creditably.”


Reunion ’02!

Ann Talbot Brown

Elaine Xenakis Vardakis offers this synopsis of the past 44 years: Leaving the U.S. in 1961 to teach children of military dependents, she lived in England and Turkey, moving to Crete in 1963 for a one-year assignment. It was in Crete that Elaine found her “island in the sun.” She completed a distance master’s degree in teaching from Ball State University, and began teaching secondary-level history and minority and cultural studies. “I became enamored with a man who serenaded me, singing and strumming his guitar. We spent 27 melody-filled years together. In 1984, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired from teaching. Although I have been widowed since 1994, I love it on Crete and will remain with my many beautiful memories.”


Jane Goodman Hunter

Joan Bowles Averette and her husband, George, traveled to Baton Rouge, LA, in July to compete in the National Senior Games. In 2003, the games will be held in Hampton Roads, VA. Joan and George hope to see classmates among the crowd!


Carolyn Brown Straker

Thanks for your mail and compliments. The best was from a pal of our late class secretary Nancy Robinson Popplewell, who said, “Pop would approve!”

Barbara Brownell retired this year after 42 years of teaching. She’ll help teachers on a voluntary basis a few days a week, but like many classmates she wants to spend more time traveling and visiting grandchildren. Barbara feels “blessed with good health for myself and my family, and with time to enjoy life.”

Ellen Draper Carey now resides at 296 Park Trace Blvd., Osprey, FL 34229. “With four moves in 11 years,” she jokes, “some friends accuse me of ruining their address books!”

Emily Cross Farnsworth spent an exciting two weeks studying pre-Raphaelite painters at Oxford University.

Ginny Diefendorf Preston moved from Connecticut to California’s Bay Area, where she has connected with “a very friendly group of Skidmore alumni.” She works four days a week at Smith Barney, leaving time for hiking and cheering on her eight-year-old grandson at baseball games. She says, “Time is a wonderful thing, especially when you have some!”

At a Skidmore club gathering in NYC, I caught up with Carolyn Salminen Konheim and Barbara Effron. Barbara is art director for Where magazine, which is found in every major hotel room in the city.

Helen Lerner Halpern wrote, “Just got back from trekking in Nepal with my husband. It was a beautiful place with a fascinating culture.”

Anne Henszey Pyle wrote that a collection of hers was on exhibit at the American Bible Society Gallery in NYC. The show is entitled Printing the Word: The Art of Watanabe Sadao. Anne was his private student in 1971.

Ann Hubbard Delaney wrote that she had breast cancer and she thanks the Lord for healing her.

Martie Hubbard Harrigan had just moved into a new home (with ducks and geese on a pond) outside Atlanta, GA, when she was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1999. After extensive surgery, “I’m just getting back to my old self,” she writes, “and have hopefully started a ‘new career’ bringing some joy to those who are suffering.” Martie enjoys golf, gardening, and grandchildren; and she and husband Jack took a trip to Ireland. Martie would love to hear from classmates in the Atlanta area.

Barbara Huge Homeier had a warm sunny respite in Boca Grande, FL, and recently was visited by David and Bev Sanders Payne in St. Louis.

Jane Johnson Fear says she and Bob are enjoying retirement, skiing in Stratton, VT, and playing golf and paddle tennis.

Phyllis Kaufman Brociner retired recently from her job with the Elizabeth, NJ, planning commission. She and Steve took a long-dreamed-of vacation to New Zealand and Australia. Phyllis recently became a first-time grandma; having had two sons, she is excited to have a granddaughter!

Cynthia Green Kohl keeps in touch with Paula Hawkinson Rooks and Carol Johanson Lundin, who both have homes in Warren, RI. Carol and husband Bob previously lived in Saudi Arabia.

Nancy Rae Scully writes that their daughter lives in Cairo, Egypt, where her new husband is doing research on hepatitis C. Classmates at the wedding were Sue Collard Fanning, Jean Taylor Brown, and Pam Bartholomew Armstrong. Nancy and husband Dennis visited the newlyweds in Cairo—“the trip of a lifetime!”

Norman and I had dinner recently with Donald Witmondt (widower of Joyce Burstein) and his wife. In Florida last February, Joan Cangelosi Kicska visited me, and we visited Gail Lichtenstein Edelman.

Margery Feiler Burman moved back to NYC after raising a family in San Francisco. We had lunch at the Whitney Museum, where Margery volunteers, and talked for hours about classmates and old friends. She’s joining me on the program committee of the NYC Skidmore Club this fall.

This past summer, class president Bev Sanders Payne organized an outstanding mini-reunion for a group of us at Skidmore, including faculty seminars, a cruise on Lake George, and a tour of the Tang Museum.


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