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Marcia Mattson Todd

Gail Bendix Jaffe and husband Alan will move to Tucson, AZ, this December. They are currently touring Europe, including two months in Germany, where Gail will continue her study of the German language and “hopefully find the courage to speak it”; two months in Italy; and two weeks in Sicily. She and Alan became grandparents for the fourth time with the birth of Craig.

While vacationing in Florida, Hadley Sillick Robertson and her husband, Dick, had lunch with Mary Winters Cooper, her husband, Jim, and sister Eileen Winters Mann ’63. Mary is involved in efforts to help seniors in the area of mental health.

Thea Kharasch Flaum and husband Bob have renovated and expanded their Key West winter home. Thea owns a company that produces shows for cable television. Among them are At the Auction and Appraisal Fair on HGTV. She also serves on the board of the Gene Siskel Film Library at the Chicago Institute of Art.

Ellen Welles Linn’s daughter Laura has become Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2001. Laura, a senior in college, is taking a year off to represent the West in rodeo skills and animal husbandry. In December she will compete for Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas.

Rosemary Bourne has been instrumental in establishing a land trust in the Oyster Bay, Long Island, area whereby property owners donate the development rights of their land in return for a tax break. The trust recently received a donation of eighteen acres.

As part of Easter festivities at the White House, which included the traditional Easter egg roll, Mary Jane Springer Auch was invited to read from her children’s book Easter Egg Farm.

Lois Gudeon Sloan is a partner in a personnel recruiting firm that she formed with a friend. Lois says that psychology classes at Skidmore continue to be useful to her, as psychology plays a major role in her work.

After visiting Tibet in 1992, Connie Archibald became involved in a Tibetan-American resettlement project in the Minneapolis area. To date, they have resettled over 1,000 Tibetans, including a young woman that Connie co-sponsored. This past spring, Connie attended a luncheon given for the Dalai Lama when he visited the Twin Cities.

Sue Smith is the sales manager for the largest real estate firm in Tucson, AZ, where she is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing over 150 agents.

Cindy Caffrey Villano and her husband are moving from Waterbury, CT, to a summer place that they built on Cape Cod. They spend their winters in Boca Raton, FL.

Also on the move, Carol Vandeventer Baker has relocated from the Boston area to Phoenix, AZ, to be closer to her mother. She loves her new home, especially the sunshine and gardens. Carol still has her hand in the real estate business.

Lorrie Neski Fitch is a docent for the San Jose Museum of Art and also volunteers for a program that brings art into the public schools. Lorrie says that the exhibits change so frequently at the museum that she is receiving quite a thorough education in art history.

Joan Stilson Callahan and Beverly Martin Fraser caught up on 25 years of news when Beverly was in Atlanta for her son’s wedding.

Gail Corwin loves Los Angeles, where she is near two of her three daughters. She is a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, a job she enjoys very much. A highlight of this past year was participating in the 60-mile, three-day Avon Breast Cancer Walk from Santa Barbara to Malibu along with daughter Lynn. They completed the walk, which raised nearly $12,000 to fight breast cancer. Gail finds time to attend the LA Philharmonic, UCLA’s performing arts series, and many fine museums, including the new Getty Center. She occasionally has lunch with Kitty Biggert Pearsons, who lives 15 minutes from Gail’s office. Kitty’s son, Brett, is a stage actor who recently appeared in a production of The Weir, as a bartender with a perfect Irish brogue.

Rosanne Druian participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Rockville, MD, this spring. She walked 60 miles over a three-day period in honor of her mother, who is still going strong after surviving a bout of breast cancer nearly 50 years ago.

Lydia Wyman Pope and her husband built a home on St. Helen Island near Beaufort, SC, this year. They look forward to seeing Barby Morse Townsend and her husband, who reside nearby on Skidaway Island, GA. Lydia volunteersat the Arts Center in Dunwoody, GA, and enjoying her four grandchildren, who all live in the Atlanta area.

Kate Carmel has become a principal agent at the Phillips Auction House in NYC, a firm that is seriously challenging Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Heather Robinson Thorp is a seasoned teacher of three-year-olds, her favorite age group.

Jacquie Cropper Insley’s husband, Phil, has retired and they are fully enjoying a life filled with grandchildren and granddogs.

My summer was spent primarily at our vacation home in Friendship, ME, where we enjoyed many visits from family and friends. We returned to the farm near Saratoga from time to time to put in hay and check on the horses, especially the two foals that were born this spring. Doug’s retirement did not last long! He formed his own consulting business involving power generation and has been as busy as ever.


Sandy Weisman Sheppard

Sue Goodwin Allen and her husband “love retirement on the golf course” at King’s Creek, Rehoboth Beach, DE. “Come visit!”

Francine Fenn Hofmeister and husband, Bill, have a camp in Sparrow Beach, NY, where they spent a lot of time during the summer. Daughter Carolyn is head of the upper school at Brimmer and May in Chestnut Hill, MA; daughter Janet works in the business office at the Yale Medical School and her husband is a paramedic. Francine has two granddaughters, Morgan, 4, and Brenna, 3, who “keep us moving.”


Reunion ’02!

Emily Jansen Kane

As chair of the Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Group, environmental consultant Susie Brew Schreiber helps keep the public informed of the issues and agencies involved in the remediation of Waukegan Harbor in Illnois.

Concerned about hoof and mouth disease, Judy Martin Clements and husband Bill opted out of a hiking trip to England’s Lake District in May; instead, they spent time in Ireland.

Despite having a hip replaced in May, Florida resident Diane Macht Solomon is back at work as executive director of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.

Nancy Smith Bushell took a 15-day tour of northern European capitals. She also spent time with her daughter in Denver, CO, this summer.

Jane London, who has a daughter in NYC and another in Portland, OR, still enjoys selling real estate in Tucson, AZ.

Carole Moore Wiley relocated from West Hartford, CT to Waldwick, NJ, several years ago. Happy to be back in the NYC area, she is a manager at American Express in Manhattan.

In February, Naomi Leibowitz Cramer’s son, Eric, and his wife, Julie Colton ’88, had a second child, Ethan. Son Glenn is teaching at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. Naomi is still teaching psychology courses as an adjunct at two area colleges, when not dealing antiques with Booth Shops in Great Barrington, VT.

Beth Teegardin Williams caught a Cardinals game in St. Louis while visiting her daughter. She laments, “No McGwire homer.”

Fellow baseball fan Susie Schreiber treated her three grandchildren to a Chicago Cubs game during their visit to her home in Winnetka, IL, an annual tradition.

George and I enjoyed traveling to Lynchburg, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Pelham, NY, to visit our three daughters and five grandchildren.


Jane Snowdon Jones

Well, here we are in a milestone year of our lives. (Why is it so hard to say 60?) It is wonderful to read how vital and talented we continue to be. Once more, I’m convinced that it’s not the age, it’s the attitude.

Joyce DiBona says, “Since I hated the idea of turning 60, I am now celebrating my 58th birthday and counting backwards.” Joyce and her husband are balancing work for their travel newspapers and keeping in touch with their eight grandchildren. The Argentinean branch of the family has moved to the U.S. “It will be great to have everyone here for a change, reports a pleased Joyce.”

Holly Gardiner Cohen and husband Barry are buying a condo and have sold their house of 30 years. Holly still enjoys working in the development and purchasing of direct mail packages for Readers Digest.

Ginny Nyvall Durfee sold her business, Prize Possessions, and hasn’t had a chance to miss working amidst all the festivities surrounding the wedding of daughter Susan this year.

Wendy Sussman Rubin and husband Arthur had a wonderful summer trip to Scandinavia, “a great way to escape the brutal heat of Florida.” They have a new grandchild, Alexander David, born to daughter Victoria Rubin Stofsky ’91.

Italy was the destination for Lynn Edwards Hendricks and husband Peter. This was their fourth visit and along with their traditional visit to Perugia, where Peter attended university, they explored the lake region, Venice, and Florence. Lynn felt the trip would “sweeten the birthday we are all facing this year.”

Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco and I went to Judy Pettingell’s 60th birthday clambake in Hanover, NH. Judy’s sons Wes and Jake joined many friends celebrating her big day. Judy was serenaded with a special song composed in her honor to the tune of our alma mater. In addition to teaching art in two local school systems, Judy is clerk of her Quaker Meeting.

Also attending were Debby Frankel Reese and husband John, who live on a beautiful farm in a small Vermont town where Debby co-edits the newspaper. Debby and John are the proud parents of two Hungarian pulis. They enjoy being close to Dartmouth and nearby attractions—“different ones than when we were Skidmorites, of course!” Debby is painting, gardening, and doing a little writing. Life’s biggest change is the addition of Aidan, their nine-month-old grandson. “He is perfect and I am besotted!” Debby compares grandbaby pictures via the Internet with Karen Levin Coburn.

Ronnie Bramseco coordinated an evening at the NYC Opera for the NYC alumni club for a second time earlier this year. There were 125 alumni and friends in attendance at each event. She is organizing a March evening to see Carmen. If you’re interested in attending, please contact her at ronz120@aol.com.

Joan Layng Dayton reports, “I have one more year of my term as chair of the board of trustees and am still loving it, even after 15 years on the board! The College is robust and thriving, and it has been a pleasure to work with President Jamie Studley over the past two years. The campus looks better than ever with the Tang Museum as an exciting focal point, both architecturally and programmatically. I hope everyone has a chance to see it. It alone is worth the trip to Saratoga.” Joanie enjoys working with other trustees from our era—Penny Dammann Johnston, Dale Owen Coxe ’64, Barbara McIlveen Baldwin ’61, Polly Skogsberg Kisiel ’62, Sara Lubin Schupf ’62, and Sue Corbet Thomas ’62, who will succeed Joanie as chair next year. Joanie and husband Bob spend part of the winter in Hawaii, part of the summer in Maine, and the rest of the year in Minnesota near their three sons and four grandchildren, who range in age from 9 months to 6 years. Bob has retired as CEO of the family business, but will retain an office in Minneapolis. Joanie and Bob often see Susan Dalrymple Wilson and husband Steve, who live nearby.

Dina Schoenthal Butcher and husband Bill of Bismark, ND, are enchanted with new grandbaby Owen, the son of daughter Marnie and husband Shadd. Avid sailors, Dina and Bill have already had Owen aboard their beloved Rovin Tarr for an overnight. Younger daughter Amanda married a physician in Spokane, WA. He was readily welcomed into the family, as he learned all the words to the Sakakawea Lake songs! To Dina’s delight, the newlyweds will live in North Dakota.

Jane Finneman Hochman sadly lost her 93-year-old mother. Daughter Robin had a September wedding in Beverly Hills, CA, and daughter Amy is completing her doctorate in Latin American history. Living in the Princeton, NJ, area, Jane and husband Jack have managed to audit some Princeton University courses.

Margie Lewis Moore and husband Dan are thrilled that daughter Heather, husband Thomas, and sons Henry 3, and Leo, 1, have moved back to Cleveland from NYC. Heather runs her own jewelry design business, and her husband is a painter. Youngest daughter Halley attends NYU’s creative-writing graduate program. Margie retired from 17 years as lab manager in the science department of University School, a private boys’ school. Though she misses the students and faculty, she loves her newfound freedom and time with her grandsons. She and Dan sail and ride bikes, and enjoy the family cottage in Michigan.

Carol Smith Witherell has been elected to the board of governors of the City Club of Portland, OR, and is active on its committee on education and human development. She is the editor of Narratives, a bilingual journal of school reform grounded in school-community collaboration in urban school districts. This coming year, she will chair the education department at Lewis and Clark College, where she has served on the faculty since 1987. In addition, Carol is hiking the East Dolomites in Italy to celebrate her 60th birthday!

Barbara Bankes Cunningham and husband John are now the happy grandparents of three little girls. Although John is retired, Barbara continues to work at Pace University, where she is assistant vice president and director of business operations for its information technology group.

Last Christmas, my entire clan flew to Alta, UT, on Christmas Day to ski. While we were there, I saw Evelyn Berrell Edwards and her husband, John. I had not seen Evelyn since she was in my wedding some 37 years ago. Evelyn and John have two children, Liz and Matthew. Evelyn is expert in needlepoint and Japanese embroidery.

Betsy Orr Klausing and her husband, Bill, live in Berardsville, NJ, where Betsy works part time for Eagle’s Nest gift shop.

I was excited to take a first mother-daughter trip to London in October. No husbands or grandchildren—just Cathy and me.


Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb

Nancy Gardiner Milstein, who earned an M.A. in educational computing from Columbia Teacher’s College, has been running her own computer consulting and training business for ten years. Nancy’s three kids, Robert, Daniel, and Mark, are all successfully out of the nest and she is enjoying her granddaughter, Nathalie Anne.

Janet Davidson Allan is vice chair of the U.S. Preventative Services Taskforce, a 14-member group of medical professionals who develop evidence-based recommendations for screening, counseling, immunizations, and chemoprophylaxis nationwide.

After a year teaching French and Spanish in New York State schools, Lynne Knobel plans to concentrate on her artwork.

Carol Russo Loscalzo’s niece Maria Pritchett ’02 is on Skidmore’s crew.

Bill and I joined the ranks of grandparents when our son Billy and wife Wendy gave us a granddaughter last year. Daughter Elizabeth was married in October 2000 and her husband supplied us with three ready-made grandsons. Bill worked with the local board of education to help recruit children of migrant workers as school pupils.


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein

Sybyll Scaife Hadjis is a quilt artist in Glens Falls, NY, where she exhibits and sells her work. She also writes articles for Voices of the Heart, a publication that advocates for the mentally ill. Newly converted to Roman Catholicism, Sybyll has joined a charismatic ministry for adult children of alcoholics and battered women. She can be reached at quilted@hotmail.

Pam Ghents Ness, former director of the Pawleys Island, SC, Montessori Day School, is deciding what’s next for her; in the meantime, shecontinues on the parent education committee of the Horry County Community Coalition and as co-chair for the Festival of Trees sponsored by the Georgetown Hospice. Husband Hal is very active with statewide youth lacrosse programs. Pam’s new e-mail address is pgn@sc.rr.com.

Maxine Silton Goldberg and husband Jay took another bike trip this summer, touring Italy’s Adriatic Coast. Maxine enjoys managing a residential real estate office in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Eva Meinberg Aviad recalls becoming an American citizen during her junior year at Skidmore. “I came from Haiti and had a German passport; my father was a German refugee.” Married to an Israeli diplomat, Eva now lives in Israel. One of her daughters is studying architecture in Toronto, another is finishing a master’s in art history at Hebrew University, while the third completed army service as a guide at the Air Force Museum based in Beersheva. Eva has operated her own real estate business in Jerusalem for six years. She would love to hear from classmates at eaviad@actcom.co.il.

For the past three years, Margaret Hadderman has been living with husband Frank and three cats in a small, desert mining/art town in New Mexico, which she describes as a “lovely, unpretentious place, where we have renovated a California mission style home and can walk nearly everywhere.” Margaret is a librarian who “telecommutes to work” at the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management at the University of Oregon. She grows organic vegetables and flowers, makes patchwork quilts for nieces and nephews, plays the recorder in a medieval and a renaissance group, and sings in a community choir.

Ellen Judge Swanson retired in June 2000 from a career in elementary education. She is enjoying traveling with husband Norman, most recently to Costa del Sol, Spain, and the island of Mallorca.

Judith Testa was awarded the 2001 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, from which she retired in December after a 32-year career teaching art history.

I directed the deployment of a new computer system at the national operations office for the U.S. Department of Labor’s workers’ compensation programs in Washington, DC. The imaging system eliminates excessive paper files. As supervisory claims examiner, I manage a 10-person unit that oversees $75,000,000 in long-term workers’ compensation benefits.


Ann LoDolce

Emily Kendrick Chilcote teaches preschool and enjoys a very active life in Cleveland Heights, OH. Two of her four children live in Cleveland. A daughter will graduate from Indiana University in December. Emily keeps in touch with roommate Cindie Holmes Hermes, who lives in Columbus, OH.

Marjorie Sherwood Freeman retired from IBM in 1997, and takes care of her son, who has atypical autism as well as neurological disorders. She enjoys taking courses at Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut and working on house reconstruction plans.


Reunion ’02!

Elizabeth Maccracken Winn

In August, a group of us met on the Skidmore campus to piece together plans for our 35th reunion in 2002. Participants in the planning session were Sally Huling Hilderbrand, class reunion chair Judy Harris Soper, Dona Sanders Garnett, Marion Thomas Manning, Kate Ledlie Krop and husband Paul, Meg Nichols Carrothers, Chris Wilsey Goodwin, Laura Lee Linder, Sudee Sanders, Bev Harrison Miller, and me. We had fun planning and even got to the races (we listened carefully to Meg and her husband, Jack, who own race horses, but none of us got rich). In planning our reunion, we picked up on the ideas raised by Nancy Nims Mullins, Chris Filbin Hoffman, Susan Gottlieb Beckerman, Laura, Sudee, and Bev last April. We want to put together bits of our lives into a discussion and a class book, perhaps even a quilt. Watch your mail and put May 30 through June 2 on your calendars now!

Carol Mantovano Patock and her husband, Frank, have been married 35 years and business partners for almost as long. Their New Jersey–based Patock Construction Company builds schools, shopping centers, and nursing homes. Verizon and Lucent are among their corporate clients. Carol manages Patock’s investment properties.

After living in Greece, Iceland, Connecticut, and California, Carol Parker Helgerson and husband Philip retired from the Navy Supply Corps and settled in Bath, ME. Philip now runs six business incubators, while Carol is getting her master’s in library and information science in the University of South Carolina’s distance education program. The Helgersons have three children, two married and one at the University of Maine.

Earline Furber Rubel of Harwich Port, Cape Cod, has supervised recess at the same elementary school for 10 years. She also runs arts and crafts for the summer extended day program.

Chris Talarico Hayward volunteers full time for a charity that provides clothing to kids in the Beaverton School District in Portland, OR. Her daughter is getting a Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Washington, and her son is at Carleton College. Divorced for two years, Chris has taken up salsa dancing.

Barbara Cherry Marder now has master teacher status in Massachusetts. She earned certification in art in 1999 through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The process demanded detailed documentation of her teaching, videotapes and student work samples, and four timed tests at an assessment center. Only half the candidates pass the first time around, but Barbara made it! Barbara says, “Unfortunately, I missed the 1999-2000 school year because I contracted the rare and painful Guillain-Barre syndrome, which paralyzed my hands and feet. I’ve progressed from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane, and made some adaptive changes when I returned to the classroom this year. I have regained full function in my hands, but my feet have much residual neuropathy. I am more fortunate than others with this illness, however, because my respiratory system was not affected.” Barbara and Steve have a grandson and a granddaughter.

This spring the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland sent me, the new chair of the Companion Diocese Committee in Maryland, to Tokyo to participate in the consecration of the new bishop. I stayed with Japanese friends. Our delegation met with the bishop to discuss our two dioceses, which have been companions for 20 years, and we dined alongside bishops from all over Asia. This was my third trip to Tokyo —each has been wonderful, but this experience was awesome! All this came at the very time I began working part time as the grants administrator for my church, St. Margaret’s in Annapolis.

This summer Sudee Sanders came to my house for a weekend. We had a great time touring museums in Baltimore and trying to spot painted screens, which are unique to working-class Baltimore row houses. Sudee, an art teacher in Cherry Hill, NJ, is an expert on folk art. She recently completed a course at the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia and did summer study at Ohio State and in Maine.


Molly Meyer

Judy Reed Smith’s daughter Tiverton, who graduated from Wellesley in 1996, was married last fall. She and Austin reside in Boston, MA. Judy runs a successful consulting business for the telecom industry.

Louise Diracles’s daughter Katherine, who graduated from Wellesley in June, credits Tiverton and Judy Smith for her interest in and success there. Louise is a first-grade teacher in San Leandro, CA.


Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis

Joan Raphael works at Davio’s restaurant on Newberry Street in Boston and looks forward to renewing Skidmore ties.

Sandy Dovberg has a new e-mail address: Norsandov@gateway.net.


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