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Barbara Crossman Bell

My husband retired in June, and we left Anchorage to move back to Syracuse, NY. After a brief trip to Hawaii to visit my son, Josh, and his new fiancée, we began the long drive across Canada. My e-mail address remains the same, so please send your news.

In July Margery Mellman bumped into Jessica Wexler Tomb, who was wearing a cast on her foot as a result of reckless dancing! Margery continues haunting the theaters of Broadway, having seen The Producers, The Dinner Party, and several other hits.

Jeffy Stevens Dunmire’s son, Kevin, is a freshman at the University of Maryland; daughter Steffy is applying to colleges.

Annie Rodgers Schliffer spent two weeks in China studying pottery in a remote mountain village, an experience that she describes as “unique and fulfilling.” Annie’s daughter, Louisa, finished college and works in Fairfax, VA. Son Joseph is a student at RPI, and Gabriel is still at home with Annie and husband Paul.

Eileen Molloy Shepard’s daughter Kate is a student at Bryn Mawr, and Elaine Spevak Fromer’s daughter Beckey is at Brandeis.

Jane Roberts Alpert, who lives with her family in Newton, MA, brought her 16-year-old triplets Jonathan, Courtney, and Lauren to Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop last spring. She loved how the campus and Saratoga have changed. Her oldest son, Joshua, graduated in June from Columbia Business School. The second-oldest, Gregory, lives in Wilmington, MA. Jane and her husband, Mark, hosted a French student for a return visit this summer.

Last winter Lanie Lippincott Peterson and her family, including 12-year-old daughter Lindsay, moved from Vancouver, WA, to Savannah, GA, where they live on a barrier island. Lanie is a freelance journalist for a number of regional newspapers, and her husband works for a Savannah newspaper. Classmates are welcome to visit.


Lise Bang-Jensen

By popular acclaim, Barbara Burgess Maier was reelected class president at our reunion. Candace Keeler Krop, who did a great job squeezing news from classmates, is retiring as class secretary. Candy, thanks for keeping us connected.

I agreed to be class scribe after extracting a promise from 50 or so classmates to keep me supplied with news. Let’s hear from the rest of you, too. (If you send me your e-mail address, I’ll send you a longer and juicier version of this column. Sorry, no gate crashers. Class of ’71 only. )

Rather than buying cars, Charlon McMath Hibbard, a senior director for Mary Kay, earns them—eight in all. She loves her job, because it “allows me to make a difference in the lives of women I work with. It also lets me travel and spend time with my husband, Jim.” Charlon and Jim have two sons who are new graduates with engineering degrees. Jay and Brad work for their father operating remote-control underwater vehicles to inspect dams and tunnels.

Since 1988, Joan Kohout has been known as Judge Kohout of the Monroe County Family Court in Rochester, NY. Past president of the NYS Family Court Judges Association, Joan has a special interest in the needs of juvenile girls who are charged with crimes, truant from school, runaways or “habitually disobedient.” Many existing programs are geared toward teenage boys, she observes. “Not surprisingly, there is a very high incidence of sexual abuse among these girls; if they don’t get help early, they get pregnant too soon and continue the cycle of misery. We need to do more to help them with specially designed programs.”

Lynn Marks was named one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in Pennsylvania by American Lawyer Media. The executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, Lynn was described as “a tireless advocate for judicial quality and independence.” The ever-modest Lynn says that she most proud of “raising a terrific son and surviving breast cancer.”

Alexis O’Neill Boeshaar is the author of Loud Emily, a children’s picture book. Originally published in 1998, the book will be rereleased as a paperback in December. Dexie has two other children’s books coming out in 2002, including The Recess Queen, which was named a Junior Library Guild book. A teacher at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Dexie also does consulting work for museum education programs, most recently with the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Barbara Bull Riester and her family have moved to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, for a year. Her husband, Ned, is a visiting professor at the academy. Barbara’s new address is 4502A Juniper Dr., USAF Academy, CO 80840.

Becky Shirtz and her husband, Patrick, enjoyed a wonderful self-guided bike vacation in the Bordeaux region of France, where they had “a marvelous time eating, drinking, and biking—I would recommend the trip to everyone!”

Carol Machcinski Santora and husband Robert are proud of their three daughters. Kimberly is employed by Lehman Brothers in the equity research; Kristin is an intern at Miramax Pictures and a senior at University of Wisconsin at Madison; and Karyn is a senior at Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT. Carol is vice-president and medical liaison for the Breast Cancer Alliance, a nonprofit that raises funds for research, education, and services to the uninsured. She also serves as coordinator of Cancer Care Volunteers at Greenwich Hospital.

George and Pam Salerno Konesky toured the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada, where they went whale watching, sightseeing, and shopping for local artwork.

Linda Lee enjoys working out of her home office in Park City, UT, as vice president and general manager of the Weston Woods Video Division of Scholastic Inc., in NYC. “It’s the perfect job, because I live in the mountains, but get the chance to visit the Big Apple for a week every month!” Linda welcomes e-mail at LLee@Scholastic.com.

When son Colin went college hunting this summer, Sibyl Waterman Haley took him to her alma mater, having failed to persuade his two older sisters to attend. The Haleys live in Brunswick, ME. Mark travels frequently with his new job as a VP with General Dynamics Corp.

If you’re in Cleveland’s Little Italy section, look for Nicole Visconsi Mawby’s new art studio. “The neighborhood is home to many art studios and galleries along with fabulous restaurants and bakeries,” she says. “I will be equipped to do batik, enameling, jewelry design and fabrication, glass bead making, drawing, and painting.” Nicole reports she’s very impressed with Skidmore’s new Tang Museum and hopes “to have some of my own creations ready for the next alumni show!”


Reunion ’02!

Nancy M McNiff

Susan Fredrickson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a post-master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health nursing. She plans to begin a private psychotherapy practice. Daughter Laran graduated from Bucknell in 2000 and works for HarperCollins publishers in NYC. Son Ross is a freshman at Villanova.


Elizabeth Raff Nace


Beth Chiquoine

Nancy Winer Braun is working at the Springfield, MA, Jewish Community Center as manager of children’s aquatics. Daughter Tanya is at Curry College in Milton, while younger daughter Lisa is at Longmeadow High School. She asks if anyone knows the whereabouts of David Shapiro ’76.

In May a group of friends got together for a mini-reunion and 50th birthday celebration on Block Island, RI. No one actually turned 50; they were just practicing so that they could get it right when they did! The group included Vicki Greene Aldrich, Debby Day, Bette Lawrence Cochran, Susan Parker Brown, Nancy Parry Doran, Virginia Barrett Shanley, Liz Young King, Patricia Park Connell, Margo Peter Geddie, Alyson Bailey Musiello, Cindy Kriesmer Carr, and Dale Conron Ahearn ’75.

Congratulations to Nancy Haas, who married Peter Geyer in Stone Harbor, NJ, in April. Nancy and Peter dated in high school and reconnected with one another recently. They will live in the Philadelphia area.


Noreen P. Reilly

Sarah Scannell Hyde lives in Portland, ME, with her husband, David, and daughters Erin and Kathryn. In addition to teaching, she helps David operate a a nonprofit company, Two Roads, which offers wilderness trips for people facing life-threatening illnesses.

Frann Addison has created an educational game that combines math with art and creativity called Calc-U-Doodle. “There’s nothing else like it on the market,” insists Frann, “and the response has been great by kids, parents and teachers! “The game is being sold in educational toy stores, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the MIT Museum Gift Shop. Frann is at work on a Calc-U-Doodle Web site; she can be reached by e-mail at calcudoodle@usa.net.


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark

Michelle Clay Spellman is director of communications for Sanford School in Delaware, where she is responsible for photography, writing, advertising, and Web and publication design. She is also an avid oil painter. She and husband Gu, live in Chadds Ford, PA, and have two children, 11 and 15. Michelle is at spellmanm@admin.sanfordschool.org.

Merilee Mapes Perkins says Reunion was “a wonderful weekend.” She thought semi-retirement “would make the summer chaos more controllable, but I was wrong!” Merilee’s daughters did a theater workshop, which concluded with a matinee at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Each girl spent a week on an island camping, followed by field hockey, horse camp, and finally, visits from the cousins. Says Merilee, “I think I'll go back to work!”

Laura Burling was sorry to miss Reunion; she was moving into a new home, a historic house in Yarmouthport, MA. With daughters Whitney and Georgia in college majoring in art history (no surprise to their mother), “the nest is empty.” The elder, Georgia, is in London doing an internship at Christie’s, while Whitney is exploring filmmaking.

Jerry Katz enjoyed a wonderful summer that started with Reunion. “Our whole family, including wife Sid and daughters Rochelle, 11, and Laurie, 8, had a terrific time. Our kids did not want to take part in the children’s program until they decided they were sufficiently bored at the awards ceremony. They then willingly went to the afternoon and evening programs and had a blast. For us, the highlights were spending some time by ourselves and having a fantastic dinner at the Saratoga Music Hall. Kudos to my classmates who worked so hard on all the weekend events.”

In June Lori-Nan Kaye and her family moved to Greensboro, NC, immediately after younger son Joshua celebrated his bar mitzvah. Son David is a junior in the international baccalaureate program, and daughter Ziva is in seventh grade. Lori-Nan’s husband, Thomas, is medical director for child and adolescent psychiatric services at Moses Cone Health Systems.

A resident of Switzerland since 1981, Brigitte Sarasin Reverdin has managed to run into a few Skidmore friends there. She was delighted to attend Reunion 2001!

Jaylene Kent left her 12-year post as chief of behavioral medicine at Santa Teresa Medical Center in San Jose, CA, and purchased a franchise called Nationwide Floor and Window Coverings. She looks forward to the challenges of small business ownership and the world of entrepreneurs.

Gretchen Carey works as a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Pennsylvania. Gretchen’s daughter, Laura, attends Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, while her son attends school near home. Gretchen is recently divorced.

Scope regrets an error that appeared in summer ’01 class notes. Susan Gleason So is a nurse patient-care coordinator at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, CA. She is not an associate pastor in Haverhill, MA; that position is held by Susan Gleason ’77.


Reunion ’02!

Constance Martin

Karen Borodinsky has incorporated a NYC-based media company, TransAction Inc., which focuses on the British popular music scene. She continues to work at Argus Research Corporation as senior account manager.

Dawes Wilson claims that he does what he can to compensate for “those who do not have the time to recreate. A resident of Vail, CO, he teaches and coaches alpine, race, and cross-country skiing as well as mountain biking. Last year, he won the solo pro division in the 24 Hours of Moab, a national mountain biking competition held on the rocky terrain of Moab, UT.

Scope regrets an error that appeared in summer ’01 class notes. Susan Gleason, an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Haverhill, MA, was erroneously listed as Susan Gleason So, a member of the class of 1976.



Sue Stein Black is a training manager in Kazakhstan for a subsidiary of Chevron oil company. Sue writes, “The challenges of working in a developing country are fascinating. I am learning so much about the culture and the wonderful people. I work for 28 days and then have the next 28 days of vacation. The six months of vacation a year allow me to travel the world with my husband, John.”

Sue Zawacki Monk retired from her part-time account management position to be with her 6- and 13-year-old children and to support her husband at his White Plains law firm.

Emily Walker Bracchitta is the new director of the upper school at Village Community School, an independent K-8 school in Greenwich Village, NYC. “I love middle school,” exclaims Emily. “Not everyone does!”

Meg Sheridan Mock has finished building a home in Rehobeth, MA, on a property that includes 23 acres of forest, stone walls, and a cranberry bog. She is searching for a part-time position as an adult nurse practitioner.

Carol Falconer Endahl moved into a new home close to the Potomac River. She and her family are enjoying the extra space, location, and bigger yard, especially daughters Marina, 2, and Jenna, 1.

Eve Mulholland ’86 and Bob Antonez were wed on July 6 in Nantucket.


Kim West

Lisa Lavieri remarked how amazing it is that some of us have kids going off to college. Before we know it, we’ll be gearing up for our 25th reunion. I have been in California 16 years, 11 at the California Institute of Technology. My twins turned 1 in April and I have no idea where that year went. Having children as a single woman was one of the most wonderful things I have ever done. Who knows—maybe there’s one more in my future?

Jenny Charlesworth has been living in Scarborough, ME, for the past five years with her 11-year-old son Jonathan. She owns Oak Hill Florist in Scarborough. She says owning her own business is not only rewarding but a tangible result of her business-management degree from Skidmore.

Connie Ryan lives in Houston with her three children. Her oldest, Ryan, is a freshman at the University of Texas. Kat and Ben attend high school.

After 20 years living abroad, Sue Sahlman-Stoffel has returned to the U.S. She is involved in the contemporary art market in NYC, buying, consulting, and event planning. A board member for Creative Time, a 30-year-old art-in-the-public-realm nonprofit, she is also on the Tang Museum’s Acquisition Committee at Skidmore. In her spare time, Sue keeps up with three teenage daughters.

Amy Bondon-Peltz and husband Ron own and operate Equirace.com, a racing, sales, and breeding operation on the East Coast. With residences in Birmingham, AL, and Aiken, SC, Amy and Ron have thoroughbred horses stabled in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and South Carolina. Amy welcomes hearing from classmates at Amypeltz@aol.com or 926 Liberty Park Loop, Birmingham, AL 35242. She says niece Christina Dodge ’03 “loves Skidmore.”


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