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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian

Inger Johnsen Jakhelln
visited on her way back to Norway after vacationing for a month in Florida. We had a minireunion in McLean with Nancy Lang, then spent a day in New Jersey with Ted and Joan Weller LaPann, reminiscing and catching up. Last November, Inger’s gym and bridge group visited Madeira, where they won the bridge tournament. In December she went to Stockholm for a Christmas reunion with family from the U.S.

Nancy Lang continues to play violin with the McLean Symphony Band and is involved in that group’s fundraising efforts. In her spare time, she reviews Washington, DC, and Baltimore operas for a monthly opera publication produced in Vienna, Austria.

Ted LaPann has recovered from quadruple-bypass surgery and is back to work. Now that Joan has been relieved of her full-time nursing duties, she is back with her “gourmet group” and playing bridge.

Jean Rowe Tourt remembers the old piano described in the last issue of Scope: she played it often in the Skidmore Hall living room. From Florida, Jean says she’s “still at it”: she recently played piano for a Christian women’s club.

Set and I took a trip to Slovenia—a lovely country with all the beautiful scenery, picturesque castles, and ancient history of much of Western Europe, but without the clutter of tour buses. English is spoken everywhere, so we had no difficulty getting around.

Sallie Sloan Teaf sent news that Barbara “Bibber” Millar Brett died in October 2001.


Patricia Bryant Koedding

Dottie Danninger Ericsson
and husband Ebby attended a reception at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Richmond, VA, honoring Betty Rae Smith Eckberg for her 35-year career as organist for the cathedral. Betty missed only one service in that time. Also on hand were Carol Peever Zedler and husband Robert, who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Dot and Ebby had a family reunion with their four children, their spouses, and grandchildren over the summer. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, they are traveling to London, Wales, and Scotland for two weeks—a gift from their children.

Words of praise for last year’s 50th reunion are still coming in. Ginger Morgan Travis writes, “Everything was perfect! I had never been back before.” She has a new grandson and enjoyed trips to Alaska and St. Thomas, VI, this year.

Catherine Knight Dillingham exclaims, “You guys put on a great reunion!” Cappy has retired from teaching at Fairfield University but is still doing some work for the Environmental Defense League.

Pat O’Meara Jevons sent an article from the local paper honoring Skidmore graduate Geneva Long UWW ’02; at 95, she is the oldest senior to receive a degree. Geneva was Pat’s children’s first-grade teacher. Pat, Mary Kahle Monthie, and Cammy Cutie Wick met in summertime for lunch in Saratoga. Mary is recovering from a serious accident in which her car was demolished.

Izzy Bohman has enjoyed several three-day Elderhostels in San Francisco. She is teaching a seminar in Ireland prior to attending a professional conference in Italy this fall.

My oldest of 10 grandkids graduated from Wilson College this year and covered herself with honors—including summa cum laude, valedictorian, and Phi Beta Kappa. She began a forensic pathology program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College this fall. I followed the steps of St. Paul this summer with a fabulous trip to Greece and Turkey.


Doris Harbach Patten

They came from California, Florida, Michigan, New England, and Czechoslovakia—91 classmates converged on Skidmore’s campus for our 50th reunion this past spring. And what a grand time we had! Some had never been back, and it was so good to catch up. We dined, talked, explored Saratoga, talked, marched in the Parade of Classes to the strains of bagpipes and cheers from the crowd, talked, dedicated the Class of 1952 Memorial Lily Garden at Case Center in remembrance of deceased classmates and Prof. Emeritus Stanley Saxton (who passed away in July), talked, watched fireworks, and talked some more. Skidmore entertained us royally, meeting our every need. It couldn’t have been better, and we missed those who were unable to come. Viva Class of ’52!

Cindy Hartwig Gyorgy was pleased that Stanley Saxton had the opportunity to see the daylily garden planted in his honor during Reunion.

Anne Hankinson Kern regrets not being able to attend reunion; she accompanied husband Dick to his Colgate reunion this year. The Kerns live on the island of New Castle, NH—accessible via Portland via a drawbridge—where they started a boat club five years ago. Anne, who also founded a garden club there, continues to teach fitness classes. The couple has three sons and eight grandchildren, whom they visit often.

Cynthia Margetts Robinson says she “must confess to being a homebody, teacher, mother of three, grandmother of three, and general town busybody on environmental commissions, the planning board, and the historical preservation society. That’s the old me. The new me plays golf and bridge, travels, paints, and enjoys my husband, children, grandchildren, and friends inordinately.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dottie Coombs MacKenzie, who lost her husband in June 2001, and Laura Howie, who lost her brother last January.


Susanne Eustis Bogart

I must start off with the sad and startling news of Betty Hauser’s death in May. Class president Sally Sanderson Cutler asked if I would take on the role of class secretary, a job that Betty did with such brilliance and dedication for so many years. Although I accept under sad circumstances, I am glad to help keep us connected with one another, as she did, particularly as we approach our 50th reunion next year.

Louise Berke Wulff sent in this remembrance of Betty: “[She] parlayed her psychology training from Skidmore into an illustrious 35-year career with IBM. After retiring, she traveled constantly, including a trip via train from China to Russia, a riverboat tour of Africa, and an exploration of Antarctica by ship. She was a lifelong competitive tennis player, and golf became an interest in retirement. She left Manhattan to return to her roots in Ridgewood, NJ, the last couple of years. Throughout, we enjoyed overnights, NYC lunches, holidays, and more. Betty was an extraordinary friend who always offered kindness and was a joy to know.”

Sally Sanderson Cutler offers this tribute to dear friend Joy Archer: “Joy’s struggle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) ended on July 4, a most appropriate date for such an independent lady. Throughout her ordeal, she remained cheerful, gracious, and possessed of great dignity of self. Living according to one’s values was important to her, and in turn she expected the same from her wide group of friends, colleagues, students, and classmates. We shall always treasure her smile, her inquiring look, and her extraordinary vitality.”

Francine “Pat” Lanpher Compton spends her time painting houses, portraits, and scenery; making chocolate houses at Christmas time; skiing; playing tennis; and teaching her six granddaughters to be swimmers and sailors. “We love our lives in southern California and summers in Rhode Island—I am very lucky and grateful.”


Joanna Davenport

Cyndy Wallace Bernart and her husband flew west to tour Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and the Grand Tetons, then rafted down the Snake River. Cindy was “glad to see this part of the West—finally!”

Connie Jones Peck’s husband of nearly 50 years, Robert, died in April. Condolences to Connie and her family.


Mardi Duggan Drebing

Ronnie Brody Raab is in her second year as a Ph.D. candidate at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts.

Diane Davis married Jim Nelson on May 25 and spent a week honeymooning in Bermuda. Her home address is the same; her new e-mail address is: jimdinelson@wctel.net.

Syl Grove Hitchcock and husband George toured Europe in a 16-day trip with the Hilton Head Choral Society. They sang in churches and cathedrals in Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Vienna, Lucerne, and points in between. Syl sings with the Shore Notes, a chapter of Sweet Adelines. Daughter Paula is working on her third CD. Syl says they are a “singing, swinging family!”

BA Kalteux Callanan’s daughter Terry was married in February. Also, her third grandchild (first granddaughter) was born in June to son Michael and wife Linda.

Barbara “Mickey” McBride Sterling is back in Tallahassee after visiting her grandchildren in Maryland and surviving a visit to a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant with them. In May she flew to Prague for the Czech Republic’s Spring Music Festival. Her luggage didn’t arrive till three days later, leaving Mickey to attend the opera wearing her roommate’s black T-shirt inside out so the printed “Czech Me Out” was not obvious. To complete her ensemble, she wore a black silk underskirt, torn hastily from her roommate’s skirt. In June, Mickey attended her mother’s memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery; her mother died five months short of her 100th birthday.

Ginny Stevenson Kingsley tries to see Nancy Barrett Eadie when in Boston visiting daughter Karen Kingsley Corzilius ’79, son-in-law Jeff, and three-year-old granddaughter. Pete and Nancy had a Christmas lunch with Ginny Kingsley and her husband, Bud. The Kingsleys spent a week in Ireland and met with Ruth Foster Fleming. Ginny committed to attending our 50th, although it will coincide with her own and Nancy’s 50th wedding anniversaries. She once thought “only really old people were married that long.” Son George lives in Ohio with his wife of 20 years and three children. Son David lives in California and has a two-year-old and a new baby. Ginny is active in her church—including the Order of St. Luke, a Christian healing ministry.

The class extends condolences to the family of Muriel Mills Beadleston, who died in January; a day student from Ft. Edward, she spent a lot of time in Giffith Hall.


Averill Geus

Sandy Linen Halsey passed along sad news of the death of Lynn Schroeder in June. Sandy remembers Lynn as “an outstanding student of English” and the accomplished author of three books on accelerated learning as well as a volume concerned with psychic phenomena.


Joan Page Hayes

It’s been fun exchanging pictures of special moments at our 45th. Chick Glassey Enbrecht sent one of her and Sue Schanck Fawcett riding, and another of the beautiful view of Lake George from Margi Bishop Maynard’s summer place.

Speaking of pictures, a lot were being passed around at reunion time. Judy Fletcher Baker shared ones of the new home in Taos that she and Bruce moved into this spring. Marge O’Meara Storrs and Ted just moved into a larger home in West Simsbury. Carol Elsaesser Squiers and Jim were only able to make it for Saturday night—also that month they were packing to move to Greenwich, Carol was retiring, and their daughter was getting married. Toby Rowe Hohenstein and George headed off to Vermont for maybe one last summer; they’re considering buying a barge and summering on rivers in France. Pat Naigles Lyons and Herb were already settled into their summer spot in New York.

We loved having Jud Hale speak at reunion, but missed seeing Sally Huberlie Hale, who was taking care of grandchildren while her daughter-in-law, Cindy, was in Dana-Farber having a bone-marrow transplant. She had gotten leukemia from the chemo and radiation treatments she had for Ewing’s sarcoma. Cindy is on the mend, and J.D. rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge from Sturbridge to Cape Cod with the Dana-Farber bike team to raise funds for cancer research.

Our thanks to Ann Talbot Brown for being our class secretary these past five years. I hope she is now enjoying the work she and Bill have done on their home on Cape Cod.

Joan Firmery has gotten into the groove of being class president and would love to hear your thoughts about Reunion. If you have favorite events you’d like to have included, or new ideas for our 50th, let her know.

The first major New York exhibition of the late artist Ree Reilly Morton’s journal drawings and writings was held at the Art in General gallery last spring. The Mating Habits of Lines: Sketchbooks and Notebooks of Ree Morton (1936–1977) traces Ree’s brief but influential career from 1968, when she earned a B.F.A., to her death at the age of 40 while a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibit has traveled to major museums throughout the U.S.


Reunion ’03!

Jane Goodman Hunter

Elaine Merola Canavan has three new grandsons, including twins. She loves retirement and having no “have-to-dos.” Last summer she and her 13-year-old granddaughter spent a month traveling in Australia and New Zealand. Elaine tried snowbirding in Phoenix, AZ, this past winter, but missed friends and family. She sees Shirle Jankowich regularly.

Esther-Ann Solotaroff Asch is vice president for corporate and foundation relations at FEGS, a nonprofit human service agency. In her spare time, she chairs the task force on Jewish Women of VJA/Federation of New York and serves as vice president of the national Jewish Communal Service Organization. Despite all these activities, Esther-Ann finds time to spend with her two grandchildren.

Margi Maynard ’57 and Mary Avery Gessner head up the new Cape Cod Skidmore club. Their activities included a visit to the Keith Krieger ’97 pottery studio this past spring. Club member Sid Wright Coursen and husband Beau are in a book group with fellow club member Ann Talbot Brown ’57. Sid and Beau enjoy visiting their eight grandchildren.

Mila Ross Susskind joined the Cape Cod club in April when she and her husband moved from NYC to Sandwich, MA. Mila retired from nursing in the Ambulatory Care Center and “is loving it.” They have five grandchildren and winter in San Diego, CA.

Fran Garrett Crew is also retired, but husband Peter is still working as an appellate division judge in Albany. They enjoy short trips in their motor home, a big garden, and six grandkids.

Anne Mintener Heegaard and husband Peter made the big move back to the city (Minneapolis) after living in the suburbs for 41 years, and they love it. They are on the east bank of the Mississippi River, directly across from Anne Davis Carrier and husband Tom’s condo. Anne says it is wonderful to walk to the movies and neighborhood cafés, and the biking is great. They have eight grandchildren (four boys and four girls). Anne and Pete went fly-fishing in Chile and Argentina, then up to Akamal, Mexico, for a few weeks in a favorite spot, then on to Cuba. Anne also has fun as a partner in an art studio.

Ann Simmons Lundie, my freshman roommate, retired after many years of school nursing and working with children with multiple health problems. Ann and husband Stu travel quite a bit and vacationed in Northern California last summer. They have two daughters in Texas, a son in Massachusetts, and four grandchildren.

Next spring marks our 45th reunion. I encourage you all to get there. The more alumnae, the more fun it will be!


Carolyn Brown Straker

I had a rather difficult summer: my mother-in-law died in June at 85, and on July 4, my own mother died at the age of 95. No matter the age when one’s mother passes away, it is a sad and powerful loss.

Joan Cangelosi Kicska invited Gail Lichtenstein Edelman (Gail spent freshman year at Skidmore) and her husband to visit her Westhampton condo this summer; she also invited me and my husband, Norman, for dinner. Joan keeps in close touch with Jane Haddad Evans in Seattle, WA, who explores many of the nearby islands with her husband.

From upstate New York, Sylvia Phelps Blackman writes, “Finally got our farm! Raising alpacas and enjoying country living!” One of Sylvia’s daughters lives across the road in an old farmhouse, another lives in Virginia; her son lives in Connecticut. Sylvia has a total of eight grandchildren.

Linda Amerling Scull loves her new “dream house” in Rowayton, CT, and being grandma to seven boys all under the age of ten. Two of her sons-in-law worked near the World Trade Center but escaped unharmed last September. Linda expresses the sentiments of many when she says, “More than ever, friends and family are so important!”

Barbara Huge Homeier—who, like Linda, sells real estate in Connecticut—enjoys playing golf taking summer trips to Cape Cod as well as to Belgium and France. She and husband Dave joined Bev Sanders Payne and her husband (also Dave) at a Skidmore club event in Hartford.

From the small-world department: Priscilla Wilder Ambrose writes, “When I was a freshman at Skidmore, my Big Sister was Margie Andre Ambrose ’56. After graduation, while I was living and teaching on Midway Island, I met and eventually married Bill Ambrose, a Navy officer and Margie’s brother-in-law. The third brother in this family of Ambroses is Stephen, author and founder of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. Being related to this famous person has created many exciting opportunities for us, including canoeing on the Missouri River while following the path of Lewis and Clark, traveling to Europe related to his World War II books, and taking a trip to the White House to meet the President and First Lady. What a ride!”


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