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Lisa Pedicini and Paulette Adkins Rainie

Prof. Stuart Witt’s retirement made Dana Alexander Dowie realize that “I, too, am getting on in years.” She was saddened, too, that “future Skidmore students will not have the opportunity to benefit from such a knowledgeable and caring professor, as I did.” Dana recalls Witt, who was her advisor, suggesting that she might combat her extreme homesickness and stress during her first semester at Skidmore by volunteering for a senior-citizen lunch program in Saratoga. “Working there,” she concludes, “made a huge difference. It was just what I needed.”

Nancy McKeever Wareham-Gordon went back to work as a psychologist for the NYS Office of Mental Hygiene at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center in Orange County. “It is definitely the most challenging position I have held,” she says, “because I work in a new, experimental, intensive treatment unit, with only seven patients—those characterized as the most aggressive and self-injurious from the forensic population (people found not guilty of crimes by reason of mental insanity or mental defect).” Her significant other, George Gordon, and daughter Chloe, 6, are members of the Garrison Pony Club. Nancy welcomes hearing from Skidmore students or alumni interested in forensic psychology, internship opportunities, or Pony Clubbing; contact her at warehamgordon@hotmail.com.

Nancy stays in touch with roommate Karen Schubert, a reading specialist with Paramus, NJ, public schools who was busy putting the final touches on her doctoral dissertation due in August.

After 20 years in publishing, Mary Godfrey Fitzpatrick decided it was time for something different. In March, she started a new career as a financial advisor at Bernstein Investment Research and Management in NYC. She and husband Dave live in New Canaan, CT, and welcome visitors.


Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder

Yew Khoy Chuah is professor at National Taipei University of Technology, where he is doing research in energy conservation.

In April Ann Harlan was elected general counsel of the J. M. Smucker Company, where she has worked for three years. Prior to that she was a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP.


Angela Foss

Concetta Morales Rothwell was commissioned to create an art piece to commemorate the centennial of the Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The resulting mural, With You in Mind, features imagery drawn from the words of employees, volunteers, and retirees, reflecting “100 years of memories associated with the hospital.” Concetta received an M.F.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and has taught drawing and painting at Iowa State University.

Earl Zeligman lives outside Chicago in Hawthorn Woods, IL, with wife Lori, an English professor, and daughters Alix, 8, and Zoe, 5. An analyst in the Discover Card division of Morgan Stanley, he is starting a third master’s degree (in statistics) to go along with an M.A. in English and M.B.A. Earl prefers to think of himself as an A.B.D. (Anything But a Dissertation). His other claim to fame: “I was a Phone-A-Friend on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And, yes, I gave the correct answer.”

Now that daughters Hannah, 10, and Haley, 8, are in school all day, Robin Hunt Batchelder has opened the Cobblestone Studio in her barn, where she teaches all levels of fine art and produces her own work.

Renee Carson Eason and husband Pete welcomed Erin Margaret in February 2001; Erin joins siblings Peter and Deidie.

Lynne Romac Smithwood owns and operates the Samuel Fitch House in Westford, MA, a bed-and-breakfast that dates back to 1711 and was her childhood home. The Fitch House is available as a venue for artist workshops. According to local historians, the house was a meeting place for committeemen during the revolutionary war and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. More information is available at www.samuelfitchhouse.com.


Reunion ’03!

Lilly Jaray Ostrove

Vinny Catalano and wife Barbara participated in the July 28 San Francisco Marathon on behalf of the American Stroke Association. “The entire experience was amazing,” Vinny reports, including the spectacular sunrise over the fog. He completed the race in six hours and 50 minutes—just under his seven-hour goal. Aside from a few blisters and sore legs, Vinny insists, “It was well worth it.” Despite being on medication to treat a shoulder injured the week before, Barbara also persevered to the end, crossing the finish line with son Tim, who had accompanied her on the final mile. Vinny concludes, “I am married to a truly amazing and strong woman.”

On June 1, Charles Ellis Connant married Christina Stavra Romas in New York City. The recipient of an M.B.A. from St. Peter’s College, he is a vice president and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley in Ridgewood, NJ. The bride is a freelance Web designer.

Steve Rosenbaum is looking for pictures, video, music from Skidmore groups, recordings of WSPN radio shows, and any other ‘artifacts’ from the years 1979–83 to incorporate into a film that will be shown at our 20th reunion next spring. Classmates with negatives, slides, prints, or video can contact him at Steve.Rosenbaum@CameraPlanet. com. All items will be treated “with tender loving care” and returned.


Jacqueline Haberfeld


Anne Gunnarson Hampton

In July, James Coleman, a real estate developer with the Manhattan-based firm Hanley Advisors, proposed buying a parking lot owned by the City of Saratoga Springs to develop into a high-end retail building. Saratoga’s City Council is still reviewing his proposal.


Anne Chorske Stuzin

Sue Barrett Weinswig
and husband Steve welcomed Grace Anna in May. She joins siblings Ben, 6, and Emma, 4.

Lisa Buxbaum Berliner and husband Mitch have a second son, Dylan, born in April. He joins brother Benjamin, 4.

After 16 years in the health-care field, Wendy Harper Lois joined husband Glenn Lois ’85 in his party rental business. Besides being a fun change, the switch gives her more time with their children Carolyn, 8, Bradley, 6, and Troy, 4.

Liz Cole Bemiss and husband Sam welcomed son Eli in February; he is their fourth child and third son, joining siblings Charlotte, Jeb, and Willy.

Sarah Merrick received the 2001 Central New York Public Service Award from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. One of her duties was to welcome new M.P.A. graduates into the alumni ranks at the school’s convocation in June. Sarah is VP of community services at the United Way of Central New York.

Aimee Ventura and Jeff O’Brien were married March 14 at Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos. They welcomed identical twin girls Blake Alister and Logan Sinclair on June 27. Aimee is thrilled to have become a mother; she also continues to work for Credit Suisse First Boston in NYC.

Dan Wolff, wife Heather Aldrich ’87, and their children Zach, 7, and Matthew, 5, vacationed on Cape Cod this summer.

I had coffee with Molly Delauney in May, at France’s de Gaulle Airport. We had a great time getting caught up, and she asked if I had any news from junior-year-abroad alumni (hint to all of you out there). I was back in France attending the baptism of my godson Hubert Denry. His mother, Caroline, was the 11-year-old daughter in a wonderful French family, the Ettoris, that Molly placed me in so many years ago in Paris, and with whom I have stayed in close contact. How grateful I am for this connection and the positive experience I had during my year in the Skidmore program.


Jennifer Weisberg Millner

George Zaiser, an art teacher for grades 6–12, coaches soccer and lacrosse at Worcester Preparatory School in the historic town of Berlin, on Maryland’s eastern shore. A professional artist, he also happens to be a master sandcastle builder. In 1997, George was selected to help build the tallest sandcastle in the world in San Diego. He recently traveled to Holland to showcase his expertise in that endeavor.

Rina Bongiovanni Flatau lives near Syracuse, NY, with husband Ralph and daughters Carly and Abby. A physical therapist at University Hospital for the past eight years, she works primarily with multiple trauma and neurosurgical patients as well as those with inner-ear dysfunction.

Sally Powell Steentjes and husband Wilbert welcomed daughter Lydia Van Wissen in August 2001. She joins brother William, 3.


Reunion ’03!

Tracy Richards Dingmon

Tracy Sytske Braat Campbell and husband Christopher Campbell are the parents of daughter Saskia, born in January.

Bonnie Glass Hausmann and husband Michael welcomed son Justin in May. He joins brother Zachary, 3. Bonnie is enjoying her two redheads!


Cynthia Urick Stickles

David and Debbie Asarch Landy welcomed Drew Joseph into the world in April. His brother Jonah, 6, and sister Tessa, 3, were very excited. Although she freelances as a portrait photographer, Debbie is now “pretty much a stay-at-home mom.” She ran into Pascale Cavegn White, who has four kids—a 3-year-old daughter and triplets!

Navy pilot Lt. Kenneth Masson returned home to a hero’s welcome after a tour of duty aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt during military action in Afghanistan earlier this year. During a party hosted by his father, Ken recounted a harrowing incident during which he had to refuel in air without the proper equipment, which he described as similar to driving through a tollgate at 200 m.p.h. Among the family’s guests were Sara Lee Lubin Schupf ’62 and husband Axel. But the Skidmore connections don’t end there. Ken’s sister is Linda Masson Bailey ’84, and his wife, Allison Schick Masson, is the niece of former alumni board member Pam Schick Kelsey ’70 and the granddaughter of Katherine Schilling Lyall ’40.

Nelissa Nowicki Rutishauser was promoted to assistant professor at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY, where she has taught in the mathematics department for five years. She holds a master’s in pure mathematics from Boston College and another in mathematics education from Syracuse University.

Jeanne-Marie Perry Hudson attended the wedding of Leigh Entman to Jason Stulberger in January. Also on hand were Karen Soltys Quinn, Jamie Rogers, and Dan Aronson.

Prescott, AZ, residents Rachel Kary Glazer and husband Randy announce the birth of their daughter Claire in April; she joins sister Harper, 3. Rachel stays in touch with Randi Schutz Thureson, who also gave birth to a second daughter, Rachel-Brooke, earlier this year.


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