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Marcia Mattson Todd

Elaine Casdin Feingold and husband David have an apartment in a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel. They spend six months there and six months in Worcester, MA. They were in Tel Aviv during the war in Iraq and some of the recent suicide bombings. Although “people go about their lives,” Elaine says, “underneath you know that there are very serious worries about life and limb.”

Retirement has not slowed down Sarah Couch McQuilkin. She spends much of her time gardening and keeping up with never-ending projects at her historic farmhouse. She paints when possible, producing at least one watercolor a week. Husband Rennie—a well-known poet whose fifth book of poetry, Learning the Angels, was recently released—has started a publishing business to aid new poets, and Sarah helps out by proofreading manuscripts and doing graphic design for the books. She also enjoys singing with the Sweet Adelines. Following their success at a large regional competition last spring, they will perform in November along with the men’s group Rockapella at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT—“a real coup,” according to Sarah, who is working on costumes for the show.

Judith Johnson Fernandez retired from her litigation law practice. She and husband Bill live in Menlo Park, CA, and like to travel. Last year they took an unforgettable trip to China, but they put off travel plans to Europe this past spring because of the war in Iraq. Judie volunteers at a local school, teaching immigrant children to read, and serves as an ambassador for Elderhostel. She has two grown children and two grandsons in Seattle.

Every now and then Linda Goldman Tanenbaum and husband Jay visit Saratoga, where he grew up. They find it quite amusing that the Phila Street house in which he lived is now considered a historic building. In one of the shops along Broadway, they actually found a decorative wall hanging depicting his old house.

Marcia Roepe Holbrook is director of the Cheney Free Public Library in Hoosick Falls, NY. Her son lives in Saratoga, so she visits the “racing city” often. He was married in July and the reception was held at the National Museum of Dance, adjacent to the Lincoln Baths at the Spa.

International traveling has kept Connie Archbald on the go. Last February, her “adopted” Tibetan family invited her to spend three weeks with them in India. “It was an absolutely unbelievable and wonderfully fulfilling experience,” she reports. Especially rewarding was a trip to Dharmsala, a place high in the mountains where the Dalai Lama has been in exile since 1959. In June, Connie accompanied her granddaughter’s Spanish class on a monthlong tour of Spain. While there, she was able to visit relatives in Andorra, a tiny principality in the Pyrenees between Spain and France. Upon returning home from Spain, Connie underwent rotator-cuff surgery and is recovering nicely.

Rosemary Bourne is a co-founder of the North Shore Land Alliance, which involves the townships of Oyster Bay and Huntington, Long Island. The land trust encourages landowners to make land-conservation easement donations. Rosemary volunteers there three days a week. She also continues to breed her Norfolk terriers.

Elaine Perlman Cohen sent word of a mini-reunion held in NYC in July. Carol Siccardi Roberts, Toni Levin Smith, Hadley Sillick Robertson, Rosemary Bourne, Mary Hoff Fallon, Eleanor Schmidt Schweigaard-Olsen, and Linda Goldman Tanenbaum all joined Elaine for a delightful lunch and afternoon of catching up at the Cassis on Stone Restaurant.

Suzanne Penney Lindenbaum wrote in to correct a class note from the spring issue of Scope that misidentified daughter Laurie as a supreme court judge. “Lest she haul me into her court for misrepresentation,” writes Suzanne, “Laurie is a presiding judge of the superior court in Contra Costa County, CA. She does not sit on the Supreme Court bench with Justice Stephen Breyer et al., but, who knows, maybe she will someday.”

Susan Walden Divine is vice president of the SUNY IT (Institute of Technology) Foundation board of trustees and involved in the Utica, NY, community. She is enjoying retirement, traveling between New York homes in Barneveld and Lake Placid, and Naples, FL.

Tucson, AZ, residents Gail Bendix Jaffe and Sue Smith happily welcomed Mary Kelchner Lindner to town. In June, Gail and husband Alan helped son Michael and his family move from Connecticut to Portland, OR.

Marilee Karins Pellegrini enjoyed a hiking trip with daughter Pamela in northeast Arizona, where they had the rare opportunity of witnessing the lunar eclipse from the Grand Canyon.

Doug and I spent the summer at our home in Friendship, ME, where we shared some wonderful times with family and friends. We had the opportunity to connect with Debby Davenport Brooks and Ellie Davies Bowden. While vacationing in Friendship, Debby and husband David enjoyed visits from their two daughters and two granddaughters. Ellie and Bob called upon their grandparenting skills when their son and his family arrived from Atlanta for a two-week stay.


Sandy Weisman Sheppard

Marian Rapoport Thier is the author of Coaching Clues: Real Stories, Powerful Solutions, Practical Tools. See the Books page for details.

Margaret Howe Soper has moved out of her office at the Harvard Business School while it undergoes a two-year renovation. She reports that her family, including mother Aileen O’Brien Howe ’34, “is just fine.”


Lynn Garrett Meyer

Karen Schnall Barash lost her husband of 35 years, Lance, to cancer six years ago. After moving to Florida in 2001, she met Stan Weiss, a widower. Now engaged, she and Stan bought a house together at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens. Karen welcomes e-mail at kkbarash@aol.com.

Laurie Lincoln Harwood spent three years organizing and writing a catalog for an exhibition on the Dutch Italianates that was held at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London last year. The project was “arduous but enjoyable,” and although she now enjoys more time with her granddaughter, the lure of another project is strong.

Lollie Engel Triebold traveled to Lake Placid, NY, in June to celebrate the summer solstice with Sally Simmons Stoerr, Carol Thomas Martin, Carol Lamb Pooley, Carol Copeland Schmidhauser, and Katrine DeMaria Kretser, who hosted the gathering. Lollie was also in the throes of preparing her house to host a wedding for a family friend. Accompanied by spouses, the classmates rode a gondola up Whiteface Mountain, toured an Adirondack Great Camp, and did some hiking and boating. “With all the Carols,” notes Lollie, “it was easy for the husbands to remember names.”

Our condolences to Mollie Klee Heron, whose husband, Bill, died of complications related to heart disease in February.


Deborah Frankel Reese

OK, believe it not, the very un-gung-ho me is your new class secretary. Fortified by numerous glasses of wine, and lots of warm fuzzies at Saturday night’s 40th reunion dinner, I blithely agreed to taking on the job for the next five-year term. Since our campus is long gone, I come to reunions solely for the people. For me, the telling moment was just after I arrived and Janet Block Lefkowitz burst into my Adelphi Hotel room with a big hug. Janet, who was my sophomore roommate, left after that year, and I have only seen her once since. Hanging out on the Adelphi porch with her and other North Hall buddies was wonderful. Does anyone know what happened to our Kenyan students, Regina and Lucy, who lived with us in North?

Lucretia Fueller Robbins and I both exhibited our work in summer Gallery in the Garden events—hers at her Wyndmoor, PA, home with 20 other area artists, and me at the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford, CT. Chrissie, who left Skidmore during sophomore year to get married, is a recently retired art teacher who still holds creative classes for young girls every summer in her magnificent gardens. Her work can be viewed at www.ecva.org/exhibition/icons/pages/robbins. As well as developing my own semi-abstract landscapes and floral closeups, I have a portrait painting business, mostly for grammas (www.reeseportraits.com). Speaking of which–while I was participating in our reunion forum/panel, my second grandbaby, Eloise, arrived.

Judy Hestwood Feagin says, “My first glimpse of the two Class of ’33 alumnae parading up the walk in great shape and great spirits actually made me look forward to—good grief—our 70th.” At a Reunion art lecture, she adds, “everything I always believed about what art is and should be was expressed with grace and eloquence. I knew I was home.”

Alix Wilbert Fleischman says she was “blown away” by the Tang Museum. She loved catching up with former classmates and getting acquainted with those she hadn’t known well.

“Reunion was a wonderful experience,” states Patty Foreman Balbirer. Sadly, at home in Tucson, AZ, in July, she was witness to much wildfire devastation in the surrounding Catalina Mountains. Luckily, her home remained untouched.

Barbara Bankes Cunningham enjoyed seeing old Ross House friends Evelyn Berrell Edwards, who was back for the first time in 40 years; Deborah Ketchum Lambert, who came up from DC; and Priscilla Smith Kehm, who made the trip in spite of serious medical problems associated with leiomyosarcoma, which she has battled for 10 years. Priscilla was recovering from her 16th operation and underwent another on June 30. Barbara observes, “Priscilla has a wonderful faith and a strong spirit—powerful medicine.” Priscilla reports that she is recuperating at home after being released from the hospital on July 4. “Although the process is slow, I am blessed with family and friends. Your support is appreciated more than words can say.” Priscilla can be e-mailed at cillasfun@aol.com.

Sue Weston Marino was sorry she missed Reunion, but she and husband Ralph were moving that weekend. After six years living full-time in their bus while touring the U.S., they built a home in Lake Wales, FL, where they will live when not on the road.

Diana Harroff Bristol, Lois Sommer Goglia, and Willa Zens Marten are practicing artists whose work was included in the alumni art exhibition at the Tang Museum.

Laura Young is on the faculty at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa. View some of her paintings at www.16patton.com/artists/laura_young.html.

Gayle Wells Jenkins Mandle’s work was on display at Pitman Street Gallery in Providence, RI, this past summer; the show featured her oversized kimonos made of canvas, cardboard, paper, and cloth. Gayle’s husband, Roger, is president of Rhode Island School of Design.

Cordelia Manning is senior program officer for placement for the New Jersey Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success Program (NJ SEEDS), which prepares inner-city students for college.

Author Susan Hand Shetterly has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Maine Community Foundation grants. Wildlife and nature are frequent subjects of her adult and children’s books. Susan has lived in rural Maine for 30 years.

Deborah Milton Cohen lived in Cambridge, MA, for a year while her husband completed a master’s in public administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Deborah audited several courses and attended lectures at the school. She couldn’t make Reunion because her youngest son was graduating from West Point.

Photographer Charlene Dorman is looking to publish “Photography and Prayer,” a collection she did in the wake of 9/11, in magazine format initially. Daughter Bianca, who received her M.Ed. from Stanford in 2000, is at seminary in Vancouver, BC, and son Todd is a promotional writer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Husband John is not anxious to retire from his job as campus physician at Stanford.

Beverly Mitchell Gaffney welcomed grandson Adam, son of daughter Juliette. Beverly and her husband are “thrilled to see the next generation.”

Judith Pettingell and Jane Snowdon Jones spent three days with Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco at her condo in the Berkshires. They picnicked on the lawn at Tanglewood while listening to a variety of symphonies. Jane is finally walking again after surgery on her foot that kept her from attending Reunion. Judith is “counting the days” until she retires from teaching art next year.

Linda Cohen Lubell was lucky enough to have her brand-new first grandbaby Zachary at Reunion with her, as his mother, Linda’s daughter Penny Lubell Lacerte ’88, was attending Reunion as well. Linda and husband Harry vacationed in Nantucket with the whole family in July.

With two grandchildren on each coast, Ruth Livingston Gottlieb travels cross-country with great frequency. Ruthie and husband Larry left for a cruise to Alaska not long after Reunion.

Remember to visit our Class of 1963 Web page at www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1963/1963.html.


Reunion ’04!

Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb

In late July, 14 classmates met on campus to kick off planning for our 40th reunion, June 3-6, 2004. Mark your calendars now and be sure to visit the new class Web site (www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1964/1964.html) for details on the festivities and who plans to attend!

Sarah Coulter Danner’s son Brian ’03 graduated from Skidmore in May.

In late February seven classmates gathered at the Portofino Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando to celebrate our significant birthdays. Sheila Schmidt Warshawsky flew in from Israel, Kathy Lord Chapman arrived from Boulder, CO, Linda Miller Thorrell trekked from Kansas City, MO, Elaine Hickey Neely came from Williamstown, MA, Nancy Wall Thorne traveled from Connecticut, and Karen Berlan Bleier and Eileen Kirwin Cameron arrived from New York. All the celebrants sported Mardi Gras necklaces from Key West and made champagne toasts.

Petrea Rieck Graham works for DuPont Textiles and Interiors as a territory manager in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia. She is also founder of an education advocacy business that grew from her struggle to help her youngest son navigate school with undiagnosed ADHD. She celebrated her 60th birthday with a trip to Macchu Picchu in Peru, a gift from her husband, David.

My husband, Bill, and I took a wonderful cruise to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Italy over the summer. The only downside is that we missed the grandkids.


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein

In June Judith Sambrook Bunker retired from teaching special education. She has seven grandchildren and enjoys volunteer work, hiking, and biking. She sees Lynne Farrington Allen, Gretchen Maull, Lynn Quellmalz Johnson, and Ginny Maiden Kelson.

Gail Delgado Nygaard is involved in philanthropy at the Mayo Clinic, where her late husband trained and where she has established a travel award. She flew to Oslo, Norway, to see her in-laws in March. Gail is a nurse in the gastroenterology department at Norwalk Hospital in CT. She had dinner with Kay White Frank and husband Ken.

Carole Walter Maeder sold her Vermont home and moved to Bonita Springs, FL. Husband Roger is in a nursing home in Naples. She spent the summer visiting friends in New England. She stays in touch with Judy Argento Quest and Penny Thompson Jones.

Pamela Joy Brown, who lives in Phoenix, has offices there and in Tucson, preparing divorces and bankruptcies. She built a home in the mountains to get out of the heat. Son Benjamin lives at the Anita Lynn home in Hagerstown, MD. She battles aging, she says, with “workouts, hair, and makeup.”

Marge Orton Hanselman took over the family resort five years ago after early retirement from the oil patch. Summers are work, and winter is for play. She has a horse, volunteers at a hospital, and serves on several environmental boards. When not doing yoga or taking watercolor classes, she stays in touch with children in Spokane and Juneau. Marge would like to hear from folks at looner@nnex.net.

Jane Flax Lewis is the director of development at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston. She and husband John live in Brookline, MA, and bought a weekend condo on the water in Bristol, RI. The couple’s daughter just had her second child; their son is an ABC News correspondent.

Rorry Pond Zahourek writes that Mary Kerber Krugman became a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

From Hunsville, AL, Roz Greene Howard and husband Dale traveled to Israel in January to attend the wedding of their son, who is principal clarinetist for the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. The Howards’ daughter lives in Baton Rouge, LA, and has three children. Roz would love to hear from classmates at rosalin7@bellsouth.net.

Wendy Glass Severance moved from the Boston area to New Hartford, NY. She has a family cottage on Lake George. She does volunteer work at the library and for United Cerebral Palsy. Wendy’s daughter and family live north of Boston; her son lives in NYC, where he is promotions manager for the Onion.

Judy Farmer Fulton is eager to hold her eighth grandchild. The whole family lives nearby. This past spring, she and husband Rufus enjoyed an adventure in Ireland with Lee Cranshaw Rowan and husband Mike.

Sarah Smith Munley went to Ireland with her daughter and her boyfriend and her son and his wife. Her daughter is at Harvard for a master’s in urban planning and public art. Her son does disease modeling research for Johnson and Johnson.

Judy Testa spent six weeks in Rome in the colorful old Trastevere neighborhood; she enjoyed time on her own interspersed with visits from friends and former students. She was invited to the J. Paul Getty Museum to present a paper at a September symposium celebrating the opening of a major exhibition of Flemish Renaissance illuminated manuscripts. She keeps in touch with Tina Garber Olson and Bill Brynteson—her favorite Skidmore professor, now retired and living in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

The class extends condolences to Sallie Baldwin, whose mother, Harriet Chase Baldwin ’38, died in June. Sallie’s daughter Kristin Andrade ’89 works with children’s mental health services in Rutland, VT.

I was in Chicago attending meetings for the Department of Labor during the week of my 60th birthday and enjoyed seeing several family members, including my granddaughter. My husband, Harvey, and I recently acquired a new boat, Now or Never.


Ann LoDolce

Carolyn Bates has garnered success as an architectural photographer, including two cover stories for Old House Interiors magazine and photos in five books this past year. She invites classmates to visit her in Burlington, VT, where she lives on a 100-mile lake with the 4,000-foot Green Mountains to the East.

Charlotte Young Gregory has been living in Damariscotta, ME, where she and her husband celebrated their fifth anniversary in March. She mentors two fifth-graders, walks for miles, and volunteers at Round Top Center for the Arts. She completed an 80-hour course to qualify as a midcoast steward, helping to preserve the watersheds and resources of Maine.

Gail Greenleaf Hencken traded her house of 20 years in Winter Park, FL, for a condominium there, managing to keep the same phone number. She has two granddaughters who are four months apart in age and says she feels “blessed and appreciative of my good fortune.”

Sandy Berk Jacoby’s son Scott ’93 attended his 10th Skidmore reunion in June. Her middle son began work on a joint degree at Columbia University this fall, and her youngest son is working at MSNBC, covering the war in Iraq. Sandy and her husband moved into a smaller home in Rye Brook, NY, where they enjoyed a relaxing summer.

Jane Aberman Baringer gets tremendous satisfaction from her new career teaching English as a second language to adults. Her husband has a thriving building business. The couple has three children and an eight-year-old granddaughter.

Joan Agisim Odes welcomed her first grandchild, Ezra, in July.

My youngest son, Adam, is a freshman at Bentley College this fall, and oldest son Marc is a senior at Harvard. Two summers ago, the boys collaborated to form a business that does promotions for convenience stores in an effort to make a contribution to their college tuitions and to get a head start on their careers.


Christine Filbin Hoffman


Jeanne Shipp Waldinger

Molly Meyer, Yale University Health Center nurse practitioner in internal medicine, oncology, and student medicine, was one of 100 recipients of the third annual Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut. The award recognized her excellence in nursing, impact on patient care, commitment to the community, and lifelong professionalism. Jane Novak Millberg ’65, a pediatric nurse practitioner and nurse manager the University Health Center, helped celebrate Molly’s achievement.


Reunion ’04!

Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis

Jeanine Caltagirone’s daughter Katie graduated from Kent Place School in June. A National Merit Commended Scholar, she will attend Occidental College.

Maureen Kelly Cooley’s former husband, George, died in February from cancer he had incurred as a result of naval service in Vietnam. Maureen was glad that their daughters, Martha, Bridget, and Mary (who graduated from NYU in June), spent considerable time with him. She adds, “I was able to give him some top-notch nursing care and TLC,” and Beth Moakler Schmahl ’70 was “a great friend throughout.” Maureen, a recreational expressive-arts therapist, is interested in information about Barbara Judkins, an instructor of public health nursing in the late ’60s.

Michelle Gillett’s daughter, Erin, lives in Berkley, CA, with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. Michelle and husband Chuck still live and work in the Berkshires.

After living in London for the past 12 years, Jeanne Linnel moved back to NYC with her two children. She attended the wedding of Susan Wall’s daughter Elizabeth in Charleston, SC, last year.

Barbara Moore Prager married Denis Prager in August 2002. The couple lives in Portage, WI.


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