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Chris Filbin Hoffman
After two full terms (eight years) as alumni board president, Beverly Harrison Miller gracefully passed the baton to newly elected president Deb Sehl Coons ’72. Bev’s leadership increased dialogue among alumni board members, faculty, and the student body. Her successful tenure offers a springboard from which Deb may foster future achievement.
Bev Miller and husband Wayne are bursting with pride now that daughter Brooke ’99 will begin postdoctoral work this fall at the new Scripps Institute in Jupiter, FL—her first choice. “She is just about dancing circles, and we are too,” says Bev.
In midspring classmates learned that Ruth Wildman Maynard was hospitalized in Venice, FL, due to cancerous lung and brain tumors. Throughout her treatment, Ruth has remained characteristically upbeat. Associated with a well-regarded cancer center, and surrounded by supportive friends in Boca Grande, FL, she expressed the intention to visit the track in Saratoga in August. Mimi Barker, who has been keeping tabs on Ruth, reported that she was honored in June at the annual meeting of the Municipal Bond Association’s with its Lifetime Achievement Award. She was one the organization’s founding members in the 1970s. Classmates can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was good to hear from Abigail Stanton Mercer, director of finance at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, NH. Abby says it’s “a great place to work.” After twenty-five years as a financial controller and vice president in the manufacturing world, she enjoys a much more relaxing workplace. “Being able to take the first run of the morning on the ski slopes and then come in to work is a great way to start the day.” Abby and husband Phil live on the mainland in Meredith, NH, in the winter, and on Bear Island in Lake Winnipesauke in the summer. They are happy that daughter Kate and her husband live close by in Meredith.
Margot Miller Tusa and husband Charles are first-time grandparents of Blakely, born to son Steve and his wife in NYC in May. Both sets of grandparents live in Greenwich, CT, where the Tusas are “building a little house,” and all are happy to be easily accessible to their new granddaughter.
Joanne Rubin was honored by the Toledo (OH) Area Humane Society for raising thousands of dollars on behalf of the organization for a third consecutive year. Joanne credits her dog, Barry, for his help in the effort.
After taking part in Skidmore’s 2005 Commencement, my summer flew by. In July my husband, Frank, and I shared a fun evening with Earline Furber Rubel and husband Ed, dining at a Norwich, VT, restaurant that I formerly owned. Ed, Dartmouth ’67, and Earl keep close ties to old friends in Vermont and New Hampshire, including Win Johnson and Rita Camera Johnson ’67. (Rita, a senior administrator in Dartmouth’s development office, has been seen driving a Miata convertible with the Vermont license plate “Riata!”)
In August I spent time at a lakeside cottage in Quebec with family and friends, and their families. With acceptance and gratitude, I am celebrating my 60th quietly. I encourage classmates to check www.skidmore.edu/alumni to learn about regional club events and services available to alumni. These include career networking, lectures by Skidmore faculty, museum events and performances, sporting events, and travel opportunities. Please send photographs to my e-mail address, with your reflections and thoughts on your 60th birthday, for the Class of ’67 Web page.