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Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis
Joyce Parks Pitchlynn is thrilled to report that son Walker, 5, has started kindergarten. Daughter Hilary is a sophomore at Hope College, and daughter Ashley is a hairstylist. Joyce chairs the Norman Park Foundation, serves on a local arboriculture board, and leads and attends bible studies. “Life is good in the southwest.”
Congratulations to Joan Raphael, who was married in Westport, MA, last September. The groom, Phil, was a former childhood friend from Providence, RI; the couple reconnected via a chance meeting between Joan’s mother and Phil. Joan left her restaurant job at Davio’s in Boston and moved to Westport, where she conducts school health surveys for the Rhode Island Department of Health and the International Institute of Rhode Island. The newlyweds spent an afternoon with Elisabeth Olson Gerraghty and husband Bob in Chicago.
I’ve been in contact with Nancy Holmes Schumaker, who had hoped to join me in June at our 40th high-school reunion. She and husband Tom live in Pennsylvania.
Melinda H. Reach retired and lives year-round in Blue Hill, ME. While working part-time for old clients, she devotes lots of time to pursuing a master’s in liberal studies through Skidmore. “I was on campus for a full week in January taking the introductory seminar and loved it.” Melinda attended Reunion with her mother, Patricia O’Connell Reach ’45.
To avoid getting in a rut, Sandra Smith Dovberg has started painting. “Wow! What a neat experience; now all those basic art classes that I took are beginning to make sense. It’s fun to take a break from metals and still create.”
Enjoying retirement, Barbara Cornish Fountain and husband Ken are spending time in Savannah, GA, visiting new grandson Shane, born last October to daughter Kristine and husband.
Judy Allen Wilson and husband Randy toured Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in January, traveled to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos in July, and visited China and Tibet in September. Judy’s consulting firm, Judy Wilson & Associates, is still active, but she is glad to be “released from the daily grind of a full-time job.” In June she signed on as board president of a community nonprofit that focuses on family literacy.
Anne Harvey Grote, who teaches middle school at the French International School in Cambridge, MA, spent a week this winter skiing in Cortina, Italy. Daughter Liz was married in September and lives in Germany, where her husband is stationed with the US Army. Younger daughter Emily attends Colorado College.