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Mary Jane Leahey Wilson’s Italian-born great-grandson was finally allowed to return to the US from Italy after much red tape. Mary Jane has been giving talks about her book Back to Europe with the Busy Body. She also went to Romania to help care for orphans last year.
Joan Jeffrey Sweet lives in Newport News, VA. She will be glad to see her son and family, who live in Istanbul but are coming to Arlington for a year. They have two sons, ages 6 and 7. Joan hopes to see them often before the family heads off to Tunisia for a year and then Kuwait.
Barbara Andrews Olmsted and Dick have moved 33 times during their 64 years of marriage. They now live in a retirement home in Portland, OR. It reminds them of Skidmore, as everyone smiles and says hello. Bobby is still playing tennis and recently traveled to Houston, TX, for a national tournament. She placed third in doubles and fourth in singles in her age group.
Catherine Smith Reid-Murphy reports that she and husband James celebrated their 50th year of marriage and are healthy and happy.
Norma Crosier says life is good in NYC. She worked for 34 years at Fountain House, a nonprofit that organizes programs for mentally ill clients. She coordinates displays of their artwork with a local art gallery. Norma shares a rent-controlled brownstone with a friend. She is hoping to return for our 65th reunion in spring 2008.
Joan Coombs Richard is still using the skills she received at Skidmore and plays lots of tennis. She says her years at Skidmore were the best of her life.
Virginia Davis enjoyed one barge cruise down the Illinois River and another exploring the coastal waterway along the lower Texas border. Dinnie says it is a great way to experience regional culture.
Nancy Johnston Walker finds it hard to believe she just celebrated her 85th birthday. Happily, daughter Susan and her son and his family live nearby. Nancy takes water-exercise classes at her assisted-living community and is glad no one can see her in her bathing suit—“a sight to behold!”
Ruth Phillips Arent-Anderson moved to Corvallis, OR. She has a book coming out soon about helping traumatized children recover. She recently attended a high-school reunion and said it was a kick.
Diane Dissell Brinley relocated to Auburn, ME, to live in an apartment in her daughter’s country home; she loves it.
Phyllis White Reinauer moved to Long Valley, NJ, to be near her daughter. Two sons live in California. Her grandson recently was discharged from the Air Force and lives in Montana; her granddaughter is earning a degree in architecture in NYC. Phyllis, who worked in publishing, advertising, and public relations, stays busy doing freelance writing for clients she finds online. She is looking forward to seeing all of us at our 65th reunion.
Marty Deming Flanders reports that she has lost three husbands and is now looking for a fourth! Requirements include: must have a sense of humor, be smarter than she is, love jazz music and tennis, and have a special fondness for the Red Sox and the Patriots.
Remember: our 65th reunion is May 29–June 1. So, save your strength and plan to get back. We’ll plan a lot of free time to just relax and reminisce.