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Ann Ballinger Wilcox
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Jill Shelling Remy sends greetings from Hainan Province, China, where she continues to teach business English at Hainan University. Jill’s travels include trips to Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon and the Philippine island of Boracay, judged by many to be one of the top 10 islands of the world. In the fall she embarked on a 20-day tour of Eastern Europe.

Kitty Green enjoyed the summer at her vacation home on a lake in Maple Valley, WA. She also toured Turkey and Greece by sailing ship.

Betty Strasburger Serotta and husband Maury took a fabulous mid-June trip to Saratoga that included a tour of Skidmore’s new dining hall and the Tang Museum, which they found especially impressive.

Lee Barron Bickelhaupt was also on campus to view Regis Brodie’s ceramic exhibition at the Schick Art Gallery. She says the campus looks marvelous!

A new ranch home in Illinois has kept Bobbi Hunt Burner busy with decoration and renovation. She works part-time in real estate and volunteers at her church. Bobbi is happy that most of her children and grandchildren live nearby. Her son is an army lieutenant colonel, currently posted at the Pentagon after a year in Iraq.

Sue Davis Tull and her extended family enjoyed a summer week at their camp in the Adirondacks. Sue and Bill spent three weeks in Russia in May, exploring Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
Fellow world travelers Marcy Clausen Gray and husband Woody took in the sights and sounds of Egypt and Jordan. They rate this trip as one of their favorites—“altogether awesome, inspiring, and impressive.”

A two-week stay in Australia was a springtime treat for Lilli Brunner Kalmenson and granddaughter Leah. Their stops included Sydney, Ayers Rock, the rain forests of Queensland, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Connie Kellert Goldstein is corporate chair and board member of the Boston Early Music Festival, a three-week event followed by performances in the Berkshires that celebrated its biennial anniversary in June. Though not a musician herself, Connie is an avid music lover and concertgoer. She says this year’s opera, Psyche, by 17th-century composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, presented “a real challenge to the high level of historical accuracy the festival strives for.”

Delsa Walsh Wilson and husband Steve put their historic home in the Florida Keys on the market. They have had a wonderful 12 years in this beautiful area, close to a son and his family, especially grandson Ian, 12. The couple plans to build a more user-friendly home of universal design in Lexington, VA, to accommodate Steve’s Parkinson’s disease.

Grace Chidester Oldham recently became a great-grandmother and says “time certainly has flown.”

Lydia Pardo McMinn is busy with volunteer work, family, and weekends in Vermont with husband David. She had some fun in NYC in August with daughter Leslie, who was there on business.

Patty Ide Williams reports it has been a difficult year with the loss of husband Graham after 53 years of marriage. She says it was nice to hear from several classmates. We send Patty our warm thoughts.

We also extend condolences to Barbara Knecht Mest, whose husband, David, passed away last spring; he had been ill with cancer for two years. Sue Hopkins stayed at Barbara’s home this past summer. They have taken a riverboat trip in France and traveled to Spain together. Barbara is still doing a lot of artwork.

In July I had a short visit at my daughter’s home in Birmingham, AL.