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Deborah Davenport Brooks spent time in Florida visiting sister Susan Davenport Andrews ’64. While there, she enjoyed a wonderful time with Skidmore roommate Sandra Jean Blair Ohanian and her husband. They visited the University of Florida in Gainsville and saw an “utterly fabulous” butterfly exhibit. Deborah and Sandy found that their “travels along life’s road” are parallel in many ways. After returning to Connecticut, she and Elaine Perlman Cohen went to New Hampshire together to visit with Sonia Sparks Wallman, who was preparing for a hip replacement. They “gabbed well into the night” and concluded that life was treating them well.

Priscilla Healy Schell supports efforts to provide insulin for diabetic children in Ecuador. She tries to get to her home in Tybee Island, GA, often to visit her son and granddaughter, who live nearby.

Eleanor Schmidt Schweigaard-Olsen, who recently started to draw and paint again, won first place in both the architectural and still-life painting categories at an amateur art festival. In July she attended a painting workshop in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Mary Kelchner Lindner hosted a “roommates reunion” in June at her home in Upper Gwynedd, PA. Much chatter and laughter was enjoyed by Mary, Kathey Adair Coombs, Liz Atterbury Harrington, and Barbara Block Zwick. Jean Sillick Robertson, who lives nearby, joined in the fun. Judy
Harmon Miller was in the middle of selling her home in Lenox, MA, and moving to Martha’s Vineyard, so the ranks were incomplete. Our upcoming 50th reunion was the big topic of conversation.

In September 2006 Peggy Hiller Harris welcomed grandson Collin, who joins brother Charles Jr., 3. Now fully retired, Peggy is a busy grandmother and docent at two museums in Savannah, GA. Husband Stanley is still working, but the couple makes time to travel; Peggy’s bags are always packed!

Sandra Ohanian and husband Jack took a barge cruise on the rivers and canals in the Bordeaux area of France in May. In June they celebrated the arrival of a third grandson, Troy. Last November the couple spent a week on the beautiful and friendly island of Grenada.

Joyce Jacobs Grand and Bernie spent a fabulous two months in Australia and New Zealand last winter. They flew from Sydney to Melbourne, visiting Ayers Rock and viewing the Great Barrier Reef from a helicopter before going on to Christ Church in New Zealand. The couple drove through much of the South and North Islands of New Zealand, where they enjoyed wonderful scenery, people, food, and wine. In June they gathered with family at an Italian villa in Poggibonsi for a week, visiting Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, the Lake Region, and Milan.

Joan Simon Goldfarb’s granddaughter Siena was born last November.

Judy Harmon Miller retired in May, a very difficult decision for someone who loves her work. After spending the summer in Maine, she relocated to a condo in Martha’s Vineyard in September.

In April, Alan and I welcomed our sixth grandchild, Joshua, the third child of our son Michael and his wife, Michele. Happily, we have already made two extended visits to Portland, OR, to visit the family.