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Molly Meyer entered her 36th year as a nurse practitioner at Yale University Health Services and HMO. As a member of Yale’s School of Nursing faculty, she coordinates the oncology practice and works in student medicine (primarily with varsity athletes) and internal medicine. She still loves her work. Molly is recovering from a corneal transplant necessitated by a congenital disorder. She also took an Alaska Inside Passage cruise that was “just fabulous.”
On the staff of the Vanderbilt Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN, since 1968, Cheryl Smith Major is coordinator of the neonatal outreach, education, and transport program. Married for 39 years, she has “been blessed” with twin daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. She hopes to attend our 40th reunion in June 2008.
Debby Mayer is this year’s recipient of a fellowship in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Winners are selected in eight artistic fields from among 3,000 applicants and receive unrestricted grants of $7,000. Debby’s submission, “Therapy Dogs,” was an excerpt from a book-length memoir, Altered Reality. “The money is helpful, but what’s equally important is being on the list of recipients, which is read by people in the publishing field. And what’s most important is the validation of the work.” Debby is editorial director in the office of publications at Bard College.
Jean Barnum Lausten’s entire family spent two weeks in Ireland earlier this year and says, “What fun—except for the rain, rain, rain!” Jean is still senior promotions producer at FOX-29 in Philadelphia, PA. Husband Dave is a bankruptcy attorney in Doylestown, PA. Daughter Sacha is a project manager at a foreign language textbook publishing company in Boston. Son Darren is in the Philadelphia area, doing IT work for McKesson Corp.
Nancy Baroff Dinar and husband Richard purchased a second home in Boulder, CO, to be near son Josh, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Josh publishes Dining Out, a string of national magazines. Youngest daughter Sami, an independent geographic information systems consultant, lives three hours away in Glenwood Springs. Middle daughter Meredith and her husband live in Hoboken, NJ, where she is a board-certified behavioral analyst, teaching autistic children, and a registered dietician. Nancy has been editor of the West Essex Tribune, a community newspaper in Livingston, NJ, for nearly 30 years. Richard continues to run his own real-estate management company. Recently they visited Rana Arons Silver and husband David at their home in Easthampton, NY.
After 26 years on the computer science faculty of Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, Sherry Brooker Stewart is completing the second year of a phased retirement, teaching half-time while helping her replacement acclimate to the position. Sherry picked up much of her computer training during a six-year stint at IBM. She then taught part-time until her son was in third grade. She plays duplicate bridge twice a week, travels, and reads as much as possible.
Bill and Andrea Fenton Campbell are grandparents of a boy born to son Andy and his wife last October in the Orlando, FL, area. The family visited grandma and grandpa at their home in Delhi, NY. Andy is co-host of the morning show The Daily Buzz.
This past summer Linda Garrettson Pizzica and her brother traveled to Guam to retrace their father’s footsteps in World War II. They connected with the family of a prominent Guamanian with whom their father had gone behind enemy lines to meet in a POW camp. Linda and her brother spent five days reliving the landings and touring war memorials. She spends time regularly with Michelle Cherney Gillette ’69, who is helping Linda with a book she is writing about WWII.
We send our condolences to Karen McCarthy Cady, who lost her brother in 2005 and misses him terribly. Many memories came flooding back to her during a visit to Colorado Springs, where he had lived. Karen explored old castles and country houses during a trip to Ireland and plans to return there soon for more adventure. Her son Colin settled in Seattle after graduating from college, and her 96-year-old dad has relocated to Burlington, VT, to be closer to her.
Foxie Henn Mason and husband Dick live in Durango, CO, where she has spent the last year as “general contractor” for their new house. Foxie is chairing the search committee for a new music director and principal conductor for Music in the Mountains, a classical music festival in Durango. She is also co-chairing the fundraising drive for the new Durango Public Library, to be completed next year. The Masons traveled to northern Canada in August to visit Cape Dorset and some of the Inuit communities along the Baffin Island coast.
Susan Poch Orlando is keeping herself busy in retirement. She substitute teaches in her former school district and supervises student teachers from a local college. She is also a regional branch and international board member of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism as well as a trustee of a synagogue where she has taught intermediate Hebrew for three years. Husband Richard is still working in HR at Yeshiva University. He loves the work but hates the drive to NYC. Their eldest daughter, Rebecca, who graduated from Cornell and Columbia Teachers College, teaches first grade. Daughter Dara, a graduate of UC Berkeley and the London School of Economics, works for a branding company in NYC.
Nancy Reid, who retired from 25 years in the publishing business, lives in Vermont, where next spring she is opening a mall gallery to exhibit local landscape artists and her own jewelry and art work. Visitors are welcome.
Demetra Nickles Kates and husband George welcomed a granddaughter, daughter of Meredith Kates Forster ’95, last November—just two days after Nickie’s mom died. Daughter Alison was married this year.
Bonnie Blades Andre was present for the arrival of a new granddaughter this year. In April she went to France to ski with the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Academy in Chamonix. In June she was in a near-fatal, head-on car accident. Although Bonnie is still recovering from injuries, she is well enough to resume skiing and enjoying her granddaughter.
Louise Fresco Leibert is still teaching in her Scarsdale, NY, home but always makes time for her two grandchildren, ages 4 and 8 months, who live around the corner in Ardsley. She is looking forward to our 40th reunion in June.
In May Erica Sonabend Fredericks, Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45, and Claire Solomon ’10 were among 100 women who traveled to Russia to participate in Summit on the Black Sea, a weeklong program sponsored by Project Kesher, a Jewish women’s organization dedicated to promoting tolerance and human rights in the former Soviet Union. The women, from the US, Russia, and the Ukraine, visited Babi Yar, a site located on the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Kiev, where more than 33,000 Jews were massacred by the Nazis in 1941. They later toured Simferopol and Yalta, taking part in workshops with scholars-in-residence, home hospitality visits, and briefings with local Jewish and government leaders.