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Last year was full of milestones for Barbara Drozdowski Galbraith and her family. She and husband Dennis celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Son Alex graduated from eighth grade and received an academic scholarship to Creighton Prep, an all-male Jesuit high school in Omaha, NE. Barbara marked her 23rd year at Schering Plough, where she is a production planner. To celebrate these events, the family cruised from Vancouver to Alaska in July. “The trip was wonderful,” she says.
Helen Edelman’s eldest daughter, Morgan, 30, is finishing a PhD in consumer behavior at the University of Texas-Austin. Daughter Taber, 25, works for the Sonoma Land Trust and runs a farmer’s market in San Francisco. Son Jacob, 16, a poet-warrior, spends time reading philosophy, writing short stories, wrestling, and acting with a local theater company. The youngest, Jonah, 13, a long-haired rocker, loves music, computers, and good literature. Helen is director of corporate advancement for Community, Work & Independence, a private agency in Glens Falls, NY, serving individuals with developmental disabilities in three counties. Still living in Saratoga, she consults, makes jewelry, and is preparing to shift gears to “when the kids are gone and I can spend more time on a beach.”
After living in California for more than 20 years, Pam Cutrone is happy to be back in Morristown, NJ. Daughter Mackenzie is a junior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and Jacqueline is a freshman at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Pam was a broker in the insurance industry in Los Angeles, and more recently did health-insurance research for the State of California, in Sacramento. She is glad to be able to catch up with Skidmore friends.
Michele Roekaert-Zelaya’s youngest daughter, Pami, graduated from Palm Harbor University High School’s international baccalaureate program and now attends the University of Florida. Middle daughter Sarah, an American University graduate, is employed by Lafarge in Honduras. Mimi works for First Choice Marine and lives in Safety Harbor, FL.
Patrice Fox Spitalnik and husband Steven have enjoyed living in NYC for the past four years. They both work at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where Patrice is an assistant professor in the pathology department and assistant director of the MD-PhD program. She recently spent time with Denise Marcil and Erin McHugh and was delighted to reconnect after so long.
Allentown, PA, residents RuthAnne Scheufele Gorman and husband Tom have a baby granddaughter, who is almost a year old. She is the daughter of the Gormans’ son Thomas and wife Jessica, who live in Springfield, MA. Jessica is a librarian/teacher at Western New England College, and Thomas is finishing his residency at the Baystate Hospital ER. Rudi hopes the family will consider moving closer!
Anne Peterson Conolly completed her fourth summer as director of Camp Onaway, a summer camp for girls in Hebron, NH, where she herself had been a camper in the 1960s! With no cell phones or TV, and limited computer use, she enjoys the many activities that have not changed since her youth, as well as working to improve and expand other programs. Her only complaint is that camp isn’t year round.
Emily Pavlovic Chiles, whose father died in April, became the executor and trustee of his estate due to her mother’s Alzheimer’s. Emily’s sister and husband have moved from Seattle to Texas to be closer to their mother. The Chileses’ household now includes a cat and four kittens that Emily rescued, bringing the feline population to eight. Besides trying to find homes for the strays, she has been tending her extensive garden and working with husband Jerry to prepare their two racehorses for a first win. Emily, who is president of the Houston Skidmore club, hosted a Skidmore garden party in April.
Nancy Winer Braun and husband Russ live in Truro on Cape Cod. Now that children Tanya, 27, and Lisa, 22, are on their own, the Brauns are selling their house in western Massachusetts to live by the sea full-time. Nancy volunteers as a naturalist at the Wellfleet Audubon Society and leads Appalachian Mountain Club hikes.
Kate Ferris, Beth Chiquoine, and Vicki Greene Aldrich shared a month full of activities before Beth and husband Joe Moore departed for Cambridge, MA, where he will be the new president of Lesley College and Beth will bask in her retirement!
Martha Fleckenstein Koehnlein’s son Reed, who graduated from Venice (FL) High School in May, is attending Manatee Community College. Martha is a substitute teacher in Sarasota County and still enjoys riding in her free time.
Meg Tipper teaches high-school English but hopes to scale back in the near future to have more time to travel. Her kids are grown and all are in good health, and she has a great boyfriend. “Life is good!”
John Merrill’s daughter Hayley graduated from St. George’s School in May. Although she loved her visits to Skidmore, she decided to attend Wellesley.
Catherine Stroup sends greetings from Columbus, OH, where she has lived for 25 years. A state environmental lawyer, she is looking forward to retiring in four years. She recently spent time in Cape Cod with Kate Ferris.
Gail Perry-Smith teaches cell and molecular biology at Austin (TX) Community College. Her daughter Amanda earned a degree in architecture from Rice University last May. Gail sends greetings to nursing classmates.
Kate Ferris was named a leadership fellow by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. She has been a member of several local boards, including one responsible for the construction of the Saratoga Public Library in 1990. A seminar presenter for the Chamber’s Leadership Saratoga program, she has been a lead fundraiser for several organizations. She owns a consulting business that specializes in leadership strategies.
After traveling to Iceland, China, and western Canada last year, Marion Brewer caught the travel bug; she headed off to Peru and Machu Picchu this summer.