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Bonnie Ward Wood and Ken have changed their lifestyle to reflect the march of time. They sold their sailboat in the fall and moved in January to a small house in the retirement community of Heritage Harbour in Annapolis, MD (a very short-distance move). They now have the challenge of finding enough time for all the many activities.
Joyce Ball Mayhew traveled to Cape May at the end of June to join her entire family, some of whom traveled there from Connecticut and others from overseas.
This is the first news item Barbara Howard Mihalke has contributed to our class notes column! She is in Pittsburgh, working with mail-order meds thru Aetna and Medicare Part D. Jim is working in Hawaii with National Alliance on Mental Illness; they travel back and forth to see one another. Their oldest son, Nick, lives with Barbara. Son Mike and his family moved from Washington, DC, to Santa Monica, CA, and love it there. The entire clan got together in February for the marriage of youngest son Bill Mihalke ’91 to Tiffany Chu in Honolulu. Barbara says she feels “so lucky to have two wonderful daughters!” Barbara and Jim were planning to spend some summer time at their retreat in Richmond, MA, and, of course, in Saratoga. She would love to hear from classmates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four of Sue Flood Fricke and Tom’s grandchildren are in college: two at UVM, one at Saint Mary’s in Maryland, and one at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The Frickes enjoyed a visit from their second son’s family, who came from Oahu, HI, in early June. That son’s daughter marched with the Punaho School Band at President Obama’s inauguration. Sue and Tom say their greatest joy is their family.
Sally Shupert Shepard and Jim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last fall with a sentimental journey to Upstate New York (including Saratoga) and New England, visiting spots where Jim had done some of his medical training and where Sally spent her college years. She hadn’t been back since the new campus opened in the 1970s; she says it was wonderful to see its impressive transformation and a real treat to visit the Tang Museum. They had some great interaction with helpful students as they wandered around. They also visited the old campus, including Wilmarth, her freshman dorm, which was for sale. They later went to San Francisco, where Sally had worked as a nurse; they visited friends and family there.
In February Irene Greenberg Stern and Mark had a wonderful dinner with Louise Libby Clearfield and Harris. The couple went to Los Angeles to see daughter Andrea’s world premiere of an original cantata, Dream Variations, performed by the Debussy Trio and the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall. A well-deserved standing ovation was given to Andrea for her outstanding work!
Julie Gaines Phalen enjoyed a first—and she hopes annual—Skidmore-in-Sarasota mini-reunion last April with 11 classmates. Linda Gorham Harvey and Barbie Frankel Brown would have made it a lucky 13 but could not attend as they had children and grandchildren visiting. The crew included Joan Benninger Nixon, Hope Thompson Kerr, Muriel Jorgenson Benisch, Mugs Cahn Zales, Carol Elsaesser Squiers, Alice Vassallo Scott, Elise Snow Aston, Mary Gund Farr, Pat Naigles Lyons, and Dottie Wakeman Mattoon. They all gathered at Julie’s for lunch. The Eromdiks was on the dining room table, and pictures from “Alice in Juniorland” plus various dorm shots were on display. At first not everyone remembered one another, but it didn’t take long to go back in time and share some laughs. They are determined to invite everyone in the area (guests hailed from Bradenton to Punta Gorda) next year. Dottie Mattoon plans to gather classmates for an art tour in the Punta Gorda area, so please get in touch with any one of those attending to join next year’s event!
Toby Rowe Hohenstein and George enjoyed a fun day in the Bahamas last April with Sue Kopf Mueller and Chuck. The Muellers were in Exuma to play golf, and Toby and George persuaded them to board their boat for a peek at life afloat. They ate conch burgers, then set off to visit a gorgeous beach with blue and turquoise waters. Finally, they went to the St. Francis Winery resort. The only other Skiddie Toby has seen in Exuma was Linda Gorham Harvey a few years back; she and Toby were Skidmore roommates.