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Ann Ramsay-Jenkins’s College Success Foundation is almost 10 years old. The foundation provides mentoring and college scholarships to low-income, high-potential students in Washington State and Washington, DC. With help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others, the CSF has 1,300 graduates and supports almost 4,000 current students.
Randi Reeve Filoon is now retired from her interior design business and loves her new role. She and husband Fred commute between Boston and Sun Valley, ID, where they live half of the year and enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking, fly-fishing, and indoor activities—such as baby-sitting their five grandchildren, all under the age of 4. Grandparenthood has taken them by storm, she says, but it’s a job they love.
Linda Gilford McIntosh retired as a psychiatric nursing staff educator two years ago. Since then she has tutored new adult readers, sewn a couple of complex wall quilts, and studied Jewish cultural history in a two-year program. She is now very engaged in environmental work in Brookline, MA, where she lives with her partner, Ted. Son Miguel is a licensed architect in Portland, OR. He and his wife, a nurse, have a 1-year-old daughter. Son Ian, also in Portland, is a self-employed software developer.
Mary Loveland Wasserman is delighted to announce the birth of her first grandchild, Aidan, to her eldest son and his wife. The family lives close by, so Mary and husband Marty are having a lot of fun visiting and luxuriating in the role of grandparents. Last September the Wassermans, who have been married 25 years, moved into the house where she grew up in Rutland, VT. The house required 15 months of renovation—going back to the studs and even jacking up the living room—but it was well worth the wait. Mary and Marty, who both have two children, are now on their own and enjoying their first honeymoon in their new old house! Marty has his own water-conditioning business, and Mary still works at the University of Vermont Extension.
Frances Srulowitz spent half of March in Morocco, where she had a fabulous time and met Maggie McGill, who was using the same tour company as Frances but was on a different trip. They recognized one another at a hotel where both their groups were staying.
Kathy Chamber is active in Rotary International Service, for which she traveled to Ethiopia for a polio eradication project and to Tanzania for a malaria bed-net distribution project last fall. This past winter she hosted a French youth-exchange student, then helped to organize a group study-exchange visit from Colombia in spring for the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, NM, where she lives. She is tuning up her voice for a show that the Rotary will present in spring 2010.
As a result of reading everyone else’s news, Emily Kendrick Chilcote was inspired to write in. “Tuni” and Lee are now grandparents of Eleanor and Emily, born three months apart, to their sons Mike and Lee and their wives. They all live in the Cleveland area. Tuni retired from teaching preschool after 20 years and helps out in Lee’s law office by managing rental properties. Best of all, she cares for her granddaughters when their moms work. She sees Skidmore roommate Holmes Hermes, who lives in Columbus, OH; they plan to come together to a reunion soon. Tuni (firstname.lastname@example.org) would love to hear from Skidmore classmates. She says she can’t get rid of her nickname, especially now with a grandchild named Emily.
In March Carolyn Bates got together with Barbara Peritz Hitchcock and husband Jan, along with Nancy Allen Guay ’67 and husband Dirk, at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. She then attended a week of Photoshop classes on the Cape in April and is working on creating a publishing business that also produces custom photos and book design. Carolyn completed three books in 2008 and has at least three more in the works.
Kitty Sweet Winslow and Michelle Goldzieher Shedlin remained in touch all these years; they had lunch together in NYC recently. Kitty also had dinner with Judi Sambrook Bunker ’65. Kitty is department chair for visual arts at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, CT, an arts magnet school and a very dynamic place to work, she says. This summer she returned to making art and spending time in Port Clyde, ME, where her daughter and her family run Port Clyde Kayaks. The entire family loves sea kayaking. She and Carlton have been married 43 years—which means, she notes, that they have been married longer than they have not been married. Their four grandchildren live nearby and are a big part of their lives.
Joyce Prior Mletschnig retired last December after 20 years as associate editor for her local newspaper in Old Saybrook, CT, which folded due to lack of advertising. Joyce spent those years also raising three children: Kevin, manager of a computer design group in Pennsylvania; Diane, pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Hawaii; and John, a professional ski guide and safety officer in Utah, Alaska, and New Zealand. Joyce and her husband also have four grandchildren, ranging in age from 18 months to 6 years. She spent time on her sailboat this summer, cruising between Old Lyme and Nantucket. Her Skidmore legacy family includes sisters-in-law Suzanne Parker Prior ’61 and Sandra Koch Prior ’65, nephew Jeff Prior ’89, niece Wendy Prior Fentress ’94, and daughter Diane Simonds Wilson ’95.
Barbara Mercer lives happily on 80 acres in Mendocino County, CA, where she raises and shows Bernese mountain dogs. She did search-and-rescue and drafting with her first Berner, Pandora, who is active and healthy at age 7. Barbara spends a lot of time caring for her mother, who is 96 and slowing down but “sharp as a tack.”
I am in my 34th year of practicing family law in Brockton, MA. I recently wrote a book, Divorce with Civility, and anticipate marketing it on Amazon.com. Also, last fall I became certified in collaborative law, a method of resolving disputes by agreeing ahead of time to avoid going to court, except to have the agreement incorporated into a court judgment. The process typically involves a neutral coach, whose function is to neutralize the emotional intensity that often exists in family-dispute negotiations.