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Julia Grosse Brodhag
Serena Roth Bateman
Last fall, The Atlantic magazine republished portions of former Wall Street Journal architecture critic Ellen Posner Wollman’s 1988 editorial piece “The Museum as Bazaar” in a retrospective look at the intrinsic value of museums titled “Art for Art’s Sake.” Ellen’s contributions form the basis of a new book she is writing on the value of museums and their relationship to the art contained within. When perusing the bookstore shelves in coming months, remember to search for Ellen Posner, her professional name.
Christine Brandsford Terry describes her recent appointment as provost of the school of continuing education at the North Orange County Community College District in Anaheim, CA, as “a great capstone to a very fulfilling career.” The school serves approximately 71,000 students enrolled in basic skills, ESL, and vocational programs. Chris lives in Fullerton with her husband and two daughters.
Carolyn “Sam” Pratt and Bev Leader climbed the Great Wall during a nine-day trip to China. In May they headed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for some 60th-birthday rest and relaxation.
Sibyl Waterman Haley welcomed her first grandchild, Biniam. Adopted by Sibyl’s daughter and her husband, he is a 4-year-old from Ethiopia. Grandma Sibyl, not far from his new home in Cambridge, MA, is a frequent visitor.
Joan Kohout was reelected to a third term as a Monroe County, NY, family court judge. She and her husband spend their time and money in their century-old home in a historic Rochester neighborhood. Joan and Mimi Freund Tilton, who also lives in the city, occasionally cross paths.
Gale Jenks Goff is happily living in an old Victorian house on one of the grand streets of Newport, RI. She maintains her architecture practice in an office a few blocks away. A house she designed in Sakonnet, RI, this year received an award from Custom Home magazine and was featured in its May issue.
Janet Lee Beach lives at the foot of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill and runs US Marketing Services, a consulting firm. Her husband is a professor at Duke’s business school, and their son graduated from Loyola Marymount this year. Janet contributes her expertise to a Bay Area nonprofit called Job Forum, where she recently assisted many “well informed and dynamic Skidmore students and alums” with their job searches.
It is my deepest sorrow to report that my great friend and one of Skidmore’s finest, MB McDonald, died in January after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her close friend of 40 years Janet Lee Beach shares this tribute: “Her spirit of fun and quirky questioning of anything that sounded like ‘group-think’ will stay with me always. MB was courageous in facing cancer, as she was in facing all of life’s challenges. Honestly, I cannot imagine Skidmore without MB. She made the whole daily-life-at-college experience fun and contributed immeasurably to the sophistication and sheer enjoyment of any conversation. Thank you, MB, for the memories.”