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Reunion ’00

Genevieve Oliver Littlefield
PO Box 105
Bristol, ME 04539

Alliz Bullock Townend lives in Kingston, PA, and has children and grandchildren from the Northeast to Florida to Washington State. They all gathered for her 80th birthday, but the biggest joy was the arrival of her first great-grandchild, Liam Shanley, in August.

Last fall, Mary Heber Mathews visited campus for the first time in almost 60 years to deliver a birthday cake to a special sophomore—the daughter of close friend. She was so impressed, she just might make our 60th reunion in June.

Margaret Schwem Sager enjoyed another Elderhostel in January in Galveston, TX. She also enjoyed her yearly cruise in February, which included the Panama Canal and Costa Rica. A nasty fall on Christmas day resulted in three hours in the ER. She is now on the mend.

Jane VanAlst Bonnert and Peg Mackey Lawrence continue to be the poets of the class, with their wonderful holiday cards. Let’s hope their talent adds to our June gathering. Jane is looking forward to Reunion. “We’ll be treated like royalty,” she says. “It will be great for us to get together and remember Forever ’40. I still think we were special. With Miss Charlotte (Charlotte Stern Roubey) at the helm, and Bennie (Louise Beinetti Wise) nearby, how can we go wrong?”

Hilda Widmer Woodruff and husband Bob came East to Boothbay Harbor, ME, from Racine, WI, last fall to visit relatives, and we had a quick visit. Hilda was hoping to attend Reunion with her daughter.

Betty Wiles, in Bayville, NJ, continues to be involved with the Ocean Co. Artists Guild but also loves to travel. Last year, she climbed pyramids in the Yucatan and hills in Tuscany. Friends and relatives surprised her with an 80th birthday party.

Miss Charlotte keeps one travel bag packed for frequent trips to Chapel Hill to visit her doctor son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. We talk often, and she always has a new joke to tell. Our biggest wish is to see many familiar faces on campus June 1.

Condolences to Mildred Wolff Margles, whose husband, Raymond, died in May 1999.


Miriam Ogden Cudmore
13041 W. Ohio Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228

Adele Bagg Durward keeps busy with two grandsons who live nearby in West Falmouth, MA.

Eleanor Coleburn Zoller still volunteers at a house museum and is learning more about bridge. She continues her punch-needle rug hooking at her home in Oyster Bay, NY.

Lucia Dana Eastman, in South Norwalk, CT, is busy with her three children and six grandchildren and, as in the past, continues her interest in environmental issues.

Jean Goodwin Albright, who now lives in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL, met President Studley and Gary Smith at a South Florida alumni club gathering in January, where she also met Lois Higgins Glock ’40.

Mildred Herridon Webster, who resides in Lakewood, CO, has heard from several classmates: Mary Phillips Murray had to cancel a trip to Italy due to health problems, Ruth Mook Kerr is trying to cut down on her activities, and Sue Imlay Dhyse continues to be very active in the Washington, DC, area.

Betty Kerley Brooks is checking out various retirement communitiesin her area of Amherst, MA.

Barbara Ketchum Lahey, who resides in Boulder, CO, has two new grandchildren. I recently put her in touch with high-school friend Cece Hennessy Barnett, of Richmond, VA.

John and Tina Towne Moore wintered in Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, FL, and will return to Woodstock, VT, for the summer.

Audrey Mayforth Wetzler and husband Bob flew to England in August and took a two-week cruise on the Baltic. They are now laying plans for Bob’s 60th reunion in Hanover in June, while enjoying their home in Sebastian, FL.

Betsey Patch Mitchell attended her first Elderhostel in W. Yellowstone and loved it. In late fall, she had radiation treatment for a lung tumor, which was successfully removed. She is doing fine after several weeks of rehabilitation to build up her strength. Betsey heard from Jeannette Partridge Harrison and husband Sydney, who have decided not to travel out of the country anymore. Betsey also reported that Doss Bruning Herrmann is fine, but that husband Bill has been having some problems.

Cappy Porrier Forshay had a big birthday party at Martha’s Vineyard in August with husband Bob and 18 other familymembers. She keeps in touch with Ann Wolff Donaldson, and she had a visit with Jack and Nancy Forester Padden in November.

Cadi Roberts Galterio was looking forward to having all her children and grandchildren for Christmas at her home in East Dennis, MA.

Sam and Norma Siegelman Sverdlik live in Florida. Their three children are teachers—Judy teaches English as a second language, Steven teaches philosophy at Southern Methodist University, and William teaches computer science at Eastern Michigan State. They have four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, who lives on a kibbutz in Israel.

Paul and Pat Wakeley Mara enjoyed Thanksgiving with their family, including five grandchildren, at the home of daughter Jean in New Jersey.

Bill and Gen Wyckoff Sewell went to San Francisco over Thanksgiving for a family reunion and celebrated Bill’s 80th birthday. They spent March in Casey Cay, FL, with lots of golf.

The class extends sympathy to classmates Shirley Carlson Knapp, whose husband, Lohnny, died in November, and to Dorothy Shaw Panning, whose husband, Norman, died in December.

The class extends sympathy to the families of Winnie Green Fuchs, who died in December, and Cecelia Wellens Sandberg, who died last July.

I recently took 20 members of my church guild to Ocean Journey, the new aquarium in Denver, CO, which was spectacular! Ken and I are beginning to think a year ahead to our 60th reunions at Cornell and Skidmore.

Please remember to give to the Annual Fund before the end of May.


Julianne Oppenheimer Lewis
171 Weyford Terr.
Garden City, NY 11530

Ken and Lynn Allen Chamberlin spend more time in Williamsburg, VA, than at their place in Deerfield Beach, FL.

In November, Janet Bloom Harrington took a month-long, family-style voyage with a group of Americans and Germans. Destinations included Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cabo Verde, Ascension, St. Helena, and south Georgia. She also took a five-day sail in a fishing schooner from New York to Gloucester, MA.

When Doris Callaghan Gillingham left New Hampshire for New Brunswick, she had to turn back because of hurricane warning. She says our rallying cry should be, “Hang in there!”

I received a photo of Flannel Chayes Lathrop on the deck of a ship, on her way to Fiji. She planned to spend Christmas in Alaska, followed by golf in Phoenix.

Bob and Virginia Fowler Gurney traveled to Alaska in March 1999. Their trip was mostly by small boat, so they were able to get close to all the animals and glaciers. They still enjoy living in North Carolina and hope to see some classmates.

Judith Helmick Settle spends six months in Denver and six on a golf course in the California desert at Borrego Springs. Her entire family spent the holidays in the Dominican Republic. She enjoys an athletic life and is working on a large quilt.

Helen Rickenback Scott goes to California often to visit a young grandchild.

It is getting to the point where I hate to open mail from the College. I learned that Kay Rosenkeimer Gleason died in July 1999.


Mary Sinon Sayer 58 Branch Tpk., #8
Concord, NH 03301

Margaret White Wilson’s daughter Anne and family (two girls and a boy, ages 8 to 15) from Illinois visited for the holidays, following two days in NYC visiting daughter Jane and her two sons.

In December, Jane Savage Stohn took a lovely tour in Vienna and Salzburg, visiting lots of interesting places and seeing the Hapsburg crown jewels. Christmas fairs were in abundance.


Barbara Conlon Bulger
1160 Thomas Rd.
Wayne, PA 19087-1410

Elaine Baldwin Moffatt’s granddaughter Mika Gans ’02 is at Skidmore, so Elaine and husband Dick attended Family Weekend in October.

Jane Clark Atkins and Lee moved to a Marriott continual-care residence where she says they have met lots of lovely people who don’t seem old at all! Her new address is Edgehill 1108A, 122 Palmer’s Hill Road, Stamford, CT 06902.

Libby Cone Gardner had a grand summer and saw Patsy Sullivan Spicer and Charles in Camden, ME, and Mary Mecklin Jenkins and Johnny in Waldeboro. Libby continues to paint and do shows and volunteers at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Phyllis Emmerich Blair spends winter in Boynton Beach, FL, and summer in Williamstown, MA.

Genevieve Gerard Conroy’s holiday greeting told of another great year of travel and visits with her daughter, grandchildren, and good friends. A 12-day Mediterranean cruise with friends on board the Legend of the Seas was a big highlight. She included photos, and she looks marvelous.

Class president Harriet Hebden Avery checked in from Ft. Myers, FL, telling of much golf, good weather, and happy days. Baldy and Hebbie summer in the Poconos, where she sees her gals, all residents of Pennsylvania.

Before attending an Elderhostel in New Hampshire in October, Betty Lehmer Ortez spent a few days with Mary Jenkins and John at their Kendall retirement community in Hanover, NH. While at Kendall, Betty also saw Nora Knox Graham, who was recovering from a hip replacement.

Last August, Maryland residents Ralsey and Liz Plumley Scofield enjoyed an Alaskan cruise. The Scofields’ children and grandchildren live nearby, which is a blessing.

Marjorie Wendel Keenoy and Charles are settled into their new independent-living condo in Florida and love it.

Condolences to Alvera Schuyler Squire, whose husband, Richard, died in January.

The class extends sympathy to the family of Betty Maloy Stiles, who died in December. I was shocked and saddened because she was her usual peppy self at Reunion last June. Betts was my roommate freshman year—a really neat gal, liked by everyone.


Reunion ’00

Janice Sharp Adkins
417 N. Hemlock Lane
Williamstown, MA 01267

Betsy Brillhart Little babysat for her two New Zealand grandsons in Fiji, while her son and his wife went deep sea diving.

Alfred Beers writes that his wife, Mary Covell Beers, has Alzheimer’s disease and has been in a nursing home since January 1999. Sister Betsy Covell Brett ’42 also has Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home.

Carolyn Dangler’s travels have been limited to about two trips a year to the East Coast. She has been resisting repeat back surgery for a year since alternate treatments have been of no avail. We wish her good luck.

Last fall Barbara Foster Mars and husband Bernard went to Saratoga to visit their granddaughter Bryn Mars ’02. Barbara said it was a glorious weekend and a joy to see the center of town still charming. They were very favorably impressed by President Jamienne Studley.

Pegge Fowler Lander and husband Ray spent the winter at the Ocean Reef Club at Key Largo, FL. They went on a fabulous 12-day cruise visiting England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, and Estonia.

Jeanne Lockrow Bliss and husband Phil had a wonderful train trip to the Canadian Rockies in the fall. Jeanne is always busy with her large family and is happy that most of them live nearby. Phil is the fire marshall for Old Lyme, CT; Jeanne does church work, plays bridge, and reads a lot.

Jocelyn Sandburg Yates and husband Bill enjoy life in a congregate living apartment in Rockland, ME, where they are the youngest of the residents.

Carol Weyand Yorston writes, “Anyone living in or visiting Durango, CO, stop by son Dusty Teal’s Durango Old Town Bakeshop. We are partners in this highly successful project, and the bread is fabulous! We have one of three Italian ovens in the U.S. Years ago I had a restaurant near Santa Fe, so it is great to be back in the food world.” Carol served on Julia Child’s national academic board, the American Institute of Wine and Food, for 12 years and is still involved with the group.

Condolences to Sally Bogan Jenkins, whose daughter-in-law died of cancer in July 1999. Sally’s daughter, Sarah, moved to the Boston area. Sally, too, has moved; she is sharing a house with son Bob, still in Glenview, IL.

The class extends sympathy to Nancy Stall Howard, whose husband, Damon, died of cancer in August. Nancy and Damon had been married for 54 years. All of Nancy’s children live near her, except for her youngest son, a Navy doctor now in Puerto Rico.

It was a great sadness to learn of the death of Elizabeth Wilson Wood. Husband Charlie says, “Betts died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Tucson. We were driving home after a great week in Palm Springs. It happened so quickly; she went into a coma, and never recovered.” The class sends its condolences to Charlie and his family.

I am also sad to report the death of Don Reutershan, husband of our late classmate Ellen Domin Reutershan and an honorary member of our class.

Alison Hambly, daughter of Doris Fonda Hambly, is writing memoirs of her mother’s days at Skidmore. She would love to hear stories from classmates. You can contact Alison at 303-499-6922.


Miriam Blechman Grimes
2166 Pleasant Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038
Fax: 215-886-2877

Eleanor Boaz Cowen’s most recent trip was to Belgium and Amsterdam, followed by seven days on the Rhine. She also keeps active with PEO, bridge, and reading.

Since husband Robert’s death in 1995, Harriet Camp Mason has kept busy with club and philanthropic causes. Her three children are well.

Sally Coombs Garvin’s husband, Bob, is terminally ill with leukemia and Parkinson’s. Daughter Kim Garvin Valpey ’79 surprised them with identical twin boys. Bob is also an identical twin.

Still living in Montana, Phoebe Darling Harper’s art and photography shows keep her as busy as she wants to be. She has sold many of her photographic note cards, as well as several watercolors. “My Skidmore art major is paying off after 50-some years!” she says. Phoebe visited with her aunt, Phoebe Anderson Davis ’24, who is 97 and keeps busy with oil painting and embroidery.

Last June, Ronnie Gregg Kimball visited Shirley Williamson Tower at her home in East Longmeadow, MA, and in the summer saw Dick and June Hiller Carr several times. Both are friends from Ronnie’s freshman year in the Spring St. dorm. “Many fond memories,” she says.

William and Mary Ann Hazelton Crosbie have 15 grandchildren from their six daughters.

Tom and Joan Heise Cummings celebrated their 50th anniversary in October with a wonderful trip to Scandinavia and Russia.

Joan Mahoney Hicks and Ed had a delightful trip to Eastern Europe, a welcome change from all the rainforests and swamps they’ve visited with Audubon over the years.

Vivian Manperl Fishbone still paints and hopes to have a retrospective show next fall.

Sis Pflanz Frank, program director at St. John School of the Arts, reports that the school received $100,000 from Irving Caesar’s estate. He was the lyricist for Swanee, Tea for Two, and other songs. The school plans to build a facility in his name.

“I’ve gone back to art school at the Cleveland Institute of Art,” says Barbara Smith Martien. She is learning to paint—“something to do in my old age.”

Last June, Shirley Williamson Tower received a visit at her E. Longmeadow, MA, home from Ronnie Gregg Kimball. Shirley was just learning to walk again after breaking her hip when she tripped on her oxygen tube. “Old age, bah!” says Shirley. She reports that Ronnie is great.


Jane Geibel Morton
3 Springwood Path
Syosset, NY 11791
Fax: 516-424-5455

Bette Avery Applegate and Dick report that during their second trip to Idaho and Oregon they attended the reenactment of the Oregon Trail pioneers crossing the Snake River. Daughter Mary and husband Jordy run a music store in British Columbia. The local Annapolis paper covered the success of Tavey’s 10-year campaign to get bike paths along Bay Ridge Rd. near their home. “She never stopped nagging the politicians,” says Dick.

Last July, four generations of Norton and Jan Bassett Gretzler’s family got together in a five-bedroom oceanfront house. Jan and Gretz then flew to Vancouver, rode the Rocky Mountain Railroad, and walked on a glacier. Daughter Dianne married a Peruvian entertainer, whose English is “getting better all the time,” says Jan. The Gretzlers, in New Bern, NC, had bouts with hurricanes last summer and fall; their granddaughter and two great-granddaughters were hard hit in Greenville.

After spending last August in Dallas, Bill and Pat Chapman Zilliox swore they’d never spend another one there, so they’ve rented a cottage on the ocean in Sea Wall, ME. Last winter, for the first time in 37 years, they didn’t ski, due to arthritis in the hip—“the pits,” says Pat.

Jeanne Clements Roth spent an overnight with Bill and Polly Deppen Whedon and went to a play and dinner at Yale with Jeanie Rubenstein Wallace during her six-week Eastern trip last fall. Jeanne’s Christmas note featured pictures of great-granddaughter Lilli and granddaughter Julia, both 3.

Do Dunkel Jerman, bless her heart, is offering special rates to all ’47ers at her two-bedroom, two-bath house on the golf course at Ranchos Las Palma in Palm Springs. Contact her at 1983 Sandstone Vista Lane, Encinitas, CA, 92024. Do was in the Napa Valley over the holidays with her family.

An e-mail from Leona Kaplan Killgore sends greetings from Texas, where she does a weekly one-hour radio show. Le does freelance writing and lots of traveling, including an Alaska cruise and visits to Ohio and NYC. Husband Jim passed away in ’97.

Phil and Chris Roche Aronson feel fortunate to have five grandchildren, all under age 5, close by. When not visiting the grands, they travel some but also enjoy Bermuda Run, their community.

Cilla Wheeler Vickery enjoyed lunch with Ruth Schleicher Kroon and Barbara Fitch Beckett in charming Chatham, Cape Cod, last summer.

Margaret Jackson Habermann passed away last July. Our sympathy is extended to her children.

Chuck and I had a lovely and historic cruise through the Panama Canal during the canal’s turnover to Panama in December. We toured Costa Rica, Cartagena, Aruba, and St. Thomas. In mid-January, a group of 18 women, including yours truly, traveled to Ixtapan, Mexico, for a week of spa pampering. I even took golf lessons and went horseback riding. At a recent diagnostic test, I was delighted to have a 1972 Skidmore nursing graduate assisting my doctor.


Esther Anderson Lacey
116 Murray St.
Binghamton, NY 13905

June Baker Bremer sent me a clipping from the New York Times showing a big picture of Billie Stein Tisch as vice chair of the United Way of New York City—an awesome task to say the least.

Donald and Myrtle Butler Neiman are still active in singing groups and love to travel and meet interesting people. Don is active in Kiwanis and chambers of commerce. “Never dull,” says Myrtle. The Neimans have five grandchildren, ages 15 to 19.

In Littleton, CO, Patricia Carson Anderson lives near her son and his wife. Her granddaughter is a junior at Colorado State University. Kit spent Christmas with her daughter in Charlottesville, VA. The museum where Kit volunteers has been deeply involved with the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy, and she has been helping inventory and store every single item left as a tribute, a daunting and humbling experience, she says.

Carol Ekblom Carlson always writes a poem in her holiday card, and this year was no exception. It included information about a great golf trip to Ireland in September after a trip to Montana in June.

Jake and Katey Geyer Winant are great-grandparents of a little boy. “It’s a wonderful feeling,” says Katey. “It takes a bit to realize that our daughter is now in the grandmother role.”

Last fall, Joan Kirwan Schroeder enjoyed a tour of Greece. “Physically exhausting, but worth it!” she says.

Doug and Jean Schnabel Bailey took a six-week tour of New Zealand, Tasmania, and Australia, which, she says, was most interesting.

Last summer, Audreta Sheldon Pape had a visit from Shirley Thayer Steidel. Shirley enjoyed traveling to visit some longtime friends, some of whom she had not seen for 50 years.

Dotsie Slosson Erskine and Barbara Bettelheim Routh were delighted to sit with President Studley and Gary Smith at a luncheon in Florida. Bobby and husband John had a most interesting trip through the Panama Canal this winter. She and Dotsie sing in the choir together at their church in Vero Beach.

Grayce Smethurst Elgar winters in Florida and enjoys seeing Honey Bernstein Casden when she is there. Grayce summers in Lake Tahoe, NV, and believes she has the best of two worlds.

In October, Kay Smith Parkhurst sat with President Studley on the Minneapolis leg of her inauguration tour. “Skidmore is in good hands!” says Kay. She visited son Jeff, who lives in Westport, CT, and enjoyed being back in the New York area. She looks forward to many treks back.

Condolences to Phyllis Miller Doolittle, whose husband, Kent, died in January, and to Virginia Tabor Daniel, whose husband, Rupert, died in February.

Bob and I are off to two Elderhostels in California. Jean Clay King will join us at the one in Palm Springs, where she lives in the winter. The second week will find us in San Diego.


Edith Armend Holterman
319 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306

Helen Buch Thorpe finds that Father Time is creeping up. She spent New Year’s Eve with a toast and then to bed. In September, she and friends toured China. She attended the Tiananmen Square festivities and toured the Forbidden City, summer palace, Great Wall, and temples. Her oldest grandchild, Elizabeth, entered the University of Virginia last fall.

Helen Davis Smith’s granddaughter, Jenny Deiterman ’04, will be a Skidmore first-year student in the fall. She’ll be the fourth generation of Skidmore students, beginning with Bunny’s mother in 1924.

Betti Detrick Williams and Don were in Naples, FL, for the winter. She still paints and shows in New Hampshire and Florida; he is still the master frame maker.

In July, Phyllis Dye Turner wrote and produced Terre Haute Live—Cabaret Theatre at the Indiana State summer repertory theater. Phyl and Ned spent New Year’s Eve in London.

After Reunion, Joan Fredericks Whetstone and Stan enjoyed a trip to California wine country for a family wedding, then went on an Elderhostel in Carmel Valley, where they studied Mozart and ballet.

Ruth Gold West finished two courses in Hebrew studies at Gratz Hebrew College. She is associate pastor at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, a part-time position that, she says, “provides an outlet for my social concerns.” She visits the homebound and nursing home patients. Rufus and Westy are fighting the battle of failing bodies. “The secret to aging,” she says, “is to keep busy.”

After our 50th, Phyllis Harder Reininger and Dick drove their trailer to the East Cascades. They spent a weekend at a Lutheran camp in the wilderness with two grandsons. Later, they went to Oktoberfest in Levenworth, then on to San Juan Island for their 49th anniversary and Dick’s 74th birthday. In December, they went to Walla Walla for a wine-tasting trip to son Chuck’s winery.

Joan Hull spent 1999 travelling to California, Idaho, and, of course, back to our 50th reunion. She spent almost four weeks touring Europe: Paris, Geneva, Popes’ residences, castles, monasteries, and battlefields. She went to Mexico for the holidays.

Right after Reunion, Marjorie Fee Neff had shoulder surgery to repair a torn tendon. Two days later, she fell and cracked her ankle. She is back into walking, swimming, and working in the fitness center. Marge went back to Skidmore with daughter Debbie Neff Lynch ’77, who hadn’t been back in 20 years, to see the inauguration of President Studley. Marge and Chuck took grandson Alan on a college hunting expedition at Thanksgiving.

In November, Audrey Platt Jacobson went to Sicily, then visited son Ben in Colorado for New Year’s.

Ellie Rao Witthoefft would love to get in touch with Marilyn Parker and Gale Coulthard, neither of whom graduated from Skidmore. Ellie believes Gale is deceased, but would like to talk with anyone who kept in touch. If you have information, please contact Ellie at 941-922-2980.

Al and Claire Sippil Tyser travel a lot, mostly cruises in deference to their ages—no constant packing and unpacking. Their grandchildren are 7 and 9.

Marion Wambold Shaw is in seventh heaven with a grandchild, Kathryn, who made her debut in September. After the birth, Wamp and Bill took their Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, and Nebraska trip.

Joyce Watkins Bates enjoyed a visit from Dick and Phyllis Harder Reininger. The Bateses live in La Conner, WA, and love the Puget Sound area. Joyce is a docent at the Museum of Northwest Art and member of the garden club.

Mary Lou Woodruff Thompson has burned all the logs from Hurricane Bob in ’91 and is getting a gas stove. It’s a little easier to keep warm that way.

Al and I now have 12 grandchildren. Daughter Dawn had baby Harry in December. Katie, 2, is a little handful. That makes eight boys and four girls. Dean’s daughter, Alicia, married in August. We had all but Dawn in for Christmas. Penny, Joe, and Joey, 17, Jamin, 20, and Dylan, 22, came in from Ventura, CA. What a houseful!


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