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Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632


Reunion ’01!

Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632

Preparations are under way for our 70th reunion, May 31 to June 3.


Helen Cole Netter
PO Box 784
Pine Plains, NY 12567-0784


Marjorie Yetter Walls
11 Denton Rd.
Binghamton, NY 13903

Myrtle Ford, who has moved to a retirement community, is grateful for good health. Her address is 298 Jarvis Avenue #119, Holyoke, MA 10140-1282; she welcomes e-mail at


Sally Miller Curtin
31 Saunders Dr.
Niantic, CT 06357


Elizabeth Norlander Newell
15 Deane Avenue
Holden, MA 01520-1314

Emily MacLachlin Carl moved to a new lakeside home in northern Westchester County. The house, which is ringed by hemlock woods, was purchased two years ago by her daughter, Betsy. Em loves to watch the water birds and deer that visit the lake daily. Last summer, she and Betsy visited another daughter, Janet, at her home in Michigan. Soon after, most of the family spent a week in North Truro, Cape Cod, where they welcomed the newest member of the family—Emily’s great granddaughter. Em would enjoy hearing from classmates. Her new address is PO Box 424, #4 The Hook, Waccabuc, NY 10597.

Anne Tooker Genssler is in a total life care community in the northern neck of Virginia. She writes, “It is the best thing I ever did.” She describes her new residence as “a cross between a country club and a college campus.”

Janet Roukes Seaver and Ed have settled comfortably into their new home in an assisted living facility. “At last,” Janet exclaims, “No more housekeeping!”

Frances Turner Diefenbach lives on the small home in Laguna Hills that she bought nearly 30 years ago. She enjoys short trips, hours at the gym, and brisk walking. Daughter Joan lives outside Boston, and son Jack and his wife reside in Tokyo, Japan. Fran is looking forward to the birth of a great grandchild in late spring.


Reunion ’01!

Enid Kay Schiff
81 Bryant Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605-1609

Preparations are in high gear for our 65th reunion, May 31 to June 3.


Agnes Dunn Mackenzie
304 Stoughton Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016


Betty Hale
317 S. Valley Hill Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098

Elizabeth Bonney Stratton’s husband, Lea, lost several fingers of his left hand following an accident with his table saw. Happily, Bonney reports that he is recovering very well.

Jeanne Battey Thomson moved to Vermont and loves the area. As usual, she remains busy with many friends and volunteer work.

I have a new great-grandson, who weighed in at a hefty 10 lbs., 9oz.


Betty Jones Stern
211 Benicia Rd.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765-1602

Congratulations to Marjorie Kirk, who scored big in the year 2000 with two honors. The Meadville, PA, Business and Professional Women’s Club designated Marge as one of nine local “Women of the Century.” Secondly, the Timothy Alden Council at Allegheny College, from which she retired after a lengthy teaching career, inducted Marge as a fellow of the council, which is the highest honor bestowed by the group. “Needless to say, I was more than pleased and flattered by these honors,” remarked modest Marge.

Norma Trabold Kerr was cited in a recent issue of The Annals in the History of Computers, for her work as an assistant to J.W. Birkenstock, a major contributor to the successful development of the IBM computer. “You just never know what a music major will do,” comments Norma.

Lee Blanchard Hotchkiss reports that she meets Polly North Cogswell and Eleanor MacKenzie Healy often for a favorite lunch of mussels, and that New Jersey is a great place to spot “our” gals.

Charlotte Appelbaum Lanzit and husband Bob took two trips to NYC last fall: one to attend Apple’s family reunion, and another to celebrate the 100th birthday of Bob’s cousin. During the orchestra season, Apple attends weekly matinee concerts of the Cincinnati Symphony. They continue to winter in Marco Island, FL, and summer in Chautauqua, NY.

Marjorie Mapes Brett Boulware and husband Bill are delighted with their newly renovated apartment in a retirement complex in Sarasota, FL. Marjorie enjoys the ocean view and abundance of cultural activities in Sarasota. She notes that the apartment boasts a unique history: it was once the residence of former Skidmore dean Margaret Bridgman.

Esther Robinson Johnston reports that husband Al has retired from his bluestone and lumber company, a family business started by his father. The Johnstons’ son, two grandsons, and a nephew will carry on the family tradition.

In October 2000, a mini-reunion in Saratoga Springs was held by three classmates at the opening of Skidmore’s Tang Museum. Betty Eastman Peyton traveled from Florida to be met in Albany by Ruth Jones Lindsay and her daughter, thence arriving on Edie Cosgrove’s doorstep. Ruth left before the actual opening, but Edie and Eastie enjoyed touring various wings. Here are some of the comments they uttered and overheard: “indescribable, fantastic, unique, fun, bizarre, noisy (referring to the S.O.S: Scenes of Sound exhibit) and finally, “What is art?” Eastie also enjoyed visiting the Saratoga Children’s’ Museum, where Edie frequently volunteers.


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