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Genevieve Oliver Littlefield
PO Box 105
Bristol, ME 04539

Louise Beinetti Wise and her three sons were together for the holidays in North Carolina. She then took her annual sojourn by the sea in Captiva Island, FL, in February.

Beth Flatow Kaufmann and husband Jim continue to be grateful that they made the move to Vermont. After losing a brother to cancer last year, Beth underwent breast surgery this past December. Jim reports that she is doing well. Beth and Jim find joy in a granddaughter and two great grandsons. Their daughter, Barbara, lives nearby in Monktons, VT, and son Roger and family reside in East Northport, NY.

Ray Hacker Henry is happy that all three granddaughters have finished college and found work in challenging fields. Stacy works with abused children in Colorado, Lisa is employed by the Mental Health Association of CT, and Jennifer is pursuing environmental art. Grandson Eric hosted Ray for Thanksgiving dinner in his music studio.

Mary Heber Mathews and her boxer dog, Luv, are both on the mend from surgery. She sent 60th reunion pictures to Helen Mahoney Cornish in Oregon, who told Mary that she had expected to see “shrunken little old ladies” and instead beheld a “great looking group of gals.” Helen would love to hear from classmates. Her address is 2131 NW Willamette Drive, McMinnville, OR 97128-9526.

Marion Kiep Morrison and John are very happy living in Freedom Village, their retirement community in Pennsylvania. Marion comments, “no housekeeping, no dinner to cook, and no complaints!”

Jeannette Meads Hoyt and Kay Schilling Lyall flew to South Africa in early January to view wildlife and other natural wonders. The pair toured two game lodges, Victoria Falls, and Cape Town.

Nancy Mergentime Silverman and husband Irving are now living six months in Tucson, AZ, and the other six in Bernard, ME. They welcome old friends and can be reached by e-mail at Nancy and Irving are the very proud grandparents of Deborah Siegel ’01 and David Siegel ’04.

Kathryn Myers Reinhart sings the praises of her retirement community in Maplewood, NJ, where she is offered frequent bus trips to NYC, weekly duplicate bridge, art programs, and other activities.

Margaret Schwem Sager spent 10 relaxing days in February on her annual Caribbean cruise. She is proud of granddaughter Megan Tobin, who graduated from Bates College and is now the coordinator for international relations for the municipal government of Kanazawa—which provided Margaret, her daughter Peggy Sager Tobin ’73, and Peggy’s husband Jim an excuse to fly to Japan last spring.

Mildred Wolff Margles’s daughter resides in Provence, France. Mildred insists that “with every visit, my French gets better.”

Elizabeth Wiles continues to be very active in the Ocean County Artist’s Guild in New Jersey, where she plans to exhibit a one-woman-show this summer.

Condolences to Margaret Mackey Lawrence, who lost her husband of 60 years in November 2000, after a six-months illness. They had celebrated their 60th in France last spring, and were able to attend a granddaughter’s wedding. Our thoughts and love go out to Peg.

Our sympathies to the family of Verginia Robinson, who died in January. I know all of us cherish wonderful memories of her humor.

Our sincere condolences to Barbara Smith Mettler, who lost her husband of 56 years, William, in July 2000.

Hilda Widmer Woodruff and her daughter Mary must be thanked again for the wonderful reunion pictures they sent to all of us—clearly a labor of love. Not only has Hilda had to cope with a huge flood in her cellar last November; she has suffered a fall that resulted in a cracked pelvis.

“Miss Charlotte” and I don’t write—we burn up the long-distance phone lines! Neither of us is ready to move to a retirement community yet, but they sound wonderful.


Reunion ’01!

Miriam Ogden Cudmore
13041 W. Ohio Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228-3105

Our big 60th reunion is May 31-June 3.

Adele Bagg Durward volunteers at her church in Falmouth, MA. In January she spoke with Jeanne Maguire Rieger, who is recovering from surgery in South Portland, ME. Jeanne traveled to Naples, FL, for some rest and sunshine. Adele also chatted with Marjorie Marsilius Powers, whom she plans to visit soon in Keene, NH. Adele mentioned receiving some old pictures taken at Skidmore in 1937 from Cecile Hennessy Barnett!

Shirley Carlson Knapp, of Saratoga Springs, NY, reports that her son has moved back to Connecticut from Paris, France.

Jack and Nancy Forester Padden sold their oceanside home on Fenwick Island, DE, in January and moved to Naples, FL. They have five children and nine grandchildren. Nancy is looking forward to more tennis in Florida.

Alice Harkless Cecil, who resides in Tryon, NC, visited her daughter in Marblehead, MA, over the holidays. They were joined by Harkey’s son, who is a painter and directs an art school in Florence, Italy. Alice’s grandson graduated from Brown University and her granddaughter from Colorado College.

Marjorie Marsilius Powers keeps active in the Keene, NH, Women’s Club and Women’s Republican Club.

Bob and Audrey Mayforth Wetzler in Sebastian, FL, participated in many mini-reunions last year. While visiting daughter Sally in Richmond, VA, they lunched with Bob and Cece Hennessy Barnett. In Southbury, CT, they dined with Bob and Carol Bellavigna Dannecker and Kathryn Jones Thorpe. The Wetzlers then drove to New Jersey to spend time with Ruth Lewis Runge, of Glen Ridge. Continuing on to Siesta Key, FL, they spent a few days with Peggy O’Neil McNamara. The Wetzlers have sold their home in Southbury, CT, and now reside permanently in Florida.

Betsey Patch Mitchell, of Bozeman, MT, reports that she is doing well. She traveled to Ohio and Philadelphia, and spent last Christmas in Red Hook, NY, visiting her daughter.

Walter and Lolly Swift Burbank live in Lookout Mountain, TN, where Lolly does volunteer work. Lolly now has eight fine grandchildren, three of whom are married. “There are no great grandchildren in sight just yet,” says a hopeful Lolly.

Class president Pat Wakeley Mara and husband Paul of Great Falls, VA, sent a wonderful picture of the entire family celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last October in Bermuda.

My husband, Ken, and I are very pleased to report that our granddaughter Lauren earned a bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Colorado. She intends to specialize in the fashion industry.

Our condolences go out to the families of classmates who have recently passed away. They are Carol Jean Shepard Aubert, Norma Miller Stryker, Jean Goodwin Albright, and Catherine Roberts Galterio.

Condolences also to classmate Tomi Kuwayama-Tedesco, whose husband, Lorenzo, died in June 2000.


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

Last September, Janet Bloom Harrington took a trip “around the world via the Silk Road.” She toured seven Chinese cities before traveling through half a dozen more in Russia.


Mary Sinon Sayer 115 Appleton Street
Concord, NH 03301


Barbara Conlon Bulger
14 Pinehurst Road
Thorndale, PA 19372

Vinny Corona Dick sends correspondence printed on stationery designed by Gloria May Sessions ’43. The paper is leftover inventory from Vinny’s retail days in Sherrill, NY. Vinny’s son Bruce, a sports medicine physician, has obtained a second M.D. in orthopedic medicine. Vinny has 15 grandchildren.

Betty Dornheim serves as librarian for the Princeton Club in NYC. In honor of the club’s 100th anniversary, Betty and others are producing a book about its history.

Doris Merz Wyckoff lives in Florida and attends Skidmore luncheons in Palm Beach. She traveled to New Jersey last summer to attend her second granddaughter’s graduation.

Alice Mungall Porter has four children and nine grandchildren scattered from Corpus Christi, TX, to Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys volunteering and reading.

Jean West Wilson lives in Clearwater, FL, where she visits a wellness center three times a week, and brailles text books for the blind. Travel, reading, needlework, and time with family round out her schedule.

Betty Jean Huber Billings held a mini-reunion last summer; she lunched with Ruth Lawrence McComb and Ellen Hart Mulvey. Betty Jean insists, “We haven’t changed a bit!”

Jeanne Spooner Walker now makes her home in Center Harbor, NH, after years of living in Puerto Rico and New Mexico. She has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren, producing large and happy reunions. Sandi volunteers at son David’s store and insists, “I will continue to work until I drop!”

Priscilla Comins Craig plays a lot of golf and bridge in Arizona. Five of her grandchildren live in the area, so she is able to enjoy many special hours with them. She spends the summer in Sturbridge, MA.

Elizabeth Cone Gardner and husband Clint embarked on their annual winter getaway to Anguilla to “defrost the bones.” Libby was happy to discover that Mary Mecklin Jenkins now lives close by at Hanover at Kendal in Massachussetts.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is home for Jane Pearce Lowe and her husband. Their three sons all live in the Northeast, so the family is able to gather often. The couple’s six grandchildren, several in college, says Jane, “are truly loved.”

Jean Poskanzer Rudnick and Virginia Gooch Puzak attended the October 2000 dedication of the Tang Museum. Pos suggested that perhaps the Class of 1944 might consider holding a 60th reunion event at the “stunning” structure. She and Phyllis Newman Byan have talked recently. Phyllis reported that she had seen Theodora Barlow Carlaw at a Skidmore luncheon on Cape Cod. Barbara Wadsworth Meyer and husband Ken made their annual visit to Pos’s on the Cape last summer.

Marjorie Wendel Keenoy and Chuck have welcomed their first great grandchild, Libby Lestage. Trips last year included one to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and a lovely cruise to Panama and Costa Rica in December.

Myrna Kroll Weed has a new address: 211 Willow Valley Sq., #D-318, Lancaster, PA 17602-4861. Myrna likes her retirement community very much.

Betty Mann Margison and Peggy Gluck Wolf get together often in Tucson, AZ.

Sally Seelbach Narrigan enjoyed a 17-member family reunion in Hilton Head, SC, in November. In February, the Narrigans traveled to St. Johns, VI.

Ilse Senn Epprecht has a new address: PO Box 2627, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Ilse may be e-mailed at imepprecht She says she has met another Skidmore friend in the area, Bea Schwarcz Edwards ’49.

Genevieve Gerard Conroy and husband Dick have had trips to NYC, the Mexican Riviera, and Cuba. They traveled to Cuba with 30 other physicians and their wives, where they witnessed the heroic efforts of Cuban doctors to heal the sick despite a chronic shortage of medicines. Gen and Dick’s daughter, Abby, will obtain her college degree this year at age 41. Gen feels this is cause for celebration.

The class extends sympathy to Catherine Rothery Schilling, whose husband, William, died in December 2000.


Olga Massimiano Gigante
706 Prince Street Unit 9
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-753-0896

Many of us were pleased to see Jeanne Kimball Carrazzone looking so well at Reunion, where our class sang her Skidmore lyrics to the “Mickey Mouse” tune. Needless to say, we were a howling success. Jeanne and husband Al have stopped overseas trips because of Jeanne’s oxygen dependency, but they still enjoy touring the U.S. with family, when possible, or with Elderhostel. They also participate in local senior programs. Last summer, the couple hosted two large picnics around their pond—one for family and another for their church.

Rusty LaRose Leverault is celebrating “a new life style, new adventures, and new friends. I have sold my house and am ready to go!” Rusty’s new address is: Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Apt. 433, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Jan Sharp Adkins is pleased to report that Bill is recuperating nicely after a long illness.

Jean Annett Hochuli took a delightful cruise to Bermuda with her five children last August. She also attended Parents’ Weekend at Skidmore with her granddaughter Diane Wallman ’03. The weather was fall at its best, and she found the old campus very interesting and the new campus “fantastic.”

Carol Fleischer Boswell enjoys helping to care for her 6-year-old grandson, with whom she attends a creative art class. She plays bridge weekly and takes part in a current events discussion group. She and Marilyn Maier Feinberg recently lunched together and co-authored a class letter.

Carolyn Slayton Stuart flew from her home in Venice, FL, to her sister’s home in Lakehurst, NJ, for a five-week vacation. One week after her arrival, she was rushed to the hospital in congestive heart failure. Fortunately, Carolyn was able to stay in New Jersey under her sister’s care for six months. She is home now and recuperating very nicely.

Kitty Guinther Brown writes that things have “slowed down” for her. A letter written by Kitty to the editor of Vanity Fair in response to a story about Yaddo found its way into print. The story brought back memories of bicycling to the renowned artists’ colony and meeting authors like Katherine Ann Porter and Agnes Smedley. Kitty, who volunteers at a community theater, won a best supporting actress award last year for her portrayal of the murder victim in Mousetrap.

Jane-Louise Wingate Quayle attended Skidmore night at the Boston Pops last year. She has been in touch with Jeanne Revene and Jean Keller Carros, whom she plans to visit soon in Florida.

Phyllis Sperans Halpern and Parker spent all summer in Wellesley, MA, where they often spend time with Marilyn Maier Feinberg and her husband, Sam. Last October, Phyllis and Parker spent a week in Lake Whitefish, MT, a town that overlooks Glacier National Park. They flew over the mountain in a helicopter, tried fly-fishing, visited a Native American village, and observed a herd of buffalo.

Jean Graves Dinsmore has lived in “big sky country” for 17 years now, since retiring from a 25-year career in teaching. She makes her home in a log house at the far corner of son Jim’s cattle ranch. Jean volunteers at the local school and, in November, tallied election results among the approximately 100 district residents “by hand.” She retains warm memories of Skidmore days.

It is with sadness that I report the death of Nathalie Potter Voorhees in October 2000. The class extends its sympathies to her husband, Alan, and their three children. Ann Tinsley Woodward and I live just blocks from Nathalie’s home in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. Before Nathalie died, Ann and I made up a box of Skidmore memorabilia and visited her at her home. It was a very happy visit, full of memories. I am grateful that we had that opportunity to be together.


Reunion ’01!

Miriam Blechman Grimes
2166 Pleasant Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038-5442
215-885-4152, Fax: 215-886-2877

It would be very special to have a great turnout at our 55th reunion, May 31 to June 3. How can one resist the chance to revive memories of our relatively carefree, young days with friends we made almost 59 years ago?

Nancy Bailey Allchin and Dick’s year was a busy one, and included the weddings of two grandchildren, a bout of Lyme disease for Nancy and a golfing back injury for Dick. Nevertheless, they spent 14 days vacationing in Kenya.

Audrey Adamson Benson now lives in Darien, CT, but travels back to her hometown of Rye, NY, once a week to visit her mother, who is 105 years old and in a nursing home. Audrey comments philosophically that having all her granddaughters nearby helps her to feel “young enough to know that she is old enough.”

Class president Kathryn Horrie Salwitz telephoned Henrietta Wentholt VanZoelen in November. She found Hank very upbeat despite some health problems—she had had a knee replacement and husband Renier was recuperating from some serious hip surgery. Katy and husband Dick enjoyed a three-week trip to Alaska last year, fishing, flying in a floatplane to a fabulous lodge with naturalists and rangers, and crabbing and shrimping with professional fishermen. Changing location, they also cruised through the Panama Canal.

Jan Peters Gardiner traveled to Ireland last fall.

Barbara Blair Eggleston’s husband, Forrest, reports, “With the help of good nursing care, prayers by friends, and her astounding spirit, Bobbie has made a good recovery from two emergency surgeries.” Last June, granddaughter Christina graduated from high school and joined the Navy. Their first great-grandchild, a boy, was born that September. The Egglestons volunteer for the Christian Medical College, in Ludhiana, India, where they lived and worked for 33 years. Forrest has published a book entitled Where is God Not?, in which he describes their experiences as medical missionaries.

Margaret Eaton Koerner and Ted were fêted by their children at a surprise luncheon in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2000. Over 90 friends and family members attended.

Ann McWhinney Watson took her youngest daughter, Candace, on a cruise to the Society Islands last April, had a family reunion in the Adirondacks that July, and had a knee replacement in September. She has moved to 800 Pearl Street, Apt 708, Denver, CO 80203-2526.

Mary Wolfe DiRenza has a new address: Cottage 2822, 2815 Byberry Road, Hatboro, PA 19040.

Although she is now retired, Betty Jean England Olsen continues to be honored for the instruction techniques she developed to educate deaf, blind, and low-vision students in the San Francisco area.

Paul and I celebrated the birth of our sixth grandchild last November. Our eldest is 12 years old. Paul is dealing with chronic health problems that make traveling very difficult, but he can continue writing about travel, using the telephone and computer for research. I take day trips and classes, and seek out items for my Judaica collection, which has expanded from RoshHaShona holiday postcards to anything “with age,” but remains mostly ephemera. A new interest of mine is self-published cookbooks by Jewish organizations.

I wish to extend condolences on behalf of the entire class to the families of Mary Ann Hazelton Crosbie, who died in September 2000; Gertrude Heckman Powell, who passed away in November 2000; and Margaret Stoddard Perkins and Elaine Freedman Rubenstein, who died in December 2000.

We also offer our sympathies to Jane Slade Prince, whose sister Deborah Slade ’53 died in September 2000.


Jane Geibel Morton
3 Springwood Path
Syosset, NY 11791-1304
516-692-5455, Fax: 516-424-5455

My husband and I traveled to southern France last December. Headquartered in Cannes, we ventured out to a different town every day, arriving in Nice in the midst of the European Economic Treaty talks. Among our photographs of the more colorful expressions of opinion about the importation of British beef: a red-caped herdsman leading his cow, carrying a plaque that read “Cows are fine, man is mad.”

Bobbie Hammond McGrath wrote to order one of my herb cookbooks for a friend. I’m hoping that my new book about farmstand vegetables will be out later this spring.

Bette Avery Applegate’s twin year-old grandchildren, Max and Mia, live nearby, much to Bette’s delight. Newly married son Steve and his bride live on an Indian reservation in Arizona. Another son, Doug, and his family reside in Seattle. Daughter Mary is the proprietor of Fables, a children’s book store on Salt Spring Island, BC. Dick and Tavey hosted a family reunion on the Applegate Trail in Oregon last year.

Jan Bassett Gretzler and husband Norton spent Thanksgiving in Miami with their daughters and their husbands. Dinner was followed by an airboat ride in the Everglades. Granddaughter Jessica has been accepted into a nursing program.

The class extends its condolences to Fleurette Senor Roberts, whose husband, Edward, died in December 2000.

Our sympathies go out to Nancy Childs Smart, whose husband, Hilary, died in January.


Esther Anderson Lacey
116 Murray St.
Binghamton, NY 13905-3707

Jessie Waldron Spacil has moved to 4200 Estate St. John, #324, St. Croix, VI 00820-4490. She welcomes the move from house to condo.

Muriel Keema Flood and husband Les hosted a party on election night with some friends from school days in Manhasset. Muriel and Les spent a wonderful Christmas with their daughter in San Francisco.

Mary Jane Baker Macartney and her husband traveled to Florida with their son and his family. The Macartneys had a great time visiting Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

Dotsie Slosson Erskine held a Christmas Eve open house at her condo in Vero Beach, FL. Bobbie Bettelheim Routh, husband John, and daughters Nancy and Susan Routh ’75 were there to help Dotsie celebrate.

The class extends its deepest sympathies to Joan Theobald Mitchell and husband Bill, whose daughter Andrea died in November 2000 at the age of 47. She was an entrepreneur who founded the Highway One marketing firm in the early ’80s and is considered a pioneer in the field of integrated communications. She was a devoted mother to Jennifer and Bryce. Joan and Bill can be contacted at 111 Quail Ridge Court, Lexington, NC 27292.


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

Joan Hull and Dale Kelly moved to northern California in April. Joan welcomes e-mail at; her temporary mailing address is 431 Sylvan Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Joan and Dale visited Thailand to see a ninth grandchild and a second great-grandchild. While there, they toured the Golden Triangle bordering Myanmar and Laos. They then embarked on a 19-day Alaskan cruise that continued across the Pacific to Pusan, Korea; Vladivostok, Russia; and Osaka, Japan.

Phyllis Harder Reininger and Dick celebrated their 50th, and Dick’s 75th, in October with a 39-day tour of Australia.

Mary Lou Woodruff Thompson and daughter Cindy visited Newport, RI, mansions decorated for the holidays. Son David is studying computer science. Mary Lou traveled to Chicago in January to defend last year’s trophy title in a senior ladies national curling event. She can be contacted at

After 30 years of dreaming about it, Helen Buch Thorpe took a trip to Kenya last October accompanied by daughter Susan, an experienced birder. The pair visited six game reserves and observed 55 species of animals and birds, some at close range. Helen’s e-mail address is HBThorpe@

Margery Heilbronner Becker and Jake celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big picnic at their home. Last August, the Beckers invited their children and grandsons on a five day trip to Aspen, CO, where they enjoyed biking, rafting, and attending a music festival. Margery’s e-mail address is

Jane Ballin Hughes is still judging flower shows, and she exhibits to keep her credentials. She traveled to Argentina, where she observed nesting penguins and barnacled whales, and went on to Ushuaia, the most southern city and a nesting place for cormorants. Jane marveled at huge condors in Tierra del Fuego and the spectacular sights in Glacier National Park. The climax of the trip was seeing the enormous toppled figures on Easter Island. Jane returned to Boulder, CO, to spend Thanksgiving with family.

Phyllis Dye Turner and husband Ned are taking the family to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th. Although they have retired from the equine business, Phyllis still keeps two Arabian horses.

Leah Cunningham Wood and Chuck are busting with pride. Daughter Loraine competed in the Sunshine Dance Festival at the Windham Resort and Spa and scored solid gold in all six country-western categories. Leah and Chuck celebrated their 50th in November with Doris Higgons Popenoe and Pete.

Spain called to Marion Wambold Shaw and Bill for three weeks last September. They toured Nerja and Galicia in northwest Spain.

Betti Detrick Williams and husband Don flew to Rome to celebrate their son Raymond’s engagement. Don is recovering from a bad broken wrist suffered while recovering someone else’s golf ball. Betti exhibited artwork at five shows in Vermont and Saratoga last year, and has been commissioned to create a painting for a large private residence. Betty has been coping with a noncancerous brain tumor that causes her severe headaches.

Marge Fee Neff and Charlie celebrated their 50th at the Stone Hedge Inn in Tyron, NC, in June 2000. Although they are still living in the same location, their address has changed slightly: it is now 171 Duck Pond Lane; phone number 828-894-2403. The Neffs’ grandsons, Alan and Braxton, will graduate from high school in June; granddaughters Katie and Bridget will enter high school in the fall. Last year’s highlights include cruising the Caribbean and racing in an America’s Cup 12-meter boat competition off St. Maartens.

Al and I spent Christmas in Sharon, MA, with our daughter Dawn and grandchildren Katie, 2, and Harry, 1. It was the first time in 50 years that we didn’t host the entire family at our place. We celebrated with the other 10 grandchildren the following Saturday.

The class sends condolences to Mac, husband of Barbara Couch Rupnow, who died in December. Our sympathies also go out to Mary Mitchell Durland, whose husband, Jim, died in December. We will surely miss both of them.


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