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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian
6828 Lemon Road
McLean, VA 22101-5423

Norm and Ann Perkins Ott spent a delightful week in Nantucket Island at the home of Dick and Shirley Hedden Stoecker, where they were joined by Mary “Sis” Gould Markham. They had a great time reminiscing about the 50th reunion and their college days.

Zenas and Janet Malone Bliss sailed through the canals and rivers of northern Germany, from Amsterdam to Berlin, on a Brown University trip last fall.

Miriam Aronson Hirsch and her husband visited Turkey and Israel. They had to pass up Cappadocia because of all the stairs and hill climbing, but enjoyed seeing Gallipoli, Izmir, and the ruins of Ephesus. Mimi reports that the monetary system was outrageously inflated; a 100,000 lira note was worth $1.50.

Charlotte Mueller Smith and Joe revisited Alaska in September, concentrating on the Kenai Peninsula and Katmai National Park, where they spent three days watching brown bears feast on spawning salmon.

Fritz and Janet Mortimer Stocker are still roaming the northern hemisphere in their RV. Last summer the entire clan gathered to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Fritz and Janet plan to spend a few months in San Diego, CA, and, just possibly, look for a place to settle permanently.

Surviving the Winter: The Evolution of Quiltmaking in New Mexico by Dorothy Richards Zopf has been published by the University of New Mexico Press (see “Books” in this issue).

Husband Set and I spent much of the past year traveling: a cruise around Cape Horn in February; snorkeling with the sea lions of the Galapagos Islands in April; cruising the Danube and Rhine rivers in June; touring Normandy, Brittany, and the Loire Valley in July (we celebrated Bastille Day in Paris); driving through the American Midwest in October; and touring Vietnam in December.


Reunion ’01!

Elizabeth Wagner French
132 Portland Way South
Galion, OH 44833

Remember, our 50th reunion is just around the corner—May 31 to June 3! This flood of news indicates the Class of 1951 is back in full swing—just in time for Reunion.

Class president Pat Bryant Koedding has been organizing reunion committees. Pat sells real estate and is also an artist; she was recently commissioned to draw five representations of the Chadds Ford, PA, post office at various points in its history.

Ethel Leete Rabin has retired and now resides in an elderly housing unit with plenty of activities to offer. Ethel frequently chats with Ingie Jensen Brown.

Murray Bartlett Douglas attended the opening of the Tang Museum and concluded that it was a great addition to the campus. Murray enjoys working and taking business trips to Paris, where her firm has a show room. Murray encourages classmates to “drop in at 8 Rue du Mail, Paris 2.” She has invited British resident Silvia Edzard-Hofmann Lawson to be her guest in St. Croix.

Our “fabulous 50th” is how Dot Danniger Ericsson refers to Reunion. She has been working hard with class historian Pat Grummon Clegg to compile a bound class history that will be distributed during Reunion.

Carl Desantis and wife Barbara ’75 are planning their summer vacation in St. Maartens with Robert and Jane Newton Rider of Delaware. Carl is the newly appointed chairman of the Franchise Association for Howard Johnson’s Restaurants.

Helen Cox Colman spent much of last year in transit: she took a cruise around South America and another touring Scandinavia. She managed to work in two trips to Mexico and plenty of time with four granddaughters, ranging in age from 1 to 17.

Anne Schaaff Wadhams and husband Charlie plan to attend Reunion and are hoping to meet up with Mary Fong Wou. The Wadhams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Maui, Hawaii, with 24 family members, including 11 grandchildren.

Anthea Merrihue Turner traveled to England this past December and returned just in time to host Christmas dinner for 25 family members.

Marilyn Zneimer Gosnell has had what she thought to be a small medical problem diagnosed as melanoma, requiring surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. She will not be able to attend Reunion. Marilyn, our prayers are with you.

Sally Quincy Hartshorn reports that she and Stan have six married children and 13 grandchildren, all in Massachusetts. Sall and Stan occasionally need to “escape all this togetherness” with a trip alone to the Caribbean.

Joyce Hansel Housman and Russ sold their home of 47 years in Garden City and are making the switch to apartment living, which although practical, Joyce says, is a difficult adjustment. The couple has also acquired a new winter residence, a condo in Vero Beach, FL.

More classmates on the move include Carol Saurwein Sullivan and husband Bill, who have relocated to 667 Washington St., Apt. 243, Auburn, MA; and Pat Koedding, now at 83 Crosslands Dr., Kennett Square, PA 19348.

The class extends condolences to the family of Beverly Gross Westmen, who died in October 1999.

Our sympathies also go out to Joan Towne Greiner, whose husband, Art, died in December 2000.


Doris Harbach Patten
7835 Walkers Cay Avenue
Orlando, FL 32822

Dawn Staples Davidson and Marshall are busy grandparenting. Ian, 4, lives just 20 miles away, and Dawn flies to Reston, VA, several times a year to spend time with Charlie and Sarah, 6 and 8. Dawn and Marshall celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Copenhagen, where they boarded a new cruise ship and toured Germany and Scandinavia.

Carolyn Wood Halleck spends six months by the ocean in Lewes, DE, and the rest of the year in Silver Spring, MD. She is a retired anesthesia technician and has seven children and six grandchildren.

Eva Brunner Cohn attended a mini-reunion in Camden, ME, with Jim and Mary Lyons Harberg, and another in New Castle, NH, with Dick and Anne Hankinson Kern.

Janet Cowles Kirschman-Palau has been asked to exhibit her paintings at the Northville Public Library near their home in Hadley, NY, in June.

Judy Schwarz Mossman and Al moved to a new address in Saratoga last year. Their year included an Elderhostel river cruise through Holland; a bus trip to Bruges and Ghent; and four days in Amsterdam researching and trading genealogical information with relatives. A family trip to Alaska provided a rare opportunity to spend time with their kids and grandchildren. Al and Judy also spent a week in Blue Hill, ME, where Judy caught up with with Shirley Greene MacLeod on nearby Deer Isle. Judy later visited Nancy Dalton Rogal and Bill at their Lake George home, which was brightened and enriched by Nancy’s paintings.

We are saddened to hear of the death of Molly Wiebenson in December 2000. Our deepest sympathies to her family.


Elizabeth Hauser
241 Lotte Road
Ridgewood, NJ 07450-4819

Susie Eustis Bogart took a trip on the Mississippi River last November and was surprised to discover that Dianne Snow Brennan and Jack were also traveling on the Delta Queen. Susie and Dianne pondered the odds that “two gals from Wilmarth” would end up on the same boat all these years later. Susie even bumped into several other Skidmore gals on the trip—small world!

Cyndie Madsen Henson and Arn enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Northwest last September.

Betty Howe Shannon and Jack undertook a wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land last spring and toured Alaska in August. Christmas found them in Charlotte, NC, celebrating with family.

In January, I enjoyed a visit from Petey Berke Wulff during her quick trip to the New York area—always great to see old friends.


Joanna Davenport
24 Harbor Avenue
Marblehead, MA 01945-3604

John and Marcia Weeks Clayton had a very busy year traveling from Florida to Arizona. They went on an Elderhostel trip to Sedona, Glen Canyon Dam, and the Grand Canyon. Skiing, tennis, golf, and time with family filled in their schedules.

Mary Hamilton McLaughlin’s “2000 year-end report” included: a 50th high school reunion in Reading, PA; a cruise from Rome to Barcelona with stops in Florence, Portofino, Monte Carlo, and Provence; church activities, playing violin, and attending the opera.

Cyndy Wallace Bernart and Bill have six grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren. They joined a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last May, and found Betty Howe Shannon ’53 among their fellow travelers.

Patty DuBois McIssac and John bought a house at Pawleys Island in South Carolina so that they can spend the summer in Maine and the rest of the year in a warmer climate. Last fall, they toured Europe with an Elderhostel group.

Edie Barbour Lauver writes that she and husband Bob had “an interesting, unusual, and challenging year,” during which Bob had rotator cuff surgery and Edie had a fifth operation on her left eyelid. Edie attended her 50th high school reunion in Tarrytown, NY. She is still active with the Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless.

Betty Carpenter Evans and Gil connected with family and friends this past summer in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maine. The couple also took a trip to Peru and Ecuador.

Addie Warner Minott and Addison are very involved in the Vermont Historical Society. Addie attended her 50th reunion at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and the 350th anniversary celebration of Middletown, CT, a town founded by one of her ancestors. Addie is president of the Guilford Historical Society, and is active with the AAUW and the Retired Teachers Association.

Marcie Clausen Gray and Woody had a busy year traveling to Los Angeles, Australia, New Zealand, and points on the East Coast. Marcie attended her 50th reunion at Northfield Mount Hermon School and accompanied Woody to an alumni event at his alma mater, Dartmouth College.

Condolences to husband Harry and the children of Margaret Hadsell VanSciver, who died in April 2000.

The class also send its sympathies to Carol Rice Toti, whose husband, Chuck, died last summer.


Mariana Duggan Drebing 48-B Ponderosa Drive Syracuse, NY 13215-1607

Adele Albrecht Wakefield-Gren and her husband, Art, spent several weeks last summer with new grandchild Richard, who was born in Seattle, WA. She has already knitted three sweaters for little “Bear.” Dell is enjoying her role as class president and hopes everyone will “get on board” for our not-far-off 50th. All ideas and help will be gladly accepted.

Sue Bauman Walker is continuing her volunteer work in pediatrics at Maine Medical several days a week. She says that she will “probably never retire.” Sue has three sons, one of whom is married, but no grandchildren just yet. She and John travel to San Diego, CA, to visit eldest son, Chip, who practices medicine.

Rosanne Brody Raab and husband Ed toured London and Edinburgh in December for an “end of the year” celebration. She reports that they enjoyed many happy events in 2000, including the birth of a granddaughter in August.

Cleora Elder Terry’s daughter Jody lives with her to assist Cleora’s recovery from a collapsed lung last summer. Cleora is still able to drive and gets out to dinner occasionally.

Mary Alice Johnson Frankenberger works three days a week as a clinical social worker at Connecticut Mental Health Center. She finds the work “intense, but rewarding.” She and her husband travel and spend time with their four grandchildren. She is grateful to be healthy and productive. Her husband is now 75 and still works full time. Mary Alice’s reports that nephew Aaron Armstrong Stone ’04 “just adores Skidmore—déjà vu!”

Katherine Moore Hickey and her husband, Joe, are enjoying retirement in the Hamptons. Kay serves as secretary for the board of trustees of Amagansett Library and is involved with AAUW, Dominican Sisters, Hampton Trails, Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and the Animal Rescue Fund. Kay welcomed new grandson Thomas, who joins 2-year-old granddaughter Bridget.

In December 2000, Nancy Sulkin Marin attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learners’ Association in Boca Raton, FL.

Before Christmas, Patti Sherman Jones and Marilyn Smith Ingholt connected by phone in Vero Beach, FL; Myrt was visiting her sister-in-law there. Patti expects to be attending her 50th reunion when grandson Stephen Dyer ’00 returns for his fifth.

BA Kalteux Callanan’s daughter Liz was married in January. BA and husband John are the proud grandparents of Jack and Tommy, born to their son Mike and his wife.

I have moved to a new house. Although the move was only a little over four miles away, I hope somebody kicks me the next time I suggest moving in the middle of winter. My new address is listed above; my e-mail address is unchanged.


Reunion ’01!

Gayle Stein Bishop
3101 Old Pecos Trail, #636
Santa Fe, NM 87505-9541

Preparations for our 45th reunion, May 31 to June 3, are in full swing.


Ann Talbot Brown
PO Box 1384
East Orleans, MA 02643

Betty Ann Minar Richardson and husband Tuck sold their farm house and now have a townhouse near Excelsior, MN. They also enjoy a houseboat on Lake Vermillion in northern Minnesota, which Betty Ann describes as “remote, but modern.” Betty and Tuck’s oldest daughter lives in Hawaii; their youngest daughter lives in Southfield, MI.

Ann Chamberlin Birnie and Scott are the proud grandparents of Manuel, son of their daughter Karen and husband Pedro.


Jane Goodman Hunter
17 Caversham Woods
Pittsford, NY 14534-2879

Bea Ivany Donohugh reports that her life is good and filled with many grandchildren and exciting trips. Bea enjoyed a Naval Academy cruisefrom Amsterdam to Budapest, a trip to South Africa, and a tour of New Zealand. When home, Bea works for Hospice, which she finds “very enriching.”

Meredith Edwards Olson is enjoying her retirement from teaching. She and her husband winter in Florida and visit children in California, Wyoming, and Maryland during the rest of the year.

Joyce Gilburt Hood-Jelliff is celebrating the 20th anniversary of JG Hood Associates, the recruiting firm she founded in Westport, CT.

Barbara Drucker Smith has recently published Darling Loraine: The Story of A. Louis Drucker, A Grateful Jewish Immigrant (see “Books” in this issue).

Vallie Hill Beckwith is enjoying her new home and is occupied raising and showing Norfolk terriers, tutoring, and church work.

Sid Wright Coursen reports that Skidmore is well represented on Cape Cod. She participates in a book group with Mary Avery Gessner and Ann Talbot Brown ’57. Mary teamed up with Margi Bishop Maynard ’57 to found an alumni group on the Cape. Sid and husband Beau organized a week-long sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands with Priscilla Knowlton Tavenner and husband Tom, and Barbara Osborne Vulkoff and husband Craig.

Elaine Merola Canavan likes retirement and says that she should have done it sooner! Elaine has three grandsons, two of whom are twins. Last year, she visited Bangkok for the second time.

Barbara Hayman Schwartz is also embracing retirement and is considering a move to a warmer climate when husband Stan retires. Barb has started a greeting card business that she describes as “quite a learning experience.” Her travel destinations include Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Greenville, NC; Amherst, MA; and Japan, where children and grandchildren reside.

Maggie Holahan Bilek and Bob’s daughter Liz was married last September. Maggie and Bob have children in Newburyport, MA; Boulder, CO; and Jacksonville, FL. Maggie plans to teach for one more year; Bob will retire in August.

Our class is deeply saddened by the death of Grayce Silver Baldwin; we send our sympathies to her family.

My husband retired a year ago to have a second hip and first knee replacement; he is doing fine. We spent March and April in Steamboat Springs, CO, with our four West Coast children and their families.


Carolyn Brown Straker
500 East 83rd Street
NY, NY 10028-7208

Linda Amerling Scull moved to a smaller home on “ a prettier piece of property” in Rowayton, CT. The house sits on a marsh facing Long Island Sound. Linda loves having her daughters and seven grandchildren nearby. When not babysitting, she does volunteer work.

Sandy Bendfeldt is a cabaret singer in the Stamford, CT, area. She writes, “I’m living deliberately and transforming my life. My business is thriving and I feel enormous gratitude!”

Writer Carolee Brecher Thea works in NYC interviewing artists and curators. A collection of Carolee’s interviews with international curators entitled FOCI is being published by Apexart Books.

Ginger Clark Keare has relocated to Beacon Street in Boston. She and husband Doug spent the Christmas holidays with the entire extended family, including eight grandchildren, in Baja, Mexico. Ginger joined Doug and several of his fellow Dartmouth alums for a trip to Australia and New Zealand in February.

Class treasurer Sheila DeNadal Salvo, who lives in Florida, has come to expect an onslaught of visiting children every spring. She observes, “A parent’s Florida home seems to shout ‘Come on down!’”

Condolences to Joan Greenfield Axelrod, who lost her husband to cancer in January.

Since several ’59ers also graduated from high school together, a 45th reunion was celebrated by Joey Haufler Rosenthal, Roz Sutton Oesterle, and Ginger Keare in New Jersey. Joey writes that Roz had a big art show nearby and both classmates bought paintings. The group then reconvened at Ginger’s Cape Cod home. Notes Joey, “It was a very special time.”

Washington, DC, resident Judy Lachman Strauch is married to a physicist, and has three sons and two grandchildren. She directs several programs at her synagogue.

Pat Nicklaus Sabin continues to enjoy her position as senior consultant with Ketchum Inc. and is currently providing fundraising counsel to the Baltimore Zoo, as well as a theater in Carmel, CA. Weekends are spent at home in Dallas, where she celebrates granddaughters Katie, 6, and Bailey, 3.

Anne-Marie Philippe DeTourbet and her husband live near Paris, France. Golfing, skiing, traveling, grandchildren, and volunteer work fill their days. Of a 15-day trip to China, Anne-Marie writes, “We were absolutely bewildered by the coexistence of ancestral culture and modern lifestyle, complete with cell phones, e-mail, and newly constructed highways and airports. We had a two-day cruise on the Yangtze river, where my grandfather had been the captain of a French gunboat from 1909 to 1911. I inherited his diary, and it was most interesting to compare his perceptions to mine!” Anne-Marie also enjoyed having dinner with Andree Mounier McArdle, whom she had not seen in 40 years, and reconnected with Priscilla Wilder Ambrose by phone.

Cynthia Richards Meyer is director of Meals on Wheels for six communities in Vermont. She and her husband summer at their cottage in Maine, and enjoy spending time with their 11 grandchildren, ages 8 months to 17 years.

I received a book from Bev Sanders Payne in thanks for taking on the job of class secretary: Make No Small Plans: A History of Skidmore College, by American studies professor Mary C. Lynn. Bev encouraged me to turn to page 251, where I saw myself pictured with a group of government majors touring the United Nations with Dr. Henry Galant! The book is filled with wonderful memories, and I highly recommend ordering a copy at the Skidmore Shop online:


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