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Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632


Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Anna Paret Ashcraft and her Skidmore roommate Dorothy Dove Evans are “still active and in touch at age 93.” Dorothy lives in a retirement community in North Dartmouth, MA, and Anna resides in Greenville, DE.


Reunion ’02!

Helen Cole Netter

Edna Hultberg Monk
continues to write and phone her close friend of 73 years, Mildred Myers Atkinson.

Elanor Parrott Lumianski’s growing family includes 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. As for herself, she says, “I’m still in pretty good shape for a 92-year-old.”


Marjorie Yetter Walls

Doris Weak Cruikshank moved to a retirement community in Shelbourne, VT, to be closer to her granddaughter.

Hazel Wilcox Looker lives in an apartment in Dummerston, VT, close to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Laura Allen died August 14; she is remembered as a first-rate educator, athlete, and photographer who pioneered outdoor adventure sports for women.


Sarah Miller Curtin

Saratoga Springs resident Eleanor Corey Qua enjoyed a visit from her son and 10-year-old grandson in November.


Elizabeth Norlander Newell

Dorothy Binner Conner
’s second great-grandchild arrived in February 2001. Both of Dottie’s great-grandsons live within 10 miles of her home in Malvern, PA, as do daughter Janet and her husband. Another grandson and his wife live in Paoli, PA. Dottie is “very lucky” to have such an arrangement.

Beth Twiggar Goff believes her generation has been fortunate to live during “a rare and golden bubble of history,” which she fears future generations, given current events, may not experience.

Muriel “Mimi” Scribner Rice’s daughter Sue Ungar Hollern ’61 wrote this tribute to her mother: “Muriel, mother of five, grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of six, continues to live with vigor, energy, and Yankee stoicism in her condominium in New London, NH. Legally blind and deaf, she manages to cook and bake for neighbors, look terrific, and serve as the family’s memory bank. She’s an inspiration to all who come in contact with her.”

Gina Barker Holmberg’s youngest son, John, is sailing around the world in a 48-foot sailboat with grandson Tim as crew. Middle son Bill, an investment banker with Paine-Webber in NYC, flew in to spend five days with Gina and husband Bob this past winter. Eldest son Bob Jr. and wife are pediatricians in Orono, ME; their son, Bob III, is also going into medicine. Gina and Bob Sr. love their home in Bentley Village, a development in Naples, FL.

Peg Palmer Brister died September 8. Classmates remember her for her ability to express herself in kind and open frankness, both in writing and speaking. She was artistic, had an eye for style, and was fun to be with. We will miss her.


Enid Kay Schiff


Reunion ’02!

Agnes Dunn Mackenzie


Betty Hale Hale

Agnes Compton Stierwald
is enjoying the programs offered by the Skidmore club on Cape Cod and has already begun rallying all “Kates” to attend our 65th reunion in 2003. The reference dates back to our 25th reunion, when a classmate dressed up a dummy as a ’38 alumna and dubbed her “Kate of ’38”; since then, we have often referred to ourselves as “Kates.”

Caroline Brooks Winston extends an invitation to all classmates to visit the “house-with-a-view” she had built on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, complete with bathroom, garage, and ferry service.

Jeanne Battey Thomson, the busy wanderer, celebrated Christmas three times in 2001—first in Connecticut, then in North Carolina, and again in Connecticut on her way back home to Vermont.

We send our love and sympathy to Anne DeBeaux Mitchell, whose husband, Walter, died last fall.


Betty Jones Stern

Class president Edie Cosgrove’s December letter inspired this response from Barbara Lord Richmond: “Edie’s timely analysis of Skidmore’s diversity, as shown by the opening of the Intercultural Center, prompts me to redouble my efforts to support the college and its mission. It’s a way to honor my granddaughter, [who is] in her third year with the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa.”

Energetic Edie Cosgrove continues to drive up and down the East Coast, logging in an eight-hour trip to Virginia for Thanksgiving. A resident of Saratoga Springs, Edie is a frequent visitor to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and a guest at many Skidmore events. She remains an active volunteer with the city’s Children’s Museum, which has moved to new, larger quarters.

Bill and Mary Gunst Barnet spent Thanksgiving weekend with all 20 “twigs” on their family tree—including two great-grandchildren—before leaving for Florida, where they spent the winter playing golf and bridge. Mary continues taking classes in oil painting.

“Things are quiet here, which is not bad!” reports Katharine Averill Foley. Over the holidays, she and husband Don hosted their three children and five grandchildren, who range in age from 10 to 31. Katharine is part of a Skidmore legacy family, which includes sisters Elizabeth Averill Kowal ’37 and Mary Averill Donovan ’41, cousin Sarah Coughlan Pickering ’43, and nieces Susan Kowal Rose ’64 and Martha Kowal ’66.

Art and Alleyne Williams Morison spent time with their five children and their families during the holidays. Alleyne can also boast a sizable Skidmore legacy, including sister Geneve Williams Vincent ’41 and nieces Susan Vincent Thomas ’67, Kathryn Vincent Hassinger ’69, and Sally Vincent Lesser ’71.

Al and Esther Robinson Johnston are enjoying retirement, including three winter months in Sarasota, FL. Their son Peter and two grandsons now own and manage the Johnston and Rhodes Bluestone Company.

Bob and Charlotte Appelbaum Lanzit continue to winter in Florida and summer in Chautauqua, NY. Both areas have safe, gated communities with little traffic so that Apple, despite limited vision, can walk to various activities. Both do volunteer work at Briggs Nature Center in Marco Island, FL, where Apple is a receptionist and Bob is a naturalist.

Irma Newman Golden enjoys bridge and reading and plays the organ every day—“albeit the Tea for Two genre, mostly. Condo living restricts musical spurts, although I take advantage when everyone is out.”

Dorothy Lamb Brown became a first-time great-grandmother in November, when baby Caroline was born to her granddaughter Kelly Hammett Palmer. Both Kelly and her mother, Nancy Hammett, who accompanied Dorothy to her 60th reunion several years ago, are “thrilled.”

Betty Eastman Peyton and eight from her family spent a week over the holidays on a Bahamian island near Marsh Harbor.


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