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Genevieve Oliver Littlefield

Miss Charlotte
and I hope that 2002 will bring our world the peace we once thought we would always enjoy. Our sympathy goes out to all who have experienced losses related to September 11, 2001.

Louise Beinetti Wise and her entire family gathered at son Tony’s home in Florida for the holidays, where they watched televised football and joined forces to root for the Miami Dolphins.

Beth Flatow Kaufmann and Jim celebrated their 60th anniversary with the entire family in November. In December, the couple flew to Nassau to board the World Explorer, which cruises the coasts of Central America through the Panama Canal and up the West Coast to San Diego.

Betty Dimont Eckel was happy to have the family together for Christmas, although without her husband, Fred, who passed away June 10. Fred was a longtime physician in the community of Westerley, RI. Granddaughter Elizabeth is in the Peace Corps, stationed in Bemin, South Africa.

Jane Griswold Mensel took a barge trip in Holland last year and was delighted with the abundance of flowers everywhere.

Mary Heber Mathews moved to an assisted-living complex in Madison, CT, in February. Much to her delight, Mary’s boxer dog, Luv, was allowed to move in with her.

Peg Mackey Lawrence authors a beautiful poem every Christmas and offers this excerpt: “As time goes by, years do fly faster. This one brought sadness, then disaster. While missing ones no longer here, let’s cherish more those we hold dear.”

With help from her family, Margaret Schwem Sager moved to Glen Eddy, a retirement community that’s very close to her former home. Accompanied by a friend, Margaret took her annual cruise on the Holland American Line in February.

Betty Wiles exhibits paintings in New Jersey. Cataract surgery on both eyes last summer produced fantastic results: she can even see individual blades of grass. In November, she dropped a frozen turkey on her right foot, smashing her big toe. Stoic Betty quips, “This can’t all be just a part of aging!”

My happy news is that I joined the “grand-gramy club.” Madeleine was born in October to granddaughter Sarah and her husband, Eric. Our entire clan of 25 gathered for Thanksgiving, and Madeleine was the star of the show. I reflected that my oldest son, David, who passed away in 1999, would have loved being a grandfather to her.


Miriam Ogden Cudmore

The highlight of 2001 for Adele Bagg Durward was attending our 60th reunion. Dell received an avalanche of holiday greetings, including many from classmates.

Phyllis Browne Anderson plays piano for a large junior choir at her church in Millbrook, NY, and was preparing for a spring concert last May, which prevented her from attending reunion.

Shirley Carlson Knapp had a wonderful Christmas in Saratoga Springs in the company of daughter Kathy, son David and his family, and her sister and brother-in-law.

Jane Dewey Cash spent Christmas in Ft. Myers, FL, with old friends from Binghamton, NY. She adds, “What a great reunion we had last spring—I am so glad I went.”

Alma Steinen Jung winters in Stuart, FL, where her next-door neighbor is Dottie Rose Murphy. Alma stopped in Williamsburg, VA, on the way, to visit Dorothea Brunning Herrmann.

Helen Evarts Banks thanks everyone who worked to make the 60th so special. “It was great to see so many old friends. Here’s to our 65th.”

Barbara Ketchum Lahey spent the holidays at home in Boulder, CO, with most of her family members, including three sons and six grandchildren. Barbara continues to volunteer at the University of Colorado Library in Boulder.

Ruth Lewis Runge joined the Montebello Women’s Club so she can play bridge more often. She also volunteers, teaching 3-year-olds.

Rita Martin Lovett resides in a skilled nursing facility near her daughter and grandchildren. Rita can be contacted c/o Porter, 146 Farrington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 and would love to hear from classmates.

Don and Ruth Mook Kerr managed the holidays by having 13 of their 19 family members “visit in rotation” and then treated themselves to a cruise around the Antarctic Peninsula.

Bob and Audrey Mayforth Wetzler sailed aboard the Universe Explorer along the coast of Alaska last summer and then got busy settling into their new home in Sebastian, FL. The couple spent Christmas with daughter Sally in Richmond, VA.

Dorothy Shaw Panning and daughter Judy from Arvada, CO, enjoyed attending our 60th reunion. “The campus accommodations, food, tours, and classes were really fantastic.”

Sam and Norma Siegelman Sverdlik, who have lived in Ft. Myers, FL, for over two years, became great-grandparents a second time last August.

Jean Summersgill Neiswinter spent Christmas with daughter Joan and family. Jean describes her 60th reunion as “one of the highlights of my life—to think that I was able to attend at my age—wow!”

Bill and Genevie Wyckoff Sewell headed to Casey Key, FL, in March for some golf, fishing, and beach strolling. As always, they stopped to visit Kay Diemer Chichester in Sarasota.

Ken and I spent Thanksgiving with son Paul and family in Littleton, CO, and traveled to nearby Lakewood to share Christmas with daughter Linda. Our other daughter, Wendy Cudmore ’72, came along with us.

Prudence Wagoner Hotchkiss died September 27.

Betsey Patch Mitchell died December 13. Her son Jim expressed the sentiments of so many of us when he said that his mother “cherished her alma mater and the lifelong friends she made there.”

I was also notified by Maggie Dunn of the sudden death of her mother, Eleanor Miltimore Wolff, on February 3. A sociology major, Eleanor is remembered as a source of great strength to her family and friends.


Reunion ’02!

Cynthia Taft Lathrop

Lois Clark McCoy
is president of the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, the nonprofit think tank is dedicated to coordinating strategic planning among government and private agencies for disaster preparedness and response. Further information on the NIUSR can be accessed at www.niusr.org/NiusrMainSiteMap.htm.

Hilda Hertz Golden published an essay entitled “Becoming An American”—which includes a short section on Skidmore’s contribution to her assimilation—in the book Exile and Displacement (Peter Lang Press).

Beverly Blickman Yunich’s husband, David, passed away in September. He was a trustee at Skidmore and at Union College, where a wing at the Schaeffer Library was dedicated in his memory.


Mary Sinon Sayer

Glo May Sessions
and partner Joe “are still dancing!” She attributes their happiness to the fact that they maintain separate residences and refuse to retire. Glo continues to paint and sculpt commissioned work.

Millicent “Penny” Cameron Breen, who lives on a golf course in Avon Park, FL, welcomes visiting classmates.


Barbara Conlon Bulger

Marguerite Bugbee Fisher
’s Christmas card pictured a snowman in top hat, rowing along a river. The greeting to all of us was “Row-ho-ho-and a happy new year!” As many of you know, Bug is a rower par excellence.

Margaret Fiero Stone and husband Chip stay active by participating in community affairs, playing golf, and “just hanging in there!”

Joanne Smith Orwoll and husband have moved from North Carolina to the Henry Ford Retirement Village in Dearborn, MI. She reports there’s much to do, nice people, and good food. Their daughter and family live 30 miles away in Ann Arbor. Jo’s address is 1561 Ford Road, #305, Dearborn MI 48126.

During January and February, Jane Zirinsky Haskell’s artwork was included in an exhibit entitled Gestures at the Mattress Factory, an alternative museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

Elizabeth Cone Gardner’s husband, Clint, is writing a new book, The Dimensions of Time: A Memoir of War, Russia, and Discovery. Libby, who paints watercolors, has discovered a new love: printing monotypes. In 2001, the couple traveled to Auguilla, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Ireland, where they learned of the September 11 attacks from a shopkeeper.

Genevieve Gerard Conroy and husband Dick cruised the Baltic for 12 days and later enjoyed a trip to Cabo San Lucas. Dick works part-time with the Scripps Clinic as a physician, while Gen is engaged at the Social Service League, working to secure enhanced services for low-income seniors.

Last August Nancy MacGilpin Garrison and husband moved from their 13-room home of 38 years to a cottage in Briarwood, a continuing care community in Worcester, MA. Nancy, who is now legally blind due to macular degeneration, needs assistance to read.

Betty Bonnewell Stone’s granddaughter Sarah Luckenbach ’04 is a happy third-generation Skidmore student; her mother is Carol Stone Luckenbach ’71.

Betty Mann Margison and Peggy Glick Wolf occasionally have dinner together in the Tucson area. Betty would love to hear from other Skidmore alums residing in Arizona.

Alice “Kit” Mungall Porter and husband Charles were driving home from their daughter’s wedding—an 1,800-mile trip—when Kit’s memories of December 7, 1941 began to surface with great clarity. She was prompted to share them in a moving letter she sent to classmates earlier this year.

Elizabeth Plumley Scofield was delighted to attend the marriage of her eldest grandson in September.

In November Barbara Wadsworth Meyer and husband Ken embarked on a three-week tour of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. A five-day cruise on the Yangtze showcased traditional country culture, water buffalo, and rice paddies. Barbara is “perfecting her chopstick technique” for a future trip there.

Shortly after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary last year, Lynn Vanderveer Woythaler’s husband, Bill, underwent a second heart operation, this time to replace a mitral valve. Happily, Bill has fully recovered his health.

Dorothy Sielaff Armstrong lost husband James in October, and Frances Perkins Kelsey’s husband of 55 years, Donald, passed away suddenly last May.

Classmates will be saddened to learn that Sally Weeks Congdon passed away on September 4. Many “phys eds” will remember her happy, enthusiastic manner. Sally’s devotion to the advancement of theater was remarkable, as was her dedication to promoting women playwrights and performers.

I am happy to report that I have become the grandmother of two delightful young Russian-born children adopted by my daughter Anne earlier this year.


Olga Massimiano Gigante

Mary Macgregor Bolton
lives in New Jersey near son Geoff, his wife, and two children. Mary’s other son, Jay, and his daughter live in California, where Jay is a film music editor. Among other projects, Jay writes music for the travel videos Geoff produces.

After her husband passed away, Joan Hamilton Damon sold her home in Newport, RI, and moved to an apartment in Rye, NY, to be closer to daughter Laurie and family and her own 103-year-old mother. Son Bill and his family are a short drive away in Riverside, CT.

Leah Hoffman Levinson and husband relocated to Highland Park, IL, in November to be near their daughter and her family.

Elderhostel adventurer Jean Birnbaum Perlmutter saw Holland and Belgium by riverboat and then cruised from Budapest to Prague.

Carol Weyand Yorston attended granddaughter Hannah’s wedding to an Englishman in Boulder, CO, in September. The couple resides in London, where they met while Hannah was attending Sotheby’s School of Design. Carol looks forward to visiting them there.

Isabel Sherwin Harris’s husband, Lawrence, died September 7. Isabel, who lives in a lifecare community in Longwood, FL, is grateful for the support of her three children, who flew in to be by her side.


Miriam Blechman Grimes

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of taking Sue Rabinowitz Malloy on a sight-seeing tour of Philadelphia, which included a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where we viewed an exhibition of the work of late 19th-century American artist and city native Thomas Eakins. It was the first time Sue and I had seen each other in many years!

Nancy Bailey Allchin has made the move to a retirement community—close to her former home in Timonium, MD.

My husband, Bill, retired from his position as travel writer for the New York Times in August, at the age of 77. His decision was extremely timely, as the September terrorist attacks have significantly altered the travel industry. Despite serious health problems, Bill remains upbeat.

Ginny Given Gregory phoned me with the sad news that B.J. England Olsen died in November. B.J. is remembered for her remarkable contributions to the field of teaching visually impaired youngsters and will be missed by the many whose lives she touched.

We extend our sympathy to Jean Glines Carpenter, whose husband, Wallace, died July 10; Cyrena Parker Konecky, whose husband, Lewis, died November 18; and Henrietta “Hank” Wentholt VanZoelen, whose husband, Reinier, died January 14.


Reunion ’02!

Jane Geibel Morton

We received news that Isabelle Rising Smith’s husband, Matthew, died September 17 of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.


Esther Anderson Lacey

June Baker Bremer
traveled to exotic locales in 2001. She flew to South Korea to visit her son and his family, then joined her daughter and son-in-law in Kenya for a wilderness tour that featured fascinating animals, dramatic vistas, and breathtaking sunsets. Among her favorite sights were the thousands of flamingoes converging on Lake Nakuru.

Mary Jane Bigelow Swick and her husband were in England during our 50th reunion, on their annual trip to visit her daughter there. Frequent travelers abroad, MJ and Bob highly recommend an Elderhostel program held in Siena, Tuscany.

Agnes Miller Smith’s address was listed incorrectly in the most recent class directory. The correct address is 20600 Fairmount Blvd., Apt. 13A, Shaker Heights, OH 44118. Agnes can be reached by phone at 216-321-8094.

Carol Ekblom Carlson hosted all her kids, their spouses, and grandkids for Christmas. Carol’s grandchildren range in age from 8 to 17; “Grandma’s age is unpublished.”

Shirley Thayer Steidel had a great time on a Caribbean cruise in November.

Jessica Waldron Spacil sent me a beautiful Christmas card designed by Phyllis Pountney Gillette’s daughter during a vacation with her parents on St. Croix Island.

Jeanne Shallow Wickes, who died in May 2001, will be remembered for her generous spirit.


Edith Armend Holtermann

As branch president of the National League of America Pen Women, Doris Higgons Popenoe was tasked with organizing the group’s most recent conference, held in St. Augustine, FL, in 2001.

Lois Smith Klauder took in views of French chateaus, vineyards, and the Riviera last summer and later visited family in Lake George, NY. Lois and her husband, who live in New Smyrna Beach, FL, played host to retired New Hampshire Representative Alice Stevenson Calvert, who continues to enjoy living on her New Hampshire farm.

Despite undergoing heart and cataract surgeries in spring 2001, Beverly Cox Smith took a two-week Caribbean cruise with her son and family in July and then joined 25 friends for a 10-day excursion over Thanksgiving. Beverly reports that two dear friends lost grandsons in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Audrey Platt Jacobson’s lithograph, entitled Missing Towers, was included in an international juried exhibit at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY, in December.

A pet therapy practitioner, Esther Griffing Joseph has the aid of a new miniature poodle in cheering residents of a nursing home in Rhinebeck, NY.

Marge Buehler English could still smell the acrid smoke emanating from the remains of the World Trade Center while passing New York Harbor on September 30 during a boat trip from Rhode Island to Quebec.

Marjie Fee Neff was named Kiwanian of the Year for her tireless support of Terrific Kids, an area youth program in Columbus, NC. Marjie and Charlie’s 15-year-old granddaughter, who underwent surgery for a malignant tumor, was treated to a Hawaiian vacation through the Make A Wish Foundation.

Marylou Woodruff Thompson’s granddaughter Emily appeared in a modern version of the Nutcracker in December. Granddaughter Alison ’03 is spending spring semester in Skidmore’s London study-abroad program.

Carolyn Dobbins Lange embarked on a Scandinavian cruise in 2001, but the year’s highlight for her was a week in Canada with all 15 children and grandchildren.

Beulah Schwarcz Edwards and husband Art spent several weeks in January visiting their daughters and granddaughters in the Turks and Caicos Islands, located southeast of the Bahamas.

Joan Hull and husband Dale enjoyed a 20-day voyage across the Pacific and later celebrated their granddaughter’s birthday in Boise, ID.

Phyllis Harder Reininger and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a weekend at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, WA—a gift from their children.

Betti Detrick Williams has been virtually free of chronic headaches following a surgical procedure. Scheduled to exhibit in 20 art shows this year, Betty paints for more than 30 hours a week.

Helen Buch Thorpe visited her oldest grandchild at the University of Virginia and then flew to Denver to see her newest grandchild in September.

Phyllis Dye Turner and husband Ned celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September with a family trip to Hawaii. Upon their return, friends threw them a surprise bash.

Evie Mitchell Blackhall was present for the dedication of Skidmore’s newly renovated Case Center. To prove it, she e-mailed me from the center’s Burgess Café! She and Claire Schreiber Pittman were touring Spain on September 11.

Nancy Hare Dunn’s husband, Edward, passed away suddenly last July.

As for my family—all 22 of us gathered for Christmas. Two more grandchildren have joined the clan this spring. My husband, Al, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December, but we are both hanging in there.


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