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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian

Joe and Charlotte Mueller Smith flew to Berlin for a few days, traveled to Warsaw by rail, and then went via bus to Krakow, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. The sampler Char exhibited at the New England Quilt Museum last fall has been selected by the British quilt magazine Popular Patchwork to illustrate a forthcoming challenge competition. A photo of the sampler was featured in a recent issue of the magazine!

While preparing for knee-replacement surgery in November, Joan Weller LaPann’s husband, Ted, required a quadruple bypass. Joan reports he is doing very well.

Joanna Jackson Fitting traveled to Iran last year on a Crafts of Persia excursion, during which she attended workshops with local artisans and gained “fascinating insights into the art and culture of the region.” Joan and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party attended by Ellen Kelsey Dubocq, who stayed on “for a fun-filled week.” The Fittings have moved into a new townhouse on an island in the Allegheny River, directly across from the center of downtown Pittsburgh.

Director of the Atlantic Gallery in NYC, Carol Hamann Howard is producing a computer-generated art show based on the orchids she cultivates. She has three daughters, four grandchildren, and two granddogs. Carol adds that she “still loves New York and still feels the sadness.”

Set and I enjoyed two weeks cruising and island-hopping around the Caribbean from Barbados to Cancun. We extended our Cancun visit for several more days to take advantage of the beautiful beaches there, and to explore the Mayan ruins nearby.


Patricia Bryant Koedding

Reni Hanway Foulke
, who sold her home in Larchmont, NY, now resides in Mamaroneck with a new housemate: a golden retriever puppy named Taylor.

Co-president Pat O’Meara Jevon’s son-in-law suffered a terrible fall while on the job as a firefighter and will require a long convalescence. Pat sold her home in Cohoes, NY, and moved to nearby Latham this year.

Pat met a special group of ladies for lunch in Saratoga last October 1. She held a post-50th mini-reunion with Barbara Tyson Hartman, Camille Cutie Wick, and Mary Kahle Monthie. Both Camille and Mary were unable to attend the 50th due to family tragedies.

Mary Herrick Pujol moved into a small apartment after spending 38 years “in a beloved house and garden.” Her new residence, however, offers a guestroom for two; Mary welcomes classmates who care to visit her in Barcelona, Spain.

I visited campus in January with my granddaughter, who was attending Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop, a three-day orientation to the college application and selection process offered to the children and grandchildren of alumni and staff.

Peirce McKee is coping with the loss of his wife of 50 years, Roxy Schmidt McKee, who passed away last June.

We extend condolences to Mary Monthie, who lost husband Warren on September 19, and to Camille Wick, who lost her daughter last year.


Reunion ’02!

Doris Harbach Patten

Acclaimed artist and goldsmith Arline Fisch, who has made a career out of fashioning contemporary body jewelry based on ancient artifacts, was featured in a New York Times article last fall. Her latest work, a silver mesh arm sheath and glove modeled after Peruvian battle gear from 1000 A.D., was part of a collection exhibited at New York’s Textile Museum this past winter.

In January Sallie Walstrum Herman competed in backstroke and free-style swimming events at the Senior Olympics held in Tucson, AZ. In February she rewarded herself with a six-day trek to the Sea of Cortez to see the migration of the blue and gray whales.

Babette Simon Stall and husband Sy are retired and living in Palm Beach, FL. They have four children and 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 8 months to 20 years. Babette says, “We are grateful to a number of educational institutions that helped shape our children. My alma mater, much to our delight, has been the recipient of support from the Schaffer Foundation, which Sy’s brother, Herman Stall, served as executor.”

Dolores Cetrule Kenyon, who lives on Martha’s Vineyard year-round, is looking forward to our 50th reunion in May. She spent time with Nantucket resident Nancy Burgess Rodts, whose son and hers were college roommates at Hobart.

We extend our sympathy to Barbara Woodbury Dodge, whose husband, Dana, died of leukemia October 21.


Elizabeth Hauser

Jean Ellen Silverman Kaufman and husband George moved to Morristown after residing in Hillburn, NJ, for over 40 years.

Patricia Seymour Forstrom and her husband split the year between residences in Connecticut and Sarasota, FL. The grandmother of seven, Pat has recovered nicely from wrist surgery in 2001.

Jane Mackay Howe has a new address: PO Box 14, 50 Jaffrey Road, Marlborough, NH 03455; she welcomes e-mail from classmates at janehowe@monad.net.

Janet Carton Schroth, a longtime volunteer for a Cerebral Palsy Center in her hometown of West Allenhurst, NJ, was delighted to meet the center’s new staff members: director Patti Black Carlesimo ’75 and speech therapist Bonnie Mortimer Baird ’74.

Cliff and Grace Ackerknecht Harrigan’s daughter, Patti Hardenbergh, was named director of radiation oncology at a new cancer treatment center in Colorado last July.

Barbara Kauffman Stokes and husband Charlie, who recently retired, wintered in Florida, where they played golf and spent time with Janice Roth. Barbara continues to serve on the board of the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, which supports environmentally friendly technological initiatives. In her spare time, Barbara sews quilts for babies afflicted with HIV.

Self-appointed professional tourist Billie Fisher covered the globe this past year with trips to Russia, Scandinavia, France, Ireland, Switzerland, and Mexico. Billie’s philosophy: “Smell the roses while my nose still works.”

After a stop in Paris, Sue Dorr Cairns journeyed through the French countryside, staying at B&Bs in the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Pengord, and Dordogne to get “a real feel for each region.”

Ann Trainer Williams and husband John traveled around the coast of South America aboard the Norwegian Dream, starting in Buenos Aires and ending in Santiago. Among Ann’s favorite sites were the Iguasu Falls in Brazil, Chilean glaciers, and throngs of penguins capering on the Falklands.

Colorado resident Mimi Lauber loves entertaining friends from the East, exploring trails in the Rocky Mountain National Park, and coordinating volunteer projects for her church.

Jean Cranse Larsen and husband Dick are in Short Hills, NJ, in the same house they bought in 1958. Both sons reside in NYC, where they work in the finance industry.

The Class of 1953 extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Betty Newman Strong, who died December 26. Mary Jo Marcy Rines, Mary Caskey Avery, Charlotte Jorgensen Patten, and their husbands attended a memorial service for Betty in Beverly Farms, MA, on January 4.

Jean Larsen gave me the sad news that her former roommate, Patricia “Ricky” Conte Hoffman, died February 18, 2000 from cancer that was discovered during a hospital stay for treatment of pneumonia. Ricky leaves her son Kevin and his family.


Joanna Davenport

Ann Ballinger Wilcox hosted Anne Keffer, Jan Doughty Farnan, and Jo Schmidt Madden for a working visit, during which they hatched preliminary plans for our 50th reunion.

Patty DuBois McIsaac and John love dividing their time between their Naples, ME, residence and a winter home in Pawleys Island, SC. The couple welcomed a fourth grandchild in December.

Memphis residents Ann Thobae Diggs and husband Walter are thrilled with their new summer home in Dennis, MA.

Bill and Cyndy Wallace Bernart’s September 11 return flight from Italy was turned back to Venice, where they waited four days before returning home.

Nancy Cooke Luce and Bob moved from Winston Salem, NC, to Moneta, VA.

Barbara Hunt Burner is caring for her 4-year-old granddaughter while her daughter is an active-duty Naval officer stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk until June.


Mardi Duggan Drebing

In Maine, Sue Bauman Walker’s son Bob opened an antique store in Portland, across from the Museum of Art. Son Steve is natural resources planner for the town of Brunswick.

Ellie Boughner Axford and husband Pete, who celebrated a “magical” New Year’s Eve on Nantucket, are continually on the move, visiting their six children and grandchildren. Ellie sees Nancy Wood Ross often. Nancy accompanied granddaughter Lauren, a member of the U.S. Ski Team, on her road to the Olympics.

Diane Davis Noble spent Thanksgiving with her son in Louisiana and attended the wedding of her other son in the Florida Keys in January. One of Diane’s daughters resides in Glens Falls, NY; the younger daughter lives in Houston.

Jackie Loohn Stempfle and Bill vacationed in Tybee Island, GA, in January.

Kay Moore Hickey welcomed a new grandchild early this year.

Patti Lou Sherman Jones is preparing for art shows in and around Vero Beach.

Sue Warren Campbell is spanning the hemispheres this year: She cruised the Caribbean last spring and is presently setting sail for Scandinavia and Russia.

The class extends its condolences to the family of Mary Ellen Corbett Kunz, who died December 23. A gifted singer, Mary Ellen was so enthusiastic about her tenure with the Sonneteers that she later organized a similar group in Minneapolis, MN, known as the League Aires.

I narrowly missed the massive snowfall in Buffalo while traveling from Michigan to New York, where my husband, Chuck, and I had been visiting my son, daughter, and three grandchildren.


Averill Geus

After 18 years as director of a child-care center at East Stroudsburg (PA) University, Cecile Druss Mark decided to retire in September, but hasn’t slowed down a bit. She is helping six area child-care centers acquire national accreditation, and she volunteers for the American Cancer Society and a women’s resource group. Cele and her husband, Arthur, welcomed their third grandchild in September.

Although Judy Stahr Stembel’s schedule is filled with volunteer commitments with the National Air and Space Museum and the Washington Opera, she has a special devotion to work as a docent for the Hillwood Museum and Gardens, also in Washington, DC. Judy’s husband, Dave, who passed away in 1995, was “a passionate gardener and particularly proud of my work at Hillwood.”


Reunion ’02!

Ann Talbot Brown

Forty-five years! We are all wondering, “Where did the time go?” I have been in touch with Joan Page Hayes and Florence Andresen, who, along with Betty Hartz Hewitt and many others, are planning a 45th reunion to remember!

Last year Ingrid Kolseth Zola and her husband went to Norway, accompanied by children Laurie ’81 and Rob ’89 and two grandchildren, to attend a family reunion in Oslo with 52 cousins on Ingrid’s father’s side. Three generations of the family were present.

Joy Hamann Shaw hiked through the Sierras, attended a nephew’s wedding in Berkeley, and biked through California wine country last year. She and her husband have five grandchildren ages 1 to 6. Joy creates wooden jigsaw puzzles she markets by word-of-mouth.

Barbara Donadio Doyle and her husband spent the holidays shuttling between NYC and Boston to visit their daughter, a clinical psychologist with Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Marcia Seymour Hanson has started a new career teaching yoga, which keeps her busy when she is not traveling with husband Paul. While visiting St. John, Paul lent his time to the Maho Bay eco-campground while Marcia volunteered in the National Park. The couple also backpacked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon. Their son Don completed an M.B.A. from Columbia in 2001; son Bill was admitted to the California bar last year.

Sarah Finkelstein Harris and her husband have eight grandchildren. They spent September cruising the Mediterranean, making stops in Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Malta, and other islands, following the journey of Odys-seus. Sarah looks forward to our 45th in May.

Becky Albrecht Welte and husband Dick are both cancer survivors who have regained their health. Children Jennifer and Fritz live in NYC, Jillian resides in Buffalo, and Christopher and Glynis call Cleveland, OH, home. Becky knits, does needlepoint, and teaches at a downtown school. Dick spends a week once a month cooking for workers at Ground Zero.

Bonnie Ward Wood and husband Ken continue to sail the Chesapeake Bay during spring, summer, and fall, and spend January through March in the Florida Keys. Their six children and 12 grandchildren all live nearby. Bonnie is active in volunteer church activities, tennis, and two sailing clubs. She and Ken met Bill and me at the funeral of a mutual lifelong friend. Bonnie hopes to attend our 45th.

Trudy Hankinson Briggs and husband Ken winter at Sky Harbour, in the center of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Summers find them either in Poughkeepsie or at their Whaley Lake home near Pawling, NY.

Stephanie Merber Lench and husband Mike joined Carolyn Geismar Kaplan and her husband, Eddie, and Janel McKay Carolson for a three-week trip to China. Steph-anie muses, “Could we have imagined in 1957 that we would all be traveling together in China 45 years later?”

Elsa vonKokeritz Herrmann and husband Sigi have moved to the Jersey shore, where Elsa will have a new source of “artist inspiration: boats and beaches instead of quaint villages.” Sigi is “in his element” with a 25-foot fishing boat.

Pat Naigles Lyons and Herb are back in Washington State after basking in the sunshine of Nokomis, FL, earlier this year. Pat and Herb are looking forward to reunion.

Allie Hawkins Wells and her husband live in Colorado, near all three sons and their families, including seven grandchildren. After 12 years in the employment business, Allie is enjoying watercolor painting.

Vivian Weisenfeld Gans and husband Ken will have just enough time to return from Eastern Europe, repack their traveling bags, and head to Saratoga for our 45th. Vivian says, “I can’t wait to see all of you again!”

Joy Bell Mayhew started a round-robin letter that has been flying for 44 years now. The other recipients are Judy Fletcher Baker, Anina Hills Hodge, Carolyn Haller Wallace, Sylvia Chalk Currie, Virginia Carter Lombardi, and Karen Handler Lent.

Phebe Grauer Appleton, who married an Australian Canadian in 2000, has become “a landed immigrant in Ontario.” Phebe and her husband live in Phebe’s father’s house in Niagara–on–the–Lake.


Jane Goodman Hunter


Carolyn Brown Straker

Ginger Clark Keane hosted Dick and Mary Heep Van Riper, Dan and Sue Collard Fanning, and Joey Haufler Rosenthal at her Cape Cod home last summer. “It was a wonderful reunion,” reports Ginger.

Sue Fanning and husband Dan enjoy living on Kiawah Island, SC, for eight months a year. “It is a truly beautiful place with bike paths, gorgeous beach, and five golf courses. Being in Rhode Island for the other four months allows us to escape the heat and visit friends, children, and grandchildren” (they have six). Sue and Dan pray for peace in 2002.

Last fall, the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, in Summit, exhibited A Student’s Journey: Places and Still Life, a selection of pastels and oil paintings by Janet Lucas Whitman.

Lynn Morrison Dallesandro and husband Bob’s oldest son, Rob, was married in September; their two younger sons served as best men. Son Matt teaches business English in the Czech Republic. Lynn and Bob live in Port Washington on Long Island.

Anne Hovell Dew spends the summer in Highlands, NC, and winters in St. Petersburg, FL. She is “busy raising grandchildren, like everyone else.”

Onnie Dye Morgan and husband Bob sold their farm and now live in Tryon, NC. Onnie recalls significant events in her life that have taken place in September, bringing both joy and sorrow. “In the aftermath of September 11, 2001,” writes Onnie, “our hearts ache with the magnitude of the tragedy. We mourn and pray—and go on loving our families and making the most of our lives.”

Athletic Barbara Huge Homeier plays tennis with her left hand and golf with her right, although probably not at the same time. She also bowls in the winter, when not selling real estate or mastering her computer.

Susie Halverson Karnatz left Skidmore in her junior year to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. The mother of three children and six grandchildren, she has built a successful career as a pastel painter of landscapes and portraits. She was recognized by the American Artists Professional League in NYC for excellence in pastel painting.

Helen Halpern Lerner and husband took time off from a busy academic and practice schedule to join the whole family, including three grandchildren, for a week in Florida.

Joey Rosenthal and husband Erik spent several days at Pam Bartholomew Armstrong’s mountaintop farm in Sheffield, MA.

Anne Marie Phillipe DeTourbet heard news of the September 11 attacks while listening to the radio at home in Paris, France. “I was shocked and fearful of what else was to come,” she writes, “but we must do our best to cope with it.” In 2001, Anne Marie and her family skied and hiked in Chamonix in the French Alps, traveled to Prague, and spent several days in Bilboa, Spain, where they toured the new Guggenheim Museum.

Ginny Snelson Duffy heard from Linda Freet Lang, who remarried after many years as a widow and is happily living in the Outer Banks, NC. Ginny shared her own experience of September 11 and what it was like to return home to lower Manhattan. “I live on the Hudson River facing the Statue of Liberty, 150 yards from Ground Zero. The second plane went right by my bedroom window, and I ran for my life with the clothes on my back, my cat, and my keys. Having treated the heavy emotional reaction to all I saw, I moved home again on January 31. I continue to count my blessings. They are that my family, friends, and I are all alive, and that my spiritual connection served me well throughout, helping me to focus on the positives: the heroism, our unity, and how proud I am to be a New Yorker. Most of all, I have learned more about myself and how to live life. I truly would not have missed being there for the world.”


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