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Marcia Mattson Todd

Richard and Carol Siccardi Roberts’s son was married last June. Carol, who traveled solo (Richard is a reluctant tourist) to Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland last summer, reports having taken home an unwelcome souvenir: bedbug bites! She cancelled a long-awaited trip to Morocco in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11.

Following an extensive tour of Europe, Gail Bendix Jaffee and husband Alan returned to the U.S. and headed to San Antonio, TX, where they rented an apartment for three months to be near son David and family, who welcomed the Jaffees’ fifth grandchild in January. Gail and Alan completed the last leg of their move to Tucson in March.

Georgia residents Lydia Wyman Pope and her husband are building a vacation home on St. Helena Island in Dataw, SC. The have four grandchildren, two of whom live nearby in Atlanta, GA.

Ann Schuyler Young and husband Herb feel fortunate to live within bicycling distance of their two grandchildren. Both now retired, Ann and Herb spend at least two months of the summer in their house in Goose Rocks Beach, ME.

New Floridians Susan Laird Robinson and husband Malcolm are “still getting used to the humidity” a year after moving to Sarasota. Malcolm’s consulting business has them continually planning for overseas junkets. Last fall’s highlights included several days in London, followed by a week’s stay in Sharm al Sheikh in the Sinai. Susan enjoyed getting together with Sandra Blair Ohanian at Sandy’s home in Gainesville, FL, last year.

After selling their home of 31 years, Patricia Mulligan Sullivan and husband Jack now divide their time between a town house in Park Ridge, NJ, and their winter residence in Ponte Vedra, FL. They enjoy golfing, traveling, and spending quality time with their children and grandchildren.

Pam Crossley Faulkner opened her home for the Junior League Christmas House Tour, an event chaired by Lois Blum Reitzas’s daughter Lori. Lois and Pam had a great time catching up during the tour.

Last October Hadley Sillick Robertson and Carol Siccardi Roberts hosted a small get-together for classmates during the U.S. Artists Show in Philadelphia, PA. Lee Abbott Pierson, Toni Levin Smith, and Jill Ayers Gilbert joined Carol and Hadley for the show and a luncheon. Lee, who still works as a travel agent, has taken up painting watercolors and is also studying to teach literacy skills to adults. Toni continues to teach English to foreign (mainly Chinese) businessmen. Hadley and Ruby Puryear Hearn met in Baltimore last year to attend the Manet exhibit together at the Walker Museum.

One of Jill Gilbert’s favorite volunteer activities is participating in the Urban Nutrition Initiative sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Community Partnerships Program. The initiative encourages inner-city children to raise vegetables and sell them to local restaurants. Last year Jill took her mother on a trip to Saratoga to see the new campus. While there, they toured the Tang, which they deemed a real “cutting-edge” museum.

Molly McCloud Parry and husband Dick cancelled an October getaway with friends on the Costa del Sol in Spain following the events of September 11. Molly and Dick travel to Europe annually, using the London home of eldest son Steve and his family to regroup. Daughter Kate, in Indiana, has twins (a boy and girl), who are just shy of their first birthday. The Parrys also have a son in California and a daughter nearby in St. Paul, MN.

In January, Doug and I spent a few days hiking in the Indian Canyons at Palm Springs, CA, before going to a conference on energy technology at Ojai Valley. We took a wonderful horseback ride through the Los Padres Mountains—quite a change from our Adirondack scenery.


Sandy Weisman Sheppard


Reunion ’02!

Emily Jansen Kane

In July, Deloit and Twila Fleckton Wolfe proudly drove his prize mule, “Horse,” and cart in the Calgary Stampede Parade. September saw the birth of a grandson.

Allie Horowitz Dadiani lives in Larchmont, NY, and works at the Jewish National Fund. Daughter Alona graduated in May from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

David and Lollie Engel Triebold visited the Anne Frank home in Amsterdam and took a fascinating 21-day adventure tour of China in 2001.

Jane Schwager is winding down her teaching career. She misses Hawaii but is enjoying her new home in Las Vegas, NV.

Carolyn Garrett Meyer and husband George spent six weeks visiting Portugal, Spain, France, and Germany, where they had lived during George’s military service. They reconnected with many American friends who left the military but opted to settle permanently in Germany.

Judy Martin Clements is a partner in a new decorating consultation company.

Still in Chappaqua, NY, Elaine Gussow Schwartz is back in financial planning. She is a first-time grandma of twins.

Caroline Gygax Wirth’s seventh grandchild was born last August. On September 11, she and her husband were in the Bavarian Alps, where the outpouring of sympathy and affection from strangers was “overwhelming.”

Karen Marsh Gobrecht and husband Charles reside in Atlanta, GA, where Charles runs a firm that specializes in insuring professional athletes and Karen is an investment broker with CB Richard Ellis, a commercial real estate company. They recently welcomed their first grandchild.

Sally Oppenheim Lebowich and husband Dick work for the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Sally, an officer in the auxiliary organization Daughters of the Nile, attended a Nile Supreme Session held in Albuquerque, NM, last year. Dick, a Shrine officer, accompanied Sally to Las Vegas for the organization’s Imperial Session. Sally welcomes hearing from other classmates active in Shriners.

Carolyn Garrett Meyer is looking forward to reunion and reconnecting with other nursing majors.

We extend condolences to Judy Morton Ottley, whose husband, E. Granger Ottley, passed away in October after a lengthy battle with cancer. Judy will continue to reside in their Maine home.


Jane Snowdon Jones

The Maine Arts Commission awarded a fellowship in fiction to Susan Hand Shetterly. A widely published essayist and poet, she is also the author of several children’s books. Her work has earned her a residency at Yaddo, the artists’ retreat in Saratoga Springs, as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb

Virginia McLaughlin Yans, a professor of history at Rutgers University, was among the historians interviewed for a documentary about Ellis Island that aired on TV’s History Channel in January. Ginny has also produced a film on Margaret Mead that is licensed by National Geographic for worldwide distribution and was recently shown on Chinese television.


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein

Rory Pond Zahourek defended her Ph.D. thesis “Intentionality: The Matrix of Healing,” to complete a nursing program at NYU. The Zahoureks celebrated with a trip to St. Martin. Rory maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Amherst, MA.

Carole Walter Maeder traveled to Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam in October. Carole is in the process of selling her Vermont home and moving to Cape Coral, FL.

Another recent traveler to Vietnam and Cambodia, Nancy Herman Frehling of Miami, FL, spent a work-play vacation with four old high-school friends. She and husband Robert have a new granddaughter.

Susan Bode Walsh is building a house in Amelia Island, FL, where she expects to be living in 2003. After retiring several years ago from her position as a special education assistant, Susan began working with an architect and contractor on plans for the house. She welcomed her first grandchild this year.

Katie McDowell loves doing civil litigation with a new law firm in Scottsdale, AZ. She resides in Phoenix, and would love to hear from classmates at her new e-mail address: KMcDAZ@hotmail.com.

Julie Ann Hall is a psychotherapist practicing in NYC, where she is affiliated with the Personality Disorders Institute at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is married to photographer Scott Houston. Son Michael Alkaitis is executive director of the North American Mountain Guides Association and married to choreographer Suzy Levin.

Jane Novak Rubenstein, who lives in Westport, CT, with husband Mark, has spent 24 years as a nurse practitioner in the pediatric department of Yale University Health Service. Daughter Michelle was married in NYC shortly after the September 11 tragedy.

Eileen Kirwin Cameron is still active at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and a board member of the Washington Association of New Jersey, which hosted a celebration of the 225th anniversary of Washington’s arrival there leading colonial troops. Eileen authored Canyon, a children’s book about the formation of canyons written in poetic prose. It is published by Mikaya Press.

Judy Farmer Fulton enjoys her five grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. She attended the weddings of Lee Cranshaw Rowan’s son and daughter last year.

Judi Sambrook Bunker continues to teach children with developmental disabilities, including autism. Husband Roger is a lawyer focusing on special education. The Bunkers have five grandchildren. Judi loves hiking, skiing, and attending UConn women’s basketball games with Lynn Farrington Allen and husband George. At a recent get-together, Judi visited with Lynn Quellmalz Johnson and Ginny Maiden Kelson.

Judy Testa, who lives in St. Charles, IL, has put down a deposit on an apartment in the picturesque Trastevere quarter of Rome, Italy. She welcomes guests and can be contacted at judithtesta@aol.com. Judy was working in Rome as a consultant for two independent filmmakers on September 11.

Susie Hess Hazelton’s husband loves retirement. The Hazeltons are avid golf, tennis, and snow skiing enthusiasts. Son Chad graduated with honors from Columbia Business School and is a proprietary trader in NYC. Daughter Happy graduated from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and works in equity research sales at Merrill Lynch in Boston.

Hannah Morgan Lendrum is chair and CEO of Wagner Quarries, a Sandusky, OH, company that crushes limestone for construction. Husband Tom was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives last year. The Lendrums are grandparents of two boys, ages 3 and 1. Last summer Hannah and Tom sailed aboard the Sea Cloud along the Turkish coast and through the Greek Islands.

My husband Harvey and I were thrilled to spend the holidays with son Steve and his wife, who flew in from their home in Australia. We met in Chicago to accommodate our first grandchild, who was born there on Christmas day to daughter Lynne and her husband.


Ann LoDolce


Reunion ’02!

Elizabeth Maccracken Winn

Sudee Sanders has taken an unpaid leave of absence from teaching art to “put my house and life in order and consider the future.”

Linda Raze County owns a travel business, Journeys Off the Tourist Track, in Fairfax, CA. Sandy Harrod Frigon and Betty Corcoran DeMarco joined Linda for a vacation in Bali, during which they reminisced about Skidmore days while exploring the island.


Molly Meyer

Marte Loken Berntsen’s daughters, Hedda and Ingrid, were selected for the 2002 Norwegian Olympic Ski Team in February. Hedda is a slalom skier, while sister Ingrid is adept at mogul skiing.

Louise Diracles teaches first grade in San Leandro, CA. Daughter Katherine Klabau graduated from Wellesley College last May, and son John attends Long Beach State.

After six years away, Judith Oehler has returned to Boston, where “it’s a pleasure to be back with old friends.”

Jill Wertheimer Rifkin owns College Options, a private college counseling service. Husband Dick is a deputy attorney general for New York State. Daughter Jen graduated from Bates and is pursuing a master’s in social work at Boston University. Younger daughter Melissa is a junior at Carleton and plans to study public interest law.

Regarding Martha Moore Russell’s death (noted in the winter Scope) Demetra “Nickie” Nickles Kates writes, “We are devastated—but so grateful to have had Martha in our lives.” Martha was maid of honor at Nickie’s wedding; she died last July of breast cancer. Nickie’s daughter Meredith Kates Forster ’95 will be teaching in Virginia Beach in June. Nickie and husband George are proud grandparents of Jonah, 4, and Zachary, 1.

Kathy Cole Kelly was promoted to full professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she loves doing research and writing about doctor-patient communication and family-oriented primary care. She admits that anyone who knew her in college might “legitimately wonder” how she ended up in the ranks of academia. “Really—it’s not a joke!” she promises. Kathy’s daughter Emily ’99 is a wilderness leader for the Seattle Parks Foundation; son Adam is a senior sociology major at the University of Wisconsin. The family celebrated the holidays with a “dream vacation,” hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Kathy can be contacted at kck3@po.cwru.edu.


Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis

Paula Goldblatt Pearson
has moved across town in Ridgewood, NJ. Son Philip, 17, is wading through college applications. Daughter Allie, 13, celebrated a bas mitzvah last November.

Deena Glass lives with her husband and 16-year-old son in Berkeley, CA, where she has a private psychotherapy practice. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Deena would love to talk to others going through the same struggle. “In spite of this obscene disease,” she insists, “life is sweet.”

Congratulations to Joyce Parks Pitchlynn and family, who have adopted Walker Daniel, a 2-year-old foster child they’ve been caring for. Joyce’s daughters Ashley, 20, and Hilary, 15, “love him to bits, although they thought I was crazy at first.” She says Walker is an exuberant, funny, affectionate son—“a sweet gift.” Joyce has decided, however, that raising a toddler again will insure that she “probably will never learn to play golf!”

Ann Baxter Macomber’s daughter, Emily, is a teacher in Ireland and spent a good deal of time at the U.S. Embassy keeping abreast of September 11 events. Ann writes, “As the wife of a Vietnam veteran, I prepare myself again to defend our lives, liberty, and homeland.”

Barbara Herbert von der Groeben and Stephanie Brewster Wagoner had planned a September 11 visit to catch up with one another’s lives. “Needless to say,” Barbara writes, “our lighthearted chat was quickly replaced by shocked silence as we sat watching the tragedy unfold on television.” Barbara’s new job as director of corporate compliance for clinical and laboratory studies at Genetech, the first biotech company, keeps her close to Carol Bogardus, who also works there. Barbara, Carol, and Lolly Dubinett Robbins have decided that a Labor Day barbecue they hosted last year is “destined to become an annual event” and offer classmates a standing invitation. Barbie recently spent time with Kathy Drake, who is retiring as reporter-in-chief at Money Magazine.

Judy Allen Wilson, director of sanitation for the City of Los Angeles, was “deeply touched by the events of September 11.” After graduation she worked for the New York Port Authority on the World Trade Center, then under construction. She lost many friends who were colleagues there. Fearing that Los Angeles might be targeted next for attack, Judy spent most of the 11th at an emergency operations center in the basement of City Hall. “It has been an extremely stressful time for all of us,” she says. Son Joel is married and finishing a Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz; Jimmy works in southern Florida; Brian has moved to Maui; and Danny, the youngest, attends college in Portland, OR. Judy and husband Randy became grandparents for the third time, courtesy of Joel and his wife.

Melinda Reach wrote from NYC that she, husband Jean-Paul, and sons Bradley, 13, and Russell, 11, are fine. However, she shares the grief of many friends who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks.


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