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Barbara Crossman Bell

Diana Lawry is senior program officer with the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC, directing research on aging, health, human services, and volunteerism. Diana still sings and plays folk guitar regularly with friends. Son Will, 13, dabbles in rock on electric guitar. Diana’s background in art “has morphed into photography, furniture refinishing, and gardening.” She would love to hear from classmates at dianamlawry@msn.com.

In November Lelde Skipsna Muehlenbachs held a one-day studio show of “moody landscape paintings, quirky photographs, and even quirkier mini-landscape/narratives in old bottles.” Lelde’s show won praise from the Edmonton Journal’s art critic.

Betsy Evans, who published a collection of conflict stories and responsive strategies entitled You Can’t Come to My Birthday Party! Conflict Resolution for Young Children, subsequently released a second video, this time targeted at infant and toddler conflict. Betsy says hello to Anne Harvey Grote ’69, who phoned and didn’t leave a current number.

Susan Lane Herley lives in San Rafael, CA, with husband Pete and two sons. Eldest son Brad is a freshman at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Susan describes the campus as similar to Skidmore in size and atmosphere. Younger son Jordan is a high-school junior and year-round athlete. Susan volunteers at elder care and Alzheimer’s facilities and sings in a local chorus that brings back memories of her days as a Sonneteer. She spotted a Skidmore ring on a fellow chorus member and discovered its owner was Marge Liss Hollinger. Susan welcomes e-mail at Sbherley@aol.com.

Jane Albert’s triplets have followed her two older children’s exodus from home. The only adjustment Jane has to contend with is daughter Courtney’s trimester at Union. Courtney came home for Christmas at Thanksgiving, and the other two had Christmas break somewhat later. “It was a long Christmas break for Mark and me!”

Barb Lydecker Crane left her job at Lexington Community Education last year to focus on art quilts. She loves the abundance of studio time and enjoys teaching workshops and giving slide talks to quilting guilds. Barb’s work is viewable online at http://barbaracrane.prolucid.com. She reports that husband Bill, as well as daughters Liz and Sarah (a biology teacher at Brookline High School and a junior at Brandeis, respectively), “are all fine!”

Jane Converse Miller became a grandmother in January when daughter Emily and husband welcomed a baby. Jane’s youngest daughter, Ashley, lives in Schuylerville, NY. Between business and visiting Ashley, Jane travels to Saratoga six to eight times per year.

In October Nancy Lawson, Sandy Gross Bressler, Jennifer Walter King, Janet Felken, and Vicary Clark Thomas joined Carter Coates Donovan and Kate Stephenson Taylor for a “wonderful weekend” in Boston and Cape Cod. “We had such fun and plan to do it more often!” says Vicary.


Lise Bang-Jensen

This fall Maggy Ames competed an 18-month program to obtain a private pilot’s license, which she did “with flying colors.” When not in the clouds, Maggy runs the Interagency Council of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Agencies, an umbrella organization for 120 nonprofit agencies in NYC and its suburbs.

After 22 years traveling every week for a large consulting firm, MB McDonald quit to help a friend in NYC start Skinklinic, which, she says, “offers cosmetic dermatology treatments in a serene, Zen-like setting.” MB has been developing organization and expansion plans for the new venture. Last summer, she and Judy Sarubin drove her father’s 1930 Model A Ford in an antique car parade. She adds, “We’ve dined a few times in the city with Iris Zurawin Marden, who’ll get my vote when we elect the classmate Most Likely to Make You Forget You’re a Grown-Up.”

Nancy Russell Hill’s son Adam is a senior at Davidson College. Son Eric is a high-school junior at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN. A longtime school volunteer, Nancy is working toward certification in college counseling from UCLA Extension, via its online program.

Christine Yorke Flaherty began a third career, this time at Prudential Wheeler Real Estate in Darien, CT. The new job allows her more time with children Christopher, 15, and Catherine, 13.

Patricia Kule is a Spanish teacher and language department chair at the Fountain Valley School, a secondary boarding and day school in Colorado Springs, CO.


Nancy McNiff

Bobbsie Hertz Rifkin, who had “a terrific time at our 30th reunion,” was on campus in February with daughter Emily, a high-school junior, for Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop.

Wendy Cudmore is a social studies teacher and student activities co-chair at Weston (CT) High School, where she was recently honored as Teacher of the Year. She traveled from her home in Fairfield to spend the holidays with family members—including her mother, Miriam Ogden Cudmore ’41—in and around Lakewood.


Reunion ’03!
Elizabeth Raff Nace

Anne Alger Hayward leads a busy life as the mother of a 9-year-old, daughter of a 90-year-old, full-time lawyer at the Boston firm Holland & Knight, and “wife of a wonderful husband.” She stays in touch with fellow Bay State residents Margot Woodworth Seefeld, who lives in Longmeadow with husband William; Annie Pouch, who lives in Hopkinton with spouse Joseph; and Mira Fish Coleman, who lives in Orleans with husband Kenneth.

Mira Fish Coleman’s uncle, John Fish, died in November. As executrix of his estate, Mira notes that her uncle has left a generous gift to Skidmore in honor and memory of his wife, Barbara Gillett Fish ’33.

Louise Velletri is a high-school instructor and director of the new teacher program at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, VA. The second woman member of the local Rotary Club, she also serves on her church vestry.

Bailey Staub Johnson became a grandmother to Trinity Love last June.

Suzanne Eshbaugh Shapiro is executive director at Cabot Consultants, a retained executive branch firm located in Tysons Corner, VA. Husband Bob is a partner with Chadboume & Parke in Washington, DC. Daughter Allison is a freshman at Tufts, and son Thomas is a sophomore at Georgetown Prep School.

The number 30 looms large this year for Melanie Stein Wolf, who will celebrate her 30th Skidmore reunion, the 30th anniversary of her marriage to husband Jimmy, and her 30th year of teaching. Daughter Rachel acts locally and teaches theater arts to middle-schoolers. Son Dan attends the University of Rochester, and son Mike is looking at colleges. Melanie looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion.

Randee Hartz Beeche spent the holidays sledding, snowshoeing, and building snowmen with son Michael, 5, during the “much-needed break” from her fifth-grade classroom. Husband Eric, a construction consultant and manufacturer, joined the holiday play when he could.

Barbara Mintzer Good’s son Graham is an engineering major at Tufts. Daughter Brittany is a high-school junior looking at colleges—including Skidmore. Youngest child Daria is on a cheerleading squad that competed in Trenton, NJ, this year. Husband Howie, local school board president and author, published his eighth book. Barbara works for the Dutchess County Health Department and hopes to see lots of nursing majors at Reunion.

Trish Kaiser Niemitz is also looking forward to reuniting with nursing majors in May. She is a public school nurse in Carlisle, PA, and husband Jeff is a geology professor at Dickinson College. The couple and one of their sons traveled to Belize last summer on a church-sponsored service mission, during which they worked in a health clinic and built housing for a village doctor. Daughter Becca, 24, is finishing a graduate degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina. Son Matt, 22, is majoring in geology at William and Mary and plans to pursue science journalism. Ben, also 22, is a junior at Messiah College.

Lynn Faught, class history editor for our 30th reunion, obtained certification in Oracle database administration and is looking for a job in Washington, DC.

Carolynn English Ainsworth and husband George journeyed to Osijek, Croatia, in February to secure housing and meet leaders at the Evangelical Seminary, where they will teach and live this summer. Son John, 24, is an army instructor in El Paso, TX; daughter Joy, 21, is a junior at Colgate; and Alyson, 19, is a freshman at UVA.

Joan Halpert, who has been a costume designer at Stonehill College in Massachusetts for over 20 years, was recently appointed a full-time faculty member there. In October she will hold a costume design exhibition at the college’s art gallery, featuring costume renderings and finished garments. Son Eric Hanson ’03 has a dual major in history and music.

Connie Terry Ferguson serves on the boards of Rosemary Choate Hall, Manchester (VT) Music Festival, and Dorset Field Club. She’s been studying cello with a teacher in Stillwater, NY. Son Peter, 25, is a salesman for Paychex in Manhattan; daughter Abby, 23, is finishing a master’s in applied psychology at Brunell University in Uxbridge, UK.

Barbara Lucas Roberts is assistant director of employee relations for the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Albany. This year she celebrates her 30th reunion and the 30th anniversary of her marriage to husband Joseph. Daughter Jolana, who graduated from Hampton University in 1999, teaches at a private school for children with learning disabilities in Washington, DC.

I look forward to seeing you at Reunion!


Beth Chiquoine

A freelance book editor, Julie Stillman has been working for Taunton Press, developing books for their home design list. After attending several 50th-birthday parties this past year, she fears that by the time hers rolls around, “everyone will have spent all their present money!” Celebrations started this past November with a party for Anne Peterson Conolly in NYC, which ended with the birthday girl and several accomplices dancing on the bar at a well-known downtown establishment. Gordon and Kinsey Appleby Harper got the long-distance travel award for coming from Atlanta for the event.

Julie helped Erin McHugh celebrate her 50th last July at the Saratoga racetrack, along with Anne Peterson Conolly, Vicki Green Aldrich, Peg Wilson, and Ellen Frost, among other guests. Nobody won much money, but it was a reminder of how much fun it is to spend a day at the track and the weekend in Saratoga.

“In my tiny town of South Hero, VT,” writes Julie, “I recently found myself exercising next to Barbara O’Reilly ’73 in an aerobics class! It had been 30 years since we’d last seen each other, which made us feel very old indeed, though we decided we had weathered the decades fairly well.”

Eileen Argulewicz Berilla appreciated receiving a picture of Colton House attached to a holiday e-mail because she loves “Saratoga in the snow.” Daughter Elizabeth is studying archaeology at Bryn Mawr.

After 15 years in the travel industry Laura Perrone embarked on a second career in law. After earning a J.D. in 1993, she went to work for a small firm specializing in shareholder class-action securities litigation in NYC. In July 2002 the principal of the firm died suddenly, leaving Laura running the entire practice; also, his will could not be found and he left a very large estate in disarray. Though things were touch and go for many months, Laura is proud that her clients have stayed with her. With an active and lucrative caseload, she hung out her own shingle this past October.

Reggie Carbon Tihan has relocated to Foster City, CA, because husband Tarik, a neuropathologist, transferred from Johns Hopkins to UC-San Francisco. Reggie, a former quality-assurance and client-services manager for a toxicology research laboratory in Maryland, is pursuing new opportunities in the Bay Area. She and Leslie Hobbs Satin, a fellow Californian, have gotten together, and Reggie welcomes visits from other Skidmore friends.

Nancy Winer Braun directs the children’s swim program at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, MA, where she is also assistant coach of the swim team. Daughter Tanya graduated from Curry College, and daughter Lisa is applying to colleges.

Maureen Naughton Fernandez moved to Atlanta, GA, where her husband is general counsel for Home Depot. She juggles three busy children’s schedules and continues her artwork.


Noreen P. Reilly

In January the public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, WXPN, named former TV executive Roger LaMay as its general manager. The former general manager of Fox affiliate WTXF-TV, LaMay helped create Fox’s Ten O’Clock News, the first prime-time newscast in Philadelphia since 1970.

Holly Keller Bernstein became credentialed to teach multiple subjects, including art, last year. She is teaching seventh- and eighth-grade art in Chowchilla, CA. Son Sam is a sophomore at Yale; his younger brother, Aaron, is a high-school junior.

JoAnne Myers was re-elected president of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater board in October.


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark

Artist Roslyn Rose’s work was included in the exhibition Women in the New Millennium: The Artist’s Perspective at the Walsh Library Gallery at Seton Hall University this past winter.

Nancy Andrews Dyer is a software consultant in Natick, MA, and husband Michael is an independent architect. Their teenage boys are Brett and Timothy. Nancy enjoys spending time with Ruth Ann Wood McSpadden, an interior designer in NYC, and Susan Flanagan, a health-care consultant in Washington, DC.

Anne Hughes is an avid rock climber enjoying city life in Madison after 20 years in rural Wisconsin.

Deborah Librizzi Bonner began her 11th year in school nursing at Ogdensburg, NJ. Husband Thomas teaches physical education; son Gregory is a freshman at Cooper Union School in NYC, and daughter Jennifer is a senior at Vernon Township High.

Christine Wright Hanley’s daughter Christina ’05 gives her “a great excuse to visit Saratoga!”


Constance Martin


Reunion ’03!
Barbara Balaguer

Peggy Isham has lived on Martha’s Vineyard for seven years with daughters Julia, a freshman at George Washington University, and Holly, a junior at St. George’s School. Peggy founded a charter school on the Vineyard and is teaching in a new alternative high-school program with just 20 students. She is looking forward to Reunion.


Kim West

Debbie Monosson has kept in touch with Maura Connelly, who lives in Beaufort, SC, with husband Rob and children Thor, 15, Maren, 13, and Callie, 9. Debbie spends time each summer with the Connellys while they vacation in Maine.

Debbie had dinner with Martha VanGelder and husband John. After seven years in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Martha and John now live in CT. Martha heads up the international licensing division of Sesame Street.

Lisa Ochs lives in NYC and the Hamptons with husband Rome and their son, also named Rome.

Abby Swift Kennedy is still attending rock concerts in Rochester, NY, where she lives with husband Joe and daughters Mallory and Emma. Last year she ran into a “long-lost Skiddie,” Alec Neville, who was passing through Boston. Alec stays in touch with Walter Dick (he was at Skidmore for two years before defecting to Cornell).

Linda Winnard is “living large in Chicagoland” with husband Ron and two very active girls.

Helen Neumann Westerman lives in Rockville Centre, NY, with husband John and four children, ages 8 to 17. Her daughter is beginning the college search.

Last April Jean Tierney Tarrant and husband Bob ’78 opened the Saratoga Rowing Center, “the area’s newest and only sports shop devoted entirely to the sport of rowing.” Daughters Molly, 14, Mel, 12, and Bonnie, 8, are active in the Saratoga rowing scene.


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