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Spring 2004

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Who, What, When

Centennial spotlight

On campus

Faculty focus

Arts on view



Class notes

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Priscilla Douglas Polkinghorn’s children were on hand to help celebrate her 95th birthday in Lake Forest, CA, last year. Priscilla’s sister Barbara Douglas Macmillan ’44 lives in Yarmouth Port, MA.


Helen Cole Netter

In Shelburne, VT, Doris Weake Cruikshank enjoys living in a retirement home and staying in touch with Skidmore through granddaughter Emily Wallengren ’90, a credit analyst with BTM Capital Corporation in Boston.

Hazel Wilcox Looker loves living in an assisted-living facility with 24 other residents. Retired at 70 after supervising Rutland, VT, elementary schools, she traveled extensively until “settling down” in Brattleboro. She enjoys staying in touch with family—including 13 great-grandchildren, ages 5 months to 20 years.


Marjorie Yetter Walls

Mildred Myers Atkinson has lived in the Barrington retirement home in Largo, FL, for four years. Since 1980 she has volunteered to type textbooks for the state’s blind students. “Except for a few mechanical problems,” she notes, “I manage quite well.”


Reunion ’04!

Lucy Hernady Arnoti

Professor, dancer, and choreographer Sibyl Shearer has released Without Wings, the Way Is Steep, a three-volume autobiography of her career in modern dance that includes video of her work. The first volume is available through the Morrison Shearer Foundation, Box 2271, Northbrook, IL 60062.


Elizabeth Norlander Newell
15 Deane Avenue
Holden, MA 01520-1314


Retired pediatrician Virginia Barker Holmberg is happy and “blessed with a great husband,” Robert. They live in Naples, FL.

Sadly, we note the deaths of Kathleen Brown Hemstreet, whose quiet confidence and concern for others were apparent; Peg Corliss Lamont, a truly “good friend” who kept up many of her Skidmore friendships; and Emma Bauman Roller, whom we remember for her pleasant disposition, good stories, and knitting expertise.


Enid Kay Schiff


Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College

Elizabeth Banks MacRury is director of the Museum of Childhood in the historic town of Wakefield, NH. She invites anyone traveling in the area this summer to peruse the museum’s remarkable collection of 19th- and 20th-century toys and childhood memorabilia. “It is such a happy place. People love it,” she says.


Jeanne Battey Thomson


Reunion ’04!

Betty Jones Stern

Marjorie Mapes Boulware, who lives in Sarasota, FL, says she will try to head north for Reunion in June. She adds, “Bedtime comes earlier when one is 85.”

Los Altos, CA, resident Barbara Lord Richmond is “tempted” to attend Reunion. Still working as a dialect coach for actors, she is planning to include a NYC theater excursion in her itinerary.

Ruth Atwood Pytlak is also toying with the idea of returning to Saratoga this June. She still drives and lives not far away in Morrisonville, NY. In good health, she insists she could “easily do a campus tour on foot!”

Betty Eastman Peyton
divides her year between Florida and Minneapolis, MN. She hopes to see everyone at our 65th. Betty sent me a song written by Hoddie Wellman Stickle and her late husband, Dave, that she considers worthy of singing at Reunion.

Julia VanderVeer Thompson continues to drive, volunteer, and play bridge in Somerville, NJ.


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