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Genevieve Oliver Littlefield

Nette Meads Hoyt lives in Oak Harbor, a retirement community in Vero Beach, FL, where she exhibits her paintings at local galleries. She often sees Liz White Gilmour, who lives nearby in Indian River Estates.

Margery Miles and husband Bob enjoy their new quarters at Freedom Village in Bradenton, FL. They are delighted that grandson Mark is moving to nearby Tampa this year. Margery would love to connect with other Skidmore alumni in her area


Miriam Ogden Cudmore

Audrey Mayforth Wetzler and husband Bob traveled to Massachusetts to visit their new great-grandchild last summer. Soon afterwards, Audrey underwent a successful operation for stenosis. As she was recuperating, Bob fell and broke his right wrist. Happily, the pair was able to embark on a Rhine River cruise in August. Bob also attended a mini-reunion of Dartmouth alums in Hanover, NH, where he visited with Tina Loheed Towne Moore and husband John.

Adele Bagg Durward enjoys her assisted-living community in Falmouth, MA: “It’s wonderful—so many things to do, trips to take, and things to make!”

Shirley Carlson Knapp’s second grandson is living in Hawaii; her first grandson and his wife bought a home in North Carolina, and her granddaughter is a college sophomore.

Ellie Coleburn Zoller enjoys her own wing in her daughter’s home in Laurel Hollow, NY. She stays busy trying to improve her bridge game, rug hooking, and volunteering at a historic house museum.

Jane Dewey Cash loves her retirement community in North Andover, MA, and says moving there is “one of the best things I have done for myself.”

Helen Evarts Banks moved from Louisville, KY, to an independent-living facility in Rochester, NY, where she is closer to her daughter. “It’s funny to be back in upstate New York,” she notes.

Peggy Jouard Gibson
is delighted with her new apartment in Greensboro, NC, a five-minute drive from the home of her oldest son and his family. She often runs into Mary Collins Cookinham, who lives nearby.

In Boulder, CO, Barbara Ketchum Lahey spends time with two sons and their families. She has another son in California and a daughter in North Carolina. Barbara has seven grandchildren, ages 4 to 20, three of whom are in college. She spent a “hilarious” Thanksgiving dinner with 18 of the crew, who help her feel “fit and vigorous.”

In Schenectady class president Ruth Mook Kerr and husband Don enjoy having son Doug and his family nearby in Saratoga, which she finds livelier than in our college days.

Ruth and Mary Phillips Murray attended the inauguration of Skidmore president Phil Glotzbach. Mary later enjoyed a holiday party at the Tang Museum and a concert featuring David Porter playing the beautiful Steinway piano that formerly graced Skidmore Hall. Mary is delighted that the piano has “found a new home.”

Bettina Towne Moore and husband John, now at their home in Lake Wales, FL, attended a gathering of Sarasota’s Skidmore club, which included a luncheon and boat trip around the harbor.

In her Slingerlands, NY, retirement community, Gloria Moos Hatch spends time with Mary Gunst Burnet ’39 and husband Bill. Gloria spent Thanksgiving at her daughter’s place in West Hartford, along with two grandchildren.

Lolly Swift Burbank
suffered a heart attack in December but is recovering nicely and was able to spend Christmas in Bermuda with her daughter and family.

Paul and Pat Wakeley Mara spent the holidays in Pennsylvania with daughter Judy and her family, which includes two small children “who still believe in Santa.”

Recuperating from a sprained wrist, Jean Summersgill Neiswinter is doing quite well in Prairie, KS.

Barbara White Moore played host to Margaret Orr Ronaldson and husband Doug while the Ronaldsons were en route to their winter home in Bonita Springs, FL.Barbara and husband David love their spacious villa in a Bryn Mawr, PA, retirement community, which is close to daughter Amanda and their grandchildren, a senior and a freshman at Exeter. Two other grandchildren are college freshmen—one at Tulane, the other at Knox.

My husband Ken and I are holding steady. This column keeps us both busy! I also enjoy serving as sunshine chairman of the Columbine Club and playing canasta.


Cynthia Taft Lathrop


Mary Sinon Sayer

Bobbie Andrews Olmsted and husband Dick celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Portland, OR, last year. They also took a trip to Nova Scotia to visit son Timi and his wife.


Reunion ’04!

Dorothy Roman Guenther

Libby Cone Gardner and husband Clint will now spend winters in Kendal at Hanover, a retirement community in Hanover, NH, just across the river from their Norwich, VT, residence, where they’ll continue to live for the rest of the year. Libby still paints watercolors and monotypes and participates in local art shows. She and Clint spent February on Sanibel Island in Florida.

Vinny Corona Dick hopes to attend our 60th reunion. At present she is staying with one of her seven sons as she undergoes cancer treatments. Another son, Albany physician Bruce Dick, has recently moved to Saratoga. Vinny is delighted to have family to spend time with during visits to Skidmore.

Mirth Durbahn Kennedy and husband Phil moved to Vero Beach, FL, in September and plan to live there year round, going back north to visit family in the summer. Their grandchildren are ages 4 to 19, with new additions arriving soon from the Ukraine. Mirth still enjoys playing duplicate bridge and golf.

In Charleston, SC, Marie Louise Flinker Putney is volunteer librarian at the children’s hospital and interviews folks for emergency help with Lutheran Social Services. She is delighted that son Tom, a hydrogeologist, and his wife and two-year-old son live nearby. Also in Charleston is daughter Barbara, who practices medicine at the University of South Carolina diagnostic clinic, and whose oldest child is entering college this fall. Son Blake Jr. is a risk consultant with NASA in Palo Alto, CA. The whole Putney family gathered at a beach house last June to celebrate Blake Sr.’s birthday.

Condolences to Martha Larkin Noonan, who lost husband Bob last year after “52 fantastic years together.” She still counts her blessings and is especially grateful for her children and grandchildren. Martha made her first trip to Paris recently and described it as “a thrill.” She plans to attend our 60th in June.

Our sympathy also to Betty Huber Billings, whose husband of over 55 years, Roswell, passed away last spring. She is grateful that he was ill for only about five months. Ros attended our 50th reunion with her and had a really good time. Despite her loss, Bee-Jay’s life in Florida is filled with “warm weather, good friends, and children coming and going.” She will summer in Glastonbury, CT.

Jean Poskanzer Rudnick reports that Ginny Gooch Puzak’s husband, Nick, died in December after a very long illness. Our heartfelt condolences to Ginny. Jean reports that she had lunch in Boston with our new prez and his wife, Phil and Marie Glotzbach. She’s also spoken with Renee Hawryliw Phair, who moved to a condo at Discovery Cove at Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-the-Hudson, overlooking the Hudson River. Renee hopes to travel by Amtrak to Saratoga to attend our 60th reunion in June.

Marion Whiting Brandon
enjoys having Duy and Edie DeMott Hutchison nearby in Newtown Square, PA. Ronnie had a great day watching the finals of the Crump Cup at Pine Valley Golf Club and continues to participate in tennis, curling, golf, and bridge. Her 16-year-old grandson helped his high-school golf team win their first Massachusetts State Championship last year. His older brother, Brandon, a tennis pro on Cape Cod in the summer, coached a 9-year-old in Florence, Italy, over the winter.

Sally Seelbach Narrigan
and Dick recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They had dinner with Ronnie Whiting Brandon and Edie Demott Hutchison and husband Duy to mark the occasion. Sally, Ronnie, and Mary Badger Jessup had lunch to do a little brainstorming about music and favors for Reunion. Any suggestions on those two subjects will be greatly appreciated.

I’m looking forward to celebrating our 60th and hope to see many of you in Saratoga, June 3–6. Many festivities are planned, including a songfest in the Tang Museum’s Paine Room, featuring our restored piano from the living room of Skidmore Hall (accompanied by Mary Badger). Then I plan to rush home, pack a suitcase, and catch up with my teammates in Riccione, Italy. We will be competing in the World Masters Synchronized Swimming Championships June 8–13.


Olga Massimiano Gigante

Betty Chipman Coker and Jim have moved to Cokersbury Village, a retirement home in Hockessin, DE, and say it’s wonderful.

Marjorie Hill Laughton took a two-week cruise from Lisbon to Miami and spent the holidays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Isabel Sherwin Harris is teaching and painting at Village on the Green in Longwood, FL. She recently set sail to South America on the Queen Mary II. She would love to know if other classmates plan to sail the Queen Mary this year.

Jane Helfrich Hunt and Ruth Reid Gjessing met in Saratoga Springs last September. They had a wonderful time remembering college days and touring the new campus, which they found “beautiful.” They both hope to be part of a reunion for former nursing students in the near future.

Susan Rabinowitz Malloy visited Carlyn Feldman Fisher in Jekyll Island, GA, last June. In July she went to Bridgewater, VT, where she used to live, for the fireworks. Susan won a prize in the Westport Arts Center members’ show. Having taken a class in Japanese woodcuts at the Contemporary Printwork Studio in Norwalk, she comments, “Never too old to learn something new.” Susan is also among four artists selected for the first alumni invitational exhibit at Skidmore’s Tang Museum. Her paintings will be shown May 1–June 6 (for details, see story on page 16).

Although Jeanne Kimball Carrazzone is on oxygen around the clock and is dependent on a motorized cart, she manages to have a full life. She and husband Alfred entertain family and friends at large tent parties; they also visit the Grounds for Sculpture gardens in Hamilton, NY, and are subscribers to Papermill Playhouse. “Al is a great caregiver, even if neither of us knows what day it is or why we are entering a room,” quips Jeanne.

Pat Casey Martus and husband Charlie sent a photo of them renewing their marriage vows at their retirement village in Pompano Beach, FL. Seventy-five couples celebrated with an orchestra, champagne, wedding cake, and flowers. Pat and Charlie look healthy and happy; says Pat, “We are truly blessed.”

Rusty La Rose Leverault lives in a retirement community in Sun City, FL. She teaches water aerobics and is a Queen Mother of the local chapter of the Red Hat Society; she also studies digital photography techniques, which she uses to create greetings cards. Rusty sent a picture of herself in a theater production staged at the Freedom Plaza.

Sally Bogan Jenkins says, “I play bridge for the brain and tennis and golf for the body.” She is still modeling and most recently was photographed as a patient in a wheelchair.

Nancy Brown Reuter donated a collection of over 500 glass photographic negatives taken in the early 1900s by her grandmother, Alice Augusta Rogerson Brown, to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. The images include portraits of family members and friends, homes and gardens in Milton, MA, as well as many New England rural scenes. According to SPNEA, the collection is a significant contribution to work of other female photographers of the period. Nancy is very proud of her grandmother’s accomplishments.


Miriam Blechman Grimes


Ruth Schleicher Kroon

Janie Geibel Morton and husband Chuck took a cruise to Halifax and St. John’s last September. In October Jane took a 10-day trip to Budapest, Prague, and Berlin, celebrating her birthday at a restaurant in a busy section of Berlin with six other women from her Mexican spa group. In December the Mortons’ long-anticipated move to Greenport, NY, became a reality. They are situated just off Long Island Sound, adjacent to a golf course.

Jeanne Clements Roth was also in Europe last fall. Clem’s cruise down the Rhine, after three days in Paris, zipped through 30 locks—“a memorable experience” for her. She stayed on in Nice for another week, visiting museums and small towns nearby.

It was a treat to see a letter from Marion Hess in the Travel section of the New York Times earlier this year, reminding readers of the beauty of the Lichtenallee Park in Baden-Baden.

This spring Gloria Wasserman Sachs’s NYC art gallery is featuring Han sculpture, contemporary pottery, Ming chairs, and calligraphy scrolls—“beauty as my eye sees it.” For more information, contact Gloria at 212-644-5011.

Gloria Biren Luria is enjoying retirement after 30 years of directing her gallery in Miami. She spends winters on Fisher Island, FL, and summers in Lenox, MA, enjoying her three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Consie Wingerter Cartmell and Peter had a “lovely Christmas cruise to the Caribbean to see our son’s new home on St. Bart’s.”

Jean McNulty McCurdy and Dick spent the holidays in Florida with daughter Nancy before leaving on a 16-day cruise through the Panama Canal. They were back in time to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary in Lancaster, PA.

Jane Pollard Kelley, still busy in the New Hampshire legislature, is “enjoying New Hampshire’s quadrennial 15 minutes of fame—the primary election!” In May she was made an Honorary Teamster at their Unity Conference in Las Vegas, NH.

Old roommates Dorothy Rogers Dewey and Grace Gale Jones met for lunch at the Essex House in New York City, their first get-together in 58 years.

For the past 50 years Marjorie Lehmann Moats has appeared in a variety of movies filmed in New York and Boston and over 100 ads. Jerry won’t give me a list, but I know where to look for her in Amistad; have yet to find her in The Witches of Eastwick, but I will. She’d love to have lunch with any classmates in the Hanover, NH, area.

Joyce Boggs Rice has a new address in Colorado Springs, CO. Recent travels have taken her to Orlando, FL, and Douglas, WY.

Barbara Cameron Forbes lost her husband of 55 years, Charlie, in September. Our sympathy to Cam and the Forbeses’ children and grandchildren.

In November Jean Ann Stirling Horton joined sister Mary Stirling Campbell ’51 and two of Mary’s daughters on a trip to Rome. Jean returned home in time to host Thanksgiving dinner, as usual. They had the same spectacular weather I had in October in when I traveled through Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Paris.


Ruth Bloch Baltimore

Evy Burns Stewart spent the fall packing, moving, and unpacking. All was worth it—they have moved to a lovely villa in a gated community in Ocala, FL.

Bernice Warr Williams had an exciting trip to Turkey where brother-in-law Bob Seymour represented the US in the 80s division of a tennis tournament and helped his team win the Gardner Mulloy Cup.

Dotsie Slosson Erskine had a visit from Barbara Beltz Reeves, who was house-hunting in the Vero Beach area. Dotsie is president of the baby Skidmore Club of the Indian River. She organized a tour and lecture at McKee Botanical Gardens at Vero in January, featuring Sue Van Hook, senior teaching associate in Skidmore’s biology department.

Susanne Lutz Dean, who spent a few days in NYC over the holiday season, sends greetings from Florida.

Sue Davis Sutton, who lived on Spring Street with roommate Betty Fountain, from Maplewood, NJ, that first year of 1944. Sue says, “Life took us both in strange, different, and sometimes challenging directions, but we never lost track [of each other], and for that we both thank Skidmore.”

After a busy summer Yvonne Scott Waples and husband Jack took a two-week cruise on the Crystal Symphony.

Our deepest sympathies to Billie Stein Tisch, whose husband, Laurence, died in November. He was a great friend to the college, and his vision inspired us all.

Condolences to the family of Esther Anderson Lacey, who died in January. We remember her patience, generosity, and wisdom.



Reunion ’04!


When Mary Lou Woodruff Thompson married Dartmouth alumnus Earle “Bud” Street in November, the couple added a new dimension to the phrase “Skidmore family.” Formerly married to the late Janet Hawes Street, Bud crossed paths with Mary Lou at Skidmore reunions over the years, but they didn’t actually know one another until a year ago, when Bud, scanning an issue of Scope, read a class note about her. He invited Mary Lou out for dinner, discovering that they had more in common than a mutual love of skiing and golf. Bud is the father of Sherry Street Cabot ’78 and Sue Street Peterson ’73 and the grandfather of Lindsay Peterson ’02. Mary Lou is the sister of Nancy Woodruff Morganstern ’53 and the grandmother of Alison Flowers ’03. This extended Skidmore clan gave the couple their blessing, and the rest is history.

Joan Paxton Jameson has had four displacements and two new hips since last March. She had a new, handicapped-friendly, three-bedroom house built at Pinehurst Trace, near son John and his family. Another son is back in Germany after active duty in Tikrit, Iraq.

Audrey Platt Jacobson and husband Jerry spent February and March in Sicily, which is “much warmer than upstate NY,” Audrey assures us.


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