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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian

Jan Sutherland Fairservis writes, “My four daughters are all building, remodeling, and buying their homes. No grandchildren yet, but maybe this nest-building is a good sign. Just bought a condo in Honolulu to share with my eldest daughter, who’s working on an MFA at University of Hawaii, directing Asian theatre. I’m painting pictures as well as walls.”

Carol Eaton McMillan
visited Dot Stephan Kellsey at Lake Sunapee last summer and joined Sibyl Avrett Carlson for a trip to Costa Rica last spring. Carol concedes that “retirement is a busy time in life” but says, “I hope to see more classmates in the coming year.”

Ruth Niederlander Shoumate’s husband Lloyd passed away in October 2002. Ruth spent three weeks in Italy last summer.

Joan Foreman Spangler spent several weeks in the hospital last summer with bacterial pneumonia and a simultaneous flare-up of ceflegcellulitis, requiring lung surgery. “Convalescence has been lengthy, but I am now feeling completely well,” she reports.

In California Janet Mortimer Stocker writes, “We survived the fire storms. Not since 9/11 have we been so glued to the TV. One fire came within a few miles, and we’re still sweeping ashes off our deck. We’ve traded our 35-foot motor home for a 21-foot weekender. We now have a home attached to the ground. Five storms, mud slides, and crazy politics notwithstanding, we love this place!”

Carol Johnson Gentner’s husband, Albert, informed me that Carol died peacefully at home in November, surrounded by her family. “Her memorial service was beautiful, and the reception afterwards was filled with friends remembering all the good times we had together.” Carol met Albert on a blind date while a Skidmore student; they were married three months after graduation.

Set and yours truly cruised from Barcelona to Tenerife, visiting various ports. Our favorite was Tetouan, Morocco, with its narrow, winding alleys of the medina (the old walled Moorish city), where daily life seems unchanged for centuries. We were also fascinated by the smugglers loading their goods onto a fleet of “German camels”—i.e., Mercedes taxis.


Patricia Bryant Koedding

Barb Tyson Hartman and Pat O’Meara Jevons were at Skidmore for the presidential inauguration, and, in a concert at the Tang Museum that featured the restored Lucy Scribner piano, heard former president David Porter in a two-piano duet. “What a wonderful musician he is!” says Barb. Barb still has monthly lunches with Camille Cutie Wick and Mary Kahle Monthie.

Lois Jenkins Tompkins has a new address in Millbrook, NY.

Dot Danninger Ericsson and husband Ebbie welcomed a new granddaughter in November. Ebbie is recovering nicely from a knee replacement operation.

Anne Longacre Hyser and husband Pete are downsizing and sold their large house in Wayne, PA.

Loni’s 98-year-old mother will be making her home with them. Loni and Pat Bryant Koedding got together recently for a sad affair, the memorial service for Sally Sloan Teaf ’50, who died in November.

Sally Harrison Dickinson is chair of a committee to raise $2.5 million for the Fitchburg Historical Society, and she needs ideas. She and husband Porter golf as much as possible. They celebrated 50 years of “marital bliss” with their four children, eight grandchildren, and many good friends.

Jacque White Parmele and husband Roome still play competitive tennis and enjoy being active with his class at Princeton. They live just a few minutes from the university, where they enjoy sports as well as lectures, etc. Their two sons live just minutes away. The Parmeles spend part of the winter in Florida and try to take two trips abroad during the year.

Merry Lou Greeley VanGelder
had a “banner year” with joints: two total shoulder replacements. The VanGelders spent Easter with Joan Kreuser Noone and husband Roger. Merry Lou also sees Isabelle Salamone Gander for lunch once in a while; they are both “antique peddlers.” Isabelle’s husband is a representative in the Vermont State Assembly.

In Fresno, CA, Anne Schaaff Wadhams and Charlie are busy and healthy. They flew to Rochester, NY (their hometown), after Christmas to visit family and friends—and to experience cold and snow! Anne saw Joyce Griffin Lovell and husband Chuck for lunch when the Lovells were in California.

Co-president Pat Grummon Clegg enjoyed winter on Amelia Island, FL, where she and George have a home. One of the highlights of 2003 was a trip to Bilbao, Spain, to explore the Gehry museum. Pat enjoyed her annual mini-reunion with classmates Joyce Andrews Keble and Dorothy McKevitt Leason at the National Gallery in London.

Izzie Bohman had a busy year, moving into a retirement facility. She also took a cruise from Seattle through the Panama Canal and highly recommends it.

Janet White MacLure had a wonderful mini-reunion in September with Sue Russell Bigelow and Nancy O’Neil Sachtjen and their husbands at Sebasco Estates Resort, Sue’s home in Maine. The gals keep up a lively dialogue with each other and Holly Titcomb Ellis (via e-mail).

Margaret Davison Northridge drove to Fairfield, IA, to son Geoff’s home for all the holidays. She spent four days in Las Vegas before heading home.

After living in their house for 48 years and raising three children, Ruth Friedman Hoberman and her husband moved to Trump Place in Manhattan. They are on the West Side, near Lincoln Center, with a magnificent view of the Hudson River.

John Lester informed me that his wife, Janet Foster Lester, has been moved to a Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL, due to progressing Alzheimer’s. The home is near the couple’s daughter and her family. John added that Janet would enjoy hearing from classmates.
My son-in-law was one of seven candidates from the mid-Atlantic states to attend a 10-week course at the FBI headquarters in Quantico, VA. He was also honored in 2003 as a law enforcement officer for Chester County, PA.


Doris Harbach Patten

Mary Gillam Bereday has six “outstanding grandchildren” all under age 10. Mary’s daughter has returned to Newton, MA, after living in Turkey for several years, making Mary’s travel time for visits considerably shorter.

We send condolences to Elsie Lievens Weiser, whose husband of 50 years, Bud, suffered a fatal heart attack in October while the couple was traveling in Ireland. Many of us knew Bud and remember him as a dedicated teacher, school administrator, and civic leader.



Susanne Eustis Bogart

Class president Carol Claflin Kurtz has a new address in Exeter, NH.

In December Louise “Petey” Berke Wulff met Carol Theobald Schafer’s sister, Barbara Theobald ’56, at Skidmore’s annual Friends of the Presidents dinner in NYC. Petey was also delighted to meet new president Phil Glotzbach and his wife, Marie. Petey and Kurt entertained Betty Hauser’s sister and her husband when their cruise boat stopped in Boston last September.

Natalie Jones Neri hosted Ann Shaaber Campney, who traveled from her home in Massachusetts to attend a symphony concert with Til in October. The following day, Til met up with Sally Sprague Marvin and Mary Lyman Heist for dinner. Til spent Thanksgiving visiting one daughter in Carson City, NV, and then spent time with another daughter, who had given birth just before our 50th reunion last spring.

Pat Seymour Forstrom celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with Ann Trainer Williams and Ann Mawhinney Hodgkins. The trio had a great time, sharing many happy memories.

Betty Hill Johnson came upon an old autograph book from a camp in Maine. In it she found the signature of a Pat Littlefield from North Berwick. Checking our class list, she found a phone number for Pat and gave her a jingle. They had a great chat, but she found out that it was not our Pat Littlefield Kotlewski.

Pat Gove Williams and husband Craig visited Sanibel and Cape Cod, both times entertaining their 7-year-old granddaughter, who they claim is a great traveler, and this fall they visited all over France with good friends. Craig was named Rotarian of the Year for his club.

Anne Whitehouse Gass went to St. Petersburg and Scandinavia last spring. “It was a great trip.” Poo’s children live all over the US and are all well, as are her grandchildren.

The class will be saddened to learn that Joan Stofflet Meador died just before our 50th reunion last May. Ann Trainer Williams had tried repeatedly to call her to encourage her attendance at reunion and then found that she was no longer living in Florida.

I had a great summer living on my island while I had bay windows installed in my 150-year-old house. Please note that my e-mail account does not allow me to receive attachments, just text within the body of a message—so please send text e-mails only.



Reunion ’04!

Joanna Davenport

After six months’ duty in Tikrit, Iraq, Barbara Hunt Burner’s son Clark came home on leave. He will return to Germany to the Headquarters Command. One of Barbara’s daughters is in the Navy, stationed in Naples, Italy, for a three-year tour; her two other daughters live near her in Willow Brook, IL. Barbara has one grandson, 11, and five granddaughters, ages 9 months to 8 years.

Betty Ann Strasburger Serotta is still director of the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She runs a counseling service, educational events, and a speakers bureau, working with clergy from rabbis to priests. “We travel, enjoy theater, music, and art, and have a good time no matter where we are!” says B. A.

Suzanne Davis Tull and husband Bill traveled to Poland in October. She continues to sit on the board of directors of the Ivymount School for children and young adults with special needs. Board president for five years, she was part of a $7 million building and renovation project.

Martha Parkes Kimmich is the primary caregiver for her husband, an Alzheimer’s patient. “Sure glad I love him—it would be a very difficult job otherwise,” she says.

Mary Grindley Shepard of New London, NH, loves being back in New England, where they see their three sons often and enjoy biking, tennis, and cross-country skiing.

Over the years Constance Kellert Goldstein and husband Don have traveled to many locations including Europe, Nepal, Tibet, Africa, Australia, and Hong Kong. Constance is active in the Boston Early Music Festival, an international organization presenting an annual concert series and a festival every other year.



Phyllis Grant Hoddeson lives in a senior community in Portsmouth, NH, and has enrolled in art classes at the University of New Hampshire. She is showing her watercolors and (soon) oil paintings. Son Alan and daughter Karen live nearby, in Georgetown and Hampton.

Diane Davis Nelson reports that husband Jim had surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm in October and has fully recovered. They count their blessings.


Averill Geus


Joan Page Hayes

I am recovering from a stroke I had early in December. I spent a month in medical facilities, determining the damage done and what surgery will be necessary. Bob and I never took our planned trip to Germany and Austria with Sally Huberlie Hale and Jud; but they did go and stopped to see Diane Smejkal Wallace and Jim in England. We called and talked with them all there. The Wallaces haven’t been in the States for six years.

Jean Bodell Meybohm enjoyed getting in touch with high-school classmates while working on a directory for her 50th high-school reunion last year. The event was held in October in Hastings, NC, a place she had not visited since graduating. She later spent time on the Outer Banks, where she owns rental property.

Hope Thompson Kerr spent the holidays in Jackson Hole, WY, with her daughters and their husbands, and her grandsons. In March she traveled to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands.

All goes well with Ann Talbot Brown and Bill. Ann’s mother, in her 90s, lives 15 minutes away. Ann and Bill enjoy spending time with their five granddaughters.

Carol Elsaesser Squiers and Jim have moved to Greenwich, CT.

Linda Gorham Harvey and husband John spent February on Sanibel Island in Florida.

Rhoda Heffner Becker will run for town clerk of North Hempstead, NY, in November. A former town planning commissioner and county planning director, she has also served as a deputy town clerk. She earned an MBA from Adelphi University.


Jane Goodman Hunter

Terry Wehmann Sullivan, a realtor in Mequon, WI, was included in this year’s edition of Who’s Who in the World.

Sarah Kear Braun’s husband Sam retired from the public health service last fall, and Tuba City Indian Hospital last spring. To celebrate, the couple spent a month in Cusco, Peru, with friends who have been visiting and supporting travelers there for 20 years. They also spent three months in Rhode Island last summer with their children, grandchildren, and friends.

Elaine Merola Canavan recently became a grandmother—for the sixth time. She and Barbara Packer Smith enjoyed an Elderhostel expedition to the Peabody Museum in Salem, MA.

Playing golf and visiting family is high on Mary Avery Gessner and husband Russell’s priority list.

Barbara Hayman Schwartz and husband Stan returned to Arizona after traveling throughout the country visiting friends and enjoying family reunions. She was sorry to have missed our 45th reunion last spring.

I have seen Sandy Eisenberg Weinstein and husband Ed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I volunteer at the membership desk on Fridays.



Reunion ’04!

Carolyn Brown Straker

Jane Haddad Evans took off for Cozumel and Colorado for some sun and fun this past winter and is looking forward to our June reunion. She was sorry to have missed the Seattle Skidmore club’s tour of the Japanese garden at the University of Washington.

Martie Hubbard Harrigan’s husband, Jack, passed away in July, a month after the wonderful Hubbard reunion at Kiawah Island, SC. Since then, Martie was “blessed” with a fourth grandson, who was born in September in Charlestown, MA. Martie loves hearing from classmates and hopes to attend Reunion.

Anne Hovell Dew winters in St. Petersburg, FL, and spends summers in Highlands, NC. After raising six kids, she earned a master’s in psychological counseling and has published Emotional Transformation, a book that offers solutions to overcoming relationship conflicts, based on a Christian perspective. It was an arduous task, notes Anne, “but worth the effort if it helps even one person.” She and husband John, who is retired, have a crew of 13 grandchildren. Anne encourages classmates and Skidmore friends to look her up if passing through St. Petersburg; she can be reached at annedew@earthlink.net. She hopes everyone has a great time at our 45th.

I received a lovely note from Judy Nedell Marks, who regrets that she’ll be unable to attend Reunion due to a family celebration/rite of passage event that weekend—but she vows to “be there in spirit.” Judy has four children and eight grandchildren (ages 2 months to 15 years), and divides her time between Florida and New York. She says, “I really enjoy all the informative news about Skidmore and ’59 doings!”

My family took a trip to Florida in March and later attended a family wedding in Phoenix, AZ. Our son David is preparing for a fellowship next year at Columbia University Psychiatric Institute, in a new subspecialty called consultation liaison psychiatry. Among other things, he will be teaching medical students about empathy. Daughter Wendy has embarked on a college speaking tour to promote her recently published book, Sexy Jobs in the City, which is accessible online at www.sexyjobsinthecity.com/index.html. The site includes video clips of Wendy’s appearances on NBC, CBS, and Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor. She plans to career counsel college grads interested in finding that “sexy job” in NYC.
Remember to call or e-mail me if you need additional information, a ride, or want to reconnect with a classmate in preparation for Reunion this June. I remember so vividly the day our late classmate Joyce Burstein Witmondt telephoned me to join her and husband Donald, and Evie Schawbel Rosencrantz and her husband, Howie, for our 25th reunion. Joyce passed away just a few years later, and I am so happy to have the memory of that fun and relaxing weekend with her.


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