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Marcia Mattson Todd

Ellen VanDusen Guthrie is an avid volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Louisville, KY. That city is close to completing its 200th house since the program started in 1985. Ellen believes strongly in the program and is invigorated by the hands-on construction. She recently was the construction leader for her second house and guesses, “I could build my own house.”

Karuna Kress (formerly Wendy Wyatt) moved to Bellows Falls, VT, last September and loves it there. For three years she has been director of the New England Institute for Transforming Consciousness, a graduate degree program. She is also involved in a program called Soul Support Systems, a process of uncovering our reason for being here.

“Life is good for me and our family,” writes Eve Hall Tatlock. Last fall she successfully completed a triathlon with her oldest daughter. She swam a half mile, biked for 13.4 miles, and ran five kilometers. The oldest woman in a field of 500, Eve found the experience extremely gratifying. “But my time,” she notes, “was nothing to write home about!”

Mary Anita Hoff Fallon and family spent the holidays in North Creek, NY, home of Gore Mountain. Then it was off to Boynton Beach, FL, for February through April, stopping in Puerto Verde on the way to visit Pat Mulligan Sullivan and husband Jack.

After 27 years of wonderful memories in their big house in Castle Rock, CO, Donna Case Peck and husband Allen moved to a smaller home in the same town. Donna is still breeding and showing her purebred Devon Rex cats—“cute, loveable, smart little felines.” Their 10-year-old grandson was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last fall and has spent months in the hospital. They recently celebrated the birth of their seventh grandchild, bringing the count to four girls and three boys.

Joan Simon Goldfarb and husband Jerry were invited to visit India by a longtime friend and fellow antique jewelry dealer. They spent one week with their friend and two weeks touring the country. Joan continues to show her wares at the Montclair Antique Center, various New Jersey shops, and antique jewelry shows in NYC. The Goldfarbs are enjoying their new role as grandparents.

Kudos to Hadley Sillick Robertson, who has enlisted five new class agents for 2004; they are Marilee Karins Pellegrini, Floss Bishop Bogdan, Julie Smith Pringle, Gail Bendix Jaffe, and Elizabeth “Booty” Jaeger Bourne. Marilee is working for an interior design and fabric company. Having been a gardener for many years, Floss is enjoying the gardening opportunities in Naples, FL, where she recently moved. Julie is competing in state golf tournaments and reveling in being an artist. Her new medium is mosaics; her new problem is lifting them. Gail has realized two of her life goals. One was to learn a second language, and she is now fluent in German. The other was to take up riding again and own a horse. Her horse, a Lipizzaner, is named Amadeus. Booty is refusing to give in to the “age thing” and hopes to continue her catering business until age 70 or so. “Are we still young or what?” asks Hadley.

Linda Dresden Silverman took her six grandchildren on a Disney cruise over the holidays. Later, the parents of the grandchildren joined them at Disney World for a family gathering.

Bonnie Vare Smith has seven grandchildren from New York to Atlanta and Memphis. Attending baptisms and school Grandparents’ Days, and having sleepovers keeps them hopping.

Four years ago Marcia Miller Spencer’s husband was diagnosed with multiple mycloma (cancer of the bone marrow). Following on-again, off-again chemotherapy and a year on a miracle drug (thalidomide!), he is doing well. Marty has had wonderful support from family and friends, which made her role of caregiver so much easier. She lined them all up for more support in January when she had a total hip replacement, joining Ellie Davies Bowden (who recently underwent the same procedure) in becoming a genuine hippie. “I always thought that operation was for my parent’s friends,” Marty quipped.

Eleanor Schmidt Schweigaard-Olsen retired last summer. After 40 years in New York City, she and husband Bert moved to Sarasota, FL, in November. They feel like they are in paradise with great weather, wonderful views, and a wildlife refuge at their doorstep. They are enjoying Sarasota’s many fine arts programs and reconnecting with several friends from college days.

Celebrating 42 years of marriage, Joan Berg Ponn and husband Allen took a wonderful Caribbean cruise. Joan keeps busy playing tournament bridge. Daughter Sheri works in the family business, Ponn Machine Ltd.

Becky Martin Watson enjoys Lotus Lake in Williamstown, VT, boating all summer and skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. Two more grandchildren joined the family last year, bringing the total of “grands” to nine. Becky would love to visit NYC sometime and is hoping that maybe a “city-dwelling” classmate would like to be her tour guide. You can e-mail her at rmwllc@aol.com.

Pam Crossley Faulkner
has been taking classes in acting and musical theater. “I was even in a play last summer that you had to pay to come to,” she writes.

Last December Deborah Davenport Brooks and husband David spent two weeks cruising the Nile River. “The temples, pyramids, tombs, and antiquities were all incredible,” says Debbie. She has joined the growing number of Dr. Atkins’s followers, has lost weight and feels great.

During a visit to Tucson, AZ, Mary Kelchner Lindner bought a condo with the help of Sue Smith. Another newcomer to the area, Gail Bendix Jaffe, is delighted to have another classmate there.

Peggy Hiller Harris was retired from teaching, but boredom set in so she went back to work part-time. Husband Stanley still practices law full-time in Savannah, GA.

In 2003 Nelle Nugent and husband Jolyon traveled to Cuba and visited Iceland. In December she and Kate Carmel saw the musical Taboo; they loved it, despite the critics. “It’s the best musical I’ve seen this season,” wrote Nelle. She is producing Sly Fox for Broadway, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Eric Stoltz. Nelle would love to have classmates attend.

Kate Carmel has been living in NYC since Skidmore days. She is doing private curatorial work for several clients since leaving her position as head of the American Contemporary Crafts Museum. She has two married sons and three grandchildren.

Joyce Jacobs Grand has retired from teaching and is enjoying swimming, kayaking, bicycling, power walking, and spending time with her five grandchildren. She and husband Bernie, now retired, spent two weeks with friends touring Alaska—one week on land and one on a ship. Last fall they traveled around Spain for three weeks of soaking up the local culture, as Joyce was gathering facts for a novel she’s writing. Joyce and Debbie Miller Wager get together a few times each year.

“Retirement is great,” writes Sandra Blair Ohanian. She and husband Jack started off last year with a trip to New Zealand and Australia, and ended the year with a boat cruise down the Snake and Columbia Rivers, following the path of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In between trips, they spend time at their beach condominium on Palm Island, FL, where their family joined them for Christmas.



Sandy Weisman Sheppard

Avid golfer Joan Beckwith Braffet is happily living in a golf community in New Jersey. Now retired, she is the grandmother of two babies born a year apart. Daughter Kim lives in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and has a Scottish boyfriend.

Margery Levin Millman has been married for 44 years and still lives in Charleston, SC. A retired RN, she is now the grandmother of six.

Marian Rapoport Thier’s new book, Coaching Clues (see Books in the winter Scope), can be previewed online at www.coachingclues.com. Daughter Whitney is associate counsel for Mandalay Properties in Las Vegas, and son Antony is a potter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cookie traveled to Afghanistan in October to visit son Alexander and his wife, Tamara. Alex has been working for the Justice Commission on the restoration of the judicial system since 9/11, and Tamara is making a documentary on the creation of the constitution in that war-torn country. Cookie observes, “Although I’ve traveled the world with my work, no place has felt as self-contained and unfamiliar. The Afghans are warm and welcoming people even though their life is hard, ancient, and sparse.”

Our condolences to Jocelyn Ball Berger on the death of husband Lawrence last March. The good news is that she has been blessed with a new grandson, who she says has “bowled me over.” Jocelyn is a psychotherapist in London, England.

Joan Horowitz Behr sends a thank-you to all those who worked on and contributed to Skidmore’s annual fund this past year.

Francie Yates Handler
was named nurse of the year for case and quality management by the March of Dimes. A staff member at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM, for 14 years, she was nominated for the award by her colleagues, for her commitment to community health care.


Lynn Garrett Meyer

Nancy Smith Bushnell spent the holidays in Sarasota, FL, helping husband Vic’s 88-year-old mother move to a new unit within her retirement community. Nancy’s youngest child, Heather, her husband, and their young son have relocated from Denver, CO, to Vermont. Son Ed was married last June in Jackson, WY. Nancy, who stays busy with various charitable organizations, performed this spring in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. She welcomes e-mail at bushling@webtv.net.

Retired from teaching since June, Carole Dolinger Shapiro is spending her free time with family. She also belongs to a book club, attends exercise class, and knits. Recently finished with jury duty that lasted two months, she quips, “I’ve got to slow down!”

Newly retired as executive director of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Diane Macht Solomon is more active than ever. Regular exercise, reading, experimental cooking, and lots of travel are among the leisure pursuits that she considers “rewards for 40 years of service as an MLS librarian and administrator.”

Near Boston, research technician Janet Tobie Robbins is unemployed for the first time in her life and loves it. But, she says, “since I can’t afford to retire, I am looking for a part-time job and seriously considering moving to Albuquerque, NM, where my son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren live.” Meanwhile, she’s eager to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and attend lectures and programs. She recently completed a course at Harvard on computers and the Internet. This past year she led bicycle trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club, as well as some longer trips for the Charles River Wheelmen, the largest bicycle club in Boston.

Jackie Buxbaum Cross
and husband Dick enjoyed the holidays with their children and grandchildren. They spent February in Naples, FL, after a couple of weeks in the Caribbean. Jackie is working part-time “per diem” in the pain management clinic at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. She says, “It’s great fun to just show up, play nurse, and go home without any of the management responsibilities.”

Molly McKinnon Baxter
lives in Belgrade, MT, works in real estate, and enjoys the great outdoor life. She continues her love of horses (riding two of her own), being involved in theater, and being near her children and grandchildren.

In Boca Raton, FL, Emily Jansen Kane attended a Skidmore club luncheon to meet the college’s president and his wife. Emily went with Bev Fuhrman Gregory ’64, who also has a home (for the winter) in Tequesta. Later she attended a club outing at Breakers West in West Palm, “where Tim Brown, Skidmore’s former golf coach, gave a talk and then we hit the links. George and I were paired with two ’50s alums. One of them, Jo Firor Alfenito ’55, was a fellow Pelham High School graduate—small world.”

George and I spent a superb six weeks visiting friends in France, Germany, and England this past fall, including a delightful barge cruise in the Burgundy region. What a great way to enjoy friends, wine tasting, a bit of history, and bike riding along the canals. We both work part-time and find the balance of having time off to ski for a day, take a trip, or visit our grandchildren, is just right.


Deborah Frankel Reese

I always knew our class was brainy, but did you realize we have a lot of professors among our ranks? They include Naomi Gotkis Rotter, professor of management at New Jersey Institute of Technology; Marianne Doran Steinhacker, associate professor emerita of nursing at the University of Maine; Marlene Topper Scham, adjunct professor at Montclair State University, teaching personal health and mental health; and Hedy Bergida White, professor of psychology at the University of Western Carolina. Also, Karen Levin Coburn is vice chancellor of students at Washington University in St. Louis.

Since 1975 Helen Zittel Shirk has been teaching art at San Diego State University, where she is head of the jewelry and metalsmithing program. A recipient of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in 1978 and 1988, she was named a fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1999. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US and abroad, and is included in many public collections—among them the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, American Craft Museum, and the Smithsonian. In every biographical piece she writes, Helen credits Skidmore’s Earl Pardon as her first jewelry instructor.

Another academic, Carol Smith Witherell, has taught child development and moral and ethical development for 16 years at Lewis and Clark College. Last September she and her “four score and ten” mom traveled through the northwest Rockies on the American Orient Express train, taking motorcoach and raft trips in Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. “It was an amazing trip, and I recommend it heartily!” She spent the holidays with daughters Holly and Heidi, at Holly and husband Mike’s new home in La Luz, NM. Holly and Mike both work on an Apache reservation nearby, and Heidi is a first-year resident in anesthesiology at Stanford University Medical Center.

After Skidmore, Charlotte “Pixie” Cram Elsberry got her degree in midwifery from Yale and has been in the forefront of this movement ever since. A few years back, the program she developed for the North Central Bronx Hospital of Midwifery Service, where she is director and associate clinical professor of nursing, received the Golden Commendation Award from the American Society of Nurse Midwives. In 1991 North Central Bronx launched a pre-certification nurse-midwifery program for foreign-trained midwives, in association with the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Another nurse, Janie Goodnow Doyle, teaches at Mt. Wachussett Community College in Gardner, MA. She specializes in surgical and geriatric nursing as well as oncology care and legal issues.

Sandy Wilbert Fleischman and Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco held a unique mini-reunion at Sandy’s house in Southampton last October. The pair spent three days at the Hamptons International Film Festival, viewing “four films a day for two days, eating at some great restaurants, and laughing.” Ronnie has embarked on a new career, doing voiceover for commercials. At a recent audition for a TV commercial selling an estrogen product, she got everyone laughing when she pointed out that the other actors were young enough to be her children, “and therefore didn’t have a clue about menopause,” she says. Sandy is recovering from chest surgery (a questionable lesion was confirmed as benign). She spent January through March in Florida, working on her golf game, practicing meditation, reading, and knitting.

Dorothy Skripak Penner
traveled to London in November to see a daughter who was expecting her third child and to help with grandchildren Nicholas, 4, and Ella, 2. Despite the distance, “popping over to London every four or five months isn’t so bad,” she says.

Ginny Nyvall Durfee
loved our 40th reunion last summer, as did her Skidmore roommate and longtime friend Ginny Payne Morse. This past winter Ginny Morse had a fall out of her wheelchair that resulted in a broken leg and ankle. She would enjoy hearing from old friends at jf.morse@verison.net.

Joyce DiBona took a trip to San Sebastian and Bilbao in northern Spain, describing the Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as “a spectacular sight.” Joyce and her husband publish Travel New England.

Lucretia Fueller Robbins and Judy Carter Colligan, both of whom left Skidmore sophomore year, stay in touch with each other and with other Skidmore friends.

Carolyn Caesar Ingraham describes herself as “an official soccer-stay-at-home-Brownie mom” to young daughter Lora (who attended last year’s reunion with her mother). She and her family went to Puerto Rico in November. Carolyn recently chatted with Evelyn Nutman Siegel, who moved to Florida last March and is selling real estate.

Susan Altus Rudnick
spent a nice day with Evelyn Nutman Siegel—who she says has a “terrific sense of humor”—in her new Florida home. Susan played golf in a league in which three out of her foursome were Skidmore grads.

Jane Finneman Hochman
and Carolyn Ingraham are working to get class agents lined up to help Skidmore raise funds. Despite their success so far, Jane says, “We would be grateful for more volunteers.” She enjoys getting together with Carolyn, who brings along the youngest volunteer, daughter Lora.

Connie Talcott Smith’s
daughter Cynthia is a US Air Force captain, serving in the Judge Advocate General Services at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Sabina Hartley Duke and husband Allen have been married more than 40 years. Now living in Boulder City, NV, she says, “We feel as though we never had to endure those long, icy winters of upstate New York.” Nonetheless, the Dukes took off for Antarctica in January. Sabina encourages classmates traveling to Las Vegas to look them up.

Meg Reitman Jacobs is doting on two young grandsons, whose “big blue eyes make you melt.” On the other end of the spectrum, she is caring for her 89-year-old mother, who lost her husband of 25 years and suffers from mild dementia. “It is not an easy situation for her, and one that my sisters and I deal with on a daily basis,” reports Meg. She is still working as an interior decorator, though pondering when to retire.

For 23 years Judith Serbe Hunger was owner-publisher of the Rangeley Highlander, a newspaper geared to her small community of 1,200 residents and the seasonal tourists who visit the lakes and mountains of western Maine. Widowed in 1996, she sold the paper in 1999 and joined the Peace Corps, part of the last group to serve in Poland. She writes, “Middle age may be the time to resurrect the idealism and sense of adventure that we shelved to follow more traditional paths when we were in our twenties.” Her essay “Peace Corps Provides Mid-life Adventure in Poland” can be viewed at www.peacecorpsonline.org.

Laura Young will return to New Mexico this summer to teach art at Ghost Ranch, the landscape of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Lynn Edwards Hendricks traveled to California and Florida earlier this year in her role as director of development for Boston University School of Medicine. She and husband Peter met up with in Patty Foreman Balbirer and husband Arthur in Tucson, AZ.

Milli Krips Boyce won a trip to Las Vegas, including an appearance on the Powerball show, and “had a blast.” She and her husband traveled to Africa in March with friends and family members to help their son celebrate his wedding anniversary. The group went on safari in Botswana, ending up in Johannesburg to see son Mike, a filmmaker, and his wife. Among their guests were Jeanne Robinson Schwartz and husband Jeff. Closer to home, the Boyces hope that Scarlet, a racehorse who broke her leg and is now a broodmare, “might create a Derby winner yet.”

December’s newsletter inspired Judy Meinert Rist to “get on a ship and see where it goes.” Recently divorced, she is retired from 34 years in teaching. Her son is in college, and her daughter lives in Colorado. Judy set off for Australia in March for a month. She credits friends Betsy Welch Hostynek, Carolyn Vaughan Mitchell ’64, and Nancy Bigelow Sinclair ’64 for keeping her “afloat.”

Marjorie Lewis Moore enjoyed catching up with classmates and roommates at Reunion. She is proud of daughter Heather, who has three sons and her own jewelry business, and son-in-law Thomas Frontini, an “exceptional husband, father, and artist.” She is equally proud of daughter Halley, a creative writer on the faculty at NYU, who loves teaching, writing, and the Big Apple.

Judy Grebin was delighted to meet and spend time with Alice Gunta-Kostek ’78 on a Christmas tour to France. They had fun comparing their Skidmore experiences, as well as getting lost together on New Year’s Eve.

Jane Finneman Hochman
enjoyed a holiday vacation in Seville, Spain, this past winter.

Wendy Sussman Rubin says her three grandchildren are the love of her life—to which Wendy’s daughter Victoria Rubin Stofsky ’91, mother of two of them, retorts, “What am I, chopped liver?”

As for me, I have been instrumental in creating an artists’ cooperative in my little Vermont village. Strafford ARTWORKS had its first exhibit in December, with over 15 members’ works on display. We are hoping to raise money for a permanent gallery space.

To provide more detailed, class-specific news and commentary, I have created ane-mail newsletter for those whose e-mails I have. If you have not received it, please send me your e-mail address and I will send you past and future issues.



Reunion ’04!

Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb

Can you believe our 40th reunion takes place June 3–6? I hope you are planning to attend! Remember, you can RSVP online as well as stay abreast of all reunion plans by visiting www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1964/1964.html.

Tina Matkovic Spiro’s
daughter Yasmin was married in November at the Spiros’ farm, Hummingbird Hill, which overlooks the Windward Passage in rural Jamaica. The happy couple lives in Brooklyn, where Yasmin—with an MFA from Pratt Institute—is studio manager at BAM; Ben performs jazz piano in Manhattan and for The Isaak Mizrahi Show and teaches at Columbia. The Spiros’ son Ben is in Miami, where he’s trading equities. Also in Miami, Tina has opened Chelsea Galleria, featuring Caribbean and American fine art. She has also been exhibiting her own work at Westwood Gallery in NYC and the Boca Raton Museum, and is now working on a large-scale urban artwork for the City of Miami with husband Eran, an urban planner.

Nancy Tessein Stine
received a master’s in education from Worcester State College last May. She is teaching fourth-grade mathematics and science in the Shrewsbury (MA) public school system.


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein

Master gardener Sandra Koch Prior cultivates over 300 rose bushes at her home in Huntington, NY, where she is president of the Center Port Garden Club. She works evenings as a private-duty nurse. Husband Ron owns an export business. Of their five children, the oldest graduated from Tufts, where the youngest is still enrolled. The middle children graduated from Yale and Dartmouth (their dad’s alma mater). Three of them live in Boston.

Connie Bain Moskow lives in Winnetka, IL, and has grandchildren; she visited Olga Sibony in Florida earlier this year.

In Norfolk, CT, Ann Shrope Byrne and husband Phil are struggling with issues related to relinquishing ownership of the two nursing facilities they operate for the profoundly retarded. The Byrnes, who are planning to retire this year, are working with the state to try to retain jobs for their staff and placement for their clients at the two facilities. Ann is also involved in establishing a local support group for amputees. The couple has two sons and two grandchildren.

Jane Sanner Hartman
of Perrysburg, OH, has been married to husband Mike since 1992. Between them the couple has a total of eight children, and Mike has five grandchildren. A fundraiser for United Way and the University of Toledo for over 25 years, Jane now enjoys that field as a volunteer. She recently spent time with Kate Crangle Semerad and Nina Knoblauch Comiskey in Washington, DC.

Elaine Hickey Neely of Williamstown, MA, has left her position as VP of facilities management and planning for Northern Berkshire Health Systems. She led the design and construction of the North Adams Regional Hospital parking garage and ambulatory care center. She also guided the hospital’s preliminary phases of a planned $12 million renovation project. The owner of Crescent Manor Care Center in Bennington, VT, she plans to spend more time enjoying her horses.

Enid Mayberry received an award from the governor of the Polish province of Pomerania in September, in recognition of her contributions to the cultural, academic, and social life of the province. The first American to be so honored, Enid is founder and director of the Anglo-American-Polish Association.

Artist Ann Schaumburger exhibited paintings at the Amics del Centre d’Art i Natura de Farrera, an artists’ residence and gallery in the Catalan Pyrenees in Spain.
A year ago February, seven classmates gathered at the Portofino Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando to celebrate our significant birthdays. Sheila Schmidt Warshawsky flew in from Israel, Kathy Lord Chapman arrived from Boulder, CO, Linda Miller Thorrell trekked from Kansas City, MO, Elaine Hickey Neely came from Williamstown, MA, Nancy Wall Thorne traveled from Connecticut, and Karen Berlan Bleier and Eileen Kirwin Cameron arrived from New York. All the celebrants sported Mardi Gras necklaces from Key West and made champagne toasts.

Eileen Kirwin Cameron’s children’s book Canyon was noted by the Bank Street College’s Children’s Committee as one of the Best Books of 2002. Her next book, G is for the Garden State, A NJ Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press), is due out in May. Eileen was saddened to read the obituary of Julia Upham in the fall issue of Scope and writes, “Julia was an incredible person. She came to all our reunions, supported the college with volunteer work, and was a generous donor. When her dad died, I remember her saying she was grateful for his generosity and would continue it by contributing to Skidmore, because it was the best place for her inheritance to go.”



Ann LoDolce

Adrienne Ewein Findley and husband Norm, who retired from Coca-Cola last April, bought a small ranch in Wyoming near where Adrienne works during June and July as director of staff development and educational programming for an LA–based program. In Atlanta, where the Findleys live, Adrienne serves as a sponsor in the “I Have a Dream” program and on the board of the city’s Habitat for Humanity; teaches a class at Oglethorpe University’s graduate business school; and continues to work with inner-city adolescents in two nonprofit programs. Also in Atlanta, son Finn works for Coca-Cola, and son Brian works for a small custom builder. Son Russell, a ’99 Providence College grad, lives in Boston and works for an Internet travel agency. Adrienne loves visiting him twice a year, using it as a great excuse to get back to her roots.

Libby Rosof is founder of the Web magazine artblog (www.fallonandrosof.com/artblog), which provides art reviews, news, and gossip from Philadelphia and beyond. At the moment it is a labor of love, but Libby and her co-editor hope to eventually convert that into a remunerative venture. They received an SOS grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to help support translation of ane-mail book into print.

Patricia Weinstock Rose is a senior market analyst for DeWolff, Boberg & Associates in Richardson, TX.

Due to a Scope editing error in the winter ’04 issue, Ann LoDolce’s two son’s were described as the children of Sandra Berk Jacoby. Scope apologizes for the error.

Ann LoDolce wrote, “I have two sons in college now—Adam is a freshman at Bentley, and Marc is a senior at Harvard. They are both 30 minutes from home, and my husband and I love meeting them for Sunday brunch and attending rugby games at Harvard, where Marc is captain of the team, having achieved All-American status. The boys started a business three years ago, and plan to run it full-time when they graduate.


Christine Filbin Hoffman

The Class of 1967 lobby—near Gannett Auditorium in Palamountain Hall—which we funded with gifts from our 35th reunion, is complete. An explanatory sign about the renovations, with the ’67 logo, will remain a permanent part of the lobby.

Beverly Harrison Miller, in her second term as alumni board president and trustee, served on Skidmore’s presidential search committee. Last year Bev’s husband, Wayne, accepted a position at the law firm of Goulston and Storrs in Boston. Daughter Brooke ’99, in a PhD program at Northwestern University, is doing research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Son Noah marched in Dartmouth graduation ceremonies last June, and submitted his final thesis in December. He now lives in Asheville, NC.

Jill Sneve Patch and husband Steve were well away from the firestorms that swept through eastern San Diego County in October. Daughter Susan was a bit too close for comfort in Simi Valley; the fire burned right to the edge of her college campus. On hiatus from a part-time position as a lab technician (pending grant funding), Jill is consulting for a former boss at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine. She has enjoyed spending the time renovating her home. In November the Patches spent a few days at a resort near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Marsha Smith Tuchscherer spent a week in Italy looking at paintings and sculpture in Rome and Florence last spring. In the fall she enjoyed visiting Nancy Sherbrooke at her home in Rhode Island. When Marsha told Nancy she was once again jumping horses after 30 years, Nancy advised, “Keep your head up and your heels down!” Marsha’s daughter, grandson, and rafting-guide son-in-law spent their second winter near the Futaleufu River in southern Chile. Her son is building houses near Blowing Rock, NC.

In October Izzy Maccracken Winn’s son Scott married a fellow outdoor experiential educator. The Winns were thrilled to share the occasion with Bev Harrison Miller and Wayne, who came from Boston (stopping in Evanston, IL, to visit daughter Brooke). Izzy has been selected to represent the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and lead a team of 13 people, including husband Michael, to export the Episcopal Cursillo Program to the Anglican Diocese of Accra, Ghana. The group will join eight Ghanaians to present the first program to 30 people. They will stay in Ghanaian homes and then move to the campus of Trinity College in Accra. “Get out your maps and check out these two extreme places: Steven’s Point and Accra!” quips Izzy.

Last October I shared a beautiful fall afternoon walking with Earline Furber Rubel, whose husband, Ed, was visiting old Dartmouth friends just across the river in New Hampshire. We had a great time and vow to make it happen more often. I continue to operate Hoffman & Associates, a technology and Web-based marketing company. The most life-altering change in my family this year is the marriage of my 87-year-old mother to a ’32 Dartmouth grad! Hope springs eternal.



Jeanne Shipp Waldinger

Roxana Currie Wales is a work-systems scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in northern California. A PhD in cultural psychology, she uses ethnographic methods to understand how people work, and then helps design tools and processes that can best support that work. For example, she recommends software, procedures, technology, and facilities to support the telerobotic science of the Mars Exploration Rover mission. “It is very tricky doing science with a rover that is 100 million miles away, with time-delayed interactions between you and it,” she says. Roxana was eager for the Mars landing, to see “what Mars holds for us all and if we have done our job right.”

After 10 years as executive director of the Georges River Land Trust, Eliza Cocroft Bailey resigned last summer to pursue other interests. She started with a trip to Alaska with partner Sid and daughter Annie, who is taking a year off before college. “It was a fabulous trip, full of eagles, salmon, sea lions, orca whales, and gorgeous scenery,” notes Eliza. Last winter she volunteered at a community radio station; the self-appointed “Terry Gross” of midcoast Maine, she hosts a show Friday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. In mid-January Eliza traveled to Guadeloupe to join a French immersion course co-sponsored by Colby College and a local language school. Her goal is to brush up on her French with the idea of volunteering overseas in a French-speaking country—perhaps Senegal or Gabon.

After a mere 22-year hiatus, Laurie Sammeth Campbell of Maplewood, NJ, returned to the boards last summer, appearing in Damn Yankees in West Orange and Play On in Montclair. She’s kept her day job as a freelance consumer medical writer. Daughter Anna is a high-school freshman and star athlete.

Elie Ireland Kentnor and husband Charles spent time in Denver, visiting their son and daughter-in-law. Elie also got together with Debbie Kelly, who she sees several times a year. Debbie, who lives between Denver and Aspen, is a consultant. Elie also reconnected with KC Kemball-Cook Peake ’69, a thriving artist in Connecticut. Her work can be viewed at www.virginiapeake.com. Elie, who has begun painting in oils, plans to join KC at a painting workshop later this year. She has also been in touch with Rockport, MA, resident Lenna Warner, who spends time with New York Times journalist Janie Gross ’69.

Linda Garrettson Pizzica is phasing out her graphic design business and moving into jewelry. Her new company, Saravati, Jewelry for Goddesses, is “perfect for my postmenopausal spiritual renaissance.” Recently confirmed in the Episcopal Church, Linda is certified to teach Kundalini yoga. She and husband Frank enjoy traveling and have swum with dolphins in Bimini, sampled northeastern New Mexico, and tasted wine in Napa. Closer to home, they spend time with their grown children, walk, and bike.

New retired after 25 years as an innkeeper and restaurateur, Diana Atwood Johnson stepped down as chair of the board of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts last year to run for the Connecticut State Senate. She plans to focus her campaign on issues of open space, affordable housing, transportation, and equal-opportunity issues.

Last fall Penelope Thoms and husband Steve hosted Charlotte “Cece” Jones Fraas and husband Phil, son Paul, and daughter Katie in their 200-year-old cottage in western Ireland. The group enjoyed a week of uncharacteristically sunny weather, witnessing a double rainbow over the Shannon River as salmon jumped. Penny continues to write and publish poetry in Irish magazines, journals, and anthologies and is quite proud that her “American voice” has been accepted both in print and occasionally on local radio. Her book Thin the Veil: Living and Dying within Celtic Spirituality will be out within a year. Steve commutes between DC, Kenmare, and London, doing international public relations. The couple runs a small church in Cork.

In October Debby Mayer traveled to Rome, Florence, and Venice, preferring Venice—“so exotic!” The first chapter of Debbie’s new novel is included in the exhibition “Artists in the Studio: 30 Years at the Millay Colony for the Arts,” on view on the third floor of the Albany International Airport until August. The Millay Colony, in Austerlitz, NY, is where Debby finished her first novel several years ago.

When former school principal Katy Kramer completed a “change-of-life” master’s in journalism in 2000 with an eye toward switching careers, she didn’t expect to end up teaching again. Yet she finds teaching English and freshman composition at New Hampshire Community Technical College “surprisingly rewarding.” She is also a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines.

Dorothy Kanrich Sanford and husband Scott are thrilled to have moved to NYC.

Carrie VanKloberg did very well in the first semester of a 300-level course in applied anatomy and physiology at Skidmore. She loved getting to know the undergraduates. “We work in teams, so I definitely wanted to carry my load,” notes Carrie. “After all, I’m working with future alums.”

Fabric designer Gretchen Bellinger has created a new fabric called “Gilt by Association.” The custom woven cloth is sprinkled with gossamer gold filament produced in Belgium. For more information on her textile collection, e-mail kanestreet@aol.com.

Judy Reed Smith, Sharon FitzGerald Carey ’67, and I all work in Boston and are interested in nonprofits. At our last get-together, we agreed to arrange a similar meeting of Boston-area classmates.

In December I had a chance to catch up with Judy Schapiro Yogman in Boston; she has retired as assistant attorney general and is teaching legal writing.

Milly Robinson Lyons, who couldn’t get to Reunion, requested a copy of our class history, “Shifting Gears.” If anyone else would like a copy, please send your postal address, along with $5 to cover copying and postage, to me (address above).


Reunion ’04!

Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis

If you haven’t already done so, add your name to the list of those attending our 35th reunion, June 3–6. We have been busy planning events to make this a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends. I look forward to seeing you there!

Phyllis Fradkin Boynton, Sandy Davis Flood, and Heather Knickerbocker Chace had a mini-reunion luncheon in November at Sandy’s new Victorian farmhouse-style home in New Preston, CT. She and Gary built the home on a hilltop in the Berkshire foothills, with panoramic views of the surrounding area, including New York State. They also own and run The Windemere, a bed-and-breakfast. The three nursing grads enjoyed sharing stories about their families, along with pictures of children, all in their 20s.

Nancy Trapp Perlson sent news for the first time in 35 years. She is “making it a priority” to get to Reunion and looks forward to renewing old friendships. Nancy and husband Gary live in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine, where they raised daughters Kylie, Morgan, and Lindsay. As executive director of the regional land trust, Nancy works on land and water conservation and environmental education. Gary is executive director of Pathways Partners, which connects regional school districts and businesses with mentoring and career exploration programs. Kylie, a Wheaton graduate who lives in Boston, recently returned from Antarctica, the sixth continent in her quest to explore all seven. Morgan, a Bates graduate also in Boston, spent a semester in Africa, the only continent her sister hasn’t visited! Lindsay, a high-school senior who plays soccer and goes snowboarding, is in the final round of decisions about college. Nancy and Gary enjoy sailing their boat on Rangeley Lake and planned a second bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands this past winter.

Jean Howard McCormack
officially retired from Fairfax County schools after 31 years—17 teaching a health and physical education and the last 14 teaching just health, which is her “real love.” She isn’t quite done teaching, however. The district offered her a job under the Work After Retirement Program, and “the pay was too good to pass up.” The McCormacks’ son attended college but lives at home. Their daughter is a junior at South Carolina’s College of Charleston. Jean will be in Saratoga in June.

Priscilla Sandford Worral
was appointed chair of the New York State Nurses Association Council on Nursing Research. The coordinator for nursing research at University Hospital at SUNY Upstate Medical University, she is associate adjunct professor and lecturer in the university’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities. She holds a master’s in acute-care parent-child nursing from University of California at San Francisco and a doctorate from University of Maryland at Baltimore.

In October Sandra Smith Dovberg’s daughter, Alison, was married at Skidmore’s Wilson Chapel, rekindling old memories for her parents: Sandra and husband Norman were married there in May 1969, the day it was dedicated.
Class FOP chair and reunion committee member Judy Allen Wilson received an award for innovative management given by the Los Angeles Water Quality Board in 2003. She was also the recipient of a Diamond Award from the Boy Scouts.


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