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Barbara Crossman Bell

Alesia Bicknell moved back to her hometown of Grosse Pointe, MI, after almost 20 years in DC and a decade in NYC. Daughter Libby graduated from Capitol Hill Day School last June, making the move possible. The family is adjusting, seeing old friends and making new ones. Alesia is “taming” the large old house they bought two blocks from Lake Michigan. “My sisters tease me and call this the ‘back to the future’ move, but so far it’s swell.” She welcomes classmates traveling through Detroit to look her up.

Barbara Hauck happily completed her first year as director of development for the Erie Philharmonic and continues fundraising for the Warner Theatre Preservation Trust. She is delighted that the theater campaign netted $13.5 million in 2003. Barbara became a grandmother last year when stepdaughters Kelly and Shannon gave birth to sons. Adopted daughter Martina, an economics professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, was married last year. Son Corey is working in the computer industry in Raleigh; younger son Matt will graduate from Hampshire College in May. Finally, in this “year of blessings, husband Rick Claffey made a full recovery from a brain aneurysm, which only 10 percent of patients manage to do.”

Sherry Bostwick Bishko’s husband, Peter, died in 2002 from a brain tumor discovered a year earlier. She credits “wonderfully supportive family and friends” for helping the family cope then and now. Sherry’s older daughter, Alix, lives in Ferney-Voltaire, France, and younger daughter Anne lives in Boston. Sherry earned a master’s in reading and special education several years ago and teaches in Bethlehem, NY, public schools. She sees neighbor Vicary Clark Thomas often; they both meet regularly with Lise Bang-Jensen ’71 in a local book group.

Susan Talmadge Smith and husband Roger travel to Saratoga several times a year to see daughter Alex ’06, an art major, who has “found home at Skidmore.” Susan’s summer program for teenagers, Longacre Leadership Program (www.longacre.com), is celebrating its 30th season this year.

Gail Kern lives in East Hampton, NY, with husband John Shanholt. Daughter Lindsay is a junior at Tufts University; daughter Allie is a junior at Deerfield Academy. Gail paints landscapes, volunteers for the Nature Conservancy, and enjoys skiing and sailing.

Artist and professor Martha Wakeman Proctor and husband Robert, a Connecticut College Italian professor, conduct nine-day art and study retreats in Etruria, Italy, north of Rome. For details, visit www.studiahumanitatis.org. Martha holds an MA and MFA from Rosary College of the Dominican University Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Her work has been exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows in Italy and throughout the northeastern US. She can be contacted at mjwak@conncoll.edu.

Susan Lane Herley and husband Peter will be “empty-nesters” when youngest son Jordan departs for college this fall. Older son Brad is enjoying his sophomore year at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Although retired, Peter facilitates a three-day course for new police chiefs in California, does some consulting, and plays golf. Susan is devoting more time to playing piano and singing at elder-care facilities in her community.


Lise Bang-Jensen

Deb Noyes Smith returned to her job as a middle-school guidance counselor in Burlington, VT, after taking a two-year leave of absence to join Teachers Experiencing Antarctica project. The goal of TEA is to introduce grade-school students to cutting-edge science by having them e-mail folks in Antarctica in various occupations. Deb says, “I got bitten by the ice bug, as they say,” and applied for a job with Raytheon Polar Services. She started as a dishwasher, progressing to head salad girl, and finally to housing coordinator. “It was a fantastic experience,” she says, but missing her kids, parents, and home in Burlington, she returned to Vermont’s “balmier” climate. Deb has a son at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and another at Hamilton College.

After three decades in journalism—including stints as a sports writer (first woman sports writer in South Florida in 1972), lifestyle editor, education writer, magazine editor, wire editor, and page designer—Judith Collins returned to school for a degree in graphic design. “Ironic, isn’t it?” says, noting that she graduated—from a school known for its art department—with a degree in history. She recently bought her first home in a historic neighborhood in Portsmouth, VA.

Jean Schlosser took a second chance on love. Thirty-five years after a blind date, she and Mason Morgan (Union ’69) said “I do” on Martha’s Vineyard on December 12. Engaged in college, they apparently got cold feet at the time. They lost touch until four years ago, when a mutual friend intervened and the Internet helped re-ignite the flame. They have a long-distance marriage: Jean is corporate compliance officer and director of risk management at a behavioral health-care organization in Indianapolis, IN, while Mason is a pilot for Dominion Corp. in Richmond, VA. Jean has a son at Savannah College of Art and Design and another in the 509th Army Airborne.

Sue Anne Steffey Morrow has a new job as school chaplain at Lawrenceville Academy in New Jersey. She enjoys the scale of the community and the dimensions of the ministry there, and is “especially happy to be teaching world religions, among other courses.”

Katharine Kreisher teaches photography and related arts at Hartwick College. She plans a sabbatical trip to New Zealand and Japan.

Patricia Kule
chairs the languages department at Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She teaches Spanish, works with an international student program, sponsors the Hispanic Honor Society, and frequently travels abroad. She and Paul Malek married seven years ago.

Carol Stone Luckenbach joined daughter Sarah Luckenbach ’04 and mother Betty Bonnewell Stone ’44 at the inauguration of Skidmore president Phil Glotzbach as part of their last Family Weekend at Skidmore.

Mimi Tilton Freund does real-estate consulting for nonprofit organizations in Rochester, NY, which she describes as “fun, rewarding, and controllable.” Son Alex is a sophomore at Yale, and Peter is a high-school junior. Husband Sam is a lawyer.

Bonnie Berger Rothenberg has enjoyed living in Columbia County, NY, for 26 years. “We’re in the country, but only half an hour from the city of Albany,” she writes. A former special-education teacher, she now substitute teaches for the Ichabod Crane School District. Husband James is the golf pro at Winding Brook Country Club. She often regales their son and daughter with tales of frozen Saratoga in 1968, which locally remains the standard to measure just how cold it is.

Treat your eyes to Karen Zefting Alcorn’s Web site (www.alcornart.com). Karen, who divides her time between Mesquite, NV, and Brevard, NC, quit teaching to concentrate on her art. “My drawing technique has evolved into a variation of smudge shading, where I apply layers of powdered graphite over stencils, frisket masks, and tape,” Karen writes. “I have now begun to add textures and other media.” In 2000 she was selected for signature membership in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. She is a two-time award winner at the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC.

Chris Werner, Julia Grosse Brodhag, and Candy Keeler Krop don’t wait for Skidmore reunions to get together. They gather annually for a weekend at Candy’s mountain retreat in Wintergreen, VA.

Jil Lord Eaton boasts two more Skiddies in the family: son Alexander ’07 and nephew Derek ’05. (For an update on Jil, see the “People and Projects" section.)

Inspired by Linda Zieper’s recent account in Scope, Julia Brodhag suggests a mini-reunion around Skidmore’s 2004 Summer Exploration program. Anyone else up for a week in Saratoga during August?

For a longer and juicier version of class notes, send me your e-mail address (and let me know if your address changes).



Nancy McNiff

o nonprofits in Greensboro, SC. Husband Bill spends much of his time working on his pre-1915 cars and helping Trish with the Wisdom Connection.

Bobbsie Hertz Rifkin
and David celebrated their 25th anniversary in November with friends and family. Two days later she underwent surgery for her sciatic nerve. David continues his slow recovery from numerous automobile accidents, and is a wonderful asset on the home front. Laura and Emily are both doing well in school.

Becky Layton Bartovics and Bill find themselves with an empty nest. Foster ’06 is a Skidmore sophomore, giving Becky a chance to spend time in Saratoga. Mina is a freshman at Bowdoin. Bill continues to work in the energy conservation industry, while Becky writes and volunteers. Her current writing project involves letters her father wrote while serving as a B-17 pilot in England in 1944. Volunteer work includes being a board member and presenter for Animals as Intermediaries in Concord, MA; she’s also a member of the Penobscot Bay Alliance. Boston-area alums interested in either organization can contact Becky at bartovi@earthlink.net.

Jeanne Bresciani was an artist-in-residence at Skidmore last fall (see article in the previous Scope), working with dance director Mary DiSanto-Rose and students on Isadora Duncan works. A performance and study tour in pre-Olympic Greece is in the planning stages. As 2004 marks the 100th anniversary of the inception of Duncan education, Jeanne’s institute will launch its first European certificate program in Italy in July.

Susan Horowitz Notar spent New Year’s Eve in Saratoga, the first time she had returned in many years. She was impressed with the town and campus and enjoyed the many fond memories the trip rekindled. After 32 years, she continues to enjoy teaching at Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY. Husband Leon loves his job as director of facilities and real estate for the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Son David, 23, graduated from Hartwick College in 2002 and is completing an internship for his nursing-home administrator’s license in Boston. Jonathan, 17, is a senior at Newburgh Free Academy, planning a career in jazz piano after college.

We extend our condolences to Betty Sandbeck, whose father passed away in December.


Elizabeth Raff Nace

Connie Terry Ferguson’s daughter Abby recently returned to the US after five years of study in the United Kingdom. She is now teaching preschoolers with autism, Downs Syndrome, and speech-delay problems at a school for the emotionally disabled.

Honorary alumna Anne Palamountain was honored last fall by the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs, for her work promoting scholarship aid for higher education and service to the community. She was cited as epitomizing the club’s motto, “Service above self.”


Reunion ’04!

Beth Chiquoine

Wendy Bailey Hamilton writes, “Is it our age, or just life? It’s been another year of terrific sadness as I have lost good friends, my uncle, and both of my parents. Yet it has also been a year of tremendous blessings.” Son Jonathan graduated from Williams last June, Andrew is a senior at Hotchkiss and has received an early acceptance from the University of Chicago, and daughter Hilary is an eighth-grader and student council president. “All are happy and well.”

Susan Smith Horvitz is K–12 social studies curriculum director in Fall River, MA, public schools and teaches a course in the MAT program at UMass-Dartmouth. Husband Stewart owns a furniture business and is active with the chamber of commerce. Son Andrew lives in Boston, daughter Sarah is in law school at University of Chicago, and daughter Emily is a junior at Colby-Sawyer, majoring in nursing. Susan will return to campus in June with her mom, Ann Lilley Smith ’49, who will be celebrating her 55th reunion.

Claire Simonelli is a new VP in wealth management at UBS in Stamford, CT. Once she finishes basic training and passes licensing exams, Claire will officially be able to build up a portfolio of business. In October she reconnected with Sheila Cowan Gins at the Fairfield/Westchester Skidmore club event that featured a tour of the Bruce Museum’s JFK exhibit and a lecture by professor Tad Kuroda. Janis Lipman, Arlene Goldberg Thrope, and Debbie Silberstein wereon hand. Claire, president of the Fairfield club, welcomes ideas for events at CES1027@optonline.net.

Barbara Drozdowski Galbraith, who celebrated her 20th year working for Schering Plough, was planning to retire in December. She changed her mind when her son, a sixth-grader, insisted that he plans to attend Notre Dame. A production planner for the animal health division, Barbara loves her work. She enjoyed skiing in Breckenridge, CO, this past winter.

Larry Rosenmann and wife Susie live in West Sand Lake, NY. Daughter Libby is an MBA student at the College of St. Rose and lives nearby. Son Joshua is studying culinary arts at Schenectady County Community College. Larry is still working for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, managing several contaminated sites. He plays the bass guitar at his church and is getting back into photography. He encourages old friends to look him up.

Class president Erin McHugh was honored in November by the Stonewall Community Foundation (www.stonewallfoundation.org) for her contributions to NYC’s lesbian and gay community. The Foundation seeks to support health and human services, civil liberties, HIV/AIDS services, youth and senior advocacy, and the arts.

Make plans now to attend our 30th reunion! To RSVP and find out who’s coming, visit www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1974/1974.html.


Noreen P. Reilly

Paula Wesolowski Michaels is a VP with Morgan Stanley in Washington, DC. She and husband Clyde Smith keep busy traveling and raising two teenagers. Their oldest, Paul, is applying to colleges and hopes to major in aerospace engineering. Their youngest, Masha, is a junior in high school and is a very talented artist and athlete. For fun, Paula fox-chases, a real change from the dressage she learned at Skidmore. It’s been a challenge for her to learn to gallop downhill and cope with “funky jumps. Riding at speeds like this,” she adds, “is a great release.”

Kim Hotchkiss Hewitt
is finishing up a master’s degree in special education from the University of Vermont.
A new series of black-and-white photos by Susan Lipper will be included in an alumni invitational exhibit at Skidmore’s Tang Museum in May (see story on page 16). Susan says it’s a “fantastic opportunity” to show her works in a “wonderful space.”


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark

Terry Thomas Fulmer was named head of the nursing division at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She was also named Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing. Terry, co-director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing and director of the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers (both based at NYU), was also recently elected president of the Gerontological Society of America, a nonprofit research organization. Her work focuses on acute care of the elderly.



Constance Martin

The November issue of Texas Monthly magazine noted that Nancy Hamilton Langworthy, a partner with Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, was selected as one of last year’s Texas “Super Lawyers.” She was among the five percent of attorneys statewide to achieve that status.


David Margolis



Reunion ’04!

Kim West
kwest@usc.edu or

Are you ready for the “Roadtrip to Reunion?” I urge all of you to RSVP now for the big 25th this June.
Like many of us, Lisa Lavieri has changed careers several times since graduation. “I went from being an English major and teacher, to an MBA-holding technology director, to my current and favorite title—mom.” She stays busy helping daughter Suzanne, 11, handle homework stress and get to dance rehearsals (she performed in the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker last year) and volunteering for her 5-year-old’s school activities. Lisa still consults part-time and has started a small jewelry business.

Cyndee Hamill Garabedian has also changed gears. Now a NYC Teaching Fellow, she teaches a fifth-grade special education class full-time, and is completing a master’s at St. John’s University. Daughter Jessie, a SUNY-Oneonta math education major, has played against Skidmore with her field hockey and lacrosse teams. Daughter Michelle is a high-school sophomore.

Betsie Lord Danforth is looking forward to Reunion. She lives in Stonington, CT, with husband Curt, a software engineer. She enjoys being home to care for their 3-year-old adopted son, Chris, and their “ancient little dog,” 17-year-old Tizzy—a demanding combination! The Danforths enjoy boating, swimming, and working in the yard together. Betsie is getting back to painting.

Andrea Manyon is a family physician and residency program director for the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY-Buffalo. She lives in Amherst, NY, with husband Jim Wild, a physician, and their three children.

Stuart Shalat is an epidemiologist and professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. She teaches and does research on how environmental and genetic factors affect human development.
Former attorney Mary Bates is a first-grade teacher in Northampton, MA. “My husband likes to tell people that I am the happiest professional he knows,” she observes. Mary is excited about returning to campus in June.

Robert Barrer is a partner at the law firm of Hiscock & Barclay LLP, where he heads the litigation department. He lives in Syracuse, NY, with his wife of over 20 years, Debbie—also an attorney—and their two children.

Evelyn Dawson Woodward lives in Jacksonville, FL, with husband Timothy, a physician, and their two children. She is a psychotherapist and program manager of outpatient services at Clay Behavioral Health Center.

Mary Rech Rockwell is spending a sabbatical year in Paris with her two teenage sons. She is studying French language and history while her sons attend a bilingual school. Next year, she will return to Buffalo, NY, where she is dean at the Nichols School.

As an attorney and business specialist with the US Agency for International Development, Rebecca Maestri has worked on financial restructuring in Eastern and Central Europe in the early 1990s, Asian financial reform in the late ’90s, public-private alliances, and most recently, Iraq reconstruction. She says 9/11 “brought a sea change to how the US government implements its foreign assistance program, which have been challenging, to say the least.” She is president of the Virginia chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, and recently accepted an invitation to be on the national board of directors. She lives in Arlington with her partner of eight years, Jean Hacken.

Sadie Izard Pariseau’s oldest son, Hank, is a freshman at Wake Forest University. Son Nat is a sophomore at Tampa Prep, where he is on student council, runs cross-country, and plays soccer. Daniel, an eighth-grader, is also at Tampa Prep, where he plays soccer and baseball and is class president. Daughter Emily is in fourth grade and a Girl Scout. On the board at Emily’s school, Sadie is on the new building committee and heads the capital campaign. She also sits on the board at Tampa Prep, co-leads Emily’s Girl Scout troop, and works out three times a week. Husband Rob is senior VP of Wachovia Insurance Services. Last Thanksgiving, the family spent a week sailing a catamaran in the British Virgin Islands.


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