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Ruth Schleicher Kroon
Nancy Nickum Damtoft says life in Exeter, NH, “goes on quietly and peacefully.” She and husband Don moved to RiverWoods retirement community almost four years ago and find it all that they had hoped for. Nicky reports that Barbara Cameron Forbes moved into RiverWoods last fall.
Leona Kaplan Killgore says Hope for the Holidays, which she chairs in her Texas community, was wildly successful this year.
Jane Geibel Morton’s description of her 80th birthday celebration in London attests to her stamina. Among much else, she saw two plays (The Producers and Billy Elliot) and spent several hours at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a day at Kew Gardens, where there was a big Dale Chihuly exhibit. She also enjoyed Harrod’s Food Hall, took pictures in Winston Churchill’s War Museum, and attended Sunday services at Westminster Abbey.
Joan Schimpf Root reports that Hurricane Wilma was quite an experience. The Roots were able to vacate their condo for four days and be “secure from the 120-mph wind,” she says, “but we sure did hear it. Power went out, and only bottled water was used.”
Barbara Sidd Behan had a busy fall, with two trips to NYC and a five-day visit to see her “perfect” grandson in Ohio.
Jeanne Clements Roth sent pictures of her four adorable grandchildren. She celebrated her big birthday in March on top of Aspen Mountain and then joined family members for a week in Aruba. In June she enjoyed her first tour of Ireland. In the fall, visiting family and friends in New England, she went to four Broadway shows. In mid-January she turned up in Sarasota, FL, and we enjoyed lunch on St. Armand’s Circle before she headed for points south.
In her Christmas letter Isabelle Rising Smith recounted the story of the induction of her great aunt, Sarah Lyon Davenport, into the Steuben County Hall of Fame in Bath, NY. “Most of the family came from far and near for this special event. Born in 1847, she was a woman ahead of her time, of strong character and intelligence. She was interested in improving prison conditions, and the governor appointed her to the New York Prison Commission for life.” Bell chose to keep her 80th birthday low-key and found Fort Bragg, CA, the perfect spot to celebrate the milestone.
Dorothy Naumer Brown has a new winter address in Sun City Center, FL.
In June Gloria Biren Luria took 14 family members to Europe on a cruise starting in Rome. During a visit to Art Basel Miami, she had the pleasure of having representatives of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Corcoran Museum view her art collection.
The class sends sympathy to Doris Spector Rome, who says, “I lost my dear companion of 15 years, Leonard Grossman, on November 1. It was a very sad day.” Deo continues to split her time between Florida and Lake George, playing golf with children and grandchildren.
Jean Wesselmann Hubbell and husband Nelson now live in Florida year round. They have adjusted to the summer heat and “shiver” when the temperature drops down into the 50s.
Marion Hubbell Walch reports that “all is well.” She is embarking on a cruise to celebrate her 80th birthday. The grandmother of 10 would love to hear from ’47 nursing majors.
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