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Helen Illingworth Challenger and husband David have traveled a lot since he retired. They visited with Ginny Merola Carter in Hilton Head, SC, just before Ginny went to Kansas City, MO, and won the Super Senior US Tennis Association championship. Helen also invited Lyn Bechtel and husband Kaylan for dinner in Atlanta. During the summer they traveled to Alaska; they toured Australia this past winter. Helen plays a lot of tennis and golf and feels lucky to have her grandchildren nearby.
Judy Brown Tulchin’s first grandchild was born to son Matthew, who graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and passed the New York State Bar. Twin brother Ben is a political pollster in San Francisco. Judy received an ESL certificate at Duke and has recently spent five weeks traveling down the Mekong River in southern Vietnam.
In Vermont Julie Burger Pierson enjoys all the sports the state has to offer and the rich cultural activities of the Burlington area. She and husband Stewart have seven grandchildren, whom they visit often.
Marian Rapoport Thier was delighted to welcome Kristen Tang ’92 and husband Mike’s new baby, Frances, last summer in Vail, CO. Cookie’s Skidmore roommate was Kristen’s mother, the late Frances Young Tang. Although Frankie left Skidmore junior year and finished her degree elsewhere, she and Cookie remained close friends. “I like to think of myself as a surrogate grandparent to Kristen and Mike’s three children, Theo, Max, and Frankie,” says Cookie, who lives in Boulder. “When I first looked into the baby’s eyes, I could see our Frankie’s face.”
Brenda Giombetti Darcey moved from Williamsburg, VA, to the Brookline section of Boston and would love to see classmates in the area.
Barbara Burrows Raber is doing well after four months of physical therapy following a knee replacement. She and her husband cruised through Italy and the Greek Isles, and then toured Athens and Venice. Barbie says it was a dream of hers to see Greece. Her family had a reunion in the Catskills; “a great time was had by all.”
Michaela Mannion-Baruzzi’s family is thriving. Her son Danny is “flipping” houses in Kailua Kona, HI; second son Derek is a recording engineer in Hollywood, CA, and has a baby girl. Michaela’s kitchen was featured in the fall issue of Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchen Makeovers. Two more rooms will be featured this year. She says it is fun to see her work in print.
Margaret Howe-Soper retired from Harvard Business School and is director of the South Hadley (MA) Public Library. “I love every minute of it,” she says.
Our sympathies to Barbara Goldstein Proctor, who lost her husband in 2004. A retired teacher of deaf persons, she divides her time between visits to her daughter and family and checking in on her 96-year-old mother, who still lives in her own house in Saratoga Springs. Barbara volunteers at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in NYC; her daughter is a curator on the museum’s staff in Washington, DC.
I have recently learned, through Julie Burger Pierson, that Mary Virtue Hamill passed away last year. Our condolences go out to her family.
Last August, Jack and I spent 10 days in Moscow and St. Petersburg. We were awestruck by the Kremlin and its riches, as well as the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. I hope to see everyone at our 45th reunion in June.