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Beth Porter Boynton and Kathy Durham Brechner went to Marsha Ward’s memorial service last May in Texas. Beth is interested in trying to set up a memorial fund in Marsha’s memory.
Dianne Bresee, an attorney at O’Connor, O’Connor, Bresee & First in Albany, NY, moved to Saratoga Springs last year. She loves living there with her two dogs and her daughter’s retired show hunter, who she’s been taking for long rides through the fields near his barn in Hudson Falls. Daughter Alex is in her second year at Wake Forest Law School. Daughter Cary is finishing up at University of Virginia and on her way to Harvard Law School this fall.
After founding the Wild Center and Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, and directing its first year of operations, Elizabeth Lowe is now back in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She is the new director for Region 5, which includes several counties.
Nancy Linge Currier teaches reading in Indian Lake, NY—a job she loves. She is also pursuing her national certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She suspects that her year-old granddaughter, Emma, may follow in her footsteps. “She is never without a book in her hands and loves to be read to.”
After a 15-year career teaching preschool music, Jill Fetch started giving private piano lessons in her home studio last year. Daughter Susan is a senior teaching fellow at Elon University in North Carolina. Son Andrew is a sophomore at University of North Carolina-Pembroke, studying communication. Jill and her husband, who have lived in Cary, NC, for over 26 years, are “no longer considered carpetbaggers!”
Five years after leaving Skidmore, Signe Kastberg completed a master’s at Harvard University and traveled to Denmark as a Fulbright Scholar. After more than a decade back in the US as a continuing-
education director for various colleges and universities, she earned a PhD in human development and began training counselors. A licensed mental-health counselor, she currently directs a master’s program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Signe has been a member of the state regulatory board for mental-health practitioners for the past five years. Her book Servants in the House of the Masters: A Social Class Primer for Educators, Helping Professionals, and Others Who Want to Change the World addresses social class issues and is available from iUniverse.com. Signe lives in a suburb of Rochester with her youngest child, age 14, and tries to “escape to warmer climates whenever possible!”
Ellen Hole McGrail is director of managed care and provider relations for Aetna Student Health in Cambridge, MA. Aetna insures 500,000 students for over 200 US colleges and universities, including Skidmore. Ellen returned to campus twice over the past two years—once for business, and once to attend a music-majors reunion. She says it was wonderful seeing Professor Isabelle Williams and friends Donna Bilgore and Trudy Tartamella Austin; they had a great time catching up. After selling her winter residence in Pawleys Island, SC, Ellen also sold her Lexington, MA, home to move to Marblehead, MA, in October. She travels for business and to visit family in South Carolina, London, and Marbella, Spain. She stays in touch with Claire Dworak Olsen and Debbie Neff Lynch ’78. They are trying to plan a girls’ weekend in Myrtle Beach later this year.
George Moskoff passed through Pasadena, CA, with his 18-year-old “lead-footed” son, Alexander, who was driving. They were returning from a service trip in Gallup, NM, building houses for residents of the Navajo (Diné) reservation. George, who became ill with food poisoning, described the agony of being sick with no air conditioning or bathroom breaks. He is a “poorly employed,” part-time licensed contractor and a nonprofit executive of Community Building Foundation, which helps disadvantaged young adults learn about home repair and acquire some life skills. He recently got a kayak and windsurfer (he got the first boat in Skidmore’s sailing club back in 1976). He predicts he’ll be “an old chunky guy out in Bodega Bay.” In his down time, George is working on his first piece of fiction, A Friend in Me: A Science of Healing.
Jamie Musselman, Debbie Gosnell Roach, and Mindy Van Meter have continued their string of mini-reunions. Mindy and Jamie had to miss the last class reunion because their children were graduating from high school, but Debbie carried the torch for the three. So to keep up to speed, they spent a week in March at Jamie’s winter home in Longboat Key, FL.
Sue Gleason So and husband Yuen’s son Andrew married Stephanie Cheung last July. The newlyweds live in NYC, where Andrew teaches middle-school special education in the Bronx. Daughter Cynthia is in medical school at UC-San Francisco.
Los Angeles resident Hilda Stark Manos has returned to production design for film and TV after “a very long break in Mother Goosedom,” raising her 13-year-old daughter. She recently designed a pilot for NBC. She continues painting in her studio. Recently divorced, she moved to another home in the city. She welcomes e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.