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Carol Siccardi Roberts
80 Front St.
Exeter, NH 03833

I am moving from Exeter, NH, to Doylestown, PA. I will be 20 minutes from my grandchildren—two one way and two the other. It will be the beginning of my new life with no grass, bushes, or flowers to tend. A bit sad, but I’m ready, and I’ll just plant my tomatoes in my daughter’s yard.

Besides being involved in her Quaker meeting and the Minnesota Friends School, Connie Archbald plays lots of golf and hopes to don her skis again one of these winters. She says she feels like a kid most of the time and enjoys going through her teen years again with her granddaughter, 14.

Ellie Davies Bowden is thrilled with grandson Jack, born last October in Los Angeles.

Sandy Fucci Smith and husband Christopher are still publishing, the most recent effort being a women’s health series by Susan Lark. Sandy travels to India once or twice a year to visit her Hindu teacher, Sai Baka, whose teachings are based on all the main religions, and his philosophy is “Love all, serve all.”

In June, Susan Hathcock Brown retired as a registered nurse in mental health services at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. She and husband Bill plan to move to Flat Rock, NC, for golf, travel, and visiting three grown children and five grandchildren.

Joyce Jacobs Grand is writing a novel. Stay tuned.

Interior designer Marilee Karins Pellegrini had fun choosing the fabric designs for the film Girl Interrupted with Whoopi Goldberg. Marilee worked on the curtains and upholstery in the hospital scenes and had fun working with the director’s assistant. She lives in Hummelstown, PA, near her three children and grandchildren, which we all know is a perfect situation. She works full time for a major furniture dealer.

Karuna Kress moved to western Massachusetts to continue her consulting in creativity, stress, communications, and business issues.

Last fall, Jean Lowes Dignazio took a trip to China (“What a thrill to walk on the Great Wall,” she says) and to Japan, where her daughter lives.

Nelle Nugent, Jolyon, and Alexandra went to their place in St. Thomas for the New Year. Nelle then went to Belize for a shoot and found it very photogenic. She was able to use it to depict the Bahamas of 1933 in After the Storm, an adaptation of a Hemingway short story starring Benjamin Bratt and Armand Assante. There was a good deal of work under water, so Nelle got re-certified in scuba diving. Sandy Schaefer Shultz, who was at the time serving in the Peace Corps in Honduras, worked as an extra in the film!

Sandy Patrick Speno and husband Anthony live on a barrier island 35 minutes from Charleston, SC. For New Year’s, they were in Buenos Aires, followed by a trip around Cape Horn.

Ruby Puryear Hearn hopes to retire in a year or so, when her husband does. They look forward to volunteering together on literacy programs and assisting in the education of children. Ruby feels kids today need more adults in their lives.

Janice Rowley Crowley has been living in the Aspen area almost continually since 1960. She has been married for 30 years and has two children—Amber, 28, and Ragnar, 25. Husband Stephen has an architectural woodworking business that does interiors of trophy homes and furniture for clients from coast to coast. Janet enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, and whitewater rafting. Recently, she’s been traveling and attempting watercolor painting, which she finds harder than raising children.

Now retired, Judy Rosen Wollman enjoys her grandchildren, travel, and daily life in general.

Lura Swift Provost’s volunteer activities are orchestrating the local garden tour (with the Provosts’ own garden often included) and restoring an old school house.

One of our youngest brides, Barbara Tenenbaum Hacken, married at 19 after her freshman year. Her children are now 41, 39, and 35. Barbara left California and now resides in Telluride, CO.

Bonnie Vare Smith is chair of the board at Lemoyne-Owen College. She took an AOL course and came away more confused.

Belated condolences to Pril Smith Scudder, whose husband, Edward, died two years ago.


Sandra Weisman Sheppard
PO Box 2047, Canterbury Rd.
Manchester Center, VT 05255

Jim and Sonja Bernt Jones were in Atlanta for three months, while Jim took a sabbatical at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Sonja took in the sights, sounds, and history of the city. They returned to Denver in May.

The time has come for Judy Brown Tulchin to stop teaching middle-school social studies and travel. “I am pleased with my decision to return to Chapel Hill after my divorce and find comfort in the community in which I raised my family,” she says. Judy filled her nest with a new dog she named Pete.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary in June, Charles and Barbara Burrows Raber invited their four children, spouses, and five grandchildren to a vacation at Brunswick Plantation in North Carolina.

Linda Collier Kenerson took a trip to Japan with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Her roommate was Kay Davis Flynn Coughlin, her roommate at Skidmore freshman and sophomore year. “After 40 years, we still had a fantastic time together. We’re going to do it again!” says Linda.

This spring, Suzanne Davison McWhinnie had a solo show at the Kimberly Greer Gallery in Northport, NY. It featured large, sharp-focused still lifes in watercolor.

Ron and Susan Goodwin Allen took early retirement and moved to Rehoboth Beach, DE. “We live on a golf course and just love it,” says Sue. “We would love to have Skidmore visitors.”

Sarah Leonard Krepp and husband Joseph Harris moved to Evanston, IL. Joe is a retired college professor and administrator. Sally continues to exhibit her paintings nationally and internationally, and she commutes to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is a professor in the school of art and design.

Frances Malino spent six weeks in Paris, where she taught a seminar at the Sorbonne and gave radio interviews on the occasion of the French edition of her most recent book, Un juif rebelle dans la révolution (A Jew in the French Revolution: The Life of Zalkind Hourwitz).

Carole Oswald Markus serves on the YWCA national board and is trustee of the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, NY. In 1999, she was away from Pittsburgh for 165 days. Her big trip was to Portugal, the Canary Islands, Morocco, Mauritania, Gambia, and Senegal. Carole also spends time in the Boston area—daughter Jennifer lives there, and husband Bill is an active volunteer for the Harvard alumni association.

After 34 years, Dick and Suzanne Parker Prior left their home in Irvington, NY, and moved to Quoque, NY, for summer and Savannah, GA, for winter. “A new adventure, to be sure,” says Sue.

In May, Ellie Platzman Palmer went to France to celebrate her fifth and youngest grandson’s first birthday. Three grandsons, ages 10, 8, and 4, live near her in Maryland; another is in Scottsdale, AZ. “No girls yet!” says Ellie. “Good thing Skidmore is co-ed.”

“What pure joy,” says Marian Rapoport Thier of the birth of her first grandchild. Look for son Antony’s ceramics Web site Son Alexander attends Stanford Law School and the Fletcher School of International Diplomacy.

Gig Smiley Read does stenciling and painting with the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, spends half her time in northern Michigan, and does some human-resource contract work with the U.S. Forest Service.

Jud and Wendy Worsley Breslin have lived in Mt. Lakes, NJ, for 18 years, where Jud is mayor. Wendy works part time at the middle school. Their five sons are scattered from Saratoga Springs to Mozambique; the two youngest are in college.


Emily Jansen Kane
19101 SE Sea Turtle Ct., #B101
Tequesta, FL 33469

The Class of 1962 April phonathon in New York City was manned by Elaine Rachlin Halsey, Mollie Klee Heron, Joan Wexler Kroll, Terry Tiffany Sullivan, and Judy Martin Clements.

In February, Glenda Arentzen attended the American Craft Council show in Baltimore along with other Skiddies. “Linda Blanquart Smith gave me a festive send-off on the way to Baltimore, and Brenda Baekey Mihan let me crash on the way back to New Hampshire,” says Glenda. At this year’s show, Mollie Heron worked with Glenda; Anne Besse Shepherd ’74 and Sally Craig Goldstein ’82 exhibited; Mimi Lawrence was a buyer for her shop, and Arline Fisch ’52 came for meetings.

Sharon Burdge Lockwood is directing the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at American University.

Dianne Burns married Carl Visek in the fall of 1999 and moved to Jensen Beach, FL.

Sue Corbet Thomas saw Bill and Sissy Beadel Danforth in Jupiter, FL. Sissy works for the Thousand Island Land Trust, and Bill runs an antique boat museum in Clayton, NY.

Jerry and Carole Dolinger Shapiro enjoyed a wonderful trip to Rome in February. Also traveling were Peter and Terry Sullivan, who sailed through the Panama Canal.

After 14 years in Marin County, Gail Homer Jones and husband Paul now live in San Francisco.

As executive director of a library co-operation in Florida, Diane Macht Solomon manages and develops programs that help the 92 member libraries share resources and provide excellent library service for nearly one-third of the population of the state.

Peggy Morrison Horan and Dick live in Big Sur, CA, where Peggy teaches massage therapy at Esalin Institute.

Sandy Nickerson Blattner retired from MIT’s special events office and enjoys visiting old friends and new places. She sees Connie Marx Angove in San Francisco each year and Marilyn Phelan Beaver, who lives in Wellesley, MA. Sandy’s two daughters have exciting jobs—Sara produces documentary films (the last in Indonesia), and Chris is a National Outdoor Leadership School instructor.

While vacationing in Stuart, FL, Carol Thomas Martin visited cousin Janet Laver Ehart ’54. “It’s nice to still have Skidmore contacts,” says Carol.

Jim and Gale Weigle Crabtree live in Wilmington, DE, where Gale works for JP Morgan, and Jim is building a plane in their basement.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Penny Irmiger Mitchell, whose husband, Dick, died suddenly last summer during a mountain climbing vacation in Switzerland.

Condolences also to the families of Brenda King Woodworth and Linda King Sklute, who died this past winter.


Jane Snowdon Jones
60 Elmcrest Dr.
Dallas, PA 18612
fax: 717-283-6099

Anne Beaman is approaching the end of her doctoral studies in clinical psychology. In July, she began her final year of the program as a clinical intern at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, and is working to complete a dissertation on mental-health services to refugees.

Tina Kostecki Califano teaches eighth-grade physical science in Rutherford, NJ. “It is a daily challenge to interest 13-year-olds in basic chemistry and physics,” she says. She shoots balloons around the room to demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion and wears a Mickey Mouse hat to show covalent bonding in H2O.

Retired from teaching high-school art, Joyce Center Decker is involved in majolica pottery. She has a summer studio in Cambridge, NY, and a winter studio in Orlando, FL.

Ellen Franklin is manager of clinical services at the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center. Son Joey is 9.

Beverly Mitchell Gaffney and husband John, a minister, are making retirement plans. They live in Bowie, MD. Both their daughters have graduated from college.

Susan Rose Clark is attempting to determine a permanent residence. “My first choice is the Carriage House in Charleston, SC; however, family responsibilities commit me to Bay Head, NJ,” she says.

Ellen Schwartz Gudwin became a grandmother in February. “What a joy!” says Ellen.

Anne Schwiebert’s Port Washington, NY, home sold much quicker than expected, so she and her dog moved to her home in Southold, which was being renovated. They became close friends with all the workmen. “What’s the best invitation for someone going through something like this?” asks Anne. “Come for dinner and laundry.”

Arthur and Wendy Sussman Rubin became grandparents in 1998 when daughter Victoria Rubin Stofsky ’91 gave birth to Samantha Yvette. Son Daniel graduated from Washington University law school in May.

Alexandra Wilbert Fleischman hopes to spend more time at her Southampton, NY, home and would love to hear from classmates in the area.

“Can I brag?” asks Laura Young. Son Tim graduated this spring from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He’s a painter—big abstract paintings on aluminum. Older son Kevin is entering the M.B.A. program at New York University, while he holds down a job at Chase Bank. Laura continues to paint in Iowa City and is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa’s school of art and art history.


Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb
6212 Castle Haven Rd.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Kayla Abelove Feldman completed literacy volunteer training and hopes to teach English as a second language, which she did 30 years ago in Europe. Despite a long waiting list, she expects to be assigned a pupil soon. Also, if you like jazz, check out Kayla’s Web site,

Bill and Barbara Kezar Whitman live on the Colleton River in South Carolina. Daughter Laura is a vice president at Christie’s in New York, and son Fife works in Hong Kong for Credit Suisse First Boston.

Kelly Selman teaches part time at the University of Florida college of medicine and started an antiques and fine-art business with husband Robin Wallace. Their Web site is

Carol Spiegel Hadler and husband Nortin live in Chapel Hill, NC, where she is a clinical social worker. Son Jeff lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, and daughter Elana, living in North Carolina, got married in May.


Carole Walter Maeder
9 Driftwood Lane
Burlington, VT 05401

Kathie Aberman completed her second year teaching high-school English in Liberty, NY. “I am delighted with my job,” she says. “Life is good!”

Addison-Wesley Longman published Patricia Carey Ali’s instructor’s manual for Palmira Brummett’s Civilization Past and Present, 9th ed. It is a classic college text in world history used extensively throughout the U.S.

In July 1999, Eugenie Hintzpeter Redman became a grandmother when daughter Kimberley gave birth to a son. Kimberley is a registered sales associate with Smith Barney in Lawrenceville, NJ; son Sean graduated from veterinary school at Auburn University in June.

In Beersheva, Israel, Sheila Schmidt Warshawsky coordinates community health projects and is an activist for women’s health. She has six grandchildren.

Joan Sobo Kadin left F. Schumacher & Co./Waverly and started a copyright and trademark licensing consulting business. Her first two clients are Christopher Radko, the designer of handmade Christmas decorations, and the York Wallcoverings and Fabric Company.


Ann LoDolce
1350 Belmont St., Ste. 104
Brockton, MA 02301

Christine Neville splits her time between home in Rockport, ME, and Cincinnati, OH, where she is head of Schilling School for Gifted Children.

Libby Rosof is the editor of the Pennsylvania Current, a campus-wide biweekly newspaper aimed at students, faculty, and staff. It can be found at pennews/current/. Also Libby and artist-collaborator Roberta Fallon have a Web site at

Bonnie Vancelette Hamilton’s private practice in clinical social work is very demanding and satisfying, she says. Husband Colin is an orthopedic surgeon. When son Scott gets married in August, Bonnie and Colin will inherit two built-in grandchildren. Scott earned a doctorate in psychology in May and lives in Indianapolis. Trevor ’93 lives in San Francisco and is west regional sales manager for Real Media, an Internet advertising company.


Elizabeth Maccracken Winn
421 Alan-A-Dale Hill
Sherwood Forest, MD 21405

Equestrian Carla Babcock Sharp runs Buttonwood Farm in Easton, CT. Daughter Heather Sharp ’95 teaches third grade in Boston, and son Chris runs a landscaping business and works in computer networking.

Nancy Kneeshaw Kruger is vice president for patient services at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Children John, Matt, and Hillary are grown and doing well.

Joan Lensky Robert practices elder law on Long Island with husband Charles. Daughter Heather will begin law school at UC-Hastings in San Francisco, and son Jay is at Tulane, where he is an aspiring drummer.

Barbara McFadden Sirna is unwinding her investment business and enjoys spending part of the year by the Santa Rosa mountains in LaQuinta, CA. In April, she went birding in Bhutan with a Massachusetts Audubon group.

Sudee Sanders teaches art in Cherry Hill, NJ.

In September, Marsha Smith Tuchscherer was a featured artist at Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, WI.

After teaching second grade for 14 years, Marion Thomas Manning has taken on a new challenge. She is now a Title 1 reading specialist and a peer coach for Integrated Thematic Teaching for a program called CLASS— Connected Learning Assures Successful Students.


Molly Meyer
496 Whitney Ave., #1C
New Haven, CT 06511

Robin Baker Hammerman plans to use her Bernese mountain dog as a therapy dog, helping ill children and terminal patients. Daughter Liz is 20 and at Stanford University; son Peter is 23.

Cynthia David and husband Eli Estey adopted a second daughter from China. Annie Jiang is 3, and Emily is now 5.

Deborah Forbes Lindell, instructor in community health nursing at Case Western Reserve University, is assisting a new project. The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing received a $47,000 grant from the Medtronic Foundation that will enable Bolton and the University of Virginia to provide nursing services and health education in a rural Mexican village.


Elizabeth McKinley Loomis
8 Leather Lane
Beverly Farms, MA 01915

Phyllis Fradkin Boynton, Adele Finger, Joyce Benedict Ricker, Diana Clark Crookes, and I met in April for Leadership Council, and we all came away with renewed enthusiasm. We could see the value of those Annual Fund contributions!

Judy Allen Wilson writes, “Our major project is the adaptive reuse of a 1905 Pasadena firehouse. We may just make it our primary residence, although I don’t want to slide down a pole to make breakfast in the morning.” Judy continues cleaning up after four million people as director of sanitation for the city of Los Angeles.

Stockbridge, MA, resident Michelle Cherney Gillett writes a biweekly column for the Berkshire Eagle. Daughter Lisa Gillett ’94 is a high-school art teacher in Albuquerque, NM.

Last September, Cheryl Franklin VanBuskirk became head of the upper school of Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She and husband Daniel live in Wayne, PA. Daughter Sarah is at Ursinus College, son Peter is at MIT, and daughter Katie is in middle school at Sacred Heart.

Jeanne Gehring Wygant runs her own interior design consulting firm, specializing in classic interiors and appraisals, in Westchester County, NY.

Maxine Isaacs is teaching a course, “The 2000 Presidental Campaign and Election,” at the Kennedy School at Harvard. She is about to assume the chair of the board of visitors of the Maryland School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland.

Judy Kapp Winder is vocational special-ed coordinator in Lucas County, OH, and “loving every minute of it,” she says. One daughter teaches at a charter school in Toledo, and the other is choosing colleges.

Maureen Kelly Cooley moved from Albany, NY, to nearby Delmar and is in the process of becoming single again. Her three daughters—Martha, 30, Bridget, 27, and Mary, 19— chose colleges in large cities.

As associate pastor at First Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT, Susan McNeily Craig has been involved in the creation of a medical clinic and hostel near San Pedro Sula, Honduras. When not there, she and Brad enjoy watching daughters Kathleen and Elizabeth enter the business world and complete college, respectively.

Condolences to Hattie Motley Cleveland, whose husband, Curtis, died.

Anne Schroeder Hilmer’s daughter, Sarah, graduated from Colgate and is now in Minneapolis, working for an advertising agency; son John is at Hamilton College.

I was at a mini-reunion in February hosted by Anne Harvey Grote. Rosemary Tyler Otocka joined us. Rosie is working on a master’s in education while teaching pre-kindergarten in Greenwich, CT. Her eldest son is student teaching, while her daughter and youngest son are still in school.


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