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Margery Mellman
255 Sixth Ave.
New York, NY 10014

After many years teaching elementary-school art, Marilyn Bettoney Bedford embarked on a new adventure—teaching at the high-school level. Husband Keith is chair of the civil and environmental engineering and geodetic science department at Ohio State University. Son Nathaniel, 20, is at the engineering school, and daughter Hilary, 14, will enter ninth grade. Though Marilyn has little time to paint, she tries to enter the annual Ohio Watercolor Society Show.

Marcia Boyd Boyle is director of principal gifts for the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Mimi Hobart Petke is a grandmother for the second time.

Ann Hunsbedt Becken’s son, Brad, is at Davidson College; younger son Leif begins seventh grade in the fall.

Marianne Jones Mount and Roberta Franks Straus spent four days together in Charleston, SC, in February, renewing their college friendship.

In Chantilly, VA, Liz Miller Grasty, as president of New Horizon Credit Union, has been busy renovating a building. “What a learning experience,” she says, “from special use permits to county meetings to all the purchasing.” Liz was unable to attend Reunion because she was on a business trip to Hawaii. She enjoys keeping in touch with roommate Christine Vitolo by e-mail.

Susan Talmadge Smith’s Longacre Leadership Program celebrated its 25th anniversary last June with a reunion of former participants and staff. “Running an outdoor leadership program for teenagers is supremely rewarding for me,” says Sue. Check out Son Matthew, 19, is at Connecticut College; daughter Alex, 16, is at Harrisburg Academy.

Martha Wakeman Proctor teaches drawing, painting, and pastel at Connecticut College. She and her family expect to spend the 2000-01 academic year in Rome, Italy, when husband Bob, professor of Italian, takes a group of students on a “study away teach away” program. Daughter Rebecca, 17, and son Andrew, 14, will attend the American Overseas School in Rome.

Jessica Wexler Tomb and Gail Kern attended their first-ever Skidmore reunion in June.


Candace Keeler Krop
1629 Godfrey Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Susan Flanders Davidson is proud to announce that daughter Kimberly was accepted as a member of the Skidmore class of 2004.

Susan Hufnagel’s daughter, Sarah Reilly Harvey ’00, is the third generation to graduate from Skidmore. She’s the granddaughter of Lucile Reilly Hufnagel ’36. Son Jacob began a two-year apprenticeship in boat building at Rockland Apprenticeshop.

Jil Lord Eaton finished her third book, Big Fish, Little Fish, to be published in October. She is beginning her fourth book of handknitting patterns, Minnoknits: Minnies, due in October 2001. Check out Jil would love to hear from Lori Levine, Betty Gelburd Gass ’70, and Nancy Ehmann Aronzon ’70.

Carol Stone Luckenbach’s daughter, Sarah, was accepted through early decision to Skidmore’s Class of 2004. Son David graduated from Dartmouth in June.

Karen Zefting Alcorn, who earned an M.F.A. from Boston University, has pursued a life in and around art education wherever she has lived. Today, she is an adjunct professor and director of the gallery at Western Nevada Community College in Carson City. She also writes for Artifacts magazine, published for six area newspapers. Husband Ray retired as a U.S. Navy captain after a 30-year career. He is now executive director of veteran’s services for the state of Nevada.


Nancy McNiff
10419 Cable Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Elizabeth Craig Olins is an educational consultant and English teacher in Newton, MA.

Susan Frederickson is a legal nurse consultant and attends the University of Pennsylvania for graduate studies in psychiatric nursing. Daughter Laran Brindle graduated from college in May, and son Ross will be a high-school senior this fall.

Robert and Ellie Hodenpyl Morgan bought a condo in St. Croix last year and intend to spend most winters between their homes in St. Lucia and St. Croix. Classmates are welcome.

Pat Lawrence Bucher’s husband, Rich, is the author of the textbook Diversity Consciousness: Opening Your Mind to People, Cultures, and Opportunity. (As a visiting student from Colgate, Rich attended Skidmore in spring 1969.) Daughter Suzy, 13, wrote an article about her autistic brother, Jimmy, which appeared in the May issue of Exceptional Parent magazine.

In 1999, Sue Reinhardt Groesbeck was invited to Washington, DC, to receive a second Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award at the White House. Sue is head of two large Episcopal schools in Atlanta, GA.

Madelyn Russo Jordon, a fine-art dealer and consultant, completed a master’s in art history and museum studies at New York University. She and husband David have three daughters.

Robert Stewart is thrilled to announce the one-year anniversary of his store in Jenkintown, PA. After 20 years with a partner, he is now sole owner of a custom jewelry and craft shop.

After 17 years as an eating-disorders counselor, Linda Tierney Crawford returned to her physical-education roots. She is a tennis professional at Stonebridge Country Club in Naples, FL.

Wendy Woodruff McGill’s family is having a busy year. Husband Tim opened his own law firm, daughter Tracy teaches kindergarten in Dallas, Katie is at Cornell University, and Jennifer will enter 11th grade.


Elizabeth Nace
30 Owen Ave.
Queensbury, NY 12804

Jane Allen Frantz had the pleasure of seeing former English instructor Joe Bruchac at the elementary school where she works near Princeton, NJ. “He mesmerized his audience with his Native American tales,” says Jane.

Kathie Chwals Milligan continues to draw and paint, finishing her sixth year in One on One, a seminar run by former Skidmore art professor Robert Reed. Daughter Sarah is at Emerson College in Boston; Matthew and Katie are in high school.

Alumni Periclean Award winner Helen Halpin Schauffler was promoted to full professor at the University of California-Berkeley and was approved for a sabbatical for this academic year.

This was the first year without children at home for Arthur and Linda Kulik Fraser. Lizzy was at Andover, and Priscilla was at Columbia. “Thank goodness for my law practice,” says Linda.

Priscilla Mandrachia is in information systems at Massachusetts Mutual and is a member of the Holyoke Hospital board and the town of South Hadley appropriations committee. Husband Vinnie Ferraro is head of the international relations program at Mt. Holyoke and also teaches at Smith and UMass. Son Nate is at Dartmouth, and Zachary is at Northfield Mt. Hermon.

Terry McKee vonderHeydt, a research assistant with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, looked forward to a few days of vacation in Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil, before meeting the research vessel Knorr for a two-week physical oceanography cruise. Husband Keith, Max 16, and Molly, 12, will take care of themselves while mom has the adventure.

Catherine Offinger and daughter Heidi attended Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop. “She would have gone to Skidmore in a flash if the nursing program still existed,” says Catherine. Heidi was accepted to Boston College’s school of nursing.

Louise Velletri is president of the Virginia Council for History Education.

Catherine Zeiser Taggart’s older daughter, Anne, combined her senior year of high school with freshman year at the University of Rhode Island and loved it. She will major in biological sciences. Younger daughter Mary will enter 11th grade and is a nationally ranked runner.


Beth Chiquoine
150 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901

Elaine Baird Whitehead is director of minority and women-owned business enterprises for NYS Design and Construction Group.

Pamela Condon Davis, who is recently divorced, teaches in the Belchertown, MA, public schools. Daughter Carrie attends Greenfield Community College, and son John, 9, will enter fourth grade.

Julie Christison celebrated 17 years in sales and marketing with United Airlines. She looked forward to the summer wedding of one daughter as another daughter headed to Interlochen Music Camp for another year of dance and piano studies.

In Rochester, NY, Isabel Dowling Schneider is an independent educational consultant. Daughter Eileen graduated from high school in June, and Marabel will be a junior. Husband Michael is a physician. Isabel is on the board of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a trustee of Allendale Columbia School, a private school in Rochester.

Sharon MacDonald choreographed a 1940s-style dance piece for the Hartford Conservatory’s spring dance concert at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT.

In February, Ann Richardson adopted a little girl, Jin’an Comfort, 3, from China. “China was wonderful, adoption a delight. Call or e-mail if you have any hesitation about adopting!” says Ann. You can contact her at 603-298-8214 or

Patricia Sultan Justice does volunteer work in Scottsdale, AZ. Husband Gary is a vice president at First Union Securities; daughter Nicole, 18, will attend the University of Arizona; and son Matt, a computer whiz, enters fourth grade.

In Fresno, CA, Jean Wadhams Geller is a part-time women’s health practitioner and a volunteer costumer for a children’s theater company and regional ballet company.


Noreen Reilly
114 Cushing Ave.
Boston, MA 02125

Jeff Andrews is the senior vice president of marketing in the NYC office of Net-mercial. com, developer of a leading Internet advertising platform.

Linda Covert Lynes is a part-time registered nurse practitioner, childbirth educator, and step aerobics instructor. She and husband John have two daughters— Lindsay, 16, and Jillian, 14. The family resides in Newport Beach, CA.

Holly Keller Bernstein lives in Fresno, CA, where she is a freelance artist. Husband Robert is a psychologist in private practice. They have two sons—Sam, 17, and Aaron, 14.

Deborah Pyper Brault relocated from Washington, DC, to Darien, CT, and is now a business analyst for a management consulting firm. She is a single parent to daughters Glynis, who attends Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, and Julia, who attends Kent School.

Although Linda Tousey Kraemer’s daughter, Lynsey, valedictorian of her high-school class in Syracuse, NY, was accepted to Skidmore’s honors program, she will attend SUNY-Binghamton, where she received a presidential scholarship for four years’ tuition. Lynsey is pre-med.


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark
26 Kerrington Way
Stow, MA 01775

Both of Laura Burling’s daughters chose Ohio as their collegiate base—Georgia attends Denison University, and Whitney is at Kenyon College. Laura is a broker in the natural food and supplements industry. When not working, she is at home on the farm (90 acres in rural western Massachusetts) with her Morgan horse and black Laborador retriever.

See the profile of Tom Cooper in this issue.

Eileen Crowley Sullivan teaches at Boston University and conducts research on teacher effectiveness.

Polly Vail Walsh lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with husband Mark and children Jack, 13, and Melissa, 11. Polly consults with the state of Maryland to develop investor forums.

Elizabeth Waldo Young is a self-employed soil scientist and botanist in Guilford, CT. Husband Mark is a land surveyor. They have two children—Christie and Annie, ages 15 and 17.

In 1999, Ellen Waters retired from teaching at an independent day school to spend more time with her husband, children, and parents. Daughter Dana is at the Taft School and attended Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop last year. “What fun to see Skidmore through her eyes,” says Ellen.

Barbara Wonson Liukkonen considers herself happily past midlife crisis and settled into pre-retirement satisfaction with work, family, and life in general. “I’m practicing answering ‘good’ instead of ‘busy’ when people ask me how I am!” she says.


Constance Martin
3139 High Meadow Lane
San Jose, CA 95135

Lynn Armentrout became a partner in a three-person law firm in December 1999. She lives in Brooklyn and occasionally performs the dances of Isadora Duncan.

Anne Chalemin Alexander works for the NYS Department of Health in the Bureau of Medical Review and Payment and as a part-time dental consultant for Aetna U.S. Healthcare. Daughters Courtney, 14, and Lindsay, 13, keep her busy.

Margaret Coughlin completed one year with a start-up company, Intelligent Marketing Solutions, a high-impact marketing consulting company.

Sophia Day LaVerdiere Truslow lives in a late-19th-century firehouse in Brooklyn. After 19 years as a real-estate attorney, she decided it was time for a change. She applied to and was accepted at a Columbia University master’s program. Son Julian, 29, is a very successful sculptor and production designer for film and video in New York.

In Brooklyn, NY, Jane Garnett says that her family keeps her “on her toes.” She and husband David Booth have three children, ages 5 to 14. Carol Mace lives down the road and has two children, ages 1 and 3. Jane sees a number of Skidmore alumni in Rhode Island, where she spends summers.

Along with keeping up with two middle-school children, Debbie Neff Lynch is working with mom Marjorie Fee Neff ’49 to learn her medical-claims consulting business so that Marjorie can retire. Debbie is also the bookkeeper for her dad, a financial planner. She is a PTA board member at the middle school and girls’ soccer coach.

“How time flies!” comments Marcy Schollard Courtney. Son Rob graduated from Dartmouth in June, Drew is at Georgetown, and Bruce will be a high-school junior in Orchard Park, NY.

Marjorie Vogelbach Pond is director of sales for Neena Paper Company, a sector of Kimberly Clark. She and artist-husband Clayton have two children—Drew, 13, and Catherine, 10. They live in Atlanta, GA.

Husband Paul Scrivens and I recently moved from Portland, OR, to San Jose, CA. I enjoy the sunny weather while re-establishing my meeting and event planning business, Corporate Event Solutions, LLC.


Barbara Balaguer Blundell
145 Evans Rd. Ext.
Marblehead, MA 01945

Cynthia Crook retired from the U.S. Air Force in March.

In October 1999, Carol Falconer Endahl adopted daughter Marina from southwestern Siberia, Russia. Her second daughter, Jenna, was born on March 7. “We are quite busy with the two girls,” says Carol. She is product manager at Ingenix Publishing, a subsidiary of United Health Care.

Kerry Flynn Boman says, “Hello,” to the nursing graduates, especially Lorraine Amorosi Nowakowski, Vivian Jaeger, and Patrica McMartin DeMatteo. Kerry has been in the U.S. Navy since 1981 and encourages anyone interested in joining to contact her.

In April, Jill Holler Durovsik was elected to the national board of the Wellness Community, an organization that provides free psychological support for cancer patients and their families. Jill is also chair of the Philadelphia Wellness Community.

Jay Jochnowitz is state editor of the Albany, NY, Times Union. He and wife Lisa bought a farm and are raising llamas and, after recovering from a broken arm sustained in a horseback riding accident, horses.

“My Skidmore connection keeps going,” says Laurie Rogers Smalley. She and son Bryan attended Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop. Bryan is looking into Skidmore and other colleges. Craig, 15, wants to be a beach bum, so Saratoga won’t do for him. Alaina, 13, enrolled in Skidmore’s Life Science Institute for Girls this summer.

Marty Rosenkranz and wife Nancy moved to south Florida two years ago and love it. Marty works for a software company and travels frequently. He visits Saratoga twice a year to see old friends.

Margaret Sheridan Mock completed a gigantic move from Iowa to Rhode Island. “I’m thrilled to be back in New England,” says Margaret, “and the kids love their new schools.” She and her husband are building a country home and horse farm in Rehoboth, MA. Margaret completed her nurse practitioner certification.

Dawn Watson serves on the board of the Rivertowns Arts Council in Westchester, NY, curating annual dance events. She consults for Avendale International, an investment firm.


Kim West
1245 Arden Rd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Sarah Banwell Deadrick lives in Dover, MA, with husband Spencer and three sons, ages 6, 8, and 10.

Wendy Barkin Lubetsky’s Chesapeake Bagel Bakery celebrated three years of business in April. She invites Skidmore friends in the area to stop by and say hello.

Jenny Charlesworth is in her 10th year owning Oak Hill Flower Shop in Scarborough, ME. Son Jonathan is 10.

Cindy Newman Kebba is a part-time urban planner for the city of Rockville, MD.

Catherine Welch Piccoli is rarely idle, with kids—Matthew, 13, and twins Clara and Laura, 9—and a full-time job as assistant professor of radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, director at Breast Imaging Services, and medical director at Academy Imaging Center.

I’m proud to announce the births of Andrew Mark and Cady Rutledge on April 28. We are beginning to get a routine going here (as much as you can with twins!) and have lots of help from friends. Tucker and Kirby (dog and cat) are reserving judgment. I think they assume I have brought home two more pets!


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