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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian

Fritz and Janet Mortimer Stocker have finally given up their RV gypsy life and purchased “a house that is actually attached to the ground.” Jan welcomes classmates to stop in at 621 Nantucket Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91911. E-mail: FDStocker@aol.com.

I regret having to pass on more somber news. Mary Lattin Chalmers and Ruth Albers died in March. Our sympathies go out to both families.

Liz Ellis Butler called from Florida to inform me of Suzanne Gieseler Bronner’s death in March. On behalf of the class, I wish to express our condolences to Suzanne’s son, Fritz, and her sister, Bette Gieseler Saxe ’47.

Seth and yours truly vacationed in Miami Beach, FL, this winter in the old art deco area now called South Beach. I heard the section had deteriorated since my initial visit in 1939, but many of the colorful hotels have been or are now being restored. It felt like being in a time warp, except that now the language one hears most frequently is Spanish.


Elizabeth Wagner French

Nancy Houghton Bacon’s new address is PO Box 14407, Palm Desert, CA 92255. Nancy says that her art is going very well and since she has returned from a month in China, she can now lay claim to having “painted all over the world.” She and Dick celebrated their 50th in Hawaii last year.

Nancy Kunhardt Adams says her proudest achievement is having reared three wonderful children. Eldest son Bob founded a book publishing company called Adams Media. Last year, he won an award for selling more books than any other publisher nationwide. Daughter Diane formed an art gallery called Art for the World where she sells pieces from international artists. Nancy’s youngest, Jim, was named the best college science professor under 35 in the country. He is testing a theory that mercury commonly used in injections as a preservative may be linked to the increasing occurrence of autism in the U.S.

Ruth Purdy Frenzel takes regular trips throughout the world with husband Bill, who works at the Brookings Institute in trade and foreign policy.

Gloria Peterson Wyatt volunteers with a local college club and the friends of the library in Pinehurst, NC. Her son works for the federal government in Los Angeles, while her daughter is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Boston.

Anne Hardman Allen has retired from the Rhode Island State House but is busier than ever. She is a docent at the RI School of Design museum and a volunteer for the state council on the arts. In between these activities, she travels with husband Monroe (a triathlete with a national rating at age 71!) to the Middle East, India, and Africa.

Ethel Leete Rabin is active in her church’s Ministry Outside the Parish, an outreach program that helps needy women. She has made many friends within her elderly housing unit.

Martha Kennedy Warren and husband Bob spent time this spring visiting old mansions in the southern states.

Isabelle Sabelle Bohman is working as a consultant on physical therapy for the management of strokes and head injuries. She has also taught classes in that subject in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Greece, and Singapore. “When not working, I enjoy gardening, visiting friends, and attending Elderhostels,” says Isabelle.

Condolences to Glenna Millard Price, whose husband, Milton, died in April.

On behalf of the entire class, I wish to offer condolences to the family of Margaret Wilbur Brown, who died last August.


Doris Harbach Patten

Sallie Walstrum Herman’s husband, Charles, died in December 2000. His grandson and namesake, Charles Reynolds Herman III, was born two months later. Sallie volunteers for the hospital, plays duplicate bridge, is an avid quilter, and plans to travel. She has a summer home in northern Arizona, where she spends six months of the year and is close to all of her children.

Nancy Dalton Rogal has enjoyed her first year of retirement from real estate. She and husband Bill summer at Lake George and winter in Hersey’s Mill in Westchester, NY. She maintains studios at both places, where she paints small landscapes. Nancy won a prize at an area arts center show and entered a group exhibit this summer. She is also learning computer graphic design. Nancy sees Bobby Briggs Kurtz and Fran Wingle Scott often.


Elizabeth Hauser

Helen Briwa is still “doggin’ it.” She traveled over 5,000 miles with several show dogs to compete in the Nationals in California last November.

Condolences to Sallie Reimann Kimball, who lost her husband, Frank, in July 2000.


Joanna Davenportdavenjo@juno.com

Laurie Lawrence Lerch and husband Bill survived the Seattle earthquake: “We were outside on the driveway when the concrete started to jiggle about. The car rocked back and forth like it was on bumpy road going 15 miles per hour. The wisteria danced on the front of the garage. Inside a couple of precariously placed ceramic bowls skidded off the refrigerator and smashed. Two pictures fell down and cracked the glass. We were a bit shook up and clung to each other for a few seconds and then it was all over. We are fine, as is most of Seattle.”

I spent three wonderful months in Stuart, FL, playing tennis and swimming. Jane Haller McCabe, who came for a great visit, spends part of the winter with two of her sons in Jacksonville.


Mariana Duggan Drebing

Jill Gindoff Cashman plays percussion with the Greenwich Village Orchestra (it can be heard on the Internet at www.GVO.com). She also plays clarinet in a chamber music ensemble. When not making music, Jill volunteers at the Museum of Natural History’s invertebrate collection. She has given Gayle Stein Bishop ’56 several personal tours of the museum. Both of Jill’s children live and work in California. Daughter Kim raises gaited horses, is married to a fire chief, and “wholesales financial instruments to banks.” Son Robert is in automobile finance and teaches in a community college.

Diane Davis Noble regrets having missed last year’s reunion but felt compelled to attend her 50th high school reunion at the National Cathedral School in DC, which was also celebrating its 100th anniversary. Diane visited with Joan Kennison Shaw at Joan and Gerry’s home on St. Simon’s Island, GA.

Syl Grove Hitchcock attended a mini-reunion of nursing majors at Tracy Guthrie’s Texas ranch in April. The gals were thrilled at the sight of bluebonnets in bloom and Tracy’s prize bull and cows.

Dorie Kilpatrick Frey and her husband, Jack, took a trip to Germany and Austria last October, enjoying the “breathtaking scenery in Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna.” In April, Dorie traveled to Siesta Key, FL.

Hellen Ohlin has moved to a culturally noteworthy apartment house in Stockholm, Sweden: it was designed by 1982 Nobel laureate Alva Myrdal.

Jo Ellen Ours Scurry has lived in Galveston, TX, since 1955. She returned to the University of Houston for an M.S.W. degree in 1972 and worked as a psychiatric social worker until her retirement in 1993. She and her husband, a retired physician, winter in Galveston and summer in Cimarron, NM.

Nancy Lee Farrell has operated an American youth hostel in Burlington, VT, for 27 years. She spent time with Stan and Margo Mound Drucker in Virginia last year and wintered in Tacoma, WA, with her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Nancy volunteered at a Tacoma homeless shelter during her stay.

Marilyn Smith Ingholt and husband Harry have been traveling around the country in their Buick. Taking a route from Texas to Virginia, they returned via Nebraska, where they stopped to visit old friends and family.

The class extends its condolences to the family of Marijean Donald Rennie. B.A. Kalteux Callanan and I were great friends with “Jennie Rennie” in our junior year in North Hall. We will cherish those memories always.


Gayle Stein Bishop

After almost two decades, Cecile Druss Mark has retired from her position as teacher and director of the Mekeel Child Care Center at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Cecile plans on continuing to promote her philosophy of exposing young children to a variety of physical, cultural, and artistic activities as an early childhood education consultant. She is also a ski instructor.

Florence Elman Horne has a private social work practice in her home. She also works part time at an agency that helps adults with developmental disabilities. Florence has six grandchildren and would welcome messages from classmates at flohorne@worldnet.att.net.


Ann Talbot Brown

Last October Rachel Peckham Elder celebrated her retirement from a medical transcription career with the U.S. Navy by taking a long journey to visit one of her sons in Bangkok, Thailand, enjoying side trips to Cambodia and Bali. Rachel is delighted to have welcomed two new grandsons this year. She attended a Cape Cod alumni luncheon in April, where she visited with fellow alumni for the first time since graduation. “I love retirement,” says Rachel, “because it allows me to indulge in such pleasures.”

Jo Leach Lewis has joined the Skidmore College Alumni Board of Directors as chair of clubs.


Jane Goodman Hunter

Pat Mosher Pirnie and husband Bruce returned from “summer” in the Antarctic. Pat reports that they had an amazing trip to the seventh continent, the land of “blue-hued icebergs and a zillion penguins and seals.”

Susie Hecht Goldstein has experienced many changes in the past year following the death of her husband after more than 40 years of marriage. She welcomes visits from classmates—in Los Angeles or Aspen.

Anne Davis Carrier and husband Tom are in good health, live in downtown Minneapolis, MN, and also have a home in Rio Verde, AZ, for respite. Tom is a retired obstetrician and they both are involved on fundraising boards at the University of Minnesota. Anne and Tom are proud of their three fabulous daughters, and also of their own mothers, both of whom are going strong at 97 and 101 years of age.


Carolyn Brown Straker

Barbara Brownell is retiring this year after 42 years of teaching. Although she plans to help teachers on a voluntary basis several days a week, she is looking forward to having more time to travel and visit grandchildren. Barbara was invited to the 30th high school reunion of the first class she taught—when they were second graders!

Ellen Draper Carey and her husband have moved into their newly built home at 296 Park Trace Boulevard, Osprey, FL 34229. “After moving four times in 11 years,” Ellen quips, “some friends accuse me of ruining their address books.”

Arlene Friedman Rimson, who joined a basketball league soon after moving to Albuquerque, NM, is participating in the National Senior Games in Baton Rouge, LA, this summer. “Basketball is my first love,” says Arlene, “I just wish that I was 40 years younger and at least six feet tall!”


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