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Barbara Crossman Bell

I am settling into married life, enjoying a new and challenging job, and driving an SUV. Sadly, however, my mother, Jeanne Crossman, passed away suddenly in March. Nothing is more devastating than losing one’s mother and best friend in one stroke.

Lanie Lippincott Peterson, husband Larry, and 12-year-old daughter Lindsay are moving from Vancouver, WA, to a small barrier island near Savannah, GA. As a freelance journalist, Lanie has written for the Seattle Times magazine, the Oregonian, and the Columbian, a Vancouver daily. Lanie and her family “are looking forward to less rain and swimming in 80-degree ocean waves.” Lanie welcomes visiting classmates.

Laurie Williams Hamilton lives in Asheville, NC, with husband Jack, a tax lawyer, and two sons. Jake is a medical student at Chapel Hill, where his brother Will studies pre-law and anthropology. “By day,” says Laurie, “I am a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, and by night I sleep.”

A second child of Marjorie Russell Peff has joined the Skidmore alumni body: Laura Peff ’01 graduated in May; she joins brother Robert ’99.


Candace Keeler Krop

Portland, ME, designer Jil Lord Eaton introduced what the executive editor of Vogue Knitting Magazine has dubbed “a fashion mini-revolution.” Jil’s neon oranges, flashy fuschias, and lime greens, once primarily reserved for children’s clothing, now brighten her adult line. Jil’s design book Big Fish, Little Fish: Quick Knits for Kids and Grownups, published last fall, is already in its second printing. She also produces two collections of patterns a year for Vogue Knitting International and is working on a fourth book.

Our condolences to the family of Martha Vega Leaf, who died on December 26, 2000.


Nancy M McNiff

Ruth Kawecki Liebermann is managing director of a Massachusetts firm called the HR Department, which offers human resource services to a range of companies. Ruth, husband Tom, and children Ethan and Nyssa celebrated the millennium in Antarctica, an experience that Ruth describes as both “extreme and awesome.” Ethan is a freshman at University of Pennsylvania; Nyssa attends Andover Academy.

Three members of the class celebrated the graduations of their Skidmore offspring this May. Michele Corcoran ’01 is the daughter of Carolyn Bliss Corcoran, Jill Leonardis ’01 is the daughter of Ellen Griffel, and Catherine Tai ’01 is the daughter of Kay Yee Tai.


Elizabeth Raff Nace

As promised during our 25th reunion, eight of us spent the weekend together in Montreal this year to celebrate our 50th birthdays. It was a terrific weekend filled with laughter, insights, support, and more laughter. We discussed serious issues like aging parents, illness, teenage angst, and the pull between work and home. The many accomplishments, from starting a business to incorporating a handful of nonprofits, were pretty inspiring.

Margo Hand Anderson has been married to Bob, a portrait artist, for nearly 11 years. His studio has been commissioned to paint the last three Massachusetts governors, including current subject Bill Weld. Margo, who did graduate work at NYU, is a consultant who also works from the couple’s waterfront home on Brush Island, near Darien, CT.

Former Skidmore tennis team member Susan Hayward Donahue still plays tennis three times a week. She earned a graduate degree at the Harvard Extension, “whizzing through the one-year program in a mere four years” while juggling the demands of three small children. She works part time as director of development for an organization serving the blind. Susan and husband Digger’s son Aidan is a freshman at Darmouth, his father’s alma mater, where he plays varsity squash. Daughter Abby, a junior at Thayer Academy, is ranked fifth in the world in her age group as a horseback rider. Lacrosse and squash player Peter is a seventh grader at Noble and Greenough School. (Susan holds the record among her classmates for the largest Skidmore legacy: she has a mother-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and two sisters, all of whom are Skidmore alumnae.)

Nancy Reade Everett and husband Nick live in Rye, NY. Daughter Clemmy is a sophomore at Harvard, her father’s alma mater; high school junior and sailing enthusiast Read attends St. Marks; and youngest child, Jamie, is in the sixth grade at Rye.

Betsy Ward Holm and family have moved back east to Longmeadow, MA, where high school sophomore Brett and middle schooler Charlie “are tearing up the football and lacrosse turf.”

Susan Furber Mair, who earned an M.S.W. at Syracuse University, is a counselor in Durham, NH. Husband Bob is a professor at University of New Hampshire; son Robert, a junior at Exeter, plays in the jazz band and runs cross country; and daughter Christina is a sophomore at Brown, where she rows on the top-ranked junior varsity crew.

Susie Hazlett Miller, who earned a graduate degree at the University of Vermont, continues to manage her physician husband’s practice near Burlington. Daughter Susie will be a freshman at the University of New Hampshire this fall.

Kris Hansen Wardwell earned a J.D. from Boston College and practices in Boston. Daughter Leslie plays tennis at Dover-Sherborne High School, and daughter Annie is a sixth grader.

Mary Foster Morgan is a newlywed. She and Thomas Morgan were married in October 2000. Mary can be contacted at mf92@cornell.edu.


Beth Chiquoine

Carolyn Hanchett Spector has been married to husband Bruce for 22 years and they have two children, Jeff, 17, a junior at Vermont Academy, and Susan, 15, a freshman at Friends School in Baltimore, MD, where the family resides. Bruce owns a variety of businesses including a Web development agency and radio and cable television stations. Carolyn volunteers at her daughter’s school and the local SPCA. She often sees Susan Doran Weitzman, who also has a child at Friends School. Last February, Carolyn returned to Skidmore for the first time since graduation and was amazed at the changes to both the college and city of Saratoga Springs. While her son attended the Junior Admissions Workshop on campus, Carol was able to reconnect with Vicki Greene Aldrich, Susan McLaren Ragan-Sittler, and Susan Windrow Cholakis.

Patrice Fox Spitalnik enjoys life in Rochester, NY, where she directs medical education for the pathology department, including first- and second-year pathophysiology courses, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Husband Steven is chair of the department of pathology and laboratory science. Their son Joel is a junior at Princeton, majoring in comparative literature. After 13 years in Philadelphia, Patrice appreciates the winters for cross-country skiing and the summers for hiking and biking.

No one in Meg Tipper’s family is content with the status quo during midlife! Last September Meg’s husband started seminary to prepare for ministry in the Unitarian-Universalist church, and this year Meg begins a one-year sabbatical from teaching to study, travel, and write. She and her daughter will stay in York, England. Meg would love to hear from any classmates in the UK. Her e-mail address is MTipper@gilman.edu.

Sally McKinnon graduated from the University of Maine with a master’s degree in public administration. Although it took five years of scheduling classes around her job and children, Sally states proudly, “I did it!”

Ann Booth McLean is working on her third master’s degree, this one in public history. She’s decided that she “must like school after all!”

Although she has had some challenging times in her life, antique enthusiast and photographer Deb Crosby is “too stubborn to give up.” She has just published a second book, Silver Novelties in the Gilded Age, 1870-1910. Still teaching art at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, Deb is also vice-president of the Chappaqua Congress of Teachers. Daughter Maris is a junior at SUNY-Albany; daughter Rachel is a senior at Greeley High.

Nan Butkus would like to know the whereabouts of Dotty Hafner, Barbara Dacey, Chris D’Arcy, and all her freshman floormates from Penfield. Owen Morrell, a Colgate exchange from that year, is Nan’s neighbor in Cutchogue, Long Island. “He doesn’t look like Stephen Stills anymore,” quips Nan, “but he still drives a Porsche.”

Melissa Plummer sends a hello to all Sonneteers, especially Linda Fuller and Lora Macri Schilder, whom she calls her “two better thirds in song.” Melissa, who still sings and plays guitar, owns a home furnishings and design store named Plumquin in Summit, NJ.

After 20 years, Lisa Lee Siu and her business partner continue to run their own PR agency in Hong Kong. Lisa’s eldest son, 25-year-old Julian is a Web designer working in London. Younger siblings Jonathan, 8, and Jessica, 7, who are both excellent students and award-winning pianists, take piano instruction from Katherine Lu Ho.

Moving back to the States after 23 years in Honduras, Michele Roekaert-Zelaya and her family now live in Tampa Bay, FL. Daughter Katherine is at Tufts University; Sarah attends American University; and Patricia is in sixth grade. Mimi often drives to Miami to see Beatrice Noel. They enjoy reminiscing about their activities in Peabody and Moore Halls.

A little closer to Saratoga Springs, Kathy Vought Reinhardt and husband Will have established a not-for-profit corporation called Adirondack Learn to Earn Inc., which provides computer literacy training on donated used computers. Using software called New Deal, students learn word processing, spreadsheets, and databases and can connect to the Internet. At the end of the six-week course, the student gets to keep the computer. For more information, contact Kathy c/o mmonigan@skidmore.edu.

Patti Brennan connected with Steffenie Oliver Kirkpatrick and husband Gerry at the Philadelphia alumni club’s cooking show at Brasserie Perrier. Patti and husband Lou are constantly ferrying their two daughters from one activity to another. Patti says that her law firm is doing well and she loves being her own boss. Lou is now five years “post-transplant” and his new heart is rejection-free and beating strongly. Patti welcomes questions about organ donation at pbrennan@chesco.com.

During a two-week fiber arts trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, Steffenie Oliver Kirkpatrick visited with villagers who spin, dye, weave, and make baskets as they did hundreds of years ago. She writes, “It was a life-changing experience.” She and her family took a three-week trip to Scotland last summer, and she continues her fundraising efforts for Skidmore.

Jeri Held was named arts commissioner of Carlsbad, CA, by the city’s mayor. She is responsible for oversight of public art projects and introducing new and unique art forms to the community. Jeri has plans to bring a film festival to Carlsbad.

Janice Greenberg McCoart is a professor and fine arts chair at Marymount University, where she teaches in the fashion design program. Chris Haggerty ’73, an associate professor in Jan’s department, has developed a wonderful concentration in book arts. Jan has three daughters: Amy, a junior at Amherst, currently in Paris for a semester; Lindsey, an incoming freshman at Cornell’s hotel school; and Samantha, a high school sophomore who is active in band and softball. Jan exhibits art, primarily in colored pencil, all over the country and consults in the fashion industry.

Abbey Steere Koutnik lives with her husband and two sons in the northern Catskills, where she is active in her Christian faith and mime ministry. Abbey also teaches special education and art.

Anne Peterson Conolly spent the winter trekking after her daughter’s 15-and-under ice hockey team, but it all became worthwhile when she met up with Julie Stillman in Plattsburgh, NY, where her daughter’s team won the New York State Tier II Championship. In September, Anne will become English chair of the humanities department at Albany Academy for Girls, where she taught for many years.

Lois Phillips has been named a partner in Hiscock and Barclay in Albany, NY, where she specializes in environmental law, real estate development, and governmental affairs. She also serves as town attorney for the Schodack, NY, planning and zoning boards. She holds a J.D. from Albany Law School.

Joy Cohen McConnell’s son Zachary Pusch ’01 graduated from Skidmore in May.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Wendy Bailey Hamilton, her husband David, and the entire family on the death of their son, Benjamin, in February.


Noreen P. Reilly

Peg O’Higgins Boyers has had several poems published in Paris Review, New Republic, New Criterion, and other magazines over the past two years. Peg is executive editor of Salmagrundi, the literary journal published by Skidmore College.

Cathy Moore Pomeroy teaches language arts at a charter school near her home in Englewood, CO. In her free time, she drives her children to soccer and lacrosse games. The family went camping in Tanzania and Zanzibar last year, which Cathy describes as “incredible for all of us.”

Dale Conron Ahearn has joined the Skidmore College Alumni Board of Directors as alumna trustee.


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark

Holly Leather Kelsey has owned the Chestnut Street Animal Hospital in Needham, MA, for four years. Her children are PJ, 13, Tommy, 11, Charlotte, 10, and Bobby, 7.

Joan Karsten works seven days a week at her restaurant, the Sea Star Diner in White Plains, NY. She invites classmates to stop by 285 Mamoroneck Avenue when in the area.

Nancy Andrews Dyer and Susan Flanagan flew to NYC to visit Ruth Ann Wood McSpadden. Everyone is healthy and working hard, reports Nancy.

Jamie Musselman writes, “Skidmore gave me the two best friends in my life: Debbie Gosnell Roach and Mindy VanMeter.”

Bonnie Ashton-Brooks lives in Upper Marboro, MD, with her husband and 10-year-old daughter. Bonnie writes, “I am inspired by the life and memory of Cheryl Beckles, who battled cancer with admirable fervor and a zest for life. I will miss her bright spirit! ”

Scope regrets an error in Cheryl Beckles’s obituary: it should have listed her survivors as her parents and a brother.


Constance Martin

Susan Gleason So was ordained last year and is now associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Haverhill, MA.

Dance historian Robert Tracy was featured in the February issue of Dance Magazine. Robert is currently working on a history of the Alvin Ailey dance company.



Lucinda Sadler was nominated by New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as special judge for Hooksett District Court. After 11 years prosecuting major felonies as assistant Hillsborough County district attorney (and work in the Nashua office of Endicott Peabody before that), Lucinda will be sitting on the Hooksett bench several days a month. She is also seeking a position with a private law firm.


Kim West

Catherine Wise is program manager for the Pennsylvania Prison Society, a 200-year-old nonprofit. Catherine manages parenting skills classes in 16 state correctional facilities and directs a virtual visitation program. She also conducts support groups for children of incarcerated parents.

Julie Galster DuBois lives in the San Francisco Bay area with husband Glenn and children Luke, 5, and Elise, 2. She has taken time off from pediatric nursing to be a full-time mom.


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