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Helen Cole Netter

I regret that I could not attend reunion due to health restrictions. However, I would love to hear from anyone who did attend!


Marjorie Yetter Walls

Eva Belkin Bronner and husband live in a residential facility in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Both active, they have six grandchildren who “keep things interesting.”

Madeleine Bennett Rock has decided to drop the name Rock and be known as Madeleine Bennett Schreiber. Retired from painting, she is primarily focused on family, which includes six granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. She still keeps her eye on the art world, however, and is a frequent visitor to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Hartford Athenaeum. Madeleine’s new phone number is 868-676-2627.

Although husband Irvin is in a nearby health-care facility, Elise Foulder Norvig still resides in their apartment in Southbury, CT. Their son and granddaughters, who live in the area, ferry Irvin to see her weekly.

Dorothea Wagenseil Hussennetter, who continues to drive and live in her own home, enjoys working in her garden.

Virginia Parker Lewis spent the winter in Venice, FL, but is thrilled to be back in Kennebunkport, ME, for the summer. She has telephoned good friend Janet Miller Robinson every week for the past 15 years.

Condolences to Marjorie Yetter Walls, whose husband of 68 years, Marsh, died March 29.


Sarah Miller Curtin


Elizabeth Norlander Newell

Peg Corliss Lamont
of Scarborough, ME, had open-heart surgery last March but is now doing “just fine.” She says her great-grandson James is a “real cutie.”

Still residing in her Florida home of the last 40 years, Mildred Grove Nanz has 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild living nearby. She is involved in church and political activities and plays piano at home and for local nursing-home residents. Last summer she vacationed at Atlantic Beach, NC. Milly says she has four bedrooms and plenty of room for visitors.

Alice Furbish Kerr lives in the Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT, and shares an apartment with “a tiger cat who has proved to be a delightful companion.”

Charlotte Smith King was ill last winter, so if you’ve missed receiving a Skidmore birthday card, that’s why. She’s better now and will get back to sending greetings soon.

Two very active classmates have died: Muriel Scribner Rice and Betty Boeve Schoonover. Eromdiks described Scribbie as “colorful, fresh with natural loveliness.” And she was—all her life. A biology major, she made the most of every day; she loved everyone. She also took great pride in her reputation as an expert needleworker, excellent cook, and faithful friend. Boevey was a home economics major, participated in just about every activity that was available, and always did her work well and with happy abandon. Her contagious laugh would ring out whenever she was near. Our sympathy to both families.


Enid Kay Schiff

While planning a move to a new retirement community, Deborah Swartz Laden had to have unexpected, major surgery that required many months of recuperation. She is now feeling well and adjusting to her new place in Sunnyvale, CA, which she likes “much better than the previous one.”


Agnes Dunn Mackenzie

In Great Britain, Cornelia Messler Sharman has fond memories of her Skidmore graduation but finds it “hard to believe it was 65 years ago!”


Betty Hale Hale

Margaret Garrett Hayward
, who continues to serve as a church organist, writes to answer a query posed by Lee Blanchard Hotchkiss ’39 (winter ’02 Scope) about a Rachmaninoff concert both attended as Skidmore students. “Yes, I believe Rachmaninoff did ask audience members who were knitting to cease their needle clattering! I remember expecting all performers to do the same after that!” Margaret credits Elmer Hintz, then-head of the music department, for “procuring the world’s best artists.”


Betty Jones Stern

Norma “Tray” Trabold Kerr
was interviewed for a BBC documentary about IBM’s CEO and founder Thomas J. Watson, which is slated for release in the U.S. in 2003. One of a handful of individuals left who knew Watson well, Tray welcomed the opportunity to participate in the documentary, as it was a diversion from ongoing treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. As Tray says, “Can you imagine a piano major having carpal tunnel simultaneously in both hands?”

Elizabeth King Waage lives in Evergreen Woods, a continuing-care facility in North Branford, CT. Both of her sons are professors of entomology; one teaches at Brown University, and the other heads a small college in Kent, England, which is part of the University of London. She has four grandchildren living in England.

Betty Eastman Peyton coordinated a Skidmore luncheon in Naples, FL. Prof. Mary Lynn addressed a 45-member audience that included Eastie, Virginia Barker Holmberg ’35, and Mary Burroughs Small ’51.

Despite being a great-grandmother twice over, Marjorie Mapes Boulware still line-dances for one-and-a-half-hour sessions every week! Fleet-footed Marge is in her 32nd year of volunteering at a local hospital.


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