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Barbara Crossman Bell

In addition to putting in a full day as president of a growing credit union, Elizabeth Miller Grasty volunteers with the Fairfax County Department of Mental Health, serves as treasurer of the local homeowners association, and continues to quilt. She stays in touch with former roommate Christine Vitolo, whose son attends Boston College. Christine practices law in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area.

Elizabeth Grasty visited Leslie Buchan Brown in Buena Vista, VA. Leslie produces horse shows at the Virginia Horse Center and is a nationally recognized judge.

Edna Fielder Keach is owner of the Design Studio, a landscape design firm and art gallery in northern Idaho. Son James is a second-year botany student, gene-cloning orchids, in Amherst, MA.

Marianne Jones Mount has entered a Ph.D. program in adult learning at Virginia Polytechnic University. Her son is a Navy pilot in Pensacola, FL; her daughter teaches elementary school in Charlotte, NC.

Loralee Engelmann Strauss’s daughter Gretchen and her husband delivered Loralee’s first grandchild in November. Son Andy is studying to be a chef at Johnson & Wales in Charleston, SC.

In May Jean Fei received a National Community Action award from the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council for her service to low-income families.


Lise Bang-Jensen

Ellen Posner Wollman enjoyed double honors this spring when she was named a member of PEN (the international writers organization) and a member of the National Arts Club. In April, she returned to Saratoga to tour Skidmore’s Tang Museum, a trip she “highly recommends.”

Virginia Norris Exton will begin an Ed.D. program this fall and comments, “Yikes! Will I survive?”

Since her youngest daughter left for the University of Denver in September, Nicole Visconsi Mawby has been spending more time ballroom dancing and making glass beads and jewelry at her art studio.

Judy Pigott is once again single and using her maiden name “with pleasure and pride.” She is a hospice volunteer, ESL instructor, and philanthropist. Her eldest child, Stephan, has three children. Judy’s other two kids “are happily following their own dreams,” traveling the world and learning carpentry skills.

Jaye Scholl Bohlen and husband Charlie keep busy raising Avis, 17, Charlie, 15, and Peter, 13. Charlie works for an investment management firm in Los Angeles. Jaye left her job at Barron’s magazine after 22 years.

Barbara Burge and her family “had a roller coaster of a winter.” Their 6-year-old son, Vanya, was diagnosed with ADHD in the midst of applying to five schools that feature smaller classes. With those educational issues now resolved, Barbara has been able to return to writing a book on adolescents.

Margot Morse Cseley was named one of this year’s top female physicians in Atlanta, GA, where she has been a family practitioner for 24 years. The last two of her five children entered college last fall, and a ninth grandchild was born in March.


Nancy McNiff

Goldie Lansky never thought she would live in Florida and “certainly not at this young age!” But she loves her job as assistant director of Jewish Family and Community Services, a $6 million family service agency in Jackson, FL; she also enjoys the weather and “does not miss one flake of snow.”

Paul Anderson, husband of the late Louisa Bowen, who died in 1996, sent news that their son Joseph will enroll at Skidmore as a member of the Class of 2007. “His twin brother, Benjamin, will enter Boston University. Their older brother, Ellis, will be a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in psychology.” Paul is an archivist in the School of Medicine at Washington University.


Elizabeth Raff Nace

In recent years, speech pathologist Patricia Bissell has had to adopt some new descriptors for herself: grandmother, cancer survivor, and Parkinson’s disease victim. Nevertheless, she is still working, traveling, and “living a great life.”

Diane Delehanty Howard graduated in June from Harvard University Extension School with a certificate in publishing and communication. The program involved an internship in Web site publishing at public TV station WGBY in Springfield, MA, which she completed in May. The certificate updates Diane’s 25-year-old master’s degree in communication from Boston University.


Beth Chiquoine

In April Denise Marcil, Janis Lipman, Joan Berger, Valerie Burns Winningham, Elaine Baird Whitehead, Vicki Greene Aldrich, Erin McHugh, Ellen Brickman, Kate Ferris, Wendy Bailey Hamilton, Steffenie Oliver Kirkpatrick, and I gathered to start planning our 30th reunion. So save the dates of June 3-6, 2004. And look for a picture of the planners hard at work on the Class of ’74 Reunion Web page, which makes its debut in July. Have ideas about what you’d like to do at our 30th? Send them to me.

Sarah Remick Colacicco is a reading specialist at Cabin John Middle School in Potomac, MD. Daughter Elizabeth is a junior at Gettysburg College, and daughter Emma will attend University of Richmond this fall.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center director of marketing Helen Edelman has an office on the second floor of the Hall of Springs, “where we danced for Happy Pappy in ’71!” She is delighted to be working with a Skidmore intern this year and living in Saratoga Springs.

John Merrill retired from UBS/Paine Webber in 2002 and is starting a new career as a stay-at-home father to daughter Hayley, 13. John’s wife, Martha, is dean of admissions at Connecticut College.

While on business in Seattle last August, Joan Berger had dinner with Cooki Landis Messmer. Little did they know that former roommate Martha Young Scholten ’74 was visiting Seattle from England, where she is assistant professor of linguistics at University of Durham.

Lynne Catero Weinlandt’s twin 10-year-old boys keep her busy, as does selling real estate in NYC. “The residential market, especially downtown, is still hot!” she insists.

Katherine Taft Timmerman lives in Naples, FL, with husband Michael and children Zachary, 13, and Katie, 11. Involved in real estate for two decades, the Timmermans own and operate Feasinomics, Inc.

Sharon Macdonald’s new choreographic works were performed in Connecticut this year at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, and Ethel Walker School in Simsbury. Sharon is director of the American Dance Institute and a faculty member at Hartford Conservatory.


Noreen P. Reilly

In East Lyme, CT, Mary Broderick—whose daughter Katie Broderick Spencer ’04 will be a Skidmore senior next year—is “amazed by the beauty and spirit of the campus” whenever she visits.

Anneke Sager and her husband of five years, Vic Ballare, live in Lake Forest, CA. Vic’s daughter Courtney, 11, lives with them part-time. The couple returned from Belarus, where they adopted a 7-year-old girl, Danaya, who “is a joy and adjusting well after spending her life in an orphanage.” Anneke, a nurse practitioner in a private pediatric group, started her own business teaching “Love and Logic” parenting courses. Her Web site is www.cuddlesparenting.com.

Roger LaMay, who earned a master’s in organizational dynamics at UPenn and is now general manager of public radio station WXPN in Philadelphia (go to People & Projects here), has three children: a son who is going into his senior year at West Point, another who will be a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton, and an 11-year-old daughter.


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark

Nancy Long Beauchamp and husband Jim celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in October. Jim will retire from Procter and Gamble in November, and Nancy continues to work for Delta Airlines, where she enjoys the travel perks. Son Brian graduated from Otterbein College last year; daughter Jamie is a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University.

In February Robin Maley joined Holly Leather Kelsey and her family for a ski vacation in Utah, braving the slopes with a crew of four children.

Elizabeth Hembling Lawrence’s daughter Adrienne graduated from James Madison University with a degree in communications and public relations. Son Kyle will be a sophomore at St. Joseph’s University.


Constance Martin

Brenda Beavers Hendricks is a behavioral specialist at an alternative school for high-school students in Delaware, OH. Her students have individualized learning sessions in the morning and work with horses in the afternoon.


Barbara Balaguer Blundell

Polly Bell Stemler’s son Phil will attend Yale University this fall. Still at home in Newport Beach is Peter, 15, and Pierce, 11, both active in sailing, surfing, golf, and soccer.

Donna Marie Wiegand asks, “Where in the world is T. Alec Neville?”

Jim Iseman recalls his Skidmore years fondly and has remained in close contact with about a half-dozen classmates, including Leighton Jordan. He writes, “I think the beauty of Skidmore is that it prepares you for life. I thank all the kind teachers and friends who taught me the importance of knowledge and friendship.” Jim is a portfolio manager for institutional and private clients at Citigroup Asset Management in NYC.

Sharon Johnson Tennant lives in Los Angeles with husband Andy, their 7-year-old triplets, and a 4-year-old. Sharon and a girlfriend hiked up remote hillsides in Myanmar, where Sharon was taking photographs in preparation for an exhibit. Andy is a movie director and producer whose most recent work, Sweet Home Alabama, opened earlier this year. He will be shooting a new film in NYC this fall.

Dana Hayward Hooper and husband Ken live in North Hampton, NH, where Dana runs her own financial executive placement firm. Son Sky, who plays soccer and golf and the saxophone, will be a freshman at Loomis Chaffee in the fall. Daughter Carolyn is a fourth-grader who plays soccer and swims. Dana’s e-mail address is: dhooper@haywardhooper.com.

With low interest rates and the booming Tucson market, as an agent with Long Realty Company, I’ve been fortunate in having a very successful year. My daughters, who are all doing well in school and sports are “Bright, Funny, and Beautiful!” We recently bought a new home, so we’ve been busy with unpacking and settling in. I try to play golf when I can and also volunteer with the Southern Arizona Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as organize an annual golf outing to benefit breast cancer, “Rally for a Cure.” Last fall I was part of Habitat for Humanity’s “Building Freedom Day” when construction began on eleven new homes in Tucson’s community-wide effort to remember the heroes and events of September 11.


Kim West

In February Ann Kuhn Levitan and daughter Sarah attended Skidmore’s Junior Admissions Workshop, which helps high-school juniors navigate the college application process. Spending time on campus with classmate Alyce Sher Kitt and daughter Alana, says Ann, “was truly a sentimental journey!

Catherine Chandler Jones is two classes away from finishing her master’s in education.


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