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Marion Kiep Morrison
While class secretary Gen Oliver Littlefield takes a sabbatical for health reasons, I’m going to try to fill her place—a big job that she has done beautifully for many years. Thanks, Gen, from all of us.
Margaret Schwem Sager is finally home after traveling between daughter Peggy’s North Carolina home and California, where daughter Anneke lives with husband Vic and his adopted Russian daughter Danaya, 7. Schwemmie reports that the newest addition is “a delightful child, doing very well with the English language.”
Mary Heber Mathews recently sold her home and lives in an assisted-living facility in Madison, CT. She continues to draw and is involved with an area arts center she helped found over 40 years ago; she led a raku pottery workshop there last year. “Living into the twenty-first century was a surprise I never expected,” she remarks. Mary has two sons, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.
Louise Beinetti Wise’s son Tony, a football coach for college and professional teams for 20 years, is currently offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins; Michael is a bridge-building engineer; Peter does commercials and works at Daniel’s restaurant in NYC. Besides her sons, Benny says the center of her life is her cat, Snowball.
The Masterworks Fund has been established by MALS student Jesse Markay, to honor his mother, Dorothy Fish Markay ’40. Held in conjunction with Skidmore’s Academic Festival, Masterworks brings together students and faculty from across the campus and across the country (with help from Jesse’s fund), for an interdisciplinary forum showcasing MALS student work.
John and I are living the happy, lazy life at Freedom Village retirement community, where we see fellow residents Lois Herpy Benedict ’55 and Ruth Kline Heindel ’42: “Three little maids from school are we.” Retiring after a 29-year career, our son Jake is a successful marine artist whose paintings are exhibited at Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport Gallery, Art of the Sea Gallery in South Tomaston, ME, and shows around the country.
Our condolences to the family of Betty Flatow Kaufmann, who died in February. Benny Wise remembers how incensed Flats used to get about the condition of the smoking areas on campus. After cans were put in the area, she even made an announcement exhorting all to “can your butts!”
We also extend sympathy to Christina Ladd Levith ’71, whose mother Martha Worthen Ladd died in March. Tina is Skidmore’s assistant director of student academic affairs and married to English professor Murray Levith.