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After teaching nursing for 11 years, Dede George resigned from a tenured professorship at Regis College to “slow down, care for my growing family, and figure out my next steps.” Now a part-time instructor, she has resumed learning pottery! (Her last course was in 1971.) Dede’s third grandchild was born in water—not surprising, as her mother, Amy Lamb Renner ’96, is a marine biologist.
Martha Merrick Shanahan enjoys a second career as a nurse at a rehabilitation hospital that tends to premature infants. Her three days a week there include a lot of parent education as well as working Christmas and other holidays. She recently helped prepare Philippino conjoined twins for final separation surgery.
Martha Seem Banghart’s daughter Tracy graduated from Davidson College and is working for the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC. Son Andrew is a senior at Gettysburg, majoring in health and exercise science. Martha’s upcoming plans include traveling to Seville, Spain, and canoeing the Anderson River in Northwest Territories.
For the last three years, Nicole Visconsi Mawby has rented studio space in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, where she makes glass beads using the ancient technique of lampworking (melting glass with a torch). She creates glass-bead necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to sell in a neighborhood gallery. Nicole also competes as an amateur in ballroom dancing.
Maureen Plunkett does a lot of litigation in juvenile cases in her role as a county attorney. Molly’s eldest daughter graduated from the University of Minnesota and is in the Peace Corps. Her twin girls are sophomores at the University of Washington and the University of Montana. Her 6-year-old son is her “lifetime employment plan.” She took a trip to Thailand with her mother and sister in January.
Natalie Schenker Solomon’s daughter Johanna is majoring in international relations and pre-med at the University of Chicago. Son Jared plays tennis and is heading off to college this fall. Natalie has two pet potbellied pigs.
Katherine Davis Tornehl runs a kindergarten program she founded four years ago at University Lake School in Hartland, WI.
John Demer, brother of Bonnie Demer, who died suddenly of a heart attack in November, sent this addition to the notice that was in the spring issue: “Bonnie transferred to Skidmore from Colby Junior College and McGill. She was a free spirit of the ’60s and remained so the rest of her life. She always spoke well of her years at Skidmore. I am touched by the ways in which Skidmore remembers deceased alumni.”