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Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb
Phyllis Hansen Nemeth’s first grandchild arrived in March in Aspen, CO, where she was welcomed by her parents, uncle, and grandmother. Phyllis, who lives in Arcadia, CA, flies to Washington, DC, once a month as a member of Project 535, a group of volunteer lobbyists for the pro-family organization Concerned Women for America. She serves on the board of directors of a pregnancy resource center and several others at her church. An advocate for national sovereignty, she is also involved in several border-control organizations.
Lindsay Knowlton took a wonderful birding trip to Trinidad and Tobago this winter and saw spectacular hummingbirds and hawks. She also visited Isle Bizard, above Montreal, to observe a great grey owl.
Avid travelers Linda Smith Thurston and husband Dave’s most recent excursion was a Baltic cruise. Closer to home, Linda is a personal and staff trainer and instructor of balance and mobility classes for the elderly at the Central Buck YMCA in Doylestown, PA. She considers her work just an extension of her phys-ed major at Skidmore. Lindsay particularly enjoyed seeing old friends at Reunion last June.
This year has been “full of the yin and yang of life” for Judy Pick Eissner, who lost a brother to a sudden heart attack in February and then welcomed her first grandchild 10 days later. Judy spent most of February in NYC to be near her grandson and was joined for a long weekend by Anne Milnor O’Connor and Hollie Hicks Clay. During that visit, the trio met with Lynne Tower Combs for lunch.
Susan Vuicker’s daughter Jessica was married in Manhattan in February. In early April Susan moved into a new home in Hudson Heights, above the George Washington Bridge.
Deborah Frankel Reese ’63 has been producing an extensive newsletter four times a year, and thought “surrounding classes might find it interesting.” You can read these wonderful memories and stories at www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1963/1963.html.
Bev Fuhrmann Gregory and husband spent part of the winter in Florida. While sightseeing in southern Georgia on their way home, they ran into Lynn Stevens Shafer on the ferry from Cumberland Island to St Mary’s. Both couples had spent the day sightseeing on the island en route to their homes up north. Bev notes, “What fun to meet a classmate on a ferry!”
Now fully retired, Paula Stein Weinberg and husband Martin Kotch spent the winter in Sarasota, FL. Together they are the adoring grandparents of six. “Our 40th reunion,” says Paula, “was wonderful—the place, the people, the memories, and the time spent.”
Stephanie Rose has been working in theater set design and lighting in NYC. Her portrait of John Ashbery was purchased for the Albany Institute of History and Art by Albert Roberts, former head of the NYS Ways and Means Committee. Although Stephanie has an established reputation as an abstract painter, she has broadened her work to include portraiture. Her first portraiture exhibit was held in 1999 at Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities in NYC.
Betsy Boyle Carpenter is living happily in Jacksonville Beach, FL, near her oldest daughter and three grandsons. Retired after 30 years of teaching, Betsy and husband Trevor enjoy traveling to visit their other grandchildren, and keep busy with music, Jazzercise, and the beach.
Carol Theodos Savage and husband Michel Goldberg bought a home on Longboat Key, FL, and spent the winter basking in warmth and sunshine. Carol would love to hear from other Skidmore alumni in the area.
Freddie “Russ” Jones and husband Brian celebrated their 30th anniversary in Hawaii last fall. They love being grandparents to two. Since both of their children live in the Boston area, Russ and Brian expect to spend a lot more time in that part of the country. A software developer, Brian is able to work anywhere in the world via the Internet. The couple can readily combine work with vacation.
Husband Bill and I enjoyed a 19-day cruise from Venice through many Mediterranean ports and across to Ft. Lauderdale last fall. We loved seeing so much and only unpacking once! Happily we arrived home in time to spend Thanksgiving with our kids’ families. We now have six grandchildren; the oldest graduated from college this spring, and the youngest will enter pre-kindergarten in the fall. There are also some step-grandchildren. Both of our kids’ families live nearby, allowing us to get together often. The mix of diverse ages makes for some crazy and wonderful fun. We love every minute of it.
For those of you who missed Reunion, the results of the survey taken last spring are available online at www.skidmore.edu/alumni (click on “class pages,” then “1964,” then “40th reunion class survey results.”