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Chris Filbin Hoffman
Class president Sally Huling Hilderbrand shares news of celebration (a 60th birthday, common to most of us this year) and change (retirement next January). Daughter Elin published her fourth novel, The Blue Bistro, in May. She lives on Nantucket, MA (the setting for all her novels), with her husband and two sons. Blue Bistro is Sally’s favorite of the four; she says, “Elin is a gourmet cook, and she’s at her best writing about food.” Sally’s son Doug is a weatherman in Washington, DC.
Biddeford, ME, resident Jean Fletcher believes last winter was the best snow season in years, providing great skiing (cross-country and downhill) and snowshoeing. She does admit that it was hard to put in a garden in March, with two feet of snow still covering the ground.
While generally in good health, Nancy Nims Mullins and husband Mac struggled with assorted aches and pains this year: she with bone spurs on both feet and he with a herniated disc. But they are now happy, healthy, and playing golf again. Nancy also loves her Curves membership. She continues to work part-time for an orthopedic surgeon, while Mac still delivers babies. The couple is delighted that son Andy, who graduated from Regent Law School last May, works for a local law firm. The Mullinses enjoyed lots of company over the summer prior to leaving for an August trip to Bermuda with several other families.
Sudee Sanders, who spent five days in Boston at the National Art Education Association Conference this past spring, gives an A-plus to presenter Barbara Cherry Marder. Sudee also volunteered for Philadelphia’s annual Book and the Cook Festival, a weeklong restaurant and cookbook celebration featuring celebrity chefs and authors. She claims to enjoy a rich cultural life and a poor social one, saying, “My three Oriental shorthair cats are my most faithful friends!”
Lorraine Rorke Bader and husband Lani traveled to Italy in June to join daughter Linden for a hike in the Alps. Back in NYC Linden works at Bergdorf Goodman and lives in a brownstone owned by Susan Gottlieb Beckerman. Lorraine still teaches at the French American International School in San Francisco. The Baders’ son Tony is a sophomore at UC-Davis.
Marjorie Kalins Taylor, Barbara Maxon Benerofe, Suzanne Hammer Eliot, and Sandy Colony meet for dinner in NYC several times a year to celebrate birthdays, holidays, or life changes. This year they will mark their 60th birthdays. Marjorie is a mentor with Skidmore’s College Alumni in Public Schools program. Like the other 19 alumni volunteers, she devotes time and energy to help guide a senior from Manhattan’s Norman Thomas High School toward higher education. “It’s a challenging and very worthwhile process.”
Izzy Maccracken Winn and husband Michael welcomed their first grandchild in March. Named after Izzy’s mother, she is the daughter of the Winns’ son. In November Izzy spent a week in her birthplace of Cleveland, OH—with busloads of others from the Washington, DC-area—campaigning door-to-door in swing precincts for John Kerry. “It was very stimulating, even though the ‘other guy’ squeaked by!” she notes stoically.
Bev Harrison Miller and husband Wayne were walking up Tremont Street in Boston after attending the ballet, when she heard someone call her name. She turned around to see Mike Meguerdichian ’02, a former student representative on the alumni association’s board who now attends Tufts Medical School. Wayne later commented that when he saw Bev embrace a young man, he figured it had to be someone from Skidmore!
Mimi Barker reports that Ruth Wildman Maynard spent time in a Venice, FL, hospital this spring. After a sudden onset of unusual symptoms, a lung tumor and several brain tumors were discovered and treated with radiation and chemotherapy. Characteristically upbeat, Ruth lauded the cancer center’s expert staff as well as the highly supportive friends who surround her at home in Boca Grande, FL.
Life with a 16-year-old who now drives and works is quite a change. My husband, Frank, and I are proud of Nick, who in April traveled around the Irish countryside with nine other New England Colonials basketball players in a series of goodwill basketball tournaments. I continue to enjoy early-morning aerobics with a group of friends, and my marketing and recruitment work.