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Reunion ’00!

Genevieve Oliver Littlefield
PO Box 105
Bristol, ME 04539

Fred and Charlotte Diment Eckel now have four granddaughters and a new grandson, born to son John and his wife in July.

Barbara Fisher Butterworth lives in a retirement village in Gaithersburg, MD. Though she misses friends in Massachusetts, she enjoys being near her daughter, three grandchildren, and her first great-grandson.

Dorothy Fisher Terner moved to Boulder, CO, five years ago and loves living near her daughter, the university, and her mountain cabin, which is only an hour away. Dorothy winters in Lake Worth, FL, and hasn’t given up on her golf game yet.

Elizabeth Flatow Kaufmann sent me a magnificent picture of Barbara Strook Kaufman in the Vermont Standard in Woodstock, VT. Strookie was one of over 30 artists displaying their work at a sculpture fest and hers was titled Ceramic Woman with Raspberry Glaze.

Jane Griswold Mensel no longer plays tennis but still gardens. One daughter is fighting breast cancer, and the other is seeking the cause of headaches.

Barbara Hamlin Andrews plans to attend Reunion, June 1—4.

Roberta Hotaling Watson lives in East Dennis, MA, but her family is spread out from New York to North Carolina. She has seven granddaughters and two grandsons. Bobby keeps active with hospital bridge marathon, garden club, and visiting housebound patients.

Margery Maddock Miles and Bob were privileged to attend the election of their late son, Robert Jr., to the Hall of Fame at the U.S. Army Transportation Center in Fort Eustis, VA.

Irving and Nancy Mergentime Silverman contributed 1,500,00 pieces of antique printer’s wood type to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, which opened in May 1999. It is the first wood type museum in the world. The Silvermans’ collection is the core of the museum.

A year ago December, while preparing for a January hip replacement, Barbara Smith Mettler fell in the doctor’s office and broke a leg and wrist. They healed, and she had the hip replaced in April. Though they don’t live nearby, five children provided needed support. Barbara and Bill celebrated their 55th anniversary in August, though he is on oxygen and almost housebound. She is back doing training and singing with the Girl Scouts, which is fun.

Edith Marie Switzer Cox volunteers at the Pulaski, NY, public library and belongs to several community organizations. She also does a lot of needlecrafts. Her family is spread out across the country – in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Alabama.

After 43 years in the same home, Floyd and Martha Worthen Ladd moved to a single-floor townhouse. "I feel like I’m in a motel," says Martha.

John and Elizabeth White Gilmour moved to a villa community in Vero Beach, FL, which is very private and quiet. In October, they went to the wedding of a granddaughter in Galveston Island, TX; her brother married a year ago in Pensacola, FL. "I can’t believe we’ve made it to 2000!" says Diz. "Good luck to all and keep healthy."

Condolences to Nette Meads Hoyt, whose husband, Harry, passed away last summer after a short illness and just before their 59th wedding anniversary. Kay Schilling Lyall, daughter Pam Schick Kelsey ’70, and Elaine Oberwager Johnson attended the memorial service on Martha’s Vineyard in September.

I’m sorry to report the death of Nancy Edick Alt in October. She suffered cerebral hemorrhages last January and again in May.

Do think of attending our 60th reunion, and be proud of having helped all those years of making Skidmore what it is today.

Please call us at 518-580-5600 if you have an address for a "lost" classmate:

Mary DeMass Murrow
Patricia Everly Ratliff
Catherine Ingham Nason
Jean Potter Dinsmore
Margaret Roy
Jean Speirs Stockman


Miriam Ogden Cudmore
13041 W. Ohio Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228

Doss Bruning Herrmann and Bill are doing fine. Her note of thanks for keeping our class together and informed was appreciated.

Yolanda Campoli Cancilla and Vic took a trip to Ireland last spring. In the fall, they went on an Elderhostel to Venice and Verona, Italy.

Jane Dewey Cash spent three days in Nova Scotia and a week in her hometown of Binghamton, NY. She is spending the winter at her condo in Dania, FL.

Betty Kerley Brooks takes gourmet cooking classes.

Audrey Mayforth Wetzler had a wonderful cruise of the Baltic last summer, seeing all the Scandinavian capitals and ending the cruise with a bang. "We were on the ship that collided with a freighter 40 miles from Dover, our last night. Three containers landed on our ship – a few dents but no big problem for us," she reports.

Cadi Roberts Galterio still lives in East Dennis on Cape Cod but is beginning to think that her home is too large. She keeps busy with her church and the ladies aid group.

Dot Shaw Panning was hospitalized in November for a few "repairs."

Jean Summersgill Neiswinter is in her second year as secretary of the residence executive committee for Claridge Court, where she lives. She attended a large family gathering on Cape Cod last summer and celebrated her 80th birthday in November. She and her daughter’s family also enjoyed a visit to Branson, MO.

Tina Towne Moore attended the inauguration of President Jamie Studley. The only classmate she saw was Ruth Mook Kerr. Tina and John traveled to Spain and Portugal in November and were planning a trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Some of Paul and Pat Wakeley Mara’s grandchildren are into Irish dancing and others are into football. Pat and Paul looked forward to a trip to Costa del Sol.

Condolences to Pat Moseley Trepagnier on the loss of husband Trip last fall.

In August, Ken and I had a great reunion luncheon with Betsey Patch Mitchell as she passed through Denver on the way home from a visit to Canon City, CO. We shared news of our children and grandchildren and spoke of our big 60th reunion at Skidmore in 2001!

At a Skidmore alumni club event in October in downtown Denver, CO, Ken and I were pleased to meet Mildred Herridon Webster, her husband, and daughter. Mildred is into rug hooking.

Ken and I are fine, only too busy with church obligations, among other things. I sent a letter on behalf of the Class of ’41 to our new president, Jamienne S. Studley, and received a lovely reply. We would have loved to attend her inauguration at Skidmore, but it was on the same day as our 56th anniversary!


Julianne Oppenheimer Lewis
171 Weyford Terr.
Garden City, NY 11530

Lois LaDow Hilton and George had a family reunion with both sons and families, and George took on the boys for a game of golf.

John and Jane Herbert Williams are still able to make the commute between Massachusetts and Florida, plus a little travel on the side. The family is well, with four active teenage grandchildren.

Condolences to Phyllis Coté McCarty, whose husband, Bill, died last spring. Phyllis’s children have been wonderful. She spent a couple of weeks in France with a son and his family, visited Chicago with another, and spent time with two other children close by. She still lives in the country, where she gardens, paints, and writes – "still honing my Skidmore skills," she says.

I’m sorry to report the death of Jill Spencer Weichsel in June 1999.


Mary Sinon Sayer
58 Branch Tpk., #8
Concord, NH 03301

Henry and Nancy Johnston Walker took an Alaskan cruise last August, leaving from and returning to San Francisco. "It was a really wonderful trip," she says, "with fabulous scenery."

Buff Rosen Magill increased her family by two great-grandchildren. She lives in Sarasota, FL, and travels in the summer when her health permits.


Barbara Conlon Bulger
1160 Thomas Rd.
Wayne, PA 19087-1410

Happy New Millennium to everyone! Can hardly believe we’ve seen our way through to another century! What did everyone do to celebrate? Please write me about your exciting (or not!) holiday activities.

Congratulations to the Class of 1944! Never before has a 55th reunion class raised as much as the $60,522 achieved this year by the Class of ’44. This is a new record, previously held for 10 years by the Class of 1934. Donor participation (64.5 percent) was also very high.

If the rest of this report sounds like a travelogue – it is! The Class of ’44 is on the road in a big way of late. . . .

Mary Badger Jessup had a busy year visiting family and friends in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. Her latest jaunt was to Albuquerque, NM, to visit and sightsee.

Elaine Baldwin Moffatt recently celebrated the 110th anniversary of her family’s company, Charles Baldwin and Sons, which has manufactured extracts, especially vanilla and maple syrup, all these years in Stockbridge, MA. "The event was a biggie for our little town, and we even had senators and representatives present, as well as a letter from the White House, for whatever value that has," says Elaine. Classmates Ellen Hart Mulvey, Ruth Lawrence McComb, and Frances Perkins Kelsey also attended. Elaine moved from Tucson to Green Valley, AZ.

After a 12-day trip to England, Theodora Barlow Carlaw writes from Cape Cod that all is well in her busy life. She says hi to all and reminisces about fun times at Spring Street and West Hall dorms.

Ahoy, Skiddies! Betty Bonnewell Stone and husband Robert started off the last year of the century by rounding South America’s Cape Horn aboard the Royal Princess. They’re spending February through March at St. Simon’s Island, GA.

In the "coincidence" category, Dorothy Burgess Everett and Jean Dunn Wickenden both live at Kendal-at-Ithaca. Dottie enjoys the many activities at the community and her apartment with its sunny, west view; Herb lives in the health wing. In November, her balcony garden was still blooming!

Marie Flinker Putney hit the West Coast last summer with husband Blake, visiting LA and Palo Alto.

The summer of ’99 featured a cruise to Russia and Scandinavia for Myrna Kroll Weed.

Sue Liss moved from NYC to Pennswood Village, a continuing-care retirement community. Her new address is 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd., #D-103, Newtown, PA 18940.

Elizabeth Plumley Scofield lives near the Chesapeake in St. Michaels, MD, with her children located nearby. Liz is still involved in art circles and gardening, and gets away on cruises and jaunts to Florida with husband Ralsey.

Jean Purdy Daniels in Apple Valley, MN, is busy with volunteering, teaching English as a second language, and lots of bridge. Jean vacationed in the British Isles last summer with family.

July found Patricia Sullivan Spicer and husband Charles in Maine visiting Mary Jessup and touring the Acadia scene.

Winning the frequent correspondence sweepstakes (she wrote twice!) is Elizabeth Weed Duryea, who is still active in local politics in Montauk, NY, as well as with the Montauk Library and the Village Beautification Association, which she founded 35 years ago.

Sadly, our condolences are extended to the families of Marian Britton Preston, who died suddenly in July 1999; Carol Noble Kalsen, who also passed away in July 1999; and Phyllis Smethurst, who died in October 1999.

Who’s got e-mail? Now that I’ve joined the computer age, I’m asking any and all of you who are wired to send me news online. My new e-mail address is listed above. Dodie Roman Guenther is putting together an e-mail directory, which we’ll share with you all.


Reunion ’00!

Janice Sharp Adkins
417 N. Hemlock Lane
Williamstown, MA 01267

In September, Marge Duffett Reid and Lew spent almost eight weeks in their RV, joining a caravan of 78 people and 39 Winnebagos in Moab, UT, and touring the canyons. Having had a hip replacement last May, Marge was thankful to be able to keep up with the group. Before returning home, they attended the balloon festival in Albuquerque, which launched 873 balloons. "An unforgettable sight!" claims Marge.

Last summer, Phyllis Friedman Levenson had lunch with Hattie Smith Collins and Julia Hill Kane at the Ridgefield Inn in Connecticut. Phyllis spoke with professor emeritus of music Stanley Saxton on his 95th birthday earlier in the summer. His compositions are still being published.

Jim and Marjorie Hill Laughton took a trip to Tahiti and cruised around the French Polynesian islands. Daughter Debby opened a design store in Newburyport, MA, called Catch of the Day.

Ankle surgery last April has curtailed activities for part-time travel agent Kay Krauskopf Brylawski.

Last June, Marjorie Ploger Eger and Bill celebrated their 50th anniversary at Groton’s historic 1678 Inn with 85 people in attendance. Jeanne Kimball Carrazzone, Jo’s roommate and matron of honor, attended with husband Al, as well as Marge Horstman Calvert and husband Bill and Marge’s son, Richard Eger ’79. Brooke Maxwell ’66, unable to attend, would have brought the Skidmore constituency to 6 percent of the guests. A trio of musicians allowed guests to do spontaneous solos, including their grandson, 12, and son Rick, who played the African badimbao and sang the Portuguese lyrics. "It was a fun affair that generated memories for us and e-mail friendships between tablemates," says Jo.

Merelyn Putnam Foster moved back to Lunenburg, MA, where she and husband Roger had lived for many years. Prior to his death in 1997, they had lived in Leominster. Mel is very happy to be "back home," with two sons and their families nearby. She volunteers at the local library and historical society, joined a health club, and travels some. She is also writing a history of her family’s real estate and insurance companies.

In August, Phyllis Sperans Halpern enjoyed a visit to Saratoga Springs, toured the campus, took in a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and went to the races. She hopes to return for our 55th reunion. In the fall, Parker and Phyllis went to Cuba for a week on a humanitarian mission and discovered what has befallen that once beautiful country. They spent the millennium weekend in NYC and expect to spend the rest of the winter in Naples, FL. Phyllis is still chair of public relations and marketing for the board of Young Audiences of Virginia.

Betty Spoerl Eckerson and Bill visit two daughters and families who live in Charlottesville, VA. One daughter and her husband manage a horse farm of 45 horses, half of which are boarders and the other half are trained for carriage driving. BJ and Bill have eight grandchildren, ages 1 to 24. Last summer, two granddaughters, both 24, got married – one at a chapel of the University of Virginia and the other in Boulder, CO.

Marilyn Maier Feinberg’s Sam had gall bladder surgery and spent the summer recovering. Last fall, they were able to attend the Amherst-Weslyan football game, which Amherst won!

Condolences to Nancy Stall Howard, who lost her husband of 54 years in August, and to Margaret Curle Hill, who lost her second husband of five years in September. Nancy has 13 grandchildren.

Marty Lynn Doe died on Aug. 20, 1999. Husband Bill says, "She died peacefully at home of a CNS lymphoma. She suffered no pain but just slipped away from us during an afternoon nap. She is at rest and the family is picking up the pieces to carry on. Thanks to all who sent cards." The class extends condolences to Bill, son Thomas, daughter Marianne, and daughter Lynn Doe Shipway ’70.

Condolences to the family of Natalie Walker Hauserman, who died in June 1999.

Please call us at 518-580-5600 if you have an address for a "lost" classmate:

Nancy Adamson Foster
Mary Barker Joyce
Dorothy Cooper Ball
Dorothy Freeman Kircher
Anne Levy Rudolph
Betty Lindquist Bernier
Frances Moch Skidmore
Nancy Morison Miller
Jo Ponticello Machlin
Virginia Ries Whitthar
Clare Schouler Scholz
Dorothy Schulter Opalach
Isabel Sherwin Harris
Jeanne Tremble Davis


Miriam Blechman Grimes
2166 Pleasant Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038
Fax: 215-886-2877

Betty Jean England Olsen lives in Santa Rosa, CA, which she says is "a beautiful part of Sonoma County in the redwoods and wine country." She was recently nominated for Who’s Who International Professional. BJ retired in 1988 after teaching the blind in San Francisco unified school district for 24 years.

Faith Hope Barnard’s three children and their offspring visited for Christmas as did one of husband Dave’s twin daughters and her children. The Barnards spent four months last summer rehabbing their apartment in Chicago and took a side trip to Rocky Mountain National Park for some great mountain climbing. They have a new golden retriever pup to pep up their 12-year-old golden. "I had forgotten how rambunctious a pup can be!" says Faith.

Warren and Fran Schermerhorn Sherley enjoy the mountains of Hanover, NH, and the casual, collegiate atmosphere. Fran enjoys having sister Jean Schermerhorn Watson ’48 living nearby. In April, the Sherleys went to Bermuda to visit their honeymoon site of 45 years ago. This fall, they vacationed at Sea Lodge in La Jolla, CA, and enjoyed the San Diego Zoo. Son David and grandson Zachary live in Pittsburgh. Fran still plays lots of tennis.

My fifth grandchild, Ezra, son of middle son Seth, arrived. Paul and I enjoyed a South Sea Islands cruise last March and a tour of Ireland in August – nice interludes from the everyday life of housekeeping, fitness center, and life in all its realities.


Jane Geibel Morton
3 Springwood Path
Syosset, NY 11791
Fax: 516-424-5455

Pat Chapman Zilliox took a safari in Tanzania, complete with a balloon ride over the Serengeti Plain at dawn.

Hilary and Nancy Childs Smart sold their home of 44 years and are renting an apartment in Weston, CT. They kept their summer house in Rockport, MA, and the Florida villa. Seven of their nine grandchildren live nearby.

Mae Finkbeiner spent the month of July in a hospital in Germany after breaking her pelvis as a result of a "stupid fall." Despite her name, she says she knows practically no German, but the nurses and fellow patients were just great in establishing communication and learned more English than she learned German. She says, "I learned how generous, caring, and kind people can be to a stranger. They brought me so much food and drink and so many flowers, cigarettes, and English newspapers, magazines, and books that the area around my bed looked like a supermarket." She read eight novels and swam daily in the hospital pool as part of her physical therapy.

Last summer, I had the pleasure of visits with Do Dunkel Jerman from California and Jeanne Clements Roth from Aspen. They came to Long Island at different times and stayed with Roy Clark, widower of Stella Lipphard, who seems to enjoy us Skidmore alumnae. He came to our 50th reunion, you may remember. Anyhow, Do and Roy came for dinner, and we met Clem and Roy for lunch in Port Washington. Clem was excited about a successful five-year project she worked on in Aspen to secure affordable senior housing for 20 lucky folks. Clem’s e-mail is: Do has a wonderful motto we all should heed for getting our houses in order, "If it’s cracked, chipped, or broken, get rid of it."

Beverly Nicholson Adams wrote from Farmington, ME, that she had a wonderful month in the South Pacific, traveling all over Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Before buttoning up for the winter, Nikki extended greetings to all from Maine.

Don and Nancy Nickum Damtoft sold their half of their lovely farm in the Berkshires. It lessens the burden of responsibilities and labor, but, as Nicky says, it has left a big hole in their lives.

I heard from Clem and Betty Noyes McMath that the inauguration ceremony for our new president was exciting. Clem was disappointed that more of our classmates were not there. There are so many demands on our time, even though we’re retired, it’s hard to believe. The truth is that Clem and Betty never knew the other was there.

Construction on Gloria Wasserman Sachs’s NYC gallery began this fall and is schedule to be complete in March. The gallery is an all glass version of a Chinese house and courtyard. "I look forward to inviting one and all!" she says.

When I was in Seattle in June for the Family and Consumer Science annual meeting, a cousin made the visit special by taking me to see great pieces by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. During an all-day tour of food establishments, we went to Starbuck’s headquarters, Columbia winery, and had dinner at Fuller’s. I’ve been teaching food classes on tofu and soy products the last couple of years, and tofu is "in" right now. Want recipes? Write me. Relatives from England were here for a few weeks, and during a trip to visit relatives in Pittsburgh we heard Andre Previn at Heinz Hall. We continue to take computer classes and are learning about digital cameras and photo discs. In November, we attended a weekend workshop in New Hampshire that features the food and history of the Shakers. Guess I’ve been doing something right because my bone-density test showed the old bones are in good condition "for my age."


Esther Anderson Lacey
116 Murray St.
Binghamton, NY 13905

In August, several of us attended a luncheon in NYC hosted by Wilma Stein Tisch to meet Susan Kress, the Skidmore professor who occupies the Class of ’48 Chair. Those present were Leila Goldstein Garlock, Ruth Bloch Baltimore, Mary Jane Baker Macartney, Tibby VanNess Reid, Gretchen Eisner Rachlin, Jean Domin Knapp, me, Professor Kress and her daughter, Emma, and Marny Krause and Steve Clark from the Development Office. It gave us a great opportunity to get to know Susan Kress.

Jean Domin Knapp chaired a successful 55th reunion at Northfield, which included compiling two song books (one for the men and one for the women) for a sing-along. Later in June, she attended her granddaughter’s sixth-grade graduation. It was quite a ceremony and made grandma proud.

On Sept. 25, several of us from the Class of ’48 attended the inauguration of Skidmore President Jamienne S. Studley: Nancy D’Wolf, Tibby Reid, Judy Weis Warren, Honey Bernstein Casden, and I. It was a fantastic ceremony, and it was thrilling to see our first woman president. The surprise of the day was an appearance by Hillary Clinton, who made a few remarks during the program.

Martha Blomberg Beery is doing well on her new knee. She attended her 55th high-school reunion last fall. Kit Carson Anderson spent 10 days in Charlottesville, VA, helping her daughter move into a new house. She spent hours scrubbing someone else’s dirt and tending to two golden retrievers.

Sally Cheney Buell and husband Art are combining an Elderhostel in California with a visit to family in Roseville, CA. Their East Coast trip will be spent at a B&B owned by friends in Georgetown, ME.

In California, Verna Dick Stassevitch is getting settled in a new place. She’s exploring opera and recently had a walk-on role in Gotterdammerung.

Don’t worry, you haven’t missed PBS’s They Drew Fire, which includes an interview with Richard Gibney. The documentary about war artists is scheduled to air in May.

Bob and I had lunch with Barbara Green Brooks and her friend at a delightful old tavern in Hawley, PA. Believe me, this is rural America. Who should serve us but a recent graduate of Skidmore, a Filene scholar. She was quite surprised to see two 50-year-plus graduates still able to get out and have a good time together.

Jeanne Herrup Elman and Marshal celebrated their 50th anniversary with children and grandchildren on a Mediterranean cruise ending in Barcelona for a few extra days.

Maryanne Meyer Kaemmerlen says that Paul was impressed with Skidmore’s Reunion Weekend. He had to pay for everything at his 50th at Dartmouth in 1996. Mousie saw Bernice Warr Williams in Florida and stopped to see Jean Colby Shields in South Carolina on the way north. In New Hampshire, she visited Sara Fetridge Sloat. This girl really gets around.

Marion Miner Heddy lives in southwest Virginia but travels often to California, New Jersey, and Florida. They have three children and five grandchildren in Long Beach, CA. They spend four months in PGA West at La Quinta. One daughter lives in Rumsen, NJ, where they stay twice a year for a golf-seniors day. Marion enjoys visiting nearby Abingdon, VA, a historic and artistic community.

Phyllis Mittag Hall’s first grandchild graduated from high school in June and now attends the University of California, Davis. Phyllis and husband Robert planned a Canadian Rockies trip last fall.

Jean Schnabel Bailey and Doug escaped the Texas summer by working as volunteers at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, north of Flagstaff, AZ.

Another dinner reunion took place in Denver with Audreta Sheldon Pape and Skip and Evelyn Burns Stewart and Harold. The Stewarts attended the International Kiwanis Convention in Denver. The Capes celebrated their 50th anniversary on an Alaskian cruise with their children. They live in Fort Collins, CO.

Marilyn Siegler Jennings’s son, Greg, and daughter-in-law welcomed twins Steven and Emily into their family in August. They live near each other in a suburb of Seattle.

Dotsie Slosson Erskine has been helping care for her new granddaughter, Emma. While in Texas, she had dinner and lunch with Ruth Montgomery Merritt and Sox. The Merritts live about 30 minutes outside Dallas.

Jean Stewart Brandt and husband Frank took a summer trip across the U.S. from California to Connecticut where they reunioned with their two children and families in Madison for two weeks. By the time they returned to the West Coast, they had covered 7,800 miles in their old Chevy sedan.

Suzanne Strauss Kraus and husband took a three-week summer vacation on a cruise in the Mediterranean, ending in Barcelona. They also enjoy being a part of the computer world.

Condolences to Grayce Smethurst Elgar, whose sister, Phyllis Smethurst ’44, died in October 1999.


Edith Armend Holterman
319 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306

In August, Bev Bernhardt Jarrett’s son and family came home from China, where he was the state department spokesman in the Beijing uprising. Luckily for him, he was having a dinner party that night and wasn’t locked in the embassy. Husband Paul celebrated his 80th birthday. Bev’s mom, 97, had a stroke, so Bev doesn’t travel too far from home.

Neal and Carolyn Cain Willen took a tour of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. "From the Viking ships and Vigeland sculptures, to the fjords and glaciers, it was spectacular!" says Candy.

Barbara Couch Rupnow and Mac celebrated their 50th anniversary in August, when all the family got together at Cape Cod. Her three daughterss treated them to dinner and overnight at the Lighthouse Inn in W. Dennis, MA – the same place they had spent their honeymoon. On Sept 10, oldest daughter Linda and Jane Hendershot Blake, who was Barbara’s bridesmaid, attended a small celebration. In January, they planned a Caribbean cruise with longtime friends who were married around the same time.

Chuck and Leah Cunningham Wood enjoyed the inauguration of Jamie Studley. They joined Marjorie Fee Neff and daughter Deb, Martha Dunkel Chilcott, Claire Schreiber Pittman, Evie Mitchell Blackhall, and Betsy Bell Condron for the festivities. "The Harlem Boys Choir performance was great on Friday night," says Leah, "and Hillary Clinton was an added surprise on Saturday."

Phyl Dye Turner completed her 18th year as a writer and director of the Indiana State University Summer Stage Repertoire Theatre. At the end of the season, she and husband Neal headed for the Greek isles, Athens, and Turkey for an adventure or two.

Esther Griffing Joseph was glad to share some special moments at Reunion.

Margery Heilbronner Becker and Irv also had a wonderful time at Reunion and congratulate all the people who put on the show. She just returned from two weeks in northern Italy and surrounding lake country.

Ann Lilley Smith had a great trip to England with daughter Susan and three grandchildren, 16, 20, and 21, for five days in London and 10 days touring southern England. Claire Pittman, Martha Chilcott, and Ann met in Fort Pierce, FL, in November.

Lorna Maynard says, "Reunion was great! The highlight of my summer! Many thanks to all who worked so hard and for their clever planning."

Thanks to Evelyn Mitchell Blackhall on a great job naming all the girls in our reunion picture.

Flo Steinberg Ackerman became a great-grandmother through son Jed’s oldest daughter. The strangest part, says Flo, is knowing Jed and Sue are grandparents.

On Oct 14, Judy Sturtevant Harris, Nan Currier Hilfrank, and Nancy Hosking Smith visited Mary Lou Russell Murphy in Bath, ME. They gave her our 50th reunion t-shirt and tote and showed her pictures of what she had missed. Judy and Howard celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party given by their Florida son, Frank, and New Jersey daughter, Mary Grace. Judy finally finished her physical therapy, which nearly kept her from Reunion. She has had to forego golf, but walking is great. In September, Judy and Howard spent three weeks in central Italy. "Praise be to my therapist," says Judy. "I had no trouble walking, even though that whole part of the world is uphill, I swear." She thanks Ruth Gold West for the bulbs, which she has planted in memory of our deceased classmates.

On a great Elderhostel in Yellow Springs, PA, Al and I toured the springs, Pearl Buck’s house, Michener Museum, Daniel Boone’s, and Hopewell Furnace Iron Works. In the fall, we went to Annapolis for his USS Miami reunion.

Sorry to tell you about another classmate who passed away since Reunion – Gladys Derby Falconer on June 8.


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