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Reunion ’00!

Alison Beyea
120 E. 90th St.
New York, NY 10128

Robert and Miriam Dyer Dunning travel all over the country in their motor home, enjoying Florida in winter and upstate New York in summer. They have five grandchildren. They still volunteer, but not as much as they used to.

Class agent Harriet Leighton Enbody felt honored to be asked by class fund chair Janet Atwood to help with our class’s effort with the Annual Fund.

Lloyd and Ruth Niederlander Shoumate took two great trips last summer – three weeks in the Alps (a week each in Italy, Switzerland, and Austria) and a 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal, which was a great adventure with many interesting ports of call.

After 50 years as an archaeological illustrator and set and costume designer. Jan Sutherland Fairservis studies painting again. Her home, a bed and breakfast since husband Walter’s death five years ago, is on the market.

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

William Cygan
John Renshaw
Frederick Burnham
Robert Dunham
Joseph Roseman
John Beals
Stanley Seaman
Florence Adams Philian
Barbara Baker Corcoran
Barbara Becker Meyer
Betsy Dickson Henn
Ruth Eckstein Rothschild
Lois Haight McNulty
Marilyn Halpern
Jeanne Hankinson Bird
Hannah Hoffman
Joan Hutton Schussler
Joan Kelly Williams
Jacqueline Landre Jamot
Mary Lattin Chalmers
Ellen Lawrence Barnes
Marilyn Mead
Adrienne Michaud Casey
Sina Nazzaro Conte
Anna Norton Foster
Earlene Patton Walker
Jacqueline Post Personeus
Patricia Raymond Monte
Barbara Scope Feitel
Betty Scoville Bink
Jane Stotz Matz
Mary Townson Cramer
Marion Weston Bunnell


Betty Wagner French
7577 Tayside Drive
Blacklick, OH 43003

Retirees Russell and Joyce Hansel Housman enjoy their Vero Beach, FL, home and keep busy with grandchildren, golf, and bridge. Joyce substitute teaches and volunteers in the schools in Garden City, NY, and in Florida.

See the story about Ann Hammel Kahl in this issue.

In Menlo Park, CA, Laura Swegler Warner keeps busy with volunteer activities.

Condolences to Maureen Hanway Foulke, whose husband, Roy, died in September 1999 of pancreatic cancer. "Son John, daughter Sarah Foulke ’77, and I have lost an especially lovely man," says Reni.


Dori Harbach Patten
77 Robert Treat Dr.
Milford, CT 06460

Last summer, Mary Frances Hatfield participated in a Skidmore Summer Six workshop in drawing and painting with Hugop Najarian, a member of the visiting faculty.

In January, Judy Schwarz Mossman and family moved a half-mile down the road. Son Ralph and wife show and sell their Heron glass jewelry and pieces at galleries from Saratoga’s Symmetry to the Museum of American Handicrafts and the Jewish Museum and taught glass bead making at the Coming Museum’s studio in NYC. Last August, the Mossmans enjoyed Skidmore’s Summer Exploration program and attended the September inauguration of President Studley. "We’re so glad to be Saratoga residents and be involved in everything from Skidmore to whatever’s going on in our general area (give or take 30 miles)," says Judy. "And Al is a member of the Skidmore orchestra. Wow!"

Dawn Rylander Spitz and husband Eric sold their house in Scarsdale, NY, and are living temporarily in a small apartment until their business is transferred to their son. They will spend summers at their Cape Cod home and winters in Rancho Mirage, CA. Last winter, Dawn entered the Senior Ms. America pageant and won Ms. Southern California. She had a lot of newspaper coverage and received a trophy. Daughter Pam, a partner at Shearman and Sterling law firm, was sent to France for three years. Daughter Kim is director of country music artists for AM-FM network. Dawn and Eric still do a lot of music programs, singing Broadway tunes, and had a gig at the Rancho Mirage Library in November. They also play golf and tennis.


Elizabeth Hauser
241 Lotte Rd.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

In August, Joan Dymond Barnett, Ann Shaaber Campney, Dorothy Garbarino Walka, and Carol Theobald Schafer had a fine mini-reunion at Joannie’s Cape Cod summer home. While on the Cape, they also visited Cyndie Madsen Henson.

In October, Robbie Smith Exner and I had a wonderful 50th high-school reunion in Ridgewood, NJ. After a weekend of gatherings and parties, Robbie went to Connecticut to visit her new granddaughter, Melissa.

Priscilla Greene Taylor, who makes beautiful purses and travel bags, shows her work in Rhode Island, Maine, and Oregon and recently visited Betty Howe Shannon while at a show in Virginia. On her way back to Maine, Priscilla and I spent the weekend in South Hampton with friends.

Send your millennium news so it can be included.


Joanna Davenport
25 Harbor Ave.
Marblehead, MA 01945

Class president Marcie Clausen Gray gathered the ’54 Atlanta gals for a luncheon. The group includes Marcie, Karolyn Whitson Kinkaid, Joan Gragnani Kaufman, and Dodo Morris Hayward.

Recent visitors to Australia were Bob and Nancy Cooke Luce and Bill and Cyndy Wallace Bernart.

Sue Lindemann Staropoli is working on a project for her 50th high-school reunion. Last summer, she continued her longtime job of helping at the annual LPGA tournament in Portland.

Richard and Gwen Williams Spencer went to a medical meeting in San Diego and visited Grace Martin Sheldon. When they returned home to Connecticut, they had a visit from Bill and Gail Lawrence Lerch. Laurie and Bill then went to Maine to sail with Nancy Burley Chase. Nancy has a time share in the Swiss Alps and climbed and toured while there.

I attended the Dennis Vander Meer Tennis Clinic in Hilton Head. Lydia Pardo McMinn also came, and we had a wonderful week.


Reunion ’00!

Marilyn Smith Ingholt
180 E. Campina Dr.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Peggy Tait Willard is retired, but her husband continues his practice in ophthalmology.

Jill Thomson Tracey has two sons – Andy in the Air Force in Norway with his family, and Toby, an architect in Maine involved in historic preservation and restoration.

Sue Warren Campbell and Doug closed on their apartment in Syracuse, NY, and are now permanent residents of Leesburg, FL. They plan to return north to rent an apartment for three months each summer to be near their children and grandchildren. In retirement, Sue publishes a quarterly newsletter for her neighborhood. "Aren’t computers great?" she asks.

Condolences to Judith Hackwell Cornell, whose sister, Faith Hackwell Ernst ’46, died in July 1999.

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

Leslie Bates Stephan
Georgia Carlquist Warburton
Cynthia Clark Woodward
Janet Cohn Siegal
Barbara Cook Monde
Gay Davis Walger
Viviane DeMagnee
Lois Denerstein Marantz
Marijean Donald Rennie
Marja-Riitta Eskola
Erna Finkelstein Kislak
Richard Fuss
Therese Hopital Ducros
Sandra Hudesman Salzman
Joanne Karp Hoffman
Colette LePrince DeVailly
Beverly Lyons Sundstrom
Mary Phelps Zimmerman
Nur Seden Camat
Constance Swedlin Sultan
Margarita VonEinem Peterssen
Cynthia White
Edyth Zukosky Wald


Gayle Stein Bishop
3101 Old Pecos Trail, #636
Santa Fe, NM 87505

While on a trip visiting her son and daughter-in-law in Eugene, OR, Joyce Amling Walbridge called her roommate, Gretchen Veeder Dakin, who lives in Sister. Joyce and Robert go to all the home football games at the University of Illinois. The seats have been in the family for 50 years.

Barbara Biard Cohn and husband Bert are busy working on environmental programs, League of Conservation Voters, and Wilderness Society. They traveled to Israel and the Lake District in England in June and went to Cuba in October with a group led by a sociologist.

Sandra Eisler Wohlberg is a resource-room teacher for children with reading and learning disabilities. She has five wonderful children of her own and five fantastic grandchildren.

Roger and Bobbie Frye Hyde are back in Anchorage, AK, where their two grandsons, ages 4 and 6, live. Bobbie volunteers in the neonatal ICU at Providence Hospital and at the elementary school grandson Christopher attends. Roger still enjoys selling real estate after all these years. They visited daughter Kathy in NYC and went to France for a month.

Carolyn Fuller Paulides enjoyed a small cruise of 59 passengers in Alaska. She stays in touch with Mary Howell Sawers. Since retirement, Mary has been involved with American Red Cross Disaster Services and has been on 15 trips to floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, train crashes, etc. "No work could be more rewarding," she says. "Who would like to join me?"

Jane Greene Stephens and Peter moved back to Jane’s old home territory in S. Portland, ME. They spend November and February through April in Vero Beach, FL.

Catherine Hinds, Susie Kelley Miller, and Susie’s daughter, Debbie, met for lunch in Syracuse, NY, where Catherine has a summer place to which she commutes from Boston; Susie lives in Oneida, NY. Susie claims she won’t ski this winter as she and Eddie will winter in Naples, FL. Catherine had a wonderful day last summer at Skidmore with their entrepreneurial program for teenage girls, Camp Start-up. An extra treat was meeting her niece, Pell Kennedy, who works in the Office of Special Programs, and her sister-in-law, Daphne Kennedy.

Stanley and Ann Honig Seeb have been wintering in Boca Raton, FL, since Stan retired in 1995. They have two grandsons – Jason and Joshua, 2 years and 10 months, respectively – in Atlanta. Like all good grandparents, they visit them often. Ann and Stan took a cruise to Alaska. She sees Barbara Meltzer Rochman often.

Harriet Johnson Toadvine’s husband, Stephen, taught at a business school in Dublin, Ireland, last fall semester. They had a townhouse on the ocean in Blackrock. They hoped to be back in the U.S. for Christmas, their first on Cape Cod, in Osterville.

Doris Kleissler Whitehead met up with Bobbie Jones Hawks at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in the North Country of New York State, where Doris originated the "Afternoon Art Highlights and Tea Program." Bobbie showed up there, and Doris hopes to see her again. Love those coincidences!

Gracia Parkhill Dayton met daughter Heather in Quebec City to celebrate Gracia’s 65th birthday.

In August, Ann Moses Douglas and Gordon, Libby Rumreich Mottur ’58 and Allan, and Bruce and Gracia attended the Palamountain Scholarship polo luncheon in Saratoga and thoroughly enjoyed the event and hearing the Skidmore Bandersnatchers. Twenty-five of Gracia’s immediate and extended family planned to celebrate New Year’s at the Lake Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Were any other Skiddies there?

Condolences to Jean Landby Peffers, whose sister, Margaret Landby Keller ’58, died in June 1999.

Wally and I took a glorious trip to NYC to visit Wally’s daughter, Robin, her three kids, and husband Peter in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We had breakfast cooked by Jill Gindorf Cashman in her apartment on Central Park South with a stupendous view of the park. Jill was a mounted policewoman for 10 years. She plays percussion in the Greenwich Village Orchestra. A volunteer several days a week at the American Museum of Natural History cataloging invertebrates and shells, she took us on a tour of the museum to areas tourists don’t see. As an aside, my daughter, Cindy Jones, lives in Toronto and planned to fly to Santa Fe in November for my 65th. We’re all at that point in our lives. It is really great to be alive and 65!


Ann Talbot Brown
PO Box 1384
E. Orleans, MA 02643

At the Palamountain Scholarship Luncheon in August, Florence Andresen sat with Betty Hartz Hewitt and Marge O’Meara Storrs. Flo has volunteered to serve as honorary chair of the polo luncheon committee for 2000. She also was at the inauguration of President Studley with Barbara Mansfield Saul and Jo Leach Lewis. She wrote that First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke warmly and personally about Skidmore’s new president.

Joy Bell Mayhew is sort of retired from real estate after a coronary artery procedure late last year.

Ann Birdsdall Sperry says, "No news. I’m alive, and that’s good."

James and Timmie Buck Wiant now have eight grandchildren spread across the country. Timmie loves being a grandmother.

Judy Fletcher Baker and Bruce were in Provence and spent Bastille Day watching spectacular fireworks from the deck of a friend’s yacht in Cannes. In October, they went to Prague and Berlin.

Florida resident Julie Gaines Phalen spent last summer in Vermont and managed a brief trip to Massachusetts to see John and Linda Gorham Harvey. Linda’s lovely garden had just been choosen for a tour. On the return trip south, Julie always includes a stop in New Jersey to see Hope Thompson Kerr, who coaches and referees lacrosse and hockey games nearly every weekday. "I don’t know how she keeps track of herself!" says Julie. Back in the South, Julie plans to get together with Clyde and Joan Benninger Nixon. Joan teaches decorative arts classes at the Ringling School of Art and at the Longboat Key Art Center. Joan and Clyde’s first grandchild, Sydney, was born last December in Chicago, and they are thrilled with her. Joan and Clyde had a special anniversary trip to South Africa and a safari last March.

Last October, Gordon and Joy Hamann Shaw’s daughter Alison married Douglas Thornton. Their 4-year-old granddaughter was flower girl, and Alison’s sister, Hilary, was matron of honor. Hilary and her family lived with Joy and Gordon while remodeling their house, so Joy had to stop cutting her wooden jigsaw puzzles, Joy’s Jigs, for a while. Gordon and Joy have a fabulous garden and raise bees. For Alison’s wedding, Joy put up 210 small jars of honey with the date and names of the bride and groom.

Bo and Eloise Hills Burbank returned to Marion, MA, after 35 years in Pennsylvania . He retired, but they are very busy. "It seemed easier when he was working!" says Eloise. "Our last of six graduated from college, while our first of six got married (at 41). Grandchildren, a choir, a chorus, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity keep me hopping." Eloise sees cousin Anina Hills Hodge and Barbara Beckwith Ballentine and corresponds with Anne Gabel Mair.

In September, Nina Hodge hosted a 7/7s nurses mini-reunion. Karen Handler Lent, Ginny Carter Lombardi, and Sylvia Chalk Currie made it. Tink Haller Wallace, Judy Fletcher Baker, and Joy Mayhew couldn’t attend but were there in spirit.

Last summer, Ingrid Kolseth Zola had a marvelous time at the wedding of Judy Mack Bohrman’s daughter. Also there were Walt and Judy Lyman Shipley. Ingrid and Paul spent five weeks in March in Australia and New Zealand. While in Melbourne, they met up with Ron Rosanove. Remember him, nursing students? In November, the Zolas had planned to travel to France, Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

Jean Kreger Carlson’s husband, Coley, is fully retired and engaged in many activities that he did not have time for before. Jean is a realtor and says that this is an exciting time in her area, Seattle. She was looking forward to their annual stay for the month of December in Manhattan, where they visit family and friends and partake of all the city has to offer.

Pat Naigles Lyons and Herb had an interesting experience in September on the Alaska ferry from Bellingham, WA, to Skagway, AK. They met Orli Zuchovitsky ’99, who was heading to Alaska for a job with Americorps. It turns out that Pat and Orli graduated from the same prep school.

Diane Smith Huebner has nine grand children and loves retirement at Bethany Beach, DE. For variation, she planned to ski for two months this winter.

Sara Sprague Monick and Bruce live in Minneapolis, where she leads her Culinary and Art of Living Tours to Europe, directed toward the decorative and fine arts, local artists, private homes, and gardens. In addition, she will take groups to East Anglia and Morocco for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Betty Hartz , Mary Corbett Kunz ’55, and Judy Hagerman Baldwin ’60 have joined her on previous trips, and Betty accompanied Sara on a trip to Provence last fall.

Renee Sussman Dolgoff has been widowed for nine years. She started a club for mature singles in her community called Smoke Rise Solos. They do a lot of activities together, and next year they will go on a trip down the Danube for two weeks. Renee also plays a great deal of tennis and bridge and travels often to Tucson to see her three grandchildren, daughter, and son-in-law. Renee has another married daughter, a fashion designer, in New Jersey.

Vivian Weisenfeld Gans has become involved in grass roots politics in McLean, VA, trying to put a citizen candidate into office. Viv and Ken and Carolyn Geismar Kaplan and Eddie planned to usher in the millennium together in NYC!


Jane Goodman Hunter
17 Caversham Woods
Pittsford, NY 14534

Fran Garrett Crew retired last June and spent seven weeks driving to and visiting Alaska for the second time. Three of her four children are married, and she has three grandchildren.

Mark and Carol Lehwald Dull built a house on top of a sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan. "Retirement," says Carol, "is ‘the berries.’ We love surfing the computer, waves, highways, and skyways. However, the love and joy we share with our five children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren is truly the summit of our lives." Carol would love to hear from Ce-Ce Hoben and Joan Small Minor.

Carolyn Hildenbrand Regan reports that John and Mary Call Tobin built a lovely new home on Gwynn’s Island, VA.

Jane VanSchoick Warren spends summers in Cobleskill, NY, and the remainder of the year in Venice, FL. Jane and husband Peter built a house in Venice soon after son Ian graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1995, then Peter died in 1996. Jane had a show of her work at the Venice Little Theater last year and was pleased to sell 13 pieces. Son Anthony got married in October and lives in Reading, MA.

Randy and I were vacationing in July at the Basin Harbor Club in Vermont and ran into Julie Greene and her golf partner, who were on their way to a tournament in the Adirondacks. Julie looks wonderful, and I hope they won. We also spent a great evening with Carolyn Regan and Bob in Manassas, VA. Carolyn had just returned from a fishing trip to Alaska. They have renovated a lovely home on the river but are planning to retire soon, leaving them more time for travel and their two grandchildren.

I spent a long weekend in May on Hilton Head Island at a reunion of gals from high school, and Ann Ferguson Connolly was my roommate.


Nancy Popplewell Robinson
66 Ober St.
Beverly, MA 01915

After 35 years in San Francisco and losing husband Barry five years ago, Margery Feiler Burman moved back to NYC.

Barbara Foote Tallman has two children, five grandchildren, three adult stepchildren, and four step-grandchildren. She is retired from teaching and school administration and keeps involved in various community services.

After three years in a condo, Kay Gumbinner Bienen missed a house and needed more room for her daughters and granddaughter, thus a move to Odenton, MD. She is still executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and has been happily divorced for 14 years.

After Reunion, Sue Clark Jorgensen worked frantically to get her house ready to rent, despite a house full of visiting family. Her first summer stop was an Elderhostel on the Rangeley Lakes.

Daniel and Susan Collard Fanning happily relocated back to Rhode Island from Florida and enjoyed the New England fall. Granddaughter No. 3 arrived in September to join three grandsons.

Emily Cross Farnsworth attended Skidmore’s Summer Exploration this August for the second time. "It was a real pleasure to see Linda Amerling Scull again (after 40 years) and to meet her husband, Pete," says Emily. "This is one of the most wonderful weeks I have ever experienced and would urge more classmates to try to attend! Shakespeare, psychology, and astrophysics were never more wonderfully presented, not to mention all the fun we had at concerts at SPAC and Lake Luzerne, the golf and tennis courts, and, of course, the Saratoga Racetrack, with a special night at the very special horse auctions!"

Gay Lawerence Woods was sorry to have missed Reunion. "Brad and I rented an apartment in Tuscany and spent a month enjoying the hill towns of Italy," says Gay. "We had family and friends visit us. Our apartment was on a working vineyard halfway up the hill on which Montalcino is located. They are famous for their Brunello wines. It was a great experience."

Rita Maduro Frenkel’s husband, Paul, ran into former Skidmore president David Porter jogging around their local lake in New Preston, CT. Dr. Porter’s family has had a house there for over 50 years. The Frenkels’ daughter, Victoria, is a reading-support teacher in Belmont, MA; son Nicholas Frenkel ’95 is a manager in the entertainment business in NYC with six clients already. Rita is painting more now. She and Marge Goreff Neuwirth missed Pam Watkins Murray at Reunion. I am sure that everyone thinks of and misses our deceased classmates.

Ginney Sue Ridgway lives mostly in Wayzata, MN. She is a realtor and has four sons and four granddaughters. Winters find Ginney Sue in Palm Springs, CA, where three sons live.

Ellen Stewart recommends Reunion to everyone. She had a great time and felt proud when Janet Lucas Whitman and Sue Kettering Williamson received their Outstanding Service Awards. "Thanks to everyone on the committee, thanks to Evie for all her hard work, and thanks to Roe Schainman Halper for the beautiful scarves," says Ellen.

Edward and Sara Williams Watson enjoy spending much of their time in Sun Valley, ID, as well as Mt. Vernon, WA, to visit their three children and three grandchildren.

The mini-reunion at Doris von Conta’s was small, but Emily Farnsworth, Anna Wakefield Milano, Anne Sawyer Manners, and Beverly Sanders Payne had a wonderful time. They visited Doris’s mother, 93, who still lives in the family homestead and whom Anna and Anne remembered from our Skidmore days. Having lived in Europe for several years, Doris is pleased to be renewing Skidmore friendships. In September, she visited her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, Alexander, in Chicago.

This must be the year for Italy! Pete and I and another couple spent nearly four glorious weeks in Buonconvento, Tuscany, and Malta. It was a great experience.

In September, Joey Haufler Rosenthal, Jane Knight Hence, and Lee Sanders Smith had fun doing a walking trip in Italy. In October, Joey hosted a luncheon for Jane, Sue Williamson, Pam Bartholomew Armstrong, Nonnye Landers Wheeler, and Susan Collard Fanning. Joey’s summary is, "All want a repeat! Interesting group and all very youthful, of course." A surprise to Jane is that she is listed in the recent Who’s Who in American Women and will be in the 2000 editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. She has her own design business, J K Hence Design, in Rhode Island and Louisiana and is a consulting associate with Michael McKinley and Associates Architects, Stonington, CT. Jane has two granddaughters – her son’s Anna and her daughter’s Isabella, both 2.


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