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Genevieve Oliver Littlefield
PO Box 105
Bristol, ME 04539

Pete Mergentime Silverman and Irving have sold their New York home. The couple spend summers in Maine and winters in Arizona. They are also the very proud grandparents of Deborah Siegel ’01 and David Siegel ’04.

Charlotte Stern Roubey had a super land-sea trip to Alaska in June. She had been there years ago and remarked that Alaska had changed as much as she had! Afterwards, she traveled to Myrtle Beach with her son and family. In September, she flew to Paris and on to Tours. She joined a group of guests and toured the entire area — all in one wonderful week. Although her bags are always packed, Miss Charlotte will remain at home for awhile!

Hilda Widmer Woodruff and her lovely daughter did a fantastic job of taking pictures at our 60th reunion and delighted us with copies. Yes — a wonderful time was had by all.

Our sympathies to the family of June Allen Merrick, who died in July 2000, in Hartford, CT. My fellow nursing grads, I am so grateful that we have remained a closely-knit group over the years.

Our sympathies are also sent to Elaine Oberwager Johnson, whose husband Jim died in September 2000 following a fall.


Reunion ’01!

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

We are heading for our big 60th reunion, May 31 to June 3, 2001. Everyone, plan to come!

Bettina Loheed Towne Moore and daughter Jane Martin spent a week in Paris and 10 days painting in the village of Dieulefit with a group called “Art in Provence.” She reports, “It was a great mother-daughter experience.”

Yolanda Campoli Cancilla is doing fine, and plans to attend our reunion, from her home in Pittsfield, MA.

Joyce Greene Lisby, who lives in Bennington, VT, sounded positive about attending too.

Eleanor Hageman Suppe, of Scotia, NY, has a daughter who lives in South Africa and whose husband works for the government there. Eleanor has attended 37 Elderhostel events. She hopes that there will be interesting programs at our reunion.

Mildred Herridon Webster, of Lakewood, CO, plans on returning to Skidmore, while her husband attends his reunion at the University of Vermont. Mildred assists with fund raising efforts of the AAUW.

Ruth Jensen McWilliams would love to hear from other classmates. Her address is: Golden Pond, Apt 104, 50 West Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748, phone: 508-435-0209.

Barbara Ketchum Lahey, of Boulder, CO, hopes that her friends Adele Bagg Durward, Lolly Swift Burbank, and others will attend Reunion. She works as a volunteer book finder in the library of the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Mary Phillips Murray, of Saratoga Springs, is attending the Academy for Learning in Retirement, where she especially enjoys studying American musical theater.

Our thoughts are with Eugene Nickerson, who reports that his wife, Marie-Louise Steiner Nickerson, of Roslyn Harbor, NY, is now in a nursing home due to failings associated with Alzheimer’s.

Dorothea Stonington Lathrop, of Dublin, OH, volunteers at the Discovery Shop, which supports cancer research. She reports that Lucy Davis Armstrong ’42 also volunteers at the shop.

Audrey Mayforth Wetzler had fun this past summer catching up with classmates Ceci Hennessy Barnett in Virgina, Carol Bellavigna Dannecker and Kay Jones Thorpe and their husbands in Connecticut, and Ruth Lewis Runge and her husband in New Jersey.

My husband Ken will join me at our reunion and, the following weekend, we will both go to Cornell for Ken’s 60th.


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

Dorothy Lodgen Halpern has recently taken up residence at Lasell Village, a new type of adult retirement community located on the campus of Lasell College, in Auburndale, MA. Each resident must fulfill certain educational requirements, reports Dorothy, who finds the arrangement “new and very stimulating.” She can be contacted at 80A Seminary Avenue, Apt 256, Auburndale, MA 02466, phone 617-244-5646.

Cynthia Taft Lathrop enjoyed having lunch with Doris Gillingham Callaghan this past summer and discussing our upcoming 60th reunion. Comments Doris, “We both are in fine shape.”

Phyllis Coté McCarty writes “I can’t believe that my daughter is a grandmother!” Alexander Smyth is her new great-grandson.

Alathena Smith Miller cheered on her granddaughter Alathena Byrne in the Boston Marathon this past year. She is proud of her namesake, who graduated cum laude from Wellesley in June 2000.

Jane Herbert Williams is delighted to count her granddaughter Megan Williams ’04 among Skidmore’s student body. Jane divides her time between Great Barrington, MA, and Shell Point Village, Fort Myers, FL.

Corky Kramer Gelbard attributes the urge to travel that she and her husband share to the fact that “we both hate my cooking”!
She recently wrote in to share memories of life after graduation, when she worked as an expeditor of steel shipments to meet cannon production at the Watervliet Arsenal during World War II. In 1949, she moved to the West Coast with her physician husband, who built a practice while she raised four children. The family included eight Dalmation pups, which she points out, served as animator’s models for the original Disney film, 101 Dalmations.

Peggy Rose Kuhn passed along sad news about the death of her husband, Bob, in September 2000. The couple had been planning a trip to Montana. Our sympathy to Peggy and her family. Unfortunately this not very exclusive widow’s club grows larger. I have gone from babies to obits in this job; I must say babies were better.


Mary Sinon Sayer115 Appleton Street
Concord, NH 03301

Marnie Scarlett Miner welcomed her second great-grandson, Joseph, in September 1999.

Glo May Sessions is still painting, “mostly on commission,” and “still dancing with husband Joe.” The couple spent time in a farmhouse in Tuscany that had no radio, television, or phone. “We read to each other,” says Glo.

Jean Jackson Slack is the grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of two. She traveled to visit her daughter and family in San Antonio for Thanksgiving.

Kathy Kuehl Peters now has seven great-grandchildren.

Barbara Arnold Groundwater’s husband, Bob, passed away in June 2000. Barbara traveled to Colorado in October to meet her newly adopted granddaughter, Elizabeth Yuxin Jones, who was born in China.


Barbara Conlon Bulger
14 Pinehurst Road
Thorndale, PA 19372

Mary Badger Jessup’s granddaughter, Mariell, graduated from high school this past June with Badge in attendance in Lancaster, PA. She then returned to Maine for the summer.

Charlotte Hilgert Troubetzkoy “does not miss the dreary New England winters,” since retiring to Florida, where she became an avid book reader and orchid enthusiast.

Libby Cone Gardner’s calendar is a busy one. She and Clint go to Anguilla each February for several weeks. At the end of last April they were in Aix-en-Provence with Clint’s Dartmouth alum group. Libby had a very successful art show at the hotel in White River Junction, VT, in May of last year, and held shows in July and September.

Edith DeMott Hutchison and Duy are back from a cruise along the western coast of Europe aboard the Caledonia Star. They adored Spain and Portugal, and debarked at Dover, England. Then to Scotland and Wales, where son Jonathan (an Episcopal minister in Ireland for a month of study) visited them. A highlight of the trip was a concert by the National Orchestra of Wales.

Myrna Kroll Weed reports that her spring 2000 trip to Hawaii was truly enjoyable. She sold her Glenside, PA, home in one day in preparation for her move to a Lancaster County retirement community last summer.

Sally Seelbach Narrigan took her sixth trip on the QE2. From Southhampton to Gibraltar, then on to Majorca, Naples, Sicily, and the Casa del Sol, and returning to tour ashore at Gibraltar. She ended the trip with several days in London.

Marion Whiting Brandon and her husband spent last Memorial Day weekend with guests Patricia Sullivan Spicer and husband Charles. They attended the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA. Patsy’s husband had successful heart surgery last spring. Ronnie Brandon’s grandchildren Lindsay and Brandon are superb tennis players — Lindsay at the University of Vermont and Brandon at Squaw Valley and on Cape Cod.

Katherine Brown Chapman volunteers at the Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers, FL, along with taking Spanish lessons and mastering the computer. Her “grands” are all grown up—four have already completed college. Kay’s recent cruise on the Grand Princess to the Mediterranean from Istanbul to Barcelona was great.

Dorothy Burgess Everett finds retirement at Kendal in Ithaca, NY, a wonderful experience. She and husband Herb enjoy many of the therapeutic and social activities. Dottie and Jean Dunn Wickenden see much of each other, as Jean and her husband are also at Kendal.

Marie Flinker Putney and husband Blake celebrated their 50th anniversary with extended family while attending their son’s wedding in Reno, NV, in August. Marie and Blake also enjoyed a return trip to France and a visit to Virginia for a family reunion. Marie keeps busy with lots of volunteering and the preservation society house tours during the fall.

Betty Mann Margison and husband Bob have a villa in Tucson, having settled there 18 months ago. “We love it!” says Betty. The humidity is low, so summers there are wonderful compared with the Carolinas. They’re enjoying golf twice a week, along with lots of bridge. They’re also learning Spanish, hoping for proficiency in time for visits to their daughter’s Mexican beach home. Betty’s wired, so anyone can e-mail her at

Frances Perkins Kelsey and husband Don enjoy cross-country skiing by exiting the back door of their home in the Berkshires. They also enjoy ballroom dancing. Fran teaches tap dancing to pupils aged6-82. Fran and Don look forward to family reunions twice yearly.

Betty Dornheim invites her classmates to drop into the Princeton Club in NYC, where, as staff librarian, she is assisting the club in celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Betty encourages her fellow ’44ers to visit the club at 15 West 43rd Street, where, she says, “you will always have a rest spot.”

Dorothy Roman Guenther arranged her 60th high school reunion in October, along with brushing up on her income tax skills for the 23rd year at H&R Block’s school. She works every year from January until April (tax season). Somehow she manages to fit in a mile swim daily. Dodie, you are an inspiration!

Marge Wendel Keenoy is back from San Francisco, where she and husband Chuck celebrated son David Berry’s 50th. Marge made him a sweater with a big red “50” on it. Joan Eggers Seaton summers nearby at Harbor Springs, MI, so Marge and Joan see much of each other.

We extend condolences to the family of Janice Van Tuyl Cannon of Westport, CT, who died on December 1, 1998.

We were sad to hear that Barbara Roth Gordon died on September 9, 2000, in Carlisle, PA. The class extends sympathy to her family and friends.


Olga Massimiano Gigante
706 Prince Street Unit 9
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703-753-0896

Artist and sculptor Carlyn Feldman Fisher recently designed a series of plates that capture the beauty of Jekyll Island, GE.

Sue Kadison Richman and her husband took a cruise on the Crystal Symphone to the Baltics and St. Petersburg, Russia. They loved the beautiful sights in spite of bad weather.

Nancy Morison Miller and her husband, Peter, have moved to an adult community called Hershey’s Mills in West Chester, PA. They spent the summer on Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks, where they enjoyed visits from their three children and eight grandchildren.

Claire LaRose Leverault and Maurice moved to Sun City Center near Tampa, FL. They attended the Skidmore Exploration Week in August. They loved the concerts and classes, the wonderful College pool, and all the choices of activities.

Marge Horstman Calvert and husband Bill visited Jo Ploger Eger and her husband, Bill, for their annual get together to share news of their families. Marge, Bill, and Jo have known each other since public school days in Rockville Centre, Long Island.

Sally Bogan Jenkins visited Toodie Sneve Starkey and Jinny Lintern Sneve in Duluth. Sally still models and plans golf and tennis.

Rita Gagnier Buffinton is still a music lover and performs occasionally. She is an avid reader and has complete collections of favorite authors in her library.

Pat O’Connell Reach retired from her business ventures and is involved in several local activities. She started a community concert series that is becoming very popular and is president of the local women’s club. She is also a golfer— this is a very busy lady.

In August, Susan Rabinowitz Malloy spent 10 pleasant summer days in her Hanover, NH, house. In September, she went to Israel and Morocco and had an exhibition of her black-and-white drawings at the Jerusalem Theater. At that time, that part of the world was peaceful.


Reunion ’01!

Miriam Blechman Grimes
2166 Pleasant Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038
215-885-4152, Fax: 215-886-2877


Jane Geibel Morton
3 Springwood Path
Syosset, NY 11791
516-692-5455, Fax: 516-424-5455

What a trip down memory lane I had when I stopped in at the Skidmore bookstore while in Saratoga for a day at the track in August. I noticed some 4” x 4” decorative tiles, one of which displayed a photo image of several girls in front of the old Skidmore Hall. “Those are my classmates,” I said excitedly to my husband, Chuck, and the friends with us. The tile is black and white and the four girls are Queeny Talbot, Joan Houghton Wynne, Elizabeth Truslow Welch, and Sallie Wirt Garrasi. The piece comes with a little stand and sells for $19.95. It should last forever.

Jean Wesselmann Hubbell hopes to be at the March mini reunion in Florida. She and Nelson have joined the ranks of those who have sold a larger home to move into a condo, townhouse, or retirement home. The Hubbells are in Ft. Myers Beach overlooking the gulf and Sanibel Island. Their phone is 941-463-7618. While attending Nelson’s 55th Princeton reunion, they met Joan Schimpf Root’s husband Stan. Joan reports that despite a hip replacement in ’99 and a knee replacement in ’00, she’s still walking and plans to attend our ’02 reunion.

Pat Chapman Zilliox escaped the Texas August heat in a cottage on the ocean in Sea Wall, ME. “We are so lucky,” she says, “to enjoy two volunteer jobs and that ego-buster, golf.” The only cloud is the arthritis affecting her right hip so there may be no ski trip this year. Bill got his pilot’s license back so they are enjoying short trips to small Texas towns, where getting from the landing strips into town becomes an adventure.

Marilyn Twiss Sumner does a lot of traveling between Florida and Virginia, where her youngest daughter is rearing very special adopted children. She’s a treasurer of the community homeowner’s association, gives her time at her church once a week, and tries to participate in the Suntree Garden Club programs.

To celebrate her 75th birthday, Jean Ann Stirling Horton took her entire family of 19 on a cruise to Bermuda. Jean describes the experience as “absolutely fabulous.”

Constance Wingerter Cartmell took a 2,000-nautical-mile cruise around Great Britain in honor of her 75th birthday.

Heart surgery a year ago did not dissuade Jacquelin Streeter Jones of her urge to travel ; she resumed the coast-to-coast traveling she has been doing with her husband in their RV for many years. This year, they visited the Canadian Rockies, national parks in British Columbia, and Nova Scotia.

Joyce Nathan LeVine and husband are “torn between coasts.” One grandchild lives in Taos, NM, and the other two reside in Rockport, ME.

In December, I’m going to Eze, France, for a week with daughter-in-law Carol Morton and a group from our area. They call it a pre-Christmas tour and it sounds delightful. Sure wish I’d taken French somewhere along the line.


Esther Anderson Lacey
116 Murray St.
Binghamton, NY 13905

I’m passing along a new e-mail address for June Baker Bremer: June is thriving health-wise with both hip replacements and an alien knee operating well. She is very much involved with Save the Children on Long Island. She also volunteers for Meals-on-Wheels. Her professional efforts include work with PBS and its annual gala, which this year celebrates the “Our Cultural Heritage” series.

New addresses for Barbara Belz Reeves: from October 15 to May 15 contact Barbara at 515 Top’s Beach Blvd. #513, Destin, FL 32550; for the rest of the year she’s at PO Box 40, Bridgton, ME 04009. She moves from Florida salt water to the fresh water in Maine, on a lake directly across from the Shawnee ski area.

Jean Elton Moran accompanied her 11-year-old granddaughter to the Galapagos Islands last spring and plans to travel with her to Tanzania and Kenya this year.

Virginia Joseph Saba received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Athens in Greece on June 15, 2000, for her work in advancing the field of nursing informatics.

Sue Strauss Kraus had a two-week trip to Eastern Europe—Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna—beautiful old cities. She also had a lovely, long lunch and dinner with Leila Goldstein Garlock this winter.

Susanne Lutz Dean had fun this summer with her family in Quoque and will be taking a trip to Nova Scotia in the fall.

Dee Dion Hardie and husband Tom returned to Paris to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The couple has 10 grandchildren, four of whom live right down the road from their Maryland farm. For 10 years, Dee and Tom have written a weekly syndicated newspaper column called “Grandparenting: A Family Forum,” distributed by U P. coast to coast. Dee writes, “If any classmates have a humorous anecdote or insight about a child, please pass it on! We would like to spice up our column. You can read it on the Internet at Click on “Advice,” and then “Grandparenting.”

When you get your TV Guide, open to the editor’s page and see that Jill Rachlin Marbaix is listed as managing editor. Jill is daughter of Gretchen Eisner Rachlin and Larry. Gretchen had some surgery on her leg in May; she is on the mend but says she will never be a marathon runner . The Rachlins live in Florida in the winter.

Bob and I enjoyed summer visits from Jean Clay King and Bobby Green Brooks.


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

Congratulations to Leah Cunningham Wood and Chuck, and Phyllis Harder Reininger and Dick on their 50th wedding anniversaries.

Audrey Platt Jacobson writes that she had a cool summer and plans to spend February in Sicily.

Martha Jane Dunkel Chilcott, our class president, had a lot of company this past October, when she hosted Claire Schreiber Pittman, Ann Lilley Smith, Sally Armstrong Gieseler, and Evie Mitchell Blackhall. Evie had not seen Sally since graduation. She says it’s a miracle they all could find a time to get together. Ann had spent two weeks on Cape Cod and some time in Vermont. Ann’s granddaughter Sarah Horvitz is on the US freestyle ski team, and another granddaughter , Emily, came with her grandmother for an admissions interview at Skidmore.

While other ’49ers are celebrating their 50th anniversaries, Betsy Bell Condron and Joe returned to Spain, where they spent their honeymoon 25 years ago. Her six kids and their spouses and 14 grandchildren (combo marriage of two) threw them a happy get together. She is still busy in her community and loves it.

Alice Ziegler Bomer and Steve have given up their New Jersey house and are in a care retirement center in Lenox, MA. Since her stroke last year, she has had a hard time fully regaining her strength. She is almost totally back to normal now except for her handwriting. Happily, she can still quilt. She is looking forward to a new lifestyle of music and culture. Any classmates in the area are welcome to visit her at 235 Walker Street, Apt 210.

Claire Zimmerman Macfarlane rushed her 50th anniversary (2002) by celebrating this year with her clan at Mt. Tremblant, just north of Montreal. Feasts and “camp” from 10 am to 9 pm for the 11 grandchildren made for a perfect holiday.

Al and I had a great summer. We took our brood, 22 strong, (three were missing) to the Central House in Beach Lake, PA, for five days. We all got to know each other better. Then took a Cape Cod tour in September, which we really enjoyed. Al and I attended his USS Miami reunion in October in Lancaster.

So sorry to hear about the death of Georg’Ann Glaeser Daly in June 2000. We send our deepest sympathy to her family.


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