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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian
6828 Lemon Rd.
McLean, VA 22101

Three classmates celebrated their 50th anniversaries shortly after our own golden reunion. Congratulations to Howard and Nancy Radack Strauss, Ed and Marion Copp Hinds, and George and Tabby Stokes French. After Reunion, the Frenches took a cruise around the coasts of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Russia — around the North Cape and into the White Sea, visiting eighteen ports. Tabby said their cabin was smaller than the elevator in their Helsinki hotel, but that they found the trip informative and fascinating. Nancy Strauss is keeping busy with four book groups, gardening, AAUW, Brandeis, and gourmet cooking.

Minna Laskin Shure and husband Kalman moved into a condo the week of Reunion. Minna was sorry to have the missed the occasion, but it coincided with their closing. If you are passing by, let them know. They’d love to see old Skidmore friends.

After Reunion, Leona Sobel and her sister Ethel Sobel Brody ‘45, journeyed across the mountains: Shenanoah in Virginia, Catskills and Adirondacks in New York, and the Pocanos in Pennsylvania. (Sounds like that old song, “The bear went over the mountain·and what do you think he saw?”)

Jan Sutherland Fairservis described her reunion with ’50 classmates “heartwarming.” Jan reports that recent trips to Florida, Nantucket, and Nova Scotia have “satisfied her saltwater appetite — for a while.”

Ruth Niederlander Shoumate and her husband, Lloyd, just returned from a three-week trip to Portugal and Spain. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was sunny, and it was also a great learning experience. In July, the couple spent two weeks cruising the Inside Passage area in Alaska.

Miriam Aronson Hirsch is enjoying retirement and her nine grandchildren, including a recent graduate of Emory, one in the Israeli Army, and another at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s looking forward to a trip to Israel and Turkey.

Carol Beals Holmberg and Janet Atwood had their own reunion in Maine where they reminisced about our gala weekend and shared lobster and a triple berry pie a-la-mode “to die for.” They enjoyed looking at Bealsie’s collection of reunion photos, and agreed that we certainly were a good looking group!

We belatedly learned of the death in March 1996 of Stanley Seaman and wish to extend our condolences to his wife, Roselyn.


Reunion ’01!

Elizabeth Wagner French
132 Portland Way South
Galion, OH 44833

Nancy Combes Wogan is taking a sabbatical from her college teaching and living for a year near Oakland, in Tiburon, CA, where her two youngest children have settled. Her oldest son, Peter, teaches anthropology at Willamette University in Oregon, so she can also visit him. This trip coincides with the wedding of her middle son, James.

Georgene Simon Dreishpoon is elated that her book How to Hook Your Spouse is finally in print and can be ordered online at and


Doris Harbach Patten
7835 Walkers Cay Avenue
Orlando, FL 32822

Eva Brunner Cohn and husband Don attended a mini reunion of his Princeton ‘50 class in Newburyport, MA. From there, they drove to Camden, ME, for a reunion with Jim and Mary Lyons Harberg, then on to New Castle, NH, for another mini reunion with Dick and Anne Hankinson Kern. They then visited with their youngest son, Ralph, who is in his third year at Albany Law School, his wife, and their three adorable grandchildren.

Jan Cowles Kirschman-Palau’s husband Joe threw her a “real bash” of a 70th birthday party at the Roberts restaurant in Northville, NY. Among her guests was Diane Dioni Sears, who stayed at Jan’s home for an extended celebration.

Augustino Forcucci reports that he is still practicing medicine one day a week, and filling up the rest of the week playing bridge, traveling, and making the most of life; he adds “thank you, Skidmore!”

Ruth Friedman Hoberman and her husband are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 16. The couple enjoyed a castle tour of England and Scotland in September.


Elizabeth Hauser
241 Lotte Rd.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Anne Whitehouse Gass has sold her “wonderful old farm.” She plans to build a smaller house on a portion of the land she retained, despite her grandchildren’s protests that there won’t be enough room for them. Anne is very happily involved helping her daughter, Anne, direct a children’s play.

While a guest at the New Jersey home of Jane Walsh Berry, Carol Haynes Nelson ferried to NYC to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and had an impromptu reunion with classmate Natalie Connors Perrine.

The class sends deepest sympathy to Jane Slade Prince ’46 and her family on the death of her sister and our classmate, Debbie Slade.


Joanna Davenport
25 Harbor Ave.
Marblehead, MA 01945-3604

Nancy Burley Chase spent this past summer sailing from one harbor to another along the Maine coast. Patty DuBois McIssac and Patty Piper Adams joined her for part of the time as did Nancy’s 95 year old father. In the fall, she went to Malibu, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, and Seattle. Patty McIssac embarked on an Elderhostel trip to Vienna and four surrounding countries this past October. Patty and her husband purchased a new home in Pawley’s Island, SC, but will be spending Christmas in Maine, where they will visit new granddaughter, Vivian McIsaac.

Jane Haller McCabe recently visited me to take part in the celebration of our 50th anniversary as graduates of Marblehead High School. A few days later, we were touring the town with sister Tink Haller Wallace ’57.

Sydney Bartlett Tansi is in regular contact with Nancy Ashley Byrne, whom she says “hasn’t changed a bit. She’s a great gal!”

Evie Smith writes, “Life continues to be good to me!” Evie embarked on an Elderhostel opportunity to navigate the waterways of Holland in April (during tulip season, to boot). Her most recent good fortune was winning lottery tickets for the women’s final four basketball tournament in St. Louis in March.

Ann Thobae Diggs and husband Walter will retire soon and move from Memphis to Dennis, MA.

Rhoda Poetzl Billingsley is still working part time. One of her daughters is married and the other three work and live in Italy.

Lydia Pardo McMinn and I drove to Hilton Head for a vacation. We visited with Carol Rice Toti who lives there.


Mariana Duggan Drebing
48B Ponderosa Drive
Syracuse, NY 13215-1607

Phyllis Bartlett Towle continues her career in counseling while husband Parker is still working in neurology. They have taken vacation hiking trips in Wales and Newfoundland and traveled to Honduras to perform missionary work. She has four grandchildren and enjoys theater, symphony, and her New Hampshire mountains which, she says, “nourish the soul.”

Diana Davis Noble is very happy with her decision to move to a retirement community in South Carolina, where, she says, the residents are among the friendliest people she has ever met and each day is exciting. Two of her grandchildren earned college degrees this year. Eric graduated from Fairfield University and Tatum graduated cum laude from Ohio University.

Mary Fisher Bailey writes from Somerville, MA, that she has operated her own medical transcription service for 22 years. She has been married three times; both of her first two husbands—heavy smokers- died of cancer before the age of 40. She has four grandsons and one granddaughter, ages 8 - 21. She is in good health and enjoys reading, music, and her two kittens.

Georgia Goddard Charles has three children and five grandchildren. Her son Brad was elected judge in Lebanon, PA; son Mike is practicing medicine in Virginia; and her daughter owns and operates a business in electrolysis and permanent makeup. Georgia plays a lot of golf and performs volunteer and church work.

Pat Knight Spencer has two new granddaughters, the daughters of two sons.

Nancy Morrison spent a weekend in Toronto with her daughter and a group from Oneida, NY, seeing The Lion King and sightseeing. She sees Tilly Ruby Coulter fairly often.

Kay O’Neill Forster continues to do volunteer work, mostly for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Her physician husband works half days but they do manage a trip to England and the continent annually. One of Kay’s three children is married and living in Miami with his pediatrician wife and daughter. Another son and a daughter live in Marin County, CA.

Carol Stewart Schneidewind is still singing with the Sweet Adelines along with Carol Johnson Fiske ‘59 in the Royal River Chorus chapter, which has participated in numerous competitions, winning second place in Springfield, MA, (losing first place by only three points) and claiming first place and gold medals in San Antonio, TX. Carol also met recently with Phyllis Towle for lunch in North Conway, NH.

As the principal of Palm City Elementary School, Nancy Sulkin Marin is celebrating with her faculty, staff, students, and their families the news that her school was given an “A” rating (based on high test scores). As recipient of the Florida School Recognition Award, the school gets an $85,000 monetary award, part of which Nancy will use for staff bonuses. Her school is the only one in the district to have received this award for three consecutive years.

Sue Warren Campbell divides her time between Syracuse and Florida. She entertains with many visitors in New York, spends time in Connecticut with friends, and visits her daughter and family in Massachusetts.

B.A. Kalteux Callanan, Patti Sherman Jones, and your class secretary spent two days in beautiful Brant Lake for a mini reunion. Although one day was rainy, we shopped in Chestertown at the very clever Harness Shop. The flying weather was great, however, and Chuck and I enjoyed the trip.

The class extends its sympathy to Georgia Goddard Charles and her family on the death of her husband of 45 years, George, in January 2000, after a two-year bout with bladder and prostate cancer.

Our sympathies go to the family of Janet Holden Hathaway, who died September 9, 2000, and to the the family of Barbara Burns Pierson, who died June 24, 2000, in Shawnee Mission, KS, of cancer.

We send condolences to Monique Villegrouin Salgado and her family, with the passing of her husband of 44 years, Pierre, who died in July. He was a practicing physician until the day he died. Monique has resided in the San Francisco Bay area for 34 years and is enjoying the proximity of her four children, Veronique, Jean Pierre, Isabelle, and Xavier, and three wonderful grandsons.


Reunion ’01!

Gayle Stein Bishop
3101 Old Pecos Trail, #636
Santa Fe, NM 87505-9541

Margaret Steele von Biel and husband Andre were on holiday in Fiji last May during a government coup. She spent Christmas with daughter Vicky, the executive editor of Bon Appˇtit Magazine, and visits six grandchildren scattered from England to Los Angeles to New Zealand. Margaret does a lot of traveling but encourages classmates who live in the vicinity of Christ Church to stop by for a visit.

Barbara Biard Cohn welcomed anew grandson, Henry Alden Schultz. in last October.


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

Sarah Finkelstein Harris and husband Paul have bought a winter home in Amelia Island, FL, and keep busy traveling and visiting their children and (now seven) grandchildren.

The class extends its sympathies to Cynthia Donner Brodsky, whose husband, Edward, died this past August.

The class of 1957 is saddened to learn of the death of Mildred Winans Thomas in September 2000. Our sincere condolences to her husband and family.


Jane Goodman Hunter
17 Caversham Woods
Pittsford, NY 14534

Esther-Ann Solotaroff Asch enjoyed a mini reunion when she and Monica Reis de Janosi met at the home of Polly Wittenberg Rothstein for a benefit for the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion, hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

Contrary to most of her retiree peers, Vallie Hill Beckwith has moved from a townhouse to a home large enough to house the family of Norfolk terriers she raises. Vallie’s children and grandchildren live in Seattle and Tucson; her only lament is that she does not see them often enough!


Carol Brown Straker
500 East 83rd St.
New York, NY 10028-7208

You all probably received my postcard asking for you to help me to look good in my new job. Immediately, I heard from Jane Haddad Evans, who wrote, “Anything to make you look good, kid.” Thanks, Jane. She and husband Bob are adjusting to a move to Seattle after years of living in Colorado. Jane was thrilled to be visited by Sue Clark Jorgensen in June as Sue was on route to Boston from Australia.

Abby Lewis Warmon had two paintings selected for the American Women Artists’ National Competition in Santa Fe this past June. (You may recall Abby’s beautiful work on view at the Tang Museum at our 40th reunion.) Abby went out for the show and had a great time. She visited Terry Alcorn Foster and husband Mark this fall for some golf followed by a visit to oldest daughter Sarah in Appleton, WI. Then it’s back to Naples, FL, until May.

Carol Johanson Lundin and husband Bob returned to the Middle East last winter; they had previously lived in Saudi Arabia for 18 years. Bob returned as a volunteer for the International Executive Service Corps, and they spent six weeks in Jordan. Daughter Sally and her husband joined them for an extended holiday to Petra and Israel. Carol is looking forward to a reunion at Paula Hawkinson Rook’s home in Vermont where she will also see Kaye Taylor Patterson and Cynthia Green Kohl. “It’s the first time together for us since Peabody Hall,” writes Carol.

Doris von Conta, of Pomfret, CT, enjoyed having lunch with Anna Wakefield Milano, Emily Cross Farnsworth, and Anne Sawyer Manners. She is enjoying her hobbies including art, gardening, and home restoration. “I’m a grandmother for the second time and my travels will include a trip to Chicago to visit family,” writes Doris.

Along with her retired husband, Charon Perry Sisler moved in January of 2000 to Amelia Island, FL, and confesses that while it is indeed beautiful there and her daughter is nearby, she also misses her old friends up North and the hustle and bustle of the city. Charon’s son Daniel is married and lives in Phoenix, while her other son Christopher works in the Big Apple.

Nancy Rae Scully writes of daughter Victoria’s marriage in NYC. “Pam Bartholomew Armstrong, Sue Collard Fanning and Jean Taylor Brown, all three of whom were in my wedding, were in attendance. The newly weds have moved to Cairo, and Mom and Dad will be visiting soon.”

Does anyone remember an international student who spent only her junior year at Skidmore by the name of Susana Salessi? Well, she remembers some of us and says, “I’d love to hear from some of the girls that were so wonderful to me.” You can contact Susan at or at 5282 Plum Tree, Irvine CA 92612.

While so many of us are golfing, cruising and working less, Pat Nicklaus Sabin travels full time as a consultant with Ketchum, Inc. on capital campaigns in Carmel CA, Baltimore, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA. Weekends at home in Dallas are busy with granddaughters Katie, 5, and Bailey, 2.

Majorie McFeely Burton and husband Ken are enjoying abundant travel opportunities including Ireland in October; Bangkok and Hong Kong next March; and China in October of 2001. In addition, the entire family of three children, spouses, and four grand children all went to Disney World in July.

After 29 years of owning her own business, Jean Lockwood Davidge now works at home on a more limited basis. Jean writes “it is wonderful to be free of employees, time schedules and reams of paper work. I now have time to garden, read, decorate our new house, and travel. Speaking of travel, our son is being married in Melbourne, Australia, on January 27. In addition to the wedding, we will travel for a month to Bora Bora, New Zealand, and the Great Barrier Reef.” Jean serves on the board of the Tri-Cities Opera.

Onnie Dye Morgan, of Jubulee Farm in Mill Spring, NC, was delighted when classmate Ellen Draper Carey and husband Tom visited last summer. Last December, all of Onnie’s children, their spouses, and grandchildren convened at the farm for the holiday. In June the Dyes had a reunion in Ohio with 60family members in attendance. Onnie and her husband keep very busy running their business called “Fulfillment Solutions.”

The Gallery of the American Bible Society in Manhattan is holding an exhibition of Anne Henszey Pyle’s collection of stencil prints of Watanbe Sadao. Anne was the sole student of the noted Japanese artist, who died in 1996. The exhibition will be held from February through April.

Ellen Stewart attended her 45th high school reunion in West Virginia, enjoyed a Princess cruise through the Panama Canal, and attended a family reunion in the mountains of North Carolina in September. She will gather with family again in San Antonio and Austin, TX, where her nephew attends graduate school.

Helen Halpern Lerner is having a great time teaching and horseback riding. She traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, to present a paper last year, and has plans to trek to Nepal this spring. She enjoys staying in touch with Paula Simon Wachtel and her husband, Dan.

Barbara Lecky Benjamin, after 30 years of working with husband Don in motel and restaurant management in Plattsburgh, NY, has moved to Clifton Park. Their daughter graduated from Cornell in 1993 and lives in Phoenix. Barbara works on hand goods and crafts, which she sells at area craft shows, and she is also trying her hand at writing children’s books.

In conclusion, I want to thank all of you for your warm wishes and for surely helping me to “look good in my new job.”


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