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Marcia Mattson Todd
6003 Parkis Mills Rd.
Galway, NY 12074-2324

Grandchildren and retirement seem to be the common thread tying these class notes together. (Must be our age!) My husband, Doug, retired January 1, after 35 years with General Electric. Looks like I’ll be spending more time in the barn.

Our new class president, Carol Siccardi Roberts, loves her new townhouse in Doylestown, PA, and sees her four grandchildren a couple of times a week. Barbara Morse Townsend, who has several granddaughters, welcomed her first grandson.

Hadley Sillick Robertson reports that she, along with Elaine Perlman Cohen, Mary Hoff Fallon, Lois Blum Reitzas, Kathey Adair Coombs and Justine Cohen all met recently in NYC to discuss fundraising. They are very serious about the percentage thing!

Lois Blum Reitzas celebrated the 40th birthday of her daughter, Carol, at a family reunion in Albuquerque, NM, where they also enjoyed a fabulous balloon festival. Lois’ son, David, is a music engineer who lives in LA and does mixing for such personalities as Barbara Steisand, Whitney Houston, and Madonna. He has won two grammies for his achievements.

Sarah Couch McQuilkin and her husband, Rennie, toured the Southwest last summer. Sarah is still teaching pre-school three days a week and singing with the Sweet Adelines. They won their regional competition and will be traveling to Oregon this year to sing in the international competition. Rennie retired this year from the English department at Miss Porter’s School but is very busy preparing five books of his poetry for publication. Keeping up with their seven grandchildren also occupies their time and energy.

In September, Ellie McConihe Pisarra spent two weeks on a horse-and-carriage trip through western Hungary, where she stayed in castles and toured the countryside.

Judy Harmon Miller truly enjoys her position as assistant professor of teacher education at Castleton State College in Vermont, and emphatically states that she “will never retire.” Her husband Roland retired last fall after 27 years as the superintendent of schools in Lenox, MA. Judy and her family spend the summers on the Isle of Springs near Boothbay Center, ME. She runs into Ellie Davies Bowden in the local grocery store once in a while. Ellie is still teaching English as a second language in the Boothbay school system. Her students are from Vietnam, Venezuela, and China.

Gail Bendix Jaffe has retired from a 25-year private practice in psychotherapy/ psychoanalysis. She and her husband plan to tour New Zealand and Australia for a month and then spend another month in Texas to welcome their fourth grandchild. Their third grandchild, John Alan Joffe, was born in September to son Michael.

Lynn Lamont Beckmann has recently retired from teaching; she and her husband will relocate to West Palm Beach, FL, to spent six months of each year. Her youngest daughter graduated from Hofstra University last May and is teaching in Westbury, CT.

Doug and I are thoroughly enjoying our vacation home in Friendship, ME. It is in a cove that was introduced to us by Debbie Davenport Brooks in 1957 while we were still students at Skidmore. We spent a delightful evening with Debbie and her husband, David, last summer when we all happened to be in Friendship at the same time. Their daughter, Deborah, son-in-law, and 1-year-old granddaughter, Zoe, were vacationing with Debbie and David. Zoe is the “apple of their eye” and looks amazingly like Debbie.


Reunion ’01!

Sandra Weisman Sheppard
PO Box 2047, Canterbury Rd.
Manchester Center, VT 05255


Emily Jansen Kane
19101 SE Sea Turtle Ct., #B101
Tequesta, FL 33469-1568

Janet Gardner had her documentary, “Death Through Death: The Monkey, Magic & Madness of Cambodia,” run on PBS this spring. It was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle award. Her son, Karl Debreczeny, is a graduate student at the University of Chicago in art history, concentrating on Asian art.

Lynn Garrett Meyer put her nursing career on hold following her husband George’s retirement from the Air Force three years ago and their move back to California. They have had many adventures including a Baltic cruise in June and a month in Maizuru, Japan, where her husband was teaching medicine (in English). Before leaving for Japan, she saw Susanne Benoit Wooldridge ’63 at a wedding in San Diego.

Judy Martin Clements and husband Bill enjoyed a trip to Italy and Turkey including exploring 4th-century BC ruins. They attended the wedding of Bob and Star Martin Hopkin’s daughter in June in Brewster on Cape Cod. Also attending was Hannah Ward Magoun.

Connie Sullivan Vallee and husband Herb have moved to Eagle Point, OR (near Medford) where she is working in a satellite office of her Eugene law firm.

Sixtieth birthday celebrations: Barbara McGrew Jenkel enjoyed horseback riding in Mongolia; Carolyn Garrett Smith had a March surprise party at her mountain cabin; Terry Tiffany Sullivan drove through Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa on a trip she entitled, “New Perspectives on My Progenitors”; Twila Fleckten Wolfe had a huge bash put on by her birthday club in Missoula while the forest fires clouded them in smoke; George and I visited Australia and New Zealand in October.

We were saddened to learn of the death of Gay Clark Stoddard from breast cancer. We send her husband, Jon, our deepest sympathy.


Jane Snowdon Jones
60 Elmcrest Dr.
Dallas, PA 18612
fax: 717-283-6099

Mildred Krips Boyce and family are “still having great fun with our thoroughbred business.” During a trip to Kentucky, Mildred visited with Jeannie Robinschwartz and Phyllis Falk Rover. Mildred also reports, “our oldest son is directing television in Prague, the middle son has his own Internet and Web site development company, and the youngest is a senior at Syracuse University.”

Ann Underwood Meredith writes that “It was a joy to spend quality time with Linda Blanchard Chapman and Nancy Crook Rhodes and their husbands at Nancy’s home in Lake George last year.”

Diana Bethell Little’s children, both graduates of Colgate, are teaching; Steven in Manhattan and Christine in Utah. Diana is enjoying new careers as a lactation consultant and professional embroiderer.

The class wishes to remember Carolyn Case Graham, who died of ovarian cancer last June. Although she attended Skidmore for only one year, she is well remembered by many classmates. C.C. charmed all of her friends, family, and especially grandchildren with her wonderful sense of humor and spunky approach to life. We offer her family our sincere sympathy.


Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb
6212 Castle Haven Rd.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Lynne Knobel is teaching in Salem, NY, for a year while her condo in Maine is being renovated, and would like to see any alumni in the Saratoga area. Lynne can be contacted via e-mail at

Although Elsie Raymond Maddaus of Scotia, NY, retired in July 1999 from the Schenectady County Historical Society as archivist and librarian, she continues to lend her skills to the library as board member and volunteer.

Frederica Russ Jones’s oldest son, Christopher, was married in June 2000. She describes the wedding ceremony as a “wonderfully joyous” and the bride as “the most terrific daughter-in-law anyone could ask for.”

Nancy Harrison is newly retired after 31 years with IBM. Not one to rest on her laurels, she has moved to Farmington, CT, and is working for that state’s government investing in high-tech start-up companies. She writes that she enjoys the tranquility in her new home and would “love to hook up with Skidmore women in the region.”


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein
315 Sheringham Dr.
Hockessin, DE 19707

Congratulations are due to Sue Steele Isbell and Lenore Bethka Wersten, our incoming co-presidents. Memories of reunion are still vivid due to several rolls of film loaded with images of the approximately 40 classmates present, as well as of our former dormitories on Union Avenue. Sandra Koch Prior and I reminisced inside Furness House about our freshman dorm, now a bed and breakfast. Tina Garber Olsen, who practices music therapy in a psychiatric hospital, played and sang some folk songs for an enthusiastic audience. Elizabeth Cranshaw Rowan exhibited some of her work in the art show. Ann Shrope Byrne fared well in a tennis tournament at reunion; she runs a nursing home for profoundly retarded youth.

Martha Oakman Clinton and husband Bruce are the grandparents of 18-month-old Mallory Grace.

Charlotte Dusenberry Lesser has been appointed the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. She enjoyed a wonderful mini reunion with Barbara Dunlap, Bev Holmes Strodtz, and Jeannie Hitchcock Kithil.

Sandy Prior reports that her 35th reunion was “great!” and offers kudos to those who planned it. She continues to work as a private duty nurse to pay college tuition for son Corky, who will graduate Dartmouth in May 2001 and soon-to-be-college-bound son Bryan. Sandy vacations in Hawaii every year and suggests that the class reunion committee consider coming with her.

Lynne Frost Deutch, who is currently finishing her degree through UWW, received an award for Leadership in Mental Health Awareness at the Maple Counseling Center’s Crystal Ball in Beverly Hills. She is co-chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and an active member of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee. As an advocate for mental health, she has worked closely with Tipper Gore, 1999 recipient of the Leadership in Mental Health Awareness award.

Doris Kanegis is pursuing her passion for the tango and painting. “It’s a pretty great life,” she says, “ being a grandmother; having a new Web site (; holding successful arts shows at tango dance festivals around the country (most recently in NYC on New Years Eve); and finally, living in Boulder, CO. I have much to be grateful for!”


Reunion ’01!

Ann LoDolce
LoDolce & Epstein
1350 Belmont St., Ste. 104
Brockton, MA 02301

Bev Reyelt Buffum and Paul have moved to a hill town in southern New Hampshire. They have one daughter teaching sixth grade in San Francisco and another daughter working in Boston.

Laura Henderson recently completed a master’s degree in historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University. She works part time at the Henry Ford Museum and writes grants for the Hack House Museum in Milan, MI.


Elizabeth Maccracken Winn
421 Alan-A-Dale Hill
Sherwood Forest, MD 21405-2017

Chris Leader Hoffmeister and George have another beautiful granddaughter. They feel very lucky to have both their children and both their granddaughters close by in Needham. She is also helping her mother move from the family home that she has lived in for 45 years to a townhouse in Needham.

Class president Nancy Nims Mullins is putting her efforts into plans for our 35th reunion scheduled for June 2002. She is eager to hear from you. You can contact her at 317 Quarter Track, Yorktown, VA 23693, phone 757-867-7246 and e-mail ( Nancy is playing a lot of golf and says she is finally enjoying it. Son Andy is in his final year at University of Virginia.

Elizabeth Elder published two books this year entitled Watching A River Freeze: Selections From Coastal Maine and Considering Louis: Mathematically Possible Poems.

Sally Huling Hilderbrand is our 35th reunion chair. She is celebrating the birth of her first grandchild, born to daughter Elin. Sally is also celebrating the publishing of Elin’s first novel, The Beach Club (St. Martin’s Press), which they expect to be a big seller on the Cape and Nantucket.

Margot Miller Tusa traveled to Italy this past summer for a wedding. Her son Steve is working long hours at JP Morgan and her daughter, Sally, is publishing a magazine.

Marsha Sussman Connell visited the Skidmore campus in October to speak to art majors.


Molly Meyer
496 Whitney Ave., #1C
New Haven, CT 06511-2352

Clifford Selkoe writes, “I have just started an Internet radio station after 29 years in radio. Thanks to WSPN for my start in the business and my love of radio.”

Deborah Geogan Hardy writes, “We were recently in Saratoga looking at Skidmore for the youngest member of our blended brood of four kids. We were very impressed. The campus is beautiful and the students look happy.”

Paula Goldblatt Pearson volunteers for the SIDS Center of New Jersey, making home visits to families who have unexpectedly lost a child. Her 16-year-old son has begun driving lessons, which she describes as “scary.” She is grateful that her 12-year-old daughter has a few years to go.


Elizabeth McKinley Loomis
8 Leather Lane
Beverly Farms, MA 01915

Phyllis Fradkin Boynton has been working for PHS Health Plans as a transplant case manager for the past two years and will be sitting for the certification exam in December. She also maintains a private practice in geriatric care management, Mature Health Choices, and operates a growing independent distributorship with Nikken, a successful health and wellness technologies company. Daughter Amy is a high school senior immersed in applications and campus visits, etc.

Sandra Davis Flood and Gary are soon moving into their new home with a breathtaking mountain view in Washington Depot, CT. Daughter Alexandra ’98 has started graduate school in education at NYU.

Victoria Prescott Brown rejected retirement and took a position with Baxter Healthcare as manager of recruiting ( . She visits Saratoga Springs often to visit son and family, and recently purchased a second home on Cape Cod.

Heather Knickerbocker Chace and Roger’s two sons are now both college graduates, and Heather continues her work as a evening supervisor at a local home for the aged.

Nora Steele, a faculty member at Charity School of Nursing’s Louisiana Campus, Delgado Community College, and the University of Phoenix, has been selected to serve a one-year term on the board of trustees of the American Nurses Foundation, the research education and charitable affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

Deena Borden attended the International Women’s Forum in Jerusalem in May, also visiting Egypt and Israel. She saw Jeanine Caltagirone Jacobson on her way home and they are planning a trip to Italy next summer.

Judith Kapp Winder has changed jobs. A coodinator of vocational special education for years, she is back in the classroom teaching 10th graders in an effort to demonstrate the need for special education programs in vocational schools. Daughter Rachel is teaching at a charter school in Toledo, and her sister Becca is a freshman at Ohio Wesleyan. Kapp saw Martha Doty York and hopes to see Susie McNeily Craig later this summer.

Peg Amyot Mangano works full time as a midwife in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she continues her love of hiking, having recently mastered the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks. Peg has two granddaughters nearby and travels to follow daughter Meg’s lacrosse games at University of New Hamphire.

Suzanne Jebb Tether wrote to inform me of the death of Hattie Motley Cleveland’s husband in a skiing accident March 30, 2000, in Colorado. He was a professional skier and died doing what he loved best. Hattie also lost her mother recently. Our sympathies to Hattie and her family.

I am sorry to report the deaths of two of our classmates, Carolyn Marcus and Linda LaBarba Harris-Seares. Our sincere condolences to both families.


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