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’60

Marcia Mattson Todd
Marciaatfoxhill@cs.com

I am sure that all of us were shocked and horrified by the terrorist attacks in September. With the advent of a new year comes the hope of a more secure future for all mankind.

Marilee Karins Pellegrini had an “unforgettable” 10-day visit to Queretaro in the central highlands of Mexico. She stayed on a ranch with a family closely involved with the ascendance of the PAN party and Presidente Fox. Marilee says it was “engrossing to be in the midst of such optimism after decades of political power of the PRI party.”

Hip replacement surgery in June did not prevent Ellie Davies Bowden from dancing at daughter Molly’s September wedding reception at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club—a true “downeast” event. Ellie is back at school, teaching full-time.

Last spring Shirley Lindstrom Voelker welcomed first grandchild Andrew John and loves being a grandparent.

Last August Nancy Howard O’Hara joined daughter Susan and son-in-law Charlie on a fabulous trip to China.

Although officially retired for five years, Thetis Group remains a prolific writer. Her second book, Nursing, Physician Control and the Medical Monopoly, has just been published, and she is still receiving royalties from her first book, Feminism and Nursing, published six years ago. Book number three is already in the works. Thetis has moved to Scottsdale, AZ, but returns to Salt Lake City, UT, from May through September.

Debby Davenport Brooks’s eldest daughter, Marcy, was married last September in “the most perfect wedding ever!” Debby’s son Caleb officiated, and sister Susan Davenport Andrews ’64, flew in from Juneau, AK, with fresh salmon. Debby and David will be at their Vermont home during February and March; Debby extends an open invitation to her skiing classmates to visit.

Sandra Blair Ohanian has left the computer science world to join her husband in retirement. Jack retired last year after 38 years at the University of Florida, most recently as dean of engineering.

Sarah Couch McQuilkin and husband Rennie took an extended trip to western Scotland and the Hebrides Islands (a 65th birthday present from Sarah). They stayed in some wonderful B&Bs and an occasional castle while researching a branch of Rennie’s family tree. “It was all too wonderful,” says Sarah. In June, Rennie presented a poetry reading at the Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT—quite an honor for notable poets. Sarah is still teaching preschool and singing with the Sweet Adelines. Last fall she flew to Portland, OR, to compete in the International Barbershop Competition with her chorus of 85 women.

Lois Blum Reitzas had a “fabulous” experience at Skidmore’s Summer Exploration last August and highly recommends it. She attended classes every morning. Afternoons included tours of the Tang Museum and the City of Saratoga Springs, and even a day at the races; there were concerts and other cultural performances to attend in the evenings. She met several participants who return each year, some with spouses.

Hadley Sillick Robertson had just arrived in Athens for a two-week tour of Greece and Turkey when the September 11 disaster occurred. Half of the tour group dropped out and waited for a chance to return home while “the rest of us continued and had two great weeks of reality avoidance, eyes filling with tears at unexpected times.”

While visiting family in New York last summer, Ruth Crist Cawein and husband Charlie arranged to meet Ruth’s Skidmore roommate Jane Christie MacVicar and her new husband, John Meyer, for lunch. Ruth and Charlie live on Anna Maria Island in Florida most of the year. Luckily, they survived tropical storm Gabrielle with only minor damage.

Bonnie Vare Smith is playing a little bit of golf, loving being grandmom to her four little granddaughters, and enjoying thinking about what she will do when she retires!

Betty Lou Kuhl Herter retired after teaching high-school business and computer science for 32 years. She now presents computer and educational conferences all over the country, training teachers for corporations and state education departments. Betty Lou and husband Walter live on a farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where they breed and show Saddlebred horses. They enjoy sailing, swimming, and skiing and spend as much time as possible with their three grandchildren.

Since retiring in 1998 from teaching middle-school students in special education classes, Peggy Hiller Harris has been tutoring through the United Way organization in Savannah, GA. She enjoys gardening and is involved in the Master Gardener Association. Husband Stanley is still practicing law and is the local president of the Council of World Affairs. Son Charles recently opened his own practice in retinal surgery in Savannah. Daughter Carolynne, who lives in Washington, DC, is project manager for a new permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum’s Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Gail Corwin proudly announces the birth of her first grandchild: a boy born last September.

Lynn Lamont Beckmann enjoyed a couple of weekends last summer with Barbara Henry Bagnall and Anne Costales Foy at Anne’s summer home in the Berkshires. Lynn continues to divide her time between Long Island and Florida, perfecting her golf game.

Jacqueline Lenz Zeterberg has been calling San Diego, CA, home for the last 25 years. She retired in 1991 from a position in human resources in the banking industry, giving her and husband Carl more time to travel and visit family. Last fall they visited California gold mining towns, toured Yosemite National Park, and saw their daughter and her family in Walnut Creek, CA.

Barbara O’Donovan Whitwell is director of the Achievement Center in Roanoke, VA, a school for children with learning disabilities. The center is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to build a new facility. Barbara plans to retire once the new school is built.

I am currently enjoying the company of our youngest grandson while his parents are in Rome, Italy; our daughter, Nancy, is there presenting a paper at an anthropological conference on elephants. Chasing after a 17-month-old is a bit of a challenge. Oh, to be young and agile again!

’61

Sandy Weisman Sheppard
cassie1@vermontel.net

’62

Reunion ’02!

Emily Jansen Kane
captgfk@aol.com

Stephanie Lindsey King has retired from the child-care business. She and husband Dick celebrated the end of her 60th year with a cruise.

Gail Homer Jones and husband spend the winters at Lost Tree Village in Florida but travel back to the Bay Area to see their new grandson. They spent the summer in Sun Valley.

Diane Macht Solomon reports that Marjorie Cherry Minkin has a new granddaughter.

New Hampshire resident Susan Sambrook Berry arranged her daughter’s July 2001 wedding for 90 people via e-mail. It was held at their summer home near Lake George, N.Y.

Mollie Klee Heron spent her summer in Maine, where she had coffee with another resident, Sandra Katz Neiman. Mollie traveled to France and Italy with her daughter and family last year.

Judy Martin Clements attended a gathering in the NYC apartment of Nancy Smith Bushnell and Vic Reiling before going to the Conservatory Garden in Central Park, where a bench was dedicated in honor of Gay Clark Stoddard.

Elizabeth Pugh Grout and husband Phillip have a new home in Englewood, CO.

Lollie Engle Triebold and husband Dave were in China viewing the Xian terracotta warriors when they learned of the tragic events of September 11.

Sue Wilhelm Hands visited her daughter and grandchildren at their new home (built in the 1500s) in the Loire Valley of France.

Carol Copeland Schmidhauser writes, “It’s nice to bring some happy news into these unsettled times. Dutch and I have another grandchild: Max was born in September to Eric and Lucie in Austin, TX. Max joins Grace, 2, who came to stay with us for about a week after Max was born. She stays here a lot!”

’63

Jane Snowdon Jones
mejane63@hotmail.com

Carol Brush Nicholson had a “fantastic” 60th birthday surprise arranged by her husband, who invited Judy Cohen Lutz ’62 from Charleston, SC, and a childhood friend from Long Island to spend the weekend. “It was fabulous to reminisce, relax, and have my two friends meet each other,” writes Carol. She has a master’s in health education and is a Hospice R.N.

Barbara Bankes Cunningham and husband John are now the happy grandparents of three little girls. Barbara spent a week with the newest baby and says the experience was “terrific fun.”

Betsy Orr Klausing and husband Bill live in Bernardsville, NJ, where Betsy works part-time for the Eagle’s Nest gift shop.

Jackie Fernald Montgomery, who co-owns a real estate firm in Jackson Hole, WY, worked with Red Cross Disaster Services to support residents and firefighters during a 4,400-acre forest fire that raged just five miles from her home last fall. Jackie credits the heroism of the firefighters for the fact that not a single home was lost. She also praises the “overwhelming volunteer support of residents, who took in evacuees, saved animals, and help maintained a fire camp—even the firefighters were impressed.”

Lynda Sable, who now goes by Sabre Gilmartin, sells antiques in London, where she is in the final year of a degree program in fine art evaluation. When not engaged in those pursuits, she creates cast studio glass and ceramic art. Sabre traveled to Zimbabwe and Mozambique this past fall.

At the University of Maine at Augusta, Maureen Steinhacker, dean of the College of Mathematics and Professional Studies, reports that Peg Danielson ’64 was appointed interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities—meaning that two of the three academic deans there are Skidmore graduates.

’64

Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb
bonnieshert@dmv.com

Stephanie Rose’s daughter Elizabeth and grandson Max were at home, one block from the World Trade Center, when the first plane crashed on September 11; they fled to safety soon after the second attack. Son-in-law David, a CBS news producer, anchor, and correspondent, was shooting in Kentucky as the disaster unfolded. The family’s harrowing story was featured on the network’s “48 Hours” program of September 18.

’65

Toby Weisberg Rubenstein
74077.2566@compuserve.com

’66

Ann LoDolce
alodolce@juno.com

Joyce Freedman Apsel, Nancy MacMillan Miller ’67, and I recently reunited for the first time since we graduated a lifetime ago. It was truly a special and joyous time since we were very close at Skidmore. The years may have passed, but when we were together it was as if time stood still for a while.

Adrienne Ewing has returned to Atlanta after four years in Paris. Although it was an incredible experience for her, she is happy to be back home speaking English. Adrienne volunteers for a program that offers inner-city students a camping experience in Wyoming each summer and also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

’67

Reunion ’02!

Elizabeth Maccracken Winn
ewinn421@mindspring.com

Clearly, everyone from coast-to-coast has been affected by the September 11 attacks. Attending our upcoming class reunion has taken on a greater significance, and even members of our class who did not graduate with us have sent word that they cherish their memories and friends from Skidmore. Our 35th reunion is Thursday evening, May 30, through Sunday, June 2. We will celebrate the “Pieces of our Lives.”

Jill Sneve Patch, who hasn’t ventured east of Ohio since Skidmore, graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1967 with a B.A. in zoology. She and husband Dan have lived in San Diego, CA, since 1968. Jill works part-time at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine in the vascular biology department, where she is a technician assisting the director of women’s health research in studying the effects of estrogen on arteriosclerosis. Daughter Susan is currently a third-year student at UC-Davis, and son Steven is a high-school senior.

Jill recalls convincing dormmate Susan Kovage Ratzan to go to medical school. Susan is head of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She and husband Rich may slow down as “a preamble to retirement” now that their nest is empty. Rich resigned from the UConn School of Medicine’s department of emergency medicine and hopes to have more time and energy to write novels.

Maryland resident Jane Rahl Apson celebrated 22 years at the Worcester County Health Department, where she is director of quality information systems. In 2000 she and her co-workers began an initiative called “Aging in Worcester.” Her county has a 32-percent growth rate overall, made up primarily of retired persons moving to the Ocean City, MD, area in search of golf, tennis, and beaches. Jane considers the initiative a 10-year journey of planning for her own retirement. In the meantime, she is beginning the care-giver role for her 80-year-old husband and 84-year-old mother.

Joan Oppenheimer Cohen is extremely grateful that friends and family remain safe and healthy (both of her children live and work in NYC). She enjoys her job as a school counselor in an innovative, pre-K–8th-grade school in Elizabeth, NJ. Husband Ben is a Superior Court judge in Newark.

Sandy Harrod Frigon and her sister, with Elizabeth “Corky” Corcoran DeMarco and her daughter Charlotte, went with Linda Raze County to Bali for two weeks in August. Linda runs a business called Journeys Off the Tourist Track and has been leading tours to Bali for nine years. Sandy comments, “It was magical, exotic, and relaxing, [thanks to] Linda’s deft hand.”

Now retired, Jean Fletcher volunteers at a dialysis center in Portland, ME, where she helps patients exercise during dialysis. “I’ve used my education and training throughout my professional career as a special education teacher, physical educator, and college professor in exercise science.

I’m always grateful and proud of my alma mater.” Lauding her fellow alumnae as “women of quality,” Jean adds, “I bet most of us volunteer in our communities in some way and take civic duty seriously.”

Jean was surprised to encounter Carol Sloane at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME. Over lunch, they caught up with each other’s doings. Carol is involved in environmental protection in Washington, ME.

Nancy Isenberg’s work at the University of Rome in Italy is “overwhelming at the moment, but not distracting me from greater issues.” The university is overhauling its academic structure and moving towards a credit system in alignment with the rest of the European community. Being married to a colleague, says Nancy, makes it “difficult to see where work ends and home life begins.”

“It’s same old, same old” for Nancy Nims Mullins and husband Mac. Mac is still delivering babies, playing golf, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts. Nancy substitutes at the local high-school library and has “taken up golf more passionately.”

Pam Swallow says she has wonderful memories of Skidmore and experienced vicariously “four extra great years” through daughter Corrie Kennedy ’94, who sang with the Sonneteers. Pam and husband Bill, an environmental scientist, live in Hunterdon County, NJ. Pam divides her professional time between writing books for children and teens, doing school author visits, and working part-time as a school librarian. Her last book was A Writer’s Notebook (Scholastic), designed to help aspiring young writers. Her next book, A Whistle Pig Is a Woodchuck Is a Groundhog (Putnam) is expected to be out next winter.

Sandy McDonald Bell and husband Wally teach in Sudbury, MA. Wally teaches 4th grade, and Sandy team-teaches in a combined 4th- and 5th-grade classroom. “We both still love teaching but are thinking about retirement and more travel.” When Sandy made a presentation in Atlanta last winter for the National Staff Development Council, Joanie Todt Michaels gave her “a grand tour of the city.” Sandy and Wally spend many weekends a year enjoying “the intrigue of Saratoga” when they visit Willy and Betsy Chandler Sutton.

Carla Babcock Sharp trains, rides, and shows horses. The National Horse Shows in Washington, Harrisburg, and Madison Square Garden keep her very busy. In September she judged a horse show at the Equestrian Center in Saratoga. “It looks beautiful, and it was fun to go back.”

Carol Parker Helgerson is a middle-school librarian in Bath, ME, and is taking her fifth course towards a master’s degree in library and information science. She is also president of the Educational Support Personnel Union in Bath.

NYC resident Chris Kaufmann hopes to see everyone on the “new” campus for reunion. She admits to being one of those people who “hasn’t been heard from since graduation.” During the past 35 years, Chris has lived in Marbella, Geneva, and Munich and traveled to many countries—most recently Brazil. She stopped working as a conference event planner in 1995 after being diagnosed with breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. She says, “I educated myself about conventional and nonconventional treatments, and after a lot of pain and suffering and ups and downs, have found my ‘drug of choice’ and am doing fantastically well. I am playing tennis, bicycling, even skiing again—all things I was told by the experts I could never do again.”

Gail Tully Owen spent the first three months of 2001 taking care of her mother on weekends. Her mother died in March. In July, Gail spent 10 days on a live-aboard dive boat that she boarded on the island of New Britain near Papua, New Guinea. After flying into highlands there, she hiked through tropical rain forests and stayed in an eco-lodge high in the Tari Valley, where she visited several clans of Huli Wigmen.

Meg Nichols Carrothers has been involved in thoroughbred breeding and racing for the past eight years. She owns one brood mare who has produced five colts in a row and, at last, a filly this year. The first four have all raced and won, including three trips to the Winners’ Circle at Saratoga in 1999 and 2000. Residents of Boca Raton, FL, Meg and husband Jack always stay in Saratoga during the racing season, and this past summer they lived in Skidmore’s former physical education annex—now a private home on Regent Street.

Bev Harrison Miller’s daughter Brooke ’99 has a new dressage horse, Mr. Destiny, whose grandsire was the great thoroughbred stud Mr. Prospector—the grandsire of Meg’s Habit, owned by racing fans Meg and Jack Carrothers. Meg and Bev were Skidmore roommates. “Even with horses,” quips Bev, “all in the Skidmore family, I always say.”

Linda Nard Leedberg writes, “Since the bombings, I’m definitely feeling a desire to connect.” Retired after enjoying a number of interesting careers, she most recently taught theatre history at a community college in Tucson, AZ. She requires, however, the creative expression in painting, singing, and theater. Linda and Stan have moved to Des Moines, IA, for a while to be close to Stan’s dad. “This move was quite a change for us,” she says, “but we are finding the rhythm and pulse of this place and relishing the where and why of being here.” After years away from Skidmore, Linda plans to come to reunion.

Laurie Massolo Deredita is special collections librarian at Connecticut College.

Honey Koenig Gardiner and her husband are building a villa in The Strand, a community of Naples, FL. Joan Lensky Robert, Laurie Mandelbaum Goldberg, and Lynn Barsky Schnitzer visited Honey last February. The four women have met once only since graduation, and Honey says, “It really was just like it was when we last were together.” Laurie has a business specializing in antique jewelry and English chintz china. She and husband Norman live in McLean, VA. Joan, an attorney in practice with husband Charlie, specializes in elder law. Lynn and husband Artie, who just retired, live in San Jose, CA, and recently bought a loft in Manhattan.

Rita Kovanda Hayes lives in Kirkland, WA, the Seattle metro area. She is somewhat tired of renovating her home, an old farmhouse that “is a money pit and on hold until I get the next burst of enthusiasm.” Rita never dreamed that her avocation of digging in the garden would translate into professions for her sons—Jon is a geologist, and Bryan is a botanist.

Alberta Lappano Uhran enjoys working part-time and says, “Losing my husband, George, has been difficult for all of us, but we’re pretty strong and we’re all doing as well as can be expected. I’m still as interested in politics as I was at Skidmore and still as opinionated!” She plans to attend reunion.

Linda Hanka Freisitzer says world events spurred her to reconnect with classmates from a time period that “seems so long ago and ‘golden,’ especially now.” Except for a year in NYC, she has lived in the Hudson Valley and worked in the child welfare department of the Dutchess County Department of Social Services. She recruits, interviews, trains, and prepares families to become foster or adoptive parents.

After running a fashion design manufacturing business for 13 years, Julie Mandle Kiechel has re-enrolled in an M.F.A. program combining fibers with metals.

Wendy Shapiro Katz and her husband went to the UK recently to help celebrate, with her English in-laws, her mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. In the fall she taught one of her favorite courses, the 19th-century novel. The previous year she was department chair; but having had her fill of administration, she is now contemplating retirement.

Pam Miller and her family have returned from their six-month stay in Padua, Italy, for her partner’s sabbatical. Their 13-year-old children attended an international British school while Pam studied Italian for two months. She also wrote a few personal essay pieces and is trying to get them published. The family traveled to Sicily, Egypt, and Sardinia, where she says the anti-American feeling was palpable. She writes, “I’m glad to be home and feel a great responsibility to learn all I can and work hard for peaceful solutions.”

Andrea Peterson Mauro was deeply affected by the attack on the World Trade Center. Her daughter is a freshman at Stuyvesant High School of Science, just three blocks from the WTC. She saw both planes crash from her homeroom window and was evacuated just in time to see the towers crumble. Andrea’s office, in lower Soho, was off-limits for over a week while the area was cordoned off. She lost a number of financial services clients in the WTC. She wonders how other Skidmore New Yorkers are holding up and says, “My thoughts are with all of them.”

Logan Parry Hottle and husband Will have completed a move to Edgewater, a town near Annapolis, MD. Logan teaches sailing in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.

Linda Mathis Martin has been associate children’s director of the Farmington Valley Community Bible Study. “Our numbers have grown by leaps and bounds,” she says, “and there are at least 90 children age 5 and under that come each week. I work with 2- to 5-year-olds, which is great fun and a terrific challenge!” Linda and husband Bill took a cross-country train trip from Massachusetts to Glacier National Park and found it quite an adventure.

Susan Gottlieb Beckerman and daughter Ruth, 18, journeyed to Gliwice, Poland, as part of a Habitat for Humanity team. They also visited Krakow, Prague, and Budapest before meeting husband Mark in Italy. Susan and Mark crossed the Atlantic again in July to travel in Scotland and then England for the wedding of Mark’s nephew. Susan writes, “We have been fortunate not to have lost any family members or close friends in the September 11 attacks…In spite of everything, we go about our normal activities, but everything feels just a bit off.”

On September 11 Carol Ciccone Gardner walked across Sixth Avenue on her way to work at the Law School of NYU and looked south to see fire and metal coming out of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. “This experience had no ‘six degrees of separation’—people you talked to on Monday night were missing on Tuesday morning,” says Carol. Her son, a paramedic, was dispatched to the towers that day. Carol says, “I had a few very, very nervous hours. I am very proud of his abilities and grateful that he is safe.”

Deborah Zirin Brown has been teaching for 10 years as a reading specialist in a rural middle school on the beautiful Oregon Coast, earning a master’s in education from Portland State University in 2000. Last June, Deborah married Bill Terry, her friend of 25 years. Daughter Amelia, who graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 1999, worked as an actress in Seattle and is “now setting out for the bright lights of NYC.” Son Ethan attends the University of Oregon School of Architecture in Eugene.

Janet Reder Hersey writes, “After being apart from ex-husband David (an amicable split) for a year, I tracked down my old Skidmore boyfriend, Jay Ham, on the Internet. He now lives north of Seattle, where he is a doctor at a small community hospital. After writing for almost a year, we visited in late 2000, and the rest is history—I’ll be moving to Anacortes, WA, in May.” This past summer, Jay joined 12 of Janet’s family members for two weeks in France to celebrate her father’s 90th birthday.

Betsey Boschen Lutz, in real estate since 1981, is a full-time real estate broker in the Denver, CO, area. Her married daughter practices law in Boulder, and her son develops software for a Denver company.

Chris Filbin Hoffman, husband Frank, and their 12-year-old son have moved from West Virginia to North Thetford, VT. Frank works for Dartmouth, while Chris manages Hoffman Associates, a project development and management business with clients all over the country. Projects range from database keeping to organization startups. Chris has decided what she really wants to do is create art and teach. She has agreed to develop our class Web page for this reunion year. Thanks, Chris!

Martha Hodgdon Bisbee moved to Vermont last summer when her husband retired after teaching at Milton for 42 years. Their youngest son is at Milton as a boarder for his last year, and their oldest son attends Trinity College. “Tom and I can’t quite grasp the fact that we’re retired, so we keep saying that it is merely another summer vacation in Vermont!”

’68

Molly Meyer
molly.meyer@yale.edu

Letty Derman Thall plans her spring and fall weekends around the regatta schedule of Skidmore men’s crew; son Greg ’02 rows for the team. Letty and her husband host the team every fall when it’s in Philadelphia. Letty also tries to attend at least one of the team’s home races, which are held each spring at Fish Creek in Saratoga.

Several classmates report they have been dealing with issues that Susan Hirsch Schwartz discusses in her new book, How to Survive Your Aging Parents. Barbara Kennedy McCarthy says, “My daily routine goes on, but is always clouded by concerns for my parents’ well-being and deteriorating health, complicated by the fact that I’m an only child and live 500 miles away.” The marriage of her children is altogether different and mostly enjoyable. Quips Barbara, “This is my second time as the mother of the groom, and the only part I find difficult is keeping my opinions to myself!”

Athene Landis Anderson and a group of friends hold mini-reunions whenever they can. Camille Briggs Wells’s sister offered the group a vacation house near a small Vermont lake last year. They went to the Williamstown museum, told a lot of lies, and had a lot of laughs.

Penny Thoms is living in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland and finishing a book on Celtic spirituality. Penny and her husband, who comes to visit once a month, are building a cottage on the river in Kenmare.

Foxie Henn Mason lost a close friend when Sally Adamson Smyth died in September. She says, “The events of September 11 have greatly compounded my grief over the loss of a good friend. Sally and I both moved to Aspen, CO, after graduation. We were friends and neighbors there for 10 years and stayed close after we both moved away.” Sally’s husband, Clark, has set up a memorial scholarship fund in her name to be awarded to a Boulder high-school senior wishing to attend a liberal arts college.

Jeanne Shipp Waldinger is serving as interim vice president of consulting for the Executive Service Corps in Boston, MA. ESC is an organization with 150 consultants working on about 90 engagements this year for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

After 25 years Diana Atwood Johnson sold her business, the Old Lyme Inn in Connecticut; but she finds herself busier than ever with nonprofit board and political involvement. “The best part,” Diane concludes, “is that I am now in charge of my life. The worst is, there is still so little time!”

’69

Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis
lizyloo@mediaone.net

During these difficult times it is good to maintain a strong sense of community and stay in touch with friends and family. Thanks to those of you who sent cards, e-mails, or letters.

Betsy Judge Lowe says “all is well.” Daughter Hannah, 19, is a freshman in the gemstone program at the University of Maryland; Mariel, 17, is a junior at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Betsy, husband George, and the girls took a Mediterranean cruise last summer.

Susie McNeily Craig, a pastor at First Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT, writes, “September 11 has become a huge part of my family’s life and of my congregation’s life. Living the stress of the unknown and supporting families with members lost has caused everyday actions to be among the heroic.”

Nancy Holmes Shumaker welcomed her first grandchild, child of son Sam and wife Katy. Daughter Sally is pursuing a master’s degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, and youngest child Dave is at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“I know I’ve reached middle age when I am perfectly ecstatic over replacing natural wood siding with vinyl!” exclaims Sandra Smith Dovberg after an extended battle with woodpeckers and carpenter ants in her Albany, NY, home. Sandra is president of the Designer Crafts Council, teaches at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, and sells at museum gallery shops. Her most recent show was at last year’s New York State Craft Biennial.

Traveling between Orlando, FL, and Mashpee, MA, keeps Victoria Prescott Brown and husband Ron busy. Victoria is manager of human resources at Alcon Laboratories.

Jane Startz has resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since graduation. She and her husband, filmmaker Peter Barton, celebrated their 30th anniversary in October. Son Jesse, 22, recently graduated from Emerson College, lives in NYC, and is a spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist. Kate, a junior at Wesleyan, is currently studying in Bologna. Zoe is 14. Jane has her own independent feature film production company that specializes in family films. Among her many credits are The Mighty, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Magic School Bus, and the upcoming Tuck Everlasting. She is currently producing a film with Miramax, with whom she has an overall production deal.

Empty-nesters Anne Schroeder Hilmer and Jim live in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Son John, a junior at Hamilton, is studying in Rome for the year; their daughter is in Minneapolis. Anne and Jim travel a lot—to visit friends and family and to explore new areas.

Cathy Cordova Reinitz and husband Josh reside in Potomac, MD, where Cathy teaches 5th-grade language arts and social studies at a Rockville, MD, private school. Daughter Karen, 26, is a fashion assistant at Elle magazine in Manhattan. Daughters Julie and Amy attend the University of Rochester.

Judy Kapp Winder is recovering successfully from breast cancer. She’d like to hear from “anyone who’s going through it, or finds out they have it…because support is a huge plus in this, especially from those who’ve been there already.”

Since September Barbara Herbert von der Groeben has been director of regulatory compliance at Genentech.

Santa Fe, NM, resident Suegy Getty Randall is involved in a number of nonprofit organizations. Husband Randy continues to manage the Eldorado Hotel and several small inns. Their daughters live near San Antonio and in Denver.

Johanna Coleman Hurley became a grandmother in July 2000 when daughter Karen gave birth to Natasha Ragland. Johanna has been working with Rosemary Wells, a writer and illustrator of children’s books, for the last four years. They collaborated on the book Yoko’s Paper Cranes, which was published this past fall.

Anne Harvey Grote was cheering as Carol Curran Lyall rowed in the Alden Race at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge in mid-October. Carol was in Denmark last summer with a rowing club.

Rich and I had dinner with Meredith Black Zahlaway and husband Mike. Mere-dith teaches the gifted and talented in Bedford, NH. I also had lunch with Elizabeth “Brownie” Eaton Roe and Carol Robelen Gilbride. Carol is a realtor with Douglas Elliman in Greenwich. She and Frank, also in real estate, live in Greenwich and Dorset, VT. Son Jason was married in Montana in September. Brownie and Keith’s youngest, Graham, is a senior at Loomis Chaffee. Andrew, 23, is a computer specialist; daughter Whitney is a junior at Williams; and Scott is a sophomore at University of Vermont.

Now in her third year as principal of the upper school at Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr, PA, Cheryl Franklin VanBuskirk enjoys having her youngest, Katie, 15, in the 10th grade there. Sarah, 21, is a senior at York College and plans on graduate school in child psychology. Peter, 19, is a sophomore at MIT.

For the past 18 years Dustine Deming has been vice president of marketing and public relations for the Tennessee Teachers Credit Union. She lives in the country with cat Lucy and paints landscapes on weekends. Her daughters are in NYC, Charleston, and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Dusty promises any visiting classmates “an insider’s tour of the amazing Tennessee music scene.”

Joan Winer Wilking, a graphic designer for over 25 years, “switched horses” a couple of years ago and started to write short fiction. Since then her stories have been published in numerous journals and magazines and can be read in the online versions of the Atlantic Monthly, Mississippi Review, and Barcelona Review.

Sandra Dovberg’s new e-mail address (her old one was printed in the last issue of Scope) is norsandov@aol.com

 


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