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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian


Patricia Bryant Koedding

Pat Grummon Clegg, our much-traveled co-president, and husband George made their annual sojourn to London, where they toured Scotland on the Royal Scotsman train, a journey Pat recommends. They also attended George’s 50th reunion at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where they met Dick Hylen, widower of Ruth Tillman Hylen. In October the couple boarded the American Orient Express in Washington, DC, bound for Los Angeles, making stops in the South and Southwest. Pat and George are wintering on Amelia Island and welcome visitors.


Doris Harbach Patten

Last summer Cindy Hartwig Gyorgy hosted Nancy “Randy” Moore Foster; a few weeks later, Joan “JP” Pohlman O’Rourke and Dick came for a couple of days. The group devoured lobster and clams and talked about happy memories and future reunions. Cindy spent time in Norway, visiting Dora Holter-Sorenson Berggrav in Oslo. They had a lot of fun talking of college days.

Pat Case Young Gatewood welcomed a sixth grandchild—a baby girl born to son Todd and his wife. Four of Pat’s other grandchildren are in college: one at Texas A&M, one at Texas Christian, and two at the University of Missouri. Pat, who has lost her hair due to a blood pressure medication, says, “Thank God for wigs.”

Eva Brunner Cohn, our new president, ran into Bobbie Neustaedter Scheer in a restaurant at Lincoln Center. Small world!

Kit Cetrule Kenyon and husband Tip entertained Pare deGot (husband of our late classmate Chris Schmidt deGot) and Barbara Zutter Woodring, plus several other friends of Chris’s, for three days. The group took long walks on Vineyard beach, and reminisced over much food and wine.

Joyce Levine Eppler and Sandra Buhai Barz attended the opening of Arline Fisch’s jewelry exhibit at the American Craft Museum. Joyce pronounced it “an extraordinary experience—Arline looked like a piece of jewelry herself, and the large audience was extremely appreciative.” Joyce is docent at the new American Folk Art Museum and has given tours to Madeline Scheuer Selden and Barbara Ettinger Bernstein.

Patty Walters Shaw and her husband left Holland, OH, in November and set down stakes at Sun City in Hilton Head, SC. Patty writes, “It has been a horrendous year with the murder of our daughter and the move to a new house in another state.” Our hearts go out to Patty and her family.


Reunion ’03!

Susanne Eustis Bogart

I hope you are making plans to return to campus for our 50th reunion, May 29–June 1, 2003. Louise “Petey” Berke Wulff, Judy Axford McCoy, Patricia Thetford Pelham, Ann Trainer Williams, and I will be there to greet you!

Shirley Crosby Clark welcomed newest grandchild Ian in July. She is delighted that Ian and his family live just four miles away. Shirley reminded me that she knew our late class secretary, Betty Hauser, perhaps longer than any other alumna; they attended both grammar and high school together.

Pat Thetford Pelham crows about her 14 grandchildren, who—along with the antique shop she runs, and her “addiction to quilting”—keep her busy. In September, Pat welcomed grandson Chase, the child of youngest son Matt and his wife, Julie.

Janet Carton Schroth has a lot of fun with her grandkids, ages 14, 10, and 8. She rounds out her schedule with volunteer work at the Cerebral Palsy Center, where her son attends class four days a week, and quality time with her husband, as yet not retired.

Last fall, Jacquie Bailey Martin embarked on a European river cruise, journeying from Prague to Amsterdam with a group from her husband’s alma mater, Williams College.

Betty Howe Shannon and her husband hit the road this summer, visiting kids and grandkids in Maine and North Carolina. They took an eight-day cruise of the Greek isles, followed by a two-week tour of Italy that was originally scheduled for September 2001.

As president of Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather, Phyllis Miller Green travels extensively. In recent months she has met with advertising colleagues in China, Thailand, and several European countries.

Pat Gove Williams traveled to the West Coast twice (northern California and Oregon), then made a trip to Cape Cod.

Anne “Poo” Whitehouse Gass has moved into a new house featuring great views of the White Mountains in South Paris, ME. She teaches creative drama at an area special-needs school. Ann hosted her six children and 15 grandchildren at her summer camp last year.

Judy McCoy, a regular at Skidmore club functions on Cape Cod, keeps up with Jeanne Clark Saulnier, Cyndie Madsen Henson, Joannie Dymond Barnett, and Ann Shaaber Campney and is working to get Jane Ernster Meadows to our 50th.

Lois Follett Labriola is decidedly proud of her husband, Jerry, who has just published his third book, Murders at Brent Institute. Now retired, they enjoy watching the UConn basketball team and plan to travel.

Sally Sanderson Cutler celebrated her 70th birthday with 13 family members at Squam Lake, NH, last August. Two of her closest college buddies, Martha Hamilton Finlay and Debbie Phillips, joined in the festivities for several days.

Ann Trainer Williams summered at her cottage in Canada, visiting children and grandchildren on the return trip to Florida. Every year she and husband John host the Bandersnatchers, Skidmore’s male a cappella group. Ann also serves a poolside supper to the boys and about 50 alumnae and their spouses.

Reunion committee member Natalie Jones Neri enjoyed an August day at Saratoga Race Course with fellow reunion committee members. Savvy Tillie turned a $2 long-shot bet into $47.40. Her husband, Gene, is still recuperating from ehrlichiosis, a Lyme-related deer-tick disease.

Gretchen Rasch Denk, now retired from her social services position with Niagara County, attends classes at a nearby community college and serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the Lewiston Public Library, and the Hart Foundation.

Pat Glass Palmer recently moved into a retirement community not far from her home on Maui. She is delighted to let somebody else haul groceries and cook meals. Pat’s daughter and husband are in the fine dining business on Maui.

Our sympathy to Pat Brigham Valiasek, who lost husband John last August after being his full-time caregiver for several years.


Joanna Davenport

Nancy Burley Chase sailed from June to September off the coast of Maine. In October she crewed with two others on a motorboat from Virginia down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida. A guest at Patty Piper Adams’s 70th birthday party, she witnessed Patty perform a hula dance.

Ellie McEvoy Budd still spends time in Sag Harbor, NY, and Falls Church, VA. For the past eight years she has assisted the elderly with their income taxes.

Connie Kellert Goldstein is working with the college on the creation of a class memorial garden to be dedicated during Reunion. She and husband John, a Williams alumnus, spent time at Oxford in preparation for his 50th reunion.

Although unable to speak as the result of a stroke, Cindy Lorenzen Wolff leads an active life with her husband, a licensed pilot, whom she accompanies on numerous trips. The couple has five children and 16 grandchildren.


Mardi Duggan Drebing

Ronnie Brody Raab would love to hear from anyone with interest or material on American decorative arts from the 19th through the 20th century.

Ruth Foster Fleming and Kay Moore Hickey both had minireunions for alumni living in eastern Long Island. Sally Wagman Hoge also attended the Skidmore club luncheon held at the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett in August.

Betty Ann Kalteux Callanan is heading back to school, studying French at UNH to upgrade her skills.

Margo Mound Drucker’s daughter Ann adopted a second infant daughter from Mexico. Margo and husband Stanley enjoy visiting Loraina and Louisa in Boulder, CO, where they can also stop in to see daughter Karen. The Druckers divide their travel time between Boulder and Austin, TX, where daughter Laurie resides. Margo is already looking forward to our 50th reunion.

Patti Sherman Jones and her sister had an art show at the Depot Theater—Two Sisters featured Patti’s watercolors and her sister’s photography. She also participated in a juried art show at the Lake Placid Center for Arts, with contemporary needle-lace wearable art.

Sue Warren Campbell toured Europe last summer on a 16-day cruise, following a Caribbean cruise taken over the July 4 holiday. She also visited Syracuse on her way to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

When Tillie Ruby Coulter, Nancy Morrison, and I met for lunch in September, it was the first time we had seen each other since 1955! As far as I could see, we all looked the same. Tillie, who is wintering in Florida, spends time with Pat Knight Spencer, Jackie Welsh Barr, and Patti Price Keiser, all of whom live in Ft. Lauderdale.


Averill Geus


Joan Page Hayes

Jane Kelly Morais curated the Alumni Art Show held during Reunion. The show included three of Jane’s earthenware and stoneware sculptures, one of which was won by Dotty Wakeman Mattoon in a raffle drawing. Susan Schank Fawcett submitted two etchings for the show. Over the years, she has lived in Chicago, Tanzania, Boston, and Wyoming. A designer of museum exhibits, she is also former art director of In Wyoming magazine. Now in Sierra Vista, AZ, Sue is pursuing her interest in horses.

Florence Andresen, Barbara Mansfield Saul, Betty Hartz Hewitt, and Marge O’Meara Storrs installed over 5,000 plants to restore the stone-paved garden behind the Surrey Williamson Inn. The garden, which honors deceased classmates, was carefully tended over the summer by Florence and sported lush blooms.

Mary Gund Farr and husband Hap are enjoying life in Bonita Springs, FL, from January to May; then they head to Cleveland. Happy memories of summers in Presque Isle, MI, prompted the Farrs to build a cottage there. Mary is enjoying her three grandchildren.

Rachel Peckham Elder has been restoring an old home in Tiverton, RI, for 16 years. She has concurrently been involved with the Tiverton Conservation and Tree Commissions and the Garden Club. Last year, she spent Halloween in Washington, DC; Thanksgiving in Bangkok; and Christmas in NYC with her family.

Hope Thompson Kerr was traveling this past summer, first visiting Clif and Julie Gaines Phalen in Waitsfield, VT, where they played golf and took in the local scene. From there she went to Schroon Lake, NY, to see Pat Naigles Lyons and husband Herb. She later sojourned to Scandinavia for three weeks and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia. In the fall, Hope officiated field hockey games, gardened, and played golf, tennis, and paddle tennis. Her grandsons, too, are involved in athletic pursuits.

Sorry to hear from Sabine Hummel Krechel that she came down with hepatitis after returning to Germany following Reunion.

At the Friday night dinner, Florence Andresen read a lovely letter from Karen Thorsell Sause, who, although too ill to make it back for reunion, offered us her good wishes. Sadly, Karen’s son Adam reports that she passed away on September 10. Karen’s love for Skidmore remained constant. In almost every reunion picture I have, she is happily marching toward the front of our class parades. She oversaw our class agents until she was unable to do so because of illness. Her reign as Miss Maine and Carnival Queen at Skidmore, Dartmouth, and RPI was testament to the beauty that only grew through the years. Her star will always shine in our memory.


Reunion ’03!

Jane Goodman Hunter

Our 45th reunion is just around the corner! Please mark your calendars for May 29 to June 1, 2003, and plan to come to Saratoga for a weekend of reuniting.

Reunion co-chairs Elsa Daspin Haft and Linda Gross Singer met in the NYC area in October to formulate plans for our 45th.

Marilyn Rosenberg Estess and Naomi Goldfarb Tamerin were among several classmates who attended another planning session in NYC later that month.

Class fund chair Julie Greene has enlisted the help of Monica Reis de Janosi and Sandra Eisenberg Weinstein. Monica is also working on a survey to gather our current class history.

Several classmates who reside in Saratoga Springs are lending their expertise to the cause. Joosje Wethly Anderson is designing a class reunion logo, while Nancy Wiedenman Lester is busy shaping hospitality arrangements.


Carolyn Brown Straker

Class president Bev Sanders Payne hosted classmates Sheila DeNadal Salvo and Sue Clark Jorgensen for three days last summer at her New London, NH, home, where they enjoyed getting out on the water and playing tennis. Bev and husband Dave vacationed for two weeks in Switzerland.

Joey Haufler Rosenthal met Mary Heep Van Riper for a great evening, then spent a day in Newport, RI, visiting Jane Knight Hence at her “ wonderfully restored 1740 house,” where Susan Collard Fanning happened to be a guest too!

Although still seeking a balance among many compelling activities, Nancy Rae Scully says her first year of retirement was “a huge success.” In honor of her 65th birthday, Nancy’s family surprised her with a trip to Paris and Provence, accompanied by her daughter and son-in-law.

I flew to Paris in October to meet Joan Cangelosi Kicska and Jane Haddad Evans for a very special minireunion. In a small hotel on the Left Bank, we each stayed in our own room; and, just like back in the dorm, we visited in the hall, coffee in hand, clad in our robes. We went on walking tours, shopped, talked endlessly, laughed, and drank wine and champagne. We even flirted with young men, fantasizing that we were sought-after 20-year-olds again. Well, at least I did! I highly recommend a trip like this!


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