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Marcia Mattson Todd

Sandy Patrick Speno’s son Eric and his family live in Madrid, which gives Sandy and husband Tony the excuse to travel to Spain about twice a year for extended visits. On a recent trip, they visited Garriga in a Catalonian area known for great hiking. Grandson Maxiliano, 2, is learning words in Spanish, English, and French. Sandy says, “I feel like I’m becoming half Spanish myself.”

Hadley Sillick Robertson has been coaxed out of retirement for the second time. She will again be producing greeting card designs for Recycled Paper Greetings, but this time “not setting my goals as high—just enjoying the opportunity to be creative.”

Carol Siccardi Roberts’s life has been on hold since last August, when son Garrett underwent surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor just a few months after the birth of his first child. “We are sure that after radiation and chemotherapy, he will be like new,” writes Carol.

This past summer, Toni Wolcott headed north from her home in Boca Grande, FL, and rented a house in Maine for the month of August. Toni also visited with Rita Lamontagne Bowlby and Carol Roberts at Rita’s new home in West Hartford, CT.
Rita’s daughter, Lynn, lives in Rye, NH, so Rita rented a house on the beach nearby for a few weeks last summer. While there, Rita hosted Carol Roberts and Mari True McBurney.

Connie Archbald returned home from a trip to Bolivia in awe of the spirit of the people in that impoverished country. The trip was sponsored by the Quaker-Bolivia Link, which oversees projects in Bolivia such as irrigation assistance, a women’s weaving enterprise, and fish hatchery development. Although incredibly poor, the people have hope for the future. “When people don’t have anything else,” writes Connie, “they have faith. It was very inspirational.” Before returning to the States, Connie took a pleasure trip to Peru. The high point was a visit to the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu.

Last summer, Mari True McBurney leased a house on a lake in Minnesota and hosted her four girls and their families for a week.

Ellie Davies Bowden is thrilled to have son Bobby and his family back on the East Coast. They recently moved from California to Atlanta, GA, making it much easier for Ellie to see her two grandchildren more often.

Last August Ellie Bowden and I (who have been friends since elementary school) helped organize a minireunion in Maine for some of our high-school classmates. It was a weekend of “down East” activities centered around Ellie’s home in Boothbay and ours in Friendship. Catching up on the past 46 years in one weekend challenged our memories and rekindled old friendships.

Please note my new e-mail address above.


Sandy Weisman Sheppard


Lynn Garrett Meyer

Lollie Engel Triebold and husband Dave enjoyed an August trip to the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, meeting up with daughter Karla and her husband, Jeff. During their travels, they headed toward Lake Chelan, WA, to visit with Joyce Harder Nielsen, only to learn that she was in the hospital recovering from a fall taken while hiking.

Judy Goss Boyd Chadourne was remarried in April, to Albert Chadourne. Judy plans to retire from a “challenging and rewarding position in fundraising for a public university” to join her husband in retirement. They bought a new home at 8 Tulip Lane, Morristown, NJ 07960; Judy can be reached at 973-889-5839.

Cynthia Guy Slack recently completed an “art as social commentary” project. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when Cynthia and husband Walter were traveling in Europe, she says, “I realized immediately that I would need to make a painting to show the pain caused by this tragic event.” Walter retired three years ago from a firm located on the top floor of Tower One, where many of his close friends and colleagues perished. Cynthia’s original idea for a painting evolved into an eight-foot-tall sculpture of Plexiglas and mirrors, including a picture of each of her husband’s friends. Her tribute was featured in the September 9, 2002, edition of the Greenwich Times.

Emily Jansen Kane and her husband George spent too much time after Reunion recovering from a mysterious virus.

Judy Martin Clements traveled to Greece last June with husband Bill, then embarked with several female friends on a trip to the Vorarlberg in Austria, near Lake Constance. The Clementses’ son has relocated to NYC from San Francisco and Australia, making it a bit easier for visits. Their daughter lives outside Boston.

Judy Morton Ottley was sorry to have missed Reunion but looks forward to receiving her class history so she can catch up on everyone.

SaraKay Sherman Smullens also regretted missing Reunion. She and husband Stan have been married since 1979, each bringing two young children to the marriage. Their first granddaughter, Charlotte Rose, was born two years ago. SaraKay, a family therapist in Philadelphia who authored Who Ever Said Life Is Fair? 20 years ago, has published a sequel, Setting YourSelf Free: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Abuse in Family, Friendships, Work and Love. She hopes it “not only educates about the invisible malignancy of emotional abuse, but also serves as a parenting guide—how to raise kids who will not become susceptible to this kind of abuse in their relationships.” Visit www.sarakaysmullens.com for more.

SaraKay fondly remembers Susan Sherman (whose death was noted in the fall Scope), with whom she often walked to breakfast during freshman year. SaraKay writes, “It was with Susan that I enjoyed the first beer of my life, saw my first Broadway show, and went to a New York City restaurant for lunch (it was Sardi’s).” SaraKay had to transfer to Goucher College, but she says she never forgot Susan’s “constancy and kindness.…She was a very good friend at a time that such friendship meant more to me than I was able to realize.”

Terry Tiffany Sullivan announces the birth of her first grandchild, Eliza Rose. A wedding in St. Petersburg, FL, provided occasion to see Sue Wilhelm Hands and Sue Heitman Daliere, both of whom looked “svelte and slim.” In August, Terry and Peter drove down the coast of Maine, visiting Mollie Klee Heron along the way and enjoying a boat ride and a visit to Molly’s rug-hooking group. Terry and Peter are wintering in Vero Beach, FL.

Many thanks to Lollie Engel Triebold, Mollie Klee Heron, and Emily Jansen Kane for taking time to put names and faces together for the ’62 class photo at Reunion.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and followed up with a minireunion in Connecticut with Joan Deely Henderson and Dave, and Ellen Cross Cika. Joan and Dave are enjoying their frequent sailing adventures.

I was recently in NYC for a few days and almost literally ran into Linda Lange in the subway—talk about surprises!

Judi Konnerth Rosner, who completed her education at the University of New Mexico and UC-Berkeley for graduate school, lives in Woodside, CA. She is retired from teaching English in high school and adult school. She and husband David enjoy travel and take frequent trips to Israel. Judi’s daughter is a scuba instructor for Club Med, and her son is a rabbi who lives in Israel with his family, including four children. Recalling her Skidmore days, Judi says, “A highlight for me was the visit of Fidel Castro to campus—he ate lunch at my table!”


Reunion ’03!

Jane Snowdon Jones

Joyce DiBona enjoys working with her husband part-time in the travel newspaper business, which gives them the opportunity to travel. They are thrilled that their children and eight grandchildren are now all in the U.S. and see them often. Joyce mentors women business owners and also volunteers for the Walk Boston advocacy group, both rewarding endeavors. During her bi-annual trip to Saratoga Springs this past August, she visited friends and “hit the track.” She was again impressed by the increasing vitality of the city, although she says, “I still keep searching for d’Andrea’s!” Joyce is looking forward to Reunion.

Holly Gardiner Cohen is doing both promotion production design and purchasing for Reader’s Digest direct-mail programs. This past year, she and husband Barry moved from their home of 30 years to a townhouse, where they “no longer worry about mowing or snowblowing!” Holly lost her dad; now her mother resides with Holly and her family. One of their daughters is married and living in Connecticut; the other still lives at home. “It’s been a year of continual change,” notes Holly.

In Reno, NV, Ruth Adler Ruder is busy with numerous projects. Most recently, she coordinated a communitywide reading of A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. The founder of a local quilting group, Ruth volunteers for local public TV and organizations dedicated to helping the less fortunate. She also spends time at home tending a garden that she started from bare dirt three years ago. She observes, “The Sierras can be brutal, but what a challenge!”

Carol Smith Witherell hiked in the East Dolomites of Italy in September 2001 with Walking Softly Adventures. While on sabbatical leave from her faculty position at Lewis & Clark College this past year, she completed a book on moral imagination and inquiry in education. Carol’s oldest daughter, Holly, interns as a substance abuse/addictions counselor. Younger daughter Heidi is an anesthesiology resident at Stanford Medical School.

While babysitting her 2-year-old grandson in Connecticut, Debbie Frankel Reese ran into Lucretia Robbins (aka Chrissie Fueller, who left Skidmore our sophomore year), who was babysitting nearby for her granddaughter! Debbie’s portrait business is now online at www.reeseportraits.com. Holland, France, and England were on the travel docket for Debbie and husband John last year. While in England they spent some time with Sabre Gilmartin (aka Lynda Sable). Sabre, an antiques dealer, finished another B.A. in fine arts valuation at a British university. She is now studying glass techniques and technology, with the goal of creating and selling glass jewelry.

Judy Grebin finds great satisfaction in her position as assistant principal of science at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in NYC. She was recently elected local union vice president for the Council of Supervisors and Administrators.

Still living in beautiful high-desert cattle country in Arizona, Debby Acton Tollefson finds plenty to do since her husband’s retirement from veterinary practice. Her “88-year-young” mother travels from New Hampshire to Scottsdale every winter. Debby and granddaughter Amanda, 11, spent a week at Debby’s father’s home on Loon Lake, NH, in August. Debby’s son Daniel, whom she had not seen in four years, came up from Key West, FL, for a wonderful reunion.

Laura Young and Tina Low Fredrickson had a brief but significant reunion at Tina’s beautiful home in Colorado Springs, CO, in late July. Laura was traveling to New Mexico to teach a landscape painting class at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu.

Shirley Fleming Woodward and husband Jack welcomed first grandson Quenton in October in Eliot, ME; he is the son of daughter Julie and her husband, Matt. Although the new parents are doing well, observes Shirley, “Quenton seems to think nighttime is party time!” The Woodwards are also helping daughter Sarah, a writer in Los Angeles, get settled in her first home, “a real fixer-upper.” Shirley and Jack spent two weeks in October tearing up linoleum, sanding floors, and painting.

Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco and I spent a fabulous two weeks in Nova Scotia. Our primary objective was to witness the wedding of Ronnie’s nephew in Halifax, but we also explored Peggy’s Cove with its lighthouse post office, an Acadian festival and archeological dig, and Cape Breton. What a quaint and beautiful island, filled with magnificent scenery, interesting history, and one porcupine (we’ll tell you about him at Reunion).

Speaking of Reunion, prepare yourself for a spectacular weekend, May 29 to June 1. Class presidents Lynn Edwards Hendricks and Patty Foreman Baldieri, along with several members of the planning committee, met in NYC with staff from Skidmore to make sure everything is in place. Meg Reitman Jacobs is chair of the Friends of the Presidents committee, Alix Carver Spielman is hospitality chair, and Judy Pettingell will once again produce our class history. The weekend will be filled with discussions, old friends, singing (remember Junior Show?), hugging, partying (the fabulous Saratoga Polo Club), our own time at the new Tang Museum, and more. Check our class Web site (www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1963/1963.html) for news, e-mail links to classmates, and a list of who is planning to attend!


Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb

Mary Ann Syzdek Bakken has retired after 21 years as head of outreach services for St. Charles Public Library in suburban Chicago, although she still volunteers there several hours a week. Mary Ann was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of her daughter’s professors at Lewis and Clark’s master’s in teaching program was none other than Carol Smith Witherell ’63.

Phyllis Hansen Nemeth had a remarkable year: she attended her daughter’s “fairytale” wedding in the Bahamas and graduated from law school. Still working for the California Youth Authority, she is assigned to the headline-making Prison Law Offices suit against her employer. The suit—alleging inadequate medical care, religious discrimination, and inadequate educational opportunities, among other issues—is set for trial in April 2004, and Phyllis is already involved in the massive discovery phase. In addition, she serves on a California Regional Council for Prison Fellowships and on the trustee board at her church. Phyllis often hears from Jane Boyle Gerrish, who lives in Maine.

Carol Krentzman Ginsberg retired from Deutsche Bank this past summer after a 20-year run. She plans to relax, enjoy her home in the Berkshires, and do some consulting. Last year brought the Ginsbergs both tragedy and joy: they lost son Chuck to a rare cancer (malignant fibrous histiocytoma), and daughter Marge was married in September. Carol, who worked at 130 Liberty Street, directly across from the World Trade Center, escaped on 9/11.

Anne Burrows Ibbotson’s son James is a freshman at Skidmore. This fall Anne was planning to drive him from Aspen, CO, and spend a few days roaming around Saratoga, reminiscing about her old college days. Still busy with real estate sales in Aspen, she welcomes hearing from alumni in the area.

Sailing enthusiasts Molly Brister Haley and her husband are now permanent residents of Annapolis, MD, after spending 19 years in Chevy Chase. Molly, who oversaw the design and building of their new Eastport home (on the bay), is also looking for a building to convert into artist studio/retail space. Other recent projects include mentoring women entrepreneurs through the Women’s Business Center in DC and licensing some of her designs to manufacturers. She is helping daughter Maggie Haley ’93 and her friend Margaret Langford ’93 get their design/print business off the ground. Daughter Melissa is an archivist with the New York Historical Society and a budding author.

Betsy Sherman Gellert took a position in development at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and works with the medical alumni. At last spring’s reunion of Albert Einstein alumni, Betsy held an impromptu minireunion of her own when she met up with classmates Leslie Teller Sherwin (married to Robert, director of the Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center at Yale) and Nancy Gardiner Milstein (married to David, professor of nuclear medicine and radiology at Einstein). Betsy’s son Jim was married in May “to the cheers of two families who know how right [the couple are] for each other.”

Carroll Tiernan loves “being a grandmother to Jack,” her first grandchild, who was born in January 2002.

Barbara Nedell Wenglin of Scarsdale, NY, received the New York Times Librarian Award for Westchester County. Since 1977 she has worked at the White Plains Public Library, where she guides a popular book discussion series, works at the reference desk, coordinates classical music concerts, and selects books for the adult fiction collection.

My first grandchild, Christopher, was born in August to daughter Elizabeth and her husband, John, in Annapolis, MD. Christopher’s grandparents are spoiling him at every opportunity!


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein

Joan Reiss of Cherry Hill, NJ, was remarried two years ago to Jan Friedman, a salesman for Toyota. Joan, a court reporter, has two daughters; one is a special-ed teacher, and the other works for Centicor, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.

Phyllis Reed Borgia of Fairlawn, NJ, retired after 31 years as a special-ed teacher. The grandmother of five says, “I won’t miss my commute over the George Washington Bridge.”

Barbara Zingerline Kunkel of Guilderland, NY, and her husband bought a second home in Holiday, FL. One daughter is employed by American Express in Manhattan, and the other is in Puerto Rico, working for IBM Consulting.

I feel lucky to have dodged random shootings, train derailments, and protesters while commuting to my job at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. I have recently been assigned nine new employees and now supervise a total of eleven. In November, I visited my nine-month-old granddaughter in Chicago and accompanied her to a weekend music class for “wiggle worms.”


Ann LoDolce

Gail Greenleaf Hencken sent a bittersweet missive that her husband’s mother died this fall, the morning they were awaiting the birth of their second granddaughter.

Christine Neville Garrison started a second private school for gifted children—the Academy of Greater Cincinnati, a K–8 co-educational school that opened in September 2001 with 20 students. They now have 45–50 students. Christine founded Mary Baldwin College 27 years ago. When she is not in Cincinnati, she is enjoying her home in Maine.

A stay in Fukushima Prefecture in 1991 started Juliette Willis on hosting young people from Japan. Her guests, who stay an average of 10 days, are typically college students referred by the University of Louisville, personal friends, or young people sponsored by English-language programs or the YMCA. Juliette has designed and fabricated jewelry for the past 38 years. She and husband George Davidson are classic European car hobbyists.

Sandy Berk Jacoby is very excited about her youngest son’s graduation from Penn. They took a trip to Budapest and Prague in the spring of 2002. She still tutors 15 hours a week and directs the Rye Youth Employment Service at the local high school.

Katherine Bitter Phillips moved 20 years ago from New Canaan, CT, to New Hampshire, where her husband is president of Angostura International Ltd., which affords them great travel perks, as the company is headquartered in Trinidad, West Indies. She retired from substitute teaching to spend more time with her ever-traveling husband after raising three children, who are grown and independent.

Lynne Meyer Sauer moved last year to Newnan, GA, just south of the Atlanta airport. They are now only 45 minutes away from both daughters and their three grandchildren.

Sandra Heald McCluney shares a busy life with her husband in the produce industry. Daughter Megan, who races stock cars, started college in September.

I am practicing law, with a specialty in divorce. Last November I had lunch with Randy Kaplan ’80, a former associate who is now a judge in Plymouth County, MA.


Christine Filbin Hoffman

Elizabeth Maccracken Winn’s mother died in September; she was 94. For the previous 11 years, Izzy made daily visits to her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, at a nearby life-care community. As Izzy discussed with many classmates during last year’s 35th reunion, it is one of her life’s “great sorrows” that she and her mother were not able to converse in recent years about all the family joys and accomplishments.

Lisa Smith Mehigan is a partner at MRB Communications, an advertising and interactive media agency in Schenectady, NY. She and husband Bill (who have been married 38 years) moved to Saratoga Springs in 1999 and consider it “one of the best things they have ever done” for themselves, especially since daughter Lisa is passionate about the New York City Ballet, which summers in Saratoga. Son Josh, a Sarah Lawrence graduate, is a writer in NYC. While unpacking the moving boxes, Lisa discovered a sealed letter with a five-cent stamp that she was supposed to have mailed in 1964 for her South Hall dorm mate, Izzy Maccracken Winn. After receiving the 38-year-old missive from Lisa last summer, Izzy now knows why her Cornell heartthrob never called her! Lisa spoke recently with Ann Murchison, who loves living in Denver, CO.

Another former South Hall resident, Mary Margaret Fraser Kral, also resides in Denver, where she loves being school librarian at St. Anne’s Episcopal School. Midge promises to return to Skidmore for our 40th reunion. Her daughter, a graduate of Lewis and Clark, is entering social work, and her son is taking a year off between high school and college.

As for your class communicator, I continue working as a community organizer for a State of New Hampshire tobacco prevention and control program, a grant program resulting from the settlement agreement with big tobacco companies. Manhattan residents Andrea Peterson Mauro and her husband joined me and my husband for a tour of Dartmouth (for Andrea’s college-bound daughter) last fall. After some hiking in the Vermont border area near our home, we decided that country mice and city mice sometimes have a lot of overlapping interests!


Reunion ’03!

Molly Meyer

Class president Jeanne Shipp Waldinger and reunion chair Carrie VanKloberg, Friends of the Presidents chair Ellen Rosen Wolfson, and fund co-chairs Dorothy Kanrich Sandford and Carrie VanKloberg met in Saratoga Springs this fall to lay plans for our 35th reunion, May 29 to June 1, 2003. They assure me it will be a milestone event that you will not want to miss!

Our sympathy to Deborah Crane Jones, whose son Philip, 24, died in a rock-climbing accident in Yosemite National Park in October. He was a Housatonic River fly-fishing guide and sculptor.


Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis

Sandra Smith Dovberg was one of several artists in a 25th-anniversary, silver-themed art exhibit at the Albany Center Art Galleries in October. Schenectady’s Daily Gazette praised Sandra’s work, including several large sea animals made of silver, one of which is a squid-like creature entitled “What Rough Beast.” Also exhibiting work was jewelry artist and museum curator Rachel Seligman ’91.


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