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Winter 2004

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Who, What, When

Centennial spotlight

On campus

Faculty focus

Arts on view



Class notes

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Helen Cole Netter
PO Box 784
Pine Plains, NY 12567-0784



Marjorie Yetter Walls
11 Denton Road
Binghamton, NY 13903

Prindle Hodges Wissler-Mullin continues to create vivid paintings of small-town Vermont and shares her creativity with others in the Middlebury area, where she lives. A member of the National League of American Pen Women (a group of musicians, artists, and authors), she delivered a lecture on the nature of art at a meeting in Burlington. She is also active with Ex-sighted Artists, a group of artists who help each other remain creative despite vision impairment. Prindle is currently researching aspects of 20th-century art and its interpretation and enjoys lively debates with art faculty members at Middlebury College, where her late husband, Richard headed the physics department.

Dot Wallace Campbell lives in a nursing home near Cincinnati, OH, and receives daily visits from her son and daughter-in-law.


Reunion ’04!

Lucy Hernady Arnoti
7425 Democracy Boulevard, Apt. 10
Bethesda, MD 20817-1207

Betsey Sawin Kiel has remained close friends with Dorothy Damon Coles since they were roommates in South Hall. “We are both in good health,” Betsey states, “and have decided that we like the rules back then better than those of today.”

I enjoyed receiving a letter and lovely photo of Harriet Eastman Albee taken during a trip she and daughter Susan took to Vermont, where Harriet spent many summers as child. While perusing an antique shop, she spotted a Steinway baby-grand piano, which the proprietor insisted she play. She is now the happy owner of the piano and practices every day. A student of tai chi, Harriet looks sensational—not a day over 70!


Elizabeth Norlander Newell
15 Deane Avenue
Holden, MA 01520-1314



Enid Kay Schiff
81 Bryant Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605-1609


Alumni Affairs Office
Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632

Our condolences to Elizabeth Averill Kowal, whose husband, Henry, died in September 2002. He was the father of Susan Kowal Rose ’64 and Martha Kowal ’66. Elizabeth was surprised to discover that her late sister, Mary Averill Donavan ’41, was pictured in the Skidmore centennial celebration brochure. The legacy family includes Elizabeth’s other sister, Katharine Averill Foley ’39, who lives in Berkeley, CA, and cousin Sarah Coughlan Pickering ’43, who lives in Danvers, MA.

We also send sympathy to Ruth Blank Maxfield, whose husband, Edwin, died in October 2002 of prostate cancer.


Jeanne Battey Thomson
PO Box 14
Lyndon Center, VT 05850

Betty Hale forwarded an e-mail message from Judy Brewer, daughter of the late Jinny Partridge Marland, happily announcing that Jinny’s granddaughter, Pamela Brewer, is a member of Skidmore’s Class of 2007. Judy also queried whether Betty or I remembered her mother. We do, and I’m sure there aren’t many “Kates” who don’t remember Jinny (fondly referred to as “Patty” by most of us.) Part of a Skidmore legacy family, Jinny’s sister is Judith Partridge Baird ’42.

Having toured northern Italy with her twin daughters and three grandchildren, Betty Stilz Weiss observes that her Skidmore history major helped enhance her enjoyment of the trip. She regularly visits sister Anita Stilz Boyle ’39 in Ridgewood, NJ.

Margaret Garrett Hayward, who plays organ for her church, was saddened to learn of the passing of Prof. Stanley Saxton last spring. She also has fond memories of faculty members Louis Edgon Johns (piano), Miss Hulbert (Italian), Miss Hysham (English), and Elmer Hintz, who headed the music department. Margaret’s sister, Helen Garrett Dejnozka ’40, lives in Niskayuna, NY.

Marion Carlson Marshall would love to hear more news about classmates. She and husband Clyde split the year between Gladwyne, PA, and Dunedin, FL. Last year they attended a grandson’s wedding, a three-day celebration from which she needed a week to recover!


Reunion ’04!

Betty Jones Stern
650 W. Harrison Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

As they have done for the past several years, Charlotte Appelbaum Lanzit and husband Bob spent August in Chautauqua, NY. Apple is philosophical about her poor vision (due to macular degeneration) and finds the situation “somewhat ironic” for an English major and avid reader. Bob has taken over most of the cooking—which is fine with Apple, who says, “He whips up a delicious low-fat omelet and does wonders with pasta.”

In Saratoga Springs, class president Edith Cosgrove enjoyed a summer of orchestra concerts, ballets, an opera, a Shakespeare play, pre-performance lectures by Skidmore professors, and a trip to the racetrack. In October she was the most senior physical education major in attendance at a mini-reunion of phys-ed and exercise science majors. She enjoyed dinner with over 35 alumni and former faculty members Bev Becker and Nancy Davis, and viewed a presentation about the history of the phys-ed major. Edie rounded out the month by attending the inauguration of Skidmore’s new president, Phil Glotzbach, held during the college’s centennial celebration. The same weekend she also participated in a Reunion 2004 planning meeting to prepare for our 65th! She encourages all Internet-savvy ’39ers to visit our Web site at www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1939/1939.html. You can RSVP for Reunion online, find out who else plans to attend, and stay apprised of all class communication.

Sandra Rose Friedman—who left Skidmore after two years, got married, and raised five children with husband Sidney—returned in the 1980s and received her degree through UWW. Soon after, she became president of Friends of the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast, Florida, where she was “instrumental in having a new, larger library built to accommodate our fast-growing community.”

Husband Al and I are taking a quantum leap—selling our home of 42 years and moving to a cottage in a retirement community. As well as having the usual amenities and recreational facilities, it is situated in the charming town of Claremont (only a half hour from Diamond Bar), home of six small colleges and two graduate schools. The mix of older residents at the manor and the many young students in the area is appealing, with opportunities to attend college-sponsored lectures, theater, and concerts.


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