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Bristol, ME 04539-0105
Fisher Terner reports that Boulder, CO, is a great retirement
place. Seniors can audit courses at the University of Colorado,
there are beautiful mountain hiking trails, and, best of all, her
two daughters live in town. She still has a mountain cabin near
Rocky Mountain National Park, where her two great-grandchildren
love to visit her in the summer. She winters in Florida and travels
whenever she can.
Margaret Schwem Sager continues to live comfortably at
Glen Eddy, a retirement community in Niskayuna, NY, where she enjoys
amenities including transportation, meals, and housekeeping.
Nancy Bogle Dunn still lives in her own home in Catskill,
NY, where she enjoys having both sons less than a mile away.
Retired in Boston, Jean Abrams Roberts maintains
her residence there, attends the symphony, volunteers at the Museum
of Science, and is involved in several arts projects. She says she
loves reading “news about Skidmore and the dear friends I
Jane Griswold Mensel is finally swearing off tennis
and will stick to gardening, walking, entertaining, reading, and
going on day trips.
We send our condolences to Henrietta Lockwood Brothwell,
whose husband, Charles, died last May after four months of declining
health. Rita has decided to remain in their home, which is large
but dear to her. She still plays golf now and then.
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Lakewood, CO 80228-3105
Moos Hatch has moved to the Beverwyck retirement community
near her former home in Slingerlands, NY, and enjoys the many friends
she has there.
Class president Ruth Mook Kerr attended the wedding
of her youngest son last spring in Jackson Hole, WY, “a beautiful
setting.” She is proud of her daughter, who is finishing a
master’s in physiotherapy, and her granddaughter, who is completing
a master’s in environmental engineering. Ruth and her husband
spent last summer at their Adirondack camp, hosting family members.
Bettina Towne Moore and husband John spent last
summer making their Lake Wales, FL, residence their primary home.
They are selling their place in Woodstock, VT, but plan to return
for a month each summer. The Moores attended the inauguration of
President Glotzbach in October. Bettina chats often with Saratoga
Springs resident Mary Phillips Murray and Yolanda
Campoli Cancilla, of Pittsfield, MA—both of whom
report they are “hanging in there.” Mary also attended
After a family
wedding in Connecticut last May, Pat Wakeley Mara
and her entire clan of twelve, including five grandchildren, visited
Saratoga, where they spent the night in her old freshman dorm, Furness
House, now the Union Gables Bed and Breakfast. Pat and husband Paul
stayed in Pat’s old dorm room. The next day, the group toured
Skidmore for the benefit of granddaughter Katie, a high-school senior,
followed by a similar visit to Union College, Paul’s alma
Gen Wyckoff Sewell and husband Bill traveled to San Diego
in June to watch two grandsons play baseball, and witnessed one
grandson’s team win a championship title. (The Sewells themselves
are avid golfers.) In August they attended another grandson’s
graduation from Baylor University. Jane Dewey Cash joined the Sewells
earlier in the summer for a tour of Skidmore’s campus.
The class sends its sympathy to Eleanor Hageman Suppe,
whose husband, Charles, passed away last fall.
Ken and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in September at
a catered party, given by our children at the home of daughter Linda.
Fifty family members and guests joined the festivities. We were
surprised by the arrival of a 10-piece Scottish band (in kilts)
that played some great numbers in Linda’s lovely garden.
........ of June, Adele Bagg Durward is a great-grandmother.
She has been enjoying her life in assisted-living accommodations
after living alone for many years.
Jeannette Partridge Harrison reports being in good health, enjoying life, and doing lots of volunteer work.
Dorothy Shaw Pannings grandson graduated from Winter Park Tech in May; a granddaughter is a 7th-grader who was made a member of her schools honors society.
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New Hampton, NH 03256
Reiners Voorhees and husband Nick have operated Camp Driftwood
in the upper Adirondack village of Indian Lake, NY, for the past
40 years. Now both retired and spending winters in Sarasota, FL,
they manage the summer camp with the help of their son. Doris, who
retired from the estate sale business, devotes her time to children
and grandchildren. The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary
After graduating from Skidmore, Corrine Kramer Gelbard
landed a job as an advertising copywriter for McManus & Riley
clothing store in Albany, where she grew up. During WW II, she expedited
steel shipments for canon production at the Watervliet Arsenal.
She married Albany Medical College student David Gelbard in 1947
and raised four children in California. Their son is a urologist,
while their daughters entered the fields of public health, law,
and public policy.
Marjorie Scott Ott recognized several classmates
pictured in Skidmore’s centennial celebration brochure. She
is proud of Skidmore’s growth and has plans to visit the Tang
Museum this year.
Constance Nathan Tupper spent much of the past
year recuperating from spinal surgery but is improved enough to
pursue tennis and physical therapy as well as her other interests,
painting and writing poetry. Husband Lamonte, meanwhile, still swims.
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Concord, NH 03301-5942
Bennett Bloomfield now spends her summers in the Concord,
NH, community of Havenwood. Ray lunched with Jane Savage Stohn prior
to departing for Jensen’s Beach, FL, for the winter.
Alice Mazuzan Pollard attended the inauguration
of Skidmore president Phil Glotzbach in October. She reports that
the ceremony was well attended and she enjoyed hearing President
Glotzbach’s plans for the college.
Jean Kleppinger Langeloh spends each fall designing
holiday wreaths and then flees to Venice, FL, to escape the cold.
She chatted with Mary Lib Walker Tierney, whose
knee operation was successful. Jean also reports that Marty
Howe Cadle underwent knee surgery in the fall.
Cathy Smith Reid Murphy is newly married to “a
wonderful guy.” She and “Hap” Murphy summer in
Fort Wayne, IN, and spend the winter in Bermuda Dunes, CA.
Marjorie Kennedy Gillie thinks often of her college roommate
and dear friend Barbara Estabrook, who died in
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Wayne, NJ 07470-5009
Weed Duryea won’t be able to attend Reunion but promises
to be with us in spirit this June. Bettie recalls favorite Skidmore
professors: “Regardless of how faulty a drawing might be,
art and textile design professor Alice Mosier always found something
to praise about it. Marietta and Bob Davidson’s kindness and
creativity made them the best of teachers. Then there was Miss Cockroft,
the whiz of the history department. Her lectures were fast, furious,
Elaine Baldwin Moffatt and husband Charles celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary in the fall, surrounded by their
children and grandchildren, and then headed to Arizona. Charles
has recovered nicely from the heart attack he suffered last spring.
Elaine connected with Ellen Hart Mulvey, Ruth
Lawrence McComb and husband Arthur, and Fran Perkins
Kelsey over the summer.
Nancy MacGilpin Garrison saw Pris Comins
Craig several times last year when Pris came east to her
summer cottage in Fiskdale, MA. She later spotted Anna Bessarab
Turner at a Norwich University homecoming event. Nancy
and husband George celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in
Betty Mann Margison embarked on a 21-day cruise to the
Panama Canal in October. She and her husband are still living in
Tucson, AZ, where they enjoy the hot summers.
Peg Fiero Stone’s husband, Chip, marked their 60th wedding
anniversary this past September with the purchase of a new golf
cart. Still hitting the greens two or three times a week, Peg’s
handicap has gone up, but she says, “At least I am still out
there having fun.”
For three years Catherine Rothery Schilling has
lived at Crosslands, a Quaker retirement community near Kennett
Square, PA, where she plays chamber music. One daughter lives in
Ann Arbor, another resides in Chicago; her son lives in Philadelphia.
A grandchild is a freshman at Grinnell College.
Patricia Sullivan Spicer has enjoyed many years
of international travel, for business and pleasure. She accompanied
husband Charlie, a reporter who covered the Olympic Games for NBC,
to Korea in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992. Last year, the couple moved
to a retirement community in North Branford, CT. They enjoy frequent
trips to the Big Apple. This past year, Patsy and Charlie visited
Ronnie Whiting Brandon, Edie DeMott Hutchison,
and Sally Seelbach Narrigan and husband Dick.
Genevieve Gerard Conroy loves “the crazy
state of California.” She and husband Dick have decided to
move into a new condo in an oceanfront retirement community in La
Jolla—which won’t be completed until 2006. They are
weighing the merits of selling now and moving twice, or holding
off. Dick continues working part-time at the Scripps Clinic, while
Genevieve helps seniors find low-cost housing. The couple spent
the holidays on a cruise from San Diego to Hawaii—“no
Alice “Kit” Mungall Porter’s husband,
Charlie, spent a month in the hospital recovering from a dangerous
bacterial infection, vibrio vulnificus, which he contracted while
fishing. He required an additional month of bedrest and feels lucky
to have avoided muscle damage to the affected leg. Alice and Charlie
have nine grandchildren, ranging in age from 8 to 27. Their oldest
granddaughter was married in the midst of Charlie’s hospital
stay. A grandson is in Japan studying business and plans to enter
Edith Kirk Griffin and husband Jud celebrated their
60th anniversary in June. “To think that it all started with
a blind date at Skidmore in 1940,” she muses. The Griffins
have three children, including Terri Griffin Harvey ’71
and Wendy Griffin DeMartini ’73; six grandchildren,
including Timothy Harvey ’02; and one great-grandchild.
Virginia Gooch Puzak and Alec Schuyler
Squire enjoyed a weekend in Saratoga. They rendezvoused
at the Albany airport, rented a car, and took in historic sights
around the county. In Saratoga the pair met friends on campus, toured
the Tang Museum, attended the New York City Ballet production of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and took pictures in Congress Park
(noting that during the 1940s, Skidmore students were prohibited
from being there).
Edith DeMott Hutchison enjoys spending time with
classmates in the Philadelphia area. While visiting her daughter
in Villanova, Mary Badger Jessup joined Edith,
Bobby Bulger Conlon, and Sally Seelbach
Narrigan for a lunch. Badge recently had dinner with Ronnie
Ellen Hart Mulvey and Ruth Lawrence McComb
drove out to Sheffield, MA, in August to visit Frances Perkins
Kelsey. Fran plays bridge with Ruth and Liddy Peelor
VanDeWater once a month or so. She’s looking forward
to our 60th.
Fran Kelsey is still teaching tap dancing, cross-country
skiing, and hiking. She is active with committee work at her church,
hiking, and an annual walk for the homeless. Although she misses
husband Donald, who passed away two years ago, she is thankful for
her children and grandchildren.
Doris Merz Wyckoff says, “Whenever mail from
Skidmore comes, I get a special warm feeling all over!” She
is planning to attend our 60th reunion.
Libby Cone Gardner and Clint began their winter
adventure in November and will return to Norwich, VT, in May. Libby
has recovered from hip surgery last May and exhibited artwork at
three shows later in the year. Clint is struggling with a herniated
disc. “Old age is getting to be hard work,” quips Libby.
Dorothy Keith Todd spends June to October in Nantucket.
She misses her husband, Duane, who died of lung cancer in 2001.
She is grateful for “two wonderful granddaughters and a very
caring daughter and son.”
Priscilla Comins Craig still plays golf once a
week and spends the summer at her lake cottage in Sturbridge, MA,
where she often sees Nancy MacGilpin Garrison.
She hopes to get to our 60th reunion.
Harriet Hebden Avery’s life changed dramatically
in August when husband Baldy fell off a ladder at Pocono Preserve,
smashing his right hip and requiring a total replacement. He is
recuperating nicely under Hebbie’s care at their Florida condo.
Hebbie is looking forward to Reunion.
Jean Poskanzer Rudnick visited with Teddy
Barlow Carlaw and husband Jim. She also spent time last
summer with Phyllis Newman Byan at a Cape Cod club
program honoring former Skidmore president David Porter. Sadly,
Jean had a call this fall from Phyl’s husband, Leonard, informing
her that Phyl passed away in September. We offer our heartfelt condolences
to Leonard and his family.
Our sympathy also goes to Betty Huber Billings,
who lost husband Ross in May following a five-month illness. Bee-Jay,
“grateful for 55 wonderful years together,” is surrounded
by most of her children in Glastonbury, CT, but left for Florida
as soon as cold weather arrived.
Don’t forget: Reunion is June 3–6, 2004. For those of
you who don’t drive anymore, I suggest checking into Amtrak,
which runs trains from NYC’s Penn Station to Saratoga.
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Alexandria, VA 22314
Eger reminisces about her tour of duty (1945–47)
as a clerk in the US Foreign Service embassy in Quito, Ecuador.
She and husband Bill visited Quito in 1993 and enjoyed meeting up
with old friends there. The couple resides in Groton, MA, where
Jo is involved in a writing group. She recently completed a history
of her Skidmore years, in which she pays tribute to her roommate
and lifelong friend Jeanne Kimball Carrazzone,
who “greatly enhanced the value of those four years.”
Phyllis Sperans Halpern chatted with roommate Carolyn
Fisher, bringing back happy memories of Skidmore days.
She spent time with Marilyn Maier Feinberg while
visiting Wellesley, MA, for several weeks this past summer. Phyllis
is active in several arts groups that stage music festivals and
concerts for young audiences.
Virginia Kent Haffenreffer looks forward to visiting
residents at a nearby veterans’ home and finds her work very
rewarding. Her husband, Bob, is a veteran.
Janice Sharp Atkins traveled to St. Louis with
daughter Liz to visit her granddaughter, a senior at Washington
University. Jan was impressed by the extensive botanical gardens
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I returned from
my first international Elderhostel trip—touring the Ukraine
and Russia—absolutely convinced that it is the way to travel.
I found myself thanking my grandparents for the courageous act of
immigrating to the US as poor, non-English speakers with no one
waiting to meet them.
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418561-626-8809
Stewart spent most of last summer packing, moving, and
settling into a gated community in Ocala, FL, that offers more activities
than she and husband Harold “could ever find time for.”
Jean Domin Knapp teaches 20 voice students, ranging
from grade-schoolers to folks in their 50s and 60s, in her home
studio. She also sings in a church choir and fine arts chorale,
serves on her church music committee, and co-chaired the “Christmas
Pops” for a fine arts gala in December.
In Cobbs Cree, VA, Pat Malmar Almond and husband
Henry survived crashing trees and 12 days without power brought
on by Hurricane Isabel. They counted themselves luckier than many
neighbors who lost docks and shoreline.
Cheney Buell was surprised by the arrival of son John from
Florida to help celebrate her birthday last fall. Hosted by daughter
Sue, the festivities drew all four children, three grandchildren,
and many close friends. Sally’s present was a stay at a Cape
Cod bed and breakfast.
Pat Devault Vickers hosted a gathering of their
entire 21-member clan in July. Son Jamie was able to take leave
from the Armyto attend. Pat and husband Bob are in great shape,
working as personal trainers in a local gym. Pat is delighted with
her new “toy,”a 2-year-old golden retriever.
Esther Anderson Lacey and husband Bob visited Bobby
Green Brooks at her summer home in Hawley, PA, in August.
They were joined by Nancy D’Wolf and a friend.
Andy and Bob later attended the Skidmore Summer Exploration Program
and enjoyed three days on campus. They attended two classes and
spent an evening at SPAC and a day at the racetrack. “It was
a great mix of people of different ages and backgrounds,”
notes Andy, “and Saratoga is so much fun in the summer.”
Helping husband Marshall recover from surgery kept Jeanne
Herrup Elman from attending last spring’s reunion.
Happily, he is doing very well. The couple was delighted to attend
the marriage of their oldest grandson last year.
While traveling in California, Muriel Grossman Kaufer
visited Phyllis Magill Levy, whom she had not seen
since graduation. “We knew each other immediately,”
Tibby VanNess Reid spent a busy summer directing
various musical groups. She noted that Grace Whiting Azevedo
has been ill; we wish Grace a speedy recovery.
Since joining Curves, a women’s fitness gym, Dotsie
Slosson Erskine has shed 10 pounds and five inches.
Californian Sue Davis Sutton traveled to NYC in
October to see dear friend and Spring Street roommate Betty Fountain.
Anita Crawford Thomas was bitten by the acting
bug several years ago. After a few lessons and some improvisational
training, she landed starring roles in two full-length plays. “The
wonder of it all is that I can remember the lines,” quips
Intrepid traveler Jean Elton Moran took a spectacular
cruise on China’s Yangtze River and subsequently returned
to the Galapagos Islands, her “favorite spot in the whole
world,” for the third time. Closer to home, she volunteers
in a second-grade classroom.
Georgetown, SC, is the winter home of Suzanne Stone Finney
and husband Edward, who gathered with their five children and “umpteen”
grandchildren there. An avid golfer, Suzanne is adjusting to being
bested on the greens by 12-year-old grandson Carter. She took three
granddaughters on a trip to London last year and has recently become
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Our 55th is coming
up in June!
Katherine Morse Pincus and husband Mickey celebrated
their 50th anniversary and attended his 50th medical school reunion
last year. They have purchased a new home in Florida and a condo
in Minneapolis. Happily retired, they are very proud of granddaughter
Alison, a violinist and budding actress.
Helen Buch Thorpe and Joan Taylor Brandenburg
are “summertime neighbors” in New Jersey. Bucky is selling
her Chatham town house and remodeling her seasonal Ocean Grove house
for full-time residence.
Hurricane Isabel dealt a devastating blow to Jane Ballin
Hughes’s neighborhood near the mouth of the Chesapeake
Bay in White Stone, VA. Happily, Jane and her home are safe.
Last year Joan Paxton Jameson underwent a second
hip replacement (on the same hip) and spent most of the summer in
the hospital after breaking her wrist. But there is good news too:
Taxy closed on a new patio-style home in a retirement community
and was thrilled to learn that her son, Thomas, an Army major, has
been reassigned from Iraq to Dusseldorf, Germany.
Our condolences to Joan Taylor Brandenberg, whose
husband, Bill, died in May.
I have been my usual busy self, organizing a church trip to Atlantic
City and attending a reunion of the USS Miami in Valley Forge, NJ,
in honor of my late husband, Al. While there, I toured the USS New
Jersey, which enlightened me on Al’s years in the Navy. I
also enjoyed a group tour this past fall, viewing beautiful foliage
in Montreal and Quebec.