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Set and I traveled
through the alpine areas of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, returning
to places I had last seen during the mid-1950s. The scenery was
just as picturesque and the menus just as laden with pork, potatoes,
sauerkraut, and beer. The apparel worn by the natives, however,
has changed from lederhosen and dirndls to blue jeans.
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Schnell never thought she would be “in a cycling
mode” at this point in her life. She participated in a cycling
trip from Sicily to Puglia in southern Italy, near the Adriatic
Sea. The tour continued to Sweden, following the Gota Canal from
Gotesberg to Stockholm. Ina later attended the Stratford and Shaw
Theater Festivals in Toronto and traveled to Vancouver Island by
I spent a few days with Dot Danninger Ericsson
at Dot’s “upside-down” house at Barnegat Light,
NJ. We discovered that we do have a life after Skidmore. I enjoyed
meeting Dot’s son Richard ’78, his
wife Fran, and their two daughters.
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Hoberman and husband Bernard sold their home of 48 years
and have moved to Trump Place in Manhattan, where they enjoy a magnificent
view of the Hudson River and are situated just steps from Lincoln
Joan Pohlman O’ Rourke passed along the sad
news that Elsie Lievens Weiser’s husband, Harry, died suddenly
while vacationing in Ireland in October. We send our condolences.
Mary Lyons Harberg enjoyed a four-day visit with
Jean Adams Shaw last summer. Jean reports that
Mary’s husband, Jim, died suddenly last February. We extend
heartfelt condolences to Mary.
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Mary Lou Boll—Betty
Hauser’s sister, who was present when Betty was honored
posthumously during Reunion—later wrote to express her thanks
on behalf of the family. “All the members of the Class of
’53 and their guests extended such a warm and friendly welcome
to us over reunion weekend,” she said. “It was our pleasure
to meet and talk to people Betty had known.”
Patsy Lanpher Compton has already requested another
pop song for our 55th. She and Bill spent five weeks in Rhode Island
last summer, followed by a five-day rafting trip on the Colorado
River into the Grand Canyon.
Mimi Lauber, who was unable to attend, has had
to discontinue hiking in the Colorado Mountains due to health reasons.
On Labor Day, I enjoyed a Skidmore lunch with Carol Theobald
Schafer, her sister Barbara Theobold ’56,
and Jean Kleppinger Langeloh ’43, who also
lives in Boothbay Harbor. The Theobald girls had been on a Canadian
maritime cruise and stopped with Jean overnight before returning
home. We lunched at a little country store overlooking a swing bridge
that had a prominent part in the movie In the Bedroom. Earlier in
the summer, I had introduced former professor Dave Marcel and Candy
Carlucci Backus ’66 to the same little hole-in-the-wall
eatery, and they both loved it.
Mary Jo Marcy Rines, who co-curated the alumni
art exhibit at Reunion, was a featured artist of the month at the
Southport, ME, Memorial Library. An arts reviewer for the Boothbay
Register described her oil and watercolor depiction of coastal landscapes
as “luminous, with an almost spiritual quality.” Mary
Jo chairs the art committee at the Copley Society of Art in Boston,
serves on the executive board of the New England Watercolor Society,
and is a board member of the Walnut Hill School for the Performing
Artists in Natick, MA. She owns the Gallery at First Parish in Weston,
Anne Whitehouse Gass was traveling to St. Petersburg
and Scandinavia last spring, which prevented her from attending
our 50th. Poo invites classmates coming through South Paris, ME,
to stop by.
Although Connie Amato Gallo could not attend Reunion,
she held her own private version of it while poring over the Celebrating
Friendships class history she was sent. Connie thanks class historian
Dianne Snow Brennan for “a superb job.”
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a professional conference in Tennessee, I met Dorothy O’Keefe
Dube for dinner. Doke is a Red Cross Disaster Relief staff
member in Asheville, NC.
Betty Stasburger Serotta returned to Skidmore to
tour the Tang Museum. As director of the Colorado Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice, she oversees the organization’s counseling
service, speaker’s bureau, educational events, and legislative
advocacy. She and husband Maurice enjoy attending theater, symphonies,
art museums, and a health club. In October they took a Rhine River
cruise; they toured Russia the year before. A highlight of Betty’s
life is her “beautiful granddaughter, who is in first grade.”
Marcie Clausen Gray and husband Donald enjoyed
a Viking River cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, where they
“saw wonderful sights, attended great lectures on Russia,
and met fantastic people.” Marcie plans to attend Reunion
Patty Piper Adams and husband Josiah stay active with golf,
tennis, rowing, gym workouts, gardening, and grandparenting. Piper
still sells real estate, assists with her daughter’s business,
and keeps track of her own 93-year-old mother, who lives in a nearby
retirement home. Josiah volunteers at a children’s cancer
clinic and takes art classes. The couple spends winter on the Island
of Kauai, HI, where Piper belongs to a school where she learns about
Hawaiian and language culture, dances hula, and plays a little ukulele.
Last year they spent two weeks in California, followed by a two-week
trip to Austria to visit Josiah’s cousins, and then had a
few days in London. Back in Kauai, Piper invites classmates to look
her up. She looks forward to Reunion in June.
Barbara Gettens Morrissey and husband Jim are semi-retired
and live full-time in North Haven, NY. Delighted to be responsible
for one house instead of two, Barbara is looking forward to entertaining
classmates in between visits from their seven grandchildren.
Martha Parkes Kimmich is primary caregiver for husband
Lawrence, who has Alzheimer’s Disease—“a difficult
job that leaves time for little else,” she says.
Retired from San Diego Community College after 35 years of teaching,
Pearl McKenney Silvernale loves spending time with
her five granddaughters and two grandsons, who are scattered between
Colorado Springs, CO, and Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Evie Smith has moved to a ranch-style condo in
Windsor, CT, and looks forward to seeing classmates in June.
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Brody Raab and husband Ed visited Russia, touring the Hermitage
and the unique Amber Room at the summer palace of Catherine the
Great. Ronnie also attended a study tour of great homes and gardens
of Sweden, organized by the Attingham Trust. The Raabs enjoyed a
fall visit to Alaska; Ronnie recommends traveling on a small ship
that provides kayaking, in order to best experience the region.
Sue Bauman Walker is helping to organize a taxpayer activist
group in Maine, and so far has gathered 200 members to stem over-development
and increased taxation of farmlands.
B.A. Kalteux Callanan and John enjoyed a lobster
roll in Portsmouth, NH, with Dorie Kilpatrick Frey and husband Jack.
It was the first time B.A. had seen Dorie in 47 years! They had
a wonderful time reminiscing about great times on the old campus
and catching up.
Diane Davis Nelson celebrated “the big 70”
with husband Jim in Savannah, GA, with a weekend of touring, dining,
and relaxation on Tybee Beach. They later flew to Alaska with 44
other couples from their retirement community for a two-week excursion
that combined train travel, a cruise through the Vancouver Islands,
and a four-day stay in Seattle. The Nelsons were delighted to attend
the recent grand opening of their son’s Colorado Springs restaurant.
Ruth Foster Fleming met her sister-in-law, Joyce
Fleming Astrup, and husband Bert in Portland, OR, then
set off together for Petersburg, AK, where they visited Ruth’s
son, Douglas, a biologist with the Alaska Fish and Game Department,
his wife, and their two sons. In the fall Ruth attended a Long Island
Skidmore club luncheon in Amagansett, NY, with Sally Wagman
Glenna Green Citrin also cruised to Alaska, with
a crew of 17—including four children, their spouses, and nine
grandchildren—for “a wonderful bonding experience.”
Dorie Kilpatrick Frey rendezvoused in New Hampshire
with Phyl Bartlett Towle, husband Parker, and daughter Elizabeth
at Bretton Woods Arms in the Mt. Washington Hotel. They reminisced
about their junior year as North Hall roommates.
Nancy Morrison celebrated “the big 70”
in Key West, FL, with Tillie Ruby Coulter, Sue Steinbrenner
Norpell, Jackie Welsh Barr, Nancy Colbourne Harding, Patti Price
Keiser, and Charlotte Hardy Besse.
Alice McDonald Hartzell’s widower, Tom, also
joined the group, along with Ruby’s husband, John. Nancy later
made a stop in Naples to connect with Sue Kelley Miller
’56 before traveling to Ft. Lauderdale to spend time
with Pat Knight Spencer and Jackie, Tillie, and Patti, who all live
there. She capped her travels with a trip to California to greet
her first grandchild, who was born in September.
Sue Warren Campbell moved to a larger house in the same Florida
senior community last spring to accommodate her children and grandchildren,
who later decided not to visit until Christmas—“Murphy’s
Law.” This past fall, Sue beat Hurricane Isabel by traveling
north just ahead of the storm and observed people fleeing from Delaware
beaches and the North Carolina islands.
Ann Hewson Galloupe is a lead volunteer at the
Tate House Museum in Portland, ME. She enjoys gardening and visiting
her two children, who live in Santa Fe, NM.
Other “big 70” celebrations included an August birthday
brunch for Jacquie Wilson Nelson that featured
an omelet chef, chocolate fountain, and a psychic reader. The festivities
also marked the fifth anniversary of www.rbernardo.com, a Web site
created by Jacquie’s company, Nelson Publishing, which promotes
the community of Rancho Bernardo, CA.
Ellie Boughner Axford spent time in the Phoenix/Scottsdale,
AZ, area, where she and daughter Kate enjoyed some spa pampering.
While there, she had lunch with Mert Smith Ingholt,
who had just returned from California, where she visited with Newport
Beach resident Ora DeAmicis MacFarlane.
Our sympathy also to Patti Sherman Jones, whose
mother died last February at the age of 94. Patti’s mom was
always a gracious hostess when BA Kalteux Callanan and
I visited their Westport, NY, home.
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Wittich Foster winters in Vero Beach, FL. She drove over
from her summer home on Shelter Island to accompany me at the annual
Long Island Skidmore club luncheon at Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett,
Gayle Stein Bishop and Wally went to Manchester,
VT, for her niece’s wedding. While there, they saw Ann
Moses Douglas and husband Gordon. The Bishops stopped in
Williamstown, MA, to dine with Jane Genske Briggs.
The summer was especially fine for our family. My husband, Edwin,
and I went to France for two weeks with daughter Jeanne, her husband
Peter, and three grandchildren. In two separate cars, we crossed
over northeastern France, into Germany and Austria, then back to
see the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley, and lastly stopped
in Paris. After our return, I enjoyed the company of my 14-year-old
grandson, Ben, a drummer, guitarist, and writer extraordinaire.
It was interesting living with a teenager again. Emily Blake
later visited me before leaving for a trip to Canada.
Joan Page Hayes
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Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
a little over 50 years since we all made the big step of leaving
home to begin our college life at Skidmore. I can remember standing
in the dorm room, wondering how to pronounce “Huberlie.”
The college did a great job matching us up, for Sally Huberlie
Hale and I have remained the closest of friends. Sally
and her husband, Jud, and Bob and I traveled to Germany and Austria
last December to enjoy the Christmas markets along the Danube. We
also stopped in England to see Diane Smejkal Wallace
and husband Jim.
Linda Gorham Harvey’s freshman roommate was Lynne
Corby Caldwell, whom she has seen often as Lynne conducted
exercise classes at the retirement home where Linda’s mother
lives. Three years ago they found themselves sitting next to each
other at the Boston Pops.
Sue Kopf Mueller and Lisa Friedman
went from Great Neck High to Skidmore; they requested a room together
but ended up getting singles. They haven’t seen each other
in years. Lisa lives in Santa Fe, NM, while Sue and husband Chuck
enjoy their homes in Naples, FL, and on Long Island. The Muellers’
daughter Leslie and her husband bought a boat charter business in
Ft. Myers. Sue encourages classmates in the area to try an outing
on their boat, Chesapeake Lady. She saw a youthful Mugs
Cahn Zales, accompanied by husband Bill at their high-school
reunion last year. The Muellers later visited friends in Nova Scotia
and attended a family party in Ohio.
At her 50th high-school reunion, Linda Harvey saw
Jane Merrill Akeson, Barbara Beckwith Ballentine,
and Sue Gordon Mize. Sue and Charles then stopped
in New Hampshire to visit Carol Joseph Bagan and
Toby Rowe Hohenstein and her husband had a wonderful
summer on their river boat in France, returning in time for Toby’s
Glen Ridge reunion. They missed the late Sally Prince Roff,
who had been a big part of past reunions.
Californian Thea Woodfin Reinhart recalled wanting
to major in psychology at Skidmore but switching to English after
her parents refused to pay tuition for the study of “craziness.”
Thea enjoyed studying with the Boltons and remembers buying a book
written by Dr. Benkovitz, whom she met years later in England and
found to be “less stern and very playful.” Other special
memories include long walks with Carol Elsaesser Squiers
for custard pie, philosophizing with Joan Sears Keelan,
and eating Trudy Hankinson Briggs’s chocolate
cake. More recently, Thea earned a PhD in psychology at Pepperdine
University. A longtime marriage and family therapist, she is currently
practicing forensic and clinical psychology. She is gratified that
her parents’ attitude has changed, from worrying about her
work to bragging about her accomplishments.
Last summer Dottie Hearne Sundstrom attended her
younger daughter’s graduation from a master’s program,
then traveled to the Berkshires for a Hearne family reunion and
a visit with her in-laws. While east, she got together with Linda
Harvey and Janie Akeson for a lobster
luncheon. The year’s highlight was celebrating her 40th wedding
anniversary at Yosemite National Park with husband Roy, their children,
and a granddaughter. Dottie stays busy participating in a handbell
choir, the local light opera company, and volunteer work.
Ada Vapnek Ciniglio’s son, Lorenzo, was married in
October at the Yale Club in NYC. He and wife Jennifer are photojournalists—she
is with the New York Post and he is a freelancer with Corbis Sigma
Scope apologizes for erroneously attributing news of Joan
Firmery to Jo Leach Lewis in the summer
’03 class notes. It’s class president Joan Firmery
who serves as NYS treasurer of the American Association of Family
and Consumer Sciences. And it’s Joan, not Jo, who chats often
with Elaine Wilhovsky Holbrook.
Three of Ingrid Kolseth Zola’s four children
are Skidmore graduates. Son Robert ’89 and
his wife welcomed twin girls in July; they join Annaliease, 2. Brad
’86 and wife Tina Angelides Zola ’87
had their third child last spring. Laurie ’81
and David live in Atlanta, GA, with their two children, ages 11
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Hoagland Steidl and husband Dan sold their Greenwich, CT,
home and moved to the Adirondack community of Rainbow Lake, NY,
last year. Nancy, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in March,
is recovering nicely. Dan continues commuting to Bronxville, NY,
every other week, to keep his patent law practice going.
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There is a wonderful
feeling of spirit and excitement being generated in anticipation
of our 45th reunion this June 3–6. Planning committee members
Bev Sanders Payne, Evy Zoda Shippee,
and I have invited Prof. Henry Galant and his wife, Eleanor, to
Saturday evening dinner, and we have many more fun events planned.
Pam Bartholomew Armstrong continues working in
real estate. She and husband Richard have homes in Florida, Greenwich,
CT, and Sheffield, MA. They are thankful for their good health and
that of their two sons and their families. Pam looks forward to
Cabaret singer Sandy Bendfeldt performed in two
New Year’s shows on Manhattan’s East Side. A sworn justice
of the peace, she is able to officiate in marriage ceremonies.
Onnie Dye Morgan and husband Bob will attend our
45th reunion and hope most of the class returns as well.
Jane Haddad Evans is busy with a book club, a bible-study
class, gardening, and her favorite pastime, playing with her three
grandchildren. She took a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, last fall.
Last year Mary Heep Van Riper enjoyed a visit from
her daughter and three grandchildren, who traveled from their home
on a New Zealand sheep farm. Mary’s son and his wife, who
live in Connecticut, welcomed a baby girl, Mary’s sixth grandchild,
Ann Hubbard Delaney lives in “beautiful” Maine,
enjoys time with 11 grandchildren and a new Yorkshire terrier, and
is active in her church.
Class historian Barbara Huge Homeier is eager to
compile our class history and encourages classmates to return the
completed reunion questionnaire to her.
Rose Lee Schainman Halper attended a presentation
by retired professor and artist Arline Fisch ’52
at the Tang during an exhibition of her jewelry there last year.
Rose Lee, who was accompanied by daughter Jan Halper Scaglia
’86, pronounced Arline’s work “first
Jean Davidge Lockwood, who took her husband’s
aunt, Marge Yetter Walls ’33, to her 70th
reunion last May, reports that the 93-year-old “danced all
night and wore me out!” Now retired, Jean is still consulting,
involved in historic preservation, and serving as vice president
of a local light opera company. She enjoyed spending three weeks
in Europe with her husband, who was there on business.
Sylvia Smalley Chapman enjoyed hosting Beth
Oliver Linguri in Florida and Sue Gosch Martineau
in Maine last year.
Life is good, reports Gail Lanctot Hamlett. After
her husband passed away, she sold their home of over 40 years and
moved in with her sister in East Aurora, NY, spending part of each
year in Fort Myers, FL. All four of Gail’s children are married;
three of them have two children each. Most of them live in the Buffalo
area, while Gail’s daughter lives with her family in Norwell,
MA. Two of Gail’s sons, their spouses, and a daughter work
for financial institutions; her fourth child is a chef.
Colorado resident Ellen Stewart realized a longtime
dream last fall when she joined a Tauck Tour in Boston and traveled
to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Newport, RI.
As the grandmother of seven toddlers (four boys and three girls),
Cynthia Perry Newton finds herself doing “a
fair amount of babysitting.” She plays golf when she can fit
Retired from teaching, JoEllen Steinfeld Snowman
is playing duplicate bridge, volunteering, exercising, and traveling
to Madrid to spend time with her daughter. JoEllen says that this
passage in her life is “wonderful.” She stays in touch
with Barbara Effron, whose artistic efforts led
to our 45th reunion logo!
I received word from Daniel Wachtel that his wife of 42 years, Paula
Simon Wachtel, died in September. He met Paula during his
junior year at Union College. He writes that in addition to being
the mother of two daughters and grandmother of three boys, she was
“an inspiring educator, accomplished pianist, singer, Japanese
flower arranger, and lecturer.”
I wish you all good health and great friends, because, to paraphrase
JoEllen, “what more could one ask for?