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Galway, NY 12074-2324
thinks she may be one of the few classmates not even thinking about
retirement. She is president and CEO of “a terrific organization”—Hospice
& Visiting Nurse Association of the Florida Keys. She also enjoys
spending time at her other home in the mountains of North Carolina,
Mary Anita Hoff Fallon was busy all summer with
the race committee at the Devon Yacht Club on Long Island, NY. For
the third year in a row, she helped organize a Skidmore alumni luncheon
there, attendedby 18 alums—including Elizabeth Weed
Duryea ’44. In September she and husband John enjoyed
a vacation in Quebec City. They headed to Florida for the winter.
In NYC Nelle Nugent is very involved with Skidmore’s
chapter of College Alumni in Public Schools (CAPS). Alumni are beginning
their second year mentoring selected students at Manhattan’s
Norman Thomas High School. “We need more mentors,” Nelle
writes—“especially males.” Volunteers meet with
their mentees a total of four hours per month, go through a one-night
training session run by the board of education, are fingerprinted,
and then matched with a mentee by this year’s program coordinator,
Jane Uetz Johnson ’63. Nelle encourages interested
alumni to contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three years ago Betty Lou Kuhl Herter retired as
a business teacher and computer coordinator at Haverling High School
in Bath, NY, and, after a brief hiatus, launcheda new career. She
has traveled to over 19 states, training teachers for Microsoft
Office specialist certification and the new computer literacy certification,
IC3. Betty Lou also consults for publishing companies and major
computer manufacturers. She and husband Beh have a Saddlebred breeding
farm, where they raise show horses and stand three stallions. They
also have a second home in Mooresville, NC. Betty Lou enjoys visiting
their two sons and four grandchildren as she travels around the
Retired since the end of September, Rosemary Bourne volunteers
three days a week at a land alliance that she helped found on the
north shore of Long Island and continues to breed her Norfolk terriers
once a year. “Can’t tell you how great it feels to be
moving on to the next phase of life,” she writes. She would
love to see more classmates and hopes that some might be interested
in meeting in NYC. Rosemary welcomes e-mail at email@example.com.
Carol Siccardi Roberts and Hadley Sillick
Robertson enjoy taking trips to the Philadelphia Art Museum
for special shows and exhibits. “It keeps our brains semi-alive,”
quips Carol. They also went on an architectural tour of New Hope,
PA, and decided that they had to go back to sample all the great
little restaurants there. Last November, Carol and one of her daughters
traveled to France to visit her daughter’s French “mother”
who has cancer.
Sue Shaffer McGown and husband Grey are taking
turns helping to feed and bathe their twin grandchildren born to
their son and daughter-in-law last fall. In addition Sue is still
planning trips for friends and acquaintances. In August the McGowns
went to Alaska with several friends, including Carol Roberts.
Carol also joined Sue on one of her “women only” shopping
trips to San Miguel, Mexico, in October.
Gail Bendix Jaffe declares that Mary C. Lynn’s
Make No Small Plans, is a “wonderfully insightful look at
Skidmore’s history, development, growth, and changes.”
An added bonus was spotting a photo of East House freshman dormmates
trimming a Christmas tree—“it brought back warm and
special memories of a very different time,” she says.
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Manchester Center, VT 05255
Both retired from
teaching art, Monica Bellew Zehnder and husband
Marvin have traveled to Beijing, Thailand, Bali, Hong Kong, Holland,
and Ireland. Monica also continues showing her Abyssinian cats,
which she considers “a form of insanity,” although one
became a national winner last year.
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Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Klee Heron’s husband of nearly 40 years, Bill, died
last February from complications of heart disease. Mollie’s
daughter and her family, including a 7-, 5-, and 3-year-old, have
moved in with her while awaiting the completion of their new home.
She entertained “campers” Bebe Bentley Brower
and Mollie Settle Carleton at her Maine summer
home and had a wonderful time. After spending part of the fall in
Maine, Mollie traveled in Europe. She arranged a trade of her Maine
home with a home in England, where she and her son spent time together.
Urban critic, national lecturer, and author of widely acclaimed
books about urban revitalization Roberta Brandes Gratz
was appointed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year to the Landmarks
Preservation Commission. One of the eleven commissioners overseeing
thousands of the city’s designated buildings and dozens of
historic districts, she is also working on two new books.
Twila Fleckten Wolfe’s daughter, Schoeni
Wolfe ’94, married Britton Upham ’95
in Missoula, MT. A recent honors graduate of the UT-San Antonio
Dental School, Schoeni is practicing in Austin, where Britton is
employed by the advertising firm of McGarrah/Jessee. Twila stays
busy playing tennis, skiing, and traveling to Arizona to see her
Caroline Gygax Wirth welcomed her eighth grandchild,
a girl, in June.
College trustee Sara Lubin Schupf attended the
inauguration of Phil Glotzbach at Skidmore. “It was fabulous,”
she observes, adding that she believes “he is truly going
to take us on a wonderful and thrilling journey that will make us
all even prouder of our alma mater.”
Patricia Graham Stotler’s daughter Elizabeth
was married last November and lives in Boston. Pat and her husband
spend half the year in Naples, FL, where they are learning to play
golf, and the other six months in Vermont. She attended several
Skidmore club luncheons in Naples last winter and enjoyed meeting
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Honored by the
State of Vermont as an Outstanding Leader in Arts Education, class
president Judy Pettingell was also designated an
outstanding teacher by her school and the school district. “It
sure is a nice way to leave my wonderful job,” muses Judy.
Although she has mixed feelings about retirement, she believes it’s
time to “pass the baton to someone without creaky knees and
short-term memory deficits.”
Laura Young and husband Tom Aprile exhibited artwork
in the same two art shows this past fall. Their work was included
in Duo, an Iowa City, IA, show featuring artist couples; they also
exhibited together in Indiana, at Vincennes University. Laura is
represented by the Perry Nicole Gallery of Memphis, TN (www.perrynicole.com).
She continues to teach as an adjunct at the University of Iowa,
where her husband is a full-time faculty member.
Kentucky resident Milli Krips Boyce and husband
John watched their horse, Scarlet Lady, run at the Saratoga racetrack
in August. Despite drawing an outside-post position and being a
novice turf racer, Scarlet Lady came in a respectable fifth. Milli
and John visited campus, where they—and a throng of incoming
freshman—bought sweatshirts. “Only the wrinkles gave
me away,” quips Milli.
A happily retired Joyce DiBona “survived”
hosting two family reunions—her husband’s and her own—earlier
this year. “I am so thankful everyone is healthy and in good
form,” she comments. She is enjoying retirement and says her
husband’s golf game is improving to the point that he may
one day be able to best her.
Judy Baldwin Martin and husband Steve sold their
house in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and are building one in the “beautiful
little waterfront village” of Stonington, CT.
Willa Zens Marten notes how great classmates looked at
Reunion last spring, even as “our retirement or, as I prefer
to say, ‘diversification’ years are upon us.”
Willa purchased a Bali-style house at Kealakekua Bay, on the Big
Island of Hawaii, renowned for those wishing to swim with wild dolphins. A
rental property, it can be viewed at www.halekeawe.com. She encourages
any alumni interested in an exotic vacation to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jean Johnson Monk and husband Douglas are downsizing; they’ve
moved to a new address in Greensboro, NC.
Realtor Connie Talcott Smith is “living her
bliss” in Florida, where she specializes in selling properties
in the Palm Beach, Boca, and Del Ray areas but can connect prospective
buyers to homes statewide through her Web site, www.bocaratonhomes.net.
She can be e-mailed at email@example.com.
Dorothy Skripak Penner and husband Vern visited
Ginger Stocker Howse and husband Woody for five
days in late summer on Mercer Island near Seattle, WA, where they
enjoyed sightseeing, hiking Mt. Rainier, and boating on Lake Washington.
“It was a good catching-up visit,” notes Ginger. The
last of her three daughters was married on Labor Day weekend, allowing
Ginger to retire from the business of wedding coordination.
Last summer Ginny Nyvall Durfee visited Ginny
Payne Morse, with whom she stays in close touch, and spent
time with Judy Martin and husband Steve in Little Compton, RI.
Debbie Day Hayes and husband Harry spent a couple
of days with Bonnie Lancaster Devendorf and husband
Alfred in East Hampton, LI, during the infamous Northeast blackout
last August. The foursome discovered a seafood restaurant that was
open in Montauk and happily spent the rest of the evening in “romantic
Los Angeles resident Ruth Livingston Gottlieb was
visited by roommate Hedy Bergida White in September.
Hedy is a former editor who returned to school to get a PhD in psychology
and has been teaching at the University of Western Carolina since
1983. In the mid-’80s she adopted a Honduran infant who now
attends a high school outside Los Angeles. Although diagnosed with
breast cancer in January 2000, Hedy is feeling “fine”
and surprising her doctors, who suspect she may live for many years
despite the disease.
Chrissie Robbins and I had a brief but fun reunion
in Connecticut in September while babysitting grandchildren, who
we introduced to one another. Chrissie spent a busy summer teaching
art to young students in her garden.
Penny Dammann Johnston welcomed grandson Jacob
last February, thanks to older daughter Sheila. Penny is doing lots
of volunteer work. She and husband Alistair put the finishing touches
on their new San Diego-area home.
Jennifer Podd Parsons is a project manager for
the NYS Dormitory Authority, which has been involved in constructing
various buildings at Skidmore.
Carol Brush Nicholson retired from her job at a
hospice last May and spent the summer relaxing with her husband
in their RV at a White River campground. She is now working as a
PRN. She’s recently developed a fibromyalgia-type condition
and welcomes hearing from classmates who have similar issues.
Ellen Franklin married Allan Adoff in August 2002
in Santa Fe, NM, where they live with Ellen’s son Joey, 13.
Ellen is a psychologist providing counseling and consultation to
nursing homes and does psychological evaluations for the court system.
She welcomes hearing from Skidmore friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My grandson Aidan, almost 3, helps confirm my belief that grandchildren
are the love affairs of our older lives. He asked me one summer
night to make a “romantic dinner”—meaning that
he wanted me to light a candle for him. I did, of course, and then
he raised his sippy cup, clicked it against my wine glass, and said
“Cheers, Gramma!” John and I celebrated our 40th anniversary
last fall. After filling our Vermont home with four generations
of family over the snowy holidays, we packed up and flew to Paris.
There we celebrated the New Year with six dear friends from high
school, and then went on to London for some theater.
6212 Castle Haven Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
Can you believe
our 40th reunion takes place June 3–6? I hope you are planning
to attend! Remember, you can RSVP online as well as stay abreast
of all reunion plans by visiting www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1964/1964.html.
Nancy Harrison, a venture capitalist for the state
of Connecticut, moved to a new home in Stanford with husband Ray
Nord. She’s delighted to be closer to NYC and friends in the
area, as well as grandson Peter in New Jersey. Nancy is looking
forward to seeing classmates at Reunion.
Now that son Peter is a freshman at Bates College, Los Angeles resident
Melinda Mitchell Lyon is adjusting to a partially
empty nest along with her 93-year-old mother. Melinda’s sister
died unexpectedly in July, leaving behind five kids and seven grandkids.
Melinda is working to keep the family together but still hopes to
attend Reunion. Peter will spend his fall break in NYC with Linda
Hamm Adams, vice president of the Brooklyn Museum.
Sue Wilkinson Hunter is trying to lure Micki
Syzdek Bakken and Claire LaVigna, among
others, to come to Saratoga this June. Working three days a week
as a legal secretary in Allentown, PA, Sue visits her parents in
a Florida nursing home as often as possible. She notes how tough
it is to watch one’s parents grow frailer. In August she and
husband David got together with all three of their children in Las
Carol Spiegel Hadler and husband Nortin live in
Chapel Hill, NC, where she is a social worker. They leapt into grandparenting
with both feet when their son and his wife, who live in Berkeley,
CA, and their daughter in Washington, DC, produced babies three
months apart. “Looks like we’ll be earning lots of frequent-flyer
miles,” quips Carol.
Bev Fuhrmann Gregory and husband Bob enjoyed Elderhostel
vacations in Nova Scotia and Grand Manan in Canada. They were happy
to be away while Hurricans Isabel and Juan frolicked up the East
Coast, although they barely escaped Juan in Halifax. Bev is looking
forward to Reunion.
Susan Riley Gunderson is vice president and managing
director of Fiduciary Trust Company, a firm she has been with for
27 years. Speaking of long-term relationships, Susan recalls meeting
husband John on a blind date the day JFK was assassinated. New grandson
Sam was born last year to son Craig and his wife, Sandy, both doctors
While touring Italy and Austria last year, Valerie Burkhardt
Marier played golf in Padua, listened to Mozart in Salzberg,
and saw Venice from a gondola. She hosted a large home showing of
Ellen Pomeranz Sax’s new business, Table
Artistry, a line of high-end napkins, napkin rings, placemats, and
table linens in unique styles and lush colors.
Nancy Tessein Stine completed a master’s in education
from Worcester State College in May. She teaches fourth-grade mathematics
and science in the Shrewsbury Public School system in Massachusetts.
I work full-time during tax season as a senior advisor and spend
the rest of the year being Nana to six grandchildren. My husband,
Bill, and I toured the Mediterranean this past fall, stopping in
Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and Italy. Much of my free time has been
devoted to fundraising for an $8-million museum complex in Cambridge,
MD, dedicated to wooden boat-building on the eastern shore of the
Chesapeake Bay. See you all in June!
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Hockessin, DE 19707
In South Carolina,
Pam Ghents Ness retired as director of the Pawleys
Island Montessori School and is now a commercial real-estate appraiser.
Her volunteer activities include the Guardian Ad Litem Program through
the governor’s office, Rotary Club, and Hospice. Husband Hal,
also retired, volunteers for US Lacrosse and its Myrtle Beach chapter.
Lee Cranshaw Rowan and Judy Farmer Fulton
had a wonderful trip to Ireland, accompanied by their spouses. Like
many of us, Lee ponders the mystery of how she became 60.
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Brockton, MA 02301
Susan Pogash is founder and CEO of a marketing
research business focused on health care, and author of Full Circle,
a book about baby boomers caring for sick and dying parents. The
book, written as poetry, has won accolades from hospice workers,
clergy, nurses, doctors, and caregivers. Susan is currently looking
for a publisher. She shares the love of dance (tango, salsa, Latin
ballroom) with partner Peter, a former professional soccer player
who has a large family in the US and in Greece. Susan is studying
Greek in order to better communicate with them. She remains very
close to two grown stepchildren from her first marriage. She can
be reached at email@example.com.
For the past 13 years, Bobbie Rubin Bowden has
developed public awareness campaigns around the challenges of long-term
care, and is “amazed by and grateful for the vitality, creativity,
and abundance of possibility that comes with an extended maturity.”
Director of corporate communication at Daughters of Sarah Senior
Community in Schenectady, NY, she is also expanding her healing
artwork business (www.energyportraits.com). With son Seth, 28, now
in San Francisco, and former husband and good friend Lee living
in Hawaii, she considered a move to warmer climes but opted instead
to stay put and buy a new snow thrower.
Sandy Berk Jacoby and husband Richard passed through
Saratoga last fall while returning from the wedding of Dale
Koslow Berger’s younger son, an event also attended
by Betsy Wattenberg Selkowitz and husband Artie.
Sandy attended the inauguration of Skidmore president Phil Glotzbach
in October. She spotted Nancy Fisher at a Lincoln
Center event sponsored by the NYC Alumni Club, where they reminisced
about an opera class given by Hoyt Irwin some 40 years ago. Dale
Kurland joined Sandy and Richard for a holiday dinner to
welcome the Jewish New Year. Sandy loves her new home in Rye Brook.
She tutors children with reading and learning disabilities in her
own practice, directs the youth employment program at a local high
school, plays tennis and bridge, runs a book club, and attends NYC
cultural events. Son Adam is a freshman at Bentley College, and
Marc is a senior at Harvard University. Sandy and Richard like to
meet the boys for Sunday brunch and rugby games at Harvard, where
Marc is captain of the team and an All-American.
Joan Agisim Odes attended the wedding of Adrienne
Frisch Popper’s son and the inauguration of Skidmore’s
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North Thetford, VT 05054-0014
Since moving to
Vermont with husband Ben in 1997, graphic designer Barbara
Banta VanVliet has been painting commissioned watercolor
portraits of pets through the Orvis catalog. She plans to license
her artwork for rugs, flags, and apparel items under the name WoofWear.
“The jury’s still out on the future of this venture,
but it’s fun,” she notes. Barbara also works for a textile
and rug designer in Manchester, VT. While researching a new product
line, she discovered a picture of a North Carolina contact—
a woman named Jan, with whom she’d spoken on the phone numerous
times—and realized she was Janet Reder! They
were amazed they’d worked together for over a year and hadn’t
made the connection.
Barbara attended a gathering of five former dormmates and suitemates
at Beth Alexander Baumert’s Cloverleaf Horse
Farm in Connecticut last summer. Susie McKallor Holic, Syd
Munger Davis, and Nancy Cantor Gottlieb
rounded out the group. They enjoyed a barbecue prepared by Beth’s
husband, and a boat tour of Columbia Lake. The Baumerts operate
a dressage riding school and indoor arena that hosts students from
all over the world. “It was great to see everyone,”
writes Barbara, “and the laughing didn’t stop for hours.”
Judith Ritter does radio features for the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation (http://montreal.cbc.ca/science/) and is
a frequent contributor to The Savvy Traveler on public radio in
the US (www.savvytraveler.org). A working vacation to Fiji last
year gave her the opportunity to scuba dive for the first time.
She also traveled to Thailand for the elephant polo world cup! Judy’s
daughter Deborah is in law school at McGill in Montreal. Judy—who
says freshman dormmate Toby Weisberg Rubenstein ’65
arranged some helpful contacts in Washington, where Deborah had
a summer job as a law clerk—is proud of her daughter’s
desire to provide legal representation to poor people. Beginning
to feel “too old to be running around with a microphone,”
Judy is interested in transferring her skills to a new endeavor.
She welcomes e-mail from classmates and offers to “play mom”
to children of alumni planning to attend McGill.
Bev Harrison Miller’s son Noah has returned
to Dartmouth for his final quarter.
Life is still not slowing down for Susan Kovage Ratzan,
who is nonetheless happy and well, as are her four grown children
and husband Rich.
Linda Nard Caldwell and husband Stan moved from Des Moines,
IA, to Tucson, AZ. Although their new hometown was recently voted
the “hippest” city in America, Linda and Stan miss the
quiet agrarian quality of Des Moines. They are grateful, however,
for mild Arizona winters that allow them to hike in nearby mountains
year round. Linda welcomes classmates to look them up in Tucson
Lorraine Rorke Bader has taught a bilingual program and
worked in admissions at the French-American International School
in San Francisco for nine years. Husband Lani teaches law and works
as an arbitrator. Daughter Linden graduated from UC-Berkeley and
works in international relations in Washington, DC. Son Tony, a
senior at University High School, is making the college tour circuit.
Lorraine does several interviews for Skidmore admissions each year,
which keeps her in touch with the college. A volunteer at an inner-city
parochial school, she finds it rewarding to help less fortunate
children access good schools.
With both sons in college, Martha Hodgdon Bisbee
and husband enjoy retired life in Vermont. An avid skier, Martha
also plays a lot of tennis. She attended her 40th high-school reunion
in Wakefield, MA, with Karen Marshall Bradford.
Last fall Sally Huling Hilderbrand hosted her parents’
60th wedding anniversary, attended by the entire clan. Assistant
superintendent of a 5,000-pupil school district, Sally plans to
retire in two years. Daughter Elin’s third novel, Summer People,
was published last May.
Pamela Scharmann Stewart spent 16 days in San Francisco
helping daughter Lynn Stewart Debroux ’92
after the birth of Pamela’s first grandchild, Silas. With
the assistance of her husband, Pam also opened a vocal studio in
October. She feels rejuvenated by returning to a creative endeavor
and has drawn a “staggering” number of students. She
too attended her 40th high-school reunion.
Since reuniting with Skidmore classmates two years ago at Beverly
Harrison Miller’s home outside Boston, Susan
Moskowitz-Braun has returned to campus twice. She and her
“terrific” daughter Rachel attended Junior Admissions
Workshop in 2002 and then returned for an admissions interview.
During recovery from a recent hip replacement, Susan produced art
work continuously—something she found difficult to do while
teaching college art full-time for many years. Now in the midst
of a divorce, she looks forward to more time for herself when she
retires. She observes, “Skidmore is often on my mind, especially
when I visit an art museum and look at master drawings; the art
faculty during my Skidmore years was superb.”
In October Laura Lee Linder joined sister-in-law
Mary Linder Anniboli ’77 and niece Sara
Grossman ’07 for Skidmore’s centennial celebration
and the inauguration of new president Phil Glotzbach. Along with
other local alumni and parents, Laura helped student dorm officers
move freshmen into Kimball Hall, Laura’s former senior-year
dorm and her niece’s current campus address. Laura has been
busy working at the Schenectady Museum and editing the first volume
of a manuscript on the founding of Schenectady, a project she helped
initiate. She enjoys her role as treasurer of the Skidmore club
My former roommate, Alberta Lappano Uhran, volunteers
as a teacher’s aide in an elementary-school classroom. Daughters
Katie and Sarah are working in San Diego and San Francisco, CA,
respectively. Son Tim is a freshman at Lynchburg College, and daughter
Caroline, a high-school senior, plays field hockey and aspires to
Division III. They visited Skidmore this past fall for a campus
Tax accountant Christine Wilsey Goodwin is involved
with the CAPS mentoring program, in which Skidmore alumni help steer
students at Manhattan’s Norman Thomas High School toward higher
education. She and her mentee meet individually and have attended
group activities including a Carnegie Hall concert, a Knicks basketball
game, and a program at the Museum of Natural History. Christine
urges NYC alumni interested in becoming a mentor to contact program
coordinator Jane Uetz Johnson ’63 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris’s daughter Carrie was married on Nantucket in August
and then moved from Washington, DC, to Philadelphia, where husband
Doug is a fourth-year med student.
Joan Oppenheimer Cohen hosted Susie Miller
Waite, Carolyn Grodin Wenger, Chris Kaufmann, and Suzanne
Hammer Eliot in September. The group surfed the Internet
to locate Joan’s freshman roommate, Jean Sroka Pavek,
who met with Joan the next day—for the first time in 40 years!
“Of course, neither of us has changed one bit,” concludes
Honey Koenig Gardiner and her husband live part-time in
Naples, FL, but summer in Stone Harbor, NJ, where she serves on
the board of the Wetlands Institute. In Naples, Honey is active
in Zonta, an organization to advance the status of women worldwide.
Honey, who lost her mother in 2002 to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease),
also supports research into that disorder. Honey credits her mother’s
determination, spirit, and acceptance—even toward the end
of her life—for setting an example she is proud to follow.
She encourages classmates coming through southwest Florida to contact
her at email@example.com.
I continue developing projects for employers in public radio, higher
education, nonprofit business, and youth tobacco prevention. A short
hiatus over the summer and fall allowed me to spend time with my
87-year-old mother—who lives in an assisted-living facility
in Hanover, NH—and son Nick, 14, an avid basketball and soccer
player locally and on the AAU circuit. I feel fortunate to have
rekindled friendships with classmates Alberta Lappano Uhran,
Andrea Peterson-Mauro, and Earline Furber Rubel.
We spent time together this past fall, and it was as if time evaporated.
4 Strawberry Hill
Dover, MA 02030-2250
Our class had
a fine reunion, with over 40 of us returning to campus.
Living in Saratoga, class president Carrie VanKloberg brings
her intimate knowledge of the town and campus activities to her
new role. She is currently enrolled in a 300-level course, Applied
Anatomy and Kinesiology, with nine exercise-science majors. “The
class is very challenging,” she observes, “but Prof.
Pat Fehling is great. I am much impressed by the quality of the
students and faculty, their attitudes, passion, liberal arts perspective
as science majors, and so much more. It is invigorating, to say
Our sympathy goes to Jennifer Areson-Schneider, whose mother, Kitty
Areson, died suddenly of respiratory disease in July. Cathy
Fuller Nicholson, Jenny’s godmother, organized a
memorial service attended by Debby Crane Jones, Roberta
Clark Rogers, Lynn Anderson Major, Linda Svigals Martinelli, Jean
Barnum Laustsen, and Joan Blackway Murray.
After the service Lynn Major and I spent a little time together.
As Lynn said, “Kitty was a great gal, and I’m glad I
had a chance to reflect on her life in the congregation of her friends
Eliza Cocroft Bailey, who lives in Thomaston, ME,
with daughter Annie, couldn’t make it to Kitty’s service.
Eliza recently left her position as executive director of the Georges
River Land Trust. She is enthusiastically continuing her other activities,
which incorporate her love of exercise, art, restoration of her
1933 bungalow, and outdoor adventure.
Marsha Petersen Kenny is still “absorbing
the sad news about Kitty and Jane Levis Sargeant,”whose death
was noted in the last issue of Scope. “Lately, I feel that
I am writing a lot of sympathy notes—a reminder that life
is short and I should stop making excuses and putting things off.”
Orinda, CA, resident
Louise Diracles met with Bostonian Judy
Reed Smith for a mini-reunion in July in NYC. The visited
the Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney and
took in the Broadway hit Nine. Louise brought along daughter Katherine
and her friend Joe; Judy was accompanied by son Fedor.
With the help of Margo Marschner Tuxen’s
husband, Peter, Debby Crane Jones and Cathy
Fuller Nicholson also arranged a mini reunion—a surprise
for Margo, who for a number of years hasn’t been able to return
to campus from her home in Stockton, CA.
Linda Garrettson Pizzica spent a day in Saratoga
with her daughter this summer and was reminded of “how special
Saratoga and Skidmore are.” Linda lives in Lake Mary, FL,
and summers in Norfolk, CT—the foothills of the Berkshires,
which Linda refers to as “paradise, albeit a paradise being
tested at the moment” by a well-known developer and friend
of G.W. Bush, who is proposing a golf course be built there. Linda
keeps busy with graphic design work, a new jewelry business, writing,
Kathy Cole-Kelly, is a professor of family medicine
at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Last year she and
daughter Emily ’99 completed a triathlon in Seattle, WA.
Karen McCarthy Cady, who led a thoughtful class
discussion during reunion weekend, lives in Burlington, VT, with
her 92-year-old father and son Colin, a junior at UVM.
After 13 years at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, NY,
Margery Straley Kirsch enjoys her new job as diabetics
clinical nurse specialist for the Visiting Nurse Service of New
Thanks to Foxie Henn-Mason, we are thinking about
getting together prior to our next scheduled class reunion. Foxie
is researching a similar event next year in the Durango, CO, the
area she knows so well. Foxie and husband Dick did a wonderful job
last spring as hospitality hosts for our 35th. We’ll keep
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Beverly Farms, MA 01915
daughterAs we say in Boston, “cowboy up” and mark your
calendars for our 35th reunion, June 3–6. We have a very enthusiastic
reunion committee that’s already arranging activities to reacquaint
us with the campus and one another. Sandra Davis Flood
reports that there will be a special gift for nursing majors attending.
So get on the phone and tell your friends to come and join in the
fun. You can RSVP and find out who’s coming by visiting www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1969/1969.html.
See you there!
My roommate, Chris Steffens Roe, loves being a
grandmother to Jack. A charge nurse at the University of Colorado
Health Services Center, she retired from her real-estate career.
I am looking forward to reacquainting her with the East Coast.
Liz Roman Gallese’s daughter Amy, a recent
graduate of Kenyon College, was photo editor of the Collegian and
a member of the team that won an award at the Model United Nations
conference. Now at Boston University’s Sargent Center for
Outdoor Education, Amy is teaching environmental education and outdoor
adventure for schools, corporations, and nonprofits. Liz’s
son Edmund is an eighth-grader at the Meadowbrook School, where
he too is interested in outdoor education.
After 30 years of service Judy Allen Wilson is
retiring from the public sector and starting her own business as
a consultant on infrastructure planning and government relations.
“I want to travel more and work less,” she notes.
Although she left Skidmore after sophomore year, Carolyn
Schifreen Zisser has many fond feelings for her first campus.
After earning a BA with honors in philosophy from NYU, she completed
a JD from George Washington University and started a practice in
marital and family law in Neptune, FL. She has been married for
32 years to Elliot, whom she met in law school. Their son Jonathan
is an assistant public defender in Jacksonville, FL; daughter Alison
is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis. One of Carolyn’s
colleagues is psychotherapist Marjery Libin Serkin,
who is a good friend.
Laura Fabel Dumouchel is principal of the newly
renovated and enlarged Becket Washington School in western Massachusetts,
a project she helped guide to fruition. Laura’s husband, Bruce,
practices clinical psychology in Adams, MA. Daughter Renee graduated
from Williams College last spring; Ali graduated in 2001 from Middlebury,
where Joan is a sophomore.
Margaret Amyot Mangano works part-time as a midwife in
Saratoga and enjoys the woods, hiking, and canoeing. She plans to
join sister Marty Amyot Precheur ’64 as she
completes the Appalachian Trail this year. Three of Margaret’s
children live in California, and she helps out with the care of
three grandchildren who live in Saratoga.
Garey-Lea Dexter Smith retired after 33 years working
in child welfare for the State of Vermont. In May 2002, she married
Bob Smith. That December, Bob’s daughter gave birth to a grandson.
Joyce Benedict Ricker and I attended a luncheon
meeting where we met Skidmore’s new president, Phil Glotzbach.
Joyce reminded me that her Skidmore family includes children Jason
’91, Justin ’96, Evan ’97, and Autumn
’03, as well as daughter-in-law Lisa Goldberg