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Marcia Mattson Todd
6003 Parkis Mills Road
Galway, NY 12074-2324
Fax: 518-882-5517

Liz Kern 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, near Asheville.

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 janej100@aol.com.

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 country.

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 rosemarye2@aol.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.


Sandy Weisman Sheppard
PO Box 2047
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.


Lynn Garrett Meyer
9040 Windcove Court
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Mollie 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 2-year-old grandson.

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 new alumnae.


Deborah Frankel Reese
PO Box 110
South Strafford, VT 05070-0119

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 willa@mcn.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 connie@bocaratonhomes.net.

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 candlelight.”

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 elfranklin@att.net.

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.


Reunion ’04!

Bonnie Allen Shertenlieb
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 Vegas, NV.

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 at Yale.

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!


Toby Weisberg Rubenstein
315 Sheringham Drive
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.


Ann LoDolce
LoDolce & Associates
1350 Belmont Street, Suite 104
Brockton, MA 02301

Chicago resident 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 pogash@gte.net.

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 new president.


Christine Filbin Hoffman
PO Box 14
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 at stonehouse@prodigy.net.

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 of Schenectady.

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 tour.

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 janej100@aol.com. 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 Joan.

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 honeygardiner@comcast.net.

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.


Jeanne Shipp Waldinger
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 the least.”

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 and family.”

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, and yoga.

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 York.

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 you informed.


Reunion ’04!

Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis
8 Leather Lane
Beverly Farms, MA 01915

Jeanine Caltagirone’s 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 Ricker ’91.


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