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Centennial spotlight

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Barbara Crossman Bell
218 Candee Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13224-1608

Marsha Bayly Schoene teaches special education in a Seattle elementary school. Oldest son Tyson, 27, is assistant manager at two indoor climbing clubs and coached the high-school climbing team to second place in a national tournament. Son Blair, 25, was married last summer and is studying geology at MIT. Peter, 20, a junior in environmental studies at Bowdoin, completed a semester in Belize. Daughter Katie is a freshman at Portland State, on a partial soccer scholarship.

While attending a weeklong arts program on Star Island off the coast of Portsmouth, NH, Barbara Lydecker Crane conversed with Joanne Lefrak ’99, a studio art major with whom she shared memories of retired art professor Jeffrey Elgin. “We agreed that he was very supportive and tuned in to each individual student,” notes Barbara, who designs and produces art quilts. Her work can be viewed at http://barbaracrane.prolucid.com. She and husband Bill have two daughters: Liz, a teacher at Brookline High School, and Sarah, a senior at Brandeis.

Sharon Pfau Whiteley is CEO of ThirdAge Inc., an online media research and marketing company focused on leading-edge baby boomers. She is the author of the recently published book The Old Girls’ Network. She lives in Boston with husband Richard.

After 20 years Sally Mars Carey retired from her health club business, Symmetry Fitness in Mill Valley, CA. She is enjoying life in Lake Tahoe, where she skis and works with an adaptive ski program, teaching developmentally disabled people to ski. Sally also has a home in Larkspur. Daughter Morgan graduated from the University of Denver last year.

Carol Christensen Parker and son Ned, 15, hiked the John Muir Trail in Yosemite/Kings Canyon last August. Son Jonathon, 17, is busy applying to colleges (including Skidmore) and music conservatories. Husband Fred, meanwhile, is supervising an addition on their house.

My husband, Russ, and I spent a happy week seeing the fall foliage in five New England states and were thrilled to have dinner with best friend Jane Roberts Alpert and her handsome attorney husband, Mark.


Lise Bang-Jensen
114 Lancaster Street
Albany, NY 12210

Linda Zieper sent me an essay titled “How I Spent (Part of) My Summer Vacation,” which describes a week of intellectual and cultural stimulation punctuated by fine dining—Skidmore’s Summer Exploration program. Among her classmates were new president Phil Glotzbach and his wife, Marie. While a seminar on Thoreau’s Walden was the most popular offering, Linda, a history major, chose Prof. Erica Bastress-Dukehart’s course Wife, Mistress, or Whore: Women, Marriage, and Sexuality in Renaissance Italy. “It was all very absorbing, and I wish we had more than the eight hours allotted to the seminar.” The week also included a guided tour of the Marcel Duchamp exhibit at the Tang Museum, an evening at the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, a lecture on Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, concerts by the Boys and Girls Choirs of Harlem and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a day at the Saratoga racetrack. “I am inclined to go again next year and hope that I see a few of you there, too,” concludes Linda.

Janet Lee Beach enjoys her marketing consultancy in San Francisco, CA. This year she is focusing on hi-tech home product, medical, and food clients. Husband Ralph is a professor at Duke University in North Carolina. Their son Greg, 16, is a new driver of the family station wagon.

Pediatrician Elaine Choy Lee is featured in this issue of Scope.


Nancy McNiff
5422 Eichelberger Street
St. Louis, MO 63109

In Greensboro, VT, Trish Passmore Alley stays busy with Wonder & Wisdom Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to inspire a passion for lifelong learning. She is also starting another nonprofit, the Wisdom Connection Inc., a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Trish’s mom lives five minutes away at the Greensboro Nursing Home, and her dad is still at home in Bristol. Husband Bill pursues his old-car hobby and has received numerous patents.

Ellen Gingras Barkhuff and husband Jim’s daughter Gretchen, a ’99 Colgate grad, lives on Long Island. Son Daniel, who graduated from Annapolis in 2001, is a Navy SEAL. The couple’s youngest child is a junior at the University of Richmond. Ellen is busy teaching high-school chemistry, serving on the faculty council, advising the National Honor Society, and selling real estate. “Skidmore was an eye-opener for me,” reflects Ellen. “To this day, I marvel at how much it gave to all of us.”

In Saratoga to spend Family Weekend with daughter Joanna Kriegler Grossman ’04, Jennifer Kriegler also attended the inauguration of Skidmore president Phil Glotzbach.

Sales representative Beth Verprauskus Summerford loves the scheduling freedom her job affords her. She is an empty-nester now: her eldest daughter graduated from the University of Georgia, another is a junior there, and the youngest is a freshman at Georgia State. She’d love to hear from classmates at bsummerfor@aol.com.

Elizabeth Craig-Olins, who is in her sixth year teaching English at Newton North High School, can “trace it all back to Prof. Murray Levith—thank you.”

Julie McConchie Forte has a new e-mail address: jforte0702@aol.com. Julie recalls her first visit to campus as a high-school senior: It was October, and “everything was so beautiful.”


Elizabeth Raff Nace
30 Owen Avenue
Queensbury, NY 12804

I’ve had some fun e-mailing classmates since Reunion last spring. The fall ’03 issue of Scope gave us a photo op to “dye” for (on the back cover). I do miss the laughs and late-night chats we shared.

Anne Alger Hayward caught up with roommate Nina Nightingale Braziel in Boston in October; they were joined by Anne Pouch, Margot Woodworth Seefeld, and Mira Fish Coleman.

After eight years as principal of Siwanoy Elementary School in Carmel, CA, Elaine Kanas became assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel in the Carmel Central School District in July. She also teaches a curriculum design and instruction course at Columbia University Teachers College. Oldest child Colin is a senior in the ROTC program at St. Bonaventure; daughter Miranda is a freshman at Purchase College, studying creative writing.

Marcia Roseff Turner and daughter Molly, 15, live in NYC, where Marcia is a casting director. Nominated for an Emmy for casting the ABC-TV movie Annie, she started producing for television four years ago. Marcia is coordinating producer on the new hit TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which she describes as “amazingly hectic and lots of fun.”


Reunion ’04!

Beth Chiquoine
29 Hearthstone Drive
Gansevoort, NY 12831

Wendy Bailey Hamilton wrote in to express the tremendous loss we all feel over the death of Jeri Held in August. “A publicist extraordinaire, Jeri once billed herself as someone who planned events of ‘spectacular proportions,’ and that is just the kind of life she led, against all odds. When Jeri was 15, she suffered a devastating bout of hepatitis and was told by doctors that she wouldn’t live to be 21. I was her roommate for two years before I learned of this, and even then I didn’t hear it from Jeri. She proved the doctors wrong and lived a life of ‘spectacular proportions,’ despite pain and physical limitations that would have flattened the rest of us. She was the truest friend that anyone could ever have. Jeri’s life was a gift to all who knew her. The last eight years of that life were the gift of a liver donor she did not know, and Jeri became a devoted advocate of transplant programs, as a spokesperson and fundraiser.” The class sends its sincere condolences to Jeri’s family.

Judith Ferrell O’Shea
was named administrative judge for the Sixth Judicial District of New York, which covers 10 counties. A former family court judge in Elmira, NY, she was also appointed to the 29-member Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections.

Jill Braverman-Panza
practices internal medicine in Albany, NY, and serves on the board of directors of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. Her husband, Tony, and his family own Panza’s Restaurant on Saratoga Lake.

In NYC Dorothy Hafner is a professional ceramic artist who also works in glass. Her work can be seen at www.dorothyhafner.com.

Living along the coast of Rhode Island, says Bill McKendre, “brings to mind coastal geology courses I took with Prof. Ken Johnson.” He adjusted his business, the Clarion Group Ltd., setting up offices in nearby Stonington, as well as West Hartford, CT.

Make plans now to attend our 30th reunion! To RSVP and find out who’s coming, visit www.skidmore.edu/alumni/classes/1974/1974.html.


Noreen P. Reilly
114 Cushing Avenue
Boston, MA 02125-2033

Judy Tsou was appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, beginning in April. Director of the music library at the University of Washington, Judy lives in Seattle with husband David Carlson. She co-edited Cecelia Reclaimed: Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Music, a volume of essays published by the University of Illinois Press that received an Outstanding Academic Book award from Choice magazine in 1994.

Cartoonist Hal Mayforth is featured in this issue of Scope.


Ingeborg Hegemann Clark
26 Kerrington Way
Stow, MA 01775

Hermione Cox McNeil graduated from Seton Hall University with a doctorate in education in May. She is an assistant principal in Jersey City, NJ.

Susan Flanagan is enjoying her new consulting practice. She lives in Washington, DC, where she spends time with Alice Sweeney Miller, a maternity nurse in Alexandria, VA, and Sarah Tinsley Demarest, whose family includes mother Ann Woodward Tinsley ’45, aunt Ellen Woodward Rea ’50, and sister Mary Tinsley Raul ’78.


Constance Martin
3139 High Meadow Lane
San Jose, CA 95135

In October Jennifer Gregory married Stephen Ely in Locust Valley, NY. A freelance writer who specializes in food articles, she is also a cooking instructor at the Manhasset, NY, branch of Sur La Table, a chain of stores and schools for cooks. She earned an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ. Her husband is managing director of Haven Capital Management, an investment advisory firm in New York.

Ann Jamison volunteers as a resource parent for ASPEN (Asperger Syndrome Parent Education Network (www.aspenng.org), a nonprofit she helped launch. She lends similar support to research on social-learning disabilities conducted at Yale University; the Center for Outreach and Support in the Autism Community in New Jersey; and the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (www.bpkids.org). Ann also serves on a school-district steering committee for self-monitoring and assessment of special education services.


Barbara B. Blundell
5386 N. Entrada de Sabino
Tucson, AZ 85750

Norman Weil is VP of Norman Weil Textiles in NYC. He and wife Bertha live in Haworth, NJ. Their daughter, Racheal, is a member of Skidmore’s Class of 2007.

Jean Stark was at Skidmore in October for a conference on environmentalism in higher education. An architect with special certification in “green” building practices, she shared news of environmental-minded construction projects at several northeastern campuses. Jean is an associate with Joy, McCoola and Zilch Architects in Glens Falls, NY.


Reunion ’04!

Kim Kim West
Waite Phillips Hall
Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089

kwest@usc.edu or

Our Shrewsbury, NJ, residents Sue Billerbeck Whalen and husband Dan celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last fall. Daughter Christina, 15, is a sophomore at the Hill School; her sister, Sydney, is an eighth-grader at Rumson Country Day School. An advertising copywriter for over 20 years, Sue works for Estée Lauder and loves the freedom to work from home. Dan is a managing director at the financial firm of BNP/Paribas. They’ve recently completed major renovations on their home, which is 10 minutes from the beach and their sailboat and an hour’s commute by ferry into Manhattan. Sue hopes to see lots of old friends at Reunion.

Michele Herman has been living happily in Greenwich Village for years with husband Jonathan Kuhn and sons Lee, 11, and Jeffrey, 8. A freelance writer, she contributes regularly to Metropolis, Photo District News, and various parenting magazines (and welcomes leads on good story ideas and writing jobs). Michele, who has published several short stories in a variety of literary magazines, says, “I’m tearing my hair out over a first novel.” She welcomes e-mail at mherman100@aol.com.

After 24 years, music major Anthony Morano is back in school, pursuing a master’s in elementary education at SUNY Oswego. He lives in Brewerton, NY, with wife Leja, whom he married in 1993, and their son Timothy, 6. A self-described “late bloomer,” Anthony is excited about becoming a teacher.

Sue Sahlman-Stoffel is finishing a master’s in arts administration at Columbia. With three teenage daughters, her household is “hormone heaven.” Sue and her family returned to the US after living in Switzerland for more than 18 years. She can be reached at SSto308598@aol.com.

Musician Laura Anderson Wood performed at the National Folk Alliance Conference in Nashville, TN, for the Indiegrrl Showcase, splitting the bill with Boston Globe music writer Scott Alarik. She performed for a tourism video Key West, FL; double-billed with Key West star Lenore Troia in Fire Island, NY; recorded a new live CD this past June; and partnered with a new recording studio—along with her label, Mill River Records—to back Sweet Honey in the Rock vocalist Evelyn Harris. Laura still works her day job as director of a medication clinic in Northampton, MA. Last summer she attended the Skidmore horse show and performed the song Love Has No Pride for good friend Adele Einhorn ’80. Laura also enjoyed spending time in Saratoga with Lisa Lavieri. Laura is sure that Reunion will be “fab,” and welcomes e-mail from classmates at mtacoustic@aol.com.

Amy Bondon-Peltz
is president and chief executive of Equirace.com Stable and Estrorace.com Stable (estro is short for estrogen), businesses she founded a year ago after more than 28 years in the horse-racing industry. She was featured in the New York Times for her focus on promoting women’s inclusion in the still male-dominated industry and her philanthropic support of women’s causes. One of her 30 horses, Freefourinternet, was entered in the prestigious Breeders’ Cup, a long shot in the $1.5 million NetJets Mile. She earmarked 10 percent of Freefourinternet’s earnings to be split among a number of women’s charities.

Scott Martin works for Paramount Pictures but has been living in the mountains of Colorado for the past eight years, telecommuting and traveling to Hollywood as infrequently as possible. He and wife Katherine make regular trips to London to spend time with her family and friends. They have twin year-old boys, Alex and Jeremy. The boys, who made their first trip to Skidmore in October, will accompany their mom and dad to Saratoga for Reunion in June, “even though they still won’t be old enough to drink at the Tin & Lint.”

Julia Mutch and Robin Safeer Mathews road-tripped back to campus to follow up on Reunion responsibilities by delving into the Skidmore archives, meeting with the alumni office staff, and getting the ball rolling with the caterer. Campus was still abuzz from October’s centennial weekend. “Of course we spent time in town visiting old haunts and enjoying Saratoga,” admits Julia. “It was great fun.”


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