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In October Carole Walter Maeder and Zach Murphy, a graduate of Cornell University whom she met on eHarmony.com, enjoyed an “engagement-moon” trip in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The couple lives in Hopkinton, NH, during the summer and in Bonita Springs, FL, in winter.
Lois Kennedy Tarquin sent a photo of herself, Patricia Morrissey Walter, Marlene Cerrito Hewitt, Joan Berejik, and Sue Bates Nuernberger taken at a get-together in Sarasota, FL, last year.
Abby Bartter Modesitt has retired as financial director of Urban Peak, a shelter for homeless teens, but still serves on some of the organization’s committees. Her numerous hobbies include Spanish lessons—quite useful for travel in Mexico. She and her husband have three grandchildren.
Retiree Judy Hawley Heydt lives in Greensboro, GA. She welcomes e-mail from classmates at email@example.com.
In Setauket, NY, Julie Sparks Parmegiani, a retired high-school and community-college English teacher, serves on four area boards. She would like to hear from classmates on Long Island or those who winter on the East Coast of Florida. She may be reached at julieparm@optonline.-
net. Julie’s son Dale Robinson ’98 is manager of fishing equipment at Orvis in Vermont.
Susan Gibbs is an intensive-care nurse in Oslo, Norway, with no plans to retire. She spent August in New England, mostly in Laconia, NH. Last year she met up with old friends from Los Angeles in Naples, Sorrento, and Florence.
Varian Ayers Knisell of Nice, France, and her husband, Gary, have started a blog, countryepicure.wordpress.com, to review hotels and restaurants they experience in their travels in and around Nice.
Terry Turek Stirling is associate dean of the college of education at Northeastern Illinois University. She lives in Glenview.
Peg Kendrick Kuechle is a geriatric social worker in Rocky River, OH. She attended a meeting of the Skidmore club in Naples, FL, last March with Eileen Kirwin Cameron, Ellen Judge Swanson, Joan Berejik, and Carole Maeder; Skidmore President Phil Glotzbach spoke at the event.
Pat Peters Volpe of Moonachie, NJ, is the author of several poetry books.
Nancy Hopkins Babcock of Cottage Grove, MN, also has a Wisconsin lake home. She has recently been cruising in the Caribbean and Alaska. Son Bruce, an optometrist, and son Steve, an engineer, live nearby.
Sarah Martin Munley is a clinical-research consultant in Cambridge, MA. Her husband is also a consultant. Daughter Lissa served as project manager for the “Motorcycle Ballet” at the seventh Regimental Armory in NYC, and son Silas works for Johnson and Johnson near Brussels, Belgium.
Carol Hochberg is a senior trial lawyer for children in NYC. Caretaking for the seniors in the family has replaced child care. Carol curated her mother’s two solo art exhibitions last year.
Judith Allen Kniffin of North Bennington, VT, is an artist and founding member of a cooperative arts and crafts gallery. She specializes in landscapes and still lifes, using oils and watercolors.
Cynthia Brainerd Troischt is a clinical coordinator at the Northeast Parent and Child Society Day Treatment Program in Schenectady, NY. She lives in Ballston Spa.
Sandra Koch Prior, of Huntington, NY, is a registered school nurse. Her third child, Brandon, was married in September; present were Joyce Prior Mletschnig ’66, Sue Parker Prior ’61, Jeff Prior ’87, and Wendy Prior Fentress ’93. Sandy’s first grandchild was born in May.
Ann Shrope Byrne and husband Phil live at the Fairhaven Continuing Care Retirement Community, an independent-living setting in Sykesville, MD.
Beth Ellis Poulo and husband Lou are still working. Son David was married in June, and his godparents, Carole Putnam Wood and Dave, were present. Beth is a Realtor with Prudential and is on the board of the Andover Chamber Music Series.
In 1999 Lynne Farrington Allen of Windham, CT, retired from a 30-year teaching career but still works part-time for the UConn alumni association. She has a summer place in Orleans, MA.
Kathie Aberman, a high-school English teacher in Liberty, NY, invites people in the area to contact her. Her oldest child Peter made her a grandma last year.
Nancy Herman Frehling, an importer of home furnishings, lives in Miami Beach, FL. She went on her third safari last summer and recently traveled to Slovenia and Italy. She has two granddaughters. She frequently gets together with Suzanne Delehanty for movies, dinner, and jazz.
Judi Sambrook Bunker, a retired special-ed teacher for autistic children, has nine grandchildren and about as many activities. She helps settle refugees and works as a special-ed parent advocate for the Learning Disability Association of Connecticut. She spends summers on Lake George in Upstate New York.
Pamela Ghents Ness is a certified real-estate appraiser and Realtor for Century 21 at Pawleys Island, SC. She is a guardian ad litem and member of her church council. She and husband Hal, now retired, have seven children and nine grandchildren.
In Bayside, NY, Karen Berlan Bleier is a retail sales manager. She recently spent the day with Sheila Schmidt Warshawsky, who was visiting from Israel. Karen attended her grandson’s graduation from the University of Georgia.
Artist Elizabeth Cranshaw Rowan resides in West Newbury, MA, and has a summer place in Maine. Lee recently traveled to Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Rome. For those visiting Jackson Hole, WY, she recommends the Lyndsay McCandless Gallery run by daughter Lyndsay.
Judy Farmer Fulton of Millersville, PA, was in Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador with husband Rufus last year.
Katie McDowell of Scottsdale, AZ, is a partner in the law firm of Doyle, McDowell, PC, where she practices complex civil litigation. She and husband Lee enjoy the outdoors, especially in Colorado.
Martha Oakman Clinton, a retired preschool director, lives in Chicago with husband Bruce. They enjoyed an eight-day tour of Umbria, Italy, with the Art Institute of Chicago last year. The couple has five grandchildren. Martha recently attended an exhibition of painted fabrics and abstract oils by Elena Goetz ’07.
I was shopping in Greenville, DE, wearing my Skidmore T-shirt (at age 64!) this past summer, when two people stopped me. The first was a woman whose two adult children were Skidmore grads, and the second was an alumna from the Class of ’74. Small world!