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Elizabeth Mckinley Loomis
Congratulations to all of us who are now officially part of the “Super Sixty Sisterhood!” I initiated Meredith Black Zahlaway, Anne Harvey Grote, Carol Curran Lyall, Joyce Benedict Ricker, Brownie Eaton Roe, Diana Clark Crookes, and Chris Steffens Roe by presenting them with their very own Superwoman Sixty sports bras to celebrate the occasion.
Jane Nordli and I had a great mini-reunion this summer. She was at Harvard teaching a Project Zero workshop, which strengthens learning through the arts. We sat in a bar in Cambridge, laughing and reminiscing for several hours. She is still pursuing her musical talents and enjoying her grandchildren.
Have you heard of LX the new XL? Barbara Herbert von der Groeben forwarded this account of a nursing mini-reunion, the theme of which was “LX is the new XL,” or in other words 60 is the new 40. Six classmates proved as much at the wonderful event hosted at the Long Beach, LI, home of Judy Roberts Kunisch in June. Kris Clarke MacMillan, Janet Ruth Walczak, Paula Tripp Lusardi, Candy Gunion Guberman, and Laurel King Conway all filtered in. Candy and Janet had not seen each other since graduation. “It was great to see and hear about how full our lives have been and the challenges we have conquered over the years. We all agreed we look terrific.” Barbara and Judy are the “semi-retired” members of the group. Candy and Janet are nurse practitioners, and Paula is a critical-care clinical nurse specialist. Kris is managing a home health-care agency and involved with Hospice. Laurel is working in immigration law cases in Providence, RI. Judy and Candy are grandmothers. Walt Kunisch provided white “LX 2007” T-shirts for the group, with Skidmore green lettering. They are planning the next reunion at Barbara’s Nantucket house immediately following our 40th Skidmore reunion.
Martha Raleigh Winsten authored her first children’s book, Awesome Elijah, a true story of a steer named Elijah who was rescued at three days old from certain death by a young girl. Now 12 and living on a farm in Greenfield Center, NY, Elijah showed off his skills at the Saratoga Race Course, to the delight of cheering fans. Martha also illustrated the book. Her artwork is included in the private collections of many horse aficionados, such as Hall of Fame trainers A. Allen Jerkens and
Jonathan Sheppard, and owners George Steinbrenner and John and Debby Oxley. The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com, Borders, and the National Museum of Racing.
Joan Raphael Weinstein works part-time at the International Institute of Rhode Island in the Refugee Resettlement Department. She and husband Philip, married two years, have just completed building a house in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, where they are wintering after returning from a trip to South Africa and Botswana in the fall. Joan played golf twice this past summer with Ann Coddington Mays.
Peggy Amyot Mangano is now happily retired from midwifery. She continues to teach childbirth-education classes and enjoys hiking, running, and traveling. Peggy audited Spanish 101 at Skidmore while hosting two students from El Salvador: Maribel Platero Torres ’11 and Marta Cuellar Aguilar ’11. Peg’s husband, Tony, is on the board of Nueva Esperanza del Norte (Help from the North), a group that brings young Salvadoran students to the US. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We send condolences to Leslie Gardner McGovern, whose husband, Bob, died this spring.
On the West Coast, I get together periodically with Stephanie Brewster Wagoner and have played B&B hostess to Carol Bogardus and her husband, Mike Lichty. Needless to say, I’m continuing to treasure my Skidmore friendships. Better start planning your trip, as it is going to be a great time!