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Betsy Stern Guttag is still a part-time consultant for McGraw Hill’s elementary math program but anticipates retirement in Florida. She would like to put together a list of classmate e-mail addresses to start a communication group. If you are interested, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Parker Ballou lives in Basalt, CO. She teaches preschool at the Early Learning Center in nearby Aspen. Over the summer, she camped with son Matt, 28, in Mammoth Lakes, CA; Matt had spent the previous winter snowboarding in Chile and Argentina. Mary also traveled to Memphis to celebrate her parents’ 60th anniversary in September and went “float fishing” on the Roaring Fork River. Despite breaking a leg last year, she still enjoys snowshoeing and skiing; she also paints, makes pottery, and is involved in the Hera Foundation, which sponsors an annual rock-climbing event Salt Lake City, UT, to raise funds for ovarian-cancer research. Friend Sean Jackson Patrick ’73 is also a volunteer for the foundation.
Patricia Lawrence Bucher and husband Rich authored Building Cultural Intelligence CQ: Nine Megaskills, published by Prentice Hall. Their first book was Diversity Consciousness.
Nancy Gilday Spark told me I am “a sucker but doing a great job” as class secretary. She had a wonderful time at Reunion, catching up with Corinne Bonynge Green and husband Ed and Mary Butler Burke and husband Tim. Nancy’s husband, Michael, just retired from general contracting and runs youth sailing programs on the Jersey shore. Daughter Jen graduated from Tufts and works for a PR firm in San Francisco. Son Michael is a junior at Roger Williams University, concentrating on photography and graphic arts. Nancy continues to work in real-estate rentals and sales on Long Beach Island.
Jane Feinberg Karlin spent the fall traveling for business.
After 35 years of service Betty Sandbeck retired from IBM in June. She lives in Alexandria, VA. She keeps busy playing golf, riding her bike, and accomplishing her personal “honey-dos.”
Sue Reinhardt Groesbeck hosted Riki Scheeder and Marie Bunting McClune this summer in her Hilton Head, SC, home. Sue is a fellow at the Klingenstein Center for Leadership at Columbia University. The center seeks to enhance independent-school education by strengthening leadership among teachers and administrators.
In NYC last July Emily Stein made dinner for Madelyn Russo Jordon, Sue Opie Smeragliuolo, Pam Scott Morris, Pam’s daughter Kristin, and Madelyn’s daughter Haley, in celebration of Madelyn, Opie, and Pam all being mothers of brides that year. They looked at old photos from their freshman days at Nelson Avenue House and sophomore days at Wilmarth. They had lots of laughs. Although Pam brought Boone’s Farm wine, they were all clever enough not to drink it!
Bobbsie Hertz Rifkin wants buddies on AOL. She asks classmates to contact her at email@example.com.
Joanne Fabrizio Spencer married Joe Kaliszcajk on Long Island in 2002. They live in Nesconset, NY, where Joanne is director of education and community engagement for the Long Island Philharmonic. She books school programs and runs an orchestra residency and summer academy.
In October she worked on a study guide for LIP’s Forbidden Music program, performed at Suffolk County Community College. The guide described the poetry, art, and literature of people in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust. Joe has two sons: Cory, 24, and Justin, 20; Joanne has three daughters: Christa, 32, and Cara, 28, and Cayla, 25. This past year, Cara completed her doctorate in psychology, and Joanne welcomed her first grandchild, Christa’s son Aidan.