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Ronnie Gregg Kimball’s family of six kids has grown to include 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom live near her in Topsfield, MA. In addition to keeping up her 100-year-old summer place in Plymouth, MA, Ronnie plays bridge and volunteers.
This past summer Betty McAllister Brown enjoyed a Lake Tahoe family reunion held in honor of her 84th birthday and her son’s 50th. She then went to Ireland with daughter Debbie before relaxing at the Jersey Shore. Betty and husband Charlie enjoy their carefree condo living.
Connie Seeley Andrews, still recovering from a fall down 26 stone steps, took a cruise in October.
Connie Wallace Caldwell’s grandson Evan, who graduated summa cum laude from Hinman College, is studying international politics in Istanbul for six months. His mother, Anne, who is Connie’s youngest daughter, was fitted for a leg prosthesis necessitated by cancer. She continues to be an inspiration to the whole family. “Our children become role models for us,” says Connie. She continues to provide TLC to stray kittens at a local rescue shelter.
Ann McWhinney Watson is slowly adjusting to the loss of her youngest daughter to ovarian cancer this past year. In spite of the tremendous grief, as well as poor eyesight, hearing loss, and a case of shingles, Ann enjoyed the beautiful New England foliage this fall. She says, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone.”
Sis Planz Frank, recovering from three-way heart-bypass surgery, is frequenting the gym and taking yoga classes. She also volunteers with St. John’s School of the Arts in St. John, VI.
Andrea Flynn McCarthy and husband John, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the Florida Keys. Andrea is creating a mosaic mural for a building near their home.
Betty Ewald Opie enjoys spending time in Chautauqua, NY, where her daughter and son-in-law have a condo. Betty’s granddaughter is an admissions officer at Brown, where she and her husband met. Another granddaughter is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia.
Barbara Watson Hutter is slowly recovering from a fractured hip and damaged right shoulder. She volunteers for the Kopernik Observatory in her hometown of Binghamton, NY.
Joan Heise Cummings’s granddaughter Kimmy was featured in the Redmond Times Dispatch, for her record-breaking goal-scoring for the Mechanicsville, CA, high-school soccer team.
Nancy Bailey Allchin’s daughter Carol, a physician, has moved from Washington State to Delaware, just an hour’s drive to the Allchins’ retirement community in Cockeysville, MD. Although husband Dick is confined to an electric cart, Nancy still volunteers at her beloved Irvine Nature Center, which recently built a new facility.
Patricia Beetle visited Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts and attended a Quaker conference at Silver Bay in Lake George, NY, over the summer. She continues working for peace.
Virginia Gregory’s adopted granddaughter, Alexa, met a half-brother, Eric, when she located her birth parents. Eric became a part of Ginny’s family and traveled to Morocco and Senegal with them. Eric’s subsequent battle with leukemia and his efforts to help others receive new treatments have inspired the whole family. He has been in remission for four years now. Eric’s story was featured in the April issue of Discover magazine.
After 20 years in Florida, Virginia Davis Atwater and her husband, Jim, moved
to Wilbraham, MA, where they surround themselves with their three children, two grandchildren, and five great-grands.
Happily, Virginia has recovered from two strokes. The Atwaters celebrated their son’s 60th birthday recently.
Blanche Meehan spent a lot of time at her Lake George, NY, home this past year and enjoyed a cruise to San Diego, CA.
Vivian Manperl Fishbone enjoys her
retirement community and has joined a co-op gallery in Bethlehem, PA, where she works four hours a week.
Midge Garton Monski reports the sad news that husband Bill died in June after a long illness. We send our condolences to Midge.
Seth Rubenstein, widower of Elaine Freedman Rubenstein, wrote in to keep classmates up to date on the doings of their grandchildren. Son Josh has five children; the eldest daughter is a religion professor at Wesleyan and has written a book to be published by Columbia University Press, and a son who works at PBS wrote a well-received graphic novel. Son Ephraim’s daughter Amelia ’08 graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore last spring; a social-work major, she was awarded a prize by that department. Eph’s other girl attends Barnard. The Rubensteins’ youngest son, Micah, has no children. Seth, still in good health, continues to work every day.