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Emily Jansen Kane and George are back in Sympathy, FL, after spending the summer in their old hometown of Pelham, NY, enjoying family, friends, and a blitz of culture in NYC. In May they took a trip to Prague and a river cruise down the Danube from Nuremburg to Budapest. They saw Baroque churches, ate fabulous food, and experienced history galore. They are ready to retire to Florida.
Pat Graham Stotler says her Ethiopian granddaughter, age 2, is beautiful and full of personality, loves everyone, and is a great joy to all. Pat and husband John are in Naples, FL, for the winter. They summered in Vermont and Ohio, where their kids live. They attended the wedding of a daughter of friends in France and stayed there for a week in September. Pat invites any classmates in the Naples area to contact her at email@example.com (she is also in the phone book); she would love to connect.
Jacqueline Merriam Paskow’s retirement from teaching was greeted with sad news: her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with head and neck cancer that metastasized to his lungs. The prognosis was poor. The good news is that Jacqueline has reconnected with Elli Rachlin, a fellow French major who is still going strong.
Elli is a financial planner with Ameriprise Financial in NYC and moonlights as a professional singer. She performed jazz standards and French cabaret in Rhinebeck, NY, for a Bastille Day celebration in August. Elli, who attributes her facility with languages to French, Italian, and German classes at Skidmore, teaches a program in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and French at the Schenectady (NY) Jewish Center. She e-mails Jackie in English and French and often spends time with Stephanie Lindsey King and with Sonja Karsen, Skidmore professor emerita.
Wendy Worsley Breslin and Jud moved to their summer house on Cape Cod after 23 years in New Jersey. Their five boys are spread throughout the country, and they have five grandchildren. Their second oldest, Beau, is a Skidmore government professor who also serves as assistant dean of the faculty and director of the college’s First-Year Experience program. Wendy and Jud are very proud of him.
Lynn Garrett Meyer sends greetings from California. She and Nancy Cutter Parker had a wonderful reunion in August at Nancy and Bill’s new home in Redwood City. A month later, on their way to Lake Tahoe, the Parkers stopped for a lunch visit and to meet a friend who was here from Japan. Lynn and George had trips last year to Egypt and Jordan, Japan for work and play, Venezuela for work, and New York and Michigan for a family gathering. Lynn teaches ESL part-time and spent a great week in June as the camp nurse at an AAUW Tech Trek Camp for eighth-grade girls near Sonoma. She and George are active with the local Friendship Force Club, entertaining friends from Germany this year and planning to exchange to Pau, France, next May. They also partook of a Skidmore travel program to the Galápagos.
Janet Tobie Robbins has been enjoying retirement in Albuquerque, NM, since 2004. She takes yoga classes, bicycles, snowshoes, and walks or hikes when she has time; she’s also taken up line dancing and tai chi. She says her brain cells are being challenged by a switch from a PC to an Apple Mini Mac. Once it’s up and running Janet will get back to genealogy and photograph processing. Her two granddaughters, ages 6 and 9, live just four miles away; she tutors the older one in math and spends some time with both each week. She volunteers at various senior centers, mostly as a van driver, at public schools as a tutor, and at the Albuquerque Biological Park, which includes an aquarium, garden, and zoo. She is planning to attend our 50th reunion.
John and Lynn Rand Smart’s son Andrew and wife Leslie are proud parents of their first baby, Tyler, born September 17. Tyler is a new cousin to daughter Holly’s Matthew, 7, and Emma, 5.
After 40 years of teaching cooking, catering, and recipe development, Nancy Levin Stern has released The Uncomplicated Gourmet, a book of easy, elegant, and economical recipes. It is available on Amazon and from Nancy directly; she is happy to autograph it. She continues her cabinet design business, Elements for Kitchen, Bath and Home in Riverdale, NJ. She and Donny celebrated their 50th anniversary in June. Their two children, five grandchildren, and a grandcat and granddog live in nearby Bergen County.
For the past several years Terry Tiffany Sullivan and husband Peter have spent August in Sun Valley, ID, to get away from the sizzling heat of Vero Beach, FL, where they retired 10 years ago. Each summer they get together with Susie Heitmann Daliere and husband Jack, who have a summer home there. The couples hike in the beautiful Idaho mountains, ride bikes, attend the Sun Valley Summer Symphony concerts, and share laughs and memories of both high school and college days. Terry’s oldest son, Greg, lives nearby. Last spring the Sullivans celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Carolyn Heft is growing the private law practice she started in 1978. She has been a lawyer in NYC since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1966. She specializes in wills, trusts, estates, real estate, elder law, family and matrimonial law, and employment law. In the early ’70s she was a managing attorney for MFY, a free legal service for poor New Yorkers, and served on its board for 19 years. While serving MFY, Carolyn was reacquainted with Judge Saralee Elegant Evans, who left our class after freshman year. Sara is a successful advocate for the rights of disabled children to receive equal education, including tuition reimbursement and classroom accommodations. Carolyn lives on Sutton Place South and loves it. She wears her class ring, which she considers a conversation piece and networking tool.
In August Sally Wickes Hayes lost her husband of 46 years, Mike. They were very active in the Queensbury and Glens Falls, NY, communities. Our sympathy goes out to Sally and sons Paul and Michael. She says her faith, family, and friends are sustaining her. She is also busy running a Christian book store.
Gayle Schiring Duncan’s dear friend Judy Weaver Lupse lost her husband, Raymond, in June. He had recently retired as an oncologic gynecologist and was working part-time. We send our condolences to Judy and her family.
Ben and I spent a busy year finishing the construction of our retirement home in Wentworth, NH, a five-minute drive from where the Appalachian Trail crosses through, and close to four major ski slopes. Visitors are always welcome. This past summer I experienced a flare-up of my Crohn’s disease, which put me in the hospital. The only upside was losing 25 pounds. I am fine now.