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had to go into a nursing home. Ann, who had the job of cleaning out her aunt’s apartment, is so thankful for the wonder- ful friends who helped her through both situations.

Catherine Knight Dillingham’s grand- daughter Abby Bowling ’12 was accepted

into the Sonneteers, Skidmore’s female a cappella group.

My granddaughter Lauren will begin a fellowship in forensic pathology at the NYC medical examiner’s office this sum- mer. Her sister Jocelyn is working on a master’s degree in graphic design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Granddaughter Lisa was set to complete her master’s in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania this May.



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attle, WA, area. She thought she had the flu, but discovered she had pancreatic can- cer that had spread to her liver. She died within three weeks. Her last days were spent at son Dean’s house surrounded by her children. She and Til were very close friends; they got together several times a year when Sandy visited Rhode Island. Til notes, “I have never known anyone with a keener sense of humor and intelligence. I will dearly miss her.”


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Pat Brigham Valiasek travels

mostly to the West Coast, where her three children live. She still downhill- skis in the winters and spends the sum- mers at her cottage in Stockbridge, MA, 12 miles from her year-round home in Pittsfield.

Jean Ellen Silverman Kaufman and her

husband are healthy and having fun to - gether; they enjoy attending the opera, theater, and concerts as well as playing bridge.

Natalie Jones Neri recently visited Sally

Sanderson Cutler in a lovely new assisted- living facility in Keene, NH. Sally is slowly adjusting to a new lifestyle, very different from living in the family homestead in Massachusetts most of her life. She now lives within 35 minutes of two of her chil- dren. Til and husband Gene drove to Skid - more to see granddaughter Kate Neri ’11, who was heading off to Westminster in London for a semester. Since Kate’s home is in Nevada, the Neris helped emp ty her dorm room and filled their car with her college stuff. “It was great to have a few hours with her and to hear of the exciting life at Skidmore,” reports Til, who also notes that the Zankel Music Center is most impressive. Til also shared the sad news that Pris -

cilla “Sandy” Greene Taylor died in Oc -

tober. Sandy had traveled from Camden, ME, to visit her four children in the Se -

Last April Sue Davis Tull and Bill visited Israel. In January they took a South American cruise with 10 ports of call between Buenos Aires and Santiago.

Sue heard from Judy Rice Vandegriff,

who lives in neighboring Bethesda, MD, and teaches three political science courses via the Internet for the University of Maryland.

Joanne Schmidt Madden completed

a 67-day cruise of the South Pacific. She describes 2009 as a year of change and dreams come true, yet not without the stress of husband Bob’s serious health problems. Retired for a year now, she still works part-time as consultant to the CFO of Manasquan (NJ) Township.

Marcie Clausen Gray traveled coast to

coast and overseas this past year. She and Woody particularly enjoyed Bruges, Stras - burg, Cologne, and the Black Forest region of Germany, to say nothing of a dinner al fresco on a friend’s Dana Point, CA, ter- race overlooking the Pacific at sunset.

Lydia Pardo McMinn continues volun-

teer work, keeps trim with a Curves mem- bership, and enjoys weekends in Vermont with friend David. At Thanksgiving, 22 family members and extended family cele- brated in her home. In 2009 Lilli Brunner Kalmenson en - joyed skiing at Tahoe, tennis, and bridge. She still had time to complete several in - teresting interior-design projects; however, her business is slowing down, partly by choice and partly due to the economy. She started 2010 by acquiring a new left hip and thus hopes to accomplish a pain-free return to tennis court and ski slope!

In December Edie Barbour Lauver and

husband Bob celebrated their wedding anniversary, a joyful ending to a difficult year. After a battle with COPD, several hospitalizations, and six months of recu- peration, she is returning to her commu- nity activities with renewed vigor. Edie

Captivated by the Caribbean


itting only a few of the many highlights in

the life of Susan Hardie Alexander ’51

could fill a book—and, happily, it has. Jamaican

Journey: Paintings and Sculpture, published in

2008, tells how, after her Skidmore years, the art major set out to paint on the island of Jamaica—and never left.

Besides art, which she studied also at Pratt Institute and Switzerland’s Ecole des Beaux Arts, Alexander loved to ride and dance; for 10 years she performed modern and Afro-Carib - bean dance with Eddy Thomas’s Jamaica Dance Company. These interests and more flowed into her artworks, executed in oil paint, pastels, bronze, and a synthetic sculpting polymer. With her late husband, Neville Alexander

(Jamaica’s longtime national swimming coach), she opened the Upstairs Down

stairs Gallery in the capital city of Kingston, which showed and taught art and encouraged young artists. For a decade she also taught art in two of the is land’s maxi- mum-security prisons through

a program she founded—“an opportunity that made me what I am,” she says. Daughter Wen -

dy Alexander Kahn ’75 and granddaughter Re -

becca Kahn ’99 eventually left Jamaica for Skid - more. Today, Alexander still takes twice-weekly dance lessons, swims daily, and rides her mare Lady, a young thoroughbred she cheerfully describes as “fractious.” The hundred pages of Jamaican Journey

il lus trate all of Alexander’s loves: horses, dancers, and Jamaican culture, people, religion, and myth ology. Launched in Britain, the US, and its native island, Jamaican Journey drew universal- ly warm reviews. According to Burchell White - man, Ja maica’s High Commissioner to the UK, the book is “enriched by poetry by Carib bean writers, American spirituals, Jamaican folk songs, and the Bible, with popular song writ- ers,” and is “pictorially exciting.” No wonder: Alexander’s zestful love for her island home has always been an open book. —BM

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