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ticut but says she’s never gotten used to the weather after being in Texas so long. Jean Schnabel Bailey and her husband, Doug, live in a retirement home in Col - um bus, GA, where they volunteer at the National Infantry Museum near Fort Ben - ning and meet people from all over the world. She would love to hear from class- mates living nearby.


Ruth Betty Bloch Baltimore was hon- ored by the Luzerne County, PA, Children and Youth Advisory Board for 25 years of service. She also received citations from the County Commissioners and the Penn - s ylvania State House of Representatives. Mary Jane Baker McCartney reports that the Libbey House gang met for their 21st annual get-together on Mother’s Day weekend at the home of Bobbie Bergen’s son on Long Island’s north shore. Orig - inally all couples, only one man is left in the group: Leslie, husband of Muriel Keema Flood. The other attendees were: Barbara Pfeil Bergen, Marie Ryder Riley, Margaret Hotaling Miller, Elouise Ken - worth Spelbrink, Bernice Warr Wil - liams, Pat Malmar Almond, and Donna Hornsby Montgomery. They had a great time laughing and reminiscing. Their motto is “One More Year!” Pat and Mary Jane did a marvelous job documenting the mini-reunion; you can find it at www.skidmore.edu/alumni. Larry and I did a return-home visit with Ann Crooks Seitzer and husband Dick in Melbourne, FL. They looked wonderful, and we were happy to see them again. GRETCHEN EISNER RACHLIN 115 RAYMOND AVENUE SOUTH ORANGE, NJ 07079-2339 973-763-6167 FAX: 973-762-3468 GRETCHEN@GOODPILOT.COM


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Phoebe Fox Liss is taking college classes, attending the Binghamton


symphony orchestra, and volunteering for the League of Women Voters. Although divorced, she and ex-husband Shelley have a good relationship. Priscilla Lerch Hardiman had a big show of her watercolors last fall in con- junction with an artist who does work in marble. She experienced the coldest win- ter on record in Florida but enjoyed the summer in Vermont. Priscilla welcomes hearing from classmates passing through Woodstock, VT.


Betsy Bell Condron drove to Marco Island, FL, last winter wearing a neck brace. Good medical treatment and ther- apy al lowed her to stay active with civic boards and attend family graduations and


a grandson’s wedding. She tells me that Candy Cain Willen is living in Cape Cod year-round. Mary Mitchell Durland is upbeat in spite of physical and family challenges. She says Marty Park Boswell remains athletic. She also continues to manage two households and her own health issues.


Dorothy Kritcher Fajans traveled in Israel’s Arava desert region to study envi- ronmental progress there. She says solar energy systems are still experimental, but the orchards grow desert plants with min- imal water. She also visited her son in Brussels, Belgium. Leah Cunningham Wood’s whole fam - ily visited her for the holidays last year. She and daughter Lorraine went on a 168- foot yacht for a friend’s birthday party. Her grandsons took a two-mile ocean swim off the beach at Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Marjie Fee Neff has been care-giving for


a very sick Charlie and is still fighting macular degeneration. Daughter Debbie has taken over their mother-daughter business. Margery Buehler English enjoyed a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands last summer. She also visited friends and fam - ily in California. Sadly, her youngest son died in September 2009 of cancer, which has claimed many of her family members. Alice Stevenson Calvert says the nurs- ing majors of ’49 are very pleased with Skidmore’s restoration of a nursing pro- gram, through NYU. “It was one of the finest and earliest nursing education de - partments in the country, and we were devastated when it was closed,” she says. “May the program grow and prosper.” I spent the spring dismantling my beach house, due to an eminent-domain action by the city. In June my garden was grow- ing nicely. I hope I’ll be able to return to pick my fall produce in October. EDITH ARMEND HOLTERMANN 319 CLARKE AVENUE STATEN ISLAND, NY 10306-1127 HOLTERGLAS@AOL.COM


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Sixteen members of the class at - tended our 60th reunion; others were missed and remembered. The weath- er and activities were delightful and in - cluded tours of the old Scribner Campus; minicollege classes such as throwing clay pots with ceramics professor Regis Brodie; and an all-class picnic. Jan Atwood re - ceived an Outstanding Service Award for her annual-fund efforts, and our class achieved 80 percent participation in re - union giving. A beautiful memorial ser -


vice was held Sunday morning in Wilson Chapel. In all, Skidmore truly outdid itself. In our hospitality suite in Wiecking Hall, our president Carol Beals Holmberg (who was accompanied by daughter Kristin) posted photos from our class Post- Bib, so most all of us were represented. Irene Senter now spends half the year in Cos Cob, CT, and the other half near Atlanta, GA. Despite the absence of her wonderful husband, Bill, “life is good,” she says. Irene’s two children have blessed her with five grandchildren, who in turn have produced three great-grandchildren. She visited Jane Nickum Eastman and Yale and sees Roberta Lazarus regularly. Irene is still working for women’s rights. Ellen Kelsey Dubocq enjoyed a trip to Egypt and says she was “overwhelmed by the antiquities.” She also participated in Elderhostel programs in chamber music in Tucson, AZ, and Savannah, GA. She en - courages classmates to consider Elderhos - tel programs, which are “international, and one can go as a ‘single’ easily.” Ruth Shoumate has been widowed twice. She enjoys line-dancing three times a week and plays golf. She has taken 14 trips with Grand Circle Travel and has cruised on all the rivers of Europe. She loves Vienna and Paris most of all, as well as the castles on the “Gergs” along the beautiful Rhine. Carol Holmberg just hit the “big 80.” Her children pulled together a huge sur- prise party with family and friends. Carol Eaton McMillan reports the Sep - tember 2009 death of Mabel Justice Beer after lengthy problems with lung disease and a brief stay in a hospice facility. We extend our condolences to Mabel’s family. About 50 percent of our class has al - ready passed on. Most recently, we were notified by a caring friend of Sally Shaf - fer Mitchell that she died in San Jose, CA, on January 25. Last year, I took a wonderful three-week tour of Turkey. The country is open and friendly, with many ancient ruins, some dating back to 2000 BC. PEGGY KAHLES GUYDER 300 GOLFVIEW TERRACE, #149 BOYNTON BEACH FL 33426 PKGBX7@NETZERO.NET


husband Ed enjoy their pool in sunny Florida. Their oldest grandson is in Japan to teach skiing, and his sister is an OR nurse in Seattle; an-


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