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CL AS S NO TE S CREATIVE THOUGHT Body and spirit I


n 2003 Joan Bowles Averette ’58 de cided to check an item off her bucket list: compet-


ing in a triathlon. Her opportunity arrived when the Na tional Senior Games came to Virginia Beach, where she lives. Training for the event— swim a half mile, bike 14 miles, run 3.1 miles consec utively—“dominated my life,” she says. “But I lived through it and came in fourth.” Competitive sports was nothing new to Aver -


ette, who played field hockey and lacrosse and ma jored in physical education at Skid - more. She says the ab sence of competi- tive sports for girls at her New


Jersey public school in the 1950s convinced her that “maybe I could make a difference in some girl’s life, teaching her the thrill of competition and of having a strong, healthy body.” As a young mother, Averette taught swim- ming in Virginia Beach. When her four daugh- ters—who swam competitively—left home, she got involved in the Virginia Senior Games and later the Na tional Senior Games. She also trains with the Virginia Masters Swim Team, competing at local and na tional meets. After the triathlon, burnout set in, Averette says. She figured her competitive spirit would re turn, but it didn’t. Before long, though, she felt called to do something else entirely—church work. She joined committees and Bible study groups, and eventually consulted her pastor about acquiring a master’s of divinity degree. “How far from a BS in physical education is that?!” she marvels. She took classes at Wesley Theolog ical Semi -


nary in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2008 from the Equipping Lay Ministry program and be - coming a certified lay minister. Assigned to Thalia United Metho dist Church, where she and hus- band George had been members for more than 40 years, she oversees evangelism and visitation. Making the link back to what motivated her to


become a phys-ed major, Averette says her min- istry enables her to make a difference in people’s lives. And “at the end of the day, that is the only thing that matters.” —MTS


thrilled to see blue morpho butterflies, magnificent frigatebirds and scarlet ma - caws, common potoo birds, monkeys, and iguanas, and, thankfully, not a single snake. She enjoyed at least one adventure per day with old friends, while meeting and making new ones. Janet Sawdon Smith enjoyed a visit this past April from the late Bobbie Bige - low Roy’s son Tim, who stopped by with his daughter Molly (a rugby player for Hofstra) and his nephew. They were on their way to Saratoga for spring break. Janet says, “He’s a wonderful young man; a lot like his dad, Eddie, and full of per- sonality and a keen sense of humor like Bobbie.” They traded humorous tales of all the good times and admired all Bob - bie’s accomplishments. Jane says, “It’s hard to believe she’s left us! I miss her so much.”


Marie Bonady Napier’s three sons live in Los Angeles, near Santa Monica. Her oldest grandson graduated from Hobart College last year, the middle grandson is attending St. Mary’s College (south of San Francisco), and the youngest has not yet decided where he wants to go to college. Marjorie Horstman Calvert’s husband,


William, died in February 2009 of non- Hodgkins lymphoma. With the help of her sons, particularly Rick, who lives near- by, she is able to stay in her home. Her health is good, and she keeps active in the community.


Many of you received the sad news that Barbara Bigelow Roy passed away last fall after a courageous battle with cancer. We extend our condolences to her family, including sister Nancy Bigelow Bird ’53. DOROTHY DODD O’MEARA 5 PONDSIDE LANE WEST SIMSBURY, CT 06092-2421 DOTTIEOMEARA@COMCAST.NET


Stratford, CT, during the March Nor’easter. Susan spent two weeks with young Brady and her parents, Alex and Kevin, and loved every minute of it. Susanne Hecht Goldstein and Sumner enjoy living winter-free in Los Angeles. She encourages classmates to let her know if they are coming her way (Califor nia or her summer residence in Aspen, CO). She can be reached at aspensuzi@yahoo.com. Joyce Gilburt Hood-Jelliff spent many summers at Linekin Bay Resort in East Boothbay, ME, and hopes she and I can get together. She left Skidmore at the end of her junior year. For 25 years she has run her own recruiting firm specializing


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Susan Sprague Brady announces the birth of her granddaughter in


in engineering, manufacturing, and sup- ply chain posts in industries from con- sumer products to pharmaceuticals to de - fense. Husband Bill is retired, and they do a lot of traveling. Monica De Janosi and Peter are hoping to get to Skidmore on October 15–17 for Celebration Weekend, which will include the dedication of the Arthur Zankel Music Center, featuring a variety of musical events. Monica is also hoping to arrange a mini-reunion then. Beverly Grossman will be coming east for the festivities, and perhaps other Skiddies might be interest- ed in a get-together that weekend. Polly Wittenberg Rothstein, who was disabled by a spinal-cord injury in 2001, is co-inventor of a walker with armrest platforms, to permit her to put her weight on her forearms instead of her already compromised hands and wrists. The new device is in the patent-pending stage. Polly has also become the grandmother of Juliana and Owen, thanks to son Chester Rothstein ’85 and his wife. Barbara Warriner Engelbach and hus- band Fred spent the past few years travel- ing in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thai - land, Laos, and Cambodia. Their trips have been self-guided on local buses, trains, and boats. They were amazed at how many people speak English. Their son Bill was married in Denver, CO, on June 18.


Nancy Wiedenman Lester sent a newsy note reporting that she and cousin Bob Tarrant arranged the Milford D. Lester Memorial Row, held on Lake George, in honor of her late husband. Numerous crew competitors young and old partici- pated. Nancy made the cup presentation to the winner. Mary Avery Gessner is busy on Cape Cod with family, grandchildren’s activi- ties, and golf. She and Russ spent several months in California this past winter. She serves on the board of the Children’s Cove advocacy center for Cape Cod, Nan tucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. In May, Tom and I had a wonderful mini- reunion with Sid and Beau Coursen at the beautiful home of Barbara Osborne Vulkoff and Craig in Tucson, AZ. The six of us went on an odyssey in the Vulkoffs’ van to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, through majestic terrain. At Flagstaff, the Coursens left to go to Bryce and Zion National Parks and on to Las Vegas; the Tavenners journeyed east to Canyon de Chelly and Albuquerque. What a grand trip, full of laughs and tall tales. Every year we meet up for some new destina- tion, and it gets better every time.


AT WORK


STEPHEN KATZ


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