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JULIA GROSSE BRODHAG 4614G COLONY ROAD CHARLOTTE, NC 28226 SKIDDIE71@GMAIL.COM and NURSING CORRESPONDENT: SERENA ROTH BATEMAN SBATEMAN71@SKIDMORE.EDU


Nancy Gilday Spark was busy planning her daughter’s wedding, which took place in Mantoloking, NJ, in June. The Sparks like their new son-in-law and family. Nancy’s husband has retired from the building business and is now devoted to the kids, boats, and teaching sailing. Her son graduated in 2009 from Roger Williams University and spends summer on the Vineyard and winter in Aspen. Nancy says someday he may even get a real job! She continues to work in real estate sales and seasonal rentals on Long Beach Island. The family loves it there, and Nancy says, “If anyone wants to come to the real Jersey Shore, give me a call or e-mail sparkhch@aol.com.” Debbie Richardson Thomas is still “down under.” She wonders if anyone in our class is planning to participate in the Skidmore trip to Australia in January 2011; if you get as far south as Melbourne, she would love to offer some true blue Aussie/Skiddie hospitality! Mary Parker Ballou bemoans turning 60. She has been traveling to Aspen for the past 38 years for a “girls’ road trip” with friends. This year they will visit Moab, UT, to check out Arches National Monument, Canyonlands National Parks, and perhaps Monument Valley, among her favorite western places. Mary teaches preschool and makes ceramic pots to show and sell. Emily Stein gave a bridal show for Susan Opie Smeragliuolo’s daughter-in- law-to-be. The wedding was in June in Maryland. Emily, a psychologist in NYC, was at Union College over Memorial Day Weekend for her sister’s reunion; her niece also attends Union. In San Diego, Antoinette Musco Kuritz will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the La Jolla Writers Conference, which she founded. James Frey, of Oprah fame, is lined up as one of the keynote speakers. Antoinette and Richard finally finished their cabin in the San Bernardino Moun - tains. Between snowshoeing in the moun- tains and playing at the beach, they now have the best of both worlds. Her older son and daughter both graduated from Union; her younger son and Antoinette’s business partner graduated from Brown.


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All three kids are married, and there are three grandkids. In between working with authors, fielding the conference, and hosting her TV segment, Antoinette plans to learn golf and perhaps open a pie shop- bookstore combo in retirement. Since Alyscia lives in Saratoga, she gets back a couple of times a year to visit. She en - courages classmates in the San Diego area to look her up.


Leslie Hammond Coll is a real estate agent in Hartford, CT. She is recently di - vorced and beginning a new life at 60. She is feeling drawn to help women and girls on a local and international level. Leslie feels blessed to have great health and a lot of wisdom. She is starting to play golf, too.


I returned from NYC, where my com- munity choir joined with others from across the United States and with about 175 children to sing “The Mass of the Children” by John Rutter (who directed) in Carnegie Hall. It was wonderful. Wouldn’t Mr. Car ver and Ms. Waner be proud! I stayed on Long Island for a few days with Joanne Fabrizio Spencer ’72 and her family—love that Italian cooking. My son Seth married on Valentine’s Day, and I felt as if I were playing dress-up! You can view the pictures at partypics.com; the password is “Seth.” MARTHA PANTIER TEHAN 16124 SILVERADO DRIVE EDMOND, OK 73013 MARTHVIC@AOL.COM


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Dana Kessler Kramer, who holds a doctorate in biology, is director of clinical operations for Taiho Pharma in Princeton, NJ. She was at Skidmore this spring with youngest child Jake for an in - terview and tour. Jake, a senior at Prince - ton Day, loved the campus, curriculum, and other opportunities afforded by Skid - more—which Dana says have changed considerably since we were there. The campus looked terrific, although Dana notes that campus dorms that were pris- tine then seem a bit outdated now. Daugh - ter Samantha is the mom of two amazing, wonderful little boys. “Granny Danny” says, “I love wearing all of my hats: mom, grandma, and daughter.” Peggy Sills Huckel started with the class of ’73 but graduated from Skidmore in 1999 after a long circuitous route (Denver, Princeton, DC, and Maine). She is in her 23rd year working at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Peggy and her husband celebrated their 40th wedding anniver- sary. They have a son in Maryland and a daughter in Maine. Peggy took sailing les-


sons last summer to complement her hobby as an 18th-century naval reenactor. Marcia Abad-Ronka has published an - other book, How to Score with a Woman. An empty-nester, she is moving to Hawaii. Son Eric graduated from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.


Kathie Chwals Milligan’s house is on the market after being in the family for 60 years. There was a lot of cleaning out to get it ready. She is hoping for bids de - spite the slow market. Kathie had a solo show of her paintings in Greenwich, CT, and was pleased to see Betsy Rudden at the opening. Doug Gray aced his assignment to rede- fine cruise-ship entertainment: the Nor - wegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Epic sailed into New York Harbor for the Macy’s July 4th celebration bearing Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy, a Speigeltent circus troupe, and a private jazz club. Last year he introduced Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding on the line’s Hawaiian cruises and Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite on European-bound ships. This year, with a nod to his 40th reunion, he developed Assisted Living: The Musical, billed as a “laugh-out-loud, baby- boomer musical that asks the question ... What was the question again?” After years as an attorney in Chicago, Debby Family Brennan is teaching English at an inner-city high school in Washington, DC. She says the work is challenging and exciting. Debby has three children in varying stages of working, obtaining advanced degrees, and climbing mountains (University of Colorado in Boulder). She recently moved to down- town Washington after the death of her husband, John. Most summers she hits the big Travers race at Saratoga and takes a look at Skidmore’s beautiful old and new buildings. “It all looks wonderful!” she says. Lynn English Ainsworth and husband George are in France, north of Paris. George is teaching in a ministry school and walked a past seminary student down the aisle for her wedding in Bourges. The chateau reception was stunning, featuring exquisite food and wine. The Ainsworth clan gathered in May at Temple Univer - sity to watch daughter Joy graduate from medical school. Joy will do her residency in primary care at Penn, where her hus- band is working on a PhD in neuro- science. Son John does data mining and computer programming in Charlottes - ville, VA; his wife has a wedding photo business. Alyson, the youngest at 26, is a vet student at Virginia Tech and went to


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