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CL AS S NO TE S CREATIVE THOUGHT Big footprints H


er father always told her “Someday you’ll understand,” and now Nina Wolff Feld ’84 is plumbing his life story. Chère Mamo, Letters from a Charmed Life is Feld’s project and pas- sion, an unfurling of father Walter Wolff’s years as a European-born American GI in World War II. Serving as translator, historian, writer, Web designer, and archivist from the unique perspec- tive of a devoted daughter, art major Feld is min- ing 700 pages of letters, photographs, medical records, and telegrams that represent Wolff’s tenure in Army intelligence from 1943 to 1946. From that vast content, she has drawn the sub- stance for a manuscript and a compelling Web site (cheremamo.com) that illustrates her father’s time in uniform in narrative, music, photographs, audio, and video.


Jewish and German by birth, Wolff had ex -


pected to fight in WWII, but his family fled Nazi- occupied Europe and came to the United States in 1941. A year and a half later, Wolff, then 18, en tered the US Army.


ANGELA FOSS 371 HARVARD STREET, #3B CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 ARFOSS@EARTHLINK.NET


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Nina Wolff Feld has translated over 700 pages of letters written by her father during WWII. She is writing a book telling her father’s story of escap- ing Nazi persecution and joining the US Army intelligence services in WWII. The scanned letters are now in the collection of the Musée de la Shoah in Paris. See the story about her at left, or visit cheremamo .com.


Diane West Hayden says reconnecting at our 25th reunion was great. She brought daughter Brianna along. After Brianna completed her college search, Skidmore did not make the cut. Not to worry— Di ane still has Ryan and Brandon, her 15-year-old twins, to work on. Husband Pat rick is the fire-department battalion chief in Milford, CT. Diane is an executive as sistant and human-resources training as sociate at Import Natural Store Company in Bridgeport. ROBYN TARALLO DRAINVILLE 96 EDGEWATER DRIVE BLACKSTONE, MA 01504 508-876-9007 ROBYND@WEAREWCI.ORG


’85 “From being a Jew on the run in Europe to


occupying a position of authority in the US Army Intelligence Corps, my father went from being persecuted to prosecuting his oppressors,” says Feld. “With his fluency in five languages, his job was to interrogate German POWs and separate war criminals from average German combat troops. He took satisfaction in sending prominent Nazis to stand trial at Nuremberg.” Wolff also sorted through some of Mussolini’s papers. “It was a miracle my dad lived through it,”


says Feld, who adds that her father spoke very little about his experiences but that she has trav- eled to trace many of his steps to add depth to her research. In fact, Chère Mamo has trans- formed Feld’s life. “I am completely involved,” she says. “My creative world has been blown wide open.” —Helen S. Edelman ’74


husband Jon welcomed son Logan on April 25. Because of her mom’s ill- ness, Paula decided to have the baby in Hawaii so she could spend time with her, so Paula is in Honolulu, and her husband is commuting from Los Angeles. They are thrilled!


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Leigh Antonucci Kennedy has lived in central Florida for 20 years with hus- band Roger, daughter Maggie, 14, and son Roger, 12.


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Linda Beck recently became presi- dent of the Maine Conservation


Voters Education Fund. CINDY PENDLETON 81 SMITH ROAD CHARLTON, MA 01507 CINDYP1@CHARTER.NET


Paula Kurata Kuespert and


Caroline Ralph Kenlon is president of the parent-teacher association at Manhas - set (NY) Middle School. Kids Kate (15), Kelly (13), Caroline-Rose (11), and Kyle (10) are all involved in sports and activi- ties that keep Caroline very busy. She recently heard from Jenny Roche Vilot, who lives in Chester, NJ, Katie Trotta Kane in Saratoga Springs, Paula Kurata Kuespert in Los Angeles, and Beth Demas- Anderson.


David Silveira and wife Lisa announce the birth of daughter Jameson on January 1; she joins sister Bailey. David says he and Lisa “will now be shooting for a third child—and God willing, we will be nam- ing her Guinness, thus completing the ingredients of an Irish Car Bomb.” ANNE CHORSKE STUZIN 206 RIDGEWOOD ROAD BALTIMORE, MD 21210-2539 ANNE@STUZIN.COM


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Dawn Locke Grover, husband Scott, and children Cameron, 10,


and Lily, 5, are enjoying the Finger Lakes region in Ithaca, NY. Dawn is a Montes - sori teacher for ages 6–9 at a fabulous school in Ithaca, which both of her chil- dren attend.


Adrienne O’Donnell Gibson and hus- band Jeff welcomed sons Paul and Luke in June 2009.


David Lemmond completed the Los Angeles Marathon in support of the city’s AIDS Project and raised $4,500. Oscar nominee Scott Kennedy is now directing Fame High, “a documentary musical drama.” At a time when school budgets are cutting art programs, Ken - nedy is exploring the values and seduc- tions of the performing arts for a group of Los Angeles schoolkids hoping to be - come overnight stars. Learn more and watch the trailer at blackvalleyfilms.com. CHRISTINE CALLAHAN RASNAKE 686 CHARNWOOD DRIVE WYCKOFF, NJ 07481 201-891-1150 CHRISTINERASNAKE@MAC.COM


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UWW grad Catherine Stark Mer - sereau celebrated three gradua- tions this spring: her daughter Aletheia Mersereau Taylor ’10 from Skidmore’s UWW, youngest daughter Corrie from St. Lawrence, and Catherine herself from Ad - irondack Community College. Elizabeth Hersh and family moved back to St. Louis after three years in Sydney, Australia. She works for Jewish Family and Children’s Service as a community chap- lain and teaches Melton, an international


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