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arjorie Duffett Reid ’45 has been deliver- ing Meals on Wheels to seniors living in

West Chester, Pa., for 33 years. “I think it’s a really worthwhile thing to do,” she says. “It really does help the older people.” A business major at Skidmore, Reid worked

for Cornell University in Ithaca and then at an engineering firm in her hometown of Niagara Falls, N.Y., before getting married and moving to Pennsylvania, where she raised her family.

circa 1941 to 1943. Bette says she is “all for recycling.”

I was saddened to learn that Sarah Ridge

Watson passed away several years ago. We extend condolences to Sarah’s family. We also send our sympathies to Rick Squire, who informed me that his step- mother Alvera Schuyler Squire passed away in August. Ronnie Whiting Brandon has offered to volunteer as our class president pro- tem, offering her support to me in keep- ing our class connected and informed. I wore my Skidmore T-shirt to the nurs- ing home where my husband, Gordon, was undergoing rehab after a hospital stay. A therapy technician, Dianne Chase, asked about my shirt, and I told her I was Skidmore Class of ’44. She was delighted and told me that her daughter is Amanda Chase ’10. We had a good time compar- ing the old campus with the new. DOROTHY ROMAN GUENTHER 248 PAINES LAKE DRIVE WAYNE, NJ 07470 973-835-1869 SYNCHRODOTTIE@AOL.COM


She got started in the Meals on Wheels program after she accompanied friends on their rounds. A local retirement home makes the meals— perhaps a couple dozen a day—and she and the other volunteers deliver them to homebound people. Funding for the program comes from donations and government grants, both at the local and national level. By now, Reid is older than many of the peo- ple she serves. But she knows that staying inde- pendent and out of a nursing home can be pro- foundly beneficial for people’s overall health as they age. Reid, whose husband died two years ago, still lives in her own house. Her son and daughter live nearby and help her out a lot, she says. Reid takes care of herself by swimming and

attending exercise classes. And she knows the people she serves are capable in their own ways. She recalls a blind woman she used to visit: “She had a great attitude.” Thanks to Meals on Wheels and other help, “she was able to stay in her house,” Reid says. “That warmed my heart.” Reid says she’ll continue volunteering with

the program as long as she’s able to drive. “It makes me feel good to help those people.” —Jill U. Adams


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Faith Hope Barnard is always glad to see news of classmates. She spent two months remodeling her apartment in Evans - ton, IL. She often hears our class tune-contest song “Blue Skies” on her local jazz station and can still remember the words! MIRIAM BLECHMAN GRIMES ELKINS PARK HOUSE, APT. 313A 7900 OLD YORK ROAD ELKINS PARK, PA 19027 MIRIAM2166@AOL.COM


family here and abroad. She lost her hus- band of 61 years in 2008 but is adjusting. She comes to Los Angeles occasionally to visit a cousin. Jean Wesselmann Hubbell lost her hus- band, Nelson, in August. The class sends heartfelt sympathy. Sallie Wirt Garrasi has moved from an assisted-living facility to the Cambridge Guest House in Cambridge, NY. Betty Lee Danner has 12 grandchildren

and nine great-grands, but sadly lost a son. She is very active with bridge, quilt- ing, gardening, exercise classes, swim- ming, and church activities, including choir and piano. She would love to hear from classmates. Bette Avery Applegate is enjoying life

on the Chesapeake Bay. All five of her children live nearby. Claire Reese Burrill had a wonderful

year of travel to Egypt, Jordan, the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, and En - gland. She is now planning more adven- ture. DO DUNKEL JERMAN 1983 SANDSTONE VISTA LANE ENCINITAS, CA 92024-4247 DOJERMAN@ATT.NET

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I had a great time meeting up with Jeanne Clements Roth in Sacramento, CA. She was in town to take in a jazz fes- tival, while I was there to see, after all these years, my state capitol. Both were excellent. Clem had been quite sick, but she always springs back. Georgene Mulliner Klim enjoys her


Helen Marriott O’Brien’s daughter Daryl reports that Helen and husband Bill live in Ocean Grove, NJ, where Helen contin- ues to battle Alz heimer’s. Daryl’s daugh- ters Meredith Palmer ’11 and Corinne Palmer ’14 are on the volleyball team at Skidmore. Every Saturday, Daryl and her husband follow the team wherever they play. Sarah Mar riott ’11 is the grand- daughter of Helen’s brother Vinnie and wife Isabel Singer Marriott ’52. The Mar - riotts are a true Skidmore family! Last spring Ann Crooks Seitzer and husband Dick lunched with Barbara Belz Reeves, Zilpha Slosson Erskine, and Pat Boan Rothermel in Florida. While on Cape Cod in July, Ann met Pat for lunch and had a great visit with Nancy D’Wolf. Crooksie and Dick sold their motor home and won’t be heading north for so long anymore. Ruth Dion Hardie reads, watches ball- games, enjoys her grandchildren, and misses her husband. She sends love to all. In July, Jean Schnabel Bailey and hus-


band Doug had a family reunion in Kla - math Falls, OR, where her granddaughter and husband live. With cool and beauti- ful weather, it was a great time. Sally Cheney Buell and Art have plans to move into an assisted-living facility

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