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have been walking together for exercise. Elaine and Cherry were joined by Suzanne Elsesser on one such jaunt. Elaine also visited Joan Simon Goldfarb and Sonia Sparks Wallman. Becky Martin Watson describes Reunion as awesome and her friends from college days as “treasures.” Becky counts her blessings to be able to work outdoors gar- dening, teaching kids at camp and the Discovery Center. She finds plenty to do and see during all four seasons in Vermont, and adds that her door is open for visitors anytime. Betsy Dunnet Lindfors is still glowing


from Reunion weekend. “Being with so many dear friends and making new ones along the way was so grand,” she says. She had a busy summer welcoming a new class of exchange students through ASSIST, an international scholarship pro- gram that connects students from coun- tries around the world with American independent schools. Betsy, who directed the program from 1987 to 2000, now works on a part-time basis. In the fall she visited many of the students at their schools—she says it keeps her young. While Paula Netzky Spiegel missed Re - union, she had lunch with Rosemary Bourne and Hadley Silleck Robertson soon after and says, “It was wonderful to see them.” Paula’s granddaughter Julia Schwartz ’13 is loving her college experi- ence.


Last March Leilani Holloway Eells and


her husband bought a house with a large garden on a golf course in Brentwood, east of San Francisco. The residence is close to their daughter and her husband and three children. Leilani’s three other children and two grandchildren all live in California. She was sorry to have missed our 50th. Mary Hoff Fallon had a busy summer


of visiting family, sailing, and enjoying friends. Elaine Perlman Cohen and hus- band Aaron visited the Fallons in Ama - gan sett, Long Island, and had fun at a beach party and family dinner. MA says our 50th reunion was fantastic. Karuna Kress (Wendy Wyatt) has been working at two retreat centers, Spirit Fire and Angels Rest, in Leydin, MA. She has also attended several Native American powwows. Karuna recently completed a six-month program called The Spiritual Path. Jean Lowes Dignazio enjoyed Reunion and lauds the organizers for a doing great job. She and her husband spent two weeks in Alaska with family to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The balance of the


summer was enjoyed at their summer homes in New York and Delaware. Rosemary Bourne had a wonderful post-Reunion luncheon with Hadley Silleck Robertson and Paula Netzky Speigel. Paula’s granddaughter Julie ’13 finished her “spectacular” freshman year at Skidmore. Although Rosemary kept in touch with Paula by phone occasionally, seeing her in person was “a great treat.” Rosemary brought a copy of the Reunion video and the Sonneteers CD to help us relive those great memories. She men- tioned that she had spoken with Cindy Goss Triplett, who has undergone suc- cessful cataract surgery. Rosemary also described a trip to London to see her niece receive an MBA from the London School of Business last year. The niece works for American Express in London. Through Mary Kelchner Lindner, Sally


Wagner Kilishek and I connected by e- mail and caught up on our shared pas- sion, needlepoint. Serendipitously, Sally was in Tucson, AZ, last October and visit- ed the same shop where I get all my can- vases. Another place we have in common is San Antonio, TX: both Sally and my eldest son and his family live there. Sally also shares my love for sewing; she used to have her own in-home window treat- ment business. Evelyn Walsh Stevenson and I spoke prior to Reunion, reminiscing about fresh- man year and East House. She left Skid - more to attend a business school in Poughkeepsie, NY, and later worked in NYC as a secretary. She and husband Da - vid have two children and three grand- children. Evie has been active in the Junior League, the Northfield alumnae group, Planned Parenthood, theatrical groups, and her church. In the last few years, she has enjoyed guiding historic tours in the Hudson Valley, an area she truly loves. She feels “honored and hum- bled” to be able to use her theatrical train- ing to portray Eleanor Roosevelt through the National Park Service and the Roose - velt homes in Hyde Park. Between that and her master-gardening volunteering, she is thoroughly enjoying life. She has had two knee replacements and wears an insulin pump and (temporarily, due to a fall) a back brace.


Following Reunion, I had the good for- tune to drive to Martha’s Vineyard from Saratoga with Judy Harmon Miller and husband Rollie. The miles and time just evaporated as we talked, remembered, and savored that incredible 50th. While on the Vineyard, I introduced Judy and Jeannie Braddon Lewellen to two dear


friends who own homes there. Over the next six weeks, I had fun at the homes of Suzanne Elsesser and Barbara Block Zwick and lunched with Barbara Brow - nell ’59. Additionally, Judy Lowe Plourde and I spent a glorious weekend in Con - nec ticut celebrating the wedding of her granddaughter Kimberly. Being back East for that length of time was a special treat. Sandy Blair Ohanian and husband Jack spent 14 days in Tunisia, with a small group and a great guide with Overseas Adventure Travel. Sandy and I compared notes, as Alan and I had just returned from our trip to Turkey and Greece with the same tour company. Sandy really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends at Reunion and says we have a great class. Bonnie Vare Smith is working on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, providing free books for children born in Shelby County, TN. At present the group has 32,000 books, and each child receives a book a month from birth until age 5. Bonnie also watches her two grandchildren play soccer, volleyball, and basketball. After Reunion Leslie Knight Abbott spent her summer singing with a pop- music group, basking in glorious weather, golfing, swimming, and biking. She feels blessed with wonderful family and friends. Arthroscopic knee surgery prevented Sandy Fucci Smith from attending Re - union. She spent the summer working on the eighth edition of a nursing-skills text- book published by Prentice Hall—a task she considered the “swan song” of her nursing career. Plans for the future in - clude time with her three grandchildren, all under age 3. Ellie Schmidt Schweigaard-Olsen is


“still feeling a warm glow” from our 50th. She and husband Bert took a three-week trip to France, where they met with friends from Paris and took a river cruise. She reports that it’s “a fantastic way to see cities, sailing in at night, especially Lyon, Avignon, and Arles.” In June they “came home smiling” from a family reunion. Cherry Talbott Morjikian and husband Allan celebrated their first anniversary with a decision to move back to Cherry’s former home in Star, ID—a plan prompt- ed by Allan’s recent retirement and the impending sale of Cherry’s current home. Cherry says she cherishes the Skidmore friendships she rekindled at Reunion. Having Elaine Perlman Cohen and Booty Jaeger Bourne so close has been wonder- ful. She encourages classmates to come to Idaho. Peggy Hiller Harris and her husband took a two-week trip to South America


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