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Kathryn Fishman ’10 was the recipient of our Class of ’71 Annual Fund Scho lar ship, awarded in mem ory of MB McDon - ald last year. A sociology ma jor from Med ford, MA, Kate worked closely with her academic advi- sor Peter McCarthy ’86. She received the 2009 Barbara Hume Award and is a founding member of Give More, Respect More, Skidmore—a student group that addresses the College’s commitment to diversity. Debbie BozBeckian Raptop - oulos, Sandra Lipson, Beverly Leader, Suzy Sayia Schmitz, Janet Keller Nelson, Barbara Burgess Maier, Kathy Kreisher, Barbara Tsairis, and Judy Willsey repre- sented us at Skidmore’s scholarship din- ner in April. Sandra reports, “We had a chance to talk with former dean Claire Olds, and helped Kate get a sense of Skid - more as we knew it, what we did to change the school and the world, and, of course, the essence and spirit of MB.” Debbie adds, “The highlight was when President Glotzbach noticed that our table was not listening, pointed to us, and said, ‘That must be the Class of ’71.’ Wow, were we proud of being the irreverent mavericks we always thought we were.” Retired for two years, Julia Van de Water continues her world travels, declaring Prague, Budapest, and Istanbul “memo- rable” and Cape Town “fascinating.” She adds that a photographic safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Reserve was a highlight. She’s looking forward to our 40th reunion in June. Sam Pratt and Bev Leader visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina and ex - plored Ocracoke Island. In May they en - joyed a 10-day trek in Italy. Sam had fun reconnecting with Kathie Braman and is looking forward to Reunion. A new resident of Waco, TX, Alice Men -


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dell Starr reports that husband Ken was appointed president of Baylor University. While remaining busy with “13 for-profit and nonprofit boards in Washington, DC, and northern Virginia,” Alice says, she plans to get active in the Waco and Baylor communities as well. Last summer Ellen Posner Wollman, former architecture critic for theWall Street Journal, was dispatched, along with her war-veteran father, to see the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC, and write about it. Ellen recently discovered that her piece was reprinted in the US Marine


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Corps journal Spearhead. She notes, “I found that to be very surprising and touching.” Ellen reports that her upcom- ing book about art museums will be pub- lished by Farrar Straus & Giroux. Jil Lord Eaton recently released her 10th book, Jil Eaton’s Knitting School, fea- turing 18 lessons and projects. Jil pro- duces organic yarn as well. Son Alexan - der Eaton ’07 works close to home for a national marketing firm in Portland, ME. Gael O’Brien remarried in 2006, went back to graduate school to study business ethics, and has been doing research and consulting to “help leaders build credibil - ity, reputation and trust.” She is a colum- nist for Business Ethics magazine and writes a blog called “The Week in Ethics.” A stepmother to a college freshman, Gael is reminded of her first days getting to know Saratoga Springs and living in Skid - more Hall.


“Life is good on Powder Mountain in Utah,” writes Carole Robinson Colgate. At her daughter’s marriage in March, snowcats moved the guests to the wed- ding site on a day that started out “with a howling wind and snow.” Carole hopes there will be no hurricanes at her son’s June wedding in Connecticut. In conjunction with the City of Seattle, Homestead Community Land Trust, and Habitat for Humanity, Judy Pigott and her son have helped create an affordable 30-townhome project in a mixed-income neighborhood in West Seattle. Judy is the homeowners association president. Germain Graves is proud of nephew


Sam Graves ’14 and looks forward to trips to Saratoga. Jaye Scholl Bohlen and husband Char -


lie both work in financial investments in southern California. Daughter Avis is a first-year law student; son Charlie is a junior and son Peter a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. I was so moved when class scholarship recipient Kate Fishman ’10 called us “fan - tastic, motivated, and successful women.” I cannot wait until we get together and share 40 years’ worth of hugs, laughs, tears, and memories this June. When you contribute to Skidmore, you can memor - ialize classmates who have died: simply note “Class of ’71 Annual Fund Scholar - ship” on your check or with your credit card online. It’s a great way for our legacy to live and learn. JULIA GROSSE BRODHAG 1025 REGENCY DRIVE CHARLOTTE, NC 28211 SKIDDIE71@GMAIL.COM and


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Last summer Dari Politis Foreman and husband Paul (Hamilton College ’72) toured Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma for the first time. While en route from a visit to their son Seth and family in South Lake Tahoe, NV, they stopped at my bed and breakfast. It was wonderful catching up on the 38 years since freshman days in Garden View! Debbie Baum Chapin-Horowitz is looking forward to celebrating her sixth decade, with Pat Hogan in NYC. Pat is curator of the Strong Museum in Roches - ter, NY. Debbie works with husband Ed at their venture fund; their current focus is commercial satellite service for the US government. Son Josh, who graduated from Duke in 2009, is an on-air reporter for News 12 Cablevision in Brook lyn, NY. In July Lesley Graham saw Keppie Miller Sullivan and husband Dave in southern California while on vacation. They enjoyed catching up. Debbie Richardson Thomas has been “down under” in Australia for many years. Her eldest child, Erin, graduated from Connecticut College in 2010 and joined Teach for America, working at a charter school in Brooklyn. Debbie says it’s a “bittersweet” feeling now that her first fledgling is out of the nest and sup- porting herself. Avis Skinner Medawar has opened a retail Web site, visavisnantucket.com, and is buying and working on the site while living in NYC this winter. She is looking for new products and can be reached at avisskinner@yahoo.net. I was named Oklahoma County’s Pro


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Bono Lawyer of the Month by Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma for July 2010. Later my alma mater, Oklahoma City Univer sity Law School, told me I was selected as its first distinguished pro bono alum. It feels as if I have earned my lifetime achieve- ment award! I had great fun on a knitting cruise on the schooner J & E Riggin off Rockland, ME, in September. MARTHA PANTIER TEHAN 16124 SILVERADO DRIVE EDMOND, OK 73013 MARTHVIC@AOL.COM


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