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CL AS S NO TE S CREATIVE THOUGHT Island life W


earing a yellow bib imprinted with her name and hometown wasn’t a problem


for Georgene Simon Dreishpoon ’51, who cheerfully complied with the popular freshman ritual at Skidmore. The student from Poughkeep - sie, N.Y., embraced every novelty of her first experience away from home. By happenstance, she was paired with a roommate from Sweden who’d never met a Jew before, and she says, “We both had a lot to learn.” The two have main-


Joan Fredericks Whetstone and Stan have reduced their travel destinations to the West Coast and Utah. They enjoyed attending several family gatherings in Park City, UT, with children and grand- children.


Pat Henkes Pogge had a great time cruising the Rhine and visiting Dusseldorf and Bonn in Germany. Elaine Straka Silverman headed to Vero Beach, FL, after the holidays. Her grand- son, who attends Muhlenberg College, played baseball at the old Brooklyn Dod - gers stadium during spring break. Our president Katherine Morse Pincus and husband were in Fort Pierce, FL, for the winter. They summer in Minneapolis, MN. The couple enjoys cruise trips; they have sailed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary II and toured the Panama Canal from San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale on the Regency Line. Joanne Whiting Lenci is in her new condo in Fairfield, CT. She plays tennis and golf as much as she can. We extend condolences to Lainie Votaw


tained a six-decade friendship. She says, “Skid - more opened the world for me. I wasn’t going to restrict my life after that!” (Dreishpoon’s sister Babette Simon Stall ’52 and son Doug ’76 are alumni, and her daughter also attended Skid - more for a time.) The instinct to be inclusive has served Drei -


shpoon well. In 1979 she and her husband built a home in Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas, where they spent part of every year until 2009. Making a conscious decision to involve herself with the black Bahamian community and not socialize exclusively with American and Canad - ian tourists, Dreishpoon experienced the breadth of island life. The journals she kept there have recently become Pursuit of Paradise: Memoir of a Bahama Mama, an account that does not skimp on candor. The book balances descriptions of breathtaking beauty with confessions of fear that an unbalanced neighbor might sabotage the fam- ily boat. “I wouldn’t change a moment of it,” says


Dreishpoon, whose first published piece was about getting arrested for catching too many fish. “There were ways in which I became dis- enchanted with island life, but you never know how your life will segue. Whether it was collect- ing shells on the beach, which I loved to do, or commiserating with a friend over a son in jail, the turns my life took all made sense to me, and though they weren’t all pleasant, they were all meaningful.” —Helen S. Edelman


Bell, who lost husband Buck last April. He had been ill for a long time. Buck was Betsy Bell Condron’s first cousin. We also send sympathies to Joyce Wat - kins Bates, whose husband, Herman, passed away last May. She is grateful they had moved to a retirement community three years ago. She has to sell her house in La Conner, WA, and is thankful her children have been so helpful in that process.


Pat Hickey Powell’s son moved his neu- rosurgery practice to Fort Walton Beach, FL. The Powells’ children spent a weekend with them at Watercolor Resort near Des - tin, FL, to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Barbara Webster Cahill, who maintains her home business after more than 40 years, says, “It keeps me young!” Ruth Gold West has been battling pain, but thanks to a healthy diet and medica- tion has gotten it under control. She at - tends Bible school and early-morning services at her church. Her adopted family of church friends is very helpful to her. Claire Zimmerman Macfarlane trav- eled the country to attend graduations and family gatherings last year. She went to Elon, NC, Providence, RI, Charleston, SC, Jeykll Island, GA, and Chicago, IL. Jane attended her 65th high school re - union in Sandusky, OH. She is a busy vol- unteer in church activities, at a local café, and the Women’s Club of Great Kills. She is very able, with minimal physical dis- abilities.


40 SCOPE SPRING 2011 The class extends condolences to Mar -


gery Heilbronner Becker, whose hus- band, Irv, died last May after a battle with severe dementia. Margery recently moved out of her home of 51 years into a condo- minium. She is grateful for a very sup- portive family. EDITH ARMEND HOLTERMANN 319 CLARKE AVENUE STATEN ISLAND, NY 10306-1127 HOLTERGLAS@AOL.COM


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Judy Rehr Dunning passed along the sad news that her brother-in- law Bob Dunning, husband of Miriam Dyer Dunning, passed away from cancer in January. PEGGY KAHLES GUYDER 300 GOLFVIEW TERRACE, #149 BOYNTON BEACH FL 33426 PKGBX7@NETZERO.NET


Anne Schaaf Wadhams and


husband Charlie took a fabulous cruise to Alaska and then celebrated their 60th wedding anniver- sary. The Wadhams be -


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came great-grandparents in October. Virginia Morgan Travis spent a week in Belize, birding in the jungle and viewing Mayan ruins. Ginger says the country has a lot to offer. She also says we can’t possi- bly have been out of Skidmore for 60 years—we should count again, she thinks! Lacey, WA, resident Isabelle Bohman made a drive east and spent some time with Betty Rae Smith Eckberg in Rich - mond, VA. She hopes Betty Rae can make it to Reunion as she no longer drives. Georgene Simon Dreishpoon’s newest book is Pursuit of Paradise: Memoir of a Bahama Mama. She uses her Web site bahamamama.com, along with other sites, to market her book. She says she is having great fun and looks forward to Reunion! See more about her at left. Barbara Tyson Hartman reports that


Mary Kahle Monthie is recovering from a severe intestinal upset. Mary is now in rehab following a hospital stay. Barbara added that Pat O’Meara Jevons is recov- ering from knee surgery, and Camy Cutie Wick is also recovering from surgery. Barbara spent Christmas with daughter Pam in Virginia Beach, VA, and attended grandson Logan’s Eagle Scout ceremony. One of the Glens Falls Extension guys wrote to me—this is a first! Richard Hill and his wife, Rose, have six children and 18 grandchildren. The Hills spend winters in a Florida retirement community and


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