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establish the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship and worked with Betty Hartz Hewitt and Marge O’Meara Storrs to establish the Class of 1957 En - dowed Scholarship, which honors the late Skidmore President Henry T. Moore. Charlotte Megill Hix was recently named a fellow of the New York Genea - log ical and Biographical Society for her long service, including contributions to The Record, The American Genealogist, and other periodicals. She was a certified genealogical records searcher from 1979 to 1994. In the 1980s she launched a pro- gram bringing researchers to Albany, which continues today. In 1999 she be - came a society board member. Charlotte is now registrar for the Winnipesaukee chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


New London, NH, resident Thelma Kropper Hewitt won an award from the New England Wild Flower Society for the “masterful” combination of wildflowers and native regional plants in her home garden, which was deemed to “exhibit excellence of design and maintenance in all seasons.” Thelma shares her horticul- tural knowledge with local garden clubs and the Garden Conservancy. We send our sympathies to Toby Rowe Hohenstein on the tragic loss of son- in- law Don, husband of Anne Hohen stein Wilkinson ’82, in a sailing accident last September. A memorial site can be viewed online at donzowilkinson.org. DOROTHY DODD O’MEARA 5 PONDSIDE LANE WEST SIMSBURY, CT 06092-2421 DOTTIEOMEARA@COMCAST.NET


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Recalling our class trip to Europe in 1957, Jacqueline Bush Collopy finally returned to Rome in September. She and husband Bruce saw St. Peter’s, walked up the Spanish Steps, and threw another coin in Trevi Fountain. She notes, “Somehow things looked bigger and less crowded 53 years ago.” The couple then went to Venice by train to embark on a week’s cruise down the Adriatic. They vis- ited six ports, including Dubrovnik, Cro - atia, and Athens, Greece. It was a fun time with good friends. Last May, Jacque - line and Bruce “toured the Northeast” on a drive to Virginia Beach to visit daughter Kathleen before her move to San Diego, CA. They stopped for lunch in Philadel - phia with Jacqueline’s roommate Barbara Ford Ostrander and her husband, John. Jackie says she was so glad they did, as sadly, John passed away in June. He had lived with pulmonary stenosis for eight


years and had enjoyed their winter in Sarasota, FL. Jackie and Bruce went on to visit Bruce’s hometown in Connecticut, then spent a great two days on Lake George with Bruce’s RPI roommate and drove to Saratoga, visiting Skidmore and the Saratoga Automobile Museum. They crossed New York State through Newfane, Jackie’s hometown, and attended eldest granddaughter Erin’s college graduation in Minneapolis. In January the Collopys’ granddaughter came to stay and work for a few months. Jackie is the historian for her local Daughters of the American Revo - lution chapter. She stays busy with quilt projects, church activities, a women’s club, bridge, and painting. Polly Wittenberg Rothstein was grant- ed a patent on a special walker that fea- tures arm platforms to protect the user’s hands and wrists. The platforms come together, enabling the walker to go through narrow spaces while the back wheels remain parallel. Disabled by a spinal-cord injury, she invented the walk- er to help fill mobility needs unmet by other products. Polly’s patent is being handled by her son, attorney Chester Rothstein ’85, who now runs her late husband’s law firm. Polly says she doesn’t want to leave retirement to manage a business at this point. Elsa Daspin Suisman is one of the pro- ducers of Wonderland, a new Frank Wilde - horn musical that opened recently at the Mariott Marquis Theatre on Broadway. Susan Sprague Brady’s granddaughter Brady is almost a year old and “absolutely adorable.” Susan sees her several times a week. She says, “I come over under the guise of helping Brady’s parents get some time off, but it is really for me!” Susan, who had both knees replaced in January, quips, “I won’t have a leg to stand on.” She hopes to be fit by summer in time for a trip to France for her birthday. Marilyn Rosenberg Estess, Linda Gross Singer, Elsa Daspin Suisman, and Miya Umaki Uyeda joined forces to celebrate their birthdays in Las Vegas, NV. High - lights included a gondola ride at the Ven - etian Hotel and a dune-buggy ride in the desert that was “an absolute hoot for four senior citizens.” They stayed at the Encore Hotel and did nothing but indulge them- selves with great food and entertainment. Monica Reis De Janosi had hoped to


meet Bev Beatson Grossman and hus- band Buster at a class mini-reunion dur- ing Skidmore’s Celebration Weekend. Un - fortunately, Buster had to undergo heart surgery the following week and was not able to travel. Happily, Monica met up


with Linda Gross Singer. Monica reports that the opening of the Zankel Music Center was “fabulous—the weekend events were very well planned and heart- warming. Some ’58ers missed a special weekend, indeed!” In Newport Beach, CA, Barbara Fritts Dixon still works at Hoag Memorial Hos - pital three days a week. She had a trip to Mexico with son Mike and his family this past year. She’s been reading a lot and keeping busy with her house and yard. Mary Avery Gessner is thrilled with her Kindle. As she and Russ are active travel- ers, she finds the electronic reader very handy. They spent a week at the Samoset Golf Resort in Rockport, ME. Mary’s new knees are getting better, and her philoso- phy is based on a quote from Albert Ein - stein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Margretta Beishline Lisick enjoys work - ing in real estate. She had the entire fami- ly at her home for the Christmas holi- days, including granddaughter Marisa and her fiancé, and daughters Roma Lisick Armstrong ’81, Karen, and Chris tine. P. Terry Sullivan retired from a 38-year career in real estate in 2010. Over the years, she worked as a manager, sales trainer, and agent. She most enjoyed training and earned many awards for her work in this area, including being fea- tured in Marquis’s Who’s Who in the World since 1990.


In November our son John married a lovely lady from France at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, ME. They are happily skiing and enjoying life at Sugarloaf, where John continues his ski-lift occupation. PRISCILLA KNOWLTON TAVENNER 74 TAVENNER ROAD SAWYER’S ISLAND BOOTHBAY, ME 04537 207-633-4879 TTAVENNER@ROADRUNNER.COM


ing in Armonk, NY, in December. In addi- tion to me and Maryann, attendees in - cluded Roe Schainman Halper, Barbara Brownell, Edy Oberfeld Levitt, Sandy Bendfeldt, and Roz Sutton Oesterle. We met at Maryann’s house, where she shared her holiday memorabilia that was await- ing the arrival of her kids and grandchil- dren. We then had a lovely luncheon at a cozy inn. Roz and Roe are still painting with much enjoyment, and Sandy is still singing and performing in cabaret in NYC. Barbara, retired from classroom


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Fellow classmate Maryann Bruno McCrea organized a small gather-


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