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teaching, is doing private tutoring. She drove me to the train, and it was very nice to talk and share our family news with one another. Edy, when not playing bridge, is busy fixing up her new apart- ment and enjoying events in the city (sometimes with a date, sometimes not). Maryann and I are planning a larger mini- reunion in the spring. We do not want to wait for our 55th or 60th; we think once a year for such a great class as ours is something to consider. Writes Virginia Snelson Duffy, “I still have such fond memories of our 50th and would love to come to a reunion this spring.” She and her husband spend win- ters in Mexico; she says, “We love San Miguel de Allende.” Other trips last year included the Canadian Rockies, Paris, and Normandy.

Ginny Diefendorf Preston is fully re - tired and “hoping that 2011 will be espe- cially good to our world and environment.” Last summer Barbara Huge Homeier

en joyed a vacation in Maine, leaving behind her home in what she calls “St. Louis Sauna.” A reversal takes place for them in the winter when they leave for Boca Grande, FL, to escape the cold. Our prez Bev Sanders Payne was in

Sara toga this past winter for a wonderful dinner and celebration of the 10th anni - versary of the Tang Museum. Bev and Dave have a room at the Tang named after them as a result of a generous contri- bution. They saw Sue Clark Jorgensen while there.

Roe Schainman Halper is as busy and productive as ever. This past winter she had a show of her clay sculptures at the Fairfield (CT) Library, which followed a two-month show of abstract wash-paint- ing at a nearby gallery. She continues to teach art classes.

Ellen Rubinson Zamore got help from family and old friends, including Beryl Swire Novitch and husband Howard, in celebrating the bat mitzvah of her oldest grandchild, Hannah, in September. Han - nah is the daughter of Ellen’s son Phillip and wife Catherine. Ellen retired from the faculty at Nassau Community College, where she taught for many years, and is studying Hebrew. I know that Gail Wheeler and Gloria Craugh Carroll expressed interest in a spring NYC reunion, and so Maryann Bruno McCrea and I hope to give you all ample notice. Maryann also reminds us to go to, click on “class pages,” and then click 1959. Or go to and click 1959.


It was snowy in New York this winter, but luckily we missed the 22-inch snow- fall at Christmas because we were in Phoe nix, AZ. We spent New Year’s Eve with family in Palm Springs and had a great time watching the grandkids, grand- nieces, and grandnephews dancing around. It was topped off when we said goodnight and knew we did not have to put anyone else to bed except ourselves! CAROLYN BROWN STRAKER 500 E. 83RD STREET NEW YORK, NY 10028-7208 MOMSTRAKER@AOL.COM

Carol Santry Covello in Naples, FL, while they were visiting for Thanksgiving. Mary and Floss Bishop Bogdan see one another frequently; they are both in volved with the League Club in Naples. Fortunately for me, Mary and I have a mutual friend in Naples; we also stay informed by e- mail. Mary asks if classmates would like periodic updates from the class leadership team, along with supplemental classmate news, in an e-mailed newsletter. Please contact her at with your thoughts. Anne McGroary Butler and Betsy Ham - lin Holloway had planned to attend our 50th, but last-minute events forced a change in plans. To fill the void, they had their own mini-reunion in Meriden, GA. Although they’ve kept in touch, they hadn’t seen each other since our 35th re - union. Anne notes, “Believe it or not, we still recognized each other!” Betsy and hus- band Dave spend the winter in St. Peters - burg, FL, and the summer in Con necticut. Barby Morse Townsend was very disap- pointed that she couldn’t attend Reunion. She and husband Al recently took “a fabu- lous musical journey down the Danube.” They heard symphonies and operas in beautiful settings and visited the homes of composers. Barby is enjoying all Savan - nah, GA, has to offer and painting water- colors.


Elie McConihe Cain had a great time at Reunion and says, “Everyone in charge did such a great job.” She was particularly impressed that we broke all of the “giving and gathering” records. En route to Tor - onto later in June, Elie and husband Ted took a side trip to see Wynne Edwards in Tonawanda, NY. In July the Cains flew to the Los Angeles and drove 2,400 miles up the West Coast, visiting friends. After a couple of days resting at home, they hit the road again, to Dartmouth, MA, in August. In September their families re -

Class president Mary Winters Cooper had supper with Tim and

grouped in Potomac, MD, to celebrate Ted’s 90th birthday with 60 friends. After that “whirlwind summer,” Elie and Ted returned to several community projects, including a local production of The Mikado.

Shirley Lindstrom Voelker exclaims, “Reunion was fantastic—but way too short!” She decided to do something about that and met with Carol Santry Covello and Barbara Meisel Greenbaum for a mini-reunion in August, touring sites in Saratoga—including the racetrack. While the three were not friends during college days, “we are now,” Shirley says. They enjoyed working together on the Reunion hospitality suite. In late July in Castle Rock, CO, Judy White had lunch with Donna Case Peck and Nancy Tyler, which ended up stretch- ing to dinner. They had a wonderful time sharing news of their lives over the last 50 years. Judy also spoke with Sue Alvis Simons, who left Skidmore to pursue art school. Judy, who keeps a picture of the Sonneteers on her desktop, says, “Every time I log on, I see us, stumbling through our songs.” Nelle Nugent says of Reunion, “I’m so glad I went. It was a joy to catch up after so many years.” On the Monday after, she, Ellen Welles Linn, and Kate Carmel had their own mini-reunion in NYC. Now that Nelle’s daughter Alexandra, 24, has found a nice apartment and three roommates, Nelle is living in an empty nest and says, “I don’t miss the mess, but I do miss her and her gang.” Nelle’s play Time Stands Still closed in January after a successful limited run at Broadway’s Cort Theater. Nelle has three new plays under option. She and husband Jolyon spent the holi- days at their place in St. Thomas, and in February they returned to the Carib bean and chartered a sailboat with Scot tish friends they’ve sailed with for 30 years. Suzanne Besunder Stier had a wonder- ful time visiting grandchildren in July. In August she was a participant in a work- shop called Kohenet, focused on recover- ing the divine feminine in Judaism. She feels strongly that for the sake of the planet and ourselves, we need to balance the masculine principle with feminine energy.

Honolulu, HI, resident Jean Morrison says Aloha. She observes, “Our 50th re - union was magical, and the Sonneteers were great. Their show-stopping perform- ance took us down that wonderful mem - ory lane of gathering on Friday afternoons before big weekends and all of the other times we gathered to party.” Last summer,

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