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Jean was involved with family, grandchil- dren, and something new—gymnastics and trampoline work, which have im - proved her balance, muscle tone, and skills. After 40 or 50 years, she can do a headstand and handstand again. Her goal is to be able to perform a handspring soon. Jean set up a Web site for classpho- tos at http://skidiephotomemories.shut- terfly.com. Last summer Bonnie Vare Smith en - dured three months of 95- to 100-degree weather and her golf game totally falling apart. But she reports she is doing fine and “still reveling over our fabulous reunion.” Judy Lowe Plourde and husband Paul attended the weddings of two grandchil- dren last June. The Plourdes’ youngest daughter, Susie, and her two daughters traveled from Wyoming to attend. Judy notes, “We all had a wonderful time.” Hadley Sillick Robertson tuned into


CSPAN’s Book TV on January 23 to hear Betty Garman Robinson discussing a book she and 55 other women have com- piled from their memories of working on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s. Titled Hands on the Plow, Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, the book chronicles the actions of many unsung heroines of the early civil rights movement. In San Francisco Sue Penney Linden - baum adopted a 10-month-old bichon/ poodle mix from a rescue center. She is pleased to report that after a 50-year hia- tus, she has returned to ice skating. The achievement was lauded by her proud grandson, who exclaimed, “Nana, look, you’re doing it!” Peggy Hiller Harris says that having nothing exciting going on in her life “could be a good thing.” In fact, she and her husband were planning a trip to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan for this spring. Peggy enjoys taking courses at a local sen- ior learning center and being a volunteer docent at two museums. Sue Shaffer McGown reports that life in Fort Worth, TX, is good and that “in no particular order” her husband, grandkids, friends, and therapy dog keep her very busy.


This past winter Bobbi Albright Gille reprised her role as the grandmother in the New Jersey Ballet Company’s 40th- anniversary production of The Nutcracker. Bobbi was delighted that she got the opportunity to dance and said, “It was great fun.”


Joyce Jacobs Grand reports that she and husband Bernie “thoroughly en - joyed” Reunion. She found the alumni


memorial service particularly meaningful. The Grands rented a seven-bedroom house at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia to accommodate their whole family for a holiday vacation. She and Bernie spent January in Palm Desert, CA. In March, they traveled to Egypt and Jordan. Joyce notes, “The bucket list keeps getting longer while time gets shorter. However, as long as we have our health, we’ll keep working down that list!” GAIL BENDIX JAFFE 5431 N. PASEO ESPEJO TUCSON, AZ 85718 520-575-0165 GAILBJAFFE@MAC.COM


ing forward to Reunion in June. She hasn’t been back to Skidmore since 2006 and is looking for- ward to a tour of the


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nual fund has given Joan Horowitz Behr a wonderful opportunity to connect with many classmates. She says terrific memo- ries surface every time she talks with one of us. Joan can’t wait for June and says she knows it will be the best reunion ever because “we have such a spirited class!” Linda Brafman Berke and husband


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new campus facilities. She hopes fellow nursing majors will attend. Pam Merton Jackson plans on attend- ing our 50th. She has lived in Fort Worth, TX, for 44 years and hasn’t been back to Saratoga in two decades. A few years ago Pam convinced husband Keith that they needed a summer place away from Texas heat, so now they spend part of every summer at their camp in Maine, near one of their daughters. Pam hopes to combine Reunion with a short stay at the camp. Both retired, Pam and Keith are healthy and active. Pam mentors a fifth-grade boy from an economically challenged back- ground; she has worked with him since he was in second grade. She is also a do - cent at the Kimbell Art Museum. Pam’s daughter, an artist, says her mother’s work giving museum tours and lectures and studying visiting exhibitions gives her the equivalent of many master’s degrees in art history.


Zelda Jacobson Schwartz encourages classmates to recognize the daunting chal- lenges we’ve faced in arriving at where we are in life. She reminds us all to bring memories and stories to share at Reunion. Jan Curren Moffitt and Liz Crombie


Martin look forward to our 50th. Liz lives on Cape Cod in Osterville, MA, and Jan is on the North Carolina coast in Swans - boro. They plan to meet in Massachusetts and drive to Saratoga together. Jan hasn’t been back to Saratoga since graduation. She will also enjoy a family reunion with her sisters in Osterville.


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Tom took a cruise to the Caribbean in January—a welcome change from their desert home in Tucson, AZ. Once on the ship, Tom was surprised to find out that their two oldest daughters and their hus- bands from Chicago were also onboard! Doris Young Kadish plans to attend Re - union and has convinced Seena Schnall Levy to come as well. Margaret Howe-Soper’s hopes to attend our 50th were overtaken by a previously planned drive from New Mexico to Ar - kan sas with a cousin. Her daughter is ex - pecting her first baby in mid-June, so Skeet will be flying from Valdiz to Char - lotte, NC, to help out with the first grand- child for both sides of the family. If her Arkansas trip gets canceled, Skeet will be in Saratoga “with bells on.” Either way, she wishes the best to all who attend Reunion. She is still waiting for a replace- ment at work so she can retire. Peg Tower Wyngarden is coming to Reunion for the first time in 20 years. Peg and husband will be staying with Jean Robinson Devinney. She and Jean are looking forward to reuniting with other nursing students. Judy Brown Tulchin is looking forward to our 50th. Daughter Lisa gave birth last June at the age of 41, and son Drew was married in Santa Fe, NM, in August. Judy now has four grandchildren. Linny Oberkotter Fowler and Beall en - joy the activities of their four kids and 12 grandkids. Despite some health problems, Linny continues to serve on boards and foundations for education, at-risk and troubled youth, minorities, and the arts. She also helps individuals and families in need of counseling, mentoring, and re - sources. She and a partner produce and sell stained glass in Linny’s studio and shop; they also teach others how to create it. Linny received several honors this year, including one from Moravian Academy and another from a national community college association. Nancy Stevenson and Neil continue to share their lives with an extended family of exchange students from high schools in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany, and Poitiers, France, where the couple recently attended a former student’s wedding. Nancy still sings with the Holiday Pops


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