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mer French teacher, she says, “it is like going home.” Patricia Case Young remarried after husband Pete, a Union alum, died in 1992. She and Donald Gatewood, who have been together more than 14 years, live in Carrollton, TX. Don has one son, and Pat has two daughters and one son. Pat has not returned to Saratoga since graduation. Elsie Lievens Weiser was honored at a meeting of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. She is only the second woman to become a life- time member of this prestigious organiza- tion. Elsie’s granddaughter has been ill with a severe infection, and her grandson sustained many injuries as a Marine in Afghanistan. Elsie feels fortunate that her own health is good. She hosted Randy Moore Foster for lunch at her Westmin - ster, VT, home. Randy was en route from Burlington to her home in Cheshire, CT. Elsie reports, “We had so much to talk about!” Betty Tullis Hagen’s oldest granddaugh-


ter is a sophomore at East Carolina Uni - ver sity. Her second granddaughter gradu- ated from high school in June and is a college freshman. Granddaughters three and four (ages 8 and 9) live in a Chicago suburb. Jean Adams Shaw received an honorary degree from Wesleyan University in May. Retired as director of its Center for the Arts after a 35-year career with the univer- sity, she was lauded along with husband Ralph for creating connections between Wesleyan and its Middletown, CT, com- munity. At Wesleyan Jean was president of the Friends of the Davison Art Center, a member of the landmarks advisory board, and an advisor to the community- focused Green Street Arts Center, where she and her husband are mentor-volun- teers. She has also been active in commu- nity groups like the Middletown Foun - dation for the Arts and the Middlesex United Way. Nancy Foster sent this tribute to former


class secretary Joan Pohlman O’Rourke, who died in November: “JP was definitely ‘one of a kind.’ She loved both Skidmore and Saratoga. She was often called upon to pull together last-minute details before our reunions—and clean up after us when we left town! She greatly enjoyed her role as class secretary and will be missed.” Dori Harbach Patten, our class secre-


tary for many years, died peacefully in her sleep on May 3. Her daughter Ann, who also lives in Pullman, WA, was by her side. We all remember Dori’s many imagi-


native postcards requesting news. JP O’Rourke took over as class secretary when Dori needed to move to be nearer her family. Both these women kept us so well connected over the years; they will be greatly missed. You will be receiving lots of information regarding our 60th reunion, May 31–June 3, 2012. Wheelchairs, canes, heart valves, and artificial joints are all welcome—let’s show the young ones that we still have the Skidmore spirit. I hope you will con- tact your friends (just get out your 1952 class directory booklet) and be part of this milestone event. Spouses can have a great time too! Please note that, since the direc- tory was printed, my e-mail has changed to bettyboothe@gmail.com. BETTY JOHNSON BOOTHE 14 HEEGEONG DRIVE DENNIS, MA 02638-2220 508-385-5735 BETTYBOOTHE@GMAIL.COM


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Despite a difficult year in terms of health, Marlane Furbee McKen -


zie of Manchester, CT, is happy that she could display a lot of her artwork at local banks, the library, and Manchester Com - munity College. Marlane creates watercol- ors and 3-D collages in wood and metal. This past spring Bobbi Grubman Mon’s


art was on display at Ben Shahn Center in Wayne, NJ. Class president Natalie Jones Neri re - turned to Skidmore to watch granddaugh- ter Kate Neri ’11 graduate. Per Tillie, Kate spent a semester at the Univer sity of West - minster in London and felt that living abroad and visiting various countries added to her education. Still, she insists her overseas education did not compare with what she experienced at Skidmore, mostly because of the exceptional quality of her Skidmore professors. Gabrielle Fuchs is more immersed in


her art pursuits than ever. She paints and draws with fine artists three times a week and exhibits her work occasionally. Her sister Gerda Fuchs Rypins retired in 2010 from her part-time job with preschool kids (most of whom have Asperger’s) at a local treatment center. Gerda hopes to write something about her long career in nursery-school education. Gabrielle feels blessed to have such a close relationship with her sister. Ann Harrison Michels is part of a three- generation Skidmore family. The clan in - cludes daughters Sarah Michels ’78 and Martha Michels Levy ’82 and grand- daughter Haley Strader ’09, who is now working for top NYC designer Lord Piana.


AT WORK Teaching assertiveness S


he left nursing school to enroll at Skidmore, where she majored in English. But a fasci- nation with people and wanting to help them led Pat Glass Palmer ’53 to the field of psychology. A clinical psychologist who earned a doctor-


ate from the University of Northern Colorado, she founded the Assertiveness Training Institute of Denver and


maintained a private practice, counseling adults and young people throughout the United States in the areas of as - sertiveness and self-esteem. For her disserta- tion, she wrote two children’s books— although she was in fact “writing to the


children inside my grownup clients,” she says. “Those children needed that kind of information when they were little.” The books—Liking Myself and The Mouse, the Monster and Me—were international best- sellers, published in six languages. Out of print for about 10 years, they have recently been updated with new illustrations and reissued by Boulden Publishing. Liking Myself, for ages 5 to 11, helps children


recognize and manage emotions—such as anger, anxiety, depression, and being overwhelmed— and build self-esteem and self-confidence by teaching them to listen and talk about feelings, without hurting others. The Mouse, the Monster and Me helps to “bullyproof” youngsters ages 8 and up by teaching assertiveness and conflict- resolution skills. Aggressive children learn to get their needs met without being “monsters”; pas- sive children find their voices and ask for what they need instead of being “mice.” Retired and living in Federal Way, Wash.,


Palmer is pleased her books are once again available; and with bullying a prominent social issue of the day, they are as relevant now as ever. “Children need to be given the words for emotions and encouraged to express their feel- ings,” she says. “Violence on TV and movies and in homes is so bad for them. We need to teach children to love themselves and how to take care of themselves.” —MTS


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