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were in Boulder, CO, for their son’s wed- ding. Afterward they went to Houston to play badminton in the National Senior Games. Sue Gosch Martineau recently volun- teered in a second-grade class in South Carolina. Janice Swanson Hess has moved to a smaller home near her old place in Arizona. She loves to take walks with her dog, a Boston terrier. She also plays lots of tennis, takes classes, and is active at her church and in a book club. Some of her grandchildren are nearby; others are in San Diego and Oregon. Helen Stillman Coolidge visited in March, and they had lots of fun catching up. Sheila DeNadal Salvo’s grandson was in Japan for his junior year abroad when the earthquake struck in March; he comment- ed on how wonderful the Japanese people were during those trying times. Joey Haufler Rosenthal’s son was again nominated for a Tony award for his set designs in a Broadway show. The entire family of grandchildren and kids went to what Joey considers her favorite city— NYC. The Rosenthals and Sue Collard Fanning and husband Daniel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries together recently. Joey had introduced the Fan - nings to one another! Anne-Marie Phillippe Detourbet re -

ports from France that she and her hus- band are fine and healthy and still travel- ing quite a lot. They sailed from Belgium to Norway for a 10-day cruise. Anne- Marie hopes to see the Clark Art Institute collection from Williamstown, MA, when it comes to the Giverny Museum of Impressionism. Still working part-time in a health de - partment clinic, Helen Earsy Pechacek found time recently for a cruise in Alaska with husband Bob. On a sad note, Jan Beinetti Thurling writes that her husband, Bob, passed away in February. Radiation for esophageal can- cer damaged his lungs. Jan writes that, after 50 years of marriage, life has certain- ly changed for her. Carol Baecht Kennaday celebrated Helen Lienhard Chiu’s birthday with her. Last July Martie Hubbard Harrigan graduated from Sandford Brown Medical College as a medical assistant. She com- pleted a six-week externship and then worked part-time at an internist’s office. After time off to visit family and study for her certification, she became a certified medical assistant in March. She is now “on call at several urgent-care facilities.” She also enjoys volunteering at a hospital,

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playing loads of golf, visiting family, and traveling. Martie stays in touch with Ginny Diefendorf Preston. Marg Ellis Jorgensen’s husband passed away 17 years ago, and she retired from teaching art in 2002. She travels around the country and has been to Scot land three times. She joins the ranks of bionic classmates, with a hip and two knee re - placements. She says, “I have a new lease on life. I had breast cancer and I’m a sur- vivor. I teach water aerobics, volunteer in school and with victims of domestic vio- lence, sing with a chorale, and recently joined a quilting group.” Her daughter and two grandsons live nearby. As for the Strakers, lots of little injuries

and flu this year, but nothing very seri- ous. We had to cancel a December trip to Australia and New Zealand because my husband tore his Achilles tendon and needed to stay home for physical therapy. In April we went on a wonderful cruise from Rome to Venice. Our three grand- children are growing; in July the oldest turned 4 on the same day I turned 73; it’s a treat to share our birthdays! CAROLYN BROWN STRAKER 500 E. 83RD STREET NEW YORK, NY 10028-7208 MOMSTRAKER@AOL.COM

snowy winter in Vermont. Her garden was included in a May garden tour that bene- fited the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney. Marty was looking for- ward to hosting Sue Penney Linden - baum and husband Al, whose daughter is getting married locally to a gentleman who sings in a chorus with Marty. The classmates hadn’t seen each other in al - most 50 years!


Former TV producer Thea Kharasch Flaum is president of the Hill Foundation for the families of individuals with spinal cord injuries. She launched a new Web site,, which features more than 1,000 informational videos. Thea and husband Robert Hill have first- hand experience: in 1986 their daughter Vicki sustained a neck injury that resulted in quadriplegia. Although there were many programs for her, they found few for helping families. Thea created the site to fill this void. “We know that just hear- ing what someone else has to say often helps people find their own strength and support,” she says. In March Gail Corwin enjoyed a lunch-

eon in Belmont, MA, with Lura Swift Provost, MJ Adriance Hall, Pat Timothy,

Marty Miller Spencer escaped to sunny Sicily in April after a long,

and Linda Stevens Lucas. Gail, who was in town to visit her daughter, says it was fun to get together so soon after Reunion. She traveled to Tokyo to visit her brother and found the city “fascinating,” with an extensive subway system she could not have mastered without the help of her sis- ter-in-law. Her favorite Japanese city was Kyoto. She enjoyed seeing several ceramic exhibits, including a raku show. Both Gail and her sister-in-law are aspiring potters. In April Gail was delighted to spend a week with all three of her daughters and six of her grandchildren—“a rare treat for all of us to be together at the same time,” she says. Memphis, TN, resident Bonnie Vare Smith was happy to hear from concerned Skidmore friends after the flooding of the Mississippi River earlier this year. Fortun - ately, she does not live close to water- ways. She credits the US Army Corps of Engineers for doing a great job in limiting damage throughout the state. Bonnie, whose husband, Chapman, retired at the end of June, is “still basking in the re - union moments.” Ann Hamilton Brainerd sent pictures

of her adorable new colt, Mazeradi, who was born in March. Nelle Nugent has been traveling to Lon -

don to work on the play Time Stands Still, which she produced in NYC last year. She has also scored a huge success with Ghetto Klown, a one-man play starring John Le - guizamo at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre; it recently received the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Another production, Stickfly, directed by Kenny Leon, will premiere in December at the Lyceum. This past February, Nelle and husband Jolyon chartered a sailboat with another couple and enjoyed “great breezes and wonderful waters.” Daughter Alexandra obtained her broker’s license and works in the family insurance busi- ness, which was founded in l899 by Jol - yon’s grandfather. Nelle says, “Wonder ful memories of last year’s reunion linger.” Joan Simon Goldfarb and husband

Jerry visited Tucson, AZ, again this year to attend an international gem show. Joan stays busy with her antique and estate jewelry business. Westchester County, NY, residents Elaine Perlman Cohen, Cherry Talbot Morjikian, and Elizabeth Jaeger Bourne have formed a walking group. Elaine lives in Croton-on-Hudson, Cherry is nearby in Chappaqua, and Elizabeth is down the road in Thornwood. They enjoy spending time together this way. While en route to Florida, Judy Harman

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