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July she spent time at her summer place in Waitsfield/Warren, VT. Carolyn wel- comes visitors while she is there. Pat Graham Stotler left Florida in June


to return to Vermont. She also enjoyed a two-week, self-run canal boat trip in France. Pat travels there frequently with husband John and says her French major and time at Skidmore’s French House has served her well. All is well with their daughter Elizabeth, her husband, Dan, and their 4-year-old Ethiopian daughter Rukiya. They all had a great time together at Disney World last January to celebrate Pat’s 70th birthday. She and John will be at the 50th. Last year Judy Parsons completed her spring migration from St. Augustine, FL, to Port Clyde, ME, via Saratoga Springs. She walked the old and new campuses in 95-degree heat and reminisced about the good old days. She is sorry that she will not be able to attend Reunion; she will be in Spain during that time. I heard from Jackie Merriam Paskow with the sad news that her husband, Alan, died April 5. She is trying to get used to life without him after 44 years. The class sends our thoughts and prayers; she can be contacted at jmpaskow@smcm.edu. Roberta Brandes Gratz authored a third book, The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, in 2010. She lectures around the country on urban development issues. After more than seven years on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, Roberta re - signed that post and was appointed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to his Sustainability Advisory Board. She also spends considerable time in New Orleans, where she is writing a new book about that city’s recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. More on Roberta at left. Ida Kuslansky Vanderhoof, Ruth Rosen Manyin, and Sandi Sharpe Coronis and husband Lew had a mini- reunion at Ida’s condo in Naples, FL. Celebrating 70 years of living and 53 years of friendship was the order of the day. “We shared wrinkles, remembrances, and loads of laughs,” Ida reports. Lew recalled that he never made it past our blue-haired house mother to achieve that exalted state of “man on the floor.” Ida is looking forward to seeing old friends at the 50th. Jean “Susie” Schreiber continues to


chair a committee responsible for the cleanup of Waukegan Harbor, one of the Great Lakes’ 43 Areas of Concern desig- nated by the US Environmental Protec - tion Agency. Susie and her group have


a huge local, regional, state, and federal support team as well as international part- ners in Lake Baikal, Russia. These groups “are working alongside us on this com- plex and challenging problem.” She adds that she has no idea what the word “retire - ment” might mean! More about Susan Rockwell West, whose death was noted in the last issue. A transfer student, she was a local resi- dent but lived on campus. She also at - tended Camp Mesacosa with many other Skidmore students. She once said, “They were the happiest days of my life.” Susan was a 30-year breast-cancer survivor. We send belated condolences to her family. My husband and I spent June fighting the bugs and planting our gardens; our dogs kept the deer from eating the veg- gies, and the bears only went for the blackberries. As a high school and college student, I never thought that the 50-year mark would come around, but it has—and I am not as old as I thought I would be! Please mark the dates May 31 to June 3, 2012, on your calendars and start plan- ning your reunion trip to Saratoga Springs! SUSAN SAMBROOK BERRY 402 NH ROUTE 25A WENTWORTH, NH 03282 603-764-9802 LCDRSSBERRYRET@YAHOO.COM


Artists by Nature, a show held in April at the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia. Jane Finneman Hochman and husband


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Jack love volunteering in the lunchroom of PS 58 in Brooklyn every Wednesday during first-grade lunch and recess. Grand - daughter Aya, 6, is proud and happy to see them there each week. “We get ener- gized by the children’s energy,” Jane says, adding, “All my years of working in the early-childhood field are well applied here!”


Charlene Dorman got the shock of her


life in January when she realized her age: 70. “I really had no idea. It has taken months to forget it and go on!” She says her faith, family, and art are “the joys of her life.” She also enjoys gardening and volunteer work. Son Todd, wife Bev, and their sons Danny, 6, and Will, 4, moved into a new home in Tarrytown, NY, which they found with the help of Bonnie Lan - caster. They love it! Todd is director of communications for Resources for Chil - dren with Special Needs, a nonprofit in NYC. Charlene’s daughter Bianca, hus- band Dave, and sons John, 4, and Sam, 1, live in Ann Arbor, MI. Bianca is a stay-at-


Lucretia Robbins was one of six botanical artists who exhibited in


home mom, and Dave works for Intervar - sity with grad students at the University of Michigan. The Dormans’ daughter Lydia stays home with daughter Chiara, 1, while husband Jonathan finishes Stan - ford Law School. Charlene is delighted that they live just 10 minutes away. Two years ago Charlene and husband John spent a month in Lebanon, where he taught medicine at the American Univer - sity of Beirut. His great-great-grandfather founded the university, and cousin Peter Dorman is its current president. During this time Charlene researched the Armen - ian genocide and visited Turkey, where John’s maternal grandparents lived. She inherited a suitcase of their journals, sometimes written by candlelight in a closet as they helped Armenians escape the killings. Charlene is preparing these writings for an exhibit. She was also look- ing forward to a NYC reunion of the resi- dents of the fifth floor of Skidmore Hall. Lynn Evans Tremblay is loving retire- ment. She enjoys having her children and “hockey-fanatic” grandsons living with her on Cape Cod. She encourages class- mates planning a visit to look her up. Judy Grebin wishes to express her pro- found gratitude to Jane Finneman Hoch - man, Connie Talcott Smith, and Wendy Sussman Rubin for their compassion, support, and presence at the time of Judy’s mother’s death in July. Judy says she will never forget the numerous ways in which they extended themselves to her and her father. DEBORAH FRANKEL REESE PO BOX 110 SOUTH STRAFFORD, VT 05070 BYBYNJ@GMAIL.COM


Class president Val Marier is doing great and back to “full nor- mal” after a long winter of radiation for breast cancer. Sue Riley Gunderson and Ellen Sax came from Boston to visit Val in her Kennebunkport, ME, home. Val is oth- erwise busy knitting, golfing, and reading. In the spring, husband Bob finished radia- tion treatments for prostate cancer. Val says, “It was our ‘war’ year, for sure.” Val also heard from Lynne Knobel (who displayed some of her pottery and other work at one of our reunions) that her sculptures, paintings, and more are in a July-through-September show at the Loft Gallery in the Cambridge (NY) Antique Center. Betty Anne Edge Kreutziger and hus-


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band Karl recently went to Val Marier’s for lunch. Val had not seen Betty Anne since our 25th reunion, but she and Karl


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