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Mary Whitaker Taber joined Sandy Colony, Bryn Peters Madden, Nancy Ap thorp Paterson, and Betsy Boschen Lutz in Santa Fe, NM, in July to celebrate their 65th birthdays. They attended the Santa Fe Pow-Wow, a celebration of Na - tive American culture, and the Santa Fe Opera—“too fun!” says Mary. She reminds everyone to mark Reunion (May 31–June 3, 2012) on your calendar and start plan- ning your trip to Saratoga Springs! In June I retired from teaching fourth grade at the French American International School in San Francisco, CA, after 16 en - lightening years. Like many of us entering this new chapter in our lives, I am taking a break and exploring next steps. LORRAINE RORKE BADER 146 SHRADER STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117-1017 415-386-2121 LORRAINE.BADER@GMAIL.COM


of English at Dartmouth College and a Unitarian Universalist minister, she has two sons: Jacob, 26, and Matthew, 22. She lives in Norwich, VT, with her partner of 17 years, Laurie. Nancy says she is “hap - pily teaching, writing, acting, singing, and pruning apple trees.” She is also at work on a memoir, which begins in Van Deu sen dorm in 1964, and would appreci- ate any contributions from classmates at nancy.j.crumbine@darmouth.edu. Cathy Traber Ruff and her husband moved from Saratoga Springs to Fernan - dina Beach, FL. She never thought they would, but while visiting friends in north- ern Florida they “fell in love” with the barrier island. Cathy stays busy with men- toring, her photography, trying to keep fit, and beach time. Both Renee Akel Rosebrook and Dorothy Stein Oswalt ’69 have been to visit. Susan Poch Orlando is active in the


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Women’s League for Conservative Juda - ism. She was a two-year term copresident of her synagogue and served as Rockland- area director in the WLCJ’s MetroNorth Region; she’s now on the league’s Interna - tional Board. Susan substitute-teaches and supervises student teachers from a local college. She and her husband have two daughters. Becky is a teacher and lives nearby with her husband, a trained chef (Susan says Thanks giving at their house is wonderful!), and Dara lives in Santa Mon - ica, CA, and is VP of an ad agency. Skype and other modern technology help them stay in touch. Cleveland, OH, resident Margie Seel -


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Nancy Crumbine wrote in for the first time in 43 years! A professor


bach Wheeler retired from her founda- tion consulting business, but is very in - volved on community boards in the city. She says her husband “flunked” retire- ment and is now senior VP for adminis- tration at Case Western Reserve Univer - sity. They have five children and four grandchildren. Susan Hirsch Schwartz is now a part-


time Floridian: she and Charlie spend the winter in Palm Beach. They’ve enjoyed visits from Roberta Clark Rogers and her husband, Neil, and Kathy Cole-Kelly. Susan’s granddaughter Annie Schwartz ’11 is a new Skidmore grad! Jane Fowler Grau moved to Salt Lake


City, UT, seven years ago to help care for her granddaughter while her daughter-in- law completed law school. The family moved back east, but Jane remained. She absolutely loves it and says the sky, open space, and mountains truly inspire her painting. She is part of a team of artists revitalizing a 60-year-old art school, which they envision as Utah’s new pre- mier art center. Jane extends an invitation to any skiers among our classmates. Catherine Raphel Stewart and husband David moved into a new home in Beau - fort, SC, in July. After several years in Cali - fornia and northern Virginia, they opted for a snow-free environment. Catherine will continue her Cisco position, while David will provide handyman services to military families on nearby Parris Island. Marsha Petersen Kenny received an


MFA in creative writing and literature from Stonybrook University in June. She is keeping her day job, as she does not yet have a novel in the works! Marsha’s niece Christina, daughter of Joan Maclennan Kenny, is set to be married soon. They all wish Joan (who died in 2006) could be there to share the day. DOROTHY KANRICH SANDFORD 333 E. 53RD STREET, APT. 7E NEW YORK, NY 10022 SSCOTT106@AOL.COM


retary while she served in the Peace Corps. She was looking forward to her Kenyan adventure, but as so often hap- pens, life took a last-minute turn, and since Barbie rented her home out for a full-year she will be a bit of a vagabond while seeking other adventures! She joined Annie Ershler Richert, Carol Bogardus, Alex Schilling Friedman, Nancy Marx Ellsworth, and Stephanie Brewster Wagoner for the first (of hope- fully many) Class of 1969 kaffeeklatsch


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Barbie Herbert von der Groeben asked me to take over as class sec-


gatherings in Palo Alto, CA. They talked nonstop for three hours and decided the next meeting will be in Mill Valley, so they can visit Alex’s studio there. They also decided they are “an awesome group of women with interesting, fulfilling lives.” After 29 years at the New York Times and elsewhere, Jane Lee Gross took a retire- ment buy-out in 2008 to write her book A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves, chronicling her mother’s decline and its toll on her fam - ily. A New York Times reviewer said the book “manages to send its voice aloft, its two parts harmonizing in sorrowful, haunting song.” Alex Schilling Friedman continues to produce amazing tapestries and is active in the crafts community in the San Fran - cisco Bay area. Carol Ann Holt lives in Old Orchard Beach, ME. An older student who lived off campus, she clearly has many fond memories of her time at Skidmore. An art major, she has stayed in touch with art professor Jon Moscartolo over the years. She worked in the finance department of the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, DC, before retiring and mov- ing to Maine in 2005. She enjoys the beach year-round and the local Chautau - qua Community all summer. Still paint- ing but increasingly engaged with pho- tography and writing, Carol participates in a writer’s conference in Ocean Park each summer and received several awards for poetry and nonfiction. She is a regular contributor to Seeds, a quarterly published by a church in Saco, ME. Two of her poems are in the 2010 edition of the Maine Poets Society’s Maine Taproot: An Anthology of Verse. Two of her four chil- dren and their spouses live nearby; she sees them and two young grandchildren frequently. Her oldest son lives in Water - town, MA, and visits often, and her daughter, who has two grown sons, lives in Florida. She enjoys looking for familiar names in Scope. Marcia Jensen Watson and husband


Bill moved out of their longtime West Hartford, CT, house into her late parents’ home in Bloomfield. Cleaning out both residences was a massive job requiring two dumpsters and multiple trips to Goodwill. Their new residence needed a complete upgrade, and Marcia and Bill undertook a great deal of the renovation themselves. Marcia contributed her cre- ativity to the work and says the house is not only a beautiful home for her family but “a loving and sensitive tribute” to her


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