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tion purposes! Betsy has been teaching voice throughout the US and in Norway and Sweden. After more than 22 years, Helen Halpin plans to retire from her faculty position at UC-Berkeley in December. She has accepted a position as deputy editor of Public Health Reviews, published out of the French School of Public Health of the Sor - bonne in Paris. Helen’s eldest son is plan- ning to marry in October at Lake Tahoe. Sue Garlock Lesser retired in June and is delighted she is no longer restricted to vis- iting classmates during school vacations. Elaine Kanas is entering her fourth year


as superintendent of Valley Stream 30 School District on Long Island. She lives in Katonah, NY, with her husband, busi- ness and franchise attorney Thomas Pite - goff. Elaine’s son Colin, 29, is an Army military intelligence officer. Kathie Chwals Milligan sold her house


a year after placing it on the market; it had been in her family for 60 years. She and her husband are downsizing and will move into a smaller house after renting for a while. Surveying all the packed boxes, however, Kathie isn’t sure they can fit all the accumulated stuff into a smaller place!


Melanie Stein Wolf became a grand- mother on Mother’s Day eve, when Mia was born to daughter Rachel and husband Jeff. In June Melanie retired from a 38- year career as a special-ed teacher in the New Haven, CT, public schools. Son Dan was sworn in to the New York State Bar; son Michael teaches sports and recreation in NYC. To top it all off, Melanie celebrat- ed her 60th birthday. Timi Carter, singing in a mixed chorus for the past five years, had “quite a Skid die moment” in May. While getting ready for a show one evening, another chorus mem- ber mentioned that her daughter was coming home from Skidmore. Timi said she was a Skiddie, and then another wo - man said that her daughter was a Skid - more alum too. This circle of Skiddies— which also includes Timi’s son Ashley Richards ’00—had existed in “little ol’ Maine” without anyone previously mak- ing the connection! After their concert, Timi met the student coming home and connected her with a friend for a job opportunity. Timi reports that Susie Les - ser sent her pictures of the art opening of former Skidmore professor John Reed and wife Doretta Miller (still teaching at Skid - more). Timi says, “In Maine, we like to say it is two degrees of separation, not six.” Lynn English Ainsworth’s first grand- child, Arianna, was born in April to son


John and his wife, Celeste. Lynn’s three kids threw her a 60th-birthday party with a 1950s theme: her daughter brought a record player and family films from the ’50s, which Lynn describes as “hilarious,” and Lynn and her daughters curled their hair with hot rollers and wore big pearls. Lynn Faught came down from Washing - ton, DC, to celebrate. “It was very fun, like our parties at Skidmore.” Last June Debby Barton retired after 32


years as a public-school speech and lan- guage pathologist. She says, “Every day I wake up and choose how I want to spend my time—it’s wonderful!” She likes ex - ploring the Maryland-Washington, DC, area and says that traveling at times other than summer vacation is a treat. She and husband Ray have been married 31 years. Their youngest child graduated from Lynchburg College in May. Their oldest has a government job and a paycheck for the time being. Debby says, “Now, if we only had a little grandchild to spoil.” Barbara Mintzer Good and husband Howie’s oldest son, Gabriel, was married this past winter. In June he and wife Lauren welcomed son Gavin, Barbara’s first grandchild. Barbara is delighted that the “wonderful baby” and his family live close by. The Goods’ youngest son, Graham, plans to get married this fall. Oldest daughter Brittany lives in Cam - bridge, MA, and is a writer and editor for Antiques & Fine Arts magazine. Youngest daughter Darla is a senior at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she majors in music education. Howie, a jour- nalism professor, is on sabbatical this fall from SUNY-New Paltz. He has a contract for his fourth book of poetry, An Armed Man Lurks in Ambush. Barbara is still the administrator of the home health-care agencies of St. Francis Hospital in Pough - keepsie, NY. She and Howie spent time this summer at their vacation home on Cape Cod.


Jennifer Smith Linck visited new grand -


son Ryan, born in Landstuhl, Germany, to son Brett and his wife, Jamie. Ryan joins sisters Erin, 6, and Anna Marie, 2. Brett, an Air Force major, is a flight sur- geon at Ramstein Air Base. Jennifer’s daughter Kimberly lives in Salt Lake City, UT, where she is a critical-care nurse spe- cializing in spinal cord and head injuries. Jennifer is very thankful for her children and grandchildren. Davien Buckner Gould is plugging along as a second-grade teacher in Mash - pee, MA. Husband Matt is at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Daughter Louisa, who graduated from Boston Uni -


AT WORK Legal eye


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t her first job interview, Shelley Widoff ’72 was told, “You don’t really know what


you can do, and I don’t really know what I can delegate.” But her boss-to-be, a Boston attor- ney, was curious about her legal knowledge and potential for helping lighten his load. “Nobody had heard of a paralegal,” says Widoff. “It didn’t exist in the Yellow Pages. I had to educate lawyers about how to use my services.” Widoff was studying business and psychol -


ogy at Skidmore when a paralegal institute made a campus visit. After graduation she earned par - alegal certifica- tion. Her ground- ing in theory and proc ess was en - hanced on the job: “It was like an apprentice- ship,” she re - calls. Then, “when my salary no longer re -


flected my value, I resigned. But not before learning how not to be intimidated by lawyers and how to invoice.” As a freelancer, she was bombarded with calls from attorneys and new paralegals seeking advice. Pioneering the pro- fession, she opened the Paralegal Re source Center, matching temps to legal projects. “It was lucrative,” she says, “and that made


it possible to do exciting and gratifying things.” She earned a master’s degree and convinced two uni versities to launch paralegal programs, directing one program herself for two decades. She also bought a second home and decided to be a single mother. Widoff says, “I had a lot of satisfaction from work, but I thought if I didn’t have a family, it was for naught.” (Her daughter now studies art in Boston.) Rattled into reprioritizing after 9/11, Widoff


moved to the suburbs and started working from home. Now she’s brainstorming a curriculum to train paralegals to fight frauds that exploit Medi - caid, workers’ compensation, college loans, and more. “It’s a new calling for the profession,” she says. “I’ve trained a whole generation how to make money for corporations. Now it’s time to do something for the public sector.” —Helen S. Edelman ’74


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CREATIVE THOUGHT DAVE HANSEN


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