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playing bridge and posing on the beach in elegant furs temporarily in the custody of MJ. On hand were Don na Hornsby Mont gomery, Barbara Pfeil Bergen, Mar - garet Hotaling Miller, Patri cia Malmar Almond, Bernice Warr Wil liams, Marie Ryder Riley, and Elouise Kenworthy Spelbrink. (For photos and more, go to and search “48ers.”) Muriel Keema Flood, who had never missed a gathering of the group, was unable to attend due to illness, but three classmates traveled to Rhode Island to visit her. Sadly, she died a week later. Gladys Gillman Taylor described her “amazing ride” on the coattails of daugh- ter Jill, whose book My Stroke of Insight is being made into a feature film. Jill, a neu- roscientist, chronicled her recovery from a stroke that devastated her left brain, leaving her unable to walk or talk for a time (see Director Ron How ard and actress Jodie Foster have both signed on to the project, but no one has yet been cast to play G. G. She and Jill recently spent two weeks in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Marylou May Hartmann informed me

that Susie Skinner Gray’s husband, Bob, died of Parkinson’s disease last April. Susie still lives in the New London, NH, home they built several years ago. The class extends our deepest sympathy to Susie and her family. Retired in 2010, Marylou doesn’t like not working. She volunteers at antipoverty nonprofit Wider Circle, keeps busy with tai chi, exercises at a fit- ness center, and gardens. She is also plan- ning a Windjammer cruise. In July, Larry and I headed to Cape Cod

to visit Pat Boan Rothermel at her home in Dennis, MA. We planned to stay for a mini-reunion with Ann Crooks Seitzer (on vacation nearby), Barbara Belz Reeves, and Nancy D’Wolf, but we couldn’t make it due to illness in the fam- ily. However, a good time was had by all the others. Sadly, Belzy passed away in October. We extend condolences to her family and all of those whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed. GRETCHEN EISNER RACHLIN 115 RAYMOND AVENUE SOUTH ORANGE, NJ 07079-2339 973-763-6167 FAX: 973-762-3468 GRETCHEN@GOODPILOT.COM


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Joyce Watkins Bates is very happy in her three-bedroom cottage at Hillside, a con- tinuous-care and retirement community

in McMinnville, OR. She has been attend- ing symphonies in Portland, going to brunches, and en joying other community activities. Her only regret is that her hus- band, Herman, who passed away in 2010, cannot be with her. Betti Detrick Williams is still doing 15

art shows each year. She and Don are in good health and enjoy their 17-year-old cat and 6-year-old Airedale. Betti paints four days a week and plays bridge. She has six grandchildren and four great- grands. Jean McKenzie Anderson says she was

“very attuned” to coverage of the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack. Janice Whetstone Troxler got a break

from the Florida heat by visiting Colorado for the wedding of brother Steve’s grand- daughter. It was a western-style event, with black dresses, cowboy boots, and bar becue. Stan and Joan Fredericks Whet - stone drove from Park City, UT, to join the celebration. Mary Mitchell Durland thinks of ’49ers often and laments the loss of so many. She is enjoying life at Edgehill, a retire- ment home in Stamford, CT, just minutes from her former home. She stays busy with old and new friends as well as swim- ming, exercise, bridge, movies, and art classes. Mary authored an autobiography, complete with color illustrations, for her family last year. She encourages all of us to consider writing a memoir. Leah Cunningham Wood spent a de - lightful summer at her home at St. An - drews Estates South, a retirement com - munity in Boca Raton, FL. She enjoys din- ing with friends and watching movies at home or in the community auditorium. She underwent glaucoma and cataract surgery in September, enabling her to read and write again. No longer driving, Leah gave her car to her son. Audrey Platt Jacobson is wintering in Charleston, SC. At her log cabin in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Adelaide Hodgman Marx had a wonderful summer of swimming, pruning trees, and hosting friends. She also traveled to Yellowstone Park with her daughter and grandchild for a 10-day visit. Stopping in Jackson Hole, WY, she noted that the city has changed tremen- dously since the 1950s. Adelaide returned east to pick up the mess Hurricane Irene caused at her cabin and her home in Cheshire, CT. Carolyn Cain Willen contacted me dur- ing Hurricane Irene, worried about my Staten Island home, but flooding did not

occur here. Candy experienced a 24-hour power outage in her Cape Cod town of East Orleans, MA, but sustained only wind and tree damage. Sadly, Candy passed away in October of complications from open-heart surgery. On behalf of the class, I extend condolences to her son, two daughters, and grandchildren. A delightful spirit, she will surely be missed. Kingston, PA, resident Betsy Bell Con -

dron says both Irene and Lee hit hard. She was forced to evacuate her home when the Susquehanna flooded its banks. She moved the contents of her house to the top floor in a hasty departure, but luckily the house was not flooded. She is grateful that her “bones withstood the trauma” of these events and thanks the Skidmore pals who called to check on her. Betsy, who has eight children and 14 grandkids, is “happily busy.” Georganne Hinchliff Eggers was happy when the wet summer cleared so she and her husband could enjoy a train trip aboard the Canadian Mountaineer from Vancouver to Calgary; she highly recom- mends it. The Eggerses traveled in glass- domed observation cars during the day and stayed at elegant hotels at night. The excursion was provided by their son Ed and his wife, who accompanied them. Alice Ziegler Bomer’s husband, Steve, passed away in April following an 18- month stay in a nursing home near their residence in Lenox, MA. Alice’s daughters were there to help her. Alice is consider- ing a smaller apartment and trying to fig- ure out space for her much-loved and often-used sewing machine. She is making small lap quilts for the nursing home. Martha Dunkel Chilcott’s grandson is a freshman at the University of San Diego. Her twin granddaughters are college grads: Stacy is pursuing a master’s at Colorado State, and Kendal is job-hunt- ing. Dunk is still managing her household chores at a slower pace. Her two Irish ter- riers keep her busy. Katherine Morse Pincus headed to Florida in November. Last winter she and Mitchell cruised Mexico and visited Paris, where a granddaughter was studying in a Williams College junior-year-abroad program. Doris Higgons Popenoe says she and husband Pete share both “laughs and grumbles” after 62 years of marriage. They live in Boca Raton, FL. Mollie Finkel Fridovich’s husband,

Irwin, relayed the sad news that Mollie passed away in her sleep in June. The class extends condolences to him and to Mollie’s entire family.


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