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CL AS S NO TE S Robin Stieber Hlavacek hasn’t been to

a Skidmore reunion but is not going to pass up the 40th! She just started Key - lingo Translation, a firm that provides translation and localization services, in - cluding interpretation in person or on the phone, to businesses in the global arena. She says she never “fit the mold”; while most of her friends are retiring, she is starting all over again professionally, and since she had two children in her late 40s she still has kids at home. Her 30-year-old son lives in Boston and works for MIT’s Lincoln Labs while taking graduate cours- es there. She says her younger kids are either going to keep her young or bury her—“depending on what day you’re talk- ing about.” Joan Baptie Barkan worked in a break-

fast with Becky Layton Bartovics while both were attending a Sierra Club meet- ing in 2010. Becky, chair of the Maine chapter, later departed for a camping trip to Sequoia National Park with her sister. Joan said it was terrific to catch up, and both decided neither has changed a bit! Becky hopes to get away from her sheep farm for a bit early this year, although spring is prime time for selling wool. Sue Reinhardt Groesbeck is principal

of Havergal College, a girls’ prep school in Toronto, Canada. She was awarded the 2011 Ransome Prize, for advancing the education of girls and women, by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Her 40-year career includes a New York State Teacher of the Year Award, two Fulbright grants (to Germany and Japan), and a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University. She helped form the New York State Association of Women Administra - tors and plan its Women Helping Girls program, which won a Kellogg Foun - dation grant. Earlier, as head of Hilton Head Preparatory School in South Caro - lina, she was active in the National As - soci ation of Principals of Schools for Girls. Sue and husband Mark have been married 37 years and celebrated in Lon - don, England. They enjoy spending time with grandson Mason, 3. Mary O’Bryan-Seidman became a grandmother when daughter Jamie and son-in-law Paul welcomed son George in 2010. Younger daughter Jennifer lives in NYC and is pursuing graduate study at NYU. Mary and husband Steve sold their home of 27 years in Westchester and moved back to NYC. She spent part of last summer with their horses in Saratoga, where they got “a huge thrill” when their filly Zalmara won her maiden race in September. It was also fun walking past

her old dorms—Skidmore, Moore, and Peabody. Mary found Saratoga “as won- derful as ever” and says it seems like just yesterday she was a student there! In Houston, TX, Cas Smith Luis and husband Manny celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2011. In 2009 he under- went a stem-cell transplant for myelodys- plastic syndrome; his sister’s cells were a great match, and he is doing quite well. Son Matt, studying at Texas A&M’s Mari - time Academy, recently did a second training cruise: 14,000 miles and many exciting ports from Auckland, New Zea - land, to Pago Pago to San Diego, CA. A member of the university sailing team, he also kayaks and sails the family’s Hobie. when Manny got sick in 2008, Cas changed the direction of her career with the Methodist Hospital System, transferring to a leadership role at the “mother ship” hospital in Houston. She loves being back in academia and working three days a week. They enjoy time at the beach in Galveston. She has taken up painting again and is doing some mosaic work. She loves staying connected on Facebook and can be reached at casluis3@ I spent a great week in Albion, ME, in August with Daria Politis Forman and husband Paul. They were great hosts, and we had such fun reminiscing, attending concerts, visiting Acadia National Park (where Dari made me eat rose hips), ca - noe ing, and spending the night on their sloop in Penobscot Bay. I had to come back to Oklahoma to rest. After gradua- tion, Dari worked in Albany while putting Paul through med school; he has now retired from practicing family medicine. Their son Seth, a grad of Maine Maritime Academy, is a tugboat captain in Alaska, although he lives with his wife and two sons near Lake Tahoe, NV. Paul and Dari love being grandparents. My daughter Whitney married an army captain in April. I’m still without grandchildren, so I got an Airedale! MARTHA PANTIER TEHAN 3829 N. CLASSEN BOULEVARD, APT. 201N OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73118 MARTHVIC@AOL.COM


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Louise Velletri is in her 32nd year as teacher and head of the history depart- ment at St. Margaret’s School in Tappa - han nock, VA. This past summer she es - caped the heat to visit Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Bruns wick, Can - ada. “It was truly beautiful,” she reports.

Back home she couldn’t avoid the earth- quake or Hurricane Irene and is still deal- ing with water damage to her 70-year-old house. Nonetheless, she says, “Life is good.” Zoë Vose Morsette spent two months

at the Dunham Studios in the Adirondack town of Pottersville, NY, working on a new seasonal attraction, Railroads On Parade, a 5,000-square-foot exhibition of model railroads. One of the studio’s in - stallations, Citibank Station, has been on exhibit in the atrium of Citibank Center in NYC over the Christmas holidays for the past 20 years. Zoë also built costumes for TV’s I Just Want My Pants Back and made banana costumes for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The night before Hurricane Irene blew into NYC, Zoë took the subway out to Broad Chan nel to work on the movie Imogene. By the time she left, the subway fare was free because she was leaving an evacuation zone! Jennifer Smith Linck is the proud grandmother of three. Her son Brett and wife Jamie have Erin, 7, Anna, 2, and Ryan, 9 months. Brett, an Air Force flight surgeon in Germany, was initially trained to be a pediatrician. Jennifer’s daughter Kimberly is a critical-care nurse for pa - tients with spinal-cord or head injuries. Her husband, Tim, is an engineer. Cathy Offinger’s daughter Heidi mar-

ried EJ Lussier in Falmouth, MA, in Sep - tember. The proud mother of the bride notes, “It was a spectacular day, and the bride was beautiful!” In attendance were Davien Buckner Gould, Anne Blodget Holberton, Katie Kunz, Jennifer Pear - man Lammer, Cynthia May, and Terry McKee von der Heydt, as well as Cathy’s cousin Marjorie Offinger Davidoff ’66. Cathy notes, “Let it be known that the Class of ’73 can still dance the night away!” Heidi (Boston College ’04) is an ER nurse at Lee County Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, FL, where EJ (Johnson & Wales ’98) manages the Fish House Restaurant. Moving from health care, Peggy Sager

Tobin was recently certified as a Music Together teacher. Music Together is a developmental-research-based music and movement program for children from birth through kindergarten. Peggy is working in preschool programs in Ashe - ville, NC, where she lives with her hus- band, Jim. Ellen Lefkowich Arnold is associate director and associate general counsel in the real estate, campus planning, and facilities areas at Dartmouth College. She oversees long-term land-use planning and management, as well as construction,


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