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niece’s home in Rye, NH, to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Barbara’s sis- ter. All 17 family members joined them for at least part of the week. “It’s such fun to have all the grandchildren together ” she says. She can be reached at jgreenob@ comcast.net. Patti Sherman Jones’s husband of 28 years, Walter, died in October in Vero Beach, FL. Walter had attended some of our class reunions. The class extends its sympathies to Patti. MARDI DUGGAN DREBING 4215 CLEVELAND ROAD SYRACUSE, NY 13215-2415 MARDIFLY@AOL.COM


Carolyn Blaue Cardle and her husband in October. Mary and Carolyn were room- mates from 1952 to 1954 and have stayed in touch all these years. They had a won- derful time reminiscing about Skidmore. AVERILL DAYTON GEUS 2 OLD ORCHARD LANE EAST HAMPTON, NY 11937-3911 631-324-1229 EGEUS@OPTONLINE.NET


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her husband are going urban They gave up their home of 23 years in Seattle, WA, and moved into a down- town retirement


North Carolinians Mary Haas Spotts and husband Jim hosted


ebrate the birth of a new grandbaby last summer. The crowd of 15 was so large that they spilled over to a nearby hotel. Julie and family had great fun, made plenty of memories, and took lots of pic- tures. Julie plans to make it to Reunion. Nancy Mann Germanetti and Hugh spent last year visiting family and travel- ing, including a relaxing 14-day cruise on the Queen Mary II during which they never left the ship. They are currently enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a January-to-May world cruise, on one of their favorite ships, with just 650 other passengers.


As reunions are an opportunity for new class officers to be elected, this will be my last entry as class secretary. I want to thank everyone who has contributed news—I’ve enjoyed hearing about all your “doings” and am impressed with the cal- iber of your lives after Skidmore I hope to see many of you at Reunion. DOROTHY DODD O’MEARA 5 PONDSIDE LANE WEST SIMSBURY, CT 06092-2421 DOTTIEOMEARA@COMCAST.NET


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community within walking distance of most things they need and the city’s at- tractions. “It is quite an adventure,” she says.


Ann Talbot Brown looks forward to Reunion and cannot believe it’s been 55 years She and Bill enjoy trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and to Vero Beach, FL. Their children and grand- children are all doing wonderfully. Becky Beckwith Ballentine and Sandee


Chernow Byrne would like to reprise a gathering of ’57ers in the D.C., northern Virginia, and Maryland area prior to Re- union. Date, time, and location will de- pend on how many would like to come and what would be the most convenient location for all concerned. Anyone inter- ested should contact Becky at 703-836- 5199 or bbbalex@verizon.net, or Sandee at 703-255-3454 or g14iraffe@aol.com. Julie Keegan Dutcher enjoyed the holi- days with family arriving from Vermont, Hawaii, Arizona, California, Colorado, and Oregon. They also got together to cel-


In Worcester, MA, Anne “Cookie” Nelson is semi-retired. She has three grandchildren and two cats, named Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. She serves on several local boards, including Preservation Worcester, and is the author of two children’s books, Siegfried and Siegfried Goes to the Hospital. She says, “Life is never dull.” Donna Benner Cochran (adec4@ comcast.net) lives in Nashville, TN. She and her husband, a physician, have three children: Rob, Heather, and Chuck. The couple’s seven grandchildren all live with- in a 15-minute drive of their home. Barbara Fritts Dixon is retired from her


job as a lab technician at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. She has made several trips to Colorado and main- tains an avid interest in gardening and bird-watching. Despite the challenge of a recent hearing loss, Barbara stays busy with lots of activities. Margretta Beishline Lisick is still sell-


ing real estate. She was looking forward to granddaughter Marisa’s wedding in Sara- toga Springs, NY, in May. Nancy Hueber Swinchatt has two grown daughters, Tara and Siobhan. Nancy and husband Jonathan, who live in Connecticut, are mourning the loss of their beloved Finnegan, a 13-year-old standard poodle. Rafferty, another stan- dard poodle, has joined the family and keeps them on their toes.


Mary Avery Gessner took a trip to Italy after reading Michael Tucker’s Living in a Second Language. She and a group of 10 women stayed in Assisi, adjacent to Tus- cany, and traveled to Umbria, Perugia, Deruta, Spello, Gubbio, Bavagna, Narni, and Montefalco. Last summer five of the Gessners’ teenage grandchildren joined them on Cape Cod for kayaking. Mary and Russ’s routine includes two winter months in La Jolla, CA, and golfing in San Diego.


The class extends sympathies to Carol Lehwald Dull, whose husband, Mark, died suddenly of heart failure in 2011. I enjoyed a visit with Sidney Wright Coursen and husband Beau, whose brother Herb died in Maine last fall. Tom and I journeyed to the Cape and saw Mary Avery Gessner and husband Russ, and later enjoyed lobster rolls with Ann Talbot Brown ’57 and husband Bill. Our son John and his new bride live in Den- ver, CO, where he is a ski-lift operator; our new daughter-in-law (who is bilingual in English and Spanish and fluent in four other languages) feels right at home there. Our granddaughter Sarah is in St. An- drew’s, Scotland, for a semester of study through the University of Maine. I am hoping she will return with Prince Harry, or perhaps be planning a royal wedding soon. PRISCILLA KNOWLTON TAVENNER 74 TAVENNER ROAD SAWYER’S ISLAND BOOTHBAY, ME 04537 207-633-4879 TTAVENNER@ROADRUNNER.COM


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In November Maryann Bruno McCrea and I convened 16 of us at my apartment in NYC for a mini- reunion luncheon. We each paid $20 and had lots to eat and drink. (Ro Schainman Halper plans to host a June luncheon in Connecticut, more convenient for our Mass. and Conn. classmates. If you want to join us, please let Maryann, Ro, or me know.) Besides Maryann, Ro, and me, the fall luncheon included Phyllis Kaufman Brociner, Margery Feiler Burman, Jane Johnson Fear, Carol Briller Furgueson, Audrey Block Heckler, Penny Kani- clides, Edy Oberfeld Levitt, Roz Sutton Oesterle, Bernice Hurwitz Snyder, Cyn- thia Magriel Wetzler, Gail Wheeler, and Ellen Rubinson Zamore. Skidmore staff member Katie Robinson joined us, shared news about how well Skidmore is doing, and brought along some souvenirs. We shared lots of stories and exchanged e-mail addresses. Author Cynthia Wetzler


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