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Michigan, and survived Hurricane Irene and an October blizzard. Ruthie Aron Zales married Ken Green-


field, with whom she attended our 50th reunion, on August 27 in Vermont, with both of their families in attendance. Karen Devine Janney’s daughter Kate and her family have returned from China after a three-year stay. Karen enjoyed vis- iting them there several times and found China to be “a fascinating country.” She continues to create pottery and volunteer at a local museum. We lost a dear, honorary member of our class when Ruth Rowe Wilson, wife of former Skidmore president Val Wilson, died in February. I am sure this news will bring back memories of the special times many of us shared with the Wilson fami- ly. (For more about Ruth, see “In Memori- am” in this issue.) I had the best mini-reunion over the winter Fifty years ago I was maid of honor in my roommate Jerry Conley Richmond’s wedding to Henry Richmond (Williams ’61) in Hawaii, and I ended up staying for two years and meeting Alan, my future husband, who was an army officer at Ft. Shafter. Last December I returned, to help Jerry and Henry cele- brate their 50th anniversary. I dearly missed Alan, who passed away five years ago, but I loved being in Hawaii again. Jerry has had a rewarding career in Mon- tessori education, traveling international- ly to lead workshops for Montessori teachers. Jerry and Henry’s son and daughter and their families gave a won- derful party to celebrate the anniversary, and I enjoyed seeing many of their friends I knew 50 years ago. Three Rich- mond grandchildren were on hand for the celebration. I especially loved wearing a plumeria lei again. We missed Betsy Hodson Dare, who had also been in Jerry’s wedding party. In other news: I think of Peggy Hatcher Stevens every time I wear the red fuzzy Skidmore socks she gave me for my cold feet last June. CHARLOTTE SMILEY READ 6330 GOLF COURSE SQUARE ALEXANDRIA, VA 22307-1225 GIG4SMILE@AOL.COM


chair Mollie Klee Heron took a great trip to Florence, Italy, in November and spent Christmas in Costa Rica with all 16 members of her family.


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Robin Andrews Cohan and husband live on Sanibel Island, FL, eight months of the year. They have three children and nine grandchildren, ages 3 to 19 (the old- est is in his first year at the US Air Force Academy). Visiting them all compels the couple to travel across four time zones. Robin hopes to attend Reunion. Connie Lashar Dick enjoyed Thanks- giving at home with daughter Cathy, a lawyer with two children in college. Sec- ond daughter Debbie is in Norfolk, VA, where she has been married to a retired navy chief for two years; her kids are grown. The Dicks’ youngest, Eric, retired from the US Navy as a senior chief and works for the service as a civilian; he has a son in high school. Connie also has five stepchildren and five step-grands scat- tered across the Northeast. She is retired from teaching, and disabled. Carolyn Heft moved permanently to


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Waitsfield, VT, but maintains her New York law practice. She welcomes any Skidmore skiers or classmates in the area to contact her at carolyn@heftlaw.com. She likes being closer to Saratoga and Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center and Tang Museum. Carolyn was fortunate not to have suffered any hurricane damage last year; however, she volunteered in a com- munity that was declared a disaster area. Cynthia Guy Slack spends much of her time creating “wearable art for the neck.” She searches for beads and objects for her jewelry/sculpture pieces in France or any- place where she and her husband travel. SaraKay Sherman Smullens and Stan, married 32 years, are grateful that their four children, their partners, and five grandchildren are all in good health. The Smullenses enjoy their professional lives as well as time with family and friends. SaraKay, who spent two years at Skid- more, says her time there was “very spe- cial.” She hopes to attend Reunion. Last March, Nancy Kimball Robinson joined Jane London and Sue Wilhelm Hands for a visit with Sherrie Tatham Davidson in Florida. In September, Janie, Sue and Sherrie visited Nancy in Wiscon- sin and “had a ball ” In Wellesley, MA, Joellen Maloney Tou- ssaint works at the library and anchors a local cable-TV news program. She has six grandchildren. Joan Todd Lewis looks forward to Re- union. She has been planning her 50th wedding anniversary with family in the Poconos in July. Elaine Boschen Ball enjoys life in Han-


over, NH. She and her husband live near Dartmouth College, where they play ten-


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nis three times a week, take classes, and attend athletic events. Jane Schwager thinks she may still be out of the country at Reunion time. Barbara Koweek Phillips looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion. Married for 46 years, she and her husband are blessed with three children and six won- derful grandchildren. Barbara enjoys part- time work as president of Phillips Associ- ates, a management and consulting busi- ness she started after retiring from her job as HR director at a large regional bank in Connecticut. Her passions include world- wide travel, reading and book clubs, ten- nis, and three-generational trips with fam- ily. “I feel so much gratitude for my Skid- more years and all my varied life experi- ences,” she observes. Ruth Rosen Manyin believes retirement


is one of the true benefits of aging. She has plenty of time to see her kids and granddaughters, travel, and do enjoyable and rewarding volunteer work. One of her favorite pursuits is being a docent at the Storm King Arts Center, one of the largest outdoor sculpture parks in the world, lo- cated in New York’s Hudson Valley. Sev- eral works by Skidmore graduates, includ- ing Johnny Swing ’84, are featured there, and Ruth encourages anyone who would like a tour to contact her. As a tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America, she was delighted to learn that one of her stu- dents recently passed her citizenship test. Ruth is looking forward to seeing “all those old friends” at Reunion. Joanne Lee calls herself “somewhat of a hybrid,” having started with the Class of ’61, then transferred to the University of Colorado for two years, then returned to Skidmore. She lost a semester in the process and so graduated with the Class of ’62. She will attend Reunion. Retired from both paid and volunteer activities, Gill Roby DeChario is enjoying a long and happy second marriage. To- gether, she and husband Tony have seven children and 17 grandchildren. The cou- ple travels to exotic locales, summers at their cottage on Chautauqua Lake, and had a month in Hawaii, where they’d lived for “five blissful years” in the early 1990s.


Pat Graham Stotler looks forward to renewing friendships at our 50th reunion. Phoebe Clark Kline plans to attend Reunion. After four years as a regional director for the National Docent Sympos- ium Council, she has joined its board as secretary. At a recent symposium in St. Louis, MO, Phoebe presented a session on the distance-learning program in which


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