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both of her children and her 91-year-old mother at her home for Christmas. Daughter Abby, a doctor of psychology who had been counseling inmates in the San Francisco County jails, started her dream job in December: working with emotionally troubled children in grades 3–10, and their families, at a therapeutic school in Palo Alto, CA. Son Peter lives in Brooklyn and sells software for Pega Sys- tems. Connie and husband Bob headed to Chile for two weeks in February for some sightseeing and trout fishing in northern Patagonia. In mid-March, they drove down to Vero Beach, FL, where they rent- ed a place through Easter time. En route they visited Bob’s horse who is “retired” to a farm in Virginia and living the life of Riley. Connie serves as the “office staff” for Bob’s portfolio management business and is on the boards of Choate Rosemary Hall and the Adirondack Museum of Na- tural History in Tupper Lake, NY—a new challenge that excites her. Helen Halpin has lived with her hus- band and youngest son in the south of France for two years. She retired from the health-policy faculty at UC-Berkeley in December and has been studying drawing and oil painting at the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence. In October her oldest son was married in California. After 30 years in banking, Sally Amend

Larmon spent the last eight years as di- rector of administration with Building Performance Institute Inc., a nonprofit that provides credentials to contractors retrofitting existing homes to improve energy efficiency, safety, comfort, and durability. She has witnessed BPI grow from a five-person, New York-based opera- tion into an internationally recognized industry leader with 42 employees. An- ticipating retirement, she says, “It will be hard to leave, as we are like a family, but I am ready to move on” to volunteer work and visiting family more often. She and her husband recently took their first trip to Las Vegas, NV, to celebrate their 60th birthdays and 20th wedding anniversary. A highlight was seeing the Cirque du Soleil Love show, choreographed to Beatles music. Sally proclaims, “Every one of our generation should see it; it is fabulous ” Donna Kurkul and husband Stuart have been adopted by “a solid 20-pound feline stud” that also brought his female friend to their home. Donna is in security and guest services at the Smith College Mu- seum of Art. In addition, she spent the better part of last year formulating a land- scape plan and supervising installation of more than 60 flowering trees and shrubs


for an estate, a real departure from the technical and research work she used to do. A freak storm redesigned her own yard last fall; Donna spent eight weeks cutting and hauling damaged tree limbs and other debris. As usual, she and Stu vacationed in Provincetown, MA, last summer. Donna hopes to see lots of Skiddies this year.

Since her 50th birthday, Susan Hay- ward Donahue has been hosting a group of classmates every July at her cottage on Panther Pond in Raymond, ME. This sum- mer, to celebrate their 60th birthdays, Susan’s husband, Digger, surprised the women by contacting all the husbands to join the celebration. Susan says, “It was a full house, but a lot of fun ” In atten- dance were Susie Hazelett Miller, Kris Hansen Wardwell, Janet Steinmeyer Egan, Nancy Reade Everett, Susan Fur- ber Mair, Betsy Ward Holm, and Lucia Sontag Johnson. Margot Hand Ander- son, a regular attendee, was unable to make it this year. Louise Velletri heads the history depart- ment at St. Margaret’s School in Tappa- hannock, VA. For the past year, she worked on the school’s 10-year accredita- tion requirements. She’s not sorry that this will be her final year doing that eval- uation. Louise enjoyed being out on the Rappahannock River this past summer. She also took a trip to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia—she had never read Anne of Green Gables, so not only was the scenery and culture interesting, but she was able to fill in a childhood gap. Louise looks forward to reconnecting with classmates at our big reunion in 2013. In September Sara Hotchkiss marked the 40th anniversary of her involvement in tapestry weaving. It all started in 1971, when she finally got into a weaving class taught by the late Prof. Eunice Pardon and discovered her passion for this art form. Last year Sara began offering workshops in rug and traditional tapestry weaving at her place in Waldoboro, ME. Her quince orchard yielded an impressive harvest last fall, her lavender beds are thriving, and she anticipates a garlic harvest large enough to enable her to sell the bulbs. Her newest venture is renovating the house she bought in 2002. She says the quiet, country apartment is “light, airy and serene—a perfect place to read, write, regroup, or use as a base to explore the local rivers, woods, and beaches.” She would love to hear from anyone interested in the coastal Maine country experience. Barbara Mintzer Good became a grand- mother last June, when son Gabriel and

wife Lauren welcomed son Gavin. In October, Barbara and husband Howie’s other son, Graham, was married to Jenni- fer Gray in Cambridge, MA. Eldest daugh- ter Brittany writes for Antiques & Fine Arts magazine, while youngest daughter Darla, who is majoring in music education at Westminster Choir College, passed the New Jersey teacher’s licensing exam in December. Mary Ellen Knight Thompson is still riding the tide in Beaufort, SC, where she writes feature articles for Beaufort Lifestyle magazine. She has interviewed many col- orful people, including artists, musicians, a cast-net maker, and a family of shrimp- ers. The upcoming issue features the Beau- fort International Film Festival. Mickey is helping a few local artists promote their work, another joyful way to spend time. Son Alex lives and works in Denver, CO. Daughter Elizabeth’s jewelry design busi- ness ( is tak- ing flight in NYC. Her jewelry was fea- tured in Vogue and Marie Clair last fall and on an Animal Planet segment that aired in February. Mickey and her kids spent Christmas in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO. A kitten she rescued from the middle of the road one night a few months ago now brings the menagerie to three cats and two dogs. Kyle Caparosa’s daughter Wallis, 18, is excited to start college this fall. Currently student government president, she was a delegate to Florida Girls State last summer. Both Kyle and husband Joe celebrated sig- nificant birthdays last year. Joe works at SBA Communications in Boca Raton, FL. Kyle practices family law in North Palm Beach and volunteers at Wallis’s school, serving as PTSA president last year. In November Cathy Offinger was work- ing on a Woods Hole Oceanographic In- stitution research cruise to Piraeus, Greece. Her ship was headed for deep-sea brine pools southwest of Crete when the Greek Coast Guard asked it to divert and assist a 20-meter-long fishing boat carrying 93 Egyptian men attempting to flee to Italy. Cathy’s vessel went into lockdown, with only a few crew members on deck to bring aboard the men and teenage boys and transport them to Kalamata, Greece. Cathy hoped they were processed as refu- gees. She observes, “It was a very hum- bling experience to see firsthand the des- perate situation so many people are in and to fully appreciate how fortunate we are as Americans.” Anne Alger Hayward’s daughter Katie is

a freshman at Boston College. Anne keeps in close contact with Margaret Wood-

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