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t’s Sunday morning, the sun is out, the birds are full-throated, and Marylou May Hartmann


’48 declares, “You can’t be sad on a beautiful day in Silver Spring, Maryland.” Recently retired from her job of 27 years in a


bookstore, Hartmann, 85, practices tai chi, works out, enjoys her grandchildren, gardens, reads voraciously, and volunteers regularly at A Wider Circle, a nonprofit that provides free furniture and clothing to people transitioning from shelters into the community. “Their needs are dire,” Hartmann says. “It


certainly has caused me to think about how some people don’t have enough and others have too much. My father always told me to find a way to justify my existence, and it’s good to be useful, which is my primary objective.” Hartmann has special empathy for Wider Circle clients. In 1984, newly divorced, she found her-


self rebuilding her life with scant resources. “I had no idea what it would be like,” she re - calls. Her art “wasn’t enough to pay the bills. And I needed health insurance.” With her back- ground as an art student, art teacher, and Air Force intelligence officer in Germany during the Korean War, Hart mann says her personal stan- dards were high. “But I was a dreamer, not a business person. I started at the bookstore for $5 an hour. So, when I work with people who are needy, I can tell you I’ve walked in their shoes.” Today, Hartmann describes herself as “deter-


mined to get the max out of every experience, open to change, willing to negotiate, and able to approach life with a sense of humor.” “Life is interesting,” she says, “but not with- out its disappointments.” She concludes, “As with reading the newspaper, you have to start getting information early and decide what you can skim and what needs a second look.” —Helen S. Edelman ’74


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Mary Jane Baker Macartney describing the Libbey House gang’s most recent annual meeting. Attendees were Marie Ryder Riley, Margaret Hotaling Miller, Bernice Warr Williams, Elouise Kenworthy Spel - brink, Donna Hornsby Montgom ery, Pat Malmar Almond, and Barbara Pfeil Bergen—all of whose husbands are gone, as is Muriel Keema Flood; MJ says they were toasted many times. With “Here’s to one more year” being the group’s slogan, they have already started planning their next gathering. MJ says, “Not bad for a bunch of 85-year-olds!” Ruth Montgomery Merritt’s daughter Nancy Carter reports that Monty has moved from Nancy’s home to the Village at Buckland Court in South Windsor, CT. Monty says the people are wonderful, as is the food, and she keeps very busy. She hopes all is well with classmates. In mid-May my roommate Billie Stein


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I know the class joins me in sending condolences to Sue Strauss Kraus, whose husband, Steve, died in May after a long illness. Her happy news was that her old- est grandson was to be married in July. GRETCHEN EISNER RACHLIN 115 RAYMOND AVENUE SOUTH ORANGE, NJ 07079-2339 973-763-6167 FAX: 973-762-3468 GRETCHEN@GOODPILOT.COM


notes: She attended the wedding of her brother Stan’s (not Steve’s) granddaughter. EDITH ARMEND HOLTERMANN 319 CLARKE AVENUE STATEN ISLAND, NY 10306-1127 HOLTERGLAS@AOL.COM


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Tisch hosted a lively lunch at the Metro - politan Art Museum. Katey Geyer Winant came down from Williamstown, MA, on a bus trip to join me and husband Larry. Conversation flowed, and we had a great time. We hope to meet again next June at our 65th reunion. Patricia Roach Maley says her health has improved in the last couple of years. She flies between homes in Plattsburgh, NY, and Orange City, FL, twice a year. She has also been to Columbus, OH, to visit her great-grandchildren. In Ohio Carolyn Countryman Hoppes


has had an art studio for the past 20 years and is still painting. She says she is “en - joying it more and more because my hus- band has now joined me there and is doing beautiful watercolors.” In Honolulu Aileen Kwock Char lives


at home with daughter Susan and is en - joying family in Hawaii, where her first son also lives. Her other sons live in Bei - jing, Washington State, and California. She says her second knee replacement has helped with walking and other exercises. Nancy D’Wolf was “wheeling” at home


for six months, having suffered a broken leg in an accident in her kitchen. She notes, “I have utmost respect for people who have spent their lives in wheelchairs.”


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on the Danube and Rhine. As a frequent tourist with Grand Circle Tours, she was entertained on board by the captain of the ship. Trudy Giese Vilaska is grateful for her Skidmore experience. “Sixty-two years later, I still cherish the outstanding studio art education I received, and I loved the whole social experience in dorms.” She adds that she and husband Bert are enjoy- ing retirement in sunny California. Carol Eaton McMillan was expecting


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to see Sibyl Avrett Carlson this summer on a cruise down the Danube. She keeps busy with church and other volunteer activities. She has one grandson left in college; the others have all graduated and are working. Marge Ness Kartiganer writes, “We are


still enjoying the lifestyle of South Flor - ida.” They have fun trying to keep up with their six grandchildren, three of whom are now in college. While I’m now a resident of Florida,


I still drive north to the Adirondacks for the summer months and love visiting Skid - more’s campus. In January I visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Eight national-park safaris provided up-close viewing of animals in their wild habitat. We also studied the government and his - tory of each country; in South Africa we visited Nelson Mandela’s home and one of the prisons where he did hard labor. The class extends sympathies to Judy


Rehr Dunning, whose husband, Skip, passed away in March. He was an active supporter of the class and, as Judy notes, “was always a great help with planning reunions.” Their granddaughter Jessica


Ruth Niederlander Shoumate en - joyed her 2011 European cruises


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