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In Missouri Pamela Thompson Gomes notes that it’s been seven years since hus- band Ed died, and she decided to sell their large condo. She moved to a new retirement facility 20 minutes away, in an area of St. Louis County called Kirkwood. She says, “I am very happy with the move and will still spend October to April in my condo in Naples, FL. I am enjoying good health and some travel—mostly to visit children and grandchildren in Kansas City or Long Island.” Chick Glassey Ehbrecht says our 55th reunion was better than imaginable! She enjoyed the dinner cruise on Lake George, sailing in and out of coves under a cloud- less sky. The days, she notes, were filled without a minute to loaf—lectures, gour- met meals, a tour of the Saratoga battle- field, plus a very moving memorial serv- ice for our classmates at the chapel. She and Susan Schanck Fawcett also enjoyed a ride at the Skidmore stables. Chick offers a big thank-you for sending in your re union-book bios and your humorous re - sponses to the survey. She adds, “With great pride we watched Joan Firmery re - ceive the Outstanding Service Award for her lifetime of volunteering!” Chick hopes to see us all at our 60th. Nancy Mann Germanetti and Hugh’s wonderful world cruise sailed from Florida to Colombia, through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to Polynesia and South - east Asia, on to Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, and Jordan, up through Pirate Alley to the Suez Canal, and ended in Venice, Italy. “Indeed, a trip of a lifetime,” she says. It was followed by our “absolutely awesome Reunion.” She hopes more of our class can join us next time. Reunion was spectacular! The campus couldn’t have looked lovelier, and the staff went out of their way to be available. Many of us stayed in Northwoods Village and traveled to the various functions via golf carts driven by students. Nancy Ger - manetti presented the slate for new class officers: Hope Thompson Kerr (presi- dent), Barbara Beckwith Ballentine (sec- retary), and Marge O’Meara Storrs (FOP chair) were unanimously voted in for the next five years. Yes, this really is my last Scope! It’s been


a pleasure hearing from you. Be sure now to send your “happenings” to Barbara Beckwith Ballentine, 801 S. Pitt Street #220, Alexandria, VA 22314; or bbbalex@ verizon.net. DOROTHY DODD O’MEARA 5 PONDSIDE LANE WEST SIMSBURY, CT 06092-2421 DOTTIEOMEARA@COMCAST.NET


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bach and Fred back- packed in Thailand last November on a church trip. She writes that Bangkok was prepared for the floods. When not traveling, Barbara works on historic preservation with the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Flora May Crisp Rowse moves between


her summer and winter addresses in Elli - cott City, MD, and Buckeye, AZ. She spends her time exercising, swimming, golfing, reading, and entertaining and is looking forward to our 2013 reunion. Barbara Fritts Dixon saw Donna Ben -


ner Cochran when Donna’s husband, Rob, a physician in pain management, had a book-signing at the LA Times Book Fair. His third book, The Opiate Cure re - ports that opiates seem to stabilize people who have bipolar disease and are in pain. He has patients from all over the country who travel to Nash ville, TN, to get relief. Donna herself re covered from back sur- gery a number of years ago. Frittsie, mean - while, is involved with two book clubs, including a “very cerebral” writers group. She took a hand-drumming course that teaches rhythm; she finds it a great stress reliever and good for arthritis too. In May Margretta Beishline Lisick’s granddaughter Marisa was married at Long fellows in Saratoga Springs; Mar gretta and Frank stayed at the hotel after the reception. Barbara Osborne Vulkoff, 75, daughter Deborah, 50, and granddaughter Mere - dith, 21, shared their landmark birthdays in Maui. “Nan” (grandma Barbara), who goes to the gym regularly, held her own with zip-lining, kayaking, snorkeling, out- rigger canoeing, climbing a 10,000-feet volcano, and of course partaking in the luau. Nan had “Pops” beside her for cock- tails in the sunset. Sidney Wright Coursen and husband


Beau had a whirlwind two-week trip to Sicily, Italy, with Beau’s old friend Bruno from Harvard Business School and his friend Heidi, who live in Sicily. Norine Reilly Toole has four married children; three families live in Dallas- Highland Park, TX, where they grew up, and one family lives in Darien, CT (near New Canaan, where Norine lives). She has 11 grandchildren, some of whom are at Exeter, Deerfield, and TCU in Fort Worth. She loves watching her grandson play football. As a birder, Polly Wittenberg Rothstein


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was fortunate to be part of a group that camped in the jungles of Guyana with an ornithologist recording bird vocaliza- tions throughout the 1990s. As a disabled birder, Polly visits Karanambu, a ranch in southern Guyana that hosts ecotourists and where she has friends, for two weeks twice a year. She keeps a scooter there, which makes traveling much easier. Elsa Daspin Suisman is the producer


of The Best Man starring James Earl Jones, whose Broadway run was extended to September. She is also producing Ann, about the late Texas governor Ann Rich - ards, starring Holland Taylor of Two and a Half Men fame. Ann has a fall opening in NYC. The Suismans are traveling to Europe for two weeks, the first week at the home of famous artist Sol Lewitt’s widow near Positano, Italy. Elsa’s eldest grandson, Isaac, son of Jackie Haft ’85 and Carl Yackel ’86, is a freshman at UMass-Amherst.


Beverly Beatson Grossman made a two- week trip to Italy. Husband Buster was par- ticipating in an international swimming competition (he is a diver) in Riccione, on the Adriatic coast near Ravenna. All was lovely; they even missed the earthquakes. Bev’s passport was stolen, but she received a temporary one from the US Consulate in Florence, met the consul general, and had a lovely tour of the 19th-century palace that houses the office. Susan Liss Biggs sent a CD containing Skidmore slides and suggested there might be a slide show at Reunion? (Attention, reunion chairs Ann and Ann!) In Maine Gretchen Koehring Strong


says summer is a busy time, running her Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast. “My sons and families live on Mount Desert Island also, which is wonderful. They’ve become quite the croquet players, and the strategy is fun to watch.” Fall affords her time to recuperate before she heads to the Baha - mas for three months in the winter. Colorado resident Aurel Brown Searls


and youngest son Paul had a good winter, but she wished for more snow. She took Paul to London in May. Marilynn Corbett Sutton had a hip replaced and a cataract removed and also has arthritis. She says, “However, I still think positively, have a good husband of 54 years, do some traveling, and have fun with grandchildren and my needlework.” PRISCILLA KNOWLTON TAVENNER 74 TAVENNER ROAD SAWYER’S ISLAND BOOTHBAY, ME 04537-4027 207-633-4879 TTAVENNER@ROADRUNNER.COM


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