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fet and husband Micky last winter while Jan and husband Pete were in Boynton Beach, FL, for several months. They had fun reminiscing about Skidmore days and the great time at Reunion. Judy Brown Tulchin has been busy in Chapel Hill, NC, where three grandsons live. Her number-one priority is going to the gym regularly so she can be in tip-top shape to babysit. Judy visited New York City, where she met sister Marilynn, who lives in San Diego. The pair enjoyed two plays and three museums. Judy also had lunch with Paula Rosen Janis and Joan Horowitz Behr. Pam Merton Jackson and Linda Collier Kenerson shared breakfast at Reunion and found they shared a love of art. Pam is a docent at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and Linda is a gallery in - structor at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. In April, Linda and her old Skid more roommate and fellow BMFA instructor Kay Davis Flynn joined Pam on a won- derful trip to Italy, including Renais sance palazzi, villas, and chapels between Cre - mona and Venice. They saw lots of great art, but best of all, Linda and Pam are new friends! Linda was planning a fall trip to Fort Worth to continue their art explorations and see new friends. Linda, Kay, and Pam were freshmen in Nelson together, and they picked up right where they left off 53 years ago! Margaret Howe-Soper had a big year, including retirement, camping in Alaska, a second grandchild, driving to Illinois to visit old haunts, and settling into “a new life of comparative freedom.” She says, “I’m singing, hiking, reading, weaving, biking, and riding. Oh, yes—and turning into a goofy grandmother. You’d think no one was ever a grandparent before!” Evie Berk Kahn treasured the mini- reunion she had with Zelda Jacobson Schwartz and husband Paul in Myrtle Beach, SC, last winter. She says, “We had a great time talking and laughing non- stop. They are such a devoted couple and wonderful company.” Derry Knight Coe and husband Roger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November. Martha McGarvey Perry continues to enjoy Montreal during the winter and Swanton, VT, on Lake Champlain, during the summer. She says, “Would love to connect with any former classmates pass- ing through. I have great memories of our 50th last June.” After teaching high-school art and math for more than 30 years, retiree Carol Geff - ner Fontani says, “I relished my new-


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found freedom, then became involved with my next love—dog rescue. I volun- teer at the Miami animal shelter and fos- ter animals in need. Sometimes I keep them. I now have four.” She is buying a house in Reno, NV, with one of her sons so she can drive out there with her dogs. She will keep her Miami home but spend summers with her three sons, daughter- in-law, and three grandkids out west. Barbara Burrows Raber enjoys retired


life in North Carolina. She had both shoulders replaced this year, so no more sports—“the RA has taken its toll.” Her grandchildren were coming in June for a week at the beach (Ocean Isle). In June Joan Beckwith Braffet and Mickey were expecting a fifth grandchild via a surrogate. She says, “Daughter Kim, husband Colin, and Bynn, 6, live in War - saw, Poland. Due to type-1 diabetes, Kim cannot have any more children, so they did in vitro with a surrogate from Kansas.” The family planned to stay with Joan in Florida for several weeks after the birth; Joan’s other daughter Cathy and her three kids from Texas were also going to be in town in July. Judy Mutti Grinnell spent an “enjoy-


able, educational, inspirational day with artist and activist Betsy Damon ’63, ex - ploring waterway restoration possibilities along the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA.” Judy is involved with Hoosic River Revival (see hoosicriverrevival.org). Gretchen Schneider Burkholder wrote


to say her beloved husband of 49 years, George (Princeton ’56, Cornell Med ’61), died April 15. The Burkholders have two children and six grandchildren. Linda Speer Diez writes, “Having been


a not-very-athletic, bookish folksinger in my youth, it’s a such a pleasure to watch my very athletic, lithe granddaughters play lacrosse, soccer, and basketball on very demanding teams.” She adds, “After a hip replacement last September, it was great to travel for three weeks in South Africa in May.” CHARLOTTE SMILEY READ 6330 GOLF COURSE SQUARE ALEXANDRIA, VA 22307-1225 GIG4SMILE@AOL.COM


with great food, mini-college classes and tours of the old campus (some of it still looks the same, including the Pink Palace), fireworks, a boat trip on Lake George, meeting with President and Mrs. Glotz - bach, lectures just for us, and golf-cart transportation by the nicest students. Our


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It was a fantabulous 50th! The Skidmore staff did a wonderful job


class president and reunion chair Mollie Klee Heron rightfully earned the 50th Reunion Service Award. And our class memorial service was beautiful and touch- ing: we remembered our missing alumni with special music by Elli Rachlin and Twila Fleckten Wolfe. Incidentally, there are 329 active members of our class; 84 attended Reunion. A big thank-you to Mollie for putting together the class quilt, and to all of you who sent squares for it. It was auctioned off by Twila Fleckten Wolfe and won by Lynn Garrett Meyer and George for $500. That brought our class gift to around $1.5 million.


My apologies to Sally Oppenheim Le -


bo wich, whose news for the last issue was never received. We send Sally our condo- lences on the death of husband Rich ard in January 2011 after 48 years of marriage. Susan Donner Wells is again single


after being twice married. Once a CPA, she retired eight years ago and now vol- unteers as a tax aide and with the Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program. She travels at least six times a year and has invested in two Florida condos, becoming a landlord in the process. Roberta Brandes Gratz has been living part-time in New Orleans, working on her fourth book, about the city’s recovery since the hurricanes in 2005. Her previous book, The Battle for Gotham, was published in 2010; she spent that year traveling and promoting it before heading to New Orleans, which she says is a great place to live. She resigned her position on NYC’s Landmarks Preservation Commis sion but has not given up on the city. She hates being so far from her two daughters and five grandchildren but flies home for visits. Sharon Burdge Lockwood writes that


our 50th reunion was sandwiched be - tween her 27-year-old son’s graduation from Harvard Business School and his wedding. She is delighted that the new couple will be in Washington, DC, for school and work. After leaving the World Bank as a deputy director, Sharon taught international economics at American University but is now officially retired. She recently founded Georgetown Village, a nonprofit that helps older residents live longer in their homes. Launched in De - cember, it now has more than 200 volun- teers providing an amazing array of serv- ices from transportation to grocery shop- ping to computer help. Carolyn Heft raves about Reunion: “The events for our class were top drawer, and I enjoyed getting reacquainted with class-


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