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and wonders, “Where to?” She recalls see- ing the Space Shuttle Discovery circle Wash ington, DC, and land at Dulles Air - port: “Wow!” Lanie Lippincott Peterson lives in Ty -


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bee Island, GA, by the ocean. She writes, “On a Sunday afternoon walk we saw three dolphins surfing the waves. Give me a call if you’re in Savannah, and we can walk on the beach!” Ann Diller retired last August from full-


time work in a NYC psychiatric center. She’s since been to Hawaii and has re - turned to playing tennis after a four-year hiatus.


Barbara Akers’s life “has been turned upside down.” She contracted Lyme dis- ease two summers ago and says, “It is a horrible experience. I had to quit work and go on disability. Right now I am re - ceiving three kinds of antibiotics—one by IV—for six to eight months. I had planned to work and travel this year; that’s all on hold for now.” BARBARA CROSSMAN BELL 218 CANDEE AVENUE SYRACUSE, NY 13224-1608 BICI@TWCNY.RR.COM


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Susan Flanders Davidson’s grand- daughter Julia was born last Febru -


ary to daughter Kimberly Davidson Young ’04. Honored by a local high- school valedictorian, Susan received the Rome (NY) College Foundation Student- Teacher Achievement award. In April she was inducted into the Rome Arts Hall of Fame as an outstanding fiber artist and art educator. Susan made a recent visit to the Hyde and Tang museums, organized by Susie Walden Divine ’60. She waxes, “Through all of my days, Skidmore praises do sing loud and long!” Carol West Seldin is a trustee of the


Westport (CT) Country Playhouse, on the board of advisors of Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA, and master gardener and president of the New Canaan (CT) Beauti - fication League. New Canaan’s St. Luke’s School, where Carol’s husband has been a trustee and both sons are graduates, re - cently dedicated its Seldin Performing Arts Center. Meanwhile, the gardens at Dogwood Hill, the Seldins’ home, were featured in several local magazines and in


Liz Miller Grasty in Herndon, VA, is “aiming to retire in two years”


In the Garden by Stacy Bass. Carol’s son Douglas ’08 has conducted theater work- shops for Skidmore, where he is teaching stage movement and directing A Mid sum - mer Night’s Dream. When Jeff Jannuzzo and wife Anne- Marie spent a week in Berlin before Christ - mas, they found that people actually un - derstood them when they spoke German. He comments, “Seeing high-school kids visiting museums, and realizing they not only had no memory of World War II or the Cold War or communism, but had lived only in a world in which Berlin had no wall at all, created a feeling that is too hard to describe.” This past spring judge Joan Kohout received Albany (NY) Law School’s Kate Stoneman Award, named for Albany Law’s first woman graduate and first woman admitted to the practice of law, in 1886. Joan has served as a judge in Monroe County Family Court for 24 years. On a 10-day trip to Catalonia, Julie Johnston, Linda Zieper, and their friend Linda Warner (Simmons ’70) spent most of their time in Barcelona, where they “toured museums and churches, shopped shoe stores, ate delicious Catalan food, and drank lots of local wine.” Highlights included a cooking lesson featuring paella and crema catalana. A concert at the art nouveau Palau de la Musica Catalana and tours of the Gaudi-designed Casa Battlo and Palau Guell were other highlights of an adventure to remember. Gail Jenks Goff opened her own archi- tectural practice in Newport, RI, three years ago, designing houses in southern Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She’s recently connected with other Skidmore alumnae and says there are quite a few in the Newport area.


My 24-year term with the US Bank rupt cy Court came to an end in February. Judges, staff, attorneys, friends, and family gave me a fabulous send-off including a respite at the Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, where Dean and I luxuriated during a cold, rainy spring week. Then it was on to Afton, VA, where Chris Werner and I left husbands behind and spent a glorious few days with Candy Keeler Krop, husband Tom, and pooch Clover on their bucolic farm featuring herbs, vegetables, and free- range chicken. Afton offers microbrew- eries and vineyards, outstanding local arts, whispering streams, and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Candy says their move from Virginia Beach was not as difficult as she’d anticipated; they always seem to be hosting friends to golf at Wintergreen and enjoy the fresh air


AT WORK Helping new moms S


haron Anglum-Storrs ’71 describes her new business as “mommy boot camp.”


She and her partner will provide labor and lac- tation coaching, nutrition and childbirth educa- tion, and referrals to doctors and counselors. That’s in addition to her job as a school nurse at the ethnically diverse Gregory Elementary School in West Orange, N.J. Both jobs fit nicely into the history of Anglum-Storrs’s pursuit of two lifelong passions: speaking Spanish and helping mothers with their new babies.


Upon graduat-


ing from Skid - more with a degree in Span - ish, she moved to Mexico, where she’d spent part of her junior year, to marry. During her 10


years living in Mexico City, she had two children and found work as a doula (labor coach) and lactation consultant and ran a childbirth and par- enting education course. Next came three years in Jeru salem, before the family returned to New Jersey to find better care for their severely dis- abled infant daughter. After raising two more children, Anglum-Storrs earned a nursing de - gree, studied midwifery, and worked at St. Clare’s Hospital in Newark, where, she says, “I was using Spanish all the time.” She found nursing and midwifery fulfilling but shift work difficult, so she decided to be - come a school nurse, which required further formal study. “My life is one long story of ‘And then she went back to school!'” she quips. Recently, Anglum-Storrs continued her alter-


native health-care education by becoming a cer- tified holistic health counselor. She raves about her training, including Deepak Chopra’s teaching of a course in meditation. She is now a member of the American Association of Drugless Prac - titioners, though she says, “It’s not that I never give medicine to my students.” The holistic ap - proach, she explains, “just gives me a broader set of tools with which to help them, including meditation and yoga.” —Jill U. Adams


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CREATIVE THOUGHT CARON TOTH, ASHLEY ROSE STUDIO


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