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he mind behind the movie-review show Sneak Previews, multi-Emmy-winning TV


producer Thea Kharasch Flaum ’60 knew all about formulating laser-sharp questions and presenting memorable and persuasive informa- tion. Then in 2011 she took on the greatest com- munication challenge of her career with the cre- ation of FacingDisability.com, a Website that puts families suddenly dealing with a spinal cord injury in touch with families who have “already been there, done that.” As the stepmother of a young woman who became quadriplegic after a diving accident, Flaum understood the isolation and upheaval families face after such a catastrophic event. FacingDisability.com has about 1,000 one-min - ute video inter- views, all conduct- ed by Flaum, with individuals who have spinal cord injury and their parents, siblings, and grandparents. Also featured are physicians, psy- chologists, scien- tists, nurses, and health-care ad - ministrators. The


interviews, she says, “are meant to be useful, not inspirational or emotional. This is about what people have learned that will help other people in the same situation. People dealing with SCI don't have time to attend a support group. This makes access to each other possible.” “I had a wonderful career in TV,” says Flaum. “But I plan to do this going forward, as long as I can. And I hope it will serve as a model for using video for other organizations building an Internet community.” The Chicago native points to her formative


years at Skidmore as “a time when not much was expected of women, but standards at Skid - more were high and the attitude of the college was ‘You can do anything.’ And I have always gone for achievement without being afraid to fail. The further I get away from it and the more per- spective I have, the more I can see how my time at the College shaped who I am today.” —Helen S. Edelman ’74


Ann (about former Texas governor Ann Rich - ards), says the play was selected for the Lincoln Center’s sea- son at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, its premier Broad - way house. She de - scribes Ann as “a comedy/drama showing that women can have it all and do it all with power and humor.” Joyce Gilburt Hood-Jelliff (jghood1@ cox.net) moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in July. She writes, “We missed our annual trip to Linekin Bay in Maine but hope to return to Boothbay Harbor again. We miss the ocean, but the dessert landscape is awe- some.” They have been remodeling their home and hoped to have everything fin- ished soon. A daughter and son also live in Scottsdale, and Joyce says, “It is won- derful being closer to them.” In the fall Joan Bowles Averette left on a 12-day trip to the Holy Land with a group from her church. She was “really looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime experience”—and also to “seeing every- one at Reunion next spring!” Elizabeth Rumreich Mottur visited


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rier says, “The 55th is a great opportunity to gather—we look forward to seeing lots of classmates!” Pat Wuytack Ennever writes that she “enjoyed a lovely time” with Barb Van - Popering Keyes at her condo in Hawaii. Still full-time for Lockheed Martin, Pat says, “I telecommute most of the time. Eighteen in my family enjoyed a wonder- ful reunion cruise to Bermuda. Here in Atlanta, my oldest son is a lawyer and CPA, and my daughter is a nurse; my middle son is an oncologist in Greens - boro, NC. I keep busy with chauffeur duties for my 8-year-old grandchild.” Susanne Hecht Goldstein looks forward to Reunion. She notes that since gradua- tion she’s had two husbands, been wid- owed twice, had two great sons, been on a lot of wonderful travels, and is still en - joying life. Cathy Yacker Winter has a new grand-


with Nan Shearer Moore and husband Frank in Michigan in September. She writes, “We drove to the Shakespeare Fes - tival in Canada, where we thoroughly enjoyed the excellent theater. Nan, Frank, and their family are all well.” Libby has been chairing the steering committee for the 300-day celebration of the 300th anniversary of the incorporation of Cha t - ham, MA. After husband Mott died in 2011, Libby sold the house and moved into a smaller one next door. She says her children and grandchildren are all thriv- ing. “Life is good. If we stop running, we’ll just rust.” Margretta Beishline Lisick had a call


from Donna Benner Cochran on their mutual birthday, October 15. Anne Davis Carrier and husband Tom


were heading to Arizona earlier this year and planning to put their house on the market. Citing their “wonderful years there, playing golf and enjoying great friends,” she says they’re opting “to do the proactive thing rather than have to possibly be reactive. We are on no time - table, will retain our membership in our club there, and will rent. We are excited about the flexibility. All three daughters and eight grands are in good shape. We are very fortunate, indeed.” Anne and Anne Mintener Heegaard met to begin planning our spring reunion. Anne Car -


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child named Christian. Her son Christian ’91 and wife Sarah and the baby were spending a few months at her place in La Jolla, CA, while finding a house in San Diego. “It is big fun to have them and their two dogs. The baby is lots of joy,” says Cathy. She adds, “La Jolla is beautiful this time of year.” Frances Garrett Crew spent the summer


at home in Elmira, NY, and Keuka Lake, highlighted by the wedding of oldest daughter Awa, 25, at the family chapel at the lake. Awa is head of the legal depart- ment for DEC in the Adirondack Region. Frances says, “We are happily retired and not going anywhere this winter. All else is well.” Judy Podlesney sends greetings from


Sperryville, VA, where she enjoys living in a renovated historic Baptist church with her two kitties. She has lots of volunteer opportunities, including with the rescue squad and the Rappahannock Historical Society, for which she interviews local old-timers. My husband, Tom, had his 80th birth-


day with friends and family at a lobster cookout. Sidney Wright Coursen and Beau journeyed up from Massachusetts for the weekend. We’ve been looking for- ward to a 10-day cruise on Norwegian Lines from Honolulu. PRISCILLA KNOWLTON TAVENNER 74 TAVENNER ROAD BOOTHBAY, ME 04537-4027 207-633-4879 TTAVENNER@ROADRUNNER.COM TAVENNER@GWI.NET


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