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Marcie Clausen Gray, Joanne Schmidt Madden, Lydia Pardo McMinn, and Sallie Neuweiler Henry at Skidmore to make plans for our big 60th reunion. We are determined to make this milestone event truly enjoyable and memorable. We will be stars, back on Broadway (well, North Broadway) by popu- lar demand! Mark your calendars and make your plans to be with us in Saratoga May 29 to June 1. Joan Gray Kittredg had a busy summer


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of family activities at her home on Peach Blossom Creek in Easton, Md. Daughter Paige ’85 celebrated her 50th birthday on the creek with family and old school chums from all over the country. Joan later hosted her second granddaughter and 28 other members of the University of Maryland’s women’s field hockey team for a delightful afternoon of swimming and boating. Joan is looking forward to our 60th reunion! Joanne Ewig McCallum and husband Bruce traveled to France, where they joined a group touring Normandy and Omaha Beach. It was a wonderful trip and they saw many other parts of the country, including Paris. They capped the summer season by meeting up with the whole family in Huntington Beach, Calif., in August. Joanne hopes to join us for the 60th reunion.


Rhoda Poetzl Billingsley has lived in Rome, Italy, close to her daughters and their families for over 50 years. She keeps busy doing translation work and leading English conversation classes, in addition to studying French and German. Rhoda visits the U.S. as often as she can and visited Skidmore’s campus three years ago with some friends from the Class of 1955. Although she found the new campus impressive, a tour of the old Union Avenue campus made a deeper impression: “Every- thing looked so much smaller than I re- member.” She welcomes hearing from classmates at rhoda.poetzl@fastwebnet.it. ANN BALLINGER WILCOX 877 JEFFERSON WAY WEST CHESTER, PA 19380-6909 610-692-6366 BALLIWILCOX@GMAIL.COM


anniversary this past August. She says “time does fly!” They summer in Deer


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Isle, Maine, and encourage classmates heading Down East this summer to stop and visit. Diane Davis Nelson welcomed two great-grandsons; Nathan was born October 3, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, and Victor was born April 9, 2013, in Boston, Mass. Both are growing fast and so adorable! Her daughter, Kathy, married Jim Mitchell in Kennebunkport, Maine, on August 9, 2013. The newlyweds are building a new home on Lake Sacandaga, close to Saratoga Springs. Diane’s youngest granddaughter, Abby, is attend- ing Eastern Carolina University, where she is a member of the women’s soccer team. Diane and husband Jim stay very busy in Savannah Lakes Village in South Carolina, where “life is as good as it gets and the people are awesome.” Nancy Passaro Whittaker is enjoying retirement in Merced, Calif. She loves her volunteer jobs at nearby Mercy Hospital and Yosemite Church. Nancy also enjoys spending time with her 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Nancy’s brother, Frank, passed away in September 2013 at age 83 from Alzheimer’s. He was a pharmacist who loved to ski and hike. We are sorry for your loss, Nancy. Phyllis Bartlett Towle and husband Parker are well and busy. Parker works in neurology and Phyllis is painting, rug hooking, and keeping life at home “afloat.” She enjoyed a lovely visit with Carol Stewart Schneidewind this past summer. Sally Wagman Hoge attended a class mini-reunion held at Il Violino in NYC this past June. On hand were Connie Swedlin Sultan, Rosemary Wheatley Hudson, Carol Werle Deering, Edith Zukosky Wald, and Jean Lechleitner Weisel. Classmates enjoyed abundant wine, food, and time to catch up with one another. In August, Sally enjoyed a Skidmore –Long Island luncheon at the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, N.Y., hosted by Mary Hoff Fallon. Sally made the trip from Quogue with neighbor Sue Parker Prior ’61, and spent time chatting with Averill Dayton Geus ’56 and Kay Moore Hickey. What a setting! Patti Sherman Jones was delighted that


a Skidmore Habitat for Humanity initia- tive in Florida coincided with a Skidmore- Vero Beach event last year. Four students spent their winter break in that city help- ing build homes. Patti offered to pick up the students, who were invited to attend the alumni gathering. She says it was “one of our best events ever, as alumni really loved hearing the students share


about a great experience.” We extend condolences to Ruth Tuoti Dufault, whose husband of 50 years, poet Peter Kane Dufault, died in April 2013. Ruth reports that another poet authored a lovely piece about Peter in a New Yorker blog on June 7. Stepchildren, grandchil- dren, great-grandchildren, a nephew, old friends, and neighbors have also been supportive. The landscape design business Ruth has owned for 35 years in Hillsdale, N.Y., brings her financial stability and much pleasure. Her special joy is drawing, for which she doesn’t have enough time. Ruth says the heartache she often shared with her husband, involves “the mess the world is in,” especially the vast disparity between rich and poor, the impact of that gap on children, and the effects of envi- ronmental pollution. She does what she can by serving on her town’s conservation advisory council and teaching about sus- tainable gardening. The class offers sympathy to the family


of Ruth Foster Fleming, who passed away in April 2013. Joan Kennison Shaw passed along the


sad news that Nancy Barrett Eadie’s hus- band, Peter, died in September 2013 after a long illness. We are sorry for your loss, Nancy. Joan and husband Jerry were happy to have their home featured on the 2012 Beaufort, S.C., Christmas tour of homes; proceeds from the tour benefit school scholarships. My significant other of 14 years, Jerry,


and I cruised the Danube River through Austria, Germany, and Holland. We were joined by Nicki Nixdorf Parkinson, who says the cruise was very pleasantly “slow- paced for us oldies.” MARDI DUGGAN DREBING 4215 CLEVELAND ROAD SYRACUSE, NY 13215-2415 MARDIFLY@AOL.COM


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Berkeley, Calif., to celebrate her brother’s 60th wedding anniversary. While there, she and husband Adolph watched several America’s Cup races. The couple later cele- brated Adolph’s 80th birthday with family on Cape Cod with lots of lobster, seal watching, and ocean swimming. They are


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