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buddies are Sandy Skinker Bennett, who shares my love of rescue-dog efforts, and Laura Young, with whom I share so much I cannot believe we were not best friends at Skidmore! Several classmates who were unable to attend Reunion or submit entries for the class history sent in updates. (I apologize for the typos and formatting issues here and there in the document. Co-editors Judy Aronson, Judy Pettingell, and I were working hard on last-minute entries, and our designer did not have time to make all of our cor- rections.) Kathy Wagda Otterman is sorry she


was unable to come to our 50th. For the past 21 years, she and husband Lloyd have been spending the winter in an apartment in West Palm Beach, Fla., and residing in Goult, France, from the end of April until October. In France, the Otterman home is a 200-year-old stone farmhouse they restored 16 years ago on a hill just outside the 12th-century village of Goult, between Avignon and Aix-en- Provence. The house is surrounded by 300 lavender plants as well as cherry, apricot, apple, olive, walnut, almond and plum trees. The dry sunny climate allows the couple to get in plenty of biking, tennis, and golf. Back in the U.S., they spend time with their son and his wife’s family, who live in New Vernon, N.J., and their daughter and her clan, who reside on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound, Wash. Kathy and Lloyd also frequently visit Kathy’s 95-year-old mom in Jupiter, Fla. Their oldest grandchild is pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara; the youngest is a sophomore at the Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J., and plays football and rugby. The Ottermans keep up regularly with Linda Stiles Ferguson and husband Craig, who live in Darien, Conn. Linda was Kathy’s room- mate at Skidmore for three years and lived with her for another two years in NYC. While rereading her entry in the class history book, Tamar Greenhauff Karet was “struck by how little I’d followed my own advice to younger women: make sure you speak up about your own accom- plishments, rather than sit back and wait for the job/promotion/raise you believe you deserve!” Active in the women’s movement since moving to England in 1968, Tammy led the Women’s Rights Campaign that helped push a landmark sex antidiscrimination act through Parliament in 1975. When her boss at a London publishing house refused to pay her wages equal to those of her male


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counterparts, she left to become a free- lance translator of Dutch fiction and liter- ary agent. She later enlisted physician and humorist Jonathan Miller, star of the famed revue Beyond the Fringe, to write text for a pop-up book on human anato- my she and a designer friend wanted to publish. Their “little hobby” topped the bestseller lists in the U.S. and U.K., lead- ing Tammy and her colleague to launch their own publishing firm, Genesis Productions, then Cardinal Publications and, more recently, Medallion Publishing. She is currently editor of Buzz, a magazine focused on life in Highgate, the London suburb in which she lives. Jane Finneman Hochman recently retired from the last of the professional boards on which she served for years. Now an emeritus member of many of these boards, she finds it “hard to quit altogether!” She spent the summer enter- taining family and friends. Jane will con- tinue to serve as class fund co-chair along with Carolyn Caesar Ingraham; they are hoping to keep the great spirit of partici- pation going post-50th reunion. Susan Jay Spungin, president of Blind


Biz services for the visually impaired, was named Distinguished Alumna of the Year by Columbia University Teachers College in May 2013. Hether Connor Turner regrets missing Reunion. She and Sam celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. The couple dated for three years while she was at Skidmore and Sam at Union. They spent their working years in Rochester, N.Y., raising children Michele ’88, Sam ’89, and Robert ’96. Michele lives in Northampton, Mass., Sam is in Sonoma, Calif., and Bert resides in Nantucket, Mass. The Turners now have 10 grand- children, who provide “great joys for us.” Since Sam’s retirement, he and Hether split their time between Siesta Key and Nantucket. Hether sends her best to the Class of ’63. Roberta Curtis Golub is an executive financial planner at the Ayco Company, a Goldman Sachs company. She can be con- tacted at rsgolub@comcast.net. Sabre Gilmartin (aka Linda Sable) is


back home in England after a great trip all over Greece. After Reunion, Gayle Jenkins Mandle


was invited by the Tang Museum to par- ticipate in the 2014 Alumni Invitational Exhibition March 29 to June 15. “Need- less to say, I am thrilled to show my work at Skidmore, especially in the wonderful Tang Museum,” Gayle notes. Her installa- tion for the show, Study for a Monument, is


the result of a collaboration with her daughter Julia. The work, which was pre- viously shown in their Ga.ME II Exhibition at the Leila Heller Gallery in NYC in 2013, focuses on the growing eco- nomic imbalance in the world. “We use a teeter-totter and scorched chairs as the symbol for mass protests, inspired by the Tunisian fruit vendor who immolated himself in despair.” Visit https://tang .skidmore.edu for information. She adds, “It was great to be at our 50th reunion and catch up with so many friends from our class.” I heard from Joan Rascoe Hausman,


who designed the cover of our class histo- ry book pro bono, incorporating my painting. Joan has a second animated book for toddlers, In My Room, for sale through the iTunes app store. The second in a series, the book introduces the joy of reading to children 1 to 3 years old: Joan says, “A child is able to make an object move, talk, and play music with a simple touch.” Nina Collins, daughter of the late Kathleen Conwell, helped Kathy’s moth- er, Lauretta, celebrate her 103rd birthday this past year. Nina, whom some of you met at the showing of Kathy’s film during Reunion, lives in a beautiful riverside apartment in Brooklyn and has a second home in Cold Spring, N.Y. She has a daughter at Barnard College and three other children. “Believe it or not, there are perceptible seasons in Hawaii,” says Willa Zens Marten. “During the fall, people burn leaves, and the aroma brings me right back to my childhood in New England. As this island was settled by New Englanders who planted coffee during the mid-1800s, there are little church steeples in every village, also reminding me of home.” Willa recently welcomed a grandniece and grandnephew, the first set of twins in her family. She has acquired another condo at Hale Keawe, a historic resort area on Kealalelua Bay. Willa adds, “It is always available for a mini-reunion.” Linda Blanchard Chapman is still rem- iniscing about our spectacular 50th and reconnecting with old friends. In September she and husband Phil traveled with another couple to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. They then joined a Grand Circle adventure to Helsinki and Ivalo in Finland and then on board the Nordlys, one of several Hurtigruten boats, to travel coastal Norway from Kirkenes to Bergen. They later spent a day in Oslo. “All in all it was a terrific vacation!” The Chapmans have put their house on the market but


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