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Linda reports that there no takers thus far. She encourages classmates to visit them sooner rather than later. Frankie Sweeny Helfrich says she would love to have visited with class- mates at Reunion. “Hello to all ’63ers and thanks for those four years in Saratoga— they were the best!” Frankie retired from her job as a hospital information-systems support specialist and is enjoying her newfound leisure time. Her daughter recently adopted Gracie, a 3-year-old deaf girl from China who had not previously spoken a word. Now fitted with ear implants, Gracie hears very well and is learning to speak. “She is a delight! Being a grandmother is hard work, but full of wonder.” Frankie hopes we can all make it to our 55th reunion and says she will be glad to help plan it. Got that, presidents? Debbie Day Hayes underwent difficult open-heart surgery two weeks after Reunion. She offers hope to classmates who may someday be facing a similar medical challenge. Debbie’s operation was performed at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. “Here I am, almost back to my usual full schedule, including cardiac rehab. Thank you to all who expressed your pos- itive thoughts. They worked!” We continue in our rural Vermont life, with sporadic trips down to our West- chester condo to sample life in NYC and see our daughter and family, as well as old friends from New Jersey. Our son and his family live in California, but we saw them for an annual family gathering in Nantucket last summer, and there are plenty of Marin County trips in our future. John and I celebrated our 50th anniversary. I still struggle with arthritis and fibromyalgia, but I rejoice that I am here every day, and can walk at all. Forgoing gluten, red meat, and diet Coke has helped. DEBORAH FRANKEL REESE PO BOX 110 SOUTH STRAFFORD, VT 05070-0110 BYBYNJ@GMAIL.COM


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Memorial Museum for 19 years and moved to Israel, where her two sons and four grandchildren reside. She continues to work part-time for the museum, interviewing survivors and collecting their family histories as well as photos, documents, and artifacts.


The work brings her a lot of satisfaction. Genya also builds furniture and has com- pleted two dining room tables and two beds for grandchildren. She summers at her parents’ house in Hampton Bays, Long Island. Anne Wilson Rousseau, after many


years in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., moved to Boone, N.C., in 2010. She loves the mountain country, where people are “so warm and welcoming.” Anne serves as a mentor to students engaged in a pre-edu- cation program at Appalachian State University that works with middle school students at Western Youth Network for at- risk kids. Anne visited Saratoga last spring during a five-day trip from North Carolina to New Hampshire. While in town, she enjoyed a walking tour of Camp Little Notch, the Girl Scout camp in nearby Fort Ann that she attended for over a decade. She capped her trip with a visit to Pocantico Hills, the Rockefeller family estate in Mount Pleasant. Anne’s daughter, Marni, will be wed on the horse farm she owns in Newark, Ill., in August. Anne speculates that Marni and fiancé Rocco may end up riding rather than walking down the aisle. The joy of Anne’s life is her 9-year-old granddaughter, Bella, daughter of Anne’s son, Chad, and daugh- ter-in-law Michelle. Unfortunately, Anne will be unable to attend Reunion. This past June, Janice BozBeckian


Touloukian retired as pastor at the Newtown Congregational Church in Connecticut, which she has served for 20 years. Although the Newtown school shootings were traumatic for the commu- nity and the nation, Janice believes that much healing has taken place. She plans to share some of her experience helping residents move through that tragedy when she leads our class memorial service at Reunion. Husband Bob retired as a pediatric surgeon at Yale School of Med- icine. A professor emeritus, he provides temporary coverage for other pediatric surgeons, and did a three-week stint in July at Eastern Maine Medical. Janice and Bob have five grandchildren scattered between Indianapolis, Ind., and Boston, Mass.


Marilyn Gottlieb is author of Life with MAY 29–JUNE 2


an Accent: One Immigrant’s Quest to Belong, available now on Amazon. The novel chronicles the journey of Marilyn’s hus- band, Frank Levy, who fled Nazi Germany with his family as a young boy, endured hard times as a refugee, and went on to become a very successful businessman in America. Marilyn is president of public relations at the Crescendo Group. She


previously served as director of public relations for Lintas and Ogilvy & Mather advertising agencies. A past board mem- ber of Advertising Women of New York and an inductee into the YWCA’s Aca- demy of Women Achievers, she taught public relations at Manhattan’s New School for 18 years. Marilyn received an MFA in writing and literature from SUNY Stony Brook in 2012. Linda Smith Thurston lives full-time in Port Charlotte, Fla., where she enjoys ten- nis, golf, biking, and walking. She and husband David spent a month in New Jersey visiting their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons. The couple also trav- eled to Australia and New Zealand last year. She hopes to make our 50th. Carol Krentzman Ginsburg’s husband, Steven, continues to deteriorate from Parkinson’s disease. The couple employs an aide seven days a week to help out with his care. Last spring, their daughter and son-in-law finalized the adoption of Carol’s granddaughter, who has lived with them since she was eight days old. Carol has fully recovered from serious spine sur- gery she underwent in July. She and Steven celebrated their 50th anniversary at a small dinner along with guests, including one of their bridesmaids and matron of honor. She and Steven, along with his aide, spent a few weeks in their home in the Massachusetts Berkshires. They pray only for good health these days. She is hoping to attend our 50th. We do hope that you are planning to be


in Saratoga May 29 to June 1 to celebrate! A fabulous lineup of activities is in place for the weekend, thanks to Ellen Pomeranz Sax and her planning commit- tee members. As Val Burkhardt Marier suggests, we will be eating well, staying, if desired, in the new campus apartments, and enjoying the wonderful renewal of friendships. So get in touch with anyone you’d like to see and help us meet our attendance goal of 106 classmates. Let’s beat the existing 50th reunion record of the Class of 1960! MADDY SHANLEY KLIGORA 2350 STEEPLECHASE LANE ROSWELL, GA 30076-3914 MKLIGORA@COMCAST.NET


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