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marines. These young women today are so amazing! After a fun week in Annapolis with most of the family present, Bill and I visited with Rosemary Lawton MacCoun and Mac and their daughter Mary Grace at the MacCouns’ home in West Grove, Pa. Our memories of Skidmore days are many, and we especially love reminiscing about “the Pics and the Pies.” BETTY JOHNSON BOOTHE 14 HEEGEONG DRIVE DENNIS, MA 02638-2220 508-385-5735 BETTYBOOTHE@GMAIL.COM


Elizabeth Singer Gluck can’t believe a year has gone by since Reunion. She and Gene had a very busy spring that included the graduations of three grandchildren. Betsy urges us to continue the good work of keeping the Class of ’53 connected: “We are special!” Cynthia Kain Wigton enjoyed winter- ing in Vero Beach, Fla., but is glad to be back home in New Jersey. We extend condolences to Sally Nichols Gibbs, whose husband, Roger, died on January 1. Sally has moved to a continu- ing-care retirement community. Bascha Grubman Mon taught three art classes this spring, which help to finance her own artistic endeavors. She is plan- ning a solo show for May 2015 in Port Washington, N.Y. Bascha says, “Staying in touch with friends is so important at our age.” She recently chatted with Shirley Levine Jacobs, her freshman roommate. Shirley lives in Florida, and it has been years since they have seen each other, but now she plans to travel north for Bascha’s exhibition.


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Phyllis Miller Green’s new book, Fired at Fifty: A Survivors Guide to Prosperity, has enjoyed a lot of favorable press coverage. Interestingly, Bridgette Aigner Wagner ’86, whom Phyllis befriended at a Skidmore alumni gathering, contacted me to extoll the excellence of Phyllis’s work. Bridgette told me the book simultaneous- ly inspired her and reinforced her profes- sional ethics, adding, “It is a must-read for young and old professionals alike and can help anyone who ever dreamed of forging their own career path or launch- ing their own company.” Betty Howe Shannon’s entire clan— eight adults and five children ages 8 to 19—spent a delightful week in a rented house on Kiawah Island, S.C. They played tennis and golf, swam in the pool, and spent hours on the beach in perfect weather. Betty says she and Jack “are lucky to be healthy.” She still is trying her


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best on the tennis court. We were saddened to learn of the pass- ing of Barbara Scheinler Shepherd in December 2013. We remember Barbara’s fine company and the humor, cheer, and sincerity she displayed throughout her life. We send our sympathy to the family. Carol “Dubie” Haynes Nelson notified us of the passing of her dear friend Elizabeth “Besby” Mohn Sweeney on May 5. Dubie remembers Besby’s conta- gious humor, ever-dancing pony tail, and devilish pranks—“she was an original.” Many in the class remember Besby’s late husband, Terry, from their happy college courtship. The couple split their time between Bloomfield, Mich., and a retreat on Kiawah Island, S.C., where Dubie was delighted to be a frequent guest. We extend condolences to Besby’s family. My husband, Jim, passed away in January after braving a long decline with multiple-system atrophy, a rare neurode- generative disease. We have been grateful for excellent caregivers, the unwavering support of our family, and the many kindnesses of friends and neighbors; it puts life in perspective. Recently we cele- brated the first weekend at our “all-new” old cottage at the Jersey shore. Superstorm Sandy is behind us, minus some furniture, utensils, and essentials, but we are happy to be back. MARYANNE “MIBS” WADE MENK 14 DEXTER DRIVE S. BASKING RIDGE, NJ 07920-1552 MMENK@VERIZON.NET


They included Nancy Burley Chase, Caryl Bruns Hutchens, Betty Carpenter Evans, Sue Davis Tull, Mary Grindley Shepard, Connie Kellert Goldstein and Don, Joan Morace Tennille and Carl, Marcie Clausen Gray and Woody, Lydia Pardo McMinn, Sallie Neuweiler Henrie, Sandi Strouse Gaylord and Tom, Jo Schmidt Madden, and me. We enjoyed dinners together with three members of the Class of 1949 as well as a special din- ner with President Glotzbach and his wife, Marie, along with other post-50th classes. The big star-studded event was the parade of classes, at which we sparkled in our multicolored boas and headbands. We were a small but enthusiastic cast of real troupers with an entourage of paparazzi at our heels. Of course we sang a song or three and graciously accepted the applause. There were also two solemn moments: a service at the Alumni Memorial Garden, where the names of


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Bright stars were shining at our big 60th reunion this past spring.


our departed classmates were read, and the dedication of Room 304 in Palamountain Hall, where we were joined by Anne Palamountain, to mark the room as a gift from the Class of 1954, thanks to generous contributions by classmates. Class president Sue Tull announced that the leadership team will work together to keep our class moving forward. Lydia McMinn will take over as class secretary. Nancy Cavanaugh Elliott goes to the YMCA four times a week and enjoys Zumba classes. She is healthy and well. Most of her five grandchildren live nearby in Portsmouth, N.H., and a son resides in Los Angeles, Calif. Carol Berg Parsons is happily in Fountain Hills, Ariz., with her “wonder- ful” husband Bill; their oldest daughter is just 15 minutes away. Carol belongs to three book clubs and enjoys an active social life and great weather. Nancy Gillis Sheridan has retired from her second career in nursing. She still works two days at the Debbie Road Thrift Store in Boca Raton, Fla. She has great fun there with her fellow volunteers. Her son works for Apple in Silicon Valley and is married with a wonderful stepson. Her daughter, happily divorced, resides in England with her three children and is working on her doctorate. ANN BALLINGER WILCOX 877 JEFFERSON WAY WEST CHESTER, PA 19380-6909 610-692-6366 BALLIWILCOX@GMAIL.COM


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are still on the go with trips to Spain, Portugal, Sicily, and Malta filling their calen- dar this year. Spending summer in Deer Isle, Maine,


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is the “icing on the cake.” Ronnie writes about craft and design exhibitions, and Ed maintains his pediatric ophthalmology practice at Mount Sinai Hospital. They love spending time with their family, and in partial retirement they enjoy the best of all worlds.


Diane Davis Nelson’s husband, Jim, cel- ebrated his 85th birthday and is doing great. Daughter Judy was married on Grand Cayman in January; the newly- weds reside and work in Houston. Daughter Kathy and her husband recently moved into a new home on Lake Sacandaga just outside Saratoga Springs. Diane hopes to visit them while attending


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