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magine hand-sculpting all the hills in Cincinnati. Zoe Vose Morsette, UWW ’73,


accepted that challenge as part of a project to recreate the city’s railway layout as 7,000 square feet of miniature scenery, now on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The model is one of hundreds of displays, props, and cos- tumes the New York City resident has produced. A dance and theater major, Morsette began her career at Radio City Music Hall, fashioning elaborate headdresses for the stage performers. In the 1980s, she created one of her best-


known works—a Statue of Liberty costume and mask worn by a huddled, shivering model to promote the New York Cares Coat Drive. Another high point was sculpting the giant


walk-about bunny, Roland the Rabbit, for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She esti- mates that over 30 years she completed 600 pieces of coated-foam sculpture for the iconic holiday event. Morsette has also worked for Saturday Night


Live, the Jimmy Fallon Show, 30 Rock, and other TV shows; motion pictures, including Noah; and more than 40 Broadway theater pro- ductions, including her personal favorite, Shrek. Her technique involves making 12-inch models and then scaling them up to any size required. “I can see in 3-D,” she explains. “I don’t use a computer at all.” A cancer survivor, she also creates one-of-


a-kind teddy bears for a charity auction hosted by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Her bears, dressed as characters from shows such as Beauty and the Beast and Camelot, have raised $43,500 for the organization. She works out of a warehouse studio filled with shelves, a spray booth, a paint table, foam, vinyl, clay, sewing machines, and tons of thread. Immersed in her craft, she says, “I guess I’m a little OCD, but I know where every tool is.” And no matter the assignment, “There’s always a way.”—Helen Edelman ’74


and stepson Greg is a marketing and busi- ness consultant for the identity-theft soft- ware product division of Equifax. Martha Seem Banghart celebrated the marriage of son Andrew last year. She wel- comed her first grandchild, Jacob Oliver, son of daughter Tracey, on October 24, 2013. Martha and husband Byron recent- ly purchased a house in Sanibel, Fla. Her intergenerational community choir, Deer Creek Chorale (www.deercreekchorale .org), is thriving. Martha Resnik Reiss passed along the sad news that her husband, David, died on January 7, 2013. Her two stepsons are married and each has a daughter. Martha is a clinical nurse specialist in the adult emergency department at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital. My grandson Jack Eric was born in Cincinnati on December 28, 2013, to my son Jonathan and his wife, Kathleen. Jack is adorable and luckily seems to be grow- ing into the good looks of his parents. Those of you who remember my father from those raucous Happy Pappy week- ends will appreciate that Jack’s middle name was selected in his honor. JULIA GROSSE BRODHAG 1025 REGENCY DRIVE CHARLOTTE, NC 28211-4778 SKIDDIE71@GMAIL.COM AND NURSING CORRESPONDENT: SERENA ROTH BATEMAN SERENAROTH@AOL.COM


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Last summer Mary Patteson Rynearson and husband Art visit-


ed Ghana in West Africa, where he taught a legislative writing class. It was a great experience meeting the people, visiting the Kakum rain forest, and traveling along the scenic coast. Nancy Gilday Spark, the devoted grandmother of twin 1-year-old boys, works full-time in real estate on Long Beach Island, N.J. Her husband is com- modore of Mantoloking Yacht Club. BARBARA DEVINE BODE 235 KANE ST. BROOKLYN, NY 11231 BARBARA.BODE1@GMAIL.COM


Matthew’s wedding in Flagstaff, Ariz., ear- lier this year. It was a memorable affair, held in the tiny Church of the Holy Dove, which only holds about 15 people and is located in a heavily wooded area. Daughter Katrina and fiancé Akira flew in from London; daughter Sarah and hus-


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Kathie Chwals Milligan and hus- band Mark attended son


band John drove from Los Angeles. The party of 11 rented a house in Flagstaff for a week. Kathie is helping to plan daughter Katrina’s wedding, scheduled for October in Stamford, Conn. The groom is from Argentina, so they are expecting an inter- national group. Charlene Kellsey has retired after 17 years as a librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her last position was as head of acquisitions, purchasing the books, journals, and databases for the research collections. Charlene loves this new phase of her life. She plans to write a book on the history of the women’s abbey in Arles, France, based on materials she collected during two sabbaticals there. She will also devote time to painting with acrylics. Son Ken and his wife, Melanie, live in Alameda, Calif., with Charlene’s adorable granddaughter Emily, 2; of course there will be many visits to play with her. Daughter Rebecca and partner Ken live in nearby Colorado Springs. Charlene enjoyed a month at the family cottage in Lake Sunapee, N.H. Cathy Offinger had the pleasure of accompanying her dad to his 72nd Yale reunion over Memorial Day weekend. He was one of two members of the Class of 1942 in attendance. Wolfeboro, N.H., resident Anne Blodget Holberton and husband Phil celebrated their youngest’s graduation from Brown University this spring; he is working for global investment bank Jefferies in NYC. Anne is hard at work chairing a commit- tee to restore a local museum. Nina Nilsson edited and contributed to


Struggling Readers CAN Succeed: Targeted Solutions Based on Complex Views of Real Kids in Classrooms and Communities. The book is for classroom teachers, reading specialists, and anyone looking for practi- cal, research-based ways to further the lit- eracy development of individuals who struggle to read. Nina is an associate pro- fessor in teacher education at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Susan Garlock Lesser spent a few days with daughter Jill in Philadelphia, where Jill teaches in an urban charter school. Susie says, “Jill is an extraordinary teacher and so loyal to her kids despite their unbelievably challenging behaviors.” Jill had an excellent example to follow. Rumor has it that Barbara Prince Stone gets rid of workweek annoyances by kick- boxing. I will keep my distance. Sally Amend Larmon was recently walk-


ing in Sasratoga’s Congress Park on a nice day and wants to know if anyone remem- bers sledding down the hill there on trays


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CHARLIE SAMUELS


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