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taken from the Moore Hall dining room. Cindy Carr ’74 passed along the sad news that Linda Juszczak, a dear friend she had grown up with in Saudi Arabia, passed away on March 26. A nurse practi- tioner with a doctorate, Linda was an international advocate for school-based health care for adolescents. Cindy observes, “As she came to accept her diag- nosis of metastatic cancer and I reached out to coach her on the integrated options, I was honored that she consid- ered some of those options and told me, ‘Cindy, I know you’re trying to heal me.’ She continued aggressive chemotherapy at Georgetown University Hospital, but was ultimately told that nothing more could be done for her. Her devoted class- mates and fellow nurses truly mourn this great loss and celebrate her lifetime achievements in a field she not only helped develop but defined as a legacy for future generations of young people.” My peers recently named me chair of the Juvenile Court Committee for the Toledo Bar Association. I was also elected to serve another term as the Democratic Committee precinct chair. For the 13th year in a row, Barry and I raised the most money for the Toledo Area Humane Society’s Bark in the Park event. We have raised over $52,120 in those years, and Barry and I were presented with a trophy recognizing our efforts. JOANNE RUBIN 6743 MONARCH DRIVE SYLVANIA, OH 43560-3177 JRUBIN610@AOL.COM


More than 50 classmates returned to Skidmore for our 40th reunion. Special mention is due our long-distance travelers such as Nancy Haas Geyer and Susan Thomas Heldrich from Florida; Elizabeth Ullman from Colorado; Emily Pavlovic Chiles from Texas; Reggie Carbon, Cynthia Kriesmer Carr, and Winnie Wan from California; and Kathleen Landis Messmer from Oregon! A complete list of attendees is at www.skidmoreconnect.org/1974. All agreed that our “moveable feast” was the best reunion ever. Special thanks go to Steffenie Oliver Kirkpatrick, who built the momentum for reunion using a theme borrowed from the Hemingway memoir, which inspired class historians Emily Chiles and Reggie Carbon to transform our class history into a cookbook, enticing a great number of you to share your favorite recipes and restaurants. Reunion co-chairs Ellen Brickman and Kate Ferris orchestrated the events and


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venues, Karen Flaherty Oxler helped reach out to our nurses, Emily Chiles and Nancy Geyer hosted our hospitality suite. Thursday night we had a reception at the Spring Street Art Gallery. On Friday several classmates took part in the alumni golf tournament, while others watched a Skidmore chef serve up delicious dishes from our class cookbook. We watched the sun set at a sublime dinner overlooking the Saratoga Polo Grounds (thanks to great planning by Denise Marcil). At Saturday’s awards ceremony, we cheered as Winnie Wan accepted the Creative Thought Matters award for her work in the biotech industry. Later Louise Mallette and Kate Ferris offered tips on identifying the ingre- dients for a positive retirement. Saturday’s dinner at the Tang Museum was preceded by a behind-the-scenes tour, and Steffenie got a standing ovation as she passed along the mantle of class president to Ellen and Kate. The climax of the evening was a thrilling rooftop viewing of the campus fireworks. Sunday morning was filled with goodbyes, good wishes, and anticipation of our next reunion. (Plans are in the works to return before the 45th in order to enjoy even more of the Saratoga area.) Those of you who couldn’t attend, make sure you join us in 2019! Reunion attendee Catherine Stroup, who retired from the legal staff of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency two years ago, enjoys volunteering at the Columbus Metropolitan Library and serv- ing as a tour guide at the Supreme Court of Ohio. She stays active with yoga and Pilates classes, swimming, tennis, and travel, with trips to Glacier National Park, Slovenia, Bosnia, and Croatia in 2014. Longtime pediatric nurse Mary Ellen Green switched gears in 2005 when she signed on as a nurse at a penal institu- tion. In 2008, the facility was acquired by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now Rutgers University. On New Year’s Eve 2014, she married her partner of 13 years, Diane Brunetta. Mary Ellen attended the opening of the nursing exhibit at Skidmore, but was unable to make Reunion.


Belinda Bowling Bewkes Metzger’s stepson Carston married Rachel Langer in Albuquerque N.M., last year, giving Belinda a chance to meet many of her husband’s relatives for the first time. This year, her daughter Chandler got married, with her daughter Barrett as maid of honor. And in June, Barrett and fiancé Sean graduated from Foster Business School at the University of Washington in Seattle, then traveled across country to be


married in Nantucket, Mass.. Since retir- ing from Texaco, Belinda has developed a passion for game of bridge and is now a life master player. In 2013 she published Belinda’s Complete Guide to Bridge and Belinda’s Quick Guide to Bridge. During a spring trip to visit her mother in Vero Beach, Fla., Belinda spent a memorable day with Gayle Beeson, who winters in Vero Beach and summers in Maine. Gayle traveled to Italy with her father earlier this year and, judging from her postings on Facebook, Belinda concludes they had a wonderful time. On a late-summer cruise through the Baltic and St. Petersburg, Russia, Belinda was joined by her son Garrett, her mother, her sister Nancy Bowling Gramps with husband Steve and their youngest daughter Austin, and several friends. Julie Christison lives in South Haven, Mich., with husband Gerald. They both retired from Fortune 500 companies after more than 30 years. They recently trav- eled to Rome with Julie’s brother and sis- ter-in-law to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, visiting seminarians from their parish who invited them to the North American College. There, they heard evening prayers, which included young a cappella voices singing psalms. Julie notes, “They could move the most hardened hearts to tears.” REGINA N. CARBON 706 BOUNTY DRIVE, #603 FOSTER CITY, CA 94404-2609 RCARBON14@GMAIL.COM


May 28–31, 2015. A dedicated group from our class met in Saratoga in July to begin crafting the itiner- ary and reserving venues. More details


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soon, but for now I’ll say that it’s going to be cool. This year, the Class of ’09 cap- tured the reunion attendance record with 187 of their classmates returning; we can do better than that and take the crown that is rightfully ours! Let’s all get togeth- er to celebrate our time at Skidmore and each other. If you have any suggestions for the reunion committee, please e-mail me. On Facebook, just search for Skidmore College Class of 1975. NONI REILLY 114 CUSHING AVE. BOSTON, MA 02125-2033 617-288-2104 NOREEN.REILLY@VERIZON.NET


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