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A new beginning 

Executive Board 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

July 1, 1981-June 30, 1982 

Gwen Speel Kaplan '60, Wilton, CT, President 
Patty Sykes Treadwell '58, Ross, CA, 

First Vice President & Director of Clubs 
Jocelyn Palmer Connors '62, Roanoke, VA, 

Second Vice President 

Mary Ann Mellen Root '53, Greenville, SC, 

Preston Hodges Hill '49, Denver, CO, 

Alumnae Fund Chairman 
Mary K. Lee McDonald '65, Richmond, VA, 

Nominating Chairman 
Edith Page Gill Breakell '45, Roanoke, VA, 

Admissions Representative Chairman 
Lyn Dillard Grones '45, Virginia Beach, VA, 

Planned Giving Chairman 
Courtney B. Stevenson '66, Chevy Chase, MD, 

National Bulb Chairman 
Suzanne Jones Cansler '63, Selma, AL, 

Finance Committee Chairman 
Judith Greer Schulz '61, Lynchburg, VA, 

Continuing Education Chairman 
Elizabeth Smith White '59, Charlotte, NC, 

Financial Aid Chairman 
EUen Harrison Saunders 75, Suffolk, VA, 

Career Planning Chairman 

Regional Chairmen 

Virginia Squibb Flynn '32, Darien, CT 

Sara Finnegan Lycett '61, Delta, PA 

Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49, Richmond, VA 

Audrey T. Betts '45, Greensboro, NC 

Ann Pegram Harris '59, Atlanta, Ga. 

Mary Virginia Grigsby Mailed: '49, Zionsville, IN 

Ethel Ogden Burwell '58, Grosse Pointe, MI 

Vaughan Inge Morrissette '54, Mobile, AL 

Maud Winborne Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas, TX 

Jane Merkle Borden '65, Denver, CO 


K. Ellen Hagan '81, Charlottesville, VA 
Ethel Burwell '82, Grosse Pointe, MI 
Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet 
Briar nominated by the Alumnae Associa- 
tion and elected by the Board of Directors 
of Sweet Briar College 
Catherine Cox Reynolds '49, West Hartford, CT 
Judith Sorley Chalmers '59, Short Hills, NJ 
Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39, 

Richmond, VA 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47, Dayton, OH 



OCT 7 1982 

Ex officio 

Patricia Calkins Wilder '63, 

Golden Stairs Chairman 
Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41, 

Boxwood Circle Chairman 
Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

Editor Alumnae Magazine 
Ann Morrison Reams '42, Sweet Briar 

Director of the Alumnae Association 

Victor, NY, 
Southern Pines, NC, 
Madison, NJ, 

Sweet Briar College 


First Things 
by Tom Hartman 2 

Turning Point 
by Caroline Bloy 7 

Alumnae Publications... Addenda 10 

New Faces, New Places 12 

Honors 14 

Marriage, career, family... can women do it all? 
by Carter H. Hopkins 16 

Early Man, The Search for Origins 
by Cheryl M. Fields 19 

The Editor's Room 23 

Alumnae Notices 27 

Letters 28 

Class Notes 30 

Generations Progress Report 
by Joseph H. Davenport, Jr. 48 

Editor: Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

Assistant Editor: Mary Hughes Blackwell 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates, M.A., University of Illinois 

Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion 74, The Design Group, Lynchburg, 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 0039-7342). Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, 
spring and summer by Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, VA 24595. 
Printed by Progress Printing Co., Lynchburg, VA 24502. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar Col- 
lege, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. Telephone (804)381-5513. 

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First Things 

by Tom Hartman 

i irst impressions are rarely the most accurate and first 
intentions are rarely the most lasting, though they are often 
the wisest. But first impressions and first intentions often 
have a real value — a freshness, a simplicity, a possibly 
charming naivete. They are usually sketchy, piecemeal and 
await a later integration that must not be forced prematurely. 
I give you then an unintegrated series of first impressions 
and first intentions. 

Amherst County, Virginia 

I find here a sort of synthesis of the 
Virginia tidewater where I was a small 
child and the rural Pennsylvania hills 
where I grew up. There has been a cer- 
tain rootlessness in my life at many 
levels, as there has been for so many of 
my early post-World-War-II generation. 
Amherst County may be the quintessen- 
tial bore to many of its natives, but to me 
it seems a capital place to put down roots 
finally, if the fates allow. I already sense 
a peace here in the spectacular foothills 
that I have not known. 

I have learned much about Amherst 
County and I treasure the expectation of 
learning more. Thank heavens for 
bicycles and thank heavens for libraries! 

Did you know, for example, that the 
rocks exposed here at Sweet Briar are 
among the oldest to be found anywhere 
on earth? Margaret and I rafted down the 
Grand Canyon of the Colorado some 
years ago in the company of a poet- 
geologist friend, and I shall always 
remember the deep nostalgia that swept 
over me as we finally passed into the 
Inner Gorge, that special canyon within a 
canyon that is the Grand Canyon at its 
very bottom. The Inner Gorge is the 
oldest eon of all reached — the Precam- 
brian, the period before the explosion of 
complex life, the one period to which the 

Sweet Briar College 

Grand Canyon devotes, not just another 
colored layer, but a special canyon of its 
own. I learn from books in the library 
that here at Sweet Briar we stand on the 
very same Precambrian when we stand 
on the top of our hills. 

Did you know, for example, that the 
greatest concentration of rainfall in 
recorded human history occurred just 
north of here in August, 1969? I learned 
that from The Torn Land. Amherst and 
Sweet Briar did what they could, but 
there were entire families up there in 
Nelson County that have never been 
found. Presumably their bodies lie buried 
in the riverbeds, the Tye, the Piney, the 
Buffalo, deep in the Precambrian. 

Did you know, for example, that 
Thomas Jefferson would have traveled 
regularly down the valley by Sweet Briar- 
to-be in his last years, when he fled so 
often from Monticello to Poplar Forest? 
That in fact he would have traveled right 
by where my house stands on Old Stage 
Road, little dinky Old Stage Road? I 
thought I had pieced that knowledge 
together from various books until I 
learned from Dumas Malone's latest 
volume, The Sage of Monticello, that Jef- 
ferson habitually, and from my perspec- 
tive, perversely, took the longer route to 
the east. (Surely he sometimes came the 
way by my house, if only for a change.) 

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Sweet Briar 

Even the humblest of colleges has for 
me a magic, a sacredness, which nothing 
else has, because of what happens there. 
Sweet Briar (hardly a humble college) 
has, somehow, a unique and dense magic. 
Part of it is what Julia de Coligny once 
described as "the beauty of the place, 
which has its effect, whether consciously 
or unconsciously, on all who have entered 
its gates." Part of it is the pervasiveness 
I sense here of the Je ne sais quoi that an 
erstwhile English professor named Robert 
Pirsig once labeled Quality, and then 
chased all over the American landscape 
in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle 
Maintenance. (The man could have saved 
himself a lot of gas if he had studied a 
little more philosophy.) Other colleges 
may have bigger numbers of one sort and 
another, but I'll match our Je ne sais quoi 
against any. 

For me a large part of the magic of 
Sweet Briar grows from the fact that my 
generation, particularly my generation of 
intellectuals, seems to have been subject 
to one long program of disorientation 
ever since we were born into a world that 
had just had its Holocaust and its 
Hiroshima (I was six months in the womb 
when we dropped the Bombs). Here, the 
very fact that Sweet Briar is relatively 
isolated and relatively new makes it 
possible for me to get a purchase on 
things, a sense of where I am. I have met 
all my neighbors and all their dogs (and 
have all but Gert Prior's Sally eating out 
of my hand). I have met Martha Von 
Briesen, Julia de Coligny, Helen 
McMahon, Elizabeth Sprague, to mention 
only a few. I have helped Sally Bowley at 

Lucy Crawford with Hugh Rowland 

Sweet Briar College 

a greenhouse sale and pinch-hit watering 
plants. I have seen Mt. Pleasant go 
through a full half of its ancient cycle as 
I bike daily to campus down past the 
crumbling foundation of the Sweet Briar 
station. I know how old the precocious 
Daisy was when she died; I have seen 
her things in Ann Whitley's museum. I 
was there for the electric moments this 
fall at Founders' Day when Prof. Richard 
Rowland evoked for us the grief of 
Daisy's family transformed into hope 
through the founding of Sweet Briar, and 
the grief he and Clarissa felt at the death 
of their own child just after they arrived 
at Sweet Briar, and how that grief was 
itself transformed in part through the 
people and things they found here. 

I think the thing I'm driving at has 
much to do with the charm certain fic- 
tional worlds have for us. One can get a 
grip on things there but they are, never- 
theless, inexhaustible. Sweet Briar has 
that character for me now, but it is real, 
and I am really part of it, and for me that 
is much better. (That is why I am a 
philosopher and not a literary man!) 

Lucy Crawford 

Gert Prior introduced me to the fact of 
a most memorable predecessor in the 
philosophy department. Soon thereafter I 
came across The Best of Lucifer while 
browsing in the library. Fascinating! I 
mean to keep alive the words of one who 
said such things as these: 

—"The abundant life is based on 
freedom — and freedom is an empty 
abstraction unless it is charged with 
knowledge — it is the truth that will 
set us free — and only the truth. 

Men do not really love pleasure — 
what they really love is LIFE and 
the living of it. 

We realize that 'above all nations in 
Humanity,' and that uniting all the 
diverse 'races' of mankind, there is 
really only one race: the human 
race. And that although we discern 
many tongues, there is only one 
language — only one language that 
says what it means and means what 
it says — the language of LOVE." 

I anticipate eagerly, as a cold winter 
day project, digging into the wealth of 
Lucy Crawford papers preserved in the 
Mary Helen Cochran Library. 

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The Sweet Briar Rose 

The sweet briar rose once grew in pro- 
fusion on the plantation that became the 
college (we read in The Story of Sweet 
Briar College). The sweet briar is a wild 
rose; bushes centuries old have been 
found on the grounds of old castles in 
England. I've looked for it everywhere on 
my bike. I've looked along the creek; I've 
looked around the Monument; I've looked 
where the old train station stood. I can't 
find it anywhere. Elizabeth Sprague 
showed us — Sally Bowley and me — 
where the last four cultivated sweet 
briars stand on campus. One we moved 
to the safety of the greenhouse where 
Sally and Reed Franklin and I will try 
every which way of propagating it. I'm 
not going to tell you where the others 
are. Find them yourself. Ask Elizabeth 

Sally, Reed, Elizabeth and I are deter- 
mined to have a special garden on cam- 
pus for the sweet briar and its eleven 
hybrids, and, by golly, we will too. I've 
found a supplier of the sweet briar, but 
I'd rather find it wild, growing here 
somewhere. I'll keep looking on my bike 
and I'll find it, by golly. I'm not looking 
just on my bike either. I've been pouring 
over the botany books in the library, and 
I've already come up with an interesting 
clue: in England, where it is native, the 
sweet briar grows almost exclusively on 
the chalk soils. I'm not going to tell you 
what I'm doing with that clue either, but 
if you see me sniffing around the edges 
of fields, you'll know that I am looking 
for the sweet briar. Actually, one does 
sniff for it: the remarkable thing about 
the sweet briar is the unique haunting 
fragrance of its foliage. 

Sally Bowley 's dream is to be able to 
give every Sweet Briar graduate a 
healthy little sweet briar rose plant. And 
by golly, she will too. If I have my way it 
will be a wild sweet briar from Amherst 
County, Virginia. Thank heavens for 
bicycles, and thank heavens for libraries. 

Rosa rubiginosa — Sweetbrier 

Postscript, summer 1982. This spring, 
working with a clue from Elizabeth 
Sprague 's article "Trees We Remember" 
in the winter 1979 Alumnae Magazine, I 
found two sweet briars in full bloom 
growing wild in a hay field near the en- 
trance to campus. From their position — 
not far from the old entrance that is now 
a ginko-lined path — one concludes these 
sweet briars are remnants of the very 
bushes for which the plantation was named. 
Presumably they have been there all 
these years being mowed down again" and 
again, coming back again and again, 
perhaps only now fortuitously reaching 
sufficient size to bloom and be recog- 
nized. The sweet briar is indeed a sur- 
vivor! And we have successfully pro- 
pagated the sweet briar. Next spring Sal- 
ly Bowley will have a healthy little sweet 
briar bush to present to every new 

Tom and Margaret Hartman 
came to Sweet Briar in 1981, 
replacing Elizabeth Went- 
worth of the philosophy 
department when she retired 
to Prescott, Arizona. The 
Hartmans have an arrange- 
ment new to Sweet Briar: 
they are sharing one full 
faculty position. The Hart- 
mans have previously shared 
positions at Otterbein College, 
Ohio, and Knox College, Il- 
linois. Before that, Margaret 
taught at Sophie Newcomb 
College of Tulane University 
while Tom taught in a one- 
room high school in a New 
Orleans maternity home. Both 
Ixave Ph.D.s from the Univer- 
sity of Rochester, where they 
met. Margaret's 
undergraduate degree is from 
Vassar; Tom graduated from 

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The Friends of the Mary Helen Cochran Library 
receive a bi-annual news letter, the Library Gazette, 
which contains information about proceedings of the 
Council, reports on the annual meeting, brief comments 
on books purchased by The Friends and articles on sub- 
jects of interest to its members. 

Tom Hartman's evocative First Things is reprinted 
from the Winter, 1981, issue of the Library Gazette 
with the permission of the author and of Julia S. de 
Coligny '34, editor of the Gazette. 

The Gazette is sent to all past and present members 
and to parents of new students. It would be of great 
interest to all past and present students who have used, 
for research or for relaxation, the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library. Membership in the Friends ranges from $5.00 
for a student, $15.00 for an alumna or friend, to $3,000 
for a life membership (and several categories in bet- 
ween). Membership fees are used primarily for the pur- 
chase of new books for the library. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine 

the adult education/ 
degree program 

by Caroline Bloy, Admissions Counselor 

An unexpected phenomenon is taking 
place at Sweet Briar College. Springing 
up from behind boxwood and dogwood, 
armed with black notebooks and pencil 
boxes, dressed in the usual college 
fashion, is a bevy of aspiring mature 
women, curious and eager to see what 
higher education at Sweet Briar College 
is all about. Most are married, most have 
children, most have encouraging and sup- 
portive husbands, and initially all were 

In 1980 the first brave ones approached 
Sweet Briar asking if it would be possible 
to take a course or two in order to con- 
sider entering a degree commitment at a 
later date. This was a step into the 
unknown for both the mature returning 
student and the college. Much to Sweet 
Briar's credit, it responded with encour- 
agement, advice and a warm welcome. 
The risk was worth taking, the personal 
testimonies of those involved confirm our 
expectations that the program is working 
well for all concerned. 

During the last two years, the Adult 
Degree Program has been slowly evolv- 
ing. As the interest and number of older 
women increased, it became apparent 
that Sweet Briar had to establish 
guidelines and direction to the program. 
Consequently, in the fall of 1982 an Ad 
Hoc Committee on the Adult Education 
Program was formed. Its task was to 
recommend certain policies that would 

Sweet Briar College 

aid in the development of the program. 
Eligibility was an important question. 
The committee recommended that to be 
eligible for this program a student must 
be at least 26 years old, or out of formal 
education for at least four years. These 
parameters would eliminate any possible 
overlap with the traditional college stu- 
dent, and set the program distinctly 
apart. The committee also recommended 
that the admission process should be as 
flexible as possible, in the hopes of 
removing the many imaginary or real bar- 
riers which might exist for the returning 
students. The following procedures were 
suggested: none of the customary college 
entrance examinations would be 
requested. The applicant must be a high 
school graduate. Should the applicant's 
transcript reveal a major deficiency in a 
particular area, such as math, she would 
be asked to complete courses in the defi- 
cient areas before entering Sweet Briar. 
The applicant is also asked to submit two 
letters of recommendation, a description 
of her work experience, paid or 
volunteered, and a short essay on why 
she wishes to continue her education at 
Sweet Briar. Applicants may request the 
transfer of credits previously earned from 
an accredited college or university. 
However, 19 units must be taken at 
Sweet Briar in order to be eligible for the 
Sweet Briar degree. 
Unless a student has recently been 

Alumnae Magazine 

Three generations of 
one family attended 
Sweet Briar last year: 
Barbara Fore, grand- 
mother and Bea Wright, 
mother were in Turning 
Point and Laurie Wright 
was in kindergarten 


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involved in a college program, she is 
encouraged to begin with only one or two 
courses. This suggestion is always 
gratefully received by the returning stu- 
dent. The one constant typical 
characteristic of all re-entry students is 
fear — fear of performing poorly, fear of 
failing — and more than a few words of 
encouragement are needed to allay this 
anxiety. With this in mind the Ad Hoc 
Committee strongly recommended that 
the re-entering student be urged to avail 
herself of all support services on campus. 
Both Deans made themselves known and 
available for academic or personal 
counseling. They encouraged the return- 
ing student to use the Academic 
Resource Center in the library for help in 
the necessary study and writing skills. 
The Dean of Student Affairs educated 
them on the "dos and don'ts" of life at 
Sweet Briar and arranged a monthly 
luncheon for them. The faculty, who see 
them daily, have given generously of 
their time and help. 

At present, 13 students are enrolled in 
the degree program, a small number but 
an academically strong group. Five of 
these students have had previous college 
experience. They range in age from 24 to 
54 years old. All but one is married. All 
the married students, save two, are 
mothers of one to four chldren. 

During the last academic year there 
were three generations of one family in 
attendance at Sweet Briar: Laurie Wright 
in Kindergarten and, in Turning Point, 
her mother and grandmother, Bea Wright 
and Barbara Fore. Six Turning Point 
students have full or part-time jobs. They 
hail from Amherst, Arrington, Bedford, 
Lynchburg, Madison Heights, Piney 
River, Roseland, and Sweet Briar. Five of 
these students have been nominated as 
Sweet Briar Scholars. The first graduate 
of the Turning Point program, Louise 
Cook Newton, graduated Summa Cum 
Laude and was awarded the Visual Arts 
prize at Commencement, 1982. The 
opportunity to attend Sweet Briar, to 
grow intellectually, and to be successful 
in the process has truly been a turning 
point in the lives of these women. 

Academically no concessions have been 
made. Turning Point students follow the 
same curriculum and area requirements 
as the traditional student, even to the 
physical education requirement. So far 
none of the Turning Point students have 
made a varsity team, but that may not be 
far off. 

The faculty is delighted with their 
presence in class. They contribute a dif- 
ferent point of view because of their 
maturity and experience. Besides that, 
they are highly motivated. Their 
eagerness, curiosity, participation and 
faithful attention to the subject matter 
have been contagious, providing a benign 
affect on the younger students. 

The greatest satisfaction, as far as 
Sweet Briar is concerned, is that the 
Turning Point students are equally 
delighted to be here. They speak openly 
and enthusiastically about Sweet Briar, 
about faculty, administration and 
students. They feel welcomed, wanted, 
and supported, and consider themselves 
complete members of the Sweet Briar 

Next year, 1982-1983, the enrollment in 
the Turning Point program will swell to 
20 with the admission of eight new 
returning women. All entering students 
will have a "little sister" assigned to 
them. They will all take part in an orien- 
tation program. All will sign the Honor 
Pledge and all will be terrified. But that 
too will pass, and they will soon feel con- 
fident and capable and, like their 
predecessors, will discover that they are 
wanted, welcomed and supported at 
Sweet Briar College. 

Front row, I to r: Gail 
Archbell and Janet 
Wade; Back row, Elaine 
Freim, Barbara Fore, 
Bea Wright, Anne 
Richards and Dean 
Beatrice Patt 

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Alumnae Publications... Addenda 

Baber, Jean. 

Bean, Abigail Shepard. 
Class of 1933 

Berkeley, Dorothy Smith. 
Class of 1932 

Binnie, Patricia Russell. 
Class of 1960 


Sweet Briar College 

A New Jersey Dutch lineage to Christian Barentsen 
Van Home. Philadelphia: Replica I, 1975. 

Lafayette, Lafayette, Lafayette. Philadelphia: Replica 
I, 1977. 

A coral tree. Coralville, Iowa: Printed by Town 
Printers, 1981. 

The life and travels of John Bartram from Lake 
Ontario to the River St. John by Edmund Berkeley 
and Dorothy Smith Berkeley. Tallahassee: Universi- 
ty Presses of Florida, cl981. 

The old wives tale, by George Peele; edited by 
Patricia Binnie. Manchester, Eng. : Manchester 
University Press; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity Press, 1980. 

Romantic narrative plays: 1570-1590) (in Stratford- 
upon-Avon studies, v. 9) London: Edward Arnold, 

Alumnae Magazine 

Booker, Catharine 
Class of 1947 

Condax, Kate Delano. 
Class of 1968 

Engelsman, Joan 
Class of 1954 

Furse, Margaret Lewis 
Class of 1950 

Glassman, Elizabeth 
Class of 1971 

Haskell, Molly. 
Class of 1961 

Henry, Sherrye Patton. 
Class of 1956 

Hickox, Nancy. 
Class of 1968 

Perry, Julie Boothe. 
Class of 1958 

Pierce, Maylen Newby. 
Class of 1922 

Pitman-Gelles, Bonnie L. 
Class of 1968 

Plummer, Betsy Higgins. 
Class of 1932 

Prager, Annabelle Forsch. 
Class of 1943 

Taylor, Sally Adamson. 
Class of 1970 

Sweet Briar College 

The great lady of First Street: Christ Episcopal 
Church, 150 years, by Catharine F. Booker and 
Rosamond McP. Young. Dayton, Ohio: Christ 
Episcopal Church, cl981. 

Horse sense: cause and correction of problems. Tulsa, 
Okla. : Winchester Press, cl979. 

The feminine dimension of the Divine. Philadelphia: 
Westminister Press, cl979. 

Mysticism, window on a world view. Nashville: Ab- 
ingdon Press, cl977. 

Transfixed by light: photographs from the Menil 
Foundation collection: exhibition at the Rice Muse- 
um, Institute for the Arts, Rice University, March 
21-May 24, 1981, selected by Beaumont Newhall; 
catalog by Kathryn Davidson, Elizabeth Glassman. 
Houston, Tex. : Menil Foundation, cl980. 

Cliche-verre, hand-drawn, light-printed: a survey of the 
medium from 1839 to the present. Detroit: Detroit 
Institute of Arts, 1980. 

From reverence to rape, the treatment of women in the 
movies: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. cl974 
(and in paperback by Penguin, cl974). (correction) 

Alone together. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 

Tuloose the miserable moose. Lexington Mass.: 
Ginn and Company, cl973. 

Historic Alexandria: cook & color. Alexandria, Va. : 
Ravenel Books, cl981. 

Reflections. Coral Gables, Florida: Privately printed, 

Historic Alexandria: cook & color. Alexandria, Va. : 
Ravenel Books, cl981. 

Docent handbook for 150 years of art in Manitoba. 
Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1970. 

Seconds, please, by Nan Dessert, Sara Engelhardt 
and Betsy Plummer. Huntsville, Ala. : Strode 
Publishers, cl978. 

The four Getsys and what they forgot. New York: 
Pantheon Books, cl982. 

The spooky Halloween party. New York: Pantheon 
Books, cl977. 

The surprise party. New York: Pantheon Books, 

The 1981 California winery tour maps and directory. 

San Francisco: Sally Taylor & Friends, cl981. 

Grape expeditions: bicycle tours of the California wine 
country. San Francisco: Sally Taylor & Friends, 

The 1982 California winery tour maps and directory. 
San Francisco: Sally Taylor & Friends, cl982. 

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New Faces, 
New Places 

Dean Fontaine M. Belford 

Dr. Fontaine M. Belford, formerly 
director of the Goucher College Center 
for Educational Resources, is the new 
Dean of Sweet Briar College succeeding 
Dean Beatrice P. Patt. 

Dr. Belford earned her B.A. Degree at 
Hollins College in 1962, majoring in 
English, French, and philosophy. She 
received an A.M. degree from Yale 
University Divinity School in 1964 and a 
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the 
University of North Carolina in 1968. She 
has also studied at Harvard, the Universi- 
ty of Munich, the University of Paris, 
and M.I.T. 

She is editor of "A Once and Future 
Time, Steps Toward a Theology of 
Wholeness," and author of numerous ar- 
ticles, as well as several scholarly works 
in progress. 

At Goucher, Dr. Belford not only ad- 
ministered, but in 1977 created the 
Goucher Center for Educational 
Resources, which serves the adult com- 
munity of Baltimore. The programs she 
has designed and staffed include a core 
curriculum of 100 noncredit liberal arts 
courses, a Women's Management 
Development Institute, Public Policy In- 
stitute, Returning Women's Program, 
Teachers' Institute Volunteers Practicum, 
and Post Graduate Pre-Medical Program. 

In 1979, Dr. Belford brought the 
Maryland State Department of Educa- 

tion's Summer Center for the Arts, a pro- 
gram for 800 gifted high school students, 
to Goucher College where it has become 
a permanent part of the program. Concur- 
rently, she has continued to teach courses 
within the English Department and 
serves as an Adjunct Professor at the 
University of Maryland Medical School. 

Before taking on her administrative 
duties at Goucher College, Dr. Belford 
was associate professor of English and 
Comparative Literature at Goucher. 
Before that, from 1966-1968, she was in- 
structor in French Literature at the 
University of North Carolina at Chapel 
Hill. She also taught at Friends' Girls' 
School in Ramallah, Jordan; Bethune- 
Cookman College in Daytona Beach, 
Florida; and the Peace Corps Senegal II 
Project at Berea College in Kentucky. 

Dr. Belford has lectured widely in the 
Baltimore area and has presented 29 
papers before national and international 
conferences. She serves on the boards of 
the National Endowment for the 
Humanities, the American Council on 
Education, the Koinonia Foundation, 
Seabury Press, and the U.S. Association 
for the Club of Rome. 

She is a consultant on the Baltimore 
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Arts and 
Culture, the Philadelphia Cultural Consor- 
tium, the University of Maryland Medical 
School, George Washington University, 
and the Baltimore County Board of 


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Alumnae Magazine 

John G. Jaffe & 
Patricia L. Wright 

John G. Jaffe has been appointed direc- 
tor of the Sweet Briar Library replacing 
Henry James, Jr., who has retired. At the 
same time, Mrs. Patricia L. Wright will 
assume the newly created position of 
associate director. 

Not really a new face on campus, Mr. 
Jaffe came to Sweet Briar as aquisitions 
librarian in 1979 from Bryn Mawr Col- 
lege where he had been acquisitions 
librarian, acting gifts and exchange 
librarian and humanities bibliographer. 

He received his B.A. degree from the 
University of the South, Sewanee, TE, 
and an M.A. in English and M.S. in 
library science from Villanova University. 

Mrs. Wright came here as circulation 
librarian in 1967 and was named 
technical services librarian and cataloguer 
in 1969. She served as acting head 
librarian in 1976-77 and during the spring 
term of 1980. She holds a B.A. degree 
from the University of Missouri and an 
M.S. in library science from Villanova. 

Gail Donovan 

Gail Donovan, formerly assistant direc- 
tor of University Food Services at the 
University of Virginia, has been ap- 
pointed director of Food Services at 
Sweet Briar College, succeeding David B. 
Eames, who retired in June after 11 
years in the post. Donovan will have 
direction of Prothro Commons, the Col- 
lege's chief dining facility, which was 
completed in the fall of 1981; the Wailes 

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Student Center; and catering services. 
She will manage a staff of 75. 

Donovan earned a B.S. degree, su ima 
cum laude, in Hotel Administration irom 
the University of New Hampshire. She 
brings to her new position extensive ex- 
perience in restaurant management and 
university food service management. Her 
position at the University of Virginia 
followed three years as food service 
manager of the Refectory Dining Hall at 
the University of Richmond; two years as 
food service manager of a student "Pub" 
at the University of Virginia; a year as 
director of sales and catering for a 
200-room Ramada Inn; and six years as a 
tavern coordinator for Dunfey Family 
Hotels and Motor Inns, a New England 

Donovan has set two chief goals at 
Sweet Briar: (l)"to centralize food ser- 
vices on campus and to create a profes- 
sional department, delivering consistently 
good quality service to the college com- 
munity that will represent Sweet Briar 
well;" and (2) to get students involved. 

"I am anxious to get students employed 
in catering," she says. "It will be a good 
learning experience. This is a mini- 
business, involving products, personnel, 
and financial management. Eventually 
students who develop the competence 
and interest can become student 
managers," she says. 

"The University of Virginia and James 
Madison have over 500 students working 
for food services," she notes. "It's a ter- 
rific source of income for them, the time 
is flexible, and the experience is ap- 
plicable to many other kinds of business 
management positions." 

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Commencement Honors 

Ann Venable Edmunds '82 

The Emilie Watts McVea 

Class of 1982: Ann Venable Edmunds, 
Lexington, Va., the highest ranking 
member of her class. 

The Penelope Czarra Award: 

Ann Venable Edmunds. This award 
honors the senior who best combines 
scholastic achievement, student leader- 
ship and effective contributions to the 
quality of student life at the College. 

The Lawrence Nelson Award 
for Excellence in English: 

Ann Venable Edmunds. This is given to 
a senior chosen by the department of 
English for general excellence in English. 

The Connie M. Guion Award: 

Ethel Hunter Ogden Burwell, Grosse 
Pointe, Mich. This is given to a senior 
for excellence as a human being and as a 
member of the College. 

The Martha von Briesen Prize 
in Photography: 

Mildred Diane Dunaway, Griffin, Ga. 
This is given to a senior who has made 
outstanding achievements in the field of 
photography as a fine art. 

The Wall Street Journal 
Achievement Award for 
Excellence in Economics: 

Lisbeth Lynn Kauffman, Shaker Heights, 
Ohio. This is presented to an outstanding 
economics major. 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize 
for Excellence in the Visual 

Louise Cook Newton, Amherst, Va. 

Phi Beta Kappa, 1982 
Members elected to the 
Theta of Virginia Chapter 

Mary Ames Booker, Dayton, Ohio 
Ethel Hunter Ogden Burwell, Grosse 

Pointe, Mich. 
Carole Carson, Leesville, S.C. 
Anne Venable Edmunds, Lexington, Va. 
*Deborah Renee Harvey, Lovingston, Va. 
Lizbeth Lynn Kauffman, Shaker Heights, 

Cynthia Louise McMechan, Boca Raton, 

Louise Cooke Newton, Amherst, Va. 
Cynthia Lynn Shannon, Sweet Briar, Va. 
Patti Hughes Snodgrass, Sterling, Va. 
Dolores Irene Teeter, Canandaigua, N.Y. 
Martha Louise Tisdale, Pine Bluff, Ark. 
Grace Louise Tredwell, Sante Fe, N.M. 
Martha Lee Watson, Columbus, Ga. 
Patricia Jane Whelan, Titusville, N.J. 
Ann Morton Young, Alexandria, Va. 
* Elected in the Junior Year 


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Summa Cum Laude 

Anne Venable Edmunds 
Deborah Renee Harvey 
Louise Cooke Newton 
Martha Louise Tisdale 

Magna Cum Laude 

Mary Ames Booker 
Ethel Hunter Ogden Burwell 
Carole Carson 
Lizbeth Lynn Kaufmann 
Patti Hughes Snodgrass 
Dolores Irene Teeter 
Patricia Jane Whelan 
Ann Morton Young 

Cum Laude 

Amanda Curry, Belton Tex. 
Elizabeth Lee Gantt, Columbia, S.C. 
Rachel Harriet Giles, Chagrin Falls, Oh. 
Lynn Rosmarie Hanna, Chardon, Oh. 
Victoria Yates Lee, Barrington, 111. 
Cynthia Louise McMechan, Boca Raton, 

Kim Eileen Mueller, Albuberque, N.M. 
Robin Devore Piatt, Jacksonville, Fla. 
Cynthia Lynn Shannon, Sweet Briar, Va. 
Grace Louise Tredwell, Sante Fe, N.M. 
Mary Montelle Tripp, Carmel, Cal. 
Martha Lee Watson, Columbus, Ga. 
Naomi Weyand, Jackson Heights, N.Y. 

The Honors Program, Class 
of 1982 

Ann Venable Edmunds: Highest Honors 
in British Studies 

Kim E. Mueller: Highest Honors in Ger- 
man and Economics 

Junior Honors, Class of 1983 

Sarah Garland Babcock, San Marino, Cal. 
Amanda Ann Beauchemin, Beacon Falls, 

Amy Linda Boyce, Keedysvile, Md. 
Elizabeth Blair Clark, Norfolk, Va. 
Pamela Grace Dickens, Falls Church, Va. 
Diana Ren Duffy, Virginia Beach, Va. 
Sarah Ward Edmunds, Lexington, Va. 
Stephanie Jane Frantz, Pine Grove, Pa. 
Elizabeth Anne Glenn, Lexington, Ky. 
Carolyn Rutherford Hall, Atmore, Ala. 
Wylie McCullough Jameson, Rochester, 

How Kum Kuan, Malaysia 
Bridget O'Reilly, Evergreen, Colo. 
Deirdre Alexandra Piatt, Mery-Sur-Oise, 

Melissa Jo Pruyn, Verona, N.J. 
Helen Therese Robinson, Mobile, Ala. 
Lisa Marie Rogness, Golden Valley, 

Christina Louise Rubino, Newhall, Cal. 
Mary Warren Ware, Richmond, Va. 

Freshman Honors, Class of 

Karin Lynn Balling, 

Smithfield, Pa. 
Sharon Elizabeth Booth, Cary, N.C. 
Kama Boswell, Dallas, Tex. 
Ellen Reed Carver, Virginia Beach, Va. 
Sharon Lynn Guenthner, Luray, Va. 
Roshani Mala Gunewardene, Sri Lanka 
Karla Alane Kennedy, Memphis, Ark. 
Dian Doreen Lawrence, McLean, Va. 
Mallihai Mary Lawrence, Sri Lanka 
Robyn Lee McLane, Lynchburg, Va. 
Gale Susan Oertli, St. Louis, Mo. 
Chantal Claire Pirrone, Virginia Beach, 

Martha Allen Pollard, Keysville, Va. 
Marguerite Ann Robbins, Pompano 

Beach, Fla. 
Cecily Venable Schulz, Lynchburg, Va. 
Stephanie Lynn Sipes, Springfield, Va. 
Paula Ann Smith, Smiths, Bermuda 
Lynne Toombs, Springfield, Mo. 
Victoria Eva Vidal, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
Jeanette Gay Wanless, Bowie, Md. 
Suzanne Weaver, Brewton, Ala. 
Linda Anne Yeager, Wichita Falls, Tex. 

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can women do it all? 

by Carter H. Hopkins, Director 
Office of Career Planning 



"Like juggling balls, but it works!" 
"With family cooperation, anything is possible" 
"How? With a sense of humor, energy and luck." 


These remarks come from Sweet Briar 
graduates who have found a way to suc- 
cessfully combine marriage and family 
with full-time careers. 

In March, 1982, a survey was con- 
ducted by the Office of Career Planning 
to determine the career patterns and 
career combinations of alumnae. The 
population polled consisted of a random 
sampling of 517 women who attended 
college between 1922 and 1980. More 
than a hundred questionnaires were 
returned, most respondents being 
members of the classes of 1960 through 

Certain definite career patterns emerged 
from the data collected. In general, 
from the 1920s through the 1950s, more 
alumnae began their careers with mar- 
riage than with employment or graduate 
school or any combination thereof. In the 
1960s, the respondents were more likely 
to report beginning their careers with a 
combination of school and job, school and 
marriage, or marriage and job. By the 
1970s, more participants left Sweet Briar 

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to immediately combine school and/or 
marriage with employment. Interestingly 
enough, both members of the Class of 
1980 involved in this study began their 
careers with full-time employment. 

The relationship between the 
respondents' undergraduate majors and 
their working careers proved noteworthy. 
Fifty-six percent of those participating in 
the survey had never held a job that 
could be considered directly related to 
their undergraduate majors, whereas only 
eighteen percent had current jobs related 
to their college studies. These statistics 
help to explain the overwhelming number 
of comments received on the question- 
naires as to the flexibility and underlying 
usefulness of the liberal arts degree. 

Analyses of the 1982 alumnae survey 
show certain trends: more Sweet Briar 
women are working now, at all stages of 
their lives and in many various career 
combinations; more alumnae are entering 
the work force directly after graduation, 
as well as entering or re-entering at later 

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The respondents' advice to current 
students indicates that the majority 
believe that women must be ready to 
combine any number of careers at any 
given time, depending upon their situa- 
tions, options and needs. Their responses 
also reflect the belief that the liberal arts 
education does indeed provide the basic 
flexibility necessary to face any changes 
and challenges that may arise. 

Mary Frere Murchison Gornto, 

'69, of Wilmington, NC, is the full-time 
executive director of the Downtown Area 
Revitalization Effort, Inc. 

"The various combinations and their 
timing have always seemed to work very 
well, especially with regard to our 
children and their needs. Take advantage 
of varied opportunites and experiences, 
including volunteer efforts. My liberal 
arts degree and volunteer activities en- 
abled me to get the position as Bicenten- 
nial Director and certainly contributed to 
my present position. My Sweet Briar 
education, I am convinced, instilled in me 
a desire to learn and the ability to think, 
and though my major was chosen without 
any plan for using it after graduation, my 
involvement in historic preservation has 
surely benefited from my courses in 
American History, Art and Architecture." 

Hedi Haug White, '64, of New York, 
NY, is the full-time president of Pambar- 
tim Realty Corporation. 

"The most difficulty we encountered in 
combining marriage and job was when 
one spouse's employer transferred him to 
another state! Combining job and family 
is harder... to plan for school vacations 
and illness without having help. My hus- 
band shares as much as possible in stay- 
ing home when our son is ill or on vaca- 
tion. In truth, though, the lion's share of 
this falls to me. Personnel work and real 
estate work have many elements in com- 
mon... dealing with, negotiating with, 
problem-solving with people. My 
psychology major was a logical founda- 
tion for both." 

Olivia Benedict Maynard, '58, is 
the full-time chairman of the Michigan 
Democratic Party. 

"The combination of children and 
career has been in balance since 1967. 
How? With a sense of humor, energy and 

Anne Green Gilbert, '69, is the full- 
time director and teacher of her own 

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creative dance center in Seattle. 

"If you are going to combine so many 
careers, you need a cooperative husband 
or a housekeeper!" 

Doris Albray Bardusch, '41, direc- 
tor of admissions and assistant to the 
director of volunteers at St. Barnabas 
Medical Center in New Jersey. 

"Do not let anyone talk you out of con- 
tinuing to work (if you want to continue) 
simply because you are going to be 

Mary Frances Brown Ballard, '49, 
of Wayne, PA, majored in political 
economy, then studied journalism in 
graduate school. She has recently ac- 
quired a law degree. 

"I urge everyone to combine and vary 
experiences. Work in your field before 
children are born and keep in touch, at 
least part-time, in their early years. Mov- 
ing is severely disruptive for marriage, 
family and career goals." 

Diane DeLong Fitzpatrick, '69, of 
Atlanta, GA, was a history of art major 
at Sweet Briar. She worked full-time as a 
graphic designer for five years and is 
now a part-time art teacher. 

"You must remember to put your own 
goals and satisfaction right up there with 
the demands of your family. The more 
there is to do, the more you will force 
yourself to organize and choose your 
priorities. Vacations are essential! I 
recommend the book Superwoman by 
Shirley Conran." 

Yvonne Worley Randell, '50, of 
Kennesaw, GA, is a self-employed 
painter-sculptor who spent only one year 
at Sweet Briar before moving on to 
Emory University for her degree in nurs- 
ing. She was a full-time teacher at the 
Emory Univ. School of Nursing until the 
birth of her first child, and has done her 
full share of volunteer work. 

"So many younger women ask me how 
I've managed to raise five beautiful 
children and develop my career in art. A 
strong bond exists between my concern 
for the human condition in both nursing 
and as a figurative artist... chances are 
that I would have remained at Sweet 
Briar had the art department been 
stronger... you may serve the needs of 
someone else in the future by giving sup- 
port to those with two loves — a family 
and an outside passion." 

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Carter Hunter Hopkins, director 
of career planning at Sweet Briar, 
received an A.B. from Sweet 
Briar and an M.Ed from 
American University in Guidance 
and Counseling. Before assuming 
her present position she was 
guidance counselor at Stone Ridge 
Country Day School, in Bethesda. 
Md. Carter, too, combines mar- 
riage, career and family. She and 
her husband. Edward M. 
Hopkins, and young son. Hunter, 
live in Amherst. 


The Career Connection 

You are invited to participate in an alumnae 
advisory network sponsored by the Office of Career 
Planning at Sweet Briar. 


• To provide students with a chance to 
test their career interests before mak- 
ing a commitment at graduation. 

• To provide alumnae with the same 
chance before making job/career 

• To provide students and alumnae with 
the opportunity to learn about job 
market dynamics in specific occupa- 
tional fields. 

• To help students and alumnae make 
valuable contacts in their chosen 
career fields. 

About the Program 

• This is a year-round network that 
enables participants to provide 
students and alumnae with information 
about their jobs through internships or 
on-the-job "shadowing." 

To participate, register by completing 
the form below and returning 
it to the Office of Career Planning. 
The extent of your commitment is 
your decision. You can volunteer 30 
minutes, a day, a week, a Winter 
Term, or a summer, depending on 
your schedule. 

Information will be placed in an Alum- 
nae Network Directory in the Career 
Resource Center, according to your oc- 
cupational field. 

Students and alumnae will contact you 
(or anyone you designate) about setting 
up internships or "shadowing" 

Even if you yourself do not want to 
participate actively, we would ap- 
preciate knowing if your employer of- 
fers opportunities for internships 
and/or "shadowing" experiences. 


Occupational Title. 

Name of Employer 

Address of Employer 


.Telephone: Office. 

.Type of Business 

Internships? Yes □ No D In what areas? 

'Shadowing" Yes □ No □ In what areas? 

Name and title of person to contact: . 
(if other than you) 



Please mail responses to the Office of Career Planning, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595 

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Reprinted by permission from The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
by Cheryl M. Fields 

In the rolling foothills of the Blue 
Ridge Mountains here in southern 
Virginia, about 10 miles from the head- 
quarters of Jerry Falwell's Moral Major- 
ity campaign in Lynchburg, three of the 
most eminent paleoanthropologists in the 
world recently put aside their scientific 
differences to stress one point — the fact 
of evolution. 

Speaking at a symposium at Sweet 
Briar College on the origins of man, 
Richard E. Leakey, director of the 
National Museum of Kenya and 
discoverer of important prehuman fossils 
there, took aim at attempts by conser- 
vative groups to push through laws 
requiring that a "creationist" view of 
earth and mankind be taught along with 

"I address the question of evolution 
because for too long too many have been 
too afraid to speak out on this important 
matter," he told the largely 
undergraduate audience. "During this 
year, men and women across the 
world... will be commemorating the death 
of Charles Darwin 100 years ago. Charles 

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Darwin has become the focus for debates; 
his theory of evolution and natural selec- 
tion has been put up to trial. 

"We've had some extraordinary spec- 
tacles in parts of world, perhaps none 
more extraordinary than the recent 
episode here in our country where there 
was an attempt to compare scientific 
understanding and documentation about 
human origins with an interpretation 
based primarily on theology." 

In January, a federal judge struck down 
a law in Arkansas that would have man- 
dated the teaching of creationism along 
with evolution in public schools there. 
Lawsuits are pending involving another 
creationist law, in Louisiana. 

"Evolution is not a question of theory," 
Mr. Leakey said. "It did occur. What is a 
theory is the mechanism by which evolu- 
tion has happened." 

Mr. Leakey noted his much-publicized 
dispute with another paleoanthropologist 
at the seminar, Donald C. Johanson, over 
the significance in human development of 
fossils Mr. Johanson found in Ethiopia in 
the 1970's. But. he said, "the fact of the 
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disagreements and disputes in the field 
must not allow people to assume 
that. ..the idea of evolution is wrong." 

Asked later if he was aware how close 
he was to a center of fundamentalist 
opposition to evoluton, he replied, 'Of 
course. I lead with my chin often." 

F. Clark Howell, director of the 
Laboratory for Human Evolutionary 
Studies at the University of California at 
Berkeley and moderator of the sym- 
posium, noted that there was much 
debate about whether evolution takes 
place slowly and gradually, or whether 
there are rapid bursts of change and long 
periods of stasis. 

"There were probably many 
mechanisms at different times in different 









"If you throw out evolution, you are 
throwing out physics, chemistry, 
and biology. You're throwing out 
the basis of all modern science." 

— Donald C. Johanson 


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places that started different organisms," 
he said. "But we know much more about 
[evolution] biochemically and in terms of 
molecular biology than ever before." 

However, scientists interested in 
refuting creationist ideas must realize 
that if they debate creationists "they are 
not going to win," said Mr. Johanson, 
head of the Institute of Human Origins in 

"These people are incredibly well 
prepared. They know the media, they 
know how to manipulate the media, they 
know how to act in front of a camera. 
Most scientists are not well prepared," 
he said. 

"The other thing is that by debating 
them you do give them credibility," Mr. 
Johanson said. "What has happened is 
that people are debating the same points 
people argued a hundred years ago, 
but they are doing it under the guise that 
creationism is science." 

"The threat which stems from the crea- 
tionist movement, the fundamentalist 
movement, goes beyond the threat to 
evolution," he said. "Because if you 
throw out evolution, you are throwing out 
physics, you are throwing out chemistry 
and biology. You're throwing out the 
basis of all modern science, and this is 
anti-intellectual. The last thing human 
beings need today is a new movement in 
the direction of anti-intellectualism." 

He acknowledged that only scientists 
could successfully point out the flaws in 
the creationists' arguments. "Scientists 
do go into court," he said, and "the laws 
are being beaten." 

Despite their agreement on the dangers 
of creationism, the appearances of Mr. 
Leakey and Mr. Johanson at the sym- 
posium emphasized their scientific 

The two have been involved in a 
heated — at least by scholarly norms — 
dispute over whether fossils found by Mr. 
Johanson in Ethiopia do, as he claims, 
represent a species of ape ancestral both 
to humans and to a group of apes known 
as Australopithecus that died out about a 
million years ago. 

Mr. Leakey claims the fossils represent 
a more primitive form of Australopithecus 
and are not part of the human evolu- 
tionary line. 

In scholarly conferences and papers and 
in public media, as well, the two have 
pressed their views — Mr. Leakey in his 
television series entitled The Making of 
Mankind, broadcast in Britain in 1981, 

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and in a book of the same name; Mr. 
Johanson in a work that was a Book-of- 
the-Month Club selection, Lucy: The 
Beginnings of Humankind, titled after the 
nickname of a skeleton he discovered. 

Mr. Leakey, the son of the famous 
anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, 
agreed to attend the Sweet Briar sym- 
posium only on the condition that he not 
appear at the same time as Mr.Johanson. 
The last time the two appeared together, 
sparks flew. 

On a segment of Walter Cronkite's 
television series "Universe," Mr. Leakey 
refused to fill in his version of man's 
family tree on a chart Mr. Johanson had 
prepared outlining his own theory. 

Mr. Leakey handed the chart back to 
Mr. Johanson, then abruptly crossed out 
Mr. Johanson's side and put a big ques- 
tion mark in the space left for his views. 
"I'm not going to say if you're right or 
wrong... I think you're wrong," he told 
Mr. Johanson. 

So at Sweet Briar, Mr. Leakey gave 
two lectures on the first day of the sym- 
posium and left early the next day to fly 
back to Nairobi, hours before Mr. Johan- 
son arrived for his two lectures. 

Catherine H. C. Seaman, chairman of 
the anthropology and sociology depart- 
ment at Sweet Briar, was credited by 
officials there with exercising a great deal 
of finesse in arranging the symposium. 

A tape of the "Universe" segment was 
shown on the second session of the sym- 
posium, after Mr. Leakey was en route 
home. And the announcement of the seg- 
ment was indicated in the printed pro- 
gram only by "film presentation — to be 

During his lectures, Mr. Leakey 
refused to be pinned down on several 
scientific points, although he acknow- 
ledged that one famous skull that he 
discovered in Kenya was younger than he 
had contended for several years. In line 
with other scientists, he now believes it 
to be about 2 million years old, he said, 
instead of the 2.6 million years originally 

He also seemed to be trying to play 
down the significance of his dispute with 
Mr. Johanson, saying several times that a 
scientist's interpretation of ambiguous 
fossil remains depends on his particular 
perspective and training. 

Despite his important fossil discoveries 
at sites in Kenya known as Koobi Fora 
and Lake Turkana, Mr. Leakey appeared 
to seek the role of senior statesman, say- 
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ing that with his resonsibilities as the 
director of the Kenyan museum and its 
staff of 400, "I can only do my fossils as 
a hobby. If I spent more than a weekend 
a month at Lake Turkana, I'd be lucky, 
and I haven't been to Koobi Fora for 
more than a spell of four or five days 
since about 1972." 

He does have a permanent research 
camp at Lake Turkana, however, where 
assistants he has trained conduct 

Mr. Johanson, on the other hand, 
relished pointing out his differences with 
Mr. Leakey. At one of his lectures, he 
said, "As you may or may not know, this 
was originally intended to be a public 
debate, which because of certain 




"Evolution is not a question of 
theory. It did occur. What is a 
theory is the mechanism by which 
evolution has happened." 

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circumstances did not come about. So we 
have an opportunity, I think unfortunate- 
ly, to present our views separately." 

He also noted that while Richard 
Leakey had written about what he 
believed to be the essentially cooperative 
nature of early man, "I think there is 
evidence in the fossil record of aggres- 
sion, and, in fact, we will learn more 
about this this spring. There is an impor- 
tant specimen which has been found 
which shows signs of aggression." 

He wouldn't say anything more about 
the fossil, except that a press release was 
being prepared and that information 
about the fossil would be released in 

The April issue of the American Journal 
of Physical Anthropology contains a com- 
plete description of the fossils he col- 
lected in eastern Ethiopia in the 1970's, 
he said, providing the detailed evidence 
on which he based his theories. But Mr. 
'Johanson also stressed that those theories 
might change after he conducts three 
months of field work in the area this fall. 
It will be the first extensive work there 
since 1977, when political upheaval made 
work impossible. 

In moderating the symposium, Mr. 
Howell of Berkeley warned that it was 
natural for scientists, as human beings, to 
let their personalities become involved in 
disputes over data. But that also gets in 
the way of science, said Mr. Howell, who 
is generally credited with introducing the 
interdisciplinary approach to field work 
that now characterizes the best digs. 

"You have to be prepared to change 
your mind. It is what science is all about. 
But people do insist on taking sides," he 
said, "rather than trying to stand back 
and look at the evidence, question the 
evidence, and ask other people's advice. 
When there is polarization, we ultimately 
never get anywhere." 

"Science changes; controversies come 
and go, as do scientists. But the evidence 
is still there, and some way or other 
there has to be a better way of wringing 
the truth out of the evidence," he said. 

"Thirty-five years ago, there was no 
modern view of human evolution; there 
was no fossil record to speak of. Now 
there is a cascade of evidence. The ques- 
tion is how we deal with it." 


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Kermit the Frog, 
and others, advise 
the class of 1982! 

by Catherine G. Brown '49 

It's not clear whether Kermit 
referred to ' 'hallowed halls" or 
"hollowed halls" when he 
spoke to Harvard University's 
graduating class last spring. 

"I've been in hallowed (or 
hallowed) halls before, but this 
place is really seriously hallowed... 
it out-hallows anyplace I've been 
for a while." 

Kermit went on to extoll the 
benefits of a college education 

"From here on," he said, 
"it's smooth sailing on friendly seas. 
As you set out on the great vacation 
of life, think of Harvard as the 
travel agent, arranging the trip, 
making all your flight reservations 
and even booking you a table at the 
best restaurant." 

Other speakers at other graduations 
were not quite so sanguine as 
the celebrated Muppet, but 
many expressed an optimistic 
outlook for the Class of 1982, 
especially for women. 




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Sarah Porter Boehmler, '65, a vice- 
president of the American Stock Ex- 
change and mother of three children, 
spoke at Sweet Briar's ceremonies. 

"Women today have a greater variety 
of alternatives... career, marriage, 
motherhood, social involvement... this 
new-found freedom brings burdens... to 
strike a balance between these 

The Rev. Janice Lee, delivering the 
baccalaureate sermon at Sweet Briar, said 
"Life without growth and change is 
death. Each one of you is going on to 
growth and change in your life. ..for each 
of us, the future will be different. We 
each will have choices.. .of saying yes, or 
saying no. My prayer for you is that you 
be open to the freedom you have to make 
your own choices." 

At Kenyon College, Alan Alda address- 
ed the graduates. "I wanted to give you," 
he said, "a world that respected you as a 
woman as much as it did me as a man. I 
wanted the pledge of that respect in 
words that couldn't be broken. I wanted 
it engraved in the Constitution of our 
country. But unless a miracle happens 
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within the next 37 days, you're not going 
to get it. You'll pay the same taxes as a 
man, Congress can choose to draft you 
just like a man, but you won't be 
guaranteed equality of rights under the 
law... not this year and not next year and 
maybe not for this century." 

I attended graduation at Ithaca College 
where my son Harold was among some 
900 students receiving degrees. We en- 
joyed beautiful weather, a view up Lake 
Cayuga and a remarkable speaker. 

Jane Bryant Quinn is a financial writer 
and television reporter. She didn't start 
out in that direction. She, too, had 
choices to make. These choices led her in 
unexpected directions. 

"Whenever I hear my official job 
history read off, I am struck by how 
misleading it is," she said. 

"It sounds as if I ascended life's ladder, 
step by glorious step, accompanied by 
loud applause. If the same thing doesn't 
start happening to you right away, you 
may think something is wrong. But I fell 
through a lot of steps along the way — 
jobs applied for but not gotten, failed 
publications, disappointing jobs, wrong 

Alumnae Magazine 

° New Alumnae Class of '82: 
■° Debra Autrey, Angela 
% Averett, Linda Barrow 
q. and Claude Becker 

decisions. For years, I had no firm idea 
of where I was going. The official 
biography shows that I have leaped the 
chasm. The full, uncensored biography 
shows that I leaped that chasm in two 

"The topic today is foresight, otherwise 
known as 'what is going to become of 

"Some of you will put that question off 
for a couple of years by going to 
graduate school. When I sat where you 
are sitting, I had my own ticket to 
graduate school. Over the summer, I faced 
the fact that the only reason I was go- 
ing on to school was that I was too 
scared to look for work. When I found a 
job, and another way to frame my future, 
I took it. 

"For those of you who are starting on 
your careers, or who are still looking for 
a career to start, the future is much less 
certain. It sometimes seems that no mat- 
ter which way you ride, it is uphill and 
against the wind. But think back four 
years, when you first came here... back 
then you were starting something new, 
and wondering what would happen to 
Sweet Briar College 

you. Well, now you know what happened. 
And four years from now, you will have 
answered the questions you have today. 
Something will happen to you, something 
will turn up, and chance will play a part. 

"It is a very interesting time that you 
are walking into. The famous baby-boom 
generation created an enormous distortion 
in the job market. When they started get- 
ting out of college, about ten years ago, 
they descended upon an economic system 
that was not ready for them. There were 
simply more people than jobs. Unemploy- 
ment went up. Average incomes went 
down. A lot of educated people failed to 
get the kind of work they were qualified 
for. A deep malaise set in. 

"But your generation and the people 
coming after you are something else 
again. You may not realize it, but you are 
referred to in demographic and economic 
circles as the baby bust. You are the 
start of a much smaller generation. This 
fact changes your collective future and 
changes it for the better. 

"The baby-boom generation has 
gradually found its way into the economy, 
found jobs, bought houses, started 

Alumnae Magazine 


Portions of Jane Bryant 
Quinn's speech reprinted 
by permission 


families. The economy has expanded 
tremendously in order to accomodate 
them. You hear mostly about the inflation 
of the past few years, and the unemploy- 
ment of the past 12 months. What you do 
not hear is that until very recently the 
economy was creating new jobs at a 
record rate, new businesses, new export 
markets, higher levels of real growth. 
This tremendous, and forced, expansion 
had its costs. But the fact remains that 
you are being presented with a signficant- 
ly larger national economy than existed 
ten years ago, and there are fewer of you 
to inherit it. 

"This means that your prospects should 
be better. At the start, your way may be 
blocked a bit by the huge generation 
ahead of you. Because of their numbers, 
they cannot advance as fast as they'd 
like. But as time passes, and the present 
working population ages, there will be a 
shortage of workers. The brains in- 
dustries, in particular, will need every 
ounce of brains they can scrape up. 
Population studies have suggested that 
smaller generations do better, economical- 
ly, than larger generations. There are 
simply fewer people to split the proceeds. 
So unlike those who preceded you, you 
are starting out a step ahead. 

"The women among you, who plan to 
work, will also do better than those who 
preceded you. When I got my first 
writing job in New York, 20 years ago, 
female writers were often paid 30 percent 
less than men who did the same work, 
and that was when a female writer could 
find a job at all! I got one of the most im- 
portant jobs of my budding career by 
agreeing to be known as J.B. Quinn, so 
that no one would know the terrible truth 
that I wasn't a man. 

"On the entry level, much of that job 
discrimination is gone. But there's still a 
quota system. Every manager has a sense 
of how many women are enough, and 
although women may be equal on an en- 
try level, men are still progressing faster. 
Women in general have not yet made it 
past the middle-level jobs. I speak here of 
both black and white women, who are do- 
ing about equally well. Black men of 
equal education start out about the same 
as white men, but they too fall behind as 
the years go by. My generation has 
established the right to work, and the 
right to equal pay... but that's all. It is 
your generation that will have to fight the 
battle for equal promotion, right to the 

Sweet Briar College 

"I feel a certain sadness when young 
working women tell me that women 
should have children or careers, but not 
both. That is exactly what I used to hear 
20 years ago. My generation generally 
chose children, the next generation chose 
careers. I don't know what your genera- 
tion will choose. Yet hundreds of 
thousands of women who want both, have 

"It's helpful to have children when 
you're young, before your career has ad- 
vanced very far. This is true for both 
men and women. On the bottom rungs of 
the work ladder, you have few respon- 
sibilities, which means that you have 
much more time to give to your children. 
Babies and starting jobs go together bet- 
ter than you realize. By the time you 
have advanced enough in your career so 
that you have to work late from time to 
time, or take business trips or bring work 
home on weekends, your children have 
grown into teenagers and they don't want 
to see you anyway. 

"In looking for work, now or in the 
future, I urge you to consider any oppor- 
tunity that seems to offer something bet- 
ter, in terms of personal responsiblity. It 
might be a job that had never occurred to 
you to think about. ..the way economic 
reporting had never occurred to me. If 
you take that job, with increased respon- 
sibilities, you might find that it interests 
you far beyond anything you might have 

"I urge you to keep alive the spirit of 
inquiry which, with any luck, you have 
learned here. I urge you to keep your cir- 
cle of acquaintance wide, so that you will 
always have fresh points of view. I hope 
that you will listen to your critics. If you 
can't answer them adequately, maybe 
they have something. I pray that you will 
worry if you start sounding like everyone 
else you know. 

"This country desperately needs 
citizens who can look beyond their own 
narrow interests to those of the nation as 
a whole. Charles Peters of the 
Washington Monthly wrote that what we 
need is a rebirth of patriotism... "not of 
flag flaunting, my-country-right-or-wrong 
jingoism, but of a loyalty to the national 
community, that will cause each person 
to ask what is best for all of us, at the 
same time that he asks what is best for 
himself... a patriotism that says that there 
is something else besides our own special 
groups to take into account — the welfare 
of our nation and our people as a whole." 

Alumnae Magazine 

Junior Year in France 
Marks 35th Year 

This year, 1982-83, Sweet Briar's 
Junior Year in France program will 
celebrate its 35th anniversary. According 
to Robert G. Marshall, Director, there 
will be three celebrations: one in New 
York in the fall, one in Paris in January, 
and one at Sweet Briar in the spring. 

It is hoped that the Sweet Briar 
celebration will evolve into a "mini- 
reunion" primarily for alumnae who took 
part in the Junior Year program and/or 
majored in modern languages or foreign 
relations, though all interested alumnae 
will be welcome. 

Mary Morris Gamble Booth '50 will 
serve as chairman for this celebration. 
The program, which will run from noon 
on Friday, March 5 through noon on 
Saturday, March 6 will have Paul Simon, 
Representative from Illinois as its main 
speaker. Mark these dates on your calen- 
dar now, and you will receive more infor- 
mation later. 

Sweet Briar trips for 1983 

Russia - Dec. 26, 1982-Jan. 12, 1982 
African Safari - Jan. 9-25, 1983 
South of Suez (Aboard the Argonaut) 

- Mar. 10-20, 1983 

African Safari - June 25-July 21, 1983 

Alaska — Early August, 1983 

Adriatic Odyssey (Aboard the Argonaut) 

- Sept. 9-20, 1983 

Humans and Apes to Air on TV 

Central Virginia Educational Television 
has scheduled the Sweet Briar program, 
HUMANS AND APES, to air on Channel 
23 on September 16 at 8 p.m. This pro- 
gram was filmed during the 1981 Ewald 
Scholars Symposium, Hominids and 
Pongids, at which four of the world's 
foremost, primatologists, Jane Goodall, 
Dian Fossey, Birtue Galdikas and Fran- 
cine Patterson, presented a series of lec- 
tures, films and slides. 


Recent Deaths 

Jency Hawkins AC April 6, 1982 

Mrs. G. A. Mercer, Jr. (Bessie Wheless 

AC) date unknown 
Mrs. R. P. Goldman (Therese Wolfstein 

AC) date unknown 
Mrs. Jonathan Yerkes (Julia Beville '14) 

Oct. 29, 1981 
Mrs. Charles F. McGuire, Jr. (Louise 

Case 18) March 25, 1982 
Mrs. Henry Nagel (Doris Johnson 19) 

date unknown 
Mrs. C. Braxton Valentine (Ida W. 

Massie '20) June 1982 
Mrs. Jerome Meyer (Marjorie Abraham 

'21) Feb. 15, 1982 
Mrs. Howard E. Lynch, Jr. (Katharine E. 

Pennewill '21) Jan. 12, 1982 
Mrs. J. S. Brail (Nina Weichselbaum '21) 

Dec. 24, 1981 
Mrs. B. Frank Crolley, Jr. (Virginia Box 

'22) Feb. 4, 1982 
Mrs. Donald McVickar (Elinor Guthrie '22) 

Apr. 15, 1982 
Mrs. Louis Spilman (Emily Moon '22) 

June 24, 1982 
Mrs. Arthur Charles Barr (Josephine 

Bechtel '23) Apr. 17, 1982 
Mrs. Oliver W. McClintock (Edith Miller 

'23) Apr. 4, 1982 
Mrs. James J. Paterson (Marion Crane 
'26) Feb. 25, 1982 

Sweet Briar College 

Mrs. Edwin Burton (Mary D. Kerr '26) 

date unknown 
Julia Adelaide Wilson '28 

August 1981 
Mrs. George D. Martin (Emilie Isabelle 

Giese '29) June 17, 1982 
Mrs. William Ruffin (Josephine Craige 

Kluttz '29) July 3, 1982 
Mrs. Robert James Vaughan (Beulah 

Johnson Irving '29) May 1982 
Mrs. T. Gardner Hill (Alice M. Scott '30) 

Apr. 21, 1982 
Mrs. H. C. Smith (Virginia Craig '32) 

date unknown 
Edythe Erlene Hardesty '32 

Spring 1982 
Mrs. George Austen, Jr. (Sarah 

Langhorne Watts '33) May 12, 1982 
Helen Anita Schneider '35 

Apr. 15, 1982 
Mrs. Thomas P. Corwin (Jane Collins '37) 

June 11, 1982 
Dorothy May Stewart '37 

March 19, 1982 
Mrs. Henry Deas (Susanne Hogue '42) 

July 1982 
Mrs. James Edward Burke (Alice 

Llewellyn Eubank '46) April 10, 1982 
Mrs. Thomas T. Rankin (Marv Patricia 

Cogan 70) May 7, 1982 

Alumnae Magazine 


LEI ERS For History Buffs 

To readers who are interested in 
British history (19th century). I wish to 
recommend Victorian Viceroy, a life of the 
second Lord Lytton, by E. Neill Ray- 
mond, son of Prof. Dora Neill Raymond, 
who taught history at Sweet Briar from 
1925 to 1949. She was my freshman ad- 
visor and history professor; as a senior I 
also enjoyed her course in Modern Euro- 
pean History. 

With the support of a John Simon Gug- 
genheim Foundation grant for a sab- 
batical year (1949-50), Mrs. Raymond 
went to England to pursue her Lytton 
researches, chiefly in the Royal Archives 
at Windsor Castle and in the British 

It was in England that she suffered a 
stroke, which sadly brought to an end her 
research and her teaching career. 

Many years later, after his retirement 
from a career in the federal government, 
Neill Raymond assembled his mother's 
notes, conducted further extensive 
research himself, and wrote the Lytton 
biography, which she had hoped to 

In this book Robert Lytton moves 
through high social and political circles, 
where his friends include Disraeli and the 
Queen herself, Robert and Elizabeth 
Browning and others whose names are 
familiar to even casual readers of British 

Victorian Viceroy was published in 1980 
by Regency Press, of New York and Lon- 
don. Surely, Prof. Raymond would have 
been proud of her son's achievement. He 
has produced an interestingly readable 
biography of Robert Lytton, whom Vic- 
toria named the first Earl of Lytton, 
shortly before his Viceregal term ended 
in 1880. That year the Liberals were 
swept into office and Disraeli's and Lyt- 
ton's resignations were tendered to the 
sovereign simultaneously. 

Lytton's diplomatic career was crowned 
with his appointment as Ambassador to 
France, a post he held with distinction 
from 1887 until his death in Paris in 

This book represents exhaustive 
research, including recent interviews with 
descendants of Robert and Edith Lytton. 
The reader travels with Lytton and his 
family, moving from one diplomatic post 
in Europe to another, and residing at in- 
tervals at Knebworht, their beloved home 
in Hertfordshire. The book also traces 
Lytton's life-long compulsion to write 
poetry, most of which was published 
under his pseudonym, Owen Meredith. 

Neill Raymond has written a well- 
rounded biography. With a balanced 
presentation of his strengths and foibles, 
Lytton emerges as an engaging person, a 
man who has been largely overshadowed 
by the greater roles played by many of 
his contemporaries, military, political and 

Martha von Briesen '31 


Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Magazine 

Politics out of Place 

I find myself out of tune with those of 
you who write and assemble the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Magazine. In your recent 
issue the article "Acting Machines and 
the Theatricalization of State" offended 
me. To me the article seemed to take 
aim directly at Mr. Reagan. I feel that 
politics are out of place in your college 
alumnae magazine, especially at a time 
when Sweet Briar is trying to build a 
broader base of alumnae support (as 
evidenced by student calls for the Alum- 
nae Fund). 

Carolyn Montgomery Lange '48 

Houston, TX 

Ann Reams, director of the Alumnae 
Association responds: 

We appreciate your writing your con- 
cerns about the article. It was submitted 
following Joe Roach's presentation of one 
of our Winter Forum lectures as part of 
the Alumnae Association's town-gown, 
continuing education program. The talk 
was excellent and even though these 
same remarks were made, when spoken 
and delivered with a smile and a sense of 
humor they did not come across as 
critically as they could be interpreted in 
the written article. In fact, it was such a 
good lecture and enjoyed by so many 
people that it was printed at the request 
of quite a few alumnae. 

I am sorry that you were offended, but 
happy to know that you follow our 
magazine so closely. Please continue to 
let us know your reaction to other ar- 
ticles. Our readers' comments and 
opinions mean a great deal to us. 

"Platitudinous Ponderosity" 

The editorial on page 9 of the Summer 
1982 issue of the Alumnae Magazine 
stuck a responsive chord. I suffer when I 
read such "platitudinous ponderosity" — 
for example the preceding article by Pro- 
fessor Joseph R. Roach, Jr.! 

It brought to mind the enclosed bit of 
foolishness which my father, a scholar, 
minister of the Gospel, priest of the 
Episcopal Chruch, and teacher, gave to 
us when we were children. I have added 
a few words here and there, which you 
will recognize, bringing it up to date! 

"In promulgating your esoteric cogita- 
tions and articulating your superficial sen- 
timentalities and psychological observa- 
tions, beware of platitudinous ponderosi- 
ty. Let your conversational communica- 
tions possess a clarified conciseness, a 
concatenated cogency, a coalescent con- 
sistency. Eschew jejune babblement, 
asinine affectation and flatulent garrulity, 
and sedulously avoid polysyllabic pro- 
fundity and vainglorious rhodomontade. 
Disregarding the foregoing meaningful 
expertise actualizes the potentiality of 
crustified exegesis, antispasmodically 
emanating from the germ of the animal 
refrigerator, thereby producing a prolific 
source of irritability in the pericranial 
epidermis of the mental profundity, 
resulting in an ongoing cerebral 

Incidentally, my father was son of the 
first Reverend Arthur P. Gray of 
Amherst, for whom Gray Hall was 
named. My father, A. P. Gray, Jr., taught 
the entering Academy students, among 
whom was my aunt, Ellen Douglas Gray. 

Elizabeth S. Gray '33 

Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Magazine 


Class Notes 

Academy and 

When Helen Link Weidely wrote, 
she was looking forward to two trips 
— the first to another grandson's 
wedding in Connecticut in May and 
the other to the World's Fair in 
September. She had just received her 
200-hour pin for hospital auxiliary 
work. One grandson lives in Hawaii; 
another, in London; a third is the 
chief photographer for the Army's # 1 
parachute team, the Golden Knights 
(his wife is their chief journalist); still 
another works for IBM; and the 
youngest grandson graduated from 
Boston U. Her granddaughter had just 
been selected outstanding caseworker 
in her district and honored with a 
luncheon at Radford College. She 
graduated at VPI and got her master's 
in social services at Va. Com- 
monwealth U. 

Margaret Davies McMillin, Chat- 
tanooga, TN, has two daughters; her 
only son, Lt. Douglas McMillin, was 
killed in action in World War II. She 
also has three great-granddaughters 
and one great-grandson. 

Jean 0. Harris writes from the 
Camelot Hall Nursing Home in Har- 
risonburg, VA. that she often thinks 
of her happy days at Sweet Briar and 
remembers favorite teachers like Miss 
Helen Young, who taught her music. 

Katharine Griffith Murphy, Warsaw, 
VA, has two children. Her daughter 
Ann, whose husband is president of 
the Va. Manufacturer's Association, 
has three children and lives in Rich- 
mond. Katherine's son, a lawyer, 
represents Northern Neck in the 
House of Delegates, following in the 
footsteps of his late father, who 
served there 20 years and was 
treasurer of the state under Gov. Col- 
gate Darden. The son and his wife 
Helen Turner Murphy '56 have one 

Mabel Cato Tillar is a wheelchair 
patient in the Convalescent Center of 
Sunnyside Presbyterian Home, Har- 
risonburg, VA, but is able to receive 
visitors. Her husband died in 1979. 
Ruth Jackson Leatherman, also at 
Sunnyside, is now in the Health Care 
Center because of the need for in- 
creased physical care. 

Now that she has moved to River- 
mont Avenue, Martha W. Massie 
misses painting what she could see 
from the windows of her Court Street 
apartment in Lynchburg. She enjoyed 


her years at Sweet Briar. 

Alberta Hensel Pew and Edwina 
Hensel Smith, twin 90-year-olds, had 
a wonderful winter of balmy weather 
and sunshine in Naples, FL. 

Mattie Walker Worth, Charlotte, NC, 
enjoys showing her May Court pic- 
tures to friends who didn't know her 
in 1918. She remembers how slow 
the train trip to Lynchburg was in 
those days — quite different from the 
three SB Alumnae-sponsored overseas 
trips she has been on more recently. 

Martha Steele McNaghten will be 
90 in July, but she is well and lives 
alone — six winter months in Arizona 
and the other six in her hometown of 
Hutchinson, KS. Mary McClintock 
Norton, Forrest City, AR, is 91 and 
"almost inactive." She says she is 
not in touch with her SB contem- 
poraries. Grace Talmadge Davis, 
however, has kept up with two of her 
Sweet Briar friends for 60 years — 
Ailene Bethel Metcalf from Rhode 
Island and Elaine Wieck Thimmeresch 
from Baton Rouge — although she 
has seen them only once during this 
time. Now a widow, crippled, and liv- 
ing alone, Grace is mainly interested 
in her family, which includes seven 
grandchildren and six great-grands. 

Helen Eubank Garber enjoys living 
in an Episcopal retirement home in 
Birmingham with lots of her girlhood 
friends. Her two children are a great 
pleasure. Her son, who lives in Bir- 
mingham, has two children: Al, III, is 
an electrical engineer at Ala. Power 
Co. and Betsy graduated from Vander- 
bilt and is in her second year of law 
at U. of Ala. Helen's daughter, who 
lives in Anniston, has three married 
children: her daughter lives in An- 
niston, and her sons, in Birmingham. 

Katherine Copeland Bell, a widow, 
has retired to Kinston, NC, where she 
was born, and enjoys living in a small 
Southern town with friends and fami- 
ly. Since both her sons are in Eastern 
North Carolina, she sees them often. 
She has a grandson and a grand- 

Alice Hogg Seneff has moved to 
Pittsburgh from Maine and is living in 
the Episcopal Church Home. While she 
misses her friends in Madawaska and 
Edmondson, Canada, she has family 
and friends in Pittsburgh too. Martha 
Easley Shott also felt it was time for 
her to make a change, although she is 
still well at 88. She has sold her 
house and now lives in the Glenwood 
Park Retirement Home in Princeton, 

Nannie Claiborne Hudson, Amherst, 
VA, has just celebrated her 89th 

birthday, but she spent the past 
winter helping the Rev. Ralph Fall col- 
lect data for his book. The Descen- 
dants of the Four Sons ot the Rev. 
Robert Rose, a follow-up of his book, 
The Diary of Rev. Robert Rose, on the 
early Episcopal Church in Virginia. 
She still plays bridge often and enjoys 
her garden club, reading, and TV. 

Another bridge player is Miriam 
Jones Vander Voort, who came in sec- 
ond in her latest duplicate tournament. 
She had a cataract operation with lens 
implant while spending three months 
in Pampano Beach but had fun 
anyway. Now home in Verona, NJ, 
she still can't drive; however, she 
stays busy with UDC work and enjoys 
being taken out by her grandchildren. 

Jane Snow Thomas, now 90, and 
her husband, a Yale graduate, live in 
Nokomis, FL. They have one son. 
Jane remembers that at Sweet Briar 
she lived in Gray and her roommate 
was Eugenia Culbertson Fowler. 

Because of an invalid husband and 
the fact that she doesn't drive, 
Katherine Withers Hamilton finds her 
life centers around books, country 
pursuits, and, above all, her beloved 
Irish Wolfhounds. Without much to do 
but think, she feels fortunate in still 
having something left to think with at 

Bess Kell Blair, 88 and crippled 
somewhat from a broken hip sometime 
ago, now lives in an apartment in a 
very large complex for older people in 
Wichita Falls, TX. She is pleased that 
her old family home has become 
Heritage Society property and is 
therefore well taken care of. 

Eudalia White Lohrke, who broke 
her back a year and a half ago when 

she fell down her stairs, even now 
feels quite a lot of pain, but she is 
still active and feels lucky to be alive. 
When she wrote, she was hoping to 
fly to California to see her son and 
daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, 
and two great-grandchildren. Two 
granddaughters live in New Jersey, 
near enough to visit often. 

Fanita Ferris Welsh, now 86, has 
lived happily in a cottage at 
Presbyterian Home, Evanston, IL, for 
seven years. It is a beautiful place 
with flowering shrubs and is one of 
the best retirement homes in the 
U.S.A. She spends six weeks in 
February and March at Arizona Inn, 
Tuscon, AZ. She has four grand- 
children and one great-grandson living 
in various parts of the country — 
mostly in the East. 

Clare Shenehon Boyd writes from 
Plainfield, NH, of her life-long interest 
in unearthing — quite literally from 
excavating the cellar-hole on her New 
England farm and also from looking in 
antique shops — 18th and 19th cen- 
tury china and earthenware made in 
England. She ended with a large col- 
lection of 18th century painted earth- 
enware, creamwares, salt-glaze 
pieces, black glazed, cane-ware, etc. 
and from the early 19th century, 
painted wares, printed wares, lustres 
and even slip-wares and ironstone. To 
give her collection a permanent home, 
she offered it to the Smithsonian In- 
stitution, which, on the recommenda- 
tion of its ceramic expert, accepted 
400 pieces. The gift, which Clare calls 
"Ceramics Available to the Common 
People," is now represented by a few 
pieces in the Recent Accessions Case. 

Lillie Maddox Whitner '22 and Gertrude Dally Massie '22 at reunion in May 1982. 

Sweet Briar College 


Eleanor Koon Campbell, Arlington, 
VA, has a broken left arm as the 
result of a fall. 



Polly Bissell Ridler (Mrs. Earl S.), 100 

Waterway Rd., Apt. 201 E, Tequesta, 

FL 33458 

Fund Agent 

Jane Henderson, Forest, VA 24551 

Elizabeth Spahr Lytle is still living 
with her daughter, but they have 
moved to Woodstock, VT. 

Elsie Palmer Parkhurst, now 86 and 
retired to domesticity, keeps busy 
with the 16-room house in Kingston, 
PA, where she and her husband enjoy 
frequent visits from their descendants 
— four children, 16 grandchildren, 
and 11 3 /a great-grands. However, one 
daughter lives in Honolulu. Three 
grandchildren are still in college — 
boys at Lafayette and Princeton and a 
girl at Boston College. 

Ruth Mcllravy Logan, who writes 
that she is very much a senior citizen 
and the last living member of her 
family, is living in a senior citizen 
home in Oakland. CA. She recalls that 
she transferred from Vassar to SBC 
because of the climate and Sweet 
Briar's resident M.D. After graduation 
she served in the Navy for almost a 
year. Later she was a long-time presi- 
dent of the San Francisco Sweet Briar 
Club and is still a loyal alumna. 

Margaret Gibson Bowman has been 
fighting cancer for several years. 
Since it is in recession at present, she 
went to Bermuda for seven weeks and 
plans 10 weeks in Maine this sum- 
mer. She lives in a lovely retirement 
hotel, "30-30 Park," in Bridgeport 
CT, near her son and her grand- 
daughter. She also has a great- 

Faithful secretary Polly Bissell Ridler 
was not able to compile these notes 
because of a broken wrist. She 
regrets that it also prevented her from 
returning for Reunion, 



Florence Ives Hathaway (Mrs. Lloyd 
A), 14 Kingswood Dr., North Ab- 
ington, MA 02351 
Fund Agent 

Edith Durrell Marshall (Mrs. Edward 
C), 5733 Kugler Mill Rd., Apt. A, In- 
dian Creek Village. Cincinnati, OH 

Oorothy Job Robinson s sister who 
lives in Kentucky tells us news of her 
writer sister who lives in Wales. She 

Alumnae Magazine 

says Dorothy keeps up with her 
education by taking courses in English 
and Russian. She is a founder of the 
Soroptomist Club of Wales, which is 
composed of executive and profes- 
sional business women. She is 
especially proud of her daughter, who 
lives in Kent and commutes to Lon- 
don, where she is secretary to one of 
the top executives of the "Distillery" 
— the largest corporation in Great Bri- 
tain. The daughter is also a writer and 
in her younger days was on the 
British International Ball-room Dancing 

Gertrude Pauly Crawford, our ex- 
class secretary, has the happy habit 
of wintering every year in Florida, but 
her real joy is a new great-grandson. 
She lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Ml. 

Mary "Lette" McLemore Matthews 
of Norfolk, VA, writes an enthusiastic 
message about her "up and going" 
life of bridge, mah-jongg, membership 
in two garden clubs and in the Altar 
Guild, where she helped to raise, 
through a book store and gift shop, 
$7,000 for missions. She takes time 
to call on shut-ins and sick friends 
and sees frequently her two daughters 
and "feels mightily blessed." 

Shelley Rouse Aagesen "made" 
California for Thanksgiving but was 
disheartened to discover that several 
in her age bracket had "busted" 
themselves and were in nursing 
homes. She hopes we're not the 

Francese Evans- Ives is happily 
relinquishing most of her board 
memberships but is still interested in 
a few clubs like the AAUW, which an- 
nually raises thousands of dollars for 
scholarships. She finds writing light 
verse is more fun, and she is in the 
process of publishing a book — if her 
"courage and stamina hold out." Her 
family seem to elude the home port of 
Montclair, NJ. Her daughter spends 
much time in Orient, Long Island, and 
her son has just returned from 
Nigeria. One granddaughter is in 
California and another is doing 
graduate work at the U. of Barada in 

Elizabeth (Lette) Shoop Dixon of 
Suffolk, VA, says she is still able to 
live alone, enjoy her friends, play 
bridge, walk a lot, and spend six 
weeks in Georgia with her "beloved" 

Gertrude Anderson of Findlay, OH, 
says she must be in good health 
because she shoveled a lot of snow 
this past winter. Her greatest disabili- 
ty is deafness which isn't helped by a 
hearing aid, but she keeps active and 
enjoys life. 

Marion North Lewin of Fairhaven. 
MA, escaped the wintry blasts by 
visiting her actress daughter in 
California. Even at her "advanced 
age" she has enrolled in a university 
class to study Shakespeare. 

Edith Durrell Marshall, of perpetual 
motion, left her home in Cincinnati to 
travel to Amherst to visit her daughter 
Ann Whitley '47. Ann is the one who 
has been "digging" on the College 
campus with Helen McMahon '23 and 
unearthed many artifacts, enough to 
stock a museum and to provide 
material for a slide-talk program that 
she has presented to clubs. Edith has 
been to Washington, DC, and returned 
to SBC for our 60th. She summers at 
Lake Leelanau, Ml, where she makes 
delicious strawberry preserves for 
friends and the church bazaar. She is 
historian of her Presbyterian church 
and in charge of the archives there. 

Louise Pochat Hattersley and her 
husband live in a garden apartment in 
a retirement home in Cincinnati. They 
have done a great amount of traveling 
throughout the U.S. and in Canada, 
Mexico, South America, Europe, and 
the Near East, including Turkey, plus 
a number of cruises. While she is 
aware that these trips are past 
history, the memories are a joy to her. 
Louise has a son in Cincinnati, a 
daughter in Dayton, OH. five grand- 
children; and two "greats." 
Ruth Geer Boice, who lives in a retire- 
ment home in Toledo, OH, says her 
greatest thrill this past year was to 
return to the old family home and find 
that the young people who bought it 
revered its basic beauty, making Ruth 
both proud and happy. She is content 
where she is and holds fond memories 
of her classmates in '21. 
Florence Woelfel Elston of Chicago has 
received special honor from the 
Eisenhower Scholarship Foundation, 
on whose board she served. At pre- 
sent, after being its prsident, she is 
treasurer of the Henrotin Hospital. She 
writes about her four wonderful days 
in Washington, where the members of 
the Boxwood Circle were royally enter- 
tained. The Curator of the White 
House, who is also on the SBC Board 
of Overseers, arranged for an exten- 
sive tour of the rooms. Florence had 
the pleasure of being with Anne Pan- 
nell Taylor at a dinner at which she 
was the speaker. She also met Missie 
McGinnis McClain '54, whose hus- 
band is a former Sweet Briar chaplain. 

Florence Ives Hathaway of Ab- 
ington, MA, had three high points this 
year. The first was being able to at- 
tend our 60th. She wrote. "From 
being a 'meek and humble freshman' 
in '17, I felt a surge of great pride at 
the long strides of growth in my alma 
mater. It has attained stature as it 
devoted itself to maintain serious pur- 
posefulness." The second memorable 
event was a gathering of the Ives Clan 
at the Home of a cousin in Greenwich, 
CT. It was he who in his capacity as 
attorney made it possible for our Col- 
lege to receive a generous yearly 
grant. The third high point was the 
awarding to the Hathaways' older son. 
Richard, a full professorship at Nor- 

wich U. in Vermont. Florence reports 
three children and ten grandchildren. 

Isabel Godwin Bailey of Henderson- 
ville, NC, writes that she had been in 
good health until recently when the 
arthritis she has been harboring set- 
tled in her hip, causing extreme pain. 
Her son has placed her in a rest home 
in Greensboro near him and his wife. 
She is really homesick, but above all 
she wants to go to her grandson's 
wedding in Bronxville, NY. We hope 
she makes it! 

Maynette Rozelle Stephenson of 
Orange, CA, our class president 
emeritus, writes a spunky message 
from her convalescent abode saying 
that although she walks with a chair, 
she takes part in a splendid activity 
program of cooking, music, and 
ceramic classes. She has a daughter 
and four grandchildren nearby. 

Emma Adams Kyle has joined the 
nursing home club. She finds Kimber- 
ly Hall, which is just outside her 
hometown of Windsor, CT, a "very 
pleasant place to be." 



Cordelia (Deedie) Kirkendall Barricks. 
(Mrs. Arthur A.) 100 Bay Place, Apt. 
2101, Oakland, CA 94610 

I know, unfortunately, that our 
ranks are dwindling, but the rest of 
you are no older than I, so please 
write to me. You don't want me only 
featured in the column. 

I'm writing this early, because I'll 
be away when the notes are due. 
Should you write in after this goes to 
press I'll have to wait another year to 
have your news in 1925's column. 

I'm going to Anniston, AL, to help 
celebrate Kess's 80th birthday. I 
again will be his daughter's house 
guest. I was there last October when I 
was "queen" for more than a day. I 
sent my collection of crosses, via 
Trailways, and gave a lecture on my 
crosses at Anniston's Museum. 
Kess's daughter Tora was in charge 
of the beautiful tea which followed my 
program. I had cocktails in the charm- 
ing, beautiful home of Clare and 
Eulalie Jenkins Draper '52. I had the 
pleasure of meeting her parents and 
some of her friends. It was a 
delightful time. 

I've mentioned Kess before, my 
friend since 1921. I used to be one of 
his "drags" at West Point way back 
when. From Anniston I'll visit my 
cousin's widow in Ocean Springs, 
MS. Before I went to Anniston last 
October, Kess met me in Baltimore, 
where we visited another daughter of 
his, and we then went to Pennsylvania 
to visit my sister and my niece and 
her husband. It seems to be "All in 
the Family." From Pennsylvania we 
went to West Point for the Army- 


Brown football game. Army won. On 
this trip we drove through the cam- 
puses of VMI, W&L, and VPI. where 
Kess was a student before going to 
West Point. I remember going on a 
blind date to W&L, because Bill 
Kuykendall and I shared the last 
name, although spelled differently. 
You can imagine the fun I had with 
700 men to 70 dates. 

Enough of me for a while. Giddy 
Kinsley Whitehead sent me her 
beautiful Christmas card, showing the 
photo of the restored and enlarged 
Whitehead home. Her daughter and 
her husband now live with her — a 
joy for all. Giddy is quite well, except 
for arthritis. 

lone McKenzie Walker now lives in 
a retirement home, The Westminster- 
Canterbury House in Lynchburg. 

Helen Bane Davis has moved to a 
different location in Greenville, SC. We 
hope both lone and Helen will be hap- 
py and healthy in their new homes. 

I was supposed to be with Freddie 
Bernhard and Hellen Mowry Fell, 
Class of 1924, in February for brunch 
in San Francisco, but alas! I was in 
my apartment for eight days, because 
of high blood pressure and dizziness. 
I'm fine again. Perhaps I am a 
"Dizzy-Lizzie." Freddie spends every 
summer in the East with her sister. 
Sorry not to have news of these 
lassies for you. 

We had our Sweet Briar Day lunch- 
eon on Dec. 29th at an attractive 
restaurant "La Mere DuQuesne" in 
San Francisco. We numbered 12. I 
was picked up by Susie Evans Reeves 
'68 and Mary Sturr Cornelius '62. 
Others in attendance were Anne Wim- 
bish Kasanin 59 Penn Willets Mullin 
'66, Comer Schmoeller Mori 71, Pat 
Potter Duncan and Edie Vongehr 
Bridges '41, Pat Layne Winks '52, 

Jane Holden Walker 39 Amoret 
Thissell '82 (an SBC senior), and 
yours truly '25. 

Josephine Guion Hunt, who was a 
resident at St. Paul's Towers where I 
live, died in April. She was at one 
time a physical education teacher at 
Sweet Briar and was the widow of a 
retired general, a West Point graduate. 
Her sister was Dr. Connie Guion, 
whom many of us remember so well. 
Mrs. Hunt was in her 90's. 

Now I'll have to continue with 
myself. I spent Christmas in Kenne- 
wick, WA, with my oldest son and 
daughter-in-law and their married 
daughters and families. My bachelor 
son, Fred, accompanied me. He is the 
one who has such circulatory trouble. 
He can never be better, but we must 
rejoice he is holding his own. I now 
have three great-grands, two boys and 
a girl. Two live locally and one is in 
the Northwest. Never a dull moment 
when we are together — such fun, 
too, but strenuous. 

Christmas ran into my birthday 
celebration in January. Kess came out 
to celebrate with me. His grand- 
daughter and her family, as well as 
my local family, helped make me 
forget I am 79. I was glad I was able 
to walk off some of the calories when 
we toured the Hearst Castle at San 
Simeon. I was even able to negotiate 
300 steps. 

I hope this finds you and yours "in 
the pink" and not "in the red" after 
paying your tribute to Uncle Sam. 

The following items came in after 
the above was written: Gertrude 
McGiffert MacLennan wrote that they 
have had nine guests so far this 
season, expected six more the next 
week, and then more in April. She 
and Don love it. They are taking a 
course in Citrus Production, Marketing 

and Management at Polk Community 
College, and she is taking another, 
Landscaping and Home Gardening — 
both very interesting. After a bad 
freeze the weather had been warm, 
and the trees were bursting with 
bloom when she wrote. 

Estelle (Teddy) Schofield Thompson 
and husband have moved from Grand 
Rapids, Ml, to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 
Virginia Burke Miller and husband 
have moved from Boynton Beach, FL, 
to Englewood, CO. We wish them 
health and happiness in their new 


1927 Reunion 

I to r. Elsetta Gilchrist Barnes, Jeanette Boone, Kitty Wilson Garnett, Emily Jones 

Hodge, Daphne Bunting Blair, Gretchen Orr Hill. 



Mary Archer Bean Eppes (Mrs. J. V 

D.), 447 Heckewelder Place, 

Bethelem, PA 18018 

Fund Agent 

Adelaide Henderson Cabaniss (Mrs. 

William F. E.), Gunner's Range, Royal 

Oak, MD 21662 

Last fall was the first Council 
Meeting I attended when "Miss 
Rogers" was not present to give each 
alumna a warm and individual 
welcome, but it was a delight to stay 
with Chaplain Mike Bloy and his 
charming wife. My delightful room- 
mate from Parkersburg, WV, happen- 
ed to live next door to one of Jimmy's 

The extension of the Meta Glass 
dining room, recently named Prothro 
Commons, has glorious views of the 
farm and the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
The Founders' Day Festivities were 
especially inspiring. Professor Richard 
Rowland gave the sensitive and mirth- 
provoking address called "The 
Founders, a Personal View," which 
appeared in the winter issue of this 
magazine. So many trees and bushes 
have grown around the Monument the 
views are not as extensive, but the 
march to the hilltop was led by the 
very stirring Amherst County Band! 

There should be some more 50th 
wedding anniversaries coming soon. 
Anne Mason Brent Winn gave a vivid 
account of the Winns' celebration. 
"June 21, 1980, John and I 
celebrated our 50th... .All three of the 
children were here and gave us a 
magnificent party with a gold and 
white striped tent, music, champagne, 
and old friends and family.... Almost a 
year later John died quietly in his 
sleep.. ..I keep busy in the too big 
house, but I can't face moving. I still 
work with the Philharmonic Woman's 
Guild and the museum and go fox- 
• hunting twice a week with Winnie 
West Morriss '28. ...Have a darling 
young woman and 8-year-old Jennifer 
living here. It helps." Anne Mason 
plans to spend Christmas in New 
Zealand with her daughter Mason and 
her family. 

I have been on cloud nine ever 
since last June when our doctor son 
Bennett, his wife Cynthia and their 
three daughters invited so many 
relatives and old friends that 79 sat 
down for dinner after cocktails at the 
Bethelem Club. My sister Helen Bean 
Emery '34 and her husband Natt had 
all of us for a picnic at noon the next 
day. Tracy Bean Kenny '66, who 
came to Sweet Briar the year Meta 
Glass Dorm opened, her husband 
Fred, Sister, Randy and parents 
George and Betty Lee Bean had T- 
shirts for every one of the relatives 
(emblazoned in front with green bean 
pods on a white background). The 
range in age was 2 to 80! 

I invited Natalie Sidman Smith and 
Nancy Coe '30 to visit us for the Bach 
Festival, held in the gorgeous and 
newly restored Lehigh U. Chapel the 
middle of May. Lee spent the winter 
in Florida and went from Del Ray 
Beach to Key West to north of 
Sarasota. She enjoyed seeing 
"Goodie" Eskesen Chase 26 and 
was sorry to hear she had broken her 
hip soon thereafter. She especially 
liked seeing the Spanish galleon, 
Mocha, and the preview of its 
treasures at Key West. 

It was fun to see Rosa Heath 
Bridges at my Shipley roommate's 
granddaughter's wedding in Norfolk. 
She looked as smashing as when she 
was a member of our May Court! 

Libber Lankford Miles writes from 
Maine, "We had a great trip in March 
to the island of Nevis in British West 
Indies. John says if heaven is not like 
Nevis, he really doesn't care to 
go. ...Our latest excitement is that our 
second son, Burnley (Col. USAF), has 
just been assigned to Greece for three 
years, as commander of the Com- 
munications Group and advisor to a 
joint military assistance group working 
through the Embassy. He has been 
given an apartment in Athens with a 
view of the Aegean. We have an idea 
that a trip to Greece may come next 
year." Libber keeps in touch with 
Mary Moss Sutliff '30. She and Bob 
have been South for a visit with Bob 
and Virginia Hodgson Sutliff s son 
Calvin and have returned to Falls 
Church, VA. 

Maria Bemis Hoar wrote recently, 
"I have been listening frustratingly for 
Sweet Briar news. ..Of course, I see 
Nora Lee Antrim and Margaret Mon- 
cure Johnson frequently. We worked 
at St. Paul's for the Lenten Lunches 
under Nora Lee's direction. Margy 
and Nori went to Washington recently 
to visit Elizabeth Lee Valentine Good- 
wyn. This week we are involved in 
gardensitting for various homes that 
will open for Garden Week. Lib Wood 
McMullan '27 and I are working at 
Brandon one day, and one day I will 
be at the house that was Elizabeth 
Lee's home and is now headquarters 
for the Garden Club of Virginia. Nori 

Sweet Briar College 



1932 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Susanne Gay Linville, Dorothy Smith Berkeley, Elizabeth 
Douglass Foote, Hazel Stamps Collins, Barbara Munter Purdue. Second row, I 
to r. Anne MacRae, Marge Miller Close, Courtney Cochran Ticer, Amalie Frank 
Kohn, Emma Green Kennon. Third row, I to r. Ruth Remon McRae, Elizabeth Clary 
Treadwell, Marion Malm Fowler, Elizabeth Doughtie Bethea, Eleanor Wright Con- 
way, Ginny Squibb Flynn, and Sue Burnett Davis. 

plans to go to Alaska the latter part of 
the summer....! still work at Wilton 
and admire the chairs from Appomat- 
tox Manor there." (Wilton is the Col- 
onial Dames of Virginia headquarters.) 

Early in May the Eppes family held 
their annual reunion at the Jordan 
Point Country Club near Hopewell. 
Jimmy and I stayed in a house adjoin- 
ing the Manor property where his 
brother's widow lives. The National 
Park Service bought Appomattox 
Manor several years ago. and we 
went there to a reception given for the 
Eppes descendents. 

Anne Gochnauer writes, "I am very 
busy with my antique shop, the 

Golden Horseshoe in Upperville I 

have only authentic furniture and ac- 
cessories — lamps a speciality. Also 
have garden and live in the house in 
which I was born — house built in 
1810." Last summer on one of our 
trips home to Bethlehem we stopped 
to see Anne. We parked our car in 
front of her antique shop and found it 
had just closed for the day. We talked 
to neighbors who said Anne was on a 
New Hampshire Lake visiting a college 
friend; we knew this must be Nora 
Lee Antrim. 

Kay Smith Boothe is delighted to 
report, "I'm back home and feeling 
fine — mighty busy making up for 
lost time. Thanks to your memo I'm 
sure, I've heard from lots of old and 
dear friends and am most ap- 
preciative. These include Eleanor 
Duvall Spruili. Amelia Hollis Scott, 
Evaline Edmunds Thomas, and Emilie 
Giese Martin, bless them. [Ed. note: 
We have /ust received the sad news 
that Emilie died in June..] Enjoy sail- 
ing on the Hudson. ...Biggest news in 
the Boothe family is that Doug, Bud's 
#2 son, has been accepted at 
Princeton, UVa and Cornell and we're 
awaiting his decision. Garland, III, is 
a sophomore at Bucknell; both want to 
be engineers. Nancy went to Mt. 
Holyoke and Duke." 

On Sept. 9. 1981. Milo Bates 
Crawford moved from W. Boothbay 
Harbor, ME, to Marion Oaks, Ocala. 

Alumnae Magazine 

FL, to be halfway between her 
children. Her son James and family 
were there for Christmas, and, to get 
her settled, her daughter from New 
York came down over a weekend 
vacation from her job with the Orange 
County Social Service Dept.; so it's a 
better location for Milo. 

Ella Parr Phillips Slate says, "I am 
happily spending the winter in 
Charleston, SC (better weather than 
Connecticut). Since my husband Sam 
died in February, I have been as busy 
as two bees trying to do things he 
took care of. I will stay in my Sher- 
man, CT, home as long as I can cope. 
I love it up there. Am almost ready for 
our next reunion!" 

Eleanor Duvall Spruili had a big 
winter. Jim had a successful cataract 
operation in November, since when he 
has been "seeing like a boy"! 
Eleanor had a one-man show, engaged 
in some other water-color activities, 
and expected to go to Portugal and 
Madeira in June with a Tom Hill Paint- 
ing Workshop. She reports that the 
children and grands are growing up 

Elizabeth Hilton writes, "Since re- 
union in 1979 I have been on one trip 
to Mexico with a painting group, Man- 
zanillo, for two weeks. It was fun and 
worthwhile, but the climate was very 
humid." She enjoyed meeting people 
from Canada and California. 

Helen Weitzmann Bailey says, "My 
contribution is small as usual because 
I sense a greater need that exists 
among us. ...My resources don't 
stretch much further than the needs 
of the poor who are elderly and sick, 
the need for prison reform, the needs 
of young people who have gotten in 
trouble with the law or drugs, the 
need to work for peace in the world." 

We have lost four very precious 
classmates this past year. Their 
names have appeared in the Alumnae 
Magazine, and I have been asked not 
to repeat. I know we all send deepest 
sympathy and love to their families. 


Marjorie Morse Emling (Mrs. Ralph 

A.), 3216 South 95 St., Fort Smith, 

AR 72903 

Fund Agent 

Jessie Coburn Laukhuff (Mrs. Perry). 

Waugh's Ferry Rd., Amherst, VA 


Dear Classmates: Remember our 
50th in '83! Miki awaits any bright 
ideas for the celebration. Her address: 
Mrs. Hugh M. Martin, 1420 Park 
Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217. 

Arizona: Jeanette Shambaugh Elliott 
writes about her three daughters — 
Nancy Stein Seacholes, mother of two 
teen-age boys, has become an 
historical archeologist; Susan Stein 
Elmendorf, mother of three, is a prac- 
ticing psychiatric counsellor: and E. 
Carol Stein is an M.D. who will be 
teaching and setting up research in 
occupational related health care at the 
U. of Rochester. Jeanette is slowly 
building a 19th and 20th Century col- 
lection of Chinese paintings and 

Arkansas: Marjorie Morse Emling, 
your secretary, grows weary at times 
with the duties and the pleasures of 
running a home; baby-sitting two ac- 
tive grandchildren, aged 1 and 3; 
tending a garden; transcribing board 
meeting notes for the League of 
Women Voters; and searching in vain 
for the time to pursue her favorite 
pastime — reading. Husband Ralph, 
who is now treasurer of our local 
L.W.V., lends his support and interest 
to all of the above. We spent three 
glorious warm sunny weeks in Mexico 
City and Guadalajara in February. 

Connecticut: Mary Kate Patton 
Bromfield is still doing alumni publica- 
tions, annual fund, etc., at Kingwood- 
Oxford School. West Hartford. She is 
involved with the Hartford Hospital as 
a board and a committee member. 

Bing, her husband, is semi-retired. 
Five of their grandchildren are in col- 
lege and four in primary school. Mary 
Kate. Hetty Wells Finn, and Leila Van 
Leer Schwaab plan to be at SBC for 
our 50th reunion. 

Florida: Babs Barber Wilson has 
been on the move visiting her three 
daughters, one of whom lives in 
Australia. En route there she enjoyed 
stops at Hawaii, Sydney, Canberra 
and New Zealand. Babs returned 
home in time for the birth of her fifth 
grandchild, a first granddaughter. 
Babs will be at our 50th. 

Georgia: I received a sad note from 
Anne Ridley Hurt's husband Joel, tell- 
ing of Anne's death. They have four 
daughters, all married. Two girls are 
lawyers; one works for Arco in Califor- 
nia; the fourth has two small children 
and her husband is an orthopedic 
surgeon. We extend our sympathy to 

Illinois: Sarah Houston Baker's son 
has moved from a shelter care facility 
to an apartment of his own where he 
can now enjoy his new independence. 
His sister Sally and her husband have 
adopted a six-week-old boy and 
named him for Sally's brother 
Stephen. Sally's husband is a pro- 
fessor at Michigan State in the Ger- 
man and Russian Dept. Sally teaches 
at the high school level; her German 
Program was chosen as one of the 
best language courses in the U.S. In 
October the family celebrated the 98th 
birthday of Sarah's mother in Chat- 
tanooga. Sarah and her husband Hugh 
live on their five acres on Lake 
Decatur and continue their interest in 
a restoration project of the Governor 
Oglesby Mansion. Sarah hopes to 
make our 50th. 

Iowa: A book of poems called Coral 
Tree, published in the fall of '81, was 
written by Abigail Shepherd Bean. The 
UVa. is going to publish a book by 
Gail's husband Bill, dealing with the 
fantastic career of Walter Reed. The 
Bean's son John teaches at Indiana 

1937 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Margaret Cornwell Schmidt, Peggy Cruikshank Dyer. Anne 
Lauman Bussey. Back row. I to r: Helen Williamson Dumont, Polly Lambeth 
Blackwell, Lib Lee McPhall, Ellen Lee Snodgrass Park. Jackie Cochran Nicholson 
and Lillian Lambert Pennington. 


U., Margaret practices in the Boston 
area, and Bennet makes art pottery. 

Kansas: Good news came from 
Rosie Taylor Anderson: she plans to 
be at SBC for our 50th. Her son and 
family live in Troy, KS, and she sees 
them often. 

Louisiana: Sue Graves Stubbs is 
still on the go as an officer in the Na- 
tional Society of Colonial Dames. Her 
travels bring her into contact with 
many Briarites. Sue was involved with 
her Princetonian granddaughter's 
debut in Ft. Worth and her presenta- 
tion as a Duchess in the San Antonio 

Maryland: Miki Murdock Martin and 
Jessie Coburn Laukhuff will put their 
heads together this fall at Alumni 
Council to plan for our 50th. Miki is 
spending her days at home now 
writing verses and by-laws, planting a 
garden, and enjoying the companion- 
ship of her husband. 
Nebraska: Two of Mary-Nelson Neville 
Sieman's granddaughters were mar- 
ried in 1981. Sharon Hanson married 
Mark Frey in February and Lisa Han- 
son married Scott Johnson in 
December. Mary-Nelson and her hus- 
band toured the British Isles last July 
and visited Fred's family in Northern 
Germany. This spring they joined her 
sister Frances Neville Newberry and 
husband on a cruise through the 
Panama Canal. The Newberrys have a 
small condominium in Green Valley, 
AZ, where they spend the cold winter 

Ohio: Blanche Davies Barloom and 
her husband Marvin have taken some 
interesting trips in recent years, in- 
cluding North Africa, Austria and 
Hungary. Two of Blanche's 
photographs were awarded a place in 
a major photographic show. 

Oklahoma: Mary Alice Moore and 
her sister continue to enjoy their new 
town home and frequent trips. The 
Sweet Briar bulletins and reports Mary 
Alice finds interesting, and she 
marvels at the great strides the col- 
lege has made. To quote her — "It 
can't be almost 50 years!" 

Tennessee: Mary Elizabeth Clemons 
Porzelius says she hopes to be at the 
reunion. She visits her daughters in 
Washington and Baltimore and has a 
grandson in V.P.I, and a grand- 
daughter in junior high school. 

Virginia: I quote from Elizabeth S. 
Gray's dandy note: "After 4'/> years 
of 'retirement' I still haven't learned 
the meaning of the word — with a 
part-time paid job and serving on the 
boards of five organizations — 
church, school, hospital, foundation 
and health council, plus housekeep- 
ing. For the last several years we've 
had a Round Robin letter with 'Car- 
sonites Dot Wood Schirmacher, 
Evelyn Cooke Esterly, Marie Lange 
Gaskell, Elizabeth Combs Carroll and 
me. It usually takes nearly a year to 
complete its rounds. We send Die- 


tures, old and recent, recipes, news, 
etc., and it's great when it arrives!" 
A mastership has been establishd at 
the Episcopal High School in Alexan- 
dria, VA, in honor of Bob Latham, Ella 
Jesse Latham's husband, who taught 
at the school from 1924-69. Bob was 
known to his students as "The 
Hawk." He taught Latin, Physics and 
History during the 46 years he served 
on the faculty. In addition, he was 
athletic director for 18 years and 
coached several sub-varsity teams. 
Ella saw Sally Shallenberger Brown in 
Palm Beach in March. Jessie Coburn 
Laukhuff and husband Perry spent 
seven months abroad last year, 2Vz in 
Switzerland, three in a Cotswold cot- 
tage in England, and the rest of the 
time in Germany and Scandinavia, in- 
cluding a 12-day cruise to the North 
Cape. Their daughter is now living 
with them. Jessie is still fund agent 
for our class and bulb chairman for 
the local alumnae club. Kitty 
Gochnauer Slater has a publisher in- 
terested in having her write another 
book. Her first was The Hunt Country 
of America. The new book would pro- 
bably be titled Virginia Hunt Country 
Manors and Their Squires (and would 
include famed thoroughbred stables of 
this section). Kitty's son and daughter 
now live in the Upperville-Middleburg 
area. There are three grandchildren 
nearby. Meg, 14, and Kate, 7, are 
prospects for SBC. Kitty's sister Anne 
Gochnauer '29 is very active in the 
antique business in her shop, The 
Golden Horse Shoe, in Upperville, and 
they often forage together for fine fur- 
niture, Staffordshire, etc. Margaret 
Wayland Taylor writes that all her 
children were home for Christmas, as 
well as the only grandchild, Sarah 
(4 1 /2 years), and her mother, 97 years 
old and still alert and active. Husband 
Robert is still working full time in his 
law firm. They celebrated their 45th 
wedding anniversary taking a Carib- 
bean Island cruise in November. 
Virginia Vesey Woodward sent the 
glad news of another grandchild, 
Caroline, born August 1, 1981. The 
baby is the daughter of Paul and 
Ginger Woodward Gast '73 who live in 
Arlington, VA. Ginger celebrates her 
10th reunion in '83 and Virginia her 
50th. Result: Virginia may find herself 
babysitting instead! From Fran Powell 
Zoppa comes her usual cheerful note 
— a busy life and a promise to attend 
our 50th. 

Wisconsin: Marjorie Jones Cook 
(formerly Mrs. David Garlick) sends 
news of her recent marriage to John 
G. Cook, after seven years of 
widowhood. Marjorie and Jack enjoyed 
a Caribbean "honeymoon." Marjorie 
has four children — her eldest, D. 
Stevens Garlick is married and a pro- 
fessor teaching German at the College 
of Wooster, Wooster, OH; her second 
Susan G. Paslov, has three children 
and is taking law in Lansing, Ml; her 

third, Dan, slightly handicapped, lives 
in an apartment with another man and 
earns minimum wage at Miles Curative 
Workshop; fourth, Mary, is married to 
an Englishman, Alan St. George, an 
architect, as is Mary — both working 
for a London firm in Sentra, Portugal. 
Marjorie hopes to attend our 50th. 

Now that you have read my class 
notes and seen how many of us are 
coming to reunion, doesn't it inspire 
you to join us at SBC in '83?! 



Anna L. Redfern Ferguson (Mrs. 

Finlay F.), 7340 Hampton Blvd., Apt. 

B-2, Norfolk, VA 23505 

Fund Agent 

Margaret MacRae Jackson (Mrs. 

Charles R.), 1846 Pacific Beach Dr., 

San Diego, CA 92109 

This was our reunion year and I 
hope as many of you attended as were 
able. I didn't make it because I was 
babysitting my grandchild while my 
daughter and son-in-law took a short 
trip to Europe, but I thought of you 

Dorothy Prout Gorsuch didn't make 
it either. First one she's missed, she 
says. Her daughter Laurie was mar- 
ried in May and those of us with 
daughters know what that means. 
Dotty, who is now a landscape consul- 
tant, recently had a three-months 
course in landscaping at Rutgers U. 
Back to the books was a challenge 
and it was "fabulous." 

Lillian Lambert Pennington is living 
it up in Thomasville, NC, where she 
reports she is "over-volunteered but it 
keeps me active, happy and healthy!" 
Her son Neiland and his family have 
moved to Naperville, IL, and Lil 
misses them very much, especially 
her grandson John. 

Marion Leggett Whyte, now a 
Florida gal, writes, "It's hard to 
believe that 1937 was 45 years ago. I 
don't feel a day over 39." 

Helen Williamson Dumont had the 
pleasure of attending the Sweet Briar 
brunch in Princeton at the home of 
Helen Cornwell Jones '40 where she 
was joined by Nancy Nalle Lea and 
Sarah Belk Gambrell '39. Helen's son, 
Wayne, was recently appointed U.S. 
Attorney for New Jersey. Nancy was 
planning her July 10 marriage in 
Trinity Church, Princeton, to Alfred G. 
Genung, Princeton '31, from Plain- 
field, NJ, when she wrote. 

Polly Lambeth Blackwell writes that 
she and husband Winfield "are having 
a grand time growing older in good 
health and visiting our daughters and 
their families." They now have nine 
grandchildren. Polly serves as a tour 
guide at the N.C. School of the Arts 
in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Wilton House Museum in Richmond, 
VA, claims Marie Walker Gregory's at- 
tention. She took time out to go to the 
Antiques Forum in Williamsburg and 
then for a trip to Mobile and New 

Martha Hardesty Minshall is still 
enjoying life in Boulder, CO. She 
works with the Boulder County jail in- 
mates twice a week and is taking 
three courses at the U. of Colorado. 
All that, plus dancersize and bridge 
lessons, keeps her off the streets, she 
says. Two sons and families are near 
her; the third boy is studying at 

Natalie Hopkins Griggs and husband 
Jack had a 'fascinating" trip to 
China. On their return, they found 
they had two more grandchildren, who 
now number nine. "A happy year for 
us," reports Nat. 

Frances Johnson Finley has been 
engrossed in producing Historic 
Garden Week in Virginia. So for a 
pleasant change, she and Jimmy will 
soon be taking off for Greece. Ann 
Parks '39 of Virginia Beach will be 
one of the party. 

Rebecca Douglas Mapp and hus- 
band George Walter will also be 
among the travelers. They will visit 
the great rivers of Europe. 

My thanks to all who have written. 
I have enjoyed hearing from you. And 
courage to the new secretary! 



Laetitia Seibels Frothingham (Mrs. 

John L.), 32 Country Club Rd., New 

Canaan, CT 06840 

Fund Agent 

Margaret Craighill Price (Mrs. Karl 

R.), 3121 45th Ct., N.W., 

Washington, DC 20016 

Many cards have said what a ter- 
rific reunion we all had at our 40th! 

Shirts Shaw Daniel in Swarthmore, 
PA, is a grandma again for daughter 
Dottie's second son. She went to 
Denver to "help out" and was sorry 
to have missed Eunice Foss Snead 
there. She sees Betsy Campbell 
Gawthrop '39 occasionally. 

Helen Ann Littleton Hauslein in 
Wayne, PA, is retiring from teaching 
after roughly 30 years at Radnor, PA, 
School. She writes how invaluable SB 
training was for this rewarding career. 
After a wonderful trip to Italy with 
Jane Clark Hartrich, they want a 
"repeat." After 22 years in the 
Oklahoma Public Schools, Wilma 
Cavett Bird is also retiring from 
teaching — but she says she will be 
"job hunting" this fail. 

I see Judy Davidson Walker in Mid- 
dletown, Rl, when John and I go to 
St. George's reunion. Her distin- 
guished husband has just had a book 

Sweet Briar College 

Butch Gurney Betz reports from 
Garden City that she had a wonderful 
talk with Mary James last May but 
that in July Mary died. Mary had been 
undergoing chemotherapy. We will all 
miss our outstanding class member 
and remember her enthusiastic leader- 
ship — especially in Step Singing. 
Butch writes that they flew to England 
in March to visit their banker son and 
his family in Kent. 

Frances Watkins Centilli sent a card 
from their family ceramic shop in 
Devine, TX, "The Understatement 
Ceramics," featuring gifts, bisque, 
greenware, firing, and classes. 

Ruth Hemphill deBuys wrote of the 
five-day ice storm in Birmingham, AL 
They had no heat or electricity and 
-2°. She and John had sold their se- 
cond home, a farm, but Ruth does not 
miss it too much. 

Lll Fowlkes Taylor and retired hus- 
band Tyler travel constantly — golf 
trips everywhere. They recently met 
Llbby Lancaster Washburn and William 
in Atlanta and lunched with Anne 
Gayle O'Beirne. who is an Atlanta jet- 
setter. Libby and William live in Lex- 
ington, VA. 

Jane Clark Hartrich of St. Louis 
writes of a big family wedding in 
Seattle and of four grandsons visiting 
from Alaska. The Hartrichs had a 
wonderful visit with Bill and Janie 
Loveland Byerts, who came through 
St. Louis. 

Nolle Hudgens Lewis writes of their 
retiring from the cold North to warm 
Mt. Dora, FL, and loving it. She and 
Walt recently toured Mexico, speaking 
Spanish as they went. 

Marie Gaffney Barry and Ted, back 
from a Utah ski trip, are off to all 
points in Florida and there will visit 
Lillian Fowlkes Taylor and Tyler, who 
will introduce them to Romantic Point 
Clear, AL, with its moss-covered 
oaks. Marie and Ted attend many lec- 
tures in their hometown of New Ca- 
naan, CT, and symphonies in New 
York City. 

Alpine Martin Patterson in Virginia 
Beach is sneaking in as much golf as 
possible along with Altar Guild, 
hospital board, bridge, and mah- 
jongg. She has just moved her 
91 -year-old mother and her 87-year- 
old aunt into Westminster-Canterbury 
at Virginia Beach and is still coping 
with boxes of silver, china, linens, 

Evy Cantey Marion writes from 
Greenville, SC, of their enjoyment of 
their grandchildren — not too far 

Lucy Parton Miller and husband are 
moving after 27 years in Weston, MA, 
to Punta Gorda, FL, where they will 
continue their nation-wide lectures on 
"Noise Control." 

Pat Potter Duncan may move from 
California to Connecticut to try out 
New England life — Marie Gaffney 
Barry and I are encouraging it. 

Barbara Thompson Parker and hus- 
band live in Raleigh, NC, and report 
the exciting careers of their daughters 
— one living in a thirteenth century 
castle in Italy and another being a 
California wine exporter. 

Margaret Craighill Price and Karl, 
when not raising money for SB Alum- 
nae Fund, are seriously farming in 
Virginia, where "Craigy" herself 
planted over a thousand trees. She 
and Karl are just back from'St. Lucia 

Jean Ruggles Hall and new hus- 
band enjoy their new home in 
Chatham, MA Linda Boyle Richardson 
and husband moved from Crawford 
Notch, NH, to Conway. They must 
love the cold. 

Betsy Tower Bennett, Irvington, NY, 
is studying Bible courses and losing 
weight — an interesting combination. 

Pi Dowling von Wellsheim says her 
many children are scattered and pro- 
ducing many grandchildren (11). One 
child is in China in the Peace Corps; 
another, in Haiti. She regrets missing 
reunion but has too many grands. 

1942 Reunion 

Row 1, 1 to r: Sally Schall Van Allen, Frances Meek Rowe. Sudie Clark Hanger. 
Row 2, 1 to r; Ruth Hensley Camblos, Laura Buckham, sponsor; Margaret Preston 
Moore, Dorothy Malone Yates, Shirley Hauseman Nordhem, Grace Bugg Mulier 
Thym, Ann Morrison Reams, Mary Stone Moore Rutherfoord, Betsy Gilmer Tre- 
main. Back row, I to r: Eloise English Davies, Virginia Moomaw Hall, Jan Darby 
Cranlleld, Sally Walke Rogers, Betty Hanger Lipplncott, Lucy Call Dabney, Vive 
Walker Montgomery. Ann Hauslein Potterfield, Diana Greene Helfrlch, Jean 
Hedley Currie, Daphne Withington Adams, Polly Peyton Turner, Alice King Har- 
rison, Laura Graves Howell. Not pictured: Cynthia Abbott Dougherty, Eugenia 
Burnett Affel, Nancy Goldbarth Glaser, Susan Greer Hendrick, Irene Mitchell 
Moore, Gloria Sanderson Sartor, Helen Sanford, Douglas Woods Sprunt. 

Alumnae Magazine 

"Yours Truly," here in Connec- 
ticut, often goes to NYC. where 
daughter Anne Cross '66 puts on suc- 
cessful benefits for SB. John drags 
me skiing — a lost cause, so I have 
taken up cross country. 

Betty Doucett Neill wrote of the 
Board of Overseers' dinner at the 
Chevy Chase Country Club honoring 
Boxwood members and of seeing 
Craigy and Louise Kirk Edwards (just 
back from a cruise). "Dowsit" urges 
everyone to dig deeper for Alma Mater 
to help keep it in the black. We ran 
into Dowsit and John at Kennedy Air- 
port, we returning from Spain and 
they headed for weeks in five coun- 
tries. Anita Loving Lewis and Bill told 
of rescuing Dowsit and husband from 
a traumatic experience on the Penn- 
sylvania Turnpike where they'd locked 
themselves out of their car in a pour- 
ing November rain. Anita's son Bill 
was chosen to participate in a Military 
History Symposium at West Point. 
Anita recovered from foot surgery in 
time to garden their 3 1 /2 acres. 

Louise Lembeck Reydel and Charlie, 
wintering in Tequesta, FL, with 
children and grands, saw Charlie 
Davenport Tuttle in West Palm Beach, 
where the Tuttles have their boat. 

Helen Gwinn Wallace and husband 
are still raising thoroughbreds on a 
Virginia farm, where their son and 
daughter live with them — all working 

Dottie White Cummings, just back 
from Florida, and Joan Myers Cole are 
going on the SB Mediterranean Cruise 
in August. 

Ann Pickard McCarry and Tom left 
California, he retiring from the bench, 
and moved back to Lookout Mountain, 
TN, where their only son lives nearby. 
She and Tom had a wonderful African 
trip and they loved the animals. 

We extend our sympathy to Helen 
Hamilton Lewis in St. Louis. She lost 
her husband on Nov. 16. She's very 
busy looking for a smaller house. 
Having been Zone Chairman of Garden 
Clubs of America, she is now National 
Vice Chairman. 

Barbara Nevens Young celebrated 
her mother's 90th birthday. (Her 
mother is Marjorie French Nevens 
'14.) Dowsit came down to New York 
to help celebrate. Barb in Dallas 
misses her grands in the East. 

Decca Gilmer Frackelton in 
Fredericksburg, VA, goes to SB for 
Friends of Library meetings. Her 
daughter Carter '72 was at SB for her 
10th along with Dowsit's daughter 
Marty Boney. 

Peg Tomlin Graves in Lynchburg is 
very busy with SB Admissions, Golden 
Stairs, etc. 

Joan Devore Roth and John are go- 
ing to Houston to visit their daughter 
and son Wayne, who is with NASA 
and who will take them all aboard 
Space Shuttle III. Later they go to 

Mimi Worthington Foster in 

Louisville had a gall bladder operation, 
not recommended by her, recovered in 
Palm Beach, and is now back at 
"Animal Crackers," a children's 
shop. They were hoping to get to the 
golf invitational with Peg Tomlin 
Graves in Lynchburg in June. 

Edge Cardamone O'Donnell. 
recovering from an illness which 
caused her to miss her daughter's 
wedding, is fine now and sylph-like. 
She and Ted are off to Florida to rent 
— maybe to live. 

Mary Scully Olney and Jim are oft 
to Alaska for their son's wedding; 
another son lives there too. Their 
daughters are scattered and only 
young Katy is not married. 

Betty Blount Kempson wrote from 
Pensacola that they were expecting 
their eighth grandchild in June. A 
12-year-old granddaughter is already 
interested in SBC. 

I love hearing from all of you. Keep 
it up. 



Mary Haskins King (Mrs. Mary H), 

501 Kimberly Dr., Greensboro, NC 


Fund Agent 

Julia Mills Jacobsen (Mrs. Lawrence), 

4416 Edmunds St., N.W., 

Washington, DC 20007 

Elizabeth (Zu) Zulich Reuter and 

Don, now retired, ski in Vail every 
winter. She talked to Mary Symes 
Anderson, resident of Aspen, and 
learned that Mary's oldest daughter 
has twins. This time Zu and Don went 
on to California to see daughter Mag- 
gie and her first baby, Abigail. Oldest 
son, Don, has a 12-year-old daughter 
and one that is 15 months old. Mark 
is working on a Ph.D. in Physics at 
Lehigh U. and Pat works for Defense 
Mapping in Washington along with 
graduate school at VPI (extension at 
Dulles Airport). Zu sings in the local 
choir and serves on the Towanda 
Library Board. 

Edie Page Gill Breakall will serve on 
the Alumnae Board as Admissions 
Representative. She attended the 
Ewald Symposium in March and saw 
Steve Nicolson Mcllvaine and her hus- 
band who had lived next to Dr. 
Leakey in Kenya. They were going to 
see Cappy Price Bass and Bruce soon. 

Jenny Whitaker Shelton and H.B. 
sold their home in Durham and bought 
a condominium. Belo. their son, is be- 
ing married in Atlanta in June. Peggy 
Jones Wyllie and her husband bought 
a farm in Troy, VA, after spending 
some time in South Africa following 
his retirement. Julie Mills Jacobsen 
has a 2-year-old grandson and as of 
March has a granddaughter. 


1947 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Alex Marcoglou Tully, Virginia Walker Christian, LaVonne Wright 
Labahn, Ann Brinson Nelson, Ann Marshall Whitley, Margaret Ellen White Van 
Buren. Second row, I to r. Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey, Maria Gregory Tabb, Carol 
Blanton McCord, Liz Ripley Davey, Jane-Arthur Etheridge Hamlin, Ginger Bar- 
ron Summer, Nancy Alexander Blaney, Martha Smith Spencer, Aimee Des Pland 
McGIrt, Emily Schuber Carr, Pat Hassler Schuber. Third row, I to r: Sue Van Cleve 
Riehl, Kay Wisieger Osborne, Mary McDuffie Redmond, Nan Hart Stone, Bar- 
bara Golden Pound, Shirley Levis Johnson, Eleanor Crumrine Stewart, Jackie 
Macdavitt (guest), Jacquie Murray Sanner, Catharine Fitzgerald Booker, Judy 
Burnett Halsey, Nancy Cofer Stacey, Jane Warner Williams, Fannie Ulmer Con- 
ley, Eleanor Bosworth Shannon, Sara Bryan Glascock, Cecil Butler Williams. 
Fourth row, I to r Ann Colston Leonard, Jean Perrier Ramsay, Ginna lllges Nor- 
man, Irving Brenizer Johnston, Alice Reese Edens, Jean Old, Mary Ashley 
Hudgins Rice. 

Ruth Longmire Wagner plays tennis, 
does volunteer work and will take an 
intensive course this fall to learn to 
docent at Bayou Bend, a period room 
museum. Willard died in 1979, but 
her children live in the Houston area. 
Bill is married, has two children, and 
is legal counsel to the trust depart- 
ment at Texas Commerce Bank. Alicia 
is a Montessori teacher. Julie is mar- 
ried to an attorney and works for a 
subsidiary of Dow Chemical. Chaille 
finishes up at LSU this spring. 

Ann Gladney Gibson also lives in 
Houston. Her husband is an attorney 
with Texaco. They have a daughter 
and a son who is a student at Rice U. 
Helen Davis Wohlers and Herb spent 
two weeks in Vienna in September 
and headed for Mexico and Yucatan in 
February. Hel is president of her 
branch of AAUW and does some 
traveling from her Brevard, NC, home 
for meetings within the state. 

Anne Macfarlane Clark and Charles 
found the Republic of South Africa 
fascinating and later had a wonderful 
trip to Spain. The twin sons of Sally 
Leffen Macfarlane and Hugh married 
in 1981. Anne and Sally still live in 

Anne Dickson Jordan is a realtor in 
Virginia Beach. She and Chick went to 
son Chick's wedding in Knoxville last 
fall. They will return for the World's 
Fair with special interest in Larsony's, 
son Chick's restaurant, which opened 
in early March. Mittie Jordan Harvey 
74 and her husband will live in Nor- 
folk next year since Will, a graduate 
of T.C. Williams Law School, has a 
clerkship with one of the federal 

Ellen Gilliam Perry is going to be 
living in Charlottesville again as Mar- 
vin has retired from the presidency of 
Agnes Scott. Barbara Bourke Stovall 
and David live in Virginia Beach. He is 
the top man in the second Leggett 
store which recently opened in their 
largest mall, Lynnhaven. Rosemary 
Newby Mullen became a grandmother 


for the first time in July, 1981. Jane 
Lesh Gould's daughter had a son in 
July, 1981, and her son and 
daughter-in-law had a son in 
September. Marty Holton Glesser, her 
sister Mary Lou Effler '46, and her 
daughter-in-law had six days in Haiti 
during their Mardi Gras. 

Perk Traugott Brown continues 
teaching in an elementary school in 
Virginia Beach. Her oldest son, a den- 
tist there, has made her a grand- 
mother. Ted, married last summer, 
and his wife are also there. Sam, a 
lawyer, will marry Betsy Fitzgerald of 
Richmond — a second cousin of 
Susan Buchanan Coupland's — in 

Harriet (Lovah) Willcox Gearhart, a 
travel consultant, took the Maryland 
Churchman's Club through Portugal 
and northwest Spain. Tyler graduated 
from Middlebury Col. and Rosalie is in 
the U. of Pa. Nursing School. The two 
oldest daughters share a flat in NYC. 
Sarah is an assistant editor with 
Coward. McCann and Geohegan, 
publishers. Mary is manager of the 
Mimi Garrard Dance Company. 

Lyn Dillard Grones has a tree farm 
125 miles from Virginia Beach. She 
manages that business, is a national 
consultant for Red Cross and serves 
on several state-wide boards of direc- 
tors. Tutti Hall Peckham and Bob had 
a lovely Christmas in Bermuda. She 
wrote that Jane Thompson Sherrill 
who attended her first reunion in 1980 
died in Jaunary. Jane McJunkin 
Nelson and Oscar were at a Cattle 
Convention in San Antonio in January 
when he suffered a heart attack. 
Oscar had heart surgery there and at 
last report was doing fine at their 
home in Lewisburg, WV. Audrey Betts 
of Greensboro, NC, goes to SB Alum- 
nae Board meetings in the capacity of 
director of Region IV. 

Susan Buchanan Coupland's older 
son. Randy, and his wife left in 
February for three years in Malaysia. 
He is the Malaysian Comptroller of 

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International. 
Susan and husband Randy will go on 
a group tour of China for three weeks 
in the fall and will spend a week in 
Malaysia with the younger Couplands 
before returning home. Younger son, 
John, his wife, and 3-year-old 
daughter live in Durham, where he 
works with big Randy in the insurance 

Jane Carothers Clarke Morrow is 
still marking maps and planning trips 
for AAA members. She will be escor- 
ting a bus tour later this year, pro- 
bably to Yellowstone National Park. 
Jane stays busy these days; more 
people are driving as the cost of plane 
travel continues to rise. 

Mary Kritser Miller has three 
children with college degrees. Shelby 
(33), his wife, son (12), and daughter 
(2), live in Santa Fe, NM. Shelby 
uses his M.A. in social work in his 
job in Santa Fe County with abused 
children at the teenage level. Jack 
(29), his wife, and one-year-old son 
are in Amarillo. He is a self-employed 
land man for oil business. Martha 
(24) and her husband are residents of 
Lubbock. Roy is with the local public 
service company and Martha works 
for a local decorator. Mary's husband 
George, a native of Ohio, is an early 
retired banker who is active in civic 
affairs. The altar at St. Paul's church 
in Columbus, OH, was given in 
memory of his grandmother. George, 
his two brothers and the three wives 
were to attend Mother's Day services 
there together for the first time in thir- 
ty years. Mary and George are signed 
up for their first SBC trip, the Grand 
Mediterannean Passage, starting early 
at Lisbon. They went to Alaska last 
summer on the "Love Boat" and 
highly recommend that trip. 

Antoinette (Tony) Le Bris Maynard 
started a job at the Library of Con- 
gress in 1977 cataloguing books in 
French, Spanish and Portuguese. She 
stopped working there in 1960 as 
they started going overseas. Paul 
retired from Foreign Service in 1975 
and they lived in Thailand for another 
year. Their older daughter, Libby, 33, 
is an artist residing in Eureka, CA. 
Their younger daughter, Carol, 27, 
has been an audiologist at UVa 
Hospital in Charlottesville. She and 
her pediatrician husband moved to St. 
Louis in June. Philip, 18, has com- 
pleted his first year at Michigan State 
U. Last summer Tony visited her 
sister, who lives near Le Mans in 
France. Her sister is fixing some large 
rooms and baths for either tour guests 
or private contacts. 

Jodie Morgan Hartman and Jimmy 
came from Charleston, WV, for my 
youngest child's March wedding. Nan- 
cy Haskins Elliott 39. Pasadena. CA. 
my sister, saw her namesake, Nancy 
Elliot King, 24, on her big day. John, 
32, and Jetton, 28, are not married. 
Telle, 26, was married in Colorado in 

Sept., 1980, but they are now living 
in Winston-Salem, NC. Telle is in the 
24-month Physician's Assistant pro- 
gram at Bowman Gray Hospital. 

Please let me hear from you during 
the year. 



Catherine Barnett Brown (Mrs. Walter 

H.), 29 Crescent Rd.. Madison, NJ 


Fund Agent 

Patricia Brown Boyer (Mrs. Jean Per- 

cival), RFD #1, Box 39, Pomfret 

Center, CT 06259 

Thanks to many of you for your 
good-luck wishes to me in my new job 
as editor of this magazine. It's a lot of 
work, but there are many fringe 
benefits. For instance, I must go to 
Sweet Briar several times a year, as I 
did last April for a whole week! Walter 
came with me for the weekend. We 
were met at Lynchburg by dear Ann 
Morrison Reams '42, director of the 
Alumnae Association, and her nice 
husband, Bernie, who took us out for 
a drink and a snack (Air Virginia is 
great, but no food!). We stayed with 
Anne and Mike Richards (he teaches 
history; she's a member of the 
sophomore class in addition to being 
the mother of three boys, a cat and a 
ferret) who live on Elijah Road in what 
we used to know as "Red Top." 
After Walter left, I moved to Sweet 
Briar House, where host Harold 
Whiteman insisted on carrying my 
suitcase up to "Bart's room" which 
has a comfy bed and a big desk for 
working editors. It was a perfect 
spring week: dogwood and redbud in 
bloom, the Mary Hughes Blackwell 
tulips looking just like our spring 
cover, the students beautiful and 
bright, and the faculty and staff cor- 
dial and interesting. What more can I 

Well, I can say that the class of '49 
was much in evidence at spring Alum- 
nae Board meetings. Mary Virginia 
Grigsby Mallett, alumnae chairman for 
region VI, shared a bathroom with 
me. Preston Hodges Hill, alumnae 
fund chairman, and Katie Cox 
Reynolds, an Overseer, were room- 
mates, like old times! Libby Trueheart 
Harris, chairman of alumnae represen- 
tatives, was on hand, too. How's that 
for '49? 

My once, but not much, removed 
cousin, Alice Trout Hagan, came over 
from Roanoke for lunch one day and 
we had a small share in the celebra- 
tion of Helen McMahon's (would you 
believe?) 80th birthday. As I delivered 
a card the next day, Helen Mac was 
talking with Patsy Davin Robinson. 

I wish you all could have been with 
us at spring step singing. It was a 
lovely evening and, though the music 

Sweet Briar College 

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1952 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Robbin McGary Ramey, Marianna Vorys Minister, Anne Forster 
Oooley, Leila Booth Morris. Second row, I to r: Mollie McCurdy Taylor, Brookey 
Morris Parrott, Louise Warlield Stump, Carroll Morgan Legge, Sue Judd Silcox 
and Frances Street Smith. 

was perhaps not quite as harmonious 
as in our days, the spirit was just as 
warm... tears, as everyone realized it 
was the last time for the seniors. The 
juniors sang "Sweet Briar, Sweet 
Briar, flower fair," all three verses 
(after a practice session with Mary 
Virginia Mallett and Martha Mansfield 
Clement '48): the seniors held forth 
with the golden oldies... "Eva, iva, 
ova, evolution"... bringing a few tears 
to the eyes of the visiting alumnae. 

And what has the evolution done to 
the class of '49? Peggy Quynn Maples 
writes and from Frederick, MD, to say 
that her two sons and families live in 
the D.C. area: John has a two-year- 
old daughter. Beth, and another is 
due in August: Allen expects his first 
child in June: daughter Maggie is 
working as an aide in the public 
school and hoping for a full-time 
teaching job this fall. 

Maggie Woods Tilled has a new 
grandson, John Tillett Northrup, born 
January 4. He and his parents. 
Dorsey and Frank, and big brother 
Tommie came for an Easter visit. 
"Whew!" sighs Maggie, describing 
the interaction of a 10-month-old 
Springer Spaniel puppy, a 10-year-old 
Collie and three-year-old Tommie! 

Preston Hodges Hill tells me that 
Gene had surgery on a shoulder last 
winter, but they managed a skiing 
vacation with son Gene II and his wife 
Joan in Aspen during the New Year's 

Kitty Hart Belew (Kitty, how can I 
condense four pages?!) says, in part, 
"Alice Trout Hagan was here for 
parents' weekend at U. of Richmond, 
where her daughter Kitty is a 
freshman. ..had her to lunch with 
Margaret Towers Talman, Marie 
Musgrove McCrone, my sister Nan 
Stone and Judy Burnett Halsey (both 
SBC '47) and Lucy Boyd Edmunds 
'63. Our other '49 classmates were 
busy, Libby Trueheart Harris at Col- 
lege Council. Betty Wellford Bennett 
teaching and Ann Doar Jones waiting 

Alumnae Magazine 

to become the grandmother of her 
daughter Bev's Kate. Maggie arrived 
to tell us her house had been broken 
into, and that her daughter Nell will 
be married May 22 (my daughter 
Lindsay will be a bridesmaid). Betty 
Wellford Bennett's daughter will be 
married in June." 

Kitty and her sister Nan went to 
Sweet Briar in March for one day of 
the "Origin of Man" Symposium and 
ran into Kay Bryan Edwards and her 
attractive daughter Pricay. 

Libby Trueheart Harris and Hiter 
have announced the engagement of 
Mary Lawrence Harris 79, a third 
year med student at U.Va., to Dr. 
Charles Kraft Loving... a November 
wedding. Mary's twin, Elizabeth 
("Whiz"), is working at Chemical 
Bank in New York, where Kitty's 
daughter Lindsay works. Kitty's son 
Chip will graduate from V.P.I, this 
summer, Alan is a freshman at J.S. 
Reynolds, a community college in 
Richmond; and Kathy is a rising 
senior at St. Catherine's. 

Anne Eustis Weimer took John and 
Scott south during spring break, and 
saw Mary Louis Stevens Webb and 
Rutledge. Stevie says she's also seen 
Judy Baldwin Waxier and Bill. Sally 
Melcher Jones, Polly Vandeventer 
Saunders '46 and Indy Bain Lindsay 
Bilisoly '48. Stevie's children are 
Rutledge, who starts college this fall, 
and Mary, who is finishing her second 
year of law school this fall. Anne and 
Judy have done several local Smithso- 
nion tours, one along the James River 
led by Carden McGehee, Caroline's at- 
tractive son. 

Carter Van Deventer Slattery reports 
that Herbert is now retired, but still 
working in two small businesses. 
They've acquired a house at Hilton 
Head. Son Charles, a banker in Mem- 
phis, and Hugh, a stock-broker in Ft. 
Worth, are still unmarried: Herbert III, 
a lawyer, and his family are still in 

Kay Bryan Edwards brags that her 
first grandchild, named for her, is ab- 
solutely the brightest and the best! 
Her children are living from Amster- 
dam to Washington to Greensboro, but 
she had all eight of them in 
Greensboro for Christmas, plus 
assorted spouses and grandchildren! 
Kay is raising money for the N.C. 
Dance Theatre. She went to London 
and both Spoleto Festivals last 

It was nice to hear from Joyce 
Smith White, whose son Jim has 
graduated from Central Conn., 
daughter Chris from Ohio Wesleyan, 
and son Nelson from Bates. Joyce, 
like many of us, finds herself looking 
forward to reunion in 1984 — mark it 
on your calendar! 

Carolyn Cannady Jones was busy 
planning daughter Anne's April wed- 
ding in Montreat, NC, where they 
have a summer home. Caroline Casey 
McGshee and Coleman were just back 
from a three-week trip to the Orient 
— Hongkong, Tokyo, Manila and 
China — and Caroline was looking 
forward to visiting Sweet Briar for a 
meeting of the Friends of the Library. 

Mary Frances Brown Ballard is now 
a full-fledged lawyer and has recently 
moved from Texas to Wayne, PA. She 
also has a new grandson. 

Fritzie Duncombe Lynch says that 
daughter Susan's LP was released in 
February, titled "Susan Lynch— Big 
Reward," and there's a beautiful pic- 
ture of Susan on the cover. The 
following week Susan's picture was in 
People magazine (3-1-82) with a good 
review of her songs, wit and lyrics: 
she appeared at "The Bottom Line," 
a showcase for new talent in New 

Katie Cox Reynolds is working as 
director of community relations for the 
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and 
Insurance Co.. using her political and 
community experience as well as her 
Sweet Briar education. The Reynolds' 
children are Molly, a legal assistant, 
Franny, an artist, and Flip, a 
sophomore at Colby College. Phil is 
still with Travelers Insurance and 
plays the violin with the Connecticut 
String Orchestra. They're going on 
tour with the orchestra to Rumania in 

A newsie note came from Dot Bot- 
tom Duffy, who is still working three 
days a week at The Daily Press. Inc. 
in Newport News, VA, as the "direc- 
ting" editor. Husband John heads the 
"Meet the Composer" program in 
New York and is an active composer 
himself, presently working on a public 
t.v. series. "Civilization and the 
Jews" to be aired in 1983-84. Dot is 
studying for a master's degree in 
history (16th-century English) at Col- 
umbia. Her son Whitney Gilkey was 
married in June, lives in Newport 
News, and works for the cable t.v. 
station there. 

Marie Musgrove McCrone. who 

claims she never sewed a stitch until 
she became a grandmother (of four, at 
last count) is now making little girl's 
Smocked and French hand-stitched 
dresses, real labors of love and worth 
at least $500 each by completion! 

Joan McCarthy Wh'rteman an- 
nounces the arrival of her grand- 
daughter, Lindsay Kimball McLeod, 
who lives near enough for Joan and 
Wes to see her often. Joan is playing 
duplicate bridge during the the cold Il- 
linois winter, waiting for golf season. 

Ellen Ramsey Clark enjoyed a family 
reunion in Snowmass, CA. Son Ken is 
a banker with Wachovia Bank in New 
York; Ellen, a stock-broker with 
Smith-Barney in Dallas; Ramsay and 
Marshall work for Memphis firms; and 
Allison is a tenth grader and quite a 
tennis player. 

A few brief items: Frances Pope 
Evans: "Working in oil and gas 
business." Sally Legg Martine: "After 
55 years in Binghamton, we have 
moved to Wakefield, R!.. .call it mid- 
life crisis, change of jobs and 
everything else. ..same nice husband, 
however!" Ann Henderson Bannard, 
from Tucson: "Christmas is really 
over — Yorke shaved off his luxuriant 
beard which he started on a Colorado 
River trip last summer; Doug on last 
lap of eighth grade and braces; Dave 
on last lap of grad school, after a 
hiatus performing with the Boston 
Opera; I had a one-person show in 
Santa Fe during Festival of the Arts, 
now scrambling to finish new work for 
another." Ann is a sculptor. 

Judy Easley Mak writes of seeing 
Flip Eustis Weimer and Ann Barrett 
Holmes Bryan. Judy's daughter Holly 
has joined the Washington Office of 
the International Bank of Abu Dhabi, 
so her Arabic is still useful. Judy is 
now a real estate broker, waiting (at 
press time) to sell her first house. 

Nancy McCarthy Jones is lucky to 
have daughter Kathy and family, in- 
cluding husband John, Allison, 3. and 
Mike, 1, living nearby. Son John is in 
sales with Sheraton at Steamboat, CO, 
and Peter, a junior at Williams, is 
spending a term in Vienna with the 
Institute of European Studies. 

June Eager Finney reports that 
eldest son Dan is still with Maryland 
National Bank as p.r. coordinator; he 
and his wife Carol have a son David. 
Next son. Mac, recently moved to 
Baltimore's number one rated t.v. sta- 
tion as an Eye-Witness News 
cameraman; his wife works in the 
greenhouse of a large florist and loves 
it. Son Angus is a second-year law 
student, and Lee graduated from the 
U. of Richmond with a degree in 

Ruthie Garrett Preucel got together 
with Carter and Polly during the 
Philadelphia Flower Show, which Bob 
chaired, for the "second and last 
time." says Ruthie. Bob shakes 2.000 


hands at the opening dinner, leads 
1 ,000 volunteers, and the show draws 
20,000 visitors a day! The Preucels' 
son, RWP Jr., is working for his 
Ph.D. in S.W. American Architecture 
at UCLA and will be married this 
spring. Ruthie and Bill graduate from 
U. of Pa. this spring, too. A big year 
for the whole family! 

Pat Brown Boyer sends a beautiful 
tribute to Mareia Fowler Smiley who 
died last February after a long, 
courageous battle with cancer. 

We all recall Marcia's en- 
trepreneurial instincts, shown by the 
profitable and welcome sandwich ser- 
vice she ran in the dorm during hours 
when the Inn was closed. She went 
on to work for the Readers Digest 
where she was one of the first women 
in the U.S. to work with large-scale 
computer installation and applications. 
After sixteen years with the Digest, 
she became a management consultant 
on computer systems in New York 

When her husband, Len, retired 
from his job as appliance testing 
supervisor for Consumers Report the 
Smileys moved permanently to Mt. 
Dora, FL, where they bought and 
rebuilt a lakeshore property. This was 
in keeping with Marcia's philosophy of 
"rejuvenate don't raze." She applied 
this to several run-down properties, 
turning them into unusually tasteful 
business and residential accommoda- 
tions. Often she did much of the 
carpentry and masonry herself. After 
breaking a hip in 1980, she was back 
on the job in six weeks, directing the 
work from a wheel chair. 

A three-time recipient of the 
Chamber of Commerce Beautification 
Award, she still found time to par- 
ticipate actively on the library board 
and in other community efforts, to 
follow developments in the business 
world, and to pursue her lifelong in- 
terest in music. 



Jane Perry Liles (Mrs. George W.), 

P.O. Box 564, Concord, NC 28025 

Fund Agent 

Olivia Cantey Patton (Mrs. Stuart), 

1804 Dyson Dr., Decatur, GA 30030 

Dale Hutter Harris was sworn in as 
the 24th Judicial Circuit's first female 
judge on March 29. In a newspaper 
article in the Lynchburg News, Earl 
Wingo, the man Dale replaced, says of 
her, "She is exceedingly bright, 
dedicated, and understanding of 
children. One of my greatest joys in 
retiring is knowing that my job will be 
capably filled." Dale said, "It is a 
tremendous responsibility, but it is not 
my responsibility alone, for young 
people need help and support from 
the entire community, including 


facilities for rehabilitation. This is the 
time in their lives when perhaps we 
can make a difference, and I find that 
exciting. The hardest part of being a 
judge is maintaining a high level of 
concentration. You have to listen — I 
mean really listen. As the day wears 
on that can get harder, yet you have 
to pick up on the subtleties that can 
affect your decision." 

Dickie Wellborn Hopper has three 
new grandchildren born in 1981 — 
total of five. Her youngest enters col- 
lege in the fall. 

Mary Kimball Grier writes that she 
had a marvelous trip to China in Oc- 
tober. Daughter Betsy graduated from 
Skidmore in May. having completed 
requirements for certification in special 
education. The Griers had dinner with 
Ken and Mary Stagg Hamblett last 

Patsy Phillips Brown received an 
M.Ed, in Guidance and Counseling 
from Lynchburg College in May. 

In November of '81 President 
Reagan conferred the personal rank of 
Ambassador on Louis G. Fields (hus- 
band of Kitty Guerrant Fields)in his 
capacity as the Dept. of State's 
representative to the first committee 
meetings on disarmament during the 
36th Session of the U.N. General 
Assembly, which opened in Geneva, 
Switzerland, on Feb. 2. I talked to 
Kitty after their return and she said 
that she had never worked so hard in 
her life and it is not the glamorous job 
that it sounds like. Daughter Frances 
has returned to the East and is plat- 
form assistant at Dupont Circle Branch 
of First American Bank of Washington. 

Joan Brophy Tyree had lunch with 
Kitty and Lou in New York before they 
left. Oldest son Tom took a semester 
off to work for Peat, Marwick and Mit- 
chell on a project for Morgan Guaranty 
Bank. Second son Bill is at Dartmouth 
and planning a medical career. Joan 
and Tom are going to Joanne Holbrook 
Patton '52 and George's 30th anniver- 
sary weekend with all of the members 
of their wedding party. 

Dolly Wallace Hartman and Jack's 
son John graduated from Davidson in 
May, and Elizabeth finished her first 
year at Princeton. Dolly is teaching art 
at the U. of Charleston. 

I saw Mary Ann Mellen Root at 
Alumnae Council in October. The 
Roots are moving to Greenville, SC, as 
soon as their house is sold, as John's 
business is now there. M.A. was at 
SB for the Executive Board Meeting in 
April. Frances is with E.F. Hutton, 
and Randy is at W&L. 

C.J. Nager and his committee had a 
surprise birthday party to celebrate 
Katzy Bailey Nager's entry into the se- 
cond half. Bailey is considering law 
school, and George is college shop- 
ping in the West. 

Anne Green Stone and family moved 
to Carson City, NV, in June of '81 
and are delighted with the riding, the 

scenery, and the people, but the 
climate is wild most of the winter (12 
feet of snow in one storm in the near- 
by Sierras!). Sara and Grace are do- 
ing well in school. Anne keeps busy 
as secretary of the GOP Women's Club 
of Carson City, which as state capital 
is a center of activity. John is the 
manager of a new subsidiary of Hanna 

Ann Vlerebome Sorenson, Nor- 
thfield, MA, is involved in the effort to 
save our world from nuclear war. 

Jane Yoe Duggan's daughter Wendi 
Wood graduated from SBC in May. 
She was a varsity swimmer all four 
years and headed Sports Council her 
senior year. Daughter Randi is a junior 
at U.Ga. 

Sarah Swift Harrison's SBC 
daughter Harriet '81 is an accountant 
in Houston and is getting married in 
September. Frances, the oldest 
daughter, lives in Austin, where she 
is a sales rep. Carter has just com- 
pleted her freshman year at Sewanee. 
Sarah is on the United Way Board of 
Trustees and is president of the 
Women of St. Paul's in Waco. Morse 
is in the highway construction 

Perry Liles is a freshman at SBC, 
rooming with Frances Clardy, daughter 
of Frances Shannonhouse Clardy '56. 
and one of their favorite friends is 
Laura Morrissette, daughter of 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette '54. They 
go somewhere all the time. It is 
not like when we were there. It is still 
as beautiful and happy. The new din- 
ing room is magnificent, and all the 
plans for the old Refec are very 

Start planning now for No. 30 next 
year. Send me now your three favorite 
recipes, housekeeping hints, shortcuts 
and fabulous ideas gathered over the 
last 30 years, and we'll share the 
bounty in May. 



Marjorie Whitson Aude (Mrs. Fritz 

A.), RD 3, Box 265, Geneva, NY 


Fund Agent 

Jody Raines Brinkley (Mrs. Arthur S., 

Jr.), 7 Shadow Lane, Richmond, VA 


Our 25th Reunion will be past by 
the time this reaches you — and my 
deadline is before reunion — but 
perhaps I can sneak in a few 
paragraphs about reunion at the end. 
Having written about you in 
alphabetical order twice, I'll try it 
geographically this time. 

Dagmar Halmagyi Yon, San Diego, 
CA, sends very late word of first 
"date" in 23 years — seems she 
was more nervous for that one than 
the very first one, but at least it was 
more fun than working. Her two 
youngest were still in college and liv- 
ing at home. 

Lainy Newton Peters and Gregg 
were planning to come all the way 
from Pacific Palisades, CA. for reu- 
nion, for a grand tour of Pennsylvania 
for Gregg to fly fish, to Princeton to 
see son Mark — there for the sum- 
mer as a local D.J. on the radio, and 
to New England to visit friends. Lainy 
was finishing a year of docent training 
at the L.A. County Museum of Art so 
she can give tours this year for school 

Elaine Floyd Fisher's daughter 
Evangeline was a freshman this year 
at the Vivian Webb School there in 
Claremont, CA, a newly established 
coordinate high school with the Webb 
School of California. 

A recheck of my mail reveals that 
Carolyn Swift Fleming wrote from 
Omaha. NE. of her work for the 

1957 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Elaine Dies Colmer, Jane Pinckney Hanahan, Lee Haskell Vest. 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin, Carroll Weitzel Rivers, Anna Chao Pai, Ninie Laing. Se- 
cond row, I to r: Mary Landon Smith Brugh. Sydney Graham Brady, Kim McMur- 
try Fowler, Diane Duffield Wood, Jane Best Wehland, Sandra Stingily Simpson, 
Joy Peebles Massie, Lainy Newton Peters, Charlotte Heuer deSerio. Jody Raines 
Brinkley. Standing, I to r Mariella Gibson Kerr, Suzy Neblett Stephens, Catherine 
Meacham, Flo Barclay Winston, Anne Wilson Rowe, Marje Whitson Aude, Cyn- 
thia Wilson Ottaway, Jane Dunn Godsland, Jane Fitzgerald Treheme-Thomas, 
Elaine Kimball Carleton, Mary Anne VanDervoort Large, Jackie Ambler Cusick, 
Margie Scott Johnson, Kay Tilghman Lowe, Anne Melton Kimzey, Susan Elder 
Martin, Bari Baker Hart, Jane Campbell Butler, Helen Smith Davenport, Polly 
Spessard Neblett, Nannette McBurney Crowdus. 

Sweet Briar College 

Visiting Nurses Asso. for the past five 
years, on a hospice team, and serving 
schools. Daughter Alice was a 
sophomore at Wellesley; William Swift 
will enter Carlton College this fall; and 
Ed is a sophomore in high school. 
Carolyn finished her master's in July 
'81 and felt honored to represent SBC 
for the Centential Celebration of 
Creighton U., wearing her pink and 
green hood in the procession. 

Zan (Dorothy) Engh Moore. 
Houston, TX, has gone back to 
Southern Bible College Jo get a 
Master's in Theology. She teaches 
three Bible classes a week and a 
seminar called "Eve Reborn." Their 
two oldest are both training in a mis- 
sion college in Dallas, and their son 
works with "Teen Challenge." Bari 
Baker Hart hoped to make connections 
to reunion from Athens. TX, where 
she teaches, is on church vestry and 
is choir director. Bill is gone quite a 
bit doing oil leasing. Oldest son Lind- 
say was a junior at U. of Texas in 
Austin; son Baker was to enter this 
fall at A&M U. in Bryan, TX, with 
bike racing as a sideline. Heather is a 
high school junior active in band, 
piano, Young Life, and Little Theatre. 

For the first time in years, Frances 
May Burton writes from Lawrence, 
KS, where she just finished a 
master's in social work and her hus- 
band is a professor of cell biology at 
U. of Kans. Fran is now a medical 
social worker in a hospital, plays ten- 
nis and trains and shows dogs in obe- 
dience. In pre-grad school days, she 
and Paul owned and ran a tennis shop 
summers in northern Wisconsin. Julie, 
20, a junior at Baker U. in Kansas 
was to be married a few days after 
reunion, so Fran couldn't come then. 
Mike, 18, was a freshman at Trinity 
U. in San Antonio and on the j.v. ten- 
nis team at that tennis-proud school 
— quite an accomplishment. 

A change-of-address card from the 
Alumnae Office tells me that Elaine 
Kimball Carleton moved last year from 
Tacoma, WA, to Lake Charles, LA, 
but gives no news. Several other 
moves I've learned about the same 
way and will note later. 

Natalie (Lee) Wittich Morrow's 
daughter Virginia (Ginger) is not an 
SBC student but went on the SB 
January term European tour, "Interna- 
tional Business and Finance," with 
Prof. Reuben Miller, also according to 
the Alumnae Office. Lee will be 
hosting all the Eastern relatives for 
Ginger's graduation at our reunion 
time, and hoping for a job or a grad 
school. Don't we all! Dodgeville. Wl, 
had a beastly winter, says Lee, whose 
only trip was to Texas to help Paul's 
mother in her illness. She and Paul 
hoped to celebrate their 25th in style 
this summer between her check-ups 
every three months. 

From Lake Forest, IL, Nannette 
McBurney Crowdus reports a March 

Alumnae Magazine 

trip to Vienna, Budapest and the 
Danube, and meeting their son Warren 
who was on a Fulbright at U. of Ham- 
burg. He starts at U. of Chicago Law 
in Sept. '82. Carol continues at Col- 
gate, a junior Eng. major this fall, and 
at 5'2" was varsity women's ice 
hockey goalie Sydney Graham Brady, 
Galesburg, IL. reports business as 
usual in her bank's Trust Dept. but 
has been organizing an area chapter 
of Nat'l Assoc, of Bank Women and is 
Vice-Chair. She also became a board 
member of the Guild and the Board of 
Directors of the Knox-Galesburg Sym- 
phony Orchestra. Heavy home im- 
provement was underway in advance 
of their daughter's August wedding, 
but Bill planned to accompany Sydney 
to reunion, leaving behind a pile of 
administrative duties as Chairman of 
the English Dept. jt Knox College. 
Diane Outfield Wood says her life 
doesn't change much now, except for 
getting older and grayer. Living in 
Oak Brook, IL, she substitute teaches 
health education classes for grades 
1-5, plays tennis, golf and bridge 
some. Pam, 23, is married; Kay, 21, 
is a junior at Miami of Ohio "trying to 
learn to be a great teacher who will 
make millions"; and Chip, 18, will 
begin at Hillsdale Col. in Michigan in 
August. Maybe the empty nest will in- 
spire Duffy to great things, while San- 
dy continues trying to keep Sears 

Prize for the most mysterious cor- 
respondence goes to Cynthia Wilson 
Ottaway of Grosse Point Farms, Ml, 
who wrote lots of news and left out 
her own name. She was remarried in 
August 1981 to John P. Ottaway, Jr., 
a Detroit attorney, and moved from In- 
diana to Michigan. Cynthia had spent 
two weeks this spring in Aspen with 
her daugher Allison and husband 
Emerson Scott (married June 1981) 
and her daughter Elizabeth, then a 
couple of weeks in Florida with John's 
family. He has four children: John III, 
sophomore at Wm. & Mary; Michael, 
to enroll at U. Richmond this fall; An- 
drew and Amy, who were then a high 
school sophomore and freshman 
respectively. To accommodate this 
family they've bought a new home 
and planned to redecorate and put in 
a new kitchen this summer. She also 
reports graduations May 16 and 17 
for her twins, Elizabeth (SBC) and Ot- 
to (Wharton School, U. of Pa.). 

George, Marguerite (11), and 
Marguerite McDaniel Wood, Mont- 
gomery, AL, plus two other couples 
chartered a boat this spring at St. 
Lucia for two and a half weeks and 
had loads of fun sailing the Windward 
Islands, being captain and crew, 
swimming, snorkeling and dancing to 
steel bands. "Came back tan, tired, 
and tantalized by hot showers!", says 

Katharine (BeeBee) Macey Graham 
moved somtime last year from 

Nashville, TN, to Fort Payne, AL. 

Anne Melton Kimzey Lookout ML, 
TN, wasn't sure about reunion since 
her older daughter's graduation from 
UNC-Chapel Hill was the weekend 
before, and then she had to fix up a 
beach house in South Carolina for ren- 
tal until the day of reunion. Her se- 
cond daughter is making her debut 
this Christmas in Charleston, SC, with 
Carroll Weitzel Rivers' daughter. 
Rhonda will also be presented in Col- 
umbia, SC. 

Lynn Ulrici McGarvey moved from 
Ridgefield, CT, to the Canallwood area 
of Tampa, FL, as close to country as 
they could find. Meghan, Sean and 
Bryce are still at home. Lynn took a 
Master Gardener's course at the coun- 
ty Extension Service to learn about 
Florida horticulture and volunteer 
there. They've put in a big vegetable 
garden with lots of popcorn, and she 
also enjoys Tampa Symphony Guild 
fundraising activities. 

Saynor Johnson Ponder finds things 
quieter at home with two in college: 
Eleanor, a freshman at Hollins; Bert, a 
junior at W&L. Bill and Saynor are still 
in school there in Macon, GA. At 
Johns Island, SC, we find Chris Smith 
Lowry managing the Equestrian Center 
for Seabrook Island Co., a resort com- 
munity just south of Charleston. They 
were to break ground in May for a 
grand new stable with full facilities for 
boarding, lessons, beach rides etc. 
Her assistant was going to the riding 
instructors' clinic the end of May. 
Britt still manages an Episcopal camp 
and conference center. Daughter Tina 
was finishing a master's in social 
work at UNC-Chapel Hill in April. Son 
Brink is in Germany working with 
computers for the Army. Chris says 
Nancy Shuford Garrison was with her 
all the way for a month this winter 
during Chris' mother's final illness in 
Hickory, NC, and "It's wonderful to 
have friends like that!" 

Dot Duncan Hodges. Charlotte, NC, 
(and I) expected to need large name 
tags for everyone at reunion to com- 
pensate for failing eyes and empty 
heads. Her divorce was final in 
March, "with relief and regret." One 
child was graduating from Williams; 
the younger one is a carpenter's 
assistant, and Dot drew a little frown- 
ing face. The Alumnae Office sent 
word Dot had been nominated for the 
Board of Directors of the NX. Art 
Society, NX. Museum of Art in 

On up the East Coast in New Ca- 
naan, CT, Lee Haskell Vest reports 
that Graham was to graduate from 
Hobart Col. in June with honors in a 
comparative religion type honors pro- 
gram complete with orals, etc. Sallie 
was then a freshman at Franklin and 
Marshall and played varsity girls' soc- 
cer. Lee works with Marty Heckman 
Buckingham '55 in a local travel 
bureau, if I am reading the card right. 

(Only two of you ladies typed your 
responses!) She has been on the 
Mississippi Queen and to Hawaii and 
some other exotic islands this year. 

Anne McGrath Lederer still lives in 
New York City but spends vacations 
and long weekends in Warrenton, VA. 
Son Andrew was finishing 3rd grade at 
St. David's, and daughter Sloane was 
finishing junior year at Chapin. Anne 
and Sloane had visited SBC in March 
and had a marvelous time. Anne is in- 
volved in the kids' schools and 
various boards concerning their school 

Chips Chao Pai, Livingston, NJ, 
sent news of four classmates she'd 
seen lately. Carolyn Scott Arnold and 
new husband Mark have moved to 
Bronxville, NY. Jane Dunn Godsland 
and husband Dudley had spent the 
night and hoped to make reunion. 
Ceci Dickson Banner is now a 
management consultant. Virginia 
Marks Paget will get her Ph.D. this 
year, in education management, Chips 

From Bryn Mawr, PA, Char Heuer 
DeSerio reports her marriage in July 
1981 to Francis W. DeSerio in historic 
Christ Church, Philadelphia, and a two 
weeks honeymoon in Ireland. Her 
oldest son. Bob, moved to Vermont, 
bought a home, started a master's 
degree and ended up buying the 
"Chez Moustache" restaurant in Jef- 
fersonville, VT. Younger son Bill was 
spending his junior year in England, 
and Char and her husband were sail- 
ing on the QEII to visit him before fly- 
ing back for reunion. Jane Fitzgerald 
Treherne-Thomas continues working 
for the Pittsburgh Symphony, arrang- 
ing parties for visiting performers; 
represents two artists (painters) from 
New York there in Pittsburgh; and is 
half way through a two year stint as 
finance chairman of the Garden Club 
of America. Summer visits to Nan- 
tucket and monthly trips to NYC are 
not too hard to take, I gather, the lat- 
ter in connection with the Garden Club 
job. Jane Campbell Butler is now back 
in Kittanning, PA, teaching high 
school English nearby. Anne's at a 
different college now and one son is 
selling, we learned on a visit last 
summer with Jane. 

Susan Ragland Lewis. Bethesda, 
MD, typed lots of news for me. Jen- 
nifer finished Georgetown U. with a 
B.S. in languages, is a buyer at 
Bloomingdale's in NYC in their ex- 
ecutive training program, and was to 
be married in June to an ass't 
treasurer at Bankers Trust, a "great 
computer type brain who finished at 
Dartmouth, then master's at Stan- 
ford." Jim, Jr. is working on an MBA 
at Indiana U.; Chris is at UVA. 2nd 
year, heading toward law. like his 
brother. Husband Jim is Headmaster 
of Holton-Arms School outside of 
Washington. DC (600 girls). Sue has 
been doing freelance public relations 


and speech writing for several years 
and now works for a management 
consulting firm in D.C. creating a PR 
component for them. She also still 
teaches painting and has a one-man 
show (one-woman?) hanging locally. 
Jackie Ambler Cusick is in her class. 
She had dinner for Mona Ghantus 
Namon with several classmates. Mona 
still lives in Beirut and has a son in 
school in the U.S. 

Jane Best Wehland has missed not 
having Jane Lee at home in Elkridge, 
MD, this year since both she and 
Chuck are at UVa. which they both 
enjoy. Makes visiting them simpler! 
Jane was hoping Elaine Floyd Fisher 
could fly in from California for reun- 
ion. Helene Perry. Baltimore, MD, was 
feeling really challenged by her new 
position as Physics Dept. chairman at 
her college, but was beginning to see 
the light in the tunnel even if she 
couldn't get to reunion. Lisa Morton 
Ordahl has moved from 
Fredericksburg, VA, to Annapolis, 

Joel Russell is now Mrs. Josel 
Williams and lives in New Orleans, 
LA, but I have no other details. 

Jane Dunn Godsland, Rehoboth 
Beach. DE, noted that her daughter 
Carolyn Ennis graduated from SBC in 
1 978 magna cum laude and Phi Beta 
Kappa "which delighted her 'drop- 
out-' mama!" Jane has been living 
abroad for most of the past 20 years 
— mainly Britain and Malta. She is 
now extraordinarily happily married to 
Dudley Godsland, an Englishman, and 
they are living in the U.S.A. part of 
each year and spending summers 

From Alexandria, VA, June Heard 
Wadsworth writes that Rob, 22, was 
to graduate from UVa at our reunion 
time, so she'd miss that. Jay, 17, 
would be graduating from St. 
Stephen's School and going in the fall 
to UVa, where Steve, 19, will be a 
junior — all in the Engineering 
School. There was also the possibility 
of the men sailing their yacht, Sun- 
dance, in the Annapolis to Bermuda 
race in June, with June meeting them 
there, since those races "are a little 
much" even though she loves sailing. 
In the fall, Rob is to be married to "a 
darling girl he's been dating for six 
years." June's busy with hospital 
volunteer work, a couple of boards, 
bridge, tennis, etc. Betty Murden 
Michelson still lives and practices law 
in Virginia Beach, VA, where David is 
16 and very much "into surfing and 

Three replies came from Richmond, 
VA. Mary Anne VanDervoort Large and 
Bob claim they went into training for 
both their 25th reunions (his at W&L) 
by taking their three girls to Disney 
World during spring vacation. Anne 
Gwinn Fox and Jan also were to take 
in reunion at W&L, but not SBC since 
their son John would get then his first 


weekend leave since September from 
Ft. Rucker, AL. He graduated from 
W&L in June '81 and is a second 
lieutenant, by now probably nearly 
through flight training. Sarah was a 
sophomore at Duke, a scholarship stu- 
dent, and a computer science major. 
Teddy and Andrew were in 8th and 
6th grades when she wrote, at Col- 
legiate Schools in Richmond, where 
Anne is a full-time librarian in the up- 
per school, she expected to see her 
brother and his wife from Houston for 
his 20th reunion at W&L also. Jody 
Raines Brinkley has kept busy work- 
ing on our big reunion gift since last 
summer, having a home reception for 
the oldest Brinkley daughter's wed- 
ding in September (Betsy), serving on 
three or four boards, being garden 
club president, AND going to Africa 
with Art for a month. They had 2'/2 
weeks in Kenya on a tenting safari, 
went up to Egypt for 10 days, and 
had two days in London. 

Goochland, VA, is just west of 
Richmond, I find, and Joy Peebles 
Massie was just about to move into 
their new home there. Son Jimmie, 
III, was married Jan. 1982 to a 
classmate at UVa from Newport News 
and they're living in Houston. 

Ninie Laing wrote from Sweet Briar 
that her summer will be spent collect- 
ing new information for student intern- 
ships in art related fields. She'd like 
our help with new people and places 
to contact in NYC, Philadelpia, 
Baltimore and Washington. She will 
also be organizing their farm and set- 
ting up new lines of communication 
following her father's death this 

The Kenmore Association, the se- 
cond oldest preservation group in the 
country, began its year recently under 
Sweet Briar leadership. President of 
the association is Betty Clapp Robin- 
son '34 of Kansas City. Chairman of 
the Board of Regents is Sally 
Shallenberger Brown '32. Even the 
gentlemen officer. Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees, is Josiah Rowe, 
husband of Anne Wilson Rowe, 
Fredericksburg, VA. 

There was also news from abroad. 
Clare Harrison Greenman sent a nice 
letter from London with her gift, and 
Jane Rather Thiebaud wrote a note 
from Geneva offering to help with 
recruiting students from Europe. She 
is a free-lance consultant and editor of 
Geneva Portfolio. 

We're still farming in the Finger 
Lakes area of upstate New York. I en- 
joyed preaching and leading worship 
services in seven different congrega- 
tions on nine occasions during 1981, 
but can't figure how ministers can 
write a new sermon every week and 
still run a church besides. Our two 
oldest have new jobs: Laurie, 24, 
works at Geneva Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station on disease resistance in 
green beans, towards the. development 

of resistant varieties. Nancy, 22, is a 
sales representative for Arico Chemical 
Co., selling fertilizer and chemicals to 
dealers and farmers, taking soil 
samples, scouting fields for problems, 
etc. The other four continue in 
grades, 6, 8, 12, and RPI junior this 


REUNION NEWS: If you didn't come 
to reunion, you missed a great time 
and exciting news about our class 
achievements. For starters, we not on- 
ly exceeded our goal of $50,000 for 
our reunion gift — we went over 
$60,000 and gave the largest reunion 
gift in Sweet Briar's history. Nancy 
Dowd Burton '46 sent a telegram of 
congratulations. Flo and Jody did a 
great job. 

Sumptuous fare was featured at the 
class picnic at the Boathouse, scene 
of many of memories. Kim McMurtry 
Fowler made a giant bowl of Texas 
chili for us, a trifle tamer than usual 
in deference to untrained tongues, and 
we loved it. Flo Barclay Winston, her 
husband Chuck, and their sons, and 
Margie Scott Johnson's husband Earl 
barbecued chicken and beef ribs and 
pork ribs for us, with Flo having made 
salads and cookies already. The 
Winstons have been operating 
restaurants in Raleigh, NC, for years 
to prepare for this occasion and the 
practice really paid off. Many thanks! 
it turns out that Kim and her husband 
run riverboat tours and she does lots 
of catering among their other enter- 
prises, so we had several "pros" at 
work. Really beats a box lunch picnic! 

We are grateful to Sandra Stingily 
Simpson and Jody Raines Brinkley for 
serving as class president and fund 
agent for five years. New officers will 
be Diane Duffield Wood, president; 
Char Heuer DeSerio. fund agent; and I 
will write the class notes and try not 
to "burn out." This was my third set, 
so I'm sure that will be long enough. 

Sandra chaired a panel discussion 
featuring the career paths of Ninie 
Laing, Nannette McBurney Crowdus, 
and Chips Chao Pai, which proved 
most interesting. We were greatly 
moved when Chips told us what her 
Sweet Briar friendships meant to her, 
especially having grown up as an 
alien right after WWII. She says she 
got her Ph.D. to avoid deportation; 
Nannette says she went back to 
"peddling" after the move to Lake 
Forest, IL, because her kids wanted 
her out of the house and their hair; 
and Ninie went to Art History from 
biology because taking one free 
course per semester was a fringe 
benefit offered with the job she had at 
the time. So much for careful career 
planning for our class. 

There were 40 or so classmates, 18 
husbands, one male friend, and one 
son signed up to come, and I think 
that's about who came. We didn't 
quite have coed showers in the dorm, 
but sometimes it was a near thing. 

Some of the less adventurous stayed 
at motels. 

I wish we could afford to send 
copies of all the questionnaires out to 
all of you. Answers on "compatabili- 
ty" were mostly either "our 25th an- 
niv. is coming soon" or else "zero — 
I'm divorced," but there are a 
number of very happy second mar- 
riages and one classmate wrote "pats 
a lot, but not like the old days." 
Regarding how do we look, Kim says 
she is an 11 (better than 10, right?); 
several have mixed reports, "depend- 
ing on the time of day," and "com- 
pared to what?" Some assured us 
they looked great but did not come or 
sena current photos, which was 
cheating a bit. Achievements ranged 
from "surviving" to "becoming a 
middle-aged sex symbol." Ambitions 
include "beating my youngest child at 
Pacman," "swim with the tide," 
"keeping the art gallery," "bounce 
grandchildren on my knee," "run 50 
miles/week," "to visit the US more 
often," and "get through the 50's 
gracefully." Start saving your news 
from April 1, 1983. 



Anne Worboys Buske (Mrs. Neil), 408 

Sedgwick Rd., Syracuse, NY 13203 

Janna Staley Fitzgerald (Mrs. Robert 

E., Jr.), 2018 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, 

NC 28207 

Fund Agents 

Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss (Mrs. 

William J., Jr.), 3812 Forest Glen Dr., 

Birmingham, AL 35213 

Judith Atkins Wall (Mrs. E. Craig, 

Jr.), P.O. Box 830, Conway, SC 


We felt that everyone has been in- 
spired by seeing news of our 
classmates in print. The response to 
our request for news was very satisfy- 
ing. Keep up the good work! You'll be 
hearing from us each spring and our 
class notes will be in the fall issue of 
the Alumnae Magazine. 

Sara Finnegan Lycett has been ap- 
pointed president of the Book 
Publishing Division for Waverly Press, 
Inc. She is also director and secretary 
of The Passano Foundaton, a group 
which awards research grants to 
outstanding medical researchers and 
serves as a trustee of St. Timothy's 
School in Stevenson, MD. 

Elinor Scherr Mosher is enrolled at 
the U. of Cincinnati. 

Martha Holland Bartsch is on the 
faculty of Pace U. (Art Dept.) and 
recently illustrated a book which was 
published, A Haggadah for Shabbat. 
The Joy of Shabbat. Husband Don is a 
stockbroker and she has one son at 
the U. of Montana and another at a 
local high school. 

Sweet Briar College 

1962 Reunion 

Front row, I to n Allison Moore Garrott, Douglas Dockery Porteous, Jocelyn 
Palmer Connors, Elizabeth Farmer Owen, Brooke Hamilton Cressall, Sally Shar- 
rett Perryman, Millie Anderson Stuckey, Nancy Fleshman Bowles, Maybelle Scott 
Rauch. Second row, I to r. Anne Parker Schmalz, Andrea Denson Wechsler, Ann 
Ritchey Baruch, Patsey Carney Reed, Chris Christie Cruger, Ann Allen Symonds, 
Betsy Pearson Griffin, Fontaine Hutter Hettrick. Third row, I to n Jane Roulston 
Schottker, Julia Shields, Ann Percy, Mimi Molander Moss, Mary Jane Schroder 
Oliver, Adele Vogel Harrell. Betsy Cate Pringle. 

Sally Mathiasen Prince owns five 
boutiques in the Washington area — 
four "Lemon Twists" and one 
"Whale's Tail." Her daughter is at 
Yale and she has two boys at the 
Landon School. 

Barbara Ann Horton Carr earned a 
Master's degree in Speech, Language 
and Hearing Science in 1974 and is in 
the private practice of Speech- 
Language Pathology (Durham, NC). 
Son David graduated trom UNC and 
daughter Heather Ann will be entering 
UNC this fall. Barbara is also active in 
the Durham Debutante Ball Society 
and in Hospice. 

Judy Greer Schulz's daughter Cecily 
is a student at SBC and son Garth is 
into tennis and school musicals. 

Celia Williams Dunn was in the 
Savannah Board of Realtors Million 
Dollar Club in 1981. The first year of 
Celia W. Dunn Realty Co. was a great 
success. Her son Lawrence is at 
Episcopal High and daughter Celia, 
Savannah Country Day. 

Kay Prothro Yeager's daughters are 
both at SBC. Elizabeth is attending St. 
Andrews and has been a Sweet Briar 
Scholar, on the Dean's List and 
Freshman Honors. Linda also made 
Freshman Honors during 1981-82. 
Husband Frank is chairman of the 
President's Parents' Advisory Council. 

Mary Denny Scott Wray is on the 
boards of the Houston Symphony and 
Child Guidance Center. Husband 
Michael is CFO for domestic operation 
of an oil company. Children and step- 
children are in schools from Texas to 

Polly Chapman Herring has a 
daughter at UVa, a son "looking 
toward UVa" and 12-year-old Hilary. 
She says her shop, husband and 
family are all "obnoxiously normal." 

Lousie Cobb Boggs is practicing 
law. and husband John is in the in- 

Alumnae Magazine 

surance business. All this, plus two 
active children, makes them "busy, 
well, and happy." After seeing SBC 
for the first time, daughter Alice (12) 
is wearing Louise's old college sweat- 
shirt! Louise feels this is a very 
positive sign! 

Ann Hammond Dure vacationed in 
Greece and Italy last year. Son Beau 
(12) took SAT's under a special pro- 
gram at Duke for 7th graders and did 
well enough to be admitted to many 
colleges. Step-daughter Jane 
graduated from SBC last year. 

Lucy Giles Richey has a daughter at 
Colgate and a 13-year-old son. She is 
working part-time in an antique shop. 

Nancy Coppedge Lynn has a son at 
the U. of Georgia and a daughter 
who's a senior at Oldfields School. 
Nancy is president of the garden club 
and active in the interior decoration 
business. She saw both Suzie Philion 
Babcock and Stuart Bohannon recently 
and says they both looked 

Barbara Billo Alexander has owned 
a knitting shop in Richmond for the 
past two years. Her son Charles is the 
National Cross-Country Champion and 
was interviewed in Sports Illustrated. 
Daughter Jenny is a student at 

Diane Stevens Creedon is the 
assistant to the Public Relations Direc- 
tor at Food and Wines from France. 
Last year she vacationed in Eastern 
Europe with Jane Garst Lewis and her 
family. The group cycled from 
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, to 
Novisad, Yugoslavia, along the 
Danube. Jane lives in Warnford, 
England, which is southwest of Lon- 
don. Husband Don runs a chain of 
language schools, "Linguarama" in 
32 countries. Their daughter Caroline 
will be going to Oxford to major in 
Japanese (which she already speaks 

fluently), and they have two sons, 
Richard and David. 

Penny Stanton Carter lives in South 
Royalton, VT. Her oldest child, David, 
is at Deerfield. 

Susie Prichard Pace is in Richmond 
and her son is a freshman at the 
University there. 

Marion Lucas Fleming is in law 
school at Stetson U. and her three 
sons are all at the U. of Florida. Hus- 
band Peter is the Rector of St. 
Thomas' Episcopal Church in St. 

Winifred Storey Davis received an 
M.B.A. in finapce from Georgia State 
U. in June. Her oldest son, Frank, is 
a junior at Vanderbilt; Frederick is a 
high school senior and Gordon is in 
7th grade. 

Paige Wilkerson Pruitt has enjoyed 
a year of traveling since husband Neil 
is President of the National Association 
of Retail Druggists. Daughter Paige is 
a sophamore in college and Lisa is in 
prep school in Maine. Son Neil, Jr., 
(8) is at home. 

Margaret Gwathmey spent three 
weeks at Oxford last summer, study- 
ing twentieth century British poetry 
under the Oxford-Berkeley program. 

Fran Brackenridge Neumann is on a 
six-month leave of absence from work- 
ing with disabled college students. 
She is on the board of the California 
Association of Postsecondary 
Educators of the Disabled. 

Judith Harris Cutting has lived in 
Austin, TX, with husband Tom and 
children, Sam (15) and Heather (19) 
for six years. She is a test examiner 
for the U.S. Office of Personnel 
Management. Judith's freshman room- 
mate at SBC, Pat Scott McHargue, is 
also in Austin. 

Simone Aubry has completed the 
renovation of her home in Sudbury. 
MA, during the past year. She has 
gone back to work as the secretary to 
the innkeeper at the famous 
Longfellow's Wayside Inn. 

Jill Babson Carter lives in NYC 
where Marty is a senior physician and 
professor at Rockefeller U. Jill is a 
free-lance writer. Daughter Anna is at 
Yale; Christopher, at the Lawrenceville 
School; and Lissy, at the Chapin 

Linda MacArthur Hollis lives in 
Millwood, NY. with husband Robert. 
Jennifer (13) and Scott (11). Linda 
works with the Chappaqua Drama 
Group. Last summer the family went 
on a 10-week trip to the West Coast 
which included a raft trip on the Col- 
orado River, as well as stops at many 
points of interest along the way. 

Maria Garnetl Hood s daughter. 
Garland, is a sophomore at SBC. 
Maria and Bob still run Camp 



Nancy Wendling Peacock (Mrs. 

Thomas C), 3410 West Pace's Ferry 

Ct., Atlanta, GA 30327 

Fund Agent 

Peggy Davis Mildner (Mrs. Peggy D.), 

Director of Development. Friends 

School. 5114 North Charles St., 

Baltimore, MD 21210 

I thank all of you for the postcards 
and "fund flaps." Your support of 
this endeavor is greatly appreciated. 
Congratulations to those of you with 
new husbands, babies, degrees, and 
careers. The accomplishments of our 
class are quite impressive. Here 

Dr. Bryan Alphin Bente and hus- 
band Paul are the proud parents of 
their first son, Paul Frederick, IV, 
born March 19th. During her materni- 
ty leave Bryan will be giving a crash 
course on obedience to her 90 lb. lab 
puppy. Paul and Bryan still reside in 
Landenberg, PA, where they design 
chemical instruments for Hewlett- 

Ann Arnspiger Canipe. husband 
Kent, and daughter Ginny (5) remain 
loyal Atlantans. The famous Atlanta 
"Playgroup" has disbanded because 
of the activities and ambitions of both 
the children and mothers. Ann ac- 
cepted a part-time job in the trust 
department of the First National Bank 
of Cobb County. She has dropped 
most volunteer activities with the ex- 
ception of her Junior League commit- 
ment to GATE, a drug education pro- 
gram for schools. Recently, First Lady 
Nancy Reagan attended a GATE 
meeting in Atlanta. In April Ann 
traveled with Kent to Puerto Vallarta. 
Mexico, for a business convention. 

Ginny Kay Baldwin Cox gave birth 
to her third beautiful girl, Ann Stuart, 
on March 2nd. G.K. reports that she. 
Tommy, and daughters Elizabeth (6) 
and Katie (3) are active in water 
sports, enjoying a motor boat, a dingy 
(her Christmas present), and next a 
wind surf board. G.K. and Tommy left 
their home in Poquoson, VA, to vaca- 
tion at Hilton Head. They saw Lynn 
Potlharst McMillan and husband Ricky 
who still live in New Orleans. 

Liz Beach Baker writes from Ger- 
mantown, TN, that she and Tom have 
three children: Carrie (9), Hunter (6), 
and Thomas Frazier Baker, V. 
(Frazier). Liz devotes her free time to 
volunteer activities, the Bonheur Club 
(a children's hospital), a church guild, 
and the Junior League. 

Beth Beckner Henke finished her 
Master's in Public Health in May, 
1981. and accepted a position in 
Chapel Hill. NC. as Assistant to the 
Director of Training for INTRAH — an 
organization training health workers in 
Africa and the Mid-East. She travels 


between Chapel Hill and some ot the 
18 countries now involved. Beth 
visited Somalia and Kenya in March 
and April — a total of 13 African 
countries visited so far. In addition to 
her business travels. Beth was elected 
to Delta Omega, National Public Health 
Honor Society. 

I saw Betsy Blackwell Laundon at 
the fall Alumnae Council meetings. 
Betsy has returned South after a few 
years in the far West (Oregon). Hus- 
band Walt left Arthur Anderson and 
took an accounting position with a 
company in Simpsonville, SC. Betsy is 
busy with the new home, new 
schools, etc. 

It was so good to hear from Kathy 
Blythe Southerland who lives with 
husband Bill and children Liza (10) 
and J.J. (6) in Charlotte, NC. Kathy 
spends most of her time volunteering 
for the Junior League — an executive 
position last year and the Follies this 
year. Kathy and Bill often see Blair 
Josephs Rohrer and husband Ivon, 
also of Charlotte. Blair and Ivon have 
three children: Kathrine (16), Ivon, III 
(4) and Anna Blair (3). Blair is enjoy- 
ing her teaching of art concepts to 
elementary school children through the 
Junior League. Ivon is busy develop- 
ing shopping centers in North 
Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Dr. Martha Brewer is now a third 
year resident in Obstetrics and 
Gynecology in Jackson, MS. She was 
elected Secretary-Treasurer of District 
VII Junior Fellows of the American 
College of Ob./Gyn. at the annual 
meeting in Kansas City, MO, in Oct. 

Ann (Snick) Briber can be found in 
Washington, DC, working for American 
Express when not traveling around the 
world. In the past year Snick returned 
to her favorite vacation spot of Hawaii 
as well as spending Thanksgiving 
weekend in Buenos Aires. More trips 
are in the making for the summer. 

Dr. Avis Brown Yount. husband 
Peter, and daughter Lindsay (2) are 
permanent residents of Augusta, GA. 
They spent their winter vacation time 
in Park City, UT, on a skiing trip. In 
addition to her dermatology practice, 
Avis does Glaucoma-Diabetes screen- 
ing for the Junior League. Next year 
she will be Career Active Chairman. 

More Charlotte, NC, residents in- 
clude Betsy Brown Tucker, Walter, 
and Georgia (7). While Walter teaches 
Emergency Medicine in the residency 
program, Betsy stays on their farm 
running a stable. She is also active in 
teaching CPR in the Medical Auxilliary 
at the hospital. 

Gretchen Buis Jones and Skip live 
in Richmond, VA, where she just 
finished a second graduate degree — 
M.A. in English — in order to resume 
teaching one day. Gretchen's best 
news is the birth of their second 
child/first son, Hamill Dice Jones, III. 
Their daughter Windsor is now three. 


As of February 20, 1982, Courtney 
Cash is now Mrs. Lloyd Montague 
Mustin, II. Courtney was recently a 
technical consultant for Reynolds 
Metals Co. in Richmond. She will now 
join Lloyd, who is a U.S. Naval officer 
in Newport, Rl, and go to Europe 
while he is on a six-month cruise in 
the Mediterranean. 

Mary Chesnutt remarried May, 
1981. to Arthur Hunt, Jr. They live in 
Guilford, CT, with their four children: 
Spencer (12), Rachel (8), Jeffrey 
(5 1 /2), and Andrew (4). Mary works 
for Yale U. as a systems 

Hattie Coons Babbitt finds herself 
busy campaigning for husband 
Bruce's second term as governor of 
Arizona. She is still practicing law 
full-time (civil litigation) with Robbins 
S. Green. Hattie and Bruce are enjoy- 
ing the fact that their sons 
Christopher (6V2) and T.J. (4V2) are 
finally big enough to ski. They love 
spring skiing in the West! 

Judy Daniel Adams is still teaching 
math at Amherst County High School 
in Amherst. Va. She and Wayne were 
planning to tour parts of Spain with a 
group of students during spring 
break. Judy has two children: 
daughter Robin (6) and son Sam (8). 

Peggy Davis Mildner divides her 
time between being Director of 
Development at Friends School in 
Baltimore and being a volunteer 
worker with the Junior League and 
other neighborhood groups. Last sum- 
mer she became the owner of a par- 
tially renovated 100-year-old house. 
Her completion date is projected for 
year 2000! Peggy left the job and old 
home to vacation on the islands of 
Malta and Gozo in the southern 

The West End Cafe, one of 
Washington's hottest dining spots, 
has a new chef — Linda Donald. She 
reports that the food is good, hours 
are long, and the business is suc- 
cessful! In Linda's spare time, she 
maintains a small but active architec- 
tural business. She is currently 
designing a small downtown office 
building and doing some residential 
and restaurant consulting. 

Peggy Gibbes Jackson and husband 
returned from three years in Germany. 
They are living now in Fayetteville, 
NC, where her husand is an ortho- 
pedic surgeon for the 82nd Airborne 
Division. Their first child, Joseph 
Porter Jackson, III, was born March 
11, 1982. Peggy is now taking a 
crash course on "Motherhood." 

Elora Gilbert Massie writes from her 
lovely, rented 1 ,000 acre farm in 
Pearisburg, VA, where she owns three 
horses, two dogs, a cat and cockatoo. 
Elora works as a juvenile probation 
counselor in Giles Co. Her part-time 
work on an M.A. in clinical 
psychology will be completed next 
year when she takes an educational 

leave to attend Radford U. Her most 
recent undertaking was canoeing 
lessons which led to a raft trip 
through the New River Gorge. 

Phyllis Girard has moved to Oreland, 
PA. She is currently a teacher in the 
Gifted Program for Bucks County, 
where she teaches 7-1 2th grade 
Humanities in Bristol. Phyllis states 
that both her Ph.D. in Drama from the 
U. of Texas and her liberal arts 
background from SBC have been 
assets in helping develop curriculum 
ideas. One unit for gifted high school 
students, "Greek Drama: A Reflection 
of Greek Society," will be published 
in G/C/T. 

In the far West city, Seattle, WA, 
Anne Green Gilbert has started her 
own studio, the Creative Dance 
Center, with dance and movement 
classes for children and adults. She 
has a highly talented faculty of five 
young dancers. Anne's second book, 
Creative Dance for All Ages, is in 
preparation. Husband David continues 
as an Assistant Professor of Medicine 
at the U. of Washington. They have 
three children: Bronwen (4 V2), Huw 
(7), and Griffith (VA). 

Less Guthrie Ethridge reigns as city 
clerk in the Chicago suburb of 
Parkridge, IL. Less writes that the ac- 
counting courses she is taking have 
definitely helped in the rigorous an- 
nual job of preparing and passing a 
city budget. Her free time is spent 
among Brownies, Cub Scouts, soccer, 
drama and tap dancing with her two 
children, Charlie and Anne Lesslie. 
Husband Ed continues to work with 
Modern Talking Pictures, distributing 
films and helping develop ideas for 
new ones. 

The Charlotte SBC Alumnae Club 
continues to grow with the recent ad- 
dition of Dr. Claudette Harloe Dalton. 
Claudette and son Gordon moved in 
August: both are adjusting well to 
new friends, school, and job. 
Claudette has taught intensive care 
nursing part-time and really does not 

plan to resume her anesthesiologist 
practice this year. She loves being in 
a city with an active SBC Alumnae 

Cynthia Hays has started her 12th 
year as secretary to the president at 
the Christian Aid Mission in Char- 
lottesville, VA. After work she is 
mostly involved in missionary work 
among the many foreign residents in 
town and foreign students at UVA. 
The big challenge during the past year 
has been assisting a refugee family 
from Afghanistan. 

Doing lots of winter skiing near 
their home in Norwich, VT, is Meny 
Hill Brooks. The entire family enjoys 
downhill and cross-country skiing. Un- 
fortunately, husband Gary broke his 
leg this winter and has been on 
crutches for months. Meny is now 
enrolled part-time in an M.B.A. pro- 
gram. With no job or school for the 
summer, she and children Rachel and 
Coleman plan to head South to Florida 
to spend lots of time with Meny's 
parents and friends. 

Carolyn Hollister Holmfelt and hus- 
band Dick continue to live in the New 
Jersey countryside with their two 
children Christine (8) and Carl (5). 
Dick is a chemical sales trainer and a 
LCDR in the Naval Reserve. With 
children in school, Carolyn has found 
time to start her own nutrition 
business. She also teaches a Great 
Books class and does other volunteer 

Jan Holt finished her B.F.A. at 
S.M.U. and is supposed to be an ar- 
tist. However, she writes that she is 
wintering mostly in L.A. with friends 
and relatives and traveling around 
California. She ran her first marathon 
in Honolulu last December. In the 
warmer months she returns to 
Boulder, CO, to enjoy gardening, 
reading, running, with time out for 
backpacking, skiing and traveling. 

Joan Horowitz Pellaton and hsuband 
Charles remain in Muttontown, NY. 
She had her second child in July, 

1967 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Gracey Stoddard Sloterbeck, Emery Hemmings (Maria Wig- 
glesworth's daughter), Page Munroe Renger, Glynne Barber (Gretchen Bullard's 
daughter), Peggy Pittman Patterson. Second row, I to r: Carroll Randolph Barr, 
Maria Wigglesworth Hemmings, Gina Dunlap Cogswell, Gretchen Bullard Barber, 
Judi Benson Stigle, Bonnie Blew Pierie. Third row, I to r: Beth Glaser Morchower, 
Hallie Darby Smith, Mary Bell Timberlake, Randy Brown Sebren, Mary Lindsay 
Smith Newsom, Ellen Kelley Widmer. 

Sweet Briar College 

1972 Reunion 

Front row, I to r: Ceci Albert, Bonnie Moe Stook, Dolores Connor, Martha Holland. 
Second row, I to r: Cecy Clark, Nancy Hager Bruetsch. Nancy Kaufmann Hudec, 
Jennifer Linsley Alphin. Susan Desmet Bostic, Kathy Walsh Drake, Lee Essrig. 
Third row, I to r: Edie Duncan Wessel, Pam Drake McCormick, Marty Neill Boney, 
Bobo Ryan Hoyt, Jeanette Pillsbury, Jean Chaloux. Fourth row, I to r: Sharon 
White Brown, Leslie Ludington Orendorf. Mary Heller, Karen Medford Distelhorst, 
Kathy Keys, Dale Shelly, Katherine Bradt. Fifth row, I to r: Barbara Tessin Jones, 
Marcia Wittenbrook, Gail Garner Resch, Marion Walker, Carter Frackelton, Mary 
Sue Morrison Thomas, Kitty Adams, Margaret Craw. Sixth row, I to r: Ginnie 
Payne Sasser, Grace Sherfy, Cutler Bellows Crockard, Warren Moore, Eileen 
Gebrian, Briggett Keith, Karen Terstappen Morr. Seventh row, I to r: Debby Price 
Utsinger, Jeanie Mann Hardesty, Ginger Upchurch Collier, Cinda Lawrence 
Pierce, Susan Waller Nading, Kathy Upchurch Takvorian. 

1981 — Nicholas Charles Pierre. 
Daughter Victoria turned 3 and is now 
an absolute joy. 

Jan Huguenin Assmus is finally get- 
ting her "junior year abroad" in 
France! Husband Gen is there on a 
teaching sabbatical; they live in Fon- 
tainebleau. Jan reports that it has 
been great learning to speak and cook 
like the French. The real adjustment 
has been living in a three-room apart- 
ment with two children with the 
chicken pox! 

Kay Hutton Eadie writes that she is 
recently divorced but plans to remain 
in her hometown of Nashville, TN, 
with her two chlidren Baker (7) and 
Hutton (3'/>). She just started work- 
ing for Caldwell Banker's comercial of- 
fice. Kay says she is wearing holes in 
her shoes learning everything she can 
about downtown office buildings in 

San Francisco remains the home for 
Dr. Elizabeth Lewis. She will finish 
her child psychiatry fellowship in June 
and begin private practice with four 
friends. They are all subspecialized in 
different areas of psychiatry from 
psychosomatics to child analysis. At 
the present time Elizabeth works in a 
day treatment center for disturbed 
adolescents as well as running month- 
ly support groups for families with 
children with muscular dystrophy. She 
is dating a wonderful opthamologist; 
they spend lots of time skiing at Lake 
Tahoe in the winter. 

Mary Mahan Marco remains active 
with Nursing Mothers in Warminster, 
PA. She is considering becoming a 
childbirth instructor. Mary also 
teaches two math courses at the com- 
munity college. Husband Bob will be 
on sabbatical next year so they will be 
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in Florida for awhile. Their son Robbie 
is now two. Mary reports that 
Maureen Robertson Baggett is plan- 
ning to return to the Washington, DC, 

Another Atlantan, Carolyn Mapp 
Rogers, keeps busy raising her three 
boys: Michael (6), David (4), and Paul 
(1). She is involved in several 
volunteer jobs, especially the 
preschool vision screening with the 
Junior League. 

Washington, DC, is blessed with 
another SBC grad — Lucille McKee 
Clarkson. She and Bill moved with the 
two children, Susan (1) and William 
(4). Lucille loves going to SBC func- 
tions and seeing all those familiar 

Esther Michel Helm has returned to 
Connecticut after a recent divorce. 
She is working as a financial systems 
analyst for Celanese Corporation in 
New York City. Esther says that she 
loves the Big Apple! 

Kathy Montz Miller lives in White 
Haven, PA, with husband Ed and the 
four children: Jack (11), Billy (8), 
E.W. (7) and the princess Kiki (1 1 /?). 
Twice a day she feeds 10 ducks, 18 
chickens, a cow and her heifer. 
Montz has entered the working world 
— selling property and casualty 

I had a surprise phone call from 
Frere Murchison Gornto this winter. 
She was visiting her sister who had 
recently moved to Atlanta. Frere has 
finished her year as president of the 
Junior League in Wilmington, NC. 
With both children in school all day, 
Frere has reentered the business 
world on a full-time basis. 

In sunny Southern California Lynn 
Oakes Miller's life is filled with civic 

and fund raising activities: executive 
job with the Junior League, L.A. 
County Transportation Commission, St. 
Matthew's Church Children's Hospital, 
and the Ballet Guild. Lynn and Steve 
have two children: Carolyn (4) and 
Patrick (2). Lynn's spare time is 
spent playing tennis, jogging or 

Another graduate in Pasadena, CA, 
is Carol Osborn. She is currently add- 
ing the role of "Nedda" in Pagliacci 
to her opera repertoire and will be 
performing it the spring of 1982. 
Carol's new hobby is writing opera 
critiques for the Italian newspaper. 
She has also joined the Junior League 
of Pasadena. 

One more in Washington, DC — 
J. P. Powell has moved from the 
suburb of Arlington into the heart of 
the capital. She has great ambitions of 
opening her own retail store. J. P. 
sees a lot of her old friend Lucille 
McKee Clarkson who also moved to 

Haden Ridley Winborne John and 
twins Lizzie and Annie (5) enjoy being 
permanent Atlanta residents. Haden 
just completed a busy year as cor- 
responding secretary for the Atlanta 
Junior League and is planning to take 
an inactive year in '82-83. Haden's 
father surprised her with a Caribbean 
cruise for her birthday present. She 
and John cruised for a week in May, 
stopping at Cozumel, the Grand 
Caymans, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and an 
island in the Bahamas. 

Maureen Robertson Baggett. hus- 
band and three children are moving 
from Chicago back to Maryland the 
summer of 1982. Maureen is still en- 
joying her non-working status with a 
few breaks in routine by teaching at a 
local college. Her long-range ambition 
is to write a novel — good luck on 
your venture. 

Fran Robinson Boyer's twin girls, 
Jodie and Paige, have turned one and 
are now chasing after brother Trey 
(4). Fran and Parke are tired of long 
Ohio winters and are seeking a new 
job back in Dallas. Fran's real escape 
from snow and children was her trip 
to the British Virgin Islands in April. 
She and Parke chartered a yacht for 
10 days of snorkeling and sailing. 

A new interior decorator hits the 
Oyster Bay, NY, area — Keithley Rose 
Miller has gone into business for 
herself. She now has more time to 
devote to the kids and especially to 
Gibby's school. 

Jean Rushin Brown is enjoying 
every minute of being mother to 
1 -year-old Robert. She is still as busy 
as when she commuted to NYC every 
day. Jean is now active in the Junior 
League and the Wilton Historical 
Society. Her sporting activities now in- 
clude skiing, indoor tennis, and 
aerobics. Jean and Jonathan still enjoy 
Wilton, CT, and their new mountain 
place in Vermont. 

Connecticut is also the home of Kiki 
Stoddard Cook, John and daughter 
Courtney (1). They live in Stamford as 
John is pilot for Pan Am out of NYC. 
Kiki and John play tennis and hope to 
start their own business one day 

Where to start with all of Sue 
Scanlan's news! She has started her 
fifth year with the Congress Women's 
Caucus. Scan just ran a fund-raising 
theatre party at the Kennedy Center 
with the Board President, Jean 
Stapleton. To celebrate their third an- 
niversary, Scan and Jared leave again 
for the Orient, stopping off this time in 
Korea, Bangkok and Japan. Scan has 
taken four semesters of Japanese to 
prepare for this trip! Jared ran a suc- 
cessful northern Virginia race for Lt. 
Governor Dick Davis. Scan mentions a 
chance of a four-year Tokyo job as 
part of the "spoils system." The 
reward for frantic months on the cam- 
paign trail was a three-week trip to 
Mexico City and Acapulco. I think 
Scan gets the travel award for the 
year! Scan reports that Melissa Griffith 
Manning and husband Duane are liv- 
ing near Williamsburg, where she is 
selling wood stoves. Scan saw Pam 
Noyes Engelbrecht in DC. while she 
attended a librarian conference. Pam 
is working at VPI and is horse 
breeding at their farm. 

Jan Sheets Jones, Jimmy, and 
children Jennifer (7) and Justin (4) 
are still in St. Louis where Jimmy 
teaches at Washington u. Jan is ex- 
pecting her third child in August; 
therefore, she and the children will 
not be traveling to France with Jimmy 
for the summer. Jan has recently re- 
entered the teaching world part-time 
at a local community college. She is 
also actively involved with the Church 
School Board, Girl Scouts, PTA, 
United Way and the Department of 
Education and Training at Barnes 
Hospital Prenatal Classes. 

Back down in Nashville, TN, Ginny 
Stanford Perdue writes that her days 
are full, nurturing and transporting the 
three children Meredith (8), Chandler 
(5), and Emily (2) to the typical 
afterschool activities and lessons. Gin- 
ny and John feel especially blessed to 
have been a part in the formation of a 
new church congregation in January 
1981. There are now 1,000 members 
meeting in a high school! 

Missy Sumner Huggins has started 
her own catering/baking business out 
of her home in Atlanta — Missy's 
Madness is its name. Missy, Bob, 
and children Samantha (5) and Drew 
(1) spent last summer vacationing at 
Amelia Island. However. Bob and 
Missy went sans children in February 
to Roaton, a bay island of Honduras, 
where Missy made her first attempts 
at scuba diving. In addition to her 
spring and fall tennis leagues. Missy 
will work at Elestoh Children's 
Hospital for her Junior League Place- 


merit. In December, she will help 
chair the bake sale business at the 
annual Festival of Trees, a fund raiser 
for Egleston Hospital. 

The good news from Ann Rhett 
Taylor Merrill is the birth of a son 
Charles Goodwyn Rhett (Rhett) on 
April 13th. Ann's husband Tony has 
been promoted to executive officer on 
the aircraft carrier Independence. They 
have moved from D.C. to Norfolk, VA; 
however, when Tony leaves in June 
for a six-month tour of duty, Ann and 
Rhett plan to spend a lot of time in 
Jacksonville, FL, visiting family. Ann 
hopes to get over to the Mediterra- 
nean in the fall for a reunion with 

Ginger Taylor Lopez was expecting 
her second child in April; thanks to an 
amnioscentesis she knew it would be 
a boy. Ginger, George and son Mark 
(2) still live in Woodbridge, VA, where 
George works for the Federal Reserve 
Board. The entire family takes annual 
treks to their cottage in Ocean City, 

Elizabeth Thomas Colaneri writes 
from New Jersey that in January 1982 
she graduated from Seton Hall Law 
School and is now practicing law with 
her father in the Atlantic City, NJ, 
area. Her husband Joe is nearing 
completion of his doctorate in educa- 
tion. They both long for the end of the 
college days! 

According to Ann Tremain Lee, it 
has been a great year for the entire 
family. With Allie in preschool, 
Cameron in 1st grade, and Maria in 
4th, Ann finally has some free time for 
her own volunteer activities. Ann and 
Saint love living in Newport News 
where Saint practices medicine. This 
year they will return to UVA to attend 
his 10th reunion from medical college. 

I had the best reunion in Chat- 
tanooga, TN, in April with my good 
friend Nancy Trotter Kendall and her 
two boys Scott (7) and Willie (4). 
Nancy and Skip will forever live in 
Arlington, VT, where he runs the old 
family business company. They love 
skiing with the kids in Vermont but 
vacationed alone this winter in Aspen. 
Nancy enjoys playing platform tennis 
and decorating their newly constructed 

The report from Atlee Walker Wolf 
in Richmond, VA, is that nothing 
changes! Atlee is still teaching at the 
Florence Crittenton Home and singing 
in the church choir. Husband John is 
still a partner in the firm of Ober, 
Grimes and Shriver. Daughter Jessica 
is in the second grade and is singing 
in the junior choir. The entire family 
vacations in Maine every summer. 

Win Waterman Lundy survived the 
winter in Bettendorf, IA, by taking a 
trip to the family home in Florida. 
David is still in the real estate 
business, son David, Jr., enters 1st 
grade, and son Peter is finally ready 
for preschool. Win and David made 


two additions to their home — new 
kitchen and bedroom wings. She is 
still very active in the Davenport 
Junior League. Win promised the kids 
a trip to Disneyworld next year and 
promised me a stopover in Atlanta. 

Betsy West Dripp is not lost but 
just very busy. Betsy, Craig, and 
children Marion (9), Wes (11) and 
Heidi (5) still live in Berwyn, PA. 
Craig was just made head of the Math 
Department at The Haverford School, 
where he also coaches the varsity ten- 
nis team. In between carpools, Betsy 
plays field hockey in the fall and 
lacrosse, squash and tennis in the 
spring and summer. She continues to 
teach movement exploration three days 
a week and swimming at the Y one 
day a week. 

Pat Winton Schlingmann and new 
husand Carl are busy restoring and 
driving classic cars. Pat writes proud- 
ly of her daughter finally entering 1st 
grade and her step-daughter Karen 
entering college. Karen made the U.S. 
Jr. Olympic Equestrian team and com- 
peted in Alberta, Canada. An open in- 
vitation is extended to anyone visiting 
Wilmington, DE. 

Elizabeth Wyatt and husband live in 
Brooklyn, NY, where they are restor- 
ing an old brownstone home, Elizabeth 
is presently manager of the business 
development for the animal health and 
agricultural division of Merck & Co. 
with responsibility for European and 
U.S. licenses, acquisition, and 
distribution agreements. She loves the 
pharmaceutical industry of which this 
is a part. She is also a member of the 
Financial Women's Association of New 
York, an excellent network for middle 
and upper management financial 

Alberta Zotack Baigent is currently 
working in the personnel field for a 
medium-size law firm (85 attorneys). 
In addition she is coordinator of 
recruiting legal personnel. She and 
Peter have a beautiful daughter, Blair 
Carruthers, born Jan. 17, 1980. 

Finally, Nancy Wendling Peacock 
from Atlanta will close with a few 
words about her year's events. Tom 
and I and the two children Jenni (5) 
and Josh (2) moved into our newly 
built home before the holidays. I have 
completed my year as president of 
SBC Alumnae Club and as a political 
lobbyist for the Atlanta Junior League. 
Next year I will be a member of the 
Provisional Committee for the League 
and chairman-elect of the Junior Com- 
mittee of the High Museum of Art. 
When not carpooling, volunteering, or 
house building, I wrote my first book 
with a friend — Atlanta 's Best Buys, 
a comprehensive shopper's guide for 
below-retail stores in Atlanta. It has 
been selling well in Atlanta and now 
in neighboring towns; therefore, an 
updated version will be printed in the 
fall of 1982. 

I thank you all for another suc- 
cessful response. If you ever hear 
from the classmates not mentioned in 
the magazine, send news of them 
along with yours on next year's 



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P.), Goodwin House, 300 Centre St., 

Milton, MA 02186 

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Diane Dale, 1517 Seven Pines Rd., 

Schaumburg, IL 60193 

Our column is proof that the saying, 
"No news is good news," is not 
always accurate! 

Abigail Allen Rennekamp and Nick 
had their first child, a girl, on Mar. 3, 
1982. In addition to operating a 
thoroughbred breeding farm in Pros- 
pect, KY, they own four Norwich 

Rita Anelmo remembered to send 
news because of yogurt! She bought 
some at a food co-op and, reading the 
label, discovered it came from SBC's 
dairy! She still works for USDA — 
and on the ratification of the Equal 
Rights Amendment. 

Alison Baker and Gary live in a 
renovated warehouse in downtown 
Atlanta with four dogs (and a litter on 
the way!). While still producing televi- 
sion and radio commercials for J. 
Walter Thompson, Alison started her 
own business called "Alison's 
Baskets." Woven out of grapevine, 
reed and willow, they are already 
represented at two galleries in Atlanta 
and Albuquerque. 

Gypsie Bear van Antwerp has been 
teaching in a Montessori School this 
past year. She attended Cary Davis' 
wedding last summer and plans to see 
Emily Garth Brown and her tribe at the 
beach this summer. 

In Omaha, NE, working as a real 
estate broker, Cindy Bekins is con- 
sidering graduate school but is strug- 
gling with business law. She writes 
that the renovations on her house are 

Helen Bertles and Richard Anthony 
Pearce were married last October in 
Bermuda, where Helen, a water- 
colorist, was director of the Bermuda 
Society of Arts. They will live in 
Johannesburg, where Richard is finan- 
cial director of a security company. 

Anne Billings McDougall was plan- 
ning to leave her job at AmeriFirst 
Mortgage Corp. by May 1 as she and 
Ed were expecting their first child in 
June. They have been busy fixing up 
the new house in Miami they moved 
into last fall. 

Lee Brennan Kidd gets the brevity 
award, writing, "Not much is happen- 
ing here." "Here" is Atlanta. 

Joyce Cameron Harder is active 
with church work, a home business 
with Shaklee Corp., and "being 
Mama" to Cameron, 1, and Walt, 
4 1 /z. Howard will receive his Ph.D. in 
August and already has a job with a 
Columbia, SC, consulting firm. They 
stayed with Anne Billings McDougall 
and Ed for the Orange Bowl. 

Betsy Cann Akers and Scott are ex- 
pecting their second baby in 
September. Meanwhile Betsy is look- 
ing forward to the trip she won to 
Holland by selling SBC bulbs. 

Creigh Casey Krin and John had 
twin girls on Feb. 16, 1982: Lindsay 
Jane and Heather Elissa. Master of 
the understatement, Creigh writes, 
"My days are hectic!" Jane Lucas 
visited them in January. 

Peggy Cheesewright Garner is tak- 
ing a sabbatical from the classroom 
but continues to act as a health 
(mainly nutrition) and developmental 
consultant, as well as president of the 
Seattle SBC Alumnae Club. John's 
business now has offices in Dallas, 
Houston, and NYC. 

Terry Christovich Gay is finding 
lawyering and mothering keep her 
busy — "frantic, really." Kearney 
(20 months) amuses himself by 
destroying her SBC tulips! Terry, Debi 
Ziegler Hopkins and Cary Davis meet 
for lunch on a regular basis. 

Anita Clarendon Ledsinger and hus- 
band Chuck (UVA 72) are having a 
great time with Leila Grace, born Nov. 
18, 1981. Anita is a working part time 
at a suburban weekly newspaper, and 
she and Chuck are in the process of 
looking for a larger house in 

Justine Cobb is executive director of 
the Northside Readiness School in 
Atlanta, a therapeutic preschool for 3 
to 7-year-olds with moderate behavior 
and learning disorders. 

Dede Conley and Gerard have 
moved to Korhogo, a bigger Ivory 
Coast town. Dede is teaching seniors 
for the first time, and Gerard now has 
a physics/chemistry laboratory so he 
can show and explain experiments. 
They continue to explore Africa but 
spent last summer in the States and 
plan to spend this summer in France 
(Gerard's family live near Nice). 

Cathy Conner Strobel writes from 
St. Louis that 2-yr.-old Emily and ten- 
nis keep her busy. After the winter's 
disastrous snowstorm, the Strobels 
were looking forward to their March 
trip to Florida. 

Rene Conover Reed and Nat were 
expecting their first child in early June 
and were busy with nursery 

Mac Cuthbert Langley and Johnny 
were occupied with arrangements for 
Johnny's private pediatric practice 
(nice alliteration!) opening scheduled 
for June. In an effort to combat 
chocolate caloric intake, Mac jogs dai- 
ly, takes aerobic dancing and chases 

Sweet Briar College 

3-yr.-old Will. The Langleys' yearly 
beach trip with Nan Robertson Clarke 
and family was canceled this year 
because of Nan's expected summer 
arrival. Johnny was in Boston for 
medical meetings in March and we 
had a fun reunion, though Mac was 
sorely missed! 

In Charlottesville, Susan Dabney 
Smith reports, "There is never a dull 
moment" with Max (12), Ellis (9), 
Hilary (2'/2), and Lucy Haden, born 
Jan. 26, 1981! A strange double coin- 
cidence: Susan and Cleme'nt Virgin 
Durkes share a birthday as do their 
daughters, Lucy and Frances. 

Diane Dale writes that 1982 finds 
her happily single (with a West 
Highland Terrier for company), selling 
freight for Flying Tigers. Diane still 
travels as often as possible. 

Dabney Dalton Jacob lives in New 
Orleans with Clyde and their 
20-month-old Margaret Blair. Clyde is 
a partner in his law firm; Dabney runs 
a small import business. 

Mary Danford has a new job as 
both an appellate and trial attorney — 
a welcome change after 3 Vi years of 
doing workers' compensation work. 
Running injuries have Mary doing 
"disco bicycling" — stationary bicy- 
cle plus loud music! Michael is 
teaching high school English, coaching 
cross-country and running. He 
qualified again for the Boston 

Sue Dern Plank and Dave continue 
to housesit while they work on their 
own house. Sue remains at the Cana- 
joharie (NY) Library and Art Gallery as 
curator of Historical Collections. She 
had two projects funded by NEH, a 
historical exhibition and a walking tour 
brochure, and is back cataloging and 
working on an oral history project. 
She has seen Laurie Norris Solywoda 
and daughter Stephanie, and she met 
Ginger Woodward Gast's daughter 
Caroline in October. 

Molly Dunn Martin, William, and 
Cameron (VA) are living in Mont- 
gomery. AL. Molly's "consuming in- 
terest" is showing and breeding 
Dalmatians. The Martins hosted John 
Lee (now teaching at U. of Texas- 
Arlington) last summer, "which 
brought back a lot of SBC memories." 

Glenys Dyer Church is juggling her 
full-time job in logistics at TRW and 
raising 1 -yr.-old Douglas. 

Christine Eng Leventhal and Peter 
are building a solar house in Pound 
Ridge, NY. Peter's health food store is 
thriving and he is studying for an 
M.S. in Clinical Nutrition. Christine is 
teaching exercise classes, taking 
ballet, freelance editing, and raising 
2-yr.-old Amy Christine. They often 
see Dede Mclntyre Porter and John. 

Ann Evans is in medical school at 
USC in Columbia, where she is the 
oldest woman in her class. (Ann said 
there are older men!) One of her 
classmates is also an SBC graduate 

Alumnae Magazine 

— Cammie Bethea '81! Ann 
speculates that by our 20th reunion 
she may be a practicing physician. 

Alison Filer Stonecipher, Daniel (a 
TWA pilot) and 2-yr.-old Will live in 
Santa Barbara, CA. Alison just com- 
pleted her first year of Jr. League 
work and now owns a business called 
"Shopping Unlimited," a personal 
shopping service. 

Lisa Fowler Winslow and Bill had 
their first child, Russell, in June, 
1981 — a redhead! Lisa is active in 
the Los Angeles Jr. League and with 
her part-time job as a law librarian. 
She and Bill had just returned from a 
tennis ranch vacation. 

Emily Garth Brown reports there is 
no news — hard to believe with three 
little ones! 

Janie Genster and John Buckley 
had a daughter, Emily Burke Buckley, 
on Oct. 15, 1981. With this "rich ad- 
dition," Janie decided to leave her 
law practice and is now teaching one 
course as a lecturer at UVA Law 
School. She writes that the DC-C'ville 
route is now very familiar (ah, Route 

Chris Hegarty Savage and Pat 
became parents on Nov. 8, 1981: a 
boy, Clay Patrick. Pat works for Cen- 
tral National Bank as a corporate 
banking officer; Chris has a new job 
(still as a medical technologist) three 
days a week at the University Subur- 
ban Health Center in Cleveland. Jean 
Piatt Spencer. David and their baby 
visited the Savages last May. 

Carter Heyward Morris and Hamp- 
ton had their second child, Wade, last 
September. (Heyward is 3'/>). Carter 
is doing volunteer work in child ad- 
vocacy; Hampton is a lawyer. Carter 
had a fabulous trip to Holland last 
spring — "well worth all the bulb- 
selling efforts to win it." 

In Tallahassee, Susan Kirby is 
single again, making pottery and 
working part time as a pharmacist. 
She was planning to leave in 
September on a year's trip to the 
South Pacific and Indonesia, working 
part time in third world medically defi- 
cient areas. Susan spent a month this 
winter skiing in Colorado and while 
there spoke to Sue Rockwell Patten. 
who is living in New Mexico with 
Malcolm and their two children. 

Janie Knutson James and Michael 
received an early Christmas present 
with the arrival of Patrick Michael on 
Dec. 23, 1981. Their Great Dane, 
Waco, is a self-appointed nanny! Janie 
runs daily, has no immediate plans to 
return to paid employment and reports 
she's never been happier. She and 
Michael were looking forward to a 
two-week vacation on the Chesapeake 

In June Magee Leigh moved to 
North Carolina to begin a three-year 
fellowship in pediatric pulmonary and 
infectious diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
While in New Orleans for her pediatric 

oral boards, she had a visit with Bet- 
sie Meric Gambel and her family. 

Nancy Lenihan Conaty keeps busy 
fixing up a new house in Little Silver, 
NJ, working part-time in a children's 
clothing store, and being class mother 
and board member of 4'/2-yr.-old 
Matt's nursery school; your typical 
"no full-time job" agenda! Jay is a 
V.P. at Morgan Guranty Trust Co. in 

Jane Lowrey Tierney had a son, 
Douglas Lawrence, on Nov. 30, 1981. 

In Boston Jane Lucas changed ar- 
chitectural firms and is designing for 
corporate space and commercial firms 
in the downtown area. She is teaching 
an advanced level design studio at 
Boston Architectural College and is a 
board member for the N.E. Chapter of 
the American Society of Interior 
Designers. She is finishing a private 
residence on Martha's Vineyard, the 
design of which she hopes to have 
published. Last spring Jane chartered 
a sailboat in the Grenadines; this 
spring she was planning a trip to 

Jane McCutchen McFadden, Barclay 
and their two boys Barclay (AV2 Yrs.) 
and Thomas (2 Yrs.) live in Brat- 
tlesboro, VT. Barclay is in a wholesale 
business and Jane runs a retail 
gourmet/natural food store. 

Marion McKee Humphreys and 
Hunter were expecting their second 
child in June. Marion is "keeping 
busy as mom and wife and 

Ann Major Gibb, Ernie and 3-yr.-old 
Emily welcomed David Randolph to the 
family on Nov. 11, 1981. In 
September, en route to Las Vegas for 
a medical meeting, they saw Diane 
Dale. Ann is active with Sunday 
School teaching and several interna- 
tional health projects. 

Lisa Marshall Chalmers and Davis 
remain in Atlanta having a wonderful 

time with 10-mo.-old Marshall. Emily 
Garth Brown is Marshall's godmother. 

After receiving her M.L.S., Celia 
Ann Martin returned to Gulfport where 
she is extensions librarian for the 
Gulfport-Harrison County Library, in 
charge of two branches. In addition 
she has operated a catering business 
for two years. She and her friend 
Scotty managed to find time to attend 
Cary Davis King's wedding. Celia also 
keeps in touch with Linda Lipscomb. 

More .babies! In Glen Rock, NJ, 
Joan May Harden and Rick's second 
was due June 15. (Meredith is two.) 
Joan is active in several women's 
clubs — she stars as an apple in one 
club's play produced for elementary 
schools; she is chairing a luncheon 
for 350 women for another. Rick is 
now a partner in his law firm. 

Lois Means is both office manager 
for the Flynn Corp. and legal secretary 
to an admiralty attorney. In addition 
she is working on a Master's of 
Education in School Psychology at the 
Citadel, while remaining active in 
Young Republican work: chairman of 
the Charleston County Y.R. and first 
vice-chairman for the South Carolina 

Betsie Meric Gambel and Greg had 
their second son, Thomas Meric on 
Aug. 30, 1981, one day after 
Gregory's fifth birthday! Betsie is ac- 
tive with volunteer work: she remains 
co-chairman of the PBS auction, board 
chairman of Children's House 
Montessori School, a member of St. 
Francis Xavier Board of Religious 
Education, and SBC Admissions 
Representative. Meanwhile she has 
returned to work at Sacred Heart part 
time and tutors in the afternoon. 
Greg's office is busy handling the Las 
Vegas MGM fire. In his spare time 
Greg sails his new sailboat and 
planned to be in Newport, Rl, in June 

1977 Reunion 

Seated, I to r: Jane Mooney, Molly Reeb Clark. Becky Frost Good, Sally Bonham 
Mohle, Ellen Sellers McDowell. Standing, I to r. Clarissa Nielsen, Maggie Shriver. 
Kathy McDonald. Vivian Yamaguchi. Lola Brock. J0J0 Scott. Linda Ulhlein. Deb- 
bie Marks Bryant, Glenn King Springer, Lucy Eubank Peak, Tricia Waters. Ebet 
Little, Cheryl Lennon Gibson, Pattie Wornom Henry, Jo Ella Schneider, Debbie 
Thacker, Joan Pietrucha, Marianela Soto, Lyndi Cote. 


for a race. They spent Mardi Gras ski- 
ing in Snowmass, CO. 

In Dallas, TX. Liz Mizell Schoen- 
vogel and Bob had their third child in 
October, Emily (their boys are 5 1 /2 
and 4). Liz "dabbles in golf, tennis 
and the Jr. League." Bob, a 
urologist, has opened his own 

Janis Merrilt married David Bethany 
on Aug. 17, 1980. She stepped down 
from the board of the local SPCA and 
the chairmanship of the arts council to 
travel with David's band, The Killer 
Whales (new wave and original rock 
'n' roll). She is learning how to do 
sound for the band and loves the er- 
ratic life but still finds time for her 
own writing. 

Rosalyn Monroe Killgo and Keith 
had their second daughter on Jan. 10, 
1982 (their first is almost 4). Keith is 
part of the Blackbyrds (Walking in 
Rhythm), formerly associated with jazz 
great, Donald Byrd, and is embarking 
on a solo career. He and Roslyn co- 
wrote songs on their last album. Bet- 
ter Days. Roslyn is working on a 
children's book called Tibby, Tenna 
Weena and the Great Gazmoley and is 
looking for a publsher. 

Laura Montague Cross and Jeff had 
their second child, Katharine Mon- 
tague, on Mar. 26, 1982. Laura 
predicts that 19-month-old Fred and 
the baby will have her in shape in no 

Lisa Montgomery remains in NYC 
practicing law. She sees fellow New 
Yorkers Susan Miller, Melinda 
Williams and Betsy Perry occasionally 
and Gina Conley visits from 

Sara Moran Lemmer and Joseph 
Peter Lemmer were married on May 2, 

1981. Following Joe's completion of a 
rheumatology fellowship at MCV in 
Richmond, VA, they moved to Temple, 
TX, where he is senior staff physician 
at Scott and White Medical Clinic and 
Associate professor of Medicine at 
Texas A&M. Sara misses her job as a 
transportation planner but is now ac- 
tive in the local cultural activities 

Betsy Oakley Smith, Smitty and 
3-yr.-old Harrison have moved to Bir- 
mingham, AL (Smitty's hometown), 
where Smitty has joined a law firm. 

Judy O'Keefe Vindici had her first 
baby, Desmond Heniery, on Feb. 14, 

1982. Judy works for Occidental 
Petroleum Corp. managing commercial 
development projects; she recently 
received a promotion. 

Scottie O'Toole is in her second 
year of recruiting for General Electric 
in Syracuse, NY. It involves enough 
traveling to keep Scottie happy, yet 
allows her time in her new house — a 
two bedroom Cape in Dewitt, NY. She 
planted 80 SB bulbs and couldn't wait 
for spring. 

Stephanie Paparozzi Williams and 
Bruce had their second son, Bruce, 


Jr., on Dec. 15, 1981, in Oklahoma 

Debbie Pollock Meyer was offered a 
new job last August, finished her 
M.B.A. on Sep. 4, and moved to 
Portland, OR, on Sept. 11! She is now 
in the Treasury Dept. of NERCO, Inc., 
the fifth largest U.S. coal mining com- 
pany, and responsible for cash 
management, some financing ar- 
rangements and pension monitoring. 
On the trip cross country Debbie and 
her sister visited Yellowstone and 
Jackson, WY. Debbie can see Mt. St. 
Helens from her balcony and planned 
to ski Mt. Hood in July. 

Jane Potts married Donald Keith 
Sutherland, Jr. (Bud) on Aug. 30, 
1981. Jane and Bud met on Ted 
Turner's Tenacious (Bud was his cap- 
tain). He now works for Ted's Cable 
News Network station in Atlanta. The 
73-ers at their wedding included Bet- 
sy Perry, Terry Christovich Gay, 
Deborah Ziegler Hopkins, Melinda 
Williams, Lacey Williams Nasteff, and 
Carol Stewart Harper. Jane has en- 
joyed seeing the Atlanta 73 con- 
tingent — Lee Addison, Lee Brennan 
Kidd, and Carter Heyward Morris. 
Jane's only criticism of Atlanta is that 
there's "not much water around!" 

Carol Anne Provence Gallivan and 
Mills had a son, Henry Mills, on May 
11, 1981 (Anne Genevieve is 5Vi>). 
Carol Ann is active with the Jr. 
League, church work, and the Greens- 
ville, SC, SBC Alumnae Club; Mills re- 
mains happy with his 12-man law 

Living in Milwaukee, Pam Rasche is 
an attorney with the state of Wiscon- 
sin Equal Rights Division handling 
complaints of discrimination in 

Cathy Rasmussen Rentzel has a 
new job: coordinating half-time events, 
pep squads and promotions for the 
SMU basketball program. In addition 
she is playing tennis in a neighbor- 
hood league and is coaching her 
fourth season of K-1st grade soccer. 

Char Reed-Miller took a month off 
to show her horse, Spruce Goose, on 
the Florida Winter Circuit, managing to 
win enough to pay expenses. She 
returned to Tallahassee, FL, to find 
that three of her research papers had 
been accepted for publication. With 
NIH funding her work, the "publish 
or perish" syndrome is a constant 
worry. Char's new hobby is pumping 
iron. She started lifting weights to 
help with her injured leg and realized 
the "all-over" benefits, though she 
claims, "I'll never be a '10.' " 

Nan Robertson Clarke and Hal were 
expecting their third child in late 
August (Boo is 2 1 /2; Toby is 10 1 /> 
months). The Clarkes live in Atlanta. 

Robin Roden became board certified 
in family practice in August, 1980, 
and before settling down to medical 
practice, embarked on a year's trip to 
include the continental U.S., Ireland, 

New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, and 
the Fiji Islands. 

Dessa Rutter is finishing up her 
M.B.A. at Tulane, which, she reports, 
"doesn't leave much room for fun and 
games." She does see Betsie Meric 
Gambol quite often; they had lunch 
with Magee Leigh last fall. 

Monica Saumweber Spillias and Ken 
were expecting their second child in 
early September (Geoffrey is 3). 
Monica is still with the U.S. Dept. of 
Labor in the Wage-Hour Division but 
will take some leave when the baby 
arrives. Ken, a lawyer, is running for 
a County Commission position. 

Margaret Sefelt Wilson's two boys 
will start 2nd grade and kindergarten 
in the fall. She keeps busy training 
and showing her Labradors — her 
oldest dog, Trixie, was Number One 
Obedience Labrador in the U.S. last 
year! Jim, an attorney, coached their 
son Jimmy's soccer team in the 
spring. They are able to spend some 
weekends on their farm outside 
Charlottesville. Margaret visited SBC 
last April when all the trees were in 
bloom and said it was gorgeous. 

Candy Sheffield Neilson and Keith 
welcomed Sarah Elizabeth into the 
world on Aug. 5, 1981. Sarah is a 
seasoned traveler already, having 
visited 25 states last fall on a whirl- 
wind tour of all the Neilsons' Eastern 
relatives! Candy is thoroughly enjoying 
motherhood and does not miss her 

Tina Sheris Wood writes that 4-yr.- 
old Lissa thinks her new brother, 
Adam Paul (born Oct. 8, 1981) is 
"the cat's pajamas." They moved in 
January to Roanoke, VA, where John, 
an ophthalmologist, is in private prac- 
tice with an established group. 

Lisa Slatten is working (by night) 
toward an L.L. M. in admiralty law at 
Tulane U. School of Law, hoping to 
graduate this spring. By day, she is a 
practicing admiralty attorney at Ham- 
mett, Leake and Hammett in New 
Orleans. Her schedule has cut down 
on her real love — traveling — 
though Lisa did manage a trip to NYC 
in November to visit Charlotte Battle 
Robbins. Lisa saw Magee Leigh when 
she was in town for a pediatric 

Carol Stewart Harper writes that life 
with her 4-yr.-old Alison is "almost 
normal again." Doug was overseas for 
six months last year, so Alison and 
Carol spent Easter in Mexico City with 
Carol's sister. In the summer of '81 
Carol went to Cary Davis King's and 
Jane Pott's weddings. 

Jan Storey-Honick and Eric spent a 
marvelous two weeks in Spain last 
spring, but unfortunately Jan's 
Spanish did not improve! They also 
spent a long weekend in San Fran- 
cisco and Thanksgiving in Rome. In 
December they bought a co-op apart- 
ment on Manhattan's West Side. 

Botsy Thayer Clough wrote from 
Maine that she has been enjoying 
married life since her wedding in June 
of 1981. She remains in free-lance 
marketing research with L.L. Bean as 
her big client. David has started his 
own public affairs consulting firm. 

In 1977 Virginia Thompson was 
awarded the Thomas J. Watson Foun- 
dation Fellowship by IBM to pursue 
independent study and research in 
Europe. She then earned a Master's 
in International Management from the 
American Graduate School of Interna- 
tional Management in Glendale, AZ. 
She now works for the South Carolina 
National Bank, where she is an ac- 
count officer in wholesale banking 
responsible for Eastern Europe and a 
portion of the Northeastern U.S. and 
was recently named assistant cashier 
by their board of directors. She is 
SCN's representative for the German- 
American Chamber of Commerce in 
Atlanta and the South Carolina 
representative for the American 
Graduate School of International 
Management Alumni Association. 

Cathy Towers Hardage and Robert 
had their third child, Susan Elizabeth 
Cathcart, on Sept. 8, 1981. Susan 
will have to share her special day with 
both her mom and dad, for they were 
both born on Sep. 8! Cathy still 
manages to teach Sunday School and 
help at the boys' (Bobby, 5; Charlie, 
3 1 /2) nursery school. Robert, a 
radiologist, has a year and a half left 
with the Navy after which the Har- 
dages hope to move back to the South 
from California. 

Georgia Tucker Tuttle is keeping fit 
running — after Laura Beth, 2 years 
in September. Georgia is thoroughly 
enjoying her Jr. League work: singing 
in and accompanying for musical 
therapy in nursing homes. In June 
Chris, Georgia and Laura Beth went 
East for a family wedding and were 
planning to see Betsy Perry, Tina 
Sheris Wood, Mimi Bain Haik, and 
their families. Georgia was looking for- 
ward to being the SB Admissions 
Representative for Houston. 

After working for seven years in 
advertising, Marianne Vandervort Wig- 
gishoff is back in school finishing her 
first year's work on an M.B.A. in 
Finance and Accounting at North- 
western U. She still does some free- 
lance advertising. In April 1980 she 
married Cyril Wiggishoff, a surgeon 
born in Paris and raised in South 
Africa. With her mother-in-law speak- 
ing only French, Marianne's SBC ma- 
jor is "alive and well and often- 
used." She and Cyril live in a land- 
mark townhouse on Chicago's North 
Side but spend part of the year in 
Southern France and Durban, South 

Clement Virgin Durkes writes from 
Illinois that her daughter Frances (2 
yrs.), husband Rick and their dog, 
Angus, keep her busy. 

Sweet Briar College 

Melinda Williams Davis is a vice 
president with Bankers Trust Co. in 

Diane Wood Keyser (Mick) has two 
children — Eric, 4 1 /2, and Barbara, 
VA. Diane works for a dentist in 
Raleigh, NC, and in addition is on an 
action committee to help ratify the 
ERA. She attended Mary Jane Berry's 
wedding last year. 

Ginger Woodward Gast writes, "I've 
changed at least 8.000 diapers" since 
Caroline Janvier was born Aug. 1, 
1981. (Her son Michael is Vh). 
Ginger also does aerobic dancing, 
counted cross-stitch (She won 1st 
place in a craft show!) and volunteer 
work. She and Paul planned to spend 
a week at Virginia Beach last summer 
with a babysitter. 

In Dedham, MA, Lucinda Young 
Larson is the manager of productivity 
analysis for a division of Digital. In 
addition she is active in the Jr. 
League with long-range planning, 
budgeting workshops, and the 
showhouse boutique. Lucinda is also 
my successor to the "throne" of the 
Boston SBC Alumnae Club. She and 
Dick had a wonderful 2'/2-week trip to 
Great Britain last September, exploring 
2500 miles from Edinburgh through 
York, the Cotswolds and London. 

Deborah Ziegler Hopkins wrote that 
the SBC Club of New York organized 
a Kentucky Derby Day party for the 
alumni of Virginia colleges. She and 
George are expecting their first child 
in October. 

Three people wrote cards without 
names on them. By clever detective 
work I have identified two, but some- 
one left her job as a paralegal in NYC, 
went to Pratt Institute Architecture 
School and has been practicing with 
Fitzgerald and Partners in Houston, 
TX, for two years. She spent time in 
Florence and Paris through Columbia 
U. for study in architecture. This past 
year included an "incredible" trip 
through Eastern Europe, on to 
Bangkok, Kathmandu and trekking in 
the Himalayas (Nepal). Back in 
Houston, she is working on a building 
by I. M. Pei and Phillip Johnson. Is 
"Someone" named Cathy Blackburn? 

And I, Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin, and 
Bob are the proud parents of our third 
child and second son, Christopher Ab- 
bott, who arrived April 23, 1982 (5 
days ahead of "deadline"). Alexa 
(5V2) and Blake (3'/2) are coping fair- 
ly well. Being dorm director for 36 
adolescents this year has been fun, 
though nine girls have been to the 
discipline committee in the last two 
months. I am back in school working 
on a Master's in Counseling 
Psychology, though taking the MAT'S 
and writing my first paper in nine 
years were true tests of my commit- 
ment! Alexa will enter Milton Academy 
next fall — as a kindergartener — 
though the application process seemed 
more like college. 

Alumnae Magazine 

And, finally, many of you mentioned 
plans to attend our 10th reunion next 
May, so call your closest classmates 
(long distance!) and talk them into go- 
ing as well. SBC has a swimming 
pool, new dining hall, and renovated 
Benedict. Revisit Reid, Grammer, 
Glass, and Dew, where we all began 
our SBC careers in September 1969. I 
hope to see you, your husbands, 
friends, and children's pictures in 



Helen Masters Durhajn (Mrs. Lucian 
A.), 612 Rossmore Rd.. Richmond, 
VA 23225 
Fund Agent 

Holly Craig, 5840 Cameron Run Ter- 
race, #828, Alexandria, VA 22303 

Elaine Arozarena is working for her 
government (Mexico) for at least two 
or three years in the Department of 
Foreign Relations dealing with all 
kinds of international issues, especial- 
ly with renewable energy sources or 
energy in general. She gained 
valuable experience for this job by 
studying solar energy in European 
countries while on Junior Year Abroad 
in France. 

Browning Lee Augustine was work- 
ing as the newspaper scheduler for 
Thalhimer's Advertising Department in 
Richmond, VA, and has been promoted 
to junior exeputive. She is the assis- 
tant to the director of sales promotion. 
She has also been seen in some 
television and newspaper ads for 

Cammie Bethea is attending medical 
school at the U. of South Carolina. 

Julia Bryan Brooke is enjoying law 
school at UVa. She spent the summer 
in Dallas. TX, clerking for a law firm. 
She says she now knows how it feels 
to be a "U-chick" when the UVA 
boys are planning a "roll" to Sweet 

Annie Callahan is working on the 
Hill for the Clerk of the House and liv- 
ing with four SBC grads. She loves 

Sigrid Irene Carlen is also at UVa 
attending medical school. 

Catherine Stirling Cassidy attended 
Hollins College's Abroad Program in 
London and had a superb time with 
several Sweet Briar girls too. She has 
enjoyed UNC and will graduate from 
there in December, but she misses 
SBC. She is busy interviewing. 

E. Windsor Cleveland graduated in 
June of 1981 from the U. of Tenn. 
and is currently modeling and making 
television commercials for Mayfield's 
Cottage Cheese. 

Letha Dameron is currently working 
for SBC's Admissions Office. She was 
a bridesmaid and flutist at Helen 

Masters Durham's wedding in June 
1981. She has also been nominated 
by the area Rotary Club to compete for 
a scholarship with which she would 
be able to study the flute in Vienna in 

Whitley Riggs Greene went to Lon- 
don for seven months after graduation 
and took an art history course at 
Sotheby's in the autumn. She now is 
living in Italy, where she is a 
governess for four children, teaching 
them English while she is learning 

Anne Grosvenor Evrard was married 
May 27, 1981. to Walther Evrard, a 
Frenchman she met in Paris during 
her Junior Year Abroad. They are now 
living just outside Paris and would be 
happy to see SB alumnae visiting 

Ellen Willis Hagan is coordinator for 
alumni affairs for the Washington 
Center for Learning Alternatives in 

Kathenne Ellen Hagan is at UVA 
working on her Master's in Education, 
concentrating on counselor education. 
She is enjoying being there with 
several other members of the Class of 

Nancy Campbell Hagan is living in 
Richmond, VA, working in wire 
transfers for United Virginia Bank. 

Frances Elizabeth Hudson transfer- 
red to UNC-Chapel Hill and got her 
B.A. in English there in May of 1981. 
She is now attending the U. of South 
Carolina Law School. 

Karol A. Lawson is enjoying her 
graduate work in art history at UVA 
but is too busy to produce any other 

Susan Leffler Creasy was married to 
Michael Preston Creasy of Altavista in 
October of 1981. 

Kathryn Sherby Levi is working for 
Life of Virginia in Richmond, VA. She 
lives with Charlotte Gay '80 and May 
Carter; Trish Moynahan '80 lived with 
them in the summer of '81. Kathy is 
now busily applying to business 

Dana B. Painter will marry E. 
Robert Parkey, Jr., on Oct. 2, 1982, 
with Amy Phelps Painter '83 as maid 
of honor. The Parkeys will live in 

Susan Richeson is an electrical 
engineering graduate student at UVA. 

Aliece Rowland works for Edward 
Rollins, who is assistant to the Presi- 
dent for political affairs at the White 

Mary Hedley Sipe is happily work- 
ing at two jobs: she works in a gift 
shop in Hockessin, DE, and in the 
Legislative Hall for the House of 

Donna Jane Terry Lee was married 
in the summer of 1981 to Scott Lee, 
and they are presently living in 
Briscoe, NC. 

Susan Wilson Lyons was married 
May 30, 1981, to Robbie Lyons from 

Ireland. They are now living in Lex- 
ington, KY. 

I was married to Lucian A. Durham, 
III, on June 20, 1981. Letha Dameron 
did a beautiful job playing the flute in 
my wedding. In September I visited 
Kelly Jernigan Hunter 80 and her 
pretty new daughter, Mary Catherine. 
I was promoted from management 
trainee to branch assistant in Janaury 
at Dominion National Bank in Rich- 
mond, VA. 

I appreciate hearing from those of 
you who have written and am eagerly 
awaiting more news from everybody 
for our next issue! Have a super 


Joseph H. Davenport, Jr. 


Development Committee 


Major Gifts 

Board of Directors 

Joseph H. Davenport, Jr., was elected to the Sweet Briar Board of Overseers in 1980 
and named a Director in 1981. Mr. Davenport is Chairman of the Board of Volunteer 
State Life Insurance Company of Chattanooga. His other corporate directorships are: 
American National Bank and Trust Company, Ancorp Bancshares, Inc., Chattem, Inc., 
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Miami, Inc., Dixie Yarns, Inc., and Monumental 

He is a present or past member of the following organizations: Allied Arts Fund, 
Chattanooga Nature Center, Hunter Museum of Art, Memorial Hospital, Junior 
Achievement, United Way, YMCA, Benwood Foundation, Community Foundation of 
Greater Chattanooga, the University of Chattanooga Foundation, Tennessee Higher 
Education Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee Performing Arts 
Association, and Tennessee State Museum. He also is a member of Rockefeller 
University Council, the Public Affairs Committeee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 
and Friends of American Art in Religion. He was the recipient of the 1973 Kiwanis 
Club Distinguished Service Award, the 1978 Liberty Bell Award, and in 1981 was the 
first recipient of the Chattanooga Arts Award. 

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Davenport is married to the former Alice 
(Hedy) Edwards, of St. Louis, who graduated from Sweet Briar in 1945. The Daven- 
ports have eight children — three sons and five daughters — and eleven 


Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Magazine 





Dear Alumnae: 

Two years ago it was clear that the College must embark on a major capital 
funds drive — one which would address needs critical to the College's future. 
With the full support of the Board of Directors and Overseers, Sweet Briar 
initiated a $12.1 million Comprehensive Development Program designed to help 
the College remain responsive to change while maintaining the excellence 
which has always been its trademark. 

With the announcement in the last issue of the Alumnae Magazine of President 
Harold Whiteman's retirement next June, it seems timely for me as Chairman of 
the Development Committee to give you a report on our progress toward the 
completion of Sweet Briar's GENERATIONS Program. 

The Development Committee of the Board of Directors and Overseers serves as 
the National Steering Committee for this campaign. Many alumnae and parents 
serve on this committee in important leadership positions involving the 
Alumnae and Parents Funds, Reunion Giving, and Planned Giving. 

As Chairman of the Major Gifts Division, I have visited with over 300 alumnae 
and parents in approximately 60 cities during the last 18 months. This has 
been a most rewarding experience for me. Not only have I met some fantastic 
people, but I have been especially impressed by their love for Sweet Briar 
and how truly meaningful it has been in their lives. I can attest to the 
genuine interest and affection our alumnae have for the College and realize 
more than ever that Sweet Briar is extra special! 

The primary purpose for these calls has been to explain the major needs of 
the College and to ask that Sweet Briar be given a high priority on your 
contributions list. The response to date has been most encouraging as we 
have received a total of $7.9 million toward the $12.1 million campaign goal. 
Slightly over $2.5 million of this amount represent annual gifts for both 
restricted and unrestricted purposes. The remaining $5.4 million are capital 
gifts most of which have been divided between our endowment priorities for 
faculty salaries, student aid, enrichment of campus life, faculty and 
curriculum development, or physical facilities. It is for these capital 
needs that we seek major commitments extended over a period of years — if 
desired — in addition to annual giving. 

Since the campaign has been so tremendously successful during the past two 

years, we hope our $12.1 million goal can be attained by June 30, 1983 — two 

years ahead of schedule. This is an ambitious goal and above all would be a 

magnificent tribute to President Whiteman during his last year on campus. 

I look forward to visiting with many of you in the months ahead and urge you 
to give your College the highest possible priority in your philanthropy, as 
my spirits soar when your alma mater is getting its fair share! 

Yours sincerely, 

Joseph H. Davenport, Jr. 
Chairman, Development Committee 
Chairman, Major Gifts 


Major Events for 1982-83 

























New students arrive 

Opening Convocation 
Speaker, Dean Fontaine Maury Belford 
Alumna Dance Concert: Ella Hanson 
Magruder '75 and Mark Magruder 

Reunion Gifts Workshop and Admis- 
sions Representatives Workshop 

Jazz Concert: Asleep at the Wheel 

Board of Overseers meeting in New 
York City 

Dance Performance by Katharine 

Faculty Recital by John Shannon 

Alumnae Council 

Founders Day 

Speaker: Anna Chao Pai '57 

Prospective Students Visit 

Parents Day 
Senior Show 

College Dance Festival 

Faculty Recital by Carol Rhodes 

Play by Theatre 4: "To Be Young, 
Gifted, and Black" 

Richmond Sinfonia Concert 

Prospective Students Visit 

Fall Weekend 

P & P Fall Production 

Thanksgiving Vacation 

American Ballet Touring Company 

Board of Overseers meeting on campus 
Collegium Musicum Concert 
Christmas Vespers 
Music Students Recital 


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Spring Vacation 


The Rowe Quartet with all Brahms 



Ewald Symposium 



Spring Dance Concert 


Old Vic Touring Co - 
with Queen Victoria" 

- "An Evening 


Lecture: "The Search for Human 

Nature" by E.O. Wilson 


P & P Spring Production 


Spring weekend 


Board of Overseers meeting on campus 


"Pirates of Penzance' 
(VCCA event) 

' by N.C. Opera 



Last day of classes 




Alumnae Reunion 

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Sweet Briar 



'• — '** 

These riches money cannot buy — 
The gold in a sunset, 
The silver of moonbeams on quiet waters, 
The diamonds in spider webs in the 

morning sun, 
The pearl in the heart of a rose, 
Bits of heaven, 
They can be had for the asking. 

Edith and Harold Whiteman send personal 
greetings and very best wishes for a happy 
Christmas and a peaceful and successful New- 
Year for the entire Sweet Briar community, 
both near and far. 


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UCU Ekfecutiv? Board 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 
July 1, 1981-June 30, 1982 

Gwen Speel Kaplan '60, Wilton, CT, President 
Patty Sykes Treadwell '58, Ross, CA, 

First Vice President & Director of Clubs 
Jocelyn Palmer Connors '62, Roanoke, VA, 

Second Vice President 

Mary Ann Mellen Root '53, Greenville, SC, 

Preston Hodges Hill '49, Denver, CO, 

Alumnae Fund Chairman 
Mary K. Lee McDonald '65, Richmond, VA, 

Nominating Chairman 
Edith Page Gill BreakeU '45, Roanoke, VA, 

Admissions Representative Chairman 
Lyn Dillard Grones '45, Virginia Beach, VA, 

Planned Giving Chairman 
Courtney B. Stevenson '66, Chevy Chase, MD, 

National Bulb Chairman 
Suzanne Jones Cansler '63, Selma, AL, 

Finance Committee Chairman 
Judith Greer Schulz '61, Lynchburg, VA, 

Continuing Education Chairman 
Elizabeth Smith White '59, Charlotte, NC, 

Financial Aid Chairman 
Ellen Harrison Saunders 75, Suffolk, VA, 

Career Planning Chairman 

Regional Chairmen 

Virginia Squibb Flynn '32, Darien, CT 
Sara Finnegan Lycett '61, Delta, PA 
Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49, Richmond, VA 
Audrey T. Betts '45, Greensboro, NC 
Ann Pegram Harris '59, Atlanta, Ga. 
Mary Virginia Grigsby Mallett '49, Zionsville, IN 
Ethel Ogden Burwell '58, Grosse Pointe, MI 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette '54, Mobile, AL 
Maud Winborne Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas, TX 
Jane Merkle Borden '65, Denver, CO 


K. Ellen Hagan '81, Charlottesville, VA 
Ethel Burwell '82, Grosse Pointe, MI 
Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet 
Briar nominated by the Alumnae Associa- 
tion and elected by the Board of Directors 
of Sweet Briar College 
Catherine Cox Reynolds '49, West Hartford, CT 
Judith Sorley Chalmers '59, Short Hills, NJ 
Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39, 

Richmond, VA 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47, Dayton, OH 

Ex officio 

Patricia Calkins Wilder '63, Victor, NY, 

Golden Stairs Chairman 
Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41, Southern Pines, NC, 

Boxwood Circle Chairman 
Catherine Barnett Brown '49, Madison, NJ, 

Editor Alumnae Magazine 
Ann Morrison Reams '42, Sweet Briar, VA, 

Director of the Alumnae Association 

Sweet Briar College 


Junior Year in France 
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose 

by Robert G. Marshall 2 

In Retrospect 
by Anne Kilby Gilhuly '55 8 

1966-1967: More than Merely Unforgettable 
by Barrie Trimingham '68 9 

Junior Year in France Anniversary— 
What it Meant to Many 
by Mary Morris Gamble Booth '50 12 

Bulb Sales Are Up, And So Are Our Bloomin' Alumnae! 13 

The Face in the Red Velvet Frame 
by Ann Marshall Whitley '47 14 

Connect, only connect... 
by Dean Fontaine Maury Belford 18 

The Parcourse 
by Jennifer Crispen 22 

New York Gala 24 

Florence Hague 26 

Winifred Walker 26 

The Editor's Room 27 

Alumnae Daughters and Granddaughters 28 

Honors and Awards 29 

Alumnae Notices 30 

Letters 32 

Class Notes 33 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition... inside Back Cover 

Editor: Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

Assistant Editor: Mary Hughes Blackwell 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates, M.A., University of Illinois 

Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion 74, The Design Group, Lynchburg, 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 0039-7342). Issued four times yearly: tall, winter, 
spring and summer by Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, VA 24595. 
Printed by Progress Printing Co., Lvnchburg, VA 24502. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar Col- 
lege, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. Telephone (804)381-5513. 
v, 5 

Cover photo by Carolyn C. Bates 

Plus 9a 
la me me 

by Robert G. Marshall, 


Junior Year in France. 

Dr. Robert G. Marshall, 
Director of tlie Junior Year in 
France holds an under- 
graduate degree from Rice 
University and Ph.D. in 
French Literature from Yale 
University. He was in charge 
of the Paris office of the 
Junior Year in France in 
1967-68 and has been Direc- 
tor of the program since 1972. 
He is also Professor of French 
at Sweet Briar College and 
author of numerous studies on 
French literature and study 
abroad. He was honored by 
the French Republic in 
1980 for his contributions 
to Franco-American friend- 
ship by being made a 
"Chevalier" in the Ordre 
des Palmes Academiques. 

One could very well paraphrase 
the title of two Broadway shows 
of a few years ago to describe 
the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in 
France as "alive and well and still in 
Paris," for like Dolly Levi it is "still 
growing, still going strong," despite the 
vicissitudes of the many French political 
and economic crises and changes of the 
late 50s, 60s, 70s and early 80s. 

1982-83 is the 35th year the Junior 
Year in France has been sponsored by 
Sweet Briar College. It was inaugurated 
in 1948 as a continuation of a program 
sponsored by the University of Delaware 
from 1923 until it was interrupted by 
World War II in 1939. To date over 3500 
students from 240 American colleges and 
universities have spent their junior year 
in France as participants in the Sweet 
Briar program. 

The French expression "plus ca 
change, plus c'est la m§me chose ' may 
be applied in a positive sense to this pro- 
gram, for there have indeed been many 
changes since that first year and yet the 
basic pattern remains the same. 

Despite changes such as student goals, 
style of life, dress, hair, changes in 
French educational patterns, even subtle 
changes in the French language, the pro- 
gram has maintained its original purpose 
of providing an opportunity for American 
students to develop a deeper understand- 
ing of the world's problems and to 
broaden their perspective on those of 
their own country. The specific aim of 
the program is still to provide an 
academic experience which will increase 
competency in the French language and 
to permit study of courses in any 
discipline for which a student may qualify 
and where adequate opportunity exists. 

The city of Paris itself has changed in 
many ways — encircled now by modern 
multi-storied buildings such as those at 
La Defense, the disappearance of the old 
Halles (the central market place is now a 
modern shopping center) the separation 
of the University of Paris into thirteen 
separate, smaller universities, yet a stu- 
dent from 1948-49 returning to Paris 
would recognize many landmarks and 
even a few faculty names. 

The old Sorbonne building with its vast 
amphitheaters still exists. Sciences Po 
still thrives. The Ecole du Louvre main- 
tains its prestige among institutions of 
higher education in France. None of the 
original Junior Year in France special 
course teachers remain from that year, all 
having retired or moved on to other posi- 

tions. The professor with the longest 
tenure is M. Alfred Simon who, in his 
popular course in the contemporary 
French theatre, still holds forth in his in- 
imitable fashion. His youthful enthusiasm 
is the envy of many of his age group. 
Mile. Grange, the program's long-time 
secretary, retired in 1964 and lives in the 
southwestern city of Pau. 

The number of students in the program 
is somewhat greater than it was in that 
first year when seventy-seven women and 
men sailed for what must have been the 
most exciting year of their young lives. 

In 1948, when the program transferred 
to Sweet Briar from Delaware, the under- 
taking was indeed a daring and in- 
novative one on the part of Sweet Briar 
College. Much credit is due to President 
Martha Lucas Pate who courageously ac- 
cepted the responsibility for the move 
that had been planned and engineered by 
Professor Joseph Barker of Sweet Briar, 
an early director of the program when it 
was at Delaware. The foresight of Presi- 
dent Pate proved to be well-founded. 
When she left Sweet Briar a short time 
later she encouraged her successor, Dr. 
Anne Gary Pannell, to nurture the pro- 
gram to its maturity. President Pannell 
took that advice and during her twenty 
years at Sweet Briar was enthusiastic in 
her support of the program which was 
then under the able direction of Dr. R. 
John Matthew, Dr. Barker's successor. 
President Whiteman has continued to 
grant his wholehearted support and has 
often spoken of the contribution the pro- 
gram has made to the educational process 
at Sweet Briar College as well as to the 
broader world of higher education. 

The program's basic administrative 
structure remains much as it was at its 
beginning. There is an overall Director 
responsible for the entire operation. An 
Advisory Committee, made up of 
representatives of some twenty-two col- 
leges and universities — mostly private 
colleges in the New England/Middle 
Atlantic states, the South and Middle West 
— sets policies which the Director im- 
plements. Each year the number of 
students is around 115, coming mainly 
from those colleges represented on the 
Advisory Committee. The students are 
expected to have a high academic stan- 
ding in their own college and a strong 
preparation in the French language. 

As in 1948, the students still gather in 
New York before continuing to Paris, but 
one of the major changes is the mode of 
transportation. Until 1975 the group went 
Sweet Briar College 

Junior Year 
in France 

Alumnae Magazine 


Three generations of students had the pleasure of sailing to 

Europe on oceanliners, a luxury no longer enjoyed in the late 

1970's. Pictured are members of the 1948 group and the 

1959 group seen off by President Panned, and the 1971 

group with President and Mrs. Whiteman. 

by ship, and certainly students from those 
years must look back with a great deal of 
pleasure on the excitement of sailing on a 
great ocean liner. Today such travel has 
become an expensive luxury. Air travel 
has telescoped the six-day trip to Europe 
into six hours. 

As in the past, the students spend a 
preliminary five-week orientation period 
in the city of Tours where, in addition to 
taking courses in the language itself, they 
live with French families to become ac- 
customed to the "douceur de vivre 
tourangelle" in this French provincial 
town before they are thrust into the mad 
pace of the French capital. Upon arrival 
in Paris, they choose courses at the 
various institutions including branches of 
the University of Paris, the Ecole du 
Louvre, Sciences Po and other institu- 
tions of higher learning. Upon satisfac- 
tory completion of their courses, they are 
granted thirty hours of credit or, in the 
case of Sweet Briar, nine units for the 
year, which count towards their Bachelor 
of Arts degree. 

In reading alumni evaluations of the 
program, one becomes aware that the ex- 
perience abroad provides students a 
broader and deeper knowledge of 
themselves and of the world. Almost in- 
variably they refer to it as the brightest 
year of their college experience. Many of 
the alumni of the program have become 
leaders in the various fields in which they 
specialized in France. Several alumni 
have served as United States Cultural At- 
taches in Paris, one has been serving as 
U.S. Ambassador to the Persian Gulf 
Emirates; several have created study 
abroad programs in their own institutions. 
Some are in international business, and a 
number have distinguished themselves in 
art and theatre and literature and have in- 
dicated that it was their year in France 
that inspired them to enter the fields 
which they now pursue. 

There is hardly a major French Depart- 
ment in which there is not at least one 
alumna or alumnus of the JYF, from Har- 
vard to Berkeley. 

As the cost of education has risen in 
the last few years, the program has made 
a great effort to increase the amount of 
financial aid available, so that a well- 
qualified student will not be deprived of 
the opportunity to study in France. The 
program has established a scholarship 
fund which has grown through contribu- 
tions essentially from alumni of the pro- 
gram. One SBC alumna, Sally Gump Ber- 
ryman, '64, wrote a book on her ex- 
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An orientation 
period of five to 
six weeks in the 
city of Tours 
provides a pleasant 
opportunities to grow 
accustomed to 
French life. 

The local officials of Tours welcome the group with a "vin d'honneur." 

Students take part in fall grape 


Other students hasten to take In 
the famous tourist sites... 

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The hospitality of families is The students return 

seen in this after-dinner coffee, their families' hospitali- 
ty by a Fete d'adieu, or 
student show. 

Students lose no time in 
learning to get around 
in Paris but sometimes 
need Gendarmes's help. 

while still others even in 1982 take up the great French past- 
time of cafe sitting. 





Dr. Theodore Andersson 
recalls the first year of 

Sciences Po was popular in 1959-60 and remains so in 1982. 

perience in France, A Hillbilly in the Old 
Country, and has contributed proceeds of 
the book to the scholarship fund. This 
last year the program was able to award 
some $30,000 in financial aid; since its in- 
ception, it has awarded $380,700 in 

Seven years ago the Junior Year in 
France inaugurated an exchange program 
so that French students could come to 
the United States to study for a year. 
Sweet Briar and Agnes Scott Colleges, 
Denison University, Mount Holyoke Col- 
lege, Northwestern University, Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, The University 
of Texas, and Vassar College have 
cooperated in this undertaking and, since 
its inception, some twenty -five French 
students have been able to study for a 
year in our country. In another aspect of 
exchange, the French secondary school 
system has initiated a program in which 
students of the Junior Year in France act 
as assistants to French teachers of 
English. Some 200 students over the past 
ten years have had the experience of 
teaching English as a foreign language to 
French students. 

As the JYF enters its 35th session, the 
program is marking the year with three 
special events. At the September meeting 
of the Advisory Committee in New York 
City, a luncheon was held at the Hotel 
Roosevelt at which time the first Resi- 
dent Director, Dr. Theodore Andersson, at 
the time Professor at Yale University and 
now retired from the University of 
Texas/ Austin, gave a short talk recalling 

that first year. Sweet Briar College 
awarded to Dr. Douglas W. Alden, Pro- 
fessor of French at the University of 
Virginia, a certificate of merit for having 
served on the Advisory Committee of the 
program since 1951-52 and as its Chair- 
man since 1967. 

The second major event will be a for- 
mal reception in late January held at 
France-Amerique in Paris. Many French 
dignitaries from the academic world as 
well as the students will attend. 

The third event will be on the campus 
of Sweet Briar College on March 4 and 5, 
at which time U.S. Representative Paul 
Simon of Illinois and author of The 
Tongue-Tied American will deliver an ad- 
dress on foreign language learning and 
study abroad. At that time the Alumnae 
Association has organized a special in- 
terest weekend for Sweet Briar alumnae 
who have studied abroad or who were 
language majors. There will be two round 
table discussions on Saturday, March 5; 
one on study abroad and language learn- 
ing, and another involving alumnae who 
majored in foreign languages, studied 
abroad, and have pursued careers in 
related areas upon graduation. We all 
wish the Junior Year in France a happy 
future and send it "meilleures felicita- 
tions a l'occasion de son trente-cinquieme 

All interested alumnae will be most 
welcome. If you are not in one of the 
above categories and do not receive a 
reservation form, please contact the 
Alumnae Office. 

Sweet Briar College 

Mme Daladier, wife of 
the late Prime Minister 
of France, taught a 
popular course in 
translation for many 
years — here seen in 


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Professor Alfred Simon's popular theatre course in 1959 is just as popular in 1979. 

Alumnae Magazine 

In Retrospect 

by Anne Kilby Gilhuly '55 

y year began with the obvious 
sort of adjustment, that initial 
crise de foie and the more endur- 
ing battle to conquer the language. Other- 
wise immersion into the new milieu was 
distinguished principally by its totality. 
We ate and drank at each meal as if we 
would never eat or drink again, savoring 
each morsel and sip; toured Tourraine on 
our bicycles as if the streets and roads 
would roll up and away the next moment; 
analyzed our host families beyond any 
point of meaningfulness; always listening 
stunned by the clarity of French sounds. 

Much to our astonishment we found the 
wave of excitement, delight and fascina- 
tion did not break. It rolled on and the 
crest rose and rose. We went on to Paris, 
settled into our families there with irrita- 
tion or affection or both but never indif- 
ference; settled into our classes with 
great interest, some fear and enormous 
doses of metro-riding. We explored the 
streets of Paris, viewed the monuments, 
visited the churches, shopped a little, and 
went constantly to concerts and the 
theatre. We pursued friendships with 
French acquaintances, and spent hour 
upon hour in the great art museums. 
(When I enter a museum nowadays I 
always picture M. Serullaz berating me 
for my banal critiques, giving me marks 
of two out of a possible twenty.) We 
wondered if an entire year could pass in 
such mind-expanded fashion, such height- 
ened sensitivity, such a rain of enter- 
tainments. Then on we went to new 
delights during vacation trips: to ski the 
Alps, to visit Italy, to sail the Aegean. 

What but a major depression could 
follow upon returning home? For most of 
us, if the depression came, it was short 
lived. There was satisfaction in turning 
intently to our studies, gaining respite 
from our roles as sponges. We were hap- 
py to have time to wring out the impres- 
sions and sensations we had soaked up 
and to sort them out. We felt strongly, 
and talked often about, an increased 
understanding achieved by the juxtaposi- 
tion of our two sets of experiences: our 
lives prior to living in France and then 
this new set of experiences gained in 
France. Because the second contrasted so 

strongly to the first we were, in effect, 
forced outside both and therefore able to 
see each more fully. I think this is a no- 
tion of learning or understanding concur- 
rent with McLuhan's, epitomized by his 
remark that although he did not know 
who discovered water, he did not think it 
was a fish. 

I distinctly remember the satisfaction of 
focusing this new ease, and it seemed 
depth, of understanding on a subject; of 
being able to delve into it effortlessly 
with much enjoyment. I have thought of 
that intellectual spurt when each of my 
children has had a leap of understanding 
— usually at about four — when he sud- 
denly is able to absorb a seemingly 
endless amount of information, organize it 
clearly, and then store it for months and 
months. Perhaps the child is turning his 
attention to the life around him, able to 
concentrate his energies for the first time 
at a level above the physical. The new- 
ness of what he sees is like the newness 
of life during a first year in a new loca- 
tion and language. 

When I look back to that year, I am 
struck by the lack of a negative aspect. 
Not only were we vouchsafed this ex- 
panded vision, which surely is the heart 
of a liberal arts education, but we were at 
the same time amassing a great fund of 
personal memories and developing in a 
highly accelerated fashion the interests 
which makes one's life rich. No doubt we 
would have acquired these interests in 
any case at other times; but the sub- 
stance was so lavishly presented during 
that year and our age was so right that 
our attachments grew particularly fast 
and strong. Some of the passions rose 
directly out of courses such as those at 
the Louvre and the Sweet Briar theatre 
course. Others developed less formally 
from the new surroundings — architec- 
ture, furniture design, fine food, skiing, 
the taste for travel itself, and many 

Clearly, my year in France was a 
marvelous one for me, the effects and 
souvenirs of which I cherish. 


Reprinted from Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine, Summer 1968 

Sweet Briar College 


More than Merely Unforgettable 

by Barrie Trimingham '68 

The most frequent questions a 
a student is asked when he 
returns from a nine-month sejour 
in Paris are: "How was Europe?" or "Did 
you enjoy your year?" My reaction to the 
first one is to glare at the person and 
give an inane monosyllabic answer. When 
faced with the second, if I think the per- 
son honestly wants to know, I sit him 
down for at least four hours and tell him. 
The point is, nobody, not even one's 
parents, could ever fully comprehend the 
experience of nine months in Paris. Each 
student returns with something of his 
very own, a unique experience which has 
affected him in a special way. I would 
venture to say that no two of the 106 
students on the Sweet Briar Junior Year 
Abroad program returned with the same 
impressions or the same experiences. 
My home in Paris was chez Mme. 
Riviere, 25 rue Quentin-Bauchart — a 
tiny street parallel to Georges V, right off 
the Champs-Elysees, with le Drugstore, a 
movie theatre, a cleaner's and le Grisbi 
Strip-Tease en face. My room overlooked 
these establishments; from my window I 
could watch the flowing stream of 
passers-by on the Champs-Elysees. There 
were four of us from the Sweet Briar pro- 
gram staying chez Madame, two in each 
bedroom. During those nine months I 
never managed to see all the treasures in 
the apartment. The dining room was the 
main attraction — filled with antiques and 
delicate objets d'art which were seen at 
their best when guests came for dinner, 
for on those occasions the lights were 
dimmed and the large china cabinet was 
lit from the interior. Madame has had a 
fascinating life and she was a constant 
source of information for us. Russian by 
birth and upbringing, she fled from her 
country with her family in 1917. In Paris 
Madame met her future husband, a mem- 
ber of the French Ministry, and moved to 
the Hotel de Ville when she was married. 
She was hostess to all the high govern- 
ment officials and spent much of her time 
entertaining. Her life, however, was not 
all splendour, for M. RivieYe was a 
member of the Resistance and underwent 
some hair-raising experiences during the 
occupation. Widowed for ten years now, 

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Madame takes in girls from the Sweet 
Briar program for companionship as well 
as for financial reasons. 

Madame is a delightful person; she has 
a marvelous sense of humor and feels 
more at ease with young people than with 
those of her son's generation. She was a 
real mother to all of us. Often, after din- 
ner, she would come into our room, sit on 
one of the beds, and chat about fashion, 
family problems, our love-lives, her life in 
the past or about any insignificant event 
of the day. Her son and daughter-in-law 
came for dinner almost every night while 
their baby slept or howled in his crib in 
the library. Our maid, Maria, was the 
delight of the household. Born and raised 
in Majorca, Maria was persuaded by 
Madame to come to Paris to live about 
ten years ago. Her entire family lives 
upstairs and is very much a part of the 
household. There were four nationalities 
in the apartment — Spanish, Russian, 
French and American. Madame 's son, 
while he speaks fluent Russian, has lived 
all of his life in France. His wife, from 
Alabama, was a member of the Sweet 
Briar Junior Year in France program six 
years ago and had lived chez Madame. 
Imagine the diversity of foreign accents 
in French that filled the apartment! 

Breakfast was rolled into our rooms by 
Maria at any specified hour in the morn- 
ing — such luxury! At lunch each of us 
fended for herself at a Self-Service, a 
university restaurant, Reid Hall or the 
Luxembourg Gardens, depending on 
which was the most convenient. Madame 
gave us dinner each night but she soon 
realized that we often preferred to eat 
out when going to the theatre later in the 
evening. The only problem with our chic 
location was that it was a long way from 
the student quarter and the theatre 
district. The metro was by far the 
easiest, fastest, and cheapest method of 
transportation. Even so, it took me forty- 
five minutes on the metro to get from the 
Champs-Elysees to the Left Bank where 
my classes were held and where, general- 
ly, I spent most of my waking hours. 

There was no routine in my life — at- 
tending class a la francais could hardly be 
called routine! The Sweet Briar program 

allows great freedom in choice of courses 
and institutions. Students on our program 
took courses at the Sorbonne, L'Institut 
des Sciences Politiques, L'Ecole du 
Louvre, L'Institut Catholique, L'Alliance 
Francaise, and L'Institut Britannique. All 
the courses organized by the Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France administration and 
given in Reid Hall are taught by French 
professors who teach regularly at the 
various divisions of the University of 
Paris. These professors also held "repeti- 
tions," or tutoring sessions, to supple- 
ment, or rather, to explicate, the courses 
we took at the Sorbonne or one of the In- 
stituts. The most popular and, I think, 
the most valuable course sponsored by 
the Sweet Briar program is the theatre 
course. It is taught each year by a promi- 
nent French theatre critic who is involved 
in all aspects of contemporary theatre in 
Paris. We had two one-and-a-half hour 
lectures a week (which were spiced with 
several anecdotes and accounts of 
cocktail conversations) and we were 
given tickets once or twice a week to the 

As for the courses at the French 
universities, I can speak only for those at 
the Sorbonne and at 'Sciences Po' that I 
took. In general, those at the Sorbonne 
are disorganized and confusing. However, 
just going through the motion of entering 
the famed halls of learning, fighting one's 
way into the auditorium with 600 other 
students and sitting in a pre-natal position 
on a crowded pew, elbow to elbow with 
Parisian and foreign students, is an ex- 
perience not to be missed. Enrollment for 
the courses always far exceeds seating 
capacity and it is a struggle to find a va- 
cant patch of floor in the auditorium, 
regardless of how early one arrives for 
the class. Each day, as I left the court- 
yard, I was bombarded with sheets of 
propaganda that were being distributed 
by members of active student organiza- 
tions. "U. S. Go Home" is a dishearten- 
ing message but it is not to be taken too 
seriously when one is so hospitably 
received by close French friends and 

The courses and conditions at Sciences 
Po' are a great deal more conducive to 
learning than those at the Sorbonne. One 
is certain of finding a comfortable seat 
with a desk. The students do not keep up 
a running conversation during the lec- 
turers and the lectures themselves are, on 
the whole, well organized and relatively 
easy to follow. The attitude of the French 


students at Sciences Po' is also very dif- 
ferent from that of the students at the 
Sorbonne. They organize parties for the 
foreign students and make an effort to in- 
clude them in French university and 
social life. I went to a few of these func- 
tions and met several students, not only 
French but also Nigerian, Algerian, Viet- 
namese, Lebanese and Red Chinese. All 
in all, the atmosphere at Sciences Po' is 
much more intime — we often had tea or 
aperitifs with students at the cafe across 
the street from the academic buildings. 

I spoke with several American students 
whose Junior Year programs were con- 
ducted almost entirely in Reid Hall and I 
found that the Sweet Briar program is 
the only one that does not require its 
students to take any specific courses, 
either those given at Reid Hall by Sweet 
Briar, l'Alliance Francaise (where courses 
are oriented to the foreign student) or at 
any particular branch of the University of 
Paris. This academic freedom is extreme- 
ly important because it allows one to ex- 
plore all the courses available in the city. 
Several members of our group took all 
four or five of their courses at Science 
Po', thereby earning a special certificate 
offered by that Institut. 

Each Sweet Briar Junior Year in 
France student is allotted a certain 
number of meal tickets for meals at Reid 
Hall; the student may exchange these for 
cash. I asked for half the tickets and for 
the remaining half in cash because I 
preferred to take most of my lunches 
with the French students, at university 
restaurants or at other inexpensive spots 
in the city. By January my roommates 
and I had made several French friends 
who, to our amazement, found the 
American atmosphere at Reid Hall 
delightful — un petit Amerique. Often we 
each invited a few friends to come to 
Reid Hall on a particular day to have 
lunch with us, this being a good way to 
use up meal tickets and to entertain our 
friends in what they thought was an 
unusual way. 

Of course, the academic life and eating 
habits of the American student by no 
means give a full picture of the Junior 
Year Abroad. The major problem for 
every student is how to meet the French, 
specifically one's contemporaries. One 
way is to take as many courses as possi- 
ble with the Parisian students. (At the 
Sorbonne, however, this method is not 
terribly successful.) Everyone soon 
discovers that the French are not running 

Sweet Briar College 

out to meet Americans — rather, they 
almost try to avoid Americans. Most 
French students feel that Paris is overrun 
with our countrymen and, to my dismay, 
I found this to be alarmingly near the 
truth. I was fortunate to have been a 
member of the Experiment in Interna- 
tional Living in the north of France three 
summers ago, and this previous ex- 
perience helped me immensely. In fact, 
everyone I knew during this past year I 
met through my friends from my summer 
on the Experiment. I was definitely at a 
great advantage over those who were ar- 
riving in France for the first time because 
I had already undergone the so-called 
"culture shock" and had several friends 
whom I could contact. My year really 
began when I was invited to the wedding 
of my French "sister" (the daughter of 
the French family with whom I lived dur- 
ing the Experiment) in late October. At 
the wedding in Lille I saw all my "old" 
friends once again and discovered that 
most of them were either studying or 
working in Paris during the week. I had 
open invitations to go to Lille on the 
weekends to visit any one of several 
families. All my French friends who were 
studying in Paris gave me tips on where 
to eat, what to see and what places to 
visit outside of Paris. They also took me 
on trips to Holland and Belgium and to 
their country homes in Le Touquet and 

My friends encouraged me to partake 
of the meals at one of the university 
restaurants, Mabillon; they even advised 
me to eat at the third story level, where 
all the "best" people usually ate. Lunch 
at any of these university restaurants 
almost defies description. Conditions are 
much the same at these restaurants as at 
the Sorbonee — they serve at least twice 
their capacity. The French students have 
nicknamed the university restaurants 
usines a bouffer, which, freely translated, 
means "snack factories." All Americans 
are astonished by the French push-and- 
shove system when waiting in a queue. 
The fact is, they neither wait nor stand 
in line but make a bee-line for the 
cafeteria counter, using every trick in the 
book. Meal tickets for foreign students 
are approximately 60c apiece (for the 
French they are 30c). The scene begins 
as soon as one reaches the counter. A 
lady grabs your crumpled ticket while 
you grab an aluminum tray, proceed in 
haste down the counter, sliding the tray 
along and watch, in horror, as the food is 

aimed and thrown at the correct compart- 
ments in your tray. About halfway 
through the process you must deftly 
swing your tray around so that the 
serveuses can reach the remaining com- 
partments. I tried in vain to get the 
system down to perfection in order to 
avoid a tirade from the serveuses. The 
battle is not yet over after you reach the 
end of the counter; once you have 
wormed your way through the crowd 
towards an empty seat, you have to com- 
pete with the peripheral noise to make 
yourself heard by your neighbor. The 
clanging of aluminum trays against a gar- 
bage disposal is enough to disrupt 
anyone's digestion. However, very nice 
people do eat there and, although I suf- 
fered from acute indigestion after each 
meal, I usually bumped (literally) into 
several friends. Every opportunity to see 
these friends helped, because this 
resulted in introductions to their friends 
and to later rendezvous... 

Every Sweet Briar Junior Year in 
France student's "bible" should be Paris 
Semaine or its equivalent. This weekly 
publication (sold for 50 centimes) gives 
information on everything going on in 
Paris for the week — all the theatrical 
productions, movies, concerts, art ex- 
hibits and special events, such as perfor- 
mances by the Moscow Circus, the 
Swingle Singers, the Russian ballet, 
Arthur Rubenstein. There are always 
several foreign films showing in the city; 
I used to love to watch an Italian film 
with French subtitles and the like. Enter- 
tainment is never lacking. 

No matter how far I travelled from 
Paris, I always returned to the city with 
a sense of joy at being home and a sense 
of expectancy at the prospect of unex- 
plored territory. I never saw everything 
on my list; I could not have hoped to 
know Paris entirely. But I never tired of 
the familiar spots and faces — the 
twilight strolls along the quays of the 
Seine, the tiny streets near Les Halles, 
frequented by farmers from the pro- 
vinces, the Greek, Vietnamese, Italian 
and Chinese restaurants near St. Michel, 
picnic lunches in the Jardin de Luxem- 
bourg, the small boulangeries, with the 
dogs sunning on the sidewalk, the vibrant 
atmosphere of St. Germain-des Pres, 
always alive with students, busrides in 
the spring from the Pont d'Alma to the 
Sorbonne...The memories are endless, the 
friends remain, and the year is more than 
merely unforgettable. 

Reprinted from Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine, 
Summer 1968. 

Alumnae Magazine 


Junior Year in France Anniversary 

What it Meant to Many 

by Mary Morris Gamble Booth '50 

Address given at the 25th 
anniversary celebration 
in 1973. 


y only claim to notability is 
that I am the oldest alumna of 
The Sweet Briar Junior Year in 
France. I am what they mean when they 
say, "ancienne eleve." 

My mission tonight is to thank, on 
behalf of all Junior Year alumni, the peo- 
ple whose foresight and wisdom made 
our year abroad possible. We shall be 
eternally indebted to Mrs. Pate who had 
the vision and temerity to grasp the 
Junior Year franchise for Sweet Briar 
College; to Dr. Anderson who guided our 
pioneer group with such kindness, firm- 
ness, and good humor; to Professor Peyre 
who sent those 14 dashing Yale men with 
the first Sweet Briar group; to Mrs. 
Taylor and Dr. Matthew who strengthen- 
ed the Junior Year program through the 
years until it is today the model for all 
other such ventures. And to President 
Whiteman and Dr. Marshall, the 
gratitude of future Junior Year alumni 
will be extended as they guide the pro- 
gram in ever-more-challenging directions. 

Only dear Dr. Barker, whose idea the 
whole scheme was in the first place, is 
not with us tonight to celebrate this hap- 
py occasion. I still remember how his 
eyes twinkled when he told me the 
glorious news that The Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France was a reality! And 
I remember what a comfort he and Mrs. 
Barker were to us when we returned to 
Sweet Briar for our senior year and had 
to make the adjustment back to Amherst 
County from Paris! 

When we, the first group, arrived in 
France in August of 1948, the after- 
effects of World War II were still much 
in evidence. Due to a shortage of coal, 
we had no electricity two days a week 
and no heat until long after it was cold 
enough for our fingers to grow numb 
around our pencils in class. Many foods 
were rationed and most of the girls in the 
group had to live at Reid Hall, there be- 
ing very few French families at that time 
in a position to "adopt" American 
students. But "our hearts were young 
and gay" and nothing could lessen the 
excitement of being 20 and in Paris! 

We went abroad that first year not just 
in the pursuit of excitement — we did 
study very hard — but some of us also 
went in pursuit of the Tennysonian ideal 
of "the Parliament of man, the Federa- 
tion of the world." This, I regret to say, 
we were not able to accomplish during 
our year abroad. Nor has any of the 
subsequent 24 groups. 

But surely all of us have achieved a 
greater understanding and appreciation of 
other people. We have all made lasting 
friendships with French and American 
students who shared the year with us — 
in fact, a good number of marriages have 
resulted from this venture into interna- 
tional relations. And in unexpected ways, 
other delightful friendships are fostered 
by the Junior Year experience. I had the 
good fortune several years ago to meet 
the renowned historian, Admiral Samuel 
Eliot Morison. In the course of our con- 
versation, it developed that we were 
fellow alumni of "Sciences Po," although 
our years were different: he was there in 
1914. We enjoyed comparing notes on 
our old school, and he subsequently gave 
me one of his books inscribed. "To Mary 
Morris Booth, from her Sciences Po 
beau. Samuel Eliot Morison." 

Many Junior Year graduates have gone 
into the study and teaching of French 
professionally as a result of our year in 
France; all of us have an abiding ap- 
preciation of French culture. Due to an 
interest in French drama first generated 
by the Sweet Briar theatre course in 
Paris, I have attended a little French 
play-reading class at Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College once a week for the 
past ten years. In that time we have 
managed to read almost every French 
play that is fit to print — and some that 
are not! 

Surely all Sweet Briar Junior Year in 
France alumni will enjoy things French 
for the rest of our lives. Not long ago, as 
I scurried about the Hollins College cam- 
pus in quest of a speaker for the Lynch- 
burg Alliance Francaise, a member of the 
administration of the college was heard to 
remark, "Once a Junior Year girl, always 
a Junior Year girl." So be it. 

Sweet Briar College 

This year 12 alumnae had bulb 
sales of more than $1,000. This 
puts them in the Sweet Briar 
society of "Bloomin' Alumnae" with all 
the honors and perks which go with the 
title. Because they are bulb sellers par ex- 
cellence, and because, like E.F. Hutton, 
when they speak everyone listens, the 
National Bulb Committee voted this year 
to make them ex officio members of that 
committee. We list their names with pride: 

Margaret Stuart Wilson Dickey '41, $2,452 

Texarkana, Ark. 
Rue Wallace Judd '61, 2,235 

Arlington, Va. 
Irene Mitchell Moore '42, 2,000 

Greensboro, N.C. 
Nancy Keen Butterworth Palmer '51, 1,750 

Nashville, Tenn. 
Gwen Speel Kaplan '60, 1,746 

Wilton, Conn. 
Genevieve Marsh Fisher '38, 1,741 

Chevy Chase, Md. 
Virginia Squibb Flynn '32, 1,306 

Darien, Conn. 
Polly Swift Calhoun '31, 1.216 

Cornwall, Conn. 
Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39, 1,171 

Richmond, Va. 
Sally Callison Jamison '29, 1,146 

West Lafayette, Ind. 
Laura Lee Brown Deters '63, 1.086 

Lyndon, Ky. 
Michael Nexson Robertson '69, 1,032 

Richmond, Va. 

The winners of the one-week trips to 
Holland in the spring of 1983 are Rue Wallace 
Judd and Nancy Keen Butterworth Palmer. 
Under the rules for this award, previous win- 
ners are ineligible. Margaret Stuart Wilson 
Dickey was a winner of the 1982 trip and 
Irene Mitchell Moore was a winner two years 

The Ten Top Clubs for 1982 
Bulb Sales 

Washington, D.C. $9,798 

Chairman: Ann Eustis Weimer '49 
Atlanta, Ga. 8,862 

Chairmen: Ann Yauger '78 
Jane Potts '73 
Richmond, Va. 8,818 

Chairmen: Becky Trulove '79 
Sally Kennedy 
McGroarty 77 
Fairfield County, Conn. 5,485 

Chairman: Lucy Giles Richey '61 
Philadelphia, Pa. 4,253 

Chairman: Nancy Messick Ray '52 
Tidewater, Va. 4,195 

Chairmen: Peggy Addison Twohy '48 
Indie Lindsay Bilisoly '48 
Northern New Jersey 3,909 

Chairman: Marsha Phillips Smith '74 
Greensboro, N.C. 3,252 

Audrey T. Betts "45 
Rochester, N.Y. 3,211 

Pat Calkins Wilder '63 
Indianapolis, Ind. 3, 173 

Janet Martin Bennett '40 

Alumnae Magazine 

Bulb Sales Are Up, 
And So Are Our 
Bloomin' Alumnae! 

1982 Bulb Sales 

Orders 1982 Orders 

Amherst 14 1,043.99 

Atlanta 211 8,861.83 

Baltimore 30 1,110.00 
Baton Rouge 

Birmingham 21 1,163.57 

Boston 56 2,087.98 

California (Southern) 40 1,596.20 

California (Bay Area) 5 164.33 

Central Ohio 31 1,125.12 

Charlotte 25 1,116.65 

Charlottesville 25 1,172.43 

Chicago 46 2,114.83 

Cincinnati 29 1,432.54 

Cleveland 18 708.02 

Columbia 13 766.28 


Dallas 48 1,771.30 

Davidson 16 860.41 

Denver 27 1,017.06 

Fairfield County 168 5,484.62 

Greensboro 36 3,251.85 

Greenville 39 1,315.95 

Houston 3 142.86 

Hunt County 35 1,454.78 

Huntsville 6 118.85 

Indianapolis 86 3,172.75 

Long Island 18 507.73 

Louisville 64 2,814.16 

Lynchburg 72 2,609.71 

Nashville 8 1,750.46 

New York 17 690.68 

Northern New Jersey 102 3,908.85 

Peninsula of Virginia 26 1,271.08 

Philadelphia 110 4,252.57 

Pittsburgh 33 1,329.52 

Princeton 29 1,189.25 

Richmond 222 8,818.12 

Roanoke 23 642.49 

Rochester 82 3,210.56 

St. Louis 20 883.54 

Seattle 41 1,867.40 

Solos 88 2,934.21 

Texarkana 34 2,452.12 

Tidewater 103 4,194,73 

Toledo 46 916.56 

Utica 1 28.10 

Washington 160 9,797.64 

Wilmington 33 1,459.07 

Winston-Salem 44 1,621.64 

Alumnae Office 290 10,775.02 





































































2,714 $112,979.41 2,462 $111,362.61 



in the 




Miss Indie 

Founders Day 
October 6, 1982 

by Ann Marshall Whitley '47 


I am not used to academic regalia. My 
working attire is prone to be grubby 
jeans, sneakers with the heels run over 
and a cobweb-proof shirt. Digging up 
Sweet Briar's history has taken me into 
some rather dark and murky places, and 
these are not conducive to the hose, heels 
and white gloves routine. 

Digging up the treasures and historic 
properties of the college has quite literal- 
ly taken me on my back through the 
foundations of Sweet Briar House with a 
hammer in one hand and a flashlight in 
the other. 

The most interesting thing that I have 
found is Indiana Fletcher Williams, the 
founder of this college. Without this great 
lady, and she was a lady to her finger- 
tips, you wouldn't be sitting out there 
and I wouldn't be standing up here. 

Miss Indie used to be a shadowy figure 
to me, but now, after more than eighty 
years, she is beginning to materialize 
nicely. One can learn many things from 
an individual's personal property... from 
clothing, jewelry, letters and from what 
others have to say about a person. 

I have walked the lands she owned. I 
have explored the rooms of her house. I 
have discovered, mended and restored 
her clothes. I have handled her jewelry, 
tried on her hats, read her remaining let- 
ters. I have even noted her favorite 
recipes marked in her cookbooks. Her 
poems were used to console her in the 
face of many deaths. 

No one had ever seen a photo or pic- 
ture of Miss Indie. For over seven 
decades, the rumor abounded that Miss 
Indie had something very wrong with her 
that discouraged the making of a 
likeness. She was rumored to have had a 
giant goiter; that she had a skin rash or 
disease that disfigured her. Then there 
was the damaging evidence in her own 
daughter's diary in an entry on 
September 18, 1882 that "Mama weighs 
183 pounds." 

Apparently the Williams ladies weighed 
themselves at the railway station each 
time they made the trek to New York, 
which was several times a year. There 
was a freight scales at Mclvor's rail stop 
(currently Monroe) that was very entic- 
ing. Knowing the clothing styles of 100 
years ago and having discovered a 
number of Miss Indie's items of clothing, 
I decided to weigh one of her black faille 
skirts used for travel. It was a skirt of 
the early 1800s and could have been the 
very skirt that she was wearing on the 
day of the fateful entry in Daisy's diary. 

The skirt weighed 12 pounds, but the 
waist measured 24 inches. Miss Indie 
was 53 years old at the time. Add a five- 
pound jacket, three or four full-length 
petticoats at two pounds each, shoes, cor- 
sets (full of whale bones), a hat, blouse, 
corset covers, heavy stockings, a large 
purse packed full of everything that a 
woman carries and most likely a coat 
over her arm! Stripped of these things, I 
see a woman weighing not more than 135 
pounds! So shame on Daisy for convinc- 
ing nearly twenty classes of Sweet Briar 
girls that her Mama was a monolith. A 
later dress of the late 1880s with leg 
o'mutton sleeves was too small in the 
middle to fasten around a size eight to 
ten dress form. 

Early in the search for the college 
treasures Ann Reams, Director of our 
Alumnae Association, asked me to find a 
picture of Miss Indie. I said "Sure, that 
should be easy. We have only 3,000 
acres, dozens of buildings, hundreds of 
rooms, thousands of closets, as well as 
basements, attics and lots of little out- 
buildings all covered over and buried in 

I shrugged it off as an impossible 
task... After all, in 80 years nobody had 
found a trace of a likeness of the 

One day, I was in the Library looking 
for some items for the Alumnae Ar- 
chives. I happened to find myself in the 
storage room where I had turned up 
many interesting things in the preceding 
months when I noticed a sagging grocery 
carton lying against a wall in a corner. It 
was damp and there was a streak of 
mildew festooning the wall above it. I 
thought, what a shame. Whatever is in 
that box will surely be a disaster in a 
very short time if the contents aren't 
aired out. I opened the flap and found the 
beady eyes of Elijah Fletcher staring up 
at me from a steel engraving. 

I rushed the carton out into the Rare 
Book Room and spread the contents all 
over the tables. There were several dozen 
unidentified portraits. There were 
photographs of houses with people sitting 
in the front yards. A few faces were 
recognizable but most I couldn't identify. 
There was the picture of Elijah, several 
of his granddaughter, Daisy, and some of 
her father James Henry Williams. 
Everything was damp and musty. A note 
in the bottom of the box said "Found in 
Sweet Briar House basement by Reuben 
Higgenbotham-1954." Reuben was gene- 
ral factotum to Dr. Glass and Dr. Pannell. 

Sweet Briar College 

I decided to take them to Sweet Briar 
House and lay them out to dry on the 
wide windowsills in the dining room. 
They would be out of the direct sunlight 
and away from the heat of the radiators. 
First, Mrs. Whiteman and I spread the 
pictures out on the dining room table 
where we gave them a thorough examina- 
tion. Two of the faces were of the same 
woman, at ages of about twenty-eight or 
nine and again at about forty. 

I had seen that face! But where? It was 
as if a light suddenly turned on in my 
head.. .The Face In The Red Velvet 

This was in the Library among the 
Fletcher-Williams books. I shot out the 
side door of Sweet Briar House and made 
it to the Library and back in what must 
have been under the four-minute-mile 
with the red velvet frame clutched tightly 
in both hands. I laid it next to the two 
other portraits. It was the same woman! 

The people in the Library had always 
identified it as Daisy, although I had had 
doubts about that for a long time. It did 
not look like any of the known portraits 
of Daisy Williams that I was familiar 
with. Now the acid test. I slid the photo 
from the red velvet frame and flipped it 
over. It had been photographed in Paris, 
France, and Daisy had never been 
abroad. Indiana was there when she was 
sixteen! We had found the Founder, and 
she was lovely... just what our Founder 
should have been. 

Now that I have given you some vital 
statistics, who was Indiana? She was a 
city girl, born and raised in Lynchburg, 
She was born on March 10, 1828, and 
was either the fourth or fifth child of 
Elijah Fletcher and his wife Maria 
Antoinette Crawford Fletcher. When I 
say the fourth or fifth child, I mean she 
was one of a set of twins, and I don't 
know which was born first. Her twin died 
before he was a year old. She had two 
older brothers, Sidney and Lucien, and a 
younger sister Elizabeth, born in 1831. 

Miss Indie first appears in print in a 
letter written by her father, Elijah, to his 
brother Calvin in Indianapolis on August 
3, 1828. "Our little babies are both hearty 
and well children. We have not yet 
decided on any names for them. Some- 
times Maria talks of calling one Elijah 
and the other Maria Antoinette but then 
again she will call them something else. 
Names are of little consequence, a short 
name suits me best." We theorize that 
the name Indiana was subsequently chos- 
en because of Calvin Fletcher being such 
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a mover and doer in Indiana. He was a 
founder of the city of Indianapolis and, of 
all of Elijah's fourteen brothers and 
sisters, Calvin was closest to him in spirit 
and temperament. They were also close 
business partners and their correspon- 
dence was frequent and brisk which helps 
us to understand the Fletcher motivation. 

On May 25, 1829, when our Founder 
was fourteen months old, her father 
wrote, "Our little girl is beginning to run 
about and chatter very spritely." 

In 1830 her mother Maria wrote, "Puss 
grows very fast and talks a great deal to 
her papa, who she is getting fond of. She 
will always have her chair set beside 
his." By the time she was three years 
old, her family still called her "Puss." It 
was at the end of that year that Elijah 

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The face in the red velvet frame 
Indiana Fletcher Williams c. 1844 

Fletcher bought a plantation called 
Locust Ridge. Maria decided it would be 
a good place to spend the summers and 
she renamed it Sweetbrier because of the 
profusion of wild sweetbrier roses that 
grew on the nearly 1000 acres. 

I will digress for a moment from little 
Puss because she so early attached 
herself to her father that he entirely filled 
her horizon. I think it is important to 
point out that this shrewd Yankee 
businessman, Elijah Fletcher, was also an 
educator. He had put himself through 
Dartmouth, Middlebury College, and 
subsequently graduated from the Univer- 
sity of Vermont where he obtained his 
teaching degree. He had determined that 
if education was of paramount importance 
to him he would be an educator himself. I 
will also point out that all of the diplomas 

Indiana c. late 1850's 

Indiana c. 1870's 



awarded at Sweet Briar College since the 
first class graduated in 1910 are copies of 
Elijah Fletcher's 1818 diploma from the 
University of Vermont. This document is 
now housed in the Library Archives. 

Fletcher came to Amherst in 1811 to 
be the headmaster of the New Glasgow 
Academy in New Glasgow, since renamed 
Clifford. It is the village where Winton 
Country Club is and where the Sweet 
Briar golfers play. 

It was there that he met his wife, 
Maria, who came from a distinguished 
family. She was raised on the Plantation, 
Tusculum, whose land adjoined the 
Academy land and the village. Her father 
was an outstanding attorney and a 
graduate of Princeton University. There 
was never any question but that any Flet- 
cher offspring were going to have the best 
educations to be procured at that time. 
The Fletchers were married for eight 
years before their first child, Sidney, was 
born in 1821. By then Elijah was a man 
of substance. He had moved with his wife 
into Lynchburg and was the owner of the 
newspaper The Virginian; he was in- 
volved in several banks and businesses 
including real estate. He was on the 
Board to bring the James River Canal 
from Richmond to the tributaries of the 
Ohio River and so join the Tidewater to 
the great river networks of the mid- 
section of the country. He had business 
and banking interests in other states. 
Yes, he was a man of substance and also 
a man of rigid standards. He set the stan- 
dards and his children measured up. If 
not, they suffered the consequences. 

Our Founder, Miss Indiana, was 
educated in Lynchburg as were her sib- 
lings. They attended St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church and, when the time came, Sidney 
and Lucien were sent to Yale University. 
Indiana and Elizabeth were sent to the 
Georgetown Visitation Covent in Wash- 
ington, one of the best schools for young 
women on the East Coast in the early 
1840's. When young Elizabeth, several 
years behind Indiana, was studying there, 
Miss Indie was doing advanced work at 
St. Mary's Hall in Burlington, N.J. This 
was also known as Bishop Doane's 

Following her time at St. Mary's Hall, 
Indiana enrolled in a boarding school in 
Philadelphia to perfect her French, which 
she spoke with fluency, and also her 
Italian. She graduated from both schools 
with the highest honors in her classes. 

Her father wrote to his brother Calvin 
in December 1843, "Inda is disposed to 

be a scholar. She is very ambitious of ex- 
celling, much self-dignity, but, like many 
of the Fletchers, modest, retiring, and not 
disposed to dash." He continued in 
another letter, "She writes with great 
care and some elegance, is very happy in 
describing scenery and passing events. 
Her mind is bent on improvement and lit- 
tle occupied by the the light frippery and 
foolish fashions of the day." Indiana Flet- 
cher measured up. 

On Oct. 24, 1844, Sidney, Indiana, and 
Elizabeth sailed on the packet Burgundy 
for Le Havre, France. This was the 
grand tour for those who measured up. It 
would last for two years. 

Their travels were extensive. It was 
proposed that the trio remain in Paris for 
one year so that Sidney could complete 
his medical studies and the girls perfect 
their French. 

Brother Lucien didn't make the trip as 
he was at William and Mary studying for 
his law degree. 

The children had letters of introduction 
to the American Minister in Paris, our 
chief Consul, and the Secretary of our 
Legation. The girls were presented to 
King Louis Phillipe's Queen Charlotte 
Amelie on New Year's Day, 1845, and at- 
tended her ball three days later. They 
were wined and dined but did not spend 
the whole of the first year in Paris. They 
decided in the summer of 1845 to trek off 
to Greece, Italy, Spain, Egypt, and the 
Holy Lands. 

Elijah demanded weekly letters from 
the three of them and then proceeded to 
publish their experiences and travels in 
the Lynchburg paper. Their travel stories 
are to be found in our Sweet Briar Ar- 
chives and make very interesting reading. 

After their southern travels the children 
returned to Paris and then headed north 
to the Lowlands, to the German city 
states, on to Scandinavia and into the 
Russias. Returning to LeHavre they went 
over to England and Scotland and finally 
sailed home at the end of November of 
1846. The return trip took forty days and 
their father described the Atlantic cross- 
ing as a perilous journey. He said they 
came directly home to Virginia and the 
girls "are as simple and unaffected as I 
could wish; school children with polish of 
manners and intellectual improvement." 

At this time in the late 1840's Elijah 
and his girls decided to make Sweetbrier 
Plantation their year around home. Mrs. 
Fletcher spent most of her time at the 
home in Lynchburg on Elm Street. She 
like the lights of the city, her friends and 
Sweet Briar College 

church. Sidney took over his grand- 
parent's plantation, Tusculum, and 
became a planter rather than a medical 
doctor although he had a practiioner's 

There was a great flurry of activity. 
The old six-room central entrance hall 
farm house was remodeled. It was 
doubled in size and became a large 
Tuscan villa. Indiana, Elizabeth, and their 
mother were dispatched to New York and 
Philadelphia for the latest in furnishings. 
These are now our Sweet Briar antiques. 
They spent a fortune and had a lovely 
time. I have found bills from this period 
amounting to several thousand dollars for 
silver alone. Life was comfortable and 
good. Their needs were looked after by 
67 slave families consisting of 115 people. 
The records are on file in the Amherst 
County Court House. 

In 1853 Mrs. Fletcher died of a fever. 
It took ten days and happened while she 
was visiting Sidney at Tusculum, so she 
was buried on the plantation on which 
she had grown up. I suspect it was 
typhoid, as the old news clips indicate a 
lot of that in the county in 1853, as well 
as smallpox. Elijah was stricken with a 
massive heart attack in February of 1858 
and died in Miss Indie's arms in Sweet 
Briar House. She was devastated. 

The following year, in 1859, Elizabeth 
married W. Hamilton Mosby of Lynch- 
burg and they began plans to build an 
estate at Mt. San Angelo. Indiana was 
alone. Could she run the plantation and 
did she want to? She thought not, so the 
Sweet Briar Plantation was advertised for 
sale in the Lynchburg paper on Jan. 6, 
1860. I found the advertisement in the 
back of one of Miss Indie's notebooks. 
Before she even had a nibble on the 
lands, the Civil War struck and our 
Founder had to carry on alone while the 
war raged around her for four long, bitter 

Two weeks after the war was over, a 
handsome redheaded gentleman arrived 
on the front porch of Sweet Briar House 
— the Rev. James Henry Williams, pastor 
of Zion Episcopal Church in Dobbs Ferry, 
NY. I do not know where these two met, 
but two weeks after that Miss Indie and 
Mr. Williams were married in St. Paul's 
Church in Lynchburg, very early in the 
morning so they they could catch the 10 
a.m. train to New York. From that time 
on Miss Indie spent most of her time in 
New York. She loved the intellectual 
stimulation, the galleries, museums, lec- 
tures, and above all the operas, concerts, 
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symphonies. She was a gifted musician... a 
harpist. The Sweet Briar harp was hers. 
She bought it in London in 1845 and paid 
a very dear $1000.00 for it at that time. 

Her only child Maria Georgianna, 
"Daisy," was born on Sept. 10 of 1867. 
Daisy was adored by her parents as well 
as by her Uncle "Sing" and Aunt 
Elizabeth who remained childless. Daisy 
was their hope and the light of all their 
lives. She was a bright, diligent child and 
loved Sweet Briar above all places. She 
was educated in some of New York's 
finest schools but she loved her summers 
at Sweet Briar. 

Daisy was a delicate and frail child and 
of great concern to her family. Apparent- 
ly she was tubercular, but that is not 
what carried her away. She died in the 
cold damp of a New York January day in 
1884 of pneumonia. She was just 16 
years old. Her parents were heartbroken. 
They brought her home to Sweet Briar 
and laid her to rest with her grandfather, 
Elijah. Mr. Williams joined his child in 
1889 and Indiana lived out her final re- 
maining winters in Lynchburg with her 
friends, the Paynes. She made only a few 
more trips to her much loved New York 
all alone. She died in her bed at Sweet 
Briar. Those who found her wondered 
what was to become of the land and the 
estate. There was no one left. Miss Indie 
was the last. 

When her dear friend, Mrs. Payne, 
found Miss Indie's will in a small sewing 
basket, she carried it to the Reverend 
Gray rector of Ascension Church in 
Amherst, who was in the Sweet Briar 
House parlor. They held their breath as 
they read it. 

It held a directive, "Procure the incor- 
poration of Sweet Briar Institute, for the 
education of girls and young women. It 
shall be the scope and object of the 
school to impart to its students such 
education in sound learning and such 
physical, moral, and religious training as 
shall, in the judgement of the directors, 
best fit them to be useful members of 
society." It was very simple and very 

Miss Indie measured up, and wanted it 
for you in memory of Daisy. 

I have now come to the conclusion that 
the word Founders should have an 
apostrophe before the s. Miss Indie was 
THE Founder. 

The face in the red velvet frame 
planted the seed and left the fertilizer. 
Others have tended the plant. Here we 
all are. 

Ann Marshall Whitley had 
a busy Founders Day last Oc- 
tober 6. Rising at dawn, she 
set a watch in clear view and 
went through a final reading 
of the Founders Day speech 
she had prepared (with just a 
week's notice) to make sure 
that it did not exceed the allot- 
ted time allowance. 

Then, after a short drive 
from her home in Amherst, 
where she lives with her hus- 
band Jesse W. Whitley, Chief 
Administrator of the Lynch- 
burg Fine Arts Center, to the 
Sweet Briar campus, she 
checked the newly opened 
museum of College mem- 
orabilia which she and Helen 
MacMahon have organized. 

After her speech and a 
quick lunch, Ann presented 
her slide program, The 
Treasures of Sweet Briar, to 
visitng alumnae and guests in 
Tyson auditorium. 

Mrs. Whitley studied paint- 
ing and design at the Cincin- 
nati Art Academy after her 
graduation from Sweet Briar 
in 1947. She has served on 
the staff of the Cincinnati Art 
Museum, as a docent and lec- 
turer at the Nelson Gallery in 
Kansas City. MO, and as a 
lecturer and researcher at the 
Detroit Art Institute. She was 
president of the Washington, 
DC, Alumnae Club and is 
currently actively involved 
with the work of the Amherst 
Presbyterian Church, the 
Amherst Woman s Club and 
the Amherst Historical 
Musuem Board. She was the 
recipient of the 1981 Alum- 
nae Award. 





Opening Convocation 

Address by 

Fontaine Maury Belford 

Dean of 

Sweet Briar College 

September 14, 1982 


y late and much lamented 
grandmother was a lady, like 
many in her generation, who 
combined great elegance and high cultiva- 
tion with a certain pungent earthiness of 
expression. Every significant condition 
which beset the human species had its 
appropriate articulation. If one of my 
uncles rolled in unusually merry, he was 
"Drunk as a skunk;" if my aunt brought 
home another wild idea from that bastion 
of madness (and coarseness, my grand- 
mother would say, shaking her head, 
Yankee coarseness) Mt. Holyoke, she 
was "Crazy as a road-lizard;" if my sister 
or I, or for that matter any of her other 
houseful of friends and relations, tried 
her beyond endurance she would 
threaten, in dire tones, to "Jump flat- 
footed into the creek;" if all else failed, 
the threat beyond reclamation was, "If 
you miserable children don't hush up I'm 
going to snatch you bald-headed." She 
was a clearly redoubtable lady... 

Now she had also a set of neatly encap- 
sulated moral precepts to guide you on 
your life's way. "Pretty is as pretty 
does" was one, partner to "Pretty never 
hurts and is never uncomfortable." 
"Don't look at a full moon backwards." 
"Always carry a clean handkerchief." 
"Don't make mayonnaise on a stormy 
day." "Don't cross your eyes, they might 
stick." "Don't make grown-ups cry." 
"Don't be a tattle-tale." "Don't, whatever 
you do, speak to strangers." Now we 
never asked Granny why skunks were 
drunk, or why it was so bad to jump into 
a creek flat-footed. And I don't think we 
ever really believed that pretty was as 
pretty did, having far too much evidence 
to the contrary. But we did, I know, quiz 
her closely on her other wisdom — not 
because we doubted, because around her 
doubts were rare and brief, but because 
her answers were always so wonderful. 

"Why, Granny, why not talk to 
strangers?" "Well," she replied, her 
brows knit, "well," she went on, "well," 
she said, "Don't talk to strangers 
because," she paused, "it's 

So here we are — you are strangers 
and I'm embarrassed, and I'm telling you 
about my grandmother, who understood 
about that sort of thing. I hope you won't 
be strangers for long, and I hope I won't 
stay embarrassed, but I plan to keep on 
talking about my grandmother anyway. 
And the reason I want to keep on talking 
about her is because what I really want 
to talk with you all about tonight is 


Deep into his novel Howard's End, 
E.M. Forster describes an encounter 
which almost happens, one of those near 
misses which come to shape our lives 
more deeply perhaps than our successes. 
Margaret Schlegal has, oddly, become 
engaged to the rather stuffy and much 
older husband of a dear dead friend. She 
discovers, more oddly yet, that she has 
come to love him — that she yearns 
above all to reach him! "Only connect!" 
[She cries out.] That was the whole of 
her sermon. Only connect the prose and 
the passion and both will be exalted and 
human love will be seen at its height. 
Live in fragments no longer. "Only con- 
nect, only connect!"''' 

To connect is the hardest and most 
human thing we ever do. It is the urge to 
art. For me with these words only, these 
few words, to make you see what I see, 
to make you feel the iambics which metre 
my blood in my veins, to hear the song 
which sings to me in the spirals of my 
ears, to connect with you, only connect, 
is art. Hear the poet Howard Nemerov as 
he speaks of the 17th century Dutch 
painter, Vermeer. 

If I could say to you, and make it 

A girl in a red hat, a woman in blue 

Reading a letter, a lady weighing 

If I could say this to you so you 

And knew, and agreed that this was 
how it was 

In a lost city across the sea of 

I think we should be for one 
moment happy. 

In the great reckoning of those 
little rooms 

Where the weight of life has been 
lifted and made light, 

Or standing invisible on the shore 

Watching the water in the 
foreground dream 

Reflectively, taking a view of Delft 

As it was, under a wide and 
darkening sky. 1 

To connect is to participate not only in 
our own lives but in all life, under skies 
which we all share, which are both wide, 
and darkening. The ecologists confirm 
what the poet preacher John Donne said 
some 300 years ago. Can you guess it? 

^'Vermeer" by Howard Nemerov 

Sweet Briar College 

"No man," but he meant all of us, "is an 
island, entire of himself." We are indeed 
a piece of the continent, a part of the 
main. Newspapers spell out what our 
minds would rather miss, our hearts 
would surely muddle. A strike in a Boli- 
vian tin mine cripples a factory in Japan, 
which is no longer able to supply 
machinery to a suger-refinery in Georgia 
which then must lay off workers who can 
no longer afford to purchase beef raised 
in Argentina, which causes the A&P in 
San Francisco to raise the price of milk... 
You cannot do just one thing. Everything 
is connected to everything else. We see 
this now more clearly, because it is now 
more true. We live on a small planet, 
which is becoming smaller. We live in a 
Global Village. We live on Spaceship 
Earth. We are our brother's keeper. But 
must we keep our sisters? There is star- 
vation in Guatemala. But if we feed those 
baby girls they will grow up and have 
more baby girls who will in time grow up 
and... Guatemala cannot feed itself. It 
may never be able to feed itself. Popula- 
tion grows geometrically, 2, 4, 16, 32, 64, 
128, 256, 512, 1024. You figure it out. 
Do we feed the baby girls? 

We, the comfortable people of the 
world, we Americans who live a wealth 
unguessed in human history, produce 6% 
of the world's goods and consume 60% of 
what the earth produces. Yet people 
starved to death in Virginia last winter 
and we have one of the highest rates of 
infant mortality in the western hemi- 

We are in a tiny lifeboat on high seas 
on a small planet in an insignificant solar 
system in a galaxy we hardly know in a 
universe we know not at all — and some 
will live and some will die and some will 
decide who and some are deciding who 
now. Find out who and find out what. 

Suppose your eyes 

Stared into time's heart for a 

Finding under the hill 

The cavern where he drowses still 

Beneath the heather roots, hearing 
the centuries run slow; 

Suppose that what you saw 
Among lost rivers, stony trees, 
Was the old veritable king, 
Gold-helmeted, the great cross- 

hilted sword 
Quiet on his knees, 
His iron peers round him in a ring; 

Taught by this vision 

Suppose you grope your way 

Through pot-hole and dripping vein 

To his sunk monarchy, 

And put the question, is not our ill 

Dark enough yet to call him out 

again — 

Do not imagine he will let you 

More than you know now 
Which way the dice will fall. 
He will choose his own day, 
Not yours or mine; waken to the 

Not of yours or mine but his own 

Know his own enemies, not yours 

or mine, 
Order the battle after his own 


What if he cares no more for 
such posterity 

As you and I? 

Maybe it is for the badger and the 

Mirkwood again and the encroaching 

That he spells victory. 2 
Who knows to what purpose the universe 
turns. But to whatever purpose, connect 
only connect. 

We live in a time when the energies of 
history thrust us to disconnection. From 
the beginning of recorded time until the 
American revolution there were only two 
major inventions (if you don't count the 
wheel) — gun powder and the printing 
press. Aside from these, not incon- 
siderable, events, not much changed, The 
GNP didn't change, life expectancy didn't 
change, sources of energy didn't change, 
building materials didn't change. Life was 
passed on, complete and entire, from 
generation to generation. In the last 200 
years the world population has increased 
6 fold, GNP 80 fold, the distance one can 
travel in a day 1000 fold, killing power 
1,000,000 fold, the amount of energy that 
can be released from a pound of matter 
50 million fold, the range and volume of 
information technology several billion 
fold. In the midst of a world where sur- 
vival, if not salvation, is predicated on 
our capacity to live in flux, how then, my 
to-be friends, do we connect? Where does 
love lead us? How do we find the still 
point in the twirling universe? 

Alumnae Magazine 

2 "Under the Hill" by Graham Hough 


"This shaking keeps me steady 

I should know 

What falls away is always, and is 

I wake to sleep, 

and take my waking slow 

I learn by going 

where I have to go." 3 

Our capacity to connect, to put into 
relationship, determines the size of the 
world in which we live. And it is only the 
capacity to live on a very large scale in- 
wardly, which enables us to live in a 
world which outwardly has become very 
small, very fast and very fragile. And it 
is the development of this capacity for 
large living which is the very reason for 
being of educational institutions like 
Sweet Briar. Back in the '60s when I was 
in college, and in the '70s (which is when 
what we know as the '60s really hap- 
pened) when I was teaching in college, 
the great demand of students was for 
relevance. Now I believed in relevance 
and I worried about relevance and I 
struggled to find ways that Medieval 
Lyric Poetry might be relevant to my de- 
lightful, demanding, and occasionally de- 
fiant students. And then one day, as I 
was browsing through the Oxford English 
Dictionary, magnifying glass in hand, the 
gods smiled on me. The words I read 
were an answer, not only to my teaching, 
but to my life. For the etymology of the 
word relevant is not, as one would 
assume relatio, to relate, but relevare, to 
lift up. A relevant education, then, is one 
which liberates us from the trees, which 
lifts us up high above the forest, which 
enables us to connect, only connect, and 
that is the end and vision of ita all, of 
all relevant education, of all relevant life. 
To put Picasso in the caves at Lascaux; 
to see the carnage in Beirut with eyes 
that have seen (in the mind's eye which 
is where seeing matters) Marathon, Run- 
nymede, Appomattox; to know our lan- 
guage, which is our mother, source of 
life, body of sustenance, — through cen- 
turies of speaking — from the word 
salads of Carlyle to the couplets of Pope, 
from the conundrums of Donne to 
Marlowe's mighty line, to Chaucer who 
invented us and back, and back to 
Beowulf where we can, in a word or 
cadence, find the shadow/foreshadowing 
of our tongue, our language our mother... 
Connect, only connect. We live under 
skies both wide and darkening. Celebrate 

life, birth — as it occurs, miraculously, in 
a test tube, or more miraculously yet, at 
Bethlehem. Connect. 

Be connected to yourself. That is 
where education, where connection, 
begins. Life costs. The more you live the 
more you will have to pay for life. All 
acts have consequences, consequences 
are costs. Sometimes, when we are lucky, 
we pay the costs. Sometimes others pay 
them for us. But a life without costs is a 
life of panic and emptiness. Connect! Con- 
nect self to deed to consequences, 
consequences to self. In that circle lies 
the moral life, the consciousness and car- 
ing which make us human — if we are, 
or are to be. 

As we move to carry to its close this 
century, I feel, as many of us do, a great 
convergence of energies. We discern 
signs, portents, but we do not know to 
what they point. Certainly, a certain 
history is drawing to a close, and with it 
the forms which named its function, and 
marked its shape. In a justly famous 
scene from Oscar Wilde's The Importance 
of Being Earnest, the baffled Algernon im- 
plores his aunt, Lady Bracknell, to tell 
him the truth, pure and simple. "The 
truth, my dear Algernon," she responds 
with disdain, "is never pure and seldom 
simple." We can no longer rest easy with 
what it means to be a man, or what it 
means to be a woman. We are all, the 
psychologists tell us, both, and must ex- 
plore what that means in the working out 
of our lives. We can no longer distin- 
guish, the scientist Heisenberg tells us, 
between the self and the other. What we 
observe as we observe the cell is our self 
observing the cell. The cell we see is not 
the cell itself but the cell observed. 
Where do I stop? Where does the world 

The medieval world view, which for so 
long defined us, was constructed around 
a series of dualisms. Man (but this time 
they meant women too) was god-like and 
beast-like, he was angel and animal, flesh 
and spirit, body and mind. The great 
human enterprise was that of marshalling 
the forces of the one to suppress the 
power of the other. But there is a new 
hope in the air, or an old hope re- 
discovered: to connect, only connect. The 
act of integration, of forging the bonds of 
relationship, is the great spiritual task of 
the late 20th century. But we did not in- 
vent it, we did not bring it first into 


3 "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke 

Sweet Briar College 

Margaret greeted her lord with 
peculiar tenderness on the morrow. 
Mature as she was, she might yet 
be able to help him to the building 
of the rainbow bridge that should 
connect the prose in us with the 
passion. Without it we are mean- 
ingless fragments, half monks, half 
beasts, unconnected arches that 
have never joined into a man. With 
it love is born, and alights on the 
highest curve, glowing against the 
grey, sober against the fire. Happy 
the man who sees from either 
aspect the glory of these outspread 
wings. The roads of his soul lie 
clear, and he and his friends shall 
find easy going.... 

Only connect! That was the whole 
of her sermon. Only connect the 
prose and the passion, and both will 
be exalted, and human love will be 
seen at its height. Live in fragments 
no longer. Only connect, and the 
beast and the monk, robbed of the 
isolation that is life to either, will 

Nor was the message difficult to 
give. It need not take the form of a 
good "talking." By quiet indications 
the bridge would be built and span 
their lives with beauty. 

But she failed. For there was one 
quality in Henry for which she was 
never prepared, however much she 
reminded herself of it: his ob- 
tuseness. He simply did not notice 
things, and there was no more to be 

"I haven't the strength to fritter 
away on such things," he said. 

"It isn't frittering away the 
strength," she protested. "It's 
enlarging the space in which you 
may be strong." 4 

Notice things. Time paid attention to is 
never wasted. Live largely. Be lovers of 
everything. Connect, only connect. Life is 
not a race to be won or lost, it is a series 
of connections to be lived through. There 
is nothing, Einstein tells us, to which we 
are not relative. My grandmother was of 
the theory that there were only ten peo- 
ple in the world, that everything else was 
done with mirrors. What then do we not 
reflect? There are, in fact, no strangers — 
say I, to you. And yet, I am, you are 
perhaps, still somewhat embarrassed. 

This is a world of strangers — your 
roommate, the freshman down the hall, 

me. Matthew Arnold may still be a 
stranger to you, likewise the Peloponne- 
sian Wars, likewise Sigmund Freud. 
Hunger may be a stranger to you, rejec- 
tion, loneliness, death. Connect, only 

We are all different, each unique, but 
in 100 years when we have been ren- 
dered to our mortal bone, who will know 
us? Sometimes I confuse what I have 
read and what I have dreamed. I think I 
dreamed this. Archemedes sits in his 
bathtub. The water rises. It comes to him 
— the answer he has been seeking. 
"Eureka!" He shouts and leaps from the 
tub. "Eureka! I've found it!" He runs 
ecstatic down the streets of Syracuse, 
naked, dripping soap. Small boys laugh. 
Elders smile and tap their heads. A man, 
standing by the side of the road nods, "I 
know," he says, "I know. Me too." 

Shelley speaks of sorrow too deep for 
tears. Honor the connection that cannot 
speak itself. Silence is the space by 
which we move and see, it is our doors 
and windows. Honor it. We live under 
wide and darkening skies. Do not face 
them in fragments. Honor what is whole. 
Honor what connects. We are travellers, 
moving on. Some of us are coming, some 
■of us are going. What falls away is 
always and is near. A college is a com- 
munity of connections — honor it, honor 
what binds us to one another. Resist 
whatever breaks, whatever consumes, 

We seek what we already have and 
mourn what we have not lost. We wake 
to sleep and take our waking slow, 
we learn by going where we have to go. 

Good speed, Go in peace, Thank you. 

4 Howard's End by E.M. Forster 

Alumnae Magazine 



by Jennifer Crispen 

Associate Professor of Physical Education 

Sweet Briar College 



Alumnae Magazine 

On a recent sunny Saturday, Professor 
of English Ross Dabney was driving on 
the lake road when he passed one of the 
eighteen exercise stations comprising the 
new Parcourse. Unable to resist tempta- 
tion, he jumped from his car and began a 
series of pushups. As he finished, two 
students ran up on their way through the 
Parcourse. "Mr. Dabney," said one, 
"You can't do the Parcourse in a car!" 

"Doing the Parcourse" is the newest 
activity on the Sweet Briar campus, and 
refers to walking, jogging, or running the 
1.3 mile Parcourse Fitness Circuit. Com- 
bining exercise with the natural beauty of 
its campus setting, the Parcourse pro- 
motes cardiovascular fitness, utilizing the 
principles of aerobics to strengthen the 
heart and improve its capacity. Par- 
ticipants also notice better muscle tone, 
weight loss, improved flexibility and 
stress reduction. Dedicated users include 
students, alumnae, faculty, staff, children 
and campus visitors. Each station in- 
cludes three levels of activity: Beginner, 
Sporting and Championship, and the exer- 
ciser chooses the appropriate level. 

The Parcourse was made possible by a 
challenge gift from John Rogan of 
Charlottesville, Virginia, a former 
member of the Board of Overseers. Con- 
struction was supervised by Athletic 
Director June Booth. 

Parcourse stories abound on campus, 
and perhaps the best is the day Professor 
of Economics Reuben Miller decided to 
try the course on horseback. When he 
dismounted at the body circle station, his 
horse ran away. Professor Miller caught 
his mount an hour later. Both report con- 
siderable improvement in their aerobic 

During last fall's Council Meetings, 
several returning alumnae enjoyed run- 
ning the Parcourse as relaxation either 
before or after the meetings. The early 
morning runners met with some unex- 
pected encounters. Through the dense 
fog that lay upon the landscape at dawn, 
some black angus cows trespassed from a 
neighboring farm, causing a few hasty 

Other alumnae joined President Harold 
Whiteman, who has changed his regular 
morning routine since the Parcourse has 
been established: he now swims in the 
pool alternate mornings, and runs the 
Parcourse on the others, then breakfast 
at eight in Sweet Briar House, arriving at 
his desk before nine. 


New York Gala 

Glimpses of the Board of Overseers — New York 
Alumnae Cocktail Party at the Colony Club in New York 
on September 23, 1982 

Debbie Rundlett '82 is greeted by Chairman of the Board, 
Victor W. Henningsen, Jr. and his wife, Mayde Ludington 
Henningsen '48. Also in the receiving line are Fran Grif- 
fith Laserson '70, President of the New York Club and 
Steve Laserson. 

Lin Campbell '66, Serena 
Ailes Stevens '30 and 
Allison Stemmons Simon 
'63 Board of Overseers 

Friends from the 
class of '81 enjoy a 
get together: Molly 
Davis, Cornelia 
Kennedy, Sheila 
Clancy, and Sterl- 
ing Cassidy. 


Sweet Briar College 




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Photos by Steven Boms 

Board members Alice 
Cary Farmer Brown 
'59 and Tom Connors 
discuss business with 
the approval of 
Jocelyn Palmer Con- 
nors '62. 

Upper right: Edith and 
Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., 
President of Sweet Briar 
College, and Louise Kirk 
Edwards '40. 

Lower right: H. Taylor 
Morrissette, Board of 
Overseers member, 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette 
'54, and Elizabeth Bond 
Wood '34, retired Director 
of College Development. 

Alumnae Magazine 


Florence Hague 

by Jane Belcher 

Examine the cast on an academic stage. 
You will find, as in any human group, the 
strutters, the posers, the jokers, the 
prima donnas, the holier-than-thou-ers, 
the politicians, the boasters, the 
sycophants, the shy, the aggressive, the 

Most of us, on occasion, will demon- 
strate one or another of these traits and 
still, believe it or not, may be valuable 
teachers and members of the academic 

But look further. Ultimately you will 
find the quiet one, the one who manifests 
none of these all-too-human tendencies 
and, furthermore, doesn't seem to 
recognize them in others. 

You have at last found Florence Hague. 

I worked with her for fourteen years 
and saw her frequently during her early 
years of retirement. Like a good clock, 
she was unobtrusive, visible when needed 
and dependable. Her life was orderly and 
her work was thorough, whether she was 
preparing for class, grading papers, set- 
ting up apparatus for labs or caring for 
lab equipment and musuem materials. 

She was always game for a bird trip, a 
picnic on the Blue Ridge or at the lake, 
and chats with members of her depart- 
ment, students and alumnae. 

Once, several years after her retire- 
ment, I stopped to see her at her home 
on Dairy Road. She complained of aching 
joints. After I had left, it suddenly 
dawned on me that never before, in all 
the years I had known her, had I seen 

her draw attention to herself. 

I often think of this when I catch 
myself being a strutter or poser or joker 
or prima donna or any of those other 
characters. And often I think of how 
blessed I was to live through my matura- 
tion process as a teacher in association 
with Adeline Ames and Florence Hague, 
both of them people of character, 
perspective and patience. 

I'm only sorry that more people didn't 
know them as well, and couldn't ap- 
preciate how well the job can be done 
without histrionics. 

Dr. Florence Sander Hague, 93, 
emeritus professor of biology at Sweet 
Briar College, died July 17 in Charlotte, 
NC. She retired in 1954 after teaching at 
the college for 28 years. 

A graduate of the University of Kansas 
where she also took her master's degree, 
Professor Hague held a doctorate from 
the University of Illinois. 

She was for several years secretary of 
the Virginia Society of Ornithology and of 
the Biology Section of the Virginia 
Academy of Science. She was president 
of the Lynchburg Sigma XI Club from 
1947 to 1949. 

Following her retirement, Miss Hague 
continued to live at Sweet Briar for a 
number of years. In 1966, she moved to 
Charlotte, and at the time of her death 
was a resident of the Wesley Nursing 
Center there. She was a member of the 
Presbyterian Church and is survived by 
her sister, Edith Hague. 


by Helen McMahon '23 

Miss Winifred Walker, the last of that 
wonderful Walker family, known and 
loved by many Sweet Briar girls from the 
first class in 1910 until 1967, died on 
November 2, 1982. 

"Miss Winnie" as she was known to 
students was born in Manitoba, Canada 
in 1886, one of nine children. The family 
emigrated from England to Canada in the 
1880s, moved to Florida in 1895 and then 
settled at Sweet Briar in 1909 where they 
lived at Mount Saint Angelo until 1924. 

The Walkers are happily remembered 
by many alumnae who were students in 
the era when their home was a center of 
warm hospitality. Many faculty members 
and students never missed their regular 
weekly tea parties. The family orchestra, 
in which "Miss Winnie" played the 
double bass, often gave musicales, begin- 
ning with the first Commmencement in 

From 1933 until 1967 "Miss Winnie" 
was a valued member of the Book Shop 
staff, which her older sister "Miss Ruby" 
managed for 20 years. 

Letters to and from her scores of 
friends all over the world, gave her the 
greatest pleasure. Those fortunate 
enough to know her looked forward to 
her long detailed letters with news 
always of the campus, friends and her 

"Miss Winnie" is survived by 20 nieces 
and nephews, including Kathleen Ward 
Allen, Sweet Briar 1940, of Green Valley 
Arizona and several great nieces and 

Services were held on Wednesday, 
November 3 in The Sweet Briar 
Memorial Chapel, conducted by The 
Reverend John Pedlar of Amherst. 


Sweet Briar College 

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their ivory towers (or, in my case, in a 
suburban New Jersey kitchen) deciding 
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them what their readers really want to 

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and mail to the Alumnae Office, Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595. The results of this 
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Alumnae Daughters and Granddaughters 


Seniors, Class of 1983 

Ellen Chaney 
Bet Dykes 
Kit Gibson 
Camilla Parker 
Nina Pastuhov 
Blair Redd 
Julia Snodgrass 
Mary Ware 
Elise Wright 

Juniors, Class of 1984 

Cheri Lee Burritt 
Lisa Burwell 

Elise Carlen 

Mary Margaret Cranz 
Sue Croker 
Sara Greer 
Debbie Jones 
Louise Jones 
Mary Earle McElroy 
Staci Skufca 

Beth Slayman 

Chris Svoboda 

Cathy Toomey (Jr. year 

Peg Twohy (Jr. year 


Elizabeth Yeager (Jr. year 
St. Andrews) 

Betty Byrne Gill '55 
Betty Walker '54 
Katherine Lang '50 
Camilla Mueller '58 
Grandmother: Gretchen Orr '27 
Marylew Cooper '57 
Eleanor Potts '48 
Patricia Coxe '59 
Joan Broman '56 

Mary Utterback '63 
Ethel Ogden '58 

sister: Ethel '82 
Marcia Rhodes '55 

sister: Sigrid '81 
Grandmother: Dorothy Harper '36 
Faith Rahmer '54 
Sara Ironmonger '53 
Judith Cowen '60 
Dilly Johnson '54 
Sorrel Mackall '59 
Great Grandmother: Velma 

Armistead, Acad, (dec.) 
Susan Hendricks '60 

Grandmother: Helen Closson '34 
Marianne Oliveri '60 
Joyce Cooper '60 

Margaret Addington '48 
Grandmother: Grace Merrick '24 
Kathryn Prothro '61 
Grandmother: Elizabeth Perkins 
sister: Linda '85 

Sophomores, Class of 1985 

Lenetta Marie Archard 
Carolyn H. Bass 
Cathleen R. Brooke 

Frances Clardy 
Allison Adams Clark 
Ashby Taylor Clark 
Cathy Taylor Hubbard 

Elizabeth Perry Liles 
Jennifer Anne Lockton 
Laura V. Morrissette 
Caperton Morton 

Reinette W. Rivers 
Elizabeth K. Sayler 

Cecily V. Schulz 
Victoria E. Vidal 
Leigh Foster Watkins 

Linda Anne Yeager 

Barbara Murphy '60 
Clara McDonald '52 
Julia Olive Craig '58 

sister: Julia '81 
Frances Shannonhouse '56 
Lynn Adams '61 
Jane Barron Black '56 
Susan E. Taylor '51 

Grandmother: Julia Barber '18 
Jane Perry '53 
Mary Shullenberger '63 
Vaughan Inge '54 
Grandmother: Mary P. Wailes '14 

Carroll Weitzel '57 
Elizabeth Miller '55 

Grandmother: Jesse Dixon '13 
Judith Greer '61 
Evalena Sharp '48 
Great grandmother: Lillian Foster, 

Acad, (dec.) 
Kathryn Prothro '61 

Grandmother: Elizabeth Perkins 

sister: Elizabeth Yeager '84 

Freshmen, Class of 1986 

Christina Anne Babcock Suzanne Philion 
Susan Bridges 



Katherine B. Connors 
Sally Sizer Engleby 
Mary Blair Farinholt 
Garland Blair Harvie 

Patricia H. Kim 
Mary McNeil Johnson 

Christine G. Kirkpatrick 
Sophia M.K. Letts 
Katherine E. McKelway 
Harriet D. McNair 

Catherine Moore 
Julie Pesek 
Nancy C. Ray 
Mary Stimpson 
Elizabeth Wood 

Grandmother: Dorothy Harper 
Jocelyn Palme.' '62 
Jane Slack Sigloh '56 
Tabb Thronton '59 
Maria Garnett Hood '61 

Grandmother: Kitty Wilson '27 
Yung Lee '57 
Grandmother: Mary Hatton Mason 

Frances Cone '50 
Dorothy Wood '50 
Katherine Berthier '48 
Rebecca Towill '60, grandmother: 
Harriet Dunlap '29 (dec.) 
Sarah Jane Murdock '59 
Grandmother: Muriel Fossum 
Nancy Messick '52 
Nedra Greer '51 
Grandmother: Elizabeth Bond 

Great Grandmother: Willie 
Benham, Acad, (dec.) 




Sweet Briar College 

Special Honors and Awards Announced 
at Opening Convocation 

Manson Memorial Alumnae 

This scholarship was established in 
1925 by the alumnae in memory of N.C. 
Manson, Jr. (1858-1924), who was the 
first legal counsel for the College and 
for many years chairman of the ex- 
ecutive committee of the Board of Direc- 
tors. The annual scholarship recognizes 
an upperclass student of high academic 
standards who shows qualities of leader- 
ship and makes constructive contribu- 
tions to student life. The recipient is 
named by the Committee on Financial 
Aid in consultation with the Director 
and one other representative of the 
Alumnae Association. 

Recipient: Elizabeth Glenn, '83 of Lex- 
ington, KY. Major: Economics. Ac- 
tivities: Chairman of Curriculum Com- 
mittee, Judicial Committee, Church and 
Chapel Committee, Freshman and Junior 
Honors, Tau Phi, Sweet Briar Scholar, 
Bum Chum, McVea Scholar her junior 
year, listed in Who s Who in American 
Universities and Colleges, Dean's List, 
Ryan Nursing Home volunteer. 

The Mary Kendrick Benedict 

This scholarship was established in 
1945 by former students, colleagues and 
other friends of Mary K. Benedict, first 
president of Sweet Briar College. In- 
come from this fund is used as a 
scholarship for an upperclass student of 
high academic standing and personal in- 
tegrity who has shown in her college ex- 
perience a purpose for service. The reci- 
pient is named by the Committee on 
Financial Aid in consultation with the 
Director and one other representative of 
the Alumnae Association. 

Recipient: Amanda Beauchemin, '83 
from Beacon Falls, CT. Major: Biology. 
Activities: Freshman and Junior Honors, 
Sweet Briar Scholar, Juliet Halliburton 
Burnett Scholarship in Ecology 
(1981-82), American Chemical Society, 
Chairman of Residential Advisors, 
Church and Chapel Committee, Outing 
Cabin Leader, Chairman of Walk for 
Hunger, listed in Who's Who in 
American Universities and Colleges. 

The Mary Mackintosh Sherer 

This scholarship was established in 
1979 by the class of 1939, the husband 
and friends of Mary Mackintosh Sherer 

Alumnae Magazine 

'39. The scholarship is awarded to a ris- 
ing junior who is both a leader and a 
scholar and who performs her duties 
with dignity, fairness and devotion to 
Sweet Briar. In addition, she should de- 
monstrate the outgoing and cheerful 
qualities associated with Mary Mackin- 
tosh Sherer. The recipient is named by 
the Committee on Financial Aid in con- 
sultation with the Dean of the College 
and the Director of the Alumnae 

Recipient: Wendy Birtcher '84 from 
San Juan Capistrano, CA. Major: 
Economics. Activities: Dean's List, 
Sweet Tones, cheer leader at W&L, is 
spending this year in Florence, Italy 
with the Syracuse University Program. 

The Alumna Daughter 
Endowed Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 
1974 by the Executive Board of the 
Alumnae Association to honor an alum- 
na daughter in either the junior or 
senior class who has demonstrated while 
at Sweet Briar the traditions of sound 
learning and social responsibility which 
have characterized the alumnae of the 
College since its founding. The recipient 
is named by the Selection Committee, 
which consists of the scholarship chair- 
man of the Association's Executive 
Board, the president of the Alumnae 
Association, the College Dean, the first 
vice president of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion, the national bulb chairman and two 
faculty members appointed by the Col- 
lege. In addition, the presidents of the 
rising junior and senior classes submit 
names to the Selection Committee. 

Recipient: Mary Ware '83 from Rich- 
mond, VA. Major: Studio Art. Ac- 
tivities: Freshman and Junior Honors, 
Dean's List, Judicial Committee, Vice 
President of Junior Class, and Senior 
Class. Daughter of Patricia Coxe Ware 

The Virginia Ranney Award 

This scholarship was established in 
1981 in memory of Virginia Ranney '70 
by members of her family, friends, and 
the New York Sweet Briar Club. It is 
awarded to an incoming freshman who 
has among other qualities, integrity and 
a warm, outgoing personality. 

Recipient: Mary McNeil Johnson '86 
from Portsmouth, VA. Granddaughter of 
Mary Hatton Mason '20. 

Margaret Cramer Crane 
Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 
1980 in memory of Margaret Cramer 
Crane '27 a loving and beloved person 
who cared so much about her College. 
The recipient should be a daughter or a 
granddaugther of a Sweet Briar alumna. 

Recipient: Beth M. Slayman '84 of 
Alexandria, VA.; daughter of Susan 
Hendricks Slayman '60, and grand- 
daughter of Helen Closson Hendricks 
'34. Freshman Honors. 

Juliet Halliburton Burnett 

This scholarship was established in 
1974 by R. Walker Martin to honor and 
recognize the outstanding and devoted 
service to Sweet Briar College of Juliet 
Halliburton Burnett Davis '35, former 
Overseer, Director, and President of the 
Alumnae Association. The income is us- 
ed to provide a merit award to an out- 
standing upperclass student chosen from 
participants in the Sweet Briar Environ- 
mental Studies Program. 

Two recipients were named this year: 
Amy Linda Boyce '83 from Keedysville, 
MD. Major: American Studies. Ac- 
tivities: Freshman and Junior Honors, 
Dean's List, Sweet Briar Scholar, spent 
junior year in France. 
Deidre Alexandra Piatt '83 from Mery 
Sur Oise, France. Major: Human 
Ecology. Activities: Freshman Honors, 
Dean's List, Sweet Briar Scholar, win- 
ner of Jean Besselievre Boley Prize in 
creative writing (1981). 

Everingham Rickards and Cap- 
tain Garrett V.S. Rickards 
Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship was established in 
1974 by Mrs. Everingham Rickards '10 
in memory of her son who died in 
World War II and her husband. This 
award is given to one or more members 
of the rising sophomore class who best 
demonstrate potential for leadership, 
academic excellence, and community in- 
volvement, which have distinguished the 
College throughout its history- 
Two recipients were named: Kama 
Boswell '85 from Dallas, TX. Activities: 
Freshman Honors, Sweet Briar Scholar. 
Dean's List, Vice President of 
Sophomore Class. 
Stephanie Lynn Sipes '85 from 
Springfield, VA. Activities: Freshman 







Preston Hodges Hill 
Class of 1949 

Preston Hodges Hill of Denver, Col- 
orado, was honored as the recipient of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Award for 1982 
at the College's Annual Founders Day 
celebration in October. The award 
recognizes an alumna who has given 
outstanding service to Sweet Briar in a 
voluntary capacity. 

Mrs. Hill served as president of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, 
1974-1977, was alumnae representative 
on the College's Board of Overseers, 
1977-81, and is currently a member of 
the Alumnae Association Executive 
Board as chairman of the Annual Fund. 

She also served three five-year terms as 
president of the Class of 1949 and has 
served on the Sweet Briar Alumnae Ex- 
ecutive Board as chairman of Region VI 
(the Midwest) and chairman of Region X 
(the West). She has been president of the 
Denver Alumnae Club and over-all direc- 
tor of alumnae clubs. 

During her student years, Preston was 
president of Student Government. She 
was a member of Q.V., Tau Phi, worked 
with the Sweet Briar News, and held 
other offices. She was a Modern History 
major and graduated cum laude. 

The description under her picture in 
the Briar Patch was accurate: "A 
delightful combination of Southern charm 
and Northern efficiency, along with that 
never failing sense of humor and propor- 
tion, have made her a capable and 
understanding president of Student 
Government. Able to take most anything 
in her stride, she somehow fits top marks 
in with everything else. An excellent 
diplomat, a sympathetic listener, as well 
as an enthusiastic talker, she has that 
rare quality of being a good follower as 
well as a good leader." 

In Denver, Pres has been active with 
the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood 
Association and the Denver Art Museum. 
She and her husband, Eugene Dubose 
Hill, Jr., are the parents of three grown 

Because Preston was unable to attend 
the Founders Day ceremonies, Ann Mor- 
rison Reams, director of the Alumnae 
Association, accepted the award for her. 
Gwen Speel Kaplan, president of the 
Alumnae Association made the 


Sweet Briar College 

Nominee for Board of 

The Executive Board of the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Association submits the 
name of Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 
of Richmond, Virginia, to the members of 
the Association as a candidate for elec- 
tion to the Board of Overseers of Sweet 
Briar College. 

A biology major at Sweet Briar, Libby 
was on the Dean's list all four years and 
graduated cum laude. Her student ac- 
tivities included being president of the 
Board of Publications, business manager 
of the Brambler, Cabin leader, and mem- 
bership in Tau Phi, the French Club and 
the Glee Club. 

As an alumna she has been active in 
the Richmond Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Club, serving for many years as an Alum- 
na Representative (now called Admissions 
Representative). She was elected to the 
Executive Board of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion in 1978 and served two terms as 
chairman of the Alumnae Representatives 
Committee. In 1982 she was elected to 
the Executive Board for a third term, and 
is currently the chairman of Region III. 
In 1981 she was appointed by President 
Harold B. Whiteman to serve on the 
Search Committee for a Director of Ad- 
missions for Sweet Briar. 

Libby's volunteer work in Richmond 
has included membership on the Boards 
of The Retreat Hospital, The Collegiate 
Schools, and the Richmond Home for 

Boys; the Council of the Virginia 
Museum; various offices in the Junior 
League of Richmond; United Givers Fund 
Campaign; membership in the Woman's 
Club, Tuckahoe Woman's Club, and Col- 
onial Dames of Virginia; treasurer of 
Historic Garden Week in Virginia; and 
active participation in the Presbyterian 

Libby is married to H. Hiter Harris, 
Jr., a graduate of Woodberry Forest 
School and Princeton University, who is 
chairman of the board of Southern Bank 
and Trust Co. and chairman of the board 
and president of Southern Bankshares, 
Inc. Their three children include twin 
daughters, Mary Lawrence (SBC 79) and 
Elizabeth Robinson (Hollins 79) and a 
son, H. Hiter Harris, III, who is a senior 
at Hampden-Sydney. 

Other names may be added to the bal- 
lot if they are sent to the Director of the 
Alumnae Association, Sweet Briar, Va. 
24595, accompanied by 15 signatures of 
members of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Association, and written consent of the 
nominees, within two weeks after publica- 
tion of this notice. If no additional 
nominations are made, the Director of the 
Alumnae Association is instructed to cast 
a ballot to elect the proposed slate. The 
elected candidate's name will be submit- 
ted to the Board of Overseers as the 
nominee from the Association. 

Recent Deaths 

Mrs. John Gaerste (Virginia McEwan AC) 

date unknown 
Mrs. M.C. Lyman (Marie Schneider AC) 

June 25, 1982 
Mrs. F. Sheldon Sargeant (Lavinia 

Ragland AC) October 8, 1982 
Mrs. Harold R. Smartt (Virginia Hall AC) 

October 28, 1982 
Mrs. Lorton Sims (Jean Marie Lorton SP) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Hugh A. Smith (Dorothy Neal '19) 

November 2, 1982 
Mrs. Howard Luff (Isabel Webb '20) 

October 26, 1982 
Mrs. Henry Seney (Helen Harpster '25) 

August 1982 
Mrs. Josephine A. Turrentine (Josephine 

Abernethy '30) September 20, 1982 

Alumnae Magazine 

Mrs. Eugene H. Adams (Eddina Eugenia 

Newby '37) September 16, 1982 
Mrs. Edwin Kane (Louise Lancaster 

Bailey '38) July 16, 1982 
Mrs. M.W. Matthews (Frances Bradley 


May 25, 1982 
Mrs. Hugh E. Brown (Virginia Christina 

Gans '45) August 1982 
Mrs. John R. Bryden, III (Patricia Luke 


September 12, 1982 
Miss Alice Morrill 71 

October 3, 1982 

Hortensia Tyler Gemmell — Librarian at 
Sweet Briar from 1947 to 1969 - 
October 30, 1982 




A Rose is a Rose? 

When I read Tom Hartman's interest- 
ing article in the Fall issue, including the 
section on the Sweet Briar rose, I was 
puzzled to see the sweetbrier rose re- 
ferred to as Rosa rubiginosa instead of the 
usual Rosa eglanteria — until I realized 
that the illustration used was from the 
long-out-of-date Britton and Brown's Il- 
lustrated Flora, which uses this 

I'd like to make a plea for the return to 
Rosa eglanteria. Even B. and B. describe 
the sweetbrier as "the Eglantine of 
Chaucer, Spenser, and Shakspere [sic — 
as he himself signed his name]." 

An attractive framed watercolor of the 
Rosa eglanteria with a historical note 
about it, owned by Mrs. Whiteman and 
now hanging in Garden Cottage, reads as 

"Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury, 
to whom John Tradescant was gardener 
from 1609 to 1614, ordered 3,200 sweet 
briars for the glorious gardens at Hatfield 
House. Referred to as eglantine in A 
Midsummer Night's Dream, its leaves 
give off a deliriously sweet scent — 
especially after rain." 

I suspect that it was "sweetbriers" that 
the Earl ordered, and it was probably 
more than the leaves that Shakespeare 
referred to as "eglantine," but it is never- 
theless an interesting and decorative pic- 
ture. Incidentally, John Tradescant was 
later gardener to Charles I and had the 
honor of having the spiderwort genus, 
Tradescantia, named for him. 

Whatever we call the sweetbrier rose, 
we owe Tom Hartman a vote of thanks 
for discovering the specimen along the 
old Sweet Briar entrance road. 

Carolyn Bates 
Alumnae Office 

A Note of Thanks 

Thanks to the generosity of so many 
alumnae, we now have a complete run of 
Antiques. Sarah Bumbaugh '54 has the 
honor of filling in the final issues. An- 
tiques is a periodical used by several 
classes and it is lovely to know that what 
we want is readily available. Once again, 
you have all done a magnificent job of 
coming to the aid of our alma mater. 

Ninie Laing '57 

Associate Professor of Art History 

Picture Plaudits 

The Fall Magazine has a beautiful pic- 
ture on the cover, but I can find no 
acknowledgement of the photographer. 
Can you tell us who it was? 
Louise Dreyer Bradley '34 
Editor's note: The gremlins got us! That 
lovely fall photo on the cover was taken by 
David Abrams of Monroe who has so often 
captured the beauty of the Sweet Briar cam- 
pus at all seasons of the year. And, speak- 
ing of pictures, those on the inside front 
cover of freshmen moving in, "A new 
beginning, " were taken by Thomas M. 
Withenbury, the new Assistant Director of 
Public Relations. 

Class Notes, '49, 
A Correction 

Congratulations on a terrific issue of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine. 
From the full-color cover to the calendar 
of events, it was classy all the way — 
and I don't mean just the class notes! 
You and your staff did a superb job. 

I am also writing you as our class 
secretary for I thought you might like to 
know I am still married to Hervey Evans, 
although I had two roommates who mar- 
ried Joneses, so the mistake is par- 
donable. At the great milestone age of 
"55 and holding," I have decided to keep 
Hervey and let the Joneses keep up with 
Carolyn Cannady Evans '49 

Editor's note: It's those gremlins again, 
Carolyn, or maybe Kermit the Frog put his 
foot in it this time! 

One Need Not Agree 

I was a little puzzled by Carolyn Mont- 
gomery Lange's recent letter objecting to 
political references in Professor Roach's 
article. A major function of the Alumnae 
Magazine, I had always thought, was to 
present something of the intellectual life 
of the College. As a first-rate liberal arts 
institution, Sweet Briar has always kept 
itself open to all matters of responsible 
intellectual inquiry. These concerns will, 
of course, be political as well as ethical, 
scientific, and social. One need not agree 
with all the subjects that appear in the 
Alumnae Magazine to hope that it will 
continue to reflect what Sweet Briar 
essentially is: a forum for the exchange 
of diverse, many-faceted ideas. 

Lee Piepho 

Associate Professor of English 

Sweet Briar College 

Class Notes 


Frances Murrell Rickards sent the 
following report. 

I am the only one left of the first 
five graduates. I graduated from the 
Lynchburg High School in 1906 and 
entered Sweet Briar the first day it 
opened. I have lived in Norfolk since 
1916 and, now a widow, have been in 
Algonquin House, a condominium, for 
ten years. 

My daughter, Murrell Rickards 
Chadsey '44, lives in New York and 
Vermont. She visits me twice a year, 
and I spend Christmas week with her 
in New York. Because of being in 
New York at that time, I miss the 
Dec. 28 luncheon meeting in Norfolk. 

I have two grandsons, one, 32, and 
the other, 27. One lives in New York, 
and the younger, in Woodstock, VT 
— both college graduates doing well 
in business. 

There are seven or eight Sweet 
Briar graduates who attend my 
church. The one I call my Guardian 
Angel, Margaret Williams Bayne 27. 
takes me to church every Sunday. 

When Mrs. Taylor, then Mrs. Pan- 
nell, came to Sweet Briar as presi- 
dent, she honored our class by 
becoming our honorary member. The 
last time the five were back, Com- 
mencement 1968, she introduced us 
at dinner, one at a time, to the 
students and returned alumnae, and 
she honored me by coming to Norfolk 
for my 90th birthday party, Jan. 20, 

I am trying to live long enough to 
see Halley's Comet, which my math 
teacher, Dr. Morenus, and I watched 
from Sweet Briar House in May 1910! 


In 1974 Alice Miller Bly moved with 
her husband from their home in Win- 
chester to a three-room apartment in a 
lovely retirement home in Muncie, IN. 
The wonderful friends they made there 
have been a great comfort to Alice 
since Neil's death last September. 
They had no children, but three 
generations of nieces and nephews 
have compensated. She reads a great 
deal, knits, plays bridge, and is keen- 
ly interested in politics and science of 
all kinds. 

Lillie Maddox Whitner. Charlotte, 
NC, wrote of "loving every minute" 
of her 60th Reunion, although only 
she, Gertrude Dally Massie. and 

Alumnae Magazine 

Margretta Carper MacLeod were pres- 
ent to represent the Class of 1922. 
Jeannette Kidd Sheridan, Baltimore, 
had had a nice talk with Gert about 
the Reunion, but previous plans kept 
her from coming. She is doing some 
traveling in the States and keeping 
busy. Julia Benner Moss wrote from 
Media, PA, that she was distressed at 
not being at the 60th. 

Maylen Newby Pierce, Coral Gables, 
FL, published her second book of 
poetry and was included in two other 
anthologies this year. She attended 
the graduation in New York City of 
two granddaughters (daughters of son 
Bill). Maylen visited son Walter, Jr., 
for a month in Bedfordshire, England, 
and his son Philip is now visiting her 
while he looks at U.S. universities. 
Her third son, Staples, has an estate 
planning business in Miami and vaca- 
tions in his Blowing Rock, NC, sum- 
mer home. His two sons have new 
homes, and his daughter is at Salem 

In Little Rock, AR, Emma Davis 
Kuykendall, now a widow, lives alone 
but enjoys her friends and spends 
much time with three devoted grand- 
sons and three great-grandchildren. 
She also plays bridge. 

Martha Falk Shaffer and husband 
have sold their winter home in Sun 
City, AZ, and moved back to 
Wadsworth, OH, near their two sons 
and their families. Despite arthritic 
knees, Martha gets around beautifully 
on a walker, but for her 84th birth- 
day, she received a handsome blue 
leather wheelchair and was wheeled in 
to dinner at the club. Martha enjoys 
her flower garden, which she has had 
kept up. She has good memories of 
Sweet Briar, as well as an on-going 
interest in it. 

Aline Morton Burt writes from Villa 
Valencia retirement apartment-hotel in 
Laguna Hills, CA, that hers would be 
a great life if only she could RETIRE. 
Good health allows her to be active in 
church, DAR, Colonial Dames 17 Cen- 
tury, Phi Beta Phi Alumnae, etc. She 
drives up and down the California 
freeways giving programs and visiting 
family. She says she supports the 
greeting card industry keeping in 
touch with her three children, 14 
grandchildren, and three great- 

Selma Brandt Kress let us know 
that at age 83 she had decided to 
move into the United Presbyterian 
Home in Pittsburgh. 

Virginia H. Ranson, Huntington. 
WV, had to cancel a trip to Ft. 
Lauderdale and Naples, FL. which she 
had planned to take with her sister 

Katherine, because of a back injury. 
In April we had a note from Emily 
Moon Spilman about her enjoyment of 
a two-month visit to their children in 
Peru, but we were saddened to learn 
from her husband that Emily died in 



Helen Dunleavy Mitchell (Mrs. Henry 

D.), 140 Ivanhoe St., Denver, CO 


Fund Agent 

Ellen Newell Bryan (Mrs. W. Wright), 

P.O. Box 470, Clemson, SC 29631 

It was a supreme moment for 
Frances McCamish McNeel when she 
saw her granddaughter receive her 
degree from SB in May. Frances says 
the campus was beautiful and she 
always hates to leave. Her winter has 
been painful with arthritis, but she 
hopes to give up her cane soon. 

Gudun Eskesen Chase's life in her 
retirement community in Del Ray 
Beach is great. She had one setback, 
a broken hip, followed by a hip 
replacement in March, and she was 
not looking forward to a cataract 

Dorothy Goff Frisch writes from her 
home in Waukesha, Wl, that her stay 
at SB was all too short. She has been 
back only once since 1924, but from 
all the pictures, she thinks it is even 
more beautiful. She has happy 
memories of those years at Sweet 

Mary Elizabeth Stoddard Frary says 
that her life is not wildly exciting, but 
she keeps busy and is having fun. 
She winters in Florida and had a 
marvelous trip to Yugoslavia two years 
ago and a grand trip to the British 
Isles a year ago. Her five grand- 
children are all boys. 

Margaret Krider Ivey (Peg) had a 
marvelous trip to the U.S.A. with her 
son Jim. They traveled from Darien, 
CT, to Washington. DC, including two- 
night stands in New Hampshire and 
New Jersey and climaxing her great 
trip with four nights in Haddonfield 
with Betty Moore Rusk. They ex- 
perienced everything from 15-foot 
snowdrifts in New Hampshire to 
blackouts in New Jersey. Betty gave a 
"super" party for Peg and Jim. Peg 
Reinhold Mitchell drove up from Wil- 
mington, DE, and the three 26-ers 
had such fun reliving memories. Peg 
Ivey is still active for her community 

and enjoys her many friends. She 
wrote of the many jobless in England 
and the closing of many firms. 

In a letter to Ellen Newell Bryan 
congratulating her on being '26 Fund 
Agent and praising her for the great 
job she is accomplishing, Elizabeth 
Moore Rusk (Betty) writes how much 
Ellen and Wright were missed at our 
55th Reunion. Betty went to Houston 
in January to visit her son and family 
for three weeks, then off to Palm 
Beach with her sister, and hoped to 
go to SB in May. She told of her joy 
in having Peg Ivey and her son for a 
visit. Betty keeps busy with Red 
Roses, her church. Needlework Guild, 
and a group of wonderful friends, 
most of them widows. She hopes to 
come to the '26 Mini-Reunion in '83, 
unless she goes to England to see Peg 
then. (We hope you will all come to 
SBC in May for this special occasion!) 
Betty sees Marjorie Shepherd and Peg 
Reinhold Mitchell when she visits her 
daughter in Laurel, MD, outside 
Washington. (Peg reports that Marg's 
Washington apartment is very attrac- 
tive.) Marg and Betty have seen 
Frances Dunlop Heiskell and Jim. 
Frances talks often to Elizabeth Cobb 
Sutherland in Dallas, PA, via long 

Mary Bristol Graham, Batavia, NY, 
expects Lou Bristol Linderman 28 to 
visit her from East Orleans, MA. 

Mary Lib Loughery Arthur writes. 
"It has come to this." She entered a 
retirement home in Winston-Salem on 
July 1. She adds, "Believe I'll like its 
new security, people, and no main- 
tenance." Knowing Lib, her interest 
in everyone and everything, and her 
active mind, we are all sure she will 
like it. She had reservations for the 
Fair in Knoxville but "busted" her 
knee while packing, storing, and 
throwing away. 

Kitty Blount Anderson writes that 
her spring has been most interesting 
with three mallards and one Canadian 
choosing her place to nest. Altogether 
they produced 16 ducks and three 
geese. Kitty said summer was slow in 
arriving in Minnesota, but gardening, 
boating, and swimming were in full 
force when she wrote. In late Septem- 
ber most of Kitty's family were plan- 
ning to join her for a trip up river on 
the Delta Queen. She was also hoping 
for a visit from Wanda Jensch Harris 
and a trip with her to their spots on 
Sand Island in Wisconsin. Wanda is 
doing a great job of recovering from a 
hip replacement in March. Kitty's life 
is full with philanthropic, community, 
and church activities, and she finds 
life most rewarding and interesting. 




Gwendolyn Olcott Writer (Mrs. George 

S., Jr.), 241 E. Heritage Village, 

Southbury, CT 06488 

Fund Agent 

Gladys Wester Horton (Mrs. Leonard 

M.), P.O. Box 308, Short Hills, NJ 


Our class is a traveling one. 
Carolyn Martindale Blouin and Maurie 
on a trip saw Flo Brown Elton and 
Charlotte Brown Harder too in Hunt- 
ington, WV. Further west they spent a 
night with Betty Boone Willis in Albu- 
querque. Bob had been ill but is back 
playing golf. Their son has married a 
lovely girl and now Betty and Bob 
have two grandchildren — much to 
their delight. The Blouins went on to 
Leisure World where they saw Mona 
Stone Green near Phoenix. She and 
Thornton are very fit. The Blouins also 
saw Mary Bruce Dailey Dawson in Sun 
City, AZ. The Dawsons were planning 
a trip abroad and a visit to SBC — 
the first since graduation. Carolyn and 
Maurie went on to see Phyrne Tanner 
McKennan in California, then to 
Hawaii, and to Alaska where their son 
had spent some time. En route west 
and back, the Blouins spent some 
time with Jo Gibbs Du Bois 31 in 
Delavan, Wl. Via Carolyn too came 
word that Nancy Worthington '31 sold 
$600 worth of tulip bulbs! Wonderful! 

Mary Huntington Harrison has been 
visiting Wilmington, NC, and Baton 
Rouge and baby sitting with her 
11 -year-old granddaughter. 

Serena Ailes Stevens — also a 
traveling alumna — went to China in 
1980. She had been to SBC's an- 
thropology symposium and enjoyed it 
so much she returned this year, com- 
bining it with a Detroit Art Institute 
visit to Natchez for the House and 
Garden Week. 

Phyrne Tanner McKennan wrote 
Carolyn Blouin that she and her hus- 
band had taken a train trip from Salt 
Lake City to Denver on the Zephyr, 
one of two old trains left still running. 
It was breath-taking, according to 

Marge Sturges Moose, our presi- 
dent, wrote that they have had terrible 
storms in Alabama. She keeps very 
busy — as chairman of the W. and 
M. of the Women's Club and tutoring 
a boy in Latin to help him go to 
Choate. She did so well at the latter 
that she was asked to spend a day a 
week doing it, but she hesitated since 
her husband was retiring. Instead, 
they took a trip to the Orient. Marge 
added that those who have seen On 
Golden Pond might be interested in 
knowing it was filmed on Squam Pond 
where she has spent many summers. 
She regrets that the public has found 


out about it and taken over. Two of 
my children urged us to go see the 
film. It reminded them of our place 
here in Maine on Long Lake, where I 
am writing this letter. We have two of 
our children with their families here 
right now. It is fun! 

Nancy Gaines Jaeger is proud of 
her grandson. He has been accepted 
at all six colleges he applied to. He is 
going to Middlebury. 

Ruth Hasson Smith reports a suc- 
cesful hip operation. 

Helen Beard Huntington, who used 
to live in Amherst, reports she has 
retired from her job with the Florida 
Red Cross, lives in Leesburg, FL, 
near her son, and is fine. 

Katryne Blake Moore sent a 
fascinating letter about their seven- 
month 50th wedding anniversary trip 
in 1980-81. It included some time in 
Portugal, where they saw Emma Riely 
Lemaire. The trip went on to Paris and 
many other places in France, the 
British Isles, and Italy. I have sent it 
to the Alumnae Office to be put in our 
scrapbook so more can enjoy it. 

We hope Jean Saunders has fully 
recovered from her knee operation. 

Betsy Williams Gilmore sent a 
fascinating letter concerning Betsy 
Embrey Houston. On June 7, 1981, 
The Betsy Embrey Houston Room was 
presented to commemorate her 
devoted and dedicated service as 
Directoress of the Mary Washington 
Branch of the APVA (Association for 
the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities) 
1958-1980. This room is an addition 
to the cottage where Mary Ball 
Washington, mother of George, spent 
the last 19 years of her life. Betsy 
helped in the renovating not knowing 
it was to be named in her honor. The 
annual reception to honor the volun- 
teers was enlarged to include the local 
members, and a resume of Betsy's 
accomplishments was read preceding 
the presentation of the plaque — a 
complete surprise for Betsy. This in- 
formation has also been sent for the 



Eleanor Alcott Bromley (Mrs. Harry 

Howard), 2998 Huntington Dr., 

Shaker Heights, OH 44120 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Bond Wood (Mrs. Earnest), 

1202 Greenway Court, Lynchburg, VA 


You were all very good about reply- 
ing and I am grateful. I saw Helen 
Hanson Bamford and Bill Bamford 
briefly in Daytona Beach in April and 
they both looked marvelous. They are 
considering stopping for Reunion on 
their way home from Florida in '84. 

Nancy Russell Carter and Jim, 
together with Mary Lee Ryan Strother 

and Porter, let me share again with 
them a few wonderful days in June at 
the Stratford Festival. Nancy had just 
lost her brother, Dr. Nelson Russell, 
Jr., who lived near her at Clarksburg. 
I have had a busy summer working on 
the program for the Women's Forum 
of the Council of Foreign Affairs and 
finding players for the Women's In- 
terclub Tennis teams at Canterbury. In 
September of last year I had an in- 
teresting but exhausting trip to the 
southern tier of Eastern European 
countries. I was delighted to reach 
Vienna and find that civilized living 
had not departed this world. 

Connie Burwell White says her only 
idea about our 50th is "to compose a 
lament to its happening." She and 
her husband continue to do public 
relations work but enjoy fly fishing 

From southern California Eleanor 
Cooke Easterly writes that there is an 
active group of alumnae there who 
meet twice a year. She sees Betty 
Carter Clark and Marie Lange Gaskell 
often. Her four children all live near- 
by. Lucky! 

Since losing her husband, Nancy 
Butzner Leavell has been acting as 
substitute guide at Monticello. She 
would be delighted to see any class- 
mates touring with grandchildren. She 
has been visiting but only alumnae of 
other years. 

Rosemary Frey Rogers sounds 
busier than when she was working. 
Her great love seems to be The 
Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, 
but she is also on the Humane Society 
Board and houses nine dogs herself. 

Lydia Goodwyn Lorentzen and I 
must compare notes on her trip to 
Hungary, Jugoslavia, and Austria — a 
trip she took in early spring. She had 
a mini-reunion with Marge Thuma 
Kotte in Cincinnati and "picked up 
where they left off 50 years ago." 

Retiring in 1973. Louise Greenwood 
Lippitt has busied herself at the adult 
center, the Wilton Library, etc. as a 
volunteer. She lost her husband in 
1970 but enjoys her stepdaughter and 
three proxy grandsons. 

I wish I could claim a relationship 
to Golfer Alcott, as Helen Hoffecker 
Roehm asks, but I cannot, as I don't 
know. She reports that Kitty Means 
Neely called and they plan to drive to 
our 50th. She says she is settled in 
but is ignoring some unpacked boxes 
in favor of playing with a six-year-old 

From New Canaan, CT, Nancy 
Hotchkiss Boschen reports that she is 
volunteering for a number of agencies, 
but the only one I could read was the 
Darien Book Aid which sends books 
all over the world. She has three 
children and seven grandchildren. 

Dot Hutchinson Howe states that 
her youngest child was married at 

Christmas, and the other two are suc- 
cessful, each in his own way: one is 
president of his company, and the 
other, the adoptive mother of a young 
Korean baby. 

(Therese) Tess Lamfrom Beck 
keeps busy golfing, gardening, and 
volunteering at the F.N. A. She wishes 
someone from the area (Milwaukee) 
would join her in going to the 50th. 

It seems hard to picture Marjorie 
Lasar Hurd enjoying a pleasant but 
uneventful life. My recollection is of 
her causing events to happen. She 
had just visited her son David in 
Houston. She sees a few other SBC 
alumnae not in our class. She further 
reports that after some resistance she 
went to her 50th prep school reunion 
and can scarcely wait for ours at SBC. 

The West Coast called Martha Lou 
Stohlman where she visited her 
daughter in Seattle before stopping in 
Springfield, MO, to visit with Tacky 
Williams McCollum and hear about her 
trip around the world on the Q.E. II. 
At the airport in St. Louis, Martha Lou 
lunched with Marge Van Evera 
Lovelace, who was just recovering 
from a trip to the Grand Canyon with 
another grandmother and two 8-year- 
old grandchildren. 

Liz Mayfield Chapman reports the 
sudden death of her husband June 
22nd. She was visiting her son and 
her grandchildren in July. 

I feel much better knowing that 
Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston is 
still at the National Archives! (She had 
just returned from a week's visit in 
France with a granddaughter.) She 
looks forward to her annual trip to 
Nantucket with relatives. Her latest in- 
terest is in Scottish country dancing. 

Kitty Means Neely confirmed her 
plan to come to Reunion with Helen 
Hoffecker Roehm. She spent the 
winter in San Francisco again and 
saw a good bit of Cecilia Birdsey 

At a Federal District Judiciary Con- 
ference at the Greenbrier Jane Mor- 
rison Moore entertained her three 
lawyer sons and their wives (one from 
SBC). She also tells us that her god- 
child. Anne Leavell Reynolds '63, 
Nancy Butzner Leavell s daughter, is 
off for a year in Paris with her hus- 
band and three children. 

A pleasant way to celebrate their 
45th Anniversary, going to Europe for 
the month of May, was chosen by 
Ruth Myers Pleasants and her hus- 
band Clif. They are now known at 
home as the parents of so-and-so who 
just did this or that. It comes to us 

Mary Ann Page Guyol is welcomed 
to the land of the communicants! We 
do hope you make it back to SBC for 
our 50th even if the preservationists 
have been pushed aside by progress. 
It can't change us! 

Mary Rogers Moser says she took 
an Elder Hostel trip to England for 

Sweet Briar College 

three weeks last summer — different 
and strenuous. Husband also went. 
This year she plans to attend two 
universities alone. Husband begged 

We learn that Nancy Russell Carter 
has been preparing for our 50th by at- 
tending her husband's 50th at 
Williams. They played tennis too! She 
had a family gathering at Clarksburg 
for July Fourth. 

Mary Lee Ryan Strother tells of a 
wonderful sailing trip on the 
Chesapeake with Porter and two sons 
before her trip to Stratford, Ontario. I 
should add that her liturgical dancing 
keeps her in excellent shape. 

A trip to Charleston, SC, to visit her 
daughter resulted in a meeting in 
Macon, GA, with Cecil Birdsey Fuessle 
and Marlon Gwaltney Hall for Lib 
Scheuer Maxwell. Both Marion and 
Cecil have lost their husbands within 
the year. Lib plans to visit her son in 
Toronto in August and will see Bonnie 
Wood Stookey at Cotuit, MA, in 

Becky Strode Lee sadly reports the 
death of her husband after a long ill- 
ness. They were in a retirement home 
where Becky will stay on. Her chil- 
dren are scattered but not too far. 

Dottie Turno Gardner had a nice 
visit with Lou Dreyer Bradley as she 
and her husband Jack were driving 
up the West Coast to see their 
daughter. Then on the East Coast they 
talked to Betty Suttle Briscoe at Hilton 
Head. We do get around. 

Volunteering as a gallery instructor 
and school volunteer for the Boston 
Museum of Fine Arts occupies Bonnie 
Wood Stookey as she awaits the com- 
pletion of her new house at Cotuit, 
designed by her architect son. She 
says she sees Mary Moore Rowe once 
in awhile, and Lib Scheuer Maxwell 
will visit her in July. 

Katherine Hanna is retiring this year 
as director of the Taft Museum in Cin- 
cinnati. She left for a brief vacation in 
the Carolinas in August but will serve 
in her post until a successor is found. 
Coming to the museum as curator, 
she became director in 1952 when the 
Taft was separated from the Cincinnati 
Art Museum, of which she also for a 
time served as acting director. During 
her tenure at the Taft, she initiated 
the restoration of the gardens, the in- 
school program for children, and the 
chamber-music series, in addition to 
mounting noteworthy exhibitions — in- 
cluding the award-winning "Best of 
Fifty," a display of choice works lent 
by the nation's top museums in honor 
of the Taft's 50th anniversary in 

Betty Clapp Robinson, Kansas City, 
is president of the Kenmore Associa- 
tion, the second oldest preservation 
group in the country. 

So we come to the end of your 
reports, all of which I enjoyed and 
hope will double before next year. 

Alumnae Magazine 



Anne E. (Nancy) Old Mercer (Mrs. 

Blair G.), 4630 Lorraine, Dallas, TX 


Fund Agent 

Jane Bemis Wills (Mrs. Allan C), 76 

Maywood Rd., Darien, CT 06820 

We are to celebrate our 45th Reun- 
ion in May. Check your calendars, 
and each of you plan to drive, fly, 
bus, or train to Sweet Briar College 
May 20-22. 

News from and for the Class of 

Mary Brown-Serman Walke 
celebrated her 65th at her summer 
home in Raquette Lake, NY, with son 
Stephen, his Judy and grandchildren 
Peter (1) and Elizabeth (3) plus 
daughter Marion and her Al and sons 
Jeff and Andy (12 and 10). Other 
daughter Muffy is a widow and work- 
ing at Kinston, NC, as a social 
worker. Muffy has two sons, Tacker 
(20) at UNC and Steamer (18), a 
senior at E.H.S. Mary and Betty 
Barnes Bird '39 went to see Mary Jeff 
Welles Pearson '39 and John in their 
new house in Lexington last spring. 

Eylese Miller Latham tripped to the 
Greek Islands and Greece in August 
after an earlier summer outing at 
Sandbridge Beach with their son and 
wife and daughter and husband and 
three grandsons, 7, 10, and 12. 

Becky Kunkle Hogue and Fred 
celebrated their 40th wedding anniver- 
sary June 20 in the mountains at 
Murphy, NC, with 13 of their clan 
present for five days — four genera- 
tions, as Becky's mother joined them. 

Pollyanna Shotwell Holloway and 
Bob are great-grandparents! Is anyone 
else? They are really on the go! They 
were in Alaska flying up a glacier in a 
small plane to view Mt. McKinley, 
then headed to Bermuda to get 
thawed out, and will be in San Fran- 
cisco in November. She saw Amelia 
Hewlett Bowers for a good visit. 

Brownie (Marion Brown Snider) 
says you all come for reunion! She is 
president of the Florida State Ass'n of 
the National League of American Pen 
Women. There are 22 branches of 
NLAPW in Florida that Brownie visits. 
One day her Datsun broke down on an 
interstate and she was towed to Yee- 
haw Junction to wait 48 hours for 
repairs! (The Travels of an American 
Pen Woman will soon be off the 
press.) Brownie joined the SBC 
Mediterranean Cruise on August 2. 

Billy Heizer Hickenlooper had an 
SBC meeting in Cincinnati in the 
spring. She says Betty Dail Windeler 
and she meet frequently. Billy and 

husband Bo flunked retirement, as 
they began their own business three 
years ago. They manufacture a perma- 
nent pothole filler, and at 65 Billy is a 
factory worker shoveling gravel and 
loving it. Billy and Bo have ten 

Carolyn Staman Ogilvie has seven 
Texas grandchildren as her two sons 
are in Houston and her daughter, in 
San Antonio. Where do they all vaca- 
tion? Why Maui, of course! How 
marvelous for all to share the 
Hawaiian sunshine and surf and daily 

Kay Hoyt did retire from Bryn Mawr 
School — and reactivated six weeks 
later at College of Notre Dame in 
Baltimore at the Adult Division. She 
dreams of living in Maine. You are 
close enough to hop to SBC on May 
20-22, 1983, Kay. Plan now, every- 
one, for our 45th! 

Pauline Womack Swan and husband 
George write from beautiful Lake Hig- 
gins in Northern Michigan. (They 
winter at Lost Tree Village in North 
Palm Beach, FL.) Their four children 
and seven grandchildren are all in 
Michigan, and they all celebrated 
Pauline and George's 45th wedding 
anniversary in August. 

Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson writes 
that M. J. Miller Hein is shuttling be- 
tween Hilton Head, Maui and New 
Jersey (where her children live) since 
her husband's death. They keep up 
with Macky Fuller Kellogg and 
Moulton who are busy with children 
and grandchildren. Lucy T. and 
Charley have been a-traveling to 
Amsterdam, London, and Paris. She 
says Lew Griffith Longstaff is with a 
government agency in Baltimore. 

Jessie Silvers Bennett and Ed 
began his retirement with a private jet 
trip to South America, South Africa, 
Cairo and London and home via 
Iceland and Labrador — a once in a 
lifetime experience. In the month of 
September they stayed in an apart- 
ment in Spain. They will travel to visit 
children after their happy relaxation. 

Babbie Dorr Chenoweth and Arthur 
were in Maggie Valley, NC, for sum- 
mer cool and golf. August took them 
to Alaska for two weeks, and in the 
spring they'll be in the British Isles. 

Genevieve Marsh Fisher and Yule 
have had a fascinating August on a 
three-week Elder Hostel program at 
two universities in England and in 
Wales. Topics of study are English 
seaside resorts, Celtic culture, and 
English country homes! What pleas- 
ure! Their older son is a pharmacist, 
their daughter is working on the Ph.D. 
in archaeology at the U. of London, 
and their younger son just received 
his Master's from Harvard Business 
School and is with Price Waterhouse 
in Boston. 

Dot Selbert Smith and George love 
their retired life and are busy with 
golf, swimming, bridge and visits from 

teenage granddaughters to their house 
and garden in Venice, FL. They have 
been on cruises through the Panama 
Canal and Alaska, and on the Danube 

Frannie Bailey Brooke and George 
departed Lexington for the British 
Isles in August — spending time in 
Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They are 
plotting to join the SBC trip to Russia 
later. Love Frannie because she asked 
for news of the reunion in May '83! 
Write down May 20-22! The Brookes' 
three grandsons teach their grand- 
parents new games — we all need to 
keep up. 

Molly Talcott Dodson is striving to 
"outdo" us all — she's going to gain 
her Master's from Hollins in June '83. 
She says her children can put on her 
tombstone "Sweet Briar 1938, Hollins 
1983. She was a slow learner." Their 
fifth grandchild was due in October. 
They love one-floor honeymoon cottage 

Dolly Nicholson Tate had a superior 
65th birthday gift from the Charlotte 
SBC Alumnae Club. They gave her a 
big surprise party and made gifts to 
the SBC Alumnae Fund in her honor 
— a marvelous sign of love for Dolly 
and for SBC. 

Mary Ann Housel Carr wrote from 
her summertime house on Cape Cod. 
She sees Fran Samuels Fellows and 
Carl. I also heard from Fergie (Bar- 
bara Ferguson Hill) who sees them 
and Janet MacFarlan Bergmann. All 
are within 15 miles of each other for 
tennis, golf, and beach. We are sad to 
learn that Fergie's older son, Jake, 
died suddenly of a heart attack at age 
40. Fergie was busy entertaining his 
three children from Texas. 

Josephine Happ Willingham went 
with Cecil Birdsey Fuessle '34 on a 
"Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in 
America" tour called "In the Foot- 
steps of Becket" — a lecture tour 
that sounded exciting. Jo, Rose Hyde 
Fales, Carolyn Potter Ryburn and 
Frank, and Blair and I met for a pre- 
dinner drink in London last 
September. 'Twas fun to have a re- 
union so far from the U.S.A. Pictures 
will be visible on May 20-22 at SBC. 
Start saving the best of your 
photographs for our tell-all scrapbook. 
Letter of directions will be mailed. 

Ida Todman Pierce writes that Jane 
Kent Titus and Rex have a new sum- 
mer home just outside of Richmond. 
Jane. Gene Brock Hawley, Jo Sutton 
McCandllsh and I met for a noisy 
lunch in June. Ida and husband 
Stewart luxury-tripped on an African 
safari in September. 

Gene Brock Hawley wrote of the 
Richmond S.B.C. luncheon. She is 
still working for a doctor and is 
associated with the Medical Affairs 
Dept. of Charter Medical Corp. On top 
of all that, she enjoys family and 
swimming, vegetable gardening, 
bridge, tennis and grandson Brock, 


age 1 1 /2. 

Gertrude Alexanderson "Alex" 
Young and her retired husband have 
been enjoying the world — Egypt, 
Greece, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, 
France, Florida, and last summer a 
total tour of our U.S.A.! They head for 
a Northern Cape Cruise in May. She 
saw Ida Todman Pierce and Gene 
Brock Hawley in Richmond. 

Marti Mooney McGrath is now living 
at 11 Elmwood in Chiswick, London. I 
may see her there. 

Louisa Grace Prince is in San Fran- 
cisco. Her son Prairie Prince is a 
drummer with the rock band, "The 
Tubes," and brought his mother an 
SBC sweat shirt after his visit to 

Margaret Weimer Shepherd's Tony 
was running for State Senate. We 
hope he made it and is now a West 
Virginia Senator. 

Marge Thaden Davis has daughter 
Linda in Boston who in January 1982 
presented Marge with a grandson, 
Mark Davis Nexon. A second daugh- 
ter, Ann Wheeler, is V.P. of the Texas 
Commerce Bank in Houston, and her 
oldest daughter, Suzanne, is in 
charge of the world-wide news desk 
for Time'. 

Dee Armfield Cannon and doctor 
husband are delighting in golf and 
relaxing in Asheboro, NC. 

Carolyn Potter Ryburn, her Frank, 
my Blair, and I returned to the excite- 
ment of London and England the first 
two weeks of September. Then we 
flew to Pisa for a brief stay in 
Florence and Venice. A treasure of 
memories! Come see us in Dallas! 

Plan to gather on May 20-22! 



Sudie Clark Hanger (Mrs. William A.), 

36 W. Brookhaven Dr., N.E., Atlanta, 

GA 30319 

Fund Agent 

Sally Walke Rogers (Mrs. Sally W.), 

P.O. Box 451, Marshall, MO 65340 

Having just returned from our 40th 
Reunion. I can report there's good 
news and lots of it for the Class of 
'42. All May Court beauties who were 
there, I.e., Ruthie Hensley Camblos, 
Cynthia Abbott Dougherty, Grace Bugg 
Muller-Thym, Eugie Burnett Affel, 
Lucy Call Dabney, Eloise English 
Davies, Betsy Gilmer Tremain, Dorothy 
Malone Yates, Margaret Preston 
Moore, Gloria Sanderson Sartor, and 
Sally Schall Van Allen, are not only 
still beautiful but more so. Even the 
rest of us seemed to have improved 
with age. Many of us were showing 
off our darling husbands, i.e., Cynthia 
Abbott Dougherty, Lucy Call Dabney, 


Sudie Clark Hanger, Jan Darby Cran- 
field, Eloise English Davies, Betsy 
Gilmer Tremain, Nancy Goldbarth 
Glaser, Betty Hanger Lippincott, Ann 
Hauslein Potterfield, Shirley Hauseman 
Nordhem, Ruth Hensley Camblos, Dot 
Malone Yates, Rene Mitchell Moore, 
GeGe Moomaw Hall, Ann Morrison 
Reams, Patty Peyton Turner, Gloria 
Sanderson Sartor, and Douggie Woods 
Sprunt. Those present without 
husbands or May Court credentials 
who rounded out our attractive group 
were Laura Graves Howell, Di Greene 
Helfrich, Susan Greer Hendrick, Jean 
Hedley Currie, Alice King Harrison, 
Frannie Meek Rowe, Stony Moore 
Rutherfoord, Helen Sanford, Si Walke 
Rogers, Daphne Withington Adams, 
and Vive Walker Montgomery. 

Bouquets first of all to Helen San- 
ford, our inspiring fund agent, who 
raised 42 (thousand dollars) for '42. 
We are not only beautiful, but 
generous. And then to Margaret 
Preston Moore, GeGe Moomaw Hall, 
Stony Moore Rutherfoord, and Ann 
Morrison Reams, who planned, 
worked, and made it such fun for us 
all. Dorothy Malone Yates' husband 
Charlie delighted us with slides of 
past reunions and took lots more for 
the 45th. Vive Walker Montgomery 
and Susan Greer Hendrick looked ex- 
actly as they did when they left us 42 
years ago. We all pored over the 
scrapbook pictures and data, and here 
are some of the facts we learned. 

An overwhelming number of us 
reported happy marriages, wonderful 
children and grandchildren, and some 
told of other fascinating jobs and ac- 
complishments. Cynthia Abbott 
Dougherty says she's a "working 
grandmother — working on getting 
her 17-year-old into college and keep- 
ing the 15-year-old in school." Visits 
to her 91 -year-old mother, commutes 
to Long Island on the weekends, and 
keeping husband Dick on lean cuisine 
meals are also part of her work. 

In a more serious vein, Florence 
Bagley Witt described two brilliant 
daughters, one a girls' prep school 
teacher and one a part-time writer for 
the Congressional Quarterly, married 
to an associate editor of U.S. News 
and World Report, and mother of 
three, plus a married son in Palo Alto, 
CA, on a Stanford fellowship. Flossie 
herself is a full-time volunteer. 

Mary Alice Bennett Baumburger 
lives in Geneva, Switzerland, grows 
orchids, has three married children 
and six grandchildren. 

One of Grace Bugg Muller-Thym's 
achievements is "keeping a 1740 
house in Darlington, MD, in running 
condition, plus serving dinner for 
eight at 8:00 with no help." 

Eugenia Burnett Ariel's grand- 
daughter has the distinction of having 
had two of her great-grandmothers 
graduate from SBC — in 1910 and 

"Army" Case Wendelken says one 
of the good things about SBC was the 
fact that she met both of her wonder- 
ful husbands, now both deceased, 
because of it. 

Betsy Chamberlain, mother of three, 
writes from Greenbrae, CA, that she 
hopes to retire next year from the 
U.S. Dept of HUD. She has taken 
back her maiden name 

Nancy Davis Reynolds reports a 
good life in Asheville, NC, with four 
grandchildren and one due at reunion 

Eloise English Davies has managed 
a husband, four children, and two 
grandchildren while holding the 
responsible position of appelate trial 
attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Justice. 
Eloise's son Ron is an assistant pro- 
fessor of theatre arts at SBC this year. 

Another outstanding girl (I'm pre- 
judiced)) who has successfully com- 
bined family and job is Betty Hanger 
Lippincott. She serves as chairman of 
the board of Delbar Products and 
chairman of every volunteer group in 
Chestnut Hill while having four chil- 
dren, a husband, and one grandchild. 

Betsy Gilmer Tremain and Mike still 
live in Charlottesville, but their three 
daughters and seven grandchildren 
live in Atlanta, Texas, and Ports- 
mouth. So they travel, play tennis, 
and stay young. 

Di Greene Helfrich is another who is 
full of vim, vigor, and vitality at age 
60. She's a ham operator, book 
seller, maker of doll house furniture 
and mother of three engineers and a 
real estate entrepreneur. 

Ann Hauslein Potterfield wins the 
prize for the most children (eight) 
while growing younger all the while. 

Ruth Jacquot Tempest ("Rut") 
started a new career after 50 as editor 
and publications coordinator at the U. 
of W. Florida after many years of suc- 
cessful fiction writing, raising a fami- 
ly, and living in 25 different homes in 
37 years all over the world. 

Alice King Harrison reported a fifth 

Frannie Meek became Mrs. John 
Edward Rowe in Jan. '82. She does 
portrait painting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 
where she is active in the arts and 
civic life. 

Dot Myers Morehead sent a picture 
of herself looking gorgeous and hus- 
band "Moose"at daughter Ann's re- 
cent wedding. 

"Rene" Mitchell Moore has done 
an outstanding job of selling SBC 
bulbs in Greensboro, NC. 

Carolyn Monteith Clarke is looking 
forward with enthusiasm to her new 
volunteer job as president of the board 
of trustees of the Institute of Religion 
in the Texas Medical Center in 

Ann Morrison Reams reports that 
"her cup runneth over." Her four 
children are all married and living in 
Lynchburg where she and Bernie can 

enjoy them as well as delight in their 
7 1 /z grandchildren. She also continues 
to enjoy her job as Director of the 
Alumnae Association where every day 
is different and interesting. It also 
gives her the opportunity of staying in 
touch with old friends and making 
many new ones. 

Marion Mundy Young's daughter 
was a magna cum laude, Phi Beta 
Kappa, Tau Phi, Who's Who graduate 
of SBC in '82. She also has a '78 
Hollins graduate and a son at Tulane. 
Flu at the last minute kept her from 

Polly Peyton Turner's husband Carol 
"thinks SBC reunions are more fun 
than homecoming at Annapolis" and 
we all think he's one of the reasons 
they're such fun. Of their three 
daughters, one is a doctor and one is 
an attorney. They have three 

Janet Quinn Eichacker writes that 
she is taking care of a 90-year-old 
mother, a 16-year-old cat, and a very 
active doctor husband in Setauket, 

Margaret Preston Moore (our able 
past-president) reports three 
daughters and three grandchildren. 

Eleanor Ringer Linn received an 
M.A. from UNC and did further work 
at Cornell and UVA. She now lives in 
Manhasset, NY, where she works 
with a child guidance center and 
manages a re-sale shop. Her son was 
to be married in the summer. 

Barbara Ripley Furniss is a career 
development specialist in Washington, 
DC, and also has a valuable ministry 
in bereavement counseling. One of her 
claims to fame was a solo train trip 
through Europe in 1977. 

Marion Robbins Alexander writes of 
a happy life in Houston. She and her 
retired husband have recently moved 
into a highrise near the golf course. 
They have one daughter who is a 
speech pathologist, another who is a 
V.P. at Sakowitz firm, and a banker 

Diana Stout Allen is another happy 
housewife and grandmother, in Mem- 
phis, TN. Ditto for Phyllis Sherman 
Barnes in Chappaqua, NY; Alice 
Sweney "Swede" Weed in St. Paul, 
MN; and Eddie Syska Peltier in 
Naples, FL. 

We were deeply saddened to learn 
of the death of P. Goff Beach, hus- 
band of Mary Ellen Thompson Beach, 
which occurred in August, 1982. 
Mary Ellen lives in Madison, Wl. 

Margie Troutman Harbin, Rome, 
GA, has a record five doctor sons. 

Jane Taylor Lowell and husband 
Bob spend the winter in Cape Coral, 
FL, since his retirement and the rest 
of the year in Indiana. 

Sally "Si" Walke Rogers has had a 
fulfilling life as resident director of a 
home for adolescent girls in Marshall, 
MO, while raising her own three 
children. And along that line, Toppin 

Sweet Briar College 

Wheat Crowell became a registered 
nurse and worked two years toward a 
M.A. in music while she and her hus- 
band raised two girls. 

Alice Williams Mighell has three 
girls, six grandchildren, a summer 
home at Grandfather Mountain in 
North Carolina — and was on a trip to 
England during reunion. 

Jeanne Sawyer Stanwood an- 
nounces a granddaughter, a son who 
teaches at Choate-Rosemary Hall, and 
a daughter who is a senior financial 
analyst, "a talent she never got from 
me," says Jeanne, who is still 
"scribbling" and hoping for publica- 
tion. She and husband Chris divide 
the year between winter on the Cape 
and summer on an island in Maine. 

Daphne Withington Adams was 
director of activities for a non-profit 
home for the elderly for 11 years. She 
has now retired and just returned 
from a trip to Holland. 

Debbie Wood Davis' daughter (one 
of five) was married the weekend of 

Others reporting their greatest 
achievement as "loving family" 
"lovely children" were Laura Graves 
Howell, Shirley Hauseman Nordhem, 
Jean Hedley Currie, and Pattie Rose 
Early Trippet. Margaret Leonard Baker 
found hers to be "surviving 
widowhood and a new happy life as 
Mrs. Proctor." 

For a grand finale we have an arti- 
cle on past Jr. League presidents of 
Washington, DC, in which one 
Douglas Woods Sprunt is acclaimed 
for her role as originator and chairman 
of the City of Washington literary pro- 
ject — a book now in its 4th printing 
— plus her part in finding a new 
home for the Jr. League headquarters, 
plus her work with the National Trust, 
plus her presidency of the 
Homemakers Service of the Board of 
United Givers Fund, etc., etc. "She 
has indeed been tireless in her com- 
mitment to help others," it said. I 
think that could be said for just about 
all the grand ole Class of '42! 



Jane Lawrence Katsidhe (Mrs. 

Vangel), Rt. 1, Box 463, Robin Ridge, 

Stockton, NJ 08559 

Fund Agent 

Beatrice Dingwell Loos (Mrs. Dickson 

R.), 6400 Garnett Dr., Chevy Chase, 

MD 20015 

Many Thank-you's for your 
responses to my postcard plea for 
help! Without your assistance, these 
notes would have been more than 

Louisa Lloyd has just retired from 

Alumnae Magazine 

hospital nursing in the Labor and 
Delivery Department of Fairfax Hospital 
and 15 years as Head Nurse on the 
12 p.m. to 8 a.m. shift. She wished 
to become more involved in the work 
of the Church of the Apostles and to 
help "hungry, hurting people." She 
is currently sharing with another 
woman the care of a woman paralyzed 
from the neck down since having had 
polio 28 years ago. 

Martha Titterington Leonard is busy 
preparing for the wedding of daughter 
Carter (who was at SBC for our reun- 
ion in '81) to Allen Beaky on Sept. 
25. He and Carter are in the in- 
teresting position of working for com- 
peting newspapers in Washington, DC. 

Suzanne Criswell Bornschein took 
her youngest daughter, Samantha, on 
a tour of Williamsburg, SBC. W. and 
M. and UVa this past spring. On the 
return trip to Michigan, they spent the 
night with Ray and Helen Graeff Eller- 
man, and Ray served his own baked 
sausage in brioche for breakfast. 

Louise Crawford Moorefield is presi- 
dent of the board of the S.C. 
Episcopal Retirement Center and says 
that she is totally committed to its 
success. Their son Chuck is a resi- 
dent in orthopedics, daughter Jessie 
is a resident in internal medicine, and 
son Crawford is a junior at Princeton. 
Lou also reports one grandchild, 
Charles Henry Moorefield, IV, born a 
year ago. 

Dorothy Corcoran Hartzer traveled to 
England in April on the Q.E.II, just 
before it was transformed for Falkland 
Islands duty. All went well with Joe 
during the absence, so she had an 
especially good trip. Tody reports that 
son Jeff has moved to Tacoma and 
that Jonathan is a senior at UVa. 

I learned from Ellen Thackeray 
Wilson that Betty Ann Bass Norris, by 
for a weekend visit, and Mary Lou 
Holton Effler are going to Russia in 
December on the SBC trip. From Bass 
herself, I learned that she is just com- 
pleting her 21st year in real estate in 
Greenwich. Since her husband's death 
in 1976 she has been living with two 
sons, two dogs, and three cats. (Bass 
often sees Patricia Arms Brown, who 
lives in Rye, NY, only 10 minutes 
away.) I agree with the sentiment ex- 
pressed in her card that 1946 is a 
unique class and that being the war 
class probably made us even closer to 
one another. 

The youngest daughter of Frank 
and Charlotte Dinsmoor Olin has just 
begun TCU's M.B.A. program after 
graduating from Vanderbilt. Charlotte 
says her own museum library post 
was a budget casualty and that she 
has now joined the staff at the TCU 
Library. Frank is recovering from a 
bad auto accident. His convalesence 
continues, and he will have no perma- 
nent disabilities. 

Her school for 160 2-8 year olds 
has just opened for another year, so 

Beatrice Dingwell Loos is very busy. 
She and her husband have just 
delivered their sixth and youngest 
child to Dartmouth to begin her col- 
lege career. Bea says she can't 
believe that after 31 years, there will 
be no children at home. 

Jennie Keeling Mansfield writes 
from Knoxville that their fair is fan- 
tastic, that she feels like an innkeeper 
and loves it, and that she wishes we 
all would come. She also reports that 
she lunched with Betty Bass Norris 
and Carter Vandeventer Slattery this 
past year. She also sees Betsy 
Bowman Townsend and Marilyn Man- 
die Dick frequently. Her daughter 
Keeling is a U. of Tenn. honors 
graduate in fashion merchandising; 
daughter Laura and son Randy are 
current U.T. students. 

On the subject of the Knoxville fair, 
Carolyn Rudolph Sellers says that she 
and Phillip, together with their 
daughter, son-in-law, and grand- 
children from Richmond, went and en- 
joyed it thoroughly. 

Word from Helen Murchison Lane 
brings the sad news of her mother's 
death on July 7. We send our love 
and sympathy to her at this especially 
painful time. Her good news was that 
daughter Anna was expecting twins in 
September. Husband Ed and Helen's 
father were planning to accompany 
her to Charlottesville for the event. 
Her daughter Palmer Lane Middendorf 
73 will receive her Master's in archi- 
tecture in May. Son Edward is an at- 
torney, and Charles is with the Atlan- 
tic Bank in Jacksonville. 

Hallie Tom Nixon Powell says she 
feels she has just been to school all 
over again. She has returned from a 
10-day trip to N.Y.C and D.C. with 
her 13-year-old granddaughter and 
11 -year-old grandson; they visited 
everything from the United Nations 
and the Rockettes to Mount Vernon 
with many museums in between. 

Betsy Gurley Hewson reports that 
she and Tom have been boating quite 
a bit this summer (which comes as no 
great surprise to us!). They expected 
to see Grif and Anne Hill Edwards at 
the U.S. Open around Labor Day. 
They have also just opened a new 
shop at Scott's Corner, NY, which is 
"sort of like a tree house." Anyone 
passing through should be able to 
spot it. 

Jane Pickens Church together with 
her mother, former husband, son, and 
niece spent varying periods of time 
last winter in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), 
Malaysia. She and her mother were 
abroad for more than four months 
looking at animals and birds in na- 
tional parks. Jane says that Arizona, 
where she lives, is one of the best 
places for seeing a wide variety of 
birds and that everyone she knows 
who is interested in birds turns up 
there sooner or later. She also reports 
that Susie Landis Newland '44 and 

her husband visited Jane's mother 
while on a three-month tour of the 
country with car, motor home, and 
two dogs. 

Sarah McDuffie Hardaway went on 
the SBC-RMWC tour of France in 
September and Meredith Slane Finch 
also went. From reading the descrip- 
tion in the brochure, I judge that it 
was an exceptional trip. Sarah and 
Wistar Watts King are also visiting 
Winterthur and Philadelphia as part of 
a tour arranged by the Columbus, GA, 
Museum. Sarah currently chairs the 
Acquisitions Committee at the 
museum, while Wistar's daughter Ann 
is Director of Education. 

Another classmate who recently 
went birdwatching in Maine and Nova 
Scotia is Ellen Robbins Red. Her in- 
terests include ecology and conserva- 
tion, a grandson (age 2), and a hus- 
band, who has retired from teaching 
to start his own business. 

Candy Greene Manbeck reports that 
living in New York is great. She has 
recently seen Anne Owens Mueller, 
Bob and Polly Vandeventer Saunders, 
and Dave and Rosie Ashby Dashiell. 
She was planning to visit Rosie at 
Virginia Beach in September. Candy's 
son' is a third-year student at Colum- 
bia Law, and her daughter Caroline 
had' a son two years ago, so Candy is 
enjoying being a grandmother. 

Helen Graeff Ellerman's summer 
musical schedule is intimidating. It in- 
cludes playing at the Virginia Annual 
Conference of the United Methodist 
Church, music camp for 40 students 
in grades 3-11, national convention of 
the American Guild of Organists in 
D.C, a week at Westminster Choir 
College in Princeton, and choir school 
at her church. Her career in church 
music dates back 33 years at this 
point. Ray is manager of a music 
store and directs music at the 
Presbyterian Church. They will give a 
harpsichord and organ program in 
Petersburg, VA, this fall. 

Jim and Ariana Jones Wittke spent 
last year's vacation at the Princeton 
Geology Field Camp in Montana at 
alumni college. The subject was the 
geology, plants, and animal life of the 
Beartooth Mountains. They will vaca- 
tion this year in Scotland. 

Vange and I had a lovely day here 
with a visit from Lucy Charles Jones 
Bendall, her husband, her sister and 
brother-in-law (Susan and Jim Teller), 
and their daughter Katie. Cholly and I 
didn't get in quite as much SB talk as 
we would have liked, but it was 
marvelous to see them. They were on 
their way to New York for their son's 
marriage to Wendy Tasch of that city. 

Bami Rollins Napier lost her hus- 
band last November. She says that 
the adjustment takes even longer than 
when their son died many years ago. 
Her older daughter, Julie, lives with 
her, and her younger daughter has 
gone to Chattanooga, where, as Bami 


puts it, "She is, ot all things, a 
cocktail waitress in a discotheque." 

Jack and Jean Love Albert are now 
living at the tarm permanently, since 
he retired in Oct. '81 . Their son Jim 
married Kim Martin Thanksgiving 
weekend of '81, and their son John 
has made a miraculous recovery from 
a car accident. Jean and her daughter 
Barbara are about to embark on a tour 
to visit Jim and Kim in Dallas, son 
Michael in Denver, son John in 
Oregon and daughters Cecelia and 
Patricia in L.A. Then Jean "hopes to 
settle down for the winter." 

Margo Sibly Lewis and her husband 
are retired and have discovered that 
cruising is a delightful means of see- 
ing the world — and have been doing 
just that. Their son is an orthopedic 
surgeon, and their daughter has just 
received her M.B.A. from Harvard and 
is director of corporate planning for 
DSI in Houston. 

Julia Bristow "retired" after 30 
years with the Federal Government. 
She was editor and principal writer for 
Lifeline, the Navy and Air Force safety 
and occupational health magazine. She 
is now a full-time painter in water col- 
ors, doing commissioned works and 
getting ready for a one-person show. 
She is also attending classes at Old 

Katherine Brooks Augustine reports 
five children and three (four by the 
time you read this) grandchildren. 
Tassie is busy with the Episcopal 
Church, the Thrift Shop, and the Col- 
onial Dames. "All five children have 
good jobs and are good citizens." 

The very sad news is that we have 
lost a classmate. Alice Eubank Burke 
died early this past year after a long 
illness. She will be long remembered 
for her charm and gaity and gentle- 
ness. We extend our love and sym- 
pathy to her family. 

Marilyn Hannah Crocker's card an- 
nounced the addition of two prospec- 
tive SBC students, both of whom have 
already paid their registration fees. 
They are Carey Crocker Wodehouse, 
born Feb. 1, 1981, to Chuck and 
Camilla Crocker Wodehouse 71 , and 
Lindsay Hannah Bedzendahl, born 
June 17, 1982, to Richard and Con- 
stance Crocker Bedzendahl 75. Carey 
will be in the Class of 2002 and Lind- 
say will be in the Class of 2003. Con- 
gratulations to all of you! 

As for me, after 20 years at Educa- 
tional Testing Service in Princeton, 
where I have been director of the 
Center for Occupational and Profes- 
sional Assessment, I am looking for a 
management position in the private 
sector if I can find one! Our son 
Jacques is teaching French at NYU 
and Fordham; his wife Shelley is in 
film production, currently working on 
a new Sidney Lumet production, 
Daniel. Our daughter Carey graduated 
from Princeton in 76 and is now the 
candy buyer for Bloomingdale. (I am 


gaining weight!) 

Please keep the news coming next 
year. I'd like to get "better and 



Lola Steele Shepherd (Mrs. Wilson E. 

D.), 861 J Ave., Coronado, CA 92118 

Fund Agents 

Virginia Luscombe Rogers (Mrs. 

Justin T.), 175 Auro St., Hudson, OH 


Elisabeth Elmore Gilleland (Mrs. Guy 

W.), 1098 McKean Circle, Winter 

Park, FL 32789 

I'll begin with the A's which means 
those of you in Alabama. I have my 
own "Deep Throat" in Birmingham. 
News is that Tink Springs Shannon is 
moving from house to house, 
decorating each gorgeously as she 
passes through for a nice bit of 
business profit. The same source 
vouches for Ellen Wilkerson Given as 
a prominent and efficient club woman. 
Friends of Art experience helped us all. 
Evie Woods Cox sent her new address 
in Birmingham. She and Pete hope to 
travel more than the business trips to 
NYC visiting the distributors of Pete's 
statuary. Their eldest son, Robby, 
finished graduate study at the Fine 
Arts Academy in Philadelphia and now 
works in that city. Son Charley and 
wife are parents of Evie's 2-yr.-old 
granddaughter. Daughter Lyn 
graduated last year from nursing 
school at Samford U. (named for the 
father of Ann Samford Upchurch '48). 
went to Europe to celebrate, fell in 
love with a Scot who is now the new 
son-in-law in business with Pete. Son 
Dorsey (23) is studying design 
engineering at Auburn. 

Betty (Hot) Hutchens McCaleb. and 
Pud, in Huntsville, now have a year- 
old grandson, John William, IV. 
Nothing else printable, says Hot. 

In Knoxville, TN, Marilyn Ackerson 
Barker expects lots of visitors this 
year to the World's Fair. Last 
September, she and Hank visited 
Ireland. Marilyn is head of a local 
branch library. The work, she loves, 
but not the annual budget struggle. In 
May, Kane McKinney Barker joined 
sister Elisabeth (3) to be grandchild 

Susan Tucker Yankee is still in 
Tennessee but now sees the world 
from her newly-built home on top of 
Signal Mt. after seven years as a 
Memphis flatlander. Her two grand- 
children, Matthew (1) and Marcia (4), 
are in Corpus Christi, TX, with son 
Mike and wife Marilyn. Daughter 
Ellen, a psychiatric social worker, 

lives nearby. Susan and Dick have 
high praise for the first Alumni College 
at W & L they attended this spring. 

Nell Lee Greening Keen returned to 
Tampa, FL, sells real estate, and 
serves as president of the Jr. League 
sustainers. Son Hampton (16) attends 
EHS. Son John (22) and daughter 
Elinor (20) are at UVA. 

Achsah Easter Henderson writes 
from Charlottesville that hers is not 
the first grandchild in the class but 
may be one living fartherest from 
home — young James Carrier, a year 
old in June, living with his mother 
Achsah Henderson Carrier and father 
Jim at the University of Papua, New 
Guinea (Port Moresby). Achsah says 
she travels vicariously through her 
family. The baby has been around the 
world twice, and son Edmund is tak- 
ing a break from work at UVA to 
travel to New Zealand this fall. 

It would seem that all the UVA 
parents could get together. Mary 
Walker Berkeley Fergusson, in Rich- 
mond, VA, has just the place and will 
choose the mocha shortbread dessert 
when she returns to check on her re- 
maining son at UVA. Waller met Jane 
Munnerlyn Carter and Margaret Mun- 
nerlyn Haverty '47 at The Gallerie on 
Rt. 250 West of C'ville last spring 
when Jane came from Atlanta for 
Garden Week and to see her daughter 
Janie, a junior transfer from SBC to 
UVA. Waller says Jane has at least 
three grandchildren and looks great. 
For her part, Waller has several 
housekeeping fits a week, but other- 
wise is fine. She poked Terry Holland 
with her umbrella at the UVA gradua- 
tion of her son Berkeley in May. Could 
this Terry be any relation to you, 
Marianne Delacorte Holland? 

Debby Freeman Cooper journeyed 
from Wallingford, PA, to Winter Park, 
FL, to see their youngest son 
graduate from Rollins. While Newbie 
golfed, Debby visited B.G. Elmore 
Gilleland in her "lovely house on a 
canal" to discuss 32 years' worth of 
news in one hour. Debby was in 
Atlanta in February to help daughter 
Sally and husband John Atwell follow- 
ing the birth of the first grandchild, 
Rebecca Wills Atwell. 

B.G. and Guy are back from a 
6-week tour which began with 
daughter Lynn's graduation from Har- 
vard. With Lynn, they checked into 
Greece, Italy and the British Isles. 
B.G. just missed Nancy Storey White 
who was taking a three-week seminar 
at Oxford. This trip cooled B.G.'s in- 
clinations for a travel business. Leas- 
ing a car in Britain saved the day in 
the face of British train strikes, but 
there were bank, airline, and ferry 
strikes in Greece and airline employ- 
ees' strikes in Rome. B.G. will go up 
to Durham, NC, to help her daughter 
settle into an apartment to begin Duke 
Law School. 
Veda Brooks Norfolk's daughter 

Nancy, who is a freshman at Brown 
U. and expects to play on the 
women's tennis team there, competes 
at the state, regional, and national 
level in tennis. Daughters Lynn, a 
travel agent, and Claire, in 
sales/catering for the Hilton Hotel, are 
both in Baton Rouge. Son Billy is a 
tennis pro at a sports club in Waco, 

Now for the Texans. Kata Edwards 
Crain and her husband are planning a 
trip to Europe in October "while he 
can still get on and off tourist 
buses." Their daughter is a senior at 
U. of Tex-Austin; their son is at South 
Texas Col. of Law-Houston. 

Seasoned traveler and linguist Helen 
Missires Lorenz Dallas, will be off to 
Egypt, her husband's birthplace, if 
the world is still in one piece at 
Christmas. Their son Charles went on 
the Grand Tour of Europe's Hostels 
following his graduation from U. of 
Tex. -Austin with a major in finance- 
management. Son Bill remains at U. 
of Tex. majoring in aerospace 
engineering. Helen spied Margaret 
Lewis Furse in Austin and Fan Lewis 
Jackson in Corpus Christi. Small 
world department: Helen will have the 
daughter of Lucy Regester Goode '51 
working with her at Hockaday School. 

Mary Dame Stubbs Broad, Hamp- 
ton, VA, had a wedding in April. Their 
daughter Susan, a teacher in Va. 
Beach, married James Coper, an ap- 
prentice pilot (VA Pilot Ass'n). Son 
Doug may go to graduate school if the 
job market for architect grads fails to 
improve. Mary Dame and Doug went 
skiing at Lake Tahoe in February and 
visited San Francisco for the first 

Edith Brooke Robertson did indeed 
go to Bethesda, MD, from Norfolk for 
Dolly Clark Rasmussen's daughter 
Cindy's wedding. Kay Lang Gibson 
and Gib missed that boat in order to 
meet the plane carrying home their 
daughter Kit '83 from her Jr. Year in 
France. Dolly's son John and a 
"beautiful soprano" sang the 
"Hawaiian Wedding Song" from the 
church balcony. Quickly Edith, in Col- 
orado hiking boots, and Peyton, sport- 
ing kilts, sped to the Scottish games 
in Grandfather ML, NC. While clinging 
to rocks and grabbing for the scaling 
ladders, Edith shrieked, "If only Lola 
could see me now!" Those boots will 
meet another test if Edith visits her 
son Brooke in the Peace Corps in 

Dolly calls it a marvelous year. She 
and John cruised on the Argonaut in 
March, stopping in Egypt and Jordan, 
and saw their son John graduate from 
USNA in May. Son David (22) attends 
U. of Md. 

David Carey, son of Lucy Kreusler 
Carey, Lutherville, MD, will enter the 
same U. of Md. this fall as a 
freshman. Lucy's job is even more 
taxing after the so-called "fewer 

Sweet Briar College 

regulations" out of Washington. More 
regulations come forth. Each is more 
cumbersome than the last. Lucy uses 
any spare time helping the many new- 
ly arriving Polish refugees. 

Stokie Kyle Kimpel, D.C., may not 
have taken up flying after all. If you 
recall, she said her husband preferred 
sailing. They now own a houseboat 
and cruise contently along the 
Potomac. Stokie works at a Silver 
Spring, MD, newspaper and printing 
company. Their two sons are AF 
pilots. Gordon flies the F-15 in New 
Mexico; Tom trains NATO pilots on the 
T-35 in Texas. 

Next for New Jersey, to find in 
Verona that excellent typist (21 lines 
to a postcard) Sally Bianchi Foster. 
The children are "all delightfully nor- 
mal, attractive, bright and a little 
'kooky' like me" and have left the 
nest. Sally and Bob plan to retire from 
their full-time jobs in four years — 
she to travel more and he to sit more. 
Eldest daughter Meg toured China and 
returned to her job at the French Em- 
bassy in NYC and a fashionable Upper 
West Side address. #2 daughter Kate 
is ass't planner, San Luis Obispo 
County, CA. Son Andy is a para-legal 
at Covington & Burling in D.C. and is 
wondering what to do next. Sally is 
quite happy in this new easier lifestyle 
and volunteers at the library, writes 
lots of letters to the kids, house-keeps 
and plays tennis. 

Ann Peyton Cooper is found living 
in Summit, NJ. I last heard of Ann 30 
years ago when she took that low- 
paying job with the Washington Post I 
had snubbed — to my grief. My job 
at NBC paid even less. Ann reached 
great heights, I can tell. She says liv- 
ing with two teenagers — Jim (16 
and 6 ft.) and Nancy (13) — is a joy. 
The family climbed the Grand Tetons 
two summers ago and hope to make a 
walking tour of England next summer. 
Husband Jim is happily retired from 
the "crunch" of Wall Street. Ann 
works three days a week as an editor 
of their local newspaper. 

Dottie Barney Hoover works part 
time in Darien, CT, for a gourmet kit- 
chen shop and does work for a local 
needlepoint shop, but August will find 
her on vacation on Cape Cod. She 
was quite happily surprised to see Kit- 
ctiie Roseberry Ewald '52 visiting her 
beach club in July — which leads me 
to you two — Garland Hunter Davies 
in Atlanta and Anne McNeer Blanken 
in Chatham, NJ. Surprise Mary Dame 
and tell her what has become of you. 

That barn in Weston. VT, belonging 
to Bill Bailey Fritzinger is filling — 4 
sheep, 2 cats, 4 kittens and a puppy. 
Bill cultivates a big garden and with 
Fritz runs a small business — an 
educational (leisure learning) tour of 
Vermont Life this fall. 

Out of the woods came Frindy 
Burden Gronen. Frindy moved to an 
apartment in Dubuque, IA. proper 

Alumnae Magazine 

from her country cabin amid the wild 
birds and animals she loves. Being 
snowbound most of last winter helped 
in her decision to be in town and near 
friends and activities. 

Other mover, San Veach Brooks, 
moved to New Haven, CT, from Cam- 
bridge, MA. 

As for me, we went back-packing 
in Yosemite and Sequoias in June 
looking for Pete McCloskey. Turned 
out he was in Beirut. And I like Town 
Like Alice better than Noble House 
which went on and on and on. And I 
jog with a cassette of "Chariots of 

There you are, dear ones. Get 
together and watch thirty years of 
lines and wrinkles vanish. 



Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs. William), 
101 Old Tavern Lane, Summerville, 
SC 29483 
Fund Agent 

Mary Hill Noble Caperton (Mrs. Ber- 
nard M.), 611 Preston Place, Char- 
lottesville, VA 22903 

Our condolences to Liz Helm 
Lawson whose husband Jim died sud- 
denly in March. Their oldest son is in 
the Navy; the three younger boys are 
still at home. 

Our best wishes to Lib Wilson who 
is now Mrs. Ralph J. Brown and liv- 
ing in Newton Square, PA. We have 
some other moves: Joyce Miles Ruhe 
to Louisville, KY; Hattie Hughes Stone 
to Sparta, NJ: Betty Cushman Collins 
to Pound Ridge, NY; and Joyce 
Walmsley Wellford to Warsaw, VA. 
Anne Brooke is back in Norfolk after 
being in Wales, where she wrote 
books for children in Welsh to help 
keep the language alive. She lived 
with a Welsh family to perfect her 

Mary Anne Bowns Bell is back in 
Wilmington, DE. She and her brother 
are running the family lumber 
business, so she goes to New 
Brunswick, Canada, a lot. Mary Ann 
and her husband are also involved in 
the development of Tortola, British 
West Indies. 

Kitty Wilcox Reiland is director of 
patient representatives at the Cape 
Cod Hospital and has served two 
terms as president of the 
Massachusetts Society of Patient 
Representatives. They hope to make 
"caring part of the cure." 

Ruth Sanders Smith is working in 
husband Norman's office — as is 
their oldest son. The younger boys are 
in Fairleigh Dickinson and Hampden- 

Anne Sheffield Hale and Bradley 
stay so busy it's tiring. They are on 

all sorts of boards and community 
projects and involved in all phases of 
their church. They're excellent fund 
raisers. Both of their children are 
outstanding at the U. of Ga. 

Speaking of active on boards, etc., 
I must mention Joy Parker Eldredge 
— working for the opera, blindness, 
restoration, etc. She and Charles did 
have time to go to Europe hoping to 
find a condominium in Switzerland. 
They sold their summer place in North 
Carolina. They plan a wonderful trip in 
the fall through the Suez Canal and 
around Africa. I hope they enjoy South 
Africa as much as we did. Bill and I 
were there in November for him to 
have a job interview. It's a gorgeous 
country with a wonderful, friendly 
people. They get awful press here, of 
course. If you want an exciting, 
beautiful trip, I heartily recommend it. 
We came within an inch of moving to 
South Africa and would be gone now 
except that Bill's company was pur- 
chased by local people and Bill got a 
very nice promotion to VP of Interna- 
tional Markets — a job he's always 
wanted. He's just returned from a 
week each in England, France, and 
South Africa. I was with him in 
England and France. The nicest part 
was a stay at the summer villa in 
Royan of the parents of the French 
boy who stayed with us last summer. 

Bev Bragg Smith and husband had 
a wonderful trip too — three weeks in 
Egypt. Cindy Sinclair Rutherford and 
Bill visited the Smiths en route to and 
from D.C. and Wichita. The Ruther- 
fords decided to move back East, sold 
their house much quicker than ex- 
pected, and now are in a townhouse. 
Joan Potter Bickel and Henry also 
visited the Smiths. Look for Henry in 
some national G.E. ads — he's the 
handsome one with the white beard! 
The Bickels had Thanksgiving in 
Pipestem Park, WV, with her sister 
and family. The Jean Gillespie Walker 
family visited with them there also. 
Jean and George have built a home at 
Sea Island, GA, to which we're all in- 
vited! Sea Island was the scene of a 
mini-reunion last summer at Dilly 
Johnson Jones and Paul's place. 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette and Taylor, 
Ruthie Frye Deaton and Hugo, and 
Ann Collins Teachout and Bill came, 
and they had such a good time they 
decided to do it again in '82. I 
thought, "Good, Sea Island is only a 
few hours from here — I'll drive 
down and see them." Ha! The next 
reunion is at the Morrissettes' place 
in Mexico! Dilly also had lunch with 
Doreen Booth Hamilton and Peggy 
Jones Stewart in Washington. Peggy's 
sister Elizabeth, whom many of us 
know, is now the chief engraver for 
the U.S. Mint. She has just finished 
designing a new coin which will be 
out soon. Vaughan's son "Tay" was 
King of the Mobile Mardi Gras and 
several '54ers came tor the party: Dil- 

ly and Paul, Page Anderson Hunger- 
pillar and Jim, Anne White Connell, 
and Barbara Chase Webber and Tem- 
ple. Anne sees Betty Orr Atkinson, 
Sissy Morris Long, and Peaches Davis 
Roane a lot in Memphis. 

It was nice to hear from Ann 
Venable Rogers after a long time. 
She's a grandma now and still enjoys 
teaching at the Planetarium in Wichita 
Falls. Another Ann — Ann Thomas 
Donahue — and her husband have 
remodeled, inside and out, her 
childhood home. Joan Potter Bickel 
and Joy Parker Eldredge also live in 
the homes they grew up in. Jane 
Keating Taylor doesn't! Ardsheal 
House, the inn she and Bob have in 
Northern Scotland, had an excellent 
write-up in the New York Times by 
renowned food and travel reviewer, 
Craig Claiborne. He praised the manor 
house, the decor, and food, especially 
the soups. Have any of you been 
there yet? 

Lynn Carlton McCaffree s husband 
Mike was on the first list by the Navy 
for promotion to the new rank of one- 
star commodore. Congratulations! 

In September, on our way home 
from taking our youngest son, John, 
to start at Berklee College of Music in 
Boston, we plan to attend Louise Ma- 
jor's wedding. (She's Meri Hodges 
Major's daughter.) The reception will 
be at Meri's Belle Air Plantation. 

I really appreciate the Christmas let- 
ters — especially those from people I 
don't hear from often during the year. 
I'm sorry most of our article is a year 
old. Be sure to put notes on your 
Fund flap. They're forwarded to me. 

Happy — ugh — fiftieth birthday to 
you all! 



Jane Shipman Kuntz (Mrs. Edward J.. 

Jr.), 646 Runnymede Rd.. Dayton, OH 


Fund Agent 

Stephanie Butan Profaci (Mrs. I.J.), 

Walnut Point Farm, Chestertown, MD 


By the time you read this column, I 
hope that each of you will be making 
plans to return to Sweet Briar for our 
fabulous 25th Reunion! Mark the date. 
May 20-22, 1983, on your calendars, 
go on that diet you've been postpon- 
ing, and make your reservations 
because SBC is the place to be in 
May ot 1983! 

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis has a 
daughter working in New York City 
and a son playing college football. She 
is serving on the Vestry at her church 
and is involved in a 2'/2-year Bible 


study course as well as taking 
French. The Davises still live in 
Midland, TX, and B. Rae says she 
"can't wait until May of '83." 

Another Texan, Linda McGuire Last, 
is now a grandmother. The Lasts' 
oldest daughter Lisa had a son in 
June; Pam is also married. The twins 
are seniors in high school and in the 
National Honor Society. Husband Bob 
has been made president of his com- 
pany, so all is well in Ouncanville. 

Winifred Winter Cocke stuffed a lot 
of news on one small card, post- 
marked San Antonio. Her children are 
son Reagan, a sophomore at the U. of 
Penn., son Bart, a freshman at Dart- 
mouth, and daughter Martha, 13, at 
home. Windy is also active in her 
Episcopal church and is taking a 12 
weeks' course called "Path of Life." 
Bart and Martha compete with Lynne 
Morris Barnett's two daughters in 
swim meets. Lynne and her husband 
run in marathons. Another friend in 
San Antonio is Camilla Mueller Parker: 
she has had extensive training in 
hospital visitation and works two days 
a week as a volunteer. 

Winnie Leigh Hamlin and Davis live 
in Dallas. They have three sons; Jeff 
is entering the engineering school at 
U. Va.; John is a high school senior; 
and Frank is entering his freshman 
high school year. The five Hamlins 
took a delightful trip in June to 
England, France, Switzerland and Ger- 
many. Winnie says that Caroline Sauls 
Shaw gave her invaluable advice on 
restaurants, hotels and sight-seeing. 

Jane Oxner Waring lives in 
Charleston, SC, where she is head of 
the Museum Board. She and her 
16-year-old daughter DeDe took the 
SBC trip, "Grand Mediterranean 
Passage," in August. Jane visited 
SBC in the spring, which whetted her 
appetite to return in '83. 

I received two notes from Columbia, 
SC. Betsy McCutcheon Williams' 
catering business is "booming" and 
she adds that things are "apoppin' 
with so many of our children off to 
school this year." Mary Heyward, 
daughter of Flo Buchanan Heyward, is 
going to U. Va., and Eleanor Cain 
Pope's sons, Joe and William, are 
both at Wofford. Eleanor writes that 
she had a great trip to Israel and 
Egypt in Sept. '81. 

Alice Eller Patterson has opened her 
own law office at 418 N. Trade St. in 
Winston-Salem. She says, "Being a 
sole practitioner is always exciting, 
sometimes frustating but never dull!" 

Susan Davis Briggs has three 
children, all tournament tennis 
players; so much of her free time is 
spent on the junior circuit. Adrienne, 
18, is a freshman at Sewanee; Dow, 
16, is a high school junior; and 
Daniel, 13, is an 8th grader. Susan's 
husband Dick is Professor of Medicine 
at the U. of Alabama-Birmingham. 
They both also play tennis — on the 


senior circuit. Susan ended with, 
"Hope to see you next year." 

Marian Martin Mealing is once more 
in the U.S. Before returning, she 
taught learning disabled students in 
an American school on an RAF base 
near Cambridge, England. Her 
daughter Mary finished her A-level ex- 
ams at a girls' school nearby and will 
enter either Oberlin or Duke in Feb. 
1983. Marian has applied for an M.A. 
program at Georgia State U. so will be 
back in Atlanta for at least two years. 
She's hoping to make reunion. 

Mariette Eggleston Burleigh is an 
office manager for a firm of trial 
lawyers in Memphis; she time-shares 
and recommends it highly because of 
the job flexibility. Her twins, Kathryn 
and Stephen, will graduate on either 
side of our reunion. Marietta attended 
her husband Bob's 25th reunion at 
Vanderbilt and saw Gertrude Sharp 
Caldwell and Bee Macey Graham '57, 
both from Nashville, and Norma Davis 
Owen '56, Tunica, MS. 

Judy Graham Lewis and Jim are 
moving to Ann Arbor, Ml, where Jim 
will be rector of St. Andrews Epis- 
copal Church, a large downtown 
parish. Their son Stephen is finishing 
four years in the Navy; daughter Beth 
is a junior at William Smith College. 
The twins are college freshmen, Kathy 
at Denison and Debby at Wooster. 
Judy continues her nursing career. 

Shirley McCallum Davis assures me 
that English/Liberal Arts majors can 
get good jobs. She organizes and 
teaches short courses to Federal 
employees and foreign and U.S. 
scientists who wish to know about 
remote sensing. She hopes to develop 
educational materials in this field for 
general distribution. Shirley and Gene 
have two children, Todd, 13, and 
Becky, 10; they are involved in music 
and scouting, and Shirley is a Girl 
Scout leader. The Davises will go on 
sabbatical in 1984. 

Adele Scott Caruthers returned to 
Tutts in the spring to take two addi- 
tional courses in Occupational 

Julia McCullough Shivers attended a 
Faulkner conference at the U. of 
Mississippi in July as the guest of 
Lynn Crosby Gammill. Lynn is a 
leader in the state and is developing 
an arboretum in memory of her father, 
Julia wrote. Julia, living in Atlanta, 
has three children: young Julia 
graduated from Princeton in June and 
will work in N.Y.C. until she enters 
law school; Olin, a senior at Yale, 
spent the summer doing research at 
M.I.T. in the artificial intelligence 
laboratory; Mary, a freshman at 
Vanderbilt, will be a classmate of 
Priscilla Craven, daughter of Waldo 
Latham Craven, of Jacksonville, FL. 
Priscilla just graduated from Madeira 
School. Waldo and Julia spent a few 
days with Dotsie Woods McLeod in 
Nashville when they took their 

daughters to school. 

Ethel Ogden Burwell packed a lot of 
news into one card. She has a part- 
time job as Admissions Coordinator for 
the University-Liggett School. She 
serves on the Gross Pointe Friends of 
the Library Board and is also involved 
in the Colonial Dames and the Jr. 
League of Detroit. Armisteads (father 
and son) are into building plane 
models of all kinds. The Burwells 
have two Sweet Briar daughters. 
Young Ethel graduated Phi Beta Kappa 
this spring and will serve on the SBC 
Alumnae Board with her mother this 
year. Lisa is a junior. 

Nancy Hawbaker Gilbert writes from 
Gainesville, FL, that she enjoyed being 
in Virginia again when taking her son 
to enter Virginia Tech (VPI to us old- 
timers) as a freshman in electrical 

Carol McClave Mercner's daughter 
Barb graduated from Penn State with 
honors. Carol, who lives in West 
Chester, PA, has been promoted to 
marketing manager for Farm Credit, 
and Dick's business is thriving. 

June Berguido James was a social 
worker in Buffalo for five years after 
graduation and without a social work 
degree. She is finally completing her 
Master's in Social Work in May, 
1983. Guite's 18-year-old daughter 
Rebecca is a sophomore at U. Va. and 
Molly, 14, is a high school sopho- 
more. Ceci Dickson Banner visited 
overnight in April. Over Parents' 
Weekend '81, I enjoyed seeing Ceci 
and her lovely daughter Jenny, an Al- 
bion sophomore. Ceci works for a pro- 
fessional fund-raising organization and 
goes all over the country consulting in 
the field. 

Hope Sparger Hanbury is writing in 
the campaign sales promotion depart- 
ment of Avon Products. She and her 
husband Harry are new co-op owners 
in N.Y.C. 

Ruth Mackie Gabay has returned to 
teaching math part-time at a small 
Episcopal girls' school, St. John Bap- 
tist School, in Mendham, NJ, her 
home. Ken is a senior marketing 
representative with IBM in the Data 
Processing division. The Gabays have 
four children: Mark, 19, is a sopho- 
more in electrical engineering at U. of 
Rochester and is in NROTC; Allison, 
17, is a high school senior who 
studies flute and attended Interlochen 
this summer; John 14, is a high 
school freshman; and Matthew, 7, is 
a second grader. Ruth, Ken and fami- 
ly planned to spend the month of 
August camping on Martha's 

And speaking of Martha's Vineyard, 
Bessie Smith Flynn teaches elementary 
school in Edgartown. My older girls 
are her "backyard" neighbors and 
have been glad for a friendly face far 
from home. 

Lee Cooper van de Velde is already 
planning the activities for our reunion. 

Coopie stayed with Claire Cannon 
Christopher in Winston-Salem on her 
way home to Philadelphia from the 
World's Fair. 

I had a wonderful memory-jogging 
letter from Carol "Bird" Hall. She has 
two children, Susannah, 17, at Brown 
and Daniel, 15, at the George School. 
She is married to film maker Leonard 
Majzlin and lives in N.Y.C. Carol calls 
herself a "songwriter," but I would 
call her a composer, for to her credit 
is the Broadway hit The Best Little 
Whorehouse in Texas. She wrote both 
the music and the lyrics. Her musical, 
which has run in New York for five 
years, has two touring companies, is 
in summer stock and has just been 
released as a movie. Carol occasional- 
ly sees Margie Ritchey Toole and 
Peggy Mozur Grossman. 

There is quite a lot of news from 
Richmond. Mary Johnson Campbell's 
daughter Margaret enters U. of N.C. 
this fall; daughter Wendy is still at St. 
Catherine's and her son is at boarding 
school Ruth Carpenter Pitts and 
daughter Berry spent a night with 
Mary and David in the spring. Tibby 
Moore Gardner talked to Lynn Prior 
Harrington when she and her daughter 
were college hunting. Tibby and Bill's 
son Rod just got his Eagle Scout 
award and is spending the summer 
bicycling around Puget Sound and 
Vancouver. Bill III is at Hampden- 
Sydney and is taking a summer 
course at the U. of Madrid. Pat 
Williams Twohy's daughter Patricia 
also enters U. Va. this fall and 
Elizabeth is a sophomore at Collegiate 
School. My daughter Anne and I 
stayed with the Campbells in their 
lovely home in October when Anne 
was looking at Virginia schools. Mary 
and I went to the Symphony in the 
evening and Anne enjoyed going to 
classes in the afternoon at St. 
Catherine's with the darling Campbell 
girls while Mary, Tibby, Patty and I 
had lunch together. We talked non- 
stop about Sweet Briar! 

Joan Nelson Bargamin and Paul had 
a wonderful trip to Hawaii in 1981, 
and were planning an October trip to 
Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti 
this year. I am glad to report that 
Joan is recovering after a month in 
the hospital in May. Her oldest son, 
Paul, will be a junior at William and 
Mary; second son, Paul, is a dean's 
list scholar, and Stephen, a National 
Honor Society member, will enter U. 
Va. Joan's husband Paul is an at- 
torney for Traveler's Insurance Co. 
and Joan is training as a volunteer 
cancer therapy counselor for the 
Cancer Society. She is into Tahitian 
dancing and aerobics to keep fit. 

Carolyn Mclvor Dews, who lives in 
Crewe, VA, continues to work in the 
family roofing business. Her oldest 
son Carl is a freshman at James 
Madison U.; Chuck, 13, is active in 
football and baseball, and Andy, 11, 

Sweet Briar College 

is musically inclined. 

Lois Seward Kumpers and Axel live 
in the Paris suburb of LeVesinet; they 
also have a farm house in Normandie. 
"In July we're swimming in cherries 
and raspberries and in the fall, apples 
and pears." They have an old black 
cocker spaniel and a young Irish ter- 
rier which they use on hunting trips to 
the Vosges. Lois ends her card with 
this message: "If any old friends with 
whom I've lost track are in Paris and 
want to get in touch, they should do 
so through the Merrill Lynch office 
here. Would love to see ole [sic] bud- 
dies of the Class of '58. 'Til then, I 
send you all my best wishes for the 
25th reunion in May — have fun and 
kickup your heels." 

Although I have not seen Eleanor 
Humphrey Schnabel for some time, 
Hank calls us when he is in town 
visiting his family. El has a gallery 
and framing business in Hingham, 
MA, Schnabel's Galleries, which is 
now five years old. Hank is with the 
Talbot's, expanding their retail outlets 
throughout the country. Daughter Elite 
is at U. of Mass., has taught sailing 
in Maine and was an AFS student in 
Switzerland. Liza, a high school 
junior, sails, plays varsity tennis and, 
most recently, was in Haiti with the 
Diocese of Mass. on a work project. 
The Schnabels had an AFS "son" 
from Portugal in '80- '81 who was a 
"pure joy." 

Life has been hectic for the Kuntz 
clan in the past year. Lee and Martha 
will be seniors at Albion College; they 
have both played varsity hockey and 
were officers of their sorority. Kappa 
Alpha Theta. Martha will spend her 
first semester off-campus in an intern- 
ship program in Philadelphia. Last 
summer they worked on Martha's 
Vineyard and had a marvelous time. 
Anne graduated from high school in 
June and is attending St. Mary's Col- 
lege in Raleigh, NC, this fall. For six 
weeks this summer she taught oral 
reading, language arts and social 
values at Alpha School, our local in- 
dependent school for children with 
learning disabilities. We spent Anne's 
spring vacation in Sea Island, GA, 
visiting Eddie's parents and are soon 
off to northern Michigan for a brief 
holiday. I have retired as Development 
Director of the Alpha School and am 
looking for a full-time job. I still sing 
in my church choir and have just 
completed a two-year term as presi- 
dent of the Oakwood Youth Commis- 
sion, a local community board. 
Although we will miss the girls, Eddie 
and I are looking forward to the 
"empty nest" after 22 years! 

I have found that one of the 
bonuses of visiting colleges is the op- 
portunity to see old friends. Besides- 
Anne's and my delightful sojourn in 
Richmond, we had a wonderful stay at 
Sweet Briar in the fall. The College 
did an outstanding job for the pros- 
Alumnae Magazine 

pective students and their families. On 
our spring college trip, Anne and I 
had dinner in Winston-Salem with 
Claire Cannon Christopher and her 
lovely daughter Ashley. Claire's hus- 
band Hudnall and son David declined 
the evening of Sweet Briar talk. In 
Raleigh, I called Margery Scott 
Johnson '57 and had a quick visit 
with her by phone. Margery is on the 
Board of St. Mary's College, where 
one of her daughters will be a 
sophomore (12th grade), and is very 
involved with the symphony. In Atlan- 
ta, we spent the afternoon with 
Caroline Sauls Shaw. Her two sons 
are both delights; young Alex, 13, has 
a great sense of humor and is very 
bright and poised; Thomas is a 
charming and active 5-year-old. 
Caroline looks great, leads a very 
busy life, and travels extensively with 
Robert. The summer tour includes 
Westminster Choir College in 
Princeton, NJ, Saratoga Springs, NY, 
where Robert conducts the 
Philadelphia Orchestra, and, later this 
year, a trip through several European 
countries rehearsing both orchestras 
and choruses for a major combined 
concert. They plan to slip away to the 
south of France for a vacation while 
they are abroad. 

This is my last column; I have 
loved being Class Secretary for "lo 
these many years." Your letters, com- 
ments and support have made this job 
more fun than work — but it is time 
to replace me. Think about it and 
come up with a new scribe in May. I 
will be writing you about contributions 
for the class scrapbook, so please 

And remember: SBC is We place to 
be in May of 1983!!! 



Marie (Patsey) Carney Reed (Mrs. J. 

Bradbury), 231 Deer Park Dr., 

Nashville, TN 37205 

Fund Agents 

Nancy Fleshman Bowles (Mrs. 

Bowlman T., Jr.) 11 Ampthill Rd., 

Richmond, VA 23226 

Ann Miller (Millie) Anderson Stuckey 

(Mrs. George C), 4201 Oxford Circle, 

E., Richmond, VA 23221 

Reunion was simply wonderful with 
a turnout of 26 alumnae, 12 hus- 
bands, and 7 children. We missed all 
of you who couldn't come! Happily 
catching up Friday night at the 
Daniels' were: Anne Allen Symonds 
and son David. Millie Anderson 
Stuckey and George with children 
Julie. Andrew, and David, Ann-Bruce 

Boxley Burgess, Patsey Carney Reed 
and Brad, Betsy Cate Pringle and 
Johnny, Andrea Denson Wechsler and 
John, Douglas Dockery Porteous, 
Elizabeth Farmer Owen and Doug, Mig 
Garrity Sturr and Dixon, Brooke 
Hamilton Cressall, Mimi Molander 
Moss and Mike, Allison Moore Garrett 
and Tom, Jocelyn Palmer Connors and 
Tom with their son Mark, Anne Parker 
Schmalz, Betsy Person Griffin and 
Buzzy, Ann Percy, Ann Ritchey 
Baruch. Jane Roulston Schottker and 
daughter Lisa, Mary Jane Schroder 
Oliver and Loren with their son 
Jasper, May Belle Scott Rauch, Sally 
Sharrett Perryman and Paul, Julia 
Shields, Adele Vogel Harrell, Chris 
Christie Cruger, and Nancy Fleshman 
Bowles. Fontaine Hutter Hettrick came 
by Saturday. 

This tremendously successful re- 
union was due to the efforts of our 
class president, Elizabeth Farmer 
Owen, Jocelyn Palmer Connors, who 
was head of all reunions and works 
closely with SBC as 2nd vice presi- 
dent of the Alumnae Association, and 
Anne Allen Symonds. Anne has 
agreed to be our next president after 
doing a fabulous job as class 
secretary. She generously provided all 
'62 alums with Screwpulls, the 
fabulous corkscrew her father 

From the scrapbook assembled by 
Anne, we find in the 42 question- 
naires returned that there have been 
40 interim name changes, 187 ad- 
dress changes, 28 schools since 
1962, 96 children (2.3 each), 18 mid- 
life crises, and that real estate invest- 
ment is the most recommended use of 
discretionary capital. 

Anne will be seeing Rosalie Smithy 
Tallman at the Fancy Food Show in 
New York. Rosalie is president of an 
export company, A Taste of France. 
She and Chuck also have a summer 
camp in the Dardogne region of 
France for boys and girls aged 10-15. 
They offer a great program of drama, 
French, crafts, and sports plus educa- 
tional excursions. They'll be in 
Charleston. SC, this winter and 
Smithy Mcintosh, 14, will be at 
Episcopal High School. 

From Cupertino, CA, Sarah Adams 
Model writes that she received her 
B.A. from California State and is busy 
with Fritz, 10. and Heidi, 6. Her hus- 
band Klaus is with Hewlett-Packard. 

Grey Baird McCarroll is currently a 
librarian, and Michael, her husband, 
is vice president of D.C. Heath Co. 
They live in Concord, MA. 

Chris Christie Cruger s daughter 
Laura Jane, 18, attends the Sorbonne. 
Daniel, 16, and Peter, 14, are in 
school in Richmond. Chris is presently 
public relations consultant and copy- 
writer for J. Christie, Inc. Besides 
holding many public relations posi- 
tions, she has done a great deal of 
acting, writing, and directing. Watch 

for her! 
Elizabeth Farmer Owen — our 

wonderful leader at reunion — is 
heavily involved in volunteer work in 
Louisville, plus keeping up with 
Douglas, 14'/i>, and Elizabeth 12 1 /2. 
Doug is in the Mortgage Loan Dept. of 
Capitol Holding Co. 

From Rochester, NH, Patsy Cox 
Kendall writes that she is involved in 
all sports, Junior League, and com- 
munity work. Her husband Skip is 
president of Kendall Insurance. 
Sheldon, 16, is at Phillips Exeter 
Academy, Rusty, 14, and Stephanie, 
11, are at Berwick Academy. 

Ann Blake Campbell writes from 
Houston that she and Sandy, who is 
with Merrill Lynch White Weld, have 
just bought a farm. Their girls Ann 
and Helen are 15 and 12 now. 

The list of Addie Kamke Cook's in- 
volvements is incredible — a new big 
old house which needs restoring 
(they're moving to Canandaigua, NY), 
sculpture, watercolor, writing school 
curriculum, a garden column, lectur- 
ing on ERA, starting a fine art pro- 
gram in the public schools, board 
member, guest lecturer, and much 
more! She says she is going to 
simplify and see us a the 25th! 

Still happily ensconced in New 
Orleans, Douglas Dockery Porteous is 
a full-time volunteer for the 
Metropolitan Opera. She also enjoys 
Will, 10, and Keith, 4, and extensive 
travel with Bill. 

Andrea Denson Wechsler writes 
from Santa Fe that although she's 
given up her law practice, she's con- 
tributed to four dictionaries and a 
thesaurus for Houghton Mifflin. Carol 
Davis Wells' oldest child, Leslie, is at- 
tending Stanford this fall. Carol will 
still have John, 16, and Peter, 14, to 
keep her busy, as well as her work 
toward an M.B.A. at St. Louis U. 

Fran Early is director of personnel 
administration and general manager of 
Prudential in Houston, TX. She has 
traveled all over South America, to 
Greece, and Bequi. "Carpe diem" is 
her advice for discretionary capital. 

Linda Emery Miller is living in Des 
Moines, IA, and working as a special 
education consultant. Her husband 
Clark is in sales with Sears, and 
daughter Jocelyn is 6. 

In Atlanta, Selwyn Evins Simmons' 
husband William is regional credit 
manager with Kaiser Aluminum. 
Daughter Elizabeth. 19, attends 
Auburn, and son Dan, 17, Henderson 

Mig Garrity Sturr, husband Dixon, 
and three children live in Littleton. Co, 
where Dixon is an oceanographer and 
senior staff engineer with Martin, 
Marietta Co. Mig is involved with high 
school counseling and beginning a 
Master's degree. 

Judith Hartwell Brooks is an artist 
working in several media. She and 
John (who is with CBS-TV) and David, 


15, and Timothy, 11, live in Katonah, 

Easily the most distant address is 
that of Nancy Hudler Keuffel in 
Taiwan. Will, 12'/2, Eric, 10, and 
Susan, 5'/2, all attend Taipei 
American School. Nancy reports she is 
too busy for a mid-lite crisis! 

Four hundred miles a week is Beth 
Johnson Phillips' carpool average with 
Angela, 13, Eleanor Anne, 11, Sandy, 
9, and Jimmy, 3. Her husband Jim is 
an orthopedic surgeon. 

Loti Rhett Kennedy Dunn, who left 
SBC after sophomore year to marry, 
lives in Alexandria, VA, where she's 
part owner of a boutique. Her hus- 
band Stewart is an attorney, and 
children are Rhett, 19, Elizabeth, 17. 
and stepsons, 20 and 24. 

From Crossed, AR, Ann Cai 
Meredith Hilgeman writes she is hap- 
py tending the needs of 4-year-old 
Ernest Richard, her roses, her church, 
and her husband Ernest. Since 
graduation, Gloria Mederer Coleman 
has acquired children aged 28, 26, 
24, 22, and 8! She says for us to 
watch for son Chris. 24. who is a 
guitarist for the Backstreet Society 
Trio and plays in many different cities. 
She and Wilby, who is an attorney, 
live in Valdosta, GA. 

We were all so happy to see Mimi 
Molander Moss and her husband 
Mike, who came to Reunion all the 
way from St. Paul, MN! She reports 
full-time involvement with volunteer 
work and also with Charlie, 13, and 
Bill, 11. 

Our exchange student from Japan, 
Kyoko Ohara Asakawa, lives in Tokyo 
with her husband Kohji, who is presi- 
dent of a chemical manufacturing 
company. They have boys 10 and 13 
and girls 8 and 6 — and they all 
would like to visit the U.S. and SBC. 

Fran Oliver Palmer, who is a 
systems analyst in Houston, writes 
that her stepson Tom will be a 
freshman at UVa this fall. 

Anne Parker Schmalz is busy keep- 
ing up with children aged 13-18, as 
well as being president and owner of 
Horticultural Curators, Ltd. and co- 
president of the New Haven League of 
Women Voters. 

It was fun seeing Betsy Pearson 
Griffin and Buzzy at Reunion. Their 
son Edward is at W&L, where he 
pledged SAE, along with Anne Dunlap 
Youmans son. Betsy is executive 
director of Rice Design Alliance, a 
non-profit organization. Anne works in 
Macon, GA, as a travel consultant, 
which she highly recommends, since 
she has traveled everywhere! Her 
other two children are 9 and 15. 

Ann Percy has moved 15 times 
since graduation! She is currently a 
museum curator in Philadelphia, hav- 
ing earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in 
History of Art. 

Penny Powell Carmody is a research 
and office aide for the Richmond 


Bureau of the Washington Post. She 
and her husband Basil Terence Car- 
mody and children, Lycia, 13, and 
Nathaniel, 11Vz, have lived in Lon- 
don, Brussels, and Rome. 

Julia Shields is teaching 12th grade 
English in Charlottesville. 

Janice Smith Stearns lives in Lake 
Park, FL, and manages an apartment 

Judging from the photos, I advise 
all teenage girls to watch for Katsie 
Webb Ragsdale's two boys, Hugh, III, 
19 (at Stanford) and James Webb, 
15 1 /2 — handsome guys! Katsie is 
program coordinator of the Human 
Resources Institute at U. of Ala., and 
Hugh is professor of history there. 

Susan Rusmisel Ide writes from 
Mehoopany, PA, that mid-life is a time 
for sorting out top priorities and 
simplifying. Her children are 11 and 
9, and she teaches at Keystone Junior 

Mary Steketee MacDonald and her 
husband Jerry live in Bay Village, OH, 
where he is with G.E. Their children 
are Kathy, 12, and Chris, 13. 

Lydia Taylor (who kept her maiden 
name when she married and is now 
divorced) has an M.A. in history and 
graduated first in her class from 
William and Mary Law School! Her 
girls were 3 years and 18 months 
when she entered law school. She 
clerked for Judge Walter Hoffman and, 
as of Jan. 1 , works for the City At- 
torney's Office in Norfolk. 

In D.C. Adele Vogel Harrell plans to 
finish her Ph.D. in sociology in '83 
and is working as a research sociolo- 
gist at George Washington U. Her 
girls are 15 and 16. 

May Belle Scott Rauch and Ted are 
building a house at Caesar's Head, 
SC. They and Teddy, 14, Scott, 12, 
and Brearley, 10, will enjoy a spot 
down South, and we're thrilled to 
have them nearer! 

Alice Allen Smyth's two oldest 
children will be attending Andover this 
fall. Ritchie Baruch, 14, son of Ann 
Ritchey Baruch has been playing soc- 
cer in Europe this summer. The whole 
family will be traveling out West in 

Macon Winfree Hilton is chairman of 
the Symphony Support Drive in Nash- 
ville for next year and is playing a lot 
of tennis. Her children are Betsy, 16, 
and Rob, 13. Bob is chairman and 
CEO of American Health Corp. The 
Hiltons' latest project is the restoration 
of a 200-year-old house in Bath Coun- 
ty, VA. 

Barbie Ross Goode's daughters are 
Anne, 17, a junior at St. Margaret's 
in Tappahannack, VA, and Amy, 12, 
at home. Barbie loves the excuse to 
visit Richmond and see classmates 
and friends, particularly Fontaine Hut- 
ter Hettrick and Millie Anderson 

Brooke Hamilton Cressall is 
finishing up 30 hours toward a middle 

grades certification. She loves 
teaching Math. Hunter is in the 9th 
grade. Brooke had talked to Margie 
Caine Brown, who has joined the 
ranks of the working world as a travel 
agent. She lives in Florida. 

Barbara Sublet! Guthery, who has 
been active in United Way and other 
endeavors in Ridgewood, NJ, is a 
newly elected member of the YMCA 
Board. She lists her occupation as 
stockbroker. We would love to hear 
her opinion on use of discretionary 
capital at present. 

Ginger Borah Slaughter has her own 
planning/analysis firm, Lefkoff, 
Slaughter, and Cardwell. She is stiii 
active at St. Anne's Church and sing- 
ing with the Atlanta Choral Guild (rave 
reviews at Kennedy Center and Lin- 
coln Center). Sixteen-year-old David is 
at Woodberry Forest. 

Laura Connerat Jelk's son Freeman 
is at Sewanee and Lotty is a freshman 
at Connecticut College. Laura has 
moved from Savannah to Chapel Hill, 
having returned to being a full-time 
student. Fran Oliver Palmer's stepson 
will be a freshman at UVa this fall. He 
lives in NYC. 

Two address changes of note: Iris 
Coggins from Pennsylvania to the Big 
Apple and Jane Aldrich Karr from 
Montana to Arizona. 

Allison Moore Garrett and Tom have 
just built and moved into a beautiful 
new house in Memphis. Their son, 
Murray, 16, travels all over the world 
playing tennis. 

I look forward to hearing from all of 
you. Please help me by keeping in 



Lin Campbell, 35 Willow Place, 

Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201 

Fund Agent 

Nancy Conkle Swann (Mrs. David C), 

800 Raintree Court, Winston-Salem, 

NC 27106 

My annual "job" must get itself 
done again, and you all are most 
obliging in helping me complete it. All 
I have to do is to join your words 
together, and that is a treat for me, 
although I believe the finished product 
may look like fine pearls strung on 
kite twine. Ah, well. you have it 
for this year. Some of you elected to 
stick to the traditional kinds of write- 
ups, some spoke to issues, and 
others volunteered parodies. Almost 
everyone commented on liking options, 
and I will try to continue that ap- 
proach in the future. Now, the news: 

Kit Baker Sydnor, Kendall and 
daughter Jennifer (7) are happily 
growing horses, ponies and puppies 

on Steep Forest Farm in Forest, VA. 
Kit teaches riding part-time at SBC, 
judges horse show and teaches riding 
on a free-lance basis, all of which she 

Grade Butler Johnson has been 
running son Tommy's (4) nursery 
school and preparing her house for a 
local historical house tour. She is so 
busy, that's all she wrote. They are 
still in Blauenberg, NJ. 

Frances Butt Slaughter married 
Greg Fishe in August, 1980. They are 
in Cambridge, MA, where Greg is in 
school at MIT. 

Margot Brown Bucale writes that 
she is back in the U.S. from Turkey 
"working as a rag seller for a 
women's apparel importer." She 
says, "Spending the day writing 
telexes and being manipulated by a 
chauvinist with slide rule makes it 
hard to go home to communicate with 
computer-literate, denim-clad kids who 
could care less about my polyester 

Kathy Carroll Matthews, Dave, 
Heather (12) and Carrie (8) are also in 
the U.S. — in Alton, IL. Dave is the 
manager of Winchester operations in 
Japan. Kathy is involved in the Junior 
League and church, and mostly in 
house redecoration. They are enjoying 
the St. Louis area. 

Vicki Chainski Verity wrote that she 
finds her existence as amusing in 
concept as she finds the idea of me in 
New York: "Can you see me, world 
traveler and gypsy at heart, land- 
locked on a farm in the middle of 
Ohio? For diversion and the latest in 
entertainment, we travel to a nearby 
mall in pick-up trucks." Do you think 
that one might have been a parody? 
News? One never knows... 

Jeannine Corbett Squires, Jay, 
Jeannette (12) and Margaret (9) are 
in their fifth year in Asheville, NC, 
where Jay is a pathologist and, thank- 
fully, just added a 3rd pathologist to 
his group. Jeannine spends most of 
her time carpooling and in various 
community activities. "I have finally 
found MY hobby — photography!" 
She has taken classes and special 
trips and truly enjoys this new in- 
terest. Jeannine says she would like 
to find something other than expensive 
recreation to do with her photography 
and says she is envious of today's 
SBC grads who seem to have more 
options than we. 

Cynthia Craig Bliss says that her 
news rivals most parodies when 
perceived by the persons involved. 
Last spring "I opened a gift shop and 
met Bill the next day! We were mar- 
ried in October. He has a lovely 
12-year-old daughter. I closed the 
shop in January. And guess who is 
expecting her first this October!" 
That's happy news, if you ask me. 

Randie Cutler Maw and family 
moved to Washington, DC, "a nice 
change from Manhattan. Our daugh- 

Sweet Briar College 

ters, Carlyn (7) and Elizabeth (9) are 
thriving and enjoying having a house, 
with a yard, etc. They're at Cathedral 
Elementary School, and Elizabeth will 
enter NCS next fall." Randie is a pro- 
ject director/producer of an historical 
film being made for public tv and is 
looking into academic or administrative 
jobs for next year. 

Makanah (Nancy) Dunham re- 
sponded to the issues idea: "I feel 
the most important issue to women 
and men today is to help the world 
take its next evolutionary leap — from 
'having' (material goods, etc.) to 'be- 
ing' (sharing with all, helping all to 
have needs met and equal oppor- 
tunities, guaranteeing peace for all). 
Each of us will work on this in our 
own individual ways and will thus 
help create the 'rainbow of promise' 
for all humankind." 

Louise DuRona Sklower and family 

— Al, Olivia (9) and Jededia (1'/z) 
are still in Paris where they are happi- 
ly ensconced in a new apartment. 
Louise continues to make customized 
children's clothes — particularly vests 

— which are special order items, and 
she is interested in the possibility of 
assembling a folk arts display for the 
Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. 
Folk art has not been assembled in a 
display or musuem in France before, 
as I understand it. The Sklowers 
came to East Hampton for July and 
August, which afforded me a wonder- 
ful visit with Louise and the children. 

Deanie Finch Hampton has two 
children, Tommy, 13, and Julia, 10, 
and has been married 17 years in 
June to Dr. Tom Hampton. She is in 
PTA, of which she is president and 
volunteer chair, for elementary and 
middle schools, respectively; is a 
Campfire leader; and is head of art 
competition at a district level. "Also, I 
am a housewife with normal daily 
driving. I play the guitar, weave, 
etc," she writes. 

Marilyn Garabrant Morris and family 
moved in June to Hong Kong, where 
David will be head of Banking for 
Morgan Guaranty. "We're very excited 
about our 3-4 year stay and look for- 
ward to enjoying the Far East. In case 
anyone is interested, I have a daugh- 
ter. Blair, 2, and a son, Anthony, 7 
mos. Hong Kong offers lots of live-in 
help, so I'll start Chinese language 
lessons, soon." We're interested, 
Marilyn, we're interested, silly. 

Vi Graveure Patek said she only had 
time to give bare facts. If these are 
the bare ones, I can't imagine an an- 
notated version. This group clearly is 
busy and talented. Vi just finished a 
year of Latin study at S.U.N.Y., 
which landed her a part-time job 
teaching Latin and French in Bedford, 
NY. "Fortunately, I will always be 
home in time for the girls' (12, 9, and 
7) arrival home from school. They are 
all busy with musical instruments — 
Sarah was 3rd chair flute in the 

Alumnae Magazine 

Westchester All-County Band, Sheila 
is busy with her first big Mozart 
sonata on the piano, and Emily is 
deep into Book 2 of the Suzuki 
method. I am taking violin, too, and 
am working on 3rd position. Mark 
(husband/father, IBM Communications 
pricing manager) is taking recorder 
lessons from Sarah. The entire group 
plans a cruise in the Newport area 
this summer." On that note... (ouch) 

Sandy Hatten Hartwell writes that 
she and Billy were feeling confused at 
the surfeit of riches — a chance to 
write a parody on the kind of life they 
often dream of parodying. "We could 
write that we have two children, one 
of each, ages 10 and 8, with ap- 
propriate names starting with J, soc- 
cer and tennis stars, etc." All in all, 
however, they decided that their life is 
a parody of the exciting and seemingly 
picture-book perfect existence of the 
rest of the world. Theirs is also a 
happy parody, if it be one. "How can 
I possibly write that I tend my three 
children, work in my yard, drive the 
car a lot, and have a few good friends 
and lots of family here to tend to. I 
jog, not enough. I cook, but more hot 
dogs than nouvelle cuisine." The 
Hartwells recently moved back to the 
Gulf Coast of Mississippi, after 12 
years in the San Jo/San Fran- 
cisco/Saratoga area and a brief stint 
in Kuwait. (I keep feeling like this is 
real life for the multitudes, and pro- 
bably one too difficult for me to 
manage. I'm sure the Hartwells have 
secret 11th C. Castles in Majorca they 
are redoing and that their children go 
to summer camp in spots like Tibet 
and Machu Picchu). 

Peggy Henning Minnick says that 
she and Jeffrey have three children — 
Linden (6), Duncan (3V2) and 
Margaret (1). "That will be eight 
straight years of changing diapers by 
the time we finish. Finding time to 
read a book is very difficult, but I love 
having them all close together, al- 
though sometimes I feel like a re- 
feree." Issues important to her are 
family health and nutrition and part- 
time paid work options for women. 
They are in Locust Valley, NY. 

Harriette Horsey Sturges says that 
her main accomplishments since re- 
union last year are staying under 200 
lbs. and under 40. "How much 
longer can I keep it up?" She and 
Buzzy and the two boys are still in 
Louisburg, NC. 

Carey Judy Weathers wrote that 
she, like Sandy Hartwell, is struggling 
at how to write a parody of her life — 
it could be that she is restoring a cas- 
tle in France, or some such exotica. 
The facts are that she's a mother of 
four, who "does minimal placement 
with the Jr. League, who goes to the 
grocery store a lot... I love my life. 
Dallon has been teaching at Hall 
Episcopal School, where our children 
go, and pursuing a Master of Divinity 

degree at Southern Theological 
Seminary in Columbia." Carey also 
reports that Ann Dreher is still 
teaching at the University there in Col- 
umbia and is fine and fun. The 
Weathers are preparing to add on to 
their house in order that everyone, in- 
cluding Dallon (8), Louisa (almost 6), 
Susannah (almost 3) and Kay (14 
mos.) can each have some privacy 
and sanity. Carey says that at 37 she 
can tell that she doesn't look like 
she's of collegiate age — "Mostly 
skin and hair tell me." She's lucky, 
I'd have to say, "Skin, hair, shape, 
joints, creaks and such." Isn't aging 

Ann Kerr Praeus wrote a traditional 
update from New Orleans where she 
is teaching cooking classes to female 
children 8-12 (there are all those 
Weathers girls over in Columbia, Ann 

— ever take that on the road?) Also, 
she is having fun as a member of the 
AJL Area V Council; "this means a lot 
of work, but also fun and travel. Gene 
and I love to travel and just got back 
from Mexico (we sent our 13-year-old 
son and 10-year-old daughter to Mex- 
ico City to live and study with a Mex- 
ican family for three weeks prior to 
our trip — they loved it!" Also, they 
will go to San Francisco in August for 
the Bar Assn. meeting. 

Midge Lundy clearly is alive and as 
funny and irreverent as ever in 
Denver: "I am a 37-year-old old maid 
living with a golden retriever and a 
Scottish terrier in my own lively house 
in Denver. When I'm not climbing 
rocks or getting hit on the head by 
them, I sell new homes for a devel- 
oper. I drive an old Porsche and a 
brand new Volvo wagon and terrify 
everyone on the road. I am obnoxious, 
occasionally charming, and quite in- 
dependent. I miss only Virginia's red 
clay and horses. Most of this is 

Cindy Michel Blakely claims she 
wrote out of self-defense because I 
overacclaimed her accomplishments 
last year. "The more ridiculous 
aspects of my life are the ordinary — 
never get around to needlepoint, exer- 
cise, good works or making money. 

— just coping. We're happy in 
Houston, despite floods and heat 
waves." Cindy reports that I, par- 
ticularly, would appreciate 5-year-old 
lan's "gettin' religion" at his school 

— his new scapegoat is The Devil. 
Colin is grown up at 9. And all seem 
to have made the Brooklyn-Houston 
move without visible scars. I made the 
reverse move, I'm sure with more 

Patty Martin Rodier wrote a wonder- 
ful letter, but made me promise not to 
report most of it. Reportable facts are 
that Donna Martin Zahork is moving 
from Ithaca to Nashville, but their 
younger brother now is moving to 
Ithaca, which is fairly close to Patty in 
Rochester, where she teaches at the 

medical school. Patty reports that 
Sheila Mahoney has moved from 
Rochester to NYC, and that she, Pat- 
ty, and her two bassetts will be mov- 
ing in December to another "warmer" 

Randi Miles Long says that an 
issue of special concern to her is child 
abuse. A woman of action, Randi has 
put her concern into a concrete at- 
tempt to address this problem through 
a volunteer program called "court ap- 
pointed special representative," 
through which she will investigate 
abuse cases and give the judge her 
reports. "I will be an advocate for the 
child!" Randi and her family are still 
in California. 

Lee Mackubin Miller is having a 
busy summer, what with both Macon 
(6) and Patrick (11) on swim teams, 
her own work as president of her 
churchwomen's group, mission work, 
and over commitment at their chil- 
dren's schools. If that weren't enough 
to make you lie down, Lee is expec- 
ting a third child in February — 
"Much excitement over this event!" 

Martha Madden Swanson may be 
combining news with parody (often 
difficult for me to distinguish in my 
own life) with issues of concern: 
"The last year has brought two major 
changes in my life: 1) I was intro- 
duced to Clairol Loving Care (why 
does gray hair look so distinguished 
on my husband and dowdy on me?) 
and 2) decided to stop volunteering 
and teaching LaMaze, and to make 
some money. I was the only mother in 
the neighborhood left to make cup- 
cakes. Who would have thought that 
at 37 I'd be in a classroom with kids 
young enough to be my own trying to 
discover the inner workings of price 
earning ratio." Martha is going to 
hatch into a full-blown accountant 

Jody Moore Griffin, Chuck and their 
three boys — 14. 10, 3'/z — are all 
well and happy in Caracas, Venezuela, 
where Chuck works with Eastman 
Kodak and Jody's work is school ad- 
ministration. The children are multi- 
lingual — "the little one speaks 
English, Spanish, and Portuguese 
equally and shames us all. "The Grif- 
fins were in the Outer Banks of North 
Carolina for the summer, where Jody 
was studying via Old Dominion. They 
hope to remain overseas and, also, to 
bump into some SBC people. 

Suzy Moseley Helm. Nelson and 
their two boys — 12 and 6V2 — are 
still in Louisville, where Suzy is 
preparing to return to work for the 
first time in 13 years. She will be 
director of special projects tor the 
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, a 
job she says will be mostly P.R. The 
boys are "all I could every want them 
to be and more. Nelson is still lawyer- 
ing and computerizing on the side. 
Issues with which I've been involved 
recently are ERA. the pro-choice 


cause, various anti-poverty programs, 
and other social issues." 

Judy Mundy Fowler wrote a happy 
note from Shaker Heights, OH, where 
she is happily ensconced with Paul 
Fowler, her husband since May, 
which is also the month in which they 
both received M.B.A.'s from UVa. 
They honeymooned in the Carribean 
and moved to Cleveland, where Paul 
works for Sohio as a crude oil trader 
and Judy is in manufacturing tech- 
nology for General Electric. Her 
children, Gray (13) and Cynthia (11) 
"are busy adjusting to their new 

Janie Patton Browning and Wilson, 
who owns and directs a coal and 
shipping business, remain in Norfolk 
with their two children, Will (13) and 
Laura (11). Janie raises, shows, and 
judges Lhasa Apsos, which she has 
done since school. She has had the 
number 1 dogs in Japan, England, 
and the U.S., and currently is on the 
Board of the National Dog Club and 
the American Lasa Apso Club. 

Marcia Pace Pennewill wrote after 
returning from the spring Annual Con- 
ference of the Junior League in San 
Francisco, where she saw many SBC 
alums, to her pleasure — Diana 
Rediker Slaughter, Laura Haskell 
Phinizy '65, Georgia Graham Carroll, 
etc. Marcia is president of the Pen- 
sacola League. She and the boys 
seem to be doing well with busy 

Andrea Pearson Pennington writes 
that the ridiculous is also part of the 
key issues which she sees facing all 
of us — she spends every day "pro- 
secuting all the juvenile criminal of- 
fenders of Mobile County, which is 
ridiculous in some cases in its pet- 
tiness, but in most cases pathetic and 
abhorent in what I see young people 
doing to others without regard for the 
lives they damage. I look to my own 
child and wonder and hope that our 
family is giving the guidance to Kate 
(2Vz) to help her be a worthwhile 
human being as she grows older. Al 
is in private law practice and Katy is a 
delight to us both." 

Laura Penick Felt, Bob, and their 
girls spent an "interesting" year in 
Newport, Rl, where Bob attended the 
Naval War College: Now, they're off to 
Yokosuka, Japan, where Bob will be 
meteorologist for the Seventh Fleet. 
Laura and her daughters plan lots of 
traveling and shopping. 

Peppy (Dianna) Yaeger Rankin sent 
a short outline of their long family: 
"My husband Tom is a neurosurgeon 
specializing in microneurosurgery and 
the use of the laser in surgery. We 
have four children and expect the fifth 
in September. The four are 
Alexandra-12, Caroline-10'/2, Tom- 
my-7, and Ruthmarie-1 '/2. We are 
happy on our horse farm in Mary- 


Diana Rediker Slaughter sent 
"real" serious info which she says 
should be a parody, "since life is 
always punctuated by the absurd! I 
am a professional volunteer with a 
special emphasis on child advocacy 
and child welfare. I would also like to 
return to the publishing business as a 
paid professional. I am serving as 
president-elect of the Jr. League and 
take advantage of the great range of 
training opportunities offered by this 
remarkable organization. We have ter- 
rific SBC alumnae in Birmingham, AL 
— I am proud to be one of them." 

Linda Reynolds, a.k.a. Peavine, is 
still in Washington, DC, when she is 
not off galavanting in some romantic 
corner of the world. The galavantings 
and postcards from Biarriz, Bretagne, 
etc. are so frequent, I'm not at all 
sure she is in Washington much. 
When there, she is with the National 
Opera Company at the Kennedy 
Center. Their season is opening with 
Carmen. "As for my greatest ac- 
complishments, I don't think I've ac- 
complished it yet. At least, I hope 
not!" I have the same hope for 

Susan Kjeldsen Roos, Billy, Casey 
(9) and Jennifer (13) are still remodel- 
ing their wonderful Victorian Brooklyn 
Heights brownstone, amidst early 
adolescence and several incompetent 
or disappearing contractors and plum- 
bers. This is a major issue in the 
Rooses' life which they would like not 
to see as that. This, too, will pass... 

Sandy Street! Hamrick is in St. 
Louis teaching French through the 
Alliance Francaise. "The school is be- 
ing considered for a possible Midwest 
center for the development of Alliance 
schools. I will be lecturer in French at 
Washington U. this fall. This summer 
the French Government has offered me 
a two-week institute in Commercial 
French at the Chamber of Commerce, 
Paris. Family — Mark (1 1 /2) and 
Robert (10) — keep us in good 
physical health with their various 

Joanna Sabalauskus Lehane writes: 
"As Manager of Regulatory Affairs for 
a $2.5 billion multinational corporation 
(true), my life in D.C. is a zoo. Ever 
try to regulate affairs of 535 Con- 
gress-persons while giving speed 
reading on the side so that some of 
them can get up to ten PAGES a 
night? Volunteer help graciously 

Kathy Sheehan Raid and Peter are 
in the Boston area where Kathy is the 
chief administrative officer at M.l.T.'s 
Psychiatry and Social Work Services 
at the new medical center, which 
serves the student and employee com- 
munity of the Institute. Peter is 
tenured at Tufts U. and has published 
another book on Tenth Century Latini- 
ty. They are looking for a child to 

Mary Stearns Broske completed her 

Ph.D. in Finance and is an Assistant 
Professor of Finance at the U. Notre 
Dame, in South Bend, IN. She will be 
teaching Investments. Her husband 
and daughter "are here, too, of 

Sally Thomas Hoffman wrote a 
parody, inspired by the infusion of all 
the sci-ti she has ever read upon her 
own life. "I live in Washington state 
where the public power commission is 
called "WHOOPS" and deserves it for 
all the cost overruns on nuclear pro- 
jects. My career is in microelec- 
tronics, where we are busy moving 
atoms around in orderly ways, at least 
when equipment and process are 
under control. One of the production 
workers left me this message — 
'Everything ran smoothly today — 
twilight zone.' I have found my per- 
sonality type in a science fiction called 
Adune — I am a Bene Gesserit — 
scientific women that can force people 
to do their bidding by the tone of their 
voices. And, of course, I have a cat 
named Spock. Real life is for those 
who can't hack science fiction." 

Eleanor Thomson Thomas claims 
she is very parody. "This 
semi-straight, sedentary scholar (some 
would not remember me thus, but it's 
the probable image) turned into a 
38-yr.-old jock. I bounce from lap 
swimming pool to running the local 
track, to yoga, to Tai Chi, to ballet, to 
scuba diving in quarries. In between, 
I walk many miles (ridiculous it is 
that, would you believe, I still don't 
own a car!). Occasionally I still write or 
read a book. I'm my preppy daugh- 
ter's hippie mother. By the less 
charitable I am called everything from 
dilletante to teeny bopper to... 'We 
know what we are, but know not what 
we may be!' The family still gets fed. 
I work part-time jobs, e.g., teaching 
A.M. swimming, P.M. childbirth. A 
fascination with marine mammals has 
me hankering to return to school 
someday and to the sea. I never felt 

Anne Ward Sterns says that her 
greatest concerns currently are: 1) 
sanity! Chasing two boys, Robbie (4) 
and Ward (9 mos); 2) Reagonomics 
— Trying to sell our house in this 
depressed market place and move to 
NY. We're still in Indianapolis. Most 
recent accomplishments — teaching 
12 inexperienced actors to ride bare- 
back as an 'equestrian' for Blue 
Jacket, a new outdoor drama Ed 
directed in June in Ohio [note: Ed is 
husband hereof]. On a more traditional 
note, I am Program Director for Young 
Audiences, which brings music, dance 
and theatre programs to schools in In- 
diana. Ed is directing the first 
American production of RSC Nicholas 
Nickelby (8V? hours) at Great Lake 
Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland this 
summer." They hope to move to New 
York soon. I hope they will, too. 

Penn Willets Mullin and John, who 

is with Wells Fargo Bank in San Fran- 
cisco, have three children: Lucy Penn, 
1%; Hadley, 7; and Brannan, 11 — 
all healthy and thriving. Penn is very 
succesful with free-lance editing and 
writing books for teenagers (a 
remedial reading series). She has had 
three books published this year! Penn 
enjoys working with the SB Club there 
in S.F. 

Rab Willis Findlay's news was that 
she and daughter Gwathmey had a 
wonderful trip to SBC in the fall — 
"The campus was lovely and the 
students so pleasant! I still am at 
Benedict College, teaching a lot less 
and doing more research and ad- 
ministration. I plan to spend part of 
next spring at NIH in Bethesda, and 
hope to see some of my classmates 
there" (I hope she means in Bethes- 
da, not NIH or NIMH, but who am I 
to say?). "Kirk will probably run for a 
second term as mayor of Columbia 
this fall. Kirkman is 12; Gwathmey, 
10." Rab and Kirk are enjoying a few 
childless weeks while kids are in 
camp; then, the family will vacation in 
Maine. (I have great expectations that 
Rab will write a sequel to "The Secret 
of NIMH" while at NIH, and that 
Anne Ward and Ed might produce it, 
or something). 

Judy Wilson Grant invoked the spirit 
of beloved Dr. Nelson: "Lavinia, 
forgive me, but if I am to respond 
about the ridiculous in my life, does 
that not compel me also to discuss the 
sublime? Well I must say that they are 
one and the same, these days. (Cons- 
tant confusion or reality in our age 
group...) Not only do we have three 
children, Margaret, 5, being oldest, 
but we are expecting #4 in December 

— at Christmas!" She is praying for 
a real, fat Santa to make things a lit- 
tle exciting. As if all this were not 
enough, they are adding on to their 
house. "I keep saying 'yes' to the 
children's schools for everything from 
chocolate chip cookies to Board posi- 
tions, 'yes' to projects at the 
Children's Hospital, etc. Newell is 
busy as ever with commercial real 
estate, currently developing a golf 
course and huge shopping center." 
[That's where we'll open Rab's and 
Anne Ward/Ed Ward's movie on NIH]. 
Judy says that Newell frustrates her 
constantly with his practical wisdom 

— he never puts her favorite stores in 
his shopping centers. 

As for me, I agree that the sublime 
and ridiculous are indistinguishable a 
good bit of the time. Take New York, 
for instance...! have, and I am hog 
wild about it, except when it smells, 
is dirty, violent, expensive, rude etc. 
One of my friends' children com- 
mented that even the pigeons are 
rude. True, I suppose, but not 
always. And there are all those flip 
sides of those old coins. I continue to 
work, which is now more of a strug- 
gle and a fight, for Planned Parent- 
Sweet Briar College 

hood. Because of the commitment we 
have to helping people make responsi- 
ble choices about whether to bear and 
when to bear children, we are now 
audited frequently by the Federal In- 
spector General's office, etc. I find 
this strange and sad, but I honor the 
opinions of those who disagree. I am 
just completing (this week) my book 
for kids with diabetes and, I hope, for 
many with no diabetes. I received a 
small grant for the book, and that was 
a marvelous ego booster. I will need 
that next week when I turn the manu- 
script over to the agent. In my volun- 
teer capacity, I continue to believe 
that I can help the world with its pro- 
blems — I'm just a little idealistic. I 
am active with several health and 
welfare organizations and spend a 
great deal of time attempting to create 
peer support for people with diabetes 
and other chronic diseases. A parody 
of my life would be a life of quiet 
order, no surprises and a super 
serious, grim struggle for fame, 
wealth, and glamor. Give me a break! 



Emmy Moravec Holt (Mrs. J. 
Williams), 105 Rockingham Rd. Green- 
ville, SC 29607 
Fund Agent 

Debra Denemark, 1255 New Hamp- 
shire Ave., Washington, DC 20036 

Greetings once again as, incredibly, 
another year has flown by. The news 
has poured in, and I have enjoyed 
hearing from all of you. 

Susan Hampton VerNooy and her 
family are living in San Jose, CA, with 
16-mos.-old Dean and Justin, who 
begins kindergarten this fall. They 
dream of moving to a smaller town. 
Barbara Offutt Mathleson and Tom had 
a son, Skye Cassidy, on Sept. 4, 
1981, in San Francisco. Also there, is 
Sally Taylor, who reports that all is 
well and that her business of pub- 
lishing winery maps and little guide 
books of California wine country is do- 
ing well. The magazine she has been 
running has "grown up and moved 
out" of her house and is now cared 
for by her partners. Anyone visiting 
the California wineries is eligible for a 
tree wine map upon request. Sally 
spent last fall in Kyoto, working with 
a Japanese potter in his studio and 
entertaining a succession of house- 
guests from the U.S. She got the 
royal treatment from her Japanese 
friends, including having her own 
apartment. She says that the toughest, 
part of going to Japan is coming home 
— and she looks forward to another 
three months there this fall, reporting 
on wine activities in Japan, as well as 
other tree-lance work. 

Alumnae Magazine 

Marty Paul Andersen and Rick, Kate 
(4) and Hans (2) hope to have seen 
the end of corporate moves and will 
finally make a home in Cody, WY. 
Rick bought part of an insurance 
agency there. They are about 50 miles 
east of Yellowstone, and Marty would 
love hearing from SBC tourist out in 
Cowgirl Country. 

Deborah Warren Rommel says that 
the only way to survive the Houston 
heat with children is to wear them out 
swimming! With Emily (5), Andy (3), 
and #3 expected in early December, 
Deborah stays busy, while husband 
Ross works hard with a small law 
firm. She enjoys docent work at 
Bayou Bend — a collection of 17th, 
18th, and 19th C. American furniture 
and paintings. 

Cindy Cocke Hill lives in Harlingen, 
TX, with her two sons Garrison (10) 
and Duncan (9). Cindy was divorced 
last year, graduated from the U. of 
Tex. last May, and toured Europe that 
summer. She loves her work as a 
financial representative with E. F. Hut- 
ton Financial Services. Also in Texas 
is Michelle Perry Gonzalez, living on a 
horse farm with her four daughters 
and husband; they breed Arabians. 
Michelle is working on her Master's 
in Art and Art Education at Corpus 
Christi State U. 

Out in Denver, Lori Harris Amass 
has had another son, Tyler. 

Kristin Herzog loves life in Bloom- 
ington, IN, where she has recently 
become art director of the KAPPAN, a 
national journal for educators. She 
thinks it'll be fun, but a tremendous 
amount of work. Kris is also in the 
Ph.D. program of the Instructional 
Systems Technology Dept. (Educa- 
tional) at I.U. — it should take her 
about 10 years to finish, but she says 
she isn't in any hurry. 

From Louisville, KY, Barbara 
Brewster Miller sent news that she 
was expecting her second child in 
early October. Brewster is now 4. Also 
in Louisville is Stuart Davenport Simrill 
and husband Spenser, who enjoys be- 
ing cannon at the Cathedral. They are 
adjusting to the death of their infant 
daughter Susan Sawyer, a victim of 
SIDS on Jan 3. Joanne Hicks Robblee 
has moved to Ft. Knox, KY, where her 
husband is a lieutenant colonel as- 
signed as a lawyer. Clay (9) and 
Jessica (6) keep her busy with 
Scouts, swimming, gymnastics, and 
Little League. Joanne is also currently 
working on her Master's in 

Cathy Louis Lovell writes from 
Atlanta that she teaches Latin full time 
at Lovett. Husband Wood is a real 
estate broker, with his own company 
that deals mostly with buying, selling, 
and managing apartments. Life seems 
hectic with two sons, ages 7 and 4! 
Kathy Barnes Hendricks spent last 
spring getting used to motherhood 
with Nathan VanMeter, IV, born April 

6. She is working on an English 
garden in her backyard and will 
resume cooking classes this fall. 
Kathy continues to serve on various 
boards and will be in charge of a 
symposium on Chinese Export 
Porcelain in connection with the High 
Museum Antiques Show in November. 
Kate Schlech is still with the DOJ An- 
titrust Division in Atlanta and, so far, 
has been mercifully spared the Reagan 
pinch. Work is keeping her very busy, 
but she enjoyed a ski week in Aspen 
over the winter and wants to try Vail 

Betsy Edwards Anderson and family 
are fine in Charlotte — enjoying new 
baby Caroline Edwards, born in May, 
along with Charlie and Claire. Betty 
Brewer Caughman traded the glories 
of single life for the greater joys of 
married life on May 8, 1982. Husband 
Jerry (UVa M.B.A. 1971) is a division 
manager for Coastal Lumber Co. in 
Weldon, NC. They live "on permanent 
vacation" on Lake Gaston, 15 miles 
outside Roanoke Rapids, NC. She 
sees Suzy Yates frequently. Kay 
Parham Picha "reunionizes" more 
than any classmate I hear about! She 
got together in Dallas with Karen Hart- 
nett, Sue Lykes Mueller, and Pam Pif- 
fath Stills — did everything from 
Mexican food and a night at "Billy- 
Bob's" to a drive out to J. R.'s house 
and a make-over at Lord and Taylor's. 
She and David attended the wedding 
of Courtney Cash '69 and Lloyd 
Mustin, III, in February in Richmond, 
where they saw Betty McLemore and 
Betty Brewer Caughman. When not 
meeting classmates, Kay lives near 
Greensboro, NC, where Tom (bVz) will 
begin kindergarten and Mandy (6'/2) 
will start first grade at Greensboro Day 
School. Kay is still bookkeeper and 
secretary for Dave's business, Classic 
Dyestuffs. Stuart Camblos Royall has 
gone to work part time as a coordinat- 
or of the Host Homes Program at Duke 
U. Medical Center, which places 
relatives and friends of patients in 
private homes. She is enjoying the ad- 
ministrative duties and public relations 
it involves. Stuart's girls are Jennifer 
(8). Margaret (4), and Caroline (2). 

Terri Eoff Walsh reports from Har- 
risonburg, VA, that motherhood is a 
delightful change — even though she 
stopped working for pay and traded in 
her high school algebra books for 
baby books. Her son was one year old 
in September. This past June Terri 
helped at a local music camp, run by 
fellow SBC-er Helen Graefl Ellerman 
'46. Husband David is still Com- 
monwealth's Attorney for city and 
county. Jean McKee Carmichael writes 
that she works part time for husband 
Norman's wine importing and distri- 
buting company, selling wine in the 
Charlottesville/Lynchburg area. Jean 
also teaches aerobics at the YMCA 
and plays tennis, when time allows, 
with Jan (8) and Ross (4Vi)- 

Tracy Savage is now associate 
director of development at the Foxcroft 
School near Middleburg, VA, an inde- 
pendent secondary school that lists 
Carter Burns Cunningham 71 among 
famous alumnae! Tracy also teaches 
music and theatre. She has written 
and produced several of her own 
stage musicals over the years — and 
received her law degree from W&L a 
year ago. She is happy to be back in 
education and is busy directing 
amateur community theatre groups in 
the area. In Richmond, Betty Glass 
Smith and Bill are thrilled with their 
son Wesley Randolph, born May 26 

— an eight-pounder. They are work- 
ing on finishing rooms in their home 

— three rooms down, two to go. with 
the basement their current project. Bill 
does a lot of the work himself, with 
some help from Betty. She recently 
heard from Barbara LaLance Kelly — 
she and family are moving back to 
N.Y.S. from Tennessee. Katie 
McCardell Webb had her second child, 
Spencer Hancock, on April 20 — 
another eight-pounder. She is also 
enrolled in the Master's in Health Ad- 
ministration program at MCV in Rich- 
mond. Katie still works at the Va. 
Health Dept. as a program analyst. 
Debbie Ohler Bowman is living in 
Lynchburg and saw Mimi Moore over 
New Year's. In January, 1982, Betty 
Rau Schewel had her third child. Mat- 
thew Adam, who joined Sara (3'/2) 
and David (6). She plans to par- 
ticipate in the Jr. League self-esteem 
puppet program for 5-6 year olds in 
the schools this fall. Her new car's 
license plates read "SBC 70." 

Susan Pond has become a 
Montessori teacher in McLean. VA, 
where she hopes to have more free 
time for friends, writing, painting, and 
music than the business world gave 
her. Also in the Washington area, but 
in Fairfax, VA, Claudia Forman 
Ostrander has left her position 
teaching banking and rejoined the 
banking industry as a commercial con- 
struction loan officer with Maryland 
National Bank. Her offices are in 
Silver Spring. MD, and she spent two 
months training in Baltimore at the 
bank headquarters while husband Bill 
took care of Ross (2)! Claudia heard 
from Tauna Urban Durand. who is 
now remarried and has three boys. 
Susan Holbrook Daly and Skip have 
moved from Wright Patterson AFB to 
the Pentagon. They have bought a 
home in Lorton, VA, and love being 
back in the South. Susan has gotten 
her real estate license and is working 
with Mt. Vernon Realty in the 
Springfield office. Her daughters An- 
drea (9'/2) and Stephanie [6Vi) have 
adjusted well to their third Christmas 
move out of the last four years. This 
past summer Elizabeth Smith married 
Robert Fletcher Adams at the Great 
Choir of the National Cathedral. They 
honeymooned at Kauai and Maui in 


the Hawaiian Islands. They'll be living 
in a house they bought across from 
the Cathedral, which they are fixing 
up and used for their reception. Anne 
Adare Wood is also in D.C., working 
hard as a lobbyist with a small firm 
which represents about 18-20 clients 

— primarily major corporations. She 
says it is exciting business, although 
the pressures of the Hill do get in- 
tense. While Congress recessed, she 
spend a week at the N. C. Outer 
Banks. At the end of August Anne 
hoped to go to Egypt, down the Nile, 
see some ruins, and spend time in 
Kenya on a safari. Missy Ball is look- 
ing for work in D.C. while taking 
courses at the U. of Md. and com- 
pleting repair projects on her house in 
Silver Spring, MD. Jane Gott has just 
relocated to the D.C. Metropolitan 
Area to take a position as phar- 
maceutical sales representative for 
Winthrop Labs, Sterling Drug. Baird 
Hunter Campbell and Bill are settled in 
Annapolis, MD; now after four years 
they have Neal (2) and another child 
expected in February 1983. Bill works 
in D.C. for American Hospital Supply, 
and Baird stays busy with tennis and 
as fund-raising chairman for the Jr. 
League. Wild horses couldn't drag 
Louise Hayman away from Annapolis 

— she loves it! She is raising her 
13-year-old daughter while fighting the 
"Cinderella complex" and is still 
working with historic preservation. 
She stays close to SBC by spending 
lots of time with a nephew of Former 
President Pannell. 

Sandy Hamilton Bentley announced 
the birth of Matthew Lawrence, born 
Jan. 22, in Exton, PA, between 
snowstorms. Frances Dornette visited 
in April and stood as godmother at his 
christening. On April 2, Jane Richley 
Rafal and Marshall had Julia Louise, 
who joined ranks with Alex (7), An- 
drew (3), and Rachel (12). Jane and 
Marshall are involved in duplicate 
bridge and the ballet and spent last 
January in London. They hope to be 
in Australia the end of September — 
baby and all! 

From NYC Fran Griffith Laserson 
writes that she is still keeping up with 
the rigors of wife, mother, career 
woman, and volunteer. She has 
stopped trying to furnish their apart- 
ment, as a guest can barely make his 
way around with out bumping into 
stroller, rocking St. Bernard, rocking 
horse, baby buggies, etc. for Tenley 
(2). Mary Jane Hipp Brock's son 
Walker and Pat Swinney Kaufman's Lily 
Hayes are frequent playmates. Fran 
became godmother to Mary Stewart 
Cunningham (Maisie), daughter of 
Carter Burns Cunningham. Both Pat 
Swinney Kaufman and Fran will be 
1982-4 V.P. of the NYC Jr. League. 
Alexandra Weyant de Bruyn delivered 
a paper entitled "Irenic Thought in 
17th C. Dutch Literature" at the Inter- 
disciplinary Conference on Netherlan- 


die Studies held at the U. of Md. at 
College Park in June. She is also the 
recipient of a doctoral research grant 
from the Center for European Studies 
of the CUNY Graduate School and Uni- 
versity Center. Elizabeth Wilson has 
emerged from oblivion and given an 
account of her past 12 years: before 
living in NYC for the past six years, 
she was "rather casually" enrolled in 
Art History Graduate School at UVa. 
Since then, she has worked for the 
auction house, Christie's, then for a 
private American paintings dealer, and 
presently with the Terry-Engell Gallery 
(17th C. Dutch and 19th C. French). 
She is meeting with reasonable suc- 
cess in explaining that Dutch Old 
Masters are not necessarily a brand of 
cigars! Also in NYC, Page Kjellstrom 
is always a great source of news. She 
has seen Betty McKee Werlinich and 
Doug. Betty is at Estee Lauder in the 
International Dept. Page is public rela- 
tions account executive with Letitia 
Baldridge — "one fascinating lady!" 
She works on Baker Furniture and 
Manuel Canovas — "divine French 
fabrics." Page traveled to Utah when 
doing some work for the Osmonds. 
She recommends the Baker's Stately 
Homes openings in SBC-ers' cities 
and loves the Southern accents at the 
Furniture Mart in High Point. She has 
talked with Miffy Walton Bright, who 
now has her own interior decorating 

Joan Hennessy Wright and Artie 
have bought a new house in West 
Hartford, CT, and are really enjoying 
hiring the help instead of being it for 
all the painting and repapering. Artie 
is assistant V.P. of General Rein- 
surance, and Joan loves her job as 
regional marketing representative at 
ESPN, the 24-hour sports cable net- 
work. Ann Gateley is teaching clinical 
internal medicine and has a group 
practice at U. Mass. Medical School 
in Worcester. She hopes that their 
next move will be away from the New 
England winters and back to the 
Southwest. Candace Buker Chang was 
clearing off her desk to move from 
Boston to Hillsboro, OR, when she 
wrote. She finished her M.S.W. in 
May and has been recruiting foster 
homes for the Dept. of Social Services 
in Massachusetts. She wrote and pro- 
duced a filmstrip for recruiting, which 
is being used statewide, and also had 
a "Life Book" for foster children 
published this year. Daughters Jean 
(8) and Sonia (4) went with Candace 
to Disneyworld, where they camped 
with Jo Shaw Robinson and Saunders 
(3). They ran into Bonnie Palmer 
McCloskey at Disneyworld with her 
family — all looking tanned and 
wonderful. Elsa Jones Foster has been 
working on call at Beverly (MA) 
Hospital in the Radiology Dept. doing 
echocardiography (ultra sound of the 
heart) and hopes to expand to other 
hospitals in the fall, as Alexandra will 

be in kindergarten and Roddy is 2. 
Elsa is involved in numerous com- 
munity activities, including serving as 
V.P. of the League of Women Voters. 
They are working on their antique col- 
onial home — reclapboarding, proof- 
ing, and insulating. Connie Haskell is 
making big changes this year — after 
nine years of teaching, she'll be at 
B.U. in Educational Media and 
Technology. She would like to work in 
business with "adult toys," such as 
computers and cameras. Connie saw 
Kim Muller-Thym, who was on her 
way up to an island in Nova Scotia 
with a friend for 5-6 weeks to paint, 
photograph, and unwind. 

Mary Beth Halligan Griffin wrote of 
a rough winter in White River Junc- 
tion, VT, when their son Vaughn (6) 
died on Jan. 4. He had a very serious 
congenital disease, but they had ex- 
pected him to live longer. Mary Beth 
feels fortunate to have Lindsay (3) 
and Garrett (1). 

Jenny Williams wrote that the 
Toadstool Bookshop, owned and 
operated by her brother and Jenny, 
celebrated its 10th year this June. 
She has two wonderful sons, Murdoch 
Linwood Hatfield (3) and Asa Williams 
Hatfield (6 mos.). Jenny stays busy 
with them, the bookstore, a small 
quarter horse breeding operation with 
her own stud and several mares, as 
well as giving riding lessons and com- 
peting at horse shows. Heather Tully 
Click is in Milford, NH, happily raising 
their daughter Amanda (1). She has 
been riding with Pam Piffath Stills 
several times and enjoys getting back 
in the saddle again. Her daughter has 
received pint-sized SBC tee shirts 
from Suzanne Elkins Major's and Kay 
Parham Picha's offspring. 

It is with sadness that I note that 
Mary Pat Cogan Rankin died in May. 
We all can recall how lovely she was, 
and I speak for everyone when I ex- 
tend sincere sympathy to her family, 
including husband Tom and sons Mat- 
thew and Jamie. 

Mary Scales Lawson and family are 
doing fine — with Joseph Scales 
Lawson, born on Thanksgiving Day, 
1981; Margaret and Roselle (6) start 
first grade this fall. 

Bill and I are enjoying life with 
three pre-schoolers — Will (5), 
Elizabeth (4), and Emily (1). I am 
volunteering in Greenville, but mostly 
stay on the homefront as a "side- 
tracked home executive" — too many 
projects, too little time. I did go to an 
SBC Admissions Representatives 
Chairmen's Workshop on the Campus 
in September. 

Thanks for all of your news, and 
keep it coming. 



Jane E. Piper. 24 Log Cabin Dr., St. 

Louis, MO 63124 

Fund Agents 

Janice Renne Kile (Mrs. William L), 

5084 Lakeshore Rd., Port Huron, Ml 


Patricia Barnett Greenberg (Mrs. 

Phillip H.), 2109 Fernleaf Lane, 

Florence, SC 29501 

It's becoming very apparent that no 
matter what season of the year it is, 
members of the Class of 1974 are 
very busy. The following news makes 
that quite clear. 

EAST: From the metropolitan Boston 
area: Beth Meyer Costello is pregnant 
and the baby is due in November. She 
is on leave of absence from her stock- 
brokering job. 

Marcia Brandenburg Martinson is 
expecting her second child — also in 
November. She and her mother were 
at the SBC Ewald Symposium and saw 
Eileen Rubin there. In May she spent 
an evening at Lucinda Young Larson's 
(73) home with Pat and Suki Hearne 

Maureen Hynes Binder had a girl, 
Allison Hagan Hynes Binder on Jan. 
16, 1982. She and Jeff and Allison 
visited SBC in September. She keeps 
tabs on Pam Cogghill, Sarah Clement 
75 and Suki Kirkpatrick as well as 
continues her job of writing speeches 
and editing publications. 

From the Rochester area Mary Lee 
Burch Weil was expecting her first 
child on Sept. 1. She is also writing 
the tenth year reunion letter of all the 
Jr. Year in France participants. 

Sandy Taylor is working for East- 
man Kodak Co. after getting her 
M.B.A. from the U. of Rochester. In 
spite of the frequent cool weather, she 
likes Rochester. 

Betsy Biggar Hellmuth and Ted are 
still in Upstate New York (Manlius) 
when they are not traveling — Ted as 
far as Montreal on business and the 
rest of the family, including Katie (5) 
and Teddy (3), for pleasure. Besides 
a spectacular skiing trip to 
Switzerland, they had visits to 
Cleveland (to visit "Grandma"), the 
Adirondacks, Lake Lanier in Georgia, 
and Christmas Cove, ME. 

On July 10, Kristin Amylon Swain 
married Charles W. Swain, a 
photographer in Corning, NY, with 
Tana Meier Parseliti her matron of 
honor and Mary Lee Burch Weil also 
present. Kristin has just completed the 
coordination and execution of 
relocating the Rockwell Museum in the 
renovated 1893 city hall and fire sta- 
tion of Corning. 

When Checka Robbin Delle finds ex- 
tra time from looking after young Paul 
in Hempstead, she cooks baked goods 
and Italian specialty dishes for her 

Sweet Briar College 

husband's delicatessen. She joined a 
weight training club and jogs when 

In New York City Mary Shaw 
Halsey continues as an architect with 
I.M. Pei & Partners. 

Laura Lou Elkins is looking for a 
new loft for her painting activities. 
She has hung some of her work at 
the Betty Parsons Gallery. She keeps 
in touch with Beth Jones Elkins. 

Alethea Lee will be teaching 
children in a special education setting 
this fall. Her painting continues. She 
and Jane Piper got together at the 
Metropolitan Museum in January for a 
day. They also talked to Alison Irwin 
who continues teaching at her alma 

Pam Cogghill goes on selling cor- 
porate bonds on Wall St. and during 
business travels catches up with 
friends like Cotty Matheson Wallace 
and Libby Stough Rush 75. She 
spent two weeks last November in 
Bangkok and Hong Kong and loved it. 

Bonnie Chronowski Dixon has 
moved to Upper East Side Manhattan 
and is now married to James John 
Brophy, a corporate bond salesman on 
Wall St. She sees Helen Travis and 
Sue White frequently. Her son 
Christopher, age 4, recently under- 
went successful open heart surgery. 

Helen Travis is now Assistant Per- 
sonnel Manager at Doyle Dane Bern- 
back Advertising in NYC. Helen has 
bought a spinet piano, sings in the 
St. Cecelia Choir, walked 30 miles in 
five hours around NYC to raise money 
for March of Dimes and has just 
welcomed home her sister who had 
just escaped with her children from 

In New Jersey, Donna Slingerland 
Callery has a new daughter, Lauren 
Brooke. She now has a Clinical Cer- 
tificate of Competence in Speech 
Pathology-Language. While up in 
Boston she saw Nancy Nields. 

Sally Brice-O'Hara and Robert, both 
officers in the Coast Guard, had a 
baby, Robert Charles, born on July 4. 
They have both been transferred from 
Connecticut, where Sally was assistant 
director of admissions at the Coast 
Guard Academy, to Cape May, NJ, 
where she was scheduled to begin in- 
volvement in the training of Coast 
Guard recruits in September. 

The latest from around Pennsylvania 
is that Laurie Krecker Stulb and Ed- 
win have a daughter Lydia Willard 
Stulb born July 31, 1981. Laurie con- 
tinues as a paralegal. Also in Flour- 
town is Robin Christian Ryan who 
finds banking and motherhood a 
fascinating, rewarding, but very busy 
combination. She and Jerry were at 
Lochrane Coleman's (76) wedding in 
April and saw Mary Combs They 
went on to New Orleans and saw Ann 
Prichett Van Horn and Marion Van 
Horn Eagan. 

Pat Carroll Bankstein and Bruce had 

Alumnae Magazine 

a girl, Jennifer Deland, born Mar. 19, 
1982. Bruce is now a partner in his 
law firm along with Ceil Linebaugh's 
brother. They are still renovating their 
home near Lancaster, PA. 

MIDWEST: Sarah Johnston 
Knoblauch, Shaker Heights, OH, il- 
lustrated a cookbook for the Shaker 
Nature Center last summer. She had a 
teaching fellowship at Hollins 
Humanities Institute and loved being 
back in Virginia. In May her 2nd an- 
nual "Great Kids Race," a two mile 
run for kids from first to sixth grades, 
attracted 200 kids. She has retired 
from teaching. 

Christine Weiss Pfeil writes from 
Rocky River, OH, of the week's cruise 
on the Inside Passage to Alaska that 
her mother invited her and her hus- 
band to join in July, along with her 
sisters Cathy Weiss Thompson and 
Wendy Weiss Smith 71 and their 
husbands. Chris says she saw whales 
and bald eagles, did lots of hiking, 
and took loads of slides — as well as 
enjoying the family reunion. 

Debbie Hart Eiserle now has a B.S. 
in Education with honors from Indiana 
U. and will be teaching third grade in 
Ft. Wayne this fall. David is now 
senior process engineer at Phelps 
Dodge Wire Co. Daughter Jeannie is 
now a very talkative 18 months. 

Bill and Jan Reene Kile have for- 
saken California for Port Huron, Ml. 
Bill does much sailing and Jan is on 
the Port Huron Yacht Club race com- 
mittee. She plans to visit California 
and see Carol Ann Kroese and Julie 

Kathryn Telfer is going into her 
third year as legal researcher for a 
large Detroit firm. Most of her work 
involves complex litigation, preparation 
for trial, and various research tasks, 
and it also takes her to various areas 
of the U.S. She is considering begin- 
ning law school at night so that she 
can continue her work. 

Karen Pennell Holly writes she is 
riding and training horses in the 
Chicago area, and Don is opening a 
new restaurant in Chicago. 

Laurie Epstein was in a minor 
earthquake in Hawaii while there on 
vacation. In Chicago she ran into 
Melissa Greenwood Reimer 75 at the 
Ritz-Carlton Hotel. She hoped to see 
Wanda Cronic Dess in November down 
in South Carolina. 

In St. Louis Mary Witt is busy do- 
ing clinical research at Children's 
Hospital. She presented a paper to the 
Society for Pediatric Research in 
Washington in May and two papers in 
San Francisco in June for two dif- 
ferent associations. Her research, 
which she thinks will continue for 
another 1-2 years in St. Louis, deals 
with diabetes in children and young 
adolescents. She and Jane Piper com- 
municate by phone, but managed to 
miss each other at the Old Dominion 
Schools Alum party in December. Jane 

headed back to Britain in September 
for three weeks and in May was up in 
Boston, where she saw Nancy Nields. 
who enjoys living in Salem, where she 
shares an old house with three others. 
This year Jane is co-chairman of the 
Jr. League Boutique in St. Louis, 
which has kept her from traveling as 
much as she usually does. 

WEST: Out in Colorado Barb Hansen 
Smith had a girl, Kelly Curzon Smith, 
on July 24, 1981. Though she and 
Bill live in Boulder, Bill practices law 
in Denver. In the spring Barb and Kel- 
ly went east and saw Mary Killorin in 
Washington and Holly Hoffman Frazier 
and Susan White in Charlottesville. 

Also in Denver, E.V. Shaw is 
writing brochures for landscape archi- 
tects and real estate firms. In January 
she and her husband Michael Albanes 
were in Washington seeing Paul and 
Jane Olmstead Murphy 73. The day 
after they arrived, Jane had a 
daughter, Moira Jane Murphy. 

Val Gordon reports she is com- 
muting between California and Wyom- 
ing, combining ranching and film pro- 
duction. She was field producer for 
James A. Mitchner's U.S.A. 

Up in Anchorage Christine Cumm- 
ings Bass and Wayne continue to be 
successful in real estate and they ex- 
pect their second child this fall. She 
also confirms that they are receiving 
$1,000 checks from the Alaska oil 

BB Wheelock Zavell has been a full 
time student in graphic design at the 
Academy Art College in San Francisco. 
Stephen is a patent law attorney for 
Standard Oil there. On her way to the 
Dominican Republic for a vacation, BB 
stopped in Washington and saw Mary 
Killorin, Tinka Pritchett, Karla Kline, 
Ceci Kirby, Sally Clary, Sally Randolph 
and Laureen Sherlock. 

Jeannie Manning Schmidley and 
James are also still in San Francisco, 
where she is associate counsel with 
Bank of America and he is on the 
faculty of the Neurology Dept. at the 
U. of Calif.-San Francisco. In 1981 
they enjoyed a three-week summer 
holiday in Europe, and now they are 
anticipating the birth of their first 
child in January. 

In Jan. '82, Hannah Pillsbury was 
transferred from Maine to Beverly Hills 
by Smith Barney, the brokerage firm 
she has been with for four years. She 
loves her work and life in California, 
where she is involved in tennis 
lessons, exercise club, hiking, and 
yoga. She has discovered that Phyllis 
Becker lives 10 minutes away, and 
she talks with Ann Smith and Jane 
Maloney occasionally. 

Lisa Martin loves Pasadena. By 
Christmas she plans to complete her 
master's in Speech Pathology. She 
wants to specialize in Child Language 
Development and Disorders. 

Julie Shuer writes she and Carol 
Ann Kroese spent a weekend together 

in May. Julie's practice in occupa- 
tional therapy keeps growing. She 
now has five employees so that she 
can do some research. 

Andy Francis has moved to 
Monterey, CA. She now has a Ph.D. 
from New York U. and is now a doc- 
tor and psychologist in psychoeduca- 
tional measurement and evaluation. 
She is now working for CTB/McGraw- 
Hill supervising the development of 
certification and licensing exams for 
health-related professionals. She has a 
three bedroom house on the ocean 
and loves it. She also bought her NY 
apartment so that she has a home on 
the East Coast as well. 

SOUTHWEST: In Las Vegas Debbie 
Pelham Bigum and Randy will have a 
baby in February of 1983. Meanwhile 
they are traveling around the 
Southwest when they can. 

Though she's busy being a wife 
and mother, Nancy Lea Houghton was 
back in Virginia in late July seeing her 
family. She also planned to see Ann 
Van Horn while there. Though Jim 
("Hoot") is much involved with law 
and real estate, they still broke away 
to Hawaii for a vacation and saw Barb 
Ashton Schiller and Scott in Angel 
Fire, NM, in the spring. 

There is much happening in 
Houston. Ann Stuart McKie is still at 
Neiman Marcus, but hopes to even- 
tually transfer to the Dallas store. She 
keeps in touch with Missy Hubbard 
and Cindy Sorenson Sutherland. She 
saw Cheryl Battin McKinley when she 
was in Houston visiting. 

Mary Combs says she's in Houston 
for keeps. She has a real estate 
license in Kentucky and is now get- 
ting one in Texas. Susie Harrison's 
sister lives across the street from her, 
another Sweet Briar alum. 

Though still at Baylor College of 
Medicine. Mary Ann Reese is now 
working in the Obstretrics and 
Gynecology Department. She sees that 
all manuscripts to the Journal of 
Clinical Ultrasound are reviewed and 
edited for publication. Mary Ann is 
engaged and plans a small spring 

Mitch Dore finished her teaching 
certificate at the U. of Houston. She is 
teaching art to children in the K-3. 
This fall she plans to go to Cranbrook 
in Detroit to work on an M.E.A. in 
metal smithing. She wants to get in- 
volved in knife making. 

Sherrie Snead McLeroy has 
changed jobs down in Galveston. She 
is now shop manager at Ashton Villa, 
a historic house museum. She and Bill 
bought a house in nearby Texas City 
and are putting the finishing touches 
on it. 

Barbara Moore can still be found in 
Ft. Worth being a psychologist with 
Texas Christian U. and in her own 
private practice. 

From Barb Ashton Schiller comes 
news of a cruise that she. Scott, son 


Christopher, her parents, sister and 
the babysitter took on the Sun Viking 
in the Carribean in February. Scott is 
still with Phillips 66, and Barb is in- 
volved with Newcomers and church 

Up in Dallas Melanie Porter became 
marketing manager for the Horchow 
Collection as ot May 3. 

Susan Stephens Geyer and Mark 
had their first child, Mark Stewart 
Geyer, Jr., on Feb. 13, 1981. The se- 
cond baby is due in December. She 
has stopped working, but plans to 
volunteer for the Jr. League's Art- 
reach program. She is also writing 
dental brochures for Mark's office. 

To Cheryl Willits Booth and Brian 
was born Abigail Elizabeth Booth on 
Oct. 10, 1981, in Tulsa, OK. Cheryl 
resigned her job and Brian has started 
his own insurance agency. Cheryl 
becomes a provisional with the Tulsa 
Jr. League this fall. 

SOUTH: Though Cyndi Hardie 
McCabe and David are forging ahead 
with their seminary studies, they also 
had a daughter, Tiffany Kristen, on 
Dec. 19, 1981, in Louisville, KY. She 
joins big brother Brian. The McCabes 
are transferring from Presbyterian 
Seminary to Union Theological 
Seminary in Richmond, VA. 

Down in Nashville Nancy Nunnelley 
is busy working, but spent the sum- 
mer in a brace after breaking her 
back in June from a riding fall. She is 
also secretary of the homeowners' 
association of a complex where she 
bought a condominium last January. 
She occasionally sees Susie Fitzgerald 
Dahl whose office is in the same 
building as hers. 

From Mary Lib Holman Williams 
comes the news of a new home in 
Berwick, LA, and they are awaiting 
their first child, due in January. 

In Jackson, MS, Ruthie Willingham 
Lentz reports she's been traveling 
seeing Robin Ryan, Lee Wilkinson 
Warren, and members of her family 
around the East. Ruthie is taking a 
computer course and hopes to use her 
knowledge in getting a job in the in- 
surance area. 

Gabrielle Urbanowicz Wehl and Mar- 
vin have kept busy in Mobile, both 
continuing their law practices. For 
their fourth anniversary they went to 
Mexico and like Puerto Vallerta 

Helen Sockwell wrote from Hunts- 
ville, AL, that she had exhibited art 
work in Brooklyn at the Williamsburg 
Show in April, had been accepted into 
the Pratt graduate program in sculp- 
ture, had been offered a computer ter- 
minal at Intergraph to "play with," 
attended a sculptor's conference in 
San Francisco in August, and was in- 
clined to go back-packing in Europe! 

Cheryl Viar Upchurch keeps busy 
with her three daughters in Birm- 
ingham, AL. Sam is with a law firm 


The Atlanta crowd has gained new 
arrivals in Emory Furness Maxwell, 
Charles, and their family which in- 
cludes a new daughter, Christian Key 
Maxwell, born July 29, 1981. Another 
new Atlantan is Ellen McMillan Her- 
man and her husband Jeffrey Greg 
Herman. Ellen plans to take the 
Georgia bar exam as she practiced law 
in Los Angeles. 

Rossie Ray is no longer Rossie 
Hewitt and is now the proud owner of 
an Atlanta condominium. She works 
for an Atlanta insurance agency and 
plays lots of tennis. She was at Alum- 
nae Council this fall as v. p. of the 
Atlanta SBC Club, and she hoped to 
visit Beth Franke Lynn while in 

Liz Thomas Camp and Jack have a 
son, Thomas Henry Camp, born Dec. 
13, 1981. They have a new old house 
down the road from their last home 
and are still in Newnan, GA. Liz is 
still district office manager for a 
Republican Congressman from 

The news from Florida is that Edwin 
and Suzanne Williams Click are proud 
parents of another son, William Thorn- 
ton Click, born June 22, 1982. 

Susan Piper Nagle Hesse, Calvin, 
Katherine Brooke (2), and Erin 
Morgan (born Jan. 22, 1982) have 
moved to the outskirts of Tampa, FL, 
where Calvin is district sales manager 
of Eaton Corp., Hoisting Division. Nap 
time furnishes Susan with a little time 
for sewing or working on stained 
glass projects. 

The South Carolina contingent re- 
ports that Patricia Barnett Greenberg 
suddenly has more time for community 
work and bridge now that Barnett is 
in nursery school and Andy is in 

In Charleston Colleen Shannon 
Robertson is still Director of Recreation 
for Charleston County Park, Recreation 
and Tourist Commission. She and Sal- 
ly Rebentish Randolph got together 
last year when Sally and John were in 
Charleston. Dwight is a family doctor 
in Mt. Pleasant, SC. 

Between Drea Peacock Bender and 
Wanda Cronic Dess, things are busy 
in Columbia, SC. Wanda has begun a 
master's degree at the U. of South 
Carolina in Secondary/Business 
Education and has a graduate assis- 
tant ship at the McKissik Museum. 
Wanda planned to be at Alumnae 
Council this fall, but in the meantime 
was helping plan a joint alum party for 
SBC and W & L alums. She continues 
as co-president with Drea of the Col- 
umbia SBC Club. Drea has also been 
very involved with the Richland County 
Legal Auxiliary Golf Benefit which she 
chaired this spring. This summer she 
chaired the ad sales for the AISD 
Designer Showhouse. She saw Cindy 
Conroy when Cindy was in Columbia 
on business. Drea has started a com- 
pany that makes soft-sculpture dolls, 

painted aprons and pillows, and more. 

Betsy Redwine Garner and Reg had 
a son, Heyward Evans Garner, born 
May 22, 1982. Alison Irwin is his 
godmother. Alexander the Cat is cop- 
ing with the new dog, General, as 
well as with the new baby. 

VIRGINIA: From Amherst, Sandra 
Stella Horwege writes she attended an 
Art Slide Curators workshop in Kansas 
City in June. She is now in charge of 
art exhibitions at Sweet Briar. 

Nancy Blackwell Marion and Dave 
were married on May 1 and spend 
their spare time (She is a partner in 
The Design Group, and he is an ac- 
countant) searching for antiques and 
renovating their 20-room, 1849 house 
in Lynchburg. 

In Charlottesville Linda Hogle is 
beginning her seventh year as a 
speech and language pathologist. 

Debbie Ryan Cairns and Scott love 
Richmond. Debbie is awaiting her se- 
cond child. She sees Mary Satterfield 
Worrell, Kathy Vuicich and Cindy 

Ellen Bass Brady and Chuck have a 
third boy, Mark Barksdale Brady, born 
Oct. 21, 1981, in Chesapeake,. VA. 

Lee Wilkinson Warren writes that 
when school time begins, she plans to 
resume her pipe organ lessons. Other 
free moments she reads or smocks 
dresses for Paige. She and Ruthie 
Lentz made a short visit to Ann Van 
Horn earlier this year. 

Fondie Mangum Sanderson is now 
Fondie Rittman. She and Marc were 
married in Norfolk Botanical Gardens 
on Aug. 15, 1981. Marc teaches at 
her alma mater, and they have just 
bought a house in Virginia Beach. She 
is still program management specialist 
with the Stanwick Corp. 

Debbie Griffin Tanner and Allen 
have a girl, Courtney Patricia, born 
Apr. 9, 1982. Allen and two others 
now have their own law firm in 
Newport News. Debbie does volunteer 
work for the local Planned Parenthood. 

Elizabeth Andrews Watts and Bobby 
announce a daughter, Elizabeth Tomlin 
Watts, born Mar. 10, 1982, in 

In Tappahannock, Elizabeth 
Nicholson Lewis and Bill adopted a 
son, William Carrington Lewis, on 
Sept. 23, 1981. 

Daun Thomas, Arlington, has 
opened her own firm, Daun Veitch 
Thomas Interior Design, and did a 
room for the Women's Committee Na- 
tional Symphony Decorators 
Showhouse. She sees lots of Karla 

This fall Karin Lawson and Keith 
Teel traveled to Greece and Yugoslavia 
for three weeks. Both are attorneys in 
Washington, and they like living in 
Old Town Alexandria. 

When last heard from Linda Kemp 
was a chartered financial analyst. 
Having bought a townhouse, she iS' 
now learning about home repairs and 

do-it-yourself bookshelves. She plays 
tennis with Cindy Conroy, Sharon 
Mangus and Jody Anderson Wharton 

75. She spent two weeks in Egypt 
last fall and hopes to go back next 
year. In town she also sees Nancy 
Mortenson and Terry Lear Evans. 

DC. AREA: Winton Smoot Holladay 
reports her third child was due in 
August. She and Hap are renovating 
an old house in Washington. 

The good news from Edie McRee 
Whiteman and Mac is a son, James 
Iredell McRee Whiteman, born June 
12, 1982. She plans to return to her 
work at the Smithsonian on a part- 
time basis in the fall. 

Deborah Camalier Walker and Dick 
had a son, Matthew Davis, on Feb. 8, 
1982, in Potomac, MD. Sheila Connor 
Kerber and David, who just moved 
back to the Washington area 
(Bethesda, MD), were expecting a 
child in October. David is an attorney. 

Vicki Bates Roy has finished her 
B.S. in computer science and now 
works full time for the National Bureau 
of Standards in Gaithersburg. She and 
Daniel are buying a house in Colum- 
bia, MD. 

ENGLAND: Jane Hutcherson Frier- 
son and Allen have more than 
memories to bring home next year. 
Their son Laurance William Frierson 
was born July 13, 1982. This fall 
Elizabeth and Bobby Watts plan to 
visit them over there. 

CANADA: Mimi Hill Wilk and Kenny 
have settled down in Calgary, Alberta. 
They were married in Beverly Hills on 
November 14, 1981. Attending were 
Lou Weston Rainey, Mary Killorin, BB 
Wheelock Zavell, Karla Kline and Can- 
dy Casey 73. BB and Stephen came 
up to Calgary for Christmas and 

A closing note of interest to those 
of you who are counting. As of this 
report, between July 1981 and 
February 1983 there will have been 
30 known children born to members 
of our class. 

Sweet Briar College 

Lyn Dillard Grones '45 

In the 

Sweet Briar 

"For several years prior to 
the Generations Campaign I 
had been interested in Sweet 
Briar's Pooled Income Fund," 
says Lyn Dillard Grones '45. 
"It was one of those things 
that sounded like a good idea. 
Then after becoming aware of 
the future needs of the College 
through the Generations Cam- 
paign and having decided to put Sweet Briar at the top of my list of philan- 
thropic priorities, I asked the College for a personal illustration." 

Lyn found that a contribution to the Pooled Income Fund would allow her 
to support the College to a greater extent than she ever thought possible. 
By contributing securities having a low yield, she managed to double her 
income. She had been advised against selling the securities and reinvesting 
the proceeds because of their low cost basis which would have resulted in a 
capital gains tax. By donating them to the Fund the capital gains tax was 
entirely avoided, and she got a sizable income tax deduction at the time of 
the gift. 

"I had Sweet Briar in my will for this amount anyway. By joining the 
Fund I got an income tax deduction that I would not have received by mak- 
ing a bequest. Normally," says Lyn half jokingly, "you want to go now and 
pay later, but my stubborn self wants to give now and go a lot later. 

"It is really so simple. I get inflation-proof income for life, save income 
taxes, reduce estate taxes, and support Sweet Briar's Comprehensive 
Development Program. When I compare the income I am receiving from 
the Fund to the actual cost of my contribution," she says, "my return is as 
good as any investment today. And, best of all, I have the pleasure of giv- 
ing now." 

Lyn, who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a tree farmer by occupation 
and a do-er by nature. She is very active with the Red Cross on the local, 
regional, and national level, and received the Red Cross Clara Barton 
Award in 1978. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stuart Hall 
and the local Board of the United Way, and she has also been a leader in 
various church and community groups. 

For Sweet Briar, Lyn is Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee, a 
Life Member' of the Boxwood Circle and the Indiana Fletcher Associates, 
on the Executive Board of the Alumnae Association, and on the Council of 
the Friends of the Library. She has three daughters, two of them alumnae: 
Keedie 76, Kathie 79, and Linda. 

Mi Briar 
™ r ^ College 

Indium I kulK-r 
Willums Associates 

The Indiana Fletcher Williams Associates was formed to recognize those who support the Col- 
lege with a bequest or other form of deferred gift. 

Special Reunion in Honor of the 35th Anniversary 
of the Junior Year in France 

Primarily for participants in the Junior Year in France Program, and for foreign language and 
international affairs majors. (All Alumnae are welcome) 

Friday, March 4 

4:00 p.m. Registration 

6:00 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner 

President and Mrs. Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., hosts 
8:00 p.m. Lecture on International Education 

Paul Simon, U.S. Representative from Illinois 

Author of "The Tongue-Tied American" 

Saturday, March 5 

9:30 a.m. -12:00 Panels: "Study Abroad and Language Learning" 

"Careers and Language Learning" 
Moderator: Mary Morris Gamble Booth '50 
12:15 Lunch 

May 20-22, 1983 


1963 20th 

1968 15th 

1973 10th 

1978 5th 

1913 70th 1938 45th 1963 20th 

1918 65th 1943 40th 1968 15th 

1923 60th 1948 35th 1973 10th 

1928 55th 1953 30th 1978 5th 

1933 50th 1958 25th 

Friday, May 20 

1:00-6:00 p.m. Registration 

Lunch available in the Bistro, Wailes Center, at your own expense 
2:00-3:15 p.m. Career Planning Panel (25th Reunion class) 
3:30-5:00 p.m. OPENING LECTURE: Alumnae College 
6:00 p.m. Class picnics 

Saturday, May 21 

7:15 a.m. Bii 

8:00-9:00 a.m. Br< 

9:00-8:00 p.m. Ch 

9:30-10:30 a.m. Ad 

ll:00-noon SE 

12:15 p.m. Ch 

1:00 p.m. Lu 

2:30-5:30 p.m. Fu 

6:00 p.m. Co 

7:00 p.m. Dii 

8:30 p.m. Hi; 

Bird Valk 


Children's Program 

Administrative Panel 

SECOND LECTURE: Alumnae College 

Class Meetings 

Luncheon honoring Reunion Classes 

Fun and Games 

Cocktail party with faculty and staff 


Hunter Davis '78 in Concert 

Sunday, May 22 

7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast 

9:30 a.m. Worship Service (25th Class will assist) 

10:45-12:15 p.m. FINAL LECTURE: Akftmae College 
12:30 p.m. Luncheon in Sweet Briar Gardens 

For further information write to the Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, Va. 24595. 

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Sweet Briar 


SPRING 1983 



February 11, 1983 


It is with the greatest of pleasure that I advise you that Nenah 
Elinor Fry, Dean of Wells College and Professor of History, has 
accepted our invitation to be the seventh President of Sweet 
Briar College. This invitation was extended by the directors on 
the recommendation of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. 

Dean Fry, a summa cum laude graduate of Lawrence College, received 
her M.A. and PhD in History from Yale and has served in her present 
position since 1975. Dean Fry brings to Sweet Briar great academic 
and administrative skills gained through many years of experience 
in women's higher education. We are confident she will continue 
the spirit and efforts of her predecessors in keeping Sweet Briar 
College at the peak of excellence in women's education. 

I know you will join me in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Fry when 
she comes to Sweet Briar and that we will work together for the 
future growth and success of our college. 


Victor W. Henningsen, Jr. 
Chairman of the Board of Directors 

and Overseers 
Sweet Briar College 

Sweet Briar College 


Vol. 53 No. 3 

SPRING 1983 

Integrating Computer Usage into the Liberal Arts 
by Robert L. Chase 

Computer Operations at Sweet Briar 
by Leif Aagaard, Jr. 

Majors in Computer Science 
by Robert L. Chase 

Computing Alumnae... Making it with Fortran and Pascal 

A Woman, A Mathematician, A Model 
by Karen Hunger Parshall 

Knowledge-Based Computing 
by John E. Savarese 

Computer Buzz Words 

Hortensia Tyler Gemmell 1904-1982 
by Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 

New Life for the Old Refectory 
by Janet Lowrey 

Annual Report of the Vice President and Treasure 
by Peter V. Daniel 


Alumnae Notices 

Class Notes 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition. 








inside back cover 

This issue of the Alumnae Magazine was designed by Pamela Mather '84 
during her Winter Term internship at The Design Group. 

Cover photo copyright 1983 by David I. Abrams. 

Executive Board, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, July 1, 1982-June 30, 1983: Gwen Speel Kaplan 
'60, Wilton, CT. President; Patty Sykes Treadwell '58, Ross, CA, First Vice President & Director of Clubs; Jocelyn 
Palmer Connors '62, Roanoke. VA, Second Vice President; Mary Ann Mellen Root '53, Greenville. SC. Secretary; 
Preston Hodges Hill '49, Denver, CO, Alumnae Fund Chairman; Mary K. Lee McDonald '65, Richmond. VA, 
Nominating Chairman; Edith Page Gill Breakell '45, Roanoke, VA, Admissions Representative Chairman; Lyn Dillard 
Grones '45, Virginia Beach, VA, Planned Giving Chairman: Courtney B. Stevenson '66. Chevy Chase. MD. National 
Bulb Chairman; Suzanne Jones Cansler '63, Selma. AL, Finance Committee Chairman; Judith Greer Schulz '61. Lynch- 
burg. VA, Continuing Education Chairman; Elizabeth Smith White '59, Charlotte, NC. Financial Aid Chairman; Ellen 
Harrison Saunders 75, Suffolk, VA, Career Planning Chairman 

Regional Chairmen: Virginia Squibb Flynn '32, Darien, CT; Sara Finnegan Lycett '61. Delta. PA; Elizabeth 
Trueheart Harris '49, Richmond, VA; Audrey T. Betts '45, Greensboro. NC: Ann Pegram Harris '59. Atlanta, Ga.: 
Mary Virginia Grigsby Mallett '49, Zionsville. IN; Ethel Ogden Burwell '58. Grosse Pointe. MI; Vaughan Inge Mor- 
rissette '54, Mobile, AL; Maud Winbome Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas, TX; Jane Merkle Borden '65, Denver, CO 

Members-at-large: K. Ellen Hagan '81, Charlottesville. VA; Ethel Burwell '82. Bethesda, MD; 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar nominated by the Alumnae Association and 

elected by the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College. 

Catherine Cox Reynolds '49. West Hartford. CT; Judith Sorley Chalmers '59. Short Hills. NJ; Julia Gray Saunders 

Michaux '39. Richmond. VA; Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47. Dayton. OH 

Ex officio: Patricia Calkins Wilder '63. Victor, NY. Golden Stairs Chairman: Elizabeth Doucett Neil] '41. Southern 
Pines, NC, Boxwood Circle Chairman; Nancy Dowd Burton '46. Cincinnati. OH. Reunion Gifts Chairman: Catherine 
Barnett Brown '49, Madison. NJ. Editor Alumnae Magazine: Ann Morrison Reams '42, Sweet Briar. VA, Director of 
the Alumnae Association 

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Editor: Catherine Barnett Brown '49 
Assistant Editor: Mary Hughes 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison 

Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor: Carolyn Bates. 

M.A., University of Illinois 
Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion 74, 

The Design Group. Lynchburg. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
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and summer by Sweet Briar College. 
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Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar Col- 
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Alumnae Magazine 

Integrating Computer 

Usage into the 
Liberal Arts 

By Robert L. Chase 

Late last summer, President 
Whiteman was notified that the 
IBM Corporation had generously 

donated $25,000 to help increase the use 
of computing in coursework at Sweet 
Briar. Why we feel this is an important 
need and how we are spending the 
money are two interesting stories. 

The computer revolution is upon us. In 
the near future, the person who is not 
"computer literate" will have difficulty 
functioning in our society. 

Even though "computer literacy" is a 
topic worthy of an article in itself, we 
will try to say what we mean by literacy. 
It is easy to say what it is not, or rather 
what the lower limits are. We do not 
mean that a person literate in computing 
must be an expert programmer, conver- 
sant in several computer languages. 
Rather, the literate of today should have 
enough familiarity with computing to 
utilize some of its benefits without get- 
ting bogged down in the details. 

The ability of a student to sit down at 
a terminal attached to our DEC-20, "log 
in," and run a biology program to teach 
her about cell membranes is one level of 
computer literacy. The ability to use a 
data base management system to organize 
information, selectively retrieve that in- 
formation as desired, and generate 
reports represents a higher level of 
literacy. A similar level is the ability to 
use a word processor to enter text and to 
edit that text by moving words, sen- 
tences, and paragraphs around. The 
machine can then check spelling and for- 
ward the whole document to a formatter 
which sets up pagination, generates a 
table of contents and an index, and com- 
bines different type fonts to print the 
opus as desired. In short, Sweet Briar 
wants to provide several paths by which 

our students can become "computer 
literate;" these paths break down into 
two categories, computer science courses 
and experiences which utilize computing 
in the traditional liberal arts curriculum. 

So, how do we accomplish this integra- 
tion of computer usage into the liberal 
arts? Primarily by providing opportunities 
for our current faculty to acquire the ex- 
pertise, equipment, and software to use 
the computer to assist them in teaching 
in their own areas of specialization. The 
$25,000 provided by IBM is one such 
vehicle for those opportunities. Other 
grant proposals are in process and will be 
used to supplement not only those pro- 
jects supported by the IBM grant, but 
also new projects as well. 

The IBM grant was allocated to the 
following faculty and projects: 

John E. Savarese, Associate Professor 
of English, will conduct a seminar series 
for faculty entitled "Computing with 
Text, Ideas, and Language." In this 
seminar humanists will learn to use the 
computer as a symbol-manipulation tool 
as opposed to its typical "number- 
crunching" uses. There are many com- 
ponents to this seminar; we list a few 

• Using the computer to manipulate 
textual symbols — editing, search- 
ing, analysis for content, and 
machine readable text as a resource. 

• Natural language analysis and ap- 
plications to foreign language 

• Tools for symbol manipulation: ap- 
propriate languages such as LISP (a 
"string" or text processing 
language) and LOGO, etc. 

Sweet Briar College 

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Alumnae Magazine 

Robert L. Chase is Director 
of Academic Computing Services 
and Associate Professor of Mathe- 
matical Sciences. He received his 
B.S. degree from the University of 
Maine and his Ph. D. from the 
University of Virginia, taught at 
Piedmont Virginia Community 
College and the University of 
Virginia, and came to Sweet 
Briar in 1979 as Associate Pro- 
fessor of Physics. He recently com- 
pleted a National Science Founda- 
tion project to develop teaching 
programs in Astronomy, and a 
project on electromagnetic scatter- 
ing for the Army Research Office. 
As part of his current duties Pro- 
fessor Chase is directing the IBM 
funded project "Integration of 
Computer Usage into the Liberal 
Arts. " 

Byrd W. Stone, Associate Professor of 
Education, James L. Alouf, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Education, and Judith M. 
Elkins, Charles A. Dana Professor of 
Mathematical Sciences, will start a long 
term project which has two aims: expose 
our education students to the use of com- 
puters, and the use of a microcomputer 
by students in the campus nursery school 
and kindergarten. 

Professor Elkins will work with the 
Education faculty to acquaint them with 
microcomputers and their uses, and in- 
itiate them into the workings and 
mysteries of the computer language 
LOGO — a language specifically 
developed for learning and teaching — 
more about this in a moment. Professors 
Stone and Alouf will then adapt and in- 
tegrate the microcomputer and the LOGO 
system into Education courses and into 
the nursery school and kindergarten. 

LOGO is a language developed at MIT's 
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to 
enhance the learning process. It is very 
easy to use, and in fact has been used by 
four-year-olds to begin to explore shapes 
and relationships among shapes and 

Ronald Horwege, Associate Professor 
of German and Chairman of Modern 
Languages, will direct a group of faculty 
who are investigating and adopting com- 
mercially available programs for the AP- 
PLE microcomputer in Spanish, French, 

German, and Italian. Students in Spanish 
have already begun to use customized 
review programs and are very enthu- 

Susan Piepho, Associate Professor of 
Chemistry, will be furthering her work in 
computer graphics which will be used in 
conjunction with design courses in Studio 

Brent M. Shea, Assistant Professor of 
Sociology, will investigate "marrying" a 
video-tape player and a microcomputer to 
provide students with an anxiety-free in- 
troduction to computers while clarifying 
and expanding upon material presented in 
introductory sociology texts. 

George Lenz, Whitney-Guion Professor 
of Physics, is working on using our new 
color graphics system for teaching and 
simulations programs, while Margaret 
Simpson, Professor of Biology, will be 
working on teaching programs and on us- 
ing microcomputers in the laboratory. 

The remaining funds are being used to 
sponsor a faculty lecture series entitled 
"Computing Practices," workshops for 
faculty new to computing, and to pur- 
chase some equipment to support a 
"Computers in Business" course. 

All in all, we feel we are making good 
use of the money IBM so generously 
gave us, and we hope to persuade other 
corporations and foundations to help us 
further the integration of computer usage 
into the liberal arts. 

Sweet Briar College 

Computer Operations 
at Sweet Briar 

By Leif Aagaard, Jr. 

It was a year ago, Christmas 1981, 
when the new Computer Center 
went on-line at Sweet Briar College. 

The renovation of the current location 
and installation of the computer took 
months of careful planning which paid off 
royally. The end result was a functional 
Computer Center centrally located to 
students, faculty and administration. 

The Computer Center is located in The 
Mary Helen Cochran Library with en- 
trance from the east terrace. Under the 
advisement of Leif Aagaard, Jr. (Tech- 
nical Director of the Computer Center) 
and Dr. Robert L. Chase (Director of 
Academic Computing) special computer- 
related equipment was purchased to pro- 
vide the computer with an excellent en- 
vironment. A special raised floor was in- 
stalled for three reasons: 1) for the com- 
puter to sit on; 2) for electric and data 
cables to be placed out of sight and easily 
moved; and 3) for the distribution of air 
conditioning. Speaking of air condition- 
ing, the environment is a very critical ele- 
ment in the operation of the computer. 
Poor electric power or inadequate air con- 
ditioning can result in a computer that is 
unreliable and goes down frequently. A 
special environmental air handler was 
purchased in order to maintain a constant 
humidity and temperature level. The 
computer room is maintained at 72° and 
50% humidity year around. In order to 
provide clean electrical power to the com- 
puter, a power management system was 
purchased to distribute computer grade 
power. The system filters out sags, 
surges, and spikes. The unit will essen- 
tially protect the computer from anything 
shy of a power outage lasting more than 
2 cycles. This means the computer can 
run through thunderstorms with minimal 
chances of damage from lightning. 

Special surge suppressors were installed 
on all terminals which protect them from 
lightning and other electrical distur- 
bances. The time and additional expense 
invested in this added protection were 
worth it. The end result proved to be 
cost effective in reduced computer down- 
time and maintenance costs. In fact only 
one terminal had to be repaired last year, 
and the malfunction was not due to a 
thunderstorm. With the computer equip- 
ment adequately protected against power 
fluctuations, no second or third shift 
operators were needed for our 24-hour 
per day, 7-day per week operation. 

The computer is made by Digital 
Equipment Corporation in Massachusetts. 
It is a DECsystem 2040 with 512,000 (36 
bit) words — about 3 million characters 
of main memory. It has an on-line storage 
capacity of 528 million characters in disk 
storage and 32 access ports for terminals 
and printers. If and when needed, the 
DEC-20 can be increased in memory 7 
times, internal speed 3-4 times, access 
ports 4 times, and disk 5 + times. This 
means the computer can grow to meet 
the ever increasing needs for computing 
at Sweet Briar. The DECsystem 20 fami- 
ly of computers is considered a main- 
frame vs. a mini-computer. Many leading 
universities world-wide utilize DECsystem 
20s. Based on studies conducted last fall. 
Sweet Briar College today owns more 
computing power with its DECsystem 20 
than any other college its size in the 
United States. 

Administrative computing has seen 
tremendous change during 1982. All com- 
puter systems have been converted from 
batch to on-line. Computer terminals now 
collect information to be updated and in- 
quire into data files throughout the day. 
Cards, which were used for all data input. 

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Sweet Briar College 

have been eliminated. Video terminals 
(CRT'S) and hardcopy printers have been 
located in various administrative offices 
to provide direct access to data files. Ad- 
ministrative systems currently on-line in- 
clude Payroll, Accounts Payable and 
Receivable, the Student Record Informa- 
tion System, the Alumnae Gift System, 
and the Prospects-Admissions System. In 
addition the Department of Security and 
Office of Student Affairs have developed 
small systems utilizing our dew data base 
management system. Security now main- 
tains parking decal information on-line 
and Student Affairs used the data base to 
assign student housing last fall. 

All systems have been converted to the 
System 1022 data base which provides 
quick retrieval and data management 
facilities. It has been the goal of the 
Computer Center to develop systems in 
such a manner that information can flow 
easily from one system to another with 
minimal effort (ie. a student is added to 
the prospect system, then becomes an ap- 
plicant, then a student, then an alumna). 
Under the old system the name and ad- 
dress was entered multiple times into the 
computer, whereas now it is entered 

Users are becoming more independent 
in their use of the computer. They now 
inquire into their data bases and obtain 
information whether it be on the CRT or 
hard-copy printer in a matter of minutes. 
Throughout the day it is quite typical to 
see 8-10 administrative users on-line in- 
teracting with their data at any one time. 
The trend evolving is for each depart- 
ment to manage its own data and gener- 
ate its own reports, when it needs 
them. This is possible since the DEC-20 
can run many jobs simultaneously. 

Last summer the Computer Center con- 
ducted a week-long workshop for first- 
time users to the computer. Since it was 
received so well, a second workshop will 
be conducted during the spring. One of 
the goals of the Computer Center is to 
provide training and small work- 
shops/clinics on specific subjects to the 
administration, faculty and staff. These 
workshops serve two purposes: 1) to train 
many people at one time, and 2) to 
stimulate more and better use of the com- 
puter. The computer provides each user 

Ruth Tyler uses the computer in 
the business office for payroll and 
payment of invoices. 

with tremendous power, but that power 
can only be released with proper com- 
mands or tools. A good understanding of 
these commands or tools will allow a user 
access to that power contained within the 

Futures — where are we going? That is 
a good question and largely depends on 
how the computer is used. Now that all 
the major administrative systems are on- 
line, the next step is to develop new 
systems and add enhancements to the ex- 
isting ones. 

In addition to this development, Office 
Automation will play a key role in 1983. 
Software products are currently being 
evaluated that will run on the DEC-20 
and bring the power of word processing 
and office automation to each person hav- 
ing access to a CRT terminal. Some of 
the components offered in the O/A soft- 
ware will be: electronic mail creation, for- 
warding, distribution, filing and retriev- 
ing; word and list processing which pro- 
vides each user with most features found 
in stand-alone word processors costing 
$6-$12,000; a spelling feature to identify 
and change misspelled words in docu- 
ments and letters; document folders to 
store mail, letters, and other documents 
(ie. electronic filing cabinet); document 
formatting to provide special formatting 
features like index creation, table of con- 
tents creation, chapters, sections, sub- 
pages and pagination for special reports. 

The Computer Center staff consists of 
three full-time and three part-time em- 
ployees. Seven students are employed to 
assist in operation. The full-time staff 
consists of Leif Aagaard, Jr., Technical 
Director of the Computer Center, Teresa 
Pace, Programmer/Analyst, and Ronald 
Driskill, Operations Supervisor/Program- 
mer. Part-time employees consist of Pro- 
fessor Robert L. Chase, Director of 
Academic Computing, and Jackie Beidler, 
secretary/receptionist. We have an ex- 
cellent team, all working to provide 
Sweet Briar College with the best com- 
puting center possible. 

In conclusion, it is quite evident that 
great advances have taken place during 
the past year in computing at Sweet 
Briar College. 1983 should be even more 
exciting. When you are or. campus, 
please stop by for a visit! 

Leif Aagaard,Jr. is the 

Technical Director of the Com- 
puter Center. He received his 
Master of Computer Science in 
1978 from the University of Vir- 
ginia and Master of Business Ad- 
ministration in 1982- from Lynch- 
burg College. His past experience 
included Assistant Director of the 
Tri-College Computer Center for 
three years and D.P. Manager of 
the Charlottesville- A Ibemarle 
School Computer Center for three 
years. He has also taught com- 
puter-related courses at Longicood 
and Lynchburg Colleges. 

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Professor George 

Lenz helps a 

student with a 

problem on an 

Apple II. 

Majors in 
Computer Science 

By Robert L. Chase 

The breakup of the Tri-College 
Computer Center in December of 
11981 brought more to Sweet 

Briar than the DECsystem 2040 main- 
frame computer. It brought the spirit of a 
new direction academically — that of a 
major effort in academic computing. The 
faculty felt, during the planning process, 
that our own on-campus compter center 
would serve to expand computing by hav- 
ing the resources (both people and 
machinery), close at hand. This expansion 
has taken two forms: the new courses 
and new majors offered by the recently 
renamed Department of Mathematical 
Sciences, and the beginnings of a pro- 
gram to integrate computing further into 
the liberal arts. Here we will talk about 

new offerings in the Department of 
Mathematical Sciences. 

This Fall saw, for the first time, com- 
puter science offered as part of a major 
at Sweet Briar, the major in Mathemat- 
ics-Computer Science. Rather than offer 
what the academic and industrial com- 
munity recognize as a pure computer 
science major with the required engineer- 
ing facilities to support the large number 
of "hardware courses," Sweet Briar has 
chosen to present the basics of an educa- 
tion in computer science in such a way 
that they may be integrated with other 
interests to form "combined majors" such 
as Mathematics-Computer Science, 
Economics-Computer Science, and Studio 
Art-Computer Science. 


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The New Courses: 

Math. Sci. 191: 
Programming Methodologies 

This is generally the second computer 
course taken by Sweet Briar students. 
After completing the FORTRAN course, 
our students are ready for more advanced 
topics such as top-down structured pro- 
gramming in which programs are 
developed by refining the problem into 
smaller and smaller pieces until each 
piece is simple to program. Other ad- 
vanced topics include programming in a 
structured language, such as Pascal, in 
which the language itself is broken into 
blocks which are complete in themselves, 
and the topic of iteration versus recur- 
sion. Iteration is merely the repetition of 
a procedure while some parameters (num- 
bers) in the procedure are changed, while 
recursion is the definition of a process or 
procedure in terms of itself. A simple ex- 
ample of recursion is the factorial func- 
tion. The factorial of 4, for example is 
4x3x2x1, and the factorial of 3 is 3x2x1. 
So we can say that the factorial of 4 is 4 
times the factorial of 3. And, in general, 
the factorial of N is defined as N times 
the factorial of N-l. 

Math. Sci. 214: 
Discrete Structures 

This course takes many topics common 
in mathematics and applies them to the 
study of computers and computer science. 
These topics primarily include the 
algebraic and combinatorial methods of 
pure mathematics. 

Math. Sci. 236: 
Computer Systems and 

A study of how computers are organ- 
ized internally, using assembly language 
as the vehicle for the study. In addition 
to the computer's hardware organization, 
the course covers how numbers are re- 
presented within the computer, and how 
the arithmetic itself is carried out. 

Math. Sci. 238: 

Data and File Structures 

How can information be organized 
within a computer and how should it be 
organized to most efficiently solve the 
problem at hand? Data structures usually 
refers to the organization of data within 
the computer's memory, while file struc- 
tures is concerned with information on 
external storage devices such as magnetic 
tape or magnetic disk. 

All of the combined majors have as 
their core one year of calculus, linear 
algebra, FORTRAN, and the new courses 
described above with the exception of 
Math. Sci. 214. A student who completes 
any one of these majors is in a position to 
put her skills to work immediately as an 
employee or in graduate school in com- 
puter science. 

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Computing Alumnae... 
Making it with 


I have been an IBM Systems Engineer 
for nine years. I never had any formal 
training for the job, but I believe the 
company was attracted to me by my 
background: two years of teaching ex- 
perience, a masters degree in guidance 
and counseling, a good liberal arts educa- 
tion and my performance on tests given 
by IBM. 

IBM has an extensive training program 
for new employees, so technical know- 
ledge is not crucial. They are looking for 
people with aptitude who relate well and 
communicate effectively. 

As for the teaching of computer tech- 
niques, the most important concept is 
how to solve problems in a logical, effec- 
tive and timely fashion. 

The computers of the future are going 
to help us solve problems more effective- 
ly. I think the average person will use the 
computer as a tool in many phases of life. 
The computer will eventually be a com- 
monplace item in many areas, as the 
calculator has become. 

ROY, '74 

Sweet Briar's acquisition of a 
DEC-2040 computer and the establish- 
ment of a new mathematics-computer 
science major are important contributions 
to the realization of the College's goal of 
providing its students with an education 
for a productive life in today's society. 

More and more, computers are becom- 
ing an integral part of our daily lives. To- 
day's children grow up using computers 
from an early age. Like our grandparents. 

who sometimes feel overwhelmed by the 
technological advances of this century, 
those of us who do not learn something 
about computers are likely to feel sur- 
passed by our children and grandchildren, 
for whom dealing with computers will be 
second nature. 

Moreover, the 1980s promise to be ex- 
citing years involving the integration of 
computers into society. Advances in the 
area of artificial intelligence will result in 
the design of what are known in com- 
puter jargon as "user friendly" or 
"human engineered" systems, i.e. 
systems which will bridge the gap be- 
tween computers and users by greatly 
reducing the amount of knowledge and 
effort required to make the systems meet 
users' needs. It will be a stimulating and 
challenging time for those in the field of 
computer science. 

This is not to say that everyone should 
major in computer science, although some 
of today's students will choose to make 
their careers in this exciting field; but 
even those whose interests seem far 
removed from the world of computers 
have everything to gain by taking a few 
computer science courses. A computer is 
a tool which has useful applications in 
any field, and a Sweet Briar graduate 
with a knowledge of programming has a 
built-in marketable skill when she begins 
to look for that first job. 

Having taken no classes in computer 
science myself, I decided three years ago 
to go back to school to earn a B.S. in 
computer science. My preparation for the 
degree included programming classes in 
FORTRAN, PASCAL, and assembly lan- 
guage, as well as courses in data struc- 
tures and run-time structures. These sub- 
jects were supplemented by more theoret- 
ical courses in logic and theory of com- 


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putation plus two semesters of calculus 
and one of combinatorics and graph 

One of the more rewarding aspects of 
being a student again was my participa- 
tion in the Cooperative Education (or 
Coop) Program. Under this program I 
alternated semesters of full-time study 
with semesters of full-time work in a 
computer related position at the National 
Bureau of Standards. At NBS I gained 
experience which would have been im- 
possible to obtain in the classroom and, 
upon graduating, I accepted a full-time 
position there. 

There are several points which I think 
are valuable for students of computer 
science to keep in mind. First, structured 
programming, which is the modern ap- 
proach to programming, is a way of 
thinking. Learning top down design, that 
is, the process of breaking a problem 
down into successively smaller and more 
detailed tasks, is made easier if good pro- 
gramming habits are established from the 
beginning. For this reason, it is best that 
the first language one learns be a struc- 
tured language such as PASCAL. 

Second, in any programming project 
the design phase is the most important. 
Students (and professional programmers) 
are often tempted to begin coding a pro- 
gram, or writing it directly in the chosen 
programming language, without going 
through all the steps of top down design. 
However, the more time spent in the 
careful design of a program, the less time 
will be required for debugging and modi- 
fying it later. In the classroom, failure to 
remember this can mean failure to com- 
plete an assigned program before the due 
date. On the job, the results can be very 
costly in terms of time and money. 

A third point to remember is that em- 

phasis should be placed on producing 
clearly commented code. Every program- 
ming language provides a means for the 
programmer to insert comments or ex- 
planations about the program. These 
comments are not processed by the com- 
puter, but serve solely to aid program- 
mers in debugging and maintaining pro- 
grams. Whether a program is to be main- 
tained by its original designer or by 
someone else, helpful comments are in- 
dispensable. To become convinced of 
this, one need only attempt to understand 
a program written by someone who is not 
available to furnish explanations or even 
a program written by himself some time 

Finally, it is important to realize that 
programming is a skill learned by doing. 
No amount of reading, studying, or listen- 
ing to a professor can teach one how to 
program. The only way is to try it, again 
and again. 

The computing facilities provided by 
the DEC-2040, combined with the ex- 
cellent student-faculty ratio at Sweet 
Briar and the desire of Sweet Briar facul- 
ty members to make computer science 
enjoyable and rewarding, ensure that 
Sweet Briar students will be spared the 
hardships faced by computer science 
students in large universities. These 
students must often contend with over- 
crowded classrooms, extremely limited 
access to computer facilities, and teachers 
who, being students themselves, rarely 
have sufficient time to devote to their 
students' needs. I sincerely hope that 
Sweet Briar students will take advantage 
of and enjoy this unequalled opportunity 
to become acquainted with the fascinating 
and fast growing field of computer 

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My husband, who has his own com- 
puter system, says that he should write 
these comments. He tells me that in 10 
years as many Americans will own home 
computers as own television sets; that 
they'll cost less than television sets; that 
we'll all use them to pay our bills, buy 
bicycles, look up information, order 
groceries, get the stock market report. 

I can't think of any more compelling 
reasons for everyone to take one basic 
computer course. If you're going to have 
to feed the monster, you might as well 
learn what it likes to eat, and what to do 
when it acts up. 

When I went to Sweet Briar, there 
weren't any computer science courses, so 
I majored in math — a happy choice. I 
didn't have to go to graduate school; 
every company for whom I've worked 
has paid me while they trained me. 

For the last eight years, I've worked as 
a data base management specialist at the 
National Finance Center of the U.S. De- 
partment of Agriculture. 

We're well paid; I read recently that 
only 1% of American working women 
earn more than $25,000 a year. All of the 
women I know who have been in data 
processing for eight to ten years earn 
more than that. Also, at least in my pre- 
sent office, I've seen no discrimination or 
prejudice against women. 

Data processing is a good career for 
women who plan to establish themselves, 
then drop out for a few years to raise a 
family, then return to work. 

I would never waste time and money 
taking a Master's degree in computer 
science unless I intended to teach; I do 
wish I had been able to take a few hours 

of business courses in college. Not that I 
don't appreciate my liberal arts degree! 
The further I advance in my career, the 
more time I seem to spend writing and 
speaking. In my group of five data base 
specialists, only two of us can string 
words together to form an intelligible 
sentence, and it really gives us an 

I would encourage the Sweet Briar 
faculty to emphasize business, not scien- 
tific programming. Look through the 
want ads in the New York Times and 
you'll see that ninety percent of the data 
processing jobs are for business applica- 
tions; processing a payroll, doing ac- 
counts, keeping up with an inventory. 
They all want COBOL programmers. 

One note of caution to students: the 
editor of Working Woman magazine 
recently wrote that she had stopped ac- 
cepting speaking engagements on college 
campuses because she had found that 
most of the young women were making 
no career plans, but expected Prince 
Charming to ride up one day and carry 
them off. Like it or not, the odds are ex- 
cellent that someday you'll have to sup- 
port yourself, so you'd better train 
yourself now to do something lucrative. 

HOLMES, '63 

"I'm sorry, Mrs. Magilicuddy, the com- 
puter must have made an error." Don't 
you believe it. The principal values of a 
computer are speed and volume. These 
enable one of Ma Bell's operatives to 
handle thousands of calls and also enable 
one low horsepower billing clerk to send 
out zillions of incorrect invoices. 

Twenty years ago computers were 


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small, expensive, spooky, and recalci- 
trant. The government and General 
Motors had them. A decade ago the 
"mini's" came to the business world in a 
big way, and moderately small companies 
reluctantly joined the computer age. Com- 
puters that fifteen years ago were 
multimillion dollar machines are now sold 
by the corner store. The bookshelf in 
your local Radio Shack has treatises of 
"assembly -language programming," ten 
years ago a topic for advanced graduate 
students who agonized over it, but today 
a subject mastered by twelve-year-olds 
just for fun. 

"Computer literacy" has become the 
new buzzword in elementary schools and 
should become a requisite for college 
graduation. Only by understanding the 
new technology do we have the tools to 
use it wisely and well. Don't become a 
slave to the billing clerk with the com- 
puter. Take a computer course and find 
out what's going on. If nothing else it 
will help bridge the generation gap be- 
tween you and your child. He may be so 
impressed with your creaky old noggin 
that he will even take the time to show 
you some really nifty programming tips. 


I graduated from Sweet Briar College 
with a major in mathematics in 1956. 
(Later, I obtained a Masters Degree 
(1971) from Georgetown University in 
Philosophy.) Although some universities 
offered computer courses, when I 
graduated from SBC I obtained my first 
position without any formal training in 
the computer field. At the time employ- 
ers were eager to hire students who had 

obtained a degree in mathematics. The 
degree in mathematics represented both 
an interest and an ability to pursue a 
computer-related career. It is interesting 
to note that the mathematical background 
was necessary for the ability to perform 
scientific programming of computers, but 
not necessary for data processing applica- 
tions which make up the greater percent- 
age of problems faced by most managers 
in industry and government. 

My training has been acquired primari- 
ly on the job in two different ways. The 
first and most significant type of training 
has involved self-education by means of 
learning how to accomplish the objectives 
of assignments given to me. The second 
has involved attendance at related com- 
puter courses sponsored by universities, 
industry and government. 

During my career I have been em- 
ployed in several capacities: (1) A Com- 
puter Systems Analyst for the Defense 
Logistics Agency (DLA) performing a 
function for the Office of the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs); (2) 
A Statistician for OASD (HA); (3) A 
Computer Systems Specialist for the 
System Development Corporation; (4) A 
self-employed consultant to the National 
Institute of Mental Health; (5) A Pro- 
gramming Analyst for the General Elec- 
tric Company; (6) A Programmer for the 
Council for Economic and Industrial 
Research; (7) An Engineer for the Martin 
Company; and (8) A Mathematician-Pro- 
grammer for Technical Operations, Inc. 
Thus, my knowledge of Automatic Data 
Processing Systems is based on 24 years 
experience in the ADP field (17 as a con- 
tractor and 7 as a government employee). 
My experience as a Contractor was 
primarily of a technical nature, while my 
experience as a Federal Government em- 


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ployee has been at the Management 
Level; this experience has been primarily 
gained on the job with the exception of 
courses I have elected to attend. 

My suggestions for the teaching of 
computer techniques at the college level 
are two-fold. First, there should be, and 
probably these already exist, formal 
courses offered in computer technology. 
These courses should be both general (at 
least one survey type) and particular 
(specific computers, and data base man- 
agement systems and computer lan- 
guages) in nature. Any Mathematics or 
Science major should be required to take 
several hours in computer technology 
courses. Other majors should be urged to 
take a survey course because of the 
strong influence of computers in today's 
world. Secondly, with the availability of a 
Digital Computer Center at the College 
there should be open hours of computer 
use by any student who has been 
scheduled for time in the center to 
observe, utilize or/and learn from the 
facility first-hand both what computers 
can and cannot do. 

My ideas and thoughts about how com- 
puters are going to affect the lives of to- 
day's (and tomorrow's) Sweet Briar 
graduates are based on the observation 
that almost every school child today 
already has mastered some elements of 
computer technology and is comfortable 
with the computer environment. All 
facets of life (both professional and per- 
sonal) do and will mean understanding at 
least the basics involved with the modern 
tool of digital computers. We can solve 
conventional problems easier (with less 
time and manpower — not less brain 
power) and explore new areas hitherto 
too time-consuming (expensive and/or im- 
practical due to time frame of results) to 
pursue. Computers are here to stay for 
better (and worse sometimes)! 


During my four years as a Fine Arts 
student at Sweet Briar, I had acquired no 
aptitude for math, had admittedly spent 
as little time as necessary in Guion, and 
hadn't a clue as to how to speak FOR- 
TRAN (a scientific computer language 
designed for engineering problem- 

When I was offered, by the communi- 
cations/marketing firm with which I had 
been working since graduation, a position 
as "systems operator" with our newly 

begun Computer Graphics division, I was 
apprehensive. Maybe Computer Graphics 
meant drawing with a typewriter! 

I am pleased to report that, after two 
years, I am still employed at VisCom (an 
acronym for visual communications), and 
have grown accustomed to manipulating a 
Digitizing Pad and Cursor in a way 
similar to that of a drawing pad and pen- 
cil. Our computer is used in the produc- 
tion of 35-millimeter slides which our 
clients use in audio-visual presentations. 







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A computer-generated illustration of our system. 

Our system consists of several com- 
ponents enabling a single operator to 
design, create, save, re-display and record 
images. These are the Touch Monitor, a 
Digitizing Pad and a Color Monitor. Our 
computer is designed for the creation of 
visuals, and it recognizes the English 
language; it processes information faster 
than people can and expedites the 
generation and revision of visual imagery. 

Speed and accuracy are two great ad- 
vantages to the use of computers. I am 
happy to learn that art students may now 
benefit from their installation at Sweet 


Sweet Briar College 

A Woman, 

A Mathematician, 

A Model 

By Karen Hunger Parshall 

"In the judgment of the most compe- 
tent living mathematicians, Fraulein 
Noether was the most significant mathe- 
matical genius thus far produced since 
the higher education of women began." 

So wrote perhaps the most significant 
creative genius in physics in a letter to 
the editor of the New York Times shortly 
after Emmy Noether's death in 1935. 
That physicist, Albert Einstein, went on 
to explain that "in the realm of algebra, 
in which the most gifted mathematicians 
have been busy for centuries, [Noether] 
discovered methods which have proved of 
enormous importance in the development 
of the present-day younger generation of 

Her methods and, in fact, her entire 
philosophical approach to mathematics 
have inspired some of the greatest mathe- 
matical talents of the twentieth century 
and have served to establish Emmy 
Noether as one of the premier mathemati- 
cians, male or female, of all time. 

When Emmy Noether was born in Er- 
langen, Germany, on March 23, 1882, 
however, not even the possibility of her 
rise to the absolute pinnacle of her 
chosen field was a foregone conclusion. 
At that time, and up through the aca- 
demic year 1903-1904, women were not 
permitted to enroll formally in university 
courses nor were they able to obtain Ger- 
man university degrees (although auditing 
specific courses was possible). This limit- 
ed their education to the secondary or 
Gymnasium level and necessarily restrict- 
ed their later career options. 

Like so many other daughters of fairly 
well-to-do families, Emmy Noether at- 
tended the local girls' school to prepare 
for the state secondary school teachers' 
examination. Unlike so many young 
women of this period, however, Emmy 
Noether was born with mathematics in 
her blood. 

Her father, Max, reigned as one of the 
grand old men of late nineteenth century 
German mathematics and taught at the 
hometown University of Erlangen, one of 
the European centers of mathematics at 
this time. Emmy, then, not only had 
mathematics in her genes but also lived 
in an intense mathematical environment. 
She concentrated primarily on modern 
languages in high school, but after 
graduation she continued her studies at 
her father's university, this time pursuing 

During her first semester at the univer- 
sity, the winter term of 1900-1901, Em- 
my was one of two women auditors 
among 984 male students and sat in both 
her father's classes and in the courses of- 
fered by his famous colleague, Paul Gor- 
don. Gordon, one of the major forces in 
the then active area of mathematics 
known as invariant theory, so impressed 
the young Fraulein Noether that when 
women became eligible for degrees in 
1904, she enrolled at Erlangen and wrote 
her doctoral dissertation under his direc- 
tion. Later she would denounce both her 
thesis and her related publications as too 
computational and lacking in abstraction, 
but in 1907 when she earned her Ph.D., 
Emmy Noether was still a student under 
the sway of her powerful advisor and his 
ideas. By her own admission she did not 
reach a state of mathematical maturity 
and independence until 1919 when she 
published her first completely original 
paper, not in invariant theory, but in a 
totally different area, the theory of ideals. 

By this time, 1919, Noether had 
thoroughly established herself both in 
Erlangen and in Gottingen, the center of 
European mathematics, as a serious and 
extremely capable mathematician. In fact, 
in the spring of 1915, she went to Got- 
tingen at the invitation of none other than 
Felix Klein and David Hilbert, the former 

Karen Parshall came to 
Sweet Briar last fall as an Assis- 
tant Professor in the Mathematics 
Department. She earned her B.A. 
degree in mathematics and 
French, as well as an M.S. in 
mathematics, at the University of 
Virginia, and then received a 
Ph.D. in history from the Univer- 
sity of Chicago. 

"Although this sounds like a 
pretty varied program, " she says, 
"it really does fit together pretty 
well, since my speciality is the 
history of nineteenth and early 
twentieth century mathematics. " 

She also does research in the 
history of biology and recently 
published a paper on the work of 
Cliarles Darwin. 

Mrs. Parshall and her husband, 
Brian, a mathematician at the 
University of Virginia, live in 

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an important nineteenth century mathe- 
matical figure and the latter considered 
even today as the greatest mathematician 
of the twentieth century. Even at this 
time, though, women were not permitted 
to teach at the university level, so Klein 
and Hilbert tried to secure Emmy's 
Habilitation, or right to teach, by virtue 
of her outstanding post-doctoral research. 
They hoped that, if granted, she could at 
least hold the teaching position of Privat- 
dozent or unpaid lecturer. Unfortunately, 
the faculty refused her bid on the 
grounds that German academic law only 
gave men the right to Habilitation. This 
denial prompted Hilbert's now-famous 
retort: "I do not see that the sex of the 
candidate is an argument against her ad- 
mission as Privatdozent. After all, we are 
a university and not a bathing establish- 
ment." To circumvent the pigheadedness 
on the part of certain factions within the 
university, Hilbert had various courses 
and seminars listed officially under his 
name even though they were actually 
taught by Noether. This was one way 
around the administration's ban on 
women professors, but it still did not pro- 
vide Emmy with any sort of salary. 

After the first World War, however, 
the political and social reforms which 
swept Germany made it possible for 
women to be granted Habilitation. During 
the early part of the summer of 1919, 
Emmy Noether earned her Habilitation, 
the position of Privatdozent, and the right 
to teach under her own name. Still, it 
was not until 1923 that she held a posi- 
tion which actually carried with it some 
sort of remuneration. 

This period, beginning in 1919 and ex- 
tending until 1933 when she was forced 
to leave Germany, marked the apex of 
Emmy's scientific career. Her research in 
abstract algebra drew a large number of 
mathematicians to her side in Gottingen 
where they formed such an obvious socie- 
ty that they were dubbed "the Noether 
boys." This group consisted not only of 
her students but also of other like-minded 
mathematicians, like-minded in the sense 
of a shared belief in the need for greater 
and greater abstraction in mathematics. 
Their weekly and often daily meetings 
centered either in the classroom, the of- 
fice, Noether's apartment, or the forests 
around Gottingen. They were intense and 
lively exchanges where new ideas sprang 
forth and developed into new theorems. 

At these get-togethers, Emmy Noether 
was unquestionably the master. By virtue 
of her imposing ideas as well as her im- 


posing presence (for she was a large, 
plain, almost mannish woman who had 
been described as crude and overbearing 
on more than one occasion), Noether 
commanded the loyalty of her followers. 
She argued vehemently against those who 
denounced her abstract methods as "so 
much theology," but at the same time 
she looked out for her students with 
almost motherly zeal. Often criticized for 
her teaching methods (her critics claimed 
she had none) and disorganized lectures, 
Emmy Noether captivated the members 
of her group who found her words both 
powerful and inspirational. 

Noether and her "boys," mathemati- 
cians of international repute such as 
Claude Chevalley, Max Deuring, Bertel 
van der Waerden, and Ernst Witt among 
at least two dozen others, worked 
together in a mathematical microcosm 
and altered the lay of many mathematical 
lands. As Noether herself once explained 
in a letter to a colleague: "My methods 
are really methods of working and think- 
ing; this is why they have crept in every- 
where anonymously." This sentiment was 
later echoed by two specialists in 
topology, a very different branch of 
mathematics from Noether's. In the 
preface to their famous treatise entitled 
Topology, Heinz Hopf and Pavel Alexan- 
droff explained that "Emmy Noether's 
general mathematical insights were not 
confined to her specialty — algebra — but 
affected anyone who came in touch with 
her work." In the eyes of many of her 
colleagues, the dissolution of this dynamic 
and creative society at Gottingen was one 
of the many tragedies of the Hitler take- 
over of Germany. 

Emmy's problems relative to the Nazi 
regime began shortly after the Interna- 
tional Congress of Mathematicians met in 
Zurich in September of 1932. At this 
meeting, she had scored a definitive 
coup, being the first woman ever to be 
invited to give one of her major ad- 
dresses. Unfortunately, neither this honor 
nor the prestige associated with it 
prevented the Prussian Ministry of 
Education, on April 7, 1933, from 
withdrawing her right to teach. Emmy 
Noether, like so many other of her very 
visible Jewish colleagues, had fallen vic- 
tim to the Nazi persecution of Jews. 
Since the attempts of her many influen- 
tial friends to have her reinstated failed, 
she had little choice but to seek employ- 
ment as a visiting professor outside Ger- 
many. So, in October of 1933, she left 
Germany for America and a visiting posi- 

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tion at Bryn Mawr. 

In the United States, Emmy benefited 
not only from the congenial atmosphere 
at her host school but also from the close 
proximity of Bryn Mawr to Princeton. As 
she herself noted, however, it was not the 
"men's university where nothing female 
is permitted" which attracted her but 
rather the newly-formed Institute for Ad- 
vanced Study located just next door. 

The Institute, a brainchild of Abraham 
Flexner and the mathematician, Oswald 
Veblen, had been founded in 1930 as a 
center devoted solely to research. The 
faculty consisted of a core of permanent 
members, such as Einstein and Hermann 
Weyl. It was supplemented annually by 
visiting scholars, but there were no 
teaching duties. Research was the sanc- 
tioned activity although seminars on 
various specialized topics were held on a 
weekly basis for any or all to attend. 
These working, research-level seminars 
lured Emmy each week from Philadelphia 
to Princeton. Once again, at the Institute 
as in Gottingen, she made her presence 
known through her ideas and her en- 
thusiasm. Undoubtedly, the American 
phase of her career could have been as 
stellar as the Gottingen years of 1919-33. 
It had certainly gotten off to a strong and 
active start. 

This however, was not to be. On April 
14, 1935, Emmy Noether died in Bryn 
Mawr from post-operative complications. 
The entire mathematical community 
mourned her death. No fewer than eight 
obituaries and tributes appeared around 
the world. From Spain to Argentina and 
from the United States to Russia, the im- 
pact of this loss to mathematics was felt. 
Although her career had been hampered 
from the very beginning by the fact that 
she was a woman and then later by the 
fact that she was a Jew, Emmy Noether 
rarely let these prejudices interfere with 
her life's work. First and foremost she 
was a mathematician and, to the vast ma- 
jority of her colleagues, a mathematician 
of the highest possible caliber. Perhaps 
nowhere was this better expressed than 
in the obituary written by her South 
American colleague, Sagastume Berra. In 
his words, "the veneration which the in- 
tellect of this admirable woman generates 
is no less ardent than the reverence and 
love she inspires in her students by her 
personal qualities. This may be a lesson 
to those who still today follow the 
medieval practice of judging women as 
intellectually and psychologically 

Suggestions for Further Reading 

James W. Brewer and Martha K. Smith 
eds. Emmy Noether: A tribute to Her 
Life and Work New York: M. Dckker, 

Auguste Dick. Emmy Noether: 1882-1935 
Birkhauser: Boston. 1981. 

Emmy Noether 

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By John E. Savarese 

Can we endow computers with 
knowledge? If that question 
bothers you, perhaps it would be 

setter to phrase it this way: is it 
reasonable to apply the label 
"knowledge" to any of the tricks we can 
make computers do? In a way, the 
answer is yes. First let's examine the use 
humans can make of their knowledge, 
particularly when they are trying to make 
sense out of a message. Try the experi- 
ment in figure #1. 

[Experiment: cover the boxes below 
and examine them one at a time. Try to 
guess the words by filling in the missing 
letters. In later boxes, more help is pro- 
vided by the way the words are present- 
ed. This experiment reveals how people 
use their knowledge to fill in missing 
parts of a message.] 























figure #1 a,b,c 

figure #1 d,e 

The experiment in figure #1 
demonstrates how we use information 
that is not contained in a message to 
make sense out of it. You needed 
knowledge about movie marquees and the 
habits of pirates to take advantage of the 
clues. Note that you were never given a 
picture of a treasure or an island. Also, 
you were probably unaware of the search 
strategy that your mind was using to 
solve the puzzle: at one point you just 
"saw" the missing letters. This is the 
phenomenon that Martin Gardner of 
Scientific American called "aha" or 

By way of contrast, let's look at a com- 
puter trying to solve the same kind of 
puzzle. I will take an example from a 
forthcoming book by Elizabeth Ferrarrini 
called Confessions of an Insomniac. Fer- 
rarrini describes her humorous frustration 
in trying to use a computerized encyclo- 
pedia. Her first inquiry is a simple one. 
She wants to look up the entry on "tele- 
phone," but she mistypes the word as 


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"tlephone." The computer is baffled. It 
finally admits defeat, but not until it has 
slogged through everything its unimagina- 
tive mind can think she might have really 








Here the computer reveals its basic 
limitation. It can only work by pattern 
matching, painfully comparing one letter 
at a time, looking for an exact cor- 
respondence. In contrast, humans possess 
a power that is called "pattern recogni- 
tion," and catching on to "tlephone" is a 
snap for us. But actually pattern recogni- 
tion is just a name for something we 
don't understand. It is like "phlogiston," 
the name of a substance invented by ear- 
ly physicists to explain what happens 
when things burn. It may turn out that 
pattern recognition is just as mythical. It 
may be that what the human brain does 
is just extremely complex pattern match- 
ing. And then again, it may not! Don't 
expect that question to be answered soon, 
certainly not here. But computer pioneers 
have been figuring out ways to make the 
pattern-matching computer do some of 
the tasks that humans use pattern 
recognition for. 

This feat relies on what we learned 
from the Treasure Island experiment. 
Humans augment their pattern matching 
abilities by applying their knowledge 
about the world. In case you think that 
principle only applies to rebuses and 
word puzzles, here is another example. 

At the height of rush hour one day, a 
woman who had left her driver's license 
home turned the wrong way up a one- 
way street and went three blocks, right in 
the view of a policeman. Yet he made no 
attempt to arrest her. Why not? 

Because she was on foot. Riddles like 
this one, from Martin Gardner's Aha! In- 
sight, demonstrate that we aren't even 
aware of much of the filling-in-the-blanks 
that we do when we make sense of the 
simplest message. And it doesn't have to 
be an ambiguous or puzzling message: 
"The policeman raised his arm and stop- 
ped the car." That sentence activates 
knowledge about traffic regulations and 
what it takes to halt a car. How do we 
shoehorn that kind of knowledge about 
how the world works into a computer? 

The solution is models. If you are 
thinking of remodeling your kitchen, you 
don't lug the refrigerator around to see if 
it will fit where the stove is. It is easier 
to cut slips of paper to the scale of your 
appliances and move them around. A 
model consists of symbols which corres- 
pond to the things you are modeling in 
some important way (like scale), plus 
rules for manipulating those symbols in a 
sensible way (the pieces of paper can't 

Since computers are primarily symbol- 
manipulating machines, they are ideal for 
making models. The computer game Zork 
is a good example of what is entailed in 
implementing a model, since it tries to 
make a reasonable facsimile of an entire 
imaginary universe. Zork belongs to the 
Adventure family. In case you don't have 
a thirteen-year-old handy to explain 
Adventure, the player is imagined to be 
finding her way through a maze of 
rooms, passages, and paths, searching for 
treasures like platinum bars and gold 
wands while vanquishing evil gnomes 
with axes and surmounting other ob- 
stacles. To make the game seem lifelike 
the computer must keep track of where 
you are, what you are carrying, and 
where you will end up if you go through 
a certain door. It must behave sensibly, 
not allowing you to pick up a gold coffin 
if you are already toting a heavy load of 
weapons and treasure. If there is a preci- 
pice to the east of you, and you insist on 
going that way, it must inform you that 
you have broken your neck. 

It turns out that there is a simple but 
very powerful notion that comes to our 
aid here: objects and their properties can 
be represented as lists of symbols. For in- 
stance, a door can be open or closed, 
locked or unlocked. If it is made of wood, 
it may be possible to force it with an axe. 
The list that keeps track of a particular 
door is shown in figure #2.b. Locations 
can be lists too (figure #2. a.), showing 
what room you will enter if you leave in 
a particular direction (there are only six 
directions in Zork: up, down, north, 
south, east, and west). 

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An even more powerful notion is the 
list of lists. In the inventory of what you 
are carrying, for example, there might be 
containers which have a list of other ob- 
jects as their contents (see figure #3). 
The list of lists can represent this in a 
way that is handy for computing the total 
weight of what you are carrying, and it 
also makes it possible to drop the paper 
sack without explicitly saying that you 
want to drop each object inside it too. 

It is time to put these concepts to work 
on something that sounds more serious 
than Zork. Let's go back to the problem 
Elizabeth Ferrarrini had trying to look up 
"tlephone" in the computerized en- 
cyclopedia. At Sweet Briar we have a 
much smarter program which was devel- 
oped at the Stanford Artificial Intelli- 
gence Laboratory for checking the spell- 
ing in a document. If it comes across a 
word it doesn't recognize it tries dropping 
and swapping letters to unscramble the 
letters into words that do exist in its dic- 
tionary. But remember, it can only rely 
on pattern matching, so at this point the 
program turns to the user for help. It 
asks you to tell which of its guesses is 
best. Once when I was demonstrating the 
spelling program in class I ran a paper 
through it in which the student had 
mistyped "female" as "famale." The 
Stanford speller came up with two 
guesses, the correct one and "tamale." 
You see, the program has no sense of 
what the words mean or the context in 
which they appear. Sometimes of course 
the results show a sense of humor, like a 
ouija board: in response to the typo 
"Anglish Department," the program 
guessed both "English Department" and 
"Anguish Department!" 

Even a spelling checker would be much 
more helpful if it had an idea of what the 
words mean, and this is true in many 
practical applications of computers. Legal 
cases have been indexed on computers, 
for example, but such systems are 
plagued by multitudes of false alarms. 
How do you specify a complex legal issue 
in terms of key words alone? Think how 
many irrelevant entries you would find if 
you asked for all the cases in the 
Uniform Commercial Code that dealt with 
bad checks. Researchers at the Universi- 
ty of Michigan have applied the idea of 
object and property lists (which we saw 
in action in Zork) to describing legal con- 
cepts. Their system "knows" for example 
that a check is a kind of draft, which in 
turn is a kind of negotiable instrument, 


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so that decisions about the endorsement 
of one class of instrument may apply to 

Even more important than knowing 
about objects and their properties is the 
power to manipulate them according to 
sensible rules. In Zork such a rule would 
be, "If the door is locked, you need a key 
to open it." Providentially, it turns out 
that such rules can be represented as lists 
of lists too! Every such rule consists of 
three parts: a test, what to do if the test 
comes out true, what to do otherwise. At 
Sweet Briar we have a program written 
in LOGO on an Apple microcomputer 
which embodies enough knowledge about 
familiar animals to play twenty questions 
at the level of a pre-schooler. The 
knowledge is organized as a list of lists. 
In figure #4 these lists are displayed in 
the form of a tree. When the program 
runs out of guesses (which it does pretty 
often) it asks the player for a question to 
recognize the unknown animal by, and 
adds new knowledge to its tree. You 
might want to try to figure out where it 
would add a new question for "unicorn." 

This technique is powerful enough to 
prospect for minerals, diagnose diseases, 
synthesize chemicals, recognize mole- 
cules, and configure computer systems. 
So-called "expert systems" are being 
developed which capture that special 
knowledge of human practitioners. Per- 
haps the most exciting possibilities are in 
the field of education. Tutoring programs 
have been developed which possess two 
sets of knowledge. They know a specialty 

like medicine, but they also understand 
something about how people learn, and 
how to get at the misconceptions which 
underly their mistakes. A program called 
BUGGY trains teachers of basic mathe- 
matics to perceive the mistaken rules 
which young children are often applying 
when they seem to be getting their arith- 
metic "wrong." I believe we will see this 
pedagogic principle applied to programs 
for the teaching of writing skills. 

Industry and government are bankroll- 
ing research into programs which use 
large amounts of knowledge about the 
world to imitate human problem solving. 
One conspicuous example is the expen- 
sive Japanese quest for the "Fifth 
Generation" of computers. Commercial 
products are already becoming available, 
such as Intellect, a program which allows 
managers to ask their computer questions 
in natural-sounding English sentences. 
The office will probably be one of the 
first places we will directly experience 
knowledge-based systems. I predict (and 
predictions about the future of computing 
are never wise) that such systems will 
draw more and more people into contact 
with computers. There will be an increas- 
ing demand for computer experts, but 
also for "alien experts," specialists in 
areas outside computers who will assist 
"knowledge engineers" in feeding know- 
ledge into the machines in a form they 
can understand. Many Sweet Briar gradu- 
ates (and this is a safe prediction) will be 
found among all these experts. 

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John Savarese, associate 
professor of English at Sweet 
Briar, received the A.B. degree 
from Fordham University. College 
of Philosophy and Letters, and the 
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from 
Princeton University. He is work- 
ing on the development of com- 
puter usage for language study 
and was awarded Cabell and 
Mcdnick Memorial Grants to 
study natural language processing 
systems at Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State University this 
past summer. During the Winter 
and Spring terms of 1983 he will 
be studying the semantics of 
natural language in the computer 
science department of Stanford 

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BASIC — Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic 

FORTRAN — numerical processing language 

Instruction Language developed at Dart 

developed in the late 1950's by IBM. 

mouth to teach students how to easily and 

quickly use computers. 


Garbage In, Garbage Out — a com- 

puter's output is only as good as the infor- 

Bit — the smallest piece of information 

mation put in. 

representable in a digital computer. A bit is 

either a 1 or a 0. Bits are combined together 

IBM — International Business Machines Corp. 

to form bytes, which can be combined to 

form words. Numbers, characters, etc. are 

Input — information fed into the computer 

stored in bytes and words. 

LOGO — computer language developed at 

MIT for helping children learn. 

Bug — a hidden mistake in a computer 


Mainframe — the "large" computers — can 

Byte — see Bit; also BYTE — an excellent 

have many terminals connected and many 

magazine dealing primarily with 

programs being run at the same time. Ex- 


amples DEC-20, IBM 370. 

CPU — Central Processing Unit — The 

Mini — minicomputer — smaller than a main- 

heart of any computer. This processor car- 

frame. cannot do quite as much. Examples; 

ries out the programming instructions and 

VAX, PDP-11, most Data General computers. 

does the arithmetic. 

Micro — microcomputer — very small, inex- 

Crash — when a computer stops unex- 

pensive but limited computer — usually 

pectedly and suddenly, it is said to have 

limited to running one program at a time. 

crashed — usually means trouble. 

Examples: APPLE, TRS-80, IBM PC, DEC 


CRT — Cathode Bay Tube — older name 

for a video display terminal — looks like a 

Modem — a "modulator-demodulator" — de- 

TV — Input and Output are usually 

vice to allow computer's digital information 

transmitted via a terminal. 

to be transmitted over telephone circuits. 

Data base /Data file 

A collection of 

Output — information the computer produces. 

information stored in the computer, pro- 

bably on a disk (i.e. name, address, etc.). 

Pascal — "newer" programming language 

This information is accessed by programs . 

designed for teaching by Kathleen Jensen 

and Nicklaus Wirth — named for mathemati- 

Data Base Management Systems (DBMS) 

cian Blaise Pascal. 

a large and complicated but easy to use 

program which allows storage, organization. 

PC — jargon for IBM's new Personal 

and selective retrieval of information. 


Debug — get rid of bugs which see 

Program (noun) — the sequence of instruc- 

tions performed by a computer, (verb) — to 

DEC — Digital Equipment Corporation 

write a program. 


external device for string infor- 

System — a collection of computer programs 

mation — looks like an LP record and infor- 

used to collect, store, and report on various 

mation is transferred similarly. 

data (ie. Payroll system) 

Down — when the computer is not running. 

Terminal — see CRT 

it is "down 

TRASH-80 — semi-derogatory term used for 

Editor — a program for the manipulation 

Radio Shack's TRS-80, an extremely popular 

(rearrangement) of text — used for writing 

microcomputer . 

programs and articles. 

Up — opposite of Down, which see 

Floppy — a flexible disk, 5 or 8 inches in 


Hortensia Tyler Gemmell, direc- 
tor of the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library from 1947 to 1969, died 
on October 31, 1982, in the Wilson, NC, 
Memorial Hospital. She was 78. 

Sweet Briar had been her home for 33 
years before she left two and a half years 
ago, to be near relatives in Smithfield, 

Born in Pulaski, VA, daughter of 
Andrew Hamilton Gemmell and Annette 
Tyler Leache, she had one brother, John, 
whose wife and four sons survive. A 
graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, where she was called Hortensia, 
she earned both her Bachelor and Master 
of Sciences degrees from the Library 
School of Columbia University in New 

Before coming to Sweet Briar, Tyler 
had worked on the library staff at 
Randolph-Macon, in the Bedford County 
Library, had organized the Pulaski Coun- 
ty Library, was for seven years assistant 
cataloger at Vassar College and for two 
years was chief cataloger in the library of 
the New Jersey College for Women, now 
Douglass College. 

Her summer positions included teaching 
courses at State Teachers' College, Tren- 
ton, N. J., and in the Graduate Library 
School at George Peabody College in 
Nashville, TN. During her sabbaticals, 
she was twice a Fulbright Scholar, in 
1955-56 she was a lecturer at University 
College, Mandalay, Burma, and in 
1966-67 she was a lecturer in librarian- 
ship at the Isabella Thoburn College and 
consultant for the United States-India 
Woman's College Exchange Program. 

Her outstanding achievements as direc- 
tor of the Mary Helen Cochran Library 
included increasing the volumes from just 
under 67,000 to more than 135,000 cata- 
loged items, the establishment of the 
Kellogg Educational Laboratory Library 
(a valuable tool in teacher-training as well 
as service to families in the community), 
the completion of the Charles A. Dana 
wing of the main library and the 
establishment of the departmental 
libraries for art, music and the sciences. 

Among the honors she was accorded 
were election to Phi Beta Kappa by 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 
1966 and an Honorary Life Membership 
in the Virginia Library Association in 
1974. Mrs. Pannell-Taylor, as president 
of the Friends of the Library, paid a 
glowing tribute to Tyler's unparalleled 
professional competence, and the Friends 

honored her with a gift to the Library of 
La Catalogue Generate de la Bibliotheque 
Nationale in Paris, 197 volumes, 
something she had long coveted for the 

Tyler was very 7 independent and deter- 
mined to stand by her convictions. She 
was among the first to build her own 
home on the campus so that she could 
take care of her mother. When she met 
with discouragements from the Board of 
Overseers, she became more determined 
than ever not to give up the idea. She 
and Bernice Lill and Laura Buckham 
were a formidable trio. They kept at it 
until a place was found which didn't 
disrupt too many cows, and thus Wood- 
land Road was born. 

At retirement in 1969, Tyler was not 
about to be put on anybody's shelf. Ap- 
pointed visiting cataloger at Washington 
and Lee University, a post which she 
held from 1969 to 1973, she enjoyed the 
companionship of the students there. It 
was not unusual to see some of them 
from time to time at the lake, taking a 
respite in preparation for their next 
forays into cooking and conversation as 
her house guests. 

All during her library years, you could 
set your watch by the regularity with 
which she covered the distance on foot 
four times daily between library and 
home. After she was free of family and 
work responsibilities, she traveled as far 
and as often as possible, even though she 
never got beyond the master}' of a 
Model -T Ford. They tell me that many 
of the show-stoppers in early Faculty 
Shows were her creations. Her quiet 
manner, sly sense of humor and keen 
perception made her an ideal companion 
who enriched the lives of all those 
privileged to invade her privacy. 

Her health began to fail several years 
ago, at a time when many of her friends 
and contemporaries were staging a gene- 
ral exodus from Woodland Road. It was 
to her devoted family, her brother's wife 
and sons, that she turned, and she found 
a suitable place very close to Andy and 
Em in Smithfield, NC. Her last illness 
was long and painful. We can rejoice that 
she is at rest. 

We can see again that twinkle in her 
eye. hear that low-pitched chuckle and 
take delight in the positive example she 
has provided for us. In all the phases of 
her life. librarian, traveler, friend. 
daughter, sister and aunt... as far as I can 
tell, she never missed a lick. 


by Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 

Alumnae Magazine 


New Life for the Old 

By Janet Lowrey 

The Sweet Briar Refectory is per- 
haps the College's best-loved 
building. One of the four original 
buildings which opened their doors to the 
first students who arrived in September 
1906, the Refectory served as a dining 
hall until the elegant new Prothro Com- 
mons was completed and opened for use 
in September 1981. 

This handsome building, like the others 
designed by Ralph Adams Cram during 
the early years of the College, was built 
of brick fired from Sweet Briar's own red 
clay. With its Georgian facade and tower, 
it has long been recognized as the archi- 
tectural focal point of the campus. 
Literally thousands of alumnae remember 
with fondness its paneled walls and 
vaulted ceiling and reminisce about final- 
ly "sitting on the Golden Stairs." 

Now the Refectory is about to enter 
upon a new and fully as illustrious a role 
in providing a spacious environment for a 
long-awaited art gallery, art library, and 
for the activities of the Department of 
Art History. 

The art gallery, which will be used 
both for Sweet Briar's permanent collec- 
tion and for temporary exhibitions, will 
be housed in the old dining hall. The 
space will also lend itself to further use 
for receptions, lectures, concerts, and 
other functions. The small mezzanine will 
be converted into a seminar room with a 
faculty office on either side and with 
rooms for catering services and furniture 
storage below. 

The rear of the building wall contain 
the Shallenberger Art Library and read- 
ing areas, as well as other faculty offices. 
On the bottom level, in the former kit- 
chen area, will be located classrooms for 
art history and a new archaeology labora- 
tory. The north entry of the building will 
be remodeled to provide public access 
there as well as at the South end. 

Renovation of the Refectory is one of 

the major goals and opportunities of 
Sweet Briar's $12.1-million Generations 
Campaign. The cost of the project is 
Sl.600,000, of which SI. 134.000 has already 
been raised. The Kresge Foundation has 
awarded the College a $200,000 challenge 
grant which requires that the final S466.000 
be raised by June 15, 1983. 

The need for a secure gallery for 
valuable travelling exhibits, as well as for 
Sweet Briar's own collection, has long 
been recognized. The renovated Refec- 
tory will meet this need. It will also 
release space in the Babcock Fine Arts 
Center needed by the Studio Art, 
Theatre, Dance, and Music Departments. 
The Refectory plan provides a rational 
and creative use of existing space, which 
should significantly enhance Sweet 
Briar's academic program. 

Already major gifts have provided for 
the Johnson Entry, given by Mr. H. Clay 
Johnson in memory of his wife, Betty 
Mead Smartt '58 and Dr. Joseph W. 
Johnson in memory of his wife, Margaret 
Austin '33, and the Griffith Art History 
Seminar Room, given by Mr. and Mrs. 
Stephen A. Laserson (Frances Griffith 
70) in memory of Mrs. Laserson's mother. 
The Shallenberger Library will be moved 
from Babcock to the Refectory. Other 
seminar rooms, offices, the archaeology 
laboratory, the art gallery, and the 
building itself are still to be named. 

The total impact of this project on the 
campus will be most significant, says 
President Harold B. Whiteman, Jr. 
"Through this renovation a new major 
learning center will be created, with 
elegant and spacious new quarters at the 
very heart of the campus, to house the 
College's art work and world." 

As the time narrows before the Kresge 
Foundation's deadline of June 15, raising 
the final $466,000 still needed is a top 
priority for Sweet Briar, its alumnae and 


Sweet Briar College 

Above: A meal served in the Refectory in 1958. 

Below: Founder's Day Dance, 1916 I 

Alumnae Magazine 


Annual Report of the 

By Peter V. Daniel 

Sweet Briar College experienced 
a satisfactory financial year in 
1981-82. Thanks to the generosity 
of the alumnae, parents, and many other 
friends of the College the annual giving 
results were most gratifying. 

As seen in the accompanying state- 
ments on operations, we continue to show 
a fairly constant reliance on the various 
sources of income. Although the reliance 
on student fees did have a two per cent 
increase, private gifts and grants in- 
creased by one per cent. The College's 
total income was just under $10,000,000 
(the total budgeted income for 1982-83 is 
well over this level at $10,645,800) and 
the assets increased by $2,909,000 from 
$45,971,000 to $48,880,000. The financial 
stability of a college or university can be 
measured by the size of its endowment 
and in this category Sweet Briar's endow- 
ment continued to increase in book value 
although there was a decrease in market 
value from June 30, 1981, to the same 
date in 1982. (Incidentally with the 
resurgence of the market, the endowment 

market value increased from $19,932,000 
on June 30, 1982, to $23,465,000 as of 
October 31, 1982.) 

With the exception of last year our 
reliance on student fees as a percentage 
of total income has continually decreased 
and one of the principal reasons this has 
happened is due to the wonderful gene- 
rosity of those supporting the annual giv- 
ing program of the College. The largest 
share of this essential income for opera- 
tions comes from the alumnae. This sup- 
port is now more important than ever, 
because as interest rates have fallen, we 
are no longer able to earn the higher 
rates of return on our Current Fund in- 
vestments as we have in the recent past. 
In fact, the $793,000 shown on the 
revenue statement as "Other Sources" 
(which is primarily the income we earn 
on short term money market investments) 
may drop to as little as $530,000 during 
1983-84. We are truly grateful for this 
support, because without it Sweet Briar 
would not progress and be in the fore- 
front of women's education. 

1981-82 Total Income 

1981-82 Total Expense 


Comparison of Educational and 
General Expense with Tuition - 
Income (in thousands of dollars) 

Educational and _ 
General Expense 

Tuition Income 


i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i | i i i i i 

62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 

Sweet Briar College 

Vice President and Treasurer 

Current Funds Revenues, Expenditures and Other Changes 
June 30, 1981 and 1982 








Tuition and fees 





Federal grants 





State grants 





Private gifts and grants 





Endowment income 





Sales and services — 

educational departments 



Sales and services — 

auxiliary enterprises 





Other sources 








Expenditures & Other Changes: 

Educational and general: 











Academic support 





Student services 





Institutional support 





Operation and 

maintenance of plant 










Total educational and 






Auxiliary Enterprises 






Other Net Changes in Current Unrestricted Funds: 

Net transfer to unexpanded 

plant funds 100.000 

Net transfer to endowment funds 91.000 

Net transfer to (from) allocated 

current unrestricted funds 380.000 





Balance Sheet 

June 30 

1981 and 1982 




Current Assets 


$ 25.000 

S 140.000 










Deferred expenditures 



Total current assets 



Plant and equipment 



Other assets: 

Interfund receivables 






Notes receivable 




S48 SS0.000 

Liabilities and Fund Balances 

Current Liabilities: 


S 425.000 

S 828.000 

Advance student fees and 

deferred income 





Other liabilities: 

Interfund payables 



Bonds payables 



Total liabilities 



Fund Balances: 

Current unrestricted funds 



Current restricted funds 



Loan funds 



Endowment and similar funds 



Annuity funds 



Unexpended plant funds 



Investment in plant funds 






— Endowment Dollar Value 
18000 - (in thousands) 



Market Value 

Book Value 

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Alumnae Magazine 




I appreciated receiving a copy of the 
Alumnae Council report from the Oc- 
tober, 1982, meeting. The computer 
center is especially appropriate for to- 
day's education and well-being in 
business. However my enthusiasm was 
dampened when I noted the Deck 20/40 
system. DEC 20/40 is the correct desig- 
nation of the equipment produced by 
Digital Equipment Corporation. Please 
correct this for future mailings with the 
Alumnae Office or other division of SBC 
helping in the preparation of this letter. 
The "Deck" designation gives the im- 
pression that SBC is throwing around 
names without education backing up the 
computer center. Computer lingo is es- 
sential to convey the academic superiority 
of SBC. 

Since I work to import engineers for 
high tech industries, I am familiar with 
the computer lingo. I've learned to put a 
computer scientist at ease and equally 
how to expose a superficial knowledge of 
the subject. 

Thank you for the overall fine report. 

— Beryl B. Farris '71 


In order to raise funds for future cam- 
pus projects, the 1982-83 Sweet Tones 
are asking for your help, and are making 
available to you their most recent album 
"Our New Wave" which was recorded 
last May at Major Studios. We think it is 
our best album ever and we would like to 
share it with you! To order your album, 
send a check for $6.00 payable to the 
Sweet Tones to: 

The Sweet Tones 

c/o Wendy Birtcher 

P.O. Box 215 

Sweet Briar College 

Sweet Briar, Va. 
Be sure to order your album today as 
there is a limited supply! 
— Wendy C. Birtcher '84 


I am a Senior majoring in American 
Studies. Upon my graduation, I will begin 
a two-year horseback ride across the 
country and back. 

The most significant parts of my trip 
will be along the Santa Fe Trail and the 
Lewis and Clark Expedition Route. 

I am hoping that any of you who live 
somewhere along my path might make 
some suggestions concerning areas I must 
see, should avoid, or am not allowed. I 
plan to camp along my route either at 
campsites or, with permission, in fields 
near houses or stables. 

On June 11, I will leave Rochester, NY, 
and head for the western border of the 
state. I will pass through Erie and cut 
diagonally across Ohio, passing near Col- 
umbus, continue on close to Indianapolis 
and straight to St. Louis. Then I will 
cross Missouri and begin the Santa Fe 
Trail in Kansas City which will take me 
through Topeka, Dodge City, Garden City 
and Syracuse. Here I will enter Colorado 
and begin looking for a place to stop and 
work for the winter either as a riding in- 
structor or in any capacity at one of the 
ski resorts. 

If the passes clear by March, I will 
head north, crossing the Divide and 
riding for Salt Lake City, then due south 
passing through Nevada to reach Los 
Angeles for the Olympics. 

If all goes well, I will continue up the 
coast and stop in the Pacific Northwest 
for the next winter, then begin the Lewis 
and Clark Expedition Route eastward in 
the spring. 

I would appreciate any advice from 
alumnae who live along my route; or if 
you know of anyone who would like to 
join me I would be grateful for the 

Sarah W. Sutton '83 

P.O. Box 921 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595 


Sweet Briar College 


Alumnae Notices 


This summer Sweet Briar College will 
sponsor, for the first time, two sessions 
of Elderhostel, a residential academic pro- 
gram for adults sixty years of age and 
older. During the weeks of June 5-11 and 
June 12-18 small groups of hostlers will 
live on the Sweet Briar campus and study 
with some of our dynamic faculty. The 
daily schedules will combine stimulating 
academic courses (no homework or test- 
ing) with recreation centered around the 
beautiful natural resources of Sweet Briar 
College. Alumnae and their families are 
encouraged to apply! Registration is 
handled through the national office in 


100 Boylston Street, Suite 200 

Boston, Mass. 02116 

(617) 426-7788 

Gail Johnson Heil 
Director, Continuing Studies 
and Summer Programs 
Sweet Briar College 
(804) 381-5653 

Week of June 5 — June 1 1 

• Images of Virginia 

by Richard Rowland 

• Foothills of the Blue Ridge — 
Natural History and Ecology 

by Ernest Edwards 

• The 20th Century Composer as 

by Carol Rhoads 

Week of June 12 — June 18 

• Introduction to Computers 

by John McClenon 

• The Home Vegetable Garden 

by Margaret Simpson 

• A Decorative Arts Sampler 

by Aileen Laing 


The Mary Clark Rogers Garden Cot- 
tage has been refurnished. A limited 
number of guest rooms are available for 
alumnae, parents and friends of the Col- 
lege for $8.50 per person per night. Semi- 
private baths, kitchen privileges. Contact 
the Alumnae House for reservations. 


In 1978 for her class's 30th Reunion, 
Martha Rowan Hyder made available a 
group of very attractive prints to be used 
in offices and parlors around campus. 
The idea was to give other alumnae the 
opportunity of contributing to the 
aesthetic beauty of these areas by pro- 
viding prints for purchase at a relatively 
modest cost. Some of the posters have 
been framed and are adding a great deal 
to the decor of the areas where they 
hang. Some prints are still available. 
They range in price from $8.00 to $25.00 
and the framing cost is around $45.00. 
The prints are from the works of such ar- 
tists as Tantra, Mucha, Hoffman, 
Stomas, Rothka, Rousseau, Cheret, 
Picasso, Eacher, Defeure, Masson, Byrd, 
Calder and De Kooning. Anyone in- 
terested in this project may contact the 
Alumnae Office where a list of the prints 
and their prices is available. It would be 
wonderful to have all of them on display 
when the Class of '48 returns for Reunion 
in May. 

Congratulations and Many Happy 
Returns to Frances Murrell Rickards 
'10, who celebrated her 95th birthday 
on January 20. 


Mrs. F.T. Hamilton (Eunice 

Branch AC) June 9, 1982 
Mrs. William Jones (Martha 

Wharton Jones AC) 

October 9, 1979 
Mrs. John T. Phillips 

(Virginia Shoop AC) date 

Mrs. N.G. Wilson, Jr. 

(Elizabeth Tyler AC) 

October 27, 1982 
Mrs. Frank W. Corley 

(Mary Taylor '21) 

October 25. 1982 
Mrs. William J. Corbett 

(Helen Leggett '22) 

November 29, 1982 
Mrs. E.C. Ivey, Jr. (Eugenia 

Goodall '25) December 20, 

Mrs. F.T. Drought (Anne 

Gleaves '29) November 14, 

Mrs. A.R. Friedmann 

(Charlotte Louise Coles '30) 

Oct. 31, 1982 
Mrs. Gail F. Mouton 

(Florence Lodge '30) 

July 30, 1982 
Mrs. William Walsee 

(Jeannette Ricketts '34) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Edward D. Cummings 

(Dorothy White '41) 

December 11, 1982 
Mrs. William H. Barrett 

(Charlotte Baylor Johnson 

'43) date unknown 
Mrs. Crutcher Field 

Harrison (Elvira Crutcher 

Field '46) January 9, 1983 
Mrs. Cynthia H. Collins 

(Cynthia Harding '48) date 

Mrs. George E. Kearns, Jr. 

(Wilhelmina Massev '50) 

December 1982 
Mrs. Richard D. Talbott 

(Margaret Crowley '54) 

January 1983 

Alumnae Magazine 


Class Notes 


Fund Agent 

Anne Schutle Nolt (Mrs. Leroy H.), 

1301 Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 


Rosalie ("Cricket") Feder Sarbey 

celebrated her 90th birthday with a 
fireside dinner at her cottage on Lake 
Erie, where she spends the summers. 
Now she is wintering in Key West at a 
home owned by her daughter and 
son-in-law. Her older daughter writes 
travel brochures for the California 
Travel Bureau and has had a textbook 
on tour operations accepted for 
publication in a few weeks. Her other 
daughter has just co-produced a 
musical at Willoughby Fine Arts in 

Frances W. Pennypacker has been 
fairly well and feels well cared for in 
the community of Kendal at 
Longwood. Recently she attended a 
church benefit wine and cheese party 
at Betsy Campbell Gawthrop's ('39) in 
West Chester. Frances' sister Mary 
Pennypacker Davis '16, after initial 
improvement from her stroke, has 
shown little change lately, in spite of 
physical therapy, but she is able to 
use a walker to go to the dining room. 
Her three sons visit frequently. 
Frances reports that Anne Schutte 
Nolt is far from well, but she con- 
tinues to live alone and does a lot of 
the work and cooking in her large 
house in Lancaster, PA. 


Isabel Luke Witt, who still lives in 
Richmond with her youngest son as 
protector, has just returned from a 
three-week tour to China with her 
daughter. After 30 years as Altar 
Flower Chairman at church, Isabel has 
turned over that job to her daughter- 
in-law, but she remains on the Retreat 
Hospital Board and works regularly as 
a volunteer. She also plays bridge 
regularly and enjoys her family, in- 
cluding four grandchildren, who all 
live near. 

Jane Byrd Ruffin Henry reports that 
she is well and busy. Four genera- 
tions are living in her home right now. 
since her granddaughter (who is Ar- 
my) is there temporarily with her little 
boys. They are all enjoying the 

Alma Trevett Gerber is living in a 
homelike condominium in Champaign, 
IL. For the first time in over 50 years 
she is on no volunteer committee. She 
says she is in her second year of 


polymyalgae rheumantica — which 
can last from one to ten years. She 
hopes to visit Sweet Briar again in ap- 
ple blossom time. 

Elizabeth Eggleston says she "lives 
the ordinary life of an old person at 
Westminster-Canterbury" in Lynch- 
burg. She recalls her three years at 
SB (especially work with Prof. Hugh 
Worthington) after her transfer from 
Agnes Scott. Later she was a teaching 
fellow at Syracuse U., where she 
earned an MA. degree. Then she 
received both the B.A. and M.A. 
degrees from Oxford U. in England. In 
spite of long bouts of mild tuber- 
culosis, she organized and directed 
"The Globe Theatre" at Hampden- 
Sydney, for which the campus 
children made their own marionettes. 
She also wrote a good deal of verse 
— some published — and painted a 
good deal. 


Fund Agent 
Helen McMahon 

Briar, VA 24595 

Box B B. Sweet 

Marjorie Thomas Reeves is living in 
Savannah, where she has spent all 
her life. She has a wonderful family 
— one son, two daughters, three 
grandsons, and four granddaughters. 
She writes that she is having a happy 
life and thinks fondly of her Sweet 
Briar days. 

Margaret Wise O'Neal and Fitzallen 
Kendall Fearing, both of Macon, GA, 
spent three weeks in September in 
Blowing Rock, NC, at Margaret's 
son's home while he and his family 
were away. They especially enjoyed 
having lunch with Helen McMahon at 
her Little Switzerland home. 

Lorna Weber Dowling's husband 
died July 28, 1982. Their grandson, 
Robert A. Dowling, was married in 
February with his grandfather as his 
best man. Robert received his M.D. 
degree in June, graduating with 
honors. Virginia, the youngest grand- 
child, is a freshman at Vanderbilt. 

Elizabeth Mason Richards and her 
husband attended his 60th Reunion at 
Harvard last June. With six grand- 
children, they seem to have a gradua- 
tion every year — first Dartmouth, 
then Yale, this year Middlebury, next 
year Medical School, and then 
Syracuse, with more graduate schools 
to come. She writes, "We are slowing 
down, but surrounded by youth, we 
are not rusting!" 

Muriel Mackenzie Kelly is still on 
the move. When her sister Dorothy 

came to Westchester, IL, from New 
Orleans to spend seven weeks, they 
went to Birmingham, Ml, for a week 
and then to Upper Michigan to spend 
over a week in Eagle Harbor with son 
Mack and his wife Ruth, who were 
there from Takoma Park, MD. Then 
Muriel and Mel drove to Kansas City 
to see son Keith and his wife Judy. In 
September they spent two weeks in 
Ireland, which turned out to be cold 
and wet — but beautiful. Muriel also 
reports the weddings of two grand- 
sons in July — one in Delaware and 
one in Illinois. 

Katharine Hagler Phinizy. though 
widowed three years ago, still lives in 
the same home in Augusta, GA, she 
moved into when she married 56 
years ago. Her daughter lives next 
door and her grandchildren visit often. 

Virginia Thompson McElwee wrote 
as she was leaving Maine for her an- 
nual stay in Florida. This was the first 
year since leaving SB that she hadn't 
seen her college roommate, Polly 
Goodnow Blackall. (Polly wrote that 
she was pleased and proud to be one 
of the alumnae of SB.) She has heard 
from Ellen Paige Lemon each year and 
has seen her once or twice in Florida. 
Virginia is still active in gardening, 
which she describes as "a consuming 
hobby for old ladies." She wishes she 
could be at Sweet Briar for her 60th 
but is doubtful about coming. 

Marie Klooz happily continues her 
busy life in Sandy Spring, MD. She 
swims two to four times weekly; goes 
to exercise class once a week; attends 
study groups on Quakerism, spiritual 
life, and mind control; participates in 
worship — sharing with Patuxent, 
MD, State prisoners; and is active in 
FISH, Senior Citizens Club, and the 
local Civic Association. She says that 
she enjoys her friends and in- 
dependence while she can. 

Emma Mai Crockett Owen, Jackson, 
TN, also continues to be involved — 
as a member of the board of the 
Jackson-Madison County Library, the 
Jackson Humane Society, the Associa- 
tion for the Preservation of Tennessee 
Antiquities, and the Youth Town Aux- 
iliary. Youth Town of Tennessee, near 
Jackson, is a home for boys and girls 
from broken homes or other tragic 
situations. The Auxiliary sponsors an 
annual Bingo Party to raise funds for 
Youth Town and also has an annual 
picnic for the residents. 

Lillian Everett Blake, Baltimore, is 
happy to be a great-grandmother. Her 
granddaughter, Frances Stuart Blake 
Mutschler, named for Lillian's late 
sister, Frances Everett, has a son, 

Michael Blake, now five months old 
and a fine boy. Lillian wishes they 
lived closer than New Jersey. 

Another great-grandmother, Frances 
Rouse Insley Carroll, has six grand- 
children, as well as the new great- 
grandson. She is living in her own 
apartment in Newnan, GA, with a 
companion. She gets out to the beauty 
parlor and lunch occasionally but 
prefers staying at home for the most 
part. She wouid love to hear from 

Helen McMahon had a visit from 
Jane Guignard Curry in Little 
Switzerland last summer — as well as 
the one from Queenie and Fitzallen 
mentioned above. Helen and Dan 
Boone '27 enjoyed a two-week course, 
sponsored by Mayland Community Col- 
lege in Spruce Pine, NC, in which 
they learned about the three surroun- 
ding counties through daily field trips. 
Thirty people from all over the country 
participated. Back at Sweet Briar, 
Helen was pleased to have a great- 
niece returning as a sophomore. (Jane 
Curry also has an S.B. great-niece 
who is a sophomore.) A great deal of 
hard work on the part of Helen and 
Ann Marshall Whitley '47 is finally 
bringing into being the Sweet Briar 
Museum in the completely renovated 
ground floor level of Boxwood. What 
an exciting development and a real 
service to Sweet Briar! Come for our 
60th Reunion in May and see for 

When Margretta Tuttle wrote, she 
was busy campaigning for her favorite 
candidates for the November election 
and taking part in international rela- 
tions groups and various clubs — not 
to mention running the house in 
Midland, Ml. She says, "I knew 
Sweet Briar when it was young and 

Mildred Baird White finds her home 
in Asheville, NC. too big now, but 
after sixty years there she doesn't 
want to live anywhere else. When not 
busy with house and yard, she is in- 
volved in community service. She has 
just received her 40-year pin from the 
U.S. Veteran's Hospital Red Cross, 
and she works with Meals on Wheels 
and her church. Her love of bridge 
has continued since days at SB. 

Phyllis Payne Gathright's grandson 
graduated from UVa Law School in 
May and is with a law firm in Norfolk. 
Phyllis lives in Salem, VA. 

Katharine Weiser Ekelund is still in 
her house in Pontiac, Ml (without help 
except for her large yard) and still do- 
ing the usual things — volunteering 
at a hospital gift shop weekly, selling 

Sweet Briar College 

nuts ($1,000 worth!) for a Guild, 
serving on the Altar Guild two months 
a year, and belonging to lots of 
organizations, but no longer accepting 
an office. She has nine grandchildren, 
of whom four are married. While in 
Germany recently, she was honored 
for her age (82). 



Mildred (Kitty) Wilson Garnett (Mrs. 

Theodore S.), 1411 Claremont Ave., 

Norfolk, VA 23507 

Fund Agent 

Jeanette Boone, Box B B, Sweet Briar. 

VA 24595 

"The" drove me across the moun- 
tains to our 55th last May and again 
to the Alumnae Council in the early 
part of October. We had a lovely visit 
with Dan Boone and Helen MacMahon 
'23 who had just returned from the 
North Carolina mountains. 

Elise Morley Fink had a summer 
visit to Northern Michigan. She was 
really missed at the reunion. Gretchen 
Orr Hill is to have a hip replacement 
in January. Alice Eskesen Ganzel's 
mental challenge now is "recovering 
money from Medicare and Blue 
Cross," the result of Eddy's failing 
sight. She still plays tennis every day 
and works for Planned Parenthood (at 
your age, Alice?) and the Congrega- 
tional Church a bit. She will be bulb 
chairman in Darien. The Ganzels are 
the ones who wowed us at the 50th 
by playing tennis like pros and look- 
ing the part. Bebe Gilchrist Barnes 
and Dick had a quiet summer and will 
be returning to Crystal River in Florida 
for the winter. She looks much as she 
did in '27. 

Emily Jones Hodge saw Peg 
Reinhold Mitchell '26 recently and 
said that her class is considering hav- 
ing an annual reunion from now on. I 
am all for it. Lib Mathews Wallace 
reminded us that SBC ranked 7th in 
Playboy Magazine which called us 
"Preppy Milkmaids." Her children 
have just celebrated their 20th and 
25th respectively. Dolly Wallace Hart- 
man '53 has her John at Davidson, 
Mary B. (16) at St. Andrew's School, 
Middletown. DE, and Elisabeth, a 
sophomore at Princeton. Libbo swims 
every day. 

Lib Wood McMullan's husband died 
last January, as did Kelley Vizard Kel- 
ly's Billy. I know all of you join me in 
sympathy to them. Lib made a trip to 
Europe in the fall. Kelley has put her 
house in Naples up for sale and will 
move into an apartment. Most of her 
troubles are "because I was born in 

Catherine Johnson Brehme and I 
are buying Ma Bell. Tinka's daughter- 
in-law has such a successful business 
that it was written up in an article in 

the L.A. Times commenting on the 
best fabric outlets in the area. One of 
her grandsons is a second year stu- 
dent at L'Ecole Politique in France. 

Mary Turner Baker's husband is 
still on the board of the Louisville 
Courier Journal and retired as vice- 
president. Their son teaches en- 
vironmental law and land use at Suf- 
folk U. in Boston and a daughter has 
a female law firm in Hartford. Martha 
Ambrose Nunnally's husband con- 
tinues to write stories and articles for 
Outdoor Life and other magazines. 
Martha reminded me that the death of 
Ruth Lowrance Street's husband was 
such a loss to Chattanooga. Tinka 
Johnson had sent me the front page 
clipping from the Wall Street Journal 
noting his death. "Few ever gave as 
much to his fellow man as Gordon 

Emilie Halsell Marston says that she 
and Mary Sturgis '25 took a flower 
tour of western Europe in May. Emilie 
visited her daughter in California later 
on. She claims married "grands" and 
five great-grands. A grand newsy re- 
ply from Helen Smyser Talbott makes 
us envious — she toured Hawaii with 
one son and Middle Europe with 
another and then took a trip to the 
Mediterranean area. The Talbotts 
garden and swim at least once a day. 
Helen threatens to come to the 60th. 
Please come! 

Dear Gin Stephenson says that her 
hair is getting gray. It grieves me that 
she was visiting Peg Williams Bayne 
in Norfolk while we were away. She 
has seen Gen Black Newton several 
times in Duluth. Daphne Bunting Blair 
and Larry went to their summer place 
in Ontario during the summer, and her 
sister Dorothy '29 joined them there. 
Just found a June note from Libbo 
Mathews Wallace telling me that her 
daughter-in-law went to National 
Cathedral for her 25th and there she 
saw Ann Mason Brent Winn's ('29) 
daughter from Australia at her 20th 

Frankie Sample Holmlund says their 
three-week trip on the Amazon last 
fall was not her cup of tea. Writing 
from Cape Cod, she said that she and 
Harry were going to the Penn- 
Dartmouth game, Baltimore, and Philly 
before returning to Arizona. As you 
know. Marion Chaffee retired and 
moved to Clearwater. She has no 
regrets but ventures north for six 
weeks to escape the heat and 

Camilla Alsop Hyde and Ed planned 
to attend the 55th but his untimely 
death occurred. We had a long phone 
talk afterwards. Camilla is a great 

Jerry Reynolds Dreisbach will travel 
to California to visit her Jerry 
Driesbach Ludeke '51 after a trip 
through central Germany in the sum- 
mer. Some day I hope to be in Char- 
lottesville when she visits Georgia 

Dreisbach Kegley '54 there for 

Madeline Brown Wood and Compy 
Compton teased us into thinking they 
could make it to the 55th. M. Brown 
says Mac may have a knee replace- 
ment. The and I still take nourishment 
and go to Camp Greenbrier in West 
Virginia for six months each year. We 
old biddies still can swim, play tennis, 
and travel. My hiking boots and canoe 
paddle suit my taste thanks to my 

Keep 1987 in mind. If you try I'll 
bet you make it. 

P.S. Gretchen and I are the proud 
grandmothers of a senior and a 
sophomore now. 



Elizabeth MacRae Goddard (Mrs. 
Stephen), 4115 Kendall St., San 
Diego, CA 92109 
Fund Agent 

Charlotte Kent Pinckney (Mrs. 
Thomas), 51 Westham Green, Rich- 
mond, VA 23229 

What a wonderful response to my 
postcard appeal — wish I could in- 
clude all your news! 

I'll start with Nancy Worthington's 
worthy activities — processing piles 
of newspapers left on her wheel chair 
outside her door to be collected by 
high school boys (sometimes 180 
lbs.), the money to go to replace 
Lynchburg trees damaged by ice 
storms or elm disease. Ella Williams 
Fauber and Everett write glowingly of 
Westminster-Canterbury. Thanks to 
Nancy's newspaper clippings, we hear 
of the outstanding activities of the 
three Fauber sons: "Ebo" Fauber, III, 
V.P. of Fauber Garbee, Inc.; Rodger, 
president of Central Fidelity Bank; and 
Stuart, assistant V.P. of United Va. 
Bank — all in Lynchburg. Ella's 
granddaughter is at UVa. 

Mary Lynn Carlson King and Huger 
have moved back into the little house 
they lived in when first married. Their 
sons and one daughter have nine 
children among them. Libba Stribling 
Bell writes that she has just tied this 
score. Mary Lynn's daughter Laurinda 
'63 "achieved a miracle" a few years 
ago: with three children she read law 
in a lawyer's office and passed the 
bar exam the first time without ever 
attending a law class: she is now 
practicing on her own time schedule 
in Roanoke. VA. Mary Lynn is 
"thoroughly enjoying old age," work- 
ing in the garden with stool and cane, 
the toughest decision she has to make 
being when to cut a honeydew melon! 

Polly Swift Calhoun is responsible 
for four teen-age boys from across the 
street who are living in her house. In 
addition she is a new Hospice 
volunteer (terminal cancer cases), and 

she and Frank run the local FISH pro- 
gram. They celebrated their golden 
wedding anniversary in the fall of '81 
(first in our class?). Their son Ted 
and his family are home from eight 
years in West Berlin, and he now 
heads a jr. high school in Eugene, 
OR. Their daughter Sue's daughter is 
on her junior year in Spain. Their 
grandson Marvin spent the summer 
with Jo Gibbs Delavan's son Jack 
helping rebuild his house which had 
burned. Jo's pastime is "synchro- 
nized swimming" (sounds 

Ruth Schott Benner must be our 
first greaf-grandmother as of June '81 
— any other takers? She and Earl en- 
joyed visits with Gill Hilton Pritchard 
and Frank while wintering in 
Carlsbad. CA. 

Natalie Roberts Foster has moved 
but only within Roanoke. 

Evelyn Mullen's newscard was sent 
just before leaving on a tour to 
Munich, Salzburg and Vienna with her 
sister Priscilla '34; no evidence of 
cancer was found on the "second 
look" in Jan. '82, and she is still 
volunteering in the Art Museum 
library. In early January she was in- 
vited to participate with four other 
notables in a project connected with 
the Library Series Act of 1956 — the 
first Federal Library program, of which 
she was a program officer. Perry 
Whittaker Scott reports that she and 
Bob are more involved than ever: 
chairmanship of church bazaar, bowl- 
ing league, hospital auxiliary, etc.: a 
miniature Schnauzer puppy — 
Christmas gift from their children — 
is now a part of the family. Jean 
Countryman Presba and Will were 
busy taking care of their 1 Vi acre of 
grass, gardens, and fall leaves from 
45 oak trees; they look after an 
88-year-old widow neighbor and were 
looking forward to their three months 
in Siesta Key, FL. 

After visiting cousins and friends in 
New England. Nancy Coe threw 
herself into being co-chairman of a big 
Englewood. NJ. Woman's Club lunch- 
eon and later the "Flea Market." 
both affairs helping the club financially 
and philanthropically Mary Stewart 
Kelso Treanor. still a trustee of the 
Sierra Arts Foundation, reports that 
Phase I of the Center for Performing 
Arts is functioning. She has a 
daughter in law school and a grand- 
son at Columbia College studying the 
art of Fire Fighting. Martha Von 
Briesen spent three weeks in 
Milwaukee enjoying visits with family 
and old friends. She was looking for- 
ward to Alumnae Council as she ex- 
pected to see alumnae she had known 
as students. Helen Lawrence Vander 
Horst is raising a new crop of grand- 
children in Tennessee and the Boston 
area. She and Jean Cole Anderson go 
to travelogues and Garden Club 
together. Jean's corgi gives her a 

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wonderful excuse for a half-mile walk 
up and down their road every morn- 
ing; she does the cooking now too as 
her sister is no longer able to. 

Ginny Cooke Rea and Fritz had their 
two daughters visit them in June and 
August and a trip to Prince Edward 
Island and Quebec in July; grand- 
daughter Elizabeth was spending the 
summer in France (her parents had 
met on the SBC year in France!). Gin- 
ny's customers won't let her quit sell- 
ing bulbs! Dot Ayres Holt's grandson 
is at the U. of Rochester and her 
granddaughter at Smith ("sorry it was 
not SBC"). Martha McBroom Shipman 
wishes at least one of her four grand- 
daughters were at SBC — and 
Charlotte Kent Pinckney wishes SBC 
had both of her granddaughters! One 
is a senior at Princeton and the other 
a freshman at UVa. She wrote that 
Mary Leigh Seaton Marston had 
bought a place at Tyler Beach, GA. 

"Whit" Pearsall Smith's only 
granddaughter, a sophomore at 
Valdosta College, GA, is "truly a thing 
of beauty and a joy forever!" She 
adds that she and Jack love all four of 
their grandsons too! Ellen Eskridge 
Sanders and Walter enjoy living next 
door to their daughter and family; 
their son lives in the SF Bay area with 
his wife and 8-mo.-old son. Mary Nice 
Jemison toured New England with her 
granddaughter and spent an afternoon 
with Tillie Jones Shillington and her 
husband in Yarmouth, ME Agnes 
Cleveland Stackhouse and Glenn spent 
five weeks in Mexico last winter 
where their daughter Jennifer lives. 
Cynthia Vaughn Price tells of taking 
some friends to see Sabine Hall, the 
lovely old home of Toole Rotter 
Wellford and Carter. They had just 
had a debutante party and Charlotte 
Kent Pinckney's grandson was a 

The cruises taken by many of you 
were mouth-watering! Marjorie Webb 
Maryanov and Lawrence were just 
back from a 15-day trip to Alaska — 
"breathtaking!" Polly Swift Calhoun 
and Frank had also been there. Jean 
Ploehn Wernentin and her husband 
were all over the Baltic Sea on the 
Royal Viking, including two days in 
Leningrad. Jean still has her needle- 
point shop but goes only when she 
wants to Helen Sim Mellen had a fine 
trip to Switzerland and had several 
days in Salzburg and Munich where 
she had not been for 50 years! Cyn- 
thia Vaughn Price recommends the 
SBC trips. Our class president. Ginnie 
Quintard Bond, cruised the Mediterra- 
nean on the Sea Cloud for a week 
from Dubrovnick, Yugoslavia, down 
the Adriatic and then up to Rome. She 
says she spends as much time as she 
can in travel, having covered the 
"outposts" in the last two years — 
Australia, New Zealand and islands in 
between, the Orient and Egypt. "I still 
try to be a contributor in various 


volunteer capacities so I am not a 
complete sponge." We can believe 

As for me, the two big events were 
having my two older granddaughters 
(14 and 12) for a two-week visit in 
July as they've moved from Lake 
George, NY, to El Paso, TX, just one 
time zone away from San Diego! Then 
in August my sister Margaret '37 and 
I flew to the wedding of one of the 
daughters of our sister Clara '40 in 
Geneva, NY. Our sister Anne '32 and 
one of our brothers and his wife were 
there too, so it was quite a family 
gathering. We stopped to visit my son 
in Ohio on the way home. 



Janet Kimball Miller (Mrs. John 

Miller), 9460 Live Oak Place, Apt. 

306, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33324 

Fund Agent 

Lucy Hoblitzell, 115 W. 12th St., 

Parkersburg, WV 26101 

Martha Jane Gipe Earle retired in 
June from teaching — with mixed 
emotions. She said she will miss her 
students, but it will take her a year to 
get her affairs and her husband in 

Judy Peterkin, Anne Spiers Jessup 
and her sister Jean Templeton are 
planning a get-together at Mary 
Templeton's home in Parkersburg, 
WV, in June. 

Suzanne Wilson Rutherford reports 
that she may retire from her library 
job in a public school. Otherwise she 
goes along much the same. 

Alma Simmons Rountrey took a trip 
to Iowa to visit her newest grand- 
daughter, Emily Thornbill. While in 
Iowa she was snowbound for two 
weeks. She enjoyed every minute of 
the two weeks sitting around the fire 
and holding Emily. I quote, "I think 
nostalgically of SBC. All seasons were 
lovely there. I am not far away but 
don't often get there anymore. My 

Catharine Armstrong Gaylor wrote 
about some loss of memory. Speedy 
recovery to you! 

Isabel Anderson Comer's interest 
has been set on establishing a 
museum and arts center in her area 
(Sylacauga, AL). She wrote of her joy 
in seeing Cordelia Penn Cannon '34 
and Judy Halliburton Davis recently in 
Greensboro, NC. 

Mary Honeywell Dodds and her 
husband Jim left their Florida home 
for two months last summer to visit 
their sons' families, her brother, and 
Jim's sister "up North" and to play 
golf and enjoy friends in Delhi, NY. A 
week later Mary and her daughter 
flew to London for a week. 

We were distressed to learn of the 
death of Mary Dunglinson Days hus- 

band on Oct. 4, 1982. Their daughter 
Mary Boyd, her husband Alan 
Hesdorffer and their daughter 
Meredith, 17, and son Boyd, 14, live 
in Edina, MN. 

Mary V. Marks is finding retirement 
busier than the former "work-for- 
pay" schedule — what with choir and 
altar guild, volunteering at the library, 
and serving on the board for her con- 
dominium and the Arlington Committee 
of 100 which tries to keep up with 
county government and development 
along their subway corridor. However, 
she took time off for an exciting trip 
to China. 

Alison Dunne Harrison's middle 
granddaughter was married last June, 
and Alison writes, "I am beginning to 
feel pretty ancient! I am still riding, 
but when Sammy gives up I think I 
will follow suit. Our son-in-law Eddie 
Gregson trained the '82 Derby winner, 
Gato del Sol, so I will let him and Gail 
'66 carry on with the horses!" 

I spent the summer visiting my two 
sons and their families in New York 
and Georgia. I also went to Egypt for 
three weeks. I succumbed to Egyptian 
sickness and ate nothing but soup 
and pudding for the better part of 
three weeks. Our five-day trip down 
the Nile was fantastic. I also rode a 
camel — to the amazement of my 
grandchildren (glad I have a picture to 
prove it!). In October I went on a golf 
cruise to Bermuda and had a fantastic 
and healthy time. After playing our flat 
Florida courses, I felt like a mountain 

Allyn Capron Heintz and husband 
became great-grandparents in August. 
They are busy reclaiming an old house 
and garden in Asheville — big enough 
to have four children and spouses, 11 
grandchildren, and the new great- 
grandson for reunions. 

Mary Smith Johnson considers her 
one year at SB memorable, though 
she graduated from the College of 

Please start thinking seriously about 
our 50th Reunion in June 1984. I 
trust you all will make a real effort to 
attend as it will be a truly rewarding 

These notes are sparse but it is all 
I have to report. Please, more news 
from you in 1983! 



Helen McCreery James (Mrs. Colin), 

722 High St., Denver, CO 80218 

Fund Agent 

Jean Oliver Sartor (Mrs. E. Alton), 

282 E. Flournoy Lucas Rd., 

Shreveport, LA 71106 

Elizabeth Vanderbilt Crampton's 

daughter Allison Brown has been or- 
dained a minister in the Presbyterian 

Church. Anne Dearstyne Cornwell 
writes that her daughter is attending 
Kansas U. In addition, Anne's oldest 
daughter's husband, Jim Benson, was 
appointed by Gov. Teasdale of 
Missouri to investigate the safety of 
the state's nuclear plant in the 

Lee Montague Watts sent a lovely 
letter saying how disappointed she 
was not to have been able to contact 
either Henrietta Minor Hart or me dur- 
ing a stopover in Denver after an SB 
reunion in Colorado Springs. 

Betsy Campbell Gawthrop was 
lyrical over the SB trip to Sicily. 

Mary Jeff Welles Pearson is settling 
into her new home in Lexington, VA, 
but despite the move she is still on 
the Board for the Shenandoah Valley 
Music Festival. Betty Frazier Rinehart 
is another address changer. She is 
now living in Palo Alto. CA, and likes 
it so much. Augusta Saul Farrier is 
also enjoying a new home in Roanoke, 
VA, and is close to six of her eight 

Janet Thorpe recently ran into Boots 
Vanderbilt Crampton outside Bloom- 
ingdale's and has also touched bases 
with Lucy Gordan Jeffers, Aline 
Stamp, Kitty Lawder Stephenson and 
her sister Jane Lawder '35; the latter 
two were on their way to Europe with 
friends. A later note from Kitty Lawder 
Stephenson mentions that she par- 
ticularly enjoyed the tour through 
Greece and Turkey. Kitty also wrote 
that she and her husband enjoy good 
health. He is working hard as a 
lawyer and active volunteer, and they 
fish a lot together. Kitty caught the 
record American shad for South 
Carolina in March '82. 

Polly Brown Sweeney is back 
gardening again after a long recovery 
from a badly broken hip. 

Sarah A. Tarns Kreker was remar- 
ried in Nov. '80 and is living in 
Decatur, IL. She and George honey- 
mooned at the MGM Grand Hotel in 
Las Vegas and, luckily, escaped from 
the fire with their lives. Sarah Belk 
Gambrell is among a small group of 
distinguished executives who are lec- 
turing at Queens College (NYC) to the 
M.B.A. candidates. 

Suzette Boutrell McLeod has twice 
visited the Washington area in the 
past year or so, first for the wedding 
of her son Robert and later with her 
husband John, who organized a 
workshop at the National Science 

Jane Holden Walker has moved to 
Moraga, CA, to be near one son; the 
other lives in New Zealand. Jane and 
her husband spend part of the year on 

Katherine Richards DeLancey has 
retired from the National Grange 
Mutual Insurance Co. She has written, 
produced and costumed a three-act 
play The Patriarchs for her Sunday 
School class. 

Sweet Briar College 

Nancy (Anne) Beard Dix has retired 
as Secretary to the Roland Park 
Presbyterian Church after 21 years. 
Then she and Parker celebrated with a 
lovely trip to Sanibel Island. Connie 
(Eleanor) Wallace Price writes that 
Sam has retired and they will be 
spending six months each year in 
Florida. However, she is looking for a 
bumper sticker that reads, "I'd rather 
be near the family" — namely, her 
three children and six grandchildren 
back home. 

Bennett Wilcox Bartlett and Harry 
have a new granddaughter, Rebecca, 
the baby of their youngest son, Bill, 
and his wife Susan. 

Mardie Hodill Smith writes that 
when her older daughter hit the "Life 
begins at" age in December, it didn't 
bother her but made Mardie feel a lit- 
tle more ancient. However, she is still 
able to bowl and get around the golf 
course (in a cart) in spite of a bum 
knee. She counts her blessings! 

Lottie Lewis Woollen finds that the 
40th Reunion for the Class of 1939 
still continues for her. She has seen a 
lot of Henri Minor Hart, Lillian Neely 
Willis, and Gracey Luckett Bradley this 
year. Now she is looking forward to 
the 50th — with disbelief! 



Mary (Diddy) Christian Mulligan (Mrs. 

Minot C), 5218 Albemarle St., 

Bethesda, MD 20816 

Fund Agent 

Marjorie Shugart Short (Mrs. Burton 

P.), 1129 Oakridge Rd., Petersburg, 

VA 23803 

If you have never attended a Reun- 
ion, plan to go to our 40th the 
weekend of May 20. I can guarantee 
you a super time with your old 
classmates who will be returning. I 
have missed only a few over the 
years, and each one I have attended 
has surpassed the previous one. It is 
worth the trip just to see how the Col- 
lege has grown and expanded; yet the 
campus remains forever beautiful. 

Em and Nancy Pingree Drake rented 
a Renault and covered 2600 miles of 
Portugal on a recent trip. Ping is our 
Reunion Gift Chairman, who, along 
with Marjorie Shugart Short, is work- 
ing hard to reach the goal of $43,000 
for our special reunion year. It is go- 
ing to take a lot of loyalty and 
sacrifice on the part of all of us to at- 
tain this goal. Dig down as deeply as 
you can! 

Our deepest sympathy goes to Posy 
Hazard Potter, who lost her husband 
Shell in March 1982. She writes that 
tennis and her friends and family have 
been lifesavers during such a trying 
time. She, too, is looking forward to 
our 40th Reunion. 

Clara Eager Matthai went on the 
SBC Mediterranean trip last August 
and was thrilled with her first trip to 
Europe. She is still a special survey 
interviewer for the U.S. Census 
Bureau, as well as catering about a 
dozen large dinners at Hamilton Col- 
lege each year. Her son Chris works 
in a bank in Baltimore, and daughter 
Murray is busy being a mother. 

Harriet Pullen Phillips has retired 
from her job as family planning nurse 
after eleven years. She and her hus- 
band had a lovely trip to Hawaii to see 
their daughter, who hasn't been home 
in five years. While there they had a 
delightful visit with Page Ruth Foster. 
After 18 1 /2 years as director of the 
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Jim has 
retired. Page continues to volunteer 
with Common Cause and RIF and to 
work for a bilateral freeze on nuclear 
weapons and an end to the arms race. 
She writes that Tookie Kniskern White 
keeps busy at the Family Court there 
and with her four granddaughters, 
while Bob is in Australia. 

Ginny Knowlton Fite has a real 
claim to fame. She is the only woman 
who is one of the owners of the 
Bengals. That — plus grandchildren, 
tennis and trips — highlights the 
Files' life. 

Mary Love Ferguson Sanders will 
make the trek from Corsicana, TX, for 
our 40th. Her life consists of good 
works (civic) and hard work (house 
and garden), as well as traveling. Her 
two sons are both bankers, one in 
Austin and one in Corsicana. Both her 
two grandsons and her mother can 
out do her on any given day. 

A brief card was sent by Debbie 
Douglas Adams, who is enjoying her 
four granddaughters, two in NYC and 
two in Athens, GA. 

Skip Bracher Leggett's husband 
Jack has retired, so they are spending 
their free time traveling to exotic 
places. In Indonesia they had a close 
encounter with a Komodo dragon. 
Next on their itinerary is Africa. 

Margaret Swindell Dickerman en- 
joyed a weekend at SBC with Nancy 
Pingree Drake, Caroline Miller McClin- 
tock, and Anne Noyes Awtrey, all 
making plans for our grand and 
glorious 40th. Margaret is still busy at 
the family newspaper in Wilson, NC, 
with trips to the coast now and then. 

We are deeply sorry for the tragedy 
in Dottie Campbell Maher's life. Her 
34-year-old daugther Babs died sud- 
denly before the holidays in 1981. On 
the brighter side, her son Christopher 
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at 
Earlham College. Dottie works two 
days a week for the financial director 
of the county Red Cross in White 

If Dodi Cheatham James isn't in 
Amsterdam looking at tulips, she will 
be with us in May. When she and her 
daughter attended church in Newport 
News, who should get up to make an 

announcement but Brae Preston, who 

is director of religious education for 
the church. Dodi is still painting and 
working on another group show. 

The year 1983 will be a time of 
transition for Frank and Anne 
McJunkin Briber. If all goes well, 
Frank will retire, they will sell their 
house and take an apartment in 
Milwaukee, and then they will become 
residents of Amelia Island, FL. 

A number of Fay Martin Chandler's 
paintings were available at the Bodley 
Gallery in NYC last spring. She sent 
me several reproductions showing in- 
teresting composition and beautiful 
color. Brooks Barnes and Lou Moore 
Nelson were at another exhibit in 
Boston recently, and Brooks marvels 
at what Fay is doing. Brooks is retir- 
ing December 31 after laboring many 
years in the vineyard of Children's 
Hospital in Boston. She will go back 
to Plymouth and allow her still active 
mother to spoil her. 

Gavin and Bonilee Key Garrett had a 
50th birthday party for their Lam- 
pasas, TX, ranch last June. After- 
wards they took a trip to Athens and 
had a fabulous cruise on the Sea 

Judy Snow Benoit keeps busy 
teaching nursery school, and in addi- 
tion she works as volunteer coor- 
dinator to the Cumberland County 
Reach for Recovery program unit that 
visits women in the hospital recover- 
ing from mastectomies. Her youngest 
son, James, is engaged to a girl 
named Jamie! 

Primmy Johnston Craven has retired 
from Girl Scouting but remains active 
as a volunteer, as well as being on 
the board of AAUW and parish clerk 
of her church. 

Janie Lampton Middleton was mar- 
ried April 1982 to Royden Peabody. 
How nice to have a bride in our 
midst! We wish them many years of 

Mary Carter Richardson is still a 
bridal consultant in Atlanta. She is 
thrilled to become the grandmother of 
twin girls and future Briarites, she 

Betty Potter Kinne Hillyer plugs 
away at tennis and co-running an an- 
tique shop for the San Diego Humane 

Jinny Dewing Dorsey sent no news 
but the wish to be with us in May. 
From the cards I have received from 
classmates, I do believe we will have 
a "full house"! 

Carter Claybrook Booth keeps out of 
mischief playing tennis and bridge and 
writing for the River Hills Plantation 
newspaper. Her husband is S.C. State 
Tennis Champ, 60s group, and they 
run into many SBC people at tourna- 
ents in the Carolinas and Florida. 

Prentiss Jones Hale left Connecticut 
with one son to visit another in Los 
Angeles. The three of them had a 
wonderful time seeing San Simeon, 

San Francisco, and Yosemite. Nothing 
like two sturdy sons to do the driving 
and handle the baggage! 

Betty Schmeisser Nelson's year 
(1982) was spent preparing for a ma- 
jor back operation, having it, and then 
recuperating from it, a long process. 
Her daughter Kathy graduated from 
the U. of Syracuse Law School with 
many honors last spring. Betty be- 
moans the fact that Kathy didn't at- 
tend SBC, and Betty herself can't wait 
to get back for our 40th Reunion. 

I enjoy hearing from Fayette 
McDowell Willett frequently. At last 
report. Buddy and Fayette were busily 
involved in their son Roscoe's 
December ('82) wedding to Hollis 
Hibbs, a Hollins graduate. They will 
live in Louisville, where Roscoe is a 
stockbroker. Daughter Louise, who 
works for Congressman Badham, Cali- 
fornia, was a bridesmaid. 

Fayette writes that Charlotte 
Johnson Barnett died after a long bout 
with cancer. We remember Johnnie as 
our song leader and are sorry to hear 
this sad news. 

John and Charlotte Garber Rudulph 
had dinner with me and my son and 
daughter-in-law in the spring of 1982. 
Charlotte never changes; she is still 
as pretty as her May Court days. 

Bob and Nancy Jameson Glass left 
snowy New York last spring and 
headed south on a five-week trip to 
Natchez, New Orleans, then on to 
Texas, the Grand Canyon and Col- 
orado. "What a beautiful country we 
have!" she writes. 

While touring Europe last summer, 
Jim and Janice Fitzgerald Wellons had 
an experience that few people have 
had. While they were visiting the 
Louvre in Paris, the burglar alarm 
went off and they were locked in with 
Napoleon's crown for almost an hour. 
Though surrounded by armed guards, 
they were never searched and never 
told what had happened. Janice is still 
teaching piano and enjoying it. 

Bob and Ouija Adams Bush's 
daughter Jeanette was married recent- 
ly and lives in Ft. Lee, NJ. Their se- 
cond daughter, Louise, and her hus- 
band live in Dallas, as does their son 
Stuart. Two out of three nearby is a 
pretty good record. 

Henry and Byrd Smith Hunter enjoy 
their children Carter '68 and Baird 70 
and their families with frequent get- 

Annabelle Forsch Prager has had 
two dandy books for children pub- 
lished recently. The Spooky Halloween 
Parly and The Four Getsys and What 
They Forgot, two ol her books, are 
being published in England soon. 
Since her daughter is in her last year 
at Princeton, Annabelle sees Beth 
Dichman Smith there frequently. Our 
other NYC classmates. Muie Grymes 
Blumenthal. Pat Robinson McCulloch. 
and Nancy Bean Hector, have frequent 
get-togethers with Annabelle. and all 

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hope to be at Reunion. 
John and Weezie Woodruff Angst's 

tomboy, career girl daughter, Weezie, 
II, will soon become a feminine 
blushing bride. She will marry Tom 
Van Landingham, a St. Louis archi- 
tect. The Angsts go to Juneau, AK, to 
spend Christmas with their two grand- 
children and oldest son and his wife. 

Ann Jacobs Pakradooni is still en- 
joyng her career in designing and 
operating her boutique, Joie de Vivre, 
in Haverford. It will soon be the bouti- 
que's 25th year. Dina Merril 
presented her with the Super Achiever 
Award on behalf of the Juvenile 
Diabetes Foundation not too long ago. 
Ann will be giving awards to women 
outstanding in various fields of 
endeavor at her own fashion benefit 
called "The Whirlwind Promenade" in 
December (1982). Her son Loyd 
works in his father's 85-year-old 
printing company, and daughter Gigi 
is a banker in Boston. Dik has at- 
tended most of our reunions and 
taken great color slides. We hope he 
will do the honors again. 

Last summer was a whole new ball 
game tor me. I spent five- months in 
Cape May, NJ, helping two good 
friends, Anne Le Due and Judy 
Bartella, run the 106-year-old 
Chalfonte Hotel. Since my family has 
been going there for over 50 years, it 
was like going home. Cape May is a 
Victorian architectural gem with more 
than 600 structures. In 1976 it was 
designated a National Historic Land- 
mark City under the Department of the 
Interior. The Chalfonte is one of the 
oldest resort hotels in existence, and 
one of its claims to fame is the cook, 
Helen Dickerson, who has been there 
for 45 years. The same guests return 
year after year, to sparse accomoda- 
tions, delicious Southern cooking, and 
delightful companionship. I loved it 
and hope to return this summer after 

My son and his wife now live in 
Maple Shade, NJ. Mellinda is still in 
Maine with my grandson and another 
baby due any minute. Mary Minot is a 
lawyer in Boston, clerking for a 
Massachusetts Supreme Court judge 
for a year before going to work for 

Just received is a note from SBC 
that Em and Nancy Pingree Drake 
were given the Award for Distin- 
guished Service to Philanthropy, 
presented by the New England 
Association for Hospital Development, 
along with a citation of their im- 
pressive accomplishments. 

May will be here before we know it; 
so start making plans to spend a 
delightful weekend with old friends in 
beautiful surroundings that were so 
much a part of our lives. Our deepest 
thanks go to our class president, 
Caroline Miller McClintock, for all she 
is doing to get our Reunion off to a 

good start. See you in May! 



Carol Blanton McCord (Mrs. Kenneth 

A.), 1010 West Wind Court, Ruxton. 

MD 21204 

Fund Agent 

R. Jane Warner Williams (Mrs. J. 

Warner), 3418 So. Houston, Ft. 

Smith, AR 72903 

Our 35th reunion in May brought 
44 classmates, four husbands and 
summer weather back to Sweet Briar. 
From the class picnic on Friday to the 
chapel service on Sunday, the ac- 
tivities planned by Ann Brinson Nelson 
and her committee made it a time to 
rediscover Sweet Briar and each 

Kay Weisiger Osborne, our new 
class president, takes on Ann's 
(nevermore Fuzzy) job, and Jane 
Warner Williams will follow Ginger 
Barron Summer as Fund Agent. With 
Ginger and her Committee leading the 
way, our class surpassed its goal of 
$47,000 (final total — $48,221) and 
set a record, with 79% contributing. 

Kay Fitzgerald Booker, our former 
Alumnae editor extraordinary, has 
moved to the Overseers, and con- 
tinues to give much of her time to 

Ann Marshall Whitley's Sweet Briar 
Museum was on view for all returning 
alumnae and with a second edition: a 
collection of antique farm implements 
found on the grounds and housed in 
the old slave cabin. Ann was the reci- 
pient of the 1982 Alumnae Award. 

Nan Hart Stone, who was a 
member of the Reunion Committee and 
put together our colorful, beautiful, 
funny scrapbook, came from Rich- 
mond. She has recently built a vaca- 
tion house near Charlottesville (hus- 
band Billy supervising) and even made 
some of the furniture. On our way 
home it was tested and approved by 
several of us, who pronounced it 
sound as its builder. 

Sash Hudgins Rice drove down with 
Jane Arthur Etheridge and Margaret 
Ellen White Van Buren Sash's" 
daughter Peggy lives in a log cabin 
tucked away in the forest near 
Charlottesville where she works as a 
U. Va. Hospital nurse. Judy Burnett 
Halsey, Liz Ripley Davey, Nan and I 
joined "Sash" and her traveling com- 
panions there for a wilderness tea 

Martha Smith and Jean Old were 
both there from Norfolk and haven't 
changed in looks one bit. Jean has 
been chosen as one of the 10 
outstanding professional women of 
Tidewater, VA, 1982, by a group sup- 
ported by the Norfolk Chamber of 
Commerce, Virginia — Pilot/Ledger 
Star and many nationally recognized 


Barbara Golden Pound came with 
Ginna lllges Norman from Columbus. 
Barbara's recent art exh'rbit there was 
based on ideas she brought back from 
her 1980 trip to China. All visual arts 
interest her, and she is continually 
trying new materials and techniques. 
She often works with her artist-son 
Garry. Over our binoculars, Barbara 
and I shared bird talk in the early 
morning with "Crummie" Crumrine 
Stewart and others in Professor Ed- 
wards' flock. 

Class Bride Ellenor Stafford Milio 
came just for lunch on Sunday with 
her husband. She has a doctorate in 
Education and is a reading specialist 
in Baltimore, where they live. 

Jackie Murray Sanner's hand- 
crafted small story-book characters 
were captivating. They are in great 
demand in stores featuring the 
original. They are more puppets than 

May 23 graduations of sons and 
daughters kept some of us at home. 
Mary Stuart McGuire Gilliam's 
daughter graduated in Law from W&L, 
Peggy Robertson Christian's daughter 
and son-in-law both graduated from 
the Darden School of Business, and 
Evie White Spearman's youngest son, 
from Sewanee. 

Also Mary Lib Vic Thornhill, who 
had served on the Reunion Committee, 
stayed in Austin to see her oldest 
daughter graduate from high school. 
Mary Lib is a most talented artist and 
has been recognized by collectors not 
only in her native state, but in Califor- 
nia, and others. She is co-owner of 
Kerbey Lane Gallery, Inc., has taught, 
organized docents programs, served 
as president of the Austen Arts Coun- 
cil, and worked in areas of learning 
disabilities and juvenile programs. She 
is a member of the Texas Watercolor 
Society and is listed in Who's Who of 
American Women. (I am just naming a 

Meredith Slane Finch continues to 
win honors in ecclesiastical needle- 
point design and authored a book 
which was on sale at SBC's book 
shop. Our scrapbook has beautiful 
pictures and descriptions of the altar 
cushions she designed for the chapel 
of Memorial United Methodist Church, 
Thomasville, N.C. A long-standing in- 
vitation to Duke's Children's Classic, 
where she was entered in a tennis 
tournament, and dinner with the 
Gerald Fords, prevented her coming 
May 23. (Excuses, excuses.) Anne 
("Wash") Ferrier Ramsey arranged a 
mini-reunion this summer in Salisbury 
so that she, Pat Hassler Schuber, Ir- 
ving Brenizer Johnston, and Katharine 
Weisiger Osborne could tell Meredith 
all about Reunion. 

Eleanor Bosworth Shannon's eldest 
daughter, Eleanor, was to be married 
in August, and Sue Van Clive Riehl 
was anticipating new grandbabies — 

twins — also by August. 

First time at reunion — Cindy Con- 
verse Ash — and her unflappable 
husband, Al. They live in Rye, NY, 
and have four children — two out of 
the nest, two in college. Cindy's an 
executive's secretary; Al, an architect. 

From New York comes a newsy, 
long letter from Margaret Ellen White 
Van Buren, who saw Mary Frances 
Wood in town this past summer; M-F 
is a member of the Roman Catholic 
Religious Sisters of Mercy. Alma, Ml, 
professional women who work in the 
world but share a religious communal 
life. Margaret Ellen and Jim — who 
has recovered from two serious ill- 
nesses in the past year — have been 
participating in many events surround- 
ing the 200th Anniversary of Dutch 
recognition of the U.S., which in- 
cluded meeting Queen Beatrix and 
Prince Claude, and also attending the 
National Park Service restoration 
ceremonies at Martin Van Buren's 
birthplace. They also attended an 
Alumnae party for SB directors and 
overseers at the Colony Club in New 
York, where they saw Alex Marcoglou 
Tully, Kay Fitzgerald Booker, and 
Judy Burnett Halsey. 

In September, while in Philadelphia 
for the birth of her second grandson, 
Margaret Ellen saw Blair Burwell May. 
who lives there, and Fannie Ulmer 
Conley, who was visiting her lawyer 
daughter. Blair's five children now live 
from Maine, Washington (DC), the 
West Coast, to Virginia! Margaret 
Ellen says that Blair and Fannie were 
very supportive and comforting when 
her new grandbaby had to undergo 
surgery; but now all is well. 

Aimee Des Plant McGirt plans to 
return to Spain for another Summer's 
work toward her Master's in Spanish 
literature. She spent last summer at 
the U. of Northern Iowa writing her 
thesis, "Love and Marriage in Don 
Quixote." Her husband Vance retired 
from 33 years of teaching in June 
'81. Daughter Bridget presented them 
with a second grandson last April. 

Bettie Golden Tyler asks, "What 
could be better than good health, a 
fine husband, seven grandchildren 
and — a month in Europe with old 
friends Ginna lllges Norman and Sally 
Davis Spencer '48 ? " A cottage in 
Highlands, NC. makes it the best of 
all possible worlds for her. 

"Munn" Munnerlyn Haverty sent a 
colorful card, saying she and Rawson 
were having a delightful time driving 
through Austria and Germany in 

Nan Hart Stone and Billy toured the 
Loire Valley in September, leaving 
France the day before Mac and I ar- 
rived. We took a barge trip up the 
Canal du Midi in the South of France, 
then drove north through the Dor- 
dogne and Loire Valleys in mid- 
October. We have two new grand- 
daughters, born in February of '82 


Sweet Briar College 

and September, making a total now of 
five. Our 3rd son, Christopher, is to 
be married December 30 to a 
Charleston, WV, girl (VPI graduate) 
and because of this I've been in touch 
with Julia Holt Coyle. One of their 
daughters was married in August, and 
Julia was up to her ears in prepara- 
tions, but not too busy to write me so 
gracious a letter. Then she and 
George were off to their Florida home. 
Julia is Chairman of the Charleston 
Symphony Series, which keeps her 

You who journey to Baltimore and 
points nearby, remember the McCords 
— bed and breakfast, 20 minutes 
from Harborplace and five from the 
Beltway. Plenty of room in the nest 
now. Which brings me to "Wash" 
Ferrier Ramsay's description of the 
shady side of 50: "fewer must-do's, 
more if-l-want-to's." 



Joan Hess Michel (Mrs. Frederick), 

108 Manhasset Woods Rd., 

Manhasset, NY 11030 

Fund Agent 

Elisabeth Brawner Bingham (Mrs. 

William), 811 N.W. 3rd Ave.. Delray 

Beach, FL 33444 

I wish I had more news to share 
with you, especially since these Notes 
are published only once a year. 

Francoise Happe de Braconier, who 
came from Brussels to attend our 
1981 reunion, writes: "That week-end 
was great fun for me. ...After SBC, I 
went to the seaside in July and 
August, then to Geneva and Lausanne 
for a week... in October to visit Vien- 
na. ..drank much white wine. 
November to the Canary Islands... and 
spent New Year's (1982) in Morocco. 
In January. the south of 
Spain. ..and to Monte Carlo in June." 
Francoise must be our most well- 
traveled classmate! 

Ruth Clarkson Costello wrote of her 
"four moves in five months of 1981" 
with "four dogs, seven cats, 26 
chickens, and a Peruvian guinea 
pig." She had to leave her ferryboat 
home and now lives in a turn-of-the- 
century house on the Russian River, 
70 miles north of San Francisco. 
When the rains came (in early 1982), 
Ruthie was isolated for eight days 
with no phone or electricity, shut off 
from the rest of the world by 
mudslides, but "survived with all her 

At least two of our classmates are 
in the travel business: word comes 
from Betty Brawner Bingham (also our 
class fund agent) that she is "usually 
running late," busy with the 
"children coming home from school 
and the travel agency... free time 
vanishes." Anna Coolidge Richardson 

has opened a travel agency called 
Holiday Travel (in Clifton, TX) and is 
"learning about a whole new world." 

Carolyn Sample Abshire is still in- 
volved with Iberian Imports which 
celebrated its 17th birthday in 1982. 
She lives and works in Old Town, 
Alexandria, VA. Her children range in 
age from eight to 23: two are college 
graduates (Boston U. and LSU). 

Jackie Woods Gorman writes that 
she has only a teenager at home. She 
is busy working in a hospice unit in 
Baltimore and spends weekends on 
the Eastern Shore. Her husband 
Aubrey has been involved with water- 
front development in Norfolk with Jim 
Rouse, husband of Patty Traugott 
Rouse '48, and has just been made 
president of Jim's new company. 
Enterprise Development. 

Patty Carlin Selvage found that "the 
old spark of '51 was still there" at 
reunion. Patty's three children, ages 
21. 25, and 28, are all out of the 
nest. Daughter Pam is working for 
Scudder Funds in Boston, training to 
be a shareholder's representative. Her 
son Craig designs electronic toys for 
Parker Brothers. 

Jean Randolph Bruns is busy 
restoring her "new" old house, 
"Locust Lyn," in Warm Springs, VA, 
and working in real estate. She an- 
nounces the birth of her first grand- 
child, Alma Singleton 0' Dell, who lives 
in Charlottesville, where her father is 
in school. 

Joan Hess Michel works as an 
elementary school assistant librarian 
and also "takes in" freelance editorial 
work. Her daughter Jennifer is a 
senior at Bucknell U., and son 
Frederick is a freshman at W & L. 
Son Chris is a high-school junior. 

Angie Vaughan Halliday and hus- 
band Bob are well in Louisville. She 
gardens and does volunteer work, 
especially in the arts. Their oldest 
child, Malcolm, has completed a 
Master's in piano and is in Boston 
performing and singing and "eking 
out a living." Culver, the second, is 
in Law School at U. of L. Jane has 
one bachelor's from Smith and is 
working for another from U. of L. 
Music School in violin performance. 
Paul is a senior at Wesleyan U. in 
Connecticut, and Marion is a freshman 
at Dartmouth. 

A special plea: please send the 
latest news of you and your family to 
me. A post card will do. Deadline for 
the next issue is November 1983. 



Kathryn B. Beard. 1074 Zanzibar 

Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 

Fund Agent 

Gretchen Armstrong Redmond (Mrs. 

Daniel M.), 4857 N. 35th Rd. Arl- 

ington, VA 22207 

This year's notes are a random col- 
lection from all over. We've had lots 
of graduations and weddings and a 
few new careers. Manda McThenia 
lodice and Don's part-time business is 
now a corporation — Innovative 
Language Programs, Inc. — taking up 
a large part of their time and doing 
well in spite of the economy. They are 
teaching three levels of French and 
their Spanish text has been published 
and is selling well. Manda is still 
working full time for a law firm and 
Don is teaching. They have one son in 
college and one in high school. 

Betty Byrne Gill Chaney started a 
job a year ago with an investment 
counselor. She's learning all about the 
world of finance and loving it. Her 
daughter Ellen is an English major at 
SBC and John is in his second year at 
UVa in engineering. 

Emily Hunter Slinglufl and Craig's 
children have both graduated from 
UVa. Molly majored in Art History and 
graduated in 1982. Craig Jr. is a third 
year medical student, having 
graduated with Highest Distinction. 
Emily and Craig are still living in 
Virginia Beach where, she reports, life 
is great. Mary Boyd Murray Trussell s 
boys are both in college — George Jr. 
at LaGrange and Walter at Auburn. 
She and George are enjoying the emp- 
ty nest syndrome and she is involved 
with volunteer efforts for women 
prisoners at the Muscogee County 
Jail. Sue Lawton Mobley. another 
busy volunteer, also has an empty 
nest. John is a sophomore at Tulane, 
and Anne, a senior at Madeira School. 

Newell Bryan Tozzer wrote excitedly 
of a trip to France last summer — her 
first since she spent her junior year 
there. Her daughter Ellen was to ac- 
company her. Ellen is a high school 
senior this year and I'm sure Newell 
hopes that the prospects of a junior 
year abroad will help convince her to 
consider Sweet Briar. Newell is an 
editor at the U.S. Center for Disease 
Control in Atlanta. 

Mitzi Streit Halla wrote that for the 
first time in years she has no big 
travel plans. She and Roman are back 
in Washington to stay awhile, but she 
did go to Paris last March to take her 
tour group to China. She also reports 
that both boys are avid runners, so 
watch for them in cross country 
events. Kenneth, 19, is in college, 
and Brian, 17, a high school senior. 

Lee Fiducia Hartmann and Ruedi 
are threatening to move south (Florida 
appears to be their choice) and leave 
me alone here on the tundra. Their 
daughter Denise graduated in June 
from St. Mary's College in South 
Bend, and Greg is a senior in 
engineering at Montana State. From 
the Hartmann grapevine I learned that 
Patty McClay Boggs and Philip's 
daughter Nancy is a freshman at the 

U. of NX. at Chapel Hill on a tennis 

On June 5th. Sandy Rhodes Carlen 
was married to Donald Berglund at 
Hilton Head Island, SC. Their wedding 
trip was to Mt. Crested Butte. CO, 
where they spent six weeks touring 
the Rockies before returning to 
Roanoke. Sandy's recovery from that 
accident a few years ago is so com- 
plete that she can walk 18 holes on 
the golf course with Don! Her son Eric 
who graduated from UVa. in 1980 is 
in his third year of a doctoral program 
in mathematical physics at Princeton. 
Sigy '81 is a second year medical stu- 
dent at UVa. Lisi is a junior at SBC. 
and Conrad is a high school 

In September. Dianne Verney 
Greenway's daughter Anna was mar- 
ried to David Tilkin in Greenwich. CT. 
It was a beautiful wedding, held at 
the Greenway home overlooking the 
Sound, and even the weather was 
perfect. Anna graduated from Skid- 
more in June and she and David are 
living in Swampstead, MA. Dianne's 
other children were home for the wed- 
ding — Virginia from Boston, where 
she is teaching in a modern dance 
studio, and Jimmy from Hawaii, where 
he works as a chef and spends his 
free time windsurfing. Dianne is work- 
ing as an accountant/bookkeeper for a 
firm of attorneys in Greenwich, and 
that is where Barbara McLamb 
Lindemann and I found her on a sun- 
ny afternoon last June. We spent two 
hours over lunch solving the problems 
of the world and convincing each 
other that we were absolutely un- 
changed by the thirty years which 
separated us from similar hours spent 
at the Date House and Tommy's! 

Mary Reed Simpson Daugette was 
between weddings when I talked to 
her. Billy was married Jn May to Perri 
Ann Goss. He graduated from Auburn 
in '81 and is a structural engineer. He 
and Perri are living in Birmingham. 
Beth, who graduated from the U. of 
Ala. at Birmingham in August, was to 
be married the day after Thanksgiving 
to a second year medical student. 
Eldest son. Rush, is living in Baton 
Rouge. He received his Master's in 
statistics from the U. of Ala. in 1981 
and is teaching in the Department of 
Agriculture at LSU. Monna is a junior 
at Birmingham Southern, and Dorsey 
is in the eighth grade. Mary Reed ex- 
pected to collapse after the wedding! 

Speaking of weddings. Barbara 
Lindemann and I drove from Min- 
nesota to Connecticut in June for the 
wedding of my oldest niece. After a 
cold, wet weekend enfolded in the 
warmth of the family celebration, we 
splashed our way to Concord, MA, to 
avail ourselves of Didi Stoddard's 
hospitality. To our amazement and 
delight, we discovered the Julia Child 
of the Class of '55! Never in my life 
have I been so deliciously and lavishly 

Alumnae Magazine 


fed. From the capon en croute that 
greeted our arrival to the homemade 
breakfast pastry the morning we left, 
it was a continuous banquet. There 
was a dessert with meringue and 
chocolate and almonds and cream that 
I would kill for 1 Nancy Douthat Goss 
and Carole VanTassel Donahue '54 
joined us for part of the feast, and we 
shared laughter and reminiscences for 
an afternoon. From Concord we drove 
to Ridgewood, NJ, with a stop in 
Greenwich for our all-too-brief visit 
with Dianne Greenway In Ridgewood. 
we had a lovely visit with Barbara's 
mother, punctuated by a howling 
afternoon spent soaking up Ethel 
Green Banta's hilarious tales. She 
squeezed us in between visiting 
dignitaries and was looking forward to 
a weekend in Atlantic City which 
Bruce had recently won in a Little 
League raffle! Her children are thriv- 
ing: Ruth (24) is at Yale Business 
School, Jim (22) is graduating from 
U. of Cal. in Berkeley. Alice (18) is a 
Freshman at U. of Mich., and Kate 
(13) is in 7th grade. 

Frances Bell Shepherd and husband 
enioyed a brief stay last fall at Ard- 
sheal House in Scotland, which is 
owned and hosted by Jane Keating 
Taylor '54 and Bob. 

Joan Kells Cook, working full time 
as a realtor in the Lakewood-Tacoma, 
WA, area, had a wonderful trip to the 
East Coast this summer. Her husband 
is still in the Army. They have three 
children: Betsy (25) lives in Hawaii, 
Meredith is completing WSU, and 
Peter (17) is a senior at Bellarmine 

Jane Dildy Williams' daughter Min- 
dy graduated from SMU in June and 
now works in Dallas. Ann is in her 
last year at Wesleyan in Connecticut, 
and young Mac is a junior at Hampton 
Roads Academy. 

That's all I have this year. Please 
send more next year. I love hearing 
from you and appreciate any news- 
worthy note. 



Diane Doscher Spurdle (Mrs. Donald 

L), 342 East 53rd St., New York, MY 


Fund Agent 

Betsy Smith White (Mrs. William A., 

Jr.), 1515 Scotland Ave., Charlotte, 

NC 28207 

The fun of writing the class notes is 
perusing the news sent in and trying 
to remember what tidbits came to the 
surface during the year. This year 
seems to have evaporated somewhere 
along the way and took my memory 
with it. But there was a phone call 
around Memorial Day during which I 


think I met Jane Jameson Messer's 
husband Frank. To quote Jane, "He's 
adorable." They were visiting Chuck 
and Snowdon Durham Kisner in 
Charles Town and decided a con- 
ference call was in order. Jane is 
working three days a week with 
Frank, who is an attorney in Con- 
nersville, IN. Her oldest son, Jamie, 
is a senior at Ball State U. in Muncie; 
Sarah, a sophomore at New Mexico 
State U.: and Scott, a sophomore at 
Connersville High School. Though she 
reported the sad news that Grand- 
father was lost in her move, I under- 
stand that an adoption may be possi- 
ble. Snowdon and Chuck escaped this 
fall to Germany and then wended their 
way through Europe to Scotland for a 
visit with Luli (Louise Durham Purvis 
'62) and her family. 

Lizora Miller Yonce juggled two 
graduations the same weekend — 
Clay's from St. Paul's in New Hamp- 
shire and Logan's from the Rectory 
School in Pomfret, CT. Clay is now at 
Yale; Logan, at Trinity Pawling. Cliff, 
13. together with visits from Tricia 
Coxe Ware, Vickie Coxe Commander 
'64 and Isabel Ware Hall '60, keeps 
her home. 

Meri Hagerty Rumrill last February 
was still in Egypt and trying to absorb 
as much as possible before they had 
to leave. She found the people extra- 
ordinary and experienced a tremen- 
dously warm welcome from them all. 
Their new post is Colombo, Shri 
Lanka. Their four children are in dif- 
ferent schools in the U.S. 

Joanne Bossert Thompson is work- 
ing as a legal assistant in Trappe, 
MD. Her son graduated from UVA in 
'81 and lives and works as a chemical 
engineer in Victoria, TX. He planned 
to get married in the fall of '82. Her 
older daughter lives and works in 
Jackson, WY, and her youngest is a 
senior at the II. of Colorado. 

Liz Meyerink Lord is studying In- 
terior Design. Her son Chris spent a 
year in England at Clifton College in 
Bristol as an exchange student before 
going to Dartmouth. 

"Doctor" Pickie Payne Hester 
received her Ph.D. in Clinical 
Psychology at the end of the summer. 

Sue Hight Rountree, never idle, has 
been making miniatures, especially 
items from the Folk Art Collection, for 
Colonial Williamsburg and for a local 
toy shop. She continues to be in- 
volved with Bruton Parish Church, the 
Garden Club and volunteering at 
schools. Her sons, age 14 and 10, 
are predictably totally involved with 
tennis and soccer. Joe is about to 
produce two new books for Colonial 
Williamsburg — one a cookbook and 
the other on crafts. His book of 
Christmas decorations has done very 

Mary Harrison Cooke Carle has 
been performing in a luncheon theatre 

musical revue called Sentimental 
Journey, as well as doing temporary 
office assignments. Rebecca. 12, 
loves studying dance and plays the 
violin in her middle school orchestra. 

Mary Blair Scott Valentine wrote 
from Richmond of her three 
daughters: Molly, 22, graduated from 
UNC-Chapel Hill and is working for 
NCNB in Charlotte, NC; Deane, 19, is 
in her first year at UVA; and Gracie, 
15, is in 9th grade at St. Catherine's. 

Virginia Ramsey Crawford became a 
mother-in-law in October when 
daughter Debbie Easton, a May 
graduate of the U. of Vt., married a 
classmate. Younger daughter, Wynne, 
is about to do her student teaching in 
elementary music. Virginia continues 
as a school librarian, and Mac re- 
mains busy at Danbury Hosptial, but 
they are looking forward to a two- 
week "camera safari," in Kenya next 

Anne Wimbish Kasanin's son Marc 
is a junior at Robert Lewis Stevenson 
School in Pebble Beach, CA. The 
Kasanins' place at Kiahuna on Kauaii 
was devastated by a hurricane but will 
be rebuilt. 

That's it for news of '82. Start get- 
ting creative now and plan ahead for 
the spring of '84. In case you've 
developed a mental block, that's the 
BIG 25! 



Ann Funkhouser Strife (Mrs. Samuel 

C, Jr.), 13007 North Commons Way, 

Rockville, MD 20854 

Fund Agent 

Anne Carter Brothers (Mrs. John C), 

1008 Chancery Lane, Nashville, TN 


It's always fun to share the 
highlights of your interesting 
postcards. We continue to be an ac- 
tive and diverse group, and now that 
we have all survived our 40th birth- 
days, the thought of a 20th reunion is 
not so alarming. If the enthusiasm in 
your notes is any indication, we can 
anticipate a great turnout in May. 

Traveling is not uncommon now that 
most broods are grown anyway. Allie 
Stemmons Simon and Heinz appear to 
have spent most of the year with suit- 
cases in tow — pleasure trips to 
Aspen, Europe, Las Vegas and the 
Virgin Islands and a few business 
trips for Allie as she assumes her new 
role on the Board of Overseers for 
SBC. Another gypsy is Lyn Clark 
Pegg. After completing her M.S. in 
Counseling Psychology, Lyn took a 
well-deserved tour of the U.S.A. last 
summer before settling into the role of 
director of the Family Counseling 
Center in her home town of Glovers- 

ville, NY. Ginger Cates Mitchell and 
family also enjoyed three weeks of ex- 
ploring the Western Frontier last 

Virginia Schanzer de Laureal recent- 
ly returned to New Orleans after a 
wonderful year in Dublin, Ireland, with 
her family. Anne Carter Brothers 
needed a break from a major remodel- 
ing job so took a theatre trip to Lon- 
don with John. Christmas was spent 
at the Homestead to further escape 
the debris at home. 

Sue Jones Cansler has completed 
the restoration of an historic house in 
Selma just in time to be featured in 
the September issue of Southern Liv- 
ing. She continues to pursue her in- 
terest in local traditions as director of 
a brand new interpretive history muse- 
um (Is this the same diehard Yankee 
from Rochester we once knew?). 

Other career types include Cynthia 
Hubard, who earned an M.B.A. from 
Vanderbilt in 1980 and is currently 
the director of Systems Development 
for the Proprietary Drugs and Toiletries 
Division of the Schering-Plough Cor- 
poration in Memphis. Susan Scott 
Noell is an active real estate broker in 
Pawley's Island, SC — she loves the 
beach, and the area continues to 
boom in spite of the recession. Karen 
Gill Meyer also manages to combine a 
thriving real estate business with 
family and civic duties — just com- 
pleted her term as president of the 
Scottsdale Arts Center Association. 
Prue Gay and Nancy Dixon Brown both 
continue to teach school, and Anne 
Leavell Reynolds contemplates total re- 
entry as she gets used to part-time 
classes in Algebra at the local Guil- 
ford, CT, high school. She had a nos- 
talgic visit back to St. Andrews in the 
summer of '81 — took the whole fam- 
ily and also visited Louise Durham 
Purvis '62 in her charming Scotland 

Some classmates have developed 
their culinary talents beyond the 
domestic scene. Lynn Carol Blau has 
been instrumental in the publishing of 
the nationally advertised cookbook 
called Connecticut a la Carte. Pro- 
ceeds will benefit five cultural 
organizations. Sallie Yon Williams has 
also authored a book, The Art of 
Presenting Food, which became availa- 
ble in October. In addition to being 
editor of a Jr. League cookbook in 
Lookout Mountain. Lee Kucewicz 
Parham continues to prosper with her 
toy store and is the new president of 
the Hunter Museum of Art Associates. 

Janet Hiestand Koller is probably 
the most physically fit of all of us. 
After five years of teaching she has 
"retired" to raise horses in Danville, 
KY — lots of hard work building 
fences and cleaning stalls, but she 
loves the critters and the outdoor life 
in Bluegrass country. 

Surprise from Ginny Corwin Millo 
too. After 20 years of the corporate 

Sweet Briar College 

life, she is loving her new role as 
mother to Gregory, born in September. 
Somehow Ginny manages to juggle 
"binkies and diapers" quite nicely 
with business; after earning an 
M.S. A. last year she was promoted to 
Program Manager of a Space Shuttle 
product called a Roto Gyro Assembly. 
With Nasa's success and a first baby, 
it was a banner year. 

Another active student is Robin 
Swain Davis, who will earn a Master 
of Music degree at Memphis State U. 
in May. She also enjoys sharing the 
collegiate life with her daughter, who 
attends classes on the same campus. 

Most of us are spending time in the 
Admissions Offices of various colleges 
these days — lots of changes since 
we were students, but friendships are 
still important. For example, Ann 
Pinckney Gay's daughter Elizabeth is 
rooming with Randy Kendig Young s 
daughter Margaret at UVa. Coinci- 
dentally Elizabeth Randolph Lewis s 
son John is also in the same coed 
Freshman dorm. Elizabeth is also 
serving as PTO president at Huguenot 
Academy in Powhatan, VA, with more 
time to get involved now that she and 
Jack are settled in their new home. 
Anne Pinckney Gay is taking an H. 
and R. Block Tax Course and teaches 
the Great Books Program at a school 
in Lexington, KY. 

Pat Calkins Wilder has streamlined 
her usual active schedule somewhat to 
concentrate on remodeling her house. 
She still finds time for Sweet Briar 
and the Rochester Philharmonic, and 
she mothers a menagerie of animals 
along with the family. 

Mary Lou Morton Seilheimer also 
works for SBC as a member of the 
Friends of Art Board, which our own 
Jessica Bemis Ward chaired for two 
years. Mary Lou is the current Chair- 
man of the Board of the Highland 
School in Warrenton. VA, and is 
working on a spring house tour for 
her local garden club as well. 

Frances Graham IVIacllwinen is a 
faithful church worker and continues 
her interest in music as Jr. League 
singer and a bellringer for her church 
bell choir in Greenville, SC. Summers 
are spent in Pawley's Island, but this 
fall she enjoyed a "bed and break- 
fast" tour of New England at the peak 
of the foliage season. 

Betsy Parker McColl was sidelined 
from the tennis circuit last summer 
with a torn ligament in her knee. Four 
months on crutches was a long haul, 
but her spirits are as good as ever 
now that she can chase 5-year-old 
Eliza again. 

Sarah Hitch Hill is grooming herself 
for the Reunion. She spent a weekend 
with Katherine Blackford Collins in 
North Carolina in June and a weekend 
with Nancy McDowell Fairbanks in 
New York in September; she talked all 
night both times, so she is well 
prepared for the marathon sessions 

planned for May! 

Barby Rockefeller Bartlett is also 
planning to attend the Reunion. She 
had a trip south last year to visit 
relatives that was climaxed by a visit 
to Disneyworld. She found this a total- 
ly enchanting experience for everyone, 
and I heartily concur after spending a 
week in Orlando myself in October. 
The annual seminar of the Em- 
broiderer's Guild of America was held 
there this year, and although I was 
teaching, I did manage to explore the 
new Epcot center in its entirety — a 
delightful experience that combines 
the usual Disney imaginative genius 
and perfection with a unique ability to 
handle crowds gracefully. Tag and I 
also had a lovely vacation in Bermuda 
in May at an IBM Golden Circle cele- 
bration. An unexpected highlight was 
running into Missy Lohr Randolph on 
the tennis courts, so a few pina col- 
adas were shared before she rode off 
into the sunset on her minibike. 

My teaching career has really 
blossomed this year. With certification 
behind me, I have begun to take my 
"show on the road" so to speak, giv- 
ing workshops at regional seminars 
and chapter functions for embroidery 
groups. The traveling has been fun. 
but our most exciting trip will be one- 
way trek back to Connecticut in July. 
Since Tag has been transferred back 
to that area, we will pack our bags 
after Toby's graduation. 

Before we leave, however, I'm 
counting on attending our Reunion. 
Lisa Wood Hancock is already plan- 
ning to hostess our class picnic with 
her expanded family. Because of the 
untimely death of Pete's first wife, 
they are now a family of six with four 
teenagers. Lisa quit working, and they 
have moved to a bigger off-campus 
home. They are finally settled into a 
"rock-filled, telephone ringing, clothes 
sharing, semi-hysterical way of life." 
It seems that we are all leading a 
similar hectic pace, so let's look for- 
ward to a relaxing weekend in Sweet 
Briar's idyllic surroundings in May. 
You will receive interim announce- 
ments and a plea for scrapbook 
material at a later date, but in the 
meantime PLAN AHEAD, and don't 
forget to support Anne Carter 
Brother's Alumnae Fund and Lee 
Kucewicz Parham's Class of '63 
Fund. See you in the spring. 



Judi Bensen Stigle (Mrs. Judith B.), 

50 Stony Lane, Madison. CT 06443 

Fund Agent 

Mary Lindsay Smith Newsom (Mrs. 

Major C, III,) 1501 Carr St., Raleigh, 

NC 27608 

Hello to the class of 1967 from your 
ever loyal class secretary! To all of 
you who missed our big 15th reunion, 
let me again state what a wonderful 
time we all had, how wonderful 
everyone looked, and how enthusiastic 
we all are about seeing everyone 
again in five years. We are working 
together to get a large group back for 
the 20th; so prepare for a yearly blitz 
till 1987. 

Toni Naren Gates and Bud are living 
in Wichita, KS, where Bud is V.P. of 
marketing for Pizza Hut, and Toni has 
her own theatre group "The Tales for 
Tots Players." Their daughter Lind- 
say, 7. is active in theatre and model- 
ing, and their son Ryan, 3, is a 

Pam Sullivan Livingston and Curt 
are living in the Los Angeles area and 
love the weather. Curt is a senior V.P. 
of Western Asset Management, and 
they have two children. 6 and 8V2 
yrs. Pam keeps busy with aerobic 
dancing. Jr. League and PTA board 
and sees Lyn Hilton Walker often. 

Colleen Coffee Hall has been busy 
all year with the Princeton Jr. League 
Show House as its chairman and 
looks forward to finishing her interior 
design degree at Parsons. 

Jane Stephenson Wilson wrote that 
she's sorry she missed reunion and 
has nothing new to report — "same 
husband, boys, home and work." 

Peggy Minis Jerome has restored a 
100-year-old Victorian cottage in San 
Francisco and is still traveling a great 
deal, with the latest trips to Hawaii 
and Australia. She keeps in touch 
with Jill Haden Behlke, who is living 
in Mexico City with husband John and 
their two children. 

Another marriage is reported: Judy 
Jolly Feezor to Daniel Riddle in Aug. 
'82. They are living in Raleigh, where 
Don is a C.P.A. and Judy is a Director 
of Christian Education in a Methodist 
church. She has two children, 10 and 

Peggy Moran Morrow is enjoying 
Seattle with its skiing, sailing, and 
other outdoor activities. She had 
hoped to join us at reunion but a 
sister's marriage came first. Peggy 
still loves her job and in August went 
on trip #7 to China (Peoples 

Linda Fite Trimpe is forever busy. 
Besides celebrating her second year of 
no smoking, she's learning to play the 
violin and reading all the "good" 
books she was suppose to read at 
SBC and brags she can still swim the 
length ot the town pool underwater. 
Linda had her own mini reunion with 
Carole Munn and Pam Fromme For- 
mato and says they all look better 
than they did in 1967. 

Hallie Darby Smith and Fred are in 
Richmond, and Hallie is a nursery 
school teacher and a toymaker in her 
spare time. The family, including 
daughter Allison, 10, and son Fred. 

5. spent the summer sailing. 

Laurie Rogers Camps calls herself 
"not a lost classmate but a remiss 
one." She and Jorge live in Ac- 
capulco. where Jorge is a federal in- 
spector for the Mexican Immigration 
Service. Laurie manages the tobacco 
shop for the Hyatt Hotel and is so 
busy she rarely has the time to enjoy 
all that sun. 

Carroll Randolph Barr is still work- 
ing at Huguenot Academy as Director 
of Community Relations. 

Melissa Sanders Thomas is playing 
tennis competitively in Atlanta (she 
says at a low level) and is also presi- 
dent of her women of the church 
group and recently was elected a 
Deacon. She visited with Mimi Har- 
rison Rippin by phone. Mimi lives in 
Savannah and writes for a newspaper. 

Susan Tucker, also in Atlanta, took 
a three-week tour of the wine country 
in France and hopes to visit with the 
families she lived with in her Jr. year 
abroad. Her advertising and P.R. 
business added two new clients this 
summer and is constantly busy. 

Eleanor Kidd Crossley is back in 
school getting a degree in interior 
design, and her eldest son (25) was 
married in the summer with Eleanor 
making all the silk flower ar- 
rangements. Her 1 1 -yr.-old son is 
now an expert skiier leaving the rest 
of the family behind on the slopes. 

Stella Mae Renchard Seamons wrote 
from Beverly Farms, MA, that she and 
Toby have four children, 9, 7, 4 and 
1 year. Stella Mae writes, plays the 
piano, does child care and works at a 

Dr. Hallam Hurt is the chairman of 
the department of neonatology and 
practices under her maiden name at 
Albert Einstein Medical Center in 
Philadelphia. She is married to 
Stephen Roth. 

Stephanie Lucas Harrison who sent 
a very pregnant picture of herself for 
our reunion scrapbook had a beautiful 
boy named Charles in April. Besides 
being mother to two boys, she is 
learning to play tennis and working 
with the Jr. League and her church 
guild. Stephanie promises to do 
something earth shattering when she's 
an old lady. 

Barbie Tillman Kelley also missed 
our reunion because she and Carlton 
became parents of "Trey" in May 
'82. However that didn't keep the 
Kelleys home, as they visited Carlton's 
daughters in New Mexico this sum- 
mer, as well as toured 13 states 
(4000 miles). Trey is a world traveler 
already. Barbie returned to her job 
with the Artmobile in Birmingham in 
the fall. 

Gail Robins Constantine writes that 
she's slaving away in Baton Rouge 
with three children, two dogs, birds, 
horses and one cat and is working as 
a systems analyst for a service bureau 
to escape the menagerie. She also 

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states that SBC failed in preparing her 
for 5th grade homework, and she 
hopes she passes. 

Lindsay Smith Newsom and Mac 
visited with Sally Haskell Hulcher and 
Page Munroe Renger, husbands and 
children over the summer. Sounds like 
fun with much athletic endeavor. 
She'd heard from Gretchen Bullard 
Barber and David that they are expect- 
ing their third child early in the new 
year and that Gretchen is finally retir- 
ing from A.T. & T. to enjoy her 
children. Also Sue Morek Perrin just 
had her third child, a girl, and says 
having #3 is light years away from 
#1. She also told me news that Mar- 
tha Mechan Elgan and husband Tom 
are in Louisville and love it, and Tom 
is enjoying his new career with a 
paint manufacturer. They see Peggy 
Handley Fitzgerald and Dick in 
Nashville often. Lindsay's husband 
Mac presented his orals this fall for 
his Master's in Landscape Architec- 
ture at N.C. State and is looking for- 
ward to "it's get-a-job time." They 
went to New Orleans for their 15th 

Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings is 
working part time as a softwear 
designer for Control Data, and with 
their two daughters, Emery and Anne, 
the family traveled to Maine and Ken- 
tucky this summer. 

Margaret Mapp Young and lawyer 
husband Dick are busy with their 
three sports-minded boys. With foot- 
ball season and duck hunting the 
Youngs will be going in many different 

Charlotte Hoskins Herbert wrote that 
she and husband Lynn have a new 
son born July '81, and she is thrilled 
to join the ranks of motherhood. They 
just finished building a house 
overlooking a river in southern Oregon 
overlooking Lynn's sawmill. 

Mary Cary Ambler Finley and John 
announced the arrival of their 
daughter Jaquelin Cary, born Aug. 31, 
'82, and their move to their first 
house, in Scarsdale, N.Y., as well as 
John's opening his own law firm in 
Manhattan. A lot is happening for the 
Finleys in just a few months. 

Lisa Harvey Morton wrote to us all 
saying she was sorry to have missed 
our 15th and wishes all well. She and 
John have two daughters. 

Pam Ford Kelley and Brendan are 
living between Newport, Rl, and Paris. 
Brendan has written a play that they 
hope will be produced and is the 
creative director for Ogilvy and Mather 
in Europe. Pam has started a mail- 
order business importing French lace 
tablecloths and curtains. 

Diane Stephenson Lanklord. Frank, 
and son and daughter are in Atlanta, 
where Diane is in commercial interior 
design. She has seen Judy Schlatter 
Fogle and her three children, Nancy 
McLean Parker, and Flossie Collins 

Laura Pratt Gerrity, living in Bryn 
Mawr, PA, has three children, 14-10 
yrs, and works at her own catering 
business. Fabulous Foods, Inc. Laura 
traveled to China this year and plans 
to return soon. 

Karen Schwabenton Shipper has 
retired from technical writing and 
editing to stay home with their new 
son David born Jan. '82. Karen and 
family live outside of Denver on a 
prairie with a dressage horse, donkey, 
and a flock of chickens. 

Gene King Leyden continues to be 
happy in Idaho with her two children 
(10 and 2'/z)- She loves her work as 
a midwife and also teaches creative 
movement to children 

Eugenia Bull Winter is working in 
Bakersfield at Cal. State College as 
the acquisitions librarian/bibliographer 
and is also completing her Master's 
degree in English. She and her son 
(8) just moved into a California 
bungalow complete with palm tree and 
picket fence. 

Lang Lloveras Gomez, husband, two 
children (7 and 2), two dogs, three 
cats, and three ghosts are settled in 
Waterford, VA. One ghost appears on 
the stairs in the uniform of a union 
soldier and is suppose to have fallen 
in the assault on Petersburg during 
the Civil War. Lang teaches basic 
French at a Montessori School and 
writes for a county newspaper. Hus- 
band Jose is with the Pan American 
Health Organization, a UN agency in 
Washington, D.C. 

Sally Haskell Hulcher wrote that 
husband Matt sailed in the Bermuda 

Jill Berguido Clement and John en- 
joyed the summer with son Timmy (3) 
in Maine and look forward to a trip to 
Williamsburg at Thanksgiving. They 
are both still hard at work at Mont- 
gomery C.D.S. 

Katharine Barnhardt Chase 
apologizes for not joining us at re- 
union, but will be starting her 3rd 
year in the B.S. nursing program at 
Lynchburg College and thinks back to 
all science courses she avoided at 

Mary Gillespie Monroe and her two 
children all head off to school 
together. Mary teaches Biology and 
chemistry in the upperschool while 
one daughter is in kindergarten and 
the other daughter is in 3rd grade. 
Husband Sandy continues to work for 
the city manager of Richmond. 

Stephanie Ewalt Ayers and Rye had 
a third son join their family Jan. '82, 
with Rye helping deliver the baby dur- 
ing a raging snowstorm. Stephanie 
continues her Spanish tutoring. 

Randy Brown Sebren spent the 
summer doing homey things with her 
children, ie, camp, swimming lessons, 
dental appointments etc. and will con- 
tinue with her teaching in the fall. 

Page Munroe Renger, our new class 
I president, spent the summer at the 

beach and visiting SBC-ers and will 
continue with her volunteer work, 
school and church work. She and 
husband John were kind to entertain 
us in their lovely home on a recent 
visit to Charlotte and made us "Nor- 
therners" most welcome. Page and 
John spent four days in Palm Beach 
on convention and another four in 
NYC with the children. 

Bonnie Blew Pierie and Tim and 
their two children spent their summer 
vacations at Stone Harbour, NJ, a 
Maine sailing camp. In their spare 
time Bonnie has been doing some 
house remodeling, while Tim is rowing 
and breeding sheep. 

Beth Glaser Morchower writes that 
most of her time is spent driving 
8-year-old Randy and 11 -year-old 
Todd to tennis lessons. What's left is 
spent computer programming for a 
friend's software company or working 
part time in another friend's knitting 

As noted in above address we are 
now in our new home in Connecticut. 
After extensive remodeling and lots of 
decorating. I am enjoying some leisure 
time before returning to work. John is 
starting a new company to be located 
in Stamford, so we'll be able to enjoy 
the country life full-time. I thank you 
for your help with your news, and 
keep it coming. 

Remember 1987. 



Lynne Manov Sprinsky (Ms. Lynne 
M.), 2220 North Quebec St., Arl- 
ington, VA 22207 
Fund Agents 

Jacqueline Penny Goldstone (Mrs. 
Robert E.)i 602 W. Lincoln, Yakima, 
WA 98902 

Beverly Van Zandt Steele (Mrs. Robert 
E.), 3627 Newcastle, Houston, TX 

Claire Kinnett Tate (Mrs. John A. 
Tate, III), 2409 Knollwood Rd., 
Charlotte, NC 28211 

The campus was as lovely as ever 
last fall when I visited for Alumnae 
Council, and nostalgia bloomed again 
at Stepsinging. . .the current generation 
of Sweet Briar Girl brought to mind 
ourselves in '67 when we entered 
complete with Villager pintuck shirt- 
waists and Pappagallo flats... Plus ca 
change, plus c 'est la meme chosel 

This year I find myself back in the 
Washington, DC, area with quite a few 
of those "old girls." Martha Stewart 
Crosland neglected to mention last 
year that there was a new baby at her 
house... I'm not sure how she man- 
aged to overlook Edward Stewart 
(called Stewart), now 1Vz. His sister 
Mallory began kindergarten last fall, 

which leaves Mom with a bit more 
time for Stewart, golf, and her part- 
time job as an attorney with the 
Department of Energy. She and Ed 
hosted Sherrill Marks Byrd and her 
husband at their Bethesda, MD, home 
last spring on the Byrds' annual D.C. 

Gina Mancusi Wills and Ashley 
should be back in the Washington 
area soon, if they're not already. 
Ashley is beginning a four- or five- 
year tour, still with the U.S. Foreign 
Service, which has kept them in Bar- 
bados for quite a while. A new addi- 
tion to the family is daughter Olivia, 
born in January '82. 

Many old friends and classmates 
await Gina in D.C, among them 
Michela English and husband Rob 
Quartel. Michela is still with the 
management consulting firm of 
McKinsey and Co.; Rob, still in 
political consulting (should be busy 
this year!) 

Carter Burns Cunningham and David 
are also part of the Capital Contingent 
and the parents of Mary Stewart, born 
last May. Fran Griffith Laserson 70 is 
"Maisie's" godmother. Carter con- 
tinues her full-time banking job, which 
she says seems like an extended 
vacation compared to the demands of 
motherhood. In addition, she works 
part time as a financial consultant and 
has one year as president of the 
Alumnae Association of Foxcroft. Hus- 
band David works for Thompson 

Kathy Fisher Morland and John are 
neighbors of mine in Arlington: I 
found out she was nearby when a 
neighbor of hers spotted my son Matt 
at a local library story hour wearing a 
Sweet Briar sweatshirt! She's working 
three days a week for the Immigration 
and Naturalization Service doing 
special projects and studies for their 
policy and planning staff, and John is 
an attorney with the Department of 
Justice. Their two children, David and 
Thomas, are 4 V2 and 1 now. 

Word from Richmond VA, is that 
Wendy Norton Brown and Lee report 
seeing Kathy Wilson Lamb and Rex in 
Atlanta during their summer travels. 
They also saw Amanda Thrasher 
Segrest, Taffy Turnbull Carpenter, and 
Ann Webster Dantord at a mini- 
reunion on the Elk River in Alabama. 
Back in Richmond, Wendy is working 
part time testing the developmental 
skills of pre-schoolers, a position sons 
David (6) and Christopher (3) have 
well equipped her to discharge! 

Nan Glaser Lagow and Chris were 
to have become parents around 
Christmas time and have by now 
moved, but are still in Richmond. Nan 
reports she's "finally into (her) pro- 
fession and practicing law." The long 
arm of the law was behind Pammy 
Henery Arey and Pat's move from 
Richmond to Baltimore, where Pat will 
be working with the law firm of Miles 


Sweet Briar College 

and Stockbridge Pam has been very 
active in the Junior League, serving 
as legislative liaison for all the Virginia 
Leagues at the state assembly, and is 
involved with a "First Ride, Safe 
Ride" carseat loan program. She'd 
love to share information about this 
pilot project with anyone who shares 
her interest (one she comes by 
honestly: her youngest. Molly, is 3, 
while daughters Lindsay and Anne are 
10 and 9 respectively). 

Across the mountains in Lynchburg, 
Beverly Wright Graves continues 
teaching English and Latin at San- 
dusky Middle School, but has sold 
her old farmhouse and acquired a new 
husband, Paul G. Graves, Jr. Bev 
notes she is "writing and having 
fun..." Do I espy a successor sec- 
retary in the offing? 

Alix Sommer Pearce married John 
last May at her hometown of 
Crawfordsville, IN. On their return to 
Fredericksburg, VA, where Alix is 
assistant principal at Drew Middle 
School, they hosted a reception at- 
tended by, among others. Pammy 
Henery Arey and family, Elodie Taylor 
Thompson and John, and honored 
guests Mary Virginia Crabbe Shaw 16 
and Florence Woelfel Elston 21. 
Alex's guest list also included Carolyn 
Rusch Von Endt and David, who were 
married in June in Chevy Chase, MD. 
Her new husband is a Smithsonian In- 
stitution colleague of Carolyn's; her 
daughter Betsy is a young lady of 11 
now, Alix reports. Alix also notes that 
John, a former George Washington U. 
professor, "passed the test when he 
thoroughly enjoyed his first SBC visit 
during pre-reunion planning the fall of 

Among Alix and John's guests last 
summer were Nesi Wisell Gustafson 
and Paul, who stopped by on their 
way to Florida. They also visited with 
Karen Larrick Hahn in Atlanta. SBC 
also figured in their roadtrip, and son 
Aaron, 5. was enchanted and asked if 
he could attend! Nesi is occupied with 
her own business, gardening, sewing, 
and "being motherly." A major hurdle 
was overcome when she and Paul at- 
tended her 15-year high school reu- 
nion, which Nesi termed "ghastly." 
Just goes to show you... 

Becky Bottomley Meeker and David 
have moved from Ohio to Virginia and 
changed lifestyles into the bargain. 
David, formerly assistant general 
counsel at Hobart Corp., has now 
entered the boatbuilding business. He 
bought Newport Boats and has re- 
named the company Gloucester 
Yachts, Inc. Their new address is 
Long Point. Zanoni, VA. 

Charlottesville claims Dee Kysor 
Smith as a resident currently, though 
that may change soon, for she is 
slated to complete her M.A. in 
psychobiology at UVa. "Then it's 
either on to veterinary school or Ph.D. 
research," she writes, adding that 

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husband Mike is still working at the 
Children's Rehabilitation Center in 
C'ville. Daughter Jenny is now 3'/2. 

Janet Burks Ross and Larry have 
moved from Monroe, VA, to Princeton. 
WV, where Janet loves teaching se- 
cond grade at Keystone Elementary 
and Larry is preparing to enter the 
ministry through studies at Bluefield 
College. Janet writes he is also 
pastoring a mission church in Skygus- 
ty, WV. Children Lisa and Chris are in 
junior high and fifth grade, 

Cathy Gross Hendren has literally 
been running to keep up: she com- 
pleted the Isle-of-Palms marathon near 
Charleston, SC, in December '81 in 
"a respectable four hours, nine 
minutes." a feat which I'd agree is 
"glorious." She continues as director 
of Big Brothers/Big Sisters while hus- 
band Tom is still in independent 
clinical psychology practice. The two, 
when last heard from, were between 
foster children at their home in Bern, 

In nearby Charlotte, Frances Woltz 
Fennebresque writes that things are 
great and that she and husband John 
are enjoying a new house and are ex- 
cited about their fourth child, due in 

Caroline Tuttle Murray presented 
her 3'/2-year old daughter, Cassidy, 
with a baby brother, Scott Frederick, 
last May 9. She and husband 
Frederick are still at home in 

Linda Whitlow Knight and Richard 
have built "their dream house" in a 
Nashville. TN, cluster community 
called Sugartree, and are thoroughly 
enjoying it and all the company they 
can now accommodate. Linda com- 
pleted her clerkship with a justice on 
the Tennessee Supreme Court and 
joined the law firm of Martin and 
Cochran. In the small world depart- 
ment, the couple recently attended a 
VMI party and met a pair whose 
wedding was the first one performed 
by Carolyn Jones Wallhall's husband 
Julian after he was ordained! 

Todd Moseley and Louise Jackson 
teamed up last fall to make a flight 
from Todd's home in Louisville, KY, to 
Boston for "12 glorious days in New 
England ." Carol Remington Foglesong 
joined them for a day in old Deerfield, 
MA When not altering the face of 
Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hamp- 
shire and Maine, Todd is happy with 
her job as director of volunteers for 
the American Red Cross in Louisville 
and still finds time to garden, take 
ballet classes, and sing in her church 
choir. She's also recently been or- 
dained an elder there. Carol has 
resumed her position as Director of 
Annual Giving at Mount Holyoke Col- 
lege after a break for the birth of her 
second son, Christopher Ryan, last 
May 26. She and Rich, who teaches 
political science at Amherst College. 

also have a 5-year-old, Eric, now in 

Volunteer work at the schools of 
daughters Marie (7) and Katie (4) 
keeps Kathy Wilson Lamb busy in 
Atlanta, GA. She also manages to fit 
in team tennis. Husband Rex, now a 
partner in a law firm there, has finally 
persuaded Kathy to take up hunting 
(he also works for Ducks and Trout 
Unlimited). The Lambs had a visit 
from Wendy Norton Brown and Lee 
and their sons last summer and paid 
one to Becky Bottomley Meeker's 
house on their way north, while she 
was preparing for a move to Virginia. 

In the news for Martha Roton Terry 
is a promotion to database ad- 
ministrator at Morrison's, Inc., in her 
hometown of Mobile, AL. The job is a 
challenge and has required traveling 
to Dallas and Los Angeles for school- 
ing. Husband Jack and she managed 
to fit in time for skiing at Vail in 
January of '82 (Martha's first trip to 
those slopes: "Now I am hooked," 
she says) — and to celebrate 
Caldwell's first birthday. Martha tells 
of frequent visits with Frances Barnes 
Kennamer and Seabie, who were 
reportedly planning a visit to Europe 
last fall. 

Martha and Jack also planned to at- 
tend the wedding of Amanda 
Megargee to Michael Sutton. Amanda 
herself wrote of the big news, as did 
several classmates: Nov. 27 nuptials. 
Her by now not-so-new husband is a 
student at Virginia Commonwealth U. 
Amanda writes; she also notes they 
have been together for three years 
already. She'll still teach pre-school 
handicapped children in a homebound 
program out of Petersburg, VA, and is 
still into running — perhaps accom- 
panied by a multitude of dogs and one 
cat named Ruff, who thinks he's a 
golden retriever like his companions. 
(He reportedly hides in the bushes 
and attacks people walking by the 

Carol Everest Keeney belatedly 
reports her divorce and remarriage 
and notes her son Malcolm is now in 
first grade. She enjoyed a recent visit 
with Kathy Wilson Lamb at the Grand 
Hotel in Point Clear. LA, and says 
she's not working for the first time 
since '71 and is "enjoying the 

Paula (Sherrill) Marks Byrd and 
husband Hugh Hunter live on a farm 
in Pulltight, MO. They have a son. 
Nelson Meriwether (2), and raise soy- 
beans, corn, milo. alfalfa, wheat, and 
some cotton. Hugh Hunter's Levee 
Commission and Drainage District 
testified before House and Senate 
committees and afforded them the visit 
in Washington with Martha Stewart 
Crosland. Other travels include skiing 
in Austria each winter! 

At last, word from Kristi Bettendorl 
Swartz! She's an attorney and has 
been working as an assistant state at- 

torney (a Division Chief in the Criminal 
Division) in Miami. FL, for the past 
five years. She and husband Jeffrey 
were expecting their first child in 
February; she'll take a leave of 
absence from work for a while. 

Denise Beardsworth Costa is news 
editor of the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, 
FL. She and husband John, who is 
also a newspaper man (North Sun- 
coast editor of the St. Petersburg 
Times), live in Clearwater, FL, and 
are expecting their first child in April. 

Debbi Dykes Hill lives in Gainesville, 
FL, with husband Alan, a CPA who is 
working towards his Master's of Ac- 
countancy at the U. of Florida and 
also working for Legal Services. Debbi 
is raising Jenny (5) and Adam (3) and 
working in counseling as well as at- 
tending classes at UF for her Master's 
in child psychology. "Motherhood is 
terrific, challenging and exhausting," 
she writes, so she relaxes with her 
singing, alone and in groups, and is 
planning "to do some musical com- 
edies as soon as a few spare seconds 
come along." 

Cami Crocker Wodehouse and 
Chuck are in the midst of building a 
new house; they've moved off the 
ocean (near Jacksonville, FL) in favor 
of a house and yard for Carey (2) and 
Charlie (6). but they're still only a 
block from the beach. Cami is teach- 
ing algebra part time at a private high 
school and is also a clinic volunteer at 
Planned Parenthood. On their 10th an- 
niversary, she and Chuck were sur- 
prised by a flying visit from DG and 
Trish Neal VanClief 72. They've also 
taken up bone fishing and try to get 
to the Keys whenever possible. 

From south back north, word from 
New Hampshire: Louise Dempsey 
McKean and Ted made a 10-mile 
move and are living in another old 
house. This one dates from 1790 and 
boasts a huge barn, mostly restored, 
which Louise says is a blessing after 
their last house. Molly and Margaret 
are in fifth and first grades and 
4-year-old Matt is in nursery school. 
She extends an open invitation to any 
old SBC-ers who may be up her way 
in Gilford, NH. 

Wendy Weiss Smith writes from 
Littleton. MA, that she is awaiting an 
elementary teaching opening but 
keeps her hand in with a "fiber arts" 
class at the local museum. She's also 
active as an admissions representative 
for SBC in Massachusetts and Rhode 
Island, and in the 8oston Junior 
League. She also took a very en- 
joyable Holland-American Alaska 
cruise with sisters Cathy Weiss 
Thompson '74 and Chris Weiss Pleil 
'74, assorted husbands and their 

Liz Mumford held a one-person 
show of her art work at an antique 
store in Dennis. MA. last October, but 
reports that despite the hard work to 
prepare for it. she still found time lor 


sailing and racing and time with her 
family. She's now living in Cape Cod. 

I'm sorry to say that in my many 
"TeenyWeeny Airlines" commutes 
through Syracuse to my former home 
in Canton, NY, I never got a chance 
to see Maggie Mather Feldmeier 
She's director of community relations 
and development for CONTACT- 
Syracuse, a 24-hour phone listening 
and counseling service — her first ex- 
perience in human services and a job 
she thoroughly enjoys. It's "sup- 
posedly" part time and ought to leave 
her time for other activities, like chair- 
ing the Junior League's celebrity lec- 
ture series with the likes of Art 
Buchwald, George Plimpton, Patricia 
Neal and Howard K. Smith — not to 
mention Kate (5), Julie (2), and hus- 
band Jack, who's still running the 
family manufacturing business. 

Jeannette Bush Miller moved to 
Dallas from San Francisco a year ago, 
intending to settle down there. This 
year, however, she finds herself in 
Fort Lee, NJ, where her new hus- 
band, Phil (called Flip) is the English 
editor for Prentice-Hall publishing. 
Jeannette is looking about for a new 
lawyering job, having had time to 
recover from her move and her May 
29 nuptials, which attracted Becky 
Randolph, Libby Tyree Taylor and 
Barry, Ann Milbank Mell, and Carolyn 
Jones Walthall to Dallas for a mini- 

Katie Horan's work as a 
stockbroker for Merrill Lynch has kept 
her hopping, what with last fall's 
record stock market rally. She's also 
involved in the hiring process there 
and "thrives on" teaching a class in 
investing, too. Her activities, which 
have included a couple of trips back 
to Sweet Briar for career panels, leave 
her too little time for her other pas- 
sion, her thoroughbred horse. (I know 
the feeling, Katie! The great brutes 
stand around eating their heads off all 
week while you slave to feed them, 
and by the time you've paid the bills 
you're too bushed to climb aboard!) 

My good friend Mary Helen Layton 
graduated last spring at the top of her 
class in John Marshall Law School 
and has secured a place with the New 
Jersey law firm of Archer, Griner and 
Reed. She plans to marry George Ed- 
ward Bates, Jr., this spring; he's an 
educational administrator. When still in 
Illinois in law school, she ran into 
Mim Washabaugh Meglan and 
Vaughn, who moved there (Naperville, 
near Chicago) in June 1981 after 
Vaughn completed his M.B.A. at 
Washington University and started 
work at Standard Oil of Indiana in 
Chicago. Mim is working for the 
American Red Cross as the assistant 
director of human resources for the 
Chicago chapter 

Let's skip now to the West Coast, 
where Jacque Penny Goldstone has 
branched out from her partnership 

with husband Bob in a Budget 
Records and Tapes franchise in 
Yakima, WA; she is now a sales rep 
for the booming home video games 
and game cartridge business. The two 
of them spent a "luxurious" three- 
week vacation in Hawaii and walked 
up the volcano there "three days 
before it blew" last summer. She's 
also keeping active in her role as 
class fund agent; we'll all be hearing 
from her and associates Bev Van 
Zandt Steele and Claire Kinnett Tate 
soon. (Give generously when they call 
on you. like ours keep Sweet 
Briar green!) Claire writes that 
everything remains busy and rewar- 
ding in Charlotte as she is expecting 
#2 child in April. 

Anne Wiglesworth Munoz has a bi- 
lingual baby — and a bright one at 
that! Daughter Maya turned 1 last Oc- 
tober, but Anne wrote in September 
that her first word was "agua" 
(water), doubtless the influence of 
Colombian daddy Milton and a six- 
week visit from his parents. Anne 
says she's still selling her batiks and 
going to art festivals from their home 
in Salt Lake City, UT. 

Libby Tyree Taylor and husband 
Barry flew from their Berkeley, CA, 
home to Dallas, TX, for Jeannette 
Bush Miller's wedding and met a 
number of classmates there. They 
spent the summer redecorating and 
preparing for the birth of their first 
child, Alexandra West Taylor, on Aug. 
8, an event which necessitates a 
change in lifestyle that Libby will ac- 
commodate by job-sharing her third 
grade teaching position. Barry was 
made a partner at Pillsbury, Madison 
and Sutro. 

Speaking of Texas, word came from 
Alisa Yust Rowe in Houston. Her 
daughters Meredith (6) and Alison 
(5), not to mention daddy Richard, 
keep her busy and she reports she's 
having fun working on a novel and 
has "a couple more ideas lurking in 
the back of her head." Neighbors 
Brooke Thomas Dold and Wylie added 
a brother for Lindsay (3) last April. 
Thomas Nelson Dold is the reason 
Brooke is no longer working part time 
at the law firm, but full time at home 
instead. As if two pre-schoolers 
weren't exercise enough, she's also 
doing aerobics to lose her "baby's 
fat." From her we also got word that 
Pat Connor Bland's daughter Catherine 
was born July 18. 

Bev Van Zandt Steele called from 
Houston at the last minute, to say 
she's keeping busy with the boat she 
and Bob have been racing, as well as 
with her job in the employment end of 
TRW, Inc. 

Betty Duson is also in Houston and 
has completed the first year of her 
private psychology practice; her first 
book has been published, too. She's 
also teaching and consulting, and I 
think she could qualify as a time-and- 

motion study expert as well, for she 
reports involvement in professional 
organizations, volunteer work for the 
Houston Symphony and Stages Thea- 
ter, and training for the Junior 
League. Betty has also kept up with a 
number of Houston classmates, in- 
cluding Lind Dore Fountain, Sis 
George Singleterry, and Mimi Boyd 
Yount, who, Betty reports, is pursuing 
her doctorate in clinical psychology. 

Another Houstonian who says she's 
enjoying a "mellow period" is Liz 
Glassman; she's teaching the history 
of photography at the U. of Houston, 
including "a great graduate seminar." 
She spent the summer in France and 
Italy on a business cum pleasure trip. 
She joins other Houston classmates in 
describing the city as dynamic blend 
of small town and big city with plenty 
of interesting people and events. 

Catching up in the central states, 
Patricia Schwalm reported in from 
Chicago; she got married last summer 
to Dr. John McNulty, an associate 
professor of anatomy at Loyola Univer- 
sity's medical school. The two were 
graduate students together at the U. 
of Southern California. "Of course, 
having finally earned the right to be 
called Doctor myself, I have no inten- 
tion of changing my name," she 
writes. She's still teaching genetics at 
the U. of Chicago and continuing 
research on pigment cells in brightly 
colored tropical treefrogs. 

Nancy Wood Ambrosino and Drake 
"are busy and happy" in Grand 
Rapids, Ml, where Drake is in the 
midst of a career change from manag- 
ing a bicycle distributorship to a car 
distributorship. Children Ben and Cara 
turned 5 and 3 in October, and their 
third child was born in November — 
after deadline, of course! Stay tuned 
for an update. Wonder if she was at- 
tended by Barbara Wuehrman? Dr. 
Wuehrman switched last fall from full- 
time emergency room duty to part 
time ER and part time family practice, 
but hadn't been at it long enough to 
know how she liked it. Apparently 
she's reserving judgment until she 
starts staying up all night delivering 

From Sheboygan, Wl, comes news 
from Linda Lewis Brauer and Warren; 
they've both been busily occupied, he 
with his family practice and she with 
her dental practice, not to mention 
their three children! Erick and Scott 
are 5 and in kindergarten, and Lind- 
say is 3. The whole crew took a trip 
to Ohio last summer and visited Lin- 
da's old roomie, Becky Bottomley 
Meeker and her family. 

I've saved the best 'til last. ..How 
so? Because this news has been 
aged, like fine Cheddar, for over a 
year! My apologies to these folks for 
not having been able to include their 
reports last spring, but circumstances 
conspired to delay their arrival until 
after last year's deadline. However, 

because many of them did not re- 
spond to my plea last fall (in a pit of 
fique, no doubt, and justifiably so!) 
I've included their tidbits in the time- 
honored "better late than never" 

Chris McLain Buck's second son 
John Oliver is by now a ripe 3 years 
old, and she was, in fall '81, still "in 
the consulting business to the Navy." 
Husband Craig's law firm was re- 
ported doing well, as was number one 
son, Cliff (now at almost 6). Perhaps 
by now they've finished fixing up their 
"nice old mess" of a house in Falls 
Church, VA 

Ellen Weintraub had just been made 
a vice president of Salomon Brothers 
in Chicago, and Jill Minnema Worth 
has just married Larry Worth, 
manager of the village of Ridgewood, 
NJ, where they live. Jill works for the 
neighboring city of Patterson as an 

Karen Murphy Parkman was work- 
ing with the elderly in New Hampshire 
and had helped to organize a "home- 
caring guild" to act as a forum for 
the in-home care problems of aging 
citizens there. Son Jonathan had en- 
tered nursery school, while daddy 
John was looking to change jobs. 

Sioux Greenwald attended reunion 
'81 but didn't fill out a questionnaire 
for the scrapbook (a fount of wisdom 
for procrastinating class secretaries) 
and then blithely reported that "all 
else is status quo." The enigmatic 
note came from Rye, NY. 

Elodie Taylor Thompson is still the 
same: "I'm still in the same job — 
elementary school librarian, Fleetwood 
Elementary, in Nelson County (VA). I 
live in the same house, same hus- 
band, same children, Clay (now 5), 
Meredith (now 2), and everything is 
pretty much the same as last year." 
Maybe that's why she didn't write 
again this year? 

Susan Schmidt-Fonseca, when last 
heard from, was an environmental 
scientist advising the North Carolina 
Office of Coastal Management on 
water quality issues, and was "trying 
to find time to write." Husband Mark 
Fonseca and she had built a 30-foot 
wooden sailboat from which they haul 
gill nets and scallop dredges — Mark 
is a fisheries biologist with the Na- 
tional Marine Fisheries Service. 

Marilyn Kolb and husband Michael 
Lipton had just moved to Lexington, 
MA, where he helped start a manage- 
ment consulting company and she was 
in the law department of the First Na- 
tional Bank of Boston. 

Margaret Highsmith Dickson wrote 
last year for the first time since grad- 
uation — and then I blew it! Anyway, 
she reportedd switching jobs from be- 
ing a radio reporter with a 4 a.m. 
wakeup to being a wife and mother. 
She married John Dickson, a senior 
assistant district attorney, in Septem- 
ber of 1979 and bore son Wyatt in 


Sweet Briar College 

April '81. She still puts in three days 
a week at the office of her family's 
radio stations in Fayetteville and Wilm- 
ington, NC, and fills in the cracks 
with community work like counseling 
for a local rape crisis group. 

Anne Sniffen Cates was raising 
now-3-year-old Katherine, content to 
witness the excitement of a child's 
maturation process, and Cami Crocker 
Wodehouse had added a sister for 
Charlie, now 5 — Carey Crocker 
Wodehouse is by now a bit over 2. 
Junior League work also occupies her; 
husband Chuck is assistant vice presi- 
dent of Seaboard Coastline Railroad. 

Louise McLaughlin Caldwell last 
year reported she had remarried after 
the death of her first husband and 
was weathering the adjustment of a 
first year of law practice for husband 
Frank and two stepdaughters, "a joy 
I wouldn't miss." Louise, after six 
years of working for government in 
Florida, had been working for a year 
and a half as a research analyst with 
a non-profit foundation "whose main 
function is to show government how 
to save taxpayers' dollars." Hear, 

Debby Proctor III reported the birth 
of daughter number two, Kelsey 
White, in June '81. Husband Rob was 
then still working on Wall Street and 
Debby "finally" had earned her 
M.B.A. after five years of night study. 

Kay Brown Grala had received her 
L.L.M. in tax law from NYU in June 
1980 and was last year employed as 
deputy office counsel at The Bowery 
Savings Bank in New York City. Her 
son Bronislaw Wistar Grala was born 
in September '81. 

Louise Archer Slater, betwixt the 
"wild foolishness" of Bennet, 4, and 
Alexandra, 5, was collaborating on the 
local Junior League's Illustrated 
History of Memphis (TN) by doing 
research — she noted Miss Muncy's 
teachings would stand her in good 
stead! In her spare time (!) she 
smocks and had started her own 
business, "Flower Foolery," arrang- 
ing flowers for parties. 

Kathy Garcia Pegues was still 
teaching journalism as a volunteer and 
had joined the board of directors of 
the SPCA in Warrenton, VA, which 
entails frequent speaking to Girl 
Scouts and 4-H groups. She's also a 
deacon of her church and an SBC ad- 
missions representative. Emily (4) and 
Adam (2), also fill up the hours. 

Trixie Hatlon Michaels and Rich had 
recently moved into the house they 
built in Yardley, PA; Rich commutes 
to Philadelphia, where he is vice 
president of Hansen Rubber Co. Their 
three children, Jamie (9), Jessie 
(7</z), and Christi (2 1 /?) fill their lives 
with swim practice, pacifiers and 
peanut butter, Trixie reports. The odd 
moments are taken up with their 
schools' parents' organization and 
church activities, including two Bible 

studies they host. 

Martha McKenzie McNeill reported 
from Macon, GA, the birth of her son. 
Robert John, in January '82, a little 
brother for daughter McKenzie, now 

Lendon Gray, whom I did mention 
in last year's Notes, replied belatedly 
that she'd earned five New England 
and four national dressage champion- 
ships last year. She's also been giv- 
ing clinics and had Honey Hammer in 
one of them. Her family's Puckerbrush 
Riding Center in Dixmont, ME, 
employs another SBC graduate. Robin 
Imschweiler 76 as its stable 

Beryl Berquist Farris was another 
reunion visitor, with husband Mark 
and their new baby in a back pack 
(the baby, not Mark). Her reply card 
from last year listed an impressive ar- 
ray of foreign travels and diplomatic- 
legal forays to do with immigrant and 
refugee matters and concluded with 
the heartfelt sentiment that she was 
"glad to be home (in Atlanta, GA) 
with her prized United States 

Linda Hill Silbert and Jack 
celebrated their tenth anniversary as 
we celebrated our tenth reunion. She 
and Jack, a CPA with his own firm in 
Rockville, MD, have three children: 
Kimberly (6'/2), Adina, (4Vz). and 
Justin (IV2). 

That about winds it up for another 
year, Tonstant Weaders. As for 
myself, I've again relocated, this time 
to the Washington area, still in hot 
pursuit of husband Bill, who finally 
made "full bull" (we call him Your 
Colonelship). "Uncle" called him to 
the Defense Mapping Agency, where 
he's chief of the Land Combat branch, 
making sure the troops know where 
the war is if there is one, which God 
forbid. I have exited the journalistic 
arena temporarily in favor of spending 
more time with Matthew the Magnifi- 
cent, now 3 and a budding doc- 
tor/fireman/plumber/truck driv- 
er/mommy (no sexism in MY house, 
if you please). Daughter Judith is now 
finishing 10th grade and is an ac- 
complished hunt seat rider, often 
showing our two Appaloosas... I've 
launched a horse show photography 
business and am hard at work on a 
gothic novel. I hope to strike it rich so 
when I die I can leave a pile to Sweet 
Briar, which holds a special place in 
my heart. I relish my yearly oppor- 
tunities to visit the campus for Alum- 
nae Council and thank you for select- 
ing me secretary so I have a valid ex- 
cuse to make the pilgrimage. It's also 
great, always, to hear from any of 
you, prompted by a postcard in Sep- 
tember or not! 



Gray Thomas Avery (Mrs. Emmett M., 

Ill), P.O. Box 8619. Richmond, VA 


Fund Agent 

Ellen Harrison Saunders (Mrs. 

Whitney Godwin), 502 N. Broad St., 

Suffolk, VA 23434 

Randy Anderson is back in Vail for 
her 8th season as a ski instructor. 
She spent the summer sailing the Car- 
ribean on an 82-foot ketch as the first 

Bet Bashinsky White and Russell 
are still enjoying their farm outside of 
Nashville. They attended Gail Zarwell's 
(76) wedding in Milwaukee and are 
looking forward to the birth of their 
first child in February. 

Betsy Brooks Jones had a busy 
summer highlighted by the birth of 
Thomas Chewning Jones. Brownrigg is 
4 and is a good big sister. The Jones 
family moved into a new home in 
Franklin, VA, this fall. 

Cece Clark Turner is doing cor- 
porate real estate work with some 
paralegal for Hop In — a job requiring 
a lot of travel. Her daughter Cameron. 
now 15 months old, gives her and 
Toni much pleasure. Cece is again in- 
volved with Roanoke's Festival in the 
Park and River. She sees Kathy 
Osborne and her sister-in-law Carrie 
Ruda Clark 79. 

Carol Clement-Pavia was married to 
Frank Pavia in Lake Tahoe in February 
and has been busy setting up house 
in their condominium. 

Catherine Cranston Whitham was in- 
volved with campus recruiting for 
Thalhimers through her part-time job 
in Executive Recruiting and Placement. 
She, Whit, Ann and new baby Craig 
Cranston Whitham live in Richmond, 
where Catherine is the AR chairman 
for SBC. 

Constance Crocker Betzendahl and 
Richard had a daughter. Lindsay Han- 
nah, June 17. Connie continues to 
use her artistic talent as a freelance 
designer. She recently completed a 
project for Schenley — Christmas 
liquor packaging. 

Nan Cunningham has been traveling 
to exotic locations with Jo Ellen 
Lenoir. Their sojourns have taken 
them to Hong Kong, Hawaii, and 
Acapulco. They planned to visit SBC 
friends in New York and then enjoy 
fall in Virginia at SBC. Nan is also 
busy with the Junior League and the 
Corpus Christi Area Heritage Society. 

Bonnie Lee Damianos-Rampone and 
Chuck had their second son, Chris- 
topher James, on Oct. 7. Chuckie is 2 
and keeps them busy. 

Lyn Dann Stnckebrand and Tom are 
still in California, but traveled through 
Oregon this summer in their tent trail- 

er with children Daniel, 4, and Susan. 
2. Lyn runs a day care center and 
has continued her education in early 
childhood development. 

Francine Ely Cannon and her hus- 
band bought a camera store in North- 
ern Virginia where they live. Francine 
takes their son Alexander to the store 
daily where he has his own playroom. 

Laura Evans is an office manager 
for a small investment firm in NYC. 

Carolyn Foster Davis has retired 
from teaching and is enjoying 
volunteer work at a hospital near 
Madison Heights. 

Linda Frazier Keith and Jules are 
stationed in the Phillipines where 
Jules is a pediatrician. Catherine is 5 
and in kindergarten, and Christopher 
is 2 and into everything. Linda and 
Jules have traveled to Hawaii, Hong 
Kong and Korea, and they look for- 
ward to a trip to Australia this spring. 

Carolyn Gaislord Bell and John are 
busy in Pittsburgh with their son An- 
drew. 14 months old. They are ex- 
pecting another baby in March and 
Carolyn is trying to fit in her obliga- 
tions to several non-profit boards. 

Cathleen Gilmore Dietz has com- 
pleted internship in Internal Medicine 
and is taking time off to settle into a 
new home in Tampa. She has two 
sons, Bobby, 3, and Joe, 10 months. 
Cathleen's husband John has ac- 
cepted a position at USF College of 
Medicine as Assistant Professor of 

Melissa Greenwood Riemer has 
been busy this year with Emily who is 
"very two." She and Jeff vacationed 
in Cancun last winter and spent two 
weeks in northern California in 
August. Melissa is president of the 
Chicago SBC Club and is a member of 
the Young Women's Auxiliary of the 
Woman's Club of Evanston. 

Cathie Grier is in grad school at 
UNC in Counseling. She took the 
summer off and went to France and 
Germany with her mother. 

Ella Hanson Magruder and husband 
Mark made the last stop of their Fall 
Dance Tour at Sweet Briar in mid- 
September for a special alumna dance 
concert in Babcock Auditorium. The 
husband-wife team now is on the 
faculty of the drama/dance department 
at the U. of Montana in Missoula. 

Ellen Harrison Saunders has taken 
a few months off from her public rela- 
tions job to take care of Harrison God- 
win Saunders, born Oct. 1. Ellen and 
Whitney live in Suffolk. VA. 

Ann Henderson Stamets and Jay 
had a ten pound son. Jon Alexander. 
June 3. Jay is in Antarctica for the 
last time, and they will be moving in 
April to Rota, Spain, where they will 
live for three years. 

Christina Hoeler Myers is beginning 
her seventh year with South Carolina 
ETV. She was promoted to Project Co- 
ordinator of National Programming. 
Her husband Jim is teaching at 

Alumnae Magazine 


Shanxi U. in The People's Republic of 
China. Chris and her stepson Town- 
send will join Jim in Peking for a 
5-week Christmas vacation. 

Oebra Jackson Busker and Bill live 
in NYC. Debra works for the U.S. 
Chamber of Commerce as the 
legislative affairs manager for the 
Northeast. Bill is an attorney and 
director of consumer affairs for 
Reader's Digest. 

Beth Jones Elkins and Steve are 
enjoying Pittsburgh. Beth is the ad- 
ministrator of the pension and in- 
surance plans at a steel mill. This 
summer they traveled to England and 
Scotland, and when they returned 
they added to their family with an 
Airedale puppy. 

Christine Kjellstrom Douglas and 
Sandy moved to Hong Kong in July. 
They are enjoying the sights and have 
traveled to China and Thailand. 
Christine is busy teaching at a 
nursery school and playing lots of 

Dot Lyons returned from London in 
July after studying at the Institute of 
Neurology, Queen Square. She con- 
tinues to live in Cleveland, will finish 
her residency in neurology in July 
1983, and looks forward to settling 
down with a job. 

Cynde Manning Chatham and John 
moved to Moscow, ID, where John is 
doing his M.B.A. Last year they 
toured the U.S. in a Winnebago with 
their son Gene and their yellow lab, 

Diana Martin Gordon has been busy 
teaching at Brattleboro Music School 
in Springfield, MA. She is also 
performing as an accompanist for 
chamber music and vocal concerts 
and runs a Suzuki program for young 
pianists. In her spare time, Diana en- 
joys farm life, especially her new 

Margaret McFaddin England has 
been working in Gov. Riley's office 
creating data bases for the Governor's 
ready access. She is active in the Col- 
umbia, SC, Junior League with the 
creation of a program in child abuse. 
Margaret had the opportunity to help 
deliver a friend's baby this summer 
when the nurse midwife did not show 
up in time. 

Shan Mendelson Gallery and Phil 
have been building a passive solar 
house with attached greenhouse near 
Winchester, VA. Shari completed her 
M.B.A. in marketing at George Wash- 
ington U. and is publisher/editor-in- 
chief for the publication of the 
American Society for Industrial Securi- 
ty. She and Phil are expecting their 
first child this spring 

Beth Montgomery is living in Alex- 
andria, VA, where she is the chairman 
of the Republican Party. She is also a 
legislative assistant for appropriations 
for Senator Arien Specter (R-Pa); Beth 
visits Richmond, VA, frequently and 
told me that she had lunch with Joan 

Collins of Dynasty in the Senate Din- 
ing Room. 

Missy Nesbitt Voight and John 
moved to Nashville, TN, where John 
was offered a law position. Missy has 
a daughter, Lindsay, 16 mos. old, 
and a new son, John, born July 25. 
Missy has retired from nursing and is 
enjoying being near her family again. 

Patty O'Malley Brunger and Mark 
announce the birth of their son John 
Aldrink on June 23. Patty retired 
when she became pregnant and now 
devotes her time to her new son and 
husband. She and Mark continue to 
live in Dallas, TX. 

Kathy Sue Orr Knuth is the editor 
for the publications of Kraft and finds 
that she has become addicted to her 
word processor. She travels for Kraft 
and was able to attend the opening of 
Epcot at Walt Disney World. Kathy 
Sue has joined the Junior League, and 
her husband Rog has taken a new job 
as director of marketing for a high- 
tech company in Illinois near their 

Katharine M. Osborne became a 
C.P.A. in April and is working in 
Roanoke, VA. She is planning a trip to 
Paris and a six-week trip to India and 
Nepal which will include a 23-day 
hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp. 

Pat Parker Pech was married this 
year and has traveled to Mexico and 
Bermuda with her husband. Elizabeth 
Washabaugh Jarvis and Gwenneth 
Taggart attended the wedding. Pat 
was promoted to information services 
product manager in the Cash Manage- 
ment/Product Development Group at 
Hartford National Bank in Hartford, 

Jane Perry Bean is back at Ga. 
Tech for her sixth year teaching 
English as a foreign language to inter- 
national students. She is busy taking 
care of her son Jeffrey who is 2. Jane 
and Jeff were expecting their second 
child in January. 

Linda Poole lives in Cincinnati 
where she is a paralegal working on 
Proctor and Gamble's "Rely" Tampon 
litigation. Linda is looking forward to 
cold weather when she is a ski in- 
structor two nights per week. Linda is 
active in the Junior League and visits 
her home in Lexington, KY, often. 

Betsy Rawles is a part owner of a 
computer consulting firm in Richmond, 
VA. She spent most of July in Lake 
Tahoe visiting Nan Stuart and her 
husband Eric. Betsy is hoping to 
return to Lake Tahoe after Christmas 
for some skiing. 

Janet Richards Oikawa and Shio an- 
nounce the birth of their daughter 
Naomi Ann on Aug. 27. 1982. 

Celia Robertson is an English in- 
structor at Georgia Military College, 
Ft. Gordon, GA. She finds it a chal- 
lenge to be teaching English with her 
history background. 
Anne Ross is planning to be married 
April 23, 1983, to Dr. James Shipe, a 

clinical Pathologist at UVA Med 
Center. Anne continues to work at the 
Center herself, and she and James 
will be married in the. UVA Chapel and 
will honeymoon in Jamaica. 

Sara Ruhle is completing her 
dissertation in music history at UNC in 
Chapel Hill. Sara was busy planning 
her December wedding to Ted Kyle, a 
marketing analyst at Burroughs- 

Sallie Scarborough has moved from 
Atlanta to Charlotte, NC, to take a 
position in her family's business. 
Sallie traveled to South America in 
March 1982 and spent the month of 
June in Rome, Italy. 

Dolores Scott is working in El Paso, 
TX, as assistant campus services 
coordinator at the Community College 
there. Dolores makes and sells bread 
dough ornaments and batik and 
teaches English in her spare time. 
She was looking forward to spending 
Christmas in Rhode Island with her 

Kathie Shirk Gonick is doing free- 
lance legal work and is a Republican 
committeewoman in Lancaster, PA. 
Kathie spends her free time chasing 
Meghan, 4 1 /2, and taking care of Jef- 
frey, 8 1 /2 mos. 

Polly Shriver Kochan, M.D., and 
Jeff have completed medical school 
and internships in Washington, DC, 
and will begin diagnostic radiology 
residencies at Presbyterian U. of Penn 
Medical Center in Phildelphia. They 
are expecting their first child in 

Ann South is engaged to marry 
Mark Malick in January, 1983. Ann 
and Mark are renovating a house in 
Pittsburgh, PA, and Ann continues to 
ride and show her horse, "Killer." 

Libby Stough Rush and Noel an- 
nounce the birth of their first child, 
Caroline Elizabeth, July 7, 1982. 

Barbie Tafel Thomas is busy in 
Louisville, KY, with her three children: 
Grant. 4; Clay, 2; and Laura Lee, 
born in August. Barbie is involved in 
the Junior League and enjoys getting 
out of the house. She and her hus- 
band vacationed in Cape Cod this 

Gwynneth Taggart is completing her 
first year of graduate school in Port- 
land, ME. She enjoys tennis and hik- 
ing the woods of Maine, and her new 
project is reconstructing an Austin- 
Healey Bugeye. 

Marcia Thomas Horner and Jim are 
in Stony Brook, NY, where Jim is 
chairman of the English Dept. at Stony 
Brook School. Marcia is busy with her 
daughters Anne (6), Katie (4), and 
Elizabeth (1). 

Dorsey Tillett Northrup and Frank 
have completed an addition to their 
home in Wooster, OH, and an addition 
to their family, John Tillett Northrup, 
born in Jan. 1982. Dorsey is busy 
taking care of her two sons, and she 
and Frank plan to vacation in Florida 

and Aspen, CO, this winter. 

Patti Tucker O'Desky and Bill live at 
the beach in Balboa, CA, and recently 
remodeled their home. Patti is involved 
with the Junior League and plays golf 
and bridge in her spare time. 

Pat Wade Goolsby is teaching in 
Madison Heights and is busy with her 
children Laura Anne, who is in 
kindergarten, and Brian Michael, who 
is a year old. 

Beppy Walton is a marketing rep 
with Delta Airlines and is fortunate to 
travel often. Beppy is in Miami and 
the climate is conducive to playing 
lots of tennis. 

Bonnie Walton Mayberry is teaching 
first grade at Elon Elementary in 
Madison Heights. Bonnie and Jerry 
will be celebrating their 10th anniver- 
sary in 1983, and they enjoy their 
children Melissa (AV2) and Megan (20 

Carroll Waters Summerour and Toby 
are living in New Orleans with their 
sons Patrick (5) and William (2). Car- 
roll is involved with the Junior 
League, Sunday School at her church, 
and the ladies association at the ten- 
nis club. Carroll and Toby plan a trip 
to Puerto Rico in June to celebrate 
their 10th anniversary. 

Ann Wesley Ramsey and Rick have 
enjoyed living in the country in 
Goochland County outside Richmond. 
They have completed construction on 
their house and are looking forward to 
their new addition with son Rick (3) 
and daughter Alden (1). Ann and Rick 
vacationed in the Bahamas and in 
Massachusetts this year. 

Sue West Best moved to Arlington, 
MA, where she is working toward 
completion of a Ph.D. in nuclear 
engineering, specializing in metallurgy 
at MIT (Mass. Institute of 

Worden Willis Galasso and Dale are 
working hard in Boston and enjoying 
traveling in the Northeast. Worden is 
in investment sales with First of 
Boston and is working on her M.B.A. 

Kathy Wilson Orton took a month off 
in May to celebrate the birth of her 
daughter Elizabeth Fleming on May 8, 
1982. Kathy is working full time at 
the bank and finding it challenging to 
work with a family. She and John 
vacationed in Aspen and are adding 
on to their home, 

Wendy Wise has traveled to St. 
Bart's, Napa Valley, and the Green 
River in Colorado. Wendy lives in NYC 
and is working for her father. 

Rusty and I still live on the farm, 
Pine Slash, in Hanover County, out- 
side Richmond. My part-time position 
in the recovery room at St. Mary's 
Hospital keeps me busy, as do my 
house and yard. I have started 
volunteer work in the clinic at Planned 
Parenthood, and I am hoping to get 
back into creative writing. Rusty and I 
took his two boys to Jackson Hole 
(WY), Salt Lake City, and Yellowstone 


Sweet Briar College 

this summer. 
Thank you for your great response 



Clara Jackman. 2364 Woodhurst Dr., 

Richmond, Va. 23233 

Fund Agent 

Carol Robinson, 2350 M Kinnamon 

Rd.. Winston Salem, NC 27103 

Piper Allan is in her first year of 
law school at the U. of Mississippi 
and is finding dorm life quite an ad- 
justment after apartment life! 

Susan Andrews Creuss and hus- 
band Leigh just bought a house in 
Minnesota. Susan accepted a perma- 
nent assignment as a commercial 
banking representative in the 
Agriculture Division of Northwestern 
National Bank of Minneapolis. 

Susan Anthony Lineberry has been 
promoted to arts and crafts coordi- 
nator and graphic artist for Newport 
News Parks and Recreation. Neal is a 
mechanical engineer with Newport 
News Shipyard and hopes to attend 
Shift Test Engineer School in June. 

Rebecca Beverly is a systems 
analyst at Westinghouse Defense 
Center near Baltimore. She is also 
working toward an M.S. in Computer 
Science at the Johns Hopkins U. 

Beth Bogdan Tetrault married 
Richard in September at the SBC 

Laurie Bowen Carmichael is enjoy- 
ing the small town of Dothan, AL. 
Laurie is teaching an exercise class 
and is involved with Girl Scouting and 
tennis. Archie and Laurie spent a 
busy summer going back and forth to 
Panama City, FL. 

Holly Butler was in Madrid, Spain, 
to see the opening of "El Greco" Ex- 
hibit. Holly is still in Atlanta and is a 
sales assistant with E.F. Hutton. 

Betsy Byrne Utterback and Jim 
have big news with their baby boy 
Jamie. Betsy and Jim continue to live 
in Milwaukee where Betsy is a gradu- 
ate student at the U. of Wis. and Jim- 
my works for G.E. They are looking 
for a new home with Jamie's arrival. 

Janie Clark Morrison and Ted were 
married this past February and live in 
Arlington, VA 

Sally Colhoun Engram and husband 
Jonathan live in Athens. GA, where 
Jonathan is in his final year of Law 
School. Sally continues to work on the 
circulation staff at the U. of Ga. in the 
Main Library, 

Mary Cowell is living in Richmond, 
VA, and working for Estee Lauder as 
an account executive. Mary is thrilled 
with the job and the traveling that 
goes with it. 

Hannah Craighill Morehead married 
Chip in August, and sister Mary 

Alumnae Magazine 

Craighill Shaw was matron of honor. 
Hannah and Chip are living in Balti- 
more, MD. Hannah works for Mercan- 
tile Bank and Trust, and Chip works 
as a buyer for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. 

Laura Crum completed her J.D. at 
the U. of Alabama and passed the 
Alabama Bar Exam. Laura is now at 
NYU working towards an L.L.M. in 
Taxation, which she hopes to complete 
in May 1983. 

Joanie Dearborn Choremi married 
Michael in June 1982. Joanie quit her 
job at Phillips Auctioneers and is en- 
joying her work on Long Island in the 
catalogue department of La Shack. 
Michael works in the city. Joanie is 
trying to do some art work and often 
thinks of the SBC studios and helpful 
hints from Mr. Oliver. 

Lisanne Eustis has had quite a 
year! Lisanne is still having therapy 
from an accident she was in; how- 
ever, she is still teaching and acting. 
She was Auntie Em in The Wizard ot 

Kate Evans Van Hecke married 
Chuck in June 1982, and they live 
happily in Washington, D.C. 

Leslie Forbert continues to run the 
SBC Info. Center. She is working hard 
on her house and has gotten the walls 
up. Now she is ready for furniture and 
fabric. Leslie is editing a paper for the 
local historical society and doing some 
free-lance photography — keeping 
very busy. 

Anne Garrity is still living with 
Saralee Cowles in D.C, where Anne 
continues to work for Senator Laxalt. 
Anne has been enjoying seeing friends 
at weddings. 

Marcia Gibbons is teaching first 
grade in Schuyler, VA. Marcia and 
her husband have a new baby boy 
and all three have moved into the 
house which Marcia and her husband 
built themselves'. 

Chic Grones gets our congrats on 
the co-ownership of the "Three Gulls 
Gift Shop" in Virginia Beach. GREAT! 1 
The other owner is Sarah Longstreth 
77. They seem to love their shop and 
encourage visitors! 

Pat Guild is working in Washington, 
DC, and had to photograph secretary 
of State Shultz for a magazine. Pat 
has been sailing (learning) in Anna- 
polis which she recommends to all. 

Vivian Hamlett received her B.S. 
from Auburn U. in Montgomery, AL, 
in May '82. Vivian is now attending 
the U. of Alabama School of Medicine 
in Birmingham. 

Corby Hancock received her M.A. 
in Science Education from U.Va. in 
May '82. Corby is now teaching 7th 
and 8th grade science at the Severn 
School in Severna Park, MD. 

Cathy Harold spent the summer in 
Colorado working at a conference 
center and participating in a 
work/study program with 40 other 
students from the eastern U.S. Cathy 
is now at State College. PA, and is in- 

volved in a Christian organization 
called the Navigators. In addition, she 
is working as a features 
writer/photographer for a local weekly 

Cheri Harris will be marrying Doug 
Lofland, another SBC Junior Year 
Abroad in France person, in April 
1983. Cheri is working for the Nation- 
al Soft Drink Association in D.C. but 
is on a six-month assignment in 

Mary Lawrence Harris married Dr. 
Charles Loving, Jr., November 27, 

1982, in Richmond, VA. Chuck is 
completing his last year of general 
surgery and begins two years of 
residency in plastic surgery in July 

1983. Mary finishes Med School at 
U.Va. in Jan. 83 with plans for an in- 
ternal medicine residency. They will 
reside in Charleston, SC. 

Nancy Hatch does not write but 
calls! She is envying Atlanta and her 

Conner Kelly has been working at 
Fernald State School for the mentally 
retarded. She has been doing ex- 
pressive arts therapy (mostly 
dance/movement therapy). Conner is 
very happy in Boston. 

Debbie Kocik Benton is in her last 
year of law school and anxious to 
graduate in May 1983. Doug and Deb- 
bie have planned trips to Disney World 
and England. 

Barbara Lackey Mormondo and Jim 
were married Sept. 1981. Barbara 
works as an operations supervisor at 
First and Merchants National Bank. 
Jim works at Best Products Corporate 
Headquarters in Ashland, VA. 

Caro Lawrence Slingluff is sent our 
warmest wishes of sympathy. Caro's 
husband Thomas was killed in an auto 
accident in July 1982. Caro and 
daughter Caro Newcomb live in 
Drayden, MD. 

Cindy Lee Sinchak married Joe, a 
fourth year med student at Albany 
Medical College, in July 82. Cindy is 
a senior nursing student at Albany 
Medical Center School of Nursing. She 
received her R.N. in Dec. 1982, and 
Joe will graduate in May of 1983. He 
plans to go into family practice. 

Linda Lemay was named Corporate 
Accounts Division sales manager for 
The Computer Store in Jan. 1982. 
Linda continues to live in Fram- 
ingham, MA. 

Julia Lenardi has been living in the 
Sierra Mountains of California working 
at the Resort of Squaw Valley near 
Lake Tahoe and loves it. Julia misses 
hearing from SBC pals. 

Cindi Little continues to work as a 
bank examiner for the Federal Reserve 
Bank of Richmond and was promoted 
to senior assistant in June '82. 

Kim Louis was in the movie. Young 
Doctors in LoveW 

Lauren MacMannis Huyett and Bill 
have moved to Shaker Heights, OH. 
Bill graduated from The Darden 

Business School in May 1982. and 
then the Huyetts hit Europe. In 
Shaker Heights, Lauren is teaching 
kindergarten at a private school. They 
are enjoying their new home. 

Barbara Mallet is a research 
chemist for Eli Lilly and Co. Barbara is 
also working on her M.S. at the even- 
ing division of Butler U. 

Teresa Marshall Tingley and Mike 
have bought a house in Dayton. OH. 
Teresa is an underwriting manager for 
Lica Insurance with a fancy business 

Graham Maxwell Russell and Hollis 
are delighted with a baby boy whose 
name is Alexander. They bought a 
new home but continue to live in Palm 
Beach. Graham writes that having 
Alexander is a remarkable and time- 
consuming experience! 

Tucker McGowin lives in Birm- 
ingham, AL, where she works as a 
patient representative at the University 
Hospital. Her job basically deals with 
patient complaints, and Tucker enjoys 
meeting so many different people. 

Martha Miller spent the summer 
sailing and then decided to make sail- 
ing her permanent lifestyle. Martha 
left Capitol Hill and is now a deck 
hand on the schooner Hachael and 
Ebenezer. They do charter work in the 
Virgin Islands, where she will be until 
May or so. (Rough life, Martha!) 

Mary Moses is still buying colored 
stones and diamonds for Stowells Fine 
Jewelers Guild Division of Zales. Mary 
is currently involved in founding New 
England Women in the Jewelry Indus- 
try, and she is eager to help other 
New Englanders in the industry. 

Debbie Parker is living in Lafayette, 
LA, working for the Law Firm of 
Hughes, Durio, and Grant. 

Kathy Pittman Garrett has been kept 
hopping with twins Elizabeth and 

Pam Ramsdell is marrying John Mit- 
chell of Charlottesville, VA, in April 
1983. Pam will be receiving her 
M.Ed, from U.Va. in December 1982 
and will then concentrate on wedding 
plans. John is planning to attend law 
school in the fall of 1983. 

Nancy Reynolds Davidson moved to 

Karen Ries writes from Milwaukee 
and has changed jobs. Karen is now a 
bilingual secretary for AMC-Renault. 

Carol Robinson has moved to 
Winston-Salem. NC. to work in 
Wachovia's home office. She is now 
in Corporate Banking Administration. 

Jeanette Rowe is in Europe for a 
nine-month (or more) trip, jeanette 
taught Latin for three years and then 
set off to Europe with backpack, 
Eurail Pass and Hostel Card. She is 
taking quite an extensive and exciting 

Patty Schrader continues to work 
for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
in Grand Junction, CO. I apologize for 
not writing more: my dog ate the 



Shari Sellars is enrolled in a 
Medical Technology Program at St. 
Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT. 
She graduated tram the U. of Connec- 
ticut in May of 1981 with a B.S. in 
Biology. Shari plans on specializing in 
Hematology once she becomes a certi- 
fied M.T. in August 1983. 

Sally Ann Sells has progressed with 
her work at the Mellon Bank. She is 
now an assistant officer and has the 
responsibility to market Mellon Cash 
Management Services to Fortune 500 
companies in several states. 

Phyllis Shelton graduated from 
U.Va. Law School and passed the Va. 
Bar exam. She is working for a law 
publishing company in Charlottesville. 

Audrey Tallman Grant married 
George in Sept. 1982. They now live 
in Atlanta, GA. Audrey is working on 
her Architecture degree at GA. Tech, 
and George is practicing architecture 
with a local firm. 

Beth Timken Diehl and Andy have 
moved into their new home in 
Pasadena, MD. Beth is attending 
Johns Hopkins grad school at night 
working for an M.B.A. She continues 
to work for Maryland National Bank. 

Melinda Treutle is working at 
Citibank in the Investment Manage- 
ment Group, where she is an assistant 
manager. Melinda coordinates the SBC 
internship program for the SBC Club 
of NYC. Melinda is also working with 
a group called "Virginia Council of 

Colleges." She is co-chairwoman of 
the second annual Commonwealth Ball 
to be held Feb. 5, 1983. 

Laura Tucker is working for First 
City National Bank as a lending 
representative in the U.S. group. 
Laura mentioned Bunny Brown 
Bomar's wedding, but Bunny forgot to 

Pamela Weiler is alive and well in 
New Jersey where she works for 
Degussa Corporation as a personnel 
representative. Pamela visited Mandy 
Steel in Vermont and Debbie Parker in 

Judy Williams Carpenter and Ray 
continue to live in Richmond, VA. 
Judy works at McGuire, Woods, and 
Battle Law Firm, and Ray joined 

Anderson and Strudwick Brokerage 
Firm. Judy wants to get in touch with 

Bridget Wray Gardener writes that 
she and Jim visited Mary South Gaab. 
Terry and baby Terry in Hilton Head. 

And I, Clara Jackman, have finally 
moved to Richmond, VA, and love it. I 
am presently a kindergarten teacher in 
King William, VA. Thank you for writ- 
ing. Many of you are interested in 
getting addresses of classmates. You 
may write to me or order the Alumnae 
Directory. Some of you forgot to sign 
your name or return address, and I 
did not know who you were! 


May 20-22, 1983 


1913 70th 1938 45th 1963 


1918 65th 1943 40th 1968 


1923 60th 1948 35th 1973 


1928 55th 1953 30th 1978 


1933 50th 1958 25th 

Friday, May 20 

1:00-6:00 p.m. Registration 

Lunch available in the Bistro, Wailes Center, at 

your own expense 

2:00-3:15 p.m. Career Planning Panel (25th Reunion class) 

3:30-5:00 p.m. OPENING LECTURE: Alumnae College 

6:00 p.m. Class picnics 

Saturday, May 2 1 

7:15 a.m. Bird Walk 

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast 

9:00-8:00 p.m. Children's Program 

9:30-10:30 a.m. Administrative Panel 

ll:00-noon SECOND LECTURE: Alumnae College 

12:15 p.m. Class Meetings 

1:00 p.m. Luncheon honoring Reunion Classes 

2:30-5:30 p.m. Fun and Games 

6:00 p.m. Cocktail party with faculty and staff 

7:00 p.m. Dinner 

8:30 p.m. Hunter Davis '78 in Concert 

Sunday, May 22 

7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast 

9:30 a.m. Worship Service (25th Class will assist) 

10:45-12:15 p.m. FINAL LECTURE: Alumnae College 

12:30 p.m. Luncheon in Sweet Briar Gardens 

For further information write to the Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, Va. 24595. 


Sweet Briar College 

In the 

Sweet Briar 
Tradition . . . 

Upon joining Sweet Briar's Pooled Income Fund in 
January, 1981, Audrey T. Betts '45 wrote the 


Dear President Whiteman: 

It is my pleasure to have found a 
way to do something tangible for 
Sweet Briar during my lifetime. 

I am sure you have met and talked 
with enough of us alumnae by now to 
know how much Sweet Briar means 
to most of us and how big a part we 
feel our four years at Sweet Briar 
played in making us what we are to- 
day. It is hard to put into words, 
but perhaps I am feeling it more 
keenly than usual because of Harriet 
Roger's recent death. That has 
brought back so many memories of 
the individual people who have 
meant so much to me over all the 

It is because we want others to have 
these memories that it is our 
privilege to work for the future of 
Sweet Briar. 


Betty Byrne Gill Chaney '55 wrote the following 
upon joining the Pooled Income Fund in March, 

Dear President Whiteman: 

It has given me great pleasure to 
have given a gift to Sweet Briar. I 
am grateful for the excellent liberal 
arts education I received there. The 
inspiration it gave me for further in- 
tellectual curiosity, for tolerance and 
understanding of other's viewpoints 
and for volunteering service in 
causes I feel strongly about are all 
direct results of my Sweet Briar 
education. I am glad my daughter, 
too, is receiving her education at 
Sweet Briar. 




The Pooled Income Fund offers a unique opportuni- 
ty to support Sweet Briar's Generations Campaign 
without having to sacrifice valuable income needs. 



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Cover: The Sweet Briar family 

saluted retiring President Harold 

Whiteman and Mrs. Whiteman 

with a picnic on a sunny day in 


Clockwise from above: President 
Whiteman at commencement; 
receiving letter sweater at the 

sports awards ceremony; arriving 

at the picnic with Mrs. Whiteman; 

Mrs. Whiteman performing at the 

Cover photo copyright 1983 by 
David I. Abrams 

Sweet Briar College Vo i . 53 No 4 


The Whiteman Years... The Presidency 

by Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 

The Whiteman Years. ..A Man for All Seasons 

Introducing Nenah Fry... Sweet Briar's Seventh President 
by Pat Brown Boyer '49 

The Editor's Room 

Vintage First Things 
by Perry Laukhuff 

JYF Concludes Anniversary Celebration 

A New Home for Sweet Briar's Museum 
Photos by David Abrams 

Sweet Briar's Lucifer 
by Martha Hardesty '37 

Alumnae Notices 


Class Notes 







Planned Giving News 

inside back cover 

page 24 

Executive Hoard. Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. July 1, 1982-June 30, 1983: Gwen Speel Kaplan 
'6(1, Wilton, CT, President; Patty Sykes Treadwell '58, Ross, CA, First Vice President & Director of Clubs; Jocelyn 
Palmer Connors '62, Roanoke. VA, Second Vice President; Mary Ann Mellen Root '53, Greenville, SC, Secretary; 
Preston Hodges Hill '49, Denver, CO, Alumnae Fund Chairman; Mary K. Lee McDonald '65. Richmond, VA, 
Nominating Chairman; Edith Page Gill Breakell '45, Roanoke, VA, Admissions Representative Chairman; Lyn Dillard 
Grones '45, Virginia Beach, VA, Planned Giving Chairman; Courtney B. Stevenson '66, Chevy Chase, MD, National 
Bulb Chairman; Suzanne Jones Canslcr '63, Selma, AL, Finance Committee Chairman; Judith Greer Schulz '61, Lynch- 
burg. VA, Continuing Education Chairman; Elizabeth Smith White '59, Charlotte, NC, Financial Aid Chairman; Ellen 
Harrison Saunders 75, Suffolk, VA, Career Planning Chairman 

Regional Chairmen: Virginia Squibb Flynn '32, Darien. CT; Sara Finnegan Lycett '61, Delta. PA; Elizabeth 
Trucheart Harris '49, Richmond. VA; Audrey T. Belts '45, Greensboro, NC; Ann Pegram Harris '59, Atlanta, Ga.: 
Mary Virginia Grigsby Mallett '49, Zionsville, IN; Ethel Ogden Burwell '58. Grosse Pointe. Ml; Vaughan Inge Mor- 
rissette '54. Mobile, AL; Maud Winborne Leigh Hamlin '58. Dallas, TX; Jane Merklc Borden '65. Denver. CD 

Mcmbers-at-large: K. Ellen Hagan '81, Charlottesville. VA; Ethel Burwell '82, Bethesda, MD; 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar nominated by the Alumnae Association and 

elected by the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College. 

Catherine Cox Reynolds '49, West Hartford, CT; Judith Sorley Chalmers '59. Short Hills, NJ; Julia Gray Saunders 
Michaux '39, Richmond, VA; Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47, Dayton, (HI 

Ex officio: Patricia Calkins Wilder '63, Victor, NY, Golden Stairs Chairman. Elizabeth Doucett Neil] '41, Southern 
Pines. NC, Boxwood Circle Chairman; Nancy Dowd Burton '46, Cincinnati. OH. Reunion Gifts Chairman; Catherine 
Barnett Brown '49, Madison. NJ. Editor Alumnae Magazine; Ann Morrison Reams '42, Sweet Briar. VA, Director of 

the Alumnae Association 

Editor: Catherine Barnett Brown '49 
Assistant Editor: Man' Hughes 

Managing Editor. Ann Morrison 

Reams '42 
Class Notes Editor Carolyn Bates. 

M.A.. University of Illinois 
Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion '74. 

The Design Group. Lynchburg. 

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Alumnae Magazine 

The Whiteman Years... 

The 1970s were Harold Whiteman's 
years. The Whiteman administration 
brought changes in distribution require- 
ments, in curriculum, admissions, athletics, 
student affairs and faculty and staff affairs. 
His administration constantly upheld the 
tradition of the liberal arts and sciences 
program in the face of those who would 
bring vocational education to our campus. 

"We preach and teach the liberal arts as 
not only a good preparation but also 
perhaps the best preparation for a job or 
career," President Whiteman said on one 
occasion. "Surely higher education can be 
directed at preparation for both life and 
livelihood. I believe that the liberal arts 
have always had this dual aim. In this 
country the earliest objective of academic 
training which later emerged as 'liberal 
arts' was to prepare young people for ser- 
vice in government or church." 

His idea of the objectives of a liberal 
arts education is to achieve a high level of 
literacy, to develop the ability to think 
reflectively, to identify and solve problems, 
to learn how to get information and how to 
judge what is accurate and what is inac- 
curate, and to understand and enjoy an 
ever broader range of life — new situa- 
tions, new ideas and new visions. 

Harold B. Whiteman's belief in the 
liberating arts and his belief in change for 
the better are clearly shown in the new 
and revised programs of his administration, 
which, he insists, "have been the work of 
many people, not one or two." 

President Whiteman believes that if the 
College is to remain a college of the first 
rank, "the facilities of the College, espe- 
cially the library, must be kept first rank 
by constant attention, upgrading, and re- 
plenishment; that student life must be at- 
tractive in all its manifestations so that 
students will want to participate whole- 
heartedly; that the faculty must be kept 
loyal to both the College and to the re- 
sponsibilities of good teaching, and that the 
academic programs must change and grow 
with the times and with new developments 
in knowledge and the intellectual skills." 

Catherine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
President. Alumnae Association, 

Member, Board of Overseers ex 

officio. 1971-74 
Editor. Sieeet Briar Alumnae 

Magazine. 1974-81 
Member. Board of Overseers. 1982-86 

New Academic Offerings and 

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities rein- 
forced by NEH Challenge Grant 

Double majors (examples: Biology/ Studio Art, 
History/Music, Economics/Mathematics, 
International Affairs/French, English/ 
Sociology, Anthropology/French) 

Interdepartmental majors in French Studies, 
German Studies, Mathematical Physics, 
Pre-Engineering Science, Biology- 
Chemistry. American Studies 

Self-designed majors (examples: Art Therapy, 
Urban Studies, Sociology-Education) 

Coordinate programs: Environmental Studies, 
European Civilization, Business Manage- 
ment. Arts Management, Asian Studies 

Eight new majors: Anthropology, 
Anthropology and Sociology, Dance 
Theatre, English and Creative Writing, 
German. Mathematics-Computer Science, 
Music in Culture, Theatre Arts 

Dual-degree programs: a student may spend 
three years at Sweet Briar as a Pre- 
Engineering major, then attend one or more 
years at Georgia Tech, Columbia, or 
Washington University, then receive the 
A.B. degree from SBC and the bachelor's or 
master's degree in engineering. A dual- 
degree program in business is also in effect 
with the Mclntire School of Commerce, 
University of Va. 

Computer Science Program 

Studio Art Department; photography added 

Continuing Education Program 

Writer (poet)-in-Residence Program 

Winter Forums 

Summer Intem Program for academic credit 

Student Resource Center 

Cooperative Virginia Summer Program at 

Adult Education/Degree Program ("Turning • 

Major Accomplishments: 

Distribution requirements (for the degree) 

Babcock libraries consolidated 
Book purchasing increased about 194% 
Funding for faculty research and training 

increased at least ten-fold 

Administrative Changes 

Functions of Dean of Student Affairs 

Office expanded 

Career Planning Office and program expanded 

Financial Aid Office created 

Faculty Advisory Board (a personnel and 

grievance committee) created 
Admissions committee redefined 
Library committee redefined 
Executive committee (faculty) assigned budget 


Sweet Briar College 

The Presidency 

Administrative Council created 

Procedures for appointment, reappointment, 

promotion, tenure revised 
Business Office expanded 


Goal of 750 students achieved, 1982 
Goal of 24% financial aid achieved, 1981 
College Council redefined and redirected 
System of dormitory government revised 
System of peer counseling introduced 
Student radio station started (WUDZ) 
Sweet Briar Scholars and Pannell 

Scholars (merit) created 
Re-admission procedures advised 


Swimming, volleyball, skiing, riflery, soccer 

Intercollegiate competition increased (varsity 

tennis and swimming, volleyball and soccer 
SWEBOP (Outdoor Program) created 
Whiteman Award created for outstanding 

The Fans of Athletics organized 
Parcourse Fitness Circuit built 
Fitness and skill courses introduced 

Buildings and Grounds 

Academic totally renovated, and renamed 
"Benedict;" Tyson Auditorium included in 

Prothro Natatorium completed, 1976 

Prothro Commons built, 1981 

Refectory conversion authorized for academic 
use, 1982 

DEC-2040 mainframe computer, purchased by 
Tri-College Center in 1978, bought by SBC 
in 1981 and installed in new computer center 
in the Library, available to students, faculty 
and departments; terminals installed in most 
administrative offices 

Psychology observation lab built 

Library: computer equipment added for 
interlibrary referencing; microfilm readers, 
printers, and files established; Browsing 
Room refurnished; new Study Center 
created; Periodical Room created from 
empty hallway 

Wailes Center usage expanded; Bistro facilities 

Hostel created to house student dates 

Chapel basement renovated as Student 
Development Center 

External lighting added to Chapel; acoustics, 
lighting in Chapel improved 

Campus lighting substantially upgraded 

Entrance control booth built 

Kiosk, bulletin boards, and student mail boxes 
(internal) added to improve internal 

Dew, Reid, Grammer, Gray parlors refurbished 

Sweet Briar House redecorated 

Garden Cottage converted to the Man- Clark 

Rogers Guest House and redecorated 
Sweet Briar Museum created in lower-level 

Farm Tool Museum created from former 

slave cabin 
Ames Greenhouse restored and reactivated 
Education Building remodeled and renamed 

Crawford Building 
Riding Center decorated and landscaped 
New decks added to Boat House and new 

furnishings for interior 
Duplicating Office upgraded and expanded 
Admissions Office redecorated 
Four new tennis courts built and landscaped; 

lighting provided for two courts; outmoded 

lake courts rebuilt; paddle tennis added 
Sweet Briar Railroad Station procured, 

installed on campus, used as ceramic and 

sculpture studio 
Outing Cabin restored 
Daisy Williams gym; ventilation, wall matting, 

adequate lighting added, weight room 

created; athletic art gallery created 
Peal of bells added to bell tower 
Outdoor sculpture added to campus 
Babcock lobby and gallery restored 
Babcock Auditorium revitalized 
Brick walkways added to campus 
Infirmary renovated and modernized 


Mount San Angelo, neighboring estate owned 
by Sweet Briar, converted to home of the 
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the 
first artists' colony in the United States 
affiliated with a college. VCCA Fellows 
live in modern quarters built on the site of 
the mansion, which was destroved by fire in 

Friends of Art, organized in 1934, terminated 
in 1958, revived in 1971 

Van der Meer Tennis Program begun 
(summer program) 

Adopt a Tree Program begun (labeling 
campus trees) 

Book Shop greatly upgraded and expanded 

Concert grand piano purchased for Babcock; 
cabinet organ purchased for Chapel 

Bi-monthly community leader luncheons 

Founders' Day program revitalized 

75th Anniversary of the College celebrated 
with year long program, 1976 

The 75th Anniversary Campaign goal of $10 
million exceeded by SI. 2 million 

Reaffirmation (re-accreditation) by Southern 
Association secured with minimal 

Endowment: 1970— $7 million, book value; 
1982-S20 million, book value 

Posthumous portrait of Indiana Fletcher 
Williams procured 

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The Whiteman Years 

A barefoot man, laughing 

On a late summer 
evening of our first 
few days at Sweet 
Briar in 1979, the 
rain roared down in 
such torrential 
power that it 
seemed to steam up 
from Elijah road. 
We were somewhat 
punch-drunkenly un- 
packing endless boxes; I was also try- 
ing to work out the Opening Convoca- 
tion talk I was soon to give, and we 
were both feeling a little like displaced 
persons in this wild southern clime so 
far from Boston. Caroline decided to 
put on her yellow foul weather jacket 
and, barefooted, walk our dog, Mattie. 

Myron B. Bloy, Jr. 

A half hour later I heard boistrous 
voices, shaking of wet gear and wet 
dog downstairs in the entrance hall, 
and I went down to confront bedrag- 
gled dog, laughing wife and President 
of Sweet Briar College, both bare- 
footed. Harold had been returning 
from visiting a faculty member who 
had requested his counsel and was 
also, as is his wont, simply recon- 
noitering the turf (after an absence at 
Martha's Vineyard) of the community 
which was his responsibility. He had 
readily accepted Caroline's invitation 
for foot-drying, a drink, and some talk 
about life at Sweet Briar, and we 
began a friendship, soon to include 
Deedie, which has flourished these last 
four years. 

I mean this little account to be a 
parable, an example of the friendly, 
caring and community-building leader- 
ship with which our College has been 
blessed during the Whiteman years. 

And such leadership is, it must be 
understood, an absolute necessity — in 
theological lingo, of the esse and not 
merely the bene esse — of education in 
collegiate tradition. Sometimes 
trustees, whose experience of leader- 
ship is limited primarily to the cor- 
porate or financial worlds, innocently 
assume that leadership requires only 
the brisk rendering of a hierarchical 
organizational chart. Sometimes facul- 
ty, epistemologically formed by their 
graduate education, mistakenly assume 
that collegiate leadership is there simp- 
ly to grease the ways for a rationalistic 
transaction between the learned and 
the unlearned. And sometimes 
students, scared silly by our economic 
plight, blandly believe that the presi- 
dent is there to ensure that putting in 
their time will get them a job, that 
they will be prepared for the preda- 
tory, broken field running of the one 
against the all which is a career. 

But Harold Whiteman, while recog- 
nizing the partial legitimacy of such 
expectations, is deeply committed to 
the fundamental collegiate purpose of 
educating the rising generation to 
serve the common weal — to gain the 
spiritual insight, the moral commit- 
ment, and the intellectual maturity 
necessary to engage the deepest crises 

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A Man For All Seasons 

of our life together. He knows, too, 
that the only adequate means for bring- 
ing about such profound growth is a 
community which is itself redolent of 
such spiritual, moral, and intellectual 
gifts. No handy dandy manual exists 
for such community-building leader- 
ship, but surely such a leader must be 
a model of the communal virtues to be 
engendered, must have a second sense 
about when to rebuke and when to en- 
courage in nudging a community 
towards its maturity, and must certain- 
ly have patience aplenty. 

The very symbol of such leadership, 
for me, is a yellow-slickered, barefoot 
man laughing in the entrance hall of 
Lancaster House. 

Myron B. Bloy, Jr. 

A special style and grace 

>^B^k Even allowing for 

r* M I my habitual pro- 

W P^ crastination 

I recognized source of 

I chagrin to you, 

J& I Harold how did 

iM you keep your 

I equanimity while 

_^^^^^^^^l beset by the 

vagaries of your col- 

Juliet Halliburton Davis , -,, T ," 

leagues:) 1 have 
waited too long to let you know how 
strongly I feel about your coming to 
Sweet Briar and about your leaving. 

I remember vividly that sunny day in 
1971, brimming with excitement and 
optimism. All of us were enchanted by 
Harold's good looks and charm, by 
Deedie's glamour and vivacity. The 
ceremony was impressive, the speeches 
interesting, the audience receptive, the 
general atmosphere charged with happy 
anticipation. Such a day! 

The high hopes of that time are in- 
deed fulfilled for Sweet Briar. You have 
brought your own special style and 
grace to the College along with the 
academic and financial benefits which 
have accrued to your term. All of us 
who hold Sweet Briar dear are grateful 

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for your labors and achievements for 
the College as well as for the enriching 
stamp of your personalities upon its 

Harold, your loyalty to the College 
and its highest ideals has directed your 
actions in every area. Your door and 
your mind were ever open to the stu- 
dents. The faculty's admiration and 
support of you have been expressed in 
many gratifying ways. You were unfail- 
ingly attentive to and cooperative with 
the alumnae and we have felt a close 
personal tie. The Board of Overseers 
has benefitted from your adherence to 
high academic standards and your con- 
centration on the essential matter at 
hand — even when that matter has, re- 
grettably, so often been in the realm of 
fund raising. The esteem which you in- 
spire among your peers in "outside" 
academic groups has been a cause of 
pride to Sweet Briar. The retired 
members of faculty and administration, 
who are so importantly a part of the 
college family, hold you in affection and 

You have remained steady in your 
aims through disappointments and 
grave difficulties when you never lost 
patience and, more significantly, never 
lost heart. You are indeed a "Man for 
All Seasons" — be those seasons bright 
or dark. We thank you for bringing 
Sweet Briar into such a bright season 
as she presently enjoys. You must feel 
that your task has been accomplished. I 
respect the idea of an outstanding 
woman as president, one who can serve 
as a role model for our students; but 
we cannot overlook the value of their 
exposure to the influence of a true 
gentle-man, in the basic meaning of the 
word, one whose lofty character and 
sweet nature have shown these young 
women what a man should be. 

Both of you have been gracious hosts 
for the many functions which fill the 
college calendar. Sweet Briar House 
has been Open House in every sense. 
Thank you, Deedie, for your interest 
and participation in campus activities. 
All who have seen your dramatic 
presentations will know that you are a 
hard act to follow — on the boards and 

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For myself, it has been a great 
pleasure to know you, to share work 
and time with you, to enjoy your 
delightful humor, to be inspired by 
your ambitious goals for the College, 
to be touched by your concern for the 
individuals who make up its body. The 
memory of you here will be lasting and 
loving. May your years ahead be filled 
with satisfying, interesting, good times 
for you both as surely as they are 
filled with the blessings of the entire 
Sweet Briar family. 

Juliet Halliburton Davis '35 

Keeping in touch, lending 
spirit, giving support 

I have warm 
feelings for the 
Whitemans, but I 
am not more privi- 
leged than anyone 
who took the time to 
look around and see 
President and Mrs. 
Whiteman — every- 
where — anywhere. 
They inspired an at- 
mosphere that made a family of the 
Sweet Briar community. 

As freshmen, we met the Whitemans 
at a party they held in our honor. 
More vividly I remember one Saturday 
night when the President frantically 
pedalled his bicycle to the quad to see 
why the fire alarm was blasting. Or 
there were his proud inquiries about an 
upcoming basketball game, swim meet 
or theatre production. Any of us in- 
volved in such activities could depend 
on the Whitemans' spirit and en- 
thusiasm, and more often than not we 
saw their familiar faces at the events. 
Their interest in the school's organ- 
ized activities was only part of their 
contribution; President and Mrs. 
Whiteman made a point of being active 
among the students. A tennis match, a 
casual lunch in the dining hall, or a 
happy hour at the Bistro were some of 
the ways the Whitemans shared their 
time with us. By no means did Mrs. 

Patti Snodgrass 

Whiteman stand in the shadows. She 
took part in activities ranging from the 
artistic to the absurd, high-stepping 
with the best of us on the Bistro dance 
floor, or clowning in the recent faculty 
show, where she gave a stunning ren- 
dition of "Little Girls" — evidence 
enough of her feeling of attachment to 
the students. The spirit that moved her 
to participate in those productions was 
evident in everything she did. She was 
part of the Whiteman team, keeping in 
touch as much as possible with the 
students and their concerns. 

Keeping in touch, lending spirit, giv- 
ing support — these were key ingre- 
dients of the Whitemans' contribution. 
You didn't need to know the White- 
mans well to feel their effect. Like 
good parents, they maintained an en- 
vironment which encouraged us to 
learn and struggle; they made us feel 
our effort was worthwhile. 

Patti Snodgrass '82 

Drawn to the best selves 
of those he lives among 

In this age of fret- 
ful self-absorption, 
Harold Whiteman's 
life is a quiet 
testimony to the 
supreme human vir- 
tue of instinctive 
selflessness. I have 
never known a man 
less calculating of 
advantage, more 
abashed in the presence of ambition, 
more drawn to the best selves of those 
he lives among. 

I suppose such things sound unduly 
"final," as though we were remember- 
ing an old friend rather than 
celebrating but the finish of a thick 
chapter in his professional life. If they 
sound final, it is because, in a way, 
they are — wherever Harold and 
Deedie choose to live after Sweet 
Briar, thev will not be among us next 

Josiah Bunting I 

Sweet Briar College 

A Man For All Seasons 

Harold is a tremendous old Vic- 
torian, a paterfamilias, the very model 
of what the head of a small college or 
school should be: vigorous, rambunc- 
tious, sober, organized, anxious to 
listen and to help, prodigal in spending 
his own resources of time and strength 
and energy; he always seemed, in his 
presidential duties, to have tackled 
more than he could possibly do justice 
to, and then done it justice anyway. 

"Professionally," I knew him chiefly 
through the work we did together for 
the Virginia Foundation for Indepen- 
dent Colleges (whose own president, 
Harold's great admirer and friend Lea 
Booth, is also retiring this year). In 
committee work Harold was good- 
humored and tolerant and not the least 
wearied by all that. In ideas he was 
always resourceful. Hearing an early 
reveille in some dingy Edwardian 
hostelry, facing eight hours of asking 
dozens of people for money, hundreds 
of miles from his smashing wife and 
splendid college, he might as well have 
been a freshman senator going up to 
the Hill to be sworn in. 

I never heard Harold complain about 

I remember him most vividly at 
Hampden-Sydney football games, 
stretched back on a blanket with his 
head against a hamper, watching our 
180-pound amateurs chasing up and 
down the field after Sewanee's or 
Washington and Lee's (Harold had 
been football captain at Yale), enjoying 
it all as much as if it had been the 
Cowboys and the Redskins. 

Several times, his counsel was in- 
estimably helpful to me. In his way, he 
is responsible (for worse or better) for 
my coming to Hampden-Sydney. And 
one of the greatest pleasures — and 
privileges — Diana and I have known 
since we have lived here has been in 
the company (not far distant by 
Virginia standards) of Deedie and 
Harold at Sweet Briar. 

One doesn't, obviously, know the 
college from the inside. But I have 
always been moved by what a happy 
place Sweet Briar seems to be — 
the confirmation of all the rising 
"numbers" (endowment, admissions, 
etc.) that we knew the College had 
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realized. A president gets blamed for a 
lot of things; but, surely in Harold's 
case, that happiness that a visitor sens- 
ed when he went to that magnificent 
college, Harold must have been at the 
center of it. 

One is moved again to quote Lord 
Moran's judgment on George Catlett 
Marshall. "It was not what General 
Marshall did, but what he was, that 
lingers in the memory: his very 
goodness seemed to put ambition out 
of countenance." With Harold, happily, 
we are still, and for many years will 
be, talking in the present tense. 

Josiah Bunting III 
President, Hampden-Sydney College 

The lion in the path 

When the an- 
nouncement came to 
Richmond, where I 
was living in the 
spring of 1971, that 
Harold Whiteman 
was to be the new 
president of Sweet 
Briar College, I lost 
no time in contact- 
ing him at New 
York University to nail him down to 
speak at The Woman's Club the 
following spring. I was impressed with 
his willingness to commit himself, com- 
plete with subject ("The Lion in the 
Path") so far in advance. 

Twelve years later, when the same 
subject was announced for his talk to 
the Winter Forums here on campus, I 
was to hear his confession that he 
seldom refused anything that far ahead 
and always gave the same title for his 
talk. He couldn't go wrong, he ad- 
mitted, as there is always some lion in 
some path! 

He introduced me here at Sweet 
Briar when the Class of 72 invited me 
to be its commencement speaker. So 
our first acquaintance was on a podium 
level, which certainly gave me the 
facts of his many achievements, but it 
didn't begin to provide the insight into 
the human-ness, kindness and un- 

Julia Sadler de Coligny 

The Whiteman Years 

pretentiousness of this man, which 
were revealed in the years that 

In the summer of 73 he asked me to 
come back to work for the College to 
initiate an estate-planning program, 
which I did for the next six years. I 
spoke at meetings near and far, 
established memorials and used a 
variety of approaches in order to get 
the attention of the alumnae and put 
their minds on the subject of death and 
dying in a cheerful and constructive 
way. It was a wonderful help that 
Harold was completely, supportive of 
all my efforts. 

He didn't make a lot of noise about 
it, but typical of the kind of reinforce- 
ment he provided was on the day I 
drove back from Richmond with a big 
shag rug on top of my car to help 
make the Slave Cabin more like a com- 
fortable lounge for music and medita- 
tion — a memorial to Martha Ingles 
Schrader '41 given by her parents. 
Many tedious jobs had to be done 
before dedication day, but to my 
delight, someone had painstakingly dug 
out all the flagstones and renewed the 
path leading from driveway to door. I 
found out it was Harold and marveled. 
Not many college presidents would 
derive joy from such an activity on a 
Saturday afternoon. And when I was 
working to make the Fellows of the 
VCCA feel at home on the campus, 
Harold and Deedie would entertain 
them for cocktails in the Boxwood 
Garden. These are only two small ex- 
amples of many I could cite. 

The Sweet Briar family has always 
been known for its hospitality. Having 
been thrown on our own resources in 
our isolation, we have specialized in 
entertaining. But none of Harold's 
predecessors had a wife, which has 
been an important dimension in ex- 
plaining what Sweet Briar House has 
meant to students, faculty, visiting 
alumnae, speakers, and friends of the 
college in general. Deedie has given 
unstintingly of herself, her time and 
talents in support of Harold, and her 
home is a reflection of that. 

We will all have to go through a 
shocking readjustment to realize that 
the kind of accessibility we've known 

there in the past twelve years cannot 
just be taken for granted. Sweet Briar 
House has never been so charming, 
well-furnished, and tastefully decorated 
for each season of the year. They have 
really spoiled us, and the best of it is, 
they have seemed to enjoy it too. 

Harold has taken a lot of kindly kid- 
ding on the subject of his Yaley 
friends, but from the first he has 
shared those friends with us, and he 
has made us feel that he is equally 
proud to let them share what he has in 
these Blue Ridge Mountains of Vir- 
ginia. His great capacity for friendship 
has paid off in both directions. He and 
Deedie will be sorely missed, and it is 
my personal hope that we will be fast 
friends forever. 

Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 

A national record of 
alumnae giving. ..64% 

Mark Whittaker 

OMy association 
(I with Harold and 
I Deedie Whiteman 
began with Harold's 
appointment as the 
sixth President of 
Sweet Briar in 1971. 
Having moved to 
Sweet Briar from 
the University of 
Maine to serve as 
Assistant Director of Development 
under Anne Pannell Taylor, my first 
reaction to the Whitemans' appoint- 
ment was joy over their Yankee 
background — Yale and New York 
University. I still recall welcoming 
Deedie during her first reception with 
a comment like, "It's great to have 
another Yankee at Sweet Briar." Little 
did I know that their strong ties to the 
South would help to "retread" the 
Whittakers to Virginia. 

Soon after Harold's arrival, he in- 
itiated a $10 million 75th Anniversary 
Campaign. This five-year program in- 
cluded major annual, capital, and en- 
dowment goals to be reached by the 
75th Anniversary celebration in 1976. 

Sweet Briar College 

A Man For All Seasons 

While there were many highlights dur- 
ing this campaign, some of the most 
significant might be the renovation of 
Benedict Hall, formerly called 
Academic; the construction of the new 
swimming pool made possible through 
the generosity of Charles and Elizabeth 
Prothro; the John Lee Pratt bequest 
which was the largest donation ever 
received in the College's history; and 
going over the goal with $11.2 million 
in cash and pledges. Never will any of 
us forget the national record set by the 
alumnae who in 1976 reached the 
highest level of participation ever 
achieved by any woman's college in 
the country — 64% percent sent a gift 
to Sweet Briar! 

During the period 1977-79, Sweet 
Briar undertook a major self-study ef- 
fort. At the same time, the College 
successfully completed a large National 
Endowment for the Humanities Chal- 
lenge Grant which endowed Inter- 
disciplinary Studies in the Humanities 
at Sweet Briar. By 1980, our new 
Comprehensive Development Program 
was in place and we began Sweet 
Briar's $12.1 million Generations Cam- 
paign. This is a program which focuses 
on the essential needs of the College. 
With half of the allotted five years 
behind us, over three-fourths of the 
goal has been reached. All indications 
are that Sweet Briar will complete the 
Generations Program by the 1985 

In working together on these impor- 
tant endeavors, several characteristics 
of the Whiteman presidency should be 
noted. For example, regardless of the 
number of drafts prepared by the 
Development Office, Harold always 
added his own personal touch to thank- 
you letters. Never did he lose sight of 
the importance of personal contact. 
Typical of his style was the way we 
traveled together. I would drive the 
car and he would navigate, be it 
through the desert of Arizona, over the 
Golden Gate Bridge, or in New York 
City. Much of our time together has 
involved entertaining Sweet Briar 
alumnae and parents. I can say without 
hesitation that Harold and Deedie 
Whiteman always went above and 
beyond the call of duty to welcome 

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guests and to make them feel at home 
at Sweet Briar. 

To sum up, my professional relation- 
ship with Harold Whiteman has in- 
volved over $23 million in voluntary 
support. It seems as if a million 
"HBW letters" have been sent to 
those individuals who support this Col- 
lege. Beyond these memories is the 
personal and lasting friendship that 
Pam and I will always have for the 

F. Mark Whittaker 
Director of Development 

Robert H. Barlow 

He teaches students, and 
he learns from them 

I've often been 
asked (or asked 
myself) why I am at 
Sweet Briar College. 

Of course there 
are a number of fac- 
tors but, without any 
doubt, a principal 
reason is the per- 
sonality and phil- 
osophy of Harold B. 
Whiteman Jr. 

He is sensitive, fair, creative, 
energetic, enthusiastic and humane. He 
is pro-student, a faculty advocate and a 
strong believer in a participatory ad- 
ministrative style. He is a gentleman. 
I have seen Harold Whiteman's sen- 
sitivity in his contact with others. I've 
seen it in the dining hall where he 
reaches out to students. I've seen him 
respond with sincere concern to faculty 
and staff issues. I've watched as he 
pondered complicated issues and made 
difficult decisions. 

I know that Harold Whiteman is fair. 
He listens to all opinions and weighs 
all alternatives. He values the thoughts 
and principles of each member of our 
community. He often praises the vir- 
tues of students, faculty and staff. He 
manages to see the good in everybody. 
Harold Whiteman is fully committed 
to, and involved in, Sweet Briar Col- 

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lege. Both he and Deedie are present 
at many student social events and ac- 
tively encourage our athletic teams. 
They attend lectures and support 
academic excellence through their 
recognition of honors students and 
their gift of the Whiteman Scholar- 
Athlete Award. They are continually in 
the mainstream of college activities. 
Sweet Briar House, their home, is a 
center of campus life. 

I have seen Harold Whiteman recog- 
nize the importance of students. He 
encourages their open involvement on 
college committees and with the Board 
of Overseers. He argues with them and 
challenges them. He teaches them and 
he learns from them. Most important- 
ly, he celebrates their achievements 
with them. 

I know that Harold Whiteman recog- 
nizes the value of the faculty. He con- 
siders their ideas, includes them in 
plans and meetings and involves them 
in the institutional decision making 
process. He is concerned with the con- 
tent of our curriculum, the oppor- 
tunities for scholarship and profes- 
sional development and the level of 
faculty salaries. He is an advocate for 
the faculty. 

I have learned from Harold White- 
man that the inclusion of all consti- 
tuent bodies in the decision making 
process is often slow, cumbersome and 
painful, but the results are worth it. 
He has created a pride of ownership 
among students, faculty and staff; a 
feeling of belonging and a sense of 

I'm proud to have worked with 
Harold B. Whiteman Jr. He is a true 
humanitarian and a valued friend. 
Sweet Briar is fortunate to have had 
the Whitemans as members of her 

Robert H. Barlow 
Dean of Student Affairs 

Ann Marshall Whitley 


Do college presidents 
do this sort of thing?! 

The 1971 term at 
Sweet Briar opened 
with several hundred 
new faces on cam- 
pus. Among them 
were incoming Presi- 
dent Harold B. 
Whiteman, his wife 
Edith, and my elder 
daughter Libby (a 
freshwoman, as she 

News flashes soon came from Libby 
to our home in Prairie Village, Kansas. 
"Mom, Mrs. Whiteman has been jog- 
ging with me; she has a good looking 
sweat suit!" Later letters pictured the 
Whitemans on the tennis courts and 
enthused over plans to build a paddle 
tennis court behind Sweet Briar House 
"that students can use, too." 

What a change, I thought, and fore- 
saw a revitalization of the Physical 
Education Department. Suddenly there 
was a Prothro Natatorium and lots of 
dripping wet students going all over 
the state and elsewhere, winning every 
medal in sight. 

In 1972, when I finally met this 
warm-hearted and interesting couple, I 
felt instant rapport. Deedie invited me 
to Sweet Briar House which I had 
never entered before. 

I did remember, from my student 
days, what the dining room looked 
like. One dark winter night, several 
girls informed me that I really should 
see how Dr. Glass "ate dinner in high 
style." Three of us crept up on the 
front porch and peered through the 
Brussels lace curtains into the candlelit 
room. Sure enough, there was general 
factotum Reuben Higginbotham, in his 
white jacket and black bow tie, serving 
that regal lady from a fine silver plat- 
ter. Dr. Glass, dressed in a long skirt, 
every hair in place and totally alone, 
was eating in the afore mentioned 
"high style." 

Since that night, I have eaten many 
times in high style in that dining room 

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A Man For All Seasons 

under the benign painted eyes of Mr. 
Williams, Daisy's father, and in the 
good company of our President and his 
lady. Much of the same silver gleams, 
the walls of the room are now soft 
gold. Reuben, long retired and gone, 
has been replaced by Ruth Carter and 
Janice Grooms who carry on the tradi- 
tion of "doing things right and in high 
style" at Sweet Briar House, but 
always under the skillful guidance of 
Deedie Whiteman. 

Through the years we have become 
friends, laughing together at the funny 
things that can only happen in a col- 
lege community. Things like the 
Whitemans and the Whitleys cleaning 
off the lake bottom in the Boat House 
slips in early summer. This chore is 
done by submerging under water and 
groping in the mud and muck for beer 
cans, old bottles and other leftovers 
from student parties. Deedie chants 
the labels as they are handed up: "two 
Miller Lites and one Pabst Blue Rib- 
bon, watch out, here comes a heavy 
one, it's a Rebel Yell!" Do other col- 
lege presidents do this sort of thing?! 
I would say that Harold is unique in 
this endeavor. 

Deedie is unique too. Her musical 
talents have been a delightful highlight 
of Faculty Shows, while her role in a 
recent Paint and Patches offering 
showed her true acting ability. 

The unfailing good humor and bright 
intellect of both Deedie and Harold 
have hit a responsive chord with all 
who have followed the Whiteman years 
at Sweet Briar — the building projects, 
upgrading of curriculum, strengthening 
of endowment, increasing enrollment 
and faculty salaries. This has been a 
time of, as John F. Kennedy used to 
say, "vigah!" May my friends, the 
Whitemans, take their "vigah" into 
new and greener pastures with the 
same zest, humor and interest that has 
endeared them to me. 

Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

Lea Booth 

A gifted pitchman. 
"education statesman" 

When Deedie and 
Harold Whiteman 
became naturalized 
Virginians in 1971, 
one skeptical Sweet 
Briar alumna waxed 
Shakespearean, re- 
calling the Prince of 
Morocco's line in 
The Merchant of 
Venice when he 
opened the casket and exclaimed, "Oh 
hell! What have we here?" 

What Sweet Briar had here was its 
first male-type president — how in- 
trepid! — and there was great rejoicing 
among non-chauvinists in the alumnae 
body. Vive la difference! 

Another Sweet Briar alum, a promi- 
nent Virginia journalist, was ecstatic. 
She chronicled the College's sudden 
defiance of tradition in Commonwealth 
magazine: "He is like a brand new 
thing on this earth — a Scott Fitz- 
gerald hero who turned out well a 

Golden Boy of impeccable 
background" with all the right creden- 
tials (maybe, for this moment in Sweet 
Briar history, even the right gender!). 

What nobody anticipated was that H. 
"Beauregard" Whiteman would soon 
reveal his latent talent as a gifted 
pitchman, an articulate and effective 
spokesman for the poor but proud 
private sector of higher education — 
indeed, as the cliche goes, an "educa- 
tion statesman." 

Not only Sweet Briar but the whole 
broad structure of private education 
enterprise in Virginia has greater 
vitality and strength because the 
Whitemans smartly opted to migrate to 
Virginia instead of responding to a 
simultaneous bid from an equally 
prestigious southern college which was 
then vigorously vying for his leader- 
ship abilities. 

Validating all of this is the record of 
the Virginia Foundation for Indepen- 
dent Colleges. The VFIC is a consor- 
tium (hate that pedantic word!) of 

Alumnae Magazine 


The Whiteman Years 

privately controlled institutions jointly 
seeking corporate financial support on 
the "united fund" principle. For three 
decades it has provided critically useful 
"bread-and-butter money" to help a 
dozen inflation-plagued member 
colleges avoid operating deficits. 

VFIC annals will duly record the fact 
that H. B. Whiteman not only accepted 
and handsomely fulfilled a leadership 
role with style and grace and class, but 
that the VFIC fund reached the 
highest dollar level in its 30-year 
history during his term as the Founda- 
tion's president. Indeed, his two-year 
(1980-82) presidential performance 
brought the VFIC formal recognition 
this Spring as the most productive of 
the 40 independent college funds in the 
nation when $55,000 in competitive 
prize money was bestowed upon the 
Foundation by two of the nation's most 
enthusiastic supporters of independent 
colleges, IBM Corporation and Levi 
Strauss & Co. 

There is nothing moribund about H. 
"Beauregard" Whiteman, but Antony, 
at the crest of his funeral oration, 
surely had him in mind when he 

"He has brought many captives 
home to Rome 

Whose ransoms did the general 
coffers fill." 
The general coffers of Sweet Briar 
and its eleven sister institutions of the 
VFIC have been enriched by this valiant 
southern gentleman's commitment to the 
principle that private enterprise is as 
essential to American higher education 
as it is to commerce and industry. 

Lea Booth 
President VFIC 

Charles M. Prothro 

Sweet Briar has 

My first meeting 
with Harold and 
Deedie Whiteman 
will always remain 
in my memory, for it 
occurred on a snowy 
night at the Nash- 
ville Airport. Arrange- 
ments had been 
made for the White- 
mans to travel with 
me to Sweet Briar for a meeting of 
The Presidential Search Committee 
which was scheduled for the following 
morning. Although neither Harold nor 
Deedie expressed concern about flying 
through a snowstorm at night in a 
private plane, the fact that he recalled 
this experience several times in the en- 
suing years convinced me that they 
were more nervous than they 

In contrast, the following day was fill- 
ed with sunshine and the campus wore 
its late winter beauty. The Whitemans 
toured the campus, and Harold was in- 
terviewed by The Selection Committee. 
The Committee voted unanimously to 
recommend to the Board of Overseers 
and the Board of Directors that he 
should be offered the Presidency of 
Sweet Briar College. Appropriate action 
was taken at the next meetings of these 

One event — which seems trivial in 
retrospect and has long since been 
forgotten but which created somewhat 
of a furor at the time and made for a 
difficult Board meeting — was "the 
streaking incident" which, unfortunately, 
was mentioned in an article in Time 
Magazine. Such conduct was considered 
unbecoming for Sweet Briar girls in 
those days and was the subject of con- 
siderable discussion at the ensuing 
meeting of the Board of Overseers. It 
was a difficult meeting over which to 
preside, and it was difficult for Harold 
to explain satisfactorily to the Board 
why such behavior could occur on the 
Sweet Briar campus. I am sure he will 
remember this as a frustrating meeting 
for him. 


Sweet Briar College 

A Man For All Seasons 

During my years as Chairman of the 
Board, the relationship which existed 
between Harold and me was one of 
mutual respect and friendship; and. in 
my opinion, Harold was always very 
professional in his approach to Sweet 
Briar problems and his relationship 
with the governing boards. Sweet Briar 
has prospered in many ways during 
the years that Harold and Deedie have 
been on the campus, and both of them 
can look back on these years with feel- 
ings of pride and accomplishment. 

Charles N. Prothro 

Surviving coed-itis 

Harold Whiteman 
came to Sweet Briar 
at the end of the 
troubled sixties 
when some college 
students were telling 
administrators and 
trustees how to run 
the colleges and 
universities. Harold 
had a wonderful way 
of listening, sympathizing, but never 
giving in to their demands. It was a 
difficult period, but Harold weathered 
it well. 

Harold is a very approachable, 
warm, considerate and thoughtful per- 
son who gave a great deal to the col- 
lege. He can take pride in the progress 
Sweet Briar has made in surviving the 
"coed-itis" trend. He can enjoy seeing 
the increased enrollment (after some 
lean years) which justifies the decision 
of the Board of Overseers to stay 

The theatre has missed a great co- 
medienne in Deedie Whiteman. She has 
added a great deal of sparkle to cam- 
pus shows. Unfortunately, I saw her 
only once but thoroughly enjoyed her 

On a more personal basis, I am 
grateful to Harold for keeping me in- 
formed about important developments 
at the college and sometimes flattering 
me by asking my opinion. It is many 

Gladys Horton 

years since I have been active as a 
Director and Overseer, so I appreciate 
it very much that Harold has taken 
time to bring me up to date. Harold 
and Deedie will be greatly missed. My 
best wishes for an enjoyable, happy 
and healthful retirement. 

Gladys Wester Horton '30 

Alumnae Magazine 


Introducing Nenah 
Fry. ..Sweet Briar's 
Seventh President 

Nenah Elinor Fry, Sweet Briar's new 
president as of August first, 1983, comes to us 
with an impressive curriculum vitae of 
teaching and administration in liberal arts col- 
leges. For the past eight years she has been 
Dean of the College and Professor of History 
at Wells College in Aurora, New York, a 
women's college reminiscent of Sweet Briar in 
its size, setting, and high level of quality. 

by Pat Brown Boyer '49 

"I have made a conscious commitment 
to women's education and the value of a 
small liberal arts college in developing 
women's potential," Miss Fry says. "I 
think that the major challenge in which 
women's colleges can play an especially 
important leadership role is in what I like 
to call, at the risk of sounding pompous, 
'education for equality.' What we've got 
today is a situation where the resources, 
talents and contributions that women can 
make have yet to be fully integrated into 
our society. This is a waste." 

Women, she believes, have been the 
great synthesizers of Western thought. 
They are comfortable with multi-variable 
problems, or they couldn't have raised 
families for centuries. They can heal. 
They can see relationships and are not 
threatened by anomaly. She wants to see 
women educated to lead wherever they 
go. the professions, in government, in 
volunteer work. 

This articulate, warm and clear-sighted 
woman was born in Chicago, the 
daughter of August Jether Fry and 
Gladys Babcock Fry. Mr. Fry pursued 
two careers, first in law, and then as an 
electrical engineer with Chicago Surface 
Lines. Miss Fry has an older brother, 
August, Jr., who is Professor of English 
Literature at the Free University of 
Amsterdam, Holland. He is also an or- 
dained minister in the Congregational 

Nenah Fry grew up in Chicago, where 
she was valedictorian of her senior class, 
and went to Lawrence College (now 
Lawrence University) in Appleton, 
Wisconsin. She graduated summa cum 
laude in 1955, with a B.A. in History. 
Named Senior of Most Excellent Record, 
she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and 
Mortar Board. She also held a Woodrow 
Wilson Fellowship. 

She says that in college she started out 
with a concentration in science: physics 
and math, with no thought of emphasiz- 
ing history until she began to take the re- 
quired freshman course in that area. To 
her surprise, she found she liked Ancient 
History and by the time she took 
Medieval History, sophomore year, she 
knew she had found her great love. Her 
speciality was to become Ninteenth Cen- 
tury European History and her scholarly 
interests have centered particularly upon 
the history of ideas and values. As for 
teaching, the career she has followed for 
the past twenty-four years, she began to 
give conscious thought to it during col- 
lege. She had grown up in a family of 
educators. Her aunt and her cousins were 
teachers and, as a father, Mr. Fry was an 
excellent teacher himself, inspiring Nenah 
and her brother to search out their own 

"He would never give us the easy 
answer," Miss Fry says. She and August 
grew up in an exciting atmosphere where 
one answer led them on to the next ques- 
tions. In college, Miss Fry relates, she 
was interested in literally every field, 
carefully portioning out her time for as 
many subjects in the liberal arts as pos- 

The wonderful thing about being an 

historian is that the older you get, 

the better you are. 

Encouraged by the Lawrence faculty to 
do graduate work, she went on to Yale 
University, where she received her MA. 
in 1957 and her Ph.D. in History in 1964. 
During her work at Yale, she was the 
recipient of three fellowships: the Junior 
Sterling, Lewis-Farmington and R.R. 
McCormick. Her dissertation, entitled 
"Integral Socialism and the Third 
Republic, 1883-1914," grew out of the 
day in Sterling Library when she hap- 
pened upon references to Malon, a little- 
known French writer of 19th century 


Sweet Briar College 

tracts. He had formed a coterie with 
three fellow Frenchmen, and together 
they developed an intellectual expression 
of reform and socialism. It was Miss 
Fry's thesis that their thinking formed a 
hitherto unacknowledged link in French 
reform thought, moving from the earlier 
philosopher, Saint Simon, and continuing 
later to Socialist leaders Jean Jaures and 
Leon Blum. 

The men in Malon's group were self- 
educated and all but one came from non- 
urban areas. Malon was a shepherd from 
the south of France. Fourniere was a 
former jeweler. Rouanet was a pam- 
phleteer and only Georges Renard, a 
literary critic, was educated in the for- 
mal, classic sense. He was the only Pari- 
sian. This diversity of background added 
much to their thinking. Malon, having 
participated in the Paris Commune of 
1870, was forced to leave the country, 
and followed the typical 19th century 
itinerary to Amsterdam and parts of Italy 
and Spain. Miss Fry was delighted to 
find a collection of his letters in Amster- 
dam, giving conclusive proof that he had 
made contact with Karl Marx, a man he 
and his friends detested for his political 
theory. Where Marx wanted a govern- 
ment that totally dominated its people, 
Malon wanted a society of small units not 
dominated from the top. Miss Fry would 
like to do a book on this period some 

"The wonderful thing about being an 
historian is that the older you get, the 
better you are," she exclaimed, naming 
several historians who did their best work 
in their seventies and eighties. "It's like 
money in the bank." 

Where travel is concerned, she has a 
dream list of countries she would like to 
see. Her foreign travels to-date have been 
largely historical journeys in Western 
Europe, to see landmarks of the Holy 
Roman Empire, and the cathedral towns 
of England and the continent. 

Miss Fry's teaching career began in 
1959 when she was invited to be an in- 
structor in History at Lawrence College. 
She remained there two years and in 
1963 became assistant professor in 
History at Wilson College in Chambers- 
burg, Pennsylvania. Wilson is a small 
liberal arts women's college situated near 
the Maryland line. Appointed Associate 
Professor two years later, she remained 
at Wilson until 1975 and has returned 
several times to give the commencement 
address. In 1980, Wilson bestowed upon 

Alumnae Magazine 

her the honorary degree of Doctor of 

When asked if some particular factor 
drew her into academic administration, 
Miss Fry laughed and said she was the 
world's worst example to young women 
counseled to plan career ladders. She 
does not demean the idea at all, but has 
never done it. Without realizing it, her 
move began as early as her teaching 
years at Lawrence, where she served on 
the Committee on Administration. Then 
followed active participation on faculty 
committees at Wilson, where she became 
more and more interested in curriculum, 
in faculty governance, in the relationships 
between faculty and trustees, and where 
she saw how these committees were the 
vehicles for bringing about important 
changes. Further, for the past eleven 
years, she has been an evaluator for the 
Middle States Associations of Colleges 
and Secondary Schools (which includes 
universities), and she chaired its Evalua- 
tion Team for a year. As time passed, 
she began to receive queries as to 
whether she might consider various posi- 
tions in administration. 

"This is crazy," she thought. "I love 
teaching history." 

Then, as she puts it, she decided that 
perhaps she was not being very responsi- 
ble and the next time an inquiry came in, 
she would follow it up. Two weeks later, 
the call came from Wells College. 

"I love to teach," she said to Margaret 
Disert, Dean Emeritus of Wilson College. 
"Is it right to leave it for administrative 

"You will continue to teach," replied 
Dr. Disert. "It's just that your classroom 
will be different." 

The years at Wells have been highly 
productive. Miss Fry is especially pleased 
with and proud of curriculum develop- 
ment and the five-fold increase in 
students taking January internships. 

"Please don't get the impression this 
was done single-handedly," she says. 
"We at the college have developed all 
this together. We needed to clarify the 
whole question of minor fields and we 
have also had several reviews to keep all 
our curricula clear and vital." 

A Wells student may elect to pursue 
requirements in any minor field as well 
as those in her chosen major field. Par- 
ticularly interesting are the seven inter- 
disciplinary minor fields offered in ad- 
ministrative management, communica- 
tions, literature, public policy, secondary 

Nenah Elinor Fry 


Pat Brown Borer '49 ivas an 
English major and a member of 
the editorial board of the Sweet 
Briar News. Since then, she has 
lived in Boston, the Canal Zone 
(where she worked for the U.S. 
Army for two years), Manhattan 
for 12 years (teaching remedial 
reading and second grade in three 
different private schools, while 
also earning her masters degree), 
and then in Paris for thirteen 
years. She lives now in Pomfret 
Center, CT, with her husband 
fean and their 15-year-old son, 
Jean Maurice. Pat enjoys the love- 
ly corner of north-eastern Connec- 
ticut, a rural community of or- 
chards, farms, mill towns and 
18th century villages. 


education, "Science and Human Values." 

The Minor Field of Women's Studies 
requires six courses chosen from those in 
literature, philosophy, psychology, 
religion, biology, economics and music 
that particularly focus on women and 
issues concerning them. 

"This whole area of women's studies is 
controversial, I know, but we need to 
deal with it creatively," Miss Fry com- 
ments. "There is no need to stereotype 
the roles of men and women, nor is it 
possible for men to carry the entire 
burden of economic provision and 
decision-making in today's complex 

Miss Fry has guest-lectured Tn this field 
and has written on the subject of 
women's roles in the 19th century. 

Just as Sweet Briar offers a program of 
off-campus internships during the January 
term, Wells has a similar plan and Miss 
Fry saw a notable increase in student in- 
terns during her tenure as dean. Forty 
per cent of the entire student body were 
involved last year and a recent sampling 
shows internships in magazine photo 
editing, in music therapy with chronically 
ill patients, in petroleum engineering, 
systems engineering, internal auditing, 
genetic counseling, marine science 
research, art gallery management, concert 
management, and television production. 

Particularly noteworthy was the forma- 
tion in 1977 of P.L.E.N., the Public 
Leadership Education Network, initially 
including a group of five women's col- 
leges. From inception, Miss Fry chaired 
its administrative committee, a committee 
successful in gaining support in the form 
of three financial awards from the 
Carnegie Corporation. She was also one 
of the two framers of a successful pro- 
posal to the National Endowment for the 
Humanities for a matching grant. So suc- 
cesful was the concept that the Network 
now includes its original members and 
four others. 

The logic for founding this consortium 
was to create pertinent pilot projects in 
education for leadership and then share 
the experience gained. Wells College con- 
centrated on weekend forums publicized 
and open to members of surrounding 
communities, such as Ithaca, as well as 
its own students. Subjects are topical, 
often based on proposed state or federal 
legislation, and political leaders are in- 
vited to speak. The recent New York 
State law change that raised legal pur- 
chasing age of alcohol from eighteen to 

nineteen was the basis of a Wells public 
forum on drug abuse, and the first held 
in the area. 

Goucher College developed internships. 
Spelman College in Atlanta studied cur- 
riculum, developing two new courses now 
incorporated in its program. Stephens 
College in Missouri developed a program 
of politicians-in-residence. Carlow College 
in Pittsburgh created a pilot program for 
continuing education. Results and 
methods are shared twice a year in Net- 
work meetings and through a newsletter, 
with the idea of adapting another 
member's program and profiting from 
another's experience. 

Despite her full schedule as dean and 
member of professional organizations out- 
side the college, Miss Fry was able to 
teach a course in modern French or Ger- 
man history most of her years at Wells. 
Team teaching has also provided an op- 
portunity. For example, she shared a 
course on the "Idea of Progress" with a 
member of the Classics Department, ex- 
ploring the varying concepts of progress 
down through the ages. 

She would like very much to continue 
her teaching at Sweet Briar, but in the 
beginning will give priority to meeting as 
much of the college family as possible, in- 
cluding visits to alumnae clubs. To get to 
know the College she wants to hear, to 
read and to talk to people. 

"And," she says, "in the academic pro- 
fession. any profession today. 
have to listen fast, because things change 
so quickly." 

Her first view of Sweet Briar was in 
January, this year, and she says it was a 
wonderful visit. The students showed her 
around and she was struck by their in- 
terests, variety, candor, concern, and af- 
fection for the College. She likes the 
faculty members she met, finding them 
dedicated and possessing a clear 

"I have the opportunity to inherit a 
situation that's very sound. This is a 
privilege, today. I feel very fortunate." 

And so, Miss Fry, do we. 

Sweet Briar College 

The Editor's Room 

Anno Domini 1983! A year to 
remember; A year for the record book! 

1983! A year of sadness and farewells; 
a year of welcome and anticipation. 

Pat Brown Boyer, a classmate of mine 
and former colleague on the Sweet Briar 
News, took a journey to the snowy banks 
of Lake Cayuga in New York State, to 
visit with Sweet Briar's next president, 
Nenah Elinor Fry, at Wells College. 

We welcome Miss Fry and, from Pat's 
description and introduction, we an- 
ticipate the years ahead. A friend who is 
an alumna and Overseer at Wells told me 
"she will be very hard to replace, here, 
and we will miss her very much; none 
the less, we wish her many happy years 
at Sweet Briar." We join in that 

The other side of the coin, of course, is 
our feeling of sadness in saying goodbye 
to Deedie and Harold Whiteman. A 
number of the Sweet Briar family have 
expressed their thoughts in this issue and 
in doing so have, I'm sure, spoken for the 
rest of us. We all thank them for this and 
hope that the Whitemans understand. 

We all know that the seventies were, 
and always will be, "The Whiteman 

Judging from the response to the 
Reader Interest Survey in a recent issue, 
most of our readers like the magazine, 
read nearly every word and think we are 
doing a great job. 

The respondents have enjoyed such ar- 
ticles as "The Face in the Red Velvet 
Frame" by Ann Whitley, Dean Belford's 
convocation address, the anniversary 
issue on the Junior Year in France and 
Tom Hartman's "First Things." 

They ask for more alumnae profiles, 
campus pictures (both new and old), a 
"what has happened to" feature on 
former faculty members; one reader sug- 
gests a column of advertisements for 
houses for sale or rent, services available, 
camps (similar to the Princeton Alumni 
Weekly and others). 

It's not easy to reach any conclusions 
from only twenty-six answers, though we 
are grateful to those of you who took the 

time to fill in and mail the questionnaire. 

However, there are more than 10,000 
copies of each issue mailed, and we can't 
help wondering what the "silent majori- 
ty" is thinking. 

There was one exception to the 
generally complimentary reactions (it was 
almost a welcome change!). A member of 
the class of 1944 wrote: "Please, some 
articles of academic interest. The Har- 
vard magazine comes to our house. It is 
embarassing to put the S.B. Alumnae 
magazine out on the table with it. This is 
1983. The world is full of interesting new 
ideas and developments and terrible pro- 
blems. The magazine should reflect the 
intellectual life of the College. One would 
never know S.B. was a first rate intellec- 
tual institution from this magazine." 

Fair enough! Perhaps our spring issue, 
on the new computer at Sweet Briar, was 
a step in the right direction, though we 
step in another direction this time with 
an introduction to the College's new 
president, Nenah Elinor Fry, and a 
remembrance of "The Whiteman Years." 

And, yes nostalgia again, with Part One 
of Perry Laukhuff's "Vintage First 
Things." Mr. Laukhuff's magnificent 
work, describing the scenes and persona 
of Sweet Briar in the 1930s, is an in- 
valuable addition to our archives and one 
that should be enshrined in the new 
museum; it's as much a treasure as 
Daisy's harp. We are indebted to Mr. 
Laukhuff for sharing his memories with 
such literary style and affection. 

Going back to that "silent majority," 
one of our readers wrote: "I should like 
to see Letters to the Editor expanded to 
encourage alumnae to express their views 
regarding the magazine as to content, 
structure, SBC life or whatever." 

Many other alumnae magazines have 
pages and pages of letters, reacting 
vigorously to past articles or to happen- 
ings on campus. We urge you to write. 
Kudos are nice, but controversy 
stimulates change and growth. That's 
what education is all about, and we hope 
we're still learning. 

Alumnae Magazine 


Tom Hartman's piece on First Things 
in the Fall 1982 issue of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine, setting forth some of 
his early impressions of Sweet Briar, 
evoked such strong memories of my own 
first impressions of this place that I could 
not resist the temptation to set some of 
them down. 

I came to Sweet Briar fifty-two years 
ago, in the fall of 1930. It was a very dif- 
ferent institution in those days, obviously 
some distance advanced from the found- 
ing years, but still farther removed from 
1982. In retrospect, I must say that men- 
tion of 1930 seems to confer on me 
almost the character of a Founding 
Father! And so, with apologies to Mr. 
Hartman, it seems to me I am truly 
writing of vintage first things. 





by Perry Laukhuff 

In 1930 the first graduating class was 
only twenty years out. The college was 
still struggling to establish a niche and a 
character for itself in the world of 
Academe. Daisy and "Miss Indy" and 
even old Elijah Fletcher were still almost 
living presences on campus, their names 
often spoken in the leisurely and warmly 
friendly conversations which graced after- 
noon teas and after-dinner coffee gather- 
ings. The old South was still alive at 
Sweet Briar although, with the benefit of 
hindsight, it is obvious that it was giving 
a final curtain call of sorts. 


I had been pursuing graduate study at 
Harvard for several years and I had 
hoped to enter the United States Foreign 
Service. But the Great Depression was 
getting underway and examinations for 
the Foreign Service had been suspended 
until further notice (which was not to be 
until 1936). I could not finance a continu- 
ance of my graduate work and so I 
turned my thoughts to a teaching career. 
The market for teachers was rapidly con- 
tracting. At this juncture, I got a lead 
from the President of my Alma Mater, 
Otterbein College, in Ohio — where, by 
coincidence, Tom and Margaret Hartman 
were to teach many decades later. Presi- 
dent Clippinger told me that Miss Meta 
Glass, who was President of a "good" 
girls' school down in Virginia, was look- 
ing for someone of low rank (and com- 
mensurate pay!) to teach in my field of 
government. Did I want him to recom- 
mend me to her? I did; so he did; and 
thus it came about that sometime during 
the winter of 1929-1930 I met, at the 
Vanderbilt Hotel in New York City, with 
Miss Glass, the to me unheard of Presi- 
dent of a quite unknown college for 
women somewhere down in the back- 
woods of Virginia. Miss Glass could be 
formidable, she could be daunting, she 
could be charming and she could be gra- 
cious. She was all of those things that 
day, and how I survived her penetrating 
scrutiny and questioning I do not know. 
But a couple of weeks later she wrote, of- 
fering me the post of Instructor in 
Government at the munificent Depression 
salary of $2,400 a year. Feeling like 
Noah, when the dove brought in the olive 
twig, I accepted. 

I arrived at Sweet Briar in September, 
1930, with virtually no notion of what to 
expect. Curiously enough, I have no idea 
how I got there and accordingly, I have 
no first visual impressions to record. 
Very likely I came down on the Southern 
Crescent and got off at the old Southern 
Station, whose "crumbling foundation" 
catches Tom Hartman's eye as he bikes 
to his classes today. No doubt I was 
picked up by "Bus" Rhea, who met the 
trains in those days. Except for Miss 
Glass I had not met a single person from 
Sweet Briar, although Miss Caroline 
Sparrow had exchanged letters with me 
during the spring and summer; she was 
Chairman of the History Department, 
under which Government was placed in 
those days. 

I do know that my first feelings were 

Sweet Briar College 

ones which would recur often during my 
years at Sweet Briar — feelings of un- 
ease, of strangeness, of inadequacy, of 
having intruded into an alien world. I was 
very young, just barely turned twenty- 
four. I had never had the least experience 
of teaching. Otterbein had its good quali- 
ties, but it was a church-related, some- 
what ingrown, conservative, provincial 
and very lower middle class institution. 
Harvard had been broadening in the ex- 
treme, but for all that I was very wet 
behind the ears, both socially and aca- 
demically. Sweet Briar was then still 
heavily southern in faculty and student 
body. I was conscious that my middle- 
western accent sounded rather gauche 
and uncultured in the midst of the 
languorous southern accents which now 
surrounded me. I had come out of an 
evangelical Protestant milieu; Sweet Briar 
was then still heavily overlaid with 
Episcopalianism, something as alien to 
my experience as the South and the culti- 
vated young ladies to whom I was ex- 
pected to teach International Law and 
similar uncultivated and unladylike sub- 
jects. Frankly, I suffered at first from a 
mixture of emotions which by rights 
should have utterly swamped me — pure 
terror and awe, and yet also fascination 
and something akin to the unfolding sen- 
sation which a flower must feel as it 
responds to the warm rays of the sun. 

The physical plant, while impressive, 
even beautiful, was much smaller then 
than now. Many of today's structures 
were as yet not so much as a gleam in 
anyone's eye when I arrived on this 
isolated campus — the Chapel, Dew, 
Meta Glass, Prothro Commons, Prothro 
Natatorium, Babcock, Guion, Wailes 
Center, some of the houses down on 
Faculty Row, most of the houses on Eli- 
jah's Raod, all of the houses on 
Woodland Road, the Nursery School 
building, the Rogers Riding Center, the 
Bookstore, and others. Daisy Williams 
Gymnasium was a gleam in the eye, but 
was still several years from realization. 
Like everyone before me and everyone 
after me, I was overwhelmed with the 
spaciousness and the beauty of the sylvan 
and bucolic campus. I had never seen 
anything like it and despite much ex- 
perience of campuses since, I have never 
seen anything to this day which can be 
put in quite the same category. 

In those days, by the way, the old oak 
still stood in all its mighty majesty in the 
circle at the head of the West Dell. The 

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two now-venerable tall pines which tower 
at the head of the steps to the left of the 
bookshop were planted as three-footers 
after I came. Ginkgoes lined the curving 
drive just inside the highway gate — their 
line is still to be seen off to the left as 
you enter the gate. From where the Sta- 
tion now stands to the cowshed, where 
the road turns left towards Monument 
Hill, there stretched a well-cared-for and 
mature orchard where in the fall one 
could pick up luscious windfall apples to 
one's heart's content (sneaking an occa- 
sional extra-luscious one off the trees!). 

Oh, I loved the rural atmosphere and 
sweep, the trees and flowers, the un- 
familiar mockingbirds and other abundant 
avian life, the slower pace of activity, the 
softer southern air. I remember sitting on 
the Library steps one October evening 
soon after my arrival and discussing 
these soft delights of Sweet Briar life 
with Joseph Dexter Bennett, the young 
Assistant Professor of English, whose Ox- 
ford accent and unconventional mind 
made converse with him so unpredictable 
and fascinating. 

One of the key words used above is 
"isolated." The Sweet Briar of 1930 was, 
in this respect, really an entirely different 
world from the Sweet Briar of 1982. 
There were no parking lots except for a 
small one behind Fletcher, because there 
were few cars to be parked. Students 
were not permitted to have cars. This, 
plus the state of the roads in those days, 
meant that the Sweet Briar community 
had to be a largely self-contained one. US 
highway 29 to Lynchburg was a narrow, 
high-crowned, very winding road, traces 
of which can still be glimpsed here and 
there today, branching off obscurely in 
short and amputated stretches from the 
fast modern highway. It wound through 
an almost entirely rural landscape all the 
way to Lynchburg, unmarred by stores, 
real estate offices, service stations, fast 
food places, banks, auto agencies and all 
the other characterless features which 
clutter up today's US 29 from Faulconer- 
ville south. Here and there as one ap- 
proached Lynchburg were clusters of 
pleasant residences — except that one 
could omit the word "pleasant" as one 
wound down the last stretch of road to 
the James, for there, somewhat to the 
east of the present downhill approach to 
Williams Viaduct and considerably to the 
west of today's downhill approach on the 
Expressway, the final half-mile or so 
writhed through a veritable slum area of 


Madison Heights (not looking much bet- 
ter today, if you care to have a go at it!). 

It required at least an hour or more for 
the trip by bus into town, instead of the 
twenty or twenty-five minutes of the pre- 
sent. A trip into town (for which the 
students had to sign up, in any case) was 
therefore an event, undertaken relatively 
seldom and not without a modicum of ad- 
vance planning. "Bus" Rhea, Mr. Hud- 
son, or another man whose name I no 
longer recall (Joe, perhaps?) drove the un- 
comfortable old bus. Dress standards 
were prescribed for the students and so 
were the places where they could eat. 
The old Virginian Hotel, still standing at 
the corner of Church and Eighth Streets, 
was allowable, and so was the Green 
Tree Tea Room, now a figment of one's 
memory as standing near the present 
YWCA on Church Street. I seem to 
remember that the White House Res- 
taurant was also permissible, a large 
Greek-run emporium now long gone from 
the block of Main Street between 
Seventh and Eighth. The Carroll Hotel, 
however, at Main and Eighth was 
definitely off limits to Sweet Briar young 
ladies! A room at the Virginian was 
under standing reservation as a day room 
where Briarites could repair, as to a safe 
anchorage and shelter! A chaperone was 
even on duty, to boot, in that room, on 
Saturday nights. 

The point to all this, among others, is 
that life at Sweet Briar in the thirties was 
life at Sweet Briar, not classes at Sweet 
Briar and large and frequent hunks of life 
elsewhere. The whole college community 
was thrown back upon its own resources 
for recreation. There were dances each 
Saturday night in Grammer Common 
Room (the old gymnasium in the base- 
ment). Riding was, then as now, a 
popular outdoor exercise, with drag hunts 
now and then. I, whose last contact with 
a horse had been the day in my early 
youth when my grandfather's carriage 
horse, Dolly, had thrown me off on my 
head — I now ventured into the saddle 
and was soon riding across the pastures, 
through the woods, and over the back 
mud roads and trails of Amherst County. 
My vehicle was Bill, a whilom polo pony 
with a hard mouth and a decided will of 
his own! 

Nothing seemed to challenge the old 
ways in the course of those walks, trots 
and canters through the peaceful back 
country of the county, where modern 
roads had not yet penetrated and most 


modern conveniences were conspicuously 
absent even in the thirties. It was a back 
country where time seemed to stand still 
and urban civilization lay far beyond the 
horizons not only of sight and hearing but 
even of reality. The horse would slog 
through the red clay roads, passing the 
occasional Negro who would invariably 
lift his hat (or what passed for one) or 
raise fingers to forehead in salute. The 
social order seemed timeless and unassail- 
able. Yet, propping up the facade of this 
seeming invulnerability lay a scant twen- 
ty years until the social order would be 
overturned almost in a twinkling. The 
ante-bellum South was still lingering on, 
deceptively healthy looking, almost three- 
quarters of a century after the Civil War 
— which in my days at Sweet Briar I was 
always careful to refer to as the War Be- 
tween the States, in deference to these 
outward appearances! 

Thanksgiving Day usually provided an 
expedition up High Peak, and that holi- 
day also saw the entire college dining 
together in the Refectory in dinner dress 
and jackets. No going home for Thanks- 
giving in those days! Picnics, hikes, 
rambles, a distant jaunt to climb the 
Peaks of Otter, dances, parties, teas — 
these were the relatively simple and 
community-generated activities which oc- 
cupied much of the free time and week- 
ends of both students and faculty, often 
in mixed groups. Mrs. Wills, in Amherst, 
and "Ma" Jordan (pronounced Jerdan), 
who lived at the intersection of Dairy 
Road and Rt. 29, where the Funston 
Faulconers now live, both served food 
and snacks as well as afternoon tea, Mrs. 
Wills by pre-arrangement, "Ma" Jordan 
at will. Snacks and tea could also be had 
at the historic and venerable Ambler 
homestead which still stands (and still oc- 
cupied by Amblers) well back from the 
highway across from the Amherst County 
High School. 

Teas and "at homes" were still, in the 
thirties, a lively carry-over from Victorian 
and Edwardian times. For example, there 
was the picturesque, famous and much- 
loved Walker family who had lived at 
Mount St. Angelo not too long before my 
arrival on the scene and were then en- 
sconced in a pleasant and roomy brick 
house on the opposite side of 29. They 
were "at home" every Thursday after- 
noon as I recall and one was welcome to 
drop in for tea and ladylike (or gentle- 
manly) conversation with the members of 
that remarkable family. Mrs. Walker pre- 

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sided, looking astonishingly like Queen 
Victoria herself in her white "widow's 
cap." (You can see the cap in the Sweet 
Briar museum in Boxwood.) Her maiden 
sister, whitehaired "Auhntie," hovered in 
secondary matriarchal role, a large black 
flat bow on the back of her head to in- 
dicate her unmarried status. "Dr. Will" 
had inherited his title from his father and 
had considerable veterinary skill but no 
degree, looking still the proper Victorian. 
He often hired out to drive parties of stu- 
dents on relatively rare occasions to 
Charlottesville or Lexington, looking and 
fulfilling his role in an eminently respec- 
table and trustworthy manner. Miss 
Ruby, who ran the College Bookshop, 
was cheerfully outgoing and easy to 
know. (Miss Winifred, another daughter 
who was living in England during my 
Sweet Briar years, just died in Lynchburg 
in November 1982, at the age of 96; thus 
passes the Walker saga.) Afternoon tea in 
the ambiance of this English-accented, 
musical and close-knit family was a not 
inconsiderable side benefit of the Sweet 
Briar experience in those far-off days. 

Miss Lucy Crawford, Miss Harriet 
Rogers and Mrs. Dora Neill Raymond 
were also at home for tea once each 
week — on Friday afternoons, if my 
memory serves me — at Red Top on Eli- 
jah's Road. Joseph Barker and his much- 
loved Breton wife, Jeanne, who had ar- 
rived the same year I had, were also in 
the habit of opening their home to all 
comers one afternoon a week. There 
were others, including those who, like 
Miss Jessie Fraser and Miss Dee Long, 
and the Barretts, over on Old State Road, 
served tea often, but by invitation only. 
Thus, on the one hand, the social graces 
were cultivated seriously and with 
hospitality; yet, on the other hand, the 
community was close-knit and natural in 
its fun and in its relationships. I 
remember so well the cold winter in the 
mid-thirties when deep snow had fallen 
and for several weeks was covered by a 
strong hard icy crust. I and Man, 7 Pearl, 
later to become the able Dean of Sweet 
Briar, went slipping and sliding, whoop- 
ing and hollering across the frozen un- 
dulations of the Sweet Briar pastures, 
helplessly sliding and helplessly laughing 
in equal measure! 

Like most institutions of higher educa- 
tion, even at that comparatively late date, 
Sweet Briar consciously promoted the 
spiritual as well as the mental and social 
development of the students and com- 

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munity. Church and chapel sen-ices were 
held in the "chapel," the auditorium on 
the basement floor of Manson, in the 
space now occupied primarily by the Post 
Office. It wasn't very elegant, but it had 
a certain dignity and was treated with 
reverence when in use for worship. Every 
Sunday there was a church senice, usual- 
ly conducted by an Episcopal priest, us- 
ing, of course, the Book of Common 
Prayer. These services were well at- 
tended by faculty and students and 
always by the Walker family, whose 
presence conferred upon the gathering, 
by some alchemy, the semblance of 
Matins in some English country church. 
With notable exceptions, the faculty was 
religiously orthodox and its members 
regularly gave to the services the cachet 
of their presence not only on Sunday 
morning, but also at the weekday Chapel 
services. In fact, a faculty member usual- 
ly conducted these latter. I myself was 
too junior (and religiously unsettled!) to ' 
be entrusted with this solemn duty but I 
usually attended and in 1935-1936 I 
sometimes played the organ for the 
hymns. Without belaboring the obvious 
further, it is easy to see that religion 
played a much more prominent and in- 
fluential role in the College in those days 
than it appears to do now. 

Sweet Briar had opened its doors in the 
year of my birth, 1906. It was therefore 
just my age when I arrived in 1930. I 
must say that 1906 seemed a rather long 
way back to me then! Nevertheless, the 
College's beginnings were still an un- 
mistakable part of the scene. Almost no 
conversation failed to elicit some refer- 
ence to a person or an event or an in- 
fluence of the earliest years. This is 
something which in the nature of things 
is now largely absent. In those years of 
the thirties, however, there were still at 
least three people present on faculty and 

Bus Rhea's Bus, 1924 


Perry Laukhuff was born in 
Dayton, Ohio, and received his 
bachelor of arts degree from Otter- 
bein College, his master of arts 
degree from Harvard University. 
He taught Government at Sweet 
Briar from 1930 until 1936. dur- 
ing which period he met and mar- 
ried fessie Louise Cobum. class of 

Mr. Laukhuff served as a U.S. 
Foreign Service officer for sixteen 
years in Milan, Berlin (twice), 
Stockholm, Paris and London, 
and was director of the Office of 
German Political Affairs, Depart- 
ment of State, from 1949 to 
1952. ' 

He was consultant to the Coun- 
cil on Foreign Relations and the 
Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 
and later vice-president of John 
Price Jones Co. in New York Ci- 
ty. He was editor of The Certain 
Trumpet, a religious newsletter, 
from 1972-1981 and is the 
author of articles and brochures 
on foreign affairs, Woodrow 
Wilson and religious topics. 

staff who had served ever since the Col- 
lege opened in 1906. They were Dr. 
Mary Harley, Miss Gay Patteson and Mr. 
William Bland Dew. Miss Caroline Spar- 
row had been on the faculty since 1907, 
Miss Virginia McLaws since 1908, Miss 
Eugenie Morenus since 1910 and Hugh 
Worthington since 1911. Miss Claudine 
Hutter, a friend and colleague in the 
Lynchburg Little Theatre, had been on 
the faculty in 1911. Miss Margaret 
Banister, of the Public Relations staff had 
graduated in 1916, and Mrs. Bertha 
Pfister Wailes of the faculty was a 1917 
graduate. Miss M. Dee Long had come in 

There was thus a continuum with the 
founding, a strong, intangible but real 
continuum. We were all made to feel per- 
sonally acquainted with "Miss Indy" and 
with Daisy Williams. Founder's Day was 
solemn and obligatory for all; it was a 
long procession which trudged up to 
Monument Hill. Anecdotes of the early 
days abounded in conversation. Signora 
(Hollins), who had been Daisy's little 
black playmate, was still a familiar figure 
around campus. I shall never forget how 
she took part in the ceremonies con- 
nected with the turning of the first 
shovelful of earth for the new Daisy 
Williams Gymnasium in 1931. Following 
President Glass — a hard enough act for 
anyone to follow — Signora spoke to the 
assembled crowd with immense poise and 
dignity, recalling moments of her 
memories of Daisy. 

Thoughts of Signora lead me to recall 
other figures on the humbler levels of 
Sweet Briar's life in those days. Sterling 
(Jones) — I venture to describe all these 
people thus, simply because in those days 
they were always, and only, known and 
addressed by their first names — was the 
dignified gray-haired black man who 
presided over the ordering of Academic 
(today's Benedict). Chris Thompson, one 
of the custodians of Fletcher, invariably- 
greeted me with a ritualistic "Mawnin', 
Doctah"! Others come to mind: Lewis 
(Chambers) in the Post Office, then in the 
basement of Alumnae House; Sam (Mor- 
ris) and Luther (Euille), cheerful younger 
men who swept and fetched and carried 
in the library. 

A quiet but by no means inconsiderable 
person on campus was that jewel of Miss 
Glass' household, her maid, Frances 
(Miles). Certainly no one can say that 
relationships between the races in 
Amherst County in those days were rela- 

tions of equality. Yet they were relation- 
ships of warmth, friendship and mutual 
esteem, on a plane far above anything 
that I, as a Northerner, had ever ex- 
perienced in Ohio or Massachusetts. 
Frances served Miss Glass with a fierce 
loyalty, with pride and with efficiency. 
Meals at Sweet Briar House were of 
memorable quality, and elegantly served. 
It was said that on one occasion the 
President had with great difficulty per- 
suaded Frances to serve at table when 
there was a guest whom the latter con- 
sidered to be of insufficient quality to sit 
at the President's table! In return for 
such loyalty, when she fell ill she was put 
to bed in Sweet Briar House and waited 
on personally by Miss Glass. Fifty years! 
Other times, other ways! 

One additional presence on campus and 
in the area cannot fail to be recalled. 
Scattered about, but found particularly in 
the neighborhood of St. Paul's Mission 
and School over beyond Paul's Mountain, 
were the "Issues." Everyone knew them 
and they were rather readily recognizable 
by their dark, almost Eskimo-like faces. 
The product of intermingling, at some 
time in the past, between Indians and 
Negroes, they lived uneasily on the lower 
levels of life in the County. They were 
not allowed to attend the white schools; 
they would not attend the Negro schools. 
Hence the missionary educational and 
religious work which the Episcopal 
Church had undertaken at St. Paul's. One 
of their number, Bowman (Nuckles), lived 
in a house just off campus out near Eli- 
jah's Road. Pleasant and cheerful but 
seemingly tongue-tied as far as I was 
concerned, he was a familiar sight as he 
occupied himself with growing flowers 
and vegetables for the College. There is a 
tree planted in his memory in the main 
quadrangle on the south side of the road 
opposite Fletcher. Today, I seldom hear 
the word, "Issue." They are still around, 
but sociologically speaking they seem to 
have passed more or less into history. 

If Sweet Briar's setting seemed idyllic, 
placid and unchanging, the College's 
nature as an institution was less so. For 
twenty-five to thirty years, it had been 
seeking to find itself, to establish itself 
solidly in the academic and public mind. 
The name was, shall we say, a little less 
Continued on p. 48 

Vintage Things, Part II — The 
Sweet Briar Faculty will appear in 
the fall issue of the Alumnae News. 

Sweet Briar College 

Junior Year in France 

Rep. Paul Simon of Illinois, who spoke on 
"The Tongue-tied American," talks with Laura 
Buckham, professor emeritus of French, and 
Janet Lowrey, director of Public Relations, at 
Sweet Briar House. 

The observance of the 35th Anniver- 
sary of the Sweet Briar College Junior 
Year in France ended in March with a 
gathering of alumnae and friends for a 
two-day celebration on the College 

Two previous events were held, the 
first in New York City in late September 
on the occasion of the annual meeting of 
the program's Advisory Committee. Paris 
was the site of the second, a reception 
where Dean Fontaine Belford and Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Marshall greeted 300 

The Alumnae Association of Sweet 
Briar sponsored the final event, a 
weekend on campus which included a 
reception at Sweet Briar House hosted by 
President and Mrs. Whiteman, a dinner 
at Wailes Center and an address by Rep. 
Paul Simon of Illinois sponsored by the 
Sue Reid Slaughter Fund. 

Two panels were presented the next 
morning, the first led by Mary Morris 
Gamble Booth '50, included faculty 
members Antonia Taylor, Glenn Van 
Treese, Kenneth Grimm and Robert 
Marshall. The second panel was made up 
of alumnae who have studied abroad; 
they were Bettye Thomas Chambers '62, 
Louisa S. Dixon 75, Victoria Bates Roy 
74, Mary Lee Burch Weil 74 and Har- 
riet Farber Friedlander, Mount Holyoke 
'51, president of Academic Arrangements 

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Dean Belford and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall greet M. Marc Blancpain, noted writer 
and president of Alliance Francaise, and Mme. Blancpain. 

Glenn Van Treese, professor of French, leads the faculty panel. 

Bettye Thomas Chambers, a member of the Alumnae panel, addresses the group. 


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Photos by 
David I. Abrams 

An Empire parlor was included in the Museum using the wealth of Sweet Briar furniture that dates from 
the 1820's through the 1840's. In the foreground is Elijah Fletcher's Day Book covering the years of 1818-1821. 

Daisy's harp formerly belonged to her mother. It was purchased in London in 1845 by 
Indiana when she was on the grand tour of Europe in 1844-1846. 



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Martha Mansfield Clement '48 examines a case filled with Daisy's 
clothing dating from 1867 to 1883. Included are some of the many 
oriental objects found among the Williams possessions. 


Clothing and dress accessories 
belonging to Indiana Fletcher 
Williams span the years from 1845 
to the 1890's. The collection also in- 
cludes many outstanding examples 
of 19th century lace. 

Ann Morrison Reams '42 and Helen Smith Lewis '54 
find some items of Victorian jewelry too old fash- 
ioned for modern tastes. 

Personal possessions of the 

Fletcher-Williams family have 

been uncovered including an 

1853 letter from the slave, 

Martha Penn, asking Elijah 

Fletcher to buy her. She 

became Daisy Williams' nurse. 

Martha is seen in tintype at 

lower right. The Homeopathic 

medicine chest contains vials 

of obscure 19th c. pills and 

powders. The Philadelphia 

brass scale was used to 

weigh the medicine. 

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by Martha Hardesty '37 

Miss Lucy Crawford entered my life in 
my freshman year at Sweet Briar. I had 
opted for a course in philosphy quite by 
accident — an accident that changed my 
college major and also my life. 

On the first day of class she stood 
before us, a rather short stocky figure 
with a strong-boned face. A crown of 
lustrous red-gold hair was swept up and 
held in place by a small knot on the very 
top of her head. Her feet firmly planted 
on the floor, she looked as though neither 
storm nor cyclone could move her. Her 
warm hazel eyes looked into the attentive 
faces before her with interest — and yes, 
with love. 

Soon I found myself spending countless 
hours in the library absorbing the words 
of ancient philosophers. The library 
would often be closing for the night 
before I was aware that I had missed 


Miss Lucy was also known as "Lucifer," 
a sobriquet bestowed on her by the class 
of 1926 when they learned that one of 
her female forebears, in Revolutionary 
times, had hurled an intruder bodily 
through the door in defense of her young 
brood. She appeared to have inherited 
that capability and was considered in- 
domitable by both students and her facul- 
ty colleagues. 

Miss Lucy was born in Nyack, N.Y. on 
October 5, 1890, the next to the youngest 
of eight children. Her father was a suc- 
cessful New York lawyer and her mother, 
according to the custom of the times, was 
a successful wife. All of Miss Lucy's sibl- 
ings, with the exception of her brother 
Conrad, who was killed in action in the 
First World War, were to become profes- 
sionals. Her first year out of high school 
was spent working to help her parents 
with the financial burden of three 
Crawfords attending Cornell University. 
The following year, she enrolled at 

Cornell felt her impact immediately. 
Strong on social justice, she championed 
the cause of two black students and suc- 
ceeded in having them admitted to her 
dormitory. In addition, she welcomed two 
Jewish students to her dining table. 

She received her B.A. in 1913 and, 
after years of work and study, was 
awarded her Ph.D. by Cornell University 
in 1923. 

Sweet Briar reached out and appointed 
her to its faculty where she taught until 
her retirement in 1956 as chairman of the 
Departments of Philosophy, Psychology 
and Education. Teaching was still in her 
blood and for several years after her 
retirement she taught at Lynchburg Col- 
lege and the Extension Division of the 
University of Virginia at Lynchburg. 

She often spoke of living with zest and 
enthusiasm and her life exemplified this. 
Her activities and involvements brought 
enumerable people to her door for help, 
information, solace and guidance. Each 
person was vital to her and she would 
give her energies to a seemingly unimpor- 
tant matter, because it was important to 

Her many interests included bread 
making, gardening, social work, the 
Unitarian Church and, of course, her 
many generations of students. 

When a college prank ricocheted and I 
was one of two identified culprits, I was 
suspended just before final exams and 
told I could return in the fall to take 

Sweet Briar College 

I was crushed, dreading the possible 
reaction of my father, whom I adored. I 
had let him down and was a disgrace to 
my family. I turned to Miss Lucy. With 
loving patience she led me down avenues 
of understanding. 

"Those who never or seldom know fail- 
ure are those whose area of activity must 
be very circumscribed," she said. "Guilt, 
too, may serve a useful purpose in focus- 
ing our attention on our mistakes — but 
let it not linger too long — and do not 
revive it recurrently for the sake of 'self- 
discipline' — which soon may become 
'self torture.' " Her words gave me self 
assurance and a feeling of acceptance. 

When I returned in the fall to take my 
exams, Miss Lucy greeted me cordially 
and invited me to tea at her lovely cam- 
pus home, Red Top. An invitation to Red 
Top was an honor. The fire burned and 
danced in the fireplace and Miss Lucy's 
Philosopher Bread was delicious. Because 
she put it to rise in a lard tin, the con- 
fines gave it a unique mushroom shape. 
The aroma of fresh wheat and yeast 
whetted the appetite. Miss Lucy said of 
her bread baking, "Homely, utilitarian 
chores, such as baking bread and garden- 
ing, give one an opportunity for medita- 
tion that can result in a feeling of kinship 
with the cosmos." 

Conversation had been general as we 
sipped our tea and it wasn't until later 
that I realized that at least a part of it 
was for my benefit. Miss Lucy had said, 
"The present is of greater importance to 
each of us than our past or our future, 
because it is the only moment of life that 
is within our direct control, and because 
it is the instant of creation — the instant 
when we create our future out of our 

That day I realized that I pictured Miss 
Lucy as a female Socrates. Certainly she 
had his powers of observation and deline- 
ation. I had no sure idea of his physical 
attributes, but I could imagine him short 
and stocky with prominent bones, just 
like Miss Lucy. 

In one lecture that I remember well, 
Miss Lucy said, "There is one thing we 
can answer with certainty — and that is 
that the times call for the sacrifice of 
non-essentials, for a dedication of spirit, 
and an eagerness to serve our fellowman 
such as we have never known before." 

I was just a student, a young one who 
had entered college when barely sixteen. 
My family had provided comforts and 
protection to me. I was not aware of the 
poor, the downtrodden, or the deprived. 
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Suddenly, I was conscious of my blind- 
ness, my insensitivity to the world out- 
side my own small orbit. This realization 
has had a lasting and poignant effect on 
my life. 

Miss Lucy loved dogs and children. She 
remained a single lady, but always had a 
dog to whom she devoted much attention. 
She had many ideas on how children 
should be treated. One saying, taken 
from a collection of her writing, clarifies 
why she and children had such good 

"Whenever we associate with chil- 
dren," she advised, "we should talk up to 
them, rather than down." 

In response to a letter from her 
10-year-old nephew in which he asked, 
"What is philosophy?", she answered in 
part, "...the philosophic search for truth 
and wisdom goes on even today. The 
more we know the more we want to 
know — the more we think the more 
questions we have to ask. ...A 
philosopher, then, is a person who enjoys 
thinking about the kind of world we live 
in and the relation of that world to 
human beings, and the study of such 
questions is philosophy." 

Miss Lucy had written copiously and 
after her sudden death on December 30, 
1963, her students and friends compiled a 
book of her writings entitled, "The Best 
of Lucifer" which today is treasured by 
all who knew and loved her, a philoso- 
pher and a great human being. 

Martha Hardesty lives in a 
"cooperative" in Boulder, Col- 
orado. She attends classes at 
the University of Colorado 
through its Senior Auditing 
program and works as a 
volunteer at the Boulder 
County Jail. "Retirement, " 
she writes, "brings the gift of 
time. Time to evaluate and 
dispense with what is no 
longer meaningful. Time to 
pursue whatever interests you 
may have. Time without the 
distractions so long endured. 
Retirement can also be a 
rewarding adventure. Though 
I have filled my life with 
volunteer work and courses at 
the University. I still have 
time to be grateful for where I 
am, what I am doing and the 
many interests I have yet to 
explore. " 


Alumnae Notices 

Women's Invitational Art 

Babcock Gallery was the site, last 
spring, of "The Women's Invitational 
Exhibition." Fifty-six works were sub- 
mitted by current students at Bryn 
Mawr, Hollins, Mary Baldwin, Mount 
Holyoke, Randolph-Macon, Smith, 
Sweet Briar and Wellesley. Organized 
by Susan J. Bandes, assistant professor 
of art history at Sweet Briar, the show 
was limited to works on paper and in- 
cluded oils, prints, photographs, draw- 
ings and collages. 

Anne Truitt, Washington artist and 
professor of art at the University of 
Maryland, judged the show and 
presented an illustrated lecture. 

Honors, and an expense-paid visit to 
Sweet Briar, were awarded to Catherine 
Burd, Mount Holyoke; Cynthia Scobey, 
Hollins; Mary Amster, Smith; Amy 
Ayres, Wellesley; Leslie Kirkby, Sweet 
Briar; and Kelly Bennett, Hollins. 

From left: Amy Ayres, Wellesley; Susan Bandes, SBC; Leslie Kirkby, SBC; 
Catherine Burd, Mt. Holyoke; Kelly Bennett, Hollins; and Cynthia Scobey, Hollins. 

Recent Deaths 

Mrs. O.J. Richard (Alice Bigelow AC) 

May 31, 1982 
Mrs. Elbert Jemison (Dean Dillard AC) 

March 24, 1983 
Mrs. Olive Metcalf (Lois Smythe AC) 

January 3, 1983 
Mrs. George Nelson (Mary Jones Nixon 

'19) March 17, 1983 
Miss Nancy Hanna '20 

January 5, 1983 
Mrs. Gladys W. Hubbard (Gladys 

Woodward '24) March 1983 
Mrs. David T. Davis (Helen Bane '25) 

January 25, 1983 
Mrs. Douglas Haddow (Lucy Carson '25) 

January 27, 1983 
Mrs. David Horan (Ruth Whelan '27) 

March 24, 1983 
Mrs. Leonard H. Bruce (Flora Pope '28) 

February 26, 1983 
Mrs. H. Maxwell Parker (Frances Page 

Venable '28) April 1982 
Mrs. George R. Mather (Kathleen 

Carmichael '33) February 1983 
Mrs. John Dickie, Jr. (Margaret Anne 

Guppy '33) March 25, 1983 
Mrs. Berryman W. Edwards (Dorothy 

Jean, Holmes '33) October 27, 1983 
Mrs. James L. Bloker (Katherine Lynch 

'35) May 26, 1982 

Mrs. Richard Mueller (Anne Frances 

Owens '46) February 1983 
Mrs. Robert D. Rackett (Marjorie Jane 

Nevens '48) March 15, 1983 
Mrs. Edith S. Cody (Edith Scannell '48) 

December 30, 1982 
Mrs. Paul M.D. Harrison (Georgia Ann 

Thompson '56) December 31, 1982 
Mrs. Stephen Smith (Lorna Macleod 

'64) January 2, 1983 

Martha Lucas Pate, president of Sweet 
Briar College from 1946 to 1950, died 
on May 16, 1983 in Memorial Sloan- 
Kettering Cancer Center in New York 
City after a brief illness. A tribute to 
Miss Lucas will appear in the next 
issue of this magazine. 

Phi Beta Kappa President 

Catherine S. Sims, dean at Sweet Briar 
from 1965 to 1974, is serving as 
president of the United Chapters of Phi 
Beta Kappa for a three year term, 

Mrs. Sims has been a senator of Phi 
Beta Kappa since 1973 and vice- 
president of the United Chapters since 
1979. She served on the Committee on 
Qualifications from 1967 to 1982 and 
was chairman of the committee from 
1973 through 1982. She also has been 
chairman of the Phi Beta Kappa Founda- 
tion since 1979. 

In her new position, Mrs. Sims suc- 
ceeds Edgar F. Shannon, former presi- 
dent of the University of Virginia and 
husband of Eleanor Bosworth Shannon 
'47, who has served as president of Phi 
Beta Kappa since 1979. 

A graduate, with honors in history, of 
Barnard, Catherine Sims received her 
doctorate from Columbia University and 
her Honorary Doctor of Letters degree 
from the University of St. Andrews in 
Scotland. She taught history and political 
science at Agnes Scott College, and was 
vice-president and dean at the American 
College for Girls in Istanbul, before com- 
ing to Sweet Briar in 1965. 


Sweet Briar College 

Slate for Executive Board of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 


Mrs. John E. McDonald, Jr. (Mary K. 

Lee '65) 
Richmond, VA 

First Vice President & Director of 

Mrs. Richard R. Treadwell (Patronella 

Sykes '58) 
Ross, CA 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. J. Steven Wilson (Courtenay Sands 

Jacksonville, FL 

Alumnae Fund Chairman: 

Mrs. Eugene D. Hill, Jr. (Preston 

Hodges '49) 
Denver, CO 

Nominating Chairman: 

Mrs. J. Armistead Burwell, Jr. (Ethel 

Ogden '58) 
Grosse Pointe, MI 

Planned Giving Chairman: 

Mrs. Dow Grones (Lyn Dillard '45) 

Virginia Beach, VA 

National Bulb Chairman In-Training: 
Miss Sarah M. Bumbaugh ('54) 
Ocean City, NJ 

Finance Committee Chairman: 

Mrs. Charles L. Cansler, Jr. (Suzanne 

Jones '63) 
Selma, AL 

Continuing Education Chairman: - 
Mrs. Stephen Schulz (Judith Greer '61) 
Lynchburg, VA 

Region II Chairman: 

Mrs. William F. Lewis (Anita Loving 

East Berlin, PA 

Region III Chairman: 

Mrs. John Twohy, IV (Margaret 

Addington '48) 
Norfolk, VA 

Region IV Chairman: 
Miss Audrey T. Betts ('45) 
Greensboro, NC 

Region VI Chairman: 

Mrs. Charles E. Cooprider (Sheila 

Carroll '64) 
O'Fallon, IL 

Region VII Chairman: 

Mrs. Richard Entenmann (Nancie Howe 

Toledo, OH 

Region VIII Chairman: 

Mrs. George D. Hopkins, Jr. (Deborah 

Ziegler 73) 
New Orleans, LA 

Region IX Chairman: 

Mrs. Frank J. Yeager (Kathrvn Prothro 

Wichita Falls, TX 

Member-at -large: 

Miss Lee Anne MacKenzie ('83) 

Nashville, TN 

In accordance with Article X, Section 
2d of the Constitution of the Alumnae 
Association, additional names for 
nominees for the Executive Board may 
be added to the ballot if sent to the 
Director of the Alumnae Association ac- 
companied by fifteen signatures of 
members of the Association, and written 
consent of the nominees, within two 
weeks after the slate is published. If no 
additional nominations are made, the 
Director of the Alumnae Association is 
instructed to cast a ballot to elect the 
above slate. 

Maxine Garner Prize in Religion 

Maxine Garner, Wallace E. Rollins 
Professor of Religion who taught at 
Sweet Briar from 1958 to 1983, was 
honored on her retirement last spring by 
the establishment of the Maxine Garner 
Prize in Religion. 

Organized by a group of students, the 
prize will be awarded each year to a 
senior chosen by the Department of 
Religion for outstanding achievement in 
the study of religion. 

Initial gifts were made by individual 
students, the Executive Board of Stu- 
dent Government, RECA, the Social 
Committee, the Year Book Committee, 
faculty and staff members. Contributions 
from alumnae will be welcome. 

Tentative Alumnae Travel 

Alaska (Anchorage, Kotzebue, Nome, 
Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fair- 
banks, Tok, Beaver Creek, Whitehorse, 
Skagway, Inside Passage Cruise to Vic- 
toria); Aug. 2-16, 1983: $2995. 

Adriatic Odyssey (Cruise on the 
Argonaut) (Athens, Corinth Canal, Corfu, 
Brindisi, Lecce, "Trulli," Bari, Urbino, 
Ravenna, Venice, Split, Korcula, 
Dubrovnik, Ithaca); Sept. 21-Oct. 1, 
1983; $3375-$4070. 

Australia and New Zealand 

(Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, 
Queenstown with overnight stop in 
Honolulu); Jan. 9-23, 1984; $3495. 

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and 
Peru (Guayaquil, Quito, Ambato, Lima, 
Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Galapagos 
Islands — seven-day cruise); 
Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 1984; $2799. 

Italy (Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, 
Verona, Milan); Mar. 30-Apr. 13, 1984; 
Approximately $3100. 

Germany, Austria, and Hungary 

(Berlin — East and West, Dresden, 
Budapest, and Vienna): Apr. 26-Mav 10. 
1984; $2997. 

Ireland (Motorcoach Tour or Fly-Drive) 
(Shannon, Galway, Dublin, Killarnev); 
July 24-Aug. 2, 1984; Motorcoach four 
- $1099, Fly-drive Package - $699. 

Classic Greece (Cruise on the 
Argonaut) (Athens, Aegina, Corinth 
Canal, Delphi. Nafpaktos, Olympia. 
Zante, Gytheion, Monemvasia. Crete, 
Lindos, Rhodes, Delos, Mvkonos, 
Thera): Oct. 5-16, 1984: S3015-S3590. 

(Prices and dates are subject to change.) 

New Phone Number! 



as of July 1. 

Alumnae Magazint 




The Tie is Tight... 

What connection is there between a 
check made out to Sweet Briar College's 
Alumnae Fund and a bunch of nostalgia 
that goes almost all the way back to 
Daisy Williams' time? 

For years, as the husband of a Sweet 
Briarite, I've been through my share of 
Sweet Briar history, foibles, memorabilia, 
souvenirs, and I feel it's now time to 
honor my "obligation" to the College, to 
my wife and to the many SB Alumnae it 
has been my privilege to know and ad- 
mire for over 50 years... along with their 

So here's to my wife, Carolyn, who was 
born at Sweet Briar, spent her childhood 
years there and returned to the class of 
1930, and to the memory of her mother 
and of her father whose workmen made 
the very bricks used in the College's first 
buildings and thus presented Sweet 
Briar's first facade to the educational 

Here's to the good times of the years 
gone by, when Carolyn and I would meet 
at "Red Top" and dine on scrumptious 
southern fare with Miss Lucy, Harriet 
Rogers, Mom and Pop Blackwell, Dr. 
Mary Harley, Dr. Rice, Bernice Lill, Dan 
Boone and her lovely mother, Gert Prior, 
Helen Mac, Mary Hughes Blackwell and 
many other true and loving friends. Gone, 
many of them are, now... but still their 
memory remains and fills our hearts with 
warmth. They knew how to live, to enjoy 
life and to help others. We love them, 
and because, to us, they personify Sweet 
Briar, we wish to remember more 

Of course, this remembrance is basical- 
ly for Carolyn but I, also, have a few 
"roots" at Sweet Briar and I like to in- 
dulge my fancy. I remember the Walkers 
(Dr. Will, Miss Ruby, Miss Winnie), first 
at San Angelo many years ago, and later 
at their cottage, reached, as I recall, by 
driving down the old dairy road. I 
remember Dr. Harley who brought 
Carolyn into the world, and had it not 
been for her persistence, help and spon- 

sorship, Carolyn might never have gone 
to Sweet Briar, and how different our 
lives might have been. I remember lunch 
many years ago at Sweet Briar House, 
hosted so graciously by Miss Meta Glass 
and, more recently, dinner there as 
guests of Dr. Harold Whiteman and his 
charming, effervescent Deedie. New 
faces. ..old surroundings; heartwarming. 

"Sweet Briar! Sweet Briar! 

Flower fair". .Do we? 

Yes, we care. 
And the check... what shall it be for? 
Why, to honor Lucifer, the late Dr. Lucy 
Shepard Crawford's memory and to help 
keep it brightly alive, not only among 
those who knew and loved her and ap- 
preciated what she did for Sweet Briar 
and its people, but also for the students 
of today and tomorrow. Miss Lucy 
agreed to be the legal guardian of our 
three young children should anything 
happen to Carolyn and me. So. as you 
see, the tie is tight: Sweet Briar, Lucifer, 
the Blouins. 

Maurice F. Blouin 

Computer Input 

Regarding the teaching of computer 
science, here is a thought. My company. 
EDS, is more often called in to solve 
business problems for clients than purely 
technical ones. Too often their own peo- 
ple cannot look at a business problem and 
find a business solution. In other cases, a 
solution will be applied to a symptom 
rather than a real problem because it has 
not been defined. In short, the more em- 
phasis there is on computer solutions to 
real business problems the better. 

W nen I figure out how to teach these 
skills, I'll let vou know. 

Virginia S. deBitvs '64 

Sweet Briar College 

Class Notes 


Grace Minor has moved from In- 
dependence to the John Knox Village 
in Lee's Summit. MO. 

Louise Bennett Lord writes from 
Mystic. CT. that although her hearing 
is poor, her eyes are quite good, and 
she enjoys historical novels and 
mysteries. She also plays duplicate 

Last fall Rachel Forbush Wood. 
Weston, VT, was planning to take a 
ship in Vienna which meanders down 
the Danube to the Black Sea and on 
to Istanbul. 

Members of the Class of '16 will be 
interested to learn that a bronze 
plaque has been mounted on House 
#9 on Faculty Row. It reads as 
follows: "Banister House. Residence 
of Banister Writer-in-Residence. in 
grateful memory of Margaret Banister. 
Class of 1916." 


Fund Agent 

Jean Grant Taylor (Mrs. Randolph), 

785 Arlington Blvd.. Ann Arbor, Ml 


Blanche Quincey Stubbs, Deland, 
FL. looks forward to the "SB Calling" 
each year. Since for physical reasons 
it is difficult for her to get out, she 
appreciates the personal touch of a 
conversation with a young student. 

Ethel Gaines Bruner. Knoxville, TN, 
was impressed by the Campaign Up- 
date, which she called "a beautiful 

We are sorry to report that Frances 
Nash Burgher lost her husband in 
March of 1982. She has sold her 
home in Dallas and moved into a con- 
dominium there. 

Elizabeth Brewster Tempel. who at- 
tended SBC for two years before 
graduating from the U. of Chicago, is 
now interested, not only in those two 
colleges, but also in Stanford, the 
Prevention of Nuclear Arms, Gun Con- 
trol, and many other good causes. 
She and her husband now live in 
Oceanside. CA. 

Eleanor Sikes Peters and her hus- 
band have just celebrated their 56th 
wedding anniversary. They have two 
sons (with perfect wives) and between 
them five grandsons and one grand- 
daughter. One grandson is married 
with a 3-year-old daughter and 
another was recently married. One son 

Alumnae Magazine 

and one grandson entered the family 
insurance business. Eleanor did her 
Wagnerian program for the opening of 
the new music school, a performance 
which she calls her "swan song." 

Bernice Hulburd Wain writes that 
she is a housewife in Brandenton, FL. 

Muriel MacLeod Searby. Brunswick. 
ME, had a fall in December which 
resulted in a sprained back, but her 
greatest regret seemed to be that she 
had not been able to get to Baltimore 
to see her new great-grandson. She 
also has a new grandchild. 

Faithful Fund Agent Jean Grant 
Taylor and her husband spent the 
summer in Woods Hole. MA, as they 
have done for many years. In the mid- 
dle of September they head back 
home to Ann Arbor. Ml. 

Class President Mary Rich Robert- 
son had a call from Betty Guy Tranter 
when she and Parke attended the 
wedding of a relative who lives near 
Baltimore. Their travels took them on 
to Maryland's Eastern Shore. Tide's 
Inn at Irvington, VA, and Williamsburg 
— a great trip according to Betty. The 
Tranters have two attractive grand- 

Mary also reported several other 
items. She had heard from Carol 
Flynn Eley, who lives in Ft. Lauder- 
dale. FL. 

Clara King Maxwell, Charlotte. NC, 
had a cataract operation last summer 
and is also recovering from a bad fall. 

Janet Schureman Wilson, now a 
widow, is living in Kansas City, only 
10 minutes from her son and family, 
and is enjoying and gradually coming 
to know that city, but she still misses 
the East. 

Esther Jack Arnold. Delaware. OH, 
had a visit at Thanksgiving from her 
son and his family, including two 
boys, 5 and 3. "Jackie" was the 
honor guest at a birthday party given 
by Betsy Munce Weis '43. They also 
attended an SBC reunion of alumnae 
from nearby towns. Jackie's son is a 
doctor in the field of radiology and 
lives in Stevenson, MD. 

The Robertsons keep active and 
well — with only a twinge of arthritis 
now and then. Their bachelor son 
does his best to keep them young, 
and they are proud that he is an 
usher at old St. Paul's Church, where 
Mary's grandparents were married. 

Mary writes. "All you alumnae of 
'24. put on your most-used calendar 
that our 65th Reunion is next May 
(1984). Let's have a good group for 
those few days at our alma mater — 
Sweet Briar with its beautiful 



Grace Sollitt, 1350 Lake Shore Dr.. 

Apt. 1814. Chicago. IL 60610 

Fund Agent 

Bonnie Mathews Wisdom (Mrs. John 

Minor), 1732 Palmer Ave.. New 

Orleans. LA 70118 

Where to start? Perhaps a good 
place would be the lovely cover on the 
1982 spring Alumnae Magazine that 
featured not only the new Mary 
Hughes Blackwell tulip, but also our 
classmate herself. I hope you all 
noticed it — I did and it helped me 
sell S50 worth of bulbs to a red tulip 
fancier! Mary Hughes has been keep- 
ing busy when not helping run the 
Alumnae Office by being "mother of 
the bride" twice this year, as both 
her youngest and her oldest were 

Then next. Alice Babbitt Hackley s 
newsy card last year came too late to 
be included, but understandably so. 
as during January she had been busy 
with the wedding festivies of her first 
grandchild. In the summer of '81 she. 
too. entered the ranks of '28ers who 
have celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversaries: for the Hackleys' 
celebration all four children and all 10 
grandchildren were present. 

Virginia Morris Kincaid's '82 card 
also came late from her winter home 
in Coronada. CA, but this year's ar- 
rived from Bethesda, MD, whre she is 
remaining this winter — the right 
place for the right January. Having 
that kind of good luck undoubtedly 
contributes to the success of the 
Women's Bank of Washington, which 
she founded five years ago and which 
opened two branches this year. She 
spent Christmas in Memphis, after 
which she enjoyed a family reunion at 
her grandson's wedding to "a lovely 
Southern gal." 

In re grandchildren. I noticed in the 
"Alumnae Daughters" column that 
there was in the Class of '85 a Mary 
Nelms Rosa and in '86 a Harriet 
Dunlap McNair. Not hard to deduce 
who their grandmothers were! 

I am sad to report the death of 
Virginia Van Winkle Morlidge s hus- 
band John during the summer of '82 
and that of Eleanor Branch Cornell s 
husband Ezra in October. Our deepest 
sympathy goes out to both of them. 

The first card I received this year 
(in fact I got it two days before my 
own card arrived from the Alumnae 
Office) was from Nancy King Tarpley 

who still lives in the quiet Northum- 
berland County, VA, town where they 
settled after her husband's retirement 
from the Army in 1957. She was 
widowed in '72 and now shares her 
home with her bachelor brother and 
her terribly intelligent and beautiful 
miniature poodle. 

I hope as many of you really at- 
tended Reunion as indicated you 
would, but of the excuses offered for 
not planning to come, I think that of 
Lib Crane Hall is the happiest — she 
has three grandchildren graduating 
from various colleges (she didn't say 
where) in May! Then everyone is go- 
ing to Cambridge Beaches in Bermuda 
to celebrate. Right now she is in 
Florida, and she will spend the sum- 
mer in Grafton, VT. 

Our classmates who traveled far- 
thest this year seem to be Winnie 
West Morriss (Anne Mason Winn '29 
accompanied her) and Marion Sumner 
Beadle, who were on the Sweet Briar 
trip to Russia and who were suffering 
at the time of writing to me from 
severe cases of jet lag. However, both 
reported having had a most interesting 
time, which I hope Winnie will have 
enlarged on at Reunion by the time 
you read this. Marion says she won't 
be able to come. 

Grace Sunderland Owings said she. 
too. hoped to be at Reunion. She en- 
joys living near her grandchildren and 
great-grands and walking in the 
woods near her home with her Border 
Collie. She saw Bonnie Mathews 
Wisdom in Washington a year ago. I 
was not so fortunate, as I was still up 
at my place in Michigan when Bonnie 
and John were in Chicago in October. 
Bonnie writes that they are delighted 
that one son. John, and one daughter. 
Kit, are now living in New Orleans — 
John in law and Kit teaching riding, 
specializing in dressage. Incidentally, 
a number of cards had complimentary 
remarks concerning the wonderful job 
Bonnie has done as Fund Agent. 

Kay Meyer Mauchel's card last year 
was late, so you didn't hear that her 
travels have been wide — a cruise on 
the Of-// and a two-month safari in 
Africa. This year she is staying put — 
very put — having sold her home in 
Connecticut and now living lull-time in 
Sarasota, where she plays lots of golf 
and bridge and is very active in the 
Garden Club. 

Another active golfer is Evelyn 
(Tommy) Claybrook Bowie, who is 
equally active in tennis. The year 
1981 was a rough one for her hus- 
band Gordon, who had a triple by- 
pass from which he was recovering 


beautifully only to be shot down by 
serum hepatitis from the transfusions. 
All is well now and he is back playing 
tennis several times a week. His 
Christmas present to his family was a 
week in Montego Bay — for all nine, 
including three grandchildren. Their 
daughter Bev and her husband run a 
weekly newspaper in Cranford, NJ, 
and their son Lee is head of the 
Philosophy Dept. at Mt. Holyoke, so it 
is unusual for them all to have much 
time together. Later Tommy and Gor- 
don planned to go to Hillsboro Beach, 
FL, and then to Grenada, W.I., for the 
balance of the winter. 

Tommy, who says she would like to 
run into some classmates in Florida, 
should drive the few miles north to 
Delray Beach, where Louise (Squeak) 
Harried Ross has a home and is an 
equally avid golfer. In fact. Squeak 
was co-chairman last year of Win- 
netka's Indian Hill Country Club 
Women's Tournament Committee. 
Squeak visited Louise Bristol 
Lindemann on Cape Cod on her way 
North last spring, and I received 
reports from both of them that it was 
a great reunion despite no cooperation 
from the weather. 

Jane Hardy Bellows is still keeping 
busy as an amateur case worker with 
Cambodian refugees, teaching them 
English. In January she went to Sun 
City, AZ, to visit her brother and then 
on to California. Jane sent a clipping 
about the death of Flora Pope Bruce, 
who had just a short time earlier writ- 
ten of her interesting trip to France 
last October with her daughter to visit 
one of her five grandchildren who was 
spending her junior year there. Flora 
was a good friend to many of us and 
will be missed. 

Helen Davis Mcllrath has recovered 
from her broken hip of last year 
although she has given up driving. 
She is pleased that her minister son, 
George, has moved from New Jersey 
to Morrison, IL, so that she can see 
him and her grandchildren more 

Madelyn Markley Clark wrote from 
her Memphis home (winter) that she 
had a pleasant surprise visit at her In- 
dianapolis home (summer) last year 
from Maude Adams Smith '27 and her 
husband. She mentioned that another 
Memphis SBC alumna, Louise 
Wilbourn Collier '46, has just pub- 
lished Pilgrimage, a novel set in 

Connie Furman Westbrook and Joe 
have voyaged to Hawaii and Bermuda 
this year. When home in Atlanta she 
sees Marguerite (Cupie) Hodnett 
McDaniel almost daily and reports Mac 
is making a fine recovery. 

Marion Jayne Berguido, who has 
been working part-time in the Country 
Bookshop, plans to accompany her 
daughter June to Sweet Briar this 
spring. June will be attending her 
25th Reunion. 


Betty Harms Slaughter, Louisville, 
KY, wrote that she has recently 
remarried and is now Mrs. Jonathan 
Van Dyke Norman. 

Lillian Wood is spending the winter 
in Ft. Myers, FL. She is still kept 
busy doing the thing she loves best 
— painting portraits in oil. 

The last card I received was from 
our beloved Class President, Betty 
Prescott Balch, who is unable to con- 
sider coming to Reunion because the 
severity of her arthritis limits her ac- 
tivities. It is the first Reunion she has 
missed since our graduation! Howev- 
er, another kind of reunion came to 
her. Two days after Christmas she 
and Dick hosted a get-together of 
almost the entire Balch clan — 24 
children and grandchildren with only 
four missing despite the fact that nor- 
mally they are scattered far and wide. 
Needless to say, "They had a ball." 

This seems to have been a year for 
happy family reunions within our 
class. I hope that our May Reunion as 
a class proves equally successful. In 
any case, being your Secretary for the 
past five years has been sort of fun, 
and I hope I've been able to bring 
back to you a little of the feeling 
about and for each other that made us 
such a great class. 



Emma Green Kennon (Mrs. W.N.). 

132 Amherst PL, N.W., Atlanta, GA 


Fund Agent 

Eleanor Wright Conway (Mrs. 

Theodore J.), 2160 Tanglewood Way, 

N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33702 

Dear "Girls": My letter last June 
describing Reunion Fifty brought some 
interesting replies — and two sad 
ones telling of the deaths of Edythe 
Hardesty of Charlottesville and Virginia 
Finch Waller of Memphis. 

Our French exchange student, 
Marcelle Dominique Perrot, wrote an 
appreciative note with a post card 
view of Aix-en-Provence where she 
lives. She said, "No special event 
here but the hot weather — so we are 
planning to go to get some cool in the 
Alps of Savoie. Excuse my English 
and please do receive my best remem- 
brances." Charmante, n'est-ce pas? 
A letter from Sally Ainsworth Glass 
came from England where she spent 
most of the summer taking courses of 
study at Gonville and Caius College, 
Cambridge. She always was one of 
our very best brains! To quote her: "I 
hasten to add that the courses I took 
were purely and simply for my own 
pleasure and for the immense fun of 
having the feeling of actually living in 

a college at Cambridge." Sally moved 
from Atlanta several years ago to 
Fayetteville, AR, and I miss seeing 
her at church and at Colonial Dames 

Dot Smith Berkeley and Edmund 
had a wonderful summer! After two 
months on Little Squam, NH. and a 
week at home in Charlottesville, they 
sailed on the QE-II for six weeks in 
England for research on 
Featherstonhaugh (Dot is a history and 
science writer), which took them to 
such fascinating watering places as 
Scarborough, Buxton, and St. 
Michael's Mount in Cornwall. "Our 
last week was pure vacation, walking 
the wonderful cliffs of Cornwall at St. 
Ives, etc." Anglophile that I am, I can 
enjoy vicariously the experiences of 
Sally and the Berkeleys. 

Ted Clary Treadwell wrote of her 
and Ben's taking their daughter, son- 
in-law, and two granddaughters, aged 
12 and 15, who were visiting them in 
Chevy Chase, to Monticello and then 
on to SBC so Ted could show the girls 
her alma mater. She reports the cam- 
pus was perfectly gorgeous, the dells 
manicured, and her granddaughters 
awed at "the beauty and perfection." 
Marjorie Ward Cross also visited SBC 
briefly while visiting colleges with a 
grandson, who said he wished Sweet 
Briar took men! Marjorie is still work- 
ing hard at Winterthur. Last year she 
went to Vicksburg, MS, where she 
had a wonderful visit with her SBC 
roommate, Elizabeth Young Faulk. 
Marcia Patterson, retired from her 
teaching career, has moved from 
Garden City, NY, to Columbus, OH, 
and, after the ordeal of moving, is lik- 
ing very much her new residence. 

Eleanor Mattingly Littlepage, M.D., 
retired three years ago but is staying 
very busy at her home in Norfolk lear- 
ning about home nursing. 

Eleanor Wright Conway, our Fund 
Agent, returned to Sweet Briar for 
Alumnae Council last October. El wrote 
that she and Ted greatly enjoyed Reu- 
nion Fifty, seeing her classmates and 
meeting their husbands. She thinks 
the "boys" had as much fun as the 
"girls." And they were both terribly 
"impressed with the giant strides that 
have been made academically as well 
as in the entire plant." 

Eleanor Nolte Armstrong wrote that 
she had recently returned from a con- 
vention of the Alliance of Pan 
American Round Tables held in El 
Paso. "What an inspiration it was to 
meet with old friends and new, 
members representing most of the 
countries of the Americas, women 
whose purpose is to provide mutual 
knowledge, understanding, and friend- 
ship among all the women of the 
Western Hemisphere — they did me 
the honor of voting me their Pan- 
American Woman, thereby placing me 
in the ranks of those distinguished 
women who have preceeded me." Our 

warmest congratulations, Eleanor! We 
are mighty proud of you! 

Barbara Munter Purdue and Bob 
have five children, four daughters and 
one son. The youngest daughter, 
Beverly, followed in her father's 
footsteps and is a lawyer working for 
the government in Washington. Their 
third child. Hazel, my goddaughter, is 
a pediatric nurse and was voted 1982 
Nurse of the Year in her hospital. All 
that and a husband and two children, 
too! Bob is a world-wide fisherman 
and practices his hobby from Nica- 
ragua to Alaska to New Zealand. Bar- 
bara usually goes along and she 
catches big ones, too! They are off to 
Hawaii for four weeks in January and 
February. They go every year at this 
time on bank meetings for Bob and 
afterwards for a mid-winter vacation. 
While in the islands they visit with 
Marge Gubelman Hastert '31 and see 
Mildred Larimer. Larimer has retired 
from her career and lives in Honolulu. 

Hazel Stamps Collins divides her 
time between Atlanta and her con- 
dominium in Naples, FL. She had a 
grand trip with friends to Ireland last 
fall. I see Lib Douglass Foote often, 
she recently lost her older sister who 
lived with her many years; Adeline 
spent the last three years in a nursing 
home. Lib works several days a week 
in a beautiful gift shop. 
Amalie Frank Kohn reported that Lib 
Doughtie Bethea and her daughter 
Brandon Brown stayed a few days 
with her early in January when they 
came from Memphis to the Atlanta 
Merchandize Mart to buy for Bran- 
don's gift shop. Brandon is also a 
portrait artist. When I called, Amalie 
was busy getting off to Florida for a 
visit with friends in Ft. Lauderdale. 
She told me that her daughter Judy 
Cohen, whom we met at Reunion, and 
her husband are in London for six 
months. Her husband is a professor at 
James Madison College in Harrison- 
burg, VA, and is a director for the 
school's winter quarter in London. 

During February Emma Knowlton 
Lytle, Gunnison, MS, had an exhibit 
of both painting and sculpture at the 
Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale, 
MS. She has exhibited throughout 
Mississippi and also in Iowa, Wiscon- 
sin, and Illinois. 

And lastly me. When I lost my hus- 
band two years ago, I sold our house, 
where we'd lived for 32 years, and 
bought a condominium. I like where I 
live. It is a large condo community 
with all kinds of people and all ages, 
not far from where I was. and with 
lots of open space for Missy (small 
brown poodle) and me to walk. It 
surely is nice to hear those lawn 
mowers going once a week and not 
have to worry about whether the yard 
man is coming. My older daughter, 
Karen Murray, lives in Florida with 
her family. Her husband is a citrus 
grower. My other daughter, Nancy, 

Sweet Briar College 

lives in Atlanta and is married to Barry 
Frazier. They have one child, 
Catherine, aged 13; and I am 
thoroughly enjoying the blossoming ot 
Catherine without the attendant 
Au revoir, and please write to me. 



Mary Virginia Camp Smith (Mrs. 

Charles L, Jr.). 3303 White Oak Rd.. 

Raleigh, NC 27609 

Fund Agent 

Katharine Niles Parker (Mrs. Franklin 

P.), 6 Springdale Ave., Wellesley 

Hills, MA 02181 

Dear Classmates: 

This sentence from Betty Fesser 
MacLeay will surely rock you back on 
your heels, as it did me. I quote: 
"Have recently learned that our 
daughter is about to become a 

Aline ("Stumpy") Stump Cook 
writes that she and husband Charles 
moved to Dublin. NH, in June 1982 
and spend the four winter months in 
Weeki Wachee. FL, as New Hampshire 
winters and her arthritis are not com- 
patible. She notes that "Muggy" 
Gregory Cukor recently returned from 
a Mediterranean Cruise and is the 
proud grandmother of Elizabeth; she 
also mentioned that she. Elizabeth 
("Pinkie") Pinkerton Scott, and Libby 
Hartridge had a delightful evening in 
New York. 

Lucile Cox Jones sent in the first 
card and said that she and husband 
Robert traveled to Yugoslavia. Greece, 
etc. in 1982 and plan to take an ex- 
tended trip to Sicily this year. They 
joy in their retirement. 

In April Fran Baker Lamb will take 
part in her fourth decorators' show 
house to benefit the Baltimore Sym- 
phony, which she says is hard work 
but fun. In June '82 she and Wilson 
took their second English tour, staying 
in manor houses in the Cotswolds 
area. They worked for CARE and in 
two Congressional campaigns. 

Jane Shelton Bowers says that her 
sister Mary Shelton Clark (Mrs. 
George M ) '29 died in September 
1981. "I had gone with her to her 
50th Reunion in 79. SB is still the 
beauty spot of all the world to me." 
Jane adds that she has 11, going on 
13. grandchildren and that she sees 
Mary Poindexter Willingham often and 
talked with Ruth Robinson Marshall 
during Christmas. Ruth wrote from 
Shreveporl that her only news was 
her 9-month-old grandson (James R. 
Madison, Jr.) called "Robbie." She 
now has three grandsons and four 
step-grandsons, but no Sweet Briar 

Alumnae Magazine 

Alice Andrews Fackert notes that 
the most interesting sight Bill and she 
enjoyed in 1982 was the fabulous 
Corkscrew (Audubon) Swamp near 
Naples, FL. The wood storks were 
making nests, and there were hun- 
dreds of them. She says it is a sight 
that shouldn't be missed. 

Margaret Robertson Densmore sent 
me a newspaper clipping announcing 
the death on Dec. 18. 1982 of 
Margaret Campbell Usher in Annis- 
quam, MA. She is survived by her 
husband, a son, a daughter, and two 
grandchildren. Margaret Densmore 
and Tory Himes Beddoes are off on 
another trip together. This time they 
went to Italy, where Margaret's 
daughter has a Fulbright and is 
teaching in Milan. Margaret has 
retired from library work and com- 
ments, "Really think I kept it up to 
prove one can be hired when over 65. 
Now I do volunteer hospice work and 
just enjoy country living, friends, and 
being alive." 

Maria Gray Valentine Curtis and Ted 
spent every weekend last summer at 
their Fishing Bay cottage near 
Deltaville, VA, and entertained their 
grandchildren. In the fall, winter, and 
spring they use their cottage at Sand- 
bridge. Virginia Beach. 

Dorothea McClure Mountain writes 
that she and Bill spend winters in 
Pompano Beach, FL, Christmas with 
their daughter and her family in Clem- 
son, SC. and their summers in her 
family home in Pennsylvania. She 
plays golf twice a week and Bill is a 
life master at bridge. 

Lil Steele Cook had a trip to Scan- 
dinavia followed by a week in London 
in the summer of '82. She and her 
husband Larry spent Christmas with 
their only daughter and her family and 
No. 2 son in Marblehead. MA. Lil's 
oldest grandson, Rusty Cook, a junior 
at Albany State U.. will spend the 
spring semester studying in Denmark. 
Lil says that she has missed attending 
our reunions but has great hopes of 
being at our 50th. Others mentioned it 
too; so let's have a big attendance 
and lots of fun. Start planning now! 

A note from Elizabeth Chapman 
Lacey came from Hopedale. MA. 
where she owns and runs Harel 
House, a furniture and accessory shop 
up in the woods in a large English 
manor/Swiss chalet. She has run the 
businss alone since her husband's 
death in 1971. Her daughter Harel 
received her Ph.D. from Clark in 1972 
and works in a testing laboratory in 

Nancy Dicks Blanton wrote me that 
her husband George is now chairman 
of the board at the First National Bank 
in their hometown of Shelby. NC. and 
that he is an avid tennis player He 
also plays golf with Nancy, and they 
summer at the beach, surrounded by 
their children and three grandsons. In 
February they go to the Hillsboro Club 

in Florida and usually take an interest- 
ing trip later. In 1982 they went to In- 
donesia and plan to visit Australia this 

Emily Bowen Muller is enjoying lots 
of retirement activities on beautiful 
Whidbey Island — Garden Club, 
Rhododendron Society. Mycological 
Society. AAUW. and much gardening 
with herbs a specialty. Husband 
George hasn't retired yet, and Emily 
likes to accompany him on business 

Margaret ("Smitty") Smith 
Thomasson writes about her smart 
grandchildren, four girls and two 
boys. She has been working five days 
a week in the family business and, in 
between, heading up a state study for 
her local League of Women Voters on 
the water problems in Virginia. Smitty 
is in charge of our 50th Reunion in 
1986 and is hoping that all of you will 
join her at Sweet Briar then. 

I imagine that many of us attended 
our 50th high school reunion this past 
spring. I did, and it was a mixture of 
fun and sadness, but I'm glad I went. 
Lillian Cabell Gay went to hers at Col- 
legiate and was expecting to see 
Maria Gray Valentine Curtis. Kitty Lor- 
raine Hyde, and Carol Straus Ney. 
Lillian's neurosurgeon husband. Jim. 
retired from teaching at the U. of 
Tenn. Medical School in Memphis in 
December 1982, but before that he 
conducted health forums in Austin, 
TX, and in Memphis. They went to 
Egypt in early December for a con- 
ference at the U. of Tonto. After a few 
days in Greece they spent Christmas 
and New Year's in Spain and then 
returned to Memphis for a while. 
Lillian says that Jim puts on these 
conferences to help Egyptian medical 
schools update their curriculum. His 
next project was an Egyptian confer- 
ence for Project Hope in Virginia in 
April 1983. 

Marjorie Wing Todd sent me a love- 
ly picture of her family. Husband Jim- 
my, a surgeon, has retired now. and 
three of her four children are married 
She has two grandsons and two step- 

Frances ("Chickie") Gregory is 
working again in the U. of Richmond 
Library on her writing. She has an ar- 
ticle coming out in the New England 
Quarterly this spring entitled "The 
Tale of Three Cities — Boston, New 
York, and Philadelphia — and the 
Struggle for Banking Stability, 
1839-41." which has consumed much 
of her time this last year. But she 
adds that her second book develops 
slowly, and she doesn't expect 
publication of it for some time. 

Katie Niles Parker continues to do 
her superior job as our fund agent 
She and husband Frank take trips in 
their camper and keep up with 
numerous progeny, garden, church, 
and many friends. I had a nice visit 
with Katie when we had lunch togeth- 

er at the Isabelle Gardiner Museum in 
Boston last March when I was there 
on an art trip. 

I went to England and Scotland 
with friends in the fall of '82 and 
stopped by Southport. CT. to spend 
the night with my aunt on my way 
back to Raleigh. While there I talked 
on the phone to Orissa Holden Perry, 
whom I haven't seen since we grad- 
uated. She has two sons, a retired 
husband, and a busy life. My most 
important news is that my first grand- 
son, John Ward Purrington, Jr.. was 
born August '82. He joins my four 
granddaughters in my heart. 



Clara Pringle Neel, 7158 Stonington 

Dr.. Atlanta, GA 30328 

Fund Agents 

Elizabeth Gockley McLellan (Mrs. 

Robert S., III). 200 Roxbury Rd.. 

Garden City. NY 11530 

Barbara Smith Whitlock (Mrs. James 

P.). 214 Exeter Way. Hillside. NJ 


You gorgeous gals surpassed all ex- 
pectations for news contributions this 
year: thanks as well for your kind 
remarks concerning my editing. Flat- 
tery, flattery. 

Mary Jane Burnett Hill tells us that 
their love affair with the desert 
Southwest grows more "torrid" each 
year. Her Perry remains active as a 
full-time volunteer on the staff of their 
church, while Jane is the bell-ringer 
or "ding-a-ling" for short, according 
to her. They went again last year to 
Stratford. Ontario, for the 30th an- 
niversary of the Stratford Festival 
Theater and combined the trip with a 
visit to the young Perry Hills. Son 
Timothy and family live in San Fran- 
cisco, where he is part of a think tank 
for Crocker Bank. 

Beth Thomas Mason writes that 
things are much the same with her — 
same house, same husband, and 
same children — plus another grand- 
child or so. Tate is still practicing 
medicine, and Beth tutors children 
with learning disabilities. Tate fishes 
and hunts, but Beth prefers tennis for 
outdoor activity. She had luncr 
the peripatetic Nancy Haskins Elliot 
who was passing through Seattle on 
her way to see her daughter Enid in 
Victoria. BC. Canada. 

Dorothy Campbell O'Connor s most 
important news, when she wrote, was 
that she and Bill were anticipating 
their first grandbaby. courtesy of 
daughter Debbie and spouse Dotty 
had a ball at the NYC SBC cocktail 
party "reuning" with some of our 
East Coast buddies 

Marion Daudt McBride and husband 
have been enjoying their condominium 


in Chesterfield, MO, (or the last seven 
years. Daughter Pat is with the Small 
Business Administration in 
Washington, DC; Chris is married (two 
children) in Madison, CT; and son 
Tom is with Mercantile National Bank 
in St, Louis. 

Blair Bunting Both shares with 
yours truly the dubious status of be- 
ing a non-grandmother, although Blair 
is a surrogate granny to many 
children round about. She helps with 
soup kitchens besides her usual hob- 
bies and has a new friend in their 
Labrador. Blair and Rich jetted to Nor- 
way and Sweden to celebrate their 40 
years of marital bliss, returning on the 
Of-//. Fortunately for them, engine 
trouble developed, so they had nine 
days aboard instead of the usual five. 

Virginia Leggett Cameron finds it 
hard to believe that this is her 11th 
year in Florida; she enjoys it more 
each year. Ginny is in her 10th year 
of teaching parapsychology in the 
county school system and meets Jane 
Furniss Simpson as frequently as 
possible. Jane's card states that she 
and Dell stay quite busy and last year 
traveled to Selma, AL, Jane's home, 
to visit her brother John and his lovely 
wife Beverley Hill Furniss '35. 

Mary Frances Hazelton had several 
good times with Ann Adamson Taylor 
and daughter Sally Adamson Taylor 
70 while they were in San Francisco 
Last May, our Hazy had quite a trip to 
Athens, Crete, and Rhodes — a 
Smithsonian Institution journey. During 
her stay in Connecticut after her 
return from abroad, she drove to 
Maria Burroughs Livingston's and had 
a happy visit with her at Phoopy's old 
and historic home. Oak Hill on the 

From Arkansas, Ann Sims writes 
that she and Ruth Beach Robinson 
had a grand reunion while Ruth's 
husband Lusk attended a "for men 
only" affair at his high school reunion 
in Fort Smith. AR. Ann hears from 
Sarah Mayo Sohn that they are now 
well in Athens, GA, where Dr. Sohn 
holds a new chair in law at the U. of 
Ga. Ann participates in an AAUW 
study group, is on the community 
concert board, gives book reviews, 
and lectures in a PR capacity for their 

Emory Gill Williams and Cankey 
tripped to Egypt last year with Alum- 
nae Flights Abroad, stopping over 
both ways in London. They also took 
a three-week vacation at their cottage 
in Biddeford Pool, ME. Cankey prac- 
tices full-time surgery, and they do a 
bit of what Emory calls "senior citizen 
sailing" in Cankey's spare time. A 
new grandson, Russell, brings the 
Williams total grandchild count up to 

Through a call to Shirley Nalley Irv- 
ing s brother here in Atlanta, I learned 
that Shirley's Bill is no longer with 
us. Coralie Kahn Ferro, Clara Call 


Frazier, and I were all bridesmaids in 
Shirley and Bill's wedding in Gaines- 
ville, GA, a fantastic "do." Shirley 
remains in West Chester, PA, where 
their two sons manage the family 
business, while both daughters live in 
Boston. We all send our loving sym- 
pathy to Shirley. 

Agnes Spencer Burke and Jack are 
still at the same stomping ground in 
DC, while their family continues to 
grow and flourish. Younger daughter 
Aggie, Jr., lives in Charlottesville and 
commutes to Amherst to write for the 
local newspaper. 

Mildred Moon Montague is wonder- 
ful as a source of news for our Class 
Notes. The younger of the Montague 
clan was married last year, so she is 
glad that son Carrington and his 
Shelby live only a few blocks away. 
Carrington's baseball team, the Chat- 
tanooga Lookouts, lost during his first 
season as owner, but they are "look- 
ing out" for a better 1983. He and 
his brother Rick were both guest 
speakers for the Rotarians last year; 
proud father Bill is the first member to 
have two sons as lecturers to the local 
club. During her stay in NYC, Moon 
and Nancy Haskins Elliott met for 
lunch, as Nancy was back from her 
working vacation to Yugoslavia and 
travel agent's meetings. She has a 
new granddaughter. Nancy sent Moon 
a clipping from the Philadelphia En- 
quirer with a picture and write-up of 
Lois Fernley McNeil In Abington, VA, 
Moon took in a Barter Theater produc- 
tion with Martha Rector McGee and 
Augusta Saul Farrier '39. At that time 
Moon was hoping to see Estelle 
Sinclaire en route to Philadelphia, 
where she would go on the honorary 
board of the Big Sisters of America, 
her favorite outside interest. She. 
among others, has read Mary Lee Set- 
tle's latest book. The Killing Ground. 
Son Rick took one of Settle's courses 
at UVA and thought she was great. 

Telle Sinclaire now has her maiden 
name legally restored and is glad to 
get it back. She has a six-room con- 
dominium in Jamestown, NJ, close to 
Princeton, and writes a weekly anti- 
ques page for the Princeton Pocket 
and seven other associated weekly 
papers. She teaches a course. In- 
troduction to American Fine Glass, at 
the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in NYC 
and hopes to do more teaching at 
some nearby college or university. 

Two more items from Moon tell us 
that Mary Frances Barnhardt 
Ridenhaur is in a nursing home in 
Charlotte, NC, possibly as the result 
of some strokes. A newspaper clip- 
ping with picture from the Chat- 
tanooga News — Free Press features 
Helen Anderson Bryan and a discus- 
sion group of city elementary prin- 
cipals together with a musical arts 
educator from Hungary. They met to 
learn more about the Kodaly music 
education concept. Helen is chairman 

of the local sponsoring group. 

From "Deep in the Heart of Texas" 
came cards and a snapshot which 
showed Joy Carter Forse and a group 
of friends, including Phyllis Carr 
Beinhorn '41, "pre-luncheoning it" at 
Joy's condo. Joy still has her 1940 
jigger. She also sent a review of Set- 
tle's last novel from the August 1982 
issue of People. (Joy. who was 
recovering from some fractured ribs 
when she wrote, continues to love 
condominium living.) Cynthia Noland 
Young wrote of seeing an article in 
the Sunday, March 13, N.Y. Times 
Magazine by Mary Lee Settle. 

The first prize this year for ques- 
tionable penship goes to Anne Conant 
Weaver. After some invaluable 
deciphering by an expert in same, I 
can report that 30 surrogate grand- 
children, besides her own three, call 
her "Super Grandmappa." Anne 
teaches them skiing on the Winter 
Park Alpine Slide in Denver, as well 
as chaperoning the 4-10-year-olds on 
cross-country winter skiing trips. In 
1982 her travels included San Fran- 
cisco and Nova Scotia, while in Col- 
orado she placed third in all 
categories in the Senior Citizens 
Winter Games. Anne states, "There's 
life in the old girl yet." 

Katherine Hodge Soaper spent 
several months overseeing the upstairs 
renovation of her historic old home at 
Soaper Farms. The house was the 
first large homestead built in Hender- 
son County, KY, in the latter 18th 
century and has remained in the 
Soaper family. Some of Kay's happiest 
moments are spent "baby guesting" 
her grandson Morgan while his par- 
ents go about. In a really freak acci- 
dent, Kay mashed one of her fingers 
so severely that amputation of part of 
it was necessary, but she writes that 
it hasn't slowed her down. Included 
in Kay's house restoration was wiring 
for an extensive security system, and 
since installation of the system she 
has had to call the locksmith only a 
few times to come and let her back 
into the house! 

Margaret Katterjohn McCollom sees 
Kay often, and Kay journeyed to In- 
diana for Margaret's most important 
event of 1982, the marriage of her 
younger son, George, who is an engi- 
neer with the U.S. Corps of 
Engineers. Marg's nest is far from 
empty though, as she has a constant 
stream of friends, children, grand- 
children, and other relatives in and 
out of her house. She manages her 
farms, cans "umpteen" jars of pro- 
duce, enjoys bridge, and does volun- 
teer work at the local hospital as well 
as two nursing homes. 

Adelaide Boze Glascock and Jim at- 
tended the New York Times Book and 
Author Brunch since Settle was on the 
panel. Polly reports that Settle is a 
good speaker with a beautiful, melod- 
ious speaking voice. Polly entertained 

Nancy Haskins Elliot as a houseguest 
when Nancy returned from Yugoslavia 
but was unable to lunch with her and 
Moon because of her real estate com- 
mitments. The Glascocks attended the 
SBC New York gala and spent a fes- 
tive hour with Marie Gaffney Barry '41 
and Ted, as well as Dotty Campbell 
O'Connor and Bill. 

"Politicking" is the word from Ann 
Adamson Taylor, who ran in the 
September Primary on the Republican 
ticket for a seat on the Baltimore City 
Republican Committee. Our Adamson 
and two others won in a field of eight 
contestants. Congratulations, Madam 1 
I imagine that many of you noted the 
news about Sally, Ann's daughter, 
which appeared in our fall 1982 Alum- 
nae Magazine under "Alumnae 
Publications — Addenda." Three 
publications were listed as authored 
by Sally Taylor and Friends: The 1981 
California Winery Tours and Directory. 
Grape Expeditions, and The 1982 
California Winery Tour Map and 

A class note for 1937, also in the 
fall issue, mentions a Sweet Briar 
brunch at the home of Helen Cornwall 
Jones in Princeton. NJ, and the fact 
that Helen's son Wayne was recently 
appointed U.S. Attorney for the State 
of New Jersey. 

A long letter from Charlotte Knox 
Lane brings us up to date on her life. 
Charlotte is having a great time with 
her position as executive director of 
Washington-Greene County Tourist 
Promotion Agency, which gives her a 
chance to meet people from all over 
the world. She is vice president of the 
Bradford House Historical Association, 
a member of the Washington County 
History and Landmarks Board, as well 
as a member of the Travel Penn- 
sylvania Board. In November she at- 
tended conferences in Canada and 
Ohio pertinent to all of the above. 
Charlotte and Perry have seven grands 
with two living nearby. 

Moon also sent a letter she had 
received from Jeanne Harris, who is 
associate curator of Oriental art at the 
Nelson Gallery in Kansas City. Jeanne 
wrote that she spent vacation time last 
year with Margaret Dowell Kearney in 
McLean, VA. who drove her about the 
countryside to view historical sites. 
Jeanne also vacationed with Emily 
Marsh Nichols '34 and they drove to 
SBC by way of Monticello. Jeanne en- 
joyed visiting with Miss Lucile Um- 
breit, who was our music teacher dur- 
ing our time at SBC. 

Helen Taylor's only exciting trips 
this year were to the operating room. 
She has recovered from both bouts of 
surgery and pronounces herself fit and 
as good as new. Dr. Taylor remains 
on the staff of the Norfolk. VA. Family 
Planning Center and was hoping to re- 
fresh what she terms her "rusty 
Chinese" when their host in Wuhu in 
1981 came from China to be her guest 

Sweet Briar College 

in Norfolk. 

Betty Hammer Morrell had cancer 
surgery last year, but she has passed 
year one and is back to golf and all 
activities. She still loves the beach 
(North Myrtle Beach. SC). 

Anne Waring Lane loves the at- 
mosphere and relatively slow pace of 
Savannah as compared to Atlanta, 
their former home. Anne believes Mills 
would thumb a ride rather than drive 
in our hectic traffic; however, they do 
miss their old friends here. Both Anne 
and Mills are interested in the 250th 
anniversary of the founding of 
Georgia, which is being celebrated 
this year. 

Yet another grandchild last year for 
the young at heart Mariana Bush King 
and Bob! Their oldest grandson is a 
junior at Belmont Abby. NC, and their 
elder granddaughter is a sophomore at 
Chapel Hill. Bob has reversed the re- 
tirement trend and become a fran- 
chisee for Po Folks Restaurants in 
Florida. North Carolina, and South 
Carolina. Some of their children live in 
Florida not too far from the Kings in 
Avon Park. 

Polly Poe Richmond welcomes our 
class notes but wishes more of us 
would come to Seattle. Polly and 
Howard toured Italy for a month last 
year and "ballooned it" for six days 
in France. This is an experience they 
highly recommend. The major part of 
last winter was spent in their home in 
Palm Springs, as the southern sun- 
shine is hard to resist. Polly, when in 
Seattle, joins Beth on the tennis 

From Cleveland. Eleanor Bosworth 
Badal expresses pride that two of her 
granddaughters tried out the Golden 
Stairs last year. She and her Dan ex- 
pect them to have the right to sit 
there some day! Eleanor with daughter 
Marilyn and her family took a leisurely 
motor trip which included Sweet Briar, 
and Ellie says she never ceases to 
marvel at the beauties and opportuni- 
ties of the campus Margaret Dowell 
Kearney shared in the dedication of 
the Spitler Nature Trail to the memory 
of Ellie ' s first husband Keith and son 
David. Dan and she were to go to 
Spain last year for a medical meeting 
mixed in with fun and games. 

A note from Barbara Smith Whit- 
lock, our Co-fund Agent with Nickie 
Gockley McClellan, speaks of a full 
house with various progeny and fami- 
lies visiting all at the same time. Bar- 
bara keeps in touch with all the East- 
ern Seaboard 1940-ers. Nickie and 
Jim rewarded themselves with a trip 
lo Scotland in order to observe their 
40th At the time of writing, another 
grandbaby was looming on the hori- 
zon. Barbara and Nickie have taken 
on a big job as fund agents: so let us 
all support them and our alma mater. 

Jane Goolrick Murrell wrote of the 
news of Tom's and her wonderful trip 
to England They both have rewarding 

Alumnae Magazine 

positions in Richmond, and Goolrick 
says being classified as "unretired" 
is a novelty among their friends. 

Yours truly called Connie Currie 
Fleming in New Jersey for help with 
an unsigned news card from Boston. 
It was from Elizabeth Ivins Haskins. 
who told of the arrival of her third 
grandson. As yet there are no pro- 
spects for SBC among the Haskins 
family. Ivy is still doing her thing with 
the Museum of Fine Arts, Concord 
Antiquarian Museum, Colonial Dames, 
and a little Boston Symphony, with 
bridge games, investment club, and 
paddle and regular tennis sandwiched 
in between! She did nine European 
countries in 12 days and reports it 
made Tuesday in Berlin look tame. 

Hortense Powell Cooper's news is 
two-fold. First, she has a new Con- 
gressman son, whom she believes to 
be the youngest in the U.S. Legis- 
lature, and secondly she is thrilled to 
have her first daughter-in-law, wife of 
her younger son. 

A long letter from Connie Chalkey 
Kittler informs us that she and Kit re- 
main in the Virginia countryside, not 
far from Gloucester Courthouse, on an 
inlet of Chesapeake Bay. Kit has a 
smallish tree farm and they sail, fish, 
and swim. Since the trees behave 
themselves and all of their children 
are on their own. Kit and Connie have 
been able to travel in the last few 
years. During 1982 they chartered a 
canal boat in England with three 
English friends — which Connie calls 
strenuous fun. They did their own 
cooking and navigated 132 locks in 
the 109-mile circular route from Strat- 
ford to Worcester to Tewkesbury and 
back to Stratford. They were expect- 
ing to go to Grand Forks, ND, for the 
wedding of their last unattached child 
in December. 

We heard at last from Helen Schmid 
Hardy, who loves their new home in 
Palm Desert. CA. Hug is on cloud nine 
with her present from daughter Sylvia, 
a nine-pound-three-ounce grand- 
daughter. They still go back to their 
cottage in Wisconsin, which Hug calls 
the best of all worlds. 

Mildred Mitchell Gillis and Jim are 
happy to have their son and his family 
back in Florida after three years in 
Utah. Mickey is tied down with her 
job. but would adore to have any of 
us come to Jacksonville. 

Jane Hopkins Hanes. Winston- 
Salem. NC. wonders if any of us will 
make it for our 50th. Come to our 
45th. and we'll conduct an opinion 

How many 1940-ers are volunteers 
and trustees in our historic houses, 
museums, botanical gardens and 
zoos? Mary Miller Sharp wants news 
about your activities sent to her at 2 
E Gittings Ave. Baltimore. MD 
21212 Mary is president of the U.S. 
Association of Museum Volunteers and 
vice president of the World Federation 

of Friends of Museums. 

Jane Westphalen Gray had a busy 
year with two family weddings, her 
work as president of the St. Louis 
Women's Club (a full-time job in 
itself), volunteering at the Children's 
Hospital, gardening, needlepointing. 
and grandmothering. Jane couldn't 
by-pass Sweet Briar during her trip to 
Virginia and Hilton Head and says 
Sweet Briar's beauty never fails to im- 
press her. 

Ruth Mealand Schwartz met with 
friends and relatives during her 
lengthy sojourn in London. Paris, 
Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, and Catania 
in Sicily, where her daughter and 
family had been stationed for two 
years. Ruth's 91 -year-old father par- 
ticipated in their family reunion last 
year in the Philadelphia area. 

Somehow, a grandson sitting in 
Houston, TX. triggered a trip there for 
Cynthia Noland Young and Karl. They 
then went on to Kingsville, TX, to visit 
Cannie's Navy jet pilot daughter, com- 
ing East by way of Richmond to see 
her flourishing 93-year-old mother and 
finishing off with a stay in Florida to 
see Karl's New Haven classmates. 
Their status is quo with two married 
children plus four singles, the 
youngest a sophomore at Cornell. 

Last year Louise Pugh Worthing and 
her Clifford sailed on another voyage 
segment of the QE-II. A world cruise 
took them from NYC to Port Everglades. 
Martinique, Barbados, Salvador Bahia, 
Rio de Janeiro, and Capetown. They 
spent three weeks in South Africa and 
saw Victoria Falls in Rhodesia. 

Reba Smith Gromel and George, 
recovered from his coronary by-pass 
surgery, enjoyed the Christmas festivi- 
ties at their son's home in Richmond. 
Reba and George "reuned" while 
there with Goolrick. Emory. Mary 
Johnson Bedell. Carrington Lancaster 
Pasco, and their respective spouses. 
They also attended a family reunion of 
34 kinsmen in Allentown, PA. to 
celebrate Reba's mother's 90th birth- 
day. A Sweet Briar luncheon in Tam- 
pa. FL, where they live, was attended 
by 33 alumnae, including our Reba. 
who hopes to get back to her golf 
game very soon. 

A Fund flap message from Jac- 
queline Sexton Daley states that they 
hope for a better year in 1983 as they 
have all been trying to put their lives 
back in order since the apparent 
murder of her daughter-in-law. Jackie 
regrets that she and Coralie Kahn 
Ferro can never seem to get together 

Another authoress in our midst is 
Georgia Herbert Hart, who writes that 
some of her 'poems are being pub- 
lished nation-wide, one in The Living 
Church Magazine and the latest, m 
The Poetic Churchman: A Memorial 
Anthology to George Herbert. 
1593-1633. for which The Parish Life 
institute. St John of the Cross 
Church. Bristol. England, is responsi- 

ble. The latter is edited by the rector 
of St. John of the Cross Church. 
Georgia and George now proudly claim 
seven grandchildren. 

A late bulletin from Nancy Haskins 
Elliot says she has now retired from 
the travel agency business and has a 
new female grandchild, which brings 
their total to three. 

Since John and Irene Vongehr Vin- 
cent's four children are grown and 
leading their own interesting lives, 
John and Irene left last October for 
four wonderful months in China, trav- 
eling on their own. Irene writes. "We 
went in from Hong Kong, and from 
Canton went up to Kweilin, Kunming 
and Chengtu, and as far to the north- 
west as we could go. to Urumchi, 
Turfan and Tun Huang, all by train. 
Next, to Chungking where we took the 
river boat down the Yangtze through 
the dramatic Yangtze Gorges, to my 
old hometown of Hankow — my first 
visit in 44 years! I found our old 
home and my old school, now effi- 
ciently used as offices. And on to 
Lushan. the mountain where I went to 
high school along with collegemate 
Helen Taylor. ...Then, by train, to 
Shanghai and Peking with many stops 
along the way, until we reached Inner 
Mongolia. There, despite a blizzard, 
we slept in a yurt and rode a camel. 
Then, another train ride south, going 
through many places like Yenan. 
Huangling. and Shi Shuang Banna (in 
the southwest corner of China) and 
finally west to the coast at Fuchow 
and back to Hong Kong by boat." 

After rereading about all of your in- 
teresting activities. C.P.B. Neel thinks 
she's something of a dullard. I've had 
a quiet, rather lazy year and only 
practiced my profession on a semi- 
part-time basis. Like many. I'll be 
observing the Big 65 this year. So 
Happy Birthday wishes where 
apropos! Ain't it fine to be "socially 



Ellen Boyd Duval Miller iMrs. William 
R.I. Rte. 2. Box 169M. Beaverdam. 
VA 23015 

Fund Agent 

Jean Blanton Murphy (Mrs. James 
E.). 5013 Columbia Road. Annandale. 
VA 22003 

It is hard lor me to believe as I sit 
here in January of 1983 and hear the 
sleet hitting the window that this will 
be the last class letter you receive 
belore our 40th Reunion! Few of us 
have engagement calendars going 
through the spring of 1984, but I urge 
you to somehow put stars around that 
time, for it will be a grand experience 
Our class president Peggy Gordon 


Seiler appointed Helen Gravatt Watt to 

be chairman of reunion; so you will 
hear from her about more specific 
plans as the time draws near. I am 
certain that Helen will do a superlative 
job of setting it up. Do plan to come! 
I had a nice telephone visit with Helen 
recently Her son John works for the 
Red Cross in Philadelphia; daughter 
Phyllis has gotten her M.A. in journal- 
ism and is job-hunting; son Billy is at 

Before I pick up on other news, I'd 
like to tell you a little about the state 
of the Elizabeth Maury Valentine 
Scholarship, which, as many of you 
will remember, was established by the 
Richmond Club in 1952 to honor our 
classmate Betty Maury, who died the 
year before. Through the years it has 
flourished and become one of the larg- 
est alumnae scholarships. Our Rich- 
mond Scholarship Committee, espe- 
cially Peggy Gordon Seiler and Carlisle 
Morrissett Branch and I, were con- 
cerned that its identity had been lost 
and that few recipients were even 
aware that it had been begun as a 
memorial to a particularly outstanding 
and loved student. So after many con- 
versations, meetings, and letters, it 
has now been determined that at least 
part of it will be given each year to an 
upperclassman "of high academic 
achievement who has shown the per- 
sonal qualities for which Betty was 
known: enthusiasm and warmth of 
personality, a keen sense of humor 
combined with a rare integrity and a 
deep sense of loyalty." Thus it will be 
a named scholarship presented each 
fall at a student assembly, which we 
hope will be opening convocation. 

Eleanor Goodspeed Abbott is a 
faithful reporter of alumnae news. This 
year she sends word (which came to 
her through Margie Eggers Perry) of 
the marriage of Hattie Tavenner 
Clausen to Bob Owens, a friend of 
long standing. I was also glad to hear 
from Goodie that her husband Larry 
continues to get along well and that 
they are "spinning smoothly in our 
own little orbit." 

Another good communicator is Jin- 
nie Noyes Pillsbury, whose Christmas 
card this year is a picture of her 
handsome vegetable garden. She man- 
ages to keep in touch with many of 
our classmates and, I gather, their 
ancestors as well, since she reports 
that she has discovered that she and 
Helen Gravatt Watt are sixth cousins 
once removed! 

We enjoyed a Christmas card from 
Marian Shanley Jacobs and Bill and 
also an announcement in August of 
the marriage of their daughter 

Notes included with contributions to 
the Alumnae Fund provide the rest of 
the news for this year. Alice Lancaster 
Buck and Pete moved the first of May 
to their new house in Marshall, VA; 
Alice continues to work as an histor- 


ian with the Department of Energy in 
Washington. Betty Williams Gookin 
reports a wonderful trip to England 
and Scotland and at the time of writ- 
ing was anticipating the birth of twins 
to her twin daughter Kim — and I 
heard at SB Day that this had indeed 
occurred! Frances Longino Schroder 
writes with obvious relief that her 
twins have finally turned 16, which 
liberates her from car pools! 

There is word that Virginia Gowen 
Brown recently had a book presented 
to the Genealogical Society ol Texas in 
appreciation of her work as director of 
the Retired Senior Volunteer Program 
in Paris, TX. Murrell Rickards 
Chadsey tells of her Vermont home 
and an exchange of cold climate gar- 
dening information with Evie Pretlow 
Ormiston. When she wrote, Rickie was 
looking forward to a Christmas visit 
from her mother, Frances Rickards 
'10, only living member of the first 
class to graduate from SBC. 

Sydney Holmes Bales continues to 
"do income taxes and other financial 
things for people." Her husband, Bill, 
was to retire the end of 1982 after 32 
years with NBC News. Their son Peter 
works as a comedian and is also in 
graduate school studying history; son 
Bill is a pilot for commuter airline New 
York Air. 

The year 1983 is one of multi 
degrees for the CD. Tuttle family. 
Hazel Fellner Tuttle, mother of them 
all, has completed requirements for 
the M.F.S. at Yale School of Forestry 
and Environmental Studies. Bettina 
received a B.A. from Ithaca College; 
Annie Laurie, M.A. in Music Composi- 
tion from Boston U. (with honors); 
and Prudence Dinsmore, J.D. from 
Denver U. (with American 
Jurisprudence Award). Victoria re- 
signed after eight years of teaching in 
Denver suburbs to write and will enter 
U. of Colo, graduate school in a 
creative writing program this fall. 
Robin '69, Oxnard, CA, produced 
grandson #1 in October. Amelia works 
for her father (Clapp & Tuttle 
Books/Frames) and is studying for an 

Gene Patton Odell is now a certified 
social worker seeing "seniors" (60 + ) 
for Family Service of Westchester. 

Carlisle Morrissett Branch has two 
new grandchildren this year, and the 
youngest of her five children is in 
graduate school Marjorie Woods 
Williamson and Rush also have two 
new grandchildren; son Rushton's 
first daughter arrived in April, and 
Earnest's second was born in 
September. Marjorie and Rush, who 
retired almost five years ago, had a 
tour of northern Spain last fall and 
were looking forward to Rome and 
Florence this spring. 

A note today from SBC says that 
Helen Crump Cutler and her husband 
have moved to a permanent home in 
Florida after 15 years in London. 

Welcome home, Helen. 

As for me. things are about the 
same as reported last year. 

That's it for now. Remember the 
spring of 1984 and start planning. 



Martha Davis Barnes (Mrs. Waddell), 

4459 Old Club Rd., Macon, GA 31210 

Fund Agent 

Martha Mansfield Clement (Mrs 

Martha M.), Box G, Sweet Briar, VA 

Mayde Ludington Henningsen has 

enjoyed accompanying husband Vic to 
SBC to attend meetings of the Board 
of Overseers. We are most fortunate to 
have Vic serve as Chairman of the 
Board. Vic Jr. and daughter Mary are 
both married; two younger sons are 
still single. Mayde and Vic took a 
fabulous trip to China last year. Vi 
Whitehead Morse returned to campus 
in January to assist with Winter 
Forums. She frequently attends cam- 
pus events and serves as bulb chair- 
man for the SBC Amherst Club. Vi in- 
vited us to her home in Amherst for 
our reunion class picnic. A December 
gathering at SBC found Martha 
Mansfield Clement, Peggy Sheffield 
Martin and Patty Traugott Rouse mak- 
ing plans for our class reunion gift. A 
superb job is being done to contact 
each of you. Even gifts after Reunion 
but before June 30 can help make our 
participation outstanding for our 35th 

Patty Traugott Rouse (oined Peggy 
Addington Twohy, Indie Lindsay 
Bilisoly and Mary Pierce Shukry for 
lunch in Baltimore in December. Patty 
is the proud grandmother of Louise 
Cartwright Rixey whom she hopes will 
be the fourth generation child to at- 
tend SBC! Peggy Sheffield Martin's 
daughter married Spencer Tunnell 
January 8 in Atlanta. The groom is the 
nephew of Constance Tunnell Bond 
Lisa and Spencer are both pursuing 
graduate degrees at UVa. Fund Com- 
mittee member Meon Bower Harrison 
spends much time working for the 
Emergency Aid organization and the 
Bloodmobile in Orange, VA. Sons Reid 
and Chap are out "earning a 
precarious living"; daughter Mimi ex- 
cels in her nursing studies at Durham, 
NC; Ann will graduate from St. 
Timothy's and plans to enter UVa next 
fall. Eleanor Potts Snodgrass will take 
time off from her new career in real 
estate to attend daughter Julie's 
graduation from SBC in May as well 
as to appear for Reunion. 

The "mystery bride," whose name 
failed to appear in the card I received, 
turned out to be Ardis Fratus, who 
became Mrs. Richard Porter in 

December 1981. Dick's grown 
children live in California, as do Ardis' 
daughter and grandaughter. Ardis' 
eldest son Ned plans to marry in 
June. He is a computer programmer 
for Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth. NH, 
Ardis is active as treasurer of her 

Roy and Westray Boyce Nicholas 
moved to their retirement site at 
Seabrook Island in October. They are 
concentrating on golf and building a 
house which overlooks a salt marsh. 
Son Stacy is in New York working for 
Alexander & Alexander, an insurance 
broker. Dolly Antrim McKenna and Jim 
are enjoying civilian life in California. 
Dolly hopes to make it to Reunion to 
tell all about three gorgeous grand- 
sons Ann Rowland's Tuck's husband 
Jim will retire this spring from Na- 
tional Life & Accident Insurance in 
Nashville. Ann also steps down from 
her job with the state government at 
that time. Her elder daughter Ann was 
married in June '82. The wedding of 
triplet Augusta in May of '82, followed 
by the wedding of stepson Keith in 
July, and the marriage of a godson in 
California in August kept Liz Barbour 
McCrea and Mac on the go. Septem- 
ber found them in England at the 
Farnborough Air Show; then they 
spent ten days in Scotland. Judy 
Blakey Butler has laid aside her real 
estate and batik sales ventures for the 
present and did a grand job as 
our Reunion Chairman. Plans to join 
the SBC trip to Russia and to visit 
family on the East Coast were aban- 
doned because of Bob's illness and 
recent death. Judy regretted missing 
our Reunion. Freddie McCallie, 
youngest son of Maddin Lupton 
McCallie, underwent surgery for a 
brain tumor in February '82. Following 
several operations and radiation, Fred- 
die has returned to his studies at 

Stuart Taylor Hough has one child 18 
and one 20 still at home. She en|oys 
three grandsons and her work at the 
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 
Retirement gave Mary Louise Lloyd 
the opportunity to open her own 
school on her own property. Her 
Copeland Run Learning Center offers 
kindergarten and elementary programs 
as well as after school and summer 
enrichment opportunities. Faith Mat- 
tison is the administrator and chair- 
man of the board of a small rural 
health clinic in New Hampshire. She 
also serves on the local planning 
board. In January '83 she went on a 
three-week photographic safari to 
Kenya and Tanzania. Betty Ann 
Jackson Ryan of Fair Haven, NJ, is 
the new president of the Board of 
Directors for Family and Children's 
Service, an agency which serves all 
the residents of Monmouth County. 

From New York Joyce Sentner Daly 
writes that her job as a freelance 
writer-producer of informational films 

Sweet Briar College 

involves a lot of travel. Her son David 
is currently in the Circle in the 
Square's Theatre Program in NYC. In 
nearby New Jersey. Evvy Sharp Vidal 
completed the restoration of her 
historic Mauricetown home in time to 
have it on a Christmas tour of homes. 
Her retirement ended when she joined 
J.G. Durand International as Assistant 
to the Marketing Manager. All the 
management is French which enables 
her to keep her language skills sharp. 
Evvy stood for election to the three- 
man Township Committee and was 
elected in November, the only 
Republican to make it. Vicki Vidal is a 
Dean's List sophomore at SBC. and 
Larry is a senior at Mercer U. where 
he is Warden and Social Chairman for 
Phi Delta Theta. 

Retirement from teaching gave Ruth 
Faulkner Howe the opportunity to 
build a retirement home on the golf 
course. She enjoys having daughter 
Laurie and her children back in Long- 
mont, CO. Caroline Haskell Simpson 
continues to devote much time to 
volunteer work and serves on several 
boards. Her husband and two sons 
still work at the Chicago Board Op- 
tions Exchange. Her second son has 
returned from Venice, Italy, and lives 
in Bloomsbury, PA. Another son is 
starting his own investigatory newslet- 
ter in D.C. 

Beezie Devore Towers is elated that 
Cathy Towers Hardage 73 and her 
family will move from California to 
Ocala, FL, in June. Robert Hardage 
will practice with a radiology group 
there. Daughter Morley McCloskey and 
husband Todd live in Providence, Rl; 
Sally Towers Ragsdale and John live 
in Jacksonville; Susan Towers Den- 
nard and Dave live in Roanoke, where 
he is in a busy internal medicine 
residency. Margaret, single, is a 
paralegal for a law firm in Tampa. 
Beezie anxiously awaits the arrival of 
McClosky and Ragsdale babies this 
spring Marguerite Rucker Ellett en- 
joyed sharing two-year-old grandchild 
Pender with her other SBC grand- 
parents, the Burks Withers (Helen 
Pender), during the Christmas 

Ann Orr Savage says the final year 
of education and tuitions has arrived. 
Duncan and his wife live in Madison, 
Wl, where he is a resident at Univer- 
sity Hospital Cathy lives in Chatham, 
NJ. Douglas completed his M.B.A. at 
M.I.T. in June '82 Rosemary Gugert 
Kennedy has put her music back to 
work teaching 14 pupils. Her special 
challenge is teaching one boy who is 
blind. Daughter Wendy works for Rob- 
inson Lumber Co., son Teddy works 
at Howard Weil while continuing his 
studies at Loyola, and Ken Jr. is a 
Freshman at U.S.L. in Lafayette, 
where he pledged SAE. Last Summer 
the Kennedys enioyed a boat trip 
along the East Coast and had fun at- 
tending the Davis Cup matches in St. 

Alumnae Magazine 

Louis Liz Graves Perkinson loved 
having McCall Henderson Revercomb 
visit and share the excitement of get- 
ting daughter Gigi ready to attend 
Duke. "Tommy" (Ann) Porter Mullen 
celebrated the marriage of her 
daughter in April '82. Her new son-in- 
law is archivist at Colorado State U. 
Son James married in May and moved 
to Lisle, IL, where he is employed by 
Spivey Barge Lines. 

My Summer Letter brought news 
that Edith Scannell Cody was recover- 
ing from injuries sustained in an auto 
accident. A note from her father 
brought the sad news of Edith's death 
on Dec. 30. 1982, "from injuries 
received in an auto accident." 

Christmas holidays found Caroline 
Rankin Mapother busy with plans to 
travel to Russia with the SBC tour. 
Among her companions were class- 
mate Murray Armstrong James and 
her husband, Mary Lou Holton Effler 
'46, and Betty Ann Bass Norris '46 
The Bill Raglands (Betty Johnson) 
divide their time among Raleigh; 
John's Island, FL; Morehead, NC; and 
visits to children. Betty is in business 
school in Nashville, Jody is studying 
law in Boston, and Bill Jr. expects to 
enter law school in '83. "Twink" 
(Helen) Elliott Sockwell and Warren 
enjoyed a trip to the Canadian Rockies 
last Summer and look forward to 
European travels in '83. Helen stays 
in touch with Nita Minchew Faulk, 
who teaches school in Waycross; Bess 
White Gregory, who had two offspring 
to marry last year; and Betsy Plunkett 
Williams, who planned to bring hus- 
band Jerry to her reunion this year. 
Steve Sockwell graduates from 
Georgetown Law School May '83 and 
has accepted a position with Simms 
and Simms in Baltimore. Daughter 
Helen continues her artistic pursuits, 
and Ginny Lee has spent a year in 
Germany following her graduation. 

Fantastic skiing near Innsbruck in 
December '81 was followed by the 
best skiing in years in New England 
for the Whit Dickeys. (Closey 
Faulkner). Summer found Closey and 
her family vacationing at Knopton Hill. 
Bermuda. Whit and sons Lawrence 
and Don sailed as crew aboard the 
Felmar with friends to meet Closey 
there. Clo joined them, having raced 
to Bermuda as cook aboard Sheldon 
Week's NY 40. Hiking in the New 
Hampshire White Mountains, canoeing 
the St. John and Saco rivers, and a 
family Northeast Harbor cruise on their 
boat Octet occupied the rest of sum- 
mer '83. John graduated from Mid- 
dlebury and Clo from St. Paul's. John 
just signed up with ABC-TV in NYC in 
the production field, and Clo 
matriculated in Middlebury February 
'83, following fall term at U.Vt. Chris 
attends Roger Williams College, 
studies music, and teaches guitar. 
Whit majors in music at Bennington, 
Don works for Senator Humphrey, and 

Lawrence, fluent in Spanish, works 
the Central and South America ter- 
ritory for INA. Closey added garden 
club speaking to her talents, appear- 
ing as a guest at Indie Lindsay Biliso- 
ly's garden club last year. 

The big news from Martha Frye Nye 
and Bill is their forthcoming move to 
Hickory, NC. Martha enjoyed a trip to 
Mardi Gras but found the NO. police 
disapproved of her perching in a tree 
to view the big parade! Health care 
meetings took the Nyes to Las Vegas 
and Hawaii; Paul and Holly joined 
them at their Myrtle Beach condo. 
Daughter Ruth is working on a multi- 
complex hotel project with Portman & 
Co., Julia and Harvey are ready to 
build in Chapel Hill, John is doing 
well with Hickory Chair Co, and Peggy 
and Glen moved to Lenoir, where he 
is administrator of Brian Nursing 

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Ix, a 
sophomore at Dwight-Englewood, is 
involved in sports: J.V. hockey, 
basketball, tennis, cheerleading, and 
competitive swimming in the summer. 
She's an honor student too and keeps 
Jane Taylor Ix involved in her many 
activities. Bill III is completing his 
studies in mechanical engineering; Jon 
is studying for his MA. in Public Atf- 
ministration at Loyola Marymount in 
LA. Jeff and wife Kathy live in Green- 
ville, NC, where both work for Proctor 
and Gamble. Greg will graduate from 
Ohio Wesleyan in '83. 

Bess Pratt Wallace's daughter Tracy 
is planning to attend SBC next fall. 

Mercer U. School of Medicine is in 
full swing and his duties as chairman 
of the Dept. of Medicine agree with 
Waddell, though he misses practice. 
The turnover and influx of new people 
has kept me busy in real estate. David 
is finishing his second year residency 
at Vanderbilt, Sarah manages pension 
benefits for Northern Telecom head- 
quartered in Nashville, and Allen loves 
the Big Apple and his job at Irving 
Trust. He enjoys playing on the 
bank's squash team. I hope to make 
if to Reunion, and hope you do too. 



Nancy Messick Ray (Mrs. Christopher 

J), 16 Carriage Way. Berwyn. PA 


Fund Agent 

Margaret Moore Ripley (Mrs. Margarel 
M), 18 Old Mendham Rd., Mor- 
ristown, NJ 07960 

Our very best wishes to Kitchie 
Roseberry Ewald who was married in 
December to Roy Tolleson. Roy is a 
Detroit attorney and the Tollesons are 
dividing their lime between Detroit, 
New York, Charlottesville, and Florida- 

While on the subject, I hope everyone 
had a chance to see the October issue 
of Town and Country, where our own 
Kitchie was one of four women pic- 
tured and profiled as illustrations of 
"A Life in Balance." She was cap- 
tioned as "Charlottesville's irrever- 
rent, optimistic businesswoman." 

Edith Bell Lyon has been living in 
Charlottesville for four years, working 
for Kitchie's mail order catalog, The 
Very Thing. Her spare time is re- 
served for her beloved horse and two 
dogs. She has just bought a small 
house in the woods off Garth Road 
and should be moved in by the time 
you read this. Her son Jon is working 
in Rockville, MD, with an import- 
export business so is close enough to 
visit often. 

Peggy Nelson Hardin writes that 
she has finally begun her "next 
career" by getting a job as office 
manager at the Georgetown, an ele- 
gant retirement residence. She does 
payroll, resident billing, petty cash, 
personnel records, and helps the 
residents with their money problems 
and medicare forms. However, in- 
asmuch as she passed her CPA exams 
last year, Peggy plans to move on to a 
CPA's office and work closer to finan- 
cial statements. 

Word from Jane Ragland Young is 
that she chaperoned a group touring 
France and Italy last summer and has 
begun painting, has even had a few 
commissions, and has had a marve- 
lous time with her first art class. 

Another successful artist in our 
class is Jane Ramsay Olmsted. In 
1980, I attended her first one-person 
show and was duly impressed. Latest 
news is that she has opened her own 
studio in Arlington. Jane also reports 
that she was visited by Harriet Thayer 
Elder last fall. Harriet works for 
Planned Parenthood in Nashville and 
was attending a meeting of that 
organization in Washington. 

Nancy Hamel Clark's daughter Ann 
received her master's from U.Va. last 
spring and is now teaching in the 
Virginia Beach public school system. 
Nancy wants to know if any of us 
have children living there. Her son 
Jim is still in Nashville after 
graduating from Vanderbilt. 

Jane Mattas Christian writes that 
her son Phil has his M.B.A. from U. 
of Rochester and is now employed by 
IT&T and thai her daughter Gigi 
graduated from Lafayette Col. and is 
employed at Pharmacon, a biological 
research facility. Her son Matt is at 
Penn Slate. 

Grace Wallace Brown gets my 
Sweet Briar rose award for her kind 
response to my plea lor news. The 
rest ot you. better luck next time. 
With their three older children out in 
"the real world" and the youngest off 
to prep school at Kent. CT. Grace and 
Brady no longer felt pressured to be 
within walking distance to schools or 


train stations and have moved to a 
smaller house in a more rural area, 
Purchase, NY. They divide their time 
between there and their quarry in 
Ashley Falls, MA. Jo Sharp Blaasvaer 
and Reidar are busily restoring an old 
house in Mauricetown, NJ, which is 
an historic town on the Maurice River 
close to Atlantic City. 

Also among the "movers" in our 
class are Sallie Anderson Broyles and 
Norris. who moved into their new 
home in Atlanta just before Christmas. 
Chris and I are looking forward to 
staying with them when we go to 
Atlanta for the wedding of Sadie 
Izard, daughter of Mary Bailey Izard 
and Jack. Sadie is one of my God- 
daughters, as is Sallie's daughter 
Starr, who made Sallie a grandmother 
last spring. 

Cynthia Batch Barns and Art bought 
their first house in Utica in 1982, and 
in May Cynthia became director of the 
Convention and Tourist Association for 
Greater Utica. With seven children, 
Cynthia is the winner of the large 
family prize for the class of '52 — 
unless, of course, there is one of you 
out there somewhere with more. 

Nancy Laemmel Hartman is a year 
away from completing her Master's in 
Christian Education at Scarritt College. 
Daughter Katrina will enter Auburn U. 
as a freshman this fall. David, 15, will 
be a junior at Brentwood High. 

Martha Yost Ridenour s husband 
retired from the bank on account of 
his health, and they have been doing 
some traveling when he is able. They 
also spend much time at their condo 
at Cumberland Lake. Their daughter is 
now working at the bank, and her 
husband works for Philip Morris Co. 

Mary Gesler Hanson is the owner of 
Paramount Travel in Bethesda, MD. 
Husband Royce, who just got a law 
degree, is with the National Academy 
of Sciences. Their children are all in 
school: Brooks (24) at UCLA with a 
fellowship in geology, Mark (23) first 
year at Emory Medical School, and 
Juliette (16) in 11th grade high 

The following are notes gleaned 
from our class scrapbook which was 
compiled for our thirtieth reunion. 
Mary John Ford Gilchrist loves living 
in Alexandria, and her daughter Mary 
Gray graduated from nursing school in 
Chapel Hill last spring. Marty Legg 
Katz and Betsy Wilder Cady both men- 
tioned hearing Liz Ashford, daughter 
of Peg Anderson Ashford, play jazz 
piano with a group called "Second- 
Hand Rose." Marty gives a rave re- 
view and predicts the group will 
become famous. Betsy and Blake have 
made 31 trips to China, and Betsy is 
involved with establishing hospice ser- 
vices in Boston and Brookline. Sue 
Bassewitz lives in Great Neck, N.Y. 
and is Deputy County Attorney. 

The year 1982 was a big one for 
Ginger Dreyfus Karren. Her older 


daughter graduated from SMU, and 
Ginger got her Master's degree in 
school psychology. Ginger continues to 
sing professionally and to chauffeur 
for her younger daughter who wants 
to be a professional ballerina. 

No more carpools for Louise War- 
field Stump, who has been enjoying 
the empty nest by "doing a lot of 
riding and competing." For the last 
five years, Louise has been giving 
nutrition lectures and classes at her 
local church and has succeeded in 
steering a lot of people into "taking 
responsibility for their health through 
more healthful eating and living 

Becky Yerkes Rogers has started 
her empty nest restoration with 
pierced ears and diamond earrings, to 
be followed by hybridizing day lilies 
and writing detective novels. She also 
mentioned dieting, but the family pic- 
ture she sent did not indicate a need 
for anything so drastic. Floppy Fitch 
Patton boasts of a "severe" empty 
nest syndrome, filled by getting in- 
volved in her Episcopal Church Altar 
Guild, Heritage Study Club, bridge 
club, and being DAR Chapter Regent, 

Marty Legg Katz and Bill have a 
daughter at Brown U, a daughter at 
Wesleyan U., a son in high school, 
and another son in the Weston Middle 
School. Marty has edited the PTO 
newsletter to high school parents for 
the last five years. The Katzes con- 
tinue to spend summer vacations at 
Martha's Vineyard. 

In general, the "Game of Life" 
forms returned by our classmates in- 
dicate a higher than national average 
number of children per family and an 
overwhelming number of degrees for 
the children of '52. For example. Don- 
na Reese Godwin and George have 
four sons and two daughters; four are 
college graduates, one from Vanderbilt 
with a master's from U. of Tex. and 
three from Ole Miss. The other two 
are still at it, one at U. of S. Miss, 
and one at U. of Tex., Texas Tech. 

As for the Rays, we have four 
children, three in college. Our oldest, 
Graham, is a senior at Mount Holyoke 
and was one of three student leaders 
to receive special recognition for 
"unique and outstanding contributions 
to collegiate life." Chris, Jr., is a 
sophomore at Clemson, majoring in 
agriculture and enjoying every facet of 
the Clemson tradition. Nancy is a 
freshman at SBC and lives in my 
freshman year dorm, Grammer. The 
social scene there has certainly 
changed in thirty years. Did you know 
that President Whiteman is a member 
of Aints and Asses? Our youngest, 
Sarah, is a high school sophomore at 
Villa Maria Academy but has already 
named SBC as the college of her 

If you don't want my next class 
notes to be filled with more details of 

my children and a boring account of 
life on Philadelphia's Main Line, you 
had better write notes on your Fund 
flaps. They are forwarded to me and 
are my major source of class news. 



Byrd Stone. Box 89, Sweet Briar, VA 


Fund Agent 

Alice Guggenheimer Mackay (Mrs 
Roger D.), 159 Mill St., Westwood, 
MA 02090 

It has been said that those of us 
who graduated from college in the 
'50's were the "Silent generation" 
and if SBC '56 is any example, those 
who said it certainly knew of what 
they were speaking! We have all 
either contracted arthritis of the 
"write" hand or we are the dullest 
group to ever have graced the dells of 
Sweet Briar College, judging by mail, 
or lack there of! Another year and I'm 
just going to make things up. "Cath- 
erine Lotterhos Mills bought a BIG 
hat, and ran off with the garbage 
man," or "Ann Irvin had dyed her 
hair green and is living in sin in a loft 
in Greenwich Village," or "Jolly Urner 
is still in California and sees Ronnie 
R. periodically at his ranch. Actually 
it's a 'menage a trois' because Nancy 
is the jealous type." 

Okay, that's just a warning. Next 
year...! To those of you who did 
write, either to me or to the Alumnae 
Office, I send my thanks. Please keep 
it up. (You could be different, and 
send me money and the Alumnae Of- 
fice news!) 

Lucy Blanton Park writes that she 
still lives in the same house in Paris, 
KY, with the same husband of almost 
27 years. I can't decide whether 
she's bragging or complaining! Their 
daughter married last June, the first 
of their three children to do so. In Ju- 
ly son Curtis will also marry. Harry, 
the youngest child is attending Ole 
Miss at Oxford, MS. 

I could have gone all day without 
Mary Alice Major's news. She and 
Graham became grandparents in 
September of 1981. Now that's dis- 
gusting. Here I am bathing in Clairol 
and she's got to be bragging about a 
granddaughter! Their son graduated 
from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 
June 1982 and will be stationed at a 
missile base in Montana. 

Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride and her 
husband Dick are enjoying their two 
teenage boys and their 2'/2 -year-old. 
Now that's more like it! Karen is a 
computer systems analyst in northern 
Virginia. Bet Forbes Rayburn is farm- 
ing and raising pecans and working 
on an MB. A. degree — gradually. 
Daughter Lucy is married and Bet has 

two other children in college who are 
aiming toward careers in marketing 
pecans and flying. 

Alice Guggenheimer MacKay writes 
that her son Dan rode his bike from 
the West to the East coast last sum- 
mer — 5200 miles and about 30 flat 
tires. I was so excited when I saw his 
picture in the Lynchburg News and 
realized (10 minutes later) who he 
was! He is now a freshman at the U. 
of Chicago. Their daughter is a junior 
in high school. Thinking of a southern 
college perhaps! I know a good one. 
Barbara Darnall Clinton sent me her 
Christmas letter which contained lots 
of news of her activities. I will have to 
condense it (when I collected every- 
thing together, I realized I had more 
news than I thought!), but here goes. 
Barbara's family took her on her first 
ski trip and after two days, she de- 
cided to like it. I bet those first two 
days were a joy! One of her daughters 
spent the summer in Washington, DC, 
as one of 15 engineering students 
from across the country chosen for an 
internship studying the relationship 
between engineers and federal policy 
making. Another daughter is at Texas 
A&M, and a son who is a sophomore 
in high school recently became an 
Eagle Scout. Barbara has continued 
with her music and is active as presi- 
dent of her church choir. 

Jane Slack Engleby Sigloh is now i 
the mother of a Sweet Briar student. 
Sally Engleby is a freshman and is a 
real cute gal. Jane and her husband 
and daughter came by the Education 
Building at SBC just as we were hav- 
ing a "Thanksgiving feast" with 39 
little Indians and pilgrims. I can't 
understand why they didn't want to 
share our fare of three grapes, six 
raisins, popcorn and pumpkin pie. 
They just must have strange tastes in 
Weston, CT, where the Siglohs are 
living. Jane looks terrific, even if she 
does have strange eating habits. Mit- 
zie Djerf DeRidder is still supervisor of 
educational programs at Woodbridge 
State School in New Jersey and is 
writing a book for ARCO Publishing 
Co., Careers in the Human Services 
She is also active in the Women's 
Network Movement. Mitzie has two 
sons, one in the Navy on the U.S.S. 
Coral Sea and one in college. Frances 
Gilbert Browne and Herb have three 
sons — Howard (23) is in first year 
law at Wake Forest, Gilbert (20) is a 
junior at Chapel Hill and will intern in 
D.C. this summer, and Paul (16) is a 
fifth-former at St. Paul's School in 
New Hampshire. Frances is active in 
the First Presbyterian Church and 
plays tennis when time permits. She 
was looking forward to an April visit 
to SBC. 

Ann Train Ross writes that she and 
John will continue to live in Hong 
Kong for at least 18 months more 
while John's firm is expanding. Son 
Richard is at Oxford U. studvinq 

Sweet Briar College 

philosophy and psychology, while 
daughters Patricia and Alison are at 
Durham U. 

Janet Monroe Schumann is working 
as community relations director for 
Community General Hospital in Read- 
ing, PA. She also does fund raising, 
and last year her annual report won 
the Superior Achievement Award for 
Pennsylvania hospitals. Janet's 
daughter will graduate in May from 
Syracuse and has received an award 
in recognition of her art work. Gwen 
Hoffman Lamb has returned to school 
(UNC) to study law. She finds it 
demanding and hopes perserverance 
and determination will see her 
through. Nancie Howe Entenmann and 
Dick are both very active with leader- 
ship roles in their Episcopal Church in 
Toledo. Their son is in Boston College 
Law School, and their daughter at 
home, but hoping to continue her 
study of English literature when her 
health improves. Nancie is taking a 
course in calligraphy. At the risk of 
sounding like a "school teacher," I 
wish everyone would. I am having 
some trouble deciphering some of your 
news — but difficult to read news is 
better than no news at all! 

Corky Lauter Murray has been 
working for Oniine, Inc., in Weston, 
CT, for the past VA years. The com- 
pany publishes computer-related 
magazines and directories, and 
organizes conferences in different 
parts of the country. The Murrays' 
children are Laura, who graduated 
from Dartmouth in '82 and works in 
NYC; Bob who is a sophomore at Ke- 
nyon College; and Caroline, who is in 
8th grade Peggy Pattillo Beckham 
toured England for two weeks last 
June with Dr. Elton Trueblood. 
Thought there might be a scandal 
here, but they visited a Bishop, so I 
guess it was okay. The Beckhams' 
eldest son is in 2nd year Law at U. of 
Texas, daughter Nancy will graduate 
from U.T. this year and has an intern- 
ship at Yale for next year, and their 
youngest is a freshman at U.T 

Barbara Bernhard MacLea's 
daughter Ginger was married April 30. 
1983, and her daughter Sally 
graduated from Denison U. May 28, 
1983 The MacLeas live in Baltimore, 
and Barbara is the senior field 
representative for the American Cancer 

Joan Broman Wright and Jim were 
here for Parent's Day in October and 
as usual we had a grand visit. Their 
daughter Elise will graduate in May, 
and I'm crushed to think I can't look 
forward to their fall visits. Maybe they 
can adopt. Son Jimmy is at Davidson, 
and Joan's parents have moved to 
Florida, so I fear it may be difficult to 
get them this far north. 

I have a long holiday letter from 
Kay Smith Schauer and Bob which I'll 
have to condense. I don't know if 
they're trying to discourage visitors, 

Alumnae Magazine 

but they write that they're practicing 
conservation of non-renewable re- 
sources and have abandoned central 
heating — as the letter was being 
written, it was 56° in their kitchen. 
And Joan Wright thinks my house is 
cold! The Schauers have two sons — 
Steve at Willamette U.. where he's 
majoring in Econ and Math, and Mike, 
who will go to college this fall. Mike 
got a perfect score on his math SATs 
last spring. Kay is active in the 
nuclear freeze movement, crime pre- 
vention, handgun control and veget- 
able gardening. How's that for variety! 

Julia Jackson Nichols wants us to 
know that her husband's name is 
David, not Davisl 

I have spent a varied year — a 
large part of last summer in the 
hospital in Lynchburg (who wants to 
go to Maine and Connecticut anyway!) 
and this spring vacation at UVA 
Hospital — both times with a mysteri- 
ous lung ailment which I've had for a 
year. I mean, I really know how to 
spend a vacation to say nothing of 
money! My niece is completing her 
sophomore year at SBC and is very 
much into a variety of activities and 
studies. She is on judic and was 
elected to Q.V. i hope no Bum reads 
this before they're announced — 
she'll kill me! 

Y'all write, and send money — if 
not to me to the Alumnae Fund! 



Mickey Oliveri Svoboda (Mrs. Joseph), 
6016 St. Andrews Lane, Richmond, 
VA 23226 

Fund Agent 

Nina Wilkerson Bugg (Mrs. William 
A., Jr.), 471 W. Wesley Rd., N.W., 
Atlanta. GA 

The class of '60 really fits the 
modern image of women who success- 
fully combine marriage with a career 
or community service. Many have 
written enthusiastically of family ac- 
tivities, but always in conjunction with 
a career or with involvement in many 
activities outside the home. 

Pat Russell Binnie is one of our 
most faithful correspondents. The Bin- 
nie family is renovating an old home 
in Toronto, Canada. They spent a 
week in Wisconsin last summer at 
Taliesin North, the home of the late 
Frank Lloyd Wright. Husband Andrew 
worked with Wright in the 50's. 

Betsy Buechner Morris received her 
M.B.A. from the Simmons Graduate 
School of Management. Betsy is now 
working at a Boston bank. Son Peter 
has spent his high school junior year 
in Hamburg, where Betsy visited him 
last year. 

Ann Weingart Teig is once again 

sending cards with USA postmarks! 
Ann, Eric, and their four children are 
living in Belmont, MA, while Eric is on 
sabbatical at Harvard. They will return 
to their home in Oslo, Norway, when 
this year of study is over. 

I received a most attractive Charlie 
Hall original Christmas card from his 
mother. Isabel Ware Burch. Isabel 
continues to work at the Westport, 
CT. Nature Center and husband Bob 
is the new VP of Save the Children 
Foundation. Bob assists at St. Mat- 
thews in Wilton on the weekends. 
Isabel's daughter Margaret is a 
sophomore at the U. of Vt. Allen is a 
high school junior and Charlie is a 
grade school football player. 

"A" Massie Hill lives in Fairfield, 
CT, and is a trust officer with the 
Connecticut National Bank. Husband 
Mai commutes daily to the Chemical 
Bank in NY. A's oldest son, Mai, 20, 
is a Vanderbilt student, and her 
younger son. Gordy. is a senior at 
Exeter. A has retained her music in- 
terest and participates in week-end 
chamber music concerts as often as 

Beverly Schuemann Wirth is an il- 
lustrator living in Syracuse, NY. Bev 
has done some free-lance writing and 
has just published her first book. 
Margie and Me. Bev saw Mona Stiles 
this past summer when Mona was 
performing at the Cortland Repertory 

Margot McKee is associated with 
Douglas-Elliman-Gibbons & Ives, a 
New York real estate firm. 

Missi Meyers Gibbs keeps a busy 
schedule. In addition to working, she 
is secretary of the St. Thomas Altar 
Guild, a lay chaplain at Roosevelt 
Hospital, and treasurer of the Hewitt 
Parents Association. For the second 
year Missi had an SBC intern staying 
with her for Winter Term. 

Lucy Martin Gianino will go to 
Spoleto. Italy, with her play, Children 
of a Lesser God. Husband Jack is 
stage manager lor the Lena Home 
Show. Lucy is running the Parent 
Support group at her children's 

Ginger Newman Blanchard is a Don- 
caster consultant in New Jersey. 
Ginger and Bob visited Austria last 
spring and Bob's job continues to 
take them on many trips. Melinda 
Blanchard is a junior at Salem Col- 
lege, Rob is a freshman at Guilford, 
and Wil. a high school junior at home. 

Ron and Val Hnot Wolfe have been 
building their home in Saddle River, 
NJ, and hope to have it finished by 

Margo Saur Meyer writes from Ber- 
nardsville. NJ. that life revolves 
around the kids and athletic activities 
Husband Bob is a deputy attorney 
general. Amy. 16. is a runner. Jenny. 
14, is the swimmer, and Philip. 12. is 
the soccer player. 

Sue Styer Ericksen and her family 

bought a 1770 farmhouse last year. 
They moved in after 10 months of 
restoration with two sons and three 
horses. Sue is a dental assistant and 
riding teacher in Birdsboro. PA. 

George and Barbara Beam Denison 
vacationed in Greece last fall. Beam is 
busy with her art and frame studio in 
Bethesda, MD. Daughter Tracy is a 
junior at the U. of Del. and will spend 
her second semester in Paris. Heather 
is applying to colleges, and Dolly is 
learning to drive, an exciting ex- 
perience for Mom! 

Robin Ould Sabin is living in Great 
Falls, VA, after being abroad for so 
many years. Robin foxhunts and is 
busy with the pony club. Her daught- 
er is a freshman at Madeira. 

Mary Laird Silvia is in Falls Church, 
VA, and is working with nutrition and 
muscle therapy. I hope she will pass 
on her secrets for our "over 30" 
aches and pains. 

Carolyn Gough Harding reports from 
Reston, VA, that her family traveled to 
England, Scotland and France last 
summer. Dick was in India last Oc- 
tober, but Carolyn and the boys had 
to settle for slides and souvenirs. 
Carolyn is a teacher of English as a 
second language. 

Here in Richmond. Anne Gatling 
Honey is president of the Women of 
St. James Church. The Honeys' home 
was open for Virginia's Garden Week 
tour last spring. 

Carolyn King Ratcliffe finds life 
quite changed with both daughters 
away from home this year. Cathy is a 
freshman at Duke, and Carolyn's red 
robe is again at St. Andrews with 
Anne who is spending her junior year 
at UVa abroad. Carolyn and Clyde 
were to visit Anne at Christmastime. 
Carolyn is working at the Collegiate 
Boys School, just outside of 

Patti Powell Pusey is a life in- 
surance agent for Connecticut Mutual. 
Daughter Brent is attending Montana 
State. Biff is a sophomore at St. 
Christopher's School, and daughter 
Glen is at Collegiate. Bill is a lawyer 
here in Richmond. 

Norvell Orgain Butler wrote from 
Virginia Beach that her husband Frank 
is busy with his real estate in- 
vestments, law firm of Butler and 
Butler, and serving as a substitute 
judge. She works in his office half a 
day. Son Frank IV is a junior at UVA. 
and daughter Corbin will be a 
freshman there in September, having 
finished high school in three years. 
Son Clairborne is a sophomore at First 
Colonial High School. 

Judy Cowen Jones has begun a 
tennis consulting business in 
Waynesboro. VA. Judy and her part- 
ner run tournaments, organize tennis 
trips, and set up club programs. 
Judy's oldest daughter, Debbie, is a 
junior at SBC, Allison is a freshman at 
UVa. and Greg is a sophomore in high 


school and was going to Peru for 
spring break. 

Tucky McFall Ziebold s daughter 
Margaret is in the 8th grade at home 
in Charleston, WV. Molly is a senior 
at Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, 
NC, and, much to Tucky's chagrin, 
Becky is a sophomore at that other 
Virginia women's college, Hollins. 

Betty Forsyth Harris has literally 
been on her toes lately. I opened a 
most attractive announcement trom the 
Lynchburg Fine Arts Center and 
discovered that Betty is part of an 
energetic dance team that gives lec- 
tures and demonstrations throughout 
Virginia. Betty is also teaching dance 
and art at the Seven Hills School. Bet- 
ty wrote that her career began in 
earnest after her three girls became 
teenagers. Elizabeth is at Brown, 
Frankie is at UVa. and Betty's 
youngest daughter is at home in 

Mollie McDonald Brasfield is run- 
ning her own advertising agency in 
Charlotte, NC. Mollie's son Evans is 
at Vanderbilt, and John is a high 
school student in Southborough, MA. 

Charlyne Grimes Coleman has 
become a legal assistant specializing 
in probate and taxes. Husband Jim 
has law offices in Hendersonville, NC, 
and her boys are in Hendersonville 
schools. Chris is a fifth grader and 
Clay is in the seventh. 

Becky Towill McNair wrote a newsy 
note from Charlotte, NC. Becky said 
that since her daughter Harriet is a 
freshman at SBC she has especially 
enjoyed returning to campus for 
Parents Weekend. Becky finds it a 
wonderful experience to be again in- 
volved with Sweet Briar activities. 
Becky sent news of Sally Underhill 
Viault who lives near Charlotte in Rock 
Hill, SC. Sally's husband is a history 
professor at Winthrop College. 

Anne Smith Bretscher is working on 
her doctorate at the U. of Ga. in 
Athens where both she and Bob 

Our Atlanta news comes from Nina 
Wilkerson Bugg who told me that as 
Class Fund Agent she has been so 
thankful that so many of our class- 
mates have loyally supported their 
alma mater. Nina is working part time 
and "standing by" with moral sup- 
port as her boys are finishing their 
Eagle Scout requirements. Husband 
Bill is regional manager for Cushman 
& Wakefield, commercial realtors. The 
Buggs have bought a mountain retreat 
at Big Canoe, GA, where they enjoyed 
a visit from Anne Crowell Lemmon and 
her family. 

Karen Janssen Brede wrote from 
Marietta, GA, that she is not working 
since she has multiple sclerosis. 

Dottie Westby is flying for a Ft. 
Lauderdale air charter company and 
received her seaplane rating last sum- 
mer. Dottie is also developing acreage 
at Boca del Mar, FL. Her two children 


attend school in Ft. Lauderdale. Since 
her divorce Dottie has dropped her 
married name and will again be 
known as Dottie Westby. 

Liz Few Penfield is chairman of the 
English Department at the U. of New 
Orleans and has recently published 
two textbooks. 

We are well represented by Texas! 
Lee Cullum is editor of D Magazine, 
the city magazine of Dallas. Lee's son 
Cullum Clark, 16, is deeply involved 
in debate and travels to tournaments 
all over the country. Jane Riddle Lan- 
caster's card also bears a Dallas 
postmark. Jane said that she keeps 
busy just attempting to keep up with 
her lawyer husband, John. Jane 
visited SBC last September for the 
first time in years. Her daughter has 
graduated from the U. of Texas, one 
son in at Tulane, and her younger boy 
in high school. Jane sees Flo 
McGowin Uhlhorn either in Dallas or" 
when vacationing in Aspen. 
Sandy Schuhmacher Lawrence is in 
college again — this time getting a 
degree in music composition at Incar- 
nate Word College in San Antonio. 
She remembers that her musical ex- 
perience at SBC was limited to choir, 
Sweet Tones, and playing the old Date 
House piano. 

Maydelle Foster Fason is married to 
an oral surgeon and has two children, 
Drake, 16, and Maydelle, 12. 
Maydelle is employed as the Women's 
Employment Advocate at the Austin 
Women's Center. Maline Gilbert 
McCalla owns a craft gallery in 
Austin. She was off to Paris on a buy- 
ing trip in January. Maline wrote that 
this trip coincided with the SBC 
Abroad reunion in Paris. Maline 
strongly recommends the novel Life 
Sentences to all of us. "It's a tale of 
Texas girls who go off to school in 
Virginia — you'll enjoy and relate." 

Norma Patteson Mills and family 
planned a trip to Alta, UT, for a 
Christmas ski vacation. James is a 
junior at Vanderbilt, Brent is a 
freshman at Duke, and Kincaid is in 
grade school at home in Chattanooga, 
TN. Norma echoed my sentiments 
when she asked, "Who would think 
we darlings of the Class of '60 could 
have these college age children?" 

Jane Tatman Walker is a docent at 
the Children's Museum in Indianapolis 
and has been writing a tour for the 
Indianapolis Preservation Society. Jane 
is on the board of the Phillips Andover 
Alumni Council and often travels to 
New England for meetings. Her son is 
a sophomore at Ind. U. and daughter 
Kitty is a high school senior. 

Janie Haldeman married Richard 
Rietzke in 1981. They are living in 
Louisville and Janie is teaching at a 
Kentucky prison. Janie's son Gerry is 
at Bellanime College, young Jane is at 
the Brown School, and Robert is at 
St. Francis School, all in Louisville. 
Jane will not take her new husband's 

name but will by known as Jane 
Haldeman Hope. 

Joe and Heidi Wood Huddleston 
were in Toronto for the Trial Lawyers 
Convention last summer. Kristina is 
Heidi's only child still at home in 
Bowling Green, KY. Lisa is another 
Class of '60 Vanderbilt student, and 
older daughter Johanna has opened a 
restaurant! Heidi is working on a 
history degree while doing critical care 
nursing and directing her hospital's 
CPR program. 

Peggy Cook Montgomery was in 
Boston last fall and saw Ann Weingart 
Teig. The older Montgomery boys are 
both at Princeton. Peggy's husband 
Seth is president of the Sante Fe 
Opera, and Peggy is quite involved 
with the Opera Guild. Peggy et famille 
traveled throughout Canada and 
Alaska a few years ago. Peggy 
reported that their mobile home 
became smaller and smaller as the 
number of rainy days increased! 

We have three notes from the West 
Coast. Carol Barnard is working in 
Seattle at the Pacific Institute. She is 
writing for Outdoors West, a conserva- 
tion magazine, and has been active in 
the Big Sister program. Carol sees 
Jane Headstream Millholland and had 
just purchased a painting by Jane's 
artist husband, Pierce Millholland. 
Jane is keeping trim by chasing her 
4-year-old son, Thatcher. 

Shirley Hayman Sudduth lives in 
the San Joaquin Valley town of 
Madera, CA. Her card spoke glowingly 
of the area, and Shirley added that if 
she sounded like an ad for the 
Chamber of Commerce, it might be 
because she is the administrative 
assistant for the Madera Chamber. 
Her husband John is VP of a grain 
company specializing in Mexican food. 
Son Robert is an Army medic; daugh- 
ter Linda will graduate from college in 
May and will be married soon after- 
ward. Shirley's younger son Peter is 
at Cal State Humboldt. 

Diana Muldaur Vickery has remar- 
ried and is now Mrs. Robert J. 
Dozier. Dinny is still our favorite ac- 
tress and is living in Pacific Palisades, 

This year's response to Class Notes 
has been the best ever. I have loved 
reading all the wonderful letters, but 
please forgive me for editing so heavi- 
ly. The Alumnae Office has asked us 
to keep notes as concise as possible. 
Thank you, thank you, for all the 
news, it makes my job so easy! 



Grace Mary Garry Oates (Mrs Wallace 
E.), 4606 Clemson Rd., College Park, 
MD 20740 

Fund Agent 

Josephine England Redd (Mrs. 
Uhland, III), 445 Palisade Dr., 
Florence, AL 35630 

The vote is in, and forty is officially 
declared not half so bad as we'd ex- 
pected. Great, did someone say? 
Please, ladies, let's show a little 
restraint. Is it really seemly to be 
jubilant about this? 

It can hardly be helped if, like 
Jackie Nicholson Wysong, you awoke 
on your fortieth birthday to find your 
black-draped garage decorated with a 
sign declaring, "Lordie, Lordie, 
Jackie's Forty!" As if such a remind- 
er weren't enough, Jackie en- 
countered the same proclamation on 
her street, at her children's schools, 
at major intersections all over Alexan- 
dria, VA. By evening, when husband 
David threw a party for her, Jackie 
had decided turning 40 was hilarious. 
Regarding the sanguine notion of life 
beginning then, Jackie remarks that 
she's started a new career with a 
construction company. 

Alice Fales Stewart's fortieth birth- 
day was a beginning too. Three days 
earlier Alice, with two of her children, 
made her orchestral debut with the 
Wellfleet Symphonette, a community 
volunteer orchestra where the 
Stewarts summer on Cape Cod. At the 
back of the second violin section and 
struggling to keep up, Alice was 
nonetheless elated, having taken up 
the violin at the advanced age of 35. 
In the same week Alice also began 
teaching history to tenth, eleventh, 
and twelfth graders at a lovely school 
in Chestnut Hill, MA. Her recipe for 
feeling young: keeping up with her 
two-year-old daughter. 

Nancy Banfield Mcllhaney says "in- 
volvement and regular exercise" are 
the keys to loving life at 40. Nancy is 
a marketing representative for a 
Houston bank; she teaches Sunday 
school and is active on the local Heart 
Association board, on the President's 
Committee for the Chamber of Com- 
merce, and in Toastmasters; she jogs 
and "jazzercises" regularly. Another 
enthusiastic advocate of life "after 
35" is Leezee Scott Porter, who is 
pleased with the success of her furni- 
ture leasing company in Washington, 
DC. Perhaps some of you saw last 
summer's Washington Post article on 
furniture rental in Washington, in 
which Leezeee was quoted extensive- 
ly, or heard her interviewed on Na- 
tional Public Radio. Leezee is still a 
director of the Women's National 
Bank, a member of the national board 
of the Women's Campaign Fund and 
of the Vestry of Grace Church. She is 
the mother of Erin, 14, a ninth grader 
at the Maret School; and she dates 
"a very special man." 

Mary Peeples de Vries, in Ft 
Lauderdale, FL, says that finally, at 
40, she's doing what she always 

Sweet Briar College 

wanted: painting. She has had numer- 
ous portrait commissions; and she 
guarantees "no wrinkles." My favor- 
ite anonymous correspondent, the NYC 
realtor, celebrated her fortieth by los- 
ing 15 pounds. I can't be sure, but 
look for a svelte Fran Hanahan 

Approaching the forties in a philoso- 
phical mood was Heidi Haug White, 
who is "experiencing a nice coming- 
together of things" and savoring the 
fruits of her labors. In addition to full- 
time motherhood and an almost full- 
time job in real estate management. 
Heidi has taken on a new role in 
public life with her appointment to the 
Community Board (an adjunct of the 
NY City Council) of the district in 
Manhattan where she lives and works. 
Sally Gump Berryman relishes the 
contentment of life with Doc on their 
farm near Manchester, TN. Turning 
40 is "all a state of mind," says Sal- 
ly, who even likes her gray hairs and 
who loves riding, golfing, gardening, 
and enjoying children and grand- 
children. Sally was looking forward to 
reading the latest book by Stuart 
Baldwin Osmond's husband Andrew, 
War without Frontiers. 

Decidedly unphilosophical was Judy 
Dunn Spangenberg's birthday plan: to 
hurl herself from an upstairs window. 
However, when the autumn day 
dawned clear and lovely, she decided 
to rake leaves instead. Judy's twelfth 
children's book (illustrated by the 
photographs by her mother. Phoebe 
Pierson Dunn '36) was due out in the 
spring. Judy has also been teaching 
creative writing to gifted fourth 
graders and taking a creative writers' 
workshop and a classical music 
course. Tyler, 15, is a fearless skier 
and an accelerated student. Husband 
Tom, still at Young and Rubicam Ad- 
vertising on Madison Avenue, con- 
tinues to make "Come Back to 
Jamaica" commercials (Tom and Ty 
are in the current one) and Time-Life 

A most practical approach to birth- 
days is that of Dottie Norris Schipper. 
who's "been 35 for five years" and 
plans to stay that way. Dottie has also 
"thrown extra zeal into keeping the 
bod from deteriorating," though I fear 
a dearth of detail prevents my passing 
on her secrets. Dottie's Greenville, 
SC, photography business has reaped 
numerous professional rewards, in- 
cluding a two-week |ob in London and 
Paris last November. Between her 
work and her sons (15, 12. 3), Dottie 
can't afford to slow down. 

In Novelty, OH, Fran Mallory 
Meyers eased the blow of turning 40 
by joining the local garden club, 
where she is considered an infusion of 
"young blood," and by keeping in 
shape with tennis and Nautilus 
workouts, which she's done several 
times a week for the past four years. 
Fran loves her part-time job at "an in- 
triguing fabric shop called Cotton 

Alumnae Magazine 

Pickins," where she sells, teaches 
quilting, conducts craft and sewing 
projects, and helps coordinate fashion 
shows, in which she also models. 
Fran is also a sustaining member of 
the Junior League of Cleveland. It's 
her children who remind Fran that 
time's passing: all three are in their 
second decade now. 

Susie Glasgow Brown, in Nashville, 
doesn't feel 40 either until she looks 
at her three children (15, 13, 9). 
Susie is Director of Admissions and 
Alumnae at Harpeth Hall, where she 
has the freedom to do such things as 
take off for a long lunch with Lynne 
Smith Crow, who was in Nashville 
with Bill for a convention. At home in 
Short Hills, NJ, Lynne spent last year 
taking more tests than she'd seen 
since SBC — first, for an associate's 
license in real estate, then for a 
license to sell life insurance, and 
finally for her National Association of 
Security Dealers' license. The result of 
all this test-taking: a full-time job that 
keeps Lynne out past 10 most nights 
and makes her run harder than ever 
to keep up with David, 12 (at St. Ber- 
nard's School in Bernardsville), San- 
dy, 11 , and Margaret, 9. 

In Grand Island, NY. Melody 
McCormick Cooke has two nearly 
grown daughters — Aprille, 17. a Na- 
tional Merit semifinalist, and Kirsten, 
15, a fine pianist. Melody, a reporter 
for the Niagara Gazette, has written a 
number of articles on religion during 
the past year. Melody recently enjoyed 
a visit with Linda Lee McAndrew. Bar- 
bara Durst McLean loves watching her 
"three busy, wonderful teenagers 
grow and develop." Barbara is a 
landscape designer who owns her own 
company in Fort Worth. 

In Salem, VA, Edi Lasher Birch 
hears the clock ticking whenever she 
looks at her elder daughter Kathy, 
who'll be off to college next fall. On 
the way home from a tennis tourna- 
ment last summer, Edi gave younger 
daughter Suzie, a super tennis player, 
a tour of SBC. Edi says Tina Piatt 
Kemper, of Roanoke, visited SB with 
her daughter too; but she was inter- 
ested in the Riding Center, not the 
tennis courts. When Edi isn't wonder- 
ing where her girls will attend college, 
she's managing the pro shop at the 
Roanoke Country Club. Ebbie Evans 
Edwards, also in Roanoke, is in the 
midst of the college search as well. 
This summer she and Tom will take 
Chris, a high school junior and the 
eldest of four, to look at colleges; at 
the moment, Princeton is favored. Last 
year Ebbie joined a handbell choir, 
hoping the music would soothe the ef- 
fects of teen-agers' growing pains; 
but she says she has to concentrate 
too much on the music to en|oy it. 

Nancy Lynah Stebbing's daughter 
Clare is already in college, at the U. 
of Cal. at Sante Barbara. Last fall 
marked the twentieth anniversary of 

Nancy's Atlantic crossing (by boat, in 
those good old days!) to spend her 
junior year at the U. of Edinburgh, 
and she's been in Britain ever since. 
Her work with the Museum Service at 
Abingdon and Wantage, Oxfordshire, 
progresses despite the British financial 
crisis. Aprille Hite Deacon has lived in 
England since we graduated. At Alum- 
nae Council last fall, I visited with her 
mother and learned that Aprille's 
grand passion is riding. 

Vera Le Craw Carvaillo, in Gif-sur- 
Yvette, France, has also spent many 
years abroad. Her husband Philippe 
recently moved from the importing 
business to manufacturing. The Car- 
vaillos are learning to live with their 
Socialist government but looking, 
hopefully, to its end. They have 
bought a sailboat that they keep on 
Lake Geneva, near Evian; here they 
boated and golfed in August and skied 
at Christmas. Vera says 40 has 
brought with it "a certain inner 
balance" that keeps her sane in the 
midst of her busy life: work with 
Philippe and the care of her house, 
her two children (14 and 6) and her 
German shepherd. In fact, after a 
hiatus of 25 years, she has managed 
to resume piano lessons, which are 
"marvelously relaxing." 

From Bonn, West Germany, Marsh 
Metcalf Seymour writes joyfully that at 
last her diplomat husband is being 
transferred to a French-speaking post 
— Brussels. During the past year 
Marsh moved from the American 
School to the British School in Bonn, 
where she has taught museum and 
studio art and French. She has been 
doing translations, and her batik eggs 
were to be shown in the spring. 

In O'Fallon, IL, Sheila Carroll 
Cooprider is on the vestry of a grow- 
ing parish, chairs the Christian Educa- 
tion Commission, and does volunteer 
work. Mainly, though, Sheila and 
Chuck, a staff officer at Scott AFB, try 
to keep their 40-year-old minds in 
gear to deal with Kathryn. 13, and 
Lee Ann, 11. Last summer the 
Coopriders spent an idyllic month in 

Nina Sledge Burke has become a 
member of the executive board of the 
Atlanta Preservation Center and the 
recording secretary of the Ga. Carriage 
Association. Nina's daughter Eleanor, 
15, is a freshman at Chatham Hall, in 
the SBC neighborhood; son Richard, 
Nina laments, is in junior high and 
has discovered rock music. Frank is 
executive vice president and chief 
operating officer of the Bank of the 
South and a member of the Board of 
Trustees of Oglethorpe College. Nina 
still rides as much as possible and 
enjoys seeing many SB alumnae at the 
Burkes' summer home in Highlands, 

Catherine (Tappy) Lynn, professor 
of art history at Columbia U., spoke 
on 18th century wallpaper at an open 

class at SBC preceding the Ewald 
Scholars Symposium on the New 
American Architecture, March 24-25. 
Her husband Vincent J. Scully, pro- 
fessor at Yale, gave the opening ad- 
dress at the symposium. 

M. C. Elmore Harrell says she's 
been too busy to know she had a 
birthday. M. C.'s year-old C.P.A. 
practice in Severna Park, MD. is 
growing steadily, and she teaches ac- 
counting at the local junior college. M. 
C. remains active in volunteer work 
— as the Finance Director of the 
Junior League of Annapolis, as a Girl 
Scout leader, and as a PTA board 
member. David, 12, plays soccer and 
baseball, and Susan, 9, enjoys ballet 
and Scouts. Husband Martin just com- 
pleted 12 years with Westinghouse. 

Mary Green Borg, in Greeley. CO. 
would like to contemplate being 40 
but finds that being mother to five 
boys (14, 12, 8, 5 and 2) is hardly 
conducive to the contemplative life. 
The three older boys are "active in 
sports and music and the two smalls 
are just plain active." Mary spends 
lots of time as Cub Scout leader, Sun- 
day school teacher, junior great books 
discussion leader, school committee 
woman, and fan at soccer, basketball, 
baseball, games, wrestling matches, 
and gymnastic meets. In the copious 
free time left her, Mary participates in 
a community chorale group and 
teaches two courses a quarter at 
senior citizen centers. Mary's hus- 
band Andy is a judge and a marathon 
runner. Of her own marathon, Mary 
says she wouldn't trade places with 

Another mother happily occupied 
with young children is Anne Day Herr- 
man in NYC. Jed. 5, is in kinder- 
garten and Tim, nearly 3, goes to a 
play group. Anne still tutors in 
remedial reading. In Bethesda, MD. 
Dona Van Arsdale Jones stays busy 
keeping up with Timothy, 20 months, 
and participating in numerous ac- 
tivities at tive-year-old Emily's school. 
Dona and Carleton breezed through 
their fortieth birthdays unscathed 
while vacationing on Nantucket. The 
Joneses were planning a trip to Grand 
Cayman in March. 

In Bethlehem, PA. Pemmie Mercur 
Cleveland loves taking care of Kaycee, 
a kindergartner at Moravian Academy, 
and Carrie, nearly 3. The Clevelands 
computerized their travel agency this 
year, and Pemmie also worked on two 
Junior League projects — chairing the 
drive to open a Women's Resource 
Center at the YWCA and being on the 
Children's Theater board. John was 
inducted into the Masons, became a 
member of Rotary, and was appointed 
to the Congressional Travel and 
Tourism Caucus Advisory Board. The 
Clevelands have enioyed several trips 
to Vermont and a two-week Caribbean 
cruise (while grandparents babysat); 
they hoped to spend the summer at 


their home in Italy. 

Linda Overly Levengood, in Lan- 
caster, PA, believes the Class of '64 
must still be young at heart. Linda is 
kept that way by Andrew, 6, and 
Lara, 3. Linda and Richard, whose 
architectural business is flourishing, 
took the children to Kiawah Island for 
a week's revel in the sunshine and 
then to NYC to introduce them to the 
theater — Annie, of course. Perhaps 
Linda's youthful enthusiasm is 
prompted by the fact the Levengoods 
are expecting another baby come 

In the midst of all this happy news, 
I'm afraid it is my task to report two 
very sad events as well: the sudden 
death of Dootsie Duer Leach's hus- 
band Walter in January and the death 
of classmate Lorna MacLeod Smith. 
Judy Dunn Spangenberg a friend of 
Lorna's for over 30 years, sent me 
the following: "Lorna Macleod Smith 
died Jan. 2, 1983, after a courageous 
battle against cancer. Tragically, she 
had lost her husband to the same 
disease in 1980 and her eldest 
daughter, Megan, in a car accident in 
1981. To the end, Lori lived each day 
with strength and vitality. New Year's 
Eve she danced and laughed with 
friends, sharing with them her warmth 
and generous concern for others. That 
was Lori." 

Several of us have made 40 a turn- 
ing point by launching new careers. 
Martie Benn Martin, in Vienna, VA, 
has given up being full-time mommy 
to Jennifer, 10, and Doug, 7, to 
become an associate editor of a local 
magazine. Martie says no one could 
be more surprised than she to be get- 
ting paid for what she learned in Miss 
Ramage's freshman comp class. Mar- 
tie took off from her job long enough 
to accompany Geoff and the children 
on a post-Christmas jaunt to Florida. 

Genie Johnson Sigler has returned 
to teaching — algebra this time — at 
a Catholic girls' school in Little Rock, 
where daughter Beth will be a fresh- 
man next year. Genie's bright 
students make her wonder, at times, 
if the gray matter works as well at 40 
as it once did. Last fall Genie had a 
fine visit with Jane Bradley Wheeler 
who looked no older than she had as 
Genie's freshman roommate. 

Gail Rothrock Trozzo is currently 
working as consultant to the newly 
appointed Prince George's County 
Historic Preservation Commission, set 
up by the County preservation plan 
and ordinance she worked on over the 
last two years. 

Last October, in Wilmington. Mary 
Ball Payne Morton was hired to coor- 
dinate Delaware's Child Protective Ser- 
vices, Adoption and Interstate Com- 
pact programs. Mary Ball got the job 
because of her Junior League ex- 
perience. Mary Ball remains active on 
two community boards and spends her 
weekends watching Jack, 16, and 


David, 12, students at Tower Hill 
School, who participate in sports 
every season of the year. Mary Ball, 
John, and the boys planned a West 
Coast vacation during spring break 
and hoped to stop in Colorado for ski- 
ing on their way home. Frequent 
visitors of Mary Ball's parents in 
Amherst, they always love seeing SB. 

Other recent visitors to SB were 
Nancy Hall Green and Holcombe, who 
stopped in to see Pres. Whiteman 
while en route from Atlanta to 
Washington. Nancy reports the cam- 
pus as lovely as ever, the girls "hap- 
py and so young." In Washington the 
Greens lunched with Susan Dwelle 
Baxter and Bill and tried to catch up 
on the years since the Baxters' move 
from Atlanta to Owings Mills, MD. 

In El Dorado, AR. Rosamond Sam- 
ple Brown is a busy widow teaching 
high school Spanish by day, taking 
business courses by night, and caring 
for two sons. This summer Rosamond 
plans to begin work for her master's 
degree in international management at 
the American Graduate School of Inter- 
national Management, near Phoenix, 

Another high school Spanish 
teacher is Peggy Aurand Young, who 
teaches full time at Bergen H.S. in 
Peoria, IL. Also, she still has her 
stable and teaches riding on 
weekends and for Bradley U. She has 
a new computer — and probably 
needs it to keep up with everything 
she's doing! She and Terry are plan- 
ning to travel to Spain this summer 
for their first visit since they met there 
in 1965. 

Though she does not have a new 
career, Ginny de Buys does have a 
new address — true to the nomadic 
pattern she's followed in the past few 
years. Ginny is now happily settled in 
Princeton, where she intends to stay; 
she commutes to her job as a com- 
puter programmer in Woodbridge, NJ. 
Ginny tells me her cousin Laurie de 
Buys Pannell and Cliff, who teaches at 
the U. of Ga.. are building a new 
home in Athens. V. M. Del Greco 
Galgano. the math coordinator for 
Marshall U. Community Col., Hunting- 
ton. WV, has been boning up on com- 
puters for use in her classes. Last 
summer V. M., Robert, 12, David, 9. 
and Laura, 7. accompanied Mike to 
England, where he worked on his 
study of seventeenth-century women 
and where they all witnessed the 
Falklands War, the celebrations of 
Prince William's birth, and the 
onslaught of New Wave Rock. 

Elizabeth Matheson still works at 
Duke and still spends lots of time 
toting her camera to old seaside 
resorts, the Jersey and Maryland 
shores being great favorites. Accord- 
ing to Helen Dunn. Elizabeth's 
photographs are very fine. Elizabeth 
and Helen were planning a trip to 
Europe this spring — first to Holland 

for a visit with Sarah Strother Menick 
and then on to their "own invasion of 
Normandy and Brittany to look in on 
Proust country, sip Calvados and eat 

Kathy Hsu Jeong. Gary. Matt, 10, 
and Genevieve, 8, spent part of last 
winter huddled around the space 
heater in the kitchen while the rest of 
their home in the Oakland hills was 
being remodeled. In August the 
Jeongs were in Toronto, where Kathy 
presented a paper at a parasitology 
conference and where the whole fami- 
ly enjoyed an evening in the beautiful 
home of Mary McGraw Clark, her hus- 
band Charles, and children Jennifer 
and Charlie. From Toronto the Jeongs 
flew to Scotland, where they spent 
two weeks sight-seeing and falling in 
love with Edinburgh and the Isle of 
Skye. Kathy is still working at the U. 
of Cal. Medical Center but says she is 
considering retirement at 40. 

A happy note from Caroline Keller 
Gilliland told of her plans to be mar- 
ried last Dec. 29 to the Rev. James 
Graves Theus. Caroline still loves run- 
ning the farm (Inglewood Land and 
Development Co.) near Alexandria, LA. 
A wedding is also in the offing 
sometime in '83 for Sharon Van 
Cleve. who is now working full-time 
on her M.A. in public policy analysis 
at Loyola Marymount U. in Los 

Last summer I published my first 
short story. "Sacrifice," in 7/7- 
Quarterly. You'll probably have to read 
about this feat for quite a while since 
I am now working on a novel that pro- 
mises to go on and on, leaving me