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Number 1 1^ 

Fall 2002 


A Message from the Chairman of the Board of Directors 

Strategic Planning-Why Bother? 

While at times it 
will force hard 
choices, I 
believe deeply 
that [strategic 
planning] will 
ensure Sweet 
Briar's future as 
a leading liberal 
arts college for 
women in the 
21st century. 

There is much talk these days about strategic plan- 
ning, both at Sweet Briar and elsewhere. In fact, 
the Sweet Briar community under President 
Muhlenfeld's leadership has been and continues to be 
actively engaged in strategic planning, a process that is 
ongoing rather than a special project or a one-time 
event. The Board of Directors has provided general 
oversight for these efforts by helping President 
Muhlenfeld shape her vision for the institution, identify- 
ing critical issues that should be addressed, and estab- 
lishing long-range strategic and financial goals to ensure 
Sweet Briar's viability and continued excellence. 

Many of you may ask what strategic planning in a 
college setting really means and why it's so important. 
From my professional experience over the past 25 
years, as a management consultant and an executive in 
both not-for-profit and corporate organizations, I can 

tell you that planning takes many forms 
and that success varies dramatically 
depending on the nature of the organiza- 
tion and the way it approaches this chal- 

Generally, the goal of strategic plan- 
ning is to develop a clear set of priorities 
or actions to be taken over a 3-5 (some- 
times 5-10) year time frame that, if 
implemented effectively, will achieve a 
measurable, deliberate improvement in 
organizational results. In a business set- 
ting, the goals usually involve growth in 
revenues, market share, number of cus- 
tomers, and profitability. In the not-for- 
profit world, they will more likely 
involve a combination of financial and 
mission-oriented objectives, such as 
increased enrollment, a higher percent- 
age of successful graduate school and 
career placements, larger endowments. 
Such plans are clearly different in time 
frame and scope than the annual operat- 
ing budgets that all of us are familiar 
with, but once in place they provide a framework and 
context for budgeting that typically clarifies and stream- 
lines the decisions driving that process as well. 

Every organization and every management guru has 
his or her own "spin" on what makes strategic planning 
effective. My own belief is that this is clearly an area 
where one size does not fit all. However, there are some 
generally accepted key success factors that seem to 
characterize "best practices." 

First is to be sure that planning efforts begin with a 
clear understanding of the external environment. In 
Sweet Briar's case, this includes the needs of prospec- 
tive students and their parents, the competitive choices 

they face, and factors influencing their college selection 
decisions. Second is to take an integrated approach that 
deliberately links all functional areas together to achieve 
the desired result. Said differently, there must be one 
integrated plan that achieves certain goals for enroll- 
ment, educational programs and retention, and place- 
ment. There cannot be independent plans done by the 
Admissions Office, each discipline within the curricu- 
lum, co-curricular life, and the placement office. Third 
is to involve and enroll all constituencies to ensure both 
the credibility of the effort and a commitment to imple- 
mentation. And fourth is to acknowledge that the plan is 
a living thing that will, by definition, require continuing 

For any organization, some components of the plan 
are more controllable than others. For a college of 
Sweet Briar's size, an understanding of how the key 
variables (i.e., enrollment, tuition, financial aid. operat- 
ing and capital spending levels, and endowment size, 
performance and spending rate) affect each other is crit- 
ical. Some of these (e.g.. tuition, financial aid, operating 
and capital spending levels, and the endowment spend- 
ing rate) are largely controllable. Others (e.g., enroll- 
ment, donations to the annual fund and the endowment, 
and the performance of the endowment investment port- 
folio) are harder to control and to predict. Having a 
strategic plan in place that explicitly links these factors 
and identifies how key decisions in one area impact 
results in another is of critical importance to maintain- 
ing the College's long-term financial viability. 

President Muhlenfeld is leading a very inclusive 
strategic planning effort that is consistent with the best 
practices I've seen in both business and the non-profit 
world. While at times it will force hard choices, I 
believe deeply that it will ensure Sweet Briar's future as 
a leading liberal arts college for women in the 21st cen- 
tury. It is forcing us to ask tough questions about the 
relevance of our programs to today's women, the effec- 
tiveness of our enrollment planning and management, 
and the fundamental economic equation of sustaining a 
small, selective college in a highly competitive and 
price-conscious environment. 

I am both enthusiastic and optimistic about what I 
see at Sweet Briar. As a member of the more than 
slightly cynical class of 1971. 1 would not have expect- 
ed to be saying that in 2002. Sweet Briar continues to 
offer an intense and highly effective college experience 
for its students who go out each year to make meaning- 
ful contributions to society in their chosen fields. It is 
my sincere hope that our current exercise in strategic 
planning will help us be even more effective in the 

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Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine • Fall 2002 • Vol. 74, No. 


A Message from the Chairman of the Board of Directors 

The Power of a Plan 

A Message from the President 

Strategic Plan Update 

By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 
President, Little Pond Productions, Inc 

Commencement Honors 


In Memoriam 

Recent Deaths 

36 In the Spotlight 

37 Outstanding Alumna Award: 
Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 

40 Reunion Service of Remembrance 

42 2002 Reunion Scrapbook 

46 Class Notes 

72 Bulletin Board 




In the Sweet Briar Tradition: 
Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 


Alumnae Travel 

Sweel Briar College Alumnoe Magazine • 

Spring 2002 • 1 





Three years ago, in April 1999, the 
Board of Directors got the first glimpse 
of a new strategic plan entitled 
"Building Sweet Briar's Second Century." 
The plan was the product of more than 
three years of work, involving literally 
every element of the Sweet Briar commu- 
nity — students, faculty, alumnae, staff, 
administration, members of the Board of 
Directors — and at certain points, outside 

Three years may seem like a long time 
to develop a plan. After all. in most organi- 
zations, a slim committee can complete one 
in a few weeks. But Sweet Briar, one of 
only 17 national liberal arts colleges for 
women, was at an important crossroads. It 
was moving toward its centennial year in a 
time when women's education and liberal 
arts colleges generally had fallen out of 
public favor, and when the economic reali- 
ties plaguing private higher education were 
becoming increasingly intractable. Further, 
the shape of women's lives had changed 
dramatically. Virtually all of our current 
graduates intended to go to graduate 
school, develop careers, provide leadership 
to their communities, and fully engage the 
myriad experiences of family life. How 
could Sweet Briar prepare these young 
women for lives of such complexity? 

The Greatest Challenges: The 

Strategic Plan articulated in no uncertain 
terms our two great challenges: funding an 
education of high quality, and maintaining a 
healthy enrollment of talented students. We 
noted that the pool of high school seniors 
willing even to consider a women's college 
is tiny, and that pool is not growing. 
Further, we now compete not only with our 
sister women's colleges but also with the 
top coeducational liberal arts colleges in the 
country and very fine public institutions 
such as William and Mary and the 
University of Virginia. 

Rolling up our Sleeves: What was 
needed was an honest look at everything. In 
the process, we surveyed alumnae and stu- 
dents; the faculty held seemingly innumer- 
able debates. We examined the cracks in 
our buildings, faced up to our deferred 
maintenance and developed a master plan 
for the campus (the first fruits of which you 
saw in the last Alumnae Magazine). We 
questioned the efficacy of our curriculum, 
grappled with the implications of technol- 
ogy, and explored new pedagogies. Most 
importantly, we reaffirmed our mission "to 
prepare women to be active, responsible 
members of a world community" and 
developed a compelling vision of a 21st - 
century Sweet Briar education. 

When all was said and done. "Building 
Sweet Briar's Second Century" built on the 

distinctions that have always characterized 
Sweet Briar. We realized anew that our 
close student-faculty interaction, our resi- 
dential campus, our traditional emphases on 
study abroad and independent study, and 
our involved-alumnae network had allowed 
us to develop an intentionally comprehen- 
sive, integrative approach to women's edu- 

Our Heart: The Educational 
Program. At the heart of our Strategic 
Plan is an educational philosophy that 
embodies three important, interrelated con- 
cepts. First, what we teach must speak to 
the life our graduate will lead. We seek to 
ensure a demanding program that not only 
provides first-rate academic experiences, 
but also guarantees that she develops the 
professional skills she will need and has the 
kind of "real world" experiences that will 
enable her to draw important connections 
between what she learns in the classroom 
and what she will do once she leaves the 
College. We envision this kind of education 
as three interlocking spheres (intellectual 
culture, professional skills development, 
and "real world connectivity" experiences), 
at the nexus of which lies an ideal educa- 
tion for a motivated young woman. 

Second, we are educating individuals. 
That means that from the moment a 
prospective student encounters our 
Admissions Office, her particular interests, 

"What was needed was 
an honest look at everything. 


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aspirations and tears are of the utmost 
importance to us. Third, every aspect of our 
educational program should be structured to 
encourage her to integrate know ledge and 
experience across disciplines, both in and 
out of the classroom. The faculty and staff 
will themselves model that integration. 

The Goals: We set four goals, each 
accompanied by strategies designed to 
accomplish them. 

• Goal I addresses the heart of the matter: 
our educational program, calling for the 
College to "craft an environment and 
academic programs that will heighten 
Sweet Briar's reputation as an exciting 
intellectual destination." 

• Goal 2 looks at the kind of students we 
want to attract: "We will position the 
College as a wise choice for intelligent 
young women willing to invest them- 
selves strongly in their own intellectual 
and leadership growth. . . .These 
women will risk going down a different, 
intense and focused educational path 
from most of their friends." 

• Goals 3 and 4 stand in service to the 
first two goals. They call on Sweet 
Briar to "increase the size and 
selectivity of the student 
body" and "strengthen the 
College's fiscal standing 
to insure strong 
financial footing" 
well into the 

The Results: 
An Exciting 

The Board 
approved the 
Strategic Plan in 
April 1999, and 
authorized "seed 
money" for sev- 
eral academic ini- 
tiatives. Since then. 
I've shared the cen- 
tral elements of the 
Plan with you in vari- 
ous publications, from 
the "Nexus" concept which 
underlies a Sweet Briar edu- 
cation today, to building initia- 
tives such as the new Student 
Commons. The Alumnae Magazine has 
provided an in-depth look at various strate 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

gic initiatives associated with Goals 1 and 
2. especially the new program in 
Environmental Studies and the Center for 
Civic Renewal. This issue highlights yet 
another initiative, undergraduate research, 
illustrating beautifully how today's Sweet 
Briar leads the student to weave "hands on" 
experiences — internships, research experi- 
ences, artistic work — with classroom learn- 

Most exciting for me personally has 
been watching this approach yield extraor- 
dinary growth and creativity on the part of 
the faculty and staff, generating exciting 
new initiatives such as the Bachelor of Fine 
Arts in interdisciplinary arts or the remark- 
able conference on "Secrecy" held earlier 
this year, a collaborative project of young 
faculty in Classics, Religion and History. 
You'll notice that the new dean, Stephen 
Stahl, himself a catalyst for this creative 
energy, will be teaching an environmental 
science lab this fall illustrating how non- 
invasive techniques in geology can help us 
understand and document our slave grave- 

Intellectual Culture 

Academic Programs 





rofessional skills 
for Leadership 
and Success 

Informaton Technology 


Presentation skills 

Quantitative reasoning 

Research skills 

Analytical skills 

Integrative skills 

Leadership skills 

Size and Selectivity: From 1 986 to 
1991. on-campus enrollment dropped from 
approximately 610 to 503 — primarily a 
function of the trend toward coeducation. 
In April 1999, the Plan noted that "in terms 
of quality, our student body is better today 
than it was in 1984, a year in which we had 
not yet experienced dramatic enrollment 
declines. In that year, we had 253 students 
in the first-year class. . . .But the grade 
point average of the '84 entering class was 
0.5 lower than today's first-year class; SAT 
scores nearly 200 points lower (more than 
100 points after recentering). . . .Because 
we have so few applicants, however, our 
student profile is primarily determined by 
the fact that applicants self-select (only 
those very interested in this kind of college 
and who know they meet Sweet Briar's 
admissions standards apply), rather than by 
our selection from among applicants." 

The Plan set an enrollment goal of an 
additional 60 FTE (full-time equivalent stu- 
dents, based on credit hours). In 1999, we 
had 564 FTE, and planned to grow to 624 
FTE in 2005-2006 (approximately 650 
headcount, since some students enroll 
part-time). We have more than met 
that goal to date, with 609 FTE 
in 2001-2002; in fact, we've 
increased our goal to 635. 
We continue to see frus- 
trating fluctuations in 
enrollment from 
year to year, but 
the trend is decid- 
edly upward. 
Certainly our 
national reputa- 
tion in riding 
provides high 
visibility, but 
the new indoor 
athletic and fit- 
ness facility, 
noted by the 
Strategic Plan as 
important to the 
realization of Goal 
3, is still in the plan- 
ning stages. 
Financial Security: 
The Board approved the 
Strategic Plan in April 1999 
in the midst of a booming 
economy which was fueling good 
annual growth in the endowment, 
despite the fact that Sweet Briar has tradi- 

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Real World Connectivity 

Work experiences 

Physical well-being 

The arts (VCCA) 

International experiences 

Training in personal finance 

Self knowledge 


Ann Whitley '47 Retires, 
Handing Over the Reins to 
Christian Carr 

Speaking at Ann Whitley's retirement party, President Muhlenfeld praised the museum 
founder not only for her outstanding efforts to preserve Sweet Briar's past, but for the 
many ways her work enriches our future. 
Years before the College began the serious business of strategic planning, taking stock 
of its existing resources and strengths to shape the next 1 00 years, Ann was already on the 

After receiving a thumbs up from President Harold Whiteman, she began scouring every 
attic and closet on campus, flagging down dump trucks when necessary, to retrieve treas- 
ures tossed aside by untrained hands. 

"For a college to have someone like Ann come along, someone capable of recognizing 
the uniqueness of the College's holdings, is very unusual," says Christian Carr, visiting assis- 
tant professor of arts management. "Many institutions have valuable paintings or works on 

paper. But Sweet Briar's decorative arts collection 
sets it apart." 

Professor Carr, who specializes in architecture 
and decorative arts, has been named interim direc- 
tor of the Sweet Briar College Museum. She came 
to the College in Fall 2001 as a duPont scholar-in- 
residence, teaching in the arts management depart- 
ment. In that role, she designed a course taught with 
the Sweet Briar collections: "Curating, Collecting 
and Connoisseurship." This year, she will offer 
"American Architecture and Decorative Arts," and 
"British Architecture and Decorative Arts" through the 
art history department. 

Professor Carr was instrumental in obtaining a 
grant from the federal Institute of Museum and 
Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC, 
enabling the Museum to conduct essential conserva- 
tion assessments of its sites and collections. Only 
four programs in the state were selected to receive 
support. As part of the grant, two conservation pro- 
fessionals will visit the Museum November 4-5, to 
assess the condition of Sweet Briar's collections. 

Going forward, in addition to using the collec- 
tions as a teaching tool, Professor Carr plans on put- 
ting Sweet Briar's art history and arts management 
students to work in the Museum on a regular basis, 
conducting tours and creating special exhibitions. 

"Right now," she says, "there's a lot of African-American archeological research taking 
place on campus. During the month of February, those holdings - the objects students have 
been digging out of the ground - will become part of a Black History Month exhibit. Next 
spring, in conjunction with Garden Week, we're planning an exhibition around Daisy 
Williams' botanical sketchbook. We want people to keep coming through the doors." 

Professor Carr holds a bachelor of arts degree in art history and English from Hollins 
College and a master of arts in the history of decorative arts from the Bard Graduate 
Center in New York City. She did her doctoral work at Bard and is currently completing 
her dissertation. 

"It just happened that Ann was ready to retire and Professor 'Ninie' Laing had 
retired the year before," she explains. "Those are shoes I can't hope to fill. But at least I 
have a similar interest and background - enough to get started and continue this extraor- 
dinary work." 

Interim Museum Director Christian 
Carr displays an 1 849 French bronze 
girandole, made for the American 
market, featuring George 
Washington, Davy Crockett, and a 
Native American. 

tionally drawn more heavily on its endow- 
ment earnings than most institutions. The 
Plan called for strengthening the College's 
financial position by modest enrollment 
growth, developing new revenue sources 
(the Florence Elston Inn and Conference 
Center, for example), and launching a capi- 
tal campaign. We have been working dili- 
gently on all these fronts (you'll hear more 
about a campaign soon). 

As Chairman of the Board Michela 
English says, however, "Reality rules." As 
I write this, the stock markets have fallen 
dramatically from their highs of two years 
ago, and are fluctuating wildly as we 
slowly emerge from recession. We realize 
that in this climate we cannot even pre- 
serve our current endowment, much less 
grow it, if we draw on it too heavily for 
annual operating expenses. This depend- 
ency must be reduced to levels that can be 
managed in uncertain economic times. We 
have therefore developed stringent budget 
models designed to trim our costs signifi- 
cantly over the next five years. 
Fortunately, we have learned the power of 
planning, and w ith the guidance of our 
Board of Directors, will emerge a more 
efficient and far stronger institution. 

The progress that has been made on 
every front in just three years has been 
astonishing — and great fun to be a part of. 
As you read the articles and profiles that 
follow, pay particular attention to the sto- 
ries of individual students. Each, in her 
own way, is a living testament to a superb 
education for women that is intentional. 

integrated, and 
rooted in the 
enduring val- 
ues of a 

[For a look at the entire Strategic Plan, see 
or call the President's Office to ask for a 

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The Sweet Briar 


SBC Admissions Office updates communications 
to click with the current generation. 

Since Fall Semester 2000, the 
Admissions Office has been busy 
implementing a multi-layered, multi- 
year plan to revamp its recruitment mar- 
keting materials. 

It is a sizable task, including not only 
traditional publications like the viewbook, 
but a world of virtual tools prospective stu- 
dents can use to explore and evaluate their 
interest in the College; contact administra- 
tive offices like financial aid; correspond 
with students, faculty, and alumnae; and 
submit their applications. 

The updated look and precise language 
of these new recruitment materials are 
based on Sweet Briar's strategic planning 
goals, which have been tested and tweaked 
through extensive market research. The 
firm selected. Art & Science Group Inc., 
specializes in higher education and the 
non-profit sector. 

"It was interesting to go through the 
process." says Margaret Blount, dean of 
admissions. "For example, we discovered 
that 83 percent of the students who 
enrolled in 1999 agreed with the statement: 
"Women flourish when special attention is 
paid to their needs in college.' The others - 
students who inquired but didn't follow up 
- don't buy it. 

"We're using these types of insights to 
inform our activities and revise our key 
messages. Our picture of the College and 
the student body has changed. We've 
evolved from being a supportive and nur- 
turing place for students into a challenging 
environment where confident young 
women can seize exceptional opportuni- 

My Four Years. The experience of 
Brieanne Vogler '01 helps to illustrate 
Dean Blount's points. 

During a prospective visit in 1996, 
Brieanne spoke with Dr. Robin Davies, 
associate professor of biology. "I asked 
her." recalls Brieanne. "if it were possible 
to come to Sweet Briar and jump into 
research. I had read all these amazing 

things about the science program and I 
wanted to know if I could get involved 
from the start. 

"Professor Davies' answer just floored 
me. She said, 'You can't be a Sweet Briar 
science major without doing research.' 
That was it. I needed to be here. It was a 
huge boost." 

Brieanne recently completed her second 
semester at George Washington University 
Medical School, earning honors in every 
course. Though she intends to be a practic- 
ing M.D., she is still "hooked" on basic 
research. "Sweet Briar," says Brie, "taught 
me that science and medicine without 
research is incomplete." True to her Guion 
roots, she spent the past summer working 
as a research scientist, experimenting with 
human molecular growth regulation at the 
National Institutes of Health - Institute for 
Child Health and Human Development. 

Brieanne's fellow medical students are 
curious. "They're highly intelligent, com- 
petent men and women from places like 
Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Duke," 
she explains. "They wonder why I went to 
a place like Sweet Briar - a women's col- 
lege. My answer is: Those were my four 
years. I wouldn't trade them for anything." 

Risky Business. When Brieanne 
entered Sweet Briar in the fall of 1997. the 
College was completing the first phase of a 
deliberate, ongoing strategic planning 
process. Though the goals of the plan had 
yet to be formalized, it was clear that 
Sweet Briar's small size, leadership oppor- 
tunities, and hands-on research programs 
were appealing to Brieanne and students 
like her. These young women were willing 
to risk going down a different, intense and 
focused educational path from most of 
their friends in order to achieve ambitious 
personal and professional objectives. 

This emerging view of Sweet Briar stu- 
dents as intellectual and social risk takers 

At right, Brieanne Vogler '01, now in med- 
ical school, spent this past summer working 
at the National Institutes of Health. 

"Our picture of the 
College and the student 
body has changed. 
We've evolved from 
being a supportive and 
nurturing place for 
students into a 
challenging environment 
where confident young 
women can seize 

— Margaret Blount, Dean of Admissions 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae 

Fall 2002 • 5 

The Class of 2005 

162 students 

Average GPA: 3 5 

25%-75% Range for Test 



SAT Math: 490-600 

ACT Combined: 21-27 

Average # of academic units: 


Geographic Distribution: 

47% From Virginia 

22% from the South (not including 


1 6% from the Northeast 

8% from the Midwest 

6% from the West 

4% International 

Multicultural Students: 

1 2% of the Class of 2005 are 
African-American, Latin-American, 
Asian-American, and Native- 
American students 
7 first-year students came from 
Bulgaria, China, Dominican 
Republic, Nepal, Peru, and 

6 international exchange students 
came from France, Germany, Italy, 
Japan, Scotland and Spain 

Top Academic Interests: 

Math and Computer Science 


English/Creative Writing 

Studio Art 

International Affairs 


Modern Languages 




Interesting Career Plans: 

veterinarian, theatre law, seminary, 

opera singer, forensic psychologist, 

environmental biologist, film director 

High School Background: 

80% enrolled from public high 


20% enrolled from private high 


Financial Aid 

52% received need-based financial 

Margaret Blount is entering her third year as dean of admissions. Her appointment coincides with 
the launch of the College's new recruitment marketing efforts. She joined the staff in 1988 and, 
after taking time off for graduate school, served as director of admissions between 1 996-2000. 

was at odds with the College's late-90s 
admissions materials, which were urging 
prospective students to "Believe in 
Yourself." The confidence-building mes- 
sages that had served the College well 
through decades of profound social change 
for women were rapidly becoming out- 

The temptation was to respond quickly. 
And the Admissions Office had begun 
altering text to reflect the College's dis- 
tinct, student-centered advantages, espe- 
cially its emphasis on experiential learning. 
But with so many extraordinary new initia- 
tives like the environmental science pro- 
gram. Center for Civic Renewal, and 
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the works, 
the College drew a deep breath regarding 
recruitment marketing and wisely waited to 
get it right. 

Enter the Art & Science Group. 
Today, whether you're clicking around the 
SBC website or walking around campus 
with an authentic admissions tour guide at 
your side, you will catch some aspect of 
Art & Science's recommendations in play. 

Many of the key positioning themes and 
strategies proposed by the marketing group 
are familiar, having been woven into the 
Sweet Briar admissions website, view- 
book, and college fair pieces early on. In 
2002, thanks to strong support from the 
Board's Ad Hoc Admissions Advisory 
Committee, the College finished a year- 
and-a-half-long project, rewriting and 
redesigning its academic websites around 

the new template, with links to the 
College's new alumnae website. 

Consistency is central to the success of 
Sweet Briar's effort to establish a differen- 
tiated market position. And. of course, 
alumnae can help by incorporating Art & 
Science's major themes into their own dis- 
cussions about the College with young 
women and their parents. The message 
goes something like this: 

• A Sweet Briar education is for confident 
young women who are ready to seize 
opportunities and willing to take risks. 

• We seek women with an inquisitive 
spirit and inspire their curiosity and 
ambition through intense interaction 
with committed faculty and frequent 
contact with successful women working 
in promising and important fields. 

• Through the College's unique four-year 
curriculum, women develop the particu- 
lar knowledge, skills, contacts, and 
experience they need to fulfill their per- 
sonal and professional aspirations. 

• Sweet Briar has a national reputation 
for its programs in the sciences, its 
Junior Year Abroad programs in France 
and Spain, its unique Honors Program, 
and a vital research program which 
"fast tracks" undergraduate students 
into graduate level research projects 
with faculty. 

• Top academic programs in environmen- 
tal studies and public policy and the 
law, a vibrant presence of the visual and 
performing arts, and the integration of 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

information technology into all pro- 
grams enhance the College's strong lib- 
eral arts core. 
• Located in an unparalleled natural set- 
ting in the Blue Ridge mountains of 
Virginia, Sweet Briar's 3,250 acre cam- 
pus provides an intellectually and 
socially rich environment. The land 
serves as an outdoor classroom for the 
environmental sciences and offers a 
unique setting for the College's interna- 
tionally-renowned Riding Program. 
Tee-Shirt Contest. Reaching the small 
percentage of traditional-age students who 
will consider a women's college requires a 
broad mix of media. 

As an increasing number of prospec- 
tive students conduct their college 
searches online. Sweet Briar's "most 
wired" status among women's colleges 
certainly compels admissions to construct 

an impressive web presence. But surfing 
is a solitary affair, giving the traditional 
viewbook an advantage when it comes to 
reaching parents and prospects seated 
around their kitchen tables. And the per- 
sonal contacts made at college fairs con- 
tinue to generate leads that result in appli- 
cations and acceptance. 

Yet, according to a national survey, 65 
percent of university and college students 
report that word of mouth directed them to 
the institution they ultimately chose to 
attend. "That's why," says Dean Blount, 
"it's so important to wear your Sweet Briar 
tee shirt to the grocery store and tell your 
dentist where you went to college. Speak 
up! Remember, we only have 13,000 
alumnae. All Sweet Briar graduates 
together amount to half the size of the cur- 
rent student body at Virginia Tech." 

SBC's new recruitment materials feature both student and alumnae profiles, demonstrating the value of an education which recognizes the many 
roles and responsibilities women will assume over a lifetime. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 • 7 


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Recruitment efforts involve the entire community. 

Every weekday evening, from the end of August right up to the 
start of the winter holiday season, chances are you'll find 
Jennifer Crispen, associate director of physical education and 
athletics, sitting at her desk at 8 p.m. with a phone to her ear. 

Fall semester is the peak of the recruiting season. But Professor 
Crispen, who was recently appointed national rules interpreter for 
NCAA field hockey, is not talking about sports. 

"We recruit to the academic program first," says Crispen, 
"which requires being in touch with what's going on all over cam- 
pus. You have to be ready with a comeback. If a prospective stu- 
dent is interested in a communications major, which we don't offer, 
you have to be ready to talk about a Sweet Briar psychology major 
who just finished an internship at CNN." 

In an office directly across the hall, Kelly Morrison, assistant pro- 
fessor and tennis coach, often recruits students who have taken ten- 
nis lessons, but have no interest in team sports. "While we're on the 
phone," explains Coach Morrison, "they'll ask about another pro- 
gram or professor. Then, they'll call again or e-mail additional ques- 
tions. I become someone they know on the inside who can help 
steer them through the process." 

Over at the Riding Center, Director Shelby French fields approxi- 
mately 800 inquiries a year. Roughly half follow up and more 
than 1 00 complete the application process. 

"It makes sense," says Director French. "A lot of prospective stu- 
dents aren't sure what they want to major in. But they're passionate 
about riding. They know they love the sport and that's why they 
look at us. At least, that's where they begin. Once they get here 
they discover they love English, or dance, or environmental science 
just as much." 

Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn '77 is familiar with the type of student 
French is describing. She was interested in riding and brought her 
horse to Sweet Briar, while her parents focused on academics and 
all the other programs the College had to offer. "It was a good 
thing they did," laughs Vivian, who now balances a career in cor- 
porate law with the joy of raising four bright, rambunctious boys. 

Vivian, a former Region VII 
Alumnae Board chair, meets and 
corresponds with prospective stu- 
dents in her ongoing role as an 
Alumna Admissions Representative 
(AAR). Three of the four accepted 
applicants she contacted this year 
chose to enroll. She patterns her 
recruitment efforts on the examples 
set by dynamic Chicago alumnae 
like Nannette McBurney Crowdus 
'57, who maintained contact with 
Vivian before, during, and after 

"Nannette knew how I was 
doing, if I had made Dean's List 
and things like that," recalls Vivian. 
Jennifer Crispen, associate "When I graduated, of course I 

director of physical education , i ,i 

and athletics was 3 oin 9 fo be actlve m the 

Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn '77 

Chicago Club because Nannette was there. And Florence Elston 
'21 was with us then, too." 

The personal touch that distinguishes Sweet Briar's AAR program 
applies to the academic program as well. Throughout the year, fac- 
ulty meet with prospective students, parents, and guidance coun- 
selors. While some contacts take place during prearranged lunch- 
eons, academic fairs, and classroom visits, many others evolve out 
of chance meetings in the halls. 

Jill Granger, associate professor of chemistry, has toured whole 
families through Guion. "I've had parents ask very detailed ques- 
tions about our program and equipment," she says, "only to dis- 
cover that they're scientists with a daughter who's interested in mod- 
ern languages and theatre arts." 

A few years ago, Professor Granger and Robin Davies, profes- 
sor of biology, carried out an exciting recruitment experiment. They 
went through the list of accepted applicants and invited qualified 
students to engage in research the summer before they matriculated. 

"They turned out to be some of the best students I know, " says 
Professor Granger. "Unfortunately, we're not always doing the type 
of research that high school graduates can easily enter into." 

Dean of Admissions Margaret Blount is pleased with the outpour- 
ing of support she receives from faculty, coaches, alumnae, and 
other offices such as Career Services. "This is not a one-office job," 
she says, "and the community really gets that. Personal contacts 
make Sweet Briar come alive. Prospective students and their parents 
quickly realize that this is not some same-old same-old liberal arts 
college, that Sweet Briar has features which set us apart from the 

8 • Fall 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Putting Prospective Students to the I /^\ qt 

Admissions interactive quiz addresses key issues. \^ \J 

A Hebrew school student goes up to the 
Rabbi and asks. "Rabbi, what is heaven?" 

"Heaven?" says the Rabbi. "Why. 
heaven is rows and rows of people seated 
at long tables studying the Torah." 

"I see." replies the student. "If that's 
heaven then what is hell?" 

"Hell?" says the Rabbi. "Why, hell is 
rows and rows of people seated at long 
tables studying the Torah." 

The Hebrew school Rabbi and Margaret 
Blount. SBC's dean of admissions, have 
something in common. Both understand 
that educational institutions can be heav- 
enly or hellish places, depending on what 
type of student you are. 

For some young women, what the 
College touts as its major strengths - small 
size, natural setting, single-sex commit- 
ment, community involvement, and leader- 
ship opportunities - are perceived as being 
just the opposite. 

To help ensure a good match, the 
Admissions Office has developed a 10- 
question interactive quiz that helps 
prospective students sort through key 

tersectio pleasures pathways 

Are you sure? A lot of women who attended 
Sweet Bnar and other women's colleges 
never pictured themselves at a women's 
college either - but ended up loving their 
expenences there Ifyoureallywantlo find the 
best college for you, keep an open mind 



issues like Sweet Briar's location. 8: 1 stu- 
dent-faculty ratio, and emphasis on partici- 
pation inside and outside of the classroom. 

The program prompts responses, creat- 
ing "a trail of bread crumbs" Admissions 
can use to evaluate a student's interest 
level and engage promising candidates in a 
dialog with the College. 

As for the others. "What we do is 
pretty bold." says Dean Blount. "Not many 
institutions are willing to tell students *We 
don't think you're right for our college." 
But Sweet Briar is so small that bringing a 
mismatched student into this environment 
takes a toll on the entire community. It's 
traumatic for everyone. That's why we go 
out of our way to let prospective students 
know exactly what they're getting into. 
There's no point trying to persuade some- 
one who prefers a coeducational urban 
campus that Sweet Briar is right for them. 
We simply wish those students the best of 
luck in their college decision." 

After these "self-selecting" students 
complete the quiz and receive their scores, 
links appear at the bottom of the page, giv- 
ing them the option to learn more about 
specific areas of the College. Dean Blount 
can examine a report on these links and 

"blast" a targeted 
e-mail message 
hack to all the stu- 
dents who clicked 
on. for example, 
academics or athletics. 

"Let's say a student 
clicked on riding," explains 
Dean Blount. "She'll receive an e- 
mail from the program director, Shelby 
French, as will every other student who 
clicked on riding in the last two weeks. Or 
I can blast an announcement about Sweet 
Briar's new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 
to every student who has taken the quiz." 

The software automatically blocks the 
addresses of students who do not wish to 
be contacted. Since April 1. 2001 over 
2,000 unique users have taken the test. 

"The feedback we've gotten has been 
very positive," says Dean Blount. 
"Virtually 100% of the students who 
respond say the quiz was helpful. They'll 
say, 'Sweet Briar is not right for me, but 
now I have a good sense of where I need 
to be headed' or they'll say, 'It sounds like 
Sweet Briar is just right for me. keep send- 
ing information.' " 


Click the box that best describes you ( 

• Me at a women's college? Never • under no circumstanc es 

A women's college could be the nghl place for me: I do want an 
education that acknowledges that women lead different lives and gives me 
the tools I need to flounsh I'd senousry consider a college mat offers that 
kind of education 




Some soft selling occurs 
during the quiz. For 
example, clicking on the 
answer: "Me at a 
women's college? Never - 
under no circumstances." 
generates the pop-up box 
pictured to the far left. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc. edu 

Fall 2002 • 9 

All Roads Lead to Goal 4 

Even Modest Increases in Enrollment 
Require Additional Endowment 

Goal 4 maintains 

that "The single most 

effective way to 

provide financial 

stability for the 

College into the 

future is to grow 

the endowment 


For veteran 

administrators like 

Robert Steckel, 

these 21 words are 

as close as the 

College will ever 

get to finding 

a silver bullet. 

According to the American Council 
on Education (ACE), only eight% of 
U.S. households have a combined 
income higher than $100,000. Of these 
households, only 11% have college-age 
children. The average amount they spend 
on a college education per child is $8,000 
a year. 

The annual cost or "sticker price" of a 
traditional, four-year college or university 
includes tuition, room, board, activity fees, 
travel, and other expenses. The College 
Board's estimated in-state cost for public 
institutions like Virginia Tech. James 
Madison, or William & Mary stands at 
$1 1,976 for the academic year 2002-2003. 
The estimated out-of-state cost is a bit 
higher at $17,740. For private institutions, 
the estimated cost is $26,070. Sweet Briar 
comes in below that amount at $24,165. 
At a recent meeting of the Council of 
Independent Colleges of Virginia, 
admissions guru George Dehne reported 
that two out of three state colleges and uni- 
versities are now offering no-need scholar- 
ships — a statistic that helps to explain 
ACE's $8,000 average spent on a college 
education by households with incomes at 
or above $100,000. 

At Sweet Briar, more than 80% of the 
students receive some form of financial 
aid. The sample financial aid package fea- 
tured on Sweet Briar's website shows a 

FYE % of SBC costs 


by tuition 

1 992 47% 

1 997 36% 

1993 41% 

1 998 36% 

1 994 40% 

1999 32% 

1 995 40% 

2000 29% 

1 996 35% 

2001 28% 

10* Fall 2002 

family with an income of $61,000 con- 
tributing $9,575 toward their daughter's 
education this year. 

During his long tenure at Sweet Briar, 
Robert Steckel. former director of financial 
aid, worked with the statistics cited above 
on a daily basis. The experience has left 
him with a deep understanding of the key 
role Goal 4, the strategic plan's challenge 
to increase endowment funds, will play in 
determining Sweet Briar's future. 

"Sweet Briar," says Mr. Steckel, "is not 
tuition-driven. You can't be tuition-driven 
at an institution that enrolls fewer than 700 
students and has a tuition discount at the 
50 percent level. Reality says you will 
never get enough income from your tuition 
revenue stream to support a viable institu- 
tion over the long haul. You're not going 
to be able to grow programs and create 
new ones, compensate high-quality faculty, 
and meet the debt service on your portion 
of new construction and other important 

"Endowment is critical. If the College 
plans to be here and prospering 50 years 
down the road, it has to work at doubling 
or even tripling its endowment starting 

During the 1 3 years Steckel served as 
director of financial aid, "Not once," he 
says, "did I see a report indicating that 
more than five% of the female portion of 
the college-age population was interested 
in considering - that's considering, not 
enrolling in - a women's college." 

To make matters even more challeng- 
ing, Steckel notes that 45% of parents rule 
out certain college choices for their chil- 
dren in advance, before any serious search- 
ing begins, a fact which has prompted 
Admissions to intensify communications 
aimed specifically toward parents. 

Sweet Brior College Alumnae Magazine • 



"Some of the pressures that determine 
Sweet Briar's standing in the marketplace 
are beyond our control," says Mr. Steckel. 
"But the motivated young women who do 
decide to take full advantage of what the 
College has to offer can go on to medical 
school at Johns Hopkins or Harvard, law 
school at Yale, or a Ph.D in microbiology 
at Duke. It's that caliber of an education. 
And maintaining it in the decades ahead is 
going to require bold action on Sweet 
Briar's part." 

Goal 3 of the College's strategic plan 
calls for increasing the size of the student 
body two% a year through 2005-2006. The 
target is 624 full-time enrolled (FTE), 
which is the largest number the College 
can accommodate without instigating a 
housing shortage. 

At a small college like Sweet Briar, 
even a modest increase in the size and 
selectivity of the student body can have a 
significant, positive impact on academic 
and co-curricular life. Unfortunately, the 
same does not hold true for the College's 
bottom line, where the addition of 60 or so 
students barely registers. To quote the 
strategic plan, "Clearly, other strategies are 
necessary." Which leads to Goal 4. 

Goal 4 maintains that "The single most 
effective way to provide financial stability 
for the College into the future is to grow 
the endowment significantly." For veteran 
administrators like Robert Steckel, these 
21 words are as close as the College will 
ever get to finding a silver bullet. 

"This College," he says, "which has 
done so well by generations of women, is 
facing profound challenges that only a 
much larger endowment can help see it 
through. It's that simple. It really is." 


Annual family income=$61 ,000 
Net worth=$24,000 


Scholarships & Grants $10,900 

Self-help (loan/job) $3,700 


Sweet Briar's Cost* $24,165 

Expected Family Contribution $9,565 

* Cost includes tuition, room, board, student activity fee, technology fee, and 
expense allowance 

Women's College Endowments 2001 

Wellesley College $1.14 billion 

Smith College $917 million 

Bryn Mawr College $434 million 

Mount Holyoke $389 million 

Agnes Scott $347 million 

Scripps College $179 million 

Mills College $1 68 million 

Barnard College $140 million 

Randolph-Macon Women's College $131 million 

Sweet Briar College $104 million 

Hollins University $91 million 

Wells College $46 million 

Mary Baldwin College $33 million 

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbcedu 

Fall 2002 • 1 1 

A True Learning Community 

Sweet Briars new dean works to strengthen SBC's 
reputation as an exciting intellectual destination. 


L L f | Ihe thing that amazes me the 
most," says Dr. Stephen D. 
Stahl, dean of the College and 
vice president for academic affairs, "is the 
ability of Sweet Briar students to succeed 
in all aspects of campus life. They're doing 
a remarkable number of different things 
inside and outside of the classroom and 
they're doing them all well. It looks like 
we're very close to achieving our goal of 
having a true learning community - much 
closer than I thought we would be." 

It is always fascinating to get a fresh 
take on the College, especially from the 
vantage point of someone like Dr. Stahl, 
whose experience as a professor and 
administrator is marked by innovation. 

At the very beginning of his profes- 
sional life as a geology instructor, Dr. Stahl 
helped to transform his department by lim- 
iting enrollment, increasing selectivity, and 
offering hands-on research opportunities to 
motivated students. At the same time, the 
department's definition of desirable out- 
comes was expanded to include careers, as 
well as the traditional benchmarks of 
enrollment in graduate or professional 

The results were dramatic. 

"The 'A' students always do well," says 
Dr. Stahl. "But the "B" and 'C students 
suddenly caught fire because they realized 
why they were taking these classes. It was 
a spectacular transformation." 

In the years that followed. Dr. Stahl 
worked at developing and promoting 
research learning both in the classroom and 
at the administrative level. It was the 
model he carried to the State University of 
New York College at Fredonia, where he 
was dean of natural and social sciences and 
professional studies for three years before 
coming to Sweet Briar. He succeeded Dean 
George Lenz in July 2001. 

Connections. Dr. Stahl earned his B.S. 
from Washington and Lee University. One 
of the things he values most about his 

"Once you develop a 
culture of research 
learning," says Dr. 
Stahl, "students are no 
longer motivated by 
getting the correct 
answer or typing page 
1 5 of a required 1 5- 
page paper. Instead 
they start thinking, 'Is 
this the right answer? 
What other questions 
do I need to ask?' And 
they take off from 

undergraduate experience, and part of his 
attraction to SBC, is the honor system. 

"Fewer than 100 institutions still have 
honor systems in place," says Dr. Stahl. 
"and many of those are under attack. It's 
true the penalties for cheating are high. 
And it's difficult to do the right thing. But 
what students take away - a commitment 
to lifelong personal integrity - is worth the 

Dr. Stahl has reconnected with his alma 
mater in preparation for the advanced lab 
in environmental sciences he is co-teaching 
this fall. His five-week section involves 
non-invasive techniques for site characteri- 
zation. Sweet Briar is borrowing geophysi- 
cal equipment from W&L for the time 
being, until a mutual grant enables both 
institutions to pool students and purchase 
additional new tools. 

"A big part of this," explains Dr. Stahl, 
"is going to be using geophysical equip- 
ment to help characterize the slave grave- 
yard at the College. We don't know the 
location of all the graves. The technology 
will give us different densities and the vari- 
ous attributes of soils and rocks, allowing 
us to identify gTaves that don't have a sur- 
face expression. 

"It's a nice environmental science proj- 
ect that ties in with the Archaeology- 
Sociology department as well, making it a 
true multi-disciplinary effort. It also has 
the potential to expand to other nearby his- 
toric sites like Jefferson's Poplar Forest 
and the Booker T Washington National 

Exporting Culture. Dr. Stahl 's vision 
for Sweet Briar goes far beyond encourag- 
ing multi-disciplinary projects among 
departments already invested in hands-on 

As he sees it. the sciences have already 
accepted the notion that it is difficult to 
find the boundary between teaching and 
research. And there are equivalents in other 
disciplines as well. 

1 2 • Foil 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


For example, the fine and performing 
arts have a strong tradition of learning by 
doing. The same holds true in education, 
where student teaching is required. And, 
especially at Sweet Briar, modem lan- 
guages benefit from first-rate study abroad 

"Where we're trying to export this 
notion," says Dr. Stahl, "is into the human- 
ities and social sciences — particularly the 
social sciences; the humanities are a little 
tougher. But we can begin by creating a 
social sciences lab where students can 
learn cutting-edge research techniques 
while working on original research." 

The idea of creating a social science 
laboratory complete with integrated statis- 
tical and geographic information systems 
and polling equipment is grounded in 
bricks-and-mortar reality. Once the Student 
Commons is complete, the government, 
sociology and anthropology, and econom- 
ics departments will move into Gray Hall. 
The laboratory would serve as a social sci- 
ences centerpiece, operating under the aus- 
pices of Sweet Briar's Center for Civic 

Right now, 30% of Sweet Briar students 
are majoring in the natural sciences. 
Nationally, 20 percent would be considered 
the high end of normal. "Obviously," says 
Dr. Stahl, "we're doing the sciences very 
well. We'd like to see the social sciences 
develop in the same way." 

It's a B.F.A.! Given the new dean's 
near-evangelical zeal for learning by doing, 
it's no surprise that the requirements and 
logistics behind Sweet Briar's Bachelor of 
Fine Arts degree were finalized during his 
first year. 

Just as the College's Bachelor of 
Science degree distinguishes a higher level 
of commitment, imagination, and compe- 
tency in the sciences, the B.F.A. signals an 
exceptional grasp of the creative process, 
plus a demonstrated willingness to con- 
front the intellectual and physical chal- 

lenges of a career in the arts. 

The admission-by-audition-only pro- 
gram fully exploits the resources the 
College has amassed over the years. From 
Babcock, to Pannell. to the Studio Art 
Farm, to the VCCA - all of the College's 
individual strengths in the arts have finally 
coalesced to form an impressive, energetic 
arts community. 

"In addition to majoring in one depart- 
ment and minoring in another," says Dr. 
Stahl, "students will interact with practic- 
ing artists on a regular basis, getting fresh 
perspectives across disciplines. We also 
expect that students will want to earn an 
arts management certificate, so they'll be 
savvy artists when they get out there." 

Citizen Scholars. Though the number 
of art majors at Sweet Briar - ten percent 
of the student body - is typical of colleges 
nationwide, the dean is quick to point out 
that the quality of the students is remark- 
able and explains why this is so. 

"Sweet Briar," he says, "is much more 
vibrant than the numbers would seem to 
indicate. And it comes from having a very 
strong and active faculty. 

"We expect our faculty not only to be 
excellent teachers - that's just the starting 
point. They also have to be published, top- 
notch scholars. And they also have to 
spend a significant amount of time helping 
to shape the future of the College. 

"Really, the College works as well as it 
does because the faculty are such good cit- 
izens of the campus, much like the stu- 
dents have to be involved for it to work as 
well. And all of us are trying to find ways 
to make things work even better, which is 
why it's so exciting to be here." 

Dr. Stephen D. Stahl, dean of the College and 
vice president for academic affairs, is begin- 
ning his second year at Sweet Briar. He came 
to the College from the State University of 
New York College at Fredonia, an undergrad- 
uate liberal arts college within the SUNY sys- 
tem, where he was dean of natural and social 
sciences and professional studies. 
Dean Stahl received his Ph.D. and M.S. 
degrees in geological sciences from 
Northwestern University and his B.S. from 
Washington and Lee University. He was previ- 
ously a professor of geology at Central 
Michigan University. The Stahl family resides in 
the Deanery on Faculty Row. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 ' 

Professor Beck with Misa Sormento '02 




for the 


The National Science 

Foundation Highly 


Professor Beck's Grant 

Proposal for a 

300 MHz NMR 

Top-notch faculty and bright, dedicated 
students are only two-thirds of the hands- 
on learning equation. Real research 
requires serious hardware. 

Soon, because of the efforts of John J. 
Beck, assistant professor of chemistry. 
Sweet Briar's already well-equipped labo- 
ratories will boast a research-grade nuclear 
magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. 

"The NMR," says Professor Beck, "will 
give Sweet Briar researchers the ability to 
report data with confidence. We can 
deduce our own structures. We can safely 
report. 'Look, we have a compound,' with- 
out someone responding. 'Well, but you're 
working with outdated equipment and we 
don't trust your stuff." This takes us to the 
next level. Now we can publish in very 
high-level journals." 

An NMR is an MRI for molecules. 
Sweet Briar's nuclear magnetic resonance 
spectrometer uses the same technology as 
the magnetic resonance imaging machines 
installed in hospitals - with a critical dif- 
ference. While NMRs spin molecules 
around inside stationary magnets. MRIs 
mercifully work the opposite way, spinning 
magnets around stationary patients. 

The arrival of the NMR means the 
College's gas chromatograph/mass spec- 

"Most colleges can't 
handle the consumable 
costs. That's why it's 
very rare to have 
working on 
equipment like this." 

trometer will primarily be used in introduc- 
tory classes. "The mass spectrometer is a 
sophisticated instrument." says Professor 
Beck, "but it's easy to learn and gets really 
heavy usage. The new NMR allows us to 
make the break between training and 
research equipment. Now, as soon as stu- 
dents get into intermediate lab. they can 
begin performing original research using 
this huge, quarter-million-dollar piece of 

The purchase price is only the begin- 
ning. Upkeep on a 7.4 Tesla NMR sepa- 
rates the women from the girls. "Most col- 
leges." explains Professor Beck, "can't 
handle the consumable costs. That's why 

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14* Fall 2002 

Professor Beck's students came up with their own research team name and logo. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www 

it's very rare to have undergraduates work- 
ing on equipment like this." 

Professor Beck emphasizes that without 
administrative and alumnae support, exter- 
nal grants for equipment like the NMR 
would not be possible. "The backing we 
receive is what allows us to go after exter- 
nal funding in the first place," he says. 
"The fact that the College can provide 
stipends for student researchers and buy 
necessary supplies demonstrates an impor- 
tant institutional commitment." 

In addition to requesting funds for the 
NMR from the National Science 
Foundation. Professor Beck applied for 1 1 
other external and internal grants last year. 
So far, amounts awarded and pending total 
$348,078. Some benefit the science pro- 
gram in general. Others are tailored toward 
the work he and his students are pursuing 
on an ongoing basis, during the academic 
year and through the summer. 

The majority of Professor Beck's 
research involves natural products, a term 
used to describe drugs or medicines 
derived from plants. His student research 
team, a group that works together under 
the banner "Natural Products Chemistry," 
is isolating and enhancing specific biologi- 
cal compounds that give herbs like Osha 
their therapeutic value. 

"Osha," explains Professor Beck, "is 
used everywhere from the American 
southwest to Asia for headaches, strokes, 
fevers, anemia - the list goes on. We've 
identified one of the compounds that gives 
the plant its medicinal properties. Now we 
want to increase those properties without 
increasing the toxicity of the drug." 

In addition to modifying compounds, 
the Natural Products Chemistry research 
team can test intermediate and final prod- 
ucts in house. The group includes a biol- 
ogy major who has established protocols 
for antibacterial and antifungal testing, 
giving chemists the results they need to 
make decisions and keep working. 

"Organic chemistry didn't make sense 
to me until I started doing undergraduate 
research," says Professor Beck. "Then, 
suddenly, it seemed impossible not to 
understand it. Everyone has the potential 
to be a nerd; it's just a matter of being able 
to apply what you're learning." 

on the Home Front 

Elementary Arabic Debuts this Fall 

In an effort to address an immediate need for more speak- 
ers of Arabic, the Modern Languages and Literatures 
Department is offering "Elementary Arabic I" on a not-for- 
credit basis during the Fall Semester 2002 and "Elementary 
Arabic II" in Spring 2003. 

The College is among a select few participating in the national 
program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under auspices of 
the U.S. government's premier diplomatic initiative. The Institute of 
International Education (HE), through its existing Foreign Language Teaching 
Assistant (FLTA) program, is the administering agency, working in collaboration with 
the Fulbright Commission in Morocco and Jordan. 

"I've really enjoyed working with the HE on this project," says Tiffany 
Cummings, director of international studies at Sweet Briar. "I'm also grateful to 
University of Virginia Professor Mohamed Sawaie for sharing his wisdom and Arabic 
teaching materials with us. It's really been a nice joint effort." 

After carefully considering a number of Fulbright-sponsored applicants, the 
Modern Languages and Literatures Department chose Nabila Elyazale from Morocco 
to teach the introductory Arabic courses. Sweet Briar provides a six-credit tuition 
waiver to the instructor, with the Fulbright Program covering all other costs, includ- 
ing her room, board, books, insurance, and a monthly stipend. 

The College is also hosting a one-year visiting student, Luz Luna, from Colombia 
to assist in Spanish. "In the near future," says Dr. Cummings. "through the same HE 
program, we hope to have one-year students from Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, 
Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tadjikistan." 

In addition to one-year visitors, the College has a number of four-year interna- 
tional students entering or returning this fall from the following countries: 
Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Botswana, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, 
Peru, Spain, Taiwan, and Yugoslavia. 

While many students here and across the United States continue to participate in 
the College's acclaimed Junior Year in France and Spain programs, some SBC stu- 
dents are electing to study in Tanzania, Italy, Cuba, Germany, Mongolia, Australia, 
Denmark, Scotland, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Greece. A recent, generous schol- 
arship from Mr. and Mrs. A. Marshall Acuff (Mr. Acuff is a member of the Executive 
Committee of the College's Board of Directors) has both increased students' ability to 
travel abroad and enabled them to consider a world of destinations. In addition, stu- 
dents may earn academic credit for participating in an internship abroad, provided 
they have faculty supervision and approval. For Fall or Spring Term faculty- 
sponsored internships, students are eligible for a proportionate amount of their SBC 
scholarships and financial aid, if they are billed by Sweet Briar for the internship 

"Great things are happening," says Dr. Cummings. "For example, Laura Pearson 
'04 has received the very prestigious National Security Education Program David L. 
Boren Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad - also administered by IIE - for 
$13,000 to study in the Czech Republic. Study abroad is a wonderful thing for our 
students and for all of us, because students bring their experiences back to the class- 
room here." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002* 15 

Associate Dean 
Jonathan Green 

SBC's Music Professor 

Takes on 

a New Set Of Challenges 

This fall, Dr. Jonathan Green is busy 
directing a very different ensemble. 

Sweet Briar's ASCAP award-winning 
composer, associate professor of music, 
and director of the Chamber Orchestra, 
Concert Choir and Chamber Choir has a 
brand-new title. He is now associate dean 
of new faculty and integrated programs. 

Dr. Green's job description positions 
him at a number of strategic points in the 
College's effort to develop and maintain a 
true learning community. 

For starters, he is in charge of orienting 
new faculty, working to ensure that new- 
comers quickly feel at home on the cam- 
pus. As Dr. Green explains it, "Sweet Briar 
faculty are expected to assume all sorts of 
out-of-the-classroom obligations — advising, 
committee work, research — which can 
seem daunting until you find where you fit 

"Participation in the community is a cen- 
tral part or teaching here. In fact, this is the 
only place I know of where, during the 
tenure process, every tenured faculty mem- 
ber is asked to write a letter on behalf of 
every candidate." 

Also high on Dr. Green's agenda is 
coordinating interdisciplinary programs, 
which by nature exist without a departmen- 
tal home base; assisting Admissions and 
the Dean's Office in the areas of recruit- 
ment and retention; and overseeing the 
Writing Center and student tutoring. On 
the teaching side, he is continuing to con- 
duct ensembles. 

"These are the five things I'm definitely 
doing," laughs Dr. Green. "The rest — and 
I'm sure there's more — will consist of any- 
thing else that needs to be done." 

Amy Mullen '02 

Gets Her "Groove" On 

At The Kennedy Center 

Dance Major Takes Top Honors 
at Regional Dance Festival 

f you're near a computer with internet 
access, go to SBTV's archived Dance 
Theatre page, 
tures/dance.html, and click on "Groove." 
You'll see the student dance that Professor 
Mark Magruder says "got people in the 
Kennedy Center on their feet, standing and 

In March 2002, dance major Amy 
Mullen '02 performed her original work 
"Groove" at the Mid-Atlantic American 
College Dance Festival at the University of 
Maryland, where she earned the honor of 
"Best Choreographer" and "Best 

With 37 of the region's finest colleges 
and universities represented, the chances of 
dancing out the door with even one of the 
two awards are pretty slim. To receive both 
is virtually unheard of. 

Amy was invited to perform her win- 
ning piece at the John F. Kennedy Center 
for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC 
for the National College Dance Festival. 

"This is the biggest thing that's hap- 
pened in the Sweet Briar dance program 
ever" says Professor Magruder. "It's like 
David and Goliath." 

According to Professor Magruder, 413 
dances were adjudicated across the United 
States last spring. Of those, only 37 fac- 
ulty, guest artist, and student dances were 
performed at the Kennedy Center. "Just 
being nominated to go to Washington, DC" 
he says, "is an award in and of itself." 

This summer, Amy headed to Duke 
University to attend the American Dance 
Festival (not to be confused with the 
American College Dance Festival). "It's 
the premiere place to study in the whole 
world." says Professor Magruder. "I'm not 
exaggerating. People come from every- 
where to study there. 

"And, of course, Amy received the 
largest scholarship the Festival offers both 
this summer and last summer. No one I 
know of has ever received a scholarship 
two years in a row. But she is an amazing, 
amazing dancer." 

Amy's recent achievements are not bad 
for a student who came to Sweet Briar 
with an interest in English and creative 
writing and no background in modern 
dance. Her classes with Dance Professors 
Mark and Ella Magruder were the first. 
"She was a little self-conscious in the 
beginning," says Mark. "Then, she blos- 

What Are the 

• In 2002, more than 5,000 students 
participated in nine regional 
American College Dance Festivals. 

• Nationwide, only 1 8 students are 
nominated for either "best student 
performer" or "best student choreog- 
rapher." That's one in each cate- 
gory from each of the nine regions. 

• Last year, only 1 7 students were 
nominated because Amy Mullen 
'02 won in both categories. Then, 
she went on to perform her original 
work, "Groove," at the Kennedy 
Center in May 2002. 

• Amy came to SBC with no back- 
ground in modern dance. She even- 
tually decided to major in dance 
with a minor in English and creative 

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Conference Reveals the Truth, History and 

SoaalRoleof Secrecy 

Secrecy has always played an extremely 
important role in human society and con- 
tinues to do so today. 

In a joint endeavor, professors from 
classical studies, history, and religion at 
Sweet Briar organized a Secrecy 
Conference in March 2002 as an extension 
of their interdisciplinary Honors seminar 
on the History of Secrecy. 

The conference, sponsored by the 
Lectures and Events Committee, offered an 
opportunity for students, alumnae, and the 
public to meet and interact with some of 
the very scholars whose essays and books 
have formed the foundation of the public's 
perception of secrecy throughout history 
and human affairs. 

All aspects of secrecy and its place in 
human society were discussed, with papers 
on a broad range of topics, from the 
Eleusinian mysteries in ancient Greece to 
magic and mysticism in Renaissance 
Europe; from Hitler's secret police, ancient 
and modern espionage to conspiracy theo- 
ries and new American religions. 

Among the keynote speakers were: 

Fritz Graf. Princeton University, an his- 
torian of ancient Greek magic and religion: 

Jon Mikalson, the University of 
Virginia, an historian of popular concep- 
tions of gods and religion in classical and 
Hellenistic Athens; 

Sander Gilman, the University of 
Illinois. Chicago, a prolific historian whose 
research covers concepts of race, gender, 
and cultural difference in pre-war Europe; 

Margaret Jacob, the University of 
California at Los Angeles, an historian of 
the Enlightenment and the cultural impact 
of the Scientific Revolution; 

Moshe Idel. Hebrew University of 
Jerusalem, a leading scholar of Jewish 

mysticism and the Kabbalah. 

march 15-17 2002 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Bone Collections 
£^§hao!ow Boxes 

New Student Grant Program 
Funds A Wide Range of Projects 

Last year, the College initiated its 
"Student Research & Creative Endeavors 
Grant Program." awarding students up to 
$500 to pursue original projects that go 
beyond the typical scope of classroom 
work or independent study. 

"Whether students are going into art or 
economics." says Dean Stephen Stahl. 
"chances are a big part of their life is going 
to involve w riting proposals to see their 
projects through. This is part of a well- 
rounded education." 

So far. the program has awarded nine 
grants in a wide range of disciplines. 

In her proposal. "Animals. Bones, and 
Carcasses: The ABC's of Creating a Zoo- 
Archaeological Collection." Megan Piatt 
'05 requested funds to turn animal car- 

casses collected on the College's 3.250 
acres into a comparative collection for 
campus archeologists. Students digging at 
Sweet Briar and other sites are likely to 
encounter animal bones along with other 
remnants of material culture like ceramics. 
Piatt's collection will help her and future 
students learn how to identify their finds. 

Joanna Mullen '02 was adept at 
scrounging materials for her art projects. 
But the scope of her senior project. 
"Shadowboxes: Assemblage and Collage." 
required specific hardware in addition to 
an assortment of "found objects." Though 
she strives to maintain a "less is more" 
approach, basics like drill bits, lumber, and 
glass are difficult to do without. The grant 
enabled her to purchase the items needed 

to get her plans in 
motion, working up to 
her senior show. 


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One of Joanna Mullen's shadowboxes, Hoping 
to Make a Genius of Me 

The B.F.A. Premieres This Fall 

A new bachelor of fine arts degree in interdisciplinary arts will be an option for students beginning fall semester 2002. 

The degree program helps Sweet Briar capitalize on being the only college in the United States with a residential artist 
colony on its campus (the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts), its low student-faculty ratio, its arts management certificate 
program, and the cooperative spirit of its fine arts departments. 

"This degree introduces students to arts management through required courses, opening the door for a certificate and pos- 
sible career in that field," says Rebecca AAassie Lane, director of galleries and arts management. "With the added focus on 
interdisciplinary arts and the addition of juried auditions, it is a well-rounded B.F.A." 

• Admission into the program will be based on a competitive auditioning process, 
judged by Sweet Briar arts faculty. 

• Two new classes will be offered with the degree: a fine arts workshop and an 
interdisciplinary arts senior thesis. 

• To be eligible to participate in the program, students must complete the 
requirements from one of the existing fine arts majors, including dance, 
creative writing, music, studio art, or theatre. Additionally, they must choose 
from one of the following minors: dance, teaching or performance; creative 
writing; music, solo applied music or history and theory; studio art; or theatre. 

"This B.F.A. will strengthen the fine arts at SBC, attract talented and motivated students, and distinguish SBC among its 
peers," said Jonathan Green, associate dean of new faculty and integrated programs. "We are establishing a veritable 
artistic think-tank. I can think of no circumstance that could be more invigorating to the creative process than the company of 
my colleagues, great visiting artists, and eager students, all wrestling with the very means of human expression." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc edu 

Fall 2002 • 19 

The Endless Summer 

For Honors Summer Research Students, 

Eight Weeks Can Stretch Into Graduate School and Beyond 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning 
in late May through mid-July. Sweet Briar 
faculty and students gather to eat lunch, 
share a few laughs, and listen to "Time 
Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy of 
Scintillator Crystals" or "Written on the 
Body: Social Praxis and the Construction 
of Self." 

These are not the type of titles normally 
associated with summer. They will never 
appear on a K-tel beach-music compilation 
or Glamour magazine's list of sizzling 
summer paperbacks. But for the Honors 
Summer Research students who return to 
campus to explore "Rates of Parasitism on 
Native Silk Moth Populations" or "The 
Influence of 18 th and 19 th Century 
Japanese Prints on European and American 
Artists," the words evoke happy, memo- 
rable summertime experiences. 

The HSRP Program. The Colleges 
Honors Summer Research Program 
(HSRP) just celebrated its fifth anniver- 
sary. The increasingly competitive research 
fellowship pairs undergraduates from a 
variety of academic disciplines with fac- 
ulty mentors in an eight-week program of 
in-depth, original research. 

Part of the thrill is having only one 
project to focus on. After two semesters 
spent juggling classes and independent 
projects with student government responsi- 
bilities, team sports, campus jobs, or com- 
munity service, paring life down to a single 
scholarly pursuit is a joy. 

Students receive a stipend and the tools 
they need to get a jump on their senior 
Honors thesis, lay the groundwork for a 
major art exhibition, or engage in research 
that falls outside their regular course of 

The work is intense, but not isolating. 
Perhaps the greatest feature of the HSRP is 
the way it brings the campus community 
together to share ideas, report important 
results, and kick back in the off-hours. 

"Faculty and student research used to 
go on in the background," says Tim 
Loboschefski, assistant professor of psy- 
chology and associate director of the 
Honors Program. "Students didn't know 

what other students were up to. Faculty 
were not always aware of each other's 
research. This program brings research to 
the forefront, recognizing and congratulat- 
ing all these people who are doing all this 
hard work." 

Briar. The HSRP picked up on the idea and 
expanded it to include all disciplines. Last 
year's symposium attracted 200 students 
and faculty advisors from Virginia and sur- 
rounding states, showcasing 75 presenta- 
tions and posters. 

After working together all day. fellows and faculty face off at evening events like "Academic 
Armageddon" where students are challenged to spell Professor Loboschefski's last name correctly 
and Professor Beck is asked to use the word "giggy" in a sentence. 

The Presentations. HSRP fellowships 
are evenly divided among the sciences, 
social sciences, arts, and humanities. The 
fellows, their faculty mentors, and other 
interested scholars — about 35 people in 
all — get to know each other during 
lunchtime colloquia consisting of two half- 
hour faculty or student presentations, fol- 
lowed by question and answer sessions. 
The informal atmosphere encourages 
plenty of feedback and socializing. It also 
serves as an important workup to the 
College-sponsored Mid-Atlantic Regional 
Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship 
(MARCUS) that takes place on campus in 

MARCUS started several years ago 
when Robert Granger, associate professor 
of chemistry, proposed establishing an 
annual chemistry conference at Sweet 

MARCUS is just one of the ways stu- 
dent scholars fulfill the HSRP's expecta- 
tion of giving something back to the com- 
munity. As Professor Loboschefski puts it, 
"Not everything conforms to one model. 
The exhibits and gallery talks that arts 
management students create, for example, 
are equally as outstanding and help to 
redefine what research can be." 

The Results. Whether a project origi- 
nates in Guion or Benedict, the HSRP 
experience provides a comprehensive 
introduction to graduate level research and. 
in some cases, a ticket into graduate school 

"If you ask students about the benefits 
of giving up a summer to research, they all 
tell the same basic story," says Professor 
Loboschefski. "It gives them much more 
than a set of grades and a letter of recom- 

20 • Fall 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc edu 

During her time at Sweet Briar, Meredith 
Taylor '01, a psychology major and anthropol- 
ogy minor, was able to initiate in-depth proj- 
ects in both disciplines. After spending a sum- 
mer examining faunal remains (bones) at 
Professor Chang's excavation in Kazahkstan, 
she focused on completing her original 
research in psychology — research that she is 
continuing to pursue in graduate school at 
Virginia Commonwealth University. 

mendation. It allows them to hand over 
actual work that they can discuss at 
length — work that can be compared to 
what graduate students are doing." 

Meredith Taylor '01 was in the final 
stages of editing her Honors thesis examin- 
ing the relationship between type I diabetes 
mellitus. disordered eating, and identity 
development when she was called to inter- 
view at Virginia Commonwealth 
University (VCU). 

"The professor I spoke with on the 
phone." recalls Meredith, "asked me to 
bring a draft of my thesis along with me. I 
was able to hand her a pretty substantial 
piece of work and say I wanted to do 
something related to it for my master's the- 
sis. We talked about it along with all the 
other research I had done at Sweet Briar 
and. I believe because of that, they found a 
place for me in the health psychology pro- 
gram. At the time, there were somewhere 
between 150-200 applications for only 
eight positions." 

Meredith's goal, the problem she began 
working on as an HSRP fellow, is finding 
methods to help people, especially children 
and teenagers, cope with chronic illnesses 
like diabetes or asthma. 

"There are a lot of psychologists out 
there helping people with cancer or AIDS 
cope with their mortality." explains 
Meredith. "But there are not many of us 
out there helping people to live with ill- 
nesses that probably will not kill them — at 
least not right away. 

"There's plenty of literature showing 
where doctors miss the mark. They give 

patients medications, tell them how they 
work, and explain what will happen if they 
don't take their meds. But really what 
patients want to know is: 'How can I live 
my life as normally as possible within 
these constraints?' Their health gets worse 
because they don't engage in healthy 
behaviors, taking care of themselves the 
way they should. This is the area I want to 
work in. developing interventions and fill- 
ing the gap." 

Giving Back. On April 28, 2002 a vio- 
lent F5 tornado ripped through La Plata. 
MD, killing three, injuring dozens of oth- 
ers, and demolishing homes, schools, and 

Catherine Peek '01 spent the past sum- 
mer in La Plata as a community design 
services volunteer through the Washington. 
DC chapter of the American Institute of 

Working directly with landowners, 
Catherine and a team of ten others quickly 
conducted design charettes. helping indi- 
viduals to redesign buildings and incorpo- 
rate their ideas into a comprehensive, long- 
term rebuilding plan. 

"Even before the tornado hit. La Plata 
was considering ways to help with eco- 
nomic revitalization. So, I'm bringing a lot 
of my Sweet Briar experience to the table 
here. In fact, during my first week in 
La Plata. I called on a contact I had made 

while working on my 
Summer Honors 
Research," says 

Her HSRP proj- 
ect, "Sustainable 
Communities and 
Urban Sprawl," 
used the nearby 
city of Lynchburg 
as a model for the 
"do's and don'ts" 
of urban planning 
and downtown revital- 
ization schemes. Her 
broad-scale investigation and 
analysis spanned three years and 
introduced her to city administrators, archi- 
tectural firms, business organizations, and 
local historians. 

After graduation, she attended Harvard 
University's summer program in urban 
planning and design (where she ran into 
another Sweet Briar alumna on a similar 
path. Kindle Samuel '98). There, she deter- 
mined that a career in architectural design 
would enable her to go where she wants to 
be, "in the middle, making linkages, nego- 
tiating and interfacing with architects, 
planners, and people." 

This September. Catherine enrolled in 
the Master of Architecture degree program 
at Rice University in Houston. Texas. 

"My Sweet Briar research was 
absolutely foundational," she says. "Once 
you have that hands-on research experi- 
ence, you can't forget or unlearn it. I feel 
that I can concentrate on architectural 
design at this point because I have a broad 
liberal arts education working for me. 
Eventually, I'll be able to put it all together 
and draw on it all." 

Catherine Peek surveys the remaining debris 
from a service station in the La Plata, MD, 
downtown business district. 75% of the busi- 
nesses in the downtown district were hit by 
the tornado in April, 2002. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 • 21 

HSRP 2002 

Where Science and Humanities Meet 

Sweet Briar's Honors Summer Research 
Program (HSRP) demonstrates the 
College's commitment to challenge top stu- 
dents from a variety of disciplines, offering 
them intense, eight-week excursions into 
the world of original research. 

While all SBC students engage in some 
degree of independent work and public 
speaking, the HSRP is tailored to students 
who desire to work at a higher level. 

A closer look at three fellows and fac- 
ulty mentors from summer 2002 shows the 
range of research funded by the program. 

Lost Ball in the High Weeds 
- a Memoir 

Amanda Carpenter '03 • Jennifer Brice, 
assistant professor of English 

"Amanda is in step from the minute she 
starts an essay," says Professor Brice. 
"Often you see writers spending one or 
two pages clearing their throats. By page 
three the writing is starting to look good, 
it's coming more easily, sounding natural 
— they finally find their voice. Amanda 
doesn't have that problem. My guess is it 
has something to do with growing up in 
eastern Kentucky, being steeped in a strong 
oral storytelling tradition." 

Amanda Carpenter '03 always enjoyed 
participating in creative writing work- 
shops. But as a history major with a double 

minor in government and law and society, 
there was little time left over to expand the 
short stories she presented in class. 

Now. with an HSRP fellowship, she has 
been able to reverse the situation, putting 
her history major to work in support of her 

In a history course called "Virginia 
Narratives," students research and write 
local histories, drawing on resources found 
at newspaper offices, courthouses, 
churches, and museums. Amanda chose to 
investigate a local murder, using a combi- 
nation of public records and personal inter- 

This summer, she applied the same 
techniques to her own history, returning 
home to do research before starting her 
Summer Honors fellowship. From there, 
she settled down to the task of churning 
out a minimum three pages a day and 
meeting with Professor Brice three times a 

Amanda's memoir is the first creative 
writing project to be funded by the HSRP. 
"There are a lot of good writers who come 
through the doors here," she says. "I hope 
this opens the way for others to follow. 
When you have to go out and get a regular 
summer job. you never find the time to do 
something as big as this. And even if you try, 
there's no one to bounce your ideas off of. 

Amanda Carpenter '03 with Jennifer Brice, assistant professor of English 

22 • Fall 2002 

"I'm very grateful. This is a huge thing 
for me — someone's paying me to write." 

Development of an Artificial 
Photosynthetic Device 

Nicole Crowder '03 • Robert Granger, 
associate professor of chemistry 

Last summer, Nicole Crowder '03 set 
out to produce oxylate, an intermediate 
product in photosynthesis, using a novel 
carbon dioxide reduction catalyst under 
development in the Sweet Briar Chemistry 
Department. The project was an important 
first step toward the ultimate goal of creat- 
ing a solar-powered system that will both 
remove COt from the atmosphere and pro- 
duce useful organic materials. 

For seven weeks, nothing worked. Then 
Nicole experienced a "eureka" moment 
that brought her back to the lab again this 

"When you actually get something to 
work," says Nicole, "it's such a great feel- 
ing. It's 'oh my gosh — Yes! — please give 
me another eight weeks.' You immediately 
forget about all the frustration. That's how 
I know this is what I want to do. Graduate 
school applications are definitely in my 

Applying to graduate school seems to 
be a reproducible result of working on the 
COt reduction project. Nicole's predeces- 
sor, Rebekah Burr '01, is currently work- 
ing toward a degree in medicinal chemistry 
at Rutgers University. 

"I enjoyed being in the lab at Sweet 
Briar so much," says Rebekah, "that I 
decided medical school was not for me. 
After graduation, I worked as an intern at 
Bristol Myers Squibb as a synthetic 
chemist in its infectious disease laboratory. 
Now. at Rutgers, I'm in a lab searching for 
a cure for breast cancer." 

Rebekah's work at Sweet Briar brought 
good results. "She proved the feasibility of 
the project." says Professor Granger. "She 
proved that we could reduce CO2, but she 
wasn't able to reach the point of making 
carbon-carbon bonds. Last summer, Nicole 
made carbon-carbon bonds. That's often 
how it works. Students build on each 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Nicole Crowder '03 with Robert Granger, 
associate professor of chemistry 

other's research." 

This summer Nicole's scaled-up experi- 
ments yielded compounds structurally sim- 
ilar to those found in tree bark, bringing 
the team one step closer to creating a "tree 
in a test tube." 

While attempting to mimic the process 
of photosynthesis is a worthwhile chal- 
lenge in and of itself, the research has 
direct applications for use in manned space 

"It costs about $10,000 a pound to 
launch something into orbit," says 
Professor Granger. "Loading trees and 
truckloads of dirt into a space station isn't 
practical. But a compact, artificial system 
that recycles carbon dioxide makes eco- 

nomic sense in space and possibly in 
undersea environments as well." 

An Examination of 
Homosexuality in Religion - 
Antiquity to the Present 

Anne Oakes '04 • Cathy Gutierrez, assis- 
tant professor of religion 

In her religion classes, Anne Oakes '04 
was intrigued by differing views of sexual- 
ity in different religions at various times in 
history, especially by perceptions of sexu- 
ality in polytheistic societies compared 
with monotheistic ones. "But that's a 
really, really huge project," laughs Anne. 
"So I narrowed it down to comparing 
Greek and Roman ideas about sexuality 
with those of early Christians — the evolu- 
tion over that time period — with a focus on 
same-sex relationships." 

Anne has a hunch that polytheism toler- 
ates a wider range of sexual behaviors, that 
worshipping multiple gods makes having 
multiple partners more acceptable. But she 
has many research miles to go without 
much in the way of existing scholarship to 
guide her. 

"There is a long-term plan in place." 
says Professor Gutierrez. "What Anne is 
doing is background for her senior Honors 
thesis. If we did this as an independent 
study over the course of a semester, neither 
of us could devote the same amount of 
time. Honors research keeps your intellec- 
tual life alive during the summer. Anne is 
reading a bunch of stuff I've read before 
and a lot I haven't." 

Anne and Professor Gutierrez have 

been meeting with Michelle 
Church '03 and Eric 
Casey, assistant pro- 
fessor of classical 
studies, who are 
working on "An 
Examination of 
the Role of 
Dreams in the 
Cult of the Greek 
God Asclepius." 

"We're helping 
each other out in a 
way that doesn't hap- 
pen during the regular 
school year," says Anne. 

"The projects overlap in interesting 
ways," adds Professor Gutierrez. "The 
classics student, Michele, is leaning toward 
the religion end, and Anne is getting deep 
into the classics material. And we all bene- 
fit from the extras — like taking a day trip 
up to Charlottesville to go to the library at 

Anne's long-term plan is to use her 
summer research paper to support a con- 
temporary look at homosexuality and reli- 
gion. "Ideas about sexuality and same-sex 
relationships have changed so much in the 
last few decades," she says. "To under- 
stand it. you have to understand the histori- 
cal context. That's what I'm hoping this 
summer will do — give me a start on devel- 
oping the solid background I need to work 

Anne Oakes '04 with Cathy Gutierrez, 
assistant professor of religion 

■ I 

The Start of Something 

As Stephanie Garcia '97 Prepares fiaTTos'kJocTofal Studies at Duke, 
SBC Students Continue to Build on Her Undergraduate Chemistry Project 

Stephanie Garcia 

Chlorpyrifos, better known as the 
widely-used pesticide Dursban or 
Lorsban, is a known neurotoxin. 
Two years ago the Environmental 
Protection Agency initiated a phased with- 
drawal of chlorpyrifos from household 

products, eliminated 
its use on tomatoes, 
and reduced toler- 
ances for child- 
friendly fruits like 
apples and grapes. 
Still, a myriad of 
other agricultural 
applications remain 
unrestricted. And 
storage and disposal 
problems are looming, 
along with issues of 
persistence and bioaccumulation. 
Stephanie Garcia '97 knows a lot about 
chlorpyrifos. As part of her graduate 
work in the departments of pharma- 
cology and toxicology at Duke 
University, she has been studying the 
pesticide's effects on the developing 
brain. This summer, in addition to 
defending her dissertation, she began 
making plans to continue her studies 
through a postdoctoral fellowship in 
neurotoxicology. The fellowship will 
allow her to do research at Wake 
Forest University, where her husband 
is completing a residency program. 
"The neurotoxicologist I'll be work- 
ing with as a postdoc was very 
impressed that I went to Sweet 
Briar," says Stephanie. "He said, 
'That's a really good school!' So, the 
word is out to a greater extent than I 
realized. We have a solid reputation." 
In her own way, Stephanie has 
helped to further the College's stand- 
ing in the sciences. In 1995, under 
the guidance of chemistry professors 
Jill and Robert Granger, she started 
working on the synthesis and charac- 
terization of platinum and palladium 

compounds that were subsequently tested 
against human cancer cells. It was the 
beginning of a project that has fueled fac- 
ulty and student research on campus ever 

"When you first start into a new area of 
science," says Dr. Robert Granger, "you 
don't know anything. You don't even know 
what your compounds are soluble in. 
There's a lot of tedious information gather- 
ing, and it has to be done by someone very 
bright, focused, and organized. Stephanie 
did that. She laid the foundation for the 
anti-cancer research." 

Many of the chemistry and biochem- 
istry students who continued to build on 
Stephanie's research have since gone on to 
graduate schools themselves. For example: 

• Gennaine Gottsche '00 is enrolled at the 
University of Mississippi Medical Center 
School of Dentistry. 

Honors Summer Research projects not only enhance 
intellectual life on campus, some are available to the 
wider community through SBTV on the web. 
Alumnae can watch Gwen McKinney '03 discuss 
her original research, "The Influence of 1 8th and 
19th Century Japanese Prints on European and 
American Artists," and then follow up with a visit to 
her Spring Term 2002 exhibit in the Pannell Gallery, 
"Defining Influence: Japonisme and the Western 
Artist." Go to 

Brieanne Vogler '01 (L); Rebekah Burr '01 (R) 

•Yen Nguyen '01 went to the California 
Institute of Technology, where she is work- 
ing on research related to SBC's "platinum 

• Brieanne Vogler '01 is a second-year 
medical student at George Washington 
University Medical School. As a summer 
research scientist at the National Institutes 
of Health — National Institute for Child 
Health, she is working on experi- 
ments related to human molecular 
growth regulation. 

• Emma Kate Payne '03 will gradu- 
ate from SBC this year. She is work- 
ing to enhance the cancer-fighting 
effects of platinum and palladium 
compounds on malignant cells. 
Emma started working on the proj- 
ect through the Honors Summer 
Research Program in 2001. She dis- 
cussed her research for SBTV and 
the clip is featured on the chemistry 
department's academic website: 

rvNPSFM Padio 

Filmmaker Marcy Mezzano 
Running Time: 4: 15 min 
Format: Quickbrne Movie (mov) 

For almost • year, Geen McKinney '03 has been 
fulfilling her dream of putting together en 
exhibition at Sweet oner College to shot-case the 
belt of the College's Ukivo-e and Western art 
collections. With guidance from Rebecca Mania 
Lane, director of the College galleries and arts 
management program, and Diane Moran, 
professor of art history, Gwen's dream became 

rch orolect and has now 

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"Defining Influence: Japonisme and the Western 
Artist" The exhibit e'plores the effects of the 
introduction of Japanese woodblock prints Into the 
European and Amoncan art norld In the late 19th 
and early 20th centuries. Guen complimented the 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

The Shape 

of Things to Come 

Sweet Briar's Physical Education Department 
Forges Ahead, Hoping Facilities Will Follow 

Standing over a model of the College's 
newly-minted master plan back in 1998, 
Ric Dumont of Sasaki Associates dis- 
cussed how the College's changing needs 
were reflected in its current building initia- 

"Look at Cram's core cluster and you'll 
see a trilogy." said Dumont. "three vertical 
structures emphasizing academics, religion, 
and food - all the basics of college life 
circa 1900 are covered. Sociability and 
athleticism were not the issues they are 

Athleticism was not an issue in part 
because the beauty and expanse of the 
Sweet Briar campus provided ample 
opportunities for organized games, hiking, 
and horseback riding — enough, at least, to 
get started. In 1910. the SBC tennis club 
had more than 100 members. Club 
lacrosse was introduced in 1914. In 1919, 

Milly MacDonell came to Sweet Briar with a 
vast range of experience in athletics, recre- 
ation, and teaching. She was most recently the 
assistant director of campus recreation & fit- 
ness services at Western Illinois University, has 
coached volleyball and Softball at the 
University of Tennessee at Martin, and volley- 
ball at the University of North Carolina-Chapel 
Hill. She was assistant athletic director at UTM 
and was a four-time "Coach of the Year" in 
both sports. She earned her M.S. from 
Western Illinois University and her B.S. from 
Mississippi University for Women. 

the hockey team played the first intercolle- 
giate contest for women in the state of 

By 1923 student interest in athletics was 
clearly outgrowing all that the great out- 
doors had to offer. The Athletic 
Association was making the case for an 
indoor facility and students were busy rais- 
ing $82,000 from parents, friends, and 
each other to build the Daisy Williams 
Gymnasium. Five years later, enough 
funding was in place to start construction. 

Today, the 7 1 -year-old gymnasium 
serves as the only dedicated facility for 
indoor sports and recreation on campus, a 
reality that places the College at a serious 
disadvantage when prospective students 
compare the athletic and recreational facili- 
ties available at virtually all other compet- 
ing institutions. 

While it's true that a new Athletics and 
Recreation Center will help attract and 
retain well-rounded students (more than 
85% of entering freshmen have partici- 
pated in high school sports), the building 
initiative is not based on an "if we build it. 
they will come" scenario. Current students 
and other members of the community are 
already making full use of existing athletic 
and recreational spaces, and spilling over 
into other areas as well. Last year, for 
example, popular tai chi classes were held 
in the Florence Elston Inn and Conference 

In 1999, a pioneering gift from Mollie 
Johnson Nelson '64 went toward the pur- 
chase of several pieces of updated cardio- 
vascular equipment for the College's fit- 
ness center, a small area directly across 
from Director of Athletics Milly 
MacDonell's office. 

"Students are in the fitness center day 
and night." says Director MacDonell. 
"Some as early as seven in the morning. 
So, I know they're motivated. And it's not 
the athletes. The athletes are off practicing 
and exercising somewhere else. 

"Right now we're so cramped, espe- 
cially in winter, we have to schedule team 

practices in the gym during 
the same hours people 
want to exercise. 
Though I did man- 
age to squeeze in a 
kickboxing class 
at noon on 
Tuesdays and 

As chair of 
physical educa- 
tion, athletics, and 
recreation at Sweet 
Briar. Director 
MacDonell is determined 
to serve the needs of the entire 
community, with an overriding 
emphasis on balanced, healthy lifestyles. 

"One thing that excited me about com- 
ing to Sweet Briar." she explains, "was the 
chance to shape things around values like 
health and wellness, leadership, teamwork, 
and preparation for life. Whether they're 
involved in competitive swimming or 
yoga, I want students to think of physical 
activity as something they'll continue 
doing, not just a class they took or a game 
they played in college." 

In addition to developing a program that 
will appeal to prospective students, high- 
light health, and promote recreational inter- 
action within the community. Director 
MacDonell is working to supply student 
athletes and coaches with the room, equip- 
ment, and hours they need to prepare for 

"Whether they're 
involved in competitive 
swimming or yoga, I 
want students to think 
of physical activity as 
something they'll con- 
tinue doing, not just a 
class they took or a 
game they played in 

—Millie MacDonell 
Director of Athletics 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 • 25 

This summer, as the facade of the Student Commons was nearing completion, it became easy to see how its architectural and programmatic counter- 
part, the Athletics and Recreation Center, will balance the south end of the campus and fulfill the College's commitment to enhance co-curricular life 
activities. Plans for the facility include a Sports Hall Complex complete with a three-lane jogging track and indoor courts adaptable for tennis, bas- 
ketball, volleyball and other sports. The renovation of the Daisy Williams Gymnasium will double the space for weights and fitness training. A 
1 ,600 square foot area adjacent to the existing gymnasium will serve as a multi-purpose room for aerobics classes and activities like yoga, tai chi, 
and swing, salsa, and folk dancing. The gymnasium itself may be improved to host large events like concerts and graduation in inclement weather. 

"When teams put in the time and effort 
to compete at a higher level, of course they 
want to be successful," she says. "I work 
with coaches who are passionate about 
their sport and their students. You would- 
n't hire a group of great researchers and 
not give them the labs and equipment they 
need to do their best. Our coaches are 
qualified at elite, national levels, where 
they could be focusing on building the best 
team and that's all. But they're here 
because they believe in the Division III 
philosophy: academics come first." 

Sweet Briar was one of the first 
women's colleges in the nation to apply for 
membership in the NCAA, and the College 
joined the Old Dominion Athletic 
Conference nearly 20 years ago. Since 
that time, Sweet Briar teams and individual 
athletes in swimming, lacrosse, field 
hockey, tennis, and other sports have 
achieved high conference and even 
national rankings. These successes have 
come despite, not because of, the College's 
sports and fitness facilities. 

In the 1980s, in a perverse twist, the 
same Title IX mandates that drove coed 
institutions to lavish resources on women's 
athletics, allowed women's colleges to lan- 
guish. As a result, fundamental pieces of 
equipment like Sweet Briar's strength- 


ith the passage of Title IX in 1 972, the pressure was suddenly on 
coed colleges to create equal opportunities for women in sports. 
Though substantial changes were a decade or more in coming, 
institutions eventually met the challenge. 

For women in general, Title IX represented a victory. But for women's 
colleges the legislation had an unfortunate flip side. 

"Any given piece of legislation can have unintentional consequences," 
says Jennifer Crispen, associate professor of physical education, athletics 
and recreation. "One of the unintentional consequences of Title IX is that 
programs at single-sex institutions have not been compelled to keep up. 
Women's colleges do not have to improve their opportunities or facilities because they 
don't have equity issues on their campuses. 

"It took coed colleges time to do it, but today they are furnishing women's programs 
with the same quality facilities, equipment, uniforms, buses, fields, and lights that men's 
programs have traditionally enjoyed. If women's institutions are going to continue to 
provide all aspects of the college experience, they have to take it upon themselves to 
remain competitive and embrace excellence." 

training machines are not only outdated, 
they are hand-me-down machines sized for 

In a testament to the spirit and 
endurance that athletics instills. Director 
MacDonell is going full tilt, creating a dis- 
tinctive program that will eventually fill a 

state-of-the-art facility. "Hope goes a long 
way." she says. "We're doing great things 
right now — hosting the NCAA Division III 
Women's Tennis Tournament, reviving the 
Friends of Athletics, hiring new coaches — 
and we expect to get even better." 

26 • Fail 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc edu 

Sweet Briar Welcomes Two New 
Coaches, Including One Alumna 

Paul R. Shaw has been appointed head 
soccer coach. Arriving from Ontario, 
Canada, he has 19 years coaching experi- 
ence and a 'B' License from the Canadian 
Soccer Association. He has coached at the 
provincial and elite levels in Canada as 
well as assisting with the NCAA Division I 
program at Western Illinois University. 

Shaw was the business manager for the 
W-League Toronto "Inferno" and has also 
been with the Miami "Fusion" and the Des 
Moines (IA) "Menace," where he managed 
the first team coaching staff. 

"Paul brings a wealth of experience in 
soccer to Sweet Briar College, both in 

coaching and in promotion of the game," 
says Athletics Director Milly MacDonell. 
He is an excellent teacher, coach, and 
motivator. We are excited at the opportu- 
nity to work with a coach of his caliber, 
taking another step toward a program of 
national prominence." 

Melissa "Missy" Ackerman '87 has 

been appointed head lacrosse coach and 
lecturer. Announcing the appointment, 
Athletics Director Milly MacDonell 
reminded the community that "Missy was 
an Ail-American and ' Player of the Year' 
in both lacrosse and field hockey when she 
was a senior here. Bringing her back to the 
College is an important step for us. She 
played on the nationally-ranked SBC 
lacrosse teams of the 1980s and shares our 
goal of returning the program to national 

For the past seven years Ackerman has 
been head lacrosse coach at Randolph- 
Macon College in Ashland, VA. Last April 
the 1 8th-ranked "Yellowjackets" defeated 
Washington & Lee University 12-11 in 
overtime to win the 2002 ODAC 
Championship and earn a berth in the 
NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse 
Championships. It was Ackerman 's second 
ODAC title and the second time she has 
led her team to the NCAA Championships. 
She was named ODAC Coach of the Year 
in 1999 and 2000. Ackerman 's career 
record at RMC is 73-40 (.646). and her 
ODAC record is 44-10 (.821). 

k % 

Friends oi 

Friends of Athletics, founded last year, 
is a group of donors who sustain the 
College's commitment to sports by 
funding enhancements to intercolle- 
giate athletics, including: 

• team travel 

• athletic recruiting 

• annual Varsity Sports 
Award Banquet 

• communication to build 
enthusiasm and increase 
attendance at students' games. 

Join the Friends! 

Make a contribution to Sweet Briar's 
athletics program through Friends 
of Athletics 

Call toll-free 1-888-846-5722 
(888-THNK-SBC) to make a gift. You 
may even specify the sport you wish 
to support: 

• lacrosse 

• field hockey 

• soccer 

• swimming 

• tennis 

• volleyball 

At Sweet Briar, athletics and physical 
education are important parts of edu- 
cating the whole student. Visit for more infor- 
mation about the athletic department 
and intercollegiate athletics at Sweet 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 • 27 


Sweet Briar Hosts NCAA 
Women's Tennis Championships 

Kelly Morrison, assistant professor and tennis coach, put Sweet Briar in the 
national spotlight this year, hosting the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis 
Championships. This is the second time the College has welcomed coaches, play- 
ers, spectators, and media to the campus; Coach Morrison served as tournament 

director in 1995. 

This May, the seven-day event ran simulta- 
neously with Alumnae Reunion, transforming 
-® the post-commencement campus into a lively 

** ilC^i destination, the place to be on a lovely 

spring day. 

was electrifying," says Coach 
\orrison. "People think of Wimbledon 
is a model for tennis — players wear 
white; the crowd is quiet and dignified. 
Well, that's the exception these days. 
The crowd here was jumping up and 
down, screaming back and forth. 
The only thing we did Wimbledon 
style was a strawberries and cream 
social for alumnae who were on 
campus for Reunion." 

While staging the event 
requires an extra effort from 
almost every department on 
campus, from College 
Relations to Physical Plant, the 
excitement and exposure 

»J/ »A '^gct » r ""' £ o« 8V » r iar "" — ^ make it all worthwhile. 

m&vo'A tor tic ^ e wv S wee '^^^^^ A "A prospective student, a 

field hockey player who 
happened to be here dur- 
ing the tournament, put her 
»S Sj^**^^ deposit in before she left," says Coach 

V p^g*^"" Morrison. "That's really what this is about, shovv- 

^^^ casing the whole Sweet Briar community." 

Both Dean Stahl and President Muhlenfeld participated in opening 
ceremonies. In her address, the president 
complimented the participating athletes 
on their Division III choice, which demon- 
strates a commitment to academic excel- 
lence as well. 

"The president's words meant a lot to 
the players," says Coach Morrison. 
"Quite a few came up to me over the 
course of the week saying, 'Wow, I wish 
I'd known all this was here.' Well, now 
they know — and so will their sisters and 

Jennifer Crispen Appointed Rules Liaison 

The NCAA Division I, II and III Field 
Hockey Committees have appointed Sweet 
Briar College Coach Jennifer Crispen as 
the rules liaison for the sport. She is work- 
ing with the United States Field Hockey 
Association (USFHA) to resolve rules 
questions from the college field hockey 

The USFHA is the national governing 
body for field hockey. NCAA college field 
hockey teams use the international rules 
with minor modifications. Coach Crispen 
has coached field hockey at Sweet Briar 
since 1977 and is in her second year on the 
NCAA Division HI Field Hockey 
Committee. She ranks sixth among active 
coaches in total games coached (499) and 
18th all-time among active coaches in 
career wins (264-214-21 ). This fall she 
will coach her 500th collegiate contest. 

From NCAA NEWS March 4, 2002 and 
Sweet Briar College. 

Coach Bonnie Kestner Takes Top Honors 
Coaching and Competing 

Bonnie Kestner. coach of the Sweet 
Briar College varsity swimming team, has 
been voted Old Dominion Athletic 
Conference Coach of the Year four times, 
most recently in 2002. 

In April. Kestner won all five events in 
her age group at the 2002 Virginia Masters 
Short Course Championship Meet in 

Newport News. VA. She was 
I first overall among the women 
in the 500 yd. Freestyle and the 
100 yd. Butterfly. 

In addition, she set new 
Virginia Local Master's Swim 
| Club (LMSC) records in her age 
I group in the following events: 
500 yd. Freestyle. 200 yd. 
Backstroke. Individual Medley, 
and 100 yd. Individual Medley. 
Kestner 's times were close to 
her performances five years ago 
'• when she competed in the 1997 
U.S. Master's Swimming Long 
Course National Championship and won 
two events. 

28 • Fall 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www 


Florence Barclay Winston '57 Invests in 
New Athletics Facility 

The College has received its first pledge 
toward construction of a new Athletics and 
Recreation Center, a $250,000 unrestricted 
gift from alumna and Board of Directors 
member Florence Barclay Winston '57 of 
Raleigh. NC and her husband, Charles M. 

First elected to the Sweet Briar Board in 
2000. Mrs. Winston has served as director 
of design for the Winston Hotels and was 
formerly a partner in Angus Barn-Darryl's 
Restaurants. She currently chairs the 
Development Committee of the University 
of North Carolina Arts and Science 
Foundation Board. She is past president of 
the Rex Hospital Guild, past president of 
the Raleigh Junior League, past Vestry 
member and junior warden of Christ 
(Episcopal) Church. Raleigh, a past mem- 
ber of the Carolina Club, Chapel Hill 
board, and past member of the Rex 
Hospital Board of Trustees. She served as 
fund-raising chair for her 25th Class 
Reunion committee at Sweet Briar. 

Mr. Winston, an alumnus of the 
University of North Carolina at Chapel 
Hill, is chairman of the board of the 
Raleigh-based Winston Hotels, developer 
and builder of hotels throughout the South. 
He was a co-founder of the Angus Barn 

Restaurant in Raleigh and a partner in the 
organization that founded and operated the 
Darryl's Restaurants. He was voted North 
Carolina's "Outstanding Restaurateur of 
the Year" in 1979, and earned the 
"Distinguished Service Medal" from the 
UNC-Chapel Hill Alumni Association in 
May 2000. 

Grant Supports Studio 
Arts Farm Project 

A $250,000 matching 
grant from the Mary 
Morton Parsons 
Foundation of Richmond 
will allow Sweet Briar to 
renovate and expand one 
of the College's former 
dairy barns into a dynamic 
new campus center for 
studio arts. Coupled with 
construction of a new 
3,000 square foot annex, 
the conversion of Dairy 
Barn No. 2 will allow the 
College to bring all the 
studio arts together for the 
first time. 

The renovated facility 
will house well-equipped 
drawing and design 
rooms; a photo lab and 
darkroom; wood and 

frame shops; a small gallery; increased and 
better configured spaces for student sup- 
plies and equipment; and faculty offices 
and studios. The northern exposure will 
provide excellent outdoor light, and high 
ceilings will dramatically provide more 
space than is currently available. 

"With the construction of the new 
Studio Arts Farm complex, students and 
faculty will finally have a physical facility 
commensurate with the quality of their 
work," said President Muhlenfeld. 

The gift is well timed. A new B.F.A. 
degree in interdisciplinary arts will be 
an option for students beginning Fall 
Term 2002. 

Student Commons Progress 

Charlie Philbin, son of 
Charlotte Holland Prothro 
Philbin '95, proudly dis- 
played the construction hat 
of his grandfather, Mark 
Prothro, chair of the Buildings and 
Grounds Committee of the Board of 
Directors, who was on campus touring the 
Student Commons in May 2002 (Alumnae 
can take the same tour of the site on 

Crews worked furiously throughout the 
summer to ready the Student Commons for 
the return of students in late August. Its 
newly completed ground-floor cafe and 
dining areas are a welcome sight for the 
entire community. The Book Shop and 
administrative offices are expected to be 
complete in late fall. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 • 29 

The Class of 2002 awaits Commencement. 

The Alumnae Association Welcomes 
SBC's Class of 2002! 

One hundred and twenty-six seniors, representing 29 states, DC, Russia, and Canada 
earned degrees on Saturday, May 4 as Sweet Briar's 93rd Commencement ceremony 
took place before students, faculty, families, friends, and an international Internet audi- 
ence. Frederick C. Walker, acting director of human resources for the National Institutes 
of Health (NIH) and father of senior Arney Walker, addressed the class on behalf of Dr. 
Ruth Kirschstein, acting director of the NIH, who was unable to be present. He read the 
speech Dr. Kirschstein. an influential viral researcher, had prepared, imploring the gradu- 
ates to "refresh your outlook frequently, be yourself, and let what you love guide you first 
and foremost." 

Commencement Honors 

The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

The highest-ranking member of the Class of 2002. 
Alicia Kristin Roddy, Clarksville, TN 

The Presidential Medalists 

The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors who have 
a range of accomplishments comparable to those 
associated with candidates for Rhodes, Marshall, or 
Truman Scholarships. Awardees must have demon- 
strated exemplary intellectual achievement. 

Laura Leigh Reither, Summerville, SC; 
Tia Tanya Trout, Louisa, KY 

The Penelope Lane Czarra Award 

This award honors the senior who best combines 
scholastic achievement, student leadership, and 
effective contributions to the quality of life at the 

Allison Victoria Gross, Minnetonka, MN 
The Connie M. Guion Award 

This is given to a senior for her excellence as a 
human being and as a member of the College. 

Rebecca Ann Lewis, Gap Mills, VW; 
Jee-Yon Park, Chantilly, VA 

The Walker Family Award 

This award honors a senior with high scholastic 
standing who has a cheerful, positive disposition 
and shows warmth, generosity, and humility. 

Jesse Kendyl Martin, Denver, PA; 
Anya Elizabeth Moon, Hamilton, VA 

The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize 

The family of the late Professor Judith Elkins estab- 
lished a prize to recognize the outstanding achieve- 
ments of a senior majoring in the mathematical, 
physical, or biological sciences, while actively par- 
ticipating in the College community and demonstrat- 
ing the ideals and dedication to learning exempli- 
fied by the life of Professor Elkins. 

Jennifer Ann McDonaugh, Onancock, VA; 
Kathleen Patricia McNamara, Arlington, 

The Lawrence G. Nelson 

Award for Excellence in English 

Allison Victoria Gross, Minnetonka, MN 

The Leigh Woolverton 

Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts 

Joanna Marie Mullen, Clearfield, PA 

The James Lewis Howe Award in 


Laura Leigh Reither, Summerville, SC 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award in French 

Nicole Eve McDaniel-Carder, Austin, TX 

The Marcia Capron Award 

for Excellence in French 

Aja Gabrielle Grosvenor, Brooklyn, NY 

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society 
International Outstanding Scholar 

Education Award 

Sarah Elizabeth Madison, Shipman, VA 

The Kathryn Haw Prize in Art History 

Sophie Clemence Wackenhut, Huntsville, AL 

L' Alliance Franchise de Lynchburg 

Alicia Michelle Watson, Annapolis, MD 

The Alpha Lambda Delta Award 

Alicia Kristin Roddy, Clarksville, TN 

The Jessica Steinbrenner Molloy 

Award in Theatre 

Lindsay Elizabeth Keller, Littleton, CO 

The Anne Gary Panned Taylor 

Award in History 

Erica Elizabeth Munkwitz, Hatfield, PA 

The W. Edward Overly Award in Spanish 

Jesse Kendyl Martin, Denver, PA; 
Anya Elizabeth Moon, Hamilton, VA 

The Helen K. Mull 

Graduate Fellowship in Psychology 

Anya Elizabeth Moon, Hamilton, VA 

The Martha von Briesen 

Prize in Photography 

Ruth Hadsel Huffman, Lexington, VA 

The Jean Besselievre Boley Prize 

Jillian Kristine Tremblay, St. Louis Park, MN 

The Juliet Halliburton Davis 

Environmental Science Award 

Megan Jacqueline Ogilvie, 

Dundas, Ontario, Canada 

The Juliet Halliburton Davis 

Environmental Studies Award 

Shannon Mary-Lynn Robison, Chrisman, IL 


Regan Janell Blackwood, Herndon, VA 
Rebecca Joy Cefarafti, LaPlata, MD 
Sherry Lauren Forbes, Madison Heights, VA 
Kathleen Julia Fowler, Poquoson, VA 
Allison Victoria Gross, Minnetonka. MN 
Jamie Eileen Henna, Burke, VA 
Shelly Kay Kellogg, Gaylord, Ml 

30 • Fall 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Director of College Events Jacqueline (Jackie) 
Dawson was honored with the Shirley P. Reid 
Excellence in Service Award from the Student 
Government Association. Outgoing SGA 
President Tia Trout '02 presented the award. 

Alexis Elizabeth Kovacs, Scottsville, NY 

Jesse Kendyl Martin, Denver, PA 

Jennifer Ann McDonaugh, Onancock, VA 

Mariah Leakhim McGill, Middlebury, VT 

Anya Elizabeth Moon, Hamilton, VA 

Monique Crystal Moshier, Cherry Valley, CA 

Megan Jacqueline Ogilvie, Dundas, 
Ontario, Canada 

Laura Leigh Reither, Summerville, SC 

Alicia Kristin Roddy, Clarksville, TN 

Jennifer Lane Taylor, Newberry, FL 

Tia Tanya Trout, Louisa, KY 

Tamara Young, Wolcott, CT 

Cum Laude 

Catherine Serena Bevier Basten, 
Lynchburg, VA 

Jennifer Lynn Burke, Greensboro, NC 

Melissa Schaan Cates, Saint Charles, MO 

Amy Lynn Gardner, Severna Park, MD 

Donyele Bertel Gibson, Ellicott City, MD 

Aja Gabrielle Grosvenor, Brooklyn, NY 

Emily Doidge Harris, Greenwich, CT 

Lindsay Elizabeth Keller, Littleton, CO 

Rebecca Ann Lewis, Gap Mills, VW 

Alicia Donaldson Markham, Durham, NC 

Alicia Nicole McCartney, Piano, TX 

Kathleen Patricia McNamara, Arlington, VA 

Kelly Diane Monical, Charlotte, NC 

Joanna Marie Mullen, Clarion, PA 

Jee-Yon Park, Chantilly, VA 

Shannon Mary-Lynn Robison, Chrisman, IL 

Julia Marie Rowland, Houston, TX 

Misa Oji Sarmento, Yuba City, CA 

Elizabeth Barritt Taylor, Houston, TX 
Sonya Lynn Truman, Hanover, PA 
Arney Elizabeth Walker, Woodbine, MD 
Alicia Michelle Watson, Annapolis, MD 
Tacita Chantal Yavari, Alexandria, VA 

Magna Cum Laude 

Abigail Elizabeth Arnold, Marietta, OH 

Erin Ruth Beazley, Amherst, VA 

Paula Michelle Brice, Wallace, NC 

April Scarlette Callis, Raleigh, NC 

Rebecca Joy Cefaratti, LaPlata, MD 

Amanda Racine Davis, Folsom, CA 

Juliana Mae De Santis, Culpeper, VA 

Kathleen Julia Fowler, Poquoson, VA 

Leslie Carol Fretwell, Oklahoma City, OK 

Kathryn Mary Gjeldum, Wheaton, IL 

Jaime Eileen Henna, Burke, VA 

Ruth Hadsel Huffman, Lexington, VA 

Sara Esther Kaplan, Bloomington, IL 

Mary Camille Litman, Harker Heights, TX 

Jesse Kendyl Martin, Denver, PA 

Kathryn Ann McClellan, Windsor, CT 

Nicole Eve McDaniel-Carder, Austin, TX 

Monique Crystal Moshier, Cherry Valley, CA 

Amy Elizabeth Mullen, Clarion, PA 

Erica Elizabeth Munkwitz, Hatfield, PA 

Megan Jacqueline Ogilvie, Dundas, 
Ontario, Canada 

Leigh Anne Riddell, Slidell, LA 

Elizabeth Ashley Trantham, Zebulon, NC 

Jill ian Kristine Tremblay, Saint Louis Park, MN 

Natasha Katherine Ungerer, Lakewood, NY 

Sophie Clemence Wackenhut, Huntsville, AL 

Elizabeth Anne Waring, New Bedford, MA 

Tamara Young, Wolcott, CT 

Summa Cum Laude 

Regan Janell Blackwood, Herndon, VA 
Sherry Lauren Forbes, Madison Heights, VA 
Allison Victoria Gross, Minnetonka, MN 
Shelly Kay Kellogg, Gaylord, Ml 
Alexis Elizabeth Kovacs, Scottsville, NY 
Sarah Elizabeth Madison, Shipman, VA 
Jennifer Ann McDonaugh, Onancock, VA 
Mariah Leakhim McGill, Middlebury, VT 
Anya Elizabeth Moon, Hamilton, VA 
Laura Leigh Reither, Summerville, SC 
Alicia Kristin Roddy Clarksville, TN 
Jennifer Lane Taylor, Newberry, FL 
Tia Tanya Trout, Louisa, KY 

The Honors Program, Class of 

Highest Honors in Biology 

Catherine Serena Bevier Basten, 
Lynchburg, VA 

Regan Janell Blackwood, Herndon, VA 

Honors Degree with 

Honors in Classical Studies 

Rebecca Joy Cefaratti, La Plata, MD 

Highest Honors in Government 

Amanda Racine Davis, Folsom, CA 

High Honors in International Affairs 

Sherry Lauren Forbes, Madison Heights, VA 

Honors Degree with 

Highest Honors in English 

Allison Victoria Gross, Minnetonka, MN 

Honors Degree with Honors in Government 

Kathryn Ann McClellan, Windsor, CT 

Honors Degree with High Honors in 

English/Creative Writing 

Erica Elizabeth Munkwitz, Hatfield, PA 

Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 


Laura Leigh Reither, Summerville, SC 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Assistant Professor of Religion Cathy Gutierrez 
was the 2002 recipient of the Connie Burwell 
White Excellence in Teaching Award, presented 
by Jee-Yon Park '02, chairman of the College's 
Academic Affairs Committee. 

Fall 2002 • 31 

SBC's newest alumnae recess 
between lines of applauding 

Honors Degree with Highest 

Honors in Government 

Leigh Anne Riddell, Slidell, LA 

Honors Degree with Highest 

Honors in Biology 

Natasha Katherine Ungerer, 
Lake wood, NY 

CLASS OF 2002 

Alumnae Relatives and Turning Point Students 

Tia Trout; sister Tamara Trout '01 Julia Rowland; mother Victoria 

Nalle Rowland '66 

Elizabeth Taylor; sister Kathryn 
Taylor '99 

Megan Ogilvie; sister Caroline 
Ogilvie '04 

Monique Moshier; sister Michelle Erin Beazley; sister Sarah Ogden '00 

Moshier '05 

Sophie Wackenhut; sister Anne- 
Claire Wackenhut '98 

Melissa Rudder; cousin Catherine "Bunny" Brown '49; 
Walter Brown H '49 



Susan Seitz Jackson; aunt Lola T. Bailey TP '95 (L); 
mother Bonnie Seitz TP '01 (R) 

Commencement photos by Charles Grubbs 

L-r: Sonya Truman; Kathleen Fowler; Leslie Fretwell; 
Rebecca Cefaratti 

32 • Fall 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

e 1 1 e r s and 

m a 

Recent magazine article 

I read wifh great Interest in 
the most recent alumnae maga- 
zine [Spring 2002] an article 
about Mindy Weisel [who pub- 
lished a journal, Touching Quiet 
of her 1 992 residency as an 
artist at the VCCA ] and now 
can't find my copy of the maga- 
zine to refer to. More specifical- 
ly, it mentioned a New York 
musician named Joelle Wallach 
who had written a piece about 
Sweet Briar [while also at the 
VCCA]. Could you please email 
me a copy of that article so that 
I can refer to it when I contact 
Ms. Wallach concerning her 
music? Thank you for your assis- 
— Beth Ann Bradford Amico '81 

Centennial Issue 
Very Handsome 

Dear Nancy and all of you 
who put this issue and the video 

This is a very tardy thank you 
for all the effort you put into this 
magazine. Also the video. The 
magazine was very handsome 
and I enjoyed all the photos and 
the articles about some of the 
professors and distinguished 
alumnae. And I compliment the 
College for putting on such a 
gala affair. I wish I could have 
been there but your publication 
and video gave me an idea just 
how festive it was. 

It never occurred to me when 
I was a student at the College 
just how young it was. I dia 
realize, however, just how limit- 
ed the facilities were. I am cer- 
tainly glad the College has 
made all the additions it has 
over the years. I am glad I 
attended when some of the old 
formalities were observed. The 
Southern ambiance was a 
delightful novelty to me. Perhaps 
that is why Savannah appealed 
so much to me when we moved 

My best wishes to you and I 
look forward to future issues of 
the Sweet Briar Magazine. 
— Shirley Houseman Nordhem 

All The Renovations Going On 

I received the [Spring 02] 

Alumnae Magazine last Friday 
and read with interest about the 
Prothro Complex [new Student 
Commons] and all the other ren- 
ovations going on. The whole 
college community must be 
thrilled and I'm sure we alums 
would love to have had all those 
amenities in our day too. 
— Rebecca Faxon Knowles '55 

My father with the first 
Amherst County students 

Dear Mrs. Zingaro, 
Thank you for sending the copy 
of the Reunion Service of 
Remembrance and your letter. 
I've been humming "For All the 
Saints." Another sister and I are 
pleased that Elizabeth Gray '33 
left a bequest to Sweet Briar for 
a scholarship. I went to Sweet 
Briar on a scholarship and it 
meant a great deal to me. 

I've enjoyed the Alumnae 
Magazine, especially Vol. 72, 
No. 2 [Centennial issue], 
because it pictures my father 
Arthur Gray, Jr., with the first 
Amherst County students. 
— Ellen Douglas Gray Wilson '45 

Ed. Note: Seep.7, 
Centennial issue for Arthur 
Gray, Jr., tutor, with students. 

Reunion '02 Service 
Of Remembrance 

Thank you for the Order of 

Service of 1 9 May; what a very 

special annual service, certainly 

a unique part of Reunion. It is 
ng and a jo 
for us to kn 

our mother was remembered by 

the college she loved. 

— The Family of Helen 

Carruthers Hackwell '35 

Thanks So Much 

Thanks so much for the arti- 
cle in the alum magazine 
[Spotlight: "Scientist Stitches a 
New Career," Spring 02]. It 
looks great, and has already 
generated some terrific contacts! 
I really appreciate it! Warm 

— Denton Freeman Kump '88, 
"Poesis, Inc." 

INDEED comforting and a joy- 
ous new memory for us to know 

Trip was wonderful 

Greetings. The trip was won- 
derful! Ireland [Alumni College 
in Ireland 7/14-22] provided 
perfect weather — no rain from 
the time we landed until we 
were on the bus back to 
Shannon at the end of the week, 
and our Irish hosts were very 
thoughtful, knowledgeable, and 
a lot of fun. And the group was 
great. We all decided that we 
want to go on another trip with 
Jonathan [Professor Green] as 
the Sweet Briar host — how about 
music in Italy? My mother and I 
had a great time exploring 
together. Ireland is exceptionally 
beautiful. It was also wonderful 
to meet alumnae from other 
classes. The trip provided an 
opportunity that simply wouldn't 
have been available any other 
way. I will read all of the alum- 
nae notes in the future with 
much more appreciation. AHI 
and the folks on the ground 
really did a good job. The pac- 
ing was just right, and the con- 
cept of staying in one place with 
day trips was a brilliant idea. 
Our thanks to Sweet Briar for 
making it possible. Best wishes, 
— Norvell Jones, the younger 

What A Wonderful Job Your 
Alums Do 

(E-mail received by 
Admissions Office) 

Hello, my name is Amanda 
Turner and I attend Moorestown 
Friends School in Moorestown, 
New Jersey. I visited Sweet Briar 
at the beginning of the fall last 
year and both my parents and I 
loved it. This fall I was up in 
Nantucket for a family reunion 
and was in a store and one of 
your alums was shopping as 
well and she overheard me talk- 
ing about how wonderful Sweet 
Briar is. She immediately started 
talking to me as if I were a good 
friend. She was so kind ana 
advised not only on selecting 
Sweet Briar but also on the col- 
lege experience in general. 
Unfortunately I did not receive 
her name but I thought that you 
would like to know what a won- 
derful job your alums do in the 
area of promoting the school. I 
was wondering, do you allow 

prospective students to have 
interviews with you during the 
summer? If so when and now 
should I go about scheduling 
one? Thank you for taking the 
time to read my letter ana I am 
looking forward to working with 
you in the future. Sincerely, 
— Amanda Turner 

Judy Sorley Chalmers' ('59) 
Work In NYC After 9/11 

How moved I was to read my 
classmate's story of her work in 
NYC. Her journal was the most 
comprehensive and human of 
the stories we have read. It 
might interest her and you to 
know that I live near Gander, 
Newfoundland with a popula- 
tion of 6,000. In a few short 
hours we had 30-some planes in 
Gander with 1 4,000 people 
diverted here. 

As an American I was des- 
perate to do something because 
we all felt so helpless and far 
away. So I was cooking too, but 
only for a week at our church 
camp where we had 220 people 
off a flight destined for 
Philadelphia from Paris. Every 
school and church was occupied 
with stranded passengers and 
the local people provided bed- 
ding, food, and often their 
homes for these friends. Many 
close friendships and connec- 
tions were formed and I often 
wondered if there was anyone 
in the area I knew or any SBC 
alumnae stranded here, but you 
got to know best the group that 
was staying where you were 

Please convey my apprecia- 
tion to Judy and if possible send 
me her e-mail or address. 

Many thanks, 
— Kathy Tyler Sheldon '59 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2002 • 33 

n Memoriam 

HBW as pictured in the Summer 1983 Alumnae Magazine 

Harold Bartlett Whiteman, Jr. 

It is with tremendous sad- 
ness that we report the 
death of Dr. Harold B. 
Whiteman, Jr., sixth president 
of Sweet Briar College. He 
died May 6, 2002 in Nashville. 
Tennessee after a long illness. 

Dr. Whiteman, born April 
22. 1920 in Nashville, served 
as Sweet Briar's president from 
July 1971 to June 1983. In 
addition to his responsibilities 
as president, he served as pro- 
fessor of history at Sweet Briar 
beginning in 1973. He also 
served on the Board for the 
Virginia Center for the Creative 
Arts (VCCA) for many years, 
having held the office of treas- 
urer in the early "90s. 

Dr. Whiteman had an exten- 
sive educational background. 
He attended the Montgomery 
Bell Academy in Nashville 
from 1930 to 1934; the Taft 
School in Watertown. 
Connecticut from 1934 to 
1937; Yale University, where 

34 • Fall 2002 

he received his B.A. in 1941. 
graduating magna cum laude. 
Phi Beta Kappa; Vanderbilt 
University from which he 
received a master's degree in 
political science in 1948; and 
Yale University where he 
received his Ph.D in 1958 in 
international relations. Dr. 
Whiteman was in the U.S. 
Army as a special services offi- 
cer of the Air Transport 
Command in Africa from 1942 
to 1946, when he was dis- 
charged with the rank of major. 
Always the scholar/teacher, 
he taught mathematics at the 
Taft School in 1946-47 and 
served as a teaching fellow at 
Vanderbilt during 1947-48. 
From 1948-1964. he was dean 
of the freshman year and asso- 
ciate dean at Yale University. 
Named assistant to the presi- 
dent at New York University in 
1964. he remained at NYU as 
vice chancellor for student 
affairs until his appointment to 
the Sweet Briar presidency in 

Following the Sweet Briar 
years. Dr. Whiteman worked in 
development for the Yale 
Divinity School (1983-85) and 
in development for 
Montgomery Bell Academy 
(1985-89). A lifelong sports 
enthusiast, the 1940 captain of 
the Yale football team was 
especially fond of sailing and 
was an avid tennis player. 

Lasting tributes were made 
on the occasion of his retire- 
ment by a number of faculty, 
staff, and alumnae in an article 
entitled "The Whiteman 
Years. . .A Man for All 
Seasons" in the Summer 1983 
Alumnae Magazine. He is 
greatly missed, but we give 
thanks for his life, for his lead- 
ership, and for his devotion to 
Sweet Briar College. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Edith "Deedie" Uhler Davis 
Whiteman; three children, 
Harold Bartlett Whiteman III, 
Maclin Davis Whiteman. and 
Priscilla Whiteman Kellert; 
three grandchildren; three step- 
grandchildren; and one step- 

A memorial service is 
planned, to be held during the 
Fall Alumnae Council meetings 
in the Sweet Briar Memorial 
Chapel. For anyone wishing to 
send a memorial gift, the fami- 
ly asks that gifts be made to 
The Harold B. Whiteman, Jr. 
Scholarship Fund at Sweet 

Helen Hudson McMahon '23 

Helen McMahon. known 
fondly as "Helen Mac" 
by generations of 
Sweet Briar alumnae, faculty 
and staff, passed away on 
August 6th at the Briarwood 
Home in Amherst, VA. 

The eldest of five children, 
she was raised in Huntington. 
WV. Shortly after World War I, 
she entered Sweet Briar, gradu- 
ating with a major in English. 
Helen Mac taught school in 

Huntington until 1938. then 
returned to Sweet Briar to 
serve as director of the 
Alumnae Association until 
1947. During this time, she 
became interested in summer 
camping for girls, and for a 
number of summers worked at 
a girls' camp owned by a 
Sweet Briar professor near 
White Sulphur Springs. WV. 
There she learned the basics of 
camp management. 

In 1947. Helen Mac took 
over management of the Sweet 
Briar Book Shop, holding this 
position until retirement in 
1 97 1 . After World War II, she 
built a house on campus and 
purchased a girls' camp near 
Little Switzerland, NC, which 
she and Jeanette "Dan" Boone 
ran for many years. They never 
had trouble finding camp coun- 
selors, as Sweet Briar students 
eagerly sought summer jobs 

In 1974, she received the 
Outstanding Alumna Award. 
Enumeration of her many con- 
tributions included praise for 
her Book Shop regime, build- 
ing new quarters while continu- 
ing the Book Shop's support of 
the scholarship program. 

As a pillar of the Amherst 
County Sweet Briar Club, she 
provided ideas and muscle for 
everything from bake sales to 
house tours to buffet lunches. 
She was called upon to deco- 
rate Sweet Briar House and 
Wailes Center, man booths on 
Amherst County Day and at the 
Christmas Bazaar, assist in fire 

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drills.... and she was 1923's 
fund agent. 

Age eventually caught up 
with Helen Mac; she sold her 
camp. Glen Laurel, but she and 
Dan continued to live in their 
campus home, which was ever 
welcoming to alumnae and the 
Sweet Briar community at 
large. Summers were spent in 
Little Switzerland and travel- 

During the late '70s. Helen 
Mac worked closely with Ann 
Whitley '47 to create the Sweet 
Briar Museum. Over a long 
period, she gathered historic 
materials, kept an office at the 
Museum, and filled the files 
with important data that other- 
wise would have been lost to 
the College. 

In 2001. she was honored 
with one of only 22 Centennial 

Awards, presented during the 
April Centennial Gala 

Health considerations forced 
a move to the Briarwood Home 
(then Ryan's Nursing Home) at 
age 89. This past April 23. she 
celebrated her 100th birthday 

She is survived by a brother. 
Joseph McMahon; sister, 
Catherine McMahon Haegy; 
niece, Mary Meade Boxley Utt; 
nephews Charlie Meade, 
Robert C. Meade, A. Davis 
Meade; and a number of great- 
and great-great-nieces and 

By Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

A Memorial Service will be 
held in the Sweet Briar Chapel, 
date to be determined. 

Memorial contributions may 
be made to the Sweet Briar 
College Museum. 

Antoinette Nelson 

Sweet Briar lost a longtime 
fond friend with the March 1 8 
death of Antoinette ("Toni") 
Dalton Nelson, 88, of 
Lynchburg. She was the widow 
of Sweet Briar English 
Professor Lawrence ("Larry") 
G. Nelson. 

Toni. who earned a master's 
degree from the University of 
Michigan in 1936. was also a 
member of the Sweet Briar fac- 
ulty, teaching Latin in the 
Classics Department (1961-65). 
She offered private piano les- 
sons to Sweet Briar students, 
and worked part-time for many 
years in the Admissions Office, 

interviewing prospective stu- 
dents. She taught at her alma 
mater, Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College as well, and 
u as a docent at its Maier 
Museum of Arts. 

Toni was a dedicated mem- 
ber of and contributor to Sweet 
Briar's Friends of the Library 
and a member of the Women's 
Club of Lynchburg, the 
American Association of 
University Women, and St. 
John's Episcopal Church in 

She is survived by one 
daughter. Judith Nelson of 
Boston. MA; one son. Lars 
Nelson, of Glen Allen. VA; one 
brother, Robert Dalton of New 
York City; and two grand- 
daughters, Lori Nelson and 
Jennifer Nelson. 

Recent Deaths 


Katherine Le Blond 

Mrs. Katherine L. Farquhar 


January 26, 2002 
Corolie Kahn 


Peachey Lillard 

Mrs. W. P. Manning, Jr. 


Margaret Ham 

April 19, 2002 

Mrs. Michael P. Ferro 

May 24, 2002 

Miss Margaret Ham 


Louise Rogers 

April 30, 2002 


Susan Hobson 

April 9, 1991 

Mrs. Grady C. Frank 


Elizabeth Duffield 

Mrs. Colin W. McCord 


Jane Guignard 

April 14, 2002 

Mrs. Wayne D. Fajans 

March 11, 2002 

Mrs. J. G. Curry 


Virginia Cunningham 

Date unknown 


Jane Black 

May 30, 2002 

Mrs. Valentine Brookes 


Corinne Howell 

Jane Black Clark 


Gertrude Collins 

February 17, 2002 

Mrs. Charles Nelson, Jr. 

July 20, 2002 

Mrs. Eric H. Calnan 

n i 1 


Margaret Glover 

May 15, 2002 


Mary Ann Edens 

Date unknown 

Mrs. M. G. Paddock 


Patricia Robineau 

Mrs. Jefferson D. Wingfield, Jr 


Louise Conklin 

January 16, 2002 

Mrs. John 1. B. McCulloch 

May 1,2002 

Mrs. David H. Knowles 


Elizabeth Hamilton 

Date unknown 


Frances Gilbert 

February 7, 2002 

Mrs. Madison Hunt 


Dorothy Denny 

Mrs. Herbert H. Browne, Jr. 


Marion Jayne 

September 11, 2001 

Mrs. F Edmund Sutton 

July 19, 2002 

Mrs. Carlos Berguido, Jr. 


Catharine Taylor 

March 22, 2002 


Shirley McCallum 

May 13, 2002 

Mrs. Catharine T. Manning 


Betty Van Dusen 

Mrs. Shirley M. Davis 


Elizabeth Jones 

March 20, 1996 

Mrs. John S. Samson 

February 10,2002 

Mrs. Courtney Shands 


Mary Wynn 

December 22, 2001 


Sue Sands 

January 27, 2002 

Mrs. Daniel G. Talbot 


Mary Catherine Waddell 

Mrs. John E. McWilliams 


Bonnie Mathews 

June 29, 2001 

Mrs. William P. Spencer 

September 7, 2001 

Mrs. John M. Wisdom 


Eleanor Wright 

November 30, 2001 


Barbara Johnson 

February 8, 2002 

Mrs. William S. R. Beane III 


Susan Durrett 

Mrs. James E. Prickett 


Virginia Van Winkle 

May 24, 2002 

Mrs. Frank Ambuhl 

April 26, 2002 

Mrs. John B. Morlidge, Jr. 

II 1 n / nnnn 


Cecily Jansen 

May 4, 2002 


Margaret Gilmer 

March 26, 2002 

Mrs. Charles R. Kendrick 


Patricia Knapp 
Mrs. Henry M. Cook 

Mrs. John C. Kerr 


Sue Brooke 

December 4, 2001 

Date unknown 

Miss Sue H. Brooke 


Anne Walker 

Date unknown 


Katherine Leigh Sturtz 

June 29, 2002 

Mrs. Blake T. Newton, Jr. 


Gratia Boice 

Miss Katherine Leigh Sturtz 


Evaline Edmonds 

May 26, 2002 

Mrs. Gratia B. Smith 

June 10, 2002 

Mrs. Carl E. Thoma 


Ann N. B. Parks 

May 11, 2002 

If you 

wish to mite to a member of the 

April 18, 2002 

Miss Ann N. B. Parks 


Mary McKinney 
Mrs. McKinney Herrick 

family of someone recently deceased, 


Virginia Quintard 

June 21, 2002 


contact the Alumnae Office for 

Mrs. Edward L. Bond 


Margaret Caperton 

February 12, 2002 


md address. 

January 22, 2002 

Mrs. William Ranken 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae 

Fall 2002 • 35 


Yale Medal 

Awarded to 

Walter H. Brown 

Many have heeded the call 
"For God. For Country and for 
Yale," but few with greater 
understanding of genuine 
friendship and the inclusion of 
all. Through your strength of 
character and tireless energy, 
you were able to galvanize the 
brave but war-disrupted class 
of 1 945 W into becoming one 
of Yale's most unified and 
notable cohorts of alumni. 

As the 50th and 55th Reunion 
Gift Chair of your class, you 
combined tenacity with a leg- 
endary appetite for personal 
travel, crossing the country to 
encourage and motivate your 
fellow volunteers and class- 
mates. Your leadership has 
extended beyond your class as 
Director and President of the 
Yale Club of Central New 
Jersey, as Vice Chairman of the 
Yale Alumni Board and as a 
member of the Yale 
Development Board. 

We are indeed fortunate to 
count you as an alumnus of 
this University, and the AYA is 
proud to recognize your out- 
standing commitment by con- 
ferring upon you its highest 
honor, the Yale Medal. 

Robert C. Levin 
President of the University 

Maureen O. Doran 

Chair of the Association of 

Yale Alumni 

Walter Brown; President Levin; Chair of the Association of Yale Alumni Maureen O. Doran 

Walter H. Brown Receives Yale's Highest 

April 26, 2002. Walter Brown, former 
chairman of Sweet Briar's Board of 
Directors, husband of Catherine "Bunny" 
Bamett Brown '49. and honorary member 
of the Class of '49. received yet another 
honor. He was presented with the Yale 
Medal, the highest award given for "out- 
standing service to Yale." 
At left is the accompanying resolution. 

Not to be outdone, the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association Board at its April 
meeting passed its own resolution: 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the 
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association, 
assembled on April 20. 2002. acknowl- 
edges with deep pride and approval the 
honor bestowed upon Walter H. Brown by 
his alma mater. Yale University. In April 
2002. during the Spring Assembly of the 
Association of Yale Alumni. Walter was 
the recipient of the Yale Medal, the highest 
award given by the University, in recogni- 
tion of "outstanding service to Yale." 
The Board of the Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association wishes to express 
warmest congratulations to our Walter 

Brown. Honorary Member of the Sweet 
Briar College Class of 1949. to salute him 
and to celebrate with him this most recent 
accolade in his ever-growing record of 
service and accomplishment. They do so 
now by way of this Resolution to be 
recorded in the official Minutes and to be 
transmitted to him. 

Diane Dalton '67 


Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 


Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Association 

Congratulations. Walter! 

36 • Fall 2002 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

2001 Outstanding Alumna Award To 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 

Introduction ofHonoree at 
Reunion Convocation, May 18, 
2002 by Diane Dalton '67. 
president of the Alumnae 

t is my great privilege, as 
president of the Alumnae 
Association, to present the 
Outstanding Alumna Award, 
one of Sweet Briar College's 
most prestigious honors. This 
annual award recognizes an 
alumna who has given out- 
standing volunteer service to 
Sweet Briar. The winner of the 
2001 award is Nannette 
McBurney Crowdus of the 
Class of 1957. 

We are delighted that many 
of Nannette 's family are here 
today on this happy occasion. 
I'd also like to give a special 
welcome to Nannette 's class- 
mates who are here celebrating 
the 45 th Reunion. 

As a student at Sweet Briar. 
Nannette was involved in many 
facets of campus life - the 
Dance Club; Choreography; 
Choir; the World Affairs Club; 
Tau Phi: the Sweet Briar News, 
as editor; the Senior Show, as 
co-author; the Briar Patch, for 
which she was feature editor: 
and the May Court. Elected to 
Phi Beta Kappa, she obtained 
her degree in British History, 
graduating magna cum laude 
with highest honors in history. 
The 1957 Briar Patch notes 
many qualities that are even 
more evident today: "...consci- 
entious and enthusiastic edi- 
tor.... ingenious way with 
words... enviable facility for 
acquiring knowledge... adept 
organizer... dependable for a 
job well done... satisfaction is 
the reward of thoroughness. . ." 
After graduating. Nannette 
married William Warren 

Crowdus II. As the couple 
raised their two children and 
moved around the country. 
Nannette was wife, mother, and 
volunteer extraordinaire for 
Sweet Briar and for the Junior 
League, the American Red 
Cross, and the Boston and 
Chicago Symphonies. She also 
pursued graduate studies at the 
Wharton School of Business at 
the University of Pennsylvania, 
Boston College, and 
Washington University, and 
built a very impressive profes- 
sional record. She has been 
director of public information 
for the American Red Cross: a 
director of the McBurney 
Corporation; a realtor: director 
of sales and marketing for the 
National Association of 
Realtors; a consultant to the 
real estate industry: and a 
regional manager for the Worth 

Nannette has demonstrated 
her devotion to Sweet Briar, 
from the day she arrived on 
campus as a student through 
her years as an alumna. She has 
been a leader in many areas, 
from involvement in club activ- 
ities in the communities in 
w hich she has lived, to service 
on the College's Board of 
Directors and on the Alumnae 
Association Board, serving as 
president from 1989 to 1992. 
During her tenure, the Alumnae 
Association developed its first 
Strategic Plan, which has 
served as a template for future 

Currently in her position as 
chairman of planned giving on 
the Alumnae Association 
Board, she has raised to a new 
level an understanding of the 
importance of planned giving 
to the College. Referring to 
Sweet Briar's founder. Indiana 


BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association, assembled on April 20, 2002, acknowl- 
edges with gratitude the historic contributions that Nannette 
McBurney Crowdus. Class of 1957, has made to Sweet Briar 
College. She has served with distinction in positions on the 
local, regional, and national levels including her leadership as 
President of the Alumnae Association from 1989-1992. In her 
present position as Chair of Planned Giving, she has been 
instrumental in educating alumnae about the importance of 
planned gifts to the life of the College. The 2001 Outstanding 
Alumna Award conferred upon Nannette recognizes that her 
impact upon the College is immeasurable. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to express its 
deepest appreciation to Nannette for her extraordinary leader- 
ship which has led our beloved alma mater forward in the 
ranks of the leading colleges in the nation. They do so by way 
of this Resolution to be recorded in the official Minutes and to 
be transmitted to her. 

— Diane Dalton '67 
President. Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association 

— Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 
Director. Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association 

Fletcher Williams, who wished 
to prepare women to be "useful 
members of society," Nannette 
noted: "I can think of nothing 
more useful or responsible than 
planning for the future of those 
you love." Nannette has kept 
Sweet Briar College high on 
the list of those she loves and 
to our great pride, was a 
national spokesperson on 
behalf of all charitable giving 
when she spoke from the steps 
of the U.S. Capitol in October 
2001. promoting legislation on 
charitable donations. 

She is one of our chief fund- 
raisers, cheerleaders, organiz- 
ers, hostesses... in short, as a 
classmate remarked, "Nannette 
lives, breathes, and eats Sweet 

By conferring upon her the 
2001 Outstanding Alumna 

Award, we recognize that 
Sweet Briar is blessed to be the 
beneficiary of her dedication. 

Before Nannette came forward 
to receive her award. President 
Muhlenfeld stepped to the podi- 
um. Indicating a huge vase of 
roses placed stage right, she 
said: "Nannette. it is my pleas- 
ure to present you with these 
lovely roses from your class- 
mates. I understand that there 
are 4? of them - one for each 
year of sen ice. The card reads: 
'Congratulations on an honor 
well deserved, long overdue - 
we appreciate your efforts for 
the College and keeping the 
Class of 1957 on top. Hugs to 
you from your Colleague and 
the Class of 1957.'" 

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Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57 

Accepts the 2001 Outstanding Alumna Award 

Thank you so very much. Betsy, 
Diane. Louise, everyone - thank 
you, and my special thanks to the 
Alumnae Association for this generous 
recognition and for this memorable day. To 
share this moment with my classmates in 
the Fabulous Class of 1957 and other 
friends present today adds immensely to a 
joyous occasion, not to mention the pleas- 
ure it gives me to be able to acknowledge 
publicly all the kind words and thoughtful 
deeds that have come my way since I was 
named Outstanding Alumna of 2001 . 

My family is here today also and I want 
you to meet them, because I am very proud 
of them. Wisely they decided that it is 
unlikely that anything this grand will hap- 
pen to me again any time soon, so they 
have turned up en masse, to my great 
delight. I am going to embarrass them 
completely by asking them to stand when I 
call their names so you can have a good 
look at them. 

First, the Yale graduate who journeyed 
from Quantico, VA to Washington and Lee 
to have a blind date with a senior at Sweet 
Briar in the fall of 1956, my husband of 
almost 45 years, Bill Crowdus, retired mar- 
keting executive and now woodworker, 
gardener, and chef extraordinaire, who has 
always been and continues to be, the wind 
beneath my wings. Without his support and 
encouragement. I would not be standing 
here today. 

Next, our son Warren, a graduate of 
Washington and Lee and the Law School 
of the University of Chicago, now a senior 
international tax partner with Baker and 
McKenzie in its Washington, DC office. 
With him is our daughter-in-law, Barbara 
Louise Rollinson. who received her B.A. 
from Wellesley College and her Ph.D in 
Economics from Duke. Lou is a partner in 
a firm in DC that handles international tax 
matters, so if you need some help with 

"I belong to 
Sweet Briar and 
Sweet Briar 
belongs to me. 

38 • Fall 2002 


international taxes and regulations, you 
now have two experienced people to turn 
to for advice. By the way, on May 4, Lou 
was named Volunteer Alumna of the Year 
at National Cathedral School for Girls in 
Washington. I can't take credit for her 
genes, but I can be very, very proud of her. 

Warren and Lou have brought William 
Warren Crowdus IV. a student at Concord 
Hill School in Bethesda. who will be six 
next month, and Elizabeth Louise 
Crowdus, four and a half. Class of 2020. 

Our daughter Carol Crowdus Barbour 
earned her B.A. from Colgate, her M.A. 
from Northwestern and her MBA from the 
University of Chicago. Currently she is 
national sales manager and vice president 
of Endowments and Foundations at J.P. 
Morgan Chase in New York. You need 
$400 million in assets to talk to her. Her 
husband Jeff Barbour, a graduate of the 
University of Illinois, is a partner in 
Berkshire Wine Importers, bringing in 
wine from all over the world, so if you 
own a vineyard, he's your man. That's his 
day job. He is also a professional classical 
singer. They live in Wilton. CT with 
Katherine Alice Barbour, now two and a 
half. Class of 2022. I can take partial credit 
for Carol's genes, so I am pleased to tell 
you that she is a former president of the 
Dana Hall School Alumnae Association. 

My sister is here from New York - 
Olivia McBurney McGregor, Sweet Briar 
Class of 1965. To those of you in the 
Classes of 1962 and 1967. she was also 
known to some as "Wiggie" and was busy 
with Paint and Patches. 

And - from Atlanta, my big brother, 
Willard McBurney and his wife Darla. 

There is a secret I want to share with 
you: Nobody becomes outstanding by her- 
self. There are so many individuals who 
have led me to this moment. Teachers, 
mentors, examples, friends and oh. yes, 
family. The Alumnae Association has 
named 45 outstanding alumnae. Just read- 
ing the list of names brings images of lead- 
ers, pioneers, innovators, and steadfast sup- 
porters of everything Sweet Briar exempli- 
fies. I have known and admired 29 of 
them. Being chosen to join that august 
group is truly an overwhelming honor. 
There are two I deeply admire here today: 

Nannette Crowdus accepts Outstanding 
Alumna Award 

Ann Marshall Whitley, Class of 1947 and 
Kitchie Roseberry Tolleson. Class of 1952. 
Also here for 50th Reunion is the 
Distinguished Alumna of 2001 who was 
recognized last fall at Alumnae Council. 
Joanne Holbrook Patton. Class of 1952. 

On a Friday morning last summer. 
Louise Zingaro. director of the Alumnae 
Association, left a message on our answer- 
ing machine, saying she wanted to talk 
with me. but she would call again. We 
played telephone tag most of the day, and 
that afternoon, when I was on the phone 
with my sister, call waiting beeped. 
Thinking it might be Louise. I put my sis- 
ter on hold, and answered. Indeed it was 
Louise, and her first words were "Have 
you gotten your mail today?" "Yes, we 
have," I replied. "Well, I guess this can 
wait till Monday," she said. By this time, I 
was becoming nervous. Had something so 
important happened at the College that 
they are telling me in writing by snail 
mail? So I said, "Louise, what is going 
on?" Her reply was pure Louise: "I can't 
stand it. I have to tell you that you have 
been named the Outstanding Alumna of 
2001 and you will be recognized during 
your 45th Reunion next May." Surprised? 
Astonished? Overcome? You bet. When I 
got back on the line with my sister, I was 
trying so hard not to cry that the poor thing 
could hardly understand what I was saying. 
Then I told Bill about Louise's call — tears 
again — and from that moment, he has told 
anyone who would listen. 

The journey to this moment began in 
the spring of my junior year in high school, 
when my mother and I made the obligatory 
trip to visit colleges. During that brief visit. 

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Nannette's family on hand to congratulate her 

I knew that Sweet Briar College was where 
I belonged. It was an epiphany that many 
of us acknowledge and express about 
Sweet Briar. That sense of place I discov- 
ered from the beginning has grown and has 
been a part of my consciousness from that 
moment. There is a feeling of possession: I 
belong to Sweet Briar and Sweet Briar 
belongs to me. Indiana Fletcher Williams' 
dream of founding a college that offered 
"an education to prepare young women to 
be useful members of society" has become 
incarnate in the magnificent buildings set 
on these green fields and hills. But more 
importantly, her vision is realized in the 
fruit of this college: those who come, who 
study, who meet new ideas hospitably, who 
follow paths others have traveled, and who 
go forth on their own paths to make a dif- 
ference in this world, leaving footprints for 
others to follow. This place and our experi- 
ences here endure and shape our lives. 

I've often said that the only job I have 
ever held that I was trained for was presi- 
dent of the Alumnae Association and was I 
trained! The continuum of directors of the 
Alumnae Association started for me with 
Elizabeth "Jackie" Bond Wood, Class of 
1934. who trained Ann Morrison Reams, 
Class of 1942, who trained our own Louise 
Zingaro, Class of 1980. All trained me, at 
one time or another, starting during my 
time on the Alumnae Board in the '70s. 
Also serving as role models and mentors 
were various presidents of the Association 
through the years and members of the 
Alumnae Board. Being president of the 
Alumnae Association and a member of 
Sweet Briar's Board of Directors are the 
high points of my career, volunteer and 

professional. There is nothing in my expe- 
rience to compare with the devotion of all 
the individuals involved in providing lead- 
ership, oversight, and governance for this 
college. All share the same agenda: what- 
ever is best for Sweet Briar, her mission, 
and her students. It has indeed been a priv- 
ilege to serve Sweet Briar with them. 

Have I mentioned the Class of 1957? 
The Fabulous Class of 1957? Now, there 
are classes among you out there that think 
they are special, but — the Class of 1957 
really is. Let me tell you about a truly out- 
standing group of women. 

There are 1 37 of us now. and most of us 
spent four halcyon years together here, 
learning what we needed to be who we are 
today. We arrived from all over the world, 
usually by train, with trunks, not comput- 
ers and stereos. The culture shock of 
Eastern prep school versus Southern belles 
resolved itself, as the trench coats and knee 
socks group learned about hoop skirts and 
vice versa. During those years from 1953 
to 1957, one of the step-singing songs that 
was traditionally sung by the seniors 
praised evolution. Remember that one? 
One line thanked evolution for having 
taken "the Class of '57, an embryonic 
mass, and turned it by a miracle into a sen- 
ior class." 

Well, let me assure you that evolution 
has continued to do wonderful things for 
the Class of 1957, because we have 
evolved into an astonishing array of tal- 
ents, skills, and successes. We have doc- 
tors, both medical and academic; we have 
published poets, authors, professors and 
photographers; we have artists who not 
only paint, but sell their works from gal- 

Recipients of the Outstanding Alumna Award 

1968 SBC's first graduates, Class of 1910: 

Anne Cumnock Miller'; 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett'; 

Louise Hooper Ewetl * ; 

Frances Murrell Rickards*; 

Annie Powell Hodges* 

1969 Edna Lee Gilchrist '26* 

1970 Gladys Wester Horton '30 

1971 Mary Huntington Harrison '30' 

1972 Phoebe Rowe Peters '31* 

1973 Edith Durrell Marshall '21* 

1974 Florence Freeman Fowler '19* 

and Helen H. McMahon '23* 

1975 Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28* 

1976 Juliet Halliburton Burnett Davis '35 

1977 Martha von Briesen '31 and 

Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35* 

1978 Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38* 

1979 Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman '34 

1980 Dale Hutter Harris '53 

1981 Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

1982 Preston Hodges Hill '49 

1983 Mary Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41 

1984 Nancy Dowd Burton '46* and Jane 

Roseberry Ewald Tolleson '52 

1985 Julia Sadler de Coligny '34* 

1986 Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 and Sarah 

Adams Bush '43* 

1987 Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 

1988 Evelyn Dillard Grones '45* 

1 989 Anne Noyes Awtrey Lewis '43 and Catharine 

Fitzgerald Booker'47* 

1990 Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 

1991 Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 

1992 Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

1993 Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 

1994 Clare Newman Blanchard '60 and 

Mildred Newman Thayer '61 

1995 Helen Murchison Lane '46 and 

Adeline Jones Voorhees '46 

1996 Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 

1997 Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 

1998 Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 

1 999 Allison Stemmons Simon '63 

2000 Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 

2001 Nannetle McBurney Crowdus '57 


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Fall 2002 • 39 

leries and shows; we have entrepreneurs 
who own steamboats, hotels, bed and 
breakfasts, restaurants, a world class resort 
and farms; we have lawyers, marketing 
executives and insurance agents; we have 
philanthropists and fund-raisers; we have 
chairmen, presidents and members of just 
about every kind of volunteer organiza- 
tion. The Class of 1957 has provided eight 
members of Sweet Briar's Board of 
Directors: Anna "Chips" Chao Pai (anoth- 
er Distinguished Alumna), Jody Raines 
Brinkley, Carol McMurtry Fowler, Anne 
Wilson Rowe and Flo Barclay Winston. 
Cynthia Wilson Frenzel Ottaway's hus- 
band. John Ottaway, served with distinc- 
tion, as did Jane Pinckney Hanahan's 
brother. Coates Pinckney. Dr. Aileen Laing 
is Sweet Briar's professor of art history 
emerita. Not only are there generations of 
students who have been led with wit and 
scholarship through art history by our 
classmate, but thanks to Ninie, all of us 
have learned the story of Ralph Adams 
Cram, one of the most famous American 
architects, and his design for Sweet Briar. 
Mary Anne Wilson, who will retire in 
2002, has put Sweet Briar's Junior Year in 
Spain on the radar screen with the finest 
study programs abroad during her years as 
director. Nancy Godwin Baldwin has been 
dean of admissions and is the editor of our 
Alumnae Magazine. To be considered out- 
standing from such a group is truly a hum- 
bling experience, but understand that being 
among outstanding people enables each to 
become even more outstanding. 

You have honored me today because I 
have devoted a part of my life to Sweet 
Briar. Believe me, I have received much 
more than I have given. The relationships, 
the experiences, and the challenges I have 
enjoyed could perhaps have been found in 
some other endeavors, but I found them by 
being involved with an institution I love 
and respect. Sweet Briar has always been 
"True North" for me, and by that, I mean a 
destination that is physical, intellectual, 
and emotional; a compelling idea that 
demanded my support; and a place which 
has always rewarded me with a feeling of 
fulfillment. It is somewhat amazing to be 
thanked so graciously by all of you for 
serving this place we hold in our hearts. 
And you know what? I wouldn't have 
missed any of it for the world. Thank you 
so very much. 

Thanks for the Memories! 

Reunion Service of Remembrance 
Sunday, May 19, 2001 
Dr. Guy Brewer, Chaplain, 
Sweet Briar College 

II thank my God every time I remem- 
ber you. In all my prayers for all of 
you I always pray with joy because 
of your partnership in the gospel from the 
first day until now. being confident of this, 
that he who began a good work in you will 
bring it to completion. And this is my 
prayer: that your love may abound more 
and more in knowledge and depth of 
insight, so that you may be able to discern 
what is best." 
(Philippians 1:3-6.9-10) 

When Wilfred Brown applied for a jani- 
tor's position at Andrew Jackson High 
School, he ran into a brick wall. Mr. 
Munson. the principal, was firm and to the 

"Wilfred, since you can't read and 
write, we can't use you. We will not have 
an illiterate person working at Andrew 
Jackson High School." 

Wilfred took the rejection in stride. He 
went the next day to the local mill and 
hired on as a laborer. Because he was such 
a good worker, Wilfred became shift fore- 
man at the mill when his boss was injured 
and had to retire. Wilfred saved his money, 
and when the owner of the mill died four 
years later, he bought the business. To 
everyone's surprise. Wilfred was a natural 
entrepreneur and a shrewd manager. He 
built his mill business into the largest oper- 
ation in the tri-county area. As other com- 
peting mills struggled to keep up. Wilfred 
bought those businesses, too. Eventually, 
he owned 10 mills in the area. 

A few years later, Wilfred and his fami- 
ly attended the high school graduation cer- 
emony for his oldest daughter. After the 
ceremony. Mr. Munson. the principal, 
approached Wilfred. 

"Wilfred Brown, look at you! You have 
become a millionaire, one of the leading 
businessmen in our state. We are all so 
proud of you. but you just have to wonder. 
Where would Wilfred Brown be today if 
you had learned to read and write?" 

Without missina a beat, Wilfred 

responded, "I can tell you where I'd be, 
Mr. Munson. I'd be a janitor at Andrew 
Jackson High School!" 

It's a wonderful thing to be a literate 
person, but education alone does not 
ensure success in life. Wilfred Brown suc- 
ceeded in life despite the handicap of illit- 
eracy. My high school wrestling coach. Joe 
Drennon. would have said that Wilfred 
Brown succeeded by practicing the five 
P's: "Proper preparation prevents poor per- 

St. Paul credits success in life to five 
P's as well: People. Prayer, Partners, 
Purpose, and Promises. When Paul writes 
to his friends at Philippi, he gives thanks to 
God for the five P's. 

"I thank my God every time I remem- 
ber you. In all my prayers, I always pray 
with joy because of your partnership in the 
gospel from the first day until now." What 
a remarkable letter from a converted cur- 

In his earlier life. Paul had been the 
opposite of Wilfred Brown. Instead of illit- 
erate. Saul of Tarsus was one of the most 
educated men in the ancient world. He was 
a trained rabbi who had studied under 
Gamaliel, the premier teacher of Israel. 
Paul was a Roman citizen and cosmopoli- 
tan personality who spoke four languages 
and was well versed in secular literature 
and philosophy. And yet. the Scriptures 
portray him as a bitter, angry person whose 
aim in life was to persecute people who 
disagreed with him. 

When Paul encountered the risen Christ 
on the road to Damascus, he discovered a 
dimension of life that he had never found 
through his studies. Jesus revealed to him 
that the significant life depends on God's 
grace and that we experience grace 
through the five P's: people, prayer, part- 
ners, purpose, and promises. Even in 
prison, Paul expresses his gratitude for 
these greatest of gifts. "I thank my God 
every time I remember you." 

Of course, your gratitude for the five 
P's has drawn you to set aside family and 
work obligations to attend this Alumnae 
Reunion weekend. You have returned to 
Sweet Briar neither to reminisce about 
papers and tests nor to finally complete an 
old biology experiment. You have returned 

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to celebrate the five P's you 
received in this community. 

Paul prayed. "I thank my 
God every time I remember 
you." He gave thanks for the 
first P: the people in his life. 
When J met Dr. Fred Craddock 
at Emory University. I wanted 
to be like Fred. This man was 
the most amazing preacher I 
had ever heard. Every time Dr. 
Craddock preached. I felt my 
heart stirred and my life moti- 
vated. I asked Dr. Craddock, 
"How do you do it? How do 
you have such an impact on 

His answer was unexpected. 
"People listen to me because I 
love and appreciate them. If 
you want your preaching to 
have an impact, you must love 
people." Then Dr. Craddock 
gave me a gift that I have car- 
ried with me ever since. He 
took my Bible and wrote in the 
front cover. "Philippians 1:3 . . 
."I thank my God every time I 
remember you." For the past 
18 years, I have written those 
same words in Bibles, cards, 
notes, and letters to people in 
my life. It's my way of claim- 
ing the first secret of the signif- 
icant life: thank God for peo- 

Prayer is the second P of the 
significant life. Listen again to 
Paul's prayer: "In all my 
prayers. I always pray with 
joy." JOY! What a rare experi- 
ence in the 21 st century! In 
fact, external messages of 
unhappiness and discontent 
bombard our everyday lives. 
The average American watches 
approximately 15 hours of 
commercials on television 
every week. These commer- 
cials all have one common 
message: You are unhappy and 
discontented! However, if you 
buy this product or service, 
then you will be happy. 

Rather than seeking happi- 
ness in life through posses- 
sions, pleasure, or prestige, 
Paul found joy in prayer. He is 
writing from a dungeon. 

deprived of creature comforts, 
uncertain whether he will live 
or die. Paul made the monu- 
mental discovery that the sig- 
nificant life hinges more on our 
internal life than on external 

Here is a spiritual challenge 
for you. For the next 30 days, 
try muting those television 
commercials and spending the 
time praying for people in your 
life. As you pray for each one. 
God will give you a greater 
love and appreciation for them. 
And, you will experience inter- 
nal joy. 

A November. 1988 Los 
Angeles Times story pictured a 
car hanging by a single wheel 
from a freeway bridge with the 
caption. "Hanging By A 
Thread." According to the 
story, a 1 9-year-old woman 
returning from work at 12:30 
a.m. fell asleep at the wheel 
and drove off a freeway bridge. 
Half a dozen passersby wit- 
nessed the accident and 
stopped to help. They tied 
ropes to the rear bumper of the 
car and held it in place until 
rescue vehicles could arrive. It 
took 25 volunteers and emer- 
gency personnel two and a half 
hours to free the woman from 
her car. The fire captain com- 
mented to the reporter, "The 
passenger kept screaming at us 
throughout the rescue. She was 
in a lot of pain and must have 
been scared to death. She kept 
repeating the same thing over 
and over . . . "Leave me alone! 
I can do it myself!" 

Clearly, no one could rescue 
herself from a car suspended 
from a bridge. And none of us 
can do life on our own. We all 
need the third P: Partners. Paul 
prayed: "In all my prayers, I 
always pray with joy because 
of your partnership." There 
never was a more capable 
leader than Paul, but he could 
not do his work without part- 

A Sweet Briar saying cele- 
brates the partnerships in our 

lives. We say, "Everybody 
stands on someone else's 
shoulders." How true! This is 
why we have Alumnae 
Reunions. This is why it is so 
difficult this morning to read 
the honor roll of Sweet Briar 
sisters who have died this past 
year. This is more than a list of 
names out of the phone book. 
These women have been part- 
ners to us. 

Do you know who a friend 
is? A friend is someone who 
brings out the BEST in you. 
This is the fourth P for which 
Paul gave thanks: Purpose. 
"And this is my prayer for you 
. . . that you will be able to dis- 
cern what is best." Paul under- 
stood that God created each 
person with a highest and best 
purpose in mind. However, we 
all need a community to help 
us discern our purpose and 
bring out the best in us. To 
bring out the best in those who 
are coming behind us is the 
most important legacy anyone 
can leave. We bring out the 
"BEST" in others by: 

Believing in them. 
Encouraging them. 
Supporting them, and 
Trusting them. 

This is the reason we have a 
chaplain at Sweet Briar 
College. The focus of my work 
is to ensure that Sweet Briar 
College brings out the best in 
every student by helping her 
clarify her purpose in life. 

Finally, Paul thanks God for 
the fifth P: Promises. He under- 
stood that the life of promise is 
the confident life. "Being con- 
fident of this, that He who 
began a good work in you will 
bring it to completion." What 
would life be like if we had no 
promises on which we could 
rely? What confidence could 
we have in the future if we 
believed God's promises 
expired 21 centuries ago? The 
promise you showed as college 
students 50 years ago, 40 years 
ago, five years ago, has not 

expired. God will bring to com 
pletion the good work He 
began in you as a Sweet Briar 

Albert Raboteaux relates a 
story about a runaway slave 
woman and the power she 
found in the promises of God. 
In his book. Slave Religion: 
Invisible Institution of the 
Antebellum South. Raboteaux 
recounts the perils of this 
anonymous slave woman run- 
ning from her owners and slave 
chasers in the North Carolina 
swampy wilderness. The only 
possession she had with her 
other than the clothes on her 
back was a large Bible that 
someone had given her. She 
could not read, but this woman 
clung to her Bible as if her life 
depended on it. Whenever she 
became too exhausted, hungry, 
and frightened to go on, she 
would sit on a tree stump and 
frantically leaf through her 
Bible that she could not read. 
She was looking for the one 
word someone had taught her to 
look for. the letters J-E-S-U-S. 
Sustained by this single word, 
the woman found confidence 
and courage to go on to free- 

What could this illiterate 
slave woman have found in the 
name of Jesus that would sus- 
tain an impossible dream? She 
found the promises of God. 
She found faith that the prom- 
ises of God are not limited by 
color, or education, or slavery, 
nor anything else in all of cre- 

Wilfred Brown succeeded in 
life despite his own illiteracy. 
He had a significant life 
because he appreciated the five 
P's. And now, he has the 
resources to hire the best litera- 
cy tutor in Alabama. I'm bet- 
ting that the first thing he 
learns to write is, "I thank my 
God every time I remember 

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2002 Reunion Scrapbook 

"And when the five bell rings 
at a quarter to three. . . 
I'll be back at SBC!" 

Remember that old step-singing song? It came true for Reunion 
guests at the Florence Elston Inn. The "fire bell" did go off 
one night — of its own confused volition — more than once. 
Innocently asked if he slept well, one Elston resident replied: "I 
was too busy evacuating!" And there was the morning that '87. 
'92. and '97 awoke in the unseasonably cool weather to no hot 
water in Meta Glass. As President Muhlenfeld had charged gradu- 
ates two weeks earlier. "Expect the unexpected!" 

As always. Sweet Briarites took it all in stride, "laughing all the 
way," and enjoyed a weekend of reconnecting, reminiscing, and 
renewing ties, while marveling at the signs of Today and 
Tomorrow all over campus. Rejuvenation was not confined to 
Reuners' exchanges with each other: campus rejuvenation of spirit 
and commitment was evi- 
denced by restored and refur- 
bished buildings including 
Faculty Row houses in the des- 
ignated historic district, and 
obvious construction. 

Most notable: the construc- 
tion site at the new Student 
Commons. This put Prothro 
Dining Room out. Meals were 
in the Quad or in festive tents 
at the Florence Elston Inn 

In addition to open houses, 
fly fishing, golf, alumnae col- 
leges, art and authors exhibits, 
and plain leisure time fun. 
Reuners could watch the 
NCAA Division III Women's 
Tennis Championships being 
played on our campus - a 
proud moment for the College. 

It was a time to celebrate. 

Gordon Beemer H'21, (L), represented late wife Florence Woelfel Elston- 
Beemer '21 & classmates for 81st Reunion; Natalie Roberts Ross '31 & 
husband William came for her 71st ! 

1 942 celebrated the 60th with 9 alumnae, 4 husbands. Front: Ann Morrison Reams, CP; Betsy Gilmer Tremain; 
Barbara Ripley Furniss, Sec; Betty Blackmer Childs; Lucy Call Dabney; Rene Mitchell Moore. Back: Bernie 
Reams; Mike Tremain; Todd Furniss; Mackall Childs; Dougie Woods Sprunt; Debbie Wood Davis. Absent: Mary 
Moore Rutherford; Ann Reams said, "She was here, but somehow got misplaced!" RG: $23,199; 31% Part; 
TG: $113,899. 

Cheers to 1947 at the 55th! Front: Judy Burnett Halsey; Douglas 
Lindsey; Sarah Ann McMullen Lindsey. Back: Liz Ripley Dovey; Nan Hart 
Stone; Carol Blanton McCord, Sec; Ann Marshall Whitley. RG: $1 1,024; 
Part 31%; TG: $282,415. 

Joanne Holbrook Potton announced 1952's RG: $76, 1 1 1; 70 % Part; 
TG: $76,593. 

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1952 marked the Big 5-0 with 55 attendees (36 alumnae). With dazzling gold headbands, they sang two songs, with piano accompaniment, no 
less — and laughingly commented that their gift to the College should have been "More Railings and Ramps!" 

Total elation! Carol McMurtry 
Fowler, '57 CP, lifts two of three 
awards skyward, with President 
Muhlenfeld standing by. 

1 957, 30-strong for the 45th, walked away with three 
prizes: the Nancy Dowd Burton Award for the largest RG 
($151,779), the Participation Award for classes celebrating 
25th-50th Reunions (78%) and the Award for Total Giving to 
all funds during the year ($2,422,996). Classmates also hon- 
ored Nannette McBurney Crowdus, recipient of the 
Outstanding Alumna Award at Convocation. 

'57 Class Officers: 3rd row, Diane Duffield 
Wood, Co-Sec; Anne Wilson Rowe, Co-FA; 
Nannette McBurney Crowdus, Co-RGC. 2nd 
row: Marjie Whitson Aude, Co-Sec; Cynthia 
Wilson Ottaway, Co-FA; Charlotte Heuer de 
Serio, Co-FA; Lee Haskell Mack, Co-Sec. Front: 
Carol McMurtry Fowler, CP & Co-RGC. 

1962 thoroughly enjoyed the 40th, presenting a RG of $46,732 with 64% Part, & TG of 

'62 Class Officers: Adele Vogel Harrell. FA; 
Nancy Hudler Keuffel, Co-RGC; Parry Ellice 
Adam, Sec. 

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Fall 2002 • 43 

'72 Class Officers: Marion Walker, CP; Carter Frackelton, 
Co-RGC; Martha Holland, Co-RGC & Co-FA; Susan 
Snodgrass Wynne, Co-FA. 

1972 class members sang Feelin' Groovy" while class officers took the stage to remi- 
nisce that the late Harold Whiteman's first year as SBC's president was their senior year: 
they "take credit for helping break him in!" RG: $87,400; 44% part; $88,000 TG. 

1977 took the stage, singing with gusto to the tune of "A 
few/ of my favorite things," concluding "We simply remem- 
ber our time at The Patch. ..And then we don't feel so 

1977 spent a lively weekend rejoicing and making the most of the 25th, bringing a 
RG of $21,165 from 35% Part; TG equaled $48,900. 

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'82 Class Officers: Gay Kenney 
Browne, RGC: Heather Pirney 
Albert, Co-CP; Elizabeth Sheets 
Reed, Sec; Ann Morton Young 
Habliston, Co-FA. 

'92 Class Officers: Keeley Sullivan 
Jurgovan, FA & Co-RGC; Margaret 
McClellan Driscoll, Co-RGC; 
Catherine Gornto Freeman, CP. 

1982 had 21 on hand for the 20th, + 17 children, ranging from age 15 months to 14 years! RG: $32,453; 
26% Part; $33,820 TG. 

Note: All names read L-R. 


CP=Class President 

RGC=Reunion Gifts Chair 

FA=Fund Agent 


Each class made 3 
announcements at 

Reunion Gift to the Annual 
Fund (RG) 

Class Participation(Part) 

Total Giving (to all funds) 
for the year(TG). 

Class of 1997, New Kids On The Block just 5 years 
out, had a wonderful time at their 1 st "official" 
Reunion, quickly getting into the spirit of the festivi 
ties. RG: $5,143; 29% Part; $5,666 TG. 

'97 Class Officers: Ann 
MacDonald Carter, CP; Kerri 
Rowlings Burtner, Sec. 

Ann Stuart McKie Kling '74, 
National Reunion Giving Chair, 
announced that total giving to the 
Annual Fund, including all Reunion 
classes, reached $522,997, with 
42% participation; Total giving this 
year to all funds by all Reunion 
classes: $4,943,488. 

Reunion Photos © David Abrams 

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c ass notes 


Bonnie Mathews Wisdom, widow of 
the late Judge John Minor Wisdom, died 
on February 7, 2002 in her sleep. She 
was 94 years old. The following tribute 
was sent by her daughter, Kathleen. 

[Bonnie] is survived by her two 
daughters, Kathleen Mathews Wisdom 
and Penelope Wisdom Tose, and is pre- 
deceased by her son John Minor 
Wisdom, Jr. 

Named Charles Stewart Mathews in 
honor of her father. Mrs. Wisdom was 
known all of her life as Bonnie, a refer- 
ence to "Bonnie" Prince Charlie, grand- 
son of King James II. 

Mrs. Wisdom was a descendant of 
George Mathews who served as Chief 
Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court 
after the Louisiana Purchase. She was 
born on Georgia Plantation in Lafourche 
Parish in 1907 and educated at home for 
the first ten years of her life. At the age 
of ten, she began boarding in New 
Orleans at Miss Lottie Miller's School for 
Girls in the Garden District, and graduat- 
ed from Sweet Briar College in 1928. 

Mrs. Wisdom was especially proud 
of her ancestor, Louisiana Supreme 
Court Justice Mathews. As presiding 
Justice on the court he issued a land- 
mark civil rights ruling in the 1830s in 
the appeal of the case of Marie Louise v. 
Marot. in which the child of a free 
woman of color was being claimed as a 
slave. Justice Mathews ruled that the 
jury was correct to free the child, as he 
stated that "being free for one moment 
in France it was not in the power of her 
former owner to reduce her to slavery." 

Reflecting on their marriage, Judge 
Wisdom was fond of saying, "sixty- 
seven years of marriage and never a 
peaceful moment," at which Mrs. 
Wisdom would note "Peace is boring." 

Mrs. Wisdom's interest also widened 
to include politics, when, before the 
Judge was named to the Court, they 
were among the small number of 
Louisiana Republicans. As she was fond 
of saying, they were two of fifteen hun- 
dred Republicans in the state "half of 
whom had either died or moved to 
Texas." She had a deep belief in the two 
party system, served as a poll watcher 
during the Huey Long years, and was 
editor of the best selling Louisiana 
Republican Women's Cookbook. 

Mrs. Wisdom's lifelong scholarship 
and her interest in both French literature 
and Shakespeare led her to become a 
board member of the Folger 
Shakespeare Library in Washington. 
DC, and to be cited in a footnote in a 
history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Her 
knowledge of literature enabled her to 
correctly find the source of the quote 

used by Justice Harlan in a famous dis- 
sent in the Plessy v. Ferguson case 
which ushered in the age of racial segre- 
gation in the late 19th century. Harlan, 
while quoting Albion Tourgee, attorney in 
the case, was not only quoting from the 
brief, but also quoting from a novel by 
Tourgee when he said that "justice is 
pictured blind, and her daughter, the 
Law, ought at least to be color-blind." 

Mrs. Wisdom said, "I discovered 
that Tourgee, like Mozart, was simply 
repeating himself." 

Another deep interest of Mrs. 
Wisdom's was her garden, especially the 
one at their Garden District home on 
First Street, now the home of novelist 
Anne Rice. She was a member of the 
New Orleans Town Gardeners. 

One of the proudest memories was 
of her work against the proposed 
Riverfront Expressway: As an active 
Republican, she was able to convey to 
Transportation Secretary John Volpe the 
dissatisfaction of the city over the proj- 
ect. It was subsequently canceled by the 
Nixon administration. 

Her other activities included the 
Causeries de Lundi and the Quarante 
Club. She was also especially fond of 
opera, which, as she often said, one 
"heard" instead of "saw." As a hostess, 
Mrs. Wisdom was known for her deli- 
cious menus, and for the fact that she 
was perhaps one of the last hostesses in 
New Orleans in whose home the ladies 
always withdrew after dinner, leaving the 
gentlemen to their brandy. 

Donations are suggested to Sweet 
Briar College. P.O. Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 
24595, or to the John Minor Wisdom 
Collection at the Tulane University 
School of Law. 


President and Secretary: Sally Callison 

And now there are 21 ! While you are 
absorbing this interesting statistic I will 
report on the state of the survivors. 

Dorothea Paddock Seeber's daugh- 
ter, the Reverend Sister Lauren Seeber, 
writes that Dorothea maintains her 
merry personality despite her blindness 
and lack of mobility. Her book has now 
come out in paperback. 

Evaline Edmands Thoma admits to 
slowing down although she has enjoyed 
traveling to a distant wedding where she 
saw dozens of relatives that she had 
never seen before. She still paints and 
wishes she was still playing golf. 

Our '29 class baby Martha Dabney 
Jones marvels that at age 92 she can be 
the youngest member of any group. She 


The double postcards requesting news that have in the past been mailed 
from the Alumnae Office are being discontinued. Class Notes from all class- 
es can now be published in every issue of the alumnae magazine. Alumnae 
are encouraged to send news directly to their class secretaries. News, news- 
paper cuttings, etc. that are received in the Alumnae Office will continue to 
be forwarded to the secretaries. Starting with the next magazine, the winter 
issue (December 2002), we will publish the deadlines by which secretaries 
must receive your news, and we will print the secretary's address and e-mail 
address at the beginning of each class's notes. 

continues to be a good walker, does 
most of her errands on foot, and walks 
twice weekly to a school where she has 
been tutoring for several years. She 
sends congratulations to those of us 
who are still walking daily. 

Sue Tucker Yates, a faithful respon- 
dent, sounds as active as ever, traveling. 
She is about to visit with all four of her 
children at Christmastime in Ashboro, 
Charlotte, and Blowing Rock, North 
Carolina. She continues to enjoy enter- 
taining house guests in her cottage with 
a wood burning fireplace. Sue still teach- 
es her Bible class of 12 young matrons 
who meet with her every Monday morn- 
ing in her home. Almost every weekend 
she entertains house guests and says 
that they, as well as the Wall Street 
Journal, keep her informed about news. 
She adds that she would love to hear 
from us 29ers soon and not to wait until 
next summer. 

Helen Schaumleffel Ferree recently 
lost her beloved dog of many years' 
companionship but is happy to have 
good friends and fellow club members 
of 65 years who visit her weekly. 

Meredith Smythe Grider ('56) report- 
ed that her mother Ruth Meredith 
Ferguson Smythe is in a nursing facility 
in a retirement home in Louisville, KY. 

Jinny Chaffee Gwynn who lives in 
Bentley Village in Naples continues her 
routine of church, hair salon, and dupli- 
cate bridge. Her latest good news is the 
recent addition of her 13th great grand- 
child. We had a good chat before I left 

"Whiz", Margaret Weisiger Proctor 
sends greetings from Arlington. Virginia. 
saying that by God's grace she is in 
good health, living at home under the 
loving care of her eldest daughter Page 
who lives nearby. Twice a year Whiz flies 
to Michigan where her youngest daugh- 
ter and her family live. She occasionally 
goes to her place in Rehoboth Beach, 
MD. Her children and grandchildren are 
scattered around the east coast from 
Massachusetts to Florida and Quito, 


On Feburary 27th I attended a lovely 
Sweet Briar alumnae luncheon in Naples, 
hosted by Patricia Sorensen Ackard '41 
and Helen Gwmn Wallace '41. Those 
present also included Edna Syska Peltier 
'42, Kay Leroy Wing '50, 
Margaret-Maggie Degler '54, Rachel 
Briers Bell '96 and our special guest SBC 
Alumnae Director Louise Zingaro. 
Although our ages ranged from the late 
twenties to the mid nineties, we had a 
fun and lively time with Sweet Briar as 
our focus of conversation. Louise 
Zingaro brought news of the college and 
we reminisced about some cuties and 

During the summer of 2001 I spent 
some weeks at Torch Lake in Michigan 
mingling with children, grands, and 
greats. Included in the group were 
daughter Jane Messer '59, Bess Smith 
Stone '58 and Meredith Smythe Grider 
'56. the latter being the Grande Dame of 
Alden Michigan. 

Later in the summer I enjoyed a mini 
reunion with family in Lewisburg WV 
just up the GreenBriar River from my 
birthplace Hinton. 

Now that we have reached the early 
nineties, good flappers— carry on! 



Class Secretary: Virginia Squibb Flynn 
Fund Agent: Eleanor Wright Conway 

My dear classmates: Sad to report 
the death of Marjorie Ward Cross 
January 1 0th, 2001 . She was our fund 
agent for many years. 

Also the deaths of Theda Sherman 
Newlin on May 20, 2001 , Hallie Orr 
Barton on December 5th, 2001 and 
Emily Maxwell Littlepage on September 
13th 2001. Cornelia Mathewson Eggers 
died March 9, 1999 in Seattle, 

Anna Gilbert Davy writes happily 

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that she moved to a retirement home in 
Carmel Valley. CA to be near her daugh- 
ter in Colorado and one great child and a 
son in Arizona. Gussie still plays golf 
and travels alone. 

Marge Miller Close moved ten 
years ago from Quebec to be near chil- 
dren. Enjoys courses at University of 
Victoria and a Women's Club. So happy 
to hear from Sweet Briar. 

Barbara Munter Purdue writes from 
Seattle where she has a husband, five 
children, and nine grandchildren. Seattle 
is a pleasant place to live. Seventy years 
since we graduated, hard to believe! 

Eleanor Wright Conway still lives in 
The Forum Indianapolis. IN. She has five 
grandchildren in Alaska. 

Jim and I are "hanging in" at 
Evergreen Woods. North Branford. CT. 
Keep the news coming! 

Fondly. Ginny Flynn 


The Alumnae Office received a news- 
paper cutting about a summer 2000 
exhibit at the public library in Amelia, 
VA, of oil paintings by Clara West Stark. 


President: Janet MacFarlan Bergmann 
Secretary: Frances Bailey Brooke 

With all the lovely weather we are 
having in the middle of winter, Spring is 
sure to arrive early. Another event that 
will soon come is our 65 : ' reunion, less 
than a year away when you read this in 
August 2002. Please mark the dates on 
your calendar: May 16-18, 2003 and 
plan to come back to the Briar Patch, to 
celebrate together and enjoy our beauti- 
ful campus. 

A newsy card from Vesta Murray 
Haselden states that she and Ed are 
"still kicking but not too high". They are 
happily still in their own home in 
Columbia, but are not planning any more 
trips. She often sees her first great- 
granddaughter who lives in Greenville. 
SC. Vesta hears from Janet, Dee 
Armfield, and Moselle at Christmas, and 
recently had luch with our charming 
president Betsy Muhlenfeld. 

Billy Heizer Hickenlooper and Bo 
have moved into a great community 
near their old house in Cincinnati. They 
are both fine after "62 divine years 
together" though Billy suffers from 
arthritis in her hands. They departed in 
January for several weeks in Florida. She 
occasionally sees Dottie Mather Goyert 
They can boast a record number of 
"greats" — nine grandchildren and seven 
great grandchildren! 

Winters in Stuart, Florida and sum- 
mers in Falmouth, Massachusetts, keep 
Barbara Hill Ferguson young She is 
still playing tennis and golf. Her son 
Stanley Lincoln lives nearby and is com- 
modore of their yacht club. Two grand- 
daughters are neighbors and the other 

two live in Texas with two great grand- 
children whom she will visit this winter. 
She and Janet MacFarlan Bergmann 
plan to get together next summer. 

Maud Tucker Drane has had a sad 
and difficult year. Her daughter Robbie 
died last year with complications from 
lupus, and in May Maud lost her hus- 
band Hardy after sixty wonderful years. 
She was able to join her loving and sup- 
portive children and grandchildren in 
Connecticut for Christmas and will visit 
them again in Hilton Head in March 

A joyful card from Macky Fuller 
Kellogg said she was enjoying life in 
Vieques, Puerto Rico with her brother in 
law and husband of six years swimming, 
playing tennis, and visiting old friends. 
Sounds wonderful — must be something 
special in the air down there! 

Carolyn Staman Ogilvie's card was 
full of news. She and Buck are fine. 
While anticipating the birth of their first 
great-grandchild, they learned another 
was due three months later. Then a third 
grandson announced plans to marry in 
July. They will be spending some time 
traveling and celebrating with family. 

A long phone call from Marion 
Brown Snider (Brownie) last weekend 
brought me up to date. She is still living 
in the same condominium (24 years) in 
St. Petersburg. Florida, and keeps busy 
with church work and aqua-cises in spite 
of some physical difficulties. She broke 
her ankle in September but gets around 
well on a walker. Her two sons and two 
grandsons live near her. 

Janet MacFarlan Bergmann and 
Carl are living permanently in Falmouth. 
Massachusetts. She is recovering well 
from a stroke but no longer drives. She 
does some church work part-time. Her 
son, who lives nearby, is a great help to 
both Janet and Carl, and she enjoys her 
two grandchildren. During our delightful 
telephone conversation a few days ago 
we agreed that it's time to rally the 
troops for our 65'\ 

Shirley Haywood Alexander is com- 
fortably settled in a retirement communi- 
ty in Raleigh, North Carolina, and keeps 
busy with bridge, lunches, and many 
short trips with friends. Her grandson 
Haywood graduated from UNC-Chapel 
Hill and is living and working in 

While visiting her brother Bruce on 
Cape Cod last summer, Nancy Old 
Mercer and her daughter Anne had 
lunch with Mary Ann Housel Carr, who 
gathered together several classmates for 
a very happy mini-reunion. Nancy stays 
busy with bridge and family in Dallas. 

It's very sad to report that we have 
lost three members of our class during 
2001 Molly Talcott Dodson died May 
1 1th after a severe stroke. Her husband 
Grif, who had had Alzheimer's disease 
for several years, died less than a week 
later. On August 21 Jo Sutton 
McCandlish died at Westminster 
Canterbury Retirement Home in 
Winchester, Virginia. A card from Kit 
Talbert brought word that her mother 
Cecily Jansen Kendrick died in Denver. 

Colorado on December 4th after a long 
illness. Beside Kit there are two other 
children and four grandchildren. Charlie 
died several years ago. 

George and I had a busy year with 
two trips in the spring — one in March to 
Holland to see the tulips (too early!) and 
one to Japan (too strenuous). We've 
been trying to recover since! The arrival 
of our second great-grandchild (a girl) in 
July was a delight. Another is due this 
year in July — also to be a girl, so I will 
have to start recruiting for SBC before 

Betty Hopper Turner says she is 
happy in a Retirement Home in 
Providence where they have lived for 
over 50 years. She tries to keep in con- 
tact with Dottie Gilbert Brown. Kitty 
King Corbet! Powell, and Sammy 
Hamilton Schuck She has bad vision 
problems, but the many available servic- 
es help. 

Take care, dear classmates, keep the 
cards coming and remember the 65'". 


President: Helen Littleton White 
Secretary: Helen Gwinn Wallace 
Fund Agent: Margaret Craighill Price 

Eleven stalwart octogenarians 
returned to college for our 60" Reunion 
last May. We were seated in the front 
row for the Convocation, since we were 
the oldest returning alumnae (except for 
one member of the class of 1931). and 
we didn't have to put on a skit! The 
campus was at its glorious "May best", 
and the weather perfect. We missed our 
absent classmates. Since H.A. was will- 
ing to stay on as class president I agreed 
to be secretary. Last May the deadline of 
March first seemed far away, but here it 
is. and I'll do my best to report on the 
twenty-two responses I received. 

Two classmates write that they've 
had enough traveling up and down the 
east coast. Ellie Damgard Firth and 
Swede no longer spend summers in Hot 
Springs, Virginia. Ellie plays duplicate 
bridge three times a week, while Swede 
plays golf. Their daughter, granddaugh- 
ters, and great-granddaughters live near 
them in Florida. The Turtles (Charlie 
Davenport) are living in Florida year- 
round now. Charlie said moving was "a 
horrendous job" but she's glad to stay in 
one spot. Except for trips, I guess, 
because they took their family on a 
cruise from Barcelona to Venice in July. 

Several classmates felt the effects of 
the September 11th tragedy. Lossie 
Taylor Noell's two grandsons were 
evacuated unhurt from the Trade Center 
towers. A granddaughter was born to 
the eldest grandson's wife three days 
later! Barbara Nevens Young was in 
Basel. Switzerland following a great trip 
down the Rhine with Helen Jean Winter 
Clobridge and their sisters. The crisis 
delayed their return to the United States. 
They're off again in October for a 

Panama cruise. Lin Boyle Richardson 

was a victim of poor timing on 
September 1 1th. She flew from Maui to 
Boston in order to take a Delta flight to 
Holland for an Elderhostel trip. She 
arrived in Boston at 9:15 a.m., only to 
have the airport close down after they 
unloaded her baggage and the trip can- 
celed. So she returned to Maui a week 
later and that was all for her 2001 trip. 
Undaunted, she plans to take the Sweet 
Briar trip to Quito and Galapagos in 

Doris Huner Swiech had to abandon 
plans for Reunion when her husband 
had his second stroke. They miss their 
home in Toxaway. NC but are happy to 
be closer to family in Indiana. 

Judy Davidson Walker's husband. 
Tony, also had a stroke a year ago. As 
we all do, Judy misses Anita and her 
"staunch support of '41". Her assistant 
minister at St. Mary's Portsmouth, is an 
SBC grad. and she's great — of course! 

Ruth Hemphill DeBuys says 
Reunion was "the nicest thing that hap- 
pened last year". She has a grandson at 
W and L and three "greats" had birth- 
days in the fall. What fun! Ruth talked 
to Lillian and Lossie recently. After the 
rigors of trying to learn to operate her 
new computer, she is taking a ten-day 
cruise to Holland and Belgium with her 

Janie Loveland Byerts enjoys keep- 
ing up with friends by e-mail (her 
address: ). She still 
volunteers in the hospital as a patient 
advocate and enjoys her grandchildren, 
who spend a lot of time with her. 

"Butch" Gurney Betz says she's not 
an e-mailer, but she dashed off a note on 
a yellow pad. She has two great-grand- 
daughters whose names begin with A 
(more A's than she got in school, she 
says!) and she plays a little golf "for fun 
and exercise". At camp in the 
Adirondacks she sees Decca Gilmer 
Frackelton and Mary Scully Olney (who 
visits Decca there) with their husbands. 
At Christmas she heard from Shirley 
Shaw, Mary White and Barbara 
Nevens Young. The latter summers in 
upper New York State, near Butch's 
camp, but she says they never get to see 
each other. Typically, Butch signed off 
with "Let's Go Mets!" 

Several of us are enjoying life in 
retirement homes. "H.A." Littleton 
White keeps busy at Freedom Village 
playing bridge, going to lectures, and on 
cruises, such as a recent one in France, 
cruising the Saone and Rhone on a 
riverboat through beautiful country all 
the way to Provence. She sees Mary 
White Miller when she visits her son in 
Great Falls. Virginia. 

Shirley ("Shirts") Shaw writes that 
she "actually likes" her retirement 
home. Dunwoody Village, in Newtown 
Square. Pa, and that she often sees a 
high school friend of mine whom I 
haven't seen for years! Small world, as 
she says. 

Emory Hill Rex and her daughter 
visited Margaret (Craigie) Craighill 

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Fall 2002 • 47 

Price on her farm in Sperryville, Virginia. 
At Christmas Emory's family had a fami- 
ly reunion that included five Sweet Briar 
alumnae and one student, from the 
classes of 1935 to 2003! This past year 
Emory has been learning to cope with- 
out Dan, her beloved husband of 58 
years. Craigie and I get together in the 
summer, when John and I go back 
"north" Katherine Estes and Douglas 
Woods Sprunt had dinner with Craigie 
recently. She divides her time between 
the farm and her retirement home in 

Evie Cantey Marion has a new 
address. No retirement home for her. 
She's moved back to her family home in 
Columbia, SC which she's restoring. Her 
daughter is with her and her son and his 
wife live just two blocks away. Most of 
your notes spoke of the joy of families. 
Jane Clark Hartrich keeps busy going to 
weddings, baptisms, graduations, and 
family reunions. She has a total of 22 
grandchildren and 5 "greats" and the 
number is still growing. 

"Dowsit" Neill and Jack checked 
out a new retirement home in 
Lexington when they stopped by to 
visit Libby Lancaster Washburn on 
their way to Dowsit's sister's memorial 
service in Iowa, and thence to Ontario 
to inspect their cottage. A long trip 
from Southern Pines! 

Lillian Fowlkes Taylor and Tyler are 
still an "item" after sixty years. They 
have three children and four grandchil- 
dren. Lillian's been having trouble with 
dizziness for several years, so travel is 
out, although I notice she still manages 
to get to Florida occasionally with her 
golfing buddies! 

One classmate certainly isn't letting 
eighty-two years slow her down. 
Elizabeth (Libba) Hudson Boba has a 
sporty red Toyota and traveled to Europe 
in September. But she admits that early 
bedtimes, comfort foods, and quiet visits 
are becoming increasingly attractive. 

John and I still divide our time 
between our Florida high rise on the Gulf 
and our Virginia high rise on the 
Potomac. A big change from the farm! 
But we do still have a few racehorses — 
as well as six grandchildren and seven 
"greats". In Florida I see Pat Sorensen 
Ackard, Anne Borough O'Connor, 
Angela (Edge) Cardamone Donnell. 
and Lucy Parton Miller. Lucy and I have 
kept up with each other through the 
years. She and Laymon live in a lovely 
retirement home in Ft. Myers, less than 
an hour away. They are kept busy visit- 
ing and being visited by their children 
and numerous grandchildren 

Sadly, I have to report that we lost 
five classmates during the past year. The 
ranks are thinning! In Memoriam: 
Barbara Searles Parrett, Eunice Foss 
Sneed, Wilma Cavett Records, Marian 
Atkinson Ryerson, and Helen Hamilton 

Also, Pat Potter Duncan wants you 
to know that Gordon Beemer has a new 
great-grandaughter. who will probably be 
in Sweet Briar's class of 2024. Well, dear 

classmates, thank you for your cards. 
Have a happy, healthy year, and take 
very good care of yourselves. 


Class President: Louise Smith Barry 
Class Secretary: Connie Budlong 

Fund Agent: Sydney Holmes Bales 
Mini-Reunion Co-chairs: 
Alice Lancaster Buck and Elizabeth 

Williams Gookin 

Greetings to all '44s! Out of the list- 
ed 124 names connected with our group 
26 responses have arrived at my mail- 
box. If prizes were being awarded for 
pure legibility, they would run from A+ to 
Z-. Some of the lower grades result from 
the Postal Service exceeding zeal for 
stamping and gluing mysterious paper 
strips atop written material, unique 
handwriting the rest to my bifocals. 

Whee! Here we go subject matter 

predominates in the areas of travel, chil- 
dren and assorted degrees of grand- 

Ellie La Motte Trippe is leading a life 
she describes as "happily rolling along 
along" as they enjoy three grand daugh- 
ters and "sedentary" lifestyle, which 
sounds pretty peppy to me. Interaction 
with the grands, the dogs, and an ongo- 
ing crossword puzzle championship duel 
plus the round of cultural activities keeps 
them busy. Ellie sends greetings to all! 

Muriel Abrash Schapiro is a busy 
volunteer in Richmond, helping children 
and seniors to learn "English as a 
Second Language". She didn't identify 
the first language, which would be inter- 
esting to know. She also keeps up with 
many cultural activities. Both of her col- 
lege age grands are graduating this year. 
Another grand is at Virginia 
Commonwealth University. The remain- 
ing one is doing environmental studies 
in Samoa and Costa Rica. The two 
youngest girls are on the threshold of 
eighth grade. 

Sally Skinner Behnke wrote from 
her winter home in Sun Valley where she 
is relishing the wonderful snow and 
good skiing. Her grands are pretty well 
grown up. She counts two in college, 
one in high school, and one busy being 
a career girl. Her top excitement for last 
year was "Mysteries of the Earth". This 
involved a by-plane trip around the 
world! She tells us that it was rewarding, 
strenuous, and the most fascinating 
place for her was Easter Island. 

Marty Falk Vallery had a busy sum- 
mer while she and Norma Bradley 
Arnold had a stimulating journey to 
Helsinki, then on to Russia via boat. All 
went well until their home-bound flight 
became a horror of cancellations, 
missed connections, and delayed 
arrivals. After finally getting home, she 
decided to put off her planned trip to 
Spain and Portugal because of the dire 
effects of 9/11/01. She is staying active 
with volunteering, golfing, bridge, and 

interacting with friends. 

Nancy Ann Eagles O'Bannon was 

humming along, ready to take a month 
in the Florida sunshine as she wrote her 
postcard. After that they will be at home 
until July, when they will leave for a trip 
to Iceland. She often talks with former 
roommates Sally Skinner Behnke and 
Kay Mensing Teitgen. I was lucky to 
have a catch-up phone call with her the 
other day. 

Libby Vaughan Bishop feared that 
her news would be uninteresting in com- 
parison with other '44 exploits. I assure 
her that she is blessed with her "lovely 
husband, aged Yorkie, and an equally 
aged cockatiel". Her days rock along 
with symphony, opera, judging flower 
shows, all blessedly normal and unhar- 
rowing. A pleasure for her is having the 
daughter of a cousin at SBC. She sends 
love to all '44s. 

Frances Longino Schroder is a busy 
one! Volunteering takes up time and 
keeps her on her toes. She didn't identify 
her activity, but I'll bet it's not ballet. She 
has four daughters, and was blest to 
have all of them plus three husbands 
and three of the grands with her during 
the period from 12/3 to 12/24. she 
admitted that the time was perfectly 
wonderful and pretty hectic. I admire her 
stamina! She sees Betty Haverty Smith 
pretty frequently and keeps in touch with 
Marty Falk Vallery and Hazel Fellner 
Tuttle. Longe and her sister in law are 
planning to attend the SBC Alumnae 
College this June. 

A sad postcard came from Omaha, 
Nebraska. It announced the death on 
12/22/01 of Betty Van Dusen Samson 
(Mrs. John S,). There was no other 
name on the card, but I know we all 
send our loving sympathy to her family. 

Martha Lee Hoffman McCoy has let 
us know that she and Harry have sold 
their home in Norfolk, and are now living 
in a condo overlooking the harbor in 
downtown Norfolk. They winter in 
Florida at 400 Century Drive, Marco 
Island, Florida, 34145. Their summer 
address is 303 Brooke Avenue, Norfolk. 
Virginia, 23570. 

Murrell (Rickey) Rickards Werth 
enclosed a lovely picture of herself and 
husband Matt on their wedding day last 
year. They live in her Ghent townhouse 
in Norfolk. Trips on their agenda include 
Princeton, New Jersey for his reunion in 
June. July will find them in Woodstock, 
Vermont, then on to Lake George and 
Hotel Sagamore, which her son now 
manages. Venice is their fall objective. 
Whew! I can see how she writes, "My 
life is too busy." 

Pat Whitaker Waters reports that all 
is well with her family. One of their 
grands was married last summer: anoth- 
er is a senior at Virginia Tech; while a 
third is a freshman at William and Mary. 
The next is a sophomore at the 
University of Maryland. One of the 
younger ones is a senior in high school. 
The youngest are eight and ten years of 
age. That pretty well runs the gamut 
from grades to grads! Next on the 

menu, Pat is planning a trip to London 
with her son, who will be a guest of the 
British Broadcasting Company. 

Kay Mensing Teitgen and husband 
Bud are about to trade Milwaukee winter 
for a Florida stay which will last until 
May. Their future plans are in 2003 to 
move to a retirement home now under 
construction. Kay knows that the BIG 
MOVE to smaller quarters will be a 
"tremendous job of downsizing" with 
over 40 years of accumulated living. 

Carlisle Morrissett Branch has a 
wonderful announcement. She is great- 
grandmother to her namesake. Carlisle 
Rose Hickey, born 7/1 8/01 . Carlisle Rose 
lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Carlisle 
the first gets to see both Peggy Gordon 
Seiler and Paulett Long Taggart whenev- 
er they come to Richmond. (I feel as 
though nobody ever comes to Memphis. 
If you do, please call me!) 

Tee Tift Porter had sad news about 
the 12/19/01 death of her husband of 51 
years, James T. Porter. They had been 
friends since childhood as neighbors. 
Tee, you are in our thoughts and 

Anita Lippett Clay takes several 
prizes in this issue. First from the point 
of view of your elderly bifocaled corre- 
spondent. Her postcard gets an A++ for 
total legibility! Big enough to see easi- 
ly — plain enough to be read without eye- 
strain or the need to know how to deci- 
pher exotic languages. Bless you, Anita. 
She continues to play her accordion with 
the Savannah Crabettes and again will be 
marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade 
with the group. Her additional good 
news is that their son Henry and his 
family are back home after 1 7 years in 
Buenos Aires as missionaries. 

Dotty Beuttell Blakeman mentions 
that not much is going on in her life, 
then adds that "Sometimes that is bet- 
ter". She says that Chat's son who is 
stationed in Islamabad loves his work 
there, even though his wife and daughter 
are back in Washington. Chat's daughter 
is also doing well, as are Dottie's four. 
She has had to give up golfing because 
of bursitis. 

Norma (Brad) Bradley Arnold is in 
Florida for the winter. She also men- 
tioned her trip to Helsinki, then on to 
Russia. Brad especially enjoyed the fas- 
cinating cruise from St. Petersburg to 
Moscow. She recently returned from a 
short trip to the Western Caribbean. 

Ellen Boyd Duval Miller and hus- 
band Bill are happily settled in their 
retirement facility. They have their own 
little house, and value the knowledge 
that if they need assistance, it is nearby. 

Emily Ann Wilkins Mason also gets 
a legibility A++. Her family is involved in 
a variety of careers. Son Tom, an actor, 
has a small but interesting part in a film 
that won't be out until winter. The film, 
Gods and Generals, was shot at Harpers 
Ferry, West Virginia. Son-in-law Joe 
Malloy remains on the library staff at 
Sweet Briar. Em reported on the recent 
visit by SBC President Betsy Muhlenfeld 
to Roanoke. The gathering was hosted 

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by Edte Page Breakell '45, Alice Trout 
Hagan '48, and the Masons. President 
Betsy gave an enthusiastic detailing of 
big plans for Sweet Briar in the future. 

Jean Blanton Stein and husband 
Chuck have the best of two worlds with 
their respective alum connections — 
Sweet Briar and Stanford! They live in 
Woodbridge. Virginia, near to all off- 
spring. Summer sees them in their 
Hatteras cottage. A lot of their travels 
result from events at their colleges. The 
SBC '01 Centennial College was a superb 
high spot, where Louise Smith Barry did 
an outstanding job as '44 Class 
President. Another stellar event was the 
gathering in December at the lovely 
home of Betty (Fence) Williams and hus- 
band Richard Gookin in Warrenton. 
More about this later. 

Peggy Gordon Seiler and husband 
Bob are in good health. He is still on the 
staff of the St. James church, and is 
busy nearly every day visiting shut-ins. 
They enjoyed the SBC centennial- 
renewing old ties. Peggy also had her 
50'" reunion at UVa. Law school. I loved 
her closing paragraph, and will quote it 
for you all — "We send fond wishes and 
prayers for peace and justice in this 
scary time — all too reminiscent of 1941. 
Pearl Harbor, and the ensuing conflict." 

Betty (Fence Williams) Gookin 
detailed the exciting celebration at the 
Gookins' home "The Oaks" on Sweet 
Briar Day. The party was intended to 
revive the Hunt Country Alumnae Club 
and made an excellent move in this 
direction. Sweet Briar President Betsy 
Muhlenfeld was present to speak, and to 
show the alumnae centennial quilt to the 
more than sixty assembled. In addition 
to this entertainment feat, Betty has had 
fun with Alice Lancaster Buck as they 
played tennis with their grandsons. The 
next thing on the Gookins' agenda was 
an SBC-sponsored trip to Cuba. 

Helen Cantey Woodbridge and West 
have done some globe covering with 
their trip to Vienna. Prague, and 
Budapest, Later they did a coast-to-coast 
sweep, first visiting their son in 
California, then going to the East Coast. 
There they were with their daughter in 
New York during the 9/11 tragedy time. 
Daughter Penny was downtown and wit- 
nessed the event, but returned home 
safely. Helen keeps up through a Foreign 
Affairs Forum, a study group and on a 
lighter side — Colonial Dames, a bridge 
club and other entertainment "etcs ". 

Betty Farinholt Cockrill tells us of 
things romantic — plus a few more pro- 
saic. Their second granddaughter had a 
"storybook wedding" in November. 
December brought a welcome to the 
new grandson born on Christmas morn- 
ing. January brought Betty and Jim an 
outstanding example of togetherness 
when they had same day hip replace- 
ments! Their recovery period was under 
the loving care of daughters and grand- 
daughters. The Cockrills are now busy 
with June and July wedding plans for 
two additional granddaughters! 

Louise Smith Barry. Mme. President 

of '44, told of a great second Center for 
Civic Renewal Symposium during the 
Centennial Alumnae College at Sweet 
Briar. Among the many visitors wel- 
comed were those from our class, who 
came from Iowa, Massachusetts, New 
York, Georgia, and Virginia. This group 
included eleven class members, seven 
spouses, and one grandchild — a total of 
nineteen reuners: Marion Shanley 
Jacobs; Paulett Long and Ganson 
Taggert; Sydney Holmes Bales; Louise 
Smith Barry; Peggy Gordon and Bob 
Seiler; Ellen Boyd and Bill Miller; Alice 
Lancaster and Pete Buck; Fence Williams 
and Richard Gookin; and Jean Blanton 
and Chuck Stein. The entire group plans 
to attend the gathering this year. On a 
personal level, Louise had visited Alice 
Johnson Fessenden in Las Vegas, and 
had seen Helen Cantey and West 
Woodbridge on an East Coast visit. 

Connie Sue Bud long Myrick is now 
a member of a multiple-family house- 
hold and loving it. "My daughter Jeanne, 
her husband Chuck, and my youngest 
granddaughter Julia are the characters 
(!) of this ongoing drama. We have been 
in our new home for a little over a year, 
and are facing an influx of accumulated 
possessions from at least three house- 
holds. It is stimulating to be living with a 
bright, busy seventeen-year-old, and 
wonderful not to be alone. One of the 
exciting future prospects is to become a 
great grandmother. My oldest grand- 
daughter, Christie, is due this summer. I 
thank you all for your input, and wish 
you the blessings of good health, con- 
tentment, and happiness." 

Addendum: The daughters of 
Barbara Duncombe Stolp, Mary and 
Lindsey. wrote to the Alumnae Office 
with news of Barbara who suffers from 
Alzheimer's disease and is still in an 
assisted living facility. They wrote: "If 
she were able, we know she would want 
to tell you all about her children and 
grandchildren, and so we will do it for 
her: Mary and her husband, Charlie 
Trageser, live in Newton, MA. Mary is an 
artist and photographer, her daughter 
Claire is a freshman at Reed College, 
where she is thriving, and her son David 
is a junior at Newton North H.S. and 
plays the guitar constantly. Lindsey and 
her husband, Tom Kline, live in 
Bethseda, MD; Lindsey is an attorney, 
her son Andrew is a freshman at Walt 
Whitman H.S., a musician and an ath- 
lete; Emily is a 7th grader, a swimmer, 
and a typical teenager; and Daniel is a 
4 th grader, into sports and computer 
games. We wish that she could enjoy 
her grandchildren and be involved in 
their lives because we know how proud 
of them she would be. We also know 
how much she valued her friendships, 
from all stages of her life. So this is our 
effort to keep her friends connected to 
her. Please let us know if your address 
has changed or if you have an email 
address, so that as her life and circum- 
stances change, we can let you know." 
Mary's email address is and 

Lindsey's is . 


President: Ginger Barron Summer 
Secretary: Carol Blanton McCord 
Fund Agent: Meredith Slane Person 

Cindy Converse Ash sent me a won- 
derful pack of color photos from our 50" 
reunion, which are too good not to share 
with you all at our 55" in May. Cindy and 
Al have made plans to go to Mexico in 
March. Canada in July, and Maine in 
Aug. 2002. With their 4 children and 4 
grandchildren living in San Diego. 
Tampa/ White Plains. St. Petersburg and 
Conn., they have lots of other good 
places to visit. "The rest of the time Al 
will be playing his cello with two groups 
and I will be at our local hospital gift 
shop once a week and working at the 
church in one way or another..." 

When Jean Old gets asked when 
she expects to retire from brokering, she 
says, "what's retire?" She went to 
Iceland and Greenland in Sept. '01 "with 
a gentleman friend, but traveling com- 
panions who can keep up are getting 
harder to find". When she returned she 
had a total shoulder replacement and is 
"now fit to travel to the Sea of Okhotsk, 
North Eastern Siberia, in May. We are 
the first tourists to that area". Jean still 
sees Martha Smith and Margie Redfern 
in Norfolk; Martha is now living in a 
retirement home there. 

Kay "Wizzie" Weisiger Osborne 
had a book of her poems published and 
will do a reading at Catawba College. 
She still writes columns for the Life Plus 
section of the Salisbury Post. Her 
daughter and granddaughter still live in 
Alaska, but get down at least twice a 
year for a visit. 

Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey and 
Doug plan to attend Reunion this com- 
ing May. Sam is still a Regent at 
Gunston Hall. They put a statue of 
George Mason between Jefferson and 
Roosevelt on the Tidal Basin on April 9, 
2002. She and Doug visited cousins in 
FL, Jan. 2002. 

"After 42 interesting, never boring 
years together ", Evie White Spearman's 
husband, Allan died very suddenly on 
Hallowe'en while she was having 
Hallowe'en in Kennesaw, GA with their 8 
year old grandchild, Vivian Spearman. 
Last summer Evie had a lovely visit with 
Peggy Robertson Christian and 
"Punkie", whom Evie dubs "The 
Cincinnati Kids", in Richmond while on a 
visit to Gaithersburg, MD to visit her 
daughter, Lyn. 

"Wash" Ferrier Ramsay wrote from 
Chapel Hill that all's well despite having 
had heart surgery in Sept., '01 . 

Aimee DesPland McGirt, also living 
in NC, is still teaching part-time at 
Richmond County Community Coll. and 
likes it so well she hopes never to have 
to quit. She had all her family together 
for a December 28th Christmas. Her 
younger daughter brought her a Jack 

Russell puppy, and when in bad weather 
she has to keep him inside, "it's like hav- 
ing a new baby!" 

Last Summer's visit to Martha's 
Vineyard afforded Ann Colston Leonard 
and Ed a chance to spend time with Sue 
Van Cleve Riehl and Bud, and also with 
daughter Chris (also SBC) who was 
starting a special program at Harvard. 
Ann says. "3 new grandchildren expect- 
ed this spring, two of them in tandem. 
This brings our total to a modest 6". Ed 
retired a year ago, so they are able now 
to stay longer at the Vineyard. Ann con- 
tinues her pottery, "standing rather than 
sitting at the wheel in deference to my 
back". From California, Anne Webb 
Moses wrote that she and George had a 
BIG Christmas gathering with family 
from far, (Italy, R.I., MA), and nearby, 
which was made even more joyful by 
both of them feeling well at the same 
time! Anne enjoys gardening, book dis- 
cussions, yoga, volunteering, dance, and 
genealogy; "doing less now but enjoying 
it more". 

Jane Warner Williams' husband 
died in October and her brother in 
August. 2001. She is still working, but at 
a lesser pace. Trying to catch up on her 
traveling, she accompanied her son and 
his family to Charlottesville, where her 
grandson had an interview at UVA. She 
drove down to SBC on her own for the 
day and caught Kenneth Starr's speech 
to the symposium on Election 2000. 
Jane said she had "forgotten how beau- 
tiful SBC is — and on a blue and gold 
October day it was AWESOME". 

Julia Holt Coyle and "Chook" go to 
Venice, FL every April where he enjoys 
the fishing, so she'll miss Reunion in 
May, 2002. She often reflects on how 
our class and SBC have enriched her life. 

Just back from a "wild, wonderful 
joyous Christmas in Barnstable where 
[son]"Tuck" had 8 services in 3 days — 
but lots of Ho- Ho- Ho's in between", 
Maria Tucker Bowerfind's exuberance 
had still not cooled down, "My favorite 
Christmas carol was a 2 yr. old's who 
announced "I think I need a nap", and 
another 2 yr old piped up, "Right, I'm all 
stressed out!" My thoughts exactly! A 
lovely lady came up in church and intro- 
duced herself: Alice Reese's sister-in- 
law! Heard from 3 of Bozzie's 5 girls — 4 
more grandchildren born since she 
died". Maria and her husband hope to 
come to Baltimore in mid-March for the 
arrival of their 7th grandchild. 

Saravette Royster Trotter and Jim 
celebrated their 50" anniversary in 
Iceland "on the theory that it wouldn't be 
crowded and would be cool. It was both 
and lots of fun." 

Jane Arthur Etheridge Hamlin went 
to Bryn Mawr for the graduation of her 
oldest granddaughter who is currently in 
grad school at Univ. Texas, Austin, a six- 
year program. She hopes to be a college 
prof. Jane Arthur added. "If I make it to 
my youngest grandchild's graduation, it 
may be in a wheelchair. He was a year 
old this October". 

Carol Blanton McCord: My husband, 

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Mac, died last October just one week 
before our 55"' anniversary. I'm still liv- 
ing in the same house we built in 1950 
near Baltimore, but considering other 
options. Our five children are living in: 
Baltimore, (1) Ct.(1),Mass.,(2), NC(1); of 
our 8 grandchildren, the eldest is still a 
part time student, his sister is in grad 
school at UVa and also teaching there; 
two others at U Colorado and UVA. I 
plan to return to NH in summer; stay 
busy reading, writing, walking, nature 
study, music, and keeping in touch with 
friends and relations. Hope to see you all 
at Reunion! 


President: Edith Shepherd Brooke 

Secretary: Elisabeth (Betty-"B.G.") 

Elmore Gilleland 
Fund Agent: Mary Dame Stubbs Broad 

Many thanks to all of you who 
responded with news! Next time we 
hope that more of you will "stay in 
touch". Your communications showed 
your main interests and concerns are 
CAREERS, TRAVEL, and 9/11. 

The daughter of former class secre- 
tary, Lola Steele Shepherd, moved to 
Seattle from France so Lola and Deedee 
have "stayed put" except for two trips to 
Seattle to visit her and their granddaugh- 
ter. They attended the memorial service 
in San Diego for Bo Shepherd, Deedee's 
brother, and husband of Diane Dietrich 
Shepherd, who was in our class for two 
years before going to England with her 
family and later graduating from G.W. in 
DC Dee has two sons, one a lawyer in 
D.C., the other working in L.A., and a 
daughter in Lexington, KY who has two 
daughters. Lola sees Edie Brook 
Robertson, Frances Martin Lindsay, 
and Jane Lewis Zollicoffer in Norfolk. In 
Richmond she spotted Mary Waller 
Berkeley Ferguson and her husband 
taking their evening "constitutional". 
Lola had a temporary setback with a 
broken collarbone due to an unaccom- 
panied leap with her horse over a log on 
an overnight trail ride, but is recovering 
nicely. She was looking forward to 
attending the Winter Forums to hear 
SBC professors discussing terrorism. 

Our class president, Edie Brook 
Robertson, relates that they had just 
arrived in Denver, having passed through 
Pittsburgh on 9/10/01 and were con- 
cerned about their daughter in NYC and 
their son in Alexandria. Anxious time 
until they determined that all were fine. 
Their annual Colorado vacation took a 
"nose dive" as Peyton couldn't finish the 
Colorado trail, nor could Edie complete a 
watercolor of the golden aspens. She 
and son Brooke attended a wedding in 
Santa Fe, but half the people couldn't get 
there. Edie ran a centennial in Norfolk for 
a cultural organization to benefit a muse- 
um. She was busy writing a paper for 
presentation at her book club. A big 

event was the surprise 75'" birthday 
party for Peyton in the DC area. Dolly 
Clark Rasmussen and Lola and their 
spouses helped celebrate. 

Fund Agent Mary Dame Stubbs 
Broad would like to thank everyone who 
contributed to the Alumnae Fund — 
through any means! She and Doug had 
a great trip in November on the "Nieuw 
Amsterdam" from Norfolk through the 
Panama Canal. In the Spring they plan to 
go to Cornwall, England to search for 
Doug's "roots" and then to Holland "with 
probably millions of other tourists" to 
attend the "Floriade". They continue to 
enjoy family skiing outings in Virginia. 

Our most avid skiers may be Betsey 
Sawyer Hodges and Allen who, with 
their offspring, welcomed in the New 
Year in their North Carolina home. They 
returned briefly to port St. Lucie, Florida, 
and they took off for Snowmass. 
Colorado to ski. In March with their chil- 
dren and grandchildren they accompa- 
nied students from Jupiter, Florida on a 
mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala. 
Betsey helped with physical therapy for 
children with cerebral palsy and took 
care of babies who were malnourished 
or had harelips or cleft palates. They left 
with a respect for the people of 
Guatemala and an appreciation of how 
much the U.S. has been blessed. In May 
their granddaughter graduated from col- 
lege and went with a mission to Nepal. 
After a relaxing summer in North 
Carolina, they enjoyed a trip to New 
England, returning to Florida in time for 

Speaking of returning to Florida, we 
have many classmates to do just that. 
Mim Wyse Linsky heads to southern cli- 
mates this winter. But this year she was 
wishing the weather would warm up in 
Vera Beach! She is making good recov- 
ery from back surgery in November. Big 
family news is that their eldest son, Ned 
(44) is engaged! Mim recently heard 
from Judy Campbell Campbell who was 
planning to come to Sebastian, Florida 
for her annual vacation. In the small 
world department; while shopping at 
Walgreen's, Mim ran into Lou Moore 
who was visiting friends in the same 
condo complex! 

Another Florida visitor was Fanchon 
Lewis Jackson. Her husband, a pediatric 
radiologist, retired last June and they 
were visiting old medical school friends 
in Florida and North Carolina and later 
planning to attend Joe's 45'" Duke 
Medical School reunion and visit grand- 
children in California and Virginia. 

Jane Munnerlyn Carter has nine 
grandchildren ranging in age from one 
month to 22 years! She said she likes 
the wide spectrum as it keeps one's 
mind and heart jumping in all directions! 
Danie travels to Ponte Vedra Beach, 
Jacksonville, Florida to visit Muffet 
Murchison Corse who moved to 
Jacksonville, but still travels back to 

Now the really "smart" classmates 
are the ones who have established resi- 
dency in Florida (I am a little biased!). 

Nancy Storey White has been a Florida 
resident for a LONG time. She sent a 
Happy New Year letter from North 
Carolina where she was visiting family. 
Nancy is a resident of the Plymouth 
Harbor retirement home in Sarasota. 
She is much stronger now thanks to a 
personal trainer, but says he doesn't 
cook like Oprah's trainer! Her New Year's 
resolution: to fight all terrorists she finds 
at Plymouth Harbor. She adds that she 
still makes resolutions because they give 
her a goal for the year, but that she 
doesn't necessarily keep them past 

A native Floridian, Nell Greening 
Keen, is moving from Anna Maria Island 
near Sarasota back to Tampa. She wel- 
comes the move because she will be 
closer to her daughter, Elinor, and her 
two-year-old daughter and eight month 
old son. Nell's youngest son, Hampton, 
lives in West Palm Beach and has left 
the practice of law to work for a money 
company. Our daughter and Hampton 
were attorneys in the same building, but 
in spite of our efforts, they never met! 
Nell enjoyed seeing Fran Cone 
Kirkpatrick and her husband on the way 
to the Keys where they winter. They are 
proud grandparents of a baby girl, their 
second daughter's child. 

Marianne Delacorte Holland and 
her husband, longtime residents of 
Connecticut, moved to Winter Park, 
Florida. Having their son, daughter-in- 
law and two grandchildren nearby was a 
big incentive. 

Our best wishes go to Peachey 
Lillard Manning who, after a fall in 
Naples, Florida, found that she had a 
brain tumor, which was removed. She 
spent two weeks in rehabilitation and 
was starting radiation, but says she is 
feeling great. She had a wonderful 
Christmas gathering of 16 family 
members where she "sat like a 
Queen!" Her four daughters continue 
to be a blessing! 

We are very sorry to tell you that 
Jean Probeck Wiant's husband, Rick, 
passed away in September. He had 
fought a long battle with lymphoma and 
actually did well for a long time, but died 
suddenly of a massive bacterial infec- 
tion. Jean says that the good news is 
that he went quickly and did not suffer 
and lived with a good deal of dignity 
until the last week of his life. He seemed 
like a member of our class since he 
attended so many of our reunions. We 
will miss him! 

It appears that many of you may 
never retire! A prime example is Lucy 
Kreusler Carey who has been a widow 
for almost four years and finds that 
working makes her happier. She is 
teaching Russian part time at a Berlitz 
Language Center and will soon start 
teaching Polish. She volunteers for the 
Red Crass using her knowledge of for- 
eign languages. Last summer she visited 
the Scandinavian countries and next 
summer plans to go to Holland and 
Belgium. Periodically, she returns to 
Poland to see friends. Her only child, 

David, is a lawyer and president of the 
City Council in Bel Air, Maryland. 

Barbara Favill Marshall is also a 
very busy person! She has been 
involved as a volunteer with the Chicago 
Symphony for over 50 years! Her talents 
range from playing cello in a spring 
quartet to playing tennis. Fitness walking 
is also on her agenda. She and her hus- 
band love to travel, but plan to stay in 
the US or Canada. On 9/11/01 they were 
on a cruise ship with the English 
Chamber Orchestra off the coast of 
Turkey. They spend the winters in their 
home in Carefree, Arizona, and summers 
in Illinois and visiting their daughters 
and three grandchildren in 
Massachusetts. A son and his wife live 
in Colorado. 

Virginia Mann York has not done as 
much writing in 2001 while seeing her 
husband through cancer surgery. She 
has completed a manuscript of verse, 
"The Compass", and its companion vol- 
ume of essays in "An Aquarian Thesis" 
is near completion. Warmer tempera- 
tures in Sarasota and Charleston lure 
them south, but they will return home to 
New York in April for Poetry Month read- 

Another talented classmate, 
Beverly Benson Seamans, is working 
on a commission for the Marblehead 
High School of a five foot figure of a 
Revolutionary Drummer Boy, which 
will be dedicated in June. She and her 
husband enjoyed a walking tour of 
Tuscany from Siena to Montepulciano 
last spring — a total of 85 miles in 
about a week! They plan a repeat per- 
formance this year! A trip to Bali was 
cancelled because of 9/11. In the sum- 
mer they enjoy life in Maine and 
Marblehead, with sailing being a 
favorite pastime. She says that they are 
blessed with two children and three 

An email from Cora Jane 
Morningstar Spiller's daughter. Helen 
Spiller Petersen, saying that Alicia 
Iznaga Mazzeo, Cora Jane's former SBC 
roommate, had asked her to write about 
her mother's accomplishments and con- 
tributions for the Alumnae news. This is 
Helen's lovely tribute to her mother: 

"Cora Jane Morningstar Spiller is 
alive and well and enjoying life in her 
hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. 
Actually, she is ensuring that everyone in 
town is enjoying life. After traveling the 
world as the wife of an Army officer, 
Cora Jane and her husband Bob moved 
back to Bowling Green where they met 
and both graduated from Western KY U. 
in 1950. In 1980 they should have 
begun their retirement, but this is when 
life got exciting. The Sweet Briar alumna 
busied herself with EVERYTHING. She 
was president of the Arts Alliance, 
worked at the theatre thrift store, called 
families in emergency situations for the 
ARC, held top positions in the local 
chapter of DAR, organized and hosted 
receptions for citizens after the swearing 
in ceremonies at the Federal Courthouse, 
and spearheaded a campaign to raise 

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over S1 million for the local Salvation 
Army. And she still teaches Sunday 
School classes, is a member of the 
board of the Human Rights 
Commission, an ombudsman for the 
county, a historian and volunteer geneal- 
ogist for the DAR, a member of PTO and 
works on committees of the Colonial 
Dames of KY. But she finds time to go to 
Florida once a year to visit her room- 
mate. Alicia Iznaga Mazzeo. Now 
there's friendship! 

A very nice email came from Alicia's 
husband. Bias, who said that Alicia grad- 
uated from the University of Havana 
majoring in History, Geography, and 
Philosophy, She married Bias, an MIT 
engineer, and they lived in Boston, 
Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and now 
Parkland, Florida. They celebrated their 
5CP wedding anniversary last year and 
have five children and 11 grandchildren. 
Alicia traveled in Europe, the Soviet 
Union, and South America, but unfortu- 
nately had a brain tumor ten years ago 
which has limited her ability to walk and 
travel. She has helped many Cuban 
immigrants and taught English to 
groups of Catholic nuns arriving in the 
US. Presently she is translating books 
on religion into Spanish. Alicia said that 
she corresponds with lleana Garcia Carr 
('48) in Puerto Rico. Also, she writes of 
Worden Willis (75) who lives near her in 
Parkland. Florida. Worden works full 
time as a broker and volunteers more 
than 20 hours each week to rescue, care 
for, and place dogs in good homes. 

Ann Belser Asher is still thinking of 
all the fun we had at our 50" reunion 
Her life has "quieted down" to Flower 
Guild work at the church, associate 
trustee of Sulgrave Manor (ancestral 
home of George Washington in England) 
and Conservation Chairperson for the 
Nantucket Garden Club. She and Norm 
celebrated their 50" wedding anniver- 
sary. They live in DC and summer in 

Maggie Craig Sander's card arrived 
a bit too late for our last class notes. She 
is busy with volunteer work, going to 
"old lady" club meetings and grandpar- 
enting. Three of her granddaughters live 
in Charlottesville. Maggie had a mini- 
reunion with Elsie Landram Layton 
when she was visiting in New Orleans. 
She said that Elsie is still as attractive as 
ever and they had great fun catching up. 

Another active classmate, Dorothy 
Barney Hoover, is back in the "social 
swim" after the death of her husband in 
1999. Her days are busy with tennis, 
needlepoint (working on a church kneel- 
er with 20 other women), Hispanic min- 
istry and training to become a Stephen 
minister in her church. Six grandchildren 
(ages 14-19) are doing well. The eldest 
is a Junior at Hilton Head Prep and was 
elected to the National Honor Society. 
Two others are honor students. 

Merry Moore Lynn sent a great end- 
of-the-year letter. She is still working 
part time for her brother. She and Jim 
have taken several trips to visit family in 
Virginia and included a visit to SBC. 

Merry had not been back in 50 years 
and was very impressed with the many 
changes and the lovely campus. 
Roommate, Diana Dent, had a wonder- 
ful cruise down the Columbia and Snake 
rivers following the route of Lewis and 
Clark. She is planning an auto trip to 
Nova Scotia and a summer course at 
Dartmouth to brush up on her Spanish. 
She is still volunteering as an ESL tutor. 
When Dorothy Montague Cholnoky is 
not in Scottsdale, Arizona, she and Diana 
meet for fitness walking. 

The class of 1950 includes many 
seasoned travelers Bonnie Loyd 
Crane's Christmas card featured a photo 
of an onion dome in Moscow's Red 
Square. 2001 included trips to Russia 
and Berlin to visit her daughter, Melinda, 
and her two children. All the family came 
to her house in Wellesley for the holi- 
days. Bonnie and I are both blessed, as 
our mothers are 98 years old and are 
still doing well, A recent card from 
Bonnie tells of an upcoming trip to 
Central Mexico to see the Monarch but- 
terflies before they migrate to New 
England and a visit to Puerto Vallarta to 
observe humpback whales — an interest- 
ing contrast from some of the smallest 
creatures to the biggest! When she isn't 
traveling, Bonnie's art gallery occupies 
most of her time. 

A Sweet Briar trip to Sorrento, Italy, 
attracted Carolyn Tynes Cowan and 
Edith Tanner Broughton, but Edith's chil- 
dren vetoed her going because of 9/11. 
Only 22 of the 49 who signed up made 
the trip, but Carolyn reports that they 
missed a fabulous time! This was her 
second SBC trip and she is looking for- 
ward to another one! 

Pat Owens Purvis and husband took 
their children and grands to Disney 
World and then on a Disney Cruise. She 
adds that not having to cook on 
Christmas Day was wonderful beyond 
belief! Loyal Anglophiles, they returned 
to Britain for the twenty-something time 
this past summer. Daughter Lisanne 
(SBC 78) was with them in Wales and 
they are looking forward to another trip 

Experienced traveler Pat Halloran 
Salvadori has plans for a spring trip to 
Italy with daughter Margaret, her hus- 
band, and their two children. Margaret 
was in Barcelona representing Cook 
County at its trade meeting. Another 
daughter, Sharon, came home for 
Christmas after being away two years 
and was preparing for orals at NYU. Pat 
has recovered from a fall where she 
broke her nose. Now she wouldn't let 
that stay in the way of traveling! In July 
she is joining a SBC group for a trip to 
Ireland and hopes that other class mem- 
bers will sign up. 

Betsy Markgraf Waring gave rave 
reviews to the April '01 centennial Sally 
Ride Lectures at SBC which she and Jim 
attended. They also highly recommend a 
trip on a small boat to Alaska, where one 
day they saw 30 whales! Because of 
9/11 they reluctantly cancelled an 
Elderhostel trip to Paris and St. 

Petersburg, but hope to reschedule. 

Interesting news from Ginger 
Luscombe Rogers, who in February 
attended a swearing in ceremony in DC 
conducted by Colin Powell for a friend 
who is the new US Ambassador to 
Norway. Afterwards, she visited her 
daughter Sarah who lives near 
Annapolis. Ginger is still serving on the 
Architectural and Historical Board of 
Review, but is trying to find younger 
people to take over. Her daughter. Larkin, 
and her four-year-old grandson have 
moved back to Hudson after eight years 
in England. Ginger is playing tennis and 
golf, but hasn't ridden (horseback) in 
over a year. Her travels have taken her to 
Guatemala and Belize where she enjoyed 
snorkeling and touring impressive 
Mayan ruins. 

Guy and I had a fascinating visit last 
spring to Oman to visit New Zealand 
friends who live there and then on to 
Jordan and Syria (Israel was cancelled). 
The well-preserved Roman ruins and 
Petra were highlights. We were stranded 
in Detroit 9/1 1 where we were visiting 
our daughter and family. Finally back to 
Florida four days later, but we delayed a 
flight to London a few days. Spent a 
week in a cozy cottage in Wales, visited 
friends in the Cotswolds, ferried to 
Quimper, Brittany, to the International 
Conference on Quimper Faience (pottery 
which I collect) — topped off with visits 
to Paris and London. No more big trips 
planned — just Elderhostels in the US! 

Family is always foremost in our 
class news, particularly our roles as par- 
ents, grandparents, and great grandpar- 
ents Anne Green Pangel's daughter and 
her husband adopted an adorable one- 
year-old boy from Romania and she 
says that Ian is the sunshine in their sky, 
Anne and her husband visited Trish 
Denning Love and her husband in Hilton 
Head. South Carolina and had a wonder- 
ful time catching up on each other's 
families, solving the world's problems 
and dining at good restaurants. Deborah 
Freeman Cooper is moving to a smaller 
home in a life-care community this 
spring. Their youngest son and his wife 
will be living with them until their son 
finishes his anesthesia residency at 
Penn — and they are "expecting" so 
Debbie will have fun being a "hands-on" 

Joan Teetor Marder and Steve are 
well and thriving in Tucson, Arizona. 
They were looking forward to a visit 
from son Ray, his wife and three daugh- 
ters and a spring visit from daughter 
Emily and her twins. We are still enjoy- 
ing the CDs recorded by Emily (Saxe) 
especially the tunes of the 40s and 50s 
(ah! Nostalgia!). 

Dolly Clark Rasmussen cherishes 
Thanksgiving and Christmas family 
reunions and sent photographs of their 
attractive clan. A record was made by 
their three grandsons who peeled ten 
pounds of potatoes in 15 minutes! Many 
of you write about the events of 9/1 1 . 
Dolly was playing golf with a friend 
when the friend's husband came to tell 

them that their daughter-in-law. a flight 
attendant, was on the plane that hit the 
Pentagon. Dolly attended the moving 
service where there were over 300 uni- 
formed pilots and flight attendants and 
concludes. "We have been concentrating 
even more than usual on family and 

Chicago's Sweet Briar Day in 
December was enjoyed by Kay Leroy 
Wing and Pat Halloran Salvadori. Kay 
proudly reports that she will be a great 
grandmother in July. No doubt many of 
us can identify with her comment— 
"That's ridiculous— we just graduated a 
few years ago, didn't we???!!". Kata 
Edwards Crain emailed that she is most- 
ly in the "grandmotherly stage" where 
she loves visiting grandchildren in Dallas 
and Houston. She sums it up, "Everyone 
thinks their grandchildren are precious 
but mine REALLY ARE!!" 

Bill Bailey Fritzinger comments that 
they don't lead a very exciting life, so 
consequently not very much news, but 
we know she and Fritz have a full and 
busy life managing their farm. 

Mary Waller Berkeley Fergusson 
expressed what several of you have 
communicated — that you would write 
something for our class notes if it wasn't 
just "same old same old". In answer to 
this, please do not feel that you have to 
come up with anything spectacular. 
Most of us are at the stage of our lives 
where great events or accomplishments 
are not everyday happenings. We've 
"been there, done that" and now we are 
enjoying work and/or retirement, grown 
children, precious grandchildren and 
maybe a few trips for some excitement. 
So PLEASE send your "same old same 
old" so we'll know you're still out there 
"kicking"! If you have email addresses 
that I do not have, please email them to 
me at . November 
1 st is the deadline for the spring issue. 
Postcards will only be sent for the 
February 1 5th deadline for the summer 

Last, but definitely not least, Sally 
Bianchi Foster and Bob continue to be 
involved with their community serving 
on various committees and volunteering 
in the nursing area of their retirement 
village. They also allow time for just sit- 
ting and relaxing! The activities of their 
children and grands are an integral part 
of their lives. Real family loyalty was 
tested by their viewing of 700+ slides 
their granddaughter took in Europe! 
Bianchi's and Bob's holiday letter has 
some positive thoughts that I would like 
to share with you: "One of the highlights 
of 2001 , a highlight carved out of 
tragedy, was a loving, supportive letter 
from our Down Under friends. It arrived 
soon after 9/11 and confirmed our belief 
that our country would indeed survive 
and flourish, thanks in part to loyal and 
caring supporters around the world. In 
our own way, we reaffirmed this belief 
by planting 150 bulbs around our home. 
It was bad on our backs, but good for 
our morale. If the deer permit, we shall 
have a colorful spring". 

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Fall 2002 • 51 


The following tribute was written by 
Mary John Ford Gilchrist: 

With deep regret we have learned 
that one of our class of '52, Susan 
Hobson McCord, died in March after 
suffering years with rheumatoid arthritis, 
which was of late complicated with can- 

Susan was active in many ways dur- 
ing her four years at Sweet Briar and as 
a senior was both President of Student 
Government and a member of Phi Beta 
Kappa. After college she pursued a 
career in education in New York City and 

While raising three children, Susan 
and her husband, Coke, a heart surgeon, 
who later specialized in international 
health care delivery, spent much of their 
life in Bangladesh and Mozambique. He 
taught and worked in the medical field 
as she did the same in the educational 
field. In Bangladesh Susan served as 
the Principal of the American 
International School at Dakka and later 
represented the American Friends 
Service Committee, founding a library on 
development issues that has since 
expanded across Bangladesh. In 
Mozambique Susan worked for the 
Ministry of Education to establish an 
adult literacy program. Upon her return 
to New York she worked for the literacy 
volunteers of New York City and was its 
director of education at the time of her 

At the time of her death Susan had 
substantially completed a biography of 
Natha Singh, a man who though born to 
a lowly caste, became a teacher in 
Punjab, India. She wrote in collabora- 
tion with Mr. Singh's son, Sewa. Susan 
had a deep love for Bangladesh and its 
people and made many trips back. 

The class of '52 stands proud to 
have had one among us, who lived a life 
of such dedication to the education and 
well-being of others less fortunate. 


President: Dale Hutter Harris (The Hon.) 
Secretary: Mary Ann (M.A.) Mellen 

Fund Agents: Mary Kimball Grier, 

Eleanor Johnson Ashby 


lis time again to share our news. 
Sorry about the wrong email address 
listed on the postcard. The Alumnae 
Office doesn't know how, or where, they 
got it and neither do I. Whomever "Fritz" 
is, he must have been astonished at 
some of the mail he received (we're so 
interesting that I am sure he wants to 
meet us all!). Anyway, thank you to all of 
you who persevered and resorted to the 
old fashioned way of communicating. I 
loved getting your letters. 

The big moves among us are Cinnie 
Moorhead McNair and Norm who have 
departed from San Antonio and relocat- 

ed to Charleston, South Carolina. They 
are delighted to be closer to their sons, 
seven grands, and one great, plus being 
able to catch up with the East Coasters 
of '53. 

Nan Locke Rosa and Frank moved 
to a townhouse in Montgomery, 
Alabama after 35 years in a large house. 
They can talk about "throw out deci- 
sions" with Sug Cantey Patton and Pat 
who moved around the corner to smaller 
quarters in Atlanta after inhabiting the 
same abode for 43 years. In between 
packing and unpacking, the Rosas man- 
aged to fit in a tour of the Greek Isles, a 
Caribbean cruise, and a trip to Ireland. 
Nan may have given up the travel busi- 
ness, but she still seems to be bitten by 
the bug. The rendezvoused with Anne 
Elliott Caskie and Challen in Charleston 
in January. 

Other travelers include Kay Vennard 
Le Blanc and Joe who toured Spain. Kay 
says she's planning to come to our 
50'" — as I hope you all are. It will be her 
first trip back and she asks, "Is the 
Amherst County Room still there?" 

Ginger Timmons Ludwick and Dave 
continue exploring the world. They sent 
a wonderful picture taken in Norway. 
Unfair, Ginger never ages! 

Joan Arey Harrison and Chuck 
said they are also doing lots of travel- 
ing but she neglected to mention any 

Nan O'Keeffe had a super trip to 
Sicily last spring and was headed for 
England this summer. 

Mary Kimball Grier and Bos went to 
Ireland last year. They continue to make 
their annual February trip to the Grand 
Canyon. What a delightful way to escape 
the winter. 

Katzy Bailey Nager and C.J. toured 
England (including the Wimbledon 
matches) last summer and then "house 
swapped" with a family in Ireland, a 
most successful venture for both cou- 
ples. The Nagers joined Maggie Graves 
McClung and David, and Kitty Guerrant 
Fields at the SBC Centennial Celebration 
in Spring 2001 and said that it was 
"FABULOUS!" The McClungs are still 
happily splitting their time between 
Smith Mountain Lake and Roanoke. Kitty 
Fields and daughter Fran spent a week at 
the Greenhouse Spa in Texas and loved 
every pampering moment. Kitty passed 
her usual summer days with friends in 
Michigan and welcomed in 2002 in 
Edenton, a charming historic town in 
North Carolina. She is planning a glori- 
ous gathering for family and friends at 
the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in April 

Eleanor Johnson Ashby and Garnett 
made three trips to Europe, mostly the 
United Kingdom, but branched out to 
include a cruise to Scandinavia and the 
Low Countries. Nancy McDonald often 
joins them on their travels. 

Dale Hutter Harris and Ted spent 
last Christmas in England with their 
daughter and her family. They have two 
grandsons in England and two grand- 
daughters in Arizona. 

Isabel Grayson Parish and Hav say 

they love life in Pinehurst (Mah Jong, 
bridge, golf, theatre, church), but they 
managed to break away for trips to 
Florida, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, 
New York, Louisiana, and Georgia. As a 
pilot, musician, and physician, Hav has 
many interests, including the "windjam- 
mers", a group dedicated to preserving 
the music of 20th century Circus Bands. 
Sounds energising and loud. Their 
"Painting Preacher" son had an art show 
at a gallery in the French Quarter this 
year, congratulations. 

Anne (Kim) Green Stone and John 
have been busy showing their champion 
Arabian Stallion, who is among the top 
ten in the US and Canada. Kim and John 
have served on the many Arabian sport 
horse boards, both domestic and inter- 
national. They also welcomed two new 
grandchildren. That makes a total of 
eight in five years. 

Nancy Bomar Andrews and David 
continue to live in lovely Alpine, New 
Jersey. Nancy is chairwoman of the 
Horticulture Committee of the Garden 
Club of America, and would love to wel- 
come any '53ers to their offices in New 
York City. Dr. Dave will retire in June 

Jane Perry Liles and George hosted 
a mini-reunion (McClung, McLaughlin, 
Fields, Nager, Harris, Root, Pickett) at 
their Grandfather Mountain getaway in 
June 2001 . "A grand time was had by 

Connie Werly Wakelee and Dave 
are contemplating a move to Hanover, 
New Hampshire area, not far from 
Dickie Wellborn Hopper Happy House 

June Arata Pickett and Bob some- 
times stop by Hilton Head on their way 

Dolly Wallace McLaughlin and 
Kemp were also visitors last summer. I 
love company so "come on down". 

Jackie Lowe Young and Dick are 
spending more time at their house on 
Hilton Head. It's great having them 
around. Their latest Atlanta grandchild 
had his first birthday in February. The 
Youngs cruised down the coast of Italy 
last year and loved it. 

Kirk Tucker Clarkson and Jack have 
sold their big boat and opted for a small- 
er bateau and property on the Eastern 
shore of Virginia. In June 2001 , they 
went to France to celebrate the 50"' 
anniversary of Kirk's Junior Year in 
France with her Paris roommate and her 
husband. Then on to England for a 
reunion with her WWII pen pal, a very 
special trip indeed. Kirk reported that 
she and Katty Turner Mears were 
recently at Sweet Briar with the Garden 
Club of Virginia Restoration Committee 
and the committee voted to give the col- 
lege a new landscaping plan for Sweet 
Briar House! 

We have two classmates who live in 
Mexico; Barbara Buxton Waugh and 
Sallie Gayle Beck. Sallie reports that 
she leaves Merida in the winter and trav- 
els to explore Mayan ruins in Mexico 

and Central America. Her goal is to see 
them ALL. 

The dreaded bug 70 ,h hits most of us 
this year. Liz Gibson Brooke and George 
celebrated with their immediate family in 
NYC this fall. Then she and George went 
to London, Wales, and the Cotswolds. 
Their children come from California and 
Texas to join them for Christmas in 
Connecticut. Liz and I both have sons in 
Dallas and hope to coordinate our visits 

Jane Dawson Mudwilder's children 
surprised her with a huge gathering of 
family friends to usher in the new 
decade. She says she's still in shock— 
and she loved it. 

In April 2002 Midge Chase Powell 
and Bill and their entire family (16 in all) 
will go to Cancun to ring in her big day. 
Midge is still selling real estate in 
Winnetka when she isn't involved with 
their eight grandchildren. The Powells 
sent a wonderful picture of themselves 
with their golden retriever in the front 
yard of their house with a HUGE flag 
hanging in the yard. God Bless America. 

Edie Norman Wombwell's three 
sons surprised her in Denver with a 
fancy dinner, corsage, the works for her 
70'". She and George spend eight 
months in their Colorado home near 
Aspen, and four months a year in 
Louisville. They are going on a windjam- 
mer cruise with children and grandchil- 
dren this summer. My kids also sur- 
prised with woop-de-doo. Such fun. I'm 
dragging the whole thing out by going to 
Ireland with my daughter, Francie('80) 
on the SBC trip in July. One last fling in 
my 70" year. 

We lost one more class member in 
December when Elizabeth Enteman 
Hearns died. Our sympathy to her family. 

I expect to see all the rest of you at 
SBC in May 2003! 


President: Kay Smith Schauer 
Secretary: Betsy Meade Hastings 

Our 45"' Reunion (also Sweet Briar's 
Centennial Year) was really fabulous, and 
the thirty or so of us who were there had 
a wonderful time! None of us has aged 
in looks in the past five years. So all of 
you had better be here in 2006 so we 
can say the same about you!! This is 
Betsy Meade Hastings, your Class 
News editor for the next five years, lead- 
ing up to our Golden 50"' Reunion in 
2006! Thirty of us had a fabulous time at 
the 45" on May 1 1 -1 3, 2001 : Kay Smith 
(our new class president leading up to 
the 50"), Nancie Howe Entenmann, Ann 
Train Ross, Louisa Hunt Coker and Mac, 
Peggy Anne Rogers, Joan Broman 
Wright and Jim, Marty Fields Fite, Ann 
Stevens Allen, and me(your new class 
secretary) Mimi Thornton Oppenhimer, 
Lou Galleher Coldwell, and Ginny 
Echols Orgain came over for the 
Saturday luncheon, and Jane Slack 
Sigloh and Mary Ann Hicklin 

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Willingham and her attractive groom 
were waiting for us Friday evening for 
drinks and a picnic at tables in the 
Quadrangle. (Can you imagine being 
served cocktails by white-coated waiters 
from the liquor tent on the Quadrangle?) 
Our 45" in May 2001 elected Kay Smith 
as Class President and me as Secretary. 
Our collective job is to inspire ALL of 
you to come to the 50'" in May 2006 as 
guests of Sweet Briar and celebrate our 
accomplishments and the College. 

Last May the 50 ,h Reunion Class 
('51) numbered 39 alumnae and 13 hus- 
bands and presented to Sweet Briar a 
check for $90,906! But '56 raised 
$30,920 and we were proud . . . I'll bet 
we can match the class of '51 by our 
SO". By now our husbands realize what 
riches they received in us, the products 
of a Sweet Briar education, and so many 
have provided that education for your 
daughters. So they and we can express 
our appreciation by making our 50'" 
Reunion gift the largest yet! Please start 
talking this up among your classmates 

Starting farthest away, Ann Train 
Ross takes the prize for most miles trav- 
eled. After last May's Reunion, they had 
"a most magical trip" to Mexico, the 
Everglades, and to see their son Richard. 
Fiona, and Malachi in San Francisco. 
Back in the UK, John had the operation 
to straighten out the Dupuykoen's con- 
tracture in his hand. In July they had an 
enjoyable trip to Wales to try out their 
new motorhome; then in September 01 
they set off for 6Vz weeks' tour through 
Germany, Austria. Hungary, Croatia, 
Slovenia, Italy, and France — sightseeing 
and visiting friends along the way. In 
November they visited her parents in 
Cape Town and over the holidays they 
had Richard and family from SF and Tish 
and family from Bath to visit them 
(Harefield. Middlesex) and all went to 
visit AN and family in the Lake District. 
She hopes for a huge gathering at the 

From Kay Smith Schauer in CA: "It's 
time for Bob and me to be quiet. He's 
had a reoccurrence of non-Hodgkin's 
Lymphoma and I have a potential retina 
problem. But we are happily tucked at 
home enjoying sunshine and our bird 
feeders. We hope to be out soon, travel- 
ling and visiting our grandchildren in 

In Dallas. Van Hartman Ellis is busy 
with St. Michael's Altar Guild and book 
shop, and trying to keep track of her 
family, all moving through the calendar 
at a furious pace. In the Christmas pic- 
ture she looks as young as her two love- 
ly daughters (and 3 grandchildren). 

In Houston, Betty Pierce Bradshaw 
and Jack are both retired and remaining 
there, but building a beach house in 
Galveston's West Bay. Their three kids 
and two grandchildren are likely to stay 
in Houston, so they will not move to 
Pawley's Island as they had planned. 
Betty is active in an Alzheimer help 
group at church, and closely following 
the Anglican Mission in the U.S. as it 

expands. They're proud of George W., 
loyal Texans that they are! 

In San Antonio. Eleanor Russell is 
delighted to have moved from house to 
condo, with no concern for yard or larg- 
er home. She doubts seriously that she'll 
make the 50". but we'll hope to see her. 
otherwise give her a full report. 

Peggy Pattillo Beckham writes from 
Abilene that their "baby" is running for 
Congress against a 24-year incumbent, 
Charles Stenholm, who has served the 
17th District in Texas. Rob is running 
unopposed on the Republican ticket, but 
it will be a hard fight to unseat 
Stenholm. "In the meantime," says 
Peggy. "I'm trying to grow a thick skin." 

Jeannie Applequist is still in CO at 
Trollhagen Tree Ranch, growing beautiful 
large trees for landscaping in the moun- 
tains surrounded by lots of wildlife. Her 
recent activity was a 3-week work stint 
with the Red Cross at Ground Zero over 
Christmas and New Year's . . . "An 
amazing experience that stretched me in 
every direction, physically, mentally, and 
emotionally. I did one-on-one case work 
with victims affected by the disaster. The 
stories were horrendous, and I felt very 
blessed to be there and help with the 
grieving process. . . another life-chang- 
ing experience. You are all welcome to 
visit when in the Wild West. We're 100 
miles from both Aspen and Telluride in a 
very small ranching community. Love to 
all ... I miss singing with you!" 

Anne Willis Hetlage retired from 
Washington University in St. Louis in 
July 2000 after 20 years of a great job! 
She also added a third grandchild that 
summer. So now she has time to enjoy 
the little people, travel, and volunteer at 
the St. Louis Art Museum. 

And now from our just retired Class 
President, Nancie Howe Entenmann, in 
Toledo, OH. The smoothness of our 45'" 
Reunion was due in large part to 
Nancie's efforts over the past five years. 
She and Dick are still involved in vestry, 
choir, and as unofficial Senior greeters to 
Newcomers. Dick's choral group 
Masterworks Chorale is singing around 
OH. Re: travels, great Gauguin-Van Gogh 
exhibit in Chicago, and family trips to: 
Madison, Wl — son Dirk and Shari + 2 
(baby Walter Howe (ahem), 5 mo.): El 
Paso, TX (daughter Becky and John +2). 
They are dreaming about a trip in 2002 
to Australia and New Zealand! Dick is a 
yearlong gardener and Nancie keeps 
thinking about being a clown ... (I think 
she'd make a perfect clown ... Go for it. 

Mary Koonz Gynn is not sure we're 
old enough to be having a 50'" Reunion 
yet. and most of us would agree! She 
has a new granddaughter born to her 
daughter Shelly, and her son Barry has 
two boys 3 and 5. Her activities still 
include farming, which she truly enjoys, 
and also golf, tennis, weight lifting, and 
biking to stay in shape. 

Our previous News Editor Meredith 
Smythe Grider knew the feeling and was 
the very first to return her card! She has 
gone from having no grandchildren to 

having two sets of late-in-life babies. Her 
two oldest girls have had boy-girl twins, 
both by invitro. So how lucky can I be? 
One family is in Chicago and one in 
Louisville, so she gets to be a hands-on 
grandmother. "Youngest daughter 
Meredith has been living with me since 
quitting her job in DC and is anxious to 
find a new job and move out! It's great 
having a kid in the house again. She 
loved her trip to Thailand and Cambodia 
in fall 2001 

Peggy Anne Rogers is happy in her 
own cottage at Alexian Village on Signal 
Mountain, TN. They have a travel club — 
Natchez, Myrtle Beach, the Greenbriar — 
and she went with her cousins on a 
cruise Jan. 23-Feb. 3 to Venezuela. She 
hopes to spend this summer in England 
again. Retirement is great— time to read 
lots of books and perhaps take some to 
the Sweet Briar Library Board. She's still 
active in Deaf projects; they have about 
30 Hard of Hearing who meet monthly in 
Chattanooga and she collects articles 
and books for their Library on the Deaf. 
She also enjoys photography. 

Rose Montgomery Johnston defi- 
nitely plans to attend the 50" and hopes 
we have a crowd! She's still a practicing 
psychologist in Memphis. Their four 
daughters live in NC, SC, GA, and MI 
We have 11 marvelous grandchildren! I 
travel as often as I can; have enjoyed 
mini-reunions with SBC classmates 
(Carolyn Dickinson Tynes, Mary Ann 
Hicklin Willingham. Frances 
Shannonhouse Clardy. Nancy Salisbury 
Spencer, and Ann Stevens Allen) I also 
keep up with Norma Davis Owen, 
Beejee Smith Abse. and Bet Forbes 

Joyce Lenz Young wrote from 
Weston, MA: Thanks to Meredith and 
Macie — you were great! She was so 
sorry to miss the 45"; her news is most- 
ly grandbabies! After many years of 
none, they now have 3 with 1 on the 
way ... all boys so far — no SBC 
prospects. The latest was born on 
Christmas Day, 9 lbs. 9 oz., with not 
even an aspirin! She and Hugh continue 
to plug along in New England. He's 
retired but does a great deal of consult- 
ing. "Our lives are pretty mild compared 
to what I read of others. Travels are 
mostly to the West Coast or WV to visit 
children. This year we all gathered to 
celebrate Hugh's 70"' in Santa Barbara. 
"Think YOUNG" was our logo. I do hope 
anyone who journeys our way will get in 
touch with us — we're only a few miles 
from Boston, although I don't suppose 
Logan Airport is high on anyone's list 
these days!" 

Our cosmopolite Dr. Harriet Y. 
Cooper is still living on E. 81st in New 
York City. Her news is dominated by 
how all New Yorkers have been affected 
by WTC disaster and how it has changed 
the city. "Some of the Louisville girls 
may know of Fred Algy Management and 
its CEO. David Algy— all lost. We are 
closer to our firemen (our station, so far 
uptown, lost 8 of its 13 men) and 
admire our 'Bravest' as well as our 

'Finest.' I'd just returned from CO and 
the Telluride Film Festival, a wonderful 
event, especially meeting Roger Ebert 
and Jim Ivory. In June 2001. 1 gave a 
paper at the International D. H. Lawrence 
Conference in Naples, held in a magnifi- 
cent palazzo — great art and food. Then 
visited old friends in Capri (much 
changed since '85) and Rome, and 
stayed in Tarymnia and Viterbo to study 
my beloved Etruscans further. 
Classmates, please call me when in NYC: 

Iris Potteiger Hinchman in Sea 
Bright, NJ says the trip to Nice and Paris 
was wonderful except it came one week 
after 9/11 with all those concerns. "It 
was hard living at the Shore when I 
could see the smoke and knew people 
who had perished. When I have gone to 
New York for shows or museums I don't 
venture down to the World Trade area — 
I am not ready. Before going to Nice I 
visited my son and daughter-in-law in 
San Francisco, my favorite city, and on 
the way back stopped to go 
Halloweening with my grandchildren 
Catherine and Jack, outside Dallas in 
Irving. I attended a lovely wedding in 
Newport, Rl, in the Ashley Croft 
Mansion, a beautiful site. Enjoyed a 
North NJ Alumnae Meeting because 
President Muhlenfeld was there, and the 
video shown made me very connected 
and proud. In the Poconos. Carol 
Duncan '57 and I have discovered each 

January '02 finds Parksie Carroll 
Mulholland and Jack at their condo in S. 
Ft. Myers, FL, where they will be until 
April, playing lots of golf and having lots 
of visitors. She's on the committee to 
help run a charity tournament for the 
local Hope Hospice. She is still involved 
in judging Horticulture, but less so since 
she's not in Baltimore as much. "We 
also spend time at our VA mountain 
house, so we have a different style of life 
now and love it. Much excitement as we 
have last child's wedding in June — son 
David to Amy from Salem, VA. I see 
Bmcie Bordley Gibbs now and then. 
She's in new house on her farm and her 
daughter and husband live in old spot. 
No world-shaking news from my depart- 
ment—just graying gracefully and happy 
as can be. I love having my retired 
spouse Jack around all the time. We 
have a great time together!" 

Janet Monroe Schumann writes 
from Clarksville, MD: "Life stays busy, if 
not hectic, with full-time job as Director 
of Development at the School of 
Engineering at Johns Hopkins University 
in Baltimore. We are entering a $2 billion 
plus campaign. I have two grand-chil- 
dren, Jaime 5 and Sophie 3. Paula in 
Washington, DC, running our business 
and other interior design work. Look for- 
ward to 2006!" 

Bunny Burwell Nesbit "I have 
decided to sell the family home in 
Upperville. VA and move to Sarasota, FL. 
I cannot drive due to poor eyesight so 
I'm pretty stuck here. I will be moving 
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will have everything I want or need. 
Sarasota has the opera, ballet, sympho- 
ny, theater, and museums that I have 
missed for so long, not to mention 
weather, beach, restaurants, and shops, 
so I'm very excited about this move. I 
stay busy these days trying to unload 
everything I've collected during my lite 
that will not move to FL. Ugh! What a 
time-consuming job! I'll send my new 
address when I move." 

Helen Turner Murphy: "I have two 
pieces of important news: 

1. We have an adorable grandson, 
Blake Woodson Douglas, born 2/8/01. 2. 
Our new (VA) Governor, Mark Warner, 
has named Tayloe a member of his 
Cabinet as Secretary of Natural 
Resources. The appointment has 
received universal praise and I am quite 
proud. We shall be spending most of 
our time in Richmond but that is where 
our daughter lives so we don't mind!" 

From Jane Slack Sigloh: "Life is 
full — still teaching, preaching, and writ- 
ing, but taking lots of time off to enjoy 
fourteen grandchildren (yes, that's 14!) 
and the garden (we have planted a small 
vineyard so we're literally laborers there- 
in). My Minnesota man Denny has 
adopted the UVA Wahoos, so 
Charlottesville is definitely hometown 

Joan Broman Wright and Jim loved 
being with everyone at our 45'"! They 
spent Christmas 2001 in FL with daugh- 
ter Elise ('83) and her family and son 
Jim from Raleigh, l\IC. She visited Marty 
Field Fite in Vera Beach, FL, and her 
sister ('51) and husband in Stuart, FL, 
with a wonderful time at The Cloister 

And now for the annual February 
Event in Richmond, VA most fully 
described by Mimi Thornton 
Oppenhimer: For many Februarys, when 
Helen Turner Murphy was in Richmond 
with Tayloe for the state legislature, the 
late Prince Trimmer Knox gave a lunch- 
eon for her and all SBC '56ers in the 
Richmond neighborhood — and some- 
times beyond. It was a wonderful get- 
ting-together of old friends, very much 
enjoyed by all. After Prince's death we 
decided to continue our meeting and 
dining in her memory, adding Prince's 
husband Joe to our group. This year 
2002 was a particularly special occasion 
because Joe hosted our group in his 
very charming new house! There were 8 
of us, 6 from Richmond — Betsy Parker 
Paul, Ginny Echols Orgain, Leezie 
Parrish Loughlin, Lou Galleher 
Coldwell. Louisa Hunt Coker. and Mimi 
Thornton Oppenhimer — and two who 
came from afar— Joan Broman Wright 
drove over from Charlottesville and 
Nancy St. Clair Talley from Winchester. 
Other details: Joan Broman Wright, 
"Yesterday was the best fun at Joe Knox' 
where he gathered together "the flowers 
of S.B. '56", Joe's words on the printed 
invitation — music from the Sr. Show 
was after lunch entertainment!" 

Ginny Echols Orgain: "Joe told us 
last Feb. he wanted to be the host, not a 

guest, in '02. 1 didn't think he was seri- 
ous! He created his own invitations and 
is providing Sally Bell box lunches. I 
know Prince will be hovering over us, 
and we will remember all the wonderful 
lunches she did." 

Louisa Hunt Coker: "We had a grand 
gathering with wine and song and lis- 
tened to an old tape of our Sr. Show — 
you remember 'We open in Venice. . .' 
We had a marvelous lunch and Joe out- 
did himself!" 

Mimi adds her biggest news: a new 
grandson. She now has four grandsons 
and one granddaughter. Helen Wolfe 
Evans and Murphy have eight grandchil- 
dren: four boys and four girls! 

This from a 2001 postcard (In the 
meantime we caught up at the 45", 
when she was in great spirits): Marty 
Field Fite's life was full and blessed in 
2000-2001. Great 3-week trip to Kenya 
'01 visiting missionary friend and teach- 
ing 3-5 year-olds in The Little Angels 
School, followed by 2-day Kilimanjaro 
safari. Before and after the trip, grand- 
children visits in Ocean City, MD sum- 
mer home. Three plus friends = 5 
teenagers for ten-day visit — a challenge, 
but fun. In Fall she baby-sat in Tulsa with 
4 grandchildren twice for a week each, 
visited her Sacramento, CA family over 
Thanksgiving, her Tulsa family over 
Christmas, and took 2 courses at Trinity 
Episcopal School for Ministry in 
Ambridge, PA. "Enjoyed being in my FL 
home for all of Feb. '01 and looking for- 
ward to cruise on the Mississippi with 
Joan Broman Wright and Jim in March 
01 , and visits in FL with 8 of 1 6 grand- 
children in April. In May, planning on 
seeing all of you at SB 45™, after visiting 
the Wrights in Charlottesville, VA." No 
word this year. 

Frances Gilbert Browne and Herb 
are loving their new house, a renovated 
'40s ranch in town. We had a great time 
(11 months) renovating and have been 
here since Hallowe'en — 232 Middleton 
Dr, Charlotte 28207. Downsizing has 
been quite a challenge — cleaning an attic 
after 30 years is a daunting prospect, 
but we feel like new people now it's over. 
Room upstairs for our boys and grand- 
children, all here for a happy Christmas. 
Paul and Anne had a son last fall (now 
we're at 5 little boys) — what fun! 
Frances missed the 45" — in the hospital 
with viral pneumonia — but she's okay 
now. She has a chronic lung infection 
which she'll always have to live with, but 
which doesn't hold her back. 

Jane Black Clark, wasn't at the 45*. 
because of her long battle against can- 
cer. After many healthy years, her cancer 
resumed in 2001 .In spite of that, she 
sent out a beautiful Christmas letter of 
praise to the Lord and gratitude for all 
the years of love, joy, close family (3 
beautiful happily married daughters and 
grandchildren), and friends, especially 
her devoted David, "the ultimate caregiv- 
er." She first had cancer in 1956 soon 
after their marriage in 1955. 

Nancy Ettinger Minor's husband 
Raleigh "went to be with his Lord and 

Saviour" on Feb. 7, '02 after a struggle 
with cancer. 

They live at The Landings on 
Skidaway Island near Savannah, which 
she says is so warm and supportive it's 
like returning to the womb. You can 
send your sympathy to her: 1 Spartina 
Lane, Savannah, GA 3141 1 or / 

Evelyn (Evie) Christison Gregory 
died on August 1 , 2001 . The Alumnae 
Office has her last address: 4 Dwyer 
Street, #1, Madison, NJ 07940, but no 
mention of her husband's or family's 
names or present addresses. Mail to the 
above address from the Alumnae Office 
was returned. Please send any address 
or contact number or info you may have 
to the Alumnae Office: E-mail: 


Secretary: Judy Nevins LeHardy 
Fund Agents: Ann Young Bloom; Betsy 
Smith White 

One of our own, Mary Ballou Handy 
Ballentine, reigned as Richmond 
Christmas Mother for the year 2001 . The 
Christmas Mother Fund, created in 1935 
by Richmond Newspapers Inc., provides 
needy children and families with toys, 
clothing, food, and other necessities 
during the holidays. She felt highly hon- 
ored and found it tremendously reward- 
ing to assist in a campaign that raised 
nearly $250,000. We subscribers to the 
Richmond Paper were treated to many 
pictures of her in action, and an espe- 
cially lovely one of her with two of her 
three grandchildren. Nice going. Mary 

Jane Moore Banks says: " Middle 
age is fast fading, though I don't feel any 
older than I did 20 years ago." She still 
plays tennis and paddle tennis as often 
as she can. Still working full time, she's 
turned over most of the business to her 
two older children, who have been work- 
ing with her for 20 years. Her four chil- 
dren and six grandchildren are her 
"pride and joy". 

Courtney Gibson Pelley continues 
with lots of volunteer work. 

This year their travel money went 
into work being done on their Arlington 
house and beach house. 

From Cathy Tyler Shelton in Canada 
comes the news that John retired at the 
end of last March '01 , and they had a 
wonderful 6 weeks in Europe on a Eurail 
Pass with friends and family, visiting a 
German friend in Dresden and Meissen, 
spending time in Spain at John's sister's 
house, and ten days in Greece. John 
then sailed across the North Atlantic on 
a 37' boat. They are enjoying cross- 
country skiing and spending time with 
their four grandchildren. 

Isa Mary Lowe Ziegler is excited 
because her suite mates are finally 
coming to California to visit her. Sally 
Beattie Sinkler, Vivian Butler Scott 
and Jim. and Virginia MacKethan 

Kitchin and Lee have planned the trip 
for May '02. 

Rew Price Carne retired in April '01, 
but in the fall wenLbaek-to First Union to 
workort part-time projects, "and was still 
there as of Feb. Home improvements, 
golf, and church projects fill the rest of 
her time. She also travels, mostly in 
California, but had a wonderful train trip 
to Portland and Seattle. 

Fleming Parker Rutledge has a 
third book coming out this month (Th 
Undoing of Death, Eerdmans 
Publishing). It is a collection of 25 year: 
of Holy Week and Easter sermons, and 
will include a lot of art. She enjoyed 
"seeing Rhett Ball('60) in Montgomery 
when I was preaching there, and spent 
some very special time with Vivian 
Butler Scott and her very attractive hu 
band Jim just prior to_h£LWp-tfrBBston 
for grueling cancel treatment Spoke to 
her on the phone a few days ago and 
discovered that after a year of coura- 
geous battling she is in remission and 
beginning to enjoy life again. Her attitude 
is admirable." Preaching trips this year 
will include Columbus GA, Kerrville TX, 
Oberlin, Germantown TN, and Lafayette 
LA. She enjoys seeing SBC people wher- 
ever she goes. 

To Ali Wood Thompson, 2001 
seemed to be a year of traveling. She 
hopes it calms down this year. "Being 
that Travis is the Republican National 
Committeeman from Hawaii, he has 4 
meetings around the U.S. annually. So I 
have tagged along, going to Boston, 
Austin, TX (and also saw our son who 
lives nearby) and to Portland. In June, 
Trav and I thought it would be great to 
try a photo safari, so we joined friends 
and went to Zimbabwe and to Botswana. 
What a marvelous experience that was! 
On the way home, we stopped in Ireland 
for a week — that was a real contrast 
from Africa! Then in November, I joined 
some of my classmates and husbands 
from school and had a mini-reunion 
down in Guatemala with our Guatemalan 
classmate. Otherwise, I'm still running 
our little Hawaiian band (with about 16 
members in their 70s and young 80s) 
and playing at the nursing homes and up 
country at the geriatric hospital. Aloha to 
you all 

Suzanne Hater Hambrick reports 
the birth of a new granddaughter, 
Catherine Glaze, born Jan. 11, '02. They 
now have two grandsons and two 
granddaughters, and feel fortunate that 
they all live nearby in Hickory, NC. 

Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb 
writes, " I am enjoying my first year of 
retirement very much, especially the 
extra time to visit our two small grand- 
sons in Florida. We've also appreciated 
being introduced to the beauties of New 
Mexico by son Bill, who lives in Los 

A cutting from the March 2002 edi- 
tion of Episcopal Life tells us that the 
husband of Barbara Sampson Borsch. 
Frederick H. Borsch, retired bishop of 
Los Angeles, has been appointed interim 
dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale 

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and associate dean of Yale University 
Divinity School. 

From Gay Hart Gaines "I continue 
to work hard for the Republican 

Party Last April 1st Stanley and I 

hosted a "Patriotic, Red White and Blue" 
party around our pool to raise money for 
the Palm Beach County Republicans and 
it was not only a financial success, but 
great fun. We sang lots of patriotic 
songs and by the end of the evening, 

there wasn't a dry eye that was five 

months before 9/11.1 am the Vice 
Regent for Florida for Mount Vernon and 
working hard to raise money for this 
most visited historic home in America. 
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association is 
the oldest preservation board in 
America. We are a not-for-profit organi- 
zation devoted to preserving and restor- 
ing George Washington's home and edu- 
cating visitors about the life and legacy 
of courage and character of our first and 
greatest President. We now have eight 
precious grandchildren, ranging in age 
from 16 years to 5 months. Our entire 
family was with us in Palm Beach for 
Thanksgiving, eight adults and eight chil- 
dren for eight days. Stanley and I have 
restored his family home in West 
Virginia, where he was born and grew 
up. We plan to spend about five or six 
weeks there a year, and our children love 
it. Last summer we drove to 
Charlottesville and to Sweet Briar. It was 
a nostalgic and happy trip and Sweet 
Briar looked beautiful. I appreciate the 
boxwood a lot more now than I did as a 
student! It is truly magnificent!" 

Virginia Ramsey Crawford writes: "I 
continue to sing in the Fairfield County 
Chorale, and to paint (watercolors). I 
volunteer at the Norwalk Hospital, and 

Mac and I do "Meals on Wheels" Ever 

the librarian, I participate in a book dis- 
cussion group. We have instituted a poli- 
cy of traveling with each of our 8 grand- 
children in order to get to know them 
better. This year's granddaughter 
(Rebecca,_13)-wafrted-to go overnight on 
a train, so we'll be going to Charleston. 
S.C. sooruWe-are looking forward to, 
another summer at our second home at 
Chautauqua. NY" 

From Penny Fisher Duncklee "We 
have moved to Las Cruces. New Mexico. 
Turns out this is the tenth state I have 
lived in. Our house is a 125 year old 

fixed up adobe More big news is that 

a bilingual children's' book 
(Spanish/English) for which John wrote 
the words and I painted 14 watercolor 
illustrations has just come out. 
Manchado and His Fnends/Manchado y 
Sus Amigos. Recently I participated in a 
city-wide Open Studio tour as part of 
Love of Art month. Sold a painting, too. 
The kids are healthy and happy as are 
John and I". 

Jane Jameson Messer enjoyed the 
southern hospitality of Snowdon 
Durham Byron and Jamie in 
Sheperdstown, WV for a couple of days 
last year after she walked in the Race for 
the Cure in Washington, DC. In July she 
spent her usual 3 weeks at Torch Lake, 

Ml, where Karen McKenzie Smith, her 
roommate senior year, spent one week 
with her. There was a mini-reunion of 
sorts with her mother, Sara Jameson, 
'29, herself, Karen, and Linda 
Knickerbocker Ford at Linda's summer 
home in Harbor Springs, Ml. 

Judy Sorley Chalmers writes: "My 
news since our last magazine has entire- 
ly to do with my work at Ground Zero in 
New York. I began on September 12th 
and have worked nightly, or daily, for 

nearly four months since then The 

organization we formed has become 
known as GZFS - Ground Zero Food 
Services, and we have procured the food 
for, and cooked and served and deliv- 
ered over 250,000 meals since 
September 11th, — to policemen, fire- 
men, rescue workers, National Guard, 
ETC. We are now becoming a national 
disaster relief organization to provide 
similar services should the need arise 
again anywhere in the country." She has 
posted an essay about this on the 
Internet: check on "full text" when you 
(Also see the article in the last edition 
(spring 2002) of the alumnae magazine.) 

From Polly Space Dunn comes the 
news that she and her husband spent 
ten glorious days skiing in Vail last win- 
ter and enjoyed a delightful dinner with 
Betsy Colwill Wiegers and George Back 
in Savannah she plays lots of golf and 
tennis, and still enjoys painting. One 
daughter, unmarried, lives just outside of 
Savannah, and the other lives in 
Rumson, NJ with her husband and "pre- 
cious" 172 year old girl. The Dunns love 
their summers spent in the NC moun- 

Val Stoddard Loring had a chance to 
tour the SBC campus while visiting her 
husband's cousin, Ann Withington, in 
Lynchburg last year. They had lunch with 
Ann's aunt, Mabel Shipley, who was the 
assistant treasurer at SBC while our 
class was there. Val enclosed a snapshot 
of herself. Ann, her sister-in-law Carol 
Kimberly Loring (both of whom attended 
SBC), and Anne Willis Hetlage '56. all on 
a great Lindblad tour of the Galapagos 
Islands in Jan. 2002. 

The year 2001 was an eventful year 
for Dede Ulf Mayer. Her first grandson, 
Liam Hunter Mayer, was born to her 
son, Tom and his wife, Laura. She spent 
a huge amount of time in the summer 
and fall in Western PA (Tidioute), trying 
to empty the old family homestead built 
by her great-grandfather in 1875. It had 
been the storehouse for family history 
and the gathering members and friends 
for all these years, but the time had 
come to let it go! Finally, she states that 
in Oct. she and Hank ended their mar- 
riage of 36 years. She is happy to be liv- 
ing in Charlottesville. 

Sorrell Mackall McElroy writes that 
they love living in the country outside of 
Richmond— a great place for all 14 
grandchildren, who are 8 and under. 
They had a really sad shock last year— 
the loss of a two-year-old granddaugh- 

ter. I know we all send them our heartfelt 

In January Ward and I spent a 
month in Australia and New Zealand — 
while there we especially enjoyed visiting 
with 5 couples from our cruising days. 
We stay busy with volunteer work, and 
give occasional slide presentations about 
our sailboat trip around the world, which 
is fast becoming past history! Our 10 
grandchildren range in age from 1 to 21 
and keep us on our toes. Thanks for all 
the cards and e-mail- let's have even 
more next time! 


President: Jocelyn Palmer Connors 
Class Secretary: Parry Ellice Adam 
Fund Agent: Adele Vogel Harrell 

It doesn't seem possible that we 
have forged our fortieth. Of course, that 
is just a matter of record. We haven't 
changed. . .or aged. If you have any 
doubts, read on about our lively ladies. 

Anne Allen Symonds and Taft are 
new first-time grandparents to Jonathan 
Taft Symonds III, born 9/11/01 in 
California. Older son Allen is in Aspen 
and youngest, David, in Jacksonville. She 
also reports that Betsy Pearson Griffin is 
the new Director of the Museum of 
Printing History. Betsy went on the SBC 
Cuba trip in January 2002 and loved it. 
Ray Henley Thompson is newly elected 
Vice President of the Garden Club of 

Martha Baum Hartmann loves life in 
sunny south Florida, playing her banjo 
with as many bluegrass musicians as 
possible. She went to Belize in February 
for mountain biking and snorkeling. Last 
March she spent three weeks in Japan 
visiting her son who is a lawyer in Tokyo. 
She took her banjo and played with sev- 
eral Japanese Bluegrass groups! 

Ginger Borah Slaughter is moving 
from Atlanta on May 1st to Highlands, 
North Carolina. She begins her new resi- 
dence in the community with rehearsals 
for "The Sound of Music" as one of the 
singing nuns. 

Laura Connerat Lawton is back 
teaching science at Windsor Forest High 
School after successful open-heart sur- 
gery in December 2001 Rosalie Smithy 
Bradham drove over from Charleston to 
cook a gourmet dinner for her which 
sped her recovery. 

Douglas Dockery Thomas and her 
husband shared a wonderful evening at 
the Metropolitan Opera with Adele Vogel 
Harrell and Parker, and Nancy Hudler 
Keuffel and Gerd. The Keuffels have an 
apartment near Lincoln Center. She has 
enioyed seeing SBC friends on Garden 
Conservatory trips — Anne Allen 
Symonds and Taft as well as Betsy 
Pearson Griffin and Buzzy on a recent 
Houston trip. Douglas is the proud 
grandmother of Isabel Douglas Porteous 
born in New York on September 4th. Her 
daughter Keith also lives in New York and 
works for the World Monuments Fund. 

From Scotland, Louise Durham 
Purvis remarked at how sympathetic the 
British were concerning 9/1 1 . Husband 
John is still very busy representing all of 
Scotland in the European parliament. 
They have six grandchildren and Emily is 
expecting their seventh in March. Louise 
sends her love to all. especially at our 

Linda Emery Miller is still working 
for the Iowa Department of Education. 
Although she and Clark are looking for- 
ward to retirement, her job frequently 
takes her to Washington DC, where their 
daughter Jocelyn lives and works. 

Elizabeth Farmer Owen and Douglas 
welcomed another grandson (their 
fourth) on Thanksgiving Day. Each of 
their children, a son and daughter, has 
two sons and they love to baby sit for 

Mig Garrity Sturr says that her travel 
agent career is hopping once again. This 
summer she will return to a Tuscany 
Manor home with the USNA Alumnae 
Association for an in-depth study of the 
region. Then she will go on to Brussels 
where youngest daughter Dara-Lynn will 
marry Pascal Van Pee on August 10th. 
She plans to tour with wedding guests to 
Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. 

Brooke Hamilton MacKinnon reports 
that Katherine married in Flagstaff sum- 
mer of 2000. Virginia was married on the 
beach in South Carolina, summer of 
2001 . Hunter is in Birmingham and 
Luther is in Colorado. Brooke and Gilli's 
plan is to build outside Cashiers, North 
Carolina and move there permanently. 
For now, Atlanta is a great place to call 

Peggy Johnson Laney and Jim went 
to the Galapagos Islands and on to 
Machu-Picchu, Peru. While there, a pair 
of fellow tourists asked Jim to take their 
picture... for the SBC newsletter! They 
turned out to be Pat Warren and Simone 
Aubry. both '61 . Peggy sent a wonderful 
photo of all three of them. Small world. 

Jocelyn Palmer Connors and Tom 
are moving back to Lynchburg to "retire". 
Daughter Kaky '86 and husband Garland 
live in Charlotte with Jocelyn (12) and 
Stuart (7). Dede '87 and Charlie are in 
Martinsville, Virginia with Agnes (5) and 
Robert Connors King, born 9/31/01. Son 
Mark and his wife live in Norfolk. 
Jocelyn's parents, in their 90s, still live in 
Charlotte. Jocelyn started playing golf six 
years ago and loves it. 

Anne Parker Schmalz and Bob have 
moved from New Haven (after 40 years) 
to Dorchester, Massachusetts, to be near 
her parents, their son, and his family, and 
their Cape Cod cottage. Fran Early and 
Betsy Shure Gross have been helpful in 
getting them involved in the Boston area. 
They had 16 children and grandchildren 
at their new home for Christmas. 

Barbara Pearsall Muir spent the 
month following 9/11 with a trained ther- 
apy dog at the Pentagon Family 
Assistance Center. They earned the honor 
of sitting with family members at the 
Pentagon memorial service. All else is 
well with them. 

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Ann Ritchey Baruch has built a 
house on Spring Island, South Carolina 
near Hilton Head in the beautiful "Low 
Country", a new area for her Rosalie 
Smithy Bradham and Alice Allen Smyth 
have visited several times. 

Caroline Coleman Stautberg lives 
with second husband Jerry on a beautiful 
farm in Monkton, Maryland, just north of 
Baltimore. They raise thoroughbred hors- 
es to sell and race themselves. They are 
expecting 18 foals this year. 

Mary Jane Schroder Oliver Hubbard 
is thoroughly enjoying her new life with 
James in Roanoke, and being so close to 
Sweet Briar. Even when she will probably 
leave the area again, she will keep con- 
nected through her membership in the 
Friends of Art, of which she is on the 
Board. She enjoyed the buying trip to 
NYC in the Fall of '01 . She writes. "The 
arts are truly coming into a finer focus 
than ever at Sweet Briar. Join the FOA so 
that you can be a part of the excitement." 

Julia Shields loves her retirement 
which affords her trips to England with 
her church choir, to Ocracoke with family, 
and to Massachusetts to an Elderhostel. 
Julia says that Marcia Armstrong Scholl 
has also retired. She and Bern live in 
Paris and love seeing their daughter 
Anna and grandchildren who live in the 

Mary Steketee MacDonald reports 
her regime: ski when she can, travel 
when she can, taxes January-April, and 
Saratoga race track in the summer. This 
includes hiking in the Catskills and the 

Adele Vogel Harrell continues as 
director of the Urban Institute's Justice 
Policy Center. Parker still travels the 
world for Korn-Ferry. Their daughter 
Glenn expects her fifth momentarily. 
They spent a week with her on Fire 
Island, New York, last summer. Daughter 
Logan has Conrad (1) and has bought a 
house 1 mile from them, so it is handy to 
baby- and dog-sit. They thoroughly 
enjoyed the New York weekend with the 
Keuffels and Thomases. 

Gwen Weiner Neff and Charlie live 
between Incline Village. Nevada; Seattle; 
and Tucson. During the last 24 years she 
has run the family business in Texas. She 
is also involved in interior design and has 
her own paint studio. Charlie is a writer 
and jazz trumpet player with a PhD in 
international relations. They have four 
children and nine grandchildren in 
Seattle, California, and New York. 

Macon Winfree Hilton and Bob went 
to Kenya and Tanzania late February into 
March, which was quite an adventure. 
Last July their son and his wife had a 
boy, Ryan Walker Hilton. 

The Adam family continues to 
expand. Gladden ('87) and Phil had their 
second, James, on May 30th. Happily, 
they moved closer to us one month later. 
Aubrey ('86) and Jim welcomed Eva on 
October 27th in Boston. We had a won- 
derful week in Wales last February. 

Thank you all for your contributions. 
Next report should be a great reunion 


President: Whitney Jester Ranstrom 
Secretary: Beverley Sharp Amberg 
Fund Agents: Jean M. Mcintosh, 

Milbrey Sebring Raney 
Dana Reinschmidt Tompkins, Alice 

Perry Park 

Salutations, Class of '65! What fun it 
was to hear from so many of you, from 
Scotland to California. As I write this col- 
umn in Feb., 2002, 1 am hoping all the 
postcards you sent actually arrived. The 
DC Postal Service is still recovering from 
the anthrax attacks, and we received a 
Christmas card postmarked Dec. 19 in 
mid-February! But I shall report on 
everything I've received, so please let me 
know if you sent news that does not 
appear in this issue. And forgive me if I 
seem to have taken a creative approach 
to the spelling of your family's names; 
deciphering handwriting is about as chal- 
lenging as my all-but-futile foray into 
physics back in 1961. (Shudder!) 

Well, let's begin across the Atlantic. 
How nice it was to hear from our 
exchange student Jean Murray 
McDermid. She sends to all of us greet- 
ings from Stechill, Scotland, and says 
she enjoys reading alumnae news and 
"connecting names to faces and friend- 
ships from so long ago." Jean and her 
husband are still teaching, and their two 
children "are grown up and graduated 
from university." 

On this side of the Atlantic, I had two 
cards from Massachusetts. Judy Howe 
Behn writes that she and Bob are happy 
to be back in the Cambridge/Boston area, 
just five minutes from her parents' home. 
Their son Mark will receive his Ph.D. 
from MIT in geophysics in June, 2002, 
and then continue with two years of 
postgraduate work before becoming a 
college teacher. Says Judy, "Education 
seems to go on forever!" Judy had a nice 
visit in June with Pat Markle Dresden. 
whose husband is the new headmaster 
of Concord Academy, Judy's alma mater. 

From Shelburne Falls. MA. Bunny 
Sutton Healy writes that she is still "a 
country mouse/city mouse:" sometimes 
in Boston, sometimes in the Berkshires. 
Her husband Jon is Commissioner of 
Food and Agriculture in Massachusetts, 
their daughter Elizabeth is a junior at 
Tabor Academy, and Eben is headed for 
Haverford College in the fall. Bunny 
works part-time at The Park School, and 
she is also working hard on her golf 
game and on learning to play the piano. 

Two classmates sent news from New 
York. Katy Weinrich Van Geel writes 
from Rochester that she is "happily 
occupied with professional work as a 
CPA and CFP." She also enjoys volunteer 
work, aerobics, and church activities. 
Tyll, her husband of 36 years, continues 
teaching law courses at the U. of 
Rochester, and (every mother's dream!): 
" both children are gainfully employed in 
the Boston area." 

From NYC, Magda Salvesen writes 

that she is teaching history of art at The 
New School, and history of garden 
design at the NY. Botanical Garden, and 
"flitting around giving single lectures." In 
her capacity as "compiler," she has just 
sent in to Merrell Publishers all the mate- 
rial for the Jon Schueler monograph, 
which comes out this fall. 

Dabney Williams McCoy had lots of 
news to report from Richmond, VA. In 
May her son Chris graduated from law 
school and moved to Charlotte. NC. with 
his wife and son. her daughter Catherine 
graduated from UNC. and her son Tim 
and his wife presented the McCoys with 
their second grandson. Tim works for an 
investment firm in Richmond, and 
Catherine moved to NYC a week before 
Sept. 1 1 . Job hunting was a challenge, 
but she now works for a hedge fund with 
Jane Merkle Borden's older son. Dabney 
says that Catherine loves her apartment 
and her job, and Dabney loves being able 
to visit! She and husband Tim enjoy their 
work (professional and volunteer), enjoy 
visiting their children and out-of-town 
friends, and enjoy spending part of the 
summer in Maine. 

I had a number of nice notes from 
North Carolina Alice Mighell Foster 
writes that all is well in Winston-Salem. 
She is delighted that her son Hails and 
his wife and 17-month-old daughter 
Helen live nearby. She is also delighted 
that her daughter Ashley and her hus- 
band, who live in Charlotte, are expecting 
a baby in July. Alice stays busy with "a 
small business, grandmothering, and try- 
ing to 'relearn' golf and bridge." 

From Washington. NC. Kathleen 
Watson Taylor writes, "I am still savoring 
the wedding of our oldest child, Carney, 
to 'the love of his life,' Sarah Jane, in 
Nashville, TN." Kathleen adds. "We are 
thrilled!" The newlyweds live in nearby 
Greenville, NC. Kathleen's youngest son 
Selden is an engineer, living and working 
in his hometown, and he will be married 
in June. Kathleen's daughter Anne and 
her husband live in Raleigh. 

Blair Both writes that she is present- 
ly enjoying Wilson ("tobacco-land"), NC, 
and being interim rector of St. Timothy's 
(for the last 1 6 months). Blair asks, 
"Does anyone know of a good Episcopal 
parish searching for a rector? I'm start- 
ing to look in earnest." Blair adds that 
she and her dog love seeing Linda 
Schwaab Hodges and her many animals 
in Kinston, and she also enjoys her visits 
with Harriet Wall Martin in Chapel Hill. 

Brenda Muhlinghaus Barger e- 
mailed from Davidson with a rundown on 
her 4 children. Jack, the oldest, is mar- 
ried and working in Houston. Older 
daughter Kate will graduate from vet 
school at NCSU in May and has received 
a Rotary Ambassador Scholarship to 
study in Mexico City next year. She will 
be at the University studying poultry 
nutrition and hoping to work with poultry 
producers in the surrounding area. 
Younger daughter Emily is working in 
Atlanta, and Sam, the youngest, will 
graduate (from Wake Forest) the same 
weekend as Kate. Brenda says, "Best 

news is that we get the checkbook back! 
We will have no one in college or grad 
school! Hooray!" 

Several classmates sent news from 
Georgia Dryden Childs Murck writes 
from Savannah that for 30 years, needle- 
point has been her passion. She recently 
went to Callaway Gardens for "five days 
of uninterrupted stitching." which she 
compared to finals and term papers: 
"utterly exhausting but exhilarating." 
Dryden recently reconnected with her 
roommate, the former Nancy Collier, via 
the Internet, and they have a great time 
trading news about grandchildren. "What 
a treat." says Dryden. She was also 
delighted by a surprise Thanksgiving visit 
from her daughter who lives in L.A. and 
by "wonderful beads" from her son, "to 
feed my newest creative addiction." 
Husband Sandy "has turned into an 
artist" and sells his acrylic paintings of 
flowers. "What a wonderful life!" says 

2001 had both highs and lows for 
Aline Rex McEvoy, who writes from 
Atlanta. Highlights of the year included 
trips abroad (Normandy and Paris) and 
in the U.S., family and school reunions, 
wonderful weddings, and "being grand- 
parents to Lily." On a very sad note. Aline 
lost her father suddenly, following knee 
surgery, and we extend to her and her 
family our heartfelt sympathy on this 
poignant and unexpected loss. But on a 
happy note, Aline and husband Peter are 
looking forward to becoming grandpar- 
ents again when son Clay and his wife 
Kimberly welcome their second child in 
May. Aline and Kimberly had fun attend- 
ing the SBC Centennial Gala, where they 
ran into Mary K. Lee McDonald. Alines 
daughter Emory continues her adventure 
in NYC, despite the Sept. 11 tragedy, and 
she enjoys all the city has to offer. 

Also from Atlanta. Elvira Tate 
McMillan e-mailed happy news of the 
birth of granddaughter Riley Cochrane 
Dubilier to daughter Minnie in NYC. It 
was a traumatic time, as Minnie was suf- 
fering from liver trouble, and the baby 
arrived 11 weeks early, but Elvira reports 
that Riley was able to leave the hospital 
at 12 weeks and seems to like her new 

What a treat it was for me when 
Laura Haskell Phinizy recently came 
from Augusta to Washington, and we 
took a "road trip" (how's that for nostal- 
gia?) to Annapolis, MD. Laura came to 
visit her daughter Laura, who lives in DC 
and teaches at Pyle M.S. in Bethesda, 
MD. Daughter Laura's husband Keith has 
been called by the U.S. Naval Reserve to 
duty in Bahrain as a result of Sept. 1 1 . 
Laura's next daughter Marion, a nurse, is 
married and lives on St. Simons Island, 
and daughter Louise is at home. Laura 
has been busy! She reports that she 
finally completed the Graduate Realtor 
Institute and received her GRT as well as 
her real estate broker's license. Now she 
is working as husband Stewart's "assis- 

I had a brief but enthusiastic e-mail 
from Scribbie Scribner Euston, who 

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lives in Jacksonville, FL She reports that 
she and husband Greg had a great gift 
from a member of the SBC class of '92: 
daughter-in-law Kimberley McGraw 
Euston gave birth to twin grandsons. 
Scribbie reports that "they are forcing me 
to exercise more, when I have a chance 
to be with them, than any personal train- 
er would ever dare!" 

My husband Dick and I have just 
returned from New Orleans, with mar- 
velous memories (and an obscene num- 
ber of excess pounds). We stayed with 
roommate Dana Reinschmidt Tompkins 
and her husband Bob. a professor in the 
biology department at Tulane and a chef 
to rival EmeriM The Tompkins family has 
opened a second candy store in the 
French Quarter, both called Southern 
Candymakers and filled with exquisite 
delights, made fresh daily. (Call 1-800- 
344-9773 for a glorious brochure.) We 
all spent as much time as possible with 
roommate Jean Mcintosh, who is an art 
director for The Times-Picayune. She has 
recently adopted yet another cat, dubbed 
Amelia Earhart for her trying tendency to 
take flying leaps at the elegant curtains in 
Jeannie's beautiful and newly renovated 

I'm always delighted to hear from 
Mibs Sebring Raney. who calls from 
Houston, TX, from time to time. She and 
husband Bev (a pediatric oncologist) sur- 
vived the terrible floods that assaulted 
their city, but Mibs says they had water 
up to the front door! Mibs has restruc- 
tured her professional nursing life and is 
now an independent practitioner, with an 
office at home. And now she works with 
just the elderly. Her most thrilling news 
was of the birth of granddaughter 
Margaret Milbrey Walker to her daughter 
in Austin, "just two hours and 40 min- 
utes away!" says Mibs. 

Saralyn McAfee Smith e-mails from 
Dodge City. KS: "Our lives have changed 
considerably in the past year." Husband 
Hamp retired from his position as 
Director of the Special Education 
Cooperative last summer, but he enjoys 
occasional substitute teaching. Their 
daughter Laura was married in May, 
2001 . and they enjoy taking care of her 
two-year-old daughter Sierra while Laura 
works and attends school. Saralyn's 89- 
year-old father has come to live with 
them, and she says, "We are now a 
multi-generational household and loving 
it." Saralyn spends all her spare 
moments on the computer, working on a 
memorial site for her son Robbie, who 
tragically passed away in 2000. and pro- 
viding links and sources for other griev- 
ing parents. She invites us to check out 
her website at: http://momofrobbie. 

She also mentions that she loves to 
get e-mail and can be reached at: 

How extremely sad I am to report 
that Jane Merkle Borden's husband Lew 
died suddenly and unexpectedly of a 
massive heart attack in the fall of 2001 . 
Jane writes from Denver that she and her 
wonderful husband were married a week 

after her SBC graduation, and she is 
thankful for their 36 very memorable and 
charmed years together. But the mercuri- 
al year also brought joy to the Bordens, 
for younger son Arroll and his wife Tanya 
blessed Jane and Lew with their first 
grandchild, a little girl named Maya, in 
Jan., 2001 . 1 know all our hearts go out 
to Jane, and we will all keep her in our 
thoughts and prayers. Her address is: 
Mrs. Lewis M. Borden. 2830 East 7th 
Ave., Denver. CO, 80206. 

Also from Denver, Betsy Benoit 
Hoover writes that she continues to 
enjoy her psychotherapy practice. She is 
on the staff of The Samaritan Counseling 
Center in Denver. Betsy also reports that 
daughter Melinda graduated from med- 
ical school (U. of Colorado) and began 
her residency in OB/GYN at the U. of 
Iowa. Betsy's husband George, a profes- 
sor of architecture at CU. is on sabbatical 
this year, working on a book on ancient 
Greek religion and architecture. In Oct. 
Betsy and George travelled to Greece, 
where they spent several glorious weeks 
visiting archaeological sites. Hours 
before their departure, on the island of 
Santorini. George ruptured the quadri- 
ceps muscle in his right leg and had to 
have surgery in Athens. (What a way to 
extend a trip!) Betsy, of course, was left 
with the arrangements and the luggage; 
she says, "I'm still tired!" 

Moving on to California, I was happy 
to hear from Sally Rasco Thomas, who 
lives in San Diego. She is looking for- 
ward to a third grandchild, to join older 
sisters Naja. age six, and Mira, age 2. 
Sally says, "I do love being a grandmoth- 
er!" She also mentions that she and 
Brooke Patterson Mahlstedt would love 
to see classmates who visit San Diego. 

It was nice to have news from Kay 
Knopf Kaplan, who lives in San Rafael. 
CA. Husband Bob is a financial advisor 
with Morgan Stanley, and Kay has been 
with Charles Schwab for 10 years. Oldest 
son Scott and his wife Tanya delighted 
the Kaplans with a darling grandson, Kyle 
Benjamin, now age 2. Middle son Dan is 
a fixed income manager at Seneca 
Capital, and youngest son Tag (a.k.a., 
Jim) is the Western sales manager for Kay says, "Both younger men 
(33 and 31 !) have wonderful women 
partners. One is the CEO of her own 
company, and the other is at The Gap 
and brings to the mix her darling 3-year- 
old Bridget." The year's highlight for Kay 
was her Schwab sabbatical, during which 
she and son Tag went to South America, 
where they hiked into Machu Picchu 
(Peru), "bummed around the beach" in 
N. Peru, and went to Ecuador and sailed 
in the Galapagos. Kay says, "Imagine 
standing high in the Andes at dawn all 
alone with your son at the Sun Gate look- 
ing down thousands of feet into Machu 
Picchu. Thrilling." 

It was great to hear from Genie 
Dickey Caldwell, who e-mailed from San 
Francisco. She says that she and Peter 
are enjoying having her godchild Lee 
Phillips (Cora Lee Logan Phillips 
daughter and a dot com casualty) live 

with them while she looks for a job. She 
also says that so far her own job with 
IBM has been spared, though there have 
been so many layoffs that her morning 
commute from San Francisco to Silicon 
Valley is noticeably less crowded. And 
Genie has taken in other lodgers, as well: 
she writes: "We sold our macaw to a 
breeder but ended up taking him back, 
along with a female to whom he had 
bonded, when the breeders closed up 
shop. So we tried to cut down to one 
parrot but wound up with three parrots! 
Way too many for a small city house." 
(One can only speculate about how many 
conversations transpire simultaneously!) 

As for me, I'm still enjoying 
Washington, and I treasure the time I get 
to spend with roommate Janet West 
Garrett, who always has so many cre- 
ative projects in the works that I am left 
in awe (and frequently in her sawdust!). 
She is now renovating two houses simul- 
taneously (one, singlehandedly: her 
country house in Blue Ridge. PA), and 
she is forever donating her artistic skills 
to worthwhile causes. The Ambergs and 
Garretts had a fun evening not long ago 
with Leslie Smith, a DC lawyer, and her 
husband Joe Goulden, an author of many 
books on politics. 

On a personal note, I was at first 
reluctant to mention that I spent most of 
2001 in treatment for breast cancer. But I 
decided that if I could persuade even one 
of you to get annual mammograms, it 
would be well worth mentioning. I was 
lucky that the mammogram caught it 
early, and I'm happy to report that I feel 
great and the prognosis is excellent. But 
the year also had its joys! In June, our 
daughter Elizabeth was married in New 
Mexico, in a lovely Cottonwood grove 
beside the Rio Grande, at the foot of the 
Sandia mountains. (And, thank God, it 
didn't rain!) The next day we all went up 
in a hot air balloon, (my fantasy since 
reading the Babar books over 50 years 
ago!). Our son Rich is in a graduate pro- 
gram in film school at USC, with a focus 
on screen writing. 

Are you asleep yet? Have a wonder- 
ful year, take care of yourselves, and 
please send me your news! Beverley 
Sharp Amberg.5012 Tilden St.. 
NW, Washington, DC 20016 


President: Martha Bennett Pritchett 
Secretary: Lynne Gardner Detmer 
Fund Agents: Barbara Johnson 
Prickett, Anne Peterson Griffin 

Barbara Baur Dunlap writes that 
"Holly is still busy with her shoe compa- 
ny, HollyWould, designing 'preppy with 
an attitude shoes.' Charlie and I are still 
busy giving lectures on marriage and the 
family, most recently in Latin America 
and Naples. When we're not giving semi- 
nars, we're babysitting our dear little 
one-year-old grandson. Life is still very 
busy with four unmarried kids. Boots 

graduates from U.Va. May 2002. Molly is 
spending this semester in Florence. Love 
to all, Barbara." 

Martha Bennett Pritchett: "We have 
a reunion coming up soon! It looks like I 
will be unmarried by the time you go to 
print... but I'm not sure. This process 
has become unbelievably long. My four 
children, who have been my career, are 
doing well. Hartwell will graduate from 
Wake Forest in business in May and 
wants a job with NASCAR.... Anyone 
have any connections? He and I were 
entertained royally by Ann Banks Herrod 
for Hartwell's 21" birthday.. .He wanted to 
go to Graceland. Leslie Harper is a fresh- 
man at Elon University (reminds me of 
SBC with males), plans to be a math 
major and models for Nils ski wear. 
Twins (high school juniors): Elizabeth has 
been #1 on her high school tennis team 
for 3 years and on the varsity soccer 
every year. In January her brother Poston 
was ranked #1 in the country in the 16- 
under 50-yard freestyle by the USA 
Swimming database, and #5 in 100 yard. 
He will be swimming in Augusta, GA, and 
Austin, TX, in March and hopefully in 
Minneapolis. I'm pretty busy still keeping 
up with them. My sports claim to fame is 
I was the Croasdaile Country Club Ladies 
Golf Tournament — Net winner for 2001 ! I 
still am a real estate broker and am doing 
some writing on homebuilding. and am 
contemplating my next career. Come see 

Ann Biggs Jackson says, "Biggest 
news of the year was my older daugh- 
ter's wedding. Cary Lewis married Chris 
Cosperon Sept. 15, 2001.... Interesting 
timing. My younger daughter. Win. has 
left Boston and come back to Maryland 
to teach riding at Oldfield's School. I'm 
still busy on the board at Ladew Topiary 
Gardens as Secretary of the Board. Still 
active at tennis and gardening, and the 
steeplechase scene." 

Lesley Bissell Hoopes sends greet- 
ings to all. She and Lynne Gardner 
Detmer meet occasionally in New York 
when Lynne is in the city attending the 
Metropolitan Opera. She writes. "The 
horrific events of Sept. 11th directly 
affected 3 families in our building alone, 
as well as numerous dear friends 
throughout the city. So our family feels 
extremely fortunate to have celebrated 
happy occasions in 2001 . Daughter, 
Elliott, graduated from Denison in May 
and is currently in Washington. D.C., job 
hunting in the art world. My mother's 80'" 
birthday was celebrated with a family 
cruise through the Galapagos Islands. 
Son, Brad, is still enjoying life in south- 
ern California as a concierge at Loew's 
Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. And 
Toby and I continue our maritime and 
museum interests, respectively." 

Susan Bokan "visited Bunny Church 
in Raleigh, NC. last fall where her green 
thumb has created a magical garden with 
her new husband, Jim. Joined Linda Fite 
for a creative class at Omega Institute. 
Just returned from a special tour of 
Caribbean gardens on the square rigger 
'Sea Cloud.' I go to New York City 

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Fall 2002 • 57 

monthly to enjoy both the Metropolitan 
Opera and Museum." 

Stephanie Bredin Speakman is 

"busy still at writing, riding and winging 
it out to Australia in search of El Dorado, 
i.e. the perfect little cattle station in the 
mountains. Daughter Tavi Hyland Jones 
(SBC '96) is about to move to Belize with 
her husband, Corky, and 2-year-old son. 
Booker. They plan to teach diving at an 
eco resort to start with. Hoping Bill will 
retire at the end of the year and join me 
on the Australia venture!" 

Kate Buster "finally made it" to the 
top of Mt. Rainier called by some 
climbers the hardest endurance climb in 
the lower 48 states. Mt. Rainier is the 
highest mountain in the Cascade Range, 
the fifth highest peak in the United 
States, and among the leaders of glacial 
mountains in the world, containing 27 
sheets of ice. "It was the most difficult 
athletic achievement of my life, especially 
since I was 'blown off' by 60 mph winds 
twice before! The crevasses were many 
and really deep this past Sept., since they 
had had such a dry summer there in the 
Northwest. Now, when I look at photos 
of Mt. Rainier, I am finally at 'peace' with 
the mountain." Kate plans to go to New 
Zealand next year. . ."everyone seems to 
love it there!" She continues, "be happy, 
and grateful for all we have on this beau- 
tiful earth." 

Katharine Cooley Maher: "2001 was 
a big year for us with all three children 
getting married in three months! Our 
son, Alexander, married Macye Kinsey in 
Jackson, WY, in August, and they contin- 
ue to reside there. Our daughter Maggie 
married T.J. Wagner in Mobile in 
September, and they now live in Atlanta. 
Our son, Colby, married Amy Lambert in 
Natchez, MS, in October, and they reside 
in Cincinnati. We are thrilled with our 
new enlarged family. I am now working 
in the alumni office at the University of 
South Alabama and really enjoy it. 

Brenda Oarden Kincaid writes after 
several years. "I have been married for 
almost 35 years now to the same man. 
We have four children and two grandchil- 
dren. Our oldest daughter Julia lives in 
Jacksonville, Florida. She is the mother 
of Ellie, 5, and Jack, 2. Our daughter 
Sarah lives in Jersey City, New Jersey 
with her husband John who is finishing 
his last two years of medical school. Our 
youngest child Jed lives in Arlington and 
works in Washington, D. C. for a law 
firm, which does consulting for the cell 
phone industry. Jed is an electrical engi- 
neer. Our son Douglas lives with us, and 
he is recovering from a mental illness. 
This experience has changed all of our 
lives and it has taught us a lot about the 
world of the mentally ill. I sometimes feel 
this is the last frontier in medical 
research. We are hopeful that advances 
will be made at an even greater pace in 
the next few years. I am the Assistant 
Headmaster of Nansemond-Suffolk 
Academy in Suffolk, Virginia. I teach one 
class of Advanced Placement Calculus 
and I have been a reader for the 
Advanced Placement exam for three 

years. My husband Doug works for the 
Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing 
Authority. Neither of us have any plans 
for retirement. We enjoy our family and 
our lives." 

Francie deSaussure Meade loves 
"to hear everyone's news. Marguerita 
Chandler wondered about Coo 
Prettyman's tragic death about two years 
ago, and I meant to track her down to let 
her know that it was cancer, but I some- 
how lost my momentum. It was very sad 
news to hear. Dave retired from the Army 
672 years ago and we live back in Burke, 
VA, with our 13 year old, Ted, with older 
children Mary and David now both mar- 
ried and not too far away. Mary and I 
have a mother-daughter interior design 
partnership going on (between her 
babies). It's fun and stimulating. Happy 
2002 to all!" 

As for me, Lynne Gardner Detmer: 
Jim and I and our blended family have 
had a wonderful year. ALL thirty of us 
came to our daughter's wedding to Scott 
Jones (a wonderful man perfectly suited 
to her) in Naples, FL, on Aug. 3, 2001. 
Jim and I took a one month break from 
our hectic daily lives by taking back-to- 
back Wind Song cruises from Tahiti to 
Auckland, N.Z., and then Auckland to 
Christchurch, where we stayed for four 
more days. The high seas. . .and New 
Zealand were both absolutely fabulous! 
We came back truly refreshed. The rest 
of our lives is normal: I continue with 
Adormngs, my jewelry business; and 
now have half ownership of the family 
farm in the Adirondacks added to my 
responsibilities. Actually, I love all the 
"work" I do. I love creating beautiful 
things for others to enjoy; and the farm 
beckons at all times to come, 
oversee... and enjoy. Jim is happily 
retired and busier than ever; he is the 
Williamsburg electronic filing coordinator 
for the AARP sponsored Tax Aide pro- 
gram, as well as an active volunteer at 
his church. 

Sara Granath; "What is there to tell? 
I think my life is much the same from 
year to year. 

But, of course, last summer I spent 
ten days in Sydney for a theatre research 
congress. That was great fun, though I 
had to travel 30 hours to get there. 
Especially I liked visiting the Art Gallery 
of New South Wales, which I did three 
times. And of course, I went straight to 
the opera, where I saw/heard Britten's 
Peter Grimes. There I also heard people 
calling my name: David from Great 
Britain and Janelle from the States. That's 
part of being in an international organiza- 
tion. I write theatre reviews and I teach. 
This semester I have (at least) 2 new 
courses: The Rise of the Novel, for 
History students, and Creative Writing for 
'my own' lit. students. The only creative 
writing I have studied is at Sweet Briar, 
for William Smart, Comes in handy now. 
I am very interested in sports and I 
watch the Olympics from SLC every day. 
Thank God for the VCR, when I have to 
be in the theatre... My brother is actually 
there, as trainer for a young Swedish 

skater (mostly he works as a dentist). I 
got an e-mail from him yesterday, and he 
is enjoying himself." 

Somehow I mislaid a midsummer 
(2000) letter from Tonia Macneil. 
Apologies! Tonia wrote, "The fact is that 
nothing much happened this year. The 
days went by, I didn't take any big trips 
or discover any great truths or paths. 
Well, I suppose that taking 5 months off 
to try to heal my back was some- 
thing... Well, there is one thing. Quite by 
accident, I discovered a series of semi- 
nars on philosophy and literature.... 
Since last February, I have taken a course 
every semester, reading bits of Plato, 
Sappho, Rilke, Schopenhauer and 
Nietzsche, William Blake, Shakespeare 
and Martin Buber. I even attempted read- 
ing the Post-Modernists, because I want- 
ed to understand their point of view. My 
mind doesn't have the power of retention 
that it once had, and I am not sitting up 
in the dorm smoker until all hours argu- 
ing the finer points of their arguments, 
but nevertheless, it seems that my life is 
richer for these insights. And my fellow 
seekers are an invariably interesting 
bunch — ranging from doctors and thera- 
pists to computer nerds and bookkeep- 
ers.. .As I look back, I realize that this 
has been a year of friendships, new and 
old, ebbing and flowing. As always, there 
is my evolving life at St. Gregory's, cele- 
brations of births, baptisms, and mar- 
riages and lives well lived, the weekly 
communion of friends, at church, on the 
phone, on walks. And there is my trust 
investment club, a group of courageous 
women who monthly meet, put up with 
each other, and actually learn a little. In 
retrospect it has been a good year, physi- 
cal limitations notwithstanding, and I am 
grateful for it. . .May your mind be easy 
and your sleep sound. May you find 
trust, generosity and fellowship wherever 
you go, and may beauty surround you 
every day of the year." 

Celia Newburg Steingold is "contin- 
uing to enjoy life in DC Have added 
another museum to my professional 
docenting career (in addition to National 
Gallery for 13 years). Hillwood. with its 
18c. French and Russian collections, is 
lots of fun. Oldest daughter, Marissa, got 
her Masters from New England 
Conservatory and has set out for LA to 
be a jazz vocalist and composer. Alison, 
2nd daughter, is a junior at Georgetown 
and aspires to be a Talking Head'. ..that's 
what you get for living in D.C.!" 

Penny Oliver Hawkins: "In 2001, 
Lizzy Green, Suzanne Little and I trav- 
eled to San Francisco to celebrate with 
John and Libby (Harvey) at their wed- 
ding in Petaluma; Libby was beautiful 
and glowing; John is terrific. We enjoyed 
the whole day including the Butter and 
Eggs parade in which John and Libby 
were featured. I dare say Libby's close 
friends in Petaluma would have made 
OUTSTANDING 'asses' (a la Aints and 
Asses). The SBC group wore pearls and 
discussed Libby's gentile good taste at 
SBC. I saw John and Libby again at our 
Montana cabin in July. They are very 

happy and 'beautiful' people. My person- 
al big news for 2001 : 1 retired from my 
'high stress' position after 18 years at 
U.S. Bank. I traveled for a month and 
then began working at a smaller local 
bank. I've added about 2 hours to my 
active day since I no longer spend life on 
the freeway to Denver. I love mentoring 
young bankers! 2002's beginning is won- 
derful! My daughter is engaged to be 
married in September. She still com- 
mutes to her job in Chicago. My son 
remains in Durango, CO. in the District 
Attorney's office. He is the Domestic 
Violence prosecutor. I wish all a healthy 

Sarah Paradise Ingber writes, "Our 
happiest news is the birth of Lily in Nov. 
'01 to daughter Katie and Stewart Taylor. 
We are so delighted with this sweet little 
girl and looking forward to time spent 
together; Katie will stay at Stanford for 
her Residency so we're nearby. One can 
never completely escape, but I retired 
last year from tax and 'CPA-dom'; having 
much more fun playing tennis and golf 
and trying to learn something about gar- 
dening. Anne Hinshaw Vanderweil and I 
both have Dec. birthdays and so 
exchanged notes. We just want to stay as 
strong as we were in the Boxwood days 
when we drank regular coke, ate cinna- 
mon buns and smoked! Anne and Gary 
have three really great kids. ..Alex, Shelley 
and Stefan. We see them every once in 
awhile. Alex was here at Stanford for his 
Masters and then work; and then we 
sometimes get together in Boston when I 
visit Mother. Anne is an inspiration in so 
many ways and she has even been taking 
Italian lessons!" 

Catherine Porter: "All is well in our 
family. Our daughter, Terrell, is a junior at 
Madeira and looking at colleges. My hus- 
band, Jim Fuller, continues his law prac- 
tice at Williams & Connolly. I left the law 
firm in the fall of 2000 to join Agilent 
Technologies, a California high tech 
equipment manufacturer, as their 
Washington Counsel and Director of 
Public Policy. It's a great company. Check 
it out at A few health issues 
as we age. . had my second hip replace- 
ment in fall of 2001 (first one in Feb. 
2000), and so I now have a matching 
pair. So far so good... just too much log- 
ging and tennis. Enjoy reading about 
what everyone is doing. All the best." 

Pat Skarda is "still teaching English 
at Smith College, where I've been since 
1973. 1 love this college and often notice 
Sweet Briar following Smith's lead. But 
the weather in VA always seems more 
attractive than that in MA. Recently I've 
been working hard for the Catholic 
Church as a consultant to the Bishops' 
Committee on Vacations and as a mem- 
ber of the Executive Committee for the 
Continental Congress on Vacations. I'm 
the chair of Documentation and have 
written the Instrumentum Laboris for the 
Congress. I learned a great deal in the 
doing, as you'd imagine." 

Susan Somerville Menson 
moved... "still in the Avon, CT area, but 
I've sold my house which I lived in for 22 

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years and moved to a nearby condo in a 
golfing community where I have been a 
non-resident member for 15 years. 
Passed a big milestone in 1999 with the 
death of both my parents within a month 
of each other. Have spent the better part 
of two years winding up their affairs, 
after 8 years commuting to VA to super- 
vise their care. Hope all is well with all." 

Peter and Amy Thompson 
McCandless write that they "remain 
ensconced in the swamps of the Low 
Country (well, the suburbs of Charleston, 
anyway), Alastair and Colin in the 
Southern Piedmont. One of these days 
Amy will learn to avoid the speed traps 
on the roads between. Alastair continues 
to work at the Commerce Club in 
Greenville and will begin training in their 
management program in January. In 
July, Peter traveled to Britain to chair a 
medical history session in an interdisci- 
plinary and international London confer- 
ence called locating the Victorians.' That 
was followed by trips to Scotland and 
Barcelona. Peter continues to enjoy 
teaching the history of medicine and dis- 
ease as well as modern British history, 
and is currently working on a study of 
disease and medicine in early South 
Carolina (c. 1660-1820) tentatively enti- 
tled "Prosperity and Pestilence." He is 
still an avid tennis player. Amy finished 
her first year as part-time associate 
provost in December. Because she taught 
two classes as well, her life was even 
more frenetic than usual, and husband, 
cat, and house were all left suffering 
from MAD (maternal attention deficit). 
She continues to research various issues 
relating to Southern women and higher 
education. In March she was part of a 
Symposium on Southern Women in the 
Twenty-first Century at Converse College, 
and in October her book, Past in the 
Present: Women's Higher Education in 
the Twentieth Century American South. 
won the History of Education Society 
Book Prize. One of the most enjoyable 
parts of her job (this is relative; she per- 
versely likes everything about her job) is 
working as British Studies Coordinator. 
She advises British exchange students 
and faculty (taking them to Jestine's for 
sweet tea and shrimp & grits). Besides a 
week in Scotland with the students, Amy 
also flew to Barcelona, Spain, with Peter 
during the mini-break. Then in 
September Amy flew back to the U.K. for 
a conference in Stratford at King Edward 
Vl's Grammar School (the Bard's alma 
mater). From there she drove to 
Northampton, camped out, and lectured 
to the new American Studies students at 
UCN. It was only two weeks after 
September 11 ,n , and she was touched 
by the prevalence of Union Jacks — and 
Stars and Stripes — at half mast." 

Suzanne Weston: "My life hasn't 
changed much since last year (other than 
the major ramifications from 9/1 1 !): I'm 
still doing rocket flight software testing. 
Steve sold his renovated Victorian house 
and his new Victorian house is on the 
market, our St. Bernard and two cats still 
rule the house, and our family is doing 

well. The only change is that our big 
motorcycling trip this year was to Oregon 
for a BMW national rally and to see our 
daughter and family." 

Connie Williams de Bordenave 
"We are grateful that we and our three 
children are healthy and happy with their 
vocations and their friends and families. 
Our oldest daughter married a fine man 
this past year. Tad just finished a four- 
month sabbatical. I am still working as a 
jeweler and have also taken a part time 
job as a potter's assistant. Tad and I are 
returning to India for two weeks this 
month [February], Much love to each of 
you. I wouldn't wish time away, but I am 
looking forward to our next reunion." 

Cecilia Williamson Grinstead 
writes: "Sad news from me this year — 
my dear Andy went to live with his Lord 
on the last day of Feb., 2001 . He had 
been diagnosed with inoperable, malig- 
nant brain tumors shortly before 
Christmas, 2000. He became quite inca- 
pacitated but retained his personality, 
humor, and courage. He died in my arms 
at home. The children and I had a year to 
say our farewells. They have been saints. 
Andrews got his MBA in May and he and 
wife, Julie, are still in Chicago where she 
has one more year of OBGYN residency. 
Cece still teaches second grade in 
Birmingham. Millie graduates from Yale 
in May. Tere did her first semester in 
Edinburgh and is a junior back at 
Davidson I sold our house and moved 
back to hometown, Greenville, AL, to 
help my baby sister, Carol (also an SBC 
grad) who was diagnosed with breast 
cancer in July. (She has a precious 7- 
year-old!) Her prognosis is good, and all 
the family looks forward to a healthy, 
cheerful 2002." 

Betsy Wolfe says that she hasn't 
"seen any SBC folks this year, and would 
love to have visitors. Ed and I became 
grandparents for the first time on 
1/2/02— a wonderful little New Year's 
boy. Conner. I am working full time as 
Clinical Coordinator and Training Director 
of UCSF, Infant-Parent Program and love 
my job. We continue to love skiing and 
are off to Vail in February, and Zermatt 
and Val d'lsere for two weeks in March 
(after skiing Canada over Thanksgiving). 
We plan to move from one of our houses 
in Sausalito to another and do some 
remodeling over the summer in order to 
have a larger garden. Can't wait to read 
the news!" 

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp says: "it 
was wonderful to be back at Sweet Briar 
last spring and participate in Centennial 
festivities. I am still busy with research in 
developmental disabilities of childhood at 
CDC. Prior to Sept. 1 1 , 1 had been travel- 
ing a lot, having just returned to Atlanta 
on Sept. 6 from Germany. Since Sept. 
1 1 , as many others, I have traveled less. 
CDC has. of course, been very affected 
by all the events of Sept. 1 1 . Ralph con- 
tinues in private practice. Tim (age 25) 
received a Ms. degree from the London 
School of Economics last year: he is 
doing real estate/mortgage banking in 
Atlanta. Whitney (21) graduates from 

Emory this May, and is headed for gradu- 
ate school. 

And finally, I received a mystery 
postcard from CT with no signature, no 
name printed on the outside. I no longer 
keep the old originals, and so was unable 
to match up handwriting to guess at the 
identity. Sorry! In any case, this mystery 
classmate is restoring an old farm and 
house circa 1746, and she "finally has an 
empty nest, but with no spare time." 
Remember, friends, that e-mail is the 
best ( ). and always a 
really legible name (with maiden name 


President: Carol Remington Foglesong 
Secretary: Miriam W. Meglan 

Hello Class of 71 ! It was wonderful 
to see those who came to our 35 m 
Reunion last May, and it has been great 
to catch up on everyone's news while 
compiling the notes. First and foremost, 
Hola! Hola! to our new class president, 
Carol Remington Foglesong. and many 
thanks to our outgoing president, the 
ever-glamorous and always-adventure- 
some Jacque Penny Many thanks for a 
job well done! 

Rhoda Allen Brooks still lives in 
Cincinnati. She has two grown children: 
John (26) works in San Francisco; and 
Lyn (26) lives in Cincinnati at the 
moment. Rhoda does a lot of community 
volunteer work in the arts and with 
Children's Hospital, and she grows roses 
and plays tennis. She sees Christine Fox 
(73) on trips to Washington, DC for a 
board of an historic house. On these 
occasions she's also able to catch up 
with twin sister Ruth's second son, a stu- 
dent at American University. Husband 
John is semi-retired; so they have the 
flexibility to spend time in northern 
Michigan and travel to see children and 

Frances Barnes Kennamer's plans 
to retire this March from the state public 
health department after 25 years were 
derailed by a promotion. She loves her 
work. One of her responsibilities, coordi- 
nating Alabama's bio-terrorism prepared- 
ness program, has taken on new urgency 
and importance since September 1r n - 
At home I try not to think about the 
awful things and possibilities I have to 
think about every day at work. I have a 
new appreciation for our home, my fami- 
ly and just a 'regular' life." Daughter 
Helen is a high school junior and thinks 
there is only one college in the world — 
Auburn. Husband Seabie works at home 
three days a week, doing research for the 
Social Security Administration. He loves 
it and so does their Lab. Abby. "It sure is 
hard to get up and go to work, knowing 
they can stay at home!!" 

Mary Bell Parks (Loveland, CO) 
missed Reuion because she was escort- 
ing her two adult children, Julia (23) and 
Steve (20) on an eight-day tour of Egypt. 
"I had lived in Alexandria when I was lit- 

tle, and always wanted to see it again. 
The trip turned out to be very timely re: 
9/11, etc. I learned a lot!" The other rea- 
son she was m.i.a? "...Every time I 
show up at Sweet Briar, it's after having 
to climb off the wing of a disabled airliner 
(1996) or getting a broken thermostat 
fixed in Culpepper!" 

Barbara Brand (Gettysburg, PA) is 
this year's recipient of the Give the Class 
Secretary a Break! Award. She apolo- 
gizes for having " . . .nothing to tell my 
classmates. No kids, no great retirement 
stories, nothing except my boring 
research and restoration projects." We 
who saw her at Reunion think her too 
modest. Her research and restoration 
projects are fascinating! 

Judy Brown Fletcher (Indianapolis, 
IN) and husband Steve have moved his 
parents into a retirement community and 
confiscated and disposed of both their 
vehicles. "It's now safe to drive on 86th 
Street!" Judy flew to California twice this 
fall. First was for a west coast reunion of 
part of class from Tudor Hall where she, 
Deborah Eck, and three others rented a 
house at Sea Ranch. "Wow, talk about a 
beautiful location!" The second was to 
visit their daughter who lives in Venice 
Beach and works at an internet company, 
for Thanksgiving. They were joined there 
by son Will, a grad student at Texas A & 
M where he is studying biological 
oceanography, or as Judy puts it: "fish." 
On a far more serious note, Steve is 
recuperating from recent triple by-pass 
surgery. He went to the doctor after hav- 
ing some arm pain hauling his suitcases 
on a trip. One test led to another and to 
the discovery of some serious blockages. 
Judy is wondering how she is going to 
help him focus on things other than work 
for the next two to three months of recu- 

Jeannette Bush Miller still lives in 
Montclair, NJ. where she works for a 
small foundation. She handles their 
financial transactions and reviews grant 
requests from other non-profits. She 
offices " a historic house surrounded 
by several acres of gardens that are open 
to the public — a very pleasant place to 
work." Older daughter, Sarah, was 
accepted early decision to Duke. Younger 
daughter, Liz, is in 8th grade. 

Debbie Chasen Wyatt 
(Charlottesville, VA) is ". . .still plugging 
away as a trial attorney (going on 24 
years), but cutting way back on caseload 
as my two boys enter hormone hell! 
Which means ISSUES. Which means, 
oh, no, this is real." The older, Tom, will 
be 16 in April, and William just turned 
13. Debbie's still married to the same guy 
and she and husband Rick celebrated 
their 30'" anniversary recently. She is try- 
ing to return to some gardening and, 
". . .maybe by NEXT year (always next 
year), will return to painting." Between 
trips to Europe, that is. This year it's a 
bike trip through Normandy with William. 
Last year, it was a bike trip along the 
Loire with Tom and for William, an intro- 
duction to Europe with a trip to Italy. The 
year prior, she took Tom to Italy. Debbie 

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reports having success in getting Rick to 
travel with her to Rome, but says he is 
". . .more a jungle/river type traveler." She 
concludes, "Oh, yes, I think about retiring 
and starting a newspaper in this 
Falwellian state, but it's probably only a 
dream. A bientotf 

Cami Crocker Wodehouse 
(Jacksonville, FL) sends many thanks to 
all who so generously donated to the 
second annual SenioRITAs at Sawgrass 
tennis tournament. The RITA (Research 
Is The Answer) Foundation hosts several 
events in the Jacksonville area and all the 
proceeds go to benefit breast cancer 
research. Last year the event alone raised 
over $32,000. with much of it going to 
the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville where there 
are several very exciting breast cancer 
initiatives underway. Through Cami's 
efforts, Sweet Briar College Bosom 
Buddies raised over $1 ,000, enough to 
make us one of the major tournament 
sponsors. We even had a sign on center 
court right up there with Lexus and 
Merrill Lynch. Please contact her for 
more information about the event. 

Betty Duson reports that Houston, 
TX is still recovering from the terrible 
floods that tropical storm Allison brought 
last summer. Her brother and his family, 
as well as several friends, lost their 
homes and everything in them and spent 
the night on rooftops with their small 
children, waiting to be rescued. Against 
that backdrop, Betty found the events of 
September 11th and their aftermath 
"humbling." Meanwhile, all's well with 
husband, son, and self. She's sandwich- 
ing in time to learn Spanish and flamen- 
co guitar while working, volunteering, 
and chauffeuring child and parents. 

Deb Eck has had a travel agency in 
San Diego for 12 years. Her business has 
evolved, and she is now doing more 
group travel and meeting planning than 
cruises and tour packages. She was mar- 
ried over the weekend of our 25'" 
Reunion. Husband Bobby Pastoral is a 
manager at UPS. He's younger than Deb 
and "adorable", an assessment con- 
firmed by Judy Brown Fletcher, who 
describes him as "...a darling husband 
who can cook and charm." Deb is very 
active in her industry and several 
women's groups, including Executive 
Women International. 

All's well with Michela English 
(Washington, DC) who sends "...cheers 
to all. Life at Discovery Communications 
continues to be challenging and good, 
and family is fine. Eleanore (17) is wait- 
ing to hear from colleges and most that 
she applied to (all co-ed, of course) are 
on the West Coast. I really enjoyed 
Reunion last May. SBC continues to 
thrive under President Betsy 

Nlimi Fahs (New York City, NY) had 
a first-hand view of the terrorist attacks 
on the World Trade Center. "On 
September 11, 1 had just delivered my 
10-year-old son, Craig, to school, and 
climbed up out of the subway to see the 
first WT tower burning. I was Vh miles 
away, with an agonizing view down 7th 

Avenue, when the 2nd plane hit. We were 
all safe. The coming together of New 
Yorkers has been deeply moving, and we 
all love New York more than ever." She 
has a wonderful new loft near NYU. Her 
architecture practice is thriving. She 
walks to work through Washington 
Square to the New School University and 
Craig plays whatever sport is in season, 
all season. 

Beryl Bergquist Farris (Atlanta, GA) 
and daughters Kristin (SBC '03) and 
Ariana (17) spent last June backpacking 
in Portugal, Spain, and Gibraltar. They 
"...toured in a style the girls had not pre- 
viously experienced and a style that Mom 
might not always enjoy. Sitting upright 
on overnight trains, riding public buses, 
locating hostels, dining a la market plus 
peanut butter crackers from home with 
possibly one meal a day in a non-elegant 
restaurant..." Husband Marc declined 
the opportunity and stayed home. More 
recently, Kristin completed her term at 
University of Adelaide in Australia and 
will go on to the University of Otago, 
South Island, New Zealand for her junior 
year. With the seasons reversed in that 
hemisphere, Kristin had three weeks to 
trek the mountains of Thailand and an 
extra month to work illegally as a bar- 
tender in Australia. Ariana is still college 
searching. The University of Southern 
California, SMU, and the University of 
Miami are on her list. Beryl's doing her 
best to become a goat farmer/rancher 
down in central Georgia. "However, the 
dog packs kill our goats and chase away 
the protector donkey. We feel so sorry 
for the goats! Any ideas?" You can e- 
mail her at . (I'm 
afraid to ask.) 

Kathy Garcia Pegues (Warrenton, 
VA) describes her recent job change: 
"Essentially. I've parachuted into hell." In 
addition to requiring a 90-minute com- 
mute, this teaching position is in an 
urban setting where she has been 
shocked by the difference between the 
behavioral and academic expectations 
from suburban Virginia schools to this 
one. "About half of my students are 
recent immigrants to the US and are still 
acquiring language (so teaching English 
at the high school level is a challenge 
while I'm trying to get them to under- 
stand Milton, Shakespeare, Emerson, 
T.S. Eliot, etc.)." Absent a more support- 
ive administration, Kathy will be looking 
to move again. At home, her "...excep- 
tional husband has taken over all cooking 
and household affairs and has simply 
been a prince." Daughter Emily (SBC '00) 
is an art historian working for another 
SBC grad, Lynn Rogerson ('86) in nearby 
Alexandria, VA. Son, Adam is third year 
at the Naval Academy and just finished a 
semester exchange program at West 
Point, where he fell in love with a lady 
Cadet! He's back in Annapolis now, run- 
ning up huge phone bills! 

Elizabeth Glassman (Santa Fe, NM) 
sends her greetings and is looking for- 
ward to reading everyone's news in the 
summer magazine. "For me, it has been 
a couple of years of change. I have spent 

the last two years in New York and Santa 
Fe. Now I will keep the Santa Fe portion 
and move to Chicago where I have been 
named Executive Vice President of the 
Terra Foundation for the Arts, and 
Director of the Terra Museums. One is in 
Chicago on North Michigan Avenue, and 
the other, outside Paris, in Giverny, 
France. Does this mean lots of commut- 
ing to Paris? Absolutely!" We all should 
keep in touch! 

Sioux Greenwald (Hoboken, NJ) 
missed Reunion to attend the graduation 
of Jennifer Smith (look-alike daughter of 
Dee Kysorfrom William & Mary. Robi 
Randoph was up at Syracuse for Pete's 
graduation the same weekend.) On the 
way, Sioux stopped in Richmond where 
Val Murphey and Dick regaled her with a 
tour of the "Fish of Richmond" (fund- 
raiser outdoor art). Sioux stays in touch 
with Wendy Weiss Smith via e-mail and 
has gotten some good book group ideas 
from her Campus Club book group at 
Duke. From both Sioux and Val, we have 
word that Ann Tippin was back in the 
Philadelphia area for a few short visits to 
deal with the aging parent issues, includ- 
ing the death of her father. She, husband 
Bob Prestney, and 12-year old daughter 
Beth, live outside Sydney, Australia, 
where the recent brush fires swept right 
over her house but left it unscathed. 
Sioux hopes to have a longer visit with 
her this Spring '02 when she plans to 
stay for a month; in the meantime, she 
continues to enjoy working in the not-for- 
profit sector at a local charter school. 

Anne Helms Cooper (Lynchburg, 
VA) continues to work as Program 
Manager for Family Support Services at 
Central Virginia Community Services 
(mental health). She will be presenting at 
a workshop on "Building on Family 
Strengths" in Portland, OR, at the end of 
May. She is the grandmother of two 
grandsons, aged one and three. 

Louise Jackson (Shreveport, LA) 
was sorry to miss Reunion, but was par- 
ticipating in an estate-planning seminar 
that week and couldn't get there. "I'm 
thriving. My family is all here, most with- 
in shouting distance so it is great fun to 
walk dogs and nieces and nephews 
(aged 1 to 20) on Sunday afternoons. In 
this crazy world of bank mergers, a 
bunch of my buddies from my old bank 
moved to a smaller more local bank and 
asked me to start a Trust Department for 
them about Pk years ago. We've done 
great and business is booming — but I'm 
glad the start-up is over. It's been a fabu- 
lous learning experience. Who would 
have "thunk" this Art History major 
would be starting a Trust Department? 
On a more serious note, she reports, 
"Daddy has been in the hospital for two 
months and he is really sick and not 
doing well at all. We are taking it day by 
day, so it is a hard time." 

Carol Johnson Haigh (Sudbury, MA) 
and husband Tim still live in Sudbury, 
MA. Daughter Jessie graduates from 
Hampshire College in May. Her sister, 
Christine, is a sophomore at University of 
Arizona - Tucson, and is a Tri-Delta 

there. Tim's company is in Cambridge 
and is doing well. Carol sings with the 
Concord Madrigals with concerts during 
the holidays and in the spring. "I hope all 
the women in our class are as happy and 
delightful as always, and in good health." 

Alison Jones (Summerland, CA) is 
this year's recipient of the Most Multi- 
Media Class Note Award: "My life's in 
transition now. I have no news this go- 
round. Next time. Those interested in my 
photography can go to the following 
website: ." Trust 
the editor, this site is not to be missed. 
Alison's photos are breathtaking. 

Carolyn Jones Walthall moved in 
February 2001 from Mobile, AL — home 
for 14 years — to nearby Daphne, AL 
when husband Julian became pastor of a 
new congregation. They built a house 
with the help of Carolyn's 
contractor/builder brother, Skip, in a bun- 
galow, arts and crafts style on a quiet 
street with a little bit of woods. She is 
still working as administrator of Youth 
Leadership Mobile, a community aware- 
ness and leadership development pro- 
gram for high school sophomores and 
juniors and is helping to start a similar 
program in Daphne. She enjoys "...gain- 
ing more balance in my life: a little yoga, 
a little red wine, lots of purple and black 
clothes that are comfortable." Son 
Claiborne will graduate from Brown in 
May; son David lives in Italy and gives 
great tours of Tuscany and Sicily; and 
husband Julian into cooking and fly-fish- 

By the time these notes are pub- 
lished, KJ Jones Youell (Chester, VA) 
and husband John will have returned 
rested and tan from their Western 
Caribbean cruise in late February. 
Daughter Katie, who graduated from 
JMU last May, started graduate school 
this January at the University of 
Baltimore. Her degree will be in 
Publication Design. Son Blanton is finish- 
ing his undergraduate degree in Parks 
and Recreation at VCU and is the lead 
singer of the Buddah Funk Box band. 

For Marilyn Kolb (Lexington. MA), 
2001 was not a great year. She didn't 
know anyone personally in the 9/1 1 
tragedy in NY, but as with many of us, 
she had a number of tangential business 
associates who were impacted. "This is 
something we will carry with us for quite 
a while, and it is hard for us in the 
Northeast to grasp how little this has 
affected the rest of the country other 
than in a philosophical context." Under 
the category of "life goes on", her 15- 
year-old is lobbying for us to move to 
Florida where she has figured out she 
can get her driver's license 3 years earlier 
than she can in Massachusetts. "My 12- 
year-old is the classic 12 going on 25, at 
least in her mind, so we are trying to be 
good parents about all this." The post 
9/1 1 hassle in airports has decreased 
Marilyn's travel load, but has crimped 
vacation planning. "I am increasingly 
jealous of classmates who are, or who 
are planning, retirement!" 

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Kalhy Lamb's (Atlanta, GA) biggest 
news is that she and husband Rex have 
two college graduates (both from W&L), 
and no more tuitions! "It's like getting a 
raise!" Eager to Retire, Rex is waiting for 
a better economy. Kathy works on an on- 
call basis, volunteers, exercises ("...a lot 
because I like to eat"), and is learning to 
play golf, ". . .the most difficult sport I've 
ever tried". 

On May 25. 2001, Jean Littleton 
Knight (Richmond. VA) became a grand- 
mother. Stephen Christian Littleton 
Knight was born to son Stephen and his 
wife, Beth! Jeannie is teaching and 
directing an aftercare program at a 
Waldorf school, new in Richmond. She 
volunteers with Lifenet, an organ pro- 
curement organization, as a donor Mom. 
Their son Jamie, murdered in 1997, gave 
the gift of life to five individuals and 
enhanced the lives of 30 more through 
tissue donation. 

There have been some major 
changes in the Megargee-Sutton house- 
hold (Petersburg, VA)! Amanda's son 
started college in August: Film School at 
Virginia Commonwealth University in 
Richmond, not too far from home. "He 
had a great first semester, and I hope it's 
just the beginning of great things for 
him." Lucy, the black lab, opted to stay 
home with Amanda, who is keen on 
adopting a Corgi, if she can find a suit- 
able adult. Amanda is in her 25" year of 
teaching, her fourth year in kindergarten, 
and "...I still love to go to work every 

Jean Mackenzie Thatcher 
(Huntington, NY) is taking her first "sab- 
batical" in 25 years, and describes it as 
"wonderful!" She is delighted to be at 
home with daughter Catherine (Katie) 
who is in sixth grade and just turned 12. 
Son, James (23), graduated from 
Hampden Sydney and is in graduate 
school at UVA. He is currently teaching in 
France at University in Lyon. Jean, hus- 
band Richard, and Katie have a trip 
planned over Easter that will include 
spending some time with him. "In my 
previous life I headed a medical malprac- 
tice captive insurance company for a 
consortium of large NYC teaching hospi- 
tals, and most recently ran the high-risk 
malpractice pool in NY State. My current 
goal is to try not to get pulled back into 
the malpractice world, and to do some of 
the stuff I have never had a chance to do 
previously because of work, work, 
work!" Jean stays in touch with "...a 
bunch of SBC friends— Alison Jones. 
Amanda Thrasher Honey Hammer. 
Gale Hull, Karen Harnett (70). Char 
Reed (73), and dear former Dean 
Catherine Sims who just lost her hus- 
band to cancer." She adds that Alison 
"...has bought back the little stone cot- 
tage that her family first owned in 
Mountainville. NJ, and has completely 
restored it— wonderful job! We have just 
formed a venture for publication of vari- 
ous photo-iournalistic essays and chil- 
dren's works — Briar Patch 
Publications — more on this later! The 
rest of my time is spent being Deputy 

Mayor/Trustee of our little incorporated 
Village, Lloyd Harbor, and president of 
The Caumsett Foundation which is dedi- 
cated to preserving the natural environ- 
ment and historic elements of Caumsett, 
Marshall Field, Ill's 1700 acre estate on 
Long Island's North Shore." 

All's well with Anne Milbank Mell 
(Summit, NJ) and family. Daughter 
Meredith (24) lives in Boston where she 
markets Fidelity's college tax deferred 
savings plan funds. She's active in a 
lacrosse league, is training for the April 
marathon and is looking for sponsors 
since she'll be running for the Dana 
Farber Cancer Research Foundation. 
John (21 ), in his third year at UVa will be 
taking a hiatus from mechanical engi- 
neering to study during the spring 
semester in St. Petersburg and Siberia, 
Russia. Caitlin (17) has applied to college 
and is now hoping her parents will let her 
enjoy what remains of her senior year. 
John and Anne will celebrate their 30'" 
anniversary in May with a trip to Italy 
planned for the fall. Like most of us, she 
says she can't quite figure out where 
those years went. Anne's mother passed 
away last summer, and so she has been 
spending more time with her dad who 
doesn't drive because of macular degen- 
eration. "We all miss her but we're also 
grateful that she had such a long-joyful 

During Reunion, Todd Moseley 
Brown (Louisville, KY) and husband Bill 
were a.w.o.l on a month-long driving trip 
through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, 
Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, etc. 
Bill retired in January 1999; she followed 
suit in March 2001. She's doing some 
consulting and says, ".. .having flexible 
time is heavenly!" Todd is dealing with 
elderly parents — happy to still have both 
living, and both fairly alert. "Mother is in 
terrible health and is in a nursing home 
healthcare wing. She can't even turn over 
in bed by herself, much less get up and 
go to the bathroom, so it is a struggle. 
She hates having no control over any- 
thing! Daddy is getting less and less 
strong mentally and physically." Todd has 
three wonderful stepsons ranging in age 
from 24 to 32. The oldest is the Deputy 
Water Commissioner of an area in CO 
and is engaged, with the wedding sched- 
uled for September 21 in Breckenridge, 
CO. The middle son is in Cincinnati and 
is a fourth year resident in orthopedics. 
Last April, he was married to medical 
school classmate whose specialty is 
OBGYN. The youngest is in language 
school in Spain. Todd and Bill's travel 
plans include a cruise in April, a week in 
Chautauqua with her sister and brother- 
in-law this summer, and then the wed- 
ding in September. "Life is good." 

Liz Mumford Wilson (Hyannis Port, 
MA) says that little has changed in the 
past year. Her son is in eighth grade in a 
boarding school, and while that is going 
very well, she's been challenged to get 
out and find some new. non-PTA volun- 
teer work opportunities. So she has 
joined the board of the United Way for 
Cape Cod and the Islands, and is learning 

a lot about the various organizations for 
which the United Way raises money. 
There are ". . tremendous hidden needs 
in this vacation/resort area that is so 
beautiful on the surface yet has stagger- 
ing problems in the shadows". Liz is still 
painting and ". . .had a full schedule of 
shows last year, and three major ones to 
prepare for this year — one is a solo 
show, and one is a four person show at 
the Mystic Seaport Museum gallery, in 
November." That should keep her out of 
trouble. She played more golf last sum- 
mer, but wasn't very meticulous about 
keeping score! 

Mary Frances Oakey Aiken 
(Roanoke, VA) and husband John will 
have all three children in college or grad 
school next fall: son Tevis, at William and 
Mary Law; daughter Claiborne, at VA 
Tech getting a Masters in Teaching; and 
youngest Courtney at a yet-to-be-deter- 
mined college as a freshman. For the first 
time in nearly 27 years the "nest" will be 
empty!!! If any one of us is ever in 
Roanoke, VA or Naples, FL, Mary Frances 
wants to know! 

After 27 years at Fayetteville 
Technical Community College, Pamolu 
Oldham (Cameron, f\IC) is retiring to 
write. Her projects will include a novel for 
which she received a National 
Endowment grant several years ago ("It 
was axed on the last round at a major 
house. . .") and ". . .some short videos 
and other stuff." Pamolu's daughter Jess 
and her husband Danny live in the Village 
in NYC. Jess is in book design with a 
jacket design on a recent National Book 
Award winner's book. Danny just finished 
his M.A. in Irish Studies at NYU. Pamolu 
stays in touch with Jacque Penny 
(" wonderful freshman room- 
mate...") via e-mail. "I'm just so ready to 
submerge and do my own work." 

Susan O'Malley (Seattle. WA) still 
works part-time teaching physical thera- 
py at the University of Washington and is 
raising daughter Rebecca (11) who 
thinks it ". . .cool" to wear my very old 
SBC sweatshirt around town." Their fam- 
ily vacation last summer in the Tetons 
sounds as if Chevy Chase had a hand in 
it: "... in spite of my husband's sprained 
ankle and Rebecca's lack of interest in 
camping, I had a ball gawking at the 
magnificent sites." Last summer when 
the mobile Vietnam Memorial came to 
the Seattle area, Susan was able to pay 
respect to Judy Brown's brother. "Some 
things you never forget." 

Jacque Penny (Miami Beach, FL) 
went on a two-week Baltic Cruise in 
August. "St. Petersburg, Russia was fab- 
ulous but honestly each city and country 
was delightful. That cruise was all history 
and the one I just returned from was all 
geography — I sailed for another fortnight 
from Valparaiso. Chile down around Cape 
Horn (Patagonia, sea elephants, pen- 
guins, whales, etc.) and up the coast to 
Buenos Aires with grand little stops of 
beauty and grace all the way. I fell in love 
with Uruguay— a very elegant little coun- 
try. Note, that I said in love 'with' not 'in' 
although I would have preferred the lat- 

ter." Jacque continues to try to live each 
day more completely. "Life is not meas- 
ured by the number of breaths we take 
but by the moments that take our breath 

Carol Remington Foglesong writes 
from Maitland. FL that all is relatively 
quiet, if not calm. Her divorce was final- 
ized recently. "Not exactly where I 
expected to be, but life does happen; I'm 
not the first, nor will I be the last." 
Youngest son, Chris, 19, is a sophomore 
at Trinity University in San Antonio, 
majoring in Engineering. ("Have no idea 
where that came from in this family.") 
Oldest son. Eric, 24. decided it was time 
to complete and is enrolled full time at 
Rollins College with a major in Political 
Science. Carol is still with the Orange 
County Comptroller, recording deeds, 
taking minutes, and managing records. 
After 11 years, she still loves her job. An 
appointment to a national electronic 
recording task force is requiring a lot of 
travel. The group " trying to move 
deed recorders into the 21st century, 
probably jumping right over the 20th for 
many locales!" Carol invites all of us vis- 
iting Florida to ". . .holler and/or stop 
by. . ." should any of our travels take us 
to Florida. 

For Robbin Richardson Falls, " 
is so good . . . living single in Raleigh, NC 
with my three adult children in the area 
... soooo lucky." Kylie (28) sells medical 
supplies; Chip (25) works as a building 
contractor with a development company; 
and Will (21 ) is a student at NC State. 
"I'm selling real estate for my living, 
painting abstracts for my hobby, and dat- 
ing a wonderful Frenchman for my pas- 
sion ... wish I had taken more interest in 
foreign language in school ... I seem to 
have a real purpose for it now!" 

Rene Roark Bowditch 
(Williamsburg. VA) left her legal practice 
to be a devoted, full-time mom for her 
14-year-old. 6'5" tall, eighth grader, 
David ("Yes, he loves basketball"), and 
her precious 11 -year-old daughter, 
Tilden. She is chairing the capital cam- 
paign to build a permanent home for her 
children's Christian school in 
Williamsburg, VA. Husband. David, has 
just gone back into the brokerage busi- 
ness after being a small business owner 
for the last 1 1 years. So even though the 
two of them ".. .are moving ahead in 
years, we have lots keeping us young! I 
still bicycle and roller blade with my chil- 
dren, and I'm just coming into the 
"teenage years" with all the interesting 
challenges that provides. Never a dull 
moment here! Life is so good! We all 
have so much to be thankful for in this 

Our thoughts and prayers are with 
Martha Roton Terry (Mobile, AL) who 
sent heart-breaking news of the loss of 
her husband, Jack, to cancer this past 
fall. Their son, Caldwell, is in his third 
year at the University of Alabama, major- 
ing in business administration (finance 
and marketing). His favorite pastimes are 
golf and hunting. Daughter Ann, a junior 
in high school, is looking at colleges and 

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is still dancing and competing with her 
dance company in Mobile. Best friends 
forever, Martha and Frances Barnes 
Kennamer stay in close touch. Their hus- 
bands were close and their daughters are 
the same age and friends, too. Martha is 
still working for EDS, doing application 
design and programming for Bruno's, a 
supermarket company based in 
Birmingham, AL. She works from home 
and says, ". . .thank heavens for remote 
access!!" She loves working at her desk 
in pajamas with her cats and chocolate 
Lab at her feet. 

Comer Schmoeller Diehl 
(Sacramento, CA) missed Reunion 
because of her daughter Genna's wed- 
ding. Genna had moved to Italy and 
ended up marrying her Italian sweet- 
heart, Matteo Fabiano — what a great 
name! His family all came to Northern 
California for combination wedding/vaca- 
tion. The newlyweds are living in 
Brussels where she is the Digital 
Marketing Manager for Levi Strauss, and 
he is the e-commerce Europe guy for 
Proctor & Gamble. Son, Justin, is teach- 
ing seventh and eighth grade earth sci- 
ence in Mission Viejo in Southern 
California. Still single, he is starting to 
look for a more permanent relationship. 
Comer has been divorced ("...never was 
very good at picking the right guy") for 
1 1 years. She is the Product Specialist 
for InsWeb Corp., an internet insurance 
aggregator. "That means I'm just about 
the only person in the tech side of the 
company that knows insurance." She 
goes on to say, "Life is really good, and I 
don't think that I've been in a better place 
emotionally or financially in a very long 
time. World events are troubling, but I try 
not to dwell too much on the tragedies. 
Oh, my latest life-changing event is the 
impending change of name. I've never 
liked mine, so by the end of this year I'll 
officially be Kate Parker Bailey. Guess I'll 
have to write a novel next!" 

Ann Shipper Oates (Rochester, NY) 
and family are well, enjoying a very mild 
winter in Rochester, NY. Ann is in 
Investor Relations at Kodak, a position 
that has presented all kinds of challenges 
and learning experiences during this last 
year. Daughter, Alison, (SBC, '99) contin- 
ues to work for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, 
and lives in Rochester about 20 minutes 
from home. Son, T.K.I II , lives and works 
in Tokyo, "...and we do miss seeing him. 
However, we have a trip planned to Tokyo 
in late April so are looking forward to the 
reunion. We had a wonderful trip to 
Turkey last May, which unfortunately 
coincided with our reunion last May. 
Sorry to have missed seeing all. Hope to 
see you at the 35'"." 

Trudy Slade McKnight thrives still on 
Bainbridge Island, WA, with occasional 
ferry commutes into Seattle. She has had 
a professional resurgence and thorough- 
ly enjoys her new direction as a Life 
Coach, providing coaching support for 
people around the country who want to 
live their vision and navigate change suc- 
cessfully. She's on the web at, if you're curi- 

ous. She and husband leave soon for a 
three-week adventure vacation in 
Thailand. She toys with the idea of 
Master's Swimming, and has started 
swimming laps again. Their elderly pet 
population has shrunk to three dogs and 
four cats. 

Susu Smith (Beaufort. NC) has 
moved back to the North Carolina coast. 
This summer she will be ". . . sailing the 
Chesapeake Bay following Captain John 
Smith's 1608 voyage. Looking for spon- 
sors; so far, self-funded. Leaving 
Jamestown in May, circling the Bay 
counterclockwise. Grateful for docks, 
showers along the way." 

Alix Sommer Smith (Fredericksburg, 
VA) wrote: "It was really great to see so 
many members of our class at reunion. It 
helped get me on the stick to eat right, 
lose weight, and exercise so that, hope- 
fully, I will be in better shape for our 35'". 
My husband, Gene, and I took a cruise in 
the western Caribbean in January. Other 
than that, not much new to report. If I 
was contemplating retiring at the end of 
my thirtieth year with the Stafford 
Country, Virginia, schools. I rethought 
that in the economic turndown." 

Lissy Stevenson Bryan is still in 
Richmond, VA where she has an annual 
Christmas cookie "bake-off" with Susan 
Ewing and May Humphreys Fox "... and 
that's about it for the domestic stuff. We 
also play golf — between injuries. As 
usual, too much on my plate . . . we're 
trying to finalize plans on an addition and 
remodel of this house, emptying stuff out 
of Stewart's father's house, trying to keep 
our place in the mountains (in Bath 
County) from falling apart . . . then lots of 
Boards but really fun— downtown-orient- 
ed, community development, affordable 
housing, children. Our dog recently 
fathered 8 yellow lab pups! So, so cute! 
Also, saw Barb Smith — turns out they 
own the hottest thoroughbred stud 
around (horse, that is...)". 

Sarah Thorndike Shepherd and hus- 
band Tony are in Sissonville, WV, where 
they are still living on their "...200 acre 
head-of-the holler hillside farm..." near 
Charleston. "I'm still running a recycling 
plant as Executive Director of the County 
Solid Waste Authority, employing as 
many of our disadvantaged as possible 
(rather like a Works Project 
Administration during the [other] depres- 
sion). My physical and mental therapy is 
raising and training horses, as well as a 
little golf in the summer and sguash dur- 
ing the winter. Our oldest daughter, Jane, 
graduated from Brown in May, married in 
June, settled in Silver City, NM, is the 
county's Land Use planner, and will make 
me a grandmother in July! Son, Chris 
(EHS '99) and younger daughter, Lida 
(St. Paul's '01), are taking their times 
getting through college (Hamilton and 
UC Berkeley), taking 'semesters off' and 
doing really fascinating things. How 
times have changed." 

Sally Uptegrove Lee (Nashville, TN) 
reports little new going on in her life. "It 
has been five years since I had colon 
cancer and I am doing fine. I am still 

teaching at Harpeth Hall School and help- 
ing with the bookwork in Bob's masonry 
company. Our daughter, Rachel, graduat- 
ed from Trinity University last spring and 
is now teaching in San Antonio, TX. The 
advantage of teaching is the long sum- 
mer vacations. I am attending a technol- 
ogy conference with Rachel and several 
teachers from Harpeth Hall in San 
Antonio in June, and am looking forward 
to a cruise to Alaska this July." 

Beverly Van Zandt (Shoreacres, TX) 
spent most of 2001 battling breast can- 
cer and received wonderful notes and 
prayers from lots of friends, especially 
Jacgue Penny "Am about to finish 
chemo and all has gone reasonably well. 
Can't wait to have a calendar without MD 
Anderson on it. Have two daughters, 
Beverly and Roberta. Beverly is graduat- 
ing this spring and I have no idea where 
she will attend college. Unfortunately, I 
couldn't talk her into Sweet Briar as she 
wants to go co-ed. Roberta is a freshman 
in high school and is my sailor. We just 
returned from 420 Midwinters in Stuart, 
FL. I am a partner in a yacht brokerage 
( ) and love the 
chance to be on the water everyday — our 
offices are floating docks. Its laid back 
style has been a Godsend this year." 

Ellen Weintraub's (Miami Beach, FL) 
plans to attend Reunion were dashed the 
week prior by a double whammy: her 
employer of the past six years went out 
of business, and her mom finally agreed 
to go in for her knee replacement sur- 
gery that same weekend ". . .after putting 
it off for every reason imaginable for over 
five years." All's well that ends well: Ellen 
got a better job, and her mom has 
become very mobile. At 86, she still 
drives, and does everything she needs to 
for herself to be independent. 

Wendy Weiss Smith (Durham, NC) 
and husband Gilbert will be hiking 
around the Southern Island of New 
Zealand, including the 34-mile Milford 
Track that involves four hiking days. 
"What WAS I thinking??? Great Spring!" 

Dorrie Wetzig Brand reports that she 
and Skip are still in Elmira, NY ("there 
was a great special on Mark Twain where 
Elmira played an important role"). Son 
JB graduated from Hamilton College in 
2000 and is living and working in NYC. 
He was a block and a half from the WTC 
when the planes hit, and ". . .though I've 
seen the sight, it all still seems unreal." 
Daughter, Laura, is a senior at Williams 
College. Dorrie stays busy volunteering 
for her local historical society, working 
for a friend who does estate sales, and 
playing "...this new game I've discovered 
called golf!" 

Patsy Wheeler Maddox (Amherst, 
VA) is still teaching — Amherst Middle — 
eighth grade learning-disabled students. 
Her oldest daughter is an attorney with 
McGuire Woods in Richmond and her 
youngest is a first year teacher and head 
varsity softball coach. She's busy plan- 
ning a July vacation in Great Britain. 

Late spring and early summer was a 
hectic time for Linda Whitlow Knight 
(Nashville. TN), who hated missing 

Reunion. Younger daughter, Elizabeth, 
graduated from SMU with a double- 
major in Italian Studies and Cinema. 
Then, older daughter Katherine was mar- 
ried in the Wren Chapel in Williamsburg. 
(The wedding and related festivities were 
wonderful.) In early June, she attended 
her 30" reunion at Vanderbilt. Shortly 
after that, she concluded her term as 
President of the Tennessee Lawyers' 
Association for Women, on whose board 
she continues to serve. In addition to her 
legal practice and various Bar 
Association activities, Linda is still the 
Secretary of the Tennessee Economic 
Council on Women. Daughter Elizabeth 
moved to Rome last summer as a pro- 
fessor's assistant on SMU's Summer in 
Italy program and recently found a job 
marketing for an educational software 
company in Rome. Daughter Katherine is 
completing her third year at Vanderbilt 
Law School where she is on the execu- 
tive boards of both the Journal of 
International Law and the Moot Court 
Board. Aside from attending the girls' 
graduation and wedding, Dick and 
Linda's traveling last year included 
attending a friend's wedding in the Bay 
Area and a long weekend in St. Louis in 
July to see some relatives and do some 
historical research. This coming summer, 
she hopes to visit Elizabeth in Italy. 

Anne Wiglesworth Munoz (Salt Lake 
City, UT) writes: "Things are good (and 
cold) here in Salt Lake. Everybody is 
Olympics crazy — and I guess that's good 
but we're not looking forward to driving 
anywhere near a venue. My daughter got 
us free tickets to Dave Mathews Band 
February 9, so we will venture down 
(with 20,000 other people) to the Medals 
Plaza where they will perform. Milton is 
still teaching fifth grade; Maya (20) is a 
sophomore at Scripps (planning to go to 
Spain next fall). Aliria (17) is a junior at 
Skyline High School, studying and swim- 
ming hard. I have been combining my 
batiks with quilting this past year and 
even won first prize in my category (non- 
traditional quilts) in the International Quilt 
Show going on during the Olympics. 

Nesi Wisell O'Connor (Longwood, 
FL) and husband, Jim, traveled quite a bit 
during the year in Europe. Canada, and 
the US and were able to share time with 
friends all over the world. That was the 
great part of it all. She reports they were 
hit with some stressful family issues dur- 
ing the year but ended 2001 with a 
Christmas party (Carol Remington 
Foglesong was there) to celebrate their 
15 trees and a new Scottish mural. "It 
was a beautiful closure. We are praying 
2002 is great for everyone. PS. I enjoyed 
the reunion immensely." 

Contrary to what we may have imag- 
ined, Kate Worobec Story (Princeton, 
NJ) is alive and very well despite her 
business travel to some very dangerous 
parts of the world. Over the past five 
years she has averaged about 20 travel 
days a month ". . .NO, I am NOT an air- 
line stewardess!!! I develop international 
wealth management business outside the 

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US, which takes me to fascinating 
places — Middle East, Latin America, 
Continental Europe, UK. the Caribbean, 
etc. ... you name it, I have probably been 
there meeting with governments, diplo- 
mats, wealthy families and individuals. 
What a trip this past few years have been 
... literally! Yes. I have been caught in 
riots, robbed, stranded in foreign lands 
BUT I have also been held over in some 
of the most beautiful places on the planet 
and had the pleasure of meeting some of 
the world's most fascinating and congen- 
ial individuals." While risky, her career 
path has been very satisfying. "Life is 
much too short ... and much too fun!" 
On the home front, son Stephen graduat- 
ed from college with honors last June 
and is following in her footsteps. "2001 
was a tragic year and I am certain that on 
September 11 th I was not alone in hav- 
ing lost forever friends and colleagues in 
the World Trade Center attack. The world 
is more challenging than ever." In clos- 
ing. Kate wants everyone to know she is 
proud every time she reads her roomie's 
name — Kathy Garcia Pegues, who can- 
not be congratulated enough for her con- 
tributions to Sweet Briar. It looks like her 
daughter might be a 'chip off the old 
block', too. Bravo!" 

Life is good for Barb Wuehrmann 
(East Grand Rapids, Ml). She and hus- 
band Jim Palazzolo spend their winters in 
Green Valley. AZ and summers in 
Michigan. Although she retired from her 
practice three years ago. she keeps her 
hand in by helping out at a non-profit 
clinic that serves the Southern AZ rural 
community. When back north, she fills in 
at her old office. Jim works out of their 
homes as a consultant in material han- 
dling. Son Mark has 18 months to go in 
his OB-GYN residency in Detroit. Son 
Jim is working for a biomedical tech firm 
in Silicon Valley. We're all well. "No 
daughters-in-law or grandkids yet." 

Aiisa Yust Rowe (Houston, TX) 
reports that youngest daughter. Alison, 
was married in September. Both daugh- 
ters are now married — and to really fine 
young men. Richard and she will cele- 
brate their 30' anniversary this spring. 
This coming year, she intends to spend 
lots of time with their mothers, polish a 
novel she's been writing, do a little 
antiquing, and spend a little time in the 

As for me, I'm busier than a one- 
armed paperhanger and having the time 
of my life with my hedge fund. Vaughn 
and I continue to work on our house in 
Frederick. MD. and after 23 years of mar- 
riage, he shows signs of having become 
resigned to my passion for 18th and 
early 19th century American furniture. 
We spent a week last summer in Ireland 
with our 15-year-old nephew, but follow- 
ing a particularly intense business travel 
schedule this Spring, we're looking for- 
ward to the luxury of just "lying low" this 
summer. I saw Carol Taylor Thum 
(Cleveland, OH) recently. She's still mar- 
ried to the same guy (Dave), working in 
the same place (The Cleveland Museum 
of Art), and except for shorter hair, looks 

very much the same. She's also started 
writing again. I've also been keeping up a 
lively e-mail exchange with Jan Pridmore 
who is an astute businesswoman. Her 
entry in the 'Give the Class Secretary a 
Break! Contest' read. "I think once every 
ten years is often enough to submit a 
note." Many thanks to all of you for tak- 
ing time from busy schedules to send 
news. What an interesting, intelligent, 
engaged, and vibrant group we com- 


President: Vivian Yamaguchi Conn 
Secretary: Sally Bonham Mohle 
Fund Agents: Janet Myers Deans; 
Peggy Haley Sheehan 

Nina Baker is a print sales rep. for 
her family business and is really enjoying 
her job. Natalie is 12 and loves horses, 
although she broke her arm this past 
year when the horse she was riding 
refused to jump. In mid February Nina 
and Natalie met up with Dee Hubble 
Dolan for their annual trip to The 

Barb Bernick Peyronnet says Maggie 
(12) and Annie (7) keep her and Doug 
hopping. Maggie is in the honors pro- 
gram at middle school and Annie was in 
the first grade and loving it. Barb says 
that last year they headed to Alaska for a 
wonderful cruise. This year Maggie will 
go to Toronto for a church mission trip. 
Barb. Maggie and Annie are taking piano 
while Doug is in a trio, playing guitar. 
They have played at benefits and hoped 
to play at a coffee shop this past Spring. 

Elvira Cash Pecora began a new job 
in September, in a French Immersion 
Montessori Pre-School. She says she is 
having a great time speaking French to 
all the children. Their two boys, 13 in 7th 
grade and 16 in 10th, are still very active 
in traveling soccer. Husband Chip is now 
working for a company in San Fransisco 
and he does a great deal of traveling as 
the Director of Sales. They spent a great 
spring 2001 at the Grand Canyon. 

Jennifer Collins True is home taking 
care of her own 4th grader (Hayley) after 
teaching 3rd and 4th grade to other chil- 
dren. She also sends care packages to 
her college freshman (Parker) at Wabash 
College. She says they are founders of a 
non-profit animal rehabilitation organiza- 
tion and they are working hard to get it 
up and running. 

Laurie Fitzgerald Nowlan says son 
Patrick was in his first year at Penn 
State. Daughter Carly was finishing her 
senior year at Country Day School of the 
Sacred Heart in Philly. where Laurie is 
the admissions director. Sons Fitz and 
Luke were in 9th and 5th grades; she and 
Pat celebrated their 25°' anniversary on 
June 4th! 

Linda Guardabassi Michael said 
Andrew (who was playing football and 
thriving) was a freshman in college at 
Wheaton, one hour outside Chicago. Paul 
was a sophomore at Christian Academy 

of Louisville. Migraines were about to 
sideline his football participation, but he 
was looking into basketball, golf and ten- 
nis as alternatives. Krista is 1 1 and "thor- 
oughly in love with horses", competing 
in dressage and jumping. Linda has been 
working part-time as assistant teacher of 
English as a Second Language for for- 
eign adults. She's also involved in her 
church, doing yoga and water aerobics. 
Doug continues to work for Trane 
Commercial/Industrial air conditioning. 
The whole family enjoyed a trip to Italy 
during Spring Break 2001. 

Debbie Koss McCarthy still loves 
directing the Augustine Project (a non- 
profit that provides free literacy tutors for 
low-income, dyslexic children and teens). 
Courtney was graduated from UNC- 
Chapel Hill with a degree in 
Math/Computer Science in May. Alex fin- 
ished high school in the spring and head- 
ed to UVA this fall. Debbie and David say 
they get choked up just thinking about 
having an empty nest! 

Phooi Ching Lai writes from 
Singapore that she is still associate pro- 
fessor at Nanyang Technological Univ. 
Phooi, husband Choon Hin and daugh- 
ters Zhenling (15) and Zhenhua (13), vis- 
ited Hawaii in November of 2001 . They 
found people somber, due to 9/1 1 , but 
assume things are recovering there. 

Ebet Little Stevens says Liz starts 
college in the Fall (where is still up in the 
air), Anne will be a high school sopho- 
more and Rob will be in middle school. 
Ebet is working on starting a consulting 
business which focuses on contract 

Stephanie Maxson Kenyon and fam- 
ily discovered (while having recessed 
lighting put in) that their entire house 
needed to be rewired. Her travel business 
dried up after 9/11 so she was looking 
for something new when she wrote. Jay 
(9) and Michael (5) are keeping busy 
with school projects, little league, T-ball 
and basketball. Hubby Scott was in his 
28th year as an elementary school 
teacher and has been cancer-free for five 
years. Stephanie ran into Dorothy Lear 
Mooney (who looks the same) in the ele- 
mentary school. 

Becky Mayer Gutierrez is teaching 
5th grade at Turners Falls. MA. George 
was college hunting. Becky and Mere are 
proud of their boys — 1 7. 1 4 and 1 1 . 

Molly Reeb Nissman reported that 
Nancy was a junior at Mary Washington 
(VA), majoring in English and Art History. 
Andrew was 9 and in 3rd grade and Matt 
was 5 and in Kindergarten. Hubby 
Harvey was still practicing psychiatry in 
Virginia Beach where Molly is a financial 
consultant with Paine Webber. She works 
as a team with sister Jane Reeb Short 

Kathy Roantree Renken was home 
schooling 10th, 7th and 3rd grade when 
she wrote. She also teaches gymnastics 
to pre-schoolers. Her SBC activities have 
become part of her life again: Drama 
(she's in charge of church dramas), 
Singing (solos and worship team at 
church) and teaching. She says Jeff is 

still on the road, working for SAP 

Fran Scott, with her 12 year old son. 
Zach, and two Beagle mixes, is enjoying 
life back in Nashville. Her communica- 
tions company, Scott Gardner Group, 
continues to expand with business and 
agency clients across the US. 

Ellen Sellers McDowell and family 
had a busy year, remodeling the house in 
addition to teaching Sunday School, 
being a Girl Scout leader and room 
mother at school. The family had a great 
time sailing in the British Virgin Islands 
over Christmas Break — they chartered a 
38' catamaran. Rex was the skipper; 
Emily (16), Ginny (14), Mary Susan (12), 
Kate (10) and Ellen were the crew. 

Beth Wade Osborne says she is 
enjoying life more and more each day, 
especially with children Ellie (4) and son 
Noel (1 ). Beth and John are due to cele- 
brate their 10" anniversary in October 
2002. They are both enjoying their 
jobs — he as a consultant and she as a 
sales manager for IBM. They also enjoy 
weekends at their beach house in Dewey, 

Ellen Wahl Skibiak writes from 
North Caldwell, NJ that daughter Allie is 
now 9 and their pride and joy. She 
recently won a silver medal in a figure 
skating competition. Husband Ed keeps 
going in his dental practice when he's not 
on the golf course or pursuing his pas- 
sionate hobby as a gourmet cook! Ellen 
keeps busy helping out part-time in the 
family business and volunteering count- 
less hours at school, Girl Scouts, etc. 

Robin Holman Mills would like you 
all to change her name to Robin Holman 
Grubbs. Robin Holman was remarried 
last year to John Grubbs. She has been 
teaching first grade for 14 years, after 
finishing her MA + 30 hours at Murray 
State. Daughter Jordan is at "Ole Miss" 
and Robin has two stepchildren at home. 

For fun, Tricia Waters continues to 
sing with the Alexandria (VA) Choral 
Society. She uses her arts administrator 
skills (honed in the museum world) as 
manager of the same choral group. 
Husband John Neer ("contractor and 
dreamboat') and children Lucy (11. jazz 
dancer/gymnast) and Will (9. 
artist/author) keep her on her toes. Tricia 
has caught up with Farnell Cowan who 
recently relocated to Northern Virginia. 

And, I. Sally Bonham Mohle. cele- 
brated my 24'" anniversary with Pete this 
year. Our highlight of 2001 was attending 
the weddings of our niece and nephew in 
PA and NH, respectively. 

Debby Epperson Sizer is the general 
manager of two radio stations in Galax, 
VA— one is a 100.000 watt FM country 
station and the other is an AM gospel 
station. She has two sons, Brian (24) and 
Steven (20)— they both attend college at 
the Masters College in Santa Clarita, CA. 
Debby's daughter, Virginia (17), is being 
recruited by many colleges to play bas- 
ketball. Debby's family also includes 
fiance John Stringer and two dogs, a yel- 
low lab named Bentley and a black lab 
named Emily, plus one cat, "Miss Kitty". 

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Fall 2002 • 63 

Laura Burreli Garden says there 
really isn't anything earth shaking in her 
life. "I am still enjoying being a stay at 
home mother for Sarah 5 and Lloyd 10. 
Doing the usual stuff like volunteering in 
the school and driving the kids around 
for activities. I have a touch of the Magic 
School Bus in me as I often take a van- 
load of kids on "adventures" and nature 
hikes. We enjoy skiing often in our 
Colorado Rockies backyard and in the 
summer we all go dirt bike camping (just 
like motorcross) to mountain ghost 
towns near the Continental Divide. This 
year Sarah got first motorized dirt bike — 
with training wheels. Amazing how our 
hubbies interests can change our lives. I 
never thought I would like motorcycles 
and now I ride one on dirt trails through 
the woods. Not bad for 47! Husband 
Lloyd had a stressful winter with United 
Airlines as their financial crisis caused 
our crisis. However both survived. 
Please start flying United again. I love 
hearing from old classmates so please e- 
mail me at ." 


President: Jeannie Elise Davis Harris 
Secretary : Liz Swearingen-Edens 
Fund Agents: Eithne Broderick Carlin; 
Emily Quinn McDermott, Elizabeth 
Fletcher Lubin, Kimberly Merin 
Wood Fuller, Georgia Schley Ritchie 

Amy Campbell Lamphere's children 
(Jake 12/ Sarah 9) are reportedly grow- 
ing too fast and involved in too many 
activities (guitar, piano, swimming, 
Scouts, soccer, basketball.) necessitat- 
ing the purchase of a huge red minivan. 
Jim's business — title insurance — con- 
tinues to grow, while Amy works part- 
time consulting for regional dance/arts 
groups. "I love having my hands in the 
field without the pressures of fundraising 
— nearly impossible in the non-profit 
arts after 9/1 1 ." Travel, skiing, knee sur- 
gery and volunteer work on the 
Symphony board have also kept Amy 
busy, but not so busy that she can't find 
time to e-mail Mimi Walch Doe on a 
regular basis. "I laugh out loud from her 
notes back" says Amy, who also saw 
Catherine Flaherty at Catherine's sister's 
wedding last summer. "I'm sad to have 
missed reunion. Time with friends is one 
of my mid-life crisis resolutions, so I will 
NOT miss another chance to catch up, 
and also to remember." 

Emily Quinn McDermott has two 
daughters (Elizabeth 7/Faith 4) and 
enjoys trying to achieve a balance 
between work in "the service industry" 
(that of wife and mom) and her rowing 
career. When not volunteering in 
Elizabeth's first-grade classroom or 
studying the effects of sibling rivalry at 
home, Emily trains and competes. She 
says: "Last year I rowed in 8's and 4's, 
but this year I am 'sculling' (2 oars 
instead of one, and boats are reeeallly 
skinny and tippy). It's time consuming 

and a lot of hard work, but a wonderful 
break from reality!" Husband Ed is a 
lawyer in the city and except for breaking 
his hand this winter, is doing great. The 
McDermotts plan to purchase a gerbil in 
the near future. 

Anne Secor had a difficult year with 
the loss of her dad in May, a three-week 
evacuation of her NYC home due to the 
9/1 1 attacks, then the disappearance of 
her great new job at Martha Stewart 
because of company-wide layoffs. The 
better news is that she and Steve just 
bought a "gorgeous" piece of wooded 
vacation land in the Laurentian 
Mountains north of Montreal, on a lake 
complete with babbling brook. Anne is 
busy making lots of promising job con- 
tacts and enjoying the beginning of the 
new year. Kitties Marley and Farnsworth 
are fine. 

Ann Connolly Reagan's daughter 
Hannah has turned 13 and is an enthusi- 
astic snowboarder/tennis player. Ann 
continues her work at The Dragon's Nest 
toy store, and manages to ski and play 
for the Upper-A tennis team in 

Beth Fletcher Lubin's husband 
Marvin has retired from Merrill Lynch 
after 33 years, and is happy as a clam! 
Beth writes: "Son Hill is turning 14 
(HELP!), and as Marvin said recently, 
he's not sure who is more hormonal, me 
or Hill! When the weather warms up, we 
plan on spending as much time at the 
beach as possible, as well as any other 
fun we can come up with." 

Georgia Schley Ritchie is practicing 
law again (King and Spalding), but still 
curates shows of British artists under the 
guise of her company, Young Masters. 
Her last show was in October in London 
and the next will be in March in Atlanta. 
The children (Addison-9/ India- 6/2, and 
Tallulah-272) are well and Georgia and 
Diff continue to enjoy Atlanta. 

Susan Smith Kemp's family is great, 
children growing up. Michelle is 11, Ford, 
9 and Tricia, 7. Susan stays in touch with 
Anne Darden Sell and the two couples 
even had a recent golfing/shopping trip 
to Pinehurst. 

Lillian Sinks Sweeney is a slave to 
the PTA. While her husband is "globe- 
trotting", she's busy on the board of 
directors for Taylor's old pre-school, 
which is a lot of fun. Lillian writes: "I 
hope that as folks read this I'll be in 
Honduras on a summer Mission trip with 
our church. I am looking forward to a 
great experience. All is well, everyone 
healthy and happy." 

At Christmas, Lisa Faulkner-0 Hara 
got the chance to visit Sally (Gray) 
Lovejoy, her husband and parents at 
their beautiful home in Virginia. At the 
time, Sally was due to meet President 
Bush at his upcoming signing of the 
national Education bill, on which she had 
devoted much of her 2001 working life 
on Capitol Hill! Lisa is working within an 
advertising network building a new mar- 
keting research company. This she 
describes as "hectic, but definitely fun. 
My husband and I took a great vacation 

in California last spring and highly rec- 
ommend Carmel Heights and Big Sur to 
anyone who hasn't been there yet. We 
also made our umpteenth annual sum- 
mer pilgrimage to Nantucket with our 
family. My kids (son Bud is 11 and 
daughter Evan is 7) are doing well and 
up to the usual soccer, basketball, base- 
ball, lacrosse, dance, Brownies, and 
piano lessons that comprise a family's 

Mimi Walch Doe says "I have cut 
way back on my travel/talk schedule 
since 9/1 1 . It's just not worth it to leave 
my precious family — unless of course 
they come too and it's an alluring tropical 
venue.." Mimi's big news is that her lat- 
est book, Busy but Balanced (St. Martin's 
Press) was just released! Her web site is: 

Missy Gentry Witherow and family 
are happy in Memphis with daughters 
Somer (8) and Wallace (6). Missy loves 
keeping up with Susan, Francie, Eithne 
and Lillian, and says it's wonderful hav- 
ing Francie back in Atlanta and Martha 
Corretti Coghlan '82 back in Birmingham. 
"Our girls will go to big girl camp this 
summer and then we look forward to 
exploring out west with them. Above all. 
we are so happy to be blessed with good 

Kim Fuller is still a travel agent 2 
days a week because she loves to travel 
and likes the perks. The remainder of the 
week, she works with her husband who 
works at the University of Oklahoma 
Health Sciences Center and is CTO of a 
new small start-up bio-tech company. 
Kim says: "it's been fun getting back to 
lab-bench science and using that degree 
my parents paid for!! I do everything 
from experiments to making lotion. The 
company has discovered a natural anti- 
aging compound. It not only fights wrin- 
kles but helps those with skin problems 
like eczema and psoriasis. Also develop- 
ing a skin lightener for age spots and a 
tanner. It's pretty exciting. We are getting 
ready to launch the wrinkle cream — 
thinking of starting with QVC— but we'll 
see. Keep your fingers crossed — this 
could be really big!!" (Kim, hurry and tell 
us the name of your anti-aging lotion 
before we can no longer remember that 
we need some.) She stays in contact via 
email with Sally Gray Lovejoy and Janel 
Hughes Wiles, and met with Sally and 
Bret in June 2001 for dinner in DC. Kim 
occasionally sees Ann Connolly in 

Randie Mulholland Benedict is in 
her twelfth year as Director of Admission 
at Garrison Forest School in Owings 
Mills, MD where she and her family live 
on the campus in a lovely 100 year old 
home. She and her husband Ben will cel- 
ebrate their eighteenth wedding anniver- 
sary this summer and will have an official 
teenager in the house when their son Lex 
turns 13 in July. Ben is in sales with a 
large manufacturing company and travels 
throughout the country each week. 
Daughter Parker is ten in May and has 
just finished the fourth grade. Her family 
enjoys gardening, skiing, snowboarding, 

lacrosse, tennis, riding and golf. Annual 
vacations take them to the Delaware 
shore, Fort Myers, FL and Chautaugua, 
NY "Best to all my old SBC friends," 
says Randi. 

Shannon Thompson Eadon says 
2001 was almost a very good year. 
Children Logan (11) and Tucker (9) are 
both healthy and happy in school. The 
Eadons were able to enjoy several ski 
trips last year and a family foray to St. 
Johns for Easter She loves designing 
and selling jewelery and Gordie is enjoy- 
ing investment banking. Shannon writes: 
"September 11th. ..both Gordie and my 
brother Brad work in NYC and were 
missing for hours (both are fine); but life 
is not the same. Unfortunately, we lost 
many friends and our community was 
hard hit. So, Christmas was a time of 
healing and reflection. ..we hope that the 
new year will bring peace. I have kept up 
with many Sweet Briar friends via e-mail 
such as Francie, Susan. Missy, Eithne, 
Diana, Muffit and Piffin. Yes! Piffin has 
been found alive and well in England with 
two boys and husband too. E-mail her at . I am sure she 
would love to hear from you." 

Carolyn Hallahan Salomon is happy 
at home with Thomas (2 3/4) and 
Meaghan (15 mo), busy "enjoying life 
through their wonderful little eyes." She 
has also started up an all-natural pet food 
supplement business, which is doing 
well. Husband Robert is eager to recover 
fully from knee surgery so he can get 
back on his dirt bike! Carolyn's e-mail is: . 

Catherine M. Flaherty writes (while 
mid-flight to Denver) that life is hectic as 
always. She continues to be very much 
involved with her career as a Senior 
Sales Manager, and her life at home as 
Mom (to three very cute little boys, by 
the way). They're celebrating Spring 
Break by skiing for one week at Vail, then 
hitting Florida for one more week of fun 
and sun with the boys, now 4, 6 and 7. 

Myth Monnich Bayoud looks forward 
to Charlie's third birthday and his 
dinosaur party at the Dallas Museum of 
Natural History! Upcoming travel desti- 
nations include Palm Desert to visit 
David's parents, and the San Diego Zoo. 
Myth co-chairs the Halloween-themed 
auction at Charlie's school in October, 
and will spearhead with her husband a 
fundraiser for responsible teenage driv- 
ing, scheduled for early 2003. She stays 
in touch with Susan Boline Thompson. 
who with husband Gregg, their daughter 
and twin boys, lives around the corner! 
Myth also keeps up with Brianna 
Boswell Brown, Melanie Bowen 
Steglich and Janel Hughes Wiles, 
whose family had a great Christmas ski 
vacation in Vail. Myth was happy to have 
heard from Leslie Ludwick Bires. Claire 
Dennison Griffith, Lillian Sweeney and 
others over the holidays. 

If you glanced at the Wall Street 
Journal on July 1 1 , 2000, you're sure to 
have seen the full-page photo of Frances 
Root in Smith Barney's ad for Premier 
Selections Large Cap Funds! Francie, 

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focusing on value stocks, is prominently 
featured as Co-manager. 

Beth Newberry writes that she and 
husband Steve are "pulling a "Sarah and 
Abraham". A third child. Porter Brown 
Phillips, was born Novembr 30. 2001." 
Porter shares his name and his birthday 
with Beth's grandfather! 

Tinsley Place Lockhart reports that 
she is no longer married to Hugh 
Lockhart, but has for four years been 
with a man called John Lockhart, which 
she says is handy for the monogrammed 
towels. Her children (Beau, 
16/Esmerelda.13). described as "huge 
and wonderful," joined Tinsley for a visit 
to her mother's home in Scottsville. 
Virginia last summer. The internet busi- 
ness is still a going concern but Tinsley 
has also been working toward a law 
degree at the University of Edinburgh. 
She wrote to us while she was supposed 
to be studying for exams and admits to 
"procrastinating big time. Writing this 
makes my conscience smart, so I must 
go hit the statutes, but would love to 
hear from people. e-mail: / best URL: 

Jill Steenhuis Ruffato returned to 
the states for March/April shows in 
Jackson, MS. Huntsville. AL. Atlanta and 
Alexandria, VA. The news grande is that 
she and Serge have sold their home and 
are moving six kilometers away (toward 
Aix) to begin a new restoration project on 
an old house. Jill also announces that the 
adults painting workshop she has been 
promising for years is about to become a 
reality. She says: "It will focus on Art and 
Faith... I hope it will be a sort of spiritual 
retreat (because) to paint is to pray and 
actively participate in celebrating the gifts 
of nature.." Two one-week sessions 
June, 2002, mailings to come. Her boys 
are thriving and share the soccer ball. 

Dianne Delledera gave birth to her 
fifth child on January 1, 2002! Little Ivy 
joins Robert (14). Dylan (12), Isaac (9) 
and Autumn (5). Dianne claims that 
"between scouts, dance, basketball, soc- 
cer, work, etc.. Ivy will hardly ever see 
the inside of the house!" Rob is currently 
working in Lynchburg, life is nutty and all 
is well. 

Susan Posey Ludeman is fine and 
keeping up with Danny, Jr. (17). Allie 
(15), David (11) and Caroline (8). 

Pam Leuzinger Williams continues 
to enjoy her interior design business, has 
just earned a real estate licence, and 
manages to play a little tennis, too. Will 
(16) and Trip (8) are doing well at Trinity 
and St. Christopher's. 

Mitch Baruch Jeffery tells us that 
Jim is busy with his own asset manage- 
ment firm, Charlie (16) is away at school 
in New Hampshire, and Jane (7) follows 
in Mom's footsteps at the Chapin School 
in NYC. Mitch volunteers at Chapin, 
Lenox Hill Hospital and helps with Red 
Cross 9/11 relief efforts. 

Catherine Mills Houlahan is "over- 
joyed" with the arrival of Rose Evelyn (7 
mo) and doesn't even mind the reappear- 
ance of diapers and baby bottles. Connor 

(7) and Shelby (5) are having great fun 
with their new sister and daddy John is 
also a fan. 

Vicki Clarendon Richter tells us that 
she has accepted a new job as Senior 
Development Associate at the National 
Liberty Museum. The goal is to educate 
children about the meaning of liberty, the 
importance of tolerance and acceptance 
of others. The children (15, 13 and 11) 
are well: the eldest attending boarding 
school at Vermont Academy, younger 
boys at Episcopal Academy. Vicki says 
"Ah, teenagers! Thank goodness I 
remember what I was like!" 

LaQuela Scaife Barnett welcomes 
another grandniece this year, and prac- 
tices her role as combination Brownie 
Mom, Gymnastics Supporter and 
Basketball Fan to daughter Lexi. 
Meanwhile, the family business contin- 
ues to expand, adding a new line of cus- 
tom CD greeting cards, (customgreeting- She sees Jana Joustra once 
a month and reports that she is with HCA 
and having a great time in Nashville. 
LaQuela looks forward to a whale watch- 
ing expedition to Carmel with her Mom 
and Lexi. A trip to Mexico is planned for 
the spring. 

MYSTERY-as in didn't sign name - 
PERSON (possibly Lisa Sturkie 
Greenberg?) has seen Francie Root sev- 
eral times, is still working as an assistant 
fourth grade teacher at Lovett, is a Team 
Mom for baseball and makes the soccer 
scene. Husband Jon is a partner with 
Greenberg Traurig law firm in Atlanta. 

Like everyone else. I (Liz 
Swearingen-Edens) am in perpetual 
motion. Son Alex (6+) daughter Cary 
Pippin (4) husband Joe. my graphic 
design/illustration clients and misc. other 
activities keep me busy. I recently visited 
with Carol Williamson Jenkins, husband 
Nick and son William (8. designs robots) 
on The Ridge in Alabama. House guests, 
wild tennis matches, etc. provided much 
entertainment. Carol is well. Many thanks 
to everyone who contributed to this col- 


President: Miriam Baker Morris 
Secretary: Melissa Bryne Partington 
Fund Agent: Tracy Gatewood Lyons 

Everyone seems to be quite busy 
these days, in the throes of family activi- 
ties, hobbies, work and the dreaded 
"Turning 40"!! Our 20" year reunion is 
right around the corner ladies. I hope to 
see you all there!! 

Wylie Jameson Small writes that 
she has finished her first novel and is 
working to get it published. She is also 
busy with volunteer work at Rudy's 
school and with Rudy's competitive 
squash activities as well as trying to get 
some tennis in a few times a week. 

Mason Bennett Rummel and Rick 
are very involved with their children. 
Bennett is approaching high school and 
Annie is busy with piano and voice and 

Emma is finding cheerleading to be awe- 
some! Mason is busy with her work and 
Rick continues his business selling med- 
ical equipment. Mason had the opportu- 
nity to visit Lea Sparks Bennett last 
spring in Lynchburg. 

Phyllis Feddeler Fejzuli is living in 
Palm Bay. Florida with her husband Alen. 
7 year old son AJ, 9 month old daughter 
Dorian, and Porter the dalmatian. She 
enjoys volunteering at her son's school 
and being a stay-at-home mom. 

Carol Dudley Boswell and her hus- 
band Greg are still in Dayton, Ohio. Greg 
is working with Pella Window Systems 
and is enjoying himself. Lucas (7) is hav- 
ing a blast in 1st grade and enjoying par- 
ticipating in sports. Carol has been sub- 
stitute teaching in their school district 
and thinking about doing graduate work 
in the area of educational research. They 
might be visiting Virginia this summer 
and hope to stop by Sweet Briar. 

Blair Redd Barnes is still working as 
the head trader of Craig Drill Capital. She 
and Chip are living in Rye. NY and see 
Meg Price Bruno quite often. The biggest 
news from Blair is that she had a baby in 
January (she sent her notes just days 
before it was born). Their daughter, 
Raleigh was very excited about her new 
brother or sister. Their son Brandon is a 
junior at Chapel Hill and Jeb will graduate 
from Trinity Pawling this year and then 
head to College of Charleston in the Fall. 
She is excited about seeing everyone at 
reunion next year! 

Grayson Harris Lane completed her 
PhD degree in Art History at Boston 
University in January 2002. She still lives 
in Menlo Park, CA, and is raising two 
children, Campbell (5) and Robert (4). 
She is also involved with Stanford 
University's art museum. 

Amy Boyce Osaki is quite the world 
traveler with her business, Walking Softly 
Adventures, now in its 7th year. She trav- 
eled to Europe for five months last year. 
She stayed with the family she worked 
for in Paris when she was there on SBC 
Junior Year in France. Madame also trav- 
eled with her — she's taken three of their 
trips and is quite a hiker! Amy also visit- 
ed Marijtje van Duijin (who went to 
Sweet Briar for our senior year) and her 
family in Holland. Heidi, Amy's daughter 
will turn 2 this year. Amy also spoke to 
Desiree Bouchat who was in the World 
Trade Center at work on September 1 1 
and got out (on the last elevator out). 
Amy says Eleanor Wells Carter has two 
cute kids and they trade mommy notes. 

Elizabeth Taylor Seifert is still 
Director of Public Policy with 
GlaxoSmithKline. Her children Catherine 
(6). Lydia (4) and Peter (2) are growing 
like the weeds! She says being a mother 
to 3 is a joy and sometimes a struggle. 
Mark is busy building a legal practice in 
Cary. NC. Elizabeth is also looking for- 
ward to seeing everyone at our 20". 

Blair Clark Smith married Calvin 
William "Billy" Swoope III in January. 
They are merging two families — her four 
and his three children! He has twin 8- 
year-old boys and an 1 1 year old boy. 

Quite a crew! Blair is teaching math at a 
middle school (after getting her masters) 
and, of course, running around with the 
kids. There was a mini-reunion at the 
wedding with Leslie Malone Berger, 
Anne Little Woolley and Lucy Chapman 
Millar and their husbands. 

Leslie Malone Berger loves her field 
of speech language pathology and con- 
tinues to work with medically fragile pre- 
emies to three year olds, focusing on 
speech and language as well as feeding 
and swallowing. Alex (10), Kiernan (8), 
and Emilie (5). keep her and Kevin busy 
with homework, lacrosse, baseball and 
gymnastics and just plain running 

Wendy Chapin Albert and Tolly's two 
girls Anne (10) and Eleanor (6) are going 
to the same school and love it. Wendy 
has started riding again and she has 
introduced the concept to the girls too! 
She has enjoyed keeping up with SBC 
friend Meg Price Bruno, who lives in 
Armonk. NY now, and hopes they can 
get together this year. 

Nina Pastuhov is still selling insur- 
ance in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. 
She spent her 40" birthday with her 
boyfriend on a two week vacation to Utah 
for the Olympics. 

Kathy Barrett is getting married this 
year. In March she received her certifica- 
tion in "International Business and 
Corporate Protocol" which allows her to 
teach adults "Etiquette and Dining" skills. 
With this certification, she is now quali- 
fied to teach etiquette to all ages! She 
visited Barb Paulson Goodbarn in 
Denver over the Christmas holidays. 

Martha Riggs Lowrey writes that her 
husband Ron received a much needed 
liver and kidney transplant in September 
2001. She would like us all to consider 
signing an organ donor card — as she 
and Ron were blessed by this wonderful 
gift from someone else. She also had a 
nice visit with Hannah Davis Emig and 
her family in late summer. 

Gigi Harsh Mossburg and her hus- 
band were fortunate enough to attend the 
Centennial Gala at Sweet Briar and she 
said it was an incredible experience! 
They saw Heather Pirnie Albert ('82), 
Francie Mantho Belliveau ('82). Heidi 
Slavin ('82) and their husbands. She 
also went to Heidi's bridal shower, given 
by Heather. Gigi hadn't seen these 
women since 1981 and says it was as if 
she had seen them just yesterday! 

Lee Anne Mackenzie Chaskes is 
busy with her boys Will (14), Robert 
(1 1 ), and Adam (2). Her week is made 
complete by participating in Bible Study 
Fellowship (with over 900 classes around 
the world) and says that studying God's 
word helps her get through the laundry, 
schedule and all of her responsibilities 
with a calm heart and a sane mind. 

Becky Campbell Moravek and family 
are doing well. They are busy with their 
home and their 34' MarineTrader trawler. 
The family made a trip up the 
Connecticut coast and over to Long 
Island. She is also doing lots of volunteer 
work and carting her children Megan 

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(1 1 ) and Jack (8) to soccer games. Her 
husband Bob is still at Southern Star 
Shipping in NYC. 

Barb Paulson Goodbarn saw Bridget 
O'Reilly Holmes in March 2001 while 
the Holmes family was in Colorado for a 
ski trip which looks like it will become an 
annual event! She enjoyed her visit with 
Kathy Barrett as well. 

Ellen Clare Gillespie Dreyer is doing 
well and says that turning 40 was pain- 
less! She is busy with her family, and 
wants to let everyone know if they come 
to the DC area to call her. 

Alicia Nygaard Formagus writes 
they are busy with their two sons William 
(13) and Thomas (11). She has been 
asked to help to reproduce the University 
Park Children's Park (where she lives) in 
Tyler, TX. She says they are also being 
led to develop a Christian Retreat Center 
on their farm in Northeast Texas. 

Betsy Birckhead Glick's big news is 
that they have moved — not out of Hilton 
Head but to a house with more space! 
She is still a stay-at-home mom with 
Kevin (9), and Christopher (4). They 
stopped by Sweet Briar last summer on 
their way back from the Greenbrier and 
were amazed by the construction and all 
the changes. She is very much looking 
forward to reunion. As for Robert and I, 
we are still in Marblehead, MA. Robert is 
busy with seminary and will finish with 
dual masters degrees in Divinity and 
Counseling in the spring of 2004. 1 am 
still working full time at IBM. Our two 
beautiful children, Rachel (4) and Andrew 
(2.5) are the joys of our lives! If anyone 
comes up to Boston, please let me know 
— we'd love to see you! Thank you all so 
much for keeping in touch. It is hard for 
me to believe that I have been doing this 
for almost 15 years (or is it 20?). 
Looking forward to seeing you next year! 


President: Lisa Redd Toliver 
Secretary: Charade Boiling Estes 
Fund Agent: Shapleigh Donnelly 

I couldn't wait to make the trip to the 
mailbox to see what exciting news await- 
ed. Thanks for the great response! The 
first postcard arrived from NJ. Kathryn 
(Kate) Repetto Erskine reports that she 
and husband, Ron are living in 

Terry Cerrina Davis and husband 
were just days away from the birth of 
their first child. Her excitement "jumped" 
off the page. Congratulations, Terry! 

Dr. Nancy Palermo Leitz checks in 
from Charlotte, NC where she lives with 
husband, Tim and children Claire (6) and 
Benton (4). Her specialty is OB/GYN and 
she says that she is blessed to take care 
of lots of SBC grads! 

Drusilla Davis Fadus and Joseph 
are in Marietta, GA. Their little ones, 
Margaret (7), Jim (3) and Katherine 
(17 mos) keep her very busy. "Life as a 

full-time mom gets richer with each 
passing day." 

Kirsten Bailey Atkinson and Loid are 
still in Wilmington, NC. She received a 
Masters in Conflict Resolution and 
serves as the State Board President for 
the Mediation Network of NC. Kirsten 
would like the e-mails of her SBC 
roomies. Roomies? 

Holly McGovern Barber and family 
are enjoying life in Tampa, FL. Holly start- 
ed her own catering business last year, 
but still finds time to run in occasional 
races. She sees Meme Boulware Hobbs 
and family on a regular basis, and is 
looking forward to seeing Ashley 
Simmons Bright this summer. 

Mary Johnson Ryan and Kevin are 
still in West Chester, PA. Mary Grace (2) 
keeps her very busy but she finds time to 
work part time as a Certified Financial 
Planner with Citizens Bank. Jessica 
Sinnott is practicing law at E.I. du Pont 
de Nemours and Co. Last Spring she and 
husband Bill were on campus for the 
Alumna-in-Residence program. She had 
nothing but good things to say and 
encourages others to participate. 

In Redding, CT with husband Devin 
and daughters Emma Jane (5) and 
Beatrice Ann (1), Stephanie Hamilton 
Gregory is busy undergoing yet another 
whole house renovation project. She has 
lost touch with her SBC pals, but her 
New Year's Resolution is to contact old 

After taking a break from teaching art 
history at Queen's College, Katherine 
Redmond Teague and Jensie have start- 
ed collecting art. Jensie IV (7) and twins 
Anne and Redmond (4) keep her very 

Looking for property in the Outer 
Banks of NC? Contact Real Estate Broker 
Louanne Pahel Woody! 

Meme Boulware Hobbs writes, "All 
is well in Birmingham, AL. I'm busy with 
Libby (8) and Whit (6). They play all 
sorts of sports and we do too much! I 
see Elizabeth Cahill Sharman ('84) and 
talk with Holly McGovern Barber ." 

Aloha from sunny Maui. Tricia 
Lonick Vergel de Dios was married in 
Virginia, July 1, 2000. Susan Swagler 
Cowles was a bridesmaid. Tricia has 
been working at the Hyatt Regency Maui 
for 15V2 years as the Wildlife Manager, 
but will begin working with Coldwell 
Banker Island Properties after the birth of 
her son — the special delivery is sched- 
uled to arrive on July 10, 2002. 

Shannon "Spunk" Kuehlwein writes, 
"Great to see SBC again after so many 
years. I'm busy buying a house with my 
partner, so we are decorating, painting, 
building — basically making a mess. I 
love my job as a Police Officer and I'm 
training to be a Defensive Tactics 
Instructor for our department. My work 
as a Firefighter has also kept me busy as 
I am currently working to be certified in 
NH as well as VT. I find myself being 
reenergized in these careers since 9/11." 

Deanne Dawson James, husband 
David and daughter Teagan (2) are enjoy- 
ing life in NC. She works for a software 

company specializing in data protection 
and after the events of 9/1 1 she has been 
traveling worldwide and working very 
hard! Her travels have taken her to South 
Africa, Mexico and Spain. 

Beth Ann Trapold Newton is expect- 
ing her third child in Spring 2002. The 
baby will be welcomed by Gus (8) and 
Bonnie (6). Beth Ann writes, "I'm a bit 
scared about the large age gap, but it'll 
be nice to have built-in babysitters in a 
few years!" 

Karen Gonya Nickles is busy with 
work, family and friends. She is a soccer 
mom — coaching her daughter's (8) team 
and watching her son (11) play. She 
recently had dinner with Katie Hearn 
('85), Loretta Archard ('85) and Anne 
Martin Gonya ('85). 

Mary Beth Miller Orson writes, "Carl 
and I are still in Scottsdale, enjoying the 
AZ sunshine with our daughter Caroline 
(3). We went tubing down the Salt River 
with Eve Hill this summer and went on a 
jeep tour of the red rocks of Sedona with 
Jennifer Green Mitchell and her family a 
few days before Christmas. I'm still an 
attorney at Honeywell in Phoenix." 

Rebecca Young Metro is enjoying 
life as a stay-at-home mom to Katie 
(472) and Andrew (272) in Arlington, VA. 

Stephanie Jones Renfro and family 
moved back to Hickory, NC in April 2001. 
Husband Jim, a Marketing Manager with 
Corning Cable Systems. Helen (10). 
Gavan (772) and Stephanie are glad to be 
back and hope to stay. 

Susan Finn Adams and Michael are 
still in Williamsburg, VA. They celebrated 
their tenth anniversary and moved June 
2001 into the house his late father built 
when Michael was born. What a special 
place for their three children (now 7, 4 
and 3). Sue is still working part-time out 
of their home researching new projects 
for a book publisher. She hopes to have 
some mini-reunions soon (Jen/Linda- 
BNL anyone??). 

Jennifer Green Mitchell is still living 
in Arlington, VA with her husband and 4 
year old daughter but they travel between 
their home in Arlington and their week- 
end place in Madison County. Jennifer is 
a Senior Analyst at a fundraising consult- 
ing firm in DC. She keeps in touch with 
SBC classmates Susanne Gonge 
Bashkin. Mary Beth Miller Orson and 
Eve Hill 

In March 2001 , Mary Jo Biscardi 
Brown and husband returned to the U.S. 
after a 272 year stay in Copenhagen, 
Denmark with his company. In August 
2001 , they made another work-related 
move from FL to PA. They are slowly set- 
tling into their new home and enjoying 
new surroundings in Bucks County, PA. 
Mary Jo is looking forward to serving, 
along with Lynn Mather Charette as 
Fund Agent for Reunion 2006— our 20'"! 

Lee Malley-Lowe still lives in 
Vienna, VA with husband Bill and 2 chil- 
dren, Jack (6) and Megan (2). They are 
busy adding another addition onto their 
home, doing all the work themselves. 
Lee recently started a new position with 
CIGNA as Director of Contracting and 

really enjoys keeping 2 full time 
jobs. . .Mom and professional. 

Corrine Neale reports from the 
Jersey shore that she enjoys her job as a 
clinical social worker at a nursing home 
and is proud to be a certified EMT 

Alyson Carey Goods has had a very 
busy year with her three children, Jack 
(6), Avery (4) and Claire (2). Between 
lacrosse, swimming, skiing, and ballet 
she's not sure why she is called a stay- 
at-home mom! Husband Bob is joining a 
new law firm two years after making 
partner at his current firm. Alyson hopes 
to hear from any SBC friends at her email . 

Jennifer Crossland checks in from 
Richmond, VA. She started a new job in 
October 2001 and says that she is much 
happier! She sees Nancy Ray Wilshire 
(not as often as she'd like) and Linda 
DeVogt (too much). She sees many 
SBCers and now keeps in touch with 
several classmates by email addresses 
exchanged at reunion. 

Dayna Avery Hulme still works in 
medical malpractice litigation in 
Brentwood, TN and has two daughters. 
Courtney (9) and Alexandria (4). She 
keeps busy with third grade and pre- 
school activities, including piano, dance 
and Brownie cookie sales and is involved 
with church choir and Junior League. 
She tries not to miss her monthly Bunco 
group where Jonna Lee Ashwood ('87) is 
usually always there. Dayna and her hus- 
band had hoped to celebrate their 15* 
anniversary in southern France and parts 
of Italy, but plan on it this summer for 
their 16". 

Heather Brown is living in Tulsa, OK 
working as in-house counsel for the 
Williams Companies. She manages their 
litigation across the country and is loving 
it! She would love to hear from long lost 
classmates. Her email: . 

Sharon Beard Testa is enjoying her 
twin daughters Elizabeth and Caroline 
while trying to find time to work and fin- 
ish her dissertation for her Psy.D in 
Counseling Psychology. The twins and 
Mary Johnson Ryan's daughter are pals, 
so she sees Mary and husband Kevin 
often She and husband Scott spent an 
evening with Cara Heard Ellicott and 
husband Ross. Cara's children were fea- 
tured in the Christmas Tiffany's catalog. 
Sharon would love to hear from any 
classmates who are in the Philadelphia 

Lisa Marks has moved to Morrisville, 
NC. She writes, "I have been incredibly 
blessed this past year, in two areas in 
particular. I was fortunate to do a short 
term mission trip with my church to the 
village of Hainomosa in the Dominican 
Republic. I had mixed emotions about 
the trip, I wanted to do something for 
these people and for God, but I felt really 
inadequate and terrified of failure. . . I 
busted a bit of concrete, laid some stairs 
and such, but the best part of the trip 
was what those people did for me... .My 
other tremendous blessing was a job 
opportunity that I love! I have taken a 

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position as a Marketing Director with a 
pharmaceutical company in Raleigh, IMC. 
I would love to hear trom anyone in the 
area or anyone passing through. 

Debby Klepac-Gaskill is living in her 
hometown of Ventnor, NJ. Debby, hus- 
band Greer, children Lillian (7) and 
William (4) spend their winter holidays in 
VT and their summers on the beach. 
Debby has been teaching math in 
Margate, NJ for 10 years and earned a 
Masters in Educational Administration 
from Monmouth U. 

Bella Viguerie Gsell writes, "Nicole 
Yvonne Gsell was born August 3, 2001 , 
joining Christopher (5) and Anne Claire 
(3) in the line up." She had a visit from 
Elizabeth Haynie Walnstein during 
Christmas holidays 2001 and she sees 
Ashley Simmons Bright all the time. 
"Everyone seems to be doing great!" 

Elizabeth wrote from SBC where she 
was attending her first board meeting for 
Friends of Art (FOA). She recommends 
that all art history majors join Sweet 
Briar's FOA and "help make a lasting con- 
tribution to our school." 

When Kansas City had its worst ice 
storm on January 30. 2001 , Missy 
Duggins Green's phone lines were down 
for 10 days and her home was one of the 
250,000 without power. Needless to say 
it was cold and dark, but she didn't get to 
experience this natural disaster because 
she was in Naples, FL for 3 weeks with 
her children, Miles (3) and Nancy Pippin 
(2). The power was restored 2 hours 
before they arrived home. While in FL 
she ran into Lynne Higgins Dreyer while 
on an outing with the children. Missy 
writes, "I had a great time seeing every- 
one last May and look forward to going 
back to the Patch in 2006." 

McKenzie Reed van Meel writes 
from Amsterdam announcing the birth of 
Cornells Mercer van Meel. Daughter, 
Madison (272) speaks both English and 
Dutch and translates conversations with 
Mom into Dutch so her Daddy will 
understand. McKenzie has started paint- 
ing pottery again, whenever she gets the 
chance — actually she dreams about it 
more then she gets to do it! Being a full- 
time mommy keeps her busy. 

Suzanne Craft Bailey and Drew 
moved to a new house in Charlotte and 
son, Christopher started 1st grade. 
Daughter, Elizabeth (2) is doing much 
better after her 2nd set of ear tubes. 
Suzanne started riding horses again after 
15 plus years out of the saddle, but she 
says it's just like riding a bike. She is try- 
ing to participate in more SBC Charlotte 

Catherine Callender Sauls and fami- 
ly visited last summer and she keeps in 
touch with other classmates. 

Robyn Bailey Orchard broke her arm 
in five places, and is almost back to nor- 
mal after an operation and extensive 
therapy. This minor setback didn't pre- 
vent her from being granted tenure, a 
permanent PA teacher certification, and 
passing the language and candidacy 
exam for her Ph.D. in English literature 
and criticism. She hopes to finish her 
coursework summer 2002. 

Ashley Simmons Bright writes, 
"Edgar & I have 3 children Ella (11), 
Gordy (9) and Walker (5) who will start 
kindergarten next year. We're still living 
in New Orleans but have been spending a 
lot of time on the Gulf Coast in 
Mississippi where we have built a home. 
I've been doing lots of volunteer work 
and see Bella Viguerie Gsell a lot " 

Lisa Ringler Bennett and daughter, 
Sydney, moved to a new home on a 100 
acre horse farm. She is still with 
Computer Sciences Corp and loving it. 
She hasn't had time to ride as much as 
she would like to, but has fox hunted a 
few times this winter and just started 
playing polo. She is looking forward to a 
trip to Anguilla in April 2002 — she says 
she can't wait to sit on a beach and chill 

Desiree Petrus writes, "In October 
2001, 1 left the PA Senate Transportation 
Committee where I was Chief Counsel for 
the Chairman to become Research 
Counsel on the 'Casey for Governor' (PA) 
campaign. I am very excited to be part of 
a history-making, high-profile, statewide 
campaign and am working very long 
hours. I look forward to a victorious pri- 
mary and general election this year. This 
year will be a whirlwind year because of 
the campaign so my travel and book 
plans have been placed on hold until 
after the fall election. After the election, I 
will be revising my book, How to Start a 
Business in Pennsylvania at that time and 
anticipate my first work of fiction to be 
published in late 2003. It is my intent to 
continue in politics either remaining 
active in statewide campaigns or moving 
to the national level." 

Elizabeth Lindsey and Ken, a 
Presbyterian minister, are still in rural 
NW Indiana. Still doing freelance from 
home and always looking for new clients. 
Does anyone need a good copy editor? 

Mimi Holland Dinsmore and Tyler 
(HSC '86) are in Charleston, WV. She's 
working part-time at an art gallery, man- 
aging her church bookstore, but still 
finds time to be Mac's (8) cub scout den 
leader. She wished she had paid attention 
to SWEBOP when she had the chance! 

It was great catching up on the news 
first, but I received an unsigned post- 
card: A classmate is living in 
Charlottesville, VA but hopes to get back 
to the mountains of Colorado soon. She 
and her husband are expecting a baby 
boy March 2002 who will join sibling 
Maggie (2). 

As for me, Davis (VMI '85) and I are 
still living in Stafford, VA. I am the Task 
Manager for the Technical Library at the 
Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency in Arlington, VA. Working full- 
time, keeping up with Chelsea (13) and 
Cameran's (8) social calendar leaves little 
time for anything else. Lisa Redd Toliver 
and I try to get together once a month 
for lunch or just to chat on the telephone. 
Everyone take care and I'll see you back 
at the Patch for our 20"! 


President: Whitney Bay 
Secretary: Emmy Leung 
Fund Agent: Kathryn "Kate" Robinson 

As usual, it is great to hear from so 
many of you! I even heard from some 
classmates that haven't sent news 
before. Everyone has been keeping so 
busy! I have received several baby 
announcements, many of which are 
girls. We definitely have a large num- 
ber of potential candidates for the 
Class of 2023! 

Remember Happy Gilbert? Well, 
it's Allegra Helms now. After leaving 
SBC she finished up college in DC at 
American University, majoring in 
Economics and minoring in CS and 
Accounting. She worked for Mobil Oil 
in Fairfax for about 5 years. She now 
lives in Lynchburg with husband, Joe, 
and their two labs. Hannah and Rosie. 
In December, after several years of 
running a part-time photography busi- 
ness and working full-time at J Crew, 
she made the leap to being a full time 
photographer! Her work has been fea- 
tured in The Knot Mid-Atlantic Wedding 
Pages and The Knot Carolinas Wedding 

Jill Whittaker Player is still in 
Austin Texas and loving it. She is stay- 
ing busy at home with Josh (4), Grey 
(2), and is due with her third child 

Tracy Carter Warren and Andy are 
expecting their third child in 6/02 — 
adding to Caroline (6) and Drew 
(3), not to mention 2 dogs and 2 cats! 
Andy commutes to his job as CFO of 
CNBC and Tracy stays at home with the 
brood in Ridgefield. CT. 

Dana de Holl Lesesne has moved 
to Sewanee, TN. Husband, David, 
accepted the position of Dean of 
Admissions for the University of the 
South (Sewanee). Their twin girls, 
Madlen and Tess, turned five the day 
after Christmas and are growing up to 
be quite the little equestrians (like 
mother, like daughters). The move has 
allowed Dana to get back into horses. 
She got a 3-year old thoroughbred for 
Christmas. The girls have a pony, also, 
so they spend most of their time at the 
barn. A mini reunion was held at their 
beach house last Spring— Jill 
Needham, Christen Anderson 
Abernethy, Rebecca Hendrix, Lee 
Lefkovits Dawkins, Amanda Germond, 
Amy Oftaway Zambetti. Helen Bradley 
Tarbufton, Nancy Belhea Howell, 
Ailish O'Connor and Beth Gottlieb 
were all there. 

Clara Green is living in NYC and 
happily pursuing a career in the per- 
forming arts. She directed her first NY 
production recently and has appeared 
in several plays, also modeling in print 
ads. Despite what has happened, she 
still thinks this is the best city in the 
world. On 9/11, she was on the 63rd 
floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and saw 
the whole thing. She would like to 

thank everyone from SBC who called 
or emailed to see if she was okay. 

Sarah Anderson Stanton and Murray 
now have two little boys, Gray (3) and 
Olav (1 Vs). Both boys ride, and Gray is 
now skiing. Sarah has 3 horses to keep 
in shape, and Murray continues to 
restore antique Harley Davidson motor- 
cycles. He has three, 1923, 1926, and 
1927. He also has an array of British 
bikes to ride for fun. The farm keeps 
them busy, and they plan to host a 
Hunter Trials and a Hunter Pace this 
summer. Sarah is still teaching piano, 
and Murray has his law practice. They 
moved into their new house in the sum- 
mer of 2000, and Murray just moved into 
his new office, which is located on the 
farm, a 1/4-mile from the house. 

JoAnn Bogolin is still in Atlanta, 
working as a health care actuary at 
Tillinghast-Towers Perrin. She has 2 
dachshunds. Daisy and Posey. 

Sans Good Washington has had a 
busy year as assistant treasurer for her 
Junior League. She and husband Michael 
are busy shuttling sons, William (9), to 
Pony Club meetings and riding lessons, 
and Beniamin (19 months) to what has 
become grandmother's day out! 

Tish Markey Hutter and Rob are still 
living in Mexico with their 3 children, 
Harrison (7), Katherine (572), and Anna 
(2). They are enjoying the warm sunny 
weather and doing a lot of traveling 
throughout the country. They will be 
there for 2-3 more years. 

Stacey Hannan Quinn will celebrate 
her 10" anniversary with Siemens Mobile 
as a Principal Technical Writer in 
April! Siemens was awarded $100 
Million deal with Cingular Wireless last 
October so they are all very busy working 
to fulfill the contract. She has also been 
busy with the Junior League of Boca 
Raton and trying to enjoy family life. 
Courtney Anne turned 2 years old on 

Whitney Bay Shuck is still working 
as a web architect for Maritz Travel. Her 
new jewelry business is also doing well. 
She has started lampworking classes, so 
she can make her own glass beads. 
Husband. Quin works for AMPS design- 
ing a power source for NASA's deep 
space probe. They will celebrate their 
second anniversary this year. 

Twig O'Dell Tucker now lives in 
Medina/Orono, MN. She has three chil- 
dren, Jack (7), Will (5), and Katie born 
2/2/01 ! Karen Greer Goss is Katie's god- 
mother Amy Ottaway Zambetti has 
moved back to her hometown of Gross 
Pointe, Ml. She has two sons, James (7) 
and Charlie (5). She visited with lei 
Ollison during the Christmas holiday. 

Michelle Lennane Gorman lives in 
Bozeman, MT, where she enjoys sleigh 
riding with her horse and sons, James 
(4) and Thomas (3). Husband, James is 
remodeling a farmhouse. They ski and 
play soccer in their "spare time." 

Amy Sanidas and husband, Daniel, 
are waiting the arrival of their first child 
3/02. They are enjoying life in NYC. 

Elizabeth Fokes Pettys is a legal sec- 
retary with Richter, Head, Shinall & 
White, LLP. She will begin paralegal certi- 

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fication in the spring. She wants to even- 
tually be an attorney. Husband, Richard, 
also works in the legal field. They live in 
Atlanta with their 7 cats! 

Anne Caston Gaa lives in Baltimore, 
MD and works as a nurse at Johns 
Hopkins Hospital. She is also working on 
a dual Masters degree in Public Health 
and Nursing at Hopkins, and hopes to 
finish 12/03. 

Jill Needham Franke and Doug live 
in Fort Worth, TX. They have a 5-year old 
son. Jill is working for Organon 

Shelley Brashear Tomlin, Edward, 
Haley (6), Edward-James (4) and John- 
Francis (1) are living in Dallas, TX. 
Shelley started her own business, The 
Live-In Connection, Inc., which provides 
sitters/companions for the elderly. She 
keeps in touch with Betsy Howie and her 
daughter Kathryn (1). She also sees her 
sister, Shannon Brashear Longfield ('92) 
and her children, Max (3) and Avery (1). 

Deana Catana Lemert is enjoying life 
in Pittsburgh, PA. Daughter, Phebe will 
start Kindergarten in the Fall! Deana and 
her husband are expecting their second 
child 5/02. 

Jill Causby Skerlak, Michael and 
their daughter, Lauren (2) have relocated 
to Northern NJ. Jill is happy to be back 
on the East Coast, which is closer to her 
family in VA. She is enjoying being a 
stay-at home mom and is active in the 
Junior League of Morristown, Moms 
Club and plays tennis weekly. 

Hildee Williams Wilson and Alistair 
welcomed their second child, Ian Alistair 
6/7/01 . She has decided to stay at home 
with Ian and Emily (7), after working at 
the Knight Foundation for 10 years. 

Colleen Bradley Bell and Bradley are 
expecting their 4th child 5/02. They have 
one boy, Chasen, and two girls, Caroline 
and Charlotte. Colleen is Chairperson for 
the West Coast Executive Board of Best 
Buddies International, a non-profit organ- 
ization dedicated to improving the lives 
of people with developmental disabilities. 

Andrea Williams Oakes lives in 
Staunton, VA with husband Kenneth and 
their girls, Jaclyn (7) and Alex (6). They 
are expecting their third child. Andrea 
works for Cincinnati Insurance Company 
and serves on the city School Board. 

Sarah Consolino Murphy, Bill and 
their 3 children moved to Racine, Wl, last 

Karen Ashworth Lambert is living in 
a suburb of Atlanta. She works as an 
occupational therapist and manager of a 
rehab. unit. She and husband, Daniel have 
2 children, Jack (2) and Sam (1). Julie 
Littleton Smith and Buddy welcomed 
their 4th son, Mark Joseph, 3/20/01 . He 
weighed in at 8lbs. 12 oz. Their other 
boys are Harrison (9), Drew (3), and 
Michael (2). Julie is kept busy with 3rd 
Grade, baseball and football practices, 
mother's day out activities, church, etc. 
She and Buddy have purchased a lake 
house and are looking forward to a fun 

Pauline Hanson Palm is living in 
Fort Worth, TX, and is in her 9th year of 

teaching art at Meadowbrook Christian 
School. She also teaches Bible to Junior 
High students and is the yearbook coor- 
dinator. Allyson Welch Cain, Tom and 
Nicole welcomed a little girl, Natalie Cain, 
12/06/01,10 lb 3 oz, 22-inch long. Ally 
still works at She 
has stepped down from manager to 
become a Senior programmer and will be 
working part-time, so she can stay home 
as much as possible with Natalie. Tom 
works with Mitretek, saving the world 
from chemical weapons. 

Kim Kline Malone and David are 
doing great, and adjusting to the popula- 
tion explosion in the house. Twins, Sarah 
and Jeffrey will be 1 yr old in May, and 
their lives have been very busy since 
their arrival. Brother Brendan (4 in Aug) 
is enjoying his babies, and is very protec- 

Kate Robinson Hillestad has traded 
in her classroom of students to stay 
home with Kathryn Grace born 4/4/01 . 
She still teaches several students and 
enjoys the rewards of working one-on- 
one. Katie Grace visits the stable regular- 
ly with her mom and had already been to 
SBC before she was 6 months old. 

Sandy Compton Sellman hosted a 
mini reunion on 2/9/02, for daughter 
Alex's first birthday. Kim Malone, Allyson 
Cain, Kate Hillestad, Madeleine Corbo 
and their children were all in attendance. 
I ran into Nancy Quinones Chancier at 
the VA Bio Conference last Fall! When 
not traveling, she plays with her 2 grey- 
hounds, 3 cats, and a horse that she is 
leasing. She is working for the Virginia 
Economic Development Partnership as a 
Senior Manager of Business 

As for me, I am heading into my 4th 
year at Wako Chemicals USA. I am the 
Product Manager for the laboratory 
chemicals division. I am enjoying the 
work and the occasional business trip. In 
my free time, I enjoy trail riding along the 
James River with my horse, Cadot, and 
my labs, Sampson and Dillon. Keep the 
news coming! I can now include notes in 
all issues of the magazine, not just once 
a year. Also a quick note that you can 
now make your contributions to the 
Alumnae Fund online! 


President: Catherine Gornto Freeman 
Secretary: Kimberly Olmstead Calhoun 
Fund Agents: Keeley Sullivan Jurgovan; 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll 

Stacey Simpson is living in 
Unionville, PA, working for Intervet, Inc. 
as an equine specialist and territory man- 
ager for the mid-Atlantic region. She 
works a lot but still has her horses as a 
side business. Stacey is keeping in touch 
with Marilyn Adams, Catherine Gornto 
Freeman and Tracy Loftus Keller from 
time to time. 

Jennifer Brodlieb Cacioppo won't 
make it to reunion because, it is a few 
days before her second child is due and 

she is hoping to squeeze in a few rounds 
of golf just before the due date. Jenny 
has been talking with Pokey DuPont 
Schifl trading baby tips — her first one 
was born in November and his name is 

Jacqueline Geets Henry was just in 
NC visiting Pokey and playing mother's 
helper. Pokey plans on introducing Riker 
to Jenny and Lisa Crego when Jackie, 
Lisa and Pokey come to stay with Jenny 
in NYC this spring. Along with visiting 
with friends Jenny is busy at her church 
and taking care of Annabella (2). 

Amy Dickson Riddell's biggest news 
was the addition to their family on 
3/29/01. Grace Katherine was born mak- 
ing Lauren and Emily very happy big sis- 
ters. Tim is still a Family Practice doctor 
with Ochsner Clinic in Mandeville and he 
loves it. He just bought a fishing boat so 
he is now in fisherman's heaven! Amy is 
staying busy being a mom, playing in a 
volleyball league, being a Daisy Scout 
leader and Co-chairing the Ochsner hos- 
pitality club on the Northshore. They are 
very happy in Louisiana, but will soon 
grow out of their house so watch for our 
change of address cards! She cannot 
wait to see everyone at reunion. 

Tracy Loftus Keller and her husband, 
Chris, had a baby girl, Caroline, on 
7/31/01. She is still a paralegal and PA 

Kelly Brown Estes is keeping busy 
with her children — Ben (5) who is in 
kindergarten and Julia Katherine (3). She 
continues to teach 2nd grade in 
Washington, VA. She keeps in touch with 
Heather Metzler Allen and Megan 
Spadaro Proffitt. She is looking forward 
to seeing everyone at the reunion in 

Jen Valentine Van Ness and her 
husband, Jim, are still in Richmond and 
loving it. They have two children — 
Ashton, who will be 3 in September and 
Hank who will be 1 in April. Jen is still 
selling real estate and enjoying that very 

Brett Haltiwanger has been in the 
bay area for Th years now and she 
thinks it's been great. She started com- 
peting in triathlons in the summer of 
2000 and despite a serious head injury 
from a bike fall last year, she is gearing 
up tor the coming race season. Brett 
recently went to Japan for a meeting 
(and a little vacation) and found that 
Japan was spectacular. She only wishes 
she could have spent more time there 
after the meeting. Brett is also enjoying 
her postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley, 
but she is playing around with the idea of 
going to law school in order to become a 
patent attorney. She would love to hear 
from some of you and know what is 
going on with you. 

Janeime Asbury is living in Atlanta 
and has two girls — Jaela is 6 and Janelle 
is 3. Along with her hygiene career they 
keep her pretty busy. Janieme recently 
caught up with Fie Carmouche Hill 
before Fie moved to DC from Atlanta. Fie 
is currently expecting her third child! 

Heather Metzler Allen has had a 

good year. She is now a Branch Manager 
for Sun Trust Bank and loving it! Her two 
girls are now 6V2 and almost 3. Heather 
keeps in touch with Kelly Brown Estes 
and Megan Spadaro Proffitt and they are 
hoping to have a mini reunion before the 
big one in May. 

Elizabeth Roane took some time off 
from working and went to France for the 
summer to take a French immersion 
course. She returned to NYC just after 
9/1 1 and has had a tough time finding a 
job since. However she is very positive 
and feels certain that she will find some- 
thing soon. 

Jennifer Toomey Driscoll is enjoying 
Hagerstown, MD with her husband 
Charles and Kate (4) and Betsy (1). They 
had a wonderful holiday visit with Diana 
Bradford Walsh and Nick in NYC. Jen 
writes, "Diana deserves a gold medal for 
braving the Barbie Dept. at FAO Schwartz 
with my daughter Kate!" Also, Jen had a 
ball spending Christmas in Williamsburg 
with Margaret McClellan Driscoll, her 
husband, Sean, and their children, 
McRae and Parker. 

Cathy Driskill Hindman is looking 
forward to seeing her old roommate, 
Tricia Pheil and other classmates at 
reunion. She is busier than ever with her 
children. Tabitha will turn 10 in February, 
Jack was 6 in December and Andrew is 
2! Cathy works part time as a volunteer 
coordinator at New Covenant Schools 
where Tabitha and Jack are in school. In 
addition to all that she is serving on the 
Board of her Home Owners Association 
and she teaches Sunday School for 2 
year olds. 

Kyra Meelan Werner got married on 
10/6/01 in NY to Judd Werner. 
Stephanie Brundage Snasdell was in 
the wedding while Kathy Hughes and 
Barbara Baisley attended. Kyra and her 
husband just closed on a purchase of 
33.5 acres of land and hope to build a 
house and a horse barn next summer. 

Catherine Gornto Freeman has a 
crazy life in the household with 3 little 
ones — Charlotte (3) and David and 
Lawrence (2) definitely keep them on the 
go! And to add to the chaos they recently 
added a new member to the family — a 
black lab named Tallulah! Catherine had a 
wonderful trip to NYC in Dec. and got to 
visit with Marilyn Adams and Lindsey 
Jenkins Matthews and her 3 adorable 

Leise Scheppe Hammer and her 
husband, John, saw Elaine Barksdale 
Finucane and her husband, Michael, at 
their family farm for a duck-hunting trip. 
Leise has two children Jack (3) and Duff 
(1). John and Leise will be celebrating 
their 10-year anniversary this 6/27/02 — 

Charlotte Bonini and Deiss are living 
in Castine, ME where life is good, but a 
little hard in the snow. Charlotte made a 
trip south and had a ball visiting with 
Tracy Steele, Jennifer Toomey Driscoll 
and Margaret McClellan Driscoll. 

Jamie Delmonte Galbreath just had 
another baby girl, Elizabeth Hadley, on 
1/14/02 Wendy Newman Bragau ('86) 

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and Katey Miller Hennig are her god- 

Tracy Steele and her husband Kevin 
welcomed Caroline Addison to the world 
on 1/11/02 and reports that all is well! 

Kristen Liljegren Maurice has had a 
crazy year. She had been working on her 
Ph.D. dissertation and teaching interna- 
tional grad students at the University of 
Florida. But on 1 2/8/01 she got married 
to Andrew Maurice and they are now liv- 
ing in Charleston where he is doing train- 
ing in the Navy as a submarine officer. 
They are not going to be in Charleston 
for long but they are enjoying the city 
while they are there. Kristen is looking 
for a job and doing a little teaching while 
still working on the dissertation. 

Anne Vogel Swan's exciting news is 
that her oldest son. Liam, will become a 
big brother in 4/02. when Anne and her 
husband are expecting #2. 

Emily Ghiz moved to Atlanta from 
Boston in 1/01 and for the last year has 
been working as a pastry chef consultant 
for two restaurants in the Atlanta area. 
Recently Emily has started her own busi- 
ness working with custom designed 
wedding/specialty cakes and handmade 
chocolates. She is trying to get used to 
the southern climate after living in 
Colorado and New England for years. 

Ginger Marks Collier's biggest news 
to share is the birth of their second 
daughter, Dabney Windrow, on 11/06/01. 
Ginger is pleased to report that her oldest 
daughter, Stuart, is adjusting just fine. 

Judy Currie Hellman got married on 
9/8/01 to Robert Hellman and they are 
currently living in New Canaan. CT. Judy 
is in school in Manhattan where she is 
two years into a four-year program 
studying Spiritual Psychotherapy. In 
addition she is working as a nutritional 
and behavioral counselor. Judy frequent- 
ly sees Elkin Cushman and also recently 
caught up with Betsy Butler (91) and Toi 
Reynolds at her wedding. 

Kathleen Davis Willis has been liv- 
ing in metro-Boston (town of Wayland) 
for almost two years now with her hus- 
band, Dave, and daughter Morgan. It's 
been great for job security and certainly 
an intelligent career move for Dave, but it 
is nothing like the 'mountains of Maine' 
that they grew to know and love. They 
are living on a 'gentleman's' cattle farm 
so they get to experience a fairly rural 
lifestyle. Feeding cows every other day... 
assisting with other livestock, etc. 
Kathleen is still a very satisfied and suc- 
cessful full-time mother who dabbles a 
bit in freelance public relations proiects 
from time to time. Kathleen returned 
from a trip to Breckenndge. CO where 
she stayed with Harriet Farmer Hoffman 
and her husband. Scott. Harriet is an art 
teacher at Summit County High School 
and is beginning to commission her art- 
work around town. And, Harriet's athleti- 
cism has not changed since college — 
Scott and Kathleen cheered her on at a 
co-ed ice hockey game one night. 
Kathleen was able to see Holly Hicks — 
who lives in nearby Crested Butte, CO — 
and meet her fiance. Randall Palmer. 

Margaret McClellan Driscoll and her 
family are doing well in Williamsburg. 
VA. Margaret is busy spending time with 
McRae (372), who loves pre-school, and 
Parker (1), who is a big. sweet boy. 
Margaret enjoyed seeing Holly Caswell 
King and her son, Caswell and Keeley 
Sullivan Jurgovan and her son, Jack 
over Thanksgiving. 

Kate Haw is having a ball as 
President of Friends of Art. She writes. 
"It's the most satisfying contribution I've 
ever been able to make to the College, 
and it has been a great opportunity to 
build relationships with alumnae from 
graduating classes of the last 60 years. I 
encourage everyone to join the friends 
and take advantage of what we are all 
about." Kate is still living in New York 
and working at the American Federation 
of Arts. 

Pokey Dupont Scruff gave birth to a 
son Riker on 11/12/01. 

Jackie Geets Henry came to visit 
Pokey over the holidays. 

Cricket Rabin Katalevsky sends her 
greetings from Northern California. She 
and Kinll are doing great and expecting 
their first child in 6/02. As for myself — it 
is always so fun to go to my mailbox and 
see postcards from you all. I love hearing 
from you! Everyone who wrote/emailed 
me mentioned how excited they are to 
head back to SBC to celebrate 10 years. I 
am sure it will be a blast! Clay and I are 
doing well with Lily (2 in May) and get- 
ting ready for #2 in late April or early 

Holly Caswell King and I take Lily 
and Caswell to a music class once a 
week, which is wonderful. They like to 
hold hands and talk to each other (in a 
language only they can understand) as 
they walk out of class. It is a riot! We are 
helping each other learn a lot about the 
thrills and spills of toddler land. If I don't 
see you at reunion I hope you had a fan- 
tastic time! Take care everyone! 


President: Jessica Elaine John 

Class Secretary: Heather Lynn Reardon 

Dear Friends, 

Reading your notes this year, I could- 
n't help but be amazed at the collection 
of fabulous women that make up the 
class of 1995. Listening to the stories of 
the winding paths of each of your lives 
brings back such vivid memories of our 
years at Sweet Briar and the magic that 
happened there which set us off on our 
great journeys. I hope that you enioy the 
following stories as much as I have. 

Catherine Orr is working in Africa 
guiding private horse safaris on a private 
game reserve in the Lapala Wilderness. It 
is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 
adventure. There is no electricity or com- 
munications at the base camp, so she 
will have to wait until she gets back to 
Michigan to begin planning her wedding 
to high school sweetheart, Jack. 

Jennifer Parker is a speech therapist 

specializing in pediatrics at Pottsville 
Hospital. She has come to really love her 
job. On a trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas 
last March, her boyfriend, Art 
Raudenbush, proposed to her. They will 
marry on May 18th, 2002. 

Kimberly Roda Moorhead and Tim 
moved to Louisville, Kentucky, after he 
completed his MBA. Kim still works for 
the Information Technology Association 
of America as their VP of Marketing. She 
recently was honored to become a mem- 
ber of the Kentucky Opera and landed a 
role in Carmen which made her thankful 
for the first time ever that she had taken 
Prof. Leveau's French classes. Mary-Byrd 
(Schroeder) and Jack Braun plan to visit 
in the winter. 

Laura Swope Townsend has 
returned from Germany to live in North 
Carolina. She works part-time in the 
Preschool Department of the church she 
and her husband attend. Her son, 
Andrew, turned two in September and 
continues to bring his parents great joy. 
They still live in Fayetteville while her 
husband, who is a Captain in the Army, is 
stationed at Fort Bragg. Laura keeps in 
touch with Lola Bailey who is still work- 
ing hard as usual. 

Peter and Maren Howard Leggett 
moved to Scottsdale, Arizona last 
January for Peter's job with Ping Golf 
Manufacturers. She is teaching English 
as a second language to her second 
grade class. She still gets together with 
her SBC friends for weddings and fun. 
She keeps in touch with Meredith, Lucy, 
Eileen, Carson, and Jessica. 

Carson Scheppe is still working for 
the Atlanta Mart. She bought a house 
and is planning to marry Scott Hobby in 
June. They were engaged in New York in 

Meredith Williams and Lynden 
Melmed were engaged on New Year's 
Eve in Dallas. It was wonderful, romantic, 
and perfect. Lynden went to UVA for 
undergrad and law school, so they will 
hold the wedding in Charlottesville next 
fall. They are planning a small wedding at 
Ash Lawn Plantation near Monticello. 
After, they will honeymoon in South 
Africa as Lynden was born there and still 
has many family members there. 

Jessica John Ponce had a whammy 
of a year last year as she married Steve 
on January 6 and had baby son Treatt on 
December 6. She is still living in Vero 
Beach, Florida, and she is enjoying some 
time off from work to cuddle the new 

Lucy Deoliveira Bosworth is a part- 
ner in an employment firm in New 
Orleans and working a crazy schedule. 

Eileen Yates Von Herbulis and Brian 
moved to Virginia for his job with the 
Marine's war lab, working as an interior 

Theresa Moore Smith is enjoying 
both the rewards and challenges of being 
a stay-at-home mom to daughter Rachel 
Lynn who celebrated her first birthday on 
January 23, '02. 

Margaret Bruha of Lake Bluff, IL 
vacationed in Rio de Janeiro last year, 

and recently returned from a travel 
adventure in Costa Rica where she visit- 
ed the Arenal Volcano and Pacific 
Beaches. Margaret is now training for her 
first marathon, the Kona Marathon in 
Hawaii where she will be running for 
support of the American Diabetes 

Speaking of marathons, after a fabu- 
lous recovery from her back surgery, 
Gwen Hickey-Babcock and husband 
Devin completed their first Triathalon in 
October. They both came in first in their 
age group. Even more exciting, Gwen's 
going to be a mom next fall. Her due 
date is September 17th. 

Kelly Hall is currently working on a 
doctorate in Medieval Literature at Florida 
State University. She spent the summer 
teaching college level literature classes 
for the US Navy, living on board the 
U.S.S. Arctic. She says it was her best 
summer job ever and she enjoyed the 
free trips to Ireland, Scotland, Spain, 
France, Crete, and the Arabian Gulf. 

Holly Prothro Philbin and Philip had 
their second child. Luke Holland, in 
September. He joins his two-year-old 
brother Charlie. 

Sarah Glenn Stafford Mercado had a 
baby girl, Scout, just one day earlier. She 
and AJ are living in Dale, Texas. 

Beverly Stone loves her job as a 
tenth grade teacher in Richmond. Home 
ownership is still treating her well and 
she works in the yard to escape the 
"real" world. Volunteering this year with 
Junior League has been rewarding for 
her. She leads a reading program funded 
for at-risk students. She keeps in touch 
with Gwen Hickey-Babcock. They were 
both bridesmaids at Bergen Hall's wed- 
ding last July. 

Anne H. Cho is living in New York 
City and selling real estate for Insignia 
Douglas Elliman and loving it. So if any- 
one is looking to buy or sell their apart- 
ment or townhouse, let her know. 

Willie, Aiko, and Tracie Burroughs 
are cavorting in the majestic shadow of 
the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Tracie 
teaches wildlife biology at the local com- 
munity college and high school science. 
She passes her summers working for the 
Division of Wildlife. For R&R, she back- 
packs the wilderness, which is gracious 
enough to share its majestic wonders 
with her, and gallops across the open 
plains. Just last week, she rescued a 
snowy Pegasus, invented time travel, 
dined with Zeus in the heavens, brought 
peace to the world, shared secrets with a 
mermaid, and rode the magical Pegasus 
into the night sky to capture Stardust. 
Life is a never-ending adventure. 

Christine Patten Hundertpfund and 
husband Jan live in Barcelona, Spain. 
She has taken a leave of absence from 
her job with Continental Airlines. She 
received her English Teaching Certificate 
and is now teaching English as a second 
language. For now, she is happy to 
remain on one continent for a while. 

Robin Hendrickson is working as an 
assistant manager at Chanel in Highland 
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English Griffith is in Charlotte work- 
ing for Merrill Lynch and planning a trip 
to London. She and Susan Woodward 
Yeatts went up to Philadelphia to visit 
Cee Cee Valentine's new house. Snooz 
and Cee Cee are both well. 

Eugenia Stark graduated from UVA 
Law in May of 2001. Congratulations to 
her on passing the VA Bar exam. She is 
now working at Gibson, Dunn, and 
Crutcher. LLP in DC and practicing in the 
area of tax and employee benefits ERISA. 
She sees Tina Carlton and Sarah Young 
often and keeps up with Cee Cee 
Valentine by email. 

Karen Whitby had a busy summer 
traveling to Jackson Hole, WY. She is 
also a new home owner and she has 
been busy with everything associated 
with having your own place. She is still 
working in the President's office at the 
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. 

Katie Maxwell Schellhammerand 
Scott are building a house in Brambleton, 
VA, which is in the suburbs of DC near 
the Dulles Airport. Although the com- 
mute will be terrible, she is really excited 
to be a homeowner. Unfortunately, Katie 
lost her grandmother in October. Her 
grandma was a SBC Vixen too, class of 

Heather Aspinwall is teaching 
school in Alexandria, VA and is having 
fun dating, going out with friends, and 
traveling. In February, she and Kathy 
Whitby went skiing in Colorado. 

Sarah Clifford Weaver attended the 
Friends of Art board meeting at SBC this 
year. She has been a participant since 
graduation, traveling to Paris. New York, 
and Boston to purchase art for the Sweet 
Briar Galleries and making incredible 
connections with alumnae in high profile 
art positions. They have a ball and net- 
work while creating a traveling exhibition. 

Mary Gordon married this year and 
traveled with husband Boyd to England, 
Scotland, and France on their honey- 
moon. She is still teaching special educa- 
tion classes and it is going very well. 

Mary Byrd Schroeder Braun and 
Jack live in Alexandria, VA. They bought 
a townhouse and are enjoying decorating 

Anna Reilly lives in Arlington, VA 
and works as Senator John Warner's (R- 
VA) scheduler on Capitol Hill. It has been 
a scary time for her and her colleagues 
with the September 1 1 attacks and 
anthrax. Thankfully, she and other Capitol 
Hill SBCers are safe! 

Liz Dunck Hayes and Paul live in 
Charlotte, NC. They traveled to DC in the 
fall as Liz was an attendant in the wed- 
ding of James and Kara Dickey Moore. 
Kara and James' wedding was beautiful 
and full of SBCers. They were on their 
honeymoon during September, safely out 
of New York Cat Ehlen, Gretchen Vida, 
and Catherine Orr were also bridesmaids 
in Kara's wedding. Cat lives in Boston 
and Gretchen lives in Tampa. 

Lee Roman Winn still lives on base 
at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station 
in Havelock, NC. She does volunteer 
work around the base and cares for 
Travis, who will be four, and Taylor, who 
just turned two. Jason returned from 

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deployment to Turkey in November '01 
and will be leaving for three months to 
Saudi Arabia in May of '02. He'll be part 
of Operation Southern Watch over Iraq 
(as someone has to keep an eye on 
Sadaam). She's in touch with Jill 
Goolsby. Eleanor Dickinson, Anna 
Hawthorne Henry and Jen Wissman. 

Eleanor Dickinson graduated from 
the Portfolio Center in Atlanta where she 
specialized in Graphic design. She is now 
interviewing in NY and DC for a job. She 
also may have a book published and a 
lifestyle chair that she designed and had 
built was entered into I.D. magazine. 

Daniela Ricci is doing PR work for 
the national MS society in DC, a leading 
volunteer organization that does commu- 
nity service. She stays busy playing soc- 
cer with a women's team in her area. 

Nancy Weigle is living up near 
Boston with her husband Jay Smith 
(HSC '92). Jay is an architect and Nancy 
is a family practice physician now 
halfway done with her residency. She is 
enjoying her job and working with all 
ages and getting to use her Spanish. She 
has delivered over seventy babies so far! 

Kelly Coggshall is currently writing 
her PhD dissertation in Biophysical 
Chemistry and will graduate from UVA in 
May '02. Then we will be able to call her 
Dr. Pepper! 

Amy Woods is to be married this 
May in Costa Rica. She is engaged to 
Peter Jarich from Milwaukee, Wl. She 
and Peter met while in grad school at 
Georgetown University. Amy works with 
Care International in DC. 

Leah Anderson Tidier is very busy 
with three year old son Andrew and one 
year old daughter Natalie. They moved to 
Bowie, MD last year, where she and 
David bought their first home. Since 
Leah is the "house" manager, she does- 
n't get very many days off. She sees 
Harriette Bayse a lot and recently spent 
some time with Gretchen Vida in Florida. 

Lucile Page Martin and Bud are 
doing great in Atlanta. Lucile is in grad 
school at Emory for anesthesia and 
working as an ICU nurse. She plans to 
join Cathy Cummins, Holly Miller, and 
Nancy Weigle in Toronto for vacation. 

I keep in touch with Heather Bond 
Grossman who lives in Manassas, VA 
with her husband Mike, who is a police 
officer, and her two children Ashley, who 
is four, and Michael, who is two. And 
also with Heather Elliott who has moved 
back to ML Airy. 

As for myself, my husband Eric and I 
are building a house and stable on our 
land in the Redlands, which is south of 
Miami. We need room for our new baby 
son Tom and the horses. Tom was born 
in January '02 and he is my angel. I 
spent the down time during pregnancy 
traveling and sleeping which was wise as 
both activities now seem to be very elu- 

Start planning now for our ten-year 
reunion. Until next year, stay safe and 
happy. Holla Holla Holla. Heather Roll 


President: Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar 
Secretary: Dawn Everett 
Fund Agent: Allison Gerber 

This has been some year! It is amaz- 
ing how your view of the world can 
change so quickly. But it is wonderful to 
see that we have all had joys in our lives 
too. I got notes long and short, near and 
far and nearly everyone said they were 
looking forward to our reunion next year. 
So save the weekend of May 16-18, 
2003 (or so I have been told) for our 
very first reunion!! I look forward to see- 
ing you all then and hearing more news 
in the future. 

Mary Ann (Gheen) Bennett and Tim 
are still living in Amherst. She is in her 
4th year teaching at Nelson County 
Middle School. She saw Susan Aronhalt 
in December for Christmas Vespers and 
she was living back at home and finish- 
ing up her Masters Degree in Social 
Work. Susan and Mary Ann flew to 
Nashville this summer and visited with 
Nicki (Benson) for a week. She is teach- 
ing 8th grade English at a private school 
near Nashville. They have a cute house 
and three crazy cats! 

Melissa Rothwell Pembrooke and 
Peter (VMI '98) are the proud parents of 
Sarah Elizabeth Pembrooke born April 7. 
2001 . "We are currently living at Fort 
Hood, TX but hope to be relocating back 
east in the summer." She closed her 
piano studio (22 students) after having 
Sarah. She has traveled back east several 
times to visit family while her husband's 
been deployed. I met up with Anne 
(Smith) Culver (and daughter, Beth) and 
Heather Cushman '97 in Annapolis right 
before Christmas. Anne and Brian (VMI 
'98) bought a house and are living in NC. 

Joanne Hopkins completed her first 
(but not last) Ironman! She finished 
Ironman Florida 2001. Erikka Sund went 
to cheer her on. Joanne and Erikka also 
attended the baptism of Erin (Wortley) 
Valliere's baby. Genevieve. Erikka is the 

Jessica Cronin has been a head- 
hunter in Boston for the past few years. 
"I just got my CPC Certification — which 
will help a great deal! I am so lucky, 
because I love my job, and the people I 
work with have become great friends. I 
am looking forward to visiting Allison 
Gerber Scarlett Swain. Charlotte 
(Rognmoe) Gilbar. and Jayme 
Calabrese Pomroy when we get together 
in DC next month, and I had a trip 
planned to London in April." Scarlett has 
moved back to North Carolina. She is liv- 
ing and working in Raleigh and is so glad 
to be back. Allison finished Law School 
at Tulane and sat for and passed the bar 
in Maryland and is currently living in DC. 

Kathy Carr avoided the news making 
events in the city of Houston this past 
year. She stayed relatively dry during 
Tropical Storm Allison, and didn't have 
any financial connections to Enron. She 
attended Heather Thomas's wedding in 

May. Laura Fitton Pieper has been work- 
ing for the Perry Chief newspaper for 
over a year. She is now a full-time 
writer/reporter/columnist, after starting 
as a front desk receptionist. She and 
Nathane have a puppy. 

Gretchen Gravley wrote with lots of 
news from SBC. She is still in the 
Admissions Office, with many other 
alumnae. She just completed her first 
year at Lynchburg College in the MBA 
program Shelley (Shreve) Oliver still 
loves her Admissions position too. She 
and Jasper bought a house in 
Boonsboro. Christina Cotter still lives in 
Amherst and is still teaching in Nelson 
County. Gretchen also got to see 
Amanda (Diamond) Ring this fall when 
traveling for work in the Durham area. 

Isabel Jean-Pierre finished her sec- 
ond year as a law student at Catholic 
University's Columbus School of Law in 
DC. She is also interning for a Federal 
Court Judge in the United States Court of 
Appeals. She looks forward to graduating 
and beginning a successful career in the 
field of law. Thanks, Gretchen! 

Amanda (Diamond) Ring is in grad 
school getting her Master's of Education 
and was promoted to Head Teacher of 
the Two's and Preschool Programs at her 
center Joelle Jackson graduated with a 
Master's Degree in School Psychology in 
May 2001, and began an internship to 
finish the Ed. S degree. She has been 
doing some fieldwork in the schools. She 
looks forward to working in schools and 
learning through experience. 

Ashley Grosvenor wrote with news 
of Dame (Fitzgerald) Billingsley and 
Melissa Rickman Dame is living in 
Fredericksburg, VA and Melissa is living 
in San Diego, CA. Both are doing well. 
Ashley is in Philadelphia and applying to 
medical schools. 

February 2002 marks Anne-Claire 
Wackenhut's first year of teaching at the 
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. 
She is taking classes toward her lead 
certification and hopes to be qualified by 
the fall. In addition, she was working on 
her thesis this semester. She planned to 
finish in April and graduate from 
Georgetown with an M.A. in Liberal 
Studies in May! She is still with Steven. 
We recently saw Mary Lea (Martin) 
Harris and her husband Geoff She and 
Chantel Bartlett keep in touch and saw 
"Rent" together. She returned to Sweet 
Briar this spring to see her sister Sophie 
graduate. Chantel Bartlett attended the 
Centennial Gala. And was excited to see 
everyone again! Chantal and Kim 
Izquierdo were bridesmaids for Bobbie 
Jo Hedrick at the end of May 2001 . She 
also visited Candice (Broughton) 
Maillard and her husband. Richard, in 
Atlanta. She also visited with Alicia 
Foster in Virginia Beach and had dinner 
with Amy (Peck) Driscoll '92. She had 
dinner with former President and Mrs. 
Bush, former Prime Minister John Major 
and former Sec. of State. James Baker all 
in one night, on 9/10/01 at her firm's 
annual Investor Conference. Her biggest 
news is that she bought a house. She 

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worked hard to fix it up and is very proud 
to be a homeowner. 

Astrid Liverman is still at UVA finish- 
ing up her coursework for a doctorate in 
architectural history. She got her mas- 
ter's in May 2001 in architectural history 
with her thesis on Hector Guimard, the 
art nouveau architect of the Paris metro. 
She planned to travel this summer to 
China and France (to visit with family). 
She has also seen Mary Lea (Martin) 
Harris Britt Sheinbaum and Darelle 
Pfeiffer. She also traveled to SBC to 
introduce her UVA Prof. Richard Guy 
Wilson at the symposium on Sweet Briar 
architecture and then again for alumnae- 
in-residence (young alumnae in the arts). 

Susan Barney is still living in 
Richmond, VA working as a District Field 
Rep. for Congressman Eric Cantor. She 
spent New Year's Eve in Atlanta with 
Lindsay Culp. Cady Thomas and Emily 
Busse She sees Mamie (Tokaruk) Bates 
in Richmond and keeps in touch with 
Tricia (Mohana) Summers Marnie and 
husband Kerry are living in Richmond. 
VA and celebrated their 2nd anniversary 
in December 2001 . They bought a sec- 
ond home and have been busy decorat- 
ing it. She is still working at Fahrenheit 
Technology. Tricia is still living in Virginia 
Beach. She took some time off from 
teaching and is working out of her home 
selling Mary Kay. She has been able to 
take some time and travel, which is good 
for her since Brian has been off fighting 
terrorism since 9/1 1 . She has been to 
SBC to see her sister, who is a sopho- 
more. She also sees Sarah Katherine 
Spangler and Susan Barney often. She 
hears from Melinda Brown who sounds 
like she is doing awesome. She also has 
a puppy, Hailey. that keeps her super 
busy. Sarah Katherine is teaching 
Kindergarten and absolutely loves it! She 
also designed the web page for her 
school and manages to not have a free 
minute! She is also engaged and will be 
married on December 14, 2002. Tricia 
will be a bridesmaid. 

Cady Thomas finished her 2nd of 4 
years of a JD/MBA program in DC. She 
sees Serena Putegnat Susan Barney 
Emily Busse. Sarah Nolton and Lindsay 
Culp often. She bought a house. Serena 
Putegnat graduated from law school in 
December 2001 and studied for the bar. 

Stephanie (Belk) Loter and Tom are 
living in North Carolina in a house they 
bought in 2000. They have many dogs, 
cats, a 30-year-old pony and a turtle. 
Stephanie graduated from NC State Vet 
School in May 2002 and was looking for 
an equine vet internship for summer. She 
and Tom also planned a hike across the 
Grand Canyon this summer. Catherine 
Zahrn graduated from University of 
Hawaii with an MFA in Dance in the sum- 
mer of 2001 . She moved to Spartanburg, 
SC and traveled a lot visiting family and 
friends. She saw many friends at Sarah 
(Herndon) Snydor's '01 wedding. Page 
Darney is a branch administrator for 
Ferris. Baker, Watts and a licensed stock- 
broker. She has two horses and a puppy 
that she is showing in obedience and 

agility. Diana (Jordon) Avery wrote to 
say she and husband Brent have bought 
a house and enjoyed a ski trip to Jackson 
Hole, WY in January. 

Cynthia (Bumgardner) Puckett and 
husband Darrin are living in Georgia. She 
received a Masters in English Education 
from the State University of West 
Georgia. She has been visiting, and visit- 
ed by, many classmates and keeps about 
30 '98ers in touch through letters. 
Brigette Laib has been busy working at 
Ashland-Drew Marine, where she has 
started a new position in the Fire Safety 
Rescue division. Brigette coordinates the 
Fire Safety Rescue sales and service for 
marine vessels in Canada, North 
America, and South America. She trained 
in Holland for three weeks to prepare her 
for the new position. She keeps in touch 
with Cynthia Puckett. Anna Meres, and 
Candice Maillard. Brigette and Anna met 
up with Cynthia in Daytona Beach, FL for 
some sun and fun. before they served as 
Pit Tour Guides for the Pepsi 400 race in 
July 2001. Katie Rinehart is still in Bend, 
Oregon and got her real estate license in 
2001 and works as a Realtor with her 
mother and her partner, Patty Dempsey. 
She bought her first house last summer 
and is really enjoying having her own 
place as well. Heather Thomas got 
engaged in 2/01 to Jonathan Armbruster 
and began planning a May 2002 wed- 
ding. Amanda (Kottke) Wilson and 
Natalie (Lindfors) Recupero will be 
bridesmaids. In October, she went to the 
North American Symposium on Bat 
Research in Victoria, Canada and pre- 
sented her research. This February HAT 
and Jon bought a house. 

Alison Burnett has been the Civil 
Law staff attorney for the Illinois House 
Republicans for the last year and a half. 
This is an election year in Illinois and the 
races have already turned pretty nasty. 

Candice (Broughton) Maillard and 
Richard have bought a house in 
Jefferson, GA. Richard is partner in a 
Scandinavian paving stone company, and 
she is pursuing work in special 
events/events planning, among other 
things. In June, she was the wedding 
coordinator at a friend's wedding. They 
got an Australian sheepdog and are very 
happy Emily (Virkus) Calle and Dan 
bought a condo and Emily's first horse 
(Cricket). Their new home is in McLean 
on the same block as her office building. 
Emily is still ballroom dancing. She has 
been in competition and Dan finished his 
training to become a ballroom dance 
instructor, and he's doing that part-time, 
in addition to his regular job. By far the 
furthest news came from Adair Collins 
in Bulgaria. She has been working in the 
Peace Corps there for the last few years 
and returned to the VA/DC area this sum- 
mer. She taught ESL and conducted 
community/educational development 

I have also been working pretty hard 
for the last year. Tony and I have been 
planning our August 3. 2002 wedding 
since 3/01 when we bought the ring. We 
got engaged in 8/01 after he carried the 

ring in his pocket for 2 weeks waiting for 
the right time. We are planning a small 
wedding at my home church and recep- 
tion at our favorite restaurant. We are 
going to Canada for our honeymoon. I 
am still teaching in Vernon, now 2 litera- 
cy classes and technology every day. We 
do lots of work on plays and are looking 
for a new place to live. I look forward to 
hearing from everyone as our 5"" year 
approaches and can't wait to be back at 
old Sweet Briar! 


President: Sarah Houston 

Secretary: Jennifer (Jenn) Stringfellow 

Hello Class of 2001 ! Nearly a year 
has passed since we graduated (can you 
believe it?!) and I'm excited to report that 
our class is doing great! 

In July Alison Brown moved to 
Roanoke, VA where she took a job as a 
Veterans Service Representative with the 
Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Elise Burdette married Michael 
Paulhus December 29th. 2001 in 
Greenwood, SC. Her bridesmaids includ- 
ed Emily Black, Meghan Frier, Sarah 
Houston and Katie Wood. Elise and Paul 
will continue living in Lexington, VA until 
he graduates from law school in May, 
when they will move to South Bend, IN 
where Paul will assume a federal clerk- 
ship. Elise has been keeping busy with 
volunteering in the Lexington community. 

After graduation. Nathalie Delvoie 
toured Europe with Katherine Morse, and 
is now teaching 5th grade at Fort Belvoir 
Elementary School in Fairfax County, VA. 

Kyle DuVall spent 2 months at the 
University of Ghent in Belgium studying 
Dutch. In October she married Phil 
Blonde. Erin Alberda, Shweta Sharma, 
Christy Holterman, Lon Kovatch, 
Bethanie Swisher, Laurna Kaatz and 
Alison Brown, all from our class, as well 
as Katie McNamara and Salina 
Woodward from the class of 2002 
attended her wedding. Kyle now works 
for First Union Bank in Greensboro. IMC. 
She and her husband hope to move to 
Dallas. TX in March or April 

Sarah Farber lives in San Diego, CA 
where she loves working for DC Comics. 

Elizabeth Finch currently lives in 
Virginia Beach, VA, and works for 
Molawk Marketing, a military distributor 
to all branches of the military in all parts 
of the world. Beth works as an inventory 
analyst for Playstation, and PC games, 
and also helps establish relationships 
with potential clients. 

Sarah Foley lives in Washington. DC 
with Kris Harris '99, and Erin Wright 00, 
and she works for the lobbying firm, 
Katz, Kutter, et al. Her immediate supervi- 
sor is Patricia Ireland, former president 
of NOW, and also our graduation speak- 
er. Sarah also keeps busy playing field 
hockey in the summers. 

Elizabeth Haeberle ("Lizard ") cur- 
rently attends law school at the 
University of Kentucky College of Law 
and will graduate in 2004. 

Sarah Herndon married Raf Snydor, 
HSC '01, on December 15th, 2001. They 
now live in New Jersey, where Sarah 
enjoys working at a dance school. 

Catherine Holswade now lives in 
Richmond, VA where she works full time 
at Maymont Park as a zoologist. 

Sarah Houston moved to 
Philadelphia after graduation, and started 
working for a pharmaceutical company. 
In January of this year she began gradu- 
ate school at La Salle University where 
she will receive her Master's in Speech 

Julia Kientz moved to Charlottesville, 
VA in August and began working as an 
interpreter at Monticello. She was 
engaged to Robbie Ambersley in the fall. 
and they have planned an October wed- 
ding in Jackson, MS. Her maid of honor 
will be Sarah Farber, and her bridesmaids 
will be Ebeth McGovern. Shelly Steiman, 
and Emma Kate Payne ('02). 

Lauri Kovatch moved to New Jersey 
to work for a biotech company in the 
microbiology department. She brought 
her horse with her and hopes to get back 
into competing again soon. She's excited 
about the cruise she's going on this sum- 
mer with Erin Alberda, Alison Brown, 
Bethanie Swisher, Laurna Kaatz and Tana 

Katy Kruschwitz moved to Hoboken, 
NJ and works in the Diversified Financial 
Products Group at USB/Painewebber as 
a programmer/analyst. 

In January. Dawn Martin graduated 
from the BB&T banking school of Wake 
Forest University in Winston-Salem. NC. 
She's back in Lynchburg working as a 
loan office for BB&T. and is getting ready 
to buy her first house. 

After graduation. Amy Mosher 
moved to San Diego. CA with her 
boyfriend, Jered, and now works as a 
lifeguard in Coronado. She has applied to 
Cornell, U of R and San Diego schools of 
law, and will know in the next few 
months where she will go to law school. 

After graduation Elizabeth McGovern 
("Ebeth") moved to Charlottesville, VA. 
She is currently enrolled in the Master of 
Teaching Degree Program at UVA with a 
concentration in French. She also tutors 
high school students in math and chem- 
istry, and continues to ride horses and 
compete when time allows. 

Katherine Morse moved to Waverly, 
GA to take a job as an environmental 
education instructor. Unfortunately the 
program was canceled, and she eventu- 
ally took a job with USC Archaeology and 
Anthropology Institute where she is 
working on an excavation at a Native 
American site near New Ellenton, SC at 
the Savannah River Site. 

Natasha Nicodem completed an 
internship at the Salvador Dali Museum 
in the fall, and now works full time at the 
Gulf Coast Museum of Art in St. 
Petersburg, FL, where she now lives. 

Cristina Paolicchi was accepted into 
the Nuclear Engineering Program of the 
U.S. Navy, and is now at Officer Training 
School in Pensacola, FL. After she gradu- 
ates in late April she will go to a naval 

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base in Rhode Island to begin studies In 
nuclear engineering. After six months 
she will be assigned to a warship and will 
eventually learn to command an aircraft 

Jana Putnam moved to WA, where 
she graduated from Western WA U in 
June of 2001 as the Presidential Scholar 
of the College of Business and 
Economics. She originally took a job with 
the Boeing Company as a logistics spe- 
cialist, and now has a temporary position 
as Secretary Senior of the Office of the 
VP for Student Affairs at Western WA U. 

Emily Reeh moved to OH to work in 
entertainment sales for a small company. 
She continues her education with busi- 
ness and photography classes. 

Ameeka Reeves now lives in 
Lynchburg, VA where she is an algebra 
teacher at E.C. Glass High School. She 
and her fiancee, Scott Cruz bought a 
townhouse in January, and have planned 
a June 15th wedding, which will take 
place in the SBC Chapel. 

Whitney Smith now lives in 
Richmond, VA with two other SBC grad- 

uates. She enjoys working in group sales 
for the Richmond Ballet. 

Leah Solivan moved back to her 
hometown, Shirley, MA where she took a 
job outside of Boston as a software engi- 
neer for IBM. She and her fiancee. Kevin 
Busque, plan on moving into their first 
house in Lunenburg, MA after their 
August wedding. 

Shelly Steiman now lives in Grosse 
Point, Ml where she works in a vet's 
office. She is also taking classes to go to 
veterinary school. 

This summer Meredith Taylor 
moved to Richmond, VA where she start- 
ed graduate school at VCU in the 
Counseling Psychology doctoral pro- 
gram. She will have completed her first 
year at summer's end, and has begun 
work on her master's thesis. 

Megan Thomas moved to 
Fredericksburg, VA where she works at a 
research facility called the Naval Surface 
Warfare Center. She and Brianne Harvey 
('01) will be bridesmaids in Kate 
Talaber's (01) wedding in May. 

Brianne Vogler moved to 
Washington, DC in July, and started her 
first year of medical school at GWU. 

Amy Whitney is keeping busy with 2 
jobs — one as the In-House Coordinator 
for the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni 
Assc and the other as the part time 
event consultant with the Calverton 
School, a college prep school in 
Southern MD. 

Arianna Wolynec-Werner, our 
Boxwood Circle Fund agent, is enjoying 
the jazz and blues clubs in Chicago while 
she's attending the U of Chicago Divinity 
School in the Ethics program. She will be 
attending Nia Fonow's ('01) wedding on 
April 12th, and will be a bridesmaid in 
Amanda Campbell's (01) wedding in 

Rami Achterberg will be moving to 
Salt Lake City in the summer. She got 
accepted to the German MA program at 
the University of Utah, received a tuition 
waiver and stipend and will work as a TA. 
She said, "The alumnae in Salt Lake City 
were so nice and all responded to my 
email. It's great to have such a good 

alumni network. My email address is ." 

Last, but not least: I moved back to 
Northern VA, and in June started working 
full time for a small direct marketing 
firm. Squire & Heartfield Direct, that I 
had interned for throughout college. 
Along with serving as your class secre- 
tary, I'm also serving as the VP of my 
high school Alumni Assoc. 

I loved hearing from all of you — 
thanks to everyone who took a minute to 
respond. Please stay in touch. I hope 
these notes find all of you happy and 
doing well! 

bu etin board 

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For your convenience, gifts to 
the College and Annual Fund 
may now be made online at . The 
site also features a list of 
employers who will match your 
gifts, planned giving informa- 
tion, and profiles of students 
who benefit from your generosi- 
ty. The extraordinary generosity 
of alumnae, parents, and friends 
continues as the College's gift 
totals as of June 30, 2002 
reflect significant giving in sever- 
al critical areas including the 
Annual Fund. Our most pro- 
found gratitude to all who par- 

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a contact list of alumnae who 
either work on the editorial side 
of the media or who have strong 
media contacts in their areas. 
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Retirements, Transitions 

Look for news of faculty/ staff 
retirements and transitions in the 
Winter (December) issue of the 

Alumnae Association Launches 
New Web Site 

Sweet Briar alumnae now have 
a new online "home." With just 
a click of your mouse, you can 
recommend a prospective stu- 
dent to admissions, submit a 
change of address or Class 
Notes, order a Sweet Briar 
Centennial Plate while they are 
still available and send greetings 
to your classmates via a Sweet 
Briar e-card. Here, you can also 
catch up on the latest news, 
read the magazine and keep up 
with Alumnae Club events 
around the world. Come 
"home" today! Go to 

The 2001-2002 Honor Roll of 
Donors will be posted on the 
new Sweet Briar website in the 
fall. It will not be printed in 
magazine form. For their con- 

venience, donors will be notified 
by postcard when the Honor Roll 
is available on the website. 

Order Keepsake Centennial 

The Centennial issue of the 
Alumnae Magazine is available 
with a laminated cover. 
Cost: $5 per issue plus $2 p/h. 
Send order and check payable 
to Sweet Briar College to: 
Alumnae House, Box E, Sweet 
Briar VA 24595. 

Please Give Us Your Updated 
Contact Information: 

(Name, address, e-mail address, 
job information). Phone: 434- 
381 -61 31; fax: 434-381-6132; 
e-mail: or 
write Alumnae Office, Box E, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

Sweet Briar Christmas II 

The Sweet Briar College Choir 
and Chamber Choir 
Jonathan D. Green, director 
Allen Huszti, organist 
Heidi O'Gara, harp 

A new CD of music recorded 
live at the 2000 and 2001 
Christmas Vespers Services at 
Sweet Briar will be available this 
fall. Works include Benjamin 

Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" 
and the premiere of Green's 
"Seven Carols for Treble Choir." 
To order, send check for $15 
($1 2 + $3 S&H) to: Sweet Briar 
Christmas II, Book Shop, Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA 


The double postcards requesting 
news that have in the past been 
mailed from the Alumnae Office 
are being discontinued. Class 
Notes from all classes can now 
be published in every issue of 
the alumnae magazine. 
Alumnae are encouraged to 
send news directly to their class 
secretaries. News, newspaper 
cuttings, etc. that are received in 
the Alumnae Office will continue 
to be forwarded to the secre- 
taries. Starting with the next 
magazine, the winter issue 
(December 2002), we will pub- 
lish the deadlines by which sec- 
retaries must receive your news, 
and we will print the secretary's 
address and e-mail address at 
the beginning of each class's 

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Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 

Julia Gray Saunders Michaux. Class of 1939, has spent the last 63 
years of her life involved in the affairs of Sweet Briar College at 
every level, from president of the Richmond Club and hostess of 
innumerable Sweet Briar functions (a Richmond friend refers to Julia 
Gray as "Mrs. Richmond SBC"), to serving on the Board of the 
Alumnae Association and the Board of Overseers (now Board of 
Directors) of the College. 

She has raised money to build the chapel, sold bulbs to provide 
funds for scholarships, served for many years on the Boxwood Circle 
Committee encouraging alumnae to donate at least $1,000 to the 
Annual Fund, and was chairman of Reunion for her class. On the 
Alumnae Board, she represented Region III (Virginia. Washington, 
DC. and West Virginia) as regional chairman. During her two terms on 
the Board of Overseers, where she served for eight years, she was a 
member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Future 
Directions Committee and chair of the Student Affairs Committee and 
the Planning Committee (Co-Curriculum). A grateful Alumnae 
Association named Julia Gray its Outstanding Alumna in 1987. 

When Julia Gray was elected to the Board of Overseers in 1981. 
she said. "I feel that the liberal arts education offered by Sweet Briar, 
with its broad spectrum of subjects, still best prepares the student for 
participation and leadership in today's complex world. The liberal arts 
college, however, will be constantly challenged by new technologies 
and the desires and demands of career-oriented students. The College's 
curriculum must respond to these challenges if it is to prepare the stu- 
dent for graduate work and the complexities of the real world." 

Recently. Julia Gray heartily endorsed her earlier prescient words, 
saying. "My feelings about Sweet Briar, the importance of a liberal arts 
education and the needs of its students have not changed one whit. 
That's why I knew when I wrote my will that a significant bequest 
would be included so that Sweet Briar is able to continue its fine and 
vital work. It thrills me to know that my legacy will help to assure the 
continuing excellence of the college I have served so proudly and with 
such joy through the years." 

Julia Gray Michaux 

" 'Julie's' the kind of person who has fun wherever she goes, but 
she is particularly partial to Virginia Beach as a place to play. Art 
Shaw's recording of 'Begin the Beguine' is her musical favorite, 
and Charlie McCarthy possesses a big slice of her affections. She's 
doubly honored with two presidencies: of Chung Mung and the 
Spanish Club. As assistant editor of the News, the bane of her 
existence comes in the form of late news articles. She loves her 
work on scenery for Paint and Patches, and she labors cheerfully 
and well for the Orientation Committee, the Studio Club, and the 
Ateneo." —1939 Briar Patch 

"My feelings about Sweet Briar, the importance of a lib- 
eral arts education and the needs of its students have 
not changed one whit. That's why I knew when I wrote 
my will that a significant bequest would be included so 
that Sweet Briar is able to continue its fine and vital 



-Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 



"Alumni College Down Under in 

Australia & New Zealand," November 4- 

16, 2002 

Note: Limited spaces still available for 

trip. Contact Noreen Parker, Alumnae 


"At the Crossroads of Cultures In 
Indochina: Exploring the Treasures of 
Vietnam and Cambodia" 
January 6-21, 2003 

Indochina: lush, verdant topography, monu- 

mental antiquities, exotic temples and ornate 
palaces combine with a textured past — an unfor- 
gettable experience. Dr. Michael Richards, SBC's 
Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History, leads 
this adventure. 

We begin with 3 nights in Hanoi, explore the 
harrowing Deauty of Ha Long Bay and grandness 
of French Indochina, then fly to the former royal 
capital of Hue' to see the mysterious inner sanc- 

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i world's most beautiful coastal routes, the Hai 
Van Pass, to a stop in Da Nang, and 2 nights in 
Hoi An, an ancient port town beautifully pre- 
served. In Saigon we view the renowned Mekong 
Delta, Cu Chi tunnels and the Reunification 
Palace. Going up the Mekong to Cambodia, we 
visit, Phnom Penh and its shimmering Silver 
Pagoda and priceless Southeast Asia artifacts. 
Tour ends with a grand finale - the breathtaking 
ruined Khmer capital, Angkor Wat, rising majesti- 

"Russia River Cruise on the Tolstoy" 
July 11-24, 2003 

Sweet Briar President Muhlenfeld will accom- 
pany our group on this delightful river cruise from 
Moscow to St. Petersburg aboard the M.S. Tolstoy. 
The most luxurious cruise ship on Russia's rivers 
and canals, the Tolstoy accommodates 1 49 pas- 
sengers and crew of 80. Start with 3 nights in 
Moscow: visit the Kremlin, the Kuskova and 
Ostankino palaces and estates; and the Old and 
New Tretyakov Art Galleries of Russian art. Then 
cruise through Uglich, Yaroslavl and Goritsky, 
filled with ancient history, art and architecture 
including the Palace of Tsarevich Dimitry (the slain 
son of Ivan the Terrible) and the monasteries of the 

cialties with delectable French nuances. 

"Alumni College in the Loire Valley" 
May 27- June 4, 2003 

An educational week in the legendary Loire 
Valley, based in the historic town of Blois. Enjoy 
the convenience of 7 nights at the first-class hotel 
Mercure Blois Centre in the heart of the city. This 
tour follows the Alumni College format, with daily 

seminars and excursions. Highlights inclu 

of picturesque Blois, expedition to the chateaux of 
Cheverny and Chambord, visit to a winery in 
Vouvray with dinner in the winery's cellar; a day 
to see the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau 
and visit Amboise and the Leonardo da Vinci 
Museum; and a tour of Chartres' magnificent 
cathedral and the "old town." A panel discussion 
with local residents is included. Tour offers excel- 
lent value: transatlantic air, 3 meals/day, all semi- 
nars, excursions, and accommodations included 
at reasonable cost. 

Transfiguration and Belosersk. See Kizhi Island, its 
fairytale ancient Russian Wooden architecture, 
ana the quaint riverside village of Svir Stroy. The 
magnificent conclusion of our cruise: 4 nights 
docked in St. Petersburg, the most beautiful of 
Russian cities founded by Peter the Great in 1703. 

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Oranienbaum's Chinese Palace and the Palace of 
Peter III; Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo with 
its fabulous Amber Room; Paul's Palace in 
Pavlovsk; the Russian Museum; and an early 
opening of the Hermitage. 

"Alumni College in the Italian Lake 
District": A Family Tour 
July 21-28, 2003 

Headquarters for this Alumni College tour is 

inars and excursions. Highlights: a visit to Lake 
Orta; a special cruise on Lake Como, visiting 
Como, Bellagio and Tremezzo with lunch en route; 
a boat trip to 3 beautiful Borromean Islands; a 
full-day excursion to Milan; and a private boat 
trip on Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a panel discussion 
with local residents. We travel with alumni from 
the University of Notre Dame. 

Children ages 8 and over are welcome. There 
are special activities for them during the day; they 
eat breakfast and dinner with their parents and 
join them for evening activities. 

Reasonable price includes transatlantic air, all 
meals, accommodations, lectures and excursions. 
Special family pricing is available. 

"Alumni College in Spain" 
September 30-October 8, 2003 

Spain has more cities designated World 
Heritage Sites by Unesco than any other country 
in the world. Four of these special cities - Avila, 

Segovia, Salamanca and Toledo, along with 
Madrid, form the core of this exciting tour. Our 
base is Avila, an ancient city surrounded by ll" 1 
century walls, in the shadow of which stands our 
hotel for 7 nights, the first-class Palacio 
Valderrabanos Gran Hotel. 

Excursions include the ancient city of 
Salamanca; a trip to Madrid to see the Prado 
Museum; a visit to El Escorial; the Valley of the 
Fallen, an underground basilica constructed by 
Franco as a tribute to those who died in the 
Spanish Civil War; Toledo, with its magnificent 
cathedral; and Segovia. Meet Avila residents at a 
panel discussion. 

Price includes transatlantic air, meals, accom- 
modations, seminars and excursions. 

"Opera in Prague and Vienna: 

Composers and Castles of Central 


February 28-March 8, 2003 

This rich travel program provides music lovers 
a series of special encounters, private recitals, and 
grand musical performances. Tour begins in the 
captivating city of Prague, with 2 outstanding 
opera performances in the National Theater and 
Prague Opera House. Exclusive musical experi- 
ences include a private concert and lecture at the 
Estates Theater; private chamber performance in 
the halls of the Strahov monastery; and special 
performance and luncheon at the lovely 
Nelahozeves Castle, hosted by Prince Lobkowicz. 

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.. .^ Vltava River. Lives of great 
composers who worked in Prague — Mozart, 
Dvorak, Smetana — are examined during lectures 
and guided tours. Next stop is Vienna; the high- 
light will be premiere seats for a performance at 
the State Opera House, perhaps the greatest 
mecca in the world for opera buffs. Also featured: 
tours of the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Art 
Nouveau Secessionist Building, St. Stephen's 

President Muhlenfeld and Dr. Allen Huszti, 
SBC Professor of Music, host this adventure. 

All dates and itineraries are subject to change. 
For further information, contact Noreen Parker, 
Alumnae Office: (434) 381-6317, fax: (434) 
381-6132, e-mail: or Melissa 
Coffey (Tel: (434) 381-6243; fax: (434) 381 
61 32; e-mail: , our travel coordi- 
nators in the Alumnae Office.