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Louise Zingaro 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko 

It seems only yesterday that, just after a joyous celebration of Sweet Briar's first 
century, we found ourselves amid rapid, profound economic and world changes of 
the new palindrome year. Yet 2002 at Sweet Briar stands out as a positive, historic 
marker of important tasks accomplished and a harbinger of new and exciting accom- 
plishments to come. As we begin the year 2003, we see a strong Sweet Briar safeguard- 
ing the integrity of its character and continuity of its beloved traditions, while poised to 
master the challenges of changing times. 

In the ensuing pages, you will witness the academic vibrancy of today's College facul- 
ty; relive with us the dedication of the first new campus building in decades, anchoring 
a new "quad"; and enjoy a visual record of the campus public announcement of an 
unprecedented, comprehensive campaign: Our Campaign For Her World. 

Sweet Briar alumnae and others of the College family are ensuring the campaign's 
momentum toward the announced 102 million dollar goal by having already raised 
commitments of more than 60 million dollars - a credit to our visionary President, 
Board of Directors. Campaign Steering Committee, Development Leadership Council, 
and to all who have demonstrated their generous support. While some of the goal will 
go toward capital projects including the new Student Commons, a much-needed new 
Recreation and Athletics Center and a Technology Center in the expanded Mary Helen 
Cochran Library, it is important to note that we aim first and foremost to strengthen the 
academic and co-curricular aspects of the Sweet Briar experience. Endowment, schol- 
arships and program support are vitally important, and today's gifts and dedicated sup- 
port are having an immediate and enormous impact on her life at Sweet Briar. 

Sweet Briar College has a tradition of educating women leaders. We know that the stu- 
dents in our classrooms today will lead far more complex, full, and multi-faceted lives 
than did their mothers and grandmothers, and will face increasingly difficult choices 
while balancing multiple roles. Based on projections of current trends, the majority of 
our current students will: go on from Sweet Briar to earn advanced or professional 
degrees; pursue on average, three careers; marry and raise children while continuing to 
juggle family life with professional and community responsibilities; and participate 
actively in volunteerism and philanthropy. 

Our Campaign For Her World represents a sustained effort by the entire Sweet Briar 
College community — alumnae, faculty, students, parents, staff, and friends — to 
ensure that in the context of a strong liberal arts tradition, we are graduating young 
women well prepared to take their place as leaders in their chosen professions and 
communities. We take our role in preparing each future leader seriously. Her decisions 
will shape the world for the next half-century. With everyone's continued commitment 
in 2003 and beyond, the remarkable Sweet Briar women will continue to lead remark- 
able lives. 

Thank you for your support. Here's to the future! 



Louise Swiecki Zingaro'80 
Director of Alumnae Association 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko 

Vice President for Development and 

College Relations 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine • Winter 2003 • Vol. 74, No. 2 


A Message from the Director of the Alumnae Association and the Vice President for 
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By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 
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30 Founders' Day 2002 

32 Distinguished Alumna Award: Nella Gray Barkley '55 

34 Outstanding Alumna Award: Elizabeth Bond Wood '34; Ann Morrison Reams '42 

37 In the Spotlight 

42 Alumnae Colleges 

44 The Class of 1 949 Comes Back to the Patch: Mini Reunion, October 2002 

45 Retirees 

47 In Memoriam 

48 Recent Deaths; Letters 

50 Bulletin Board 

51 Class Notes 

80 Reunion 2003 Schedule 

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In the Sweet Briar Tradition: Keystone Society 


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Campaign Announcement Weekend celebrants enter the Student Commons complex 
through the Green Atrium on their way to October 25, 2002 Prothro Hall 
Dedication Ceremony 
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At the end of Fall Semester 2002, Laura Staman, director of 
outdoor programs, was busy putting the finishing touches on 
Sweet Briar's new trail system brochure. The handy pocket guide 
will help hikers, bikers, and riders navigate three freshly-blazed 
loop trails and a web of less-traveled "ghost" paths, enjoying the 
College's historic sites and natural treasures along the way. 

Working without a map, 1 1 students from Director Staman's 
"Outdoor Adventure Skills" course field tested miles of gravel 
and dirt passages, making sure that old hands and newcomers 
alike could find their way using the system's color-coded trian- 
gular markers. 

In the process of gathering stories for this issue of the 
Alumnae Magazine, it quickly became clear that trailblazing 
efforts at Sweet Briar are not limited to the outdoor program. In 
every area of campus life — from the classics department to the 
chaplain's office — the community is involved in exploring, 
redrawing, and expanding the atlas of "Her World," transforming 
the face of women's education today. 

In the pages ahead, we'll be heading down the "Her World" 
campaign trail, taking a closer look at people and programs 
which exemplify the objectives of Teaching and Learning, 
Students, Place, and In Support of the Whole. 

With a goal of $102 million, Our Campaign For Her World is 
a challenging "loop," a true test of our endurance. But with a 
generous lead already established by a strong and determined 
Board of Directors — $62.5 million in gifts and pledges have 
already been received — we're more than halfway there. 


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Professor Evans-Grubbs applauds 
the integration of research and 
teaching at Sweet Briar and urges 
more in-person scholarly 

At Stanford University in 1987, as 
Judith Evans-Grubbs was completing her 
doctorate in classics, common graduate- 
school wisdom told her that she would 
soon be facing a critical career choice. 

On one hand she could go to a large, 
research-oriented institution, where a mini- 
mal course load and steady stream of 
teaching assistants would allow her to con- 
tinue her scholarly pursuits at a competi- 
tive pace. Or, she could put teaching first 
at a smaller, student-oriented institution, 
where research would be optional and 
where eventually perhaps she might eke 
out the time and energy to write and pub- 
lish something. 

Sixteen years and two books later. 
Sweet Briar's professor of classical studies 
is slightly annoyed but not surprised that 
talk of this supposedly inescapable 
dichotomy still circulates, even among 
established scholars. 

"There is still a sense that you have to 
choose sides," says Professor Evans- 
Grubbs. "It would be like telling a Sweet 
Briar student. 'Well, you can have a career 
or you can get married' — never suggesting 
that it might be possible to do both. 

"I don't think research and teaching are 
incompatible. And that's the nice thing 
about Sweet Briar. Giving faculty the time 
and support to do both — to use their 
research and teaching directly in Honors 
seminars, working with other faculty, and 
fostering student research — is really the 
way it should be." 

Renewing the Classics. At Stanford, 

The Way 
It Should 


Professor Evans-Grubbs was encouraged 
to look at material from new perspectives 
and explore non-canonical sources. She 
focused on subjects that, prior to the 1970s 
women's movement, had been considered 
less worthy of study: women, families, 
slavery, and the law in late antiquity. 

"Scholars," she explains, "had consid- 
ered the late Roman Empire to be less 
interesting. Not as much had been done, 
especially on the subject of women and 
families. And the writing that had been 
done often portrayed women in either a 
positive or a negative light. 

"The positives included examples of 
good Roman empresses," she says in a 
sweet, beauty-contestant voice. Then, 
switching to a deeper, more threatening 
tone, she continues, "On the negative side. 
it was: Women were responsible for the 
decline of Rome! All those wives out hav- 
ing affairs! The soaring divorce rates!" 

Returning to her conversational self, she 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

summarizes, saying, "Ancient sources and 
satirists had been taken seriously, at face 
value, without any attempt to deconstruct 
the whole set of assumptions behind their 
work. The women's movement changed 
that, allowing me to break new ground." 

The Story Behind the Books. In the 
beginning. Professor Evans-Grubbs" 
research informed her classroom teaching. 
At Sweet Briar, she was able to offer 
courses that integrated gender issues into 
the study of classics, something she might 
not have been able to do as easily in a 
larger, coed institution. She was also able 
to complete her first book. Law and 
Family in Late Antiquity: The Emperor 
Constantine's Marriage Legislation was 
published by Oxford University Press in 

Then, a reversal took place. The longer 
Professor Evans-Grubbs taught, the more 
her classroom experience began to inform 
her research. The process led to her second 
book. Women and the Law in the Roman 
Empire: A Sourcebook on Marriage, 
Divorce and Widowhood (Routledge, 
2002). a reference guide for both begin- 
ning and advanced scholars that includes 
Sweet Briar students in its acknowledg- 

"Students ask questions that give you 
ideas about what you want to teach based 
on your research and vice versa. I taught 
an Honors Seminar years ago in which I 
asked students for suggestions about what 
they would like to see in a sourcebook. 
They're the students I thank in my book." 

When talking about her own accom- 
plishments. Professor Evans-Grubbs notes 
that she is not the only one integrating 
teaching and research. "We have a lot of 
faculty doing both very well," she says. 
"And it invigorates the classroom. It's 
something special about Sweet Briar that I 
would like to see highlighted more often." 

Winter 2003 • 3 



"I don't think research 
and teaching are incom- 
patible. And that's the 
nice thing about Sweet 
Briar. Giving faculty the 
time and support to do 
both — to use their 
research and teaching 
directly in Honors semi- 
nars, working with other 
faculty, and fostering stu- 
dent research — is really 
the way it should be." 

Judith Evans-Grubbs, professor of classical 
studies, humbly attributes an uptick in classics 
majors to SBC's General Education Program. 
She also points out that classics courses inter- 
sect with other disciplines such as archaeology, 
history, law and society, and women and gen- 
der studies. 

She earned her B.A. at Emory University and 
her Ph.D. at Stanford University, and attended 
the American School of Classical Studies in 
Athens. Nov/ entering her 1 6th year of teach- 
ing at Sweet Briar, Professor Evans-Grubbs 
calls Central Virginia home and resides with 
her family in Amherst. 

Overcoming Obstacles. Professor 
Evans-Grubbs admits that, though Sweet 
Briar has "something special" going on. 
the situation is by no means perfect. In par- 
ticular, the College's size presents obsta- 
cles for scholars. 

While small departments offer great 
flexibility and allow each member to make 
a difference, slender staffing increases the 
expense of taking time off for research, 
writing, and creative endeavors. Faculty 
depend on awards, grants, and fellowships 
not only to support their work, but to 
replace themselves in the classroom. Even 
so, she considers the additional time-and- 
funding pressures to be worth it for reasons 
that go beyond her own research interests 
and need for revitalization. 

Breaking Stereotypes. "Scholars I've 
met abroad," she reports, "have a wonder- 
ful impression of Sweet Briar based on 
personal contacts they've had with faculty, 
alumnae, and students over the years or 
through faculty publications. However, I'm 
still goaded by colleagues in the U.S. who 
have a stereotypical image of women's col- 
leges in the South. It's an image that hasn't 
been valid in the time I've been here and 
I'm not sure it ever was. I'm all for getting 
members of the community out there in the 
world, belying that image." 

She also thinks it's important to bring 
scholars to campus to see for themselves 
what's really going on. Last spring, for 
example, her colleague in classics. Eric 
Casey, joined with faculty in religion and 
history, inviting speakers to campus for a 
conference on the subject of secrecy (see 
Alumnae Magazine, Fall 2002, p. 18). 
Professor Casey not only got to interact 
with a group of scholars he admires, those 
scholars had the opportunity to meet with 
SBC students. 

"These extra efforts are exhausting!" 
laughs Judith Evans-Grubbs. "But it's great 
when you see people's reactions: how 
impressed they are once they get to experi- 
ence Sweet Briar firsthand for themselves." 


From breakfast to bedtime, early 
American households were 
awash in alcohol made by 

For early American history scholars 
interested in ordinary women's lives, the 
archival pickings are pretty slim. 

For example, only four diaries from 
1 8th-century Virginia have survived the 
ravages of time. And, according to 
duPont Teaching Fellow Sarah H. 
Meacham, "diary" is a generous term. 
All were written by wealthy men who 
were mainly interested in documenting 
business transactions. It was not an age 
that indulged in self-exploration. 

Rooting around for her dissertation 
topic, Meacham came across a refer- 
ence to a woman-run tavern (most likely 
a brothel) in Colonial Williamsburg that 
purchased its liquor from a woman on a 
nearby farm. 

"I decided, by all means, I have to 
check this out," laughs Meacham. 
"Why was this woman making and sell- 
ing alcohol? Was she a widow? Or 
was she part of a broader women's net- 
work? I had to know." 

One of the items Meacham used to 
launch her research were rare copies of 
anonymous 1 7th- and 1 8th-century 
cookbooks. What she found inside 
came as quite a surprise. 

"There were hundreds and hundreds 
of alcohol recipes," she recalls. "At least 
the first third of these books is about 
making wine, cider, and beer. Then, of 
course, there's all the alcohol included in 
cooking. It was used for pickling. All 
sauces contained it. Even pancake 
recipes called for brandy. And that's just 
the beginning. 

"In the 1 8th century, you would have 
used gin to clean your mirrors and wash 
your felt hat. Utensils were scrubbed 
with rum. Babies were bathed in white 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


rum. White wine and hops cured 
lethargy or you could add eyebright for 
a headache. You'd mix alcohol and 
rhubarb to dye your hair red and use 
white wine and charcoal to brush your 
teeth. If you broke a glass, you could 
use wine mixed with slugs to glue it 
back together. " 

The downside was that there was lit- 
tle else to drink. Water in the 
Chesapeake region of Virginia was 
bad year-round and dangerously salty 
in the summer. Shallow wells gave rise 
to mosquitoes and malaria. Milk was 
scarce and very expensive. All of these 
factors made alcohol production a 
daily, necessary part of women's work. 

"Probate records from the period 
show that the equipment required to 
make alcohol was located in women's 
spaces, in the kitchen and the dairy," 
says Meacham. "That equipment does- 
n't start to move into the men's barns 
until later in the 1 8th century. 

"The change happens in part 
because of the need to supply troops 
during the Revolution. The newly-cre- 
ated Quartermaster Department gave 
yearlong contracts to men, cementing 
their role in alcohol production. A 
woman with 10 kids on a farm couldn't 
exactly keep up 
with an army." 

Sarah H. Meacham, 
Sweet Briar duPont 
Teaching Fellow, is on 
campus working with 
Assistant Professor of 
History Katherine 
Chavigny. During the 
Fall 2002 semester, 
they team taught a 

course titled "Intoxication & Addiction in 

American History." 

Ms. Meacham is a Ph.D. candidate in early 
American history at the University of 
Virginia. Her research explores why alcohol 
production in the 18th-century Chesapeake 
region of Virginia switched from being the 
work of women to the domain of men and 
examines the commercialization and profes- 
sionalization of work that women had pre- 
viously performed at home. 

The duPont Program invites doctoral candi- 
dates to campus to both diversify the cur- 
riculum and provide students with graduate- 
school role models. Ms. Meacham more 
than meets these two objectives. In addition 
to her academic experience, she has run 
mentoring programs at UVA's Women's 
Center, has a background in career counsel- 
ing, and is currently working part-time with 
the SBC Admissions Office. 

The Future of 
the History 


The teaching and scholarship of 
two new faculty members shows 
SBC's ability to maintain 
continuity and excellence within 

Lynn Laufenberg 

Assistant Professor of History 
B.A., Northwestern University; 
AAA, Ph.D., Cornell University 

If some equivalent of Court 7V had 
been broadcast in Renaissance Europe, 
Lynn Laufenberg, Sweet Briar assistant 
professor of history, would have made a 
fantastic guest commentator. 

As it is, her stories about uncovering 
evidence of white-slave sex rings and 
dead-beat dads in 14th- 16th century Italy 
are startling, demonstrating her ability to 
make legal history relevant and riveting 
for her students. 

Working in state archives and private 
libraries in Florence, Professor 
Laufenburg was researching a combina- 
tion of criminal law, consumer culture, 
and women, when paternity cases began 
popping up on a regular basis. 

"It was a shocking phenomenon," she 
says. "Slaves were being called in to tes- 
tify against their masters. They were 
mainly women from Eastern Europe and 
the Far East who were made available as 
household servants and concubines. The 
state was trying to locate the fathers of 
illegitimate offspring to require them to 
provide child support. Otherwise, the chil- 
dren would have to be raised in orphan- 
ages at state expense." 

Professor Laufenberg 's eclectic career 
began at Northwestern University, where 

she combined ancient Greek and Latin 
with training in archaeology, including 
study abroad at the Intercollegiate Center 
for Classical Studies in Rome. 

After graduation, she intended to go to 
law school when fate intervened in the 
form of a Mellon Fellowship in the 
Humanities. The fellowship, as she 
describes it, was designed to help lure 
graduate-school applicants into teaching 
careers in the humanities. In her case, it 

As a graduate student at Cornell 
University, Professor Laufenberg 's abid- 
ing interests in law, Italian Renaissance 
history, and human rights issues propelled 
her into uncharted areas of research. Her 
dissertation focused on gender, crime, and 
criminal law in post-plague Florence. 

"Criminal law as a separate branch of 
law did not emerge until the Middle 
Ages," she explains. "I became interested 
in the Black Death and the evolution of 
criminal law that followed — especially 
how it affected women. 

"I never made my 
peace with not 
becoming a lawyer. 
So I did a fair amount 

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Lynn Laufenberg, assis- 
tant professor of history, 
is in her third year at 
Sweet Briar. Her 
research and teaching 
interests encompass 
gender, the social history of medieval and 
early modern Europe, British legal history, and 
the Italian Renaissance. 

Professor Laufenberg and Sweet Briar's Hattie 
Mae Samford Professor of History Michael D. 
Richards have just finished co-authoring an 
instructor's guide to teaching western civiliza- 
tion. She is also completing the first in a series 
of books about gender, crime, and criminal 
law in early Renaissance Florence. 

She has been the recipient of a Mellon 
Fellowship in the Humanities and a Fulbright 
grant to Florence, Italy. 

Winter 2003 • 5 



of my training in the law school at 
Cornell. I also taught while I was writing 
my dissertation and developed the intro- 
ductory course called 'Modem Law and 
Its Medieval Past' that I'm teaching at 
Sweet Briar now." 

Professor Laufenberg never met her 
predecessor, Professor Joan Kent. 
However, she was familiar with Professor 
Kent's accomplishments as "an extraordi- 
nary British legal scholar" and is continu- 
ing her legacy in Sweet Briar's law and 
society program. 

She also describes another SBC faculty 
member. Judith Evans-Grubbs. as one of 
her "scholarly heroes" for the pioneering 
work the classics professor has done in 
Roman family law. 

"I actually used her for my disserta- 
tion," says Professor Laufenberg. "So for 
her to be here was just amazing." 

In addition to her research experience. 
Professor Laufenberg arrived at SBC with 
a wealth of classroom experience, includ- 
ing positions at Wayne State University 
and West Virginia University. But teach- 
ing large numbers of students within nar- 
rowly defined departmental parameters 
made it impossible to integrate her own 
research interests into courses or mentor 
undergraduates through their projects. 

"Sweet Briar," she says, "is a very 
vital place to be. It's rare to find a college 
that emphasizes teaching, while also 
viewing research as an enhancement 
instead of a detraction from your primary 
responsibilities. It's great not having to 
make a choice, to give up one in order to 
do the other." 

Katherine A. Chavigny 

Assistant Professor of History 

B.A., Harvard University; A.M., Ph.D., 

University of Chicago 

As the history department's American 
scholar. Professor Kate Chavigny enjoys 
something of a home team advantage. In 
contrast to her Africanist and Europeanist 
colleagues, she has a wealth of historical 
documents and other research materials 
within easy reach. 

Close proximity to archives, museums, 
and landmarks — including Sweet Briar's 
own — makes it possible for her not only 
to guide students through hands-on 

research projects, but also to involve them 
directly in her scholarly pursuits. 

Professor Chavigny s interests center 
on the definition and treatment of addic- 
tion in the 19th century. When she started 
graduate school at the University of 
Chicago, she entered the history of sci- 
ence program thinking she would be 
focusing primarily on the medical profes- 

"But after a little bit of coursework." 
she recalls. "I realized I needed to know a 
good deal more about the history of reli- 
gion. As it turned out. the most influential 
ideas about addiction were not coming 
out of medicine: they were coming out of 
church and revival traditions. Self-help 
groups designed to assist addicts and 
drunkards were an adaptation of inde- 
pendent missionary work. Just as the 
revival tradition demanded that the truly 
saved assist others, alcoholics who 
became sober were obliged to help some- 
body else. 

"These early self-help groups were not 
anonymous. Reformed-drunkard evangel- 
ists were coming out of the urban mis- 
sions telling hair-raising stories of degra- 
dation. Men would reestablish their man- 
hood by risking their own reputations 
making confessions and talking about 
their experiences in public. It was a form 
of respectable religious entertainment." 

The experience of beginning research 
in one area and ending up in a different, 
unanticipated place, is something 
Professor Chavigny tries to emphasize in 
her mentoring. "I warn students." she 
says, "that the questions you start out with 
are not the questions you'll end up with. 
It's a process that's going to drive you out 
of your mind. It means making another 
trip or two or three to the archives gather- 
ing evidence; then asking a whole new set 
of questions based on what you've 

Since arriving at Sweet Briar in 1999- 
2000, Professor Chavigny has been able 
to involve several students in her ongoing 
research and points to Nikki Gilkison 
LaRue '01 as a good example. 

Nikki. a history major interested in arts 
management, was planning to attend 
George Washington University's museum 
studies program. She had already interned 
at the National Archives and Records 

Administration, where she was given the 
opportunity to return as a student 
employee. In between, she gained addi- 
tional, valuable experience working with 
Professor Chavigny. 
"I took Nikki to an archive in Illinois," 
she explains, "where we spent two weeks 
going through the admissions records of 
middle-class drunkards and narcotics 
users. We were putting together a data- 
base, trying to understand who these peo- 
ple were and how the institution worked 
from the inside. 

"It was totally nitty-gritty work — fun. 
but not glamorous — and Nikki had a natural 
aptitude for it. She wasn't overwhelmed." 

Even non-history majors are engaged 
by the questions Professor Chivagny is 
attempting to answer. Portions of her dis- 
sertation are included among the broad 
mix of materials used in her class 
"Introduction to History: Intoxication and 
Addiction in American History." 

"It's unusual." she says, "for an aca- 
demic historian to have a variety of 
undergraduates and other people wanting 
to know more about her dissertation topic. 
But in my case it makes sense. People 
respond because it resonates with contem- 
porary American confessional culture. 
We're back in a phase where forms of 
public confession are acceptable — accept- 
able enough that people tune into Oprah. 
even if they're not willing to sign up for 
the Rickx Lake Show." 

Katherine A. 
Chavigny, assis- 
tant professor of 
| history, special- 
izes in American 
cultural history, 
gender history, 
and the histories 
of religion and 

She is currently revising her dissertation, 
Manly Confessions: Reformed Drunkards and 
the Origins of Therapeutic Culture in 19th-cen- 
tury America. Her ongoing research bears on 
issues in the history of addiction treatment, 
1 9th-century cultures of masculinity, reform 
traditions, and popular religion. 

Professor Chavigny has been the recipient of 
numerous dissertation and research fellow- 

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They Arrived Singing 

Sarah K. Lischer brings policy-consulting 
and fieldwork experience to the 
Department of Government and 
International Affairs. 

While Sarah Lischer's fellow graduate 
students at Harvard and M.I.T. were set- 
ting their professional sights on positions 
in the State Department. Central 
Intelligence Agency. United Nations, and 
any number of think tanks and non-gov- 
ernmental agencies, she held fast to the 
goal of teaching international affairs on 
the undergraduate level. 

Ideally, she was hoping to strike a bal- 
ance between working closely with stu- 
dents and continuing her research, criteria 
which favored joining the Department of 
Government and International Affairs at 
Sweet Briar. In addition, the College's 
emphasis on experiential learning dove- 
tailed with her own background and 
teaching plans. 

Lischer, Sweet Briar's soon-to-be 
assistant professor, has extensive field 
experience. After graduating from 
Georgetown University in 1992, she spent 
a year teaching teenagers in rural South 
Africa. She followed that assignment with 
an administrative position back home, 
directing an agency that brought refugees 
from Bosnia to the United States and also 
arranged sponsorships with churches and 

other groups in North Carolina. 

During her graduate-school career, she 
acted as a consultant to the United 
Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on 
issues of refugee-related violence, 
research that has taken her to camps in 
Tanzania and Croatia. (Recent events 
have put travel to Pakistan on hold.) 

She is currently a postdoctoral fellow 
at Harvard University's Belfer Center for 
Science and International Affairs, where 
she is completing a book based on her 
dissertation, Catalysts of Conflict: How 
Refugee Crises Lead to the Spread of 
Civil War. 

Talking about her research interests, 
Lischer explains that when refugees cross 
the border into a new country, they some- 
times spread the hostilities they're fleeing 
from. In certain situations, refugee popu- 
lations can be seen as both a consequence 
of conflict and a cause of conflict. 

For example, Rwandan refugees cross- 
ing into Zaire in the mid-1990s included 
combatants who used the camps as mili- 
tary bases. "In cases like that," she says, 
"humanitarian relief organizations end up 
delivering food and shelter to militants as 
well as to innocent people." 

In her book, she contrasts refugee- 
related violence in Rwanda, Bosnia, and 
Afghanistan with non-violent examples, 
searching for ways to avoid future con- 

Sarah K. Lischer will join the campus community next fall as an 
assistant professor in government and international affairs. 

She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's 
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she is 
completing a book based on her dissertation, Catalysts of 
Conflict: How Refugee Crises Lead to the Spread of Civil War. 

She holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University; 
a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. 
Kennedy School of Government; and a Ph.D. in political science 
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Lischer has been awarded fellowships by the Harry Frank 
Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World 
Politics, and the Academic Council for the United Nations System. 
Her research has also been supported by the National Science 
Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, and the Mellon 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

"International affairs 
today includes studying 
devastating diseases like 
AIDS, environmental 
issues, civil wars, and 
refugee crises — factors 
which contribute to the 
breakdown of whole 
societies — as well as 
humanitarian interven- 
tions. " 

flicts. "It's not only a big project," she 
laughs, "things keep changing while I'm 

Lischer is used to having the ground 
shift under her feet. "When I was an 
undergraduate," she says, "the Soviet 
Union was falling apart and the curricu- 
lum seemed to change every day. But 
since then, we've gained a new under- 
standing of warfare, our security environ- 
ment, and the nature of threats. 

"International affairs today includes 
studying devastating diseases like AIDS. 
environmental issues, civil wars, and 
refugee crises — factors which contribute 
to the breakdown of whole societies — as 
well as humanitarian interventions." 

Lischer's policy recommendations are 
informed by her fieldwork. She has joined 
relief workers in Tanzania — a country that 
made Croatia seem luxurious — driving 
down muddy roads and hacking her way 
through underbrush to meet truckloads of 
Congolese refugees. The camp supplied 
plastic sheeting, grain, and cooking pots. 

"They arrived singing," says Lischer. 
"It was amazing." 

Winter 2002/2003 • 7 



Measuring _ 

A Major's SuCCeSS 

International affairs graduates continue placing "huge feathers in their caps." 

Sherry Forbes 

Though it's based in the Department of 
Government and often confused with interna- 
tional studies and study abroad programs, 
Sweet Briar's international affairs major still 
manages to stand out, distinguished to a 
large extent by the achievements of students 
and alumnae. 

Recently, within six months of each other, 
Marian Spivey '01 and Sherry Forbes '02 
passed the rigorous written and oral U.S. 
Foreign Service examinations administered by 
the Department of State. 

Several years ago, when devising the 
assessment for the major, Professor Jeffrey Key 
decided to include the U.S. Foreign Service 
Examination as a benchmark. 

"I thought," says Professor Key, "that one of 
our measures for success should be having a 
student pass the written portion of the exam 
once every five years. Both internally and 
externally, people suggested that it might be 
an unrealistic goal for such a small college 
with only a handful of majors. But we keep 
passing the test." 

Every year, around 25,000 candidates 
take the written exam, testing their knowledge 
of international affairs, history, economics, and 
world geography. The written exam includes both multiple- 
choice and essay questions and gauges candidates' mastery 
of such subjects as psychology, American culture, manage- 
ment and finance. Around 1 percent of candidates con- 
tinue on to the oral exam. 

According to Professor Key, the role-playing exercises 
Marian and Sherry engaged in during the Mid-Atlantic 
Model European Union Simulation helped prepare them for 
the second, oral portion of the exam. Marian was elected 
vice president of the Plenary Session of the European 
Parliament in 2000 and Sherry was voted outstanding mem- 
ber of the European Council in 2001 . 

Marian Spivey 

"Having two students pass the exam back- 
to-back is phenomenal," says Professor Key. 
"It's a testimony to how incredibly bright, capa- 
ble, and motivated they are. And, to be hon- 
est, I think their other achievements — the gradu- 
ate schools they're attending and the scholar- 
ships they've received — really surpass this one 
test. Both already have huge feathers in their 

Marian, a Sweet Briar Presidential 
Medallist, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree 
from Sweet Briar in international affairs with 
minors in Spanish and French. She is currently 
• M a second-year student in Georgetown 
University's highly competitive Master of 
Science in Foreign Service program. She has 
also been working on Israeli-Palestinian issues, 
the Cuban embargo, and the U.N. Security 
Council vote on Iraq as part of an internship in 
the Bureau of International Organizations, 
United Nations Political Affairs at the 
Department of State. 

During the summer of 2002, she completed 
a three-month internship at the American 
Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, on a grant 
rom the Una Chapman Cox Foundation. 
Sherry graduated from SBC with honors in 
economics and international affairs. She is currently studying 
for a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Oxford University in 
England under the auspices of the $50,000 per year Jack 
Kent Cooke Scholarship, funded for up to six years. She 
was one of only 50 scholars selected from among 675 
applicants from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and 
Virginia in spring 2002. 

She plans to write her doctoral thesis on the impact of 
organized crime in eastern Europe and the former Soviet 
states, continuing her exploration of the topic she selected 
for her senior thesis in international affairs at Sweet Briar. 

8 • Winter 2003 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Connecting with the ^ 

oweet Spirits 

Ethel Ogden Burwell Chaplain's 
Associates hit the ground running with 
innovative, student-to-student projects. 

Nominated by their peers and sup- 
ported by the Chaplain's Office, Briana 
Beckham '04 and Sarah Canovaca '03 
recently took on the task of identifying 
unmet or emerging student needs and 
developing new programs in response. 

The project was part of their job 
description as Ethel Ogden Burwell 
Chaplain's Associates, a pair of paid 
internships offering exceptional stu- 
dents a chance to explore their 
career interests in ministry, 
human services, or the helping 

In keeping with other student 
activities like the Sweet Tones 
and Sweet PEAs. the Chaplain's 
Associates have been dubbed the 
Sweet Spirits. 

The initiatives launched by the Sweet 
Spirits this fall were so essential, it's hard 
to believe such programs did not already 
exist. "Which is why you need to have 
students working with students," says 
Chaplain Guy Brewer. "Initiatives that 
really work typically spring from the con- 
sciousness of people closest to the situa- 

Newbies. For her part, Briana created 
a group for first-year, transfer, and inter- 
national students called Newbies (a slang 
term for newcomers). In a moment of 
Seinfeldesque clarity, she determined that 
what the members of Newbies needed 
most was the choice to participate (or not) 
in an organization about nothing. Newbies 
would be a club without a cause. 

According to Briana, it's easy for 
freshman and even sophomores to 
become over-involved in campus clubs 
and organizations before they know how 
to manage their time well. "For me," she 

says, "it got to the point where this drape 
would descend over me at the thought of 
attending another meeting. But I would go 
anyway and walk out with even more 
responsibilities. I didn't want that for the 
Newbies. I wanted to create a relaxed 
environment in which students could just 
come and go." 

During the fall semester, the size of 
Newbies varied anywhere from four to 20 
students. Weekly activities included play- 
ing cards and other games, road trips to 
Sonic (a nearby franchise featuring 50s 
carhops), arts and crafts, and bak- 
ing cookies. 

Chaplain Brewer is 
impressed with the group's 
ability to cure seemingly 
intractable cases of home- 
sickness and foster friendships 
among regular attendees and 
last-minute walk-ins. "It's been so 
very helpful for me," he says, "to be able 
to advise students to try Newbies, then 
meet with them a week later and see that 
they're doing fine." 

Campus Spirituality Coalition. 
While Briana homed in on con- 
necting with newcomers, Sarah 
set out to reinforce the sense of 
community among all students. 
She is chairing the newly formed 
Campus Spirituality Coalition 
(C.S.C.), an organization devoted to 
promoting respect, mutual understanding, 
and harmony across religious lines. 

One of the C.S.C.'s first projects was 
to convert a storage room off the Chapel 
foyer into a 24-hour prayer space. Named 
using the Greek word for stillness or 
silence, the Hesychia Interfaith Prayer 
Room was dedicated in November 2002 
on the first day of Ramadan. 

Members of the C.S.C. include stu- 
dents, faculty, and staff. The group is 
interested in working with individuals and 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

other campus organizations on service 
projects ranging from Habitat for 
Humanity houses to Angel Trees. "Sarah 
even talked the Q.V.'s into co-sponsoring 
chapel decorating this year," says 
Chaplain Brewer. "I think it's a major 
coup, getting students to actually volun- 
teer to listen to Bing Crosby sing while 
they decorate the Christmas tree with 

Right now, the C.S.C. is writing and 
distributing monthly religious-holiday fact 
sheets and plans are in the works to 
launch a speaker series. Sarah's goal is to 
increase the visibility of the Chaplain's 
Office and reinvigorate spiritual life on 

"In my experience," she says, "seeing 
the word 'chapel' in front of an event 
scares some students away. I'm trying to 
let students know that you don't have to 
be religious to acknowledge that there is a 
spiritual part of every person that needs to 
be nurtured. It's not about religion. It's 
about realizing that developing your inner 
self is an important part of college 

Behind The Scenes. The 
Sweet Spirits participate in 
each other's initiatives, dis- 
cuss their progress in weekly 
meetings with the chaplain, 
and take on some of the 
administrative responsibilities 
associated with the office. 
By serving as a campus job and also 
by eliminating the need for students to 
travel off campus to gain career experi- 
ence, the paid internships give the Sweet 
Spirits more time to spend testing their 
interests and talents. 

"The thrust of the internship," says 
Ethel Ogden Burwell '58, "isn't just about 
service to others. It's also a mentoring sit- 
uation, designed to make sure that interns 
gain knowledge and grow personally in 

Winter 2003 • 9 


the process. This is all about exploring 
possibilities, an exploration that could 
lead to the discovery that this particular 
career path is not for you." 

The idea for Ethel Ogden Burwell 
Chaplain's Associates came from Ethel's 
husband Armistead, who wanted to make 
a special campaign gift honoring her 
interests in theology and volunteerism. 
"He had talked with the chaplain and 
Louise Zingaro in the Alumnae Office 
before I knew anything about it." says 

She would like to see the on-campus 
internship idea expand both within the 
Chaplain's Office and into other areas. "I 
was a religion major," she says, "but I'm 
sure the chemistry department has stu- 
dents that would benefit from a similar 

"Obviously, this is something over and 
above the Annual Fund — I wouldn't want 
to divert attention away from that. But 
Briana and Sarah are doing such a won- 
derful job. it would be great to be able to 
involve more students in these types of 


with a 

Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff '84, 
co-owner of Endless River 
Adventures, teaches students about 
kayaking and more. 

Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff '84 is one of 
only a few female Whitewater kayaking 
instructors working in the outdoor-adven- 
ture industry today. 

Her western North Carolina company. 
Endless River 
Adventures, out- 
fits and teaches 
kayakers, rafters, 
and fly-fishing 
enthusiasts, and 
leads them on 
excursions down 
the nearby 
Nantahala River 
or through the dis 
tant Whitewaters 
of Costa Rica, 
Ecuador. Mexico, 
and Chile. 

Working together with her husband 
Ken. Juliet created her business from 
scratch, an effort that included building a 
facility, a program, and a customer base all 
at the same time. 

While most alumnae draw on different 
aspects of their college experience over the 
course of their personal and professional 
lives. Juliet appears to have put every scrap 
of her education to work right out of the 
chute. Her double major in English and 

economics, along with a certificate in busi- 
ness and four years of Spanish, provided 
the range of skills she needed to carve out 
a niche in a very competitive marketplace. 

"Having the business background gave 
me a head start." she says. "But the 
English major is what really gave me an 
edge. In business, there is such power in 
written language — from writing business 
letters to creating marketing materials. And 
in today's international setting, knowing a 
foreign language is imperative." 

Technique vs. Muscle. Of all the hur- 
dles Juliet has faced in the last 15 years, 
gender bias has been the most personally 
challenging. When she started kayaking, 
she says. "Women were typically the 'shut- 
tle bunnies,' picking up the guys at the end 
of the day. And the women who paddled 
had to participate on men's terms. 

"But once women looked beyond the 
macho image of kayaking and figured out 
that the sport was all about technique, not 
muscle, they began participating in greater 

Juliet credits Sweet Briar for both her 
"lack of intimidation stepping into a non- 
traditional career" and her ability to juggle 
multiple roles. "No one ever told me I 
could not double major, or join the swim 

team, or be the sports editor, or social 
chairman." she says. "I was always encour- 
aged to do more. And there was never the 
assumption that, because I was female. I 
was not qualified for the job. We were 
empowered to believe that we could and 
should take advantage of every opportunity 
to become a better person." 

Juliet has returned to the College sev- 
eral times to talk business and teach kayak- 
ing as an alumna-in-residence. Then, last 
September, she took SWEBOP staff and 

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students kayaking on the Tuckaseegee and 
Nantahala Rivers for a four-day weekend 
of leadership training, paddling exercises, 
and fun. (Jane O'Brien '96, an advanced 
recreational paddler, was also able to hop 
on for a day.) 

The excursion was a practice run for 
many SWEBOP outings to come. With 
Juliet and Ken's help, the College has been 
able to acquire a small fleet of cutting 
edge, female-sized WaveSport kayaks, 
along with helmets and other essential gear. 

"Juliet is an elegant instructor," says 
Laura Staman. director of outdoor pro- 
grams. "She not only teaches students, she 
teaches them how to teach other students. 
And many of the skills they learn from her 
are applicable to other outdoor-leadership 
activities as well." 

Preparation for Life. The challenges 
of kayaking — learning to read the waters 
up ahead, responding quickly to correct 
miscalculations, overcoming fears and 
physical discomforts, and looking out for 
fellow paddlers along the way — impart 
valuable life lessons. But tackling the sport 
also offers less abstract advantages for stu- 
dents heading into a competitive job mar- 

"If you come into a job interview with a 

Nicole Reintsma '03 

resume that includes participation in a sport 
like kayaking or rock climbing," says 
Juliet, "a man is going to sit up and look at 
you in a different light because you are 
accomplished at something he can relate to 
and respects. I think it gives you an edge." 

She also emphasizes the social side of 
kayaking, especially for juniors and seniors 
who are about to lose the ready-made con- 
tacts that exist within the campus commu- 
nity. Talking frankly about the problem, 
Juliet says, "Getting involved in an individ- 
ual sport that gets you out and meeting 
like-minded people is much better than 
hanging out at bars." 

The River Meets The Road. As a 
recent graduate and recreational paddler. 
Sarah Machinist '01 can attest to Juliet's 
insights. She has moved twice since gradu- 
ation, joining paddling clubs in Pittsburgh 
and more recently in Raleigh, where she is 
working for the Opera Company of North 
Carolina. The experience has made her 
confident that she can easily find friends 
wherever she goes. 

"People who see extreme kayaking on 
television," says Sarah, "think it's a hare- 
brained, crazy thing to do. But I've met 
seven- and seventy-year-old paddlers out 
on the river. That's the great thing about 
adventure-based sports. It really doesn't 
matter when you start. And advanced pad- 
dlers always welcome newcomers." 

After graduation, looking to improve 
her technique and unable to find a compa- 
rable teacher, Sarah drove the extra miles 
to take a few additional lessons with Juliet. 

"At the time," says Sarah, "everyone 
was telling me not to do it, that kayaking 
was too dangerous. So one day when I was 
out on the river with Juliet, we talked about 
the risks of kayaking compared with the 
hazards of driving — how in both situations 
a lot depends on practice, experience, and 
how you conduct yourself." 

On Sarah's drive home from that lesson, 
two bikes flew off a rack on the car in front 
of her, bounced, and hit her car. 
Fortunately, she was able to signal and 
swerve slightly into the right-hand lane, a 
move that prevented the bikes from smash- 
ing her windshield. 

"It turned out that the guy who owned 
the bikes was a kayaker too," recalls Sarah, 
"so we had a lot to talk about while we 
waited for the police to arrive." 


to School 

Alumna-ln-Residence Melissa Fauber 
Carter '00 talks shop with aspiring 

Alumna-ln-Residence Melissa Fauber 
Carter '00 was the featured panelist at a 
meeting at the Wailes Center last semester 
hosted by Professor Kay Brimijoin and the 
Student Virginia Education Association 

Twenty-six Sweet Briar students cur- 
rently belong to the SVEA — the largest 
number ever — and nearly all turned out to 
hear Melissa and two student teachers 
swap stories and discuss solutions to com- 
mon classroom challenges. 

Even though Melissa teaches second 
grade at Pleasant View Elementary, just a 
few miles from the College in Amherst 
County, this was her first visit back to 
campus in two and a half years. She's been 
busy since graduation and barely had time 
to attend that. 

At the end of her senior year, immedi- 
ately upon finishing her SBC Spring Term 
classes and before Commencement. 
Melissa started a master's in education 
program at the University of Virginia. The 
following fall she began teaching full- 
time, while continuing her commute to 

Her master's program took two years to 
complete. But Melissa knew what she 
wanted to do and was determined to get 

"At Sweet Briar," says Melissa, "the 
first education course, 'Foundations of 
American Education.' requires you to 
spend time making observations in a class- 
room setting. After that, very early on in 
the major, you have to start actively partic- 
ipating in the field. The experience not 
only prepares you for student teaching, 
you get to find out long before your senior 
year whether or not teaching is for you. I 
knew what I was getting into. But going 
straight through — teaching and getting a 
master's at the same time — was hard." 

Melissa began this school year teaching 

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Winter 2003 • 1 1 


SBC Moves Another Step Closer to 

Dean Stahl says programs could be available as early as summer 2004. 

In February 2003. the College moved 
another step closer to offering its first 
graduate degrees. 

The Board of Directors — following a 
unanimous thumbs-up from the faculty in 
December — granted final approval to 
two new master's programs: a master of 
education degree and a master of arts in 
teaching degree. 

According to Stephen Stahl. dean of 
the College, the master of education pro- 
gram is designed for certified teachers 
seeking a master's degree for profes- 
sional advance- 
ment and eligibil- 
ity for supplemen- 
tal pay increases 
from their school 

"We've heard 
many expressions 
of interest from 
local teachers 
interested in 
enrolling in 
2004," he says. 
Courses would be 
offered in the late 
evenings to 
their teaching 
schedules, using 
existing faculty and facilities. 

The master of arts in teaching degree 
or M.A.T., a five-year program, would 
allow Sweet Briar students seeking certi- 
fication to complete current Virginia 
requirements, including student teaching, 
while simultaneously earning a master's 
degree — improving opportunities and 
salaries upon graduation. Virginia certifi- 
cation is valid in most other states. 

Students studying for careers as ele- 
mentary school teachers (grades preK-6) 
would graduate with a liberal studies 
major plus elementary certification. The 
bachelor of arts in liberal studies would 
be limited to this group of future teach- 

"A five-year program," 
says Professor Alouf, 

"represents an 

excellent educational 

value, in that it will 

allow students to 

achieve not only 

certification, but a 

master's degree, in five 

years rather than the 

traditional six." 

ers. Candidates for secondary school cer- 
tification (grades 6-12) would still need 
to major in an academic discipline such 
as English, math, or biology, since state 
law does not allow for a major in educa- 

"We anticipate that both current and 
prospective students, as well as their par- 
ents, will be enthusiastic for the M.A.T 
program for the professional opportuni- 
ties it will offer." says Professor Jim 
Alouf, education program director. 
"Virginia and the nation as a whole are 
enrollment growth, 
underscoring the 
need for well-pre- 
pared teachers." 
He notes that 
current Virginia 
mandates make it 
difficult, if not 
impossible, for 
Sweet Briar stu- 
dents to meet con- 
tent requirements 
while earning an 
additional 18 hours 
in professional 
studies in four 
years of undergrad- 
uate study. 
"A five-year 
program," says Professor Alouf. "repre- 
sents an excellent educational value, in 
that it will allow students to achieve not 
only certification, but a master's degree, 
in five years rather than the traditional 

Some courses in the new programs 
will be offered concurrently to both cur- 
rent and prospective teachers, an added 
advantage for traditional-aged students 
enrolled in the five-year M.A.T. program. 
"The synergy from exposing future 
teachers to those now in the profession 
with significant classroom experience 
will be very beneficial to current SBC 
students," he concludes. 

24 second-graders and gained two more 
after winter break. She never sits down. 
And she finds herself almost resenting her 
desk because it takes up too much space in 
her classroom. 

As a math major and music minor, she 
graduated from Sweet Briar licensed to 
teach K-12. Given the need for qualified 
math teachers, she knows that she could 
make the switch in good conscience, but 
she won't budge. 

"I still remember what it was like 
growing up." says Melissa, "and all the 
support I had from my parents and teach- 
ers. Teaching elementary school takes a lot 
of energy. As long as I can keep up with 
my students. I think I can make an impor- 
tant difference here." 

In her current class. Melissa juggles 
several reading groups with abilities rang- 
ing from pre-primer to fourth grade. 
Keeping all of her students busy — while 
simultaneously focusing on a few — takes 
practice, patience, and a tremendous 
amount of pre-planning. "You also have to 
learn to distinguish between good and bad 
noise." she laughs. 

Despite her field experience, student 
teaching, master's degree, and two years in 
the classroom. Melissa frequently finds 
herself turning to her fellow teachers for 
advice. And she was happy to return to 
campus to give Sweet Briar students a 
similar opportunity. 

"You have to be open-minded," she 
says. "Listen to your colleagues. You may 
walk in knowing all the latest and best 
methods. But after a 
while you'll find out 
that some of the old 
tried-and-true ways of 
teaching work well 
too. I'm still learning 
and will be for a long 

Melissa Fauber Carter 

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SBC Blazes New 


A gift from Ann Ritchey Baruch 
'62 promotes learning and fun on 
the land. 

As part of Sweet Briar College's com- 
mitment to the land and the environment, 
three new walking trails have been devel- 
oped for educational and recreational pur- 

The new trails— 30-, 60- and 90- 
minute loops offering views of Sweet 
Briar's lakes, streams, scenic views, and 
historic points of interest — were identified 
in a "Trails Master Plan" by the Whitesell 
Group in Roanoke, Virginia, with input 
from the Sweet Briar community. 

The plan was developed based on 
requests from Laura Staman, director of 
the Sweet Briar Outdoor Program (SWE- 
BOP) and President Muhlenfeld for more 
clearly- marked trails for use by students, 
faculty, staff, and guests of the College. 

With funding through a gift from Ann 
Ritchey Baruch '62, the project is 
intended to promote the educational and 
recreational use of the land, one important 
focus of the College's strategic plan. 

trails have 
been devel- 
oped as 
one impor- 
tant way 

for everyone to enjoy up 
close the beauty of Sweet Briar," says 
President Muhlenfeld. "Our extensive trail 
system has always existed, but we needed 
to make it easier for everybody to take 
advantage of our fabulous campus for 
study breaks, exercise, or a chance to 
enjoy nature. Three loops have been iden- 
tified, enhanced, and clearly marked for 
the amateur, as well as the experienced 

In addition to highlighting familiar 
landmarks like Monument Hill, the trail 
system features some exciting new addi- 
tions to the landscape. For example, a 
one-mile trek originating at the Train 
Station continues past the new 
Observatory and then detours over to the 
recently-reclaimed Sweet Briar Plantation 
Burial Ground. 

Natural features of the campus are 

cased as well. 
Among Laura Staman 's favorites, 
"The William's Creek Trail is beautiful," 
she says. "It's the first place where the 
leaves fall, the first place where the snow 
melts, and the first place where the wild- 
flowers appear." She is happy to report 
that the trails were developed using an 
"extremely light touch, making as little 
impact as possible." 

Trail system brochures are available at 
the SWEBOP Office located in the 
Student Commons. 

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Paul Cronin's last day inspires the 
first steps toward commemorating 
the life, labor, and death of 
African Americans on the former 

Type the words "Sweet Briar plantation 
slave cemeteries" into almost any search 
engine and you'll find a link to the 
College's African American Heritage web- 
site, a virtual brochure detailing both the 
location of the plantation's largest burial 
ground and the unusual arrangement of its 
uninscribed gravestones. 

Thirty-six years ago, when Director of 
the Riding Program Emeritus Paul Cronin 
arrived on campus, there was no such thing 
as the Internet. Instead, people relied on its 
predecessor, the barbershop, for breaking 
news, local history, and arcane informa- 

That's how Director Cronin found out 
about the graveyards. In the middle of a 
haircut his barber jokingly let on that the 
faculty, students, grounds crews, cows, and 
horses roving about the campus might just 
be treading on the dead. 

Surprised and shaken, he went back to 
the Riding Center and quizzed two of the 
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"And one of the men." he remembers, 
"told me that one of the largest burial 
places was located above the small lake. I 
went up there again and again. Then one 
day in the wintertime, I looked down and 
suddenly I saw this row of stones. They 
were rocks — rocks like you might trip 
over. And then I saw another row." 

During his tenure. Director Cronin 
made several attempts to draw attention to 
the cemeteries without much success. The 
necessary combination of historical infor- 
mation, faculty expertise, administrative 
support, and extra manpower just wasn't 
there. "It was lucky though." he says, "that 
at least the main site over by the lake was 
overgrown and full of briars. You couldn't 
get into it. I would never go there in the 
summertime; it was full of snakes. And it 
was also protected as part of Buck 
Edward's nature preserve, but even he 
didn't know anything about it." 

Finally, on the eve of his retirement, 
with a nod from President Muhlenfeld, 
Director Cronin made one last trip to the 
burial grounds. This time he took along 
two bright, energetic women: Valdrie 
Walker, dean of co-curricular life and 
Donna Meeks, grounds superintendent and 

"Paul called me the last day he was on 
campus," says Dean Walker. "I was home 

on vacation. But I came over and got in the 
truck with Donna Meeks. We hacked 
through stuff that was 20-30 feet over our 
heads with vines wrapping around our 
legs. We got Lord knows how many ticks 
on us. Then we drove to another site out 
toward the dairy. 

"He was leaving at 5 o'clock that 
evening. And he said to me, 'I'm leaving it 
with you. If anyone can do something, 
maybe you can.' I had a gazillion things to 
do. zero dollars for this, and no one I could 

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think of offhand to help. Talk about hang- 
ing something out there with nothing to 
hang it on!" 

But, in fact, this time Director Cronin's 
timing was perfect. Dean Walker soon dis- 
covered that she had all she needed to start. 
By 2001, the College's Learning-on-the- 
Land initiative was well under way not 
only in the environmental sciences, but in 
the humanities, fine arts, and social sci- 
ences as well. Lynn Rainville, an assistant 
professor of anthropology with an interest 
in mortuary traditions and "deathscapes," 
had just arrived on campus and was eager 
to start a campus-based project. Stephen 
Stahl, dean of the College, introduced her 
to Dean Walker and the two women began 
exchanging information and searching for 

Superintendent Meeks, facing the same 
staff and budget constraints as Dean 
Walker, decided that clearing the main 
cemetery would have to be a downtime 
project. As things turned out, the winter of 
2001-2002 was unusually mild. Hours that 
would have been spent clearing snow and 
ice were devoted to the cemetery instead. 

The grounds crew knew the boundaries 
of the site, thanks to the volunteer efforts 
of Cliff Ambers, a geologist and husband 
of Professor Rebecca Ambers in environ- 
mental studies. Using a combination of old 
aerial photos and global-positioning tech- 
nology, he determined the exact location 
and shape of what had once been a lovely 
resting place surrounded by trees on a 
knoll overlooking the lake. 

"Everyone got excited, pitched in, and 
did what they could," says Superintendent 
Meeks. "We took out over 16 truckloads of 
debris — grapevines as thick as your fore- 
arm — in several stages, working by hand, 
being careful not to disturb the stones or 
depressions. The markers were not in the 
normal, straight-row patterns you'd expect 
to see in a cemetery. Lynn Rainville 
explained that we were looking at family 

Professor Lynn Rainville. whose pri- 
mary research takes place in the Middle 
East, is delighted to be teaching anthropol- 
ogy directly on an archaeological site. 
Talking about Sweet Briar's unique hold- 
ings, she notes that "Parts of the University 
of Virginia date back to the 1 8th and 1 9th 
centuries. But because it's an urban center, 

most of the sites are 
under parking lots 
and buildings. The 
sites are there, but 
you can't examine 
them. At Sweet Briar 
they're all preserved. 
Hundreds and hun- 
dreds of acres." 

Rainville came to 
the College expect- 
ing to involve stu- 
dents in projects on 
the land. The big 
surprise was inter- 
acting with faculty 
outside of her disci- 
pline. In addition to 

working with Valdrie Walker and Donna 
Meeks on the plantation burial grounds. 
Professor Rainville has been collaborating 
with the science, history, and classics 
departments on the project — something she 
has never been able to do so easily and 
seamlessly before. 

"It's a testament to Sweet Briar," she 
says, "that the minute Rebecca Ambers in 
environmental sciences discovers some- 
thing new related to land use. she tells me. 
Then I can incorporate her research into 
my models, along with evidence that Kate 
Chavigny and Judith Evans-Grubbs are 
accumulating on the archival side, deci- 
phering and transcribing Elijah Fletcher's 
letters and plantation records. All of us put- 
ting our heads together gives each of us a 
better perspective on the physical and cul- 
tural landscape. It's a treat." 

Last October, Professors Rainville and 
Chavigny spoke at the opening of "A 
Glimpse into the Life. Labor, and 
Mortuary Rituals of Enslaved African 
Americans on the Sweet Briar Plantation," 
an exhibit featuring artifacts excavated 
from antebellum slave cabins, a brief his- 
tory of the enslaved African Americans 
who lived, worked, and died on the Sweet 
Briar plantation, and information about the 
ongoing archaeological survey designed to 
locate additional slave sites on campus. 

The exhibit was made possible in part 
by the Virginia Foundation for the 
Humanities, which is providing funds for 
lectures, student research, printed 
brochures, maps, and web-based materials 

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related to the interdisciplinary project. The 
College is also using its plantation 
legacy — the slave cabin, burial grounds, 
archaeological artifacts, and other features 
as they're uncovered — to provide African 
American history tours for schoolchildren 
from the surrounding counties. 

"Paul felt a moral responsibility to do 
something," says Dean Walker. "And after 
the site was cleared, and we printed the 
brochures and made the burial ground part 
of the trail system and part of Black 
History Month. I thought, 'Well. Paul, the 
hard part is over. We did it. It's official. 
We've made these invisible people visible.' 
I think that's what he wanted. And it's a 
powerful thing." 

A commemoration ceremony for the 
individuals interred at the Sweet Briar 
plantation burial ground is scheduled for 
April 24, 2003, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The 
site contains more than 60 stones and at 
least 19 depressions. 

Ongoing efforts to restore the cemetery 
and the dignity of the people buried there 
include scouring Elijah Fletcher's ledgers, 
correspondence, and legal papers for 
names. In his 1852 will. Fletcher listed 67 
slaves whom he divided among his four 
children. The individuals on the list have 
no last names and the fieldstones in the 
cemetery have no inscriptions. 

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The observatory (and ducks) viewed from the dam of the upper lake 

Astronomy at SBC runs the gamut 
from simple stargazing to the edges 
of discovery. 

Last October the Department of Physics 
invited the community to attend its grand- 
opening "Star Party." a public-viewing 
night inaugurating the new Sweet Briar 
College Observatory. It was the first of sev- 
eral open houses scheduled throughout the 

Grant Denn. an SBC research and teach- 
ing fellow engaged in high-resolution radio 
astronomy, has experience hosting public- 
observation sessions. Working together 
with Professor Scott Hyman, the two 
astronomers are trying to gauge community 

interest and maintain a 
calendar of events. A page 
about the observatory is 
available at the physics depart- 
ment "s website: 

Between "Star Parties." the new obser- 
vatory serves as the observing lab for 
astronomy courses. The dome houses a ten- 
inch Meade reflecting telescope. The tele- 
scope was a gift from Dr. Michael Cooper, 
an amateur astronomer from Lynchburg. 
Virginia. The department also has a Meade 
8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain on an equatorial 
mount and several smaller telescopes and 
binoculars available to observers. 

The new observatory helps to round out 

which already 
offers exceptional 
faculty expertise and student opportunities 
in the area of radio astronomy. 

Professor Denn uses high resolution 
radio astronomy to stud)' the magnetic 
fields in the jets emanating from active 
galactic nuclei, which are the central 
regions of distant galaxies. Professor 
Hyman 's research hits closer to home, 
focusing on the galactic center of our own 
Milky Way. Both professors receive and 

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interpret raw data transmitted to the 
College from the National Radio 
Astronomy Observatory, an array of 27 
dish antennas spread across the desert in 
New Mexico. 

Right now, SBC student astronomer 
Jenny Neureuther '03 is painstakingly ana- 
lyzing archival images and current data, 
searching for transient sources of natural 
radio emissions, specifically objects that 
produce strong bursts of emissions before 
they decay. "These are cataclysmic or 
explosive events," says Professor Hyman, 
"like black holes and neutron stars that 
suck matter in from nearby stars, then 
reach a limit and blow off hot material. 

"Researchers have seen x-ray blasts. 
But now we have the technology to search 
for corresponding radio bursts. We're 
building a database so we can detect these 
guys. And Jenny has found a few. Some 
peak and die. Some have a longer falloff. 
We don't know what they are. This is all 
discovery; it's right at the edge." 

Jenny and Professor Hyman's research 
is part of a collaborative effort (consisting 
of SBC, the Naval 
Research Laboratory, 
Cornell University, 
Kennesaw State 
University, and the 
University of New 
Mexico) to conduct a 
wide-field transient 
radio source- monitor- 
ing program of the 
galactic center. 

This first-ever 
monitoring program 
could yield clues that 
impact our under- 
standing of processes 
involved in the evolu- 
tion of the universe. 
Ten Sweet Briar stu- 
dents have assisted in 
this research during 
recent summers and 
academic years, 
resulting in yearly 
publications and pre- 
sentations at scientific 

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Where Nature 
and Nurture Meet 

SBC's Nature Center will be a multipurpose and multi-people facility, 
encouraging environmental education. 

The College's old brick water plant across from the Boat House is about to be 
repurposed. The renovated building will serve as a Nature Center, housing a visitor's 
room with maps and exhibits, an environmental laboratory, and, if possible, eco- 
friendly rest rooms with solar-heated water. 

The water plant, designed in the early 1 900s, purified drinking water for the cam- 
pus until the 1 990s. The facility complements the Department of Environmental 
Studies' existing assemblage of labs, classrooms, and office space. The department 
has already "recycled" the Sweet Briar Train Station along with the 1948 Norfolk & 
Western caboose parked nearby. 

David Orvos, associate professor of environmental science, hopes the Nature 
Center will become a multi-people facility, a place where visiting families and school 
groups can assemble to learn more about the College's natural history and historic 
sites. He would also like to see area teachers and SBC student teachers using the 
laboratory to engage their classes in basic, hands-on experiments. 

"The renovation will help with our own space issues," says Professor Orvos. "The 
lab will hold 1 2-14 students, giving the department a larger space for introductory 
classes. But this is not our building; it's the community's building. And I think it will be 
an attraction, encouraging environmental education and introducing people to the 
lakes, walking trails, and other natural features of the campus." 

Winter 2003 < 


The Land 
Tells Its 
Side of 

the Story 

Professor Ambers explores the pre- 
College history of Monument Hill. 

For geologist Rebecca Ambers, oak logs 
and deep gullies have intriguing stories to 
tell about Sweet Briar's past. 

The assistant professor of environmen- 
tal studies is currently working on several 
research projects focusing on plantation 
land-use practices, helping scholars in her 
own and other disciplines piece together a 
pre-College history of the campus. 

One of her projects involves Monument 
Hill, a site known in the early 1800s as 
Woodruff's Mound. 

While walking in the woods around the 
base of Monument Hill last winter, 
Professor Ambers noticed a big log par- 
tially exposed between the banks of a dry 
stream bed. 

"To a geologist," she explains, "that 
immediately says something 
important. It says that the log 
is potentially quite old 
because the ends of it are 
covered in eight or nine feet 
of material." 

Digging around the area 
with her geologist husband 
Cliff, Professor Ambers 
uncovered several additional 
logs and split rails that clearly 
had been shaped by human 
hands and left in a tangle at 
the bottom of a gully. 

The couple took core sam- 
ples and delivered them to Daniel L. 
Druckenbrod, a dendrochronologist (tree 
ring specialist) and former SBC instructor, 
who is currently a doctoral candidate at the 
University of Virginia. Druckenbrod 
agreed to take on the enormous task of 
comparing the Monument Hill samples to 

Rebecca Ambers 

other Sweet Briar trees, as well as trees 
located throughout Virginia. 

The split rails, made from American 
Chestnut, dated back to 1 799. The largest 
oak log was cut down at about the same 
time. "But the neat thing about the log." 
says Professor Ambers, "if you count back- 
wards to the oldest ring, it takes you back 
to 1488, pre-Columbus. And the width of 
the rings is very narrow, indicating that it 
grew up in a dense forest." 

Professor Ambers suspects that in less 
than 80 years, the Monument Hill area was 
transformed from a lush wooded area into 
a scarred, intensely eroded 
slope. Initially planted with 
corn and tobacco, the site 
was eventually abandoned — 
most likely due to a combi- 
nation of poor soil quality 
and a lack of slave labor. 
"The first settlers," she 
says, "plowed straight up and 
down the hills, which sped 
erosion in steep areas, tun- 
neling the water and carrying 
the sediment down even 
faster. Instead of plowing 
side to side, which would 
have helped them resist erosion, they did 
the most convenient thing." 

According to Professor Ambers, when 
the land was opened for cultivation, the 
streams became choked with mud. which 
worked to build up the stream beds. 

However, when the forest started growing 
back — as tree rings indicate it did after the 
Civil War — the new trees shut off the sedi- 
ment supply, but not the water supply. Fast 
moving, sediment-free water then started 
scouring the soil, eroding the same beds it 
had helped to create. Split rails and logs 
that had been quickly covered up when the 
hill was first cleared, were later gradually 
exposed as the land began to heal. 

For Professor Ambers and her students, 
the Monument Hill project demonstrates 
how quickly things can get out of hand and 
how long it can take for the land to 
recover. "It's a good reminder." she says, 
"that managing land requires making good 
decisions every day." 

For other faculty and students Professor 
Ambers' research fills in a few of the many 
blanks remaining in the plantation's histor- 
ical record. 

"We all want to know when the fields 
were cleared and which ones were cropped 
continuously," she explains. "All across the 
South, dramatic changes in land use took 
place after the slaves were freed. In the 
context of the available labor force, it 
makes sense that the forest around 
Monument Hill was allowed to grow back. 
It was distant, hilly, and eroded — so why 
not let it go?" 

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The New Pioneers 

Kathleen A. Kavanagh '74 guides 
non-profits through the next frontier. 

From her senior-executive perch at 
Grenzebach, Glier & Associates, Kathleen 
A. Kavanagh '74 sees philanthropy at 
work on a scale that bake-sale volunteers 
can barely imagine. 

As a full-service philanthropic manage- 
ment consulting firm, GG&A provides 
consultation in advancement for national 
and international non-profit organizations, 
with current combined announced cam- 
paign goals totaling $18 billion. 

Kathleen's career path, which began as 
a student caller for the Sweet Briar Annual 
Fund phonathon, has given her unusual 
insight into the world of academic fund- 
raising — a place where a growing number 
of pioneering women philanthropists are 
beginning to make their mark. 

Kathleen points to Wellesley and Smith 
as examples of the tremendous 
headway women are making in § 
the realm of charitable giving. I 


Among the nation's elite liberal e 
arts institutions, these two 


women's colleges have the 
most ambitious campaigns cur- 
rently under way. At the end of 
2002, Wellesley was only 
$119.5 million short of its $400 
million campaign goal. Smith 
reached its preliminary goals so 
quickly, the college decided to 
raise the bar to a whopping 
$425 million by the end of 2004. 

When asked what factors 
might account for such a burst of 
generosity and optimism, Kathleen begins 
with a single word. 

"It's courage," says Kathleen. "For 
some of these women in the early 20th 
century, just going to college was a coura- 
geous thing to do. For others it was a mat- 
ter of bravely continuing on into graduate 
schools and professions. All of these 
strides took place at a time when women 
did not have nearly as much money or 
power as they do today. Remember, Sweet 
Briar was founded before women even had 
the right to vote. 

Miss Indie knew what 

she valued and 
unapologetically bet 
the whole plantation 

on women's education. 

"Now that same courageousness is 
starting to appear in the form of visionary 
philanthropy. There are many generations 
of graduates alive today who took chances 
and paved the way for others to follow. 
Philanthropy — making a bold gesture by 
selecting philanthropies to support — is the 
natural next step for these pioneers." 

Over the course of her career Kathleen 
has noticed some differences in the way 
men and women approach the art of giving. 

Typically, men have seemed more 

Kathleen A. Kavanagh '74 is a senior execu- 
tive vice president and managing director with 
Grenzebach Glier & Associates, where she has 
been providing counsel to the development 
leadership of educational, cultural, and other 
non-profit organizations since 1 995. 

Prior to joining GG&A, Kathleen was vice 
president for development at Vassar College, 
where she oversaw all phases of a compre- 
hensive campaign. That campaign raised 
$206.2 million. 

Her diverse client list includes Rhode Island 
School of Design, The University of the South 
(Sewanee), The Johns Hopkins University, 
Hampden-Sydney College, Sweet Briar 
College, Salem Academy and College, and Far 
Brook School in Short Hills, NJ. 

Shown here with SBC Major Gifts Officer 
Lee Taylor. 

inclined to express their values through 
philanthropic endeavors, using money to 
exert influence and drive institutional 
change. Women, on the other hand, have 
gravitated more toward the world of volun- 
teer work, offering time, energy, and expert- 
ise to organizations they care deeply about. 

"When it comes to money," says 
Kathleen, "women are outstanding givers. 
But traditionally they've had trouble saying 
no. They've tended to scatter their gifts 
over many worthy causes, while men have 
had no problem telling their friends, 'Sorry, 
I'm making a big gift to Dartmouth.' 

"Women also traditionally have not 
been encouraged to become major stake- 
holders in the institutions they support. 
Husbands would go on the board and 
wives would go on the special events com- 
mittee. That's all well and good — and we 
need women in those leadership roles — but 
a simple lack of board experience means 
many potentially great women philanthro- 
pists find themselves daunted by the power 
and responsibility that comes with the ter- 
ritory. Once they plunge in, however, they 
find out that philanthropy is fun 
stuff and they really like making a 

Of course, none of these patterns 
hold up one -hundred percent; there 
have always been exceptions, 
including Sweet Briar's founder 
Indiana Fletcher Williams. Miss 
Indie knew what she valued and 
unapologetically bet the whole 
plantation on women's education. 
It's precisely that spirit of generos- 
ity — thoughtful giving at any 
level — that keeps Kathleen in the 
fund-raising game. 

"I work with people at their 
best," explains Kathleen. "People 
give joyously. They wouldn't give if they 
weren't having a good time because there 
is no return — they're not getting something 
back in any ordinary sense. What they get 
is the reward of knowing they are partners 
with the institution in its success." 

Kathleen enjoyed the experience of 
talking to Sweet Briar alumnae across the 
country during a Spring Term SBC student 
telethon, and lobbied for a summer job in 
the Development Office. That summer job 
somehow ended up lasting four years and 
launched a lifetime career. 

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somehow ended up lasting four years and 
launched a lifetime career. 

Kathleen is aware that she made an 
unusual career choice, that two of the 
things she does almost every day — talking 
about money and public speaking — vie for 
first place on the list of things people hate 
to do. "I think death ranks number six," 
she laughs. 

But what she grasped nearly 30 years 
ago, and what more and more women are 
beginning to understand, is that the busi- 
ness of charitable giving is not only about 
money. Rather, it's about what happens as 
a result of people deciding to support 
something they value: a new wing for a 
local hospital, state-of-the-art firefighting 
equipment, a renovated community day- 
care center, a bigger library, or endow- 
ments that provide resources for institu- 
tions to make smart budget decisions that 
affect their ongoing reputations. 

Gradually, as Kathleen continues to 
describe what she does for a living, the 
satisfaction and delight she derives from 
her work comes into focus. 

"One of my clients is the Bryn Mawr 
School in Baltimore," says Kathleen. 
"More than 100 years ago, one of its 
founders, a savvy businesswoman named 
Mary Elizabeth Garrett, promised to give 
$100,000 to Johns Hopkins University's 
medical school provided that they start 
admitting women. The Bryn Mawr School 
became a 'feeder school' for girls who 
wanted education for medical school." 

"I've had the pleasure of meeting those 
women doctors, the Bryn Mawr Babies. 
Some are now elderly ladies who became 
physicians at a time when it was not only 
highly unusual, it was socially unaccept- 

"When I see how a single legacy like 
Garrett's is still working to transform 
women's lives, it makes it very easy for 
me to sit down and talk with individuals 
and institutions about finding the resources 
they need to continue shaping the future in 
positive ways. 

"None of us should want to go back 
and visit the college that we went to. We 
should want to return to a place that is 
even better than when we were there — 
better for women and better for the 
world. And that only happens through 

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The Imperfect World 
of Annual Giving 

Alumnae must rally to achieve envi- 
able levels of Annual Fund partici- 
pation and donations in the years 

Every year an impressive number of 
Sweet Briar alumnae step forward to fill 
in the budgetary gaps remaining after all 
other sources of funding — tuition, interest 
from the endowment, grants, operational 
efficiencies, belt-tightening, and auxiliary 
enterprises — have been expended. 

This outpouring of support is so essen- 
tial to the life of the College that it's often 
likened to a blood drive. 

The analogy is not far off the mark. 
Annual alumnae contributions are 
absolutely vital in maintaining all aspects 
of the institution. The money flows 
directly into basic necessities like faculty 
salaries, equipment purchases and repairs. 

electric bills, software upgrades, and 
snow removal. Alumnae gifts also serve a 
loftier purpose. That is, without depend- 
able Annual Fund dollars. Sweet Briar 
could not afford to plan, build, and rede- 
fine women's education for the 21st cen- 

Though Annual Fund contributions are 
used immediately, every gift has a lasting 

The fund's flexibility helps to keep 
tuition increases at a competitive level 
from year to year, while enabling the 
endowment to withstand dramatic market 
fluctuations. Maintaining this difficult 
balance in the decades ahead is what will 
make Annual Fund giving a point of pride 
for SBC alumnae. 

How It Works. In a perfect world, the 
College's Annual Fund goal would be 
divvied up equally among all living alum- 
nae who would in turn write checks for a 

Reunion 2002: total elation! The Class of '57 walked away with three prizes — the Nancy Dowd 
Burton Award (largest Reunion gift), the Participation Award for classes celebrating 25th-50th 
Reunion, and the Award for Total Giving to All Funds During the Year. Carol McMurtry Fowler, 
class president, holds two of the three aloft, with President Muhlenfeld standing by. 

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couple of hundred dollars apiece. 

Amazingly, amid the hubbub of real 
life, many alumnae do manage to pony up 
in both straightforward and spectacular 
ways to get the job done. 

Participation is central to the process. 
Foundations and publications like U.S. 
News & World Report correctly view 
alumnae response (participation) rates as 
votes of confidence and weave these 
annual percentages into their overall rank- 
ings. Even the smallest gifts offered in 
this context count for a lot, enabling the 
College to garner additional grants and 
maintain its standing among elite liberal 
arts institutions. 

However, high levels of participation 
do not necessarily guarantee that SBC 
will reach its goal. The 2001-2002 Annual 
Fund surpassed the previous year's donor 
total by 300, for a total of 4,329 contribu- 
tors and an alumnae participation rate of 
38 percent. Even so, the dollars raised 
were $34,188 less than the year before. 

Obviously, participation is not a magic 
bullet. To succeed, the Annual Fund also 
relies on large contributions from a rela- 
tively small number of donors. 

Every year, the spirited efforts of 
Sweet Briar's Reunion classes account for 
approximately 30 percent of the Annual 
Fund total. An exceptional number of 
these celebrants stretch to become mem- 
bers of the College's four top gift soci- 
eties, coming through with contributions 
ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 or more. 

High levels of participa- 
tion do not necessarily 
guarantee that SBC will 
reach its goal. The 
2001-2002 Annual 
Fund surpassed the previ- 
ous year's donor total by 
300... Even so, the dol- 
lars raised were 
$34,188 less than the 
year before. 

Annual Fund Totals 

Figures as of February 12. 2003 

SI ,500,000 ■ - 

1999-2000 1999-19' 

.'uiio :rirn 2001-2002 2002-2003 

□ Total DGoal 

For example, in 2002. the College 
received $45,000 from an alumna com- 
memorating her 45th Reunion. Another 
alumna gave nearly $17,000 to match 
gifts made by her 20th Reunion class- 
mates. Two alumnae from the Class of 
1952 came through with gifts greater than 
$15,000 and $20,000 respectively. 

Together, special Reunion alumnae and 
long-standing members of SBC's gift 
societies provide the financial foundation 
the College requires to balance its annual 
budget. Going forward, the ranks of these 
contributors will have to increase in keep- 
ing with the College's aspirations, lifting 
Sweet Briar to the next, transformational 
level of unrestricted support. 

The 11.4 Million Dollar Question. In 
1999-2000. the Sweet Briar Annual Fund 
reached the highest level of unrestricted 
giving ever, topping out at $1.9 million. 

During the two years following, fund 
totals decreased slightly to $1,871,861 
and then dipped again to $1,837,673. 

These levels — achieved during some of 
the best and worst times in the nation's 

memory — indicate that, yes. alumnae are 
determined to carry out their bold vision 
of Sweet Briar's future, no matter what. 

In its October 2002 campaign 
announcement, the College set a target of 
$11.4 million in unrestricted annual sup- 
port for the duration of Our Campaign 
For Her World. This ambitious amount 
represents more than 10 percent of the 
campaign's comprehensive $102 million 
goal, making every Annual Fund donation 
in the coming years into a campaign gift 
as well. 

For starters, this year's Annual Fund is 
aiming for $2 million from 5.000 contrib- 
utors, including alumnae, parents, and 
friends. Since alumnae traditionally pro- 
vide 90 percent of the support every year, 
just participating will not be enough to 
supplement the call for increased generos- 
ity on the part of Reunion (and non- 
Reunion) classes. The push is now on for 
all alumnae to raise one hand and be 
counted, while cracking open their piggy 
banks with the other. 

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Bold Dreams: 

A Gala Dedication to Her World 

Sweet Briar embarks on the largest 
campaign in the College's history. 

Saturday, October 26, 2002, the greater 
Sweet Briar community — alumnae, stu- 
dents, faculty, parents, and friends — 
assembled in the new Student Commons 
to celebrate the unveiling of Our 
Campaign For Her World, the largest 
comprehensive fund-raising effort in the 
College's history. 

Nancy Hall Green '64, chair of the 
campaign, announced the unprecedented 
campaign goal of $102 million, reporting 
that $56.2 million in gifts and pledges to 
the campaign had already been received 
at that time. 

"Our Campaign For Her World is the 
means by which we will fulfill our bold 
dreams to make Sweet Briar highly com- 
petitive for years to come, a model for 
women's education," she said. 

The campaign goal announcement gala 
was the pinnacle of the weekend's festivi- 
ties, during which the College hosted an 
array of special activities, including the 
dedication and exclusive tour of Prothro 
Hall and a showcase of academic pro- 

In addition. The Keystone Society, 
Sweet Briar's newest donor society, 
inducted 17 charter members, all of 
whom have made lifetime commitments 
totaling $1 million or more. 

"The campaign that we are celebrating 
tonight is, as its theme implies, all about 
'Her World' — the choices, the opportuni- 
ties, the possibilities that will be available 
to Sweet Briar students and alumnae in 
the 2 1 st century because of your gener- 
ous and dedicated support today." said 
Michela English '71. chairman. Sweet 
Briar College Board of Directors. 

She extended special thanks to the 
College's Board of Directors, the 
Campaign Steering Committee, the 
Development Leadership Council, and the 

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Campaign Announcement Committee for 
their all-out support of the campaign and 
hard work thus far. 

The campaign emphasizes a mix of 
endowment, facilities, scholarship, and 
program objectives, and also seeks to 
strengthen the College's Annual Fund. 
Gifts to the campaign already are in evi- 
dence, impacting and enhancing academic 

"Thanks to generous donors, the 
College has been able to award several 
new scholarships under the auspices of 
the Center for Civic Renewal, to support 
international students, to provide stipends 
for student interns, and to start a travel 
fund that will enable faculty-student 
teams to present their research and cre- 
ative endeavors at national professional 
meetings — just to name a few examples," 
said President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld. 

This campaign represents the next step 
in a strong tradition of philanthropy at 
Sweet Briar, including a $500,000 cam- 
paign for the College in the '40s and the 
$35 million campaign that concluded in 
1994, exceeding its goal by $3 million. 

"Our campaign goal of $102 million is 
ambitious and challenging, and it is 
matched by the dedication, determination 
and loyalty of our volunteers, staff and 
alumnae at large," said Nancy Green. 

The conclusion of the celebratory 
evening was signaled by the premiere per- 
formance of "Fanfare For Her World." an 
original composition by Dr. Jonathan 
Green, associate dean of academic affairs 
and director of ensembles. Professor 
Green composed the piece specifically for 
the event. It was performed by student 
members of the ensemble group. 
Audience reaction: Bravo! 

Board of Directors Chairman Michela English: 
"...special thanks to the College's Board of 
Directors, the Campaign Steering Committee, 
the Development Leadership Council, and the 
Campaign Announcement Committee for their 
all-out support and hard work thus far." 

President Muhlenfeld: gave exciting examples 
of how gifts to the campaign already are in 
evidence, impacting and enhancing academic 

Campaign Chair Nancy Green: "...the means 
by which we will fulfill our bold dreams to 
make Sweet Briar highly competitive for years 
to come, a model for women's education." 

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Betsy Smith White '59, BOD, 
DLC; Bradley Thayer; Carlos 
De Alba (husband, Elaine 
Arozarena '81); Bee 
Newman Thayer '61, BOD, Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57, BOD, DLC; 
' dlc President Muhlenfeld; Olivia Nearay '03 


Celebrants begin to 
gather for an evening 
lo remember 

^M > 

Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54, BOD; Josiah Rowe Sarah Canovaca '03 discusses 
III (husband, Anne Wilson Rowe '57) "her world" with Gala guest 

Elaine Arozarena '81, BOD; Linda Shank, 
executive assistant to president 



Betsy Smith White '59, BOD, 
DLC; Jody Raines Brinkley '57 

Catherine "Bunny" Barnett Brown, DLC; 

Ross '31) 

consultant; Carol McMurtry Fowler '57, BOD, DLC 

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October 26, 2002 

Photos © David Abrams 

BOD: Board of Directors; AB: Alumnae Association 

Board; DLC: Development Leadership Council 

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Flo Barclay Winston '57, BOD; 
Nausheena Baig '04; Michelle Poore '05 

Gordon G. Beemer H'21 
(husband, the late Florence 
Woelfel Elston-Beemer '21) 

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Dedication Ceremony for 


October 25, 2002 

In recognition of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39; Kafhryn 
Prothro Yeager '61 ; Elizabeth Yeager Edwards '84; 
Linda Yeager Beltchev '85; Holly Prothro Philbin '95; 
and Charles N. Prothro and Mark H. Prothro, Board o 
Directors; and Perkins-Prothro Foundation 

Photos © David Abrams 

BOD: Board of Directors; DLC: Development Leadership Council 

Brass Ensemble plays as crowd 
leaves for tour. 

Academic Program 


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Winter 2003 • 25 


How Long Is Your Shadow? 

Campaign Announcement 
Weekend Chapel Service 
Sunday, October 27, 2002 

Dr. Guy Brewer 

Chaplain, Sweet Briar College 

Text: Acts 5: 12-16 

Do you remember this little poem from 
grammar school? 

"I have a little shadow that goes in 
and out with me 

And what can be the use of him is 
more than I can see." 

How true. We all have a shadow and all 
of us are unaware at some level of the use 
or purpose of our shadow. Of course. I'm 
not talking about the physical phenomenon 
of shadows. Your shadow is your personal 
influence — that unconscious, unlimited, 
unstoppable influence you have on those 
around you. 

So, how long is your shadow? 

The Steven Spielberg film, Schindler's 
List, is a tale about the shadow that Oscar 
Schindler, German industrialist, cast on 
Jews in Nazi Germany. Oscar Schindler 
was an unlikely hero. Among his peers, 
Schindler was gossiped about as "Oscar 
Swindler," a womanizer, gambler, problem 
drinker. But he was a kind and fair 
employer to Jews in an age when few 
Germans would employ Jews. 

When a rabbi came to work in 
Schindler's factory, he approached his new 
boss to thank him for hiring him and many 
of his congregation. "You have done a 
great thing, Herr Schindler. As the proverb 
says, 'He who saves one saves the world.'" 
This comment touched Oscar Schindler's 
heart. Over the next months and years, the 
length of his shadow on Jews in Nazi 
Germany continued to grow as he 
employed them despite growing opposition 
from business associates. He hid Jewish 
friends from the Gestapo, and eventually. 

helped them escape from Germany. 

The book of Acts includes a story about 
the shadow of a common Jewish fisherman 
named Peter. Peter was an ordinary man 
who became extraordinary through the 
influence of Jesus on his life. Some 
months after Jesus' death and resurrection, 
Peter had become such an influential per- 
son that folks followed him seeking that at 
least his shadow might fall upon them. The 
story recounts that folks with terrible dis- 
eases and problems in their lives were 
healed as Peter's shadow fell on them. 
That's a big shadow! 

Of course, one could easily dismiss 
belief in the power of shadows to supersti- 
tion and ignorance of first-century people. 
This would be a mistake. In 20th-century 
India, Brahmans would throw away food 
on which the shadow of an untouchable 
fell. Mahatma Ghandi. great crusader for 
the rights of untouchables, was followed 
everywhere by crowds of people who 
sought to fall under his shadow. Ghandi 
was a small man who continued to shrink 
over time from his hunger strikes. As he 
shrank, his shadow grew. Eventually, his 
shadow stretched around the world and fell 
upon a young African- American preacher. 
Martin Luther King. Jr. King studied 
Ghandi's principles of non-violent resist- 
ance and used them to bring civil rights to 
millions of African-Americans. 

How long is your shadow? If you are 
like most people, you underestimate your 
personal influence. Research performed by 
Injoy Leadership Network in the early 
1 990s indicated that the average American 
influences 10.000 people in a lifetime. 
That statistic was published before the 
internet came of age. How many people 
could the average 18-year-old influence 
today through her Web site? 

I have been trained all of my life to be 
disciplined and intentional, at least in my 
work. It's a good thing to have goals, to 
count results, to be accountable. However, 
the truth is that the greater part of our 
influence is unconscious. This is your 

shadow: the unconscious influence you 
have on others. 

After all. life is driven by our attitudes 
and the moment-to-moment influence we 
have on those around us. Communication 
experts tell us that 80% of the messages 
we communicate are not what we inten- 
tionally say. but rather, the non-verbal, 
unconscious messages we send. Long after 
folks have stopped listening, they are still 

When I was pastor of a church in 
Jacksonville. Florida, the director of the 
church preschool shared a story about 
Bobby, a 4-year-old student. Bobby found 
a snakeskin on the playground and brought 
it to her. "What the hell is this. Miss 
Barbara?" "Bobby. I'm ashamed of your 
manners!" Barbara answered. Bobby hung 
his head in shame, but then, a light bulb 
came on. "Miss Barbara, what the hell is 
this, please?" 

Any of you who have been around chil- 
dren can relate to this story. Bobby was 
just repeating what he had heard his hard- 
working, distracted father or mother say at 
home when they weren't paying attention 
to who was listening. Bobby was their little 

You have heard folks refer to someone 
who is overly timid as being "afraid of her 
shadow." It's our way of saying someone 
is a cowardly scaredy-cat. When you stop 
to think about the length of unconscious 
shadow each of us casts on others, a 
healthy respect for that shadow makes a lot 
of sense. 

How long is your shadow? Your 
shadow is unlimited influence. A little over 
a year ago, we all suffered through 
September 1 1 and the days that immedi- 
ately followed. I was as shocked and 
speechless as anyone else, but it fell to me 
to organize a campus service to draw peo- 
ple together and offer them some comfort 
and wisdom. At a time like that I relied 
upon a third-grade graduate, my grand- 
mother. Momma Necie, for the right words 
to say. Momma Necie didn't have the ben- 

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efit of formal education, but she was one 
of the strongest and wisest women I ever 
knew. She was a Blackfoot Indian who 
married at age 12 only to be abandoned by 
her husband a year later. She outlived three 
husbands and raised 1 1 children by herself 
in the midst of the Great Depression. 
Momma Necie died when I was a junior in 
college, but her shadow fell across Sweet 
Briar College at that September 1 1 memo- 
rial service. Thirty years after her death. I 
retold Mama Necie 's stories and Blackfoot 
legends as a source of strength in hard 

Jesus' strategy for changing the world 
relied upon the unlimited power of per- 
sonal influence. Although large crowds fol- 
lowed him, Jesus devoted most of his time 
to 1 2 key followers. He taught these men 
to put a priority on personal influence and 
had such an impact on them that they all 
eventually sacrificed their lives for the 
gospel. In turn, they modeled Jesus' strat- 
egy of unlimited personal influence. As a 
result, we are still talking about Peter's 
shadow today. 

Wallace Hamilton connected the idea of 
our unlimited personal influence with the 
concept of Judgment Day. He suggested 
that our lives are like the wave patterns 
created when a pebble is dropped in a 
pond. Our influence on others keeps 
spreading out to infinity. In God's mercy, 
judgment awaits the end of the world when 
all the facts are fully known. 

How long is your shadow? Your 
shadow is unstoppable. When I was a kid, 
I was fascinated by the notion in the 
Disney movie, Peter Pan, that Captain 
Hook stole Peter's shadow. How could that 
be? No one can steal your shadow, your 
personal influence. You alone are responsi- 
ble for this unstoppable influence. 

Jesus' parables about the mustard seed 
illustrate the unstoppable quality of our 
personal influence. Like a seed once 
planted, our influence continues to grow 
and produce fruit in the lives of others. As 
Robert Schuller puts it. "Any fool can 
count the number of seeds in an apple, but 
God alone can count the number of apples 
in a seed." 

Even a questionable character like 
Oscar Schindler had an unstoppable influ- 
ence. As he aged, his personal problems 
worsened. He drank more. His marriage 

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ended in divorce and he lost his business 
to bankruptcy. Oscar Schindler died home- 
less and penniless, lacking the resources 
for a decent burial. When the news of his 
death reached Jerusalem, Jewish leaders 
arranged for the transport of his body from 
Germany to Israel. He was buried as the 
only gentile in the Jewish cemetery over- 
looking Jerusalem. On his headstone they 
engraved the legacy of his shadow: "He 
who saves one saves the world." 

How long is your shadow? All of our 
shadows are the same length. They stretch 
from here to eternity. 

Your shadow is your 
personal influence — 
that unconscious, 
unlimited, unstoppable 
influence you have 
on those around you. 

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Sweet Briar Parents 

Experience Her World 

The success of Families Weekend 
reflects a longer, supportive 

Picking up on Sweet Briar's campaign 
theme, this year's Families Weekend 
invited parents to "Experience Her 
World." The three-day affair made good 
on its motto, giving parents a chance to 
interact with the administration and fac- 
ulty, while enjoying all the College has to 
offer: historic tours, nature walks, sport- 
ing events and academic contests, stargaz- 
ing, musical theatre, computer labs, 
gallery and museum exhibits, and chapel 

"We want parents to do more than 
drive eight hours to take their daughters 
out to dinner." explains Valdrie Walker, 
dean of Co-Curricular Life. "We want 
families to feel welcome, informed, and 
engaged. And it's working. I've never 
seen the president's reception so packed." 

While the College officially dedicates 
one weekend to the interests and enter- 
tainment of SBC parents, the success of 
Families Weekend reflects a longer, sup- 
portive relationship that begins with 
admissions and sometimes continues after 

Part of the excitement of having par- 
ents on campus is hearing what they have 
to say about "Her World." After visiting 
the campus Fall Term, the parents of four 
very different students were kind enough 
to share their thoughts with the Alumnae 
Magazine. Their focus on the fundamen- 
tals — the well-being and education of 
their daughters — offers remarkable and 
reassuring insight into the workings of the 
extended College community. 

Mark Davis, father of Leah '04 and 
Kathryn '05, had never heard of Sweet 
Briar College and admits that he was 
somewhat leery about the idea of a 
women's college. But, during the family's 
five-college tour, SBC emerged as the 
winner by a considerable lead. Leah 

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applied Early Decision. And Mark eventu- 
ally became a member of the Parent's 
Steering Committee. 

"Our Sweet Briar tour guides," recalls 
Mark, "were articulate and self-aware, 
with a confidence that I don't normally 
see in 19-year-olds. I had to hand it to 
Leah for scouting out such a great place. 
In my experience, everything Sweet Briar 
does is done with excellence, and that 
quality was evident at the start." 

Kathryn credits two events 
which made the difference in her college 
decision. "First," Mark says, "both girls 
received individual, hand-signed invita- 
tions from the Alumnae Club of New 
Jersey for a resume clinic at Rutgers. 
Several Sweet Briar alumnae working in 
different fields gave up their Sunday 
afternoon to help a small group of stu- 
dents. Kathryn was very impressed. And 
afterward, when she was invited to a 
"Women of Promise" weekend on cam- 
pus, she decided to follow up and found 
that the experience clinched it for her." 

Mark cannot believe that, as a fresh- 
man, Kathryn was assisting a professor 
involved in cancer research. "She spent 
all summer," he explains, "synthesizing 
an infinitesimally small amount of a 
chemical that was being tested as a 
directed cancer drug — attacking cancer 
cells while avoiding healthy ones. The 
technology she used in the process was 
unbelievably sophisticated and expensive, 
not your average lab equipment." 

Mark is equally as impressed with 
Leah's experience. "In Leah's case," he 
says, "her psychology professor expanded 
his own research in order to incorporate 
her research interests into his experi- 
ments. Tell me where else you would find 
flexibility like this: professors willing to 
alter the direction of their own research to 
accommodate and mentor undergraduates. 
When I met Professor Cusato at Families 
Weekend, I just wanted to thank him over 
and over again." 

Connie Lea, mother of Susan '06, 

finally resolved to ask her daughter if she 
was interested in transferring. Susan had 
enrolled at a mid-size university and did- 
n't seem to be getting the academic guid- 
ance or the social experience she'd antici- 

"You're only as happy as your most 
miserable child," laughs Connie. "As 
soon as I suggested the possibility of 
switching schools, Susan hung up the 
phone and immediately started research- 
ing colleges on the Internet. She chose a 
weekend to visit Sweet Briar and fell in 
love with it. So, this year we're happy." 

At Sweet Briar, Susan found the per- 
fect match for her creative and athletic 
interests. She plans to major in the fine 
arts, including creative writing, and has 
already joined the swim team. She's also 
finding that the College's residential life 
is more to her liking. 

"One of the first things Susan reported 
back to me was. 'Mom, they crack their 
own eggs here!" The basics — the quality 
of the food and the whole atmosphere — 
are that much better." 

Connie and her husband Page, who 
recently joined the Parents Steering 
Committee, came for Families Weekend 
but found themselves spending a good 
portion of their time off campus. After 
several weeks of swimming and exercise 
combined with SBC's superior food serv- 
ice, their daughter was in shape for a new 

Sally Old Kitchin '76, mother of 
Maria '04, has been involved with the 
College for decades. Her husband Jim is 
currently co-chair of the Parents Steering 
Committee and Sally has jumped in to 
help with the Friends of Athletics, among 
other SBC activities. 

"I was the first person in my class to 
have a daughter attend Sweet Briar," says 
Sally. "It's been an exciting process 
because I've been able to see the differ- 
ence for myself. Where other colleges 

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might add some personal touches. Sweet 
Briar provides genuine, individual atten- 
tion. Admissions counselors, coaches, and 
faculty really go the distance. 

"It's also been difficult having a 
daughter here," continues Sally. "Now, 
before I make Boxwood calls to class- 
mates. I have to sit down, write out. and 
then shorten what I have to say. 
Otherwise, I'll just go on and on about all 
the neat opportunities Maria is getting 
through her art history and sociology 
courses. I just want to stand on the 
rooftop and shout about it." 

Sally is confident that the education 
President Muhlenfeld is shaping for 
today's students is relevant and full of 
promise. "Her World," she says, "is really 
an unknown. The College's mission or 

campaign is to make sure young women 
are ready to succeed in the future as it 
unfolds. President 
Muhlenfeld's vision — the 
interdisciplinary direction 
she's taking — is the right 
approach considering all 
the changes our daugh- 
ters will be facing along 
the way." 


Families Weekend Fall 2002 

OCTOBER 18-20 

You are invited 
to join your daughter 
at Sweet Briar College 
for Families Weekend. 

Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 29 

Founders' Day 2002 

Was the Centerpiece of a September 1 9-2 1 

Weekend Featuring Alumnae Council and 

the Center for Civic Renewals Symposium, 

'Religion in the Public Square" 

Close to 100 alumnae returned to cam- 
pus to enjoy a weekend filled with intel- 
lectual stimulation (the Center for Civic 
Renewal [CCR] Symposium), hard work 
(Alumnae Council meetings) and celebra- 
tion (Founders" Day). The symposium 
was open to the public and many of the 
College's friends and neighbors from 
Amherst, Lynchburg, and the surrounding 
communities turned out to hear the distin- 
guished array of speakers that the CCR 
had assembled. Alumnae Council business 
meetings were "shoehorned in" around 
the public events so that alumnae could 
hear all the symposium speakers and 
enjoy the community festivities surround- 
ing Founders' Day. Between alumnae and 
members of the public, the campus 

On Thursday evening, September 19. 
Ambassador Dennis Ross, the keynote 
speaker for the symposium, addressed the 
impact of religion on events in the Middle 
East and the USA's war on terrorism. 
Some alumnae came from Washington. 
D.C. especially to hear this talk. 

On Founders' Day itself, September 
20, alumnae loved a student panel discus- 
sion which was held during the luncheon 
honoring the Indiana Fletcher Williams 

The Founders' Day Convocation 
keynote address, "Religion in the Public 
Square." was given by Professor Susan 
Estrich, University of Southern California 
Law School. Her rousing talk was fol- 
lowed by the presentation of the 
Distinguished Alumna Award to Nella 

Daisies for Daisy's grave 

Gray Barkley '55. Then the crowd, led by 
bagpipers, processed out of Murchison 
Lane Auditorium and up to Monument 
Hill for the Founders' Day service and 
placing of memorial flowers. That 
evening, after a community picnic in the 
Quad, Professor Robert Thurman, chair at 
Columbia University in Indo-Tibetan 
Studies, delivered a talk, "The Inner 
Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit 
of Real Happiness." 

The first event on Saturday morning 
was President Betsy Muhlenfeld's "SBC 
Update." Dr. Stephen Bragaw, associate 
professor of government and Center for 
Civic Renewal associate director, treated 
alumnae to a preview of his 2003 
Alumnae College. "The Rivalry that 
Shaped America." This was followed by 
the final event of the CCR symposium, a 
panel discussion, "From Vouchers to the 
Pledge of Allegiance to Social Welfare: 
Religion and Public Policy." The two 
well-known leaders of the panel (who 
were facing each other for the first time in 
public, we were told) were Barry Lynn, 
executive director of Americans United 
for Separation of Church and State, and 
James Towey. director of the White 
House's Office of Faith-Based and 
Community Initiatives. 

The Annual Alumnae Association 
Meeting, held during lunch on Saturday, 
was highlighted by the presentation of the 
Outstanding Alumna Award to Elizabeth 
Bond Wood '34 and Ann Morrison Reams 
'42. On Saturday afternoon, there was a 
special program for former members of 
the Alumnae Association Board who had 
returned to campus in an advisory capac- 
ity to discuss ways of sharing their 
knowledge and experience. 

Alumnae Council was a great success: 
the business meetings were productive 
and the CCR symposium sparked much 
spirited discussion, even argument, 
throughout the weekend. 

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September 20 lunchtime Student Panel 
Discussion, L-r: Sarah Canovaca 03; 
Christine Burroughs '04; Lisa Lussier '03; 
Kaneia Mayo '03 

Founders' Day Presidential Party gathers. L-r: Distinguished Alumna Nella Gray Berkley '55; 
Associate Professor of Government Stephen Bragaw; Susan Estrich; President Muhlenfeld; Chapla 
Brewer; Associate Dean Jonathan Green; Alumnae Association President Diane Dalton '67 

Ambassador Dennis Ross— a charismatic, com- Monument Hill— a beloved landmark for the 

pelling speaker SBC community 

Faculty and students assemble for Founders' 
Day Convocation. 

Students and alumnae enjoy Founders' Day community picnic 

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Founders' Day keynote speaker Susan Estrich 

Photos except for Ross © David Abrams 
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Alumna Award 







Introduction of 

Nella Gray Barkley '55 

at Founders' Day Convocation, 

September 20, 2002 

By Alumnae Association President 
Diane Dal ton '67 

It is one of my greatest pleasures, as 
president of the Alumnae Association, 
to present the annual Distinguished 
Alumna Award, one of Sweet Briar's high- 
est accolades. This year's recipient, Nella 
Gray Barkley of the Class of 1955. defi- 
nitely fulfills the award's requirement that 
she bring distinction both to herself and to 
Sweet Briar College. Nella is president and 
co-founder of Crystal-Barkley Corporation, 
"one of the nation's better-known career 
counseling firms." according to Business 
Week. With programs in New York. 
Chicago. Los Angeles and Atlanta, her 
company helps hundreds of clients make 
the right career choices, and conducts pro- 

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Nella Gray Barkley 

grams for companies internationally to 
match workers to jobs. In addition to run- 
ning her business. Nella is a very active 
volunteer and maintains a happy household 
and beautiful, historic home in Charleston. 
South Carolina. She managed to do this 
even in the days when she and her late 
husband, Rufus Barkley. were raising their 
three children. Throughout her busy life 
she has remained a strong and active sup- 
porter of Sweet Briar College. I am thrilled 
to welcome Nella here today to accept her 
award and should also like to welcome one 
of Nella's roommates, Rebecca ("Bexie") 
Faxon Knowles of Annapolis, MD. 

As a student, Nella was active in many 
clubs and activities and studied abroad 
with Sweet Briar's Junior Year in France. 
Upon earning her Sweet Briar degree in 
French. Nella married Rufus Barkley and 
moved with him to Charleston, where she 
became very involved in civic life. No 
ordinary volunteer, she initiated projects 

such as a center where juvenile delinquent 
boys could be rehabilitated rather than 
institutionalized, and a low-income hous- 
ing rehabilitation project for the City of 
Charleston. She was the first general man- 
ager of the Spoleto Festival USA. which 
has now become a major international cul- 
tural event. She became an organizational 
planning expert and in 1975 completed the 
Advanced Management Program at the 
Harvard Business School. At Harvard, she 
realized that, in addition to helping compa- 
nies and organizations, she could help indi- 
viduals find fulfilling careers. She met the 
late John Crystal (whose ideas had inspired 
the best-selling book by Richard Bolles, 
What Colour is Your Parachute) and. being 
Nella. persuaded him to join her in starting 
a company, the Crystal-Barkley 
Corporation, that would make his ideas 
more widely available. Today, Nella directs 
the operations of the Crystal-Barkley 
Corporation and its John C. Crystal Center. 

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consults with industry and is a frequent 
source for and guest of the media: "CBS 
Morning News," the Wall Street Journal. 
Fortune. CNN, Forbes and Cosmopolitan 
are among them, and she has been inter- 
viewed on "Larry King Live." She has 
written two books. How to Help Your 
Child Land The Right Job. subtitled. 
"{without being a pain in the neck)", and 
The Crystal Barkley Guide To Taking 
Charge Of Your Career. One of her many 
published articles was selected as the lead 
chapter in Sylvia Porter's book, Love and 

With her amazing energy, Nella contin- 
ues her volunteer work, sitting on numer- 
ous boards, helping the United Way. and 
this year, co-chairing the campaign for the 
Alexis de Tocqueville Society and also 
organizing Charleston Trident Mission 
2000. an experiment in citizen participa- 
tion in public issues. She was elected to 
the Council of the National Municipal 
League, a citizen group that strived for 
better government. Her past volunteer 
commitments include being president of 
the Junior League of Charleston, and later, 
president of the Association of Junior 
Leagues. She was founding chairman of 
the South Carolina Educational Television 
Endowment and vice chairman of the 
South Carolina Committee for Endowment 
for the Humanities. She has been a mem- 
ber of: the Consulting Committee of the 
National Advisory Council on Historic 
Preservation; the Charleston Opera 
Society: the board of directors of "Up 
With People": the South Carolina 
Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil 
Rights Commission; and the President's 
Committee on Employment for the 
Handicapped. These are just a sampling of 
her civic activities. 

Let me quote a couple of clients as they 
describe what Nella's company has done 
for them: The Crystal-Barkley Process has 
"transformed our lives... allowed me to 
choose the most fulfilling direction within 
my profession... given me the tools to real- 
ize my dreams." We are proud that the 
world recognizes Nella's great gifts. And 
we feel most fortunate that she has 
returned to Sweet Briar to accept our affir- 
mation that she is one of our brightest 
stars. I am honored to confer upon Nella 
our Distinguished Alumna Award and to 
present to her a resolution passed, in her 
honor, by the Alumnae Association Board. 

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BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
Association, assembled on April 16, 2002 acknowledges with gratitude the recogni- 
tion and honor that our 2002 Distinguished Alumna Award winner, Nella Gray 
Barkley of the Class of 1955, brings to Sweet Briar College. Through her profes- 
sional accomplishments with the Crystal-Barkley Corporation at the highest eche- 
lons of management and industry, and her volunteer service on the local, state and 
national levels, she has unlocked opportunities for countless organizations and indi- 

As a Sweet Briar alumna. Nella has given strong and generous support to her 
alma mater. She served on the national committee for the College's 75th anniver- 
sary celebrations and has spoken at Sweet Briar on several occasions. In 
Charleston, she has over the years been a gracious hostess for many Sweet Briar 
events and guests. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to express its deepest pride in 
Nella for the inspiration she provides to us all in devoting her life to sharing her 
great gifts, giving to others the tools for success. The Board does so by way of this 
Resolution to be recorded in the official Minutes and to be transmitted to her. 

Diane B. Dalton '67 

President. Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 

Director, Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association 

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumna Award 

The Distinguished Alumna Award, established in 1988, recognizes alumnae who 
have brought distinction to themselves and to Sweet Briar College through their 

outstanding accomplishments in a volunteer or professional capacity. 



Dorothy Rouse-Bottom '49 

Joan Vail Thorne '5 1 

Diana Muldaur Dozier '60 


Karin Lawson '74 


Hallam Hurt '67 


Virginia Upchurch Collier '72 
Katherine Upchurch Takvorian '72 

Beryl Bergquist Farris '71 


Georgene M. Vairo '72 


Katharine Crommelin Milton '62 



Ann Henderson Bannard '49 

Patricia Traugott Rouse '48 


Connie Burwell White '34 


Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 


Nella Gray Barkley '55 

Sadie Gwin Allen Blackburn '45 


Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp '68 


Molly Haskell Sarris '61 


Anna Chao Pai '57 

Winter 2003 • 33 


Elizabeth Wood 

Ann Reams accepting her award 


Outstanding Alumna Award to 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 
Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Introduction of Honorees at Annual 
Meeting of the Alumnae Association, 
September 21, 2002 

By Alumnae Association President Diane 
Da I ton '67 

It is always a great pleasure, as presi- 
dent of the Alumnae Association, to pres- 
ent the annual Outstanding Alumna award 
to an alumna who has given outstanding 
volunteer service to Sweet Briar College. 
This year there are two recipients, both 
former, legendary directors of the 
Alumnae Association: Elizabeth 
("Jackie") Bond Wood, who graduated in 
1934 and Ann Morrison Reams of the 
Class of 1942. Both of these women have 
given superlative service to Sweet Briar, 
not only as volunteers but also in their 

34 • Winter 2003 

professional careers. They went far above 
and beyond the call of duty and have cre- 
ated, and passed down to us, an organiza- 
tion that is quite remarkable. 

Elizabeth Wood could not be here 
today, unfortunately, but her daughter, 
Lisa Wood Hancock "63, is here to accept 
the award for her. I'm delighted to wel- 
come Lisa and our awardees' other family 
members who could join us today; a 
warm welcome as well to the classmates 
and friends who have come to celebrate 
with our honorees. 

Neither of our award winners needs to 
be introduced to a Sweet Briar audience, 
but let me mention a few of their accom- 
plishments. First, Elizabeth Wood, who is 
well known and loved by countless alum- 
nae and friends of the College through her 

long association with the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae and Development Offices. An 
English major at Sweet Briar, she earned 
honors at graduation. After some years 
working in investments and. with her late 
husband Ernest, raising their two daugh- 
ters and a son, she started working for 
Sweet Briar in 1955 as executive secre- 
tary (this position is now called director) 
of the Alumnae Association and editor of 
the Alumnae Magazine. She retired in 
1979 as vice president for development 
and public relations. Upon her retirement, 
the national Council for Development and 
Support of Education (CASE) presented 
her with the "Distinguished Service to 
Education" award. The following quote 
from the letter nominating her for that 
award will give you some idea of how 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


noteworthy her achievements are: 

"...Mrs. Wood has risen to a level in 
her profession achieved by very few 
women of her generation. 

"As a longtime member of the 
American Alumni Council (AAC) and 
later of CASE, a member of the board of 
directors of the AAC, a founder and mem- 
ber of the board of directors of Editorial 
Projects for Education, she was one of the 
pioneers in the emerging field of institu- 
tional relations. 

"...she developed an outstanding alum- 
nae giving program that five times won 
the AAC/US Steel Alumni Giving 
Incentive Award, with one first place for 
sustained performance among women's 
colleges. Among other awards were the 
1967 Sears Roebuck Foundation Alumni 
Administration Award and the AAC's 
Alumni Administration Award for 

"As vice president, she successfully 
carried through Sweet Briar's $10 million 
75th Anniversary Capital Campaign to a 
total of $ 1 1 .2 million, achieved in large 
part by a record-breaking 64 percent par- 
ticipation rate among Sweet Briar's alum- 

Since her retirement, Elizabeth has 
continued to put her considerable talents 
to work on Sweet Briar's behalf. As a vol- 
unteer, she was, most recently, a member 
of the Centennial Commission. During the 
Campaign for Sweet Briar College in the 
early '90s, she served on the president's 
Campaign Advisory Council and was co- 
chair of the Lynchburg Community 
Campaign. A longtime class fund agent 
and member of the Boxwood Circle 
Committee, she co-chaired the Reunion 

Ann flanked by family and classmates. Front: Ann; husband Bernie. Middle, l-r: Eloise English 
Rankin; granddaughter Ann Schoew; daughter Winkie Reams Schoew; Betsy Gilmer Tremain; 
Myron Tremain. Top: Grace Bugg Muller-Thym; Son Steve Reams; Dick Schoew; Mary Stone 

Lisa Wood Hancock accepting award on 
behalf of her mother 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc 

Gifts Committee for 1934's 55th Reunion. 
She is a member of the Williams 
Associates and a strong supporter of 
Friends of the Library. Over the years she 
has been a gracious hostess for Sweet 
Briar presidents, staff, and alumnae, and 
has done many other special things, such 
as coming back to campus to share with 
students her reminiscences about May 
Day and other Sweet Briar traditions. 

It is a great honor to confer this award 
upon Elizabeth Wood. Thank you, Lisa, 
for accepting the award and an accompa- 
nying resolution from the Alumnae 
Association Board on your mother's 

Our co-recipient of the Outstanding 
Alumna Award, Ann Reams, earned her 
Sweet Briar degree in music. She held 
several interesting jobs, for the U.S. Navy 
and as a newspaper reporter, then spent 
some years raising a family of four, two 
sons and two daughters, and being a "pro- 
fessional" volunteer in Lynchburg. Her 
civic service included being president of 
the Junior League of Lynchburg; the 
League later named her Outstanding 
Sustainer of the Year for 1986-87. 

In 1968, Ann came to work for the 
Alumnae Association, succeeding 
Elizabeth Wood as director in 1974. In 
1986, she was named to the College presi- 
dent's Executive Council, the first alum- 
nae director to be so honored. She retired 
as Director of the Alumnae Association 
Emerita in 1991. 

To mention just a few of the highlights 
of Ann's term as director: she has con- 
tributed to alumnae organizations on the 
state and national levels as well as at 
Sweet Briar; she was the driving force 
behind the reactivation of the women's 
college administrator's group which is 


still very successful and is now known as 
ADAPT (Alumnae Directors and 
Presidents Together); she was a founding 
director of the Virginia Alumnae and 
Development Directors Association. At 
Sweet Briar, she developed a computer- 
ized alumnae network and started the 
Winter Forums lecture series, the forerun- 
ner of the current Lunch and Learn series, 
which is still the only event designed 
especially to foster town-gown relations. 
Ann planned the College's 75th 
Anniversary celebration and established 
the Distinguished Alumna Award. Under 
her leadership, attendance at Reunion 
increased four-fold and the College won a 
special-events silver medal from CASE 
for the 1990 Reunion. 

Since her retirement, Ann has 
remained very close to the College. She 
served on the Centennial Commission 
and, during the fund-raising campaign in 
the early '90s, was a member of the presi- 
dent's Campaign Advisory Council and 
the Lynchburg Campaign Committee. She 
is a member of the Williams Associates, 
has been class president since 1992 and 
served on her class' Reunion Gifts 
Committee for the 50th and 55th 
Reunions. Both she and her husband 
Bernie have been fabulous hosts for 
countless alumnae events. Before Ann's 
retirement, she was a mentor for Alumnae 
Association presidents as well as staff, 
and she continues in this role, entertaining 
and advising new young staff members 
and talking to students. 

It is my privilege to confer upon Ann 
the Outstanding Alumna Award and to 
present to her the resolution which was 
passed by the Board of the Alumnae 

Photos © David Abrams 
Winter 2003 • 35 


Recipients of the 

Outstanding Alumna Award 


SBC's first graduates, Class of 1910: 

Anne Cumnock Miller*; 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett*; 

Louise Hooper Ewell*; 

Frances Murrell Rickards*; 

Annie Powell Hodges* 


Edna Lee Gilchrist '26* 


Gladys Wester Horton '30 


Mary Huntington Harrison '30* 


Phoebe Rowe Peters '31 * 


Edith Durrell Marshall '21* 


Florence Freeman Fowler '19* and 

Helen H. McMahon '23* 


Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28* 


Juliet Halliburton Burnett Davis '35 


Martha von Briesen '31 and 

Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35* 


Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38* 


Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman '34 


Dale Hutter Harris '53 


Ann Marshall Whitley '47 


Preston Hodges Hill '49 


Mary Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41 


Nancy Dowd Burton '46* and 

Jane Roseberry Ewald Tolleson '52 


Julia Sadler de Coligny '34* 


Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 and 

Sarah Adams Bush '43* 


Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 


Evelyn Dillard Grones '45* 


Anne Noyes Awtrey Lewis '43 and 

Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47* 


Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 


Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 


Catherine Barnett Brown '49 


Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 


Clare Newman Blanchard '60 and 

Mildred Newman Thayer '61 


Helen Murchison Lane '46 and 

Adeline Jones Voorhees '46 


Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 


Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 


Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 


Allison Stemmons Simon '63 


Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 


Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 


Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 and 

Ann Morrison Reams '42 

* Deceased 


BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association, assembled on April 16, 2002, acknowledges 
with gratitude the many years of service that Ann Morrison Reams, 
Class of 1942, has given to Sweet Briar College. As Director of the 
Alumnae Association she greatly increased standards and expecta- 
tions in the profession, at the state and national levels as well as at 
Sweet Briar. In this position, she combined great warmth with 
energy and efficiency. 

She has spread good fellowship not just in the Lynchburg 
Alumnae Club but at alumnae gatherings throughout the United 
States and on alumnae tours abroad. In retirement, she continues to 
be one of the pillars of the Sweet Briar community. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to express its 
deepest appreciation to Ann, one of our 2002 Outstanding Alumnae, 
for using her great talent for conviviality to create immense reserves 
of goodwill for her alma mater. They do so by way of this 
Resolution to be recorded in the official Minutes and to be transmit- 
ted to her. 

Diane B. Dal ton '67 

President, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 

Director, Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association 


BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association, assembled on April 16, 2002, acknowledges 
with gratitude the long and loyal service that Elizabeth Bond Wood 
of the Class of 1934, one of our 2002 Outstanding Alumnae, has 
given to Sweet Briar College. As Director of Alumnae Affairs and 
Vice President for Development and College Relations, she won 
national recognition for the College's professional efforts in these 

Since retiring, she has been a devoted volunteer for Sweet Briar 
for more than 20 years. Everything she has done has been illumi- 
nated by her artistry with words, and enhanced by her personal ele- 
gance and charm. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to express its deep- 
est appreciation to Elizabeth for giving to her alma mater a lifetime 
of both practical, material support and personal devotion. They do so 
by way of this Resolution to be recorded in the official Minutes and 
to be transmitted to her. 

Diane B. Dalton '67 

President, Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 

Director, Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association 

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A small world after all: 

Amherst woman makes big hobby out of 


By Amy Coutee 

The News & Advance, Lynchburg, VA 

Reprinted with permission from the October 22, 2002 


As Anne Richards takes stock of the 
field of vibrant irises, white daisies, tulips, 
pansies, lavender delphiniums, peonies, 
yellow daffodils and hydrangeas, she 
smiles. Each flower is seemingly flawless, 
down to the tiniest detail. A perfectionist, 
Richards tilts the palm-size flowerbeds to 
get a better view of each petal she has cre- 

"Every minute detail shows in minia- 
tures," says Richards, of Amherst, who is 
the director of Sweet Briar College's media 
services. "I've been involved in this since 
1972. [But] my mother would have told 
you all my life," says Richards. 

On her worktable sits the tiny, wooden 
carved birthday cake she was given as a 
child. She still has the miniatures that her 
mother and grandmother once had in their 
dollhouse collections. Enclosed in glass 
cases behind her worktable are the building 
blocks of her career as a miniaturist. 

There are some of her first works, 
including a small scale of a Winnie-the- 
Pooh nursery, and one of her many works- 
in-progress, a wedding dress shop. Stacked 
yellowing issues of magazines reveal that 
she is not only talented, but respected: var- 
ious specialty magazines have published 
photos of her creations and written about 
her work. 

The world of miniatures is more than a 
hobby. One could call it an obsession. 
Creeping like ivy along the walls and onto 
the floor of her home workroom. Richards 
has spent more money than she will admit 
to on the tiny pieces she buys to create her 

On her days off, Richards may sit down 
in the morning, a cup of coffee at her side, 
and peer through one of her high-powered 
microscopes to begin painting and building 
tiny realms. When she looks up, it's often 
because darkness has already settled, and 
she has been lost in another world for 1 to 
14 hours. 

Richards, who builds everything from 

dollhouses for children to play with to gar- 
dens, refers to herself as an artisan. While 
she loves the world of miniatures, what she 
finds most appealing are the details she 
adds to make her pieces distinctive. 

"Anything I create has to have an ani- 
mal in it, and since 9/11, everything will 
have a flag on it," says Richards, who has 
flying, pouncing and crawling pets in her 
home. Her firehouses have fireman poles, 
her homes have gardens and her conserva- 
tory will have stained glass. 

"It's such a rewarding hobby." she says. 
There's "a satisfaction in that you can cre- 
ate something that's aesthetic to people and 
someone else." 

Friends who know she creates minia- 
tures are always eager to see what she is 
working on and sometimes she even 
teaches others how to create miniatures. 
But it isn't easy to do or teach. The scale 
she creates is so tiny that she uses a tooth- 
pick as her paintbrush. 

"My friends can't believe that I can do 
some of the things that I can do," says 
Richards, who overcomes a tremor in her 
hand to make sure each painted piece is 
exact. "It takes incredible patience." 

She has miniature rooms that she has 
been able to create out of paper and wood 
for as little as $2 and then there are other 
rooms that reach into the tens of thousands 
of dollars in value. Today, dollhouses can 
be worth hundreds of thousands, with peo- 
ple requiring financing just to purchase the 
most desirable of them. But making money 
off her creations isn't her focus. "I'm real 
funny about my miniatures," says 
Richards. "I do it for my own satisfaction." 

She is generous about sharing her pas- 
sion for miniatures, however, and has 
offered her talents to the community. A 
miniature house she is currently building 
for a SBC student is part of a fund-raiser 
for Habitat for Humanity. She estimates 
she'll spend about 20 to 25 hours building 
the tiny pink and cream house that is 1/144 
the size of a full-scale house. That includes 
the time she'll spend landscaping the front 
and sides of the house, which must have 
her signature flower gardens. 

Yet it's an ideal pursuit for the woman 
that SBC's John Jaffe refers to as "ener- 
getic" and "meticulous." Jaffe, SBC's 

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director of libraries and integrated learning 
resources, says he admires Richards' abil- 
ity to connect with students and the work 
she does rallying for various causes — 
from Habitat to Christmas in April. 

"She's just extremely kind," says 
Elisabeth Botea, a SBC campus technology 
lab coordinator who often finds Richards 
working overtime with students on the 
weekends to make sure they find the 
resources they need. 

Although her work is seldom in the 
public eye. Richards has been lured into 
displaying her creations. This month, the 
Lynchburg Main Public Library was able 
to talk her into lending them her miniature 
library to display. The collection took her 
more than 300 hours to make. 

Those who know her. goad her into 
showing them what she is working on and. 
at times, she teaches them how to build 
their own. "I want everyone to enjoy 
miniatures," says Richards. 

(Editor's correction: Anne notes that she 
does not use a microscope but will occa- 
sionally use a magnifying glass.) 

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Anne Rowe Receives Citizen Salute 

By Cathy Jett 

Reprinted with permission from The Free Lance-Star. 

Fredericksburg, VA, 12/07/02 edition 

Anne Wilson Rowe of Fredericksburg 
has been awarded the Citizen Salute Award 
by the Friends of the Mary Washington 
College-Community Symphony Orchestra. 

The award, which recognizes an indi- 
vidual who has made significant contribu- 
tions to the community, was presented dur- 
ing last night's "Pops" concert at MWC's 
Dodd Auditorium. 

The award was presented by Erma 
Baker and Elizabeth Thompson, co-chairs 
of the board of directors of the Friends of 
the Orchestra. The recipient selection was 
made by the Citizen Salute Committee of 
the Friends of the Orchestra. 

Active in the Fredericksburg commu- 
nity, Rowe is a member and past president 
of the Ladies Memorial Association, the 
Rappahannock Garden Club and the Mary 
Washington Hospital Auxiliary, where she 
has logged more than 1 ,700 volunteer 
hours during the past 27 years and was 
instrumental in starting the Volunteer 
Office's knitting committee. 

She also is a member of the Mary 

Gray Is ARIA's Newest Master Instructor 

Two-time Olympian Lendon Gray, of 
Bedford, N.Y.. is the latest master instruc- 
tor to be named by the American Riding 
Instructors Association. 

The ARIA began in 1984 with an objec- 
tive of recognizing "outstanding teachers 
of horseback riding who instruct their stu- 
dents in a safe, knowledgeable manner." 
Master instructors have established a repu- 
tation that objectifies the founding princi- 
ples of the ARIA: integrity, knowledge and 

Gray, 53, trains junior and adult ama- 
teur riders, both for competition and to 
increase their communication and enjoy- 
ment with their horses. Gray, who with a 
wide variety of horses has won more 
national championships than any other 
U.S. rider, is an examiner for the U.S. 
Dressage Federation's instructor certifica- 
tion program. 

Other ARIA master instructors include 
George Morris, Michael Page, Denny 
Emerson, Jane Savoie. Sally Swift and 
Linda Tellington- Jones. 

Anne Rowe '57 

Washington Hospital Foundation board, 
the Presbyterian Outlook Foundation and 
the board of directors of Sweet Briar 
College and is a member and officer of the 
Mary Washington Branch A.P.V.A. 

Rowe has been a board member of the 
Fredericksburg Chapter of the American 
Red Cross, the Community Foundation of 
the Rappahannock River Region, the 
Fredericksburg School Board, the 
Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts, 

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Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, 
Presbyterian Home and Family Services 
and The Garden Club of Virginia. 

She is a founding director of the 
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the 
Community Foundation, former Chairman 
and board member of the Fredericksburg 
Area Museum and Cultural Center, and has 
been a trustee and secretary of the 
Kenmore Association. 

Rowe was born in Fredericksburg and 
graduated at the top of her class from 
James Monroe High School. After begin- 
ning her studies at Sweet Briar, she earned 
a bachelor's degree from Mary Washington 
College in 1957. She and her husband, 
Josiah P. Rowe III, publisher of The Free 
Lance-Star, have four children. 

Editor's note: In addition to volunteer 
work in her local community. Anne has 
also been on the hoards of Wilton (a House 
museum in Richmond) and Dumbarton 
House (a House museum in Washington). 
For Sweet Briar, she sened on the 
Alumnae Association Board for five years 
prior to being elected in 1999 to represent 
the Alumnae Association on the Sweet 
Briar College Board of Directors. She has 
been fund agent, or co-fund agent, for the 
Class of 1957 for the last 10 years. 

Lendon Gray '71 

Reprinted courtesy of The Chronicle of 
the Horse, October 25, 2002 edition. For 
further information about The Chronicle. 

Editor's note: Lendon is a 1971 graduate 
of SBC. In November 2002 she received 
yet another honor, the Equine Affaire 
Exceptional Equestrian Educator Award. 
Congratulations. Lendon! 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Charlotte Heuer de Serio '57 

Alumna Breaks New Ground at the Army 
War College Foundation 

The second page of the Fall 2002 Army 
War College Foundation newsletter fea- 
tures a slight but significant change. 
Among the board members listed in a col- 
umn next to the president's message — a list 
that primarily consists of colonels, major 
generals, and generals — is the name Mrs. 
Charlotte H. de Serio. 
Mrs. de Serio is Sweet Briar's own 
Charlotte Heuer de Serio '57 and she is the 
first woman ever to serve on the AWC 
Foundations Board. 

The War College's name belies its pur- 
pose. In the words of its founder, former 
Secretary of War and Nobel Peace Prize 
Laureate Elihu Root (1845-1937), the insti- 
tution was established, "Not to promote 
war, but to preserve peace." 

According to Charlotte, the War College 
serves as a graduate school dedicated to 
the professional development of both mili- 
tary officers and civilians. Her late hus- 
band Fran, a civilian in charge of quality 
assurance for the Department of Defense, 
graduated from the War College in 1972. 
He was appointed to attend by President 

During Fran's tenure with the AWC 
Foundation, Charlotte says, "There were 
some rumblings about adding a woman to 
the board." But she never expected that she 
would be the ground-breaker. 

As a Sweet Briar student, Charlotte 
majored in government and served as pres- 
ident of the World Affairs Club. She was 
also a member of the Interclub Council and 

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Development Fund Committee. 

As an alumna, she has been a gracious 
hostess for visitors from SBC through the 
years. She became an Alumna 
Representative for Admissions in New 
Jersey, where she lived for 22 years before 
returning to Philadelphia. She has worked 
for the Class of '57 as a fund agent and 
served on Reunion Gift Committees. 

The Heuer Auditorium in Guion 
Science Center was endowed by Charlotte 
and named in memory of her parents. The 
facility was dedicated September 16, 1994 
during the Campaign Celebration 
Recognition weekend on campus. 

Downplaying her outstanding qualifica- 
tions for the AWC Foundation appoint- 
ment, Charlotte says, "I happened to be 
married to a great guy and I'm happy to 
finish out his term. I don't have a whole lot 
of expertise. But I'm a good listener and 
certainly received a great education at 
Sweet Briar. I do open my mouth when it 
comes to fund-raising and deciding how to 
disperse support." 

While federal funding supports the core 
mission of the Army War College, there 
are constraints and limitations on its use. 
The AWF Foundation provides funds not 
available through appropriations, providing 
support for guest lecturers, international 
fellows, national security conferences, the 
library, and the Military History Institute. 

Attending the Army War College is a 
major stepping stone toward promotion. 
"They've had women in the War College 

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for a long time," says Charlotte. "Not a 
whole lot but they've been here. Now 
they're trying to diversify the board. I 
expect when I finish they'll continue right 
along with that effort." 

Mission Trip: Honduras 

Lillian Sweeney and Dr. Barbara Hillyer 

Offer Medical Care 

The following article by Lillian Sinks 
Sweeney '80 appeared in the newsletter of 
Lillian's church, St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA, in October 2002. 
Lillian and fellow church member Dr. 
Barbara Hillyer joined a nationwide team 
of volunteers with medical skills on a June 
2002 ten-day mission to Honduras spon- 
sored by the South American Ministries 

How does one describe a Mission Trip 
to others who were not there? It is a diffi- 
cult prospect, and something I have 
thought a lot about since returning from 
Honduras, Central America. I believe the 
following sums it up pretty well: Think 
outside the box. Take yourself out of your 
comfortable life and leave things up to 
someone else. After all there is only so 
much you can control. It will all work out. 

Destination: The village of Urutia, 
outside Tegucigalpa Honduras. After a 
team meeting to get everyone up to speed 
regarding the trip, we headed three hours 
away to the remote village of Urutia. 
Electricity was just installed this year and 

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worked on and off. We unloaded the mas- 
sive quantities of personal and work- 
related items, and then set off for the clinic 
and to set up the pharmacy, which was 
housed in the Cholera house. 

The following day after a short service 
in the clinic, we saw and treated patients of 
the village. We saw about 80 patients a 
day. The first three days were spent in 

We then moved our clinic and phar- 
macy to II Portio, the next village up the 
road. We spent the day there treating 
women and children; the men would not 
come out of the fields. It had just rained 
and the soil was soft enough for them to 

It took as long to walk to II Portio as it 
did to drive. The roads, or rather, passage- 
ways, were awful. 

The following day the entire troop 
headed two hours into the mountains to an 
Indian village. The residents would not 
come out of the mountains to see us, so we 
circled the wagons and went to them, after 
getting formal permission from the chief to 
go up there. The name of the tribe was the 
Tolopanes. They looked very different 
from the people of the valley. They were of 
Mayan descent. 

At the end of the day, medications were 
left to stock their clinic with some basics 
in preparation for the colds and flu of the 
rainy season. The trip back down the 
mountain was as hairy as it was going 
up — forging five rivers and looking down 
many steep cliffs. We needed a chiroprac- 
tor and a cervesa upon our return to 

Overall, I was surprised at the relatively 
good health of the people we saw. I was 
expecting worse. Their dental health was 
worse than their overall physical health. 
There were many mouths with rotten teeth 
that needed to be pulled. We were able to 
get some blood pressures and glucose lev- 
els down, heal some wounds, and alleviate 
a lot of aches and pains. 

The people of Urutia were wonderful, 
very appreciative of our being there. They 
did everything they could to make us feel 
welcome. It is amazing that an unknown 
place with very few amenities and a lot of 
cow manure can become so comfortable so 
quickly. It was much more difficult than I 
had ever imagined to leave our little 
"home" in Honduras. The journey was far 
more spiritual and emotional than I would 
have expected. It is a tremendous feeling to 

O T L I G 

come together and work with 2 1 other 
strangers and have it be such a productive 
mission. I hope to go back. 

Editor's note: Lillian is currently a full- 
time mother to son Taylor, age nine, but 
holds a nursing degree from Widener 
University in addition to her Sweet Briar 
degree, and has 20 years of nursing experi- 
ence. Eager to volunteer her nursing skills, 
she found the mission trip such a spiritually 
rewarding experience that she hopes to 
repeat it in the future. 

A former member of the Alumnae 
Association Board. Lillian says that her 
years at Sweet Briar have helped her to 
undertake challenges such as the trip to 
Honduras; she feels that the small residen- 
tial environment, and the close relationships 
she was able to form at Sweet Briar gave 
her the ability and confidence to work with 
a great variety of people in any kind of situ- 
ation. Her sociology professor, Catherine 
Seaman, was a particular inspiration to her. 

Council for Independent Colleges Honors 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro of Wichita 
Falls, Texas, was honored with a major 
national Award for Philanthropy by the 
Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) 
at its annual President's Institute, January 
6, in Naples. Florida. Previous recipients 
of the prestigious award include comedian 
Bill Cosby and his wife Camille. The 
award celebrates "those who by their 
example, provide a beacon for others to 
follow" with respect to their support to 
independent colleges and universities 
sharing the mission of the CIC. 

H T 

"You have unfailingly demonstrated 
the historical and literal definition of "phi- 
lanthropy' - 'the love of humankind' - 
through your giving, both in volunteer 
and financial support for higher educa- 
tion. Sweet Briar College has so much 
evidence of your love in this regard, and 
the College owes much of its excellence 
to the generosity and wisdom of you and 
your remarkable family." said President 
Muhlenfeld, who represented Sweet Briar 
at the President's Institute. 

Two facilities at Sweet Briar - the 
recently dedicated Prothro Hall in the new 
Student Commons complex and the 
Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Natatorium 
- bear the Prothro name. 

The CIC presented Elizabeth Prothro with 
a plaque which reads: 

Award for Philanthropy 


Presented to 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro 

You have been a true champion of pri- 
vate higher education. Your sustained sup- 
port has immeasurably strengthened 
independent colleges and universities. 

Your gifts have helped to institute 
important educational programs and build 
critical facilities, including campus cen- 
ters, libraries, and research and medical 
centers. Your service on various higher 
education related boards and commissions 
has contributed to the vigor of private 
colleges and universities. 

Recognizing that your philanthropy has 
had a demonstrably positive effect on our 
institutions, and that your generosity has 
been a model for others to emulate, the 
presidents of the nation's independent 
liberal arts colleges and universities 
proudly salute your outstanding record 
of accomplishment. 

Elizabeth Prothro 

40 • Winter 2003 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Ruth Todd celebrates # 1 03 

Happy 103rd Birthday to 
Ruth Ulland Todd '22! 

Ruth Ulland Todd of Cincinnati, Class 
of 1922 and one of the founders of the 
Sweet Briar Club of Cincinnati, cele- 
brated her 103rd birthday on December 
12. 2002 at a festive dinner party with all 
35 members of her family, including her 
three children, eight grandchildren, and 
17 great-grandchildren. 

Ruth's daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) 
Todd Landen '50, reports that Ruth is in 
great condition with her only complaint 
being a little hardness of hearing. She 
walks to all meals in her retirement home 
and keeps all the other residents amused. 

O T L I G 

Betty's late husband, Joseph Landen, 
served on Sweet Briar's Board of 
Overseers from 1974 to 1982. One of 
their daughters (Ruth's granddaughter) is 
Elizabeth (Libby) Landen Krone '81. 

Congratulations from Sweet Briar, 
Ruth, and thanks for being an inspiration 
to us all! 

Isaac Stern: A Musical Celebration 

Violin Virtuoso Isaac Stern was hon- 
ored posthumously with an Honorary 
Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris 
causa, September 30, 2002 in the Sweet 
Briar Memorial Chapel. A visual repre- 
sentation of highlights of his brilliant 
career, narrated by SBC Professor of 
Music Rebecca McNutt, accompanied the 

Mr. Stern's wife, Linda Reynolds 
Stern, Class of 1966, accepted the degree 
on behalf of her late husband. In accept- 
ing the degree in his honor, she reminded 
the audience that it was just one year to 
the day from her husband's funeral, and 
graciously added that she could not imag- 
ine a finer tribute to him. 

Following the ceremony, the Fry Street 
Quartet, whom Stern mentored, per- 
formed the Josef Haydn Quartet, Op. 76, 
No. 5, and Professor McNutt joined the 
quartet on piano during a performance of 
the Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E- 
Flat Major. 

While on campus, Linda Stern was 
able to meet with students and to partici- 
pate in a special panel with the Fry Street 

Isaac Stern is Sweet Briar's third recip- 
ient of an honorary doctorate. 

The Fry Street Quartet with Professor McNutt 
at the piano 

Joe Pendleton, The Journey, 2002, graphite 
and watercolor 

Local Artist Displays His Creations at 
Sweet Briar College 

An exhibit by local artist Joe Pendleton 
in Sweet Briar's Art Gallery couples a 
reverence for the beauty of the Sweet 
Briar and Amherst landscape with an 
understanding of their place in history. 

This exhibit, titled "The Journey," doc- 
uments Pendleton's exploration of his per- 
sonal history in relation to his ancestry in 
Amherst and Africa, incorporating tradi- 
tional African-American art and music. In 
a previous exhibit at Sweet Briar, his art 
spurred a further interest in slavery at 
Sweet Briar and in Amherst County. 

"[Art] is a 
good way to 
explore history," 
Pendleton said. 
"A lot of people 
would tell me 
they didn't want 
to talk about it. 
But after they 
came to check 
out the exhibit. 

Joe Pendleton 

they changed their minds about it." 
Pendleton's exhibit opened Thursday, 

Oct. 31, and ran through Friday, Dec. 13 

in the Benedict Gallery. 

Pendleton, a member of Sweet Briar's 

Housekeeping Department staff, studied 

art at Amherst County High School from 

Henry Pitsenbarger, who, Pendleton said, 

influenced him a great deal. 

Prepared from write-up by Chasity 
Clarke '04 and from material first pub- 
lished in an article by Jennifer E. Crumby 
in the Amherst New Era Progress, 
Amherst, VA, November 26, 1998 

Linda Stern accepts degree 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 41 

Alumnae Colleges 

The group assembles on the first day. Back row, l-r: Mollie Johnson Nelson '64; Martha Mansfield Clement '48; Allen Huszti; Lynne Gardner Detmer 
'68; Aileen "Ninie" Laing '57; John Pegues; Betsy Muhlenfeld; Larry Wollan; Kitty Forbes; Linda DeVogt '86; William Krause; Bonnie Seitz '01; Louise 
Swiecki Zingaro '80. Front row, l-r: Ann MacDonald Carter '97; Carrington Brown Wise '76; Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57; Kathy Garcia Pegues 
'71; Mollie Archer Payne '58; Barbara Rose Page '83; John DeVogt; Ann DeVogt; Joan Lucy. 

Alumnae, Parents, and Friends Gathered 
for Summer Alumnae College: "Opera: 
Musical, Political and Cultural Event" 
June 23-28, 2002 

Enthusiastic participants in the second 
Alumnae College on campus, among 
them President Muhlenfeld and her hus- 
band, Larry Wollan, learned about opera 
from a variety of different perspectives: 
history, music composition, singer train- 
ing, cultural symbolism, the orchestra, 
backstage production, and more. 

SBC Professor of Music Allen Huszti, 
who teaches voice, organ, harpsichord and 
music history and who has performed 
with Opera Roanoke for 15 years singing 
leading roles, chaired the program. 

Professor Huszti shared the lecture 
spotlight with SBC Associate Dean of 
Academic Affairs Jonathan Green, associ- 
ate professor of music and chair of the 
music department: McGill University 
Professor of Singing Carol Gutknecht, 
who shared anecdotes about her career as 
a performer ("A Diva Reminisces") and 
expanded on education, agents, auditions, 
and "life on the road"; and Executive 
Director of Opera Roanoke William 

42 • Winter 2003 

Krause, who explored the costs of funding Inn adjoining the Center, with many after- 

and planning for opera productions. 

A welcome dinner and study sessions 
took place at the Florence Elston 
Conference Center. Accommodations 
were at the comfortable Florence Elston 

hours get-togethers in its lounge. A festive 
farewell dinner at Sweet Briar House 
ended the weeklong program, which all 
agreed was "a wonderful experience." 

Featured sessions included: 

"What Is This Thing Called Opera?"— Allen Huszti 

"Behind the (administrative) Scenes at Opera Roanoke" — Dr. William Krause 

Tour of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and cocktails and dinner with the 
artists in residence 

"Desire, Death and Disease" — Allen Huszti 

"A Composer Looks at Opera" — -Jonathan Green 

"An Afternoon of Dying and Madness" (Videotapes) — Allen Huszti 

"Something in a Lighter Vein — Opera Buffa" — Allen Huszti 

"Are Women Victims? — Abuse in Opera" — Allen Huszti 

"A Diva Reminisces" — Carol Gutknecht 

"Divas Compared": Videotapes of Opera Scenes — Allen Huszti 

Dinner and performance of outdoor musical play, Fair and Tender Ladies, 
Lexington, VA 

"Training Opera Singers" — Carol Gutknecht 

"The Evolution of the Opera Orchestra" — -Jonathan Green 

"Leitmotif and Symbolism in Opera": CDs and Videotapes — Allen Huszti 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

A L U M N 

Alumnae College 2003: 

"The Rivalry That Shaped America" 

April 11-13 and June 22-27 

Chaired by Dr. Stephen Bragaw, associate 
professor of government 
and associate director of Sweet Briar's 
Center for Civic Renewal 

Imagine the floor of the House of 
Representatives. . .bitterly divided. 
Following little-understood precedent, the 
delegates are faced with the challenge of 
ending a deadlocked tie between two presi- 
dential candidatesand they alone must 
choose a victor. Without a new president, 
America sits anxiously at a political 
impasse, with the inauguration just weeks 
away. Taking advantage of this crisis. 
European powers jockey to push the 
Americans off the world stage, while radi- 
cal Middle Eastern powers seize the oppor- 
tunity to attack American ships and vio- 
lently kidnap innocent American citizens 

Shift the scene to New York City, where 
we find our first candidate: a direct product 
of the New York political machine, he is a 
devastatingly handsome socialite, and 
extremely wealthy. Backslapping and 
offering promises, making as many deals 
as possible, he tries to orchestrate enough 
support in Congress to win himself the 

Shift once more to Richmond, Virginia, 
where we meet our second candidate: the 
former governor of Virginia, aloof, cold, 
and inscrutable even to his closest friends. 
Believing in his heart that he is the true 
champion of the election, he steadfastly 
refuses the help of political aides who des- 
perately try to make covert deals in his 
favor. His candidacy for the White House 
was made certain by the political demise of 
his chief rival: an affluent Wall Street 
lawyer at the top of the financial world, 
forced from politics by a media campaign 
exposing his illicit sexual escapades and 
alleged financial chicanery — a media cam- 
paign the lawyer knew had been secretly 
crafted and financed by his cunning rival 
in Virginia. Embittered, the lawyer stands 
publicly neutral about the election. 

But late one curious night, our dis- 
graced Wall Street lawyer — now owner 
and editor of the New York Post — suddenly 
has a change of heart. He writes an edito- 




rial for his newspaper that calls on his sup- 
porters and congressional allies to vote, not 
for the wealthy socialite but for the aloof 
Southern patrician — the same man who 
ousted him from political life. 

Back in Washington, D. C, the lawyer's 
strongest followers in Congress reluctantly 
obey his wishes. The votes are counted, 
and the Virginian is sworn into the presi- 
dency. But the lawyer's actions do not 
come without a price. Within a short time 
after the editorial is published, he is shot in 
the stomach and left to die in a field in 
New Jersey by the wealthy socialite — the 
very man to whom the presidency was 
denied. Meanwhile, the new president, 
promising that America will be healed, 
deploys the Marine Corps and the Navy to 
destroy the Middle Eastern terrorists. 

Welcome to the world of 

Thomas Jefferson, 

Alexander Hamilton and 

"The Rivalry 

That Shaped America." 

Please join us on campus for this 
evocative and intellectually thrilling 
Alumnae College — either for a special 
weekend Alumnae College Seminar 
April 11-13 or a weeklong session 
June 22-27. Space is limited — we are 
receiving reservations for both pro- 
grams, so reserve your place soon! 

Contact: Ann MacDonald Carter '97, 
Director of Alumnae College Programs, 
(434) 381-6242; Fax: (434) 381-6132; 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 43 

M I 

What began on a rainy, 
dark Thursday evening 
evolved into a beautiful, 
memorable weekend for 1 8 
members of our class and 
three congenial husbands 
(no — make that 19 class- 
mates, two husbands, since 
my Walter is an Honorary 
Member of the class!). 

In our assigned gathering 
place, the Beemer Lounge 
(part of the Florence Elston 
Inn/Conference Center where 
we were housed), we joy- 
ously and noisily greeted 
each other. Judy Baldwin 
Waxter and Peggy Cromwell 
Taliaferro stayed in Garden 
Cottage, but sprinted through 
the windy precipitation to 
join us, dripping wet and 
glowing with health and 
excitement. The others were 
Preston Hodges Hill. Katie 
Cox Reynolds, Sallie Legg 
deMartine. Patti Levi Barnett, 
Pat Brown Boyer. Judy 
Easley Mak, Libby Trueheart 
Harris, Betty Wellford 
Bennett, Carolyn Cannady 
Evans, Mary Fran Brown 
Ballard, Mary Louis Stevens 
Webb, Alice Trout Hagan. 
Patsy Davin Robinson. Jean Taylor, Ann 
Eustis Weimer. and yours truly. The hus- 
bands: Walter Brown, Don Ballard and 
Dayton Mak. 

We found our way through the confus- 
ing maze of new construction to the 
Student Commons dining areas and carried 
trays to our special tables. The whole 
arrangement is very different than in our 
day, but suits what today's students want. 
Eventually, the Book Shop, a cafe, the post 
office and other facilities will be here, just 
around the corner from 1949's Courtyard 
with classmate Ann Bannard's beautiful 
sculpture. Giving Us Wings. That area is an 
integral part of the new Student Commons 

During the weekend we had a few 
scheduled events. Friday morning. 
President Muhlenfeld treated us to a talk 
on Mary Boykin Chesnut (author of A 
Diary from Dixie: Mary Chesnut's Civil 
War); Betsy is the acknowledged expert on 
Mary Chesnut. At lunch. Betsy brought us 
up to date on "The State of the College." 

Mini Reunion for 1949 

Back Row:Walter Brown; Sallie Legg De Martrne; Patty Levi Barnett; Katie Cox 
Reynolds; Preston Hodges Hill; Dayton Mak; Judy Easley Mak; Judy Baldwin 
Waxter; Alice Trout Hagan; Betty Wellford Bennett; Don Ballard; Ann Marshall 
Whitley '47. Middle Row: Patsy Davin Robinson; Mary Fran Brown Ballard; 
Mary Louis Stevens Webb; Libby Trueheart Harris; Ann Eustis Weimer; Bunny 
Barnett Brown. Seated on Floor: Pat Brown Boyer; Carolyn Cannady Evans; 
Jean Taylor; Margaret Cromwell Taliaferro. 

The Class of 1949 Comes 

Back to the Patch 

Mini Reunion! October 10-13, 2002 

By Catherine (Bunny) Barnett Brown '49 

Then Dr. David Orvos. associate professor, 
environmental sciences and chair of the 
new Department of Environmental Studies 
made possible by a grant from Judy and 
Bill Waxter. offered a fascinating slide 
presentation on "The Beauty of the Earth" 
and the problems Earth faces. 

Friday afternoon we attended a lovely 
service of remembrance in the Chapel, 
honoring Helen McMahon '23. This was 
special for us: Helen Mac remained our 

Seated in 1949's Courtyard with Giving Us 
Wings: Don Ballard; Walter Brown. 


close friend through all the 
years, welcoming and enter- 
taining '49ers whenever we 
were on campus. 

The Friday night picnic 
planned for the Boat House 
was held instead at the 
Florence Elston Conference 
Center, due to inclement 
weather and treacherous, 
slippery paths. We did not 
want any slip-slidin' around 
for these brittle bones! After 
a nice meal and photo ses- 
sion (with Vice President for 
Development and College 
Relations Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko 
and husband Ed doing the 
honors with several cam- 
eras), there was a round of 
applause for Flip Eustis 
Weimer for her excellent 
planning and organizing. 

In the hallway just out- 
side we encountered a group 
of 30-some German teachers 
who were on campus for a 
"German Immersion" week- 
end under the auspices of 
SBC Professor of Modern 
Languages and Literatures 
Ron Horwege. They were 
having a folk dance session, 
which we enjoyed watching. 
It's fun to see some of the varied events 
always going on at Sweet Briar. 

Saturday morning Ann Marshall 
Whitley '47, recently retired director of the 
SBC Museum, told us all about the ghosts 
that haunt the campus. Daisy Williams and 
her mother. Indiana Fletcher Williams. 
After lunch, many of our group drove to 
Lynchburg to see Poplar Forest. Thomas 
Jefferson's summer retreat. Others opted to 
watch the UVA-Clemson football game 
and UVA's freshman punter. Tom Hagan. 
Alice's grandson. 

Director of the Alumnae Association 
Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 and husband 
Scott entertained us in their home with a 
beautiful, seated Farewell Dinner. Louise is 
a gifted cook and gracious hostess. Scott 
served as genial host and maitre d". 

We really hated to say goodnight and 
good-bye. though some of us had Sunday 
morning breakfast together. We decided we 
might do this again in a year.. .despite the 
fact that we will be due for a regular 
Reunion in the spring of 2004! 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Fondest Farewells to Three Retirees, June 2002 

Skipper Fitts: "Mr. SBC Book Shop" 

Roscoe (Skipper) Fitts Retires 

Roscoe Fitts retired from the Book 
Shop at Sweet Briar College in May 
2002. After 29 years as manager, he was 
known affectionately as "Mr. SBC Book 

Under Skipper's reign, the Book Shop 
saw tremendous growth. It was enlarged 
in 1979 and again in 1993 when a new 
addition provided space not only for mer- 
chandise but also for a clothing boutique 
and the Boxwood Cafe, an inviting spot 
which is occasionally used for readings 
and which draws students, faculty, staff 
and drop-in visitors throughout the day. 

The Book Shop is self-sustaining; it 
pays for its own improvements out of 
working capital and profits go toward stu- 
dent scholarships. Understandably proud 
of the Book Shop's success. Skipper 
attributed it to the fact that it is much 
more than a textbook/supply store. "It 
offers lots more in terms of service, mer- 
chandise, and ambience than most college 
bookstores," he said in 1994, adding that 
"Textbook sales are less than 20 percent 
of total sales." The other 80 percent is a 
combination of clothes, computers, cos- 
metics, gifts of every sort, greeting cards, 
jewelry, SBC items, tapes and cassettes. 

trade books and paperbacks (any they 
don't have in stock they will order for 
you). Skipper introduced such a variety of 
merchandise that longtime staff member 
Dorothy Sales (who retired in 1994) once 
quipped, "...we've got everything but 
secondhand cars, and after Christmas I 
reckon we'll have those too." 

Skipper was very active in the Virginia 
College Store Association serving as its 
president for two terms. 

In retirement. Skipper and his wife 
Brenda. a former nurse in Sweet Briar's 
health center, enjoy spending time with 
their children, son Roscoe Fitts III and 
daughter Karen Fitts Swisher, her hus- 
band Kinney and their two children. Hal 
and Nina. The Fitts household includes 
six pets — one collie, five cats! 

Au Revoir, Skipper 

By Mike Richards 

Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History 

It's a shock to see that Skipper Fitts 
was manager of the Book Shop for 29 
years. Have we known each other that 

There are lots of ways in which I know 
Skipper, but an enduring one is through 
books. It seemed that every time I came 
over to the Book Shop, Skipper would 
emerge from his office to talk with me 
about a book he was reading or to point 
out a book that he thought I would enjoy 
reading. Skipper was in many ways the 
ideal colleague, someone I could count on 
for an engaging conversation about books 
and bookstores. There were other conver- 
sations, of course, authors we would like 
to have come to campus, trends in the 
textbook publishing world, what our chil- 
dren (who had gone to school together) 
were up to, and. of course, the ups and 
downs of the Boston Red Sox. 

Every year as my birthday and 
Christmas rolled around, I knew Skipper 
would advise my wife on buying a book 
for me. Sometimes he and I talked about 
likely books, but I could trust Skipper to 
make a good selection without my 
prompting. He not only knew books, he 
knew what people coming into the Book 

Shop liked to read. 

Skipper and I still have our conversa- 
tions about books, children, and the Red 
Sox. Soon they will be in the new Book 
Shop under its new and very capable 
manager, Terri Schutte. A little of the old 
era into the new era. 

Mary Anne Wilson '57 Retires 

Mary Anne Wilson retired from Sweet 
Briar College in July 2002, having been 
the director of Sweet Briar's Junior Year 
in Spain since 1987. Well-known for her 
wit and wisdom, Mary Anne's keen sense 
of humor also has enlivened the Sweet 
Briar community, as well as the Junior 
Year in Spain (JYS). 

As JYS director both at Sweet Briar 
and in Seville, she divided her time 
between the two places. Under her direc- 
tion, the program, modeled on Sweet 
Briar's renowned Junior Year in France, 
has developed its own national and inter- 
national reputation. Numbers increased 
dramatically from eight participants in 
1987, to between 85 to 100 in recent 
years. In the fall of 1987, 29 colleges and 
universities were affiliated with the JYS; 
by fall 2002. that number had risen to 
1 13. The office staff in Seville grew from 
one part-time secretary/assistant to a full- 
time Resident Coordinator with one full- 
time and one part-time assistant. The 
budget deficit existing in 1987 has long 
since disappeared. In its place are healthy 
annual operating budgets and a growing 
endowment fund. 

A Sweet Briar graduate. Phi Beta 

Mary Anne and daughter Laura, in Madrid 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 45 

Ann and daughter Cindy '78 with Ann's senior photo in the 1947 Briar Patch 

Kappa. Mary Anne studied with the 
College's Junior Year in France and 
earned her degree in international affairs 
in 1957. She was an outstanding student 
who won Freshman Honors, was on the 
Dean's list, was an Emilie Watts McVea 
Scholar, and was listed in "Who's Who in 
American Colleges and Universities." She 
was a member of the Judicial Board, 
served as a house president, and was a 
member of QV, Aints and Asses, and Tau 

After a year as a reporter for the 
Chattanooga Times, Mary Anne earned an 
M.A. in history from Columbia 
University, then studied at the University 
of Madrid. She taught at the American 
School in Madrid and later at that city's 
Instituto Estudio. Before returning to 
Sweet Briar, Mary Anne worked in 
Chicago, gaining extensive experience in 
alumni and development work at the 
University of Chicago, and also in hospi- 
tal fund-raising and public relations. 

Always a strong supporter of her alma 
mater, Mary Anne is a member of Sweet 
Briar's Williams Associates, having 
named the College as a beneficiary in her 

Mary Anne looks forward to spending 
more time with her family: daughter 
Laura Malefakis Prado, her husband 

Miguel and sons Alejandro and Jacobo in 
Madrid; and in Chicago with her son 
Michael Malefakis, his wife Kathleen and 
their son Colin and daughter Ayla. 

We are happy that Mary Anne contin- 
ues to live in her house on campus this 
year; future plans may include an even- 
tual move to Spain to be near her daugh- 
ter's family. 

Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

After 26 busy years, Ann has "retired" 
to her home in Amherst County. By all 
appearances, she is busier than ever — and 
reports that retirement is "grand." During 
a party in her honor at the Sweet Briar 
Museum, the Alumnae Association Board 
presented her with a Resolution express- 
ing thanks for her many contributions to 
life at Sweet Briar College. 


BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of 
the Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
Association, assembled on April 20, 2002, 
acknowledges with deep gratitude the 
many contributions that Ann Marshall 
Whitley, Class of 1947, has made to 
Sweet Briar College. Ann's is a Sweet 
Briar family: her mother, the late Edith 
Durrell Marshall '21 and Ann's two 


daughters, Libby '75 and Cindy '78, are 
also graduates. 

Since graduation, Ann has served as 
class secretary; class president; president 
of the Washington, D. C. Alumnae Club; 
AAR; member of the Golden Stairs 
Committee; chair of 1947's Reunion Gifts 
Committee for 20th and 25th Reunions; 
frequent writer/illustrator for the Alumnae 
Magazine; contributing editor to the 1976 
75th Anniversary Alumnae Magazine; and 
contributor to the 2001 Centennial Issue. 
In 1981, she received the Outstanding 
Alumna Award and in 1982 gave the 
Founders' Day Convocation address. 

Described as "energetic." "indefatiga- 
ble," "enthusiastic." "dedicated," she has 
displayed all of these characteristics since 
her return to the campus in 1976, when 
she began to create, little by little, piece 
by piece, item by item, a lasting legacy 
for her college: the Sweet Briar Museum. 
Ann's knowledge of Sweet Briar history 
is encyclopedic; she brought this history 
to life in the Museum. Her natural curios- 
ity and museum curator's eye led her to 
find historical treasures in Sweet Briar's 
attics, cellars, dormitories, library 
archives, odd storage areas, and even 
underground. Her growing Museum col- 
lections inspired alumnae to send memo- 
rabilia. She has written three booklets 
(Daisy Williams of Sweet Briar, Indiana 
Fletcher Williams of Sweet Briar. Ghost 
Stories and Mysteries of Sweet Briar) and 
published Elijah Fletcher, Vermont 
Schoolmaster to Virginia Planter, by 
Martha von Briesen '31. She is the star 
narrator of a video, "Sweet Briar 
Museum: The Founder's Story." 

The Board of the Alumnae Association 
wishes to express profound thanks to Ann, 
as she retires in June 2002. They do so by 
way of this Resolution to be recorded in 
the official Minutes and to be transmitted 
to her. 

Here's To The House That Ann Built! 

Diane Dalton '67 

President. Sweet Briar College Alumnae 


Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 

Director, Sweet Briar College Alumnae 


46 • Winter 2003 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

n Memoriam 

Bruce Bredin 

J. Bruce Bredin 

It is with great sadness that we report 
the death of Mr. J. Bruce Bredin of 
Wilmington, Delaware on November 12th 
at the Bredin's winter home in Delray 
Beach, Florida. 

He was the husband of Octavia M. 
duPont, and father of Stephanie Bredin 
Speakman '68, Margaretta Bredin Brokaw 
'70, Alletta Bredin-Bell '74. Antonia 
Bredin Massie '77, Laura Bredin, and 
Jonathan Bredin. His granddaughter, 
Octavia Hyland Jones, is also an alumna 
of Sweet Briar's Class of 1996. 

Mr. Bredin served on the College's 
Boards of Directors and Overseers for 1 1 
years, and as chairman from 1978-1980. 
During his board service at Sweet Briar, 
he was an important voice and wise coun- 
selor on numerous committees including 
the Development, Buildings and Grounds, 
Investments and Finance, and Executive 
Committees. His many contributions to 
the College include philanthropic support 
of the College's library, swimming facil- 
ity, riding center, endowment for the 
humanities. Parents' Fund, and many 
gifts-in-kind. Mr. Bredin was a life mem- 
ber of the Friends of Library and served 
as an honorary member of the College's 

Centennial Commission. 

During Sweet Briar's October 2002 
Campaign Announcement Weekend, he 
was inducted into Sweet Briar's new 
Keystone Society (membership reflecting 
a lifetime commitment to the College of 
$1 million or more). 

A real estate executive, Mr. Bredin was 
the president of Bredin Realty and direc- 
tor of the Wilmington Trust Company in 
Wilmington, Delaware. He was also presi- 
dent of the Bredin Foundation, which sup- 
ports secondary education, hospitals, 
churches, historical preservation, commu- 
nity improvement, and the fine arts. He 
was a committed leader in countless com- 
munity, regional, national, and interna- 
tional organizations, many tied to educa- 
tion, libraries, and the arts. 

A private service was held in Delaware 
on November 19th. Memorial contribu- 
tions may be made to Sweet Briar 
College, Box C, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. 

Lysbeth Muncy 

Dr. Lysbeth W. Muncy 

Charles A. Dana Professor of History 


With great sorrow, we report the death 
of Dr. Lysbeth W. Muncy, age 92. She 
died in Providence, Rhode Island on 
January 18th, 2003. 

"Miss Muncy" was a professor of his- 
tory at Sweet Briar from 1943-1975 when 
she received the Excellence in Teaching 
Award and was named Charles A. Dana 
Professor of History. She also served the 
College as assistant dean for four years. 

She was educated at Lincoln School, 
Vassar College (B.A.). and Brown 
University (M.A. and Ph.D). and was an 
instructor at Mount Holyoke College for 
two years. Her lifelong research concen- 
trated on late 19th- and early 20th-century 
German political and social history. At her 
retirement, she returned to Providence and 
taught both European and American his- 
tory at Brown University, and also was a 
visiting professor at SBC in 1977 and 

Miss Muncy was an active member of 
the American Civil Liberties Union, the 
League of Women Voters, Phi Beta 
Kappa, the American Southern and 
Virginia Historical Associations, the 
Conference on British Studies, the 
American Association of University 
Women (recipient of the Alice Freeman 
Palmer Fellowship) and the German 
Federation of University Women 
(awarded the Agnes von Zahn-Harnack 

She is survived by her niece Ann May 
Muncy and nephew William H. Munch of 
East Providence, and a godson, Kord 
Roosen-Runge of Whidbey Island, 
Washington. Donations may be sent to the 
Lysbeth W. Muncy Scholarship Fund 
(established in 1976), Box G. Sweet Briar 
College, Sweet Briar VA 24595. 

Lysbeth's warmth, kindness, and gen- 
uine interest in their lives were enjoyed 
by generations of Sweet Briar faculty, stu- 
dents, and alumnae. 

Rosam quae meruit ferat. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 47 

Recent Death 


1923 Helen McMahon 

Miss Helen McMahon 
August 6, 2002 

1928 Julia Thomas 

Mrs. Julia T. Burleigh 
September 11,2002 

1944 Mildred Brenizer 

Mrs. Edwin F. Lucas Jr. 
August 20, 2002 

1944 Barbara Duncombe 
Mrs. Lauren E. Stolp 
September 2. 2002 

1953 Ann Leonard 

Mrs. Leland A. Hodges. Jr. 
August 22. 2002 

1956 Edith Anne Edgerton 
Mrs. Richard F. Mills 
October 7. 2002 

1932 Amalie Frank 

Mrs. George M. Kohn. Jr. 
October 12,2001 

1946 Mary Holland 

Mrs. W. Reade Hardin, Jr. 
June 29, 2001 

1962 Katherine Vickery 

Mrs. Maurice Stockton. Jr. 
October 13.2002 

1934 Satilla Franklin 

Mrs. William E. Means 
July 14, 2002 

1934 Anne "Nan" Russell 
Mrs. Anne Russell Carter 
August 10, 2002 

1935 Annette Morris 

Mrs. C. Rogers Hall. Jr. 
October 16.2001 

1947 Julia Holt 

Mrs. George L. Coyle Jr. 
September 2, 2002 

1948 Jenny Bell Bechtel 
Mrs. William H. Whyte 
September 1, 2002 

1 950 Deborah Freeman 

Mrs. E. Newbold Cooper Jr. 
June 14. 2002 

1963 Barbara Noojin 

Mrs. Lee Walthall 
June 30, 2002 

1971 Carolyn Rusch 

Mrs. David von Endt 
August 29. 2002 

1976 Wendy Bursnall 

Ms. Wendy B. Wozniak 
October 11.2002 

1941 Helen Carmine 

Mrs. John H. Barber 
March 2002 

1951 Joan Motter 

Mrs. George L. Andersen 
July 23, 2002 

1982 Elizabeth Laubach 

Mrs. Elizabeth Laubach Claflin 
August 18.2002 

1942 Margaret Preston 

Mrs. Margaret Preston Moore 
September 2002 

1953 Drasia Featherman 

Miss Drasia Featherman 
September 1984 

Letters and E-mails 

Strategic Planning Update [Fall '02] 

Hi Ladies! Great issue — good to read 
about strategic planning when you aren't 
the one doing the work — and lots of other 
good articles — hard to believe the next 
reunion will be mine!!! 

— Allie Stemmons Simon *63 

Extra Copies 

I just received the beautiful alumnae 
magazine [Fall 2002]. My daughter is 
mentioned in an article regarding her 
research through your chemistry dept 
(Emma Kate Payne "03). Would it be pos- 
sible to get a couple of extra copies of 

that publication for her grandparents? 
Thank you. 

— Emilil Dunbar 

Helen Mac 

Mona Wilson Beard and I had both 
looked forward to an outing back to 
Sweet Briar today to attend the memorial 
service for Helen Mac. However, when 
we woke up to very heavy fog and rain, 
we decided... that driving conditions pre- 
vented our trip. 

Helen Mac and Dan [Boone] both had 
a special spot in my heart — they were 
both truly special women! They went out 
of their way to make me feel welcome as 

a freshman arriving at S.B. knowing only 
one upperclassman and having heard their 
names from my mother who had been a 
classmate of Dan's. I also spent a very 
happy summer at Camp Glen Laurel as a 
counselor. I'm with you in spirit today! 
— Georgia Dreisbach Kegley '51 

Better and better 

I loved your last Alumnae Magazine 
[Fall 02]. I do not see how it keeps get- 
ting better and better. 

— Anne Melton "57 

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M A 

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Need to wear my SBC shirt more 

...I am the Media Specialist at Lely 
High School in Naples. Florida. I am 
developing a College Information Center 
in the library. Need SBC's catalog, poster 
or pennant and a video or CD tour of the 
campus. Just finished reading "The Sweet 
Briar Experience" in the alum magazine 
[Fall '02]. and I realized that I need to 
wear my SBC shirt more as well as get 
information out about my alma mater. 
Thank you for your assistance. 

— Mary Elizabeth Connor Hamlin '75 

Miss getting Sweet Briar Magazine 

My daughter Anne Ortengren is a grad- 
uate of SBC Class of '01 who is now 
working in New York City. I miss getting 
her Sweet Briar Magazine (actually I'm 
not even sure she's getting it), but I was 
wondering if you could include us on 
your mailing lists. 

I must admit. I also have another 
motive. I am the publications director for 
Westminster School, a private boarding 
school in Simsbury, CT and would like to 
show the magazine to other members of 
our faculty. I like many of the new 
changes that you have done and am in the 
midst of many of the same things myself. 
By the way. the architect for many of 
your new buildings is Graham Gund. who 
is a graduate of Westminster School and 
is designing and building several new 
buildings for us. too!... Thanks and keep 
up the good work! 

— Jeuley Ortengren 

Outstanding Alumna Awardees: Elizabeth 
Bond Wood '34; Ann Morrison Reams '42 

This [celebration] is what I came for 
[to Alumnae Council 2002] because these 
are the two with whom I worked [as a 
former Alumnae Association Board mem- 
ber]. I'm so glad , you honored them. 

— Tabb Thornton Farinholt '59 

It was extremely touching to learn 
about all that these two women have 

— Brooke Tucker '02 

Thanks for putting the magazine online 

This note is just to say "Thanks for 
putting the magazine online." I needed to 
reference a few articles in it (Betsy 
Muhlenfeld's message and the article 
focusing on Steve Stahl's support of the 
learning community at SBC). I could not 
find my hard copy of the recent edition 
and remembered it is online. 

This issue about goals related to the 
intellectual community at SBC really 
spoke to me. Thanks! 

— Jeannette Pillsbury '72 


Having just received the SBC Alumnae 
Magazine, of course I'm saddened by the 
death of Helen Mac. Wouldn't you know 
she would live to be 100?! Since I gradu- 
ated in '43 I, and many, many others 
knew her well. For years we exchanged 
Christmas cards. She is one of SBC's 
most devoted and loyal alums. Also one 
of the loveliest in spirit — very close to so 
many students as they graduated. I can 
think of many things she did, in such a 
humble way. Am enclosing a [gift] for the 
SBC Museum, in her memory. 

— Nancy "Ping" Drake '43 

One of the highlights of my life 

What a tremendous honor to be named 
a recipient of the Outstanding Alumna 
Award! How can I express my sense of 
awe and appreciation to those who hon- 
ored me in such a way. When I reviewed 
the names of those truly remarkable 
women from previous years, I was deeply 
moved and humbled. All I can say is 
"thank you from the bottom of my heart." 

And what a glorious presentation it 
was! Some of my family and several 
classmates, as well as so many other peo- 
ple I have known and loved through the 
years were there. I have also received 
lovely notes from so many others. This 
was truly one of the highlights of my life, 
and I want everybody to know how much 
I treasure this very special recognition. 
Much love to all, 

— Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Questionnaire too detailed 

The Alumnae Bulletin questionnaire is 
too dauntingly detailed. Like other alum- 
nae, I suspect, I find some parts more 
interesting than others — not always the 
same for each issue. 

— Rebecca Faxon Knowles '55 

SBC influenced my love of land 

Hello SBC. I am proud to be an alum, 
and just advised a colleague who is apply- 
ing for a teaching job how much SBC 
influenced my love of land, as my work 
as creative writer and critic is "literature 
of place"... 

— Susan Schmidt '71 

Particularly enjoyed the Fall issue 

While I always look forward to every 
issue of the Alumnae Magazine. I particu- 
larly enjoyed the Fall 2002 issue. I 
escaped during a recent evening of 
"Monday Night Football" (recall my "five 
boys" — four sons + husband) for a mini- 
retreat reading every page. This issue 
included my class reunion photos, 
Nannette's wonderful acceptance speech, 
the tribute to Harold Whiteman (president 
during my student years), Mary Abrams' 
Strategic Plan Update and "It takes a 
College" with my photo! Whew. 

The magazine reflects so many genera- 
tions and so much planning for the future. 
My heartfelt thanks for the continued hard 
work of you and your staff. 

— Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn '77 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 49 

SBC Note Cards and Paintings available 
through Book Shop! 

Support the Class of 1952 Fund: all 
proceeds from sales benefit Sweet Briar 

Charming full-color note cards and three 
original paintings by well-known naive 
artist Regi Klein. Note cards: $8.95 + p/h. 

Framed paintings, "Summer at the Boat 
House" and "Fall at Sweet Briar Station": 
$1,495 each. Framed painting, "Winter in 
the Quad": $1,995. 

For more information, call the Book 
Shop toll-free: 1-800-381-6106! 

"Summer at the Boat House" 

"Fall at Sweet Briar Station" 

"Winter in the Quad" 

"Sweet Briar House" 

50 • Winter 2003 

Bulletin Board 

Attention, Alumnae Authors! 

If you have a book currently in print, 
please let us know. We would like to fea- 
ture alumnae books in the new Sweet Briar 
Book Shop opening soon on the ground 
level of the new Student Commons. 

Please send details (author, title, publica- 
tion details, and a photo of the book cover 
for display) to: Editor, Sweet Briar 
Alumnae House, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 
24595. E-mail: . We 
should also greatly appreciate a copy of 
your book for the College Library. Thank 

New Sweet Briar Alumnae Directory 


The new SBC Alumnae Directory, 
scheduled for release in November 2003. 
will be a comprehensive volume including 
current name, address and phone number, 
academic data, and business information (if 

The Alumnae Office has contracted the 
Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 
Inc. to produce the directory. Soon Harris 
will begin researching and compiling infor- 
mation by mailing and/or e-mailing a ques- 
tionnaire to each alumna. If you prefer not 
to be listed, please contact the Alumnae 
Office in writing as soon as possible (P.O. 
Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595). 

Once received, your information will be 
edited and processed by Harris. At a later 
point in the project, you will be contacted 
by Harris directly to verify that your per- 
sonal data is absolutely correct. 

Please be sure to complete and return 
your directory questionnaire before the 
deadline indicated. 

The Honor Roll of Donors is now online! 

Go to and 
click on "Honor Roll" to view the 200 1 - 
2002 edition. 

If you do not have Internet access and 
would like a hard copy of the Honor Roll 
of Donors, please contact the Office of 
Development toll-free: 888-846-5722. 

nae who either work on the editorial side of 
the media or who have strong media con- 
tacts in their areas. Please e-mail Greg 
Moody, coordinator of media relations: 
gmood v(5) 

Sweet Briar NetLetter 

Want to keep up with the latest news 
and upcoming events at SBC? The Sweet 
Briar NetLetter is published periodically 
and distributed via e-mail. To subscribe, go 
and click the subscribe box in the left col- 

Register a Prospective Student Online! 

Know a bright young woman you'd like 
to see at SBC? Register her with 
Admissions! Go to: and complete 
the information form. It's that easy! 

Gifts of Stock 

Gifts of appreciated securities continue 
to be a smart way to support Sweet Briar. 
Gifts of appreciated securities can provide 
you with an income-tax charitable deduc- 
tion and a capital gains tax savings. 
Before making your gift, even if you have 
made previous gifts of stock, please notify 
the Office of Development of your intent. 
If you have made a gift of stock to the 
College and have not received confir- 
mation of your gift, please contact the 
Office of Development toll-free: 888- 

Alumnae with media contacts: 
please check in! 

The SBC Office of College Relations is 
interested in creating a contact list of alum- 
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Class Notes 


Mrs. John R. Jamison (Sara Callison) 

620 Ridgewood Drive 

West Lafayette IN 47906-2367 


Miss Elizabeth Gorsline 
114 North Harvie Street 
Richmond VA 23220-4610 


Mrs. James W. Flynn (Virginia Squibb) 

Evergreen Woods 

88 Notch Hill Rd. Apt. 332 

North Branford CT 06471 


Mrs. W. F. Stohlman 
(Martha Lou Lemmon) 
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd 
D-212Pennswood Village 
Newtown PA 18940-2401 



Mrs. W. Burke Davis, 
(Juliet Halliburton) 
4100 Well Spring Dr. No. 2305 
Greensboro, NC 27410 


Mrs. Franklin P. Parker 

(Katharine Niles) 

Send news to daughter, Mrs. Anne P. 

22 Ashland Street 
Dorchester MA 02122 

My mother, Katharine Niles 

Parker, has enjoyed hearing from her 
classmates, and she and I are writing 
up these notes. She is recuperating 
from a 2nd right knee replacement, so 
will not be able to attend the family 
reunion of her children, 14 grand, and 
18 great-grandchildren in early 
August. She and my father are both 
residents of the Skilled Nursing 
Facility at North Hill, in Needham, MA. 

Sophia Campbell Brown still lives 
on the farm and drives the car locally, 
and does crochet for the Alumnae 
Quilt. She laments the changes on Old 
Stage Road. 

Capel Grimes Gerlach writes from 
CA that she remains healthy and 
happy and in her own home of 43 
years. She plays lots of bridge, dupli- 
cate and regular, and keeps up with 
the museums. She sends her greet- 
ings to all. 

Elizabeth Morion Forsyth— Lib- 
sent a long note full of news about 
"Miriam's House" in Lynchburg. The 
homeless mothers there are making 

new lives for themselves, and this 
gives her great pleasure, as well as 
the success of "Elizabeth's Early 
Learning Center". She is still hoping 
to write a book about the founding of 
both, but sounds too busy! 

Elizabeth Pinkerton— "Pinkie" — 
Scott writes that she was on campus 
and was impressed with the new 
buildings as well as the Columbarium 
on Monument Hill. She is not so 
pleased with the huge new Lynchburg 
bypass that is being built just outside 
the gates of the college. 

Polly Rich Ewing took one more 
trip to England with the New England 
Genealogical Historical Society this 
May and did the Lake District in 
depth. There was a nice group of 
friends on the trip. 

Margaret Smith— "Smitty" — 
Thomasson has a granddaughter 
named for her who was recently mar- 
ried and now lives in Tennessee. They 
went to visit the new bride and 
groom, and while there had lunch with 
Arne Susong Jones, her husband and 
some of their family. A grandson is in 
the Coast Guard and with the Honor 
Guard in Arlington, VA. 

Lillian Steele Cook writes from 
Sarasota, to which she moved from 
NY state. She lives in a place called 
"The Fountains", and says it is a lot 
like living on a cruise ship! She gets 
around on a scooter and enjoys many 
activities as well as smocking chil- 
dren's dresses and nightgowns for 

Marjorie Wing Todd says she is 
enjoying life now after a year of 
'upsets'. It is nice that, as she says, 
'things have smoothed out'. 

My mother sends her best wishes 
to you all — bless you for still keeping 
memories of SBC and each other alive 
after 66 years!— Anne Parker 
Schmalz' 62 


Mrs. George M. Brooke, Jr., 
(Frances Bailey) 
405 Jackson Avenue 
Lexington VA 24450-1905 


Mrs. Richard A. Michaux 
(Julia Gray Saunders) 

1600 Westbrook Ave, No. 425 
Richmond VA 23227 

A big thank you to each of you 
who responded to my card! Eighteen 
of you responded, which prompted 
me to do a little checking. There are 
66 of us '39ers, and I think we can do 
better. I beseech you to get in touch 
before the next notes deadline of 


Send your news to the Class Secretary listed with your 
class. If your class has no class secretary listed, please send 
news to the Alumnae Office, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 (E- 
mail: ). Classmates want to hear from 

Secretaries may submit notes for every issue of the maga- 
zine. Please see that your class secretary receives your news 
before the deadlines below: 
Issue Deadline 

Fall' 03 February 15, 2003 

Winter '04 July 15, 2003 

Spring'04 October 15, 2003 

Class Secretaries are volunteers elected by their class and 
are responsible for the accuracy of the class notes. 

Make sure the Alumnae Office has your correct e-mail 


Please send e-mail addresses to: 

Feb. 15. 

Kitty Lawder Stephenson writes 
that she still lives in Greenville, SC, 
where she gardens, does a 'bit of 
church work', and visits shut-ins. She 
feels lucky to have her three children 
live in Greenville also. Her big news, 
however, is a new great grandchild. 

Jane Holden Walker recently 
returned from a trip to Belgium and 
the Netherlands. High points were: the 
Floriade, held once every 10 years, 
Keukendorf — as beautiful as ever, and 
traveling the canals by riverboat. Jane 
has been living at "Carlsbad by the 
Sea" for 4 years — truly a seaside 
resort with an ideal climate. One 
grandson is on a year's surfing adven- 
ture with two friends traveling around 
the world. When completed in 
September, he is going to Oxford for a 
master's degree. Another grandson 
just received his M.B.A from USC. 

Ellie George Frampton reports 
that all is well at Westminster- 
Canterbury in Charlottesville. Her first 
grandson was christened in June at 
Keswick with a big family gathering. 
Ellie says she's "in pretty good shape 
and working hard to keep that way". 

A brief note from Elizabeth 
Perkins Prothro who reports on her 
growing family: Four children who 
have 10 grandchildren who have 12 
great grandchildren with another on 
the way! 

Jean Black Jennings just returned 

from a two-week trip to China with the 
WWF group. "So of course we spent a 
couple of days with the pandas." She 
feels that while the cities are modern 
and the country beautiful, the village 
people are quite sad looking. Jean still 
plays tennis and does volunteer work. 

A note from Patty Balz Vincent 
who reports that Augusta Saul Farrier 
is still making progress in her recov- 
ery from a stroke. A note from 
Augusta confirms that good news, 
and I know that all 39-ers join me in 
wishing her continued progress. 

Lucy Gordan Jeffers trip to 
England in October 2001 was can- 
celled. However, she is going to Wales 
this October with the American 
Friends of the Georgian Group — the 
American affiliate of the English 
Georgians, dedicated to the restora- 
tion of Georgian architecture. 

From the Alumnae Office comes 
the sad news that Ann Parks died 
June 21 in Norfolk, VA. Ann's name 
will be listed in the Alumnae 
Magazine, and her name will be read 
at the Alumnae Memorial Service in 
the Spring. We send our deep sympa- 
thy to Ann's family. 

Kay Porter Reed is still playing 
nine holes of golf each week and 
bridge more often. Kay has 2 great 
grandchildren, and a son who will be 
60 in May. 

Henri Minor Hart loves Colorado, 
but likes to get back to North Carolina 

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as often as possible. Big news is her 
"#1 great grandson". She, Gracey, 
Lillian and Lottie still try to get 
together and are working on a reunion 
this fall. 

Eleanor Claflin's husband, Tom 
Williams died last October. She writes 
"the big news" that she recently mar- 
ried William (Bill) Ladd. "It is all so 
nice because he was a good friend of 
Tom's— in fact his roommate in the 
old days at Harvard." Claffy is still at 
the same address, and still doing 
more prints in her spare time! 

After a neurological emergency 
and months in the hospital and nurs- 
ing home, Sara Tarns Kreker moved 
to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to live 
with her niece Kathy Tarns, who has 
gotten her "back to my old self". They 
had a great trip to the Grand Canyon 
in May. Sara's new address is P.O. 
Box 6915, Jackson, Wyoming, c/o 
Kathy Tarns. Our good wishes are with 
you, Sara. 

Betsy (Boot) Vanderbill Crampton 
has moved to the Glenview, a retire- 
ment home in Naples. "Boot" calls it 
"the finishing school". She adds that 
Gracey Luckett Bradley is also a resi- 
dent at Glenview. "Boot" still plays 
tennis and a "lot of bridge". 

A note from Lottie Lewis Woollen 
in Charlotte, NC who says she is 
"doing fine" but stays too close to 
home to send much news. 

Shirley Jones Woodard is living in 
a nice "assisted living" in Rocky ML, 
NC, only a few minutes from her son 
and her sister, and goes out often with 
friends for meals and bridge. Her 
beautiful, wonderful grandchildren are 
her "greatest pleasure." She writes 
that she often looks at old annuals 
and enjoys the old memories! 

A short note from Janet Thorpe 
who is "still hanging in there", despite 
the installation of cable TV in her 11- 
story condominium. 

Mary Elizabeth Barge Schroder 
has moved from her home on 
Habusham Rd. to a small one story 
house and where other friends have 
moved after down sizing. Fortunately 
she writes, "I still feel comfortable 
driving both day and night although 
Atlanta traffic is a nightmare most of 
the time!" Mary Elizabeth was recently 
involved in a series of events remem- 
bering Atlanta friends and relatives 
who died in the Air France Crash at 
Orly forty years ago. All of the chil- 
dren (now middle-aged) who lost par- 
ents were there, enjoyed meeting each 
other and discussing what turn their 
lives had taken since the tragedy. 
Henny Collier Armstrong's daughter, 
Penny, helped organize this gathering 
and participated in a great video 
which was shown in a local TV sta- 
tion. Penny was at the Sorbonne at 
the time of the crash and had just 
seen her mother off on the ill-fated 
trip back to Atlanta. "She looks a lot 
like Henny and has the same great 
sense of humor". Mary Elizabeth's 

family now consists of one son and 
one daughter — both Mary and Tim are 
deceased— nine grandchildren and 
four great grandchildren. Of the four, 
two are still in prep school, one is a 
Morehead Scholar at UNC, and one 

will graduate at U.Va next year, after 
taking a year off to study in Australia. 

A welcome 'phone call from 
Yvonne Leggett Dyer Sanford who is 
also getting ready to downsize and is 
putting her home for 53 years on the 
market. She had received a letter from 
Nancy McKee Hewlett thanking her 
for the Sweet Briar plates which 
Yvonne had offered to a Sweet Briar 
alumna. Nancy wrote, "My family will 
enjoy them for a long time to come." 
Yvonne echoed the feeling of all of us 
when she said, "My heart goes out to 
all of you who may have suffered 
from the tragedy of September 11th. 

In December, we sold our home 
which we had built and lived in for 55 
years and moved across town to an 
apartment in Westminster-Canterbury 
here in Richmond. We're slowly get- 
ting used to apartment living, meeting 
new friends, and touching base with 
lots of old friends living here. There 
are a number of Sweet Briar alumnae 
here also, Mary Frances Buchanan 
Flowers '39 lives nearby, as does 
Adelaide Boze Glascock '40. 
Margaret Towers Talman. Grace 
Bugg Muller-Thym 42 to name a few. 
I have a tiny garden plot here- 
enough for a few flowers— and as 
soon as we are really settled in will 
check the exercise program and the 
painting class. I am still involved with 
my longtime interests — Sheltering 
Arms Rehabilitation Hospital, St. 
James Episcopal Church, and the 
James River Garden Club. 


Mrs. L.C.A. Schwartz (Ruth Mealand) 

1202 Oakridge Drive 

Cleveland Heights OH 44121-1507 


Mrs. John A. Wallace (Helen Gwinn) 
19385 Cypress Ridge Terr. No. 814 
LansdowneVA 20176 


Mrs. Diana Helfrich (Diana Greene) 
1109 S. Schumaker Dr. No. 216 
Salisbury, MD 21804 

Notes by former secretary, Barbara 
Ripley Furniss: 

Hello again, dear classmates: 
Many thanks to all of you who bravely 
confronted the one-size-fits-all ques- 
tionnaire. Predictably, the bookworms 
needed more space for their favorite 
titles, and the grandmothers needed 
more lines to list the names and 
accomplishments of their grandchil- 

dren, all spectacular of course. The 
questionnaires are now in a notebook 
in the SBC Alumnae House. Take 
some time with it when you next visit 
the campus. And. incidentally, let me 
know if you would like a one-page list 
of the books which were mentioned 
on the questionnaires. 

I hope you are eagerly awaiting word 
of our 60th Reunion in May, 2002. 
The '42 class picture shows eight of 
us and four husbands: Front row: Ann 
Morrison Reams, Betsy Gilmer 
Tremain Barbara Ripley Furniss, 
Betty Blackmer Childs, Lucy Call 
Dabney and Irene Mitchell Moore 
Back row: husbands Bernie Reams, 
Mike Tremain, Todd Furniss and 
Mackall Childs next to Douglas 
Woods Sprunt and Debbie Wood 
Davis. Mary Moore Rutherford 
showed up the next day. making nine 
classmates in all. Douglas later 
wrote, "As Debbie and I drove through 
the gates and up that lovely curve to 
the Inn, with the marvelous woods on 
either side of the road, we were 
home! And there on the steps of the 
Inn were Betsy and Mike Tremain, the 
only people in sight. We were a small 
but congenial group, interested in 
everything and appreciative of the 
good manners of the young." 

You will remember that Ann was 
for years the Director of the Alumnae 
Office. She is an ideal class president 
and reunion den mother, who visits 
the campus often and maintains a 
strong interest in the college and its 
alumnae. The following is her account 
of reunion weekend: 

From the minute we got together. 
it was as though we were picking up 
from where we left off just a few days 
before. Each of us came with a sense 
of excitement and expectation, and 
none of us was disappointed. What a 
fine time we had! 

The beauty of the campus is 
always impressive, regardless of the 
weather. In spite of the many changes 
in structure, the sense of place is 
always the same. And the cordiality of 
the administration and staff is real and 

Because of the cool and uncertain 
weather, class picnics were held in 
large tents placed around a fountain in 
front of the Wailes Conference Center, 
which provided a gathering place for 
many subsequent class activities. We. 
as members of the Daisy Chain, joined 
the 50th and older reunion classes at 
a lovely served dinner and program 
on the first evening. Our first real get- 
together, and it was great fun. 

I loved the Saturday morning con- 
vocation. President Betsy Muhlenf eld's 
talk about the present and future of 
the college was interesting and 
upbeat. I was pleased that so many 
were there to represent the 60th (the 
most ever to attend) even though we 
wish you all could have been with us. 

Another thing that impressed 

me— the number of children there. 
Although we saw little of them, they 
were all remarkably well-behaved. 
They had their own full schedule, and 
meals were usually elsewhere. 

We enjoyed getting "gussied up" 
for the elegant cocktail/buffet/dance 
Saturday night. The food was fantastic 
and beautifully presented, much of it 

around the fountain. Many of the 
"young folk" stayed into the wee 
hours of the morning, but most of us 
retired at a reasonable hour. 

My favorite time at reunion is 
always the memorial service. It's such 
an impressive service, and the alum- 
nae choir is unbelievably beautiful. 
The new chaplain delivered a good 
sermon, and the reading of the names 
of alumnae who died during the past 
year is always moving. 

And so another wonderful meal, a 
few good-byes, and on our way home. 
It was a glorious time made special by 
those of our class who were there and 
by news of those who were not. The 
planning of the Alumnae Office left 
nothing to be desired. They even 
thought of wonderful little favors such 
as the glow-in-the-dark plastic rings 
to wear around the neck or head, and 
the packages of pink and green 

Those of us who came with hus- 
bands really appreciated having 
rooms in the new part of the Elston 
Inn. It was nice to see how well that 
facility works for small conferences 
and meetings as well as weddings and 
college functions. It is certainly a 
good way to acquaint outsiders with 
the college. 

Thank you, Ann, for that excellent 
description of our great 60th! Now to 
go on to the postcards and e-mails for 
what the rest of you have been doing. 
There are a lot of them, for which I 
send many thanks. 

Reasons for missing reunion were 
predictable, but mostly happy ones. 
Ann Hauslein Potterfield spent 7 
weeks in Provence, Dordogne, and 
Brittany. She admits that was a bit 
much at our age. Susan Lehman, the 
retired chaplain at SBC, and Susan's 
husband were with her for two weeks 
in Dordogne. Ann says that she and 
Tom are now happily settled in their 
Charleston apartment, and she is 
looking forward to joining Helen 
Sanford once more at the Santa Fe 
Opera in August. Helen didn't get to 
reunion because plans for getting to 
the campus fell through. Most of her 
travels the past year don't sound 
cheery, such as a trip to California to 
close out the house of her older sister, 
an early Alzheimer's patient. La 
Traviata and Santa Fe sound like a 
nice change. 

Eloise English Davies is another 
one who almost made it to reunion, 
but May was a month for weddings, 
her son's and a granddaughter's. 
Eloise reports that her best beau from 

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La Jolla CA, came for the Chestertown 
MD wedding and stayed on for a 
week. She says her life at Heron 
Point, a fine retirement community, is 
getting back to normal. She enjoys 
her garden and trips to La Jolla for a 
month in the winter and one in the 
summer, which keep her in touch with 
the "real world." 

Another classmate has found 
retirement shelter on the Eastern 
shore of Maryland. Diana Greene 
Helfrich has an assisted living apart- 
ment in 

Salisbury. She is confined to a motor- 
ized wheelchair that limits her coming 
and going. Daughter Hope lives 20 
miles away and does all the driving. 
She describes a wonderful family 
gathering in the Poconos in celebra- 
tion of her 80th birthday where she 
says "we had a ball!" 

Betty Hanger Lippincott continues 
to enjoy her life in a great retirement 
community near Philadelphia— play- 
ing golf, and bridge, walking a dear 
dog, reading, seeing friends. Her sum- 
mers are spent at a hideaway in 
Jamestown Rl. She says she is a 
healthy 81 -year-old with most of her 
marbles intact — all very pleasant and 
low key. 

Another classmate enjoying her 
retirement community is Margaret 
Leonard Proctor at Broadmead in 
Maryland, who says she is busier than 
ever "leading 2 lives keeping up with 
friends outside the loop and taking 
part in new activities inside the loop." 
She is still driving, painting, reading, 
exercising and doing all the fun things 
possible, as well as enjoying the won- 
derful cross section of people in her 

Betty Whitaker Hook, who gradu- 
ated from Notre Dame in 1942. and 
husband Dick celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary in June. They 
have 5 children and 16 grandchildren 
and 7 great grandchildren. All 37 fam- 
ily members join them at Sherwood 
Forest MD every summer. She says 
"It's a wonderful life." 

Two Florida classmates checked in 
with different feelings about their 
retirement state. Jane Taylor Lowell 
says that she is still enjoying life in 
SW Florida. She visits her brother in 
Sarasota, volunteers at her church, 
and just became a great-grandmother 
for the second time. Joanne 
Oberkirch Willis is less enthusiastic. 
She went to Connecticut for a grand- 
daughter's wedding and fell in love all 
over again with the shoreline and the 
countryside with lovely homes. She 
exclaims over fresh air and no endless 
tracts of crackerbox houses like 
Florida. She adds, however, that she is 
not about to uproot herself and that 
there is plenty to keep her busy. 

Another Florida resident. Margaret 
Preston Moore, didn't talk about her 
home state but instead described the 
gorgeous home being built by her 

Sacramento CA daughter Kent 
Newton, whom she visited in May and 
June. She attended grandson 
Richard's graduation from high 

Some prodding from me produced 
a nice letter from Betsy Chamberlain. 
She says she can't compete with her 
classmates in a recital of achieve- 
ments of children and grandchil- 
dren — or of her own — and she won't 
try. She names her only son Peter 
Duncan Burchard as a possible excep- 
tion. Peter has been working on the 
ultimate biography of George 
Washington Carver, and he is now the 
national authority on his subject. In 
1998 he published a preview chapter 
called "Carver— A Great Soul." It rep- 
resents 15 years of intensive research 
and might be out in another two 
years. Betsy says she has had a good 
life and now enjoys living in a condo- 
minium by a creek which flows into 
San Francisco Bay with a spectacular 
view of Mount Tamalpais. 

Jeanne Sawyer Stanwood, writing 
from her house in Kennebunk ME, 
described a fabulous trip to Provence 
last year visiting a sister whose beau 
owns a gracious old farmhouse in a 
tiny hill town unchanged for centuries, 
"grapes galore as far as the eye could 
see, red roofs — the whole French nine 
yards." She has bought a computer so 
that she can copy bits and pieces of a 
novel begun in the 50's reminiscent of 
a year in Italy and hopes there may be 
a book in it. She says she has no pub- 
lishing aspirations for any of her nov- 
els because it is just too much work, 
but she is having fun. 

Italy turned up again in a note 
from Jessie Marr Strahman, who 
reported on a trip to the Lake Como 
area. Her beautifully planned trip was 
with a group from the Newark 
Museum. They stayed in a guiet, 
pleasant hotel called "The Palace" and 
explored surrounding villages. 

Mary Alice Bennett Baumberger 
continues her double life in 
Switzerland and Southampton. NY. 
Give her a call if you are near 
Southampton in July or August — 631 
283 0954. 

One more traveling classmate is 
Marion Robbins Alexander who left 
her Houston home for a week in the 
Caribbean with her whole family 
including grandchildren (who loved it) 
and her sister Ellen Robbins Red (SBC 
'46) and her brother's family and 
daughter-in-law Leslie Grimes 
Alexander SBC '79. Next trip is Alaska. 

Some of us did stay closer to 
home. Margie Troutman Harbin says 
she prefers short trips and is just glad 
to be healthy at 80+ and able to main- 
tain a house and yard. She still volun- 
teers on the "Tree Board" and works 
at the Rome (GA) History Museum. 
She saw Sudie Clark Hanger and Dot 
Malone Yates at a party in May, Sudie 
as active as ever. Sudie says she has 
no more news except more of the 

same — great grandchildren and wed- 
dings—all good. 

Cynthia Abbott Dougherty, who 
divides her year between New York 
City and Long Island, asks for help 
with her roses, which were lovely 
before Black Spot set in. SOS! Her 
phone is 631 653 4497. New cat 
Mariposa is a welcome addition to the 
household. She needs help with a 
card postmarked Roanoke on which 
the signature has been destroyed. She 
sends best wishes to everyone and 
suggests you come to Long Island. 

Some news, of course, is sad. 
Grace Lanier Brewer lost her hus- 
band in July of 2001 . Our class notes 
had already gone off to Sweet Briar, 
and I could not get word of Carlos' 
death into our assigned fall Alumnae 
News. He practiced medicine until age 
80 and then had six years of a more 
leisurely lifestyle before his unex- 
pected death. She feels fortunate to 
have had 57 years with him. Grace 
suffered a cardiac problem, but it has 
been corrected and she hopes to re- 
involve herself in volunteer work 

A few classmates kept surgeons 
busy. Edie Brainerd Walter 
(Washington DC) says she got along 
well after an unexpected operation, 
but it kept her away from reunion. Her 
St. Olaf College MN daughter Anne 
and husband are just ending a sabbat- 
ical year at UVA. Anne visited Sweet 
Briar several times and says the new 
buildings look impressive. 

Writer Dorothea Hutchins Donley 
is a delightful correspondent who 
loves the old campus and is uneasy 
about the "modern architecture" addi- 
tions. She writes: "I adored Sweet 
Briar, especially after a grim year at 
Wells College in Aurora NY. Yankee 
Land was NOT for me. I delved in the 
library stacks and picked out the pret- 
tiest SOUTHERN college and enrolled 
at Sweet Briar. It was like dying and 
going to heaven! Beautiful campus, 
delicious food, flowers and cloth nap- 
kins in the handsome dining-room, 
caring professors, smiling students, 
and a precious roommate, Baxter 

An e-mail from Lucy Case 
Wendelken in Wichita KS is also nos- 
talgic. "Army" provides some interest- 
ing recollections of the second 
semester of senior year when the war 
had begun to impact the lives of stu- 
dents with military connections. One 
example: She received a radio call 
from her fiance in Hawaii at 3 a.m., 
and the Sweet Briar switchboard oper- 
ator volunteered to be there to put the 
call through. Bringing us up to the 
present, she writes that her daughter 
Heather is working for the governor of 
Nebraska and studying for her 
Master's degree. Grandson Derek is 
on the ski team at Annapolis. 
Grandson Ben is working and taking 
college courses. She says her left leg 
is totally useless, but she manages to 

get to activities, mostly parties, with 
the help of portable oxygen, 

Gloria Sanderson Sartor reported 
from Shreveport LA that this year has 
been just about shot by major surgery 
in January involving three organs, 
plus follow-up surgery for an abscess. 
In spite of all that she counts her 
blessings and enjoys friends, children 
and grandchildren. Daphne 
Withington Adams also reported 
extensive surgery in January and did- 
n't feel up to traveling to reunion. Her 
letter spoke of going to Dallas TX in 
July for her first glimpse of a 7- 
month-old great-granddaughter. She 
still lives in her house in Rye NJ, but 
she is looking for a life care retirement 

Pattie Rose Early Trippet sent an 
e-mail saying that she and husband 
Harry are still in their Waco TX home 
but installed an elevator so they can 
stay there longer. For several years 
they have traveled to San Miguel de 
Allende in Mexico, and this year they 
visited their granddaughter in her 
freshman year at Sewanee. She enjoys 
playing bridge and mah-jongg, and 
entertaining at small dinner parties. 
She has a new genealogy program. 

Betsy Gilmer Tremain wrote that 
her firsthand impression at reunion 
was that all is well with Sweet Briar, 
the people, the places and the future. 
She is just sorry that it costs so much 
to go there and remembers with grati- 
tude when her Daddy managed to 
keep her and sister Decca at Sweet 
Briar even though the tuition went 
from $1 ,000 to $1 ,200. At reunion. 
Irene Mitchell Moore mentioned how 
much pleasure she gets from frequent 
trips to the campus and her participa- 
tion in scholarships. 

Todd and I continue to enjoy our 
La Posada garden home in a large 
life-care retirement complex in 
Southern Arizona. We enjoyed every 
minute of reunion weekend. My artifi- 
cial joints behaved, and I was even 
able to dance on party night. My 
prayer is that Sweet Briar, with its 
articulate, charming president, com- 
petent staff, and bright teachers will 
always be able to keep this college an 
extraordinary place for educating an 
interesting, diverse group of young 

-Barbara Furniss. Green Valley AZ 


Dr. Catherine Silverman 

(Catherine Parker) 

276-C Milford Lane 

Manrae Township NJ 08831-1705 


Mrs. Pierpont B. Buck 
(Alice Lancaster) 
Covenant Hill Farm 
9357 Covenant Hill lane 
Marshall VA 20115-9701 

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Mrs. Donald G. Glesser 
(Martha Holton) 
116 W.Blount Street 
Pensacola FL 32501 

Mrs. Lawrence Jacobsen (Julia Mills) 
4416 Edmunds Street NW 
Washington DC 20007-1117 

I can't believe it's that time again. 
Jake and I are in Bethany Beach, 
Delaware for the summer where 
grandchildren come and go. Our eld- 
est grandson, John Lawrence 
Jacobsen, is getting married in 
October, our granddaughter, Joanna is 
a rising junior at Kenyon College and 
hoping to go to St Andrews next year. 
My namesake, Julia Mary Louise 
Jacobsen, 8th grader at Holton-Arms 
School, is baking a cake as I write for 
my 79th birthday. Our daughter Mary, 
and her two children Laura and Will 
Brintnall arrive for a month with us. 
We had a lousy winter with bronchitis 
and that ailment called old age. Jake 
turned 90 in May. He has lost the 
sight in one eye. Dale Sayler Morgan 
came to the rescue e-mailing a list of 
sources of Audio Books. 

Anne Dickson Jordan reports that 
she is leaving (has left by now) for the 
summer to go to their summer place 
in the Adirondacks on Lake Champlain 
in upstate New York. "It's a little town, 
Essex, and it has not changed in all 
the years I've been going there since I 
was a child. It is heavenly. Perk comes 
to visit me up there, but can't come 
this summer as sister Patty is having 
her second hip replacement and Perk 
is going to be with her. Perk is going 
on a safari in Africa in the fall." Dickie 
has two grandchildren in college. 
Sarah is at Hampshire College in 
Amherst, MA. Carter is at U. of Tenn. 
and loving it. Her oldest grandson is 
entering William and Mary in the fall 
to go to graduate school for an MBA. 
Time marches on very fast!! 

Betty Gray Gray e-mails (note that 
she e-mailed me) that she is enjoying 
a busy life in a retirement community; 
also still close to her church and 
friends and had a wonderful week at a 
North Carolina beach with her daugh- 
ter earlier this summer. Next a trip to 
Maine to visit another daughter and 
two great grandchildren. Betty's e-mail 
address is: 

Dale Sayler Morgan e-mails, "that 
it is surely the easiest and best way to 
communicate!! I am 8 months from 
the knee replacement — and getting 
along fine; was discouraged about 
getting enough range (bend) but have 
been working on that with another 
therapist and all is going great. They 
tell me it takes a year to fully 
recover — I do miss gardening and I 
am not the least bit charmed by the 
profusion of weeds coming up. I am 

not thinking about doing the other 
knee any time soon. I miss golf but 
gave that up a few years ago when 
Philip had to stop because of losing 
his eyesight — it is virtually one now 
(glaucoma). He has had it for years 
and unfortunately a doctor along the 
way let his pressure stay too high. But 
we stay very busy doing lots of 
things — not as much traveling but 
stay involved with the usual social 
things and church and other activities. 
I stay very busy with my Garden club. 
Savannah is a tourist's Mecca and we 
do have lots of guests— just wish any 
of you going through would give us a 
call. Last Saturday Tim Moore (Sarah 
Temple Moore) was married to a 
Savannah girl— Mary Morrison — 
daughter of very good friends —at 
their plantation. We had torrential rain 
for 3 days— but it stopped promptly 
at 7 PM just long enough for the out- 
door ceremony. Reception was under 
a large tent and it was a most festive 
affair — I sat at a table with one of 
Hedy Edwards Davenport's daugh- 
ters — Margie — and she has all the 
spark and charm— and even more 
than her mother. Also at our table was 
Bill Chapin and his wife — stepson of 
Hilda Hude Chapin. They were the 
most fun young group and made me 
feel the same! I did have time to catch 
up with Sarah -she looked mar- 
velous — so it was a memorable 
evening." Dale and Philip visited 
brother Jack and Betsy Miller Sayler 
'55 over the 4th. Dale is a mine of 
Sweet Briar information and e-mail 

Ann Gladney Gibson writes she 
has been cleaning out old documents 
etc. and has a pathological fear of 
shredding anything a la Enron. Ann if 
you have any Sweet Briar pictures 
send them on. She is struggling with 
a few health problems, but still has 
children, Pete and Ann to keep her 

Joyce Livermore Foust writes: 
"I'm late as usual, sorry. It's been a 
busy year — one granddaughter's wed- 
ding, another expecting our first great 
grandbaby in July, and a trip to 
Sacramento to visit the best man and 
his wife from our wedding 56 years 
ago! We still split our time between 2 
homes, one in Plymouth and one on a 
lake near Traverse City. We spend 
January and February at Golf Shores, 
Alabama. It's kind of a rut but a happy 
one for us as long as we keep healthy 
and together." Antoinette Le Bris 
Maynard says Paul is now at Oak Tree 
Manor, in Northeast PA about 15 min- 
utes drive from home. She now lives 
on Lake Erie, near Carol, their daugh- 
ter, who with her husband, Dr. S. 
Barber, has been helping them 
through these difficult years. She said 
their daughter Libby is coming to 
spend two weeks. Libby is still direc- 
tor of the Ink People in Eureka, CA. 
Their son Philip and Cindi have a 
lovely 9 months old daughter and they 

hope to see them this summer. 
Antoinette says if any of you would 
like to see them they would love to 
see you — "I still miss our friends and 
former life". 

Hedy Edwards Davenport is busy 
as ever — just had first grandchild 
married in Blooming Rock, NC and 
has a second wedding in Aspen, 
Colorado in October. Returned from 
the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, 
said it was glorious. She says her Golf 
game has gone downhill but is still 
slugging away. She is back on 
Lookout Mountain for the summer 
although she will attend the Aspen 
Music festival in July. She sees Sarah 
Temple Moore and Hilda Hude 
Chapin regularly. John Gill writes for 
his wife Elene Essary Gill. " Elene has 
had some health problems but is get- 
ting better. Our four children are doing 
well. Three of them work at Gill and 
Son in Washington. Laura Gill is living 
on Cape Cod. Our six grandchildren 
are doing well also". 

Martha Holton Glesser writes, "I 
am more than willing to do anything I 
can to help. Since all these cards 
come to you, the alumnae office must 
have more faith in you." ( (Martha's e- 
mail came back so I volunteered. Next 
time. Martha, will you type and I will 
edit.) She says her only "claim to 
fame" since reunion was a 7 hour 
stint in surgery for an ear infection in 
Oct. But all is well now. She hopes to 
get some time at their cabin in 
Michigan in July but no definite plans 
at this point. 

Mary Haskins King writes that 
Jodie Morgan Hartman and Jimmy 
met Ann Ferrier Ramsay '47 and her 
for lunch in June in Burlington, NC for 
a brief but great catch up. July 24, she 
will fly to Boston with her son John, 
and his wife Pam to see their 17 yr. 
old daughter, Sara, in a play (she's the 
lead) that will have 2 performances. 
Sara is at a 5-week drama school 
housed in Walnut Hill, in Natick. Her 
last year in High School she has been 
accepted— and is thrilled— at the 
School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, 

Peggy Jones Wyllie says "Not 
much news of interest here. We are 
having a bit of trouble finding a sec- 
ond farmhand, but a good one is 
hanging in there. Down to only three 
cairn terriers at the moment but new 
malamute puppy arriving shortly. 
Email driving me crazy so I am not 
sending my address." (Please! I 
promise no joke chains). 

Mary Kathryn Frye Hemphill says 
this may miss your deadline but that 
is okay — "I seem to have slowed 
down to 'half-speed'. Here in Linville 
at Grandfather Club I stay until after 
Labor Day-my daughter Kathryn lives 
nearby and I see Leila Burnett Felker 
often. She is spending the summer 
here also." 

Sarah Temple Moore said she and 
Tom attended the joyous wedding of 

their son, Timothy, at a lovely planta- 
tion in Savannah. Their other four 
boys, their wives, children, and many 
other family members and friends 
joined them to make it a wonderful 
reunion. They saw Dale Sayler 
Morgan at the reception along with 
Catherine Titt Foster '40 and Frances 
Longino Schroeder '40 both from 
Atlanta. This Fall Sarah and Tom will 
celebrate their 56th anniversary. 

Leila Barnes Cheatham said. 
"Well I found this in the nick of time 
on Bastille Day! I have been visiting a 
granddaughter in San Francisco, a 
daughter in Brevard. NC and friends in 
Highlands, NC. My oldest grand- 
daughter, Annie, marries in 
September. I hope all is well with the 
class of '45." 

Hilda Hude Chapin had such a 
good time on the Sweet Briar trip to 
Sorrento last October that they are 
going on another to Ireland. She said 
there was nobody from the class of 
'45 but a great group anyway! She 
talked to Wyline Sayler and all 
sounds good with her. She didn't get 
to St. Pete this winter but she plans to 
see her next winter. 

Tutli Hall Peckham says her news 
is mostly about moving and traveling- 
but she has finally settled into a condo- 
minium in Asheville. Tried the retire- 
ment center but said it just wasn't 
time. She is taking off for Spain, 
Portugal and France. Mary (Haskins) 
King keeps in touch with her. She said, 
"It's hard to believe we've lived this 
long! Keep on keeping on." 

Harriet Willcox Gearhart and David 
have moved into a retirement commu- 
nity near the parish David served for 
nearly twenty years. Other Briarites 
there are Pat Whitaker Waters and 
June Eager Finney'49 and her hus- 
band. Their daughter Mary has an 
adopted son. She lives in New York 
near Sara Skaggs (also SBC grad) and 
works with Sara's dance company. 
(Sara spent a week with us in 
Washington while she was teaching at 
American University and performing.) 
We hope to see Harriet and David in 
Bethany Beach where they have a home 

Alice Nicolson Mcllvaine has 
recently moved into a retirement home- 
she brought about 8 good friends with 
her and is enjoying it. It is on the edge 
of Rock Creek Park and 10 to 15 min- 
utes to downtown. Good food, fitness 
center, movies and excellent library. 
She went to Sicily with Elderhostel then 
on to Amalfi, Italy for a week with fam- 
ily. She keeps busy docenting at two 
historic houses in DC and pricing at the 
Thrift Shop in Georgetown plus lots of 
golf and visitors. 


Mrs. Robert M. Saunders 
(Mary "Polly" Vandeventer) 
16 Shirley Road 
Newport News VA 23601-3934 

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Mrs. Linda C. Stewart (Linda McKoy) 
1 8 Osprey Lane 
Rumson, NJ 07760-1821 



Mrs. David P. McCallie 
(Maddin Luptan) 
1508 Edgewood Circle 
Chattanooga TN 37405-2435 

All summer I have had the most 
fun going to the mail box to find 
whose note arrives on that day. 
Believe it or not, I can usually recog- 
nize your handwriting (certainly 
Closey's and Judy Blakey Butler's) 
From way across the country Jane 
Miller Wright's card from CA said 
that Howard had a slight stroke right 
before his 80th but they still went to 
Kona Village Point with 15 family 
members to celebrate their 55th 
anniversary. Dolly Antrim McKenna 
claims her golf handicap is rising as 
she golfs in Loma Linda but life is 
good and she loves hearing about our 
class. Eve Godchaux Hirsch writes 
newsy New Orleans notes saying she 
keeps up with Bea Backer Simpson 
and Jane Shoesmith Newcomb. The 
Hirschs will summer in New Orleans 
but head to New York in October to 
see plays, opera and museums. Eve 
sees Rosemary Gugert Kennedy and 
a card from Martha Davis Barnes 
from Atlanta says that she attended 
the lovely wedding of Wendy Kennedy, 
Rosemary's daughter. Martha's note 
goes on to say she is "just living and 
staying in touch with friends and fam- 
ily, going to Little League ball games" 
(as we good grandmothers are called 
on to do!). She is very proud of her 
daughter Sarah who is training her 
gelding by the "horse whisperer" 
method with plans to attend Pat 
Pirelli's camp which has been featured 
in National Geographic's WILD MUS- 

Martha visited Sally Davis 
Spencer and Kyle at their farm in 
Barnesville, GA along with Tee Snider 
Martin and Billy. A letter from Sally 
Davis Spencer adds that their travels 
mostly consist of driving the 70 miles 
back and forth from their farm which 
has been in Kyle's family since the 
19th century. He has registered Angus 
cattle and a tree farm which he 
started. Sally described a reunion in 
May in Columbus where members of 
SBC classes of '46 and '47 were in 
attendance. Do you remember some 
of those "mean"(my words!) gals who 
initiated us as Freshmen into the fun 
of SBC: Joan McCoy Edmunds, Linda 
McKoy Stewart, Evie White 
Spearman, and from our sister class 
Mary Vinton Fleming, Shields Jones 
Harris, Lee Stephens Gravely visiting 
Sarah McDuffie Hardaway and 
Wistar Watts King and Mary 


A card from Atlanta from Peggy 
Sheffield Martin who had just 
returned from a 12 day "country 
house party" in Berkshires, 
Hampshire, the Cotswolds and 
London with her daughter and two 
daughters-in- law. They saw "great 
houses and gorgeous gardens". 

Then she was off to Highlands, NC 
where she spent some time with 
Martha Sue Skinner Logan who lives 
in nearby Cashiers. A phone visit with 
Suzanne Hardy Benson in Augusta; 
she reports Cameron has recovered 
from a serious illness and she has had 
pneumonia and a three weeks hospital 
stay. A rare note came in the mail 
from Liz Hooks Richards with greet- 
ings from Florida where Bill and she 
spend 8 months and from Dayton, OH 
where they spend 4 months with side 
trips here and there. Liz had a phone 
visit with Bess Pratt Wallace in 
Huntsville on her birthday and found 
her feeling better after a bout with 
shingles Ann Rowland Tuck's 
Nashville note says they are still 
enjoying Richland Place after giving 
up their home of 49 years. 

Our Colorado classmate Ruthie 
Faulkner Howe and Wilson celebrated 
their 50th anniversary with all 13 of 
their family at Mazotlan, Mexico shar- 
ing old memories and making new 
ones to cherish Judy Perkins 
Llewellyn and Norman winter at 
Kiawah Island and spend the rest of 
the year in Hartford, CT. They went to 
Italy last year and now have taken a 
fancy to the river boat cruises and will 
do Holland and Belgium and go to 
England in Sept. What fun to hear 
from Wolfeboro, NH where Jane 
Shoesmith Newcomb celebrated her 
75th birthday with Failh "Skipper" 
Mattison as one of the guests. Jane 
had a total knee replacement but 
planned a Grand Circle cruise to 
Alaska in July. Faith writes that she is 
pleased with her move to the retire- 
ment community of Kendal at 
Hanover. NH but she does miss her 
friends and the view of the river from 
her former residence. Closey 
Faulkner Dickey's tiny writing tells of 
her "very medical last two years" with 
double coronary by-pass, double knee 
replacement, ruptured disk, shattered 
femur, broken ankle from a fall in a 
parking lot after skiing. However her 
therapy was to hang on to husband 
Whit's arm and spend a month in Italy 
seeing every possible piece of 
Renaissance art. The Dickeys have a 
second home which is a family com- 
pound on Mt. Desert Island near 
Somesville, ME where Whit creates 
heather gardens and Closey tries to 
outsmart the deer in the gardens. 
Their children came from as far away 
as Anchorage to care for Closey dur- 
ing her down times. 

Judy Blakey Butler wants a new 
SBC rose t-shirt before our 55th since 
her old one got stained at our 50th. 

She still has not topped her trip of a 
lifetime experience aboard a Russian 
ice cutter in Antarctica but she keeps 
on making tracks from York, PA to 
Oregon and Scottsdale and points in 
between. She enjoyed a visit from 
Nancy Vaughn Kelly and Dan to her 
restored old home and garden. Betsy 
Anderson Gorrell from St. Albans, 
WV says that she still has to work at 
keeping on speaking terms with her 
computer but she is proud to say she 
has received a first thank-you note 
from a great grandchild. The Gorrells 
recommend travel to Australia and 
New Zealand. Our Dr. Jane Luke had 
the distinction of attending her 50th 
reunion from UVA Medical School in 
Charlottesville last spring. She still 
loves her winters in Virgin Gorda and 
summers on Cape Cod. Patty Traugott 
Rouse still makes us proud with her 
daily work at The Enterprise 
Foundation in Columbia, MD, but she 
catches the Baltimore Orioles baseball 
games whenever she can. She was to 
have her second hip replacement in 
July. Audrey Lahman Rosselot wrote 
last spring from Bethesda MD 
requesting our gifts to SBC be sent in 
by June 30 and we hope Audrey's 
faithful work brought good results. 
She spends her summers in NH and 
does a good job of keeping up with 5 
grands of which 4 are female. Audrey 
and Bob spent time in the foreign 
service in Karachi and Calcutta so she 
has a deep interest in news of the day. 

Marguerite Rucker Ellett's note 
from Richmond always keeps us in 
touch with Helen Pender Withers 
since they have children married to 
one another. The Withers spent family 
time together in Rome at Christmas. 
The Elletts have had a VMI "Brother 
Rat" Reunion at Figure 8 Island and a 
family gathering at Pawley's Island. 
Virginia Vardy from Vienna, Virginia 
who really is Ginny Wurzbach Vardy 
says the parking garage and elevator 
at her condo makes life much easier. 
She attended grandchild Meredith's 
graduation from NC State in May and 
has granddaughter Lindsay at UVA. 
"Life is good and I'm blessed with 
family and friends 'tho' I've slowed 
down considerably". (That makes her 
eligible for the Class Club.) A newsy 
note from Martha Mansfield Clement 
describes her spring adventure of 
going back to work for Mark 
Whittaker at Stetson University in FL 
but now she's back in VA. Two grand- 
daughters graduated from high school 
this year with Meredith going off to 
Kingston, Ontario to college and Sarah 
Mouri off to SBC. Martha sends word 
that she has moved back to her roots 
and she lives at 5028 Domain Place, 
Alexandria, VA 2231 1 . Vi Whitehead 
Morse's note written in June decries 
"the destruction of landscape and 
trees at the SBC gate supposedly for a 
cloverleaf to connect Route 29 to the 
by-pass around Madison Heights and 
traffic from Rt. 460". Her daughters 

and grands all gathered in May. Walter 
stays busy with his Hereford cattle on 
their Amherst farm. 

I went on a big memory trip when 
I received this email address:; do you remem- 
ber our amazement that any girl could 
be named "Mary Elizabeth Turner 
Taylor Barbour", and now she has 
another "b " and "mcc" added to that 
impressive handle. Liz Barbour 
McCrea, famous for decades as 
mother of triplets, has to rent a bigger 
beach house for 18 to include only 
daughters and 10 of her 12 grands. 
When her husband Mac's family is 
there for first week it fills their house. 
Liz had a good visit with Polly Rollins 
Sowell and her daughter Susie who 
came from Austin, TX to visit friends 
in DC. 

Your scribe Maddin Lupton 
McCallie is writing this, looking at the 
Gulf of Mexico in mid August, and 
hoping as David and I finish a vaca- 
tion with two sons and families that it 
is not too late for the Alumnae News. 
We are planning a Sept. train trip from 
Vancouver to Toronto with some 
friends. We had a grand "rack of 
lamb" dinner for 150 last Nov. to cele- 
brate our 50th and all continue in 
good health. 

The last card that I am copying is 
from classmate Kitty Doolin Dickey 
from Huntley, VA written in June. "On 
Sept. 11 our daughter Katy was at the 
World Trade Center Marriott preparing 
for a meeting in one of the towers 
when the planes hit. She escaped on 
foot through ashes and debris to 
Brooklyn via the bridge where she 
was taken in by Good Samaritans. In 
their words, 'Katy was our gift on 
Sept. 1 1 and it was her bravery we 
had to measure up to. We have so 
much to be thankful for' "! 

In closing, let me, on behalf of the 
class, extend our sympathy to the 
family of Malloy Wright Warren, who 
died on July 22, 2001. 


Mrs. Walter H. Brown 
(Catherine "Bunny" Barnett) 
29 Crescent Road 
Madison NJ 07940-2519 



Mrs. Guy W. Gilleland, Jr. 
(Elisabeth "Betty— B.G." Elmore) 
1098 McKean Circle 
Winter Park FL 32789-2681 

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Miss Patricia Anne Barton 
850 De Witt Place, Apt. 6B 
Chicago IL 60611 

It is with a heavy heart that I pass 
on the following sad news: Judith 
Clippinger died on March 29, 1998 
and Joan Motter Andersen died on 
July 23. 2002. Also. Will Beard, Mona 
Wilson Beard's husband, died in 
December of 2001 and Bob Fraser, 
husband of Joanne Williams Fraser, 
died in April of this year. On behalf of 
our class, deepest sympathy to their 

The last two reunions I had the 
great good fortune of sharing meals 
with Mott and George. It was always 
such fun. Mott's note is included — 
positive and upbeat, so typical. 

Carolyn Sample Abshire: 

Well, let's see: last October (2001) 
had double knee replacement sur- 
gery — has been great — being able to 
do so many things that hurt and 
ached before. Total J AND last week 
(May 21st) my "baby" Caroline, 28 
years, had our eighth grandchild and, 
after 5 grandsons, named him David 
Abshire Scott. Mother and dad doing 
fine and we're so proud. They live 
nearby in Arlington. All other children 
and David fine and dandy. Hope you 
are too. Nancy Pesek Rasenberger 
and I still great buddies and see each 
other often. Love, Carolyn 

Joan Motter Andersen: 

This is difficult to write, because 
after some six months of tests I was 
diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's 
disease in February. 

We started planning a new one- 
story, handicapped accessible house 
and put our 210 year old one on the 
market. The first people who saw it 
bought it! Closed in early June, and 
we bought a travel trailer that we are 
living in on our new lot with mountain 
view. Hope to sell it when we move 
into our house in September. 
Meanwhile a 35 foot long home deco- 
rated with 300 pounds of dogs— one 
Irish wolfhound and one St. 
Bernard — is quite an experience! No 
computer because no room so I can't 
type this, and my hands were the first 
to lose small muscle ability. This is a 
debilitating disease but I'm fighting all 
the way— once we get the house built, 
would love to have company. Will 
have a nice big guestroom and bath. 
Hope all is well with you, Mott 

Diane Aubineau: 

Was thinking of coming to New 
Trier reunion in October but have lost 
interest. Don't know whether it's 
because I'm reunioned out or what. 
Will call you if I do come. Please call 
me if you come west. Best. Diane 

Ann Mountcastle Blechta: 

Not much news. Celebrated our 
third wedding anniversary April 24th 
at the brand new Ritz Carlton in 
Sarasota! President Muhlenfeld and 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko visited alumnae in 
Sarasota March 7th. Mr. A. Marshall 
Acuff, Jr., Chairman of Investments 
and Finance Committee, presented a 
full picture of SBC now. Much love to 
you, Annie Moo 

Jean Randolph Bruns: 

Will Beard's death was a terrible 
shock. He was the picture of health 
last August when Mona. he and I vis- 
ited Kathy Phinizy Mackie at her sum- 
mer cottage near me. 

Another winter in Thailand with 
my son and his family. And visit en 
route home with Julie Micou and Dick 
Eastwood, in Walnut Creek, California 
and lunch in Healdsburg, California 
with Patty Lynas and Dick Ford. 

Ten days in Ireland in April. Oldest 
granddaughter graduated from Penn 
State in 3 years, headed for NYU Law 
School. Otherwise, it's read and weed 
and run my B&B. Randie 

Mary Jane Eriksen Ertman: 

I've had two trips: to Denver by 
train to visit Anne and family in early 
June, and to Denmark with Martha 
two weeks later. We enjoyed the 
longest day of the year in 
Copenhagen, and we saw crowds of 
high school students in white caps 
celebrating graduation all over town. It 
was fun. Gardner and I are looking 
forward to the children's visits here in 
July and August. Much love to you, 

Mary Pease Fleming: 

When do we stop being busy? 
Your card has been sitting on my desk 
under a pile of must dos . Keeping 
track of our eighteen grandchildren is 
one excuse. 

Ann Sheldon Taylor (Shelly) was 
in town recently from her new home 
in Emeryville, California. We had good 
times, but all too short. Rives and I 
expect to spend August at Virginia 
Beach — keeping a house open for kid- 
dies and parents! Love. Mary 

Patricia Lynas Ford: 

2001 was our year for fun, travel 
and adventure. England in March, 
Sweet Briar in May. China in October 
(a most remarkable and memorable 
trip), England again in early December 
and Virginia for Christmas with family. 
But instead of returning as planned on 
December 31, Dick was taken by 
ambulance to the ER in Reston with 
acute back pain. 2002 took on another 
flavor. After our return home he was 
seen by three orthopedic surgeons, 
each with a different opinion. The MRI 
showed that a piece of disk between 
L3-4 had broken off. A CT scan later 
showed that a piece of bone had also 
broken off so he planned to have 
arthroscopic surgery on June 19, a 
welcome procedure as he had been in 
pain to some extent since December. 
However, on 11 June I fell on a slope 
and broke my ankle in three places as 
well as dislocated it and have to be off 
my foot for 6-8 weeks. I have a screw 
in the tibia and a plate and 7 little 
screws in the fibula. So now poor 

Dick is the caregiver. We had planned 
to go to Italy in April, then postponed 
the trip until September then can- 
celled it. So there are some years 
when one should not plan to do any- 
thing out of the ordinary, as the 
extraordinary has a mind of its own. 
Cheers, Patty 

Joanne Williams Fraser: 

It is my very sad mission to tell 
you that my dear husband passed 
away on April 12th: I have come any- 
way to our summer home to stay until 
September, for we have many dear 
friends up here. My main project for 
the moment is to learn how to start 
our boat — but summer is still "a' 
cummin' in"— it's too cold to try! But 
the weather is great for getting flow- 
ers into their beds, so I do stay busy. 
Love, Jo 

Carla DeCreny Freed: 

I send love and hope everything is 
copacetic with you. Getting my act 
together to go back to Nantucket mid- 
June — please come see me ! 

Had a lovely trip to the 
Netherlands and Belgium for the 
Floriade in April. Seeing the 
Keukenhof Gardens was like looking 
at the living SBC Bulb Book— just glo- 
rious! How many bulbs did we sell for 
the Alum Association??! Carla 

Patricia Carlin Friese: 

Good to hear from you — In South 
Salem til Nov. 1st then back to sunny 

We have already hit the road— in 
NY state to Auburn and the University 
of Rochester continuing my research 
into my great grandfather and Wm 
Seward for my husband's planned 
book . . . then off to Maine, Prince 
Edward Isle, New Brunswick, Nova 
Scotia, Bar Harbor Me. & home — 
maybe England at the end of August. 
Meantime seeing our 7 kids and 8 
grandchildren as much as possible. 

Weather's been grand and every- 
thing is still green. That's about it for 
now. Hoping things are better for you. 
Reunion was terrific wasn't it? It's 
hard to beat our 50th. Just let them 
try. Take care and enjoy the rest of the 

Suzanne Lockley Glad: 

Just returned from a very nice trip 
from Budapest to Amsterdam on the 
Danube. Main and Rhine Rivers. Very 
interesting, good flights and good 

Head to Black Butte Ranch in 
Oregon on July 1 for the summer 
months and chance to visit children 
and grandchildren in Oregon and 
Washington. Trust all is well with you. 

Fondly, Sue 

Lynne McCullough Gush: 

Having lost Gerry to cancer in 
April of 2001, I've been busy re- 
inventing myself. Sold both Cadillacs 
and purchased a Japanese anomaly, a 
luxury sports-car large enough for 
160 lbs. of dogs, myself and the occa- 
sional passenger. I've repaired, 
repainted, and rearranged my much- 

loved house and am currently doing 

Some things remain the same — 
much teaching, performances, ballet 
class, the garden, and continuing harp 
study. Also my much appreciated 
friends. Affectionately. Lynne 

Angie Vaughan Halliday: 

Bob and I were in Virginia recently 
(son is in Charlottesville) and we went 
by Lexington, looked at VMI and 
W&L. then went on to Sweet Briar and 
an overnight stay at the Elston Inn. 
Can't decide if SBC has changed or 
stayed the same— a bit of both. More 
buildings, more cars. etc. — but the 
same unbelievably beautiful scenery. 
How blessed we were! Took 29 on 
into Charlottesville — more beautiful 
scenery! What a treat! Love to you 
and all others, Angie 

Jean Stapleton Hellier: 

Burge and I have a new grand- 
child—our 11th! The oldest one is 
graduating from Rutgers next year. I 
can hardly believe it. My mom is 95. 
Good genes. 

We haven't made any big trips 
since B's heart attack but we travel 
back and forth to the family home in 
Georgia and to Florida in the winter. 
Here in McLean we work out at the 
Racquet and Health Club regularly, are 
active at our church and enjoy those 
grandchildren. Best wishes, Jean 

Dorothy Marks Herbruck: 

We just came home from 
Wyoming where we spent a lovely two 
weeks doing nothing much — looking 
at the gorgeous mountains and 
smelling the spring air along the creek 
kept us thoroughly occupied. What a 
beautiful country we have! 

In early June we spent a few days 
in Washington and had a great visit 
with Nancy and Ray Rasenberger, who 
look wonderful. Hope you are feeling 
well and are your usual cheery self. 
Would love to see you— do you come 
this way? Love, Muff 

Susan Taylor Hubbard: 

My latest feat— I climbed Mt. 
Mitchell in western NC (a 5.6 mile 
climb), the highest mountain east of 
the Miss. River. A real accomplish- 
ment for one of the Class of '51 . It's a 
beautiful trail rising from the start at 
3,200 feet above sea level to 6,684 
feet. So you see, I am keeping fit. I 
enjoy bird watching, and walks with 
my precious dog Zoe — who also 
climbed Mt. Mitchell. Best to you, 

Sue Taylor Lilley: 

I hope this is not too late but 
wanted to say hello and hope all is 
well with you. I can't believe it has 
been a year since we had reunion. I 
loved it and loved seeing everyone. I 
went to my 55th reunion at Walnut 
Hill High School near Boston and I 
had never been back. We only had 
three classmates but had fun and also 
enjoyed some time exploring Boston. 

I am still working full time at 
Crisis Nursery and keeping tabs on 

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Li I ley House. I still enjoy my work but 
am looking forward to my annual trip 
to the beach with the family. 

I still have the E-mail addresses 
and will try to get them out. Too much 
to do, so little time. Would love to see 
anyone who comes to Orlando area. 
Love, Sue 

Katherine Phinizy Mackie: 

I've had a year of very interesting 
travel since the memorable reunion 
#50. In October, I went to NYC, New 
England and China without coming 
home. In China, I was with a small 
group of musicians from Augusta giv- 
ing a concert in Taiwan — then a fabu- 
lous tour of Bejing and Hong Kong. In 
May, I went to Vienna and Berlin with 
the mother of the only American in 
the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for 
the final concerts conducted by 
Claudio Abado. Very moving and 
exciting experience. Home 2 days, 
then to Episcopal High School gradua- 
tion of a grandson and a great visit 
with Cindy Wyman Richardson, recov- 
ering from hip replacement at her 
charming McLean home. Now, I'm 
resting in Craig Springs, Virginia. 
Love, Kathy 

Joan Hess Michel: 

A year has passed since we all had 
that wonderful visit! The glow 

In 2002: had 2 cataracts removed 
and the world became brighter; 
expecting a 3rd grandchild in August. 

Last summer (2001) visited my 
sons in Midway, KY where they have a 
restaurant (The Holly Hill Inn). While 
there, saw Louise Coleman Jones and 
we had a nice visit. She was sorry to 
have missed Reunion. 

All else status quo. Taking my pills 
and visiting the doctors'. Behaving 
myself. Still doing editorial work (at 
home) and keeping busy. Miss you! 

Nancy Keen Butterworth Palmer: 

I've been fishing and traveling — 
"Trout don't live in ugly places" — but 
leave 6/25 for Italy for a balloon trip in 
Tuscany. I will come down to earth for 
a few days in Florence (ballooning 
from Sienna) then home for the hot 

Having a training time with one 
dachshund to be a Visiting Dog 
(should say Delta Dog — that's sup- 
posed to elicit oh's and aah's). 
Graduation in August. 

3 teenage grandchildren and one a 
Sophomore at Indiana Univ. (wants to 
teach!!). That's my news, MK 

Ruth Magee Peterson: 

Slowed down this year (not all 
bad!) after some wild ones. 

Newest note is 7th grandchild 
Katherine Ruth born in May. Looking 
forward to Christmas Markets cruise 
on the Danube in December. Ruth 

Anne Sinsheimer: 

Now I shall have to wrack my fee- 
ble brain for you!! In late January I 
went to the northeast for my grand 
nephew's Middlebury graduation. I 

visited with Mot and George before 
going on to Middlebury. At that time, 
all was well, although Joan was talk- 
ing about arthritis in her hands. Sadly, 
that was not the case. I met Mot in 
my third year of high school. She was 
my "big sister" when I entered 
Rosemary Hall. Then we remet at 
Sweet Briar where we became good 
friends. While we lived miles apart, 
she was always a close friend. 

In May I traveled to Spain and 
Portugal with Arie Wittke (SBC '46) 
and a group from her hometown of 
Princeton, NJ. Margy Rucker and her 
sister Gail Bazzarre (SBC '55) were 
also with our group. It was fun. I pre- 
ferred Portugal to Spain. 

On the home front, things are bout 
the same. I still volunteer as a docent 
for our Performing Arts Center and 
with the local Botanical Garden a bit. 
Stay well and keep in touch. Fondly, 

Ann Benet Yellott: 

I enjoyed seeing the short article 
on "Monarchs" (butterflies) in the 
National Geographic mentioning 
Lincoln Brower of Sweet Briar. The 
College is doing some good work on 
the environmental front. 

Hope to get back to campus 
sometime when our reunion date 
coincides with daughter Andie's — 
she's 25 years after us. Fondly, Ann 

As for my news, somewhat of a 
rocky road this year with a slight (?) 
heart attack, pneumonia and hip prob- 
lems. Still managing to do a lot of 
charity work. Just takes me longer to 
get there! 

Take care '51ers! Fondly, Toddy 


Mrs. William E. Katz (Martha legg) 
1 1 Sunset Road 
Weston MA 02493-1623 


Mrs. John L. Root (Mary Ann Mellen) 

1 Deer Run Lane 

Hilton Head Island SC 29928 


Mrs. William Krucke (Bruce Watts) 
7352 Toogoodoo Rd. 
Yonges Island, SC 29449 

One of the hardest things when 
doing our class notes is deciding in 
what order to put things. So this time, 
I'm not putting them in any order. I do 
want to particularly thank those who 
e-mailed me their responses. You 
have no idea how much easier they 
are to read than handwriting with 
postal stampings all over it. So next 
time, even if you get a post card, e- 
mail me if you can. I'm sure SBC 
would keep your address private. I 
plan to recommend they even send 

out notices of notes being due by e- 
mail now that postage is so expen- 
sive. Here's what I've gathered 

Betty Dykes Steih has been travel- 
ing all over from Alaska to Mexico 
with Lars in the Air Stream. When not 
traveling, they alternate stays in their 
35th story condo in Atlanta, Lars' 
home in Mandeville, AL, and a beach 
condo on St. Simon's Island, GA. I've 
done art shows there for several years 
now, but our paths haven't crossed. 
Betty has seven boy grandchildren. 

Faith Aldrich Wykoff writes that 
four of her five children are married 
and she has four grandchildren. She 
says that she is definitely going to be 
at our upcoming big 50th reunion. 
Can you believe we'll be in our early 
70s by then! I used to think 50 was 
old, then it wasn't so bad, then I 
thought 60 was old and that was okay 
too. But I really do think 70 is going 
to be old!!! 

Our other Faith, Faith Rahmer 
Croker went to the Lake District of 
Italy this past summer and wants to 
go back for a longer stay than the ten 
days she had. She has also been to 
SBC and seen the major undertakings 
going on at the campus. Let's hope 
they are all done for our 50th reunion. 
I figure if I mention it enough you'll 
really begin to think of it seriously. 

A first grandchild, Dylann Noelle, 
has kept Marilyn Clark Leathers from 
missing the job as booking agent for 
the Phoenix Symphony Hall and 
Orpheum Theatre, from which she just 
retired. This fall she will be a leaf 
peeper on a cruise from New York to 
Montreal with several stops in New 
England and Canada along the way. 

Nancy Cornwall didn't send any 
news, but she responded— hint, hint. 
She still lives in Manhattan. She 
reminded me of how wonderful the 
Centennial Issue of the Alumnae News 
was. I hope all of you read it thor- 
oughly. Congratulations to the staff for 
a job well done. 

The class sends condolences to 
Barbara Chase Webber and her fam- 
ily for the loss of the younger of their 
sons last fall. Their life has been very 
subdued since — just enjoying watch- 
ing their seven grandchildren grow. 
They do plan on coming to reunion 
too. Peggy Ewart Riter writes that 
they lost a daughter in law to cancer 
and another one had to have by pass 
heart surgery due to radiation. They 
will see Sally Bumbaugh in Ocean 
City and then spend three months in 
the Adirondacks. 

Mary Anne Bowns Bell and Dan 
live what they feel is a grand life, year 
round on John's Island in Vera Beach, 
FL, now. There is even a Sweet Briar 
group. I wonder if they sing! One of 
their daughters is there and the other 
one will be soon. Mary Ann's five 
grandsons all learned to play golf 
there and are now challenging them. 

Mixed news from Joan Potter and 
Henry Bickel. Last year Henry's niece 

had a baby and named him after 
Henry. The baby's mother shortly after 
that got her license to fly twin engine 
jets. Sadly the baby's grandmother, 
Henry's sister, died shortly before the 
baby was born. Then Henry had to 
have a second aneurism repaired and 
both Bickels went to a nursing home 
for his recovery. They said it was nice, 
but urge us to visit people in 
homes — they are very lonely places. 
Some good news in the middle — they 
got to go to Florida for fishing in the 
spring and they sold one of their 
houseboats. But then right after they 
got back from Florida, Henry had to 
have an arteriorgram to look for a vein 
to use as a bypass for his left leg and 
foot. Unfortunately it didn't work com- 
pletely and Henry had to have his left 
leg removed below the knee. The 
summer was devoted to the fitting of 
a prosthesis and physical therapy. His 
doctors are very pleased with his 
progress. At home they say they are 
very fortunate in being spoiled by a 
wonderful pair of caregivers — a 
woman who comes after breakfast 
and stays till after dinner and then her 
mother who comes and stays the 
night through breakfast. Their sense 
of humor in the face of adversity is 
admirable. He says they are going to 
the poor house in style and want to 
know if anyone wants to buy a practi- 
cally new houseboat only used by a 
little old man on weekends. 

Ruthie Frye Deaton. our class 
president, begs you for input for the 
skit we will need for our reunion. Isn't 
it nice to be asked for something 
other than money? We will do that 
later of course. Seriously, if you have 
any suggestions at all about our pres- 
entation, do contact Ruthie She and Hugo 
were in Maine from June through 
Labor Day. They and Mary Jane Roos 
Fenn missed each other by only four 
hours at a marina in Maryland. Mary 
Jane is the Vice Commodore of their 
yacht club. Their daughter is being 
married in August and will live in the 
same town in Connecticut that their 
younger daughter lives in. How con- 
venient! Mary Jane is in her fifth year 
of tap dancing by the way— skit plan- 
ners take note. The Deatons' big news 
is that their daughter, Beth, and family 
who have been in China for a long 
time moved back to Tennessee in 
August. Ruthie sent wonderful pic- 
tures of all the families at 
Christmas — a good idea. They had a 
surprise family reunion in December 
at Sea Island for Hugo's 70th birthday. 
Even Beth and Derrick came from 
China. Dilly Johnson Jones saw them 
briefly while she was there at the 
same time. 

In September, Dilly and Paul flew 
to Barcelona and sailed to Nice on the 
Windstar sailing ship. Their son Paul 
has a nice living arrangement now 
with a young couple and their two 
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him in his house in downtown Macon. 
He comes out to Dilly's most week- 
ends. The famous Jones/McAllister 
triplet grandchildren are nearly five 
now! Dilly and Paul have made some 
of their land into separate lots called 
LaGrange Place. The lots are a mini- 
mum one acre and the homes must 
be 3000 feet. They have some nice 
new neighbors, having never had any 
before. Because the land had never 
been timbered, there are some lovely 
lots. Dilly's Australian son in law went 
to see Ruthie's daughter when he was 
on business in China. Another exam- 
ple of how close a group our Sweet 
Briar class really is. 

More condolences— this time to 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette whose 
mother died last fall. She had been a 
true force in Mobile, as Vaughan is 
now. And to Page Anderson 
Hungerpiller, whose mother blessedly 
died after seven years of round the 
clock nursing. Page and Jim are trav- 
eling a bit after Jim's two successful 
bouts with cancer. They spent two 
weeks in Scotland in the summer. 
Their sons, a vascular surgeon and a 
fund manager, both live in Savannah, 
and their daughter lives in Winter 
Park, FL. Their four granddaughters 
range in age from six to a student at 
Vanderbilt. Jim's new toy is an antique 
car. Also Jerry Driesbach Ludeke's 
mother passed away last year. Do we 
have any other parents still living? 
Jerry went in May with Overseas 
Adventure Travel to Australia and New 
Zealand for nearly a month. She also 
went to a family reunion in 
Pennsylvania and an Elderhostel in 
DC. Her big news however is that she 
is teaching English for five months in 
a private school in Tianjin, China, the 
port city for Beijing. She also hoped to 
see Ruthie's daughter. In her spare 
time before China, Jerry has been fin- 
ishing up the preparation for publica- 
tion of the book on the Chinese in 
Kern County, teaching a GED class at 
a drug and alcohol rehabilitation cen- 
ter for men, helping in a class at 
Bakersfield College, timing track 
meets, participating in the bell, 
recorder, and voice choirs at church, 
and playing one of the major parts in 
the Christmas pageant. 

The mention above of the antique 
car reminds me that Ann May Via and 
her husband toured Montana, 
Wyoming, Utah and Idaho last June in 
their 1914 Simplex, with grandsons, 
aged 10 and 17. They drove 2300 
miles and nearly froze in the snow in 
Yellowstone. Their daughter, Mary, 
SBC '87 went to the campus in April 
for the Alumnae vs. Varsity Lacrosse 
game and the Alumnae won. 

Men Hodges Major never pauses 
either. A girls' week with Louise and 
granddaughters at Virginia Beach was 
followed by spring tourists and then a 
good Garden Week. To rest up she 
went with the Museum group to Nice 
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ATM machines and gourmet dining. 
Another week at the Beach in August 
and then a fall retreat with friends at 
Figure Eight Island, just north of 
Wilmington, NC. All relatives and 
sundry hangers on came to Belle Air 
for Thanksgiving and she cooked 
turkey, wild turkey, 8 wild ducks, 3 
pheasant, and 2 venison tenderloins. 
It was a huge success! Meri says she 
isn't going anywhere this year but is 
working very hard keeping Belle Air 
looking presentable and that the gar- 
dens look spectacular this year. She 
will close the plantation for the sum- 
mer to recuperate from surgery on 
her right foot which is being done to 
repair surgery done a few years ago. 

Caroline "Kobo" Chobot and 
Thorn Garner had nice trips to the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland and East 
Carolina where they were when they 
first retired and also to New England. 
Their son, Gailor, has moved from the 
McCallie School to Fork Union Military 
Academy, which all think has been a 
good decision. He also went to the 
Mohave Desert for National Guard 
training and is pleased to be able to 
coach lacrosse now too. The Garners 
were here in Charleston after 
Christmas and we saw them briefly at 
my Gallery. They went to a service at 
the Cathedral and saw Mary Lee 
McGinnis McClain, who, you remem- 
ber, lost her husband a little while 
ago. I noticed in our art Museum last 
week that Mary Lee is the sponsor of 
one of the major paintings in Frank's 
memory. We took a German guest to 
see the Ansel Adams exhibit which we 
heartily recommend if it comes your 
way. Mary Lee hosted, beautifully as 
usual, a large Sweet Briar oyster roast 
and party to meet our president and 
some students, at the wonderful 
McGinnis home in the country on 
Wadmalaw Island earlier this year. 
Mary Lee looked wonderful, but says 
she is having a very hard time moving 
on. Again our sympathies go out to 

I heard from Nancy, now Anne, 
Maury Miller for the first time in a 
while. She is still active as a writer for 
the Boca Raton News, especially its 
Delray Beach edition. Their youngest 
daughter has three children and lives 
in Franklin, NC. Their other daughter, 
a labor/delivery nurse, lives nearby 
and also has three children, the 
youngest of whom stays with Bruce 
and Nancy one day a week. Their son, 
Scott is stationed in Bahrain as opera- 
tions officer for the Persian Gulf 
region for the Fifth Fleet. He is to be 
married in the chapel at Annapolis in 
June 2003, where his parents were 
married in 1957. Having only been to 
SBC once since 1954, she hopes to 
come to reunion too. 

Also heard from Margaret 
Lotterhos Smith She and Ames cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary 
in July by taking their four children, 
spouses and eight and a half grand- 

children to the San Luis Hotel in 

Our English member, Joan Oram 
Reid still lives in central London and 
keeps very busy, especially with the 
Benjamin Franklin House which is at 
last beginning its renovation, some- 
thing Joan has worked towards for a 
very long time. In November she and 
Bob are hosting their fourth annual 
Royal Society of the Arts, 
Manufacturers and Commerce, which 
was founded in 1754, with Ben 
Franklin as one of the first overseas 
fellows. He was an active member for 
the 16 years he lived in London. This 
year's topic will be Franklin and the 
Media with several UK and US media 
moguls attending. Kobo and Thorn are 
supporters of the Franklin House and 
Joan hopes some others might be 
interested. She says otherwise it's just 
work, opera, music, golf, gardening 
and travel, as often as she can to see 
the Australian grandchildren. 

More on travel. Lamar Ellis 
Oglesby and Richard went with all the 
children, from ages five to forty, for a 
week in Aruba, which she highly rec- 
ommends — warm breezes, no rain, 
friendly people, fabulous food, and the 
purest water on earth, with excellent 
diving and snorkling. Bev Smith 
Bragg had a great summer trip to 
Provence, with a Mediterranean cruise 
ending in Malta. She also went to the 
International Ballet Festival, but it was 
closer — in Jackson, MS. She has her 
six grandchildren two at a time till the 
end of the summer. She hopes to go 
on the Sweet Briar trip to Viet Nam 
and Cambodia this winter but has to 
find someone to teach her SS (?) 

Page Croyder Schenck and her 
still new husband also took a 
Mediterranean cruise last year from 
Istanbul through the Greek Islands. 
This year they drove 8000 miles all 
around the US, seeing Fran Reese 
Peale in upstate NY and saw the Erie 
canal with them. Fran is still her gor- 
geous youthful self — she can still be 
our May Queen. This was Jim 
Schenck's first trip to the eastern part 
of the country by car. He usually flies 
his own small plane to travel. 
Although retired, he still teaches math 
at two community colleges in El Paso. 

Anne Sheffield Hale and Bradley 
have finished a new home on the fam- 
ily farm in Manago County, AL. 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette stayed with 
them when she came to the Alabama 
Archives Board meeting. Bradley is on 
the same board. Vaughan drives her- 
self all over the east coast to her vari- 
ous meetings, chief of which I assume 
are still Monticello and Sweet Briar. 
The post office destroyed the end of 
Anne's message, but I can just make 
out 'going to Italy for 2 weeks'. 

Nancy Hay Mahoney has moved 
to Wilmington, NC, and says she 
enjoys a pond with a fountain, geese, 
ducks, deer, and a red fox. I'd like that 

too! Harriette Lineberger Steele still 
lives in Charlotte, but spends the 
summers in Blowing Rock, NC, where 
it is so much cooler. Lynn Carlton and 
Mike McCaffree have given up yard 
work and moved into a high rise with 
a terrific view, in Goodwin House, a 
life care retirement home affiliated 
with the Episcopal Church. They can 
see the Washington Monument, the 
Capitol, and the well-known Masonic 
Temple in Alexandria. They have been 
made very welcome and there are so 
many activities they can hardly 
choose. They also use the excellent 
fitness center. They still continue with 
the activities they were doing before 
they left their home of 29 years. Lynn 
volunteers at the library several morn- 
ings and runs their book sales. Mike 
works part time at the Center for 
Naval Analyses and travels in that 
capacity all over the east coast and 
even to Honolulu. Their daughter in 
Manassas and husband have adopted 
a little boy from an orphanage in 
Russia. He is three and is a good 
companion for his brother, who is 
five. Lynn and Mike visited their other 
daughter in Coronado, CA, where her 
husband is on duty with the Naval 
Space and Weapons Systems 
Command. Their daughter goes to 
James Madison University. 

The whole family goes to 
Massanutten in the Shenandoah Valley 
for a while in the summer. Another 
interesting thing they did was to go to 
the Naval Academy to honor the 75th 
reunion of the class of 1926, of which 
Mike's father was a member. Although 
no class members were present — 
those living are 98 now — nearly 300 
of their children were there for the 

Shirley Poulson Hooper Broyles 
and Norris were in Normandy, reliving 
the invasion, when the World Trade 
Center was bombed. They were on 
their way to a balloon trip in Turkey 
and went on because they couldn't get 
home anyway. Turkey was wonderful 
to them. They also went to Morocco 
for two weeks in April with the 
National Trust. The rest of their year 
sounds so much like ours that it's a 
wonder we didn't see each other in 
passing. They took a river boat trip 
from Amsterdam up the Rhine in July. 
We did that in August (Highly recom- 
mend Grand Circle for this.) Then they 
went to Botswana and South Africa in 
September. We did that in October, 
also including Namibia. They may 
spend Christmas in London. We will 
be here saving our money for another 
trip to Africa next year. Shirley and 
Norris went to his 50th reunion at 
UVA with Kirk Tucker (SBC '53) and 
Jack Clarkson and Merrill Underwood 
and Paul Barringer. Merrill's twin 
grandsons were used as lifesize cut- 
out models in the Abercrombie Fitch 
stores last Christmas. Shirley's grand- 
daughter is going to UVA in the fall. 

Jo Nelson Booze has added 

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Meals on Wheels to her many other 
activities. She is appalled at the living 
conditions of some of the elderly in 
Baltimore. I see her doing something 
about 'the system'. She hosted her 
two youngest grandsons (9 and 10) in 
the summer and taught them how to 
play poker. See, we don't change! Jo 
and her son and daughter had their 
annual golfing outing in May. They 
went to Fairfield, PA, and had the din- 
ing room in laughter as they satisfied 
all the dollar a hole betting. 

Our big world travelers, Mary Ann 
Robb and Rome Freer took a second 
world cruise in early 2002, but also 
included the south of Australia this 
time, and went on over to the 
Seychelles and on to Africa for many 
stops and a safari. Then across the 
Atlantic to Brazil and up through the 
Caribbean. The best part was that the 
MS Amsterdam was only half full so 
the passengers who were there were 
treated royally. 

Ruth Sanders Smith and Norm 
are really enjoying their retirement 
with golf and swimming. Deciding to 
keep their travel in the US while some 
countries complain so about our 
country, they are going to Alaska for 
three weeks in August. They are lucky 
to have two grandchildren on the 
same street. 

Betty Gene Orr Atkinson writes 
that they are fine after several surger- 
ies, some minor and some major. She 
sees Sissy Morris and Bill Long and 
says she is looking forward to their 
moving 'into our lot line'. I don't 
know what that means, but it sounds 
like they will be neighbors! They see 
Peaches Davis and Joe Roane too. 

Ann Collins and Bill Teachout have 
had a busy year of travel, with the 
highlight being a two week stay in a 
casa on the Isle of Capri with her sis- 
ter and husband. She says they were 
thrilled with the weather, water, food, 
flowers, wine, and scenery. They 
stayed a few days in Rome afterward. 
They had their annual family reunion 
in Yosemite. Ann is a docent in the 
Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and 
enjoys learning all about and giving 
tours on the many exhibits from 
around the world. She is very active in 
her church too. One of these days, 
Dilly will go to St. Louis and see Ann 
when Ann is visiting her children 
there — that's about as far east as she 

The Donohues, Ann Thomas and 
Tom, could feel the impact in their 
house of the plane hitting the 
Pentagon on September 11th. They 
still hear the guarding planes over DC 
and have to remember they are defen- 
sive, not offensive. They took a trip to 
Spain, Morocco, and Portugal earlier 
in the year and also went to the 
Centennial celebration at Sweet Briar 
which was impressive. 

Cynthia Sinclair Rutherford and 
Bill went back to Great Britain last 
year to do all the things they didn't get 

to do the previous year. They looked 
at the area in Wales Cindy's mother 
was from, went to see the cathedral at 
Wells, which they think is the most 
beautiful, to Brighton, and to Battle, as 
in of Hastings. They went to Chicago 
to the Merchandise Mart for selling 
Bill's garden bells ( www.billruther- ) and were able to enjoy the 
Chicago Symphony at Ravinia. Cynthia 
continues to teach at Newman 
University as the oldest full time fac- 
ulty in the division. I say, Right on! 

You may have noticed how subtley 
I slipped in our doings of the past 
months into other people's para- 
graphs. It's always bothered me to 
have a lot of myself at the end. Having 

said that we do plan to try to go 

to southern Africa again next year — 
we just can't stay away and we have a 
lot of friends there, most of whom I 
have met on the Internet. I have 
slowed down the art shows a whole 
lot — only five or six this year. After 
my helper moved away it became too 
much really hard work doing all the 
framing and setting up the tent, etc. 
Next year I will probably only do the 
17 day show in conjunction with the 
International Spoleto Arts Festival 
here in Charleston. It's too good to 
give up. I continue to spend nearly all 
my time on the computer. I wrote a 
daily art squib for Sony's Emazing site 
for ten months which paid wonder- 
fully, but didn't make the cut in their 
reorganization. I work on my own 
and have also begun one for my 
gallery for 
you silver surfers out there. Bill is 
going to the Citadel taking one course 
at a time— finally getting to do all 
those English classes they didn't offer 
in engineering school. He's really 
enjoying it. We took our granddaugh- 
ter to Topsail Island, NC, this summer 
to get to know her little California 
cousins. My sister, SBC '44, her fam- 
ily and we have been going there for 
several years now. 

If you don't see your name here, 
you know why! Please continue to 
send me your doings. And if you hear 
of someone else, send that too. Get 
yourselves ready for reunion. It's not 
that far away! 


Mrs. Lester F. Noylor 
(Frederika Merriman) 
974 Canyon View Drive 
Sagamore Hills OH 44067-2294 


Mrs. Donald M. Hastings, Jr. 

(Elizabeth Meade) 

1996 Lum Crow Road Ext. 

Woodstock GA 30188 

The Class of 1956 will be dis- 
tressed to know of two deaths among 
our classmates: Frances Gilbert 
Browne, our beautiful May Queen, 
died July 19, 2002 of complications 
from a chronic lung condition. I know 
her husband Herb would appreciate 
notes to 232 Middleton Drive, 
Charlotte, NC 28207. 

Jane Black Clark, who left SBC 
after two years for marriage to Navy 
Ensign David Clark IV, died July 20, 
2002 after a brave battle against can- 
cer off and on since 1957. Sympathy 
notes to her husband David may be 
sent to 1209 N. Bay Shore Drive, 
Virginia Beach. VA 23451. 

Betsy Hastings 


Mrs. Dudley Fowler 
(Carol Young McMurtry) 
10 Woodstone Square 
Austin TX 78703 

The very best place to start is at 
the beginning, a philosophy I have 
long attributed to either Rat or Mole 
(Graham scholars please correct me). 
And obviously our starting point is 
The Reunion. 

This may be a bit of a re-hash for 
many of you, but it is worth repeating. 
The Class of 1957 for its 45th again 
swept all honors and prizes for our 
contributions to the college. Our 
annual fund gift was $151,779; class 
participation in giving was an extraor- 
dinary 78 per cent and Centennial giv- 
ing totaled $1.5 million. No other 
class came close to our giving or par- 
ticipation levels. We again took the 
Nancy Dowd Burton award for highest 
annual fund gift and participation. We 
then received the first ever Centennial 
award for being tops in that category. 

We should all be very, very proud 
of ourselves, for both our generosity 
and continuing commitment to Sweet 

Right up there with our being the 
Best of the Best was the opportunity 
to be present when Nannette 
McBurney Crowdus was named 
Outstanding Alumna. Nannette has 
worked like a navvy for the college; 
nothing could be more appropriate 
than her receiving this honour. 

There were 29 of us on campus 
for Reunion: Marj Whitson Aude, 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin, Jody Raines 
Brinkley, Many Landon Smith Brugh, 
Ruth Ellen Green Calhoun, Page 
Phelps Coulter, Nannette, Charlotte 
Heuer de Serio, Jane Campbell 
Englert, Janet Pehl Ettele, Suzanne 
Gipson Farnham, Carol McMurtry 
Fowler, Jane Pinckney Hanahan, Ann 
Frasher Hudson, Margery Scott 
Johnson, Aileen (Ninie) Laing, Lee 
Haskell Mack, Anne Ford Melton, 
Babs Falge Openshaw, Cynnie 
Wilson Ottaway, Virginia Marks 
Paget, Anna Chao Pai, Carroll 

Weitzel Rivers, Anne Wilson Rowe, 
Sandra Stingily Simpson, Suzie 
Neblett Stephens, Lou Wallace 
Wilemon, Marguerite McDaniel 
Wood and Diane Duffield Wood 

We elected new officers: Charlotte 
de Serio will preside for our 50th in 
2007; I am serving as secretary. 

Possibly because Reunion and the 
quest for Class Notes were almost 
simultaneous, response was down, 
but information was salvaged to a 
large extent by email. Many of you 
have provided the Alumnae 
Association with email addresses. 
Some addresses are old and bounced 
back to me. This will be the first of 
repeated pleas for new or updated 
email addresses. I can be reached at . I will devise 
and forward an email directory, which 
was suggested and requested by 
Mimi Chapin Plumley, if those of you 
who read these Class Notes will but 

On to the news, leading with infor- 
mation from those who were unable 
to attend the 45th, but indicate they 
will be on hand when the roll is called 
in 2007. 

Jane Best Wehland was attending 
a wedding in NJ, but keeps up with 
class news when the Washington, DC 
area residents get together each 
September; Kay Diane Moore 
Bowles, was down in Florida at her 
son's wedding. KD says she is out of 
the real estate business, but is kept 
hopping with multiple garden entities 
and her first grandchild, a precious 
girl Anne McGrath Lederer, who lives 
outside Charlottesville, got advance 
news from Lee Haskell Mack, who 
stopped en route to reunion for lunch. 

Susan Ragland Abrahamson now 
recovered from surgery writes that 
her entire family will be en suite at an 
Italian villa for the month of July, this 
trip to be followed in September by a 
cruise to Greece and Turkey. Kay 
Tilghman Lowe and her husband will 
also be on that excursion; perennial 
junketeer Jane Fitzgerald Treherne- 
Thomas, is viewing the North Pole 
from the deck of a Russian icebreaker. 
Jane was in Scottsdale, AZ at reunion 
time, with her handsome fellow (the 
adjective is aptly used judging from 
their photo sent from St. Bart's). 

One could throw a pin at a world 
map and expect to hit Fran Childress 
Lee and husband Lewis, who spend 
time in spots all over the world — 
Thailand, Cambodia, India, Singapore, 
Taiwan, Bali, Switzerland and Texas 
(pride requires that location be 
included). An earthquake measuring 
6.8 on the Richter scale hit when Fran 
and Lewis were on the 17th floor of 
their Taiwan hotel. Not fun, Fran 
observes. Much of their travel 
involves visits with their son Lewis 
and his family. 

A splendid email from Dr. Emily 
Stenhouse Richardson, who now 
resides in Hume, VA, about an hour 

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from DC. Emily, a lost, now found, 
alum has led a fascinating life— a his- 
tory doctorate, a college course web 
designer, a Fulbright fellow supervisor, 
overseas work in international hot 
spots including Sri Lanka, Bosnia, 
Macedonia, Kosovo, — she avoids the 
rocker and is horseback again, partici- 
pating in endurance riding, 50 to 100 
miles a day. 

Emily sent a long and newsy 
email, as did Cynnie Ottaway and Lee 
Mack. I will forward any or all of these 
very good emails to any one of you 
who wishes for more details. The 
shorter emails are also available on 

Another internationalist, Mary 
Anne Wilson, just retired as SBC's 
director of the extremely successful 
Junior Year in Spain program, which 
headguartered in Seville. Mary Anne 
spent her time between rural Virginia 
and the sophisticated Spanish city for 
12 to 15 years, and will move to 
Madrid this fall, where her daughter 
and two grandsons live. Her hard 
work put the program on the national 
and international map, no mean feat. 
Mary Anne hopes to reprise her last 
summer's visit to us in Maine. 

Our own Ninie Laing retired from 
SBC but never seems to get too far 
from campus. Ninie left reunion to fly 
to Ireland and lecture on Irish gardens 
to the Garden Club of Virginia, then 
returned to attend the Alumnae 
College course on opera. 

Charlotte Heuer de Serio is work- 
ing hard to put her life in order and 
perspective, not an easy task after 
being rocked by the death of her 
spouse Fran early in the year and six 
months later the totally unexpected 
death of her oldest son Bob. Sandra 
Stingily Simpson, Dudley Fowler and 
I had lunch with Char and her son Bill 
several weeks ago in Wiscasset, ME. 
Char had spent two weeks with Bill 
and was returning home to look for a 
townhouse. She agreed to serve in 
Fran's place and as the first woman 
ever as a member of the US Army 
War College Foundation. 

Carolyn Scott Arnold is happy in 
Paradise; the home she and spouse 
Mark own has a "gorgeous" view of 
Diamond Head in Honolulu. Scottie 
has been in Hawaii for more than 15 
years. Mark was on the launch team 
of USA Today (which the ubiguitous 
they said was doomed to failure), and 
is now retired from the Gannett news 
chain. Scottie and Mark each had 
three children when they married 21 
years ago and now have 17 grands 
between them. Is this a class record? 

Participating in a bit of Paradise 
with Scottie and Mark were Sydney 
Graham and Bill Brady, who spent 
about six weeks hopping it from 
Honolulu to Maine to visit their 
daughter Liz and son in law Paul and 
the grands at Isleford, then on to 
Vermont, NH and NY and finally back 
to Illinois. 

Flo Barclay Winston was at a 

grandchild's christening in mid-May. 
which allowed her to catch her breath 
from personal construction projects, 
including completion of the second 
condo she and Charlie built on Amelia 
Island, as well as a new house at 
Figure Eight. Flo and Charlie turn cow- 
boy (ever so briefly) with their kids 
and grands in Montana and Wyoming. 

Mimi Chapin Plumley and Allan 
had a trip planned to England and 
Scotland, which conflicted with 
reunion. Not hard to decide how the 
conflict was resolved, if you consider: 
SBC or Shakespeare and the English 
countryside. Mimi saw Nannette this 
winter in Boca Grande, FL and Jackie 
Ambler Cusick and Ralph who are 
near Mimi and Allan's place on 
Captiva Island. 

Anne Wilson Rowe and Joe along 
with Chips Chao Pai join Margie 
Scott and Earl Johnson, and 11 mem- 
bers of Clan Johnson on a SBC spon- 
sored trip to the Galapagos with a 
side journey to Peru and Macchu 
Picchu. Blue footed boobies and lla- 
mas in one fell swoop. 

Teensy Wilson Woodruff, who 
hangs her hat in Virginia Beach, VA 
says she has "come out of the fog, 
but has nothing to report." Hardly true 
for a woman who excelled in public 
accounting, and while in retirement 
manages to keep her brother's books 
and assist choice friends with their tax 
returns Betty Murden Michelson, 
who also calls Virginia Beach home, 
continues not to practice law, but 
keeps her hand in and her brain active 
playing bridge and working on garden 
club projects. And in Kansas City, Day 
Gibson Kerr allows her life is quiet 
and taken up with yoga, gardening 
and 11 grands. 

From Texas. Patricia Lodewick 
who lives in Dallas reports that she is 
in contact with Jan Armstrong 
Neuenschwander in Houston and that 
they are doing long range planning for 
2007. Mary Webb Miller, another 
Houston resident, got covered up with 
two reunions of spouse Tom, plus vis- 
its with kids and grands, and says it 
got too crazy to make it to Virginia. 
Mary and Tom are both heavily 
involved with the building campaign 
of their Episcopal church, which Mary 

says is the largest Episcopal church in 
the country. Texas, of course. 

En route to the West Coast is 
Colorado from which Enid Slack sal- 
lies forth quite regularly to interview 
the famous and less so for Rocky 
Mountain newspapers. Enid and 
Marguerite McDaniel Wood of 
Montgomery, AL plan a get together 
on Cape Cod this summer; Enid will 
visit far northeastern Maine, possibly 
mid-coast Maine where I hang out 
each summer. 

A step further west in Arizona is 
Janet Pehl Ettele who resides in Sun 
City. Jan's husband died a while back. 

and Jan made her first trip back to 
campus for reunion. She is retired and 
that life agrees with her. Jan did not 
find it a piece of cake to bridge the 
gap of 45 years and encourages those 
who have not been back to start 
revving up for the 50th. 

And finally all the way from the 
West Coast. Dagmar Halmagyi Yon in 
Poway, CA did not cross the continent 
as she did for the 40th, but apparently 
enjoys not being gainfully unemployed 
by staying busy at volunteer work 
teaching kids to read and winning 
prizes for her roses, while longtime 
significant other Bud wins prizes for 
his orchids and volunteers at the aero- 
space museum restoring antique 

Lainy Newton Peters of Pacific 
Palisades. CA continues as a docent at 
the LA County Art Museum, engages 
in charity fund raising, enjoys her 15 
year old grandson Liam and spends 
much of her time as a caregiver to 
spouse Gregg, who is a victim of 
Parkinson's disease. 

Marguerite Wood joined Sandra 
Simpson. Ruth Ellen Calhoun and me 
on what Nannette dubbed the 
Magnolia Express for the drive from 
Sandra's place in Birmingham to SBC 
for reunion. (Don't tell me that the 
South won't rise again.) Anyway, 
Marguerite and George do lots of trav- 
elling, enjoy their 10 grands and 
Marguerite still has time for office 
holding and activities in the Colonial 

Sandra continues her career in 
painting, and is working now towards 
a December exhibit. She is gathering 
material and flyfishing in the 
Canadian Rockies, studied with col- 
orist Wolf Kahn in Sebasco. ME and 
visited us in Camden Rockport. 

Ruth Ellen made her first trip to 
SBC for this reunion and like Jan Pehl 
found it filled with fun and friendship. 
Ruth Ellen is hot down in Natchez, 
observing the only good thing to say 
about the heat is that it makes cotton 
grow. She and her family spent time 
at Figure Eight and Ruth Ellen was 
planning to see Flo and Charlie down 

Anne Ford Melton found reunion 
unusual and interesting and sends 
word that while the occurrence may 
not make Ripley's (though it should), 
both of her daughters-Anne Kimzey of 
Montgomery, AL and Rhonda Kimzey 
Aucamp of Fort Lauderdale, FL 
received the identical signal honor of 
Best Active Member of their respec- 
tive Junior Leagues. 

Lee Haskell Mack is still many 
years before the mast, spending much 
of her time sailing, including forays to 
New Bedford and the Newport area, 
will be spending time at the Cape and 
other watery environs. Lee says the 
sailing was great and that they 
"careened along" rather than sifting in 
Long Island Sound with no wind. Lee 
talked with June Heard Wadsworth at 

her place on Block Island, reporting 
that June was truly sorry conflicts 
kept her from reunion. 

Jane Campbell Englert our much 
appreciated outgoing class secretary, 
took Lou Wallace and Jan Pehl back 
to Pennsylvania with her, where they 
enjoyed a Girl's Night Out with Jane's 
daughter, Anne Butler Ferguson, SBC 
1984 and her granddaughter, Emily 
Ferguson (potential Class of 2008). 
During the visit Jane's spouse was 
taken to hospital with congestive heart 
failure, but Jane reports all is well and 
attributes the health problems to hav- 
ing been one of the few spouses to 
attend reunion and the only one to 
bunk in the dorm. 

Stalwart Nancy Baldwin says SBC 
really operates year round with special 
projects, programs, Alum colleges, 
sports, etc. The ground floor of the 
new Student Commons (located 
behind Reid and Dew and next to 
Prothro Dining Hall, which did not 
exist in the 1950s) is scheduled to 
open on time in mid August when 
freshmen report. 

Jody Brinkley says being at 
reunion was news enough. The 
Outspoken One continues to golf 
around the country and might make it 
to Maine. 

One of Cynnie Ottaway's grand- 
daughters is planning to attend Bates 
College in Maine this fall (this Down 
East connection is getting incredible). 
With the grand tucked safely away. 
Cynnie and daughters Allison and 
Elizabeth (SBC 1982) are visiting 
Hungary and Russia (by river barge 
from Moscow to St. Petersburg). 
Cynnie is spending the summer in 
Michigan, but volunteering in the "Out 
of the Darkness" suicide prevention 
fund raising walk from Fairfax, VA to 
DC, a 26 mile trek. Cynnie raised 
more than $7,500 for the American 
Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Our own special published poet 
Page Phelps Coulter is building a 
writing house, large enough to host 
workshops, on her New Hampshire 
property. Page adds, in fact, she is 
moving to NH, so if you are strolling 
through the White Mountains, she is 
underneath them in Center Sandwich- 
Top of the World Road. It might be 
wise to check for a better address, but 
then I don't know much about NH. 

Diane Duffield Wood says sum- 
mertime is for staying put and playing 
golf in Oak Brook; her Dallas family 
spent time with her and enjoyed being 
out of the Texas floods. In the fall 
Duffy and Babs Falge Openshaw are 
going to Austria, and when she 
returns from that trip, she heads for 
Vegas Jane Hanahan Pinckney will 
spend Christmas in New Zealand, with 
daughter Anne Hanahan Pinckney and 
her spouse, Dr. Walter (Bo) Blessing 
who will be working with a surgeon in 
Auckland. Anne just completed her 
masters in English Lit at Tulane and is 
working towards her doctorate. 

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Nannette's entire family, spouse 
Bill, their children, grands, sister and 
brother were on hand when Nannette 
received some of her just desserts 
from SBC. Nannette continues as 
chair of planned giving, and is work- 
ing a couple of days a week in the 
development office giving them a 
hand working with charitable trusts. 
Nannette and Bill have a splendid 
home in Madison, VA, spend a month 
on the west coast of Florida each win- 
ter and a goodly part of the summer 
in Michigan. 

I wind down almost eight years on 
the Board next July. I loved having 
served with Nannette. Jody as she 
was departing. Flo and Anne Rowe 
currently. Sold one riverboat, have 
another available for any interested 
buyer. We closed on a new house 
while spending the summer here in 
Maine. New address is 10 Woodstone 
Sguare, Austin, TX 78703. Dudley 
gets to stay the entire summer this 
year. Sonnet the Golden Retriever and 
I love having him to hang out with. 

Send those email addresses. We 
will be in the winter issue of the 
Alumnae Magazine henceforth unless 
there is a groundswell for change. 


Mrs. Edward J. Kuntz, Jr. 
(Jane Shipman) 
222 Irving Ave. 
Dayton OH 45409-2405 


Mrs. Ward M. LeHardy (Judy Nevins) 
194 Castle Lane 
Kilmarnock VA 22482 


Mrs. J. M. Lemmon, Jr. 
(Ann Redfern Crowell) 
770 Glenairy Drive NE 
Atlanta GA 30328-4217 

Greetings to all of us from many 
of us! We seem to be in various 
stages of working, retiring, creating, 
moving, building, traveling and loving 

Betty Forsyth Harris received her 
doctorate in History of Art in May, 
2000. She taught at W&L fall semes- 
ter 2001. Betty is currently serving as 
chair of the acquisition committee of 
SB's Friends of Art and encourages us 
all to join Friends to support what is 
becoming a fine collection. Speaking 
of art. Patricia Russell Howard exhib- 
ited her watercolors painted in 
Newfoundland last summer. Patricia 
has since had cataract surgery and 
reconstructive surgery on both feet. 
As Patricia says, "Next time I go on a 
painting expedition, I'll have sharp 
eyesight and feet strong enough to 

clamber over those Newfoundland 
rocks." Keating Griffiss has also 
returned to painting- oil and water- 
color. I visited Keating in Lookout 
Mountain in April for our yearly nurs- 
ery hunt for the perfect plants. 

The wedding of Ann Smith 
Bretscher's daughter in May provided 
a gala mini reunion for Becky Towill 
McNair. Barbar Bowen Moore, and 
Carolyn King Ratcliffe and their hus- 
bands. The reception was held in 
Ann's garden which from all reports 
was spectacularly beautiful. Ann and 
Bob plan a summer SB trip to the 
Galapagos. Barbar allows that life is 
good and she and Clay are in a "sim- 
plify" mode. According to Becky, the 
McNairs are working on a SB team 
with 6 granddaughters, "each a 
source of great joy". 

Another mini reunion happened at 
Monteagle, TN, at Sissy Winslett 
Richardson's mountain home. Those 
present, Liz Few Penfield. Jane Ellis 
Covington Norma Patteson Mills, 
Margot Saur Myers, Ginger Newman 
Blanchard, Katie Mendelson 
McDonald, and Teddy Hill enjoyed 
lots of laughs and memories of — 
speech therapy classes (!), escapades 
in Reid and Grammer, the Rammages, 
Tommies, judicial "infractions" et al. 
Margot was headed for Corfu the next 
day with a promise to leave a note 
hidden for Liz and Teddy when they 
arrive in October en route to Venice 
and the Ionian Islands. Meanwhile, 
Teddy and Liz and children, grandchil- 
dren and friends enjoyed July in 
Africa. Liz continues her custom 
safaris and does some consulting on 
textbooks. Katie has returned to the 
US from Hong Kong and now resides 
in Palm Beach. 

Barbara Beam Denison and 
George have a busy fall travel time 
planned: September in Tuscany, and 
October in Captiva, FL with children 
and grandchildren. Their oldest 
daughter will celebrate her 40th in 
November in the Berkshires with 
Beam and George present. 

Linda Sims Newmark and Margot 
McKee were able to do lunch on 
Linda's trip through Philadelphia in 
May. Linda joined Nina Wilkerson 
Bugg and me and our families for 
Nina's and my grandson William's first 
birthday. What fun it is to share a 
grandbaby with Nina! Nina and Bill led 
a tour successfully and safely in Israel 
last spring. 

Alice Jones Torbett and her broth- 
ers sold the newspaper business that 
had been in their family 67 years. As 
she says, though it meant retirement 
for her — the only difference is in the 
commitments. Alice's mother is 90, 
living on her own in Johnson City, TN, 
and Alice visits regularly. She and her 
husband have enjoyed international 
travel and international visitors 
through his Rotary Club. Their three 
children, though often moving, all live 
on the eastern half of the US. 

"Isn't retirement wonderful?" 
writes Betsy Buechner Morris. She 
volunteers as a mediator for the 
Supreme Court of MA and writes for 
the sailing press. This summer she 
and Monty biked and kayaked in 
Alaska. Lura Coleman Wampler is 
psyched after a chemistry workshop 
so may delay retirement for a while. 
Lura has managed to see her 18 
month old granddaughter who lives in 
DC at least once a month and cher- 
ishes those times. While in Cape May, 
NJ, Fred and Lura discovered the chef 
at their hotel to be Sue Styer Cahill's 
son Leif. As Sue would say. "Can you 
believe it?" Proud new grandmother 
of Reid Malcolm, her son Greg's first, 
Judy Cowen Jones is looking forward 
to her 50th Grammar School reunion 
in Oct. After that event, she and Mac 
will head to Cape Cod with friends. 
Eleanor Crosby Erdman sends news 
of her son Ian Sinclair's marriage to 
Stephanie Houghton in St. Helena, CA. 
The newlyweds have left the west 
coast and transferred jobs and home 
to Westport, CT happily closer to Ellie 
in ME. Son Jay Sinclair lives in 
Atlanta. Ellie and David had their 
annual family week at his family home 
in Edgartown MA which included 7 
grownups, 6 children under 7 and 3 
baby sitters. To the rescue came 
Diana Muldaur Dozier and Robert 
who. in the interest of SLEEP and 
proximity, invited Ellie and David to 
stay with them. Ellie says it was great 
fun to "luxuriate in her newly reno- 
vated home." Ellie loves her life on the 
coast of Maine and sailing their 
Hinckley in Penobscot Bay in sum- 

Melissa Meyers Gibbs has many 
volunteer/board commitments in NYC 
including: St. Luke's/ Roosevelt 
Hospital, NY Public Library, Order of 
St. John, Manhattan Plaza AID 
Program, Praxis Housing Initiatives & 
Episcopal Social Services. Summer 
finds her in Sun Valley. Melissa has a 
13 yr. old granddaughter. 

Janet Holmes Rothard is looking 
forward to retirement in 2003. She 
says 30 years as a working woman is 
enough! Plus, Janet has four grand- 
children and never enough time to 
spend with them. She is still breeding 
and showing dogs. 

Charity Paul caught up with Kadri 
Niider, Norris Smith and Gale Young 
Walker and David on a long lovely 
evening in the Village in late May. 
Charity continues to ride in Montauk 
and participate in the Chamber Music 
Festival in Bridgehampton. She visits 
Hampstead, UK in August and has 
hopes of seeing Elsie Burch Donald 
and finding out about her second 
novel following Nashboro. 

Several of you have mentioned 
Elsie's impressive book and if yOu 
haven't read it, do. Phyz and I were 
delighted to attend a book signing/talk 
she presented here in Atlanta at 
Margaret Mitchell House. Lee Cullum 

writes that she is working on a biog- 
raphy of Dorothy Day. Lee continues 
as a contributing columnist at the 
Dallas Morning News. She gave the 
commencement address at the 
University of Puget Sound in May and 
received an honorary degree as well. 
Granddaughters Lili, 5 and Annabel, 3 
and one on the way are close by. 
Rhett Ball Thagard's daughter, 
Beverly Edens, has moved to Dallas, 
and her husband Chip is a priest at 
Lee's church. Carol Barnard 
Ottenberg continues some part time 
university work, but enjoys a little ten- 
nis, bridge and gathering eggs from 
her urban hens! She and Simon spent 
some lively time in ME at their family 
summer place with four generations 
under one roof. They plan to visit 
Alaska's back country with a trip to 
Denali National Park. Jane Tatman 
Walker's time is focused on care of 
her mother whose health is fragile. 
Frank and Jane relish having most of 
their families nearby in Indy. They are 
hoping to take the American Oriental 
Express in October. Elizabeth Meade 
Howard has finished her documentary 
about a 107 year old teacher and is 
continuing to interview the "over 75 
set" for a possible book. She and 
Suzanne Reitz Weinstein spent some 
time together when Suzi was visiting 
her stepdaughter in Virginia. Elizabeth 
also enjoyed a quick reunion with Gale 
Young Walker who was en route back 
to Vancouver after being in 

The census count of Patti Powell 
Pusey and Bill's family currently 
stands at 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 
1 grand horse, and 4 grand dogs. 
Fifteen family members will attend a 
Seattle niece's wedding with 8 grands 
participating! In what may become a 
tradition, Patti and Beam will again 
play in an annual Ladies Day golf out- 
ing. Within 6 weeks time. Louise 
Phinney Caldwell and her husband 
sold their home of 36 years, moved, 
and became grandparents for the first 
time. Scarlett Phinney Jackson was 
born to actress daughter Jane 
Caldwell and Alex Jackson. From now 
on, Louise plans to do less fund rais- 
ing and more doting. Lee Cullum's 
daughter-in-law is Scarlett's god- 
mother. Barbara Murphy Hale has 
treasured several recent sailing trips; 
particularly a nine day cruise with son 
John and his wife Siobhan from 
Tampa to Dry Tortugas to Key West 
and back. As Barbara says, she is 
truly happy on a sailboat. It was great 
fun to catch up with Heidi Wood 
Huddleston while she and Joe were in 
Atlanta for a legal convention. The 
Huddlestons have had a year of exten- 
sive travel with special time spent in 
Vienna where their daughter Kristina's 
h'ustiaiid is from. At present, Heidi's 
three daughters live within a few 
hours. Luckily, the daughter with the 
children (12 & 8), lives in town so the 
Huddlestons are able to make the 

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most of that. Heidi and her partner 
own a Medical-Legal Consulting busi- 
ness where they prepare the medical 
portion of cases going to trial. From 
the beach at Santa Monica, Annie 
Laurie Martin Carleton describes an 
idyllic day. Both of her married daugh- 
ters live nearby and one has a son in 
middle school. Isabel Ware Burch 
and Bob have both joined the retired 
ranks and are looking forward to their 
new home in Williamsburg. They 
stayed with Lynn Adams Clark ('61) 
while they were house hunting. 
Isabel's daughter Margaret and family 
live in Westwood MA, her son Allen 
and wife live in Philadelphia, and son 
Charlie and his wife Anne are in San 
Francisco Sandy Schuhmacher 
Lawrence is also moving. Leaving 
San Antonio, she and Jay are building 
a house in Houston. They had decided 
to live near their grandchildren so are 
moving to the closest one to them. 
Daughter Sharon lives there with a 
baby girl "on whom we can dote". 
Their other children live in Denver and 

I have enjoyed reading to children 
in the Reader to Patient program at 
Scottish Rite Children's hospital. My 
four years of EFM study has come to 
an end but we students have decided 
to add a post graduate year— so back 
to the books. Thank you all for your 
cards and e-mails; it's wonderful to 
hear from you. Keep 'em coming! Ann 

Our heartfelt sympathies and love 
go out to Joyce Cooper Toomey and 
Suzanne Reitz Weinstein on the loss 
of their husbands this year. 


Mrs. Jean A. Sharland 
(Elizabeth Harkness Hutchins) 
1 724 Aberdeen Circle 
Crofton MD 21114-1618 


Mrs. Bruce Adam (Parry Ellice) 
33 Pleasant Run Road 
Flemington NJ 08822 


Mrs. John D. Collins III 

(Katharine Blackford) 

810 Bushnell Avenue 

Rock Springs WY 82901-7204 

Signs are pointing towards a great 
40th reunion May 16-18, 2003!!! I've 
had more replies than usual and many 
unseen in recent years, e.g. Judy 
Gutches Needham, are promising to 
be there. Judy was just re-elected to 
the school board and stays busy with 
service and travel for many local 
boards. Nerissa Vom Baur Roehrs 
plans to be with us and I'm trying to 
set up a concert so that we can hear 

her perform some of her musical 
compositions. She continues to study 
music, now under the tutelage of the 
dean of the conservatory in Leipzig. 
Her daughter Marina is studying 
physics at St. Andrew's U. Betty 
Stanly Cates swears that Penny 
Pamplin Reeves will be at reunion. 
Betty is off to Angkor Wat in 
Cambodia with the SBC Indochina 
tour. A refreshing note from Susie 
Scott Noell Robinette who thinks we 
are about to have a 30th reunion. I'll 
have to break the bad news to her. 
She wants to re-establish contact with 
classmates via e-mail, . She 
remarried in 1993 and lives on a 35- 
acre farm in the Appalachian foothills 
near Clemson U, from which her hus- 
band has just retired. She's retired 
from real estate but retooled for 
Architectural Engineering and botany. 
She enjoys her flower and vegetable 
gardens, watercolors and horses. 

Betsy Parker McColl reminds us 
that the beauty and tranquility of our 
campus are welcome in these turbu- 
lent times. She just came in 5th at the 
Senior Women's Grass Court 
Tournament at Forest Hills in July. 
Prue Gay Stuhr and husband Ed 
found the campus seemingly deserted 
that fateful Sept. 11 when they hap- 
pened to drive through. Prue has 
retired after 38 years of "mostly 
rewarding" social studies teaching, 
and can now devote more time to 
their Dalmatians. 

From McNair Currie Maxwell: 
"Let's have a terrific turnout for our 
40th reunion. Plan to come and call 
up your friends now. You don't need 
to have ever come before. Yes, we will 
recognize you and everyone is a wel- 
come part of the group. I look forward 
to each reunion as soon as the last 
one is over. It's a terrific high and fab- 
ulous." Her son Reynolds is getting 
married in MC next May to Sunny 
Durack who grew up in Durham. 
McNair, Jane Goodridge and Jean 
Meyer Aloe have agreed to manage 
our reunion gift. Please give what you 
can! Jean traveled to China and 
Scotland last year, and to a poetry 
workshop at the U of IA. 
Unfortunately, a suitcase falling upon 
her shoulder from an airplane over- 
head rack required surgery soon after- 
wards. One daughter has received her 
doctorate in Clin. Psych, and the 
other, a researcher at Wyeth, has had 
a baby. 

Ellis Beasley Long has been pro- 
moted to full professor of Spanish at 
Thomas Nelson Community College, 
where she chairs the foreign language 
department Margaret Millender 
Holmes and husband Tom have both 
retired and wonder how it can be that 
they can't find the time to travel hav- 
ing been given an extra 10 hours a 

Lots of news from Lea Osborne 
Angell, who also plans to attend 

reunion. All four children live within 
4.5 hours' drive. Son Jennifer and 
husband live in Ithaca, where he 
teaches at Cornell's Sch. of Business. 
Lea's son works at Chase in NYC and 
married a teacher. The couple will 
soon move to NJ, even closer to Lea. 
Daughter Jessica works at St. Martin's 
Press while completing an MA in Eng. 
Lit. at Harvard. Daughter Sarah fin- 
ished at Hobart/Wm. Smith, and made 
All-American as a sailor. She'll spend 
next year in France teaching English 
to French schoolchildren. Lea is an 
arts consultant and suffered her own 
bout of merger shakeout when client 
Nabisco was acquired by Kraft, which 
shut down the museum which Lea 
and her group managed. But she has 
irons in the fire and some other 
smaller jobs. 

Some, like Ann Funkhouser Strite- 
Kurz, make noises about cutting back, 
but we'll believe it when we see it. 
Ellis Long has just been promoted to 
full professor of Spanish. 

Cynthia Hubard Spangler says 
retirement from a long career at FedEx 
"is looking better and better." She 
spent her 60th birthday in San Miguel 
de Allende in Mexico, renting a house 
and inviting family and friends to 
come visit. She's enjoying having her 
son and his family, including two chil- 
dren, back from Australia and living in 

Sue Cansler Jones retired in 
March and husband Charles will soon 
follow suit. Their three grands, includ- 
ing twins, moved to NJ so keeping up 
with them isn't as easy as before. 
They're off to Galapagos at the end of 
summer, after Sue joins Laura Lee 
Brown Wilson. Ginger Cates 
Mitchell. Mary Groetzinger Heard 
and Lyn Clark Pegg for a mini-reunion 
in Minnesota. I heard from Ginger that 
the reunion was a huge success with 
usual comparing of the joys of grand- 
children and the "handling the aches 
and pains of 60 pretty well." Mitch 
has just retired and they're celebrating 
with a two-week trip to France in the 
fall. Laura Lee was off on a photo 
safari to Kashmir in June, which she 
admits was "somewhat ill-timed." 
Other trips to Russia and Europe were 
planned for fall, working around the 
birth of a 2nd. The buffalo farm con- 
tinues to prosper. 

Another photographer, Pat Calkins 
Wilder says that her business, Light 
Images, is "whirling along and brings 
the incredible joy in life, and an 
awareness of everything around me 
that I might have missed if I were not 
looking for images in every daily situ- 
ation." Her children are in Seattle and 

Nancy McDowell is in the "busier 
than ever" category with a new office, 
6 grandchildren and a successful 
recovery from surgery. She too plans 
to be at reunion. Also in that category 
is Barbara Rockefeller Bartlett, who 
enjoys the travel and visiting opportu- 

nities following John's retirement. 
Both sons work in Washington. 

Ann Knickerbocker McCulloch 
had an unforeseen yearlong family 
reunion. Hurricane Allison wiped out 
their son's home so he and his wife, 
the two children and two cats moved 
in with Ann and Bill. "Everyone rose to 
the occasion, but we now treasure the 
memory & our peace & quiet," says 
Ann. She and Bill still team-teach 
Biblical conflict resolution. 

Judy Kay Alspaugh Harrison 
writes from Shelbyville, KY, that she 
regularly enjoys the racing season 
with Janet Hiestand Koller and Ann 
Clute Obenshain 

Valerie Elbrick Hanlon has 
bought and refurbished an apt. in 
Paris in the 7th arrondissement. There 
are 12 restaurants on the 2-blk street, 
which is a block and a half from the 
Quai d'Orsay. She rents to friends so 
get to know her! One son builds 
wooden boats in Maine and one is in 
2nd year of law school at CUNY. 

Sa lite Yon Williams is doing bet- 
ter healthwise and can once again 
travel. She makes frequent trips to 
NYC to visit son Whitredge and his 
wife. Younger son is also there, doing 
an MBA at NYU. Sallie stays in close 
contact with Barbara Yocum Miller. 

Nikki Griess Deupree enjoys her 
"international family," with an English 
son-in-law and a daughter-in-law of 
Chinese heritage. Nikki has become 
re-involved in the antiques business, 
now that she has retired from real 
estate. By coincidence, at an antique 
show in Nashville last February, her 
old SBC roommate Lucetta Gardner 
Mannion walked into her booth. 

Betsy Beale still sells real estate, 
in town and country, In the Richmond 
area and continues to maintain her 
"zoo of abandoned animals." 

Lee Kucewicz Parham just 
returned from a "fabulous French 
immersion in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec," 
where she had not a care in the world 
and made great new friends in a gor- 
geous part of the world. 

Julia Fort Lowe's son Bob was 
married last spring to Angela, a nurse 
from Cleveland, where Bob is an 
orthopedic surgery resident. Joining 
in the celebration were Jessica Bemis 
Ward, Mary Trabue Meyer, Randy 
Kendig Young, and Patsy Carney 
Reed, SBC '62. Son Seth lives in 
Nashville and is a tech supporter for 

I was terribly saddened that 
Barbara Noojin Walthall, with whom 
I went through school in B'ham and 2 
years at SBC, lost her courageous 
five-year bout with breast cancer at 
the end of June. 

John plans to retire at the end of 
this academic year. We will spend part 
of each year in Mexico, continuing 
volunteer work there, and the rest of 
the time at our cabin in the Wind 
River Mountains (which we will begin 
to refer to as a "house" once our 

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remodeling for a little more room and 
a few more amenities is complete). 
But there still will be no winter access 
other than by skis or snowmobile. 


Ms. Virginia S. deBuys 
HI 6 Shirley Lane 
LawrencevilleNJ 08648-1425 


Mrs. Richard H. Amberg, Jr. 
(Beverley Sharp) 
5012 Tilden Street NW 
Washington DC 20016-2334 


The Rev. Keenan Kelsey 

(Keenan Colton) 

101 Hawthorne Avenue 

Larkspur CA94939- 1305 

Mrs. Penn Fullerton (Penn Willets) 

124 Linden Lane 

San Rafael CA 94901-1342 

I, Keenan, send apologies to all 
who tried to email me You were sent 
an address that is several years old by 
now! Believe me, it would have been 
easier for me, too, if it had worked. In 
the future, for either Penn or myself, 
the email will be correct! 

I send thanks to all of you who did 
respond. One of these days we will 
get it together to call up some of our 
more shy or elusive classmates. But 
for this month, I will simply pass on 
the news as I received it, without 
much editing or editorializing! 

It has been a hard summer for 
Penn Willets Fullerton, as her Mother 
passed away in July. She and her fam- 
ily gathered for a memorial and ash- 
scattering at her Mom's home in 
Tucson. Penn not only organized the 
gathering, created the bulletin, wrote a 
poem; she was able to lead the serv- 
ice itself. I was disappointed not to be 
there with her; but I was honored that 
I could help her via phone and FAX, 
with service outline and suggested 
prayers and scripture. It is such a 
blessing to live close by a cherished 
college roommate. Fortunately, Penn 
can look forward to a first grandchild, 
a boy, arriving to her son and his wife 
in September. 

By the time this arrives, the four 
roommates (Penn, myself, Susan 
Sudduth Hiller and Jane Nelson) will 
have rendezvoused in San Francisco. 
Penn and Keenan live in the Bay area, 
and now so do Susan's daughter, 
Penn and her husband, Elton — and 
their brand new baby girl, Katie. 
Susan will be coming frequently for 
her Grandma-fix, and Jane came for 
vacation just because the four of us 
had not been together for a long time. 

We find that as we age, we have even 
more to talk about; that our journeys 
complement each other and that there 
is much to learn from one other. We 
also find memory-sharing to be great 
fun, as our selective memories recall 
(or forget) different things! 

Grandchildren are a new and 
thrilling part of the lives of many of 
us. I myself have a two-year-old who 
lives near Seattle (of course he is 
wonderful and smart and adorable!) 
and I find myself quite jealous of the 
"other" grandparents who live up 
there. Diana Rediker Slaughter sums 
it up: "We just had our first grand- 
child—a beautiful baby boy. This is so 
much fun!" 

Julie Whitehurst MacKinlay has 
two daughters both expecting children 
early in November, so she will get a 
double whammy. Who to visit first? 
Her third daughter will be getting mar- 
ried in June, and her fourth daughter 
is spending next year in Austria on a 
Fulbright. Julie and Ed find their own 
time together either at their carriage 
house in Virginia Beach or at their 
farm outside of Lexington, VA. 

Marcia Pace Lindstrom has a new 
granddaughter born to her oldest son 
and wife in Tampa, FL on Valentine's 
Day (joining a three-year-old brother). 
Her other sons are in Palm Springs 
and Atlanta, and her stepson is a chef 
at The Cloister. It is revealing that in 
her note, the only actual names she 
mentioned were of the grandchildren: 
Sarah Jane and Christopher! 

Susie Wilson Ashcom comments 
on how fascinating it is to watch 
genetics play out in her three grand- 
children. She sees her children in 
them all the time. Susie is happily 
selling horse farms around Warrenton 
and caring for their own 30 cows, 7 
horses, a dog and a donkey! Her hus- 
band has a second book coming out 
this fall, and they soon celebrate 38 
years of marriage! 

Evie Day Butler writes about 
Quinn, their "precious six-year-old 
grandson," and Quinn's new sister, 
Mariana, the first girl in the family. "I 
am in pink heaven," she says. Their 
Dad, Lee, is finishing his B.A. in 
hopes of then attending Episcopal 
Seminary. Son Geoff Jr. was married 
over Labor Day (the first shall be last) 
and is a firefighter with a brand new 
Masters in Fire Management. Son 
William, married two years, works for 
Stevens Investment in Little Rock, AR. 
Geoff is able to telecommute; he and 
Evie divide time between Fort Worth 
and Angel Fire with an occasional trip 
to Florida. "It's a good time in our 
lives and for all the boys." 

Tia Campbell McMillan and Bob 
had their first grandchild, a son, born 
6/20/02. Evan and parents (daughter 
Julia and son-in-law Simon) live in 
Burlingame, CA, and son Andrew and 
daughter-in-law Kaki live in San 
Francisco, so Tia and Bob should be 
out here more often. We must try for 

a mini-reunion! (Penn and I both live 
just north of SF, I work in SF). Third 

Tyler, is in Washington, DC. Tia and 
Bob "work hard and travel a good bit." 

Mary Anne Calhoun Farmer says, 
"Tom and I are fine, traveling when we 
can, and spending time relaxing at our 
Tybee beach house near Savannah. 
We have 2 grandsons in Richmond, 
VA (our oldest, Marnie. and husband 
Mathew). Harriet (second daughter) 
and Scott enjoy kayaking and biking in 
Breckenridge, CO. And youngest 
Katharine, at Morgan-Keegan in insti- 
tutional sales, just ran a marathon for 
diabetes down in Big Sur!" 

Others of us are not yet at the 
grandparent stage. Suzy Moseley 
Helm says, "Still no daughters-in-law 
on the horizon." However, her boys 
are fine: Pen is happy in Idaho and 
Ted is back in Boston working as a 
therapist. Suzy and Nelson have just 
completed another "fabulous sum- 
mer" in Chautauqua, NY. Clare Loyd 
Davison muses, "It is nice to have 
reached an age when I have a little 
time and attention for myself and my 
husband even though we are still a 
few years from real retirement." She 
took the summer off from teaching 
and enjoyed several domestic trips to 
visit friends. "We found Maine had 
almost as many lobster pots as the 
Chesapeake has crab pots— makes for 
interesting sailing." One of her daugh- 
ters is married, living in Connecticut; 
the other is starting grad school at 
Catholic University in Washington, DC. 

Penny Steketee Sidor notes that 
husband Mike has retired, but she still 
does taxes. They have just downsized 
to a townhouse and work on it 
between tennis and golf games. One 
son graduated law school and is with 
a firm in the Chicago loop, the other 
graduated college last year and has 
just left for Guatemala with the Peace 

Andrea Pearson Pennington also 
had a daughter graduate this year 
(University of Alabama in English and 
journalism). Her younger daughter 
completed her first year there and was 
inducted into Freshman honorary. 
Andrea continues as a Court Referee 
(judge) in Juvenile Court and Al is still 
practicing law in Mobile. But they 
found time to take the whole family to 
Paris in May. "Still enjoying every day 
at 57!" Enterprising Muriel Wikswo 
Lambert took her bounced email and 
fedex-ed it to me! She has had a busy 
year as daughter Anastasia graduated 
cum laude from Dartmouth (major in 
Psychology, minor in Studio Art). 
Phelps is a sophomore at Cornell 
University planning to major in 
Molecular Biology. Peter will be a jun- 
ior in high school, currently interested 
in physics. Muriel's research on 
Fanconi anemia goes well. She sand- 
wiches papers and grant requests 
between teaching and meetings. And 

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she now works with several grad stu- 
dents and postdocs plus a lab techni- 
cian. Clark's research has brought him 
a number of overseas patients. They 
have just bought a vacation house 
(which they rent out) on Nags Head 
with 8 bedrooms, rec room, pool 
table, hot tub, swimming pool, eleva- 
tor etc. "It was a real experience fur- 
nishing a house, top to bottom, in a 
short period of time." 

Cherry Brown Peters writes "I'm 
still working with computers at the 
bank, only now it's called Suntrust. 
We live in an era of consolidations! 
Charles is retired and has joined more 
than a dozen nonprofit boards. Trey, 
our son, is following his dad into city 
planning. All are well and happy." 
David and Nancy Conkle Swann enjoy 
retirement in two very different 
locales: beach and tropics in winter 
(an island 7 miles offshore from Ft. 
Myers) and Asheville NC mountains in 
the summer. "We feel most fortunate! 
We are busy serving on boards, trav- 
eling a lot, and enjoying family and 

Jeannine Corbett Squires hus- 
band Jay is retired from Pathology 
practice in Asheville, NC, and they 
have moved full-time to her home- 
town, Wilmington, NC. They have 
completed their new house and they 
love having the boat dock right out 
front with an 187= foot Scout tied to 
it! Her daughters are both engaged 
and will be married this year — yikes! 
Perhaps her three sisters who all live 
nearby will be able to help! Rab Willis 
Thompson is now a retired professor 
of mammalian genetics. She has 
remarried, still has her home in 
Columbia SC, but also lives in north- 
ern Virginia where her husband 
George lives. She is willing to help 
fellow alums with career guidance or 
relocation information in her area(s). 
Martha Madden Swanson and David 
are still working in Georgetown. Son 
Michael is in Manassas, VA, and 
daughter Sarah is working in London 
for a theater company. Annual visits to 
London allow them to see lots of 

Lee Mackubin Miller writes that 
she and Rick are "empty nesters" but 
enjoy having their children for fre- 
quent long visits. After 25 years in 
Atlanta, Lee is anxious and yet excited 
about an anticipated move "north and 
to the water"soon. Atlanta is too con- 
gested! She ends her note: "We thank 
God every day for our health and mar- 

Sally Kalber Fiedler is feeling the 
sandwich generation stuff, caught 
between parents and kids. Daughter 
Julie is still in NYC, working and trav- 
eling; son Lee received his MBA from 
Darden (UVA); he and wife Caryn have 
moved to Minneapolis. Jay is still 
working too many hours, no where 
close to retiring, but they get away 
every few months. The fall trip was to 

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Grace Butler Johnson's husband 
Jotham sent to the Alumnae Office a 
nice photo of Grace, Susan Snodgrass 
Wynne'72 and Barbara Smith 
Young'73 taken in Oxford, England in 
June 2002. AN three were attending a 
Princeton University Conference on 

at Oxford University and suddenly 
made the Sweet Briar connection! 

As for me, I continue to be alter- 
nately awed and overwhelmed by my 
work! I have been ordained six years 
now, and have been a solo pastor in 
S.F. for nearly four years. I have 
learned much about faith and trust 
and prayer! Son Sean is completing 
three years in the Army; and it takes 
my breath away to watch my daughter 
Megan as a Mom. I have very little 
social life these days, but I have 
recently become a blond to see if it's 
more fun! 

Keep the news coming, friends. 
These ties are one of the benefits of a 
small women's college. 

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3051 Idaho Avenue, #318 
Washington DC 20016-5733 

Very ironic that I (Jill) who have 
rarely replied on alumna updates, and 
shame on me, am now in the position 
of having to write them. Just desserts, 
as they say. First of all, kudos to 
Sarah vonRosenberg who recently 
concluded her term as Class 

Secretary. Sarah Big Shoes, Girl. I'll 

do my best. 

Sarah missed us at Reunion but 
writes that she and husband Stan 
Smoote are very much enjoying a new 
house and property on the San 
Bernard River south of Houston near 
the Gulf of Mexico (1/2 hr by jet ski!). 
With plenty of room for visitors, she 
says to feel free to call if any of you 
are ever her way. Son Charlie (26) and 
his wife Mandy expect their first child 
in August. Charlie is a financial analyst 
with BB&T (Branch Bank and Trust) in 
Asheville, NC, and Mandy is head 
women's basketball coach at Mars 
Hill. Son Will (23) graduated from 
Vanderbilt and is staying in Nashville 
to explore possibilities in the music 

Lots of partying at Reunion with a 
small but fun group. We may not look 
exactly the same, but we still look 
gooood, and, boy, can we dance. It's 
nice to reach an age where you can 
just have fun without the worrying 
about what your spouse, companion, 
children, or friends think! 

At the midnight hour on Saturday 
following our after-dinner gathering in 
Randolph, Mary Heller pulled out her 
cell phone and suggested we start 
calling those who weren't in atten- 
dance. Some of you on the East Coast 
were spared since we were somewhat 
aware of the time. We did try Culler 
Bellows. Louise Martin, and Ginger 
Upchurch. Their children were not 

Others didn't answer, some num- 
bers were wrong (or else we couldn't 
see to dial), but we did manage to get 
Libby Wann just in from a dinner 
party. Did you know she's written 
three books? I found one, 
Chattanooaa: Delivering the Dream , 
on Libby, Honey, give 
us the scoop next time so we can 
boost those sales! 

We also tried Cleveland Hall 
who's in Seattle now. Lucky Girl... .we 
only got her voice mail. 

Mary Heller. Karen Medford. 
Eileen Gebrian and I made Reunion 
an excuse for a road trip. As usual, 
Mary had everything organized. ..from 
the Cadillac to the picnic with wine 
plus reserves for weekend snacks. 
Mary, who is probably ready to retire 
from NIH by now, spends a lot of time 
with family in Atlanta. With a brother 
working and living in Europe (first 
Brussels, now London), Mary and her 
mother have traveled quite a bit to 
visit the continental side of the family. 

Karen has also made quite a few 
European trips, including a 6-month 
stint in Paris a couple of years ago. 

She heads off for another Italian 
adventure in September, planning 
Verona for Juliet's birthday, and 
Secret Trails at the Doges Palace and 
tour of San Michele, Venice's funeral 
island. I can attest that it's a well- 
deserved vacation having just seen all 
the renovations and furnishing of her 
recently purchased cottage in 
Annapolis. She's certainly got a flair 
for it... Mary Heller and I have often 
enjoyed visiting Karen 

in her spectacular Rehobeth beach 

Eileen invited us to continue the 
road trip to her new beach house on 
Nantucket, but we had to take a rain 
check. Eileen's older daughter Sophie 
is off to CU Boulder, while UN (15) 
will be a sophomore in high school in 
Concord, MA. Eileen writes this is the 
first alumna card she's ever returned 
(let that be an inspiration!), saying 
she considers having the time to 
renew old friendships at Reunion one 
of the privileges of being over 50! 

Jeanie Mann Hardesty laughed 
and danced well at Reunion. She and 
Ben are enjoying their somewhat 
empty nest with son Ashby (16) home 
for the summer from St. Andrew's. 
Daughter Margaret (24) enjoys the 
"real" world in Charlotte and daughter 
Gary (22) is toiling at the AbarA 
Ranch in Wyoming. 

Among the other party animals, 
Jeannette Pillsbury writes that even 
though she's had a good year, it was 
really great to be with friends who 
knew you back when... Dale Shelly 
Graham and Kathy Keys Graham 
(unrelated, but isn't it cute!) were 
their usual fun selves. Dale is on my 
list, since she nominated me to be 
Class Sec. She and James are in 
Potomac, MD, when James isn't off 
working in Europe. Daughter Lily is 
heading into 8th grade and son 
Fielding into 9th. Dale enjoyed a cook- 
ing class in Provence last Spring sans 
husband and otherwise stays busy 
with carpools, running school auc- 
tions and other charity events. Keys is 
an impressive antiques connoisseur in 
Birmingham, AL, and as charming as 

From the Fredericksburg contin- 
gent, Janet (Hulla) Nelson Gibson 
spent the summer in school, planning 
to start a new career teaching biology. 
She and Joejoe have the cutest little 
boy. Carter Frackelton, inexhaustible 
SBC alumna and volunteer, is still 
working hard at the family concrete 
business. She usually spends several 
summer weeks at her Adirondacks 
camp. Not too long ago she traveled 
with her sister-in-law and niece to 
Paris and also jaunted to Italy with a 
nephew. Somehow. Carter still finds 
time to donate time to lots of organi- 
zations and maintains the best SBC 
contact list I've ever seen. 

Martha Holland thanks all who 
contributed to the reunion gift. She 

writes that the great thing about being 
a reunion co-chair (she calls it gift 
nagger) was talking to everyone, 
including some classmates she hadn't 
been in contact with in almost 30 
years. That part was fun! Otherwise, 
Life in D.C. is good. Oldest child, 
Katherine, will be a junior at Wesleyan 
University in the fall. Elizabeth will be 
a senior and Paul a sophomore at St. 
Andrew's Episcopal School in 
Potomac, MD. She says husband 
Chris Iribe works, and she loafs, but 
she neglected to mention how hard 
she toils with a number of volunteer 
organizations, plus all her SBC efforts. 

Susan Waller Nading has been 
gallivanting all over the world with 
husband Alex. She always seems to 
be on the go, from Italy to Tahiti. In 
the U.S.. they spend time in 
Birmingham, AL and Highlands, NC. 
Alex is still practicing urology and 
finds time to golf, fish, hunt birds, and 
sail. Susan often joins him for golf or 
gardens, walks, reads and volunteers 
at church. Daughter Murray (25) is a 
CPA in Birmingham. Son Alex (23) 
graduated from UVA and is headed off 
for grad school in anthropology. Son 
Will (20) is at W&L. 

Admitting we're still quite a group, 
Eliza Walbridge said it was good to 
see everyone after 30 years. She 
enjoys running her horse farm and 
advocating holistic care for horses. 
Eliza's back in southeastern PA after 
several years out west and is happy to 
be closer to her family. She's looking 
forward to much community service. 

Betty Moricle drove up from 
Reidsville, NC, where she's just 
moved into a new apartment and is 
working on unpacking. She's made 
the jump to computer classes and will 
soon be keeping us up to date via 
email. Betty was a volunteer at the 
Chinqua-Penn Plantation until its 
recent closing. She jokes that I ought 
to buy it and have a wedding there. 
Parts of Lolita and The Music of 
Chance were filmed at the plantation. 

Still in Virginia Beach, "Susie 
Suburbia " Susan Snodgrass Wynne is 
still very much involved with the 
Ronald McDonald House and Garden 
Club. Husband John retired this year 
and is putting all his vast energies and 
talent into volunteer work both in and 
out of state. Oldest son John is head- 
ing to UVA's Darden Business School 
after 4 years of investment banking in 
NY. Youngest, Brad, is a junior of 
Princeton and is a big lacrosse player. 

Of those attending Reunion who 
didn't write (ouch!).... our "forever 
president" Marion Walker (Thank 
you, thank you!) is still the same won- 
derful, sassy, talented character and 
attorney in Birmingham. Ginny B 
Payne Sasser needs to go to Australia 
to see her daughter in school, so says 
husband Flip, but she's too busy with 
her farms near Fredericksburg, VA. 
Though she did manage to get away 
to Normandy with Flip's family. Kathy 

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Upchurch Takvorian was also dancing 
up a storm at Reunion. She and Eileen 
live near each other in Concord, MA. 
Ginny Stevens Purcell. in Richmond, 
was a funny companion at the ban- 
quet/dance... still that same big smile. 
Col. Cecilia Albert (USAF) is looking 
forward to retirement but worried 
about getting bored. Marty Neill 
Boney was chauffeured by charming 
husband Bill, who kindly went off 
camping and left Marty all to us girls. 
Mary Sue Morrison Thomas brought 
her mother to the festivities and I 
think they both enjoyed the trip. 

Our condolences to Barbara 
Tessin Derry, who lost her mother a 
few days before Reunion. We missed 
Barb. Bill is still practicing law in 
Richmond, VA. Barb works at the 
Lower School Library at Collegiate 
School, where Will (17) is a senior 
and Alice (15) is a sophomore. All are 
looking forward to the onslaught of 
college applications and drivers ed. 

Deborah Wilson Hollings had 
hoped to join us, but unexpected fam- 
ily obligations called Michael and Deb 
away. She writes they have a new 
Maltese puppy named Alex now that 
they're empty nesters. Christopher is 
transferring to the School of Music at 
Belmont University in Nashville and 
worked in Charleston, South Carolina 
this summer. Michael has gotten the 
urge to surf again so he is weight 
training after work to get in shape. 
Deb was in France this spring, visiting 
family and friends around Nice. 
Michael and Deb just came back from 
a weekend at the beach with May May 
Bryan Gay and her family. They hope 
to plan a mini reunion in Virginia with 
Bev Home Dommerich and others. 
Bev and John are celebrating their 
28th anniversary this year. Young 
John, who is gorgeous, is a senior in 
high school. He's a basketball player 
and girls call all the time. Little 
Stephen is in 8th grade, also good 
looking and growing by the 
minute. ...wears size 12 shoes and 5' 
9. Bev still lives in Ft Myers but on the 
river now. They are fortunate to have a 
beautiful home, two boats in the back 
yard and can watch the boys skiing in 
the river before dinner. Life is good!! 
She plays tennis a lot, volunteers as 
treasurer of the Athletic Booster Club, 
almost a full time activity, plus does 
car-pool duty. 

Susan Oesmet Bostic had to miss 
reunion while recuperating from rota- 
tor cuff surgery. Luckily there weren't 
any tears that had to be repaired and 
she's now in physical therapy- hoping 
to get on the tennis courts soon. 
Susan and husband Gordon are in 
Shrewsbury, NJ, where Gordon con- 
tinues to work for MTA, Inc. doing 
software development. On the side he 
coaches soccer, but unfortunately 
daughter Rosalie will no longer be on 
any of his teams. She will be a fresh- 
man at Gettysburg College in the fall. 
Susan continues to teach first grade 

and is looking forward to retiring in 3 
or 4 years. It is hard to believe that 
she's been teaching for 27 years. 

After almost 5 years in Michigan, 
Nancy Hagar Bruetsch moved to 
Albuquerque, NM. Due to the eco- 
nomic slump, Nancy's position as 
Training Manager for the General 
Motors accounts for Pinkerton 
Security was eliminated. She accepted 
a position as Instructional Designer at 
the Nonproliferation and National 
Security Institute, run by Wackenhut 
Services for the U.S. Department of 
Energy. Son Matt (20) stayed in 
Michigan to finish school at Oakland 
Community College but plans to move 
to Denver, CO soon, where he'll join 
daughters Kim and Kelly. Kim is mar- 
ried and in her first year of law prac- 
tice as a litigator, having clerked for a 
Federal Circuit Court judge. Kelly, in 
her third year teaching sixth grade in 
the Castle Rock school district, is con- 
templating grad school. 

Like most folks, Margaret Hayes 
Brunstad says her news involves her 
day to day world of family, friends, 
career and dealing with whatever 
comes her way! All is well in 
Birmingham and Margaret is fortunate 
to have a job she loves. . . President of 
Portrait Brokers of America. Through 
the company, a great little nationwide 
firm with sales representatives all over 
the country, she's reconnected with 
Eliza Woodin Mathiew, who has 
joined our company as a Portrait 
Representative in Jackson Hole. It has 
been GREAT to cross paths again!" 
Eliza will be a wonderful asset to her 
company, and Susan Nading deserves 
the credit for getting them back in 
touch. Susan is so good at that!! 
Margaret also loved reconnecting with 
her great roomie, Susan Snodgrass 
Wynne, since they have children in the 
same class at Princeton. Marion 
Walker continues to make everyone 
laugh here in B'ham, and Margaret's 
often lucky to catch up with the 
Ups — Kathy Upchurch Takvorian and 
Ginger Upchurch Collier on their 
occasional visits back home. On the 
home front, Jim and Margaret are 
sending their youngest child to 
Rhodes College in the fall. 

Deidre Conley has a good, busy 
life, traveling for her wine and spirits 
business. On a recent trip to Texas, 
she stayed with Liz Clegg Woodard 
Deidre and husband will soon be trav- 
eling to France for business and will 
visit his family north of Nice. 

Claudine Clarke Elian recently 
had a one-person show of her artwork 
in New York ( She 
recently moved there from 
Washington State where she has a 
house in the Skagit Valley. In New 
York she resides in Brooklyn with her 
partner, Carlos Gomez, a video artist, 
and his 4-year old son Moises. A pro- 
file of her artwork is scheduled for the 
spring issue of Letter Arts Review. 

Even with 8 months of winter, 

Vivian Finley and husband Clyde 
Boyer still enjoy living in Wasilla, 
about 50 miles from Anchorage. Their 
borough (a county) is the size of WVA 
with a population of 65,000. Together 
they have 7 children and 14 grandchil- 
dren. Vivian still has her private prac- 
tice as a marriage, family, and child 
psychotherapist. Clyde is a CPA in his 
own firm. When summer finally 
comes, they enjoy wilderness river 
canoe trips. 

The Grays are doing well right 
now and they're grateful. After work- 
ing for the last three years as General 
Counsel to the NC Speaker of the 
House, Jane Powell Gray was 
appointed late last year by the 
Governor to a District Court 
Judgeship in Wake County and sworn 
in on Feb. 1 . She absolutely loves her 
job and wishes she'd pursued the 
bench earlier! The only downside is 
that she has to run for reelection in 
2004 and not having had her name on 
a ballot previously makes her nervous. 
Otherwise, Jane's active in a variety of 
nonprofits and church, and would be 
"on track" if she could just fit in exer- 
cise! Frank and Jane do try to take 
some time off for travel and in August 
they planned a trip to Seattle, Portland 
and Vancouver. They had a lovely trip 
to Italy planned for last September, 
but the events of 9/1 1 and job con- 
straints caused them to cancel. 

Husband Frank continues to be a 
partner in his law firm with the short 
name Jordan, Price, Wall, Gray. Jones 
and Carlton. Jane's convinced him 
that it's time to build the getaway 
home at the beach this year, so they'll 
get started on that this fall at Emerald 
Isle, NC. Son Matt will be a senior at 
East Carolina University. He's majoring 
in Political Science, but has no inter- 
est in following his parents into law 
school. He wants to take some time 
off after graduation and "find himself", 
then pursue a Masters in Public 
Administration. He reminds Jane that 
she took 4 years after graduation to 
find what she wanted to do, so she 
can't complain other than remind him 
that she did work during that time and 
paid her own bills! 

Margaret Lyle Jones writes that 
after many career changes, she's back 
in the lab again and just loves it. She's 
in neuropathology with a variety of 
projects: genechip and molecular 
work and transgenic mouse work. 
Lots to learn! Margaret has been 
divorced since 1988, has three sons, 
and moved to Birmingham, AL from 

Alice Johnson Krendel had to 
miss reunion since daughter Mary 
was on two softball teams in Atlanta 
and each was a league champion. Son 
Carl (15) heads to Mercersburg 
Academy this year. Husband David is 
enjoying private neurology practice, 
while Dr Alice is trying to reduce her 
hours in her gastroenterology prac- 
tice. Alice writes that it's very impor- 

tant that we all get our full 
colonoscopy after 50! 

With son Will (17) at a state track 
meet. Edna Ann Osmanski Loftus was 
unable to attend Reunion. Edna Ann is 
still teaching at St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College, Chair of the 
English Department, and an Associate 
Academic Dean. Husband Bill is Vice 
President for Academic Affairs and 
has been Acting President. With Will 
now a high school senior, they're 
really involved in the college admis- 
sions process this year. 

Charlotte Brohard McGinnis is 
enjoying retirement in Williamsburg. 
She and husband David love living in 
Ford's Colony and play lots of golf. 
Daughter Jennifer (23) just received 
her Master's in Vocal Performance 
from George Mason University. 

The Florida Legislature was in a 
marathon session so Mary Pat Varn 
Moore was unable to make Reunion. 
Earlier this year, Mary Pat became 
Assistant Deputy Secretary for 
Medicaid Operations with Florida's 
Agency for Health Care 
Administration. It's a big challenge, 
but she's really enjoying it. Husband 
Paul is doing well in his real estate 
business. He just bought a new boat 
and is looking forward to fishing. Son 
Warren (22) is a junior at FSU. Son 
Taylor (13) is 5'9, 222 lbs., and can't 
wait to start his football career. 

Elise Webb Neeland writes that 
she and husband David have settled 
into their 3rd and final home which 
they just finished building in 
Montgomery. AL. Daughter Elizabeth 
is a senior at Mercer University. 
Daughter Leslie is starting law school 
at UVA. Elise wants David to cut back 
his very busy practice and enjoy some 
traveling with her. Good luck, Elise! 

After leaving SBC. Bliss Packer 
went to Tulane University in New 
Orleans, twice. . .the first time for a 
B.A. in Economics and the second for 
an M.B.A. Bliss got her CPA and 
worked for 4 years as an auditor at 
what was then Peat Marwick Mitchell. 
For 23 years she has worked as an 
accountant in large financial institu- 
tions: 19 years at First National Bank 
of Chicago (now Bank One) and now 
4 years at ABN AMRO (the big Dutch 

As a cancer survivor of 13 years, 
Bliss devotes some of her time to var- 
ious cancer activities. She's active on 
the University of Chicago Cancer 
Research Foundation Women's Board 
and as a patient advocate on the Data 
Safety & Monitoring Board of Cancer 
and Leukemia Group B, one of the 
cooperative groups conducting clinical 
trials in cancer treatments under the 
guidelines of the National Cancer 
Institute. She also enjoys orienteering 
and is active in the Chicago Club. 
Other activities include fitness swim- 
ming and walking, gardening and 
working with flowers (she does the 
occasional wedding or party), and tak- 

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ing advantage of all Chicago has to 

Bliss shares her life with a won- 
derful man, Richard Pleet and 
Makoons, an Irish 
wolfhound/Labrador retriever mix. 
They live in Chicago, Lincoln Park 
where they are currently remodeling 
their house from top to bottom. 
Whenever possible, they escape to 
their log cabin on a lake in northern 
Wisconsin for hiking, cycling, and 
relaxing. She travels (but never 
enough) mostly in the US. Western 
Europe and the Caribbean. The most 
memorable trips include a weeklong 
bike ride in the California wine country 
and most recently, Belize, where she 
got her advanced certification in 
scuba diving. Bliss, thanks for catch- 
ing us up on 30 years! 

Kitty Howell Riordan and husband 
Dave pass by SBC often on their way 
to see son Matthew's lacrosse games 
at Greensboro College, NC. Son 
Michael also plays lacrosse at Cornell 
University, so Kitty and Dave stay on 
the road. She's in her 3rd year of 
management at Goodwin House 
Retirement Home and really loves her 
volunteer work as Chaplain at 
Alexandria Hospital. Their 10 grand- 
children keep them hopping so Kitty 
looks forward to retirement in a cou- 
ple of years. 

Her international tax law practice 
keeps her very busy, but Stephanie 
Harmon Simonard still finds time to 
help out with the American commu- 
nity in Paris. Her big news is the mar- 
riage of daughter Sophie (SBC '97) to 
Foreign Service Officer Alain Norman. 
Unfortunately, many of the wedding 
guests were stranded in Paris after 
the 9/11 tragedy. Sophie and Alain are 
now posted in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Trish Neale Van Clief and Dg have 
made several trips to Australia 
recently. Son Danny (25) UVA'99, was 
married last April in Sydney where he 
had been working for two years. He 
and his beautiful bride, Anna, a true 
blue Australian, are now living in 
Charlottesville, VA. Daughter Helen 
(23) UVA'OO has been working in 
Washington for Congresswoman Ann 
Northup (R, Jefferson County. KY) as 
her administrative assistant and 
scheduler. She has loved her job, and 
Ann is a great role model — a civic ser- 
vant and wife and mother of six chil- 
dren, two adopted. Helen leaves in the 
fall for Austin, TX. where she and her 
fiance, Chase Heard UVA'OO, will be in 
school for the next four years... he in 
Architecture and she in Law. They will 
be married at the University of 
Virginia Chapel in May '03. Dg and 
Trish feel they've been blessed with 
such great luck in their children's hap- 
piness. As for Dg and Trish, they're 
still hangin' out contentedly in their 
old Kentucky home with a menagerie 
of devoted dogs and a much pursued 
cat. Life is good. 

Since I'm long overdue, here's my 

recap. I'll omit several personal 
items... let's just say there were get- 
ting to be too many initials on the 
bath towels. I moved to Connecticut 
after graduation and worked on an 
unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. 
Fun, but a culture shock for my south- 
ern sensibilities. Moved back to 
Virginia, actually Washington, DC area 
and took a job at the Dept of the 
Army, Office of the Secretary General, 
courtesy of Lynn Manov's, 71, 
mother. Was accepted in the Army's 
Internship Program but moved to the 
Congressional Research Service at the 
Library of Congress. 

I landed a position with NBC and 
my telecommunications career 
launched. Moved from NBC 
Government Relations to WRC-TV 
(NBC owned and operated) as a pro- 
ducer and from there to WETA-TV 
(PBS flagship). A couple of Emmy 
nominations. Moved to Warrenton, 
VA, a sleepy Southern town and tried 
free lance producing. Moved quickly 
back to Washington, taking a position 
again with WETA. Decided to go cor- 
porate, moving into marketing at GTE 
Spacenet, owner/operator of a fleet of 
domestic satellites. Got my M.B.A. 
from Va Tech while at GTE. Started a 
Distance Learning/satellite consulting 
company, International Satellite 
Information Services (ISIS), with a 
colleague from GTE. 

Partner Jim Mattix (business and 
personal) and I started ISIS about 7 
years ago. He, too, had a career in tel- 
evision and satellites. (No chemistry 
career for me!) We traveled to 
Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, and the 
Republic of Georgia when we first 
started out, but the Asian economic 
crisis and lack of currency conver- 
sions made us pull back to domestic 
satellite customers. A major TV net- 
work is our anchor client. I consulted 
to an international satellite company 
about three years ago... five months 
in The Hague, a glorious time with 
some memorable weekends spent 
here and there. Also, just returned 
from a short business trip to Tbilisi, 
the Republic of Georgia, where I was 
helping young entrepreneurs start a 
business association. A little out of 
my line, but I was game. 

Now listen, Girls. Why don't you 
email your news to me? Anytime is 
fine. If we have enough to say, we can 
put something in every issue. I'm try- 
ing to pull together some stats for the 
next time. We just don't know every- 
body's current name, marital status, 
occupation, advanced degrees, publi- 
cations, children, grandchildren??!!, 
travels, etc. So, see what you can do, 
please. Send to cjilliohnson@mincl- . PS. Thanks to Mary 
Heller for her comments and fiction. 


Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin 
(Louise Blakeslee) 
94 Centre Street 
Milton MA 02186 


Mrs. Edith McRee Bowles 

(Edith B. McRee) 

6925 McLean Park Manor Court 

McLean VA 22101 


Miss Karin I. Lindgren 
1 24 Lakeview Avenue 
Lantana, FL 33462 

We are all deeply saddened by the 
death of former SBC President Dr. 
Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., on May 6, 
2002, at the age of 82. At our last 
reunion, Dr. Whiteman's name came 
up repeatedly in conversations. Many 
of us felt especially close to him 
because he arrived at SBC in 1971, as 
we did. We remember him as an out- 
standing scholar who displayed aston- 
ishing depth and breadth of knowledge 
in many areas, yet was not at all pedan- 
tic. As a College President, he was in 
tune with the temper of the times, sen- 
sitive to issues that loomed large in the 
minds of students. He was genuinely 
interested in the life of every student, in 
what she wanted to do after SBC. Dr. 
Whiteman knew each student's name, 
her hometown, where she wanted to 
go for graduate school or employment. 
I'll bet everybody remembers Dr. 
Whiteman's delightful sense of humor. 
He was faculty sponsor to Aints and 
Asses, regularly appeared in their 
shows, and once posed on a pedal 
tractor for a photograph with the club. 
Dr. Whiteman was genuine and down 
to earth, which made him very accessi- 
ble to us all. How refreshing it was to 
have an authority figure that was so 
kind and open! It is no wonder that Dr. 
Whiteman's mark on SBC is positive 
and enduring. It seems fitting that the 
Class of 1975 compile a tribute to him, 
as suggested by Ellen Harrison 
Saunders. At present, my idea is that 
each one of us could write down our 
fondest memories of Dr. Whiteman and 
that these remembrances be included 
in our next reunion scrapbook, along 
with photographs any of us might have 
taken with Dr. Whiteman participating 
in our student activities. I am sure that 
some of you have ideas as to what 
would be a fitting tribute, so I urge you 
to let me know what they are. 

Now on to your news: 

An unsigned card from Richmond 
with no return address says "I'm hav- 
ing fun getting settled in my new 
home, still in Richmond. The best sur- 
prise has been the blueberries, black- 

berries and strawberries!" (Umm! 
Wish I had some of those berries. . . ) 

Randy Anderson Trainor and fam- 
ily are living life to its fullest in NH. 
Daughter #1. Sarah, got married in 
August 2001 in a spot overlooking the 
White Mountains. She is a Senior 
Account Executive for the Investment 
Division of Fidelity. Her husband is a 
bond trader for Shearson Lehman. 
Daughter #2, Cary, will be a senior at 
Holderness School in Plymouth, NH, 
and is "on the college search." She is a 
dorm leader and captain of the girls' 
softball team. She also participates in 
ski racing. Son Cliff, a freshman at 
Univ. of New Hampshire, is studying 
business. He spent all last year ski rac- 
ing in the Northeast, Canada, and 
Europe! "Tough life," adds Randy. The 
economic slump has slid into the 
Trainor household; husband Thomas 
has been out of work for a year. "So," 
says Randy. "I'm trying to support us 
all with my interior design business 
and coaching Alpine ski racing. This 
seven days a week is murder! 
Fortunately, business is great!" 

Margaret Babb lives in Chevy 
Chase. MD, very close to Washington, 
DC. where son Trey is ready to start 
kindergarten at St. Patrick's Episcopal 
Day School. Margaret is still practicing 
health care law at Proskauer Rose LLP 
in DC. She plans an August vacation 
with her family at Grand Canyon. 

There is much pride and joy in the 
Franklin. TN, home of Bet Bashinsky 
Wise and husband. Doug. Son Case, 
who has been attending The Gow 
School, has graduated from high 
school! Case has worked hard to 
accomplish this, which Bet calls "a 
small miracle in itself." In the fall. Case 
will enter The Univ. of the Ozarks, 
where he will have access to an exten- 
sive LD support system. (If memory 
serves me right, Case is also an Eagle 
Scout. Kudos, Case!) Bet notes that 
she spent the winter in Florida, "reliv- 
ing a childhood dream — eventing. 
Managed to fall off on my first cross- 
country outing. That set me back a few 
weeks..." Bet and Doug will spend the 
summer in Montana, where Bet hopes 
to get in touch with Cheryl Lux '76. 

Janis Csicsek Dodge traveled out- 
side MA this year to attend the 
Maryland Hunt Cup, where she had a 
great visit with Pam Hindsley '76 
Daughter Emily and Putney are off to 
Costa Rica for a month's vacation. 
When she returns, Emily will begin col- 
lege shopping. Son Trey is a college 
sophomore. Congratulations to step- 
son Graham, who will get married in 

Cecelia Clark Melesco has had a 
busy year in Roanoke with family and 
two goldens, a new lab puppy, two cats 
and a bird! "A real menagerie!" Cecelia 
quips "Cameron will be a junior at Elon 
Univ. ...She loves it! Clark just gradu- 
ated from North Cross and will be 
attending Univ. of VA in the fall. Alex 
will be in 8th and John will be in 7th at 

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North Cross. They are active in sports 
year-round, so we are on the road all 
the time." Husband David still finds his 
work as a juvenile judge rewarding. 
Cecelia is a substitute teacher at the 
local middle and high school. She has 
completed two years on Parent Council 
at North Cross and also works on the 
YMCA board. "Our parents and family 
continue to be healthy, which is a real 
blessing." Cecelia sees Kathy Osborne 
Spirtes when Kathy visits Roanoke 
This summer, the Melescos will spend 
time with Cecelia's parents in 
Rehoboth. DE, where Cam and Clark 
are working. Over spring break, they 
took the two boys on a Caribbean 
cruise, while Alex went to Tellunde with 
a friend. 

Betsey Clay Rizo is thriving on the 
excitement, enchantment and sunshine 
of Madrid. Spain. Husband Jose is now 
director of operations with Antena 3 
Television. Daughter Martha, 22, 
spends her days in a workshop, at the 
beach, and in the mountains. Son 
Juan, 20, is winding up his second 
year in civil engineering at The 
Polytechnical University in Madrid. 
Betsy is "occupied all the time with 
gardening, cooking, emailing, and 
enjoying being a 'kept' woman. Only 
volunteer communion classes in 
English at our parish have put me back 
in the working world. We all visited 
Kentucky in March to see family and 
friends." On March 19, the entire fam- 
ily went to Danville for dinner, a con- 
cert and backstage meeting with the 
star, none other than Julio Iglesias, 
who is an old friend of Jose's. 

Marybeth Connor Hamlin writes: 
"After teaching high school English for 
four years, I am finally back in the field 
I trained for at Sweet Briar: Library 
Media Science. I am a media specialist 
at a high school in Naples. Florida, and 
loving it! My son, Patrick, age 14, is 
becoming guite the golfer, and I spend 
most of my free time shuttling him 
from golf course to golf course! I miss 
all my SBC friends!" 

From Richmond, VA, Catherine 
Cranston Whitham writes, "2002 finds 
me still active in Fund Raising and 
Development — and enjoying it greatly. 
Am also sitting on board of the 
Richmond Public Library and am active 
in the Garden Club of Virginia. 
Daughter Ann has finished her junior 
year in Bath, England, on W & L's pro- 
gram. She is an English major with a 
concentration in Environmental 
Studies. Son Craig has finished his first 
year at Elon. Whit and I survived Empty 
Nest with flying colors — and found it 
to be wonderful!! We celebrated our 
twenty-fifth anniversary in October." 

Beverley Crispin Heffernan has 
had a very busy and exciting year in 
Sandy, UT: "I had a grand time as an 
Olympics volunteer — worked a total of 
31 shifts at the Olympic/Paralympic 
Village, issuing guest passes to visi- 
tors. Met lots of athletes and their fam- 
ilies and got to hold a couple of gold 

medals!" Beverley is back in the work 
force as an environmental specialist for 
the Bureau of Reclamation. Jim is still 
an administrative law judge with the 
Dept. of the Interior. Son Jimmy. 21 , is 
a senior at Univ. of Utah, and Chris, 1 6, 
is a rising high school junior. Beverley 
will celebrate her fiftieth birthday by 
traveling to Ireland in June. Her volun- 
teer activities include church, school, 
trail conservation work, and the 
Sundance Film Festival. She spends 
her spare time riding and skiing. 
Cynde Manning Chatham, Nancy 
Haight, Robin Singleton Cloyd and I 
intend to paint Las Vegas red at some 
point this fall to collectively celebrate 
the Big Five-Oh." In addition, Beverley 
keeps in touch with Jane Hutcherson 
Frierson 74 

Received a nice, newsy letter from 
Bonnie Damianos Rampone on Long 
Island: It has been guiet in the 
Rampone household, with Chuck III a 
junior at Gettysburg College and Chris 
a freshman at Drew Univ. Bonnie has 
decided to take a year off from teach- 
ing pre-school. Chuck, Jr. has opened 
up a new Indian Motorcycle and 
Hummer store. Bonnie will be helping 
with the clothing line. "What a turn- 
around," Bonnie muses, "a Sweet Briar 
graduate and nursery teacher now 
attending trade shows and buying 
black leather! It's different, but very 
Long Island." Bonnie concludes by 
noting that she and Chuck. Jr. will cel- 
ebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary in 
June. She is not sure where they will 
go because Chuck. Jr. is keeping it a 
surprise. She hopes to visit SBC this 

Louisa Dixon is still going back 
and forth between Besancon, France, 
and Staunton, VA, "where my father, 
age 97, and my mother, age 83, are still 
going strong! A delegation of people 
from Charlottesville will go to 
Besancon in September to discuss the 
Sister City Project." At the Staunton 
YMCA. Louisa ran into Keedie Grones 
Leonard 76 

Changes are in the wind for Mary 
Dubuque Desloge, who will soon 
move away from CT: "We are going 
west- back to Missouri to the country. 
We are buying the old Desloge country 
home outside of St. Louis. My plan is 
to pick up Real Estate again and hus- 
band Chris is buying a new company. 
We are empty nesters as William is at 
Ohio-Wesleyan and Chris and Ray are 
at The Salisbury School here in 
Connecticut. We will really miss the 
East Coast and all the wonderful 
opportunities we have enjoyed in our 
six years here. But now it's time for 
another chapter in our life- so who 
knows what's around the corner?" 

Jeannette Egli Drake resides in 
Pittsburgh. PA with husband Andy and 
son Andrew, who is almost nine. 
Jeannette is a Lt. Col. in the Air Force 
Reserve. She works in disaster pre- 
paredness and is assigned to an active- 
duty base. After 9/11, she spent sev- 

eral months assisting with prepared- 
ness and response at Tyndall AFB in 
Florida. "When not on military duty. I 
am busy being Mom, traveling and 
fighting with my computer." 

Katylou Gray Brittle sends the fol- 
lowing news of life in northern VA with 
some beautiful four-footed friends: "I 
am riding daily: fox hunted at least 
three days a week last season (some 
six days!). My Equine Therapy busi- 
ness is good: I have some three-day 
event clients that I travel with regularly 
Just started working with horses for 
Karen and David O'Connor of Sydney 
Olympic Gold Medal fame. It's really 
fun and rewarding. It's funny to see Mr. 
Cronin often as he and Ann retired to 
this area." 

Melissa Greenwood Riemer, who 
is now living in Wilmette, IL, says: "I 
was so sad to have missed the last 
reunion!! We were living in London 
from 1996-1998 (our second time). 
Jeff was transferred to work on a proj- 
ect. While there, I attended drama 
school full time and then worked as an 
actress. The girls attended the 
American School in London. Since our 
return to Chicago, I have been acting 
as well as making peace with our 
empty nest. Emily just finished sopho- 
more year at Macalester College and 
Katherine just finished freshman year 
at Denison." 

Ellen Harrison Saunders writes, 
"I'm still in Suffolk. VA. Whitney's law 
office is gradually expanding with the 
addition of new attorneys. ..Harrison 
(19) just completed freshman year at 
Syracuse Univ.'s School of 
Architecture. Mary-Carson completed 
sophomore year at St. Andrew's 
School in Delaware, and Grace just fin- 
ished fourth grade." Ellen's still a very 
active volunteer at church and at the 
library of Grace's school. She is also on 
the Board of the Garden Club of 
Virginia and the Board of the 
Foundation for the Preservation of 
Virginia's Executive Mansion. (Thank 
you, for suggesting the class tribute to 
Dr. Whiteman.) 

Ann Henderson Stamets and fam- 
ily are very happy to be back in 
Southern California: "We... have set- 
tled in nicely. Jay is still flying for UPS. 
I'm still playing tennis as much as I can 
and our son, Jon, just finished his sec- 
ond year at Cal. Poly, in San Luis 
Obispo, where he will also stay during 
the summer." 

"Life still progresses" for Helen 
Hodges Richards in Dallas. TX. She is 
still working at a psychiatric hospital 
and says, "My responsibilities have 
broadened to take on more counseling 
duties. My son just finished freshman 
year at Univ. of Miami. I just got back 
from three weeks in Lynchburg taking 
care of my mom. While there. I 
dropped by SBC and saw Mr. Horwege 
and spoke with Mr. Huszti by phone. It 
was great! The campus looked beauti- 
ful. Daughter Sarah is working and liv- 
ing with me. Daughter Amanda just 

completed eighth grade. She starts 
high school next year!" 

Shari Mendelson Gallery sent so 
much news from WV she could barely 
get it all on one card! Her twin daugh- 
ters, who have been home schooled 
thus far, have turned 14 and will begin 
high school in the fall. Shari's oldest 
son "survived plebe year at the Naval 
Academy." Her second son has com- 
pleted high school and will attend 
Duquesne on an NROTC scholarship. 
Our sympathy goes to the Gallery fam- 
ily, for Phil's mother died at home on 
June 25, with Shari and daughters as 
primary caregivers. Hospice was a 
valuable and much appreciated help. 
Phil had emergency surgery on May 23 
for perforated diverticulitis. Follow-up 
surgery will be in September. We will 
keep Phil in our thoughts and prayers, 
and we wish him a speedy and com- 
plete recovery. Shari has been through 
all this while holding down a job: "I 
work from home on a fairly flexible 
schedule as an ad exec for the West 
Virginia State Travel Guide. I'm the only 
one covering all 55 counties!" It does- 
n't stop here: Shari is on the Heritage 
Days Committee, and is Co-director 
and Contest Chair of the local Arts 
Council. "We're hosting a regional Arts 
Assembly in August and have launched 
a fairly extensive website. The whole 
family (except our midshipman) is off 
for ten days at a fabulous music and 
arts camp — Camp Common Ground 
on the Hill. I highly recommend it." 

Although Denise Montgomery 
lives in Valdosta, VA, she is frequently 
on the road. She visited London in 
2000 and 2002. During the 2000 trip, 
Denise went to Althorp, Princess 
Diana's ancestral home. You can read 
an account and see a photo gallery of 
this trip at 

eo/altphotos.html . Denise also visits 
the DC area to see Gerry on a regular 
basis, and has been to New England 
four times over the past two years. 
During the fall of 2001, she attended 
the Jack Kerouac festival in Lowell, 
MA, and saw the exhibit of Jacqueline 
Kennedy's dresses at the Kennedy 
Library. Denise attended a professional 
conference in Helsinki in the fall of 
2000. In the summer of 2001 , she was 
appointed to a committee of the 
American Library Association, which 
entails travel to conferences twice a 
year. Thus far, she has been to San 
Francisco, New Orleans and Atlanta for 
meetings. In addition to all the travel, 
Denise has been active as a writer 
lately. Her article on plateauing 
appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of 
Library Trends, a professional journal. 
She has recently completed an article 
about royal visits for a reference book. 
The Encyclopedia of British-American 
Relations, which will be published by 
ABC-CLIO in 2003. A more detailed 
bibliography than the one listed at the 
end of the article is at http://www.geoc- 

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Denise adds, "part of the reason I 
am emphasizing all this past good 
news is to offset the bad news of this 
past year, which has been quite trying 
aside from the trauma we have all suf- 
fered from both September 11 and the 
falling stock market." Denise returned 
from a trip last Labor Day to find her 
kitchen "awash in a couple inches of 
water from a leaking bathroom pipe in 
the ceiling..." About a month later. 
Denise swallowed a chicken bone while 
enjoying fajitas, and had to endure 
considerable discomfort and annoying 
medical tests until the bone was dis- 
lodged. Then, Denise's credit card was 
hit by fraudulent identity charges, and 
she became a victim of identity theft: 
"...somebody got hold of my social 
security number and my mother's 
maiden name and tried to apply for a 
loan over the internet in my name. . .On 
the positive side, I have lost ten 
pounds this past year." Denise would 
like to hear from anyone who knew 
Nancy Richards 73, who was shot and 
killed outside her DC home in June of 
1999 by her estranged husband, 
Jeremy Ray Akers. This occurred in 
front of Nancy's three children, one 
college age, two in elementary school. 
After ambushing Nancy in her car, 
Akers went to the Vietnam War 
Memorial, where he turned the gun on 
himself. Nancy had forged a career as 
a romance novelist before her untimely 
death at the age of 45. At SBC, Nancy 
majored in Government and graduated 
magna cum laude. I spotted her in the 
1 973 yearbook photo of FOCUS. Nancy 
was also a gifted photographer. Her 
photos appeared regularly in the year- 
book and in Brambler, the art and liter- 
ary magazine. Does anyone who was 
engaged in the above-mentioned activ- 
ities have any recollections of Nancy to 
share with Denise? 

Patty O'Malley Brunger is doing 
well in Texas and ponders on a matur- 
ing family. Philip is a freshman at 
Southern Methodist Univ.; John, a 
sophomore at Princeton. Patty stopped 
working at Phil's school when he grad- 
uated and, while looking for something 
new, is enjoying the summer with her 

Kathy Osborne Spirtes is alive and 
well in Kotzebue, AK. She recently 
bought a VW Eurovan Camper and 
spent three weeks traveling around the 
Southwest. Husband David still works 
for the National Park Service. Daughter 
Alexandra is 8. "I'm too far way to see 
anyone from the class of 75. If any- 
one's tour of Alaska includes Kotzebue, 
please look me up!" 

All is well with Nelly Osinga 
Branson in Silver Spring, MD. She still 
works part time at a plant nursery. 
"Lindsay and I are kept busy with the 
girls' soccer and swim team schedules. 
Susie is now 12 and Molly is 10. We 
just celebrated my parents' 50th wed- 
ding anniversary in June at Sweet 
Briar. It was good to see all the 


In Potomac, MD, Louise Pulizzi 

finds, "The past year has been filled 
with exciting change and opportunity. I 
marked the one-year anniversary of my 
new consulting business, Terra Nova 
Communications. LLC. and my hus- 
band and I achieved a long-standing 
goal of buying an apartment in Paris. 
(It's located on the Right Bank, just a 
ten-minute walk from the Arc de 
Triomphe.)" Though they plan to visit 
as soon as possible, they will be rent- 
ing it out when they are not there. 
Anyone who is interested can contact 
Louise at 301 -765-8074 or via email to . 

Janet Richards Oikawa, who lives 
in Reston, VA, is not suffering from 
empty-nest blues: "Now that our kids 
are older, my husband and I travel 
without them. Went to Madrid, 
London, San Juan and Portland, OR, in 
2001." Oldest daughter Naomi has fin- 
ished her first year at George Mason 
Univ. Mari will be a senior in high 
school and David will be a freshman. 

Anne Ross Snipe writes, "Been 
busy with Ross' high school gradua- 
tion in June, and getting him ready for 
college. He will be attending Randolph- 
Macon in Ashland. VA, as a 
Presidential Honors Scholar. He will 
also play on the golf team there. This 
summer he is playing golf tournaments 
every week, so we can't do too much." 
Anne and husband Jim are still at Univ. 
of Virginia. Anne serves on various 
boards for the Charlottesville area 
school system, works on local elec- 
tions and stays in touch with Sandra 
and Maria Vonetes. 

Sara Ruhle Kyle, who lives in 
Pittsburgh, has spent this past year 
renewing friendships from SBC and the 
time immediately following graduation. 
Sara spearheaded a search for a new 
music director/organist for her 
Presbyterian Church, and one of her 
contacts led the church to an outstand- 
ing organist, whom they hired. "It's 
truly a small world! We're into the col- 
lege search with our oldest son, 
Richard, a rising senior. This brings 
back many memories, especially when 
we look at VA schools, including W&L 
and U.VA." 

Ginny Shipe Cameron tells us, "All 
is well in Maryland. It's been a wonder- 
ful year with son Scott working with 
me and going to night school." Scott is 
thinking about going to the Univ. of 
Maryland next year The campus is five 
miles from home in Severna Park. 
Ginny continues, "Son Andrew just fin- 
ished his freshman year at Roanoke, 
where he is now an official KA. He'll be 
living at the frat house next year — boy 
does this bring back memories of Rob 
Baker and Dave de Villiers! I'm still 
working hard — my dad still comes in 
to the office three days a week at age 
77, so I guess it's in the blood." In 
August, Ginny will depart from 
Baltimore on a cruise with ten family 
members. She also notes that ex-hus- 

band Dennis will marry for the fourth 
time in September (to a thirty-some- 
thing). Ginny wonders, "What was I 

In Lancaster, PA. Kathie Shirk 
Gonick, husband Jeff, and children 
Megan and Jeff have been busy, busy, 
busy! Kathie recently completed work 
on a PHMC Scholars-ln-Residence 
grant on Pennsbury Manor. She is in 
her last year of course work on a Ph.D. 
at Temple Univ. in archaeology and 
anthropology, and is working at a pre- 
historic site. All this, while she contin- 
ues to practice municipal law! 

Heard from Ann South Malick, who 
writes, "Greetings from Hudson, Ohio! 
Not much has changed here. Mary 
Francis (11) and Kacer (10) keep us 
hopping with their various activities. 
Mark is working for Habitat for 
Humanity and is getting ready to kick 
off a big campaign to build 200 
houses. I am enjoying my life as soccer 
mom, but to keep my sanity (?), I con- 
tinue to volunteer for our local EMS as 
an ambulance driver and as an EMT. 
Other than that, things are pretty calm! 
And that's a good thing!" 

Libby Stough Rush sends the fol- 
lowing news from Louisville, KY: "Noel 
and I are celebrating our twenty-fifth 
wedding anniversary on June 4 and we 
are going to Italy (Rome and the Amalfi 
Coast). Caroline, 19, has just com- 
pleted her freshman year at Auburn. 
Will, 17 will be a junior at St. Xavier 
High School. Interior design business 
has also been good!" 

Nan "Stanley" Stuart writes from 
Twin Falls, ID and, like many of you, 
finds it hard to get all her news on one 
little card! Stanley's travel and teaching 
schedules have tripled this past year. 
She is the coordinator for Univ. of 
Missouri's Law Enforcement Training 
Institute animal cruelty investigator 
schools (all three levels). Each is a 40- 
hour academy and they are conducted 
all over the country — two per month! 
Stanley notes, "Disasters are up as we 
are all aware and I have just returned 
from the Arizona fires after one and a 
half weeks. I am off to Alaska with Dad. 
my brothers and Eric for three weeks 
of much needed rest and fishing my 
brains out! These are my first days off 
since last October. In my spare time I 
have been guest lecturing at an assort- 
ment of conferences. Our disaster 
truck was at the fires in Arizona and on 
standby for New York after 9/1 1 ." They 
were also at the Hayman fire in CO and 
at a few other fires and floods. In addi- 
tion to all this, Stanley and family have 
opened a safety equipment store in 
CO! (You can take five now. Stanley.) 

Barbie Tafel Thomas sends her 
best to everyone from Louisville, KY. 
"Middle age is not so bad," she finds. 
"My three children are away. Grant, 24, 
finished working a year in DC after 
graduating from Sewanee. Clay. 22, is 
a senior at Appalachian State in Boone. 
NC. Lee, 20, is a junior at Rhodes 
College, playing field hockey. My 

biggest problem is too many interests 
(tennis, oil painting, gardening) to fit in 
the few hours that are left when I am 
not working at my landscape design 
business, which I love!" 

Leslie Thornton sent a beautiful 
card that shows my favorite painting — 
Monet's "The Water Lily Pond." She 
says, "I started a new job with RAND 
on Sept. 4th. ..about 1/2 mile from the 
Pentagon. RAND is a non-profit institu- 
tion that helps improve policy and 
decisionmaking through research and 
analysis in health, education, science 
and technology, and defense areas, 
including counter-terrorism and home- 
land security. Living in Arlington a mile 
west of the Pentagon, I now have a ten- 
minute commute (which is amazing in 
the DC area). It has been both a scary 
and exciting place to be. especially with 
fighter jets flying over my house in 
September" Recently, Leslie had lunch 
with Wendy White 74. 

This has been a busy year for Rose 
Anne Toppin Cranz in Ft. Worth, TX. 
Rose Anne's daughter, Foster, has been 
working in Washington, D.C., for 
Secretary of Labor Elaine Chau and 
taking art classes at the Corcoran Art 
School. Foster will remain in D.C. until 
August, when she begins her first year 
at Connecticut College. Rose Anne has 
"been making many trips to 
Washington also to visit. I saw Dorsey 
Tillett Northrup in Charlottesville in 
early January and met her son John, 
who is at Univ. of VA. Introduced 
Foster to him and they will be working 
in Washington this summer." 

Maria Vonetes, still living in 
Washington, D.C, says, "I went to 
Ellen Harrison Saunders' son's high 
school graduation. He is our godson. 
Our family spent Thanksgiving with 
Anne Ross Shipe " In a PS., Sandra 
and Maria add that they frequently see 
Janet Whitehurst 

Bonnie Walton Mayberry still lives 
near SBC, in Madison Heights, VA. 
Though she now has an empty nest, as 
do many of us, all is well in her house- 
hold. Daughter Megan, a junior at 
Liberty Univ., got married in August of 
2001. Bonnie adds, "My husband, 
Jerry, is still working at Framatome in 
Lynchburg and I am starting my 
twenty-seventh year of teaching first 
grade at Elon Elem. School. I plan on 
retiring at thirty years and perhaps 
finding a new career!" 

Laura-Hope Walton Lawrence 
lives in Shreveport, LA, with three 
active children. Hope, 20, is a cosme- 
tologist. Elizabeth. 12, is a candidate 
for the National Junior Honor Society. 
Brit, 6, is all ready for the second 
grade. "I am still 'engaged,'" Laura- 
Hope writes. Is Laura-Hope our first 
grandmother? Granddaughter Amanda 
will be one in August! 

Carroll Waters Summerour lives in 
New Orleans. Her oldest son, Patrick, 
got married on June 22 in Charleston. 
SC, to Dana Rutherford. Anne 
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and was of valuable assistance to 
Carroll In planning the rehearsal dinner. 
Carroll's second son, William, gradu- 
ated from Univ. of Virginia in May and 
is working in New Orleans as an envi- 
ronmental engineer. Daughter Kaki will 
be a high-school senior at Newman 
and plays varsity volleyball, 

Ann Wesley Ramsey sends much 
news from Richmond: "I was lucky this 
spring to go to Sweet Briar to have din- 
ner with our dynamic President and 
Jane Goodall. Husband Rocket went, 
too. He was so impressed with the 
manicured grounds and gorgeous 
landscape- he'd forgotten! The box- 
woods dwarfed us. I'm glad to say that 
the auditorium for Jane was packed 
with interested students, and she was 
again fascinating. It is a treat to live 
close to our alma mater.'' Son Rick is in 
NYC with Bear Stevens. Alden is a 
sophomore at Univ. of Virginia and 
Garrett is a rising senior at Woodberry 

In Roseland. VA, horses and dogs 
keep Libby Whitley busy. Libby is still 
renovating the old house. "Maybe it 
will be done in time for our 30th class 
reunion! Saw Catherine Whitham 
recently and heard from Randy 
Anderson Trainor 

There is much news from Kathy 
Wilson Orion in Houston, TX. During 
the summer of 2000, she faced a major 
challenge: being diagnosed with breast 
cancer. She underwent surgery, 
chemotherapy, and radiation. She con- 
tinued to work throughout, keeping 
busy at J. P. Morgan Chase. In her first 
card, which arrived too late to be 
included in the last issue of our class 
notes, Kathy urged. "Please tell all our 
classmates to get their mammograms 
on time!" So. I'm passing this timely 
advice along. In a second postcard, 
Kathy says, "My golf game has finally 
come back after surgery.. I'm feeling 
great again!" Older daughter Betsey 
will be a junior at Southern Methodist 
Univ. and Ginny will be a senior at 
Westover School in Middlebury, CT. 
Kathy and John are adjusting to the 
empty nest and are glad to have both 
girls home for part of the summer. 
John's practice at Thompson & Knight 
keeps him busy. The Ortons hope to 
travel to Aspen in August to escape the 
Texas heat. We're all glad that Kathy is 
doing so well. Our best and warmest 
thoughts continue to be with her. 

Cathie Grier Kelly and family have 
moved from Raleigh. NC. to Atlanta, 
where Bill has a new job as Credit 
Standards Officer with Atlantic States 
Bank. Though adjusting to a new 
house, school and neighborhood, they 
are glad to be closer to cousins and 
grandparents. They plan to celebrate 
their fifteenth anniversary by traveling 
to British Columbia. 

Chris Hoefer Myers writes, "The 
biggest news in my professional life is 
that the Univ. of SC, where I serve as 
Senior Director of Development, has 
successfully concluded its seven-year 

campaign for $500 million!" 

Husband Jim is Director of 
Stewardship for the Diocese of 
Charleston. Daughter Aidan is a rising 
sophomore at Duke. Daughter 
Christian will be a fourth grader in the 

Gray Thomas Payne writes from 
Richmond to say, "We have lots of 
changes around here!" Catherine will 
be a freshman at Sewanee. Thomas 
will be a high-school sophomore at 
Woodberry Forest. Her husband retired 
July 31. "We will be empty nesters!" 
The family took a trip to Virgin Gorda 
for spring break. Last winter, they vis- 
ited Beth Montgomery in LA. Gray has 
had mini-reunions with Lisa Nelson 
Robertson 76. Meg Shields Duke 76, 
Ann Cogswell Burris and Dorsey Tillet 
Northrup. "We are house hunting in 
Maine." Gray adds. "Who knows where 
we will land?" 

Wow!! You are all doing so many 
terrific things, as are your husbands, 
kids, and other loved ones. The events 
of 9/11,1 am sure, have affected us all 
in some way. My thoughts and prayers 
have been with those of you who live in 
New York or DC, who have been 
involved in post 9/11 operations, and 
who might have had friends, neighbors 
or loved ones at the World Trade 
Center or the Pentagon. Several times 
during the summer of 2001, I spotted 
the same small group of Middle 
Eastern men at stores, libraries and 
restaurants near where I live. They 
made me ill at ease: I told librarians 
and store and restaurant managers 
that it seemed to me that those people 
were not acting "right." After 9/11, I 
recognized many of the highjackers in 
newspaper photos. Sadly. I was not the 
only Palm Beach County resident 
whose suspicion was aroused by the 
men; numerous others had expressed 
concern about them, too: yet, authori- 
ties intervened too late. I have, of 
course, been battling anxiety and 
depression. Reading your wonderful 
news is comforting. In you and your 
families, our country still has plenty of 
folks made out of the right stuff. This is 
a terrible time in which to live, but you 
and those near to you are all heroes. It 
is people such as you who get the USA 
through the night. So many of you 
write to thank me for doing this job; I 
thank you for letting me do it. I love 
being your secretary! I continue to 
work as a bookkeeper. I also give 
poetry writing workshops and private 
French lessons from time to time. I get 
away for occasional weekends at 
Melbourne or Daytona Beach. 
Recently, in a Florida poetry contest. I 
won two firsts and a second. Guess 
where the winning poems are set! I am 
floored, even though it should come as 
no surprise, since SBC has always 
been, and will continue to be, a winner. 
Love to all, Karin. 


Ms. Cheryl A. Lux 
Cobb Ranch 
P.O. Box 388 
Augusta MT 59410 


Mrs. Suzan M. Jagger 
(Suzan M. Faist) 
1 9 Bexley Court 
Goshen CT 067S6 


Ms. Mary G. Gamper 
(Mary Helm Goodwin) 
6633 Charlesway 
TowsonMD 21204-6810 

Mrs. R. Scott Quillman 
(Meredith Jean Borst) 
1400 Dauphin Avenue 
Wyomissing PA 19610-2116 

Can't believe how fast the time has 
gone by — our 25th reunion is right 
around the bend, and as one of our 
classmates put so well— "Break out 
the Retinol and call the plastic sur- 
geon!" I am sure she was only kid- 
ding!? It seems now more than ever it 
is so important to stay in touch with 
our friends and make plans to see 
each other again. 

Carol Baugh Webster and hus- 
band Tim are new grandparents and 
much too young for that of course. 
Carol is Director of Strategic Planning 
& Marketing Services for BBA 
Nonwovens headguartered in 
Nashville. She still travels for business 
but prefers the vacation traveling to 
places like Cozumel and a 
Windjammer Cruise in the British 
Virgin Islands. Carol was able to visit 
with Dr. Whiteman and Deedie at a 
luncheon in Nashville for SBC alums 
and was sorry to get the news of his 
passing, as we all were. Her son Blake 
is 16 and plays football. He hopes to 
someday play for Tennessee. Barbara 
Behrens Peck and family are enjoying 
life in Greensboro, NC. Barb has taken 
up painting again and trying some 
writing. She recently finished a draft 
of a middle grade text for a book 
about the 50 states. Daughter Sarah 
will be in 7th grade and Haley will be 
in third grade. They are busy with 
sports and friends. They will spend 
part of the summer in CT and Cape 
Cod. Barb says she misses being on 
the Friends of Art Board. She enjoyed 
seeing Mary Page Stewart and her 
daughter when they were looking at 
colleges. Anyone coming through the 
Greensboro area, please give her a 

Melanie Bowen Steglich can't 
wait to see everyone at the reunion. 

She and Lee were in Sante Fe and 
Taos, NM, Melanie and Lee attended a 
dental meeting in Chicago and she 
stood in line 1 1/2 hours for a bag of 
Garrett's popcorn. She says it was 
definitely worth the wait! She heard 
from Mary Moore Garrison and family 
who have a new home in Westlake, 
CA. She still catches up with many 
Dallas alums and SBC Club events. 
Tracy Bregman writes from her horse 
farm in Ocala, FL that she trains 
sporthorses for dressage and jump- 
ing. She enjoyed seeing Mickie 
Gupton McKelway and Hank in 
Lexington. KY when she went to the 
Keenland Sales. One of her clients 
donated their horse to the SBC riding 
program Paula Brown Kelley is my 
vote for the next class secretary. She 
is always so prompt and the first to 
sent me her news! Just wish I was 
that organized. Husband Jack still 
works at NASA and has just com- 
pleted his Ph.D. in Public 
Administration. Kelley Commercial 
Real Estate is 4 years old, a real 
accomplishment in a male dominated 
field. John Patrick is 10 and Genny is 
now 7. Paula loves e-mail to stay in 
touch with SBC friends like Michelle 
Youree Hostler, Cathy Finley Onder, 
Liz Williams . Janet Rakoczy 
Hudson, Cece Garcia Tunon Lear and 
Dorothy Lear Mooney She got 
together with Sue Griste Russell and 
family in VA beach last summer. She 
hears from Jamie Murray Soper who 
recently purchased a farm near 
Brimfield, MA Suzanne Collins 
Gurley and husband Bob had dinner 
with Mimi Borst Quillman and Scott 
on a quick trip through Philadelphia 
last winter. It was amusing to see the 
bifocals passed around in order to 
read the menu! Leith Colton Derish 
and children visited Ginny Craig in 
Naples. FL this spring. Ginny and her 
sister were in Africa on September 11. 
She said it was so strange to be in a 
place with little communication, not 
really knowing what was happening in 
the US. She just returned from a sum- 
mer vacation to Scotland, and gets to 
New York City on business several 
times a year Cannie Crysler Shafer 
continues to be the Head of the Lower 
School campus of Episcopal Academy, 
Win teaches in the Middle School. 
They are still very in involved in Camp 
Susquehannock — they are both the 
site directors for the boys camp but 
have turned the business over to 
trustees to run. Son Blake is 12. His 
boys' choir is going to England in 
June and he loves playing soccer and 
basketball. Francie is 15 and was on 
varsity crew and soccer, and still loves 
to ride (YEA!). Cannie and family had 
a great spring break trip to the 
Dominican Republic with Win's par- 
ents Deb Davison Weidner is living 
in Newport Beach. CA with Bo (17), 
Whitney (15-she looks exactly like 
Deb!) and Peter (10). She is surviving 
as a single working Mom selling 

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houses for Coldwell Banker. Liz Day 
Dalrymple moved to a new house in 
Pinehurst, IMC in January. She is hop- 
ing to see Maria Rixey Gamper and 
Barbara Baydush White in Virginia 
Beach on the 4th of July. Very exciting 
news from Addy Eshbach Donnelly 
She and Paul Donnelly were married 
in Boston on June 15, 2002. Meg 
Richards Wiederseim and Bill 
attended along with friends from the 
Class of 77. They will be living in 
Boston. Congratulations Adds! Drusie 
Hall Bishop and family are living hap- 
pily in Brentwood, TN. She is looking 
forward to the reunion (it was Drusie's 
idea about the plastic surgeon). Eelen 
Humphrey Gora is in San Diego 
Oldest daughter Heather (22) gradu- 
ated from UC Davis and will be home 
to get her teaching credential. Sarah 
(19) finished her freshman year at Cal 
Poly San Luis Obispo. John (11) plays 
lots of sports and Dan (10) is looking 
to join a local theater group. The 
Goras have 2 puppies which keep the 
household busy and fun. Eelen says 
she is trying to stay fit (aren't we all) 
and volunteers at the boys' school. 
She seems to know what is important 
at this point in life! Kathy Jackson 
Howe says she has hit middle age and 
life is getting better with Trey in col- 
lege at W&L, playing football and hav- 
ing a blast. Khaki is a senior in high 
school and looking at colleges and 
Janie is in 9th grade. Kathy is playing 
some team tennis, golf and does a lit- 
tle yard work. She says that Root is 
ready to retire and fish his life away 
out in the ocean! Kathy is in touch 
with Suzanne Collins Gurley, Deb 
Davison Weidner. Carol Cordell 
Mullins (who loves hiking, camping 
and as Kathy puts it "all that Colorado 
stuff") and spending time with hus- 
band Keith and son Charlie. She sees 
Robin Jones Eddy in Lexington when 
they come to town to see Trey. Robin 
has a house a mile from Zollman's 
Pavilion on Buffalo Creek. She thinks 
it would be a great place for a pre- 
reunion party — Thursday night for 
anyone who can make it. She is still 
loving the real estate business and 
saw Lynn Spilman Williams at 
Christmas. Carey Johnson Fleming is 
in Greenville, SC. David (17) starts the 
college search and Ian (11) is in mid- 
dle school and has a few more years 
before the dreaded teenager stage. 
Carey's other "boy" is 6, a Warmblood 
horse named X-stream. She is doing 
some dressage and jumping, and he 
helps her keep in shape. Carey saw 
Karen Jaffa McGoldrick 79 at a show 
in Atlanta. Karen rode a Grand Prix 
level test which was beautiful to 
watch. Carey and family just spent a 
week in Hilton Head with Katherine 
Powell Heller and family. The best 
part is that their kids have all turned 
out to be such good friends. Husband 
David commutes every week to Hilton 
Head to work on a start up golf events 
company and Carey works for Viacom 

in the Paramount Parks division with 
Carowinds in Charlotte. She is able to 
work out of the house and has flexible 
hours. Ann Key Lucas still sees Dudie 
Hiemenz DiLeo and Becky Mulvihill 
McKenna in St. Louis and says they 
have not changed a bit! Sorry Ann, I 
deleted your first message by mis- 
take — e-mail is great, most of the 
time. Ann's boys are involved in ice 
hockey and other sports. 

Maggie Laurent Gordy is in St. 
Augustine. Meghan will be at George 
Washington University this fall and 
John will be a sophomore in high 
school. Joe is now the CEO at Flagler 
Hospital. Maggie is working in the 
garden, studying Italian again and vol- 
unteers to teach English as a Second 
Language and loves talking with all of 
her friends at her part time job in a 
grocery store. Some sad news 
reached us last fall Mary Ella Mays 
Lewis passed away on September 9, 
2001. 1 am sure we all pass along our 
deepest sympathies to her family. 
Marybeth Lipinski McAdoo lives in 
Albuguergue, NM and runs a dressage 
training barn, showing dressage and 
working on her judge's license in 
dressage. She stays in touch with Liz 
Willams via e-mail. They talk about 
their winter fox hunting escapades. Lu 
Litton Griffin writes from I\IC that she 
has a great new job as Campaign 
Director at the Burke County United 
Way! Sarah is 11 and Ivey is 6. Both 
attend a private school in Morganton, 
NC. Lu and husband and family are 
very active in the Waldensian 
Presbyterian Church and the commu- 
nity. Lu, Alan and children were in CT 
for Jean Beard Barden's annual New 
Year's Eve party when Alan developed 
severe abdominal pain and had to 
have emergency surgery! She thanks 
her good SBC buddies for all the sup- 
port Cathy Mellow Goltermann has a 
20th wedding anniversary coming up 
in October. She is teaching Nursery 
School at Ladue Chapel Nursery 
School — the 4-5 year old class. Twins 
Catherine and Christen are now 12 
and Woody is 10. They attend Mary 
Institute Country Day where Cathy 
also went. She is also a camp coun- 
selor in the summer. Her family vaca- 
tions in Minnocgua, Wl — where they 
spend the days on the boat. Donna 
Mihalik Lee and husband Dennis 
have had several pieces published 
recently. Dennis has poetry published 
in Elysian Fields Quarterly. Donna has 
poetry published in Feminist Studies,, Inkwell, LINE DRIVES: 
100 Contemporary Baseball Poems, 
The Midwest Quarterly, Phoebe: An 
Interdisciplinary Journal of Feminist 
Scholarship, Southern New 
Hampshire University Journal and 
Subway Anthology. 

leke Osinga Scully writes from 
Germany where she will be in Munich 
for 3 years. Mark is working as an 
actuary for Allianz, a German insur- 
ance company. Brendan (12) and 

William (10) attend Munich 
International School and are glad to 
be able to use their German again. 
Kirk (6) is learning German in school, 
leke says she is the taxi driver for the 
kids and their activities. Mary Page 
Stewart is teaching art at Garrison, 
Pre and Lower School and loves it— 
especially having the summers off! 
Bob is fine and his new business con- 
tinues to do well, especially consider- 
ing the current financial market. Ellie 
spent spring of her junior year in high 
school studying at the Maine Coast 
Semester— and gave them a taste of 
what it will be like when she is off to 
college. They had a great tour of SBC 
and complimented the admissions 
team for an excellent job. Geordie is at 
the Gilman School and will be in 8th 
grade. He will be at Camp 
Susguehannock (Cannie and Win 
Sharer's camp) for part of the sum- 
mer. Mary says she is feeling old as a 
prospective college parent and getting 
ready for our own 25th reunion. 
Wonderful news from Elizabeth 
Perkinson — she is getting married on 
December 28th to Stephen Simmons. 
Stephen is a teacher and they will be 
living in NC near Swansboro. 
Catherine Taylor Moore's daughter 
Aynsley will be the flower girl. Perk is 
still selling real estate and has retired 
(for now) from all the volunteer work! 
Julie Pfautz Bodenstab's son Phillip 
just finished his freshman year at 
Gettysburg College and loved it. Peter 
will be a junior in high school and just 
earned Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts. 
Mark still works for Holox, Ltd. and 
Julie is part-time at Medical Society of 
Delaware. They had a great vacation 
to Hawaii at Christmas. Julie sees 
Suzanne Stryker Ullrich— her son will 
be starting Gettysburg this fall so they 
will have fun visiting the campus 
together. (P.S. — thanks Julie for the 
large print — I really needed it about 
now) Katherine Powell Heller spent 
2 weeks in Hilton Head in June and 
saw Carey Johnson Fleming and fam- 
ily. Katherine and husband John were 
in Maui recently and went on an 
Alaskan cruise this summer for her 
parent's 50th anniversary. Can't 
believe how fast the summer flies by. 
Lisanne Purvis Davidson started in 
July 2002 as General Counsel of Texas 
Bank in Fort Worth, TX. She had her 
annual vacation to England to see 
Helen Bauer Bruckmann this sum- 
mer Ellen Quinn Jones says all is 
well in Madison, VA. It's hard to get 
used to the children getting older, 17, 
15, and 13. One working and driving. 
Ellen, Cleveland and children head to 
Cape Cod to visit family this summer. 
Ellen is still a counselor in an elemen- 
tary school and loves it! Anne 
Riordan Flaherty has 3 boys in 
scouts, 4 kids in piano, 2 on different 
hockey teams and Mary dancing 4 
days a week. They bought a condo in 
Florida and try to get down there a 
few times a year. They took a trip to 

Niagara Falls, NYC and Boston where 
they had lunch with Addy Eshbach 
Donnelly Katie Renaud Baldwin says 
Alaska is great. She loves teaching 
kindergarten. Amanda is a junior in 
high school. Emily is in 7th grade. 
They are off to a vacation in Mexico 
this summer, then to Oregon. Lisa 
Spruill Darby had interesting news 
about Lenore Cox. "She recently 
received the Platinum Award for her 
outstanding job performance with G.E. 
Financial Assurance and was awarded 
a Caribbean cruise. She took me (her 
former SBC roomie) along as a guest. 
We had a fabulous tropical adventure 
in the islands ." Anne Stelle Cole 
reports that Steve is now a US Citizen. 
Son Will is 6' and busy with school 
FM radio station, newspaper and 
Forensics and has won awards in all. 
This summer he is interning on a fea- 
ture film "Uncle Nino" being shot in 
their hometown. He continues to fit all 
of this in and be an A student. Annie 
writes that her biggest challenge con- 
tinues to be her health. She is not 
allowed to drive anymore and contin- 
ues to work with her neurologist on 
correct medication. She says that a 
trip to the reunion is just not possible 
but sends best wishes to all. Just as I 
was writing these notes I received 
another e-mail from Suzanne Stryker 
Ullrich who was about to undergo 
another neck surgery. Last winter she 
had fusion or as she puts it, a "DNC 
of the spine." Alex (21 ) is a senior at 
Syracuse and Andrew starts 
Gettysburg this fall. Ned will be in 8th 
grade. Life may get a little less com- 
plicated for a while. Suzanne has been 
teaching 6th grade Science at a small 
private school down the road- 
Upland Country Day. Rick has been in 
business for himself for 6 years doing 
Chemical Engineering Consulting He 
has gone international which is fun 
because Suzanne goes on some of the 

Catherine Taylor Moore's daugh- 
ter Anysley is looking forward to 
being in Elizabeth Perkinson's wed- 
ding next winter. Lee is 13 and doing 
various camps this summer near 
Charleston, SC. The whole family will 
be going to the Greenbrier for a wed- 
ding. Catherine says she would love to 
hear from Cindy Rogers Dillard Ann 
Thrash Jones and Bob have been 
married 23 years. Chris will be 21 this 
summer and loves to play golf. Mary 
Pat is 16 and does show jumping. 
Ann saw Janet Smalley Todd at the 
orthodontist recently! They are look- 
ing forward to the reunion. She also 
talks with Mickie Gupton McKelway 
and Leigh MacDonald Forrester. Ann 
is also busy as a Paralegal at Alston & 
Bird in Atlanta. 

Liz Williams lives in Middleburg, 
consulting for government contrac- 
tors. She is busy with dogs, horses, 
husband, hunting. (In that order Liz?!) 
She enjoyed a get together of the 
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Christmas in Warrenton. Liz is plan- 
ning a trip to England in September to 
do some fox hunting and join the 
March on London. She tries to stay in 
touch with Paula Brown Kelley. Cindy 
Whitley Auman (guess it's nice to 
finally be at the front of the alphabet- 
but we do this by maiden name ...) is 
still with Parsons Corp after 7 years 
and is an Associate. Her husband's 
company, LITRONIC merged with SSP 
Solutions and he has successfully rid- 
den out the "bumps" of the merger. 
They celebrated their 5th anniversary 
in St. Johns and continue to work on 
their old farmhouse which will cele- 
brate its 100th year in 2003. Lisa 
Wray Longino is still in Dallas. 
Husband George retired from 
Salomon, Smith Barney after 26 
years. Fleming is going to Madeira to 
school next fall — following her 
mother's footsteps. Lisa is busy with 
many volunteer commitments — the 
biggest is the President of the Dallas 
Symphony Orchestra League until 
5/03. She is trying to raise 1 million 
dollars for the orchestra. 

Mary Goodwin Gamper Meg 
Richards Wiederseim and I try to 
meet for lunch a few times a year — 
we found the Dansko clog outlet and 
we can always use a new pair of 
shoes. Meg's daughter Elizabeth is 18 
and just spent a month at a summer 
program at NYU. They are also on the 
college search. Billy is 14 and a goalie 
for the Jr. Flyers ice hockey team. 
Mary's oldest girls, Liz and Carrie 
were at a lacrosse camp at W&L this 
summer while Mary, Billy and Jackie 
had a vacation in West Virginia. Mary 
is working part time at home when 
the girls are not interrupting her for 

lunch, to go swimming She sees 

her sister-in-law Maria Rixey Gamper 
often. I am in the same stage as 
everyone else, starting the college 
search, but with some resistance. 
Travis is 18 and a high jumper. His 
track team won AA state title in 2002 
This is his senior year playing football, 
always a great excuse not to get a job. 
Ian is 15 and a true teenager. He plays 
soccer and is not thrilled that I am in 
charge of the Soccer Boosters. I work 
at the high school computer lab part 
time and still volunteer but my biggest 
job is making sure the dogs get 
enough exercise! Hope to see all of 
you at the reunion! 

Remember not to be the last one 

in the door for the class meeting 

ask Mary and me about that! 

Mimi Borst Quillman 


Mrs. Graham Maxwell Russell 
235 Seaspray Avenue 
Palm Beach FL 33480-4228 


Ms. Elizabeth Swearingen-Edens 
401 Jarvis Lane 
Louisville KY 40207 


Mrs. Thomas F. Nichols, Jr. 
(Carrie Maynard) 
4600-F Colony Road 
Charlotte NC 28226 

Ms. Kearsley Walsh (Kearsley Rand) 
4124 S. 36th Street 
Arlington VA 22206-1806 

Stephanie Stitt Fitzpatrick writes 
that life is not dull with Alexandra, 7 
and Robbie, 4. They are going to 
Yellowstone Park for a trip with family 
this summer, then enjoying a lazy 
month before school begins! She is 
working as an art registrar at a local 
newspaper and doing part-time con- 
sulting work Sharon McGrath 
Gardner has spent a very busy year 
teaching at Suffolk Community 
College and an evening class to adults 
in veterinarian medicine! She is still 
riding her horses and welcomed a 
new puppy this year, Maximilian, a 
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Betsy, 
her oldest is a senior in H.S. and they 
are looking at schools for next year. 
She wants to go South. They even 
spent a night at SBC! K. Ellen Hagan 
is working at Banks Co. Elementary 
school as the guidance counselor. 
Work keeps her busy and she is also 
active with church and community 
projects. She enjoys spending time at 
Fripp Island, SC where her family has 
a house. Boo Major Duncan is having 
fun with 2 1/2 year old son, Mac. Her 
husband, Robert, is constantly clear- 
ing land on their farm. She sold two 
of her stallion, Donnerbiel II 's foals 
and actually made a profit! She is in 
her 5th year as head coach of the 
Varsity Equestrian Team at USC and is 
chairman of the Varsity Equestrian 
Steering Committee which is very 
active in the process of getting eques- 
trian (now an NCAA emerging sport) 
to championship status within the 
NCAA. She is busy, busy, busy and 
loving every minute of it. Helen 
Masters Durham is currently living in 
Maine to allow her daughter, Ann 
Husted (15) to train with Russian 
Ballet Master, Andrei Bossov. Arch 
(19) has finished his first year at 
Sewanee and youngest, Rob (12) fol- 
lows in his brother's footsteps, living 
on the soccer field. Buck continues 
his medical practice and she builds 
websites, primarily for non-profit 
organizations Virginia Donald 
Latham has been renovating her 
house and building a pool house. She 
met Angie Odom Wright and Molly 
Rogers Cramer at the beach in June. 
Betsy Simpson Hilberts is teaching at 

an area pre-school 3 mornings a week 
and working at her kids' schools. Eliza 
is 12. Greta is 8, and Allie is 4. Her 
husband, Tom, the girls and everyone 
in their family feels fortunate that they 
are healthy and happy. Felicia Nelson 
Baker moved to Houston, TX, after 
spending 4 interesting years in 
Jakarta, Indonesia. She has 3 chil- 
dren: Austin (9), Dahlgren (7) and 
Catherine (5). Her husband, Bert, is 
still with JP Morgan Chase and she 
spends a great deal of time volunteer- 
ing at the children's school. She sees 
Jane Losse Momberger, who lives in 
Austin and she caught up with Chris 
O'Leary Rose during a visit to NY last 
year Sterling Cassidy Smith writes 
that all is fine in the Big Apple. Her 
son, Alec, has won the Headmasters 
Award for 5th grade and is going to 
baseball camp. Palmer is loving going 
to East Hampton to their cute cottage 
and swimming and playing tennis. 
Sterling is still pushing paper with her 
Sterling's Specialties. They will be off 
to southern beaches this summer and 
Palmer will attend Camp Merrie 
Woode with Julie Brooke Davis' 
daughter Sarane McHugh and John 
will be spending July and August on 
Alermir Lake in Magnetawar, Ontario. 
Eve Devine made her first trip back to 
SBC since graduation! Last Fall, she 
spent a fabulous weekend in VA, visit- 
ing SBC and Charlottesville with Tania 
Voss Ryan, Tania's daughter Meredith 
and her niece, Colby. The weather was 
perfect. The campus looked fabulous, 
the bookstore was well stocked and 
they had a great time. The girls are 
ready to go— Class of 2013 & 2014! 
Presley Neithammer Schwinn's four 
dogs, all rescues, keep her busy along 
with her landscape business and gar- 
dening around the house. She joined 
the Friends of Art board last year and 
encourages all grads with a love of 
the arts to contribute to the FOA 
efforts. She finds it to be most gratify- 
ing. She is off to Provence for a sum- 
mer sojourn. Mary Kate Ferguson is 
ready for a hot, hurricane-packed 
Florida summer! She is looking for- 
ward to her 25th high school reunion 
in the fall where she hopes to see 
Brendy Reiter Hantzes. Eve Devine 
and Amy Marshall Lewis Hedley 
Sipe Gunther is living in Richmond 
with daughter Edie (7) and husband, 
Bill. She is working as a nurse educa- 
tor and loves it. Work and family keep 
her happy and busy. She sees Holly 
Silsand Ulrich often and keeps in 
touch with Wendi Wood McAfee and 
Whitley Greene Brendy Reiter 
Hantzes' family has finally moved into 
the new house that they have been 
building for a year. She had back sur- 
gery two weeks after the move to fix a 
herniated disc first injured when she 
frantically jumped out of the top bunk 
for a fire drill during junior year. She 
is enjoying her recuperation while 
slowly unpacking things that have 
been in storage for a year and a half. 

She ran into Betsy Davis '80 who 
looks great, still has gorgeous hair 
and has been living in Fairfax pretty 
much since graduation. Sarah Martin 
Herguner has been living in Istanbul, 
Turkey for 13 years. Her husband, 
Umit, is lead partner in an interna- 
tional law firm, Herguner. Bilgen & 
Ozeke. Sarah and her two children, 
Virginia Lale (6) and Robert Levent 
(9) plan to spend 3 weeks in 
Richmond this summer and hope to 
enjoy their first trip to Europe 
together. They will go to London to 
see where Mary Poppins lives and to 
see that there is another reason for 
studying English. Lale takes ballet and 
tap classes. Levent is a Cub Scout and 
brought them along on a campout at 
the Black Sea coast, where he earned 
his whittling chip. Her life is not that 
much different than most of ours. She 
invites SBC graduates and friends to 
call when visiting her neck of the 
woods. Congrats to Stephanie 
Skinner who married Chris Daney on 
12/4/01 on a beautiful beach in Negril, 
Jamaica. She is working for Juniper 
Bank in Wilmington, DE. Her son 
Drew (13) is 5'8" and has passed her 
in height. Her other son Corey (11) is 
about 5'4 ". Both love basketball and 
are looking forward to the 76ers B- 
Ball camp this summer. Theresa 
Blane Lange, May Carter Barger and 
Nan Dabbs Loftin went to Chicago to 
see Allison Roberts Greene for the 
weekend and had a great time! Jill 
Steenhuis was in town. They went to 
a concert that had a showing of Jill's 
artwork at the end. Theresa, her 
daughter and husband are off to 
France and England this summer. Her 
son thinks that they are crazy for fly- 
ing, so he opted for basketball camp. 
May writes that she and Nan also 
spent a week in Park City, Utah with 
Allison Greene and Carson. They 
dined and spa-ed at Stein Ericson's 
hotel, shopped 'til they dropped and 
stayed in a magnificent condo. Aside 
from an occasional trip, May spends 
her days driving both of her children 
from event to event and is planning a 
community-wide fund raiser "Run for 
the Money" for a local foundation. 
Anne Grosvenor Evrard writes that 
things are fine in France. Walter is still 
busy working for the Germans in 
Direct Marketing and she helps him 
with their joint business as antique 
buyers for American decorators and 
private collectors. She might begin an 
English conversation group for chil- 
dren and adults. Her children are 
growing up. Anne-Marie is going to 
HEC next year (business graduate 
school) and Helene will be going to a 
trilingual business-assistant school. 
Constance is going to the Public High 
School in Versailles, Louis is still in a 
boys Junior High School in Saint- 
Cloud, Clotilde is in an all-girls school 
in Saint-Cloud, and Bertrand (10). the 
last one of the batch is in the private 
school in Versailles. They are building 

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a summer vacation house in Biarritz, 
and would love to have visitors from 
SBC! They should be ready for guests 
by next summer. Jane Terry is still 
working in sales for Scholastic and 
loves having summers off with her 
kids. Branson (16) and Sandy (13) are 
both fine. She sees Nan Dabbs Loftin 
and May Carter Barger and keeps in 
touch frequently with Kay Lazarus 
whom she visited in Kentucky over 
Thanksgiving Sharon Resener Miller 
writes from Orlando, FL where she 
lives with her husband, Toby and their 
9 year old son, Bailey. After many 
years at The Coca-Cola Company 
(most recently as an IT director) she 
"retired" a couple of years ago to be a 
mom. She loves it! She caught up via 
Christmas cards with Sharon McGrath 
Gardner last year and would love to 
hear from Joy Gillio Biaocco Liz 
Seacord is still busy doing the Mom 
thang in the intense vortex that is life 
in New York City, PTA, Book Fairs, 
after school programs— at least by 
Fall, she will have both children in the 
same school, and can focus on a sin- 
gle agenda. Hopefully, there will be 
more time to get into the darkroom. 
There are too many images waiting to 
be printed' Both children are very 
interested in music; Sasha (13) is 
playing electric bass and trombone, 
and Iris (5) is beginning to study the 
piano. Iris also takes two ballet 
classes a week, at her insistence! Liz 
is not sure how it will pan out, but the 
idea of playing the role of stage 
Mother was never something she 
envisioned. They are looking forward 
to summer, the end of which will see 
the four of them driving across 
Northeastern Spain where it will be 
HOT HOT HOT, OLE! Dawn Cotton 
Ward writes that husband Jim's role 
as VP of marketing at Lucasfilm has 
kept them busy with events celebrat- 
ing the release of Star Wars, Attack of 
the Clones. But the most exciting 
events to come will be their move to a 
larger home with views of the San 
Francisco Bay because they will be 
adding to their family. They hope to 
hear from the Chinese Government 
this Fall that a little girl has been 
selected to become their adopted 
daughter. Next year, Dawn hopes to be 
among those of us who enjoy parental 
bragging rights! Claire McDonnell 
Purnell is living in Annapolis, MD, 
with John and their "Little Queens" — 
Mary (8 1/2) and Elizabeth (5 1/2). 
John works at ARINC as Director of 
Aviation Security Programs, while 
Claire continues to run her graphic 
design business from home. Mary 
loves art and Elizabeth seems to enjoy 
dancing. They moved back into their 
renovated house and are happy to be 
home. Claire was back home in 
Pittsburgh and saw Liz Winson 
Sweeney, Tom and their daughter, 
Courtney, who is about to start high 
school Sophia Crysler Hart had a 
great mini-reunion with Hope Keating 

and Julie Brooke Davis in Ponte 
Vedra Beach, FL last Fall. She hadn't 
seen Julie and Hope in 20 years, so 
they had lots of catching up to do and 
they even called Harriet Bielitsky 
Anderson to wish her a happy birth- 
day. Her husband, Rick Hadley, was a 
good sport and joined them. Hope, 
Rick and Sophie met again in 
Washington, DC several weeks later 
for a quick visit when Hope was there 
on business. Sophie said that Hope 
looks the same as she did when we 
were in school, except maybe a little 
younger! Rick and Sophie work for 
Colonial Williamsburg in 
Williamsburg, VA. He is in charge of 
exhibition design for the museum and 
she is in the public relations depart- 
ment. They travel around the country 
a lot for the foundation, which has 
been great fun. She still teaches as an 
adjunct professor at William and Mary 
in the Government department (a 
Chinese and Japanese politics 
course), so she can keep up with 
what's going on in Asia. Lori Faust 
Sweany lives in Berryville, VA. She is 
a law enforcement officer in the 
department of Animal Control, and is 
the Chief Animal Control Officer for 
Clarke County. She is also the Animal 
Shelter Director. She loves her job — 
something new everyday— and what a 
high it is to protect the earth from the 
worst scum in the universe! She has 
three children. Ashli (17), Shelby (14) 
and Ted (12). She is on husband #2, 
who is proving to be much more sat- 
isfactory than husband #1 . Her hus- 
band Steve, works for the Department 
ot Defense. Yes, he's been busy since 
9/11, plus, he's working on his doc- 
torate in something computer related. 
She would love to hear from anyone 
in her neck of the woods. D.J. 
Stanhope says that things have been 
very busy, especially since 9/11. They 
renovated and reopened the USO 
Center at Camp Casey, Korea in 
November, with former President 
George Bush on hand to dedicate the 
facility in honor of his late father 
Prescott S. Bush. They also had the 
Ozzy Osbourne family there for a visit 
in February. She made it back to SBC 
for reunion last May and loved it! This 
May, she will be in Las Vegas for the 
USO World Leadership conference, 
where they will be the guests of Mr. 
Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. 
She said. "Thank goodness Sweet 
Briar taught me to be well-rounded..." 
Pam Wood Davis relocated from 
Maryland to her hometown of Oak 
Brook, IL (and back into her childhood 
home) with husband Glenn, son Chris 
and daughter Ashley in Jan. '01. The 
kids made the transfer well as did 
Mom and Dad. They spend their days 
enjoying son Chris' Varsity baseball 
games (he is a Junior in high school). 
Ashley graduated from 8th grade this 
June and is moving on to "cramp the 
style" of her big brother in high 
school next year. They live just a mile 

away from, and see a lot of, her 
mother Diane Duffield Wood '57. 
Pam is keeping busy with a financial 
management software sales job, and 
is looking forward to our next reunion. 
I received two unsigned cards. The 
first seems likely to be from Deborah 
Donigan Bullet! who says she and 
Rob are still living in Ashburn with X- 
man, 11, and Jax, 8. Deb loves her 
work, running a program at Dyncorp. 
She keeps up with Sue Grist 
Stetson'80. The other unsigned card 
is from Knoxville and appears likely to 
be from Jane Ward Moore who is a 
counselor at Sacred Heart Cathedral 
School. Jane says that Kassie will be 
in 8th grade and is very involved in 
tennis. Jane also reports that hus- 
band, Max, is ill but is doing well and 
is still in chemical sales and traveling 
a lot in the U.S. and abroad. Kearsley 
Rand Walsh is living in Arlington with 
sons Angus (12) and Duncan (10). 
She keeps in touch with Claire 
Purnell, Steph Daney, Mara Eckert 
and Lori Faust Sweany and me. 
Carrie Maynard Nichols Three years 
ago, I moved with my husband, Tom. 
and my boys Bucky and Austin (8 1/2) 
to Charlotte for the Autism services 
that are available in NC. We are very 
pleased and Bucky continues to make 
progress. Tommy loves his financial 
planning career and Austin will main- 
stream into third grade this year. We 
love living in Charlotte. I am busy with 
the typical 2 kids in different schools 
deal and trying to be in too many 
places at once. PTO, church, hand bell 
choir, Austin's sports, Bucky's thera- 
pies, working with Bucky at his thera- 
peutic riding program, various and 
sundry boards and committees and 
selling Mary Kay skin care and cos- 
metics. Also, during the next eight 
months, I will be working with Karla 
Kennedy Newman '85 on an Autism 
Walk at Lowe's Motor Speedway that 
will take place at the end of March to 
benefit Autism research. Please con- 
tact either Kearsley or myself with 
news and send photos and scrapbook 
items to me. 


Mrs. Benjamin W. Dowling III 
(Ethel Ogden Burwell) 
906 Wedgewood Road 
Statesville NC 28677-3118 


Mrs. Melissa Byrne Partington 
93 Rockaway Avenue 
Marblehead MA 01945-1741 


Ms. Gertrude G. Collins 
34 Meadowbrook Road 
Short Hills NJ 07078-3316 

Peg Twohy DeVan: All is well out 
west in Basalt. Carolyn is six and 
going into first grade at Aspen 
Country Day School. Bob is busy with 
his propane business and water treat- 
ment business Allison Clark Dunn 
'85 is coming over with her family in 
July to Virginia Beach from London to 
visit. We are getting together at my 
mom's beach house for a weekend. It 
has been very dry this summer and 
the whole state of Colorado is under 
watch for fires. Hope to see you at the 
next Sweet Briar function. 

Karen Biemiller Clark: Life is 
great. Vacation in Key West this year. I 
still see Meg Mahon everyday. I ride 
with Lendon Gray (SBC 71). 

Anne Frierman Sewell Still alive 
and well and married to W&L sweet- 
heart, Henry Sewell. After 17 years, 
we have 4 children — Henry (10), 
Berlin (8), Harrison (6) and Emily 
Anne (4) and still live in Atlanta, GA 
where Henry practices law with 
McKenna, Long and Aldridge. I've vis- 
ited with Staci Skufca who lives in 
Boca Raton and have visited Ann 
Alleva Taylor and her husband Taylor 
who are enjoying their first daughter, 
Cabot, who also lives in Atlanta. 

Debbie Jones All is well in 
Richmond. I'm looking for a horse 
and get back into riding. I've been 
doing a lot of volunteer work in my 
industry, mortgage banking, and serv- 
ing as president of the Richmond 
Mortgage Bankers Association and as 
a board member on the Virginia 
Mortgage Banking Assoc. I was hon- 
ored last year as Virginia Mortgage 
Banker of the Year. We focus on rais- 
ing funds for Habitat for Humanity 
and providing funds for our lobbyist 
to fight legislative issues. 

Ginger Reynolds Davis: Each time 
I get your card I always hope that 
there will be something exciting going 
on here in Spartenburg. But here we 
are again. School's last day was 6/3 
so I'm finishing up 6th grade exams. 
God has a fabulous sense of humor: I 
do more homework and studying now 
than I ever did. Jeffery is 13 and 
Carter will soon be 1 1 . Jeff and I are 
fine, we just had our 17th Anniversary 
and life is passing fast. I can't believe 
that in 2 more years the Class of 84 
will be twenty years out. Glad we're 
not any older. Hope to see you in 

Janet Lewis Shepherd; I am busy 
with 4 children in Atlanta! Robert (9), 
Gracie (5 1/2), William (3 1/2) and 
Anna (1) plus 3 dogs and 1 cat! We 
are finishing a summer house in 
Ponte Vedra. FL. I ran the Nashville 
marathon in April 2002 and raised 
money for ALS— Lou Gehrig's dis- 
ease. I am also an active volunteer 
with the Atlanta Ballet, Shepherd 
Spinal Center and "Childrens Hospital 

Mary Margaret Cranz Smith: I am 
still living in DC with my husband, 

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Rod and daughter, Nani who is 18 
years old and will hopefully give SBC 
a look, a 16 year boy at Bullls and a 5 
year old who was in the same class as 
Stone Dreyer, Ellen Clare Gillespie 

(Dreyer)'s son. I talk to Whitney Ball 
often and she is doing well. 

Shannon Young Ray Everything is 
great here. The children will be in 9th, 
5th and 2nd (triplets). We are learning 
to drive now! Breck has started his 
own executive search company and is 
doing very well. I continue full time at 
Young Oil Co and lots of volunteer 
board work. Hello to all my class- 

Rosemarie Hermann Davis: Not 
much new. My life consists of taking 
care of three boys, Paul (6), John (4), 
and Mark (1) and husband, George. I 
love being at home with them, only 
wish I could keep up with the mess! 

Newell Carapezzi (formerly Lisa 
Schneider): As usual. Benji (7) and 
Grace (5) keep me extraordinarily 
busy! My husband Ron and I just 
returned from hosting clients in 
England and Scotland (while he does 
business, I spa)! While in London I 
caught the Chelsea Flower Show- 
very inspiring! We will spend 3 weeks 
on Block Island this summer — hope- 
fully we'll have sun! I truly miss 
Sharon Ingham Brown and Patsy 
Roby Gotfredson! 

Colleen Kuebel Berthelot: Can 
you believe I have a teenager and a 
two year old! Needless to say I am 
keeping busy. I am enjoying a thriving 
commercial real estate career, 17 
years now. Also Jackie and I will cele- 
brate 17 years of marriage and my 
40th in June 2002. 

Caroline Reece Aquino: Mappy 
working on a new house, bringing 
along new horse and playing with son 
Jamie and husband Agustin in The 
Plains, VA. Agustin is still with 
Salamander Farm and I'm enjoying 
freelance riding and teaching. 

Helen Pruitt Butler: It's been too 
long since I last responded to the SBC 
news! My husband. Herb (of almost 
19 years) and my son Herb (14) and 
daughter Frances (9 1/2) are still liv- 
ing in Charleston. I returned to the 
real estate business last year working 
for Prudential Carolina Real Estate. 
Herb is also a broker with Special 
Properties. My son is going to high 
school in the fall. Kids are taking up 
golf and love it. We are almost fin- 
ished remodeling a 1950s home in the 
country club. It was a pretty big 
undertaking. Life is good! I see Cathy 
Gregorie and Sherry Yates every once 
in a while. I saw KP over the holidays. 
I hope to see more classmates in the 
near future. 

Patricia Andonian: Not much new 
to report. No travel, vacations in 
exotic locations or anything so spe- 
cial! I did get (finally) 9 bookcases 
and a real oak desk for my office (at 

home) and personal library. Finished 
unpacking 40+ boxes of books — for 
the first time in 15+ years I'm "civi- 
lized". I still work for the Producers- 
Writers Guild of America (PWGA) 
Pension and Health Funds. I help 
administer the "fringe benefits" of the 
WGA members/Hollywood screenwrit- 
ers. It's been an interesting 5 years 
there. Payroll automation may see me 
"laid off" in the ensuing months — 
we'll see! I've heard from Jenni 
Dodge Booysen — who is very busy 
with 3 kids and going to school to be 
an R.N. — and trying to work part/full 
time too! 

Vernice Thompson: I am currently 
employed as a gardener by the 
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. I 
am still living in Remlik, which is a 
50-mile commute from/to 
Williamsburg. I am still single and still 
looking for Mr. Right and will be 40 in 
August. I would like to find out how 
(and what) Myra Merritt '83 is doing 
since I have not heard from her in 

Katherine Beck: I married Ross 
Preston in June of 2001. Nicholas 
(14) and Lexie (12) and I happily 
moved to Tallahassee, FL where they 
are in the 6th and 8th grades. I went 
to visit Harriet NcNair '82 in Houston 
to see her new daughter and visit with 
her other girls too. 

Erika Dorr Marshall: Life at Lands 
End has been great. We have refur- 
bished our old barn and fences. The 3 
children Willy (10), Foster (9) and 
Elise (5) are all riding. Mr. Cronin and 
Jill / Riding Center at SBC are now in 
everyone's hearts. The children have 
enjoyed modeling — their latest shoot 
was for Pottery Barn Kids this 
spring/summer and fall 2002. Travel 
for the summer includes a visit to 
Debordteux and possibly England in 
Aug/Sept. Home schooling allows 
much flexibility and travel. 

Virginia Spigener Teel: 
Hmmm...what to say. ..we are all get- 
ting older and seem to be very, very 
busy but what do we do?? I think I 
procrastinated and missed the last 
magazine. In January I opened a chil- 
dren's clothing store next door to our 
store, "The Wrinkled Egg". The cloth- 
ing store is called, "Chicken Little", 
and is oh so cute! 

Cathy Toomey Gregorie: 
Everything here is relatively calm. At 
this point we have no teenagers or 
infants! We spend our time managing 
the schedules of our 5— ages 12, 10, 
8, 4, 3 (and two dogs)! I am still 
working for our stores as the acces- 
sories buyer and look forward to my 
escapes to the Atlanta market etc! We 
continue to work on our old house 
between tuition payments and have 
just finished landscaping the yard. I 
get to see Lizzie Pierpoint Kerrison. 
Cheri Burritt Yates and Mary Pope 
Hutson fairly often. 

Betsie Hicks Zadeh: My husband. 
Frank, and I have been extremely busy 

at our restaurant in Winnettia, FL. It's 
very challenging to accommodate all 
of the celebrities and VIP's we take 
care of here, but we enjoy every 
moment of it. We were able recently 
to travel to Southern California where 
we attended the wedding of a friend's 
daughter at the Beverly Hills Hilton 
where we stayed. The reception was 
held in the same ballroom where the 
Golden Globe Awards are held and we 
met Julie Andrews. Sidney Poitier 
and Jay Leno. We drove up and down 
the coast, but it passed too quickly as 
vacations always do. Frank and I are 
looking forward to going up to our 
house at Whitelake, Michigan where 
we go every summer. We are also in 
the midst of re-landscaping our house 
which has been fun to do. I'm in the 
Kenilworth Union Church Garden Club 
which comes in very handy. 

Liz Rogers Boyd: We have had a 
great year. The boys are still happy in 
school and the millions of activities 
they do. Louie continues in trampoline 
(ha!), swimming and baseball. Tommy 
is happy with soccer, basketball, base- 
ball, swimming, and floor hockey (is 
this just a Minnesota thing?) We took 
a trip to the United Kingdom in 
June. We visited England, Scotland 
and Wales. This started as a trip for 
just Tom and me to celebrate our 40th 
birthdays and 15th wedding anniver- 
sary, but, being the alarmist that I am, 
I told him I could not leave my babies 
behind and possibly leave them 
orphans. Tom made the mistake of 
saying "let's take them with us!" That 
was the end of our romantic getaway, 
but, well worth it. The kids had a ball 
and were such troopers. It is so nice 
not to have to carry them or their 
stuff! Was it just me or did everyone 
overreact to the 40th birthday??? I 
went on Weight Watchers, cut and 
colored my hair and now exercise 
every day. I still drink like a fish! A girl 
has to have something! 

Sara Greer Martin: I am living in 
Richmond, raising my three stepchil- 
dren Coldon 13, Derek 10, and 
Rebecca 8. It's a busy time. John 
(W&L '82) and I have been working 
on a major landscaping and 
stonework project in our back yard 
and are enjoying sitting by our out- 
door fireplace, listening to the mill- 
stone fountain, and admiring the flow- 
ers. We feel like we're in Provence 
every evening! I see a lot of Martha 
Weimer O'Brien We've renewed our 
old friendship and are in a literary 
club together. Her son Toby and our 
Derek really get along well, too. 

Kristin Bryan and Chuck Burliss 
welcomed their 2nd baby girl on 
March 14, 2002. Eden Grace joins big 
sister Britt (2 yrs.) Four weeks later 
(!), we moved from Boston to 
Lexington, MA just outside the 
city. My hands are full, but I do love 
it! E-mail address: 

Margy Kramer Kircher: Sable (5) 

and Cullen (3) are thoroughly loving 
having Mom around — we have a won- 
derful beach club nearby and my hus- 
band Stephen has a new boat so we 
have no reason to leave our neighbor- 
hood. I will return to my longstanding 
position as VP/Branch Manager® 
Shields & Company in August 
though. And shortly thereafter both of 
my children will be heading for school 

(kindergarten and nursery) and we 
will all return to schedules again! 

Tricia Dolph Fallon 2002 is my 
40th birthday year and my theme is 
"taking my life back" after 3 kids and 
working for 16 years. My goals: to see 
old friends, to get back on a horse 
and go skiing again. Two out of three 
so far. I'll have to go skiing in 
December. Christina (7) Caroline (5) 
and Nicholas (2 1/2) are all doing 
great. Mike and I took June trip to 
Bermuda for 5 nights which I'd like to 
make into an annual event. 

Katie Hoffner: Just about to turn 
40 — and with the new decade comes 
a career shift. I recently accepted the 
position of President of Hydrogen 
Works — a new company based in 
Denver that is dedicated to promoting 
the use of hydrogen energy — a clean, 
abundant and safe alternative to 
oil! Perhaps a small positive solution 
to a post-911 world! I had a wonder- 
ful visit with Tricia (Dolph) Fallon this 
spring— and it's always such a joy to 
spend time with her and her 
family. Christina, her oldest daughter, 
is quite the young equestrian. It 
brought a big smile to my face this 
past fall when Christina called me 
early one Sunday in Colorado to share 
with me that she had just won her 
first ribbon at a horse show! 
Margaret Dempsey: My latest news is 
that I have joined a clinical practice as 
a child psychologist just north of New 
Orleans in Mandeville, LA. I continue 
to teach Psychology to undergradu- 
ates at Tulane as an adjunct professor 
part-time. Otherwise, I am very happy 
and doing well! 

Barbara Callahan O'Neill: I enjoy get- 
ting the SBC Club newsletter! I live in 
Pennington. NJ with my three children 
—John 11, Aidan 9 and Maura 
5. We are really busy! I also work part 
time in a home furnishings shop in 
town and love it. I occasionally see 
Valerie Sharpstone at church. 

Kathy Marion: Things continue to 
be great here in beautiful Colorado. 
We settled in as a family of six (the 
kids are now 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 4 1/2, and 6 
1/2), then added a new family mem- 
ber: a dog (a Whippet, aged 5). May 
as well pile the plate high, right? 
We've made trips to Hawaii (sans 
kids!) and Sedona, Arizona (with kids) 
this year and had a great time. I'm 
planning to follow in my mother's 
footsteps and drive across the country 
by myself a couple times this year- 
well, not exactly alone. ..four kids and 
a dog will come along! It should be 

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great being able to visit lots of friends 
along the way without being tied 
down to my husband's work schedule. 
We're free as birds! We continue to 
work on the house and yard, and lots 
of my 'spare' time is spent on working 
on the kids' scrapbooks. 
Louise Jones Geddes: How time flies! 
I cannot believe how large our 20th 

reunion looms What a milestone! 

My news is fairly tame. Like most of 
us, I hit 40 this year. Not too happy 
going into the home stretch, but once 
the date arrived I was "at peace" with 
it, and ready to get beyond it. Took a 
trip to San Francisco — with husband 
& without kids — to celebrate. A 
lovely trip! Have added two cats to the 
brood, to go with the 3 children, hus- 
band, and two dogs. All are well. The 
children will be at the same school 
this coming year — a first! ! My 
youngest will stay all day too. So I'm 
timidly thinking of re-entering the 
work force.. Hopefully by the time 
this is printed, I'll be gainfully 

Staci Skufca: I'm still in Boca Raton, 
FL. Just got back from vacation up in 
Kennebunkport, Maine. Had a great 
time up there. Looking forward to 
hearing about everyone. 

Ann Alleva Taylor: This year has 
been very exciting for Carter and 
me. We welcomed our daughter Ann 
Cabot, on September 12. She is the 
light of our lives. Every day is a new 
adventure. She has brought a lot of 
perspective and meaning to us. Have 
spent some fun times with Anne and 
Henry Sewell (Frierman) over this 
past winter. Too many martinis and 
too many headaches. Maybe I am just 
getting too old! 

Sister Mary Leanne a.k.a. Lee 
Hubbard: I am still teaching at La 
Reina High School in 
Thousand Oaks, CA. Most of my day, 
however, is spent as Campus Minister, 
helping students create retreats, litur- 
gies and mission activities. As a reli- 
gious, my name is Sister Mary 
Leanne, SND (Sister of Notre Dame). I 
am the godmother of Adrienne 
Anderson, the youngest daughter of 
Wendy Birtcher Anderson who lives 
in Laguna Niguel. In May I was pres- 
ent at Adrienne's First Communion at 
Mission San Juan Capistrano. It was 
great fun catching up with Wendy, her 
family and her four fabulous kids. 
Thanks for keeping us all connected... 
big job! 

Tracy Glaves Spalding: Here are the 
highlights— Traveling to Egypt as a 
family. My father was retiring as a 
captain with TWA and we wanted to 
be on his last trip. It ended up being 
Cairo to JFK. Randy, Emma (age 9), 
Preston (age 7) and I flew over ahead 
and had a wonderful time. We found 
out that our children are wonderful 
travelers and are ready to try about 
anything (except eating pigeon!). My 
favorite photo is us on camels in front 
of the pyramids at Giza. The flight 

home with my parents was wonder- 
ful — TWA was a great airline. I'm still 
staying home (what a laugh — do you 
really spend any time at 
home?). Emma is just finishing 3rd 
grade and Preston 1st. I thought I 
would have loads of free time and 
would organize my life. What a joke! I 
just volunteered more (but loved it). I 
feel very fortunate that I am able to 
stay home. Randy is working less and 
spending more time at home 
(yeah!). Thanks for putting the class 
notes together!!! 

Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff: My years of 
kayaking have taken me to some 
beautiful rivers in very beautiful coun- 
tries. But this May I had the opportu- 
nity to spend fourteen days paddling 
one of our own wonders-the Grand 
Canyon. It was a great 
experience! And my company Endless 
River Adventures seemed to survive 
for two weeks without me. I have also 
had the pleasure this past year of 
kayaking with several SBC alums. It 
is so fun seeing more women 
involved in this sport! 

Leslie Kirkby: Mountain Lakes, NJ 
is beautiful. Our two boys Ian (7) and 
Eric (4) are enjoying the lakes and 
woodlands, not to mention the gar- 
den. Richard, my husband of 12 years 
enjoys his very short commute to his 
office. We seen to be staying close to 
home as of late, with a few trips to the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland where my 
family country home is and up to 
Maine with both children to a camp 
house on the lakes. Sounds like 
camping to me but has a bath and 
electricity (and phone for Richard to 
keep in touch by computer to work). 
All and all we are all very happily guite 
in the "country". I'm enjoying house- 
wifery and a little bit of photogra- 
phy — NYC is still home to me. 

And as for me, Gigi Collins: I am 
still in Short Hills, NJ, same house, 
same handsome husband and having 
fun with Paige (8) in 2nd Grade and 
Michael Jr. (4 1/2) in Pre-K. When not 
playing Mom's taxi or working part- 
time with a local financial planner, I 
have gotten myself involved in the 
local Junior League, the local 
Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, our own 
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Club of 
NJ, a co-Brownie Leader, and active 
participant in my kids' school running 
the Book Fair and being Class Agent. 
Whew! I didn't know that when you 
turned 40 you decided to take on the 
world! Happy Birthday to us ALL and 
thank you for writing in — it is so nice 
to be a part of such a wonderful 
group of women! 


Mrs. Davis A. Estes (Charade Boiling) 
14 Whitestane Drive 
Stafford VA 225S4-8023 



Mrs. Ginger R. Church (Ginger Ryon) 
1240 Boyden PI. NW 
Concord NC 28027 

Ms. Jean G. Guergai (Jean G. Lewis) 
3641 Elderberry Place 
Fairfax VA 22033 

Mrs. Mary Sampson (Mary T. Ziebold) 
1132 Loma Drive No. 3 
Hermosa Beach CA 90254 

Mrs. Elizabeth Wiley 
(Elizabeth Ann Stoebner) 
8737 Lanell Lane 
Houston TX 77057 

Despite being few in number at 
our reunion, we had a fantastic week- 
end and enjoyed catching up with 
each other. We missed those of you 
who could not be with us and hope to 
see everyone back on campus for our 
20th in 2007! Here's the news I 
received over the last month from 
some of our classmates: 

Blair Beebe Smith lives in 
Richmond and enjoys being a full- 
time mother for Sarah (11), Peyton (8 
1/2), and Harvard (5 1/2). Blair also 
volunteers and keeps up with Liz 
Wilson Parrish, Caroline Trask 
Wallace, Cameron Clark Sipe, and 
Amy Watkins Tankard. 

Betsy Cunningham Morgan also 
lives in Richmond with her husband, 
Matt, and their 3 children: Hope (8), 
Anne (5 1/2), and Matthew (2 1/2). 
Betsy owns and operates her custom 
design and decorative painting busi- 
ness, Betsy Morgan Designs, and 
stays in touch with Mary Via Cuoco. 
Betsy sees Liz, Caroline and Blair 
around town. 

Lee Carroll Roebuck recently 
attended the christening of Pam 
Miscall Cusick's second son, Colin (8 
mos). Drew Hardy Jubert is his god- 
mother. Lee loves being at home with 
son, CJ, who starts 1st grade this fall, 
and daughter, Emily, who is in pre- 
school. Pam enjoys staying home with 
Colin and Conor (2 1/2). and was 
recently visited by Kristin Kreassig 
Carter, her husband, Dave, and their 
son. Scott. Pam also keeps in touch 
with Pam Ythier Barkley. 

Kathy Bryan Sanders loves living 
in Colorado with her husband and 
their children: Josh (12) and Emily 
(9). They plan to take a family vaca- 
tion to Hawaii soon. Kathy would love 
to see any classmates visiting the 

Ann Moorberg Wentworth-Stanley 
reports that her children, Charlie (6) 
and Olivia (5), love school, while Ann 
is busy at home with their newest 

arrival, Edward (1). 

Maggie Fogarty really enjoys life 
as an at-home mom for Danny (4) 
and Mary (1). Maggie, Tim and the 
children recently spent a week in 
Newfoundland and plan to relocate to 
Latin America in 2003 for 4 years with 
the Mary Knoll program. 

Barbara Smith still lives in 
Hillsborough, CA, where she sells res- 
idential real estate for Coldwell 
Banker. Barbara traveled to Egypt and 
Jordan with her father in January 
2001, and recently got together with 
Stephanie Harden O'Brien. 

Nancy Steenhuis is still doing 
horse massage and adjustments in 
Illinois. She is engaged, with a 
February 03 wedding planned, to Bill 
'Blue" Knott who is the starter at 
Arlington Park Racetrack in Chicago. 

Anne Farrell works in Antioch, IL, 
as a veterinarian and travels whenever 
she can. Anne hopes to make it back 
to SBC for a reunion. 

Shannon Wood Bush lives in 
Refugio. TX with her husband, Chris, 
and their 2 children: Eleanor (7) and 
Bennett (3 1/2). Shannon and Chris, 
who has been cancer-free for 2 years, 
run beef cattle on their ranch. 
Shannon is also the Media and PR 
Chair for the 2002 ADT Optimist 
World Sailing Championships in 
Corpus Christi and VP of the school 
Parents' Organization. Eleanor is in 
the 1st grade, sails an Optimist, and is 
a rock star in Green Fleet. Bennett 
starts N3 classes and spent most of 
his summer splashing around the 

Jessica Steinhice Mathews mar- 
ried Bruce Mathews in 1997. Their 
son, Eric, was born prematurely by 2 
1/2 months in March 2000 and is 
doing really well now. Jessica tutors 
English skills for foreign nationals 
working in Washington, D.C., while 
Bruce is a video engineer with 
Verizon. Bruce's daughter, Aimee, 
lives with them and recently got her 
driver's license. 

Paige Taylor recently moved to 
Laguna Beach, CA. and plans to marry 
Rick Hall in October. Rick is in the golf 
business, so Paige has been playing a 
lot of golf and tennis. Paige has also 
spent a lot of time in Virginia helping 
her mom with their Antique Mall. 
Paige spent a weekend in Napa Valley 
with Evan Wright Castelo and her 
husband, followed by a visit to Evan in 
Austin, TX, after Evan's son, Christian, 
was born. 

Julianne Burkhardt lives in 
Helena, MT, where she practices with 
a small litigation firm, Thueson and 
Lamb, which specializes in trial and 
appellate work representing plaintiffs 
exclusively. Julianne recently bought 
her dream house, a Victorian built in 
1890 with mountains literally in her 
back yard, where she lives with her 
elderly golden retriever, Boone. If any- 
one plans to be in Montana on vaca- 
tion, Julianne would love to hear from 

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Lezlie Varisco Pinto lives in Fort 
Worth, TX. with her husband, Victor, 
and their 3 children: Victor (6), Brazos 
(5), and Christian (2). The family 
recently traveled to CA to visit 
Disneyland and the beach, and to the 
mountains in NM. Lezlie and Victor 
spent time alone in Europe and plan 
to visit Hawaii in October for their 
10th wedding anniversary. The whole 
family will spend Thanksgiving in 
Philadelphia. Victor works for an 
Italian corrugating machinery com- 
pany and travels to Milan freguently, 
while Lezlie loves being a stay-at- 
home mom. Victor is in 1st grade, 
Brazos attends Bridge class and 
Christian goes to class twice a week. 
The family recently acquired a six 
week old Boston Bulldog puppy. Lezlie 
stays in touch with Kathy Bryan 
Sanders and Jill O'Ree Stryker. 

Kathy Miller Sanghani loves 
being at home with her son, Milan 
Alexander, born 5/98. Kathy's hus- 
band, Sumeet, is a Senior Manager 
with Ernst and Young's 
Communication Advisory Services in 
Kansas City. Sumeet travels fre- 
quently, so Kathy and Milan have fun 
joining him in various cities. Kathy 
keeps in touch with Margaretta 
Colangelo and plans to return to her 
career in architecture when Milan is 

Teresa Pike Tomlinson and her 
husband, Trip, work for the same law 
firm in Columbus, GA. Work keeps 
Teresa traveling a lot, but it's exciting 
and she loves it. Teresa presently has 
a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
In her spare time, Teresa serves on 
Columbus' Board of Architectural and 
Historic Review and Columbus' Tree 
Ordinance Committee. Teresa is also 
involved in a project to revitalize the 
business district of Columbus' 
Historic Midtown area. 

Linda Mae Visocan Gabriel works 
at Neiman-Marcus part-time, shows 
the Worth Collection, and continues to 
build her Arbonne team. She also 
helps Denton Freeman Kump '88 with 
her handbag business. Linda Mae 
spent a week in Seaside, FL, with 
Martha Shorter '85, Stacey '85, and 
Karla '85. Linda Mae and her hus- 
band, Todd, loved being back at SBC 
for reunion. 

Mollee Buckingham Lewis moved 
to Martha's Vineyard in 1994 with her 
husband, Lome. They have 2 boys, 
Chace (10/29/97) and Graham 
(2/22/02). Mollee and Lome bought 
Martha's Vineyard Travel Bureau Inc. 
in February 1999. 

Carol Jones Smith hated missing 
reunion, but was 8 months pregnant 
with girl #3 at the time. Her children, 
Emily (5) and Katie (4), spent the 
summer enjoying soccer camp and 
swimming lessons. Carol still works 
from home as a paralegal for a cyber- 
law firm of working moms. Her hus- 
band finishes his degree next year and 

they will move on to Seminary. After 
that, they plan to enter the foreign 
mission field. 

Ann McAllister-Thomas' children, 
Priscilla (5) and Grace (3), are doing 
well. Priscilla is in ballet and both girls 
are learning to swim. Ann is busy 
starting her own business at home, as 
well as working part-time at an ad 
agency. Ann and her husband, Peter, 
recently celebrated their 7th wedding 

Angelyn Schmid is a stay-at-home 
mom in Piano, TX, for her daughter, 
Darah (3). Angelyn's husband, John, 
works out of the house for a telecom 

Dede Connors King and her hus- 
band, Charlie, recently moved to a 
new house in Martinsville, VA, with 
their children: Agnes (5) and Rob (10 
months: born 9/13). Dede is in her 
3rd year of teaching high school math 
classes at the Carlisle School and 
loves it. 

Rebecca Michie McVeigh and her 
husband, Charlie, are doing well in 
Lynchburg, VA. Emory just turned 5 
and Charlie Jr. is 2. The past few 
years have been hectic with Rebecca 
on bed rest during her pregnancy with 
twins, which resulted in the birth of 
two boys. William Henry and Charles 
Bonsall, Jr., on 3/8/00. William died 
on 3/17/00. Rebecca writes that 
Emory and Baby Charlie keep them 
going and keep them blessed! 

Lastly, my husband, Greg, and I 
(Molly Ziebold Sampson) are happily 
ensconced in Hermosa Beach, CA, 
where we are currently house-hunting. 
I left my job at Arthur Andersen last 
fall and Greg and I spent a month 
traveling through Australia and New 
Zealand. I had the chance to visit 
Kristin Foley in New York recently, 
while accompanying Greg on a busi- 
ness trip. Thanks for all of the news 
that was submitted and please keep in 


Dr. Eden Brown (Eden Zuckerman) 
1655 N Fort Myer Drive Ste. 700 
Arlington VA 22209 


Miss Emmy S. Leung 
7102 Wynnewood Court 
Richmond VA 23235-5619 


Mrs. Jean L. Benning (Jean Spillane) 
1 506 Bethlehem Pike 
Ambler PA 19002 

With a troubling year behind us 
all, it was wonderful to hear so much 
good news from so many of you. 
There are lots of great things going on 

in all of our lives, so I hope you enjoy 
the news! 

Our first set of news is written 
with great sadness. Stacy Gilmore 
Hicks reports that Amy Calandra 
Zechini lost her son Zachary this past 
Christmas. Please remember her in 
your thoughts and prayers in getting 
through such a terrible loss. Stacy 
herself is living in Charleston, SC 
where she is very busy with her 
church, neighborhood, Haley's school 
and the Junior League. She is also 
working for an interior decorator. 
Haley will be starting the second 
grade this year and is very busy with 
swimming, gymnastics, piano, choir 
and tennis. Cheryl Bishop Gilman is 
expecting another child. She and her 
family spent a wonderful vacation in 
Kiawah Island, SC this past May. She 
is very thankful that their special 
events company is going strong after 
the hard times of last year Becki 
Finkbeiner Streett writes that she is 
in Little Rock, AR with her family, 
McKinley — 5, Perry — 4 and Hannah — 
2. She and her husband have been 
running marathons — though very 
slowly she says. Please stop by if you 
are in the area. 

Elizabeth Mason Horsely and 
family welcomed their second son, 
Will, in December 2001 . She made 
partner in the law firm she works for, 
Williams Mullen, where she practices 
commercial litigation. They are still 
living in the Fan, in Richmond. She 
looks forward to her sister's wedding 
in August and seeing some SBC 
alums— Wesley Foster Huffard and 
Nancy Bethea Howell. Anne 
Richardson Lackey reports that she 
and her husband are finishing up 
building a house in North GA on 13.27 
acres. She and Mark were their own 
general contractors, a tough experi- 
ence. She still works as a Vice 
President in Sales for eAtlanta, Inc, a 
local technology consulting company. 
She would love to hear from anyone 
traveling through Atlanta. Stephanie 
Dance Tancredi writes that she and 
her family are living in Memphis. She 
is a stay-at-home mom with her son 
Daniel— 5 and Samantha— 2. They 
continue to spend their vacation each 
summer at her mom's house in CT. 
Her dad passed away in 2000. In 
Memphis, they are in the process of 
building a new home. She says it's 
crazy in how long it takes to figure out 
where to place your home on the lot! 
She welcomes anyone coming her 
way. She says she is amazed at how 
time flies and that she can't believe 
that she could possibly be old enough 
to have her children. ..wasn't it just 
yesterday that Meg Caulk lit her room 
on fire in Gray Dorm?? Time does fly 
by! Rosanna Jones-Thurman reports 
that she is in private practice as a clin- 
ical psychologist in Omaha, NE. All is 
going well with her and her husband 
Danny. She occasionally keeps in 
touch with Renee Merion. She, as 

well, would love to see anyone who is 
traveling through the Midwest. Renee 
Merion was married in August 2001 
and had a wonderful two weeks in 
Hawaii. Her husband Greg's daughters 
were her junior bridesmaids. She is 
currently planning a trip to Tahiti for 
her first anniversary. Renee still works 
with the District Attorney's office and 
has just recently become head of the 
Juvenile Prosecution Unit. She occa- 
sionally hears from Dawn Czaplicki 
Hutchison (88), Melinda Wick 
Aufmuth (92), Rosanna, as mentioned 
above, and Anne Vogel Swan (92). 
After buying a condo in Chicago, gut- 
ting and renovating it Julie Brooks 
has moved to Miami. She was offered 
a great position she says she could 
not turn down as the Grants 
Administrator for the John S. and 
James L. Knight Foundation in Florida. 
(I think she moved for the weather, 
how about you??) She moved into an 
apartment in Miami Beach while still 
keeping her condo in Chicago. She 
enjoys spending time with Hildee 
Williams Wilson (89) who was her 
connection for her new position. 
Catherine Hollberg Minor and her 
family live in Carrollton, TX and have 
just bought a farm outside town. She 
is a full time mom with her two chil- 
dren and says she is working harder 
than she has ever worked. Amy 
Elizabeth Burton is working for the 
US Senate Curator's office, which had 
a role in the remediation of the 
anthraxed Hart Senate Office Building. 
She is delighted to report that her 86- 
year-old grandmother underwent radi- 
ation on her cancer and it is com- 
pletely gone. Congratulations! 

Rickie Fischer, German exchange 
student— 89/90, says that she is still 
busy renovating her house on the 
Mosel. She is working fulltime as a 
freelance interpreter for the EU during 
the week (Brussels-Strasbourg- 
Luxembourg) and is training "Old 
Faithful Pepp", her 21 -year-old horse 
for long distance rides. She is still 
happy being single. 

Amanda Priddy Berkey says she 
loved seeing the SBC gang at Ann 
Beatty Malone's wedding in August 
2001. This past spring she assisted in 
coordinating and participated in an 
Alabama Trade Mission to Mexico and 
Costa Rica. She and husband Chris 
have been adding on to their house in 
Huntsville. Nancy Kershner will be 
completing her MS in School Library 
Media in December, after 10 years of 
teaching in the elementary classroom. 
She is now the Library Media 
Specialist at Amelon Elementary in 
Madison Heights, VA. Her son Geoff 
graduated from the University of the 
Arts two years ago and is now artistic 
director and co-founder of Crescendo 
Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Her 
other son Philip will be a junior at 
William and Mary, majoring in music. 
Jacy Allen Carter and her husband 
are still in Colorado. They are expect- 

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ing their first child in October. She is 
so excited! She and Ben are going to 
start building a house in the spring so 
they are preparing for a very busy 
year ahead. Brandi Beck Fowler 
reports that she has just completed 
her doctorate in clinical psychology 
and is officially a Psychologist. She 
and her husband are still living in Los 
Angeles. Brandi keeps in touch with 
Heather Colson Ewing, Kana Roess 
Goldsmith (91), Beth Malloy Butler, 
Elizabeth Mason Horseley and Jacy 
Carter Allen Beth Babbitt Bowen and 
John (UVA 90) are enjoying their 
summer with their two daughters, 
Sarah— 4 and Hannah— 2 in 
Colorado. They spent a fun vacation 
taking their kids to San Diego, Sea 
World and Wild Animal Park. Carole 
Witherington Lumpkin and family just 
moved into a new house in Athens, 
GA. Her husband is opening a restau- 
rant, Hill Top Grille, and would love for 
anyone and everyone to come and 
visit. If any of you have done interna- 
tional adoption, Carole would love to 
hear from you as she and her hus- 
band are considering it for their sec- 
ond child. If you would like her 
address, please contact either Sweet 
Briar or myself and I will pass it 
along. Cecilia Schultz Haynie and 
husband Harris (HSC91) live in 
Charlottesville with their two sons, 
Graham — 4 and George — 8 months. 
She is looking forward to her vacation 
to a dude ranch in Wyoming this 
summer, adopting the 'cowboy' way 
of life. Amy Kroeger has moved to 
Guadalajara, Mexico to attend medical 
school for the next two years. She will 
then transfer back to a school in the 
United States and finish up medical 
school. She is looking forward to 
becoming an Emergency Room doc- 
tor Dena Burnham Wong and Tony 
are still living in Fredericksburg, VA 
where she is currently an operating 
room manager at an ambulatory sur- 
gery center. She spends her free time 
playing with her dogs and showing 
her horse. 

Lisa Bernstein and her son, 
Benjamin — 2, are living in Trappe, MD 
on the eastern shore. She says she "is 
rich with joy, love, peace and gratitude 
when I look at life through Ben's life." 
I think a lot of us feel that way. Lisa is 
preparing to begin a masters program 
in Social Work at Salisbury University 
in the fall. If you would like her e-mail 
address, please feel free to contact 
me Candace Collins Preston was 
able to meet up with Claire Williams, 
her daughter Kaitlin Jane born 
November 27, 2001 and husband 
Marlon in New Orleans this past April. 
They had a great time visiting and 
seeing the sights of the Big Easy. 
Dolly Garcia is expecting her third 
child in November. She will be having 
another girl. She looks forward to 
reuniting with others at Beth Pesiri's 
wedding in September. Beth reports 
that she is a new aunt. She and her 

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fiancee are currently looking for a 
house to move into after their wed- 
ding. She says that she recently 
received a promotion at work and is 
now the Admissions Manager and Art 
Therapist for the Stamford School 
Readiness Program. Chris Carriere 
Zazulak and husband Scott just cele- 
brated their tenth anniversary. They 
are very busy with their four boys. 
Chris spends time volunteering at 
their school. She will also be attend- 
ing Beth's wedding. 

Louise Bouldin Carter is expect- 
ing her first child, a girl she is naming 
Virginia, after her mother. Her due 
date is in August. Louise is currently 
living in Atlanta, but is about to move 
again now that her husband has fin- 
ished his fellowship. Ann Beatty 
Malone is living in Alexandria. VA 
where she and her husband Bill just 
recently bought a new home. She is 
still working for Johnson and Johnson 
in Sales and is expecting her first 
child in December. Chiara Ascari was 
just recently married to Scott Bailey 
on May 5, 2002 in Amherst, VA. She 
had a lovely reception on the Sweet 
Briar campus and enjoyed her honey- 
moon in Hawaii. Chiara works at the 
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority 
where she just received a promotion 
to Mental Health Clinician. She lives in 
Mechanicsville. Lisa Waldrop 
Hammerschmidt is enjoying her busy 
life with Trinity,— 2 1/2, and Link Reid 
born January 14, 2002. She and her 
husband are currently adding on to 
their barn and living space. Lisa 
keeps about 25 horses in their board- 
ing/breeding/training/teaching opera- 
tion. She keeps in touch with Susan 
Beebee, whom she reports is experi- 
encing great success in the eventing 
world — perhaps Olympic bound. Let's 
make sure we all root for her! Kelly 
Wood Erickson, husband Steve and 
children, Jack — 4 years and Sophie — 
2 years, have just relocated to Warner 
Robins, GA. 

Cata McDonald sends greetings 
from London where she and her hus- 
band are now living. She says she had 
a great wedding last July in Palm 
Beach with several friends from 
SBC— Sarah Andres, Julie Brooks, 
Leslie Carson Albizzatti and Lara 
Fieve. She recently bumped into Anne 
Maitrepierre whom she reports is a 
brand new mom to a little boy. 
Larissa Webb writes that she is work- 
ing as a therapist for children and 
families. She eloped to St Lucia. Her 
son will celebrate his fourth birthday 
in November. Gladden Adam Falivene 
and Phil are still living in Warren, l\IJ 
with Ellie — 3 1/2 and James — 1 . 
Rachel Renzy Meima announces that 
Rose— 3 became a big sister to 
Stephen Hughes this past November. 
She is very busy with home renova- 
tions and her children. Her husband 
Steve is busy as well with his new 
position at Lafarge North America, a 
building material manufacturer. She 

was able to get away to Charleston, 
SC to visit Anne Galbreath Jenkins 
and her husband Ron. Liisa Fink 
Weinberg loves living in North 
Carolina with her husband and two 
children, William — 2 and Lindsay -2 
(her children were born 1 1 months 
apart). God bless you! She is still 
working for Morgan Stanley and says 
she would love to hear from anyone 
who lives in the Charlotte area or any- 
one who may be traveling that way. 
Tracey Thomas Jones and husband 
Jonathon have celebrated their twelfth 
anniversary this year. They are hoping 
for a brother or sister for their son 
Nathaniel — 2. She and her husband 
continue to minister to a multi-racial 
urban congregation and work with 
Kosovar refugees. Her husband just 
returned from spending a month 
preaching in Uganda. They are living 
in Jacksonville, FL and Tracey keeps 
in touch with Kelleigh Klym, Linka 
Weyrauch Parlee, Kristen Rieder 
Costello and Christina Andert Hoy 
Tisa Delaney Pearce writes that she 
and her family spent a vacation at 
Disney's Animal Kingdom with 
Heather Colson Ewing and family, 
Claire and Charlie Griffith and Anne 
Mobley Hassett (87) and her family. 

Thank you all for writing; I look 
forward to hearing from more of you 
next time around. As for myself, my 
husband JR, daughter Emma and I, 
Jean Spillane Benning, are looking 
forward to a new addition to our fam- 
ily in early February. We still live out- 
side Philadelphia where we bought my 
husband's parents home. It's a home 
that used to be a male boarding 
school. It's over 200 years old and we 
have spent the past year renovating it. 
We both feel as though we will always 
be renovating! I am still working as a 
Product Specialist for a disaster 
recovery software firm. For those of 
you who knew my dog Snickers, he 
was killed this past year which has 
made us all very sad. 

Please keep in touch with me at 
jean and I will 
forward your notes on to the Alumnae 
office. As well, any pictures that you 
want to send would be greatly appre- 
ciated for the next reunion! 


Mrs. Jeffrey T. Constable 
(Michelle MacMurtrie) 
100 West Hillcrest Avenue 
Havertown PA 19083-1131 

Paula "Muffin'' Steers Farese, 

John and Emma Reed (3) welcomed 
daughter Ellis Kilbourne on August 15, 
2002. Muffin spent her time earlier in 
the summer moving the family down 
the road to Oxford, MS. 


Miss Mary-Linda (Molly) Morris 
6452 Cranston Way 
Dublin OH 43017 



Ms. Penelope Tadler 
(Penelope Sloane) 
114 Payne Whitney Lane 
Manhasset NY 11030 


Mrs. Kimberly Calhoun 
(Kimberly Olmstead) 
2127 Adderbury Lane 
Smyrna GA 30082 

Ms. Heather Roll Reardon 
(Heather lyn Roll) 
15964 SW 151 Terrace 
Miami FL 33196 


Miss Natalie Joy Brown 
1 57 Monte Vista 
Costa Mesa CA 92627 

Miss Eileen R. MacMurtrie 

4 Muirfield Court 

Newtown Square PA 19073-3026 

Hello Class of '96! I hope every- 
one had a fun and relaxing summer. It 
seems everyone has been busy since 
reunion. The last year has given us 
engagements, weddings, new babies, 
incredible jobs and outstanding edu- 
cations. Read on to find out who's 
doing what... 

Paige Vaught married Chris 
Campion on Nov. 17, 2002 at the SBC 
Chapel Amy Daugherty, Jennifer 
Truzpek and Carrie James '95 were 
bridesmaids. A ton of SBC girls had a 
mini-reunion on campus including 
Rachel Baltus, Angie Conklin, Mary 
Copeland, Lee Foley Dolan. Jesse 
Durham, Julie Hildebrand, Laura 
Lechler and Imogen Slade. Paige is 
enjoying married life, and is planning 
a baby shower for Jenn Truzpek in 
August. Laura Lechler writes that she 
just spent a week in Boston at a Math 
Conference and was able to visit with 
Sarah Chaffee Paris and her husband 
Jon. She also saw a bunch of gals at 
Lee Foley Dolan's baby shower in 
Richmond in May. Among those in 
attendance were Jesse Durham, 
Rachel Baltus, Paige Vaught 
Campion, Jen Beck Locke and Annie 
Pankoski. Lee and Duke Dolan are 
excited to share the news about the 
birth of their son Henry Starke Dolan 
born 6/6/02. In addition to being busy 
with their new son, Lee and Duke are 
moving into a new home in July. She's 

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seen quite a few SBC girls and looks 
forward to future gatherings. This past 
March Jesse Durham started a new 
job as a meeting planner for Strategic 
Analyses, Inc. in Arlington. VA and 
absolutely loves it. She's planning 
meetings in the DC Metro area, as 
well as San Diego and the Florida 
Keys. She sees Rachel Baltus who 
works at Georgetown University, and 
Jen Beck Locke now that she and 
Hunter live in nearby NC. 

Angie Conklin Abell continues to 
work as a real estate broker on 
Chincoteague Island, VA. She and 
husband Barry are expecting their 
second child this September! Angie 
feels very fortunate with her career in 
real estate, as it allows her to bring 
her son to work, as well as work from 
home 3 days a week. She keeps her- 
self very busy with their son, big 
house, Labrador, Golden Retriever and 
cat. She welcomes all alums to visit 
her at the beach — her door is always 
open! Imogen Slade stills works for 
Noldus Information Technology and 
travels quite a bit for work. She just 
celebrated her one-year anniversary in 
her first home. She has a new Jack 
Russell Terrier, Hattie, who is racing 
and doing great. She's enjoyed spend- 
ing time with Julie Hildebrand. Sarah 
Young and seeing Leah Jorgensen 
over the 4th of July. She's also look- 
ing forward to more events in the DC 
Metro area, so all you DC girls better 
get busy planning! April Collins 
Potterfield writes that she married 
Russell Potterfield in an outdoor cere- 
mony at his home this past June. 
Catherine King Fink and Jennifer 
Truzpek were bridesmaids, and Sarah 
Chaffee Paris read. She and Russell 
honeymooned in Nova Scotia. She's 
currently living in Ann Arbor, Ml 
where Russell is completing his MBA. 
They're spending 3 1/2 weeks on 
Safari in Tanzania this summer, and 
following up with a trip to Alaska. 
She's enjoying a slower pace with 
graduate school finished. Sarah 
Chaffee and husband Jonathan are 
excited to share the news that they are 
expecting their first child in February! 
Mary Margaret Dixon shares the 
news of her engagement! She's mar- 
rying Andy Biss from western NY on 
October 12. 2002 in Birmingham, AL 
They met at the Naval Surface Warfare 
Center in Dahlgren. VA where they're 
both employed. Sarah Dennis 
Roberts and Hilary Carlson will both 
be bridesmaids. 

Sarah Reidy is enjoying having 
her own business as a personal assis- 
tant in Atlanta. Her job lets her blend 
her design and cooking skills as her 
clients may need. She's looking for- 
ward to being in Kelly Collins' wed- 
ding at SBC in September '02. 
Elizabeth Groves just completed her 
MBA at UVA's Darden and is getting 
ready to move to Baltimore. She'll be 
starting a new job with Mercantile's 
Private Bank. Lindsay Mactavish is 

currently working for the Pennsylvania 
Department of Health in the Bureau of 
Chronic Diseases and Injury 
Prevention's Health Education and 
Information Program in Harrisburg. 
Janine Paris-Mesanko Schofield and 
husband Paul have relocated to 
Virginia Beach, VA where Paul is a 
lawyer with the U.S. Navy J.A.G. 
Corps. Janine teaches fifth grade at 
The Holy Trinity School in Norfolk. 
They've been spending a lot of time 
traveling and have visited Germany, 
Austria, France and England. Heidi 
Ann Faulconer married Thomas 
Michael Cavanaugh on March 23, 
2002 in Lynchburg, VA. The couple 
honeymooned in Aruba, and is resid- 
ing in Branchburg, NJ. Both work for 
Pharmacia Corp — Heidi works as a 
sales representative, and Thomas is a 
marketing communications manager. 
Jennifer Smith just completed her 
first year working at the U of 
Richmond — Westhampton College 
Dean's Office and loves Richmond. 
She also got engaged to the love of 
her life, Erskine Kelley, on January 
26th at her surprise birthday party. 
The two are thoroughly enjoying their 
engagement, and living in the same 
city after 5 years long distance. Jen 
spends time with Reneca Rose '97 
and her son Jabari who turned one- 
year-old in January. She also sees 
Lynn Davis Saunders with whom 
she's planning their 10 year high 
school reunion. She'll be attending 
DeAndrea Thomas's '95 wedding on 
June 8th and will be one of her Maids 
of Honor Mo Broderick Eaton filled 
us in on her adventures of last sum- 
mer as well as this summer. Last 
summer she and husband Stuart 
spent two weeks in Costa Rica with 
students and then three weeks in Peru 
with friends. They hiked the Inca Trail 
to Machu Picchu where Mo picked up 
an intestinal parasite — yuck! However, 
the parasite helped Mo to lose a few 
critical pounds that allowed her to win 
the 2001 Mountain Bike Racing Series 
for Oregon in her category. The next 
time Mo races it'll be as an expert! 
This summer however, Mo took time 
off from racing to have Miles 
Broderick Eaton born 6/6/02 and 
weighing 8lbs, 10 oz. She's says he's 
an easy baby and her husband and 
she are spending lots of time with him 
during their three months off from 

Heather Baskett recently moved 
from New Orleans to Atlanta and is 
working for Zoo Atlanta. She works 
with elephants and carnivores. She 
keeps in touch with Melanie Vracas. 
Dingo Loy and Penelope Spain 
Melanie Snyder Giggenbach and 
husband Bader had their first child, a 
son, named Nikolaus Cy Giggenbach. 
He is a welcome addition to their 
household, and has turned their lives 
wonderfully upside-down. She says 
she "never realized what joy one can 
experience from becoming a mom 

and knowing that a little one loves and 
trusts you unconditionally". She 
hopes everything is well with Class of 
'96 Anne Collins Sinha absolutely 
loves California. She says living near 
both the ocean and the mountains is 
the best of both worlds. She works for 
a Norway-based, fast-growing online 
survey software company and loves 
her job. She and her husband keep 
busy with work and travel, hoping to 
travel either to Southern Spain or 
Greece next. They'll also be visiting 
India this December. She'd love to 
hear from other "Suzy Sweets" — feel 
free to email! Rachel Cooper is still 
working at Johns Hopkins University 
in a lab that is studying how HIV 
affects the brain. She also recently 
started graduate school at Hopkins in 
the Biotechnology Program, and is 
getting married to Mark Gray on 
August 30, 2003. Her biggest recent 
news is that her horse Pixi gave birth 
to a beautiful filly on May 13th. She's 
a bay with a blaze and looks nothing 
like Pixi or the filly's father. Proud 
Mom would be happy to share pic- 
tures with anybody! Wynn Cole is still 
living in Richmond, VA and works as a 
print producer at an advertising 
agency called The Martin Agency. She 
currently works on the UPS account 
and loves it. She's marrying HSC grad 
Blake Burr on October 19. 2002 in 
Richmond with Katie Campbell as 
Maid of Honor, Rachael Boyd 
Belmonte as Matron of Honor, and 
Buff Barkley Ramsey Elizabeth 
Hunter Ferguson '97 and Jessica 
Meier '97 as bridesmaids. She and 
Blake will be honeymooning in 
Bermuda Rachael Boyd Belmonte 
writes that son Will is now 18 months 
old! Husband Joe and she still live in 
Emporia, VA and Rachel teaches high 
school mathematics. Buff Barkley 
Ramsey and husband Jarratt are hav- 
ing a baby! She's due January 2003. 
They're both very excited about the 
"bean in my belly that is making me 
feel seasick all the time". She also had 
news of Carson Scheppe's wedding in 
Jacksonville, FL. She saw '95 grads 
Maren Howard, Eileen Yates, Lucy 
DeOliveira, Meredith Williams and 
Jessica John (with baby Treat), as 
well as Katie Campbell and Monica 
Paul Dennis. Monica and Matt are 
living in Michigan and have two little 
ones. Carson and Wyatt. Monica 
recently participated in the AVON 
Breast Cancer Three-Day Walk in 
Chicago. She and her sister covered 
60 miles in 3 days to raise money and 
awareness in the fight against breast 
cancer Amelia Dudman Atwill mar- 
ried '92 HSC grad Charlie on June 1. 
2002 Claire Myers and Johana 
Kelleher Hoofnagle '93 were brides- 
maids Rachel Briers Bell, Jessica 
Gindlesperger Hubbell, JoAnna 
Reynolds and Kathy Whitby '95 were 
in attendance. Amelia's keeping busy 
with work and applying to grad school 
for Art History Rachel Briers Bell just 

returned from Amelia's wedding 
where she saw all the aforementioned 
SBCer's and had a great time. She and 
husband Ed are living in southwest 
Florida and are excited about expect- 
ing baby #1 in January! 

Jessica Crowley is still in Austin 
and loves it. She just started her own 
small business "Crowley Consulting" 
focusing on executive and attorney 
placement. She says it's a little scary, 
but also very exciting, and things are 
going well so far! She keeps in touch 
with Claire Meyers, Amelia Dudman 
Atwill, Jeni Brundage Turner, Wynn 
Cole, Buff Barkley Ramsey, Katie 
Campbell, Liza Kirby. JoAnna 
Reynolds and Jessica Gindlesperger 
Hubbell just to name a few. She wel- 
comes visitors to Austin! 

Robin Bettger Fishburne is mov- 
ing for the 7th time in 6 years — and 
hopes it will be the last for awhile! 
They're moving from Lake Mary, FL to 
Robin's hometown of Greenville, SC 
on June 1st. She's currently looking 
for a job, so if anyone knows of any 
openings in Greenville please email 
Robin. She's also attending Sarah 
Betz's wedding in June where Mary 
Byrd Schroeder Braun '95 is Matron 
of Honor. 

Lisa Aumiller is starting her 3rd 
year of practice as a veterinarian in 
Willingboro, NJ. She just got engaged 
to the man of her dreams on a hot air 
balloon with plans to marry June 
2003. She keeps in touch with Tracy 
Walters who will be her Maid of 

Leah Jorgensen recently passed 
her International Wine Exam in NYC 
and is currently the Hospitality and 
Events (Tasting Room) Manager at 
Chrysalis Vineyards in Middleburg, 
VA. Leah is also active at the Bethesda 
Writers Center where she sees 
Catherine Hill (daughter of former 
SBC President Barbara Hill), now a 
junior at Yale University. Leah just 
completed her first feature-length 
screenplay in June. 

Alexandria Hiribarne still has a 
healing practice and is teaching 
Kundalini Yoga in addition to working 
for the Secretary General of the Sikh 
Dharma, based at the worldwide head- 
quarters in New Mexico. She plans on 
moving to NM in the fall. 

Cindy Rakow Prewitt. husband 
Steven and dogs Dexter and Lucy still 
reside in Falls Church, VA where Cindy 
owns and manages her own market- 
ing consulting business. Cindy still 
rides competitively and spends many 
a day at the barn. 

Half-Golden, half-Chow Leo 
Magistro lives very comfortably in 
Washington DC in a 2-bedroom apart- 
ment he shares with his owner Meg 
Magistro. Leo's had a great summer 
playing, napping and vacationing in 
the Hamptons with Meg. He'll be sad 
when she starts her 5th year of teach- 
ing at Georgetown Day School this 

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In February Alex. Leah. Meg. 
Cindy and I met in Philadelphia for a 
mini-reunion, and spent a day pam- 
pering ourselves at a spa. Everyone 
looked great! As for me. Eileen 
MacMurtrie, I'm soon to hit the road! 
I left my job at Hopkins this past May 
and am working for a travel nursing 
company. They provide me with a 
three-month contract in the city of my 
choice. First stop — San Francisco! 
Hope to see some of you on my trav- 
els. Be Good, Be Safe and Keep in 


Mrs. Kerri R. Burtner (Kerri Rowlings) 
957 Highland Park Drive 
Somerset PA 15501 


Mrs. Dawn Ellen Grobe (Dawn Everett) 
51 Pleasant Street 
Brattleboro VT 05301 


Mrs. Katelin C. Garland 
(Katelin Chmielinski) 
33 Wingate Road 
Weymouth MA 02189 

Hello to everyone in the class of 
1999! It has certainly been a busy 
year, with everyone in grad school, 
weddings galore and even babies! 

Kelly Turner Gatzke married 
Benjamin Gatzke (West Point'99) on 
May 25, 2002 in Forsyth Park, 
Savannah, GA. Kelly is currently work- 
ing as a commercial real estate parale- 
gal for a law firm in Savannah, with 
the hopes of attending law school 
soon. She and Ben have adopted a 
dog named Lady and are very happy. 
Anna (Carmichael) Redding and 
Chuck are loving married life and have 
added a chocolate lab named Hank to 
the family. Anna is currently working 
in Hanover Country as a school coun- 
selor. Catherine (London) Clayton 
and her husband are living in Denver, 
and Catherine is working as an artist. 
They have a cat named Forsie and are 
doing a ton of skiing! 

Lindsey Neef graduated from UNC 
Law School in May, and is currently 
job hunting. Melissa Henning is living 
in Alexandria, VA, and is engaged to 
be married on July 27, 2002 to Barrett 
Hill. They will be honeymooning in the 
Virgin Islands. Bridesmaids will 
include Kris Harris Heather McLeod 
and Tina (Hansel) Snover Melissa 
tells us that Tina was married on June 
15th to husband David. She has 
started a new Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes office in Prince William 
County, and is living in Manassas. 

We have also learned that Megan 
(Senecal) Burton gave birth to a baby 

girl in March Meredith Tillery is liv- 
ing and working in Greenville, SC as a 
private investigator! 

Susan (Hurley) Upshaw is attend- 
ing the Virginia Bankers School of 
Bank Management at UVA. She 
attended Bridget Meier's wedding in 
April, where she saw Wendy (Webb) 
Walker Tina Snover and Kris Hansel 
Susan and Gary are expecting their 
first child in December. Kathryn 
(Taylor) Paine and husband Jonathan 
were married on Dec. 29, 2001 in 
Houston. They spent their honeymoon 
at the Las Brisas Hotel. 

Lillie (Voght) Tillar and husband 
just purchased their first home and 
are living in Raleigh. Lillie is teaching 
first grade, and keeps in touch with 
Lynne Boyd, Gina Mondel. Tina 
Brady Erin Vlasaty and Amy Jo 
Downing. Lynne is living in Durham 
and is in graduate school at Duke for 
Environmental Studies. Gina is living 
between Florida and New Jersey, and 
is showing horses and tutoring chil- 
dren. Tina was recently accepted to 
law school at the University of South 
Carolina and Erin continues to work 
for a non-profit company. Amy Jo is 
living in Manhattan and continues to 
work for Rothschild Inc. 

Sarah Dean just completed the 
MFA program in creative writing at 
George Mason University. We have 
also learned that Alison Oates contin- 
ues to work for Pfizer, and Annie 
(Knaz) Jung has given birth to a little 
girl, Bella, and has been taking 
classes toward her Master's degree. 
Megan Butt's life has been full of 
excitement. She recently became 
engaged to Chris Glover, and they will 
be married in October, 2002 in St. 
Thomas. Megan is currently working 
as a realtor and recently added a dog 
to the family, along with a cat, iguana, 
four frogs and two fish tanks. 

Meredith (Bonnell) Houff married 
James on May 4. Bridesmaids 
included Marlena Dearman Katie 
Leeming Jill Triana and Kim Bolz- 
Andolshek. Meredith is still working 
for the National Center for Missing & 
Exploited Children in Alexandria. Kim 
and Justin have been in their new 
home in Pequot Lakes, MN for almost 
a year. They are the owners of a cof- 
fee shop and a grocery store. Kim is 
also selling pharmaceuticals. Natasha 
(Alam) Shafi is currently working in 
New York at the Ludwig Institute, and 
is doing cancer research. She tells us 
that Amy Smith is starting Law 
School in the fall of 2002 at 
Washington & Lee. 

Devon Vasconcellos is still living 
in Austin, TX with her boyfriend Steve 
and their two bunnies, Gatsby and 
Sport. Devon is currently in summer 
school, and is working part-time in 
the housing division of legal aid of 
Central Texas. Devon spent a couple 
of days in DC with Andrea Dubenezic 
last Christmas, where she is working 
at the Center for Applied Linguistics. 

Aracelie Castro writes to us from 
Korea, where she has been for the 
past year. From there she is traveling 
to the Sinai Peninsula, where she will 
be working at the Disbursing Office as 
part of the Multi-National Force and 
Observers. Sarah Elkins began a 
Master's of English at Texas Woman's 
University in June. She is living in the 
Dallas area with her dog. Caley. and 
her cat. Faulkner. She was in Kelly 
Turney-Gatzke's wedding Shannon 
(Weisenberger) Habenicht and Andy 
(H-SC 99) were married on June 1st 
in Richmond. They are living in 
Alexandria, where Shannon is a mar- 
keting communications specialist and 
is also writing occasionally for the 
Washington Post and On Tap. 

Lindsay Hicks has returned from 
her mission in France, and is working 
for a PR agency in Phoenix. Natasha 
White is living in the San Francisco 
Bay area, and is working as a tennis 
pro at a private club while pursuing 
her MBA. Emily Sartor is getting her 
Masters of Social Work at UNC- 
Greensboro, and is living with Jill 
Triana. Jill graduated in May from 
UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master's 
Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology 
and Counseling. She is still dating 
Mike York. Emily Clark recently grad- 
uated from George Mason with an 
MFA in Creative Writing, and is 
engaged to be married. Shannon 
Smith is living in Raleigh, and is 
working at the Bowman Animal 
Hospital and Cat Clinic. She has been 
admitted to the NCSU College of 
Veterinary medicine. Jennifer 
Crutcher recently graduated from 
UMass Amherst with a Master's in 
English. She is moving to Austin and 
keeps in touch with Aimee 
Armentrout. Julie Harju. Debbie 
(Lanham) Bushek and Marisha 
Bourgeois Sara Catherine Clyburn is 
still working at SBC. and is engaged 
to a H-SC man. They will be married 
in August, 2002, in Charleston, SC. 

After leaving SBC. Valerie Roche 
went on to attend Pepperdine. She is 
living in CA, and is very happy! Alex 
Sienkiewicz tells us that she has left 
the hotel business, and is happily 
employed as the Meetings & Events 
Coordinator for the Association 
Management Network in Longwood, 
FL. She is currently living in Orlando 
and is loving life! Jen (Schmidt) 
Major is still living in Bad Aibling, 
Germany, and will be there until at 
least July. 2003. She and husband 
Mike recently welcomed their second 
child. Emily, into the family. Jen tells 
us that Anna (their first) loves being a 
big sister! Jen is still working as an 
instructor for the College of Central 
Texas, teaching academic skills to sol- 
diers on the base. Elizabeth Melvin 
is still in Charlotte, working for the 
Bank of America as a Mutual Fund 
Trader. She is also taking night 
classes in graphic design, and keeps 
in touch with Leslie Hardy Jill 

Triana Dorminey and K. Hard 1 
Krista Wigginton is marrying Latham 
Gravatt in August, 2002 Emily Poore 
is working at Arches National Park in 
Utah. Ami Hernandez is currently 
enrolled at Boston College in a dual- 
degree program in pastoral counsel- 
ing and social work. Sara Skoglund 
is working as a dance teacher all 
around the DC metro area. Jessica 
Dennig just graduated with her 
Master's in Information Systems. 
Meghan (Pollard) Leypoldt married 
Steve on April 27th. Bridesmaids 
included Katelin (Chmielinski) 
Garland Brandi Whitley Laura Lamb 
and Sarah (Kingsley) Foley Other 
99ers in attendance were Joce 
Wiherle and Amy (Gibbs) Brown 
Meghan and Steve recently purchased 
their first home in Durham, where 
they have a lab, Lucy. Meghan is still 
at the Fuqua School of Business at 
Duke University, where she works as 
an admissions counselor. Brandi 
Whitley is in her fourth year of grad 
school at UNC-Chapel Hill in 
Pathology, and is studying breast can- 
cer. She is happily living with her 
dog, Indiana, and her boyfriend Tom. 
Sarah and husband Robert are living 
in Williamsburg, where Sarah teaches 
German and coaches cheerleading at 
the College of William and Mary. They 
recently made a new addition to their 
family, a German Shepard named 
Leika. Laura Lamb is in her fourth 
year of grad school at Duke 
University, and is living in Durham. 
She recently added two new members 
to her household. Two dogs named 
Vixen and Briar! Joce Wiherle is 
engaged to Kent Greimel, and is cur- 
rently in law school. Amy is living 
with husband Kenton in Chevy Chase. 
MD. and is enrolled in graduate 
school in interior design! Katelin and 
husband Philip are expecting twin 
boys in August, 2002. The boys will 
be named Thomas and Connor. 
Katelin is currently working as the 
Director of Sales and Marketing for 
the Candela Spa in Boston. That's it 
for now, 99ers! What an exciting 
year! Please keep your news coming 
to me at 


Ms. Alison Stockdale 
1 5353 Gatehouse Terrace 
Woodbridge, VA 22191 

Kibbyjane Bryenton writes that 
she and husband Donni just bought a 
house in VA Beach. They also have a 
new addition to their family, a little 
puppy named Yeti, who is a West 
Highland Terrior. Leslie Hardy ('99) 
and Megan Butt ('99) just visited the 
couple this past summer. Sarah 
Lester joined the Peace Corps in 2/02 
and has been living in Manila, 
Philippines ever since. She is 

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presently learning Tagalog and work- 
ing in a Catholic church helping to 
create a youth center for children of 
struggling and impoverished families. 
Sarah writes that it is a tough job but 
she loves it. Also overseas. Holly 
Wilmeth writes that she is finishing 
up her JETS contract in Japan and will 
then be traveling with a friend across 
Asia for three months. They will be 
hiking in Tibet and tenting in 
Mongolia, stopping in Russia, Turkey, 
and Greece. In 2/03, Holly will come 
back to the States to attend a semes- 
ter at the Salt Institute for 
Documentary Studies. Carol Skirlofl 
writes that NY is still fun and exciting. 
She sees Mary Friberg ('98) con- 
stantly and Chris Turner & Christina 
Rangel ('01). Carol also saw Katie 
Wright & Susana Bobadilla (01) in 
VA beach, Renee Dupree in Alabama 
and also went with her little brother 
Daniel sea kayaking in Alaska. Carol is 
still working for Salomon Smith 
Barney and got another promotion to 
Asst. Vice President. Chris Turner is 
also in NYC but is contemplating a 
move to DC Mo Robertson is still 
working at Inova Fairfax Hospital in 
the Medical Staff Services office. Mo 
works with the section chiefs and 
committee chairs to support the 
departmental, section and committee 
meetings for the hospital. She is again 
volunteering for the Annandale 
Volunteer Fire Department and just 
moved into a new terrace apartment 
on 7/6/02. Mo has been dealing with a 
sudden illness in the family and is 
awaiting test results that may lead to 
a more positive diagnosis. Mo is look- 
ing forward to the union of Amy Scott 
and Brian Huse. Also looking forward 
to the wedding is Evangeline 
Easterly Evangeline is in graduate 
school studying Cancer Biology at 
Vanderbilt, and doing breast cancer 
research. In her free time she swing 
dances and has joined the fencing 
team. Evangeline has also graciously 
created a yearbook supplement for 
our class of all the missing "dot dots" 
that were not in our yearbooks. 
Evangeline does not yet have a distri- 
bution date but will keep us posted. 
Elizabeth Hamshaw is still living in 
Washington DC, working for the 
Council of Independent Colleges, and 
building Websites part-time. She sees 

Chhavi and Shweta Sharma a lot, and 
Lina Haleilul, who are all living in the 
area and doing well. In 3/02, Elizabeth 
went on a backpacking trip to Europe 
with Mandy Rice and Katie Cesarz. 
traveling through France, the 
Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy, all 
with only a couple changes of clothes! 
Elizabeth also visited Kristy Chatham 
recently down in FL and she's doing 
really well and about to begin her PA 
program at U of FL. In May, Christine 
Bump finished her first year of law 
school at Emory. Christine made the 
Dean's List and was named to law 
review. She is one of 25 in her class 
on the staff of Emory's International 
Law Review. This summer, Christine 
is serving as a clerk in the Centers for 
Disease Control's Office of General 
Counsel where she sees many SBC 
alums such as Liz (Homoki) Titus 
('94) and Susan (Holman) Beck ('98). 

Christine is also singing as a 
soprano soloist for her church and is 
the chairwoman for Emory's Legal 
Association for Women's Pub Night 
charity auction. Christine keeps in reg- 
ular contact with Lucy Brooks. Emily 
Taylor Boatright. and Ginny Gilbert 
Emily and Lucy are both thriving as 
teachers and loving their jobs, and 
Ginny is a successful consultant with 
Ernst & Young. Amy Hess Snawder is 
in Ft. Polk, LA, but will be moving 
back to Winchester, VA with her par- 
ents in 10/02, as hubby Jared has a 
1year unaccompanied tour to Korea 
starting in 12/02. Noelle W, Lotano 
Speedy writes that on May 25th she 
was married to Kent and went to 
Hawaii for their honeymoon and is 
now back to the harsh reality of work 
again. Noelle and Kent are still run- 
ning a distribution company that they 
started in 2000 working and living in 
Toms River, NJ. Anne-Ryan Sinnott is 
working in DC at a Back-Up Child Care 
Center that is privately owned by the 
law firm of Akin Gump. Anne-Ryan is 
beginning her fourth semester of grad 
school at Marymount U where she is 
studying to become a special educa- 
tion teacher Melissa Fauber Carter 
wrote me from her honeymoon in CA 
that she got married on June 29th to 
Jack Carter(H-SC '00). Carla 
Fitzgerald (01) and Tracy Kitchen 
Harris ('99) were two of her brides- 
maids. Ashley Hill also wrote me 

while on vacation in Kelowna, BC 
Canada. Ashley was living in Lake 
Tahoe, CA this past year working at 
Squaw Valley USA (ski mountain). 
After spending two summer months 
in Boston, Ashley will return to CA for 
one more season at Squaw. Ashley 
will also be starting graduate school 
at UVA in 6/03 for a 3-1/2 year pro- 
gram for her MLA (Master of 
Landscape Architecture). On a trip to 
Boston in June I was able to catch up 
with Alissa Harris, Vicki Zak, and 
Amanda Atkinson. Amanda finished 
her masters degree in 6/02 and began 
a new job in 7/02 as the assistant 
director of residence life at Simmons 
College. Noah Smith and Amanda are 
engaged and planning a summer 2003 
wedding. Vicki is still at Fidelity, and 
living in Providence on the East Side 
behind Brown University. Vicki plans 
on going to grad school part-time 
next fall for her MBA, and she's cur- 
rently enjoying the beautiful Rl sum- 
mer and reports she got a new car 
and is planning more road trips. 
Alissa Harris is working on an award 
winning independent documentary 
film as associate producer. Currently 
she is also writing a script for her own 
directorial project. Alissa keeps in 
touch with Marlena Koper who is at 
the University of Miami in Ohio in her 
second year of the Master's program 
in Zoology. In Spring 2002, Marlena 
traveled to Europe. Alissa also keeps 
in touch with Jessi Livingston who in 
spring '02 moved to Scottsdale, AZ 
and is doing auditory training. Alissa 
recently heard from Casey Herman 
who is living in Raleigh, NC. Kim 
Harden writes that she graduated 
from the U of Md in 5/02 with a 
Master's in School Counseling and 
accepted a job as a school counselor 
at a K-8 French Immersion school in 
the Washington, DC area. Kim traveled 
with Kristen Lawlor to Great Britain 
for 3 weeks in 6/02 on vacation and 
saw Katie Cesarz. Katie writes that 
she is still at St. Andrews in Scotland 
pursuing a M. Phil in Art History and 
will graduate in summer 2003. I've 
heard from a couple sources that 
Lawlor is engaged and planning a 
summer 2003 wedding. In 3/02, 
Wendy Bramlett started a new job 
working as a pharmaceutical sales rep 
for AstraZeneca in the respiratory 

therapeutic area for the Silver 
Spring/College Park, MD area. 
Amanda Ankerman is also in 
Southern MD working in the same job 
doing contracts for the Navy. Marilen 
Sarian has recently revamped her 
website which is at 
Marilen has been busy starring in 
"Kiss of the Spider Woman", playing 
the lead in an independent film, co- 
hosting on Eclipse Magazine TV, and 
will appear 8/3/02 as a dancer in the 
All Star Soccer Game Halftime Show. 
Elizabeth Davis is doing freelance 
writing for a newspaper in Raleigh 
and has been to Nags Head several 
times over the summer with her beau 
Brian. On such a trip, Elizabeth visited 
with Melissa Brown and Cady 
Thomas ('98). Elizabeth is also happy 
to announce she is the new president 
of the Triangle SBC Alum club for 
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. 
Monica Signoretti emailed me to say 
that after her year at SBC as an Italian 
teaching assistant she received her 
MA in classics from the U of London 
and is now about to start her second 
year at Johns Hopkins U. where she is 
obtaining a Ph.D in the Classics. As 
for me, after 1 1/2 years as an 
Investigator. I am looking forward to 
starting a new job in 8/02 with the 
Dept. of Interior. In May, I went to 
SBC graduation and got to see many 
of the renovations and additions. I 
visit often with Elizabeth Rice 
Kinnamon who. with hubby Justin, 
just purchased a new home and wel- 
comed another daughter Kolby in 
2/02. 1 also recently visited with Katie 
Wright, Jackie Hauslein, Emily 
Pegues, Emily McGregor, and 
Suzanne Bollinger at an SBC event 
and all are doing well in Northern VA. 


Miss Jennifer T. Stringfellow 
2765 Hill Road 
Vienna VA 22181 


Miss Arney Walker 
809 Iran Rail Court 
Woodbine, MD 21797 

Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2003 • 79 


1933: 70th 

1 938: 65th 

1 943: 60th 

1 948: 55th 

1 953: 50th 


1 963: 40th 

1 968: 35th 

1 973: 30th 

1 978: 25th 

1 983: 20th 

1988: 15th 

1993: 10th 

1 998: 5th 


May 16-18,2003 


1:00 -9:00 p.m. 

Registration in Babcock 

(After 9 p.m. register at Florence Elston Inn Information Center) 

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Open Houses on campus: Admissions, Library, 
Book Shop, Career Services, Museum 

6:00 • 8:30 p.m. 

Class Picnic in the Quad for all classes except 
25th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th & 70th 

Play Day in the Quad 

Boat House Picnic for Class of 1978s 25th Reunion: CLASS PHOTOS 

Cocktails & Dinner for classes of 1 933, 1 938, 1 943, 1 948 
honoring the Class of 1953's 50th Reunion: CLASS PHOTOS 

9:00 10:00 p.m. 

A Musical Evening of Compositions 

by Nerissa vom Baur Roehrs '63, Memorial Chapel 

9:00 - Midnight 

Le Bistro open 


7:00 - 9:00 a.m. 

Coffee and Pastries, Prothro Commons Dining Hall 

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. 

Breakfast, Prothro Commons Dining Hall 

8:20 • 9:45 a.m. 

CLASS PHOTOS: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1983, 1988, 
1993, 1998, Memorial Chapel 

10:00 -Noon 

Reunion Convocation, Babcock 

"The State of the College Update": President Muhlenfeld 

Class Presentations 

Noon- 1:30 p.m. 

Buffet Luncheon, Student Commons Courtyard 

12:30 p.m. 

5th Annual Reunion Golf Tournament, Winton Country Club 

1:30 -1:45 p.m. 

Class of 1953 Gate Relocation Ceremony, 
Student Commons Courtyard. 

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

2nd Annual Reunion Tennis Tournament, campus courts 

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Alumnae Colleges: 

3:15 -4:15 p.m. 

Concurrent Sessions led by Sweet Briar faculty 

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

Open House at Red Top, hosted by Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko, 
vice president, Development and College Relations 

6:00 p.m. 

Class Meetings in Class Hospitality Rooms 

6:30 -11:00 p.m. 

Children's Dinner ond Evening Programs 

7:00 -11:00 p.m. 

Cocktail Buffet with faculty, staff and retirees, 
Prothro Commons and Student Commons Courtyard 


Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Fishing, Riding, Hiking, Exhibits, 
Tours of Campus, Open Houses, Museum/Academic Buildings, 
Free Time 


7:00 - 8:00 a.m. 

Coffee and Pastries, Prothro Commons Dining Hall 

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. 

Breakfast, Prothro Commons Dining Hall 


Alumnae Choir Rehearsal, Memorial Chapel 

10:00 -11:00 a.m. 

Chapel Service of Remembrance 

11:30 -1:00 p.m. 

Luncheon in the Sweet Briar House Gardens 

80 • Winter 2003 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Keystone Society Inducts 17 Charter Members 

Keystone Society Induction, October 26, 2002 

L-r: Nancy Hall Green '64; Catherine Barnett Brown '49; Walter Brown H'49; Virginia Upchurch 
Collier '72 (for Ann Samford Upchurch '48); Mark H. Prothro (for the Perkins-Prothro Foundation); 
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39; Elizabeth Yeager Edwards '84 (for the Perkins-Prothro Foundation); 
Carol McMurtry Fowler '57; Gordon G. Beemer H'21; Anne Wilson Rowe '57; Josiah P. Rowe III; 
Norma Patteson Mills '60 

Sweet Briar College inducted 17 charter members into the Keystone Society, the 
Collegers newest donor society, on October 26, 2002 in the Florence Elston Inn and 
Conference Center. All of the inductees have made lifetime commitments to Sweet 
Briar totaling $1 million or more. 

Keystones are highly visible on many buildings throughout the Sweet Briar campus. As 
the wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch, the keystone is the binding element on 
which all the other components of the structure depend. This combination of form and 
function was the inspiration for the Keystone Society, whose members are the sustain- 
ing force on which all of the philanthropic endeavors of the College rely. 

"The Keystone Society bears this name because its members, by their example past and 
present, encourage others to generously invest in Sweet Briar College. Today, we wish 
to acknowledge and thank these inductees for their unprecedented support and unfail- 
ing loyalty to the College. The members of the Keystone Society are the very center of 
Sweet Briar's strong philanthropic tradition; your investments enliven our learning 
community and heighten the College's distinguished national reputation," said 
President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld. 

The Inductees' gifts to Sweet Briar have been transformational, both in their immedia- 
cy and purpose. New and renovated facilities, endowed scholarships, support of special 
academic initiatives and endowment investments are a few examples of how the gener- 
ous support of these visionary leaders has had an enormous impact on the academic life 
at Sweet Briar College. 

Each inductee was presented a plaque in the shape of a keystone as a token of the 
College's appreciation for a lifetime of commitment to Sweet Briar. Future inductees 
will be honored at the Founders' Day Convocation. 

Ann Ritchey Baruch '62 

Florence Woelfel Elston-Beemer '21 ' 
Gordon G. Beemer H'21 

J. Bruce Bredin* 

Octavia M. duPont Bredin 

Catherine Barnett Brown '49 
Walter H. Brown H '49 

The Charles A. Dana Foundation 

The Jessie Ball duPont Foundation 

Frances Johnson Finley '37* 

Carol McMurtry Fowler '57 

The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation 

Nancy Hall Green '64 

Norma Patteson Mills '60 

Frances Gregg Petersmeyer '43 
C. Wrede Petersmeyer* 

The Perkins-Prothro Foundation 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39 
Charles N. Prothro* 

Sally Reahard '30 

Anne Wilson Rowe '57 
Josiah P. Rowe III 

Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 

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