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A Message from the President 

The Business 

of America is 

Women s 


Our longstanding 

certificate in 

Arts Management is 

joined by a new 

certification in 

Equine Management, 

to help prepare women 

for work in these fields 

while they are 

pursuing a traditional 

academic major. 

More than a tew eyebrows were raised when Time magazine selected not one, 
but three businesswomen as its 2(X)2 "Persons of the Year." Selected for their 
corporate whistle-blowing, these three young women— Cynthia Cooper, 
Coleen Rowley and Sherron Watkins of WorldCom, Enron and the FBI, respectively- 
demonstrate some of the personal strengths that women bring to the corporate environ 
ment, among (hem a high level of integrity and ethics. These are the same high stan- 
dards embraced by women's colleges and incorporated into Sweet Briar's active 
Honors Pledge. 

There is still a lot of ground to cover before women reach parity with men in the 
business world, but of those women who do excel in business, a disproportionate nur 
ber are graduates of women's colleges. In fact, historically, women's college graduate 
have been over-represented in corporate ranks by at least 6: 1 compared with their 
counterparts from coeducational colleges, according to Fortune magazine's list of ris- 
ing corporate stars. 

More and more these days, Sweet Briar graduates move directly into jobs in the a 
porate sector; others enter the business world following graduate school or after work 
ing in the not-for-profit world. Of Sweet Briar's alumnae in business, a surprising nun 
ber own their own businesses, in fields from the arts to personal finance. Not only dc 
self-employment provide a measure of flexibility necessary to balance work, family, 
and community responsibilities, it sometimes allows us to short-circuit the laborious 
effort of breaking through a seemingly shatterproof glass ceiling. Obviously, self- 
employment requires the creativity Sweet Briar strives to nourish, and builds very 
directly on the leadership, communication, and analytical skills our liberal arts curricu 
lum develops. 

With so many of us moving into the business world, the time had come for Sweet 
Briar to focus on preparing our graduates for just such opportunities. Accordingly, ou 
existing economics major has been revamped, and a new major and minor in business 
management have been created, available for the first time in the 2003-2004 academic 
year. Both majors will offer internships in financial capitals such as Atlanta, New York 
City and Washington, DC In addition, our longstanding certificate in Arts 
Management is joined by a new certification in Equine Management, to help prepare 
women for work in these fields while they are pursuing a traditional academic major. 

These new options recognize not only the need for solid academic preparation for 
business careers, with a special emphasis on entrepreneurship, but perhaps more impor 
tantly the need for business to draw upon the liberal arts perspective. She who thinks 
analytically, asks incisive questions, communicates cogently, understands complexity, 
and acts ethically based on an accurate view of the world, will not only excel in busi- 
ness, but will infuse the business world with honor. A good example is Sweet Briar's 
own Sarah Porter Boehmler '65, who was the first woman to hold a seat on the New 
York Stock Exchange. 

Apart from the advantages to society, women's colleges such as Sweet Briar have ; 
special interest in educating young women who will lead business in the 21 st century 
for at least two reasons. First, studies show that women business owners overall 
employ a gender-balanced workforce that will benefit other women coming through 
pipeline— roughly 52 percent compared to 38 percent for male-owned businesses. 
According to a recent survey by the Simmons College Graduate School of 
Management, women also tend to be very active mentors of younger women— a piv- 
otal factor in their career success. Importantly, women business owners are philan- 
thropically active. Not only are they more likely than men to serve in leadership posi- 
tions in their volunteer pursuits, but those with high net worth are more active and gen 
erous supporters of higher education and other philanthropic causes. 

In the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge observed that. "The business of America , 
business." That hasn't changed. What has changed is the players. These days, increas- 
ingly, women sit in the corporate office and at the boardroom table. And that makes th 
study of business — firmly grounded in a strong liberal arts perspective— very much 
Sweet Briar's business. 

For more about the Simmons College Mentoring Survey, go to 
Statistics from the Center for Women's Business Research may be found at 

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Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine • Fall 2003 • Vol. 75, No. 1 
Inside FRONT COVER: A Message from the President 


By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86, except as noted 

President, Little Pond Productions, Inc. 

2 Rue de France 

4 The Barbour Institute & Spa at Berkeley Springs 

6 Alpha Laboratories 

8 Hart & Hind Fitness Ranch 

1 Women of the WILD WEST 

1 2 Adornings 

1 4 Cast-On Cottage 

16 Foundation Equity Investors 
By Alumnae staff 

1 8 Affinity Forte, LLC 

20 Risk/Reward 
22 The Shape of the Future Committee Update 
24 Outstanding Alumna Award 2003: Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 
27 Reunion 2003 Service of Remembrance 

By Chaplain Guy R. Brewer 
29 Reunion 2003 Scrapbook 
35 In the Spotlight 

39 New Book Shop Opens 

40 Relocation Ceremony for the Class of 1953 Gates 

42 Sweet Briar Plantation Burial Ground Dedication Ceremony 

44 Commencement! Class of 2003 

48 SBC Travel Programs 

49 The Trip of a Lifetime 

By Dr. Anna Chao Pai '57 
54 At Large in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 

By Dr. Michael D. Richards, Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History 
56 Retirees 

58 In Memoriam 

59 Recent Deaths 

61 Letters and E-mails 

63 Bulletin Board 

64 Class Notes 

88 In the Sweet Briar Tradition 

Inside Back Cover: Admissions CD-ROM! 
Back Cover: Alumnae Travel Photos 
Cover: Women in Business 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine * 


Fall 2003 • 1 

"Women start 

businesses that work 

around their own lives 

and the lives of their 

employees. The 

company plays a 

supportive role; it's 

supposed to be a 

nurturing, fun place 

to be." 

— Pamela Ford Kelley '67 

Starting this fall. Sweet Briar is 
offering a new undergraduate 
major, a Bachelor of Arts degree in 
business management. 
The decision to replace the College's 
existing business management certificate 
was driven in large part by what the 
dean's office describes as "a growing 
trend toward women entrepreneurs and 
women as owners of family businesses." 
Recent statistics compiled by the U.S. 
Small Business Administration (SBA) 
reveal that America's 9.1 million women- 
owned businesses are employing 27.5 

million people and contributing $3.6 tril- 
lion to the economy. In addition, the SBA 
predicts that approximately 4.7 million 
women will be self-employed by 2005. up 
77 percent from 1 983 . 

Nineteen-eighty-three is the year that 
Pamela Ford Kelley '67 started importing 
hard-to-find bolts of lace from France to 
her home in Newport, RI. There, after a 
long week practicing law, she designed 
and sewed window treatments for area 
customers and also began offering the 
material at a discount to professional 

Five years later, Pam's curtain busi- 
ness. Rue de France, was #257 on Inc. 
magazine's list of the 500 fastest-grow- 
ing, privately-held companies in America 
with 44 employees, a mail-order catalog, 
two stores, and over $3 million in sales. 

Pam continued to challenge herself, 
developing a Web site, and adding furni- 
ture, bedding, table linens, and home dec- 
orating accessories to her merchandise 
mix. Rue de France's "French country liv- 
ing" theme appealed to a multigenera- 
tional group of consumers, whose upscale 
tastes resulted in a doubling of the com- 
pany's annual sales during the 1990s. 

In 2000— as a testament to Rue de 
France's sophisticated aesthetic, attrac- 
tive demographics, and solid spread- 
sheet—specialty-catalog giant Lillian 
Vernon Corporation came knocking at 
Pam's door, extending an offer she could- 
n't refuse. This was the first time Vernon 

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(who began her business in 1951 . 

tour months pregnant, working out of 

a kitchen-office) had resolved to 

icquire another cataloger. 
During her 20 years in business. 
Pam has erossed paths with an impres- 
sive number of women entrepreneurs. If 
these women have anything in common. 
she thinks it's a tendency to create 
"lifestyle" businesses. 

"Women start businesses that work 
around their own lives and the lives of 
their employees." says Pam. "The com- 
pany plays a supportive role; it's sup- 
posed to be a nurturing, fun place to be." 

This issue of the Alumnae Magazine 
features a small, diverse sampling of 
alumnae who are embracing entrepreneur- 
ship. Their collective experience supports 
Pain's comments and also helps to bolster 

the College's liberal arts mission — giving 
young women the foundation and flexibil- 
ity needed to meet their personal and pro- 
fessional goals m a rapidly changing 

Pamela Ford Kelley '67, founder and president of Rue de France 
encourages business majors to explore their appreciation of risk. 

When the Alumnae Magazine first interviewed Pam 1 5 
years ago, she was maintaining a dual career, practicing 
corporate law as a partner in the firm Kelly, Howe, Scott 
and Kelley, while presiding over one of the fastest growing 
companies in the U.S. Today, Pam is solely focused on her 
retail store, outlet, Web site, and catalog business Rue De 
France — which is not to imply that her life is somehow less 

Since 2000, Rue de France has been operating as a 
wholly-owned subsidiary of Lillian Vernon Corporation, but 
all that's about to change. This summer a private equity fund 
managed by Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C. acquired Lillian 
Vernon. Going forward, Pam will be working with execu- 
tives from Ripplewood's Industrial Partner, ZelnicMedia, to 
enhance the value of Rue De France. 

Pam describes the merger as "a different kettle of fish" 
and is looking forward to having a "small group of smart 
guys" developing a strategic plan for the future. She has 
never indulged in the classic, possessive, iron-fisted behav- 
iors associated with company founders. Instead, she attrib- 
utes her early success to Rue de France's advisory board 
and her accountant, whose advice and expertise gave her 
the direction and standards she needed to navigate. 

"It's not enough to grow a business," says Pam, "you 
have to manage it. The bigger you get, the more money you 
need. It's a formula for disaster if you don't do it right." 

Pam urges undergraduates considering a career in busi- 
ness to take accounting. "You can pay a lot for your mis- 
takes — a lot more than the cost 
of an education," she laughs. 
"Accounting may seem very 
unexciting and useless when 
you're in college. But, over the 
years, it's the only business 
measure you have that's consis- 
tent. To run a company, you 
have to know the key num- 

She also urges would-be 
entrepreneurs to use their class- 
room and internship experi- 
ences to ensure a good fit. 
"The disciplines of a business 
degree can help students iden- 
tify the type of person who is 
comfortable as an entrepreneur, 
who has the instincts, desire, 
and appreciation of risk that a 
business-owner needs to have 
to succeed. Not everyone is cut 
out for this." 

Pam Kelley, founder of Rue 
de France, started the com- 
pany after living in France 
for two years. When she 
returned to the United States, 
she wanted to furnish her 
home with the beautiful lace 
curtains she had seen on 
windows throughout France. 
When she couldn't find them, 
she started her own com- 
pany to import these win- 
dow treatments for herself 
and others who appreciate 
the great style of France. 

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Fall 2003 • 3 

The Barbour Institute & 
Spa at Berkeley Springs 

Laura G. Braun '68, M.D. is devoted to helping 
women make healthy, lasting lifestyle changes 

n her ongoing quest to help women stay 
healthy. Dr. Laura G. Braun is resorting 
to what she jokingly calls "kidnapping." 

This summer, she moved her women's 
health clinic, the Barbour Institute, from 
Washington. D.C. to Berkeley Springs, 
West Virginia. There, in a historic moun- 
tain resort on the Potomac, she is making 
her medical practice part of an affordable, 
residential health-spa experience. 

Dodging bullets. The move is a logi- 
cal extension of the Barbour Institute's 

For the past nine years, Laura has been 
offering an extraordinary level of preven- 
tive health care to her Washington, D.C. 
patients, including 90-minute initial eval- 
uations, personal profiles, private tutori- 
als, and educational seminars. 

However, she gradually determined 
that giving women information and sup- 
port was often not enough to ensure last- 
ing lifestyle changes. After each 
visit or group workshop, Laura 
knew that she was sending her 
patients directly back into their high- 
stress lives to "dodge bullets." 

The new. fully-staffed Institute at 
Berkeley Springs gives her an addi- 
tional, too-often-overlooked therapeu- 
tic tool: Time. "All of us can stick to 
something for a day or two," she 
explains. "But breaking old habits and 
establishing new ones takes weeks." 

Redefining health. Talking to 
Laura about women's heath, it's hard to 
believe that less than 20 years ago her 

approach to medicine was considered 

She became interested in aspects of 
preventive health care back when it was 
characterized (and often marginalized) as 
"alternative" medicine. 

Laura says that entering medical 
school at an older-than-average age freed 
her to question and challenge the status 
quo. The fact that she was a woman also 
gave her a different perspective. 

Describing herself as "a maverick," 
Laura explains that she had difficulty 
focusing solely on pathology. As she puts 
it, "There is more to good health than the 
absence of disease." 

On her own initiative, she began inves- 
tigating the research of doctors like Dean 
Ornish and attending conferences led by 
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Their holistic out- 

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Laura G. Braun '68, M.D. is a graduate of the 
Johns Hopkins University and the Medical 
College of Wisconsin. Prior to starting her 
medical practice, she conducted a National 
Institutes of Health pilot study for ARICEPT, a 
widely-used drug to fight Alzheimers Disease. 
Dr. Braun followed her medical internship at 
Northwestern University with a neurology res- 
idency at George Washington University 
Medical Center. There, she began developing 
her model of integrative health. She is cur- 
rently implementing that model, focusing on 
the maintenance of health and prevention of 

look and emphasis on prevention held a 
particular appeal for Laura, whose neurol- 
ogy specialty offered a frustratingly lim- 
ited range of treatments. 

Using multiple sclerosis as an exam- 
ple, she describes her dilemma saying, "I 
could hold my patients' hands and amelio- 
rate their symptoms. But, beyond that, I 
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goes an enormous way toward giving us health and longevity, as well as protecting us from 
heart disease and cancer." 

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Biodots give Dr. Braun's patients a quick read 
on their stress levels. 

Achieving balance. Today. Laura's 
practice combines conventional medicine 
with a host of complementary services, 
including nutrition, exercise, yoga, mas- 
sage, and a good bit of stress-reducing 
pampering. The Barbour Institute's model 
contends that health involves all dimen- 
sions of a woman's life — physical, emo- 
tional, mental, and spiritual — which. 
when in balance, help to promote optimal 

Laura, who used to make house calls 
throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, is 
now hoping that women will go the extra 
mile to visit her. To help ensure that they 
do, the Institute offers both luxury and 
"shoestring" accommodations. Women 
can start from scratch with full medical 
and fitness assessments, then pop in later 
for a tune-up. 

"Patients have become more and more 
exasperated." says Laura. "On average, 
they only get to see their doctors for 6.5 
minutes. They've been demanding some- 
thing better. They want to know how to 
take care of themselves, to get into shape, 
and stay healthy." 


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After 21 years in business, Libby Harvey 
FitzGerald '68, founder and president of 
Alpha Laboratories, is enjoying having 
more time to mentor her younger employ- 
ees. "It's a delight," she says, "to see that 
spark, the desire to know more and take 
more responsibility." 

This year she is serving as president of the 
Petaluma Valley Rotary Club, while contin- 
uing her hands-on association with 
Interact, a service club for high school stu- 

Presiding over a bustling lab does not rule 
out other forms of chemistry. Not too long 
ago, her friendship with John FirzGerald 
transformed into a romance. 

Alpha Laboratories 

Better Business Through Chemistry: 

Elizabeth "Libby" Harvey FitzGerald '68 leads the 

way in the burgeoning natural products industry. 

n 1982. Libby Harvey FitzGerald "68 
established what was then called Alpha 
Chemical and Biotechnical Laboratories 
in Petaluma, California. Like many labs 
in the Bay Area. Alpha started out doing 
environmental testing. But Libby soon 
pulled away from the pack, expanding 
Alpha's services to meet both the strin- 
gent requirements of the pharmaceutical 
industry and the emerging needs of the 
nutritional supplement industry. 

By 1994, advertisements and word-of- 
mouth referrals were bringing in clients 
from across the United States, Europe, 
Japan, and China. The same year, Libby 
made a trip to the Amazonian rain forest 
that changed everything. 

"The boom in dietary supplements has 
been an exciting part of the ride," says 
Libby. "My trip to the rain forest was a 
turning point because it brought together 
people in the industry who were focusing 
on increased quality control. Pharmacists, 

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chemists, doctors, professors, and a key 
representative from the USDA were all 
there for a two-week workshop on medic- 
inal herbs and medicines. 

"In the old days," she explains, "the 
herbal medicines industry relied on taste, 
odor, and visual indications to gauge 
quality. Alpha Labs was a key player in 
standardization, helping to develop scien- 
tific methods to verify label claims. Our 
work with pharmaceuticals gave us a 
great advantage. We were taking good 
manufacturing practices— the explicit 
quality controls required by the pharma- 
ceutical industry — and applying them to 
dietary supplements. 

"The rain forest workshop — meeting 
with a diverse group of forward-looking 
professionals — inspired me to change the 
direction of the lab to focus almost 
entirely on natural products." 

Talk about timing. Alpha's business 
doubled in size between 1996 and 1997. 
And. unbeknownst to Libby, her success 
was piquing the interest of an interna- 
tional network of laboratories called 
Eurofins Scientific, Inc. 

"Eurofins told us that everywhere they 
went, our name came up," says Libby. 
"When they first approached us, I had no 
intention of joining with another group. 
But, as we talked, I realized that they 
were scientifically top-notch in food and 
beverage analysis, and we shared the 

same philosophy." 

Alpha Lab's expertise and technology 
in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals 
(standardized nutritional supplements and 
botanicals) was exactly what the French- 
based Eurofins was looking to add to its 
mix of services. The agreement between 
the two companies was formalized in 
June 1999. with Alpha continuing to oper- 
ate under Libby 's direction as an inde- 
pendent division. 

At the time she signed on with 
Eurofins Scientific. Alpha Lab's business 
was continuing to boom. Then, shortly 
thereafter, the dietary-supplement industry 
experienced a slump when two unrelated 
dips in the market happened to overlap. 

The first crunch was widespread, 
reaching far beyond Libby 's nutraceutical 
niche. Starting in 2000, she watched as 
many California businesses — most 
notably the telecommunications industry 
and corporations like Palo Alto-based 
Hewlett-Packard— began jettisoning thou- 
sands of employees. Fortunately, with 
support from her new parent company, 
she emerged from the downturn 

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The next challenge came when an up- 
and-coming Baltimore Orioles pitcher 
died from heatstroke while taking signifi- 
cant amounts of the dietary supplement 
ephedra to shed pounds. The incident put 
natural products back in the news and 
Libby welcomed the increased coverage. 
"There are some new regulations in front 
of the FDA right now — proposed good- 
manufacturing regulations for the entire 
industry," she says. "It looks like it's 
going to help restore consumer confi- 

"My Gold Star." Libby, a chemistry 
major with math and art history minors, 
spent the summer after her junior year on 
an art history tour of Europe. After gradu- 
ation, she worked for the American 
Chemical Society in Washington, D.C., 
where she enrolled in a sculpture course 
at the Cochran Art Gallery. There was a 
time when she considered applying her 
chemistry background toward a career in 
art restoration. But she was careful to 
cover her bases, taking night courses in 
business management and accounting as 

Referring to her chemistry degree as 
"my gold star in this business," she notes 
that her science background "has opened 
a lot of doors" in an increasingly competi- 
tive marketplace. "I'm not just a profes 
sional business administrator sitting at th 
top of XYZ company," says Libby. "My 
customers know that I know what I'm 
talking about and that I really understand 
their needs." 


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Fall 2003 • 7 

Hart & Hind 

Fitness Ranch 

Catherine "Kit" Newman Detering Bet The Farm 
On Fun, Food, and Fitness — And Won. 

I Xv 

'it Newman 
Detering '76 
k.was not 
impressed with any 
of the many hard- 
eore fitness retreats 
or traditional spas she had visited over the 
years. And. when she finally stopped to 
ask herself why, she discovered the 
answer beneath her own two feet. 

This is what happened: Several years 
ago. Kit and her husband Carl were out 
taking a stroll on the family ranch, a 
rolling 5,250 acre Texas Hill Country 
estate dotted with wildflowers, pecan 
groves, ponds, creeks, white-tailed deer, 
and miles of trails. Kit was in a bit of a 
sour mood, having just returned from 
another, grueling fitness "boot-camp," 
where she had once again paid "a bunch 
of money to be confined, starved, and 
walked to death." 

While Kit was delivering a detailed 
critique of her diet-spa experience, some- 
thing she said made Carl freeze in his 
tracks. Suddenly, it was clear to both of 
them that Kit needed to create her own 
brand of retreat. And what better spot 
than their own backyard? The sheer 
beauty of the ranch — the relaxation and 
exercise it offered— constantly set Kit up 
to be disappointed when she dared to ven- 
ture elsewhere. No other place could sur- 
pass what she already had. 

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Meet the Press. Kit and Carl believed 
they had something unique to offer and it 
wasn't long before a series of travel and 
food writers agreed. 

Since Hart & Hind Fitness Ranch 
opened in January 2000, reviewers have 
been heaping Texas-size portions of 
praise on the ranch. 

The June 2003 issue of Food & Wine 
lavished 1 1 pages on the retreat's calorie- 
wise cuisine— wholesome meals prepared 
by French-trained chef Paula Disbrowe 
and her fiance David Norman, formerly 
the head baker at the Bouley Bakery in 
New York City. 

Some publications have focused on fit- 
ness training— hiking down the rugged 
trails with the family dogs, horseback rid- 
ing across the meadows, or yoga classes 
beside the limestone swimming hole — 
while others have been drawn toward the 
hammocks, jeep excursions, massages, 
cooking demonstrations, and leather 
porch rockers. 

From Empty Nest To Full House. 
Hart & Hind (old English for buck and 
doe) takes 12 guests — singles, couples, or 
groups — at a time. Packing is a minimal- 
ist affair. Visitors can get by with a tooth- 
brush, socks, sneakers, a bathing suit, and 
a bottle of wine if they want it. T-shirts, 
sweats, shorts, hats, and robes are pro- 

Running an offbeat retreat is not 
exactly what Kit had in mind when she 
graduated from Sweet Briar almost 30 
years ago. "Back then," she says, "I 
thought I'd be living in a white-pillared 
house in Georgia serving cocktails. I had 
no idea I'd be renovating an old goat barn 
instead. But that's where the College 
comes in. By the time you leave Sweet 
Briar, you're a well-rounded person— 
really ready for anything. I give the 
school a ton of credit." 

Kit Newman Detering '76 at Hart & Hind with 
Texas "Tex" Rodeo 

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In her early twenties. Kit traveled 
extensively for SBC admissions, attended 
cooking school in Paris, then, on a whim, 
headed to Houston. There, she met a man. 
a native Houstonian. who owned exact!) 
two pairs of boots. '"Carl's hlaek ropers 
were reserved lor tuxedos." she recalls. 
laughing. "He wore his brown boots the 
rest of the time. Up until then. I never 
looked al a man who wasn't wearing 
Gucci shoes. The lesson is: Never say 

Kit spent the following years happil) 
raising two children and millions of dol- 
lars for Houston charities. Now. while old 
friends struggle with empty nests, she is 
"breezing through." too busy to think 
about it. 

"If I hadn't done this." she says, "I 
don't know what I'd be doing with 
myself. It's been pretty wild, but worth 

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from home, we'd run to Hart & 
Hind Fitness Ranch." 
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larger than George W's spread, 
offers beautiful hikes, chef- 
prepared meals, riding, and 
massage." — INCIRCLE entree 

"...the buzz is that Laura Bush, an 
avid hiker, will soon visit." 
— Town & Country 

"It is jaw-dropping amazing to be 
on a 5,000-acre ranch in the hill 
country where the deer and the 
antelope do play" — Spa Finder 

"It's the part of Texas we'd like to 
keep if they ever did separate 
from the union..." — Gotham 

"Hart & Hind is an adventure and 
a self-made experience..." 
— Coast 

"When not eating, guests can 
hike, ride horses, take stretch 
classes, get massages or hang 
out with Gilda, the baby goat 
that thinks it's a dog." 
— Food & Wine 

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Fall 2003 • 9 

Women of the 

Wild West 

Patricia Stetson Agnew '67 finds "it all fits 
together" on the American fashion frontier. 

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Agnew 's Women 
of the Wild West 
"web catalog" encour- 
ages customers to think 
"crossover" as they 
peruse her day. evening, and outdoor col- 
lections of museum-inspired. Montana- 
made western wear. 

"Our fancy riding skirts," the catalog 
explains, "are absolutely dynamic with 
Italian designer jackets. From New York 
City to the streets of San Francisco ... 
There are no limits as to where our cre- 
ations can be worn." 

Patty has the unique ability to make 
century-old American styles look avant- 
garde. And creating such fresh renditions 
of bygone Big Sky fashions— reconciling 
contemporary and traditional elements — 
seems to come naturally to the designer 
who traded New York for Montana, trav- 
eling nearly 2000 miles from the Big 
Apple to Big Timber. 

A passion for fashion. For many 
years, Patty's down-home sensibilities 
seemed at odds with her passion for fash- 

Her rural Carolina roots gave her an 
unshakable respect for heirloom-quality 
materials and traditional forms. But that 
same environment also seemed stifling 
when it came to both artistic expression 
and opportunities for women. 

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Patty grew up in the 1 950s riding 
horses, raising chickens, and attending 
what used to be called "girls* schools." 
Eager to challenge prevailing notions of 
ladylike behavior, she longed for the free- 
dom and fluidity of the New York fashion 
scene, where women designers and edi- 
tors were calling the shots and breaking 
all the rules. 

In the scheme of things. Sweet Briar 
served as a halfway step toward her goal. 
Patty's parents admired the College, and 
she got her first tantalizing taste of inde- 

After she's seen Paree. During her 
Sweet Briar Junior Year in France. Patty 
finally summoned the courage to insist on 
transferring to art school. "I told my par- 
ents I wasn't coming back," she laughs. 
"And that did the trick." 

She entered the Rhode Island School 
of Design determined to study fashion. 

When a Manhattan teen returned from vaca- 
tion wearing this coral-colored deerskin cre- 
ation, Women of the Wild West received a 
rush of orders, custom-outfitting an entire 
posse of Park Avenue cowgirls. 

but ended up taking a few side trips 
through photography, graphic design, and 
sculpture. After graduation, she was able 
to bring all of her artistic interests and tal- 
ents to bear in a design career at Vogue 
and Harper 's Bazaar. 

At one point, during what turned out to 
be another half step in her personal and 
professional life, Patty tried raising her 
children, registered sheep, and thorough- 

Equine Studies Certificate 

The College's new Equine Studies 
Certificate offers Sweet Briar scholar- 
riders the best of both worlds: a strong 
liberal arts foundation combined with 
preparation for possible careers in 
equine-related enterprises such as farm 
and stable management and the 
teaching of riding. 

"Our scholar-riders continue to be 
keenly interested in careers in the mar- 
keting, business, and teaching sides of 
the growing equestrian industry," says 
Riding Program Director Shelby 
French. "This new program will defi- 
nitely help our nationally ranked 
Riding Program to compete and retain 
the very best students," she added. 

The new program, which is open to 
students beginning this academic year, 
has two separate concentrations: 

- Management 

- Teaching and Schooling 

Core courses for both concentrations 
include accounting, fundamentals of 
management, introductory economics, 
fundamentals of marketing and basic 
horse care. 

Additional required courses for the 
management concentration include 
environmental issues, marketing 
research, farm and stable manage- 
ment, and a special study. 

Additional requirements for the teach- 
ing and schooling concentration 
include student teaching requirements, 
theory and practice of schooling 
horses, contemporary riding and 
teaching, and introductory 

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bred horses in Vermont, while simultane- 
ously maintaining her magazine work. 
But the state's harsh winters followed by 
its renowned "mud season." soon put the 
kibosh on her do-it-all dreams. 

Home on the range. Twenty-two 
years ago. Patty married a Montana 
rancher and moved West 

Impressed with the outstanding quality 
of the clothing local ranch women were 
whipping up for their families (among 
dozens of other chores), she decided to 
take a prototype shearling coat to shops in 
Aspen and Vail to gauge their reactions. 
After receiving a solid thumbs up. she 
spent some time scoping the racks to see 
what was passing for western wear. Then 
she began visiting museums and private 
collections to study the real thing. 

When Patty began introducing her 
coats, riding skirts, jackets, and vests at 
trade shows, the same stores she quizzed 
initially started coming to her with orders. 
"And once we were picked up by 
Gorsuch [a high-end ski and w inter wear 
catalog]." she explains, "we really 
became national." 

Today. Women of the Wild West is a 
selectively wholesale, primarily retail 
operation that includes a brand-new shop 
in Big Timber and a cyberstore at 
enterprise is providing a second income to 
Montana ranch families struggling to stay 
financially afloat during a deluge of cheap 
imported goods into the country. 

"NAFTA," says Patty, "is taking out 
the ranches, the farms, and a lot of 
American business. When I'm out there. 
I'm promoting American lamb. wool, and 
beef. I'm promoting American quality. 
And I'm promoting true American style. 
It all fits together." 





A customer e-mailed the 
Women of the Wild West 
web site wondering why 
they had a man on horse- 
back featured in their 
banner. "That's me," says 
Patty. "That's what work- 
ing Montana ranch women 
look like." 

Patty's Big Timber retail store 
gives her a chance to meet her 
customers and, as happened on 
one recent occasion, the federal 
marshals who protect her cus- 
tomers while they shop for riding 

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Lynne Gardner Detmer '68: her low-key 
business attracts high-profile customers. 

f you watch the 

news, work on Wall 

Street, or frolic 
among America's 
leading families, 
chances are 
you've seen one 
of Lynne G. 
Detmer 's ele- 
gant necklaces. 
Lynne makes 
it her business to 
peek into busy 
women's closets, 
gathering all of the 
personal, lifestyle, 
and wardrobe infor- 
mation she needs to 
craft one-of-a-kind, 
complementary acces- 
sories. Then she retreats to 
her studio in Williamsburg, 
Virginia, where she spends months 
fashioning pearls and semi-precious 
stones into wearable works of art. 

Lynne's jewelry business, Adornings. 
is a low-key affair. Her shop, located in 
an office complex close to her home, is 
open by appointment only. As a personal 
jeweler, she typically travels to meet with 
her customers (or a group of her cus- 
tomers' friends) at their convenience. 

Far-flung, longtime clients can also 
request "care packages," knowing that 

"The emotions involved 
in music, which are 
precisely combined 
with a specific lan- 
guage and underly- 
ing structure, go 
hand-in-hand with 
what I'm doing 

"Most of the 
artists I know are 
I interested in dif- 
E ferent media and 
§ sometimes go from 
I one to another. For 
^example, I've taught 
art-glass designers the 
mechanics of jewelry 
making and then turned 
them loose. It's great fun to 
how they think. Artists 
seem to have an inborn or univer- 
sense of design that influences 
everything they do." 

In Lynne's case, it took another artist 
— a close friend and fine-art painter— to 
spot her talent and convince her that the 
necklaces she made "just fooling around" 
were worthy of display. "Joanna Volkmar 
told me," she says, "that if I started wear- 
ing the necklaces I created, people would 
stop and ask me where I got them. Then, 
they'd ask me to make one for them. And 

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Lynne will come through with the right 
colors, proportions, and styles. 

Mixed Media. At Sweet Briar, Lynne 
majored in music and voice performance. 
She still sings professionally— most 
recently as the rehearsal soprano for 
Poulenc's Gloria — and she has just com- 
pleted a two-year term as president of the 
Williamsburg Choral Guild. 

She believes that the "empathy" she 
learned in music carries over into her 
Adornings designs. As she describes it: 

Lynne Gardner Detmer '68 

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thats exactly what happened. It's a classic 
cottage-industry story." 

She also attributes her success to les- 
sons she learned during her four years at 
Sweet Briar. "There's a lot of information 
I shed right after the exam," she laughs. 
"But the most important messages stuck. I 
left believing that I could achieve any- 
thing I set out to do." 

Rocking On. After 17 years in busi- 
ness, Lynne still loves working with 
"rocks." and her husband Jim, a com- 
puter-systems engineer, has helped her 
master the practical art of inventory con- 
trol . 

One thing she has not tackled is selling 
her work in any traditional sense, continu- 
ing instead to count on word of mouth to 
promote Adornings. 

"Fortunately." she says, "my jewelry 
has a way of selling itself. I can help peo- 
ple choose among the possibilities, select- 
ing the designs and colors that will 
become them the most. But there's noth- 
ing that compares to actually trying one 
on. That's what really makes a difference 
—to see how it looks on you." 

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Cast-On Cottage 

Elizabeth "Betsy" Blackwell Laundon '69 knits 
together family, community, and business 
around an expanded "high-powered" hobby. 

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Rumor has it that Federal Reserve 
Chairman Alan Greenspan spends 
two hours each morning at home in 
the bathtub pouring over economic data- 
things like the price of a haircut, dry- 
cleaning receipts, and movie popcorn pur- 
chases—trying to gauge the national mood. 

One of these days, after he towels off. 
he might also want to consider checking 
in with Betsy Blackwell Laundon '69. 

Betsy is the owner of Cast-On Cottage, 
a full-service yarn shop in Historic 
Roswell, Georgia. (Casting-on is the first 
step or stitch involved in knitting.) An 

avid knitter since high school, she bought 
the business in 1987, viewing the venture 
as little more than an "expanded hobby." 
It was a no-pressure proposition — a risk 
her family could afford to absorb if she 

For the first 13 years, she happily 
broke even. Then, beginning in the fall of 
2001 . everything broke loose. Suddenly, 
administrative tasks that Betsy used to 
complete during regular retail hours were 
spilling over into her days off. At a time 
when most bosses were considering hand- 
ing out pink slips, she was scrambling for 

Mashed Potatoes. For the past two 
years, Betsy has been watching other 
small businesses— galleries, gift shops, 
and other specialty stores — struggle and 
fold in what she calls a "tanking econ- 
omy" entangled in corporate scandals, ter- 
rorism, and war. But, in a strange twist of 
fate, all of these stresses and uncertainties 
seem to be keeping the registers ringing at 
Cast-On Cottage. 

One of the main reasons, Betsy 
believes, is that knitting has therapeutic 
value. "The consumption of mashed pota- 
toes increased after 9/1 1 for the same rea- 
son," she says. "People wanted comfort 

She likens her business to a rare "nega- 
tive beta" stock that moves in the oppo- 
site direction from the rest of the market, 
rising while other stocks decline and vice 
versa. In the current climate. Betsy's 
expanded hobby is giving the Laundon 
family an unexpected hedge, helping them 
to compensate for losses in other places. 

By May of this year, beginning knit- 
ting classes at Cast-on Cottage had 
swelled to eight sessions a week, with six 
to eight students per session. And, while 
experienced knitters tend to buy the 
basics, newcomers are attracted to fancier, 
more expensive yarns, which deliver daz- 
zling results with minimal skill. 

Both novices and advanced knitters 
bring in new recruits, not so much by 
word of mouth as by example. "People 
see others knitting in places like doctors' 
offices with Cast-On Cottage bags at their 
feet and something clicks." says Betsy. 
"They wander in ready to sign up for 
classes or they just want to be reminded 
how to cast-on so they can start knitting 

There seems to be a celebrity factor at 
work in the background, too. Pop singer 

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and new mother Madonna is knitting. Sex 
and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker has 
presumably been spotted going at it 
between scenes. Photographs are circulat- 
ing on the Internet showing Gladiator and 
A Beautiful Mind actor Russell Crowe 
engaged in the act (or at least pretending 
to be). And it doesn't hurt that actress 
Julia Roberts recently published one of 
her hand-knit creations in McCalls. 

MRS. M.B.A. After majoring in gov- 
ernment at Sweet Briar. Betsy had no 
intention of pursuing an advanced degree. 
"I got my M.R.S.." she says, and goes on 
to explain how her military husband 
Waller, injured in Vietnam, brought them 
to Fort Benning. There, while he was 
recovering, and in between the births of 
their two daughters, the couple completed 
graduate studies through Georgia State 
Universit) 's extension program. Walt 
chose a master's in professional account- 
ing and Betsy received her M.B.A. 

But. even then, she never considered 

applying her degree toward a 
career, much less toward start- 
ing her own business. Betsy 
was content as a mother and 
volunteer. And. in many ways, 
the appeal of Cast-On 
Cottage — a sunny. 1940s- 
v intage home, located just ten 
minutes from the Laundon 
residence — is that it works 
around her family life, while 
providing a meeting place for 
local knitting enthusiasts. 

"This is about community as 
well as livelihood." says Betsy, 
whose advanced knitting circle 
could easily double as a board 
of directors. As she describes 
it: "A few months back, there 
were seven women sitting around the 
table in a class when 1 decided to take a 
quick poll. Five of us had graduate 
degrees and one had two master's. The 
only person without an advanced degree 

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was a senior Y.P. with United Parcel 
Service. So there's some pretty high-pow- 
ered knitting going on these days. And I 
reallv enjoy it. It's a fascinating group.'' 

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Fall 2003* 15 


Equity Investors, Ltd 

Sherri L. Manson '79 

helps to run a private investment firm, 

fulfilling a family dream in the process. 

n 1997, Sherri Manson put her new 
M.B.A. to work right away, joining 
forces with her brother Larry in forming 
a private equity investment firm. 

Though technically the two siblings 
started the company, Sherri is quick to 
acknowledge that someone else — another, 
not-so-silent partner— helped to set the 
"foundation" for Foundation Equity 
Investors (FEI). "Mom," she says, "was 
our inspiration and our catalyst for leav- 
ing the corporate world behind." 

The next generation. Sherri 's mother 
Delores worked for Bell of Pennsylvania 
(now Verizon), where her B.S. degree 
from Penn State helped to pave the way 
for a 25-year career in middle-manage- 
ment. After seeing her children through 
their early careers and graduate studies, 
Delores decided to advance her own edu- 
cation, completing a dual-degree program 
(B.A. and M.A.) in English literature at the 
University of Pennsylvania. 

Her plans for her children included 
graduate studies, not as a means of ensur- 
ing senior-management status for the next 
generation, but as a first step toward leav- 

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ing the corporate world behind 

"From my mom's experience 
in the corporate world," 
explains Sherri, "it was evident 
that the American dream was 
not colorblind and the struggle 
for recognition and advance- 
ment for African- Americans 
would be too long and arduous 
without considering other alter- 
natives, such as a family busi- 

Despite her frustration, 
Delores stayed the course, hop- 
ing her efforts would eventually 
free her children to take risks. 
But in college and in their careers, Larry 
and Sherri appeared to be following more 
traditional, tried-and-true paths to suc- 
cess—at least at first. 

After completing his undergraduate 
studies in economics at Princeton 
University, Larry joined IBM for a few 
years before heading off to Columbia 
University Graduate School of Business 
to get his M.B.A. From there, he went to 
work for Prudential Securities 
Incorporated in its mergers and acquisi- 
tions department and later joined its $800 
million leveraged buyout fund affiliate. 
Prudential-Bache Interfunding, Inc. In 
1992, he co-founded PENMAN, his own 
$90-million leveraged buyout fund in 

After majoring in economics at Sweet 
Briar. Sherri headed home to 
Philadelphia. She joined Provident 
National Bank (now PNC National Bank) 
and began working with entrepreneurs, 
providing them with retail banking serv- 

After several years, she was able to set 
up her own administrative service, begin- 
ning with some of her former bank 
clients. Then she picked up her most 
strategic client, her brother's leveraged 
buyout fund. 

Larry eventually convinced Sherri to 
move to Chicago, where she completed an 
M.B.A program at the Keller Graduate 
School of Business and worked for her 
brother's principal law firm — all in antici- 
pation of starting the family business. 

Sherri encourages potential entrepre- 
neurs to work for large, well-established 
companies before striking out on their 
own. Patience and timing are important, 

"Spending time in the corporate world 
gives you the structure, background, and 
the visual dynamics you need to run your 
own company," she explains. "Larry and I 
discussed, on many occasions, the possi- 
bility of starting a family business. By the 
time I graduated, his leveraged buyout 
equity fund was in full operation; the tim- 
ing was finally right to start Foundation 

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Foundation Equity Investors is a family affair. Sherri L Manson '79 is the firm's vice president and 
chief administrative officer. Her brother, Lawrence C. Manson, Jr., serves as managing director. 
Their mother, Delores, is a director. Their mother's attention was drawn to coordinate all the fam- 
ily's talent into one focus, including the establishment of a family business. 

Equity [nvestors. We chose to create our 
own opportunities and determine our own 

Overcoming the "fear factor." In an 

industry that revolves around developing 
relationships and becoming a part of "the 
network." Sherri says "It can take a while 
for people to become comfortable with 
the fact that thev will be engaging with 
African-Americans, and many ethnic- 
groups never do." 

She describes this "tear factor" as a 
"monumental obstacle to overcome and 
eliminate" in their business dealings, not- 
ing that "although the business commu- 
nity is changing to be more diverse, 
IBCeptivit) in the corporate world is still 
limited tor African-Americans." 

As an example. Sherri recounts their 
first attempt at managing a turnaround. In 
1999. FEI acquired a controlling stake in 
a retail furniture companv with revenues 
in excess oi $30 million. 

"We were confronted with disrespect, 
dishonest) . and sabotage from a predomi- 
nate!) non-African-American workforce 

of several hundred: an unfriendly vendor 
pool: and unsupportive financial institu- 
tions." says Sherri. "After two and a half 
long years, the negative odds to bring the 
business into the 21st centurv became 
insurmountable and the companv was 
forced to close its doors." 

Although these circumstances were 
devastating, Sherri and Earn have no 
regrets, responding instead bv reenergiz- 
ing their efforts. FEI is looking for other 
businesses to acquire. "In fact." says 
Sherri "we are working on a couple of 
deals right now. though the challenge still 
remains to be accepted as equals among 
our peers in the business arena. 

"Failure is an integral part of the 
search for success. We are still motivated 
ami alvvavs looking to expand our net- 
work. In essence, our tamilv motto is: 
Life is tar less stressful and much more 
rewarding when you have a hand in the 
outcome of your own late." 

Foundation Equity Investors' Web site provides 
a quick overview of the firm. 
Foundation Equity Investors, Ltd. is a private 
equity investment firm that focuses on structur- 
ing and financing middle-market leveraged 
buyouts and recapitalizations through its affili- 
ate Foundation Corporate Investments, LLC. 
"Basically what we do," explains Sherri, "is 
structure deals to buy companies that have 
significant growth opportunities and can bene- 
fit from our strategic advice." Since its incep- 
tion, FEI has employed a number of invest- 
ment professionals and college interns. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 

Fall 2003* 17 

Affinity Forte, LLC 

Kimberly K. Willock '89 

cultivates profitable common ground 

between business and the arts. 

Almost 14 years ago, Kimberly 
Willock talked her way into her 
first job after college, working as 
an account executive for a telecommuni- 
cations company. 

The whole interviewing process had 
been harder than she'd expected. The men 
she spoke with had difficulty imagining 
where a music major from Sweet Briar 
would fit into their companies— espe- 
cially within their high-pressure sales and 
marketing divisions. 

As the months passed, Kimberly honed 
her pitch, anticipating and overcoming the 
doubts and objections of potential 
employers. By the time she was hired, she 
had crafted a convincing set of analogies, 
illustrating how music education prepared 
graduates for challenges in the business 
world on all fronts: leadership, teamwork, 
communication, preparation, and perform- 

The resume Kimberly has assembled 
since is music to the ears of arts majors 

Within two years, she managed to put 
her corporate sales training to work for 
the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her sales and 
marketing successes there led straight to a 
management position with Livent (U.S.) 
Inc. Leading Broadway producer and the- 
atre owner Garth Drabinsky personally 
recruited Kimberly to open Livent 's New 

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York office, promoting Broadway shows 
like Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Show Boat. 
Candide, Barn more . Fosse, and Ragtime. 

Then, in 1998. looking to expand her 
business acumen, she once again 
"pitched" her way into a new position as 
a senior executive with Marketing 
Services Group, Inc. (MGSi). 

At MGSi, Kimberly spearheaded the 
corporate integration of 1 2 direct market- 
ing companies with over 2,000 employees 
and $200 million in revenue. Her diverse 
client list included General Electric, 
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 
The Salvation Army, World Wildlife 
Foundation, Coca Cola, and Shubert 

Also while at MGSi, Kimberly created, 
and sold an original arts-and-entertain- 
ment product to MBNA America Bank, a 
leading issuer of "affinity"' credit cards. 
The Entertainment Edge * M credit card 
offered arts patrons perks, including 
advance ticket sales, preferred seating, 
hotel and restaurant discounts, and pre- 
mium gifts. 

Developing the affinity card allowed 
Kimberly to draw on all her sales, direct 
marketing, and entertainment industry 
experience to date. It also gave her a good 
model, demonstrating how arts organiza- 
tions and financial institutions could work 
together to the profit of both. 

Today, Kimberly is bent on turning 
partnering possibilities into realities for 
business and live entertainment clients. 
Her company, Affinity Forte, LLC 
(known as aForte) is a Manhattan-based 
consulting firm specializing in arts and 
entertainment, by delivering turnkey rev- 
enue enhancement solutions, account 

While a music major at SBC, Kimberly K. 
Willock '89 was awakened to the simple 
pleasure and practical skills music education 
brings to life. Drawing on her professional 
tenure of entertainment sales and marketing/ 
she created aForte as a platform to ultimately 
launch a music education foundation. Coming 
full circle, she hopes to offer others the oppor- 
tunity to experience what she calls the "life 
value" of music. 

management, and ticket sales services. 

Kimberly*s decision to start aForte 
solidified in response to the 9/11 tragedy. 
On that morning, she was stranded on the 
runway at LaGuardia when everyone's 
cell phones began ringing simultaneously. 
She spent the night on Long Island, taken 
in by a family of total strangers. 

"People would say to me: Are you 
nuts? Are you crazy?" laughs Kimberly. 
"They couldn't believe that I was walking 
out on a great job less than two months 
after 9/11. But the whole event hit me 
hard— in a good way. 

"Funding for the arts and ticket sales 
was declining even before September 
200 1 and endowments have been halved 
since. It's time for the entirety of arts 
organizations to get creative and explore 
new revenue avenues by viewing them- 

Dr. Rebecca McNutl served as Kimberly's music 
mentor while at SBC. Today, Kimberly contin- 
ues to support the music department through 
support of its concert series, summer intern- 
ships and corporate shadowing programs, 
and developing future fundraising programs 
for the music department. 

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Collean F. Laney '04, 
Kimberley K. WillocUfc 
'89, Gwen Reyes 
'06 — Times Square 
New York City. 
Having opened 
own company, 
Affinity Forte, 
Kimberly brought 
Collean on board 
an intern in Sum 
'02, and then as 
employee in May 
Gwen partici 
Affinity jgaji^^ 
owing program for 
the day. 

selves as businesses responsible for their 
profitability, which is where I come in." 

While Kimberly continues to work on 
ticket sales and marketing projects for 
clients in the financial and entertainment 
industries, her passion is developing 
cross-promotional opportunities that 
include arts organizations. 

Kimberly thanks the College for both 
her devotion to the performing arts and 
her entrepreneurial spirit. She had no 
music background whatsoever when she 

arrived at Sweet Briar in 1986 as a sopho- 
more transfer. Though she loved her 
music appreciation course, she believed 
her lack of training would exclude her 
from majoring. 

"All the majors played an instrument." 
says Kimberly. "So. when it was time to 
declare. I told the assistant dean that 
music was out because I would never be 
able to keep up. Her ad\ ice to me was: 
"Why don't you try?"' 


at Sweet Briar 

The purpose of the College's new 
Business Management major is to 
broaden the liberal arts student's back- 
ground and provide her with the funda- 
mental tools, skills, and understanding of 
the management process. It offers the 
foundation for a wide range of career 
opportunities in business and industry, as 
well as government and other non-profit 





Financial Accounting 
Managerial Accounting 
Fundamentals of Marketing 
Commercial Law 
Fundamentals of Management 
Internship (.5 credit hours) 
Principles of Economics — Micro 
Principles of Economics — Macro 
Principles of Finance 


Option 1: 

Statistical Reasoning 

Option 2: 

(recommended for those planning 
lo enter an MBA program) 

Calculus I and 
Applied Statistics 


Senior Seminar 

Senior Exercise and an additional 
300-level course 


|nole. Students elechng the Senior Exercise option 
must choose 5 elective* | 

Federal Taxation 
Principles of Advertising 
Human Resource Management 
Marketing Research 
International Management 
Development Economics 
Corporate Finance 

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a documentary featuring 

Kimberley McGraw Euston '92, 

will appear on the Oxygen cable network 

in November. 

Kimberley followed up and. as usual, 
got the job. 

Asked what it's like to see your hectie 
life flicker past on the big screen, 
Kimberley replies: "I love my husband 
even more." 

n one scene, foreign currency trader 
Kimberley McGraw Euston '92 is 
explaining how the words "million" and 
"billion" are easily confused, especially 
when shouted across the trading floor. "So 
instead of asking for a price on a billion'' 
she says, "we ask for a price on a yard" 

Fast forward to a close-up of 
Kimberley 's cocker spaniel lapping the 
twins' spilled milk from the kitchen floor, 
while she and husband Greg consider the 
advantages and disadvantages of her new 
job offer from Bank of America. 

This is Kimberley 's life, captured on 
film by directors Xan Parker and 
Elizabeth Holder. 

The full-length film documentary, 
Risk/Reward, follows Kimberley and 
three other women as they struggle with 
balancing the norms of social convention 
with the "man's world" of finance. It was 
filmed during a difficult year on Wall 
Street: a severe economic downturn, a 
dwindling job market, and terrorist attacks 
at the heart of New York's financial dis- 

SBC Behind the Scenes. "I ended up 
getting my first banking job because I 
was a Sweet Briar graduate." says 
Kimberley. "A headhunter had gotten hold 
of my resume and sent it to a Chicago 
bank called ABN Amro. I got the inter- 
view because the head of the sales desk 
had a son at Washington & Lee. She 
wanted to meet me because he was going 

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to Sweet Briar a lot." 

Of course. Kimberley had a lot more 
going for her than firsthand knowledge of 
the SBC-W&L road-trip tradition. 

As an international relations and gov- 
ernment major, she interned at the State 
Department — an opportunity which led to 
a job at the White House, working on for- 
mer Vice President Dan Quayle's national 
security team. After the 1992 election, she 
was given the option to stay on with the 
Clinton administration, but chose instead 
to follow Quayle and her immediate boss, 
Karl Jackson, into the business world. 

"We opened up a Washington, D.C. 
office for a currency overlay firm called 
FX Concepts," she recalls. "Some of my 
Sweet Briar friends laughed because I had 
only taken the basic macro and micro 
economics courses— just enough to fulfill 
my major requirements. These serious 
math-econ majors couldn't believe that I 
was advising central banks on monetary 

Kimberley was newly engaged when 
she interviewed with ABN Amro, the job 
which put her on the path to Wall Street. 
Along the way, in October of 2000, she 
and Greg tipped the ante on their dual- 
career marriage by becoming the proud 
parents of twin boys. 

In the midst of her daily juggling act. 
Kimberley received an e-mail about a 
documentary from classmate and fellow 
New York Alumnae Club member 
Jennifer Brodlieb Cacioppo '92. It turned 
out that Jennifer's twin sister was friends 
with one of the executive producers. 
"Jenny knew I worked in finance," says 
Kimberly. "so she mentioned my name 
and then sent me the contact informa- 

Kimberley MCGraw Euston '92, based in New 
York, is manager of the U.S. Investor Sales 
team for Global Foreign Exchange. She joined 
Bank of America in April 2002 from Credit 
Suisse First Boston, where she served as direc- 
tor and co-head of foreign exchange institu- 
tional sales. 

Kimberley began her career more than 10 
years ago in the SI .7-trillion-a-day currency 
markets as the currency overlay manager at 
FX Concepts. Along with former Vice President 
Dan Quayle and his national security advisor 
Karl Jackson, she opened the Washington, 
D.C. office of the firm. She later moved to 
Chicago, where she worked at ABN Amro and 
the Bank of Montreal. In 1997, she went to 
New York to work at J. P. Morgan Chase. 

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The documentary film Risk/Reward is scheduled to appear on 
the Oxygen cable network in November. It premiered at the 
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC in April 
2003 and has been on the circuit ever since. Colorado alum- 
nae can catch a showing at the 26th Starz Denver 
International Film Festival October 9-19, 2003. For more infor- 
mation go to 
Roland Park Pictures. Inc. 2003 

"I took a look around at some of the best talent that is out 
there on the Street and recognized that Kimberley is one of 
the most talented investor salespeople that I've ever met in the 
United States. I was very aggressive in trying to pull Kimberley 
from her existing employer... The trick to this game is trying to 
staff your team globally with Kimberley Eustons all over the 

place. — Alan Circle, Global Head of Foreign Exchange Trading, Bank of America 

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Fall 2003 • 21 

n my latest newsletter, I shared with 
you my thoughts about the financial 
challenges facing private higher educa- 
tion today, and how Sweet Briar is 
being impacted. To put the College on 
the strongest possible fiscal footing, given 
the current national economic situation, 
and the realities of funding higher educa- 
tion today, it is necessary to look seri- 
ously at ways to bring the College's mis- 
sion and educational programs in line 
with a budgetary structure that we can 
reasonably expect will be available to 
support those programs well into the 

To this end, Michela English, chairman 
of Sweet Briar's Board of Directors, has 
created an ad hoc committee comprised of 
several members of the Board, key 
administrators, and faculty to develop a 
financially sustainable plan for the 
College's long-term future. Dr. Virginia 
("Ginger") Upchurch Collier, '72, is 
chairing this Shape of the Future 
Committee, which is charged with creat- 
ing one or more blueprints for Sweet 
Briar's future for the approval of the 
Board. The Committee's blueprint will 
move Sweet Briar away from our histori- 
cally heavy dependence on endowment. It 
will be based on the general economic 
principle that the College must operate 
within budget parameters that rely on no 
more than a 5% spending rate on the 
endowment each year, and that are based 

on conservative expectations of future 
investment returns. 

The Committee is not designed as a 
short-term "budget-cutting" instrument, 
but rather will take a more strategic 
approach to aligning the College's educa- 
tional programs with its projected finan- 
cial base. To do so will require reviewing 
the full range of activities and services the 
College provides, including not only aca- 
demic and other educational programs, 
but also our physical facilities, adminis- 
trative functions, alumnae and student 
services— all of which exist to support 
our educational programs. 

The Committee will focus on explor- 
ing the most appropriate mix of programs 
to provide the best possible education for 
women and define the Sweet Briar experi- 
ence into the future, given the needs and 
expectations of today's young women and 
the economic constraints we know we 
will face as a small private women's col- 
lege. It will consider how our new pro- 
grams (e.g., business, education, commu- 
nications, environmental studies) 
designed to broaden Sweet Briar's appeal 
can be sufficiently distinctive and funded 
adequately without undermining the tradi- 
tional liberal arts curriculum. 

We expect the SOF committee to ask 
the hard questions: If, for example, the 
number of majors or courses should be 
reduced in order to focus the College's 
programs on a more limited but distin- 
guished set of core offerings, what mix is 

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most appropriate? What is the best way to 
implement such changes and over what 
time frame? How can we best link aca- 
demic and co-curricular opportunities to 
create an effective, unique, and "mar- 
ketable" educational experience ? Are 
there services we provide at Sweet Briar 
that are unnecessary? Dispensable? Are 
there ways we can collaborate with other 
colleges and universities to leverage our 

While the Board recognizes that any 
significant structural changes in adminis- 
trative or student services or program- 
matic offerings cannot be accomplished 
overnight, the Shape of the Future plan 
must be developed over the next several 
months so that the budget for FY 2004- 
2005 can be constructed to reflect the new 
direction. The Committee is committed to 
seeking input from the campus commu- 
nity so that all relevant constituencies are 
consulted as part of the planning and 
implementation process. 

I will continue to update you on the 
progress of our work through my newslet- 
ter and the Alumnae Magazine. The mem- 
bers of the Committee are listed below. 
Please feel free to e-mail me if you have 
any questions or suggestions at: presi- 
dent d' 

The Shape of the Future 
Committee Membership 

Dr. Ginger Collier '72, Chair 

Mr. Marshall Acuff 

Ms. Frances Root '80 

Mr. Gregg Petersmeyer 

Ms. Diane Dalton '67 

Dr. Elisabeth Muhlenfeld 

Dr. Jonathan Green 

Dr. William Kershner 

Dr. Pamela DeWeese 

Dr. Scott Hyman 

Ms. Michela English 

Dr. Madeleine Green 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fail 2003 

2003 Outstanding Alumna Award To 

Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 

Introduction ofHonoree at Reunion 
Convocation, May 17, 2003 
By Alumnae Association President Diane 
Dalton '67 

One of my greatest privileges as 
president of the Alumnae 
Association is to present the 
Outstanding Alumna Award, one of Sweet 
Briar College's highest honors. This 
annual award recognizes alumnae who 
have given outstanding volunteer service 
to Sweet Briar. The recipient of the 2003 
Outstanding Alumna Award is one of our 
top volunteers. Ethel Ogden Burwell, 
Class of 1958. 

We are delighted that many of Ethel's 
family are here today. A special welcome 
too goes to Ethel's classmates who are 
here celebrating the 45th Reunion. 

Ethel has participated vigorously in 
Sweet Briar affairs ever since her student 
days. A Manson Memorial Scholar, she 
won Freshman Honors as well as Dean's 
List recognition, was a member of Tau 
Phi, QV. and Paint & Patches, played var- 
sity hockey and worked on the staff of the 
Briar Patch. She received her Sweet Briar 
degree in religion, then in September 
1958 married J. Armistead Burwell. Jr.. a 
graduate of Yale and UVA's Darden 
School of Business and an executive engi- 
neer with the Crysler Corporation. The 
couple settled in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 
where they raised a son and two daugh- 
ters. Both girls are Sweet Briar gradu- 
ates—young Ethel, Class of 1982 and 
Lisa, Class of 1984. 

In addition to her family, Ethel became 
very involved with her community and 
church. Fortunately for SBC. she contin- 
ued to help Sweet Briar as an alumna. 
Few alumnae have shown such loyalty 
and dedication: Ethel has given the 
College, and the Alumnae Association, 20 
years of service on the national board 
level. On the Alumnae Association Board, 
she was chair of Region VII and later, 
nominating chair. In 1991 . the Alumnae 
Board elected her an alumna trustee to the 

Ethel Burwell accepts Outstanding Alumna Award 

Sweet Briar College Board of Directors. 
She served on that board for seven years, 
which included a three-year term from 
1995-98 as president of the Alumnae 

Stepping down from those high posi- 
tions, Ethel had the humility, and the 
commitment, to return to the Alumnae 
Board three years later as co-chair of the 
Boxwood Circle, followed by the position 
of Annual Fund chair, which she currently 

Ethel is past president of the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club of Detroit, and has 
been involved in its activities for many 
years. The club hosted a special gathering 
in her honor in 1998. She is a very suc- 
cessful AAR (alumna admissions repre- 
sentative), a Williams Associate, having 
named Sweet Briar in her will, and a 
faithful participant, as well as worker, in 
all of Sweet Briar's fund-raising efforts. 

Though Sweet Briar is the beneficiary 
of a major portion of Ethel's volun- 
teerism, she has had a wide influence in 
Detroit. In her professional career, she 
was associate director of admissions at 
University Liggett School in Grosse 
Pointe Woods. Michigan, retiring in 1991 . 

Very involved in community affairs, she 
was a trustee of University Liggett School 
and board member of the Metropolitan 
Detroit Teen Conference, an interracial 
annual convocation. For her work on this 
conference. Detroit's Co-Ette Club 
awarded her its 1986 John F. Kennedy 
Award for Humanitarianism and 
Excellence. Ethel has been vice president 
of the Junior League of Detroit and has 
held board positions with the Friends of 
the Grosse Pointe Public Library, the 
National Society of the Colonial Dames 
in Michigan, and the American Field 
Service. She has served on the Grosse 
Pointe Community Education Advisory 
Board and was ruling elder for the Grosse 
Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church. 

Creating opportunities for young peo- 
ple. Sweet Briar students in particular, has 
been the leitmotif of Ethel's work and it 
resounds clearly in a recent gesture of 
great generosity by Ethel's family: they 
have established at Sweet Briar the Ethel 
Ogden Burwell Internship Endowment, 
which provides stipends for students to 
explore careers in Christian ministry, col- 
lege guidance counseling, or other areas 
of the nonprofit sector. The endowment 

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citation sums up the depth and span of 
Ethel's commitment to Sweet Briar: it 
states that the endowment is established 
"in grateful recognition of [Ethel's] 
encompassing, enduring interest in all 
aspects of the life of Sweet Briar College, 
and of her concern for the total collegiate 
experience and well-being of Sweet Briar 

We are proud to present to Ethel a 
Resolution passed by the Alumnae 
Association Board, and the 2003 
Outstanding Alumna Award. 

Family celebrants, l-r: Ethel Ogden Burwell Dowling '82 with husband Reverend Benjamin W. 
Dowling III and children Helen Elisabeth Dowling, age 5, Peter Wilson Dowling, age 7; John 
Armistead Burwell, Jr.; Ethel '58; Hannah Sumner Burwell with husband John Armistead Burwell 
III holding Sarah Elizabeth Burwell, age 9 months. Missing: Elisabeth Burwell Reichard '84 and 
family, who could not be present. 

Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 Accepts the 
2003 Outstanding Alumna Award 

Thank you, Betsy. Diane. Louise and 
everyone - 

When I was notified of this tremen- 
dous honor, I was speechless! Those who 
know me well may find that hard to 
believe, but you will not be surprised to 
know that I have since found my voice 

I want you to know how deeply 
touched I am. When I look at the list of 
the amazing and wonderful alumnae who 
preceded me with this award, I am hon- 
ored and humbled to be named in the 
same category. 

After my family. Sweet Briar has been 
the love of my life. She has given me so 
much beyond just an excellent, academic 

Growing up, I was one who did not 
want to leave my loving, comfortable 
home to go anywhere. I couldn't even 
spend the night at a friend's house with- 
out being desperately homesick. I was 
NOT going to go away to college. But my 
parents insisted that I must go some- 
where, and Ellen Newell Bryan, Sweet 
Briar Class of 1926, mother of my won- 
derful Sweet Briar roommate, Mary Lane 
Bryan Sullivan, persuaded me to look at 
Sweet Briar— "Just visit it." she said, 
"and see what you think." I did, and 
immediately sensed the unique Sweet 

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Briar mythos, that this could be my Home 
away from Home. 

So I came, already feeling very home- 
sick on the train down from CT, crying so 
that I did not dare to do anything but look 
out the window until about Philadelphia, 
and carrying a plant wrapped in paper 
towels and aluminum foil that my mother 
thrust into my hands as I boarded the train 
in Stamford, CT! But once on campus, I 
quickly discovered the whole Sweet Briar 
community was ready to act as my 
extended family. Right away, a sopho- 
more on my hall, 3 r " floor Reid, brought 
me her class mug for my plant. 

That was only the beginning. 
Classmates and those from the classes 
around mine became close, lifelong 
friends. Staff members and professors and 
their families took me in like one of their 
own, many from whom I never even took 
a class, people like Milan Hapala, Arthur 
Bates, Mary Ann Lee, Tom Hughes, 
Helen Mac, the Ramage sisters, Lucy 
Crawford who taught me to bake bread, 
Joe Barker who let us use his apartment 
for parties, to speak of just a very few out 
of so many, many more that I could name. 
Faculty and fellow students alike, they 
taught me, inspired me. encouraged me. 
pushed me to achieve, prodded me to take 
risks— offering life lessons and friendship 
in and out of the classroom. But I am not 
telling you anything that you do not know 

from your own Sweet Briar experience. 

I have been greatly blessed to be able 
to continue a close relationship with this 
amazing place. I have a patient husband 
who also loves Sweet Briar, two daugh- 
ters who chose Sweet Briar for their own 
college experience, and I have, perhaps 
selfishly, gratefully accepted opportunities 
to sit on boards and committees which 
gave me an excuse to come back to this 
beautiful campus to make new friends 
among students, faculty, staff, and alum- 
nae from every decade. 

But I need to make another confes- 
sion—in anything and everything I have 
attempted to do for the College over these 
45 years, I have had wonderful, behind- 
the-scenes help from the Alumnae Office, 
starting with the directors, first Jackie 
Bond Wood, then Ann Morrison Reams 
and now Louise Swiecki Zingaro. and all 
the incredible members of their staffs. 
They truly do most of the work and they 
make me and all the alumnae volunteers 
look good! 

So I humbly accept this wonderful 
honor with heartfelt thanks to Sweet Briar 
and to all those who have made, are mak- 
ing, and will continue to make this such a 
very special place. 

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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 '3 1 * 


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 


Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 

* Deceased 



BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association, assembled on April 27. 2003, acknowledges 
with gratitude the twenty years of board service given by our 2003 
Outstanding Alumna. Ethel Ogden Burwell, Class of 1958. For 
seven of these years she served concurrently on Sweet Briar 
College's Board of Directors, from 1991 to 1995 as our Alumna 
Trustee and from 1995 to 1998 as President of the Alumnae 
Association. Not afraid to descend from the top position, she 
returned to the Alumnae Board as Boxwood Circle Co-Chair from 
2001 to 2002, and is currently in the middle of a term as Annual 
Fund Chair. Previously, she was Chair of Region VII for six years 
and Nominating Chair for four. Steadfastness, loyalty, enthusiasm, 
and energy are the hallmarks of her service on the board. 

On the regional level, Ethel is a past president and a mainstay of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Club of Detroit. She chaired the 1991 
Focus on Sweet Briar event and was a former chair of bulb sales. 
She is a tireless and effective recruiter of students for Sweet Briar. 
A longtime participant in Sweet Briar's major gift societies, the 
Boxwood Circle, the Sweet Briar Circle, and the President's Circle, 
she is a member of the Williams Associates, having named Sweet 
Briar as a beneficiary in her will. She was a member of her class's 
Reunion Giving Committee in 1988 and 1993 and is currently a 
member of the Campaign Steering Committee. In addition to her 
work for Sweet Briar, Ethel is a strong supporter of her church and 
of numerous civic groups in the Detroit area. 

The Board of the Alumnae Association wishes to express its deep- 
est appreciation by presenting the 2003 Outstanding Alumna Award 
to Ethel for her extraordinary dedication to ensuring a strong future 
for Sweet Briar College. They do so by way of this Resolution to 
be recorded in the official Minutes and to be transmitted to her. 

Diane Dalton '67 


Sweet Briar College 

Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro 


Sweet Briar College 

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You Are Our 

Letters Of Recommendation 

Reunion Service of Remembrance 
Sunday, May 18, 2003 
Dr. Guy R. Brewer, Chaplain 
Sweet Briar College 

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 

the title of the most memorable sermon I 
ever heard. It was a valedictory speech for 
graduation at Port Charlotte High School 
in May 1992. The 17-year-old preacher 

"I once heard an old preacher say, 'The 
day will come for all of us when our fam- 
ily and friends will take us out to a mowed 
field, throw us into a hole in the ground, 
and pile dirt on our face. Then, they'll go 
back to somebody's living room to eat 
fried chicken and potato salad and talk 
about us. What will they say? ' " 

I remember that valedictory speech so 
vividly not only because of the truth of the 
message, "Titles or Testimonies," but more 
because the 1 7-year-old speaker was my 
oldest son, Luke, and I was the "old 
preacher" (at that time 40 years old) that 
he quoted! 

Back to my son's question of what our 
friends will say about us: You can rest 
assured they will not dwell on your titles. 
Those have already been published in your 
obituary for the benefit of folks who didn't 
know you very well. . .graduate of Sweet 
Briar College... Phi Beta Kappa... member 
of the Junior League and Garden 
Club. . .treasurer of the church 
vestry. . .member of the board of directors 
of the local bank. 

No, those who know and love you will 
talk about the testimonies of your lives, the 
messages you wrote on their hearts. 
Perhaps a lifelong friend will reminisce: 
"She was the first person I met when I 
arrived on campus as a college freshman. 
She was brand new to campus, too, but she 
helped me unpack my things and set up 
my room before she ever opened her suit- 
case. I felt like I had known her all my 

Another will chime in: "The kids were 
still in elementary school when Jerry died 
and between funeral expenses, the mort- 
gage, and food I was barely getting by. 
When the kids wrote their letters to Santa, 
I cried because I knew that Christmas was- 
n't going to be much that year. I'll never 
forget the looks on their faces when the 
doorbell rang that Christmas Eve and there 
she was with Christmas dinner and pres- 
ents for the kids, including the bicycle that 
little Jerry had asked for." 

A third friend will add, "All I know is 
that my son is who he is today because of 
her. When he dropped out of high school, 
she hired him at the bank to mop floors. 
She stayed after work to tutor him in math 
and English until he returned to school. 
He's a teacher today because she believed 
in him when his own teachers had given 

My son ended his speech by saying. 
"My fellow graduates, today we receive an 
important title. High School Graduate. But, 
it is the testimonies of our lives, the letters 
we write on the hearts of others, that will 

"Titles or Testimonies" is not an origi- 
nal theme to me. This is the subject of 
Paul's comments to his friends in the tiny 
church of Corinth. "Do we need, as some 
people do, letters of recommendation to 
you or from you? You are our letters of 
recommendation, written on your hearts, 
known and read by everybody." Paul is 
writing to the church he had established 36 
months earlier, gently chiding them for 
their obsession with credentials and 
appearances. Not long after he had left 
Corinth for missionary work in other 
places, itinerant preachers of a different ilk 
had followed. Paul refers to these so-called 
pastors as "Judaizers." those who empha- 

sized legalism, titles, and formalities in 
religious experience. He is astounded that 
his friends at Corinth have been so overly 
impressed with the flashy credentials and 
titles of these teachers. 

Paul is saying in effect to his friends at 
Corinth, "Yes, I am still your pastor and an 
authority figure in your life, but is this 
because of my degrees and titles, or 
because of our friendship and my love for 
you? Do you need a letter of recommenda- 
tion from me?" 

Titles are for the benefit of strangers: 
testimonies are for family. Imagine tele- 
phoning one of your children or grandchil- 
dren, and saying, "This is Ellen Smith, 
Sweet Briar College, Class of 1973. 
Vanderbilt University, M.A., 1976, Ph.D. 
1980. How's the wife and kids?" Just pic- 
ture contacting an SBC classmate to sched- 
ule a get-together only to have your old 
friend respond something like. "That 
sounds promising. . .can you send me two 
letters of reference and I'll get back with 
you?" No. titles, letters of reference, the 
dependence on credentials have no place in 
heart-to-heart relationships. 

That's the testimony we offer today for 
the 1 23 alumnae who have passed on this 
year: we are their letters of recommenda- 
tion, written on our hearts, known and read 
by everybody. They have nothing to prove 
to the world; we are the living proof of 
their lives. What indelible messages have 
they written on our hearts? 

Testimonial #1: The Good Old Girl 
Network is more than good business. 
Sweet Briar is famous for the "GOGN." 
that network of associations through which 
alumnae pool their influence to help one 
another succeed in business and life. I hope 
to God it is more than. "I scratch your back 
and you scratch mine." the principle of rec- 

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iprocity to help me get ahead. Paul put it 
this way, "You are our letter, written on our 
hearts." In other words, he did not measure 
success in life based primarily on what he 
accomplished, but rather on his ability to 
help others succeed. The standard operat- 
ing question of the world is, "What's in it 
for me?" What a contrast with the attitude 
of those who have left a lasting testimony 
in your life and mine! For them, you are 
their greatest success story. You are their 
letter of recommendation. 

Testimonial #2: You are the Bic God 
flicked, the pen in God's hand. "You are a 
letter from Christ, the result of our min- 
istry." I recently received an e-mail from a 
former student at the University of Miami 
who was a pain in the neck when I knew 
her. Maria (a pseudonymous name to pro- 
tect the student's identity) was a seriously 
dependent personality who hung out at 
other campus organizations and gave her 
time and energy to them but showed up on 
my doorstep for comfort and counsel when 
her life was in shambles. I spent many 
hours counseling with her, taking her to the 
psychiatric ward of the hospital, praying 
for her. but rarely enjoying her. She was 
one of those students whom I delighted to 
see graduate. 

Maria wrote to me two weeks ago to let 
me know that she had straightened out her 
life, or more precisely, God had straight- 
ened out her life. She is now a seminarian 
preparing for the Episcopal priesthood. 
And. she wants to become a college chap- 
lain so that she can help others as I helped 
her. Maria wrote to thank me for the influ- 
ence I had on her life. 

When I read Maria's letter, I felt grate- 
ful to the Lord and ashamed of myself. 
Without a doubt, the hand of God wrote 
the letters on Maria's heart. I was simply 
the Bic pen. Never underestimate the 
power of kindness to others, even when 
you don't feel good in the deed. I wonder 
how many of the deceased alumnae we 
remember today had no idea of the positive 
impact they had on your life? It's too late 
to tell them, but it's not too late to tell 
someone else. Don't let this weekend end 
without telling some other living person 
how grateful you are for the letters they 
have written on your heart. 

E U N I O 

Testimonial #3: Your letters of recom- 
mendation will outlast you. "You show that 
you are a letter from Christ, written not on 
tablets of stone but on tablets of human 
hearts." Twenty-one centuries after Paul 
lived, we are still quoting him. He is still 
writing letters on human hearts. Long after 
you are gone, the legacy of your impact for 
good or evil will live on. Alfred Nobel dis- 
covered the truth of his lasting legacy 
while he still lived. When his twin brother. 
Albert, died, the Stockholm newspaper 
printed his obituary and the story of his 
death, but they confused the identity of the 
brothers. Instead of Albert, the story 
described Alfred's life! He was shocked to 
read his own obituary and to see how he 
was remembered: a chemist who made a 
fortune from the death and destruction of 
others through his invention of dynamite. 
Nobel was so stricken by the awful legacy 
portrayed in this mistaken obituary that he 
gave his entire fortune to found the Nobel 
Prizes to promote leadership in worldwide 

Testimonial #4: It will all come out in 
the wash. This is Tennessee slang for 
Paul's plain statement, "You are our letters 
of recommendation, known and read by 
all." When Mother Theresa died in 1997. 
the entire world mourned the death of a 
saint. In a discussion about the legacy of 
her life, a student. Kevin, asked me, "Do 
you think Mother Theresa was a 
Christian?" I was incredulous that anyone 
would question Mother Theresa's faith and 
retorted with righteous indignation, "Of 
course, she was a Christian! Why would 
you ask such a question?" "Well." Kevin 
answered, "You know she was Catholic." 

I was so troubled by this conversation 
that I decided to visit Mother Theresa's 
mission in Miami. It was an outreach to 
homeless people and drug addicts in the 
worst neighborhood in Miami. My escort 
agreed to take me on the condition that I 
visit during daylight hours, insisting that it 
was too dangerous to go at night. I was 
astounded by what I found at the mission. 
The mission properly was an island of 
beauty in the middle of a war zone. I made 
my way past the broken glass, trash, and 
crack addicts lying on the sidewalk to the 
front door of the brightly-painted house. 


We were greeted by four beautiful Indian 
women in their twenties who radiated 
peace and joy. Although I had interrupted 
their prayer time, they welcomed us gra- 
ciously and spent an hour telling us the 
story of their work. I have never met peo- 
ple who were more dedicated, hopeful, and 
happy in their work. After the visit, I had 
my answer to Kevin's question. Yes, I was 
certain of Mother Theresa's faith. It could 
be known and read by all through the lives 
of those she had profoundly influenced. 

Amazingly, Luke, my 17-year-old vale- 
dictorian son came to the same conclusion. 
"You're going to have to choose in life 
whether you're going to work for titles or 
live out a testimony. History is clear as to 
which path is better. Pharaoh had the title 
but Moses had the testimony. Sisera had 
the title, but Deborah had the testimony. 
Goliath had the title but David had the tes- 
timony. Nebuchadnezzar had the title but 
Daniel had the testimony. Herod had the 
title but John the Baptist had the testimony. 
Pontius Pilate had the title, but Jesus had 
the testimony!" 

Luke was right and Paul was right: it is 
the testimonies of our lives, the letters that 
we write on the hearts of others, that will 

The Living Epitaph 
When our lives are writ in stone 

One dash will stand alone 

To mark the measure of our days. 

One hyphen between two dates 

Will wordlessly narrate 

Our successes and our mistakes. 

Will our dreams live on as we pass on? 

Will that humble hyphen laud 

The gifts that we have given? 

Or will that lonely dash rehearse 

Only what we've taken? 

God, help us leave a legacy 

Transcending earthly bounds 

Make our mark on humanity 

A lifetime that responds 

To human needs and the aching heart 

That beats in Your own breast. 

For when we live a life like this 

Our legacy will last. 


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No doubt about it! The Class of 1953 had the best Reunion ever: 49 alumnae, 26 husbands, 4 sons attended. They won the Nancy Dowd Burton 
Award for largest Reunion Gift ($121,101); Participation Award for classes celebrating 25th-50th Reunions (75.70%); and Centennial Award for 
total giving to all funds ($408,463). 

Despite rain and unusually cool temperatures (bordering on cold 
at night), it was a festive, fun weekend to remember. Special 
events included the Presentation of the Outstanding Alumna 
Award to Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 during Reunion 
Convocation; the exciting Dedication of the 1953 Class Gates, 
which now welcome all at the entrance to the new Student 
Commons Complex; Open Houses all over campus; Exhibits of 
alumnae books and art; Alumnae College Programs by faculty; 
an Update on "Sweet Briar College Today" by President 
Muhlenfeld...and Time to spend reviving, renewing, reengaging. 
Much to see. much to do. much to savor. 

1953 had a "Before" and "After," taking the stage in long raincoats: in 
the '50s, coats were required over gym suits or pants. To the tune of 
"The Old Grey Mare," they sang "Old '53, she ain't what she used to 
be. ..She's much cuter than she used to be, better than she used to be, 
greater than she used to be..." 

They proved it! Off came the raincoats, while the audience roared, 
whistled, and applauded. 

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insisted that she "suit up" too. Above: Katzy Nager and Ginny Toone 
accept the Participation Award from their new classmate. See 
"Relocation Ceremony for the Class of 1953 Gates", p. 40-41 for more 
Class of '53 celebrations. 

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Faithful Reunion attendees 
Natalie Roberts Ross '31 and hus- 
band William came for her 72nd! 

Surprise! Lillian Cabell Gay '36 
and husband James (Lakewood, 
PA) were "passing through" and 
dropped in— discovered 
REUNION!— and joined the fun, 
staying two nights, attending 
Alumnae College, fishing in the 
lake.. .enjoying. 

Emma Glass Beasley '38 returned 
for her 65th. 

At the Cocktail Buffet: Catherine 
Silverman, '43 Sec. 

1943 thoroughly enjoyed the 60th. Standing: Esther Jett Holland; 
Catherine Parker Silverman; Caroline Miller McClintock; Betty Braxton 
Preston. Seated: Dolores Cheatham James; Ann Jacobs Pakradooni. RG: 
$44,040; Part: 40.23%; TG: $92,265. 

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1948: 18 members declared themselves "unofficially the largest class 
ever returning for the 55th"! RG: $26,690; Part: 54%; TG: $73,503. 

1 948 CP Eleanor Potts Snodgrass; 
Sec. Maddin Lupton McCallie. 

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CP=Class President 
RGC= Reunion Gifts Choir 
FA=Fund Agent 

Each class made three 
announcements at Convocation: 

Reunion gift to the Annual Fund (RG) 

Closs Participation (Part) 

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

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1963 had a wonderful time at the 40th— they were everywhere on campus! RG: 582,434; Part: 70.06%; TG: $198,352. 

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1968: a small but merry group, happy to be back at The Patch for the 
35th. RG: $26,249; Part:43.43%; TG:$1 02,528 

1973 movers & shakers: Diane 
Dale Reiling, FA; Susan Dern 
Plank, FA; Louise Blakeslee Gilpin 

1973 had a marvelous 30th and no wonder: they reported that 20 RG Committee members contacted every- 
one in the class. They laughed about being 50-yr-olds: "and we all have children in college or graduate 
school!" RG: $28,158; Part: 43.60%; TG: $28,808. 

1978 came on strong for the 25th, with the spirit, enthusiasm, and vitality they were known for 25 years 
ago! RG: $27,215.78; Part: 37.63%; TG: $85,851.78. 

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1993 Sec. Michelle 
Constable; CP Ellen 
Eriksen Ober Pitera. 

1993 had 14 on hand for a terrific 10th. RG: $3,547; Part: 18.875; TG: $5,522. 

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Ethel Ogden Burwell '58, 

Annual Fund Chair, 

announced that total 

giving to the Annual 

Fund, including a!" 

Reunion classes, 

reached $1,177,180. 


Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management/Interim Director of 
the Museum Christian Carr leads Alumnae College ("Curating, 
Collecting, and Connoisseurship: Behind the Ropes at the Sweet Briar 

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Lauren Friend Named Class of 2003 
Presidential Medalist 

Lauren Friend '03, Rancho Mirage, CA, 
received the Presidential Medal from 
Sweet Briar College February 19, 2003. 
The annual award is the highest accolade 
the College bestows on a member of the 
graduating senior class. 

The Medal honors the senior who has 
demonstrated exemplary intellectual 
achievement and, in addition, distinction in 
some or all of the following areas: service 
to the community; contributions to the arts; 
enlargement of our global perspective; ath- 
letic fitness and achievement; leadership; 
and contributions to the community dis- 

As captain of the Sweet Briar Swim 
Team. Student Government treasurer and 
Irene Mitchell Moore Scholar, Lauren led 
her peers in the classroom, in the student 
government, and in athletic competition. 

"Lauren exemplifies the essence of the 
Presidential Medalist: she is an outstanding 
student with a fine intelligence who is 
deeply invested in her own education, and 
who excels both in and out of the class- 
room," said President Elisabeth 
Muhlenfeld. "Her academic work is origi- 
nal and nuanced; and her dedication to 
Sweet Briar students— evidenced in her 
work to establish online elections — shows 
her to be both creative and caring. She is a 
terrific example of a Sweet Briar woman, 
bringing honor to her college for her intel- 
lect, her athletic prowess, and her willing- 
ness to serve her community." 

Lauren, who held a perfect 4.0 GPA in 
both her history and international affairs 
majors and a 3.94 GPA overall (top in her 
class), completed an honors thesis on the 
use of technology among Central 
American indigenous groups in their self- 
proclaimed struggle against globalization. 
She was one of two first-time recipients 
of the Irene Mitchell Moore Scholarship 
for students studying through the College's 
Center for Civic Renewal who intend to 
pursue careers in public service. In addi- 
tion, she was a 2002 Emilie Watts McVea 
Scholar, an Honors Scholar for three years, 
a member of the Dean's List for four years, 
a Founder's Scholar, a recipient of a Pink 
and Green Award for Leadership, and a 

Lauren Friend '03 

member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor 

She held a number of positions in the 
Student Government Association, includ- 
ing vice president of her first-year class, 
chief electoral officer during her sopho- 
more year, and treasurer senior year. As 
chief electoral officer, Lauren, with then 
SGA President Leah Soli van '01, was 
instrumental in establishing Sweet Briar as 
one of the first colleges in America to hold 
online student elections. 

In the pool, she placed first in the Old 
Dominion Athletic Conference breaststroke 
events for the last two years, and was 
named to the All-Conference Team in mul- 
tiple events for the last three years. As a 
freshman, she was named "Athlete of the 
Year" for the College, and earned the 
Harold B. Whiteman Scholar- Athlete 
Award during her sophomore year. 

Her passion for swimming extends 
beyond personal and team competition; she 
taught faculty and staff children to swim 
and helped many local Cub Scouts and 
Girl Scouts earn their merit badges. 

Lauren received a full tuition scholar- 
ship to pursue a master's degree in Latin 
American Studies at Georgetown 
University, beginning this fall. She will 
also work part-time at Simon & 
Associates, the D.C. law firm where she 
worked during the Washington Semester 
Program her junior year. This summer she 
is a full-time employee at Simon & 

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Jack and Mary Bailey Izard 

Mr. and Mrs. John Izard [Mary Bailey'52] 
Receive Founder's Award from The Georgia 

Article and photo reprinted courtesy of 
"The Georgia Consen-ancx" 

The Georgia Conservancy works to 
ensure that Georgians have clean air, 
healthy rivers and streams, and unspoiled 
wild places, both now and tomorrow. 2002 
marked a special milestone in the 
Conservancy's history as it celebrated its 
35th anniversary and presented the inaugu- 
ral Founder's Award to Jack and Mary 
Izard November 2, 2002. 

"None embody the work of The 
Georgia Conservancy as the Izards do. In 
1967, The Georgia Conservancy was 
founded when Mary Izard, along with sev- 
eral environmental stewards, hiked to 
Sweetwater Creek and realized that with- 
out proper care and protection, Georgia's 
natural resources were in jeopardy." 
This kind of forward thinking has 
become synonymous with Jack and Mary 
Izard. Jack, a partner at King & Spaulding, 
was also the first Chairman of the Board of 
the Senior Citizens Services of Metro 
Atlanta, served as President of the Atlanta 
Legal Aid Society, and is a current trustee 
and past chair of the Episcopal Media 
Center. Beyond his local involvement, in 
1978 he was invited by President Jimmy 
Carter to serve as a member of the 
National Commission to Study Anti-Trust 

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Laws and Procedures. 

Through the years Mary's interests have 
continued to be environmentally based. As 
a result of her leadership, the Atlanta 
Botanical Garden was created. Other 
accomplishments include many years on 
the board of trustees at Fernbank Museum 
of Natural History, a longtime association 
with the Georgia Botanical Society, and 
board service with the Georgia Department 
of Natural Resources. 

Both Jack and Mary have continued 
their commitment to The Georgia 
Conservancy through education and advo- 
cacy, ongoing support of programs, and by 
serving as trustees. In their tradition, their 
son John is an active member and immedi- 
ate past president of the board of trustees. 

Murrell Rickards Werth '44 Organizes Gift 
in Memory of Art Professor Jovan De Rocco 

By Rebecca Massie Lane 
Director of Galleries and the Arts 
Management Program 
Sweet Briar College 

Upon learning of the death of Professor 
Emeritus of Art Jovan De Rocco in 1998, 
Friends of Art board member Murrell 
Rickards Werth '44 set about organizing an 
art acquisition to serve as a lasting memo- 
rial to a beloved professor. Murrell 
described Professor De Rocco as "a rare 
inspirational individual whose philosophi- 
cal and spiritual beliefs were expressed in 
his architecture, painting, writing, and 
teaching." She invited Sweet Briar alum- 
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acquire a work of art in his memory. In 
addition to her own generous contribution, 
she received gifts from Louise Smith Barry 
'44; Elisabeth Vaughan Bishop '44; 
Margaret Mohlman Degler '54; Martha 
Shmidheiser DuBarry '48; Frances 
Caldwell Harris '42: Frances Martin 
Lindsay '50; Janet Staples Munt '44; 
Harriette Tavenner Owens '44; Edna Syska 
Peltier '42; Annabelle Forsch Prager '43; 
Sara Davis Spencer '48; Jean Blanton 
Stein '44; and Helen Gravatt Watt '44. 
The Friends of Art Board and the art 
faculty approved the acquisition of an 
Ansei Uchima color woodblock print. 
Forest Byobu (Autumn Stone), 1979, is a 
fitting tribute to Professor De Rocco, for it 
embodies both Asian and Western aesthet- 
ics, modernism and tradition. It also pro- 

Photo: Murrell Werth pictured at a Friends of 
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vides a contemporary example of color 
woodblock printing, which can serve as 
comparison and contrast to the many 
examples of 19th-century Japanese Ukiyo-e 
prints in the Sweet Briar College 

Uchima was born in Stockton, CA in 
1921 , and studied architecture, drawing, 
painting, and printmaking at Waseda 
University, Tokyo, Japan. After living in 
Tokyo from 1940-59, he moved to New 
York City to become a professor in the Fine 
arts department at Sarah Lawrence 
College, Bronxville, NY, 1962-1982. He 
also taught at the Pratt Graphics Center in 
1965, and at Columbia University from 
1968-82. Uchima died in 2000. 

Uchima's coloristic woodblock prints 
are found in the collections of the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney 
Museum of American Art, National 
Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Art 
Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts Museums of 
San Francisco, and Philadelphia Museum 
of Art. Murrell stated that "Mr. De Rocco 
would be very pleased.... and a print by an 
extraordinary and well-known Japanese 
artist is a very appropriate memorial in his 

As with all additions to the permanent 
collection, this work will provide inspira- 
tion for student and faculty research, and 
for future exhibitions. Our collection at 
Sweet Briar is integral to our teaching, in 
the art and art history departments, through 
the exhibition program, and throughout the 

The Uchima print will stand as a lasting 
memory of Professor De Rocco. Each time 
it is exhibited or published, its label will 
acknowledge the memorial and those who 
contributed. Murrell Werth deserves partic- 
ular recognition for her leadership in mak- 
ing this acquisition possible, and for giving 
so generously to the De Rocco Fund. 

I have no doubt that the Uchima print 
will become a valued part of our collection 
and will be of lasting benefit to students 
and faculty for generations to come. 

Photo: Ansei Uchima, American, 1921-2000, Forest Byobu (Autumn Stone), 1979, color wood- 
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Mexico and Monarchs: 

An Alumna Describes Her Trip to the 
Overwintering Sites of the Monarch 
Butterfly, and Subsequent Meeting with 
Sweet Briar Professor Lincoln Brower, a 
World Kxpert on Monarchs 

By Lyme Smith Craw '64 

March 1 . 2(X)3, under the auspices of 
the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short 
Hills, NJ. I 1 ) of us flew to Mexico City 
where we met our trip leaders, Bonnie 
Chase (Arboretum Director/Naturalist |, 
and Bill Calvert of the Texas Monarch 
Watch. From there, we began our 60-mile 
journey westward to two of the overwinter- 
ing sites of the Mariposa Del Monarca. A 
60-mile long. 20-mile wide ridge in El 
Estado de Michoacan is the winter home to 
one-hall billion to two billion Monarchs. 

The first day, we stopped briefly in the 
Parque Nevado de Toluca National to view 
Monarchs streaming down from Herrada, a 
mountain in the Sierra Madre. looking for 
food and water. As thrilled as we were, we 
were to discover that seeing these 
Monarchs was like seeing the few flurries 
that precede a big blizzard. 

The next day we bumped up a moun- 
tainous unpaved dirt road to El Rosario, 
over 9,000 feet, in the back of an open 
pickup truck. Our faces were covered like 
banditos with bandanas to protect nose and 
mouth from the fine dust. We started walk- 
ing uphill, step by step, another 6(X) feet. 
We were given little teasers along the way. 
Quite a few Monarchs had ventured down 
from the trees to build up their strength, 
both internally and externally, for the long 
journey ahead of them. Finally reaching 
the summit, there we were, surrounded by 
millions of Monarch butterflies. They were 
everywhere: in the air; on the ground 
"making whoopee"; in the Oyamel Firs 
turning them bright orange: and festooning 
nearby smaller pines with living decora- 

The following day we drove up another 
dusty road to Sierra Chinqua. altitude just 
under 1 1 .(XX) feet. This time we had a 
choice: we could ride horses down to the 
reserve or walk up over a ridge and down 
to the butterflies. I opted for the four- 
looted methcxl of transportation. An 
incredible sight lay in front of us when we 
dismounted. Monarchs were all around us 
and we had to carefully watch our feet. 
Against the clear blue of the sky, their 

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Lincoln Brower at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum with: Back row, l-r, Jeannine Davis Harris '80; 
Deborah Price Bowman '82; Bonnie Chase, Arboretum Director; Jennifer Montfort '01. Front row, 
l-r: Gigi Collins '84; Ava Spanier DeGhetto '86; Rhoda Harris '82 

orange and black wings glowed, backlit by 
the sun. A group of butterflies were "pud- 
dling"— that is. sucking out moisture at the 
edge of a small stream. Another group, in 
total unison, (lew from one extremely tall 
pine to another as if someone had given 
them a signal. The sheer beauty of these 
small but intrepid creatures took away my 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Club of New 
Jersey invited SBC Research Professor 
Lincoln Brower (biology), well-known 
Monarch expert, to the Cora Hartshorn 
Arboretum on May 28. He spoke on the 
Monarch butterfly migration phenomenon. 
The Monarchs' overwintering sites weren't 
discovered until l°75: Professor Brower 
said that he had been to the sites every 
year since the early '80s to study and tag 
Monarchs. He has often been assisted h\ 
Bill Calvert, and recently, by Bonnie 

Each November, billions of Monarchs 
make the trek from North America, east of 
the Rockies, to Mexico. The) hibernate 
there until the March solstice when they 
set off for Texas to lay their eggs. Their 
"children" migrate northward. It is their 
"grandchildren" or "great-grandchildren" 
who migrate hack to Mexico each fall from 
such faraway places as \ugusta, Maine, a 
distance of nearly 25(XI miles. Migrating 
Monarchs live through the winter, flj 500 

Lynne Crow, '64, Chartered Financial 
Consultant (ChFC); Chartered Life Underwriter 
(CLU); Field Representative, Guardian Life 
Insurance Co., Cranford, NJ; Trustee, Cora 
Hartshorn Arboretum. Visit 
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miles to Texas come spring and begin the 
cycle once again. 

In January 2(X)2. about 80' ; of the 
Monarch population (over 2(X) million) 
was wiped out. This was due to a rain/ice 
storm followed h\ a severe cold snap in an 
area where firs had been illegal]] thinned 
or clear-cut with results similar to what 
happens to the warming capacity of a blan- 
ket in which holes ha\e been cut. In some 
places. ProfeSSOI Brower said, dead 
Monarchs were ncarh three feet deep on 
the forest floor. While their population has 

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bounced back to nearly normal numbers, 
he thinks that unless changes are made, 
this phenomenon of Monarch migration 
may be gone within another 20 years. 

What can we do to halt or at least slow 
down this progression'.' We can approach 
our national legislators to "'lean" on 
Mexico to stop the illegal Monarch habitat 
destruction. We can financially support the 
Mexican conservation groups' reforestation 
projects. We can contact our state legisla- 
tors to cease the use of pesticides along the 
edges of roads and on fields, thus protect- 
ing the Monarchs' food source during their 
migration. We can plant milkweed, the 
only plant used by Monarchs for egg lay- 
ing: the milkweed leaves feed the hatched 
larvae. Most of all, we can raise our aware- 
ness of how important each species is to 
the ecology of our planet. 

"Never doubt that a small group of 
thoughtful committed citizens can change 
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that 
ever has." —Margaret Mead 


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Norma and Olan Mills 

Norma and Olan Mills Receive AIM Award 
(Norma Patteson '60) 
By Sonia Young 

Reprinted with permission from the sum- 
mer 2003 edition of Target AIM, the 
newsletter of the AIM Center in 

The highlight of a two-day Learning 
and Leadership in Mental Health 
Symposium, chaired by Dolores Chandra, 
was the presentation of the first AIM Life 
Achievement Award to Norma and Olan 
Mills. At a banquet held at the 
Chattanoogan, more than 300 guests gath- 
ered to honor this couple who have worked 
tirelessly on behalf of the AIM Center 

since its inception in 1989. 

Joe Decosimo paid tribute to the Mills 
for their leadership and commitment to the 
center and praised their philanthropic 
endeavors in this community and on behalf 
of the AIM Center. The Mills' contribu- 
tions to the mental health field over the 
years have not only helped many individu- 
als, but also have fostered the application 
of a way of therapy that will help many 
others in the years to come. 

Scott Ferguson, Board Chair, and 
Jonathan Hildreth. member representative 
to the Board, presented the Mills with a 
Steuben glass sculpture called 
"Starstruck," which represented the cou- 
ple's exemplary leadership in the commu- 
nity by the two entwined crystal columns 
topped with stars. 

Norma and Olan Mills accepted the 
tribute with grace, humility, and joy while 
stating that it had been a privilege to be a 
part of the AIM Center since its early 
beginnings. Norma referred to it as a 
"Beacon of Hope" and a happy place that 
this community is fortunate to have. Olan 
thanked Chattanooga and Joe Decosimo 
whom he referred to as "the Godfather of 

Professor Laura Pharis Designs Mike 
Seeger Album Cover 

A great love of "old-time" mountain 
music led Laura Pharis, SBC professor of 
studio art, to apply her artistic talent in 
designing the album cover for six-time 
Grammy nominee Mike Seeger 's new 
album, "True Vine." 

She created the album cover image 
after being inspired by Seeger's "ancient 
voice and the purity and integrity of his 
music." Her recent work emphasizes her 
fondness for creating the forms of musical 
instruments from other objects. The draw- 
ing used on the album cover features a 
fiddle made of honeysuckle and star mag- 
nolia, and a banjo made of wild roses— all 
plants that can be found in Central 

Professor Pharis teaches drawing, 
painting, printmaking. and design. She 
has exhibited her work in "One/Off 
Printmakers." Galleria SL Punto A, 
Milano, Italy; "American Woodcuts." 
Gallerie im Hollenthal. Bechenbach, 
Germany; and "String Music," a solo 
exhibition at Reynolds Gallery, 

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Richmond. Virginia. She was named 
Artist of the Year for 2000 by the 
Richmond Women's Caucus for the Arts. 
In her life outside the studio and class- 
room, Laura, who describes herself as an 
enthusiastic amateur, plays fiddle in a 
band called "Bramble and Rose" which 
plays Celtic and Old-time music. Sweet 
Briar librarian Joe Malloy, who is also in 
the band, made up the name because of 
the association with Sweet Briar. In addi- 
tion to gigs at events and restaurants, the 
band occasionally plays on a volunteer 
basis at local nursing homes and "jams" 
on the terrace of "Le Bistro" at Sweet 
Briar. Students, faculty, and sometimes 
faculty family members have been known 
to take part in those jams. 

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New Book Shop Opens 

The Sweet Briar Book Shop had its 
Grand Opening in its new quarters adjacent 
to the Student Commons on March 10. 
2(M).V The Sweet Briar community turned 
out in force to celebrate, cheer the ribbon- 
cutting, and enjoj the lovely new facility. 
In a welcoming gesture, the Book Shop 
offered free T-shirts sporting the Sweet 
Briar mascot. The Vixen. 

Adding to the festivities, Book Shop 
Director Terri Schutte was presented with 
an aw ard from the National Association of 
College Stores, honoring her as a Certified 
Store Professional. 

All on one level, the shop continues to 
earn all the textbooks, computers, and 
academic supplies that the Sweet Briar 
community depends on; in addition, it con- 



linues lo stock the familiar, beloved, Sweet 
Briar items and the great variety of mer- 
chandise that has made it such an outstand- 
ing resource in the past. 

The Book Shop < ate has greatly 

expanded— it is now a real 

coffeehouse/cafe' with a verj inviting 
ambience. Lots of delicious food and drink 
include a full range of coffee and tea; fruit 
smoothies, quiche, and pastries. Situated as 
it is in the heart of the campus and w uh its 
large windows, beautifully-finished 
wooden floors, and a lounge area with 
bright upholstered armchairs and couches 
and coffee-tables, the cafe is a delightful 
spot for students, faculty, staff, and \ isitors 
to meet for conversation or discussion. 

Many special events are regularly 
scheduled, including readings, authors' 
appearances, blues guitarists, computer 
demonstrations and poetry readings. To 
inaugurate the new cafe, the creative writ- 
ing faculty and students hosted a marathon 
evening of readings from new works. The 
place was packed. 

Come and enjoy coffee and a "big muf- 
fin" next time you are on campus! 

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At the ribbon-cutting, L-r: Book Shop Director 
Terri Schutte; Vice President for Finance and 
Administration Mary Lou Merkt; Holly James 
McMickle '97; President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld. 

Book Shop Director Terri Schutte displays her 
award, flanked by former Director of 
Auxiliary Services Archie Woldron and Vice 
President for Finance and Administration Mary 
Lou Merkt. 

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The Tyrees pictured in the gateway. 

Photos © David Abrams 

Relocation Ceremony for 
the-Classof 1953 


On the Saturday afternoon of Reunion weekend, a very special ceremony was 
held to officially observe the relocation of the gates from the main entrance of the 
College to a central spot at the entrance of the new quadrangle created by the 
Student Commons complex. The beautiful wrought-iron gates are known as the 
"Class of 1953 Gates" because in 1963, members of that class were responsible 
for having the old gates restored and installed to form a gracious entry to the 
Sweet Briar campus. One of the leaders in making this lovely gift to the College 
was the late Joan Brophy Tyree'53. 

Now, the main entrance is being changed because of highway construction 
on Route 29. The Class of 1953 stepped forward again and, as a gift to com- 
memorate their 50th Reunion, sponsored the relocation of the gates. Joan 
Tyree's family participated in her memory. Joining the festivities to celebrate 
the relocation — and making the ceremony an occasion never to be forgotten — 
were Joan and Thomas Tyrees' four sons: Bill. Tom, John, and David. 
The rain poured down but could not dampen the spirits of the Class of '53 or the other atten- 
Copy of plaque dees— the ceremony was simply moved into the basement of Reid Dormitory. The Honorable Dale 

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Dale Hutter Harris 
welcomes the crowd. 

Hutter Harris, class president, and SBC President Elisabeth 
Muhlenfeld welcomed the overflow crowd. Classmates Kathleen 
"Katzy" Bailey Nager and June Arata Pickett explained the his- 
tory of the connection between the class and the gates, and 
remarks were made by the four Tyree "boys." The class was 
deeply moved to have the Tyree sons with them, and the young 
men themselves expressed heartfelt appreciation for the strong 
and steadfast ties with their late mother's classmates. 

Following the speeches, the Class of 1953 braved the rain for 
a photo with the Tyrees. and a plaque beside the gates was 

David Tyree, the youngest brother, entertains the crowd. His three 
brothers are seated to the right of the podium. 

June Arata Pickett addresses the 

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In the rain: the four Tyrees surrounded by the Class of 1953 

Sweet Briar 





Unveiling of the plaque by Board Chairman Michela English '71, Tabitha 

i friend. 

dL i it* o J aL Unveiling of the plaque by Board Chairman Michela I 

Photos © David Abrams Dixon , 06 and Denva Ja £ son - S, with help from a 

Descendant Jasper Fletcher addresses the gathering 

On the sunny afternoon 
of April 24,2003, 
members of the Sweet 
Briar and surrounding commu- 
nities gathered on a hillside 
across the lake from the 
Boathouse for the Sweet Briar 
Plantation Burial Ground 
Dedication. The site dedicated 
is the largest of the slave 
graveyards that were unearthed 
on campus in recent years, 
thanks to the initiative of 
retired Riding Director Paul 
Cronin. His initial efforts were 
carried on by Dean of Co- 
Curricular Life Valdrie Walker 
with the help of Grounds 
Superintendent Donna Meeks 
and the College grounds staff; 
Dr. Keith Adams; and a group 
of faculty members and staff 
including anthropologists Lynn 
Rainville and Debbie Durham: 
historian and archivist Kate 
Chavigny; environmentalist 
Rebecca Ambers and her geol- 
ogist husband Cliff; classicist 
Judith Evans-Grubbs; art histo- 
rian Christian Carr; and Donna 
Whitehouse, development staff 
(see article in Winter 2003 
Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Magazine, p. 14). 

The ceremony was attended 
by many members of the 
boards of Sweet Briar College 

and of the Alumnae 
Association, local alumnae and 
townspeople, and members of 
the student body, faculty and 
staff. On behalf of the College, 
Chaplain Guy Brewer deliv- 
ered the invocation and 
remarks were given by 
Chairman of the Board 
Michela English'71 and 
President Betsy Muhlenfeld. 
On behalf of the descendants 
of the African-American slaves 
buried in the graveyard, Jasper 
Fletcher, who has generational 
ties to the Sweet Briar planta- 
tion days, spoke eloquently but 
delivered a simple message of 
goodwill towards the College. 
A plaque in memory of the 
"'Unknown Founders" was 
unveiled and a wonderful 
gospel choral performance was 
given by Pearlie Sandidge. 
Debra Cooper and Kathleen 
Robinson. Dean Walker joined 
in several of their hymns and 
the beautiful ceremony ended 
with a Parting Blessing by 
Chaplain Brewer. Immediately 
following, there was an open 
house at the Sweet Briar 
Museum with presentations by 
Denva Jackson'05 and Mandi 
Ponton'05 related to the lives 
and times of Elijah Fletcher 
and Daisy Williams. 

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In her welcoming remarks. 
President Muhlent'eld said: 

"Today's ceremony is pon- 
derous with meaning — an 
important ceremonial event in 
the life of the College. We are 
all joined here today, with the 
Board of Directors of the 
College, in acknowledgment of 
people who have been forgot- 
ten—or worse, ignored. 

"The rededication ceremony 
is a time for us as a commu- 
nity to claim our past, and to 
acknowledge and embrace 
many of the unknown people 
who labored as slaves on the 
Sweet Briar Plantation. As 
recently as 20 or 25 years ago, 

such an event could not have 
happened. One simply didn't 
talk about slavery; it was 
something to be hidden. 

"Today, though, we have a 
signal opportunity to speak 
symbolically to the world, say- 
ing that we want to see clearly 
and speak truth. Your simple 
presence here today speaks 
clearly. Together we stand wit- 
ness that we have learned 
something over the years about 
human dignity and worth, 
about the intersection of our 
past with our present, and 
about who we aspire to be. 

"We will no longer pretend 
that this place that is Sweet 

Briar College has always been 
a refined institution of higher 
learning. We w ill value deeply 
the facts of the matter— the 
importance of place, and of the 
origins of this college in a 
plantation worked h\ slave 
labor. We will use our heritage 
to learn and to teach about this 
past — wherever possible, to 
rediscover the names and lives 
of those who were laid to rest 
here, and when that is not pos- 
sible, to honor those whose 
names we will never know. 
Those who lie buried here did 
not know that the wealth they 
labored to produce would one 
da) underlay a fine college. 
Though they did not choose so 
to labor, we pray that the) 
would value what the planta- 
tion has become, and stand as 

Co Pounders " 

The memorial plaque. 

The Hon. Dale Hutter Harris '53 chats with retired Riding Director Paul 

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The Class of 2003 Celebrates A Milestone! 

aturday. May 3, 2003, Sweet Briar held its 94th Commencement Ceremony. 
One hundred and forty-three students, representing 32 states, DC, Spain, Germany, 
Austria, and Saudi Arabia, received degrees. 

Virginia Secretary of Education Belle Wheelan delivered the Commencement 
address. Her speech, "The Future — Am I Up for It," contained six "pearls of wisdom" 
for the graduates: Practice stress management; Take one step at a time; Stop when you 
reach your limits; Value your support system; Get comfortable with ambiguity; Plan 

Throughout her speech, she encouraged them to be agents of change in their lives, 
but always to be prepared and to expect some bad with the good. 

"There is a lot of gray in this world, and at times it will be difficult to find the 
vibrant colors of pink and green you got used to at Sweet Briar, but search for them. 
Make changes so things can get better. 

"You have the tools to make a difference. Use them. Change can happen because of 
one person. Be that person." 

To close the ceremony. President Muhlenfeld told the class: "So far, the world into 
which we send you has not been showing much promise lately. And yet, I am opti- 
mistic. You are confident, well-educated young women who respond well to challenge, 
and I know that you will, each in your own way, make a material and positive differ- 
ence in this world. Your legacy will be, in part, to make sense of all this change, and to 
teach those who come after you to maintain equilibrium in permanent uncertainty. To 
do that, you will turn to the values you honed here— community, friendship, honesty, 
integrity, and service." 

Virginia Secretary of Education Belle Wheelan 

Chaplain Guy Brewer was honored with the 
Shirley P. Reid Excellence in Service Award 
from the Student Government Association, 
presented by SGA President Katherine Nicole 
Crowder '03. 

Assistant Professor of History Lynn Laufenberg 
was the 2003 recipient of the Connie Burwell 
White Excellence in Teaching Award, presented 
by C. Olevia Neary, '03, chairman of the 
College's Academic Affairs Committee. 

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Commencement Honors 

The Kmilie Watts McVea Scholar 

The highest-ranking member of the Class of 2003. 
Lauren Alice Friend, Rancho Mirage, CA 

The Presidential Medalist 

The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors who have 
a range of accomplishments comparable to those 
associated with candidates for Rhodes, Marshall, or 
Truman Scholarships. Awardees must have demon- 
strated exemplary intellectual achievement. 
Lauren Alice Friend. Rancho Mirage. CA 
(Please see "In the Spotlight," p35) 

The Penelope Lane Czarra Award 

This award honors the senior who best combines 

scholastic achievement, student leadership, and 

effective contributions to the quality of life at the 


Kelly Marie Hughes. Carmel, IN 

The Connie M. Guion Award 

This is given to a senior for her excellence as a 
human being and as a member of the College. 
Amanda Sue Carpenter. Annville, KY; 
Karla-Bcth L. Murray. Arrington, VA 

The Walker Family Award 

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

The Judith Molinar Flkins Prize 

The family ol the late Professor Judith Elkins estab- 
lished a prize to recognize the outstanding achieve- 
ments ol a senior ma\oring in the mathematical, 
physical, or biological sciences, actively participat- 
ing in the College community, and demonstrating the 
ideals and dedication to learning exemplified by the 
life ol Professor Elkins. 

Jennifer Leigh Smith, Charlotte, NC 

The Lawrence G. Nelson Award for 

Excellence in English 
[Catherine Ann Kummer, 

Bowling Green. KY 

The Shakespeare Prize 

Monique Celeste Hayes, 
Fort Washington, MD 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in the Visual Arts 

Zoraida Margarita Palencia. 
Arlington. VA 

The James Lewis Howe Award in 

Emma Kathryn Payne. Birmingham, AL 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award in 

Carlota Catherine Stoevhase. Hilton 
Head, SC 

The Marcia Capron Award for 
Excellence in French 

Nahliah L. Webber, Lincoln, Rl 

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society 
International Outstanding Scholar 
Education Award 

Katie DeBaun ( lurling, ( Ihesapeake, VA 

The Kathryn Haw Prize in Art History 

Gwen Marie McKinney. Lynchburg, VA 

L' Alliance Francaise de Lynchburg 

Jessica Linn Shannon, Houston, TX 

The Alpha Lambda Delta Award 

Lauren Alice Friend. Rancho Mirage, CA 

The Jessica Steinbrenner .Molloy Award 
in Theatre 

Elizabeth Anne Giguere. Bethlehem. NH 

The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 
Graduate Fellowship in History 

Lauren Alice Friend. Rancho Mirage. CA 

The W. H. Overly Award in Spanish 

Julie Helena Capodanno. Bear. DE: 
Zoraida Margarita Palencia. Arlington. 


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Michelle Church; sister Diana Church '01 

Rebecca Gheen; sister Mary Ann Gheen 
Bennett '98 

Sarah Pitts; mother Rebecca Seabrook Pitts '78 

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The Helen K. Mull Graduate 
Fellowship in Psychology 

Quinn McNeeley Smith. Lynchburg. VA 

The Juliet Halliburton Davis 
Environmental Studies Award 

Rebecca Harrison Gheen, Warrenton, VA 

The Lucile Barrow Turner Award 

Sarah Canovaca, Tulsa, OK 

Phi Beta Kappa 2003 

Sarah Azile Burd, Chesapeake. VA 
Sarah Canovaca, Tulsa, OK 
Julie Helena Capodanno, Bear. DE 
Katherine Nicole Crowder. Chester, VA 
Carrie Joyner DeShazor, Richmond. VA 
Lauren Alice Friend, Rancho Mirage, CA 
Stephanie Christine Jefferson. Bainbridge 

Island. WA 
Katherine Ann Kummer. Bowling Green. 

Gwen Marie McKinney, Lynchburg, VA 
Keri Anne Miller, Raleigh, NC 
Jennifer Lee Neureuther, Berkeley, CA 
Emma Kathryn Payne, Birmingham, AL 
Laurel Truett Speilman, Amherst, VA 
Carlota Catherine Stoevhase, Hilton 

Head. SC 
Leslie Nicole Sturgeon. Duluth, GA 
Rita Thomas. Santa Teresa, NM 
Nahliah L. Webber. Lincoln. RI 
Courtney Renee Yerdon. Sandy Creek, NY 

Cum Laude 

Courtney Faith Arnott, King George. VA 
Sarah Azile Burd. Chesapeake. VA 
Francesca Angela Catucci. Davidsonville. 

Michelle Gabrielle Church. Louisville. 

Lara Jean Corazalla, Garland, TX 
Carrie Joyner DeShazor. Richmond. VA 
Kristin Kent Farris, Atlanta, GA 
Anna Maria Fines, Crofton. MD 
Rebecca Lynn Follin, Cullen. VA 
Allison Nelle Funkhouser. Hagerstown. 

Rebecca Harrison Gheen. Warrenton. VA 

Elizabeth Ann Giguere, Bethlehem, NH 
Lindsay Jean Kinyon. Otis Orchards, WA 
Brenda Jane McKenzie. Amherst, VA 
Elizabeth Ann Meyer, Houston, TX 
Erica Temple Midkiff. Clarksville, VA 
Karla-Beth Murray. Arrington, VA 
Caron Olevia Neary. Winfield, WV 
Jennifer Lee Neureuther. Berkeley, CA 
Chesley Amelia Phillips. Atlanta. GA 
Rachel Michelle Snider. Montgomery, AL 
Laurel Truett Speilman, Amherst, VA 
Amanda Lynn Tyree, Fincastle, VA 
Sarah Ellen Wiegand. Cohutta, GA 
Jacquelyn Denise Wilkins. Madison 
Heights, VA 

Turning Point '03 graduates, l-r: Karla Murray; Gwen McKinney; Jane McKenzie 


Kylene Smith; Kristin A. Smith '99 

Meg Foley; sister Sarah Foley '01 

Kristin Farris; mother Beryl Bergquist Farris '71 

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Magna Cum Laude 

Claire Therese Affleck, Syracuse, NY 

Jade Verna Boardman. COOS Bay. OR 
Sarah Canovaca. Tulsa, OK 
Julie Helena CapodannO, Hear. DE 
Katherine Rowan Carlson. West Chester. 

Alisa Ann Clme. Verona. VA 
Katie DeBaun Curling, Chesapeake, VA 
I eslie \nne Forrester, Burke, VA 
Nieole Clara-Michel Greenleaf. Bend. OR 
Lara Michelle Hansen. Leesburg, VA 
Monique Celeste liases. Fori Washington, 

Stephanie Christine Jefferson, Bainbridge 

Island. WA 
Natalie Yvette King, Pell City. AL 
Gvven Marie McKinney. Lynchburg. VA 
Samara Catherine Perzanowski, Warren, 

Sarah Christine Pitts. Paris. KY 
Sara Beth Shank. Sweet Briar. VA 
Jennifer Leigh Smith. Charlotte. NC 
Rita Thomas, Santa Teresa. NM 
Virginia Leigh Uchello. Alexandria, VA 
Nahliah L. Webber. Lincoln. RI 
Courtney Renee Yerdon, Sandy Creek, 


Summa Cum Laude 

Katherine Nieole Crowder. Chester, VA 
Lauren Alice Friend, Rancho Mirage. CA 
Katherine Ann Kummer. Bowling Green, 

Keri Anne Miller. Raleigh. NC 
Emma Kathryn Payne, Birmingham, AL 
Carlota Catherine Stoevhase, Hilton 


Leslie Nicole Sturgeon, Duluth.GA 

The Honors Program, 
Class of 2003 

Highest Honors iii Biology 

Laurel Truelt Speihnan. Amherst. VA 

Highest Honors in Government 
Leslie Nicole Sturgeon. Duluth.GA 

High Honors in English 

Monique Celeste Hayes. 
Fori Washington. MD 

Honors Degree with High Honors in 

Nahliah L. Webber. Lincoln. RI 

Honors Degree with High Honors in 
Government/International Affairs 

Lauren Alice Friend. Rancho Mirage. CA 

Honors Degree with High Honors in 

Jennifer Lee Neureuther. Berkeley. CA 

Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 

Emma Kathryn Payne. Birmingham. AL 

Honors Degree with Honors in Biology 

and Chemistry 
Courtney Faith Arnott. King George. V A 

Photo by Owrfes Grvfcbs 

Lisa Lussier; sister Alexandra Lussier 'OS 

Blair Baigent; mother Alberta Zotack Baigent 

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Christian Maxwell; cousin Kimberty Olmsteod 
Calhoun '92 (I.); mother Emory Furniss 
Maxwell '74; family friend Jane Hutcherson 
Frierson '74 

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R A V 


R O G R A M S 


stand better the geology, flora, fauna, and 
human history of this extraordinarily beautiful 

The group gathers in Calgary, Alberta to 
travel through the foothills to the Canadian 
Rockies for a 3-night stay in a guest ranch, 
exclusive for our group. From this Old West 
atmosphere of horse corrals, rolling grass- 
lands, and mountains, ride horseback through 
the foothills of the Rockies, enjoy a float trip 
down the Kananaskis River, hike along a gla- 
cial stream to a thundering waterfall, then 
travel north to admire the emerald waters of 
Lake Louise and cross the Kicking Horse Pass 
into beautiful British Columbia to visit Yoho 
National Park and see Takakkaw Falls, the 
second highest waterfall in Canada. Explore 
the Columbia Icefield, the hydrological apex 
of North America, and travel out onto a gla- 
cier aboard a Snocoach for an up-close view 
of 1 ,000-foot-thick-ice. Then go on to Jasper 
National Park, home to grizzly bears, moose, 
elk, and wolves. From Jasper, board VIA Rail 
to travel by overnight train to the vibrant city 
of Vancouver for a 2-day visit, including a 
tour of the famed Vancouver Aquarium, 
known for its beluga whale. 

Ma) 19-27,2004 


In the Footsteps of the Founding Fathers 

This unusual v ieu of Paris brings a new 
appreciation of the remarkable heritage shared 
by the United States and France. Join SBC 
Associate Professor of Government/Associate 
Director of the Center for Civic Renewal 
Steve Bragaw on a "revolutionary" travel 
experience tracing the footsteps of the 
Founding Fathers of the American Revolution. 
During a memorable week in the French capi- 
tal, we discover places where illustrious 
Americans (Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin 
Franklin. Supreme Court Chief Justice John 
Marshall) lived, worked and exchanged ideas 
with Parisian counterparts. 

This trip complements the two on-campus 
Alumnae Colleges' focus on "The Rivalry that 
Shaped America." chaired by Dr. Bragaw 
(2003). Highlighting our stay: a reception with 
Paris-based Sweet Briar alumnae. Other spe- 
cially-arranged visits include a private dinner 
with descendants of French heroes of the 
American Revolution. Also: leisure time to 
explore Paris independently. 

The landmark Hotel St. James & Albany, 
conveniently situated on the rive droit, is our 
base. Enjoy excursions to sites important to 
both the American and French Revolutionary 
movements, including the Palais Royal, meet- 
ing place of fashionable 18 m ~century Paris: 
and the magnificent chateau and gardens at 
Versailles. Lunch at Le Procope. Paris's oldest 
cafe, brings alive the atmosphere of this his- 
toric period. 

Joining us: art historian Alice Jouve who, 
with her husband Daniel, is an acknowledged 
Jefferson expert and co-author of Paris: 
Birthplace of the USA. A long-time Parisian 
and former Bostonian. Alice is a former fac- 
ulty member of the SBC Junior Year in France 

July 18-25, 2004 

The Canadian Rockies: 

A Family Learning Adventure 

Western Canada is the perfect environment for 
a family learning adventure; parents and 
grandparents are invited to bring children 
along. Adults attend special lectures while 
young naturalists engage in hands-on activi- 
ties including scientific, botanical, and arts 
and crafts projects. Horseback riding, rafting, 
hiking, and sightseeing excursions provide 
opportunities for the entire family to under- 

August 4-12, 2004 

Alumni College in Tuscany 

Tuscany, its incomparable legacy of historic 
and artistic riches: an ideal setting for this 
educational program. This tour, shared with 
Hollins University, offers excellent value with 
3 meals/day, accommodations, and all semi- 
nars and excursions included. The 9-day, 7- 
night tour is based in the historic town of 
Cortona, an artists' haven. Stay in the stately 
Hotel San Luca, with sweeping views of the 
lush Tuscan countryside. Experts discuss 
Cortona and its environs, the region's history 
and art, and Italy's contemporary political, 
social and economic status. Excursions 
include walking tour of Cortona: visit to the 
Museum of the Etruscan Academy; wine-tast- 
ing in the Tuscan countryside; trip to Siena; 
visits to the towns of Perugia, Assisi, and 
Florence, with special lunches; visit to 
Montepulciano. Enjoy a special "Meet the 
People" forum— a question-and-answer ses- 
sion with the people of Cortona (many do not 
speak English, but their views and comments 
will be interpreted and translated by our 
Campus Director). Optional 3-day extension 
in Rome. 

continued on p. 50 

By Dr. Anna Chew Pai '57 

I started packing four weeks before 
leaving. I was going to forget nothing, the 
lack of which would cause me to knock 
my head, gnash my teeth or in any way 
detract from the trip. Of course, by one 
week before departure, when I knew I'd 
have to pack seriously, I'd forgotten what 
was in my bags and had to start over 
again. So much for being prepared! 

My trip of a lifetime was to the 
Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, 
sponsored by Sweet Briar's Alumnae 
Travel program and three other groups, 
with Academic Arrangements Abroad 
(AAA). Several factors impelled me to 
overlook the fact that this absolute land- 
lubber would have to spend a week of 
evenings and nights on board a ship. 

One was that planes now fly tourists in 
and out of the Galapagos, cutting down 
tremendously on the time needed to reach 
the islands by boat from Ecuador. 
Secondly, the MV Santa Cruz, which was 
to be our ship, is the largest, thus the most 
stable, touring the islands. 

While I did not have the company of 
my husband (who gets seasick just looking 
at pictures of boats). I did have friends: the 
President of Sweet Briar, Elisabeth 
Muhlenfeld and husband. Larry Wollan, 
and two classmates from the storied class 
of 1957, Anne Wilson Rowe and Margery 
Scott Johnson and 

The Trip of a Lifetime 

their families, and also Ann Smith 
jJretscher '60 and husband Robert. The 
Sweet Bnar contingent altogether num- 
bered over 20. with the Johnson family 
providing 1 1 ! 

But most importantly, we would visit 
two plaees whose magic is well known and 
impossible to resist. 1 he observations of 
animals, such as the finches, on the 
Galapagos by Charles Darwin led to his 
brilliant Theory ol Evolution, a foundation 
of biological thought. As a retired biolo- 
gist, this destination held a special meaning 
for me. 

The ruins of Maehu Picchu have always 
been wondrous for the intelligence and 
engineering that allowed a people, the 
Ineas. to surv ive on mountainous terrain 
that would have been intimidating for 
mountain goats. Not only did the) surv ive. 
they created a small city with walls and 
structures made of enormous boulders and 

/ \J 

rocks. And then they disappeared. Was it 
something that the} thought was a heaven- 
sent sign to leave.' Was it disease and 
pestilence? I doubt we'll ever know. 
We met our tour leaders and other 
members of the tour group in Miami. AAA 
had put me in touch with my trip room- 
mate with the lyrical name. Molly McGee, 
from Kansas City. MO. I could not have 
asked for a nicer roommate. In a high state 
of excitement, we boarded the plane for 
our first stop: Quito. Ecuador. 

High in the Andes at more than 9.000 
feet, the capital of Ecuador sprawls over a 
valley, and in its expansion, creeps up the 
sides of neighboring peaks. It lies in the 
""Avenue of Volcanoes" that forms a spine 
down the middle of Ecuador and into Peru. 
There are active volcanoes within sight of 
Quito, although none were erupting at the 
time of our visit. 

It was winter, the dry season in Ecuador 
and Peru. With moderate temperatures in 
the 70s and low 80s. and coolness 
after sunset, welcome 
relief from summer 
heat in the U.S. 
greeted us on 
arrival at our 
hotel in Quito 
August 2. 
the trip, we 

were treated to great hotels; this one was 
no exception. 

All through the visit to Ecuador and 
Peru, beginning with our tour of Quito and 

other Ecuadorian sues, we developed a 

sense ol the grandeur and civilization in 
place hundreds, even thousands of years 
ago. From the pottery, textiles, jewelry, and 
art in museums to the beautifully baroque, 
gold-leafed carvings and structures ol the 
Church of La Campania, for example, all 
spoke to the skill of the artisans of their 
daj . 

A touching v isit to an exhibit ol photo- 
graphs of Ground Zero in a library court- 
yard in Quito told us that the world mourns 
with us over the senseless loss ol life and 
property on 9/1 1 . It was a sobering, 
momentary intrusion of reality into our 
fantasy trip. 

We visited the Middle of the World 
monument, and the yellow line drawn 
through it depicting the equator served as 
backdrop to many photographs of tourists, 
giddily standing with one leg in the 
Northern Hemisphere, the other in the 
Southern Hemisphere Our guide (old lis 
that the [ncas had calculated the position of 
the equator to w ithin feet of its actual |x >si- 

The first of many shopping opportuni- 
ties came when we were bussed to the 
Otavalo Market, the most well-known mar- 
ket in Ecuador. A profusion of colorful 
native products— serapes, tablecloths, 
alpaca and vicuna jackets, and 
jewelry at unbelievably low 

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November 6-14, 2004 
Amazon River Journey; 
Optional extension to Machu Picchu, 
November 14-19 

This 9-day journey of exploration to the rain- 
forests of the remote upper Peruvian Amazon 
begins with a night in a deluxe hotel in Lima, 
Peru; city tour included. Then, from Iquitos, 
embark on a 6-night round-trip cruise on the 
intimate, 28-passenger expedition-style ship. 
LaAmatista, with its own expert naturalist 
guides. The Amazon rainforest is one of the 
world "s richest and most diverse ecosystems 
teeming with wildlife, birds, and a dazzling 
array of flora and fauna. Tour highlights: natu- 
ralist-guided walks in the rainforest; river 
cruise to view the unique freshwater pink dol- 
phins of the Amazon with an early morning 
breakfast; visits to traditional Amazon Indian 
riverside villages; guided tour of the Pacaya- 
Samiria National Reserve, the largest wetlands 
preserve in the world, into which only La 
Amatista and her sister ships are allowed; jun- 
gle canopy walk near San Regis. 
All meals aboard ship, program of lectures 
and presentations, and shore excursions with 
naturalist guides included. La Amatista is built 
in the style of a 19 tn ~century Amazon river- 
boat, offering unpretentious comfort in 14 air- 
conditioned cabins, each with private bath. 
Onboard dining features delicious local and 
international cuisine prepared daily from fresh 
local ingredients. Through a circular bank of 
floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining parlor, 
the backdrop for every meal is an ever-chang- 
ing vista. The wildlife viewing from an open- 
air top deck is incredible. 
Air from Miami is included in the reasonable 
tour cost. 

January 11-22, 2005 

Gardens of the Caribbean, 
aboard the Sea Cloud II 

Spend January 1 1-13 at a deluxe Barbados 
beach resort, then embark on a fabulous 8- 
night cruise January 14-21 from Barbados to 
Antigua aboard Sea Cloud II, sister ship to the 
historic Marjorie Merriweather Post yacht, 
Sea Cloud. Conde Nast Traveler has rated Sea 
Cloud Cruises #1 for service on its Gold List 
for 2003. We will share the ship with 
Williams College and the National Trust. 
Enriching the cruise: lecture series by horti- 
culturalists and experts on Caribbean history, 
and musical evenings with concerts by inter- 
nationally-known artists. Experience the his- 
tory of the Caribbean, its tradition of garden- 

ing and plantation life, while savoring the 
ambience of a classic sailing ship. 

Meet with representatives of the Barbados 
National Trust; visit Trust properties including 
Tyrol Cot and Wildey House; visit private 
plantations and gardens, specially opened for 
our group; stroll through tropical rain forests 
and beautifully-maintained botanical gardens; 
dance to the music of a local steel band while 
enjoying a barbeque dinner on deck; visit 
local historical sites (Alexander Hamilton 
home on the island of Nevis, and La Pagerie, 
the birthplace of Napoleon's Empress 
Josephine on Martinique); swim and snorkel 
in the warm Caribbean waters; relax on the 
powdery white beaches. 

July 2005 

Costa Rica (or Families 

This tour complements 
Sweet Briar's first on- 
campus Family 
Alumnae College: 
"Earth to SBC!" 
Chaired by Dr. David 
Orvos, associate pro- 
fessor of environmental 
science, and scheduled 
for June 20-25, 2004, 
this "Earth to SBC!" 
will offer alumnae and 
their families opportu- 
nities to explore the fun 
and fascination of earth 
science and the many 
aspects of nature on 
Sweet Briar's campus: 
its land and water, and 
its labs and observato- 

All dates and itineraries 
are subject to change. 
For further information, 
contact our travel coor- 
dinators in the 
Alumnae Office, 
Noreen Parker, tel: 
(434)381-6317; fax: 
(434)381-6132; e-mail: or 
Melissa Coffey, tel: 
(434)381-6243; fax: 
(434)381-6132; e-mail: 

prices— greeted us. We quickly learned to 
bargain despite language barriers. Since 
Ecuador converted to the dollar system 
two years ago, we had no difficulty figur- 
ing out prices. The excitement and energy 
that propelled us through the market 
resembled the feeding frenzy of blue- 
footed boobies (marine birds) that we 
would see on the Galapagos! 

During our bus rides to various points 
of interest, we passed some enormous 
plastic-covered greenhouses: our guide 
pointed them out as flower farms. 
Ecuadorans love flowers; they are every- 
where. Ecuador is one of the biggest 
exporters of roses in the world. Most of 

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the roses in our florist shops are from 
mere. When we expressed interest in visit- 
ing a I arm. the AAA people arranged a 

As it was Sunday, the owners ol 
Rosadex Farm opened their greenhouses 
especially, exclusively for us. and the visit 

was a real treat. We saw acres ot green- 
houses filled with rows of different 
species. They export a million flowers a 
month. 200 varieties of roses. The flowers 

must be pollinated to develop the sweet 
rose smell. 

The> explained ways of watering differ- 
ent Species, and how countries differ in 
what the) prefer in roses. The U.S.. for 
example, likes big blossoms, stems not 
very long. They showed us the multiple 
careful steps they take to package roses lot- 
export. After this special tour, our gracious 
hosts opened their summer house for 
refreshments, presenting each of us with a 
long-stemmed rose, and the Sweet Briar 
group hustled back to our Quito hotel to a 
cocktail party hosted by Betsy and Larry. 

After almost three full days touring the 
Quito area, we were off to the Galapagos. 1 
could not wait! We Hew by jet to San 
Cristobal Island, and after a welcoming 
talk, transferred to the MV Santa Cruz. 

Talks were given by an expert from the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art on pre- 
Colombian art and Machu Picchu. and an 
Geologist on island tlora. The 60 of us on 
the trip were split into four smaller groups 
led by naturalists each day. Both on hikes 
and in daily meetings, we learned about 
the history and ecology of the islands. 

The islands are believed to have been 
born of volcanic eruptions. The animals on 
the islands have never had to be concerned 
with mammalian predators, with the excep- 
tion of humans, and in modern times even 
we have learned to value them. This 
accounts for the sea lions' and marine 
birds' total lack of fear in the presence of 
tourists Coexistence is the rule, as iguanas, 
birds, sea lions, et al. live and sleep side- 
by-side. (We humans could learn some- 
thing here 1 ) Their blase attitude toward 
two-legged \isitors explains in part how 
Darwin was able to amass the evidence he 
needed to reach his monumental conclu- 

Since the Galapagos portion of the trip 
was a lamilv adventure, we had an AAA 

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SBC travelers, l-r. Front: Anne Wilson Rowe '57; Anna "Chips" Chao Pai '57. Back: Margie Scott 
Johnson '57; Georgia Schley Ritchie '80; Ann Smith Bretcher '60; Margie Johnson Springer '83; 
Betsy Muhlenfeld. 

staff member whose specialty was devel- 
oping arts and crafts and other activities 
for the children, ranging in age from eight 
to 17. The children also ate earlier and had 
their own menus, consisting mostly ol 
American food such as chicken nuggets 
and hamburgers. Parents were clearly 
pleased to be able to enjoy their own meals 
separately ! 

At mealtimes, we could sit with differ- 
ent families, coming to know each other. 
By the end of the trip, some new but fast 
friendships had formed. This was certainly 
true among the children. The interest and 
love of nature we all share, that induced us 
to take such a trip, was common ground on 
which remarkably strong bonds were 
forged in a short time. 

Early in the cruise a truly touching 
human interest stop, developed. One of our 
naturalists was a petite dynamo, no more 
than five feet-or-so-tall. named Kathv. 1 
enjoyed watching her expressive face and 
listening to her talk, as she earnestly and 
proudly gave us facts of interest on the 
islands. But 13 years earlier, when she was 
still a teenager. kathv bad been diagnosed 
with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. 

She had gone to New York City for 
treatment, to a well-known hospital, where 
a team of oncologists brought her condi- 
tion under control. She is still in remission, 
but obviously in better shape than those of 
us try ing to keep up w ith her as she clam- 
bered over rocks and hiked steadily ahead 
of us. 

One of the travelers was a striking-look- 
ing woman, a retired physician of Iranian 
heritage. Kathv was delighted when she 
recognized Fere Gha\ imi as a member of 

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the team that had treated her so many years 
ago! Fere was equally delighted when 
Kathv identified herself. The stop, warmed 
all our hearts and made the trip even more 

Very concerned with preservation of the 
Galapagos, the naturalists pointed out the 
consequences of not only the past history 
of destruction of various species, but the 
introduction of non-native plants and ani- 
mals to indigenous life forms bv human 
visitors, mostly sailors. So that there 
should be a minimum of such conse- 
quences from the constant tourism going 
on between the islands, we had to rinse our 
sandals and feet before boarding our ship 
to go to another venue, to prevent the inad- 
vertent transfer of seeds, etc. from one 
island to another. 

The routine was to board every morning 
what looked to me like motorized rubber 
life rafts called pangas. big enough to hold 
1 5 people sitting on the rubber sides. We 
returned to the ship for lunch, disembarked 
again in the afternoon for more hikes and 
activ ities on an island, and returned for 
dinner alter our excursions. 

I he first time we got into a panga (to 
go to Bartolome Island i. there was some 
anxiety OH the part of non-sailors m our 
group, even though we were all equipped 
with life jackets. The pangas were bobbing 
up and down, not in synch with the bob- 
bing ol the AM Santa Cruz. But we were 
taught the "Galapagos Hand Grip": you 
grasp one of the staff by the forearm w ith 
your hand, and in turn his or her hand is on 
your arm near the elbow. 

In this manner we were passed from a 
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boat's ladder to another in the panga. The 
surprisingly firm grip gave us a feeling of 
security, allowing us to board the panga or 
hop back to the ship with ease and assur- 
ance. Fortunately for me and two other 
photographers, all bags we carried were 
transferred by the staff from ship to panga 
and back. 

While we hiked on land most days, we 
also took extended panga rides around 
some of the islands, seeing magnificent 
rock formations resulting from lava flow, 
deserts, and lush green growth. We saw 
frigate birds, red- and blue-footed boobies, 
penguins, cormorants, pelicans, many other 
sea birds, and the brilliantly-colored Sally 
Lightfoot crabs. In quiet coves, there were 
sea turtles lifting their heads to look at us 
before submerging again. Stingrays, grace- 
ful beyond belief, glided silently side by 
side, the tips of their "wings" occasionally 
rising above the surface of the water. 

We saw lava cacti and mangroves in 
close proximity. One brilliant day, with a 
bright blue sky above, and the pristine 
blue-green waters around us, Larry Wollan 
declared that in his next life, he wanted to 
return as a panga driver! 

An unforgettable experience on one 
panga ride was the sight of perhaps 600 
blue-footed boobies in a feeding frenzy 
over a large school of fish. It was not a 
collection of randomly-diving birds, as one 
might think. They were as organized as a 
large squadron of planes, flying in a stream 
resembling a moving ribbon in the sky. 
They soared into the air, then plummeted 
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Sea Lion, sound asleep 

wings folded. Reappearing, they would 
float for a moment, then take wing again to 
repeat their dive. When I saw my photo- 
graphs of this event, I realized that the 
splashing was actually in a straight line, 
not a random pattern. It made what we saw 
even more remarkable. I wonder if anyone 
knows how they manage to avoid colli- 
sions, which at the speed they dive would 
probably be catastrophic. 

Some of our landings on the islands 
were dry; we could jump onto a dock or 
dry rocks. Others were wet landings, with 
only a beach. We jumped into the shallows 
of the ocean in order to reach land. 
Waterproof sandals were a necessity. 
Snorkelers had ample opportunity to 
explore undersea life, and occasionally sea 
lions would join the swimmers for a short 
time to play. For non-swimmers there were 
rides in glass-bottomed boats. 

On land, we climbed and hiked over 
rough trails, kept rough intentionally to 
disrupt the habitats as little as possible. We 
were constantly reminded to stay on the 
trails, and to follow the ranger naturalists. 
We still had to be vigilant to avoid step- 
ping on small lizards darting about, igua- 
nas warming themselves in the sun, or 
blue-footed booby eggs or chicks tem- 
porarily abandoned by a parent seeking 
food. For the most part, we were ignored; 
one day an albatross decided to walk on 
our hiking path, and casually passed by me 
as if it were part of our group! Where else 
in the world would one find wildlife so 
comfortable in the presence of humans? 

Sometimes we had to detour to avoid 

large sea lions lying on our trail. While 
absolutely disinterested in visitors if given 
their space, they can be defensive and 
attack if feeling threatened, especially if 
they have young. On Santa Cruz Island, we 
walked into a huge lava tunnel, formed by 
fast cooling of the surface of a lava flow. 
while the lava below the surface rushed to 
the sea, leaving a circular tunnel perhaps 
15 feet in diameter. Numerous smaller lava 
tunnels exist on all the islands. 

On one hike, a large marine iguana had 
climbed onto a big piece of driftwood, 
making a wonderful composition. A crowd 
of photographers surrounded it; I was des- 
perate to join them, but would have had to 
leave my group. The naturalist in charge 
would not allow me to do so, but assured 
me it would be there when we completed a 
loop in our hike that would bring us closer 
to it. She was right— a half hour later, there 
it was, draped over the driftwood, fat and 
happy. Everywhere there were birds 
(Darwin's finches among them), and inter- 
actions such as the territorial fight I saw 
between mockingbirds. 

No wonder animals here were easily 
captured and slaughtered by sailors for 
food in past centuries. If there is an excuse 
for the enormous damage sailors— and the 
foreign animals that humans introduced 
onto the islands (feral cats, dogs, goats)— 
wrought on various species, especially the 
giant tortoises, it is that the species thriving 
on the islands are in incredible abundance. 
The sailors probably could not imagine 
they would cause the extinction of various 
species— or they didn't care. On some 
rocks favored for spending the night, for 
example, there can be literally thousands of 
inhabitants, iguanas, birds, and sea lions, 
bedding down for the night, providing a 
visual feast for the observer. 

Our encounters with the giant tortoises 
who gave the name "Galapagos" to the 
islands were mainly on Santa Cruz Island, 
where some are found in the wild, but we 
saw more at the Charles Darwin Research 
Station. There, breeding programs attempt 
to restore populations of sea turtles and 
tortoises. Ponderous and phlegmatic, it is 
easy to see how the tortoises were helpless 
to defend themselves against past human 
predators, who kept them aboard ship, 
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I was struck by the skeletal look of their 
heads, and how motionless they could be 
for long periods of time. We visited the last 
of one species, nicknamed "Lonesome 
George." The whole time we were there, 
he lay motionless with his legs stretched 
out in front, his neck extended, in a pool 
that had been drained. He was accompa- 
nied by two females of a related species 
that the naturalists hoped would entice 
George to mate. However, they sat equally 
motionless, totally ignored by their famous 
companion. I wondered if George even 
realized his pool was dry. 

The scenery on the islands was spectac- 
ular, the colors vivid in the absence of air 
and light pollution. There exists significant 
variety in the terrain of the different 
islands, a fortunate aspect leading to the 
divergent lines of the evolution of their 
inhabitants, a phenomenon that Darwin so 
brilliantly recognized and analyzed. 

I believe that the dedication and com- 
mitment of Ecuador and its naturalists will 
succeed in preserving these unique habitats 
because of the relative isolation far out in 
the Pacific Ocean, and their importance to 
the economy of the country. Future genera- 
tions will be able to visit and marvel as we 
did at this wondrous display of what nature 
without interference from humans can be. 

We spent a last Galapagos morning 
walking the beautiful white sand beach at 
Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island, with 
a last opportunity for swimming and snor- 
keling. Our ship served lunch, then 
steamed to another side of San Cristobal to 
the town of Baquerizo Moreno where we 
disembarked and took the panga for the 
last time. 

We watched in amusement as sea lions 
all around us in the harbor were climbing 
onto moored rowboats and other small 
boats to sun themselves and sleep on the 
prows or actually in the boats. It was a 
final happy memory of our trip to an amaz- 
ing part of this wonderful world. We bade 
farewell to the crew and naturalists of the 
M V Santa Cruz as they began preparing for 
another tourist group arriving that after- 

At the airport, we saw a group disem- 
barking from a jet and guessed that they 
were bound for our ship. "What an experi- 
ence awaits you," I thought! 

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city of Guayaquil in southern Ecuador. 
Some 20 of us going on the extension trip 
to Peru said reluctant goodbyes to friends 
returning to the U. S. We were served din- 
ner, and in the early hours of the morning, 
flew from Guayaquil to Lima. Peru for two 
nights, visiting sites of interest on our one 
full day there. 

The role of religion and the Catholic 
Church in South America was reflected in 
the many elegant cathedrals and monaster- 
ies we toured. Lima's Gold Museum with 
its Pre-Hispanic gold objects preserves 
what remains of a vast treasure of gold 
artifacts. Much of it was taken by the con- 
quistadors and melted into ingots. Some of 
the gold was lost as overloaded ships sank 
on the way home to Spain. 

Next morning, we left Lima on a short 
plane ride to Cuzco, a small city high in 
the Andes. Cuzco is over 1 1 ,000 feet. We 
were admonished to walk, to do everything 
in slooow motion, which we soon realized 
was very good advice. We stayed in my 
favorite hotel on the trip. Hotel 
Monasteries, a former 17 -century 

We were greeted in an ornate small 
chapel and given coca tea to help with the 
altitude adjustment (oxygen was available 
to those who needed it). Our rooms were 
converted monks' cells. Meals were served 
either in the courtyard or an indoor restau- 
rant. The food, by the way, on the ship and 
in Ecuador and Peru was very good. A 
seafood chowder at lunch on the ship was 
the best I've ever tasted. 

We stayed two days and nights in 
Cuzco, visiting a number of archaeological 
sites including Sacsayhuaman Fortress 
(which the guide laughingly pronounced 
sexy woman) and Tambomachay. The 
ingenuity of the ancient Incas was evident 
in the structures that remain. Immense 
boulders and stones were shaped and 
placed to form walls without mortar. Like 
the Egyptian Pyramids, the walls stand to 
this day. No one knows how they managed 
to achieve the structures without machines. 

The second day we drove into the coun- 
tryside to the Sacred Valley of the Inca 
fortress at Ollantaytambo, and another 
round of shopping at a market in Pisac. We 
marveled at the terracing high in the moun- 
tains where crops are grown, just as they 
are in Ecuador. But we also saw evidence 

that there is widespread poverty in these 
"Third World" countries, especially in the 

Families exist on what they can produce 
by hand on small farms, still using Incan 
farming techniques. They supplement their 
meager resources by dressing themselves 
and their children to pose for tourists. In 
brightly-colorful native dress, with lambs 
or puppies in their arms, they are indeed 

Early on our third day in Peru, we 
boarded a train that took us to the foot of 
the mountains of Machu Picchu. En route, 
we saw farmland, villages, and soaring 
snow-covered peaks of the Andes. Then 
we transferred to buses that negotiated 
numerous hairpin turns on the mountain- 
side to reach our hotel high on the moun- 
tain near the ruins. 

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long-distance runner, decided to run from 
the base of the mountain to the hotel. 
Some direct paths are carved into the 
mountainside, shortening the trip to the 
top. but nonetheless it was impressive that 
Jesse made the run in about an hour. He 
received a well-deserved ovation! There is 
still an Incan Trail for campers to walk to 
the ruins, which takes about five days to 
hike. We saw many with large backpacks 
arrive at the ruins. 

The ruins are over 8,000 feet in altitude; 
climbing them was not as difficult as walk- 
ing in Cuzco. What can one say about the 
ruins that has not already been said? What 
one cannot realize until standing there and 
taking in the entire scene, of mountains 
that rise straight up from the earth below, 
and the acres of ruins, is the enormity of 
the Incas' achievement in developing an 
entire city from the sides of one of these 

Remaining walls delimit the position of 
houses and temples that once rose as 
places of worship. A system of canals 
developed to channel water from melting 
snows provided irrigation as well as drink- 
ing water. This technique of transporting 
water to inhabitants is still used in many 
villages. Row upon row of terraces carved 
out of the sides of the mountain provided 
sites for agriculture. It boggles the mind 
that all this, and a culture that spawned 
such art. textiles, and jewelry, was accom- 
plished without a written language! 

To get different vistas, we climbed 
paths and small uneven steps carved into 
the side of the mountain. Even for some- 
one like me, with a touch of vertigo, the 
magic of the place compelled me to nego- 
tiate the way up and down, using the boul- 
ders by the side of the path to steady 
myself. On the second day of our visit. I 
felt a sense of achievement for having 
reached the highest point we were to take 
with a guide, the Caretaker's House. The 
more adventurous hiked on their own to 
even higher venues. 

We were urged to find time and a place 
to be by ourselves, to truly feel the spiri- 
tual nature of Machu Picchu. I tried to 
imagine how the first Incas who walked to 
the site felt when they decided this was 
where they wished to settle to worship 
their gods. It must have been overwhelm- 
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Recently a new theory has been developed 
by archaeologists that Machu Picchu was 
actually a summer estate for the Incan 
emperors. It may have been a site for 
recreation similar in purpose to Camp 
David for our presidents, although they 
definitely did build a temple and altars 
there for worship. For either purpose, one 
has to agree with their choice of this stun- 
ning place to build a community. 

The first day of our stay, there was a 
mist in the air. but the sun suddenly broke 
through, creating a double rainbow over 
the peaks below. If the first Incas saw such 
a sight, they must have realized that this 
was a special place, and a worthy site. That 
they were awed by their surroundings is 
reflected in some large rocks at one altar, 
shaped to echo the shape of the mountain 
peaks beyond as one looks out from the 

The second day. after another visit to 
the ruins, we bussed to the town below, ran 
the gauntlet of stands selling every manner 
of T-shirts, bags, and jewelry, and took the 
train back to Cuzco. Early next morning, 
we flew to Lima for the day. Upon arrival, 
we were taken to Lima's Archaeological 
Museum to see a huge collection of ceram- 
ics, tapestries, and mummies. 

Later we visited the Larco Herrara 
Museum with more Incan artifacts, and 
were served a sumptuous candlelight 
farewell dinner at the museum in what 
looked to be a former chapel . As a group 
we were somewhat subdued, from fatigue, 
and also the melancholy thought that the 
trip had truly come to an end. 

At the airport I gave my new friends 
hugs and promises to stay in touch. There 
was definitely regret that the trip was 
over— we had been so privileged to have 
the opportunity to see and experience the 
Galapagos and Machu Picchu. But there 
was the excitement of returning home, too, 
after almost three weeks away, and being 
able to share these experiences with my 

This was. after all, the trip of a lifetime! 

By Michael D. Richards 
Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History- 
Sweet Briar College 

It had snowed in the hills around Hanoi 
just before we landed at Noi Bai Airport 
on 8 January, 2003. The first days in 
Hanoi were cold: I was glad I had packed a 
sweater. This was not the last surprise we 
encountered on our tour of Vietnam! 

Almost immediately I found myself 
falling in love with Hanoi, even though it 
was the seat of a repressive and corrupt gov- 
ernment. Hanoi is a beautiful, if somewhat 
run-down city filled with lakes and parks. 
Unfortunately, the French Colonial architec- 
tural influence seems to be fading rapidly. 
So far, there are not too many high-rise 
buildings. There is much construction of 
both buildings and roads, however, often 
highly labor- intensive. 

What I found most fascinating about 
Hanoi, and the rest of Vietnam, was the 
apparently chaotic flow of traffic. Bicycles, 
cyclos (pedal-driven rickshaws), motorbikes, 
trucks, a few cars, pedestrians, all formed a 
living illustration of the chaos theory. 
Somehow, instinctively, beautiful patterns 
continuously emerged. People rode bicycles 
the wrong way down the street, they turned 
in front of one another without signaling, 
stepped boldly into a seemingly seamless 
flow of traffic, and, with rare exception, it 
worked. The view of all this from the pas- 
senger seat of a cyclo is not to be missed 
(although not recommended for the faint of 

Food was a major leitmotif of our time in 
Vietnam. Every lunch and every dinner 
seemed to be a seven- or eight-course meal. 
My most interesting dinner, however, was a 
simpler meal at the lndochine Restaurant in 
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the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 

wonderfully competent, knowledgeable tour 
director: D'Andra Simmons, '91; and Dr. 
Nancy Potter, mother of Blake Pinter '98. 
Indochine is renowned for traditional 
Vietnamese dishes served in a colonial 
atmosphere. The whole evening I kept 
expecting to see Catherine Deneuve come 
through the door. 

The many meals I shared w ith people on 
the tour were chances to get better 
acquainted and to compare notes on our 
experiences. I could always count on the 
James Whites, parents of Caroline White 
'79. as breakfast companions. Lunches I 
often seemed to be eating with the Charlie 
Towers (Katy Warren '70) and their friends. 
the Armin Mohrs or Anne Cullom ( mother of 
Stephanie Cullom '96) and her friend 
Suzanne Snyder, or Betty Stanly Cates '63 
and her friend Anne Skae. Frequent dinner 
companions included Beverlej Smith Bragg 
'54 and her friend Bob Lew is. and the 
Roman Hallas (Metta "Mit/i" Streit '55). 

One special group formed itself more or 
less spontaneously: the hotel bar group. It 
included the two Jeans. Jean McKee and 
Jean Schepers. both friends of Carla de 
Crcny Freed '51; Carla herself; Kennie 
Laney-Lupton, president of International 
Seminar Design. Inc. (ISDI). the company 
that put the tour together; Kennie 's brother 
Ken Lanes; and Michael Di Giovine and 
Nancy Potter. We were actually engaged in 
historical research of a high order. I. as the 
so-called "expert," organized the various 
expeditions in Saigon (official!) Ho Chi 
Mmh Cit> or HCMC) to such important his- 
torical spots as the terrace bar of the Rex 
Hotel, where journalists compared notes 
after the "Five O'Clock Follies," the brief- 
ings h\ the American military in the Vietnam 
War ualled the American War by the 

Vietnamese). We made ,i special pilgrimage 
to the Hotel Continental, location for mam 
scenes in Graham ( livens The Quiet 
American. We wanted to see the recent film 
version of The Quiet American while we 
were in Saigon, but there was so much to see 
and do that we deferred that to OUT return In 

\s resident historian. I gave four lectures 
on Vietnam and Cambodia. Lectures were 
always on the bus. I s;it up front, microphone 
m hand, and talked about this and that while 
we bounced down the highway, ever) other 
sentence (at least it seemed that way I punc- 
tuated by the dri\er honking the buss hom. 
It is not possible to drive in Vietnam without 
a horn. Brakes may not be all that necessary. 
but a horn is essential. 

One main reason I had lor coming to 
Vietnam was an interest in the remnants of 
the Vietnam (or American) War. I found sur- 
prisingly few. There is. of course, the tank 
that crashed through the gates of the presi- 
dential palace in Saigon in 1975: the War 
Remnants Museum, also in Saigon: and 
there are the Cu Chi Tunnels (where one can 
experience the claustrophobia of the narrow, 
dark passages and could e\en fire an AK-47 
if one wanted). But not much is made of the in Vietnam. It is a young country, the 
majorit) oi the population under 25. wuh no 
persona] memories of the war. War is lor the 
tourists, especial!) those- tourists who happen 
to be veterans. 

\ tetnam has. in a scry real sense, moved 
on beyond the war While there are strong 

nil differences, a valid generalization is 

that the country is lull of entrepreneurs. 
eager to find a place in the 21 s| century 
global economy. My strongest image of 
Saigon is walking hack from the Rex Hotel 
and having to weave in and out among the 
shop people who had spilled out onto the 
sidewalk in front ol their shops, the countless 
sidewalk vendors, and the young men 
perched on their motorbikes. Everyone 
seemed to live and do business on the street. 

My hope for Vietnam is that Us people 
will proceed with enthusiasm temp ered by 
realism toward capitalism and that the com- 
munist part) and government bureaucracy 
w ill recognize the need to get out of the way 
If possible. I want to return in the near future 
for an extended stay to see how the transition 
goes. In any event. I had an extraordinary 
opportunity to experience Vietnam and. at 
the least, to sense how much more there is to 
leam I or all that I remain \erx grateful. 

Visiting Angkor Wot of dawn, l-r: D'Andra Simmons '91; Carla deCreny Freed '51: Armin Mohr- 
Jean Shepers; Kennie Ann Laney-Lupton; Ken Laney; Katy Worren Towers '70;Jeon McKee 
Beverly Smith Bragg '54; Nancy Dutton Potter; Robert V. Lewis; SBC professor and host Mkhoel 
Richards; Betty Stanly Cates '63; Mini Streit Hollo '55; Anne Skae; Roman Hallo. 

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Au Revoir but not Goodbye to Three Retirees, June 2003 

L-r: Kenneth Grimm, Reuben Miller, Margaret Sin 

Kenneth D. Grimm, Professor of 

By Mike Richards 

Hattie Mac Sam ford Professor of History 

Ham Radios and 
German Nationalism 

Ken Grimm arrived at Sweet Briar in 
the fall of 1968 with his wife and a new 
baby. Ken and I had much in common. 
We were both from Texas and claimed to 
know a few words of Polish (how two 
Texans learned some Polish is too long a 
story to tell here). We each had a wife 
named Anne and young children. I recog- 
nized Ken as a fellow historian at heart, 
even if he later turned to computer simu- 
lations in some of his classes. For much 
of the '70s we lived next door to each 
other on Faculty Row and my son David 
and Ken's son Douglas got to be good 



For some reason. I have strong memo- 
ries of Ken rinsing off his car nearly 
every day. His car always looked clean. 
Mine, unless I had just washed it, nearly 
always looked dirty. I also remember 
going to a party given by Beth Muncy 
and Betty Sprague and finding out that 
the new Porsche convertible parked by 
the side of the road belonged to Ken. 
Later, so I understand, he went to a school 
for race car drivers in Georgia with Bill 
Hostetler. Whether he ever raced his 
Porsche remains classified information. 

Ken's main hobby, however, was ham 
radio. To call it a hobby does not do it 
justice. It threatened to be an all-consum- 
ing interest. Why was I not surprised, 
when I found out his dissertation was on 
the International Telecommunications 
Union? Still, for someone who taught 
courses in international relations for 35 

years, operating a ham radio was not a 
bad hobby to have. 

German nationalism formed another 
strong interest for Ken. Ken went to 
Berlin at least once with Ron Horwege to 
do research on that topic. Of course, a fair 
amount of the research was conducted in 
one or another neighborhood Kneipe. 
German beer has always been closely 
associated with German nationalism. To 
get the authentic flavor of German nation- 
alism, it was necessary to lift more than a 
few steins. 

Over the years. Ken became increas- 
ingly professorial. He kept a full head of 
hair, added a Dr. Freud-style full beard, 
and let it all turn a distinguished gray. 
Add to that the fact that he invariably 
wore a coat and tie while other refugees 
from the '60s began dressing down, and 
one has someone who looks like a profes- 
sor should look. With Ken retired, we will 

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R E E 

no longer have our sartorial role model. 
We will, to be Mire, lose more than a 
clotheshorse, Ken was a popular instruc- 
tor and a sensible and moderate colleague. 
For the moment, at least, he plans on 
spending a good deal of time at home in 
I ynchburg. So. if we lose a colleague, we 
can still hope to retain a friend. 

Reuben G. Miller, Charles A. Dana 

Professor of Economics 

By Jeff Key 

Associate Professor of Government 

The End of an Era 

With his street gang tattoo and check- 
ered record at parochial school. Reuben 
Miller was an unlikely candidate to 
become a professor at Sweet Briar. Yet, he 
graduated from LaSalle College and was 
awarded an American-Scandinavian 
Foundation Fellowship to study at the 
University of Stockholm. Alter returning to 
the US., Rcub went out West and took his 
M.A. from the University of Montana 
before undertaking his doctoral studies at 
Ohio State University. He came to Sweet 
Briar from Smith College in l u 7() as the 
Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics. 
To sa\ that Reuben Miller was a fixture in 
the Economics Department for decades is 
an understatement. Reuh WAS the 
Economics Department as other faculty 
members came and went over the years. 
Some of his colleagues certainly left their 
mark but he was a constant presence. 

Rcub Miller will be remembered best 
bj Sweet Briar alums for the main student 
trips abroad he led over the years. There 
were lew places in the world he didn't take 
students during J- term. Though some col- 
leagues sniffed at these travel courses. 
Rcub single-handed]) did more to turn 
Sweel Briar students into global citizens 
than any other faculty member or program. 
Main of the students traveling with him 
had never been out ot the country. I trav- 
eled in India with Reub's class in 1991. 
The fust Gulf Wat broke out while we 
were in Agra anil he moved the group to 
New Delhi and found a way to get us on 
an \ir India flight out. Reub's retirement 
has left a void. A tew travel courses are 
offered in May, but none can match the 
range of destinations and topics covered by 
Reub's adventures. 

Reub's unflinching rationality and quick 
wit made him a formidable opponent in 
anv debate about philosophical questions. 
issues of the day, or College policy Once, 
while arguing about benefits for faculty 
and staff children, Rcub stated that there 

should be no distinction made between 
dependent children and pets in determining 
benefits. Few could make a point with 
such precision ami economy of words. 
Students in his courses learned real lessons 
in critical thinking. He was one of the rea- 
sons I chose to come to Sweet Briar. Alter 
my interview. I went back to Austin and 
told friends and family about meeting this 
larger-than-life guv who delighted in pok- 
ing his finger in other people's eves. 

Though I continued to marvel at Reub's 
intellect and Hair over the years, I came to 
appreciate his many other fine qualities. 
His graciousness ami sophistication stand 
out. Reub has clearly come a long way 
from the street comers of Philadelphia, PA. 
A night spent savoring a real Swedish 
smorgasbord, sampling single malt 
scotches and smoking Cuban cigars with 
Reub showed me that an academic life did 
not have to be colorless. He remains the 
consummate host. 

Reub Miller's retirement marks the end 
of an era at Sweet Briar. He is the last of 
the faculty Titans that were here when I 
arrived on campus in 1490. Like Reub. 
thev were real intellectuals who weren't so 
fragile that thev would avoid substantive 
debates about the fate of the world or the 
College. Reub will be missed in so many 

w ay s . 

Margaret Simpson. Professor of Biology 
By Joanne Rosinski 
Professor <>t Biology 

No Half Measures! 

Whether serving the College on a com- 
mittee or serv ing dinner to her friends, 
Margaret Simpson never does anything by 
half measures. All of her projects, w nether 

professional or personal, are preceded bv 
painstaking research and pursued with 

extraordinary energy and determination. 

If you were on a committee with 
Margaret (oi it you worked with her in the 
Biology Department i. >ou knew you were 
going to have to work hard and to defend 
your ideas She wouldn't let vou get bv 

with superficial exp oppv 

thinking. And, of course, it's this quahlv 
that has made her a remarkable leachci and 


In the department, on commute 
faculty meetings, well mi 

forthrightness, dedication to faculty gi 

nance, and her good sense Margaret would 
i hesitate to s|vak her mind and this is 
certainly a trait she admires in others, it's 

not surprising that she has earned the 
respect of her colleagues 

One ol her interests is cooking, and din- 
ing at Margaret's is ;i great treat. She 
experiments in the kitchen as meticulously 
and creatively as she doe's in the biology 
lab. She never fails to provide delightful 
leasts containing ingredients from her own 
vegetable garden. No less stimulating than 
the meal is the conversation that goes with 
it Margaret's genuine interest in a wide 
variety of topics and her ability to ask 
probing questions always ensure a lively 

Margarets love ol gardening is well 
known. Her vegetable garden is prolific. 
much to the delight of friends with whom 
she shares the results Now that she's retir- 
ing, however, she's not content to merely 
continue working in the garden. In typical 
Margaret fashion, she launched a new proi- 
ecl and built a greenhouse to complement 
the garden. 

Margaret loves the challenges ot solv- 
ing problems, so it's no wonder that she's a 
computer enthusiast and adept at develop 
ing Web sites, li vou visit her Web pages 
( hup: sunpson i. 
you'll find a fascinating description ot the 
saga of the building of her greenhouse. 
'The Taj Mahal Greenhouse ' Even a brief 
look at this will give vou a good idea ot 
the thought and research that goes into anv 
ol Margaret's projects. 

Another Web site you'll find there is 
"From the Witch's Cauldron Joan Rent's 
Recipe Book." This tribute to the late Joan 
Kent is ,i delightful collection ol loan's 

recipes, and provides a warm and 
s|x-cial r em em b r an ce <>t Joan 

et has set high standards lor all 
ol us her students, her colleagues, and 
the College And now. I'm sure shc'^ B 
lo set high standards tor having a mk 
ful retirement 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Fall 2003 • 57 

n Memoriam 

Wallace Dace 

Dr. Wallace Dace 


Word has come to us that Edwin 
Wallace Dace of Manhattan, KS 
died December 26. 2002 at the 
age of 82 at Mercy Regional 
Health Center in Manhattan. 
Born in Rome. NY. he grew up 
in south Texas, then traveled to 
Chicago to pursue his interest in 
theatre and drama, earning a 
B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan in 
1943. After serving in the U.S. 
Navy during World War II as a 
Lt. JG, he graduated from Yale 
Drama School with a Master of 
Fine Arts, and earned a Ph.D. 
from the University of Denver. 
Dr. Dace taught at Russell Sage 
before joining the Sweet Briar 
faculty from 1957-1963. Former 
students and P&P members will 
remember his enthusiasm for 
teaching and for anything/every- 
thing to do with the theatre. He 
left Sweet Briar to continue his 
teaching career at Kansas State 
University, where he became 
known for his expertise in the- 
atre architecture. 
Wallace Dace delighted in 
directing plays and operas and 
in later years wrote many plays, 
several of which were per- 
formed, the last being Night 
Thoughts on Lake Constance, in 
London in 1986. He had a great 
interest in theory of the arts and 
drama and published a book on 
the merits of providing a 
national ails program that would 
establish a theatre and opera in 
every large city. He also pub- 
lished a book of his plays titled 

Ruth Firm 

Plays and Prefaces. He had a 
lifelong admiration of the 
German culture; in his '50s he 
learned German, traveling often 
to Germany. 

Survivors include two sons. Hal 
Dace of London and Ted Dace 
of Los Angeles, and two grand- 
children, Chris and Zak Dace. 

Ruth M. Firm 

Professor Emerita of Art 

With sorrow we report the death 
of retired Professor Ruth M. 
Firm, longtime much-revered 
member of the SBC faculty. 
May 15, 2003 in Durham, NC 
Regional Hospital. 
Professor Firm joined the fac- 
ulty as assistant professor of art 
history in 1960 and was later 
promoted to full professor. 
Retiring in 1978, she came out 
of retirement briefly to teach 
during Spring Term 1980. 
During her tenure as professor. 
Dr. Finn attended many summer 
institutes which broadened her 
proficiency in oriental art. She 
attended seminars on Southeast 
Asia and Chinese art history in 
the United States and traveled to 
Taiwan and India. Her course in 
oriental art was a favorite 
among Sweet Briar students. 
Dr. Firm studied at George 
Washington University and 
received the B.S., M.A., and 
Ph.D. degrees from Columbia 
University in art history and 
archaeology. She taught at 
Wilson College. Chambersburg. 
PA. and Mt. Holyoke College, 

Margaret Hartman 

South Hadley, MA. 
During World War II she 
worked for the British govern- 
ment in the Office of the British 
Petroleum Representative in 
Washington, D.C. She later 
joined the American Red Cross 
and served as a hospital recre- 
ation worker in New Caledonia. 
Guadalcanal, and Guam in the 
South Pacific Theater. 
In the '60s and '70s she 
received several awards for the 
study of oriental art. As a Ford 
and National Endowment for 
the Humanities (NEH) grantee, 
she attended summer seminars 
at the University of Michigan, 
the New York Institute of Fine 
Arts, and the University of 
Kansas. She studied in Taiwan 
on a Fulbright grant and in India 
as an NEH grantee. 
In 1993 she moved to Durham, 
NC where she made her home 
at The Forest at Duke. A memo- 
rial service was held at The 

Margaret B. Hartman 

Professor of Philosophy 

It is with deep sadness that we 
announce the death of Dr. 
Margaret Hartman, professor of 
philosophy and chair of the 
Department of Philosophy at 
Sweet Briar. Margaret died on 
May 22. 2003 at her home in 
Amherst. Virginia. 
A graduate of Vassar College 
who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. 
from the University of 
Rochester. Margaret came to 
Sweet Briar in 1981 as an assis- 

Martha von Briesen 

tant professor of philosophy, 
and served the College with dis- 
tinction. Margaret will be sorely 
missed as a quiet voice of rea- 
son and a respected leader, serv- 
ing as chair of the Faculty 
Board and a member of the 
Faculty Senate, among numer- 
ous other roles. Her unexpected 
death is a tremendous loss to 
Sweet Briar College, to her stu- 
dents, and to her many, many 
colleagues and friends in the 
College community. 
A memorial service was held 
August 25 in the Josey Dining 
Room of the Student Commons 

Eliana C. Hermann 

Former Visiting Assistant 
Professor of Spanish 

Eliana C. Hermann, 73, passed 
away unexpectedly May 17, 
2003 at her home in 
Shepherdstown, WV. Professor 
Hermann taught Spanish at 
Sweet Briar from 1989 to 
1998 as a visiting assistant pro- 

Born in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, she received her doc- 
torate in biochemistry at the 
University of Buenos Aires in 
1 958 . She was a member of the 
UVA faculty in the Department 
of Biochemistry from 1963 until 
1968, returning to 
Charlottesville in 1986 after 
receiving a master's degree in 
Latin American literature from 
Occidental College in CA and 
beginning a career as a Spanish 
teacher. Durinti her career, she 

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also taught as an associate pro- 
fessor at the College of William 
and Mary, and held posts at 
Lynchburg College and VMI. 
She moved in 1 999 to 
Shepherdstown. where she 
taught at Shepherdstown 
College, Shenandoah University, 
and Lord Fairfax Community 

Professor Hermann coau- 
thored two books on Latin 
American literature and art and 
wrote articles and editorials for 
the Spanish literature publica- 
tion CHASQUI. 

Martha von Briesen '31 

Sadly. Sweet Briar lost a long- 
time family member 
Wednesday, July 2,2003. 
Martha von Briesen, a resident 
of Lynchburg's Westminster 
Canterbury, was 92. 

As a student. Martha edited 
the Sweet Briar News; after 
earning a master's degree in 
French from Radcliffe (1933), 
she continued her earlier interest 
in writing, editing, and photog- 
raphy—talents which brought 
her back to Sweet Briar in 1942 
as President Meta Glass' direc- 

tor of public relations, a post 
she held for 3 1 years until her 
retirement in 1973. 

Martha served Sweet Briar in 
many capacities, both profes- 
sional and volunteer. She was 
president of the Alumnae 
Association in 1942-44 and an 
article in the Fall 1977 Alumnae 
Magazine notes that she played 
a key role in 1945 in establish- 
ing the Mary K. Benedict 
Scholarship to honor Sweet 
Briar's first president: "She was 
the guiding light and coordina- 
tor of this scholarship." Always, 
she gave special attention to 
encouraging support of scholar- 
ships and of the library's collec- 
tions, two of her enduring inter- 

Sweet Briar was her first 
concern through the years. She 
spent untold hours delving into 
the College's history and tradi- 
tions. After 1 1 years of research, 
in 1965 she published The 
Letters of Elijah Fletcher, which 
she edited and annotated. In 
1972. she completed Sweet 
Briar College, Seven Decades, 

In 1975 The Martha 

von Briesen Prize in 
Photography, to be awarded at 
Commencement, was estab- 
lished by the Alumnae 
Association in honor of her 
many years of devoted service 
to the College. 

In 1977 she was presented 
with the Outstanding Alumna 
Award and in 1978 became a 
charter member of The Williams 

April 21. 2001. at the 
Centennial Awards Ceremony 
during Sweet Briar's Centennial 
Celebration Weekend, she was 
one of the honored recipients of 
the award. "Created by action of 
the Centennial Commission, the 
Centennial Award recognizes 
faculty, staff, alumnae, and 
friends who through their dedi- 
cation and commitment have 
'had a significant impact on 
Sweet Briar College and/or the 
Sweet Briar Community." " 

Adelaide Hapala Remembers 


A Friend to Hundreds 

"Martha was a friend to hun- 
dreds of Sweet Briar students. 

faculty, staff, and alumnae. She 
endeared herself to the children 
who lived on the Sweet Briar 
campus. She grew up in a close- 
knit family who traveled 
together through most of 
Europe. Her siblings and her 
nieces and nephews have always 
been dear to her and have been 
the joy of her life. 

"Martha had a wonderful 
sense of humor and she could 
entertain friends for hours as she 
told stories about her family and 
about childhood escapades. 
Once every four years the 
Faculty Show gave students the 
opportunity to see their faculty 
and administration as totally 
human and often silly. The 
beginning of each show was an 
academic procession; faculty 
entered in academic robes but 
with ridiculous headgear. 
Martha always 'brought down 
the house' as she ran in 
whistling through her teeth more 
loudly than anyone had ever 

Recent Death 

ACAD Louise Garland 

Mrs. Samuel M. Wilson 
Date unknown 




Marie Klooz 

Miss Marie S. Klooz 

December 29, 2002 

Jane Wilkinson 

Mrs. Leslie F. Banyard 

June 18,2002 

Gloria Jones 

Mrs. Joseph Wright 

February 24, 2003 

1930 Dorothy Sherman 
Mrs. Dorothy Sherman 
December 3, 1995 

1931 Helen Sim 

Mrs. Harold A. Mellen 
March 22, 2003 

1932 Virginia Squibb 
Mrs. James W. Flynn 
December 24, 2002 

1933 Marjorie Ris 

Mrs. John W. Hyland 
October 16,2001 

1933 Elizabeth Selden 

Mrs. Edward Stainbrook 
July 9, 2002 

1933 Katheryn Waters 
Mrs. Harold Welty 
March 31, 2003 

1934 Priscilla Mullen 

Mrs. Howerton Gowen 
December 27, 2002 

1934 Bonnie Wood 

Mrs. Donald B. Stookey 
October 5, 2002 

1935 Bright Bickerstaff 
Mrs. C. Robert West 
January 19,2003 

1935 Alice McCloskey 

Mrs. Alice M. Schlendorf 
Date unknown 

1935 Helen Wolcott 

Miss Helen B. Wolcott 
January 29, 2003 

1 936 Eleanor Francisco 
Mrs. Norman O. Hood 
March 12.2003 



Marjorie Wing 
Mrs. James W. Todd 
March 2, 2003 

Mary Agnew 

Mrs. John B. Merrill 

April 3. 2003 

1937 Beda Carlson 

Mrs. N.S.Calhoun. Jr. 
April 3. 2003 

1937 Julia Dearmont 

Mrs. Hickman Y. Fisher 
Date unknown 

1937 Margaret Merritt 

Mrs. George P. Haskell 
May 30, 2003 

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1937 MaryTurnbull 1942 
Mrs. William D. Barfield 

Date unknown 

1938 Barbara Cross 1942 
Mrs. Evan C. Reese 

April 25. 2003 

1938 Sigur Moore 1943 

Mrs. Quincy M. Whitaker 
March 16,2003 

1938 Marguerite Myers 1943 

Mrs. Marguerite M. Glenn 
June 5, 2003 

1938 Kate Sulzberger 1943 
Mrs. Edward H. Levi 

March 13,2003 

1939 Jean Moore 1943 
Mrs. George N. von Sternberg 

April 30, 2003 

1939 Virginia Sisson 1943 
Mrs. Charles S.White 

December 21, 2000 

1940 Anne Burr 1945 
Mrs. Thomas McDermott 

February 1 , 2003 

1940 Anne Cooke 1945 

Mrs. William L. Gilliam, Jr. 
May 19,2003 

1940 Betty Frantz 1945 

Mrs. Thomas W. Roberts 
December 28, 2002 

1940 Barbara Smith 1946 
Mrs. Barbara S. Whitlock 

September 16,2002 

1 94 1 Margaret Anderton 1 947 
Mrs. O. Lawrence Dortch 

October 29, 2002 

1941 Helen Platten 1947 

Ms. Helen Platten 
December 27, 2001 

1941 JeanRuggles 1948 
Mrs. C. Hunter Hall 

March 12,2003 

1942 Janana Darby 

Mrs. Shaw Cranfield 
July 12, 1996 

Jeannette Mandle 
Mrs. Arthur C. Dunlap 
February 17,2003 

Nathalie Ryan 

Miss Nathalie M. Ryan 

June 29, 2002 

Sara Bryan 
Mrs. S.B. Allen 
January 17,2002 

Katherine Doar 

Mrs. Thomas G. Jones III 

December 8, 2002 

Deborah Douglas 
Mrs. Ronald F. Adams 
February 10,2003 

Jane Findlay 

Mrs. Charles L. Tate, Jr. 

December 26, 2002 

Jean Latham 

Mrs. Robert P. Jones 

January 2002 

Virginia Decker 
Mrs. James N. Dudley 
November 12,2002 

Rosemary Harwell 
Mrs. Harwell Van Vleet 
Date unknown 

Caroline Parrish 
Mrs. Robert Seager II 
November 10,2002 

Louisa Lloyd 

Miss Louisa B. Lloyd 

March 19, 2003 

Anne Beard 

Mrs. Harry T Eubank, Jr. 

December 24, 2002 

Katherine Munter 
Mrs. Phaon Derr, Jr. 
December 15,2002 

Tempe Kyser 

Mrs. Ben C. Adams, Jr. 

October 19,2001 

1950 Julia Richardson 
Mrs. Howell Shannon 
September 3, 2002 

1951 Patricia Barton 

Miss Patricia Anne Barton 
April 28, 2003 

1951 Ashby Jenkins 

Mrs. Edward R. Willcox, Jr. 
December 15.2002 

1952 Mary Boyd 

Mrs. Peter Ronald 
January 10,2003 

1953 Rosalind Summer 
Miss Rosalind Summer 
May 12. 1998 

1953 AnneTrilck 

Mrs. James B. McClements III 
February 26, 2003 

1954 Barbara Day 
Ms. Barbara Day 
December 28, 2002 

1955 Jane Dildy 

Mrs. McKim Williams 
April 8, 2003 

1955 Joan Gualtieri 

Mrs. Anthony F. Romano 
September 6, 2002 

1956 Katherine Kindred 
Mrs. Ronald M. Decker 
November 3, 2002 

1965 Marion Davidson 

Ms. Marion S. Davidson 
April 18.2003 

1969 Alice Powers 

Mrs. Howard V Hudson, Jr. 
January 10,2003 

1971 Patricia Schwalm 

Dr. Patricia A. Schwalm 
November 29, 2002 

1975 Ellen Winn 

Ms. Ellen Winn Johnson 
December 3 1 , 2002 

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Letters and E-mails 


Wonderful is the word I"d apply to 
your latest effort— the Winter 2003 edi- 
tion of the SBC Alumnae Magazine 
["Celebrating. Her World"]. I liked read- 
ing "How Long is Your Shadow" and 
meeting Judith Evans-Grubbs and her 
way of approaching the teaching experi- 
ence. I also liked the idea of adding the 
address and e-mail for every class secre- 
tary and not just those who were writing 
for this issue. Thanks too for the nice 
memoriam to Miss Muncy and the article 
about Skipper Fitts, who was so happy 
last year at Reunion to greet someone 
who had actually won the annual book 
shop award for best student book collec- 
tion—me that is. Skipper is a delight — he 
so loves books and his Apple computer. 

— Andrea Denson-Wechsler '62 

A Particularly Extraordinary Woman... A 
True Sweet Briar Lady Of Note 

I was looking through the University 
of Chicago news page, and came across 
something of interest to you folks, if you 
don't know already. Kate Sulzberger Levi, 
a Sweet Briar graduate [1938], died on 
March 13 at the age of 85. She was quite 
a force in Chicago and the nation, as the 
widow of the former U.S. Attorney 
General and an important figure in her 
own right. The obituary (which mentions 
Sweet Briar) on the University of Chicago 
site is very touching, and can be found at 
elevi.shtml . 

I never met Mrs. Levi, but I had many 
dealings with her through my work/study 
job in the University of Chicago Office of 
Special Events, a division of 
Development. She was one of the most 
active individuals on campus. I'm sure 
that Sweet Briar developed her passion 
for helping others and the integrity of her 
character. Even though we never met, 
Mrs. Levi was a source of strength for me 
on campus. I was at work one day devel- 
oping a holiday card list when I discov- 
ered that she was a fellow Sweet Briar 
graduate. It gave me great joy to learn 
that one of the most prominent women in 
Chicago began her life's mission at Sweet 
Briar. She gave me great hope, and I am 

very saddened by her death. Mrs. Levi 
was a particularly extraordinary woman, 
and a true Sweet Briar lady of note. I 
know that her fellow graduates as well as 
other Sweet Briar alumnae would want to 
know about her passing. Thanks very 
much for remembering Mrs. Levi. 

— Ariana Wolynec- Werner '01 

Thanks for a great evening 

I thank... all the staff and volunteers 
who made last evening's program at the 
Mayflower Hotel so enjoyable 
[D.C. /Northern VA Campaign Event. June 
2]. I find myself wishing I could become 
a student again at Sweet Briar with all the 
choices and opportunities available today 
for young women at the college. What an 
exciting time and place! 

— Barbara Hastings Carne '69 

A wonderful Sweet Briar evening 

I wanted to say thanks for a wonderful 
Sweet Briar evening in Washington this 
past Monday. It was good to see friends 
from other classes, some I hadn't seen in 
20 years... I was glad to hear about some 
of the plans to make Sweet Briar a viable 
and vibrant women's college for years to 
come. Thank you. 

— Nancy Daugherty Davidson '82 

Notes Outdated 

I just received the newest Alumnae 
Magazine, and I was very pleased with 
the content — there was so much detail 
about the academic and other pursuits tak- 
ing place right now, it made me proud of 
my alma mater (and more than a little bit 

My only regret is that much of the 
class notes information was outdated. For 
instance, it said that I was currently taking 
summer school (which I did last summer). 
Moreover, it did not say that I have gotten 
married, which I did in December and 
reported to the alumnae office and my 
class secretary in January. 

I do not know if this was an oversight 
or a natural result of the timing of the 
magazine, but I hope that in the future the 
information is more accurate— both so my 
classmates will know what I've been up 
to and so I will know what they've been 
up to! 

Thank you for the great work capturing 
the best of what's going on at Sweet Briar 
and bringing it to those of us who haven't 
been there in a while! 

— Devon Vasconcellos Bijansky '99 

(Ed's reply: We are delighted that you 
enjoyed the winter magazine with its 
update on what is going on at Sweet 
Briar. Regarding the class notes: I am 
sorry your news was out of date. Class 
Notes are not a fast way to spread news 
because they are part of a large maga- 
zine. The deadlines for a printed maga- 
zine cause a long lag between the writing 
of the notes and their publication date. In 
the case of the winter magazine, the delay 
was greater than usual because of a 
change in schedule made to accommodate 
College events. We are in the process of 
extending the deadlines for class notes: 
that should help but there still will be a 

The omission of news of your marriage 
was indeed a result of the timing of the 
magazine: by January, the notes section 
had been completed You mention that you 
had already notified your class secretary. 
I expect she is saving that information for 
the next notes, but you might want to 
remind her. 

—Noreen Parker, Class Notes Editor 

Double Post Cards For Class Notes 

You are going to have to start all over 
with me... I somehow recall that SBC is 
not sending out message cards. What are 
we to do? I do not have e-mail addresses 
for the majority of my class. This is a big 
blow to me time wise. I know I sound 
picky... but this is crazy. Give me my 
marching orders, please. 

— Carol McMurtry Fowler '57 

(Ed's note: For secretaries who wish to 
contact classmates, the Alumnae Office 
will gladly supply, upon request, class 
address labels and/or lists. For expenses 
incurred, secretaries may submit requests 
for gifts-in-kind, accompanied by receipts, 
to the Development Office, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595.) 

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Enjoy Receiving Travel 

I am writing to tell you 
how much I have enjoyed 
receiving the travel brochures 
to Spain and Italy. While those 
dates do not work for us, I am 
so glad you are organizing 
such wonderful trips!! 1 partic- 
ipated in Freshman year J term 
with Signora Ascari to Italy 
(1989) and it was fabulous. I 
would love to go back and 
receive the same type of lec- 
tures and history lessons one 

Are your trips open to par- 
ents of alumnae, as well? 

— Lisa Newman Francisco 

Stopping the cards may cost 
more than you save 

I have not had one note 
from anyone other than those I 
hear from for other reasons. I 
will gladly pay for having a 
card sent out. THE AVERAGE 
79-1/2. I AM AFRAID IF 
—Julia Mills Jacobsen '45 

Annual Fund Article "Flippant" Great Magazine! 

"I felt that the article on the 
Annual Fund sounded flip- 

[Winter 2003 magazine. 
"The Imperfect World of 
Annual Giving," 
pp. 20-22] 
—Comment from Ethel Ogden 
Burwell '58 

Dr. Lisbeth Muncy 

Dr. Muncy was such an 
amazing teacher. I had always 
known that I wanted to be a 
filmmaker, and was all set to 
major in studio art at SBC 
until I took Dr. Muncy 's sur- 
vey course during my sopho- 
more year and found that I had 
a real passion for history. Dr. 
Muncy tuned in to my interest 
right away. When I told her I 
was seriously thinking of 
switching my major to history, 
she said "That's a wonderful 
idea. Just think what it will do 
for your imagination!" I 
switched majors that day. I 
have never regretted it and I 
will never forget her. 

—Catherine McElhinney 
Montgomery '77 

I Look Forward 

I look forward each quarter 
to the magazine. It is so well 
done and interesting. Makes 
all the alums proud of our 
alma mater. 

— Caroline McCIintock '43 

What a great magazine! So 
many familiar faces! Many 
many thanks for keeping us on 
the rolls! 

— Mitchell Moore 

[Former Vice President, 

Development and College 



The last two mags have 
been splendid! 

—Nancy Gillies '64 

Slave Graveyard 

Congratulations on another 
great magazine... As always I 
read every article and am 
looking forward to being there 
for the commemoration of the 
[slave] graveyard. Never heard 
of it. 

—Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Latest Issue Goes To The Top 
Of The Class 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Magazine has always been an 
outstanding college publica- 
tion and this latest issue 
"Celebrating Her World" goes 
to the top of the class. 

Not only did the issue 
cover important and interest- 
ing highlights of the cam- 
paign, as well as very interest- 
ing news of the college but 
recognized what I have always 
considered one, if not the 
greatest asset of Sweet Briar, 
its alumnae, especially those 

who have earned the 
Outstanding Alumna Award. 

I consider myself most for- 
tunate in that I had the honor 
to serve with over a score of 
the recipients and was most 
pleased to learn that Elizabeth 
Bond Wood and Ann Morrison 
Reams are the 2002 honorees. 

Having served on a variety 
of boards, none gave me 
greater pleasure than being 
privileged to serve on Sweet 
Briar's and I am profoundly 
grateful to those who made it 

With warmest regards and 
very best wishes to all for a 
bright and successful future. 

— Vic Henningsen, Jr. 

[Former Chairman, SBC 

Board of Directors] 

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Bulletin Board 

New Directory: Almost On The 

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It includes current data on 
more than 10,000 SBC alum- 
nae (information obtained 
from questionnaires, telephone 
verification, and/or from alum- 
nae records). 

The directory is scheduled 
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Update: Annual Fund Totals 

Sharp-eyed readers no doubt noticed the glitch in the chart showing Annual Fund Totals 
Figures as of February 12, 2003 (Winter 2003 magazine, p. 22). New chart below updates infor- 

Annual Fund Totals, 
Figures as of June 30, 2003 

2,000,000 - 

1 ,500,000 - 

1 ,000,000 - 

500,000 - 

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Class Notes 


Mrs. John R. Jamison (Sara Callison) 

620 Ridgewood Drive 

West Lafayette IN 47906-2367 


Miss Elizabeth Gorsline 
1600 Westbrook Ave., Apt. 831 
Richmond VA 23227-3322 


Two items of sad news were 
received in the Alumnae Office: 

The following was sent by Kay 
Flynn Coughlin, daughter-in-law of the 
late Virginia Sguibb Flynn: 

It is with great sadness that the 
family of Virginia Squibb Flynn noti- 
fies Sweet Briar College of her death, 
after battling a five-month illness, on 
December 24, 2002, at her home at 
Evergreen Woods in North Branford, 
CT. She was in the class of 1932 and 
was active for many years in the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, 
serving as Regional Chairman and 
was a recent Class Secretary. "Ginny" 
Sguibb Flynn was born in 
Lawrenceburg, Indiana, October 11, 
1909, daughter of George L P. and 
Mina Louise Squibb. She married 
James W. Flynn in 1933. They had 
just celebrated their 69th wedding 
anniversary this summer. July 2002, 
at their "daughter" Kay's home in 
Cotuit, MA on Cape Cod. She was a 
member of Noroton Presbyterian 
Church where she was an elder, active 
in Womens' Association, teacher in 
the Sunday School, and active in 
chapel services and at nursing homes. 
She was a volunteer for Meals on 
Wheels. The Darien Community 
Association and the Country Club of 
Darien included her in their member- 
ship rolls. 

She is survived by her husband 
James W. Flynn of Evergreen Woods, 
N. Branford, CT her son, Michael D. 
Flynn of Burlington. VT. her prede- 
ceased son, J. William Flynn's widow, 
Kay Flynn Coughlin of Boston, MA. 
She had five grandchildren — Virginia 
Flynn Brzezinski of Alexandria, VA, 
Sean Michael Flynn of London, Kevin 
Flynn of Bethesda, MD and Ryan 
Flynn of Troy, Ml, and James W. Flynn 
III of Hamilton, MT Memorial services 
were held at Evergreen Woods in 
North Branford, CT and also at The 
Noroton Presbyterian Church in 
Darien, CT. In lieu of flowers, contri- 
butions can be made to: Fairfield 
County Scholarship Program of Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar. VA, The 

64 • Fall 2003 

Health Center at Evergreen Woods, 
North Branford, CT, and Noroton 
Presbyterian Church, Darien, CT. 

The following note is from Judy 
Cohen, Amalie Kohn's daughter: 

Amalie Frank Kohn died on 
October 12, 2001. She lived a long 
and happy life in Atlanta, filled with 
love for her two far-flung daughters 
and our families. Annual 
mother/daughters trips to various 
cities brought us together for long 
weekends full of good spirits. As one 
of those daughters and a Virginia resi- 
dent for thirty years, I can testify to 
the special place Sweet Briar still held 
in Mother's heart. I had the delight of 
accompanying her to her 60th 
reunion, when she renewed old friend- 
ships and reminisced beside the train 
station and the caboose about her rail 
journeys between the college and her 
home in Washington, DC. As a regular 
traveler between Harrisonburg and 
Lynchburg, I still make frequent pil- 
grimages to that part of campus and 
smile in memory of Mother and her 
Sweet Briar tales. 


Mrs. W. F. Stohlman (Martha Lou 

1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd. 
D-212 Pennswood Village 
Newtown, PA 18940-2401 

Computers are peachy-keen until 
they suddenly erase your whole effort 
at telling the world what a great class 
you have. So here I go again, begging 
your pardon if I've lost a card. 

Connie Burwell White's message 
came first, not, she says, "full of jazzy 
reading after that hot, hot, summer." 
But she greets the class, which seems 
"especially active and long lived." Liz 
Mayfield Roughton shares that pleas- 
ant opinion. She wished that a trip to 
Cincinnati hadn't prevented atten- 
dance at recognition of Jackie Bond 
Wood for her memorable reign as 
secretary of the A. A. Betty Suttle 
Briscoe is likewise pleased with 
Jackie — and is delighted with a recent 
trip with Chris to PA and MA to visit 

Helen Hanson Bamford says she 
could do with some assisted living but 
that her sister — still called 
Rainbow? — lives just behind her and 
is a great help. Dot Turno Gardner has 
moved for assisted living to a place 
cheerfully called Sunrise. And Anne 
Corbitt Little has moved herself and 
her orchids from Florida up to 
Canterbury Court in Atlanta. She looks 
down on Peachtree Road and sees 
family often. 

Dorothy Prince Oldtield claims 


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: I. 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 May 15,2003 

Winter "04 August 15. 2003 

Spring/Summer "04 December 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: 

she has no news but is hanging in 
there Virginia Battey Etheridge 
enjoys her 25 descendants and is 
'going strong'. Ruth Meyers 
Pleasants is just, delightedly, taking 
on the role of great grandmother. She 
was there to see Lib Scheuer 
Maxwell become ninety — in high 
heels, no less. Congratulations, Lib! 

We can share Mary Lee Ryan 
Strother's sadness at the loss of S.B. 
roommate, Nancy Russell Carter, and 
her regular correspondent through all 
these years. Nan was her usual active 
self until felled by a stroke in July. 

Marjorie Van Evera Lovelace. 
with us two years, was ecstatic to see 
S.B. recently — "how beautiful, how 
gorgeous, how breathtaking this gar- 
den of the gods is. over seventy years 
later." On my jaunt back last April I'd 
have to say. " She's dead right." And, 
although all the familiar faces are 
gone now. the spirit of warmth and 
welcome and awareness made me feel 
that I still belonged. 

For my own news: for nine weeks 
this summer I daily checked my map 
for progress of daughter Julie, who 
bicycled to see me from Seattle. Four 
thousand one hundred and fifty-four 


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


Mrs. Franklin P. Parker 

(Katharine Niles) 

Send news to daughter, Mrs. Anne P. 

22 Ashland Street 
Dorchester, MA 02122 


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 


Secretary pro tern: 

Mrs. James A. Glascock 

(Adelaide Boze) 

1600 Westbrook Ave., Apt. 27 

Richmond, VA 23227-3324 

Notes by Ruth Mealand Schwartz 

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who is taking a break while moving to 
be nearer family: 

According to my calculations, 
there are still 76 active classmates in 
our Class, out of an original total of 
173. I hope you agree with me that 
such is remarkable! 

I did not hear from all 76; how- 
ever, I wish you all would send in a 
word or two about what you are 
doing. Please try next time. 

There are three from whom we 
can no longer hear: Coralie Kahn 
Ferro; Margaret Caperton Ranken, 
and most recently Barbara Smith 
(Carter) Whitlock whose services 
were on September 21, 2002 in 
Hightstown, NJ. Barbara is missed by 
her roommate, Helen Cornwell 
Jones. Though not as roommates, the 
two ended up living in the same 
retirement village, called Meadow 
Lakes in Hightstown, NJ. Helen writes 
that Barbara spent her last days in a 
wheelchair, but Helen will always 
remember her as one of her beautiful 
bridesmaids in her wedding party. The 
funeral services were held at Bay 
Head Chapel with the reception at the 
Bay Head Yacht Club, which was 
jammed. Helen also wants us to know 
that grandson, Homer D. Jones, IV 
loves W&L as much as did his grand- 
father (Helen's husband) as well as 
did his son, HDJ III. The Jones' 
granddaughter, Jacqui, loved her 
"Summer Scholar'' program at W&L. 
too. Helen herself is helping Homer. 
Jr. and a Dead Sea Scroll's archeolo- 
gist, James Charlesworth, establish "A 
Center for Jewish and Christian 
Origins." They both send their love to 
all of you. My most dedicated corre- 
spondent, Adelaide (Polly) Boze 
Glascock with Jim are in a retirement 
complex as well, but in Richmond, VA. 
Last year's 9/11 postponed a trip to 
Paris; so this year they decided 
instead to take a trip down the Rhine, 
much to Jim's joy, in October 2002. 
The month before, in September and 
over the 21st, Polly, by herself 
attended SBC's Alumnae Council 
weekend, especially to witness Anne 
Morrison Reams' receiving the 
Outstanding Alumnae Award. Polly 
also sent on a clipping of Mary Lee 
Settle's receiving the Library of 
Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award 
in September 2002, for all of Mary 
Lee's works, including her novel, 
Blood Tie. which won the National 
Book Award. Polly also enclosed in 
her latest letter a newspaper clipping 
of Emory Gill Williams and Dr. 
Carrington's grandson's engagement: 
the clipping's photo of the bride-to-be 
was lovely. The card from our former 
Class President. Blair Bunting Both. 
says that she and Rich are well, and 
enjoy having their son. Steve, nearby, 
which is in Kennett Square. Son Rick 
and his family are still in Colorado 
Springs, CO with 2 teenage children, 
while daughter, Blair, is in Wilson, NC, 

not knowing where her next parish 
will be. A great 60th anniversary trip 
to The Homestead recalled honey- 
moon memories for Blair and Rich. 
They also took a trip to Vermont and 
thus were able to have a great visit 
with Eleanor (Ell ie) Snow Lea in her 
new home in Rutland. 

Agnes Spencer Burke says that 
her news is both good and bad, and 
so she no longer complains! The 
good part is that her son, Jack, has a 
pied-a-terre in Alexandria, VA, not far 
from Agnes, who is in NW 
Washington, D.C. Jack's wife, Judith, 
is near her work in DC. and she trav- 
els all over the world for S.P.'s as their 
administrator in foreign business. 
Agnes' daughter is also nearby, at 
American University, after some past 
years at Mount Holyoke and Harvard. 
Daughter, Elizabeth however is in 
Grosse Point Farms, Ml, where their 
eldest daughter was married last June 
2002 in 'great style'. Then this grand- 
daughter moved to CA! A younger 
daughter, Sarah Dale, was in the D.C. 
area for a Summer '02 job, but then 
returned to college for her Sr. year 
somewhere further away. Agnes loves 
having these young ones around and 
near her. She herself "has" her small 
apartment at Westminster Canterbury 
in Charlottesville, but will have a new 
larger apartment in October 2003. She 
wonders about leaving her house in 
NW D.C. since she had a knee opera- 
tion in December 2001. which she 
says was a disaster! Her house is now 
full of canes. Though Virginia Leggett 
Cameron declares that her news is 
from the "humdrum dept.," she has 
found neighbors who will drive her to 
a Monday night quilting bee and then 
have a delightful luncheon with them 
and other friends. She is enjoying her 
days of retirement in Palm Beach 
Garden, FL, where the weather is 
delightful. She is still a follow-up 
nurse for Planned Parenthood, but no 
longer serves holiday dinners at the 
local hospital. Her black poodle, Chad 
the Curmedgeon, keeps her company 
at night. 

Marjorie Lee Stock Clemens is so 
thoughtful in always remembering me 
with a birthday card. This past 
September's card told of an annual 
visit in '01 to northern Ml, accompa- 
nied by her California and other family 
members. At home in St. Joseph, Ml, 
she still enjoys volunteering at the 
library. Another welcome card, this 
time Christmas '01, was from 
Hortense Powell Cooper in 
Shelbyville, TN. She knows she is 
older but she does not feel older, just 
a little bit slower in pace though. She 
is still in her home, but travels to and 
from Nashville often, where her sons 
live. Two are married, with children, 
while the 3rd son is not. All are won- 
derful to her. Her sister. Anne, sold 
her home and has now moved into a 
lovely condo in a 'plush retirement 

complex' in Nashville, making another 
reason for Hortense to drive there. 
She herself is not ready to move. A 
former Sweet Briar Chaplain is a 
friend of one of her sons', and mar- 
ried them. Now in January 2002 he 
christened son, John and Laura's 2nd 
son. The services were in an old 
Lutheran Church that held lots of fam- 
ily sentiment, with family graves out- 
side. Hortense saw Mildred Moon 
Montague at a Colonial Dames' meet- 
ing in Oct. '01 in Chattanooga, TN. 
Seeing her brought back many happy 
memories of her days at SBC. 

Jacqueline (Jackie) Sexton Daley 
knows her age is also advancing, as it 
did last year. She left home in 
Belmont, CA tripping over to FL, 
where on one occasion, she took in 
the College series and lectures and 
saw our SBC President, and others. 
Such a treat! Later, a week back in 
Belmont (near San Fran.) had her 
packing for China in 17 days: it was a 
great trip with 4 days on the Yangzi, 
through the gorges, saw the dam and 
many other high points. It was also a 
hard trip, but she kept up with the 
others. Then back home and off again, 
this time at the end of June '02 to 
Russia, with the 10th Ave. Jazz group, 
on a river boat in St. Petersburg to 
Moscow. Her daughter Barbara and 
her husband Phil, were with her, 
spending 3 days in Finland, taking a 
10 hour ride on a Russian sleeper 
(ugh!) from Moscow to Helsinki. Such 
a contrast between Finland and 
Russia! No porter in either country. 
Again it was a hard trip, but enjoy- 

October 2001 was a nightmare for 
Clara Call Frazier and her family, who 
live in Richmond, VA. Her daughter 
and granddaughter were in a terrible 
accident in CA: her daughter was criti- 
cally injured on Oct. 14, 2001, while 
her granddaughter thankfully escaped 
injury. Last Christmas season found 
the daughter expecting to recover, 
after a week of being unconscious. 
She had left rehab just before the 
Holidays and so the Fraziers spent 
two weeks in California with their 
daughter and family. 

Another retirement village resident 
is Elizabeth "Ivy" Ivins Haskins, who 
is with a lot of people she knows in 
very nice surroundings in Westwood, 
MA, outside of Boston. Believe it or 
not, the food is delicious and liquor is 
served in the dining room. She is 
involved in their many activities, spon- 
sored by the Home, such as its trips 
to the Symphony concerts in Boston, 
the Huntington Theatre and Boston 
Lyric Opera productions, as well as 
day trips around the state of MA, 
Tanglewood being one of them. But 
keeping in touch with Blair Bunting 
Both and Eleanor Snow Lea means 
much more to "Ivy". She also sends 
her love to each and every one of you, 

It's always good to hear from my 
freshman year roommate, Rosemary 
Bjorge Johnson from her home in 
Madison, Wl. This Fall of 2002, 
Rosemary moved into the "assisted 
living" section of a 'new home and 
address', which she will send later. 
She still attends the Univ. of Wl's 
Extension Literature class each week, 
exercise class 3 days a week, and the 
symphony and American Player's 
Theatre, where Shakespeare is per- 
formed outdoors in the summer. 

Another correspondent I enjoy 
hearing from is friend, Margaret 
(Maggie) Dowell Kearney, who in 
spite of rather poor eyesight, still 
keeps in touch. This past year, she 
spent 3 months in FL, with a son, and 
was also able to attend the Sweet 
Briar meeting and lecture. Maggie did 
so enjoy being among so many Sweet 
Briar VIP's at this annual affair. In Dec. 
2001 , she expected a visit from Jane 
Bush Long, leaving her home in 
Augusta, GA, for Maggie's in McLean, 

Another mover into a retirement 
complex is Eleanor (Ellie) Snow Lea. 
which she declares is her big news. It 
is only 45 minutes from her former 
home in Pawlet. VT, but is much more 
convenient to her doctors, lawyer, etc. 
Better yet, there is a very nice and 
friendly group of people in Rutland, 
VT home: some play golf, ski, though 
such is not for her anymore. She is 
also very happy to have sold her for- 
mer home to her son, thereby allow- 
ing for frequent visits. She enjoyed 
very much the visit from the Boths of 
Kennett Square, PA. But her broken 
hip of Nov. 2001 and then the scare of 
her breast cancer's recurring last July 
after 12 years in recession, made 
some of the past 2 years a bit 
unpleasant. She is fine now, though, 
after operations and the move into a 
new home helped make up, as each 
had positive effects upon Ellie. 

Another piece of good news 
comes from Marion Daudt McBride 
of Chesterfield, MO (near St. Louis). 
She has made a miraculous recovery 
from an aneurism of the aorta, and is 
now able to return to her volunteer 
work with the Salvation Army and the 
Butterfly House, plus lots of bridge 
playing and needle point work. 

The most impressive doing this 
past year for Martha Janney Smith 
McGowan of Rialto, CA was attending 
her husband's 65th high school 
reunion in Denver. The 45 out of the 
original 555 had a hilarious, warm and 
delightful time. Three lovely photos 
were also sent. 

Another happy 40er is Mildred 
Moon Montague as she still has her 3 
sons living nearby, along with a new 
grandson, joining a granddaughter. 
Her 2nd son did a 5 borough bicycle 
ride around Manhattan recently, which 
thrilled him as much as his being able 
to attend Lionel Hampton's funeral in 

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Fall 2003 • 65 

NYC. Mildred herself is still energeti- 
cally involved with the Salvation Army 
and local Big Brothers/Sisters' groups. 
She has seen the late Nancy Haskins 
Elliot's daughter. Mary Haskins King, 
who says that her father is writing 
their memories of days in India. 

Jean Tyree Oseth is another ener- 
getic volunteer, going from her home 
in Old Towne Alexandria. VA to the 
headquarters for the National Society 
of Colonial Dames to do archival 
work. She is currently tracking down 
the gift of some valuable auto- 
graphs — Napoleon's, Washington's. 
Jefferson's, etc.— that are missing. 
Archival work also takes her to the 
Smithsonian. Back in Alexandria. Jean 
assists at a couple of historic spots. 
But in June'02, Jean took her daugh- 
ters and their husbands and a grand- 
daughter to Paris, where they stayed 
in a wonderful apartment for two 
weeks, having a great time together. 

Only a short note was received 
from Anne Conant Weaver giving a 
new address because of her being 
hampered by some blindness: it is 
hard for her to focus. 

Nice fully filled card was from our 
former Class President, Emory Gill 
Williams, whose main residence is 
still in Richmond, VA. The card was 
written, however, in their little cottage 
in Biddeford Pool, ME where the 
Williams family spends their sum- 
mers. Summer of 2002 was a hot 
one! But they had a good time playing 
golf on their 9-hole course there. They 
also were able to rest after daughter 
Judy's husband. Ray Carpenter, sud- 
denly died of a heart attack in 
March'02 while skiing in Killington, 
VT. That left Judy with two teenaged 
children. They are doing well enough 
though so that Emory and Dr. 
Carrington went to Holland, taking a 
boat trip from Amsterdam visiting 
Edam, Hoorno, and Antwerp and 
Bruges in Belgium. While back in 
Amsterdam, they took in the every-10- 
years fabulous "Floriade." (I did it in 
'82) and the famous Kuykenhof 
Gardens. "They were so beautiful," is 
the report. They broke away from 
Maine over August 10, '02 to attend 
the wedding of a grandson (one of 14 
or 15), Carrington Ill's wedding to 
Caroline Woody in Briarcliff Manor, 
NY. The summer months were then 
continued in Maine, and Emory sends 
her love to all in our class. 

Another good correspondent- 
friend is Cynthia Noland Young who, 
with Kurt, loves watching the boats go 
by their front yard on the Intercoastal 
Waterway in Southport, NC. Her 
newest toy is a most welcome e-mail 
facility for her computer. She loves e- 
mailing all 6 plus 2 spouses at a touch 
of the button — and all 8 of her grands 
came during July-Aug.10.'02 for a 
family reunion. She had been able to 
organize this gathering with her e-mail 
as to all the different dates and 

arrivals/departures — for grandsons in 
TX and CA— while their parents came 
and went on different schedules. The 
Youngs recovered slowly, though two 
families stayed on at rented condos 
on the ocean with Cynthia and Kurt 
providing some of the meals. 
September is another big month, 
especially for Cynthia as her birthday, 
and their four daughters', are all in 
that month. She is very glad that at 
their ages, they are both still able to 
drive legally. 

Here in Cleveland Heights, OH, 
Laurence and I still keep "hanging in 
there." This year has been an excep- 
tional one for us, though, celebrating 
Laurence's 91st birthday in September 
along with one granddaughter's all 
within the same month! Two antici- 
pated trips are to be taken in 
November when we fly to our daugh- 
ter's and her family's home in 
Orlando, FL, for Thanksgiving with all 
of them and a longtime high-school 
friend who has retired near them and 
is now alone. We have not been able 
to share the traditional turkey with 
them for the past several years: now 
we can make up for it. Flying home in 
mid-December, we will in another 
week's time pack our bags again for a 
trip by car with our son and his wife 
and his seven year old daughter 
(going on 37!) to a great niece's wed- 
ding in Lancaster, PA and thereby hav- 
ing a family reunion with my brother 
(the bride-to-be's grandfather) and his 
wife coming down from Concord, NH, 
Back home, which is still always good 
to return to, in time for Christmas Day 
with more family here in town, and to 
see in 2003. We both wish you all as 
happy and healthy a year as possible! 
I have just been given an "All Clear' 
report from a test given one year after 
my colon cancer surgery of 2001 . One 
can beat that dreadful disease! 


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


Mrs. Bernard Reams (Ann Morrison) 
771 Bonair Circle 
Lynchburg, VA 24503 

Yes, I got reelected as your class 
president during Reunion. I would like 
to thank Barbara Ripley Furniss on 
behalf of all of us for keeping us con- 
nected and informed through her 
wonderful class notes. Barbara can no 
longer do this for us. Do we have a 
volunteer to be class secretary? The 
Alumnae Office is no longer sending 
reminder cards asking for news, so 
please make the secretary's job easy 
and pleasant by remembering to jot 
down any happening, ideas or news, 

and send to me until we have a new 

We can now have news in each 
issue and do not have to wait for 
once-a-year reporting. 

The next deadline is December 15. 
plenty of time for all of you to send in 
something. I look forward to reading 
about each of you. Much love to all. 
Ann Reams. 


Dr. Catherine Silverman 

276-C Milford Lane 

Monroe Township, NJ 08831-1705 

Tay Trigg writes from Atlanta that 
she had a nice 15-day cruise to some 
of the Caribbean Islands and the 
Panama Canal, and more recently, a 
walk on the beach at St. Simon's 
Island. But she says it would be great 
if some of our classmates could get 
down to Atlanta and she has plenty of 
extra bedrooms. There's an invitation 
to you all! 

Louise Woodruff writes from 
Delray Beach. FL that she now resides 
in a nice retirement home on the 
intercoastal Waterway, but that she 
will go back to St. Louis, MO for 
Thanksgiving with her daughter and 
seven year old granddaughter and her 
busy architect dad. "My oldest son is 
in Alaska where I went for Christmas 
last year and to Garden City, NY for 
Thanksgiving. My other granddaugh- 
ter graduated from Middlebury and 
my son is at University of Idaho." 

Karen Norris Sibley, who has five 
children, nine grandchildren and soon 
a great grandchild, has moved to a 
smaller one-story house with the 
same husband, thank goodness! She 
is doing volunteer wok with CASA 
(court-appointed Special Advocate for 
abused and neglected children and 
Families First-multi service agency). 
For fun, there is the beautiful Carlos 
Museum at Emory University. 

Byrd Hunter, whose husband died 
in May, writes. "Its not easy, but I'm 
learning to use my own wings after 
counting on Henry for. ..He died on 
May 26, 2002. For the last 15 months 
of his illness that began with a series 
of mini strokes, we were fortunate to 
have wonderful nurses around the 
clock at home. As for me, there's 
nothing to report except two cataract 
surgeries. Hopefully, next time the 
news will be more cheerful and inter- 

Val Materne has moved into a 
condo with a small garden and fewer 
cares. She continues to volunteer at 
the library with Janet Chenery. She 
has 12 children, and two great grand- 
sons. They have spread out in the 
world and intermarried. "I now find 
they speak. Russian, Hebrew, and 
Norwegian. Last years family reunion 
was an international event. I wish I 
could attend the alumnae council as 
part of my family lives in Jerusalem." 

She's looking forward to reading 
about friends of old. Best Wishes, Val. 

Betty Potter writes from San 
Diego, CA about her "Glorious 
Antiques," an organization directed 
toward a humane treatment of ani- 
mals. "The link between Annabelle 
Prager's orchestra and my organiza- 
tion is that we were established in the 
same year. We were amazed and 
delighted with the success of both. 
We cleared $250,00 last year and 
hope for S300.000. in the coming 
year. Recent unpleasant events may 
put a crimp in our plans, but so far 
we're on target!" 

Nancy Pingree Drake (Ping) is 
struggling with time and schedules — 
when to move into a beautiful retire- 
ment complex which she and her late 
husband had helped plan and estab- 
lish and how to attend four gradua- 
tions of grandchildren from local to 
the University of Virginia and Wake 
Forest, her own 65th in Boston and 
ours at SBC. She also mentioned hav- 
ing "brief, but wonderful" visit with 
Junk at Cypress Village, Do hope 
she'll attend ours. 

Clare Matthai writes about an 
unusually hot summer, "but neverthe- 
less enjoyed trudging around the golf 
course and playing with my flower 
garden. Now I am back taking some 
courses in the Learning and 
Retirement program at our local 
branch state university. I thought I 
had lost Frances Gregg Petersmeyer, 
but found her via the Alumnae Office. 
She is living in Gladwyne. PA and we 
had a good catchup talk. 

Anne Mitchell wrote to say hello 
and says she is fine, happy and feels 
very fortunate. 

Caroline Miller McClintock sends 
news of friends. Byrd Hunter and 
Esther Holland, who recently lost 
their husbands. They are living in 
retirement homes with friends. She 
writes also of her own husband Gale's 
total knee replacement and very suc- 
cessful recovery. She notes that they 
will celebrate their 60th wedding 
anniversary in November and that 
their oldest son, David, retired last 
year from First Union in Charlotte and 
is now at Davidson College, his alma 
mater, in fund raising. 

Margurite Hume is one of 12 win- 
ners of the coveted Bell Award for 
service to the community. This is from 
Fayette McDowell who enclosed a 
newspaper clipping with picture and 
write-up. Marguerite describes an 
experience whereby she was sched- 
uled to escort a group bound for 
China to the Speed Museum in 
Louisville. For a while, since it was 
only 1 days after the 9/1 1 attacks on 
the WTC, there was some uncertainty 
about the visit, but in the end, it all 
worked out. She and the group saw 
some beautiful paintings. Margurite 
also mentioned that she had a chance 
recently to see Fayette and Helen 

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Lawton Mitchell. 

Kitty Doar, who died quite 
recently, wrote that she was hoping to 
make it to the reunion, as two friends 
volunteered to drive her She said she 
had had a cerebral stroke and was 
restricted to local driving. She had 
sold her house and moved to a lovely 
retirement home where she had lots 
of friends and a great apartment. She 
said all her grandchildren had grown 
up and were pursuing assorted 
degrees Very sad to have lost her 

Mary Love Ferguson Sanders 
wrote that she had lost her older child 
to cancer He was only 54 and a won- 
derful son. However, she finds great 
joy in her two-year old granddaughter 
Jocelyn — the first girl in the family. 
She is looking forward to hearing 
about her classmates. 

Virginia Brinton (White) writes. "I 
have been dialoguing since 9/11/01 
with Buddhist, Bahai. Jewish, and 
Protestant members of the Richmond 
Interfaith Council. Elements of good 
coming together can overcome the 
evil in the world, and maybe this is 
one way of helping this to come 
about What a joy watercolor art 
classes have been for the past year 
and also picnics all summer long at 
the quarry swimming club we belong 

Betty Schmeisser Nelson writes 
that Primmy Johnston Craven's 
(laughter drove her to CT "to spend a 
couple of days with Karl and me. We 
had a delightful time together. Charts 
promised to drive to SBC for our 
reunion. I acquired a rescue Cairn ter- 
rier who is a happy companion for 
me. while Karl plays golf. Our family 
enjoyed a lovely vacation in the 
Adirondacks. The sad news is that 
later our son. Doug, who was chair- 
man of the geology department, sud- 
denly died of heart failure ." 

Skip Bracher (Catherine Leggelt) 
writes. "Can't say that the 80s have 
been too kind, broken hip, a couple 
of fractured ribs, but all that is over 
and I'm so lucky to be here where all's 
taken care of healthwise and many 
good friends. Still go to Arizona in 
Feb. with my two sons, etc. One 
granddaughter is working in NYC with 
Fox News, after graduating from 
Duke Sorry it wasn't SBC." 

Kudos to Annabelle Prager and 
Anne Rabbino, daughter of Debby 
Douglass Adams, to send us news of 
Debby and her husband who. in spite 
of serious medical problems — he is 
totally blind and she has not been able 
to speak since suffering a stroke 15 
years ago— are still living together in 
the same house. They have two sons 
living nearby, who are very attentive 
and Anne who visits about eight times 
a year from where she lives as well as 
works Debby and her husband 
Ronald have grandchildren who bring 
them great joy. as does the garden 
that Ronald cultivates for Debby. (Ed's 

note: These notes were written before 
the Alumnae Office received the sad 
news of Debby's death on Feb. 10. 

Elizabeth (Shep) Scott writes, "As 
the years creep on, and I slow down, I 
consider myself lucky to be fairly 
healthy and enjoying my family and 
my belated granddaughter, whose 
name is Shepherd McChesney Scott, 
after my late daughter, who was class 
of 1966 at Sweet Briar. She is called, 
Chess— a joy to me in my late years. 

Anne McJunkin Briber (Junk) has 
moved to Cypress Village in 
Jacksonville, FL. They are pleased 
with their two-bedroom apartment as 
well as the many activities available. 
Anne tells that she bikes at least 12 
miles a day, seven days a week and 
takes exercise classes three days a 
week. It's great not to have Frank all 
over the world, but golfing twice a 
week next to Cypress Village. 

Annabelle Forsch Prager writes 
that the orchestra program for chil- 
dren that she founded thirty years ago 
because of the dearth of music in the 
city schools, was celebrated with a 
gala concert at Avery Fisher Hall in 
May which was attended by over 200 
people. "My heart was in my mouth at 
the prospect of such an ambitious 
undertaking, but luck was on my 

Other news is less happy — a 
beautiful planned memorial service for 
Pat Robineau McCullum was 
attended by her good friends, Nancy 
Bean Hector and Beth Dichman 
Smith. "We were treated to touching 
remembrances by Pat's family and 
friends that confirmed that she was 
always a lively vital presence creating 
an interesting center for the world she 

Dolores Cheatham James is mov- 
ing from her house of many years in 
North Carolina to more convenient 
quarters. Dodi. a skillful water col- 
orist, is an amazing source of infor- 
mation on art and artists. A visit to a 
museum with her is worth a dozen of 
the best lecturers one can find. She 
writes, "Harry and I have just moved 
to a townhouse — all on one floor! 
Even our black standard poodle was 
getting too old to climb the stairs to 
bed. Moving was a horrible experi- 
ence, but we love where we live now. 
In September we are going to Paris, 
celebrating my 80th birthday — proba- 
bly our swan song for Europe — gotta 
see Paris one more time." 

Fayette McDowell Willet whose 
husband Roscoe died in June after a 
long struggle with Parkinsons disease, 
writes. "I miss him, but I've taken 
charge for so many years that it has 
not been as hard for me as for many 
of the widows— and there are a lot of 
us Spent the summer writing notes 
and watering. Am going to Florida in 
November Daughter Louise and hus- 
band have a new house close to their 

old house in Naples ." 

Brooks Barnes writes, "Nowadays, 
if we are still alive, we spend the time 
discussing our ailments! This year I 
had a pacemaker implanted. Nothing 
to it! Now. I'm set for another 15 
years. Busy summer, but I don't know 
what I did except that my brother 
Parker had his 80th birthday celebra- 
tion on my lawn— a great clambake. 
He wrote a book about his life and in 
it he tells about visiting Charlotte 
Garber on his way home from 
Okinawa after the war. Shall look for- 
ward to reading about the rest of you. 

Many thanks to all of you who 
have taken the time to write of your 
doings. I hope as many as possible 
will come to the reunion. I hope that 
these notes will reach you in the 
spring magazine. (I had so much trou- 
ble with the computer) 

Late bulletin: Chesley Johnson 
Arnurius may come to the reunion 
with her husband. 


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


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 


Mrs. Robert M. Saunders (Mary 

16 Shirley Road 
Newport News, VA 23601 -3934 

You have been very generous with 
your news. Thank you! I keep wonder- 
ing how many grandchildren there are 
among us. They seem to be the bulk 
of our news. How about a maxi- 
reunion with all grandchildren 
aboard? (Even great-grandchildren are 
beginning to be a factor!) Well — here 
we go: 

Bea Dingwell Loos |omed our 
mini-reunion at Gloucester Banks in 
October. Others present were Rosie 
Ashby Dashiell. Boots Taylor 
Hollowell. Wheats Young Call. Ade 
Jones Voorhees. and me Candy 
Greene Satterfield was there for our 
first Gloucester Banks meeting but 
couldn't make the second one 

In October Boots brought some 
wonderful pictures of China. Her 
father had been a medical missionary 
in China where she and her sister 
Helen were born Her mother Alma 

Booth was SBC class of 1911, and 
her sister Helen was class of 1942 
Another sister Beverley Cross was 
class of 1950! Read Boot's letter and 
experience 'Onward Christian 
Solders" in Chinese! Here is the letter 

"Dear Polly. Had a great time with 
you, Rosie. Wheats, and Ade on our 
mini-reunion— fun to see everyone 

"My summer for an ancient stuck- 
in-the-mud was nothing short of 
miraculous! Ten days were spent cele- 
brating my second born's (Luise) 50th 
birthday in a superb villa in the hills of 
Tuscany with a dozen friends and fam- 
ily We roamed the small towns and 
not so small cities including Siena. 
Florence, and Rome catching culture, 
shopping nonstop and. best of all. 
indulging outrageously in the best 
food in the world!! 

"Two weeks later my family and I 
were winging our way to Anging, 
China to celebrate the 100th anniver- 
sary and restoration of St James 
Hospital, the place my father. Harry 
Taylor, spent his life as a medical mis- 
sionary and the birthplace of my sis- 
ter. Helen '42 and me The Taylor 
group of nineteen included my three 
daughters, two granddaughters, my 
brother Harry and his wife, their lour 
children and spouses, five grandchil- 
dren and our sister. Beverley Cross 
'50 What a joy it was to recognize the 
hospital and our home. Visit the 
church and be remembered by a sur- 
prising number of people, share all 
this and multiple memories with my 
siblings, children, and grands! The 
memory of a packed church welcom- 
ing us with "Onward Christian 
Solders" in Chinese will remain one of 
the most touching moments of my 

"To round out the spectacular, all 
nineteen of us (aged seven to sev- 
enty-eight!) then hit the tourist trail 
running! High spots included The 
Three Gorges, the awesome almost 
finished dam. The Great Wall, the 
lovely temples, tombs, and palaces of 
Beijing ending, of course, at 
Tienanmen Square The climax of the 
tour was a superb dinner featuring 
Peking duck, proudly prepared and 
served by two chefs' At this point we 
could not have taken in another sight, 
picked up another chopstick. or had a 
better time with each other" It was 
truly glorious 

Love. Boots" 

Bea had a great trip to Alaska with 
lots of her family aboard a small 
cruise ship The ship was so small 
that they could almost get up there 
with the glaciers and bears She has 
talked with Catherine Smart Grier 
Ade Betsy Gurley Hewson and Leila 
Fellner Lenagh 

Margo Sibley Lewis writes from 
Austin that she and her husband had 
to return from a Florida trip because 
he developed pneumonia It has been 

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an ongoing problem. They are hoping 
surgery will be the answer. Hope all 
goes well. Margo 

Ade Jones Voorhees went to her 
65th reunion at Shipley School along 
with Joan Darby West, Betsy Gurley 
Hewson, and Margo Stafford Gould 
They missed Flo Cameron Crichton 
who was in Hawaii and Ellie Clement 
Littleton who was helping Fred launch 
the boat he had built! Ade had a fam- 
ily summer with beach, weddings, and 
reunions— "all happy occasions!" 

Bowdre Budd Poer writes from 
Greensboro, NC: two of her children 
live there along with several grand- 
children and a three-year-old great- 
grandson. She also has two great- 
granddaughters in Indiana — ages 
seven years down to eleven months. 

Patricia Thompson Bennett and 
her roommate Joan Berend Morse- 
Gordon are planning a cruise next 
March to Belize. Merida, Cozumel, and 
Cancun. Sounds great you two 

Jessie Strickland Elcock was full 
of good things in her life. One was the 
celebration of their 56th anniver- 
sary — "Living up here with deer walk- 
ing through and an occasional bear is 
very peaceful." Their Scottie "Hoot" 
happily barks from the deck. Nettie 
Caldwell Crowell called for their 
anniversary. It was a highlight of the 
day. "She sounds as beautiful as ever. 
We both miss Tody (their roommate, 
Tody Corcoran Harlzer)." She says 
her offspring are leading interesting 
and good lives. Walter and Laura are 
back in Dallas with Bank of America. 
Jessie stays busy with ceramic art in 
Atlanta. Nancy is an active volunteer 
in Wilton. IMH. Claire, when she is not 
busy with her seven-year old, is 
Department Manager of a gourmet 
shop in Atlanta. There are six grand- 
children and one great-grandchild. Her 
place up in Old Canoe in North 
Georgia sounds so lovely (except for 
occasional bears)! 

I have just had a nice conversation 
with Peggy Brink Feuer in Newton, 
Massachusetts. I didn't mean to call 
her but her name caught my attention 
and then serendipity happened— we 
were talking on the phone! I haven't 
seen her since freshman year. Do you 
remember her? She was nice and tall 
and had a neat sense of humor. Her 
great loves were Leo and ballet. The 
Leo part was ongoing but the ballet 
fell by the wayside. (I can see her 
prancing up and down the halls now 
in her ballet slippers.) She and Leo 
were great ballroom dancers. Leo died 
in the mid-nineties. They had five chil- 
dren but only three are living. She 
lives in an old Victorian house, a fam- 
ily house I think, and she enjoys reno- 
vating it. Peggy, it was wonderful 
catching up with you! 

From Augusta Bert Lee Toole 
writes of their 35-year old son Tom 
who is to be married in Savannah, GA. 

They all thought he was to be a bach- 
elor for the rest of his days. Husband, 
Bill is a musician who retired from 
teaching at Juilliard and Augusta 
State. He now teaches locally and 
conducts a choral group. (I am really 
impressed with that Juilliard stint. 

Robin Evans Stroud writes from 
Menlo. California, that her husband 
died in May, and she has relocated to 
be nearer two daughters and eight 
grandchildren. Robin. I am sorry 
about your husband. You seem to be 
taking good care of yourself, like par- 
ticipating in all senior activities at 

Do "you all" remember a lovely 
lass from Scotland who went to SBC 
our freshman year named Allison 
Buchanan? She and her husband, 
Neilson Herbertson. sailed across the 
Atlantic to the Bahamas and then up 
the East Coast to Norfolk where they 
visited Julia Bristow who was her old 
roommate. Julia is a specialist in but- 
terflies. Julia writes that the 
Herbertsons are great travelers. They 
have been on more than 25 cruises all 
over the world including Antarctica. 
"Allison looks great— you would know 
her instantly." 

Betsy Bowman Wright writes from 
Knoxville that her husband, Rodman 
Townsend. died in 1995, and she mar- 
ried William Wright in 2001. Betsy. 
you had me on a roller coaster. First. I 
am sad for you, then I am glad for 
you! Much happiness to you! 

Arie Jones Wittke went on an SBC 
trip to Spain and Portugal. The fellow 
travelers from SBC were the best part 
of the trip! 

Rosie Ashby Dashiell writes 
about the nice reunion in Gloucester 
(mentioned before!). 

Candy Greene Satterfield a char- 
ter member of our reunion, couldn't 
come because she was moving to 
Pembroke Towers, Apt. 107. 600 
Pembroke Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507. 
Her apartment overlooks a lovely view 
of Norfolk, especially at night. She 
loves it! The Dashiells live in the same 
apartments— in fact, they got there 
first! "I had a nice trip to Capon 
Springs. WV, with Rosie and Dave. We 
had fun playing Scrabble and eating 
good home cooking." 

Wistar Watts King writes that all 
is well and good with the children and 
grandchildren. She spends a lot of 
time attending all their ball games and 
loves every minute of it. 

In April a little group formed a 
mini-reunion of '46ers. These were 
Mary Vinton Fleming. Wistar Watts 
King. Lee Stevens Gravely. Shields 
Jones Harris, and Sarah McDuffie 
Hardaway. Sarah provided a big 
house, and they had fun "catching 

Lee raves about the good time 
they had. Later, she left for Italy with 
her daughter Susan for a big event. 

Susan has had a very successful 
import business giving a lot of busi- 
ness to Nord near Bassanadd Grappa 
which is ceramic country. To show 
their appreciation, they made her an 
honorary citizen. "Proud Mama had to 
go." What a wonderful time for all. 
Lee's new address is 203 Cobbleston 
Court, Rocky Mount, NC 29803. 

Anne Hill Edwards spent some 
time on Martha's Vineyard with Jean 
Hewson. Betsy Gurley Hewson's 
daughter. She and Bill invited Ellie 
Clement Littleton for dinner. Great 

Pat Grosbeck Gordon writes from 
her Golden Gate Avenue address in 
California that she has finally launched 
three of her eight grandkids into col- 
lege. The oldest boy is a senior at 
Gonzaga University, the next, a girl, 
has a scholarship to Harvard, and the 
next boy just went off to Regis 
College in Denver. "It's lonesome 
these days, but I am a survivor." 

Polly Pollard Kline and Cholly 
Jones Bendall visited Adeline Hapala 
at SBC. She took them around to see 
all the new things — like the dining 
room built after our time. (It was 
recently torn down.) Her family had 
their reunion at Sandbridge Beach, 
VA. There were 40 some present rang- 
ing from 2 months to 82. (The 82 per- 
son was husband Bob!) "Wonderful 

Mary Upshur Pike writes from 
Marietta. GA that she and her husband 
Sandy were heading for Lincoln, 
Nebraska to Sandy's college reunion. 
He received his Master's Degree there 
in Pedodontics. She, while there, took 
a course in Dental Assistance. She will 
be assisting Sandy. They will attend 
the Nebraska-Missouri football game. 
She says, "This is an exciting occa- 
sion. The whole stadium is dressed in 

Betsy Gurley Hewson and Tommy 
are still enjoying their new home in 
Vera Beach. Now listen to this: They 
went to their respective reunions at 
Shipley and The Episcopal Academy, 
then they had a lovely week in 
Bermuda, then they went on a super 
cruise to seven different countries in 
Europe for three weeks, and then they 
went to a big family reunion at 
Skytop, a beautiful resort in 
Pennsylvania. Where do they get their 
stamina? Nice going, Hewsons! 

Betty Ann McKeown Scott and 
husband Don spend seven months in 
Baltimore and the rest of the year in 
Florida. Her children and grandchil- 
dren are scattered over various states, 
and two are in Europe. She recently 
talked to Lynn Hannah Crocker 

Ellen Robbins Red visited in San 
Miguel in Mexico last August. "If you 
haven't been there, put it on your list 
of places — wonderful cool climate, 
beautiful homes to rent complete with 
fabulous cook, and lots of fun shops 
and markets." Ellen, our bird watcher. 

even saw a bird or two! 

Sally Bubb Bruch is another 
swinger. They spend a week at 
Saranac Lake. New York, two weeks at 
a Wyoming ranch riding, fishing, and 
playing tennis, and three weeks on a 
friend's yacht in the Aegean and 
Ionian Seas. They expect to go to 
Naples, Florida, in October, then 
Thanksgiving with daughter Susan in 
Charlottesville and home to Muncy for 

Helen Murchison Lane called on 
the phone to give me her news, and I 
forgot to write it down. I am sorry, 
Murch. Everything you do is interest- 
ing, however, including buzzing 
around Jacksonville in your little yel- 
low bug. I did remember that your 
twin granddaughters walked a part of 
the Appalachian Trail before going to 
college. Another tidbit — you love to 
walk on your lovely beach. 

Wheats Young Call is a really nice 
buddy. I can call her practically any 
hour, day or night, and if I miss 
church she drops in to tell me about 
the sermon and who was there. She 
stumbled over her dog recently and 
broke her wrist. It didn't stop her from 
the tennis court. I am glad she is in 
Newport News! 

Now for me. I have no "news" but 
my daily living which I appreciate 
more and more since 9/11. There are 
a lot of spunky widows around who 
inspire me and discourage me! This 
widowhood was not given in any 
course at Sweet Briar! I see wives at 
the grocery store bossing their hus- 
bands around, and I wish I could go 
up to them and say, "Don't boss him; 
love him!" My Liza (so pretty) works 
in the Development Office at the 
Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria. VA. 
She is not married but is "keeping 
company" with a very nice man! 
Robbie is a lawyer (really nice!) with 
the WorldCom Company. They live in 
Fairfax, VA. He still has his job! His 
wife is Melissa whose talents never 
cease to amaze me. They are both 
great parents to Joe, nine, and Grace, 
seven. My constant companion is 
"Scotty," a dog who is half schnauzer 
and half Scotty. Well, I took advantage 
of you, my captive audience. You are 
remarkable people with all your 
energy and your interests. We are a 
smashing class, aren't we? All the 
best to the best! Polly 


Mrs. John G. Stewart (Linda McKoy) 
18 0sprey Lane 
Rumson, N J 07760-1821 


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

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Mrs. Walter H. Brown (Catherine 

29 Crescent Road 
Madison, N J 07940-2519 

Our class mini-reunion was a 
wonderful occasion for those of us 
who were able to attend. You'll see a 
photo and report of our doings else- 
where in this issue of the magazine, 
but not the interesting gossip and 
exchange of ideas. We did a lot of 

Meanwhile, the regular cards and 
letters (some by email) rolled in to 
your class secretary and, in no partic- 
ular order, I pass along the latest 

Treasurer Mary Fran Brown 
Ballard has written to you all, urging 
your generous contribution to the 
Annual Fund, so put your money in a 
place where it won't lessen in value as 
the stock market bounces around. 
Educating young women can only 
appreciate! Mary Fran has seen the 
new brick in our courtyard with her 
mother's name. Marie Brede, '24, 
donated to our project and her brick is 
near the entrance. She is about to turn 
102, a remarkable lady! Peggy 
Cromwell Taliaferro's mother died 
just last June at the age of 104! Will 
any of us do as well? 

Larry Lawrence Simmons writes 
that Charles has made a complete 
recovery from cancer and looks like a 
"younger man" minus the 60 pounds 
that he lost and has kept off. This is 
the second time he has been granted 
a miracle, so the Simmons enjoyed a 
cruise up the northeast coast and into 
Canada to see the fall foliage. The trip 
also included visiting their NYC 
daughters and taking in the two 
hottest shows on Broadway, but not 
our SBC reunion. 

I had an email from Goodie Geer 
DiRaddo, one of her first attempts 
(and the first of many, I hope). We 
had a nice lunch together with Stevie 
when I was in Charleston for a Yale 
mini-reunion last April. Goodie looks 
wonderful, and gave me two adorable 
angels made out of beach gleanings, 
another expression of her great cre- 
ativity. Goodie helps take care of her 
darling mother, who turns 100 next 
June. Joe is interim of a new church 
near Charleston. 

Ellen Ramsay Clark writes from 
Destin, FL, where she was enjoying 
glorious weather until one of those 
much-needed rain storms blew in. 
Daughter Ellen lives in Winnetka, and 
her 15-year-old son just started New 
Trier High School this year. He made 
the golf team and enjoyed caddying 
for his Dad in the Mid-Amateur 
Tournament in Greenwich, CT Ellen's 
son Marshall, his wife and 8-year-old 
triplets visited Ellen in Florida too. 
Ann Doar Jones had a knee 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • v, 

replaced last June, followed by a "lost 
summer" of recovery and therapy.. .no 
fun, she says, but she and Frank still 
enjoy life at "the rivah" and seeing 
their two children and families fre- 

Katie Cox Reynolds' wonderful 
voice was strong and clear during the 
memorial service for Helen Mac 
McMahon during our reunion, nice to 
hear. She and Phil had a good sum- 
mer at Squam Lake (otherwise known 
as "Golden Pond") in New Hampshire, 
and worked on her golf game. They 
planned to go to France on a walking 
trip in September. 

President Fritzie couldn't make 
reunion and we surely did miss her! 
She writes that she did some TV com- 
mercials for cable as Park Lane (her 
residence) spokesman. .30 seconds of 
fame for almost two months.,, and 
also walked for the Monterey 
Alzeimer's Association. Her sister, 
Barbara, '44, died 6/2/02 after suffer- 
ing from Alzeimers for 15 years. 

Carolyn Cannady Evans is settling 
into her new digs in the Washington 
area, working hard to transfer her 
counseling credentials so she can 
resume her fine work in this field. She 
has guest room available for visiting 

Betty Wellford Bennett notes that 
Marie Musgrove McCrone is not at all 
well and Caroline Casey was attending 
a Miniature Book Society meeting, so 
neither came to SBC in October. We 
also missed Mag Towers Talman and 
Kitty Hart Belew, who opted for 
Alumnae Council weekend instead. 
Betty was given a wonderful birthday 
party by her family on her big 
day.. .you know which one! 

Also from Richmond, it was great 
to see Libby Trueheart Harris getting 
around so well and looking very spiffy. 
We all admire her courage and on- 
going therapy, as she now drives her 
car freely and negotiates even difficult 
terrain quite well. 

Sally Melcher Jarvis (whom I saw 
last summer at Pocono Lake Preseves 
looking great, with her nice husband 
John and handsome family) sends 
word that she hears from Beth 
Jansma-Gorter from time to time. 
Beth had a family gathering in 
Belgium with her son, daughter and 
very attractive grandchildren (Beth 
emailed a picture to Sally). 

Also among the missing on cam- 
pus in October was Ann Henderson 
Bannard, who was walking around 
Portugal with husband Yorke, then 
returning to Tucson to celebrate 
Yorke's 80th birthday with their two 
sons and families. "Giving Us Wings," 
Ann's beautiful work in our courtyard, 
survived all the construction nearby 
and looks terrific, with the plantings 
settling in nicely. 

Judy Easley Mak and Dayton, who 
sparked our mini-reunion, maintain a 
steady routine at home, with HE now 

doing the volunteer work and SHE 
now into over 20 years of real estate. 
Nancy Jones Worcester and fam- 
ily celebrated their fiftieth anniversary 
in Bermuda with all children and 
grandchildren. Otherwise they sum- 
mer at Waloon Lake, Michigan, and 
winter in Sarasota, FL 

Polly Plummer Mackie spent two 
nights with Mag Towers in Richmond 
in October and hoped to go to Mexico 
in February. She otherwise travels 
mainly to New York City. 

Vidmer Megginson Downing lost 
her husband George in December of 
2001, one day before the tenth 
anniversary of a massive stroke which 
had left him paralyzed, but uncom- 
plaining and encouraging to others. ..a 
sad loss. Vidmer will continue to live 
in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern 
Shore of Mobile Bay, and invites 49ers 
to come share her beautiful sunsets. 

Ann Eustis Weimer (Flip) not only 
created and managed our great mini- 
reunion, but found time to enjoy a 
three-week trip to Antarctica, S. 
Georgia, the Falkland Islands and 
Tierra del Fuego. She and John also 
celebrated a grandson's wedding. Are 
we all soon to be great-grandmoth- 

Preston Hodges Hill and Gene 
spent 10 rainy days last summer in 
Nantucket and Boston visiting with the 
Gene III family: the Martinsons and 
almost 4-year-old twins stopped by en 
route to an Alaska vacation. Gene has 
several projects going and Preston is 
fund-raising for a Colonial Dames 
Museum in the mountains, among 
other activities. Her back now seems 
to be fully recovered from the surgery 
a year or so ago. 

And what does June Eager Finney 
have to say for herself? Bill, she 
reports, is involved in the Clinic for 
Uninsured Persons and makes what 
he calls his "drug runs" once a week, 
picking up medicines from various 
doctors' offices and hospitals to be 
catalogued and used in the clinic. He 
also does furniture repairs for nearby 
friends and for the clinic. Meanwhile, 
June gardens, plays international cro- 
quet, and is doing pastel portraits of 3 
of her 8 grandchildren, a switch from 
her usual water colors. Eldest grand- 
son is a senior at Yale, and next one is 
a freshman at W&L. 

Stevie (Mary Louis Stevens 
Webb, to be exact) provided a won- 
derful haven for Walter and me when 
we were in Charleston for a Yale Mini. 
We popped in at 62 Tradd Street 
whenever we needed food, drink or 
respite from touring! Stevie and her 
children, Mary and young Rutledge, 
enjoyed a nephew's wedding on 
Maryland's Eastern Shore in June, 
stopping by Roanoke en route to see 
Alice Trout Hagan. Rutledge was 
unable to make the trip as it is difficult 
for him to get around since he broke 
his "good" leg, and later a hand. He's 

improving daily, I'm happy to say. 

Alice and Patsy Davin Robinson 
sent me a card showing three rabbits 
(each with two ears but only three 
ears between them ...figure that one 
out!) in a stained glass window in 
Suffolk, England. They, and Mag 
Talman, were on a tour of Cambridge, 
Oxford and the Channel Isles last 

Our classmates who came to cam- 
pus in October all looked wonderful, 
active and happy. I hope the rest of 
you are the same and don't look like 
"little old ladies." To sum up, the 
members of our class who came 
were: Sallie Legg DeMartine. Patty 
Levi Barnett. Katie Cox Reynolds, 
Preston Hodges Hill, Judy Easley and 
Dayton Mak. Judy Baldwin Waxter. 
Alice Trout Hagan, Betty Wellford 
Bennett. Mary Fran and Don Ballard, 
Patsy Davin Robinson, Mary Louis 
Stevens Webb, Libby Trueheart 
Harris. Ann Eustis Weimer, Pat 
Brown Boyer, Carolyn Cannady 
Evans. Jean Taylor. Peggy Cromwell 
Taliaferro, and me and Walter. We 
really missed the rest of you, so make 
plans now for spring 2004! 


Mrs. Guy W. Gilleland, Jr. (Elisabeth 

"Betty— B.G." Elmore) 
1098 McKean Circle 
Winter Park FL 32789-2681 


Mrs. William E. Katz (Martha Legg) 
11 Sunset Road 
Weston, Ma. 02493 

Joanne Holbrook Patton has sent 
you her usual thoughtful and well- 
organized report on reunion '52. 
Doesn't it make you want to grace the 
55th? The Pattons have hosted two 
parties for SBC folk at "the farm" 
recently. Despite George's disabilities 
they had a grand family celebration at 
home for their 50th. I hope that you 
all saw Mary John Ford Gilchrist's 
memorial to Susan Hobson McCord in 
the last alumnae magazine.. .A fine 
recognition of a life of service. 

We are moving on! Sue Bassewitz 
Mentzinger is in NYC, painting, and 
seeing lots of opera. Sounds good to 
me Mary Barcus Hunter is happily 
passing along her large yard and 
moving to a condo (not a rest home) 
with her cat, Sue. Peggy Harding 
Norton and Nort love living in a retire- 
ment home, but found time to slip 
away to Hawaii for three weeks. Leila 
Booth Morris and Jim are looking 
toward a new retirement community. I 
can tell you that she doesn't look old 
enough to be admitted! Trudy Kelly 
Morron is moving from Conn, to 
Lafayette. Colorado. Can anyone hear 
us out there? She says that second 

Fall 2003 • 69 

only to death or divorce is moving. 

Sally Gerhard of Calitornia has 
three fantasy fiction books in print 
this year. "The Wanderground", "The 
Kanshou" and "The Magister", all pub- 
lished by Spinsters Ink. Hope I got 
that right. Josie Sibold, proud owner 
of her own concrete mixer, is still pro- 
ducing original garden statuary. Can 
anyone top that in the occupation cat- 
egory? Jane Russo Sheehan. ever a 
great horsewoman, is judging dres- 
sage shows. 

Mary Lois Miller and Hugh visited 
Mary John and Stuart this summer 
and loved their house in Irvinton. VA. 
Mary John having also acquired a 
winter nest on Hutchinson Island. Fla. 
Come on down, everybody! Harriet 
Thayer Elder loves her mountain life 
in f\IC and went blueberry picking this 
summer with Lynn Lane Fozzard and 
Harry. They turn out to be almost 

What a treat to see Carma 
Lindsay Burton at reunion. We shared 
the "fishbowl" accommodations our 
sophomore year and she "ran away" 
from SBC to get married— were we 
ever jealous! She has 11 grands- 
maybe a record. 

Here's a life to make you feel a lit- 
tle stagnant. ..Jo Sharpe Blaasvaer 
writes that after SBC she studied fash- 
ion illustration in Paris and later 
worked for the CIA in Saigon and 
Vientiane. She then returned to Paris, 
married and had three children and 
divorced in 79. She then happily mar- 
ried a Norwegian engineer on a Royal 
Caribbean Cruise liner. Jo sent a pic- 
ture of herself with her pet sports 
convertible. GO JO! Janis Thomas 
Zeanah has a daughter who is 
SBC81. In addition to sitting grands, 
Janice is working as a communica- 
tions/medical writer at the U. of 
Alabama at Birmingham and is on the 
board of the National Society of Arts 
and Letters. Mary Gesler Hanson is a 
member of the Arts and Humanities 
Council of Montgomery County, Md. 

There are lots of Happy 
Anniversaries to report. Grace 
Wallace Brown and Brady celebrated 
with their entire clan of 18 in 
Bermuda Ann Trumbore Ream and 
George loved a week in Williamsburg, 
a gift from their children. Charlotte 
Snead Stifel and Hank shared the 
occasion in Paris with their whole 
family. They are reported to have 
majored in gastronomy. Louise 
Warfield Stump reports that they had 
a "BIG DO" with family from all over 
the country and lots of "old" (of long 
duration!) friends. 

Donna Robinson Cart reports the 
arrival of a fourth granddaughter, 
which gives her eight grandchildren. 
That seems to be a nice round num- 
ber Donna Reese Godwin mentioned 
the happy party during reunion at 
Laura Radford Goley and Gene's 
lovely old 

house in Forest. Va.. not far from 
Lynchburg. The huge trees on the 
grounds left this Yankee breathless. 
Thanks again to the Goleys for their 
generosity in inviting us all to come 

It all seems to be about travel! 
Jean Caldwell Marchant (our denizen 
of Hawaii) went hiking in England and 
Wales this year, followed by a "vigor- 
ous" animal-sighting trip to South 
Africa. Ann Hoagland Kelsey flew to 
Venice and thence aboard the "River 
Cloud II" for a "golf experience" and 
two weeks of floating up the Po to 
Florence Barbara Baker Bird has 
been cruising along the coast of 
Norway and later to the Amazon and 
Manu National Park in Peru. She's in 
Naples, Fla. in the winter and Vermont 
in the summer. Good planning! Benita 
Phinizy Johnson has been off to see 
the flowers, including the Holland 
Gardens and the Chelsea Flower 
Show. She and Tommy are planning a 
Hudson River — Chesapeake Bay 
Cruise. Pat Beach Thompson and 
Calvin went to the dedication of a 
Greg Norman designed golf course in 
Ireland. She successfully bid on atrip 
to South Africa and plans to surprise 
Calvin with this treat at Christmas. 
Jane Ramsay Olmsted is a frequent 
visitor to Italy where she has the lan- 
guage and the cuisine well in hand; 
the latest trip was to a villa in 
Montalcino, where she learned a few 
tricks from Evan Kleiman, a famed 
L.A. chef. And speaking of food... your 
faithful secretary just did a round trip 
by Amtrak to the Napa Valley to bond 
with Billy, a new grandson, for 5 
weeks. Both parents are chefs so I 
lived very high on the hog! The baby 
is very nice too. 

Mary Bailey Izard's husband Jack 
has a cookbook in print. A Traveler's 
Table: Recipes and Photographs that 
Followed Me Home. Mary has been 
tramping the Equadorian Rainforest, 
where natives are being taught to live 
in harmony with their surroundings, 
thus eliminating the need to "slash 
and burn" this area of the world's 
greatest biodiversity. 

We were saddened to hear of the 
death of Susan Otis Thompson's hus- 
band. John was a distinguished 
scholar, writer and poet who taught at 
U. of N.Y. Stoneybrook and whose 
work was widely published. Ann 
Whittingham Smith also lost her hus- 
band, Bob, in January. We were happy 
that she could reunite with us at SBC 
and that she could visit relatives in 
San Carlos, Mexico, this summer. 

As a Postscript; my sister Sallie's 
SBC '49 class decided not to wait so 
long to see one another again. They 
had a "mini" reunion this fall, 20 of 
them staying at the new inn on cam- 
pus. They had a marvelous time. The 
Inn was luxurious and the college was 
very welcoming. Will anybody meet 
me there in a couple of years or so? 

LATE NEWS: Pat Layne Winks 

has been visiting in Switzerland, 
where she lived as a "young Married' 
for 3+ years. She seems to have come 
home by way of Venice and Trieste. 
She can be my travel planner any 
time. Sue Judd Silcox and Jack are 
nominated for the most visits to kids 
and grandkids in a single year. They 
have a granddaughter in Mali with the 
Peace Corps and a grandson who 
traveled to Chile for a basketball com- 
petition. Travel is in the blood. Sue 
writes about a trip to the California 
gold fields, where her great grandpa, 
a 49er, found little gold but did write a 
book about his experiences. 


Mrs. Havner Parish (Isabel Grayson) 
685 Diamond Head Drive South 
Pinehurst, NC 28374 

Mrs. Challen Caskie (Anne Elliott) 
100 Kennondale Lane 
Richmond, VA 23226-2311 


Mrs. William Krucke (Bruce Watts) 
7352 Toogoodoo Rd. 
Yonges Island, SC 29449 


Mrs. Lester F. Naylor (Frederika 

974 Canyon View Rd. 
Sagamore Hills, OH 44067 

What a terrific group of "young" 
women we are! Most of us seem very 
involved in many things: jobs, travel, 
and especially grandchildren. Renis 
Siner Paton is still working hard in 
her estate sale and appraisal business. 
However, she manages to spend a 
good bit of time at her vacation house 
in Rehoboth Beach, DE, where she 
sees various children and grandchil- 
dren. Sandy Rhodes Berglund enjoys 
golfing nearly every day. She also 
does some volunteer driving for peo- 
ple who cannot otherwise get out. 
Phyllis Joyner received a grant from 
the Sharp Art Foundation which led to 
many exhibits of her work. Living in 
New York, she enjoys opera, plays, 
and concerts. Betty Sanford Molster 
and Chuck have one daughter living in 
England so enjoy visits there fairly 
often. They also had a lovely reunion 
with other children and grandchildren 
at Nagshead last summer. Sue 
Bernard Odence and Larry are enjoy- 
ing retirement on Cape Cod. Their 
children and grandchildren live in 
Boston, so they enjoy seeing each 
other often Sue Godfrey Gregory and 
Wes are in Cape Cod as well and 
enjoy their grandchildren very much. 

Sue still finds time to be a very active 
realtor, although Wes is retired. They 
have a wonderful boat which they 
keep at Spooner Creek, NC all winter. 
She urges any classmates in the area 
to visit her Marty Hedeman 
Buckingham and Dick also spend 
their summers on Cape Cod. Their 
grandchildren visit them frequently 
there. They had a lovely 2 weeks in 
Bermuda in July and a marvelous 
family reunion at "The Tyler Place 
Family Resort" in Highgate. VT on 
Lake Champlain. Marty said it was 
wonderful. She highly recommends 
the place to all of us. Back in 
Savannah. Marty is very involved in 
volunteer things, especially the 
"Symphony Guild" and a support 
organization for the Children's 
Hospital there. She loves having Patty 
McClay Boggs there. Patty loves 
being there too. Her 2-year old grand- 
son lives close by and her 12-year old 
grandson visited for 3 weeks during 
the summer. Patty sees Meta Space 
Moore often, too, but says Meta 
"does some serious travel" and is 
sometimes hard to catch. Many of us 
are "serious travelers". Gail Davidson 
Bazzarre had a marvelous trip to 
Spain and Portugal in May and June. 
She went with her sister, Margery 
Davidson Rucker (SBC 1951). Patsy 
Smith Ticer and Jack were also in 
Spain in June. They spent time in the 
Basque region and especially loved 
San Sebastian and Bilbao. At home 
Patsy's life is always hectic. As she 
says, "Politics is never ending in 
Virginia". Nevertheless she did plan to 
attend Alumnae Council in Sept. Elise 
Wachenfeld de Papp went to the 
"World Equestrian Games" in Jerez. 
Spain (rather like equine Olympics). A 
horse that she co-owns was on the 
U.S. 3-Day Event Team, which won 
the gold medal! The U.S. hasn't won 
anything like that for over 20 years. 
Elise said it was incredibly exciting to 
be there and be part of it all. Also 
Elise wrote that she had received a 
wonderful phone call from our biology 
professor. Elizabeth Sprague 
Evidently she sounded exactly like she 
did almost 50 years ago. Her mind is 
fine, but she is not well physically. 
She is 91 now and lives in a home in 
Lynchburg. Betty Byrne Gill Ware and 
Hudnall had a W & L sponsored 
Alaska trip planned for Sept. Also she 
had a lovely time attending the great 
lectures and concerts at Chautauqua. 
NY last summer. Ethel Green Banta 
spent her year visiting children and 
grandchildren. These visits took her to 
Northhampton. MA; Westport, CT; 
Richmond. VA: and Seattle. WA. She 
saw Jane Feltus Welch as Daisy in 
"Driving Miss Daisy". Of course, Ethel 
wrote, Jane was "incredibly good in 
the role". Ethel was also looking for- 
ward to seeing Honey Addington 
Passano and Bill when they would be 
on the Delta Queen stopping in 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Natchez in Nov. Honey wrote of work- 
ing on a wonderful summer show at 
Gibson island, MD. It was an old tra- 
dition, last performed in 1976 but 
revived this year. Evidently the show, 
"Somewhere Over the Causeway." was 
a real delight which everyone, cast 
and audience alike, thoroughly 
enjoyed Burney Parrott Sheeks wrote 
that she had talked with Honey on the 
phone and had seen Nella Gray 
Barkley in Charleston in June. Burney 
certainly spoke for all of us when she 
wrote "I am so proud of Nella— aren't 
we all!" Burney also said that her 
main "contact with SBC classmates is 
constant reference to Didi Stoddard's 
cookbook — my new constant com- 
panion in the kitchen." Didi is certainly 
also one of the "serious travelers." 
She was in Bermuda in the spring and 
England in the summer. She spent a 
lot of time in Provincetown. MA in the 
summer and was planning to take a 
walking tour in Italy — from Milan 
through Tuscany to Puglia— in Sept- 
Oct. Tinker Beard, Manda McThenia 
lodice, Ginger Chamblin Greene, and 
I (Fritz Merriman Naylor) are plan- 
ning a visit with Didi in MA in the 
spring. Tinker. 'Manda, and I got 
together at Ginger's in Charlottesville 
last spring and had a great time. 
Ginger was in China with the 
"American Community Band" in the 
summer of '01. (She actually played in 
the band!) She went on a tour in 
Iceland in the summer of '02. Since 
then she has been a student at "Horse 
Driving School." She volunteers at 
"recording for the Blind" and also 
finds time to make adorable teddy 
bears. Tinker and 'Manda both do vol- 
unteer work also, and 'Manda is very 
involved with wonderful grandchil- 
dren. I still love my tutoring work with 
adults who can't read. Another won- 
derful mini-reunion took place at 
Camille Williams Yow's home in 
Atlanta. Sue Lawton Mobley. Newell 
Bryan Tozzer. Anne Sheffield Hale 
(SBC 1954). Mary Boyd Murray 
Trussed and Yolanda Abram 
Goldstein had lunch together in 
August, lola has written a book about 
her WW II years in Greece when her 
family was split and hidden and on 
the run. She was a Fulbright scholar 
and now teaches at Carnegie Mellon 
in Pittsburgh. PA. Camille has retired 
from most major volunteer jobs and 
has enjoyed taking several courses 
this year. Mary Boyd and George were 
also at another reunion in July-Aug. 
with Shirley Sutlifl Cooper and Tom. 
Anne Williams Manchester and Eli. 
and Nancy Douthal Goss and Woody 
This one. in ME. included the baptism 
of 4 beautiful children — each couple 
being the proud grandparents of one. 
Many children and other grandchil- 
dren were there, and it was evidently a 
very lovely and special occasion. 
Shirley also reported that she and 
Bexy Faxon Knowles had had a nice 

visit. Anne and Eli have recently 
moved to a smaller home right on the 
ocean. Their daughters and grandchil- 
dren live nearby and they enjoy seeing 
each other often. Mitzi Streit Halla 
and Roman finally have 5 grandchil- 
dren—all born in 2001 and 2002. She 
wrote, "Guess it's never too late to be 
grandparents — and we love it!" One 
son and family live near Mitzi. The 
other, with his family, live in ME. but 
the proud grandparents visit there fre- 
quently. They also traveled to Australia 
(for the 4th time) this year and were 
planning to join the SBC tour of 
Vietnam and Cambodia in Jan. Lydia 
Plamp Mower and Ted also travel a 
lot. They have 8 children and 19 
grandchildren. They reside in various 
places, so. Lydia says, "that means 
lovely travel ". Lydia had open heart 
surgery (quadruple bypass), but is 
"feeling fantastic" now. Evelyn 
Sanders Haugen and Will had a won- 
derful trip to Aruba where they met 
their son, who is a missionary in 
Bolivia, and his family. They also had 
a lovely vacation in Florida with their 
other son and his family, who live 
near Evelyn. Everyone enjoyed getting 
away together. Joan Kells Cook urges 
all of us to visit. She is near Seattle 
and writes "we usually have room". 
Check before you drop in, though. 
Joan is always on the go. In 2002 she 
was in Hawaii, California. Mexico, 
England, Scotland, and Ireland. When 
she's home she's busy with grandchil- 
dren and several book clubs. Finally, 
many of you have commented on how 
much you're looking forward to our 
50th reunion in 2005. It's not far 
away! Let's ALL plan to be there. 


Mrs. Donald M. Hastings, Jr. (Elizabeth 

1996 Lum Crow Road Ext. 
Woodstock GA 30188 


Mrs. Dudley Fowler (Carol Young 

10 Woodstone Square 
Austin TX 78703 


Mrs. Edward J. Kuntz, Jr. (Jane 

222 Irving Ave. 
Dayton OH 45409-2405 

Hello to the Class of 1958! It's 
hard to believe that by this time next 
year our 45th Reunion will be only a 
happy memory. I hope every one of 
you is planning to come. 

Betty Gallo Skladal, still in 
Anchorage, Alaska, has had a tough 
year with highs and lows. Her hus- 

band George has had two bouts of 
cancer and is convalescing. The 
Skladals have had to visit both M. D. 
Anderson Medical Center in Houston 
and an eye hospital in Philadelphia for 
different treatments. We wish him 
well. George is taking sculpture at the 
university and has also built a birch 
chair according to plans from one of 
the Foxfire books. Betty continues to 
sing with the Alaska Chamber Singers; 
she also is a member of her church 
choir and serves on the church's mis- 
sions committee. Since Betty has 
retired from teaching she's begun to 
sell Party Lite candles and says she's 
glad she's had some retail experience. 
The Skladals are anticipating the 
arrival, in February, of their first 
grandson and fifth grandchild. Betty 
writes, "Winter is trying to get here; 
I'm glad it's so late this year. We have 
no snow yet except on the moun- 
tains... the trees have been lovely and 
the grass looks so green. All the small 
gardens are beautiful yellows and reds 
and the Mountain Ash are glorious 
with all their red berries and turning 

It's so great to hear about our 
classmates who don't write from 
those who do! Windy (Winifred) 
Winter Cocke writes that she and 
Lynne Morris Barnett celebrated at a 
birthday luncheon for Camilla 
Mueller Parker before she left for 
Santa Fe with her family. Windy also 
had a telephone visit with Lynn 
Crosby Gammili following Lynn's hip 
surgery; she assures me that Lynn is 
recuperating nicely. The Cockes ran 
into Mimi White— at St. John the 
Divine Episcopal Church, in Houston, 
where their son is assistant priest. 

From Corpus Christi, TX, comes 
news from Bell Tucker Dudley: she 
had to miss the wedding, in Chicago. 
of Judy Kingman Driskell's daughter 
Ellen but received beautiful pictures of 
the event; instead. Bell attended a 
family reunion in Ohio with relatives 
she hadn't seen since she was a 
young girl. 

Sue Rosson Tejml, Argyle, TX. 
relates that her daughter Tamara lived 
with her and Emil for a year and a half 
while Tamara recovered from the 
untimely death of her husband. Of 
course, Sue and Emil loved the bond- 
ing with their two grandsons. Tamara 
and sons moved to Paris but come 
home for two weeks at Christmas and 
two months in the summer. Sue has 
been able to go abroad to travel with 
them for several weeks at a time. The 
Rosson's son John is a "father figure" 
for his nephews, doing all the "boy 
things" with Dillon and Benjamin. 
Tamara has written a book about "sur- 
viving in Paris with her sons" and 
mother and daughter are considering 
opening a law practice together, when 
Tamara and her boys return in sum- 
mer 2003, specializing in foreign 
adoptions, on a volunteer basis. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis and her 

husband continue their adventures as 
bird and butterfly enthusiasts; their 
pursuits are taking them to South 
America, Kenya and Australia. B. Rae 
says that they have five thriving 

Adele Scott Caruthers 
Albuquerque, NM, drove to 
Washington. DC, in June and stopped 
to see the new construction at Sweet 
Briar. Adele still works part-time at a 
physical therapy center doing occupa- 
tional and hand therapy. She serves 
on the Vestry of her Episcopal church 
and continues to paint in watercolors. 
She studied with artist Stephen Quiller 
in Colorado for a week and now has a 
painting in an exhibit of the New 
Mexico Watercolor Society. In 
September, for her birthday, Adele and 
a friend joined another couple on their 
sailboat to cruise the San Juans and 
Victoria. Her son and his dog were 
waiting for her. when she arrived 
home; he has moved in until he finds 
another job. Adele is considering writ- 
ing a children's book for her four-year- 
old granddaughter. She is happy that 
she will have all her family nearby for 

From Charlotte. NC comes news 
of Dana Dewey Woody. She and hus- 
band Joe have their first grandchild, 
Katherine Elizabeth, born to Jonathan 
and Tonya; they live in Pittsburgh 
where Jonathan is a vascular surgeon 
and on the faculty at the University of 
Pittsburgh. Husband Joe, an ophthal- 
mologist, still practices two and a half 
days a week. 

Another happy grandmother is 
Ann McCullough Floyd. Murrell's 
Inlet. SC. The parents are Clark and 
Kim who live in Savannah; little Jack 
has a big sister Sarah who enjoys her 
new role. The Floyds spent the month 
of August in the NC Mountains, which 
they loved. 

Nancy Hawbaker Gilbert and 
Carter. Gainesville, FL, took their first 
Elderhostel trip in June to the 
Galapagos; she says they loved the 
animals, the guides and the whole 
experience. The Gilberts get to 
Chicago as often as they can to see 
sons John and Steve and their fami- 
lies; their four grandchildren, who are 
adorable, are there. 

Cornelia Long Matson and hus- 
band Bob divide their lives between 
France and Florida. Cornelia assures 
me that she really, really did learn how 
to make wine this year after they built 
their own chai at their vineyard in Le 
Cleret; she says that there are many 
difficulties in the production including 
harvest, weather and temperature 
control but she doesn't have to press 
the grapes a la Lucy! Cornelia is 
ecstatic their wine is selling well in 
Sarasota and is now also on the mar- 
ket in NYC at Astor Wines and IS 
Wines in the Village. (I'm sorry I don't 
know the label.) She had an autumn 

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visit with her four "urchins" in 
England in October and the Matsons 
will head home in November. 

Louise Dunham Williams, of 
Richmond. VA. and Harold have two 
grandchildren; their granddaughter is 
in kindergarten at St. Catherine's and 
their grandson is a third grader at St. 
Christopher's. The Williams had Anne 
Gwinn Fox ('57) and her husband at 
Virginia Beach in September to cele- 
brate Harold's birthday. The Williams 
have moved into her mother's condo; 
Louise's mother, who died in 
November 2001 at age 101, had the 
same birthday as the Queen Mum! 

A brief note from Langhorne 
"Lanny" Tuller Webster is encourag- 
ing all of us to support the Friends of 
Art at Sweet Briar. She attended a 
meeting of the organization in the 
spring: "Wish you could see how 
beautiful Sweet Briar looks and cheer 
on the new construction!!" 

Ceci Dickson Banner hasn't 
retired yet; she is completing her 
twenty-second year as a consultant 
with Browning Associates: she says 
her job is never dull because she 
faces new challenges every hour of 
the day. Ceci has acquired 12 grand- 
children through her husband Roger 
who she describes as "as handsome 
and as much fun as always." She now 
has two of her very own grandchil- 
dren: Will, 4, is Larry's son and lives 
in Charlottesville; Alden, two in 
February, lives in Atlanta with parents 
Becky and Kakra who are both veteri- 

Dorothy "Poogie" Wyatt Shields 
says that she is busier than ever as a 
Vestry member and stewardship 
chairman for her little Episcopal 
church, St. Peter's, in Richmond's 
Church Hill area. Her "kids and grand- 
kids" are still the most important part 
of her life. She finally got her first 
grandson in 2001, who joined three 
wonderful little girls. Son Carter, the 
last of her four to marry, wed a "very 
agreeable fellow-archaeologist" in May 

Politics is still a great interest of 
Peggy Jean Fossett Lodeesen 
Bethesda, MD. She had a great time at 
the National Women's Leadership 
Forum on Capitol Hill in the spring, 
organized by Kay Bailey Hutchison 
She worked on fund-raising for candi- 
date Connie Morella; she got to hear 
President Bush speak at a luncheon 
for Morella. Peggy Jean returned to 
teaching Latin full time at Sidwell 
Friend's in September. 

The mountains of western North 
Carolina are now the home of Linda 
MacPherson Gilbert and Dan who are 
retired there. Their latest project has 
been landscaping their house at Black 
Mountain: they have been "relishing in 
the peace it evokes." The Gilberts vol- 
unteer in both Asheville and Black 
Mountain, deriving a lot of satisfaction 
and pleasure from it. They enjoy keep- 

ing up with their five children and nine 
grandchildren, scattered from coast to 

Judy Graham Lewis and husband 
Jim have left the beaches of Delaware 
for the mountains of West Virginia. 
Although Jim is retired from the active 
clergy, he is busier than ever. Judy 
says she is feeling "much more at 
home" in Charleston. She sings in the 
choir and is in the bell choir at their 
old church and sees Ann Clancy 
Cooke every Sunday at services. The 
Lewises visit their children, who col- 
lectively have nine grandchildren, 
when they can; they are spread all 
over the map, from South and North 
Carolina to Minnesota and New 

Ruth Frame Salzberg and Bob 
had a great trip to the "Four Corners" 
region out west. They went on a 
National Geographic expedition with 
the Crow Canyon Archeological team 
to study pueblo cliff dwellings. Ruth 
says that has always been high on her 
"life list." They climbed up and down 
those thousand foot cliffs at very high 
elevations: Ruth's asthma and emphy- 
sema kicked up but she just took her 
time and didn't give up. She says that 
their Navajo guides and the expedition 
team were very patient. The Salzbergs 
also went kayaking on the San Juan 
River where they averted a potentially 
tragic accident: they were slammed by 
another boat into overhanging, knife- 
like cottonwood trees. Bob jumped 
out of their boat and managed to get 
them back into the stream; she adds 
that he is an experienced kayaker. 
Ruth regrets that even though they 
are now in Williamsburg, VA, she sel- 
dom gets back to SBC. She did work a 
square for the SBC quilt — of a field 
hockey player. 

Another classmate who has 
changed addresses is Ruth Mackie 
Gabay: she now lives in a townhouse 
near Morristown, NJ, conveniently 
located near the mid-town direct train 
to NYC! Ruth continues to take tap- 
dancing lessons and loves it; she is a 
student, not a teacher as I credited 
her with in our last column. Ruth is 
thrilled to have a grandson now. 
thanks to son Mark and wife Jeanine; 
Ruth's youngest son Matthew married 
a lovely young woman, Susan Miller, 
in September. 

Lynn Prior Harrington, Claire 
Cannon Christopher, Lee Cooper van 
de Velde Jane Oxner Waring. 
Eleanor Cain Pope and Lanny Tuller 
Webster went to Santa Fe, NM. 
together in March — no stated reason, 
just to have a mini-reunion. Lynn 
added her message to all our class- 
mates to return to reunion in the 

June Berguido James has happily 
retired as drug counselor in Buffalo, 
NY, and has moved to Ithaca where 
she now lives in a little house around 
the corner from her daughter, son-in- 

law and two granddaughters, ages 
three and five. June's younger daugh- 
ter and husband, who live in 
Arlington. VA. had their first child, a 
son. in February. Not only does she 
visit with them periodically, but she 
also enjoyed a week with them at Folly 
Beach, SC, in May. She took an 
Elderhostel trip in late September to 
hike in the Cascade Mountains. If all 
went according to plan, June visited 
with Edie Knapp Clark, at the end of 
the month, in Beaverton, OR. She 
says that Edie had a long visit to 
Mexico earlier in the year. 

Libby Benedict Maynard, Flint, 
Ml, writes that her son Ben and his 
wife Mary and their children have 
returned to New Orleans after spend- 
ing six years in Brazil. No news of 
Libby. unfortunately. 

Sea Island, GA, is home to Mary 
Lane Bryan Sullivan and her husband 
for the months of January and 
February. She inherited, with her sis- 
ter (Newell, SBC '55) and brother, her 
family's charming cottage there. ML. 
says that she had a great reunion with 
Julie Booth Perry at a yoga class. The 
Sullivans stopped to see Julie and 
Charlie in Boothbay Harbor, ME, in 
July. ML. sees Julia McCullough and 
Marian Martin Harrison when she 
goes to visit in Atlanta. They had a 
fantastic trip to northern Italy with 
daughter Keeley Jurgovan (SBC '92), 
her husband Jon and 18-month-old 
Jack to celebrate the Jurgovans' 10th 

The Metropolitan Detroit Teen 
Conference is one of Ethel Ogden 
Burwell's pet projects. It's a program 
that gets teenagers together, regard- 
less of geographic, socio-economic, 
racial, ethnic or religious back- 
grounds, to discuss what they have in 
common. According to Ethel, the 
twenty-year-old conference has made 
a difference in the lives of so many 
young people and made a positive 
change in the way they view them- 
selves and others. She also volunteers 
at her church, the local library and the 
historical museum and is active in 
Colonial Dames. Ethel and Armistead's 
children and seven grandchildren are 
living in places that they are glad to 
visit: Washington, DC; Atlanta and 
Statesville, NC. Ethel also encourages 
all of us to return for reunion next 
spring; she wants us to "see and hear 
about all that makes Sweet Briar rele- 
vant to today's young women without 
changing the essence of the commu- 
nity that we knew and loved." 

This has been a year of changes 
for the Kuntz family. Eddie and I sold 
our big, old house in February and, 
because we don't know what we want 
to do with the rest of our lives, we are 
renting a charming little house in 
Oakwood, the same suburb where we 
have lived for 25 years. My mother 
Martha McBroom Shipman. (SBC 
'31), due to deteriorating health, 

moved to a nursing facility in Dayton 
so that she could be near Eddie and 
me. Two moves in three months took 
untold hours and labor to accomplish. 
Martha and Don Schenck are back in 
Ashburn, VA, with their three children, 
Katie, 13, Lauren, 11 and Cole, 6. 
Martha is a certified fitness trainer 
and dietician and Don continues as a 
security officer with the State 
Department; he travels abroad on a 
regular basis. Lee and Scottie, 12, still 
live in Clarksville, TN. where Lee is the 
victim-witness advocate for the dis- 
trict attorney. All the grandchildren are 
active and happy; we miss not seeing 
them more often. Anne is busier than 
ever with her position as director of 
after-care service and as a funeral 
director here in Dayton: she holds 
seminars and support groups and is 
frequently a speaker on the topic of 
grief therapy. Anne is an avid animal 
lover and spends her free time volun- 
teering at two local animal shelters. 
Eddie has retired and helps me as a 
"honey-do" since the moves. I'm still 
active at my church — serve on a com- 
mission and sing in the choir; garden 
club is my other activity. I have had a 
wonderful time putting in a perennial 
shade garden here at our new house. 
I'm also doing a lot of free-lance writ- 
ing, not only for our local weekly 
paper but also for some marketing 
publications published by the Dayton 
Daily News. Eddie and I made two 
trips to northern Michigan together 
and I also went up with Anne the end 
of July; I returned once alone in 
August to finish some projects and 
take a little R & R. The twins and their 
families have visited us here and we 
plan to spend Thanksgiving in 
Ashburn with Martha's family and 
Christmas in Clarksville with Lee and 
Scottie. I want to remind all of you 
that the postcard reminders are a 
thing of the past. You must send me 
your news as you have it and I'll com- 
pile it and publish it as it arrives. I am 
eternally grateful for your support and 
words of encouragement. This class is 
quite remarkable and it's a privilege to 
chronicle the activities and accom- 
plishments of '58-ers. Keep those e- 
mails ( and letters 
coming. And think Reunion 2003! 


Mrs. Ward M. LeHardy (Judy Nevins) 
194 Castle Lane 
Kilmarnock, VA 22482 

I hope you all noticed the informa- 
tion in the box at the beginning of the 
Class Notes in this issue and the last 
two. You will no longer be receiving 
the double postcards for submitting 
your news!! Please write or e-mail me 
your news, according to the deadlines 
given. The good news is that we can 
have news in all issues, not just once 
a year, and news will be more current. 

72 • Fall 2003 

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I am sorry to have to report the 
death of Tricia Coxe Ware's husband, 
Marshall on Sept. 15, 2001. 1 know we 
all send Tricia our sincere condo- 
lences. Judy Sorley Chalmers' web- 
site for Ground Zero Food Services 
was incorrectly listed in the Fall Issue. 
It is: 
Judy gave a well-received presenta- 
tion at a Sept. 11 service at SBC about 
her work with Ground Zero Food 

This fall when Ward and I 
stopped to see Snowdon Durham 
Byron and Jamie in Shepherdstown, 
WVA, Snowdon told us of a party she 
gave in July to celebrate a milestone 
birthday for Jamie Courtney Gibson 
Pelley, Diane DoscherSpurdle, and 
Mary Ballon Handy Ballentine were 
all there, and a picture of all of them 
along with other SBC grads present 
was to have been posted on the SBC 

I'm looking forward to hearing 
from many of you before the next 


Mrs. J. M. Lemmon. Jr. (Ann Redfern 

770 Glenairy Drive NE 
Atlanta GA 30328-4217 


Mrs. Jean A. Sharland ((Bette 

1724 Aberdeen Circle 
Crofton, MD 21114-1618 

A merry month of May to All! 
We're real busy lending our talents in 
a multitude of directions with splendid 
variety. The arrival of new grandchil- 
dren seems to have slowed, but our 
enthusiasm has not. Paige Wilkerson 
Pruitt now has Eliza as well as Rob. 
Penny Stanton Meyer's daughter. 
Susannah, gave birth in March in 
Tampa, and both the Storeys wel- 
comed newcomers. 

Margaret Wasson s daughter-in- 
law, a teacher, presented her with her 
first, Andrew Abernathy V, and "my 
baby is pure joy for me". The whole 
family celebrates his first birthday this 
month. Andrew IV is with a window 
and door company, and daughter Win 
substitutes in the schools while com- 
pleting her master's in elementary ed. 
Margaret volunteers with a downtown 
clinic, a board and Church, and Ed is 
totally retired, so they can spend long 
weekends up in Cashiers, NC. 

Winifred Davis and Tread spent 
late January cruising out of Argentina, 
a grand adventure, to summer in 
Antarctica. They returned to await the 
birth of their sixth grandchild. John 
and Louise Cobb Boggs are active 
grandparents of daughter Alice's sons, 

4 and 1, only 20 minutes away. Louise 
takes yoga lessons to facilitate crawl- 
ing around on the floor and giving 
piggyback rides. Son Jay buys and 
restores Atlanta houses. Louise thinks 
she's retired, but volunteers with the 
Individual Patrons' Board for the 
Virginia Museum of Art and spends 
lots of time caring for her mother. 
John "manages to play golf every 
day" while working in insurance. They 
make several trips South to see Jay 
and friends between Richmond and 
Florida, spend time at their 
Chesapeake Bay home near Irvington. 
and plan to see Alaska and the 
Canadian Rockies this summer. 

Paige Wilkerson Pruitt adds that 
Neil, Jr., has taken over their com- 
pany, leaving them to enjoy their boat 
and other travels. 

Penny Stanton Meyer visited her 
son, David, a teacher, and his wife, 
parents of her first grandson, Toby, "a 
joy". They live in Carbondale. CO. 
Penny enjoys teaching first grade in 
Vermont, but just might retire some 

Deeda Hill Bradford and Reed see 
Dick and Faith Bull is Mace when the 
Maces are in Florida. A major interest 
is the Mountain TOP organization, a 
youth service mission project on the 
Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. 
This spring they helped build a 14- 
room cabin for one of the Mountain 
TOP camps, and, if you're in 
Tennessee, Deeda "has a hammer for 
your hand". 

After a lovely 10 days visiting in 
London and Cardiff, Sara Finnegan 
Lycett and Ike spent a quiet summer 
in the country, struggling with the 
drought, and losing some major trees. 
The highlight of fall was Ike's 75th 
birthday, with all 4 children and 7 
grandchildren, family and friends from 
all over celebrating. 

Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss and 
the poet Christine Howes had a joint 
exhibition, "Archipelagos of Light", in 
Maine last summer. Celia Williams 
Dunn came up and they visited Emily 
Whaley Whipple in Ogunquit. 

Bee Newman Thayer misses her 
mother, whom she lost last June. 
"What a great long life— she dearly 
loved SBC." Bee has 4 grandchildren, 
and youngest son Chris will marry 
this fall. The Thayers visit SBC and 
Kenmore on their trips to winter in 
Florida, visiting in New York and New 
Jersey too. "The college is enjoying 
such an invigorating time!" 

From Wales, Sue Bell Davies 
retired several years ago from teach- 
ing the deaf, but still tutors. Besides 
her 3 grandchildren, she sponsors 13 
girls and a boy in the developing 
world, and has visited 9. She spent 
January in Ethiopia, and visited her 
Bolivian child last year. She's on her 
4th "campervan", spending time in the 
U.K. and Europe, sometimes downhill 
skiing, or orienteering, or sometimes 

doing patchwork. She's made videos 
of her travels, and does "as little 
housework as possible." 

Also continuing to travel widely 
are Dr. Fritz and Suzanne Seaman 
Berry. Fritz spoke again last fall in 
Japan, and they visited the Nagaya 
area and re-visited Naru and Kyoto. 
After a stopover in Frankfurt, 
Germany, they headed south to 
Malawi, the poorest country in Africa. 
In the "bush" country, where the only 
doctors are family practice doctors, he 
taught basic anesthesia for two 
weeks. They were situated on a beau- 
tiful lake with tropical fish and many 
birds to watch while Suzanne did lots 
of needlepoint. 

Judy Harris Cutting and Tom had 
a positive "but fully-packed" 8-month 
interim work assignment in a 
Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, 
AR. They chose to live simply in a 
nearly empty manse but are now 
home in Richmond. She took up knit- 
ting scarves and spreading the habit 
among friends. She's enthusiastic 
about the new Italian yarns, which she 
finds in Bunny Billo Alexander's shop 
there, and sends "cheers" to all. 

Also in Richmond, Susie Prichard 
Pace and George thank those who've 
sent notes of encouragement through 
George's stroke recovery. Last 
October, with sister Jean, children and 
5 grandchildren they held a short cel- 
ebration of his 70th birthday. 

Judy Greer Schulz enjoys her vol- 
unteer time at the VCCA, "a real asset 
to SBC", and joins Mary Denny Scott 
Wray working for "Poplar Forest". 

Mary Denny travels a lot, but also 
relishes being in Richmond with 2 of 
her 3 sons and families. She sings in 
a choir, is on the Board of the 
Symphony, and weeds at the botanical 

Lou Chapman Hoffman's son 
Donald lives in Paris, and sees Mary 
Hunter Kennedy Daly and George 
when they stay in their Paris apart- 
ment. Jerry and Nancy Coppedge 
Lynn spent "two glorious months in 
Maine this past summer, being visited 
by lots of family and friends". Then 
they visited Stuart Bohannon Evans, 
"just great, still lives in Jacksonville 
but spends time in her mountain 
home as well" in Tryon, NC. Jerry's 
semi-retired and home for lunch, but 
that doesn't keep Nancy from her 
French lessons or golf. 

From California, Fran 
Brackenridge Neumann, Zone XII 
chairman for the Garden Club of 
America, saw Jane Headstream 
Yerkes at her Seattle flower show. 
Jane ran a whale of a beautiful and 
fun show, getting nearly 100% of her 
club to participate, and with style. In 
her two-year term. Fran will get to 
visit all 17 clubs in 7 western states. 

Patti Anderson Warren is happy 
that roommates Janie Arensburg 
Thompson and Sue Bell Davies had a 

visit in Pennsylvania, and that they 
and Judy Rohrer Davis are all back in 
touch. The Kansas International 
Museum opened last fall in Topeka, 
with an exhibit of 267 "treasures of 
the czars" displayed in 11 specifically 
designed galleries, the "most ambi- 
tious" project of Alicia Laing 
Salisbury. Now that she's retired from 
the state Senate, she's returned to her 
"roots in community service". Last 
summer, she and John sailed the 
Aegean, with land stays in Turkey and 
Greece, deepening her appreciation of 
ancient culture and art, begun in 
History of Art. 

Simone Aubry, a passionate gar- 
dener, managed to pick and process 
her bountiful fruits, despite losing her 
father. She also visited Little Rock and 
the beautiful Adirondacks. Most exhil- 
arating was her glider ride over 
Martha's Vineyard Island, piloted by 
the husband of Bessie Smith Stone, 
'58. She hopes she gets another this 

Bette Hutchins Sharland empha- 
sizes that she's responsible for only a 
fraction of the confusion in the 
Maryland legislature and that Jean's 
cooking continues to improve. 

Bette's a published commentator. 
Last August, the Annapolis paper 
asked for recollections and medita- 
tions on the attacks of September 
2001. Yep, her thoughts were different 
from others included. 


Mrs. Bruce Adam (Parry Ellice) 
33 Pleasant Run Road 
Flemington NJ 08822 


Mrs. Heinz K. Simon (Allison 

3701 Guadalajara Ct. 
Irving TX 75062-6528 


Ms. Virginia S. deBuys 
H16 Shirley Lane 
Lawrenceville NJ 08648-1425 

I don't know where I've read of so 
many birthdays celebrated with such 
gusto. If you need party suggestions, 
read on. I had a party at a restaurant 
in New York City with family (from 
New York, Boston, and New Mexico), 
and friends, among them my fresh- 
man year roommate Libby Kopper 
Schollaert and husband Jim. You can 
get people to come to The City, but 
coming to New Jersey is another mat- 
ter entirely! I am once again commut- 
ing daily to NYC (right at Ground 
Zero) to work as a Technical Writer for 
a financial software company. I've sur- 
vived various layoffs and ups and 

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downs and am now in charge of my 
department and rebuilding it. The 
commute is long but the upside is 
that I'll keep in touch with New York 
area classmates. I went back to cam- 
pus for Alumnae Council and liked the 
new Commons building very much 
(okay, I still miss the Refectory) and 
particularly enjoyed the Center for 
Civic Renewal speakers (Dennis Ross 
and Susan Estrich were particularly 
good). I have no travels to report, but 
I hope you all will keep traveling and 
telling us your stories. 

Elizabeth Matheson and Helen 
Dunn celebrated their 60th in Venice 
and look forward to many happy 
returns. West comes East when 
Kathie Arnold Reed comes to visit 
Elizabeth over Halloween. Last fall, 
Grace Mary (Garry) Oales and Wally 
greeted a wonderful new grandson in 
New Orleans — "Andrew, little brother 
to our darling Emma, who turned four 
this year. Last January, Wally was in 
Arizona for a board meeting and had a 
jolly dinner with Claire, whom we both 
hope to see here this winter. In 
February, we celebrated Adrienne 
Ash's 60th with her. (I kept mine as 
quiet as possible in January!). In 
August we spent a lovely warm week 
in London and then went to Sussex 
for an idyllic reunion celebration with 
my two dearest friends from St. 
Andrews and their husbands to mark 
the 40th anniversary of our meeting in 
the fall of '62! Then we went on to St. 
Gallen in Switzerland where Wally had 
a conference. In September, we're off 
for a month in Rome where Wally will 
be a visiting professor at the 
University of Rome, La Sapienza. We 
have a flat not far from Piazza Navona 
and are beside ourselves with excite- 

Barbara Boiling Downs enjoys 
annual visits to Sweet Briar for the 
Friends of the Art Board meeting. 
(They meet in New York in the fall 
also.) Marsh (Metcalf) Seymour 
writes: "Highlights of the year have 
been three trips to California to see 
the grandsons (age 4 and almost 1). I 
had an action-packed 60th. combined 
with the 4th of July, so there were 
sparklers in the cake and dancing to 
my old 45s put to CDs. Family was 
here and enjoyed the Silk Road 
Festival on the National Mall and, of 
course, the fireworks. We had a great 
trip to China (2 river cruises, plus 
temples, shrines, and museums). It 
was the usual trek, but this time with 
more meaning after all of my docent 
studying and training. And this time I 
took my paints and brushes." Nancy 
Gillies had a big celebration in Maine 
for her mother's 90th and her twin 
brothers' birthdays. "I've been to 
Sweet Briar several times and think 
the new building is lovely. I'm busy 
with nursing, student housing, church 
work, sports, and hobbies." 

Mary Duer Colen writes that she 

and Joe "continue to enjoy our farm 
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I 
retired almost a year ago and there- 
fore have more flexibility to spend 
time there. We became grandparents 
last November. Joe's son had a 
daughter and we are thrilled. Jennifer 
has been a counsel in the Senate for 
four years and is thinking about other 
ways to practice law. Ambler has 
changed careers entirely, leaving the 
design profession and moving to the 
securities business." 

Caroline Keller Theus— Caroline 
says there's "nothing earthshaking to 
report" unless she shakes a tree. For 
her, the long-term view is paying off. 
She planted some pecan orchards 10 
years ago and now they are bearing 

Angie Whaley LeClerq is amazed 
that "Sweet Briar still matters to all of 
us after so many years. Memories of 
youth, intellectual vigor and loyalty 
come to mind. Thank you Sweet Briar 
for still being there!" Angie continues 
as library director at The Citadel and 
has an antique store. 

Kitty Griffith writes that her 
"library career was brief. I returned to 
work in Manhattan almost two years 
ago as Communications Director of 
the New York Regional Association of 
Grantmakers. I see a lot of Julia 
Arnold Morey '63 who lives nearby. 
Penny Pamplin Reeves '63 came to 
visit from Lexington, Kentucky (where 
she works for a library) recently. 
We're all ready to retire were it not for 
the stock market." 

Carol Eckman Taylor says the 
pace of her life is still hectic. "David 
and I lost our son Benjamin (our only 
child) in April, 2001. He lived in 
Sandpoint. Idaho with his wife Emily 
and daughter Olivia (b. 12/7/00). The 
girls immediately moved in with us in 
Richmond on the old family farm with 
two Jack Russell terriers and a cat. 
I'm afraid I'm a little thinner and look 
a lot older but we are all coping. Of 
course, Olivia and her mother are both 
a great joy. I'm into my 31st year 
©Troutman Sanders LLP in the Trust 
Dept. and am also serving my 3rd and 
4th generation of clients. Our sympa- 
thies also go to Sally Gump 
Berryman whose husband "Doc" died 
in October 2002. They enjoyed 34 
years of marriage on a farm that Sally 
thinks of as "a rural patch of 
Paradise." She plans to stay there as 
long as possible. "I still have two 
horses, five dogs, lots of great family, 
friends, and neighbors. I'm busy with 
community projects and a huge inter- 
est in the Junior Golf Program here." 

Clarita De Kont Bhat writes from 
Washington State as she looks out on 
"an eagle's nest and eaglet in a large 
tree facing water. I just finished my 
30th year as a chemistry professor at 
Shoreline Community College. I 
received the Exceptional Faculty 
Award and am currently chair of 2YC3 

(Two Year College Chemistry 
Consortium). My husband is still 
working in his pharmaceutical lab. We 
have our proudest moments looking 
at our two grandsons (3 and 6 years) 
and love babysitting. My other daugh- 
ter was married July 27th, 2002." 

Lynne (Smith) Crow is still work- 
ing hard and trying to squeeze in 
travel when she can. "I saw Susie 
Glasgow Brown when I spent a week 
in Nashville for the Million Dollar 
Round Table in June where I also 
serve on the Foundation Board. I'm 
now the Immediate Past President 
(best job in the world) of the NJ Assn. 
of Insurance and Financial Advisors. I 
went to Peru — one week in the 
Amazon (complete with hitting a sand 
bar with our boat) and one week in 
Machu Picchu. Yes, we got off the 
sandbar! It was terrific. My kids are 
fine but since no one is married yet, 
there are no grandchildren to report." 

Mollie (Johnson) Nelson is busy! 
"I went hiking in Italy (Umbria and 
Ciaque Terre) to avoid a big birthday 
party and to prove that there is life in 
the "old bod" yet. I took Allen Huszti's 
Opera course at SBC in June, and look 
forward to augmenting it with one on 
great opera heroines at UNC in 
November to be ready for the SBC 
opera trip to Prague/Vienna in March. 
I took a weekend foreign relations 
seminar at UNC in June and went to a 
wedding in Montana in July. I'm busy 
with Sweet Briar alumnae board work 
and the usual assortment of routine 
stuff that keeps me busy. It's been a 
long, hot summer but full of good 
experiences and with a few treats on 
the horizon to anticipate." 

V.M Del Greco Galgano— Michael 
and I teach and I keep my two-year- 
old granddaughter two afternoons a 
week while her father teaches. I love 
being a grandmother (V-Mama) and 
so am delighted that I have a second 
granddaughter this year. Mike and I 
had a fun trip to Nova Scotia with Jo 
Ann Kramer and Elliott — much fun 
and laughter. 

Frances Hanahan celebrated her 
60th with about 15 others and also 
with Caroline Tate Nancy Lynah 
Hood writes that she is in about the 
last year of her job with Cultural 
Services in Oxfordshire. "Roger retires 
in 2003 and we will be living in Hong 
Kong while Roger is a distinguished 
visiting professor for a year. It will be 
a big year for us. If anybody wants to 
rent a house in Oxford for the aca- 
demic year 03/04. just let me know. 

Leezee Scott finds Washington, 
D.C. "dicey these days but personally 
my husband, Paul, continues to do 
well at 95. My daughter Edie now has 
three precious children: Ella, 5, Tajo, 
almost 2, and Lukas, 6 months. My 
furniture leasing business is 29 years 
old and I feel blessed." 

Harriet Houston Shaffer writes: 
"We are busy celebrating 60th birth- 

days in Atlanta Susan Croft. Nancy 
Green Hall, and I just had a luncheon 
for Jane Wheeler's birthday. I am 
busy doing Business Development for 
the Carlisle Collection. Meanwhile we 
are waiting for three grandchildren, 
making a total of six. Charles and 
Karen live in NY and are expecting 
twins any day now and Caroline is 
expecting her third child in March. 
Emi, our youngest, is getting married 
in May" 

Christie Calder Salomon writes of 
an active fun summer with two weeks 
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming doing all 
the western things — riding, fly-fish- 
ing, hiking, and some golf. "Then I 
enjoyed R&R time in Vermont and at 
my beach cottage in Madison. CT. I 
had a wonderful birthday celebration 
in April at Susan Dwelle Baxter's. All 
present had not aged a day! (Ed. Boy, 
is that good news!) I just had a third 
grandchild and expect twins from one 
daughter in November!!" 

Penny Writer Theis writes that her 
roommate Dagi Stoll Murphy and 
husband John visited this summer for 
a few days. "We had a great time. Stu 
is about to retire (next Spring) and I 
can't believe we are at that stage in 
our lives. 

Mary Deas (Boykin) Wortley— 
"I'm retired now and love having time 
to spare! I keep busy with grandchil- 
dren and children and painting water- 
colors. We're traveling a good bit. We 
went to the Czech Republic on Sept 
11th on a bicycle trip. I finally found a 
computer place where a kind person 
let us use his computer to email our 
kids (2 live in Alexandria) and felt a lit- 
tle better once we established contact. 
Can't believe we're 60 now!" 

Nina Sledge Burke can't believe 
another year is gone! "Frank and I still 
spend winters on the plantation near 
Charleston, SC and summers in the 
mountains at Highlands, NC. but 
Atlanta is still home-base. I still ride 
and drive horses and am involved 
with Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee's 
birthplace. Frank serves on several 
corporate and non-profit boards. Our 
first grandchild, William Davies Farris 
was born to daughter Eleanor and 
Rick Farris last February. Our son 
Richard practices law in Charleston. 

Carrie Peyton Walker and Rick 
took off on a "without reservations" 
three-week vacation. "With our dog 
Fritz, we stopped wherever we felt like 
it and stayed for as long as we 
wanted. We covered North and South 
Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and 
Minnesota. It was fun to see the 
rolling fields of soybeans, corn, bright 
yellow sunflowers and alfalfa in the 
American Heartland. We finished up 
with three days at an old hippie com- 
mune in Washington State that's been 
going for 33 years. The music festival 
included handmade jewelry, exotic 
foods, massage, healing crystals — 
and lots of dancing. Rick is head of 

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the Graduate Program in Mathematics 
this year at San Jose State University 
teaching calculus and linear algebra. 
I'm teaching computer scientists and 
engineers from China, India, and S. 
Korea, Russia, Israel, Taiwan and 
Indonesia. They need to polish their 
English writing skills and work on 
their accents. I've been hired this year 
by Sun Microsystems & Visa (credit 
card). I also teach at the University of 
California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz 
Extension. I celebrated my 60th with 
Rick, my first husband Stuart, who 
was visiting from Japan, and several 
bottles of very fine wine." 

Rosamond Sample Brown is 
retired she thinks. "This has been a 
very eventful year for me. I decided to 
give myself some free time as a gift 
for turning 60. I am taking a "sabbati- 
cal" to spend more time with my fam- 
ily and friends, plus do some travel- 
ing. I quit my job in Washington as a 
lobbyist at the end of February and 
left the following week for five weeks 
in Costa Rica where I visited a good 
friend, hiked through rain forests, held 
a baby sloth, and brushed up on 
speaking Spanish. May was spent 
back in Arkansas with my younger 
son, brother and sister, and friends. 
Then, for six weeks in the summer, I 
visited France, Italy and Austria. I 
returned to McLean in August for a 
couple of weeks and then headed to 
San Diego for a month, where my old- 
est son lives and I have a small town- 
house. Hard to leave the blue skies 
and 70 degree days. I'll spend 
November and most of December 
with family in Arkansas then I will go 
back to San Diego after the first of the 
year. I'm in the process of planning a 
trip to Peru in March. I love not work- 
ing and am busy all the time. 
However, this was a really bad year to 
quit work since the stock market has 
collapsed. I am giving myself freedom 
until next summer, and then I'll review 
the situation and go back to work if 
necessary. By then I may be found sit- 
ting on a corner holding out a tin cup! 

Lee Huston Carroll— "We are 
enjoying California. John loves his job 
and I have started working at All 
Saints, a very large progressive 
Episcopal church in Pasadena. I am in 
the stewardship office and am having 
a good time. The commute is 10 min- 
utes, which is bound to be a record 
for LA. ..all is well on this coast. We 
miss being close to old friends and 
family, but you cannot beat the 
weather! I hope that this finds every- 
one well. We'll all have to plan to be at 
the next reunion." 

Genie Johnson Sigler writes of 
another trip. "Bill and I took an Alumni 
College Abroad trip to Provence in 
June to celebrate our 35th anniver- 
sary. We loved it! I encourage anyone 
to take the College Abroad trips. We 
are planning to take another one to 
Tuscany, since our last one was to 

have been right after September 11 
and we didn't go." 

Susie Glasgow Brown— My son 
Allen Jr. married a darling girl— Lolly 
Hart from Greenwich, CT — last May in 
Carmel— a "destination wedding!" It 
was gorgeous and very much fun. My 
oldest daughter Barbara Keith Payne 
and husband Richard had their sec- 
ond son William Brown Payne Jan. 
21st. We're having lots of fun these 
days with our four-year-old grandson 
Jamie and Brown, now 8 months!! 
These kids all live here, so I am very 
lucky about that, and our youngest, 
Happy, lives in Crested Butte, CO. I 
spent three weeks out there last sum- 
mer, a wonderful time in the moun- 
tains. I am still selling real estate with 
my daughter in the family business, 
but she is busier these days than I 
am, so I call myself her assistant. She 
won't let me retire just yet, but I am 
looking forward to that!! Enjoy gar- 
dening, reading, walking — trying to 
get back into sewing, but just can't 
get inspired; maybe if someone will 
have a daughter, I will!" 

Vera LeCraw Carvaillo writes, 
"Our son Jean-Philippe is in NYC but 
has moved from the stock exchange 
environment to a job with the French 
Bank BNP and is engaged to his girl 
friend of seven years who is also 
working in the City. We're busy plan- 
ning the wedding for May 31 in Paris. 
Our daughter Patricia, grandson 
Alexis, Philippe and I had a wonderful 
vacation on the coast of NC this sum- 
mer with my mother. Didn't go any- 
where else, as we needed to just relax. 
Patricia also surprised me with a 60th 
in April with all of my best friends. It 
was a total surprise and a great joy. 1 
must say I don't realize I've lived that 
many years and I mostly ignore it!" 

Anne Stanley— "A highpoint of 
this past summer was spending a 
week with Mary Green Borg in 
Colorado. We spent most of the time 
in the mountains hiking and talking, 
simultaneously..., which is no small 
thing at 9,000 feet. When we came off 
the mountain, I had the pleasure of 
meeting her adorable grandsons. 
What a bombshell the first girl will be 
in the Borg family!" 

Tina Patterson Murray is still 
moving along with her Ph.D., teaching 
at John Day and by now has another 

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Congratulations to the Class of 
'67. We had a small but mighty 
reunion, and a whopping 57.3% of us 
gave reunion gifts, an all-time record 
for '67. Thanks to Linda Fite for her 
letter that encouraged many of you to 
give. The Service of Remembrance 
was emotional with Judi Bensen 
Stigle reading the names of those 
who passed on including Leslie 
Huber Dudley and Ginny Young 
Phillips while Beth Gawthrop Riely 
and Ann Carr Bingham were singing 
in the choir. We were joined by Judi's 
dad, Jim Bensen, who should be an 
honorary class member. 

Genie Bull Ryner said husband, 
Steve, particularly enjoyed staying in a 
women's dorm for the first time. 
Genie inspected the Library from head 
to toe and says it does need the addi- 
tion. She particularly enjoyed wander- 
ing around the President's spectacular 

Since Reunion, they attended 
Library conferences in Los Angeles 
and Asheville. Genie will be presenting 
a paper at an international criminal 
justice conference in Australia in 
January 2003. She's been appointed 
to the Prince William County Library 

After Reunion, Mellie Hickey 
Nelson and Paul had a good summer 
with several family beach trips. 
Gunnar has returned to college in 

Beth Gawthrop Riely is revising 
The Chef's Companion: A Concise 
Dictionary of Culinary Terms for a 
third edition, due out spring 2003 and 
editing the Radcliffe Culinary Times, a 
newsletter published by the 
Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, on 
food history and the social history of 

food. Because of copyright questions 
for freelancers like Beth, after 18 
years she's no longer writing for the 
Boston Globe. Her older son, 
Christopher, started graduate school 
at Yale in the School of Forestry, and 
Andrew has begun his sophomore 
year at Macalester College in St. Paul, 
MN. Sadly, John and Beth are no 
longer together. 

Ginny Stanley Douglas once again 
came the greatest distance to 
Reunion. She's very busy as the CA 
Coordinator for The WISH List- 
Women in the Senate and House — 
helping to elect pro-choice Republican 
women at all levels of government. 
She says it's a great job, but not part- 
time which she initially thought. Their 
daughter and son-in-law are enjoying 
traveling to Australia and celebrated 
their 6th anniversary in October. Bill 
and Ginny had a blast on a weeklong 
bicycle trip to the Gulf Islands of 
Canada and weekend with 5 other 
couples bicycling from winery to win- 
ery in CA — no one got a DUI! Those 
bicycle muscles will come in handy 
during ski season at Lake Tahoe. 

Kat Barnhardt Chase and Bob 
have the shortest trip for Reunion. 
Bob is busy with computer science at 
SBC and research at UVA. Alison is in 
the college application process, and 
Leslie is juggling motherhood and ele- 
mentary certification through SBC. Kat 
has 2 full-time jobs at Holy Cross! 

Page Munroe Renger and Lindsay 
Smith Newsom arrived early, but had 
to leave early. Lindsay and Mac took 
their mothers on a barge trip in 
France, enjoyed a long weekend in 
Napa Valley and visited Page for a 
Panther's game in Charlotte. Lindsay 
visited Sally Haskell Richardson and 
Wes in Richmond, and Gretchen 
Btillard Barber, Sue Morck Perrin and 
Bill in Gloucester. More trips are in the 
works. Kate, Duke '96, is doing 
graphic design for David Rockwell's 
architectural/design group in NYC. 

Randy Brown had a visit from 
Bonnie Blew Pierie and Tom on their 
way home from Gracey Stoddard's 
son's wedding in Williamsburg. 
Randy's still working and says she'll 
continue given the economy. 

After Reunion Hallie Darby Smith 
went to Europe, and while she was 
away, her husband, Al, died of a heart 
attack. We all send her our condo- 

Jill Berguido Gill said that she. 
Bethel Sebring Stannard and Baird 
Shinberger Bell had a great mini- 
reunion at Colleen Coffee Hall's in 
Princeton. Jill's travels have also 
included Williamsburg, Annapolis, 
Lake George, and Montreal. There was 
a memorial gathering and family 
reunion for her mother, Marion Jayne 
Berguido '28. Jill still enjoys her 
tutoring business. With help from her 
husband, she expanded her gardening 
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reports going into a Zen-like trance 
when relaxing beside the pond. Son, 
Tim, is still enjoying lite in 

Baird Shinberger Bell writes that 
son, Dave, married Rachel Torres in 
May. Dave has a Fellowship in 
Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine, 
and Rachel is pursuing her Masters in 
English at UTSA. Baird and Bill visited 
them in San Antonio over Labor Day. 
Steve will marry Nadine Gallo, next 
year. He works at Mitre Corp. enjoys 
the challenge of computer engineer- 
ing, but his true love is his band, 
Upper Cut 

( They 
played as part of the Warped 2002 
tour and had music credits during the 
Extreme Sports Games on ESPN 2. 
Bill continues to work at his health 
care policy consulting company, and 
Baird enjoys being retired from teach- 
ing with no alarm to set for 5:30 a.m. 
and working part time for Jinny Beyer 
Studio selling fabric and quilting. 
Baird and her sister, Adelaide, 
returned for Fall Council at SBC for 
Religion in the Public Square and 
found the speakers stimulating. 

Mary Bell Timberlake has 
become a "Nana" twice over since she 
last reported in. She gets together 
often with son, Wayt, and his wife, 
Laura, in Charlottesville who have 2 
children, Emmy, 4 1/2, and Wayt V, 2. 
"Being a grandmother is the best!" 
Daughter, Julie, is married, lives in 
Jackson Hole, WY, and is working as 
the Director of Development for the 
Jackson Hole Land Trust where she's 
conducting a $25M capital campaign 
to preserve the open lands there, so if 
you get a call from Julie Jones for 
money, please write a big check! Mary 
spends most of her volunteer time 
with the local free medical clinic and 
is very committed to its mission. 

The Timberlakes park next to 
Carroll Randolph Barr and Mike at 
the UVA football games. Carroll is still 
at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot as 
Journalism teacher, Director of 
Development and Alumni Affairs, and 
coach of the girls' tennis team. 
Although not ready to retire, she 
enjoys golf, tennis and the freedom of 
summers at their place on Crystal 
Lake, Ml. The boys are fine; Michael is 
in NYC and Angus is off to Asheville, 
NC for fun, music, freedom and what- 
ever else he finds. He has been an 
electrician's apprentice, but decided 
there was more to his life and wanted 
to find out about it now. While on a 
wonderful visit in the islands last win- 
ter, Carroll ran into Emily Pleasants 
74 and her family. 

Lynn Lyle is in her 13th year as an 
elementary school counselor in 
Raleigh, NC. and uses play therapy 
techniques in counseling the children. 
"They pay me to play." Lynn and her 
collaborators will present their work in 
a pilot program to train Kindergarten 

teachers in play techniques for the 
most troubled kids at the conference 
of the national play therapy associa- 
tion in St. Louis. Lynn went to Nova 
Scotia for a month traveling with 
Servas, an international home stay 
organization with peace as its mis- 
sion. Next is Australia for Christmas 
and a family wedding in Melbourne 
followed by a side trip to Perth. 

Jane Stephenson Wilson is semi- 
retired, teaching every morning, leav- 
ing at lunchtime, and loving it. 

Vicky Baker did anthropological 
research on schooling in Haiti this 
past summer. She also made trips to 
Alaska and Brazil, (her 124th coun- 
try!). Vicky is Chair of the 
Anthropology Department at Eckerd 

Ginny Carpenter Delgado says. 
"All on this side of the Atlantic are fine 
and have enjoyed a good year". Son, 
Rafael, wife Ines and 19 month old 
son Alvaro live in Cartagena, Murcia, 
where Rafael is second in command 
of a submarine. She and her son 
speak English to Alvaro, and his 
mother Spanish, so he understands 
both languages and is starting to say 
words in both. In Madrid Ginny enjoys 
theater, concerts, art exhibits, golf, 
and riding her TB mare Windy, who is 
19, 6 days a week. She turns into 
"Ginny tourist guide" and does the 
sights in Madrid and surrounding 
cities for visiting family and friends. 
"Ginny tourist" has visited her sister 
and husband for 3 weeks in 
Breckenridge CO which is turning into 
my second home! She went to 
Belgium and Holland for 2 weeks with 
her British friend Joan. She remem- 
bered Vicky Baker when visiting The 
Hague. Ginny and her mom put Vicky 
on the boat in NYC bound for The 
Hague in summer '67. Ginny enjoyed 
lunch and a brief tour at the European 

Maria Wigglesworth Hemmings 
took time off from studying to write 
that she's still trying to decide what 
to be when she grows up. She started 
by becoming an EMT (nationally certi- 
fied no less), is now in Nursing 
School and will graduate and take the 
RN boards in 2004. She's mentally 
challenged, and even though she's a 
prime candidate for osteoporosis, 
she's taking HRT for her brain. "Forget 
the bones, the brain must function 
now!" The good training as a science 
major at SBC saved her in the nursing 
program. They skied Jackson Hole 
while visiting Emery, her eldest 
daughter who lives there. 

Lynn Gull ett Strazzini is still with 
the FFA commuting from 
Charlottesville to DC where she's a 
Monday through Thursday 'boarder' in 
Alexandria. Recent FAA trips have 
taken Lynn to Las Vegas and Daytona. 

Kate Barrett Rennie and her son. 
Chris 16, enjoy their home in 
Williamsburg. Kate's a new grand- 

mother to Christiana Joy, her daughter 
Kathy's first child. 

Mary Sabra Gillespie Monroe is 

teaching at Richard Bland College. 
Daughter Alison is studying law at 
Temple U and Anne is studying medi- 
cine at SUNY Stonybrook. 

Stephanie Ewalt Coleman is 
happy to be working part-time after 
years of back surgery and P.T. Son. 
Brandon, is a business major at 
James Madison U where he pledged 
Kappa Sigma. Cameron is editor of 
the Martinsville (VA) Bulletin. Lee and 
wife, Holly, live in Richmond. Despite 
a health scare, Ron is doing well and 
shows no signs of slowing down or 

Diane Mann Lankford is building 
houses while her husband manages 
the financial and real estate side of the 
business. Diane's daughter, Catherine, 
and her husband moved to Chicago 
while he's at Keliogg Business School. 
Her son, Frank, plays baseball for the 
Oakland As organization where he is 
successfully postponing entry into the 
real world. She sees Kay Trogden 
Hightower Melissa Sanders 
Thomas, and Susan Tucker. 

Eleanor Crossley's whole family 
went to Denver for her youngest son's 
wedding. They took a 5 week car trip 
visiting family and friends in Canada. 
She is off to cruise the Nile River and 
see all the Egyptian art she studied 
with Miss Barton. 

Also traveling is Dolly Caballero 
Garcia who loved Australia and New 
Zealand. She plays tennis and is active 
with their opera group. Dolly is the 
proud grandmother to 6 grandchildren 
with another on the way. 

Glory McRae Bowen had a great 
time cruising the Adriatic and Aegean 
seas. T.J. is finishing high school and 
busy performing in rock concerts 
playing drums, bass guitar and guitar. 
Hardy is a senior at Vassar majoring 
in International Studies. Daughter, 
Glory, has an active theater career 
directing plays in NJ and Off- 
Broadway. Glory continues performing 
at concerts. 

Stella Mae Renchard Seamans 
works with Action, Inc., a community 
anti-poverty agency and 'We Care 
About Housing', an affordable rental 
and homeowning non-profit. She's 
also involved with a land trust' to pre- 
serve open space in Beverly, MA and 
Solar Now, an educational non-profit 
for renewable energy. Her oldest 
daughter, an architect, lives with her 
husband in Germany. 

Susan Summers Alloway is busy 
with her "wee kirk" of 33 souls in the 
woods just south of Canada and with 
leading retreats and women's spiritual 
life groups. Her work focuses on find- 
ing the spirit within and does not rely 
on traditional concepts of religion or 
church. She says it's exciting for her 
to work with women of faith and 
women of little or no faith all in the 

same group. 

Mary Cary Ambler had a mini- 
reunion in Newport, Rl with Pam Ford 
Kelley, Linda File and Carol Munn 

Mary Cary is a learning specialist at 
Convent of the Sacred Heart. Son, 
John, is working and attending 
Columbia Journalism and daughter, 
Jaqueline is in the School of 
Communications at BU. On the home 
front, Mary Cary has adopted 2 cats. 

Did you know that Hallam Hurt 
received UVA Women's Center 
Distinguished Alumna Award in 2001? 
She received the same award from 
SBC in 1989! 

Mary (Bonnie) French Jackson 
has M.Div from Yale Divinity School 
and is an interfaith minister just fin- 
ishing M.Min from U of Creative 
Spirituality. She spent much of the 
last 3 years in India and CA studying 
Indian music with Sri Karunamayee. 
Her daughter, Elizabeth, is happy at 
Cooper Hewitt in NYC. 

I enjoyed getting reacquainted 
with Judy Keyserling who moved to 
Milwaukee to work for the Milwaukee 
Symphony. After 21 years at 
Milwaukee Rep, I've become the insti- 
tutional history expert. My work with 
SBC has been very rewarding, and 
Judi and I want to thank all of you 
who sent in reunion gifts so that we 
were proud to be on the stage of 
Babcock when class participation per- 
centages were announced. I spent the 
summer in Cleveland with my mother 
during her final days. It was a privi- 
lege to have that special time with her. 
Send your news at any time since it 
can be submitted for any issue of the 
Magazine. If you send me your email, 
I'll be happy to send an email 
reminder for news. 


Mrs. James Detmer (Lynne Gardner) 
148 Jefferson's Hundred 
Williamsburg VA 23185 


Ms. Nancy C. Bent (Nancy Crawford) 
14 Dopping Brook Road 
Sherborn MA 01770-1049 


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Ms. Jill Johnson 
2120 Bobbyber Drive 
Vienna VA 22182 

Miss Mary E. Heller 
3051 Idaho Avenue, #318 
Washington DC 20016-5733 


Mrs. Robert P. Gilpin (Louise Blakeslee) 
94 Centre Street 
Milton, MA 02186 

The news from our class this year 
covers a wide spectrum — from mar- 
riage to a new baby, from grandchil- 
dren to the loss of family members. 
Anne Billings McDougall is working 
with husband Ed on a new real estate 
and web business called Keylnsites. 
Ed teaches part-time at U.of FL where 
he is co-director of the Center for Real 
Estate Studies. Anne does volunteer 
work with her church and the school. 
Her daughter Maggie is a junior at 
Davidson and is studying in Sevilla 
with the SBC Spain program. Anne 
thinks. "It's cool that she will be a 
SBC alum." Her son Jim is a H.S. sen- 
ior and lacrosse player who is think- 
ing seriously about W & L for next 
year. Anne had lunch with Carol Ann 
Provence Gallivan in 2001 and they 
caught up on the last 30 years. 
Michelle Brown Badcock joined the 
ranks of 50 year olds last October and 
celebrated in Naples, FL with her sis- 
ter who lives in VA. Michelle has a 
new job working as the community 
development manager for the local 
Council of Voluntary Services and 
enjoys a five minute commute. Simon. 
26, is settled but Douglas, 23, has his 
first "real" job as manager of a surf 
clothing outlet. Heather, 20, has com- 
pleted her first year at Swansea 
(Wales) U. doing sociology (memories 
of Ed Drayer!) and development stud- 
ies. To celebrate their 30th wedding 
anniversary, Michelle and Michael 
went to Scotland. Michelle reports 
that she considers them, "lucky 
beyond measure — it has been a won- 
derful adventure." Freida Carpenter 
Tucker is celebrating the birth of her 
first grandchild, Hannah Elizabeth 
Simpson, born Sept. 6, 2002. Creigh 
Casey Krin and John celebrated their 
25th anniversary with a trip to Mexico 
with John's brother and wife. In May 
daughter Lindsay will receive her 
diploma from Bucknell after 3 years 
and then is on to graduate school. 
Heather is a junior at UConn majoring 
in math and finance. Creigh divides 
her time between teaching 5th grade 
math, head teacher, 5th grade team 
leader and district test coordinator. 
Named Teacher of the Year for 2002 
-2003 in Thomaston, CT, she is back 

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in graduate school working on her 
administrator's certificate. John is the 
CFO of a local company. Creigh talked 
to Jane Garland Lucas recently and 
writes that she "still misses her after 
all this time." Peggy Cheesewright 
Garner reports that her 12 1/2 year 
old daughter, Whitney, was the only 
girl in her 7th grade chosen to partici- 
pate in the Red Hot Computer 
group — at the same time as she plays 
tennis and wants to buy every new 
kind of mascara. Peggy loves being 
the PAST president of both her local 
garden club and provisional chair of 
her nationally affiliated garden club. 
Last December she won another hon- 
orable mention in a nationally affili- 
ated judged flower arrangement com- 
petition—an arrangement that she 
says she dreamt about for four 
months. Peggy reports that Jane 
McFaddin has a newly married child. 
Anita Clarendon Ledsinger and 
Chuck are living in Washington, D.C. 
where Chuck is CEO and president of 
Choice Hotels International. Her 
daughter Leila has transferred from 
UVA to Brown. Her interest in interna- 
tional affairs led to the opportunity to 
work for a congressman on the Hill 
last semester. Elise is a H.S. senior 
and is looking at UVA and W & L. 
Both girls ride competitively and Anita 
still rides daily. She is going back to 
graduate school hoping to earn a 
degree in historic preservation. Diane 
Dale Reiling's older child Steve is in 
the throes of college applications; her 
daughter Erica is a H.S. freshman. 
Diane and Kathleen Cochran Schutze 
went to the Alumnae Council meeting 
in September and have begun the 
planning for our 30th. Diane hopes to 
bring Erica with her to SBC in May. 
Sue Dern Plank and her daughter 
Elena toured colleges last spring and 
spent time at SBC. They toured the 
campus, saw a production of Tempest 
and visited Dr. Elizabeth Sprague in 
her Lynchburg home. Elena worked 
for a technology firm, Think One, in 
Albany last summer. David continues 
to work as an engineering consultant 
with the Gordian Group as they 
expand in upstate NY. Sue volunteers 
in many capacities at Elena's school. 
Christine Eng Leventhal is teaching 
freshman biology at Greenwich H.S. 
for a semester filling in for a maternity 
leave. She has not taught since her 
student teaching requirement for her 
master's and reports that, "I am work- 
ing hard and loving it." If nothing 
opens up for second semester, she 
hopes to find a full-time position for 
next fall. In her limited spare time, 
Christine trains some of her older 
clients and teaches one body-sculpt- 
ing class a week. Perhaps we can 
sample this at our reunion! Peter con- 
tinues to run his health food store as 
well as doing nutritional counseling 
and teaching martial arts. He stays 
active playing basketball, biking and, 

"enjoying life." Amy is at UVM. Nick is 
finishing high school at Wilton H.S. 
and Norwalk Community C. and Jon is 
a sophomore at Wilton H.S. Christine 
spoke with Alison Filer Stonecipher 
in the fall and says that Alison is fine 
and living in Santa Barbara. Lisa 
Fowler Winslow continues her work 
as a law librarian at a large firm and is 
a docent at the Getty Museum. Having 
just turned 16, daughter Suzanna is 
driving everywhere. As a high school, 
junior she is an editor for the school 
newspaper as well as being heavily 
involved in dance. She and Lisa went 
to Kauai. Hawaii just before Labor Day 
and learned to windsurf having, "a 
wonderful time bonding and surfing." 
Russell is a senior at Berkeley and is 
applying to law schools. He spent last 
semester in San Sebastian, Spain and 
loved the experience that allowed for 
travel and surfing through Europe. 
Lisa and Suzanna visited him over 
spring break and were able to include 
visits to Paris and London. Robin 
Harmon O'Neill, who writes that, "life 
is wonderful," has begun painting 
portraits, something she started while 
living in Provence. She is still Field 
Master of the Camden Hunt and fox 
hunts twice a week in addition to play- 
ing tennis. Daughter Robin ("sweet 
and fun," writes her mother) is a 16 
year old 10th grader, who at 5 ft 10 
inches, plays varsity tennis and bas- 
ketball. Robin wrote with the tragic 
news that Susan Craig's brother 
Michael was killed in a car accident 
this fall in England. He was a furniture 
designer and craftsman whose client 
Donald Trump sleeps in one of the 
beds Michael designed. Emily Garth 
Brown and Lisa were able to attend 
his funeral. Susan Kirby Peacock has 
had a full year. She got married in 
March to Jay Boynton whose 8 year 
old son joins Susan's daughter 
Marley, 13. They took a family dive 
trip to Costa Rica in June followed by 
a trip to the Caymans in Sept. for Jay 
and Susan. She is still painting and 
directing an indigent clinic pharmacy 
and writes that she is "coming back to 
life after the death of my son Daniel 3 
years ago." Jane Knutson James 
writes that Patrick is in his third year 
at UCLA and Elizabeth is in her first 
year at Cal State U. at Long Beach in 
pre-nursing. Jane has left her job as 
Instructional Aide at the high school 
and is working as a substitute teacher. 
Having stated a preference for high 
school, Jane may be asked to do 
kindergarten, a prospect she "cannot 
imagine." The joy of her new situation 
is that she does not have to go to 
work each day. Jane enjoyed a sum- 
mer trip to an island in Ontario as well 
as a trip to Yosemite to climb the 
dome and to see the beautiful valley. 
Jane concludes with, "All in all life is 
wonderful, we're healthy and happy 
with each other. Our children love us 
so what more could we want?" As far 

as I know, the winner of the last class 
of 73 baby goes to Magee Leigh. Ana 
Marcia was born 02/02/02 in 
Guatemala and Magee hoped to have 
her at home by June. Magee joked 
that, "she may be the first baby arriv- 
ing from a developing country in need 
of dietary restriction." Apparently 
Betsie Meric Gambel thinks that Ana 
Marcia looks like her mother. We can 
look forward to her college accom- 
plishments and wedding! Linda 
Lipscomb's job was eliminated after 
the September 11th attacks. After tak- 
ing a few months off to perfect her 
skiing and hiking skills in Utah and 
cruise through Norway, Linda is the 
director of marketing and strategic 
development for a non-profit agency 
in Dallas that serves mentally ill sub- 
stance abusers. "A big departure from 
what I was doing at American 
Airlines," Linda comments. "We're all 
great," reports Lisa Marshall 
Chalmers from Atlanta where she is 
still painting. Elizabeth is a senior at 
Westminster and is applying to col- 
lege. Marshall has been in Russia 
since June studying in St. Petersburg 
and is making his way home slowly 
through Europe doing research. He is 
due back in the States in November 
'02. David is busy with land sales. 
Emily Garth Brown's daughter Emily 
has moved to Atlanta so Lisa gets to 
see her often. Marion McKee 
Humphreys' oldest child started law 
school this year; her younger child is 
a sophomore at SMU in Dallas. They 
are building a lake house in Arkansas 
and looking forward to Thanksgiving 
there. Marion sees Charlotte Battle 
Robbins often ("at yoga, I might add," 
says Marion) and talks with Cathy 
Blackburn Helwick in Houston on a 
semi-regular basis. Marion writes 
that, "I feel like I could step back to 
the 70's and SBC years and never 
miss a beat with any of our friends." 
Chris Mendel Prewitt is stationed at 
the Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, 
Germany where she is the installation 
commander; a job that she says is, 
"challenging, especially since 
September 11." Having been there for 
one year, Chris has one year to go. 
Her daughter started school at the 
Ringling School of Art and Design in 
Sarasota, FL this fall. The two boys 
are both in school in Germany where 
they play soccer. Darwin is still com- 
muting back and forth with Northwest 
Airlines. Betsie Meric Gambel is trav- 
eling more and more with her PR job 
with Logan Marketing and 
Communications. Their new niche is 
continuing care retirement communi- 
ties nationwide, "so appropriate (and 
interesting) as we approach that 
age'." Betsie is scheduled to speak at 
a seniors' conference in Oct. of '02. 
Gregory was married in August and is 
working as an attorney in Bucks 
County, PA. Meric is a junior at 
Clemson U. and spent last summer in 

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Charleston, SC. Betsie spent July 4th 
with Meric. Jane McFaddin and her 
sister Margaret (a SBC alum) at 
Pawley's Island. Many of Meric's 
friends were there and Betsie said, "It 
was heartwarming to see him create 
traditions much like the ones we as 
SBC students had created at Pawley's 
Island almost 30 years ago." Sara 
Meyerdierks Hiligrove is still teaching 
a communications course at the U. of 
Richmond as well as writing, design- 
ing and editing for their ice rink man- 
agement company. Her oldest daugh- 
ter Katherine was married on 
September 28, 02. The "mountain of 
minutiae" that planning a wedding 
brings when the bride lives elsewhere 
has overwhelmed Sara, a self- 
described non-detail person. She was 
pleased to hear that Barbara 
Livingston was coming to the wed- 
ding. Sara's approach with her 
younger daughters, ages 10 and 12, is 
to run, "subliminal audiotapes in their 
bedrooms all night long that repeat, 
"elope, elope, elope!'" Her email 
ended with the following message: 
"Hope you're well and that you have 
only sons." Trish O'Neill and Mike 
moved from San Francisco to HI two 
years ago where he is the chairman of 
the Bank of HI. Trish remarks that, 
"We love living here (who wouldn't?)" 
Their older son is a junior at the Kent 
School (CT); the younger is a H.S. 
freshman in Honolulu. Jean Piatt 
Spencer's daughter Jessica, 21, was 
married during the summer of 2001. 
She is finishing at Mary Baldwin and 
living outside of Charlottesville. Katie 
is at Clark U. in Worcester, MA and 
loves being close to Boston. Last 
spring Katie so enjoyed her first time 
skydiving that she would like to be 
certified. Jean's question is, 
"Wonderful??" As of September Jean 
is legally single after 22 years of mar- 
riage. Kathy Pretzfelder Steele and 
Dave are adjusting to having an empty 
nest along with paying two tuitions. 
Tracy, 22, graduated from U. of Notre 
Dame in May and is a first year law 
student at Pepperdine U. in Malibu, 
CA. They vacationed in CA before 
Tracy started school and found LA to 
be "a great big highway" but loved 
Malibu. Kelly. 19. is a sophomore at 
Fairfield U. (CT) and swims on their 
varsity team. Nan Robertson Clarke 
and Hal have an empty nest as well. 
Jarrett (formerly known as Boo) is 
teaching 9th and 10th grade English 
and coaching field hockey at Virginia 
Episcopal School in Lynchburg. Toby 
is a junior at Princeton and Charlie 
and Robbie are a sophomore and 
freshman respectively at W & L. Nan 
wanted to highlight their wonderful 
vacation last summer to Ireland, 
Scotland and London since, "with 3 
college tuitions it is unlikely to happen 
again." Hal works for the Legal 
Division of Wachovia and Nan is 
"slowwwly starting to look for a part- 

78 • Fall 2003 

time job" to begin when some home 
renovations are complete. Despite the 
current financial market situation, 
Renee Sterling continues to think that 
her job managing money for family 
foundations and high net worth indi- 
viduals is fascinating. This year she 
enjoyed vacations in Paris, Vail and 
Aspen Jenny Stockwell Ferguson 
finds life in California "more mellow 
and relaxed" than in the East and is 
adjusting to having no children at 
home. Sarah is working in Boston in 
media marketing and Ian is an envi- 
ronmental engineer in San Francisco. 
Gillian, the youngest, is a sophomore 
at NYU who arrived at school 2 weeks 
before the September 11th attacks 
that, Jenny writes, she "is only just 
beginning to understand." Dan's 
employer, Catholic Healthcare West, 
has restructured four times in his 3 
1/2 years there with his duties grow- 
ing with each change. Jenny worked 
part-time for 9 months but the job 
and the hours did not suit her 
lifestyle. She gets to Atlanta several 
times a year and sees Carter Heyward 
Morris. Lee Addison Sanford. Lisa 
Marshall Chalmers, and Blanchette 
Chappell Maier. In a small world sce- 
nario, Blanchette has moved next door 
to Dan's brother. Jenny had a visit 
with Lee Brennan Kidd when their 
time in Atlanta coincided. Jenny 
reports that, "No one looks anywhere 
close to fifty! Those dates on the cal- 
endars we use are just a nasty hoax." 
Betsy Thayer Clough writes from 
Freeport. ME that her oldest child 
Kristi started at Connecticut C. in 
September. Candy Sheffield Nielsen 
lives nearby which has allowed Betsy 
to visit with Candy and her family. 
Betsy is adjusting to having just her 
13 year old daughter at home; that, 
she says, "is quite interesting." I ran 
into Lucinda Young Larson on cam- 
pus last week at her son Andrew's 4th 
team football game. He is in 7th grade 
at Milton Academy. Her news is that 
she and Richard bought a house in 
Charleston, SC. They are there only 
intermittently but hope to see some of 
our classmates when they are there 
more often. Kathy Waters Marshall 
wrote with the awful news that her 
husband Lawson — whom she met on 
a blind date during her freshman year 
at SBC and married right after gradua- 
tion—died on April 19, 2002 several 
days after suffering a heart attack. 
"Our children, family and community 
have been lifesavers for me," writes 
Kathy. She sold the newspaper busi- 
ness in June and took the summer 
off. Living in Richmond, daughter 
Jesse is married and teaches in 
Henrico County, VA, Laura is in her 
last year of a master's program in ele- 
mentary education at VA Tech and 
John is a sophomore at William & 
Mary. As one of many, Kathy, let me 
express my condolences. And I, 
Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin, am doing 

the same job at Milton Academy with 
the new title of associate dean of stu- 
dents. Alexa is back at the College of 
Wooster, OH, to get her BA (at last), 
Blake is in his second year at Clare C. 
in Cambridge (UK) and applying to 
Ph.D programs in the States, and 
Christopher is a junior at Cornell. 
Bob's business is thriving and, fortu- 
nately, he seems to love juggling a 
client overload. As I write this, our 
30th reunion is only 7 months away 
and I hope that our class turns out in 
record numbers. 


Mrs. Edith McRee Bowles (Edith B. 

6925 McLean Park Manor Court 
McLean VA 22101 


Miss Karin I. Lindgren 
124 Lakeview Avenue 
Lantana, FL 33462 


Ms. Cheryl A. Lux 
Cobb Ranch 
P.O. Box 388 
Augusta MT 59410 

Most of us are in such a busy, 
crammed-to-the-eyebrows space in 
our lives. I'll get my news out of the 
way: Ranch life is busy, and stressful 
just like everyone else's job. Our 
family is thankfully healthy. Our year's 
biggest project ended the day after 
Election Day, when the vote count 
finally came in, finding that my 
husband, John Cobb, lost his bid to 
our state's public utility commission 
by a very narrow, less than 1 % of the 
vote, just missing the level required 
for a recount. Losing gracefully is 
even more important than winning 
graciously. C'est la vie... 

Dede Ryan Ale writes that all is 
well with them in Houston. Husband 
John joined the NY firm of Skadden 
Arps last year. Other than a twice-bro- 
ken arm for son Matthew, 13, all is 
well with them. Son John, 14 attends 
the Taft School in CT, and Dede is 
busy with life and looks forward to 
our next reunion. 

Trish Cassidy Higgins is still Dept. 
Co. Attorney in Westchester Co., NY 
prosecuting child abuse/neglect, child 
support enforcement, and juvenile 
delinquency cases. She has enjoyed 
seeing SBC'er Merrin Sweeney 
(Charlotte, NC) in Nantucket, and a 
visit from Kari Andersen Shipley. Her 
son Timothy is at Lawrenceville 
School in NJ, and she attended Kate 
Kelly Smith's father's funeral, a "mov- 
ing tribute to a lovely man." 

Liz Farmer Jarvis reports that her 

book, Chestnut Hill , an Images of 
America book published by Arcadia 
Publishers, has come out. It's a picto- 
rial history of 250 years of 
Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill area. She 
is currently researching the Delaware 
Valley, and is doing a companion work 
for an exhibit. She and her family are 
doing well in Philadelphia. 

Sally Old Kitchen's SBC daughter, 
Mariah, is a junior now, with her dedi- 
cated parents returning to SBC for fre- 
quent visits and to field hockey and 
lacrosse games. Sally looks forward 
to our class's 30th. 

Teesie Costello Howell of 
Richmond, VA has a former babysitter 
who now plays field hockey at SBC 
her freshman year. She reports that 
she hears more high school young 
women talking about SBC. and that 
investing in athletics seems to be pay- 
ing off. She is still a mortgage banker, 
and has been very busy of late. Her 
son Jackson is a HS freshman, her 
daughter is in jr. high school, and her 
husband Chris works for Dom. 
Resources. They all enjoyed a family 
vacation in NYC. 

Ann Works Balderston, living in 
her hometown of Pittsford, NY, writes 
that her family is her top priority. 
Daughters Sarah, 17, Maggie. 14, and 
son John, 10, all attend Allendale 
Columbia School, where Ann began a 
term as president of the Board of 
Trustees. She and husband Biv and 
children enjoyed family vacations on 
Lake Champlain and at Biv's family's 
ranch at Moose, WY. 

Treacy Markey Shaw of Atlanta 
writes that her eldest, Morgan, is 
applying to colleges— a soccer player, 
and on student council. Son Mark 
plays football and son Clay plays 
baseball. Volunteer work, tennis, and 
bible study keep her busy when not 
attending sports. She keeps up with 
(Dr.) Terese DeGrandi Busch and 
Kate Kelly Smith 

Cynde Seiler Eister is still running 
her retail store and is working on a 
web site. She and her family live in 
Williamsport, PA, where daughter 
Sarah is a HS senior making college 
choices and captain of her soccer 
team, and younger daughter Laura 
plays soccer & piano. Son Ron is in 
his first year at Randolph-Macon in 
Ashland, VA, and husband Ron is 
thinking of going into missionary 
work after the kids are finished with 

Gina Spangler Polley of Lookout 
Mtn, TN and family moved into their 
newly renovated old house — a much 
bigger project than anticipated. Son 
Franklin is now in 9th grade. Gina fin- 
ished a successful show season with 
their horses, but on a sadder note her 
100-year-old mother-in-law died this 
past summer. Christmas '02 will see a 
full house of company at their "new" 

Lynn Kahler Rogerson's darling 

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little daughter turned 4. Lynn and fam- 
ily went to Hawaii on a business trip, 
where her daughter fell in love with 
hula dancers. Lynn is busy organizing 
museum arts exhibitions, and gets to 
travel to Europe several times per 
year. They are all doing fine in Mason 
Neck, VA. 

Sue Verbridge Paulson and family 
still live in Colorado Springs, CO, 
where Sue is enjoying teaching 8th 
grade English. Her daughter Christina 
is a sophomore at Tulane, and son 
Danny is a high school junior. 

Maggie Milnor Mallory wrote a 
really nice note with news of her 
midlife crisis solution (which fits liv- 
ing in the music capital of Memphis): 
she joined a swing band as their 
pianist. As if there isn't enough to do 
teaching piano, and with all the activi- 
ties associated with a husband (Bart 
is still general counsel for Terminix 
Internat'l) and 17 and 15 year old 
boys, the oldest of which is looking at 
college in England. They will be visit- 
ing there this summer, and she wel- 
comes any knowledgeable advice. 

Debbie Mutch Olanderof 
Tallahassee, FL not only completed 
her 2nd Master's in Creative 
Writing/Poetry, but is working on a 
piece to be nominated for the presti- 
gious Push Cart Award. She is also 
extremely busy teaching at both col- 
lege and AP high school level, and 
applying for various fellowships. She 
anticipates that 2003 will be a major 
turning point — we all wish her the 

Patti Sullins Miller wrote from 
Great Falls, VA! Patti graduated from 
Emory & Henry, worked as a legal and 
technical recruiter before marrying 
and starting a family with husband 
Leo Miller. They have two sons, Matt 
(b. 1984) and Chris (b. 1990). She is 
a homemaker, frequent world traveler, 
plays tennis, is a community and 
church volunteer, and is happy with 
life. Our condolences for her family's 
tragic loss of her brother on 9/1 1 in 
the WTC. 

Karina Schless, Phoenixville, PA, 
has been in Human Resources at 
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for 22 years. 
She vacationed in Jackson Hole, WY, 
bought a beautiful 1 1 yr old black QH 
gelding, a former ranch horse (the 
best!) and had him shipped back to 
PA and rides cross country and partic- 
ipates in lots of riding events. Next 
year she is taking a riding vacation in 
Provence, France with friends. 

Melanie Coyne Cody of Winnetka, 
IL says that both children are doing 
fabulously well, Caitlin a sophomore 
at Kenyon, and younger daughter 
Sarah a junior at North Shore Country 
Day, looking at colleges (even SBC). 
Caitlin is into music, writing and rid- 
ing, and Sarah spent the summer in 
an immersion program in Spain, loved 
it, but returned with a new apprecia- 
tion for the USA. Melanie is busy, bik- 

ing and literally "on the run," works as 
a recruiter, volunteers as a church 
vestry member, and also as a Board 
member of the Winnetka Community 

Felice Ludington. living and work- 
ing in Corte Madera, CA, is now inde- 
pendently employed as a paralegal, 
and finds herself in constant demand. 
She is able to work from home, 
daughter Leslie is 14 and a HS fresh- 
man, and Felice is able to be pretty 
much home when her daughter is, 
and to "schlep her to dance classes 4 
days per week." Felice also sings a 
fair amount, permitting her to be the 
"world's oldest bridesmaid and wed- 
ding singer" this Memorial Day week- 
end. Life is good. 

Pattie Hudson Burgh moved back 
to Lynchburg after living in 
Charlottesville, VA, Michigan, N. 
Carolina, and Massachusetts. She is 
Assoc. Director of Development at 
Virginia Episcopal, with both children, 
Stuart, 17 and Mary Ashton, 16, as 
seniors at VES. She anticipates 
"empty nest syndrome" in a big way 
next year. She still rides, and has got- 
ten to know Shelby, SBC's new 
Director of Riding, when she exer- 
cised horses at SBC every summer's 
dawn two years ago— a great way to 
start the day. 

Ann Kiley Crenshaw is still "com- 
muting between Winchester and VA 
Beach" and busy with trial work and 
family activities. Son Clarke Jr. gradu- 
ated from Woodberry Forest, and is a 
1st year at UVA — in the same class as 
Melanie Holland Rice's son Tripp, as is 
Lisa Nelson Robertson's daughter 
Elizabeth. Ann's son Gordon plays 
soccer, is applying for admission to 
Woodberry Forest, and both Ann and 
husband Clark are dreading "empty 
nest." Ann chairs son Gordon's 
school's Board of Trustees. 

Andie Yellott, residing in 
Lutherville, MD, really likes her job as 
the supervisor of a "big bunch of writ- 
ing tutors in the J(ohns) H(opkins) 
Gifted Kids program.... surrounded by 
some of the finest teachers I've ever 
met — and they think I'm the one in 
charge." Son Benet, 13, is in 8th 
grade at Ridgely Middle, Drew is 9 
and a 4th grader at Riderwood. Benet is 
into art and Japan, and Drew into skate- 
boarding, and a garage band — music 
draws "fame, fortune, & the chicks." 
Andie is training a German Wire Haired 
Pointer, still riding, and still married to 
husband Ben, who also teaches at JHU. 

Melanie Holland Rice's (seems too 
young for this) daughter Carrington is a 
senior at Wake Forest and has been 
awarded a full scholarship to Wake 
Law. Son Tripp is a 1st year at UVA 
(along with the aforementioned SBC 
son and daughter). Melanie begins a 
new career in real estate, so anyone 
considering a move to VA Beach, VA, 
please contact her... 

Gail Ann Winkler's daughter Laura 

is studying at a new 21st century 
boarding school in No.WL the Conserve 
School, emphasizing technology, inno- 
vation, and environment. Son Will is a 
freshman at Xavier. Husband John is 
still making wooden trusses for the 
construction industry, and Gail Ann still 
plays tennis, golf, and volunteers. The 
family enjoyed a great trip to NYC, but 
anticipate future vacations as oriented 
to college searching. They live in 
Neenah. Wl. 

Sharon Ruvane lived in Stowe, VT 
for 17 years, and moved to Avon, CT in 
August of '01. She golfs regularly, and 
is a member of CT Women's Golf 
Assoc. She is a speech language 
pathologist, specializing in middle 
school and high school people, in pri- 
vate practice. Daughter Gretchen gradu- 
ated from Choate Rosemary and now 
studies at the Univ. of Aberdeen, 
Scotland, (lucky mom accompanied her 
and took a side trip to London) and son 
Harry is a sophomore at Avon Old 
Farms School in CT. 

Marsha Horton of Dover, DE is an 
educational consultant whose primary 
contract is with the Feds, serving as the 
"coach" to help various state coordina- 
tors in NAEP testing, AND teaches at 
Delaware State and Wesley College. 
Son Samuel is now 3 (and I betcha a 
turbulent storm of energy), husband 
Bobby works for the Dept. of Natural 
Resources as a case manager, and 
Marsha is so busy, she counts on sister 
SANDRA, 74, to keep her updated on 

Peggy Weimer Parrish in 
Richmond works for the Federal 
Reserve Bank. Older historical home 
renovations have also kept her and 
family busy, as does Scouts and soccer 
with her two sons Jay, 13, and 
Alexander, 9. She went to Wales with 
her son Jay, and will be returning to 
England over Christmas '02 to celebrate 
her parents' 50th. She has seen Mary 
Beth Hamlin Finke, Sally Old Kitchen, 
and Nursat Aygen at Alum Council, and 
exchanges emails with Teesie Costello 
Howell, working with Wells Fargo in 
Richmond. She hasn't seen Elliot 
Graham Schoenig, but knows that her 
daughter, Sarah, is a freshman at 
Christopher Newport University. 

Catherine Adams Goshorn, the 
Plains, VA writes that she and family 
are busy with their growing business, 
and had just returned from a trip to 
San Francisco. 

Meg Shields Duke writes from 
Denver that she caught up with news 
from Mary Beth Hamlin Finke at the 
board meetings at Sweet Briar in 
spring, '02. Meg's son Jamie, sopho- 
more at Middlebury College, won his 
first NCAA D-3 National Lacrosse 
Championship. Daughter Margo will 
be attending Dartmouth playing 
lacrosse, and daughter Caroline is 
now a HS freshman. Meg's license 
plate reads: "LAX MOM." 

(Dr.) Marian Dolan teaches at 

Candler School of Theology of Emory 
University in Atlanta, and as a class- 
mate informs me, is the first woman 
to achieve a Ph.D. in Choral 
Conducting, granted by Yale 
University. Congratulations, Marian! 

Robin Rodger Heller of Grosse 
Pointe Farms is busy with her family, 
and hopes that everyone is well. 

Sally Berriman and husband 
Steve Brown have bought a new 
house edging a golf course in Denver, 
should be moved in by the first of the 
year, and are looking forward to the 
open green space. 

Public apologies are due to the 
following two classmates, who were 
incorrectly identified in last year's 
notes (please be sure to please always 
sign your class notes legibly with 
full names): 

Phyllis Schulman Bell, living in 
Orlando, FL for 14 years, works in an 
investment/real estate company. Her 
husband, Chuck, is a land 
planner/landscape architect, with a 
global clientele. He travels frequently, 
and Phyllis gets to accompany him on 
some trips. This year they are vaca- 
tioning in the Caribbean. 

Shelton Caldwell Lindau actually 
lives in North Carolina, but does not 
live in the Tri-cities, nor does she have 
any medical practice involving herbal 
or alternative medicine. She can't 
believe how much time has passed 
since graduation, and hopes that all of 
us are doing what we want to be 
doing, as "the future looks a lot less 
endless than it used to." 

We are now of an age where the 
deaths of loved ones occur all too fre- 
quently. Our class's deep condolences 
for all the classmates and families 
who have had personal losses in the 
past year. We are so regretful for your 

Beth Bates Locke, her husband 
Claude and daughter Becky, of Dallas, 
lost Matthew, age 15, Dec. 23, 2001 
due to a car accident. Matthew was 
also Cissy Humphrey's godson. 

Tennessee Nielsen, in Dallas, and 
family visited Elgin Plantation in 
Natchez, MS, and were delighted to 
discover that it is the home of another 
SBC alum, Ruth Ellen Calhoun. 
Tennessee reports a time of difficult 
transitions. Not only had her daughter, 
Kelsy Indorf, left for her freshman 
year at Wake Forest, but also sadly 
her mother died that same week after 
a long illness. 

Marian Dolan, Atlanta, whose 
father died after a long bout with 

Kate Kelly Smith of NYC who lost 
her father in the past year. 

Wendy Bursnall Wozniak of 
Denver died suddenly at home 
October 1 1 , 2002 of an embolism. 
She is survived by her husband, Mike, 
and three daughters, Aubrey, 20, 
Allison, 13, and Whitney, 11. Wendy 
was working on a series of children's 

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books in addition to being very active 
for SBC, especially in the Denver area. 
"In lieu of flowers, donations are sug- 
gested to Wendy's beloved alma 
mater, Sweet Briar College. 
Wendy's name." 


Mrs. Suzan M. Jagger (Suzan M. Faist) 
19 Bexley Court 
Goshen CT 06756 


Mrs. John Kelley (Paula Brown) 
10617 Donovans Hill Drive 
Fairfax Station VA 22039 

Ms. Janet M. Rakoczy 
10135 Glenmere Road 
Fairfax VA 22032-1623 


Mrs. Graham Maxwell Russell 
525 South Flagler Drive, Apt. 15A 
West Palm Beach FL 33401 


Ms. Elizabeth Swearingen-Edens 
401 Jarvis Lane 
Louisville KY 40207 


Mrs. Thomas F. Nichols, Jr. (Carrie 

4706 Whetstone Ct. 
Charlotte NC 28226 

Ms. Kearsley Walsh (Kearsley Rand) 
4124 S. 36th Street 
Arlington VA 22206-1806 


Mrs. Benjamin Dowling (Ethel Burwell) 
906 Wedgewood Rd. 
Statesville, NC 28677 

Those of us who attended reunion 
last spring had a great time seeing 
each other and catching up. We have a 
great class and hope those who could- 
n't come this time will make a special 
effort to attend our 25th — even if you 
didn't stay all four years! Thanks to 
everyone who wrote in with notes. Be 
sure to read this first one from 

Deborah Price Bowman wrote on 
9/13/02 that she couldn't help but 
reflect on the fact that a year and 2 
days before she had prevented her 
husband Jeffrey from going to work in 
the WTC by hitting his car!! [Wouldn't 
you like to hear the whole story?] She, 

Katie (6) and Kessler (2) continue to 
feel blessed that he was spared. 
Debbie is active with Jr. League, the 
SBC board and NJ Club. 

Lucie Stephens Holland is still in 
Alexandria volunteering at Carter's 
school and involved with the Colonial 
Dames, the Garden Club of Virginia 
and church. Her family was featured 
last spring in the Alexandria paper 
because her husband Steve was the 
host of the annual press corps roast 
for the U.S. President. Steve continues 
to serve as the White House corre- 
spondent for Reuters. 

Jennifer Rae enjoys living in the 
Washington. DC area with all it has to 
offer culturally. She has spent a lot of 
time with the now grown children of 
the late Professor Judy Elkins. They 
are her second cousins. Judy's vibrant 
spirit is missed by all. 

Rolfe Joyner DeShazor writes that 
her oldest daughter Carrie is graduat- 
ing from SBC early in December so 
she can work a year in Germany 
before returning to the US to get her 
teacher's license and teach German. 
She has loved SBC and been very 
involved. Rolfe's boys are at VMI this 
year. Another daughter will likely 
attend Salem College in the fall. That 
will leave them with Maggie (13). at 
home. Rolfe is working full time for a 
local investment counsel. She spends 
most of her free time with the kids' 
sports or college activities, but still 
finds time to sew and get to the local 
Y to work out. 

Betty Hull Stacy has recently 
moved to Martinez, GA. She had her 
first baby at 40 and now has two little 
boys! She would love to hear from 
SBC friends. 

Monika Kaiser and family spent 6 
weeks in Europe where they had lots 
of fun. They went to Germany and 
France to see their families and then 
to Brussels, Brugge, and London. 
Alexa (12) is now in 7th grade and 
Julius (7) is in second grade. She and 
Richard have been renovating their 

Beth Sheets Reed writes that she 
and daughter Kate (16) loved being at 
the 20th reunion. Although "Kate 
believes we are all crazy" (I'm taking 
that comment as a compliment). Kate 
and her brother Matt (14) were the 
trip takers this year. They both trav- 
eled to Australia and New Zealand for 
3 weeks with People to People 
Student Ambassadors while their par- 
ents stayed put at home. It's a won- 
derful program!!! Meanwhile for Beth, 
life goes on; with two teenagers she's 
just happy when she can fit some ten- 
nis into the week 

Charlotte Prassel Fitzgerald had a 
visit from Gracie Treadwell Schild 
and her son Christoff while they were 
in the States. They enjoyed catching 
up and talking about the fun of the 
recent 20th class reunion. Gracie lives 
in Bonn but her husband Georg some- 

times has lengthy assignments in the 
US and they also come back to visit 
Gracie's family. 

Torie Lee Adams, her husband 
Henry and their boys George (11) and 
Will (81/2) spent a day in July in 
Highlands, NC visiting with Diane 
Dunaway and Sally Shapard Peek 
and her family. 

Mary LaVigne Fletcher runs 
Dreamcatcher Stables in Shreveport. 
Her girls Eugenia (7) and Henly (5) 
love riding and soccer. Mary hopes to 
see Leisa Seay this fall. 

Leisa Seay is in the Birmingham, 
AL area and works on a research team 
that is concentrating most of the 
research at this time on prostate and 
breast cancer. 

Libby Lee Castles wrote that she 
is keeping very busy with household 
management and you can understand 
why. She has Guy IV (9), Mary Etta 
(8), and Gantt. Ray and Clara (all 5 
and 1/2)! Her favorite activity is play- 
ing with her children. 

Lorie Teeter Lichtlen celebrates 
20 years in Paris on April Fool's Day 
2003. "Never thought I'd be here so 
long: I came over for a 6-month 
internship! I married Dominique 12 
years ago and we have a son, Nicholas 
(he turns 10 in March), and a daugh- 
ter, Lauren (6 in January). Both kids 
are bilingual but need to get over to 
the US more often." In 20 years she's 
worked for 10 different companies, 
first in journalism and then in corpo- 
rate communications. She is currently 
head of the media relations practice 
for an international financial and cor- 
porate communications firm in Paris; 
Dom is a lawyer, specializing in 
European corporate law. She'd love to 
hear from classmates if they're in 
Paris or located elsewhere in Europe. 
She'd also like to catch up with 
Claude Becker Wasserstein now that 
she lives in London. 

Liz Kauftman greatly enjoyed a 
summer trip to Fenwick Island. DE. 
She is looking forward to racing a new 
filly and says we should be on the 
lookout for the pink and green silks! 

Leslie Hertz Firestone and Bob 
missed reunion because they were in 
the midst of "retiring" from their jobs 
and moving to Las Vegas. Give her a 
call if you're headed that way! 

Leslie Taylor Kavanaugh and 
Richard (Colgate & SBC winter term!) 
still live in West Chester. PA. Their son 
Ryan is at Va. Tech studying mech. 
engineering. Ann Marie is a Sr. looking 
at colleges for next year to study nurs- 
ing and their youngest Charlotte is 
looking for her first Children's Hunter 
horse. Leslie is working in Thorndale 
as a Controller for a Chrysler Jeep 

Rosemarie Hardy is in Kansas 
City and is working in elementary 
schools of the Shawnee Mission 
School District as a Behavonal 

Patti Snodgrass Borda is enjoying 

her house in Round Hill, VA along with 
husband Joe and Virginia (2). She 
writes that the "working world" was 
never so exhausting — or rewarding as 
being the mother of a two year old! 

Mary Ames Booker Sheret and 
her husband are moving to 
Wilmington, NC! She has accepted a 
new job as Curator of Collections on 
the Battleship North Carolina, a WWII 
battleship museum berthed in 
Wilmington. By the time our class 
notes are printed she hopes to be 
through the moving process and set- 
tled in. She lived in Oregon 12 years 
and worked for the same historical 
society in Medford for the last 9 years. 
Ready for a change she looks forward 
to being closer to SBC pals and other 
east coast friends & family. "Now I 
should finally be able to make SBC 

Heather Pirnie Albert saw her old- 
est. Rebecca head to Wellesley College 
in the fall. This left the house a little 
quieter; however sister Samantha (12) 
is still keeping life interesting! She and 
Mike took a great vacation this past 
summer — 11 nights in the Western 
Caribbean, visiting ports such as 
Costa Rica. Panama, Aruba and Grand 
Cayman. "Wish I could figure out how 
to remain on vacation, yet still get 
paid!" she writes. Heather is still at 
H&R Block, and Mike is still working 
for the Marines. Hopefully he'll be able 
to get back to IBM in January. 

Martha Tisdale Cordell has been 
busy supervising the construction of 
an addition to their home. In her extra 
time, she is still working at the 
University of Tulsa College of Law and 
chauffeuring Ryan (age 10) and Mary 
Louise (age 8) to all their activities. 

For Jennifer Hebb LaRose the fall 
was one of transition. Molly (14) 
started at Glastonbury High School. 
Sarah (11) started at Middle School 
and both are playing soccer. She is 
still working at CIGNA as a paralegal. 
Any free time she has she spends sail- 
boat racing with her father and 
recently she began crewing on a 
friend's JY15. 

Alice Dixon is in Richmond. VA 
keeping extremely busy with the mort- 
gage business, and trying to play golf 
occasionally. She played in the 
Richmond City Amateur Golf 
Tournament this summer and won her 
flight ("although I won't mention 
which flight it was"). Also, she sees 
Carol Searles Bohrer and her family 
all the time 

Jill Maple Fallon just retired from 
her job with Duracell (now owned by 
Gillette) in order to stay home with 
Harrison (4) and Jack (8) while her 
husband John continues to travel with 
his job. During the year or two she is 
home she hopes to consult or begin 
writing fiction. 

Joan Vetter Ehrenberg recently 
negotiated to work at home and do 

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contract marketing for her previous 
employer of 6 years, Grouse Mountain 
Lodge in Montana. Primarily, she 
missed her daughter Katelyn (4 1/2) 
and is delighted to play more of an 
integral role in her development. She 
now wants to start a women's job 
share network to help other women 
with young children to not have to 
work full time. She is developing her 
own company with marketing and 
meeting planning services "in between 
fly fishing, huckleberry picking, down- 
hill skiing, music and dance classes 
with my daughter!" 

Liz Hoskinson is working for the 
non-profit Croton Watershed Clean Air 
Coalition. The Croton is 1 of 3 water- 
sheds providing water to NYC and 
lower Westchester Cty. She enjoys rid- 
ing in the morning before work and 
the rewards of having a job that 
makes a material difference in her 

Anne Goebel Bain reports that it's 
pretty quiet in Silicon Valley/Palo Alto. 
She's still at Morgan Stanley but busi- 
ness has been slow this year. She and 
husband, Mark, are going to Thailand 
for the Christmas holidays. Picture a 
grass shack on the beach, lots of Thai 
food and plenty of snorkeling. She 
also reports that Suanne Huskey is 
living in Camden, ME with her two 
young and active sons. Hillary 
Herbert is single and living in Mobile, 
AL, working for a division of 
Halliburton. She also heard from Lisa 
Hernandez Rooney who is teaching 
1st or 2nd grade in the Bronx, is 
divorced and raising her 13 yr. old 
son. Anne says that she sounds quite 
happy and seems to love teaching and 
being back in NYC. 

Debbie Rundlett has been called 
to be the Sr. Pastor and head of staff 
at Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church 
in San Diego. She, Dick, Elizabeth (4) 
and Rufus the Lab are enjoying the 
proximity of both the ocean and the 
desert. Dick plans to continue his law 
career and is studying to pass the CA 
bar. Unfortunately there is no reciproc- 
ity with any other states. 

Rhoda Harris writes that she is 
super busy with their three boys: 
Carrick (age 6), Jarrod (age 4) and 
Quinton (age 2) but has somehow 
found time to serve as President of 
the Junior League of the Oranges and 
Short Hills. She finds the mix of family 
life and community involvement very 

Debra Autrey Bock is in Texas. Her 
husband, David, still works for ATE 
Oldest son. Adam will graduate high 
school in 2004 and younger son, 
Nicholas, is behind him in 2007. "I'm 
busy being a mom but I do work as a 
health clerk at our school district's 
special needs school. I have been try- 
ing to locate Cathy Cook. Any informa- 

Lastly, I have enjoyed our move to 
Statesville, NC where my husband Ben 

is the pastor at Pressly Memorial ARP 
Church. We sometimes get to see 
Anne Edmunds Hansen and her hus- 
band and four children when they 
travel between Atlanta and Lexington, 
VA where her mother still lives. Peter 
(6) and Betsy (4) keep me busy, but 
are a great joy. They loved seeing 
"Mommy's college" last May. 


Mrs. Melissa Byrne Partington 
93 Rockaway Avenue 
Marblehead MA 01945-1741 


Ms. Gertrude G. Collins 
34 Meadowbrook Road 
Short Hills NJ 07078-3316 


Mrs. Ginger R. Church (Ginger Ryon) 

1240 Boyd en PI. NW 
Concord NC 28027 

Nancy Ness is still living in 
Chatham, NJ and working in NYC as a 
marketing director for an optical trade 
publication. She saw Rulhann Holland 
Zins (living in Cincinnati) and Dale 
Banning Banfield (living in Newport 
News, VA) this summer at the Jersey 
Shore for what has become an annual 
visit, and had a great time! Renata 
Davis writes that James has just 
entered first grade and spent his sum- 
mer at sailing and ice skating camps. 
Then he flew to Orlando by himself to 
visit his big brother and sister. Andrew 
is four and has one more year of pre- 
school. She took her stepdaughter to 
England. They attended plenty of the- 
ater in London and caught up with 
Anna Gawley, the St. Andrew's 
exchange student at SBC our sopho- 
more year. After spending August at 
Cape Cod. she has been putting the 
final phases of a huge fund-raiser 
together to benefit the local homeless 
shelter. Jennifer Campbell has been 
living in France for the past 13 years. 
She is married to Vincent Koehl, and 
they have three children. Vincent 
works for The Walt Disney Company, 
and she works for L'Oreal overseeing 
their global corporate goodwill/charity 
programs. They have spent the past 
ten years renovating their 18th century 
farmhouse and traveling when time 
(and children) permit. Chantal Parrine 
Sexton just returned from France 
where she enjoyed time with family 
before her cousin's wedding. Bill 
stayed home with Will (4) and played 
Mr Mom. Lanetta Archard 
McCampbell writes she had dinner 
this summer at Katie Hearn's new 
home in Baltimore with Ann Martin 
Gonya, Karen Gonya '86. and Kim 
Knox Norman. They had a good ole' 

fashioned crab feast on the rooftop 
deck. She is still working at Amtrak 
managing the website business. 
Debbie Oleisky is still teaching 
Chemistry and now AP Chemistry at 
Garrison Forest School. Her daugh- 
ters, Sarah, 8, and Emily, 4, love living 
at a boarding school. In the summer 
of 2002, they traveled to Hilton Head. 
Vermont, and London and in 2003 
hope to travel out west (Utah, 
Colorado, and Arizona) and to the 
Caribbean. During the school year they 
enjoy reading and biking. Emily is rid- 
ing a 2-wheeler and Sarah is very 
involved with the barn on campus and 
rides several times a week. DeAnne 
Blanton's book has finally been pub- 
lished, this month, by Louisiana State 
University Press! It's entitled They 
Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers 
in the American Civil War. Anne Case 
writes that her husband, John Case 
class of '86 W&L, is a MD at Merrill 
Lynch in Real-estate Investment 
Banking Group. Their daughter, 
Elizabeth, is 6 years old and in first 
grade at Sacred Heart. She takes 
sewing and figure skating after school 
and son, Jack, is 5 years old and is 
going through the kindergarten 
process this year. He plays baseball 
and ice hockey after school. Anne 
keeps busy with being a class mom, 
safety patrol, the junior league and 
being a Sunday School teacher. Laurie 
Limpitlaw Krambeer writes that 
daughter Sarah is almost 3. Laura is 
still doing some research for KU Med. 
Center. She and Craig just celebrated 
their 4th wedding anniversary. Hopper 
and Bob are still living in Concord, 
MA. Bobby (7) is in second grade and 
the twins, William and Woodard (5), 
have just started Kindergarten this 
year. She is in the special events field 
and gets to DC two to three times a 
year to work on several large 
Republican Fund-raisers. She usually 
makes it to Annapolis to see Lesly 
Allen Bell while in DC and sees Mary 
Bliss McGrath occasionally in Boston. 
Suzanne Weaver Zimmer is still in 
Mt. Pleasant, SC. Jeff started a com- 
puter rental business last year. Joshua 
(8) and James (51/2) keep her on her 
toes. They are building a house on 
Mobile Bay in Montrose, AL but they 
had a BIG delay and won't be in until 
next summer Mary Woodwark 
Fraser, NG student from St. Andrews 
University, is working in the Glasgow 
community college system as a multi- 
use staff member, ranging from mark- 
ing exams to teaching and education 
committees. Her husband, Alasdair is 
into computer networking infrastruc- 
ture/support. Melissa Schoen Hitt and 
Jeff bought a great house in University 
Park and are hard at work furnishing 
and decorating it. Jeff is a corporate 
lawyer with the Dallas office of Weil, 
Gotshal & Manges, a New York law 
firm. Katie is enjoying third grade, 
despite the mountains of homework. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

In her spare time, she likes to swim, 
create absurd hairdos, and beg her 
mean parents for a pet. Heidi K. Turk 
says her 3 little one are growing like 
weeds. She finished up the horse 
show season with a second place in 
the Side Saddle at the Washington 
International show which was a turn- 
ing point for her as her horse will have 
to be retired due to arthritis. 

Samira Akil Zaman finished her 
master's in Library and Information 
Science this year and is working at 
Kuwait University Libraries as acting 
Head of Acquisitions. She is living 
with her husband and three boys in 

Louellen Brooks Meyer and 
Robert are busy with Vic and Vivian (9 
and 1 1 ). Louellen is still organist and 
Dir. of Music Ministries at their 
church. She sees Baba Fountain and 
Ellen Carver Burlingame annually. 
Ellen is in Va. Beach where Rebecca 
started kindergarten this year. Ellen 
works for the Norfolk public schools. 
Dale Banfield Banning is still in 
Newport News with hubby Scott, Will 
(10) and Mary Webb (8). Maha Kanoo 
reports she has been vacationing in 
Istanbul, Spain. Rome, Hamburg, and 
Paris. Kim Knox Norman reports from 
Atlanta that Burt is still in film/video 
work. Sally (6) is in 1st grade and 
Joseph (3) is in preschool. Kim is a 
conservation tech at Emory U. She 
repairs and preserves rare and circu- 
lating books. Barbe Conner is still 
consulting with individuals and small 
companies on time management, 
organizational skills and goal setting. 
She can't believe she is the mom of a 
high schooler (Margaret is 14) and 
one in jr. high (Kit is 12). In her spare 
time she is also taking graduate 
courses at UVa. Cecily Schulz Banks 
is in Roxbury, Ct with husband 
Jonathan, Angus(3), and Lucie 
Stuart(9 mths). Marguerite Germain 
is getting out of the Navy and will be 
opening her own Dermatology practice 
in Charleston, SC. Jeanie Guthans 
Wilkins reports all is well in Mobile. 
Richard is 12, Christopher is 9 and 
Michael is 5. They will be traveling to 
Hawaii for Thanksgiving to see 
Alabama play. Linda Manley Darling 
is in Las Vegas and is preparing for 
Pharmacy school. Ashby Clark 
Hopkins has had a very busy year. She 
lost her mom in July to cancer. 
September brought Catharine Clark 
Hopkins to join Tommy (3) and Eliza 
(5) Susan Lazarus Bailey has moved 
once again to a new house in 
Roanoke. She is still riding horses and 
has one of her own now. They are 
busy with their girls, ages 4,6,and 10. 
Anne Maus has been busy in 
Salisbury, NC working on Elizabeth 
Dole's campaign. Shanon McKinney 
Herman is busy playing tennis and 
running after 2 yr. old Harry. Catty 
Hubbard Andry is in Asheville, NC 
where Michael is with Bank of 

Fall 2003 • 81 

America. They have added to the fam- 
ily with Ras (Jan. 2002) joining Becker 
(2 1/2). They get together with Jane 
Cox Murray and son James for play 
dates. We have a card from Laurie 
Richmond McWilliams, who went to 
SBC for 1 yr. and transferred to 
Alabama. She moved to Atlanta out of 
college where she met her husband. 
They have lived in Fl, Ml, Australia and 
Japan and are now in Miami with their 
3 children. 

As for me. things are great in 
Concord, NC. I did take on a new 
endeavor — Nursing School. I am in 
my first semester of full time college, 
AGAIN. It's tough, but it's really amaz- 
ing what you can do if you actually go 
to class and study. John has arranged 
his schedule to be home with the kids 
during the week while I'm in school. 


Mrs. Davis A. Estes (Charade Boiling) 
2423 Harpoon Drive 
Stafford VA 22554 


Ms. Jean G. Guergai (Jean G. Lewis) 
3641 Elderberry Place 
Fairfax VA 22033 

Mrs. Mary Sampson (Mary T. Ziebold) 
949 16th Street 
Hermosa Beach CA 90254 


Mrs. Kathleen lacobelli (Kelly O'Connor 

4764 Outlook Way NE 
Marietta, GA 30066 


Notes by former secretary, Eden 
Zuckerman Brown: It was so great to 
hear from so many classmates. There 
is a great deal of buzz and excitement 
building about our upcoming 15th 

Christine Diver Ans says they 
have been very busy over the past few 
years. She is living the happy life of a 
wife of the Defense Attache at the 
American Embassy in Riga, Latvia. 
She is finally able to put the Russian 
that she learned at SBC to good use! 
Her son, Aleks (12), is fully immersed 
in a Latvian school and her daughter, 
Amanda (6), attends the International 
School. She says they welcome any 
and all visitors and to please e-mail: . 

Denise Landau Blind says all is 
well in New Jersey and that she is 
looking forward to our 15th! Denise 
and her husband will celebrate 12 
years of marriage with a trip to the 
Cayman Islands! Her son, Tyler, is in 
the 2nd grade and is an all-around 
athlete — very involved in baseball, 

football, soccer, and bowling! He 
bowled a 227 last summer! Chelsea 
starts kindergarten next year and 
Denise says she's a handful at age 
four going on fifteen!! She hopes to 
get to see Julie Martin Collins in 
Nashville soon. 

Lindsey Boswell Carroll is cur- 
rently living in High Point, NC. She is 
married and has a daughter who is 6 
years old. 

Kathryn Deriso-Schwartz is still 
very involved with the kids' school, St. 
Thomas Episcopal, and the Auction 
Committee. In her spare time, she 
works part-time as the Marketing 
Director for South Miami Sports 
Medicine Rehabilitation Center. Kacki 
(11), twins Burgen and Webb (8), and 
Chandler (4), are busy with soccer. 
Kathryn is looking forward to Reunion. 

Susan Detweiler continues to 
enjoy technical rock and mountain 
guiding year-round. She is scheduled 
to guide Aconcagua (23,000' and in 
Argentina) and is also going to volun- 
teer ski patrol this winter near her 
home in Colorado. She is enjoying 
being single and is contemplating a 
move to Jackson, WY to guide in a 
quieter and wilder place. She is in 
contact with Jennifer Roach Childs, 
Cameron Cox Hirtz, Wendy Hastings 
('89), Andrea Fraley. and Rob Barlow. 
Jr. Susan looks forward to hearing 
from others: . 

Laura Dean Golias married her 
best friend and soul mate, Joseph 
Robert Golias on December 16. 2000. 
They live in Radford, VA with their five 
cats. Laura still works in Radford 
University Printing Services, and takes 
care of her husband, Joe, who is dis- 
abled. She would love to hear from 
any old friends at aruntaoddess@rad- . Stacey Sickels Heckel is still 
working as Director of Advancement 
for Grace Episcopal Day School, where 
her children (1st grade and pre-k) go. 
She is competing on and coaches a 
national synchronized ice skating 
team, called Ice Force One. They will 
go to the Easterns in Charleston, SC in 
January and hope to qualify for 
nationals this year in Huntsville, AL. 
Stacey enjoys serving on several 
boards, but finds most fulfilling volun- 
teering for Chris Van Hollen running 
for congress, whom they know per- 
sonally. Her most exciting news is that 
she flew to Portland, Oregon to be in a 
television commercial for Kodak-Ofoto 
(where she has uploaded over 17,000 
photos). She met up with her sister 
there, who now lives in Seattle. Stacey 
says she is not a model or actress by 
any means, but this continues her 
theme of speaking on behalf of things 
she cares about. She says the rest of 
her time is spent doing just plain liv- 

Susanna Broaddus Hickman and 
Phil are enjoying their second child, 
Elizabeth Campbell. She was born on 
July 3, 2002. Her big brother, Hunter 

(3), has started pre-school and loves 
it. In October 2002, Susanna returned 
to practice law full-time at Geddy, 
Harris, Franck & Hickman in 
Williamsburg, VA. Susanna is looking 
forward to our next reunion. 

Cameron Cox Hirtz has been very 
busy. Her daughter, Grayson, just 
turned one this summer. Her husband. 
Tony (VMI '86), is currently deployed 
in Afghanistan and just before he left 
they found out that they are expecting 
their second child ... the due date is 
March 6th! She keeps in touch with a 
lot of SBC'ers via e-mail, however she 
is always in contact with Denton 
Freeman Kump. They spent a glorious 
and fun week in Hatteras, NC in 
September 2002. 

Kate Cole Hite is keeping busy as 
a stay-at-home mom. She loves the 
fact that she gets to be with her kids 
so much more than when she was 
working full-time. She says she defi- 
nitely feels more engaged with them 
and their schools. Chase is almost 7 
and is in full swing in first grade. He's 
an active boy and keeps Kate busy! 
Mackenzie just celebrated her 4th 
birthday and Kate is recovering from 
that. She is totally different from 
Chase in that she likes to sit quietly 
and color, or look at books (Kate likes 
that!). She and Tucker are also expect- 
ing their 3rd baby in the beginning of 
January 2003. Her Tastefully Simple 
business has really taken off. She 
loves the products and the business, 
and especially the extra income! She 
says she never thought she would 
have gotten into direct sales, but is 
glad that she did. She and Tucker are 
looking forward to the 15th reunion 
and can't wait to see everyone. 

Kelly Meredith lacobelli has 
some fun news! She and John had 
their first baby on July 3rd, 2002. 
Kathleen Margaret was 7 lb, 3 oz and 
she is darling. She goes back to work 
at Coca-Cola in two weeks, so they've 
started day care part time. Kelly says 
the transition time is for her, not the 

Julie Lindauer Jacobson has been 
very busy these days with a "labor of 
love" at Emory's Physician Assistant 
Program— directing the development 
of opening a student-run, free clinic. 
The other half of her week is spent 
seeing patients at Kaiser Permanente, 
where she practices in Internal 

Mariam Khan is an editor at and she says she 
was in Eastern Europe. Denton 
Freeman Kump has made a drastic 
switch from research scientist to 
accessories designer. Her collection, 
called Poesis, is sold now in over 100 
high-end boutiques nationally and 
internationally. She just opened her 
first boutique, located in Richmond. 
VA. and so far, the response is phe- 
nomenal. Phoebe carried a Poesis 
handbag on Friends last season, as 

did Hilary Duff on Lizzie McGuire. 
Charlize Theron and Ivana Milicevic 
also carry Poesis purses for their per- 
sonal use. Also, look for her bags on 
Sex and the City and The Sopranos 
next season! Her website is www.poe- 

Whitney Bolt Lewis had another 
baby boy this summer — Landen Grey. 
He is doing great and she adores him. 
Her veterinary practice is doing well 
despite the happenings of last year. 
Due to a busy chaotic life and not pri- 
oritizing better. Whitney says she has 
only been in touch with Katie Keogh 
Snelling in the past year. She says 
Katie sounds terrific — running 
marathons and selling houses like 
crazy in Delaware. Whitney cannot 
believe our 15th is just around the 
corner and says she misses everyone, 
but especially her close friends and 
that wonderful Guion building!! 

Michele DeGuerin Luke has been 
living in Houston, her hometown, 
since she returned from six years of 
working in DC in 1996. She has been 
married for four years to Robert Luke. 
They had their first child, a boy named 
Elias, in January 2002. She says they 
are happy and well and would wel- 
come news from other classmates. 

Christina Savage Lytle says they 
are doing well. They had a great sum- 
mer hanging out by the pool and trav- 
eling to the Outer Banks. They've also 
enjoyed sailing in Florida. Annapolis 
and Newport this past year with her 
family. Lucie is now five and started 
Kindergarten: she is doing great and 
Mom is adjusting. Leslie is now 20 
months and wants to do EVERYTHING 
her older sister does. They are looking 
forward to a visit from her sister, 
Renee Savage ('92) and her 13- 
month-old daughter, Campbell. 
Christina sees Susan Marshall 
Lawrence ('86) and her family often. 
She is hoping to see more of her SBC 
classmates. She stays in touch with 
Stacey Sickels Heckel. Elizabeth 
Belser Kistler. and Stacy Lee Pae 
('87) via e-mail. JD and his partners 
just switched firms and are now with 
UBS Paine Weber. Christina has been 
volunteering regularly at Lucie and 
Leslie's schools and started a neigh- 
borhood playgroup with a friend last 
year. She's enjoyed serving on the 
Vestry of her church, Christ Church, 
Georgetown. She says it's hard to 
believe that it was eleven years ago 
that she and JD were married there. 
They hope to begin the next phase of 
house renovations in the next few 

Cheryl Lynn Horowitz Matheny is 
now living in Charlotte, NC with her 
husband, four-year-old son, two dogs 
and their bird. She is working for 
DaimlerChrysler in Human Resources. 
She had a call from Lisa Fink, who is 
also in the Charlotte area — she is mar- 
ried with two kids. They haven't had a 
chance to get together. Cheryl Lynn 

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Paige Shiller Okun is very busy. 
She is still living in Washington. DC. 
Bennett just turned two and they have 
a second baby due in December 2002. 
She keeps busy with Junior League 
and volunteering at Bennett's pre- 

Jennifer Pedrick began a new 
ministry in October 2002 as Rector of 
St. Michael and Grace Episcopal 
Church in Rumford. Rl Jennifer, her 
husband. Michael, and her daughters. 
Lydia (5) and Isabella (1), will be living 
in the church's rectory as they begin 
this new adventure. 

Anne Powell has moved to 
Wytheville. VA and is working as a tax 
accountant/manager for Henry Schein 
drug co., as well as helping out on the 
family farms. 

Kathryn Ingham Reese is still hav- 
ing fun in good old Delaware. She and 
Barton have two daughters. Landon 
(3) and Elliot (1). They keep her busy 
as she is still teaching third grade at 
Tower Hill School. She says she is 
looking forward to our 15th! 

Jennifer Bach Rosen has had a 
busy year! She and Rob just finished 
their renovation work when they stum- 
bled upon a new house that "cried 
out" for them! Of course, it too is in 
need of work, so there they go again! 
She says the boys are growing quickly 
(Matthew is 5 1/2 and Will is 2 1/2). 

Mary Halliday Shaw is still living 
in San Diego and loving it!! The twins 
(Jack and Mike) are 1 1 . and Kevin is 
seven They all love to surf with their 
Dad. Brad Mary is still teaching part- 
time and enjoying it. She says that 
Katie Keogh Snelling came to visit in 
July 02 and it was great to see her. 

Tracy Tigerman Shannon says life 
is great. She has been in her new 
house and her new marriage and loves 
both. She had a baby girl. Kaitlyn 
Renae. August 1. 2002. Big brother. 
Ryan, loves having a sister. Tracy says 
she can't wait until reunion 

Heather Gregory Skeens says that 
she and Ed (HSC '86) have now been 
married for fourteen years and have 
two children— Mckinsey Leigh (11) 
and Taylor Drew (8). They are living in 
Greensboro. NC. Heather just finished 
her MBA at University of MD and is 
currently working as a supervisor at 
the Guilford County Department of 
Social Services in Child Protective 
Services Ed is a District Manager for 
Airborne Express and was recently 
moved to Raleigh They will be moving 
at the end of the school year and 
Heather hopes to get a "real" job! 

Stephanie Wilt Smirnov is still 
working happily (and busily) in the PR 
department of L'Oreal in NYC She is 
also overjoyed to report that she and 
Max are expecting their first child in 
January 2003! 

Stephanie Sprouse says that 

Dublin is going well though despite 
major cultural differences. Her family 
has visited a few times which Steph 
says is wonderful. They bring her 
Portuguese rolls. She loves her 
accounting classes and her job. She 
says she is looking forward to 
Christmas in Connecticut and a visit 
with her brother and his wife, whom 
she has not seen since June, plus see- 
ing her dad. step-mom. stepbrother 
and stepsister. She says Jackson is a 
wonderful 18-month-old toddler who 
constantly makes her smile. It is a 
wonderful gift to be his mom. She 
would love to hear from any SBC'ers 
at . 

Erica Hennig Subramaniam says 
that she and her husband moved to 
Asheville. NC last July. They just love 
living in the mountains. Erica started 
down a new career path: she is a 
librarian at a middle school. She says 
it's a demanding position and she has 
lots to learn, but she loves working 
with the children— all 900 of them! 
Her husband is an assistant professor 
at UNC-Asheville. 

Christina Tellalian says that she 
still keeps in touch with Paige Shiller 
Okun who is expecting her second 
child in Dec. Also, she is in touch with 
Allison Fuller Nicholson who is living 
up in New Hampshire with her daugh- 
ter, Annie, who is absolutely gorgeous. 
Chrissy works for Sony. She opened 
their Washington office in 1998. It is a 
wonderful company and a great job. 
She travels to Japan periodically, and 
just returned a few weeks ago. She 
headed out to California where they 
have their movie studio and other 
operations October 2002. She bought 
a condo in the heart of Georgetown 
last year, and is having fun decorating. 
She had an artist paint a mural on one 
wall over the summer. very trying as 
it took him almost two months to 
complete it. Chrissy says this has 
been a slow travel year for her.. .went 
to Hawaii, the Bahamas, and Miami 
She will be heading to Brazil in 
December for a wedding, and the 
Turks and Caicos Islands for the holi- 

Grace Quirk Thompson says her 
girls. Caroline (8) and Georgia (7). 
keep them very busy with year round 
swim team, tennis, and ballet! As 
many mothers do. Grace volunteers at 
their children's school ... and that 
seems to be a full-time job itself. She 
misses her SBC friends and wishes 
they all lived a little closer. 

Marjorie Holthaus Tomaso 
started, three years ago. a company 
where she designs custom mono- 
grams and accessories, called M C 
Designs She has opened a 
store/office in her hometown of St 
Louis She also travels around the 
country and sells her designs through 
home trunk shows She is currently in 
the process of trying to open stores in 
Grosse Pointe. Ml and Vero Beach. Fl 

You can see her designs at www.cus- . Marjorie says 
that on her travels she visits with SBC 
Class of '88 girls from all over She 
was in Atlanta where she saw 
Caroline Reu Rolader (who is doing 
well with her architecture business 
and has two adorable sons). Before 
that she stayed with Jen Hough 
Conley in Wilton, CT. Jen has four 
children and Marjorie says she looks 
great She saw Gerry O'Brien Jones in 
Dallas last spring. She recently heard 
from Caroline Trask Wallace ('87) 
who lives next door to Liz Wilkins 
Tally in Richmond. VA. She reported 
that Liz just gave birth to her second 
son and is doing great. Marjorie 
reported that she plans to visit 
Richmond next spring. Marjorie says 
that having her own business is great 
because it allows her to dictate her 
hours so that she can be home with 
her three children: Charlie (11). 
Sydney (8). and Sophie (6). She tries 
to hire other mothers so that they can 
also have the opportunity to be home 
with their children. One of the girls 
that work for her is also a SBC grad, 
Ann Keyes Lucas 

Kelly Brown Varga and her family 
will probably be in Germany for three 
more years. She is looking forward to 
taking Kim Belcher Harvey and her 
three boys to see castles and 
Christmas Markets when they visit in 
December 2002. 

Nici Fraley Williams had a new 
baby girl on June 15, 2002. Her name 
is Julia Fraley Williams and they call 
her Fraley. She weighed 5.4 lb and 
was 19" long. Her big brother. Jake, 
turned four on 9/24/02 and he loves 
kissing on his sister. 

As for Bill and me. we have moved 
back to Arlington and moved in a 
great condo. Our condo building is 
approximately one block from the 
office, which makes the commute vir- 
tually painless. We continue to run our 
own practice and are thrilled to be 
back in the city. I can't wait to see 
everyone at Reunion Have a safe and 
healthy year!!! 


Miss Emmy S. Leung 
7102 Wynnewood Court 
Richmond VA 23235-5619 


Mrs. Jean L. Benmng (Jean Spillane) 

1506 Bethlehem Pike 

Ambler PA 19002 



Ms. Penelope Tadler (Penelope Sloane) 
114 Payne Whitney Lane 
Manhasset NY 11030 

It's been another whirlwind year 
for the class of 1991. Here's what I 
found out Carey Bates continues to 
live in Westchester, NY on a lake and 
goes fishing every day. She is a Senior 
Information Developer with Hyperion 
and is considering a Ph D in commu- 
nications. She spends time with her 
nieces and 90 year old grandmother 
She is looking forward to an autumn 
visit from Amber Vellenga 

Signee Hoffman passed her 
Boards and has received the 
Diplomate of Chiropractic Neurology 
She met up with Curtis Swartley ((SBC 
1990 winter in Europe) and they are 
happily seeing each other again. 
Catherine Goslau continues to live in 
Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has 
changed careers and is now working 
as a caterer. She is the proud aunt of 
3 nephews. She says she still rides 
and is still single. She recently spent a 
weekend with her secret sophomore. 
Wendy Stevenson. She also keeps in 
touch with. Jill Randies. Cheryl 
Gilman, Tammy Fein. She is looking 
for Brice McRae. Cathy is also the 
SBC Alumnae Riding Recruiter for 
Maryland. She let us know that Ashley 
Cobb-Phelan just become a mom and 
is living in California. 

Kathryn Hagisl Yunk is living in 
Wisconsin She and her husband 
Daniel are planning their fall schedules 
around the University of Wisconsin 
football team. They traveled to 
Australia this summer and had a won- 
derful time. Kathryn keeps in touch 
with and hopes to see Suzanne Petrie 
this fall Suzanne Petrie Reed and her 
husband Paul bought a house in 
Potomac Maryland. She says the high- 
light is that it's only a 6-minute drive 
from her horse. Mojito! Suzanne 
remains a senior director for Latin 
America for the Secretary of Defense. 
She keeps in touch with Kathryn Yunk 
Kimberley McGraw Euston (92). and 
Christina Stoltz Feldkamp ('89). 

Gwen Glew is still working as a 
pediatrician in Seattle. She has 
enrolled in a fellowship program, 
which will lead to a Masters in Public 
Health. She and her husband Rich 
have a sweet 2-year-old son named 
Duncan and are expecting their sec- 
ond child in April Mary Lanford Price 
is the editor of the Greene County 
Record, a small weekly newspaper 
serving a community north of 
Charlottesville Her husband Tim is a 
computer programmer for Castle Hill 

Mamie Farmer is staying busy 
with her two children. Miller (3) and 
Harry (1). They just moved to a new 
house in Richmond. She is hoping to 
have Elliot Pitts and Christine Flint 
visit in January. She lets us know that 
Anne Galanides is about to have baby 
*3 Vickie Campo is expecting #2 and 
Dawn Nelson is getting ready to 
move Christine Flint Canterbury has 
finally adjusted to the rain in Seattle 

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She is very busy with her two children 
Joseph (4) and Emma Claire (1 1/2). 

Kana Roess Goldsmith is expect- 
ing her second son at the end of 
November. She visits with Brandi 
Beck Fowler ('90) and Elizabeth 
Mason Horsley ('90). 

Lara Wohlford lives in West Hills. 
California. Karen Holland continues to 
work at Sara Lee Branded Apparel as a 
Manager, Compensation. She finished 
grad school and is looking for a new 
project. She has been doing some 
recruiting for SBC at local college 
fairs. She has been in touch with 
Nicole Gauthier and Elise Scott Via 
She is looking for Mary Wells 

Aelica Ingenthron Orsi and hus- 
band Jay have two little girls, Kristen 
and Laura Katherine. They just moved 
to a new house in Little Rock. Aelica 
continues to work as a psychothera- 
pist in a private practice. Jay owns 
and runs Three Rivers Title Services. 

Allene Doucette is now living in 
Pensacola, Florida and is engaged to a 
Marine Corps helicopter pilot, so 
they'll be there until December 2004. 
They are renovating a 1930's cottage. 
In addition to Gansett (the 6 year old 
Boston Terrier she brought to reunion 
with her) they have a 4 month old 
Boston Terrier named Briscoe that 
they acguired in late June. She says 
that it's hot down there but they're 
very close to the Gulf and some beau- 
tiful beaches. She keeps in touch with 
Karen Hott. Jennifer Gregg, Stacey 
Lee & Carlin McKenna Moroney. 

D'Andra Simmons is working at 
the Department of Energy in 
Washington, D.C. She received a 
Political Appointment from President 
Bush a year ago, and is a "Schedule 
C" with the Bush Administration. She 
is the only political appointee working 
in the Office of Civilian Radioactive 
Waste Management. She was instru- 
mental in getting the Yucca Mountain 
Project to pass both the House and 
the Senate this summer. 
She sees Kristin Walberg Urbach fre- 
quently and Melanie Duke. They are 
both doing well. She is trying to get in 
touch with Suzanne Petrie. 
Egg (Jennifer Gregg) reports that she 
has been busy with a trip to Italy, a 
complete kitchen makeover project, 
and oh yeah. ..she got married. Egg 
and her partner Karen officially got 
hitched. She says it pays to live in 
Vermont. The event was held in their 
backyard where they have a great view 
of the mountains. Carlin McKenna 
Moroney and Stacey Lawrence Lee 
and her husband attended. Egg and 
Karen have an upcoming trip to St 
John and after that, the plan is to take 
it easy for bit. 

Elliott Pitts is having a great year! 
She bought her first house and a boat, 
and traveled to Italy, Germany and the 
Olympics (where she did NOT buy a 
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that happened was that two of her 
favorite friends had twins in May and 
named them after her!! Sadly, the year 
was not perfect, as she did not see 
any SBC friends. SIGH! 

Emily Leming LaJeunesse mar- 
ried Jayme La Jeuness on July 21 , 
2002, in a small private ceremony in 
their church's garden. In June 2002, 
they attended Amber Bennett's wed- 
ding Heather McGowen Sanford and 
her husband live in Galway. Ireland. 
They have three great children. They 
have one precious 11 -yr. old boy they 
adopted from Managua, Nicaragua 
while they were living there. They also 
have two beautiful little girls, Hannah 
5 and a half, and Abigail 3. Heather 
and her husband are both ordained 
ministers and pastor a church in 
Galway. She reports that she has a 
wonderful life. "We get to serve God 
and travel the world. Who could ask 
for more?" She keeps in touch with 
Katherine, Christine, Suzanne and 
Raynelle, She asks that if any of her 
Sweet Briar friends are in Ireland 
please e-mail ahead and she'd love to 
meet up with you! 

Joan Dabney Clickner is moving 
to Charlottesville in the next couple of 
months. Bobby is starting his own 
practice in Oriental Medicine in down- 
town Charlottesville, and they're shop- 
ping for houses right now. Ian is 
nearly 14 months old now, and keep- 
ing them delighted as well as busy. 
She is looking forward to being more 
involved with SBC since she'll only be 
an hour away! 

Shelbie Filson is still working at 
the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center and 
acting whenever she gets the chance. 
She got to perform a dream role in a 
February production of 
"Communicating Doors." and is cur- 
rently in rehearsals for "The Rocky 
Horror Show." She still does her best 
to spoil her nieces, Skyler (5) and 
Rylee (1-1/2). Stacey Lawrence Lee 
and her husband Will moved out to 
Port Washington, NY a few months 
ago to see how they would like subur- 
ban life. They were up in Vermont for 
Egg's wedding and report that it was 
beautiful. They took two weeks this 
summer to sail from Glen Cove to 
Nantucket and stopped to visit Carlin 
McKenna Moroney and her family in 
South Dartmouth, MA. 

Susan Spurell got engaged in 
November 2001 (in the Cayman 
Islands) and then married May 2002 
(in Richmond, Virginia) to Patrick 
Todd (ODU '85 and MCV '95). 
Melanie Duke and Amy Lemieux were 
there. She honeymooned in the 
Canary Islands. They were the only 
Americans there (and had been for the 
past year). After the wedding dust set- 
tled, they moved to Lynchburg, VA, 
where Patrick has a dental practice. 
She was in Manhattan for a brief visit 
in June. 

Suzanne Ziesmann received her 

Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental 
Biology in 2000 at UC Davis, and had 
the great luck to procure a two-year 
teaching position in the Dept of 
Biology as an Assistant Professor at 
Sweet Briar College. She has just 
started her new job, which she loves, 
as a post-doctoral fellow at UVA. She 
is doing research in a lab that studies 
the molecular regulation of beta-cell 
development. This work ultimately 
leads to understanding and curing dia- 
betes. Her horse Nugget, also an SBC 
grad, is now 30 years old, will be 
entered in the SBC competitive trail 
ride this fall. 

Tammy O'Malley Fein has 2 chil- 
dren, Benjamin (2) and Ethan (1). She 
has been working part-time as a men- 
tal health therapist for children and 
their families. She saw Judi Goetz 
(Kobliska)'92 in May '02 in the Cape. 
Tammy is also beginning to work one 
weekend a month for an open horse- 
show circuit in their office. She just 
got to ride on the beach for the first 
time, and says it was fantastic. 

As for me, my life is as busy as 
ever. I am still teaching a self-con- 
tained 5th grade gifted class in 
Brooklyn, NY. I was elected to the 
vestry at my church and that has kept 
me on my toes. During the summer, I 
spent three lovely weeks in the Catskill 
Mountains. It was rejuvenating! I have 
been in touch with Clover Shaman 
Pitts, Kate Haw, Carey Bates, and 
Felicia Hill Carmouche'92 It was 
great to hear from all of you! 


Mrs. Kimberly Calhoun (Kimberly 

2127 Adderbury Lane 
Smyrna GA 30082 


Mrs. Jeffrey T. Constable (Michelle 

100 West Hillcrest Avenue 
Havertown PA 19083-1131 


Miss Mary-Linda (Molly) Morris 
6452 Cranston Way 
Dublin OH 43017 

This has been a great year for the 
class of 1994! We have lots of new 
degrees, family additions and even 
more new husbands! Yay for us! Let's 
start the roll call: 

Katherine Lindsey Auchter says 
hello from Jacksonville! She is enjoy- 
ing the love and challenges that two 
girls under the age of two can bring. 
Anna (22 months) is now a big sister 
to Julia, born 6/05/02. Julia is healthy, 
sweet, and perfect in every way. "I feel 
so blessed to be a 'new' mommy all 

over again! 

Jamee Thompson Briggs is happy 
to announce the Briggs family's 
newest addition — Caroline Wagner 
Briggs was born 5/28/02. Her big 
brother Jackson continues to do well. 
Both kids keep Jamee and John very 
busy and yet extremely happy. She 
continues to work at a Montessori 
school in Evergreen, CO four hours a 
day. She writes that Colorado is beau- 
tiful and encourages visitors! 

Allison Vollmer Douglass and 
William love raising Kate (born 
11/17/01) in NYC. Allison is working 
four days a week at Fitness Magazine 
as their Business Development 
Director and William is still at Citibank. 
They keep up with lots of SBC'ers, but 
she wishes there were more in the 
area. They went skiing with Jamee 
Thompson Briggs and her family, and 
enjoyed catching up with everyone at 
Robyn Barto's wedding 

Melissa Thomason O'Toole 
recently saw Heather Swenberg at her 
wedding in Chapel Hill. The wedding 
was beautiful and she had a wonderful 
time. She is in her first year of nursing 
school, and is keeping up with her two 
kids, Marina (2) and Conor (4). 

Stacey Eisenberg Payne is living 
and teaching in Watertown, CT. Her 
husband David works as an attorney 
for Timex. They welcomed a baby boy, 
Joseph "Matties" in May. 

Courtney O'Dea Plaisted and her 
husband moved to Charlotte. NC "for 
a quality of life change." DC was get- 
ting too congested and stressful. They 
bought a beautiful big home and love 
life. Courtney works 10 minutes from 
home in the Pediatric Intensive Care at 
Carolina's Medical Center. It's very 
challenging, but exciting. Larry is 
working as an attorney downtown. 
She sees Elizabeth Thigpen Landry 
and her 2 beautiful daughters often. 
The two of them took their husbands 
to San Antonio. TX for Heather 
Forrester Russell's wedding, where 
they met up with Erica Clayton Wright. 
They had a fabulous time, and Heather 
looked beautiful. 

Heather Forester Russell writes 
that Erica Clayton Wright was one of 
her bridesmaids, and she was 
delighted by the surprise appearance 
of Rosemary Ratlitf! She reports that 
she and Hugh got married 6/8/02 in 
Boerne. TX. She loved seeing every- 
one who attended. She's teaching 
bilingual pre-K in Amarillo, and says 
that the kids she teaches are adorable 
and a lot of fun. 

Sarah Evans Stacy and her hus- 
band Chad took the summer off from 
their jobs to stay home with their new 
son Carter Gerald (born 5/6/02). Sarah 
was able to scale her work as a finan- 
cial analyst for Grubb and Ellis Co. 
back to part-time following her return 
to work. She and Chad are also busy 
renovating their third home in 

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Katherine Schupp has been very 
busy. There have been a lot of 
changes for her this year. She is now 
working for the Preservation Resource 
Center of New Orleans. It's an organi- 
zation dedicated to historic preserva- 
tion and neighborhood development. 
She's the Assistant Director of 
Development in charge of special 
events. She manages and organizes all 
of the major fundraising events. She 
admits that it's not quite archeology, 
but it's still rewarding. She finally fin- 
ished her master's degree in 
Anthropology with a specialization in 
Historical Archeology from the College 
of William and Mary. She is still doing 
some work for Lucy Deoliveira 
Bosworth for her company, Ascent 
Consulting Group. She's been travel- 
ing, too. She went to DC, Boise, ID 
and went to Norah Wagner's wedding 
in Martha's Vineyard. In MV, she had a 
surreal experience — she saw her old 
Volvo with a Sweet Briar, Hampden- 
Sydney and William and Mary sticker 
in the back window! 

Ginger Amon White reports that 
her daughter Natalie Olivia was born 
1/22/02. She's enjoying being a stay at 
home mom. They all just returned 
from Disneyworld. where Natalie 
enjoyed all the colors, characters and 
parades. As a departure from her 
usual style, Ginger decided to decorate 
Natalie's nursery with a Mickey Mouse 
theme, and Natalie went as Minnie 
Mouse for Halloween. Now who would 
have guessed that? 

Erica Clayton Wright was named 
Director of Communications for 
Senator Rick Santorum of PA. 

Kim Szuszczewicz Snead reports 
that PriceWaterhouse Coopers was 
purchased, so she is now officially an 
IBM employee. She and John are 
moving to a new house in December, 
and her son Cole will turn 1 year old 
in 04/03. She loves being a mom. 

Alex Stewart is planning her 
February wedding to Adam 
Manwarren Kathy May, Stephanie 
Pappinkou and her sister Nicky 
Stewart Fowler will all be brides- 
maids. She and Kathy had a great trip 
to "Lynchvegas" for Susan Purdue's 
wedding in September. 

Beth Riccobono Shiftier is now a 
homeowner in Maynard, MA. She and 
Paul had been searching for a home 
for a year. She's now teaching 4th and 
5th grade math. It's a big change from 
teaching high school students, but 
she's glad she made the change. 

Vinca Swanson is still busy with 
lacrosse. The Seattle Women's' team 
("Seattle Summer Sweathogs") won 
the Western States Club Title, playing 
teams that Vinca calls, "tall, skilled, 
and tan." She is the president of the 
Northwest Women's Lacrosse League. 
Her art shows have been successful 
and pieces are selling! She had three 
art shows over the summer and there 
are some commissions coming in. 

She's taking it easy for now, since 
she's recovering from knee surgery. 
Seattle should be on the lookout for 
the Bionic Vinca in 2003! 

Kelleigh Smith Sommer is a 
Pricing Analyst with Clarke-American. 
She and Richard sold their house, and 
they plan to build a new one in the 
next six months. Her son Sam is now 
2 and a half. 

Caitlin Sundby is planning a 
spring wedding. Her boyfriend Scott 
Russell popped the question at a 
friend's estate in NC. The wedding is 
going to be 06/07/03 at the Cathedral 
of St. Philip in Atlanta, where the cou- 
ple met, and Betsy Lanard is one of 
the bridesmaids. 

Victoria Sevastianova is sad to 
have left Virginia. She took a job as an 
Assistant Professor of Russian at 
Vassar, but after spending the last six 
years at UVA, she wants to go back. 

Amy Ross is working hard, jug- 
gling her teaching job in Memphis 
with her job as a consultant with 
SGA/McGraw Hill. She is often flying 
everywhere in the country, helping to 
train math teachers. She is planning a 
spring '03 wedding, and hopes to 
move to NY or SF in about a year. 

Heather Roby has been trans- 
ferred back to DC by her company. 
She is doing software training and 
curriculum design for an education 
company, and she's working out of 
Alexandria, VA. She sees Kim Snead 
often, and she is training for the 
Marine Corps Marathon with Christy 
Young McCain and Dorothy Bailey 

Shannon Hetcel-Dykes is working 
on her Masters of Education. She and 
Jim are preparing to celebrate their 
7th anniversary in their new home in 
AZ. They will be there with Carter for 
the next 2 years. 

Corrine Gaillard helped Robyn 
Barto Knauss get married. She was a 
bridesmaid and Liz Gilgan was the 
Maid of Honor at her wedding. Corrine 
reports that Robyn and her new hus- 
band Peter are moving to Maine, 
where Robyn took a job in the 
Financial Aid office of Bowdoin 

Amy Biathrow Ross moved in 
April, to a new house in Raleigh. She 
and Craig have been having a great 
time decorating — they have lots of 
extra room. She started a new job with 
Red Hat, the company that develops 
and sells the Linux Operating System. 

Liz Gilgan is running a public out- 
reach program for the AIA, where she 
is spreading the good word about 
Archeology. Dr. Claudia Chang is one 
of her lecturers this year. She spent 
time with Lia DeSimone Colbert this 
summer. Lia's daughter Amalia Ann 
Colbert was born 5/31/02. She was 
happy to see Mary Holmes Slusser, 
Erica Clayton Wright, Allison Vollmer 
Douglass and Ashley Henderson 
Swigart at Robyn Barto Knauss's 

Amelia McDaniel Johnson also 
went to MD to visit with Lia 
DeSimone Colbert She reports that 
Virginia Wyly will be 1 on 11/10/02 
and she is a wonderful little girl. She's 
the director of education for Christ 
Church in Raleigh, and she says there 
are lots of SBC girls in the congrega- 
tion. Wooten will be finishing his term 
as the Southern Desk Director for the 
Democratic Congressional Campaign 
Committee in December, so she's 
wondering what's coming next. 

Betsy Lanard is teaching in the 
Philadelphia School District. She's fin- 
ishing her 2nd masters degree. This 
one is a MA in Teaching. She's 
enrolling in a Ph.D. program that will 
combine Special Education with 
Music. She's currently a part-time 
music therapist with autistic children. 
She went to Canada over the summer 
and did a lot of hiking and mountain 
biking, and she's looking forward to a 
return to Montreal for New Years. 
She's also getting excited for Caitlin 
Sundby's wedding in June. 

Amy Loux reports that she's hap- 
pily living and working in the San 
Francisco Bay area. 

Korina Adkins moved to Sedona, 
AZ in May, and she set up a website 
design company called High Sky 

( ) She's 
also playing soccer for a women's 
soccer team in Flagstaff. 

Linda Lombardo is enjoying Lake 
Norman and Charlotte, NC. She 
started her 6th year teaching and is 
serving as the English dept. chair. She 
submits her portfolio for National 
Board Certification in March, so she 
asks us all to keep our fingers 
crossed! Tony is looking for a different 
career, but Linda figures that a year 
teaching middle school would cure 
that. Daniel will graduate this year, and 
he plans to hike the Appalachian Trail 
before he continues on to grad school. 
David is a freshman in college and 
Mark is in 8th grade. 

Kim Bramley-Estep is working for 
Branig Capital Markets in Torrington, 
CT and Scott is a stay at home dad. 
Morgan turns 2 on 10/10/02 and 
Raleigh will be 1 on 12/26/02. She is 
going to be a bridesmaid in Dawn 
Baskin's wedding on 11/9/02. She 
hears from Lori Bahret Mote and 
Heather Swenberg often and 
exchanges emails with Amy Eller 

Allison Chance is still in Atlanta 
but she is no longer practicing law. 
She is working for SunTrust Bank, in 
estate planning. She is in a supper 
club with Amy Waite Riley and sees 
her often. She talks regularly with 
Wendy Wall Nace and they're all look- 
ing forward to Tysha Calhoun's wed- 
ding Patty Geets and Lee McEachern 
Collins were in town recently so they 
got to visit Michelle Lee Wallace had 
a 2nd child on 10/03/02. Georgia Lee 

will be joining an older brother, 
Jackson. She recently saw Jane 
Howard Bolton and her son Bid. She 
went to Jackson Hole, WY to visit 
Stephanie Dudley who she reports 
has bought a condo and is dating a 
native, so she'll never come back. She 
would love to hear from Susan 
Margaret Barrett! 

Allison Mallory is living in NYC, 
working for Credit Suisse First Boston 
in Corporate Events Finance. She has 
been traveling and she went to her 
brother's wedding in Memphis. 

Chandra Garcia is living in 
Chicago, IL. She's a 2nd grade teacher 
on the south side. She loves the kids 
she teaches but admits that they're a 
handful. She and her partner Venus 
are looking into a vacation home in 
Ml. She is hoping to finish her 
Masters in Education next summer. 

Lucia Marks is living in Athens, 
still working in health care and still 
working on her house. She spent time 
in France in the spring, doing restora- 
tion work on a medieval village. 

Rebecca Baker went on to receive 
her M.Ed, in Counseling from 
Lynchburg College in 1998. In her last 
year there, her practicum was at 
Miriam's House, a three-year residen- 
tial program that assists homeless 
mothers with parenting and life skills. 
After that, she did an internship with 
the Child and Adolescent Center at 
Central Virginia Community Services, 
as a family counselor and play thera- 
pist. In 1999, she was hired by the 
Virginia Dept of Social Services under 
a three-year grant to address the 
increasing number of older children 
that are stuck in foster care. They 
renewed the program and now other 
areas of the state are using this pro- 
gram as a model for their own pro- 
gram. Rebecca says that it's a very 
challenging job, but very rewarding. 

Wendy Wall Nace reports that she 
and Randy are enjoying the addition 
they put on their house in 
Birmingham, AL. She's working 
towards her LPC Credential. She's still 
working at the same place, conducting 
therapy with adolescents, families, 
groups, and individuals. She recently 
passed the National Board Certified 
Counselor's Exam. She keeps in touch 
with Elizabeth Thigpen Landry, 
Jamee Thompson Briggs. and Allison 
Vollmer Douglass. She also is in reg- 
ular contact with Tysha Calhoun and 
is helping her plan her wedding. 

Nicole Streeter is going to receive 
her Master's degree in Philanthropy 
from Indiana University/Purdue 
University in Indianapolis. Mamie 
Jackson ('99) is also in her program. 
She will return to Houston (and her 
husband Patrick Scott) to complete 
her Masters in Public Health at UT and 
will attend the Univ. of Texas Medical 
School Familization Program in 2003. 
She sees a lot of LaQuinta Donatio. 
She would like to hear from Janeime 

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Fall 2003 • 85 

Asbury Brown. Renee Rose Flowers 
and MIesa Coltemond 

Kelly Schmitl Molique reports 
that on 5/25/02 she married Mark 
Molique in Phoenix, AZ. Lauren 
VanTyle Bartolomei was in attendance 
with her husband Jake and two 
adorable sons Isaac & Graham. Kelly 
& Mark honeymooned in Bali, 
Indonesia for two weeks — "it was 
beautiful and the people are very 
friendly!" They visited Lesley Byers 
Bush and her husband Jeff as well as 
their new baby. Bradford Byers Bush 
in Denver in 09/02. They are expecting 
their first baby in 05/03. 

Lesli Sedwick-Sheusi writes that 
she is currently working as a mental 
health therapist in Lynchburg provid- 
ing counseling to victims and their 
families. It is definitely challenging, 
but more rewarding than she could 
possibly explain. She is also happily 
married to "a supportive, encouraging, 
funny, spontaneous... the list goes on" 
man with whom she shares "a bright, 
energetic, happy, red-headed girl." She 
reports that yes. she is still horse- 
crazy and she's considering the pur- 
chase of a "dumb-blood" weanling. 

Lesley Byers Bush and her hus- 
band welcomed Bradley Byers on 
6/28/02 and they moved into their new 
home built in 1884. Kelly Schmitt 
Molique and her husband made the 
trip to Denver to celebrate Lesley's 
30th birthday celebration. 

Hopie Carter is in training for the 
NYC Marathon on 11/03/02. Ready to 
give Kate Spade a run for her money, 
she is launching HobNob Press, her 
own stationery line. It will be carried 
by a boutique in SoHo and she's doing 
some custom work. She had summer 
visits from Ashley Celis Cavalier and 
Belh James Longest, and they were 
both expecting at the time. She talks 
regularly with Tashie Curpier 
Whipple. She's getting her Ph.D. in 
Public Policy and expecting her 2nd 
baby. She sees a lot of Kim Clayton 
and Kirsten Osmundsen Boyd and her 
daughter Caroline. Hopie is our "15 
Minutes of Fame" award winner this 
year. She was featured as Allure 
Magazine's SWAT Makeover in the 
June 2002 issue. (Page 82!) She looks 
incredible — even before the makeover! 

Kalhy May has decided that this 
year has been a whirlwind of wed- 
dings. She had a blast at Susan 
Purdue's wedding in August. She's 
helping Alex Stewart plan her wed- 
ding and organizing a bridal shower 
with Nicky Stewart Fowler She and 
her boyfriend Mark just celebrated 
their 1st year together and they share 
a 9 mo. old Rhodesian Ridgeback 
named Chloe. Work is keeping her 
busy, but she's looking forward to 
some R&R on a trip to St. John in 

Andrea Buck has recently been 
appointed the Deputy Director of 
Development and Corporate 

Communications. Head of Alumni 
Relations and Individual Giving at 
University College, London, one of the 
UK's top education institutions. She 
keeps in touch regularly with Sisi 
Zirkle Carroll, Birgit Slolle and 
Laurel Knapp She's hoping to make a 
trip to SBC in the next year. 

Tysha Calhoun is living in San 
Marcos. TX with her fiance Patrick. 
They are planning a spring 2003 wed- 
ding. They've been camping a lot, 
playing music, kayaking. She's been 
keeping up with Allison Chance and 
Wendy Wall Nace. She's still at Dell, 
assisting schools with obtaining tech- 
nology using federal grant money. She 
says that anyone traveling through 
south TX should give her a shout. 
"Now that we're 30, I'm missing the 
old SBC days!" She's also an aunt 
times 2! 

Katie Blaik is leading a very glam- 
orous life in Oklahoma City. She's very 
busy since she opened her own law 
firm. Long hours and very hard work. 
(However, she still saves some time to 
forward email jokes.) She's been trav- 
eling a lot, and is excited to attend 
Alex Stewart's 02/03 wedding on 
Jekyll Island, GA. 

Carlene Harper Sumner is happy 
to report that her son Isaac Graham 
was born 4/8/02. He is very well 
behaved and she takes him to work 
with her every day. Motherhood is 
exhausting, but watching his daily 
progress is fascinating. She and 
Richard are still living in Utah, but 
they're hoping to move back East in 
the next 2 years. 

Katherine Cook adopted a Belgian 
Malinois (think very energetic, pointy- 
eared dog) in December. She works at 
SBC doing faculty tech support. "The 
dog gets to come to work with me, 
how cool is that?" Her free time is 
spent volunteering with the fire com- 
pany in Orange — where she is the 
only woman member. She saw 
Mehreen Mallal a couple weeks ago 
when she passed through Washington 
DC. She seems to be doing well and is 
starting a new job with OxFam in 
Pakistan. Mehreen was staying with 
Nora Oney so they got to have their 
own little mini-reunion. 

I have been very busy with school. 
I have changed my course of study yet 
again. Now I am going into art ther- 
apy. I'll be spending the next year at 
Ohio State taking psychology classes. 
This summer I made several trips to 
VA. The first trip was to Norfolk for 
Hilarie Wakefield Dayton's wedding. 
That was a lot of fun, and it was excit- 
ing to see one of Hilarie's creations — 
her own wedding dress! I spent the 
next 3 days after the wedding in 
Chapel Hill, NC with Dana Varnado 
Campbell and her family. I also met up 
with my W&L Delt friends at another 
wedding in Hampton. My boyfriend 
and I stopped at SBC on the way and I 
was able to show off the campus. The 

new student center is looking great! 

I want to thank everyone who sent 
notes to me this fall. I have had so 
much fun learning what's going on in 
your lives! There are new class notes 
deadlines published here in the maga- 
zine. Please keep those someplace 
handy, since I'll be sending in all the 
notes I get before the deadline. (The 
postcards won't be coming from the 
alumnae office anymore — the pres- 
sure's on you now.) Keep 'em coming! 


Ms. Heather Roll Reardon (Heather Lyn 

15964 SW 151 Terrace 
Miami FL 33196 


Ms. Natalie McAdee (Natalie Joy 

3016 Rosemary Lane 
San Jose CA 95128 

Miss Eileen R. MacMurtrie 

4 Muirfield Court 

Newtown Square PA 19073-3026 


Mrs. Kern R. Burtner (Kerri Rawlings) 
601 N. Rosina Ave. 
Somerset PA 15501 


Mrs. Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett 
183 Country Mill Lane 
Stockbridge GA 30281 


Mrs. Katelin C. Garland (Katelin 

33 Wingate Road 
Weymouth MA 02189 


Ms. Alison Stockdale 
15353 Gatehouse Terrace 

Cameron Theodores writes from 
Diablo. CA that she is the Dir. of HR of 
the Diablo Country Club and is also 
taking classes towards a post-gradu- 
ate degree in Graphic Arts. Also west 
of the Mississippi, Jessi Livingston 
writes that she is getting ready to 
coach another season of lacrosse, is 
busy with work, and wants everyone 
to visit her in AZ. From TN, Elissa 
Pugh is in Nashville going to grad 
school for English and Evangeline 
Easterly has been busy studying and 

researching in TN as well. Evangline 
recently visited Amy Hess Snawder in 
Fort Polk, LA and as many SBCers did, 
attended Amy Scott's wedding party in 
Charleston, SC along with Dina 
Orbison. Kim Leech. Germaine 
Gottsche. Abby Schmidt. Cara Millar. 
Betsy Bagg. Susan Bollinger, and 
Allison Davis Amy Hess Snawder 
writes that she is now living in TX with 
husband Jared in Killen until 5/03 
when Amy moves up to VA while 
Jared goes to Korea for a year. Amy 
Scott Huse is studying molecular biol- 
ogy at the Medical University of South 
Carolina. She writes, "I am focusing on 
novel treatments for heart failure and 
was recently selected as a Presidential 
Scholar. I have also co-authored a 
paper in the American Journal of 
Physiology, which I am sure is leisure 
reading for all of you!" Tara Putegnat 
is in Brownsville, TX teaching 9th and 
12th grade at her alma mater, a private 
Catholic high school. Tara stays in 
touch with many, including Gregor 
Lee who is living in Asheville, NC and 
running her own business. Gregor got 
to visit with Carol Skriloff Susana 
Bobadilla, Katie Wright, Ashley Hill 
and Mary Friberg in 8/02 in NYC. 
Gregor is still dating Justyn and sees 
Laurie Evans who just got engaged. 
And the engagements don't stop 
there. Benedicte Valentin writes that 
she is engaged to her childhood best 
friend, Alexis Lamoth and graduated 
from Sciences Po and will be studying 
at a journalism school in Paris until 
summer 2004. Jackie Hauslein writes 
that she is engaged to Gary Jacob 
Kruchten Jr and hopes to be married 
in Summer 2003 with Katie Wright 
and Emily Pegues by her side. Jackie 
is in her 3rd year of teaching art at 
Leesylvania Elementary school in 
Prince William County, VA. Jackie's 
sister, Emily Qualy, gave birth to a 
baby girl in 9/02 (Jensen Grace). 
Down in Yorktown, VA Lindsey 
Brooker reports that she was engaged 
7/4/02 to Andy Brooks and will be 
married 3/29/03 and remain in 
Yorktown. Amanda Jones is in VA 
Beach, VA and is a Case Manager for a 
homeless shelter and will be entering 
a program in 1/03 to earn her MBA 
with a concentration in e-business. 
Renee Dupre is off to law school in 
8/03 at LSU and is currently in Baton 
Rouge. LA. In 11/02 I was able to see 
Alissa Harris who is still in Boston 
and loving it. Alissa is very busy with 
two new Boston based film projects. 
She is working in the art department 
as well as being in charge of wardrobe 
for one of the films that begins shoot- 
ing in 1/03. Alissa is associate produc- 
ing the second film project which will 
begin shooting in 11/02. She keeps in 
touch with Marlena Koper, Jessi 
Livingston. Elizabeth Davis, and a 
bunch of 99ers. Susan Bobb writes 
that she is finishing up her MA in 
Linguistics in Charlottesville and is up 

86 • Fall 2003 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

to her ears in busyness. Susan is try- 
ing to keep track ot her courses, and 
T.A. her very own ESL writing course 
for international students on campus. 
She was able to attend Founder's day 
in Fall '02 and realized there that the 
last class she knew. '03. was graduat- 
ing soon 1 Lindsey Custer reports that 
in Summer '02 she moved into a new 
apartment and is still working for Time 
Life in Richmond, VA. She was pro- 
moted to a HR Rep which means she 
will be handling all employee's ques- 
tions on HR related matters. Lindsey 
began volunteering for a Therapeutic 
Riding Program and keeps in touch 
with Kristy Chatham who is at the U 
of Florida for her BA degree and 
Melanie Naquin and Amy Whitney 
both from '01 . Lindsey also keeps in 
touch with Sarah Cunningham Sarah 
is living in Charlottesville, VA but has 
recently moved into a great place in 
Farmington Country Club. Sarah is still 
at SNL Financial and received a pro- 
motion in 6/02 to Senior Accounting 
Analyst. Sarah is volunteering with the 
Junior League and visits her sister in 
Manhattan often Anne-Ryan Sinnott 
writes that she is working full-time at 
Akin Gump Child Care Center in DC 
and in her fourth semester at 
Marymount U. Graduate school. Anne- 
Ryan is getting her Master's in Special 
Education and excitedly wrote she 
only has a couple more years to go. 
Anne-Ryan says she does not have 
much spare time but recently ran into 
Tina Hansel 99 Christine Bump is at 
her second year of law school at 
Emory U. and was named to the 
Emory International Law Review. In 
addition to the editing and writing 
required for the journal, she is one of 
four members planning a Spring 

Symposium. The topic concerns 
global AIDS and the intellectual prop- 
erty disputes surrounding the distribu- 
tion of pharmaceuticals in the Third 
World. Christine is also the chair of 
the Legal Association for Women 
Students' annual charity auction. 
Christine keeps in touch with Emily 
Taylor Boatwright and Ginny Gilbert 
Ginny is a consultant with Ernst & 
Young and Emily enjoys teaching high 
school Melissa Fauber Carter was 
married on 6/29/02 to Jack Carter H- 
SC '00 in Amherst. Her bridesmaids 
included Carla Fitzgerald 01 and 
Tracy Kitchen Harris 99. Tracy's hus- 
band. Jeremy served as an usher. 
Melissa and Jack have bought a house 
in Amherst. She is still teaching sec- 
ond grade at Pleasant View 
Elementary and earned her M.Ed in 
Curriculum and Instruction from UVA 
in 5/02 Emily Pegues wrote that she 
is continuing to work for Art Services 
Internat'l and has published a second 
art exhibition catalogue about 
19th/20th century French drawings. 
She is also taking classes to learn to 
speak Dutch and is working on a chil- 
dren's book. Emily is residing in 
Alexandria. VA with Erin Vlasaty '99 
and Erin's sister Kara '97. Next door is 
Katie Gumerson 97 and Anne-Claire 
Wackenhut 98 and Katie Wright also 
lives in the neighborhood. Emily 
reports that Holly Wilmeth just 
wrapped up her odyssey through east- 
ern Europe and Asia and in Fall 03 
will be starting her program at the Salt 
Institute in Maine. Another double zero 
who will be leaving the country is 
Allison Davis who has an MA in 
International Peace and Conflict 
Resolution. Allison is joining the Peace 
Corps in April and volunteering with 


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the Red Cross. Allison is looking for- 
ward to meeting up, at Amy Scott's 
wedding party, with Betsy Bagg who 
is working in Hollywood. CA, Abby 
Schmidt and Cara Millar who is 
teaching Art History at a college in 
Southern MD Wendy Bramlett writes 
that she has a new job at AstraZeneca 
as a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep selling 
allergy and asthma medication in 
Silver Spring. MD Torrence Camden 
reports that she is in her third year as 
a 4th grade teacher at Tye River 
Elementary School in Nelson County, 
VA and is also a graduate student at 
Lynchburg College pursuing an M.Ed 
degree Brandy Case is also teaching 
4th grade at Tye River and is really 
enjoying it. I'm still in Woodbridge, VA 
enjoying my job with the Department 
of Interior in security. In Fall '02 I 
spent a lot of time helping a friend 
organize a wedding and SBC events in 
the area keep me busy. 


Miss Jennifer T. Stringfellow 
3179 Summit Square Dr. 
Apt. A1 
Oakton VA 22124 



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809 Iron Rail Ct. 
Woodbine MD 21797 


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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www alumnoe sbc edu 

Fall 2003 • 87 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition: 
Natalie Roberts Ross '31 

Natalie Roberts Ross, Class of 1931, and her husband William Ross III. 
Mrs. Ross donated five parcels of land in Roanoke, Virginia to Sweet 
Briar College. Planned gifts of real estate offer an unusual opportunity 
to support Sweet Briar while also achieving personal financial goals. 

Natalie Roberts Ross, Class of 1931 , has been a vital member of 
the Sweet Briar Community, both through her participation and 
financial support of the College. Her involvement in the 
announcement and gala celebration of Our Campaign For Her 
World. Centennial, numerous Reunions, and Alumnae Travel 
Program in Egypt, France and Italy is confirmation of her 
unfailing loyalty to Sweet Briar and desire to involve herself in 
the College community. 

Both Mrs. Ross and her sister, the late Mary Bess Roberts 
Waynick, Class of 1933, shared a keen interest in horseback rid- 
ing while enrolled at Sweet Briar. Since her competition in the 
1st Annual Sweet Briar Horse Show in 1928, Mrs. Ross has 
been a lifelong enthusiast and supporter of the Riding Program. 
Fittingly, in 2002, she participated in Sweet Briar's 75th Annual 
Horse Show, where she presented the award to the "Lt. 
Hatchell" Working Hunter Over Fences. 

Recently, in support of Our Campaign For Her World, Natalie 
and her husband William Ross III donated five parcels of land in 
Roanoke. Virginia to Sweet Briar College. Through this gener- 
ous gift of real estate, Mr. and Mrs. Ross will make an impact 
on Sweet Briar well beyond their lifetimes while also enjoying 
the personal financial benefits that a gift of real estate affords. 

When asked in a Reunion survey how Sweet Briar has affected 
her life. Mrs. Ross comments. "It has made it more interesting 
and worthwhile by teaching me to make choices and have 
courage of convictions." 

Mrs. Ross's unfailing demonstration of philanthropy does not 
stop with Sweet Briar. She has also supported many foster chil- 
dren, including five Vietnamese refugees, with several of the 
children going on to attend college. 

88 • Fall 2003 

When you make a gift of your home or 
real property to Sweet Briar, you 
receive an income tax charitable 
deduction, avoid capital gains tax on 
the appreciation, and eliminate some 
costs in transferring the property. In 
addition, you can make a gift of your 
home to the College and continue to 
live in it throughout your lifetime. In 
some cases, gifts of real estate can pro- 
vide income to you. There are numer- 
ous types of real estate or real property, 
offering many gift planning opportuni- 
ties to donors. To learn more about the 
personal, financial and charitable 
advantages of making a gift of real 
property, please contact The Office of 
Development: 888-846-5722. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae. 







Here is the new Admissions CD-ROM to watch and enjoy while absorbing 
the facts and flavor of overall life at the College today. 

Then share it with prospective students and their parents, pass it on to high 
school guidance counselors, show it at area prospective student parties. 

Inform the Admissions Office if you want a copy sent to a special student. 

Here is your chance to do grassroots recruiting. Help find the perfect mix 

for the classes of 2008, 2009 and beyond! 



Johnson family straddling 
the equator, p. 49, 

photos by Anna P 

Alumni College in Ireland, July 
14-22, 2002 


ters, L-R: Mary Ann Mellen Root 
'S3; Norvell Jones '67; Frances 
Root '80; Norvell Jones I; 

Ryan '75; Elizabeth Duke Seaman 
'59; Katherine Seaman; Jane 

Zollicoffer '80. 


Volume 75 
Number 2 
Winter 2004 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT As we began to put the winter magazine together, we realized that you will be receiving 

it at year's end. But this issue is really about beginnings, which abound at Sweet Briar 
these days. 

In May, we sent 143 young women off to seek their fortunes in an uncertain world, confi- 
dent that they would represent us well. As this goes to press, the class has amassed a remark- 
able record: 92% of the Class of 2003 had secured jobs or graduate school placements by 
October, compared to less than 80% for our national peer group of liberal arts colleges. New 
graduates are doing everything from working for Congress to international marketing. (The 
Class of 2007 is equally varied and equally accomplished (See p. 4). They are on their way! 

This summer we launched an exciting new program for area schoolchildren— Kids in 
College (KIC), a wonderful complement to our growing Alumnae Colleges. A new Dean of 
Admissions arrived on August 1st, and our award winning Orientation program reinvented 
itself with a new series of discussion groups to look clearly at ethical issues. 

The beginning of a school year is always exciting-this year especially so. Salman Rushdie 
spoke to an overflow crowd in September, inaugurating the new International Writers' Series. 
In October. Associate Professor Jill Granger brought 100 Central Virginia 6th- to 12th-grade 
girls to campus for a new College Science Investigation program, a day-long chemistry work- 
shop. (Eighty additional registrants had to be turned away, so we hope to repeat the program 
in February.) November 6th we held a kickoff reception for our two new graduate degrees in 
education and dedicated the Dorothy Jones Sales Building, new headquarters for the 
TL^ Q(^F Education Department, the Honors Center, and Computer Services. 

Perhaps most importantly, we have begun a new strategic planning activity dubbed the 

V^OmmillSG SGGKS TO Shape of the Future. The SOF Committee seeks to determine how we can best insure both 

J^Urr^Ir.^ U^> « , , „ ,^ financial equilibrium and intellectual vitality far into the future. On campus, we have been 

aGiGrrnine now wg 

holding discussions about the Shape of the Future among students, faculty, and staff. The 
CO PI DOS I I nSU FG work of this Committee is so important that I have included in this issue slightly condensed 
L iL f • • I minutes from the Committee's last several meetings so all alumnae can engage the issues. 

Given the potential of this strategic planning initiative literally to shape our future, I 
GC| UlllUriUm QiIQ thought you might like to see who is providing leadership for these deliberations (see p. 8). 
j ntp P(~tl Id I \/itn I it\/ Leadership is a tradition at Sweet Briar. Students learn its value and responsibility from alum- 
, . , nae-in-residence, from faculty and staff, and from their sister students. In fact, this cultivation 

IUI llMU II lfc! lUIUIc of leadership is one of the most important roles the College plays in the lives of its students. 
As the old year draws to a close, we are excited about beginning a new one— a year that 
promises to be even more challenging as we go forward with long-range planning. I'll keep 
you informed, and ask you to send me questions or suggestions. Join us in toasting Sweet 
Briar's future! And from me to you, a toast to all Sweet Briar Family members everywhere: 
warmest wishes for much happiness and fulfillment in 2004. Happy New Year! 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine • Winter 2004 • Vol. 75, No. 2 
INSIDE FRONT COVER: A Message from the President 


2 Orientation 2003 

4 The Class of 2007 

4 Opening Convocation: Two Spirited Addresses Kick Off the New Year 


7 Admissions Staff: Recruiting Areas 

8 Meet the Board of Directors 

1 1 The Board of the Alumnae Association 

1 5 The Senior Staff 

1 8 The Faculty Senate 

1 9 The Student Government Association 


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INSIDE BACK COVER: In the Sweet Briar Tradition 

BACK COVER: Reunion 2004 

COVER: November 6, 2003 dedication and naming of the Dorothy Jones Sales 
Building (remodeled former Book Shop), new headquarters for the Education 
Department, Honors Center, and Computer Services. Look for story in Spring 
2004 magazine! 

Pictured l-r: Honoree Dorothy Jones Sales, SBC Board Chairman Michela 
English '71, President Muhlenfeld. 
Photo by Charles Grubbs 


By Valdrie Walker, Vice President of Student Affairs 
Dean of Co-Curricular Life 

Sweet Briar College's Student 
Orientation Program provides incoming 
students an opportunity to become familiar 
vv ith the Sweet Briar community and the 
rich traditions of the College. While many 
orientation programs last from one day to a 
week. Sweet Briar's has evolved into a full 
year of helping students acclimate to the 
experiences of college life while softening 
the sharp edges of the transition from high 
school and home. Fall 2003's Orientation 
combined standard programming and 
activities, traditionally the hallmark of a 
college's efforts to ease first-year students 
into college life, with some new events and 
activities designed to help strengthen the 
existing program and to respond to chang- 
ing needs of incoming students and the 
College community. 

Saturday. August 16. the Class of 2007 
arrived on campus. They were met by 
members of the Nelson County High 
School football team, who were eager to 
assist students and their families by mov- 
ing luggage and belongings from car and 
van to residence hall rooms. Roaming pho- 
tographers and a videographer captured the 
"move-in mania." New students were 
treated to watching their move-in day 
Saturday evening during a dessert recep- 
tion, where they relaxed, met upperclass- 

women, and eased into the first night spent 
as Sweet Briar women. 

"Learning on the Land," which was 
nationally recognized by the Templeton 
Guide, took place on Sunday. While the 
weather did not cooperate in allowing the 
15 group activities to take place outside, 
the end result was positive as upperclass 
students, faculty, and staff officially 
greeted our new family members and wel- 
comed them into the College community. 
Colleen Karaffa '06, playing her flute, led 
the closing ceremony of Learning on the 
Land with its symbolic gesture of passing 
the torch from the "old" to the "just- 
arrived" Sweet Briarites. 

New to our program this year was a 
series of small group Discussion Sessions. 
Co-Curricular Life and Academic Advising 
spent the spring semester developing a for- 
mat, evolving from the Campus Diversity 
Initiative, to help students better under- 
stand the cultural and academic environ- 
ment they were entering. Selected themes 
derived from the diversity survey were 
used to write scenarios depicting situations 
students could find themselves facing. Ten 
teams made up of a faculty member, 
administrator, and two student leaders rep- 
resenting the Student Government 
Association, received training prior to 

facilitating a group discussion including 10 
to 12 first-year students. The scenarios 
suggested situations that students and the 
team facilitators talked through, regarding 
academic honesty and responsibility, cour- 
tesy, and diversity. Each student was asked 
to complete an "exit ticket" summarizing 
her experience in the discussion group and 
her understanding of why these themes are 
important to the Sweet Briar community, 
and sharing any specific concerns regard- 
ing the themes. The Discussion Groups 
provided an excellent opportunity for new 
students to experience early on the unique 
aspects of listening to diverse points of 
view, talking through difficult situations 
that might be foreign to their understand- 
ing, and realizing that, while we refer to 
ourselves as a community, we hold in 
strong regard the individual's rights. The 
Discussion Groups also provided first-year 
students an opportunity to experience fac- 
ulty, administrators, staff and students 
working as a team —all openly sharing 
their viewpoints as they attempted to make 
clear the message that at Sweet Briar one 
of our major strengths is respect for each 
other. The Discussion Groups received 
strong positive responses from new stu- 
dents and team leaders. We were able to 
replace the lecture-type assemblies, where 

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one or two individuals attempted to help 
new students understand the importance of 
our Honor Code, academic integrity, and 
human diversity. By reading the scenarios. 
then placing themselves in the position of 
king through the same situations, new 
students developed a more personal under- 
standing of how they might handle such 
situations if encountered in future. 

Careful use ol time is a kej factor in 
formatting an orientation program. Many 
colleges struggle with the issue of how 
much a new student should he exposed to 
during the first days on campus. What are 
the most crucial pieces of information a 
student should have access to while adjust- 
ing to a college en\ ironment and culture? 
New students are concerned about being 
able to enroll in certain classes and about 
getting along with the new roommate. 
College resources and support services are 
seldom on a student's list of "most impor- 
tant to see and know.'' 

Sweet Briar has responded to the sched- 
uling crunch and student lack of interest by 
providing a Resource Fair. Successful col- 
laboration of all campus services and aux- 
iliaries provided a unique opportunity for 
Indents to browse through materials and 
meet personnel and faculty representing a 
variety of resource areas from across the 
campus. Academic and non-academic sup- 
port services shared the time slot to pro- 
vide information in a less-structured but 
highlv -organized venue. The Resource Fair 
is held during the morning of the second 
day students are on campus. The setting is 
conference-style, in terms of displays and 
personnel stalling. Students have ample 

time to talk with various campus resource 
areas, select printed information for later 
perusal, and even make one-on-one 
appointments for a later elate. Through the 
Resource lair, multiple support areas are 
provided an open environment to meet and 
welcome our newest community members. 
It also allows students an opportunity to 
review important campus services while 
avoiding the sit-down assembly of many 
orientation programs. "Shop, browse and 
select based on individual need and inter- 
est" has replaced the "one si/e fits all" sup- 
port services orientation program. 

After a week of major orientation pro- 
gramming, many of our students are eager 
to look beyond themselves and personal 
interests. The intense pressure of getting lit 
know roommates, select courses, find 
classrooms, meet faculty, and decorate res- 
idence hall rooms can be overwhelming. 
We now include a volunteer project oppor- 
tunity for students needing a focus point 
outside the College. This year. 76 new stu- 
dents volunteered to work with Habitat for 
Humanity. Early on a Saturday morning, 
they piled into college vans bound for 
Amherst and Lynchburg, where they 
painted, cleaned glue from newly-laid 
floors, moved debris from a construction 
site, and put on a roof. A special semester- 
long "Women's only Build" was launched 
that week by Habitat so that our students 
would be the kickoff college for this proj- 
ect. The weather was a sweltering 96 
degrees, not including the usual Virginia 
humidity causing clothing to stick to the 
body. However, in true Sweet Briar style. 
our women sang through hours of painting 

porch railings while they chided one 
another about the previous week of getting 
to know their roommates. 

It was great to watch Sweet Briar bonds 
developing among the Class ol I 
bonds that promise to last a lifetime. While 
Orientation is meant to help students accli- 
mate to college life and college culture. 
Sweet Briar has taken a somewhat non-tra- 
ditional approach. Because Sweet Briar is 
unique in its community structure, orienta- 
tion programming is structured to reflect 
the importance of strengthening the com- 
munity. Activities and programs attempt to 
reach out and encourage new members to 
recognize the importance of community, 
beginning the very moment they arrive on 
campus. Sweet Briar has slowly abandoned 
the kick-step approach to orientation, 
where students were expected to be passive 
members in one-way dialogues regarding 
the experience they would have as college 
students. This has been replaced by a 
dynamic and interactive engagement that 
more accurately reflects the College's mis- 

Orientation has experienced other 
important shifts as well. An approach that 
bridges academic and non-academic areas 
has fostered creative and collaborative 
efforts on behalf of our newest community 
members. While Learning on the Land has 
been a long-standing collaborative initia- 
tive, this year's Discussion Groups created 
a new venue for faculty, student leaders. 
administrators and staff to work with one 
accord. The overall results for Orientation 
2003 were astounding. 



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L E A D E R S H 

New Dean of Admissions 

Sweet Briar"s new dean of admissions. 
Ken Huus, loves his job, indeed says he"s 
having "a great time" at Sweet Briar. 
Though his professional schedule is 
extremely busy, the environment in the 
office still allows him to be "human." as 
he puts it. and have a bit of friendly chat 
w ith his staff. 

Though he has been at Sweet Briar 
only three months. Ken has already 
formed some definite new impressions of 
the College. "I had learned about the aca- 
demic product at Sweet Briar before even 
applying for the job." he said, "but now I 
have learned that Sweet Briar is not all it 
is cracked up to be — it is much more. 
This College, though well known in cer- 
tain circles, is a hidden gem in others — 
and though that description could be 
applied to other colleges, let me add that 
Sweet Briar is at the very top of the list of 
hidden gems. The growth and develop- 
ment that every student experiences here 
is truly remarkable. The faculty and staff 
work with a high-achieving, self-confi- 
dent student and take her even further: 
with a shyer student. Sweet Briar can 
draw her out. The College's ability to 
reach and help different types of students 
is amazing." Examples Ken mentioned of 
the close involvement of faculty and staff 
were the Honors Program and Honors 
Colloquia. which are "so exciting." and 
internships, where not only Career 
Sen ices participates, but also faculty, 
alumnae, and staff. 

Ken Huus 

"Our admissions philosophy." said 
Ken. "is to reach students whenever, and 
however, they want to be reached. This 
means going beyond the traditional visits 
to high schools, which we've found don't 
work for every student, and arranging to 
meet students in the place of their choice. 
We call these "Barnes & Noble visits" 
and we're trying to do more of them. For 
example, one of our counselors has set up 
eight appointments with students in a 
Starbucks in Maryland! We may take that 
model even further in the future, into 
home visits, or inviting students and their 
families to dinner or a special event. 
Since Sweet Briar has such great strength 
in the area of individual connections, this 
approach really fits in well with the 
College's whole philosophy. 

"We see this philosophy reflected too 
in the willingness, indeed eagerness, of 
the faculty to help. If a student indicates, 
for example, that she is interested in 
dance, riding, and biology— we will work 
to get her in touch with faculty members 
in those areas. 

Describing his admissions philosophy 
not as a change, but as "an articulation of 
clearer direction." Ken pointed out that 
individual connections work better for 
Sweet Briar than mass recruiting. But 
"mass" recruiting is useful too. Ken is 
known for his adeptness in using technol- 
ogy. "Technology has allowed colleges to 
describe themselves more inexpensively 
than by any other means. Tens of thou- 
sands of people can learn about Sweet 
Briar through our Web site. In getting the 
word out, it is important not just to attract 
students to our Web site, but also to make 
it easy for them to get to the pages featur- 
ing their special interests. It is also impor- 
tant to have partnerships with the right 
vendors. Several of our reliable, rep- 
utable, vendors are The Fiske Guide to 
Colleges, Peterson's Guide to Competitive 
Colleges, and the Princeton Review. 
Prospective students can consult these in 
all the right places — high schools and 
libraries — and copies can be bought by 

families. We have also just made an excit- 
ing new partnership agreement with the 
magazine. Private Colleges and 
Universities, an annual that is actually 
mailed directly to the kind of students we 
want to reach. This magazine has several 
specialized issues and because of our 
strength in the sciences and our new engi- 
neering program, we will subscribe to 
have a listing in the Science and 
Engineering edition in 2004. as well as 
the general magazine." Ken is also very 
pleased that Sweet Briar was selected as 
one of 150 colleges in the directory. 
Colleges of Distinction. "It is a tremen- 
dous advantage to be included in an 
objective rating like this, an honor we did 
not lobby for. Parents in particular like to 
see objective measures like this." 

Another wonderful means of connect- 
ing students with Sweet Briar is through 
alumnae, and there is an active cadre of 
alumnae working as "Alumnae 
Admissions Representatives." But Ken 
noted that alumnae can also be an enor- 
mous help in their day-to-day lives by 
simply talking about Sweet Briar, men- 
tioning it in conversations at work (co- 
workers may have daughters or nieces) or: 
in social and family circles. "All those 
references to Sweet Briar really do add 
up." he said, "and a young woman who 
has heard of Sweet Briar is more likely to 
open our mail. The more the public is 
aware of Sweet Briar, the less of a hidden 
gem we become." 

Ken would advise young people look- 
ing at colleges to look for the college that 
is the "best match" with their interests 
and personality. "Explore as many options 
as possible, look at large universities as 
well as mid-size and small colleges, and 
once you narrow down the possibilities- 
go find it!" Other considerations that can 
narrow the choices and help students 
"zone in" are: location (urban, suburban 
or rural, distance from home) and the 
ways in which a student learns best (with 
distractions or in a quiet place, individu- 
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an interactive class). 

Regarding price. Ken would like to 
point out to prospective students from 
Virginia and their families an exciting, 
brand-new Sweet Briar scholarship for 
Indents who enroll at Sweet Briar tor the 
first time in August 2004 and who have 
permanent residency in Virginia, worth 
$7,500 per year for each of a student's 
four years at the College. This would he 
in addition to the Virginia Tuition 
Assistance Grant, available to Virginia 
students attending private colleges. 
Between these two grants, every Virginia 
student admitted to Sweet Briar will have 
at a minimum $9,710 of scholarship 
assistance for each of her four years. 

Ken gives a lot of credit to the 
Admissions Office staff, which he claims 
is exceptional, and which makes his job 
easier. "These women are energetic, pas- 
sionate about this place, excited about 
working with students, and really rising 
to the considerable challenges of their 

Outside the office. Ken and his wife 
Beth are relishing Sweet Briar and the 
surrounding area. "Outdoorsy" people 
who enjoj walking, hiking and day back- 
packing, they love the mountains and the 
whole region and appreciate the friendli- 
ness of the community. Beth is taking a 
course in ceramics from Studio Art 
Professor Joe Monk and enjoys both the 
course material and the interaction with 
the students. 

Though happy in his new position. 
Ken is keenlv aware of the serious chal- 
lenges lacing education in the United 
States "State universities are facing 
shrinking budgets and private liberal arts 
colleges will soon be facing serious 
reductions in the number of families who 
can afford them. The rich, and the very 
poor who qualify for federal anil state 
grants, are taring better, but families in 
the middle are being squeezed and con- 
linuallv asked to do more with less, 
l-'edcral Pell grants and state need-based 
programs have fallen behind. Private col 
leges have had to fill the gap and main 
are struggling to do that. High schools 
too are being stretched too thin. Federal 
and state spending on education in the 
1'mted States must receive a higher prior- 
it> if anything is going to improve. This 
has nothing to do with partisan politics; it 
is simplv what needs to he done. 

Admissions Staff Travel Territories (by state) 

Lindsey Boatdman 
Assistant Director, 

Sarah Elkins '99 
Assistant Director, 

Gretchen Grovley 

Tucker '98 
Associate Director, 


Marie de Gyor 
Assistant Director, 

Jane McKenzie 
Davis 03 
Assistant Director, 

Nicole Smith 
Assistant Director, 

Rachel Elkins 
Thompson '91 
Associate Director, 

Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, 
Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, 
New York, Rhode Island, Vermont 

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, 
Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, 
Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin 


Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, 
South Carolina, Tennessee, 
West Virginia 

Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, 
Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, 
New Mexico, Oregon, 
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, 
Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming 

Alaska, California, District of 
Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, 
Maryland, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, 


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L E A D E R S H 

The Sweet Briar College 

Sweet Briar Institute was incorporated as a non-stock corporation by Act of the 
General Assembly of Virginia approved February 9, 1901. The affairs of the College 
are managed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors consisting of not less than 24 
nor more than 32 members elected annually at the Spring meeting of the Board. 

At least four of the Directors must be alumnae of the College: three other alumnae 
members are chosen from successive graduating classes, one per class. Members may 
serve for a maximum three successive three-year terms. 

The /'resident of the College and the President of the Alumnae Association are E.x- 
Officio members of the Board. The President of the College and the Chairman of the 
Board are Ex-Officio members of all committees of the Board of Directors. 


Michela English '71, M.P.P.M. 

Chairman of the Board, Washington, 


Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1971 

Yale School of Organization & 

Management, M.P.P.M. 1979 

President, Discovery Consumer Products 

of Discovery Communications, Inc. 

Jane Tatman Walker '60, A.B., 

Vice Chairman of the Board, 

Indianapolis, Indiana 

Northampton School for Girls, Summer 


Abbot Academy, 1 953-1 956 

Union Theological Seminary "Y" 

Program, Summer 1959 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1 960 

C. Gregg Petersmeyer, M.B.A., 

Secretary of the Board, Bethesda, 


Harvard University, A.B. 1972 

Harvard Business School, M.B.A. 1978 

Oxford University, M.A., Literature 1981 

A. Marshall Acuff, Jr., M.B.A., 

Midlothian, Virginia 

College of William and Mary, A.B. 


University of Michigan, M.B.A. 1966 

Financial Services Industry 

Virginia Upchurch Collier '72, 
M.D., Chestertown, Maryland 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1972 
Johns Hopkins University, M.D. 1975 
Medical Doctor, Christiana Care Health 

L. Parker Harrell, Jr., B.A., 

Washington, D.C. 

St. Albans School, Washington, D.C. 

Princeton University, A.B. 1960 

London School of Economics, graduate 


Managing Director, Korn/Ferry 


Thomas C. Jividen, M.S., 

Lynchburg, Virginia 
Ohio University, B.A.I 969 
Ohio University, M.A. 1971 
Ohio State University, M.S. 1976 
Senior Vice President/Diversified 
Services of Centra Health 

Nancy Hudler Keuffel '62, A.B., 

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1962 
President, Acorn Strategies 

Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld, Ph.D., 

President of the College — Ex Officio, 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Goucher College, B.A. 1966 

University of Texas at Arlington, M.A. 


University of South Carolina, Ph.D. 


Sandra A. Taylor '74, M.B.A., 

Hiram, Georgia 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1974 
University of Rochester, M.B.A. 1982 
Group Vice President, Treasury 
Management Division, SunTrust Bank 

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Elaine L. Arozarena '81, A.B., B.S., 

New York, New York 

Sweet Briar College, A.B., B.S. 1981 

Managing Vice President - Korn/Ferry 


Deborah Price Bowman '82, B.A. 

Short Hills, New Jersey 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1982 

Adelphi University, CFP (Certified Financial 

Planner) 1984 

Leah Solivan Busque '01, A.B., B.S., 

Lunenburg, Massachusetts 

Sweet Briar College, A.B., B.S. 2001 

Young Alumna Trustee 

Software Engineer, IBM Corporation 

Elizabeth Stanly Cates '63, A.B., 

Vero Beach, Florida 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1963 

Rebecca J. Cefaratti '02, A.B., 

LaPlata, Maryland 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 2002 

Currently enrolled in Ph.D. program at 


Young Alumna Trustee 

Diane B. Dalton '67, M.A., 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1 967 

Case Western Reserve University, M.A. 


President, Sweet Briar College Alumnae 


General Manager, Milwaukee Repertory 


Judy Wilson Grant '66, A.B., 

Littleton, Colorado 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1966 
Columbia University, graduate studies 
Retired English teacher 

Sandra G. Herring '74, J.D., 

Durham, North Carolina 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1974 

University of Virginia, M.S. 1 977 

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 

M.S. 1983 

Duke University School of Law, J.D. 1995 

Attorney, Everett & Everett 

Donna Pearson Josey '64, A.B., 

Houston, Texas 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1964 
University of Dallas, 1965 
Rice University, 1996 
President, Josey Oil Company 

Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54, 

A.B., Charleston, South Carolina 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1954 
Rhodes College, International American 
Floral Art School 
jOwner, McClain Flowers 


Bonnie Palmer McCloskey '70, 
M.B.A. Aspen, Colorado 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1970 
University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton 
School), M.B.A. 1972 
Partner, Cornerstone Holding, LLC-Real 
Estate Development, Portfolio and Venture 
Capital Management 

Frances A. Root '80, C.F.A., 

Atlanta, Georgia 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1980 
Chartered Financial Analyst, 1990 
Director and Portfolio Manager, Wachovia 

Anne Wilson Rowe '57, B.A., 

Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Sweet Briar College, 1957 

Mary Washington College, B.A. 1957 

Kindle L. Samuel '98, M.S., 

New York, New York 

Sweet Briar College, B.S. 1998 

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 

M.S. 1999 

Tax Consultant, Ernst & Young, LLP 

Julia Schmitz '03, B.S., 

Birmingham, Alabama 

Sweet Briar College, B.S. 2003 

Current Graduate Student, University of 

Alabama at Birmingham 

Young Alumna Trustee 

Willard A. Speakman III, B.A. 

Greenville, Delaware 
Princeton University, A.B. 1960 
President, Speakman Company 

Edward G. Steves, B.S , 

San Antonio, Texas 

San Antonio Academy, 1966 

Casia Hall, 1970 

Villanova University, B.S. 1974 

Chief Executive Officer, Steves & Sons, Inc. 

Elvira McMillan Tate '65, M.A.T., 

Montgomery, Alabama 

Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1965 

Emory University, M.A.T. 1966 

Mildred Newman Thayer '61, A.B., 

Whitefield, New Hampshire 
Kent Place School 1957 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1961 

Mary-Fleming Willis Thompson '66, 
Ph.D., Columbia, South Carolina 
Concord Academy, 1962 
Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1966 
University of South Carolina, Ph.D., 
Zoology 1970 

Retired Professor of Biology and Program 
Director for MARC Honors Program 

Barbara Smith Young '71, A.B. 

Lexington, Kentucky 

The Bancroft School, Worcester, 


Sweet Briar College, A.B. 1971 




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Membership of 
Committees, Board 
of Directors 

Buildings & Grounds 

Ms. Taylor (Chair) 
Mrs. Cates 
Ms. Dalton 
Mr. Jividen 
Mrs. McClain 
Mrs. Rowe 
Ms. Samuel 
Mr. Speakman 
Mr. Steves 
Dr. Thompson 
Mrs. Walker 
Mrs. Young 
Appointed Staff: 
Dr. Broomall 
2 Faculty: 
Ms. Cripsen, Dr. 
2 Students: 
Ms. Davis '04, 
1 student tba 

Committee on 

Mrs. Keuffel (Chair) 
Mr. Acuff 
Mrs. Bowman 
Mr. Harrell 
Ms. Root 

Ms. English, Ex Officio 
Dr. Muhlenfeld, 
Ex Officio 
Appointed Staff: 
Dr. Shank 
Additional Staff: 
Dr. Pelnar-Zaiko 
Mrs. Zingaro 

External Affairs 

Mr. Harrell (Chair) 
Mrs. Arozarena 
Mrs. Bowman 
Mrs. Busque 

Dr. Collier 
Ms. Dalton 
Ms. Herring 
Ms. Josey 
Mrs. McCloskey 
Mr. Petersmeyer 
Ms. Samuel 
Mr. Steves 
Mrs. Tate 
Mrs. Young 

/ Faculty: Dr. Leveau 

/ Student: tba 
Appointed Staff: 
Mrs. French 
Dr. Shank 
Dr. Walker 
Mrs. Zingaro 

Executive Committee 

Ms. English (Chair) 

Mrs. Walker (Vice- 


Mr. Petersmeyer 


Mr. Acuff 

Dr. Collier 

Mr. Harrell 

Mr. Jividen 

Mrs. Keuffel 

Dr. Muhlenfeld 

Ms. Taylor 

Finance and 

Mr. Acuff (Chair) 
Mrs. Bowman 
Mr. Harrell 
Mrs. Josey 
Ms. McCloskey 
Ms. Root 
Ms. Taylor 
Appointed Staff: 
Dr. Broomall 
Faculty: Drs. Wassell, 
Richards, Horwege, 

Audit Committee 

Mr. Jividen (Chair) 
Ms. Dalton 
Ms. Samuel 
Mrs. Walker 

Programs Committee 

Dr. Collier (Chair) 

Mrs. Arozarena 

Mrs. Busque 

Ms. Cefaratti 

Mrs. Grant 

Mrs. Rowe 

Ms. Schmitz 

Mrs. Thayer 

Dr. Thompson 

Mrs. Walker 

2 Faculty: 

Dr. Alouf, 

Dr. Chavigny 

2 Students: 

Ms. Bergmann '04 

1 student tba 

Appointed Staff: 

Dean of the College 

Dr. Shank 

Dr. Walker 

Ex Officio Members 
Of all Committees 

Ms. English, Chairman 
of the Board 
Ms. Dalton, President of 
the Alumnae Association 
(except Executive 
Committee, Committee 
on Directors, Campaign 
Planning Committee) 
Dr. Muhlenfeld, President 
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L E A D E R S H 

The Board of the Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association 

Authority: The governance of the 

Alumnae Association is vested 
in its Association Board. The 
Association Board meets twice 
a year. The Annual Meeting of 
the Alumnae Association is held 

during die Fall Alumnae 
Council meetings; the Alumnae 
Board meets again in the 
Sprint;. Other meetings ma\ he 

called by the Alumnae Hoard 
President or upon written 
request of any three Alumnae 
Hoard members filed with the 

Director of the Alumnae 

X umber of Members: Not less than 20 
nor more than 35 or such other 
number as from time to time 
may be fixed by the Association 

Composition: The Association Board 
consists of the Officers. 
Regional Chairs. Chairs of 
Standing Committees of the 
Board (Finance, Nominating, 
Regional), Association Board 
members on the College Board 
of Directors. Members-At- 
Large, and Ex Officio members. 
Ex Officio members who are 
active alumnae of Sweet Briar 
College serve with a vote. 

Eligibility: Any active member of the 

Alumnae Association is eligible 
for nomination to the 
\ssociation Board: also, inter- 
ested alumnae may nominate 
themselves for Board member- 

Election: All members of the 

Association Board except the 
Members-At-Large and the 
\ssociation Board members on 

the College Board of Directors 
are elected from a single slate 

prepared by the Nominating 

Committee and presented to the 

Length of Term: Term of office for 

members, except the President, 
is two years. No person shall 
serve for more than two con- 
secutive terms in one position, 
or more than eight consecutive 
years in several positions, 
except in the case of a member 
being elected President. The 
term of office for the President 
is one three-year term. During 
her term, the President serves 
on the College Board of 

Members-At-Large: Two Members-At- 
Large. one elected each year. 
serve a two-year term. Each 
graduating class elects one of 
its classmates to serve in this 
role. In addition to their duties 
as members of the Association 
Board, they serve as a liaison 
between current students and 
the Association Board. 

Alumnae Association Members on the 
College Board of Directors: 

Any active member of the 
Alumnae Association is eligible 
for nomination to membership 
on the College Board of 
Directors. No employees of the 
College or members of their 
families may serve as 
\ssociation Board Members on 
the College Board of Directors. 

There arc four Association-nominated 
members on the College Board 
Oj Directors, one elected each 
year to serve a three-year term 
as defined by the Bylaws of the 
Board of Directors. 

A single slate of not less than three 
names is prepared by the 
Nominating Committee to be 
approved by the Association 

Board at its Tail meeting. I he 
approved slate is forwarded to 
the Board of Directors who 
selects one nominee according 
to procedure set forth in the 
Bylaws of the College. 

Executive Committee: The Executive 

Committee of the Alumnae 
Board includes the Officers oj 
the Association Board: the 
Annual Fund Chair: the Senior 
Association Board Member on 
the College Board of Directors; 
the Nominating Committee 
Chair: the Academic Outreach 
Chair: and the Director of the 
Alumnae Association. h\ 
Officio. The Executive 
Committee has all the powers 
of the Association Board 
between meetings. 

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Members of the 


July 1 , 2003-June 30, 2004 


Diane B. Dalton '67 

General Manager, Milwaukee Repertory 


Milwaukee, Wisconsin 


Virginia "V.M." Del Greco Galgano '64 

Professor of Mathematics, James Madison 


Harrisonburg, Virginia 

First Vice President & Chair of Clubs & 

Regional Committee Chair 

Linda C. DeVogt '86 

Senior Account Representative, Anthem Blue 

Cross/Blue Shield 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Second Vice President, Reunion & Alumnae 

Council Planning Chair 

Amy Ghiz '92 

Director of Recruiting and Development, 

International Cultural Exchange Services 

Decatur, Georgia 

Third Vice President & National Alumnae 

Admissions Representatives & Financial Aid 


Eden Zuckerman Brown '88 

Clinical Psychologist, Drs. William & Eden 

Brown, PLC 

Arlington, Virginia 

Secretary/Treasurer & Bylaws Committee Chair 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 

Director, Alumnae Association, Ex Officio 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 

Homemaker, Retired Admissions Director, 
University Liggett School 
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 
Past President, Alumnae Association 
Annual Fund Chair 

Zeda E. Homoki-Titus '94 

Attorney, Radiation Comp. Legal Team, U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services 
Arlington, Virginia 
Academic Outreach Chair 

Melissa "Missy" Gentry 
Witherow '80 

Full-time homemaker and volunteer 
Madison, Virginia 
Nominating Chair 

Kimberley McGraw Euston '92 

Manager, U.S. Investor Sales Team for Global 
Foreign Exchange, Bank of America 
Fleetwood, New York 
Region I 

Victoria "Vicky" McCullough 
Carroll '84 

Freelance Writer 
Highland Park, New Jersey 
Region II 

Jennifer E. Crossland '86 

Attorney, Parcell, Webb & Wallerstein 
Richmond, Virginia 
Region III 

Elizabeth "Liz" Dunck Hayes '95 

Loan Account Manager, First-Franklin Bank 
Charlotte, North Carolina 
Region IV 

Heather Colson Ewing '90 

Full-time mother and volunteer 
Decatur, Georgia 
Region V 

Cecilia A. Moore '88 

Professor of Religion, University of Dayton 
Dayton, Ohio 
Region VI 

Mary Elizabeth "Mary Beth" Hamlin 

Co-owner, Spartanburg Steel, Spartanburg 
Winnetka, Illinois 
Region VII 

Position to be filled 
Region VIII 

Ann Stuart McKie Kling '74 

Accounting Manager, Swiss-American Products, 


Dallas, Texas 

Region IX 

Laura C. Groppe '85 

Owner and President, Girls Intelligence Agency 
Santa Monica, California 
Region X 

Brook Tucker '02 

Microbiology Technician, Novozymes North 


Raleigh, North Carolina 

Student Relations Chair 

Shirley Brooke Pinson '03 

Office of Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), 

Scheduling Assistant 

Arlington, Virginia 

Student Relations Committee 



Sandra A. Taylor '74 

Group Vice President, Treasury Management 
Division, SunTrust Bank 
Hiram, Georgia 

Frances A. Root '80 

Director and Portfolio Manager, Wachovia 
Atlanta, Georgia 

Judy Wilson Grant '66 

Homemaker/volunteer, retired English teacher, 
St. Anne's Episcopal School 
Littleton, Colorado 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 

Retired marketing executive/volunteer 
Madison, Virginia 
Past President, Alumnae Association 
Planned Giving Chair 

Beryl Bergquist Farris '71 

Immigration attorney, Beryl B. Farris LLC 
Atlanta, Georgia 
Boxwood Circle Co-chair 

Rhoda J. Harris '82 

Full-time mother and volunteer, including presi- 
dency of the Junior League of the Oranges and 
Short Hills 

Short Hills, New Jersey 
Boxwood Circle Co-chair 

Lee Foley Dolan '96 

Full-time mother and volunteer 
Richmond, Virginia 
Junior Annual Fund Chair 

Lynne Gardner Detmer '68 

Owner/Jewelry Designer, Adornings 
Williamsburg, Virginia 
National Reunion Giving Chair 

Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Editor, Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine 


Diane B. Dalton, President 

V.M. Del Greco Galgano, First Vice President 

Linda DeVogt, Second Vice President 

Amy Ghiz, Third Vice President 

Eden Zuckerman Brown, Secretary/Treasurer 

Ethel Ogden Burwell, Annual Fund Chair 

Liz Homoki-Titus, Academic Outreach Chair 

Missy Gentry Witherow, Nominating Chair 

Sandra Taylor, Senior Member, Board of 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro, Director, Alumnae 

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Diane B. Dalton '67 V.M. Del Greco Linda C. DeVogt '86 

Galgano '64 

Amy Ghiz '92 

Eden Zuckerman 

Louise Swiecki Ethel Ogden Burwell Zeda E. Homoki-Titus 

Zingaro '80 '58 '94 

Missy Gentry 
Witherow '80 

Kimberley McGraw 
Euston '92 

Vicky McCullough Jennifer E. Crossland Elizabeth "Liz" Dunck 

Carroll '84 '86 Hayes '95 

Heather Colson Cecilia A. Moore '88 

Ewing '90 

Mary Beth Hamlin 

Ann Stuart McKie 
Kling 74 

Laura C. Groppe '85 

Brook Tucker '02 Shirley Brooke Pinson 


Nannette McBurney Beryl Bergquist Forris Rhoda J. Harris '82 

Crowdus '57 '71 

Lee Foley Dolan '96 Lynne Gardner 

Detmer '68 

Nancy Godwin 
Baldwin '57 

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The Alumnae Association would like the names of alumnae nominees for the Sweet Briar College Alumnae Association Board. The 
Alumnae Association Board is the governing body of the Alumnae Association, and seeks representation from all decades and geo- 
graphic areas. This board meets twice yearly; once in the spring and again in the fall. Self-nominations are welcome in addition to regu- 
lar nominations. 

All alumnae are urged to submit the names of candidates and sufficient information to establish their qualifications for a position on the 
Alumnae Board to the Alumnae Office. Nominees' files will be kept active for four years. A nominee's file will be considered each year of 
active nomination; alumnae may be renominated. 

I wish to nominate: 

Class Year: 
Her field is: 

Her connection/service to Sweet Briar is: 

You are welcome to send the Alumnae Office additional material in support of your nomination. Please send it to Ann Carter - Associate 
Director of the Alumnae Association, by fax at (434) 381-61 32, or by mail to: 

Boxwood Alumnae House, 
Post Office Box E 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595. 

Your Name: Your Class Year: 

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llw Senior Staff of Sweet Briar College is comprised of the senior executive officers oj the follow- 
ing College offices and divisions: Admissions, Alumnae, Co-Curricular Life, Dean's Office, 
Development and College Relations, and Finance and Administration. 

The Senior Stall works with the President and the Board of Directors to keep Sweet Briar College 
running smoothly. 

Dr. Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld 
President of the College 

Elisabeth "Betsy" Showalter 
Muhlenfeld became Sweet Briar's 
ninth president in August 1996. 
Previously, she was Dean of 
Undergraduate Studies at The 
Florida State University in 
Tallahassee, where she had served 
since 1 978 as Assistant, 
Associate, and Full Professor of 
English; as Director of Graduate 
and Undergraduate Studies, 
Associate Chairman of the 
Department of English; and 
Chairman of the FSU Faculty 
Senate's Undergraduate Policy 
Council. As founding Dean of 
Undergraduate Studies in 1 984, 
she became responsible for all uni- 
versity-wide academic require- 
ments, including the Liberal Studies 
Program, the academic progress 
of 8,000 lower-division students, 
academic advising, the University 
Honors Program, minority aca- 
demic programs, academic sup- 
port services for student athletes, 
the Center for Retention and 
Academic Support, and the offices 
of Admissions, the Registrar, and 
Financial Aid. Throughout her 
administrative service, she contin- 
ued to teach one or more courses 
a year in American literature and 
Southern literature, to direct hon- 
ors and master theses and doc- 
toral dissertations, and to serve on 
graduate committees. 

Betsy received a B.A. in philos- 
ophy from Goucher College in 
1966 and an M.A. in English 
from the University of Texas at 
Arlington in 1973. Concentrating 
on Southern literature for her doc- 
torate, she received a Ph.D. in 
English from the University of 
South Carolina in 1 978. She is 
the author of four books, including 
a biography of Mary Boykin 
Chesnut, a work on Chesnut's nov- 
els and an edition of Chesnut's 
original diaries, coedited with his- 

torian C. Vann Woodward. Mary 
Boykin Chesnut: A Biography was 
nominated for various prizes, 
among them the Pulitzer, and was 
selected by Choice magazine as 
an "outstanding academic book." 
Since 1992 this has had numer- 
ous reprintings in paperback. She 
also edited William Faulkner's 
Absalom, Absalom!, a critical 

Betsy has written dozens of 
articles and essays and made fre- 
quent presentations at state, 
regional, national, and interna- 
tional conferences and workshops. 
She often speaks on issues affect- 
ing undergraduate education. She 
is an active participant in numer- 
ous literary and language-based 
organizations. An advocate of 
women's colleges, she is a fre- 
quent commentator in newspa- 
pers, journals, and on NPR and C- 

Recently she was elected 
Virginia's representative to the 77- 
member Executive Committee of 
the Commission of the Southern 
Association of Colleges and 
Schools, which accredits approxi- 
mately 780 colleges and universi- 
ties throughout the southeastern 
region of the U.S., and Latin 
America. She has served on the 
Board of Visitors for Goucher 
College, the Board of the Tredegar 
Civil War Center, the executive 
committee of the Virginia 
Foundation for Independent 
Colleges, and the Council of 
Independent Colleges in Virginia. 

Betsy's husband, Laurin A. 
Wollan, Jr., recently retired from 
Florida State. They have four adult 
children and one grandchild. 

Dr. Linda P. Shank, 

Executive Assistant to the President 
for Strategic Initiatives/Associate 
Vice President for Enrollment 
Management/ Assistant Secretary 
of the Board of Directors/ 
Professor of Economics 

Linda Shank began her work 
at Sweet Briar in July 1 999. She 
received her B.A. in psychology 
from Dickinson College in 
Pennsylvania, a Master's of 
Science in Counseling from 
Shippenburg University, an M.B.A. 
from York College in Pennsylvania, 
and a D.B.A. from Nova 
Southeastern University in Florida. 

She previously worked at 
Wilson College in Pennsylvania as 
Dean of Continuing Education. In 
addition, she has worked as 
Associate Professor and as Chair 
of the Department of Business and 
Economics. Other activities she 
has been involved in include the 
Committee for Academic 
Procedure, Enrollment 
Management Team, Curriculum 
Committee, Middle States Steering 
Committee, and Cumberland 
Valley Women's Conference 
Chair; along with many other com- 
mittees and campus governance 
positions. She has also partici- 
pated in the College Management 
Program in the School of Public 
Policy and Management at 
Carnegie Mellon University in 
1 996, and the Institute of the 
Management of Lifelong Education 
at Harvard University in 1993. 

Linda has three adult children: 
Kirk, Troy, and Sara (SBC Class of 
2003). She and her husband Bill 
live on campus with granddaugh- 
ter Belle. 


Dr. Elisabeth S. 

Dr. Linda P. Shank 

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Kenneth T. Huus 

Dr. Lawrence W. 

Dr. Valdrie N. Walker 

Dr. Ivana Pelnar- 

Kenneth T. Huus, 

Dean of Admissions 

Kenneth "Ken" Huus joined the 
Sweet Briar community as Dean of 
Admissions in August 2003, with 
eight years of admissions experi- 
ence at Earlham College in 
Richmond, IN, where he served as 
Assistant Dean of Admissions/ 
Admissions Counselor from 1 993- 

1 997 and Associate Dean of 
Admissions from July 1997-August 

1998 and from 2000-2003. 

At Earlham, he was instrumen- 
tal in increasing the diversity of the 
student body, and successfully fine- 
tuning recruitment efforts to 
increase substantially the number 
of qualified candidates/incoming 
students. In addition to a strong 
record in recruitment activities, he 
has significant experience in geo- 
demographic analysis; he is a 
strong advocate for the use of 
data for evaluation of recruiting 
strategies and for targeting recruit- 
ment efforts. His genuine interest 
in students' academic and per- 
sonal growth led him to be very 
involved in the life of the Earlham 
College community, serving on 
committees focused on residential 
life and information technology. 

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of 
Earlham himself, he earned the 
B.A. in chemistry in 1993 and an 
M.B.A. (Quality and Process 
Improvement) in 2000 from Miami 
University in Oxford, OH. 

Ken and his wife Beth live on 
campus; Beth coaches volleyball 
at Heritage High School in 

Dr. Lawrence W. Broomall 
Interim Vice President for Finance 
and Administration 

Lawrence "Larry" W. Broomall 
fills the role of Interim Vice 
President for Finance and 
Administration on a half-time basis 
while a search for a permanent 
incumbent is under way. He also 
serves, in the other half of his time, 
as the Senior Investment Officer at 
Washington and Lee University, a 
position he has held since 2002, 
having transitioned from his prior 
position of Vice President for 
Finance and Treasurer, held since 
1986. As the Senior Investment 
Officer there, he is the chief staff 
person overseeing the endowment 
for the University, an endowment 

of approximately $420 million, 
and all manager and consulting 

He has undergraduate and mas- 
ter's degrees from Glassboro State 
College (now Rowan University) in 
New Jersey and a doctoral degree 
from Virginia Tech. He held finan- 
cial administrative positions at 
Virginia Tech and the College of 
William and Mary before moving 
to Washington and Lee. 

Larry is married to Donna M. 
Broomall, Executive Secretary for 
the Office of Career Services at 
Virginia Military Institute. They 
have two sons; Jeff, age 34, is a 
commercial pilot for Comair, a 
Delta affiliate, flying out of the 
Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky 
Airport. Todd, age 28, is married 
with one daughter and works as 
the Digital Media Specialist for the 
Journalism Department at 
Washington and Lee. 

Dr. Valdrie N. Walker, Vice 
President of Student Affairs/Dean 
of co-curricular llfe 

Valdrie Walker was named 
Dean of Co-Curricular Life in 
January 1998 and appointed Vice 
President of Student Affairs in 
October 2001 . Before coming to 
Sweet Briar, she was the Assistant 
Dean of Academic Affairs (1993- 
1 997); Director of Transition 
Program (1996-1 997); and 
Assistant Professor in African 
American Studies (1993-1997), 
all at the College of Arts and 
Sciences at the University of 
Virginia. Previously at UVA, she 
was the Assistant Dean of Student 
Academic Affairs and a Guest 
Lecturer for the General Faculty at 
the College of Arts and Sciences 
(1991-1992). She also served a 
one-year term as Assistant 
Professor of the Educational 
Leadership and Policies Studies for 
the University of Oklahoma (1992- 
1993). Before her tenure at UVA, 
she was the Principal at Marshall 
Junior High School in the Fauquier 
County Public School System in 
Marshall, Virginia (1982-1987); 
Assistant Principal at the 
Warrenton Junior High School in 
the Fauquier County Public School 
System in Warrenton, Virginia 
(1978-1982); and a teacher at 
the Cedar Lee Junior High School 
in Fauquier County (1973-1978). 

Valdrie received her Bachelor 
of Science degree in Education 
from Saint Paul's College in 1973; 
her Master of Education degree, 
majoring in administration and 
supervision, at UVA (1977); and 
her Ph.D. in Educational 
Leadership and Policy, from UVA 
(1991). During her career, she 
has been extensively involved in 
professional and civic activities; 
has published many writings; and 
has made innumerable presenta- 
tions all relevant to her fields of 
study. She has been the recipient 
of a CHEV grant (Virginia 
Recruitment and Retention 
Program), several Virginia 
Foundation for the Humanities 
grants and also received the 
Ridley Scholarship Foundation 
Excellence in Leadership 

Valdrie has a home in Nelson 
County, Virginia. Her 20-year-old 
son, Dumont, is a junior at Xavier 
University, Ohio. 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko, 

Vice President for Development 
and College Relations 

Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko arrived at 
SBC in September 1 999 to direct 
the College's largest-ever fund-rais- 
ing campaign, announced in 
October 2002. She and her staff 
have been recognized for progres- 
sive team management and cut- 
ting-edge technology in fund-rais- 
ing, winning a Council for 
Advancement and Support of 
Education (CASE) Region III award 
for their CD-ROM laptop presenta- 
tion, Our Campaign For Her 

Former Vice President for 
Development at Wagner College 
in Staten Island, NY, she has more 
than 20 years of fund-raising and 
management experience. Prior to 
her work at Wagner in 1 997, she 
held development and campaign 
positions at Rutgers University. 
From 1986-1992, she served as 
Director of Principal Gifts and 
Interim Director of The Bicentennial 
Campaign for Carolina at UNC- 
Chapel Hill. 

Earning her Bachelor of Music 
degree from McGill University, she 
did graduate study in musicology 
at Yale, and completed her Ph.D. 
in musicology magna cum laude 
at the University of Munich in 

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1977. Her dissertation was pub- 
lished in 1981 and 1982 in 
Germany as a two-volume book 
on the polyphonic songs of 
Oswald von Wolkenstein, 1 376- 
1445; she has written several jour- 
nal articles and dictionary entries 
about this composer and German 
secular music of the Middle Ages. 

Ivana grew up in Prague, 
Czech Republic (then 
Czechoslovakia), but came to the 
USA at age 1 7. Fluent in Czech 
and German, she has a reading 
knowledge of Russian, and some 
French. She and her husband, 
Edward J. Zaiko, Ph.D., retired 
research chemist who occasionally 
fills in as Adjunct Professor of 
Chemistry, live on campus at Red 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro, 
Director of the Alumnae 

Louise Zingaro became 
Director of the Alumnae 
Association in July 1991 after hav- 
ing served as Assistant Director 
since 1984. A 1980 graduate of 
Sweet Briar, she has completed 
additional graduate courses in 
educational administration and 
supervision at the University of 

She has served as a member 
of the Board of the Virginia 
Skyline Girl Scout Council, past 
president of the Amherst Junior 
Woman's Club, and as District 
International Affairs Chairman for 
the Virginia Federation of Junior 
Woman's Clubs. Louise has also 
been a member of the Amherst 
Rotary Club. In 1990, she repre- 
sented Rotary USA District 489 as 
a member of a Group Study 
Exchange team to Argentina. 
Louise has served on the Council 
for Advancement and Support of 
Education (CASE) faculty by lectur- 
ing on topics such as Strategic 
Planning and Special Events 

In addition to her role as 
Director of the Alumnae 
Association, Louise has served the 
College as campus chair for 
Sweet Briar College's Centennial 
Celebration, and as Interim 
Director for Career Services, and 
Interim Dean of Admissions while 
searches were held for replace- 

She is married to Scott 
Zingaro, owner of MW Fire of 
Virginia. They reside on campus in 
the Farmhouse with their Cocker 
Spaniel, Bud. All three love to 
entertain guests. 

Dr. Jonathan D. Green, Acting 
Dean of the College/ Vice 
President of Academic Affairs/ 
Associate Professor of Music 

Jonathan Green was appointed 
Acting Dean and Vice President 
for Academic Affairs in August 
2003. He came to Sweet Briar as 
Director of Ensembles in 1996 
and received the 1 999 Award for 
Excellence in Teaching. He served 
as Chair of the Music Department 
for three years and as Associate 
Dean in 2002-2003. 

He received a Bachelor of 
Music degree from the Fredonia 
School of Music and a Master's 
degree from the University of 
Massachusetts where he was an 
Ornest Fellow; completed post- 
graduate studies at Oxford 
University; and earned a 
Certificate of Performance from the 
Chautauqua Institution. He 
received the Doctorate of Musical 
Arts in conducting at the University 
of North Carolina at Greensboro 
where he was a University 
Excellence Fellow. 

As a composer, Jonathan has 
received awards from ASCAP, the 
North Carolina Arts Council, and 
the Virginia Center for the 
Creative Arts. He has had numer- 
ous commissions from the United 
States, England, and Australia. His 
works include many songs, choral 
works, three piano concertos, and 
six symphonies. 

He is editor of The Journal of 
the Conductors Guild, author of 
five music-reference books, and a 
member of ASCAP, the College 
Music Society (Mid-Atlantic 
President), the Conductors Guild 
(board member), and Phi Mu 
Alpha Sinfonia. 

Jonathan and his wife, Lynn 
Buck, live in Lynchburg. 

Dr. Stephen Robert Wassell, 

Professor of Mathematical 
Sciences/ Chair of Faculty Senate 
Stephen "Steve" Wassell joined 
the faculty in 1 990; since then he 
has chaired the Department of 
Mathematical Sciences for four 

years. As Chair of the Faculty 
Senate, he regularly attends 
Senior Staff meetings. 

He holds a B.S. in architecture 
('84); an M.S. in mathematics 
('87); the Ph.D. in mathematics 
('90), and an M.C.S. in computer 
science ('99), all from the 
University of Virginia. His research 
interests span all three of the disci- 
plines in which he holds degrees. 
His principal topic of investigation 
is the relationship between archi- 
tecture and mathematics — as 
regards aesthetics, not just archi- 
tectural engineering. He has given 
invited presentations at two of the 
conferences entitled Nexus: 
Relationships Between Architecture 
and Mathematics — specifically a 
paper entitled "The Mathematics 
of Palladio's Villas," at Nexus '98 
in Mantua, Italy; and "Art and 
Mathematics Before the 
Quattrocento: A Context for 
Understanding Renaissance 
Architecture," at Nexus 2000 in 
Ferrara, Italy. He also led a three- 
day research tour of eight of 
Palladio's villas directly after 
Nexus '98. Steve's overall aim is 
to explore and extol the mathemat- 
ics of beauty and the beauty of 

In earning a Master's of Computer 
Science in May 1999, Steve 
researched within the fields of 
physical design and genetic algo- 
rithms. His specialization in mathe- 
matics is mathematical physics; he 
has published papers in the 
Journal of Mathematical Physics 
and Springer Verlag's Lecture 
Notes in Physics. 

He has been awarded three 
U.S. patents, including one for a 
solar-powered lawn mower. 
Steve's hobbies include guitar, 
weight-lifting, and gardening. 

Louise Swiecki 

Dr. Jonathan D. 

Dr. Stephen Robert 

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*The primary duty of the Faculty Senate is to represent the interests of the Faculty with respect to the governance of the College and 
faculty welfare. It fulfills these roles hy representing the faculty point of view on matters of budget and planning, serving as the chief 
liaison between the Faculty and the Administration, and through ongoing review of faculty personnel matters and the hearing of fac- 
ulty grievances. It discusses all matters that are referred to it by the Faculty or by the Administration. 

The members are elected by those entitled to vote at faculty meetings from a slate of tenured faculty. They serve two-year terms, on a 
rotation in which four will he elected the first year, and three the second year. 

Faculty may not serve two full consecutive terms on the Senate, and members of the Senate are ineligible to serve simultaneously on 
either the Instruction Committee or Personnel Committee, or the Educational Programs Committee of the Board. 

Adapted from Faculty Rulings 

Steven R. Wassell John Gregory Brown Jennifer L. Crispen 

Ronald E. Horwege Michael D. Richards 


Stephen R. Wassell, Chair, 
Faculty Senate/ Professor 
of Mathematical Sciences 

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., M.C.S., 
University of Virginia 

John Gregory Brown, 
Julia Jackson Nichols 
Professor of 
English/Director of 
Creative Writing 
B.A., Tulane University; M.A., 
Louisiana State University; 
M.A., Johns Hopkins University 

Jennifer L. Crispen, 
Associate Professor of 
Physical Education and 

B.A., University of 
Massachusetts; M.S., Smith 

John Goulde, Professor of 
Religion/Director of Asian 
Studies Program 

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

Ronald E. Horwege, 
Professor of German 

B.A., University of Kansas; 
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University 

Michael D. Richards, 
Hattie Mae Samford 
Professor of History 

B.A., University of Tulsa; A.M., 
Ph.D., Duke University 

Raina Robeva, Associate 
Professor of Mathematical 

M.SC, University of Sofia, 
Bulgaria; Ph.D., University of 

Raina Robeva 

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' The Student Government Association, through its own officers, com- 
mittees, and constitutional procedures, bears responsibility for estab- 
lishing, maintaining, interpreting and enforcing regulations in the fol- 
lowing (/teas, subject iii legal restrictions or stated policies oj the 


A. Extracurricular activities 

B. Residence hall activities. 

Purpose of the SGA 

The purpose of this organization shall be to: 

A. Strengthen the sense oj individual responsibility implicit in the ideal 
underlying the Inundation of Sweet Briar College, which is to impart 

to its students such education in sound learning and such training as 
shall in the judgment oj the directors best fit them to be useful mem- 
bers oj society. 

B. fro/note the highest standards oj honor and integrity in all phases oj 
college life. 

C I 'oordinate and promote student activity within the community. 
I). Provide a forum for the expression and discussion of student opin- 
ions and sentiment. 
E. Complement the educational aspects of student life. 
E. Advance the spirit oj loyalty to the College and its undertakings. 


.4,7 students of Sweet Briar College shall he members of the SGA. The 
entire student hods shall elect the officers of the SGA. 

Executive Board 

SGA President; Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer; Electoral Officer; 

Publicity Officer; 

Academic Affairs Chair; CEO [Campus Events Organization j 

President; Inter-Club Council President: Judicial Committee Academic 

Chair; Judicial ( 'ommittee Non-Academic Chair; Day Student 

Representative; Residence Life Chair; Class Presidents: 

mass Vice Presidents. 

I from the 2003 2004 Student Handbook 

A message from Kelli Bergmann '04, President 
of the SGA 

The 2003-2004 school year (dreads lias been successful for 

the Student Government Association. The SGA has worked hard 
to promote community service and to truly be the voice for the 

students oj Sweet Briar. 

In September, the SGA collected four large boxes oj school 
supplies and raised $500 in donations that were delivered to 
Eye River Elementary School in Nelson County. 

The SGA recently held a campus discussion on the Shop. 
the Future Committee, which proved to be beneficial for both 
students and members oj the Shape of the Future Committee. 

In October, the SGA held a blood drive in honor of E. 
Thomas Brockmaii. owner oj Amherst ford Mazda. 

These accomplishments are only a few of the many that the 
SGA is working on for this year 

ASSOCIATION, 2003-2004 

Kelli Bergmann, '04, President 
Virginia Beach, VA 
Major: Government 

Mary Browse Davis '04, Vice President 

Charles Town, WV 

Double Major: Art History and Arts Management 

Michelle Moshier '05, Treasurer 

Cherry Valley, CA 

Major: Psychology 

Minors: Economics and Mathematics 

Joyce Scott '05, Secretary 
Cottonwood, AL 
Major: Business Management 
Minors: Psychology and Economics 

Amy Walker '06, Electoral Officer 

Culpeper, VA 

Double Major: Psychology and Business Management 

Abby Sills '05, Inter-Club Council President 
Las Vegas, NV 
Major: Psychology 

Bergmann Davis 

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Kimberly Wilson '06, Publicity Officer 

Austinburg, OH 

Double Major: Biochemistry and Molecular 


Minor: Chemistry 

Jozanne Summerville '04, 

Judicial Committee Academic Chair 
Stafford, VA 

Double Major: Mathematics and Economics 
Minor: Dance 

Ashlee Bartleson '04, 

Judicial Committee Non-Academic Chair 

Powhatan, VA 

Double Major: History and Mathematics 

Catherine Scheer '04, 

Academic Affairs Chair 

Highlands Ranch, CO 

Double Major: Theatre and Mathematics 

Minor: Musical Theatre 

Lyndsay Welsh '05, CEO President 
Leesburg, VA 

Double Major: History and Economics 
Minors: Government and Dance 

Grace Farnsworth '04, 

Residence Life Chair 
Grafton, MA 
Major: History 

Ana Ciric '05, Day Student/Turning 

Point Representative 

Host family, Lynchburg, VA (Originally 

from Belgrade) 

Major: Chemistry 

Laura Pearson '04, 

Class of 2004 President 

Mobile, AL 

Major: International Affairs 

Jessica Long '04, 

Class of 2004 Vice President 
Allentown, PA 
Major: Theatre 

Sheena Belcher '05, 

Class of 2005 President 
Lebanon, VA 
Major: Government 

Hilary Cooper '05, 

Class of 2005 Vice President 
Richmond, VA 

Double Major: Business Management and 
English/Creative Writing 

Katie Vaughan '06, 

Class of 2006 President 

La Plata, MD 

Major: Mathematics 

Minors: Economics and Classical Studies 

Tabitha Dixon '06, 

Class of 2006 Vice President 

Katy, TX 

Major: undecided 







Ferrell Lyles '07, 

Class of 2007 President 

Warrenton, VA 

Academic Interests: International Affairs, 

French, Economics and Government 

Amelia White '07, 

Class of 2007 Vice President 

Wichita Falls, TX 

Academic Interests: Communications and 


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The Shape of the Future update 

Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld, President 

n the last issue of the Alumnae Magazine, I introduced you to the Shape of the 
Future Committee, appointed in May by Miehela English. Chairman of our Board of 
Directors. I promised then that I would update you on our progress. I had intended to 
w rite a fairl) brief update for this issue of the magazine, but when I shared the 
minutes of our meetings to date with the Alumnae Board during the November 8-9, 
2003, meetings, the Board members enthusiastically requested that I share them with 
sou. even though they are lengthy. They argued that these minutes clearly outline our 
process and the breadth of our discussions. 

So here they are. condensed only slightly. If. after you have read them, you have 
questions, comments, or ideas to share, please send them to us via "snail mail" or e- 
mail at alumnae*" . The SOF Committee is committed to considering every idea 
that comes to us from students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends. 

The Shape of the Future Committee is. as we go to press, still very much in the 
mode of gathering ideas, collecting and analyzing data, and carefully exploring all of 
our options. Manx extensive discussions have been held with faculty, staff, and stu- 
dents, and the dialogue will continue throughout the year. On campus, the process of 
looking into the future has been an energizing one: it has caused us to imagine different 
ways m which Sweet Briar might grow with the new century. Further, it has required us 
to think carefully about all of those hard-to-quantify elements of the College that are so 
special . 

With this issue of the Alumnae Magazine, we invite alumnae and friends of the 
College to join in this important strategic exercise. Sweet Briar continues to be vibrant 
and impressively effective, stronger academically than it has ever been. Our challenge 
now is to explore how best to enhance that strength and yet widen our appeal to 
prospective students, while at the same time carefully preserving the best elements of 
our distinctive education. 

Our present timeline calls for us to present recommendations to the Board of 
Directors at their .April 2004 meeting. 1 will continue to update you on progress 
through my President's Newsletter, the Alumnae Magazine and the Alumnae Office 
Web site at vv w w alumnae/ . 


TO: All Faculty and Staff 

FROM: On-campus members of the Shape of the Future Committee 

MATE: July 7. 2003 

The Shape of the Future Committee met for the First time on July 2nd in 
Washington. D.C., at the home of Miehela English. All members of the Committee 

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were present except Madeleine Green, who was abroad. 
The meeting had an ambitious agenda: 

( 1 ) to set background and context, 

(2) to explore with a broad brush ways to bring our educational programs (and the 
academic and administrative support functions necessary to sustain them) into 
alignment with our anticipated financial resources on into the future, 

(3) to determine a realistic timeline and to discuss process, 

(4) to discuss communication with all constituencies and to get input from interested 
parties, and 

(5) to determine the agenda of the August 1 1th meeting. 

Chairman Ginger Collier began by emphasizing that everyone in the room was there 
because of his or her investment in Sweet Briar, and that our common purpose was to 
create the best possible realistic future for the College. She urged strongly that every 
member of the Committee speak honestly and freely, and cautioned particularly against 
harboring unvoiced ideas and opinions that might be important to the discussion. 

Perhaps most importantly, she noted that although the Committee has been given a 
serious and ambitious charge, there are no predetermined solutions. Any and all options 
will be appropriate for discussion. She emphasized several times throughout the day 
that no solution will work well unless there is general support and understanding from 
all areas of the College for the work of the Committee, and particularly for the recom- 
mendations it will ultimately make. 

Michela English spoke about the purpose and charge of the Committee. She began 
by stating clearly that in her view — and the view of the Board — this committee does 
not exist in response to a crisis, though she was aware that it has been interpreted by 
many as just that. Rather, we have a problem of long standing that we have been 
unable to solve by incremental measures. Our task as a committee is to balance both 
financial realities and our commitment to providing an excellent education that will 
meet the needs of our students. 

Sweet Briar has a good track record over the last several years of strategic planning 
and assessment. This is an opportunity to step back and rethink where we are going in 
light of the national economic context. Our financial base will not allow us to sustain, 
for the long term, business as usual, particularly if we experience repeated periods of 
poor economic climate. The College has for more than 15 years— and probably for 
much longer than that — drawn more heavily on its endowment than is prudent. As 
costs continue to rise. Sweet Briar"s ability to remain healthy far into the future must 
inevitably become weaker unless we make some changes. 

Betsy reminded the group that the immediate catalyst for creating a committee dated 
to our presentation of the 2003-2004 budget to the Finance Committee just prior to the i 
April, 2003 Board meeting. The budget was a stringent one that contained no raises 
and significant cuts in the operating budget, but the Finance Committee asked for sub- 
stantial additional cuts. The administration argued that the requested additional cuts 
could harm the College unless they were made thoughtfully, with a clear sense of 

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direction. Ii was out of this discussion that the SOF Committee emerged. 

She further noted thai it had been more than eight years since the College began its 
I.M major Strategic planning initiative -one that has borne impressive fruit. Much has 
changed in thai time, not only in terms of the economy, but at least as importantly, the 
"face"' of our faculty, and to a significant degree our educational philosophy (we are as 
a faculty, tor example, much more cognizant of the fact that our students are more 
career-oriented, and anxious for our teaching to prepare them for the careers they seek; 
we are as a faculty more interdisciplinary; we are more committed to "hands-on" learn- 
ing, independent research). Thus, even if we had no economic challenges, it would be 
appropriate to think about how to shape the future. 

The next hour or more was devoted to an overview of the College's budget and its 
financial situation over time — and particularly from 1991 through 2004 — a period of 
13 \ears. The overview evoked a good deal of discussion. The most important mes- 
sages of the presentation were three: 

( 1 ) the major driver of increased costs over the last 13 years has been financial aid. 
Fewer students have paid full tuition, decreasing our net tuition percentage each 
year, and we have funded much of this aid from our endowment earnings. 

(2) todav \ problems are of very long standing — our spending rates from the endow- 
ment have been high at least since 1990-91, and 

(3) unless we reverse this trend, we will erode the spending power of the endow- 
ment. In a "very bad case scenario" by 2020 our endowment, although having 
49'r more actual dollars, would, given inflation, be worth $15 million less than 
it is today if we continue to do business as usual. 

The context-setting segment of the meeting ended with Marshall Acuff discussing 
the future of the economy, and what we can reasonably expect in terms of endowment 
performance. The Chair noted that we must proceed carefully so as to balance the 
necessity of reaching our financial targets w ith the need to emerge as a healthy college. 

The second part of the meeting focused on possible solutions, and is far more diffi- 
cult to summarize. The Committee's discussion was w ide ranging, touching on many of 
the factors that are of major concern to various constituencies (e.g.. the College's con- 
cerns over the last 20 years with enrollment, the fact that we have a change in admis- 
sions personnel, marketing challenges, the endless reviews and planning exercises that 
seem to be a routine in academic life, concerns about retaining our outstanding faculty 
and staff, and of course the difficulty of proceeding without a permanent dean). 

The Chair called for the group to suggest possible solutions, and "alternative blue- 
prints." Michela English reminded us that some alternative blueprints might look very 
much like the status quo on the surface, hut behind the scenes might be radically dif- 
lerent from our current structure. We might, tor example, develop extensive "back- 
office" collaborations with other institutions to manage some of our operations such as 
library . purchasing, or student sen ices. 

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Several possible "alternative blueprints" were posited. Those that seemed most 
worth considering further include: 

A. Status quo or "business as usual," maintained through more cuts on the one 
hand and, on the other, better enrollment through improvements in marketing and other 

This approach seemed most attractive to the Committee at first, particularly 
since we have approved a number of new programs that have not yet been tested in the 
marketplace. But as we discussed it further, the sense of the Committee seemed to be 
that it is probably not workable over the long term; we have been in a "no new money" 
mode, doing more with less, for a long time, such that today, no program on campus is 
really funded generously — making it difficult to achieve sustained excellence. These 
notions will be tested in future meetings. 

B. Remaining a women's liberal arts college, but restructuring both academic 
and administrative programs to be more efficient and focused. 

This approach has not yet been refined, and the concept of "restructuring" is still 
vague. It could involve, for example, transforming our traditional departmental organi- 
zation into something more fluid, and/or academic collaborations with other institu- 

C. Remaining a women's college but refocusing on professional programs (a 
much heightened "outcomes" approach, incorporating additional programs of particular 
interest to women— e.g., nursing). 

This approach struck us as unique: we are aware of no other women's college mov- 
ing in this direction. It could lead to expansion to a university model. 

D. Becoming coeducational (this option was presented in terms of a coeducational 
liberal arts college, though other models might also be considered). The Committee did 
not dismiss this out of hand, but it did bring up the financial costs associated with such 
a move, the radical shift in mission, as well as the communication challenge such a 
shift would require, particularly with students and alumnae. It was agreed that we 
would not be likely to propose this solution unless we had compelling evidence to sup- 
port it (i.e., evidence that remaining a women's college is not financially feasible or 
that women's colleges cannot survive into the future). 

We concluded that regardless of which of the four options listed above we look at. 
we will need detailed analysis of our current array of academic and co-curricular pro- 
grams and administrative support offices. 

It was the Committee's consensus that we will not be able to complete the entire 
process by the November Board Meeting — the timing called for initially. We must. 
however, have budget parameters for the 2004-2005 academic year by November. 
Therefore, we will need to have a general direction ready by November, with details to 
be completed no later than the April Board Meeting. 

As the meeting moved to a close. Chairman Ginger Collier assigned tasks for the 
next meeting. We will provide information about other women's colleges that have 
shifted to coeducation, case studies of institutions with interesting alternative academic 

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Structures and curricula, and examples of successful collaborations. A small subcom- 
mittee will develop a set of" criteria for evaluating alternative blueprints, in preparation 
for the next meeting of the Committee in August. 

The next meeting of the SOF Committee will be on campus, to coincide with the 
August meeting of the Executive Committee and the Finance and Investments 
Committee of the Board of Directors. Since most members of the SOF Committee will 
be on campus, we decided that we will have an informational meeting to update the 
campus community, probably on the evening of Monday. August 1 Ith. 

In the meantime, the College community is urged to forward to the Presidents 
Office any ideas — including additional alternative blueprints and/or examples of col- 
leges and universities that have developed interesting curricular or structural 
approaches — that might be helpful as we continue our work. It is the intention of every 
member of the Committee that the process be open and interactive with the community 
as a whole. 



WITH THE SBC COMMUNITY, August 11, 2003 

Forty-six members of the SBC community and 12 members of the Shape of the 
Future Committee attended this meeting, which followed the second meeting of the 
SOF Committee held during the afternoon of August II. 

President Muhlenfeld called the meeting to order by welcoming everyone and intro- 
ducing the members of the SOF Committee. Committee Chairman Ginger Collier 
rev iewed the reasons for the formation of the Committee and its charge, emphasizing 
that to date there have been no substantive decisions made. An e-mail address will be 
established to receive input from members of the community. 

Board of Directors Chairman Michela English encouraged everyone to engage in the 
process undertaken by the Committee. President Muhlenfeld discussed the process of 
the Committee that will include meetings with the community within the next six to 
eight weeks. Each department will be asked to create a catalogue of programs within 
the department. This information will be rev iewed and used in the development of 
alternative blueprints for the College. 

Before opening the floor to questions. Ginger Collier cautioned that information 
mav be misunderstood or misinterpreted at times. There already have been instances of 
w idespread misinformation being distributed. The Committee maintains an open policy, 
w ill share all decisions w ith the community, and welcomes the opportunity to clarify 
jn\ information or misinformation that presents itself. 

Question: In the modeling process, has the spending rate been set for the 
future'.' Are all aspects of the College considered for review when determining 
where spending reductions are to be made'.' 

Answer: It is the goal of the Board of Directors to achieve a f>' < spending rate 
b) 2006-2007. If the rate of return on the endowment continues to be low. that 

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spending rate may need to be even lower. All areas of the College, including 
operations and educational programs, will be evaluated during this process. 

Question: Has the SOF Committee considered restructuring the administration 
to make it more efficient and cost effective before considering alternative blue- 

Answer: The College will indeed be restructuring to maximize efficiency, but 
we cannot solve our problems by restructuring alone. 

Question: In budget presentations, one model suggests a $600,000 annual cut 
which has been equated to faculty positions. Have decisions been made to cut 
faculty positions to achieve this reduction? 

Answer: In an attempt to illustrate the impact of a reduction of $600,000 for 
each of the next three fiscal years, the administration was asked to equate that 
with a number of faculty or staff positions that would need to be eliminated. 
There have been no decisions at this point on how much the budget will be 
reduced for 2004-2005. or where those reductions will be made. 

Question: In past years, the number of staff members per student has increased 
drastically. Has this been considered by the Committee? 

Answer: The Committee has information dating back to 1990-91 ; in compar- 
ing it to today's staff FTE the figure remains constant. The perception that we 
now have more staff may be caused by the reallocation of positions that has 
occurred as various needs arise. 

Question: Will programs not used by students be reviewed? 

Answer: If faculty or students are aware of programs that are not beneficial or 
are underutilized, the Committee welcomes that input. 

Question: In discussing enrollment increases, the addition of 70 students is 
often mentioned. Why are we limiting ourselves to that figure, why not try to 
increase enrollment further? 

Answer: The College is currently capable of increasing our student body by 70 
additional students without building new housing. However, higher enrollments 
would be welcome if achievable. Creating strategies to benefit students is a cru- 
cial objective of the Committee. 

Comment: Information from Project DEEP was received recently: one percep- 
tion of the College is that it is a Liberal Arts College first, not a Women's 
College first. This could be a useful marketing tool. 

Question: Has the experience of peer institutions such as Mt. Holyoke been 
considered in this process? 

Answer: Most women's colleges are facing challenges similar to Sweet 

Briar's. The Committee welcomes any input concerning success stories of other 

Comment: Mt. Holyoke has increased enrollment in recent years by seeking a 
niche market such as athletics. 

Comment: Sweet Briar has a great deal to offer. Capitalizing on the international 

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programs would be an initiative that most other institutions do not offer. 

Comment: In prior years, round table discussions have been arranged which 
included all facets of the community. Excellent ideas and suggestions came from 
these exercises. 

Comment: Increasing enrollment should be a priority based on prior studies of 
this type at Sweet Briar. 

Comment: Coeducation should be a serious consideration, as man) excellent 
students will not consider a single-sex school. 

Response: The Committee appreciates and encourages all comments and sug- 


TO: All Facultj and Staff 

FROM: On-campus members of the Shape of the Future Committee 

DATE: October 10.2003 

The third meeting of the Shape of the Future Committee was held September 28, 
2003 in Washington. DC. 

The meeting began with updates from the campus about the various brown bag 
meetings (monthly lunchtime sessions held in the Chapel for faculty and staff). Betsy 
Muhlenf eld's meeting with the Student Government Association (139 students partici- 
pated), and responses to our SOF e-mail address ( ). 

At this meeting, the Committee began to narrow down options, considering five 
basic alternatives. 

Alternatives 1 (status quo with across-the-board cuts) and 2 (remaining a 
women's college but realigning academic and administrative programs to be more 
focused and efficient.) 

The Committee agreed that Alternative 1 should be eliminated as an option. Sweet 
Briar has been on this path. It has proven ineffective in allowing us to reach our tar- 
geted long-range financial goals. 

The Committee decided that Alternative 2 should be revised as "restructuring aca- 
demic and administrative programs to be more focused and efficient". All agreed that 
such restructuring is important but not likely to make a significant difference in any but 
the short run. As Madeleine Green put it. Alternative 2 is really only "the intelligent 
version of Number I ." The Committee decided that Alternative 2 should be part of 
whatever blueprint we decide upon. 

Alternative 3, collaboration 

In the August meeting. President Muhlenfeld had reported briefly on collaborative 
options. Most coordinating programs, consolidations or consortia do not save mnnc\ 
(in fact, the> often cost money). Coordination among two or more colleges is generally 
undertaken to enhance academic programs. Formal consortia typically exist either to 
increase academic options or to create hack-office efficiencies, as with technology or 
libraries. In all cases where sharing academic programs is involved, close proximity 

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seems to be a necessity for long-term success. 

Her August report concluded that in general, the only collaborative programs that 
provide significant savings are mergers. In most merger situations, one college is 
stronger; one weaker. Seldom does the weaker retain its original identity. The 
Committee considered various possible collaborations that would be significant enough 
to be alternative blueprints. It was decided that right now, no attractive collaborations 
appear to be potentially good blueprint possibilities. Such alliances take a long time to 
develop and execute. It was decided to remove collaboration as a viable alternative 
blueprint for the short term, but ( 1 ) to continue to explore the kinds of back-office and 
academic collaborations that can provide efficiency or enhance our curricular offerings 
and (2) to keep the door open should attractive possibilities present themselves later. 

Alternative 4, focusing on professional preparation: 

Liberal Arts in Action, an approach developed in discussions of the on-campus 
SOF members, was presented. This approach, which evolved from Alternatives 2 and 
4, involves shifting the current mission to embrace overtly the College*s role in prepar- 
ing women for professional life. "Liberal Arts in Action" might be interpreted as a 
refocusing on first principles (i.e., Indiana Fletcher Williams' exhortation to prepare 
women "to be useful members of society"). 

Questions that emerged centered on whether this approach could be called truly dis- 
tinctive. Most coed liberal arts colleges — except the top tier colleges — would say they 
have been doing this for at least a decade. But certainly at every women's college of 
which we are aware, majors designed to prepare students for careers exist as "stealth 
majors." deliberately kept below radar because they are not "pure liberal arts." despite 
the fact that preparation for careers is by far the most frequent reason given by students 
for going to college, and by most parents for investing in college. 

The Committee felt that the approach would need some "razzle dazzle" features that 
would stand out and help to differentiate it very clearly. A guarantee of internships, a 
focus on international careers, insurance that students would emerge with clear career 
alternatives and action plans by the end of the sophomore year, or internships abroad 
were suggested as possibilities. As one Committee member put it, "We need to do this 
PLUS." The faculty's role in developing academic and graduation requirements was 

The Committee decided that Alternative 4 should be broadened and reworded as fol- 
lows: "Refocusing the academic program." "Liberal Arts in Action" is one such refocus 
and should be considered carefully. The Committee hopes that other ways of refocusing 
significant enough to be considered alternative blueprints will emerge from the faculty 
and staff in the next few weeks. 

Alternative 5, Coeducation: President Muhlenfeld distributed information about 
the coed option, including data comparing Sweet Briar to several schools that have 
taken this route. She spoke briefly about follow-up studies done by Skidmore and 
Connecticut College. Skidmore went coed in 1971, and did a follow-up study in 1981: 
Connecticut College became coeducational in 1969 and did a follow-up study in 2003. 

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Both institutions examined whether men had changed the campus in ways detrimental 
to women. In both institutions, coeducation improved social life on campus and 
marked the "end of the suitcase college phenomenon." Both saw the size of the appli- 
cant pool and the student bod) increase. Both reports also spoke of gendered student 
leadership (with male students holding almost all leadership roles), an increase in the 
percentage of male facult) members, gendered choice of major, and a campus culture 
drawn to men's athletics, despite the fact that Connecticut College has no football 

Alter much discussion, the following '"blueprints" currently remain under study: 

1. Relocusing the academic program. 
"Liberal Arts in Action" 

a. As a women's college 

b. As a coed college. 

2. Becoming coeducational. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Committee would like to capture other ideas from the fac- 
ulty and others on campus, not only to flesh out the above blueprints, but also to 
come up with additional blueprints. It is assumed that with these and any other blue- 
prints to be suggested, a restructuring of academic and administrative programs will 
ensue (former Alternative 2), which will result in a more focused, efficient, produc- 
tive organization. 

It was decided that the on-campus members of the SOF Committee would lead 
focus groups through the fall and invite comment. Any additional alternative blueprints 
that emerge w ill he discussed in the next SOF Committee meeting (November). As the 
academic blueprints are fleshed out through a consultative period on campus, the on- 
campus members of the SOF Committee will develop a briefing paper for the full 
Committee on each blueprint. 

The Need for a Consultant: The question of whether the Committee needed a con- 
sultant was discussed at length. After much debate, it was decided that at this point we 
do not need a consultant, though we almost certainly will want to engage someone to 
do market research on selected options this winter/spring. 

(Final Note: On November 6, during the November meetings of the Board of 
Directors, the SOF Committee held its fourth meeting. The first half of the meet- 
ing was devoted largely to three issues: (Da discussion of the campus's response 
to the deliberations to date, including ongoing communication with students and 
fault) : (2) a timeline for the remainder of the Committee's work; and (3) the gen- 
eral issue of marketing, which had come up again and again in on-campus focus 
groups with faculty and staff. The last two hours of this five-hour meeting were 
given to round table discussions with members of the campus community and 
BOD members. Minutes of this meeting had not been completed by press time, 
but will be made available to the campus communit) and alumnae when com- 
pleted. The next meeting of the SOF Committee w ill be in mid-January.) 

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J— - The Shape of the Future 
Committee Membership 

Dr. Pamela DeWeese 

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Dr. Scott Hyman 

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Ms. Michela English '71 (ex-officio) Dr. Madeleine Green (advisor) 

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Kids in College 
(KIC) Program 

June 23-27, 2003 

Sweet Briar College hosted its first annual "Kids in College" 
Program June 23-27. The "KIC" Program is a summer enrich- 
ment curriculum offering an invigorating exploration into topics 
in the arts and sciences. 

Directed by Marcia Yochum, assisted by Karen Summers of 
the President's Office, and led by Sweet Briar faculty and staff. 
KIC classes provided an in-depth, fun-filled educational sum- 
mer experience. The organizers were aiming for about 100 par- 
ticipants, but 135 signed up from Lynchburg, and Amherst and 
Nelson Counties. The children participated in two classes of 
their choice each morning throughout the week. With small 
classes, between 10 and 12 students per class, participants 
received personal attention and guidance through a variety of 
fascinating topics. 

The topics, and their instructors, are included below: 
All About Light - Grant Denn, Ph.D., Physics Research and 

Teaching Fellow 
Espanol Para Ninos - Celeste Delgado-Librero, Ph.D., 

Spanish Instructor 
Creative Writing - Carrie Brown, M.F.A., Visiting Assistant 

Professor of English 
Animal Behavior - Brian Cusato, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of 

Chess - Scott Hyman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics 

and Tom Loftus, Foundation Grants Officer 
Chinese - John Goulde, Ph.D.. Associate Professor of Asian 

Art and Architecture - Christian Carr, Ph.D., Visiting 

Assistant Professor of Arts Management, Acting Director of 

the Sweet Briar Museum 
Creative Choreography and Dance - Liz Waring 02, Dance 

Pinhole Photography -Nancy B. McDearmon, Registrarial 

Assistant. Sweet Briar Art Gallery (former art teacher) 
Knights, Ladies, and Castles - Karl Tamburr, Ph.D., Professor 

of English 
World Music - John Gregory Brown, M.A., Associate 

Professor of English 

The week's classes cost $75: Sweet Briar was able to pro- 
vide scholarships for more than 30 children. President Elisabeth 
Muhlenfeld provided the "seed money" to get the program 
started from her discretionary fund but the program sustained 

"One of the things we're trying to do is just to get them 
[kids] excited about college— for them to have a good experi- 
ence on a college campus, with college faculty." explained 
Director Yochum in an interview with the Lynchburg News & 
Advance. "We're going to have another next year, it's been such 
a success." 

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• Children enjoy the variety of "KIC" courses 

-4(|lotos by Charles Grubbs 


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2003 Alumnae 

A record attendance - this group is 44 strong! 

Back row, l-r: Megan Butt Glover '99, Darelle Pfieffer '98, Betsy Muhlenfeld, Larry Wollan, Bill Crowdus, Steve Bragaw, Polly Plummer Mackie '49, 

Vaughn Meglan, Miriam Washabaugh Meglan '71, Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko, Ed Zaiko, Josiah Rowe (Parent '79, '80), Al Martin (Parent '03), Eric Casey, 

Tony Churchill (Parent 'OS). 

Middle row, l-r: Audrey Lahman Rosselot '48 (Parent '75), Edgar Terrell, Kelley Dize Anderson '99, Herman Playforth, Jim Holloway (Parent '70), 

Elizabeth Holloway Playforth '70, John DeVogt (Parent '86), Ann DeVogt (Parent '86), Peggy Weimer Parrish '76, Jay Parrish, Cathy Gutierrez, Jane 

Street Steele '56, Henry Steele, Joan Churchill (Parent '05), Melissa Coffey '98. 

Front row, l-r: Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, Martha Mansfield Clement '48 (Parent '75, '78, '80), Patricia "Pat" Hassler Terrell '47, Katherine "Kay" 

Holloway (Parent '70), Emily Pegues '00, Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57, Linda DeVogt '86, Ann MacDonald Carter '97, Jaimie Del Monte 

Galbreath '92, Rob Galbreath, Anne Wilson Rowe '57 (Parent '79, '80), Margaret Towers Talman '49, Iris Potteiger Hinchman '56, John Vassallo. 

Parents, Alumnae, and Friends Attend Alumnae Colleges: 
April 11-13 and June 22-27, 2003 

By Ann MacDonald Carter '97, Associate 

The year 2003 was a record-breaking one 
for the Alumnae Association's Alumnae 
College program, boasting the highest 
Alumnae College attendance to date. Dr. 
Stephen Bragaw. associate professor of gov- 
ernment, chaired two Alumnae Colleges on the 
same topic. "The Rivalry that Shaped 
America," which explored the dramatic rivalry 
between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas 
Jefferson, and the election of 1800. In response 
to scores of requests, he and his faculty team- 
mates (Dr. Eric Casey, assistant professor of 
classical studies. Dr. Cathy Gutierrez, assistant 
professor of religion, and Dr. Barbara Perry, 
professor of government) offered a condensed 
weekend Alumnae College Seminar in addition 
to the traditional weeklong session. 

The Florence Elston Inn comfortably 
accommodated the 34 weekend seminar partic- 
ipants, some of whom were current or past 
parents, or members of the College Board of 

Director of the Alumnae Association, Director 

Directors and the Alumnae Board. June 
Alumnae College attracted a more tradition- 
ally- sized group of 17. mirroring the College's 
faculty-student ratio. Both sessions offered ele- 
gant, gourmet meals designed with historical 
flavor by Timothy Foster, Sweet Briar's 
Catering Manager. Recipes of Thomas 
Jefferson's creation were adapted to fit modern 
preparation, and were served not only to 
deepen participants' learning, but also to cele- 
brate the wonderful culinary delights of the 
early 1 800s. June participants enjoyed an 
optional excursion to Poplar Forest where they 
walked in TJ. 's footsteps and saw a 19th-cen- 
tury plantation come to life before their eyes. 

Professor Bragaw will continue his 
Alumnae Colleges abroad when he leads 
Sweet Briar's tour. "Paris: In the Footsteps 
of the Founding Fathers," May 19-27, 2004. 
travel_abroadl0504france.html, or contact 

of Alumnae College Programs 
Noreen Parker, Tour Coordinator, by phone 
(434) 381-6131 ore-mail for 
more information. 

Plans are under way for an Alumnae 
College Seminar on March 26-28. 2004. and a 
Family Alumnae College on June 20-25. 2003. 
To learn more, visit 
alumnae jiollegel or contact Ann MacDonald 
Carter '97, Director of Alumnae College 
Programs, by phone (434) 381-6242 or e-mail 

Professor Bragaw is also Director of Sweet 
Briar's Center for Civic Renewal, which was 
recently selected by the American Bar 
Association's Public Education Division and a 
consortium of civic education associations to 
be the Law-Related Education Center for 
the Commonwealth of Virginia. To learn 
more about the Center and this important cam- 
paign initiative, visit: and 

Eager participants gather to start the week! 

Back row, l-r: Melissa Coffey '98, Betty Moricle '72, Frank Walker, Mollie Johnson Nelson '64, Liz Homoki Titus '94, Paul Titus, Eric Casey, Steve Bragaw, 

Susan Esslinger, Jim McFarland, Ann MacDonald Carter '97. 

Front row, l-r: Alice Russell, Jane Tatman Walker '60, Diane Dalton '67, Bud Herbruck, Cathy Gutierrez, Jack Wechsler, Andrea Denson Wechsler '62, 

Dorothy "Muff" Marks Herbruck '51, Beth Stookey Sargent '88, Cecilia Moore '88, Louise "Weezie" Aubrey McFarland '54, Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80. 

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jes "The Rivalry that Shaped America 

What Participants Are Saying About The Sweet Briar Alumnae College 

"An outstanding weekend! This gives parents of graduates an excellent opportunity to 
continue their involvement with Sweet Briar." 

Dr. C Allen Martin, Jr , parent of Kimberty Glynn Martin '02 
April Alumnae College Seminar 

"Combining a return to campus, academic stimulation, and interaction with faculty, 
staff, and fellow alumnae provided the perfect opportunity to feel like I was a Sweet 
Briar student all over again." 

Dr. DarelleA PleiHer '98 
April Alumnae College Seminar 

"A wonderful experience with many facets... the beauty of the campus, the expert 
management of the seminar... the rood — the greatest surprise... then, the joy of learn- 
ing renewed. I only wish I could come back for the full week." 

Dr. and Mrs. James 8 Holloway, Jr., parents of Elizabeth Holloway Playforth '70 
April Alumnae College Seminar 

"I have not been back to SBC since 1 968 and felt so welcomed. It was so educa- 
tional - it was a real SBC experience as it has sparked my curiosity to read and 
investigate more about the subject explored. You are doing a great job!" 

Elizabeth Holloway Playforth '70 
April Alumnae College Seminar 

"What more could you ask? A knowledgeable faculty, interested participants, great 
food, and a beautiful campus. Perfect scenario for a successful weekend of intellectual 
discourse and delightful social gatherings." 

Dr John F. DeVogt, parent of Linda DeVogt '86 
April Alumnae College Seminar 

"We thank you for giving us one of the most enlightening and delightful weeks we've 
ever had. Every alumna should make it a "must" to attend an Alumnae College. One 
has all the advantages of experiencing Sweet Briar and its professors., but without the 

Andrea Denson Wechsler '62 
June Alumnae College 

"Alumnae College couldn't have been any better - the whole plan for the course was 
excellent and, or course, the faculty superb. We keep trying to talk to everybody 
about it - the food was perfect, and even the weather managed to do the same. I am 
particularly glad that my husband enjoyed Alumnae College so much. He has loved 
Sweet Briar, but this was the icing on the cake. We look forward to coming back for 
many more." 

Louise "Weezie" Aubrey McFarland '54 
June Alumnae College 

"The recent Alumnae College was a complete and total delight! We enjoyed every bit 
of it — the readings, the lectures, the discourse, the food, the Florence Elston Inn. ..all 
was absolutely first rate! 

W Gibbs "Bud" Herbruck and Dorothy "Muff" Marks Herbruck '5 I 
June Alumnae College 

"You're never too old to learn. Sweet Briar's Alumnae College offers intellectual stimu- 
lation, camaraderie, and the perfect environment to enjoy it all." 

Diane Dalton '67 , President of the Alumnae Association 
June Alumnae College 

"One of the most rewarding experiences at Alumnae College was being in an SBC 
classroom again as a student. I felt I had excellent professors in the 1980s, and now 

great to see a cadre of young, dynamic, inspiring, and humorous scholars in action at 

as a college teacher myself, I more fully appreciate all that they did for me. It was 

>f young, dynamic, inspiring, an 
today's Sweet Briar, and I made some new SBC friends across the generations too! 

Cecilia Moore '88. Alumnae Board Region 6 Chair 
June Alumnae College 


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Anne Litle Poulet '64 Named Next 
Director of The Frick Collection 

News release reprinted with permission of 
The Frick Collection Department of Media 
Relations & Marketing. 

Anne Litle Poulet, Curator Emerita of the 
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, will 
join The Frick Collection as the next 
Director, effective October 1 . 2003. Ms. 
Poulet will be responsible for the overall 
vision of The Frick Collection, which 
includes the Frick Art Reference Library. 

"We are delighted that Anne Poulet has 
accepted the directorship of The Frick 
Collection." said Helen Clay Chace. 
President of the Board of Trustees. "Anne 
brings qualities of leadership and connois- 
seurship to her new assignment at The Frick 
Collection. She is a highly esteemed and 
respected museum professional and possesses 
strong scholarship and experience in areas of 
art history, including sculpture and the deco- 
rative arts, that are deeply relevant to The 
Frick's collection. We certainly are fortunate 
to welcome Anne - her energy, dedication, 
and relationships within the museum commu- 
nity are extraordinary," Mrs. Chace added. 

Ms. Poulet has had 30 years of experience 
in the art world. For two decades she ran the 
MFA"s department of European Decorative 
Arts and Sculpture, of which she is currently 
Curator Emerita. While at the MFA, Ms. 
Poulet was responsible for a number of 
important acquisitions for the collection and 
was instrumental in bringing to the museum 
the Firestone Collection of French silver; the 
Frits and Rita Markus Collection of 
European ceramics and enamels; the William 
A. Coolidge Collection of European paint- 
ings, sculpture, and decorative arts; and the 
Edward Pflueger Collection of European 
ceramics. In addition, eight catalogues of the 
permanent collection were published under 
her direction. 

Ms. Poulet was co-author of the important 
catalogue Ciodion (1738-1814), published in 
conjunction with the exhibition held at the 
Louvre in 1992. More recently. Ms. Poulet 
has received great recognition and praise as a 
curator and author of the exhibition catalogue 
Jean-Antoine Houdon 1 1741-1828): Sculptor 
of the Enlightenment, which opened in May 
at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, 

D.C. It is slated to travel to the J. Paul Getty 
Museum in November 2003 and to the 
Musee de Versailles in March 2004. 

"I look forward with great anticipation to 
working with the Frick's staff. Board of 
Trustees. Council, Young Fellows Steering 
Committee, members, volunteers, and other 
supporters," said Ms. Poulet. "I first collabo- 
rated with The Frick Collection when I 
organized and wrote the catalogue for its 
exhibition Ciodion Terracottas in North 
American Collections. I am thrilled to be 
working again with The Frick Collection as 
its new Director," Ms. Poulet added. 

Ms. Poulet received her Bachelor of Arts, 
cum laude. from Sweet Briar College in 1964 
and a Master's degree from the Institute of 
Fine Arts, New York University, in 1970. She 
was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant 
in Museum Training, was a Kress Fellow at 
the National Gallery of Art, and received a 
certificate of graduation from the Museum 
Management Institute, Berkeley. California, 
in 1993. In 2000. she received the Iris 
Foundation Award for Outstanding 
Contributions to the Decorative Arts. Ms. 
Poulet is co-founder and vice chairman of the 
board of the American foundation The 
French Heritage Society, a post she has held 
since 1982. 

About The Frick Collection 

Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the coke 
and steel industrialist, philanthropist, and art 
collector, left his New York residence and his 
remarkable collection of Western paintings, 
sculpture, and decorative arts to the public 
"for the purpose of establishing and main- 
taining a gallery of art. [and] of encouraging 
and developing the study of fine arts and of 
advancing the general knowledge of kindred 
subjects." Designed and built for Mr. Frick in 
1913 and 1914 by Thomas Hastings of 
Carrere and Hastings, the mansion provides a 
grand domestic setting reminiscent of the 
noble houses of Europe for the masterworks 
from the Renaissance through the nineteenth 
century that it contains. Of special note are 
paintings by Bellini, Constable, Corot. 
Fragonard, Gainsborough. Goya, El Greco, 
Holbein. Ingres. Manet. Monet. Rembrandt. 
Renoir, Titian. Turner, Velazquez, Vermeer. 
Whistler, and other masters. Mr. Frick's 
superb examples of French eighteenth-cen- 
tury furniture. Italian Renaissance bronzes, 
and Limoges enamels are celebrated as well. 
The galleries that contain these works are 
beloved by the public for their special 
ambiance, while the interior and exterior gar- 
dens and the amenities created since the 
founder's time in the 1930s and 1970s con- 
tribute to the serenity of the visitor's experi- 
ence. The Collection is renowned for its 
small, focused exhibitions and for its highly 
regarded concert series, lectures, and innova- 
tive education programs. The Frick also oper- 
ates the Frick Art Reference Library, founded 
by Henry Clay Frick's daughter. Miss Helen 
Clay Frick, located in an adjoining building 
at 10 East 71st Street. Both a research library 
and a photo archive, the Frick Art Reference 
Library is one of the world's great reposito- 
ries of documents for the study of Western 
art. It has served the international art world 
for more than seventy-five years. 

For details about visiting the Frick 
Collection, contact the museum: General 
Information Phone: (212) 288-0700. Website: 
www.frick.ori; E-mail: 

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Betsy Parker McColl '63 Wins 
Tennis Honors 

Betsy Parker McColl of Columbia, SC. 

was named the Southern Tennis Association's 
Female Player of the Year lor 20(12. The 
award is given to the player who has an out- 
standing reeord in competition within the 
nine-state Southern Section, and who demon- 
strates sportsmanship both on and oft' the 

Betsj was recognized at a luncheon at the 
annual meeting of the STA in Atlanta on 
January IS. 2003. Her accomplishments in 
B02 included a national ranking of #1 in 60- 
and-ovcr singles. It 1 -) nationally in 60 doubles. 
#1 in the South in 60 singles and doubles. 
and w inner of a rare "triple" in the South 
Carolina State Championships: 55 singles 
and mixed doubles, and 60 doubles. 

A native of Franklin. VA. Betsy was intro- 
duced to tennis by her parents when she was 
[eight years old. During her family 's annual 
location trips to Charlottesville. Betsj 's 
mother (Alice Dabney Parker. '32) encour- 
aged her to take lessons from Farmmgton 
Country Club's legendary pro. Mike Dolan. 
I'h.ii happy teacher-pupil relationship lasted 
throughout Betsy's years at Sweet Briar. 

Betsy has fond memories of her four 
years of varsity tennis competiton at SBC. 
Her doubles partner. Allison Jennings 
IcCance '64 of Dover, MA. "always beat 
me to a pulp" in singles, according to Betsy, 
but the two teamed up to win the prestigious 
Middle Atlantic Doubles Championship for 
three straight years and retired the howl for 
SBC in 1963. 

Bets) says of Allison, "No one could ever 
have hoped for a better doubles partner. 
Winning that third Middle Atlantic title and 

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getting to go to Nationals in St. Louis with 
Allison is still one of my happiest tennis 

Since moving to South Carolina in 1966, 
BetSJ has won the following number of 
titles: 2t) Southern singles. 2X Southern dou- 
bles. 33 South Carolina State singles. 48 SC 
doubles, and 12 SC mixed doubles. She was 
inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall 
of Fame in 1992. 

Betsy noted that the support of her hus- 
band. Jim McColl. "an excellent golfer w ho 
understands competition." has contributed 
greatly to her success over the years. 

Billy Williams, the director of tennis at 
Forest Lake Club in Columbia, wrote the fol- 
lowing in the club newsletter regarding the 
Southern Player of the Year award: "Betsy's 
dedication to the game and her humble atti- 
tude are two of the traits that I have person- 
ally admired during my years at Forest Lake. 
She is as gracious in defeat as she is in vic- 
tory. 1 couldn't think of anyone more deserv- 
ing of this award, or of anyone who better 
represents professionalism and sportsmanship 
in the great game of tennis." 

Betsy Stevens Prioleau '64 
Authors Book about Seduction 

Betsy Stevens Prioleau s new book. 
Seductress: Women Who Ravished At World 
and Their Lost Art of Love (viking; October 

2003) not only debunks the traditional stereo- 
type of a seductive woman as a "brainless 
blond bombshell" but claims that "the seduc- 
tress" is the perfect role model for postfemi- 
nisl voting women today. "Young women 

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don't have In sacrifice their brains and ambi- 
tion." said Betsy. "I liev can have success 
with men and also m their professional 
lives love and work, they can have it all." 

The publisher's description of the book 
stales. "In colorful stories ot more than 50 
seductresses. Prioleau analyzes their secrets 
of erotic conquest. The answers are surpris- 
ing. Instead of sen ile. cox maneuvers, seduc- 
tresses bewitched men through their strong 
characters and a forgotten love artistry that 
dates back to prehistory when men wor- 
shipped sex goddesses. According to 
Prioleau. that's what men still want: a queen 
bee who seduces them the old way and gives 
them a goddess to serve and adore." 

"Whether one buys her argument or not. 
it's wildly engaging reading and Faultless 
scholarship." states a review in Publishers 

The women in Seductress range from 
such household names as Wallis Simpson 
("known for her harsh, unlovely features") 
and Cleopatra ("a cool political operative") to 
Lou Andreas-Salome, a pupil of Freud who 
counted Neit/sche among her conquests. 
Included in the book is "a checklist of how 
these women enthralled men and took com- 
mand of their erotic destinies." Seductress. 
says Betsy, "is a thinking woman's how-to— 
a master plan for full female entitlement in 
the twenty -first century: women in charge 
erotically and professionally, holistic happi- 
ness, and the best men under their spell." 

Publishers Weekly predicts. "The hip and 
happening presentation primes her book for 
college classrooms as well." 

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During her one year at Sweet Briar, from 
1962 to 1 963 . Betsy won the Jean 
Besselievre Boley Prize for writing. Betsy 
credits Sweet Briar with being verj instru- 
mental in her life, and remembers that 
English Professor Robert Wallace was a par- 
ticular inspiration. She went on to earn an 
M.A. in English from UVA and the Ph.D. in 
English from Duke University. A full-time 
writer now. she was previously associate pro- 
fessor at Manhattan College and is the author 
of numerous scholarly articles and the book. 
The Circle of Eros: Sexuality in the Work of 
William Dean Howells, published by Duke 
University Press in 1983. 

Betsy lives in New York City with her 
husband Philip, a dermatologist. Their daugh- 
ter. Phoebe. 20, is a student at Stanford 
University. "This book was inspired by 
Phoebe." said Betsy. "I wanted her and her 
generation to realize that the smarter you are, 
the more attractive you are." 

The book is available from the Sweet 
Briar Book Shop (Tel: 800-381-6106; e-mail: ) 

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DeAnne Blanton '85 Coauthors 
Book on Women Soldiers in the 
American Civil War: They Fought 
Like Demons 

The jacket of the hardback copy of her 
book, which DeAnne Blanton presented to 
the Sweet Briar Library, contains the follow- 
ing description: 

"Popular images of women during the 
American Civil War include self-sacrificing 
nurses, romantic spies, and brave ladies 
maintaining hearth and home in the absence 
of their men. However, as DeAnne Blanton 
and Lauren M. Cook show in their remark- 

able new study, that conventional picture 
does not tell the entire story. Hundreds of 
women assumed male aliases, disguised 
themselves in men's uniforms, and charged 
into battle as Union and Confederate sol- 
diers—facing down not only the guns of the 
adversary but also the gender prejudices of 
society. They Fought Like Demons is the first 
book to fully explore and explain these 
women, their experiences as combatants, and 
the controversial issues surrounding their 
military service. 

"Relying on more than a decade of 
research in primary sources. Blanton and 
Cook document over 240 women in uniform 
and find that their reasons for fighting mir- 
rored those of men — patriotism, honor, her- 
itage, and a desire for excitement. Some 
enlisted to remain with husbands or brothers, 
while others had dressed as men before the 
war. Some so enjoyed being freed from tradi- 
tional women's roles that they continued their 
masquerade well after 1865. The authors 
describe how Yankee and Rebel women sol- 
diers eluded detection, some for many years, 
and even merited promotion. Their comrades 
often did not discover the deception until the 
'young boy' in their company was wounded, 
killed, or gave birth. 

"In addition to examining the details of 
everyday military life and the harsh chal- 
lenges of warfare for these women — which 
included injury, capture and imprisonment — 
Blanton and Cook discuss the female warrior 
as an icon in nineteenth-century popular cul- 
ture and why twentieth-century historians 
and society ignored women soldiers' contri- 

The book has garnered the following 

"Various histories have alluded to 
women's roles in combat during the War 
Between the States, but none have made so 
detailed and convincing a case as They 
Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the 
American Civil War -article by Robert F. 
Howe, in Smithsonian, October 2002 

"This book breaks new ground on this 
important issue.... the authors show that 
courage and honor under fire were shared by 
men and women alike."— James M. 
McPherson. author of For Cause and 
Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil 

A "meticulous and compelling book... will 
find a wide audience."— Catherine Clinton, 
author of Fanny Kemble 's Civil Wars 

"...a wonderful achievement and prom- 
ises to be the reference book on Civil War 

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women soldiers for many years to come." 
-Elizabeth D. Leonard, author of All the 
Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil 
War Armies 

DeAnne Blanton is a senior military 
archivist at the National Archives in 
Washington D.C. She lives in Arlington. VA 
with her husband Marc Wolfe and their son 
Sam. 5. 

Her book. They Fought Like Demons 
(Louisiana State University Press. 2002; ppk 
Vintage Books, 2003) is available from the 
Sweet Briar Book Shop (Tel: 800-381-6106; 
e-mail: bookshop^' ) 

Elizabeth Pinkerton S<ott '36 
Honored by the University of 
Virginia's Miller Center 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott was recently 
acclaimed by the University of Virginia's 
Miller Center of Public Affairs, a research 
institution that studies and informs the 
national and international policies of the 
United States with an emphasis on the 
American presidency. Describing Elizabeth 
as "one of its most loyal friends and ener- 
getic supporters," the Center presented her 
with an award for exemplary community 
leadership and dedicated its new Terrace 
Gardens in her honor earlier this year. 

Sweet Briar is very proud of Elizabeth for 
winning this accolade from the prestigious 
Miller Center. But it comes as no surprise, 
considering the pattern of participation and 
generosity that she has followed since first 
entering Sweet Briar College. As a student. 
she was thoroughly involved in campus life. 
serving as freshman class president, house 
president all four years, a member of Tau Phi 
and assistant editor of the Sweet Briar News. 

Elizabeth Scott chats with Ken Thompson, 
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She graduated with honors in English and 
over the years, has been an active volunteer 
for the College: she was a member of the 
Alumnae Association Board from 1944-46, 
president of the Alumnae Association from 
1946-48, member of the Board of Overseers 
from 1960-64 and a member of the Campus 
Committee on Plans for the Chapel. A gener- 
ous donor to the College overall, Elizabeth is 
a Life Member of the Boxwood Circle and 
has given special support to the Refectory 
renovation, the Honors Program and Friends 
of the Library of which she is a Life 
Member. She served as Co-Chair for her 
class's 50th Reunion in 1986. During the 
Campaign for Sweet Briar College in the 
early 1990s, she served on the president's 
Campaign Advisory Council and hosted— in 
her home— and underwrote the kickoff din- 
ner for the Charlottesville Community 
Campaign. On behalf of the Charlottesville 
Alumnae Club, she was co-sponsor of a 
Sweet Briar presidential lecture in 
Charlottesville and participated in a presiden- 
tial dinner focusing on strategic planning for 
the College. Recently, she became one of the 
first members of the new Sweet Briar gift 
society, the Oak Society. Elizabeth has 
remained loyal and generous to her alma 
mater, even while compiling a remarkable 
record of civic contributions to her home- 
town of Charlottesville. 

Elizabeth has many family connections to 
Sweet Briar: her late brother-in-law, Buford 
Scott, served on the Sweet Briar Board of 
Directors; his three daughters are alumnae of 
the College— Margery Scott Johnson '57, 
Mary Denny Scott Wray'61 and Elisabeth 
Scott Porter '64; another niece, Isabel Scott 
Anderson Fitzgerald, graduated in 1955; and 
Margery Scott Johnson Springer (daughter of 
Margery Scott Johnson '57) attended with the 
class of 1983. 

The Governing Council of the Miller 
Center passed a resolution which in itself is a 
beautiful, moving tribute to Elizabeth. With 
the Center's permission, we are proud to 
reprint it here: 

"WHEREAS, Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott was 
a member of the Miller Center Governing 
Council from 1987 to 1996 and a steadfast 
supporter of the Miller Center for many years 
in countless ways, serving on building, land- 
scape, interior furnishings, and renovation 
committees; and 

WHEREAS, Mrs. Scott has been a generous 
friend of the Miller Center and the University 
of Virginia; and 

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WHEREAS, Mrs. Scott has been a tireless 
volunteer and spirited leader in the commu- 
nity at large; and 

WHEREAS, Mrs. Scott has even on occasion 
personally weeded the Miller Center's 
grounds; and 

WHEREAS, Mrs. Scott is a good and kind 
friend to every one she meets and we remain 
indebted to her elegant taste and vision for 
the sparkling beauty of these grounds and 

RESOLVED that the Miller Center 
Governing Council hereby dedicates the 
Elizabeth Scott Terrace Gardens at the Miller 
Center in her honor, and further recognizes 
her as the first recipient of the new Miller 
Center of Public Affairs Exemplary 
Leadership Award." 
Brava, Elizabeth! 

Lucretia Bock '97 Appointed 
General Manager of Ford Mercury 

SEGUIN, Texas. Lucretia Bock has been 

named general manager of Seguin Ford 
Mercury, making her one of the youngest 
female GMs of a Ford Mercury dealership in 
the United States. 

Ms. Bock, 28, is the third generation of 
the Bock family to direct the dealership in its 
44-year history. She joined the dealership in 
May, 2000 and had been serving as Assistant 

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General Manager since January, 2002. 

Before joining Seguin Ford Mercury, she 
worked at Ford Motor Company in sales and 
service, primarily as the customer service 
manager for dealers in areas of Florida, 
Georgia and Alabama. 

"I'm proud to announce Lucretia's promo- 
tion and excited about the future of the deal- 
ership under her direction and guidance," 
said her father, Bennie Bock, owner and 
president of Seguin Ford Mercury. "Her 
experience at Ford and the expertise she 
acquired have been invaluable to this dealer- 

Ms. Bock, who is fluent in Spanish, grad- 
uated from Sweet Briar College in 1997 with 
a B.A. in international affairs and a certificate 
in business management. She also graduated 
from the National Automobile Dealers 
Academy in McLean, Virginia. 

"I'm excited to assume the role of general 
manager and look forward to continuing the 
success Seguin Ford Mercury has achieved 
during the past four decades," she said. 
"We're proud of the longtime service to 
Seguin and the surrounding communities and 
I hope to expand our level of service and 
commitment in the future." 

Ms. Bock's grandfather, Ben W. Bock, 
started as a Ford dealer in New Braunfels, 
Texas in 1944 and later began Seguin Motor 
Company in June, 1959. 

Seguin Ford Mercury was awarded The 
President's Award— Ford Motor Company's 

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highest award — in both 2001 and 2002. The 
dealership has 47 full-time employees, some 
of whom have been with the company for 
more than 30 years. 

Margaret Stuart Wilson 
Dickey '41 

Margaret Stuart has a long record of devo- 
tion to her alma mater. She served for 12 
years on the board of the Alumnae 
Association, most recently as Chair of 
Region VIII from 1992-96. A member of the 
Williams Associates, having named Sweet 
Briar in her will, she was a member of the 
Reunion Committee for her class's 50th and 
55th Reunions. For many years she was pres- 
ident of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Club of 
New Orleans, spearheading events and host- 
ing visitors from the College. She completed 
a term as Class Secretary and contributed to 
the Alumnae Association's former fund-rais- 
ing project of selling bulbs, for which she 
was named Top Seller in 1982. In all her 
work for Sweet Briar, Margaret Stuart has 
received strong support from her husband. 
Kenneth, who was named an honorary mem- 
ber of the Class of 1941 . The Dickeys' two 
daughters are Sweet Briar alumnae and 
Eugenia, who graduated in 1965, was, from 
1995-1999, an alumna trustee on the Sweet 
Briar College Board of Directors. Margaret 
Stuart is also an outstanding community vol- 
unteer, especially in the area of historic 
restoration. She received an award for volun- 
teerism from the Governor of Arkansas. 

Sweet Briar is proud to salute Margaret 
Stuart, one of the College's most ardent sup- 
porters, and to wish her many more happy 

Mimi Garrard '58 and Her 
Husband Win Lifetime 
Achievement Award 

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and 
Letters gave special recognition to Mimi 
Garrard. Sweet Briar Class of 1958, and her 
husband. James Seawright. with a Lifetime 
Achievement Award, presented in Jackson, 
Mississippi on June 15, 2003. Mimi is the 
artistic director and choreographer for the 
Mimi Garrard Dance Company which has 
performed throughout the United States and 
in South America. Her husband, a sculptor, 
has had numerous group and solo exhibitions 
of his work and his pieces are included in 
public collections such as that of the 
Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 
Both Mimi and her husband are natives of 
Greenwood, Mississippi. 

The photo above was taken in New Orleans in March 2001 at the 80th birthday party of 
Margaret Stuart Wilson Dickey. Celebrating, left to right, are: Annabel Pagan Blakey '61; 
Margaret Stuart's daughter Paula Dickey '69; honoree Margaret Stuart Wilson Dickey '41; her 
niece Penny Burkitt; and her daughter Eugenia Dickey Caldwell '65. 

Mimi. who was a Dean's list student, 
earned her Sweet Briar degree in psychology. 
In 1963, she received a certificate of profes- 
sional status as a dancer, teacher, and chore- 
ographer from the Henry Street Playhouse in 
New York City, where she studied with 
Alwin Nikolais and performed her first con- 
cert. From 1963 to 1965, she choreographed 
for the Chameleon Dance group, as well as 
performing in the Nikolais Dance Theatre 
and the Murray Louis Dance Company. 
During that time she formed the Mimi 
Garrard Dance Company, which first 
appeared at the Henry Street Playhouse in 
1965. The company has intrigued and 
delighted audiences across the United States 
and has. as The Los Angeles Times put it. 
"opened eyes, caused laughter, and provoked 

The Mimi Garrard Dance Company has 
appeared in a number of prominent festivals 
including the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 
in the United States and Danza Nueva festi- 
val in Lima, Peru. Mimi Garrard's repertory 
of over 90 dances is one of the largest of 
modem dance choreographers. 

In the late 1960's Mimi choreographed 
and performed for the following television 
productions in collaboration with James 
Seawright: "Medium is the Medium", 
WGBH. "Enigma of Scriabin". CBS Camera 
Three, and "Boston Symphony Experiment", 
WGBH. Considered by many in the dance 
community to be ahead of her time. Mimi 
was experimenting with the spoken word, 
film, and various forms of mixed media in 
the early 1960's. The Mimi Garrard Dance 
Company, in collaboration with James 
Seawright and Emmanuel Ghent, designed 

and built the first computer controlled light- 
ing system. The first work for the system, 
PHOSPHONES, had its premiere at the 
Henry Street Playhouse in 1970. Anna 
Kisselgoff of The New York Times said the 
work showed that Mimi Garrard and her col- 
laborators "have gone beyond mixed-media 
efforts of the past." 

The Mimi Garrard Dance Company has 
performed in Missisippi on numerous occa- 
sions. Frank Hains of the Daily News called 
the company's performance in its April 1972 
appearance at the Arts Festival in Jackson, 
"the most valid attraction in Festival history". 
The company was able with Frank Hains's 
support to fill a 2000-seat house for 5 nights. 
Modern dance companies rarely expect that 
kind of audience! 

Most recently Mimi is experimenting in 
new ways, creating dance for video using 
digital techniques to transform the dance 
material. She has created over 150 dances for 

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\ ideo. Her work in this area is unique and is 
gaining increasing attention. She has a 
monthly program on Manhattan 
Neighborhood Network, and has recently 

been sponsored by Channel 13 on its Metro 
Arts Channel. Her video work has been seen 
in Turkey. France, England, Germany, 
Ecuador and Peru. She participated in her 
first visual ails show. WOMEN ON TOP: 
LIMITS in the spring of 2003 at the Reno 
Gallery of South Orange. New Jersey. 

While a student at Sweet Briar. Minn was 
aeti\e in the Dance Club and was Oratorio 
choreographer; she was also a member of the 
May Court, a Senior Page, and seised on the 
Campus Chest Committee. A very loyal 
alumna, she came back to the College to give 
a performance and workshop in 1976; her 
most recent performance at Sweet Briar was 
in 1997, During several Winter Terms, she 
in\ ited Sweet Briar students to New York to 
participate in her company's workshops. She 
has given a number of residencies at Sweet 
Briar and at colleges and community centers 
throughout the United States. To the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Club of New York, she has 
offered generous hospitality by opening her 
loft for a benefit performance. 

Sweet Briar is proud of Mimi — congratu- 
lations to both her and her husband for w in- 
ning this tribute to their lifetimes of contribu- 
tions to the arts. 

For more information visit the company 
Web site at 

Anne MacClintock '65 and her 
Husband Jerry Mashaw Publish 
Book about their Year at Sea 

Seasoned by Salt: A Voyage in Search of 

the Caribbean (Sheridan House. 2(H)3) is a 
narrative of exploration and adventure writ- 
ten by Anne MacClintOck '65 and her hus- 
band. Jerry Mashaw. It is a memoir struc- 
tured around a year's cruise on a 38-foot sail- 
boat that takes them from their home in 
Bran ford. CT to Grenada, by way of 
Bermuda, and back, island hopping through 
the lesser Antilles and the Bahamas, as they 
return. It is a hixik written in two voices. 
allowing the tale to unfold with the perspec- 
tives of both spouses intertwined. Anne's pen 
and ink sketches lend an additional |vrsonal 

file backbone of the narrative is a sailor's 
Story, ol a voyage from high anxiety to rea- 
sonably -calm competence, of adventures 
(nearly losing their boat twice) and comedic 
misadventures i their relationship with most 

Anne MacClintock '65 and her husband Jerry Mash 

customs authorities, diesel engines, water 
pumps and other things mechanical and elec- 
trical), of fear and discomfort (the dominant 
features of offshore sailing) and bliss (the 
open ocean on a gentle night or a brilliant 
day. landfall almost anywhere from Bermuda 
through the West Indies). 

Within that basic narrative are three oth- 
ers: a love story, theirs, and the relationship 
of their romance to sailing and the sea; a 
search for personal meaning, why this trip 
was undertaken, how it affects them, what it 
portends for reentry into conventional pur- 
suits when they return; finally. Seasoned by 
Salt is a meditation on the history of the 
route they took and the places they washed 
up— their developing understanding of the 
"Isles of the Caribbees" and of things that 
bind North America and the Caribbean 
together, particularly the colonial past, with 
its legacy of slavery and racial div ision. thai 
the two areas share. 

The multi-layering provides richness and 
a set of universalistic themes, a textured fab- 
ric woven from the varied threads of the 
authors' experiences and reflections. 

After Sweet Briar. Anne went on to I A A 
where she earned an M.A. in English in 1966 
and. some years later, a J.D. Her husband 
teaches law at Yale University Law School. 
In the spring of I 1 ) 1 ) 1 ). Anne happily retired 
from her legal career specializing in telecom- 
munications and regulation. Jerry had a 
year's sabbatical, and the two spent a year on 
a sailing trip that was unlike any thing either 
had done before, despite years of coastal 
cruising. Their growth as offshore sailors 
together is a background theme in what 
turned into a sometimes joyous and some- 
times hair-raisins adventure. 

Following are excerpts from several 

"Mashaw and MacClintock convey much 
Caribbean history along with their highly 
personal account of mastering the technical 
skills of sailing while hearing 'the seagull's 
shriek and the breaker's roll." " -Prof. David 
Brion Davis. Pulitzer Prize and National 
Book Award-w inning author of Challenging 
the Boundaries of Slavery 

" intelligent and lyrical account of a 
journey through the Caribbean in a small 
boat... the islands are seen through the eyes 
of the only people who can understand their 
essential nature: sailors from afar, tired and 
sunburnt and feeling like the very antithesis 
of a Club Med poster. Mashaw and 
MacClintock's understanding of the place 
How s from this perspective, and is persua- 
sive '—Kevin Patterson, author of The Water 
In Between 

"Seasoned In Scdi captures the feel of sailing 
among the Caribbean islands and realizing 
what matters in life." — Daniel Hays, co- 
author of My Old Man and the Sea and 
author of On Whale Island 

Seasoned by Sail is available from the 
Sweet Briar Book Shop (Tel: 800-381-6106; 

e-mail: bookshop^ 

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n Memoriam 

Mr. J. Wilson Newman 

Former Chairman, Sweet Briar College 

Board of Directors 

It is w ith deep sadness that we report 
the death of a long-standing member of 
the Sweet Briar community. Mr. J. Wilson 
New man, 93. died in Charlottesville. VA 
July 8. 2003. He was the father of Clare 
Adelaide ("Ginger") Newman Blanchard 
'60. and Mildred Bledsoe ("Bee") 
Newman Thayer "61 . both recipients of 
the 1994 Outstanding Alumna Award. His 
grandson Wilson married Ashley Flynn 
Blanchard '90. and his niece. Christie 
Newman, graduated from Sweet Briar in 

Wilson Newman served on the 
College's Board of Directors from 1960- 
1970 and as chairman from 1963-1967. 
As chair, his leadership and unwavering 
support had a profound effect on the 
future of the College, bringing it success- 
fully through one of the most tumultuous 
periods in its history— the 1963-67 effort 
to reinterpret the will of Indiana Fletcher 
Williams. He was at the forefront of the 
legal battle to allow Sweet Briar College 
an unrestrictive admissions policy, 
enabling it to enroll African-American 

Wilson Newman stands at Indiana 
Fletcher Williams' side as a founder, for 
his stalwart direction and stewardship 
ensured the continuance of her dream — an 
institution the general scope and object of 
which "shall be to impart to its students 
such education and sound learning, and 
such physical, moral and religious train- 
ing as shall... best fit them to be useful 
members of society." 

He served as a member of the 
President's Parents' Council while his 
daughters were students. At 
Commencement in 1960. he gave an 
address entitled "Fair lady, face up." 
Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 clearly remem- 
bers this address and states: "His point 
was that the then-fair ladies of SBC were 
going to have to change from being stay- 
at-home mothers and dutiful wives to take 
their places in an emerging world in 
which the old boundaries were being 
swept away. 1 was a rising senior at SBC 
and was at that Commencement to hood 

Wilson Newman 

my big sister, 
Julia Scott 
Todd, who was 
graduating that 
year. His talk 
made a huge 
impression on 
me and all of 
his predictions 
were right on 
the mark." 
The Newman 
family established the Dr. Guion 
Excellence Fund in 1965 to support an 
award given to a member of the graduat- 
ing class for her excellence as a human 
being and as a member of the College. In 
1975, the Newman family established the 
Kenmore Fund to award a scholarship at 
Opening Convocation each year to a jun- 
ior or senior who maintains a 3.3 grade 
point average and who is recognized by 
the faculty of the government program for 
academic excellence. 

In April 2001 during the Centennial 
Celebration Weekend. Wilson Newman 
received the Centennial Award, recogniz- 
ing faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends of 
the College "who through their dedication 
and commitment have had a significant 
impact on Sweet Briar College and/or the 
Sweet Briar Community." Each recipient 
was honored with a bronze medal in the 
shape of the College's centennial logo. 
President Muhlenfeld noted, "Only 22 of 
these have been struck: there will never 
again be Centennial Awards given." 

Beyond Sweet Briar. Wilson Newman 
was the former chief executive officer of 
the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation for 16 
years and chairman of the Finance 
Committee for 12 years. Born in 
Clemson. SC in 1909, he graduated from 
Clemson University in 1931 and received 
his law degree from New York University 
Law School in 1937. Following a brief 
experience in banking, Mr. Newman 
joined the R.G. Dun Company in 1931 as 
a credit reporter shortly before that com- 
pany's merger with the Bradstreet com- 
pany. He became a vice president in 1946. 
president in 1952. and chairman and chief 
executive officer in 1960. Retiring in 
1968. he remained chairman of the 
Finance Committee until 1980. Under his 

leadership, the company substantially 
expanded revenues through growth and 
diversification of services, as well as 
modernizing systems and facilities. 

Participation in numerous governmen- 
tal activities included membership on the 
United States Price Commission C71-'72) 
and the Commission on Bankruptcy Laws 
C70-"73). He was chairman of the U.S. 
President's Task Force on improving 
small business opportunities in 1968 and 
was associated in various capacities with 
the American Bar Association: the 
Committee for Economic Development: 
the New York Chamber of Commerce 
Executive Committee: and the English 
Speaking Union in Charlottesville. VA. 
Numerous board memberships included: 
The Atlantic Companies: Chemical Bank: 
Consolidated Edison: International Paper: 
AT&T; General Foods Corporation; 
Lockheed Corporation: and the New York 
Stock Exchange. 

His public service activities in addition 
to Sweet Briar were numerous. He served 
the Clemson University Foundation: New 
York University and its Law School 
Foundation: Miller Center of Public 
Affairs at the University of Virginia 
(chairman): The Brookings Institute. 
Harvard University: the Virginia Museum 
of Fine Arts: and the President's Council ) 
for the Arts. University of Virginia. He 
was specifically honored by Clemson 
University: New York University Law 
School: South Carolina Business Hall of 
Fame: Sweet Briar College: and the 
Miller Center of Public Affairs. The 
author of numerous articles, he published 
two books, an autobiography entitled For 
What Do We Labor? and The Private 

Wilson Newman was preceded in 
death by his wife of 68 years, Clara 
Collier Cox Newman. He is survived by 
four children: his two Sweet Briar daugh- 
ters and two sons. James Wilson 
New man. Jr.. and Charles Carter 
Newman: nine grandchildren and 12 

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John Rice 

Hilda Gray Hite 


Former Executive Secretary and 

Administrative Assistant to the 


We share the sad news that Hilda Gray 
Hite. former SBC staff member, died at the 
home of her daughter in Boulder. CO July 
15,2003 at the age of 93. 

Hilda graduated from the University of 
■Chester and Eastman School of Music. 
with majors in liberal arts and music and 
continued her studies in Munich, Germany 
as the recipient of an exchange fellowship 
through the Institute of International 
Education in New York City. She took 
musicology courses at the University of 
Munich, studied pianoforte with Frau 
Maria Landes Hindemith and August 
Schmidt Lindner, and traveled extensively 
in England. France. Italy, Switzerland, 
Yugoslavia, Hungary and the Greek 


With the outbreak of World War II in 
■rope m 1939, she returned to the United 

States tor further graduate work. She 
taught German Language and Literature at 
Columbia University in New York City 
and during the war \cars. also taught 
German at the Universit) ol Rochester. 

Hilda married John Hite in 1941 . later 
moung with her tamiK to Princeton, New 
lerscv where she served as head of corre- 
spondence at Educational Testing Service. 

while her husband taught at Princeton 

In 1957, she moved with her daughters 
to Sweet Briar, to serve as executive secre- 
tary and administrative assistant to 
President Anne Gary Pannell from 1957-71 
and to President Harold B. Whiteman. Jr. 
from 1971 until her retirement in 1975. 

She is survived by two daughters. 
Virginia "Ginger" Hite of Boulder. CO and 
Aprille Hite Deacon '64 of Buxton. 
Derbyshire. England, and a niece and 

Interment and a private ceremony will 
follow at a later date at the Sweet Briar 
College Columbarium on Monument Hill. 

Dr. John Thomas Rice 

Former Assistant to the President 

We have been notified of the death of 
Dr. John Thomas Rice of Staunton, VA, 
on August 3, 2003 at age 64, after a long 
battle with cancer. 

Dr. Rice led a distinguished career in 
higher education for more than 32 years, 
fulfilling leadership positions at many 
esteemed institutions along the Southern 
Atlantic Seaboard. He came to Sweet 
Briar as assistant to the president (1972- 
1974) and was also a part-time lecturer in 
the Sociology Department. From 1974- 
1976 he served the College as dean of 
student affairs. In 1976, he left Sweet 
Briar to become the tenth president of St. 
Mary's College in Raleigh. NC. 

Subsequently he was the first dean of 
men at James Madison University in 
Harrisonburg. VA and the first head of the 
combined St. Anne's/Belfield School in 
Charlottesville, VA. He served as vice 
president for institutional advancement at 
Mary Baldwin College, and as executive 
director of the Curry School of Education 
Foundation at the University of Virginia. 
Prior to his death, he was vice president 
for Wingfield Ministries. Inc.. where his 
duties included fund-raising, public rela- 
tions, and financial management for the 

An honor graduate and president of his 
class, he earned his undergraduate degree 
from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 
1961. He received his M.A. in sociology 
from the University of Tennessee in 1963, 
and held the degrees of Doctor of 
Humane Letters from the Protestant 
Episcopal Theological Seminary in 
Virginia and Doctor of Humane Letters 
from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh. 
N.C. He also served two years of active 
dut) and four \cars ot reserve duty with 
the U.S. Army. 

Dr. Rice is survived by his wife, Grace 
Arendall Rice, four children and nine 

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Recent Deaths 

1913 Frances Summers 

Mrs. N. R. Bardwell 
September 1980 

1923 Corine Walton 

Mrs. Corine W. Hess 
April 16, 2003 

1925 Clara Frank 

Mrs. Perry E. Bradley 
August 2 1 , 2003 

1925 Edith Read 

Mrs. George B. German 
December 2002 

1 926 Helen Carter 

Mrs. Walter H. Bailey 
July 18, 2003 

1928 Dorothy Bunting 
Ms. Dorothy Bunting 
February 2003 

1 929 Frances Guthrie 
Miss Frances Guthrie 
September 15, 2003 

1 929 Dorothea Paddock 
Mrs. Dorothea Seeber 
August 20, 2002 

1 929 Katharine Whaley 

Mrs. Gordon R. Willey 
Date unknown 

1 930 Charlotte Brown 

Mrs. Phillip B. Harder 
May 15, 2003 

1 930 Ruth Keeler 
Miss Ruth Keeler 
September 1 , 2003 

1 930 Mildred Pickett 

Mrs. Cecil C. Bost 
May 30, 2002 

1 930 Sally Reahard 

Miss Sally Reahard 
July 15, 2003 

1930 Eunice Walters 

Mrs. Richard W. Coolbaugh 
December 1996 

1931 Mary Riheldaffer 
Mrs. Thomas C. Kuhn 
April 14, 2000 

1 93 1 Martha von Briesen 

Miss Martha von Briesen 
July 3, 2003 

1932 Caroline Foy 

Mrs. F. Berkeley Robins 
June 18, 2002 

1933 Lucy Moulthrop 

Mrs. James H. Alexander 
May 28, 2001 

1933 Susie Nash 

Mrs. Susie M. Holt 
July 27, 2003 

1 934 Uarda Garrett 
Mrs. Emmet Coley 
Date unknown 

1 936 Mary Elizabeth Hesson 

Mrs. Thomas W. Pettyjohn 
August 7, 2003 

1936 Margaret Mencke 

Miss Margaret J. Mencke 
October 24, 2002 

1937 Margery Cruikshank 
Mrs. Holmes M. Dyer 
July 13, 2003 

1938 Betty Dail 

Mrs. Harold Windeler 
October 18, 1996 

1938 Barbara Ferguson 

Mrs. Lawrence C. Hill 
August 9, 2003 

1938 Lucile Sergeant 

Mrs. Earl A. Leonard 
November 4, 2001 

1 939 Mary Hedges 

Mrs. Herbert L. Oakes 
November 11, 2001 

1939 Clotilde Palmer 

Mrs. Clotilde P. Baker 
June 13, 1999 

1 940 Anne Waring 

Mrs. Mills B. Lane Jr. 
June 27, 2003 

1941 Linda Boyles 

Mrs. Lyle M. Richardson, Jr. 
Date unknown 

1 94 1 Adela Diaz 

Mrs. G. Vernon Eads 
July 8, 2003 

1 94 1 Bette Fawcett 

Mrs. James B. Collier III 
April 25, 2002 

1942 Martha Buchanan 

Mrs. Joseph A. Wadsworth 
August 6, 2003 

1 944 Anne Hynson 

Mrs. Ellis S. Rump, Jr. 
June 5, 2002 

1 946 Anne Stuckle 
Mrs. David T. Houston 
May 23, 2003 

1947 Cecil Butler 
Mrs. Ernest G. Williams 
February 28, 2003 

1947 Barbara Golden 
Mrs. Murphey Pound, Jr. 
June 26, 2003 

1948 Jeanne Morrell 
Mrs. Henry F. Garlington 
August 28, 2003 

1949 Catharine Hardwick 
Mrs. James S. Johnston 
March 20, 2003 

1 949 Marie Musgrove 

Mrs. Richard T. McCrone 
September 14, 2003 

1 95 1 Nancy Merchant 
Mrs. Nancy M. Henry 
Date unknown 

1 952 Betty Brooke Morris 
Mrs. Brookey Morris Parrott 
August 25, 2003 

1952 Sandra Zelie 

Mrs. Stephen Mulinos 
November 15, 2002 

1957 Joan Ault 
Mrs. Dale E. Vance 
December 3, 2002 

1958 June Berguido 
Mrs. June James 
Date unknown 

1969 JosieWinn 

Missjosie P. Winn 
August 4, 2002 

1 976 Debra Vatterott 

Ms. Debra Vatterott 
July 8, 2003 

1978 Joanne Johns 

Mrs. Chester B. Carnes 
May 13, 2001 

If you wish to write to o member of the family of someone 
recently deceased, please contact the Alumnae Office for 
name and address. 

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They're On Their Way! 

The Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
Directory will be released in December 
2003. All alumnae who reserved a copy 
should receive their copies two or three 
weeks after the release. If you have a 
question on your order, please contact our 
publisher directly: Customer Service 
Dept., Bernard C. Harris Publishing Co., 
Inc.. 6315 North Center Drive, Norfolk, 
VA 23502. Phone: 1-800-877-6554. 

SBC License Plates Available 

Owners of vehicles registered in VA may 
view and order personalized SBC license 
plates directly through the DMV Web 
Owners of vehicles not registered in VA 
may purchase souvenir SBC plates. Go to 
the DMV Web site and type "Souvenir 
plate" in the search box. 


"The Business of America is Women's 
Business." inside front cover. Fall 2003 
magazine incorrectly states that Sarah 
Porter Boehmler '65 was the first woman 
to hold a seat on the New York Stock 
Exchange. Sarah was the first woman to 
hold a seat on the American Stock 
Exchange. We apologize for the error! 

Travellers on the Sweet Briar tour, 

"Alumni College in Spain," 

September 30-October 8, 2003 

The group in Segovia in front of the 2000- 
year-old aqueduct: 
L-r: Back row: Ellen Cate; Sally Croker '92; 
Beverly Shivers, SB JYF '54-'55; Faith Rahmer 
Croker '54; Mollie Johnson Nelson '64; 
Barbara Jastrebsky '87; Nannette McBurney 
Crowdus '57; Rev. Robert McEleney. Front row: 
Pamela DeWeese, SB representative; Alice 
Russell; Lin Shivers; Gregory Armstrong; Edna 
Armstrong; Bill Crowdus; Margaret Street 
Wilson 64: William C. Wilson. 
Not pictured: Ruth Faulkner Howe '48; Yung 
Shin Kim '57; Ken Hibbard; Mary Beth 
Halligan Hibbard '70; Natalie Marable. 

Travellers on the Sweet Briar tour, "Alumni College in the Italian Lake 
District for Families," July 21-29, 2003 

L-r: Three children in front row: Mary Kate Pennell, Marcus M. Pennell IV "McKinnon" Penned, 
Anne Pennell (all grandchildren of Lucy Canary Church '61 and Randolph Church). 
L-r: Rest of group: Mrs. Earl Holliman; Col. Earl Holliman (parents of Sandy Botton); Cathy Weiss 
Thompson '74; Richard Lee Pfeil; his mother Christine Weiss Pfeil '74; Leah Thompson; Suzanne 
Thompson (both daughters of Cathy '74); Betty Weiss (mother of Cathy & Christine & grand- 
mother of Richard, Leah & Suzanne); Linda Shank, Sweet Briar representative; Leslie Pennell 
(daughter of Lucy & Randolph Church & mother of Pennell children); Molly Wingerd (granddaugh- 
ter of Jane Wingerd); Jane Steiger Wingerd '43; Lucy Canary Church '61; Marcus Pennell III 
(Churches' son-in-law & father of Pennell children); Randolph W. Church. 

Not pictured: Dr. & Mrs. Jacques Botton (Sandy, Mary Baldwin grad, is on SBC Development staff) 
and their son Peter Botton 

Sweet Briar Alumnae on the Spain tour: 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 (Outstanding Alumna award, former Alumnae Association pres- 
ident, former Alumnae Board & SBC Board); Mary Beth Halligan Hibbard '70; Ruth Faulkner 
Howe 48; Sally Croker '92; Faith Rahmer Croker '54 (former Alumnae Board); Barbara 
Jastrebsky '87; Mollie Johnson Nelson '64 (former Alum. Board & SBC Board); Margaret Street 
Wilson 64; Yung Shin Kim '57. 

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Class Notes 



Mrs. John R. Jamison (Sara Callison) 

620 Ridgewood Drive 

West Lafayette, IN 47906-2367 


Miss Elizabeth Gorsline 
1600 Westbrook Ave., Apt. 831 
Richmond, VA 23227-3322 


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

Among other things, being ninety 
means lacking the oomph to dispatch 
forty-two postcards; changed policy of 
Alumnae News means doing that if I 
want word from 1934 — which I do, 
but I am. 

Alas! Alumnae with whom I've 
corresponded during the years are 
almost gone. I'm not a phone talker 
and without e-mail I'm really uncon- 
nected. Helen Bean, Margaret Ross, 
Helen Hoffecker and Tinka Strauss 
are within driving distance but the 
inclination to get at the wheel seems 
to be waning. If you would write to 
me I'd be gloriously happy. 

As for me, I got to Puerto Rice in 
February, with a boost from my 
daughter Suzanne (ex'72), and went 
to her in Maine, blessedly missing by 
two days the drama of Aug. 14 at 
Eastern airports. A brief visit to the 
hospital brought me a pacemaker and, 
now that the spectacular heat is abat- 
ing, I sit happily on my shady balcony 
reading books by Queen Noor, Meg 
Greenfield and Anne Fadiman (whose 
Ex Libris is a gem). 


Mrs. W. Burke Davis, Jr. (Juliet 

4100 Well Spring Dr. No. 2305 
Greensboro NC 27410 


Mrs. Franklin P. Parker (Katharine 

Send news to daughter, Mrs. Anne P. 

22 Ashland Street 
Dorchester MA 02122 

Mrs. George M. Brooke, Jr. (Frances 

405 Jackson Avenue 
Lexington, VA 24450 

Alas! No one in our class 
responded to our 65th Reunion invita- 
tion, so we didn't have anyone to cele- 
brate this special occasion. George 
and I had hoped to attend, but two 
grandsons were getting graduate 
degrees, and we are a bit limited in 
how much hopping around we can do. 
Open heart surgery and a hip replace- 
ment in less than a year have slowed 
me down considerably, though I am 
recovering very well. 

Now that the Alumnae Office is no 
longer mailing out double postcards 
for news-gathering, there is no class 
information coming to me, and I have 
only sad items to report. News has 
been received of the deaths of Kate 
Sulzberger Levi on March 13, 2003 
and of Sigur Moore Whitaker on 
March 16. A card from Rosemary 
Reese informed me that her mother, 
Barbara Cross Reese, passed away 
on April 25. The families of these 
classmates will be receiving letters of 
sympathy from the Alumnae Office at 
Sweet Briar, and their names were 
read at the Alumnae Memorial Service 
held during Reunion in May. 

No trips for us during the past 
year, but we are planning to travel 
with the Virginia Historical Society 
along the Lewis and Clark expedition 
trail with cruising on the Snake and 
Columbia Rivers in September and 

Please send me some news about 
yourselves and family activities for the 
Alumnae Magazine. The next deadline 
is December 15. 


Mrs. Richard A. Michaux (Julia Gray 

1600 Westbrook Ave. No. 630 
Richmond VA 23227 


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

1202 Oakridge Drive 

Cleveland Heights, OH 44121-1507 

For Dec. 15 deadline, send news to 
Secretary pro tern: Mrs. James A. 

Glascock (Adelaide Boze) 
1600 Westbrook Ave., Apt. 27 
Richmond, VA 23227-3324 

Notes from Ruth: This is written in 
July, much ahead of our usual dead- 
line, because of two things. One is 

that the Alumnae Office just notified 
me of a new deadline date, that being 
September 1st this year. The other is 
that I have asked for a year's "sabbati- 
cal" from being your Class Secretary. 
That is because we have now, this 
month, decided it is time to downsize 
and sell our house with 30 years of 
our treasures and accumulations, and 
then move down to Florida and into 
what our daughter and her husband 
call their "in-law" suite in their lovely 
spacious home. I know many of you 
have gone through this traumatic 
ordeal: my husband and I have been 
asked to do it as of 'now'. ..or at least 
by the time the snows fly up here in 
Cleveland Heights, OH. It will be a joy 
to be on one floor soon and away 
from our snow and ice ...but best of 
all, it will be wonderful to be with 
such loving family. Our son and his 
family will still be here in Ohio, but he 
is busy and our daughter-in-law has 
her parents nearby. So they are busy. 

But who gets busy these days? 
Though at a slower pace for those of 
us around our age! 

Therefore, the Class of '40's New 
Notes for this publication are gleaned 
from the much appreciated cards and 
letters I have received since last year's 
October's deadline. 

Marjorie Lee Stock Clemens 
enjoys her family, too, so she left her 
home in St. Joseph, Ml to be with a 
son, Joe and his family in Bethlehem, 
PA for Thanksgiving '02. In August 

'02. Marge was with her daughter, 
Mary and husband, Jim, in northern 

Hortense Powell Cooper in 
Shelbyville, TN, says that her son 
John's wife is a good friend of our 
former SBC's Chaplain, Susan 
Lehman. Hortense was therefore able 
to return to campus a few years ago 
with her daughter-in-law for a visit 
while Susan Lehman was still on cam- 
pus. They both enjoyed seeing it 
again. All of Hortense's sons live in 
nearby Nashville. One, Jim, was 
reelected to Congress from that urban 
district lately. 

Clara Call Frazier writes that she 
and Bill have sold their home in 
Richmond, VA as of August '02, and 
moved to the countryside out of the 
city, to Rockville, VA. They have since 
been adding onto this smaller "cot- 
tage" for visits from their 7 children 
and 8 grandchildren. ..from California, 
Oregon and Montana. Clara sees Polly 
Boze Glascock often, as nearby 
Richmond has a good Alumnae Club 
for get-togethers. The Fraziers were 
expecting a granddaughter in February 
'03: here's hoping all went well. 

Adelaide ("Polly") Boze Glascock 
has become my most faithful corre- 
spondent about Class affairs. Polly is 
a retired "Million Dollar Sales Club" 
realtor from the Northern NJ area, and 
then while still "on duty", she and Jim 
downsized to a beautiful and most 
comfortable retirement village in 


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Richmond, VA, where they still are 
today. . .and are so glad to be there. 
Polly sent an obituary of Anne Waring 
Lane, who died at her home in 
Savannah, GA, in June '03. She sent 
another "obit" later, that of Anne 
(Annie) Cooke Gilliam who also 
passed away in her home in Virginia 
Beach. Anne had become very inter- 
ested in gardening and in the several 
big public gardens around her and 
Bill's home and in Norfolk, VA. She 
was also active in her Episcopal 
Church near their home. Polly sent 
those clippings after returning from a 
trip to London earlier this year. She 
also had a wonderfully long telephone 
visit with Jane Bush Long in Augusta, 
GA in June. Jane was preparing to go 
on an Elderhostel trip to London. In 
one of Polly's letters very recently, she 
enclosed a photo of a very chic young 
lady walking her dog (that young lady 
of course, being Polly herself with her 
beloved dachshund named 
"Seigfried" — "Siggy" for short — on a 
leash). She could easily pass as a 
senior on SBC's campus! 

Rosemary Bjorge Johnson wrote 
me a little after Christmas, actually in 
February '03, as she had just moved 
into an assisted-living apartment in 
Middleton, Wl, after selling her house 
in Madison. She had spent Christmas 
in Minneapolis with her daughter and 
tamily; a grandson of that family is in 
1st grade while his sister is in the 4th 
grade. Last year was a good year for 
Rosemary (quoting her) as in May '02 
she had a wonderful family reunion in 
Door County in Wl on Lake Michigan. 
Son, Bruce, and his wife Kyong, and 
daughter, Carolyn — an Amherst 
College graduate, now living in Boston 
writing book reviews — and another 
daughter, Sarah, a Williams College 
student; and another one, Susie from 
Denver, plus Minneapolis crew, were 
all together. 

Margaret Dowell Cochran 
Kearney . another faithful correspon- 
dent, doesn't let her macular degener- 
ation keep her from writing or travel- 
ing from her apartment in McLean, 
VA. She uses an Optelec as her visual 
aid. Her travels often take her to 
Florida, to visit one of her sons. 

Martha Janney Smith McGowan 
is still living in Rialto. CA. A daughter 
lives in Orlando, where the McGowans 
usually visit each summer: however in 
'02. this daughter, Mary Alice, went 
West to visit her Mother. Mary Alice is 
a teacher-principal of a Christian 
Middle School in Orlando: two com- 
puter photos were enclosed of still 
young-looking Mother and daughter. 
Martha received a computer a year 
ago and is enjoying it immensely now 
that she has learned to send E-mails 
to her friends and family. But her 
favorite past-time is her 2 1/2 year old 
grandson. He lives about 25 miles 
from his grandmother, who says he is 

so full of funny remarks that it's pure 
fun just to be around him. 

Mildred Moon Montague of 
Lookout Mt., TNI, has been trying to 
get in touch with Estelle ("Tell") 
Sinclaire but without any good 
results except that "Tell" was no 
longer in Monroe Township, NJ 
according to the USPS. If anyone can 
help Mildred locate "Tell", she would 
appreciate it. Mildred did add that 
"Tell" had gone through a bad divorce. 
Mildred keeps in touch with Polly and 
remarks that Polly is about the only 
one left in our Class for her to still 
write to from her recent new abode in 
a retirement home. 

Jean Tyree Oseth still leads an 
active life in the Olde Towne of 
Alexandria, VA continuing to help out 
in the Archives Dept. at the 

And it is wonderful to hear that 
Cynthia Noland Young is still active, 
too, enjoying her life, family and home 
on the Intercoastal Waterway at 
Southport, NC. 

I have given you an up-date of my 
"doings" already and I have resigned 
from all my historical writings (of our 
neighborhood and of my garden club) 
and other activities in order to con- 
centrate on moving, etc. But I do 
expect to pick up writing '40's Class 
News Notes again later in 2004. So 
PLEASE do keep on writing to 
me. ..I'll be sending out my new 
address after settling in our new 
"home". I will be able to see some of 
my longtime friends already settled in 
the towns surrounding Orlando, and 
in several other Florida towns, such as 
Naples, which is called little 
Cleveland' (in the winter). 

sehen. Until next year. 


Mrs. John A. Wallace (Helen Gwinn) 
19385 Cypress Ridge Terr. NO. 814 
Lansdowne VA 20176 

As Janie Loveland Byerts put it. 
"My news does not change much 
from year to year". Maybe that's why I 
only received nine responses to the 
seventy cards I sent out! Or maybe 
the double postcards, which certainly 
made it easier to dash off a note to 
the class secretary, spoiled us. 
However— we soldier on, with heart- 
felt thanks to those classmates who 
took the time to write. Janie is happy 
to be in good health, keeping busy 
with volunteer work and helping to 
raise her youngest grandchild, as well 
as receiving frequent visits from the 
others. She sends love to all Judy 
Davidson Walker's husband, sadly, 
has had a stroke and is in a nursing 
home Her grandkids are scattered in 
eight states across the country, mak- 
ing their visits infrequent. She says 
she misses Anita (don't we all') Edie 

Vongehr Bridges-Cone writes from 
Palo Alto. CA that, although Eastern 
colleges are little known in the West, 
she was able to attend Sweet Briar 
Day in San Francisco. She does see 
Jackie Sexton Daley ('40) occasion- 
ally. She, like Janie (and others of us, 
I'm sure) volunteers at the hospital, 
plays tennis, travels some, and enjoys 
visits from children and grandchil- 
dren, of which there are twelve. She is 
proud of her "only child in the East", 
son Tyler, who is a political reporter 
for the Miami Herald. He published a 
book last year about politics and gam- 
bling in New Orleans, Bad Bet on the 
Bayou, and recently moved to Peru. 
Her other six children live in 
California. Although John and I are 
only in Virginia in the summer 
months, we manage to have a visit 
with Margaret (Craigie) Craighill 
Price, who lives in a retirement home 
in D.C., but spends as much time as 
she can on her farm near Sperryville. 
Although macular degeneration keeps 
her from driving, she spends many 
days working on her family history, a 
monumental task. Helen Ann Littleton 
White is happy living in a retirement 
home in Pennsylvania. She recently 
had quite a Sweet Briar reunion, at 
Jackie Hauslein's wedding in July. 
Mary White Miller and Ann 
Potterfield came. They were in a 
group picture with many of Jackie's 
Sweet Briar classmates from the class 
of 2000. H.A. is also afflicted with 
macular degeneration and has had to 
give up driving and most of her art 
work. "Butch" Gurney Betz has a 
mini-reunion every summer at a camp 
in New York, where she sees Decca 
Gilmer Frackelton and Mary Scully 
Olney. as well as Nickey Gockley 
McLellan and her husband Shirley 
("Shirts") Shaw Daniel finds life 
pleasant in her retirement home in 
Newtown Square, Pa., where she 
plays quite a bit of bridge. On the 
"outside" she is still involved in 
Garden Club, Book Club and a sewing 
group. It sounds as if Shirts is happy 
in retirement "for an old lady", as she 
says. Does anyone have any news of 
Ann Borough O'Connor? Pat 
Sorenson Ackard and I visited her last 
spring when she was in a nursing 
home in Florida, very ill. She left 
there, and we have not heard anything 
more. Pat and I. with the help of the 
Alumnae Office, have been giving a 
luncheon for Sweet Briar alumnae in 
the Naples. Fl. area for the past sev- 
eral years Angela (Edge) Cardamone 
O'Donnell, who also lives in Florida, 
had a very sad year, losing her 59- 
year-old son (her second loss in five 
years) just before Christmas Edge 
ended up in the hospital for twelve 
days, and has spent the rest of the 
year recovering. I'm sure we all send 
our sympathy to Edge. John and I are 
quite well (for "old people"), enjoying 

our winters in Bonita Springs, Fl. and 
our summers near our family in 
Leesburg, Va We are happy to be 
near children, grandchildren, and 
"greats" in the summer and to wel- 
come them in our Florida home in the 
winter. I plan to attend a luncheon at 
Sweet Briar next week. I always love 
being back on campus. They have re- 
routed Route 29 since we were there 
last. I hope I can find the gate! 


Mrs. Bernard Reams (Ann Morrison) 
771 Bon Air Circle 
Lynchburg VA 24503 

1 94 3 

Dr. Catherine Silverman (Catherine 

276-C Milford Lane 
Monroe Township NJ 08831-1705 


Mrs. Pierpont B. Buck (Alice Lancaster) 
9357 Covenant Hill Lane 
Marshall, VA 20115 

Mrs. Richard Gookin (Elizabeth 

8457 Oaks Road 
Warrenton, VA 20186 

Connie Budlong Myrick deserves 
our heartfelt thanks for having served 
as our class secretary for so long. 
She's a hard act to follow, but we will 
do our best to keep you up to date on 
the class of '44. Many thanks to all of 
you who responded to our appeal for 
news. This year has been or will be a 
significant milestone for most of us 
so we have had many accounts of 
"significant" birthday celebrations. 
Congratulations to all of us in the 
Class of '44 for our stamina and con- 
tinued activity. We always were a spe- 
cial class! 

Janet Staples Munt was re- 
elected to the Vermont State Senate 
for a third term. With a Republican 
governor for the first time in 1 1 years, 
she says that the scene there is quite 
different. "But I am raising as much 
hell as I can!" She is vice chair of 
both the Senate Committee on Health 
and Welfare and the Committee on 
Economic Development. Housing and 
General Affairs. She also serves on 
Rules. Health Access Oversight and 
Interstate Affairs, all issues of great 
interest to her. She says it is pretty 
busy, a lot of work and sometimes 
even fun! During the week she lives 
with three younger women, reminding 
her of living with Brad (Norma 
Bradley Arnold) and Peggy (Peggy 
Gordon Seiler) when they were in the 
WAC and living with a family in 
Baltimore during WWII. 

Peggy and Bob celebrated their 

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50th wedding anniversary in 
Richmond last October at a reception 
given for them by their children. 
Paulett Long Taggart and Ganson 
came down from Winchester, MA for 
the occasion. Peggy and Bob also 
made a couple of trips to Savannah, 
one to celebrate the 80th birthday of 
Peggy's cousin and our classmate 
Anita Lippitt Clay. "Neat", who is still 
a member of the "Crabettes," dis- 
played her musical talent by playing 
her accordion for her guest. 

After visiting in Richmond, Paulett 
and Ganson went to Sweet Briar and 
had lunch in the newly renovated din- 
ing hall and then were escorted by 
Lee Taylor to the dance studio. There 
they watched Mark Magruder's stu- 
dents perform works-in-progress for 
an upcoming dance concert. Paulett 
was asked to describe to the students 
her 40's dance experience with 
Frances Davies Wessells, a colleague 
of Marks and a good friend of Peg 
and Bob Seller's. Frances is still on 
the staff on VA Commonwealth U. in 

Helen Cantey Woodbridge and 
Wes still live in Charleston. SC. They 
visited their three children last sum- 
mer in CA, NY, and MA, with a stop in 
Richmond to the Sellers. They are still 
active in the Foreign Affairs Forum, 
enjoying talks by both US and foreign 
ambassadors-"with varied view- 

Louise Smith Barry had a wonder- 
ful visit with Alice Johnson 
Fessenden last fall when they drove 
together from Dulles Airport to Sweet 
Briar for the fall symposium. Louise's 
travels took her to Baton Rouge twice 
to see her son George and then to 
Hilton Head, Sedona. AZ, and 
Charleston, plus a hiking trip to VT 
and a cruise from Venice to Rome. 
Louise's neighbor, Syd (Sydney 
Holmes Bales), says that it's a real 
blessing to have her five grandchil- 
dren living close by in Long Island. 

Hannah Mallory Perkins says that 
she is now a great-grandmother! The 
parents are her granddaughter Anne 
Brooke Raynal and her husband 
Charles Ray who live in Atlanta. A new 
award at St. Margaret's School in 
Tappahannock, VA has been named in 
honor of Hannah-'longtime SMS 
English teacher and distinguished 
alumna." Hannah was on hand to 
make the first presentations of the 
Hannah Mallory Perkins Outstanding 
Service Award. Congratulations, 

We are sorry to hear from 
"Weezie "-Louise Konsberg Noll-that 
her husband Bill died of a heart attack 
on May 29, 2002. She sold her house 
to her oldest grandson and his wife 
and moved into an apartment at 
Winchester Gardens, a retirement 
community in Maplewood, NJ. 

Pat Whitaker Waters writes that 

they had a Riverboat Trip through 
Provence last fall and loved it. They 
went to the opening of their son 
John's Broadway production of his 
movie "Hairspray." Pat also accompa- 
nied John to London earlier when he 
was a guest of the BBC and enjoyed 
staying at the Dorchester. 

Fence (Betty Williams Gookin) 
and Alice Lancaster Buck had a visit 
with Pat in DC when they were the 
guests of Tee Tift Porter at the Chevy 
Chase Country Club. Tee was visiting 
her three children who all live in the 
area. Alice and Pete had another visit 
with Tee in the fall when they went to 
a family wedding in Atlanta. They had 
a wonderful time visiting and remi- 
niscing with Longe (Frances Longino 
Schroder) and Tee when they had din- 
ner together. Longe writes that their 
so-called sewing club (who have not 
touched a needle since their children 
grew up, but have been meeting for 
50 years) met for lunch at Betty 
Haverty Smith's new home. Betty and 
Alex moved from their home of more 
than 50 years to a beautiful condo on 
Peachtree Road-all on one floor and 
with a lovely view. Longe added that 
Betty's lunch was delightful! Longe 
also belongs to another group that 
began back in the mid 60's as an 
investment club called — "The Shady 
Ladies"(although they long ago gave 
up investing). Their next meeting was 
to be at Tee's house. Their program 
always includes a speaker on some 
current topic or book review, often by 
Catherine Simms. former Dean of 
Sweet Briar. 

Phyllis Tenney Dowd writes from 
their retirement community in Chapel 
Hill that they enjoy life there with a 
wonderful group of people, and sur- 
vived the big ice storm last fall, 
though 5 days without power or heat 
was stressful! She and Herb had a 
visit to their daughter in Washington 
state last summer with a detour to 

Jean Blanton Stein and Chuck 
had a wonderful month in Canada, (in 
between back surgery and pneumo- 
nia), driving through Quebec and the 
Maritimes, staying in a time-share on 
the St. Lawrence for two weeks and 
returning via the Maine coast. They 
enjoy summer vacations on Hatteras 
Island, NC, and now have a grand- 
daughter in the 9th grade in 
Alexandria. They had a visit with the 
Sellers at the Spring Lectures at VTS 
in October. Chuck took Jean to the 
Hotel Jefferson in Richmond to cele- 
brate her birthday and on the way 
they had a visit with Grace (Hoppy) 
Woodard Wysor. 

It was great to have a note from 
Florence (Babe) Loveland Swanbeck 
from Middlebrook, VA. She says that 
she and Ray are fine, the farm trees 
are growing tall and the deer are thriv- 
ing. Their four grandchildren range in 

age from 3 1/2 to 35, and three great 
granddaughters are 5, 3 and 18 
months, and are now in Australia for 
two years where their father is an 
engineer building an oil refinery. 
Frances, their brain-damaged child, is 
at a great place in Florida. Babe sent 
her horse there to join their program 
for handicap riders. Their second son 
is serving as "Mr. Mom" at the 
moment and daughter Ann is a fish 
and wildlife biologist in Colorado with 
a 3-year-old son and a hunter hus- 
band! They are all great and make 
their life interesting, Babe says. 

Muriel Abrash Schapiro writes 
that she continues to enjoy books, 
music, English as a 2nd language, 
bridge and family. Her most exciting 
news involves the adventures and cre- 
ative endeavors of her 3 older children 
who grew up in Richmond. Lander, 
who attends VCU, is involved in a 
video taping business. He has a web 
page about an adult scavenger hunt 
with a prize of $1000( ). 
Daniel, who got his Master's in 
Business at ECU in NC, is in Syracuse, 
NY putting a complete computer sys- 
tem in the hospital and doctors' 
offices affiliated with Syracuse U. 
Granddaughter Anna, who graduated 
with honors from U. of Vermont, is 
working in the Federal Court of 
Appeals in Richmond while applying 
for law school in Atlanta, GA. 

Harriet (Hatty) Tavenner Owens 
and Bob had a cruise to Bermuda last 
June, and on the way home spent a 
night with Hannah Perkins in her 
lovely apartment overlooking the 
Rappahannock River. In early 
December they had two weeks visiting 
friends and traveling by train, first to 
New Orleans, then Santa Barbara, and 
home by way of Denver. The scenery 
was gorgeous, Hatty said. 

Marty (Martha Falk Vallery) 
writes that she sold the big old lake 
house where she and Val lived for all 
of their 55 years of marriage. She is 
delighted that her oldest grandson 
bought the house so it will be staying 
in the family. She is moving 30 miles 
north this summer to an apartment 
she has owned since 1983 and is 
looking forward to redecorating 
(though not going through an accu- 
mulation of 57 years!) Her whole fam- 
ily came down in January to help her 
celebrate the "Big One". After that she 
left for a week on St. Thomas with her 
cousin who owns a condo there. 
Marty says she sees Norma Bradley 
Arnold often. 

All of you movie fans will be inter- 
ested to know that Emily Ann Wilkins 
Mason's husband Tom has a part in 
one scene of the Civil War movie, 
"Gods and Generals." He plays the 
part of "an old white man" who can't 
find his house after the destruction of 
Fredericks. The beard and mustache 
are really his, Em says, not a product 

of the make-up department! Her 
daughter and son-in-law still live in 
Amherst County and love being con- 
nected with SBC (he is on the Library 
staff). Em has conversations now and 
then with Anne Woods Guzzardi who 
lives in Charlottesville. So sorry to 
hear that Walter died last year. 

Pat (Gene Patton Odell) writes 
from Maine that her husband Don was 
able to live independently with her 
until the day he died in April '02, and 
that they had been very happy living 
there at Carleton-Willard Village. She 
is still there living just 10 miles from 
daughter Lauren Huyett, SBC 79, and 
her five. Her Kate, and Donny's son 
Sean, are both sophomores at 
Dartmouth-close enough to visit. 
Phillip Huyett will start at UVA in 
Sept. -"that beautiful campus we vis- 
ited in bygone days." Pat is still chair 
of the library committee and now sec- 
retary of the Residents Assn. She 
sends love to all and a reminder to 
keep singing. Pat added that we might 
be interested in her song-writer son's 

(<httD:ww >) He's a child 
psychologist, she said, but the songs 
are his first love — "wouldn't you 

Helen Gravatt Watt and Bill are 
enjoying their retirement community 
in Lexington, VA. They had a wonder- 
ful trip on the QE II last fall, followed 
by a week in London. "Gravy" says 
that she was lucky enough to see 
Ellen Boyd Duval Miller and Billy, 
Peggy Gordon Seiler and Bob. 
Carlisle Morrisett Branch, and Alice 
Lancaster Buck and Pete early in 
2003- a great way to start the New 
Year! Alice and Pete enjoyed celebrat- 
ing Helen's birthday in January at 
Alice's sister's house in Lexington 
(Libby Lancaster Washburn '41). 

Marion Shanley Jacobs writes 
that she and Bill had a great cruise 
last fall, leaving from Boston, where 
their son and family live, and follow- 
ing the coast of Canada, 
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, around to 
Quebec City and then back to Boston. 
At the time Marion wrote they were 
temporarily housebound because Bill 
was recovering from blood clots in his 
lungs and kidney failure. They were 
hopeful of more traveling again in the 
near future, including an SBC sympo- 
sium in the spring. 

During the East Coast winter 
storm Brad (Norma Bradley Arnold) 
enjoyed Florida's warmth and sun- 
shine, while recuperating from "a 
small heart attack," and the insertion 
of a pacemaker on December 13th. 
Brad says she feels so good now and 
managed to do so for her son's wed- 
ding at her house on Dec. 19th. She 
was also able to help Marty Vallery 
celebrate her 80th at a lovely birthday 
dinner in January. Brad has a grand 

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son who is a 2nd Lt. in the army sta- 
tioned in Hawaii. She added. "We 
need a Mini Reunion." A great idea! 

Ricky (Murrell Rickards Werth) 
and Matt attended his class reunion at 
Princeton in May and had a glimpse 
ot Dottie Ayres Baldwin while riding 
through campus in a golf cart. They 
also saw Anne Guthrie Ayres Yokana 
and her husband Lucien ("a charming 
Egyptian"). Last summer they spent 6 
weeks in Woodstock, VT and Bolton 
Landing, NY (a lovely resort on an 
island in Lake George managed by her 
son Lee Bowden). While in 
Woodstock Ricky had a "mini-stroke" 
but thank goodness it only damaged 
the functioning of three fingers on her 
right hand. (She was still able to write 
us a wonderful long letter) In 
September, she and Matt had a luxuri- 
ous three week trip to northern Italy, 
and in November Matt and her two 
sons celebrated her 80th with a big 
party in Norfolk Ricky added that an 
article and some beautiful pictures of 
her town house garden in Norfolk 
were published during the winter in a 
Better Homes and Gardens supple- 

Jane Rice McPherson wrote from 
Indianapolis that it's hard for her to 
travel these days but she sends her 
love and "hugs" to all And "Goodie" 
(Eleanor Goodspeed Abbott) says 
that she enjoys keeping up with the 
'44 lively grandmothers via email. 

We (Betty and Alice) thank you so 
much for sending all the above news. 
We close by adding some of our own. 
Betty and Richard started the year 
2002 with a marvelous Sweet Briar 
trip to Cuba to study art and architec- 
ture They enjoyed being with Louise 
Zingaro who took care of all their 
needs and with the Sweet Briar pro- 
fessor Margaret Stanton who gave 
them valuable insights They cele- 
brated Betty's "big" birthday at 
Homestead. Hot Springs with two 
daughters and husbands In May the 
Middleburg Garden Club had their first 
Iris show at The Oaks. Betty and 
Richard's home in Warrenton. Last 
summer they had their usual family 
trek to Cape Cod, and in September 
they opened their home for a party to 
promote the local orchestra In 
December they joined Alice and Pete 
Buck for a fun trip to Florida where 
they braved the Everglades and the 
alligators, played tennis, boated on 
canals, ate in wonderful restaurants 
and had a super time. Betty and 
Richard both serve on boards for 
preservation of Weston, an old farm- 
stead nearby, and the Spilman-Mosby 
planned to have a special program at 
The Oaks in April entitled 
"Experiencing the Architectural Legacy 
of Thomas Jefferson ." With many 
interests and running a large house 
and grounds. Betty added. "We stay 

As most of us. I (Alice) love to 
travel and Pete and I have had some 
wonderful trips during our "retirement 
years." One of them was to the Grand 
Caymans for the wedding of our 
grandson Ben Harrison, an F-16 
fighter pilot and the son of our daugh- 
ter Dorsie, SBC 73. We also went on 
cruises to the Caribbean and the 
Canary Islands. The rest of the time 
we've been busy with church activities 
and family and friends and lots of ten- 
nis-and golf for Pete. During 
February's snowstorm we had an 
opportunity to do a lot of reminiscing 
about our college days when our 
youngest grandson, 16 year old Phillip 
Gray, interviewed us for a school proj- 
ect about how WWII had affected our 
lives. It made me realize once again 
how living through those war years at 
Sweet Briar brought us closer 
together as friends and helped make 
us the very special class that we are 


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

Mrs. Lawrence Jacobsen (Julia Mills) 
4416 Edmunds St. NW 
Washington D.C. 20007-1117 

Harriet Hazen Harnack helps her 
church minister once a week doing 
anything she can. Her daughter lives 
in Sacramento. She had twins, one of 
each. Variety is the spice of life they 
say. Living in Boulder City, Nevada 
has helped conquer a perpetual cold 
she had when living in Florida. 

Ruth Long Skelton still lives in 
Houston where three of her four chil- 
dren are located with the other one in 
California. Her granddaughter is a 
senior in High School, plays Softball 
with a team that travels to Florida to 

Alice Edwards Davenport has 
attended weddings of grandchildren, 
didn't find out how many. But she said 
there were 70 who attended family 

Edith Page Gill lost her husband 
last November. Three of her children 
are in Roanoke where she is and 
another only 50 miles away She has 
talked to Mary Kathryn Hemphill 
who lost Sam three years ago 
Apparently, things are going better for 
her now. She has talked to Jodie 
Morgan Hartman who sounds as 
"cute and bubbly" as ever. 

Leila Barnes Cheatham is doing 
fine, still taking care of her place. 

Mary Symes Anderson had a hip 
replacement in '01 but has recovered 
nicely Her daughter. Sara, from NY 
visited her recently. Her other daugh- 
ter. Anne, her husband and 2 kids are 

on a 40 ft. sailboat in the south 
Pacific. They have left Tahiti and hope 
to reach Australia in November. 
Wonder if they need any more crew? 

Lile Tucker Bell is living in 
Staunton and "still hangin' in there", 
playing tennis twice a week. She said 
that Perk had a knee replacement but 
that is the extent of my information on 

Jean Ridler Fahrenbach said the 
best news of her summer was the 
birth of her 2nd granddaughter, Sierra 
Marie. It's been a long 15 years 
between the two. Jean went down to 
Hopewell Junction for a week to help 
out. Her travels have included 2 weeks 
in Ireland in May, an Elderhostel in 
Syracuse. NY and an upcoming trip to 
Machu Picchu and the Galapagos with 
her daughter, Mary, in October. 

Catherine Price Bass said she had 
no news but after a little prodding let 
it be known that they are planning a 
"combination" party to celebrate 
Bruce's 85th birthday in May, her 80th 
birthday in November, and their 57th 
anniversary in September. Three of 
her children will be able to attend the 
function. She has 3 grandchildren. 
One graduated from W&L, and is now 
teaching in Taiwan. One granddaugh- 
ter is a sophomore in college, another 
a high school senior 

Wyline Chapman Sayler and 
Henry are still perking along in St. 
Pete. Their 4 sons are doing reason- 
ably well. They evened up on grand- 
children, 5 grandsons and 5 grand- 
daughters. They also have one great- 
granddaughter. Two of her boys live in 
St. Pete and the others aren't too far 
away. Three of the boys and their 
wives went to West Point with them in 
May for Henry's 60th reunion. They 
get together with his sister, Dale 
Sayler Morgan, occasionally. They 
have spent time with Hilda Hude 
Chapin and Ed looking for that elusive 
cure for Mac Degeneration, which 
both Ed and Henry have. 

Jean Moores McCulloch is still on 
her farm raising cattle. She volunteers 
at the local historical society. 

Julie Mills Jacobsen's husband. 
Jake, died on July 23rd after 4 days in 
a convalescent home A service was 
held in DC. He will be buried in 
Arlington National Cemetery with full 
military honors on Sept. 15th, He 
retired from the Navy Reserve as cap- 
tain and NASA about the same time 
Lots of SBC people attended the serv- 
ice Julie's grandson got married, her 
oldest granddaughter will graduate in 
2004 from Kenyon College, the next 
one is in 9th grade and wants to visit 
SBC. the third one is interested, too, 
in SBC Julie passed on the news that 
Harriet and David Gearhart have 
moved to a retirement home. She said 
Harriet still sounds great 

Not too much news from me. My 
three boys keep in contact a lot. one 

from Colorado, one from Michigan, 
and one from 500 yards away from 
us The latter, Tom, has earned his 
captain's rating as a pilot in the Fed Ex 
MD 1 1 . He says it is like making an 
apartment building fly, slow on take- 
off, but great when altitude is reached. 
Gary, a dentist, is cutting back on his 
hours, leading to retirement. Can't 
believe he's that old or maybe I'm not 
ready to be "that old". Pete is enjoying 
Colorado, fire fighting, EMS work, and 
a host of other stuff. 


Mrs. Robert M. Saunders (Polly 

16 Shirley Road 
Newport News VA 23601-3934 


Mrs. John G. Stewart (Linda C. McKoy) 
18 Osprey Lane 
Rumson N J 07760-1821 


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

Word has come of the death of 
Jeanne Morrell Garlington from 
Savannah and we are filled with mem- 
ories of our Southern belle classmate 
who did many notable things in her life 
for her town, friends and family, as 
well as being a sharp, tuned-in class- 
mate. Word has come that Liz Hooks 
Richards' husband Bill died recently 
and she is having to make decisions 
about staying in Key Largo instead of 
going to Dayton, Ohio for half the year. 
Liz had been an active citizen there 
with Junior League presidency and a 
big part in the establishing of the 
Children's Medical Center. A note from 
Ardis Fratus Porter from Weymouth, 
MA saying that her 89 year old hus- 
band had passed away last spring after 
a long illness and she is adjusting by 
going to grandchildren weddings and 
playing duplicate bridge with partners 
all over the world via her new com- 
puter. She gives SBC credit for her 
freshman year exposure to bridge and 
has found that Tournament Bridge 
brings new friends and new knowl- 
edge. Ardis keeps in touch with 
McCall Henderson Revercomb 

Vicki Brock Badrow lost her hus- 
band in December '02. but her three 
children have been warm and support- 
ive. She is especially proud of a grand- 
son who at this time is a Colonel in the 
Air National Guard flying helicopters in 
Turkey. Vicki received the NC 
Governor's Volunteer Award for chair- 
ing a campaign, which raised $50,000 
for Habitat for Humanity. Vicki's quote 
about her liberal arts education: "I 
believe confidence and competence to 

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go to graduate school and to be 
involved" were a result. Martha Davis 
Barnes from Atlanta says of her liberal 
arts education, "It enabled me to 
explore the world around me and 
relate to those along the way and to be 
a good participant in life." Martha 
wrote of her travels in Spain where 
she walked 8 miles a day on the 
Camino de Santiago. Her son is an MD 
specializing in infectious diseases and 
her daughter trains horses by the spe- 
cial "whisper" method. 

Suzanne Hardy Benson brags on 
husband Cameron who is an active 
volunteer tutor in reading and math in 
a local elementary school and her 
daughters have distinguished careers 
in the Augusta Ballet. Zanne Beaufort 
Colston has been described in the 
press as "Augusta's premier contribu- 
tion to the world of dance" and is now 
the Ballet's Artistic Director while her 
sister Bonne is the Ballet Mistress. 
Suzanne founded the Borrow-Buy Art 
Gallery there. Her macular degenera- 
tion has unfortunately slowed down 
her voracious reading habits. Judy 
Blakey Butler may be our class travel- 
ing queen since she is heading to her 
7th continent— Africa in December. 
She has "done" Antarctica on an ice- 
breaker and collected rare mushrooms 
somewhere (?). Judy's thoughts on 
her liberal arts education: " I guess it 
did help — every little bit helps. It cer- 
tainly did enrich my life intellectually 
and socially." Meon Bower Harrison 
and husband Arch have shared volun- 
teer commitments of Recording for the 
Blind and Dyslexic in Charlottesville. 
Meon says they have 4 children 
"whom I like as well as love!" Her 
granddaughter Olivia is healthy after 
her brain tumor treatment. Meon says 
her liberal arts education opinion is, 
"You bet! I am amazed at what I still 
retain — of course I still forget names 
now and then." 

Kitty Doolin Dickey writes that her 
grandchildren are "outstanding" and 
she is grateful that her SBC education 
helped the quality of her life "to be 
sure." Nancy Vaughn Kelly has had 
some health problems but she looks 
lovely with her good posture and slen- 
der frame. At our reunion she was 
asked to describe the work of the Kelly 
Foundation which her husband Dan 
and family have set up to improve the 
living conditions of native Americans 
in Montana and Wyoming. They are 
involved in everything from building 
straw houses to gathering clothing, 
scholarship money and medical sup- 
plies. Her description of work on the 
Crow reservation in the Little Big Horn 
area was fascinating. Caroline Irvine 
Forbes did not come to reunion 
because of degeneration of her eye- 
sight in both eyes but she manages to 
stay busy since Wendell's death a few 
years ago by focusing on her church 
which will celebrate its 300th anniver- 

sary in 2012 and she is the church 
historian. Caroline says she has a big 
screen and an e-mail address which 
has the battle cry of the Forbes clan in 
it "lonach" — Eve 
Godchaux Hirsch has long been a 
worthwhile citizen of Mew Orleans with 
her long career in education as 
Registrar at Neuman School and as 
Assistant to the dean at Newcomb 
College of Tulane University. She is 
also on the Board of Visitors of Trinity 
School. She is proud of her son who 
is president of his own firm, Hirsch 
Investment Management. 

It's always great to be at reunion 
with Martha Mansfield Clement 
because she remembers and knows 
where everything is on campus and 
she keeps in touch with so many of 
us. She has a granddaughter in the 
Class of 2006 at The Patch. She says 
of her college education, "It gave me 
confidence and competence. In fact it 
still enriches my life!" It was good to 
have Wayne Stokes Goodall on hand 
to make us sing "0 Evelu," more or 
less together. 

Audrey Lahman Rosselot added 
lots of fun to the reunion. Josephine 
Neal Peregrine did not come from 
Frankfort, Ml because her husband 
was having hip replacement. She has 
3 grand boys and 5 grand girls, which 
are the "joy of our lives". Jo has loved 
teaching 7th and 8th graders and 
agrees that she has benefited from her 
SBC education and that she has "beau- 
tiful memories of Sweet Briar days and 
friendships dear" Helen Pender 
Withers from White Stone, VA 
describes how wonderfully supportive 
her 3 children have been since Burks' 
death in 2000. Two have moved closer 
to her and the California daughter 
writes and calls frequently. Helen is 
still a May Court beauty with pure 
white hair and becoming pastel 
clothes. She planned to go over to 
Charlottesville for her granddaughter's 
graduation that she would share with 
Taz and Marguerite Rucker Elletl. the 
other grandparents. Torrential rains 
changed her plans. Marguerite did not 
come to reunion but sent scrapbook 
news saying she spent her time knit- 
ting and baking cheese biscuits. The 
Elletts moved last April to Westminster 
Canterbury on Westbrook Ave. in 

Judy Perkins Llewellyn says that 
her SBC education was meaningful, 
"Absolutely — my SBC experience gave 
me invaluable insights!" The 
Llewellyns have traveled the world 
over but they now focus on seeing 
children in Charlotte and Salt Lake 
City — as well as living part of the year 
in Avon, CT and part at Kiawah Island. 
Bess Pratt Wallace's picture in the 
class scrapbook shows her to be May 
Queen beautiful still with a different 
hair color. She says that daughter 
Tracy is working on a MA at the 

University of Alabama. Twink Elliott 
Sockwell has written that she has vis- 
ited Bess who has had a colon cancer 
procedure but is doing fine. Twink and 
husband Warren came to reunion from 
Huntsville even though he had just had 
a stent procedure the week before. The 
Sockwells' granddaughter came along 
and made things go easier for Warren 
and Twink. The death of her roommate 
Bess White Gregory a short while ago 
still weighs heavy on her when coming 
back to SBC Betty Kernan Quigley 
had sent word on the questionnaire 
that she was returning, but neither she 
nor Dr. Jane Luke showed up. Our 
remarkable class president Eleanor 
Potts Snodgrass looking as young and 
vigorous as ever did her usual good 
job of presiding. She read letters, gave 
us facts and got reports on class- 
mates' projects as we sat around the 
Florence Elston Inn and visited on into 
the night. Pottsie has 5 children with 
Briarites Susan and Julia and 6 grand- 
sons and 1 granddaughter. The whole 
Snodgrass clan went to Quantico to 
see Geoff's son complete his require- 
ments for Navy OCS. He hopes to be 
commissioned in May '04. How mean- 
ingful that must have been for grand 
pere Strib! Your class president did a 
great job getting out the summer letter 
including the reunion picture. (If this 
letter doesn't make it in time, her letter 
will be the glue, which holds '48 

Patty Traugott Rouse had a tough 
trip flying from Columbia. MD but she 
did a great job when Pottsie asked her 
to tell about The Enterprise Foundation 
founded by Jim in 1981. It now has 
offices in 15 cities networking with 
2400 organizations in 860 locations. 
Patty still goes to the office every day. 
She enjoys being with family in 
Baltimore and Annapolis but most of 
all she delights in going to Baltimore 
Orioles baseball games. Patty wore 
one of our late classmate Jenny Belle 
Bechtel White's museum collection 
handmade dresses which was much 
admired. Liz Barbour McRae reported 
that one of her triplets is doing a good 
job adjusting to her breast cancer at 
age 32. Although Liz's husband Mack 
has Parkinson's disease he still golfs 
and they go to the symphony together. 
We learned that Ginny Wurzbach 
Vardy had diabetic neuropathy and has 
to use a walker. Mary Barrett 
Robertson from Augusta describes her 
college degree: "Yes, it's something 
that can never be taken away even 
when doing mundane tasks — it cer- 
tainly broadens one's understanding of 
the world." Barrett has 5 grands and 1 
great grandson. 

Peggy Sheffield Martin always 
adds something special to reunion. 
She delights in 3 wonderful children 
and in the great success of the Atlanta 
Botanical Garden which she helped 
establish. Peggy gave a wonderful 

report of seeing classmate Martha 
Rowan Hyder in San Miguel Mexico 
where Martha has a fabulous hacienda 
which housed a house party of ten of 
Peggy's Atlanta friends. 

Ann Lytton Rowland Tuck writes 
that she has been "happily married to 
Jim Tuck since 1948 and that her three 
children are all smart and attractive 
and so are the two grands!" Sally 
Smith Williams is surrounded by all 
her family while in Richmond and then 
they winter in Boca Raton. She boasts 
of a granddaughter "homecoming 
queen" at Collegiate School who is 
headed to UVA and a grandson going 
to William and Mary. The Williams are 
big into croquet instead of sailing and 
they have a 6-wicket croquet club with 
70 player members and 16 non-mem- 
bers who have lots of fun. Her com- 
ment about the value of her SBC 
degree, "Yes! Art History Major was 
great for our European travels!" Dottie 
Wallace Wood was an inspiration as 
she came from Louisville just recover- 
ing from a spinal fusion. Her dear 
friend Jane Johnson Kent packed a 
wheel chair in her van and brought it 
to reunion and stayed with Dottie even 
pushing the wheel chair and holding 
an umbrella over both of them. Dottie 
has two SBC daughters and one is 
now teaching handicapped preschool- 
ers in Charlottesville. Jane told of her 
recent stressful times following the 
death of her 105-year-old mother last 
January and her husband's subse- 
quent death a short while later. Jane 
has had many stories told to her about 
her remarkable mother who helped 
organize the Girl Scout/Girl Guides 
years ago. 

Betsy Plunkett Williams sent a 
precious picture of herself, son Glynn 
and a big cuddly cat to be included in 
the class scrapbook. Jane Miller 
Wright makes us envious with a pic- 
ture of her handsome family taken in 
Kona, Hawaii at their 55th anniversary. 
She writes of knee problems and walk- 
ing difficulties but still was able to go 
to Paris to visit some of Howard's 
family. Her opinion about her SBC time 
was that her "Major in Philosophy was 
a great help". Westray Boyce Nicholas 
planned a visit to the Millers after they 
got settled in their little place in the 
Sierras for the summer. Marjorie 
Smith Smithey was visiting a son in 
Missouri during reunion so she 
missed the fun. Since Hamilton's death 
three years ago she has managed to 
walk every day. play tennis and bridge 
and do some substitute teaching. She 
has moved into a condo not far from 
her previous home. 

Ruthie Faulkner Howe, our 
Colorado correspondent, sent a note 
and a smiling family group picture 
taken in Mexico as they celebrated 
their 50th. They are proud to 
announce the arrival of the first great 
grandchild, a boy born in Feb. '03. 

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Closey Faulkner Dickey s note to 
Pottsie tells of a planned trip to Italy 
which was somewhat slowed down by 
Closey falling into Whit as he got off a 
chair lift and causing her "best ski 
buddy to become her worst patient 
with a torn muscle". There is never a 
dull moment when the Dickey family is 
around. A phone call from Diane King 
Nelson from Shreveport said that her 
lawyer husband Harry died suddenly in 
April and that she was having a rather 
hard time. Her daughter Felicia lives in 
Houston so she spends time with her. 
Felicia Jackson Burns attended Harry 
Nelson's service and also reported the 
death of her beautiful mother. Felicia 
and John have moved into a smaller 
house in Gainesville. We learned from 
Cleveland. MS that Allen Hobbs 
Capps' husband Charles is a 
Mississippi State Senator. My own 
news is that in the early part of this 
summer I felt rather "peaked' but was 
able to take a trip to the Four Corners 
with our son Jack, his wife and 2 
daughters in a rented camper and our 
F150 pick-up truck. Upon returning 
from Albuquerque I was found to have 
diabetes and a return of my cancer of 
three years ago. I have had 26 radia- 
tion treatments, hormone chemother- 
apy, a good diet and I feel like a new 
woman. We know that many prayers 
have been answered! Maddin Lupton 


Mrs. Walter H. Brown (Catherine 

29 Crescent Road 
Madison, N J 07940-2519 


Mrs. Guy W. Gilleland. Jr. (Betty "B.G." 

1098 McKean Circle 
Winter Park, FL 32789-2681 

Edie Brook Robertson shared a 
common dilemma facing many of us: 
"To sell or not to sell, that is the ques- 
tion Whether it is nobler in the mind 
to suffer the slings and arrows of 
decaying wood or take up arms 
against a sea of troubles and move to 
a condo!" The problem is that we 
wouldn't have room for all our chil- 
dren, grandchildren and great grand- 
children to visit 1 

In your replies you show that fam- 
ily activities and family ties are impor- 
tant to you. Two classmates have 
moved to be nearer their children: 
Garland Hunter Oavies has a new 
home in Watch Hill. Rl as all of her 
children are in the Northeast and she 
can see grandchildren more often 
She hopes to survive the New England 
winters after living in Georgia Stokie 
Kyle Kimpel moved to Atlanta. GA to 
be near her eldest son and family. 

They are planning a cruise to the 
Caribbean. Thanksgiving and 
Christmas holidays with family were 
mentioned by many of you Nancy 
Storey White left balmy Sarasota for 
North Carolina, where 20 degrees was 
too cold for a "Florida Girl"! She went 
even farther North last summer on a 
cruise to Alaska with her daughter and 
to Boston in September for her son's 
wedding Joan Teetor Marder and 
Steve spent Thanksgiving with daugh- 
ter Emily's family in El Granada, CA, 
joined by son Ray and family from 
New York. Future plans include vaca- 
tioning in Coronado Beach, CA in the 
summer. Living in Tucson they stay 
busy playing bridge and tennis. Jo 
even won a member guest tourna- 
ment— "not bad for an old lady" (her 
words, not mine) Bonnie LoyrJ Crane 
took time off from her art gallery in 
Wellesley. MA during the holidays to 
visit the oldest and the youngest 
members of her family: her mother in 
Texas, who will be 100 in May, and a 
new grandson 17 days old. Last sum- 
mer she. her daughter Melinda, and 
grandchildren traveled in Italy. In 
March she is signed up for a Harvard 
trip to Spain and Morocco, followed 
by a visit with Melinda in Berlin. In 
between she says she "works full 

Dolly Clark Rasmussen and fam- 
ily enjoyed the holidays at home in 
Bethesda, MD. Their son, Dave, could 
not be with them as he was playing 
guitar on tour with the singer, Tamara. 
They reminisced about the good times 
they had in 2002: a visit with Dave in 
Los Angeles, a week in Adare. Ireland 
for Dolly's niece's wedding, an auto 
trip to visit friends in SC and 
Williamsburg, trips to Savannah, 
Hilton Head, and Pennsylvania to visit 
daughter Cindy. In May their first 
grandchild. Kelly, graduated from 
SMU Law School in Dallas and joined 
a law firm there. Even with this active 
life. Dolly and John found time to 
work on a political campaign to elect 
the first Republican governor of MD in 
36 years and to lead sing-a-longs at 
two retirement homes. Thanksgiving 
was enjoyed in Dallas with family. A 
SBC mini-reunion luncheon in 
Washington included Ginger 
Luscombe Rogers and Sally Lane 
Johnson Sally sums up a get- 
together with Dolly and John and Ann 
Belser Asher and Norman by saying. 
"Great fun even though they all looked 
younger than I!" Sally enjoys spend- 
ing time with their daughters and fam- 
ilies in Rehoboth Beach, DE. They 
have 7 grandchildren who are "of 
course perfect!— aren't everyone's?" 

Edie Brook Robertson and Peyton 
drove to Annapolis. MD Christmas Eve 
to visit their son and his family in their 
new home Other family celebrations 
this past year were Peyton's 75th 
birthday in January and their 50th 

wedding anniversary in June, which 
was celebrated at their beach cottage 
with children and grandchildren. In 
May a gathering of the Peyton clan 
was held in Fredericksburg, VA and 
later a reunion of Edie's old school in 
Norfolk Their summer travels 
included Newport, Rl, Florida, 
Nantucket, Lake George, NY and NYC. 
A banner year! 

Congratulations to two other cou- 
ples who celebrated their 50th 
anniversaries Mary Dame Stubbs 
Broad and Doug, whose children 
threw a "show stopper" party in 
November, which made up for selling 
their sailboat and hanging up their 
skis! Earlier in the year they enioyed a 
trip to England and the Netherlands in 
spite of Doug's difficulties with central 

Julia Freels Chwalik and hubby 
celebrated their 50th with a family 
trip. They live in Miami but have farm 
property in Brooksville. FL, which is 
their "getaway" with grandchildren. 
Guy and I ("B.G.") celebrated our 50th 
Anniversary a little early in February 
with a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. 
We took 15 members of our family- 
children, grandchildren and one great 
granddaughter. Activities offered for 
all ages insured that we all had a great 
time. Guy and I went back to the 
British Colonial Hotel in Nassau where 
we had spent our honeymoon and had 
our photo taken again on the beach- 
but not in bathing suits this time! 

A Season's Greetings letter from 
Sally Bianchi Foster reflects our 
thoughts: "As 2002 winds down, we 
still maintain our 'get-up-and-go'. 
albeit with more rest stops along the 
way." One of the highlights of their 
year was a three-generation (grand- 
daughter Sarah and daughter Meg) 
college-looking tour, which included a 
nostalgic peek at SBC. A wonderful 
photo taken at sunset at the college 
was enclosed. Bianchi's recollections 
of SBC: "What I notice each time I 
return to Sweet Briar is the unchang- 
ing beauty (even at dusk) of the cam- 
pus and its approach, vis-a-vis the 
buildup of commerce on Route 29. 1 
remember hunting for props at a 
roadside junk dealer, the cutoff road 
to the train in Monroe and Tommy's in 
Amherst and that was all. I wonder 
what ever happened to those two 
beautiful girls, daughters of the owner, 
who served us hamburgers. I remem- 
ber they dressed just like us. saddle 
shoes, pearls and sweaters, yet I 
never remember talking to them on a 
personal basis. I regret that. They 
must have thought us great snobs." 
Big sky country (Bozeman. MT) beck- 
oned the Fosters in July where they 
enjoyed horseback riding and moun- 
tain climbing, accompanied by laugh- 
ter, camaraderie and rest stops! 

We are an enthusiastic group of 
travelers, although many are traveling 

closer to home. Some have ventured 
across the seas, such as Fan Lewis 
and Joe who participated in a study 
tour to Oxford sponsored by Duke and 
UNC. They studied "Medieval 
Cathedrals and Abbeys" for 2 weeks 
with a weekend break to enjoy 
London. Classes were in the morning 
and field trips in the afternoon. Fan 
said she often thought of Miss Muncy 
Since Joe's father had studied law at 
Oxford, this trip was particularly 
meaningful to them. Another 
anglophile is Pat Owens Purvis who 
plans to return to England and Wales 
in the summer. Her family enjoyed 
Thanksgiving in San Miguel. CA in the 
fabulous house of Martha Hyder (SBC 

Bev Seamans Benson enjoyed 
another walking tour in Italy, visiting 
Certaldo, Siena and Venice. At home 
she stays busy sailing, cruising and 
sculpting. She had a show in Maine 
and her Drummer Boy statue was 
installed in front of the new 
Marblehead High School last 

Lou Moore is planning a trip to 
Italy in April using Perugia as a base 
to explore the small towns of Umbria. 
She has made a good recovery from a 
freak accident where she was hit by 
the side mirror of a large vehicle. She 
is fine, but has a healthy respect for 
side mirrors! 

Two classmates who are planning 
trips abroad are Ann Belser Asher 
and Genevieve Hammel Geer. Ann 
says that their plans for a Baltic Cruise 
to St. Petersburg depend on the world 
situation. Their four children and fami- 
lies are doing well. Genevieve and 
Peter are planning a trip to Spain and 
Morocco but may settle for Spain. 
Genevieve is active in the Hilton Head 
for Peace group and has been 
appointed by the governor to the 
Coastal Empire Mental Health Board, 
which covers five southern counties 
of South Carolina. She gets plenty of 
exercise walking a new large puppy. 

Two classmates participated in the 
7/02 Sweet Briar trip to Ireland- Jane 
Lewis Zollicofter and Pat Halloran 
Salvadori Jane and her daughter 
Fannie, who graduated in 1980 from 
SBC. thought it was a great trip and 
Jane loved seeing all the old SBC 
girls She is lucky to have three of her 
four children and all four grandchil- 
dren nearby. She stays busy raising 
money for a new library and perform- 
ing arts center in Henderson and 
being involved in building a new 
country club In Norfolk she has 
enioyed seeing Frances Martin 
Lindsay. Edie Brook Robertson and 
Lola Steele Shepherd Pat also 
enioyed the same trip to Ireland 
except for a nasty fall, but it did not 
curtail her activities much She had 
lunch with Kay Leroy Wing at 
Christmas time and says she's as 

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bubbly as ever! Dottie Barney Hoover 

is another avid traveler. In 2002 she 
had a fabulous experience in China 
and hopes to return. In the offing is a 
trip to Portugal and in September a 
trip to South Africa. (A plug for S.A. 
from B.G.— Last October Guy and I 
had "the trip of a lifetime" to South 
Africa which offers such variety from 
cosmopolitan Cape Town, luxury rail 
travel, fascinating safaris and beautiful 
scenery, e.g., Victoria Falls.) Dottie 
has six grandchildren with one in col- 
lege and two more going next fall. She 
still enjoys tennis and needlepoint. 
Elsie Landrum Layton's card arrived 
too late for last year's newsletter. She 
and Tom had taken a forty-day trip on 
a new French ship to the Pacific. The 
wine flowed and all had fun. 

Lucy Kreusler Carey leads a busy 
life with her career and traveling. She 
is teaching a basic Russian course at 
Baltimore County Community College 
and Polish at the Berlitz Language 
Center. When her courses end, she is 
ready for R&R. Last summer she went 
to Holland and Belgium and cruised 
the rivers and canals of Holland. 
Summer plans are a trip to Chicago 
and a few weeks in Poland visiting 

Mary Ellen Davis Gettel, retired 
after 29 years as a Spanish teacher at 
Marquette U, received the Order de 
los Descubridores, a Spanish hon- 
orary award. She has moved to a 
retirement home. Diana Dent meets 
weekly with a conversation group to 
practice and perfect her Spanish. She 
and her brother have taken several 
trips including a driving tour of Nova 
Scotia. She also stays busy in her role 
as "Auntie Di" to her many nieces and 

Ackie Easter Henderson and 
Barbara Favill Marshall are stateside 
travelers. Ackie has mostly spent the 
winter stoking the fire (in 
Charlottesville, VA) and feeding the 
birds, but is looking forward in the 
spring to floating down "Ole' Man 
River" to New Orleans. She adds, "I'm 
chugging along— but a little more 
slowly!" Barbara took two cruises on 
the Mississippi Queen in 2002, but 
has no big travel plans until the world 
"calms down". They winter in Arizona 
and summer in Illinois and visit chil- 
dren and grandchildren in 
Massachusetts. By the time class- 
mates read this, hip replacement sur- 
gery should be behind her. Betsey 
Sawyer Hodges and Allen spend as 
much time as possible, both summer 
and winter, in their home in Green 
ML, NC. In the summer of 2003 they 
will be downsizing from PGA Village 
in Port St. Lucie, FL and moving into 
the 7th house they have built in the 53 
years they have been married. They 
are into the great grandchild business 
and also have two step-great grand- 
children. Both she and Allen are in 

excellent health. She says the pharma- 
ceutical companies aren't making 
much profit from them! They still 
haven't given up skiing either! 

Lola Steele Shepherd continues 
to be faithful about keeping up with 
classmates and sharing what she 
gleans, for which I am very apprecia- 
tive. Only problem is that she forgot 
to send any news about herself! She 
shares the following bits of news: Bill 
Bailey Fritzinger and Fritz visited Lola 
and Deedee when they came to their 
grandson's graduation from the U of 
Richmond. They are still farmers and 
raise lots of sheep. Their son. 
Stephen, was married in New Haven 
last August. His wife is a French 
teacher at Choate-Rosemary Hall in 
Greenwich, CT Fritz traveled to Kyoto, 
Japan with the Williams College 
Alumni trip. Jean Probeck Wiant 
wrote to Lola about adjusting to Rick's 
loss and the wonderful support she 
has received from family and friends. 
She is very involved with the 
Cleveland Institute of Music and 
chairs the Student Assistance 
Committee, which awards money to 
students who participate in competi- 
tions, workshops and festivals. She 
works with the Children's Guild to 
raise money for agencies that work 
with children. She also enjoys the per- 
forming arts and sometimes provides 
a B&B for the performers. 

Nancy Drake Maggard's note to 
Lola said their good news in 2002 
was the acquisition of two new 
daughters-in-law! Betty Todd Landen 
tries to keep busy and laughing 
between her hale and hearty 103-year- 
old Mother and coping with two 
teenage granddaughters learning to 
drive! When her daughter asked her, 
"Mom, how did you do it?" she 
replied, "I don't know. How did we?" 
Lola shared Christmas cards with 
photos of the attractive families of 
Mary Waller Berkeley Fergusson and 
Frances Martin Lindsay. 

Kata Crain Edwards writes that 
they "do" the Texas triangle to visit 
grandchildren in Houston and Dallas 
and are thankful they are still able to 
go! Kata's son in Houston knows 
Austen Furse. son of Margaret Lewis 
Furse. E-mail from Margaret tells of 
their family gathering at Christmas in 
Bay City, TX where she lived when she 
ventured to SBC in 1946 by train. This 
trip took two days and one overnight, 
changing trains in New Orleans. Their 
daughter and husband were not with 
them for the holidays as they had 
gone to China to pick up their adopted 
baby. She said son Austen and his 
wife were expecting their third child in 
March, bringing the total grandchil- 
dren to six. Margaret's husband uses 
a motorized wheelchair since a fall in 
2000. Fan Lewis Jackson, another 
Texan, and Margaret enjoy frequent 
telephone visits. Susan Tucker 

Yankee is a Texas visitor. Their oldest 
grandchild was married in January in 
Corpus Christi and will live in Austin. 
She said it was cold in Corpus Christi, 
but beautiful with a full moon gleam- 
ing on the bay. 

Bookie Coryell Feldmann a 
classmate who transferred in 1948 to 
pursue secretarial school in NY, said it 
would take volumes to bring us up to 
date. She has five daughters, all mar- 
ried but one. She lost her husband in 
1997 and still feels a little "at sea". 
They loved to travel. She and Merry 
Moore Lynn went to Dana Hall 
together. Merry has been a homebody 
this year while Jim celebrated his 75th 
birthday with an "around the world" 
trip. They spent Thanksgiving in CT 
with family. 

Betsy Markgraf Waring e-mailed 
that they had not traveled this past 
year as her husband has Parkinson's, 
but that they hope to travel in the U.S. 
They are enjoying having all four 
grandchildren in Virginia. Two are in 
high school, a granddaughter at UVA 
and a grandson at Hampden-Sydney. 
Their grandparents are having fun fol- 
lowing their plans, dreams and 

News from Florida classmates: 
Dotsy Wood Letts in Palm Beach 
wrote that she was expecting Ginger 
Luscombe Rogers for a visit in 
February. She said they always have 
fun playing bridge and tennis and 
dancing! Judi Campbell Campbell 
was also expected as she was coming 
to spend the spring holidays with her 
grandchildren. As Dotsy wrote, she 
thought Judi was on the Isle of Skye. 

Nell Greening Keen writes that 
she is glad to be living back in Tampa 
again where her daughter Elinor and 
old friends are. She visits West Palm 
Beach to see her son, Hampton, 
whose wife was expecting a baby "any 
minute". Her older son, John, is home 
from Costa Rica and settled in real 
estate and her daughter has two 
babies and still works as an art and 
antique appraiser. Nell occasionally 
sees Fran Cone Kirkpatrick when she 
visits in Tampa. 

Our class extends our sympathy to 
Anne McNeer Blanken on the death 
of her husband, Ed, who had 
leukemia. Both their daughters were 
able to be with them. Anne talked to 
Lou Moore when she was in 
Lexington in January and also to Jo 
Gulick Grant who was fine. Anne is 
still playing tennis at every opportu- 

Many of you have heard of 
Peachey Lillard Manning's death. 
Sally Bianchi Foster wrote a lovely 
tribute to Peachey that I would like to 
share with you. 

"Her name was Catherine. But 
when you are a statuesque, beautiful, 
natural peroxide blonde with curly 
hair, you're 'Peachey'. She was from 

Texas at one time and never lost that 
drawl. Raised in New York society, 
she lived in paint-spattered overalls at 
Sweet Briar, her P&P scarf floating 
behind her. Striding, and she did 
stride, to Fletcher basement daily, she 
created over a dozen set designs. Two 
of her outstanding efforts were: hand 
stenciling the purple and gold drawing 
room of the Barretts of Wimpole 
Street, in which she also trod the 
boards playing a stuffy male Victorian, 
and her surrealistic, stunning diorama 
of the skyline of Sweet Briar in 1910 
for our senior show. To see her in that 
frothy southern belle outfit on May 
Day was a true anomaly. Following 
graduation, she attended the Yale 
School of Drama where she met her 
future husband. She and Bill settled 
near Philadelphia and Peachey 
became very active in Sweet Briar 
alumnae affairs. She played a mean 
game of tennis and decorated beauti- 
fully every home in which she resided. 
But mostly, she was a fun-loving 
Mother to Ellen, Julia. Susan and 
Amy. Her wonderful, often deprecat- 
ing, sense of humor endeared her to 
her friends and livened up many a 
SBC reunion. In Naples, where she 
spent the winters in her later years, 
she enjoyed a tennis match or two, 
but mostly she just sat on the pier and 
fished.... or thought.... or did nothing. 
She especially enjoyed the long, soli- 
tary drives between PA and FL, smok- 
ing furiously and chatting with truck- 
ers via her car phone. 

After her husband's death a few 
years ago. she traveled widely seeing 
the world and its art treasures and 
wonders, and even finding some 
romance along the way (How lucky 
can you get?) 

She will be missed and remem- 
bered by her classmates who send 
their sympathy to her daughters and 

Maybe no news is good news, but 
your classmates enjoy hearing from 
you, even if your life isn't all that 
exciting ! Out of a total of 1 1 5 current 
members of the Class of '50, 32 
responses were received (about 12 of 
which were by e-mail). This repre- 
sents a 28% response. Please send 
any new e-mail addresses to me at A special 
thank you to those who are so good 
about responding!! We will look for- 
ward to news from more of you by 
our next deadline, April 15, 2004! 


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Mrs. William E. Katz (Martha Legg) 
11 Sunset Road 
Weston, MA 02493-1623 

Grace Wallace Brown is looking 
for gardeners to help with planting the 
bulbs for the proposed daffodil 
Garden of Memories that our class is 
funding with sales from the folk art 
paintings. Call her at 413-229-2530. 

Joanne Holbrook Patton has cele- 
brated her third year of operating her 
organic farm. How about them apples! 
The Pattons will be hosting their 
annual SBC picnic at the farm. Sue 
Bassewitz Mentzinger. Grace DeLong 
Einsel and Jane Russo Sheehan 
expect to be there. Joanne lunched 
with Gail Hall Swearingen. Charlotte 
Snead Stlfel and Anne Hoagland 
Kelsey at the Kelseys' home on Johns 
Island in Florida. Anne reports that the 
Kelseys traveled up the Po River in 
Tuscany on the River Cloud. 

Mildred O'Neal Palmer writes 
from England that she and her hus- 
band have also taken to cruising 
rivers, including the Amazon. They've 
also explored the coastline of the 
Aegean and Sicily. Just bliss and no 
hassle. Barbara Baker Bird is an avid 
birdwatcher. Do you love it? She has 
been to Peru and sailing around the 
Norwegian coast this year. 

Jean Caldwell Marchant has been 
doing walking trips in England and 
expeditions to South Africa and New 
Zealand. She says Aloha, of course. 
Benita Phinizy Johnson recommends 
a cruise up the Hudson River. They 
had a visit with Susan Otis Thompson 
in New York City. Earlier this year, they 
went to China and Japan, just before 
the SARS outbreak. 

Grace Jones Fishel and Harry rec- 
ommend a barge cruise up the 
Mississippi and anticipate a second 
Panama Canal trip. Grace is about to 
join your favorite secretary in the new 
knee society. She says that Dee Dee 
Bell Lyon is in line for valve repair — 
we send love. Sally Fishburn Crockett 
visited Grace and remains great com- 

Jane Ramsey Olmstead is ever an 
italophile. She's still studying the lan- 
guage and the cuisine, and is return- 
ing to Montalcino this fall. She's prob- 
ably our only class member who 
sports the title Dame d'Escoffier, 

Louise Wartield Stump and 
Humpy rave about the alumnae tour 
way to go. Their SBC group combined 
with a group from William and Mary 
to tour the Loire Valley and they say it 
was beautifully orchestrated. 

While we're all tearing around the 
world. Sue Bassewitz may have the 
right idea. She's living in the heart of 
Lincoln Center, enjoying opera. 
Julliard and Carnegie Hall, as well as 
all the wonderful Fifth Avenue muse- 

ums. Anne Garst Strickland has been 
doing trips and visits and says she's 
staying as feisty as ever. 

Lillian Thu Nguyen writes, "After 
a lifetime of teaching in Viet Nam and 
Fairfax County Virginia. I've retired to 
McLean." She's enjoying the muse- 
ums and music programs of D.C. as 
well as visiting grandchildren. 

Cynthia Batch Barnes says her 
offspring "just flew me to a trip to 
Florida." Her (class record-winning) 
seven children have provided lots of 
grandchildren for her to keep track of. 
Ann Wittingham Smith is teaching 
French to children at the Alliance 
Francaise. She writes that a liberal 
arts education really does last a life- 
time. She recently had lunch with 
Grace Wallace Brown and keeps in 
contact with Pauline Wells Bolton 
and Pat Lane Winks through email. 
Trudy Kelly Morron has moved to 
Colorado to be near children and 
grandchildren. I loved hearing from 
her after so long Nell Dumas Herff 
and Augie are off to his 50th from 
Jefferson Medical School in 
Philadelphia in October and enjoy vis- 
its from grandchildren at their lake 
house. Cornelia Zinsser says, "No 
news. ..winter in Cambridge, summer 
in Maine, kids all over the map." It 
sounds pretty good to me. 

In the important jobs department, 
Florence Fitch Patton has been 
installed as the State Regent of the 
Texas Society Daughters of the 
American Revolution. She expects to 
do lots of traveling in this position. 
Jane Russo Sheehan is doing a lot of 
work for the New England Dressage 
Association. She sees and talks to 
Betsy Wilder Cady and says that 
Betsy provides her with culture! 
Marge Levine Abrams is working as a 
paralegal at a national law firm and 
Len is managing real estate in Miami. 
Retirement is "not in their vocabu- 
lary!" Travel is to visit children in NY 
and Atlanta. 

Polly Plumb deButts works for 
several tour companies showing off 
Washington DC and says that her 12 
grands and John Spaulding's eight 
keep them busy remembering birth- 
days Mary Gesler Hanson is still 
working for the Arts and Humanities 
Council of Montgomery County, 
Maryland. She and her husband 
Royce, whose book. Civic Culture and 
Urban Change, has just been pub- 
lished, are taking their family of nine 
to Yellowstone in August. 

Frances Street Smith and Gordon 
had fun playing tour directors for 
Stuart and Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
who were visiting in Chattanooga The 
Smiths register a vote for condo con- 
veniences Eulalie McFall Fenhagen 
and Jim are still at the National 
Cathedral and College of Preachers in 
DC. They are off to Ireland in 
September on a Celtic pilgrimage 

sponsored by the College Mary 
Barcus Hunter is also happy to have 
left her big house with the big yard. 
Her new address is 9 Oaklawn Park, 
Midland. Texas 79705. 

Nancy Hamel Clark and Blake, 
while visiting in the mountains, ran 
into Carma Lindsay Burton and report 
that Carma was in a great hurry but 
looked great. That could be said of 
lots of you. Carma wrote from her 
summer home in Linville. NC, that she 
is painting, dog-walking, playing 
bridge and croquet. (She calls the lat- 
ter a "terminal sport.") She is building 
a cottage at "The Cedars" in Chapel 

Martha Yost Ridenour has been 
active in the dance studios which she 
built at a local college in memory of 
her daughter Nell Orand Beck and 
Henry are enjoying staying home in 
Dallas because it's been unbelievably 
cool this spring. His four children and 
Nell's three are all in Dallas, except for 
one who visits often from London. 
Many grandchildren of course. 

Mary John Ford Gilchrist and 
Stuart have been driving hither and 
yon, visiting and pleasuring. She 
keeps in touch with Sally Fishburn. 
Mary Lou Kimble and Brookie Morris. 
They will be in Portugal and Spain in 
September, and between Vero and 
Stuart, Florida in the winter. She 
wants to hear from you if you're in 
these neighborhoods. I for one, will 
be first in line to take her up on that. 

Laura Radford Goley and Gene 
visited Ellen Galey Scher and Lou in 
Ashville — old roommate time! All 
Laura's family joined her in Oklahoma 
to celebrate Gene's great-grandfather's 
homesteading 100 years ago — 96 
Goleys in attendance. Donna Reese 
Godwin reports 23 grands — can any- 
one top that? She is active in arts 
institutions. Her #6 son Don does TV 
coverage for equestrian events. SBC 
horse persons should look him up — 
he's the handsome one. Mary Lois 
Miller Carroll has become a member 
of the Red Hat Society in 
Hammondsport NY (Is that about 
wine?) and says our outsides may be 
changing but I'm sure we're all as 
young as ever inside. 

Gabrielle Maupin Bielenstein and 
Hans, who has retired from Columbia, 
divide time between their NYC apart- 
ment and the twins' family home in 
Virginia. Daughter Danielle works at 
the NIH in Bethesda Harriet Thayer 
Elder bless her heart, says life is a 
|oy She loves her work as a therapist, 
biking in the NC mountains and time 
for family. AND she's taking tango les- 
sons. She asks, is that feisty enough? 
Leila Booth Morris and Jim are look- 
ing forward to a new retirement com- 
munity in Columbus when it is built (2 
yrs?). She is involved in finding 
homes for excess possessions among 
her children Not to be envied! 

Your old faithful and her consort. 
Bill, anticipate a six-week trek by train 
and car to the Olympic Peninsula and 
the San Juan Islands I needed to see 
a rain forest. We'll drive down the 
coasts of Wa., Ore. and Cal. to be with 
our newest grandson, Billy Katz, on 
his first birthday in St. Helena. Our 
son, David, is the demonstration chef 
at Greystone, the Culinary Institute of 
America there. Stop and see him. 

You have all been so wonderful 
about sending the news that they may 
have to print a magazine just for us. 
Keep it coming! 


Mrs. Havner H. Parish, Jr. (Isabel 

685 Diamond Head Drive South 
Pinehurst, NC 28374 

Notes by former secretary Mary 
Ann Mellen Root: Since you all 
received that wonderful 50 Year 
Album and have now seen and read 
all about our fabulous classmates. I'll 
just make this report about Reunion. 

What a grand, glorious, gay, giddy 
weekend! So much going on; so 
much to talk about; so much catching 
up to do; so much reminiscing, so lit- 
tle time. 

The Class of '53 arrived in force all 
set to enjoy our 50th Reunion, and 
enjoy it we did. We numbered 49 
members, 26 husbands (including 
Tom Shelton who came to represent 
his late wife. Ginny Dunlap Shelton) 
and four sons (the offspring of Joan 
Brophy Tyree) To be honest we can't 
truly say "we haven't changed a bit." 
but at least we were recognizable and 
still laughing. 

Clear skies greeted our arrival and 
continued through the beautiful dinner 
held in our honor at the Wailes Center. 
President Betsy Muhlenfeld gave us 
each a certificate for 50 years of loy- 
alty to SBC (sort of like a diploma, but 
we didn't have to take exams to get 
this one) and a pin. In turn. Dale made 
Betsy an honorary member of our 
class. She was surprised and thrilled 
(at least until Saturday morning — but 
more about that later). 

Saturday dawned gray and wet 
and it stayed that way for the rest of 
the weekend Luckily we had raincoats 
in preparation for our skit. We waded 
to breakfast in the new dining room 
behind Reid. Wonderful food in abun- 
dance. IHOP. eat your heart out! Then 
another soggy trek to Babcock for the 
Convocation. Ladies, we stole the 
show. Not only did we win all the 
prizes for giving (including 75.70% 
participation), but when we dropped 
our raincoats to show our Bikini 
Tshirts, it brought down the house. 
Who says 70 year olds can't have 
fun? We even gave one to our new 
member (The Pres). which she imme- 
diately donned and wore for the rest 

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of the meeting. She definitely has 
"The '53 Spirit." Thanks Edie, Ginny, 
Lisbeth and Katzy for making us 

After lunch came the dedication of 
OUR gates. The ceremony was moved 
inside as it continued to pour but we 
braved the elements afterwards for a 
picture with the Tyree men. They 
came from New York, Denver and 
London to see the finale of the work 
that their family helped start in 1963. 
Five years ago they made a challenge 
grant to help meet the cost of moving 
the gates to a new location. We 
thought the widening of Route 29 
would be finished by now, but the 
Virginia Department of Highways 
seemed to have a different timetable 
in mind and the new entrance isn't 
anywhere near completion. SO instead 
of our gates welcoming you from the 
road, they are now installed at the 
entrance to the new student commons 
area where they will be used and 
admired up close every day. They 
really do look handsome in their new 
setting! "The Commons" is the area 
between Reid and Dew and Glass and 
Prothro. The dining hall, fabulous new 
Bookstore and Post Office are also on 
this site. Many thanks to the Tyrees 
and to all who contributed to this 

Saturday afternoon we bussed to 
Bedford. VA to see the splendid D-Day 
memorial. Our guide was terrific and 
the continuing rain didn't dampen her 
oratory or our reflections about that 
unforgettable day. Then we drove back 
toward Lynchburg and went back 150 
years in history to Thomas Jefferson's 
"other home," Poplar Forest. 
Renovation is still going on there 
which makes it all the more interest- 
ing. You can see the inventiveness of 
Jefferson's design and the building 
methods of the 18th century. 

Our adventures ended with cock- 
tails and dinner at Dale and Ted 
Harris' wonderful home atop the hills 
of Lynchburg. The rain hampered our 
view of the mountains but not our 
enjoyment of the evening. The drum- 
ming drops on the roof of the tent 
only made us talk and laugh louder. 
Thanks, Dale and Ted, for your great 

The Sunday Chapel Service was 
lovely, with a special mention of all 
our classmates who have died. Our 
anticipated luncheon in the gardens of 
Sweet Briar House was moved inside 
to Prothro as the rain continued to 
fall. Farewells were said on the 
arcades and parlors rather than in the 
Quad, but the smiles were just as 
broad. We missed those of you who 
weren't there (we talked about you), 
and enjoyed those who were. It's been 
a great 50 years. SBC forever! 

Post-Reunion Notes by new secretary 
Isabel Parish: 

Class of 1953, HOORAY! Yes, 
indeed we are the exceptional class! 
(In my Reunion remarks below, please 
forgive me if, in my enthusiasm, I 
duplicate some of Mary Ann's excel- 
lent information.) Daisy would be so 
very proud of the newest members of 
her chain as we walked away with all 
the awards, Triple Crown, if you will! 
Our class won the Nancy Dowd Burton 
Award for the largest reunion gift 
($121,101); we won the participation 
award for classes celebrating their 25- 
50th reunions; and we won the cen- 
tennial award for total giving to all 
funds ($408,463)! Our reunion was a 
tremendous success with classmates, 
husbands, plus those 4 lovely Tyree 
sons who added youth and charm to 
our celebration as they dedicated the 
Class of 53 Gates. So many of you 
contributed so generously to make our 
weekend the delightful and stimulating 
event that it was. We all enjoyed the 
Class Binder of biographical informa- 
tion put together so well by M.A. 
Mellen Root and Maggie Graves 
McClung Dolly Wallace McLaughlin 
designed the very artistic cover. Katzy 
Bailey Nager and June Arata Pickett 
master-minded the drive and planned 
the ceremony for the SBC Gates relo- 
cation Edie Norman Wombwell, 
Ginny Hudson Toone and Lisbeth 
Gibson Brooks planned the hilarious 
skit on Saturday morning that brought 
the house down when we flashed our 
raincoats and pranced around the 
stage in fleshy, gloriously endowed 
bikinis. President Betsy, good sport 
that she is, even joined us in this fri- 
volity. Kitty Guerrant Fields and Jane 
Perry Liles planned the marvelous 
excursion for us on Saturday after- 
noon when we visited Thomas 
Jefferson's Poplar Forest retreat and 
the outstanding D-Day Memorial in 
Bedford. These gals also were our 
hostesses at the cocktail party, which 
preceded our magnificent dinner in 
that romantic tent at Dale and Ted 
Harris' Highview. Dale, with her usual 
competence was our guiding light this 
year as President and was so kind to 
once again entertain our class at her 
home. Incorporated within our Sunday 
service at the chapel was a fitting 
Memorial Service remembering our 26 
classmates who have died ..Cinnie 
Morehead McNair and Connie Werly 
Wakelee planned this for us. As I have 
said before, you never forget your 
school friends; they are your friends 
for life. I know you who returned for 
this Golden Anniversary loved every 
minute of being there, being together 
again, and being flooded with that bit- 
tersweet emotion of yesteryear and 
times past. We missed those who 
could not make it. 

Thanks to the 20 of you who sent 
me news. Your cards and letters were 
interesting and a delight to receive, 
the prevailing theme being grandchil- 

dren and travel. One of the earliest 
responses was a surprise call from 
Joan Dean McCoy, (now Joan Dean), 
whom we have not heard from since 
campus days. After her divorce in 
1976, she is living in her old home- 
town, Maplewood, NJ; she has 3 chil- 
dren and regrets not being able to 
return to reunion as she will be in 
Sicily. Wonderful to see Midge Chase 
Powell for the first time in years. She 
and Bill recently had all 8 grandchil- 
dren visiting at the same time, and 
will soon take off for 3 weeks in 
Eastern Europe. While visiting her 
daughter in Atlanta, Midge enjoyed 
lunch with Jane Yoe Duggan, who 
writes me and I quote: "I have no 
news. This is such fun. ..communicat- 
ing by e-mail. Wish I had these years 
ago then maybe I would not have lost 
contact with folks over time. Always 
did prefer to type. ..even did Caroline's 
(Moody) term papers, typing in the 
bathroom at night so as not to disturb 
Eleanor (Johnson)!" She is as cute as 

A good conversation with Nan 
Locke Rosa, she wants all to correct 
her phone number in the recent print 
out: (334) 395-6963. She and Frank 
were at reunion, and hope not to be 
placed on the 3rd floor anymore, too 
old for that now! She's worn her bikini 
shirt at the pool and at the beach and 
admits it pleases her to still turn 
heads for whatever the reason! After 
reunion, they joined Anne Elliott 
Caskie and Challen at Wintergreen for 
3 days' R&R. Eleanor Johnson Ashby 
and Garnett, joined by Nancy 
McDonald, enjoyed a few days in 
Barcelona, then took a cruise around 
the Iberian Coast, Bordeaux, St. 
Petersport and on to Dover. Nancy will 
be moving to a knockout place on the 
ocean just a mile away from the 
Ashbys' and they are having fun 
preparing for this. Later in September 
Eleanor and Garnett will leave for a 
month in the NW Highlands of 
Scotland in the house at Applecross 
that they so dearly love. 

Katzy Bailey Nager writes they've 
been busy with short trips to their 
place at Longboat Key FL and 
Bermuda and checking up on old 
friends in CA. Cinnie Morehead 
McNair and Norm from nearby 
Charleston recently spent a weekend 
with them. Katzy says they love their 
home on the lake and she's kayaking 
with a group and CJ is building a row- 
ing scull. (What next, she says, an 
ark?) Cinnie says she's happy to be 
on the east coast, nearer to her bud- 
dies than in San Antonio. She and 
Norm loved being at reunion and hope 
not to have to wait another 5 years to 
reconvene. There is some thought that 
Dale might be able to arrange some- 
thing on campus in 2 years, perhaps 
something better than dorms. The 
Florence Elston Inn? Sound good to 


A huge 50th Anniversary party in 
Norfolk was given by Kirk Tucker 
Clarkson and Jack with many class- 
mates attending (Betty Behlen Stone, 
Katty Turner Mears. Polly Sloan 
Shoemaker, Caroline Moody Roberts, 
and husbands (did I miss anybody?) 
plus 40 other local and out of town 
guests. She and Jack are just back 
from a wonderful trip to the Czech 
Republic and Austria. She says Jack 
loved the beer! Then to Snowmass CO 
for a week of hiking. They have 
bought a condo in Ponte Vedra, FL 
near their children where they will 
enjoy part of the year. Sweet Nan 
O'Keefe, (she and I had such good 
visits at reunion every morning while 
brushing our teeth) wants everyone 
who did not get back to know what a 
great time it was and how much they 
were missed. She is going to France 
on a small tour in May 2004, and 
hopes the world situation becomes 
more stable, but she's going anyway. 

I received a long letter from Betty 
Boone Lewis in Henderson NV. She 
married Hal, a Naval Academy gradu- 
ate in 1952. They have 6 children and 
7 grandchildren and following scores 
of moves and dozens of adventures 
they settled in Las Vegas where "life is 
quite normal off the strip." Betty says 
that since retirement Hal has thrown 
her out of the kitchen and become a 
gourmet (at-home) chef. She went 
pro-active and presently is President 
of the Republican Women in Las 
Vegas. Patti Tighe Walden writes that 
she is still basking in the glow of the 
50th. She is moving to PA to be close 
to her daughter Emily and family. She 
enjoyed a cruise to the Caribbean in 
June and ends by saying, "I hear we 
are all supposed to wear our bikinis 
on Halloween (that should scare off 
the trick or treaters) and think of '53." 

Hola from Merida, Mexico where 
Sallie Gayle Beck and Doug have just 
moved into a new house, small, light 
and airy, something she has wanted 
for a long time. Her mailing address in 
Laredo. TX remains the same. Another 
international response is from 
Margaret May lolster who brings us 
up to date after a 50 year hiatus. She 
lived and worked for a year in London 
(1954) then came back to Argentina 
and married Thorleif lolster, a 
Norwegian descent Argentine, had 3 
children and now 3 grandchildren. 
They are all well and happy despite 
living under one corrupt government 
after another. Margaret is active in her 
church, and Garden Club. Upon 
receiving her SBC "album" she felt 
very nostalgic and wished she had 
gone to the reunion but it was such a 
distance. She'd love to hear from any 

Kay Vennard LeBlanc has enjoyed 
a "family summer" with a long visit 
from her daughter and grandsons in 

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Toronto and two trips to Boulder to 
see her eldest son and his 2 boys. 
Caroline Miller Ewing missed reunion 
but writes that some are planning one 
in Charleston '04 in the fall She's 
back on the golf course, her grand- 
children are into horses, new houses, 
new schools, and exciting times in 
Louisville and Nashville. She looks 
forward to Sarasota this winter Also 
missing reunion, Lisbeth Gibson 
Brooks felt she had to remain home 
with her daughter, Mary, who was 
having her 1st baby and expecting a 
difficult time. Fortunately, all went well 
and little Sara Elizabeth is doing just 
fine. She and George later enjoyed a 
splendid trip to Alaska. 

Only with us one day at reunion, 
Janie Pieper Meredith and Bill made 
the most of their quick trip and it was 
fun to see them however briefly. 
Sadly, Janie got pneumonia on June 
25 and was in the hospital 10 days. 
No more cigs. she says. Right after 
reunion, Anne King Dietrich and Beau 
headed for a 10 day trip up the coast 
of CA, partly a Naval Academy class 
gathering and visits with old friends 
and seeing again old places. They 
enjoyed lunch at the Getty hosted by 
Ginger Timmons Ludwick. and. as 
Anne says. "A pretty good trade-off 
for the loan of Beau's aging raincoat 
to protect from the rains of reunion 
and for our stage appearance!" Their 
next trip will probably be Japan where 
their son Kig has taken command of 
the same base as his dad 27 years 

Dave and Connie Werly Wakelee 
spent their 51st wedding anniversary 
in Greenville, ME on Moosehead Lake 
with their family. They boated and pic- 
nicked and played nightly card games 
A memorable week with gorgeous 
weather. Another family gathering in 
Falmouth Foreside with nieces and 
nephews and grilled lobster, corn on 
the cob and homemade ice cream. 
They'll be visiting Dickie Wellborn 
Hopper and Dave in the fall and the 
Picketts are coming up in September. 

As for Hav and me, yes we still are 
flying and as a Federal Aviation 
Medical Examiner, Hav does pilot 
physicals here in our home...! get to 
hold the eye chart and do the typing, 
this being the zenith of my profes- 
sional career! After 40 years of some 
neglect. Hav's 65 Jaguar has recently 
been restored to its former gorgeous 
grandeur and is now the trailer queen, 
being shown all over the USA As 
soon as the showing is over, we'll 
drive it all over . just 2 old fools with 
the top DOWN and the Dixieland UP. 
Life is fun and our 13 grandchildren 
look on with envy! All for now What a 
wonderful class we are. I love you all 
and continue to be very proud to be a 
part of the lovely Sweet Briar Family. I 
am sure you feel the same way. Until 
next year! 


Mrs. William Krucke (Bruce Watts) 
7352 Toogoodoo Rd. 
Yonges Island, SC 29449 

This is the beginning of a very 
important time for our class! Our 
reunion next May will be our 50th — 
one you just cannot miss. Let's have a 
record turnout and beat every previ- 
ous class in percentages returning! 

We send our condolences to the 
family of Barbara Day. who passed 
away last spring. Her name was 
included in the Memorial Service dur- 
ing reunion. 

Ann Collins Teachout and Dilly 
Johnson Jones both had orthopedic 
surgery on the same day earlier this 
year— Dilly had a successful knee 
replacement and Ann had ankle-ten- 
don-foot surgery that was going to 
keep her laid up for quite a while. We 
hope all is well now. Ruthie Frye 
Deaton and Hugo are sailing on their 
boat, Salty Mistress, as I'm writing in 
August, after its repairs in Maine. 
Anne Sheffield Hale and Bradley sent 
a beautiful picture of the Lodge at 
Paulling Place, a plantation home that 
they have renovated in Marengo 
County, AL. From Christmas cards of 
2002, we learn that Lynn Carlton and 
Mike McCaffree continue to enjoy liv- 
ing at Goodwin House and the activi- 
ties there. Lynn is still very involved at 
both the library and the church, espe- 
cially with successful book sale fund 
raisers. They vacationed in Colorado, 
Key West, and Utah last year as well 
as their annual trip to the Shenandoah 
Valley with family. Anne Thomas and 
Tom Donohue took a Scandinavian 
cruise including St. Petersburg where 
the museums and palaces were 
impressive but the rest of the city was 
oppressive in disrepair. The town of 
Tallinn. Estonia, was particularly 
charming. They also traveled to 

As usual, no one can top Jerry 
Driesbach Ludeke for unusual activi- 
ties. In February the whole family 
arrived for a surprise 70th birthday 
party, including her sons playing the 
bagpipes. Ten days later Jerry went to 
China to teach English. She lived 
Chinese-style in the home of her prin- 
cipal and didn't see another Western 
face for four months. She gave two- 
hour illustrated talks twice a week to 
200 Chinese English teachers and 
helped the schools recruit other 
English teachers as well as teaching 
elementary school, of course. Her 
wonderful diary of her time in China 
can be seen at www.wesleybakers- Click on 'mmistries>social 
service>Jerry's China Journal' — a long 
read, but so good! Before she left for 
China, she finished the book on the 
Chinese of Kern County And naturally 

had a week backpacking near 
Yosemite as well as lots of church 
activities. In November she did an 
Eldertrek in Thailand and Cambodia- 
makes me tired just to write it! Jerry's 
granddaughter was an au pair in 
Germany — her parents, Jerry's son 
and family, still live in Costa Rica. 

Cindy Sinclair Rutherford has 
finally retired after 35 years in educa- 
tion, the last eight of which were as 
Assistant Professor of Education at 
Newman University. She loved her 
whole career, but feels it is time to 
stop. Of course she will still be help- 
ing alumnae and students with career 
guidance and relocation in the Wichita 
area. Bill Rutherford's garden bells 
continue to do very well— see them in 

I haven't heard further, so am pre- 
suming that all the problems Meri 
Hodges Major had with her right foot 
in 2002 have continued to abate. After 
months of trouble, she had to have 
surgery to remove and replace pins 
that had been put in in '87. This was 
followed by a severe reaction to the 
bandages and she ended up with four 
months in a wheelchair, during which 
she continued with the house tours at 
Belle Air. She then went to a walker 
and then a cane, and hopefully now is 
fully ambulatory. 

Thorn and Caroline 'Kobo' Chobot 
Garner went all over the southeast 
visiting family and friends and have 
done lots of things with the grandchil- 
dren, as I'm sure the rest of you have 
too. As you can see I don't have news 
on very many people — hint, hint. 
Email is the best way to tell me what 
you're doing these days. Almost 
everything I have written here is from 
Christmas cards from last year, so it 
definitely isn't up to date. Bill and I 
seem to be unable to stay away from 
Africa and went again last spring to 
South Africa and Botswana. I have 
journalled the trip with much better 
pictures than usual and you can see 
the letters on my website: www.too- They are also a 
long read, but it might convince you 
to go to Africa while you still can and 
while it's still there. We also went to 
the wedding of friends in Las Vegas — 
the bride was 71 and the groom was 
73. Elvis wasn't at the wedding but he 
did come to the one immediately fol- 
lowing! Everyone should experience 
Vegas once I have cut down to just a 
few art shows a year now — putting up 
the tent and everything is just too 
much work — especially after my 
helper moved away The gallery con- 
tinues to prosper thanks to our 
charming building, which all the 
tourists come to see Bill is continuing 
to recover slowly from polymyalgia 
and I have just gotten out of the hos- 
pital with pericarditis, an infection of 
the membrane around the heart, 
which while painful, was much better 

than all the alternatives that they 
thought it might be. I guess it's our 
age — seems like an infirmity in nearly 
every paragraph! 

Now it's time to really get started 
on our reunion plans. We will be 
guests of the college, so there's no 
excuse not to come. We are all old so 
don't worry how you look. We need a 
skit for the big meeting, so if you have 
any ideas at all, please email me or 
Dilly, jonespd@bellsouth or Ruthie, Or call or write 
to any of us! I'm sure you will be 
hearing from our fund people about 
an appropriate gift to celebrate our 
fifty years of friendship started with 
our meeting each other at Sweet Briar 
lo these many years ago. What won- 
derful things have been accomplished 
by our class — come and celebrate 
with everyone! 


Mrs. Lester F. Naylor (Frederika 

974 Canyon View Drive 
Sagamore Hills, OH 44067-2294 


Mrs. Donald M. Hastings, Jr. (Elizabeth 

1996 Lum Crow Road Ext. 
Woodstock, GA 30188 


Mrs. Dudley Fowler (Carol Young 

10 Woodstone Square 
Austin, TX 78703 

"This is the best time of my life." 
was the refrain, the message that 
arrived again and again in response to 
our Class Note inquiry. It appears that 
our lives have been both fruitful and 
successful in multiple ways— and that 
we are smart enough to acknowledge 
as individuals and collectively our well 
being and our bounty 

Which, of course, in no wise con- 
flicts our knowledge that 1957 is sim- 
ply the best class ever to have 
attended and graduated from Sweet 

Mary Anne Wilson said actios to 
the Junior Year in Spain program, 
which she directed for 15 years 
Under her tenure the budget deficit 
she inherited disappeared, participa- 
tion grew from eight to between 85 
and 100 students and Mary Anne 
earned lots of air miles jetting 
between Washington and Seville. The 
Alumnae Association hosted a well- 
earned muchas gracias fiesta for Mary 
Anne in May. which drew classmates 
Anne Wilson Rowe. Flo Barclay 
Winston. Jody Raines Brinkley. Mary 
Landon Smith. Nancy Godwin 
Baldwin and for her first-return-to- 

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campus visit ever, Roberta Malone 
Henderson. Ultimately Mary Anne will 
retire to Madrid where her daughter 
and three grandsons live. 

Unable to make it to Mary Anne's 
goodbye dinner was Ninie Laing, who 
revels in her life on the farm and her 
garden club activities. It was garden 
club duties that kept Ninie away from 
the party. 

Travel and grandchildren continue 
to play a large role in our lives. Diane 
Duffield Wood and Babs Falge 
Openshaw took Vienna, Salzburg, 
Prague and Budapest by storm last 
fall, and joined each other again in 
May to celebrate their 50th high 
school reunion. 

The much-traveled but seldom 
seen Roberta Malone Henderson and 
Ian devote their time with their three 
sons living in New York, Boston and 
Atlanta, and their 13 grands, as well 
as Canada, and when last heard from 
were leaving for Ireland. 

Jackie Ambler Cusick and Ralph 
remain water oriented, wintering on 
Captiva Island off the west coast of 
Florida, and getting there via the 
Inland Waterway from their boat's 
Delaware mooring. 

Priscilla Bowdle Lamont accepted 
my challenge to respond to Class 
Notes before I died and went to 
heaven. Lots of catching up to do and 
my plan is to bring us up to date in 
several issues. Pris and David have 
three daughters, one son and four 
grands. They continue to live on their 
farm site in Woodstone, NJ, with lots 
of animals. Pris spent 15 years as a 
high school psychologist and is cur- 
rently working part time providing 
psychological evaluations for schools 
that do not have Child Study teams. 
Her best and most enjoyable times are 
spent with the grands, Pris says. 

And news from another long-time- 
no-hear classmate, Jane Rather 
Thiebaud, who calls Winter Harbor, 
ME home, is traveling the US in a 
huge "Big Rig" tractor trailer (she sent 
a picture), and among other things, is 
doing genealogical research on her 
Texas "roots." 

Joan Lawson Kuhns and Greg 
focus their energy trying to save the 
"family farm," which Joanie says is a 
"losing proposition." They spend 
much time on the road visiting grands 
all over the country, as only one of 
their four children lives in Louisville. 

Still one more classmate down on 
the farm is Helene Bauer Magruder, 
whose husband Alan retired recently 
from academia. Helene and Alan 
repaired to a small farm outside Des 
Moines, where they maintain "exten- 
sive gardens and water gardens" to 
keep themselves occupied. They were 
off on a jaunt to Russia when Helene 

Anne Ford Melton continues to 
boycott email, but was certainly on 

top of things for her 50th high school 
reunion which was the best attended 
reunion in her school's history; 
Marguerite McDaniel Wood also 
reports attending a successful 50th in 
Atlanta, where on another date she 
visited with Enid Slack, who was 
there from Denver (Enid also spends 
some part of her summers in Maine), 
where she continues to write celebrity 
news features for the Mile High City; 
and remaining on the 50th high 
school track. Kay Diane Moore 
Bowles, says hers was also a great 
success. Her second son recently 
married so KD and John are down to 
each other in their D. C. home. 

Chris Smith Lowry was one of two 
to attend her 50th reunion at St. 
Anne's, which she described as some- 
thing of a disappointment. She and 
Britt see Nancy Shuford Dowdy fre- 
quently. Nancy and Britt played tied 
for first in a benefit golf tourney. 

Alice Barnes Robertson denotes 
herself as "retired" from teaching at 
her Rocky Mt„ NC community college 
but continues to teach 14 hours a 
week. Is there an oxymoron some- 
where in that sentence? Alice devotes 
much of her time to her son Greg who 
is a Huntington's disease invalid. 

Elaine Floyd Fisher reports that 
her husband has retired after teaching 
US History in Arcadia, CA (next door 
to Pasadena) for 30 years. With this 
background we expect a good inter- 
pretative analysis of the California 
recall election for the 2004 Notes. 

Anne McGrath Lederer and Emily 
Stenhouse Richardson each find life 
to be good from their Virginia country 
homes — after each resolved some 
construction pain. Emily was just 
completing her home with barn 
attached (horses remain a good part 
of her life) and is still teaching; Anne 
was looking forward to completion of 
year long renovations of her home 
and welcoming home son, a captain in 
the US Marine Corps reserves. 

Continuing to successfully buck 
the chain bookstore monolith is Beth 
McMahan Tolbert in Oklahoma City. 
Beth and Jimmy recently added a cafe 
to the independent bookstore, which 
Beth calls an endangered specie. From 
her landlocked Oklahoma base, Beth 
would love Flo Winston to define "a 
Figure Eight." 

Which, by the by, survived the 
worst of the last hurricane to hit Flo 
and Charlie Winston's homes at 
Figure Eight. Flo and Charlie and Jody 
went to Cuba in February (do any of 
us really believe that Fidel Castro was 
ready for Jody's first trip home since 
the bearded one took over her 
island?). Then, Flo, Charlie, Jody and 
Sandra Simpson traveled together on 
the SBC trip to Russia. (I doubt Putin 
was ready for Jody either.) Both trips 
were sponsored by SBC. 

As was the trip that Nannette 

McBurney Crowdus and Cynnie 
Wilson Ottaway took to Prague and 
Vienna. Cynnie moved from the glory 
of "New Europe" to back surgery and 
a lengthy, but successful recovery. 
Anna Pai and David went down to 
Florida to see Cynnie, and while there 
Anna's golf ball was in collision with a 
palm tree and ricocheted into her eye, 
which ended the week's golf. Super 
photog Anna recommends shatter- 
proof glasses for all of us. 

Nannette, as ever peripatetic, and 
Margery Scott Johnson visited 
Charlotte Heuer de Serio in 
Charlotte's new just outside 
Philadelphia home, to visit the new 
Kimmel Center and to attend a 
Philadelphia Orchestra performance. 
Charlotte was again in Fort Lauderdale 
for a period, taking new and highly 
valued family addition, Bonnie the 

Page Phelps Coulter mustered the 
energy after cleaning out her home for 
the past 38 years to say she is now in 
New Hampshire — Top of the World 
Road, Center Sandwich, NH 03227. 
What an address! Told you we had an 
upbeat class. 

The stroke Natalie Wittich 
Morrow suffered in 1999 has slowed 
her minimally — she and husband Paul 
have moved into a wheelchair accessi- 
ble apartment, Natalie remains active 
in her church, enjoyed a fairly recent 
visit from Margie Whitsun Aude and 
Fritz and took the entire family on a 
July and August cruise to the 

Like Natalie, Carroll Weitzel 
Rivers had no intention of giving in to 
her stroke. Carroll says it ceased her 
chatter "momentarily." Are any of us 
surprised? Carroll is still painting and 
riding horseback and applauds hus- 
band Buist for his ability to entertain 

Ruth Ellen Green Calhoun 
"bounced right back" in the words of 
husband Dr. Bill Calhoun, from major 
heart surgery and is out doing her 
thing for the current Natchez tour. 
Their cardiologist son insisted Ruth 
Ellen get her heart checked out while 
the family was vacationing at Figure 
Eight, so before major damage was 
done, Ruth Ellen had her surgery. 

Baba Conway Debicki ended 30 
years of association with the Kansas 
Study Abroad program, departed 
forthwith for several months in Paris 
and Florence where her husband was 
teaching. Spouse Andy underwent 
chemo for esophageal cancer just as 
Baba moved her 96-year-old mom 
from Connecticut to Kansas. Baba is 
extraordinarily upbeat and promises 
to be with us on our 50th. 

Even though she and Robert Lee 
sold the Inn a couple of years ago, 
Suzy Neblett Stephens can't stay 
away from the water. They just fin- 
ished a new place, "Bonefish Flat" on 

Cat Cay. Suzy relays news that 
Marylew Cooper Redd's husband Lee 
died in early June. 

Carolyn Scott Arnold continues to 
live in and love Hawaii, life she 
describes as a "delicious rut." 

From the West Coast Dagmar 
Halmagyi Yon and her best bud, Bud, 
had a super time in Costa Rica, faced 
down the crater of the Arenal volcano, 
took float trips, brought seedlings 
back into the country (if the California 
Agriculture Department is reading 
this, Dagmar is joking). She and Bud 
then spent some time in Delaware and 
Virginia, where Bud got to see for the 
first time the glories of redbud, dog- 
wood, weeping cherries— the glories 
of spring on the East Coast. 

Saynor Johnson Ponder exempli- 
fies the "sandwich generation." she 
says, helping with her mom who is 97 
and eight live-wire grandchildren. It is 
up to the Georgia contingent to kidnap 
Saynor and bring her back in 2007. 

Flo Winston and I left the board at 
Sweet Briar in April, leaving Anne 
Wilson Rowe to keep the 1957 flag 
hoisted high. 

Dudley and I continue to dodge 
the heat of Austin during summers. 
We drive to Maine, because my 
Golden Retriever, she of two artificial 
hips, refuses to get into a crate. It is 
4,500 miles round trip from Texas to 
Camden, ME. Had another great visit 
from Sandra Stingily Simpson, who 
is still painting up a storm— sold out 
at a Birmingham show. Also got a 
brief Camden visit from Jane 
Fitzgerald Treherne-Thomas and her 
dashing beau, "Handsome William," 
who had Dudley goggle-eyed recount- 
ing his bungee jumping adventure in 
New Zealand before the rest of the 
world knew brave hearts were plung- 
ing straight down from the famed 
bridge. Lee Haskell Mack who hangs 
out at the Cape during summertime 
thought she might sail far enough 
north to visit, but could not get there. 

If you looked for news in the mag- 
azine that just came out, do not call 
SBC to complain. The fault was mine. 
I will again ask for news in the fall. IF 
you have an email address, please, 
please do provide it to me. I will 
respond to all mail at the following 


Mrs. Edward J. Kuntz, Jr. (Jane 

222 Irving Ave. 
Dayton OH 45409-2405 


Mrs. Ward M. LeHardy (Judy Nevins) 
194 Castle Lane 
Kilmarnock, VA 22482 

Greetings, everyone! Snow is on 

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the ground as I write this, but it 
should be nice and warm by the time 
you read it. With the new system for 
collecting news (explained in a box at 
the beginning of the Class Notes sec- 
tion), I heard mostly from those of 
you who are on e-mail, where I could 
put out a plea for news and a 
reminder of the deadline. If others are 
now on e-mail, please let me or the 
college know your address. News sent 
by regular mail is welcome too, of 

Pat Frawley Gates earned her 
Bachelor of Science degree from 
Charier Oak State College. CT in June 
'02. She completed her work "online" 
over a two-year period. She learned 
the intricacies of the computer and 
the World Wide Web, and was pub- 
lished in the Mark Twain Journal for 
an interview she did with author Peter 
Heck, and also earned academic hon- 
ors Congratulations. Pat. Pat and 
Doug live in Chestertown, MD and 
have 11 grandchildren. 

To Barbara Sampson Borsch the 
best news of the year was the arrival 
of their first grandchild. John 
Frederick Borsch ("Jack"), who was 
born on 9/26/02 to their son Matthew 
Borsch and Betsy Bastien. Barbara 
wonders, "Since Tabb is Matthew's 
godmother, does that make Jack her 
grand-godchild?" Her husband Fred 
has found a job in New Haven with 
the Eli Episcopalians, so she is now a 
cross-country commuter, but detours 
to Manhattan every time to see Jack! 

Ginny Robinson Harris says she 
is more active than ever. She is 
involved in a new Arts Alliance in 
Highlands. NC to support the market- 
ing of all the arts— visual, literary, 
educational, and performing. Her 
Sweet Briar daughter, who is a veteri- 
narian, had a baby last summer. They 
travel a lot, mostly in connection with 
her interest in gardening, and spent 
Thanksgiving in New Orleans with 
their son and his wife in their new 
home. Ginny finds it hard to believe 
that we have entered the decade of 
our 50th! 

From Gay Hart Gaines comes 
news that their second son. Ralph 
was married at the Greenbrier on 8- 
31-02 She and Stanley celebrated a 
"sometimes noisy and chaotic " 
Christmas 2002 in Vail with all 4 chil- 
dren, their spouses, and eight grand- 
Children She has been elected presi- 
dent of the Palm Beach Republican 
Club, and is working hard to impact 
the 2004 elections. A big part of her 
life is devoted to being Florida's vice 
regent to the Mount Vernon Ladies' 
Association, where they are conduct- 
ing an 85-million-dollar campaign to 
build a new orientation center, 
museum, and educational center. Her 
granddaughter. Alexandra Gaines was 
accepted at SBC and is still unde- 
cided—Gay finds it hard to believe that 

she has a granddaughter the age that 
she was when she met Stanley at SBC! 
Amazingly, Gay's SBC class ring, 
which had been stolen during a rob- 
bery about 15 years ago, turned up for 
sale in 2002 on E-bay, and SBC, learn- 
ing of this, traced it to her through the 
initials in it and called her! 

Judy Sorley Chalmers is happily 
engaged to a "lovely Englishman". 
Kep Simpson, a widower with four 
grown, married children and 12 1/2 
grandchildren. They are living in 
Summit. NJ , and will also maintain a 
home in Amersham, 
Buckinghamshire, about an hour north 
of London. English grandchildren visit 
frequently to "do New York ", and she 
says they are having a wonderfully 
happy time merging their families. Her 
oldest son, Doug, an attorney in 
Atlanta, now has three little ones, and 
her daughter, Cameron Maguire, will 
graduate from Univ. of Utah Medical 
School's Physician Assistant program 
this summer. Son Christopher 
remains in NYC as a VP of Credit 

" I do what most of us do in 
enjoying children and grandchildren", 
writes Harriet Henderson 
Stubblefield. She and Austin took a 
trip to Chile in November with the 
International Food and Wine Society, 
for a week of elaborate wining and 
dining with others from many coun- 
tries. They then traveled all the way 
down in Patagonia, staying at Explora. 
She went horseback riding and took 
half-day hikes, while he climbed on 
glaciers and took the "difficult" hikes. 
She says her new hiking boots were a 
"dead give-away" when she got into 
discussions with others in her group 
about the different mountains around 
the world that they had climbed! 

Meriwether Hagerty Rumrill says 
the best news she has is the birth of 
her first granddaughter, Ella 
Meriwether, born 4-12-02 to her 
daughter Katharine and son-in-law, 
Mark. In the spring of '02 they had a 
family reunion for a family wedding in 
New Mexico, where she loved having 
"all four of her children and all four of 
her grandchildren in one place instead 
of scattered in this country and over- 

In Charlotte NC Betsy Smith 
White enioys seeing Tricia Cox 
Ware's daughter, Mary Ware Gibson 
(SBC '83) who lives right down the 
street from her. Betsy says she is not 
doing anything interesting but enjoy- 
ing her grandchildren, Bill's retire- 
ment, and "volunteer stuff". 

Courtney Gibson Pelley reports 
that all the excitement they had was a 
trip to Cuba for two weeks in 
December. They are building a house 
at Emerald Isle on the Sound, and she 
thinks Herb thinks they are moving 

Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb 

recently received recognition for com- 
piling a collection of letters and inter- 
views concerning Pearl S. Buck. She 
is working on cataloguing them 
online, to provide an Internet source 
for Buck Scholars and for Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, where she 
taught for 28 years. 

Judy Welton Sargent and John 
were in New Orleans earlier this year 
with their daughter Catherine, and she 
wrote the following: "We went to 
Trinity Church (Hill Riddle's church) 
for services. Some of you may 
remember Hill from UVA 1958, and as 
I discovered this morning, he is Tab 
Thornton's cousin. Fleming was there 
as she is here teaching Bible study for 
a couple of weeks. We had a nice 
visit. Small world"! 

I do not have any special news to 
report about myself and my family at 
this time — we are just thankful for 
good health and the opportunity to 
spend some time each year at our cot- 
tage on Kiawah island, SC. 
Remember, our news can now go in 
all issues of the Alumnae Magazine. 
Please let me hear from you! 


Mrs. J.M. Lemmon. Jr. (Ann Redfern 

770 Glenairy Drive NE 
Atlanta, GA 30328-4217 


Mrs. Jean A. Sharland 
(Elizabeth Harkness Hutchins) 
1724 Aberdeen Circle 

Crofton, MD 21114-1618 

Warm winter greetings to '61 ! I 
trust this finds all of us in temperate 
surroundings, whatever the weather 
outside. We continue our varied activi- 
ties, working, volunteering, traveling, 
being friends and family. Catherine 
Caldwell Cabaniss had an exhibition. 
"Palimpsest" at the International 
Curatorial Space in Chelsea in New 
York last June Visitors included 
Jeanne Bounds Hamilton Celia 
Williams Dunn Molly Haskell. Molly 
Owens Parkinson Fran Hanahan, 
Phyllis Joyner Yana Wagg 
Gardephe. Christine Rangel. 
Carrington Braeman and Judith Wall, 
daughters of classmate Judith Atkins 
Wall In August she vacationed in 
Glenwood Springs on the Colorado 
River (205-871-3646). 

Linda MacArthur Hollis delights in 
grandson Connor in North Carolina, 
where she and Bob will close on a 
new house in Flat Rock this summer, 
as well as in her granddaughters in 
Connecticut Last August, she and 
Bob boarded a cruise ship fitted out 
with kayaks and zodiacs for up-close 
visits to the Alaska shoreline They 
were in the midst of a herd of hump- 

back whales and saw Orcas. moose, 
caribou, grizzlies, wolves, and Denali 
without its usual veil of clouds. In the 
New Year, they'll go on a tiger photo 
safari in India Winifred Storey Davis 
and Tread welcomed their 4th grand- 
daughter. Sarah Lynn Davis, last 
March, and hope for another SBC stu- 
dent in the family. All their sons are in 
the southeast, so they see them either 
in Atlanta or up in Cashiers, NC. Our 
other new grandchild, her second, 
was born in August to Lou Chapman 
Hoffman's son Richard, a Washington 
area resident. 

Fran Brackenridge Neumann vis- 
its the 7 western states for the Garden 
Clubs of America, and goes to New 
York 4 times a year in this "full and 
fun volunteer job". She saw Mary 
Denny Scott Wray in Fishers Island 
last fall Mary Denny serenely enjoys 
her children and grandbabies along 
with her work at the Botanical Garden 
and symphony. 

Fritz and Suzanne Seaman Berry 
traveled "all over the world" last win- 
ter, with Fritz teaching in Japan, 
Malawi, South Africa, Kerala in south- 
ern India, Mexico, Canada and Taiwan. 
The Berrys take a few days to tour in 
each spot after the workshop ends. 
They also visited Florida and 
California. Fritz had knee replacement 
surgery, then therapy, which he 
thought worse. Last summer he con- 
tinued to get stronger, and went back 
to work. Son Hayden and his wife 
Cathy now have a new home, but last 
summer all four spent time at their 
Rappahannock home, where they see 
Bill and Patti Powell Pusey. Suzanne 
dines with Susan Cone Scott every so 
often and sees Rose Beverly Burke 
Emery at the Boar's Head Sports Club. 
Last November, they returned to India 
and then Bhutan. 

We welcome back Michael and 
Zanne Carr Fitzgerald, who spent 12 
years in the rain forest of Guyana, liv- 
ing in a trailer in the middle of a baux- 
ite mine. "Interesting, but I was glad 
when it ended " "Our little spot of 
'heaven'" is on the Atlantic shore in 
Ponte Vedra Beach. FL. Zanne has 
taken up golf, and is "addicted" to it 
while also enjoying the beach. Two 
children are in California and the third, 
plus three grandchildren, are in 
Knoxville. 'but we make it work" Dick 
and Faith Bullis Mace spend January 
through the first week in April on the 
gulf coast, 20 miles from Tampa, and 
would love to get in touch with class- 
mates in that area. They enjoy their 
7th grandchild and 3 out of her 4 are 
living within 25 miles of Potomac She 
had foot surgery in May. and spent 
the summer biking and swimming, 
since she was unable to enjoy tennis 
or golf They also travel to Boston. 
New York City and Denver twice yearly 
to visit Dick's sons and mom. October 
was also spent fishing the gulf 

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On Grand Lake in Colorado John 
and Alicia Laing Salisbury spent a 
good deal of the summer with chil- 
dren and grandchildren. In September 
they toured Portugal and Spain with a 
couple from Peoria with whom they 
traveled last year. In summer of 2002, 
Parti Anderson Warren spent a month 
in Iberia, then 2 weeks in the Baltic. 
Margaret Gwathmey divides her time 
between her garden along a "creek" 
south of Annapolis and her apartment 
on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. 
She and Jean and Bette Hutchins 
Sharland crowed when they lured 
George and Susie Prichard Pace to 
the MD side of the Potomac to hang 
out in a fun fish house. 

In Washington, Lennart and Willia 
Fales Eckerberg purchased an apart- 
ment in the same neighborhood, so 
they can "close the door" and visit 
grandchildren in Sweden or Australia. 
They had a great summer in Sweden 
with all their children and grandchil- 
dren coming and going. Willia 
stopped in Edinburgh on her way 
home. Parti Anderson Warren has 
been elected to her fourth term on the 
Marin County School Board, where 
she visits classrooms and listens to 
teachers. She spent a week camping 
in the Trinity Alps in northern CA and 
a week in CO. with grandchildren last 
summer. The family gave thanks for 
her younger son's baby in November, 
and also includes two "yearling" 
Siberian Husky puppies. The family 
and the puppies enjoy a new home in 
an evergreen forest on a few acres 
outside Truckee, near Lake Tahoe, CA, 
where the altitude is 6500 feet. In 
Annapolis. Bette Hutchins Sharland 
continues shuffling papers in the 
House of Delegates, dodging budget 
cuts and grinning often. 


Mrs. Bruce Adam (Parry Ellice) 
33 Pleasant Run Road 
Flemington. NJ 08822 

I apologize for the minimal column 
but SBC no longer sends out those 
postcards— a cost-cutting measure. I 
sent my e-mail address but guess it 
didn't work. Now I'll start fresh and 
you can contact me at anytime with all 
your news at: I 
look forward to hearing from you. 


Mrs. Heinz K. Simon (Allie Stemmons) 
3701 Guadalajara Court 
Irving, Texas 75062 

Our 40th Reunion was a rare 
experience! 34 of us gathered and not 
even a cold, rainy weekend could 
dampen our enthusiasm! Anne Carter 
Brothers hit the nail on the head by 
quoting Maya Angelou: "Though my 
hair has turned gray and my skin no 

longer fits, on the inside it's the same 
old me, it's the outside's changed a 
bit!" Actually I thought we looked 
pretty darned good! Anne's artwork 
was displayed at reunion and a num- 
ber of classmates purchased or 
ordered her paintings. I've appreciated 
hearing from everyone as I take over 
the secretary's duties from Katharine 
Blackford Collins who did such a 
super job. Our new class president is 
Stevie Fontaine Keown. 
Unfortunately almost my first post- 
reunion news concerned the death of 
Stevie's mother. Our sympathy, Stevie, 
and also to Karen Gill Meyer who 
lost her mother the week before 
reunion which meant she could not 
join us. Sallie Yon Williams' mom 
died just before Christmas. We are 
gradually losing the last of that great- 
est generation. 

Karen did travel to Richmond in 
June and had a good visit with Lucy 
Boyd Lemon Edmonds. Karen and 
Jim spend most summer weekends in 
Coronado, escaping the Phoenix heat. 
Betty Stanly Cates hoped to see 
Stevie over Labor Day weekend, then 
Betty and a friend are off for Ireland 
on an Academic Arrangements Abroad 
tour. She's one of many traveling 
abroad the summer of 2003, despite 
doom and gloom in the travel indus- 
try. Jean Meyer Aloe and Ed spent a 
week in July at Oxford University tak- 
ing a course on medieval castles then 
Jean will return to Europe in 
September for a writing workshop in 
Tuscany. Jean and Jane Goodridge 
did such a good job on our reunion 
fund raising that they were persuaded 
to keep the job! Jane sent news of 
McNair Currie Maxwell who was 
planning travel to Myrtle Beach then 
on to London during the summer. 
Jane had also heard from Maxine 
Tichenor Green who lives in London 
but was coming to the US to help one 
of her daughters move to Sag Harbor. 
Maxine stays in touch with another 
British resident, Cathy Detmar 
Nicholls who is working on a cook- 
book for a national cancer research 
organization. Lisa Wood Hancock is a 
double international traveler— she and 
I enjoyed a lovely train trip in 
Switzerland followed by a river cruise 
through Provence just before reunion, 
then she and Pete cruised the Baltic in 
July. Lisa said St. Petersburg didn't 
disappoint but their favorite port was 
Oslo. And Ann Knickerbocker 
McCullough told of a 3-week trip to 
Spain with Bill, her Dallas Seminary 
professor and five other students, just 
after the birth of their fifth grandchild. 
Many of those staying closer to home 
were involved with children and 
grandchildren Lee Kucewicz Parham 
survived "Gigi Camp" (Lee is Gigi to 
her grandchildren), a week of local 
sightseeing and activities for two 
grandchildren plus niece and nephew, 

ages 3-10. She and John will take a 
quick trip to the Smokies before Lee 
resumes teaching French at GPS. 
Julia Arnold Morey and Russ spent 
their "traditional family vacation" at 
Nags Head, NC, in July, 31 strong 
ranging from 8 months to 75 years! 
Keitt Matheson Wood reports ten 
great days at North Litchfield Beach. 
SC, with children, grandchildren and 
siblings. We're looking forward to 
seeing Keitt and Frank overnight here 
in November after Frank has hip 
replacement surgery in October. He 
needs to take a lesson from Ginger 
Cates Mitchell who had the same 
procedure shortly after reunion and 
staged a speedy recovery; she says 
she "may turn in a few more joints for 
replacement since this was such a 
snap!" Lyn Clark Pegg was at Sweet 
Briar just prior to reunion and a num- 
ber of us met up with her at the Briar 
Patch Inn (which has since burned, 
sad news!). She reports two grand- 
children not far away, rewarding 
employment with the U of MN, travel 
to Nicaragua with Witness for Peace 
and sailing on Lake Superior. Judy 
Johnson Varn hoped to attend Betsy 
Parker McColl's daughter's wedding 
in Columbia August 9 — we need a 
report on that wedding, Betsy! Nancy 
Nix-Karnakis attended the wedding of 
Lillian Norborn Alexander's ('65) 
daughter in May and had a chance to 
visit with Lucy Otis Anderson and 
David. Nancy continues to work as a 
proposal manager for Northrop 
Grumman and says when she stops 
having fun she'll retire and become a 
lady of leisure. Sallie Yon Williams 
missed reunion due to a conflict with 
her son Courtney's graduation from 
NYC/Stern with an MBA; Courtney's 
now working for MGM in the 
International Networks Division. Older 
son Whit is Daddy to Sallies first 
grandchild, Allegra Sophia, born in 
February. Sallie is still writing and 
publishing, working with a group in 
Reno with a three book contract all 
due next spring Ann Funkhouser 
Strite-Kurz has also just made dead- 
line with her new needlework book, 
"Backgrounds — The Finishing Touch". 
Ann enjoys twice yearly trips to Zurich 
to visit her son and grandsons. After 
managing our reunion so beautifully 
our former class president, Nancy 
Dixon Brown, spent the summer get- 
ting youngest daughter Elizabeth off 
to Old Miss. Change of address: Tish 
Skinner Dace writes that she's now 
living in Bonaire and "every morning I 
wake up grinning because I live in 
paradise." Tish became a certified 
scuba diver when she was 60 and 
sent a great picture of herself under- 
water. She retired from teaching in 
June, 2002. now enjoys working as a 
full-time writer, mostly about theatre, 
and reviews plays in New York when 
she travels there. Two sons, one a 

writer in Los Angeles and the other a 
filmmaker in the UK, and two grand- 
sons, a 17 year old starting college 
and a 12 year old professional actor in 
London. Finally does anyone have a 
current address for Robin Swaim 
Davis 7 Her postcard to a Memphis 
address was returned to me. Heinz 
and I and our oldest daughter traveled 
to Istanbul, the Greek Islands and 
eventually Berlin right after reunion, 
and are now enduring the end of a hot 
Texas summer after a glorious month 
in the mountains of Colorado. 
Although I gave up taking new clients 
several years ago I still have enough 
travel business to keep me busy and 
enjoy working from home. Anyone 
coming to the Dallas area please let 
me know, and continue to send your 
news— our next notes will be due in a 
short few months! 


Ms. Virginia S. deBuys 
H16 Shirley Lane 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1425 


Mrs. Richard H. Amberg, Jr. (Beverley 

5012 Tilden St.. M.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20016 

Best wishes to all you wonderful 
women from the illustrious class of 
1965! I was happy to hear from all 
those who wrote in response to my 
postcard, (all by e-mail, I might add, 
in the absence of the school's tear-off 
postcard this year. Is snail-mail 

I must begin with an apology to 
Wiggie McGregor Leon (who now 
goes by her lovely given name Olivia). 
She wrote her news on Feb. 2, 2002, 
(way before the deadline), but the 
NYC Postal Service didn't get around 
to dispatching it until Feb. 19, after 
my column had gone to SBC. (Maybe 
snail-mail should be doomed!) At any 
rate, a year ago Olivia wrote that she 
"continues to love living in NYC, in 
spite of Sept. 11. Quite a remarkable 
city, and the people who live here are 
also amazing." She has been at the St. 
John Boutique since June of 1998, 
and loves the people and the environ- 
ment. In addition, she has been a 
tenured professor at the Fashion 
Institute of Technology since January 
of 1977. She is on the Altar Guild and 
also ushers at St. James Episcopal 
Church on Madison Ave., where she 
taught Sunday school for 15 years. 
Her daughter, Olivia McBurney Leon, 
graduated from the Annenberg School 
of Communications at the University 
of Pennsylvania in June of 1998, and 
now loves working at the "Oxygen TV" 
channel. Olivia sends everyone her 

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Also from NYC Magda Salvesen 
writes that she was the consultant 
editor for a new book, Jon Schueler: 
To the North, which was published in 
October of 2002. Schueler has been 
called by critics "one of the most orig- 
inal artists associated with the 1950s 
New York art scene," and the book 
contains more than 90 of his paint- 
ings, extracts from his autobiographi- 
cal writings, and studies of the artist 
by his contemporaries. Magda also 
sent an impressive list of the courses 
she will teach and the lectures she will 
give during 2003. at The New School, 
New York Botanical Garden, 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New 
York Studio School. An art and garden 
historian. Magda has just been elected 
to the board of The Queens Botanical 
Garden in New York. 

I had a nice note from Fair 
MacRae Gouldin. who lives in Ithaca, 
NY. Her husband Fred is with Cornell 
University, and Fair has retired from 
the University's arboretum. The 
Gouldms are looking forward to a six- 
month sabbatical in Livermore. CA. 
Fred will be at Sandia Corporation, 
where he took his first sabbatical in 
1976 Their children Ann and Andrew 
are in Washington, DC, and Cary is in 
NYC Fair and Fred are hoping to take 
over her mother's 1830s farm on the 
Eastern Shore (of Chesapeake Bay): 
"beautiful view, splendid birds, and 
spectacular sunsets." Fair adds, "Life 
is very good." 

From Memphis, TN, Stephanie 
Eggleston Harrover writes that sev- 
eral years ago she began painting in 
earnest. She is now selling paintings 
from her home, as well as in several 
galleries in Memphis and Mississippi. 
(I wish I could reproduce for you the 
lovely diptych she attached to her e- 
mail.) Her first solo exhibition will take 
place in March, 2003. at the Memphis 
Botanic Gardens. Stephanie began by 
painting for herself. She says, "Much 
to my surprise, my work is getting 
quite popular, and I have sold an 
amazing amount in a very short time. 
Last month I had a private showing in 
Little Rock and sold over half my 
work in two hours." She hopes it 
keeps up! Stephanie has enioyed hav- 
ing SBC alumna Ginger Collier from 
Atlanta as a neighbor. 

I had an interesting letter from 
Laura Haskell Phinizy. who lives in 
Augusta, GA. She writes that daughter 
Laura's husband Keith returned in 
Sept.. 2002. from his military assign- 
ment in Bahrain "He loved his intelli- 
gence work." says Laura. She adds 
that although of course he could not 
divulge specifics, he indicated that 
there was, even at that time, ample 
evidence of Iraq's misbehavior. 
Laura's daughter Marion and son-in- 
law Wesley live on St. Simon's, and 
they are expecting their first child in 
June. 2003. Daughter Louise is living 

at home and attending the University 
of South Carolina to get a master's in 
Library and Information Sciences. 
"We are loving having her here." says 
Laura, and I know she means it, as 
she and husband Stewart are adding 
an addition to their home to accom- 
modate Louise and future grandchil- 
dren. Laura and Stewart are still in the 
residential real estate business. Says 
Laura: "I dare not let him retire with 
all of his energy." 

Also from GA. Elvira McMillan 
Tate sent a splendid photo of her fam- 
ily at Christmas time, including her 
three grandchildren. Her youngest son 
Edward is a first-year law student at 

Melinda Musgrove Chapman 
writes from Birmingham. AL. that her 
life is pretty much the same, and she 
still sells lots of houses. She sold her 
own last year and has happily gone 
back to condo living. Son David has 
taken a new position in his company 
(Pfizer), and he. his wife, and four 
children will be moving from NC to 
GA. Melinda is thrilled, as it will cut 
the distance between them in half. 
Daughter Jennifer is working in NYC, 
and daughter Brook remarried last 
year and is expecting a baby girl in 
summer, 2003. Brook's daughter 
Eden, age 5, is looking forward to 
being a big sister 

From Shreveport, LA. Carol Ann 
Reifsnyder Rhoads writes that she is 
still working in the sciences in a phys- 
iology department at LSU Health 
Sciences Center. She is a lab manager 
and also does hands-on experiments, 
and in May, 2003. she will present a 
poster at the annual meeting in 
Orlando on oxidative stress in colon 
cancer cells. Carol has been married 
for 37 years to Bob. a biochemistry 
chairman, and they were in Costa Rica 
in Jan., 2003, for his annual meeting. 
The Rhoadses have three children, in 
NC, AZ. and CO. and two grandsons in 
Winston Salem, NC, Carol and Bob 
plan to spend July to December, 2003, 
on sabbatical in Denver, CO, and they 
will live in their second home in 
Nederland, near Boulder. She is eager 
to catch up with classmates in the 
area, and she encloses her e-mail 
address, which is: 

From her new home in Canyon 
Lake, TX, (near San Antonio). Whitney 
Jester Ranstrom writes about her 
hectic year The Ranstroms sold their 
home in March 2002, and had to get 
out right away. Thus, everything went 
into storage, and they lived out of 
suitcases for nine months, (except for 
a welcome respite last summer in 
their home in Montana), They bought 
a lot and built their dream house 
(downsizing from 3400 to 2400 sq. 
ft.) near the little golf course in 
Canyon Lake. And it was worth the 
wait: Whitney says. "It is all on one 

floor, and we can get in our golf cart 
and go play golf" In October, daugh- 
ter Stacy had her thyroid removed 
when it was found to be cancerous 
But Whitney reports that she is doing 
well and seems to be making a full 
recovery: a month after the surgery, 
the Ranstroms had the thrill of watch- 
ing Stacy perform with her church 
choir at Carnegie Hall! 

From Cortez, CO. Sally McCrady 
Hubbard writes that she is looking 
forward to participating in a 16-day 
program at a choral institute in 
Urbmo. Italy, which will take place in 
July, 2003. Says Sally: "Mr Gilpin 
would be so pleased. He was my first 
and best voice teacher." In addition, 
she is already training to ride (rather 
than crew, as in the past seven rides) 
The Lone Star AIDS Ride in Sept,. 
2003. in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 
She will be accompanied by her son, 
"who promises to stay with me every 
mile," she says, and she adds, "I hope 
some of our classmates will be moved 
to donate a little bit for each of 180 
miles or 60 years!" She sends greet- 
ings to all. 

Mimi Vogt Macht leads a busy life 
in Hood River, OR, where she has 
lived for the past 28 years. She writes 
that she has been single for the last 
five years, and she is just finishing the 
building of her house. She is an editor 
and proofreader, and she teaches 
German to business people in 
Portland. In addition, she gives private 
lessons in German and French. Son 
Marlow. 29, is a paramedic in Denver, 
and son Madison, 26, is a third-year 
medical student in Portland, OR. Mimi 
declares. "Life is good." She enjoys 
seeing roommate Beth Hunt, who 
lives just three hours away in Eugene, 
and Mimi and Genie Dickey Caldwell 
had a wonderful time last year birding 
on Sauvie Island. Mimi says she has 
enjoyed reading about our classmates, 
and she remarks. "I am struck by the 
energy level of all these women, who 
are turning 60 this year." 

I was delighted to have a parrot 
update from Genie Dickey Caldwell 
who writes from San Francisco. "Our 
two macaws are happily carrying on 
and trying hard to reproduce at a 
magnificent breeding farm in the 
apple country in N. Central CA. The 
place has private flight cages in big. 
climate-controlled barns, with sky- 
lights all around the top. and a three- 
acre organic garden just for the birds. 
What a life 1 Darlm' the Amazon seems 
happier now that he doesn't have to 
compete for attention, and only one 
person — urn. I mean bird — starts talk- 
ing these days when we walk in the 
door Peter and I are doing almost as 
well, although we live considerably 
less pampered lives than the parrots." 
On a different subject. Genie 
expressed her concern that "the class 
notes will just dry up" without the 

double- postcard reminder which SBC 
used to send us annually. Similarly, 
Sally Rasco Thomas writes: "Now 
that we will no longer receive 
reminder cards, I may never remem- 
ber to send news. The memory cells 
just aren't what they used to be." 
(Amen!) The same sentiment was also 
echoed by Melinda Musgrove 
Chapman, who adds: "I think that the 
Alumnae Association had better 
rethink its position on reminders. 
Don't they realize how old we are?" 
Well, ladies, any other comments? 

Continuing on, Sally Rasco 
Thomas, who lives in San Diego. CA. 
reminded me that I was the first SBC 
classmate she ever met, on the train 
en route to SBC in Sept., 1961! (Do 
you know that the train no longer 
stops at SBC? Do you know that 
Sweet Briar Station now sits on the 
campus, as a bit of history? Does that 
make you feel like a relic?) But I 
digress. Sally also writes that for the 
last year, she has been working at the 
local affiliate of the American Heart 
Association. She is still in develop- 
ment, now doing major and planned 
giving. She is delighted that both her 
sons are in San Diego, and both are 
completing their teaching credentials. 
Sally is thrilled to have a new grand- 
son to join her two granddaughters. In 
addition. Sally writes: "I attended 
Brooke Patterson Mahlstedt's wed- 
ding in November (2002), but will let 
her tell that bit of news." Okay. 
Brooke, we're waiting! 

And finally, what a fascinating note 
I had from Anne MacClintock, who 
writes: "After many years of practicing 
law I retired in the spring of 1999, and 
my husband, who is an academic and 
managed to put together two sabbati- 
cals, and I sailed off for a year on our 
38-foot sailboat. We went down the 
East Coast from our home in CT to 
Cape Fear, sailed across to Bermuda, 
then down to the Virgin Islands. 
Schedules intruded and we were not 
able to sail further south than 
Grenada, but had a great time working 
our way back through the West Indies 
and the Bahamas. It was the trip of a 
lifetime, and we made it the subject of 
a book, Seasoned by Salt, scheduled 
to be published in Aug or Sept. of 
this year It is part adventure, part love 
story, and part history of the many 
places we saw. in particular the dra- 
matic historic linkage between the 
West Indies, and this country in its 
early years. Now we're struggling with 
"what next" syndrome!" Anne kindly 
sent me a riveting excerpt entitled: 
"Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle ": 
with her permission. I treat you to a 
very small sample of that chapter: 

"We are headed for the British 
Virgin Islands We are an hour and a 
half into my first night watch on our 
fourth night out from Cape Fear An 
hour and a half more and I can sleep. 

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Then I have the midnight watch, then 
another blessed three hours (two and 
a half, at best) to sleep. I think about 
sleep. I long for sleep. I am huddled in 
my usual spot under the dodger on 
the port side of the cockpit where I 
can keep reasonably dry, and still see 
the navigational instruments below. 

The quartering seas are ferocious, 
much larger and more confused than 
our 25 to 35 knot wind speed would 
suggest. Some distant force is stirring 
the Atlantic bowl creating waves run- 
ning at angles to those blown up by 
our local winds. These competing 
seas sometimes combine to produce 
enormous waves, cresting and top- 
pling, frothing, potentially dangerous 
if not handled properly. These mon- 
sters jerk Palaemon's stern and pound 
her bow. They send streams of water 
into the cockpit. Occasionally spray 
goes below, even with the hatch 
closed and the bottom weatherboard 
in. I look out at the seas and wonder 
for the umpteenth time what we're 
doing out here." Anne and her hus- 
band Jerry are now taking a sabbatical 
in New Zealand for a month, and then 
in Australia for three more. Let's hope 
there's another book in the works! 

Though my SBC roommate Janet 
West Garrett never sends in news, I 
happen to know (and can't resist 
mentioning) that in Nov., 2002, she 
completed the New York City 
Marathon, (with an impressive medal 
to prove it!), and at the same time 
raised a bundle of money for Sloan 
Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Now 
who says we're getting old? 

SBC extended the deadline for the 
fall issue of the alumnae magazine so 
I shall add the latest news: 

I have just received the very sad 
news of the death of our classmate 
Marion Davidson on April 18. 2003. 
Marion came to us in 1961 and 
remained at Sweet Briar freshman and 
sophomore years. On behalf of all our 
class, I would like to express our 
great sorrow and our deepest sympa- 
thy to her family. 

Mibs Sebring Raney sent a brief 
but enthusiastic note from Bellaire, 
TX, saying how much she and hus- 
band Bev continue to enjoy their 
granddaughter Maggie, age 2, who is 
"changing all the time." (In more ways 
than one, I bet!) 

And finally, I had a nice e-mail 
message from Dasha Morgan, a self- 
proclaimed "long-lost alumna of the 
class of 1965." Dasha lived in Boston 
for a long time and then moved south, 
to Arden, NC, "just outside of 
Asheville," where she bought a house 
in the High Vista community. She is 
an editor of an area trade magazine 
called Rug News, "all done by e-mail 
and computer." Dasha plays tennis on 
a 4.0 team and plays the piano. She 
also enjoys community work with the 
Garden Club and other organizations. 

She writes: "I would welcome hearing 
from friends of the past who remem- 
ber me!" She includes her phone 
number (828-890-2568) and her e- 
mail address ( 
How wonderful to hear from 
"long-lost" classmates! (And of 
course I'm delighted to hear from all 
the rest of you, as well!) 


Mrs. Penn Fullerton (Penn Willets) 

124 Linden Lane 

San Rafael, CA 94901-1342 

The Rev. Keenan Kelsey (Keenan 

101 Hawthorne Avenue 
Larkspur, CA 94939-1305 

Notes by Penn Fullerton: 

First, a huge THANK YOU to all of 
you who wrote in. It felt so good to 
hear all your news, and I couldn't help 
but feel really energized by your joy in 
your lives, your enthusiasm for the 
nexl decade ahead, and your thankful- 
ness for all the blessings surrounding 
you. It is, as we reach 60 (!) a time to 
take stock, to look back over our lives 
and forward to things we still want to 
experience, and not put off. The whole 
tenor of your writings spoke to these 
ends: to live life fully, to cherish time 
with family, to keep on learning, to 
give back to your communities, and to 
nourish lifetime friendships. YES! 

To start us off, Molly Trombly 
Bailey writes from her and John's 
1927 floating home (!) in Portage Bay, 
Seattle. She is enjoying retirement 
from nursing (so sad that Washington 
State does not accept her Virginia 
license?!) Son Connor, 25, is working 
and at grad school at Boulder, Co. Her 
daughter Calista,30, married in June 
and lives in Ketchum, ID. Molly has a 
little rental house available after 
11/03. (Call Calista Carter 208-720- 
6059 for info.) She had lots of fun 
meeting Pam Leary Shandrick ("still 
gorgeous after all these years")in 
Ashland. Oregon for a Shakespeare 
weekend. Molly, write us more info, 
on how a floating home works! 
Molly's e-mail: (love this 

From the Northwest to the South, 
Katie Clay Barret reports from 
Lexington that she is still the 
Administrative Assistant in the 
Philosophy Department at the 
University of Kentucky. She enjoys 
working with the young people and 
faculty. Katie's oldest child got her 
MBA from the UK and is employed 
with Valvoline in Lexington. Middle 
child works for the National Tour 
Association at Host Communications, 
also in Lexington. Youngest daughter 
is a senior at Kenyon College. Katie is 
busy caring for her mother, who lives 

just a mile away: ("she is fun and a 
joy so it isn't a burden at all.") Katie's 
e-mail: Jeannie 
Jackson Exum writes from Kinston. 
North Carolina that she and Joe are 
busy converting their "bone dry nest" 
into a comfortable spot for their three 
Jack Russell terriers and three grand- 
children! Her daughter Sallie and hus- 
band have just moved to Cambridge, 
MA. Both sons are married, Jay an 
attorney at IBM in Raleigh, Manning in 
Greenville. NC in the family business. 
Jeannie continues teaching high 
school French and Latin, but confides 
she is "reaching the end of my 
endurance with the teenagers!" She 
would love to know more e-mail 
addresses of our classmates and be 
able to reconnect! Her e-mail: Wouldn't you 
love to live in a town called "Angel 
Fire"? That's where Evie Day Butler 
and Geoffrey spend the summer in the 
New Mexico mountains, escaping the 
Ft. Worth summer. Evie writes that 
they just had a family reunion in 
Florida, joined by Lee and Nicole with 
children Quinn and Mariana. Son 
Geoff and his wife Jane expect a boy 
in November. Evie is thrilled that son 
William and his wife Anjie have just 
returned to Ft. Worth to live; he will 
work for XTO Oil Company there. 
Congratulations to Evie and Geoffrey 
on their 36th wedding anniversary this 
past July! The joy of FAMILY radiates 
from Mary Anne Calhoun Farmer's 
message this year. Her eldest, Mamie 
(Mary Anne III), lives in Richmond, is 
married to Lawyer Matthew. They 
have two sons, Miller and Harry. 
"Coon's" daughter Harriet lives in 
Breckenridge, CO with husband Scott, 
an engineer. She teaches high school 
art and does a lot of painting herself. 
Youngest daughter Katharine works in 
investment banking in Memphis. She 
is a runner, like her mom! Now in 
training for the Air Force Marathon in 
D.C. this October. Besides running, 
Coon is enjoying ALTA tennis. 
Husband Tom still in Real Estate and 
"loyal to the treadmill." Mary Anne 
sees Helen Raney Pinckney and 
Laurie Saunders Spratley in 
Richmond, and Jane Utley Strickler 
in Newnan or Atlanta. She had fun 
catching up with Courtenay Sands 
Wilson at a wedding in Jacksonville. 
E-mail: mafarmer@numail.ora 

Becoming grandparents for the 
first time has been the highlight of a 
roller coaster year for Sally Kalber 
Fiedler and husband Jay. Alexander 
Lee was born to son Lee and wife 
Caryn in March in Minneapolis within 
hours of losing the last of Sally and 
Jay's own parents. (This has been the 
case for many other classmates I have 
talked with, a grandchild arriving just 
as the oldest generation passes on.) 
Sally reports that being grandparents 
is the BEST, and I know none of us 

would contest that! She writes that 
daughter Julie is still in NYC. Sally 
and Jay celebrated his 60th birthday 
with a cruise to the French and Italian 
Riviera, with time in Provence. Home 
again and no rest for the weary: Jay 
continues his OB practice, with a lot 
of time on-call. They hope to be able 
to slow down a bit SOMETIME. Sally 
would love to hear from anyone com- 
ing to Richmond, and her hope for us 
as we turn 60 is that we can all be 
"healthy, happy, and serene!" I'll sec- 
ond that! Sallies e-mail: 

Being retired from teaching suits 
Judy Wilson Grant just fine: "I find 
this 'new' life fabulous!" she reports 
from Denver. She and Newell continue 
to love Colorado. Their oldest, 
Margaret, teaches at St. Anne's 
Episcopal in Denver. Will, 23, is break- 
ing colts near Denver and just 
returned from Australia. Newell Jr. has 
just begun work in Boston. Caroline, a 
junior at Denison, is studying in 
Seville on the Sweet Briar Program. Of 
course Judy and Newell are planning 
a visit! The whole family got to travel 
to England together in August for a 
wedding: golden times. Judy's e-mail: 

It has been a year of celebrations 
for Susan Sudduth Dodson Hiller 
Joyful grandmother watching her 
daughter Penn's Katie celebrate her 
first birthday, proud mother watching 
Penn and husband receive their law 
degrees from the University of 
California, happy daughter herself as 
she gave a birthday party for her 93- 
yr-old mother. Also many fun times 
with her stepchildren and their ever- 
expanding families. One of the year's 
highlights was a mini-reunion of us 
four roommates in Little Rock at 
Susan's mother's retirement village! 
Keenan, Jane Nelson, Susan and I 
took over one of the apartments and 
had a cozy weekend slumber party. 
The moment when Keenan led a spe- 
cial communion service for Mrs. 
Sudduth was pure gold. Fun to have a 
minister in our midst! Susan's e-mail: Speaking 
of Keenan Colton Kelsey, her life as 
pastor of Noe Valley Ministry in San 
Francisco continues to be full and 
happy. At her church she "wears all 
the hats" as the solo pastor, and she 
does so expertly, and is cherished by 
her loyal parishioners. Keenan's 
grandson Miles, 3, is one of the 
delights of her life — she visits him 
and her daughter Meghan and hus- 
band Tyler in Seattle often. Sean 
Kelsey, Keenan's 23 yr old son, just 
finished a tour with the army in 
Hawaii (happily) and is now living 
near her and attending college. 
Keenan and I get together as often as 
we can: just had a golden weekend at 
my cabin and really caught up. We 
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with Susan and Jane last spring and 
are now busy planning our 60th birth- 
day celebrations next summer (facing 
the big one head on!) Keenan's e-mail: 

Fellow Cahtornian Randi Miles 
Long writes that she feels blessed to 
have so many opportunities to visit 
her family that is spread out far and 
wide. This summer she and Herb took 
son Kent and daughter Melissa and 
her three girls to Cape Cod for two 
weeks at a beach cottage near Randi's 
parents. Both Randi and Herb are very 
involved in their local church, leading 
20 Senior Highs on a mission trip to 
Denver in August, working there in 
food kitchens and recovery centers 
under the auspices of Project Door. 
Randi had a fun visit from Sharon 
Price Quill and husband Jim in April. 
I love having Randi nearby: she and 
Herb will join up with George and me 
in Italy this Fall. I'm counting on 
Randi's being our museum tour 
guide! Randi's e-mail: 

A news clipping sent to SBC 
brought word that Kathy Carroll 
Mathewson has accepted a call as 
associate rector at St. Timothy's 
Episcopal Church on Signal Mountain, 
Tenn. Kathy has certainly made use of 
her religion major! The article 
revealed that she has been a woman 
of many talents: teacher, designer and 
marketer of children's clothes, historic 
tour guide, and partner in her hus- 
band's consulting business! She and 
Dave have two grown daughters and 
one grandson. It's fun to know that we 
have four ministers among our class- 
mates: Keenan. Harriette Horsey 
Sturgis. Makanah Dunham Morriss 
and Kathy. Maybe there are more of 
you out there — let us know! From 
Atlanta Lee Mackubin Miller writes 
that with her nest empty most of the 
time she is enjoying becoming more 
involved in her church, focusing on 
involvement with the mentally-dis- 
abled and homeless, especially loving 
advocacy work . She and her husband 
have put moving back to Virginia on 
the back burner for awhile, as Lee 
feels she has too much she enjoys 
doing there in Atlanta Lee's e-mail: 

"Life has been good to us," writes 
Marty Spangenberg Moore from 
Wichita, KS. She and John Eddy just 
celebrated their 37th wedding anniver- 
sary, are enjoying their four grandchil- 
dren and time at their home on Grand 
Lake, in Oklahoma. John Eddy has 
just been elected Lt. Governor of 
Kansas as well as Secretary of 
Commerce and Marty reports that he 
loves it! Busy days! Peggy Gillmer 
Myers brought me the first news that 
the Briar Patch had burned down! (I 
hear plans are already underway to 
rebuild it!) Peggy is teaching high 
school in Amherst Co. Sammy is rais- 

ing beef cattle. Sarah has an export 
business in Lexington. Henry is an 
engineer for a construction company, 
and Cinda is an editor in 
Charlottesville, and has just made 
Peggy a grandmother! Youngest 
daughter Ginny just graduated from 
college and will teach overseas for a 
year. Peggy's e-mail: 

It was grand having Jane Nelson 
at our mini-reunion last Spring in 
Little Rock. And Keenan and I try to 
get her out west for her "California 
Fix' as often as we can! Jane loves her 
job in Richmond as Assistant to the 
Pastor of Westminster Canterbury 
Retirement Community. Reunions with 
her niece and nephew and their chil- 
dren are a huge joy in Jane's life. One 
of the summer's highlights was when 
she hosted a gathering of 25 family 
and friends at the Nelson home in 
Culpeper Andrea Pearson 
Pennington has worked as Court 
Referee at the Strickland Youth Center 
in Mobile for 21 years and now, as 
she thinks about retirement, she 
shares that this is a "weird time of 
life." Perhaps many of us are feeling 
that same way: we can't imagine not 
being busy, and so where shall we 
focus our energies? She has worked 
so long indoors dealing with human 
misery that she now wants to do 
something outdoors and focus on the 
beauty of life. She is open for sugges- 
tions! Andrea's husband Al is an attor- 
ney in private practice, oldest daugh- 
ter Katy working in Washington, DC. 
for PE4Life. which focuses on keeping 
PE in schools and rec centers. 
Youngest, Anna, will be a junior at the 
U. of Alabama. The whole family went 
to Paris last summer and Andrea got 
to go to Rio de Janeiro as well! 


From Richmond, Cherry Brown 
Peters writes that life is busy and 
happy. She still works for Sun Trust, 
but Charles is retired and they travel 
as much as they can: Italy this Fall! 
Cherry very kindly shared the sad 
news that our classmate Bettie 
Russell Jarmusch passed away from 
cancer in June. Not many people out- 
side of her circle in Hilton Head knew 
of her illness. Anyone wishing to write 
to Bettie's family should contact the 
Alumnae Office. It is always such hard 
news to receive when we lose a class- 
mate Cherry's e-mail: 

It was great to hear from Diana 
Simrell Savory, who lives in Goshen. 
Ct. and is in her 22nd year of teaching 
botany, math and geometry in a 
nearby Montessori school. Husband 
Phillip also teaches there Both 
Diana's daughters are now out of col- 
lege When she wrote her message. 
Diana was leaving for a week-long 
silent retreat, an annual gift to herself 

Sounds like a wonderful gift to me!! 
Diana's e-mail: 

Jane Utley Stickler's life sounds 
full and busy in Atlanta, though she 
says she is still trying to find her 
niche in the working world. She man- 
ages a small commercial real estate 
office, is a Doncaster clothing rep, 
loves her involvement in Christ 
Church, enioys tennis, takes ballet, 
step, and sculpting classes when 
she's not traveling to visit one of her 
two daughters living in Georgia: one a 
pediatrician with 3 children in 
Augusta, the other a chemical engi- 
neer with Merck in Albany. Summer 
fun included a trip to Lake Tahoe in an 
antique car for the Pierce-Arrow 
show! Jane confides that quite hon- 
estly she would " just like to marry 
someone with an oil well and get on 
with life — traveling, entertaining and 
loving my friends and family." So. 
classmates, keep your eyes open for 
this guy and call Jane!! Jane's e-mail: 

A new first granddaughter is the 
delight of Harriet Horsey Sturges's 
life these days. Harriette reports that 
she has also just finished the Level III 
training for the Catechesis of the 
Good Shepherd, a Christian Formation 
program for children 3-12. She has 
spent over 30 years now in Christian 
education and would love to tell any- 
one about it. Much of her work has 
been with the Hispanic community on 
a daily basis. One of the year's high- 
lights was sabbatical time spent at a 
Maine cottage on Cape Rosier. 
Harriette invites anybody coming 
through NC who wants to get off of 
I85 or I95 and come to Louisburg to 
just give her a call! Harriette's e-mail: A promo- 
tion at Georgetown to Director of 
Student Organizations is exciting 
news from Martha Madden Swanson! 
Husband David works at Georgetown 
too, as Assistant Athletic Director 
Their son and daughter-in-law still 
happy with home and work. Daughter 
Sarah has moved from London to 
NYC after 3 years, getting a Masters 
in Arts Management and working in 
theatre. Martha and David loved their 
trips to visit her in England. You can 
e-mail Martha at: swansonm@georoe- Rab Willis Thompson's life 
sounds happy and full. Since her 
remarriage to George Thompson two 
years ago. she divides her time 
between VA and SC She has resigned 
from her college teaching job. with 
some sadness, she reports, but has 
been so busy that she has had little 
time to miss it! Three grandchildren in 
New Orleans of her daughter's and 
two of her son's in SC keep her hop- 
ping. Rab continues to love her work 
on the Board of SBC Somehow she 
still finds time to be MFH of the 
Whiskey Road Hounds and hopes 
some Sweet Briar horsewomen will 

come ride with her! 

You can e-mail Rab that you are 

Her career as a Licenced Specialist 
in School Psychology has been very 
rewarding for Linn Rumsey Vincent. 
She also finds time for church activi- 
ties and the Theta Antique Show in 
Dallas. Son Ken received his BA in '02 
from U. Va. where he v/as a PhiPsi. Of 
course Linn used this opportunity to 
zip over to SBC! Ken starts a master's 
program at the Bush School of Public 
Affairs at Texas A & M this fall. Says 
his mother: "Tough for a Texas Ex to 
have an Aggie!" Linn's e-mail: ken- 

It was exciting to learn that Anne 
Newton Walther has just completed 
the sequel to her A Time lor Treason 
(an historical fiction novel about the 
American Revolution, available at Her new novel Loss of 
Innocence is about the French 
Revolution. She is in search of an 
eager agent and publisher right now! 
Congratulations. Anne! Her son has 
two children. Mason and Jack, and 
her daughter has just presented Anne 
with a grandson, "Aiden." Anne and 
Roger are now in the process of buy- 
ing Napa Valley's AM and FM radio 
stations! "Life continues to unfold in 
wonderful ways." as Anne describes 
it Courtenay Sands Wilson is just 
beginning to experience the empty 
nest for the first time: son Alex is a 
freshman at Rollins and Stuart a sen- 
ior at boarding school in the Boston 
area. Both are still home often on 
weekends with friends and dirty laun- 
dry! Courtenay serves on the Board of 
Directors at Stratford Hall Plantation 
in Virginia, so she travels from 
Jacksonville to Virginia several times 
a year and loves to catch up with 
classmates. You can e-mail Courtenay 

I feel as though I've had a per- 
sonal visit with each of you as I've 
done these notes! Thanks so much 
for writing in and sharing your 
thoughts— it's certainly been inspiring 
to me to hear what each of you is 
thinking and planning at this stage of 
our lives. And thank-you, too. for 
expressing your appreciation about 
my doing the notes I've loved it But I 
want to ask a special favor for Keenan 
and me: we would be happy to 
resume being class secretaries in a 
couple of years, but right now we 
need a short sabbatical and would 
appreciate one or two of you taking 
this on for us. It's really fun. and you 
can each take a year, that way it's 
easy. So let us know if you'd like to do 
this for us. Thanks in advance I feel 
very happy about all the blessings in 
my life — "all the lids are on the pots" 
this week, as they say! Our year-old 
grandson Aidan in San Diego is such 
a joy, I was unprepared for that tidal 
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held him. Wow! My son Brennan and 
wife Kristin will bring him up for 
Christmas! I've so enjoyed having my 
daughter Hadley and husband Dan liv- 
ing nearby in San Francisco — what a 
treat. My youngest, Lucy, is studying 
Biology at Humboldt State University 
in northern California, so I get to see 
her often too. George and I spend 
much time at our cabin in the Gold 
Country, love to fly fish, hike and ski 
up there. I teach creative writing in the 
elementary schools here, part-time, 
and am trying to do some writing of 
my own. when the garden doesn't lure 
me away! Sending all of you love and 
best wishes for a wonderful year 
ahead! Please urge our classmates 
who aren't represented here to write 
in next year!! My e- 


Toots (Diane) Dalton 
1014 N. Astor St., Apt. 43 
Milwaukee, Wl 53202 

Hello to the Class of '67! 
Remember that you need to send me 
your news for the magazine — you 
won't be receiving the annual post- 
cards anymore, so be sure to keep in 
touch. If I have your email address, I'll 
email you reminders! Here's the news 
from those who responded to my 
most recent email. Vicky Baker spent 
January in India on a Freeman grant, 
advising three of her top anthropology 
students on their individual projects. 
These included indigenous medicine 
in Southern India, Hindu pilgrim sites, 
and urban environmental issues. Barb 
Tillman Kelley writes, "I actually have 
some news. Unusual for me since my 
news hasn't changed for 25 years! I 
am retiring from the B'ham Board of 
Education and the B'ham Museum of 
Art all at one time! It's fun retiring, 
like getting married — people throw 
you parties! I have the summer off — 
first in a long time and then I begin 
my new job as Director of Education 
for the Vulcan Park foundation— a 
new museum is being built to go 
along with the largest cast-iron statue 
in the world, Vulcan, on top of the 
mountain that overlooks all of B'ham. 
He's our symbol and has been reno- 
vated (he's almost 100 yrs old) and 
will be placed back on his pedestal 
atop the mountain next month. I love 
to be on the ground floor of things and 
do start up, so I am excited — plus — I 
can practically walk to work! 
Everything else fine here — I journeyed 
to Phila to my 40th reunion from HS— 
hadn't seen these folks in 40 yrs but it 
was lots of fun. Also got to visit with 
my 7 month old twin nephews who 
are adorable. Of course, I am more like 
a grandmother than an aunt! David 
doing well— maybe will actually finish 
college this fall! Darcy finished second 
yr of vet school and doing great. Trey 

will be a senior at Millsaps and plays 
varsity soccer and doing well too. 
Julie Bodin Converse writes that she's 
in between parents (her mother and 
mother-in-law) and children. Mark, the 
oldest, is married with no children but 
she's hoping. They're in Bristol, TN. 
Chris is lawyering in Dallas, working 
his tail off, dating a sweet girl and has 
bought a house. Julie's still working 
very part time in an interior designer's 
office and has taken up painting. 
George has retired and seems to be 
obsessed with fishing. They visited 
Melissa Sanders Thomas and Boyce 
in Atlanta to celebrate Boyce's birth- 
day. Julie reports that they looked 
great and their grandchildren are keep- 
ing them busy and young. Maria 
Wigglesworth Hemmings made 
Dean's List last semester at Nursing 
School. She volunteers as an EMT so 
emergency medicine interests her, 
"Now that I know I can look at other 
people's blood. Not mine though." Jeff 
holds the family together: both daugh- 
ters are out of the nest. Anne gradu- 
ated from Hamilton in May and Emery 
is in SF, but by the time this comes 
out, she may be back in Jackson. 
Maria's been trying to learn to play 
golf for several years but playing 2 or 
3 times a summer doesn't do it. She 
also makes semi regular trips back to 
KY to see her 89 year old father. Mary 
Cary Ambler maintains her busy 
schedule working as a learning spe- 
cialist by day with a small private prac- 
tice at night. This summer she's run- 
ning and teaching 2 writing seminars. 
Son, John is a producer of Hannity 
and Colms at Fox News. The war pro- 
duced overnight filming sessions, and 
he receives nothing extra for that time. 
"Oh, to be young again." He is trying 
to finish Columbia Journalism. 
Jaquelin is completing her junior year 
at BU majoring in communications. 
"Do you see a family gene here?" She 
wants to go into public relations. She 
has a boyfriend who does cool things 
like play in a band and produce shows. 
She's adopted two shelter cats who 
have taken quickly to royalty. I saw 
Mary Cary while in NYC for a theater 
meeting and am glad to report that she 
looks great. She said that she'd heard 
from Linda Fife that one of her sons 
was married this spring. Page Munroe 
Renger says that she would love to 
send exciting information, but hasn't 
done anything outstanding. As Class 
Secretary, I disagree because she 
responded! She went to the 
Charleston, SC Home and Garden 
Tour. "Twas chilly but the rain held off 
for us." She went to Myrtle Beach for 
the long Easter Weekend, and hopes 
to catch up soon with Lindsay and 
Mac whom she hasn't seen since late 
fall Gretchen Billiard Barber and 
David went to Switzerland, Italian 
Riviera and France to visit their daugh- 
ter who works in Geneva. Kat 

Bernhardt Chase writes, "Alison is 
graduating from Holy Cross Regional 
School in June and will be in the 
Honors Program at Elon U in NC. 
Older daughter, Leslie, finishes her BA 
in Theater and her elementary certifi- 
cation at SBC in 04. She is planning 
on going on for the new MAT which 
will mean one more year. Leslie's little 
boy will be three this year; he is great 
fun. Bob is busy incorporating real 
world experiences in his computer sci- 
ence classes and is working with some 
UVA Med School people on the use of 
palm pilots to track chronic condi- 
tions. I am retiring from teaching and 
administration this June. I will con- 
tinue my Parish Nursing and will begin 
the process to become a certified 
mediator." Carroll Randolph Barr 
doesn't know when she'll ever retire 
because she loves Blessed Sacrament 
Huguenot and finds great satisfaction 
and gratification in her job. Angus is in 
Davidson, NC working for Husqvarna 
in their warehouse — putting in many 
and long hours but reasonably happy 
and they are quite proud of him and 
his work ethic. Michael is still in NYC 
with Prudential in equity research. 
Carroll and Mike (her first husband) 
are still together in the midst of some 
remodeling with the back of the house 
in plastic and winter returning — she 
feels like a Pioneer lady hauling wood 
and trying to stay dry and warm. They 
had a great time at the Bruce 
Springsteen concert in Richmond, and 
then, Pam Jones Brown '66's son 
Jeffrey persuaded them to go to Las 
Vegas for Celine Dion's opening night 
show. She enjoyed being "Gramma 
Carroll" when niece Elizabeth gave 
birth to her second son in Davidson, 
NC. She spent a week with them, and 
since Angus lives in an apt. behind 
their house, she got to spend some 
quality time with him as well. They are 
off to Ml for the summer and hope to 
return home to a completely remod- 
eled house. We all send our sympathy 
to Kim Waters Keriakos Her husband, 
Van died this spring. Kim said, "He 
really fought the good fight... the 
bravest and most gracious man!" 
Those of us who met Van at Reunions 
would certainly agree. 


Mrs. James Oetmer (Lynne Gardner) 
148 Jefferson's Hundred 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 

Martha Bennett Pritchett writes: 
"Hello, I am getting along much better 
than I was. I have quit my math teach- 
ing job that was horrible. I felt like I 
was verbally abused 3 of 5 days a 
week for 4 hours each day by rude 
teenagers. Of course I was given the 
worst classes. I stayed in it too long. I 
was driving to Roxboro to do it. 
Anyway, I have quit. 
I am going to go into business with 

my friend at Hilton Head as a manu- 
facturer's rep for Nils skiwear. She 
called three days after I quit my job 
not knowing I had quit. Guess the 
dear Lord opened that window. The 
job will require that I do some 
travel. ..most of which is in the fall of 
next year with a trip to CA and then 
one to Las Vegas. I will be responsible 
for stores in MD. D.C., VA, NC, AL, 
TN. I will need to go visit the larger 
accounts. I will also keep my fingers 
in real estate somehow and maybe do 
a little decorating. I know people just 
about everywhere I am to go so we 
shall see." 

Martha continues, "Poston just got 
into Stanford. He also likes Princeton 
and will visit Auburn also. Elizabeth 
just turned in her early decision appli- 
cation to U.Va. Leslie has been 
accepted to go to Australia with Elon 
next semester, and Hartwell is still try- 
ing to get into NASCAR and may go to 
'graduate school' to learn to build a 
race car." 

Lesley Bissell Hoopes writes: "Much 
to their delight, Toby and Lesley have 
both kids on the East coast for the 
moment, as Bud moved from San 
Diego to New York in August. Wanting 
his own space, he has migrated to the 
West Side, and in November became 
the Tour Desk Coordinator of the 
Hilton Hotel's Hilton Club. Elliott con- 
tinues to enjoy Washington, D.C., and 
recently moved into a townhouse 
north of Georgetown with three 
friends. Since April she has been at 
the National Museum of Women in the 
Arts, working for the Director of 
Administration and Special Events. I 
spent a fabulous week in June with 
my mother and twelve others at a 
country estate west of London touring 
private gardens and being wined and 
dined by their owners. This was fol- 
lowed by four incredibly luxurious 
days on board the Royal Scotsman. 
For his holiday Toby chose another 
form of conveyance — a boat (sur- 
prise!). With a crew of friends he 
raced to Bermuda on Palawan, scor- 
ing a "hat-trick": 1st to finish in the 
Cruising Division; 1st on corrected 
time in both division and class. The 
NY Yacht Club was equally successful. 
We all send best wishes to you, and 
may 2003 bring us a more peaceful 

Laura Campbell Walker. Head of 
School of Palmer Trinity School in 
Miami, FL, is president of the National 
Association of Episcopal Schools 
Governing Board. Laura is an execu- 
tive committee member of the 
Diocesan Schools of Southeast 
Florida, a board member of both the 
Dade Association of Academic Non- 
Public Schools and the University of 
Miami Law School Center for Ethics 
and Public Service. Laura is a lay 
reader and chalice bearer at St. 
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Gables, where she and her husband. 
William, are members She volunteers 
at the Homeless Assistance Center. 
Since 1974, Laura has been a member 
of Beaux Arts of the Lowe Art 
Museum at the University of Miami. A 
member of the Junior League of 
Miami since 1975, Laura has served 
as its Vice President for Personnel 
and Training, Corresponding Secretary 
and Nominating Committee Chairman 

Suzanne Edinger Boas is plug- 
ging along." ( See her update below.) 

Lynne Gardner Detmer. your 
enthusiastic class secretary, finally 
replaced both decrepit knees this 
January... bilateral total knee replace- 
ment! Wait till the airports hear those 
buzzers go off! I'm doing really well, 
with rapid rehabilitation. I am so 
happy that I did both of them at once. 
Give me a jingle if you want input on 
the process. ..not nearly as awful as I 
thought it would be. I walk almost 
normally after only two months; I 
stand straight again, and I move with- 
out pain. It's wonderful. Other news is 
that Jim and I spend much more time 
at the farm, which my twin brother 
and I co-own in the Adirondacks. 
We'll be there all summer again this 

I continue with my lewelry busi- 
ness and with singing. Jim is the 
state-wide computer coordinator for 
AARP's Tax Aide program. Daughter 
Cammy is pregnant with my first 
grandchild (Jim has two girls and two 
boys already), due in September. Son 
Steve has moved back to the east 
coast from Salt Lake City, and we are 
delighted to see more of him. It has 
been a busy year for us, with lots of 
exciting changes. 

Anne Hinshaw Vanderweil reports 
the "same old, same old. I just do 
what I want." She sounds happy and 
busy. Anne probably will be unable to 
come to reunion because of her son's 
21st birthday Mary Carlisle 
Humelsine Norment recently retired 
after many years at Colonial 
Williamsburg. She and Tom are mov- 
ing a mile away in a few months 
Their daughter will be married this 
coming fall, 03 Their son is 23. She 
wonders where Debby Byrne 
Cluverius, her roommate senior year, 
is Blair Lawrence writes (in 
February). " Everything is covered 
with snow in Warrenton. as it has 
been for a month! We have truly had 
winter this year! And I ache from 
shoveling, so it's nice to have an 
excuse to sit I'd really like to be on an 
island about now with my toes in the 
sand. ...alas! Life doesn't change much 
here — isn't boring but certainly 
uneventful. Bobby continues to prac- 
tice law. mostly estate work, which he 
enjoys. I volunteer for a couple of his- 
toric preservation organizations, 
which I enjoy. Neither of our sons is 
married (sad for us) but are happy 

and love their careers. The only com- 
munication with my classmates is 
through Christmas cards, which does- 
n't seem enough. Every now and then 
we do get down to SBC and always 
have a wonderful time The alumnae 
colleges are excellent. That's about the 
extent of my excitement." 

Suzanne Little sometimes sees 
Lorna Allen Sorley in Houston, where 
she has lived since '93. Suzanne got 
her master's in accounting in 2000. 
She lives 5 minutes from work, where 
she does accounting for a small secu- 
rity firm. She says "Life is good", and 
she is hoping to come to reunion Ibby 
Sartor Harden married in 1988. Her 
husband is a pilot with NETJET, flying 
Gulf Streams. They spent 7 1/2 years in 
Saudi Arabia, leaving there for the Iraq 
war. She has not been back to reunion 
yet, but watched her niece graduate 
from SBC in '99. Ibby has been living 
near Beaufort, SC. for the past seven 
years Emmy Savage has lived in 
Chestertown, MD, since 1998. She 
loves it in that beautiful area, where 
she and her son. John (16), go kayak- 
ing on both the river and Chesapeake 
Bay. In January '03 she got her 30th 
reunion "wish for the next 5 years" by 
starting commuting to a studio in 
Easton where she can pursue her work 
as an artist. In June '02 she had a suc- 
cessful show of her pastels and water- 
colors in Chestertown. Emmy works at 
a pain management clinic in Dover. DE, 
and has her own small practice in 
Chestertown. She spent a summer 
recently studying Spanish at 
Middlebury, and then went to Cuba in 
November '02 with her "amazing" 
father, who earned his masters in 
Spanish at the age of 80. 

Susan Somerville Menson is 
enjoying redoing her parents' condo- 
minium and restoring their antique 
furniture. She is hoping to repeat her 
wonderful trip to France last year with 
two dozen women friends. Last year 
the group spent two weeks in Paris. 
This year they will go to the Riviera. 
Nice, and the Cote d'Azure. Susan vis- 
ited SBC on the way back from a golf- 
ing expedition to Pinehurst. Tricia 
Sparks Lyndon manages her hus- 
band's law office. As she says, retire- 
ment is not in his vocabulary." They 
both stay busy with "fun things" too. 
Dede Spielman Johnston is in special 
education testing. She "has wonderful 
memories of SBC". After her one year 
with us, Dede went to Northwestern 
and then got her master's degree at 
Duke She has been living in 
Wilmington. DE. since 1971 Dede is 
sorry she cannot make it to reunion 
She has a long-planned birthday party 
for her sister (the big 5-0) that week- 
end. She writes. "Greetings from 
Wilmington Thank you for not giving 
up on me. I so enjoy hearing every- 
one's news! I continue to love my 
work with children and families with 

special needs; currently as an 
Educational Consultant. My husband 
John (we will be married 35 years in 
September 2003!) continues his law 
practice at Morris Nichols Arsht and 
Tunnell Our children are grown; son 
Zach graduated last June from 
Northwestern and works for a con- 
sulting firm in Chicago, and our 
daughter Caroline is a junior at Yale 
majoring in English. My best to all. I 
have fond memories of my special 
SBC friends." 

Amy Thompson McCandless had 
an adventurous year, judging by the 
wonderful Christmas pictures she and 
Peter sent. They were in Edinburgh. 
Scotland, and Brussels, Belgium; and 
visited Amy's father's WWII Division 
Memorial in Norwich, England. Carol 
Vontz Miller and her husband bought 
a house in St. Helena. CA. just outside 
of Napa. With her husband in the wine 
business, they get out there fre- 
quently. She has been taking care of 
her parents recently during her 
father's terminal illness, and her 
mother's broken hip. 

Cecilia Williamson Grinstead will 
be unable to come to reunion. Her 
"baby" is graduating from Davidson 
that weekend. 

Notes submitted tor June 1, 2003 

Those of us who came to reunion 
had a wonderful time, in spite of the 
almost unrelenting rain! The weather 
gave us more time together, but less 
time to enjoy Sweet Briar's beautiful 
campus. We were seven: Amanda 
(Julie) deColigny Francie 
deSaussure Meade Sallie Massie 
Rankin Jennie Lyons Fogarty Celia 
Newburg Steingold Martha Bennett 
and Lynne Gardner Detmer We know 
what we look like. ..what do you look 
like? Make certain to come to our 
40th Reunion!!! 

Barbara Baur Dunlap writes. 
Hate to miss seeing so many won- 
derful girls- now slightly moved along 
in years. We are in the middle of mov- 
ing from our home of 16 years and 
figuring out a remodel of the new 
place. We are going to see Boots 
graduate from some kind of infantry 
training at Fort Bennmg the end of 
May and have a speaking engagement 
in Florida in early May and Baby 
Clara's christening the middle of May! 
Whew. I'm tired thinking about it. 
Please give everyone my love. 

Cecilia Bryant: "I was so pleased 
to see your email address in the SBC 
winter booklet How sad it is that let- 
ter writing is a lost art. but plus la 
change. It is VERY commendable that 
you have been the class secretary so 
faithfully for so many years Hang in 
there. I enioyed seeing you at the 25th 
reunion and regret that I will not be 
able to see you again at the 35th. 
Hard to believe we are definitely now 
the old (not )ust older) generation 

Again, plus la change. No news. Just 
wanted to wish you well. 

Katey Buster "My last five years 
have been very rewarding to me, liv- 
ing here in glorious Aspen, Colorado 
where the sun shines most days of 
the year. I must say that I have an 
"alternative lifestyle" compared to 
most of my classmates, trying to live 
a life of simplicity and meaning. I am 
a professional "housesitter" and live 
most of the year in a spacious Aspen 
home at the edge of the mountains, as 
the owners are seldom here. My part- 
time "career" is that of a Naturalist 
and Hiking and Snowshoe Guide for 
many "tourists" who come here to 
enjoy the great mountain scenery. My 
"off-season" consists of many months 
on my family's horse farm near 
Lexington, Kentucky, numerous trips 
to the desert of southeastern Utah as 
well as mountain climbing excursions. 
In 1999, I summited Washington 
State's Mt. Rainier which has been 
called the "hardest endurance climb in 
the lower 48 states". Seeking one 
more mountaineering adventure. I 
traveled this past September to 
Chamonix. France and summited 
Mont Blanc, the highest peak in east- 
ern Europe and the Alps. I also trav- 
eled to Zermatt, Switzerland where I 
hiked for four days under the shadow 
of the mighty Matterhorn and sum- 
mited another 4000 meter peak. I doc- 
umented all of this in an educational 
slide show which I have presented six 
times, both publicly and privately. 
What makes me happy are people 
who try to be good stewards of this 
beautiful planet upon which we live. 
What makes me sad is the tendency 
of human beings to make war with 
each other instead of making peace. 
Hopefully in the future. I can use my 
talents to greater advantage in making 
a difference in protecting the environ- 

I wish all my classmates the very 
best, and always read the class notes 
in the Alumnae Magazine. Lynne you 
have done a spectacular |ob in collect- 
ing all the various "stories" from our 
classmates and reporting them to us. 
May all of us who have "survived" 
life's myriad of events, enjoy many 
more years on this lovely Mother 

Helen Butler Cato Thank you 
for keeping in touch We had really 
hoped to be coming to reunion, but 
my baby' is graduating so that puts 
paid to that idea. Please remember me 
to any of our classmates and do point 
out that I can be reached by letter, 
phone or e-mail and would very much 
like to catch up with classmates. 

There's a lifetime of news. It feels 
good to be in touch. Mostly I am 
eager for news of our class of whom I 
have often thought over the years I 
spent the years 1969-1994 out of the 
country mostly in England. I married 

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and had three children in England. 
Divorced and re-married and gained 
three more children. It is a good fam- 
ily and although there are now 6 chil- 
dren in England and one here we 
manage to stay a family quite well. My 
husband, Michael has 7 grandchildren 
whom I share with him in delight. We 
went to England for a week to meet 
the newest granddaughter in April. We 
feel very fortunate to have such a 
large and supportive family. My 
youngest. Emily, came with us when 
we moved to Massachusetts in 1994. 
She is about to graduate from 
Champlain College, her third college. 
She will graduate Summa Cum Laude 
and was chosen to be Student of the 
Year. She even has a job to go to this 
summer and so we are very pleased 
for and proud of her. My son. Ben, is 
working in London hoping to take his 
Mechanical Engineering degree into 
creating sustainable buildings. He has 
been committed to alternative energy 
since the age of ten. Lesley my eldest 
is working for London University in 
their Overseas Program which 
involves travel and development of the 
program. I have worked over the 
years in radio, in Ottawa and in 
London. After having children, I 
worked for myself, teaching 
dance/yoga to children, running a 
catering business and in selling cater- 
ing equipment. None of which had I 
any particular qualifications for doing. 
For the last 16 years I have been 
working in special education which I 
love and which seems to be the area 
that Emily will pursue along with more 
formal qualifications than I ever 
achieved. Michael retired from his 
family business when we moved here 
and has been pursuing a lifelong 
interest in art, sailing and, lately, 
ocean rowing. Both of us are involved 
in our local Unitarian Universalist 
church which this summer will take us 
to Transylvania, the original home of 
Unitarianism. More by luck than 
design, we have found ourselves with 
two good communities, our town and 
our church. We are able to get to 
England usually twice a year and may 
return there one day. I know that I will 
need to then ensure that l visit here at 
least twice a year. It was not my idea 
to leave England but I am very glad to 
have had the opportunity to be an 
American at home again. Michael and 
I did visit Sweet Briar on our way to a 
conference and I enjoy reading about 
the school and its continued suc- 
cesses. I was saddened to read about 
the death of Miss Muncie whom I felt 
had been an important mentor for me. 
I am sorry that my reconnection with 
Sweet Briar did not lead to discover- 
ing that she was in Providence, Rl, 
until her death. I shall be sending 
something to the fund in her memory. 
Do please let me have some news of 
you and do please encourage others 

to contact me. I know that all our lives 
are full of family, friends and various 
employments but I have always hoped 
that the SBC experience could be con- 
tinued. Thank you again and I shall 
think of you all on the reunion week- 

Suzanne Edinger Boas writes, 
"Thanks for nudging me to send you 
news for our class reunion scrapbook. 
I have a very busy May and June so I 
will not see you at the reunion. I do so 
appreciate all that you have done to 
keep up communication with our 
classmates. I know everyone who 
returns to Sweet Briar this May will 
have a lovely time. 

Here's a quick summary of what's 
been going on in my life: First, and 
most importantly, I remain in love 
with the same wonderful guy that I 
met in my senior year at SBC. We 
were married shortly after he gradu- 
ated from UVA law school in 1970. 
We still both feel so fortunate to have 
found each other 35 years ago. Our 
life together has been richly blessed. 

Rob and I have two children- 
Taylor, age 26 and Heidi, age 23. They 
are wonderful young people who con- 
tinue to bring great joy to our lives. 
The both graduated from Stanford 
which means that we spent much of 
the last decade traveling to California 
every chance we got. 

Taylor is currently pursuing a Ph. 
D. in political science at the University 
of California at Berkeley; a book he 
co-authored on the Internet's impact 
on closed regimes was released this 
January and has been featured in The 
Economist and on NPR. Heidi has 
been working in Washington, D.C. 
since graduation. She is a John 
Gardner fellow at a legal clinic for 
refugee women seeking asylum in this 
country from gender persecution. She 
hopes to spend next year in Africa and 
then to go to law school. She shares 
your love for classical music and has 
studied voice since she was in high 
school. Rob retired from The Coca- 
Cola Company last year with the intent 
of doing all those things he put off 
while his legal career kept him so 
busy. As you might imagine, he is 
busier than ever! Currently, he is 
studying Italian, teaching at a local 
law school, tutoring English as a sec- 
ond language, chairing the board of a 
non-profit that does indigent criminal 
defense, and serving on four other 
non profit boards. 

As for me, I am still enjoying my 
career immensely. For the last eleven 
years I have run a non-profit credit 
counseling service with offices in 
Georgia and Florida. I have a terrific 
staff that allows me the opportunity to 
be very involved in various volunteer 
endeavors. I currently serve on the 
Board of Directors of the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Fannie Mae's 
National Advisory Council, the Vestry 

of our church, the Board of Directors 
of the National Foundation of Credit 
Counseling and the board of an 
organization that runs therapeutic 
group homes for abused and neg- 
lected children throughout our city. I 
find these opportunities to work 
closely with such a wide variety of tal- 
ented people to be very stimulating. 

As for my free time, I still love to 
read and five years ago organized a 
book club of women who share this 
passion. I also love to garden and 
arrange flowers. For several years I 
chaired our church's flower guild and 
this year, I am heading up a flower 
festival that we are having in conjunc- 
tion with the 100th anniversary of our 

Rob and I also love to travel 
whenever we can. This year we are 
renting a manor house in Ireland with 
1 1 other couples and then going on a 
walking tour of the Cinque Terra 
region of Italy. 

I still enjoy good health as does 
Rob. We are hoping that we have our 
parents' genes. His dad (91) lives 
independently, driving and visiting his 
lady friend at night and my parents, 
both almost 89, still live in my family 
home in Kentucky and travel to Florida 
each winter. We feel so blessed to still 
have three of our four parents in our 

I suppose there is no way that I 
could have foreseen in 1968 how full 
my life would be. My very best wishes 
to all those who return for the 
reunion. Suzanne 

PS. My email address is You can 
see a picture of me and get an idea of 
the work I do if you go to www.ccc- . 

Libby Harvey Fitzgerald writes, 
"Thanks for connecting with all of 
us. Unfortunately I cannot attend 
reunion, but trust that the Class of '68 
will uphold our rowdy reputation! 
John & I are leaving shortly after that 
date for 3 weeks in Australia. We are 
attending the Rotary International 
Convention in Brisbane, Australia 
(G'day!) along with vacation along the 
Great Barrier Reef and in Sydney. 

News: In July I will start my year 
as President of the Rotary Club of 
Petaluma Valley ... a true honor and 
adventure! For those of you familiar 
with Rotary, you know that this is the 
largest and most extraordinary service 
club in the world. In addition to many 
local community projects, our club is 
currently involved with international 
projects in Vietnam. Mexico, and 
Belize, as well as hosting a Rotary 
Youth Exchange student from France. 
Because of Rotary International's 
efforts in coordination with WHO, 
Rotary will eradicate polio from the 
face of the earth by 2005. There are 
still some children to be immunized in 
small pockets of Africa, India, 

Pakistan. I clearly remember Ludy 
Bloundon's battle with polio when we 
were young, so this makes me feel 
especially good. 

Other news: John and I recently 
celebrated our 3rd annual honeymoon 
... aka 2nd wedding anniversary. 
Guess we'll never catch up to you old 
timers that we admire!" 

Nancy Hickox Wright: " Lynne-lt 
was so much fun being with you and 
Jim the other weekend! My father also 
had a great time and really enjoyed 
your mom. We often have one of his 
friends join us for Sunday dinner and 
your mom will certainly be one of the 
gang, although we will have to entice 
her to the dining room because we 
usually have dinner there. Your note 
to our class about returning to SBC 
was great. I can't get over the majors 
that are available and the obvious 
heightened maturity in the students 
now. By sophomore year, most of 
them really need to have a fairly 
coherent idea of where they want to 
go in life after graduation. I will be 
thinking of all of you during reunion 
and feeling very homesick. Every 
reunion that I have had to miss has 
always brought the same sad feelings- 
we just have the best group of women 
in that class. Have a grand time! Lots 
of love. 

Anne Kinsey Dinan writes, "I 
won't be able to attend the coming 
Reunion as our daughter Kinsey's 
June 21 wedding is the family priority 
this year. I'm particularly looking for- 
ward to the mixing of the Dinan and 
Kinsey clans for the first time since 
Terry and I were married. It will be a 
great eye-opener for the two sets of 
first cousins (4 Virginians and 5 New 
Englanders) who've never met. 

In response to your latest email, I 
am currently buried in wedding 
details, but the dress part was easy: 
Kinsey's wearing my 1969 wedding 
dress which is very exciting as well as 
nostalgic for me. We have removed 
the sleeves, shortened the front 3 
inches and moved all the buttons 
down the back; it now looks as 
though it was made for my petite 5'5" 

We Dinans celebrated 2000 by 
traveling, at last, to Dinan, France. It's 
a beautiful, nearly extant medieval 
town that was literally the gateway to 
Brittany in 1100. The town became 
quite rich collecting tolls on all boat 
and bridge travel between Normandy 
and Brittany for several hundred 
years. We also stayed overnight at 
Mont-Saint-Michel (a dream since Ms. 
Firm's History of Art classes) and with 
friends in Rouen, visiting Omaha 
Beach, the American Cemetery. St. Lo 
and Caen. 

Terry is back in school full-time, 
earning a degree in teaching so he can 
take his hospitality industry/culinary 
arts experience and skills and "retire" 

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to a day job in the classroom. He's 
definitely enjoying the challenge and 
the change. As for me, I plan to put 
up with my job for a few more years 
and then head for a golf course. 
Meanwhile I'm still enjoying writing 
and illustrating unpublished ABC 
books. Long-term goals include mov- 
ing to Virginia and perhaps reading 
my books to grandchildren someday! 
Have a ball in May . . . 

Frances Kirven Morse: Thanks 
for the update on SBC! Really sounds 
like they continue to offer new and 
innovative programs! (and I guess 
they just can't let go of the horse 

I feel guilty about not sending you 
anything for the scrapbook! In light of 
the time factor. I'm sending you the 
Christmas letter and photo card that 
we sent out in December. It catches 
everybody up on our big life change 
and move to CA! It's not perfect, but 
it's better than nothing! 

I'll miss the reunion. ..tell everyone 
hello. ..and that I have plenty of wrin- 
kles. but am managing to keep up 
with the gray hairs by pulling them 
out with tweezers! Don't know how 
long this procedure will last — I can 
just hope the volume doesn't 
increase! I have had a couple of close 
nibbles on a part-time job, but nothing 
has quite panned out. ..frustrating to 
say the least! Looking forward to 
hearing about the reunion. Keep in 

Chris Kulczycki Murray: "I cannot 
attend the reunion because my 
younger daughter (H.S. junior) will be 
going through AP exams then and I 
just can't leave her then. Are many 
people coming? Do you remember 
Alicia Glass? She left a message 
recently that she had relocated to NYC 
and was thinking about going to the 
reunion. Will call her tomorrow. Funny 
thing: last Saturday at a wedding I 
was chatting with the husband of a 
friend who said he had dated an SBC 
girl while he was at Princeton (Jennie 
Lyons Fogarty) and asked if I knew 
her— and Frannie Bonney and some- 
one else. I said sure. This sent me to 
our senior yearbook to look everyone 
up. Now that I live in Westchester 
(Harrison, right next to Rye where I 
noticed you came from — had forgot- 
ten this) places like New Canaan, 
Darien. Stamford, Pelham, Bedford 
and Chappaqua make sense to me. 
Were you aware that so many class- 
mates were from your neck of the 
woods? Where did you live in Rye? I 
am calling SBC to make a reunion 
donation and will mail you a pic — am 
not yet digital. I believe that Francie 
deSaussure has the youngest child of 
anyone in the class, but I probably 
come in second with a 17 year old in 
high school (and college freshman). Is 
this correct? It's hard to believe that 
many classmates are grandparents 

already— Yikes! Maybe we should 
publish a class e-mail list. All the 

Penny Oliver Hawkins writes: 
"Lynne, thank you for gathering the 
class information. I regret that I will 
be unable to attend the reunion. I am 
still in Evergreen, Colorado, my home 
for over 32 years. My family remains 
in Colorado. My son, Miles 
Buckingham, is an assistant District 
Attorney in Durango. Colorado. My 
daughter Liz and her husband, 
Christian, live in Denver. They were 
married at the cottage on Lake 
Michigan in September of 2002. It 
was a lively and wonderful celebration 
bringing together their friends from 
around the world. Chris is no longer 
sailing professionally and will regain 
his amateur status in another 14 
months. He is working for the 
Colorado professional soccer team, 
the Rapids. Liz is with a Gannett TV 
station in Denver in the 
marketing/sales department. They 
moved from Chicago immediately 
prior to their wedding. 

I left my "power" or should I say 
"stressful" position with US Bank after 
many years in the Commercial Real 
Estate Lending Division in 2000. I 
joined a wonderful low key regional 
bank in Evergreen. My commute has 
been shortened by two hours a day 
and I still enjoy working with my best 
10 clients and mentoring young bright 
bankers. I have implemented my 
retirement strategy and it is working. I 
am prioritizing!! 

Carl and I spend as much time as 
we can at our log home in Montana. 
We are 20 minutes north of the North 
Entrance to Yellowstone. The trout 
fishing is excellent just outside our 
door on Mill Creek. We travel as time 
permits. I must admit I am "into" spas 
and take four-day weekends visiting 
various spas frequently with friends. I 
enjoy maintaining contact with many 
SBC friends We Colorado gals. (Lizzy 
Miller Green and I) recently enter- 
tained Libby Harvey Fitzgerald and 
Lorna Allen Sorley We also joined 
Suzanne Little for Libby s wedding in 
California. Libby and Suzanne also 
met us in Montana. 

My best to everyone in the class 
of 1968 I do wish that I could be 
there to share this special time." 
Penny Oliver Hawkins, 145 Columbine 
Lane.Evergreen, CO 80439, 

Amy Thompson McCandless "I 
confess I'm one of those people who 
have been "meaning" to send you 
photos but haven't I'm in the middle 
of exams, am on the search commit- 
tee to choose a new International 
Office Director (who will report to 
me), and have a SC Historical Society 
Board meeting this afternoon, but I 
can send you some email photos 
(most of these I sent with our 

Christmas card). To my great delight, 
I'll be in the U.K. again this summer 
teaching a class on Royal Britain." 


Ms. Nancy Crawford Bent 
14 Oopping Brook Road 
Sherborn, MA 01770-1049 


Mrs. Nia Eldridge Eaton 
461 Rittenhouse Blvd 
Jeffersonville, PA 19403 

Myriad of apologies for lateness in 
getting this out — if the news is stale 
email or mail me post haste and I'll 
try to get the news in. Laptop willing 
we won't have these issues again. 
Thirty-three years out of SBC and 
what a fascinating, diversified 
group— read on Candace Buker 
Chang is still administering family and 
children's services in Boston... a job 
made even more challenging in this 
economy Jo Shaw Robinson joined 
her for a snorkeling vacation to the 
Virgin Islands — so much fun they've 
re-booked for next winter. This sum- 
mer she took both parents, one of her 
daughters and 4 nieces and nephews 
to Alaska — a gift her father's commu- 
nity gave him when he retired. 
Candace's sister and mother of 7 died 
of cancer after Christmas. Two of the 
children are still in high school so 
Candace is a frequent flyer to 
Charlotte to support them. Of her own 
brood. Jeannie is a Special Ed admin 
in Fairfax VA and Sonia teaches closer 
to home in Lynn. MA Claudia 
Forman Pleasants writes from 
Virginia about her busy life in real 
estate and serving on several boards 
including Johns Hopkins graduate real 
estate board. Her son, Ross, gradu- 
ated from UVA in 2002 and her 7 year 
old daughter lights up her life Claudia 
and her family escape to their 
Cumberland MD log cabin and fishing 
trips to Ontario Claudia re-connected 
with Tauna Urban Durand who is 
teaching pre-school in St Louis and 
enjoying her sons and grandchildren. 

Jane Gott wrote that she joined 
Barbara Offutt Mathieson and 
Candace Buker Chang at Laura 
Sickman Baksa's home in Cape Cod 
in the summer of 2002 for a mini- 
reunion As we would imagine. 
Laura's home is filled with art and 
music Jane is promoting Plavix and 
Ambien and spends her leisure paint- 
ing in water colors and oils. She gar- 
dens and lifts weights to take on the 
next decade 1 Fran Griffith Laserson 
loves her work as VP Corporate 
Communications for Moody's and cre- 
ated a community involvement pro- 
gram for the corporation taking 
advantage of all her years of volunteer 
work. She is president of the Moody's 

Foundation and trustee of NYU 
Downtown Hospital and Prep for Prep 
Tenley. Princeton grad of 2002. 
teaches Latin and Galen is in the class 
of 2006 She sees a lot of Pal 
Swinney Kaufmann and Mary Jane 
Hipp Brock. 

Connie Haskell started a practice 
in Arlington MA as an Energy Healing 
Practitioner— a gentle form of hands- 
on healing that she studied for 4 
years. Laura Hawkins Brady reflects, 
after 33 years post SBC. life has been 
interesting if not more harrowing with 
a 16 yr old son. 4 cats and a husband. 
Louise Hayman does communica- 
tions for Maryland's office of 
Comptroller. After 31 years in the 
same house. Louise is marshalling her 
forces to move across town. Her 
daughter gets married in October but 
expects to remain in the Annapolis 
area. You can find Louise on the 
Severn River with the Annapolis row- 
ing club. She is in touch with Barbara 
Waters Larson in Montgomery 
Alabama who heads up Alabama's 
leadership program. Kathy Hendricks 
embarked on a major renovation proj- 
ect enriching her contractor. Her eld- 
est son is at Sewanee and Kathy is 
raising S24 M for her younger son's 
school... amazing! Joanne Hicks 
Roblee surfaced! After wandering the 
world with the military, Joanne and 
Paul landed in Atlanta over a decade 
ago. She is principal of the Morris 
Brandon Elementary School in North 
Atlanta. Clay and Jessica are off on 
their own and Joanne and Paul are 
loving every minute of the empty nest. 
Sue Holbrook Daly and Skip should 
be grandparents by the time you read 
this. Sue is in real estate and trains 
their new agents. She is also a volun- 
teer chaplain at INOVA Alexandria 

Deb Jones is still a road warrior 
by week and enjoying summer week- 
ends on the coast of Maine. Next May 
they break ground on a house and 
when John retires the following 
Spring they'll be there for good! Elsa 
Jones Forter's son is in the DoJ Anti 
Trust Division chasing down white- 
collar criminals with Kale Schlech 
Her daughter is in grad school study- 
ing International Relations at the 
University of Chicago 

Becky Keister's oldest daughter. 
Kitty, is going to Sweet Briar this 
fall — seduced by the riding program. 
She has a junior and sophomore in 
high school Becky and Jane Rush 
Davenport both work at Montag and 
Caldwell Molly Carrison and Corbin 
Rankin came in from Atlanta for 
Becky's husband's surprise party 

Kitty Litchfield Seale is flourish- 
ing in Montgomery. Turner is married 
and an attorney and daughter Kate 
understudies Kitty's job as director of 
Alabama Dance Theatre. Turner Sr 
has a boat they escape to at Orange 

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Winter 2004 • 63 

Beach AL and their home on Lake 

Kim Mitchell Bethea's daughter 
Emily attends the University of 
Wisconsin-Madison. Since finishing 
her Ph.D in Educational Technology. 
Kim works as an IS Manager and has 
started a company, Agatha, to "help 
other people and businesses unravel 
the mysteries of the web" through 
education, research, documentation 
and web site reviews. David's work 
takes them on the road to St 
Petersburg, Cologne and Hamburg, 
Germany where he presented papers. 
They also took their first cruise ever 
through the Caribbean and were so 
smitten they are looking to try Alaska 
or Cabo San Lucas next. Kim pro- 
posed a reunion cruise, pick a date a 
year away and see who shows up! 
She is still very active in Jr. League of 
Madison and would love to link up 
with other Leaguers! Denise Mullen 
is Vice Dean of the Corcoran College 
of Art and Design in DC. Barbara 
Offutt Mathieson has retired as 
English professor at Southern Oregon 
University. As much as she loved her 
work, her bout with breast cancer 2 
years ago convinced her that life was 
too short to consume in work. She 
relishes having almost no plans but 
expects to devote more time to her 
Zen meditation, husband and garden. 
Good reminder to all of us to stop and 
smell the roses while we still can. 

Bonnie Palmer McCloskey is a 
very enthusiastic member of SBC's 
board. She is very impressed with the 
direction of the college and the quality 
of the students; this is in addition to 
numerous boards and charitable 
organizations. The last of the children 
are off to college and her sons have 
formed a band and are touring. Mary 
Jo Petree Murphy announces Frank 
changed careers after 30 years with a 
law firm to become Executive Vice 
President and General Counsel of 
Krispy Kreme Donuts. "Some people 
will do anything to feed their sweet 
tooth!" Mary Elizabeth is an attorney, 
married and living in Colorado, Will is 
a graphic designer in Atlanta and Jay 
is a recording engineer in Chapel Hill. 
The Murphys retreat to their Kiawah 
Island vacation house to escape and 
enjoy their coffee and Krispy Kremes. 
Kathy Pottertield is still a manager at 
the Charleston Area Medical Center. 
She lost 90 pounds, had both knees 
replaced and has a new lease on life. 
You go girl! 

Betty Rau Santandrea is ever 
busy in Clifton NY. Sara is director of 
outdoor programs at Lawrenceville. 
Matt took a semester abroad in Bolivia 
and eldest son David is a TV editor in 
NYC Mardane Rebentisch McLemore 
reports of the tough duty of having to 
fly to Hawaii to visit their Naval 
Academy graduate son and his wife 
and baby to be! Her other son is mar- 

ried and lives in Richmond — they are 
both attorneys. Her daughter has 
graduated from high school so they 
will be empty nesters. Kate Schlech 
writes "I have no idea where the last 
year has gone — funny that time has 
sped up as we slow down. I can 
remember my mom complaining 
about it years ago and thought she 
was nuts. Now I look in the mirror 
and see her face staring out. Oy vay! 
Kate's signature sense of humor is 
still in full display. Dept. of Justice 
AntiTrust Division has her on the 
move busting trusts. ..usually in the 
boonies or the unlovely major indus- 
trial centers like Indy, Detroit or 
Newark. The bright spot in her travels 
is San Diego where sister, brother and 
a niece live. She's on loan part-time to 
Criminal Division's Fraud Section 
working on a San Diego based tele- 
marketing/securities matter. Look out 

Sally Taylor writes from San 
Francisco that she is trading her peri- 
patetic life as a correspondent for 
Publisher's Weekly for a peripatetic 
life on boats. Racing in San Francisco 
Bay, bareboat chartering for cruises in 
various locales— Sacramento River, 
coast of France, Hawaii and Belize... 
we should get Sally to make Kim's 
reunion cruise notion a reality! 

Debbie Warren Rommel still 
teaches kindergarten in Houston but 
she and Ross have renovated a little 
house in the Texas Hill Country "eas- 
ing their way out of Houston." Their 
daughter is at CU in Boulder giving 
Debbie the opportunity to catch up 
with Lucy Lombardi Evans. Sarah 
Watson is in charge of the children's 
collections at the library in Omaha and 
conducts the occasional story time. 
She was off to Toronto for the annual 
Library Association conference in the 
midst of the SARs outbreak— if quar- 
antined she figured she could nip into 
the latest Harry Potter! She moved 
her mom into a senior center last year 
so she has people around. At 83, she 
seems pretty spry. She and Sarah ride 
their horses at least once a week!! 
Sarah has also undertaken the project 
of coordinating the design and needle- 
pointing of the altar kneelers for their 
church. Monumental project they 
hope to have completed for church's 
150th anniversary in 2006. 

I remain busy as an alliances man- 
ager for FileNet Corporation. The com- 
pany sent me to Rome and Florence 
as part of President's Club. It was an 
amazing trip, fabulous tours. We were 
slated to go in April but the war forced 
a postponement until July. The heat 
was brutal but it saved me money. 
Who wants to try on those scrump- 
tious leather jackets when you are 
wilting in the 95-degree heat! I was 
one of the street people caught in the 
NY Blackout. Surreal experience, 
Broadway dark, following the lights of 

cell phones as we made our way to 
Penn Station. My 83 yr old mother is 
still active breeding and showing her 
boxer dogs. She needs hip replace- 
ment surgery but doesn't have time to 
get it done. My 2 boxers keep me 
busy and I never seem to get enough 
time to enjoy my condo at Bethany 
Beach DE Terri Eoff Walsh was in PA 
a year ago for a class and we really 
took advantage of the evenings to 
catch up... it was a very special time. 
Seize the joy of life! 


Mrs. Vaughn A. Meglan (Miriam 

9021 Mountainberry Circle 
Frederick, MD 21702 

Hello Class of 71 ! It was great to 
receive news from our class members 
and I am pleased to be able to share 
their updates with you. However, 
before launching into the updates, 
Barbara Brand passed along some 
sad news. "I was stunned and deeply 
saddened to learn of the death of our 
classmate Caroyln Rusch Von Endt. 
She was one of the small group of us 
who went to Florence in the fall of 
1969. 1 remember so vividly the life- 
changing moment when she discov- 
ered her life's work in art conservation 
while we were there. Her career at the 
Smithsonian was one that many SBC 
graduates ought to emulate, since she 
persevered to become the head of a 
premier conservation laboratory in the 
nation. I was so very proud of her — 
she was modest about her accom- 
plishments, but it had taken a lot of 
courage and confidence for her to 
achieve those goals. At least we who 
were her friends in House #1 had the 
chance to visit with her at our 30th 
reunion two years ago. I will sincerely 
miss her." I also received notification 
from Sweet Briar regarding the death 
of Dr. Patricia Schwalm on November 
29, 2002, after several weeks' hospi- 
talization. The following website 
provides us with insight into Patricia's 
amazing life after Sweet Briar. 

On an uplifting note. Susan 
Sellers Ewing was featured in the 
Richmond Times Dispatch on 
November 28, 2002. The Richmond 
Christmas Mother Fund, created in 
1935, provides needy children and 
families with toys, clothing, food and 
other assistance during the holidays. 
Susan was named the "2002 
Richmond Christmas Mother" which 
involves visiting area businesses, 
schools, civic organizations and asso- 
ciations to accept donations for the 

And now, on to the updates... 

Kathleen Pegues: "I've had a 
good teaching year and John and I are 
now empty nesters. Emily is in 
Alexandria working as an art historian 

and has just produced her 4th exhibi- 
tion guide. Adam graduates from the . 
Naval Academy on May 23. He is the 
Executive Officer of the Brigade (#2 
leadership position) so he has been 
VERY busy with his studies, applying 
to grad school, flying, as well as the 
XO stuff. We have rented a house in 
Annapolis for Commissioning Week 
and have a motorcoach rented to 
bring local friends to the celebration, j 
He will go for his master's in engi- 
neering at UVA (they're paying — 
yippee!) and then to flight school in 
Pensacola. This summer, he'll be the 
naval attache to Madrid and then have 
an immersion study at the University 
of Salamanca. Emily will go to Spain 
for her vacation while he's there and 
hook up with friends from her junior 
year abroad. John and I will probably 
just stay home and garden and per- 
haps visit California. Usually, we head 
to Cape Cod but since the kids are 
scattered, we might do something dif- 

Barbara Brand fills us in on her 
life after Sweet Briar. "I was employed 
as a museum administrator in 
Annapolis, Md., from 1975, and even 
wrote a few articles and presented a 
few scholarly papers over the years. 
Got a master's in art history 
(American Architecture) from GW in 
1978. Very happily married since 
1984. No children, but several cats. I 
was "asked to leave" in 1992 after 17 
years in the same position, and 
became a museum consultant until I 
discovered I had no heart for it. 
Received a Research Fellowship from 
the Winterthur Museum in 1994. In 
1997, 1 was briefly Interim Director of 
the Historical Society of Frederick 
County (MD)— I enjoyed that a lot, but 
they wanted me to take the job per- 
manently, and I declined, thank you. 
We moved to Southern Pennsylvania 
in 1993 and I have spent the bulk of 
my time since then trying (single- 
handedly) to restore this c.1815 stone 
farmhouse. I have also been occasion- 
ally writing grants, and researching 
historic properties for National 
Register nominations (NOT lucrative. I 
promise you!). I am a Shaklee 
Distributor (Coordinator) and recently 
started volunteering at the local library 
and Lions Club. Life really IS good 
here in southern Pennsylvania." 

Beverly Van Zandt: "All is going i 
very well — have finished chemo and I 
cancer related surgeries. Feel alive 
again and off and running. My oldest 
daughter, Beverly, has been in 
Belgium all year on a Rotary exchange 
program and has really thrived — a 
good growing experience before head- 
ing off to Wellesley next fall. Daughter 
Roberta is the sailor and has sailed in 
many more locations than I have. We 
merged our firm with another yacht 
brokerage this January and I am really 
pleased with the results — more good 

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people and more time off!! Please 
email me at . 
Would love to hear what everyone is 

Carol Foglesong: "Ventured north 
twice this winter: Baltimore in early 
December for my mom's 80th birth- 
day and end of February to DC for a 
professional meeting. Both times 
there was lots of snow and I recon- 
firmed my strongly held belief that I 
don't like SNOW! Still working for/at 
the Orange County Comptroller as 
recorder of deeds. Eric, 26, is cur- 
rently living with me while he seeks 
full time employment. Chris, 21, will 
be a mechanical engineering college 
senior in San Antonio this fall. Am 
considering selling the house as I just 
don't need this much room and yard 
work. Seemed like deja vu in mid- 
March when I spent an evening drink- 
ing wine with two other female 
friends. What did we discuss? 
Abortion rights, recent elections, a 
sexual harassment case tied to 
inequity in pay, and dislike for the 
then-pending war. It suddenly struck 
me: I'd had these very same conver- 
sations with female friends 30+ years 
ago. And that night we got to ponder- 
ing how it was that we were the ones 
being called to action again by a wide 
variety of assorted groups. Where 
were the younger women who 
should/could be taking our place? As 
you wrote Mim, the more things 
change, the more they stay the same." 

Alisa Yust Rowe: "In the next 
week or two, my first grandchild will 
be born! Richard and I just celebrated 
our 31st wedding anniversary and this 
year welcomes a grandson. Hope all is 
well with the Class of 71." 

Katherine Youell: "John and I are 
rattling around in an empty nest. Both 
kids are living and working in 
Richmond. While in Orlando visiting 
John's brother Bill, we drove over to 
Saint Pete to have brunch with Alice 
Meyer. She bought a charming turn of 
the century bungalow that she is in 
the process of restoring. Our lunch 
was scrumptious. Alice has a dog, 
Oscar, that they call "Oscar Meyer." A 
lovely visit and nice seeing a Sweet 
Briar friend." 

Lynne Manov Sprinsky and hus- 
band Bill remodeled the downstairs of 
their 1830s PA farmhouse last sum- 
mer and Lynne is thrilled with the 
kitchen of her dreams: overlooks the 
pool and the green hills beyond and 
gets loads of morning sunlight. Their 
son Matt (23) graduated Magna Cum 
Laude from Pennsylvania College of 
Technology in December 2002 with a 
B.S. in electronic engineering technol- 
ogy, and is now employed as 
Webmaster at Brodart, a textbook 
publishing concern in Avis, PA. Lynne 
spent the months of February, March 
and April 2003 studying dressage at 
the Reitinstitut von Neindorff in 

Karlsruhe, Germany and came home 
basking in the glow of Master von 
Meindorff's compliment that she now 
has a very good seat. Lynne is now 
starting to get acquainted with her 
new horse "Rufus". She also teaches 
dressage basics to a small but grow- 
ing group of students in PA, WV, and 
VA, which keeps her on the move. 
And she continues her Mary Kay 
Cosmetics business, now in its tenth 
year, and says that without the inspi- 
ration from her Mary Kay 'sisters' she 
wouldn't have had what it took to real- 
ize her dream of going to Germany. 

Barbara Payne writes, "I believe 
this is the first time I've ever submit- 
ted any news. Could it be because our 
second and last child went off to col- 
lege this year? Though I loved the 
childful years immensely and often 
feel bereft at the loss of it, and though 
the world situation troubles me 
deeply, I am happier now than I've 
ever been. (Someone said, "I've never 
felt older than I did in my 20's", and 
that was certainly true for me.) My 
husband. Jim Childress, and I just cel- 
ebrated our 25th wedding anniversary 
in Okefenokee Swamp and 
Cumberland Island, Georgia. We were 
surprised when people thought the 
venue strange— guess that's why 
we're together. Our daughter. Allie, 21, 
is graduating from Oberlin College 
this year. Her brother, Evan, 18, joined 
her there this year. We have a place in 
the country near Charlottesville, where 
I've lived now for 30 years. I work at 
the Mew Dominion Bookshop down- 
town part-time, play the fiddle in an 
old-time band called the Blue Sky 
Girls, garden, read, do an exercise 
discipline called NIA, and feel 
immensely grateful for this life. I 
would love to see anyone who hap- 
pens through. My name is in the 

Sioux Greenwald writes, "Hope all 
is well on your end. Not sure if winter 
will ever end but one of these days.... 
Only silly news for this year is that I 
caught up with Wendy Weiss Smith 
last summer at Washington & Lee for 
a week-long seminar on "Cuisine and 
Culture." Great fun, even if I do eat 
out most of the time. W&L does a 
great job with Special Programs dur- 
ing the summer — I recall that SBC is 
running some programs too. Wonder 
if they will do any using science, ecol- 
ogy, conservation themes one of these 
years. May need to make something 
up for the August news deadline!" 

Well, it is official ... Comer 
Schmoeller has changed her name to 
Kate Comer Diehl. She is "still work- 
ing in the insurance industry with 
California Select Insurance Agency in 
Sacramento. Genna and her husband 
Matteo are still living and working in 
Brussels, but they're expecting them 
to move back to the US in the next 12 
months. Justin was tenured this 

year— this is only his 3rd year teach- 
ing in Mission Viejo but I guess there 
is incentive to hold on to 8th grade 
science teachers! Life is great. Bought 
a second home near Yosemite — better 
investment than the stock market 
these days! Haven't seen any class- 
mates, but I'm hoping to make the 
next reunion! Looking forward to see- 
ing everyone's news!" 

Marilyn Boyd Silar has been living 
in Richmond, VA for the past ten 
years with husband Vaughn and Matt 
the Cat, and is selling Long Term Care 
Insurance for General Electric 

Anne Wiglesworth Mufioz "All is 
well here in Salt Lake City. Maya (21) 
is home for the summer but we won't 
be seeing much of her since she is 
taking a full year of Physics (in 1 2 
weeks) and is involved in a full-time 
pre-med program (research and MCAT 
prep) at the University of Utah. Aliria 
(18) graduates from high school June 
6 and will be attending Hartwick 
College in Oneonta, NY next fall on 
water polo and academic scholar- 
ships. Her team just won the state title 
in water polo and she was named 
state MVP. She goes to Florida for 
national tryouts Memorial Day week- 
end and to Russia to play polo in July. 
Milton's parents are coming from 
Colombia for a visit June 5-25. Better 
practice my Spanish. Life is a bit hec- 
tic but fun." 

Ann S. Oates— "All is well here. 
We just returned from a wonderful 2 
weeks in Hawaii where we met up 
with our son, T.K. Ill who lives and 
works in Tokyo, and our daughter 
Alison, (SBC '99) who lives and works 
in Boston." 

Just in from Jacque Penny is a 
note entitled "moved — yup again," 
with news that she's between gigs and 
is now living in St. Petersburg, FL. 
"...came to St. Pete to visit Alice 
Meyer who moved here last year — 
loved what I saw— found a great place 
to live — right near Alice and I am 
happy — not sure what I will do — look- 
ing for work and enjoying my time 
off — am in touch with SBC — want to 
get an alumnae club going here!!" 

As for me, there is little new to 
report. This spring, Vaughn and I 
attended an Alumnae College weekend 
seminar at Sweet Briar. We had a 
great time, and I particularly enjoyed 
the opportunity to meet and spend 
some time with Kathy Pegues' lovely 
daughter, Emily. I left feeling grateful 
for the tireless and creative leadership 
of President Betsy Muhlenfeld during 
this especially difficult economic 

Additional notes submitted 
September 1, 2003: 

As always, it is exciting to receive 
news from our class members and it 
iS with pleasure that I share their 
news with you Maggie (Mather) 

Feldmeier writes, "Here's what's new 
with us in Central NY! We moved in 
November to a house on the lake in 
Cazenovia (a village east of 
Syracuse) — we had had a summer 
cottage on the lake and decided that 
having 2 houses 15 minutes apart 
with no children home didn't make 
sense so sold both cottage and house 
in Manlius and bought this one. 
Despite moving in just in time for one 
of the snowiest winters on record, we 
love having the lake out our window 
all year long and even took up x-coun- 
try skiing on it this year! Work-wise, 
am still with The Carlisle Collection— I 
sold my Carlisle selling business but 
continue to work for the company in 
training/merchandising — as a result I 
am traveling about half of each 
month, mostly to the Big Apple where 
corporate headquarters are. Our girls 
are well— Kate has just finished her 
4th year of teaching in inner city 
Washington, DC and amazingly con- 
tinues to love it— she is currently with 
an Edison Project charter school. Julie 
just graduated from Brown University 
and is currently among the many col- 
lege graduates unemployed! She's 
been interviewing in magazine journal- 
ism and hopes to get an internship in 
that field. Had a bad scare this win- 
ter — in December had a tooth prob- 
lem which led to a CAT scan which 
showed I had a brain aneurysm— for- 
tunately it wasn't leaking and I was 
able to get into a neurosurgeon in 
Buffalo who specializes in treating 
endovascularly (via angiogram) rather 
than surgical craniotomy— so my 
aneurysm is now full of tiny coils 
instead of blood and thus should not 
pose a threat. I continue to monitor 
with angiograms but feel great and 
vastly relieved." From Nesi Wisell 
O'Connor: "Jim and I have had quite 
an exciting (?) year. Our company is 
growing, and we are working on a 
patent for a financial strategy we have 
developed. We have been renovating 
our home since last September (with 
a brief break for the holidays). It is 
amazing how long things can take. 
The portion begun in February is still 
not completed, and we have more to 
do after that. In the midst of this dis- 
aster we decided we needed more 
office space. Another nightmare. They 
didn't even give us a thermostat 
(oversight) and the air is iffy. Not 
great for Florida in the summer. We 
hope to have that settled soon to 
move. Leaving for Scotland for the 
month of August." "We're perking 
along here in Summit, NJ," says Anne 
Milbank Mell. "I'm still working for a 
child/adolescent psychiatrist and John 
for Citibank. The children are doing 
great. Meredith is marketing for 
Fidelity Investments in Boston. John 
just graduated from UVA in May. 
deciding to pursue other interests 
rather than mechanical engineering, 

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and Caitlin will be returning to Miami 
University of Ohio for her second 

Mimi Fahs and her partner 
Elizabeth Thompson just became the 
proud owners of a new Catalina 34 
yacht, and named her "Gone With the 
Wind." Many trips are planned from 
their summer home in Orient, NY to 
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The 
New England coastal waters are beau- 
tiful and have some of the best sailing 
in the world. Says Mimi, "We love 
approaching these guaint harbors by 
sea, rather than off 1-95! Son Craig, 
now 12, is a master at the compli- 
cated state-of-the-art navigation 
equipment. Any SBC sailors out 
there? Give me a call!" 

Barbara Apruzzese Robson shares 
these updates: "I have been teaching 
meditation (TM) and yoga for 30 plus 
years. I also teach Ayurved, an ancient 
Vedic health care approach. I am mar- 
ried to a wonderful guy, graduate of 
Yale and MIT. He is partner in a 
Washington DC consultant company, 
called the EOP Group, and is 
President of Brainfingerprinting, a new 
company that many may have heard 
about (it has been covered on many 
TV and news shows: 60 minutes; 48 
Hours; CNN; Discovery; PBS is doing 
a documentary series next Spring, on 
Inventions of the 21 st Century that 
will change our lives, and is using 
Brainfingerprinting as the lead tech- 
nology). We live in Fairfield, Iowa (as 
you know). Fairfield boasts a 
University, which has a majority of 
professors with PhDs from Ivy League 
colleges. There are about 4,000 of us 
here from East and West coasts that 
practice TM. own thriving companies, 
and enjoy a heavenly life; one that is 
simple, stress-free, pollution free, traf- 
fic free, crime free, yet nonetheless 
filled with endless number of things to 
do socially. We have 18 +/- art gal- 
leries; 14 vegetarian restaurants 
(Italian, Thai, Indian, Chinese, delis, 
coffee houses, diners, Middle Eastern 
fare...). We have all kinds of concerts 
on the town square. My husband and 
I actually live in a new city called 
Vedic City, which is designed accord- 
ing to the principles of Staphatya Ved, 
ancient Vedic knowledge of architec- 
ture according to the laws of Nature 
(Feng Shui is a "descendent" of 
Staphatya Ved). Many articles are 
being written about Staphatya Ved and 
Vedic City." (The most recent article 
was in the May 2003 issue of Aquarius 
Magazine.) Libby Tyree-Taylor shares 
the following updates. "I have been liv- 
ing in Atherton CA (2 miles from 
Stanford, the San Francisco Bay area), 
for about 17 years, since moving here 
in 1973 with Jeannetle Bush Miller. It 
is my home now. I serve on a local 
School Board, and as an elected offi- 
cial have become more involved with 
politics. My daughter, Alexa, is a junior 

at University of Pennsylvania and my 
son, Lee, is in 10th grade. My hus- 
band Barry is a Venture Capitalist with 
offices in NYC and here — an exciting 
Silicon Valley/NY career. So I get to 
the east frequently, especially NYC. We 
are off to Europe for the month of 
August — London. Paris, a barge trip 
through Burgundy and then to 
Portugal. My parents live in Lexington 
VA and my niece is a freshman at 
W&L so I go there often, keeping VA 
on my mind. Cheers to you all." Susan 
Schmidt spent this summer in Maine 
and NC mountains, finishing a book on 
the Chesapeake Bay. She will teach in 
Carteret County. NC Outer Banks, this 
fall. Alisa Yust Rowe in Houston, 
Texas reports, "Our happy family news 
is that Richard and I became grand- 
parents of a darling little boy in April- 
John Patrick 'Jack' Kondritz. Time 
does fly— from Sweet Briar days to 
grandparent days in what seems like a 
blink!" Ann Shipper Oates writes that 
both of her children have now gradu- 
ated from college and are out on their 
own. Their son, T.K. Ill, is now 27 and 
lives and works in Tokyo. Alison is 
now 25. graduated from SBC in '99 
and lives and works in Boston. Ann's 
family just met in Hawaii for a vaca- 
tion. Ann was also kind enough to for- 
ward the following update from Jean 
Mackenzie Thatcher "My husband, 
Richard and I have a daughter 
Catherine Mackenzie Thatcher (Katie), 
age 13, 7th grade, and she has two 
step-brothers, James (24) and Rick 
(37). Katie plays lacrosse and sings 
and acts; James is leaving for France 
shortly for a 2nd year of teaching at 
University of Lyon. Richard has a firm 
on Wall Street, and I 'retired' a couple 
years ago from running the high-risk 
malpractice insurance pools in the 
State of NY. I did that and related stuff, 
running off-shore captive malpractice 
insurance companies and being in the 
reinsurance business for 30 years — 
great fun at times, lots of action, lots 
of travel abroad (particularly to tropical 
isles!) but time for a change, and to do 
some of the things I have never had 
time to do— like spend the summer at 
our family's house on Fishers Island 
without having to run back and forth 
to NYC. I stay rather busy as a director 
of several foundations, and Deputy 
Mayor of our Village. I see a number 
of 71'ers routinely — Allison Jones, 
Honey Hammer, Amanda Thrasher, 
and just talked to Charlene Reed (73) 
who is a great friend, as is Karen 
Hartnett (70) " Alice Meyer writes, "I 
am living in St. Petersburg, FL enjoy- 
ing all that FL has to offer. My daugh- 
ter, Bonnie, just graduated from 
College. She will be pursuing her MFA 
in pottery next year. I have switched 
careers again and am now working in 
clinical trials. I see Jacque Penny fre- 
quently. We took a trip down memory 
lane last night when we went to see 

Ringo Starr! It was great to see KJ 
and John Youell. who visited last win- 
ter." And, from Carolyn Walthall. "I 
have a new job. being the part-time 
administrator of a new youth leader- 
ship program for high school students 
on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. It 
is similar to the work I did for six 
years in nearby Mobile, but we have 
moved to the Eastern Shore of lower 
Alabama (ten minutes from my former 
home), so I am doing this program 
here. Julian is still a Presbyterian min- 
ister, and our sons. David and 
Claiborne, are grown men living away 
from home, one in Florence, Italy and 
the other in Washington, DC. With this 
part-time job I have time to do some 
other things of interest: yoga twice a 
week, serving on several boards, see- 
ing my mother and stepfather often as 
they and we 'age,' and keeping up with 
the schedules for those meds that 
keep the joints loose and the mind rel- 
atively sane!" Jan Pridmore shares 
that her Web site,, 
was selected as one of the 25 best ref- 
erence resources for 2003 by the New 
York Public Library. She says, "I'm 
continuing to maintain and expand the 
site, and hang out in my quiet (now 
there's an understatement!) little used 
and rare bookstore." Jan has also 
been traveling — New York. Santa Fe, 
and, in November, will go on a salsa 
cruise to Cuba Judy Brown Fletcher 
writes, "We just moved our daughter 
Katie to Athens, Georgia where she 
will begin a Masters in the History of 
Science and Technology at UGA. Right 
now she is thinking Visigoths, but that 
will probably change. As soon as our 
Will finishes his Masters at Texas A&M 
in Biological Oceanography (the dead 
zone in the Gulf of Mexico), he is 
going to join her and look for a job. 
Guess we'll be spending Thanksgiving 
in Georgia! I'm fighting proposed 
watershed drainage changes near the 
farm and attending too many early 
morning and late evening meetings in 
a county an hour away from home. 
Thank goodness for books on tape. 
The real excitement in my life is a 
Swissy puppy due to arrive from 
California in October. It will be fun to 
see how my 130 pound Swissy, 
Phoebe adjusts!" From Claire Kinnett 
Tate, "This finds me happy, well, and 
working very hard as the director of a 
new non-profit organization whose 
purpose is to ensure that all of the 
125,000 school-age (K-12) children of 
our county have access to high-quality 
programs and activities before school, 
after school, holidays, weekends, and 
during the summer. We are part of a 
national movement to keeps kids safe, 
increase academic achievement, and 
help working parents. This is my giv- 
ing back to our community after being 
privileged to stay home with my own 2 
children so they could be safe, have a 
healthy snack, play sports, have 

friends over, and take piano lessons! 
Meanwhile, my husband is suffering 
from total neglect! He is still a banker 
and newly a member of our State 
Board of Education in which capacity 
he spends 2 days a month in Raleigh 
and usually manages to have lunch 
with Margaret Highsmith Dickson, my 
SBC roommate and new state legisla- 
tor from Fayetteville! Daughter Bright 
is moving from Steamboat Springs to 
Jackson Hole. Son Austin is spending 
his junior year at Georgetown (where 
we visited with other roommate 
Michela English last year) with fall 
semester studying in Brazil and spring 
semester studying in Spain. At least 
when I am not working John and I will 
be on an airplane visiting one of our 
children in some very interesting 
place! How the time has flown since 
our years at SBC! I look forward to 
another reunion! Would welcome a 
call or a visit from any of you coming 
to Charlotte on business or pleasure." 
"Life in Shreveport is good," says 
Louise Jackson. "My new Trust 
Department that I started at 
BancorpSouth four years ago is thriv- 
ing. My three brothers and my eight 
nieces and nephews, aged 22 to ten 
days, are all here, so it is great fun. 
Actually, two of my brothers live so 
close around corners, that I can open 
my front door and yell at them!! Had 
two fabulous vacations this summer — 
in June to the South of France with 
one of my childhood friends, her hus- 
band, children, and her parents. It was 
hot then, but I'm thankful we were 
there in June! In July, had a memo- 
rable week at the Chautauqua 
Institution at Suzy and Nelson Helm's 
home — Suzy is Todd Moseley Brown's 
sister, and Todd and her husband Bill 
were also there. Nothing like SBC 
friendships." Carol Foglesong says. 
"I'm doing just fine. Busy as all get out 
at work, but that's really nothing new. | 
Youngest son Chris starts his senior 
year at Trinity University as a mechani- 1 
cal engineer, maybe going into the 
telecommunication field. Oldest son 
Eric is now a director of marketing for 
a sports event firm— and plans to 
move out (one more time) in 
September. I am going on a trip with ' 
my Mom in early December; this will 
be our 3rd trip in 3 years. We're going 
to Munich, Heidelberg, Strasbourg. 
Ulm. Rothenburg, and Nuremberg on 
what is billed as a Christmas tour. It 
will also be Mom's 81st birthday dur- ] 
ing that week. I've thought a bunch 
this year about selling the house and • 
moving into something smaller. The 
conclusion — as of now — is that I like 
where I am geographically and I like 
the layout of the house. I'm not sure I , 
want stairs, since I haven't been going 
up and down them for the last 18 
years, and I'm not sure how much 
closer I want neighbors to be. So, for I 
right now, I'm staying put — and that [ 

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means I have "sleepover room" for 
visitors." Katherine Jones Youell 

touched base with a number of class- 
mates: "Moco, (Maureen Conway) is 

a grandmother, granddaughter Reese 
is adorable. Moco and husband Denny 
have bought a summerhouse on 
Martha's Vineyard and will be spend- 
ing the whole month of August there. 
Betsy Proctor Jennings and Joe got 
fed up with Northern Virginia rat race 
and moved to Colorado Springs where 
Joe works for a defense contractor. 
Betsy landed a teaching job after a 45- 
minute interview. Alice Meyer is in St. 
Pete and her daughter Bonnie gradu- 
ated in Fine Arts and is a potter. 
Jacque Penny is also in St. Pete. Lisa 
Stevens and Shelby are still in 
Alexandria. Lisa is working for a law 
firm and Shelby is working for a 
defense company. Kathy Wilson Lamb 
and Rex are still in Atlanta, with 
daughter Marie a lawyer in DC and 
Kate doing marketing for a school in 
Atlanta. Rex is awaiting a turnaround 
in the economy for retirement. We are 
still in Chester, with both 'kids' finally 
out of school, however, Katie is talking 
up grad school (for the second time — 
she went one semester to the 
University of Baltimore) and Blanton is 
dating a first- year medical school 
cutie at University of Virginia." 


Ms. Jill Johnson 
2120 Bobbyber Drive 
Vienna VA 22182 

Miss Mary E. Heller 
3051 Idaho Avenue, #318 
Washington DC 20016-5733 


Mrs. Robert P. Gilpin (Louise Blakeslee) 
94 Centre Street 
Milton, MA 02186 


Ms. Edith McRee Bowles 
6925 McLean Park Manor Court 
McLean, VA 22101 


Miss Karin I. Lindgren 
124 Lakeview Avenue 
Lantana, FL 33462 

Hello to all. I am sure that it has 
been a busy and exciting year with 
milestone birthdays, anniversaries, 
children's weddings, travel. Any 
grands yet? It is with sadness that I 
report having received notification of 
the death of Ellen Winn Johnson in 
late Dec. 2002 or early January 2003. 
Her name was read at the Alumnae 

Memorial Service during Reunion in 
the spring. 

And now, your news: Anne 
Coggswell Burris says, "No real news 
on my end," but her e-mail says oth- 
erwise. Anne and husband Lon are 
down to just one at home, daughter 
Carrie, who is 16 and a junior in high 
school. Oldest son Scott graduated 
from SMU in May and now lives and 
works at Capitol Hill as a Legislative 
Correspondent for a local congress- 
man. Ben is a junior at SMU and Will 
is a sophomore at Wofford College. 
Anne adds, "I am still managing my 
barn and taking online courses in 
Equine Science from the University of 
Guelph in Canada. It is truly a fasci- 
nating way to learn. I occasionally get 
to ride but mostly play groom and 
helper to Carrie when she competes in 
events." Anne loves staying in touch 
with SBC friends via e-mail. "How did 
we ever live without it??" From Sandy, 
UT. Beverley Crispin Heflernan 
writes: "All is well at the Heffernan 
Hilton. ..(though as I write, we are in 
the fifth year of a drought, and tem- 
peratures constantly in the 100s the 
past couple of weeks...)." Husband 
Jim, an administrative law judge for 
the Department of the Interior, made a 
business trip to Alaska in July. Son 
Chris, 1 7, will be a senior this year at 
Juan Diego Catholic H.S., where he is 
the starting center and nose guard for 
the defending 2-A state football cham- 
pions. He is hoping to win a football 
scholarship to college. Beverley has 
just finished her second year working 
at the Bureau of Reclamation, where 
she was promoted in December to 
Environmental Group Chief, responsi- 
ble for compliance with a host of envi- 
ronmental and cultural resource laws, 
including the Endangered Species Act 
and the Clean Water Act. Beverley 
finds the work interesting and reward- 
ing. She comments: "I feel guilty 
when they pay me to go out and float 
down the Green River, or catch trout, 
or look for (and find!) dinosaur tracks, 
in the name of research!" Beverley 
and Jim traveled to Ireland last year. 
Their work schedules prevented a trip 
to Scotland this year. Instead, they are 
enjoying brief forays into the neigh- 
borhood for golf or sightseeing. With 
Snowbird and Alta twenty minutes 
from their home, they ski all winter. 
Beverley, who, as you undoubtedly 
recall, won numerous ribbons in 
equestrianism at Sweet Briar, still 
rides. She has three horses and 
enjoys trail rides, foxhunting and an 
occasional show. She continues to do 
volunteer work with her church and at 
Chris's school. She keeps in touch 
with Nancy Haight, Robin Singleton 
Cloyd, and Cynde Chatham These 
former roomies try to get together in 
Jackson's Hole, WY, every winter. In 
August. Beverley will be in Houston to 
celebrate her father's eightieth birth- 

day. I stop to catch my breath as 
Beverley concludes with, "I am glad 
they did away with the dreaded word 
limitations!" So am I, Beverley! I 
wouldn't want to miss a moment (a 
word) of this wonderful update on 
your life. From Dallas, TX, Marsha 
Decker Powers writes, "I moved to 
Dallas from Nashville two years ago 
when I joined Triad Hospitals. I miss 
Nashville hills, but am enjoying Dallas. 
I was diagnosed with breast cancer a 
few years ago and survived the 
chemotherapy, radiation, etc. and am 
doing great now. I just returned from 
an Alaskan cruise with family and 
friends and was awed by the beauty!" 
Marsha, we all wish you continued 
good health. (Marsha and I are class- 
mates two times over, since we both 
graduated from Fort Hunt HS in 
Alexandria, VA, before matriculating at 
SBC.) Mary Dubuque Desloge and 
family have moved to Mary's home 
state, Missouri. They live out in the 
country, about 35 miles from St. 
Louis. "The boys are away at school 
back in Connecticut," writes Mary, "so 
Chris and I and the dogs are holding 
down the fort." Mary sells real estate 
at Janet McAfee, Inc., where she 
worked before they moved to the East 
Coast. She has joined the board for 
Women's Safe House in St. Louis and 
is also active with the Midwest 
regional SBC Alumnae Association. "I 
see some trips to Virginia in the 
future," Mary says. (Fortunately, so do 
I!) Lisa Hall Isbell writes from 
Fairfax, VA, where her husband is pas- 
tor of a Presbyterian church. The 
church keeps both of them busy. Last 
fall, Lisa began working in the conser- 
vation lab at the National Air and 
Space Museum. "It is quite a change 
from art museums!" Lisa observes. 
She often visits her mother in Boca 
Raton, FL. Chris Hoefer Myers is still 
Senior Director of Development at 
USC. She says, "Coming under the 
heading of 'Everything that Goes 
Around Comes Around,' my daughter 
Aidan, at Duke, will spend her Junior 
fall semester in Italy, just as so many 
of us in the Class of '75 did. In late 
August, I'll accompany her to Italy and 
settle her into an apartment in 
Florence. When her semester ends, 
our whole family will travel in Italy for 
two weeks with her!" Shari 
Mendelson Gallery leads a hectic, but 
fun life in eastern WV. Son Matt just 
started third year at US Naval 
Academy and Nathan is beginning his 
sophomore year at Duquesne on an 
NROTC scholarship. Two future Navy 
officers! Twins Tory and Emily are 
sophomores in high school. "Having 
sent our Chilean exchange student 
home in July," Shari says, "we now 
have a 'daughter' from Thailand for the 
year." The house next door has been 
converted into Just Far Enough 
Getaway for short-term use by guests. 

Check out It 
is just 2 1/2 hours west of DC on US 
50. "So, any classmates looking for a 
nice escape. ..would love to welcome 
you." Shari continues, "Christmas 
trees continue to require attention, as 
do my travel guide advertisers around 
the state. Am director of local cham- 
ber, local visitors bureau, and local 
arts council when not working or 
chauffeuring kids. In July, the family 
did our ninth year at Common Ground 
on the Hill, a terrific music/arts camp 
in Westminster, MD, that I highly rec- 
ommend." Denise Montgomery cele- 
brated the Big 5-0 early by going to 
England aboard the QE II last October. 
The account of the crossing is so 
interesting that I must quote most of 
it:". ..I want to say that it was one of 
the best vacations that I ever had. In a 
time when the world is so full of trou- 
ble, it was nice to be somewhere that 
was cut off from it. ... The only 
reminder of the outside world came 
with eight page daily newspaper digest 
slipped under your door in the morn- 
ing along with the schedule of the 
day's events. There wasn't enough 
time in the day to do everything on 
board: attending lectures by world- 
renowned speakers, seeing recent 
movies, browsing in the library for 
answers to the daily quiz sheet (Gerry 
and I won a book for our efforts on the 
next to last day), taking tours of the 
ship's historical memorabilia, working 
out in the fitness room, lounging in 
the Jacuzzi on deck, going to the spa 
or to their beauty lectures, deck 
sports, shopping, gambling, bridge, 
trivial pursuit competitions (my team 
won two mornings running), music 
trivia contests in the bars (Gerry and I 
won one of those), dancing lessons 
and nightly entertainment. A highlight 
of the day was afternoon tea served in 
a large lounge at 4 PM: waitpersons 
circulated with trays of several kinds 
of sandwiches and pastries while 
some of the ship's musicians provided 
entertainment. It was a good thing we 
were at the second seating of dinner 
or we probably wouldn't have eaten 
dinner. The food was some of the best 
I have ever eaten anywhere, and was 
all the more wonderful for being rea- 
sonably sized portions, so you could 
eat several courses and not feel guilty 
or obscenely stuffed. They served a 
cheese course and they had a different 
flavor of homemade fruit sorbet every 
day. But Gerry says the most priceless 
experience at meals was the expres- 
sion on my face the first morning out 
when I ordered bacon for breakfast 
and the waiter replied, 'American, 
British, or Canadian?' ... I might also 
add that everyone who goes to Europe 
should have the experience of sailing 
there at least once. It's a return to a 
more civilized era where ladies 
dressed for dinner nightly, where gen- 
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where drunks politely pass out and are 
discreetly removed by the crew, where 
you can do as much or as little as you 
want, and that the people serving you 
make you feel like you're the only per- 
son that matters even though you're 
traveling in one of the cheaper cabins. 
And of course, there is the unforget- 
table thrill of sailing out of New York, 
past the towers of Manhattan and the 
Statue of Liberty while the fireboat 
accompanies the ship out of the har- 
bor. No transatlantic flight, not even 
first class, could compare." During the 
rest of the year, Denise made business 
trips to Philadelphia, Denver and 
Toronto. She also made her annual 
summer visit to a friend in New 
England and plans a trip to Japan next 
year. Denise's bio is in the 2002-2003 
edition of Who's Who of American 
Women. Denise has received news 
from former English professor Larry 
Noriega, who left SBC in 1975. He 
returned to school, got a nursing 
degree and now has a successful con- 
sulting business. The only snail-mail 
news I received came from Jeanie 
Peterson Laskey, who lives in Ohio. 
She enjoys reading the Class Notes in 
the magazine, even though she spent 
two years at SBC and transferred 
away. Along with the letter, I received a 
CD of superb music composed by 
husband Tom, a professional musi- 
cian. Thank you, Jeanie and Tom! I 
loved it. Jeanie has three children: one 
in college, a daughter who is a junior 
in high school and one toddler who 
turned four in May. "I became preg- 
nant while on hormone replacement at 
age 45!! But he is really a joy!" Jeanie 
exclaims. She ends her letter by 
remembering Harold Whiteman as 
"very effective and likeable." Ginny 
Snipe sends to all: "Greetings from 
Maryland. All is well here. Bought a 
new house not far from the old one 
and love it. Business is good with 
interest rates still low. Visited Roanoke 
College with Heather Gale, where her 
daughter Megan will be a freshman 
and my son Andrew will be a junior. 
How lives keep crossing paths!" Ginny 
visited Elaine Altice Saman and her 
husband in Boca Raton, FL. "They 
have a beautiful home and we shared 
lots of laughs! (and a lot of wine)." 
Ginny recently celebrated with former 
stepdaughter Carole, who just received 
her doctorate. Carole is an Associate 
Professor at Longwood. Son Scott still 
works for Ginny and goes to night 
school. He plans to attend Towson full 
time in the near future. From Gray 
Thomas Payne: "We are enjoying 
retirement in Camden, Maine. We 
spent most of the year renovating 
parts of our 'new' 1890 house. It has 
been a learning experience right down 
to snowshoes, mud season and lob- 
ster cooking. Tom does not miss work 
at all. Catherine loved her first year at 
Sewanee and is teaching kayaking in 

NC this summer. Thomas had a great 
first year at Woodberry Forest as a 
sophomore and has enjoyed sailing in 
Maine this summer." (I would love to 
go to Maine right now!) Carroll 
Waters Summerour sends this news 
from New Orleans: "The newlyweds, 
Patrick and Dana, my son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, are both teaching at 
Newman. Besides teaching middle 
school, he coaches girls' varsity soc- 
cer and she coaches the cheerleaders. 
William is an environmental engineer 
here in New Orleans and Kaki heads 
off to University of Georgia in Athens 
this fall. We will be empty nesters 
except for our golden retriever, Pax. 
Toby's still with the bank and I'm 
working part-time doing special events 
for the United Way. The old family 
home goes on market next week. Life 
is full!" Ann Wesley Ramsey tells us, 
"Not much news here." I find that hard 
to believe, Ann! Last son Garrett will 
be a freshman at UVa this fall. "As 
soon as we shut the door, we are 
going on a bike trip to France to cele- 
brate getting old and having an empty 
nest." We look forward to hearing all 
about your trip in the next edition of 
Class of 1975, Ann. I have just ended 
my annual summer visit with my folks, 
niece and nephew. This time, there 
was an addition to the family: an 
English Springer Spaniel named 
Harley. I have become addicted to the 
Internet and have no idea how I ever 
got along without e-mail. Without e- 
mail, I would have had only one or two 
submissions to the Class Notes this 
time. I e-mailed everyone I could in 
July and was able to increase contri- 
butions that way. I am now publishing 
my poetry online and have all but for- 
saken the tedious snail-mail submis- 
sion with return postage. You can see 
three of my poems at ne-plus- I will be in the upcoming 
issue of Apotheosis, the online journal 
of The Poetic Genius Society, which 
has its own website. I hope you are all 
still well. I love hearing from you! Best 
wishes, Kay 


Ms. Cheryl A. Lux 
Cobb Ranch 
P.O. Box 388 
Augusta MT 59410 


Mrs. Suzan M. Jagger (Suzan Faist) 
19 Bexley Court 
Goshen, CT 06756 


Mrs. John D. Kelley (Paula Brown) 
10617 Donovans Hill Drive 
Fairfax Station, VA 22039 

Ms. Janet Rakoczy 
10135 Glenmere Road 
Fairfax, VA 22032 

Last May, over 40 of us attended 
our 25th reunion! What a fun week- 
end it turned out to be! Without a 
doubt, one of the highlights was 
watching Eve Jackson London's won- 
derful movie. Apparently, Eve was 
quite a movie taker, during all four 
years at SBC. We all took a trip back 
in time as we watched so many famil- 
iar faces and events on the campus in 
the 70s. Thank you, Eve, for sharing 
your memories with us! Thanks also, 
to Becky Dane Evans, our new class 
president, for designing and ordering 
the reunion shirts for us and to all of 
the other classmates who worked 
behind the scenes to make our 
reunion so memorable! 

Kathy Jackson Howe had a great 
time at reunion and wishes to thank 
those who contributed at the last 
minute to the reunion fund. Our class 
reached the 25th reunion goal, thanks 
to many generous classmates. Kathy 
admits that she is feeling middle age, 
now, and ready to pull in the volunteer 
jobs and look for some of that "time" 
we all crave! Her second child, Khaki, 
graduated from high school and is fol- 
lowing older brother, Trey, to W&L. 
Trey is a junior and plays football, 
which puts Kathy and family on the 
road to Lexington, Baltimore, DC, 
Greensboro and Richmond to see the 
games. Her youngest, Janie, is in 10th 
grade, keeping Kathy in the carpool 
mode but, not for long! Kathy does 
get to play tennis, do yard work and 
travel in between the children's activi- 
ties. She dreams of wading and fish- 
ing in a mountain stream when her 
schedule eases! 

Cannie Crysler Shafer also had a 
wonderful time with everyone at 
reunion! She and Leigh Ramsay 
Simmons predict that they will not be 
the only silver-haired classmates at 
the next reunion! Cannie continues as 
the head of the Lower School at 
Episcopal. Husband, Win, teaches 
Science and coaches Varsity Golf at 
EA. Daughter, Francie, is a junior, 
loves school, plays varsity soccer, 
rides competitively and rows. A row- 
ing awards ceremony made her late to 
the prom! Son, Blake, 13, plays every 
sport, knows many statistics and 
plays the drums. All are healthy and 
life is good! 

Mary Page Stewart had a great 
time at reunion and, shortly thereafter, 
launched into creating a quilt for Eve 
Jackson London. She was thrilled to 
hear from so many classmates who 
took the time to contribute their hand- 
iwork to this special project. The quilt 
was a great way to give Eve a big, 
long distance hug! Mary is still teach- 
ing art to young children and loves it. 
Her daughter, Ellie is a freshman at 
Bucknell University and son Geordie is 

in his first year of high school at 
Gilman. Husband. Bob, continues to 
work hard as the economy starts its 
turnaround. During a recent trip to 
Provence, Mary worked for 11 hours 
each day for 9 days and produced 19 
paintings! It took her a week to 

Mary just received a timely e-mail 
from Eve and shares her message: 
Dear Mary- 1 have never been so sur- 
prised or touched! We were at my 
parent's house last night celebrating 
my daughter's 14th birthday when my 
mother brought out the gift for me. I 
was speechless... what a labor of 
love! It is beautiful and the most won- 
derful "hug" imaginable. The time and 
effort to collect all of the squares and 
make the quilt must have consumed 
your summer. I have studied each and 
every square and find myself return- 
ing to look at the quilt throughout the 
day. (just to make sure I keep a men- 
tal picture) It will certainly give me 
strength to fight the battle in front of 
me. You and the rest of my SBC 
friends have touched my heart in the 
most unbelievable way. Thank you so 
much for this special gift. Right now. 
my health is holding steady. I CAN 
NOT wait to come to our 30th reunion 
and bring the quilt for everyone to 
see! (I'll bring the video also!) Much 
love, Eve 

Cathy Finley Onder enjoyed see- 
ing everyone at reunion. Cathy is still 
a legal assistant but now works for a 
smaller firm in Richmond. Her hours 
are much more reasonable, only 40- 
45 hours a week! Cathy's son, Sean, 
is a freshman at VCU. She hopes that 
he enjoys his first year of college as 
much as she enjoyed hers at SBC. Her 
daughter, Kelly, is in the 10th grade 
and keeps very busy dancing with her 
high school team and the Latin Ballet 
of Virginia. 

Allison Egbert Brokaw and Rob 
moved to Wilmington, DE. Their two 
sons, Bert (13) and Caleb (10) 
adjusted well and are enjoying their 
Dad's alma mater, Tower Hill School. 
Allison has enjoyed gardening classes 
at Longwood Gardens. She saw her 
old roommate. Robin Jones Eddy. 
when she traveled to Virginia last 
March. Allison would love to catch up 
with SBC neighbors in Baltimore. 

Claire Cartwright Vaughan did 
miss seeing everyone at reunion. In 
the spring, Claire and her son, "Gus," 
who is a new driver, went on a major 
road trip from San Antonio to 
Woodberry Forest, VA. They visited 
Ann Yauger's beautiful home in 
Atlanta and saw the fabulous home 
and farm of Rodney Cook (W&L) and 
family. When Claire and son were in 
NC, Kathy Jackson Howe gave Claire 
some wonderful information about the 
beautiful places in the Charlotte area. 
Claire's other son wants to be an 
architect and planned to attend Texas 

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A&M in the fall. 

Missy Powell Adams also was 
sorry to miss the reunion. She is still 
in Baltimore, working hard and trying 
to keep sane while raising her two 15- 
year old boys. Philip and Whitman 
Her boys were in the process of taking 
driver's Ed when Missy wrote in and 
she was living in fear of the day they 
got their licenses! Missy wonders why 
she wasn't prepared for the chal- 
lenges of raising teenagers! Where 
have we heard that before? 

Following reunion. Maggie 
Laurent Gordy and Susan Negaard 
Harley arranged a mini-reunion with 
Carrie Ruda Clark at the airport 
before Susan flew back to Chicago. 
Maggie compared notes with Carrie 
on their respective gardens in Florida 
and in Washington! Maggie was plan- 
ning to see Susan in September of '03 
for a girl's weekend with their old SBC 
friends. They were hoping to replay a 
weekend they all had in Annapolis 
with Leigh Ramsay Simmons and 
Betsy Wood when they talked, 
shopped, ate and drank coffee! It did 
sound like there might be a little tour- 
ing in the plan, too! 

Carrie Ruda Clark was thrilled 
that she could get together with her 
old friends at the airport. She also 
mentioned that she was able to catch 
up with Betsy Wood on the phone that 
same day. During reunion, Carrie was 
in the process of selling her home and 
was preparing to move to a new home 
with her two sons. John is in his sec- 
ond year at Elon University (NC) and 
is interested in industrial design or 
engineering. This summer. Andrew. 
15. played the title role in Julius 
Caesar at The Lab School of 
Washington's Summer Shakespeare 
Theater. Carrie continues to serve as a 
Lay Eucharistic Minister and is a 
member of the altar guild at her 
church She planned to take the boys 
on a cruise in August 

Leigh Ramsay Simmons attended 
the Friday night picnic at reunion, then 
headed to a mini reunion at Betsy 
Wood's house with Susan Negaard 
Harley <ind Maggie Laurent Gordy 
Leigh thoroughly enjoyed seeing 
classmates and thought we all looked 
fantastic! Leigh works as an office 
manager and assistant for a sports 
medicine doctor who is a great inspi- 
ration to Leigh, and she works part- 
time at the framing department of Ben 
Franklin which really keeps her cre- 
ative juices flowing! Leigh and her 
husband moved into their dream 
house in November of 2002 In April, 
Leigh went to Toulouse. France to visit 
daughter Jenny. They also spent four 
days touring the gorgeous Dordogne 
region She did notice a difference in 
dialects in both places! Leigh missed 
seeing Cindy Whitley Auman at 
reunion She would also enioy hearing 
from Barbara Mendelssohn Price and 

Sue Griste Russell. 

Karen Kuhlman Arkebaurer mar- 
ried Jim 1/2/99 and has three terrific 
stepdaughters She is still employed 
with William Blair and Company, an 
investment banking firm in Chicago. 
In 1998. she bought a working farm in 
the rolling hills of Oodgeville. Wl, 
home of Land's End. She and her fam- 
ily reside on the farm on the week- 
ends until retirement Karen prefers 
farm equipment to designer clothes, 
baubles and autos! 

Nancy Robinson Lindberg missed 
seeing everyone but was on call over 
our reunion weekend. She is still a 
family practioner in Enfield, CT where 
she recently moved into a bigger 
office and is hiring a new MD. As her 
oldest son. Andy, goes through the 
college selection process (he is a high 
school senior). Nancy says that she is 
feeling incredibly old! Nancy's other 
boys. Tim and Alex, are now in 10th 
and 7th grades and busy with many 
activities. Last year, Nancy took a trip 
to Slovenia and she planned to go hik- 
ing in the French Pyrenees and 
Provence in September. 

Carey Johnson Fleming kept 
Cathy Finley Onder Michelle Youree 
Hostler and me laughing and dancing 
at reunion! Carey has enjoyed living in 
South Carolina and was preparing to 
send her oldest, David, to begin his 
freshman year at the College of 
Charleston in SC. In the meantime, he 
was taking his final exam this summer 
to be certified as a Firefighter. She 
said that she was so nervous every 
time his beeper went off and he 
headed out to a fire. This takes worry- 
ing about your children to a whole 
new level, according to Carey. Even 
though he is 18, she wonders why 
she didn't have to sign a permission 
slip for this new activity! 

Barbara Mendelssohn Price still 
lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with hus- 
band. Wesley and two boys, Spencer, 
14, and Harrison, 11. Spencer was 
heading off to school at Hotchkiss in 
Connecticut. Harrison also wants to 
go to Hotchkiss so Barbara and her 
husband expect to be empty nesters 
in 4 years! Barbara and family traveled 
to Italy over the summer and visited 
Capri which. Barbara said, is 
unchanged, including the club and the 
Blue Grotto where Cecilia Garcia- 
Tunon Lear. Sue Griste Russell and 
Barbara visited in 1977! Barbara stays 
active in her son's school and man- 
ages to squeeze in time at the stable 
with her horse on a regular basis She 
sends her regards to all of her SBC 

Lee Carollo Boyes remarried two 
years ago She still teaches high 
school science Lee was teaching at 
UC Davis in a pre-vet biomedical pro- 
gram for high school students over 
the summer. She felt like she was 
back in college herself, living in the 

dorms and eating in the dining com- 
mons! She saw her former roommate. 
Trish Mason Terraneo, in San Diego. 
She also chats with Nanette Cooper 
Oumoneil in Paris, who was good 
enough to put up Lee's son on a trip 
there. Her son will graduate from UC 
SanDiego next June with a degree in 
English Literature. Courageous Lee 
reports that she is fine having recov- 
ered from breast cancer and a mas- 
tectomy in August of 2002. Lee is 
back to riding for fun and ballroom 

Hallie Powell Cardwell and David 
took her stepson. Andrew, to the 
Galapagos Islands in June before he 
attended summer orientation at UVA 
where he is now a freshman. She was 
looking forward to visiting Sweet Briar 
on her way to Charlottesville. Hallie's 
oldest son, Jack, is an investment 
banker in Boston and their youngest, 
D.W., was going to enter pre-kinder- 
garten this fall! 

Our former class scribe. Mimi 
Borst Quillman, feels strange submit- 
ting notes instead of writing them. 
Mimi. you can be our editor any time, 
if you get that urge! She enjoyed 
reunion and thought everyone looked 
great! (Keep those compliments com- 
ing!) Mimi's son. Travis (19) will be 
attending U of South Carolina this fall. 
He won a silver medal in the high 
jump at the PA State Track and Field 
championships. Ian (16) plays soccer 
and can't wait to get his license. Mimi 
visited Ginny Craig in Naples, FL last 
winter as a huge blizzard was hitting 
the East Coast. They had a great time 
kayaking in the Everglades instead of 

Katherine Powell Heller loved 
reunion and we all enjoyed seeing 
her! Katherine and her family enjoyed 
a 2 week vacation to Barcelona and 
England in June. They also spent a 
few days in San Diego in July. 
Katherine and Carey Johnson 
Fleming continue to stay in touch. 
Carey's son David and Katherine's 
daughter. Laura keep in touch by 
email and he recently came to Atlanta 
and took Laura to a Braves game with 

Lenore Cox also enioyed reunion 
and spending time with former room- 
mates Katherine Powell Heller and 
Lisa Spruill Darby She has had a lot 
of fun framing photos from the 
reunion. She thinks that we are all still 
so much fun! Lenore looks forward to 
a mini-reunion sometime before the 
30th She also wishes to thank Mary 
Page Stewart for putting together the 
quilt for Eve Jackson London. 

Carol Baugh Webster and Tim 
walked the entire Disney Marathon in 
January to raise money for the 
American Stroke Assoc She later 
walked the Country Music one-half 
Marathon in her hometown of 
Nashville Carol started her own mar- 

keting services consulting company, 
specializing in assisting companies 
wishing to expand globally, www.cas- . Carol's stepson. 
Blake, is starting his senior year in 
high school, and is being recruited to 
play football at several colleges. Carol 
would love to hear from Monte Costa 
and Jane Hemenway Sullivan 

Dudie Hiemenz DiLeo. who spent 
two years with us at SBC before 
transferring to and graduating from 
the U of MO. stays in touch with Ann 
Key Lucas. Dudie is a homemaker. 
Her husband, Tony, is a corporate tax 
director and was a frequent visitor to 
SBC. Their son, Dan (19) is playing Jr. 
A hockey in Fargo. ND and is attend- 
ing ND State while aiming for NCAA- 
Division I hockey. Their daughter, 
Laura (17), plays HS racquetball, is 
photo editor of her HS paper and is 
starting to think of colleges. 

Cathy Mellow Goltermann cele- 
brated her 20th wedding anniversary 
at Disney World with her family. This 
fall she planned to teach pre-school 
and spend time ferrying twins. 
Catherine and Christen. 13. and son 
Woody, 11, to cheerleading. field 
hockey and football practices The 
family spent 10 days in Minocqua. Wl 
in July. Cathy sees Ann Key Lucas 
and reports she is still loads of fun. 
and will see Ginny Craig over spring 
break in Naples. 

Jane Lauderdale Armstrong is 
working on a masters degree in 
Theological Studies at Columbia 
Seminary. She teaches part time at 
Westminster Schools in Atlanta where 
son. David, is in high school and 
daughter. Kate attends Junior High 
Husband. Mike is self-employed and 
is actively involved with W&L's Board 
of Trustees. 

Julia Sutherland was sorry to 
have missed reunion! She. like a few 
of us. thought it might have been 
planned for the end of May so made 
her plans for a 2-week vacation to 
Paris with friends, during the time of 
our reunion weekend. She vows not to 
miss the 30th! Although she just 
missed seeing Lu Litton Griffin and 
daughter. Sarah, in Pans, she was for- 
tunate to see a few classmates during 
the year like Sue Griste Russell and 
husband Lindsay in Savannah and 
Nancyellen Keane Smithers whom 
she ran into in Richmond on the 
actual street where they once shared a 
house. They had a great time catching 
up on events! Julia resides in 
Alexandria and is still in the communi- 
cations and media strategy business 
as a managing director for the 
Washington. DC office of Public 
Strategies. Inc. 

Elizabeth Perk" Perkinson 
Simmons married Stephen on 
December 28th Perk loved sharing 
her special day with Diane Ball 
Brendel and Joe. Lochrane Coleman 

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Smith. 76, Tennessee Nielsen, 76, 
Kathy Pittman Moore. 79. and 
Craige. Becky Trulove Symons. 79, 
and Don, Martha Riggs Lowery and 

Ron. Perk was thrilled to have 
Aynsley. the daughter of Catherine 
Taylor Moore as her flower girl and 
Catherine nearby to keep Perk sane 
while she planned. Stephen and Perk 
are still camped out in his bachelor 
pad with the 2 dogs and 3 cats as she 
searches for just the right home for 
them. School has started back for 
Stephen and Perk will be looking for a 
real job after playing beach bum for a 
while. She loved seeing everyone at 

Katie Renaud Baldwin and family 
live in Petersburg, Alaska, where Katie 
teaches Kindergarten and a reading 
program for first graders. She loves 
her job and the children! Katie has 
two daughters. The oldest, Amanda, 
spent her junior year in high school in 
Utah, where Katie enjoyed visiting her. 
Her younger daughter, Emily, an 8th 
grader, went to basketball and volley- 
ball camp this summer. Amanda also 
keeps a horse in Oregon. Katie's fam- 
ily spent Christmas in the Florida Keys 
and this summer bought an 80-acre 
farm in Oregon to which they plan to 
retire someday. Katie is starting to feel 
older. She thinks that it may be the 
teenage life! Katie, you need to come 
to our next reunion! You'll definitely 
feel younger! 

Ellen Quinn Jones was sorry to 
have missed the reunion. Her family 
activities, between band competition 
and prom weekend, won out! Ellen 
and family are still in Madison, VA, 
where Ellen continues to enjoy her job 
as an elementary school counselor 
with grades K-2 in Culpeper County. 
Ellen and her husband. Cleveland, cel- 
ebrated their 20th anniversary in June 
by going Whitewater rafting in West 
Virginia. It sounded like a great adven- 
ture! Her oldest child was planning to 
attend Piedmont C.C. in Charlottesville 
in the fall. He lived in a sorority house 
over the summer on the UVA campus! 
This reminded Ellen of her SBC days. 
Her middle son is 16, was getting 
ready to drive and her youngest is her 
14 year old daughter. Although the 
children are getting older, Ellen is still 
30 and holding! 

Suzanne Stryker Ullrich is watch- 
ing her children grow and start to 
leave the house! Her oldest, Alex (22!) 
graduated from Syracuse this past 
May and is seeking a job in the eco- 
nomics field. Andrew (20) is inter- 
ested in biology, acting and psychol- 
ogy as he is in his sophomore year at 
Gettysburg College. Ned (15) is in 
ninth grade and is thriving in school 
and in sports. Suzanne does get to 
see Julie Pfautz Bodenstab when they 
are each at Gettysburg for parent 
events. Suzanne's husband, Rick, is in 
his 7th year of having his own engi- 

neering consulting company and 
enjoys it. Suzanne still teaches 6th 
grade science at a small country day 
school in Upland. She gets into 
Philadelphia and NYC for some adult 
time with Rick as often as she can. 
She does get to see Cannie Crysler 
Shafer and other grads from the 
Philadelphia area while working on an 
SBC committee with them. Suzanne 
notes that "there is always a laugh to 
be had with Cannie!" 

Dana Dotten Endacott enjoyed 
seeing everyone at reunion! I always 
enjoy asking her about how she pulled 
off flying a plane over our graduation 
and dropping confetti! As many of 
you know, she enjoys a successful 
career in the Navy and lives in Nevada 
with her husband (also a Naval offi- 
cer) and her children. Dana and her 
family spent time during the summer 
in Nova Scotia connecting with family- 
tree roots and making maritime 
adventures. As a sidenote to our 
reunion, Jane Hemenway Sullivan 
and Dana are trying to track down the 
whereabouts of our classmate 
Jeannette Mehl. Her last known 
address was in Monterrey, Mexico, 
however, SBC no longer has a current 
address for her. If anyone in our class 
knows a way of contacting Jeannette, 
Jane & Dana would greatly appreciate 

I thoroughly enjoyed reunion. My fam- 
ily joined me and also had a great 
time, despite the rainy weather. Our 
class seems to have a special bond 
that keeps so many of us coming 
back to the campus! It warms my 
heart to see old friends and to hear 
about the interesting lives so many of 
our classmates lead. Reunion was 
definitely one of the highlights of my 
year and, in June, I was able to finally 
join my husband. Jack, on an over- 
seas business trip. It was nice to be 
on our own in Paris! In addition to 
seeing many sights in the city, we also 
had the opportunity to visit Versailles 
and Monet's beautiful home and gar- 
dens in Giverny. We are fortunate to 
have my parents nearby who love to 
watch our children. I'm guessing that 
we need to take another one of these 
trips before our two, J. P. (1 1 ) and, 
Genny (8), hit their teenage years. I 
stay busy in commercial real estate 
and like staying in touch with class- 
mates. I truly appreciated Janet 
Rakoczy's help in providing supplies 
and stuffing envelopes to send out to 
all of you and her help in editing the 
notes! I do think that Cecilia Garcia 
Tunon Lear should be in on the next 
stuffing party since she nominated me 
to be class secretary! I hear that she 
is also a great editor! 

This spring Janet Rakoczy 
notched 20 years at Growth Stock 
Outlook. She enjoys facilitating for a 
divorce support group, tutoring a 
learning disabled teenager and doing 

social work for her church. 

There are two announcements we 
wish to share with you. A classmate 
of ours, Joanne Johns Carnes of 
Chester, Virginia passed away on 
Mothers Day in 2001. If you have any 
special memories of Joanne, please 
feel free to send those to us by e-mail 
and we will submit them to the col- 
lege for the next magazine. We are 
very sorry for her family's loss. Also, 
our letter to Liz Maynard Hoyt was 
returned with no forwarding address. 
Should you be in touch with Liz, 
please ask her to contact us so that 
we can keep her informed of class 
news. Remember, you can send an 
email with updated news to us at any 
time and we will forward it on to the 
college for publication in any of the 
magazines. We've enjoyed hearing 
from so many of you! 


Mrs. Graham Maxwell Russell 
525 South Flagler Dr. Apt. 15A 
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 


Ms. Elizabeth Swearingen-Edens 
401 Jarvis Lane 
Louisville, KY 40207 

Tinsley Place Lockhart graduated 
with a law degree from the University 
of Edinburgh in July 2003, with 
degree subjects in IT, Internet, 
Intellectual Property, Media, European 
Community and Competition law. Her 
business (training the long-term 
unemployed in Internet skills on gov- 
ernment contract) is now in its 
eleventh year, and she is contracted to 
the Law Faculty of the University of 
Edinburgh to do research into Digital 
Copyright Management for museums, 
galleries and cultural archives. Her 
children, Beauregard (aged 17) and 
Esmeralda (aged 15) are thriving, and 
forcing her to choose different night 
clubs not to embarrass them. Says 

"Unfortunately, they don't do keg 
parties in Scotland..." 

Tinsley has had on her mind espe- 
cially the following alums: Carol 
Williamson, Margaret Hixon, Joanie 
Dearborn, Tucker McGowin, Eithne 
Broderick, Liz McSween and Beth who 
has a son Trent. If you are one of 
these people or know where to find 
them, please note this URL : 

Mimi Walch Doe, author of Busy 
but Balanced (SI. Martin's Press), 10 
Principles for Spiritual Parenting 
(HarperCollins) and founder of: is work- 
ing on a book for parents of 
teenagers. She writes: "Now that I 
have 2 of my own I have ready-made 
subjects. I am also busy consulting to 

companies who want to create posi- 
tive products or services for families. 
We are still loving our life in idyllic 
Concord, Mass where Tom has his 
business so that he can pop over to 
watch a lacrosse game or fencing 
match that the girls are in. His com- 
pany Cutler Investments had one of 
the top performing funds in the 
world." Mimi enjoyed a wonderful 
visit with Jenny Kelsey Breining 79 
while speaking at an event Jenny 
planned in her town of Ridgewood, 

Amy Campbell Lamphere is busy 
full-time volunteering herself to many 
causes, including the visual arts, 
health and human services, plus the 
SYMPHONY, which she reports "will 
come as a stroke of hilarity to anyone 
who had to suffer through Music 
Theory and Ms. Schwartz with me." 
When not attending a board meeting, 
she is chauffeuring soccer and swim- 
ming stars in an environmentally cor- 
rect Hybrid Honda, for which she 
finally traded her trusty minivan. Amy 
says, "I write a column for a local 
(Lincoln, Nebraska) "lifestyle" maga- 
zine and am becoming a Weekender 
(clothing) manager— and laugh a lot 
about both. Weekender is fun, flexible, 
lucrative and I am loving the travel 
involved. Our family spent a lot of 
time skiing in Colorado and lakeside 
in Minnesota this year — fun to catch 
up with gorgeous/busy Catherine 
Flaherty in MPLS. Am traveling to 
NYC with a posse of high school pals 
in June— I hope to spend some qual- 
ity time with Sarah Skaggs and catch 
up on her dancing career while there. 
I love exchanging emails with Mimi 
Walch Doe and Claire Dennison 
Griffith. And Swears, of course. I vote 
for more mini-reunions in fun shop- 
ping/museum cities." 

Barbara Wesley Bagbey. Ginny 
Faris Hoffman. Lillian Sinks 
Sweeney. True Dow, Fannie 
Zollicoffer. Jeannine Davis Harris 
and Liz Swearingen-Edens gathered 
for a weekend in the mountains of 
Virginia last October to entertain each 
other. Hiking the trails, navigating 
Pilates class, dancing, making pie and 
trying on hats were among the activi- 
ties. Many thanks to forward-thinking 
Jeannine who brought two coolers ful 
of vitamins. A night-hike revealed 
Lynchburg beneath the clouds, with 
SBC twinkling in the distance. 

True Dow has news from New 
Hampshire... "It's raining. It's May 
30th. It was 56 degrees this morning. 
BUT the flowers prevail and so do I, 
dammit! Nicholas is 12 and William i: 
10. Basketball & ice hockey are my 
life. I have finally gotten out on my 
scooter but have yet to figure out hov 
to balance my golf clubs on the back. 
I am working on my handicap this 
year, watch out, Annika! If I were writ 
ing this as a graduate from the class 

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of '90 rather than the class of 80, 1 
wouldn't care what the weather was. 
wouldn't even have a set of clubs and 
would be trying to figure out how to 
balance two babies on the back of my 
scooter How time files. Maybe we 
should do a spreadsheet on all of our 
parallel Information thru the years! 
But don't volunteer me. I've 3 grand- 
children. 3 dogs and 2 cats. 9 incu- 
bating chicken eggs, a brand new 
multi-million dollar 18-hole private 
golf course all in my humble back 
yard Come on by and join the fun!'' 

Lillian Sinks Sweeney just 
returned from five days in Disney 
World, and remains filled with enough 
'magic' to last a lifetime. Lil is not 
eager to repeat the experience, having 
found the sensory stimulation exces- 
sive especially for son Taylor who was 
sick for three of those days. Everyone 
is glad to be home. She writes: "We 
have settled into our new house, note 
address change below. It is a great 
neighborhood, and we're right across 
the street from my mother in law, 
which could be really bad, but is just 
fine! I am going back to work in the 
fall as a substitute school nurse!'' Lil 
plans to give it a try, then decide 
whether to return to school for her 
three course certification. The new 
address is: Lillian S. Sweeney, 74 
Longuevue Drive. Pittsburgh. PA 
15228. Phone: 412/344-6982 

Helen "Cookie" Compton-Harris 
announces that her first child, Lauren 
Kendal, a 6lb. 15 oz, 20 inch daughter 
arrived March 24. And just in time! 
The birth coincides with Mommy's 
new promotion to Principal of 
Jefferson Leadership Academies in 
Long Beach, the first single-gender 
public school in the nation! Cookie 
says. "I plan to return to work at the 
start of the new school year in 
August, although I am really getting 
into this motherhood |ob and wouldn't 
mind taking a year off if I can figure 
out how to do (both)!" 
Congratulations and let us know how 
you manage (Helen Compton-Harris, 
5627 East Monlaco Road, Long 
Beach, CA 90808) 

Tammy Bishop Gogenola. hus- 
band Joe and son Aaron are busy 
preparing for a coming family 
reunion/eightieth birthday bash for her 
stepfather Next she will ready the 
family's rural Colorado home for sale, 
and help her parents move from their 
house in Boulder! Good luck to 
Tammy who promises more news to 

Barbara Wesley Bagbey is 
Regional Account Manager for a com- 
pany that sells bottled water with cus- 
tomized labels, and can create a 
unique look just for you or your busi- 
ness! That's as close as she'll get. 
though, to junior Sailing Camp on the 
Chesapeake, where her family will be 
for a week this summer Her diligence 

will finally be rewarded when all 
gather on Bald Head island for vaca- 
tion. Barbara shares the following: "I 
will then go to camp with Laura in the 
mountains of NC (Brevard) at the end 
of July for 2 weeks and work as 
Assistant to the Art Director. It's fun 
because I get to play arts and crafts 
and don't have to cook for anybody 
for 2 weeks! I actually find it very 
hard to come home and may decide 
to move to Asheville!" If she returns, 
the Bagbeys will consider a trip to the 
Mass. coast before school starts 
again. To continue with the water 
theme. Barbara notes that Richmond 
has been in rain every weekend since 
April! Hang in. Boog! barbarabag- 

Emily Cox Sinagra is married to a 
commercial fisherman, has three 
really cute children (seen pictures), 
has begun teaching English in Boston 
and reports to have developed a 
heightened respect for our profes- 
sors! More from Emily as soon as the 
semester's out. 

Carol Williamson Jenkins was 
host to Liz Swearingen-Edens and her 
children this spring. The Jenkins' are 
happily occupied with an addition to 
the fabulous and of course out-of-the- 
ordinary home along their Alabama 
ridge, where adventure awaits guests 
of all ages. Carol's son William (9) 
demonstrated for Liz's Alexander (7) 
how to drive an amphibious 8- 
wheeled vehicle over large rocks, 
between trees, through creeks and 
around cattle. Husband Nick taught 
him to drive the Swedish lawnmower. 
(Both items now on Alex's Christmas 
list, thank you, Aunt Carol.) Alex's lit- 
tle sister Cary (5) learned to hang on 
and Liz is lucky to have pried all away 
from the fun! 

I Liz Swearingen-Edens. still live 
in Louisville with husband Joe, son 
Alex and daughter Cary Pippin, and 
work as a free-lance designer/illustra- 
tor Between camps and swim team 
practices, summer 03 is to include a 
couple of trips to Canada where we 
will luxuriate in life without tele- 
phone/computer/fax or CNN. It's been 
great to see so many of you this year, 
and I love the e-news. so keep it com- 
ing—I'll pass it along! Liz ebswearde- 

Late news: 

Catherine Flaherty announces 
that she and her family did not move 
to Sacramento. California after all. "As 
much fun as I would have had with 
Pam Elmets. I'm so glad to be staying 
in Minnesota. Jim thinks he's retired 
since January, but really he is just tak- 
ing time off to bond with his boys 
through the summer (baseball, golf, 
lacrosse, soccer, water-skiing, dive 
team) and will then look for gainful 
employment that will keep us in the 
Twin Cites I continue to sell software 
and travel, travel, travel In fact I hope 

to make it to SBC this year for Fall 
Council, sound like a plan to anyone 
out there? I've seen a lot of my sister- 
in-law Annie Riordan Flaherty (78), 
which has been fun, as we continue to 
spend time with my family in Northern 
Wisconsin That's where we'll head for 
the 4th of July. I also saw Amy 
Campbell Lamphere recently, and 
bought a fun outfit from her to romp 
around in this summer. I miss all my 
dear SBC friends and hope they will 
come visit." 

September 1,2003 Update: 
Tinsley Place Lockhart is back in 
Scotland after a few weeks in the 
states visiting with family. She 
announces a September 2003 move 
to: 8A St Bernard's Crescent, 
Edinburgh, EH4 1NP, Tel 0131 332 

Laurie Newman Tuchel writes that 
she and her family have made a life 
change and now reside on Grand 
Bahama island. The boys (Andrew. 15. 
and James. 12) attend the Lucaya 
International School and husband 
Chas commutes to Europe where he 
has set up a series of new companies. 
Even Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier 
Rory is adapting well. Laurie says: "As 
for me. I've taken to the island way of 
life like a fish to water. My degree in 
anthropology has finally come in 
handy as I've become instrumental in 
setting up an exhibit highlighting the 
island's history and culture. What 
started out as a philanthropic 
endeavor has become just about a full 
time job and happily, very satisfying! 
We are in Heaven! We love visitors, so 
please don't hesitate to come see us." 
Jeanine Davis Harris recently cele- 
brated Lillian Sinks Sweeney s birth- 
day in Pittsburgh and got to see Lil's 
new digs! She also managed to 
squeeze in summer trips to Oregon, 
North Carolina, Ohio and Vermont. 
Once at home, Jeannine's kids (Leigh. 
12. Reid, 9. and Brad. 5) keep her 
occupied with school volunteering 
(Like Lil, Jeannine is PTO president.) 



Mrs. Thomas F. Nichols, Jr. (Carrie 

4706 Whetstone Ct. 
Charlotte NC 28226 

Ms. Kearsley Walsh (Kearsley Rand) 
4124 S. 36th Street 
Arlington VA 22206-1806 


Mrs. Benjamin Dowling (Ethel Burwell) 
906 Wedgewood Rd. 
Statesville, NC 28677 

Mrs. Melissa Byrne Partington 
93 Rockaway Avenue 
Marblehead MA 01945-1741 


Ms. Gertrude G. Collins 
34 Meadowbrook Road 
Short Hills NJ 07078-3316 


Mrs. Ginger R. Church (Ginger Ryon) 
1240 Boyden PI. NW 
Concord NC 28027 


Mrs. Davis A. Estes 
(Charade Marquitta Boiling) 
2423 Harpoon Dr 
Stafford, VA 22554-2516 

Michelle Miller Haddad checks in 
from Austin. TX: She is still living in 
Austin, happily married, with three 
daughters. Ariana (13). Susannah (10) 
and Isabella (5). She stopped teaching 
with the birth of Isabella and now 
assists husband with law practice. Life 
is going great. She would love to hear 
from fellow graduates of the class of 
1986 Tracy Pryba Baugham lives in 
Richmond VA with husband Graham 
and three daughters. Hayley is six and 
in first grade. The twins. Olivia and 
Lauren, are three. Tracy is Hayley's 
Brownie troop leader which she says 
has been so much fun. She is about 
to leave "mommy retirement" to work 
part time for a small drug develop- 
ment company in the Richmond area. 
She is ready for the adult contact! 
Last June she visited Donna 
Prommas Duchow (1986) in San 
Diego. Donna, the gracious hostess, 
played tourist so they could see 
everything the city had to offer. They 
even spent a day in Mexico Then in 
August Donna came to Richmond to 
see the girls. They did a roadtnp to 
SBC. toured the campus and even ate 
lunch at TC Trotters It was nice to be 
back after 17 years! As for me. I am 
still in Stafford. VA. Davis and I have 
been in our new home for 31/2 weeks 
and we are still unpacking boxes. 
Chelsea starting high school this year, 
and Cameran (9) is excited about 
entering 4th grade at the neighbor- 
hood school Lisa Redd Toliver and I 
speak often on the telephone, and 
although she lives close by (Silver 
Spring. MD). it is tough to plan an 
outing, because our "mommy can 
you" schedules seem to get in the 
way! We promise to see each other 

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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 


Kelly lacobelli 

4764 Outlook Way NE 

Marietta, GA 30066 

We had a great time catching up 
at our fifteenth reunion! We were few 
in number but we made sure we made 
our presence known. So much has 
changed on campus; we spent a good 
bit of time exploring — despite the 

Christina Savage Lytle was 
elected class president and Cary 
Grant Gallagher was elected fund 
agent. I'm really looking forward to 
serving as class secretary. 

Please stay in touch! Consider 
coming to the 20th reunion. It's great 
to catch up with old friends, meet 
their families and reconnect with 
Sweet Briar College. Email seems to 
be the best way to gather updates— 
please make sure I have your current 

Additional notes submitted 
September 1. 2003: 

It's wonderful to see how far the 
Class of 1988 has scattered— gotten 
exciting jobs — and had dozens of chil- 
dren! Speaking of far away — after 
recently becoming certified by the 
American Mountain Guides Assn, 
Susan Detweiler has made a long- 
term move to Jackson, WY to guide 
for The America's most prestigious 
guide service: Exum. This winter, 
however, she will work "on the ice" as 
a Field Safety Instructor for the US 
Antarctic Program for 4-5 months, 
after which she plans to climb in NZ 
and Australia. As always, she enjoys 
hearing from other SBCers at Jennifer Crawley 
Lewis and her husband, Max, are still 
enjoying living in West Palm Beach. 
Their daughter, Diana, is a "rowdy" 2- 
year old, Jen is busy with the Mom's 
Club of Palm Beach and running her 
consulting business. Kathryn Deriso- 
Schwartz is living in Miami with her 
husband and four children, Kacki 11, 
twins Burgen and Webb 8 and 
Chandler 41/2, Still involved in sports, 
she is coaching soccer and volunteer- 
ing at school. 

Stacey Sickels Heckel is working 
as the Director of Advancement for an 
Episcopal school in Kensington MD 
where her boys ages 7 and 5 attend. 
She also consults for smaller schools 
in development. She is coaching and 

skating on a National Synchronized 
Skating Team, Ice Force One 
( www.iceforceone.oro l. They hope to 
go to nationals in San Diego this year. 
She does see Christina Savage Lytle 
and Heather Shettle Witherspoon 
fairly often. She enjoyed the 15th 
reunion and is hoping to see many 
more classmates at the 20th. We were 
pleased to be able to present many of 
our reunion gifts to Sweet Briar in 
memory of Heather's husband, 
William Witherspoon, whom we all 
miss. Caroline Corum is living in 
Bellevue WA and recently had a mini- 
reunion with Cecelia Moore, Rapti de 
Silva and Prakashini Punniamoorthy 
Sahi in Seattle. Praka and her hus- 
band, Guru, have settled in the Seattle 
area where they both have profes- 
sional practices — his in internal medi- 
cine and hers in dentistry. They have 
two sons, 5 and 2 Caroline Corum is 
in banking with KeyBank and enjoys 
traveling to Paris. She attended an 
SBC alumnae group cook-out this 
summer and visited with Christine 
Canterbury and Anne Smith Rapti di 
Silva is living in Northern CA and 
teaching in the math dept at Chico 

Cecelia Moore is still teaching 
religion at University of Dayton and 
will be spending her sabbatical this 
coming winter writing a book on 
African American conversion to 
Catholicism in the twentieth-century. 
Earlier in the Summer, Cecelia and 
Beth Stookey Sargent attended the 
Alumnae College, "The Rivalry that 
Shaped America." They report that is 
was a fantastic week of learning about 
the founding of the United States and 
the special roles that Thomas 
Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton 
played in setting this foundation. They 
also enjoyed the excellent teaching, 
the food, the campus in bloom, and 
meeting alumnae from other genera- 
tions. They recommend future 
Alumnae Colleges! Beth and her hus- 
band recently built a house in 
Ashburn VA and she teaches in the 
Prince William Co. Schools. Elizabeth 
Tennant is living in Houston and 
working as a mutual fund accountant 
for AIM Investments. She is recently 
divorced and spends her time volun- 
teering and home remodeling. Kate 
Cole Hite enjoyed sharing Mansion 
ABC with Katie Keogh and Kathryn 
Ingham Reese during reunion. She 
and her family live in Severna Park, 
MD. Chase is in 2nd grade and 
Mackenzie is in kindergarten. Cole 
was born Jan. 4th this year. Her 
"Tastefully Simple" (convenience- 
driven gourmet food) business is 
going really well and it allows her to 
be a stay at home mom. Katie Keogh 
is recently divorced and living in 
Wilmington with her two sons and 
daughter. Her oldest is in 5th grade 
and her youngest is in pre-k. She is 

selling real estate for Re/Max. She has 
stayed in touch with Mary Halliday 
Shaw. Paige Apple Montinaro, Beth 
Bennett Haga. Kate Cole Hite. 
Whitney Bolt Lewis. Kathryn Ingham 
Reese and Leslie Corrado Katie 
reports that Leslie Corrado (check 
out ) is one of 
the premier black & white photogra- 
phers in the country. Her business is 
now bi-coastal with offices in San 
Francisco and New York. Mary 
Halliday Shaw is enjoying San Diego 
with her twins, Jack & Mike who are 
in 6th grade, and her son, Kevin, who 
is in 2nd grade. She decided to be a 
substitute teacher instead of a full- 
time teacher to allow her more time 
for soccer, surfing and band practice 
for the boys Beth Bennett Haga is in 
Dallas TX with her husband. Chris, 
and 3 kids— Caroline (5), William (3) 
and Sarah (1). Whitney Bolt Lewis is 
a partner in a veterinary practice in 
Charlotte, NC. She and her husband, 
Ned. have two sons, ages 3 and 1 . 
(checkout ) 
Kathryn Ingham Reese is in her 11th 
year of teaching third grade at Tower 
Hill School. This year, she is also tak- 
ing on a new endeavor and teaching a 
night class at Wilmington College in 
the education dept. Her girls, Landon 
and Elliot, are 4 and 2. Kelley Yurt 
Moore and husband Jim just cele- 
brated their 15th wedding anniversary. 
Their children are Caroline, in 1st 
grade and Conner, who is 2 1/2 years 
old. She is a Human Resources 
Manager for Eddie Z's Blinds and 
Drapery Inc, a chain of 8 stores in the 
Chicagoland area and her husband is 
an account exec for Fed Ex. Polly 
Sattler is in Atlanta and works as an 
environmental lobbyist for GA 
Conservation Voters. She stays in 
touch with Katrina Evans Gatti and 
Kathryn Ingham Reese Mariah Read 
Gaffigan is in Fairfax Station VA and 
doing well. Maia Free Jalenak just 
finished her master's degree in art 
history from LA State U in May and 
began working for the LSU Museum 
of Art. 

Michele DeGuerin Luke and her 
husband, Robert, live in Houston and 
are expecting their second baby in 
March Michele enjoys spending time 
with her 2 year old, Elias. She is in 
contact with Lloys Frates who. after 
completing six years of post-graduate 
work, is looking at investing and start- 
ing a new company. Michele also 
reports that Carrie Winkler Rowe is 
living in NYC with her husband and 
daughter. Isabelle, and doing well. 
Staci Stockburger Fritzges is staying 
at home with her sons, Jack (2 yrs) 
and Ashton who was born in May, Her 
husband. Chris, is a theatre professor 
at the University of Central Arkansas. 
Alex Ritter is in Washington DC and 
going to UDC Law School. She works 

as a legal assistant for McGuire 
Woods LLP. Christine Diver Ans is 
currently at the US Embassy in Riga, 
Latvia. She is the Community Liaison 
Officer which is basically the liaison 
for everything! Her husband is the 
Defense Attache and they have two 
children, Aleks (13) and Amanada (7). 
She has found both of her majors, 
including Russian and German, to be 
very helpful in her work! Brooke 
Rinehart Dunn is in Charlottesville. 
Her daughter, Huyler, is in 2nd grade 
and her youngest, Reeves, is in 
kindergarten. She is still working part 
time for a lawyer specializing in real 
estate and estate planning. Her hus- 
band's landscaping business has been 
very busy. After an awful drought last 
year, they experienced a deluge of rain 
this year. They spent much of the 
summer on the Northern Neck on 
their boat fishing and tubing. She has 
returned to SBC in the spring for the 
last 5 years to participate in the 
Alumni Lacrosse Game. She reports 
that while it was a blast, she couldn't 
walk well for a week after! She 
enjoyed seeing other alum at the 
game including Laura Ferrazzano, 
Mary Via Cuoco. Katie Hearn. Missy 
Ackerman. Lee Carroll Roebuck and 
Shannon Wood Bush Kelly Brown 
Varga is still in Germany but they 
recently moved into a larger house as 
her family welcomed their third child. 
Jack is now 7 and Emory is 6 and 
they are both in German elementary 
school. She stays in touch with Kim 
Belcher Harvey who has 3 boys and 
lives in NC Stephanie Sprouse and 
her son, Jackson, moved back to CT 
to be near her family. She is enjoying 
watching her son grow up where she 
did and is experiencing things all over 
again with him. She outdid herself 
with a clambake to top them all for 
Father's Day! 

Julie Lindauer Jacobson is still 
working with the Emory Physician 
Assistant Program and recently joined 
the VA Medical Center, working in 
Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine. She 
is preparing to spend a month in 
Ethiopia this year to join medical mis- 
sions for the CDC and WHO. 

Denise Landau Blind stays in 
touch with Julie Martin Collins. 
Cameron Cox Hirtz and Denton 
Freeman Kump and they hope to have 
a mini-reunion soon Tina Savage 
Lytle reports that Denton Freeman 
Kump had her third son Paige Shiller 
Okun is in Southeast Asia. She gave 
birth to her son, Mason, just before 
Christmas. Their move to Singapore 
was delayed by the SARS epidemic. 
Paige and her two sons (Mason and I 
Bennett who is 2) lived out of a suit- I 
case for two months in the transition. 
She reports that life on the equator is 
very hot (averages about 95-100 
degrees year round) and humid. They 
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three-foot lizards, tree snakes, mon- 
keys that roam free and endless 
swarms of mosquitoes. They have 
taken Mandarin speaking classes and 
Paige has studied Oriental Carpet 
Appreciation They also recently trav- 
eled to Indonesia Eden Zuckerman 
Brown and her husband. Bill, are 
doing well in Arlington. He just took a 
new job as Department Head of a 
Forensic Psychology program and will 
also continue in private practice with 
Eden. They have been renovating their 
condo and enjoying life back in the 
city Erica Hennig Subramaniam and 
her husband expected the arrival of 
their first baby on Sept 2nd No word 
as of press time! Thanks for all of the 
help with this update! I'd like to keep 
working to get current addresses and 
email addresses so we can gather a 
big group for our 20th reunion. John 
and I are still in Atlanta with our 
daughter, Kathleen (1). I left Coca- 
Cola and am now the Marketing 
Communications Manager for Carter's. 
Please keep me posted! Holla holla- 
Kelly Meredith lacobelli 


Emmy Sau Han Leung 
7102 Wynnewood Court 
Richmond, VA 23235-5619 

Hi everybody! Hope everyone is 
doing well. Remember that we will 
have Class Notes in every issue of the 
magazine, so send me your news: You can also 
submit news at the new alumnae web- 
site: Here is 
what some of our classmates are up 
to these days! 

Abby Carter. Eric, and Alexander 
(4) are still living in Warsaw. Poland. 
They recently traveled to the 
Belarussian border to look for bison 
and wolves. She competed with her 
horse this summer coming home with 
4 first place finishes in 6 starts. 

Stacey Hannan Quinn and Michael 
are expecting their second child 12/02 
and Courtney (9/18/99) is very 
excited They are still living in Boca 
Raton. FL and are remodeling again! 
Stacey has been working at Siemens 
Mobile for the last 11 years. She is 
looking forward to taking a few 
months off (after the baby is born) to 
spend with her family. She has also 
been busy with the Junior League and 
various preschool activities 

Colleen Kelley McCullough is 
currently living in Henderson. Nevada 
(outside of Las Vegas). She and hus- 
band, Larry, have four children. 
Robbie (angel baby), Caroline (7), 
Michael (5) and Jack (8 months). She 
works in real estate Larry is an attor- 
ney and a stay at home Oad. 

Gina Pollock is living in San 
Francisco, and works for Charles 
Schwab in product development. She 
married Shawn Davis in 2001 They 

are expecting their first baby in April 
2003 Lisa Claypool was in their wed- 

Adriana Beckman and family con- 
tinue to thrive and prosper in Mexico. 
They welcomed Mia Isabella on 
1/3/02. All things being equal she will 
join the Sweet Briar class of 2019 
Adriana's stepchildren have moved in 
with them, since losing their mother, 
and are all doing extremely well. The 
eldest daughter. Krishna is in her sec- 
ond year of university in Mexico City, 
while Diego and Felipe are in the tenth 
and seventh grades respectively In 
7/02, she finished the academic and 
class work section of her Masters in 
Humanities The family has moved into 
a new house which they are renovat- 

Raquel Hickman Thiebes moved 
to Colorado Springs. CO. last summer. 
Alexander started Kindergarden this 
year and Matthias is keeping mom 
busy at home. She also runs two web- 
sites, one of which is a companion 
site to the book she wrote. If anyone 
has family joining the Army, please 
She also enjoys researching geneal- 
ogy and has helped others get started. 


Mrs. Jean L. Benning (Jean Spillane) 

1506 N.Bethlehem Pike 

Ambler, PA 19002 


To the class of 1990. please e-mail 
me! I was only able to get in touch 
with a handful of classmates this year 
by e-mail to communicate their class 
notes for the magazine. In case you 
didn't know, reminders are no longer 
sent by mail: therefore, please send 
me your e-mail address and I will add 
it to my list to remind you several 
times a year. My address is as fol- 
lows: jean . 

Now, for the Notes! Amy Kroeger 
is in her second year of medical 
school in Guadalajara. Mexico. She 
says there are still some good parties 
to be had being in school, but really 
misses her SBC friends. She can for- 
tunately escape to Puerto Vallarla 
when time permits, but school has 
been keeping her really busy She was 
able to see Ann Beatty Malone this 
past summer when she was home. 
Whenever she gets back to the states, 
she tries to get out to Phoenix to see 
her old friends and visit with Patsy 
Kraeger (85) 

Brandi Beck Fowler is still in Los 
Angeles working as a psychologist at 
a trauma center She and her husband 
are currently restoring their newest 
home Ellie Myers Kenworthy is very 
busy with her three sons as they start 
first grade, kindergarten and pre- 
school. She was able to visit with 
Catherine Hollberg Minor this past 
summer at her lake house and had a 
blast with her and her children. 

Meg White Forsberg married 
Frednk Clay Forsberg 11/00. She and 
Clay reside in Norfolk. VA. Meg is the 
National Marketing Manager for For 
Rent Magazine. She is looking forward 
to a trip to Ireland with her mother in 
September 2003 and hopes her hus- 
band and dogs will survive without 
her for 12 days! She is currently 
enjoying the SBC young alum gather- 
ings in downtown Norfolk. 

Karen Malmquist Laakso and 
Kelly Wood Erickson took their sec- 
ond annual family vacation together in 
July. They met in Pennsylvania and 
spent several days at the Sesame 
Place theme park with a side trip to 
the Crayola factory. The kids all had a 
blast with each other and Karen says 
it was fun to get together with old 

Louise Bouldin Carter writes that 
not much is new, although her daugh- 
ter just celebrated her first birthday 
That sounds like an accomplishment 
to me!! Staige Grimes has finally left 
NYC and is now living in Michigan. 
She is a Media Supervisor at General 
Motors Planworks, which is the adver- 
tising agency for GM. She is handling 
the launch of Chevy's new SSR and 
Equinox. How exciting! 

Still living in San Diego. Sonja 
Gruhl Dupourque and her husband 
are expecting their first child in 
December. She is preparing to be a 
full time mom as well as continue to 
be active in the Junior League. Her 
husband still flies for the airlines, as 
well as for the US Navy Reserves 
Larissa Webb, husband and son 
Maxwell (born 6/03) have recently 
moved to Canada. Her husband took a 
faculty position at the University of 
Western Ontario in London. Larissa 
will be looking for a part time job as a 
therapist as soon as she can. 

Sarah Andres writes that she is 
still in Hong Kong where she is teach- 
ing second grade at an international 
school. She loves being able to travel 
in Asia. Just this past year she was in 
Thailand, Vietnam. India. Singapore. 
United Arab Emirates and China 1 She 
rides regularly in Hong Kong and 
spends time volunteering at an 
orphanage. She says that sometime in 
the near future she would like to 
return to the United States and hopes 
to catch up with other friends She 
can't wait for the next reunion and 
says. "Let me know if you want some- 
thing from Hong Kong 1 " 

Stephanie Dance Tancredi says 
that she and her husband are in the 
final stages of building a house that 
should be completed by the end of the 
year She was |ust starting it the last 
time we heard from her Her two chil- 
dren. Daniel (6) and Samantha (3) are 
both in school She continues to vol- 
unteer within the community both at 
her church and through the Junior 
League She says that she actually 

sees herself going back to work after 
a 10 year hiatus. Good luck! 1 

Cheryl Bishop Gilman says all is 
well with her family She states that 
life with 5 children flies by so quickly 
and she barely has time for herself 
Jenna (10) is in the 5th grade and 
enjoys gymnastics Luke (9) vows to 
become the world's fastest miler 
someday. He ran a 6:32 this summer. 
JEB (8) loves all action and contact 
sports. JEB and Luke are both being 
home-schooled this year Levi (4) 
loves having his brothers around all 
day. Corrie Michaela. born 8/02. loves 
all animals and people Cheryl says 
that although her plate is full, she 
couldn't see herself doing anything 
else. She and Scott still enjoy running 
together and their weekly date night. 
She keeps in touch with Beth Babbitt 
Bowen She is looking forward to 
reunion in 2005. as well Meg Caulk 
is still in Washington. DC working at 
the Smithsonian She had a wonderful 
trip to Greece this year with nine of 
her friends They went sailing through 
the Cyclades Islands. She keeps in 
touch with Sarah Andres 

Beth Pesiri Solomita and her hus- 
band bought a house in Stamford in 
December 2002 As for myself Jean 
Spillane Benning, my husband and I 
are enjoying our two daughters, learn- 
ing and laughing with them every day 
with their funny sayings and new 
accomplishments. I am still working 
for a disaster recovery firm four days 
a week and traveling sparingly. We are 
still renovating our old house, which I 
don't think will ever get done! Please 
keep in touch and send me your e- 
mail address so we can all keep in 
touch with you. 


Ms. Penelope Sloane Tadler 
114 Payne Whitney Lane 
Manhasset, NY 11030 


Kimberly Olmstead Calhoun 
2127 Adderbury Ln 
Smyrna, GA 30082 

Some of you may have noticed the 
Alumnae Office is no longer sending 
out the annual postcards which you 
have used in the past to submit your 
class notes Instead, the Alumnae 
Office is asking that you submit infor- 
mation to me in time for the magazine 
deadlines via email, word of mouth or 
by mail Please note these dead- 
lines— they are printed below as well 
as in the box at the beginning of this 
class notes section 

In hopes of keeping our class 
informed about each other. I want to 
ask you to send me your latest news 
via email— I will try 

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my best to e-mail you a reminder of 
the deadlines. (Send your news to me 
by December 15, April 15 and July 15. 
This will allow me time to compile the 
news and send the notes to SBC.) 

As I e-mailed our class to collect 
notes for this magazine I received a 
lot of return e-mails because SBC has 
the wrong address. Therefore I am 
worried that some of our friends may 
be left out of the class notes. If you 
are reading this and did not receive an 
e-mail from me asking for your 
update for the magazine, please e-mail 
me with your correct e-mail address 
and I will be sure to include you in the 
next reminder. I will also send your 
correct e-mail address to SBC. Please 
remember to notify the College or me 
if you change your e-mail address so 
that SBC records can be kept up to 

OK, now on to the notes . . . 

Kathy Hughes is full of new news. 
She is getting married to Michael 
Hartman (HSC '91) in Washington DC 
on May 16th, 2003. They are both 
very excited and are looking forward 
to seeing many SBC and HSC friends 
there. She graduates on May 9th, 
2003 with a Ph.D. so will have all 
three— M S., D.V.M.and Ph.D. She 
then starts a one-year fellowship at 
Harbor Branch Oceanographic 
Institution, Fort Pierce, FL 
( on June 1st. She 
and Michael will be living in 
Jacksonville, FL for at least the next 
year. She also mentions that HBOI is a 
great place to bring family for aquatic 
animal and marine mammal experi- 
ences and education. If anyone is 
interested in visiting, please let her 

Kristin Liljegren Maurice married 
Andrew Maurice, a Naval Submarine 
Officer, in Dec. 2001 and Dianne 
Hayes Doss '93 was able to come. 
They are now living in New London, 
CT and she is working at U. Conn.- 
Storrs as a pronunciation consultant 
and faculty member of the 
International Teaching Assistants 
Program. They are also expecting 
their first child in July, and are very 
excited. She is sorry that they missed 
the last reunion, but looks forward to 
the next one. 

Carter Story Lloyd and her hus- 
band, Aaron are celebrating their 9th 
year of marriage this year. They now 
have 2 boys, Hunter (4) and Tanner (2 
in May). She is nearing the end of her 
3rd year of teaching Special Education 
for Frederick County Public schools, 
and Aaron is beginning his 9th year 
with Lowe's. They are really enjoying 
their home, and continue to improve it 
every year. This year, they are finish- 
ing the basement and adding a hot 
tub to their deck that Aaron built last 
year. Carter keeps in touch with Kelly 
Brown Estes from time to time. 

Barbara Baisley is still teaching 

6th grade in Bethesda, Maryland. Last 
January, she started the doctoral pro- 
gram in education at George Mason 
University. In July, her boyfriend, Matt 
McPartlin asked her to marry him and 
they will be getting married on August 
2, 2003 in Lexington. 

Kelly Brown Estes reports that all 
is well with her family. Ben is 6 and in 
the 1st grade. He keeps them busy 
between school and sports. Julia 
Katherine will soon be 4 and she 
enjoys her day care and she takes bal- 
let lessons. Kelly continues to teach 
2nd grade at Rappahannock 
Elementary. Ken is still working at the 
NAPA store owned by Kelly's parents. 
She also keeps up with Megan Proffitt 
who is expecting a baby girl early this 

Amy Ghiz is still living in Decatur, 
GA with Sylvia the cat and Chitlin the 
hamster. She is in her third year of 
doing Web work for BellSouth, and is 
also doing some freelance writing 
work to keep things interesting. She is 
working with Melissa Coffey in the 
Alumnae Office to increase enrollment 
in the Alumnae Admissions 
Representative program, so if anyone 
is interested in some really fun volun- 
teer work for the College, give her a 
call or send her an e-mail. Amy has 
been traveling to her home state of 
West Virginia for two years now to 
visit her boyfriend, Larry. She is hop- 
ing to relocate to WV in a year or so, 
meanwhile she is just working and 
waiting to find a good job there. She 
keeps in touch with Sonia Haddad 
Salfity 91 and Nora Oney Kimberly 
McGraw Euston left Credit Suisse 
First Boston and joined Bank of 
America in May of 2002 as the head 
of the Global Investor Sales Team for 
foreign exchange. She travels to 
Europe, Asia and within the US fre- 
quently. A friend of Jennifer Brodlieb's 
twin sister is the executive producer 
of a documentary titled "Risk/Reward" 
that will air on the Oxygen network in 
the fall. She mentions this because 
she will be one of four women pro- 
filed in the film and Jenny made the 
introduction. The documentary will 
also be shown at several prominent 
film festivals including the Tribeca 
Film Festival in New York. Her Sweet 
Briar ring is featured in many scenes! 
She visits with Suzanne Petrie '91, 
Kate Haw '92 and Kimberly Davis '89 
often. Tracy Steele and her husband 
Kevin are expecting another baby in 
July! Otherwise, life is great with 
Addison (14 mos). She and Kevin 
remain busy with work and volunteer- 
ing in their community. 

Lisa Newman Francisco and her 
husband George are living in Texas. 
Stephanie Edens is presently living in 
Alexandria VA, working as a flight 
attendant based out of NYC, and try- 
ing to start an interior design busi- 
ness. She is getting married in June 

to a pilot from CA and she has been 
very busy with all the planning. After 
they get married, they are planning on 
moving to Houston. Stephanie stills 
keeps in touch with Lisa Newman 
Francisco and Heather Brinton, who 
is her matron of honor. Stephanie 
reports that Heather is doing well. 
Heather is an attorney, she is married 
to an attorney and they are living the 
peaceful life in Eugene, OR. Tracy 
Loftus Keller is still working for the 
law firm of Prickett, Jones & Elliott in 
the Kennert Square, Pennsylvania 
office. She has escrowed her real 
estate salesperson's license and given 
up exercising racehorses in order to 
play with (and keep up with) her 
daughter, Caroline. She's 1 1/2 and 
talking up a storm. She and her hus- 
band Chris have a little house in the 
country with a spectacular view. She 
still rides horses at her parents' on the 
weekends. She lives very close to 
Stacey Simpson and sees her fre- 
quently. Jennifer Brodlieb Cacioppo 
reports that she couldn't stay away 
from fashion altogether, so she 
worked at the Ralph Lauren Fall 2003 
Women's fashion show. She had fun 
being part of New York Fashion Week 
for a day. She has seen and played 
with some SBC and NYC girls— Hopie 
Carter 94. Kim Clayton '94, Bonnie 
Insalaco Abrams '93, and Kerry 
O'Donnell '93 Before the winter got 
the best of them, Lisa Crego, Pokey 
DuPont Schiff. and Jenny visited 
Jacqueline Geets Henry at her 
mother-in-law's house in Hobe Sound, 
Florida. They left most of the boys at 
home — Riker Schiff (1 yr.) stayed in 
Raleigh, NC and Annabella (3 yrs.) 
and James Cacioppo, Jr. (8 mos.) 
stayed in New York. They are all anx- 
ious for Jackie's first baby due at the 
end of Feb. 

Kory Aldrian Faulkner is working 
as a RN in a surgical cardiac intensive 
care unit. Kory just switched to work- 
ing 12-hour weekend nights at the 
hospital to allow for more time during 
the week. Which is a good thing 
because she and her husband Dana 
are still making changes in their 
house. This year they will rip out the 
first floor bathroom and completely 
re-do it. On the side she has been 
busy riding a client's horse for a local 
hunter/jumper trainer and she was 
fortunate to have the incredible oppor- 
tunity to train with Jayne Aryers (FEI 
dressage judge) several times a week. 
Kory also has been turning old furni- 
ture into new in an upholstery class. 
In addition to all this she has been 
working hard sparking interest in SBC 
with several high school students in 
the area. She keeps in touch with 
Eleanor Phillips via phone and e-mail. 
Eleanor is running her own eventing 
barn in Southern Pines. Kory also 
sees Kathryn Hagist Yunk '91 and 
Diane Dalton '67 about once a month 

for dinner. 

Cara Ardemagni LaRoche had a 

tough and long year. Unfortunately, 
they had several people close to them 
pass away since last spring, most 
recently Bob's dad in November. She 
is still teaching at Ellis and took over 
as chair of the math department effec- 
tive July '02. 

Fie Carmouche Hill is doing well. 
She and Keith welcomed daughter #3, 
McKenna Rose Hill, in August 2002. 
Madison (5) and Morgan (2) love hav- 
ing a new baby sister. They certainly 
keep her busy. Fie will be moving into 
their new home in Fredericksburg, 
Virginia at the end of February. 

Tricia Pheil had a busy fall. She 
ran (and completed!) her 2nd 50 Mile 
JFK Ultramarathon in November and 
followed it up with a vacation to Las 
Vegas. She didn't win enough at 
blackjack to retire but she did finally 
find her dream job in 
December.. .Director of Special Events 
at Hollow Creek Golf Club, just outside 
of Frederick, MD. Tricia primarily 
books weddings and corporate 
events. ..and gets to play free golf! 

Lori Saraniero got engaged in 
early February and is getting married 
to Matt Marks in October 2003. She is 
also going to be a step-mom to 
Madison 7 and Mason 4. Work is 
going great for her and she just loves 
working for Merck. Lori will be mov- 
ing in July but just locally. 

Kelly Arden Friedman got married 
in April 2002 in her hometown of Vero 
Beach, FL She and her husband 
Jonathan went to Nevis in the 
Caribbean for their honeymoon. 
Jonathan is an attorney from Atlanta 
and Kelly is in her third year with 
Schering Laboratories in pharmaceuti- 
cal sales in Atlanta. She still does 
some counseling on the side — she is 
a licensed professional counselor 
(LPC) in Ga. In her free time she loves 
being active in the Junior League of 
Atlanta and in Atlanta Lawn and 
Tennis Assoc. -ALTA. She still keeps in 
touch with Lisa Newman Francisco 
and Pamela Shea Julie Brideweser 
Wingard and Ed are happy to 
announce they are expecting again in 
September. Issac, the love of their 
lives, will turn one next month. Julie 
is still working in the Intensive Care 
Unit at Children's Hospital and loves 

Margaret McClellan Driscoll and 
the clan are doing well in 
Williamsburg. McRae is getting ready I 
for kindergarten in the fall and Parker 
loves Mother's Day Out. Christmas 
was great with Jen Toomey Driscoll 
and her children visiting. 

Abby O'Steen Reederand her 
husband Tom are doing well in NC. 
Abby is happy at home with William I 
(4 1/2), Grace (2 1/2) and Ellen (9 

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her job as a marketing manager at 
American Red Cross National 
Headquarters Her 3-year old daughter 
Kasey keeps them busy with gymnas- 
tics and with terrorizing her little 
brother. Matthew, who is now just 14 
months. When they can find a 
babysitter, they will sneak off to a 
show in DC Laura says that life is 
insanely busy, but she still makes the 
time to keep up with Sigrid Zirkle 
Carroll '93. Rokhsan Faliah is still 
living in the DC area and working in 
the same Association, in the 
Marketing department. Rokhsan is 
expecting a baby girl at the end of 
May Lily (the big sister) is extremely 

Cricket Rabin Katalevsky and her 
husband Kirill, welcomed Pippin Jane 
into their lives on June 27th. Pippin is 
adorable and has a great sense of 
humor- they are enjoying every 
minute of having her in their lives! 
They have relocated to Denver to be 
closer to family and friends as well as 
the best skiing around Sheila 
McWilliams writes that after spending 
a year in Uzbekistan as a business 
consultant for a USAID-funded eco- 
nomic development project, she is 
now working as an investment offi- 
cer/project controller for a European 
Muslim development fund on a 
jointly-World Bank financed hydro- 
electric power project in Tajikistan. 
She loves Dushanbe — it is a very 
quiet town that has a dry cleaning 
establishment (a step up from where 
she was last year!). She is busy 
studying Russian and for the second 
level of the CFA (Chartered Financial 
Analyst) examination Holly Caswell 
King and her husband David wel- 
comed Caroline Jordan on February 
16. Their son Caswell loves being a 
big brother to CJ. 

Diana Bradford Walsh and her 
husband Nick are living in NYC and 
expecting a baby boy in May. As for 
Clay and myself. . . we are doing well 
in Atlanta. Lily (3) and Caroline (1) are 
our constant joy. We will celebrate 5 
years of marriage this year with a trip 
to Charleston. We are all looking for- 
ward to going back to SBC in May to 
watch Clay's cousin Christy Maxwell 
graduate. I wish all of you a wonderful 
and hopefully relaxing summer! I will 
be in touch! 


Mrs. Jeffrey T. Constable 
(Michelle MacMurtrie) 
100 West Hillcrest Avenue 
Havertown, PA 19083-1131 

Our ten year reunion was wonder- 
ful! It was a small but mighty turnout, 
and I think I speak for the group when 
I say that it did us all good to recon- 
nect with relationships that had faded 
due to distance or time The amazing 
thing about Reunion is that even as 

you fall into the easy arms of familiar 
friendships, there is always someone 
new to meet Many people com- 
mented that perhaps we lived in a 
bubble then, and that the power of 
coming back every five years lies in 
opening your eyes to new things as 
well as old. For those of you who have 
yet to attend, plan on the fifteenth! 
You are guaranteed to make a new 
"old" friend. 

Ashley Celis Cavalier and her 
husband Buck welcomed their first 
child, Cason Ralph Cavalier on 
January 6. 2003. Ashley is a derma- 
tologist in private practice in Bryn 
Mawr. PA. Her husband will finish his 
residency in orthopedic surgery this 
year. She recently saw Muffin Steers 
Farese Bonnie Insalaco Abrams. 
Beth James Longest Maria Bergh 
Ginger Marks Collier '92 and Hopie 
Carter '94 for a weekend of shopping 
and playing in NYC. She also keeps in 
touch with Amy Waite Riley and 
Karen Valanzano Kim Cutting Winter 
is in the process of moving from 
Vermont to Chester County, PA with 
her husband and baby son, Hayden. 
She recently had dinner with Susan 
Messikomer Horenkamp. who lives in 
West Chester, PA. Susan is with Bank 
One but keeps busy with home reno- 
vations, her husband Matt, and their 
two year old, Trevor. Lily Anderson 
McGinley married the man of her 
dreams, USAF Sgt Sean McGinley. on 
July 28, 2002. Amy Eller Lewis was a 
bridesmaid, and led the wedding party 
in a rousing rendition of Holla Holla, 
much to the bride's delight. After a 
wedding trip to Hawaii, the newlyweds 
endured a lengthy separation due to 
the fighting in the Middle East — only 
101 days together in the first year of 
marriage! Lily reports that the transi- 
tion from the west coast back to the 
south has been wonderful, and being 
"at home" again feels good. 

Kristen Swenson Sloop had happy 
news of new babies: Johana Kelleher 
Hoofnagle is expecting a girl in 
September 2003. and Kristen and her 
husband will make their little John, 
two and a half, a big brother in 
December. They are busily renovating 
a new home in preparation, and 
Kristen reports that her line of hand 
painted furniture continues to grow 
and be sold in home stores through- 
out the south I got a cute note from 
Alex Alexander — whose real name, 
turns out. is Sarah Robinson Boyd— 
with a story about her little boy going 
oft to school recently in her shorts. He 
thought he'd gotten new school 
clothes! Suffice to say. Justin contin- 
ues to grow at a healthy clip Roy. 
Alex's husband, has become a full 
time trout bum. leading fly fishing 
expeditions and running a fly shop. 
Alex was offered a wonderful opportu- 
nity in Lockheed Martin's Corporate 
HQ. a one-year term working for one 

of the business area vice-presidents 
She'll get exposure to the entire com- 
pany, and when the year is up. she 
can decide where she'd like to be. 
How great to hear about good things 
happening to good people. Alex! 

Debra Elkins keeps her nerdy 
legacy alive, advising GM on supply 
chain risks, modeling and analyzing 
threats such as breaches of homeland 
security. She writes, "While I know it 
sounds geeky. it pays the bills!" She 
keeps in touch with Kristina Glusac 
'92 and Erin Katz '91 Tracy Stuart 
lives a life I love hearing about, teach- 
ing in New England at St. Luke's 
School and spending summers on the 
Vineyard. She continues to coach 
hockey and lacrosse and lives in New 
Canaan. CT Norma Bulls Valentine 
writes that all is well with her and sis- 
ter Nancy in Palm Beach. Norma is 
running her own real estate firm and 
recently bought a new show horse, 
and Nancy works for Olympic medal- 
ist Sue Blinks. They are gearing up for 
a busy horse show season and the 
2004 Olympics! She keeps in touch 
with Sabryna McClung Roberson and 
says she loves the emails of her crazy 
adventures. Speaking of which, 
Sabryna posts the following: She has 
graduated from culinary school, sold 
her home, and is now traveling North 
America with her husband and pooch, 
Captain Jack. They plan to stay on the 
road through the end of 2003 and 
possibly until summer 2004. Their 
adventures have taken them to the 
homes of quite a few SBCers. includ- 
ing visits with Tracie Allen Weber, 
Laura Warren Underwood, newlywed 
Susan Rapello Santos Ginger White 
Amon '94. and Kelly Cogshall '95. 
They hope to see more friends as they 
drive across the top of the US and 
down the west coast over the holi- 
days. If anyone is in their path, email 
her at sabryna 

Nalini Mani works for the Fairfax 
County Government as a Sr. Analyst in 
Workforce Planning. She keeps in 
contact with Nora Oney '92 and Erin 
Oney Murphy '95. and recently recon- 
nected with Melony Joe Ellinger 
She'd love to get in touch with other 
old pals — email her at . Lauri 
Dabbieri wrote the following: I have 
found the perfect life! I teach Latin 9 
months a year at Langley High School 
in McLean, VA. The other 3 months I 
spend under the Tuscan sun in an 
apartment in the Italian countryside I 
have played host to several SBC and 
HSC friends in the last few years and 
am looking forward to upgrading my 
residence in Castel del Bosco (near 
Pisa) to a larger home I will renovate. 
Sounds like a slice of heaven 1 Stacey 
McClain has moved back to sunny 
Jacksonville. FL after spending the 
coldest winter in 30 years in Boston. 

Everyone is finally thawed out! Bob 
will start a new job with Modis and 
Stacey begins school this fall for her 
Master of Library Science and 
Information Studies at FSU She spent 
the summer working for promoteth- a website which provides 
facts about sexual violence as well as 
online support for victims and sur- 
vivors, their friends and families. 

Patty Friend Douglass sounds 
wonderful — she was married in 2000 
to James Stewart Douglass and had a 
baby girl. Parker Elizabeth, in the 
spring of 2003. She lives in NYC and 
reverse- commutes into Greenwich, 
CT for work, managing a facility called 
Partridge Hollow. She loves being a 
new mother! Dianne Hayes Doss is 
preparing for the birth of her second 
child and first daughter, due in 
September 2003. She says that she 
astounds co-workers daily by return- 
ing to the office Jennifer Charlotte 
Doss is a big girl! Husband Bill spent 
the summer turning their guest bed- 
room into the new nursery, while son 
Dan prepares for the role of big 
brother— he says he can't wait to help 
out! Gretchen Petrus must know her 
life is charmed: She has been living in 
NYC for 6 years, with a recent move 
from the Village to the Upper East 
Side She walks to the Guggenheim 
and Central Park, and rubs neighborly 
elbows with the likes of Woody Allen. 
She is a French speaker for Delta 
Airlines, so between seating Katie 
Couric and Ringo Starr in first class, 
she gets paid to wander the Champs- 
Elysees in her leisure hours. 
Stateside, she plays keyboard and 
horn in a band called The Sharp 
Things. Visit the website at www.the- to see when they are 
playing in a city near you! 

As for me. Michelle MacMurtrie 
Constable, it's true: I found out I am 
expecting my third baby while at 
Reunion. I'd like to say that my acci- 
dent happened at dinner, after three 
martinis while up on stage with the 
band in the middle of belting out a 
perfect rendition of Aretha's famous 
"RESPECT". Not so I busted my knee 
on a slippery patio outside the EB 
Room while trying to be a good citi- 
zen, throwing my baby's dirty diaper 
in an outside trash can That's right, 
folks. I already have a baby .the ugly 
truth is that this fact doesn't seem to 
preclude a girl from having another. I 
digress. Anyway, I busted my knee, 
tearing a ligament and requiring the 
use of Amherst County EMT services 
In the hospital, an overzealous young 
doctor wanted an x-ray. but peppered 
me with questions before ordering the 
test, one of which was whether or not 
I could be pregnant Although I denied 
this vigorously. I was utterly confused 
as to my particulars— what. when, 
this month, that month I repeated to 
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had a baby, THAT'S how I knew I was- 
n't pregnant, but that logic didn't 
seem to cut the mustard with the 
medical professionals on duty. So 
they took urine. ..and the urine doesn't 
lie. As my sweet husband arrived to 
check on me. pulling back one edge of 
the privacy curtain in my little cubby, 
the doctor peeked in the other side. 
He said "You can't have the x-ray, but 
congratulations!" I almost fell off the 
table and busted my other knee, and I 
noticed then that Jeff's gaze took on a 
sort of deer-in-the-headlights quality. 
He's still got it. My cherished friend 
Kristen Hooper moved in to care for 
my family, giving me time to rehab my 
knee and adjust to what quickly 
became our happy, if unexpected 
news. We are looking forward to 
Christmas 2003. when Grace (4) and 
Gedd (1 ) will welcome their new sib- 
ling. Space is at a premium, so we'll 
move in early fall to gain a bit more 
elbow room. To those who heard this 
news at reunion, thank you for your 
notes and emails. I have enjoyed your 
humor and well wishes! My email 
remains the same: michelleconsta- . Please keep me up 
to date on your activities, I love hear- 
ing from you! It continues to be my 
pleasure to serve as Class Secretary, 
and I wish you all a happy and healthy 
new year. 



Miss Mary-Linda (Molly) Morris 
6452 Cranston Way 
Dublin, OH 43017 


Ms. Heather Roll Reardon (Heather Lyn 

1 5964 SW 151 Terrace 
Miami FL 33196 


Ms. Natalie Adee (Natalie Joy Brown) 
3016 Rosemary Lane 
San Jose CA 95128 

(Mote that the spelling of Natalie's last 
name has been corrected from the fall 
alumnae magazine.) 

Miss Eileen R. MacMurtrie 

4 Muirfield Court 

Newtown Square PA 19073-3026 


Mrs. Kerri R. Burtner (Kerri Rawlings) 
601 N. Rosina Ave. 
Somerset PA 15501 

Mrs. Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett 
183 Country Mill Lane 
Stockbridge GA 30281 


Mrs. Katelin C. Garland (Katelin 

33 Wingate Road 
Weymouth, MA 02189 

Hello to the class of 1999! It has 
been a busy year with weddings and 
babies all across the US! Tiffany Tyler 
is currently working for Meriwether- 
Godsey, a food service contractor in 
Lynchburg. VA. They own Isabella's 
and Meriwether's, two upscale restau- 
rants in Lynchburg, as well as provide 
management to private schools, 
retirement communities, etc. 
Personally, she is dating a chef who 
works at one of the restaurants. As for 
long-term plans. Tiffany is eager to 
get somehow involved again with 
horses: after graduating from SBC she 
had the opportunity to travel to 
Europe and Canada to shows and 
looks forwards to doing that again. 
Christy Carl graduated with distinc- 
tion this past May with an MA in 
Communication, Culture, and 
Technology from Georgetown. Until 
next spring she is working with 
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions as a 
Research and Production Assistant on 
"Do You Speak American?" a docu- 
mentary by Robin MacNeil coming out 
next year. She is also helping to pro- 
duce the website to accompany the 
documentary, which is about 
American English and perceptions of 
American English. She is dating a 
recent graduate of GU's School of 
Foreign Service (James), and in her 
spare time chats constantly with Kelli 
Rogowski and through her sometimes 
hangs out with Pam Fine. Christy is 
also in weekly, if not daily, contact 
with Regina Yau, who just earned her 
second master's degree from Oxford. 
She also talks fairly regularly with 
Traci Hauberl who is now in Newport 
News, VA and whom she helped move 
last year in what resulted in a hilarious 
cross-state adventure starring two 
SBC alums, a full-grown weimaraner, 
and a terrified kitten all in the cab of a 
large U-Haul with a car being pulled 

Meghan Pollard Leypoldt and 
Steve celebrated their one year 
anniversary in April. Since then, they 
have had many exciting things happen 
for them. Meghan and Steve found 
out that their wedding pictures will be 
featured in the "Real Weddings" sec- 
tion of the national wedding magazine, 
The Knot. It should be featured some- 
time after September. Their pictures 
were submitted by their photgrapher 
and chosen to be featured. They also 

adopted and welcomed "Lucy" a few 
months after they were married. She 
is part lab & German Shepherd. 
Meghan has been promoted to 
Assistant Director of Admissions at 
The Fuqua School of Business. Her 
fall recruitment travel is taking her to 
exciting places such as Moscow, 
Istanbul, Athens and Pans. Meghan 
tells us that she is a bridesmaid in 
Joce Wiherle's wedding to Kent 
Griemel on August 9th & she is 
attending Leslie Hager's wedding 
August 31st. along with Katelin 
Chmielinski Garland. Amy Gibbs 
Brown. Anne Jones. Brandi Whitley 
Laura Lamb and Sarah Kingsley 
Foley. Meghan is also the godmother 
to Katelin Garland's twin boys. 
Thomas and Connor. Joanna Slusser, 
Dana Woodbury & Meghan visited 
with Katelin in Boston, and met the 
boys for the first time. Katelin, in 
addition to being a mom, works as a 
professional meeting planner with 
Aramark Harrison, the world's largest 
conference center and lodging com- 
pany. She and husband. Philip, are 
excited to attend Leslie Hager's wed- 
ding in August and then Laura Lamb's 
in the spring. Laura Lamb says that 
she has been working on planning her 
May 2004 wedding to Scott 
McGuckin, where Meghan, Brandi 
Whitley and Krista Wigginton Gravatt 
will be bridesmaids. Laura is also 
looking forward to visiting Krista after 
the birth of her first baby, expected in 
early August. Finally, Laura tells us 
that she is wrapping up things at 
Duke and plans to finish graduate 
school with a Ph.D. in May 2004. 
Brandi Whitley tells us that she is still 
at UNC, in the Pathology Department, 
and plans to graduate in May 2004 
with a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular 
Pathology. She and Tom are very 
happy, and her dog, Indiana, is doing 
very well! 

Amy Gibbs Brown will be finishing 
her interior design MFA at George 
Washington this December and will 
needs lots of residential interior 
design clients if anyone is interested. 
Amy and husband Kenton went to 
Hawaii this year and saw active lava. 
She is also going to be a bridesmaid 
in Jocelyn Wiherle's wedding in 
August. Amy bought a baby horse 
named Manhattan that will be ready to 
ride in three years. Valerie Roche and 
Derek Kite were married March 22nd 
of this year in Malibu (where they 
live), and since then, have been travel- 
ing everywhere for his triathlonmg. 
Valerie tells us that her whole life has 
just been a whirlwind! Next month, 
Valerie and Derek will be going to 
Switzerland for World Championships 
in Duathlon, where he earned a place 
on the US Team, They are also plan- 
ning on moving in the near future, 
most likely to Boulder, CO. Valerie 
tells us that there are no children in 

the horizon. least not for a few 
years! Leslie Stokes is living in 
Atlanta, GA, attending Candler School 
of Theology at Emory University, with 
two years remaining on her MDiv. She 
works as a youth minister at a local 
United Methodist Church and also 
assists with homeless children in 
after-school/daycare programs. She is 
working towards ordination in the 

Marlena Dearman McGuire tells 
us that Chris has been deployed for 5 
months and should be home in 
another 3. He went to Iraq and is now 
on his way to Liberia. Marlena is still 
working as the director of a day care. 
She has seen Jill Triana and Meredith 
Bonnell Houff and they are both doing 
well. She also tells us that Leslie 
Hardy Dunville and husband Jochen 
are doing well and are expecting their 
first baby any day now! Sarah 
Dorminey is living in Blacksburg, VA 
and finishing up her thesis for her 
master's in landscape architecture. 
Emily Sartor received her master's of 
social work from UNC-Greensboro in 
May '03. She is currently a Child 
Therapist for the Family Counseling 
Center in Hillsboro, NC. She and Jill 
have been living together for the past 
2 years in Chapel Hill. Elizabeth 
Melvin recently bought a house in 
Charlotte, NC and is still employed 
with Bank of America Investments. 
Rachel Bratlie recently got engaged 
to her longtime boyfriend, Chris 
Taylor. They are planning a wedding in 
California, in June of 2004, right 
before she graduates from medical 
school. They are living in San 
Francisco and loving it! 

Wendy Webb Walker tells us that 
after getting married to Sean in 6/01, 
she finished up law school at 
Villanova in 5/02, took the PA and NJ 
bars [and has no idea how, but 
passed both]. Although she had fun 
interning as prosecutor in the local 
district attorney's office, she ended up 
accepting a job as a medical malprac- 
tice defense attorney. In PA it's busy 
given the state of the medical crisis. 
Wendy has been with her firm for 
almost a year now and has been 
working way too many hours, but 
learning a lot. Sean and Wendy live 
with 2 kitties and a Rottweiler that 
they adopted from the SPCA. These 
will be her furry kids for the foresee- 
able future... Wendy and Sean are in 
the process of buying a different 
house and moving back to their 
hometown, [Kennett Square, PA] in 
September. Wendy admits to not hav- 
ing been the best at keeping in touch, 
but does talk with Bridget Meier 
Visari and had fun seeing her and 
Kris, Mel, Tina & Susan at her wed- 
ding in 4/02. She has also been 
blessed with a visit from Katie 
Leeming when passing through PA. 

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on June 15, 2002 They are currently 
living in Bristow, VA with their two 
Boston Terriers, Maggie and Lucy. 
Tina Is still working for the Fellowship 
of Christian Athletes. On July 27, 
2002 Melissa Henning married 
Barrett Hill at Sweet Briar. They 
recently purchased a condo and are 
living in Annandale. Va. Barrett sur- 
prised Melissa with an upright piano, 
and she is absolutely thrilled to be 
able to finally play piano in her own 
home! Melissa is working in DC with 
Textron. VA. She plans all kinds of 
meetings, dinners, and other events. 
In December, 2002. Susan Hurley 
Upshaw gave birth to a little girl. 
Ashley Paige. Susan, Gary and Ashley 
still reside in West Point. VA. Tina also 
tells us that Kris Harris is living in 
Arlington. VA and has a great |ob with 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers. 

Heather McLeod lives in DC and 
works at Politics and Prose, a book 
shop in NW DC. She and her boyfriend 
TJ are very musical— he plays in a 
band and she plays guitar and sings 
periodically at area clubs. Aracelie 
Castro is working as finance officer for 
the 1st Support Battalion, 
Multinational Force and Observers of 
the US Army. She is waiting on her 
next assignment Allison Dubenezic 
writes that she is going to Shenandoah 
University to complete a masters 
degree in TESOL She plans to stay 
put in Virginia and soon teach English 
as a Second Language in an elemen- 
tary school Kelly Turney Gatzke 
writes that she doesn't have any really 
big news since she got married last 
year. Kelly and husband Ben are still in 
Savannah. GA where Kelly is working 
as a paralegal with Dorothy W. 
Courington. II 72. Even though Ben is 
a Captain in the Army, they were very 
lucky that he was not deployed with 
the rest of the 3rd ID to Iraq. Ben had 
duties back at Ft Stewart. Kelly and 
Ben will be changing posts and head- 
ing to Ft Knox. Kentucky in October. 
There are not any kids in the picture 
yet. but they do have Lady and Dexter 
(the dog and cat). Kelly still keeps in 
touch with Andrea Sharretts Sarah 
Elkins Julie Harju Aracelie Castro 
Kelh Rogowski and Kristin Smith 
Kristin Smith is living in DC and work- 
ing for a firm in their Legislation 
department as a lobbyist. She writes 
that she has become an avid runner, 
gearing up for her second 1/2 
Marathon. Labor Day weekend. 

Devon Vasconcellos eloped with 
Stephen Biiansky in December, 2002 
They were on a friend's boat off of 
Waikiki. They spent Christmas with 
her father's family in Honolulu and 
then honeymooned on a cruise 
around the Hawaiian Islands Kristine 
Bria graduated from the Loyola 
University Chicago School of Social 
Work with her MSW in May. 2003 
She is currently interning with the 

department of children and family 
services in specialized foster care She 
also consults for Bridge 
Communications and the National 
Council of Adoptable Children as a 
diversity educator and co-facilitator. 
She keeps in touch with Julie Harju 
Sarah Dean and Erin Vlasaty Alex 
Sienkiewicz says that things are pro- 
ceeding busily at AMNI, and she is 
closer to obtaining her CMP She has 
moved yet again, this time to a condo 
about 30 minutes from the beach! 
She also tells us that she and Greg are 
doing extremely well, and have 
enjoyed another year of fun in the 
sun! Jill Triana received her master's 
degree in rehabilitation psychology 
and counseling from UNC in May. 
2002. Since then, she has been work- 
ing part-time for the Meredith College 
Counseling Center as a Disability 
Counselor. Jill also recently began a 
new job at UNC's Learning Disability 
Services. In this job she will be pro- 
viding coaching and academic skills 
training to students with learning dis- 
abilities and attention deficit disorder. 
Jill and Emily Sartor are still living 
together in Chapel Hill. Meredith 
Tillery is currently working and living 
in Greenville. SC but by press time, 
will be in Knoxville, TN working in an 
insurance consulting firm. 

Kim Andolshek-Bolz says that her 
biggest news for the year is her baby 
girl Kate Alyce born 2/24/03. She is so 
much fun! Kim decided not to stay 
with Pharmaceuticals after Kate was 
born, and is at home part of the day 
and many days spends part of her 
time at the grocery store and coffee 
shop with husband Justin. Kim says 
that it's been a year of change, but all 
great changes Katie Leeming came 
and visited Kim after Kate was born. 
Aimee Armentrout is living in 
Richmond now and has just accepted 
a position as an Instructional Aide in 
Special Ed., working with children in 
grades K-2, at Cool Spring Elementary 
in Hanover County. She is also begin- 
ning work towards getting her teach- 
ing license in elementary education, 
with the hopes of teaching K-1. (All 
this after teaching English on the col- 
lege level and discovering she didn't 
like it all that much.) Aside from that, 
Aimee has been working on writing 
her first novel, and has about 215 
pages so far— still not done! She 
keeps in close touch with Jennifer 
Crutcher Emily Clark Kang Hunter 
McOwen '01. and Allison Clark 01 
Niners — please keep your notes com- 
ing so we have info to include in every 
issue of the alumnae magazine! My e- 
mail is 


Ms. Alison Stockdale 
15353 Gatehouse Terrace 
Woodbridge, VA 22191 

Mo Robertson would like to 
announce her engagement to Michael 
They are waiting until 10/04 to get 
married but are currently preparing 
for married life by living together and 
taking care of their cat Pumpkin. Mo 
is working in the Office of Graduate 
Medical Education and is working 
closely with all the different residency 
programs. In 7/03, Mo and Michael 
attended a family reunion with 
Michael's family in Crawford, 
Colorado Melissa J. Bellan writes 
that she is finishing up her last year of 
law school at SMU. She is still happy 
in Dallas with Jeremy and their dog. 
After law school, Melissa plans to look 
for a job in Dallas Tara Putegnat 
writes that she is teaching 6th and 7th 
grade history at a Catholic Middle 
School in Brownsville, TX. 

Christine Bump reports that she 
has just one year of law school left 
and can't wait till it's over! In addition 
to classes, Christine is the Executive 
Managing Editor of the law review. 
This past summer she was in 
Washington, DC as a summer associ- 
ate at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, a 
food and drug "boutique" law firm. 
Christine was able to work on a lot of 
interesting protects relating to drug 
approvals, food labeling, and labora- 
tory certification. While in DC. she 
saw alums at the Campaign celebra- 
tion and got together with Ginny 
Gilbert (before she moved to 
Syracuse!) and Kim Harden fairly 
often. After she graduates in 5/04, 
Christine hopes to permanently relo- 
cate to DC Marilen Sarian was mar- 
ried on 6/28/03 to Eric Edwards in VA. 
And Elizabeth Hyland reports that she 
is now Elizabeth Swann after marrying 
Kevin Swann (HSC). Elizabeth and 
Kevin celebrated the birth of their first 
child, Aaron Michael in 10/01. Liz 
stays in touch with Casey Herman. 
Joanna Slusser '01. Chanel Smith 01. 
Nicole Rodriguez, Ameka Reeves 
Cruz '01. and Meg Frier '01. 

Ashley Hill gave me an update 
from Lake Tahoe. CA to say she is 
leaving Squaw Valley USA (ski moun- 
tain) after two years to attend grad 
school at UVA. Ashley began school in 
6/03 studying landscape architecture. 
Lacey Banis writes that she was mar- 
ried on 10/19/02 to William Yarnall. Jr. 
on Captiva Island. FL. Alum Jennie 
Lee '99, was in attendance and played 
the violin during the ceremony. Lacey 
reports that she has had numerous 
articles published in TV Guide, includ- 
ing an interview with American Idol's 
Randy Jackson in 12702. in 4/03. 
Lacey accepted an Associate Editor 
position at M magazine, a Heinrich- 
Bauer published tween magazine 
Elizabeth Davis became engaged to 
Brian Baker of Raleigh. NC on 2/14/03 
and the two are planning a 5/04 wed- 
ding. Elizabeth also says that Josie 
Beets recently moved to Brooklyn, NY 
and that Lindsey Brooker Brooks was 

married in 3/03 in VA. As for 
Elizabeth, she is working at Johnston 
Community College in Smithtield. 
working with first-generation college 
students as a program coordinator. 
Elizabeth sees many SBC alums such 
as Brook Tucker 02 and Meghan 
Pollard '99. On 7/20/02. Alicia Hart 
married Michael G. Palmore (HSC '97) 
in St. Paul. MN. Michael is employed 
by Lehman Brothers and they live in 

Thanks to Evangeline Easterly, all 
of us should have received the 
remaining "dot dots" (quotes or mes- 
sages that appeared next to your pic- 
ture) that weren't included in our sen- 
ior yearbooks. If anyone did not 
receive these, contact me and we'll 
see what we can do. As for me. I'm 
working in DC at the Department of 
the Interior and living in Woodbridge. 
VA. I saw Alissa Harris Marlena 
Koper Jessi Livingston and Liz 
Keating recently at Katie Woods '01 
wedding. Alissa is living in Boston, 
MA and continues to work in film and 
photography. Marlena successfully 
defended her thesis at Miami of Ohio 
and is teaching classes there. Jessi is 
out in AZ and Liz is still teaching in 
Northern VA. Additionally this summer 
I saw Emily Pegues Katie Wright 
and Jackie Hauslein to celebrate 
Jackie's pending nuptials. I also vis- 
ited with Elizabeth Rice Kinnaman 
who is preparing to send off her old- 
est to preschool and recently bought a 
horse. Autumn. Keep the notes rolling 
in either through the mail or to my e- 
mail. Thanks everyone. 


Miss Jennifer T. Stringfellow 
3179 Summit Square Dr., Apt. A 1 
Oakton, VA 22124 

Another year has gone by. and it 
sounds like we're all still doing great. 
There are tons of marriages, as well 
as some births to announce! I'm still 
at the same company I started work- 
ing for after graduation. Along with 
"learning the ropes" of direct mail. 
I've also been testing and developing 
a new database system for my com- 
pany. I've also been keeping up with 
my high school by continuing the role 
of vice president & secretary of the 
alumni association. (And for those of 
you who remember "Ole' Bessie", 
she's finally being retired!) 

Melanie Naquin lives in 
Charlottesville, and works for an 
organization called Christian Aid 
Mission, where she assists the 
Director of Southeast Asia ministries 

Vanessa Corry has entered her 
second year of medical school at a 
foreign M D program in the 
Netherland-Antilles. She will return to 
the US in the fall of 2003 to take the 
USMLE and begin her clinical rotation. 
She will graduate in 2006. and plans 

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on specializing in family practice. 

Brianne Vogler married Benjamin 
Midura this past winter. 

Whitney Smith lives in Richmond 
where she now works at Prosperity 
Mortgage, a joint venture between 
Wells Fargo and Long & Foster. Emily 
Black Burns moved to NYC after tak- 
ing some time off after college. During 
her "break", she completed a half- 
ironman triathlon in 6:55:00! She is 
currently working on her Ph.D. in neu- 
roscience at The Rockefeller 

Nicole Gilkison was married in 
January, and in November, moved to 
San Diego with her husband and their 
baby boy, Ethan. 

Lisa Williams lives in London, 
near Regent's Park. She is currently 
using her life experiences for a com- 
edy pilot for the BBC Network, called 

Kim Schmidt Miscavage married 
Brian, a sailor in the Navy, in May of 
2002. Her sisters Jennifer Schmidt 
Major i '99 1 and Abby Schmidt (00) 
were the matron and maid of honor. 
The bridesmaids included Katy 
Kruschwitz (01) and Nia Fonow 
Hughes (01) Ariana Wolynec- 
Werner was a reader. Kim now lives in 
Seabrook, NH where she works as the 
Human Resources Manager for ITW 
Holographies. Along with reading at 
Kim's wedding, Ariana had a great 
time catching up with Illinois-located 
SBC alums at a luncheon held this 
past December. She will graduate 
from the U. of Chicago in June with 
an M.A. in Divinity/Political Ethics. 
She plans on entering a joint degree 
graduate program in Law & 
International Relations, concentrating 
on Diplomatic Ethics. 

Laurie Kovatch was recently pro- 
moted to a new position working as a 
quality control analyst in the 
Microbiology department. She is also 
attending a graduate program in 
microbiology at Seton Hall U. Laurie 
has also completed two triathlons, 
placing second in her age group in the 
second one. She also plans to com- 
pete in a 1/2-marathon, as well as 
another triathlon. Laurie and her 
boyfriend are both still enjoying living 
in Central Jersey. 

Amy Tabb is finishing up her mas- 
ter's degree in the Performance 
Practice of Music (piano) at Duke. She 
will graduate this spring. 

Heather D. Tucker and Carroll L. 
Simpson had their first child. Hannah 
Elizabeth Simpson, on Sept. 6, 2002. 
She weighed in at six pounds, fifteen 

In August of 2002, Leah Solivan 
Busque married Kevin in 
Massachusetts. They now live in 
Lunenburg, MA. After spending nine 
months as the Registrar and 
Exhibitions Coordinator at a regional 
Contemporary Art Museum, Natasha 

Nickodem accepted a job offer from 
the Salvador Dali Museum in St. 
Petersburg, FL., where she is now 
working as the Events and 
Membership Coordinator. 

Diana Church is attending the 
London School of Economics, where 
she is pursuing an MSC in Social 
Policy and Planning in Developing 

On June 15, 2002 Ameka Reeves 
Cruz married the love of her life, 
Scott, in the Sweet Briar Chapel. They 
now live in a townhouse in a new sub- 
division of Lynchburg, and had their 
first child in October! Ameka still 
loves teaching algebra at E.C. Glass 
high school. 

Congratulations to all of you on all 
of your accomplishments. Please stay 
in touch— I love hearing from every- 
one. I wish all of you nothing but the 
best in 2003! 


Miss Arney E. Walker 

9401 White Cedar Drive No. 415 

Owings Mills, MD 21117 

Hard to believe that we've been 
out of school for one year! And what 
a year it has been for our class. We're 
all getting used to the "real world" 
and what it has to offer. Brook Tucker 
is working for Novozymes, an enzyme 
producing company that gets the ring 
around the collar off, protein residue 
off of contact lenses and makes bread 
fluffy. She is doing quality control in 
the microbiology lab testing products 
used in food production. She was the 
maid of honor in Tiffany Moseley's 
('00) wedding in February. She lives in 
Raleigh and has been hanging out 
with Meghan Gregory She is in con- 
tact with Lori Smith who is living in 
Charlotte, NC attending the Art 
Institute of Charlotte. Lori will gradu- 
ate in December 2003 with a degree 
in Fashion Marketing and hopes to 
find a job in fashion journalism. 

Maria Thacker is back home living 
in Atlanta, GA for the year. Currently, 
she is working a one year fellowship 
for the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention (CDC) at their sister 
agency, the Agency for Toxic 
Substances and Disease Registry 
(ATSDR). She is doing research and 
community involvement work in the 
environmental public health field. She 
has applied and plans on attending 
graduate school next fall with the goal 
of obtaining her Masters in Public 
Health (MPH). She is also teaching 
swimming lessons part-time. Kelly 
Monical is attending law school at 
Willamette University in Oregon and 
will be studying international law in 
China this summer. She is living in 
Salem, Oregon and will graduate from 
law school in 2005. 

We have quite a few teachers in 
our class Mary Beth Colvin is teach- 

ing at Liberty High School in Fauquier 
County. VA. She teaches ninth and 
eleventh grade English. She is also 
Junior Class Sponsor with another 
teacher at the school, and was assis- 
tant field hockey and volleyball coach, 
and will soon be the assistant softball 
coach. She is also getting ready to 
move into her own apartment. Becca 
Carter teaches at the same school and 
has recently gotten engaged. Congrats 
Becca! Kathy Fowler teaches Latin in 
that same area at Fauquier High 
School. She is working on her teach- 
ing licensure this summer so that she 
can become fully qualified to teach. 
She is still very active with anime and 
is part of Dark Muffins Productions, 
an anime cosplay group in Grafton, 
VA. She keeps in touch with Rachel 
Rofh who is starting a teaching assis- 
tant position at a preschool in 
Bethesda, MD. In the summer, she 
went to Disney World with her family 
and was the drama director for her 
church's vacation Bible school. She 
also had a major role in her church's 
Purim play in March. 

Other teachers are Donyele 
Gibson, who is teaching middle 
school Spanish at Southern Middle in 
Lothian, MD. She is still living at 
home. Megan Tarnowski is teaching 
6th grade communication arts in the 
Bronx with the NY City Teaching 
Fellows Program. She is having fun 
enjoying all the city has to offer and 
loves her kids to death (some of the 
time at least)! She was able to go to 
Seattle to visit friends for her mid- 
winter break. 

Jee Park is currently teaching 
high school Spanish and ESL in 
Washington. DC through the Teach for 
America program. She loves her crazy 
kids because they 'keep it real' and 
inspire her to be the same way. 
Besides spending wacky hours in the 
classroom, Jee spends a lot of time 
driving aimlessly around the city 
because she has no sense of direc- 
tion. Occasionally, she runs into her 
delightful roommates, Aja, Tia, and 
Amy Mullen, and the unwelcome addi- 
tion to the household, the landlady's 
cat. 'Overworked and underpaid' is a 
completely internalized concept to Jee 
now. If anyone is interested in pursu- 
ing Teach for America after Sweet 
Briar, Jee says, 'Bring it on.' 

Aja Grosvenor is living in 
Arlington, VA and is currently working 
for a nonprofit company in DC called 
the Forum for Youth Investment as a 
meeting planner. She has recently got- 
ten married and now has three kids. 
She asks for your prayers (just kid- 
ding, she didn't just get married and 
she doesn't have any children). 

Tia Trout is working for the 
National Rural Development 
Partnership at the US Department of 
Agriculture. She has decided to stay 
on for an extra year, and has recently 

had some of her work there pub- 
lished Amy Mullen, the final roomie 
is currently working at Nordstrom's 
and basically enjoying life. There are 
also several graduates pursuing fur- 
ther studies. 

Christie Rose is finishing up her 
first year at law school at Regent 
University in Virginia Beach. 

Sonya Truman is also finishing up 
her first year at Law School at Loyola 
University in New Orleans. She's look- 
ing forward to her first Mardi Gras 
ever. And she is planning on volun- 
teering this summer for Legal Aid in 
New Orleans Nicole McOaniel is 
working on her master's in English at 
Texas A&M and is planning on gradu- 
ating in May 2004. 

Ashley Trantham is working on 
her masters in organizational commu- 
nications at NC State and working in 
Raleigh. She went to see the Faculty 
Show with Aja and Amy and 
absolutely loved it! 

Alicia McCartney is at the 
University of Georgia at Athens. She is 
really enjoying college football, and 
eating some really good vegetarian 
food at the great restaurants there. 
She is concentrating in environmental 
sociology and hopes to do her thesis 
on water issues in Georgia. She is in 
touch with Allison Gross, Jenn Taylor, 
and Chantal Yavari. 

Michelle Dunn is at Northwestern 
Health Sciences University in 
Bloomington, MN. When she gradu- 
ates she will have her DC. (Doctor of 
chiropractic) and wants to open a 
practice in Minneapolis or somewhere 
warm (Hawaii??). She lives in 
Bloomington with 3 non-student 
roommates and most of her time is 
spent in the library. She claims that 
she has become a semi-professional 
nerd. Laura Reither is working in a 
lab at Harvard Medical School that is 
studying the structure of viral proteins 
involved in replication. She is fairly 
certain that she will be joining this lab 
for her thesis work. She has made 
some great friends in Boston but has 
also run into some SBC grads. She 
saw Amanda Atkinson (00) in the 
grocery store and Jen Brown lives a 
few miles away. 

Then there are those with other 
jobs in different fields all over the 

Casey Perlow is working for a 
CPA firm Argy. Wiltse, & Robinson in 
Arlington, VA doing HR and adminis- 
trative work. Misa Sarmento is also 
living in Arlington. She just started a 
job as a clinical researcher for a small 
private company. She does lots of 
wonderful volunteer work as well. 
Becky Lewis is in Alabama working 
for Camp McDowell Environmental 
Center. She loves it and gets to hike in 
the woods and play in the creek with 
kids. She says it is so beautiful and 
the people are wonderful. She is 

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applying to law school. Lindsay Keller 
was in London for three months 
enjoying all it has to offer and since 
returning she's been offered a job at a 
new children's theatre in Denver and 
will be starting work at the end of 
March. She's in touch with Jaime 
Henna who is in Florida working as an 
Electrics Assistant at Riverside 
Theatre. Jaime talks with Joanna 
Mullen who is living in Charlottesville 
doing her art. She had a show at her 
sister's store at the end of November. 
They are all in touch with Jill 
Tremblay who lives in Minnesota 
(don't worry, not for long). She works 
for a hospital (data entry, ugh). And 
she saves pennies in old milk bottles 
as she contemplates her future and 
the wonders of the world. But what 
she really wants to do is direct. 
Amanda Davis is living in 
Sacramento. CA as a legal advocate 
with WEAVE, a domestic violence 
agency. She helps people with the 
legal process of leaving their abusers. 
She fairly often sees Kathy Pierce 
who is working for the Sacramento 
Business Journal in their marketing 
department Jennifer Burke is work- 
ing for the Department of Defense and 
living in Fredericksburg, VA. 

Two more of our classmates have 
gotten married! 

Amanda Barbour got married on 
November 2nd to John Michael Lee 
Johnston. They are living in Danville. 
and Amanda is commuting to Duke 
for the Master's of Divinity program. 
Meg Pringle reports that Tamara 
Young got married on May 8, 2003 to 
Dennis Metzfield (HSC '02), Meg was 
the maid of honor and Amber Solivan 
'05 was a bridesmaid. 

Finally, the last bit of class notes 
comes from the UK. CK (Christina 
Kingsley) was living in London work- 
ing for Christie's Auction House in 
their furniture division until March. 
Megan and Caroline (04) Ogilvie 
came over to visit her at the beginning 
of February. Megan is living in Canada 
and working for an environmental 
company Katie Wilson is living and 
working as a shop manager at a cloth- 
ing store in St. Andrews in Scotland 
and loves it. Emily Johnston is cur- 
rently working in London as a 
Personal Assistant to the Managing 
Director of Spink and Son Ltd. 
Auction House. They have asked her 
to stay long term and she has decided 
to accept their offer There are no 
shortages of parties, galas, or open- 
ings to attend so Emily is enjoying 
herself She encourages all to come 
and visit Last but not least. I (Arney 
Walker) am living with Emily in a 
great flat in North London Prior to 
that I was working at Sweet Briar in 
the admissions office as an 
Admissions Fellow traveling all over 
the eastern US. I lived with Sophie 
Wackenhut who was also an 

Admissions Fellow. Sophie is now liv- 
ing and working in Huntsville, AL, She 
got into all the graduate schools that 
she applied to and has chosen Boston 
University to get her Master's in 
Advertising. Since I have been in 
London, I have worked for Zenith 
Entertainment as a producer's assis- 
tant on a show similar to Trading 
Spaces or Design Challenge. I'm now 
a receptionist at a non profit water 
professionals company until I leave in 
early June. After that, I'll be searching 
for a job in a city on the East Coast. 
Emily and I enjoyed visits from Brook 
Tucker, Megan Tarnowski, and Jee 
Park in April, and Aja Grosvenor 
joined us in May. I hope you have 
enjoyed our first set of class notes. 
Please remember to submit class 
notes on the alumnae website so that 
I can include you in the next set of 
September 1, 2003 Notes: 

Well, it's been a little over a year 
since we've graduated and our class 
has been very successful in their 
endeavors. It's back to school for 
another year of teaching for several of 
our classmates Mary Beth Colvin is 
living on her own in Midland. VA. She 
is still teaching at Liberty High School 
in Bealeton, VA. This year however, 
she did get the head Field Hockey 
coaching position and is the junior 
class sponsor. Liz Waring is teaching 
dance at Person High School in 
Roxboro, NC. Jenn Taylor is about to 
begin her second full year of teaching 
in Houston. TX as part of the Teach 
for America program. She recently 
completed the Texas educator certifi- 
cation program and is now a fully cer- 
tified teacher in the state of Texas. 
This year she will be teaching 2nd 
grade in the environmental science 
magnet program at Lantrip 
Elementary. She will also be complet- 
ing her last 4 classes in a masters of 
education program at the University of 
St. Thomas and will finish at the end 
of this school year. She is also cur- 
rently training for a marathon in 
January. She has the cutest Siamese 
kitten named Jackson. 

Oonyele Gibson moved to Glen 
Burnie. MD, where she is teaching 
Spanish at Glen Burnie Senior High 
School. She's playing soccer with the 
Columbia One Touch and she hopes to 
be Asst. coaching girls Lax at the high 
school in the spring!! Megan 
Tarnowski is starting her second year 
in the New York City Teaching Fellows 
program and is in the process of fin- 
ishing up her masters in education at 
Fordham University. She attended an 
alum event in Central Park this sum- 
mer and got a chance to meet some 
of the great alums who live in NYC. 

In February 2003 Rachel Roth 
was hired full-time as a 
substitute/aftercare teacher at 
Bethesda Country Day School (a pri- 

vate preschool in Bethesda, MD). and 
will be promoted to either an assistant 
or lead teaching position by Fall 2003. 
In her spare time she enjoys catching 
up with her friends from Sweet Briar, 
including fellow alums Kathenne 
Morse '01, Kathy Fowler '02, Stacey 
Armentrout 02, Angel Milone '03. 
Sarah Peterson 03, and Amanda 
Schwink '03. She has also kept herself 
busy by volunteering at the Sandy 
Spring Volunteer Fire Department, 
teaching Sunday School and doing 
Praise Dancing at her church. Kelly 
Monical is going into her second year 
of law school at Willamette University 
in Oregon Nicole McDaniel is work- 
ing on her master's in English litera- 
ture at Texas A&M and that's pretty 
much it! 

Maria Thacker has finished her 
fellowship at CDC/ATSDR and will be 
attending Tulane University School of 
Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 
New Orleans, LA. She is pursuing a 
master's in public health in the 
Department of Community Health 
Sciences Shelly Jozwiak is pursuing 
her masters degree in entomology at 
University of Kentucky and should 
graduate next December. She is exam- 
ining the relationship between blight 
resistance and susceptibility to insect 
attack among American x Chinese 
chestnut hybrids. Christi Rose just 
finished an internship for the office of 
chief counsel for the IRS in 
Washington DC. She will be returning 
to Regent University next week to 
start her second year of law school. 
For the past year Erin Beazley has 
been taking accounting classes at 
Central Virginia Community College. 
Now she has a position with Central 
Virginia Community Services as their 
sole payroll technician Aja Grosvenor 
is working at Campbell, Peachey and 
Associates, a Special Events firm in 
DC. Currently, she is working on the 
Kennedy Center Honors, and will have 
no life until December 7th. She con- 
tinues to live with Tia. Jee. and Amy in 
Arlington, and is having a great time. 
Casey Perlow is doing well, working 
in the Human Resource Department 
for a CPA firm in the DC area. She and 
Misa Sarmento are living together in 
Arlington. VA Amy Gardner is living 
in Alexandria, VA and working in 
Washington. DC. She is a 
Management Analyst for BeanngPoint 
(formerly KPMG Consulting) and she 
is really enjoying the hectic workpace 
of a Big 5 firm She is on a project at 
the Department of Veterans' Affairs 
and really loves being in DC. She is 
also actively involved in Young 
Republicans and has been able to do 
a lot of great political things with 
them in DC. 

Amanda Davis is working in 
Sacramento as a legal advocate and 
applying to law school. Life is good 
for her Meg Pringle is living in 

Dallas. TX. She will begin attending 
grad school at the University of Texas 
Arlington to start a masters of science 
in human resource management in 
August. She also just bought a new 
horse and plans to start showing him 
in the jumpers very soon Shannon 
Robison had the opportunity to travel 
to England for a week following grad- 
uation, and then to California for 
Monique Moshier's wedding. She is 
now back home in Illinois and is cur- 
rently working at the local health 
department in the environmental divi- 
sion. Lori Smith is living in Farmville 
and working as a Lighting Consultant 
in her parents' lighting showroom. 
She still sees Denise, Brook. Ashley, 
and Kelly when they have time to get 
together Denise McDonald is work- 
ing in DC and recently purchased her 
own home! 

Brook Tucker is working at 
Novozymes. North America which is 
an enzyme company. They help make 
Coors Light. Tide. Cascade. Sarah Lee 
breads, and Animal feed. She is living 
in Raleigh and hanging out with 
Meghan Gregory when she has time. 
In April she went to visit Emily in 
England and had a blast, and she was 
in Tiffany Moseley's wedding in 
February. She has been to a couple of 
SBC functions and seen alums from 
2001-1999. Mary Litman joined the 
Army and is now in training at the 
Armed Forces School of Music. She 
will graduate from the school Sept. 16 
and go to a band in Ft. Lee VA. 

For Jaime Henna after a year in 
Florida, she's back home in northern 
Virginia working at a vet clinic. 
Lindsay Keller is currently working in 
Colorado at Walden family playhouse, 
a local children's theatre, as their 
stage manager and as part of their 
tech crew. Jill Tremblay was recently 
visiting Lindsay and she is doing well. 
Megan Ogilvie is going to MIT for 
nature and science writing at the end 
of August. Christina Kingsley (CK) 
has an internship at Arlington House 
in DC with an SBC alum. 

A big congratulations to two of 
our classmates Heather Minor 
Gelormine moved to an Army base in 
Germany with her husband. Tony 
(VMI 01). two weeks after we gradu- 
ated, and she's currently working as a 
test examiner at an Army Education 
Center. She'll be giving up her job at 
the end of October because they're 
expecting a daughter— Brenna Marie 
Minor Gelormine — in the beginning of 
December; then she'll be volunteering 
on the Army post as an instructor for 
the Army Family Team Building pro- 
gram. We all hope that Heather and 
Tony have a healthy baby girl! Emily 
Johnston is an aunt! Her older brother 
and his wife had a baby girl. Charlotte, 
on August 19th. She is living in 
London, working as the business 

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development manager (or North 
America for Spink Auction house. 
Congrats Emily! 

I, Arney Walker, recently got a 
new job with the Culinary Institute of 
America as a regional representative 
in the Mid-Atlantic. I'll be recruiting 
future chefs. I'm moving to an apart- 
ment outside of Baltimore. MD. I had 
a great time in London, and I'm hop- 
ing to have a chance to go back again 
soon. I went to Sara Catherine 
Clyburn's ('99) wedding to Courtney 
Corbett on August 2 and saw many 
SBC alums there, and we all had a 
wonderful time. I hope everyone in 
the Class of 2002 is well. 


Ms. Kimberly Dawn Martin 
7000 Old Roxbury Road 
Quinton, VA 23141 or 

For those of you who may be 
hearing this for the first time, the 
alumnae office is no longer sending 
information cards notifying members 
of each class to submit class notes. I 
want to make sure that everyone is 
involved so if you'd like to send news 
I can still be reached at my SBC 
account. If you have a new email 
address, send me a message so I can 
put you on the list. Even though we 
are the newest alumnae at Sweet Briar 
there is a LOT going on in everyone's 

Rachel M. Snider is living in 
Nashville, Tennessee and has begun 
her first year in the Ph.D program in 
chemistry at Vanderbilt University. 
Monique Hayes moved to her own 
apartment in Hyattsville, Maryland. 
This past fall she became the Creative 
Writing Fellow at the University of 
Maryland-College Park. She is pursu- 
ing an MFA in Creative Writing. 
Needless to say, Monique is looking 
forward to her graduate experience 
and she wishes everyone a good and 
safe year. Courtney Arnott Silverthorn 
married Matt Silverthorn (VT class of 
2003) and moved to Silver Spring, 
Maryland. She also began graduate 
school at Johns Hopkins and is cur- 
rently doing HIV research in the 
Clinical Pharmacology department at 
Johns Hopkins Hospital. Courtney 
recently learned to scuba dive and 
snorkel in Florida! Nicole Crowder, 
Jenny Smith, Laurel Spielman and 
Julia Schmitz all attended her wed- 
ding. This past summer Julia moved 
to Birmingham, Alabama to begin 
graduate study in cellular and molecu- 
lar biology at the University of 
Alabama. She still keeps in touch with 
Laura Ison. Katy Kummer, Laurel 
Spielman and Jenny Smith. Lindy 
Guill is currently living in Amherst 
County and is working as an 
Employment Services Social Worker 
for the City of Lynchburg Jessica 

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Shannon lives in Houston, Texas and 
spent the summer as a youth ministry 
intern at her church, Grace 
Presbyterian. She took her group of 
kids on two mission trips to Mexico. 
Jessica now teaches middle school 
students French and Spanish at Grace 
School, a private Christian academy. 

Hilary Pool moved to Washington, 
DC in mid-July. She works for AAA 
Government Affairs (yes the car peo- 
ple) and she LOVES her job! Hilary 
has received visits from Tara Conte 
who is in nursing school in 
Jacksonville, Florida and Carrie Speck 
who was working at a barn in 
Lynchburg through the end of the 
summer. Hilary also met with Shirley 
Pinson for happy hour in DC where 
they spent some time reminiscing 
about their days at Sweet Briar! 
Shirley is still excited after meeting 
George W. Bush at the White House! 
After graduation Shirley moved to DC 
and began working for Senator 
Gordon Smith (R-OR). In July Shirley 
spent her birthday with Courtney Pfaff 
at a Kenny Chesney Concert. Also in 
July she went shopping with Amanda 
Crighton and Christy Maxwell in 
downtown Annapolis, Maryland. 
Shirley frequently talks to Kylene 
Smith and Lana Davis who both 
seem to be doing very well. Shirley 
and Courtney Coalter see each other 
weekly. Courtney moved to Arlington 
and is working as a staff assistant for 
Congressman Bob Goodlatte from the 
6th District of Virginia (he represents 
Sweet Briar). She lives near Meg 
Foley, Sarah Foley '01 and Nada 
Basanti '02. She is having a great time 
in DC! 

Samm Grist moved to Atlanta, 
Georgia at the end of May. She has a 
job aiding attorneys and paralegals at 
Bird and Mabrey, a law firm in Atlanta. 
Olevia Neary moved to Dallas. TX in 
late June. In July she attended an SBC 
alumnae dinner where she met Kyle 
Duvall Blonde '01, who offered her an 
internship at NCH Corporation. Olevia 
is helping Kyle Blonde finish up a 
long-term project in the International 
Marketing Division. Olevia is learning 
a lot and having a great time. She 
plans to take the LSATs and then 
move on to a law firm. 

Some of the most exciting 2003 
news comes from Virginia Uchello. 
Virginia moved to Miami in March to 
work at WSVN-TV, the FOX affiliate in 
Miami. She was recently promoted to 
video editor at FOX. She cuts stories 
for the afternoon updates and for the 
noon, 5 and 5:30 newscasts. She also 
moved to an apartment on the beach. 
She is very excited and has been 
spending her time playing golf, swim- 
ming, going out with friends and 
exploring the City of Miami. She keeps 
in touch with many 2003 alumnae 
including Megan Doughtie, Danielle 
Ross, Carrie DeShazor, Kristin 

Farris, Rachel Snider, Christy 
Maxwell, Shirley Pinson and Zoraida 

Tica Stoevhase moved to her first 
apartment outside of New York and is 
working as a Marketing Associate for 
SAP Global Marketing in the city. 
Amanda Crighton is in Atlanta, 
Georgia working as a substitute 
teacher and coaching Middle School 
Volleyball and Assistant Coaching with 
the Varsity Volleyball team. She is also 
head goalkeeping soccer coach for the 
middle and high school girl's teams at 
Wesleyan School in Norcross, 
Georgia. This is where she went to 
high school. Amanda admits that it is 
great being involved with the people 
and community that mean so much to 

Angela Grisby is attending George 
Mason University's School of Law. 
Courtney Yerdon started training as a 
commercial banker at BB&T in North 
Carolina in July. Wedding plans are on 
hold for now, although the date is ten- 
tatively set for August 2004. She has 
gotten together with Lara Hansen, 
Tara Conte, Lindsay Kinyon, and Erin 

Jane McKenzie Davis married 
Jackson Davis on September 20th. 
She is a new stepmother of three chil- 
dren— Hadley (13), Evan (9), and 
Charlotte (6). Jane is working at 
Sweet Briar in the Admissions Office 
as one of the Assistant Directors. Her 
territory includes AZ, CO, VA, PA, WA, 
OR, and most of the northwest part of 
the country. She also works with the 
tour guides. Jane lives in Nelson 
County and has decided to take at 
least six months off from studying 

before she decides about graduate 

I (Kim Martin) finished a research 
fellowship with the Governor of 
Virginia in Richmond this past sum- 
mer. I worked in the office of the 
Secretary of Education. Belle Wheelan 
(she spoke at our graduation). I keep 
in touch with Julie Capodanno and 
Genivieve Troxell. Julie works in 
Delaware at the Morris, James, 
Hitchens and Williams law firm. Julie 
keeps in touch with Kristin Aneralla 
who is living in New York and search- 
ing for a job in London (possibly 
Sotheby's). Genivieve worked at the 
Department of Environmental Quality 
in Harrisonburg this past summer. 

Trisha Olson Basten married John 
Austin S. Basten, brother of Serena 
Basten Elcan '02 on July 4, 2003 at 
Smith Mountain Lake. She currently 
resides in Lynchburg. Quinn Smith 
has a job working as a Behavioral 
Specialist with Central Virginia 
Community Services. She is also 
working on a master of education in 
community counseling at Lynchburg 
College. Quinn is getting married 
December 13, 2003 at Sweet Briar. 
Quinn and her new husband will then 
be going on a 7-day Hawaiian Cruise! 
Claire Affleck moved from Syracuse, 
NY to Wellington, FL. She is working 
as an assistant trainer at Ravenwood 
Riding Academy. Claire trains and 
shows horses and ponies and teaches 
riding lessons. She has been keeping 
in touch with Jenni Stanley, 
Francesca Catucci, Megan Ogborn, 
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Carol McMurtry Fowler: 

Investing in the Young Women of the Future 

Briar. Carol remarks, "I would never have 
attended Sweet Briar without her loving 
guidance. She sent me down the road to 

Carol plans to continue the family tradi- 
tion and provide the special gift that her 
mother gave to her to the Sweet Briar stu- 
dents of the future. 

"I believe in investing. And I have done 
so most of my adult life. I have made and 
lost money investing in oil production and 
oil rigs, in land and real estate investments, 
as well as in the stock market. Setting up a 
Charitable Remainder Trust and pledging 
95 percent of my assets to Sweet Briar is 
the first time that I have invested without 
risk," she says. "This is the chance of my 
lifetime to invest in young women of the 
future. This is the one investment I will 
make that guarantees a big, fat return. I 
consider myself fortunate to have funds to 
pledge, and the opportunity to make the 
gift. With very great pleasure I can now 
say I have a Unitrust for the benefit of 
Sweet Briar College, which makes me feel 
that I have accomplished a good thing in 
my lifetime." 

Carol placed valuable land into a 
Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), 
which will benefit the College and also 
provide substantial tax benefits and an 
income to her. Over her lifetime, she will 
add land, stock, bonds, and other assets to 
the Unitrust to complete her magnificent 
pledge. The Unitrust provides a wonderful 

Carol McMurtry Fowler is combining 
sharp business acumen with creativity to 
contribute to Sweet Briar's dream for the 

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