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Forty years ago the first Junior Year in France group was in Paris: 67 hardy souls 
[34 women and 33 men], in a country which still bore all the scars of the Second 
World War; where milk, flour, eggs, meat, sugar were in short supply; where elec- 
trical power was cut on Fridays and until Saturday noon to save coal; where heating 
was insufficient, hot water not always available; in the middle of powerful Com- 
munist strikes, the Soviet blockade of Berlin, rumors of impending war between 
the two superpowers. And yet, forty years later, as one reads the memories of these 
pioneers, hardships and difficulties seem to have been forgotten. 

Since that year, more than 4,250 students have participated in the JYF. Every 
year over 100 students are added to our list of alumni. We have reached the point 
where the newspaper format which had been adopted for this Newsletter on the 
occasion of the 35th Anniversary is no longer sufficient to accommodate the news 
from the various groups. We therefore inaugurate our new magazine format and 
hope it will help us serve you more efficiently. 

To celebrate this new stage in the history of the JYF, Sweet Briar College invited 
the Advisory Committee, made up of some 25 representatives from colleges and 
universities, to meet for the first time in its history on the Sweet Briar campus. 
President Nenah E. Fry entertained the Committee members at Sweet Briar House. 
After this, linking the celebration of the JYF 40th Anniversary with the beginning 
of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution, a large and recep- 
tive audience heard Professor Robert Darnton, of Princeton University, author of 
the fascinating The Great Cat Massacre and other episodes in French Cultural 
History, speak on "The literary revolution of 1789!' 

One of the most pleasant aspects of the work of the Director is to attend group 
reunions. A few days ago the 1983-84 group celebrated its tifth anniversary in 
Washington, D.C. I enjoyed meeting so many people who had done so much in 
their 4 years since leaving college. 

The 1987-88 year was relatively quiet in Paris. No major strikes, because nobody 
wanted to antagonize voters before the presidential and parliamentary elections. 
The beginning of the 1988-89 year has already been plagued with strikes and slow- 
downs; in particular mail service has been perturbed. Let us hope things will im- 
prove rapidly. 

One of our constant worries is the weakness of the dollar. We wonder what next 
year will be like. Our fee is now $12,850. Our financial aid budget increases every 
year. Thanks to your help we were able to offer $61,350 in direct financial aid to 
the 1988-89 group [compared to $49,500 the previous year]. If grants from their 
own home colleges, from federal or state sources, from corporations and founda- 
tions, and loans administered by colleges are added, a grand total of $311,122 helped 
the group spend their junior year in France. 60 students out of 138 reported receiv- 
ing some kind of financial aid. As an average each of these students received $7,046 
in financial aid [up from $5,100 in 1987-88]. You can see the magnitude of the finan- 
cial aid needs. This is why we are so appreciative of the support you give us. In 
1987-88, once again your contributions to our financial funds surpassed the previous 
year's record: $18,327. The Robert G. Marshall 25th Anniversary Fund now stands 
at $161,186, the R. John Matthew Scholarship Fund at $111,810, the Bates Memorial 
Fund at $101,134 and the Martha Lucas Pate Fund at $12,745. $9,277 were con- 
tributed to our financial aid operating budget. The 1988-89 financial aid operating 
budget will be named "the Bicentennial Fund" to celebrate the 200th Anniversary 
of the French Revolution. I hope you will try to help as many students as possible 
have the experience you had and I thank you sincerely. 

Emile Langlois 

Cover photo by Laura Schlaikjer 
(Mount Holyoke College) 
(SBCJYF 1978-79) 

nje 1948-49 group at Reid Hall 


We are grateful to MARY MOR- 
Briar] for fiaving gathered and 
edited the news of the members 
of the 1948-49 group. She writes: 
"Many, many thanks to the twenty- 
two anciens eleves du groupe 
1948-49 who 'reached out' with 
memories of Paris and The Way 
We Were for the 40th anniversary 
Newsletter. Herewith the unex- 
purgated — or almost — 
responses to our summer mailing: 

[Douglass] was recently summon- 
ed to Washington from retirement 
in Philadelphia "to work as a con- 
sultant on international affairs 
specializing in Spanish (Excuse 
the expression!) rather than 
French. "The latter remains my 
true love, of course, and if it hadn't 
been for our Junior Year in France, 
I probably wouldn't be here today. 

"You ask me to share with you 
the memories of our Junior Year 
in France. Of you personally I 
remember our trip to the chateaux 
of the Loire along with Gloria 
Balbona. Have you been back to 
that area? I have not but have been 
invited to use the home of a close 

French friend who teaches at the 
University of Pennsylvania and 
who summers in Saumur. I intend 
to take her up on the invitation 
within the next year or two. I also 
remember sharing a tutor with you 
by the name of Chirac at the In- 
stitut d'Etudes Politiques. I 
remember a lot of things about 
that year (as I enter senior citizen- 
ship, my good memory is one of 
the few things I have left!) — just 
let me say I think it was one of the 
most crucial years of my life. The 
French culture had a profound in- 
fluence on me, as did my subse- 
quent study of Spanish and 
Italian, and I have been told many 
times that I am a displaced Euro- 

"If I had to pick one visual 
memory of Paris, it would be of 
the rosy reflections of the sun set- 
ting on the Seine, as I walked with 
a copain or two from the Quartier 
Latin to the Place de I'Alma. 

"Just to round things off, of my 
three children, I have a daughter 
who shares my curiosity about 
foreign languages and people and 
who is doing graduate work in 

C. F. DAMON, JR. (Frank)(Yale] 
(Lawyer, Senior Partner in 
Honolulu Law Firm of Damon Key 
Char & Bocken) shared these 

memories of Paris, 1948-49: "Don 
Peterson, Malcolm Magruderand 
I lived with Mme Catelot at 174, 
boulevard St. Germain. Vivid 
memories include her stories at 
dinner about working with the 
French underground during WWII 
and afterwards the three of us sit- 
ting at the Cafe de Flore or the 
Cafe des Deux Magots drinking 
un grog with life teeming around 

"Looking back over 40 years — 
another exciting period in my life 
began in 1959 when Hawaii 
became a state and I served for 
2-1/2 years in Washington as Ad- 
ministrative Assistant to the U.S. 
Senator Hiram L. Fong. 

"My interest in international 
education continues. In 1968 
several of us founded 'The Foun- 
dation for Study in Hawaii and 
Abroad' — an exchange program 
for high school students with 
Tahiti, Japan and China as the 
overseas participants. (While our 
Hawaii students have been 
visitmg China since 1978, we 
welcomed our first Chinese stu- 
dent here last year — a major 
breakthrough.) I'm sure my in- 
terest in this small but important 
program resulted in part from our 
'48^9 Pans experience." 


herst]:(writer) — "The memories 
today are as fresh as they were 
when the events were happening. 
They are the clearest — as they 
are the dearest — memories I 
have. They are almost too im- 
pressive, because when I let them 
come into mind they overwhelm 
me.. .in the sense that I sink into 
them, revel in them, don't want to 
really lift myself out of them 
though I know I have to, otherv/ise 
I'll stay there. I thought then — 
and for years after — that I would 
return in latter years and paddle 
around, perhaps like Cyrano de 
Bergerac around his heart-throb, 
but I realize now I can' isn't 
there anymore. The Paris of '48^9 
just isn't! It's gone! the trouble has gone away, but my 
memory — and emotions — 
haven't. That makes it very hard, 
because I am powerless.l can't 
take any action. I was happy that 
once. ..very very very happy, and 
thrilled. Now I can only say... I had 
that thrill Yes.l had it. And Moe 
and all the others were part of it. 
And I remember Mademoiselle 
Monaco fondly... I think she had 
the same emotion as I have now 
as we got closer to shore on the 
Mauretania' and she to her ex- 
perience with Paris. Vive 
memory! " 


Famous messages cast in concrete! 


[Yale]:(married, three children) — 
"August 28, 1948 was a particularly 
memorable date. It was on that 
steamy night in New York that I 
boarded the 'Mauretania' with a 
bottle of Scotch, a pair of shoes 
and a typewriter. The rest of my 
belongings had been stolen from 
my brother's car just before board- 
ing ship. 

"More importantly, though, is 
that it was on that night that I met 
Shirley. We were married in 1951, 
and we have enjoyed a great life 
together We've made frequent 
trips with our children to Paris and 
many other wonderful places. 

"During the past four years I 
have had to limit my activities. Of 
necessity I retired from banking 
in 1984 due to a serious back in- 
jury. Multiple surgeries have not 
been especially successful, 
although an extensive exercise 
program has helped, 

"Shirley and I can take short 
trips together, and we hope that 
we will be able to go to Europe — 
Paris, of course — at least one 
more time." 

WISCONSIN] writes: "We've lived 
in St. Louis about 35 years, 20 
years in the same house. It's big, 
old (1910) and we have 2 acres. 
This could be a career in itself, but 
for 20 years I have been a guide at 
the Missouri Botanical Gardens, 
and for 12 at the Missouri 
Historical Society I also play ten- 
nis, some golf, and love to sail. I 
belong to two French groups. 

"We have three children, 
Thomas, Elaine and Nathaniel, 
who are all graduates of the 
University of Missouri, Columbia, 
MO. We are extremely fortunate to 
have all three in St. Louis. 

"Now, as to travel, always an im- 
portant subject. We took the 
children to Europe twice during 
the 70s. I took Elaine to Kenya in 
1981, and she and I have also been 
to Guatemala and Cozumel. I went 
to Turkey and Peru in 1986, and to 
Portugal in May. Rod can't do the 
active sight-seeing type of trips, 
so I go on those with groups I 
belong to. He and I have travelled 
in the southwest, and hiked the 
Grand Canyon (half way down) in 
1985. We also went to London that 
year and had our daughter's wed- 
ding! This past winter we went to 
Acapuico and are planning to 
vacation in Exuma in November 
I've also been to Mexico, Costa 
Rica and Panama on my own. 
Together we go to Chicago 
regularly for the opera and art ex- 
hibitions, and to Table Rock Lake 
here in Missouri for R & R several 
times a year. We're going to Snow- 
mass next month. We both keep 

"Rod studies the stock market 
all the time. I keep everything else 
afloat. We have a black Labrador 
and five cats, so there is a lot to 
do. We don't plan to give up on our 
big house until we have to. We just 
finished redecorating, a real job. 

Chattanooga): We were distress- 
ed to learn from Sylvia Fletcher 

that her husband, our friend 
Charles, died five years ago. 

BOOTH [Sweet Briar] (married for 
37 years, husband retired five 
years ago — a daughter, twin 
sons, one grandson) writes: "It all 
began on that hot night of August 
28, 1948 when we boarded the 
'Mauretania' and set off together 
on our pioneer adventure. How 
quickly memories engulf me! Rod 
Durfee's luggage had all been 
stolen in New York City (even 
then!), we elected D. Long our 
president, Mai Magruder spent his 
time scurrying up the corridor to 
First Class, and the English 
stewards did not approve of Bob 
Orr's white buck shoes for even- 
ing wear, even in Third Class! In 
Paris the celebrated Seine seem- 
ed tame indeed compared to the 
Mississippi, but the sights and 
sounds of the city were magic to 
our eyes and ears. Dear old Reid 
Hall, 4, rue de Chevreuse, Paris Vie 
became our home: its garden, La 
Dome and La Rotonde, our 
haunts. We had no electricity two 
days a week, food was rationed, 
and our fingers grew numb around 
our pencils in class, but what mat- 
ter when M. Kerst was introducing 
us to Louis Jouvet and Jean-Louis 
Barrault? When Mile Sylvain was 
introducing us to La Symphonie 
Pastorale as well as to the smell 
of garlic? Miss Monaco, 'voyez- 
vous,' and Dr. Andersson guided 
us with kindness, firmness, and 
good humor, and we decided that, 
despite our obvious maturity, a 
few rules and regulations would 
help us survive the temptations of 
■gai Paree!' 

"We saw Versailles and the 
chateaux of the Loire Valley in 
glorious autumn, Switzerland and 
Austria in snowy December, Italy 
in sunny springtime. (I remember 
with special pleasure a hillside 
picnic above Florence with Phyl 
Patterson, Mai Magruder, and Don 
Petersen — shades of A Room 
with a View! We heard Arthur 
Rubenstein and Edith Piaf at the 
Salle Pleyel (but not on the same 
evening!) The Berlin airlift was in 
full swing. General George Mar- 
shall spoke to us at Reid Hall 
while in Paris to launch the Mar- 
shall Plan, and Garry Davis, 
citoyen du monde. had renounced 
his American citizenship and was 
camped out at the Nations Unies, 
then temporarily located at the 
Palais de Chaillot. American 
students were still novelties to the 
French, and anti-Americanism 
was virtually non-existent. 

"I remember with fondness my 
dear little roommate, P. J. Fenton. 
I remember singing in the choir at 
The American Cathedral, Avenue 
George V, and with Wally Langlois 
:n the Grande Salle at Reid Hall. 
I remember Dottle Rooke hum- 

ming It's tragic and Sandy 
McCulloch leading us in rousing 
renditions of Alouelte. I remember 
the jerky elevators with the lacy 
wrought-iron gates which one was 
allowed to ride up but never down. 
I remember long hours spent at 
Sciences Po, studying L'l-listoire 
des Idees Politiques — and the 
sheer terror of les oraux! 

"Youth, adventure, idealism, 
friendship, bonte — may we never 
forget 'that special trance of con- 
tentment that came from being 
young in Paris'." 

Oregon] (Ph.D., Teacher, French 
and ESL, Intermediate High 
School, State College, Pa. — Mar- 
ried Lester S. Golub, Ph.D., Dean, 
Institute for Teaching and Educa- 
tion Studies, Aldelphi University, 
Garden City, NY, — two children) 
wrote: "Une liste tree abregee de 
souvenirs: 1) a five-day trip to and 
from Europe on an ocean liner 
(yes, I still have my steamer trunk); 
2) the Comedie Frangaise and all 
those other theaters (a charming 
young man who played Alceste to 
my Celimene); 3) Mme Souquet- 
Basiege, her family, and all the 
wonderful, crazy people around 
her table who talked, talked, talk- 
ed, talked, talked: 4) a severely 
limited supply of running hot 
water (fat, butter, oil, sugar, bread, 
cheese, milk, and alcohol for my 
small burner were rationed), im- 
possible to survive without Mary 
and Dave; 5) a late-October trip to 
visit the chateaux de la Loire with 
Dottle and Pat; 6) an Easter trip to 
Italy with Pearl and Gloria (our 
presentation to Rome just at 
sunset by Dott. Pietro Buscag- 
lione, Segretario Generale, 
Associazione Sanatorio Univer- 
sitario Italiano, and impromptu 
performances of the Swedish- 
Italian opera company at a local 
pizzeria); 7) Mile Sylvain's 
judicious and unrelenting attacks 
on my faithful compositions; 8) M. 
Maurice Seruliaz and the chance 
to study the collections of draw- 
ings at the Louvre's Cabinet des 
Dessins (met him again '51-52 dur- 
ing my Fulbright year and again 
after his lecture at the Sorbonne, 
Amphitheatre Richelieu, July '83, 
when he spoke of his retirement); 
9) adelightful and very helpful lit- 
tle man with a square mustache 
who walks in my memory with a 
Chaplinesque gait, pointing out 
and explaining things; 10) a 
devastating night out with sunrise 
at the Sacre-Coeur and onion 
soup in Les Halles; 11) friends, 
French and American, and teas, 
and General George Marshall who 
remembered fishing on the Rogue 
River in Oregon; 12) swimming, 
tennis, and ice skating, and an 
unbelievable bicycle trip through 
Bhttany; 13) gloves, a new coiffure, 
and a very precious bouquet of 


Malcolm Magruder (Cornell), Karen Cassard Dreher (Bryn Mawr), Peggy 
Jackson Frizell (Mills), C. Francis Damon, Jr. (Yale.) 



[Columbia] (Lecturer in Finance, U. 
North Carolina at Charlotte — 
married 12/30/67 to Pierrette Fran- 
goise Berner of Neuchatel, 
Switzerland — two children) wrote 
of these memories of Paris 

"Traveling over on the 'Maure- 
tania' brought back something 
long missing: youthful ex- 
uberance. The prettiest girl bor- 
rowed a sweater to wear topside 
one chilly evening. When she 
returned it the next morning en- 
vious fellow veterans were sure I 
would frame it behind glass. 

"Memories? How about imagin- 
ing the next half century from the 
Pont des Arts at sunset? Or being 
ordered by Miss Leet on a run 
across the Jardin du Luxembourg 
to be masculine company for 
Secretary of State George C Mar- 
shall. (I made a career decision for 
international banking that after- 
noon, so enthusiastic was he of 
its future.) Or watching Jean-Louis 
Barrault bring an audience to 
stand during the final ten minutes 
of Le Partage de Midi. Art 
Buchwald holding court outside 
the Herald Tribune as if the owner. 
After class coffee at the Cafe de 
Flore where the men held their 
pews month in-month out but the 
women, wiser, moved on after a 
couple of weeks. Studying for 
final exams under a warm spring 
sun in the Tuileries. 

"Paris? I cannot imagine having 
missed it, or the group, in 1948-49. 
Or 1969-70 when Pierrette and I liv- 
ed there, or the many times we 
have visited." 

wrote: "I remember vividly — still 
— many elements of our JYF in 

1948-49. I was on the G.I. bill, and 
finances were tight. So for the first 
semester I lived in a rent-free 
place over a business establish- 
ment, abandoned since the war. in 
Malakoff. This was (and probably 
still is) a Communist section out- 
side the Porte de Vanves. In the 
beginning there was a certain 
amount of resentment of me, an 
American, from my "Red" neigh- 
bors, but when they saw that I was 
as poor as they were they soon 
warmed up. Those were the days 
when certificates of residence, 
etc. had to be certified by the local 
baker, the person most likely to 
know everyone in a given 
neighborhood, and I soon became 
friends with mine. Heating and 
cooking were done on a tiny 
wooden stove, and as autumn 
moved into winter in the cement 
building lite became very difficult. 
Besides that, there was a good 
deal of tension in the area bet- 
ween the militant Catholics and 
the militant Communists. The 
mayor was a man who wanted to 
make life hard for the Church, so 
on Sunday morning the Municipal 
band rehearsed in the streets 
around the church — at top 
volume. During Mass one of the 
priests was forced to walk up and 
down the aisles reading the text 
of the service at the top of his 
lungs!! I was rather naive political- 
ly so I didn't really get involved in 
the political disputes, but the peo- 
ple in Malakoff were certainly 
poor. When the men came home 
from work they would sit by the 
kitchen wmdow to read the news- 
paper, using daylight instead of 
electricity. As the light grew dim- 
mer, they would lean further out 
the window — a strange sight. 
Then, in January, I was invited by 

a noble lady, a Countess with 
whom I worked in a youth 
organization and who saw that I 
was growing thinner and more 
wretched, to come and stay in her 
son's room in the family's hotel 
particulier in Neuilly (He was 
away at school.) Thus the second 
half of the year I was in a totally 
different environment. I was in- 
vited to balls at the Hotel de Ville 
at Neuilly, to fashion shows (with 
the Countess) at the best houses 
near the Champs Elys6es, and I 
regularly dated the younger 
daughter of the family On two oc- 
casions, honoring some 
ancestor's birthday, I think, the 
family gave a big party The silver- 
ware was gilded, a gift from Louis 
XV, so I was told. The family had 
little ready cash, so the Countess 
herself spent days preparing the 
food for the party Only on the day 
Itself did a cook come in from out- 
side to prepare the final things. 
The lady also cut and sewed her 
own fancy dresses for such occa- 
sions and afterwards gave them to 
her cleaning lady to sell. What lit- 
tle cash they had went to buy farm 
machinery for the lands that they 
owned around the family chateau 
in the Dordogne. (The Count, a 
resistance leader, was mayor of 
the Commune.). ..Among the other 
vivid memories I have are of the 
area around Reid Hall. Since my 
Malakoff place was so cold, I often 
studied late in the library at Reid 
Hall, and leaving the building 

when It closed I walked into the 
nearby street, to find a number of 
ladies of the evening wailing In 
the doorways. They quickly real- 
ized that I was not a potential 
customer, so we exchanged bits 
of conversation now and 
then. ..One other event. You 
remember that most of the group 
went on a tour to the south of 
France, for Easter vacation, I 
think., and Carcassonne was in- 
cluded in the tour. I couldn't afford 
to go on the 'official' tour so I set 
off on my own, thanks to a ride 
from French friends and several 
bus legs of the itinerary. Anyway 
I finally reached Carcassonne late 
one evening, and to avoid a hotel 
expense I decided to sleep in the 
lists, the moat between the inner 
and outer walls of the city. I was 
tired and slept rather late, so I 
wasn't ready to begin my visit un- 
til about 9:30 am. Imagine my sur- 
prise, as I stumbled into the cen- 
tral courtyard, to see, standing in 
front of me. Tug Andersson and 
most of the Sweet Briar group 
from Paris! An unforgettable mo- 
ment, for me at least, and I wish- 
ed I had taken more time to clean 
up that morning...! can also 
remember one trip I took with 
several of the fellows in the group 
— Hugh Thompson, Robert 
Funkhouser, and one or two 
others). We were in the south of 
France, perhaps at Nice or Can- 
nes. Anyway we had rented a hotel 
room and packed ourselves into it. 

Elizabeth Krall Golub 
(U. of Oregon) 


One still had to pay for taking a 
real bath in those days, in most 
hotels, and I can remember that all 
of us managed to bathe, suc- 
cessively of course, in the bidet — 
which had hot water and no 
charge for its use. I also remember 
with gratitude the excellent 
teachers we had. ..particularly the 
fellow with the mobile face and 
gravel voice who taught us the 
modern theatre. His dramatic 
'readings' were extraordinary, and 
he managed to change his face 
and general demeanor to fit the 
characters involved, as he read us 
passages from a number of plays. 
I tried to find him some years later, 
when I went back to Paris, but he 
was no longer working at the 
Ecole Superieure de Preparation 
et de Perfectionnement des Pro- 
fesseurs de Frangais a I'Etranger 
(what a name for a school...) 

"Voila. in somewhat disjointed 
fashion, are some of the 
memories that I have of that 
wonderful year. Of course, I have 
been back a number of times 
since then (and I was very proud 
when my son went on his Junior 
Year about 8 years ago — my wife. 
Sheila, is an alumna too). ..and I 
continue to teach French 
literature and language here at U. 
Wyoming. However, I am also 
deeply involved in Asian studies 
as well. (I teach a course on 
Chinese and Japanese Literature 
in Translation to under- 
graduates. ..with an enrollment of 
60 students this semester...) I have 
learned some Japanese, even at 
my advanced age, and several 
years ago I spent two years in 
Japan as an Exchange Professor 
at Osaka University. I hope to 
return with my son (who is in the 
graduate program in Japanese at 
U. (Vlichigan) tor at least one more 
year before I retire. My daughter, 
Rebecca, speaks French, but she 
did not spend her Junior year in 
Paris, alas. This past summer I 
taught a National Endowment for 
the Humanities Summer Seminar 
on "Ethical Dimensions of the 
Modern French Novel: Gide, 
Malraux, Sartre and Camus", and 
I have done several of the sections 
in the Pleiade edition of Malraux's 
novels that will appear in the 
spring. I shall be entitled to retire 
in the spring of 1990, but I intend 
to continue teaching one 
semester each year for as long as 
they will have me.. .Oh, I almost 
forgot. This summer I spent 10 
days at the Malraux Decade at 
Cerisy. It was great to meet 
specialists from all over Europe, 
and simple but oh so tasty Nor- 
mandy cooking." 

D. IRVING LONG (Yale): "Can it 
be almost 40 years? 

"I've been fighting cancer. It is 
rather ironic because I've been 
Chairman of the J. G. Brown 

Cancer Center Corp for about 2-1/2 
years and lo and behold I'd get 
nicked. However, after a neck 
operation and chemo and radia- 
tion treatments which I'll finish in 
about a week, I should live happi- 
ly ever after. 

"I've been so lucky with my 
family, daughter, Lucie, married 
happily and living in Delray Beach, 
Florida, and son. Clay (28) working 
for me in my real estate business 

— also doing well. I am married 
for the 3rd time to an older 
woman, 30, who has been so 
wonderful and supportive and 
with whom I've found great con- 
tentment and happiness. 

"We had Emmett Harris and his 
delightful family visit us this 
Spring and he seems to have 
found the good life. My wife, Lori, 
and I were in Europe at Monte 
Carlo about 3 years ago when I 
played on the world backgammon 
tourney. 'A Cat Can Look at a 
Queen' It was a big upset that I 
didn't win. My French was lousy 
but loved to visit." 

[Sweet Briar] (Chairman, Foreign 
Language Department — The 
Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas 

— Teaches French and Latin 
primarily — Married, 3 children): 
wrote "I remember: 'Tug' Ander- 
sson, Mrs. Harriet Andersson, Ted- 
dy and Margit, Marion Monaco, M. 
Kerst, M. Morissey, Mile 
Boucoiran, M. Seruliaz, the twins 
in the Smith group!, 'tea' at Reid 
Hall, the roman fleuve lecture, the 
drab halls of the Sorbonne, those 
anxiety-producing examens oraux, 
that wonderful theatre course, the 
thrill of watching performances by 
Marie Bell, Louis Jouvet, Edwige 
Feuillere, Jean-Louis Barrault. Em- 
met Harris, the 'newly-weds', the 
Yale group, the socially-liberated, 
St. Germain-des-Pres, the Dome, 
La Coupole, being terribly cold, 
my disappointment over April in 
Paris, 1949 being particularly cold, 
drab and drizzly LES GREVES and 
so many other warm memories of 
people and a special group of 
fellow students discovering a new 
time, a new place, a new raison 
d'etre, undoubtedly the best year 
of my life. Although I have been 
back to Paris some 10 or 12 times, 
nothing compares with that vin- 
tage year!" 

[Sweet Briar] (retired from piano, 
remarried in 1985) writes: 
"Memories of Paris, 1948-49 will 
surely be revived when we go to 
Europe in September for my step- 
son's wedding, for we will also 
spend a week in Paris after the 
wedding in Hamburg. Actually I 
visited Paris in 1984 for the first 
time since 1949 and returned to 
Reid Hall and environs — what a 
feeling after so many years! The 
biggest change and surprise to 

me was the enormous increase in 
crowds everywhere. In com- 
parison with today, the city was 
empty when we were there — 
great space and freedom to move 
about so easily and leisurely Now 
— lines everywhere — thirty years 
plus makes a big difference. But 
that is the situation wherever you 
go — certainly New York has 
changed in the same way. 
However, Paris is still a beautiful, 
magic city — and a glorious treat 
to visit. Can't wait to get back!" 

NORMAN E. Mcculloch, jr. 

[Dartmouth] wrote: "How to wrap 
up forty years on the back of a let- 
ter is a chore that I don't want to 
begin. In brief, Dottle and I will 
celebrate our 38th wedding an- 
niversary on Friday, and I think the 
marriage is going to work. 1948-49 
still remains one of the most 
significant of our lifetimes (we 
met there!), and indeed we will 
return in September, as we have 
been fortunate enough to do 
periodically during those 40 years. 
We have kept up a lively acquain- 
tance with the family I lived with, 
have exchanged children during 
the summer, etc. Unfortunately, a 
heart attack claimed my French 
'brother' Jean-Pierre Pecquet 
while he was climbing in the 
Pyrenees three years ago. 

"A couple of weeks ago, I step- 
ped down as Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees of Dartmouth 
College, and Dottie has put in ten 
years of service on Mount 
Holyoke's Board. Both institutions 
have received our sustained sup- 
port for almost any and all efforts 
to put an international perspective 
on the curriculum. For example, 
65 percent of every Dartmouth 
graduating class has had at least 
one term abroad." 

DAVID E. SPARKS [Swarthmore] 
wrote; "Memories! We were the 
only married couple in the first 
Junior Year in France. It gave us 
a special perspective. 

"I shared with all my fondly- 
remembered classmates the ex- 
citement of discovering a new 
world, of learning at the seat of 
learning, the University of Paris, of 
making new friends, of coping 
with post-war difficulties, of 
enriching our lives in many 

"But being married, and the 
focus of a new family allowed us 
to enter into Parisian life in a 
special way We registered at the 
parish of St. Severin and by that 
happy act had the great privilege 
of meeting Father Francis Conan 
(A Breton, now a Canon of Paris), 
who on the first Sunday of Advent 
that year began the first dialogue 
Mass in France, years ahead of 
Vatican Council II. In the parish we 
performed all the normal chores 
of couples our age (waiting table 
at the church supper given for the 

old folks, etc.) and on the way mak- 
ing many friends among the new- 
ly married. We also attended the 
inspiring lectures given by 
members of the parish pastoral 
team. This was a rich experience. 

"We got pregnant. And had a 
hilarious time coping with this 
event. Finding a doctor, and get- 
ting all the right documents 
declaring that expectant status. 
All the little fonctionnaires at the 
Mairie du Verne fussed over Mary 
like aunts and grandmothers, mak- 
ing sure that she had all the ration 
tickets she was entitled to. (There 
is a love of new life in the French 
spirit that shows itself every- 
where!) And finding maternity 
clothes! In post-war Paris! We 
look back with nostalgia on these 

"We slowly became integrated 
into the life of our neighborhood. 
Daily Mass at St. Etienne-du-Mont 
helped us to meet the 'little peo- 
ple' of that parish. Our meals were 
taken at the home of a valiant 
woman of the Resistance, Mme 
Souquet-Basiege, and these occa- 
sions gave us insight into their in- 
timate family life, besides giving 
us a clearer understanding of how 
life was lived underthe Germans. 
And there was Mme. Lagrange, 
who did our laundry; she spoke 
with the rumbling 'R's' of her 
native Champagne, and had an 
enormous, terrifying cat. The 
crown of this gallicization of the 
Sparks was the invitation we 
received to the wedding of our 
concierge's daughter at St. 
Etienne-du-Mont. We knew we 

"Vacation travel took us to 
Lourdes, travelling third class on 
a Franciscan pilgrimage. Hard 
benches, but happy, generous 
faces of the French working class. 
The omnipresent smock to cover 
travel clothes. Good bread and 
cheese shared; and a shared vi- 
sion of Providence. Vacation took 
us also to Avignon, and Aries, and 
Orange, and Aix-en-Provence, and 
a golden view of the Midi. Easter 
found us in Rome, and a chance 
to talk with the Holy Father, who 
spoke English with difficulty, but 
was most gracious and solicitous 
about our 'holyday.' 

"We left with you all on the 
'Queen Elizabeth,' but I think we 
left far many more ties behind. You 
leave part of your heart, when you 
part from the neighbor who has 
just embraced you, the bridge you 
have just kissed. Memories!" 

[Cornell]: [Vice President-Finance 
and Administration, The Edna 
McConnell Clark Foundation. Mar- 
ried to Charles T Stewart in 1976 
— two stepchildren — Jenifer and 

"Memories of Paris, 1948-49: 
Just quick reaction. Eye-opener, 


memorable and broadening ex- 
perience starting witti reception at 
French Consulate in New York, 
trip on 'Mauretania' (getting to 
know ottiers, venturing from our 
steerage quarters to first class), 
landing in Cherbourg harbor. Ar- 
rival at Reid Hall and beginning of 
friendships. Association with 
both French professors and 
American directors, courses at 
Sorbonne and linguistics in- 
stitute. Incredible opera, theatre, 
concerts and art. Gratinee at the 
Dome. LaCoupole. Making French 
friends. Berlin airlift. Paris general 
strike. Learning to love goat 
cheese, only one not rationed. 
Consumption of lots of red wine- 
returning bottles to be refilled. 
Twenty-first birthday at Tour 
d'Argent. Travelling to Normandy, 
Brittany, Loire, Riviera, Switzer- 
land, Italy, England and Ireland. 
Friendship not only with French 
but with students of other na- 
tionalities as well." 

Editor's note: Pat enclosed with 
her response a most impressive 
resume of her life's work, listing 
numerous Directorships, 

Trusteeships, and awards. Con- 
gratulations, Pat! Your successes 
and contributions lend validity to 
the Woman's Lib movement! 

wrote: "Junior Year was one of the 
best for me. I still am in touch with 
the De Marsangy family where I 
lived." He is now retired and living 
on the East End of Long Island 'in 
an old house. Federal with 
Italianate changes.' Near neigh- 
bors are Virginia Mann York, mar- 
ried to a painter, and Peter 

(Retired from National Park Ser- 
vice Career as Ranger and senior 
bureaucrat.) recalled these 
memories from Paris 1948-49: 
"Awakening (or coming to) in the 
inferno of the lower bilge of the 
'Mauretania' knowing I had gone 
to hell — the rest of the trip I slept 
on deck. The trepidation about 
meeting the family Passy with 
whom I lodged — Caf^-filtre the 
first night on the Champs (foul to 
my taste) — Taking fellow 
schoolmates to the Club V6nus 
with NUDE dancers! — the 
unbelievable cold during March 
when a trip to the public bath was 
the only way to do the laundry and 
warm the bone marrow, — skiing 
in Zurs and getting into Vienna — 
running slightly behind the bulls 
in Pamplona. You will note that 
there is little recollection of 
academic activities which, in my 
case, were rather sparse. I am 
forever grateful to Professor 
Andersson for his brilliant 
legerdemain in 'translating' the 
French grades or lack of them to 
the Yale officials on my return. The 
year in Paris remains as one of the 

most memorable in my life. 

"On a long overdue return to 
Paris last Fall I was distressed to 
find the Junior Year offices in 
shabby, dreary quarters on the up- 
per floors of the Alliance Fran- 
gaise. Apparently the future of 
Reid Hall had become doubtful 
and the director at that time chose 
to relocate to the Alliance. Reid 
Hall, in the meanwhile, has been 
refurbished and looks great. Let's 
start a move to take the program 
back to Reid Hall." [Note from the 
editor: I wonder if Lynn actually 
saw the JYF offices. Although not 
luxurious they are certainly not 
"shabby" or "dreary." They are 
situated on the 5th floor of a 
relatively modern 8-story building 
and can be reached by elevator. 
However, up to last year some pro- 
grams were located in an old 
building which has since been 
torn down. Could these be the of- 
fices Lynn saw on his visit to the 
Alliance Frangaise?] 

[Pennsylvania State] (occupation 
counselor. 3 children, 3 grand- 
children) wrote: "Very fond 
memories of travelling throughout 
France, the Netherlands and 
Switzerland. Formed a lasting 
friendship with Pearl Hurwitz 
Austin — we still are very good 

"Very fond memories of family 
we lived with in 16th arrondisse- 
ment and cycling (we bought the 
original Peugeot bikes 3 speed) to 
the Sorbonne across the city each 
day Also took a cycling tour of 
Normandy with some of the 

"A year of tremendous learning, 
new experiences, learning to 
cope, good friends!" 

[Haverford] writes: "I have been liv- 
ing in Santa Fe, N.M. for five years, 
after 25 years with the Ford Foun- 
dation in New York and Latin 
America. About half my time now 
is spent in Africa and Asia, doing 
consulting with the World Bank. 
I have very fond memories of our 
year in Paris and wonder how 
everyone else in the group is far- 
ing — after 40 years." 

[Wellesley] wrote that she was 
"musing on a visit to Paris to in- 
spect new architecture and 
suburbs but will need a cheerful 
companion. I don't want to suc- 
cumb to nostalgia — husband 
whom I met in Paris in '51 died in 
'67, Christopher Kotschnig, a dear 
friend from our group, died in his 
late twenties. Remember how hot 
it was the night we sailed from 
New York? I went back in '51 and 
worked in the Paris office of the 
Chicago Tribune as a feature 
writer and fashion editor. I covered 
the openings of truly aesthetic 
events — Jacques Path. Balen- 

Graciela Torres Zabaleta (Wellesley) 1948 Christmas vacation 

ciaga — also wrote a page one 
story on the abattoirs of Paris us- 
ing an article in the office En- 
cyclopaedia Britannica to inform 
myself on Chicago slaughter 
houses. Met my husband, an 
English expatriate, and returned to 
Providence to languish for many 
years while my husband earned a 
Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown. 
One circle I knew in Paris was a 
group of intellectual refugees 
from Central Europe waiting years 
for their names to reach the top of 
the list to emigrate to Canada or 
the U.S. One from Hungary 
became a professor at Montreal, 
his friend, a Roumanian, a banker 
in the English community there. 
We all met in Montreal for a reu- 
nion in the late Fifties. I have 
spent over eleven years of my 
adult life in Europe. I always feel 
5 or 10% better )ust being there 
because of the beauty of the 
countryside and towns, the civiliz- 
ed way of life. I like New England 
too, but I suggest that one effect 
of the JYF is to leave one a little 
discontented for the rest of your 
life. But I am deeply grateful for 
the year. My newspaper is the 
Manchester Guardian Weekly 
partly because a section every 
week contains articles from Le 
Monde. I remam forever Fran- 
cophile (not indiscriminately). I 
remember Miss Monaco, M. Kerst. 
and particularly Maurice Seruliaz 
at the Louvre I remember Karen 
Cassard's independence. Ginny 
Mann's elegance (her shawl), 
Hugh Thompson's wit. Dotty 

Rooke's sweetness and Walter 
Langlois' amazing all the French 
families by being the perfect Nor- 
mand type. My French family on 
the Avenue Marceau was a superb 
introduction to French life. My two 
particular friends, Pat and Cellen, 
both became French teachers. 
There is no end to the benefits of 
spending a college year outside 
the U.S. especially if you know the 
language which the JYF happily 

[Barnard) "My husband. Albert 
York, continues to show his 
representational drawings and 
paintings in New York, and I am 
still at work on a book of studies 
for a myth of creation. I was 
delighted last spring when the 
New Yorl< Times (May 1988) 
published a letter of mine about 
stellar mythology. 

"It was great fun to have my 
grandson. Adam Caldwell, age 12, 
of Serafina. New Mexico spend 
the month of July with us here at 
Water Mill, Long Island, N.Y With 
all best wishes to our JYF-mates." 

[Harvard] (writer — a book of her 
short stories will appear this Fall 

— A Butterfly Net and a Kingdom 
and other stories — Crown Arts 

"You ask for memories, and so 
many rush to mind! Not of great 
events — none occurred in my life 

— but of all those poignant 
moments, some of them in love, 
but most experienced as a 
witness. The war had ended so 

A L U M N 


short a lime before that the 'lei est 
tombe pour la Patrie plaques 
struck my eye not only because of 
the newness of their installations 
in the buildings' walls, but often 
because of the fresh flowers laid 
on the sidewalks under them. The 
beauties of poor and ill-kept Paris 
came as discoveries and 
astonishments as perhaps they 
cannot to someone who has come 
to them after the cafes have 
replaced their worn out banquet- 
tes, and the stone fagades have 
been scrubbed clean by order of 
de Gaulle. It is hard now to see the 
church of St. Germain among the 
bright boutique windows. The 
griminess of the walls of the 
Louvre and the Chambre des 
Deputes, for examples, seemed to 
my eyes to add historical weight 
and romance. 

"I remember the cramped and 
antique feeling of the Sorbonne's 
lecture halls rather than what was 
taught there, and the smell of the 
Metro and the crack of the latches 
as the doors slammed shut at 
least as clearly as my destina- 
tions. The pain of inadequate 
French as I attempted to interest 
French acquaintances, and the 
pleasure when my halting efforts 
succeeded in conveying 
something more complex than 
yes or no! 

"Fellow 'Junior Years', you have 
remained twenty years old, glow- 
ing with health among the sallow, 
down at the heel Parisians. You 
are brightly dressed, noisy 
enough to attract widespread at- 
tention! You look eager, adven- 
turous! And so may you always!" 


TON [Louisiana State], "mother of 
four wonderful sons", writes: "After 
graduating from L.S.U., I attended 
Yale University [M.A. French], 
followed some years later by an 
M.L.S. at U.G.L.A., where my hus- 
band teaches physics, and I am 
now Librarian at the Brentwood 
School, a private grade 7-12 school 
in Los Angeles. I have lived in 
France two years, while my hus- 
band was on sabbatical, and 
where I was Librarian at the Inter- 
national School of Paris. Fond 
memories of the '51-52 JYF" 


J. DAVID FREUND [Yale] in- 
forms us of the death of JON 
CARLSON [Yale] on November 23, 
1987. Jon was a Professor at City 
College in New York. The follow- 
ing tribute, written by some of his 
friends, appeared in the New York 
Times: "He had the only style that 
counts — originality His fierce in- 
telligence hated hypocrisy and 
saw quite through conventional 
wisdom. He was brave. His 
judgments were bold and ex- 
quisitely discriminating. He made 
laughter both a strategy and an art 
form. His company was a delight 
and an education. He wasyo/e de 

President Bush did not spend his Junior Year in Paris, but Abraham 
Lincoln did: SAIVI WATERSTON [Yale] [with Mary Tyler Moore] in the NBC 
mini-series "Lincoln." 

We will be grateful if alumni 
will inform us of any address 

changes. It is becoming 

increasingly expensive for us to 

send our newsletter to 

addresses that alumni have 

left unchanged. 



The invitation read: "Julie 
Bailey, Mary Jane Higgins and 
Jimmy Sykes aimeraient avoir le 
plaisir de votre visite pour un 
cocktail suivi d'un diner le Samedi 
16 Avril 1988 a 18 h chez Bob et 
Julie Bailey a I'Dccasion du 25eme 
anniversaire de la Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France '62^3," and 
thus the 1962-63 group met in New 
York. We are very grateful to Mary 
Jane Higgins who, in addition to 
being one of the hostesses, acted 
as reporter. Here is her report on 
this reunion: 

"If it couldn't be Paris, New York 
was the choice location for SBC- 
JYF '62^3 alumni to rendezvous 
and toast great memories and 25 
years of friendship. An elegant 
dinner at the home of JULIANE 
the focus for the 22 who gathered 
on April 16 — about 1/6th of the 

JIMMY SYKES began the apres- 
dinner memory lane: JEFF 

SILVER'S tales of kissing Parisian 
ladies' hands; LINDA HOBBS 
YOUNG'S French family of 
naturalistes: ASHTON BAR- 
FIELD'S post Sweet Briar adven- 
tures; JONATHAN SMALL model- 
ing his period suede jacket; and 
fond remembrances of antics on 
the 'Mauretania.' Everyone enjoyed 
seeing letters and photos sent in 
from several other class members. 
Seeing familiar faces from such a 
significant period was very 
special. Several came from a long 
from Pacific Palisades. California; 
husband. Woody, from Min- 
SCHOLLAERT with husband, Jim. 
from Arlington. Virginia; DONNA 
Dallas; and KING YOUNG from 
Highlands. North Carolina. 
Reminiscences continued into 
the night as several hardy souls 
topped off a fabulous time with 
Pernods and Perriers at a local 
New York bar Watch for notices of 
a repeat performance in 1993!" 

The 1962-63 group celebrated their 25th anniversary by singing the 
Marseillaise and toasting the glories of France: seated CYNTHIA 
[Mount Holyoke]: Isecond row! DONNA PEARSON NEUHOFF Sweet 
[back row] JEFFREY SILVER Williams . JAMES BAXTER Yale . ROBIN 
South], DAVID RUSSEK Princeton:. 


September 4, 1963 


First a message from Professor 
Gordon Silber, Resident Director 
in 1963-64, who is now retired from 
the State University of New Yorl< 
at Buffalo: 

"Greetings to one and all! 

"When I think about you as I 
knew you during our year in 
France together, I do wish that I 
could have a chance to see you 
again now in your mid-forties. I 
wouldn't want to waste time talk- 
ing about how time passes. After 
all, it is an essential fact about 
time that it does pass. But the 
changes that occur with passing 
time are another matter 

"We have lived through momen- 
tous changes in these twenty-five 
years — as individuals first of all, 
as Americans, as inhabitants of 
our World. Surely since 1963 we 
have seen many, many more ma- 
jor changes than one could 
predict tor a quarter-century, and 
the repercussions, problems, and 
challenges that accompany them 
are far-reaching indeed. Can it be 
that the news of the assassination 
of John Kennedy and that numb- 
ing November day that followed it 
were the warning that we were 
entering an age of crises, conflict, 
violence, and deepening dif- 
ferences over how to realize and 
maintain our hopes and ideals for 
our fellow beings, especially that 
of 'liberty and justice for all?' I do 
wish that we could all get 
together, get reacquainted, and 
exchange the experiences, 
perceptions and concerns that are 
on our minds today. 

"The post of Resident Director 
is an exciting and rewarding one 
but it has one flaw: one has, in- 
evitably, little or no opportunity to 
keep in touch with many members 
of the group once the year is over 
Twenty-five years later I do regret 
that we have been in touch with 

only six or seven of you [and 
usually by chance and briefly at 
that], when you numbered 105! 

"And now to look to the future. 
My wife and I wish for all of you 
— for the next twenty-five years 
and after — the achievements and 
satisfactions that you most desire, 
good health, and a World which 
will be safe for our children and all 
children to live in." 

A message from Professor 
Joyce Carleton, Assistant to the 
Resident Director in 1963-64, who 
teaches at Central Connecticut 
State University in New Britain, CT: 

"I am delighted to have this 
chance to send you my warmest 
greetings. I just dug up the file I 
have kept on our year together 
[lists of your dames Chez qui in 
Tours and in Paris, orientation 
talks on the 'Queen Mary,' etc.] and 
have found it full of amusing 
items. For example, the contract 
with the Paris hostesses 
stipulated not only room and 
board but made sure that you were 
guaranteed 'deux bains par se- 
maine, eau chaude, le chauffage 
[dans lachambre meme a partirdu 
ler novembre]. un bon eclairage 
[une ampoule de 60 watts par etu- 
diant est indispensable], change- 
ment des deux draps de lit une 
fois tous les quinze jours', etc... 
Moreover, there was a Reglement 
pour les jeunes filles a Paris 
which says 'Les jeunes filles sont 
libres de sortir sans autorisation 
prealable et sans fiche de sortie 
a condition d'etre de retour chez 
elles avant 11 heures du soir', and 
'La jeune fille ne doit recevoir la 
visite d'un jeune homme dans sa 
chambre ni etre re?ue dans la 
chambre du jeune homme', etc... 
Sounds incredible, n'est-ce pas? 
Re-reading these cautions 
underscores the distance we all 
traveled in 25 years. I hope it has 
been a good quarter of a century 
tor each of you. It was fun 
remembering our year together I 

have been back to Paris countless 
times since, but nothing can 
match the special way it was dur- 
ing the Sweet Briar Junior Year in 
France. I, who am on the verge of 
retiring, would love to hear from 

Our thanks to ALICE FORK 
GROVER [Wheaton] for accepting 
to serve as class secretary on the 
occasion of the 25th Anniversary 
of the 1963-64 group.. ./A tout 
seigneur tout lionneur here is 
Alice's message: 

"First, thank you all for your 
thoughtful letters. It was really a 
lot of fun catching up on all the 
news and reminiscing with you. 

"Common threads ran 
throughout the mail. We were the 
vanguard of the 'baby boom,' the 
first fringe of those old enough to 
be involved with what is now call- 
ed 'The Vietnam Era' — either in 
the military or avoiding it, many in 
the Peace Corps, mostly pre-pot 
pre-flower children. We remember 
being in a foreign country when 
the first president since Garfield 
was assassinated. Most of us con- 
sciously realize that our year in 
France made a profound impres- 
sion on us. helping us to see and 
better understand both ourselves 
and our culture. We knew Mont- 
Saint-Michel at the autumnal 
equinox aboard the Rapides de 
Touraine, the Paris of the 'real' 
Halles [soupe a I'oignon at 2 a.m.], 
the Gare d'Orsay before it became 
a musee and before the riots of 
Mai 68. And, yes, it really was both 
yesterday and a quarter century 
ago that it all happened. 

"Many of you would like to get 
back in touch with each other, 
those in your area and those in 
your field. I'd be delighted to act 
as liaison, write me at home: 196 
Scout Road, Southbury, CT 06488, 
or at school: Bethel High School, 
Bethel, CT 06801, or call (203) 









Holyoke] — Ann Arbor 

Grace earned her MA in French 
and then lived in Paris for several 
years, working as a lectrice and 
assistante d'anglais at the Univer- 
site de Paris. She is now a doc- 
toral candidate in Comparative 
Literature (French, Russian and 
English) at U. Michigan and has 
started looking for positions as a 
lecturer or instructor in one [or 
more] of the three. Can any of you 



[Vassar] — New Canaan, CT. 

Dede wrote a deceptively 
understated description of how 
she keeps busy She's married, the 
mother of an 11- and an 8-year old, 
and is the Secretary of the Board 
and Corporate Secretary of Mobil 
Corporation. Occasionally she 
gets to Paris on business. 

Memories: "Tile roofs and 
chimney pots. ..the pervasive 
dampness of the Amphitheatre 
Richelieu, the perennial grey skies 
of a Parisian winter my first taste 
of a crepe with powdered sugar... 
napoleons...t.he little streets of the 
lie Saint-Louis, the smell of 
Gauloise cigarettes in the Metro..." 

[Radcliffe] — Cambridge. MA. 

Joey describes the past 25 
years all as 'rushed.' After marry- 
ing John in the 15e arrondisse- 
ment in 1963, she had had the 
twins before the end of senior 



year. Their third was born in the 
middle of her Master's degree. 
Familiar with many areas of the 
business, Joey is now a V.R at the 
Bank of New England, delights in 
her globe-trotting offspring and 
enjoys the pied-a-terre she and her 
husband bought in the (Vlarais two 
years ago. 

Memories: "Bejart ...Madeleine 
Renaud...and Marcel Marceau up- 
close'.. ..mak\ng a private 
pelerinage to every Paris market 
in the course of the year, rainy 
Tuesdays at the Louvre, the time 
Beah and I gave muguet to the 
cook on May 1st and found bifteks 
in our omelets in return." 


[Wheaton] — Southbury, CT 

Roily picked her college, 
Wheaton, because it offered ac- 
cess to the SBC-JYF program and 
she wanted to be a French 
teacher It worked, and she still is 
one, but she found it advisable to 
pick up enough Spanish to be 
able to teach it as well, so now 
she teaches both. After a year 
teaching at a boarding school, she 
married Bob Grover, whom she 
met in Paris when he came to visit 
his longtime friend PETER 
McROBBIE [Yale]. Bob and Polly's 
daughter, Pam, just graduated 
with honors from Wheaton last 
May and is working as a legislative 
aide in Boston. Roily has also just 
taken on the challenge of 
presiding over Wheaton's Alum- 
nae Association as it enters its 
transition to being an Alumni 

Memories: "Spike heels and 
cobblestones: violins and accor- 
dions in the metro; in Monsieur 
Simon's theater class, choosing 
my seat carefully and learning for 
the first time how to 'see' a writ- 
ten play; our slightly demented 
domestique. Marguerite, at 
Madame Nolleau's: ordering un 
grog at the neighborhood cafe 
when the weather was raw [and 
reinventing the recipe on my 
return]; Madame Daladier's ad- 
vanced translation course [Was 
she really Edouard Daladier's 
wife?]; a real Dior showing: the 
final exam for the XIXe siecle art 
course at the Ecole du Louvre 
when I had to describe 3 murals 
and could only remember one..." 


LESLIE BEEBE [Colorado] - 

Leslie earned her Ph.D. m 
linguistics at U.Michigan and is 
now a tenured Professor of 
Linguistics and Education at Col- 
umbia University Teachers Col- 
lege. She's married to a journalist 
at Business Week and, probably in 
conjunction with one of her latest 
books, was about to board a plane 

to Tokyo as she wrote me. She 
would love to hear from others of 
us and gave me permission to 
print her home phone: [212| 

Memories: "Biking to chateaux 
...Marguerite walking in a freezing 
day saying '// ne fail pas 
cAiaud.'... getting locked out at 

ried LINDA FRIED [Mount 
Holyoke] a little more than 23 
years ago and feels his French 
has gotten very rusty during the 
many years he's been an 
ophthalmologist at the Wills Eye 
Hospital. Nevertheless, he and 
Linda have taken several trips to 
France, some with David Hoy. Ac- 
cording to Bill, David is currently 
a professor of philosophy at U. 
Santa Cruz in California. 


Casey has been practicing law 
since he finished his degree in 
1968 at Harvard Law. He and his 
wife, June, have two sons, Quent- 
zal, 17 and currently in Australia, 
and Colin, 14. "Both are huge but 
neither, alas, has any particular in- 
terest in France or things French, 
except food." 

Casey would be happy to see 
any old friends from '63^4, like 
Skip, who may pass through New 
York. He can be reached in 
Manhattan at [212] 848-7019. 

Memory: "My family, the 
Sauvages...were very gracious 
people whom I remember fondly." 

— Kingston, NY 

Pat practiced law in California 
for thirteen years before moving 
her practice to up-state New York. 

She credits 'those dreadful ex- 
plicalions de lexles with being the 
best possible training for the legal 
profession. She's been lucky 
enough to get back to France 
several times for vacations. 
However, her mastery of French 
was not always a plus. The officer 
near Quimper didn't believe she 
was an ignorant foreigner when he 
pulled over her rental car for lack 
of a current registration. It took 
searching several suitcases to 
find her passport to convince him. 


For the past two years, Sam has 
been an actor, "a career change 
[after many others]" such as 
teaching French and music, and 
playing concert piano in Paris. The 
theater is, he feels, his true call- 
ing and he's been making pro- 
gress more quickly that he had an- 
ticipated. Agents have begun to 
call him! 

Memory: "When I was there I 
found the city to be the most 
beautiful I had ever seen. Every 
day seemed like a brand new 
awakening to astonishment." 

[U. Southern California] — NYC 

Susan and her husband, Wayne, 
a psychologist, went to France for 
their honeymoon sixteen years 
ago. Now in Manhattan, Susan 
uses both her French and Spanish 
regularly in her work as a high 
school guidance counselor 


According to Peter's authorized 
bio,' he's living with his wife, two 
sons and a salamander over a 
social club in Little Italy The boys 

downstairs think he's working for 
the FBI instead o( actually pursu 
ing careers as a professional 
wrestler and actor who doesn 
want the world in on what he's do 
ing. ..a lethal trait' in his profes 
sion. At one point he even com 
manded an actual platoon of the 
French Foreign Legion for 10 days 
in a chilling Midi rain — 'skin- 
headed brutes with skulls like pit 
bulls — odd privilege.' 

Memories: "I do recall those 
sweet female voices in the dark on 
the bus to Caen, Ruth Spivack 
Smullin's wonderful lost smile 
later outside the caf6. Marsha 
Geffner Lewis agog at her first 
bidel. The density of the light in 
Paris at dusk." 

[Vassarl — NYC 

After finishing at Vassar and do- 
ing some graduate work in film 
production and photography, Jane 
went on to get law degrees at NYU 
and Columbia. Her practice 
specializes in the legal needs of 
those in the arts while many other 
facets of her commitment to the 
arts have become an extensive 
avocation. She's chair of the 25th 
Reunion Fund for her class at 
Vassar, and she and her husband, 
Reed, have three children, Lara 
[Yale '89], Maia [Columbia '91] and 
Peter, currently in his senior year 
at Milton Academy, 

[Mount Holyokej — NYC 

Judy's 'lifelong love affair with 
all things Italian' led her from 
France to an M.A, in Italian from 
Middlebury, several years of 
residence in Florence, a great love 
of opera and work for an organiza- 

Receplion at the Hotel de Villc 


tion called 'Save Venice,' which 
raises funds to finance restoration 
efforts for great works of art. She 
also sent me an update on 
[Sweet Briar]. Jo and Keith now 
have three tDusy teenagers and 
continue to live in the London 
area. The Pavilion Opera is one of 
Jo's favorite causes, Judy says. 

Memories: "They will forever 
center on the extraordinary Mile 
Madeleine Chabrier, my landlady 
then a 65-year old vieille 
fille... She'd retired as the first 
woman head of the Bibliotheque 
Nationale...l sat at her feet for that 
entire year and listened to her 
stories. ..and her seemingly 
limitless knowledge of French 
history and culture." 

MICHAL SUKIN [Cornell] - 

Michal is a long-term lawyer, 
specializing in the entertainment 
field, and a brand new husband. 

Memory: "My favorite memory 
of France amongst many is wat- 
ching Rhett Simonds introduce 
himself to a French girl." 


DAVID BARRY [Yale] — Chapel 
Hill, NC 

David and his wife, Gracia, have 
a daughter and a son who expects 
to follow in his dad's footsteps as 
an MD. Along the way, David got 
to be something of an expert in 
yellow fever and became exten- 
sively involved with the study of 
viral effects on the immune 
system. This logically led to his 
current position as Vice President 
of Research for Burroughs 
Wellcome and has given him the 
chance, both in France and 
Geneva, to use his 'deteriorating 
facility' with French to give several 
interviews related to AIDS [proving 
once more that not all Americans 
speak only English]. 

Memory: "Sitting on the stair- 
case the night before our schedul- 
ed Thanksgiving dinner at the 
Hotel de Ville [do you remember 
how the lights would go out 
automatically after 30 seconds?] 
when Sandy Kenyon came back 
from a date and told us she had 
heard that President Kennedy had 
been shot. Because of the hour, I 
couldn't take the m^tro and 
therefore, as usual, had to walk the 
three miles back to my apartment. 
I remember, as clearly as if it were 
last night, going up to a gendarme 
standing on a parapet above the 
Seine in the dark of that early mor- 
ning, and desperately asking him, 
'Est-ce qu'il est vrai qu'on a Ur6 sur 
le President?' and he, looking with 
great sadness at my American 
clothes and accent, said 'Ou/...// 
est mart.' " 


[Wellesley] — Chevy Chase, MD 

Living in another culture in 
France, becoming aware of how 
others lived, thought, and felt, 
played a part in Sue's decision to 
become a psychiatric social 
worker She currently has a private 
practice and also works in the 
Department of Psychiatry in 
Washington's Children's Hospital. 
She and her husband have two 
children, ages 17 and 10. The 
whole family had just returned 
from a visit to France before she 

Memories: "The service for Ken- 
nedy at Notre-Dame, the way so 
many people offered condolences 
as if he were a member of my 
family, biking during gold fall days 
around Tours, ski trips in the Alps 
with French student groups." 

[Sweet Briar] — McLean. VA 

In addition to being surrogate 
parents for Mel Cota's eldest [see 
below], Eileen and her husband, 
Marty have three children of their 
own, one of them already a 
sophomore at Harvard. All three 
are nationally ranked squash 
players: Marty. Jr. is #1 in the coun- 
try in the Sixteen and Unders 
category and represented the U.S. 
in Scotland in the Spring of '88. 
Eileen herself is an Associate 
Department Head at MITRE Cor- 
poration, a systems engineering 
firm that consults only to the 

Maryland] — Richmond, VA 

Ray went from teaching French 
in the Peace Corps, via Tunisia 
and Algiers where he met his wife, 
to teaching English at U. Rich- 
mond for the past thirteen years. 
He's been back to France a few 
times and has been interested, 
but not always pleased by, such 
material changes as the new 
trains, the telephone system and 
'McDonald's outlets all over 

I especially appreciated Ray's 
news about others we knew that 
year but who haven't written me. 
He told me that TREVOR GUY 
[Brown], his Paris roommate, work- 
ed for the Peace Corps shortly 
after graduation for several years 
in Tunisia, Morocco and Chad. 
Trevor now directs a Teaching 
English as a Foreign Language 
program in Cleveland. SUSAN 
MAYCOCK VOGEL [Wellesley], 
the architectural historian of Car- 
bondale. IL. where she was in the 
Department of Economics of 
Southern Illinois University, has 
moved to and is now writing a 
similar history of Cambridge, MA. 
Ray also mentioned, to his utter 
astonishment, being reunited with 
Professor GORDON SILBER of 
SUNY and his wife at a con- 
ference about ten years ago. Ray 
was delivering a paper on the 

eighteenth century novel, his 
special interest. They've kept in 
touch intermittently ever since. 

dolph-Macon Woman's] — Mobile, 

Emily loves pursuing her art in- 
terests, including not only show- 
ing her own works but also work- 
ing on a state advocacy commit- 
tee for arts in public education. 
She's also served on the board of 
a children's science discovery 
museum. All this and a family, too: 
her husband is a lawyer and the 
elder of the two children is a 
freshman at Harvard. 

Emily sees Jean Massey Mcin- 
tosh occasionally when she gets 
to New Orleans and much enjoyed 
Sam Goodyear's visit last year 
when he came to Mobile for Mar- 
di Gras. 

Washington area 

John's proud mother received 
my note and wrote, telling me of 
his distinguished career in inter- 
national affairs. He is currently 
vice president of corporate affairs 
with Georgetown University's 
Center for Strategic and Interna- 
tional Studies, having been with 
them for ten years. 



[Sweet Briar] — Mexico City 

In retrospect, we often asso- 
ciate places with our destinies. 
Mel does. She met Alberto, a den- 
tist, aboard the 'Queen Mary' our 
second day out. Three years later, 
and after a year studying dance in 
New York with Martha Graham, 
she and Alberto married. They 
have three children, all of whom 
are studying in the U.S.: one at 
Georgetown, one at Oberlin, and 
the youngest is taking a post-high- 
school-graduate year in English in 
Colorado. One of the highlights of 
last summer for Mel was the visit 
that Eileen Stroud Clark, her 
longtime roommate on both sides 
of the Atlantic, and Eileen's hus- 
band. Martin, paid them last 

Memories: "Wonderful food 
prepared by our Mme Verly in 
Paris. ..having boarders in order to 
pay enormous property taxes. 
Remember, we were allowed two 
baths per week? We had to pay ex- 
tra for extra baths." 


We have acquired an honorary 
member ...and lost one of our own: 
we sent a letter to Mrs. David Griff 
in Paris, thinking it would reach 
of Pennsylvania]. Instead we 
received a nice letter from Mr. 
David Griff [Princeton. JYF 
1960-61], who was all confused by 

Alice Grover's letter and ended up 
supposing he had become an 
honorary member of the 63-64 
group. We do not mind adding an 
honorary member, but would like 
to know where is Merilyn? 


We had a letter from LOUISE 
with whom we had lost contact. 
She was just back from a 3-week 
vacation in France and her visit to 
Paris brought back so many 
wonderful memories. She writes: 
"I am an artist [I do oil paintings] 
and exhibit in two galleries near 
my home [Lake Bluff, IL]. I con- 
tinue to study painting with a pro- 
minent Chicago artist and hope to 
devote more time to my work. I live 
with my husband. Van, and my two 
children, Mimi, age 11, and Derek, 
age 9. I am also on the board of 
the Deerpath Art League in Lake 
Forest and also a ministry chair- 
man for a Christian organization 
called Women's Aglow, which has 
chapters throughout the US and 

"I always look back to my year 
in France as one of the happiest 
years of my life. The experience 
was very special for me." She 
would love any information about 
the 1968-69 class as it celebrates 
its 20th anniversary. 


A letter from BOB DAY [Yale] to 
all his friends from 70-71: 

"I'm writing this from London, in 
the autumn of what's been a heck 
of a year. As of the first of June I 
have been living here, and working 
as the Training and Development 
Manager, Europe, for National Ad- 
vanced Systems, a computer and 
systems company which is a sub- 
sidiary of my previous employer, 
National Semiconductor. I'll leave 
it to you MBAs to analyze that, 
while I get to the more important 

"On October 1. Cathleen Avila, 
whom several of you may 
remember from our reunion last 
year, and I were married in 
Wethersfield, CT. Unfortunately, 
we are now living apart, as Cath 
Is back in San Francisco, having 
obtained, just as I accepted this 
job, an offer from the World of Oz, 
i.e. Apple Computer. She'll be join- 
ing me here early next year. In the 
meantime, I'm somehow surviv- 
ing, granted that London is an 
easy town to "survive" in. I/We ex- 
pect to be here for at least another 
couple years, all the while bearing 
in mind the vicissitudes of multi- 
national business. 



"I've been back to Paris only 
once so far since I've been here, 
but withi barely enough time to 
tiave a Stinger at Harry's. [The 
place was crowded, man, crowd- 
ed!] But there'll be other times. 
Other times, I might add, before 
our reunion there in 1990 [Evan 
Robinson, there's your cue ...1 

"(Vly address follows, and I'll ex- 
pect it to be used! IVIy flat has two 
bedrooms. And I hope that any of 
you based in Europe these days 
will get the message, and I'll try to 
reciprocate: Bob Day 1C Cumber- 
land Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey 
TW9 3H J, U.K. Phone: [01 j 948-5740 
[home] or [01] 568 8855 [work] Did 
you get all that, Kate? 

Cheers, everyone". 



[Villanova] writes: "I have spent 
the past 4 1/2 years living in Rhode 
Island and covering New England 
and New York state as a marketing 
representative for t^ack Trucks, 
Inc. Recently I was promoted to 
the position of District Manager of 
the Far East for the International 
Division of IVIack. I will be respon- 
sible for the marketing and sales 
of heavy duty trucks to countries 
such as India, Pakistan, Malaysia, 
Indonesia, Thailand, Korea and 
China. This job involves extensive 
travel to these countries. I'm look- 
ing forward to our next JYF 

work as a specialist in Emergen- 
cy Medicine. My area of interest is 
mass casualty triage and disaster 
planning. Good quality disasters 
are rare in the U.S., so I went for 
the big one. I affiliated with an 
A.I.D.-funded organization and 
thereby worked at the Afghan- 
Pakistan border in an Afghan 
surgical hospital, training mujahi- 
deen medics in cross-border 
trauma care. Anyway I am involv- 
ed with a committee looking at 
the epidemiology of Afghan 
pathology in order to tailor an ap- 
propriate curriculum document 
for the medics in training. The 
best in-country data was collected 
by a team from Medecins Sans 
Frontieres. I'm the only guy in our 
organization with more than 
restaurant French. In talking with 
the French expats, they want to 
know where I learned my 
devastating command of the sub- 
junctive. So, on the border of 
Afghanistan, I am stunned and 
grateful that French became the 
language du jour." A prize to David 
for using his French in the most 
unexpected environment! The 
prize: his choice of a ticket to 
Eritrea or Kampuchea! Just kidd- 



We had not heard from DAVID 
BRADT [Northwestern] for some 
time. A letter explained why: "I left 
San Francisco late last fall for 

graduated from medical school 
and completed a residency in in- 
ternal medicine in Philadelphia, 
He is presently training in 
gastroenterology. He writes: "Last 
I heard from Tony Won Chen [now 
known as Hong Chen[ he was an 
architect in Los Angeles. Bobby 
Spear [and his sweetheart from 
Paris 77-78, Fabienne] were mar- 
ried years ago and I have unfor- 
tunately lost touch with them in 
recent years." 

From an informal 10th year reunion in New York City. September 1987, 
seven members of tfie 1977-78 JYF 

Left to rigtit , top rowj: ANDREW IVtARTON Georgetown , DONNA SAN 
bottom ': DAVID Dl FIORE Georgetown and BEN WILLIAMS Amherstj. 

Dancing at Vaux-leVicomte: Tish, Faith. Andy. Ann. Sherry (May 79) 


A message from Professor 
Director in 1978-79, whose new 
book, "Georges Perec: Traces of 
Passage" has just been published 
by Summa Publications: 

"Warmest Greetings to you all! 

"I'm supposed to say, 'Ten years, 
already, I don't believe it!' But all 
I have to do is to look at the group 
photo of us in front of the Institut 
de Touraine, which seems very far 
away and long ago, and, despite 
the few days I spent in Tours last 
summer which brought back to 
me memories of our time together 
there, I could easily believe it's 
been several decades. 

"Lucy and I are both still at the 
University of North Dakota, 
dividing our time between ad- 
ministrative responsibilities and 
teaching French. Some of you 
may remember 3 year old Andrew, 
who has, as you can easily 
calculate, now turned 13. He has 
an 8 year old brother Judson. and 
both conspire to keep us feeling 
younger than we are. A highlight 
for me from the last ten years was 
the year 84-85 which we spent in 
Arcachon, I fulfilling my adoles- 
cent fantasy of a year on the 
beach writing a book, and Lucy, 
much less idyllically. teaching 
through a Fulbright exchange at 
the Iyc6e. We may spend 89-90 in 

Paris, but plans at this moment 
[November 1] are very much up in 
the air 

"I have fond memories of you all 
and will eagerly read the more ex- 
citing news of you which will 

[Assistant to the Resident Direc- 
tor] Where are you NADIA ABDO, 
ficult to believe that our ex- 
perience [your first year in Paris 
and my first year as Directrice Ad- 
jointe] is now ten years in the past. 
It will be wonderful getting news 
of all of you in the Alumni 
Newsletter I've kept in touch with 
BEASLEY who have kept me up to 
date on some of you but looking 
over the list I realize just how few 
people that includes. 

Here in Paris much has remain- 
ed the same but a lot has chang- 
ed. For example, we can no longer 
house men in the Maison Dioc6- 
saine because it has become 
almost a monastery — prayers In 
the morning, prayers in the even- 
ing and pilgrimages on the 
weekend. La Maison des Etu- 
diantes is not on our list any more 
because our women couldn't ad- 
just to the idea of a curfew or to 
the attitude of the staff. You al( 
may remember the little drunk 
man guarding the door at 1 a.m. 



Paris fashion 

Unfortunately there are fewer and 
fewer pensions de famille. Mme 
Muller had to give up the Home 
Pasteur because the building was 
sold out from under her She now 
resides at 11 bis, Place de la Na- 
tion, 75001 and still takes one 
Sweet Briar student each year La 
Pension Ladagnous was sold and 
the Annex at 76 rue d'Assas Is 
closing In December, probably to 
become a hotel. Certain host- 
esses have passed on: Mesdames 
Donret, Brunet, Tchebotarevsky, 
MorJn-Lormand and Hunebelle. A 
lot of others no longer take 
students. I wonder whatever hap- 
pened to Mme Lagler and Mile 
Bire [will you ever forget them, 
girls?] Mme Cotte and Mme Trlan- 
tafyllou are still with Sweet Briar, 
as well as M. Garapon and Mme 
Hilling. Mile Derozleres and I are 
still plugging away If we had a de- 
cent picture, we would send It In 
as proof. We sometimes, but rare- 
ly, see M. SIcault who is his usual 
'March Hare' self. We miss him. 

Tomorrow we are going with the 
group to the Mont St. Michel on 
a weekend excursion that has 
been added since you all left, and 
In May we will visit GIverny and 
lunch in a chateau nearby. We 
have also added a Thanksgiving 
Dinner Our soiree dansante Is still 
an annual event but now It Is In a 
cave In the 1st arrondissement. 
No group has ever been more 
organized as you all were, plann- 
ing the soiree that year This year 
It is scheduled for February 10. 
Will anybody be passing through 
that Friday? 

If ever you are in town, please 
don't justify your not stopping by 
the office by thinking we have 
forgotten you. That Is not the case. 
We count on your visit as a sort 
of refueling and a most pleasant 
change of pace." 

Our sincere thanks to MAR'/ 
ANN GOSSER [Bryn Mawr] who, 
as class secretary, managed to 
meet our deadline, while working 

feverishly on her dissertation and 
job applications: 

Le soleil qui se leve 

et caresse les toits: 

et c'est Paris le jour 

La Seine qui se promene 

et me guide du doigt: 

et c'est Paris toujours... 
Mais la fin du voyage, 
et c'est Paris tout gris. 
Derniers jours, dernleres heures 
premieres larmes aussi: 
et c'est Paris la plule... 

"Les prenoms de Paris" 
Jacques Brel 

"DIx ans deja!!! Que le temps 
passe vlte...Ten years ago as we 
were about to start our sejour In 
Paris, Jacques Brel was singing 
for the last time. Both Images: a 
beginning and an end have re- 
mained In my spirit as part of that 
year abroad. As our discovery and 
our adventures began, the Belgian 
singer's life was coming to an end. 

Reading your letters and seeing 
your pictures, I realize that these 
feelings are shared by many. Paris 
and the Sweet Briar J YF Program, 
although they meant different 
things for all, generated some 
common thoughts. We all agree 
that the experience had a signifi- 
cant impact on our lives and the 
way we look at the world today. 
Many have returned, others are 
planning a trip back and still 
others have friends, relatives or 
students who are in France now 
with the Program. 

Merci bien for the letters and 
now to the news:" 

My present neighbor, DANIEL 
CHISHOLM, III [Holy Cross] wrote 
saying that thanks to that year in 
France he discovered that there 
was something fascinating out- 
side his own little world. He did a 
stage at a college parisien and 
after graduating, spent a year In a 
lycee in Limoges as a French 
Government Teaching Assistant 
(1980-81). He has taught French at 
Philips Academy in Andover, the 

Gllman School In Baltimore and Is 
now at Choate Rosemary Hall 
after completing an M.A. in Paris 
with Middlebury College. 

Here at Yale I have come across 
some JYFers like CAROLINE 
SMITH JBryn Mawr] who Is com- 
pleting her PhD in Linguistics 
and KAREN GRAY [Mount 
Holyoke] who graduated two years 
ago and is presently teaching 
French (bien sur) at Georgetown 
University The passage of time hit 
her when one of her students told 
her that she was about to embark 
on the Sweet Briar JYF program. 
Holyoke] in April, who after 
graduating from Mount Holyoke 
worked In Washington, D.C. where 
she taught English as a Second 
Language for the International 
Center for Language Studies and 
also In Guadalajara, Mexico. She 
wrote from Worcester, Mass., 
where she Is teaching ESL while 
working at her aunt's Mexican 

Mawr], also In Mass, had a baby 
girl, Emily Luckett Snyder last 
November. She is enjoying this 
time at home and Is Involved with 
a citizens' group that is working 
to improve the schools In North 
Andover Before the birth of her 
child, she worked as a legal ad- 
ministrator for a New Hampshire 
law firm. Another Mass. resident, 
Holyoke] reminisces on her JYF 
— the friends, the chateaux, the 
museums and how she treasures 
those memories. At present she Is 
In the Health Food business and 
travels In the U.S. 

STEVEN P. LOWY [Pennsyl- 
vania] Is working towards his MBA 
degree at New York University's 
Executive Program In Manage- 
ment. He resides in Soho where 
he Is a private dealer of twentieth 
century art and a screenwriter. 
One of his projects is to docu- 
ment his JYF expehences. He has 
travelled to Europe often and 
would like to hear from DAVID 
HAGEDORN [Georgetown] and 

On the Road: Faith, Nadia, Kirl(, Dan (October 78) 

our phonetics teacher In Tours, 
Madame Blot. 

Another "New Yorker" is BAR- 
BARA LASKEY [Brown] who after 
graduating from Brown Universi- 
ty worked for a documentary film 
maker In NYC and then went to 
Columbia University for a Master's 
degree In Architecture. She's been 
working as an architect in NYC, 
married a fellow architect and 
went to Paris last fall to research 
Pahslan Garden Suburbs. She had 
dinner with her hostess In Paris, 
Madame Blanchet. Paris Is 
definitely on her mind and In her 
work! She sees EMILY MANN 
[Brown] and would like to hear 
from DAVID HERRICK [Vassar] 

[Johns Hopkins] now married and 
with two boys, Tyler and Marshall, 
Is working part-time In Manhattan 
for Swiss Bank Corporation and 
strongly recommends the pro- 
gram to those who show some In- 
terest in It. 

A Callfornian, now an adopted 
SHIRLEY [Amherst] has been a 
buyer for Bloomlngdale's and a 
fundraiser for the Whitney 
Museum of American Art since 
graduating from Amherst. She's 
kept up with STEVEN LOWY and 
JANET HOWARD with whom she 
shared an apartment before mar- 
rying a fellow Callfornian. She Is 
now an account executive for 
Ellen Tracy Dresses and has been 
to France several times and seen 
Madame Denis at the new JYF 

VICKY CONGDON [Brown] now 
In Vermont after graduating from 
Brown and having worked for 
Waldenbooks, is an Assistant 
Editor of National Gardening 
magazine In Burlington. With her 
husband and child, Katy, they 
keep busy In the house they 
bought. She hopes her daughter 
will have the same Interest in 
things "foreign" since she 
believes her year In Paris gave her 
a view of life which has been In- 
valuable. She would like to hear 
Hopkins] whom she last saw In 
the metro In June 1979. LISA 
remembers arriving at JFK 
wondering whether her decision 
of going to France was the right 
one and after ten years the answer 
still comes loud and clear: It was 
one of the best decisions she's 
ever made!!!! She taught elemen- 
tary and pre-school French for 
four years. Then got Interested in 
the food business and became a 
dessert chef at a French 
restaurant. She now lives In Ver- 
mont with her husband. She 
wonders If our class will ever have 
a reunion. ..perhaps In Paris. 

One whose life took quite a dif- 
ferent turn Is NANCY FINNERTY 



[Ricel who is now finishing her 
residency training in Internal 
Medicine in St, Louis and from 
there will move back to Texas to 
complete a fellowship in Allergy 
and Immunology. She's still m 
touch with CINDY DAVIES [Trinityl 
and would love to hear from Jen- 
ny, Tish and Donna, "Y'all are in- 
vited anytime to Texas," Another 
letter coming from Texas inform- 
ed us that SUSAN BOLINE 
THOMPSON [Sweet Briar] and her 
husband moved from Los 
Angeles, California to Dallas, 
Texas, Before the move to Texas, 
her French hostess, Ivladame An- 
dary, visited her in California. After 
graduating in Art History from 
Sweet Briar she spent a year at 
Sotheby's Works of Art Course in 
London, Her year at the Ecole du 
Louvre served to intensify her in- 
terest in art which is reflected in 
the years she spent working for a 
private art dealer and also when 
she was at the Getty Museum. 
She has kept up with LAURA 
SCHLAIKJER [Mount Holyoke] 
PEYRARD [Wellesley] who, as 
Susan informs us, is now living in 
Paris with her French husband. 
She ended in Paris by way of 
Boston and Venezuela. She met 
him in Boston. Both went to 
Venezuela for him to fulfill his 
military obligations and are now 
in Paris where she is a banker and 
he is an engineer. 

But we also have an engineer in 
who after graduating from Agnes 
Scott College went on to get a 
second degree in industrial 
engineering at Georgia Tech. That 
is where she met her husband and 
now they both live in Dallas and 
work for Texas Instruments where 
she is a supervisor of an industrial 
engineering department. They 
have bought a house, planted a 
rose garden, travelled around the 
country and raised a litter of 
beagle puppies. She returned to 
Paris last year and was very hap- 
py to be able to show her husband 
around. They toured the 
Bourgogne wine region, visited 
her host family, the Callus; and 
she is happy to announce the 
birth of her first child, Katherine 
Ross. They are planning to return 
to Atlanta in order for her to get 
her Master's degree. But that year 
in France "is and always will be a 
part of me and the way I am," She 
sends a special hello to Laura 
Schlaikjer, Kay McKinney, Karen 
Gray, Cathy Godwin and Sherri 

philosophizing from Texas about 
his experience, believes that the 
setting, Paris, did not have a pro- 
found impact, but that the people 
and events in Paris did. He has 
been back several times to Paris 

The Palais tie la Biere in Tours: Professor Doubinsky, Cindy, Mary Ann. 
Alain, David, Kitty, Louise, Jim, Ctiarles, John and Kirk (October 78) 

where he surprised Madame 
Denis with his visit. His daughter 
is four years old. 

News come from other parts of 
the country: GAIL HARRISS 
[Vassar] in Colorado-Durango [the 
Four Corners area[ is practicing 
law and together with her hus- 
band is building a house. She 
remembers the JYF year as the 
best year in college. ANNETTE J. 
PRINCE went on to graduate from 
Northwestern U. with a Master's 
degree in Speech Pathology and 
has been a speech therapist tor 
six years in a school for physical- 
ly handicapped children in the 
Chicago area. She fondly 
remembers the little child in her 
home in Paris and cherishes the 
memories of the students she 
taught at the lycee. She wonders 
what Hanah is doing these days, 
SUSAN NERLOVE [Northwestern] 
is planning on returning to Paris 
next year with her husband of 
eight years. She lives in Evanston 
and is working for a Jewish fami- 
ly agency and has used her 
French this year with a Moroccan 
family. She has kept in touch with 
her roommate from Northwestern, 
[Yale] wrote from Northwestern U. 
where he completed a Master's 
degree in Art History and was 
working at the University's Library 
in Evanston. He also worked for 
the Art Institute of Chicago doing 
research on Classical Art. He is 
now attending the Kellogg 
Graduate School of Management 
where he will major in arts 
management. He feels privileged 
to have learned so much and met 
so many nice people while in 
France, one of which is TERI 
HAMMETT [Texas] who is now 
studying health administration at 
Emory U, 

JIM VEILLETTE [Georgetown! 
wrote from New York, but he is 
now working as an associate at 
Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault in 
Boston in their Corporate Law 
Department. After graduating 
from the Georgetown School of 

Foreign Service he spent four 
years as an Army Intelligence Of- 
ficer in Korea, Then spent a year 
as a lobbyist and entrepreneur 
before going to Georgetown Law 
School, He has kept in touch with 
[Georgetown], They are both in the 
State Department, Jim would love 
to attend a gathering of JYFers, 
Are we going to have one soon? 
He asked me what I, MARY ANN 
GOSSER, had been up to since 
our year abroad. Well, after 
finishing my A,B,, I started my 
graduate work at Indiana U, Then 
went to France and studied in Aix- 
en-Provence and got my maithse 
in Comparative Literature, I de- 
cided to return to the States and 
started my doctorate in Com- 
parative Literature [in Spanish and 
French! at Yale, And I should com- 
plete it in May 1989, So right now, 
I am writing my dissertation, 
teaching Spanish, applying for 
jobs and hoping to have a reunion 
soon. Should we have it in New 

[Denison] is now In Washington, 
D.C. working for the World Wildlife 
Fund after having worked in the 
private sector for Sotheby Park 
Bernet in their real estate division. 
In May she received a Master's 
degree in International Affairs 
from Columbia U. and this interest 
she traces back to a course she 
took at Sciences Po. As part of her 
study she worked for the United 
Nations Centre for Human Set- 
tlements in Nairobi, which 
develops low-income housing pro- 
jects. Reflecting upon her year, 
she points out the challenges of 
a class at Paris IV, the 5 franc per- 
formance of Nureyev at the Op6ra, 
the SIX weeks in Tours and the two 
pastries per day. But above all she 
treasures the life-time friends she 
made there. She keeps in touch 
[Sweet Briar!, who lives in Atlan- 
ta with her husband and son, 
Jamie. They have opened their 

own law practice. According to 
Melissa, she looks terrific and has 
the same joie de vivre. They were 
roommates in Boston for two 
years and would have made Ger- 
trude Stein proud with their 
soirees. She also sees LISA 
HOPKINS quite a bit in her 
renovated farmhouse in Vermont. 
And she would love to organize a 

Now moving out West we com- 
plete our tour: DANNY MILLER 
Northwestern], a film major, com- 
ments on those greves at la 
Nouvelle Sorbonne that marked 
our year!! But with all the ups and 
downs [the eight-story walk to his 
chambre de bonne, being mugged 
on Christmas Day in the m6tro, a 
whole rabbit avec la tete served 
for dinner] that year was the 
highlight of his college years, for 
it was thrilling to be in Paris, Upon 
graduating he worked for the 
Chicago Tribune for a while and 
then started writing and produc- 
ing educational audiovisual 
material for children. He moved to 
Los Angeles in 1986 to be Creative 
Director for a children's TV show 
called "Bearwitness News," He is 
now working for an educational 
film and video company and 
keeps up with his frangais by tak- 
ing French conversation classes 
at UCLA. He has kept in touch 
[Northwestern], who is now a big 
shot at Sarah Lee. as well as with 

[Randolph-Macon Woman's] and 
ALIX CHRISTIE [Vassar]. What 
happened to Kay McKinney. 
Morgan Pearsall. Steve Redfield. 
Hope Freeland, Denise du Sud. 
Steve Lowy, Susan Nerlove and 
Gail, he wants to know, ALIX 
CHRISTIE'S memories of Paris are 
wild and chaotic, irreverent and 
blasphemous, but "Paris stays in 
your blood and the travel bug re- 
mains," Delighted to have turned 
30, to be single, have a master's 
degree in journalism, Alix hopes 
to be a foreign correspondent 
soon. The Oakland Tribune would 
lose a reporter to a French speak- 
ing country!! We have a standing 
invitation [a tribute to Sweet Briar] 
to visit the San Francisco area. 
Thank you — we might take you 
up on that!! 

This concludes the news that I 
received. I wish I had more people 
to write about... maybe for our next 
newsletter I think most of us 
would like to have a reunion. I have 
your current addresses and many 
phone numbers. Let's organize 
something, for old time's sake. I 
can be reached at PO Box 3505 
Yale Station. New Haven. CT 
06520; tel [203] 777-1221. Thank 
you for having written, it was fun 
to put this together and to revive 
faces and situations that had not 
been forgotten. 




JIM STEWARD [Virginia] is at 
Trinity College, Oxford, where he 
will be writing his doctoral disser- 
tation on 18th-19th century por- 
traiture over the next few years. He 
would be happy to hear from other 
JYF alums who might be travell- 
ing in England. 



Texas] is senior editor of Trial 
magazine, published by the 
Association of Trial Lawyers of 
America in Washington. She 
writes: "I work within walking 
distance of the French embassy, 
the site of many good concerts, 
movies, and lectures. In my off- 
hours, I am editor of a symphony 


SARAH K. BROWN [Bryn f^awr] 
is working for the Riggs National 
Bank in Washington, DC as an In- 
ternational Banking Officer She is 
temporarily acting department 
head for the European Region. 

KELLI COHEN [U. of Texas] 
received her MA in French 
literature from Middlebury Col- 
lege: "Oui, oui, I finally mastered 
the French language and even 
received an A+ on my thesis 
[su/et: Balzac]. Science has 
always been a passion of mine. I 
have completed my first year of 
medical school and am con- 
templating a career in neurology 
child psychiatry. It is a rigorous 
lifestyle, but very exciting and 
most of all rewarding. My year in 
Paris was memorable. It enhanced 
my life and my 'being'." 

was shocked to realize it has been 
more than 5 years: "I visited ma 
famine last year and couldn't 
believe how the 3-year old triplets 
were now reading!" 

5th Reunion at the Tabard in Washington D.C. 



[Mount Holyoke]: To all members 
of JYF 1983-84: 

"A brief report on our recent 
fifth reunion! It's hard to believe 
that it's been five years since we 
arrived in Tours after our long 
voyage. Remember? Sabena, the 
interminable "Twiglight" bus ride 
from Bruxelles to Tours followed 
by the wait in the courtyard at the 
Institut de Touraine to meet our 
Tours families 

Last year, Cecily Schuiz, Jim 
Falvey and I, all attending 
graduate school at the University 
of Virginia, got together to 
organize our reunion. After track- 
ing down addresses, making 
phone calls, and attending to 
many other organizational details, 
we all came together in Washing- 
ton, D.C. to catch up on everyone's 
news from the past five years. 

It certainly seemed like just 
yesterday that we were all in 
France: singing the Chanson 
Frangaise at the Fete d'Adieu, run- 
ning through the Louvre with in- 
dex flash cards trying to memorize 
the paintings for Madame Cotte's 
exam, enjoying Shakespeare en 
kabuki au Theatre du Soleil with 
our tres Beckettien Professor 

Simon, turning to Madame Denis 
with our latest crisis (a missing 
passport or wandering family 
dog...), walking home through the 
streets of Paris long after the last 
Metro had left, paging through the 
little red Plan de Paris to find our 
way, dancing at the Holiday party 
given by Hillary Banta and Laura 
Bloom, enjoying yet another hap- 
py hour at Mother Earth's [tequila 
sunrise, anyone?], traipsing all 
over Europe [and beyond!] for 
Christmas and spring vacations,,,. 
Just a few of the memories that 
came out over dinner, with songs 
like 'La Dolce Vita,' 'I Like Chopin,' 
and 'La Vie en Rose' [Madame 
Blot would be proud to know that 
most of us remember the words!] 
in the background. 

"I apologize in advance for not 
having had the opportunity to 
catch up with everyone, but here's 
an update from my conversations: 

Boston at M.I.T working on her 
Ph.D. in political economy. She 
plans to return to Mexico soon to 
begin researching her thesis. 

JILL ABELSON has been living 
in D.C. working on Capitol Hill and 
continuing her ballet. 

BILL LAWRENCE has recently 
returned from North Africa where 
he worked with the Peace Corps. 


graduate school at Johns 

began her first year of business 
school at Wharton. 

CECILY SCHULZ graduated last 
year from UVA law and is working 
in D.C, as is her Parisian room- 
mate, AMY METZ. The third 
member of the Parisian roommate 
DON, was married this fall, and 
lives in Vermont with her new hus- 
band. Elisabeth is working at the 
Dartmouth Art Museum. 

singing in Parisian nightclubs, 
and treated us to an a capella ren- 
dition of 'La Vie en Rose' — tres 

JOANNE LEVINE is living in 
New York City, working for 
Mouton-Rothschild in marketing. 
I'm sorry I wasn't able to talk with 
everyone! I also have some news 
from friends who weren't able to 
join us: 

JIM MCMANUS is in his first 
year at Harvard Business School. 
Before returning to graduate 
school, Jim was with Shearson 
Lehman Hutton in investment 

in investment banking at First 



Boston, and just began her first 
year at the Yale Graduate School 
of Ivlanagement. 


married this summer. Hillary and 
fvlatt live in Chicago, where Hillary 
is with the Harris Bank and at- 
tends the University of Chicago's 
business school in her spare 

Finally, I hear from Hillary that 
MILLY ADAMS was married this 
summer and lives in Chicago, and 
that LAURA BLOOM recently 
returned to Chicago from New 
York to begin her first year at Nor- 
thwestern's Kellogg business 

It seems that many of us are on 
the path to business via the MBA 
route, and I am no exception — I 
am in my second year at the 
University of Virginia's Darden 
School. I worked at Shearson 
Lehman Hutton in corporate 
finance this past summer, where 
I ran into Jim fvlcfVlanus. 

I think we would all agree that 
we formed some of our best 
friendships during our sejour in 
France. I hope we can all keep in 
touch over the five years to come 
before our next reunion! I'll close 
with a few words from Hem- 
ingway's A Moveable Feast that 
always evoke the special nature of 
JYF for me: 

If you are lucky enough 
to have lived in Paris as a 

young man, then wherever 
you go for the rest of your 

life, it stays with you, for 
Paris is a moveable feast. 

A bientot." 

And now a message from Mme 
CAROL DENIS [Assistant to the 
Director] to the 1983-84 group: 

"It was wonderful seeing JILL 
recently talked on the phone with 
ANNE MYERS who is working 
here this year but we haven't got- 
ten together yet. GLORIA RUSSO 
and I see each other when we can 
fit it in, usually twice a year — for 
Thanksgiving and one lunch. 

"I wonder if JIM MCMANUS 
[Yale] remembers forgetting his 
address in Tours and getting 
home by listening to the barks of 
the family dog, or AIMEE 
LEVINE's [Vassar] getting locked 
m the toilet or LOURDES MELGAR 
[Mount Holyoke] the wooden toilet 
seat at Madame's, and SUSAN 
WARREN [Mount Holyoke] the an- 
tics of Gautier de Lambertye. I 
remember one very pleasant after 

noon, drinking chocolate and 
eating a Mont-Blanc at Angelina's 
— so delicious it made me forget 
all the housing problems. 

"I wish I could share memories 
with you at the Fifth Reunion but 
unfortunately it is a busy time for 
us here in the office, and I can't 
get away. Will someone please 
send me some photographs so 
that I can at least imagine what it 
was like being together again. 
Much love to all of you." 

For those who could not make 
it to the reunion, we include the 
following updates: 

Briar] wrote from Singapore: "I'm 
spending one year here studying 
Mandarin Chinese on a Rotary 
Foundation Scholarship. Before 
this I spent two years working for 
the Japanese government in 
Chicago and one year with a wine 
importing company. Hoping to 
return sometime to Paris and all 
of France but for now Asian study 
and travels are a great adven- 

western] "I am working as an in- 
ternational banking officer at Har- 
ris Trust & Savings Bank in 
Chicago. Specifically, I work with 
companies based in Toronto and 
Montreal that have U.S. banking re- 
quirements. I am fortunate to be 
able to speak French at work; 
although it is a little rusty the 
French-Canadians really ap- 
preciate having a U.S. banker who 
speaks their language. 

"While not working I am quite 
occupied with studying for an 
M.B.A. at night at U. Chicago as 
well as planning a September 17 
wedding. I am marrying a fellow 
Northwesterner named Matthew 
Ebach who is a television 
newswriter. We plan to honey- 
moon in -take a guess- Paris! I am 
looking forward to introducing 
Matt to Madame Achard, my 
former hostess, seeing the Musee 
d'Orsay, and revisiting old haunts. 

"My year in Paris was a tremen- 
dous amount of fun, but perhaps 
more importantly, it gave me a 
large dose of self-confidence and 
a sense of curiosity which I have 
found to be very beneficial in post- 
Paris life. I hope to see everybody 
at the reunion in October!" 

[Brown] wrote: "After graduating 
from Brown, I spent three years in 
the real estate investment bank- 
ing division of Chemical Bank in 
New York, This fall, I am enrolled 
at The Wharton School at U. 

"Unfortunately I have not been 
back to Paris since our s6jour 
together in 1983-84, having visited 
several new spots during my short 
vacations from Chemical Bank. 
However, I still keep in touch with 
my French families, and have 

hosted many French friends 
visiting the U.S. 

"My junior year abroad is, of 
course, a very special memory. 
The friends we made, the places 
we visited, the art work we en- 
joyed, and the discos we danced 
at made the year rich, fulfilling 
and fun! I look forward to hearing 
from friends who shared these 
adventures and to the next 

Mawr]: Because she has been ful- 
ly occupied completing her job at 
the Cuba Tourist Board in Toron- 
to and moving to London, Ontario, 
Tamara asked her mother to write: 

"Tamara's first job began im- 
mediately after graduation when 
she spent the summer working at 
the Language Institute in Madrid 
for Bryn Mawr College. Then she 
returned to Canada to work for 
Dominion Securities as a Sales 
Assistant. Next she began doing 
Public Relations and Marketing 
for the Cuba Tourist Board in 
Toronto. She left this week to work 
as a Teaching Assistant at U, 
Western Ontario and to begin 
graduate work in Spanish 

Holyoke] wrote: "I have worked as 
a writer since my graduation from 
Mount Holyoke in 1985. I spent 
one year in an advertising agency 
as a copywriter, then was hired by 
Arizona Public Service Company 
to write legal testimony demon- 
strating the prudence of actions 
taken by management during the 
construction of the $5.9 billion 
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating 
Station. I am working in this 
capacity now. I am also the author 
of a 90-page book. 

"The years in the business 
world have been interesting and 
lucrative, but not satisfying to the 
soul. I intend to return to school 
— most likely graduate study in 
comparative literature, with an eye 
to 'professorhood.' 

"My year in France was 
priceless. That experience placed 
me head and shoulders above so 
many of my peers who have never 
traveled — never gained that cer- 
tain self-assurance, sensitivity, 
and worldview. The French I learn- 
ed gained me a dynamite relation- 
ship with two Swiss neighbors 
who, although they've now return- 
ed to Switzerland, will be with me 
for the rest of my life. And have I 
returned to Europe? You bet! I 
spent my meagre two weeks of 
vacation in Switzerland last year, 
absorbing all the French this skin 
could hold. Due largely to my 
strong feelings about spending a 
year abroad, my brother is current- 
ly spending his junior year In 
f\/1unich, Germany. 

"I live alone with two green par- 
rots in a sunny-one-bedroom 

apartment in Phoenix. I write 
brochures and organize events (or 
charities, jog, play tennis, do 
gourmet cooking, spend time with 
my 'significant other,' and read. I'm 
tremendously interested in the 
new developments in physics and 
various theories of energy; I think 
we're going to find that the same 
laws that govern the physical 
realm also govern that of the 
spirit. Except for the latter, my life 
is terribly yuppy, I'm afraid " 


HOGAN Bates] wrote The quote 
from Margaret Mason with which 
you began your recent letter 
brought to mind a quote from Ed- 
mund White on which I often 
reflected during my year in Paris: 
'I believed without a doubt in a 
better world, which was 
adulthood, or New York, or Paris, 
or love.' Prior to my year abroad. I 
was an idealist who envisioned a 
better world, a world apart from 
the realities and restraints of my 
own existence. I sought this world 
in realms that were apart from my 
current environment, in a litany of 
'others' similar to those referred to 
in the above quote. Never having 
found this world, I felt that the 
definition of my being was as yet 

"Today, with the clarity of hind- 
sight, I realize that my year in 
Paris, coupled with the year of my 
return, offered me the rite of 
passage at whose completion I 
could define my being. Yet it was 
not in the singularity or otherness 
of Paris that this definition 
manifested itself. The events of 
these two years destroyed the 
foundation upon which I perceiv- 
ed of myself as an idealist. The ex- 
periences in Paris on which I to- 
day reflect — the feelings of be- 
ing a minority, of being quite far 
away from loved ones, of the 
strength of love and of leaving 
love behind — made me realize 
that my being must not seek 
definition away, apart, or from 
without. Its definition is rather 
complete within itself and its 
community, in short, within its 
own reality. I realize that I do 
believe in a better world, but that 
this world is not apart from my 
reality It instead must be con- 
structed from within this reality, 
from the materials offered by my 
actual environment. My year in 
Paris now seems like a fantasy 
that brought me closer toward a 
fulfilling experience of reality 

"My experiences since the end 
of my Junior Year Abroad have 
been varied. I ended my 
undergraduate years with a final 
year of intense study during which 
I undertook and completed a 
thesis on the work of Jean Genet, 
particularly Ouerelle de Brest and 
Le Balcon. After commencement, 
I began working at Brown 

A L U M N 



Brothers Harriman, a private bank 
that provides services to Mutual 
Fund companies. I began as a 
fund accountant, and have since 
begun a new department vi/ithin 
the bank involving research on in- 
ternational stock transactions for 
our clients. This position offers 
me some opportunities to use my 
French, yet it is insufficient to 
maintain the ease with which I 
spoke at the end of my year 
abroad. My goal in the near future 
is to return to graduate school to 
pursue studies in French litera- 
ture and in philosophy My area of 
particular interest is contem- 
porary critical theory. I hope one 
day to teach at the university 

JAMES FALVEY [Cornell] wrote: 
"As you probably know, we are 
planning a reunion for October 29 
and I've been helping Cecily put 
it together. We're really looking 
forward to seeing everyone and 
hearing stories on past and recent 
escapades. It seems that quite a 
few people are getting in touch 
with each other in anticipation of 
the reunion. I've talked to Jesse 
Rubens, Eleni Cambourelis and 
had a letter from Julie Allen, Julie 
has been lucky enough to get an 
opportunity to study in Singapore 
so she won't be making it to the 
reunion — we'll all miss her. 

"I've been at U.VA Law School 
for the past year (after working for 
two years on Capitol Hill) where 
I've seen Cecily Schuiz [law 
school] and Stephanie Summers 
[business school]. I had a chance 
to go with Cecily to visit Sweet 
Briar for the first time last year — 
everything I'd heard about it was 
true — it's almost as picturesque 
as Cornell! [Just kidding.] 

"Charlottesville is great and if 
anyone is looking for a laid-back 
place to study both Cecily and I 
can attest to the fact that this is 
the place. I'm hoping to practice 
international law in Washington 
when I graduate but it's a com- 
petitive area so I'll have to see how 
it goes. A tout a I'heure." 

[Mount Holyoke] wrote: "I was very 
excited to be reminded of our fifth 
year anniversary and to hear the 
Alumni Newsletter wou\6 be for- 
thcoming with news of my long- 
lost friends from Junior Year 

"Undoubtedly, the year that I 
spent with the Sweet Briar Pro- 
gram in France was the most 
challenging, yet enlightening and 
rewarding experience I have ever 
had. I have not yet returned to 
France but I often think back with 
fond memories to the excitement 
of living in such a bustling city 
with a plethora of things to do and 
see. I only hope that native Pari- 
sians appreciate the city in which 
they live. I can honestly say that 

the challenge of conquering a 
new language, adapting to a new 
lifestyle and culture and relying 
on my own initiative to travel and 
experience the things that Europe 
has to offer had a profound effect 
on my life. Before my Junior Year 
Abroad I used to consider myself 
easily intimidated! 

"I was married in September, 
1987 to Hugh Hurley, a graduate of 
Providence College. We live in 
Summit, NJ and are hoping to buy 
a house in the near future. I work 
for an independent school, Gill/St. 
Bernard's in Gladstone, NJ where 
I am the assistant to the Director 
of Development and the Coor- 
dinatorof Public Relations. I real- 
ly enjoy working in an academic 
environment. It makes me think 
back to the time when I helped 
teach English to French students 
in the 13th arrondissement!" 

western] wrote: "As the U.S. Olym- 
pic Committee's Protocol Coor- 
dinator for the 4th Pan American 
Games, which took place in the 
USA in August 1987, I had my 
hands full in active diplomacy in 
the context of international sport. 
Upon completion of this project, 
I decided to move immediately to 
Paris, to pursue opportunities for 
work and graduate study which 
had developed through this 

"I became the U.S. delegate to 
the Association of National Olym- 
pic Committees, based in Paris, 
once again finding myself 
challenged by the international 
relations side of the Olympic 
movement. I also had the thrill of 
learning first-hand about the Olym- 
pic philosophy, in its homeland: 
the modern Olympic games were 
founded by the Frenchman Baron 
Pierre de Coubertin, who is 
responsible for its present inter- 
national structure, motto, symbol, 
etc. The philosophy — which pro- 
motes the complete development 
of men, not only physical but also 
moral, intellectual, social-is still 
revered there. I grew to appreciate 
it also as a tool in international 

"As an extension of this, I was 
elected to the Executive Board of 
an association at UNESCO. It is 
tied to its International Fund for 
the Development of Physical 
Education and Sport, which pro- 
motes the global development of 

"In addition, I pursued 
coursework at France's govern- 
ment school, LEcole Nationale 
d'Administration [E.N. A.], in inter- 
national politics, law, economic 
relations, and public administra- 
tion. This was valuable in 
understanding French-and Euro- 
pean, generally-political and 
economic structure and policies. 
In addition, it was an interesting 

place to be during the elections! 

"I am still playing my flute. 
While in Paris, I was a regular per- 
former at the American Church, in 
addition to playing concerts at the 
Palais Royal and on national 
television with 'LOrchestre de 
I'E.N.A.' I was also invited to give 
a private performance for the U.S. 
Ambassador and his guests at his 
residence, in late May. 

"From April-July, also, I found 
time to fulfill a research contract 
for the Organization for Economic 
Cooperation and Development 
[OECD], located in the Chateau de 
la Muette. I worked in the Develop- 
ment Cooperation Directorate, 
and completed a project on the 
role of non-governmental organ- 
ization in development. 

"This research for the OECD I 
will apply as well to my master's 
program at Harvard University, 
which will concentrate on interna- 
tional development, beginning in 

"I do wish to say hello to all 
friends from this special year and 
would be happy to see anyone in 
the Boston area." 

Holyoke] wrote: "My year in 
France was the realization of an 
old dream I had since I was a stu- 
dent at the Lycee Franco- 
Mexicain. It was a year of great joy 
and painful growth, of cultural 
enrichment and deep loneliness. 
Any way I look at it, it was a 
special year, an unforgettable one, 
and one that confronted a dream 
with reality I am still crazy about 
French culture and France, but I'm 
much more critical of it too. After 
being in France, I realized to what 
extent the French through their 
lycees had accomplished their 
mission civilisatrice on me! So 
after I returned to Mount Holyoke 
College, I studied Western African 
literature and concentrated my 
studies on Third World 

"Enough of France! After 
graduation I entered MIT's 
Political Science Department 
where Frederick Hamerman was 
also a Master's student. I'm cur- 
rently a Ph.D. candidate in Political 
Economy, working on my disser- 
tation on the politics of 

"This past September, I finally 
returned to Paris and was 
fascinated by it again. I guess, 
after all, I will always be a fran- 
cophile. I'm considering getting a 
job at the EEC after I receive my 
Ph.D. from MIT, so that I can spend 
some time in France again. I hope 
I'll be meeting you all there, 

MONS [Denison] whtes: "Looking 
back to my Junior Year in France, 
I can honestly say that it had a 
tremendous influence on my life. 

Because of that year, I majored in 
French in college, and am now 
working on my doctorate in 
French literature at Princeton U. I 
hope to finish my degree within 
two years and begin teaching. 
Presently I am preparing to return 
to Paris to do research at the B.N. 
I'm very much looking forward to 
being in Paris again! 

"Over the past five years, 1 have 
kept in contact with Ouynh 
Nguyen, still living in L.A. and get- 
ting married this fall and Alenka 
Giese, who was in Paris over the 
past year. I'd love to hear from 
other Sweet Briar friends — like 
Rachel and Julia, and my friends 
from the Art History and Histoire 
de Paris courses. If any of you are 
ever in the Princeton area [which 
by extension includes NYC], 
please give me a call — you can 
always reach me through the 
Romance Language Department 
of the University." 

DEBRA SUE KATZ [Vassar] "For 
2-1/2 years [until February 1988] I 
was living in Tokyo, Japan. I did all 
sorts of things while I was there: 
teaching English [and French], 
translating French to English, 
rewriting documents [which had 
been translated from Japanese to 
English], studying Japanese, 
Japanese cooking and tai-chi, do- 
ing volunteer crisis counseling 
and, of course, traveling 
throughout Japan and Asia. 

"Now I'm back in the U.S.A. [for 
a while at least], and I've just 
started studying for my M.A. in 
French Language and Civilization 
at N.Y.U. I'm also going to get my 
teacher certification. So all told, 
I'll probably be in New York for two 
years. Afterwards, I'll probably 
head west and teach French, 
either at the high school or junior 
college level. If anyone is in the 
New York area, please drop by and 
say 'hi'." 

wrote: "After working for the 
American Civil Liberties Union 
[ACLU] in Providence, Rhode 
Island for two years, I will be at- 
tending Northeastern Law School 
next year in Boston. I am planning 
to specialize in public interest 

[Duke] wrote: "Paris gave me a 
whole new way of looking at the 
world, and a new world for me to 
look at: French-speaking Africa. 
Studying in Paris showed me how 
there's always alternative ways of 
looking at international relations 
other than the American-Russian 
'us and them' mentality, which is 
re-emerging today There's a third 
world view. Following my Junior 
Year in France with Sweet Briar, I 
developed an interest in Senegal, 
and then spent three years as a 
Peace Corps Volunteer in Moroc- 



William Lawrence (Duke) and his waiter-friend Jean-Louis Michaux. 

CO. I don't think I would have been 
culturally and psychologically 
prepared tor spending those years 
in Morocco if I hadn't had the 
cross-cultural experience in 
France provided by Sweet Briar. 
Also, learning French orally, in 
families and in the street, 
prepared me for learning Moroc- 
can Arabic orally in the street, for 
Moroccan Arabic is an unwritten 

"Studying abroad and suc- 
ceeding in the French University 
system built my confidence and 
helped me develop a mature ap- 
proach to my studies. I learned to 
be a self-motivated 'unsupervised' 
student. Returning from Sweet 
Briar Junior Year in France, I went 
from a B- average to straight A's at 
Duke U. 

"But perhaps the greatest 
reward was the personal contacts 
and new friendships. When I need- 
ed primary resources from Paris 
for my senior thesis at Duke, it 
was a friend made through the 
practice-teaching [Centre de 
Documentation Pedagogique] 
who worked as my research assis- 
tant overseas. When I visited Paris 
with my parents this February it 
was a waiter friend from my Sweet 
Briar days who is now maitre d' at 
a chic Latin Quarter restaurant 
who gave my parents royal treat- 
ment. I keep in touch with many 
friends from that year in Paris, and 
it was only fitting that the first per- 
son to call and welcome me home 
after three years in North Africa 
was a Sweet Briar JYF friend. 

"Tomorrow I will register for 
classes at Fletcher School of Law 
and Diplomacy in Medford. 
Massachusetts, which prepares 
students for international careers. 
I have also been assigned an in- 
ternational roommate. I'm sure 
Jacques and I, as he said during 
our first phone conversation, will 
have a lot to talk about." 

wrote: "JYF 1983-84 has indeed 
had the most profound influence 
on my life. I returned to Vassar as 
a different person and viewed the 
world with a new perspective. Last 
summer I returned to Paris for 2 
weeks and my idyllic memories 
associated with ttie city and JYF 
remained unchanged. 

"I am happily settled in Manhat- 
tan and have been working in the 
fashion industry for nearly 3 years. 
In my free time I fence foil com- 
petitively at a NYC salle d'armes." 

JOANNE K. LEVINE [Wellesley] 
wrote: "I've just returned from a 
vacation in Paris full of memories 
and reflections on our Junior Year 
This is the second time I've been 
back since the end of the Junior 
Year, and I'm happy to say Paris is 
as wonderful and magical as ever. 
I can't believe it's already five 
years since I was preparing to go 
off to France for the first time. 

"I am living in Manhattan and 
working for Baron Philippe de 
Rothschild, Inc., the French wine 
company, [makers of Chateau 
Mouton Rothschild and Mouton 
Cadet]. I have the opportunity to 
use my French although I've 
forgotten quite a bit. 

"I see Valerie Groh pretty often. 
She is working for Society 
Generale and also living in 
Manhattan. I also saw Rachel 
Stenn last spring. We ended up 
taking a class together at New 
York U. I'm looking forward to hear- 
ing about the others." 

ANDREA LEVY [Wellesley] 
wrote: "After graduating from 
Wellesley College in 1985. I at- 
tended the Georgetown Universi- 
ty School of Foreign Service, from 
which I received a master's degree 
in international relations in May 

"During my two years at 
Georgetown, I held a variety of in- 
ternships: at the State Department 

[Nicaragua desk], the Washington 
bureau of a major Japanese 
newspaper [the Asahi Shimbun], 
and the Foreign Service Institute 
[the training arm of the U S Foreign 

"Since December of 1987, 1 have 
been working at the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Commerce in the Interna- 
tional Trade Administration, where 
I work with the OECD Industry 

"Since the OECD is convenient- 
ly [for me! ] headquartered in Paris, 
I will be returning to the wonder- 
ful City of Light three times a year 
for each Industry Committee 
meeting. Hallelujah! 

"I have kept in close contact 
with two other '83^4 JYFers: Irma 
Alvarez and Aimee Levine, both of 
whom I knew before my year 
abroad. I have also kept in close 
contact with a few of the French 
friends I made during that year, 
one of whom was my next-door 
neighbor in Madame Muller's pen- 
sion on the Rue de Babylone. I 
have been back to Paris twice, 
once in 1986, and once in 1987. 
Both trips were for pleasure, not 

"My year abroad was without a 
doubt one of the highlights of my 
youth. I will forever retain fond and 
wistful memories of the people I 
met, the places I visited, and the 
experiences I had during that 
magical year. I am trying very hard 
to keep my French up to par, but 
with the passage of time, it 
becomes increasingly more dif- 
ficult. Vive la France [et Sweet 
Briar JYF]!!" 

N.B. I forgot to mention that one 
of my current roommates was a 
member of the '84-85 JYF group: 
Kara Andersen. We found out we 
had this common linkage only 
after she had moved in!" 

western] wrote: "When I try to 
imagine the street names and 
lines of the Paris map and the 
faces of the friends and of the 
family that I lived with, all of which 
seemed so permanently imprinted 
in my mind, nothing is crisp, 
everything has faded. I realize the 
impact of the time that has 
passed since our year abroad. 

"My life really changed its 
course after coming home from 
France. Beforehand, I was stumbl- 
ing along, unconsciously heading 
towards law school with no real 
enthusiasm. But being distanced 
from my family. American culture, 
and my past friends for a year, 
gave me the independence of 
mind to take a chance with my 
future in order to find a more satis- 
fying pursuit. As some of you 
know, I have always loved drawing 
and making things. With this In 
mind, I came to the conclusion 
that I should become an architect. 
At present, I am drawing like crazy. 

working for a structural engineer- 
ing firm, and just about to finish 
my Masters in Architecture at U. 

"I'm sorry that I haven't kept in 
touch with any of you. I can't wait 
to find out what's going on in your 
lives. If any of you are ever in Los 
Angeles. I live in Venice. Look me 
up and give me a call" 

[Case Western Reservej wrote. II 
is really incredible that five years 
have gone by. You ask me what in- 
fluences the year in France has 
had in my life. Well, it has ex- 
panded my horizons, for now I'm 
curious about foreign people and 
cultures. Since I live in the Carib- 
bean I have taken advantage of the 
fact that there are many French 
islands close by I also hear Radio 
France International' on my radio 
and keep watching French movies 
on cable TV I have travelled to 
several of these islands so I can 
buy books and records and prac- 
tice my French. 

"Just this summer I went to the 
island of Saint-Martin after my 
graduation from law school to buy 
French law books and relax. There 
I met a local lawyer and we ex- 
changed anecdotes and discuss- 
ed some aspects of French law. I 
am presently studying for the bar 
exam of Puerto Rico and after- 
wards I plan to go to Washington. 
D.C. to find a job. 

"I have kept in touch with the 
French families in Paris and in 
Tours and also with the French 
teacher with whom I worked as a 
teacher's assistant. I hope to visit 
them in France one of these days. 
It's really great to have friends so 
far away. My French brother, Ted 
Simpson is getting married on Oc- 
tober 1 in New York, and I plan to 
visit him for the big event. 

"That year in France was truly 
one of the high points in my life 
and an experience I will not soon 
forget. I wish you all the best, mes 
amis, thanks for everything " 

SHALL [Amherst] was spending 
the summer in France. His mother 
sent the following message: "I 
would say that the Junior Year pro- 
gram greatly influenced his direc- 
tion. After graduating from 
Amherst in '85, he received a 
fellowship to the University of Di- 
jon, France, and spent the year 
teaching and taking courses. The 
following year he pursued a 
similar program at the University 
of Paris and received a diploma In 
French linguistics. Both summers 
were given to travel — Italy. 
Greece and Russia among other 
places. He has currently com- 
pleted his first year at Johns 
Hopkins U. where he has a full 
fellowship for a Master's and Ph.D. 
[concentration in French 
literature). Brad returned to France 

A L U M N 



this May for the summer and has 
spent a month traveling through 
Czechosloval<ia, Hungary and 
Yugoslavia. He keeps in touch 
with Mary [Emmy] Wyatt and at- 
tended her wedding this past 

liams] writes: "I am still under the 
spell Paris cast on me in 1983-84. 
I went back to teach in Paris for 
a year after college. I am present- 
ly teaching French in a school 
near Boston, and I recently spent 
most of my honeymoon in France." 

California] wrote: "I am currently 
working in Los Angeles at the 
French American Chamber of 
Commerce. The job is great 
because I use my French every 
day, as well as my economics 
background. I have decided, 
however, to go back to school. In 
February, I leave for Melbourne, 
Australia, where I will be studying 
for my Master's in economics on 
a Rotary Scholarship. I was in 
Australia in August of 1987 and fell 
in love with it, so I am very excited 
about the opportunity to spend a 
few years there. I plan on return- 
ing to the United States to con- 
tinue on with a Ph.D. in either 
economics or political science. 
My long-term goal is to get a 
teaching position at a college 
and/or go into economic 

"Beside the unique experience 
and valuable education, the most 
lasting and meaningful part of my 
year in France were the friends 
that I made. I still keep in touch 
with one of my French friends 
from class there and although we 
live on opposite coasts, I try to see 
both Judith Weinstein and An- 
thony ['Antonio'] Izzo at least once 
a year. 1 went to visit both of them 
at Christmas and just came back 
from Baltimore where I stayed 
with Judith and her new husband 
(they were married August 7th). I 
also see Peter Stonier regularly 
since he lives in Los Angeles. I am 
looking forward to hearing about 
everyone else and how they are 
doing. Best of luck to all." 

WYATT [Williams] wrote: "I am 
now living in New York City. I am 
entering my second and final year 
at Columbia where I am pursuing 
my MBA. I am hoping to work in 
some area of Human Resources 
when I graduate. I married in May 
to Kenneth Wyatt. We are living in 
a newly-developed area of Manhat- 
tan called Battery Park City It is 
on the Hudson River near the 
World Trade Center. 

"I see Bradford Marshall as 
often as can be expected con- 
sidering his frequent travels to 
France and the rest of Europe. I 
also keep in touch with Elisabeth 
Wilson who lived in New York un- 

til recently and will soon be mar- 
rying and Amy Metz. That is all the 
news from this front." 

Macon Woman's] wrote: "I am cur- 
rently a store manager for Vic- 
toria's Secret Stores in Charlotte, 
N.C. As a member of the 1983-84 
group, I am very excited about our 
fifth anniversary. I am also 
delighted that Cecily Schuiz, 
James Falvey and Stephanie Sum- 
mers have taken the time to 
organize a reunion in D.C. this 

"I have kept in contact with a 
handful of friends from that year. 
This past spring I went back to 
Paris on vacation and the 
memories flooded back. I stayed 
in the same apartment I had lived 
in during my Junior Year abroad, 
and I spent a lot of time catching 
up with Barbara Weber, my room- 
mate for that year, and Pamela 

"Pamela spent this past year 
teaching in a French school in 
Millau, France. Barbara has been 
living in Paris and singing at a 
wonderful little club called the 
Hollywood Savoy, near La Bourse. 

"In reflecting on my year in 
France, I have only wonderful 
memories. I was lucky enough to 
be not only in a remarkable city 
but also to be part of a remarkable 
group of people. Some of my 
dearest friendships and fondest 
memories were made during that 
year. My only regret is that I did 
not keep in touch with all of my 
friends from that year. I am really 
looking forward to seeing 
everyone in October. I know that 
it will be a fantastic reunion." 

[Sweet Briar] "Just as an update, 
I have changed to my step-father's 
last name. I graduated in 1985. 
Coming back senior year was a bit 
of a letdown after being in gay 
Paree. I had travelled and worked 
after junior year — working as an 
interpreter in a crystal shop that 
following summer in Paris and liv- 
ing in a model's apartment in the 
16th near the Eiffel Tower. 

"Before graduating from Sweet 
Briar I was recruited by Security 
Pacific Bank in Los Angeles as 
one of their trainees in the Cor- 
porate Training Program. The pro- 
gram was dissolved at the last 
minute but 1 continued on with 
Security Pacific for a while in Cor- 
porate Foreign Exchange Trading, 
until I moved on with Goldman, 
Sachs and Co. in investment bank- 
ing for the next two years. In Los 
Angeles I was active in the Junior 
League. During that period my 
travels have taken me to the Far 
East (Japan and Hong-Kong), to 
Hawaii and back to Europe — and 
back and forth from coast to 
coast. I still try to get to Aspen 
once a year for some skiing. 

"Finally I was struck by a 
lightening bolt which told me that 
my true purpose was to be a land- 
scape architect [perhaps the 
gardens of Versailles finally took 
effect]. I tested out the brainstorm 
with a semester of evening 
classes at UCLA before giving up 
my investment banking career. I 
have moved down to Orange 
County [Newport Beach area. Cor- 
ona del Mar specifically]. I was 
delighted to find that one of the 
best landscape architecture pro- 
grams was nearby, and I moved 
closer. I am now a full-time stu- 
dent learning thousands of plant 
species and becoming aware of 
the responsibilities of improving 
the environment along with learn- 
ing to draw and draft. By next sum- 
mer I will probably intern with one 
of the area firms [if I don't take ad- 
vantage of my summer to leap 
back to Paris], but currently I am 
working part-time with a limited 
partnership [real estate invest- 
ment fund] called The Mortgage 
Bancfund, the Marketing Divi- 

"I find Southern California to be 
the hub of tennis activity and I 
have been playing about two tour- 
naments a month. I guess I have 
gotten the health and exercise 
craze in general. I'll admit I eat 
beansprouts, work out with 
weights, do aerobics, swim and 
run marathons, etc. on a regular 
basis. I miss the East coast, but 
California living sure is nice. 
Would love to have my fellow 
JYFers out for a visit. Please call." 

ANNE WALSH [U. Michigan] 
wrote: "Upon returning to U. 
Michigan as a senior, I finished my 
B.A. in Art History Phi Beta Kap- 
pa and as valedictorian of my 
class. I moved back to Boston and 
spent the next two years, until 
August, 1987, working as a Public 
Art Program Administrator for the 
Cambridge Arts Council. My job 
entailed the administration of a 
program which commissions and 
overseas the fabrication and in- 
stallation of major public art 
works in new and renovated sub- 
way stations in Boston and 

"In September, 1987, yielding to 
a long-standing interest in 
photography, I began work 
towards an M.F.A. degree in art at 
The California Institute of the Arts. 
I make primarily studio- 
photographs, using models or ob- 
jects which I have made to be 
photographed. I work in colors 
with medium-format camera 
equipment. This summer, I am 
working in the photography 
department of the Los Angeles 
County Museum of Arts, catalogu- 
ing portions of the collection. 

"I live in Santa Monica, CA., very 
close to the Pacific, and enjoy Los 
Angeles a great deal. 

"My year in France yielded 
several very close friends, two of 
whom now have a son, who is my 
godson. I found it difficult to make 
many friends there, but the ones 
I made are true and abiding 
friends. My interest in politics has 
its roots in that year as well, since 
the level of political con- 
sciousness and dialogue is 
undeniably higher and more per- 
vasive in France than in this coun- 
try. It was wonderful as an ex- 
perience and exercise in patience, 
tolerance, humility, fashion, 
culture, history and personal in- 
tegrity I think back on it as the 
freest I have ever felt." 

western] writes: "After graduating 
from Northwestern, I spent the 
next year acting in several profes- 
sional productions and tours in 
Chicago. But Paris kept calling me 
back, so I returned there, and 
gradually worked my way up to fin- 
ding jobs as a jazz singer in night 
clubs. I sang jazz, country and 
western and rock, as well as my 
own music; which I hope will be 
interesting enough to others to 
continue with! I also worked as a 
dialect-coach for French actors 
trying to learn to act in English. At 
the moment, I'm back in New York, 
taking a break to rest my voice, 
spending time with my family and 
working at Jones Road Antiques 
on the East Side. Recently I 
coached American actors on their 
French pronunciation for an Off- 
Broadway production of Madame 
Bovary. That was fun. I'm looking 
forward to seeing as many of you 
as possible in October PS. Mina 
Rhode is in the San Francisco 
area being successful." 

Mawr] wrote: "Without a doubt, my 
year in France was one of the 
most significant in my life and has 
had tremendous impact on all my 
decision-making. It was during 
that year that I gained fluency in 
French and made lifelong friends 
— American and French. 

"Right after col lege I was award- 
ed a French Government Teaching 
Assistantship in Bordeaux, but 
declined it for a job in California. 
I got to live in northern California 
for a year and keep up with 
Daphne Nugent, but to this day 
there's still a part of me that 
regrets that decision. 

"To amend my ways, I entered 
NYU's Institute of French Studies 
in the Fall of 1986 where I ran in- 
to Melissa Clegg who's pursuing 
a Ph.D. there. After receiving my 
M.A. in June 1987, I went to Paris 
to do an internship in a silk com- 
pany there. 

"Since October 1987 I have been 
at JHPIEGO — an international 
education program in public 
health at the Johns Hopkins 
School of Public Health. My title 



is Regional Office Coordinator for 
Africa and tfie Caribbean. Never 
thought I'd be using French in 
Baltimore! I'm looking forward to 
travel to Kenya this fall and North 
Africa In the near future. I think my 
next academic pursuit will be 
graduate work In Africa and 
development studies. I hope my 
travels won't coincide with the 
JYF reunion. 

"Daphne Nugent was just In 
D.C., to take the Foreign Service 
exam and visit me and my new [as 
of August 7, 1988] husband. 
Mathew MacCumber. 

"Looking forward to reading 
about everyone. If anyone ever 
passes through Baltimore, please 
look me up. [I've kept my name — 
I'm In the book!]" 


SARITA S. HOYT [Bryn Mawr] Is 
a Peace Corps Volunteer in 
Guinea, West Africa. 


The 1986-87 students have now 
graduated from their home col- 
leges and universities. Before they 
dispersed into the wide world we 
asked them about their plans for 
the immediate future. We hope 
they will be as successful as past 
alumni in their chosen career or 
graduate study and they will keep 
in touch. 

western] will be back In Paris, 
"working for the next two years 
with an American firm." 

JULIE BAKER [Randolph- 
Macon Woman]'s plans were still 
in the air! "I took the summer off 
to relax and to recuperate from 
senior year. By August I'll be In 
Atlanta searching for a job, apart- 
ment, etc. I'm looking for 
something in marketing or RR." 

[Mount Holyoke] began working 
for Diane Glynn and Associates, 
a small public relations firm in 
Midtown Manhattan. "I will be liv- 
ing in Greenwich Village with 
another MHC graduate." 

Holyoke] after working in an in- 
vestment bank during the sum- 
mer, is back in France at the Ecole 
Sup6rieure de Commerce de 
Paris. "I can't Imagine ever leaving 
Paris again!" 

Holyoke] has accepted a position 
with Stroock, Stroock and Lavan 
[a downtown New York law firm] as 
a legal assistant." 

writes: "I have had an excellent 
summer working at Tennis de 
France Magazine, LEquipe and 

United Press International. Star- 
ting in October I will work for L'E- 
qulpe magazine. I am loving Paris 
more than ever[maybe since I am 
finally staying in one place — off 
of trains)." 

LAMMOT duPONT [Williams]: 
"Three-year training program, cur- 
rency trading division at the Credit 
Suisse/Geneva, Switzerland." 

JGoucher] has been employed by 
the United States Information 
Agency |USIA] as the program 
assistant of their Foreign Service 
National Employee Program 

wrote: "I am postponing graduate 
school indefinitely and have ac- 
cepted a position with the 
Japanese Ministry of Education. 
Will be teaching English in 
Japanese public schools in Tottori 
Prefecture on the Sea of Japan. I 
have begun a study of Japanese, 
but miss speaking French and 
miss Paris. The year in Paris serv- 
ed as our door to the world, a door 
I plan to keep open." 

[Northwestern] will be attending 
Vanderbilt Law School in 
Nashville, TN after travelling back 
to France this summer. 

[Northwestern] wrote that she was 
working as a Customer Service 
Representative for Dun & 
Bradstreet in Troy, Michigan. 

"I plan to get my M.B.A. soon. I 
am marrying Bob Rondeau in 
Detroit on June 24, 1988. Also, I 
have a new cat." 

CINDY M. HOYLE [Wellesley] 
wrote: "I will be working as a Soft- 
ware Engineer for the Marcam 
Corporation in West Newton, MA 
and living in Cambridge with 
friends for one year. In April or 
September of 1989 I will be going 
to Brussels to participate in a 
12-month Business Master's in 
Management Program sponsored 
by Boston U." 

plans to attend Georgetown Law 
Center in the fall. 

land] wrote: "I will be graduating 
in December from U. Maryland 
with a B.A. in French language 
and civilization. I have one year of 
Pre-Med classes to complete 
before entering medical school. 
Upon my return from Paris, I 
received my certification as a 
Paramedic in Maryland and am 
volunteering actively with the fire 
department. I have also organized 
an informal exchange program in 
Emergency Medicine with French 
physicians I worked with at 
I'Hopital Poincar6 outside Paris. 
So far, I have had three doctors 
visit me in Washington for a tour 
of our Emergency Medical Ser- 
vices System. I miss Paris and 

look forward to returning there 


[Virginia] plans to attend Cornell 
U. on a Ph.D. program in Govern- 

herst] wrote that she has a 
fellowship awarded by Amherst 
College to be a teaching assistant 
in English Language and 
American Civilization at the 
Universite de Dijon. "I'll be back in 
France from September 1988 — 
June 1989. Then, m Fall of 1989 I 
plan to begin Yale Law School 
where I have deferred my admis- 
sion for one year." 

JANET D. LEWIS [Occidental] 
wrote: 'For the next year or fifteen 
months, I will be working for a Bio- 
technical lab as an editor of 
research reports and document. 
At the same time I will be taking 
classes in Spanish and com- 
pleting applications for graduate 
study in comparative literature 
and critical theory So far, I know 
I'll be applying to Duke, U.C. San- 
ta Cruz, and U. Texas/Austin, for 
their Ph.D. programs." 

LANA McCLUNG [Haverford] 
was planning to learn Spanish and 
then — who knows, maybe 
Japanese! Her passion for 
languages remains strong: 'I 
would like to spend next summer 
in France or Spain. Graduate 
studies in linguistics are a good 
possibility. In the meantime I am 
getting my taste of the working 
world. I held a front desk position 
at a private jet charter company 
That company recently folded, 
and, since then, I've been working 
in the bookkeeping department of 
a large local bank.' 

ROBERT MOGEL [Brandeis] 
will be working towards a Master's 
In International Affairs at Colum- 
bia University 

writes: "My short term plans in- 
volve a return to France: for this 
summer, some Parisian idleness 
is in order; then in September, I 
will be relocating [to a city as of 
yet unspecified by the French 
Government! and starting as an 
Assistant d'anglais in a lyc^e. This 
will take me to next May. Farther 
than this, I cannot see." 

EILEEN PULICK [College of the 
Holy Cross] wrote: "I graduated in 
May from Holy Cross, and I will be 
studying for my Master's In 
French through Middlebury Col- 
lege. This will take me to Vermont 
during the summer and back to 
Paris in September for at least one 
more year, so look me up at Reid 
Hall if anyone is there!" 

Holyoke] writes: "I am currently 
enrolled in a master's program at 
Simmons College in Boston — 
getting my Master's in Teaching 
and my teaching certification. 

which I didn't have time to get at 
MHC. After graduation in May, I'll 
be looking for a teaching job in 
New England, preferably a public 
elementary school." 

California] wrote: "In August I have 
a ticket going back to Paris. I plan 
to travel through France and stay 
with my father who lives m Vence. 
My fiance is going to meet me 
there and we plan to travel 
wherever the wind blows us until 
our cash runs out. Then, its back 
to graduate school..." 

western] plans to start law school 
this fall at U. Wisconsin-Madison. 

ANN SHAAR [U Southern 
California] "In the month of 
September, my boyfriend and I will 
travel to India and Nepal. After- 
wards I will return with him to 
Paris, where he already lives, and 
hope to stay as long as possible." 

MATTHEW SHARPE [Trinity] is 
enrolled in the Ohio State Univer- 
sity College of Medicine. 

TRACY J. SMITH [Bates] wrote 
that her plans include "travel In 
France and Switzerland and study 
in Paris. I'll be looking for a job 
soon to pay for all this, but I am 
currently showing some of my 
French friends America." 

[Cornell] writes: "This summer I 
am co-leading a group of high 
school students on a tour through 
Europe under the auspices of the 
Putney Student Travel Company. 
After this six-week travel period I 
intend to pick up my Club Med 
assignment and move down to the 
Caribbean fulfilling my duties as 
an excursion assistant. At this 
point I hope to remain with Club 
Med and eventually transfer to 
their New York or Pans office." 

Pennsylvania] plans to work as an 
intern with Boston Magazine and 
search for a job in the Boston 
area. "The other option [and the 
one I would prefer] would be to 
return to Europe in hope of a job 
near Belgium where my parents 

wrote: "After graduation I'll be 
travelling in Europe for two 
months. In August I'm moving to 
Boston where I'll be working at 
Corporate Decisions, Inc.. a 
management consulting firm." 

[Washington and Lee U.]: "I am cur- 
rently undecided as to what I am 
going to do. I hope to find 
something that will allow me to 
travel. I put all of my eggs in one 
basket [investment banking], and 
unfortunately nothing came 
through. I would very much like to 
hear from everyone." 

AMY WICKER [Butler] wrote: "In 
mid-August I shall be leaving for 
Washington. DC to work m the 

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Some members of the 87-88 group in Monet's backyard. 

development department at the 
Kennedy Center. I will be living 
with Alisa Richard [my roommate 
from Paris] and her family." 

western]: "I plan to continue my 
education at Northwestern U. In 
the fall I will begin a Ph.D.IM.A. 
program of graduate studies in the 
Department of Comparative 
Literature and Theory." 


After witnessing the French 
Presidential election, the 1987-88 
group was fortunate [?] to be back 
on time for the American 
Presidential election! They are 
now in the middle of their senior 
year on their home campuses. The 
highest individual grade point 
averages were achieved by 
[Northwestern], followed by JEF- 
FREY SCHULTZ [Washington and 
lesleyj. Among the 12 colleges 
and universities having sent 3 or 

more students, the 19 students 
from Northwestern University and 
the 8 students from Wellesley Col- 
lege scored the highest grade 
point average [3.25], followed by 
the 5 students from Washington 
and Lee University [3.23], the 8 
students from Georgetown 
University [3.21] and the 8 
students from Brown University 
[3.18]. Five students received the 
Certificat d'Etudes Politiques 
from Sciences Po: CHRISTOPHER 
BUCK [Georgetown] with mention 
assez bien, LISA CARUSO 
[Georgetown], ROBERT GASKINS, 
[Brown] and DONALD SMITH 
[Ohio State]. Fifteen students 
received the Certificat de Frangais 
des Affaires from the Chambre de 
Commerce, and six received the 
Diplome [2nd degre]: PAMELA 
[Princeton], LISSA LANDIS 
[Harvard] and SUSAN WIN- 
CHESTER [Northwestern]. Good 
luck to our newest alums during 
their senior year 


Professor ROBERT M. 
HENKELS, Jr. on leave from 
Auburn University, a JYF alumnus 
[Princeton 1960-61] and a 
specialist of Pinget, author of 
Robert Pinget, the Novel as Quest 
[University of Alabama Press], 
many articles and book reviews, is 
this year's Resident Director. He 
is assisted by Mme CAROL 
DENIS, who begins her 9th year as 
Directrice Adjointe. A new face in 
the Paris office is Mile VERONI- 
QUE ROBERTET, a part-time clerk, 
who replaces Mme ISABELLE DE 
LONGEVILLE, expecting a baby in 
Spring. Once again the group is 
unusually large, 138 students, 115 
women and 23 men, representing 
52 colleges and universities, 
another record. The largest groups 
are from Northwestern University 
[20 students], the University of 
Southern California [10 students] 
and Mount Holyoke College [9 
students]. Six institutions are 
represented for the first time: 
Auburn University, the College of 

St. Catherine, Lynchburg College, 
Marymount College, Michigan 
State University and San Fran- 
cisco State University. 

As usual, several participants 
have alumni connections: SARA 
GLARUM [Connecticut] is the 
daughter of MARION O'CONNOR 
GLARUM [Vassar], JYF 1951-52; 
[University of Michigan] is the son 
[Colby], JYF 1958-59; AVELINA 
MARIA PEREZ [Brown] is the 
[Williams], JYF 1984-85; in addi- 
[Virginia! is the son of Professor 
EMILE LANGLOIS, Director of the 
JYF and former Resident Director 
[1975-76 and 1982-83). 

The students left New York on 
September 6th and, after a four- 
week stay in Tours, arrived in Paris 
on October 5th. At the end of their 
stay in Tours they elected their 
Comite des Etudiants: President: 
SCOTT SANDERS [Washington 
and Lee], Vice-President: KATE 
OLD [Mount Holyoke], Secretaire: 




[Trinity U] and MARGARET HERN- 
DON [Georgetown). We have also 
learned that 6 students have been 
accepted into the Certificat 
d'Etudes Politiques program at 
Sciences Po: JOHN ABRAHAM 
[Trinity U.|, NADER CHAFIK 
[Southern California), JOSEPH 
JUREWICZ [Northwestern). 
TIMOTHY RHODES [Virginia[ and 
MEERA SHANKAR [Georgetown). 
Our congratulations and good 
luck to them. 


Sweet Briar College is pleased 
to announce that Professor 
the Department of French and 
Italian at Rice University and a 
member of the JYF Advisory Com- 
mittee since 1983, will be the Resi- 
dent Director in 1989-90. 



who, from 1950 until her retire- 
ment in 1968, had been the Ex- 
ecutive Secretary of the Junior 
Year in France, died in Lynchurg, 
Virginia, on January 19, 1988. She 
had worked tirelessly with Dr. 
Barker and Dr. Matthew to ensure 
the success of the JYF in its ear- 
ly years. All those who knew her 
will join us in expressing their 
sadness to her five children, eight 
grandchildren and five great- 


was the recipient of the 1988 Mar- 
tha Lucas Pate Scholarship. She 
sends the following report on her 
summer in Paris: 

As a recipient of the Martha 
Lucas Pate Scholarship, I was able 
to accept a State Department In- 
ternship in the American Em- 
bassy in Paris. Interns in the Em- 
bassy are given the opportunity to 
explore every facet of the daily 
work in their particular office, and 
are encouraged to create indepen- 
dent research projects using 
resources and contacts uniquely 
available to Embassy staff. 

The Office of Political/Military 
Affairs is a subdivision of the 
Political Section in a large em- 
bassy such as Paris. My day would 
begin by attending the section 
meetings which were largely to 
update the Political Counselor on 
overnight developments in our 
specialty areas. I read the local 
press. State Department cables 
from around the world, and 
reported on any meetings in 
which I may have participated that 
might have relevance to the 
Political Counselor's daily briefing 
of the Ambassador. As a staff 
member in attendance at these 
meetings I was able to keep 
abreast of all developments in 
bilateral relations and US foreign 
policy as it affected our Embassy. 

The remainder of my day varied 
greatly between translation of 
local press for outgoing cables, 
accompanying my sponsor to the 
Ministry of Defense or Ministry of 

State on official visits, coor- 
dinating visits of high-level US of- 
ficials and, of course, support- 
work for the office, I was able, 
through the visits, to meet Am- 
bassador Max Kampelman who 
was returning from the Geneva 
Arms Talks, Assistant Secretary of 
Defense William Taft, Director of 
the European-Canadian Affairs 
Bureau Rozanne Ridgeway and 
even some French officials. I 
assisted in the daily analysis of 
developments in defense and 
wrote a short paper on the basis 
of a recent speech by President 
Mitterrand on the most recent 
changes in defense policy. I also 
created a series of brown bag lun- 
ches where embassy interns were 
able to meet individually with 
foreign service officers from 
several sections and offices to 
gain a better understanding of the 
overall functioning of an embassy. 
They were well-received and 
fascinating as well as fun. 

My summer in Paris was the 
best summer I ever had. It was a 
wonderful opportunity to explore 
my career interests and apply 
what I had learned during the year 
with Sweet Briar College Junior 
Year in France courses. It was also 
wonderful to be able to be in Paris 
for Bastille Day and all the other 
surprises Paris presented. I want 
to thank you for the wonderful 
support the scholarship gave me 
to be able to accept the State 
Department's offer of an unpaid 
internship. It was an unforgettable 




Ever-rising costs and diminishing student loan and grant programs require that we make an 
even greater effort to increase the amount we make available for next academic year. 

For 1988-1989 we have been able with ALUIVINI SUPPORT to grant over $60,000 in financial aid. 


Endowed scholarship funds (income only is used for financial aid): 

in memory of Junior Year in France Director 

in memory of Professor of French 

founded in 1972 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Junior Year in France 
and renamed in 1984 in honor of Director 

in memory of Sweet Briar College President 

Financial aid operating budget (contributions are used for financial aid): 

The BICENTENNIAL FUND [in honor of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution] 
[Financial aid operating budget for 1989-1990] 

Please note that many firms match contributions to the Junior Year in France. If you contribute 
and your employer makes matching gifts, we would appreciate your efforts in this connection. 


Please detach and return with your contribution to: Junior Year in France 

Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

Please make check payable to: Sweet Briar College-Junior Year in France 
My contribution to: 

Matthew Scholarship Fund 

Bates Memorial Fund 

Robert G. Marshall 25th Anniversary Scholarship Fund 

Martha Lucas Pate Scholarship Fund 

Bicentennial Fund 



City State Zip Code. 

JYF Year College/University 



[July 1, 1987^June 30, 1988] 

We wish to thank the following alum- 
nae and alumni, friends of the JYF and 
corporations making matching grants, 
who contributed a total of $18,327 dur- 
ing the 1987-88 school-year. We have 
made every effort to list all contributors. 
If for some reason we have made an er- 
ror, please let us know. Contributions 
received after June 30, 1988 will be 
acknowledged in next year's Newsletter. 

Mary Morris Gamble Booth, Sweet Briar 
C. Francis Damon, Jr, Yale 
Shirley Gage Durfee, U/Wisconsin 
Rodman Durfee, Yale 
Margot Hess Hahn, Goucher 
Waiter G. Langlois, Yale 
Joan Teeter Marder, Sweet Briar 
Dorothy Rooke McCuiloch, Mt. Holyoke 
Norman McCuiloch, Jr., Dartmouth 
Marie Gilliam Park, Sweet Briar 
Patricia Carry Stewart, Cornell 
Lynn H. Thompson, Jr., Yale 

Barbara House Barbey, Mt. Holyoke 
John A. Berggren, Jr., Dartmouth 
Kemper V. Dwenger, Oberlin 
Joan Lauritzen Joakim, Mt. Holyoke 
Percy Lee Langstaff, Oberlin 
Barbara Fisher Nemser, Barnard 
Sheila Shields Python, Wheaton 
June Sigler Siegel, Wellesley 
Winifred Sexton West, Brvn Mawr 

Grace Wallace Brown, Sweet Briar 
Joyce Black Franke, Vassar 
Harriet Farber Friedlander, Mt. Holyoke 
Lucy Johnson Jensen, Mt. Holyoke 
Joan Hollander Lifland, Mt. Holyoke 
Carl McMillan, Yale 
William D. Romey, Indiana 
Patricia Murray Rosenthal, Bryn Mawr 
Ann Whittingham Smith, Sweet Briar 
Susan Anderson Talbot, Radcliffe 

Patricia Palmer Kendall, Wheaton 
Wesley Ann Travis Norton, Louisiana State 
Josephine Wells Rodgers, Sweet Briar 

Sheila Wood Langlois, Radcliffe 

Joan Cioldslein Cooper, Barnard 
Marilyn Adelson Dunn, Cornell 
Sheila Hearn Khan, Cornell 
Lynn Fisher Lee, Carlelon 
Sue l.awlon Mobley, Sweet Briar 
Jane Martin Sandlin, Hollins 


Peter B. Dirlam, Cornell 
Richard Dolen, Cornell 
Diana Frolhingham Feinberg, Radcliffe 
Nancy Wilkins Klein, Denison 
Ursula Ackerman Mar,\, Wheaton 
Elizabeth Whittington Minnich, Vanderbilt 
Mariette Schwarz Reed, Middlebury 
Norma Redstone Shakun, Cornell 
Sally Edmondson Sparkman, Hollins 

Ruth Thomas Boss, Bryn Mawr 
Joanne Coyle Dauphin, Wellesley 
Anne-Marie Abrahamsen Foltz, Cornell 
William J. Foltz, Princeton 
Julia Bayer Markham, Bryn Mawr 
Sarah Dickinson Rosen, Mt. Holyoke 
Richard Rosen, Columbia 
Reed Rubin, Yale 
English Showalter, Jr., Yale 
Calvin K. Towle, Dartmouth 

Dinah Porter Oakley, Duke 
Nancy Savage, Hollins 
Caroline Sauls Shaw, Sweet Briar 

Benita Bendon Campbell, Bryn Mawr 
Rebecca Loose Valette, Mt. Holyoke 

Susan Schwartz Bennett, U/Wisconsin 
Constance Cryer Ecklund, Northwestern 
Sheila Armstrong Hoerle, Vassar 
Harriet Blum Lawrence, Brandeis 
Constance Nesnow Scharf, Brandeis 
Tom Schaumberg, Yale 
Roger L. Zissu, Dartmouth 


David Freund, Yale 

Carolyn Coggin Holmes, Wake Forest 

R. Eugene Jaegers, U/Louisville 

Richard L. Morrill, Brown 

Laura Conway Nason, Sweet Briar 

Susan Nelson Arkush, Bryn Mawr 
R. David Arkush, Yale 
Barbara Roush Austin, Mt. Holyoke 
Bettye Thomas Chambers, Sweet Briar 
Ann Rca Craig, Lake Eric 
Roger P. Craig, \a.\c 

Priscilla Parkhursl Ferguson, Mt. Holyoke 
Paula Spurlin Paige, Mt. Holyoke 
Martha Baum Sikcs, Swecl Briar 
Christine Dcvol Wardlow, Sweet Briar 
Rosalie Sicgcl Wolarsky, Mt. Holyoke 


Judith Alperin, U/lllinois 

Harriet P. Davis, Wheaton 

Sue Wakeman larquhar, Sweet Briar 

Caroline D. Gabel, Wellesley 

Marjorie Hibbard Laucr, Bryn .Mawr 

James E. Terrell. Yale 

Cynthia Alley Andrews, Wellesley 
James Ba.xter, Yak- 
Sara Gump Berryman, Sweet Briar 
Jonathan Fielding, Williams 
Frank Hotchkiss, Yale 
Ellen Rausen Jordan, Cornell 
Edward Kaplan, Brown 
Eleanor McNown Revelle, Pomona 
Judith Anderson Russell, Denison 
Robin O. Russell, Yale 
Dale Ware Ryan, Vassar 
Jonathan Small, Brown 
Caroline Keller Theus, Sweet Briar 
Ann K. Weigand, Indiana 
Leslie Raissman Wellbaum, Mt. Holyoke 
John Welwood, Bowdoin 

Susan Hyman Besharov, Wellesley 
Alice Fork Grover, Wheaton 
Susan Friedman LeBlanc, U/Southern 

Jane Gregory Rubin, Vassar 

Ellyn Clemmer Ballou, Middlebury 
Constance Nichols Detwiller, Wheaton 
Ellen Reid Dodge, Wells 
Eugenia Wiesley Francis, Southern Methodist 
Snellen Terrill Keiner, Bryn .Mawr 
Laurie Wa.\ Kleinberg, Mt. Holyoke 
George W. McDaniel, U South 


Leiand .'\bbey. Drew 

Frederic Baldwin, Jr., Williams 

Anthony Caprio. Wesleyan 

John D. Lyons, Brown 

Marjorie J. Marks, Brown 

Janie Willingham McNabb, Sweet Briar 

Jane Renke Meyer, Denison 

Joseph E. Meyer, 111, Williams 

Susan Tucker, Sweet Briar 

Jane Stephenson Wilson, Sweet Briar 

Lucien Wulsin, Jr., Trinity 

Lonna Dole Harkradcr, Mary Baldwin 
Harrison Knight. Wesleyan 
Celia Newbcrg Sieingold, Sweet Briar 
H. Pennington Whiteside, Jr., U South 
Mary Beth Winn. \'assar 


Laurence E. .\ch. Trinity 

Elizabeth l>evy Carp, Cornell 

Jane Chorne> Connor-Hanninen. Moravian 

Bruce J.Croushore, Franklin & Marshall 

Barbara Duffield Erskine, Sweet Briar 

Nanc-> Johnson Horan. .Mt. Holyoke 



Richard Horan, Case Western Reserve 
Julia Leverenz, Dickinson 
Herbert N. Wigder, Trinity 
Linda Morrison Zug, Wheaton 


Byron Gross, Yale 

David Longfellow, U/Virginia 

Robert B. Phelps, Duke 

Bruce Rakay, Case Western Reserve 

Charlotte Taylor Smith, U/South Carolina 

Judy A. Yates, U/Tennessee 

Tina Kronemer Ament, Case Western 

Ellen Shapiro Buchwalter, Case Western 

Debbie Depp, Denison 
David R. Ellison, Dartmouth 
Robert M. Gill, Washington & Lee 
Lynn McWhood, Wellesley 

Rose Bernard Ackermann, Emory 
Kathrin HIebakos Burleson, U/California 
Maria Carpora-Buck, Moravian 
Edward W, Lane, IH, Washington & Lee 
Kate Cooper Leupin, Radnolph-Macon W. 
Christopher Paine, U/South 
Evan D. Robinson, U/Virginia 
Stephanie Harmon Simonard, Sweet Briar 

Paula McDermolt Baker, Denison 
Amy Lerner ComoUi, Mills 
Margaret Dowgwilla, Randolph-Macon W. 
Thomas A. Ehrgood, Jr., Amherst 
Andrea Niks Jones, Sweet Briar 
Carter Heyward Morris, Sweet Briar 
Cornelia Sage Russell, Middlebury 
Doreen Santera Zahn, Wheaton 


Diane Linn Conroy, U/North Carolina 
Ann Stuart McKle Kling, Sweet Briar 


Jose Colon, Brown 

Mary Jane Cowies, Mt. Holyoke 

Vincent J. Doddy, Villanova 

Elizabeth Haile Hayes, Emory 

Christine Kennedy, Brown 

Allison Thomas Kunze, Randolph-Macon W. 

A. Byron Nimocks, IH, Hendrix 

Carol S. Porter, Sweet Briar 

Nancy Noyes Robinson, U/Virginia 

Laura L. Stottlemyer, Emory 

Suzanne Garber Weaver, Brown 


Lauren W. Ashwell, Wheaton 
Alan Engler, Yale 
Carole A. Grunberg, Vassar 
Reed Peters, II, Kenyon 
Patricia Silver, Princeton 


Caroline Brodnitz, Vassar 
John A. Gallucci, Williams 
Arthur F. Humphreys, III, Bowdoin 
Elizabeth L. O'Brien, Brown 
John H. Pavloff, Yale 
Clark V. Richardson, Yale 
Deborah Cook Routt, Mt. Holyoke 
Martha Simpson, Mt. Holyoke 
Kathleen E. Troy, Pennsylvania State 
Jeanne Windsor, Mt. Holyoke 


Anne Shullenberger, Williams 

Ann Leopard DiFiore, Denison 
David DiFiore, Georgetown 
Barbara Tipping Fitzpatrick, Williams 
Susanne Daisley Mahoney, Vassar 
Patrick Mahoney, Arizona State 


Kathy Boschenstein, Randolph-Macon W. 
Deborah Chanen, Northwestern 
Daniel Chisholm, III, C/Holy Cross 
Mary Ann Gosser, Bryn Mawr 
Karen Gray, Mt. Holyoke 


Peter DAmario, Brown 

Elizabeth Ellis, Colby 

Ellen Danaczko Ellison, Mt. Holyoke 

Martha E. McGrady, Swarthmore 


Amy Celentano, Vassar 

Karen Shildneck Haigler, Mt. Holyoke 

Deirdre O'Donoghue Riou, Mt. Holyoke 

Christiana Coggins Franklin, Yale 
Charles F. Hunter, Lawrence 
Janet L. Kendall, Mt. Holyoke 
Martha Kuhn Moore, U/Texas 
Laura F. Munson, Denison 
Elizabeth Stanton, Williams 


Sarah Brown, Bryn Mawr 
Susannah Gardner, Wheaton 
Carol H. Newhall, Williams 
Lori Reilly, Northwestern 
Howard Smith, Washington & Lee 


Irma Alvarez, Wellesley 
Elizabeth S. Anderson, Brown 
Robert Beech, Harvard 
Eleni Cambourelis, Brown 
Ellen Reed Carver, Sweet Briar 
Rachel Stenn, Yale 
Rebekah Torges, Mt. Holyoke 


Sharyn L. Fralin, U/Virginia 
Angela Rose Heffernan, Wheaton 
Paul Otto, Lawrence 
Donna Prommas, Sweet Briar 


Stephanie Gouse, Mt. Holyoke 
Sarita S. Hoyt, Bryn Mawr 


Dr. Theodore Andersson, University of 

Te.xas, Resident Director 1948-49 
Professor and Mrs. Archille Biron, Pro- 
fessor Emeritus, Colby College, Resi- 
dent Director 1964-65,1971-72,1973-74 
Professor Barbara Blair, Sweet Briar College 
Professor Joyce Carleton, Central 

Connecticut State Univ., Resident 

Director 1959-60,1962-63, 1963-64 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duffield, parents 

of Barbara Duffield Erskine, JYF 

1967-68, Sweet Briar College 
Professor Edward Hamer, Washington and 

Lee, Member of the Advisory Committee 
Dr. Edward Harvey, Kenyon College, 

Resident Director 1966-67, Honorary 

Member of the Advisory Committee 
Dr. Arnold Joseph, Denison University, 

Resident Director 1969-70 1976-77, 

1986-87, Member of the Advisory 

Dr. Janet T. Letts, Wheaton College, 

Assistant to Resident Director 1965- 

66, Member of the Advisory Committee 
Dr. Catherine Sims, Dean Emeritus, 

Sweet Briar College, Honorary Member 

of the Advisory Committee 
Professor Madeleine Therrien,University 

of Maryland, Member of the Advisory 

Dr. and Mrs. Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., 

President Emeritus, Sweet Briar 

College, Honorary Member of the 

Advisory Committee 
The New York Community Trust, New 

York/Joan O'Meara Winant, JYF 1971- 

72, Yale University 
Chemical Bank, New York, New York — 

Matching Gift 
Fidelity Bank Trust, Philadelphia, 

Pennsylvania — Matching Gift 
GTE Service Corporation, Stamford, 

Connecticut — Matching Gift 
Harris Bank Foundation, Chicago, 

Illinois — Matching Gift 
Herring Travel Services, Inc., 

Lexington, Virginia — Matching Gift 
Mack Truck, Inc., Allentown, 

Pennsylvania — Matching Gift 
Merck Company Foundation, Rahway, New 

Jersey — Matching Gift 
Merrill Lynch , New York, New York — 

Matching Gift 
Scott Paper Company Foundation, 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Matching 

The Singer Foundation, Stamford, 

Connecticut — Matching Gift 
TRW Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio — 

Matching Gift 



Leaving the Institut de Touraine 
September. 1988 

In the language lab in Tours 
September, 1988 

September, 1988 

Sweet Briar College 
Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 



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.t fourteen, my ambition was to become a journalist. How could I have guessed that 
by becoming Director of the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France I would, out of ne- 
cessity, realize a large part of that childhood ambition! Reading the items you send us, typ- 
ing them on the computer, choosing the photographs, are among our staffs most enjoyable 
hours, although they tax our capacities to the limit. We hope you will find that our efforts 
have not been in vain. Even if there is nothing on your group, I know you will enjoy reading 
what alumni from other years have to say, and that this will encourage you to send us an 
item ne.xt year. 

Our program is still considered the model for the traditional Junior Year in France, but 
we have to follow the evolution of higher education in the U.S. and in France. We now pro- 
vide our students in Paris with access to microcomputers (a great help in writing those Sci- 
ences Po dossiers]). Although we do not give academic credit for internships, we will give 
credit for the research paper which accompanies an internship, and last year, for the first 
time, two Northwestern University students wrote enthusiastic evaluations of their intern- 
ships, one at the Institut de I'Enfance et de la Famille, the other at the Communaute Juive de 
Paris, both organized by Internships in Francophone Europe. In addition to the names of 
professors familiar to many of you, M. Simon, M. Garapon, Mme Cotte, Mme Triantafyl- 
lou, Mme Hilling, Mile Oswald, etc., new names are appearing: Mile Joubert, who teaches 
a composition course; Mile Damperat, who teaches an introductory course on French art. 
This year we are involved in the complete reform of the curriculum at the Institut d'Etudes 
Politiques, now directed by M. Lancelot whom many of you had as professor. Although I 
doubt that this will mean the disappearance of the famous plan en deux parties et deux sous- 
parries, it will mean a stricter selection of students by Sciences Po and different types of 
courses. We are confident that we will adapt to these changes as we did to the break-up of 
the Sorbonne in the early 70's. Our strength remains the quality of our students: this year's 
group has the best grade point average I have seen so far: 3.375. 

Our fee, unfortunately, keeps increasing: from $12,850 to $13,750 in 1989-90. Luckily we 
were also able to increase our direct financial aid: from $61,350 in 1988-89 to $68,616. If we 
take into consideration all the grants from colleges, foundations, states, the Federal Govern- 
ment and the loans administered by the colleges, we know that at least 55 students are receiv- 
ing some kind of aid, and the average aid package amounts to $7,111. This is why our schol- 
arship funds are so important and must keep growing. The Robert G. Marshall 25th 
Anniversary Fund now stands at $167,604; the R. John Matthew Scholarship Fund at 
$117,385; the Bates Memorial Fund at $106,244 and the Martha Lucas Pate Fund at $14,745. 
In addition $ 5,070 were contributed to the 1989-90 financial aid operating budget. To cele- 
brate the 80th birthday of M. Marc Blancpain, President of the Alliance Frangaise, who has 
delivered lectures to generations of JYF students in Tours, the 1990-91 financial aid operat- 
ing budget will be known as 'the Marc Blancpain Fund'. Once again, I am appealing for 
your continuing support. I realize that you receive many demands on your generosity from 
your colleges, universities, and many other worthy organizations at this time of year. But if 
your experience in France was a good one, if, as so many of you tell us, your junior year was 
the best and the most useful of your four college years, please answer our appeal. Even a 
small donation will mean that you want others to be able to have the same enriching experi- 
ence that you had. Thank you. 

All of us in Virginia and in Paris wish you happy holidays. 

Emile Langlois 

Cover photo: Musee d'Orsay 


The Junior Year in France lost two long-time friends and supporters in late 1988 after the Magazine had gone to press: 
HENRI PKYRE, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Yale University, and LILY VON KLLMPKKKR, Academic Consultant 
and former staff member of the Institute of International Education. 

When the University of Delaware announced in 1947 that it would no longer sponsor the Junior Year in I-rancc, President 
Pate of Sweet Briar College invited the program to come to Virginia. There was some hesitation on the part of members 
of the Advisory Committee, thinking that perhaps a small Virginia woman's college would not attract students from the 
larger universities. Professor Peyre strongly backed President Pate's bid and even convinced a member of his department 
to become the first Paris Director of the program, Professor Theodore Andersson. He likewise sent a large contingent of 
Yale men to the program's first year, 1948-49. During his Chairmanship of the French Department of Yale, some 200 stu- 
dents participated in the program. In a later year, he loaned another member of his Department, Professor Georges May, 
to serve as Director of the Paris office. The Junior Year in France owes this distinguished friend a real debt of gratitude. 

Lily \on Klemperer likewise was a strong supporter of the program from its inception, and served as a member of the Ad- 
visory Committee for some thirty years, until her retirement. Her valuable advice on keeping the program up to date and 
urging the highest admission and academic standards made her a strong asset. She rarely missed a meeting of the Com- 
mittee during those years and even after her retirement, when named an honorary member, she attended meetings up to 
the year of her last illness. The Junior Year in France is indeed grateful for her many contributions, and she will be 


Professor of French Emeritus, Sweet Briar College 
Former Director of the Junior Year in France 


To protect your privacy, we have instituted the follow- 
ing policy with regard to giving out alumni and alumnae 
addresses. All requests have to be made in writing to the 
Virginia office, except in the case of an extreme emer- 
gency. We will continue to pro\ide your address if one 
of your classmates requests it, unless you ask us not to 
give out your address to anyone. If someone who was 
not your classmate requests your address, we will not 
give it out, but ask the person for his or her address. 
We will then contact you and give you the name and ad- 
dress of the person who wishes to contact you. You will 
then be free to decide if you wish to contact that person. 





veteran too young to have flown in combat as World 
War II ended in a great flash, member of the inner circle at 
Churchill Downs, diligent student on leave from Yale, this 
young man of many parts was the unanimous choice, in late 
August 1948, for the presidency of JYF-1. The election was 
a spontaneous affair in the rush of the sixty-odd members 
getting acquainted while underfoot the S.S. Mauretania 
rolled and pitched her way eastward from New York. 

One evening in 1986 our daughter Anne discovered my JYF 
album. "Is this the man you said writes so happily of his 
wife? Shouldn't we go see them?" Anne insisted until meet- 
ing them evolved into one of her high school graduation 
gifts. So, in the summer of 1987, the family drove out from 
Charlotte to Louisville. A sort of magic met us at the door, 
an impression that we were in Paris and Louisville at the 
same time. 

Ten days later, at the first dinner in Madame Girou.x's pen- 
sion, he came into closer range. There across the table that 
evening on through the scholastic year was a model of wit 
and winning ways. By the time we gathered with dates for a 
marathon Thanksgiving dinner, his French had improved 
enough so that Madame Giroux could no longer interrupt. 
Before Christmas, he was presiding over her salon. 

It was in the Jardin du Luxembourg where he and I became 
friends, joining up at the top of Rue Monsieur-le-Prince to 
hurry past the pond and under the inarronniers toward Reid 
Hall. The conversations wandered over home, theater, olym- 
pian professors at the Sciences Po, the war and, most often, 
what to do with our spared lives. Little children smiled at 
him, sensing kindness and security. And the demoiselles 
smiled, too. 

One afternoon he took me on a tour of his properties. Su- 
perbel He had accomplished everything discussed during the 
walks through the Jardin, and more. Between housing and 
other projects his Jaguar seemed to find its own way while 
the two of us roamed verbally around the Left Bank. Back 
at their home he invited Anne to play the piano, then re- 
sponded in kind a la Reid Hall. Cherished memories of JYF- 
1 crowded the drawing room, and my family had the privi- 
lege of meeting the lovely lady of his letters. 

1 address these lines to her, Teri Long, to the members of 
JYF-1, and to Anne who is in JYF-42. We all share the loss, 
and fond memories, of un Americain comine ilfaut. 


Occasionally he walked in silence, older, head down. One 
day in winter the reason came out as loneliness since a family 
member had perished in an auto accident. On those days, as 
we turned onto Rue de Chevreuse, his mood would brighten 
and once over the threshold he moved directly to the center 
of whatever was going on. This champion of bringing smiles 
to others' faces could not always bring them to his own. 

In the spring of 1950 he came down from Yale to P.J!s reun- 
ion party. Confidence reigned on the East Side of Manhat- 
tan that afternoon. Worlds to be conquered were waiting im- 
patiently. Those worlds, however, were widely scattered. 
Perhaps the members would not meet again for months, per- 
haps never, but no matter. They had shared a year abroad; 
the bonds were made. An revoir, bonne chance, on s'ecrira. 

Through the four decades he and I did write occasionally, he 
from California and later Louisville, I from some place in my 
travels, including a favorite bench in the Jardin. Once on a 
vacation trip he stopped for a call on Madame Giroux. 
When I went by a couple of years later she was still glowing 
that he had remembered. 

My apologies to LYNN H. THOMPSON ( Yale) for suggest- 
ing, in last year's magazine, that perhaps he had not seen the 
current JYF offices at the Alliance Frangaise. He writes: "I 
did see the current offices and chatted with the Directrice in a 
cubby hole of an office. I had just come from a visit to the 
newly refurbished Reid Hall which is a most charming old 
building in every respect and enjoys a long association with 
student activities. Your comment that the JYF is on a 5th 
floor of a fairly modern eight-story building speaks for itself. 
Recent French architecture generally has little to recommend 
it in my view and I stand on my earlier comment that the JYF 
offices are shabby and dreary!' Lynn's comments had the 
immediate effect of moving us to have our offices and class- 
rooms repainted during the summer! However, since Reid 
Hall is overcrowded, we are still waiting for a benefactor (or 
benefactress) to leave his or her hotel particulier to the JYF! 




Many thanks to all those who 
sent their memories of the 1949- 
50 year as we celebrate the 40th 
anniversary of that year: 

BEY (ivlount Holyoke) 1949-50 
was "such a year of broadening 
horizons! I'm sure my class- 
mates who took Critique drama- 
tique must also still marvel at 
the amount of good theater so 
readily available to us. I recall 
that my first independent foray 
to the Salle Luxembourg to a 
rousing production of Cyrano 
cost me the equivalent of 17 
American cents! — Such luminar- 
ies as Louis Jouvet, Jean-Louis 
Barrault and tvladeleine Renaud 
we simply took for granted! An- 
dre Gide's translation of Hamlet. 
Corneille. Moliere, Ivlarivaux, Gi- 
raudoux, Anouilh, Claudel — the 
feast was inexhaustible! 

"As to 'Challenge', the unex- 
pected month in the American 
Hospital with hepatitis was 
promptly followed by exams — 
one of which required that I 
demonstrate — forthreehours — 
why the beginning of the 13th 
Century is the classic period of 
Gothic architecture. It seems, 
however, I had left my course in 
I'Art frangais general some- 
where during the Romanesque 
period, only to return mid-way 
through Gothic flamboyant ! (My 
dilemma should be readily ap- 

"French is still an active part 
of my life. My husband's (large!) 
family live in la Suisse Ro- 

mouth) retired from Eastman Ko- 
dak Company and is now an 
(elected) councilman in the town 
of Pittsford, NY. He remembers 
"the vitality and optimism of 
postwar France as the effects of 
WWII receded, as Jean Mon- 
net's economic union ideas 
gained support, and as the Mar- 
shall Plan took hold; the genu- 
inely warm relationship between 
the French and the Americans — 
person to person as well as in 
general; the superb teaching 
and scholarship at the Institut 
des Sciences Politiques; and 
the intellectual stimulation and 
challenge of the Sweet Briar pro- 

"I also recall, less happily, 
the menacing Russian pressure 
on western Europe (no Gorby fe- 
ver in those years, for sure!), the 
pain of the continuing fighting 

On the Mauretania (September 8, 1949) 

On the Mauretania 


in French Indo-China, and then, 
as the academic year closed, 
the North Korean invasion of 
South Korea and the bloody war 
that followed. 

"As I look back on the year's 
experience, I realize more and 
more how much I benefited from 
it, particularly in terms of cultu- 
ral and political understanding. 
Soon after the academic year, I 
was in the U.S. Army assigned 
to USAREUR headquarters in 
Heidelberg and worked closely 
with our French allies both in 
camp and in the field. Later, Ko- 
dak-Pathe was an important sup- 
plier to the Kodak companies 
that I managed in Europe. Now, 
here on the northern border of 
the U.S., Quebec is a close 
neighbor In sum, then, the 
year's experience continues to 
enrich my life." 

LAS (Skidmore) is Senior Vice- 
President of Brunschwig & Fils, 
Inc., which specializes in French 
decorative fabrics. For him "part 
of the excitement was getting 
there. We were a jolly crowd 
who eschewed regular dining 
room hours on the Mauretania — 
ordered breakfast in our cabin 
(three tiers of bunks, if I remem- 
ber correctly), had elevenses on 
deck (soup and crackers), had 
tea in the salon and supper in 
the boat deck bar (sandwiches 
and beer), having danced, raced 
and sung our way long past mid- 

"Vivid in my mind was dock- 
ing in Le Havre predawn and 
hearing that first bonjour from 
the quai — and hours later board- 
ing the boat train to Paris. And 
the countryside on the way — the 
tiny neat gardens that bordered 
the tracks near each village. 
And wardamage — Rouen had 
few spires and towers left 

"In the fall a bicycle trip to 
Chartres — 88 kilometers, and we 
counted every marker — and cob- 
blestone — on the roads leaving 
Paris. The long, slow hills and 
PAUL MOSES riding beside us to 
assist with a little push on the 
small of the back — then, sud- 
denly, the spires way ahead to 
lure us on. It was dark when we 
finally reached the church, but 
the interior space, candle lit, 
was awesome. Next morning 
the interior was brilliant with 
colored rays of light and music 
soaring, but we could barely 
move — the bicycles went with 
us on the return train to Paris. 

"And the French family cus- 
toms — what gaffes we made at 
table! Non merci. je suis pleine' 
— 'Non, non. non, j'en ai eu as- 
sez!' " 

"And 'Always remember to 
close doors behind you and turn 

off the lights.' And sheets 
changed once a month, nonexis- 
tent toilet paper, and concierges 
who reported your every coming 
and going to Madame. Wonder- 
ful new food — aubergines far- 
cies — what were they? — long 
and bean-shaped with garlic and 
olive oil. And croissants and 
cfiaussons aux pommes bought 
when the smell coming from the 
bakery was irresistible as you 
walked up the rue Notre-Dame 
des Champs to Reid Hall, 

"Winter — the first snow — fog 
on the Seine — steamy windows 
on the 68 bus going up to Mont- 
martre to Leger's studio, and 
the inevitable smell of Gaulois- 
es in the Metro. 

"And on and on — the memo- 
ries come flooding back and are 
sharpened and layered by each 
return trip. I recall that an an- 
cient aunt said to me before I 
left: 'Oh, darling, how sad that 
you missed Paris before 1914.' 
And now I must resist saying 
how special it was 40 years 

D'WOLF (Sweet Briar) 1949-50 
"was a wonderful experience, a 
great eye opener which I think 
left a lasting mark on me. I was 
lucky to live with an outstand- 
ing, loving family, the Girettes, 
along with KATHARINE PHIN- 
EY MARKS . That probably was 
the better part of the education, 
although our classes were inter- 
esting and fun. 

"I went on to Middlebury's 
graduate program in Paris sever- 
al years later. It was excellent, 
but the first time around was 
the one I loved. Thereafter I 
taught French to elementary-age 
children in Boylston, Massachu- 
setts until I married and was 
swept off to Wilmington, Dela- 
ware. We have two daughters: 
Thelma, graduate of the Univer- 
sity of the South, married, and 
Elizabeth, graduate of Eckerd 
College, Assistant Stage Manag- 
er at the Idaho Shakespeare Fes- 

lin), a retired Senior Vice Presi- 
dent at GTE, writes: "I have 
since my junior year stayed in 
very close touch to France and 
things French. My French is 
rusty today, but I am still fre- 
quently in France, Switzerland 
or Belgium on both business 
and pleasure. 

"I lived in Belgium in the ear- 
ly 1970's and ran a color picture 
tube plant near Brussels. I have 
been in international business 
all my life — currently as a con- 

"The junior year program has 
shaped my business career and 
very much enriched my life. I 

took my family to France and 
Belgium a few years ago to 
share with them the places I had 
lived and some of the people I 
have known. 

"I am always pleased to see 
your newsletters and learn of 
the program's continued vitality 
In my mind , any one studying a 
'soft' science — my major was 
political science — should study 
at least one year abroad. The 
reason is that you have no way 
of recognizing how 'soft' it is un- 
til you hear the 'truths' you have 
been taught challenged. 

"My work at 'Sciences Po' 
still influences my thinking and 
perspective on world affairs and 
many of the things I learned 
from landladies and friends stay 
close to me as do my love of 
French cooking and wine." 

Kemper remembers the "view 
of Notre-Dame from Mme Chan- 
teau's apartment immediately 
below the Tour d'Argent: the 
Toussaint weekend trip to Mt. 
Saint Michel when we walked 
the wall at night by the light of a 
full moon; a bike trip along the 
Riviera; the Paris ballet troupe 
with Andre Eglefsky; Spring in 
Paris and biking through the 
Bois and all over the city — I'd 
not like to try it now. 

"My best to all of my class- 
mates. When are we going to 
have a reunion, perhaps at the 
Lapin Agile?" 

nell), a systems analyst, after 
forty years the junior year is "a 
blur of dozens of images, of bor- 
ing classes in German and Ital- 
ian at the Sorbonne, interesting 
classes at Reid Hall, seeing 54 
plays (some as part of the 
course in Dramatic Criticism, 
the rest a la carte) and 55 mo- 
vies, eating tripes and yogurt in 
the cheap student restaurant 
near the medical school, riding 
first-class on the Metro with a 
second-class ticket, riding a 
bike to Switzerland at Christmas 
and to Amsterdam at Easter, at- 
tending Christmas mass at No- 
tre-Dame de Gray (near Dijon), 
remembering my landlady (an 
ancient royalist named Mme Du- 
bois) who always asked at sup- 
per 'Qu'est-ce que vous avez 
fait de beau aujourd'tiui?', visit- 
ing Chartres and Versailles and 
Fontainebleau, dating French 
students, dating American stu- 
dents, visiting the catacombs 
under Paris, seeing the opera 
from the fifth balcony at incredi- 
bly cheap student prices (we 
couldn't see the singers but we 
could hear them), walking down 
historical streets, exploring the 
flea market, going up the Eiffel 
Tower, going to the ballet at the 
Place du Trocadero, and talking 
with a dozen or two of the oth- 

ers at the 1949-50 SBC JYF 
"Married a Swiss woman 
from the Grisons; we had four 
languages in common, but not 
much more. However, I got two 
fine daughters out of the 21 
years of marriage. Spent 25 
years on the staff of several 
computer magazines, including 
Computer Systems News, Crea- 
tive Computing and Datamation, 
then worked as a consultant, 
and now for Bear Stearns. Have 
kept up with French, can still 
pass as a Frenchman almost 
anywhere in the world, except in 
France. Am working my way 
through the Club Meds in the 
Caribbean; half a dozen so far; 
my favorite is Guadeloupe. And 
I've sung three times in Carne- 
gie Hall so far this year with the 
Collegiate Chorale; in January 
1990 with Milo, Milnes and Pava- 

LEAF (Middlebury) a high school 
French teacher, whtes: "My year 
in Paris gave me the confidence 
I needed to become a French 
teacher. I have taught French 
for twenty-four years and will re- 
tire after my twenty-fifth next 
June. I have traveled five other 
times to Europe, twice to 
France, and am leaving this 
week for Germany, Austria and 
Switzerland. I have been mar- 
ried for thirty-six years (to a high 
school history teacher who is 
now retired) and have three chil- 
dren, two of whom are married." 
(Wheaton), an Assistant Dean 
for Enrollment Planning at 
SUNY— Stony Brook, would love 
to meet her classmates from 
that wonderful year: "I think the 
most remarkable aspect of it is 
the number of times I recall, 
with great fondness, the memo- 
ries of that year. In retrospect it 
was probably the most idyllic of 
my life, the new friends, a 
French romance, the drives in 
the banlieues, the food, the lan- 
guage — the freedom to enjoy it 
all with only the beginning of 
the Korean War to bring me 
back to reality On my return, I 
graduated from Wheaton Col- 
lege and then worked for three 
years in the Office of the French 
Military Attache in Washington, 
a job I loved because it kept the 
language alive for me. I met my 
husband in Washington, we mar- 
ried, moved to Long Island 
where we have been ever since. 
Over the years I have tutored 
French but the only real tie to 
that grand carefree year was my 
insistence that each of my two 
sons spend their junior years in 
France. For them, too, it was 
one of the best years of their 


Joan Lauritzen, Peggy Smillle and Boo House at Fonfainebleau 

JOAKIM (Mount Holyoke), a 
French teacher, has "all good" 
memories of Paris in 1949-50: "I 
went back to the 6eme two 
years ago and i'li be in Paris 
again on June 23, 1989 — I go to 
Savoie and the Dordogne area 
every summer. 

"I remember well the charm 
of Reid Hall, our meals in the 
SMILLIE and I), the daily walk to 
the Sorbonne through the Jardin 
du Luxembourg (my Simsbury 
High School students know the 
Luxembourg thanks to French in 
action. Yale, Pierre Capretz, Mi- 
reille and Robert!) I remember 
well crossing the Atlantic on the 
Mauretania\ We used to party 
on the top deck each night! 

"And I remember the Gare 
Montparnasse — we'd leave Fri- 
day nights with our bikes on 
board, bike in the Loire Valley or 
elsewhere for two days, then re- 
turn Sunday night or Monday 
morning. Joe and I spent Christ- 
mas in Denmark (I'm going there 
later this month) and Easter in 
Sicily. It was a magnificent, 
memorable year! 

"My life-long interest in 
French and France was 
strengthened by the Junior Year 
in France. I am still teaching 
French and going to France 
each year. My three children 
speak French and my grand- 
daughter, Leah, age 6, will make 
her first visit to France this year 
— with me. Following Joe's 
death I married a Belgian, 
George Joakim. and together we 
continued to visit France fre- 
quently. (George died two years 

"I continue my close con- 
tacts with friends in St. Pierre 
d'Albigny where for a number of 
years I ran a home-stay summer 
school. I encourage my stu- 
dents in Simsbury to consider 

spending their junior year 
abroad. Were it not for family 
here. I'd move to the Midi in a 

"One request — anyone inter- 
ested in February vacations in 
Guadeloupe. Martinique. St. 
Martin or les Saintes?" 

SET (Middlebury). a retired 
French and ESL teacher has 
good memories from her year in 
France: "understanding and sup- 
portive host family — excitement 
and thrills of beautiful Paris and 
superb teaching at Sciences Po 
— happiness of meeting my hus- 
band there." She has also some 
"difficult memories": "eating 
horsemeat. saying farewell to so 
many wonderful people at the 
end of the year." 

Her daughter, CATHERINE 
JOSSET (Middlebury). enjoyed it 
just as much in 1973-74. 

(Sweet Briar) has "too many mar- 
velous memories to write about: 
rushing off after a French de- 
jeuner lo Sciences Po to listen 
to Andre Siegfried or Pierre Re- 
nouvin. going to the Comedie 
Frangaise for our theatre class, 
going to the Sorbonne for the 
Cours de Civilisation and being 
amazed at how active politically 
the French students were, 
watching the world go by at the 
Deux Magots. It was the best 
year ever and has had such an 
important influence on every- 
thing I've been interested in 

SER (Barnard) 1949-50 was the 
year when "the chrysalis broke 
open — 18 months that, for me, 
were as important as all the oth- 
er undergraduate years lumped 
together. The constant chal- 
lenge of the new and different 
on all sides stimulated indepen- 
dent thinking. We could eyeball 
the Mona Lisa' at six inches 

Jardin du Luxembourg: Boo 
House taking a picture (Febru- 
ary 1950) 

sans today's protective cover 
and take advantage of all the 
special reduced-price offerings 
for students — plays, concerts, 
lectures and trips. 

"This May, my husband and I 
enjoyed Le Misanthrope at the 
Comedie Frangaise. Helas, the 
floodgates of memory did not 
open. Was the history-making 
Madeleine Renaud-Jean-Louis 
Barrault's Hamlet that winter or 
in '52? Only one play attended 
by our theatre class stands out, 
starkly unforgettable, and that is 
Les Mains Sales. 

"Only one former Sweet Briar 
student has crossed my path. 
SBC '52, and she inherited my 
room on Avenue Foch the very 
next year! Although we are both 
theatre buffs, this rather theatri- 
cal coincidence is fact, not dra- 
matic invention." 

tre College), a physician (Inter- 
nal Medicine and Gastroenterol- 
ogy) remembers: "I remember 
bathing in salt water on the 
Mauretania. I remember being 
homesick and my disappoint- 
ment that it (Paris) didn't look 
like New Orleans. I remember 
the happy 5-year-old children 
sailing boats in the fountain of 
the gardens of Luxembourg, 
how good their French was. I re- 
member, and cherish, loving 
NANCY RUSSELL and the fun 
when her mother came to town, 
dining us in the fancy cave with 
thirty strolling violins. I remem- 
ber FRED MUSSER's kind pa- 
tience in helping me with 
French. I remember touring 
Normandie with JACK BERG- 
GREN on the bicycle I had 
bought from Julius and which 
dumped me on the road when it 
fell half in two. I remember the 
beautiful, weird perspective of 
St. Sulpice with its assymetric 
towers from the corner of the 

square. I remember the seats in 
the fifth gallery at the opera, I 
remember Madame, Chez qui, 
Giroux spoiling me and Cathe- 
rine, the cook, hating me for it. I 
remember all of the faces, none 
of the names. But I cannot re- 
member where I put the damn 
pictures. But — 

"I have three dynamic, dis- 
similar children whose mother 
divorced me. I am now happily 
unmarried to a beautiful old 
maid school teacher." 

TON (Mount Holyoke) thinks 
"someone is counting wrong! It 
couldn't possibly be 40 years 
since we went to France! It 
seems, not like yesterday per- 
haps, but more like last year. 
That year was truly a turning 
point in my life. 

"To this day I never cease to 
marvel at the abundance of 
memories packed into one epic 
year — enough to last a lifetime. 
The friendships formed that 
year are among the most treas- 
ured of nvy life. It all began on 
the 'Mauretania'. seated in a 
deck chair. The fellow next to 
me asked : 'How do you say 
coat-hanger in French?' I 
nudged the character next to me 
and repeated the question. He 
surfaced from beneath the 
newspaper which covered his 
face, and said: 'Who the hell 
cares!' That was KIRK OUINN — 
to this day one of my dearest 
friends. Kirk introduced me to 
three became inseparable 
friends until Elmo's untimely 
death a few years ago. A few 
years after France, I married 
Elmo's college roommate. 

"I think the most incredible 
aspect of that wonderful year is 
that at any given moment I can 
conjure up a very vivid picture of 
some outstanding episode 
which will cheer and sustain me 
through the most trying of times 
— The Polytechnique ball at the 
Opera, dinner at La Grenouille, 
an unforgettable car rallye 
through thecountryside — these 
are but a few of the memories 
which surface from time to time 
and make me feel quite young 

"My husband (a former Fulb- 
right scholar in Strasbourg) and 
I returned to France for our 25th 
anniversary. Some very dear 
French friends whom I had 
known in 49-50 gave us a gala 
dinner party and invited the en- 
tire group of people I had known 
back then. The little girl I used 
to walk to kindergarten was now 
married and the mother of two 
boys. It was like stepping back 
27 years in time. After a week 
my French even came back to 
the point where a Luxembourge- 


ois hosteller mistook me for 
French, and demanded to know 
wtiere I had gotten an American 

"ThanksSweet Briar— thanks 
for everything! 

"I have tw/o sons (both engi- 
neers) who have no mterest m 
French — perhaps one of my four 
grandchildren will be more in- 
clmed. I hope so." 

We were very sorry to learn 
from Marta Phillips that her hus- 
band, DAVID L PHILLIPS (Dart- 
mouth) died in April 1988. Here 
are extracts from the remarks 
made by his friend Ashley L. 
Hawken at his funeral service: 

"His taste could be seen in 
the appreciation which he had 
for the creative works of man- 
kind in all of its forms. The fine 
arts were a preferred topic of 
conversation for him, one in 
which his emotions could run 
from the seriousness of the 
scholar, which he was, to the en- 
thusiasm of a child, which he 
also remained, in spirit, through- 
out his 58 years, a characteristic 
which, for me, was one of his 
most endearing qualities. 

"His appreciation for art led 
him to collect beautiful paint- 
ings and furniture and bric-a- 
brac, but not in any selfish way 
because, as those of us who 
have enjoyed the hospitality of 
David and Marta's home know, 
his pleasure was to share his ac- 
quisitions with friends and to 
have others participate in his 
passion for creativity and quali- 
ty. His respect for creativity 
was not reserved for The Mas- 
ters but also tor the lesser 
works of friends, on whom he al- 
ways heaped praise and encour- 

"David Phillips leaves us 
with a record of loyal and effec- 
tive service to his country, to his 
world and to his personal set of 
values. He moved from the 
heartland of the United States, 
where he lived as a boy, to every 
corner of our world, which he 
tried to understand, to interpret 
and to help. 

"David's fluency in languag- 
es, his knowledge of the culture, 
religion and history of many 
lands and his openness to the 
ideas and concerns of people 
from everywhere marked him as 
a wise and caring citizen of the 

"By his work as a Cultural Of- 
ficer in Latin America, and as a 
Foreign Student Advisor at Ho- 
ward University, he has left a 
legacy, not in feats of diplomat- 
ic or academic accomplishment 
— those he left to others — but in 
the quieter daily work of helping 
individuals solve specific prob- 


After a reception at the Hotel de Ville de Paris 

(Wheaton), a special education 
teacher of the emotionally dis- 
turbed, writes: "The memories of 
Paris are too many and varied to 
list — but the year I spent in Par- 
is profoundly changed my life. I 
returned to Wheaton with a 
deep love of the French lan- 
guage. After graduation I hoped 
to return to Paris but since I had 
to earn a living I trained as a bi- 
lingual secretary . fVly first boss 
was a charming young French- 
speaking Swiss — eventually we 
married and I returned with him 
to Geneva rather than Paris. 
This was almost 36 years ago. A 
year in Geneva convinced my 
husband that New York had be- 
come his home, and we returned 
to the U.S. I have used my fluen- 
cy in French to stay in touch 
withourfamily in Switzerland — 
we return there often and each 
time we do I realize that without 
all that I experienced in 1949-50 
I might never have been open to 
my charming Swiss!! 

"Our two boys are grown and 
married — and we have 4 grand- 
children. We are spending our 
vacation in France this summer 
instead of Switzerland to cele- 
brate the 40th anniversary of my 
wonderful Junior Year." 

KIRK QUINN (U. Delaware), 
encouraged by JEANNE MAT- 
THEWS PATTON, sent a photo- 
graph of his wedding, taken on 
the steps of the American 
Church in Paris on June 3, 1950. 
"Jeanne and ELMO GIORDA- 
NETTl were our attendants; the 
bride was Mollie McGlashan, of 
Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scot- 

land, erstwhile piano student; I 
the beaming groom. Mollie and 
I have survived these interven- 
ing years, various fields of en- 
deavor and employment, two 
daughters, three grandsons and 
two sons-in-law. In the back- 
ground of the picture are numer- 
ous other members of the 1949- 
50 Junior Year in France group, 
many of whom went on to an in- 
formal reception at the rue Pon- 
thieu apartment of Mile Char- 
lotte Moulton, whom I met in 
Paris late in 1945 during my 

The American Church in Paris, 
June 3, 1950: wedding of Mollie 
McGlashan and Kirk Quinn 

stmt as station manager of AFN 
Pans. DICK LEAVITT is on up 
the steps behind Elmo. Since I 
was a senior at the U. Delaware/ 
transferee to Sweet Briar, I grad- 
uated in absentia in June 1950 
and at one time I thought I 
might lay claim to being the first 
male graduate of Sweet Briar 
but nothing ever came of this 

"Our apartment is adorned 
with many pictures of our years 
in France — an aquarelle of Pont 
Alexandre III, an oil of a street 
scene of a village in Provence, a 
water color of Manoir de Vitan- 
val in Ste. Adresse and other 
prints and pictures. We haven't 
been back to Paris yet but hope 
to spend several weeks and 
maybe even a longer stay some- 
time soon. 

"We did manage a three-week 
stay in Scotland, England and 
Ireland in '79 after my involun- 
tary retirement. Mollie is still 
active in PR work for individual 
concert performances here in 
the Baltimore area and intends 
to get back to serious work at 
her piano in a few weeks when 
we leave this apartment and live 
again in our own house. 

"One substantial memento I 
have of Paris is a large, four sec- 
tion, approximately 80' x 52' 
D'OISEAU Reproduction artls- 
tique en elevation de loutes les 
rues, malsons et rictiesses artls- 
tiques de Pahs — dresse et des- 
LA ROUGERY. Editeurs. 7 rue 
Saint-Lazare. PARIS. Hopefully 


there will be at least a suitable 
wall space in our new (to us) 
house. I once thought of giving 
the PLAN to Amherst in Elmo's 
memory but will hold back a lit- 
tle longer and enjoy it displayed 

BAUGH (Vassar) is a French 
teacher: "quo/ d'autre??", she 
asks. She remembers"consfanf 
head cold: studying in bed with 
all possible blankets on top; 
drinking hot rum punch (C'est 
bon. ga si I'on est enrhume!) 
with KEMPER DWENGER; gain- 
ing 15 pounds because of 
French pastry-tea parties with 
CLAIR CSees-taire') HAYDEN .. 
Christmas vacation en Provence 
LANT and others ... bike trip 
with PAUL MOSES, in July '50. 
en Bretagne ... J'ai plus de 
souvenirs Que si j'avais mille 
ans' ... When you're pushing 60, 
that's all the exercise you need. 

"With 3 of my French II stu- 
dents, we won a FIRST PLACE 
two-week trip from le gouverne- 
ment frangais (incroyabte'.) to 
the region we presented in the 
project — la region Rhone-Alpes - 

- during the summer of 1988 for 
le Concours 2001. We had an 
apartment a IVniversite de 
Grenoble and were driven every- 
where in this beautiful region by 
various teachers and adminis- 
trators — private plane rides, yet 

— Aix-les-Bains, Annecy, la 
Grande Chartreuse — 4 days a 
Paris, which included le 14 juil- 
let — a dream come true for me 
and my students, who are from 
a school district where the aver- 
age family income is $8,600. I 
am now bilingual in Spanish as 
well as French, gracias a Dios" 

(Randolph-Macon Woman's), a 
high school French teacher, re- 
members "art classes in the 
Louvre with the lecturer stand- 
ing in front of the actual paint- 
mg ... playing tennis in the Jar- 
din du Luxembourg ... going to 
the theater 2 to 3 times a week 
for my drama class (seeing 
Louis Jouvet and others). See- 
mg Edith Piaf at the Olympia ... 
living around the corner from 
the Dome and the Coupole ... 
riding my bike from Montpar- 
nasse to Neuilly. Many surprise- 
parties with high school stu- 
dents playing Dixieland jazz — 
Sidney Bechet — Cabaret hu- 
mor. Walking, walking, walking. 
This year meant so much to me. 
It is hard for me to talk about it." 

(Barnard), a teacher of English 
as a second language, evokes 
"the pleasure of waking up to 
Paris every morning: the caf6s 
on Montparnasse: M. Henri 


Kerst in class and on an outing 
with his family to Normandy; the 
French family with whom I'm 
still in touch; a bike trip to the 
chateaux of the Loire; Mont St. 
Michel: and on and on and on ... 
and at the center, beautiful, 
alive, Paris. Corny as it sounds, 
Paris was a real 'awakening' for 
me: I started seriously growing 
up (still feel in the midst of ttiat. 
despite four kids and three 
granddaughters) intellectually, 
emotionally and socially." 

(Wellesley) received a Ph.D. (in 
French, of course!) from Colum- 
bia University in 1963. She is a 
writer. Her memories of Paris: 
"Then: Soupe a I'oignon at 
dawn, les Halles, with SUZANNE 
ARVEDON (Radcliffe) and Cie ... 
Wandering home in the wee 
hours from 'Boum!', the all-night 
Bal des Haules Etudes Commer- 
ciales ... Pigeons mirrored in 
fresh rain puddles on the many- 
vectored rooftops outside my 
window. Pension Domecq, Seme 
etage. at dawn. Always dawn. 
Didn't we ever sleep? 

"Now: June 1989— 
Presentation of Life Forms, my 
theater-piece-with-songs. Thea- 
ter for the New City, First Ave- 
nue and 10th Street, NYC. In 
the audience: PROFESSOR SU- 
CHILD-and Cie." 

To close these reminiscenc- 
es of France in 1949-50, we ask 
you to have a pensee emue for 
those members of the 1949-50 
group who are no longer with 
doin). WILLIAM LUTTON (Law- 
rence), MADELINE MILLER (Vas- 
sar), PAUL MOSES (Haverford), 
and JOHN ROBINSON (Alleghe- 


We were pleased to receive a 
long letter from JOHN J. LAR- 
KIN (Yale). He graduated from 
the Columbia University School 
of Law in 1959: "During the 
1970's there were major changes 
in my life (as to marriage, career, 
residence, etc.). but I gave little 
thought to France until the last 
two or three years (e.g. with the 
Centennial of the Statue of Lib- 
erty here, in New York City). 
Now I have been watching 
things change politically and so- 
cially here (and abroad), been 
reading the newspapers, etc., 
and begun to wonder whether a 
French connection isn't due 
(again) I" Several trips to Cana- 
da in recent years have made 
him more conscious of the re- 
maining existence of French 

culture in North America. Guid- 
ed by a volume entitled France 
in America, by a Canadian histo- 
rian, W.J. Eccles, he would like 
to investigate the remainders of 
French influence in the New 
York area: "I like to think that 
being a New Yorker gives me an 
advantage in this, as this city 
and state were once settled and 
governed by Europeans other 
than those of British origin, and 
this state borders on both Onta- 
rio and Quebec, which repre- 
sent, to the Canadians, ttie cen- 
ters of British and French 
culture, respectively in their 



Members of the 1956-57 
SBCJYF group will receive with 
sadness the news of the untime- 
ly death of CECELIA HENRY TU- 
disease in Vienna on January 
25, 1989. 

Cecelia was graduated from 
Emory University, and by means 
of a Woodrow Wilson Fellow- 
ship, she earned her Master's 
degree from the Johns Hopkins 
School of International Rela- 
tions after a year on the Balti- 
more campus and another at the 
University of Bologna in Italy 

So armed, and fluent by then 
in Italian, as well as in French 
and her own southern style of 
English, Cecelia set out for 
Rome and landed an enviable 
job with the Food and Agricul- 
ture Organization of the UN. 
Four alcyon years followed 
wherein, among other pursuits, 
she renewed friendships with 
members of our SBCJYF class 
who were living there; served as 
delightful, indefatigable hostess 
and guide to others of us on Ro- 
man holidays; and she fell in 
love with a tall, handsome, no- 
ble, Austrian lawyer whom she 
married, in 1964, in the chapel of 
his family's estate in Graz. 

Cecelia and Hubertus made 
their home in the Viennese sub- 
urb of Grinzing known for its au- 
tumnal bounty of bright, new 
wine and as Beethoven's resi- 
dence when he wrote his Third 
Symphony (Eroica). Across the 
village street from Beethoven's 
house, the Tupays found a for- 
mer Wursttiaus languishing in 
disrepair, but with fine spatial 
elements and a broad greens- 
ward in back which climbed to 
the vineyards. They bought it 
and painstakingly transformed it 
into a completely charming, 
comfortable family home which 
they filled with sons named Hu- 
bertus-Christoph and Hierony- 

mus who are occasional stu- 
dents, campers and skiers in the 

Cecelia's most remarkable 
characteristics — herlively intel- 
lect extravagantly entwined with 
fairy tale fantasy, her innate 
chic and zany sense of play — all 
found a home our year in Paris, 
and she decided then that she 
would live her life in Europe. 
She is buried in the village ce- 
metery among the vineyards be- 
hind her house. 

Mrs. ROBERT SHAW (Sweet 


In a letter from STEVEN BAY- 
LESS (Denison), M.D. Temple 
University, we read the follow- 
ing; "SBCJYF gave me the gift of 
fluency in French. The year is 
the most important of my life, — 
enriching, cultural (and, yes, ex- 
otic, including a trip to Moscow, 
and Leningrad and elsewhere). 
Friendships made became 
close. I'll never forget the great 
kindnesses and practical assis- 
tance given me by my host fami- 
ly in France. Years later one 
member was prepared to receive 
the daughter of my business as- 
sociate on her trip to Europe. 
And several years back I suc- 
ceeded in taking the most ad- 
vanced course in French com- 
munication (written and spoken) 
at Harvard University Extension 
Master's Program with wonder- 
ful results (an A-). 

"How fortunate I am to be 
able to speak another language, 
at least to the degree to help 
others feel at ease knowing 
someone can speak their lan- 
guage. I'm more than fortunate. 
I feel this is a privilege." 


HARRIET DAVIS (Wheaton) is 
now Assistant Vice President at 
Merrill Lynch. Pierce, Fenner & 
Smith in Boston. 



(Wheaton) sent us the following 
information, received too late to 
be included in her 25th Anniver- 
sary report: 

ERBMANN (Wellesley) — Morris- 
town, NJ 

Following graduation, Caro- 
line spent three years in the Phi- 
lippines teaching French before 
returning with her daughter, Eliz- 
abeth, to get the first of her 
Master's degrees at the Universi- 
te de Montreal. She spent 18 
years teaching French and ESL 

On the Mauretania (September 3, 1964) 

at nationally known New Trier 
HS in Illinois before moving to 
the NYC area to study at NYU. 
Her husband, Clement, is an in- 
vestment banker and fellow fran- 
cophile, so they and their two 
young sons spend at least a 
couple of weeks in France every 

She recommends the won- 
derful gites ruraux and logis et 
auberges de France for vaca- 
tions full of warmth and solici- 
tude, mentioning in passing 
that, at one point, the two boys 
even learned to milk the cow 
and imitate the gait of a fleeing 
French chicken. 

dental) — NYC 

Susan has turned most of her 
attention to Latin America since 
graduate school at Columbia. 
Much of the time she worked for 
the Council of the Americas and 
was, among other titles, their 
Executive Director of Programs. 
Her specialty is economics and 
she is deeply committed to the 
idea that Latin American private 
sector ventures can be the an- 
swer to long term economic de- 
velopment in the area. She has 
recently become a principal in a 
new venture capital company 
which invests in such firms. In 
addition, Susan still uses her 
guitar regularly as a volunteer 
with organizations for the retard- 
ed and handicapped. 

Memory: Folk song tests on 
the first class deck with the cap- 
tain aiding and abetting by set- 
ting out chairs for us and the 
Mexican trio that used to join us. 



(Wellesley) — Cambridge, MA 

In addition to the news of Su- 
san and her newest book which 
Ray Hilliard mentioned in last 
year's Magazine. Susan tells me 
that she and her husband are 
busy bringing up three little 

girls: twins, 8, and a 3-year old. 


Many thanks to ELLYN (LYN) 
ry), who agreed to act as editor 
for this 25th anniversary edition 
She is now wife, mother and 
part-time attorney, and writes: "I 
approached France in 1964 with 
mixed feelings, because I left 
my fiance (now husband of al- 
most 24 years) home. The year 
was, nevertheless, wonderful. 
The people and pace of Tours 
permitted comfortable adjust- 
ment to the language and cus- 
toms. Madame Moreau spent 
most of her day cooking dinner 
and cleaning: I'll never forget 
the night my roommate SUSAN 
CAPLING (sadly gone from us) 
ran into M. Moreau stark naked 
in our common bathroom; then 
there was teaching LESLIE 
COEN BLOCK to ride a bike 
(LESLIE— get in touch!) and pre- 

tending to a policeman that I 
didn't speak French when he 
stopped me for no lights on the 

"Paris? What a city. Susan 
and I spent quite a year with 
Mme Nikola Marinovitch, White 
Russians with a son-in-law in 
Saigon and a philandering 
daughter at home. Like just 
about everyone who sent memo- 
ries, I recall Alfred Simon's thea- 
tre course and the many plays 
we experienced (and so did not 
keep mentioning it below). I 
also remember the secretary 
from Tours (named Monique 
Chevalier?): a wonderful trip to 
Reims with BRIT MAC LAUGH- 
LIN and many others: Paris by 
night with BERN IE: hitching in 
Belgium, Holland, France and 
Spain with SUE CAPLING (some 
scary moments but far outnum- 
bered by good !ime and fine 
people). Of course, two young 
unescorted girls in Spain had to 
endure an awful lot — I wonder if 
they still do. Also still vivid are 
a skiing trip to the Dolomites 
with lots of great Sweet Briar 
folks (probably RONNI BAR- 
HEIM) plus French students; en- 
joying the very pleasant 
VALERIE PERCY in the music 
course (her unsolved murder is 
one of our shared sadnesses): 
SHEILA WALKER wooing our 
professor during oral exams at 
Sciences Po: a Louvre course on 
Impressionists and post- 
Impressionists requiring inter- 
minable (but fascinating) read- 
ing and museum going: learning 

the Dvorak requiem with a 
French chorus only to find there 
would be no performance be- 
cause there was no money to 
hire a hall (described, I think, as 
a last minute sabotage by les 
communistes); exquisite French 
bread in all shapes and sizes 
with unsalted butter 

"I've been back to France 
once (1984) — no more pissoires 
and now there are skyscrapers. 
I love the Pompidou, I dread 
seeing what the Spanish coast 
now looks like. I heard Alfred 
Simon is now running a school 
for actors. 

"I'll always be grateful for the 
chance to live outside my coun- 
try for a year, to appreciate an- 
other country, to become fluent 
in a second language (do you re- 
member the high when you first 
dreamed in French?), to meet so 
many neat people, I hope class- 
mates will stop by — no doubt 
many of you pass this way since 
we live on the Maine coast only 
3 miles from L. L. Bean, Peter, 
Will (age 4) and I would love to 
see you and yours." 

scribes himself as 'teacher/ 
writer/director' and writes: "It 
was the little theatres of Paris 
and Alfred Simon that got me 
excited about the many things 
that theatre can be. In the late 
70's, I created and performed a 
one-man show on Jean Cocteau, 
then I founded and was the Ar- 
tistic Director of the New Ehri- 
lich Theatre," His latest collabo- 
ration, a satiric comedy of New 
York's beau monde circa 1989 


entitled 'The Lost Heiress', with 
Sarah Wright, will be work- 
shopped in Boston this fall. Neil 
credits his Sweet Briar experi- 
ence with opening this fascinat- 
ing world to him. 

Briar) now a middle school guid- 
ance counselor, sent a snapshot 
of some of our group beside the 
Loire, and remembered riding 
bikes to Chenonceaux on the 
first day in Tours, "a more ambi- 
tious project than we had real- 
ized," picnics on visits to the 
chateaux, weekly visits to mu- 
seums and theatres, relaxing in 
sidewalk cafes and parks, and 
trips to Germany Italy southern 


ER (Wheaton), senior travel con- 
sultant, labels our year in 
France as "THE BEST year of 
college!" because our teacher 
was experiences. She probably 
speaks for many of us when she 
says: "I wish I could do it all 
again, only from an adult point 
of view. The art history course 
at the Louvre marked the begin- 
ning of continuing appreciation 
for art and architecture. I would 
love to visit the Musee des Arts 
Decoratifs now that I have stud- 
ied 5 years in that field. I would 
love to take courses all over 
again at the Pompidou and the 
Musee d'Orsay 

Picnic at the Chateau de Chambord 

Spring vacation in Greece; Claire Hodupp, Judy Parker and Carly 

France and Spain. 

Anna has continued to use 
her French, first in teaching, 
and more recently in hosting vis- 
iting exchange students and 
other French people in Charles- 
ton. She has been back to 
France once, and reports that 
the food was better on her 
present budget than as a stu- 
dent. She has two daughters, 
age 16 and 12, both studying 

Anna would love visits of 
anyone from the group who 
comes to Charleston. 


"fy/lemories? Fun with 
unauthorized visits to the Resis- 
tance Rooms in the Catacombs; 
biking to chateaux in Tours (Car- 
ly enclosed a photo of lunch 
with wine at Chambord): hitchik- 
ing in Brittany: almost being 
lost at sea off St. Guenole with 
CLAIRE on a fishing expedition: 
skiing in Italy for Christmas with 
Speedy Gonzales and the gang 
from the busmess school." 

CARLY reports that she has 
continued French connections 

by serving on a local selection 
committee for AFS students, 
hosting foreign students and en- 
tering the travel business. She 
will be on KLM's inaugural flight 
from Amsterdam to Lyons this 
October and looks forward to 
setting foot once again in 
France after 25 years. 

(Chatham) and ROBERT EVANS, 
JR. (Princeton), together write 
that she is Director, Programs 
for Teachers, Brown University, 
and he is a clinical psychologist 
and director of a public mental 
health clinic. They have been 
back to France several times 
and twice exchanged houses 
with French families. They re- 
member daily stops at the local 
patisserie', riding all over Paris 
on the motor scooter owned 
jointly with DAVID PORTER; 
weekly trips to the Louvre to 
memorize its entire contents for 
Paula's art course; the pension 
on rue d'Assas where WALT, 
MEL. DAVID and ROB all shared 
the top floor; Paula's wonderful 
roommate chez Madame Verley, 
SUSAN CULVER, whom she has 
lost track of; and travelling all 
over Europe on $5 or less per 

DAVID PORTER (Middlebury), 
Paula Mysell Evans reports, is a 
Division Chair of the Depart- 
ment of Illustration at Rhode Is- 
land School of Design. 

(Denison), a software engineer, 
wishes everyone could have an 
experience similar to ours in 
France. She believes it was a 
wonderfully run program with a 
sense of independence for stu- 

Nan writes vividly of a memo- 
ry from that year: — "On the way 
from Tours to Paris we stopped 
to visit Chartres. It was Octo- 
ber. There were few others in 
the cathedral. We were in no 
hurry. It was a magical place. 
We could wonder about the 
ghosts of its past. Gradually, 
we became aware of voices. 
They sounded like voices from 
the past. We looked up to see 
where the music was coming 
from. Finally we realized that 
our madrigal group was quietly 
singing in a corner of the apse 
... and the cathedral itself 
picked up the music and kept it 

Nan lives in an 'idyllic' place 
on Cape Cod with her 2-1/2 
years old son and works at 
Brown University next door to 
Paula Mysell Evans. She sees 
casionally at Brown's swimming 
pool and keeps in touch with 
GIANGIULIO She asks for 
news of WALT LEMKE and 


ley), manuscript editor. Harvard 
University Press, hasn't returned 
to Paris since 1965 and expects 
the Paris she knew isn't there 
anymore, not just because of 
change but because she would 
be a tourist rather than a stu- 
dent living at 28, rue d'Assas. 

MARY ELLEN has fond 
memories of onion soup at 4 
a.m. at the Pied de Cochon; ex- 
ploring Paris with DAVID COPE- 
LIN; his stellar performance in 
the JYF production of Les Ca- 
prices de Marianne (though pan- 
ned by Alfred Simon); singmg 
Renaissance music with STEVE 
BONIME in metro tunnels, under 
bridges, and most memorably, 
in Chartres (you were appreciat- 
LOGAN above): and RON 
WHITE, a great conversational- 
ist and part of a group who went 
to Greece for spring vacation. 

MARY ELLEN'S 15 year old 
daughter recently spent 2 weeks 
with a French family in Bondy, a 
suburb of Pahs. In that short 
time she became more political- 
ly and culturally sophisticated, 
reaffirming Mary Ellens belief 
that exchange programs and 
junior years abroad are impor- 
tant for Americans, still relative- 
ly isolated as we are from world 

GIANGIULIO (Swarthmore) 
teaches French at Southern 
Methodist University and would 
love to be back in touch with old 

Her memories include mak- 
ing friends with members of the 
group in Tours, especially JIM 
participating in the production 
of La Cantatrice Chauve: in- 
volvement in studies in Paris 
which were independent from 
the group; roommate NANCY 
CHURCHILL her Sears Roebuck 
guitar and PAULs huge cast 
from a motorcycle accident. 

RAND (Wheaton). Manager of 
Paris office of London-based In- 
ternational Relocation Compa- 
ny, writes shortly but sweetly: 
"Still the best year of my life! 
Have run into Alfred Simon (et 
Madame) several times over the 
almost twenty years I have been 
living in Paris. He has fond 
memories of our class, and even 
still recalls certain 'outstanding' 
individuals. Please look me up 
when you come to Paris!" 

nell) describes himself as ex- 
businessman and doctoral can- 
didate in clinical psychology. 
Steve writes: "The most striking 
memory is being slammed into a 


paddy wagon and whisked away 
from a Paris sidewalk to an over- 
night stay in a cold, big and 
bright prison cell. We were 
conning out of the movies and 
happened to get caught in a de 
Gaulle mass arrest to harrass 
his opponents. As the siren 
honked away and we were ca- 
reening through the streets, one 
of my JYF buddies muttered 
'Paris by night!' That line made 
the whole experience worth- 

Steve's most pleasant recol- 
lections were patissing-out' 
with fellow JYFers from the pen- 
sion on rue d'Assas ("I can still 
taste the religieuses ... "); and 
ROB EVANS' talking blues com- 
posed for our departure from 

Maine-Orono) recounts a variety 
of memories: "The beginnings 
of an adult love affair with good 
food; Le Drugstore near the Arc 
de Triomphe, tops for an occa- 
sional hamburger and the over- 
whelming taste of home: Sun- 
day strolls through the Louvre, 
Tuileries, Jeu de Paume and the 
Rodm museum (her favorite)." 
Bonnie also describes a panel of 
American experts sponsored by 
the New York Herald Tribune 
who addressed U.S. involvement 
in Vietnam: "The audience was 
made up of French students for 
the most part, and they were 
very critical and very informed. 
It was my first memorable en- 
counter with naivete (mine) and 
arrogance (my country's)." 

Bonnie has been married for 
17 years to Ed Jaffe, an internist 
with a private practice in North- 
boro, MA. She works there part- 

Drawing by Wing Todd (Sweet 


time paying bills and employ- 
ees. The Jaffes have two chil- 
dren, David, nearly 12, and Ra- 
chel, 9. Bonnie also works as 
staff photographer and reporter 
of police news for the local 
weekly. She reports that "the in- 
betweens of each day are easily 
filled with family affairs and the 
schlepping inherent to living in 
the sticks, fast becoming semi- 

(Bryn Mawr), an attorney with 
the Environmental Law Insti- 
tute. She recalls those bike 
rides from Tours to the cha- 
teaux, and the vendange. where 
Sweet Briar students helped to 
gather the grapes at the Cha- 
teau Cheron-LeClerc and "some 
of us even got to stamp them 
with our feet." As for Paris, one 
of the many highlights was 
Jacques Chirac as her lecturer 
at 'Sciences Po.' 

(Mount Holyoke), writes that she 
is a student and president of her 
temple. "Even though I have 
taught French off and on since 
grad school (MAT Yale), I have 
never returned to Paris, and Jun- 
ior Year seems eons away. 
Hardest to recapture is the state 
of mind of that incredible time — 
being carefree, disponible, and 
responsible only for oneself in a 
strange, exciting place. 

"But some things remain 
fixed in my mind: the influence 
of some fine French teachers 
with their love of analysis, the 
impact of thinkers such as Pas- 
cal and Sartre, the social and in- 
tellectual camaraderie of a coed 
group after an all-girls college, 
and mosf of all, the bond I feel 
with many of you — even those I 
have not kept in touch with over 
the years. (You'd better be writ- 
ing for this column, too!) 

"I live in Pasadena with my 
husband, Joel, Leslie 14, and 
Seth, 10. At present, I am enjoy- 
ing not working and having time 
to pursue new interests — name- 
ly piano and music. In the midst 
of contemplating new career 
choices and areas of study, I 
was at the point of thinking my 
French major irrelevant but was 
recently surprised to learn that a 
French major is the upcoming 
major of the 90s!?" 

South), is an educator now serv- 
ing as Director of Education and 
Museum Services at the Atlanta 
Historical Society. He is mar- 
ried to Mary Sue Nunn and has 
two sons, George and Jamie, 6 
and 4. George served in the 
Peace Corps in Togo, West Afri- 
ca, after graduation. Then he 
was drafted and served in the 
First Infantry Division in Viet- 
nam, where he spoke French to 

Britt Mac Laughlin at the ven- 
dange (September 1964) 

the scout, a former V.C He 
earned his M.A.T. (History) from 
Brown and Ph.D. (History) from 
Duke, and wrote Heartti and 
Home: Preserving a People's 
Culture, published by Temple 
University Press and recipient of 
an Honor Award from the Na- 
tional Trust for Historic Preser- 

JR. (Yale) works in international 
banking and is married with one 
child (8). His year in France had 
a decisive impact upon both his 
personal and business life, con- 
firming his love for things for- 
eign, and providing a common 
interest with his wife, who has 
spent many summers in Italy 
and Greece as an archaeologist. 
They return for vacations in vari- 
ous European cities as often as 

Jim remembers wistfully 
many phenomena now gone 
which we experienced — no sky- 
scrapers, plenty of cafes but no 
drugstore in St. Germain des 
Pres, and an Atlantic crossing 
on ocean liner (an "adventure as 
removed from today's students 
as travel by covered wagon"). 
But he reports we can still expe- 
rience the joy of walking in the 
Luxembourg gardens and stroll- 
ing along the Seine. 

Jim enclosed pictures of 
vendange and YOLANDA ME- 
ZEY at Cheverny, with whom he 
has lost touch. He would appre- 
ciate their addresses and any 

do College) writes: "I was 
housed on rue d'Assas at the 
Pension Ophilia (later demol- 
ished) with some good friends, 
DAVID, PAUL and WALT (still 
standing I hope). I've been liv- 
ing in Lyon with my (French) 
wife and two children for eleven 
years now, working as an Eng- 
lish teacher. Would enjoy renew- 

Yolanda Mezey at Cheverny 
(September 1964) 

ing old acquaintances." 

TEUFFER (Sweet Briar), a com- 
puter consultant, also keeps 
close ties with France. Her petit 
ami, Henri has remained a life- 
long friend. Their families have 
vacationed together at Granville 
on the coast of Normandy. She 
continues to make French 
friends and welcome them to 
her house. She expects her chil- 
dren have or will have had some 
type of exchange with a French 
student before finishing high 

Memories? "Many an after- 
noon in a Paris cafe en jouant 
aux 'flippers,' long walks with 
French friends through unvisit- 
ed quiet sections of Paris, La 
Place des Vosges for one, sit- 
ting in a cafe and watching the 
world go by, carefree days full 
of learning which has stuck." 

A sad note— SANDY SWAIN 
HEYWOOD (Sweet Briar), a dear 
friend and roommate during the 
year abroad, died several years 
ago. Kathy reports that Sandy's 
"love of France was beyond de- 
scription and I have a very spe- 
cial drawing of hers from those 

MORRIS (Sweet Briar), a house- 
wife who works part-time out- 
side the home as Treasurer of 
Cygnet Holdings, Inc., a subsidi- 
ary of Young & Rubicam, Inc. 
She remembers a wonderful trip 
in Bretagne with VI GRAVEURE 
PATEK and also a sailing trip to 
the lie d'Hyeres, old American 
movies on the rue Champollion, 
oral exams at Sciences Po, and 
great friendships which have en- 

Marilyn taught French for 
two years after graduation and 
was interpreter for two journal- 
ists from Paris tvlatcti writing an 
article on the underground Cath- 
olic Church in the U.S. She has 
kept in close touch with the 


Clouets. her Tours family. 

gan) develops real estate and re- 
members "bicycle trips along 
the Loire to visit chateaux; the 
vendange, where someone had 
too much to drink; a visit to the 
sewers of Paris; understanding 
absolutely nothing in math 
class; finding Beckett; crois- 
sants and chaussons for break- 
fast in the metro reading the 
N.Y. Times and Herald Tribune; 
discussing politics intermina- 
bly; becoming a Parisian driver." 

O'GUIN (Radford) does biomedi- 
cal research at the Albert Ein- 
stein College of Medicine, and 
had an opportunity to visit 
southeastern France and Paris 
for a couple of weeks when her 
husband. Mike, was visiting re- 
search professor at the Universi- 
ty in Grenoble. She writes; "So 
many places in Paris looked the 
same that I could hardly believe 
the number of years that had 
passed since I had been there 
last." On the other hand, she 
was shocked by the modern 
construction in the courtyard of 
the Louvre. 

(Sweet Briar), remembers feeling 
that everything French had to be 
better than things American. 
She has found unchanged on 
subsequent visits the exterior 
and lobby of the Foyer Interna- 
tional on the Boul. fvlich. and the 
Cafe Gay Lussac. 

Our year in France changed 

Vi's life. After college she 
earned her M.A.T in French at 
Harvard and taught French at a 
private school in R. I. Then 
came 14 years of motherhood, 
after which she returned to 
teaching. Two and one-half 
years in Japan interrupted her 
teaching again, but she learned 
how to converse in Japanese. 
Now back in the States, she ex- 
pects to teach French and Latin 
at Fox Lane High School in Bed- 
ford, NY. She loves teaching 
and working with teenagers. 

Vi and husband, Mark, cele- 
brated 22 years of marriage this 
year He has been with IBM tor 
25 years. Their eldest daughter, 
Sarah, just completed her fresh- 
man year at Harvard. Vi tells us 
to keep our eyes out for a tall, 
blond flute player in the Harvard 
Band. Second daughter. Sheila, 
will be a senior at John Jay High 
School and has spent time in 
France— 'b/en sur. elle adore la 

Vi hasn't seen anyone from 
our group lately but would love 
to have a reunion to celebrate 
the 25th— "Much love to every- 

BERT J. SCHLOSS (Yale) is a 
board-certified psychiatrist prac- 
ticing primarily long-term psy- 
choanalytically-oriented psycho- 
therapy Bert writes; "I have 
remained in semi-contact with 
two others from my year, ANNE 
ELMAN SPERO. In fact, seeing 
Anne this past March after 25 

Dialogue between two cultures (Drawing by Wing Todd) 

Drawing by Wing Todd 

years was a shock; she seemed 
hardly to have changed, except 
for the better! 

"(After graduation from Yale) 
I attended Stanford University in 
Palo Alto and became a trans- 
planted Californian. The influ- 
ence of my experiences in 
France sidetracked my medical 
career for a while as I made a 
movie in Santa Cruz. While in 
medical school I had several 
French roommates, one of 
whom has continued to be a life- 
long friend. I visit with him, his 
wife and family (and vice versa) 
when returning to Paris. 

"I have one patient with 
whom I conduct therapy in 
French, thanks to my Sweet 
Briar experience. In addition, I 
am the Director of Psychiatric 
Residency Training at Cedars- 
Sinai Medical Center in Los An- 

"I shall be eternally grateful 
for my experience in France. It 
was one of the most enriching 
experiences of my life and has 
profoundly affected my attitude, 
outlook and philosophy. I look 
forward to hearing about the 
lives and plans of my class- 
mates. My best wishes to all of 
you at Sweet Briar who are in- 
volved in an admirable work!" 

and wife, LUCY McCALLUM 
SCHWARTZ (Salem), are Profes- 
sors of French at the U. North 
Dakota. Paul writes; "My memo- 
ries of 1964-65 have frequently 
been brought up to date. In 
fact, Lucy and I will be celebrat- 
ing our 20th wedding anniver- 
sary in Tours this summer with 
the daughter of Lucy's Tours 
host family, whose daughter and 
son have become close friends 
of our two boys. And then, I got 
to relive the whole experience in 
1978-79 as M. Biron' to another 

Most of Paul's memories are 
of Lucy, her roommates. SUEL- 

PETE H.; and bridge games at 
the Cafe de I'Univers and during 
Interminable train trips. 

Lucy noticed that most of 
Paul's memories were Tours 
memories. She remembers Par- 
is as a place for long walks in 
the afternoon with Paul and oth- 
er friends. Her most vivid mem- 
ories are of the Paris Fefe 
d'Adleu, when some of the ac- 
tors in the Musset play drank a 
lot of champagne and became 
very sad when they missed the 
last subway at Etoile and had to 
walk home. She also remem- 
bers going to Jacques Chirac's 
house with EUGENIA and SARA 
when "he was not home and not 
even famous." 

Paul and Lucy will be on 
leave at Lafayette College in 
Easton, Pa. during the coming 
year and hope to see more of us. 
They are interested in hearing 
and SUSAN BROWN, with 
whom they have lost touch. 

(Agnes Scott) is an ESOL teach- 
er (English to speakers of other 
languages). She remembers; 
"Learning just how young 20 
was; mistaking the walk from 4 
rue de Chevreuse to I'Arc de Tri- 
omphe via Concorde and the 
Champs for a short afternoon 
stroll; (ours en bicyclette to 
Blois and Chenonceaux; learn- 
ing to play 'Botticelli' on the 
bus; the taste of fresh warm 
croissants: the smell of the m^- 
tro: hot roasted chestnuts (com- 
plete with worms); Oh! les 
beaux jours with Madeleine Re- 
naud; hitchhiking in Italy and a 
wonderful trip to Spain in June." 

Anne would love to hear from 
TEL. She sums it up for most of 
us when she adds; "This is the 



tip of the iceberg — random 
memories dashed off in a hurry 
on the day of your second dead- 
line. It is fun to bring them to 
light again. Once the flow be- 
gan, I think I could fill several 
books. It was a great year!" 

As we end these memories, 
we should pause to remember 
the too many friends who are no 
longer with us: SUSAN CA- 
PERCY(Cornell) and SANDRA 
Briar), already mentioned. We 
have also been informed that 
HANE (Sweet Briar), a faithful 
friend of the Junior Year in 
France, died in September 1985. 



Resident Director of the 1969-70 
group (and two later groups), 
spent part of last summer lead- 
ing a bicycle tour of Dordogne. 
According to him his leadership 
"consisted of spinning a bottle 
to determine the direction to be 
taken that day and then biking 
casually to the next restaurant!" 
On his return he found a letter 
(Virginia), part of which may in- 
terest the members of the 

"The JYF permanently 
changed me. I had such a good 
time that I consistently sought 
opportunities to return to Paris. 
After I got my degree from Vir- 
ginia I returned and did the 
Diplome at Sciences Po. Later I 
got my doctorate in political sci- 
ence from UCLA and suddenly 
found myself to be a 'French 
specialist.' This description im- 
posed the convenient necessity 
to visit Paris annually so as to 
push forward the frontiers of 
comparative politics. Me voila!" 
Harvey, an Associate Professor 
at George Washington Universi- 
ty, wonders whether anyone has 
expressed interest in a twenty- 
year reunion. He is willing to 
help bring one about. 


After graduating in 1978, 

(Mary Baldwin) worked for three 
years in research at the Universi- 
ty of Virginia Hospital, after 
which she attended and graduat- 
ed from the Nursing School at 
Emory University in Atlanta. 
Since finishing, she has been on 
the full time staff there in the in- 
tensive care unit. She was mar- 
ried in November 1988 to Scott 
W. Godwin. 




(Randolph-Macon Woman's) re- 
cently joined the Phoenix prac- 
tice of Bryan, Cave, McPheeters 
and McRoberts as a litigation 
associate. Margaret received 
her law degree from Boston Col- 
lege Law School in 1988. St. 
Louis based Bryan, Cave is a 
leading national and internation- 
al law firm with offices in six 
U.S. cities, London, Saudi Ara- 
bia and Dubai. 


Our apologies to JAMES 
SOUTHERN (Texas). In our last 
issue we misunderstood part of 
his letter and we ended up say- 
ing the opposite of what he 
meant. Here is what Jim had 
written: "It is difficult for me to 
think of place as having pro- 
found impact on my life. I am 
more inclined to think that peo- 
ple and events are effectual and 
that place provides setting. The 
peculiarity of Paris is not, how- 
ever, lost on me. I returned to 
her on more that one occasion, 
going so far as to surprise Ma- 
dame Denis who encouraged me 
to enjoy the proliferation of 
hamburgers on both Banks of 
the Seine. 

"The motto of the Sorbonne, 
'Flux and Stability', seems today 
more a fact of life and certainly 
not as ideal as I once imagined 
all mottos to be. My daughter 
has reached the age of four, not 
yet knowing but surmising Paris 
her home and Paris has wit- 
nessed a Fall of 86, a miniature 
Spring of 68 which adds to the 
idiom: Plus ga va. plus c'est la 
meme chose en miniature'\ 

In his letter, this year, Jim 
elaborates on "the experiential 
impact" of the Fall 86 demon- 
strations : "The student demon- 
strations of the Fall of 86 did oc- 
cur with at least one death 
reported. In my hotel room I 
could hear the commotion, and 
in the lobby, near the telephone, 
I had the pleasure of conversa- 
tion with a young Englishman, a 
student, who, finding himself in 
Paris on vacation during the 
course of the demonstrations 
decided to participate. 

""His view of the matter is 
that the French police are terri- 
fying and on occasion given to 
brutality. Not being directly in- 
volved in the action, as it were, I 
found the occurrences humor- 
ous. High school students were 
wandering the better parts of 
Paris with egg and flour, accost- 
ing passers-by with the accusa- 
tive remark: 'Je vais te faire un 
gateau.' The students would 

then proceed to throw the flour 
and the egg at an apprehensive 
individual; thus transmogrified 
the individual would become a 

"Unlike the 'Events of 68,' the 
fall of 86 were nostalgic in char- 
acter The nostalgia was a senti- 
ment based on the rumor that 
the events of Jack Lang's gener- 
ation were productive of a com- 
radery unique and rarely felt. It 
would be harsh to condemn the 
sentimentality of students strug- 
gling against the rigors of a de- 
centralized university system. 
Many of the participants of the 
68 student demonstrations re- 
sent that their actions caused 
the decentralization of the Sor- 


A message from GRETCHEN 
ANNE ELLIS, Assistant to the 
Resident Director (which 
reached us via our brand-new 
fax machine!): "It is very hard 
for me to believe that ten years 
have passed since I waited to 
greet the 1979-1980 SBCJYF 
group in the garden of the Insti- 
tut de Touraine worrying about 
whether I had matched people 
together as roommates well 
enough for them to make it 
through the 6 weeks in Tours. 

"A potpourri of memories 
come to mind: going to the hos- 
pital to visit PETER D'AMARIO 
and Monsieur BORDEAUX who 
had both somehow managed to 
get hit by cars (this gets easier 
all the time, and it was, in fact, 
my turn last February); after all 
of the requests for housing in 
the Latin Quarter in families 
with children, finally getting one 
realistic request, 'Je veux une 
veuve riche': GARY GILBERT 
taking me to a Quaker Meeting 
for the very first time (I've since 
become a member: thank you, 
Gary!); MARGOT STIASSNI orga- 
nizing a party for the Sweet 
Briar group and including peo- 
ple from a school for the blind, 
one of whom had been Bokasa's 
former body guard ... and then 
Le Cauchemar, the airplane tick- 
ets ... ! 

"'Over the years I've had visits 
from PETER D'AMARIO on sev- 
eral occasions in Paris and in 
New York State, MELISSA 

DAVY ferreted me out on a visit 
to Paris a couple of years ago, 
and what a pleasant surprise it 
was to run into CRYSTAL JOHN- 
SON in Strasbourg where we 
were both attending courses at 
the 'Institut International des 
Droits de I'Homme.' 

"After spending one more 
year with the Sweet Briar pro- 
gram I went on to work for 
ACAT, 'Action des Chretiens 
pour I'Abolition de la Torture' 
where I've been ever since 
(when I think that I once joking- 
ly told a student with a housing 
problem, 'It's not me you need, 
it's Amnesty International!') 

"If any of you come this way, 
I'd love to see you again, and in 
hopes that some of you will 
make it back and contact me, 
here is my address: 20, rue Cen- 
sier, 75005 Paris, telephone 

"'I send warm regards to all of 
you and hope that I'll get a 
chance to find out where you've 
gotten to by now." 

Although living far from Vir- 
ginia, JAMES C. STEWARD (U. 

Virginia) agreed to serve as 
class secretary of the 1979-80 
group . Our sincere thanks to 
him. He writes: "Now that I'm 
living in England, perhaps for 
the long haul, Paris seems both 
near and far away. The typically 
grey wintry skies of England of- 
ten make me think of winter in 
Paris, and, in fact, as I compile 
your letters, I am preparing for a 
research trip to la belle capitale 
in only a few days. Your letters 
were a vivid reminder of our 
days in Paris, and I am grateful 
for the chance to have caught 
up with you a bit. 

"The constant in your com- 
munications is clearly that Paris 
was a seminal moment, a time 
that gave new direction to per- 
sonal and professional lives. 
Most of us, it seems, combine 
memories of the romance of Par- 
is, its mysterious beauty, with 
the more practical side of life 
such as preparing presentations 
orales and explications de tex- 
tes, of university strikes, and 
the occasional concerns of be- 
ing American in a complicated 
world context (specifically the 
Iran hostage crisis, when we all 
put away our Arab scarves, and 
the usual currency worries). Of 
those who responded, there 
seems to have been an interest- 
ing division of career paths be- 
tween those leading directly 
back to Europe or to work with 
French in the U.S. and to those 
leading into the worlds of bank- 
ing, finance and law. Could this 
say something about the 70's 


"There has been a strong ex- 
pression of Interest in a reunion 
of New York and Northeastern 
U.S. JYF alumni — how about a 
mini-reunion of alumni living (or 
travelling) in Europe? If there is 
any interest, I can be reached at 
Trinity College, Oxford, 0X1 
3BH, England. Anyway, on to 
your news." 

Briar) writes from Venezuela, 
where she is a general manager 
for Dunn & Bradstreet, that her 
best memory of Paris is the lan- 
guage. She has lived in several 
Latin American countries, but 
has managed to keep in touch 
with many Parisian friends and 
keeps up with the language on 
the job. 

Elaine also writes that ALAIN 
SCHWARTZ (Georgetown) has 
been living in Mexico City since 
1983, working in international 
banking, and that he is in touch 
with many JYFers. 

JANE BELL (Denison) re- 
ceived her J.D. from Boston Col- 
lege Law School in 1987 and is 
now an attorney in New York. 
She writes that her memories of 
Paris are still wonderful, and 
looks forward to seeing some 
New York area alums at a reun- 
ion this year. 

liams) is living with her hus- 
band, Joe Oliver Smith, in Be- 
thesda, fvlaryland, where she is 
doing graduate work in linguis- 
tics and IS a writer and teacher. 
Her favorite memories of Paris 
are of biking in Brittany and Nor- 
mandy with JANE, PATRICK and 
DOUG, her first visit to Notre 
Dame, and "the advice of the 
man who greeted us as we ar- 
rived in New York to board the 
plane to Paris.— 'If you do not 
speak English this year, you 
have the chance to sound like a 
native speaker by June.' I be- 
lieved him, and it worked." Lau- 
retta has returned to France a 
few times since 1980, and has 
also lived in Seoul, Korea for 
one year. 

Lauretta also sends news 
that PATRICK CRUMP (Williams) 
has been working in develop- 
ment in Egypt since 1981, but 
has been awarded a Fulbright to 
study the Arab world in Britain 
next year 

(Denison) particularly remem- 
bers M. Simon's course in le 
theatre frangais. a touchstone 
for her current visits to the thea- 
tre in the U.S. She now lives in 
Massachusetts where she works 
as a French teacher and caterer. 

PETER D'AMARIO (Brown) re- 
ceived his MBA from Wharton in 
1988 and now is an Investment 
banker in New York. He married 
in June 1989. and several JYF 


alumni were present. Including 
been back to Paris three times 
in the past 10 years, and has 
seen his French family twice. 
He writes, "Despite accidents 
and knee operations, JYF was 
one of the best decisions I ever 
made. That year was a rite of 
passage which has, happily put 
its Indelible stamp on me." 

BETH ELLIS (Colby) , Market- 
ing Coordinator, Harvard Univer- 
sity, School of Public Health, 
writes: "I can't believe ten years 
has passed since we were In 
France. The most vivid memory 
I have of Tours Is the all-day- 
long Sunday dinners we would 
have with our French family the 
Poytons. I also recall going 
winetasting one sunny Saturday 
on my rental bike. 

"Some of the Images that I re- 
member in thinking about the 
year I spent are: the incredible 
spaciousness of French cathe- 
drals; eating French pastries, es- 
pecially the religieuses: how 
much time I spent in the metro 
going across town; going on a 
ski de fond vacation at Christ- 
mas; and meeting French stu- 
dents In one of my classes at 
the Sorbonne. I went back on 
vacation in 1984 and visited Nor- 
mandy and Brittany and am anx- 
ious to return and see my 
friends. If anyone is planning a 
reunion for our group, I would 
be Interested!" 

(Mount Holyoke) is retiring from 
her first career as a stockbroker 
and is looking for something 
that will take advantage of her 
French and German interests. 
Her husband, David (SBJYF 
1969-70) is a professor of French 
at Mount Holyoke, so she has 
frequent opportunities to spend 
time In Paris and to interact with 
the French world. She recently 
spent two months In Paris 
where "we toughed it out with 
millions of others (most non- 
Parisians) for the Bicentenaire 
and were happy to observe the 
fireworks display from the deck 
of a peniche docked at the foot 
of the Eiffel Tower." The Elli- 
sons were also able to spend 
some time with ROBIN RICH- 
living In Paris where she and her 
husband both work for the 
LOreal Group. 

RARD (Sweet Briar) writes from 
Paris that she is now more 
French than American, and, as 
the mother of four French chil- 
dren aged 7, 6. 2 and 7 months, 
this seems likely! Anne met her 
now-husband during her first 
weekend in Pans, where he be- 

gan by romancing her at the 
Grand Palais and Harry's Bar. 
Anne and her family now live in 
a 17th century house in Ver- 
sailles, where she continues to 
work on her French cooking. 
She would like to hear from any 
JYFers visiting Paris and would 
"enjoy speaking English for a 

GARY GILBERT (Bates) re- 
ceived an M.A. from Indiana U. 
In 1985 and is now working on a 
doctorate in French literary the- 
ory at NYU. Un peu de Derrida, 
anyone? Gary spent 1983-84 in 
Paris as an English assistant at 
a lycee just north of Paris. His 
favorite memories of 79-80. how- 
ever, were of spending "almost 
every other day at the Louvre," 
learning how to do an explica- 
tion de texte at Paris IV, and 
learning more about himself. 
(Something that, on different 
levels, could be said about all of 
us, I hope.) 

EVE GUTH (Bryn Mawr) Is 
now a physician living in Sher- 
man Oaks, California. She 
writes that she enjoys showing 
visiting French friends around 
LA., where "even in L.A. know- 
ing French has occasionally 
come In handy." 

As I (your editor) continue to 
be In close contact with HELEN 
HARRISON (U. Virginia). I'll pass 
along the good word that Helen 
completed her doctoral thesis at 
Columbia (Money in 17th Centu- 
ry French Theatre) and is now 
undertaking a tenure-track 
teaching assignment at Dickin- 
son College. Helen recently 
spent a year doing research at 
the Ecole Normale in Paris and 
continues to speak brilliant 

ton), now a lawyer living in Brus- 
sels, writes: "The year in Paris 
was the first step on the road to 
a career abroad. I am currently 
practicing law with a Belgian 
law firm where it is nothing spe- 
cial to speak three languages 
fluently. French Is an element 
of my dally existence and Dutch 
is becoming so." 

TER (Yale) works in Atlanta in in- 
ternational law. She writes that 
JYF did nothing less than 
change her life. Besides keep- 
ing in touch with her family in 
Tours, she has tried to keep in 
touch with the larger sense of 
the world she gained in Paris by 
working for international firms. 
Her favorite memories from 79- 
80 are of attending theatre in 
Paris, growing close to her fami- 
ly in Tours, and visiting the cha- 
teaux of the Loire Valley She 
also recalls how "young and 
naive" America seemed at the 
time of the Iran hostage crisis 

as she watched Jimmy Carter on 
French television. 

ginia) has been living in Paris for 
the past two years as a free 
lance journalist and has "no de- 
sire to be anywhere else". She 
writes that "Paris is different 
than it was back in 79-80 — peo- 
ple seem more americanized 
and concerned with material 
things, but the overall spirit and 
romance of Paris holds steady 
There is not a single time when 
crossing the Pont Neuf that I 
don't look to my right and then 
to my left without sighing and 
exclaiming, 'I never get over 
how beautiful this place Is ... ' 
And I don't." 

Caroline also informs us that 
win) is working In communica- 
tions and living in London, 
where she is, according to Caro- 
line, "well and still just as much 
fun." She and Caroline spent an 
uproarious Bastille weekend to- 
gether In Paris. 

Holyoke), now working in Los 
Angeles as a television produc- 
er, writes "I remember wishing I 
could live in Paris forever. The 
architecture, the culture, the art, 
the romantic walks through the 
city, the wonderful cafe au lait 
and croissants, ice cream at Ber- 
thillon, the strikes at the Nou- 
velle Sorbonne, the theatre, 
working with lonesco. the 
friendships made with both 
French and American students 
which I still have today, the 
beauty of the language itself." 
Nina recently was In Paris asso- 
ciate producing a television spe- 
cial about the 100th anniversary 
of the Tour Eiffel, and hopes to 
be able to do similar work in Par- 
Is in the future. 

"It was, without a doubt, the 
most exciting and entertaining 
year of my life." So writes 
GAN (Williams) from Austin. 
Texas, where she Is a national 
correspondent for the Chronicle 
of Higher Education. She has 
one son 1-1/2 years old and is 
expecting a second child In Oc- 
tober. She sends "scattered rec- 
ollections: spending hours sip- 
ping coffee and munching on a 
croissant or napoleon: the smell 
of freshly baked baguettes waft- 
ing up to the pension where I 
lived; strolling along the Seine 
at sunset, marvelling at the ma- 
jestic beauty of Notre Dame." 

MAURA McGILL (Mount Hol- 
yoke) comments that she re- 
members leaving Paris with 15 
extra pounds which she attrib- 
utes to daily intakes of religieus- 
es at a pastry shop on her way 
to classes. Maura is, at least for 
now, another expat, living in Mu- 


Terri Moore and Tanya Roy, on 
the eve of leaving Paris (June 1, 

nich where she works as a man- 
agement consultant. She is hap- 
py to be called on to use her 
French at least once a week at 

WILLIAM MILLS (Northwest- 
ern) is starting graduate study in 
Electrical Engineering at Stan- 
ford this fall. "I just completed 8 
years active duty in the Navy 
and am continuing to fly heli- 
copters in the Naval Reserve at 
Naval Air Station, Alameda, Cali- 

TERRI MOORE (Dickinson) 
is now living in Manhattan and 
working as an international insu- 
rance broker. Her work requires 
that she travel often, so she has 
been back to Paris several times 
and still feels at home there. 
She would like to return for a 
three to five year period. She 
says: "The education and differ- 
ent exposures have remained 
strong both personally and in 
my outlook on life in general. I 
can thank JYF for the ability to 
conduct business meetings in 
French — it has helped my ca- 
reer immeasurably." 

works in Manhattan as a banker 
and is living in nearby, trendy 


Terri Moore and Tanya Roy in 
Terri's apartment (January 1988) 

Holyoke) writes, in French, that 
she is now a consultant at Gold- 
man Sachs in New York, where 
she was happy to run into Peter 
D'Amario sometime ago, work- 
ing in the Treasury Department. 
She credits her year in Paris 
with her discovery of la joie de 
vivre as well as, more specifical- 
ly, of good bagels and rugelach 
in the Marais. She returns to 
Paris frequently to visit again 
with les merveilles de la France. 

After completing her MBA 
this spring, TANYA ROY (Welles- 
ley) has spent the summer on an 
11-week biking tour of Europe, 
including a month in France. 
Her fondest memories of 1979- 
80 are of the friendships she 
made, bicycling along the Loire 
River, and picnicking on bread 
and wine while basking in the 
warm September sun. Tanya 
writes that "as I write this, mem- 
ories flood my mind, too many 
to mention here, but they serve 
to illustrate how valuable that 
year was to me, in terms of what 
I learned, how I changed, the 
way I would perceive the world." 

TOM SEEMAN (Yale) graduat- 
ed from Harvard Law School in 
1985 and now works in finance 
in New York City. Tom writes 
that "Paris was my kindergart- 

en," the foundation on which he 
has built all his subsequent ex- 
perience. One of his strongest 
memories of 79-80 was arriving 
in the Sweet Briar office to hear 
about Jimmy Carter's attempt to 
rescue the hostages in Iran, and 
fearing that the U.S. might be 
heading into war. "Fortunately 
for all of us. this proved not to 
be the case, although 79-80 was 
perhaps not the easiest year to 
be a young American abroad!" 

Since 1980, Tom has trav- 
elled widely (Israel, Egypt, South 
Africa, Namibia, Botswana, In- 
dia, Sri Lanka, China, Tibet) and 
lived for a year in Amsterdam, 
as well as returning several 
times to Paris. 

SCOTT SHOSTAK (Vassar) is 
an attorney living in Brooklyn 
Heights, New York. 

SIERACKI (Williams) is present- 
ly on leave of absence from her 
doctoral program in French liter- 
ature and is a Volunteer for 
Earth Day 1990 (April 22, 1990). 
Her memories from Paris, 1979- 
80: "Good ones! Being consid- 
ered obstreperous when I told 
fellow SBJYFers to speak 
French while staying in Tours. 
Touring chateaux of the Loire by 
bike and writing a song about 
them. Surviving life in a foyer 
run by nuns, but still having a 
great time in Paris. 

"Returned to Paris in summer 
1988 for an extended stay of one 
month while studying at 
I'Institut Catholique, catching 
up on many sights I was too 
dent there. The language skills I 
acquired are invaluable and one 
of the greatest souvenirs of the 
program. I even became a 
French teacher afterwards! 

"Junior Year in France was a 
great experience that makes me 
always ready to leap into a plane 
bound for Paris and will proba- 
bly help me in ways I don't ex- 

Chez Bernard (November 2, 1979) 

Christmas Eve in an Innsbruck cafe 

pect. As a volunteer for Earth 
Day 1990, I am helping to con- 
tact French environmentalists." 

(Wellesley) writes that "Since I 
was studying le cinema and le 
theatre, my adventures finding 
the way to movie theatres 
brought me to the farthest cor- 
ners of Paris. I loved these fo- 
rays into unknown territory, es- 
pecially since there was always 
a new patisserie to try out!" 
Stephanie is now working at 
Harvard as a union organizer, 


We received the following 
note from BETSY STANTON 

(Williams): "I am writing with the 
happy news that my last trip to 
Paris, in December, was part of 
my honeymoon (I married Jo- 
seph H. Santarlasci, Jr., Decem- 
ber 3, 1988 in Washington, D.C., 
where we now live). Even under 
the rain, after two sunny weeks 
in Italy, and with a fierce metro 
strike, Paris was never more 
beautiful. We spent most of our 
week in Paris visiting the friends 
I made as Fulbright teaching as- 
sistant in Paris in 1983-84 and at 
the Fletcher School of Law and Di- 
plomacy at Tufts University 
where I got my master's in 1984- 

I met Joe (Brown '67) while 
he was buying a department 
store chain in Washington, D.C, 
and I was a nosy reporter cover- 
ing retail for Fairchild News Ser- 
vice. Needless to say, three 
months later I had a fiance and 
no job! I am looking forward to 
starting a family and not work- 
ing for a few more years. Joe, 
after 15 years in investment 
banking in D.C, now does vari- 
ous LBOs and other deals 
through his own firm, Whitby, 
Santarlasci & Company. Inc. of 
Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake 
City, Utah" 


LORI L. REILLY (Northwest- 
ern) lives in Chicago where she 
is a commercial banking officer 
at Harris Bank. Most of her ac- 
tivity takes her to Ohio and Ken- 
tucky. Her evenings are quite 
full tjecause she is studying for 
her MBA at Northwestern. She 
wished she could have been in 
Paris for the Bicentennial, but 
instead was planning to travel in 
New Zealand. 


NANCY JANES (Northwestern) is 
now Executive Director of the 
French American Chamber of 
Commerce of New England. 




First un petit mot from Mme 
CAROL DENIS, Assistant to the 
Resident Director: 

"Not so long ago at ttiis same 
time of year, ANDREW BIRD and 
BRIAN ALLAIRE were planning 
tfieir 'famous' Halloween party 
at tfie Gardettes and BARBARA 
found tfiemselves living with a 
'fast' French family JESSE DIZ- 
ARD had probably already decid- 
ed that Mademoiselle Rousseau 
and he were not soul mates and 
RUTH KAHANIC had taken up 
knitting to have something in 
common with Mme de Loisey. 
ROB PAPERNO was busy ward- 
ing off the advances of an overly 
friendly neighbor. Had ANGELA 
met Michel and had JEANINE 
ALESCH already begun para- 

"It was a good year with all of 
you and I hope you remember 
your Paris experience with the 
same nostalgia I feel when I 
look at the group picture. To my 
great delight I have seen quite a 
few of you again. DOROTHY 
ANDERSON passed through on 
her way back from Russia. I saw 
BILL BONK just last week. He 
was enjoying Paris again before 
returning to the US to get down 
to serious business. It was fun 
seeing WALTER DEVINE, the 
young journalist, and LISA 
DIEHL and her husband. DUN- 
CAN ERASER stopped by not 
long ago and JOI GOENS mar- 
ried a Parisian and lives here 
permanently. DAVID JACOBUS 
visited us. At the time he was 
working for the French consu- 
late in Boston. PAUL OTTO 
stopped by . He is a librarian in 
Manager of Edward De Mirjean 
Enterprises, came through last 
week. He must have grown 
even taller than he was in 1984- 
85 because I felt there was 
scarcely enough room in my of- 
fice for the two of us. He was 
disappointed that BILLY HIM- 
MELRICH missed their rendez- 
vous in Paris. Billy is apparently 
studying cuisine in Lyon. 

"Our news doesn't change 
much over the years. The Gar- 
dettes and the du Chaffauts are 
taking a year off from the Briar- 
ites this year. The Roland- 
Manuels moved to the suburbs 
and Madame Morin-Lormand 


passed on. Liliane Tanton is no 
longer taking students. I 
passed the Pension Ghapron the 
other day and was surprised to 
see that it had been sold, was to 
be torn down and replaced by an 
apartment building. Les Marron- 
niers et La Pension Poirier con- 
tinue to house Sweet Briar stu- 
dents but the Pension 
Ladagnous and its annex are be- 
coming other things — exactly 
what I don't know. Mme Muller 
had her pension sold out from 
under her, but you may already 
be aware of that. 

"Most of your teachers are 
still here (M. Garapon, Mme Got- 
te, Mme Triantafyllou, M. Portes, 
M. Simon and Mile Oswald). Ma- 
dame Derozieres and I are still 
answering phones, providing 
band-aids, offering what advice 
we can and dispensing Kleenex 
when all else fails. We see Mile 
Russo at Thanksgiving dinner 
and we talk to her on the phone. 
Life here is so hectic, as you 
probably remember, that we 
can't get together often for vis- 

"My one great wish is that 
you not lose contact with the 
friends you made here, both in 
the program and out, and that 
you find a way to come back for 
a visit. We all look forward to 
and thrive on seeing you again, 
so please keep on coming." 

Many, many thanks to WAL- 
TER DEVINE who, in spite of 
"his stress-filled life", accepted 
to compile the letters from the 
84-85 JYF during a short holiday 
in his luxurious Turkish villa (or 
was it on his 40-foot yacht cruis- 
ing the Mediterranean?), while 
correcting the proofs of his 
(now) best-seller book: 

"The 1984-85 group is cele- 
brating its fifth anniversary this 
year. Accordingly, members 
were asked to put down a few 
lines of Paris memories and the 
usual update. The wide range of 
responses makes one wonder 
how such a diverse group of 
people ever came together in 
the first place. 

"Underachievers like myself 
well know the special sort of 
sick feeling we get when read- 
ing of the outlandish exploits, 
achievements and, of course, 
salaries of our counterparts who 
seem mysteriously to have 
found what they want to do with 
their lives (after only a quarter 
century on the planet). 

"Allow me then to use my edi- 
tor's privilege in breaking with 
the format of this letter and put 
my entry in first. I'm sure it will 
cause even the most well- 
guided workaholics to turn 
green with you-know-what." 


(Washington & Lee) wrote: "I am 
living an exceedingly lavish life 
on an estate in Georgetown, 
Washington, D.G., where I'm sur- 
rounded by trees, gardens, polo 
ponies, and my particular group 
of power-mongering, incredibly 
successful, well-guided and 

itively tingly! Please come visit 
us in Turkey ... the servants' 
quarters will be ready and wait- 
ing for you!" 


"Some of these people come 
shockingly close. 

"Anyway, here's the real list: 

PATTY AMES (Mount Hol- 

The metamorphosis: above: September 1984 at Kennedy Airport 
below: Halloween 1984 in Paris: Kathleen Lorenz, Julie Tattersall, 
Leslie Jones and Kelley Crane 

non-self-interested friends. I 
hesitatingly and rather modestly 
allow that I am publisher and 
C.E.O. of a multi-billion dollar 
communications conglomerate 
that for personal security rea- 
sons shall go unnamed. It is a 
stress-filled life, I admit, but 
evenings at the club and week- 
ends spent sailing on my 40-foot 
yacht do relax me. Presently, I 
am seeing a former model, who 
has 'retired' and admits to being 
a lady of leisure. We plan to 
pack our bags in a matter of 
months and voyage to Turkey 
where I will, in addition to my 
other mind-boggling duties, take 
over the management of a vast 
number of heretofore mis- 
managed factories. She has a 
seaside villa, where we will live 
until the urge overtakes us to 
head back to the States, at 
which time I will resume my 
writing. I currently have a book 
on the New York Times Best 
Seller's list, non-fiction, entitled, 
'How I Became a Power- 
mongering non-self-interested 
Elitist and How You Can Too.' 

"It is good to hear from all of 
mySweet Briarfriends— seeing 
how you live makes me feel pos- 

yoke) realizing that no-shows 
and BRIAN ALLAIRE probably 
wouldn't respond, jumped at the 
chance to head up the list and 
wrote: "I'm a full-time bum and 
happy ex-financier. All the 
weekend trips and vacationing 
inspired me to see more of the 
world. In 1987 I studied a live 
volcano in Costa Rica with 
Earthwatch. Last year I cycled 
in China and this summer I 
spent three months cycling 
across America from Virginia to 
Oregon with Bikecentennial and 
afterwards continued up the 
coast to Seattle and back down 
to San Francisco with other va- 
grant cyclists." 

has turned into a law student liv- 
ing in Santa Monica. California. 

"Sweet Briar JYF was simply 
a wonderful experience from 
which I retain fond memories 
and special friendships." she 
wrote 'JOANNE BEREN and I 
have remained in very close con- 
tact and we see each other quite 
and I have also kept in touch 
and have seen each other a few 


times. We will both be in gradu- 
ate school in Southern Califor- 
nia next year, so I expect we'll 
see quite a lot of each other. I 
travelled through Europe this 
past summer and spent a week 
in Paris with my JYF family. I 
hadn't seen them in four years 
and I had a wonderful time with 

(Northwestern), a graduate stu- 
dent at U.S.C, in Russian Litera- 
ture, may or may not remember 
Kara. However, she is interest- 
ed in other souvenirs: "Does any- 
one else remember LeDoux-Ron- 

town) is living in Silver Spring, 
Maryland, with his wife, Da- 
nielle, and working in the com- 
mercial real estate department 
at Citicorp/Citibank in Washing- 
ton, D.C. His real goal, I feel 
obliged to mention, is to land a 
job with the State Department. 
In the meantime, he runs calls 
as an emergency medical tech- 
nician with the local fire depart- 
ment while his wife is at school 
working on a master's degree in 
psychology Living with Chris, 
one can't help but wonder if the 
degree will come in very useful 
at some point. 

He wrote: "My best memories 
include relaxing in Jardin de 
Luxembourg, hiking through Tu- 
nisia with WALTER DEVINE and 
cycling along the Mediterranean 
with DAVE ZINN." 

LINDA DAVIS (Duke) said 
that she finally gave into my 
threats (thank God someone 
did) and wrote: "After graduat- 
ing from Duke I worked in North 
Carolina for Ciba-Geigy Corp. 
but tired of the 9-to-5 routine af- 
ter a while and headed for Colo- 
rado to be a ski-bum. I even 
worked nights at a bona-fide 
French restaurant. After that I 
went to Minnesota to the Voya- 
geur Outward Bound School and 
worked as an instructor for two 
summers. Last year I received 
my MA from U. Chicago, con- 
centrating in Medical Anthropol- 
ogy. I've just moved to Cincin- 
nati where I am in my first year 
at medical school at U. Cincin- 
nati." Medical anthropoiogy? 
Neanderthal appendectomies? 
Little joke there, Linda. Still, 
what happened to your career as 
a ski bum? 

(Washington & Lee) barely grad- 
uated from college and after liv- 
ing on various couches (includ- 
ing those of BILLY HIMMEL- 
KELLEY CRANE) around New 
York City under the pre- 
tense of getting a job, moved 
back to his native Virginia to be- 
come a daily newspaper reporter 


in Charlottesville. After about a 
year and a half of living news 
hell he moved on to Frederick- 
sburg, Va and from there, this 
past June, headed north to Res- 
ton, Va. He is now business edi- 
tor of a division of Arundel 
Newspapers and is just as surly 
and foul-mouthed as ever. 

"I went back to France in the 
summer of '88 and visited Mme 
Denis who actually told me that 
the 84-85 group was one of her 
favorite. Then my old college 
roommate and I jumped in a 
rented Peugot 309, with an 
American flag taped to the an- 
tenna, and drove around the 
country at breakneck speed, 
wine bottles rolling around in 
the back seat. The highlight of 
the trip was going to the Musee 
du Pain (I kid you not) in the 8th 
arrondissement. They had 
bread there that was 2,000 years 

Devine confessed that his 
best memories of France includ- 
ed hiding on the rooftop of KA- 
THY LORENZ's pension in his 
underwear, mistakenly turning 
all his white garments purple 
while secretly using his French 
mother's washing machine (she 
was away for the weekend) with 
roommate JEREMY FOLTZ, 
throwing away what must have 
been at least 40 of FIONA BAR- 
RETT'S parking tickets in some 
obscure town in northern 
France, riding a moped around 
the Arc de Triomphe at rush 
hour, cooking a steak on a heat- 
ed rock in an oasis in Tunisia 
with (yep) CHRIS BUSSELL and 
getting in the back of a passing 
car late one night and going 10 
blocks before realizing it wasn't 
a taxi. 

His bad memories include 
falling down the stairs in the 
Montparnasse Metro and break- 
ing both ankles and getting in 
the back of a passing car late 
one night and going 10 blocks 
before realizing it wasn't a taxi. 

MISTER) (Northwestern) gradu- 
ated and worked for the Banque 
Nationale de Paris and Credit 
Agricole— both in Chicago— in 

"I just recently married un 
frangais and am living just out- 
side of Paris. I work tor Fun Ra- 
dio, deejaying and organizing 
special events for the station. 
My best memories of my time in 
Paris are hanging out in the 
Sweet Briar lounge in the Alli- 
ance Frangaise, crepes, cou- 
scous, croissants, poverty (not 
really), Pariscope and Sciences 
Po. If anyone comes to Paris, 
please call me or come visit!" 
Felicitations to you, Susan. Are 
you now going to have des en- 

Amy Terrell, Lisa Diehl and Kathryn Scott 

La Famine Dyevre can be 
reached at 

(Mount Holyoke) wrote: "I was 
married in June and my hus- 
band, Jim, and I live in Littleton, 
Colorado. We are going to 
Cannes so Jim can study 
French, after which we'll go bik- 
ing in the Pyrenees for a few 
weeks. My time in France truly 
changed my life. Since then I've 
visited my French family twice 
and they came to Colorado to 
visit me last year." 

SUSAN DUMOND (Randolph- 
Macon Woman's) is pursuing a 
much less mondaine life than 
Mme Dyevre: "I am living in 
North Hollywood and working 
as a literary (talent) agent. I so 
often remember lunches bought 
at the open market on Boulevard 
St. Germain, getting lost on the 
way home from classes and 
finding new places to take 
friends to ... walks on the 
Seine, eating dinner with my 
family ... our French friends 
Loic, Stephan and Jean Mi- 
chael." Sure beats Lynchburg, 
et Susan? 

Susan continues: "There is a 
warmth and a sadness when I 
hear French or think of Paris. It 
was a time in my life I will never 
have again, but a memory I will 
always cherish." Well, you can 
always visit the Dyevres, right? 

JEREMY FOLTZ (Yale) will 
undoubtedly be surprised to see 
his name in the Alumni Maga- 
zine since he hasn't written me 
in more than a year Jeremy is 
now in his third year (I think) in 
the Peace Corps in Mali, Africa, 
due to return home in January, 
according to his father 

If Jeremy had been conscien- 
tious enough to write I'm sure 
one of his (favorite?) memories 
would have been piggy backing 
WALTER DEVINE from a taxicab 
into the hospital Parvis Notre 
Dame and then almost dropping 

Sam Wiedermann and Tom Con- 
tent ready for a light lunch at 
Boulevard Saint-Germain 

him. Jeremy went into a fit of 
laughter after the pair walked in 
the door and one of the atten- 
dants asked "Do you always 
walk around that way?" 

son) took time out from his 
mind-boggling power- 
mongering, incredibly success- 
ful, well-guided and non-self- 
interested school work to send 
me (me) a personal note. He 
worked for two years in the mar- 
keting division at Coca-Cola and 
started Harvard Business 
School last year 

"This summer found me in 
New York doing investment 
banking with Security Pacific 
Merchant Bank. I'm back in 
Boston now and when I finish 
my MBA I'll go into consulting, 
either here or abroad." 

Coca Cola, c'est ga. 

is in law school at Northeastern 
University in Boston (with Steph- 
anie La Tour, Radcliffe 83-84). 
She is in touch with GERI MAR- 
TI ANDREWS who lives in New 
Jersey would love to hear from 


PERNO and says hello to Ma- 
dame Denis. 

turned to gay Paree this Septem- 
ber to get herself a master's in 
French Language and Civiliza- 
tion with the NYU in France 
graduate program, which is the 
culmination of an old desire to 
get back to le Pays Gaulois. Mar- 
tha reports that prior to her de- 
parture she was teaching high 
school French and Spanish, 
"one of the most difficult yet re- 
warding things I have ever 
done," presumably in Wilming- 
ton, North Carolina. Martha said 
she is looking forward to being 
a student again. 

"I have so many memories of 
our time in Paris ... our birthday 
celebration at Les Jardin de Hol- 
lywood, my trip with Jennifer to 
St. Malo and Mont St. Michel, 
where we found and lost Patty 
and Ruth. Hours spent in the 
Sciences Po library, pulling an 
all-nighter to finish my dossier 
for Madame Gendrot and trying 
to type with a French typewrit- 

Mile Golden also writes that 
PAUL OTTO has been back to 
France several times and when 
he's not jumping on the odd 
plane here and there, he works 
at the Brooklyn Public Library. 

Martha, really though, 
couldn't you have come up with 
something more seedy on him? 
After all, I told you about my un- 

Loftus) (Mount Holyoke) wrote: 
"I'm very glad to have had the 
opportunity to study in Paris. 
My year in France was very spe- 
cial. I enjoyed travelling 
through Europe and meeting 
new friends. I would like to re- 
turn to France someday, in or- 
der to re-visit the familiar sit^ 
of Paris and the beautiful cha- 
teaux of the Loire Valley 
France was extra special for me, 
as it was in Paris that I met my 
husband, Mustapha, where he 
was attending Nanterre Universi- 
ty. We were married this past 
June and in July we travelled to 
Morocco to meet Mustapha's 

Felicitations, encore. 

ROBERT HARRIS (Duke) was, 
at last contact, attending law 
school at U. Virginia and living 
in Charlottesville. 

(Wheaton) wrote: "My Sweet 
Briar experience continues to 
provide me with confidence and 
enthusiasm, even though it end- 
ed four years ago! Hardly a day 
goes by when I don't think of 
that magical year I feel fortu- 
nate to have had such a wonder- 
ful opportunity and will be eter- 
nally grateful to my parents, 


professors and friends who sup- 
ported me in the decision to go 

"The idiosyncrasies of my fel- 
low pensionnaires at 76 rue 
d'Assas are a constant source 
of hilarity, if not disbelief, to the 
friends I've made since Junior 
Year. I was there in 1986 and 
was surprised to see that the 
pension is still standing! I 
stumbled upon Pierrette and 
Bobi in the Jardin du Luxem- 
bourg. I remembered the anxie- 
ty suffered when I knocked into 
and broke the bidet in my room. 
Certain that I would be deport- 
ed, at least, I enlisted the aid of 
takingly repaired it with a mix- 
ture of Crazy Glue and tooth- 
paste, thus ensuring my 
continued participation in the 
program. I keep in touch with 
several friends from that year; 
ers. I currently work in Wash- 
ington, D.C. as a reporter for a 
newsletter which covers the 
medical device industry. I hope 
that everyone is well and happy, 
wherever you may be." 

The medical device industry? 
Undoubtedly because of this 
traumatic experience in which 
you were saved by a tube of 
toothpaste. Now that's a story. 

will also be surprised to see his 
name gracing these unforgiving 
pages. After graduating from 
Emory, Billy moved to New York, 
took a job in the international di- 
vision with Morgan Guaranty 
Trust, and lived in the Village 
with his cat. Max. At last report, 
he was seen in chef's garb, 
cooking food in a restaurant in 
Burgundy, France. 

Bon appetit.. 

LESLIE JONES (Duke) is now 
in graduate school at Duke, 
working on her MBA. 

"My year in Paris is one of 
the most wonderful experiences 
I've ever had!" she wrote. 

KEN KERSCH (Williams) is 
living in Chicago and attending 
law school at Northwestern. 

wrote: "Living at Ann Arbor and 
working on my Master's in His- 
tory at Michigan leads me to be- 
lieve that it was my year in Paris 
that first set me on the track I'm 
on now. In Paris. I was sur- 
rounded by the monuments and 
artifacts of French history. I 
found myself fascinated by the 
civilization and culture that pro- 
duced the Louvre, the plays of 
Moliere and Racine, the paint- 
ings of Poussin. Le Nain, Wat- 
teau, and Boucher 

"It was Paris I think that first 
got me 'hooked' on the 17th cen- 
tury— /e grand siecle. It was an 

interest I deepened during fur- 
ther travels in Europe the year 
after graduating from Duke (in 
1986). including a far less enjoy- 
able stay in Paris where I briefly 
worked as a busboy, a commis 
at The Front Page (a restaurant 
on rue St. Denis near the Fon- 
taine des Innocents). During 
these travels I saw very different 
manifestations of late 17th cen- 
tury culture in Rome, London, 
Amsterdam and even Istanbul. 
When I came back I completed 
my first year of history graduate 
studies at U. Michigan, where I 
concentrated on 17th century 
English history. I still look at 
my eye-opening year in Paris 
with Sweet Briar as my first in- 
troduction to the fascination of 
history. I will never forget one 
afternoon sitting on the Pont 
des Arts watching the setting 
sun giving the stones of the 
symmetrical College des Quatre 
Nations a beautiful deep brown 
tone. I hope to be able to see it 
again soon." 

Well, sounds like Paris hit 
you even harder than Mile Hef- 
fernan hit her bidet. 

ryland) wrote: "My junior year in 
France infected me with such a 
passion for travel that it is now 
my job. As International Manag- 
er with Continental Airlines I 
have the good fortune to use my 
French and check out Paris 
whenever I need a dose of that 
magical city When I do get to 
Paris there is a real void for the 
people with whom I shared the 
year abroad. I do keep in touch 
with many-KELLEY CRANE, SU- 
VINE, among others. Oddly 
enough, Kelley and I became 
roommates once again in New 
York City for two years and I 
was a bridesmaid in her wed- 
ding in September. 

"My memories of France in- 
clude: pension Muller and its 
slate of characters, falling in 
love, touring Paris 'en moto' 

with a French friend, my won- 
derful family in Tours, curing 
homesickness with American 
version originale films, and 
learning how much I didn't know 
about art. I miss Paris and most 
of all I miss the 'feeling' of that 
year and je sais que tout le 
monde de Sweet Briar me com- 
prend. I would love to see a re- 
union organized for our group!" 
Kathy is headed to law school in 

Pour ma part, je comprends 
plus que tu ne sais. 

Briar) will probably wonder why 
there is not more in the Alumni 
Magazine to chronicle her latest 
(mis?)adventures, not the least 
of which is getting married. 
Yeah, she Tied The Knot with a 
young man from, uh, was it Mis- 
sissippi? Well, that's where 
they were married. At least 
that's what it said on the invita- 
tion I never responded to. Well, 
Cathy, if you had ever written 
me that letter you said was com- 
ing my way, I guess we'd all 
know by now. Turnabout, how- 
ever, is fair play Felicitations! 

Southern California) is (you 
guessed it) a 1st Lieutenant in 
the Air Force out of Edwards Air 
Force Base in California. She is 
a Protocol Officer at the Air 
Force Flight Test Center there. 

Mary remembers "midnight 
rendez-vous on Boulevard du 
Montparnasse for those wonder- 
ful French ice cream concoc- 
tions; many inspiring conversa- 
tions with Mme Denis, who 
never ceased to be amused by 
crazy student antics; City Rock 
Cafe in the Quartier Americain: 
Notre Dame, with its imposing 
size, its unique place in history, 
and its architectural grandeur." 

Mary returned to Greece in 
August of 1987. where she went 
sailing for three weeks with 
some amis Frangais. She visit- 
ed Turkey for the first time this 
past August, and "once again" 
sailed the Mediterranean along 

Last night In Paris: Oina Steinberg. Sarah Woitzand Susan Oumond 


that country's southern coast. 

western) recently finished her 
M.A. at the Institute of French 
Studies at NYU and currently 
lives and works in the Chicago 

lives in Washington, D.C. and 
works as an international man- 
agement consultant. "I enjoyed 
a month-long business trip to 
France in September '88 during 
which I conducted all meetings 
in French and saw a side of Par- 
is much different from the one 
we all knew as students." 

AMY TERRELL (Mount Hol- 
yoke) is now a logger. No really 
she's a lumber trader who lives 
in Boston and speaks French 
with the quebecois. 

Some people remember sun- 
sets in Paris, some think of long 
lost friends or lovers, and then 
there's Amy who thinks of 
"food, food, food!" 

Also, she wrote, "The Alli- 
ance Frangaise and everyone 
sitting around sharing lunch, 
photographs, and the Interna- 
tional Herald Tribune. All the 
towns in France and surround- 
ing European countries I visited. 
Wine and cheese on the sloping 
grass at the Sacre Coeur with 
the brilliant blue sky serving as 
a backdrop to the white church. 
The unbelievable meals Julia 
and I had at the Courot family in 
Tours. Our little soirees chez 
LISA DIEHL's Tante Jeannette 
with her friends and us Ameri- 
can students, discussing the 
language, politics, history, etc. 
of France. Getting on the 
train to Genoa rather than Gene- 
va and the night that followed in 
the Milan train station with Jan- 

"Thanks to my year in Paris 
and my French major, which en- 
abled me to develop my speak- 
ing and communication abilities 
in French, I got my first (and cur- 
rent) job out of college. I still 
love speaking French." 

That's great Amy, but is that 

quebecois really French? 

(Duke) clerks for a federal magis- 
trate for the northern district of 
Georgia and lives in Atlanta. 
Her year in Paris "was the best 
year of my life!" she wrote. Not 
only because she met some of 
her best friends there but also ... 
well, let's let Karen say it: "How 
lucky we were that the dollar 
was so strong then! I think of 
Paris almost daily and I return 
as often as possible. A beauti- 
ful photograph I took at Giverny 
hangs on my office wall. Since I 
tried to walk almost everywhere 
I went during my junior year in 
Paris, I truly believe that I know 
Paris better than Atlanta, where 
I've lived most of my life." 

"Felicitations a Joi Goens ... 
elle s'est mariee avec un Paris!- 
en le 13 Aout.." Well Joi, con- 
gratulations indeed. Can we 
come visit you, too? 

"And that's all they wrote. 
Thanks to everyone who re- 
sponded. Thanks to everyone 
who didn't, because it makes 
less work for me. Seriously, 
though, to those of you who 
didn't, is living in obscurity real- 
ly worth the trouble? Amities, 


enrolled at Georgetown School 
of Foreign Service in Washing- 
ton, D.C. She is in the 2-year 
Master's Program in Foreign 
Service and so far really enjoys 
it. She was planning to use her 
French during the summer, 
working for the State Depart- 
ment in Burkina Faso, Africa. 


The 1987-88 students have 
now (we hope) graduated from 
their respective home colleges. 
Here is what they were planning 
to do with their lives in the im- 

Exam period (May 1988) 


mediate future. Good luck and 
keep in touch. 

western) was planning to begin 
work in July as administrative 
assistant to the branch manager 
at Credit Agricole-Chicago. "I 
am looking forward to being 
able to use my French upon 
leaving school." 

(Wellesley) had been appointed 
as an English "assistant" at the 
Lycee Henri IV in Paris and 
planned to return to Paris in 
September "If anyone is com- 
ing to Paris, please get in touch 
with me either through Mme De- 
nis or at 14, rue de I'Abbe de 
I'Epee 75005 Paris — apartlrdu 
15 Septembre 1989. The follow- 
ing year I will be remaining in 
Paris in order to get my M.A. in 
French Literature from N.Y.U. in 
Paris. I will be at the above ad- 
dress for two years." 

Holyoke) "spent a wonderful 
summer working in Washington, 
D.C at the International School, 
teaching French and E.S.L. 
Now I face the reality of finding 
a job. My sister is spending her 
junior year in France (not with 
Sweet Briar) and I hope to visit 
her Hello to all my friends!" 

western ) "In July I start to work 
for ACORN (Association of Com- 
munity Organization for Reform 
Now) which works with people 
of low income to better their sit- 
uation through organization. Af- 
ter training here in Chicago this 
summer I plan to move with 
them to Albuquerque where I 
will be able to practice my Span- 

"I have been working as a 
French tutor this year and really 
enjoying the language. Some- 
day I'll use it again! I've en- 
joyed being back in Chicago 
this year but am already looking 
forward to leaving the country 
sometime in the coming years. I 
hope you all are well! Best 
wishes for your happiness." 

Briar) is living and working in 
Houston. "I am working for a 
law firm while considering law 
school. I hope to visit France 
sometime within the next year!" 

CHRIS CALLAS (Washington 
and Lee U.) is attending Vander- 
bilt U. School of Law and hopes 
to specialize in international 

mira) "After graduation on June 
4th, I will be moving to San Fran- 
cisco to work in the field of in- 
ternational business." 

dolph-Macon Woman's) is work- 
ing as a paralegal for Gibson, 

Dunn and Crutcher in Washing- 
ton for two years. 

DYAN CHAN (U. Southern 
California) was looking for a job 
as a reporter at a San Francisco 
Bay Area newspaper and was 
planning to be there in the area 
for at least two years. 

was living in Washington, D.C, 
"looking for an international job 
and having fun setting up my 
own apartment which is right 
next to the Metropolitan Zoo. I 
have an assortment of birds 
from the aviary in my backyard. 
Anyone in town is welcome!" 

ern California) wrote: "I am so 
happy to hear from Sweet Briar 
College JYF The best year of 
college was spent on your pro- 
gram in France. It was so won- 
derful that I plan to go back to 
Paris, this time as a worker rath- 
er than a student. I have a job 
possibility through the chairman 
of the French Department at 
use, and after the job interview 
in September ... we'll see! Wish 
me luck. I'll be working at home 
in Hawaii for the summer and 
any mail can be sent there to be 
forwarded in Paris hopefully!" 

ROBIN CRIST (U. Southern 
California) was planning gradu- 
ate school in French at U.S.C. or 

(Mount Holyoke) writes: "I was 
married to Stephen Fales on Oc- 
tober 1, 1989. We are living in 
Attleboro, MA, and I am com- 
muting into Boston everyday to 
work as a marketing assistant at 
National Westminster Bank, 

DEZ (Connecticut) was applying 
to law school for entrance in 
September 1990. She is working 
in Miami this year 

Holyoke) is working in Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts as a Con- 
sultant with Monitor Company, 
an international strategy con- 
sulting firm. 

JASON M. FISH (Northwest- 
ern) planned to attend Tulane 
University Medical School. New 
Orleans, Louisiana. 

Briar) was planning to work in 
NYC in a modern art gallery for 
the summer — then move to Lon- 
don in search of employment 
(and hopefully get back to Paris 
which me manque beaucoup!) 
"My congratulations to everyone 
graduating and I look forward to 
a reunion bientotV 

Mawr) accepted a teaching posi- 
tion in New York City at Saint 
David's School for Boys, aca- 
demic year 1989-90, while pursu- 
ing graduate studies. 


left for London where she will 
work for the next 6 months. " I'm 
planning to worl< as a cook ei- 
ther in a restaurant or for a ca- 
terer. I definitely look forward 
to visiting Paris again!" 

dolph-Macon Woman's) "Saluta- 
tions\ I am working in Washing- 
ton, D.C., for an international 
development firm. As Assistant 
to the Directors of Eastern, 
Southern and West Africa, I still 
use my French (when convers- 
ing with the Paris office) and 
work in an international environ- 
ment. Greetings to all!" 

Holyoke) is an Account Execu- 
tive at a promotional design 
company (Scott Adam designs). 
"I plan to move to Paris next 
year where I hope to work for 
Chanel. Something will always 
be missing in my life when I'm 
away from Paris. I'll be back!" 

NICK HANZLIK (Washington 
and Lee) "I plan to begin work 
either in Brussels or in Paris 
next fall (89). I'll be working as a 
research assistant for a head- 
hunter firm. I can't wait. I spent 
4 days (May 19-22) in New York 

JANET L. HARRIS (Wheaton) 
will be attending Union College 
beginning in June in pursuit of a 
one-year M.A.T degree for certi- 
fication as a Social Studies 
teacher, grades 1-12. 

quette) couldn't stay away from 
Paris. During the summer she 
worked at the American Univer- 
sity of Paris in the library as a 
temporary secretary. "Needless 
to say, this is not one of my larg- 
er career moves. However, in 
October, I took the entrance 
exam at Sciences Po — and 
passed. I will, thus, be prepar- 
ing the Certificat d'Etudes Poli- 
tiques during the 1989-90 school 
year. (I had followed only one 
course at Sciences Po when I 
was on the Sweet Briar pro- 
gram.) If all goes well this year, 
I hope to continue my studies at 
this institution, and obtain the 
Diplome after two additional 
years. By this time, I am sure 
that I will have had enough of 
school — so I intend on joining 
the Peace Corps for two years 
before moving on to an actual 
career in developmental issues 
(i.e. interacting between the de- 
veloped and the underdevel- 
oped countries. May any cur- 
rent Sweet Briar student feel 
free to contact me. Mme Denis 
will have my number." 

western) 'I have been accepted 
to a direct marketing program at 


the Graduate School of the Me- 
dill School of Journalism at N.U. 
I plan to work and/or travel dur- 
ing the following year and return 
to school in September 1990. 
PS. SBC-JYF was probably my 
favorite year at NU!" 

NICK JAMILLA (Georgetown) 
is a Language Lab Assistant at 
George Washington U., in 
charge of running the office, 
paying bills, ordering equipment 
and providing services for the 
languages departments of the 

by) "For the next year I will be 
taking chemistry, organic chem- 
istry and physics at U. Vermont. 
Having completed these cour- 
ses, I hope to work in a lab for a 
year, while simultaneously ap- 
plying to medical school." 

gan) "My plans are to travel 
across the United States in Au- 
gust for 4 or 5 weeks. Then in 
September I'll find a place to 
live in Colorado or New Mexico, 
find a job and ski!" 

"I'm working as an intern in a 
home and garden magazine in 
the Bay Area. I'm writing arti- 
cles about Art and Design, al- 
though my most recent one was 
about a man who sells mush- 
rooms— gourmet— for a living!" 

KATIE LEMIRE (Brown) "I am 
presently working for a foreign 
policy think-tank in Washington, 
and plan on spending August in 
Germany so that I may graduate 
to trilinguality Although my 
year at Sciences Po was more 
than frustrating (if I ever hear 
one more person discuss the 
plan en deux parties ... ), my 
studies there are proving fruitful 
in job searches, which may lead 
to a career in law, foreign af- 
fairs, business, or all of the 

Bridgeport) "Alors ... Paris and 
the University of Bridgeport 
have prepared me for a career in 
international business. I am 
hoping that NYC shares equal 
confidence in me. Living with 
my sister, Maureen, in Brooklyn 
will be fantastic, at least until I 
can afford my own place on 
Boulevard St. Germain. My best 
to all." 

ern California) "Eventually I will 
attend graduate school to ob- 
tain my MBA. In the interim I 
will be working for a company in 
international marketing." 

(American) "I will be attending 
the Temple University School of 
Law in Philadelphia, PA, starting 
September 1989. I intend to 
specialize in international trade 
law." RAKEL MEIR (Wellesley) is 

attending Boston U. Law 


(Northwestern) planned "either 
to work for a year at IBM as a 
marketing REP or go to NU Law 
School.. I might defer for a year. 
Who knows at this moment?" 

(Mount Holyoke) planned to go 
into the Air Force in it's GTS 
program but had not received a 
class date. "Since I have free 
time, I've chosen to spend it in 
Bangkok, Thailand with my par- 
ents and will remain here for the 

western) is working at Pansoph- 
ic Systems, Incorporated, in 
Lisle, Illinois. Pansophic is a 
computer software development 
company with offices all over 
the USA and abroad (including 
Paris). "I will be working in the 
Graphics division and may be 
able to work in their Paris office 
after a training period. Graduate 
school in computer science has 
been put off for the time being. 
Pansophic will pay for it when I 
choose to go for my Master's. I 
was accepted to U. Pennsylva- 
nia and will hopefully will be 
able to attend this school or 
Stanford. Good luck to all the 
87-88 Sweet Briar students!" 

town) graduated magna cum 
laude. Phi Beta Kappa from 
Georgetown. Planned to take a 
year off from school to work and 
travel and then hopes to go back 
to school and get a joint degree 
in law and international politics. 

dolph-Macon Woman's) is at- 
tending U. Illinois at Chicago- 
Master's Program in Art Thera- 

writes: "I am continuing my stud- 
ies in French at Albany towards 
an MA in French. I will be carry- 
ing out an assistantship there 
helping to teach the French in 
Action video to students. After 
these two more years of school, 
I am hoping to apply for a Peace 
Corps teaching position in a 
French-speaking African coun- 
try. Ultimately I hope to be liv- 
ing in France by the year 2000." 

worked at an arts camp in Con- 
necticut during the summer and 
should have moved to San Fran- 
cisco by now. "There I will look 
for a job and hopefully continue 
to study music and to sing." 

sar) "First, I am going to spend a 
month at home, filling in for the 
office manager of a burglar 
alarm company while she's on 
her honeymoon (to earn some 
cash). Then, I am going to Cali- 
fornia after the 4th of July, to be 

a general beach bum and relax 
for a change (and spend some 
of the money I've just earned). 
Finally, when I get sick of Cali- 
fornia (or after a month, which- 
ever comes first), I plan to move 
to Washington, DC and find the 
real job. I most likely will be 
working as a legislative assist- 
ant on Capitol Hill, or doing re- 
search or paralegal work. But 
who knows? It's all in the cards 
right now ... As always, I am 
looking for an opportunity to re- 
turn to France, and if I find a job 
that will take me there, I will go 
in a minute. Graduate school is 
in the future, and that may end 
up being my chance (to return). 
In any case, the search is on! Et 
je veux dire un grand bonjour a 
tous mes amis de Sweet Briar! - 
Sorry I've been such an awful 

MOLLY SCHULZ (Randolph- 
Macon Woman's) is an English 
teaching assistant in Marseille, 
France, at College Monticelli 
and College Campagne Fraissi- 
net until the end of May 1990. "I 
may try to find a job in Paris af- 
ter that before coming back to 
the U.S. for graduate school." 

town ) "I have accepted a posi- 
tion as a volunteer teacher in 
South Africa for the calendar 
year 1990. The program is run 
by Georgetown U. and is coordi- 
nated through the Catholic Bish- 
ops Conference of South Africa. 
I will be teaching at Montebello 
High School (one hour outside 
of Durban) at an all girls' board- 
ing school. I will be working in 
Washington until I leave in Janu- 

(Washington and Lee) writes: "I 
am spending the summer either 
in Lexington, VA working at the 
University Museum, or I shall be 
in Paris the month of July. In 
the Fall I will start my legal stud- 
ies in International Corporate 
Law at Columbia University in 
New York." 

wrote: "My plans are to work in 
Europe: somehow, someplace, 
sometime soon. Interviews are 
lined up courtesy of several 
companies. At least it means a 
few more trips abroad!! Hope 
to see MOLLY SCHULZ in Mar- 
seille, NICOLE in London or Par- 
is, as well as several other 
Sweet Briar Alumns ... TONI 
CHRISCALLAS— why haven't 
you been in touch? M. et Mme 
LeRoy sont tres tristes — Good 
luck and best to all!" 


western) "July-August 1989; 
Manage the U.S. Sailing Team's 
participation in the Admiral's 
Cup on the Isle of Wight, Eng- 
land. Go back to Northwestern 
in September to get my Master's 
in Science — Teaching Certifica- 
tion for Primary Education (K-9). 
I'm totally psyched to live and 
settle in Chicago. If anyone 
wants to visit me, I'll be living in 
Lincoln Park." 

LISA K. TILTON (Ohio State) 
graduated Summa Cum Laude 
from Ohio State University with 
a double major of English and 
French and was inducted into 
Phi Beta Kappa. She is attend- 
ing graduate school in English 
and Comparative Arts at the Uni- 
versity of Rochester, (doctoral 

HENRY VOGEL (Northwest- 
ern) "After graduation, I plan on 
travelling cross country during 
the summer Wyoming and 
Washington State won't be like 
France and Spain (etc.), but I'm 
really looking forward to it. 
Then in September I'll start work 
here in Chicago in management 
consulting for The Boston Con- 
sulting Group, Inc." 

is living in the Boston area and 
trying to save money to go back 
to school and hopefully get a 
Ph.D. in English. 

ANNE C. WHITE (Denison) 
writes: "Hello everyone! Not 
one day has gone by since my 
return to the States when I 
haven't thought of my experi- 
ence in Paris in one way or an- 
other. Last October I had a pe- 
tite reunion chez moi over the 
Head of the Charles Weekend in 
SCHWALJE and I succeeded in 
recreating a real French dinner 
(Our cooking courses with Clau- 
dine helped!) Once the wine got 
to our heads, just about every 
other word was French and we 
laughed non-stop whilst remi- 
niscing over our Parisian experi- 

"Now it's the real world that 
I'm facing and so in order to de- 
lay it as much as possible, I'm 
heading to Martha's Vineyard 
for the summer I will most like- 
ly return to Boston after Labor 
Day in order to seek gainful em- 
ployment and get myself a real 
career. If I interview here and 
they want to send me to the 
West Coast or (even better) 
abroad, I won't complain! 

"Good luck to everyone and 
hello to Mme Denis!" 



On September 23, 1989, the 
Advisory Committee of the Jun- 
ior Year in France had its annual 
meeting. MEERA L. SHANKAR 
(Georgetown) was invited to 
sum up her experience as a Sci- 
ences Po student. Her oral re- 
port was so well received that 
the Committee members asked 
her to write it down since they 
wanted to use it for advising fu- 
ture JYF students. Here is Mee- 
ra's report: 

"As I thought back over the 
year trying to decide what I was 
going to talk about, I realized 
that it would be impossible to 
summarize everything into just 
five minutes. Each student's ex- 
perience abroad is very unique 
and personal. Still, it is curious 
to find that when two people 
meet who have spent time away, 
even if it was at opposite ends 
of the earth, there is somehow 
an understanding between them 
for having had the opportunity 
to live life from another perspec- 
tive. The difficulty comes in try- 
ing to choose from amongst the 
many significant things that 
happen to you during the year 
what you can tell to others to 
give them a glimpse into your 
year. I know that in my case the 
academic side of things played 
such a significant part that I 
simply could not omit it, and I 
suppose that all else would fall 
under the category of 'social life 

"Academically, having done 
the Certificat d'Etudes poli- 
tiques (C.E.P) at Sciences Po, 1 
think the most valuable thing I 
got out of it was acomplemen- 
tary education. The idea of la 
forme is so much more rigorous 
m France than in the United 
States that having to write the 
famous Sciences Po plan en 
deux parties avec deux sous- 
parties really made us think in 
another way. It presented a new 
way of learning and assimilating 
what we studied that, I feel, tem- 
pers the original, if unmethodi- 
cal, thought that is encouraged 
in an American education. Each 
way of learning has its advan- 
tages and disadvantages, but I 
have profited from being ex- 
posed to both. 

"As far as my particular area 
of studies, that is, international 
relations, is concerned, Scienc- 
es-Po was the perfect place for 
me. I was able to see the inter- 
national scene from a European 
point of view, a truly invaluable 
consideration for the American 
student of international rela- 
tions. I think the best examples 
are the courses I took with Mme 

Carrere d'Encausse on the So- 
viet Union and M. Milza on Inter- 
national Relations. Not only 
were they interesting from the 
point of view of the subject mat- 
ter involved, but also in the man- 
ner in which they were present- 
ed: Europe and France as active 
players, not simply Soviet and 
American political considera- 
tions. That was an important 
difference in the presentation 
that one would often not be able 
to find in the same courses 
taught here. 

"But of course, not every- 
thing had to do with academics. 
I feel very fortunate to have met 
a number of foreign students 
who were also doing the C.E.P, 
as they are friends and contacts 
that I very much wish to keep. I 
quite honestly did not meet 
many French people at Scienc- 
es-Po; that is no surprise since 
they are notoriously difficult to 
meet, even for other French stu- 
dents, let alone for the all too- 
common American exchange 

"The French people I did 
meet were through the family 
with whom I stayed. They are a 
large family with parents, chil- 
dren and grandchildren all in the 
one apartment where we lived 
and a host of other relatives 
nearby. 1 do not think I can ade- 
quately explain what it means to 
share in the life of a new family, 
on a day-to-day basis, for an ex- 
tended period of time. I stayed 
with my family for over ten 
months, and the ties that we 
created are there forever It 
goes beyond the cultural consid- 
erations, of which there are 
many, to the point where you 
stop calling them your 'French 
family' and simply call them 
your family. You get involved in 
their crises and their happiness 
during the course of the year, 
which only makes the relation- 
ships more profound and the 
year that much more meaning- 
ful. When deciding what sort of 
housing I wanted to have, I al- 
ways had in the back of my 
mind the idea that if I liked 
France well enough, I could al- 
ways go back and have my own 
apartment and the indepen- 
dence that we all started to 
crave after three months or so. 
Living with a family then, was a 
special chance to see and live 
with people who could teach the 
most about the culture I had de- 
cided to adopt for a year. I think 
it was one of the best decisions 
I made. 

"Lastly, I guess that no time 
spent abroad would be com- 
plete without recounting all the 
travels that people do during the 
year I was lucky enough to go 
to Spain, Switzerland, Austria, 

Italy, and through many parts of 
France, Norway and other Scan- 
dinavian countries. There are, 
of course, the many adventures 
and misadventures that make up 
the pages in our travel journals, 
but what struck me the most 
was that after three days of be- 
ing away from France, I was in- 
variably dying to return. I 
missed hearing and speaking 
French, and all of the many little 
places I had made my own in 

"And I think that that feeling, 
more than any of the other thou- 
sand things that happened, told 
me the most about what I 
thought of the year I think the 
number of students, such as my- 
self, who want to return either 
to France or to another part of 
the world they have seen in or- 
der to continue the experiences 
that they started bears strong 
witness to the strength of this 
program. Time spent away from 
all that is familiar changes your 
way of thinking and your inter- 
ests and stays a part of your 
strongest and fondest memo- 
ries. As for myself, all of this 
added up to making my year 
abroad the best year of my life." 

From Professor EMILE LAN- 
GLOIS, Director: 

Once the students and staff 
had gone through nagging trans- 
portation and postal strikes in 
November and December the 
1988-89 year was relatively 
quiet. The members of the 
group are back on their home 
campuses, no doubt busy writ- 
ing resumes, job or graduate 
school applications and term pa- 
pers. The highest individual 
G.P.A.s were achieved by JEF- 
FREY PETERS (Lawrence U.), 
followed by JOHN ABRAHAM 
(Northwestern U.), and AVELINA 
PEREZ ( Brown U.) Among the 
15 colleges or universities hav- 
ing sent 3 or more students, the 
3 students from Trinity Universi- 
ty scored the highest grade 
point average (3.39), followed by 
the 5 students from the Universi- 
ty of Virginia (3,34) and the 3 stu- 
dents from Vassar College 
(3.29). Six students received the 
Certificat d'Etudes Politiques 
from the Institut d'Etudes Poli- 
tiques: JOHN ABRAHAM (Trini- 
(Northwestern U.) and MEERA 
SHANKAR (Georgetown U.), all 
with honors (mention assez 
bien): NADER CHAFIK (U. of 
Southern California), MARC- 
THY RHODES (both from the 
University of Virginia.) Nine stu- 
dents received the Certificat 


The 1989-90 group (September 7, 1989) 

Pratique de Frangals Commer- 
cial et Economique (7er degre) 
administered by the Chamber of 
Commerce in Pans, and three of 
them went on to receive the 
Diplome Superieur de Frangais 
des Affaires: ADELE CERUTTI 
(Mount Holyoke C), JULIE HEFT 
(Michigan State U.) and MARGA- 
RET LORD ( Georgetown U.) In 
Mme Triantafyllou's Cours avan- 
ce d'expression ecrite, 11 stu- 
dents passed the Certificat Pra- 
tique de Langue Frangaise, two 
of them with high honors (men- 
tion Bien): KATHERINE KOER- 
NER (Wesleyan U.) and LISA 
MARTIN (Trinity U.), and one with 
honors [mention assez bien): 
JOSEPH AUDI (Northwestern U.). 
Our congratulations to all of them. 
Good luck to the 1988-89 group. 


was the recipient of the 1989 
Martha Lucas Pate Scholarship. 
She sends the following report 
on her summer activities; 
As recipient of the Martha Lu- 
cas Pate Scholarship, I was able 
to spend the month of June as 
an intern at the Annual Basel Art 
Fair. Now in its twentieth year, 
the art fair in Basel ranks with 
Chicago's Navy Pier and Paris' 
FIAC as a cornerstone of the art 
world. Dealers, buyers and con- 
noisseurs fly in from all over the 
world to participate in the event. 
Inherent to the Fair are many 
lectures and debates which can 
last well after the fair doors close 
for the day As a young art history 
major considering a career in the 


"art" field, I cannot think of a 
more educational experience. 

Photography, especially in Eu- 
rope, has always been a ques- 
tioned art form and has tfius 
never been given notice by the 
Basel Art Fair This being its 150th 
anniversary however, photography 
was to be granted an honorary trial 
space. If the photography por- 
tion of the show was success- 
ful, this often underestimated 
form of art would be granted a 
permanent position. 

The first few days were spent 
hanging the show. The arrange- 
ment of the works can often 
influence how well individual 
pieces might sell. The set up of 
a show also includes everything 
from the framing and lighting of 
the works to the color chosen 
for the walls and floor 

Once the show opened, my 
days generally ran from 11 to 8. 
My duties were varied. One of 
the most interesting was deal- 
ing with French and German 
buyers who spoke no English. 
This required that I be fami- 
liar with the personal his- 
tories of the photographers ex- 
hibited as well as with the histo- 
ry of each photograph. (In 
photography, facts such as the 
provenance, the number of ex- 
isting prints available and the 
vintage of the print can greatly 
affect the value of a given work.) 
Though a final sale would al- 
ways be closed by an estab- 
lished "dealer," I was instru- 
mental in initiating many trans- 

The closing days of the show 
were spent packing up unsold 
works as well as saying good- 

bye to dealers. To celebrate the 
great success of the show we 
traveled to Zurich and Lugano 
in order to look at private collec- 
tions there. During these trips, 
my education was further 
expanded not only by the travel 
but by the conversation of my 
traveling companions who were 
all experts in the field of photog- 

My summer working at one of 
the world's greatest art fairs 
came after a wonderful year 
living in Paris, one of the artistic 
centers of the world. In retro- 
spect I realize how perfectly 
the two experiences comple- 
ment one another there is little 
doubt that they will ever be 
forgotten for they will certainly 
serve as a great influence on my 


Professor DEBORAH H. NEL- 
SON, on leave from Rice Univer- 
sity, a member of the JYF Advi- 
sory Committee, is this year's 
Resident Director. Mme CAROL 
DENIS begins her tenth year as 
Assistant to the Resident Direc- 
tor The group, slightly smaller 
than last year, is composed of 
132 students. 111 women and 21 
men, representing 49 colleges 
and universities. The largest 
groups are from Northwestern 
University (17 students). Mount 
Holyoke College (14 students) 
and Georgetown University (10 
students). We welcome our first 
student from James Madison 

As usual several sons and 
daughters of alumni and alum- 
nae are in the group: THOMAS 
BROOKER, Jr.'s ( Yale) father 
was a Yale student in the 1959-60 
group; ANNE HARRIS'S (Agnes 
Scott) father, EMMETT HARRIS, 
was a Columbia student in the 
first group (1948-49). Two stu- 
dents named Reed have alumni- 
parents: THOMAS REED (Haver- 
ford 1962-63) is the father of DA- 
NIELLE REED (Haverford), and 
(Middlebury 1954-55) is the 
mother of VALERIE REED (Trini- 
ty College). 

The students left New York 
on September 5th and, after a 
pre-session in Tours, arrived in 
Paris on October 4th. The Co- 
mite des Etudiants is composed 
of: President: DAVID MOLNAR 
(Haverford): Vice President: KIM 
VINNES (Mount Holyoke); Secre- 
taire: ANNE HARRIS (Agnes 
Scott); Membres du Comite exe- 
cutif: VALERIE BLIN (Northwest- 
ern) and AIMEE FROOM 

Seven students have been 
accepted in the Certificat 
d'Etudes Politiques program at 
Sciences Po: VALERIE BLIN 
(Northwestern), SHANNON 
BRINK (Occidental), JENNIFER 
(Georgetown), DANIELLE REED 
(Haverford) and ELIZABETH RO- 
SENBAUM (Georgetown). Good 
luck to them. 


Members of the 1981-82 
group will be pleased to learn 
that their Resident Director, Pro- 

(Denison) will be back next year 
as Resident Director of the 
1990-91 group. Everyone in the 
Paris office is delighted at the 
prospect of working with him 

We will be grate- 
ful if alumni will 
inform us of any 
address changes. 
It is becoming in- 
creasingly expen- 
sive for us to send 
our magazine to 
addresses that 
alumni have left 



With your support, we were able to grant $68,616 in direct financial aid for 1989-90. This is a re- 
spectable amount, but it represents only 3.78 % of the total fees. Our goal is to reach 5 % in the 
near future, and eventually 10 %. As you can see we have a long way to go, but we know that with 
your help we can reach this goal before the 50th anniversary of the program. 

Endowed scholarship funds (only the income is used): 


in memory of R. John Matthew, Director, Junior Year in France 


in memory of Arthur Bates, Professor of French, Sweet Briar College 


founded in 1972 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Junior Year in 
France and renamed in 1984 in honor of Robert G. Marshall, Director, 
Junior Year in France 

in memory of Martha Lucas Pate, President, Sweet Briar College 

Financial aid operating budget (your contributions will be used for the 1990-91 financial aid budget): 


to celebrate the 80th birthday of Marc Blancpain, novelist, essayist. 
President of the Alliance Frangaise and a faithful friend of the Junior 
Year in France 
(Financial aid operating budget for 1990-1991) 

Please note that many firms match contributions to the Junior Year in France. If you contribute and 
your employer makes matching gifts, we would appreciate your efforts in this connection. 


Please use the enclosed envelope or send your contribution to: 

Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

Please make checks payable to: Sweet Briar College-Junior Year in France 


Contributors to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Funds of the 

Junior Year in France 

(July 1, 1988 - June 30, 1989) 

We wish to thank the following alum- 
nae and alumni, friends of the JYF 
and corporations making matching 
grants, who contributed a total of 
$7,173 during the 1988-89 school-year. 
We have made every effort to list ail 
contributors. If for some reason we 
have made an error, please let us 
know. Contributions received after 
June 30, 1989 will be acknowledged in 
next year's Magazine. 

Shirley Gage Durfee, U/Wisconsin 
Rodman Durfee, Yale 
Elizabeth Kratt Golub, U/Oregon 
Walter G. Langlois, Yale 
Dennis I. Long, Yale* 


John A. Berggren, Jr., Dartmouth 
Margaret Smillie Child, Mt. Holyoke 
Kemper V. Dwenger, Oberlin 
Barbara Fisher Nemser, Barnard 
June Sigler Siegel, Wellesley 

Sally Cromwell Benoist, Radcliffe 
Enoch Woodhouse, II, Yale 

Josephine Silbert Benedek, Wellesley 

Sheila Wood Langlois, Radcliffe 
John Larkin, Yale 

Judith Rubin Bush, Goucher 
Sue Lawton Mobley, Sweet Briar 


Peter B. Dirlam, Cornell 
Marjory Shea Patterson, Vassar 
Mariette Schwarz Reed, Middlebury 
Beverly Oyier Shivers, Carleton 

Dorothy Duncan Hodges, Sweet Briar 
Calvin K. Towle, Dartmouth 

Joan Backer Meer, Brooklyn 
Caroline Sauls Shaw, Sweet Briar 

Benita Bendon Campbell, Bryn Mawr 

Susan Lasersohn Frost, Bryn Mawr 


Ann Rea Craig, Lake Erie 
Roger P. Craig, Yale 
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, Mt. 


Judith Alperin, U/Illinois 
Harriet P. Davis, Wheaton 


Michael S. Koppisch, Johns Hopkins 
Jonathan A. Small, Brown 
Ann K. Weigand, Indiana 

Alice Fork Grover, Wheaton 
Susan S. Holland, Occidental 

Karen Kelley Brott, Duke 
Paula Mysell Evans, Chatham 
Robert Evans, Jr., Princeton 
Eugenia Wiesley Francis, Southern 

James H. Mclnerney, Yale 
Katharine Mockett Oberteuffer, Sweet 

Viola Graveure Patek, Sweet Briar 

Beverly Bradshaw Blake, Sweet Briar 
Kendall T. Blake, Princeton 
Anthony Caprio, Wesleyan 
Peter M. Dolinger, Williams 


Elizabeth Levy Carp, Cornell 
Bruce J. Croushore, Franklin & 

Julia Leverenz, Dickinson 
William W. Park, Yale 
Herbert N. Wigder, Trinity 


David P. Adams, Kenyon 
David Longfellow, U/Virginia 
Daniel P. Selove, U/Virginia 
Barbara Hannaford Steiner, Briarcliff 

Tina Kronemer Ament, Case Western 

Ellen Shapiro Buchwalter, Case 

Western Reserve 
Robert M. Gill, Washington & Lee 
Lynn McWhood, Wellesley 

Rose Bernard Ackermann, Emory 
Kathrin HIebakos Burleson, U/ 



Cornelia Sage Russell, Middlebury 

Ann Stuart McKie Khng, Sweet Briar 


Vincent J. Doddy, Villanova 
Allison Thomas Kunze, Randolph- 
Macon W. 
Susan Vass Temple, U/Virginia 


Alan Engler, Yale 

Carole A. Grunberg, Vassar 

Carla Clay Berry, U/Virginia 

Susanne Daisley Mahoney, Vassar 
J. Patrick Mahoney, Arizona State 


Karen Gray, Mt. Holyoke 


Cathy E. Rivara, Cornell 



Christienne Ruddy, Randolph-Macon 


Ruth M. Reiss, Amherst 


Therese Eve Painter, U/Texas 
Ehzabeth Stanton Santarlasci, 


Kenneth W. Bradt, U/North Carolina 
Lori Reilly, Northwestern 


David W. Jacobus, Northwestern 
Donna Prommas, Sweet Briar 
Barbara Sarnoff, Northwestern 


Matthew J. P. Goggins, Harvard 


Ariane de Vogue, George Washington 


Dr. Theodore Andersson, 

University of Texas, 

Resident Director 1948-49 
Professor and Mrs. Archille Biron, 

Professor Emeritus, Colby College 

Resident Director 1964-65, 1971- 

72, 1973-74 
Dr. Hester Hastings, 

Professor Emeritus, 

Randolph-Macon Woman's 

College, Honorary Member of the 

Advisory Committee 
Mrs. Kathryn Keller 
Dr. Robert G. Marshall, Professor 

Emeritus, Former Director of 

Junior Year in France, 

Sweet Briar College 
Dr. Catherine Sims, Dean Emeritus, 

Sweet Briar College, 

Honorary Member of the Advisory 

Professor Madeleine Therrien, 

University of Maryland, 

Member of the Advisory 


Ameritrust, Cleveland, Ohio 

- Matching Gift 

GTE Foundation, Stamford, 

- Matching Gift 

IBM, Hamden, Connecticut 

- Matching Gifts 

Mack. Truck, Inc., Allentown, 

- Matching Gift 

Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, 
New York, New York 

- Matching Gift 

Price Waterhouse Foundation, 
New York, New York 

- Matching Gift 

Time Inc., New York, New York 

- Matching Gift 

* deceased 




M. and Mme Blancpain with M. Simon (right) 

Vice President Thomas Connors, Sweet Briar 
College, meeting some of the JYF alumni and 
alumnae living in the Paris area (below). 

Sweet Briar College' "^^^^l^r 
Junior Year in France '^^W 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 



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Junior 'Vear in 


Aluimii Magazine 



Ph.D. at Fordham, writing my dissertation 
on Paul Claudel, I did not remember until 
today a September, 1950, entry, which 
noted, 'Bought my first Parisian book, 220 
francs, Le Soulier de Satin, par Claudel.' 
Coincidence? I doubt it. It's interesting to 
note that my beloved violinist husband, 
Herbert, recently gave a concert of four 
French sonatas with legendary pianist 
Beveridge Webster, master of the French 
repertoire, to honor the Revolutionary 

The author of Paul Claudel and the Jews: 
a Study in Ambivalence, Joan Baumel now 
often lectures on anti-Semitism in France. 

Joan Patricia French studying on a 
bench at the Palais de Chaillot 


(Radcliffe) wrote: "The great adventure 
became a certainty from the moment the 
Sweet Briar Junior Year in France tickets 
were on my trunk(s), and parental fears of 
the possible extension of the 3-month old 
Korean war subsided. I left with high 
spirits, youthful enthusiasm, and no mixed 
feelings whatsoever. The time on board the 
old Queen Elizabeth was spent getting to 
know the members of our big group, also 
attending lectures on aspects of French life, 
politics, government, but we were 
increasingly impatient to arrive and see for 
ourselves. We docked early in the morning 
in Le Havre, already hearing confusing 
foreign sounds, different from anything 
we'd ever learned in class. On the Boat 
Train to St. Lazare station and tlien on the 
bus to Reid Hall, we were struck by the 
beauty of the French countryside and of 
Paris, our home for the next 9 months. We 
were fresh and innocent, and eager to 
absorb to the maximum the 'great European 
experience," yet we took much for granted. 

During our year in Paris everything was served 
up to us: we could choose from the best Paris' 
university system had to offer in addition to the 
Reid Hall classes where the instructors were 
excellent (Jean Vilar spoke to students of the 
Critique dramatique course; the music course 
was given by the organist of St. Sulpice, etc.) 
Exploring Paris was a course in itself and our 
French became increasingly fluent as we met 
people and participated in the life around us. 
We attended theatre, concerts, lectures; we 

"Among my happiest memories: a bicycle 
trip over the Toussaint break with LUCY 
JOHNSON, to Mont-Saint-Michel. Few girls 
travelled the roads at any time, let alone in the 
November drizzle. The Mont was deserted - and 
incredibly beautiful. I've been back many 
times since then, but never with the same 
feeling of that first discovery by bike. 

"LUCY, SUE ANDERSON, my Radcliffe 
roommate, and I were convinced we had the best 
'family' in Paris. Our rooms overlooked the 
Luxembourg gardens and we lived with warm, 
intelligent, caring people. We also ate 
wonderfully well, but I remember the 
exhaustion of the first weeks, when trying to 
follow a French dinner-table conversation; I 
remember the first time I made a joke in French 
and how the family congratulated me. 

"Other memories: the slips Sweet Briar had 
us fill out for our evening sorties. It was hard 
to be completely honest! 

I remember my Carte de sejour with its 
obligatory profile photograph, left ear 

"Did this year change my life? The most 
visible way is through my marriage to the 
boy across the Paris courtyard (who, with his 
fellow students had his binoculars trained on 
our windows the day we arrived, having been 
alerted by the cook, 'Elles arrivent!') While 
I learned to know and love the French, it was 
also a year of growing up, of increasing 
tolerance and of grasping new opportunities. 
The only negative aspects I can think of were 
finding I had less in common with friends 
back at college (and in their eyes I probably 
seemed 'foreign'). My senior year was pale 
in comparison to the one before. I couldn't 
wait to get back to France! Now I've had not 
one, but nearly 40 happy years in France. 
Thank you. Sweet Briar!" 

In last year's issue, we mistakenly published 
the photograph below as representing some 
of the members of the 1949-50 class on the 
Mauretania. Patricia Reed Perry wrote to us, 
having recognized, among others, Joan 
Hollander and Harriet Farber Friedlander. The 
photograph was in fact taken on the [first] 
Queen Elizabeth, the 1950-51 group having 
the distinction of being the first one to have 
travelled on that ship. Our apologies! 

On the Queen Elizabeth 


STEIN (Sweet Briar) wrote from New York 
City: "Enjoyed the year very much. Found 
it a great intellectual awakening. I have 
kept up my French reasonably well 
(speaking Spanish in New York City 
doesn't help it). I have travelled constantly 
since then and have been around the world 
four times. I have kept house on four 
continents and am married to a Swedish 
professor of Chinese. Very glad I went to 


(Earlham), now a realtor in Cambridge, 
Vermont, after having taught for 20 years, 
comments: "Nothing but the fondest 
memories. It really was the most wonderful 
year, opening up interests in travel and 
knowledge of the French language which I 
use and pursue constantly. I especially 
remember exploring Paris from the open 
back of practically every bus that ran-- 
singing in a large choral group which gave 
a concert at the Palais du Trocadero-- 
spending every Monday morning at the 
Louvre and other museums during an art 
history course—attending many theatrical 
and musical events--chestnut trees in 
bloom-seizing every opportunity for 
travel from Scandinavia to Gibraltar--a 
marvelous bike trip to Brittany with Ellie 
and PierTe--and not ever feeling like a 
tourist. Paris is and always will be my 
favorite city in the world." Virginia has 
done "much travel including 4 treks to 
Nepal and 2-1/2 months in Europe putting 
on street theater with my husband and 3 
children in 1973. (My daughter and one 
son also studied abroad while in college.) It 
truly opened up the world." 

RICHARD ELLIS (Dartmouth) wrote 
from New Hartford, Cormecticut: "My wife, 
Monica, and I have been residents of this 
small town since 1971. I am beginning my 
20th year as rector of the local Episcopal 
Church and anticipate retiring at the end of 
1992. Our three sons are now married - the 
eldest about to move to Kodiak Island, 
Alaska, the middle one about to move to 
Camp Drum, New York, and the youngest a 
resident of Lockport, Louisiana. We have 3 
grandchildren. We do quite a bit of 
travelling and will take this year's holiday 
in the U.K. and the Loire Valley. We were 
supposed to have a refresher leave in 
Australia and New Zealand this fall but, 
have had to postpone it a year because of 
restoration work and developments in the 


(Sweet Briar), an art-dealer in New York City 
remembers "large, unheated, badly lighted 
lecture halls; professors' voices barely audible 
unless you were lucky enough to sit in one of 
the first 10 rows. No syllabus(es), course 
reading on the shoulders of chaque ileve. 
Strong smells of milange of garlic and 
gauloises on the mitro each morning. A 
great way to learn French - hving with a French 
family (who spoke no English) across the 
street from Georges Braque's atelier (14, rue du 
Douanier). Washing our clothes in the bidet. 
Being allowed one bath a week (hot water 
measured - 5 inches - in tub). House, really cold 
in winter. The greatest experience of my 
growing up. Have returned to France often - but 
never with as much gusto." 

BUD FOOTE (Princeton), an Associate 
Professor of Literature, Communication and 
Culture (that means English) at Georgia Tech., 
is the father of Bill, 33; James, 32; Anna, 28; 
Joe, 23; Josh, 19; Lewis, 13 and is married to 
Ruth Anne Quinn since 1970. His book. The 
Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century: 
Travel to the Past in Science Fiction, will 
appear from Greenwood Press this December. 

spent almost 2 weeks in Paris in 1988-89. 
"The Louvre is better than ever, and the new 
Musee d'Orsay and Picasso Museum are wonder- 
ful! The Pompidou leaves something to be 

"My junior year in France remains one of 
the highlights of my early years. A recent 
highlight was my return to college to earn a 
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke 
University in 1988. I enjoyed being in 
graduate school at the same time as my daughter 
who was earning her Ph.D. in Behavioral 
Ecology just down the road in Chapel Hill. My 
husband and I have lived in North Carolina for 
over twelve years now and are enjoying the 
slower pace of the South. My greetings to the 
1950-51 group. It was a great exp)erience!" 


(Mount Holyoke), President, Academic 
Arrangements Abroad, rer.iembers: "L a 
famille Durouchoux, Quai Voltaire apartment. 
budget trips to the Loire and to Italy - the joy of 
travel. The wanderlust is still with me at age 
60! From teaching French to running an 
educational tour wholesaler operation, it is 
clear that JYF can claim credit for shaping my 
professional life. For those of you who come 
to the Big Apple, my office is in the Wall 
Street area, 50 Broadway. N.Y. 10004 (800- 
221-1944). It would be nice lo see you after 40 

"My husband. Bob, and I recently 
celebrated our 36lh wedding anniversary. We 
have 3 children. Bob, Jr., an oncologist 
practicing in New Hampshire, Jane, an artist 
living in Cambridge, and Jim, a management 
consultant in New Jersey. We have 3 grand- 
children who already love lo travel with us." 

BARBARA GODARD (Wheaton) has a 
Bed and Breakfast in her 1739 home on Cape 
Cod; she remembers "bicycling through 
9 days before final exams!" Through work 
with A.F.S. and Fulbright scholarship pro- 
grams she has travelled often to France and 
kept up with her French family. "Finally in 
1988 I invited my French Mama to the U.S. 
for a visit - her first. Students from other 
years travelled from Connecticut, Vermont 
and Illinois to see her in Massachusetts." 


(Wells) teaches French at the National 
Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. She 
remembers the "Carte d'identite; Cinquante 
grammes de pain pour les filles, cent 
grammes pour les gars - I was working at the 
Foyer International des Etudiantes - first at 
the switchboard, until I failed to register les 
cartes d'Identiti with the police - next in the 
cantine serving bread at the university- 
subsidized meals. I grew potelee on the 
extra morceaux de pain I carried in my 
pockets to 'toast' over an alcohol lampe 
and serve to my camarade de chambre - a 
wonderful chemistry student from Rabat. 
Living and working at the foyer took all the 
time when I was not racing to Reid Hall or to 
I'Institut de Phonetique ['astu vu le tutu de 
tulle de Lulu d'HonoluluT). Paris was a 
marvel - of architecture, of diverse students 
in my foyer, of patisseries. Le Foyer was 
just across from le Luxembourg (at 93 Bd Su 
Michel) - so le jar din was my favorite study 
place (on a nice day). What a shock not to be 
able to sit on the grass - or to have to pay to 
sit on a chair. The 5th Arrondissement was 
my life..., la place de la Sorbonne, my 
crossing spot for les cours de civilisation. 
Then a race to Sciences Po - to sandwich in 
the lectures before I had to serve bread at the 
evening meal. M. Morisset's lectures on 
Pascal were fascinating; le duel Racine vs 
Shakespeare was riveting (if biased). 

"This was a city of dreams - this was the 
year that determined my career. I'm forever 
grateful to the Sweet Briar Junior Year 
Abroad; I LOVE my work as a French teacher 
- even though I went to Paris to major in 
International Studies. (My 'job' determined 
the hours of classes I could follow). I often 
wish to turn back the clock - to be 20 again 
in Paris. Quel rive fantastique!" 


Joan Hollander and Isabel Kutz in 
front of II Duomo, Milan 


(Mount Holyoke) a retired teacher of 
French, writes: "I'm embarrassed to say, 
since I should be able to recall equally as 
inspiring years, that Sweet Briar Junior 
Year Abroad remains 'it' for the greatest 
year of my life. Although I've been back to 
Paris in '74 and '84, any travelling, which I 
love to do, can't match the student-oriented 
travels of that year in Eurojje." 

Joan was planning to return to Paris with 
her daughter, Michele, the first two weeks of 
September. "My French girl friend, acquired 
during my divorcees years in the early 
sixties, has invited us to stay with her for a 
week. Otherwise, Michele couldn't have 
afforded such a week in one of Europe's most 
expensive cities. My Mom came to Paris in 
April of '51 and when classes were over, we 
toured Brittany and la Cote d'Azur. It's not 
affordable today for Michele et moi. That 
was three months! We'll have to squeeze in 
life-time memories in this jet, nuclear age. 
With all that stored nuclear waste underneath 
French soil, I pray beautiful Paris will be 
there at my age for my grandchildren, 
(presently there's Gabrielle, Josh, Jason, 
Jarred and Ari and one due in '91). By the 
way, my Mom is 92, and treasures her 
travels that year as the best of all." 

RUTH ANN McCarthy (Vassar) 
lives in Watertown, Massachusetts; "My 
major interest currently is contemporary 
abstract art. I have a collection on loan at 
the Rose Art Museum. Lately I've been 
spending quite a bit of time in Los Angeles 
because of my interest in the work of several 
artists there." 

CARL H. McMillan (Yale) is Professor 
of Economics at Carleton University, Ottawa, 
Canada. He writes: "The excitement of my 
junior year was brought back to me at Easter 
when I entertained in the south of France the 
daughters of three old friends, who were 
completing their own junior years abroad imder 
various programs." 

Holyoke), Professeur de Frangais, begins: 
"Ou sont les neiges d'antan? 

"Remember how black all the buildings were, 
and how litter-free the streets seemed? What a 
shock to return after a 30-year absence and 
discover grubby streets and beautiful, clean, 
pale-apricot hued buildings! For someone who 
majored in French solely in order to spend a 
year in France, the irony is having, malgre 
tout, become a French teacher. Now I run an 
exchange program between my school and 
provincial cities, making up for my single- 
minded pursuit of snow in '5 1 . Yes, I have kept 
on skiing, spending 21 years on the National 
Ski Patrol. 

"The most exciting event (since making the 
last college tuition payments for 2 kids) was 
winning a Rockefeller Foundation grant for the 
summer of '86 r equiring me to spend 8 weeks in 
France. As a pseudo-teenager I had the eerie 
feelings of reliving the summer of '51, but 
restoring medieval monuments at four work- 
sites of R.E.M.P.A.R.T.S. instead of hosteling. 
ENFIN: Ernest Hemingway only got it half 
right. If one has lived in Paris as a young 
woman, it also stays with one. Greetings to all 
who shared the feast in '50-'51." 

is a college professor and administrator whose 
academic specialty is dada and surrealism. His 
Junior Year was "probably the most enjoyable 
and certainly the most important academic 
experience" he ever had. He remembers "good 
conversations with Bill and Jean chez Mme 
Giroux... Falling hopelessly and often secretly 
in love with a succession of beautiful and 
intelligent young women from Smith, Sweet 
Briar and Mount Holyoke... Playing baseball 
for Harry's New York Bar - the team usually 
doing well imtil a taxi arrived with the beer... A 
final exam at Sciences Po with the professor 
passing a piece of paper which carried the 
scribbled words 'Mussolini et le pitrole' and 
realizing that a year's worth of work depended 
on knowing something about that topic... 

"My wife and I get to France with some 
regularity. We spent a year at Arcachon and 
recently took a quite wonderful bike tour of the 
Loire Valley. Finally, I was in Paris for a 
month this spring and made a sentimental 
pilgrimage to Reid Hall. My best wishes to the 
1950-51 group. I have very fond memories of 
you all." 

was remarried in September to LesUe Curry, a 
Canadian. Caryl and Les planned to spend 
50% of their time in Toronto and the rest in 
Edgewater, Maryland. Caryl has been 
working at Covington and Burling, a law 
firm in Washington, D.C. She has two 
children, Roger and Eve. 

Entree du Jardin du Luxembourg 

[Photo Sandra Adler Leibowitz] 


(Indiana), Professor and Chair of the 
Department of Geography at St. Lawrence 
University wrote: "I have always considered 
the 1950-51 JYF year in Paris as the most 
significant one in my undergraduate 
experience. It led me to return for a year of 
post B.A. work at Langues Orientales and 
Sciences Po before the Navy caught up with 
me for Korean-War service. My two years in 
Paris also got me strongly involved not only 
in French but also in Russian and German, 
and these languages, with the later addition 
of Norwegian plus a smattering of several 
other Romance and Scandinavian languages, 
have greatly enriched my life as a traveler 
and as an academic. I especially remember 
the good times on rue Monsieur le Prince 
with Madame Giroux and my housemates, 
Renaud d'Elissagaray. (Renaud and I lived 
across the street on the Boul' Mich and 
boarded with Mme Giroux.) One of my 
colleagues at St. Lawrence, George Frear, 
stayed with Mme Giroux only a couple of 
years after I left, and we often chat together 
and with Susan Goodman Carlisle, spouse of 
another colleague, and also a JYF member in 
about 1952, about our experiences in Paris. 
She and her family are in Paris nearly every 
summer and she directed the Tufts University 
Simimer Programs at Talloires, near Annecy, 
for a couple of summers. My daughter-in-law 
and son worked for her there in the summer of 
1989 and we went to visit them all in 
Talloires (where I had been a summer-camp 
counselor in 1951, just after finishing the 
academic year in Paris.) 


The French experience (linguistic, cultural, 
social, political and academic) has stayed 
with me strongly, and my work at St. 
Lawrence includes a strong component of 
Quebec Studies. I go to Quebec frequently, 
and have travelled several times in France, 
although not often in Paris for very long at 
any one time, which helps keep my French 
reasonably limber and sf)end a good deal of 
time each year on francophone studies of 
one sort or another. As a geologist and 
geographer I travel a good deal, and the 
attraction of francophone destinations 
remains powerful." 


(Bryn Mawr) writes: "For many years I have 
been teaching French at James H. Bo wen 
High School on Chicago's South Side. 
Being involved with trying to communicate 
the joy of French and French culture has 
been a large and satisfying part of my life. 
My husband and I have four grown children, 
and we are fortimate that they are all doing 
well. Of course, I will never forget that 
wonderful year in France." 

SHATAN (Goucher) a painter (artist not 
house!): "I am writing this very quickly on 
the morning of a trip to Austria with my 

husband. In a way all European trips I take are 
in some way related to that first revelatory trip 
to France in 1950. I still remember the intense 
feeling of joy and anticipation as we boarded 
the Queen Elizabeth. I couldn't wait for my 
parents to leave so that my great adventure 
could begin. Once in Paris, I walked out into 
Paris for the first time to buy some stamps and 
was totally thrilled to be in that magical place 
at last, speaking French. Of course, it took a 
while before I felt my tongue loosened up 
enough to talk. The six weeks intensive 
French course helped a lot as did my vow to 
speak only French for the entire time I was 
there. I painted nearly every day at the 
Academic de la Grande Chaumiere--still am in 
touch with one of my copains, the French 
artist, Andre Sable. I explored Paris, mostly on 
foot, or at the back of the Paris bus, standing 
on that little platform. One day, on my way to 
pay for a Christmas ski trip to Austria with a 
group of French students, I lost my wallet 
while leaning over the rail of the bus. A French 
worker found it in the street and requested I 
come to pick it up at his home. I still 
remember the indescribable smell of that 
working-class apartment. That too was a 

"It was a peak year in my life, opening many 
doors: doors to travel (I have been back to 
France at least six times); doors to French 

The J.Y.F staff in Paris [Sept. 1950] 

literature and to the study of other lan- 
guages; doors to the understanding of cultural 
differences. The influence of that year has 
been passed on to my children. Fortunately I 
married a man who loves to travel and we 
took our four kids to France (and elsewhere) 
three times. My older daughter spent a 
semester in France, speaks French well and 
adores travel. I could go on for pages but I 
have a plane to catch!" 


Oregon) recently came across menus saved 
from the 1950 sailing of the Queen 
Elizabeth and realized that it has indeed 
been forty years since her Junior Year in 
France: 'That voyage launched me into an 
adventure, arduous though it was, which 
allowed me to consider other challenges. In 
light of the Year of the Disabled, I can look 
back on that year in Paris with the 
perspective of what it was like to cope with 
my first big city, a foreign one at that, as a 
disabled person. It was a very important 

"I dare say JOHN WAGNER and I could 
share experiences such as falling on the 
gravel paths in the Jardin du Luxembourg or 
tumbling backwards off the doorstep when 
the cordon pulled out from the wall. I did 
have the privilege both to ascend and 
descend in the wrought iron cage elevator at 
4 rue de I'Ecole, but CORAUE NELSON, my 
roommate from Oregon, had to walk the four 
floors even though there was room for her in 
the elevator. How often she dashed to the 
top of stairways other than ours to push the 
minuterie so that I was not plimged in 
darkness halfway up the stairs. Coralie's 
help was invaluable and my good memories 
far transcend any problems I encoimtered. 

How can I forget the hot crusty bread we 
shared while sitting on the tongue of a 
wagon in the recently liberated Riquewihr so 
pristine in its quiet morning beauty or the 
slightly coppery taste of the omelette we 
gratefully ate in a tiny hotel on Mont St 
Michel while the rain water dripped from our 
soaked clothing to the hardwood floor after 
our exhilarating climb to the top as the only 
tourists on the island. I coimted every step. I 
have taught French off and on for several 
years and have lately established French 
classes for senior citizens. I think of these 
classes as my own version of 'Elderhostel' 
and I try to prepare people for trips to 
Eurof)e. My husband and I have travelled 
successfully and easily and from our point of 
view there is much pleasure to be found in 
travelling despite problems incumbent with 
aging or disability. In October of 1990 we 
are looking forward to an easy-going month 
in Provence." 


Stanley Cahn, Coralie Nelson, 

Charity Williams, John Wagner 

and Carroll Barnes: first picnic on 
their way to Italy 

Briar) has so many wonderful memories of 
her junior year in France that she wouldn't 
know where to begin in recalling them: "I 
have continued ever since to be interested in 
the French language and culture. I spent 5 
years teaching French and am an active 
member of the Alliance Fran9aise of 

"In 1981 my husband and I visited Paris 
and had the pleasure of having tea with Mme 
Gruson, the lady in whose apartment 
30 years before. I also had a nostalgic visit 
back to Reid Hall. 

"At present my husband, Bob, and I have 
just moved to Heritage Village, Southbury, 
Ct. We have 3 grown children - aU thirty- 
something and are awaiting our first grand 
child in August." 

Mawr) writes: "Without question, the year 
in France changed the course of my life, 
introducing not only the world outside the 
USA, but another dimension to daily life. I 
visited Europe again in the summer of '55 
studying at the University of Birmingham, 
then have made my home in Kenya since 
1962. My godson, a Junior at Pomona, is 
on a semester at Strasbourg - I think a year 
is better. Living within a structured family 
is also more beneficial than grouping with 
one's peers as introduction to another 
culture. I was absolutely delighted to be 
going to France and there occurred to me 
that I was leaving the security of a home 
campus to tackle the Big European 
Unknown - which is a rather patronizing 
presumption. I remember the pleasure of 
living with my French family - with whom I 
am still in touch - the joy of walking in 
Paris, the magnificent French theatre - it 
was the pinnacle of Jouvet, Anouilh, 
Giraudoux, Sartre, Pierre Brasseur, Barrault, 
the terrible bleak weather, the hostility of 

many French to anyone trying to learn the 
language - the revelations of courses at Ecole du 
Louvre, discovering the pleasure of being in a 
particular place, which I had not experienced 

Briar] is a Professor at the School of Library 
Science at Columbia University. Unfortunately 
the Trustees of Columbia have voted to close 
down the School during the next two years, "a 
most unwise decision." Her seventh grandchild 
was bom a few months ago. 

At Sweet Briar College, Susan has funded 
the Pauline Roberts Otis Award in memory of 
her mother. Each year, the Prize [the four 
volumes of Proust's A la Recherche du Temps 
perdu in the Pleiade collection] goes to the 
student who, having spent her junior year in 
France, has the best academic record over her 
four years at Sweet Briar. 

Briar) writes: "My junior year in Paris was my 
first step toward adulthood. I had led a very 
sheltered life, and though I can't say that our 
famille frangaise was liberal and permissive, 
for the first time I was afforded the opportunity 
to discover my own ideas and to explore a world 
radically different from the one I knew. 

"During my junior year in France I resolved 
to immerse myself completely in the French 
culture -- and that meant going out only with 
French men, of course. I didn't keep that 
resolve, however. I met a young man who was 
living on the G.I. Bill, writing the great 
American novel, occupying a little room on the 
Place de la Contrescarpe behind the Pantheon. 
April in Paris was particularly beautiful that 
year. We married after I graduated from Sweet 
Briar, and while I can't say that we lived 
happily ever after, we did have 4 children and 
23 years together. 

"One particularly poignant memory: After 
our six weeks' Reid Hall cram course, which 
provided me with 24-hour tension headaches 
and a markedly improved language facility, 5 of 
us in the program took off for a week in London 
— to hear English, to see the source of all that 
literature and history! We had the most 
marvelous time. I returned to London this 
month -- once again staying at a modest bed 
and breakfast in the British Museum area, once 
again trying to see as many plays and museums 
as possible in a few days. I had to remind 
myself that I'm 40 years older. 

"I feel fortunate to have known and loved 
Europe for forty years, and to have watched it 
change. As a young wife and mother, I hved in 
Switzerland for 3-1/2 years in the early 60's. 

"Each time I return, old memories are 
refreshed, and new ones are added. 

"I've had several careers. I taught high 
school English. I practiced law, and now I am a 
psychotherapist. Perhaps that year in France 

helped me to recognize the world of infinite 

Patricia Layne in her tailleur noit 
Place de la Concorde 

Patricia Layne, Susan Otis and Ann 
Whittingham in Versailles [all 
looking very gloomy!] 

We will be grateful if 
alumni and alumnae will 
inform us of any ad- 
dress changes. Sending 
magazines to addresses 
left unchanged is very 





by Joan Hollander 

The buses of Paris are really handsome 
vehicles. Most of them are a rich green, 
and, because they are under national control 
or because it looks pretty, two French flags 
wave from the roof of each bus. It sort of 
gives the effect of the sails on a ship 
flapping in the wind. From the bus rider's 
point of view, although it is considered far 
more chic to ride a bus than to take a 
metro, and even though it is nice to see the 
sights as one goes by, I cannot say that 
Parisian bus riding is such a very 
convenient and satisfactory means of 
transportation. For example, there was 
difficulty last Friday when I walked about 
three blocks from rue Davioud to the bus 
station at La Muette. I arrived at 3 p.m. 
intending to catch a 52 bus to the Place de 
la Concorde in time to reach the bank 
before it closed at 4 p.m. However, little 
did I know (it was my own fault for not 
reading the newspapers) that last Friday was 
the day that Paris was giving a parade on 
the Champs-Elysees for the King and Queen 

of Denmark. Little did I know what 
rejjercussions that event would have on the bus 
system. In blissful ignorance, I casually 
stepped up to that familiar little contraption at 
each bus comer and pulled forth my bus 
number. It was a honey, the small figure of 
620. Upon looking over the shoulders of some 
of the other "waiters", I learned that I was 
practically last in line to get on the bus. 
However, I felt sure that there were plenty of 
buses coming along. As it happened, that day 
very few were miming, and the buses that came 
were jammed full. The bus conductors only 
allowed about two people at a time to get on 
each bus. It was really ironic to think that 
some of the rather well-to-do, influential 
Parisians are at the complete mercy of whether 
or not the conductor thinks your number is low 
enough to warrant your getting on the bus. 
Most of these conductors sense the power of 
their position and they are like 4-star generals 
guiding a strategic manoeuvre. 

Although there is no shoving, as in New 
York, to step on the bus, there is usually a 
frantic dash to get within listening range of the 
conductor so that you be able to hear the 
numbers he calls. Well, I finally got 
"accepted" into the sixth bus that came by. As 

there were no more seats left inside, I had to 
stand on the outside rear platform (which, by 
the way, is the main entrance to the bus.) It 
is forbidden to stand along the aisles inside 
because the conductor must have room to 
walk up and down collecting and checking 
tickets. You see, in Paris, the bus driver 
merely drives the bus (although that is no 
mean task in the Paris traffic.) It is the 
conductor who takes in the money and the 
passengers. Of course, standing on the 
crowded rear platform always permits one the 
chance of escaping the outstretched hand of 
the conductor who may not be able to reach 
you in the crowd. Unfortunately, this 
particular conductor was a very agile creature 
and he reached me to collect the fare, though 
of course in that heavy traffic the bus never 
reached my bank before it closed. Thus ends 
another grueling but exciting episode on the 
Paris buses. 

"P.S. 'Plus ga change...' I hear it's usually 
faster to walk, than ride on les Champs 
Elys^es. Though with the mobs of 
pedestrians who trek that majestic 
promenade in this year 1990, perhaps 
sometimes the bus can win the race." 

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A few months ago, SANDRA EPSTEIN 
CONRADI [St. Lawrence] and JO ANNE 
discovered their overlapping pasts with the 
Sweet Briar Junior Year in France program. 
Both are currently on the faculty at the 
Medical University of South Carolina. 
Sandra is a forensic pathologist in the 
Department of Pathology and Jo Anne 
teaches histology in the Department of 
Anatomy and Cell Biology. 
Co incidentally, their offices were two doors 
apart for six years. Sandra received her 
M.D. degree from the University of 
Cincinnati Medical School [Ohio] in 1963 
and Jo Anne finished a Ph.D. degree at 
Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse [New 
York] in 1968 

Sandra spent three years [1968 to 1971] 
in Numberg as a resident in Pathology; Jo 
Anne recently spent a sabbatical year 
[1987-1988] in Basel, Switzerland, which is 
why they got together with a German- 
speaking group of faculty members and 
discovered that they had more in common 
than the urge to maintain their language 
skills! Besides the Sweet Briar connection, 
both are on the Faculty Senate at the 
Medical University, and both have three 
daughters. "Imagine our surprise when we 
discovered we had both been in France at the 
same time with the same program! It's a 
small world indeed!" 


JOSEPH F. CARROLL [U. of Virginia] is 
the Publisher of Furniture/Today, the weekly 
business newspaper of the furniture industry. 
He uses his French on a regular basis in his 
business transactions with French and other 
European furniture manufacturers. He was in 
Paris on vacation last year and was able to drop 
by the Alliance Fran^aise. The memories he 
has of his Junior Year in France are still very 



Wisconsin] was inspired to write by the arrival 
of the Alumni Magazine: "The photograph of 
all of us on the Mauretania back in September 
1964 and the letters from my fellow travelers 
brought a great rush of memories and nostalgia. 
"The Junior Year in France was a major 
influence on my life. Of course, I loved the 
trips to the chateaux around Tours, attending 
the theater in Paris with M. Simon, my courses 
at Sciences Po, my friends ANN TOPPLE and 
BERT SCHLOSS, and my French family. More 
important, that year in France opened my eyes 
to the world of international politics and 
international economics which has been the 
direction of my academic and professional 
career ever since. 

"After graduating from the University of 
Wisconsin, I earned my Ph.D. at Columbia 
University in International Politics, always 
focusing my research on French 
international relations and managing to 
sp)end sunmiers and various research trips in 
France. I taught international politics and 
economics at Columbia for a number of years 
and then, in the Carter Administration, 
seized the opportunity to go into 
government where I was U.S. Ambassador to 
the United Nations for Economic and Social 
Affairs. My French certainly served me well 
there and I did manage to spend a good part of 
the summer in Geneva where the U.N. has its 
Europ>ean headquarters. 

"At the end of the Carter Administration, I 
joined American Express where I have been 
ever since. Currently, I am Senior Vice 
President and Treasurer with dual 
responsibilities for such activities as 
corporate finance and cash management, as 
well as for our international government 

"So - I still manage to maintain the French 
connection. I am able to visit France not 
infrequently on either business or pleasure 
trips. Most recently my husband and I took 
our two sons, ages seventeen and fourteen, to 
Paris where we introduced them to Madame 
Monnier, the woman with whom Ann Topple 
and I lived when we were students many years 
ago. I hope that some day one of them will 
spend a junior year abroad and find it as much 
fun and as rewarding as I did." 

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The arrival of a JYF group in Paris 





Many thanks to KATHRYN POST 
GIBSON who volunteered to act as class 
secretary for this 25th anniversary. Here is 
her report: 

"It is hard to believe that twenty-five 
years have passed since our year in Paris. 
Not that the twenty-five intervening years 
haven't left their imprint, but the memories 
of that year are still wonderfully bright, as 
you will glean from the following 

visited Paris in June with her eleven-year 
old daughter Christy, who climbed all the 
stairs of the Eiffel Tower and wants to learn 
French. Claudia also loved speaking French 


(Dickinson) is Coordinator of Educational 
Field Experience for the Lower Merion 
School District and lives in Philadelphia. 
She remembers biking to the chateaux de la 
Loire and getting soaked at Chambord with 
no hope of finding a hotel room; rooming 
with JANE RENKE chez Mme Dolgner and 
Carole and all the tricks they would play on 
Madame; Reid Hall and M. Simon's class; 
skiing at Vigo de Fassar at Christmas; hours 
in le mitro to get to Marcel Sembat; 
BEVERLY BRADSHAW's 'saliva trick' after 
drinking a coke [I'm still trying to do it 
right]; Easter in Spain with RICK 
BALDWIN (and hq, hotel reservations... and 
getting kicked out of one in Sevilla), and 
summer travel in Jane's VW (vomiting in 
Venice and wrecked in Wien, right?)!" 
Barbara claims to have learned more that 
year than any other. She then returned to 
Paris for her M.A. from Middlebury, has 
taught French, married, and recently adopted 
a little girl from Chile. 

KENDALL T. BLAKE (Princeton) and 

(Sweet Briar) write that their children are 
now 19 and 16. They live in Jackson. MS, 
where Kendall is an orthopedic surgeon, and 
Beverly is working with an advertising 
agency. They visit France every year and so 
remain fluent in French. 

CANFIELD (Bucknell) wrote: "My memories 
are fond and indelible, and the effects of that 
year in Paris have been lifelong (so far!). I 
remained in France for four additional months 
that year, working as fille au pair for a 
Parisian family (16e arrondissement) with 
three young children. When I returned "home" 
in October, I quit college, married for a brief 
time and turned my back on French for over 20 
years (with the exception of two years as a 
bilingual secretary at the World Bank-great 

"Now, finally, after eight years at home as a 
full-time mom (a daughter now sixteen, a son 
fourteen, a second marriage which ended in 
divorce in 1985), and a patchwork of 'careers' 
in fimd-raising (some on-air stuff for Maryland 
Public Television, a couple of different 
positions with Johns Hopkins School of 
Medicine), I am where I belong: teaching 
French to the very yoimg, plus lst-3rd graders, 
at five different Montessori schools. 

"Regrets: that I didn't stay in France even 
longer; that I have never returned to France; 
that I neglected my passion for French for 20 
years. Blessings: that I have retained my 'near 
native' French accent, despite abominable 
losses in fluency, vocabulary and, of course, 
current idiom; that I have come full circle, back 
with children, back with music, back with 
French. Goals: to find the means to regain my 
lost fluency; to establish myself more securely 
in a teaching position on an elementary-school 
level; to return to school and study the process 
of language-acquisition in earnest. 

"My daughter, Carrie, will travel to France 
this year (her jimior year in high school) and 
live with a family in the Rhone Valley, 
attending a college there for six months. My 
son, Joshua, studies French and recently won 
'nmner-up' honors for his accomplishments in 
French during the eighth grade. I would love to 
renew contact with my roommates at the 
Cardozos and the Durouchoux. SUE? VICKI? 
JANE? Where are you? Also, CLAUDIA? 

ANTHONY CAPRIO (Wesleyan) is 
Provost of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, 
Georgia and has been advancing the cause of 
JYF whenever possible. He has stayed in touch 

Carolyn "Candy" Moyer Canfield 
teaching French [March 1990]. 

Macon Woman's), who is Coordinator of 
Student Affairs at the University of Texas 
Medical School at Houston, writes that her 
"most vivid memories of that year are from 
Tours: the lighted cathedral in "Tours as seen 
from the window of my family's apartment- 
an overnight bicycle trip along the Loire- 
negotiating the traffic circle in Tours on my 
bike-the warmth of the Besnard family and 
Mme Besnard's fabulous cooking." She also 
remembers "good friends like MELANIE 
Patricia also recounts a delightful 
coincidence: "Some seven years after the 
Jimior Year in France, my fianc6, whom I had 
met in graduate school Ln North Carolina, 
told me that he wanted his best friend from 
prep school, BEN JONES, to be his best 
man. This isn't the Ben Jones who went to 
Yale and was in France with me his jimior 
year?' I asked. The very one. Ben agreed to 
be best man and later was godfather to our 
son. We've traded visits to each other and in 
June the three of us spent a wonderful week 
touring Provence." 

a Unitarian Universalist minister in 
Arlington, MA. Her daughter is a sophomore 
at Vassar and her son is a junior in high 
school and was in France last summer. She 
works with DON COHEN's wife, Helen. 
Karen remembers visiting the Loire Valley 
chateaux, the Latin Quarter's cafes, the 
black coffee, the art museums, and Nanette's 
fabulous potage, which she still makes 
[recipe not included! -KPG]. 



TOM DEVINE (Yale) After graduating 
from Yale in '67, Tom taught 7th grade 
English for a year in New York City public 
junior high school (one of his hardest 
years.) Then he enrolled in Stanford 
graduate school in English, and spent the 
next three years there. He spent two years 
as a CO in San Francisco, organizing a 
tutoring center for neighborhood kids, then 
returned to Stanford, took the orals, taught 
Freshman English, and studied William 
Blake and Robert Bly — "a genuine living 
Romantic poet." He has worked for Apple 
Computer since 1981, -- full and part time, 
now as a "human factor" specialist, 
"designing and editing the human interface 
of programs that are used to diagnose 
computer ailments." With the rest of his 
time he's involved in acting, piano playing, 
inner work, poetry and music. (Tom may be 
our group's most eligible bachelor... -KPG) 

PETER DOLINGER (Williams), an 
environmental lawyer and scientist in 
Havertown, PA, recounts a bizarre story: 
his host in Tours, who "addressed his wife 
as vous' drove a black Peugeot, and wore a 
tricolor veteran's pin in the lapel of his 
neatly pressed suit, offered to serve as joke 
writer for the Fete d'Adieu. The big night 
arrived, and we confidently recited his lines. 
Some were nasty anti-Gaullist barbs; others 
were scatological puns; one was both. 
When our audience politely held their 
silence (or were they in shock?), we blamed 
it on our accents." Pete stiU wonders if this 
was a joke. (Sounds pretty convincing to 

librarian in St. Paul, MN, remembers a 
"great season" of plays in Paris that year: 
by Sartre, lonesco. Genet, Brecht, and 
Beckett, along with the classics of 
Comeille, Moliere, Musset, and Chekhov. 
Actors such as Georges Wilson, Jean-Louis 
Barrault, Madeleine Renaud, and Robert 
Hirsh set a standard of high quality 
performance that she now expyects. 


(Vassar) is one of many classmates who 
lives in France. A femme au foyer, Mary 
Jane is studying the piano on an advanced 
level at the Schola Cantorum, and has three 
sons, one at the Institut Sup6rieur de 
Gestion, another in terminate, and the third 
in 5 th grade. She met her husband during 
her senior year at Vassar and has lived in and 
aroimd Paris ever since, except for a year and 
a half in Poughkeepsie and two in 
Burlington (husband works with IBM). She 
remembers most her sorties to the theater. 

her roommates PAT MORRILL and JOEL 
BRINK, and her host family on Boulevard 

is a vice president of corporate 
communications at a major investment 
banking firm in Colorado, where she writes, "I 
edit, design, publish, and often write/rewrite 
from 500,000 to one million pieces" a month 
(!— KPG). She worked as a French translator for 
five and a half years and has visited Europe and 
Paris "on multiple occasions." She has also 
visited other francophone parts of the world, 
including Montreal and Moorea (Tahiti). 
Colorado has had a pastoral effect on this 
"city-fied" JYF-er, who now enjoys "biking, 
skiing..., hiking and backpacking, swimming, 
canoeing, fishing, etc." (Colorado will do that 
to you, I guess. It sounds great - KPG.) 

Marilyn Tom, Claudia Sack, Sue Bone 
and Cathy Trost in the hunting 
museum at Chateau de Cheverny 

"As editor of this anniversary edition, I'll use 
the first person. First, let me thank all of you 
who decided to write. I don't usually volunteer 
for such activities, but really enjoyed getting 
the news of your lives first. Please forgive me 
if I edited out some crucial memory or left one 
in you wish you hadn't included... For the 
record, I now live outside of Washington, D.C. 
in Cabin John, Maryland. For three years I 
have worked as a Program Officer with the 
Division of State Programs for the National 
Endowment for the Hiunanities--a great job! 
Before that, I hved in Albany, NY for fourteen 
years, where I taught French and Russian (I 
finished my M.A. in Russian Literature at 
Columbia U. in 1970) in junior and senior high 
schools and then at SUNY Albany, where I was 
director of General Studies. David and I 
(married twenty-three years in August— .jacre!) 
have two daughters, Lindsay (19) and Chelsea 
(7). He still plays the cello, conducts, but 
mostly teaches many very talented students. 

My memories of Paris are vivid: 
hitchhiking everywhere: Geneva, Mont St. 
Michel, Amsterdam (there was a sign in 
Brussels that said: "Danger: betteraves!" - 
I guess they would fall off of trucks and get 
squashed in the road, making it slippery - 
which was very odd and funny at the time), 
Greece and back through Yugoslavia, 
Austria, Germany— we traveled in a "pack" of 
four-eight people for safety, and sang our 
way through many a tight spot (we had to be 
crazy but had wonderful fun); "La vie est 
douce mais courte..." — I remember all three 
parts -- with Roy Byrd conducting; romance, 
even love, in Paris; my train trip from Paris 
to Moscow with a group of students from 
Langues O; our "alki" parties— or "headaches 
anonymous" - at DON COHEN's and PETE 
DOLINGER's. Everything was wonderful, 
except for BUNNY KLINE's tragic illness 
shortly after leaving Paris. I wonder about 
all of you-ROY, TOM (it was great to get 
your news), BUNNY, JANICE, JEANYSE and 
RONNIE (maybe I'll see you in Portland in 
the fall...), VICia, PETE, and others whose 
names escape me. To any of you who pass 
through or live near D.C, please call. I'd 
love to renew old acquaintances. Remember 
-- la vie est douce mais courte..." [see p. 9] 


(Fort Wright College of the Holy Names) 
lives in Tarbes, France and teaches English 
in a lycie. She has lived in France for 
twenty-two years, where she says "I insisted 
on my American identity. Now I realize that 
having spent most of my adult life on French 
soil, I can hardly deny my 'Frenchness'." 
She will be moving back to the North 
American continent in July 1991. (Send JYF 
your new address so we can learn where you 

Jane Stephenson picking grapes [?] 
Tours - Autumn 1965 



lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, 
Tom, and children -- Larissa (20) who just 
graduated from NYU, and John who will start 
Johns Hopkins in engineering this year. 
Anne has two M.A. degrees, in Russian and 
in theology. She has fond (?) memories of 
the crowded lecture halls at the Sorbonne— 
students sitting on the lecturer's desk for 
lack of other space— and her attempt to use 
the library— "the wait for a desk and the wait 
for books discouraging me from further 
use." She writes that the bicycle trips to the 
chateaux around Tours were "intrinsically 
more memorable, perhaps, than classes." 
Anne has been back to Paris several times 
and just got back from two weeks there after 
four weeks in Genoa, through an Ohio State 
University (where Tom heads the music 
library) exchange program. Anne devotes 
time to the League of Women Voters and the 
local campus ministry. She and her husband 
recently completed a videotape (to be 
published by Credence Cassettes this fall) 
on The Spirituality of Icons. 

JOHN JACKSON (Yale) is President of 
the Medical Device Division of American 
Cyanamid Company and lives in New Jersey 
with his wife and four children. He writes 
that "after graduating from Yale, I joined the 
Marines for three years and then took my 
M.B.A. at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. After 
graduating, I worked in Belgium, Holland 
and Portugal for eight years before returning 
to the U.S." His "identical twin girls, 
Alexandra and Kimberly, have just spent 
their last three summers in France." His 
youngest, Jennifer, "has just completed her 
first visit to Paris and has advised she 
intends to return." He visits France 
frequently on business and has many friends 


Pennsylvania) has "exceptionally fond" 
memories of Paris. She now hosts foreign 
students at Perm whenever possible. Her 
three sons have attended summer camp in 
the Valais in Switzerland for the last eight 
summers, which, she writes, has helped 
them develop "a sense of self that will last 
them a lifetime." She credits her JYF year 
with doing the same for her. 

Briar), a Ph.D. philosopher and an actuary 
living in New Providence, NJ, also credits 
JYF for "widening my horizons and giving 
me a wholly different p>ersp)ective on what it 
is to be an American." She recounts a 
misguided meeting at the metro (fellow 
JYF-er GAIL BROCK understood Gare dOr- 

16ans while she waited at the Gare de Lyon... 
They missed the train and had to delay their trip 
to Florence for a day). Another memorable trip 
was a bike-via-train ride to Chateau de 
Chambord, where they begged rooms at an inn 
that was full and had to sleep under the roof on 
the top floor. 

calls JYF "the most important and significant 
year of my 'professional' life." (This from the 
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and 
Professor of French at George Mason 
University outside of Washington, D.C. -- 
KPG.) Her fondest memories are of her family, 
her "warmest intellectual thoughts" are for her 
teachers (Raphael Mohlo, Reid Hall, M. 
Simon, the weekly theatre trips...). She 
remembers her "initial fright in Tours," where 
"the French spoke so fast, and I had forgotten 
all my verb tenses-NANCY VICKERS 
remembered the present tense at our first family 
dinner: I was so impressed!" Also, "bicycling 
in the Loire Valley, travelling with NANCY, 
(remember the tour of the Poulain Chocolate 
Factory?), the mitro strike in Paris (meant 
walking from Gare Saint-Lazare to Reid Hall), 
snow in Paris, the de Gaulle political 
victory..." She has been back many times and 
considers it her favorite city in the world. Her 
fourteen-year old daughter just returned from a 
three-week trip to Grenoble (and Paris). 

Briar) lives in Waterford, VA, where she is a 
"translator, editor, and sometime writer." She 
remembers a birthday celebration in 1966 with 
her roommate, Toni. It began on a Thursday in 
a cafi, where the patron produced free 
champagne for all (fourteen!) to "make up for 
De Gaulle," and ended with a champagne picnic 
in the Bois de Boulogne on Sunday afternoon. 
They waltzed across the grass (Viennese 
waltzes were the only music they could get on 
the radio), while surprised children sailed their 
boats in the stream where the champagne was 
cooling. She and her mother and children 
visited Paris last summer and visited Denis 
Laplanche, who now lives in Vfticennes, has a 
young wife, H61ene, and a fifteen-month old 
son, Maxime. 

JOHN D. LYONS (Brown) lives in 
Charlottesville, VA, where he is Professor of 
French and Chairman of the Department at the 
University of Virginia. He is in touch with 
LOUISE NADING KARRY, who lives in 

has just managed to quit smoking after starting 
in France twenty-five years ago 
(Congratulations! — KPG). She relates that her 

host, a Monsieur Boiteaux, was V.P. of 
Electricity de France in 1965, then 
president, and "is now on the board of the 
EEC." Her most vivid memory is 
"watching Charles de Gaulle walk down the 
Champs Elys^es to the Arc de Triomphe" 
and "seeing Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy 
on the Faubourg St. Honore — School and 
classes never seemed to interrupt my 
people watching!" Debra is now a floral 
designer in Highland Park, Illinois. 

DeeDee (Brown) is an executive recruiter 
living in New York City. She writes that 
"France became a part of me during that 
year... I have returned many times and envy 
my classmates who have been able to work 
out their lives to live in France... I am sure 
that I will eventually return to live in 
France." She continues that "Paris has 
changed enormously in the twenty-five years 
since our residence there" but is hard 
pressed to think of examples that 
demonstrate the changes have been for the 
better. She has kept in touch with TONI 
BRUSBLE TARET who lives in France. 

At the Cardozos: Jane, Vicky, 
Susie, Dominique, Tante Solange, 
Mme Cardozo 

JANE RENKE MEYER (Denison) and 
JOSEPH E. MEYER (Williams) wrote: 
"So near and yet so far! That sort of 
summarizes the impact that our year in 
France has had on our lives. We have never 
returned to France although we still hope to 
do so. After 22 years of marriage, we still 
have each other and lots of wonderful 
memories - bike rides in the Loire Valley, 
wine and cheese picnics by the side of the 
road, the crowded metro, classes in the 
Louvre, chocolate crepes from the vendor, 
cool dark cathedrals, sore feet, hitchhiking 
and much more. The theater and art we 
learned to love is still a part of our lives and 
it was special to see the Denver version of 
En attendant Godot played by two women 



and the marvelous travelling Toulouse 
Lautrec exhibit. These days we practice our 
French on our high school children and this 
summer vacation money went to send our 12 
year old daughter on a month long homestay 
in Toulouse. We wanted to be young again 
and go ourselves! Our very best to RICK, 

Holyoke) teaches second grade in Portland, 
Oregon, which she found (Oregon, that is) 
through JEANYSE REITH SNOW, who Uves 
nearby and practices law with her husband in 
Astoria. (Ronnie wrote a six-page epistle, 
which I will try to do justice to. Here goes! - 
KPG) She has wonderful memories of Mme 
Lagarde, her luxurious apartment, "alchemy 
shop" and the antiques she restored, 
including "a chair (in which Voltaire 
imdoubtedly sat), her stone farmhouse in the 
country, racing aroimd Mont-Saint-Michel 
together to capture all possible views of 
sunset on an incoming tide, local oysters, 
brown bread and cider..." In Paris, she 
recounts "sitting backstage every night to 
watch Fonteyn and Nureyev dance. Terror- 
stricken the first night when an official 
approached me to ask for my ticket. When I 
replied 'II n'y en a plus' (at least that I 
could afford), he offered me a chair." She 
also remembers Monique Chevaher (whom I 
visited in Moscow in 1966 or '69 -- KPG), 
"her Deux-Chevaux, and her gay, high 
spirits." She also tells of the daily food 
shopping in Parisian outdoor markets... 
"Yoplait years before its USA appearance... 
Buying a chicken to cook for Mother's Day 
only to find it came alive, whole, with 
everything included!!" Also, "snow and ice 
in downtown Paris... the gendarmes who, it 
seemed, never showed up in groups less than 
twenty... the original paintings, the 
magnificent cathedrals... He St. Louis and 
its magic... a trip to the Alps with a group 
of French factory workers... a family dinner 
with the friendly folk who picked us up 
hitchhiking to Dijon... a Paris-by-night 
tour on the back of a motorcycle... meeting 
my Italian grandmother and aunt and uncle 
and cousin for the first time in Italy that 
Christmas... a vacation through Spain with 
BARB and RICK and TONY in Rick's 
beautiful new car (Rick and Barb ate a lot of 
ham sandwiches)... bedbugs and a gallant 
man who switched beds with her... the 
strike, the elections, Mitterrand, the hopes 
for social justice, choosing not to shake De 
Gaulle's hand as he reached out along a 
parade route... the language... Our good 
forttme to get a glimpse of all that remains 

forever imtranslatable." She has been back to 
Paris several times and expects to continue to 
visit there at every opportunity. Although she 
has lost touch with many of her friends of years 
ago, she writes that "lots of people Uve in my 
heart from that wonderful year." (Ditto - KPG) 

MELANIE SMITH (Vassar) lives in 
Eureka, CA and teaches English as a second 
language to adults. Her daughter, Amanda, is a 
sophomore at Moimt Holyoke; son, Ethan, is a 
sophomore in high school. Her memories of 
Paris are of "the wonderful patisseries, the 
diverse plays and theaters, the awful lentils and 
blood sausage in the cafeteria at the Ecole des 
Mines, the chateaux, the Sainte-Chapelle, and 
the friends." She would like to find PAT 

now an attorney (so is husband, Hal) living in 
Warrenton, Oregon. Her younger son. Randy, 
(eleven), spent three weeks in Saint-Prix, 
France this spring on a school exchange. 
Jeremy is fourteen. Jeanyse remembers "living 
close to the Jardin du Luxembourg with 
roommates Janice and Kathy" (c'est moi-- 
KPG); "walking through or around les jardins 
to see friend DON (COHEN)... Christmas trip 
when our fearless leader lost the group train 
ticket between the window and the body of the 
train car... the shipping strike which allowed 
some of us to fly home in June." JYF friend, 
VERONICA PARACCHINI, lives nearby and 
they can see each other regularly. 

CURT STEELE (Hampden-Sydney) is 
Assistant Vice President for Labor Relations at 
Norfolk Southern Corporation in Virginia 
Beach, VA. He remembers the "trip over on the 
Queen Elizabeth, the great food (including 
the somewhat less than great experience of 
finding out what steak tartare was), and trying 
to sneak into the first class section." He also 
remembers "rooming with BEN JONES at Mme 
Pinon's in Tours and our continuous 
speculation at the obvious disparity between 
Madame's apparent wealth and the frugality of 
the meals she served. Who can forget, either, 
our (or at least mv) first experience with 
dictees (and explications de texte) at the 
Institut de Touraine, a humbling experience for 
those of us who thought we knew a lot of 
French! And last, at Tours, there were the 
country biking (with picnic) trips to the 
chateaux and the vendange at, I believe, 
Wanda Pair's host's home at Vouvray [?]." He 
roomed with BEN JONES and PHIL CERNY in 
Paris. He writes that Phil was "memorable 
because of his avant-garde French clothing 
(two-toned dress shirts before they caught on in 
the U.S.), because when he was short of cash he 
used to sing for it in the subway (simply 
adopting a time-honored, but appalling to the 

rest of us, French tradition), but most of all, 
because of his almost constantly sunny 
disposition (sun was not something we 
otherwise saw a lot of that winter)." He also 
recalls trips to Brussels, Ghent, Rome at 
Christmas [with WANDA PAIR, PAT CAVER 
and BEN JONES], England hitchhiking alone 
at Easter, and a late-night walk to Les Halles 
for onion soup after "having downed several 
glasses of Planter's Pimch made without the 
benefit of sufficient ice..." He wonders if 
anyone who participated remembers it? "Did 
you remember it even the next day?" He 
claims that "respectability has overtaken me 
in my old age..." An attorney, he lives with 
his wife, Anne, and two children, Jordan and 
Kemper. He has stayed in touch with BEN 
JONES (currently living in London) and 
would like to know where the rest of his 
cor\freres (consaeurs'?) are. 

lives in Aumont en Halatte, France, where 
she teaches English. She confesses that her 
memories have faded, but does remember 
"Reid Hall, classes at the Sorbonne 
(everyone scribbling wildly in a crowded 
amphitheater), the Latin Quarter, classes 
with a great theatre teacher (Simon?), and 
seeing a play each week!" She writes 
positively that she "learned to speak French 
during that year, discovered Paris, art, 
architecture, to live in a big city — not in a 
protected atmosphere of an American 

MARC H. TRACER (Tufts) is a 
radiologist in Mountain Home, Arkansas. 
His "most memorable recollection is the 
motorcycle ride from London to Tours with a 
certain Yalee on back of a Harley-Davidson 
cycle." He writes that his French has come 
in handy for his church's international 
Christmas "Living Tree" program. He has 
three children, ages eighteen, fifteen, and 
six, with one due in January, 1991 
(Felicitations] - KPG). 

married Franfoise Brun, a French doctor in 
1987. They will move permanently to 
France in September, 1990, where Fran9oise 
will practice medicine and he will look for 
employment as a bilingual international 


(Denison) is a homemaker and local 
government official. She remembers draft 
beer, les Halles, "dancing at le Boeuf sur le 
Toit, breaking out in hives— the only time in 
my life — before oral exams at Sciences Po, 
making life-long friends with John 



Browning and Dottie Peacock, no heat, few 
baths..." She philosophizes that her JYF 
year "gives one a breadth of experience at a 
very young age— I hope my kids do it (aged 
nine and six)." 

DAN WHITMORE (Williams) is a Food 
Program Specialist for the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture in Evanston, IL. He laments 
studying too hard (and all for naught: "I 
became an English major the following 
fall"); "police cars arriving from several 
different directions at once, sirens wailing, 
after a party got too loud" at his pension on 
rue d'Assas; and "a picture of the first 
substantial elements of the U.S. Army 
landing in Vietnam, and the scattered 
sardonic laughter, American-accented, when 
the Sciences Po prof said that one couldn't 
imagine what it was like to have to drop 
everything and go to war." He also writes 
that he got back to Paris this January, where 
he saw Beckett's new grave and Baudelaire's, 
which brought back memories of theatre 
classes, "as did a last-minute dash to see a 
Feydeau farce on the wrong side of the 
river." He looked up a French girlfriend 
whose daughter visited Evanston this 
summer. He "was astonished at the gentri- 
fication on the rue d'Assas" and notes that 

"these old French names make great security 
codes on my LAN terminal." 

lives in Olympia, WA, where she is Director of 
Nursing Home Services for the Washington 
State Department of Social and Health Services. 
(Personally, I think she should be a writer! — 
KPG.) "Memories of France 1965-66: It was 
my 44th birthday. My husband and I had 
escaped from the October grey of the Pacific 
Northwest to France, this time to the remaining 
sunshine of Provence. We had spent the 
morning on a short walking pilgrimage to the 
tiny church of Sainte-Catherine etched into the 
hillside above Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Ross 
had disturbed the silence by dropping a franc 
into a machine for two minutes of a well worn 
sound and light inside the chapel. Even that did 
not spoil the territorial view of the countryside 
from the church. Down below again, we 
lunched at a terrace restaurant, hung exactly 
like its picture on food magazine, over the 
source of a mountain river. 

"As I took my first bite of mousse de 
legumes avec coulis poivre doux rouge, I 
closed my eyes briefly to see another golden 
autumn day in France and my first trip to 
Europe. That time five of us rode bicycles on 
an overnight tour of chateaux— Blois, Chever- 

ny and Chambord. Paniers, stuffed with a 
few clothes, fresh fruit and ripe sandwiches 
jambon, thumped against the frames. In a 
small dappled clearing we broke into the 
sandwiches and a noontime conversation. A 
passing car honked, and we returned the 
salute with a wave. Annoyed by the 
intrusion, we had not fully learned that 
politesse, not confrontation, was the 
intent. France and its people had many other 
such lessons. Each of the five trips since 
that first experience brings me back to a new 
way, and yet a very old way of how France 
was for more than a year in a different world." 
She ends by hoping to hear "from other 
participants of that magical bicycle ride." 


(Wellesley), an attorney in Baltimore, MD, 
remembers the "lectures at Sciences Po; 
discussing Vietnam in cafes on the rue 
Saint-Guillaume; Mont-Saint-Michel; the 
interesting students in our group; Gineral de 
Gaulle on the tele; travelling to Rome, 
Morocco, Greece; walks by the Seine; the 
bookstores on the Boulevard St. Michel; 
Mme Hache and Regine; the lunches at 
student restaurants." She notes that she is 
going to Paris for two weeks at the end of 
September or early October. 

The 1965-66 group on the Queen 
Elizabeth [September 8, 1965] 



South] is Assistant Director of the John J. 
Sparkman Center for International Public 
Health Education at the University of Alabama 
at Birmingham. A picture in the S.C.I.P.H.E. 
Newsletter shows him in Chiang Mai, 
Thailand, involved with a program in dental 
public health. 


Briar] has moved to a house outside Paris 
near the Foret de Rambouillet. Her 5th baby 
arrived in June - that makes 4 girls and 1 
boy: Anne-Marie [8-1/2], H61ene [7], 
Constance [3], Louis-Fran9ois [1-1/2] and 





A message from Professor CHARLES 
G. WHITING, Resident Director of the 
1980-81 group: 

"Ten years! I still hear from the group, 
although no longer in the form of requests 
for letters of recommendation, and the 
F.B.I, no longer knocks on my door to find 
out if you are trustworthy citizens. 
(Presumably you have all become 
trustworthy.) I also still have great 
memories of our stay in Tours and our year 
in Paris. Things have changed for the 
program since 1980. M. Doubinsky has 
replaced M. Bordeaux at Tours; the Tours 
episode is now a week shorter; in Paris there 
are practically no more pensions de famille 
or residences. Still, some things never 
change. Alfred Simon is still aroimd, and so 
is Lucieime, and many of your experiences 
are still so useful for me when I give advice 
every year to the many Northwestern 
students who choose the Sweet Briar 
program, for instance, 'do not ride on the 
bus or metro with your wallet sticking out 
of your backpack' (Hello, NANCE BARR!). 
As for me, I'm still giving courses at 
Northwestern and am writing a book on the 
transforming influence the great figures of 
mid-century French theater had on avant- 
garde American theater in New York in the 
sixties and seventies. Let me hear from you 
sometime; it's always a pleasure." 

Many thanks to VALERIE MORROW 

KLING (Duke) who volunteered to edit the 
class news: "For so many of us, our year in 
Paris was a watershed: from there we took 
new directions, gained broader perspectives, 
returned as different fieople. A year of art, 
travel, music, history, new peers, and 
French dreams has its influence. Your 
letters witnessed to this. 

"Some of my fondest memories many of 
you probably share. Snapshots include the 
Saturday street market in Tours, the bike 
trips to the chateaux, lounging in cafis, 
thunderous evening concerts in Notre Dame, 
avant-garde theater near the Bd. St. Michel, 
and all the trips out of Paris (see Let's Go 
Europel) Another favorite memory is of 
reading and discussing a 250-page journal, 
written by my hostess and telling of life in 
Paris during World War 11. 

"Actor-tumed-President Ronald Reagan was 
perhaps more interesting on French TV that 
year than he would have been back home; the 
victory celebrations for Mitterrand were 
certainly more interesting amid the song and 
dance of French socialists than they would have 
been otherwise. In so many ways, it was great 
to be an American in Paris, then. 

"Slightly less glamorous, I am now a wife 
and mother in Richmond, Virginia. (I love it, 
though!) After completing B.A.s in French and 
English, I received a Master's in English 
Literature and then taught for three years before 
having our son, Stefan. Now, I stay at home 
with him and our daughter, Rachel, and tutor 
some in the evenings. I've been back to Paris 
twice and, next chance I get, I'll be there 

DINA AMIN (Wellesley) is Editorial Co- 
ordinator of Encyclopaedia Iranica in New 
York City [not Iran!]. The family she stayed 
with in Paris turned out to be a "second family" 
for her: "I'm still in close touch with them (I 
just recently got a litde niece\) and this sort of 
perpetuates my junior year for me! 

"Do the students still have to climb the 8 
floors to get to the Sweet Briar offices?!" 

VERSAILLES (Northwestern) married a 
Frenchman whom she met in the U.S., in April 
1983. She and Maurice all but live in France: 
they own a French patisserie/ restaurant called 
Versailles and speak only French. ..all in 
Greenwich, Cl! In 7 years, they have visited 
Europe 4 times; most recently to introduce their 
first child to his extended family in France. 
Their second child is due in February, 1991. 

From October 1983 to February 1987, Mei 
managed Aim Taylor stores in 2 locations in 
Ct. During the following year, she managed an 
architectural firm in Greenwich, and since then 
she has devoted her time to her son, JuUen. 

Macon Woman's ) a high school teacher, has 
married and had two children. Last year she led 
a group of students on a 10-day tour of France 
(Paris/Tours/Nice). She had such fim that she 
plans to do it again this year. 

Anna "wouldn't take anything" for her year in 
France. Here are a few of her most outstanding 
memories: "A few days after our arrival in 
Paris, Eric (our French Ijrother') took me on a 
whirlwind tour of Paris by motorcycle. It was a 
beautiful October day and we sped from Mont- 


Carolyn Sparks and Anna Betbune 
in Heidelberg for Fasching 

pamasse to St. Michel to Montmartre. It was 
a fantastic introduction to the city and to 
motorcycle riding..." Besides a lot of 
parties, Anna remembers getting an inside 
tip on a broken phone: "For a couple of 
francs I reached out and touched everyone I 
knew back home," she says. 

Anna also writes of sharing a train car 
with Jean-Luc, Yves, and Didier. CAROLYN 
SPARKS played Carole King tunes, and then 
the French guys introduced them to Maxime 
Le Forestier on the guitar. From Heidelberg 
to Paris, they all sang and listened and 
talked. Anna remembers times when she was 
not so eager to show off her French- 
speaking prowess. Caught riding a bus with- 
out a ticket, Anna played the dumb American 
tourist -- with a straight face, no less, while a 
couple kindly translated the officer's words 
into German for her "German" friend. 

In her letter, Anna mentions having a 
reunion. Anyone interested? 


(Randolph-Macon Woman's) now an actress 
in Atlanta at the Alliance Theatre, shares 
fond memories with many of us of seeing 
plays with M. Simon's theatre class. One of 
the best productions she has ever seen, she 
claims, was that of La Cerisaie by Peter 
Brook's company that year. Carolyn and her 
husband have returned to Paris once and hop>e 
to visit again soon. Carolyn also informs 
us that MARIAN HELMS was studying 
business at U of Virginia several years ago. 




(Assumption), on leave-of-absence from 
American Airlines, is married and has one 
son. She remembers "losing [her] purse on 
the metro — and getting it back about 4 
weeks later with not so much as a centime 
missing! -- vowing never to eat in 
McDonald's or speak in English for the 
whole year — and only keeping the first 
vow." Other memories include being 
mistaken for une vraie frangaise by 
American tourists, the creperies in the 
Latin Quarter and Lenotre bakery in the 
16th, the men in blue coats who worked at 
the Library at I'lnstitut de Sciences 
Politiques", and her work in a French high 

SHARON FINGOLD (Mount Holyoke) 
is working as a technical writer and project 
lead at Tandem Computers. Last May, as a 
Tandem Outstanding Performer, she was sent 
to Naples, Florida for 5 days of fun. Her 
husband, Antonio Martinez, accompanied 
her. Then on July 8 she had a baby girl, 
Elena Rose. She has returned to France 
twice and hopes to return again soon. 

LISA FLOCH (U. Wisconsin) invites 
any JYF people living in the San Francisco 
Bay area to contact her. She moved to 
Berkeley from Milwaukee in 1989 to study 
at the Graduate Theological Union. For 2 
more years, she will be studying, hiking, 
and enjoying the coastlines in Northern 
California. Prior to this recent move, Lisa 
was reporting for a daily paper in Wausau, 
Wisconsin and for a weekly Catholic 
newspaper in Milwaukee. Much of her 
reporting centered on Latin American 
issues, for which she has had a passion ever 
since she learned Spanish (upon her return 
from France). When she completes this 
Master's program, Lisa hopes to continue 
writing, as well as enter a parish ministry. 
Lisa also sends a word about KAREN OWEN, 
her roommate in Paris. Karen moved to 
Lisa's hometown of Racine, Wisconsin in 
1983, to take a teaching job. Since then, 
she has married and has had 2 little girls. 


(Mount Holyoke), while her 2 young 
daughters nap, is busy working on her 
thesis for a Master's degree in Art History 
from Rice University. She and her husband. 
Cliff, love the Texas hill country and San 
Antonio, where they live now. 

BRUCE LOCKHART (Cornell) just 
completed his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian 
history. Congratulations, Bruce! His 
scattered recollections include his "host 

couple fighting like cats and dogs, JIM 
MAGRUDER and [him] retreating to [their] 
rooms; pink cotelettes de mouton; 3-hour 
Chinese classes at Jussieu; crepe stands on the 
Boulevard St. Michel; Des Chiffres et des 
Lettres every night on TV; hanging out at the 
SBJYF office after climbing 7 flights of stairs; 
the Bastille on the night Mitterrand was 
elected; and smothering in the metro during 
R.A.T.P. slowdowns." 

JAMES MAGRUDER (Cornell), both a 
playwright and the literary manager of the La 
Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, remembers 
"trying to meet real, live French people in 
hopes of forcing them to be your friends." 
Friends he recalls are NED MATTIMOE with his 
wit and wisdom, PAULETTE FLAHAVIN at her 
unforgettable birthday party in the Marais, 
JULIA REIDHEAD in her "Kiss Me, Kate" shirt 
at the Mus6e Camavalet, CAROLYN SPARKS 
playing "This Land is Your Land" on the guitar, 
and the sympathetic glances SHERI MARSHAK 
exchanged with him across the aisle of the 
plane en route to France "that terrifying first 
day." Jim's first and foremost memory listed 
was of doing the twist with his ample hostess 
on the occasion of her niece fiancailles. This 
kind woman later hinted to Jim that his 
disposition would improve if he 'just got laid.' 
Some hostess!! 

As do we all, Jim remembers "lots of reading. 
All that art. Youth!" 


(Denison) is now a research scientist and is 
living with her husband, Mark, in Ohio. 
Touched with humor throughout, Jane's story of 
first alighting in Paris included finding a bidet 
in the room of her Paris pension: "If they 
think I'm going to use a toilet in my own 
room!... I was appalled. I was a mess. I 
remember wondering if my Tours family would 
take me back. First impressions." 

She continues: "Although physically I have 
not returned to France, my mind has taken 
many 'fleeting moment' journeys back to a 
certain time or place. Of all the sensory 
perceptions, smell will take me back long 
before my eyes have finished blinking. Diesel 
fuel, I'm back in Tours traffic on my rented bike 
or I'm just walking down a travelled street. 
Ripe cheese and fruit at room temperature, I'm 
in the Spicerie across the street from the 
pension. A whiff of some commercial fabric 
softeners, I've got my handwashing soaking in 
the bidet. The smell of a subway train, the 
blue smoke of a Gauloise cigarette, the hot 
delicious smell of expresso... me voila\" 

JULIA REIDHEAD (Yale) writes, "My 
best memories of Paris are fixed in my mind as 
pictures set in scenic spots: a suimy bench in 
the courtyard of the Mus^e Marmottan; a boat 

on the Seine the night Mitterrand was 
elected; the Louvre gallery where Delacroix's 
'Death of Sardanapalus' hangs." 

She continues, "Without a doubt, the 
friends I met are what I value most from Paris 
'80-81. Also cherished, I should add, are the 
ringing words of Jean Borie on the death of 
Zola: 'La cheminee etait bloquee d' une 
maniere tres suspecteV as well as my mental 
diagrams of ways to drape and tie a silk scarf. 
These things have made my life richer by 
far." Julia now works as an editor for W.W. 
Norton & Company, Publishers in New York 

often thinks back to her year in Paris and all 
that it meant to her. Assistant comptroller at 
the New Bedford Institution for Savings, 
Valerie was planning her first trip back to 
France since 1981. She can hardly wait. 

JUSTIN SKALA (Northwestern), cur- 
rently residing in Bangkok, Thailand, works 
as a Marketing Manager for Colgate- 
Palmolive. He has lived in Bangkok for 2 
years and would enjoy hearing from anyone 
else who makes it out to that part of the 

MASON E. SNYDER (Vassar), a man- 
agement consultant in the banking industry, 
returned the favor of living with a foreign 
family to one of his "French brothers" last 
year. The young man from Tours travelled 
with Mason's family for the month of 
August, as they went from New York City to 
the Finger Lakes to the Adirondacks. 

Lorie Teeter eating chocolate chip 
cookie [tlie whole pan of cookies 
melted into one!] 



Sheri Marshak, M. Borie, Lisa 
Floch, Julia Reidliead, Irene 
Waiiaert and Bruce Locldiart on tiie 
Sweet Briar terrace 

JAY GORDON VOGEL [Georgetown] 
took his first trip back to France last year 
with Ama, the woman who is now his wife. 
"When we were in Tours, I never thought of 
Caf6 de rUnivers and bicycle trips to the 
chateaux as being romantic. Obviously 
Ama did. 

"After being grounded as a real estate 
developer my first few years out of college, I 
have been traveling extensively, first as a 
travel writer, and now as a television 
producer. My second book : Hot Spots: 
All-inclusive Vacations was published last 
fall, and I am now working on the second 

"All those wasted hours in front of the 
tube are now paying off in my career as a 
television producer. My wife and I have a 
company which specializes in medical, 
documentary, and industrial productions. 
This fall we are doing shoots in 
Czechoslovakia, Russia, and most 
excitingly, Dallas. We are also doing a 
regular series for the Discovery Channel 
called the Low Cholesterol Gourmet. 
Unfortunately, we won't be able to work in 
recipjes for eclairs and mille-feuilles. 

"I stUl keep in touch with my Jimior Year 
pals, both the Amerloques and the 
Grenouilles. I'd love to hear from any 
sojourners who pass through D.C." 

IRENE WALLAERT (Northwestern) 
returned to Paris in 1983 to work as an au pair 
for 6 months in the St. Germain des Pres 
neighborhood. While there, Irene agreed to 
marry Charles McCreary (SBJYF 79), with 
whom she now lives in Indiana (near 
Pittsburgh). Irene and Charles would love to 
hear from anyone passing through Pittsburgh. 

Both Irene and Charles 

teach French at Indiana _ 

University of Peimsylva- 
nia (Irene received her 
M.A. in French at N.U.) 
They were thrilled to return 
to France to witness the bi- 
centermial parade on the 
Champs Elysees last year; 
and they tried to visit Mme 
Denis and Mile Derozieres, 
but it was August. Irene 
and Charles plan to go 
back again next year. 

The memories Irene 
shares are of the shaky 
apartment building (next to 
Gare St. Lazare), where she 
lived with PAULETTE 
FLAHAVIN; the old JYF 
headquarters on rue de 
Fleurus and the elevator 
guard who refused to give 
rides; the Horizon Cafe on 
rue de Reimes for un sand- 
wich et un demi; and, of 
course, all the hoopla when 
Mitterrand won — the first 

Irene wonders about 

ANNE DITTO, and USA FLOCH. She reports 
that PAULETTE FLAHAVIN is living with 
her husband in Hong Kong and is expecting a 
baby. Also, she says, ANNETTE GRUEL 
HAGEMANN lives in Denmark with her 
husband, Erik. 


(Mount Holyoke) returned to Paris three 
years ago on business as a reinsurance broker 
and shared diimer with her "family" one 
night. Her rusty French did not take long to 
come back, she says, which is an 
encouragement to some of us! 

Of 1980-81, Suzanne remembers walks 
along the Seine with SUSAN BARNETT 
during the first weeks in Paris; 
Thanksgiving dinner with RUTH, JOEL, and 
ANNE; oral exams; and the Northwestern 
contingent: JEFF, JUSTIN, SUE, and MEL 
As a member of the Sorboime's choral group, 
she vividly recalls giving a concert in the 
Madeleine in honor of Helmut! Schmidt. 

SUE ZUCKERT (Northwestern) has just 
moved to Michigan from Chicago to work as 
a Regional Marketing Manager for the 
Taubman Company. She recently had diimer 
Jeff is now a doctor in emergency medicine at 
Cook County Hospital. Sue also reports that 
JOHN CUMMINS is in Ohio, practicing law. 

Christmas Party chez Mme d'Attris: 
Craig Middlebrook, Anne Ditto, 
Irene Waiiaert, Paulette Flahavin, 
Cathy Ridenour, Frannie Williams, 
Lynn Wiskind and Annette Gruel 




Last January CHUCK HUNTER 

(Lawrence) was awaiting an assignment 
with the U.S. Information Agency. He had 
completed his Ph.D. in French and 
Humanities at Stanford. His dissertation 
was on Alain-Foumier's Miracles. He 
visited MICHAEL REISER (Northwestern) 
in Bloomington, MN in September 1989. 


News from the class of '83 thanks to KEN 

HOWARD "the snake" HUNTER 
SMITH (Washington and Lee) had been 
working in London as director of marketing 
for MTV Europe until this year. While he 
loved the travel, the wine and in general the 
European life style, he, his wife Lisa, and 
their dog (the all-American family) sorely 
missed the comforts and charm of the 
South. They have thus recently returned to 
the States — where he is rumored to be 
working in Orlando, Florida — , and all of 
his European friends will miss those 
wonderful evenings of debauchery for which 
is is known. If anyone wants to replace 
him in his Eiwopean vie de luxe, they will 
have to call Orlando directory assistance. 

EDWARD STONE (Clark) and his wife, 
Lisa, live in style in lovely Brooklyn. 
Eddie and Lisa are both lawyers, and Eddie 
has worked for the last four years for a 
boutique firm which specializes in Frog 
implantation in the States. His clientele 
includes some of the largest Frog multi- 
nationals which do business in America, as 
well as many start-ups which would like to. 
He completed his first acquisition for a 
client in '89 and caught the Wall Street/ 
international fever. Eddie was recently seen 
North of New York at ALAN RUBENSTEIN's 
engagement party. Despite the fame and 
fortune, it is nmiored that a move back to 
France may be in the cards. Eddie can be 
reached at work: 212 752-6700 or at home: 
212 504 6270. 


(U/Texas) was seen with the likes of the 
Stone/Bradt/Dumont Arrondissement crew in 
NY. She had tired of riding the range and had 
moved to New York to enjoy the fast life, and 
was attracted by Sotheby's year-long training 
program through which she had aspired to 
become a contemporary international art 
maven. While terribly in love with a cowboy, 
she seemed to enjoy the visual pleasures of the 
big apple. More currently, it seems metal 
horses and crack addicts diminished the fervor, 
and Winifred has moved back to Dallas to begin 
her new career. A march down the aisle has 
apparently not yet been programmed, so 
potential suitors can address themselves over 
the phone at her residence la-bas. 

his wife, Omna, live in Beverly Hills. Chris, 
appointed three years ago as the yoimgest ever 
"agent to the stars" for the renowned 
partnership William Morris, grew fatigued of 
the spotlights and glamour last year, and opted 
to join the likes of Alan Rubenstein in the 
commercial real estate industry. Chris is now 
Coldwell Banker's youngest and, of course, 
most brilliant Beverly Hills star, and is taking 
advantage of his new freedom to plot advanced 
leveraged-lease strategies over bottles of 
Chateau Margaux. Heck, if you can't live in 
France, you can sure pretend that you are there. 
It must be heartwarming to Mme Denis and 
Emile Langlois that Chris is using to his fullest 
advantage the knowledge of wine that he 
acquired while in France. Chris and Omna can 
be reached at home in LA: 213 273 1330. 

ALAN RUBENSTEIN (Wesleyan) is 
rumored to be madly in love with a tall bnmette 
of questionable origin, named Martha. It seems 
that the only individual who knows the exact 
background of Martha is JULIET SETTLEMIER. 
He was visited at his October engagement party 
in yuppie Connecticut by EDDIE STONE, JOSH 
HELTZER and KEN BRADT. For the last four 
years, Alan has been working for a commercial 
real estate development company in both New 
York and Poughkeepsie (talk about inter- 
national), and is now bringing projects 
together from start to finish. Last year, Alan 
and company were also seen in a variety of 
sordid enviromnents when they visited Ken 
Bradt in Paris and the Snake in London. His 
greatest regret is that, due to all the travel and 
business, his tennis game has fallen off a bit. 
What a tough life. Alan can be reached at work: 
914 454 1444 and at home: 914 473 0496. 

KEN "in the tracks" BRADT (U. North 
Carolina) graduated from the Lauder Institute 
of International Management at Wharton in 
'88 where he received an M.B.A. in finance 
and an M.A. in International Relations 
(wines, cheeses, ...) After a year in New 
York as a structured finance securities trader 
with Bear Steams, he missed the good life in 
Europe and decided to throw it all to the wind. 
He moved to Paris in June of '89 and is now 
an indep)endent consultant to an American 
bank where he was recently named director 
and coordinator of all the bank's 
securitization activities in Europe. Rumor 
has it that he has gone froggy and can be 
seen in his bagnole driving to and fro three 
hour lunches wearing various shades of green 
costimies. Business seems to exact a heavy 
toll from its participants. Tracks invites 
wayward travelers to stop by any time for a 
glass of wine, and can be reached at work: 
49 06 36 00, or at home: 42 33 81 07. 

JOSH HELTZER (Washington and Ue) 
renounced his activities in the world of high 
fashion two years ago to enter into one of 
the U.S.'s hottest growth areas: nuclear and 
biological waste management. Feeling 
green yet capitalist. Josh realized that the 
future lies in waste dis{X)sal, and envious of 
the Mafia's monopwly in the greater NY area. 
Josh set out to conquer the world of disabled 
protons which have long half-lives. So far, 
the greatest residual advantage to his friends 
is that they no longer lose him in bars 
because he has a certain aura that some might 
call a yellowish/green glow. 

Thanks, Ken. 


stopped by at the Paris office on his way to 
Mauritania where he was going to work as an 
intern at the U.S. Embassy for the summer. 


DONNA PROMMAS (Sweet Briar) 
received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship 
and should be somewhere in France, teaching 
English in a lyc^e. She was a graduate 
teaching assistant at San Diego State 





D'abord un message de Mme DENIS: 

"As I look over the names on the 1985-86 
list, all kinds of images flash through my 
head - many of which I imfortunately can't 
write about. If you have kept in touch with 
your Paris families, you probably know that 
many are no longer with us. Some families 
have stopped because of family obligations, 
others have moved and I have had to drop 
certain ones. The names in the latter 
category wouldn't surprise you. 

"Madame Morin-Lormand passed on and 
the du Chaffaut family is, temporarily at 
least, housing their daughter, Catherine, and 
her children. Madame Basset moved to the 
country, and Madame Depierre's mother-in- 
law sold the litde apartment, so no more of 
our girls are there. Les Marronniers and 
Marie-Odile are still going strong, but 
Madame Poirier is being forced to give up 
her Pension because the owner is selling 
the building. The Pension Pedron was 
demolished a couple of years ago. Les 
bonnes saeurs are no longer in charge of La 
Maison Jeanne d'Arc. I thought this was a 
sad change but the new directrice is so 
wonderful that the ambiance there is ten 
times better than before. Tant mieux!. The 
"regulars" still with us are Mesdames 
Geneve, Mikol, Michel, Labatard, des Sars, 
Levesque, d'Assigny, Lepoutre and a few 

"The offices were painted a year ago and I 
have finally hung all the group pictures 
where I can see them on the wall opposite 
my desk. I have yours before me at the 
moment and Nicolas (now almost 11), who 
has no school today just asked me why I was 
smiling. I wasn't even conscious of doing 
so but I imagine that it is the pleasure of 
seeing familiar faces if only in the picture. 
Since your departure, we have been fortunate 
to see some of you in the flesh: Peter 
Goggin, Jeannie Nelson, Jon Beard, Laura 
Brumage, Monica Grossman, Kathy 
Mortell, Suzanne Eichner, Josh Segal, Kara 
Nielsen, David Koistinen, Carolyn Hall and 
Susan Edwards who is here in Paris at the 
moment. I imagine others have been here 
and haven't had the time to pass or have 
made the mistake of thinking we wouldn't 
remember them. 

1985 Sweet Briar Thanksgiving 
dinner: Mike Kainz, Eun Joo Yang, 
Kristen Miller, Heidi Kasevich, Don 
Cooke, Jenny Friedman and John 

"I look forward to finding out about all of 
your peregrinations in the alumni bulletin. Is 
Anita still singing? Is Roderigo in the film 
world? And what has become of Libby? 
Kendall? Lisa? and all the rest. One last word 
of apology: I am very, very late in answering 
letters, but I WILL ANSWER during Christmas 
vacation, if not before. I wish all of you a good 
year and would love to see you or hear from you 



TRUDY WILLIAMS volunteered to act as 
editor and commented: "I must say that 
ignorance is truly bUss... I had no idea it would 
be as time consuming. [Good thing I am not a 
perfectionist!] I truly enjoyed this sneak 
preview." Thanks to Trudy for all her hard 

California) Tasha is living in Los Angeles 
and working as a Computer Programmer/ 
Consultant. "I am returning to Paris this fall 
for graduate studies in Computer Science at 
University of Paris VI. I am most interested 
in international computer networks, so I 
guess my year in Paris had some influence on 
me after all. I am engaged to be married 
October '91 to Michael Jackson (honest!)" 

Tasha remembers "lazing in a cafe 
drinking one cup of expresso and smoking a 
whole pack of cigarettes with ROSAMUND 
BRAUNROT." She wrote that "heaven" was 
the "time spent eating a Coupe Melba ice 
cream with VIKA FELDMAN." Tasha gives 
much thanks to Chantal for her help with an 
essay on Renoir for an Art History class at La 

She added: "JOSIE KELLER and I had a 
blast that started with the overnight train 
boimd for Amsterdam. And who could forget 
visiting Rosamund's granny in England?" 



JOHN L. BAGAN (Northwestern) is a 
Senior Analyst at The First National Bank 
of Chicago. He had been accepted to pursue 
an M.B.A. at the Kellogg Graduate School 
of Management and at I.N.S.E.A.D. in 
Fontainebleau. John admits that "of course, 
had it not been for Junior Year in France, I 
would never have applied to I.N.S.E.A.D. 
(and may not have been accepted, either)." 
After graduating from Northwestern, John 
worked at Morgan Stanley in New York for 
two years and returned to Chicago. In 
between he spent three weeks in France on a 
biking trip. He wrote: "After watching the 
incredible final stage of last year's Tour de 
France (Vive Greg Le Mond), we started our 
trip and biked from Strasbourg through 
Alsace-Lorraine and Bourgogne, finishing 
m Beaune." 

John has maintained contact with his 
host families, les Alm^s In Tours and Mme 
Vitry In Paris, and has visited them since 

His fondest memory of France was the trip 
he and MIKE KAINZ took during Christmas 
break. "On Christmas Eve, we were picked 
up by Christophe Bliard who took us home 
to his family. We ended up spending four 
days with them and their champagne- 
producing family. 

"Junior Year In France has had a profoimd 
impact on my life. It opened my 
perspective and made my interest in 
international relations an integral part of 
my career to this point and an Important 
consideration for my graduate studies." 

wrote: "After I graduated from Wellesley, I 
travelled around the world that summer, and 
entered the M.B.A. program at Cornell 
University that fall. I completed my 
M.B.A. in May of '89 and came to work as 
an economic analyst for a division of Ford 
Motor Company near Philadelphia. 

"A year later, I bought a small, 140-year 
old house, and plan to stay for another year 
or so. But In the meantime, I've taken and 
passed my Foreign Service written exam and 
oral exams, so am waiting to clear security 
(made all the more lengthy a process 
because of Junior Year Abroad, I might 

"Assirniing that all goes smoothly, I hope 
to be a Foreign Service Officer by early '92. 
While it is daunting at best to consider 
pulling up roots yet again-selling a house, 
pack up all my worldly belongings, leaving 
what I do every day quite comfortably-I 
think that JYF may have ruined me forever 
for staying in one location, doing more or 
less the same thing, for any length of time. 

"I was in Europe on business recently and 
found myself wanting to take the time to 
wander around, simply observing the 
buildings, the landscaping, the town squares. I 
have thought at times that curious observation 
is a quality that has slipped away from me, as I 
have gotten caught up In daily Ufe, in working 
for a large corporation. But in reflection, I feel 
that what has gone away is the consistent, 
relentless stimulation that I experienced in 
Paris; it is an elusive thing to find in the 'real 

Virginia was "sad to report" that her French 
has not had the opportunity to improve, but 
she keeps abreast of international news and 
"virtually nothing else." She added: "France 
would be a particularly exciting place to be 
now, as the unified C.E.E. becomes reaUty and 
the Communist Bloc dissolves. I remember 
how closely the French paid attention to the 

PAULA BIRNBAUM (Bowdoin) is in her 
second year of the Ph.D. pirogram at Bryn Mawr 
College. "My research is focused upon the 
careers of several women artists who worked in 
Paris during the fin de siecle period. I am 
looking forward to spending another extended 
annie a Paris once I have passed all my 

Paula was In Paris last summer for la grande 
Bastille celebration "which was a blast." Last 
fall, she reunited with Sweet Briar alums 
LAURA BRUMAGE at Becky's wedding in 
Hartford. Felicitations a Beckyl 

ANNE HOST (U. of Virginia) is an 
assistant manager at Chlco's Casual Cotton 
Clothing and living in New Orleans. She will 
graduate from the University of New Orleans in 
December 1990 with a B.A. in French and plans 
to attend Loyola Law School in 1991. 

Aime's year in France was: "Quite simply, 
the best year in my life so far." She has 
returned to Paris twice since our Junior Year and 
wrote, "I have every Intention of making this 
trip a yearly ritual." ^a c'est pas mal comme 

MONICA GROSSMAN (Williams) is in 
graduate school at the [Thunderblrd] American 
Graduate School of International Management 
in Arizona. "I went immediately into 
investment banking with First Boston after 
graduation from Wilhams. MAYRA PENA, my 
roommate In Paris, lived two blocks away from 
me in Manhattan. MARGARET JOHNSON was 
in New York too and we saw each other 

Monica's memories include "HUGE 
gatherings at Le Refuge des Fondues for wine in 
beer bottles, climbing in tombs at Pere 
Lachaise, and ski trips to Chamonlx with some 

crazy French students (one of whom I'm still 
friendly with)." She returned to Paris in 
October 1988 and stayed with this very 
student. "It was wonderful to be back as a 
tourist in October. I only spoke French for 
two weeks and was pleasantly surprised how 
fast it comes back. It was strange how the 
memories of '85-'86 were so vivid as I walked 
along the Blvd Saint-Michel. I saw Mme 
DENTS who was just as I remembered. She 
looks great and, of course, wanted all the 
news I had of our class. 

"When I left First Boston in the summer of 
'89, I went to Europe Immediately. I can't 
seem to satiate my desire for the French 
culture. I exp)erienced le Bicentenaire which 
was FABULOUS! The French haven't lost 
their talent for celebrating." 

Monica has kept in contact with West 
STONE. "California life seems very suitable 
to them. Kim is now in law school in 
Seattle. I wUl be a bridesmaid in her wedding 
in November 1990." She's marrying a very 
nice doctor she met at U.S.C. 

Monica has since added Italian and 
Norwegian ("a necessity with a Norwegian 
boyfriend!") to her linguistic repertoire. 
"But my true love is still French. I credit my 
year in Paris with the installment of an 
insatiable desire for an international 
existence and am truly thankful to you all for 
making my experience so memorable. Keep 
in touch!" 

Kimberly King climbing 
tomb at Fere Lachaise [!] 

into a 



CHERYL EBBEN (Northwestern) 
worked for two years as a clinical researcher 
for an orthopedic company after graduating 
from Northwestern. Cheryl is now at the 
Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 
working on her M.B.A. in International 
Marketing. This fall she will be studying in 
Rotterdam and, as part of her program, will 
be working in Germany for two months. 

SUSAN EDWARDS (Northwestern) is 
pursuing a Ph.D. in French Studies at New 
York University. She will be studying in 
Paris October 1990-July 1991. 

SUZANNE EICHNER (U. of Southern 
California) wrote: "My year in Paris is still 
the most influential one in my life so far 
because of the many lasting friendships that 
have resulted from it." 

Suzanne remembers: "Mr. Cheer (JOE 
DAVIES) not succeeding at being very 
NELSON, and me in the Quartier Latin; 
pleading with a hairdresser not to turn my 
remaining tufts of hair orange during 
Carolyn and my coupes gratuites chez 
Harlow; strategic seating in Langue Ecrite 
so as not to get a hard verb tense, or worse 
still, ime phrase complete!; sitting 'anyway 
I please, thank you!' at I'Opera with ASHA 
HALL; and last, but not least, the truly 
amazing chat qui bave in Normandie with 

Carolyn wrote: "There are many 'gypsy 
kid' episodes that I choose to forget!" She 
has been back to Paris twice and says that 
"the city always retains its charm." 

She sends "a big hello" to JEANNIE, 
EDWARDS. "I just never see enough of you 
all!" And to Mme DENIS: "Les trois graces 
te disent 'SalutV" 

ROBERT FOLEY (U. of Southern 
California) is an advertising account 
executive and hving in Arcadia, CA. 

He wrote: "Many thanks to Mme DENIS 
who made some difficult times a lot easier to 
deal with." 

western) wrote that "Junior Year Abroad did 
some great things for me! 

"What stands out most in my mind is the 
time I spent on my own roaming through 
the side streets in Paris, trying new foods 
and cheeses, meeting new and exciting 
people, and most of all, thriving on the 
language and culture. So, in October 1987, 
after graduation from Northwestern, I went 
back for more. I ended up working for a year 

Andrea Ross, Kimberly King and 
Monica Grossman in Sausalito, CA 
[September 1988] 

and a half for the French section of the World 
Jewish Congress (with work permit and all). I 
lived in a studio in the 9eme, walked to work 
(in the Seme sur les Champs) on nice days, 
and once again thrived on the French life-style. 
Time came to leave, however, and return to 
graduate school in the U.S. via a three-month 
visit in Israel. There, imexjjectedly, six weeks 
after my arrival, I met a wonderful man. To 
make a long story short, we are getting married 
on September 9, 1990. We will visit his 
family in France and mine in the U.S. for our 
family honeymoon, and will then reside in 
Haifa, Israel. I will be pursuing a M.A. in 
political science at Haifa University beginning 
this Fall." 

["My apologies to Jennifer and you, dear 
readers, on her submission. I received a poorly 
photocopied letter of her news and only hope I 
edited it fairly. I tried, imsuccessfully, to reach 
her by phone at home in California. I instead 
had a delightful conversation with her mother 
who clarified a few things: "Jennifer is 
marrying a chemical engineer from Strasbourg 
whom she met while in Haifa visiting her 
brother. She had promised her father and I that 
no matter what, she would never faU in love and 
marry a Frenchman. But our future son-in-law 
is a very nice young man with a wonderful 
sense of humor. We spent Passover with his 
family in France last year; and I have since 
begun taking French." 

CAROLYN HALL (Mary Baldwin) is 
Senior Secretary to the Director of 
International Maintenance for Continental 
Airlines in Aiea, Hawaii. 

Carolyn and her former Paris roommate, 
SUE EICHNER, had recently returned from 
Britain and Paris on vacation. While in 
Paris, they stayed with their host family and 
found that "the kids were older, but were still 
the joking pranksters" that they had said 
good-bye to in 1986. 

Carolyn's "most vivid" memory of her 
year in France was the day we arrived in Paris 
and were greeted by our Parisian families. "I 
joined my two new roommates, JEANNIE 
NELSON and SUE EICHNER, to meet our 
madame. When we were all three present, 
she promptly turned and headed outside. 
Sprinted down boulevard Raspail at warp 
speed. When we realized she didn't have a 
car, we were dismayed. (I wished I hadn't 
acquired all that stuff in Tours.) We were 
finally ushered down into the metro, up and 
down stairs and raced for the car before the 
door shut. When we finally reached the door 
of the apartment (after climbing three flights 
of stairs), we were so relieved. She ushered 
us into the rooms that would be ours and kept 
explaining things to us. I kept thinking, "Is 
this lady speaking French?" After every few 
sentences, I caught the words, "Pas de 
gargons." After our madame left us to 
collect our thoughts, we just looked at each 
other. Neither Sue nor Jeannie understood 
what she said. However, one thing was 
perfectly clear; we knew there was to be 
"pas de gargons" in our rooms!" 



KENDALL HUBERT (Washington) is 
currently teaching English in Japan. Next 
year she will study at I.N.A.L.C.O. in Paris 
and "can't wait to get back." She added: "I 
will be job hunting too if anyone has any 
contacts or ideas." 

Most of us remember all the food we ate in 
France or the loves we made and lost there. 
Kendall, however, was not afraid to admit to 
all the wine she drank there! Her Touraine 
memories include, "late fall nights drinking 
wine at various caf6s in the old square, late 
night rides on bicycle, bumbling home 
warm and happy with wine, the picnics 
outside Chambord, and 'cocktail' parties on 
the bank of the Loire 'till 1 or 2 a.m." 

"My fondest memories are of those I 
spent my time with in Tours - IV ANA 
ALBRECHT, etc... I wish we could all meet 
up once." In Paris she remembers most "my 
homestay (French family) and CHARLOTTE 
EHRNBERG (trying to make it to Russian 
class at Paris IV every morning)." 


Virginia) has fled the country leaving his 
father to provide the latest on his son. 
Much thanks to Mr. Kerr for jotting down a 
few notes on Bill's whereabouts. He wrote: 
"As you may know Bill and TED 
LAWRENCE spent 18 months in Kenya 
teaching after graduation from the 
University of Virginia. Bill returned to the 
U.S. for a while and then returned to France 
to visit his sister and then on to Morocco 
for several months. Last week he and Ted 
left for Japan to participate in the JET 
program for the next year. They hope to 
travel together after their one-year contract 
is fulfilled-mostly in Asia. If anyone wants 
his address, please contact us." 

DAVID KOISTINEN (U. of California, 
Berkeley) is an economic researcher and was 
to begin a Master's program in Third World 
economic history at the London School of 
Economics in September. David's memories 
of Paris include: "Claudette, the psycho- 
pathologically anal femme de chambre of 
my pension de famille (petit dijeuner was 
served promptly at nine with no 
exceptions); throwing water balloons from 
the sixth floor balcony of the pension at 
fellow inmates passing on the streets 
below." David was in Paris last working at a 
bank in the Seme, "ou se trouvent les 
capitalistes de la capitate." 

JOHN LOVETT (Haverford) is pursuing 
a M.F.A. in creative writing at Indiana 
University. "As much as I hate to admit 
falling into a cliche, our year in Paris really 

changed my life. After taking all those 
literature courses in Paris and hanging out with 
some of the literary types among our group, I 
did something stupid. I decided to give writing 
a try. I took a creative writing course back in 
New Orleans, enjoyed it, decided to change my 
major from History to English even though I 
had had no English courses previously and then 
spent the next two years starting and finishing 
an EngUsh major at Haverford. 

"When I was done, I came out here to 
Bloomington to do an M.F.A. in creative 
writing at Indiana University. This fall I'll be 
starting my third and final year of the program. 
I have to complete a book of short stories as a 
thesis and taught last year as well. I've also 
taught at Haverford in a summer program for 
inner city kids from Philadelphia for the last 
couple of years. 

"The future, as always, looks uncertain. But I 
do know I am going to apply to a few Ph.D. 
programs in American Literattire back East. In 
other words, I'm going to try to stay in school 
as long as possible and continue to write and 
read and study." John encourages anyone 
passing through Bloomington to give him a 


(Randolph-Macon Woman's) was married to 
Michael Mclntyre in April, 1988 and is living 
in Falls Church, VA. She wrote: "Well, I guess 
my news item would have to be the birth of our 
son. Alec David, on May 20, 1990. He is a 
wonderful baby and we can't imagine life 
without him. 'Aunt' DOREEN WEITZ came to 
visit in July from London where she is 
working. She is doing great, but misses family 
and friends here in the U.S. Send my good 
wishes to everyone in the Sweet Briar group, 
especially PETER GOGGIN and AUSTAIR 
GOODMAN. LAURA TAIMAN also had a baby. 
Her son, GuUlermo Garrido-Lecca, Jr., was bom 
in January 1990. She lives in Miami, FL." 

KATHLEEN MORTELL (Northwestern) 
had recently finished teaching science with the 
Peace Corps in Nepal and is working as a 
research technician at Sloan-Kettering Cancer 
Center in New York. Her memories of Paris are 
"picnics on the Pont Neuf." 

JEANNIE NELSON (U. of Virginia) had 
just finished a job with France-On-Call, the 
phone service for the French Govermnent 
Tourist Office. "I provided callers with tourist 
info for their trips to France. An added bonus 
was an all-expense paid trip to Alsace for a 
week. In the Fall I will be starting a Master of 
Health Science degree in Public Health at the 
Johns Hopkins University." 

KARA S. NIELSEN (Northwestern) 
wrote: "I recall how often I wandered the 
streets of Paris with my Plan de Paris par 
Arrondissements, hunting for obscure spots 
and addresses. And because I have been 
living in Paris this past year, I still never 
leave the house without it. By now, it's all 
dingy and a tad dirty, but well-loved. 

"I also remember going to various plays in 
Paris for the theatre class. Despite having 
read the plays beforehand, I never could quite 
understand the actors, especially at L a 
Comedie Frangaise, so I have very 
entertaining memories of leaving these 
plays part-way through with some friends to 
go out and discover some fun in the Paris 

"I have been lucky enough to have returned 
twice to live in Paris: once on a C.I.E.E. 
work permit program after graduation and 
then last year as a Fulbright teaching 
assistant, after stopping in China to teach 
English for a while. I learned that the main 
points of Paris never alter - a reassuring 
thought. However, like all cities, Paris has 
suffered/is suffering from pollution, traffic 
and population problems." 

MELANIE A. POSEY (Amherst) is a 
second-year graduate student at SAIS. "I've 
been back to Europe twice since SBJYF and 
I'm about to leave again for Italy this time. 
I'll be studying at SAIS' Bologna Center. So, 
if anyone's in Bologna next year, look me 

ANDREA ROSS (U/Southem California) 
is in graduate school at the University of 
Southern California, pursuing a Master's 
degree in Counseling Psychology and plans 
to continue on her Ph.D. "I'm spending a lot 
of time planning KIMBERLY KING's 
wedding which will be at Thanksgiving time. 
I'm going to be her maid-of -honor. MONICA 
GROSSMAN is also in the wedding party. 
I've had the opportunity to go back to Paris 
since our year there, but somehow it didn't 
seem the same without my friends from Sweet 
Briar. I'm still in contact with my French 
family. I just got a letter from my 'French 
mom' last week. I'm planning another trip 
back to Paris, hopefully next summer. I must 
tell you that there is barely a day that goes 
by in which I don't think of times spent in 
Paris. I miss the days of carefree fun and no 
responsibilities. I must admit that I don't 
miss oral exams and Mme Gendrot!!! I'm 
also glad my days of dictdes are over! " 

Andrea had a few jjersonal messages for a 
few firiends: "KIM KING I love you and I 
promise to get a date for the wedding!; 
MARGARET JOHNSON Congratulations!; 
CAROLYN HALL, you bird, I miss you!; 
"ROB FOLEY thanks for the memories. 



C'est comme ga mais pas comme ga\ LYNN 
DETER, I think of you often. Let's get in 
touch! MIKE STONE, where do you live 
now? Is your room clean?" 

wrote that her memories of Paris were 
"fantastic." After graduation from 
Wellesley she immediately entered the Peace 
Corps. "After training in teaching English 
as a foreign language, cross-cultural 
communication, and two African languages 
of Senegal, I went to Guinea to teach 
English for just short of two years. There I 
met my boyfiriend, who is a Frenchman from 
Avignon. We return every summer to the 
south of France, which I love! My Peace 
Corps experience was amazing. Now I'm in 
a Master's program in Intercultural 
Communications at the University of 
Peimsylvania and I'm almost done!" 

State) is a high school French teacher in 
Columbus, OH. "My junior year in France 
had a true impact on my life and, as you read 
on, you will see how the French language 
has become a real part of me! 

"After returning to Ohio in 1986, I worked as 
an international trade consultant, a French 
immersion teacher, and am now a French 
teacher at Grandview Heights High School. 
What a terrific job-not only am I the only 
French teacher, but I also coordinate and 
participate in an exchange program through 
which 12 students and I spent three weeks in Le 
Mans and Paris! Of course, I couldn't leave 
without visiting Mme Poirier at my old 
pension and taking a stroll through the 
Luxembourg Gardens! 

"The most exciting news this year is my 
marriage to Ken Keener, one of my childhood 

wrote: "Ufwn graduating from the University 
of Texas at Austin in August, 1989 with an 
M.A. in Latin American Studies, I realized, 
thanks to my good friend ELIZABETH ENGLE 
who visited me in Austin, that I wanted to 
devote my Ufe to Art Law. To that end, I found a 
wonderfully instructive job at the Texas Fine 
Arts Association as Art on Tour Coordinator, 
where I organize and market a program which 
tours art exhibitions around Texas. This 
summer I took Japanese (which I love). I 
started cycling and will be riding in the 

Surprise Birthday Party for 
Valentina Mazzucato: Holly 

Yeager, Cliris Milligan, Peter 
Goggin, Alistair Goodman, Mayra 
Pena, Valentina Mazzucato, 
Charlotte Ehrnberg, Rodrigo 
Catalan, Adam Guttentag 

"hotter'n hell' bike race in Wicliita Falls, TX 
just two days before law school starts. Yes, 
I'm on my way to becoming an international 
art lawyer. I will be at St. Mary's law school 
in San Antonio, Tx." Liz, will the Tour de 
France be next? 

graduated from Syracuse Law School in May, 
1990 and took the bar exam this past 
simmier. "It was really hard and I have 
absolutely no idea how I did. Now, I'm 
relaxing and will be looking for employment 
in New York and Massachusetts." 

Chris added: "I think of Paris almost every 
day. Fm really glad that I went It was a very 
enriching and growing experience. It sounds 
corny, but it's true! I went back to Europe 
during the summer of '88 through a program 
at Syracuse. I was working as an exchange 
student in a solicitor's office. I got to go to 
Paris, but only for a weekend. It brought 
back many happy memories, and I was 
pleasantly surprised at how I remembered my 
way around the city. Unfortunately, I haven't 
been practicing my French, so it is tres 
mauvais. I'd love to hear from my friends: 
LAURA, JACKIE and LIZ. Also, I haven't 
heard from ROSAMUhfD BRAUNROT, my 
roonunate, since I left and I'd like to get in 
touch with her." Okay Laura, Jackie, Liz and 
Rosamund... WRITE!!! 

CaUfomia) wrote: "Well, I do not have any 
super exciting news like, 'I now have six 
kids' or 1 married a Frenchman and have now 
forgotten English', but I'll catch everyone up 
on where I am and who I'm with and the 
boring details..." 

Sandy is living in the South Bay Area of 
L.A., "a beach town one mile from shore in 
Manhattan Beach (15 minutes from LAX, so 
come visit when passing through the city of 
L.A. I'd love to see Ya!)." She is working at 
the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey as 
Corporate Sales Manager. "Any of your 
bosses. Vice Presidents or Presidents of your 
N.Y., Chicago, Boston, etc. offices flying 
into L.A. on business in the near future? I'll 
set them up at the most beautiful, luxurious 
hotel right on the water in the marina for a 
night they'll never forget! Yes, I sell the 
hotel to VIP's, travel to New York and San 
Francisco to promote the property, entertain 
daily at lunch, and meet clients for drinks in 
the lounge at cocktail hour. Life as a hotel 
sales person beats pwunding the pavement 
for Xerox copier leads! I love it and just 
started this month. I was with the Westin 
Hotel chain at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel 
in downtown L.A. and right out of college I 
tried the retail field. It was not for me. 



"I'm in love with Mr. Tony Lyon, a UCLA 
graduate (no, we don't sit together during the 
big game!). We live together and marriage 
is hopefully sooner than later. You'll hear!" 

Sandy was anticipating being a 
bridesmaid in MARGARET JOHNSON'S 
wedding this September in Alabama. "She'll 
be beautiful! " She went back to France after 
graduation in 1988 and lived in a flat for a 
month in the Heme but said that it "wasn't 
the same without all of you!" 

TRUDY WILLIAMS (Northwestern) is 
living in New York and working as an 
assistant designer for two former ballet 
dancers turned wearable art designers who 
produce hand painted silk garments. 
"Whenever we screw up in the studio, 
Lynnette and Scott (a husband and wife 
team) leap into a grand pas de deux aroimd 
the design room. It's very funny and 
happens often." Trudy came to New York to 
study Fashion Design at the Fashion 
Institute of Technology where she graduated 
in June '90. "I became convinced that my 
creative spirit would continue to haimt me as 
long as I remained in Chicago pursuing a 
perfectly correct lifestyle. I decided to toss 
that all dans la poubelle for a chance to do 
something I truly enjoyed." 

In Tours, she remembers, "nightly treks 
to la Place Plumereau for banana splits and 
experiencing her first earthquake." In Paris 
she has memories of "stopping by a 
different patisserie each day for u n 
echantillon of something new; becoming 
such a regular at Au Pere Tranquille in Les 
Halles that the waiter knew to bring my jus 
d'abricot tout de suite; the grueling dossier 
at Sciences Po and the equally grueling 
examens oraux; a wonderful trip to Berlin 
with S ARTTA HOYT; Le Pont Neuf wrapped; 
running for le dernier metro. I remember 
the day of the U.S. bombing of Libya and 
becoming a bit uneasy when a few low 
flying jets roared over the Jardin du 
Luxembourg. It was not a happy time to be 
an American. On a happier vein, I have a 
wonderful memory of the 'colorful' diimer 
my roommate ELIZABETH ENGLE and I 
prepared for our family (my chicken stir fry 
and Elizabeth's CaUfomia fruit salad). . . we 
had grown so tired of 'beige' meals!" 

HOLLY YEAGER (Georgetown) is 
now working as a reporter and living in 
Washington, D.C. 

She earned a master's degree in European 
Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, which 
allowed her to spend a year in Italy and make 
several return visits to Paris. "My year in 
Paris meant many things, from learning to 
drink coffee, to travelling in the Soviet 

Union with a group of 
French students . 

Highlights include a 
wonderful time spent with a 
kind family, visiting 
'grandmother's moutin' 
near Bordeaux and tasting 
her wine. Also, the agony 
of the mithode at Sciences 


(Mount Holyoke) is a 
public affairs Associate at 
the Dana-Farber Cancer 
Institute in Boston. She is 
also the editor of the 
institute's Staff News. 
She worked at Northeast 
Investors, a Boston mutual 
fimds company, with LISA 
CARLEY for three weeks 
when she first moved to 
Boston. She then worked 
at Cone Communications, 
a Boston public relations 
agency, in the Health Care 
Group for 2-1/2 years. 
Christina and MAUREEN 
McHALE returned to Paris 
for the Bicentenaire de la 
Revolution Frangaise and 
had a "great double date 
with two policiersl" 

Christina sent the scoop 
on a few SBJYF alums: 
"LISA CARLEY became 
engaged July 7 to Maxwell 
Mahoney and they plan to 
marry June 15, 1991. She 
lives in Cambridge and has been a Fund 
Accountant at Northeast Investors since 
graduation from Holyoke. Lisa wakes at 5:30 
a.m. every Wednesday, when she picks me up 
and we flip pancakes and oatmeal [not again?] 
at the Haley House, a soup kitchen in South 
Boston." Christina admits that for the life of 
her, she simply cannot get up on time to meet 

"CLIFF FAVROT worked in a bank in New 
Orleans after leaving Paris, and has enjoyed a 
few Mardi Gras since then. He just began his 
first year at Georgetown Business School and, 
according to MAUREEN McHALE, will not 
even have time to go to the bathroom." 

Maureen should know! She is in her second 
year at Georgetown Business School. Post 
graduation from Mount Holyoke, Maureen 
worked as an assistant buyer for 
Bloomingdale's in New York City. This past 
summer, she worked in Ford Motor Company's 
marketing department and revealed that "yes, in 
the very near future. Ford will manufacture cars 
with built-in dash microwaves!" 

At the Chdteau de Brecourt: 
Jennifer Friedman, Andrea Ross, 
Lisa Lickhalter, John Bagan, 
Kimberly King and Sandra Weber 

"JACKIE NOVAS became engaged to Gary 
Leonard last December. After graduation 
from Harvard Law School, she spent the 
simimer in Puerto Rico, studying with Gary 
for the grueling, 3-day Puerto Rico bar exam. 
Jackie started work at a law firm in Puerto 
Rico October 1. Their wedding is December 
22, 1990. 

"It's 'With this ring,' all over again! 
CATHERINE RIDER was married on 
September 20 to Jeffrey Phillips in Madison, 
Wisconsin. Maureen was a bridesmaid in the 
wedding. Both Catherine and Jeffrey are 
employed by Arthur Andersen in 
Washington, D.C, where they will make 
their home after honeymooning in Ireland." 

Christina, thanks for the update and 
Congrats to all the jeunes mariis! 




HOPE T. ANDERSON (Elmira) is in 
her 2nd year of the Master's program in 
French at the University of Virginia. She is 
a Teaching Assistant and loves teaching her 
undergraduate classes. She writes: "I will be 
getting married in July of 91 to Thomas L. 
Horton of Nashville, TN. We met here at 
UVA last year while in our first year in the 
Department." Meilleurs vceux a Hope et 

attending the University of Virginia School 
of Law as a first-year student 


A message from PROFESSOR 
ROBERT HENKELS, Resident Director 
if the 1988-89 group: 

of the 1988-89 group: 

"Months after we had all made our return 
travel arrangement and packed or sent our 
luggage with Mme DENIS' characteristically 
able and friendly help, I fulfilled my last two 
duties as Resident Director in the fall. They 
involved speaking to the departing students 
and parents of the 1989-90 Sweet Briar 
group and giving a report on our year 
together at the annual Sweet Briar Advisory 
Committee meeting. 

"At the former I was able to say with pride 
and conviction that the Sweet Briar Junior 
Year was the best organized, the most caring 
and most committed to immersing students 
in all aspects of French life of any program 
of its kind. I also passed on a few helpful 
hints gleaned from memories of the 
previous fall: 'Do not linger in the 
bathroom at the airport if you want to make 
the bus to Tours. Don't worry too much if 
courses start up slowly in October.' 

"At the second meeting the Committee 
pondered the comments and suggestions on 
your evaluation forms. They also heard 
reports on the year from Professor Langlois 
and Meera Shankar. Meera's beautifully 
organized, clearly delivered expose would 
have made Mme Chavagnac and her Sciences 
Po colleagues proud. Its polish and 
constructive content reminded me and the 
Committee of the degree to which the 
success of our year together was due to your 
tolerance, good wUl and maturity. 

"In addition to the news you sent directly 
to the Junior Year in France, I am relatively 
sure that KAREN RIGGS was interviewing 
for a job with the Canadian government in 

Atlanta after interning with C.N.N. T.V. during 
her senior year. I would also surmise that JOE 
AUDI has turned from his Paris guide- 
companion scheme to other projects; that 
DENNIS CURLEY is happily making music; 
that NICOLE CATTELL has found a way to 
continue her interest in art history; that 
are living and dying weekly with the football 
fortimes of Washington and Lee and U.S.C.; 
are continuing their creative and intrepid 
travels. Of these and other matters, one is not 
sure. 'Inquiring minds' do want to know - so do 
write the alumni bulletin if you have news of 
yourselves and your friends of the group. 

"My news is momentarily mundane. The 
University has given me a computer for my 
office. It is sitting there now, by the window 
where I water it daily as per advice from a 
colleague. I took a typing course this siunmer 
and plan to actually turn on the machine and use 
it to finish a research proposal for work I hope 
to do in Paris during a sabbatical quarter this 
winter. When back in the City of Light, I will 
certainly call on Mme DENIS to find out more 
about your activities. Meanwhile, good luck 
and godspeed." 

The majority of the 1988-89 students have 
now graduated from college and are begimiing 
their journey toward making their mark on the 
world. Here were their plans for the future: 

JOHN N. ABRAHAM (Trinity) "Happy 
Holidays to the S.B.C.-J.Y.F. class of 1988- 
89. As of December 1990, I will be working at 
Andersen Consulting in Houston, Texas. My 
plans are to work a few years before retiuning 
to school for a joint M.B.A./M.A. 
International Studies degree." 

ELLEN ACHTMAN (Williams) "In 
October 1990 I start my job as Assistante at 
the Lycee Janson de Sailly in Paris. The 
position is part of a French government 
exchange program and lasts for that academic 
year. Very excited to be going back!" 

KECIA ANN ADAMS (U. of Southern 
California) "I have one more year of school left 
at U.S.C. in which I plan to finish a double 
major in International Relations and French. 
After graduation I will be commissioned as an 
Ensign in the U.S. Navy and hopefully report 
to Naval Intelligence School in Dam Neck, 

ANNE ADELSON (Vassar) moved to 
Washington, D.C. where she is working at 
McKinsey & Company, an international 
management consulting firm. She plans on 
working a couple of years before going to 
graduate school. She hopes to get the chance 
to go back to Europe and visit KATE OLD who 
is getting her M.A. in Paris. 


(Wheaton) "I plan to roller blade from our 
capital to Ethiopia in order to bring an end to 
world hunger, after which I hope to have 
accumulated enough actions of good will 
toward huiman kind in order to qualify as a 
contestant for Young Miss South-Central 
Pennsylvania 1991. If for some reason these 
plans should backfire, I may find myself 
going to New York to study film." 

RUTHIE ANDERSON (Brandeis ) "I am 
moving to the Washington D.C. area in 
August. One of the people that I will be 
living with is KATHY KEYES - whom I met 
on the Sweet Briar program! I want to work 
in some aspect of international relations for 
a couple of years and then I'll probably go to 
graduate school. I still keep in contact with 
my friends in France and am hoping to return 
soon to visit them." 

DAVID BECKERMAN (U. of Virginia) 
"Working for the law firm of Wiley, Rein & 
Fielding in Washington, D.C. as a project 
assistant in international trade. I hope to be 
attending graduate school in a related field in 
a few years time." 

HOPE E. BRAYTON (Obedin) "I rode 
my motorcycle (1986 250cc Honda) from 
OberUn to Glacier National Park where I am 
working until October. I don't have definite 
plans for the winter but I'd like to be 
somewhere warm, scenic, and sparsely 
populated. I'm most curious about the fates 

AMY BROWN (Elmira) "I am awaiting 
word from Washington D.C. as to whether I 
will serve as a Peace Corps volimteer in West 
Africa. I have been accepted by the New 
York City Peace Corps office, so it will just 
be a few more weeks before I know 

Holy Cross) wrote that he plaimed to begin 
George Washington Law School in the fall 
of 1990. 

Francisco State U.) "I am currently working 
for France Press in San Francisco as part of 
the two-person art department. We publish 
Le Journal Franqais d'Amerique and France 
Today. Le Journal is a French language 
publication and is bi-weekly. France Today 
is a monthly newspaper in English. I have 
not yet decided whether graphic design is the 
field in which I will work but presently I'm 
enjoying it, especially surrounded by French 
people. I am continuing etching, a skill I 
acquired while I was in Paris, and I hope to 
become a paid artist (although, trust me, 
that's hardly the aim.) I have recently shown 
my work (mostly from Paris, one engraving 
of Tours) in San Francisco and plan to show 
again and again and again. Etching is still 



where my heart really lies, so I'm certain 
that whatever line of work I choose I will 
somehow integrate la gravure into it. After 
I finish reading every book ever published 
on Rembrandt, I plan to move back to Paris 
with my favorite person in 1992 after a year 
stint in Hoboken, New Jersey... Two 
dreams fulfilled." 

Holyoke) planned to work full-time as an 
account specialist with Boston Financial 
Data Services. "I'm still living at home to 
save money, and am plaiming to attend 
graduate school part-time, hopefully for 
international studies." 

DANIEL CORD (Johns Hopkins): "By 
December I will be working as a ski 
instructor in either Utah, Wyoming, 
Colorado or St. Moritz. Other than that, I 
am avoiding any plans for the future. I just 
returned from Europe on vacation and need a 
job now, somewhere." 

FAITH CRISTOL (Northwestern) was 
planning to attend the Mudd School of Law 
at Washington University in St. Louis. She 
was also wait-listed at the Boston Uni- 
versity and Northwestern University 
schools of law. 

DENNIS CURLEY (Northwestern) 
"Having successfully negotiated a rather 
unexpected change of major late in my 
senior year, I managed to escape alive with 
my Bachelor's degree intact! Now I've 
moved into the heart of downtown Chicago 
(a baseball's throw from Wrigley Field) and 
am pursuing what I choose to call a "non- 
restrictive career." (I temp a lot.) But in 
between temporary jobs I've managed to 
land 3 musical director positions -- all at the 
old alma mater, NU. However, what I really 
want to do is write and sing songs. Faites 
attention, Jean-Jacques Goldman}. " 

JENNIFER DAMON (Brandeis ) "I am 
presently working at the Boston Park Plaza 
Hotel and Towers as a sales assistant. I 
became engaged on the weekend of 
graduation to Brian Reardon and I plan to 
get married in my hometown on October 26, 
1991." Felicitations et meilleurs vceux! 

BRUCE deMICHAELS (American U.) 
is attending The American Graduate School 
of International Management (Thimderbird) 
for a Master's of International Management. 
ROSEMARIE DIZON is also attending 
Thunderbird, as well as several other JYF 

In July LYNN DeNUCCI (Brown) 
began a two-year training program 
(commercial lending/custom banking) with 
The Bank of New York. "Hopefully in the 
future it will lead to international 
lendingA)anking. Happy to be back in a 

AMANDA JEAN DORY (Georgetown) is 
"at present working at the World Bank in 
Washington, D.C. In December I will begin an 
editorial assistantship at the Carnegie 
Endowment's Foreign Policy magazine for six 
months. Am actively searching for an excuse 
to go back to Paris." 

"Howdy! As far as I know, I am going to 
Ecuador for the next two years to teach English 
Literature to 10th, 11th and 12th graders at the 
American School of Quito. Meanwhile, I'm 
spending part of the summer in San Francisco. 
P.S. - My apologies to those I haven't written 
to in a while — Fm getting to it!" 

EMILY S. GOLDBERG (Brandeis) writes: 
"During the summer I spent 3 weeks at an 
international volunteer work camp in a small 
village in the South of France. An interesting 
experience - very different from the one I had 
studying in Paris. I am now attending the 
Institute of French Studies at New York 
University where I will obtain a Master's in 
French Studies." 

HOLLY GOODING (Washington and Lee) 
is teaching French at Stuart Hall, a private 
girls' boarding school in Staunton, Virginia: "I 
will be their only French teacher, and my duties 
will include dorm parent, junior class sponsor, 
and twice weekly extracurricular activities. I 
am really looking forward to sharing my love 
of France and the French language with my 
students. The school also has a short abroad 
program during spring break, so maybe I'll get 
the chance to return to France as a guide! 
Regardless, I'm hoping to return to Europe in 

plans to obtain a Master's Degree in European 
History at St. Peter's College, Oxford 
University, England. 

JULIA HEFT (Michigan State): "The day 
after finals I'm off to Europe! Starting back in 
Istanbul, Turkey and eventually to home-sweet- 
home, Paris for 2-3 weeks. I come back to 
Michigan where I will start a REAL job in early 
July as a Management Consultant for 
Metropolitan Life in Southfield. Eventually, 
however, I want to be back overseas... for 
good?!? NICOLE CATTELL, where are you??!" 

DOUGLAS C. HEYLER (U. of Michigan) 
is currently working as a Loan Officer with 
Centrust Mortgage Corporation in Grand 
Rapids, MI. He will be married to Aimee Zimis 
next February." Nos meilleurs vceux de 

AMY E. JACOBS (Penn State) "I plan to 
twirl my baton vigorously in hopes of 
providing a warm welcome for MAUREEN 
AGOSTINI as she roller-blades her way across 
the threshold of Ethiopia for world peace and 
himger. If, in the process, I lose one of my 
precious go-go boots or my peace-bent baton 

falls into the wrong hands (however 
imfortimate this would be), I will be forced to 
return to my homeland and continue my 
education in the French language and culture 
at New York University." 

is working for the Massachusetts Office of 
International Trade and Investment. "I am a 
Trade Services Associate and wUl be working 
on trade missions to Canada (mostly Quebec 
and Montreal) and am therefore getting the 
chance to use my French a bit." Katherine 
asks us to congratulate the SBCJYF Class of 
1989 for her: "It was the best year of my life 
so far, extremely enriching. It is because of 
them, in part, that it was so. We could not 
have done it without Mme DENIS. Best of 
luck to her." 

KATI KOERNER (Wesleyan) wrote: 
"By a series of serendipitous connections I 
will be interning at the Hamburg 
Schauspielhaus (the largest theater in 
Hamburg) next year. I am very excited to be 
heading back to Europe, what with 
reunification and '92 drawing ever nearer. I 
will probably be what's politely known as a 
production assistant, but what is more often 
than not a full-time coffeemaker. However, I 
will be able to hang out with and learn from 
the dramaturgical meisters themselves. 
Towards the end of the year I'm planning on 
moving on to DUsseldorf (a Wesleyan alumn 
works in a theatre there) or Berlin, home of 
my beau — whom I met in Paris! — to do more 
theatre typw stuff. I'm hoping on doing some 
acting as well. Food and lodging will 
hopefully be covered by English lessons — 
which supposedly all those Hamburgers are 
clamoring for. Let's hope so — I may be 
homeless since as soon as the wall came 
down, every single affordable apartment in 
Germany disappeared, but I hope I won't go 
hungry too! 

"As an alumna I guess its appropriate for 
me to gush about my time in Paris, but 
honestly it was a fabulous time!! Like 
everyone, I would love to go back sometime 
-- what's more, I'm sure I will (think 
positive!!). I'm still in close touch with 
several Sweet Briarers(?) whom I now count 
among my closest friends: DIETLIND 
LERNER is living 4 blocks away from me 
here in New York and LUCINDA 
CARMICHAEL is working for the French 
newspaper in San Francisco and lives in a 
house with a garden. Mme DENIS - I miss 
your warm smile and your fountain of kind 
advice. Bonnes vacances!" 

KRISTEN M. LAAKSO [U. of Southern 
California] is now working for her M.A. and 
teaching French I at U.S.C. She says: "My 
Sweet Briar experience is still with me on a 
daily basis." 



LAURA LACCHIA (Wellesley) went 
backpacking in Spain and Portugal for most 
of the summer but managed to see her French 
family for the 14th (JuiUet) in 
Montpellier. She bumped into KRISTEN 
SCHLEGEL in Barcelona, randomly. She is 
now working at Ogilvy & Mather Public 
Relations-Marketing Division in New York. 

MARC LANGLOIS (U. of Virginia) 
went out West for a few weeks with 
Francisco we bumped into MAURA SMITH 
in Haight-Ashbury - who would have 
and I live in Old Town and work in D.C. for 
law firms - typical! We see KRISTEN 
STAPLES a lot; she is working on the Hill. 
WENDY DRISCOLL is in Maryland. All in 
all things are fine. Hello to Carol from all 
of us." 

ARDEN LEVY (Northwestern) plans to 
attend George Washington University 
School of Law in Washington, D.C: "I 
would like to pursue International Law, 
hopefully using my JYF exjjerience. Also, I 
plan on returning to Paris at Christmas time 
for the third time since Sweet Briar to visit 
my boyfriend. He is trying to do his 
Military Service co-op in the United States 
ne.xt year. On verra! After writing an 
honors thesis on the French feminist 
movement, I would Uke to become involved 
in the international movement in D.C. 

ALLISON H. LONG (C. of the 
Holy Cross): " I plan on settling in 
Washington, D.C. for a few years. 
I will be working in the public 
relations/corrununications field." 

(Trinity): "I have recently moved 
to Dallas to work as a Clinique 
Consultant at Foley's. My plans 
are to eventually work in the fields 
offashion and art, either as a visual 
display trimmer, or as a designer's 

ANN MORNING (Yale) is 
"going to graduate school - 
Columbia's School of International 
and Public Affairs. (P.S. Stan is in 
New York too!)" 

western) is attending Georgetown 
Law School: "I will pursue my 
interest in international law there; 
someday I hope I will even use my 
French again!" 

Holyoke) is currently working at 
Walt Disney World Company in 
Orlando, Florida in their Guest 
Relations Department. I am 
interested in a teaching position 

(hopefully French!) in a boarding school; 
preferably in the North-easL I am very excited 
about that prosjject! Things are great!" 

KATE OLD (Mount Holyoke) "I graduated 
from Mount Holyoke College and am now 
planning to return to Paris with Middlebury 
College to earn a Master's degree. To all the 
members of 1988-89 Sweet Briar group -- Good 
luck and hope to see you in gay Paris! Bonne 
chance et felicitations!" 

LIZABETH PALEY (Mount Holyoke) is 
working for the Silverman Companies on East 
58th St. in New York as an executive assistant. 
She spent the simimer travelling-vacationing 
in Puerto Rico and Florida, and biking for 2 1/2 
weeks down the Pacific Coast Highway from 
San Francisco to L.A. 

MARSHALL PARKER (Franklin and 
Marshall) "Well, I guess I'm Uke most of you. 
I'm hopelessly lost with no direction 
whatsoever. I'm not going to teach in Ecuador, 
and I'm not going to be a project assistant for a 
law firm. Right now I'm in the middle of the 
desert trying to decide where to go from here." 

AVELINA PEREZ (Brown) is a graduate 
student at Georgetown University, doing a 
Master's in Latin American Studies. 

LAURA E. PERRY (Agnes Scott): "I just 
graduated on May 19th and I plan to stay in 
Atlanta. I have a job with Delta (airlines) in 
the international section. I am looking forward 
to all the travel benefits! I have moved into an 
apartment with my best friend from college." 

Promenade dans le Vieux Tours 

THOMAS PICKETT (Northwestern) is 
attending the University of Illinois School 
of Law, "hoping to concentrate in 
international law to facilitate many more 
return trips to Cafe Costes." 

ROBERT RIONDA (Northwestern): 
"I'm studying hard during my first year of law 
school at the U. of California-Hastings 
College of The Law in San Francisco. Frisco 
is a great town but I don't get much of a 
chance to enjoy it — Study! Study! Study!." 

SCOTT T. SANDERS (Washington and 
Lee) was spending the summer at the Ghost 
Ranch Conference Center in Abiquin, New 
Mexico. "In September, I'll be heading up to 
Bath, ME, where I'll be teaching French at 
The Hyde School, a small private boarding 
school. Congratulations and the best of luck 
to the other recent graduates!" 

VICTORIA SHAW (Connecticut) is 
"living at home in N.Y.C. until I save 
enough money to leave New York. I'm also 
taking my G.R.E.'s in October so I can start 
thinking about grad school." 

MAURA SMITH (Northwestern): "I am 
once again off to Paris in September! 
(through the CIEE Work Abroad Program). 
I'll work and live in the "city of lights" with 
PENNY KARAS at least until Christmas. You 
ask me what type of work will I be doing - 
good question!! I'm sure I'll find 

Texas at Austin) "After spending the summer 
in Avignon, France, I will be attending 
South 'Texas College of Law in Houston 
where I will be studying international/ 
environmental law. I hope to get back to 
France in the next few years because that's 
the only way I can find AMY BROWN and 
JEFF PETERS together in the same country." 

missed the 1990 Economic Summit at Rice. 
He was in Tulsa when it took place. "But my 
experiences helped even with the 
preparations. For instance, a student group 
sold T-shirts for the summit depicting the 
flags of the seven most industrialized 
countries, plus the E.E.C. I was the only 
person to notice that the E.E.C. flag should 
have 12 stars, not 10. True it was a minor 
point, but one that would have escaped me 
without the year in France." 

plans to attend graduate school in French. 

TRACEY THOMAS (Sweet Briar) was 
married on the 22nd of September to 
Jonathan Jones. "I am currently seeking 
employment as either a French or English 
secondary school teacher. We tentatively 
plan to reside in the United States for 2 or 3 
years and then return to either his native 
country, England, or France, where we both 
met and desire to return. My husband will 
pursue an engineering career while in the 
United States and eventually consider 
seminary or another Christian ministry." 




After a relatively quiet year, the members 
of the 1989-90 group are back on their 
campuses for their senior year. 

95% of the 130 students who completed 
the year received 9 or more units of credit [9 
units is considered a normal work-load]. 
Among those, the highest individual 
averages were achieved by ANNA 
BARDONE (Williams), followed by 
MIRIAM CHIRICO (Mount Holyoke), 
KAREN BICKELL (College of Wooster). 
DOUGLAS CLARK (Boston College) and 
DANA SPAIN (Northwestern). 

Among the colleges and universities 
which sent more than 3 students, the 8 
students from Georgetown University and 
the 3 students from the University of 
Virginia scored the highest G.P.A. for the 
year in France (3.38), followed by the 4 
students from the College of the Holy Cross 
(3.37), the 17 students from Northwestern 
University (3.30) and the 3 students from 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College (3.23). 

Five students passed the Certificat 
d'Etudes Politiques: VALERIE BLIN 
(Northwestern), JENNIFER COOK, 

(Georgetown), and DANIELLE REED 
(Haverford); Jennifer Cook received a 
Mention Assez Bien. 

The 1 1 students in the Cours de Frangais 
des Affaires et de I'Economie passed the 
Certificat Pratique de Frangais Commercial 
et Economique, the first time, I believe, 
that no one failed. In addition 4 students 
received the Diplome Supirieur de Frangais 
des Affaires (2eme degri): REBECCA 
(Georgetown), SUSAN McGARRAH 
(Holy Cross) and DANA SPAIN 

17 students passed the Certificat Pratique 
de Langue Frangaise, one with Mention 
Bien (ROBERT SEAMAN of Oberlin 
College) and one with Mention Assez Bien 
(MIRIAM CHIRICO of Mount Holyoke). 

Our congratulations to all the members of 
the group and our best wishes for your 
Senior Year. Keep in touch. 


AIMEE FROOM (Brown) was the recipient 
of the 1990 Martha Lucas Pate Scholarship. 
She sends the following report: 

"'Adjugi 3J00 francs!' The commissaire- 
priseur's gavel pointed directly at me. With a 
ceremonious bang, the sale was official. I had 
succesfully bid for a gros cache-pot and felt 
rather proud of myself. The youngest bidder in 
the room and an americaine to boot. Mme 
Duprez would be thrilled! 

"With the help of the Martha Lucas Pate 
scholarship I was fortunate to be able to 
continue an apprenticeship begun in February 
with Mme Duprez, a dealer in antiques. Located 
in the fashionable seventh arrondissement, 
Mme Duprez's shop was full of everything from 
tiny silver spoons to large armoires. It was 
my job to leam the history and price of all and 
tend the shop in her absence. Each week Mme 
Duprez sent me to Drouol, the premier French 
art auction house, to bid for her. She taught me 
what is good quality and what is not. I went to 
the sales equipped with a list of objects, price 
ceilings, and a blank check. What 
responsibility and what an effective way to 

"Each siunmer an antiques fair is held in front 
of the Saint-Sulpice church and this summer I 
assisted at Mme Duprez's stand. It was at the 
Foire Saint -Germain that I discovered the 
intricacies of selling. I quickly found out that 
most customers knew more than I did about the 
miniature silver tea service or Louis XVI 
secretaire they wanted. I learned the history of 
many different antiques, how to identify real 
silver, and perfected the French art of 
bargaining. It warms a French person's heart 
to believe that he or she has enlightened an 
uncultured American and gotten something 
bon marche at the same time! 

"I will never forget my exciting 
apprenticeship or Mme Duprez. It is with 
heartfelt gratitude that I thank both a 
wonderful, kind mentor who shared her vast 
treasure of knowledge with me, and the people 
at Sweet Briar College. You allowed me a 
wonderful opportimity. I now plan to pursue a 
career in the art auction world." 


Professor CHARLES F. O'KEEFE, 

on leave from Denison University, Resident 
Director of the 1981-82 group, is back in 
Paris as Resident Director of the 1990-1991 
group. Mme CAROL DENIS is the 

The group is composed of 125 students, 
101 women and 24 men, representing 38 
colleges and universities. The largest groups 
are from Northwestern University (18 
students), Georgetown University (13 
students) and Mount Holyoke College (12 
students). We welcome our first student from 
Thiel College in Pennsylvania. 

One son and one daughter of alumni are in 
the group: THOMAS CHILDS (Yale) is 
the son of WILLIAM CHILDS (Princeton 
62-63); BENJAMIN PIPER (Tulane) is 
PIPER (Sweet Briar 67-68). MICHAEL 
DONLAN (Georgetown) is the brother of 
MAURA DONLAN (Holy Cross 85-86); 
DAVID POKRESS (Connecticut C.) is the 
brother of CHARLES POKRESS (Vassar 
(U. of Virginia) is the sister of LISE 
TOUSIGNANT (U. of Virginia 88-89). 

The group left New York on September 4th 
and, after the usual preliminary session in 
Tours, arrived in Paris on October 3rd. 

The Comiti des Etudiants is composed of: 
(Cornell), Vice Presidenf.YEVEfi KIM 
(Brown), Secretaire: C H R I S T I N E 
PARKER (Mount Holyoke), Membres du 
Comiti Executif KEVIN KIGER (Case 
Western Reserve) and JAMES 

Four students were accepted into the 
revised program for the Certificat dEtudes 
Politiques: JENNIFER COLLET and 
SULMAN (Georgetown). 



(University of Texas at Austin) has been 
appointed Resident Director of the 1991-92 



Contributors to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Funds of the 

Junior Year in France 

(July 1, 1989 • June 30, 1990) 

We wish to thank the following alumnae 
and alumni, friends of the JYF and 
corpKirations making matching grants, who 
contributed a total of $10,125 during the 
1989-90 school-year. We have made every 
effort to list all contributors. If for some 
reason we have made an error, please let us 
know. Contributions received after June 30, 
1990 will be acknowledged in next year's 

Omission in 1989 Magazine: 
Patricia Carry Stewart, Cornell [1948-49] 

Shirley Gage Durfee, U/Wisconsin 
Rodman Durfee, Yale 
Walter G. Langlois, Yale 
Marie Gilliam Park, Sweet Briar 
Patricia Carry Stewart, Cornell 

Barbara House Barbey, Mt. Holyoke 
John A. Berggren, Jr., Dartmouth 
Reynolds Burgund, Yale 
Kemper V. Dwenger, Oberlin 
Jack Lx)tz, Dartmouth 
Barbara Fisher Nemser, Barnard 
Sheila Shields Python, Whealon 
Mary Colonna Schmid, Barnard 

Lucy Johnson Jensen, Mt. Holyoke 
Sandra Adier Leibowitz, Wells 
Susan Anderson Talbot, Radcliffe 

Josephine Sllbert Benedek, Wellesley 
Josephine Wells Rodgers, Sweet Briar 


Patrick McGrady, Jr., Yale 


Ralph Quackenbush, Yale 

Elizabeth Smith Abse, Sweet Briar 
Peter Dirlam, Cornell 
Richard Dolen, Cornell 
Jack Mendelsohn, Dartmouth 
Beverly Oyler Shivers, Carleton 


English Showalter, Jr., Yale 

Lynn Crosby Gammill, Sweet Briar 

Peter Roemer, Princeton 

Constance Cryer Ecklund, Northwestern 
Harriet Blum Lawrence, Brandeis 
Judith Kastner Lewis, Wells 
Tom Schaumberg, Yale 


Joseph F. Carroll, Jr., UA'irginia 
Carolyn Coggin Holmes, Wake Forest 


Aim Rea Craig, Lake Erie 

Roger P. Craig, Yale 

Bettye Thomas Chambers, Sweet Briar 

Robert M. Henkels, Princeton 

Maria Carozza Volpe, Sweet Briar 


Harriet P. Davis, Wheaton 
Judith Alperln Fried, U/Illinois 
Christopher Herbert, Yale 


Michael S. Koppisch, Johns Hopkins 
Donna Pearson Neuhoff, Sweet Briar 
Marshall Metcalf Seymour, Sweet Briar 
Jonathan Small, Brown 

Alice Fork Grover, Wheaton 
Raymond Hilliard, U/Maryland 
Susan S. Holland, Occidental 
Peter McRobbie, Yale 


Laurie Wax KJeinberg, Mt. Holyoke 

James H. Mclnemey, Jr., Yale 

Carol Woodcock Taylor, U/Massachusetts 


Thomas W. Devine, Yale 

Peter M. Dolinger, Williams 

Richard Klein, Jr., Yale 

Roimie Sahl O'Connor, Russell Sage 

R. C. Steele, Jr., Hampden-Sydney 

Jane Stephenson Wilson, Sweet Briar 

Phyllis Jane Winston, Wellesley 


Valerie Gay Weiss, Denison 

H. Pennington Whiteside, Jr., U/South 

Tina Kronemer Ament, Case Western Reserve 
Nancy Smith Froit, Vassar 
David Ellison, Dartmouth 

Rose Bernard Ackermann, Emory 
Kathrin HIebakos Burleson, U/Califomia 
Maria Corpora-Buck, Moravian 
Evan D. Robinson, UA'irginia 
Stephanie Harmon Simonard, Sweet Briar 
Terrina Wong, Mills 


Vincent J. Doddy, ViUanova 
Elizabeth Halle Hayes, Emory 
A. Byron Nimocks, Hendrix 
Carol S. Porter, Sweet Briar 
Nancy Noyes Robinson, UA'irginia 


Alan Engler, Yale 

Carole A. Grunberg, Vassar 

Deborah Mutch Olander, Sweet Briar 


David W. EUis, Amherst 

Deborah Cook Routt, Mt. Holyoke 

Martha Simpson, Mt. Holyoke 

Anne Shullenberger Levy, Williams 
Stephen Petri, Amherst 
Barbara Mendelssohn Price, Sweet Briar 

Susanne Daisley Mahoney, Vassar 
J. Patrick Mahoney, Arizona State 


Katherine Boschenstein, Randolph-Macon 

Michael Leemputte, Duke 
Aim Connolly Reagan, Sweet Briar 


Peter D'Amario, Brown 

Ellen Danaczko Ellison, Mt. Holyoke 

Martha McGrady, Swarthmore 

Sarah Rindsberg, Mt. Holyoke 


Charles F. Hunter, Lawrence 


Kenneth Bradt, U/North Carolina 
Lori Reilly, Northwestern 


Dean Whitehead, U/Southem California 


Angela Rose Heffeman, Wheaton 
Donna Prommas, Sweet Briar 


Susan Winchester, Northwestern 


Elizabeth Ketterson, Mt. Holyoke 


Professor and Mrs. Archille Biron, Resident 

Director, 1964-65, 1971-72, 1973-74 
Professor Joyce Carleton, Resident 

Director 1959-60, 1962-63, 1963-64 
Mr. Richard L. Duffield, father of Barbara 

Duffield Erskine, JYF 1967-68, Sweet 

Briar College 
Mrs. Caroline Rankin Mapother, 1948 

Alumna of Sweet Briar College 
Dr. Catherine Sims, Dean Emeritus, Sweet 

Briar College, Honorary Member of 

Advisory Committee 
Ameritrust Company - Matching Gift 
GTE Foimdation - Matching Gift 
Harris Bank Foundation - Matching Gift 
IBM Corporation - Matching Gift 
Mack Trucks, Inc. - Matching Gift 
Merrill Lynch & Comp., Inc. - Matching Gift 
The New New Community Trust/Joan 
O'Meara Winant. JYF 1971-72, Yale 
Norfolk Southern Foundation - Matching 





With your support, we were able to grant $78,445 in direct financial aid for 1990-91 
[compared to $68,616 the previous year]. This represents 4. 15% of the total fees [up from 3.78% 
the previous year]. We are getting closer to our goal of 5%, but are still a long way from our 
eventual goal of 10%. At a time when our fees keep increasing as the dollar weakens, your help is 
particularly appreciated. 

Endowed scholarship funds (only the income is used): 


in memory of R. John Matthew, Director, Junior Year in France. 


in memory of Arthur Bates, Professor of French, Sweet Briar College. 


founded in 1972 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Junior Year in France and renamed in 
1984 in honor of Robert G. Marshall, Director, Junior Year in France. 

in memory of Martha Lucas Pate, President, Sweet Briar College. 

Financial aid operating budget 

(your contribution will be used the for the 1991-92 fuiancial aid budget): 


in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth and the 20th anniversary of the death of the 

statesman and writer. 

[Financial aid operating budget for 1991-1992] 

Please note that many firms match contributions to the Junior Year in France. If you contribute 
and your employer makes matching gifts, we would appreciate your efforts in this connection. 


Please use the enclosed envelope or send your contribution to: 

Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

Please make checks payable to: Sweet Briar College - Junior Year in France. 

Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) 

Sweet Briar College 
Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 



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'nee again in 1990-91, the international situation impinged on the smooth running of the Junior Year in France as 
the Gulf war and its repercussions brought dire predictions of renewed terrorism in Europe to worry parents and students 
alike. That 121 students completed the program, is testimony both to its strength and the quality of students it attracts. 

That events in the Middle East could impact on our program is but one example of our shrinking world; closer to 
home, more rapid communications between Paris and Tours due to the new link through the T.G.V. high speed train 
have forced us to alter our pre-session arrangements. The subsequent popularity of Tours with European students, who 
converge on the Institut de Touraine in the month of September, was slowly crowding us out to the extent that we were 
forced to move to the Faculte des Lettres of the Universite Francois-Rabelais on the banks of the Loire. Though lacking 
the picturesque atmosphere of the Institute, our new building contains large amphitheaters and ample classroom space for 
our needs, while its connection by a footbridge to the Place Plumereau district means the new location is equally as 
convenient as the Institut. Moreover, at the University we are the guests of the English Department, with whom we 
already enjoyed close relations. 

In Paris, the changes are less drastic. Mme Triantafyllou and M. Garapon have retired. Sciences Po promises to be less 
hectic than last year as it slowly corrects the excesses of its reforme. Meanwhile, at the various universities registration 
seems to be getting easier, although each year there is always one department which poses particular problems. 

As you will see from page 34 of the Magazine, this year sadly saw the death of two of our oldest friends: Norbert 
Dufourcq who taught history of music courses for many years, and Andre Bordeaux who for 22 years organized our pre- 
session at Tours. Andre's death was a personal blow as he had been my instructor at the Sorbonne in the late fifties, and 
it had been a great pleasure to renew my acquaintance with him at Sweet Briar. After his retirement in 1985, he paid his 
first visit to Virginia in the spring of 1986, and delighted in everything he saw, but a few months after his return was 
struck down by an inoperable brain tumor, which confined him to hospital and nursing homes until his death at the age 
of 67. The 1987 Alumni Magazine published a poem he had written for the alumni and alumnae he fondly remembered. 
In his honor, the 1992-93 financial aid operating budget fund will be known as the Andre Bordeaux fund. 

Although last year's free fall of the dollar has been temporarily stopped, like everyone else we are waiting anxiously for 
the American economy to take off again and strengthen it. Meanwhile students are needing more financial aid than ever. 
This year, 51 out of 119 students report receiving financial aid from various sources (federal and state grants, college 
grants, grants from corporations and foundations, loans, etc). On average each of these students received $1 1,843 (up 
from $7,675 in 1990-91!) Fortunately the Junior Year in France was able to increase its direct grants from $78,445 to 
$98,800. A large part of these grants comes from our alumni scholarship funds. I know that you are solicited by many 
worthwhile causes at this time of year. If you remember your year in France as a happy, successful time, please consider 
helping a student to have the same experience. Even small gifts add up to impressive totals and tell us that you 
appreciate what we try to achieve. Today the scholarship funds supported by alumni contributions stand as follows: 
Bates Memorial Fund: $139,904, Robert G. Marshall 25th Anniversary Fund: $214,746, John Matthew Scholarship 
Fund: $150,845, Martha Lucas Pate Fund: $14,915. Please contribute to these funds described on page 35, or to the 
Andre Bordeaux Fund. 

Best wishes from all of us, in Virginia and Paris, for a happy holiday season. 

Emile Langlois 

November 10, 1991 



We received a long letter from 

(Wheaton) which may serve as a good 
introduction to the 1951-52 class news: 

"Dear Junior Year 
classmates of 1951-52: 

in France fellow 

"When our Sweet Briar group left on the 
Mauretania on September 9, 1951, for the 
seven day journey to Le Havre, it was not at 
all done with the same self-assured casual 
manner that most of our own college-age 
children exhibited when leaving for Europe. 
Not many young people spent a whole year 
away from home then. It was, of course, 
possible to make transatlantic phone calls, 
but the accessibility of the system and its 
cost remained prohibitive. In short, some 
of us felt we were about to be shipf>ed to 
another planet. We realized we were 
privileged, but were not without qualms. 

"We were reassured almost as soon as our 
ship left the New York Harbor when our leaders 
encouraged us to voice our concerns at informal 
group meetings. Those of us who would be 
living at the Foyer International in Paris (JO 
VALACELLIS and myself) were assigned to the 
same cabin. Carol and Helen became good 
friends of mine as well as excellent 'travel 
companions' later in the year (I spent our 
Spring vacation in Spain with Helen and six 
weeks roaming the continent with a back-pack 
with Carol during the summer of 1952). Much 
bonding was accomplished among our group, 
even before our arrival in France. Besides 
talking incessantly, we danced a little, played a 
lot of bridge and even survived a day of choppy 
seas created by a 110 miles p>er hour wind. Jet 
planes soon rendered those wonderful ships of 
the Cunard Line obsolete, but because of the fun 
we had, I'm glad I was part of one of the earlier 
Sweet Briar groups. 

"What a thrill it was to be heading toward 
Paris on a train. When we finally reached the 
city, we were mesmerized by the 'different' sky- 

line, the tiny cars, the acrobatic policemen, 
and most of all by the French-speaking 
inhabitants. After our first meal on French 
soil at the Hotel Lutetia, on the Left Bank, 
the women were taken to the Foyer, while the 
men remained at the hotel. Jo, Carol, Helen 
and I were happy to see where we would be 
living after November 1. We were not 
disappointed to find that conditions were 
good at the Foyer. There was a student 
restaurant on the first floor, a small library 
and terrace on the top floor and the Foyer was 
located in the heart of the Quartier Latin just 
opposite the Luxembourg gardens. Another 
thrilling experience awaited us the next day 
when our chartered bus made a stop at 
Chartres cathedral on its way to Tours. 

"My memories of the six-week 
preliminary period in the Touraine remain 
vivid. Daily classes were demanding, but the 
reinforcement of everyday encounters with 
our families and with the people of Tours 
accelerated our progress and transformed 
classwork into daily adventure. I was fortu- 
nate in having JUUA (PAXTON) BARROW 

On the Mauretania 


as my 'housemate' and a wonderful dame 
chez qui, an elderly (I thought so, then) 
Madame Cozette, whose son visited us often 
from his nearby home. Julie and I went 
through the usual period of adjustment to our 
new surroundings. There were days when we 
longed for more heat and the use of a bathtub 
or shower (when desperation set in, there 
was always the local bath house for a $.70 
fee). The other pleasures, however, soon 
made up for minor inconveniences. 
Especially memorable culinary delights 
were the delicious omelettes, the cheeses, 
the wine and the readily available fruit. And 
then there was the artichoke which 
mystified both Julie and me (as to how to 
approach it) when it was first served to us at 
the table. We soon acquired a new skill as 
well as an appreciation for this unfamiliar 

"Visiting those gorgeous chateaux in the 
countryside on bicycles (rented for a dollar a 
day) was an ideal way to study French 
history and geography. Dr. Choquette and 
Miss Dobbins (our D ir ecteur and 
Directrice, as they were called in 1951-52) 
also arranged group visits to many other 
places of interest in the city of Tours. I 
remember especially touring the printing 
press of a local newspaper and the kitchen 
of a large salon de the. The musical variety 
show which we put on for our famibes and 
others of the city (held in the Cameo 
Theater) was the occasion for much fun and 
laughter, as it has been for many subsequent 
Sweet Briar Groups. A very detailed and 
flattering description of our production 
soon appeared in a local newspaper. 

"We had not been in Tours very long 
when many of us discovered that the French 
were very interested in what we thought 
about our own government's f)olicies. A 
letter I had written to my parents reminded 
me of the afternoon a reporter came to the 
Institut to interview Sweet Briar students. 
(Did later Sweet Briar Groups receive all the 
coverage which we enjoyed in 1951?) 
Classes had already been dismissed, but 
those of us on the editorial staff of 
Transition were still there, so questions 
were directed to us. We were first asked 
about what surprises we found, what we 
thought of certain French customs, etc. 
Then came questions about how we viewed 
the MacArthur incident (for the benefit of 
the more recent Sweet Briar groups, the 
General had just completed his triumphant 
tour through the U.S. after his dismissal by 
Truman for his more venture-some plan to 
end the Korean war). Other questions 
followed about our President and the Korean 
war. Although the reporter appeared to be 
most interested in our political views, only 

the first part of the interview about less contro- 
versial matters appeared in print. The 
experience did put us on notice of the 
importance of our remaining aware of world 
events and of our obligation to play the roles, 
occasionally, of U.S. ambassadors. On the 
other hand, surveying such events or even 
one's own culture, from an entirely new 
perspective can, at times, place the student in 
conflict with her own country's attitudes or 
policies. There was a hint of this conflict 
expressed in one of my letters in which I wrote 
at length about how much the people of Tours 
had suffered during World War 11. JuUe and I had 
been moved by Madame Cozette's stories about 
survival during the war. Physical damage from 
the war was still very visible throughout the 
city. Although France had recently signed the 
Atlantic Pact, it was having misgivings about 
the rearmament of Germany. According to 
reports coming from the U.S. then, our country 
was becoming increasingly impatient with the 
French attitude. In my letters I was obviously 
attempting to justify France's caution, in light 
of its recent suffering. Does all this sound like 
ancient history? Perhaps not, especially since 
there exists a similar fear in France today, 
except that now the fear is of a Germany which 
is rearming economically. Plus ga change.... 

"Before we realized it, October had come and 
gone. By November 1 most students were 
settled in with their French families in Paris. I 
had just arrived at the Foyer with the other 
Sweet Briar women. I shall always be grateful 
to the Sweet Briar scholarship committee, 
headed by Dr. Joseph Barker, for having 
awarded me the Foyer Work Scholarship 
enabling me to participate in the program. I 
was a bit apprehensive, however, upon 
learning that my duties at the Foyer reception 
desk included the operation of the telephone 
switchboard. After a rather harrowing few 

weeks, connecting all those fiches became 
routine. I even discovered that the job had 
real benefits. It helped me become 
acquainted with many of the other 
pensionnaires and obligated me to speak in 
more rapid French. 

"The Foyer International des fitudiantes 
was a student residence for both French and 
foreign women (representing approximately 
thirty foreign countries in 1951-52). Each 
foreign student was assigned a French 
roommate. Miss Sarah Watson, the Director 
of the Foyer, was an indomitable American 
woman who had made France her home for 
over thirty years. She told me once that she 
could never bear being too far away from the 
French cathedrals which she loved and knew 
so well. Although Miss Watson ran the 
Foyer like a genteel general, it was she who 
had been primarily responsible for keeping 
up the international atmosphere and 
affordability of the women's residence even 
during the worst of circumstances of occupied 
France. She is fondly remembered by 
hundreds of former pensionnaires of the 

"An entry in my diary early in November 
of 1951 reads 'There is so much red tape in 
registering for classes!' This was one 
challenge which I shared with every other 
member of the Sweet Briar group. At the 
time, it seemed that the bewildering variety 
of courses was equalled only by the variety of 
ways in which one could register for these 
courses. Because I have become familiar 
with other study abroad programs in the 
course of my teaching career, I know that the 
Sweet Briar program remains innocent of the 
charge (made against some other programs) 
that it 'coddles' its American students. When 
we were experiencing frustrations, it certain- 

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ly would have been easier for our directors to 
take care of things. Although we were given 
advice, we were required to solve our own 
problems from within the French imiversity 
system, just as our French friends were 

"Another facet of the Sweet Briar program 
which I appreciate, in retrospect, was that 
our directors encouraged us to risk taking 
the more difficult courses. Those of us who 
took that difficult nineteenth and twentieth 
century art course at the Ecole du Louvre 
(consisting of a one hour lecture per week 
and two hours of "observing" in the Louvre) 
will also remember that our entire grade 
depended upwn how well we did on the final 
written and oral examinations. Although I 
did not receive my highest grade in this 
course, it did provide me with an excellent 
basis for further study, and an additional 
insight into the French educational system. 

Patricia Palmer on the Mauretania 

"Although the theatre in France was in a 
transitional stage in 1951-52, the season 
was nonetheless an exciting one. The 
Madeleine Renaud — Jean Louis Barrault's 
new theatre company (operating at the 
Marigny) was staging both classical and 
modem plays with much success. The new 
director of the state-subsidized Theatre 
National Populaire of the Palais de Chaillot 
had arrived on the Parisian scene in 
September. His name was Jean Vilar, a 
name which soon became synonymous with 
the revitalization of the Theatre National 
Populaire. Although Vilar's innovations 

(including those in scenery, costumes and 
music) served to promote the popularization of 
the classics, the original power of the classical 
plays was not sacrificed. This was certainly 
true for two of Vilar's productions which I 
remember most clearly: Comeille's Le Cid (in 
which Vilar played the role of Don Diegue and 
Gerard Philipe, the role of Don Rodrigue) and 
Moliere's L'Avare (with Vilar in the role of 

"There were even surprises in 1951-52, in 
that bastion of French tradition, the Comedie 
Frangaise. Jean Marais' portrayal of Neron in 
Racine's Britannicus was so controversial in 
one performance I attended, that it divided the 
audience into two vociferous and opposing 
factions. French newspaf>ers at the time were 
accusing the Comedie Fran9aise of taking more 
risks than the Theatre National Populaire. 

"In addition to having enriched my life 
intellectually, the Junior Year in France was a 
period during which I made many lasting 
friendships. The 'French coimection' has often 
proven useful in my classroom. In a course in 
French at the University of Pennsylvania a few 
years ago, for example, I had assigned a term 
paper on the then upcoming 1988 French 
presidential election. My students were asked 
to predict the outcome of the election, 
particularly in light of the new French poUtical 
phenomenon of cohabitation. I sent the best 
of these papers to a Professor of History at the 
Sorboime (a former fellow pensionnaire of the 
Foyer and a good friend) who in turn shared 
them with students in her history class. The 
realization of my students that their papers 
would be read by their jjeers in France proved to 
be an additional incentive for some rather good 
analysis of French politics. I was also 
delighted that the French students found my 
students' papers to be ginial. 

"During a second year in France, this time for 
graduate study on a French Government 
Fellowship in 1953-54, I made new friends, 
but also enjoyed renewing old friendships made 
in 1951-52. After my marriage to Robert 
Kendall in 1955, returning to France became a 
family affair. This was easy to do during our 
first year of marriage since we were studying at 
Oxford University (1955-56) (thanks to Bob's 
generous Rotary Foundation Fellowship from 
which we were both benefiting). We continued 
to make regular trips to France once back in the 
United States, taking our daughters with us 
until they were old enough to go on their own. 
Recently, however, the flow has been in the 
other direction with many of our French 
friends, and their children, coming more often 
to the United States. 

"Our youngest daughter, Janet Kendall 
(Mount Holyoke '83), went to France with the 
Sweet Briar Group of 1981-82 and was elected 
its President. Janet's year in France was as 
positive an experience for her as mine was for 

me years before. In addition to having two 
other daughters for whom France has a 
special place in their lives, one of our two 
granddaughters has already spent a summer 
with a French family in a small town in 
southwestern France and is now another 
future francophile. 

"Next summer, at least half of our family 
will once more be on French soil together 
when we attend the wedding of a family friend 
in Loches, in the Touraine. This will 
certainly bring back memories of those 
wonderful six weeks with the Sweet Briar 
group in the fall of 1951. 

"Under the heading of accomplishments I 
would include the small role which I played 
in the historic decision of the U.S. Episcopal 
Church to ordain women to the priesthood in 
1976. In the summer of 1974, I was part of a 
national group of Episcopalians who 
organized and coordinated the first 'irregular 
but valid' ordination of eleven women to the 
priesthood which took place in Philadelphia. 
(In addition to working with this group, my 
husband. Bob, also provided legal counsel to 
those women priests who expected ecclesias- 
tical trials). Many believe that this service 
(which had been preceded by a year of intense 
discussion within the diocese of Penn- 
sylvania) helped persuade the national 
church to confront this issue which had 
become problematic. The question of the 
ordination of women to the priesthood was 
finally placed on the agenda of the 
Convention of 1976. Within weeks of the 
Convention, I had completed Women and 
the Priesthood: A Selected and Annotated 
Bibliography (published by the Episcopal 
Diocese of Peimsylvania in 1976) which the 
Episcopal Women's Caucus Board and other 
Convention organizers placed into the hands 
of every bishop and 'swing deputy' who 
would be voting at the Convention. I am not 
so naive as to believe that my little 
bibliography (now out of print and out of 
date, but still found in many university 
libraries) played a decisive role in the 
church's decision to finally ordain women to 
the priesthood in 1976, but knowing that it 
helped is, for me, a source of some 

"I have been fortunate to have been able to 
combine family responsibilities with an 
interest in higher education. In addition to 
holding mostly part time teaching positions 
between 1966 and the present (at Rosemont 
and Bryn Mawr Colleges and, since 1987, at 
the University of Peimsylvania), I have 
contributed to three national projects all 
under the sponsorship (or partial 
sponsorship) of the Society for Values in 
Higher Education. The latter group on whose 
Board of Directors I served for thirteen years 


(Martha Lucas Pate, former President of 
Sweet Briar College, was a fellow Board 
member) began as the Alumni Association 
for former Danforth and Kent Fellows (I was 
appointed a Danforth Graduate Fellow in 
1953). The Society for Values in Higher 
Education is now a national network of 
professionals (most of whom are college 
professors and administrators) whose 
purpose is to translate ethical concerns into 
effective teaching, professional excellence 
and institutional leadership. 

"The first national project in which I was 
involved (as a campus visitor and 
consultant) was a three-year study of 
church-related higher education, sponsored 
both by SVHE and the National Council of 
Churches. The project resulted in the 
publication of Church Related Higher 
Education, ed. Robert Rue Parsonage, 
Judson Press, 1978. The second national 
project, known as the Project on General 
Education Models (GEM) (1978-81) was 
one in which participating colleges and 
universities sought to improve the quality 
of their undergraduate programs. As a 
member of the projects' advisory board, I 
was able to argue for the importance if an 
international component in the 
undergraduate curricula of our twelve diverse 
project institutions. 

"In 1981 I co-authored the grant proposal 
and, as Chair of the SVHE Program Plaiming 
Committee, solicited funding for a third 
project, the Project on Values and 
Decision-Making in Higher Education 
(1981-85). The work of this project, which 
I helped direct, involved conducting 
institutional assessments at several 
colleges and universities across the country, 
based on a system of 'values-audits'. 
Because of the several publications which 
have resulted from this project and the 
presentations we made on the subject of 
values and value conflicts at meetings of 
national higher educational associations 
(Association of American Colleges and the 
American Association for Higher Education) 
a great deal of interest has been generated by 
the 'values-audit' approach to institutional 

"My future plans are to finish work on a 
Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the 
University of Pennsylvania (hopefully 
within a year) and to continue my 
involvement with activities of the Society 
for Values in Higher Education. 

"For those of you for whom the Sweet 
Briar Junior Year in France program was 
important to your general education, I hop>e, 
first of all, that you will support Sweet 
Briar's Junior Year in France Scholarship 
Fimd, so that others may benefit from the 

same good experience we had in 1951-52. 
Secondly, I hope you will pressure your 
Congressional representatives to provide aid to 
colleges like Sweet Briar which have quality 
abroad-programs. This is a propitious moment 
to do so, since Congress is now considering 
the future of international programs (beyond 
those which serve graduate students and 
scholars) in the Higher Education Act. 

"If any member of the 1951-52 Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France finds herself in the 
Philadelphia area, I would be delighted to see 
her (or him). The Junior Year in France office 
will give you my address and phone number. 

"I was happy to see JULIA PAXTON 
BARROW two years ago when she came to 
Philadelphia to see her son who is now a 
graduate student in the Physics Department at 
the University of Peimsylvania. I have 
remained in contact with Helen Valacellis 
Letsou, but have lost contact with Carol 
Collins, from whom I received a postcard 
mailed from Paris about five years ago. 

"I hof>e to hear from some of the rest of the 
Class of 1951-52. 


Pat (Palmer) Kendall" 

Thank you, Pat, for all these memories and 
these news. You may now hear from the rest of 
the class: 

JO SILBERT BENEDEK (Wellesley) is a 
teacher of languages and culture in Belmont, 
MA. She writes: "The Junior Year in France 
was for me the most adventurous and romantic 
year of my adolescence. It helped to shape my 
professional life and my cultural interests. 
France and the life therein was magic for me; it 
was still old world in 1951-52, more pre-war 
than post-war. The mentality was pure French. 
I loved the theater and the museums and the 
caf6s and the couturier shops and the food 
shops. My only regret was that I never saw 
Edith Piaf sing in f>erson. I miss the wonderful 
French movies with Jean Gabin, Femandel, 
Raimu, Michelle Morgan, etc. I will never 
forget the war stories recounted to us in Tours 
and in Paris. I will never forget my French 
family in Paris. I am filled with nostalgia at 
times for them and for the year that I had — but 
the images are fading and are being replaced by 
other more immediate ones." 


(Sweet Briar) the lasting memories are of her 
"two wonderful families in Tours and in Paris": 
"I keep up with both and see them often! I had a 
last reunion in Paris with Mme Persillard of 
Tours in 1981 when my own daughter was with 
the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France. 
Although Mme PersiUard died the next year, we 
see her daughter and her husband each year 

when they visit us in Virginia. They 
welcome us warmly in their homes in Paris, 
Normandy, and Nice. 

"Our grand reunion was in 1988, when 
Mme Moral, in her late 70's made her first 
trip to the U.S. My roommate, JOAN COHEE ( 
ZABEL, and I spent a wonderful weekend with 
her in Boston. We have been exchanging 
children and grandchildren for years! 

"My husband. Jack Clarkson, whom many 
of you met in 1952 when he visited me in 
France, is now a judge. We have two married 
children and four grandchildren. I do 
enviroTunental and museum work and still go 
to France whenever I can." 

Outing at Chenonceaux: Julia 
Paxton Barrow, Mary Blanchard 
Wagner, Pat Palmer Kendall, Helen 
Valacellis Letsou, Carol Collins 
and Jeanne Choquette 

CAROL J. COLLINS (Radcliffe) is a 
high-school teacher of French, Spanish and 
Japanese who lives in New Jersey. 


(Mount Holyoke) thinks her year in France 
was her best year ever: "Learned the most 
about life, literature, music, culture, art and 
myself of any jjeriod of my life. Remember 
mastering the Paris bus system; attending 
hundreds of old movies, listening to records 
at the Jeunesses Musicales. 

"Tours: wine tasting, eating new foods, 
riding my rented bike especially on bike trip 
to Mont-Saint-Michel (and discovering 




somewhere along the way that the gears 
didn't work at all). Visits to special places: 
special favorites: Chartres, Florence, 
Sienna and the other hill-towns of Italy. All 
the French cathedrals. Drinking wine in 
Parisian caf6s. Going places with VIC 
CANNON and Shelby, and WALTER 
RAMBERG." Judith works in her husband's 
business, has four children, one boy, 
Nathaniel A. and three girls, Elizabeth, 
Sarel, and Chandra who spent her junior year 
in Nepal. She lives on a farm in West 
Chester, PA, has horses, rides, cultivates 
flowers and vegetables in her large garden, 
and has a summer house on Mount Desert 
Island in Maine. 


(Cornell) the year '51-52 in Paris was one of 
the most influential in her life and was 
certainly an enriching, exciting, and happy 
experience: "I especially appreciated my 
wonderful French family on rue de Crenelle" 
Mme P6roime, her mother, and in other 
apartments sisters-in-law, nieces, etc. It 
was a building full of women, as the 
husbands and fathers had all died in World 
War I and 11. I have maintained contact over 
the years and most recently saw Mme 
P^ronne in Paris in '89. We visited her 
several times during the eleven years my 
husband and I and our three children lived in 
Lausanne, Switzerland. 

"During the JYF I enjoyed the 
opportunity for some memorable trips: 
Saint-Moritz at Christmas, Nice at Mardi 
Gras, a cruise to the Greek Isles at Easter, 
which included walking among the ruins of 
the Acropolis by full moon, three weeks 
touring Italy in June (with BARBARA 
BUTLER, KIRK TUCKER, and Kirk's friend 


a)„p,-c,no Jc cJjar, 'Ji.gLn- 

SoUo n.;. 



Jack Clarkson who later became her husband), a 
week in Brittany with a dear French friend, and 
finally two weeks in Great Britain. 

"TTiese wonderful trips whetted my appetite 
for more, and over the years my husband and I 
have travelled far and wide. So have our 
children. Our son has lived in Zurich for the 
last three years where he sings with the Zurich 
Opera Chorus. Our oldest daughter recently 
spent two months in Milan on business and 
then travelled to Peru with her cinematographer 
husband to film a documentary. Our youngest 
daughter has visited the scenes of her childhood 
in Switzerland and toured other countries in 

"The JYF allowed me to fulfill my goal of 
becoming fluent in French. My fluency was a 
great asset during our years in Lausarme and has 
continued to afford me worthwhile experiences 
as an interpreter on several trips to France and 
most recently for negotiations between an 
American company and a French company both 
in the business of manufacturing windows and 

"During my JYF I was also greatly influenced 
by the rich cultural life of Paris, particularly by 
its music. I studied piano privately with Mme 
Bascourret de Gu^raldi of the Paris 
Conservatory and history and literature of 
music with Norbert Dufourcq, who later became 
known as the leading French music historian. 
After graduating from Cornell with a BA in 
French Literature I turned my attention to 
continuing piano studies and have taught 
privately ever since. While living in Lausanne 
I taught music at the Commonwealth-American 
School, directed the choir of the Scots Kirk, 
and was the first American to join the Choeur 
d'Oratorio (a large choir which performed with 
various orchestras)." 

BRYANT FREEMAN (Virginia)'s most 
vivid memories are of having after dejeuner 
coffee each day chez Mme Giroux, 58, rue 
Monsieur-le-Prince, with apartment mates 
JACK DAVIS (Princeton) and O. B. KAISER 
(Yale), served by the ever-cheerful Catherine. 
"The atmosphere was warm but the 
temperature cold, only six years after the 
German Occupation. Fuel was still in short 
supply and the French were still noticeably 
ill-dressed. How France has changed since! 
This was my introduction to real French and 
to France, where I have subsequentiy lived 
some five years, with innumerable short 
stays. French has been the center of my life 
ever since: Ph.D. in French from Yale, and 
teaching French for four years at Yale, ten 
years at the University of Virginia, and 
twenty years professor of French and 
Chairman at the University of Kansas. In 
recent times I have become a specialist on 
Haiti, have published or edited twelve books 
on Haitian Studies, but have never lost my 
love for France - where my 20-year old son is 
studying at present." 

writes: "My memories of our year in France 
together remain vivid and exhilarating - I 
have almost a photographic memory of most 
of that year. The warmest memories are of 
the meals chez Madame Giroux, where we 
stayed, and of her maid, Catherine. Madame 
Giroux was the widow of a French Senator 
who had died, I believe, before WWI. 
Catherine, from Normandy, had a brother 
killed in WWI, and faithfully attended 
Madame Giroux and the Americans who lived 
with them on rue Monsieur-le-Prince. 
Madame Giroux died from injuries received 
during the 1968 student riots. She had been 
shopping for groceries and was run down by 
rampaging students near the Sorbonne. 
Catherine lived in a small room on the top 
floor of the same apartment building as late 
as 1969, when I visited her during a trip to 
Paris. Both were extremely kind persons 
from an era long gone, lamentably. I also 
remember the terrible riots when General 
Ridgeway arrived from Korea to take over 
NATO, then headquartered at Fontainebleau. 
It was also interesting to have attended the 
political rally on a Sunday at the Bois de 
Boulogne where they offered you a free 
helicopter ride to attract people to the 
candidate, who was a has-been retired 
Brigadier General of the French Army named 
Charles de Gaulle. His fortunes improved 
subsequently. I also remember vividly the 
wealthy and urbane French chateaux-oyinmg 
friends of Dr. and Mrs. Vialle in Tours, many 
of whom had been imprisoned just after 
WWn during the anti-Vichy and other catch- 


all persecutions. I also remember the high 
quality of the students in our group and the 
many good friendships. Would enjoy 
getting back into contact with each other. I 
was fortunate indeed to have such an 
experience, and parents who made it 
possible for me to participate." 

As for his life after JYF: "Married, two 
daughters (Lisa, Duke graduate, working for 
U.S. Dept of Commerce in Washington; 
Betsy, rising junior at Duke, probably 
overseas student in France next year.) I did 
4 years in the Air Force, then Harvard Law, 
then practice in Washington State, then 
recalled to Air Force, then Singer Company 
and Kentucky Fried Chicken International, 
then recalled to Air Force again to debrief 
returning POW from Viet Nam, then the 
Dept of Transportation during Ford 
administration, then recalled to Air Force 
again to attend National War College, then 
faculty of Defense Intelligence School, then 
Dept of the Air Force as a civilian doing 
installation work. Retired from Air Force 
after 34 years in 1987 (military side); still 
working as civilian and overseeing family 
business in Illinois on the side. Busy and 
lucky. Regards." He lives in McLean, VA. 

BETTY KRONSKY (Vassar) is a 
psychotherapist in Santa Fe, NM. She 
writes: "I enjoyed fall in Tours. We 
participated in the vendanges at our host 
family in Satnt-Cyr. We trampled the newly 
harvested grapes with our feet and ate a 
hearty lunch outdoors with the neighbors 
and workers. The new wine made us tipsy. 

"In Paris I enjoyed the intensive Cours 
pour la Preparation des Professeurs de 
Frangais d I'Etranger. I attended classes 
every day for several hours. Quite a serious 
and wonderful course in contemporary 
literature from the 1880's. 

"I used to see Jean-Paul Sartre in Les Deux 
Magots holding 'coiu't' with his followers, 
les existentialistes. 

"Although I did not go on to use French 
professionally, I did continue to enjoy some 
facility in the language. I have gone back 
to France many times and find that a sort of 
fluency returns after a day or two there." 

Some things DONALD F. REED (Yale) 
will always remember: "Sailing from New 
York to Cannes on the 55 Atlantic on my 
own. It was an Italian ship. I slept in a 
'cabin' with 5 or 6 other men. I spoke no 
Italian and -- as it turned out to my chagrin — 
very little French! We got off at Cannes, in 
the dark, by tender -- about 20 of us -- and I 
made my way on my own to a hotel 
recommended by the baggage porter. I had a 
bad case of homesickness that night, but it 

was soon dissipated by the Mediterranean the 
next day. I was on my own and growing up 

"I'll never forget the generosity of a French 
family who gave me a free room for the summer 
in Paris -- a five flight walk-up — but it was 
free. In this country the French seem to have a 
reputation for being unfriendly to Americans, 
but this experience and many others during 
1951-52 proved that reputation to be 

"Experiences with explication de texte 
taught during the year by a little French teacher 
hired by JYF. It was a tough course, and I never 
realized then how many layers of meaning 
some French authors had according to him. I 
don't, in fact, to this day! 

"My association with so many other young 
students -- full of interest, ambition, and 
expectations for the future -- all planning to 
return the next year or so -- and probably, like 
me, never making it for several decades. 

"The wonderful French theatre, especially la 
Comedie Fran^aise, as well as the theatre 
attractions in Pigalle -- and of course I'Opera 
and rOpera Comique — my favorites. 

"The wonderful French famihes who extended 
such warm welcomes to us and gave of 
themselves so freely. 

"Obviously, many other thoughts come to 
mind. Suffice it to say that my Junior Year in 
France has had an influence on me for my entire 
life. I've been able, in later years, to visit 
France on several occasions, and while it has 
changed a great deal, I still feel I know my way 
aroimd (with my now halting French) and still 
have an abiding love for France and Paris. 

"Lois and I have, as a result, been host 
parents to high school students on two 
occasions for the American Field Service, 
and have tried through that medium to give 
back to those students some of the help and 
understanding which was given to me 40 
years ago, so that they may enjoy the 
pleasures and benefits of a foreign 

"Certainly, the JYF experience left me 
with an interest in travelling; in seeing the 
world and experiencing other cultures. We 
have been forttmate over the past 15 years to 
have been able to satisfy that interest, 
having travelled extensively in Western 
Eurof)e, the Orient, and South America. 

"The Junior Year in France was for me an 
experience which has shaped my life and 
interest in many ways. I recommend it 
highly to all students." 

Don Reed 

First Parisian meal at H6tel Lutetia 



(Syracuse) comes this letter: "The reminder 
of our 40th amiiversary tapped a flood of 
memories whose vividness astonishes me. 
Fellow Syracusan PHYLLIS BERLA and I 
standing at the rail of the Mauretania, 
choking on the smell of roasting coffee 
that filled the harbor, and on our 
nervousness. Phyllis, FAIRE LEVY, Penny 
from Cornell (whose last name I have 
forgotten) and could it have been four 
others?, marvelling at the capacity of that 
tiny stateroom next to the boiler room, 
laughing our way across the Atlantic. In a 
voyage full of surprises, perhaps the most 
reassuring was the discovery that BRYANT 
engaged in an interminable bridge game, 
did indeed speak English! 

"Four decades and innumerable trips later. 
Tours still ranks as one of the happiest 
places I've ever known. I loved the Institut 
and meandering through the stalls on the 
Boulevard Beranger on the way home from 
classes. Jackie Hendricks and I had the great 
good fortune to be lodged with Irene and 
Jean Bourin. As Jean was Director of the 
Club de Golf and their daughter, Odile, the 
center of a large circle of friends, our social 
life was extraordinary. Leaving Tours was a 
wrench; no doubt everyone recalls our 
farewell musicale, directed by Elsie Norrell 
and featuring JOHN DAVIS 's rendition of 
'Ole Man River'. But happily, I've never 
said adieu to Jean, Irene, and Odile. We've 
visited back and forth over the years; 
Odile's children and my own have become 
friends, and during the past year, Odile and I 
have exchanged snapshots of our 

"I select almost at random two from my 
crowd of memories of Paris. As if being in 
Paris in springtime were not enough, we 
were there for that exceptional festival of 
the arts, I'CEuvre du Vingtieme Siecle. I 
recall coming home on the last m^tro to 
study until dawn so the next night we could 
once again go to the concert hall to see 
Stravinsky, Britten, Ansermet, Monteux, 
or Mimch conduct, to attend what I recall as 
the premiere of Menotti's The Consul, to 
see the Stravinsky-Cocteau Firebird (and 
to delight in being 'in' on the flap between 
Balanchine and Chagall over the costumes 
and decor) — all for ticket prices that today 
seem incredible. 

"And I did often study until dawn, for 
academically, Junior Year in France was the 
most rigorous and the most rewarding 
curriculum I'd known. In Louis Landre's 
class in American literature, for which I 
enrolled thinking it would be a cinch, I 
learned not only how to do explication de 

texte, but pure and simply, how to read. Then 
there was Jean Bruneau's course in symbolism. 
Despite the terror of his mid-year exam, a one- 
on-one oral conducted in his cabinet where I 
very nearly strangled on the Gauloise he gave 
me to palliate my anxiety, this course was my 
introduction to comparative literature. I assure 
you that the last thing that would have seemed 
possible to me when I emerged pallid and 
shaken from that exam was that one day I would 
take a Ph.D. in comparative literature. 

"Sweet Briar Junior Year in France has in so 
many ways enriched my personal and 
professional life, it's impossible for me to 
imagine what they would have been like 
otherwise. As a college professor of French 
and comparative literature, I have delighted in 
watching students grow through overseas 
study. France and (almost) all things French 
remain very close to my heart; we visit as often 
as we can. Doubtless the most rewarding 
echoes of my own Junior Year exjjerience came 
in 1980-81 when our daughter STACY spent her 
third undergraduate year in France with the 
Sweet Briar group. It would not surprise me a 
bit if on the 40th anniversary of her group, her 
memories were just as rich and sweet as mine." 

Oble Kaiser and Leo Gottlieb on the 
way to the Riviera for Mardi Gras 

NORA VALABREGUE (Biyn Mawr) is an 
international civil servant at WHO in Geneva, 

BERGER (Brown)'s memories of 1951-52 are 
incredibly vivid even after forty years: "My 
Junior Year in France with Sweet Briar has 
impacted my life more than any other 
experience I've had. To be nineteen and in 
Paris... what could possibly equate with this 
experience? It was a love affair from the very 
beginning and the effects have permeated every 
aspect of my Ufe. 

'The classes we had in Paris were truly 
wonderful. Art history at the Louvre with 
Monsieur Serrulaz stands out in particular. I 
shall never forget the humiliating experience 

of hearing our grades announced out loud 
after our first exam. Mine was 4.5 on a scale 
of 20 but then my classmates didn't fare any 
better. He shook us up all right. He 
challenged the culturally deprived Americans 
to improve and we did! To this day my deep 
interest in 19th and 20th century French art 

"Seventeenth century French literature 
certainly came alive in Monsieur Morrisset's 
class. Even his off-color remarks made an 
indelible impression on his particularly 
naive students. I can still see him leering at 
us as he rejjeated a line from Le Cid over and 
over again until we seized the lewd inference 
produced by the rapid Uaison of the words: 

Et le desir s'accroit quand I'effet se recule. 

"I have forgotten the name of the 
marvelous individual from the Comedie 
Frangaise who taught us diction but I shall 
never forget our 'final exam' which consisted 
of recitations performed by us at the 
American Center on Boulevard Raspail. Our 
French families, teachers and friends were 
invited to the momentous event. I and TAD 
DISTLER presented a one-act play by 
Georges Courteline entitled La Paix chez 
soi. We did beautifully until the final scene 
when Tad was unable to deliver one of his 
lines. He began to stutter and I began to 
laugh. Unable to finish the play, we walked 
off doubled over with laughter... most 
unprofessional but a memory that makes me 
smUe even today. 

"Although I couldn't tell you the last 
theater performance I've seen here in Kansas 
City, somehow the plays that I saw in Paris 
as a student in the theater course are still 
quite clear in my mind: Jean-Louis Barrault in 
Anouilh's La Repetition, Jean Marais in 
Britannicus... what a thrill! And speaking 
of Jean-Louis Barrault, I remember the 
scheme that PHYLLIS BERLA cooked up to 
meet the famous actor. Posing as her 
college's overseas reporter, she managed to 
get herself invited to a rehearsal and even to 

Lucy Searby, Anne Burkholder and 
Joanna Chiotinos at Mt-St-Michel 


Leo Gottlieb, Caroline Close, Fred 
Proulx and ? aboard the houseboat, 
home to four Sweet Briar students 

"Of all the schemes that transpired during 
the year, none surpassed the deal which 
landed four of the Sweet Briar students on a 
houseboat moored at the Pont Alexandre III 
as their personal residence for the year. I 
credit FRED PROULX for the good times we 
had aboard this magnificent vessel while 
tourists passing by on the bateaux-mouche 
took pictures of us. 

"I treasure the memories of the friends 
who have died: ANNE BURKHOLDER, JOHN 
BERLA. I've lost touch with so many 
COLLINS, JOHN VOGEL... I hope they're 
well and prospering but I also hope they 
have the same nostalgic memories as I do of 
our year in Paris. Hemingway sums it up 

'There is never any ending to Paris and 
the memory of each person who has Uved in 
it differs from that of any other. . . If you are 
lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a 
young man (or young woman), then 
wherever you go for the rest of your life, it 
stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.' 
Joanna is a teacher of French and 
Chairman of the Foreign Language 
Department at the Barstow School in Kansas 
City, Missouri. 

Joanna mentioned the names of some 
friends who have died. We have also heard 
(Carleton), JOAN GILLESPIE (Mount 
(Mount Holyoke) are no longer with us to 
share these memories. 

1953-1954 & 1954-1955 

Members of these two groups may remember 
that the office at 173, boulevard Saint-Germain 
occupied by Professor-ln-charge ARTINE 
ARTINIAN was full of literary documents. 
Now retired from Bard College, Professor 
Artinian lives in Palm Beach, Florida for eight 
months of the year and in Boone, North 
Carolina for four. During his teaching career. 
Dr. Artinian loved to search bookstores, art 
shops, and other collecting sites in Paris and 
elsewhere. He discovered an unknown very 
early Proust manuscript (an essay on 
Montesquieu), the manuscript of a play written 
by Flaubert for private performance, a 
document signed by Flaubert, Turgenev and 
George Sand, etc. He also amassed a collection 
of 500 self-portraits (which, he thinks, might 
be worthy of a mention in the Guiness Book 
of World Records). He has donated 200 
Floridian self-portraits to Florida Atlantic 
University, has exhibited about 175 North 
Carolinian self-portraits in the Appalachian 
Cultural Museum of Appalachian State 
University, has sold 350 original portraits of 
French writers of the 19th and 20lh centuries, 
original letters and manuscripts and first- 
edition books by Maupassant, and original 
manuscripts by numerous authors, including 
Raubert, Zola and Dumas, to the University of 
Texas, and has given others to various 
collections. His self-portraits are on paper, 
wood, leather, and stained glass. Artists range 
in age from 6 to 93. Some are by artists, such 
as Gustave Courbet or Cocteau, others are by 
people known in other fields: Margaret 
Atwood, Lawrence Durrell, Marcel Marceau, Le 
Corbusier, still others are by virtually 
unknown people. The largest self-portrait, by 
North Carolina artist John Meeks, is 7 feet tall 
and 4 feet wide; the smallest, by a friend of 
Toulouse-Lautrec, is 1/4 of an inch across. 

In an interview he gave to The Mountain 
Times, Dr. Artinian was quoted as saying: 
"My middle name is 'Lucky'." Let us wish 
him the best of luck in the discovery of still 
more Uterary and artistic treasures! 


Professor REBECCA (LOOSE) 

V ALETTE (Mount Holyoke) is the 
President-Elect of the American Association 
of Teachers of French which regroups close 
to 11,000 teachers from the elementary 
through college levels. Professor Valette 
teaches at Boston College. Felicitations! 


Our sympathy goes to JENNIFER S.H. 
BROWN (Pembroke) whose father. 
Professor HARCOURT BROWN died 
on November 17, 1990. Professor Brown, a 
specialist in the history of science in 
France, was a member of the original 
Advisory Committee of the Junior Year in 
France in 1948-49 and represented Brown 
University on the Committee for twenty 
years until his retirement in 1969. Since 
that time he had been an Honorary Adviser. 
Professor Brown was a great supporter of the 
Junior Year in France. Jennifer recalls that 
he was on sabbatical in Paris for part of her 
junior year and his presence made that year 
very special. Jennifer and her husband, 
Wilson B. Brown, live in Winnipeg, 

SAM WATERSTON (Yale) is the star of 
the new NBC series I'll fly away. 


It is with great sadness that we received a 
letter from Mr. John E. Browning, Sr. 
informing us that his son, JOHN E. 
BROWNING, Jr. (Trinity College) had 
passed away on July 6, 1990. He had been at 
New York University Hospital since March 
1990. He had lived in New York the past 
twenty years, doing all types of public 
relations work before starting his own 
business in 1984 under the name "Dolph 
Browning Enterprises." John was single, 
successful, and enjoyed many trips through 
the World. Our sympathy goes to his 
parents, his brother and his friends. 





HARVEY, Professor-in-charge in 1966- 
67, comes this message addressed to the 
members of the group: 

"The circumstances of a Junior Year in 
France are such that a professor-in-charge 
(or director) comes to know relatively few 
students well enough to establish lasting 
bonds of friendship and he is not likely to 
talk about himself in the course of his 
duties. I am therefore very pleased to chat 
about the Harveys with the class of 66-67. 

"That academic year was one of the high 
points of my professional career and among 
the most memorable in my personal life, 
ranking close to academic '37-'38. 

"In the late summer of that year, Alice 
Wilson, recently graduated from Wellesley, 
and Ed Harvey, from Bates College, met for 
the first time in Angers, where they were the 
Assistante d'Anglais at the College 
Joachim du Bellay and the Assistant 
d'Anglais at the Lycee David d' Angers. 

"On our return to the United States we 
each began a teaching career and were 
married in 1939. Eventually there were two 
daughters and a son to rear. Our return to 
France, from which my maternal ancestor, 
Sebastien Langelier, born in Rouen, 
emigrated to Quebec in the 17th century, 
seemed an unattainable goal. 

"By the time the younger siblings were well 
along in college, we began to look for 
opportunities to go to France. It had never 
occurred to me to aspire to direct the Sweet 
Briar program, but some time in the mid- 
sixties. Professor Walter Secor, whom I had 
met at a Middlebury Summer School session in 
1939 and who was later my neighbor at 
Denison University, suggested I write to 
Professor John Matthew. It worked out that I 
succeeded Walter after his second directorship 
of the program. 

"In Tours, it took some of my 'Juniors' a 
little while to realize who the director was. 
Some thought the venerable and beloved travel 
agent. Monsieur Romain, who had described 
the cathedral of Le Mans to them at limch, must 
be the director for '66-'67, so learned and 
eloquent was he. I think others thought 
Professor Matthew was to stay with us all the 
year. At least one student who came to my 
office at the Institut de Touraine blurted out that 
he (or was it she ?) thought I was the man who 
had directed foot traffic as the passengers left 
the ship on which he had arrived. From then 
on, I was tempted to sign my letters 'L e 
Douanier', but it is true that people not 
coimected with Sweet Briar did ask me for 
directions. I wore dark suits in those days. 

"A memorable excursion to a couple of 
chateaux, organized by somebody who had 
never heard of the buddy system or of the 

On the Queen Mary, Sept. 7, 1966 

necessity of knowing how many passengers 
he had, became a greater adventure than the 
Harveys had counted on, for they had gone 
along for the ride and were not in any sense 
'in charge'. At the second chateau, we were 
greeted by the curator and informed that we 
had left eight or more students at the first. I 
never found out exactly how they got back to 
Tours, but they proved to be debrouillards. 

"In Tours, some students expected 
registration to be as simple as it was back 
home and were indignant that I could not tell 
them what courses would be open to them at 
the Sorbonne. It was hard for them to 
understand that Professor Sylvere Monod was 
doing his best to find out for us, but having 
trouble doing so. On the whole, however, 
the weeks in Tours were very pleasant for all, 
I beheve, although we had a few unauthorized 
'leaves of absence' by students who felt they 
did not need the brief courses. The local 
faculty, led by Professor Andre Bordeaux, 
were very friendly and helpful. We have the 
fondest memories of Professor Monod and 
Bordeaux in particular. 

"In Paris, I had the good fortune to be 
seconded by Joanne Dauphin, who has had a 
very long association with Sweet Briar, and 
who, with her husband Patrick, became life- 
long friends of ours. I had the pleasure of 
meeting Mademoiselle Grange, who had 
assisted the directors for many years, and was 
assisted by Monique Chevalier, at whose 



suggestion the Harveys spent their 
Christmas vacation in Alicante. 

"Professor Monod continued to guide me 
while at Reid Hall and we were the guests of 
members of the faculty on several 
occasions. Alice audited a course taught at 
the Louvre and we both attended the plays 
assigned in Professor Alfred Simon's course. 

"At the end of my 'year' our twin daughter 
and son joined us for a short visit in Paris 
and a quick tour of Normandy. 

"I would be delighted to start a dialogue in 
writing with any of the participants who 
wish to initiate one." 

A message from Dr. JOANNE COYLE 
DAUPHIN, Assistant to the Director in 

"Warmest greetings to the '66-'67'ers! In 
25 years, you have certainly had all sorts of 
rewarding and enriching experiences, and 
undoubtedly have moved about much more 
than I! Since your junior year, I've been 
affiliated with the program in various 
capacities, also lecturing part time at 
various Paris universities and Sciences Po. 
For the last several years I've been 
'Academic Consultant' to the SBCJYF, 
doing liaison with Sciences Po and several 
Paris universities. (You probably know that 
since May 1968 there is no longer one 
'Sorborme' but 13 universities in Paris and 
nearby suburbs. We have selected 3 or 4 for 
the JYF students.) Thanks to the American 
Cathedral here, I've kept up with SOPHIE 
(MacKENZIE) BELOUET, now Senior 
Warden there, and working at O.E.C.D. 
were there a number of years ago when Fred 
was Canon. He's now Dean of St. Mark's 
Cathedral in Seattle. You must remember 
our dynamic secretary, Monique Chevalier. 
A few girls stayed with her mother in Tours. 
Monique is now Mme Christian Khoury. 
Her mother has retired as Sweet Briar 
hostess and Monique has taken up the 
congenial tradition, after a number of years 
overseas-Turkey and the Gulf. Of course, I 
would be delighted to see you if you manage 
to visit us in Paris. Our offices are now at 
the Alliance Fran9aise, 101 boulevard 
Raspail. Not so quaint as Reid Hall, but we 
have our own premises, which is rather more 
convenient. May the next 25 years be 
challenging and fulfilling— and A bientot, 

A big thank you to H. PENNINGTON 
(PENNY) WHITESIDE, Jr. who served 
as class news editor. His rep>ort follows: 

"Greetings to my fellow members of the 
SBCJYF class of 1966-1967: 

"Thank you for responding to the call for 
contributions to the SBCJYF Newsletter that 
will give special recognition to our class. It 
was a real treat for me to receive the calls, 
cards, letters and FAX messages in which you 
shared a wide range of wonderful memories from 
and reflections on a very special time in our 

"For some of us, the prospect of pulling up 
stakes at our old, familiar college or university 
which had been home for two years, was, at the 
same time, both exciting and terrifying. The 
SBCJYF program represented opportunity and 
risk all rolled into one. I, for one, am glad that 
the 'excitement' and 'opportunity' won out, 
giving me the experience of a lifetime. Not 
only did we dare to explore the world of a uni- 
versity student in France, we also exposed 
ourselves to a taste of the no-so-far-off reality 
of independence and decision making that 
would come with graduation and life after 
college. Each of us tried and soaked up many 
things during that year. There is something 
about being in Paris, that 'moveable feast', 
that gives one an extraordinary vitality and 
sense of adventure. From time to time, a 
certain smell, taste, sound or the mere mention 
of a name or place triggers, in true Proustian 
fashion, one of those memories from 1966- 
1967 which have lain dormant for so long--a 
freshly-cooked crepe from a vendor's cart in 
the Jardin du Luxembourg, one of those breath- 
taking fall sunsets on Chambord, or a favorite 
masterpiece in the Louvre--and which will be 
forever part of us. 

"While some continued on to pursuits related 
to our studies in France--languages, art, music, 
etc. --others in our group followed different 
paths. Regardless of the direction which our 
individual lives have taken, the accomplish- 
ments of the Class of 1966-1967 are indeed 
impressive as have been those of groups who 
have preceded us. From my perspective, I 
would say that SBCJYF alumni are indeed very 
special and unique people and that I consider 
myself fortunate to be one. 

"Enough of my rambling--on to news of our 
copains after twenty-five years: 

JOANNE BARKAN (Goucher) writes that 
1966-1967 "launched an ongoing attachment 
to Europe..." Joanne's memories of that year 
include "endless ham sandwiches on baguettes 
in Reid Hall, the Rodin Museum on rainy 
afternoons, Trocadero/TNP looking over to the 
Eiffel Tower in the middle of the night, classes 
on Marx at Science Po,... Jean Louis Barrault in 
Les Souliers de Satin, drinking cheap white 
sparkling wine with... roommate Denise." 

In the years that followed, Joanne has 
worked as a free-lance writer. While living in 

Italy on and off for several years, she wrote 
for a leftist newspaper, // Manifesto, and 
completed a book. Visions of 
Emancipation: The Italian Workers' 
Movement Since 1945 (published by 
Praeger-Greenwood). Today she writes on 
various aspects of politics and economics 
and serves as an editor of Dissent magazine. 
Joanne also writes children's books and has 
forty of them to her list of credits, including 
one Nancy Drew mystery. 

Joanne and her husband, who is a sculptor 
and painter, live in Manhattan and take 
advantage of their independent lifestyle to 
travel both here and abroad--usually to 
Europe each fall. 

Free-lance copy editor, ELIZABETH 
CADWALADER (BARON) (Sweet Briar), 
resides in Baltimore, just a few blocks away 
from ANN TEAT GALLANT. Elizabeth 
remembers best "those lovely sun-filled fall 
days in Tours... Four of us stayed in St. Cyr- 
sur-Loire and bicycled in every morning with 
enormous picnic lunches provided by our 
dear hosts, M. et Mme Cheron-Leclerc. In 
the afternoons we often visited a creperie 
before heading home for supper-how could 
we eat so much? All that bicycle riding, I 
guess. Then Paris... huge numbers of i 
students in intimidating classes at the 
Sorbonne... cups and cups of cafe-au-lait... 
crepes on the Boul' Mich... the superb 
theater course... student-rate tickets which 
allowed me more plays, concerts, museums, 
and opera than I'd ever seen before or have 
since... Reid Hall lunches... visiting almost 
everything in Guide Michelin... side trips 
to Antibes, Amsterdam, London, and two 
weeks over Christmas to the Soviet Union 
(my standard for exhaustion is still crossing 
Poland by train at night standing up)... 
trying to speak French all the time... My 
year in France was a wonderful year with 
wonderful people--' Ni temps passe / Ni les 
amours reviennent...' (Apollinaire)--but 
let's do it again anyway!" 

Elizabeth says that she rarely uses French 
today except when it occasionally comes up 
in an editing job or when she tries to interest 
her three-year-old son in learning it. She did 
return to France for three weeks in 1973. 
Now, she is happily at home with her long- 
awaited son, Owen. 

the South), whom I ran into at the N.C.A.A. 
Men's Tennis Championships in Athens, 
Georgia, a few years ago, now resides in 
Alexandria, Virginia. After teaching 
medieval French literature at the University 
of Georgia, he returned to school to study 
law. Presently, Merritt is an attorney in the 



International Department of Septoe & 
Johnson in Washington, DC. He and his 
wife Martha have two sons, Austin (five 
years of age) and Paul (one year old). I'll bet 
that both boys have their own soccer balls, 
eh, Merritt? 

FRED BUTLER (Villanova) now lives 
in Plainsboro, New Jersey, where he is 
Deputy Executive Director in the New Jersey 
General Assembly Majority Office. Fred 
recalls fondly "Reid Hall; Le Quartier Latin; 
beignets in the Jardin du Luxembourg; 
traveling from le 16e arrondissement to the 
Left Bank for class; trying to tune into my 
class with Duroselle at the Sorbonne on the 
doing our Brooklyn accents for the 
nonbelieving Parisians; our trip to Mont- 
St-Michel from Tours; Christmas in Vieima; 
hitchhiking in England on our way to 
Southampton,... (Yes, Fred. I do remember- 
-I especially recall the highway patrolman 
who informed us in a very proper but 
authoritative way that thumbing on the Mil 
was illegal.)... The two Queens -- Mary 
and Elizabeth." 

From Linwood, New Jersey, comes word 
of NORMAN CHAZIN (Franklin and 
Marshall), who is a psychiatrist in Atlantic 
City. Among Norman's memories of the 
year in France are the "amazing cuisine 
chez Mme DuFaud in Tours; her six-foot- 
tall, sixteen-year-old daughter who looked 
like Brigitte Bardot; struggling to learn the 
language in Paris; living with the widow 
Mme Dupre, the only French woman who 
could not cook--lovely anyway; WENDY 
LUNDGREN (Wells); knowing Paris 
underground, getting lost above; 
hitchhiking to Spain with a back-pack, 
guitar and beret, but no money; rooming 
with KARL DAVIES; fixing up SOPHIE 
MacKENZIE with Christian Belouet; going 
to movies checking sub-titles; learning 
about art, music and theater; being inundated 
with fifteenth-century Italian Renaissance 
painting; seeing America from abroad; 
missing football." 

Norman hopes to return to Paris this year 
with his wife Francine and wants to know if 
a reunion is planned. 

BRUCE CRONANDER (Yale) remains 
in California but has moved across the bay 
from Marin County to San Francisco. After 
law school at Stanford, Bruce worked first 
with a San Francisco law firm and later 
moved on to a private company. Currently, 
he devotes much of his time and energy to a 
San Francisco AIDS foundation where he 
serves on the board of directors. 


(Wheaton) resides in Chicago and is Director of 
Development at Chicago Lighthouse. 

French teacher, BOB ELLIS (Yale) now 
lives and works on Mercer Island, Washington. 
Bob received his M.A. from Middlebury (1977) 
and spent 1988-1989 in Lufon, France, on a 
Fulbright exchange program. Very active in 
school-related activities, he organized a 
foreign-study program in which two-thirds of 
his school-grades seven through twelve-- 
participated before graduation. Bob has led six 
groups of students back to France— five of them 
for three months on outward-bound-style, 
French-only (strictly enforced) bicycle tours. 
With those adventures as a warm up. Bob then 
led eight students on a fifteen-month bicycle 
tour around the world! 

Bob says that the family with whom he 
stayed in Tours "has been my second family 
ever since SBCJYF (I don't maintain contact 
with my Paris 'family', a widow). They (in 
Tours) had five children, ages four to eleven. 
Two of them have twice (each) visited me in the 
U.S., and I have frequently seen all five 
although they are spread out all over France. 
Two of them have children the same age as ours 
and exchanges happen. I have also often been 
back to 37, rue de Chenon to visit with Bernard 
and Monique Chevalier. I remember being 
frustrated by some SBCJYF students not 
honoring the 'French only' pledge. I loved the 
boat trip over— so much better chance to get 
ready than today's plane rides. My experience 
at Sciences Po was excellent!" 

Bob married Jeanne Sebestyen in 1980. 
They have three sons--Peter (Pierrot), bom in 
1984; David, bom in 1987; and Andrew 
(Andre), bom in 1989. Bob and Jeanne are 
raising the three boys bilingually with French 
as their paternal language. 

Norman Chazin hitchhiking to Spain 

MARK GREEN (M.I.T.) has many fond 
memories of our year abroad: "Seeing the 
lights drift by the last night on the Queen 
Mary. The black coastline of Normandy 
visible in the morning. Picnicking by the 
Loire with a bottle of Vouvray. Rushing 
around the first day in Paris to Notre-Dame, 
the Sainte-ChapeUe, the He Saint-Louis. The 
Champs-Elysees decorated to welcome the 
King of Nepal. Seeing Les Enfants du 
Paradis in a working class district. Walking 
across Paris in the middle of the night after 
the metro had closed, coming at last to the 
Trocadero and seeing the Eiffel Tower dark 
against the sky. The King Tut, Vermeer and 
Bonnard exhibits. Seeing En Attendant 
Godot. Rowing in the lake at the Bois de 
Boulogne. Eating at the Restaurant des 
Beaux-Arts and Les Halles in the days before 
cholesterol. The Six-Day War. Les Gardes 
Rouges. The colonels' coup in Greece. 
Having mono, spending all of my money on 
die hospital bill, and borrowing $20 from 
each of my friends to stay afloat until money 
came from home. And then, toward the end 
of our year, events drifting in from the U.S. 
Discussions about the war in Vietnam. Hints 
about drugs and the sexual revolution. 
Coming back to M.I.T. and discovering diat 
everyone in my dorm had started using pot 
while I was away and was trying to decide if it 
was safe to tell me about it." 

Mark's parents saved his letters from 
France. The following passage includes 
several excerpts from one of them: "I add a 
new chapter to my experiences at the 
Sorbonne. I have been auditing a course 
there (in 18th century philosophy) of 
excellent quality; so good in fact that there 
are many more students than seats (the 
amphitheater holds 1000), and I had, for the 
past tJiree lectures, occupied a small parcel of 
the floor. Today, at last, at the sacrifice of 
tread toes, I succeeded in gaining a seat. 
Before the class could begin, however, a 
student arose and urged the students in 
protest against the crowdedness of the room, 
to walk out. The professor arrived, and after 
a heated exchange with one of the agitators, 
the students and professor left 
simultaneously. [...] A few nights ago, BOB 
(ELLIS) and I went to a soiree given by the 
welcoming committee for foreign students at 
Sciences Po. It was held in a swanky 
apartment of the Etoile, and was rather 
enjoyable. Of course, they all laughed when 
I told them I was from California, because of 
the election [Ronald Reagan had just been 
elected Governor of Califomia]. The 
evening held certain traumas, as when I 
discovered that the pretty girl I was talking 
with was a Maoist. I can't say I made any 
lasting acquaintances but it was fim." 



Mark, a math professor at U.C.L.A., and 
his wife hve in Santa Monica and have three 
children-Joe (eight years old), Jacob (six) 
and Molly (sixteen months). In closing his 
letter, Mark says, "Our year in Paris was a 
year of many 'firsts' for me and left an 
indelible imprint. It was the most inde- 
pendent I had ever been, and I remember 
warmly your friendship. I hope some of you 
will look me up when you come to L.A." 

Baldwin) resides today in my old territory, 
the Tar Heel State in Durham (home of Duke 
University). Lonna remembers many 
adventures from twenty-five years ago in 
France, especially the following gastro- 
nomic ones: "I'm not sure if that first meal 
we ate in Caen included fish eye soup or 
whether we were just told that it did, but the 
memory of eating something totally foreign 
and at first unappetizing which after a few 
spoonfuls tasted delicious, has carried me 
through many other foreign food 
experiences. Heading out alone into the 
streets and metro of Paris on my first day 
there to meet a friend at a distant m^tro stop 
and never meeting her because she was 
waiting at a different exit to the same stop, 
and ending up eating lunch all by myself in 
a restaurant where I recognized nothing on 
the menu and so ordered steak tartare, a 
meal half of which sounded familiar, is 
another experience I look back on with the 
feeling that something formative happened 
there. Many times over the years I have 
forced myself out the door of some safe 
haven to explore the world around me. I am 
continually thankful for the sense of 
adventure I acquired in the safe environment 
of France." 

Norman Chazin on the Arc 
Triomphe (Fall 1966) 


TTie sense of adventure must surely have been 
ingrained in Lonna, because, after college, she 
joined the Peace Corps and taught English in a 
remote area of Ethiopia for a year and then 
moved to Ghana where she taught French. Later 
husband Richard and two-year-old daughter 
worked on a Peace Corps training program in 
French-sjjeaking Togo, West Africa. Last year, 
the family, which now includes two daughters 
(fourteen and ten) took a year-long trip to 
Central America where they learned Spanish, 
built a health clinic in Nicaragua, and learned 
first-hand about the struggles of peoples in the 
third world. For their next adventure, the 
Harkraders are contemplating a cycling tour of 
the Loire Valley. Maybe they will see some of 
the SBCJYF class there. 

is a professor of French and lives in Athens, 
Georgia. Nina's memories of Paris include: 
"Taking the metro all over Paris, and how 
packed it was at rush hour. Walking 
everywhere and enjoying seeing the old 
neighborhoods and monuments. Having time 
for culture such as museums, concerts, walking 
tours. Monsieur Simon's theater course was a 
highlight. He brought the French theater alive, 
and being able to see the plays was a fantastic 
opportunity. (I have met M. Simon since at a 
meeting and enjoyed reminiscing with him 
about the group.) Learning about the French 
way of doing things, the French mentality and 
culture. On the educational side, courses at the 
Sorbonne were very sophisticated and opened 
up the world of literary criticism. I enjoyed my 
course at the Ecole du Louvre as well, although 
the oral final with the world-famous professor 
was terrifying! My French improved vastly, 
and 1 have been relying on what I learned that 
year ever since." 

Nina also says that, in her profession, 
experience in France is indispensable, and from 
what she has seen, the SBCJYF program 
compares extremely well with other study- 
abroad programs. She has returned to France 
many times and often finds herself nostalgic 
for the carefree student life that we all enjoyed 
there as well as the France of pre- 1968. 

Our request for newsletter contributions 
finally caught up with JIM LOWENTHAL 
(Williams) in Rabat, Morocco, where he is 
Deputy Director of Operations for the United 
States Agency for International Development 
(USAID) which is providing a very large 
program of economic assistance in agriculture, 
the private sector, health and family planning, 
and housing in Morocco. 

Jim, who says that he could talk at length 
about the influence of the SBCJYF on his life, 
sums things up nicely: "The impact was 
immediate and lasting." After graduation from 
Williams, thanks to his overseas experience 

and French language competency (credit to 
SBCJYF, of course), Jim spent two years in 
the Peace Corps in Niger (Francophone 
Africa). Following the Peace Corps, he did 
graduate work in business and served as a 
social scientist in Cameroon (also in 
Francophone Africa). From 1972-1979, Jim 
was a free-lance management consultant and 
worked frequently in Francophone Africa, 
which he knew so well. During that period, 
he ran Peace Corps training programs for 
volunteers in Zaire, Rwanda, Gabon, 
Cameroon and Upper Volta (now Bourkina 
Faso). He joined the USAID in 1979, often 
taking on assignments in Francophone 
Africa, and also began a ten-year tenure with 
the University of Pittsburgh as a senior 
instructor in Pitt's French-language African 
Management Development Program. Then, 
from 1981-1985, Jim worked in USAID rural 
development and agriculture programs in 
Niger. In 1985, he was assigned to USAID 
headquarters in Washington, DC, to 
backstop programs in Morocco and Tunisia. 
And finally, this year (1991), Jim was given 
his current position. I got weary just reading 
Jim's letter. We all wish him and his family 
the best of luck in this new assignment! 


(Wellesley) who writes from Houston, Texas, 
enclosed a program from the Fete d' Adieu in 
Tours. I must confess that I only remember 
the one at Reid Hall and, therefore, read it 
with great interest. In case you might not 
recall the details of that star-studded 
performance, here, courtesy of Dorothy, are 
the acts that Ed Sullivan let slip by: (1) 
"Preparation pour France" (ecrit et chante 
par DAVID EARLE); (2) "Le General" 
Voix Feminines" (JULE SEIBELS, BARRY 
BLUNDON, NINI CLARK); (4) "Les Miracles 
de la Science Moderne" (HARRISON 
ANDREW PLUMMER); (5) "Cinq Gardens de 
rUniversite de Yale" (BRUCE CRONANDER, 
JAMES SMITH); (6) "LHistoire de M. Glloq" 
FURLONG, leurs guitares et une amie; (8) 
"Hayden Opus 11, Numero 4" (MARY BETH 
hautbois; MARGARET BOYER, flute); (9) 
"Les Americains a Paris" (BILL CARTER, 



guilares; (11) "Un Problfeme Grave" (discut^ 
par FRED NORTHUP); (12) "Les Quatre 
Notes Chaudes" (H. P. WHITESIDE, FRED 
BUTLER); (13) "Un Animal Extraordinaire" 
(14) Finale, Pretty impressive, I'd say! 

"It's hard to produce any particularly 
memorable moments," Dorothy says. "It's 
probably the little things: only two 
showers a week; toilet paper that was 
newspaper and those caf6 bathrooms with 
the two feel and the hole; the funny phone 
systcm--imagine going to the post office 
here to make a call--or using jetons; how 
things were closed at lunch; and when my 
roommate, CAROL PAGE, and I tried to get 
eggs for breakfast; how the heat got turned 
off in May-no matter how cold it got 
thereafter; listening to 'Hot Now, Summer 
in the City' in Tours-having already gotten 
sick of it in the States; the wonderful food; 
how we all laughed at the soda Psssschit 
(spelling?); and how there's no way to say, 
'I'm full'-certainly not 'Je suis pleine.'" 

Dorothy is married to a Frenchman whom 
she met in New York City-- "My mother's 
worst nightmare," she recalls. She still 
speaks French, kept more or less fluent by 
au pairs over the years. She and her 
husband have two sons, Andy (twelve) and 
Willie (five), whose French vocabulary 
consists of "M^me, Pipi, Zizi" Get busy, 

From just down Interstate 65 in Mobile, 
comes news from KATHERINE COOLEY 

MAHER (Sweet Briar), who reports that 
she has fond memories of SBCJYF, but has 
not returned to France, "yet." She and her 
husband Philip lived in Athens, Greece, 
from 1971 to 1974 and saw some other parts 
of Europe as well as North Africa. The 
Mahers, who have been in Mobile for eight 
years, have three children: Colby (a junior 
at Harvard), Alexander (a senior in high 
school) and Maggie (an eighth grader). 
Philip is with Dean Witter, and Katherine is 
the Admissions Director at St. Luke's 
Episcopal School. 


(Wellesley) resides in Hamden, Connecticut, 
where she is a reading specialist in a 
learning disabilities program. Margaret 
lists among her favorite memories of 1966- 
1967 the following: "Turning 20 on the 
Queen Mary during the voyage over; 
listening to Bob Dylan for the first time; 
Tours— the house on Rue Comcille near the 
theater and bicycling by myself on a 
borrowed bike through the countryside; 

4, rue de Chevreuse--the library, the dining 
room and all the coffee, the garden; Alfred 
Simon and the theater course; all the plays and 
G6rard Philipe; Mme Savanne and the art 
history course -running through the Louvre, 
naming off all the paintings on the way to the 
current class; Mme Descamps' house in Sceaux 
where I lived with SALLY MILLER and 
LINDA COVERDALE; the park in Sceaux; 
Jardin du Luxembourg; chestnuts in flower; all 
the walking; all the reading; going to a play in 
November and realizing that I understood 
almost every word of it; realizing at one point 
in the spring that I was as comfortable 
speaking French as speaking English." 

Overall, Margaret found the SBCJYF 
program a great experience. She says, "I loved 
the city, the plays, the literature, the art and the 
language and I feel that the experience enriched 
the rest of my life. I returned to Tours and Paris 
for the first time the spring of 1990 and fell in 
love all over again. Tours has become a big 
city -but Paris was amazingly the same." 

and FRED NORTHUP (University of the 
South), who met thanks to the SBCJYF 
program, sent along some of their familiar, as 
well as amusing, memories: "When Fred and his 
roommate, DAVID EARLE, were riding home in 
the cab with their new Paris 'hostess', Mme de 
Renty, they chattered away openly in English 
their pleasure at having such a classy host 
family and wondered who would pay for the cab. 
Later in the evening, Madame explained that 
she was half-English and thus fully bilingual... 
Fred had the bright idea of making spending 
money by performing at the Lido. He thought 
that an American quartet would be a unique 
addition to the roster of talent. He invited 
DAVID EARLE to join him. After the first 
rehearsal, Fred volunteered to walk Julie home 
because she lived closer than Barrie. The rest, 
as they say, is history--excepting the Lido 
debut, which has been indefinitely 
postponed... We both joined the all- 
professional choir at the American Cathedral 
on Avenue George V because we got paid 35 
francs for singing at funerals; we used to read 
the obituary column of the Herald Tribune 
religiously (!) in anticipation of the next 'gig.' 
Little did we dream that Fred would one day 
return as Canon of the Cathedral— or that one 
day Julie would work part-time for Joanne 
Dauphin -or that one of our children would be 
bom at the American Hospital in Neuilly." 

To the Northups, the SBCJYF was many 
things, including: "Trying to see if the twinkle 
in M. Harvey's eye means he really doesn't 
intend to enforce all of those rules; getting felt 
up in the metro, turning around with a hostile 
glare only to see several men staring benignly; 
going to Le Drugstore for ice cream or the 

American Embassy for a hamburger; being 
jealous of small children who speak English 
as well as you do and French much better than 
you ever will; having intense political 
conversations in Sciences-Po-area cafes; 
poulet and pommes friles at a cafeteria, 
sandwich jambon at a cafd, splurging with 
biftek at a restaurant; trying to fathom 
the philosophy behind designations in the 
Guide Michelin (we came to agree that 
'sleazy but comfortable' fit the bill for many 
one-star hotels); skipping a class or two at 
Sciences Po without worry thanks to the 
availability of polycopies of class notes; 
watching the great Maurice Duverger, with a 
gesture of his hands, divide all political 
issues into deux grands partis; enjoying 
peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches chez 
Dauphin;... and much, much more." 

In 1988, Fred and Julie moved to Seattle 
where he is Dean of St. Mark's Cathedral and 
she is a management consultant. After 
college, Fred got a M.Div. at the General 
Theological Seminary in New York City and 
Julie earned an M.P.A. at NYU. They have 
lived in Paris twice as well as in Tennessee, 
New York and Louisiana. Tlie Northups have 
two sons-Fred, who is a freshman at NYU 
studying film production, and Temple, who 
is a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle. 
Fred and Julie send along an invitation to all 
the old gang to pay them a visit. 





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Mabel Visbeek and Mary Beth Winn 
"horsing around" in London 



After living and working in our nation's 
capital and in Pennsylvania, BARBARA 
eventually returned to her native New 
Hampshire where she now resides. Barbara 
was one the two "Barbs"--the other being 
BARBARA BAXTER (Mary Washington). 
The two seemed nearly inseparable and their 
infectious laughter could frequently be heard 
around Reid Hall, especially at tea time. 

Barbara remembers fondly her host 
family, the great courses and the gastro- 
nomic delicacies of that world-famous ca.(6. 
Pizza Pino with its zany clientele. Since 
Barbara's mother kept all the letters from 
Tours and Paris, Barbara has a valuable 
record of the events of that great year 

Barbara is an assistant principal in Keene 
having taught French and German at the 
junior-high, high-school and college 
levels. She and her husband have three 
children--a son who is a junior at Holy 
Cross, another son who is a freshman at 
Dartmouth and a daughter who is in high 

says, "What stands out for me now as I feel 
my way back to my year in France, are, 
naturally, the many new friendships, my 
music appreciation class in tight quarters 
and being a theater buff for one year. I still 
reap the advantages of what I learned in 
France and am always gung ho to go to 
concerts and plays." 

Thanks to Linda's mother, who typed all 
her letters home during 1966-1967 into a 
journal of some forty-eight pages, we have a 
few excerpts of those days in France as seen 
through the eyes of a college junior. Here 
are a few of those memories that Linda so 
graciously shares with us: 

ship's horn sounded our departure, I dashed 
up from lunch but was unable to tell if you 
had waited around. I didn't leave the deck 
until we were almost out of sight of land two 
hours later. The statue and the entire 
skyline were my home... I have felt 
somewhat numb both from the effect of the 
ship and from the exposure to new people. I 
ended up in C-251 (where I was originally 
assigned) and I have two roommates--one 
from New Jersey and the other from Sweet 
Briar. I spent time with so many different 
groups and I'm not sure yet where I will find 
my niche... 

"A FEW DAYS LATER: ...The orientation 
sessions aboard ship have amounted to the 
students straining to make sense of the 

director's French as she talks about various 
practical concerns we will have to deal with-- 
like taking only two baths per week and how to 
get through customs... I will be rooming in 
Tours with GAIL MYERS, a girl from 
Connecticut who goes to Duke University. 
She's a very sweet person and we seem to share 
many interests in common--music, for one... 
I'm apprehensive about my language ability, 
but I guess most of us are. I'll sure try Now 
that the first leg of my journey is coming to a 
close, I'll have to adjust and plunge into the 
next stage on the European mainland. 

view of France reawakened in me the promise 
and potential that has always made me want to 
come here. I felt as if I had discovered a new 
land that no one before me had seen... We 
travelled across the countryside of Normandy 
toward Caen where we spent the night. The 
land is rolling, the grassland trees have a 
healthy green color and there is an 
unbelievable abundance and beauty of 
flowers... You will be most pleased to hear that 
our hostess is a most wonderful person... Gail 
and I have separate rooms. The apartment is in 
town, two blocks from the main street... I've 
found all the French food delicious except 
cheese and wine. The wine is growing on me 
though... Our studies began the sixteenth after 
we had taken placement tests. I'm in the fifth 
of six groups which seems just to me as I feel I 
have so much to learn. Each day, though, 
brings new words, longer sentences and more 
confidence. Our classes are from nine to twelve 
daily and include grammar, composition and 
French literature. To be sure not to miss 
anything, we have already seen two of the 
chateaux in the area--Chenonceaux and Azay- 
le-Rideau. The entire group went to 
Chenonceaux at night to see the son et 

'TOURS - OCTOBER 17: My stay here is 
drawing to a close. Saturday the twenty- 
second, we go by bus to Paris. As in many 
cases, one just begins to get oriented when it's 
time to move on. TTiis past week again was 
filled with new things. In the way of tastes, I 
had my first flaming crepe suiette... and a cup 
of hot sugared milk. My evaluation--very 
good. We presented a variety show for our 
families and it was quite a hit. Boy, we surely 
don't lack talent in our group. There were 
several original skits--on mocking De Gaulle, 
another making fun of Americans trying to 
meet Frenchmen, another telling how 
Americans take to wine, cheese and bread. Our 
Can-Can was the finale. It was much fun for 
those who participated and the audience as well. 
The classes have occupied most of my time here 
actually... I gave a talk the other day on a 
character in Malraux's The Conquerors. It was 
indeed a struggle, but I did, however crudely, 
make myself understood. It is hard to measure 

one's progress because one never reaches a 
point where one is satisfied with his or her 
language ability... I have been trying to 
organize my impressions and formulate some 
general reactions to my stay in Tours. It is 
as if I was served the French way of life in 
bed. What I mean by that is there are so 
many opportunities just waiting to be taken 
advantage of and so many kindnesses that 
people have rendered me to make my stay 
pleasant. I can sit back and absorb as much 
as possible but 1 really wish I could give 
more in return. I can't always share my ideas 
due to the language and it is impossible to 
relate effectively in letters my experiences 
and feelings. But, in any case, there is no 
question that I'm at the lucky end of the deal. 

"AUTUMN IN PARIS: Yesterday aboard 
the bus, I knew as the roads widened that we 
approached Paris. Then as if I op)ened the 
book to the right page, the city spread itself 
out before me. From afar the Eiffel Tower 
looked like a charm on a bracelet. The bus 
was resounding with gasps and cries. As we 
made our way to the Latin Quarter, I was 
struck by the similar appearance of the Paris 
streets and those of a town back home. This 
makes me aware that the differences in culture 
lie, for the most part, behind the appearances 
or below the surface. On with the action. We 
stopped briefly at Reid Hall, the center for 
the Sweet Briar group. From there, we (there 
are three of us) came to my new abode. It's 
rather quaint and I like it well... The weeks 
and months ahead are stacked full of promise. 

(1) I'm glad the fighting is over and the 
Middle East can get down to the constructive 
business of talking it out. (2) I am presently 
on the loose in Paris and am running myself 
ragged... (3) Life is pretty rxe in general. 
As of now, I am in Paris and will stay here 
until about June 24, at which time I plan to 
go to England for several days before 
catching the Queen Elizabeth in 
Southampton. The possibility of extending 
my stay is just an outside one in the event 
that an interesting oppwrtunity here presents 
itself... Exams? Well, they're now water 
under the bridge. They went fairly well. 
Without any doubt, the hardest was my oral 
exam in political science... Another change 
that I guess I should warn you about. It 
seems that I've taken a liking (not 
excessive) to coffee doctored up with sugar 
and cream. It sits well right after a large 
meal. Mornings I stick with hot chocolate. 
It must be the fact that I'm twenty-one. 

friend, the peopled Paris I knew this year is 
disintegrating. In its place is a storehouse of 
memories. Gail left this morning... We 
didn't say good-bye which is for the best as I 



wouldn't have known how. The final days 
of my stay which should ideally be sf)ent in 
calm contemplation and peaceful 
promenading are pretty well loaded with last 
minute details... I'm heading for England 
via bus and short air flight over the channel. 
I expect to spend most of my time in 
London. I leave the twenty-fourth of June... 
Will sign off with a tear as this will 
probably be the LAST PARISIAN LETTER." 

Linda is living in Norway with her 
husband and three boys (ages fourteen, 
twelve and nine). Talk about a curious 
coincidence-Linda, while working on a 
master's degree in math, met her husband 
(Norwegian) at the French House at the 
University of Washington in Seattle. They 
got together to work on a math problem 
and, well, you know the rest of the story. 


(Douglass), known to most of us as 
"Rachelle," lives today in Cresskill, New 
Jersey. Ruth begins her look back at the 
SBCJYF with the cruise over: "I met one of 
my dearest friends, SUSIE WOLFSON 
(Skidmore), the very first day on the boat 
crossing the Atlantic. We (Susie, 
ADELAIDE RUSSO and I) lived with the 
wonderful Roi family in Tours. I still regale 
family and friends with humorous anecdotes 
of that six-week experience, stemming 
mostly from our meager knowledge of the 
French language. Then we arrived in Paris. 
That year was the most memorable and 
exciting year of my life! I met Lydia, 
Fran9oise and Nicole, my three special 
French friends with whom I am still very 
close. We have managed to see each other 
frequently over the past twenty-five years! 
That year Susie married Jacques Delorme, 
and I went to Lyon for the wedding. The 
events of my junior year in France with 
Sweet Briar College have accompanied me 
through life." 

Ruth also gives us an account of later 
events: "I continued my graduate studies in 
French at Columbia University. Susie 
attended N.Y.U. Susie, Jacques and I 
continued to be a happy threesome. I 
eventually moved to Greenwich Village, 
where the Delormes were already living, and 
got a teaching job in the same junior high 
school as Susie. My teaching supported my 
Bohemian life in the theater and the arts. 
When the Delormes divorced, Susie 
convinced me to move in with her. We were 
roommates for a short time only because I 
introduced her to her second husband. She 
moved to Israel. I got married in August 
1977 to Bruce Pomerantz. At that time, he 
was a photojoumalist who also taught at 

Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bruce and I 
traveled extensively throughout the world. For 
our honeymoon, we went to Spain and Morocco 
for two months. We have continued these 
kinds of adventurous journeys. On April 23, 
1980, our first child, Jessica Daniele, was 
bom. I was elated to be a mother. Lydia came 
from Paris in August to visit and to meet my 
daughter. The day of Lydia's departure was the 
day of Susie's funeral. I was traumatized. 
Susie's husband and three-year-old son. Elan, 
brought her home for her final rest. She was 
too young..." 

Ruth and Bruce now have a second daughter, 
Elizabeth, who was bom in 1984. They have 
instilled their love for traveling in their two 
girls who accompany Mom and Dad on most 
trips--including past visits to Paris, Israel and 

"Penny" Whiteside returns to Pizza 
Pino in 1987 

now a sociologist in Providence, Rhode Island, 
remains high on her experience in 1966-1967: 
"Most of all, I remember the exhilarating 
feeling of rootlessness that left me free to 
explore new places, meet new people, and 
discover new customs--all the while indirectly 
leaming more about my adolescent self than I 
had in the first two years of college. Paris — 
indeed, all Europe-were wonderful places to see 
and do and be. I also remember Sweet Briar 
Junior Year 66-67 as my first dramatic academic 
failure. An economics major at college, I sat 
through Sciences Po lectures on the politique 
economique comparie semi-regularly. The 
lectures passed in a dull haze: I might, perhaps, 
have grasf>ed something of the course's content 

in English; in French, I understood truly 
nothing. But, in the euphoria and confusion 
of the year, I didn't think about final exams 
until 'the day.' In an oral exam, one on one, 
the Sciences Po professor asked me several 
questions. Fortunately, I understood the 
questions; but I had 'no clue' as to the 
answers. Nor did I have the privacy of a blue 
book in which to try halfheartedly to write 
something. The professor confronted me: 
Did I know anything about the subject? I 
conceded, no. He was as amazed as I was 
mortified, but he graciously stopped asking 
me questions I could not answer. Instead, he 
asked about the year, about Sweet Briar, 
about the life of a student in the United 
States. Failing anything, whether a course, a 
job, a relationship, can be disappointing; 
but a full life is bound to have lots of 
opportunities both to succeed and to fail. At 
least that is how I have reconstructed my 
dismal oral exam." 

In closing, Joan states, "I enthusiastically 
advocate Junior Year Abroad to my three 
children. My older daughter (Princeton '92) 
could not fit it into her schedule, but I'm 
hoping my son (Brown '94) will. If not, 
perhaps their twelve-year-old sister." 

Another of our group who has pursued an 
academic path is ADELAIDE RUSSO 
(Sweet Briar). "Addie," who now is an 
associate professor (tenured) at Louisiana 
State University, went on to earn a Ph.D. at 
Columbia. Her previous teaching positions 
have included Harvard (as a Mellon Fellow, 
1984-1985) and the University de Provence 
in Aix-en-Provence (as Maitre de 
Conference, 1987-1988). She is affihated 
with a CNRS group in Paris (Champs des 
activites surrialistes) and most of her 
publications are devoted to Surrealism, 
modem poetry and literary theory. She has 
contributed to Pierre Capretz's French in 
Action project by preparing the Instructor's 
Resource Guide. In the fall of 1990, Addie 
was a fellow at the Camargo Foundation and 
gave several public lectures in France. This 
past May, she returned to Paris to speak at a 
colloquium devoted to Andre Breton et la 
Peinture organized by the CNRS and the 
MNAM (Centre Georges Pompidou). 

Addie reports, "I often see MARJA 
WAREHIME (Bucknell) at conferences and 
am always in touch with my Sweet Briar 
while in Paris I went to hear Alfred Simon. 
He was as 'brilliant' as ever. I went to Paris 
in 1966 as an English major after much effort 
to convince the administration at Sweet Briar 
that they should allow me to go. (I also took 
18 hours of course-work each semester my 



sophomore year to do so.) I came back from 
France a French major. That year definitely 
changed my life. I find myself, however, 
always finding the same sense of pure 
delight every time I return to Paris— which I 
do often. It is a professional obligation-- 
one I like best." 

One of our own who carried on the torch 
of French studies after SBCJYF is MARY 
SANTONI) (Vassar). I can still see petite 
Mary Beth wrestling with her cello case— on 
and off the bus, up and down stairs, etc. 
Mary Beth recalls: "Late nights aboard the 
Queen Mary; bike trips in the Loire Valley; 
the glorious chateaux (whose history I now 
explore with my students); la grande 
reception at Reid Hall where we anxiously 
met our French families; the 4e Etage, rue 
du Bac, where MABEL VISBEEK and I shared 
a wonderful room chez de Rostolan; the 
daily trek from there across boulevard 
Raspail to Reid Hall; fabulous fetes with 
our French family and friends; dinner at 
10:00 pm; cafe au lait and baguettes 
sinon croissants; trop de patisseries; 
Reid Hall meal tickets; lots of theatre and 
concerts at student prices; the art class at 
the Louvre; cello lessons at the 
Conservatoire de Boulogne (Ah, the metro 
with a cello!); Proust and Nerval; the Sor- 
bonne amphitheatre; hitchhiking (!) to 
London for the Toussaint holiday; renting 
a car to visit Fontainebleau; spring 
vacation in Spain and Portugal with Mabel's 
family; riding around the Etoile in a 2 CV 
whose door fell off; final oral exams; 
summer travel and a triste farewell." 

To Mary Beth, the SBCJYF evokes 
"adventure and excitement, the joy of 
speaking French fluently, the stimulation of 
Parisian Ufe; it was clearly decisive for my 
life's work. After graduating from college, I 
went on to Yale for a doctorate and have 
been teaching at SUNY -Albany ever since. I 
return to Paris almost every year (like the 
swallows, as my French family says). Such 
is the luxury but also the necessity of being 
a French prof specializing in fifteenth and 
sixteenth century literature, music and the 
history of printing. I now haunt the 
Bibliotheque Nationale and its extraordinary 
collections of manuscripts and early printed 
books and wonder what will happen when 
Mitterrand's Tres Grande Bibliotheque 
becomes a reality. I still visit my 'family' 
at the rue du Bac and elsewhere, now that the 
'children' (my contemporaries) have moved 
into their own apartments. Since marrying 
a Swiss colleague, I have even more reason 
to return to Eurof>e. In 1989, our bilingual 
son Gregory spent half of second grade in 

the Ecole primaire du Mime arrondissement 
while his parents enjoyed a research sabbatical 
living in a faculty apartment at the Cite 
Universitaire. Paris is still my favorite city!" 

Two of the Three Musketeers, Karen 
Gernenz and "Penny" Whiteside pause 
for refueling the local transport in 
Greece during Easter 1967 holidays. 
[The third musketeer, Bruce 
Cronander snapped the photo] 


(Moravian) writes from Norwood, New Jersey, 
where she teaches French in high school: 
'There is no other experience in my life that I 
talk about more than my experiences during my 
year in France with Sweet Briar in 1966-1967. 
I lived with a wonderful family. Monsieur et 
Madame Brunet and their son William, on rue 
Paul-Barruel in the 15eme arrondissement. 
Madame Brunet did everything possible to 
make me feel at home. Every morning, no 
matter what hour, she would serve me breakfast 
in bed (pain grille and cafe au lait in a bowl, 
and croissants on Sundays). When I protested 
that it was too much trouble for her, she would 
smile and say, 'Chirie, this is the best year of 
your life, I want you to enjoy it.' I always 
addressed her as my Maman in France. I loved 
all my classes with Sweet Briar. I'll never 
forget M. Chirac at Reid Hall for our tutoring 
sessions for La France depuis 1945 at Sciences 
Po. Of course after he became famous, it's been 
fun to say I knew him when. Our voyage over 
on the Queen Mary was unforgettable. All the 
traveling I did on vacations were very special: 
skiing over Christmas in Austria with a French 
student group, the three-day train ride to Athens 

over Easter, and traveling through Europe 
after the program finished in June. 1966- 
1967 must have been the 'calm before the 
storm.' My experiences were so smooth and 
carefree that it was difficult for me to 
understand the student uprising and violence 
that occurred in Paris the following year. 
Now as a French teacher, I constantly draw 
from these memories. I always encourage my 
suidents to study abroad, with Sweet Briar, of 
course. It is an experience unparalleled in 
life's journey that deepens an awareness and 
broadens the perspective not only of oneself 
but of others and the world." 

From another SBCJYF alum living in a 
distant land, GILA SHMUELI (Case 
Western Reserve), come these thoughts: 
"Many memories have faded, and the junior 
year in France is now enveloped in the 
golden mist of youthful adventure. I 
remember beautiful autumn walks in the 
Jardin de Luxembourg, the excitement of our 
theater outings, the unrivaled delights of 
Parisian patisseries, the great joy of 
mastering a new language and culture, the 
satisfaction of learning resilience and self- 
reliance in the face of I' impolitesse 
frangaise. In the six years of my university 
studies, I had four outstanding teachers, the 
kind who open your eyes to the world, who 
excite tremendous hunger for more 
knowledge, whose classes one wouldn't miss 
for the world. Two of those were in France-- 
M. Simon, our theater teacher, and Professor 
Rene Huyghe, the eminent art historian at 
the College de France. Both gave me an 
appreciation for these arts that has stayed 
with me throughout the years. One of my 
dearest and best friends is still GAIL MYERS, 
my Paris roommate. Despite the geographic 
distance that separates us, I still consider 
this friendship to be perhaps the greatest 
benefit that developed upon me from my 
junior year in France. We have been 
dreaming of a reunion in Paris since the 
twentieth anniversary, 1987, but have been 
unable to swing it yet. I would love to hear 
from other friends with whom I have lost 
LINDA RUNDQUIST and others." 

Gila lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, and works in 
development and public relations at the 
Weizmaim Institute of Science. She would 
welcome any 1966-1967 SBCJYF alums to 


(Rice), who now lives in Buda, Texas, sends 
the following report of her activities: "... I 
couldn't remember much I wanted to report 
about 1966-67 for me — I seem to have too 
many too-embarrassing-to-report memories 



of that year, even though it was a great 
learning experience!" 

Some of Joanna's not too-embarrassing- 
to-mention memories include suggestive 
sound and gestures from street workers as 
she and her friends walked past, a hostess 
who counted the silverware each night and 
served meager portions at supper even 
though Joanna was in the deluxe category of 
accommodations, and her heartbreak over 
losing a boyfriend who stayed home. 

"But the trip with LYNN HENNESSEY and 
with a group of French students to Andalusia 
over Easter break was great; as was a trip to 
Holland to see the tulips; and I have kept up 
with LYNN HENNESSEY over the years. 

"After I completed my graduate studies at 
U. Permsylvania, '72 summer study in 
Avignon with Bryn Mawr's Institut d'Etudes 
Fran^aises, exchange English teacher at 
University de Haute-Bretagne at Rennes, and 
Ph.D. from Rice University ('79), I never 
got a serious academic appxsintment to teach 
French. I have taught part-time at 
University of Rochester, Tufts University 
and Austin Community College. But I have 
not felt a serious calling to teach French, so 
I also worked as a bilingual secretary for an 
Algerian factory project, and as 
international contract administrator for a 
couple of computer companies in the 
Boston area doing business with France. 
Also I founded and ran an interior 
plantscapLng company for five years, but at 
the age of 40 my first and only child was 
bom, Devin, now in first grade, and I soon 
sold the business and went with husband, 
son, sister and mother to live a year in Pau, 
France. We now live 15 miles South of 
Austin, Texas and I am still trying to find 
my next career, although I am busy working 
out of my house as a legal assistant and U.S. 
distributor for Mr. Humpty, a children's 
audio recording company in England, 
volunteering in the local Episcopal church 
and chauffeuring to soccer games. 

"For a while (88-89) I was the newsletter 
editor for Les Amis de la France au Cceur du 
Texas, a San Antonio, Texas, based social 
and fund-raising, for scholarships, group of 
French and francophiles like myself. 

"So I continue to be hopelessly in love 
with France, but our recent year there, spent 
hiking in the Pyrenees and playing tennis 
on red clay and spending time with the 
family, has satisfied my yearnings for a 
while. Now we are back in Texas, near the 
Hill Country in Central Texas, and welcome 
all visitors." 


(Simmons), a writer/editor living in Los 
Angeles, reports that she has returned 

numerous times to France to visit favorite 
haunts. However, from her perspective, 
"nothing beats the carefree, careless life of a 
student!..." Hah has Uved in Switzerland where 
she found her French a bit rusty and determined 
that she was "far more at ease discussing the 
state of the world among friends at cafes 
twenty-five years ago than the state of an old 
house with the local workers..." 

I was especially glad to hear from one of my 
two "Greek peasant relatives", KAREN 
other is BRUCE CRONANDER. We three were 
immortalized in snapshots, slides and home 
movies of the several hundred swarming French 
tourists who invaded Mykonos that cool, 
overcast morning in the spring of 1967. 
Thanks to Nivea suntan lotion, we had that 
"bronze tan of the gods" and were, therefore, 
mistaken for locals while riding our landlady's 
donkeys just above the town. 

Karen now resides in my home state of North 
Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. She sends 
the following contribution to our collection: 
"The 1966-1967 SBCJYF exj)erience served as 
my 'invitation' into a life-long career as a 
language educator and global traveler. It was 
truly the turning point in my life!" 

After returning to the States and graduating 
from Denison University with a B.A. in 
French, Karen married Lex Youngman (also a 
Denison grad), and the two of them flew off to 
Peace Corps training five days after the 
wedding and spent two years in Turkey teaching 
English as a second language in a rather 
desolate city on the Anatolian Plateau. 
Following Peace Corps service, we then 
returned to Ohio State for graduate school-Lex 
in fine arts and Karen in French. In 1972, they 
moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where they 
have both been college teachers. Karen is 
currently teaching French in an extension 
program for the University of North Carolina. 
They have returned to Europe on numerous 
occasions, leading student seminars to 
England, France and Spain. Their many past 
activities include serving as group leaders for 
the Experiment in International Living in 1973 
(Lex to Germany and Karen to France), 
directing a semester-abroad program in London 
(1988) and heading a student travel seminar to 
England and Holland (this past spring). Karen 
also devotes time to teaching English as a 
Second Language at a local community college, 
a Catholic women's college, the E.L.S. 
Language Centers and the University of North 
Carolina's Intensive English Language 
Training Institute. 

Karen and Lex now reside in Wingate, North 
Carolina, which is just outside of Charlotte. 
Karen describes Wingate as a "quiet Southern 
town... where one of my closest friends (an 
elderly widow) is the mother of a former SBC 

JYF participant!" In her closing remarks, 
Karen says, "We all marvel at the impact the 
Sweet Briar program has had on our career 
choices and the years that followed." 

As for your scribe, PENNINGTON 
WHITESIDE (University of the South), he 
can be found most of the time in 
Birmingham, Alabama. "Still known as 
'Penny', I am a part-time instructor— in 
management information systems, primary 
health care and international health--at the 
School of Public Health at the University of 
Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. My 
"real" job is as Deputy Director of the John 
J. Sparkman Center for International Public 
Health Education, an endowed international 
training center at the University of Alabama 
at Birmingham that provides health 
manpower development services to 
universities and government training 
agencies in developing countries. The 
Center has under-taken activities in Peru, 
Colombia, Thailand and Jamaica (and many 
of the English-speaking Caribbean nations), 
and Center business has taken me to many 
other destinations in Latin America, the 
Caribbean and Southeast Asia. After I 
received an M.A. in French (specializing in 
Old French literature and paleography) in 
1970, I married Sarah, the first cousin of my 
best friend in high school— try to figure that 
one out. Sarah is also from North Carolina 
and is an alum of fellow SBCJYF'er 
ELIZABETH ADAM's ahna mater, Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, where she majored 
in Latin. We both earned master's degrees at 
the University of North Carolina--she in 
Classical archaeology (specializing in the 
Etruscan civilization) and I in public health. 
After brief stints working in the Middle East 
and rural North Carolina, we arrived in 
Birmingham in 1977--with me at UAB and 
Sarah teaching Latin and Greek in a local 
prep school. We have two children— Penn 
(who just turned 16 this October) and 
Margaret (10). Penn is a student of French, 
German and Latin and spent six weeks living 
with a family in Germany during the 
beginning of reunification. Sarah and I take 
at least one trip to Europe each year leading a 
group of her students--the most interesting 
one to date was in the summer of 1990, 
"Retracing the Steps of Julius Caesar through 
Europe" (from Great Britain back to Italy). 

Among my fondest memories of the 
SBCJYF are weekend motor scooter 
excursions through the Loire Valley and 
pretending not to speak French when 
stopped by the French highway patrol for 
not wearing a helmet; the wonderful courses- 
-especially the ones in art history and the 
French theatre (with M. Alfred Simon— I still 



have my autographed copy of his book, 
Moliere--par lui-meme with its inscription: 
'En souvenir d'une annee de familiarite avec 
le theatre a Paris, 7 Juin 1967'); the many, 
many wonderful hours spent in the 
museums--favorites were, of course the 
Lx)uvre, the Musee Nationale d'Art Modeme 
and the Musee de Climy; 'TTiank-goodness- 
it's-Friday' wine, pasta and pizza at Pizza 
Pino on the left bank as a member of the 
'gang of six', namely the two Barbs 
JAMES(J.C.) SMITH (Note: On a return trip 
to Paris in 1987, my son Perm and I arrived 
in the Quartier Latin just in time to see 
workmen removing the last pieces of 
kitchen equipment from Pizza Pino in 
preparation for making the building over 
into a small hotel); afternoon tea at Reid 
Hall; playing the guitar and singing with 
friends (by the way DAVID [EARLE], do you 
still have your Martin D-28?); those long 
weekends to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, 
etc. with friends; and especially spring 
vacation in Greece (after BRUCE 
CRONANDER and I travelled on a 
passenger/freighter from Marseilles to 
Piraeus 'deck class' with several dozen 
Middle-Eastern migrant workers and were 
clandestinely provided food by two 
Vanderbilt University JYF coeds traveling 
second class) where we caught up with 

KAREN GERNENZ, and then, by chance, 
happened onto an all-girls bus tour of the 
Pelopormesus... Need I continue? 

"Having returned to Europe on a number of 
occasions since 1966-1967, I somehow never 
made it back to France. Then in 1987, after a 
trip to the U.K., I was able to celebrate our 
SBCJYF 20th anniversary by returning to Paris 
with Penn, who was ten at the time. He was 
very quick when it came to understanding the 
layout of the city and how to get around by 
metro and bus as well as on foot. I must 
confess that my strong suit in 1966-1967 was 
the metro system -- above ground, I must have 
my trusty Guide Michelin at all times. 
Among Penn's favorite experiences were walks 
in the Quartier Latin, climbing to the top of 
Notre-Dame, exploring Montmartre and 
sampling the wares of sidewalk crepe vendors. 
We had a marvelous, but all-too-short, four 
days there, and were fortunate to locate fellow 
1966-1967 SBJYF classmate SOPHIE 
MacKENZIE BELOUET, husband Christian, and 
daughters Mimi and Anne-Laure, who reside in 
the Parisian suburb of Sceaux. 

"My work has served to satisfy my eternal 
wanderlust and has also required me to acquire a 
working knowledge of Spanish and a 
smattering of a few other languages -- a couple 
of years of Arabic (very rusty now) and, at this 
moment, two terms of Mandarin Chinese. I 
credit the SBCJYF program with expanding my 
horizons and providing me with a way of 
looking at other peoples, places and cultures 
that is invaluable in my work and life today. 

"I am sure that I speak for all of us in the 
class of 1966-1967 in thanking the SBCJYF 
organization for giving us the unique 
opportunity of studying abroad and Ln wishing 
Professor Langlois and all the staff, both in 
Virginia and abroad, the very best in the 
coming years. Vive la SBCJYF!" 

The Sweet Briar College contingent 
on the Queen Mary (September 1966) 

"Penn" Whiteside, son of "Penny" 
Whiteside, Place des Vosges, 1987 



(Denison)'s new book Successful 
Fundraising: a complete handbook for 
volunteers and professionals was published 
by Contemporary Books in Chicago. This 
practical handbook describes the latest 
strategies, proven techniques, and the myriad 
of resources available that fundraisers, 
professional and volimteer alike, need to 
know to meet their targets. Joan, a 
professional fundraiser is the author of two 
other books: The Grass Roots Fundraising 
Book and The Successful Volunteer 

Joan mentions that the last time she saw 
Paris was in 1983 to visit former JYF and 
Denison roommate PATRICIA GAYLORD. 
Patty spent three years in Paris with her 
husband Joseph Cascio, who worked there 
for IBM, and her three sons, Keith, Ted, and 


Receiving last year's issue of the Alumni 
Magazine, made ALICE ROSENBLUM 
LOUBATON (Bryn Mawr) realize how long 
it's been since her junior year in France and 
how that year really did change her life: 

"In April of 1970, I met a young medical 
student, Sam Loubaton, during a Passover 
seder in the Quartier Latin. To make a very 
long story short, I moved back to Paris in 
1971 after receiving my BA from Bryn 
Mawr, Sam and I were married in 1972, and 
spent the rest of the decade in Paris while he 
finished his medical studies and I worked for 
several major multi-national companies in a 
variety of bilingual capacities. 

"We moved to New York in 1980 and, for 
the past ten years, I have been working at 
Food and Wines From France, Inc., the 
official agency for the promotion of French 
agricultural products in the U.S. I am now 
Assistant Director for Wine and Spirits. In 
my job, I put my knowledge of France, and of 
French, to good (and constant!) use. Sam is 
now an American MD as well as a French 
one. We have two children: Emily, 7, and 
Jeremy, 5. 

"The Junior Year itself was wonderful: 
Tours and the beautiful Loire Valley, being 
able to spend hours in the Louvre (with a 
laissez-passer, no less!) and getting college 
credit for it, having a theatre ticket handed to 
me each week, spending hours sitting in 
cafes or just wandering around Paris, ...a 
moment priviligii I will never forget!" 





(Yale): "It's amazing that it's now 14 years 
since that year we spent in Paris -- it seems 
like such a short time ago. Not only was 
that year an enjoyable one (culture shock 
and all!!) but it really helped to set the 
course of my life. I know that it was because 
of the experience of living abroad that first 
time that I was able to go four years later to 
live and study in Taiwan, and function in a 
culture even more different from ours than 
French culture is. I continue to work with 
China-related things -- I am serving my 
second term as a trustee of the Yale-China 
organization (which sends Americans to 
teach in the PRC for two-year terms), but 
France and French culture will always remain 
my first love. I am going to teach French 
this fall, and my first book, which was 
published this summer, is a translation of 
Alexandre Dumas pere's Charles VII chez 
ses grands vassaux, an 1831 play which 
had never been translated into English 
before. The Noble Press in Chicago has put 
it out under the title Charles VII at the 
homes of his great vassals, with my essay, 
"Black French Author", which certainly 
contains information which I would not 
have known if I had not lived in France. I 
am currently working on an essay on Mme 
de S6vign6 and Mme de La Fayette, which 
may turn into a book, if I'm lucky - I just 
wish I still hved where I could easily reach 
the Mus6e Camavalet and the Bibliotheque 

My husband and I moved last year from 
Connecticut to Maryland. People who knew 
me while I was in Tours will be shocked to 
hear that I live in the countryside now, and I 
love it. I have two sons, aged six and four. 
The youngest one can say Bonjour already. 
Perhaps he'll be applying to Sweet Briar in 
the year 2006. That would be wonderful." 


Our best wishes to SARAH 
RINDSBERG (Mount Holyoke), who, on 
March 2, 1991, married Jonathan 
HERMAN near Great Barrington, MA. 
They honeymooned in Vancouver (to ski) 
and New Zealand (to cycle). In February 
1990 Sarah had spent a week in Paris, 
visited the JYF office, then gone to Geneva 
and skied in Argentiere, a small village (but 
with three patisseries — as Sarah says, 
C'est ga qui compte!) 



A message from Professor CHARLES 
O'KEEFE, Resident-Director of the Junior 
Year in France in 1981-82: 

"Mais qu'est-ce que ga passe vite le temps!!! 
Do you find it as hard as I do to believe that, 
yes, it has been ten years since our year 
together in France? My own incredulity 
notwithstanding, I actually hope that the years 
have seemed to go by quickly for each of you, 
since that would mean that they have been 
pleasant ones for you. 

"Last year, though, I had more than one 
occasion to look back on '81-'82 with a certain 
intensity, since I had the good fortune to be 
Resident Director of the *90-'91 SBC/JYF. 
Thanks to memory's tricks, it was a peculiar 
experience for me, to say the least. I started out 
with nothing but rosy recollections of your 
stay in France, but because of the many real and 
quite understandable problems faced by last 
year's students, I quickly and repeatedly 
remembered how very, very difficult those first 
few months of transition were for you, and 
necessarily so. Think back: adjusting to all 
the new faces and personalities, not to mention 
to your host families; find the secretariats, and 
wondering how you were going to manage in 
all these new kinds of courses--just for a couple 
of examples. But adjust you did, and very well 
indeed at that. 

"So accept my sincere and, yes, realistic 
congratulations for all those little victories [as 
well as for any not so little ones] that you 
achieved ten years ago. And, please!!, don't 
hesitate to write to me about your victories, 
little and not so little, since then. 


A message from Mme CAROL DENIS, 

Assistant to the Director in 1981-82: 

"My question to all of you is the 
following: Is it Sweet Briar's MAX BECK 
pictured in the 1991 Guiness Book of World 
Records covered with 100,000 bees 
weighing 14 kilos? I see a slight physical 
resemblance but all those bees just keep 
getting in the way. We heard via Daniel 
Bastien (former Sciences Po T.D. instructor) 
that TOM ESSELMAN is married as are a 
great number of you by now. It was a 
pleasure seeing KAREN MOSES in Tours and 
receiving a long letter from SARAH 
GUMBERT (which will be answered 
eventually). Occasionally we get news of 
RANDY KNIGHT from his Paris family, the 
Lepoutres, but we greatly regret losing 
contact with STEPHEN ORR after so many 
years (hilas!). Can this be remedied? A qui 
la faute? JAN LEVIN has been most fidile 
and it is a lift each time we see or hear from 
her. I saw Mme Roland-Manuel the other day 
and, of course, ELIZABETH DOW and 
ELIZABETH TAYLOR were thoroughly 

"Other memories include JULIETTE 
CALAYAG's incredible ingenuity; NINA 
PASTUHOV and her various adventures; 
ALLISON SITRIN and her great rapport with 
chere Mme Laurens; and JULIUS LEIMAN- 
CARBIA the night of the fete — ever 
charming and gallant even slightly under the 

"Most of your Paris families have retired 
or been retired. Mesdames Parlange, Geneve, 
Coutant continue as does Madame Mikol 
whose two chambres de bonnes have been 
united to make one very cute studio with 
kitchenette and bath. PEYTON HURT may 
know that the Levesques are still putting up 



back after a short breather period, and 
the Lebatards are still going strong. 
TTiat's the extent of it though, leaving 
only 7 of the 65 original families. 

"Madame Derozieres and I continue 
to welcome new groups and new 
directors each year. I am sure you 
would find us more 'mature' but we feel 
just as chipper as ever and are not 
above playing pranks on certain 
unsuspecting students when things 
become too tame in early March. 

"We hof>e we'll see you or hear from 
you one way or another. You must 
pass through Paris sometime before we 
decide to retire!" 

Our thanks to CHRISTINE 

FLOWERS (Bryn Mawr) who was the 
first to volunteer to serve as class news 
editor. We appreciate a job well done 
completed while she was looking for a 
new teaching position, found it and 
moved! Here is her report: 

"As I write these words, I'm relaxing 
in my backyard, sipping homemade 
lemonade and wriggling my toes in a 
cool basin of water. To all observers I 
look as if I didn't have a care in the 
world or a thought for tomorrow. 
How different from 10 years ago at this 
time when I, like all of you, was in the 
midst of preparations for my Junior 
Year in France. Back then, I barely had 
a moment to breathe, let alone soak 
my overworked feet in anything but a 
tub of epsom salts. And yet, I'd trade 
the serenity of 1991 for that hectic 
August of 1981 sans hisiter. But 
enough about me — for the moment. 

From all indications it appears that 
1981-82 alumni hold fond and 
sometimes hilarious memories of that 
year in France. There were also some 
sadder moments to recall but these 
only heightened the pleasures by 


(Texas), an attorney and managing 
editor of Trial magazine in 
Washington, D.C. writes that she 
attends a weekly French conversation 
and book discussion group, and has 
returned to France twice in the past 
several years. Therese still finds Paris 
"as elegant and beautiful as I did in 

AMY BOYCE OSAKI (Sweet Briar) is 
currently Curator of Education at the Oregon Art 
Institute. She and her husband John (whom she 
met while both worked for the National Park 
Service in Philadelphia) just returned from a 
trip to Paris after a ten-year absence. Amy's 
long list of memories includes the bomb threat 
that evacuated her phonetics class at 34, rue de 
Reurus; long metro rides to Chgnancourt; her 
wonderful host family in Tours and art history 
lectures at the Louvre, Jeu de Paume, with Mme 
Cotte; hours spent reading in a caf6 with an 
espresso.... and Tours -- M. and Mme Massenet 
and their terrific hospitality and food -- rabbit, 
fish (with head and tail), kidneys... yummy; 
seeing a sangtier erUier in the market in Tours. 
She writes: "I grew so much during that year, 
and learned so much about France and myself." 

SUE MONTGOMERY (Mount Holyoke) is 
now a journalist with a Chicago-area newspaper 
chain. While she hasn't yet had the 
opportunity to go back to France, she has kept 
in touch with her Tours host family, the Jurys. 
She returned the favor to them several years ago 
when Army, Jean-Claude and their son 
Alexandre visited her in Chicago. Sue has also 
kept in touch with AMY OSAKI and saw her at a 
conference last summer. 

CHUCK HUNTER (Lawrence) writes from 
the American Embassy in Cairo, where he is a 
Foreign Service Officer. As he wryly notes, 
many of his memories concern food: WALTER 
LANGLOIS complaining of being underfed in 
Tours, his Paris landlady forbidding him from 
eating lunch in his apartment (even if he 
bought it) and Poilane. Chuck says that JYF 
set in motion a process of self-examination and 
that even though he would have jumped at the 
chance if someone had offered him a plane 
ticket home between September and November, 
he considers the year to have been "wonderful" 
and "memorable"! Chuck would love to see any 
alums who might be passing through Cairo, or 
Algiers (July 92- July 94). 

AILEEN LACHS (Williams), a law student 
living in Plainfield, Vermont, counts "living 
with and getting to know Nancy Pick" among 
the highlights of 1981-82. She also mentions 
"Mme Mueller's cooking, open air markets, 
picnicking in the Jardin du Luxembourg and 
walking along the Seine". Aileen returned to 
Paris this past July for the first time since JYF, 
and also had dinner with Nancy and her new 
husband Lawrence. 

JAN LEVIN (Virginia), a political analyst 
in New York City, writes: "Paris was, in many 
ways, a year of escape from real life into a 
magical exj>erience that I've come to appreciate 
more in every year that as passed since then." 
She fondly recalls biking in Tours and racing 

down the Champs Elysees with the stereo 
blasting. On a more practical note, Jan and 
her "partner in crime", KAREN 
BRINKMANN, are in search of the third 
member of their trio, ALISON LUXNER. If 
Alison reads this, "please phone home"; Jan 
(212 827 4389), Karen (202 637 2283). 
Finally, Jan would love to hear from old 
roommate NORINE LEEMANS and sends her 
regards to Carol Denis. 

DONALD MACKAY (Occidental), truck 
driver and "budding author", recalls snowball 
fights with MAX BECK, TONY 
as arriving at the Maison Diocesaine attired 
in coat, tie and boxer shorts. Since JYF, 
Donald has gotten married, fallen in love 
with San Francisco and maintained a strong 
affection for Europe. 

Grayson Harris, Elena Quevedo and 
Donald MacKay 

involved in sales and consulting in Dallas, is 
trying to relocate Europe "as a businessman 
instead of a poor student!" He includes the 
following among his fondest memories of 
France: "bakeries, bakeries and more 
bakeries! the metro; sidewalk caf6s 
everywhere; the many soirees chez Nicolas; 
being the most adamant in my class about 
speaking only French; and the incredible 
French countryside." Michael is currently 
engaged to be married and would love to hear 
from friends with a view to a small reunion. 
His phone number is [214] 522-0203. As 
Michael notes "Y'all know who you are that 
should call me!" 




[Randolph-Macon Woman's] is in the 
enviable position of returning to Paris 
every summer! Her husband has family 
abroad and, as a reporter for Forbes 
magazine, she's managed to incorporate 
business with pleasure: Zina has 
interviewed some of the most powerful 
businessmen in France. Among her fondest 
memories of 1981-82 are parties at NICK 
ISBELL's, Mme DENIS, and volunteering 
to be a cheerleader for Science Po's rugby 
team with JOELLE LAMBIOTTE (it did not 
go beyond showing off their talents during 
a dinner with the whole team at one of the 
cafes on rue de Crenelle!). Zina invites all 
who pass through New York [especially 
Monsieur Isbell] to contact her at [212] 


[Sweet Briar] sends news from "across the 
Pond." A mother and housewife in London, 
Gretchen notes that she looks back on her 
JYF with the fondest of memories, and has a 
particular place in her heart for the host 
family she shared with MARTHA KUHN 
MOORE. She writes that "the Marzloffs 
were absolutely fantastic and treated my 
roommate and me as if we were part of their 
family," and hopes to visit them on her 
next trip to France. 

Mawr] checks in from Brooklyn, New York 
where she is involved in international 
marketing. She has kept the Callic 
connection alive by remaining in close 
contact with Sylvane, her teaching mentor 
when she was assistant in an elementary 
school in the 14e arrondissement. 
Vivieime comments with a great deal of 
satisfaction that on her last trip to Paris, 
someone actually asked her for directions. 

JAN BENJAMIN [Stanford] another 
legal alumn, practices law in Washington, 
D.C., where she has become re-acquainted 
"fallen in love" with Betsy's son, Nicholas. 
Jan remembers living with Betsy chei "les 
vieux royalistes" in the 16e arron- 
dissement and "one bubbly train ride" from 
Epemay. She loves D.C. because of its 
international flavor but misses Paris, her 
"second home." 

Among the many memories recoimted by 

[Sweet Briar], foreign travels figure 
prominently. While in France, Leslie 
managed to get away and visit Germany 
(before the fall of the wall), sail on the 

Aegean and enjoy the historical sites of 
Turkey. Not content with her academic year 
wanderings, Leslie chose to remain in Paris as a 
femme de chambre the following summer and 
rubbed elbows [albeit from afar] with Gene 
Kelly and Mick Jagger. She and her husband 
are currently living in Sacramento, California 
where she is the technical librarian at 
McGeorge School of Law, and is expecting her 
first child. Before getting married she lived in 
Washington, D.C, working at the White House 
Library for 2 1/2 years and for Senator John 
Heinz. Before moving to the West Coast she 
and DAN CHAPMAN a lot 

LAURA COOLEY [Vassar] is in Bethesda, 
Maryland where she is currently employed as a 
Social Scientist, but that domestic address is 
misleading. Since graduating from Vassar in 
1983, Laura has lived in Indonesia, England 
and most recently Sweden where she was a 
researcher for Uppsala University. She admits 
that it was the Sweet Briar experience that left 
her with a desire to live and work abroad, and 
she certainly has fulfilled those dreams during 
the past decade. Laura would love to hear from 
classmates, ROBIN SCALA and JOHN 

LAURIE COWAN [Bryn Mawr] is living 
and studying in Atlanta, Georgia where she is 
pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory 

JOHN DAVIS [Cornell], another 
Washingtonian who resides in a late 19th 
Century rowhouse on Capitol Hill, works as a 
Research Associate for the National Gallery of 
Art [having just received his Ph.D. from 
Columbia in Art History and Archaeology]. 
John recalls "that first view of Chambord as our 
bus approached the chateau; the death of the 
Baronne, matriarch of the huge Rouxel home in 
Tours where I lived (we saw an extended 
provincial, bourgeois family come together for 
a rite right out of the pages of Balzac); walking 
with ELENA QUEVEDO at the Ecole du Louvre's 
masked ball; late night omelette suppers in 
BARBARA KELLAM's chambre de bonne; and 
spending the summer after JYF working as a 
waiter in La Baule with TONY TRAVOSTINO." 
John enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame at La 
Baule when he was interviewed by Radio France 
about la cuisine amdricaine. Most recently he 
has devoted a good deal of his time to gay 
rights and AIDS-related activities. Through 
this work he met Jason Heffner with whom he 
moved to Washington two years ago. 

TOM ESSELMAN [Georgetown] who 
"cared enough to send the very best" of his 
memories, writes firom Kansas City, Mo. where 
he is a marketing executive for Hallmark Cards. 

Tom singles out the five weeks spent in 
Tours as among the most enchanting of his 
souvenirs: "reciting Brel and Prevert in 
class, field trips to les chateaux with lots of 
wine sampling; the friendly townspeople and 
the overwhelming majority of cute girls" 
surrounding him. Tom also recalls the 
"smile and friendliness" of Mme Denis, the 
Halloween party, studying at Sciences Po, 
and tutoring English at a Lyc6e in Paris. 
After graduating from first Georgetown and 
then Northwestern [with an MBA], Tom 
married in 1985 and is the father of 3 
children: Andrew, Danny and Amy. 


FRANKLIN [Yale] is currently living in 
Greenwich, CT. and works for the Inter- 
national Planned Parenthood Federation in 
New York. 


[Williams] writes from Washington, D.C. 
where she is employed as a "Mom" to two 
year old Nicolas. Becky notes that she is 
reminded of Paris on a daily basis since she 
and her husband are hosts to a French- 
speaking jeune fille au pair. She has also 
become reacquainted with JAN BENJAMIN 
and promises that the two of them will return 
to Paris soon. As Becky observes: "I'm sure 
we're two our old host family wouldn't 

CRAIG REICHER [Georgetown] an 
attorney in New York writes that his wife, 
Nina, and son, Nathaniel, are plaiming on 
visiting France this year in order to see his 
sister, a student at the Sorbonne. Craig 
sends the following message: "Our Junior 
Year in Paris was very special for me. I'd 
like to say hello to all the friends I made that 
year and wish them all well." 

LAURA MUNSON [Denison] sends 
news from Buffalo, New York, where she is 
employed as the Assistant to the Trade 
Commissioner at the Canadian Consulate. 
She also sings professionally with various 
orchestras and small local opera companies. 
According to Laura: "Most of my 'group' 
memories are from our time in Tours. I 
remember the talent show we put on at the 
end of our sijour, the acts I remember best 
were the hula dance and a very good rendition 
oi Desperado." 

DAVID ELZINGA [Northwestern] 
checks in from Chicago, Illinois where he is 
employed in Brand Management at Quaker 
Oats. After graduating from Northwestern in 
1983, David received his MBA from the J.L. 
Kellogg Graduate School of Management and 



has been with Quaker Oats since 1988. He 
married in July of 1989, and has kept in 
David admits that "I learned a lot about 
myself and made some great friends through 

Another Washington legal eagle, 

[Brown] writes of bicycle trips to chateaux 
in Tours, a play attended with her father 
where "a fully nude man ajjpeared from a 
crate on the stage", hitchhiking in Ireland, 
and "theater, cinema, art, architecture and 
literature." She has been married 5 plus 
years to Fred Johnsen and just bought a 
home. Karen invites all Washington area 
alums to form a French conversation/ 
reading group and would love to hear from 
any other rfF friends at [301] 805-1649. 


[Vassar], a graphic designer in New York, 
remembers "the long 7 [or 8] -floor hike up 
to the Sweet Briar Office at the Alliance 
Frangaise, and the box of tissues on Mme 
Denis' desk. Intense afternoons in M. 
Simon's theatre class... the sangria bar near 
the Theatre de I'Oddon. Meal tickets at the 
Maison des Etudiantes... Evenings spent at 
Le Gymnase with ELISA OLVEY and 
DANIELLE de GREGORY... the intercom at 
the Maison, partying at NICHOLAS 
ISBELL's place [including motorcycle], 
MICHAEL MARTIN'S southern drawl, JOHN 
KESSLER's ooh-la-la apartment. The 
Galeries Lafayette, crepes au Grand 
Marnier and croissants... that very 
specific m6tro smell ["Rennes est 
fermee!" ] Our French roommates: 
"Claudia, tu te rends compte le bruit que tu 

Claudia asked about having a 
reunion/party: "I dropped off a note on 
Mme Denis' desk when I was last in Paris 
suggesting we have a reunion — not sure if 
she ever got it, however." She is currently 
getting an M.F.A. at Yale in graphic 
design. She was married in March to David 
Marasek from Czechoslovakia and spent 
the summer over in CSFR ["Prague is 
gorgeous."] "I've been sharing an 
apartment in New York City with ELISA 
OLVEY for the past four years." 

Claudia's roommate, ELISA OLVEY 
[Vassar] is a Clinical Social Worker/ 
Counselor. Of her year in France she 
remembers "discovering the Musee Grevin 
one sunny afternoon with CLAUDIA 
MAUNER while strolling about 
Montmartre... Eating raw oysters with 

JOHN KESSLER at the Roosevelt mtoo stop 
and then watching in amazement a clochard 
who yanked the box of empty shells from our 
hands and proceeded to guzzle the salty water 
remaining.... Eating ice cream cones on the 
banks of the Seine with CRISTINA LA PORTA 
and JOHN KESSLER and reading Baudelaire out 
loud to one another... Listening to the aged and 
gypsy-like Giussepe sing O Sole Mio at the 
Gymnase with CLAUDIA MAUNER and 
DANIELLE de GREGORY. It would be great to 
see everyone once more and do some real 
catching up. Am curtently pursuing a Master's 
degree in social work [full time] at N.Y.U. 
Would love to hear from J. KESSLER, D. de 


[Randolph-Macon Woman's] writes: "My 
junior year in France changed my life! I went 
back to France to do my M.B.A. at INSEAD in 
Fontainebleau and met my husband. We lived 
in Toulouse for nearly three years before 
coming to West Africa about two years ago 
(JoeUe lives in Accra, Ghana). We have three 
sons, the youngest is now two months old and 
the oldest, four years. So as can be imagined, I 
haven't had much time to work outside the 
house although I hope someday to put my 
M.B.A. to use. Can't wait to see our 
anniversary issue! 

For KIMBERLY MOCK [Denison], a 
Marketing Communications Manager for 
Alcatel Qualcomm, many memories of her 
junior year abroad have been rekindled since 
she moved back to Paris in January 1990: "I 
had been back on long summer trips, and on the 
last one finally realized how much I'd been 
longing to live and work in France. Even 
though my Ufe is just as hectic here as it was in 
New York City [where I used to see many 
SBJYF faces on the streets], there's the 
occasional monument which is so well 
maintained by the goverrunent [and my tax 
francs!], which will peak out and remind me of 
how I'm really just on an extended trip. 
Working in France has many advantages, i.e. 
five weeks vacation, and my job involves a lot 
of international travel, including 10 days in 
Moscow. But that story about long French 
lunches and carefree attitude is not the same we 
enjoyed as students! I'm still hoping to see 
other SBJYF friends over here on a trip, in 

a full-time mom in Houston, writes: "Besides 
making French and France come alive, living 
in Paris also gave me a wonderful sense of 
independence and accomplishment. I loved 
living in Paris, studying at the Louvre, eating 

patisseries, riding the m6tro and trying to 
be French even though I was so obviously an 
American! Highlights of my crip included 
going to the Jeu de Paume, eating oranges 
Christmas morning in Italy, living with my 
French family, the Marzloffs, and 
GRETCHEN WULSTER, touring the Loire 
Valley on bicycle and sharing Paris with 
Jean-Luc who wrote me beautiful poetry. It 
all seems like such a dream now -- so long 
ago. After graduating from the U. of Texas 
with a B.A. in French and a teaching 
certificate, I married Leigh Moore, and we 
moved to Dallas where I taught high school 
French for six years. During that time I took 
two groups of students back to France and 
was named Teacher of the Year for my high 
school. Leigh and I then moved to Houston 
where I taught jimior high French for a year. 
In January, 1991, we had our first baby, 
Mollie, and I now stay at home to be with 
her." Martha asks: "Is anything special 
being done for our 10-year anniversary? I 
would like to know of any plans." 

And from your news editor: "Like most of 
my classmates, I cannot believe ten years 
have passed since we boarded the Sabena 
flight in New York. The memories are 
crystal-clear and numerous, and I find it 
impossible to narrow them down to a few 
words. They range from the comical [telling 
my French host mother that - oh yes, I love 
radis: I have a big one at home in my 
bedroom but I couldn't carry it onto the 
plane... and blanching when I found out that 
radis meant radish and not radio] to the 
sorrowful [receiving a late night phone call 
informing me that my father had lost his 
battle with limg cancer]. Sf)ending that year 
in Paris was one of the reasons I was able to 
deal so well with Daddy's death -- the 
geographical distance from his pain lessened 
my own. But the year itself was the greatest 
joy -- experiences shared, food consumed 
[and consumed... and consumed] and deep 
friendships made. A sjjecial thanks to Mme 
Denis, whose smile and kind words made the 
sad moments bearable and the good moments 
better. Since JYF I have jjracticed law, lived 
in Italy and taught French and Spanish. I 
still haven't figured out what I want to do 
when I grow up. I'd love to hear from JYF 
alums. Grosses bises a tous!" 


JOHN LOVETT (Haverford) received his 
MFA from Indiana University and is now an 
Instructor of English at the University of 
New Orleans. He is available for a rendez- 
vous in the Vieux Carre if any of his fellow 
JYFers is travelling through New Orleans 





A message from Professor ARNOLD 
JOSEPH, 1986-87 Residem Director: 

"My colleague Charles O'Keefe, Resident 
Director of the 1990-91 group, claims that 
the greves, perturbations et crises plaguing 
them were more severe and numerous than 
ours in 1986-87. Nonsense! I can't believe 
that riforme at Sciences po created more 
confusion than the introduction of 
computerized registration at Paris IV. 

"Regardless of which group might have 
been tested more relentlessly, the 
participants of both have noted 
retrospectively that, not only did they 
survive but, in the process, they expanded 
the scope of their intellectual and cultural 
frames of reference. 

"I travel to France regularly and continue 
to encounter challenges and delights. I take 
some precautions now: I'm going to avoid 
the entanglements of the academic 
bureaucracy by beginning my retirement in 
December; and disturbances on the RAT? 
and the SNCF are no great inconvenience for 
a man on a bicycle. 

Would enjoy hearing from you." 

And Mme 


CAROL DENIS sends the 

"1986-87 remains an unforgettable year from 
start to finish. I feel as though it was just last 
year that ELISABETH EL-KHODARY and the 
rest of you presented us with your petition in 
order to leave Tours on schedule. JULIE 
BAKER kept having course conflicts and 
couldn't come up with enough courses. JAMES 
SOMMERS paid us visits always wearing one 
of his new creations and JORDAN LEBAMOFF 
got hit by a car on the rue de Vaugirard and lived 
to tell the tale. DONNA BECK attracted the 
attention of the Alliance painter and ANDREW 
KRAMER fell asleep sitting up on the couch in 
my office while I talked on the phone with one 
of the families. 

"Since those days we have been lucky to see 
many of you and to have some of you living 
here in France with us. GENEVA CARR, 
here; we are all so busy, however, that we don't 
see each other but every two years or so. 
EILEEN PUUCK is married and living here. We 
are colleagues of a sort because she is working 
for use here in Paris. We talk on the phone 
about once a month and make lunch plans that 
we always end up cancelling because one of us 
can't get away. TODD KARR stiU Uves here 

Metro Abbesses 

(Photo by Cindy Hoyle) 

and we see him about once a year. Last year 
were here and we managed to get together for 
lunch (take-outs eaten in the little room at 
the end of the hall) several times not to 
mention long phone calls. We miss you. 

"Things stay just about the same, except 
for one important exception. After years of 
correcting our mistakes, Madame 
Triantafyllou has retired and is no longer 
teaching the grammar courses. Madame 
Hilling is still teaching the translation 
course and M. Simon is still lecturing about 
Beckett. The Sciences Po students still fret 
and work just as much but most of the T.D.s 
have changed hands and petite Ariane 
Chebel is now the coordinaXrice. 

"Mr. Joseph and I write, talk on the phone 
and see each other when he comes through 
either in the summer or on sabbaticals. Our 
last memorable meeting was on the Champs 
Elyses the day some inventive person 
decided to transform it into a wheat field. A 
real wheat field it was and we are still 
wondering why. Madame Derozieres sends 
you her good wishes. She is still handing 
out theater tickets and berating her 
Macintosh. All of us hojje to see you again 
in the not-too-distant future and look forward 
to reading your news in the Alumni 

Well, Mme Denis, here it is: 


(Agnes Scott) married Jerry Robin (Robbie) 
Blanton on April 7, 1990: "He went to 
Georgia Tech and now works as a civil 
engineer. TTiere is an old saying down here 
that says the Agnes Scott girls always marry 
the Georgia Tech boys — guess that's what 
happened with us!" Donna is an 
Administrative Assistant for French 
Programs at LOMA (Life Office Management 
Association). She writes: "My dearest 
memories are those of new friendships. One 
of my favorites is of the time a new Swiss 
friend, Elizabeth Corrodi, whom I'd met at a 
French Protestant church, and I shared a 
simple meal in her tres petit appartement. 
She and I made her mother's recipe for a 
homemade tarte aux pommes — it was 

"If my family hadn't taken me to a Sunday 
brunch at a particular restaurant just before 



leaving for France, I never would have met 
our waitress, Florence Urlet (a French 
citizen working in the U.S.). who gave me 
the name of her aunt in Paris to call. The 
Lambert family, particularly their older 
daughter, Cecile, became some of my most 
special friends and made me feel like I was 
part of them. We had many fun times 
together, including having dinner at their 
house, going to see a Moliere play (they 
insisted that they buy my ticket), and seeing 
their youngest son's confirmation. When 
the Lamberts met DOROTHY BUDAR and me 
at the airport for our return flight to the 
States, we were all trying hard not to burst 
out in tears (it didn't work). 

"Everyone will remember our trip to 
Normandy. I get goose bumps every time I 
think of walking around the American 
cemetery at Omaha Beach, seeing the 
perfectly aligned crosses which seemed to 
stretch over miles, looking over the edge of 
the cliffs imagining what it might have 
looked and sounded like when the Allies 
landed there, for the first time understanding 
in a very tangible sense the cost of freedom. 

"Then there were the light-hearted 
memories, like when I celebrated my 
twentieth birthday with a few friends a 
couple of days early at the Huey Lewis and 
The News concert in Paris. The weekly art 
lessons at Lucio Loubet's atelier near Place 
d'ltalie. Snacking after a Sorborme cours 
magistral on spinach yogurt with another 
American friend whom I'd met at Lucio's 
studio, who also happened to be in my 
CM.. Jogging at Pare Monceau on 
Tuesdays before going to class. 

"One of the effects of my JYF is the 
excitement I have when I meet other jjeople 
who spyeak French. I'm involved in a social 
group of francophiles called L e s 
Baragouineurs here in Atlanta. We 
generally meet monthly in someone's home 
to enjoy French conversation and hors 
d'oeuvres. For one week in April, Robbie 
and I hosted a young French woman who was 
participating in the Atlanta-Toulouse sister 
city adult exchange program. I had much fun 
taking a couple days of vacation to spend 
with her and the rest of the group--I even got 
to act as a kind of interpreter when we toured 
some sites downtown! For a while, I was 
tutoring a high school student in French-- 
she attended my old high school and even 
had the same French teacher I'd had. It was 
so thrilling to see how my tutoring and 
enthusiasm had such a positive influence on 
her. She will be starling college this fall 
and plans to major in French and Spanish 
(and maybe Japanese!). And, of course, my 
year in France definitely helped me get my 
current position with LOMA. In early 

Place de la Concorde ( Cyndie Hoyle) 

September our French programs staff of five 
[jeople will be going to Trois Rivieres, Quebec 
for a sijour linguistique of sorts. I can hardly 
wait! This will be my first time to leave the 
U.S. since I left in September 1986 to go to 
France. These are just a few of the ways my 
year in France affected me. I know I've written 
a mini novel, but that's what happens when 
someone gets me talking about the year I spent 
in France!" 

KERRY CARNAHAN (Northwestern) 
has been working since 1988 in Chicago, most 
recently at an international stock photo agency 
as a creative researcher (great job title!). "I will 
finally be going back to school in autumn to 
study the international effects of the mass 
media (the thread that ties the 'global village' 
together. I'm interested in the cultural 
similarities and differences between countries' 
attitudes and usages of the media, and where 
that wiU take us in the future. I couldn't have 
identified this interest without my year reading 
ads in the Paris m^tro. I'll be at the University 
of Washington in Seattle." Kerry mentions 
that ELIZABETH ALFANO (Northwestern) was 
in Italy studying Italian for the summer. She'll 
be doing an internship with Kellogg's in 
Michigan this fall and will be finishing her 
Master's at Thunderbird School of International 
Management next spring. 

is a graduate student at Princeton and sf>ends a 
lot of time in the Middle East, her specialty. Of 
her year in France she writes: "Despite the 
bombs and strikes, both of which I have 
become somewhat accustomed to, working on 
the Middle East, I had a wonderful time and 
learned a lot. Nevertheless, I do not miss the 
overcast sky. I hope all my friends from that 
year are doing well and I look forward to 
hearing about or better yet from them. I am 
still working in French and am preparing to 
present a paper (in French) at a French literature 
conference. The Middle East hasn't completely 
taken over yet -- despite the long hours of 
studying new languages (Arabic-Hebrew)." 

KAREN EIDELMAN (Brown) graduated 
in May from the Columbia University 
Business School. 

remembers "LES GREVES! The student 
strikes, the m^tro strikes, the train strikes, 
etc! Also, though, learning to get around 
Paris and the universities in spite of the 
strikes, trying to keep sane. All those fussy 
landladies and what a saint Mme Denis had to 
be. M. Simon's theater class, hot chocolate 
in every cafe in Paris (with JENNIFER 
LEVY), JESSICA LERNER's tiny room in the 
pension, ADAM and LYLE in the 20eme 
arrondissement, the library at Sciences Po, 
RODINE at the Cafe Pacifico, the library at 
the Pompidou Center, the wine, the Siberian 
cold front in January of '87 (snow in Paris?!) 
Good times and difficult times --but I'm 
forgetting the hard times over the years. Has 
it really been five years?" 

MITCH GLAZIER (Northwestern) is an 
Attorney (serving as a judicial law clerk to a 
Federal U.S. District Court Judge in the 
Northern District of Illinois). "I hope SBC- 
JYF is still holding an annual party at La 
Cave. I'll never forget tackling le mitro 
that night... Mme Triantafyllou: 'C'est 
toujours difficile pour les anglophones." I 
still think of her whenever I come across old, 
outdated books which still use the passi 
simple... We were all pretty lucky at the 
time that terrorism didn't really affect us. I 
remember when we were held back for a week 
or two in Tours during 'Bloody September.' I 
just kept hoping we wouldn't have to go 
back home. Luckily none of us did. But 
another week of French civics was torture. 
Still the best year of my life so far... Who 
knew ANDERS FALK would go so far after 
directing the Fete d'Adieul I recently saw 
his name as an assistant in the credits of a 
major motion picture. Congrats, Anders! I'd 
like to hear from you and all the DeGuerlitz 

LARA HEWITT (U. of Southern 
California) is "a student again!" She 
remembers her " wonderful French family — 
the Dattners; the Chateau and the Promenade 
des Anglais in Nice, Trivia Pursuit in 
Belleme; Stacy and Jean; nutella crepes; les 
Miz; baby bottles; travelling to Spain, 
Germany and Italy (Sergio and the Mob!?); 
walking home from Genesis; Alex in Tours; 
picnic in La Rochelle with Stacy and Nick; 
$43 worth of stamps!; Sciences Po final 
exam; the library! writing midnight papers 
with Anne; growing up; the year that 
changed my life.'" 



Lara adds: "France made its way into my 
heart and has never left! Upon returning, I 
spent six months at the US Department of 
Commerce in Washington, DC interning on 
the France desk. I then graduated and took a 
job with the French-American Chamber of 
Commerce for 2-1/2 years. I'm back in DC 
again now, this time to complete a Ph.D. in 
International Relations/Comparative 
Politics of Western Europe at Georgetown 
University. I'll never forget that magical 
year which really changed my life! I can't 
wait to go back!" 

Jennifer Chumas and new sailor 
friends in Split, Yugoslavia 
(Spring 1987) 

(Lana McClung) 

CINDY HOYLE (Wellesley) is an 
Implementation Consultant (What a 
beautiful title!). She remembers " Les 
bruits, les odeurs, les grands batiments 
magnifiques! Les dicouvertes, les 
aventures, I'independance et la liberti! 
Jussieu, Sciences Po, la Catho et les 
bibliotheques folles! Les Howard, Ariane, 
Valerie, Ginette, Agnes, Andy et Rajhid. 
Tours, La Rochelle, Saint-Malo, la priere et 
les dejeuners au jardin du Luxembourg. 
Boucher et Monet au Louvre et au Musie 
d' Or say. Tout ce que j'ai fait et voudrais 
faire. Paris 1986-87 me manque toujours... 
I read a great book about France called 
Fragile Glory by Richard Bernstein for all 
you francophones." 


Virginia) is a graduate student at Cornell 

JORDAN I. LEBAMOFF (U. of Southern 
California) will graduate from Tulane 
University School of Law in May 1992 with a 
specialization in European Economic 
Community Law. He writes: "Some of the 
most intelligent people I know returned to 
Paris shortly after our Junior Year in France. 
Envious? Yes, absolutely." 

LANA McCLUNG (Haverford) is finishing 
her M.A. at Lehigh University to become a 
French teacher. She is now involved in a 
program teaching gifted students. Of her year in 
France she remembers "a suspenseful month in 
Tours, during the terrorists' bombings in Paris. 
Cycling trips through the tiny villages near 
Tours. In Tours, I shared the Hamelin family 
KIRKSEY. One morning, we three cooked a 
bountiful American breakfast, complete with 
pancakes AND chocolate chip cookies for our 
host family. They were rather overwhelmed. 

"In Paris, residing in Pension Les 
Marroimiers, where I was thoroughly sjxjiled 
by Marie-Odile's (Poirier) delectable cooking. 

"A trip to Biarritz with studio 
photographer, Pierre-Yves Mahe, SARA 
great time but didn't take many photos. One 
memorable happening: Late one January 
night, on the way back from a night on the 
town, KIM HOLMES was 'skating' with her 
shoes on the frozen fountain at Saint- 
Sulpice. She fell and broke her front tooth. 

"My jimior year abroad has really been 
influential in shaping my career plans. I 
continue my passion for language-learning. 
During the last year, I have spent a total of 
seven months in Germany and have acquired 
a workable German vocabulary. During my 
last stay, I returned to Paris for the first time 
since 'Sweet Briar.' It hadn't changed much, 
but for the Pyramid at the Louvre and the 
lovely, surmy weather. 

ADAM RABBINO (Amherst) is 
employed in Sales and Marketing at the Atari 
Computer Corporation. He sends the 
following greeting: "Santi et succes a 
toutes! (a tous, aussi) Things are terrific in 
Babylon-by-the-Bay (San Francisco) - 
J'espere vous voir bientot dans la caue du 
pub Saint-Germain-des-Pris. Eh oui, le 
Frangais aux USA, ga rouillle. Brievement 
et avec amitie, Adam." 

Chez les Hamelin a Tours: M. 
Hamelin, Monique Hamelin, Lana 
McClung, Mme Hamelin, Rochelle 
Krauss, Susannah Kirksey (front) 



Christina Young 
a la pension des 

and Kim Holmes 

(Lana McClung) 


(Northwestern) is a teacher of French and 
English: "My best memories are of the 
many nights Delia and I sat up and talked 
about our adventures -the mistakes and the 
successes--in Madame's clean, white 
kitchen. I also remember trips to la Cote 
d'Azur, the castles, Mont-Saint-Michel, and 
Italy, with various members of the gang. 
All of the good times did pay off, as I am 
now the French teacher at a local middle 
school. My students adore the real-life 
stories. I have my Master's degree now, and 
I'm just starting to write a book on games 
teachers can use to teach languages. I ended 
up marrying my honey from college - the 
same one who saw us off in New York en 
route to Tours in 1986. I have not travelled 
as much as I would like to since the good old 
days - somehow work and family 
obligations tie me up. I am spending 
several weeks on vacation in Japan this 
summer, however. Who knows, maybe I'll 
leam Japanese next! If any of you fellow 
Sweet Briar students come to Detroit, call 


(Northwestern) is now an Attorney. One of her 
favorite memories of Paris is "having dinner at 
MORY WATKIN's chambre de bonne. MITCH 
over to Mory's miniscule room one night. 
Mory and Mitch cooked dinner over Mory's hot 
plate while Wendy and I brought the ice cream. 
At the end of the meal, we all climbed out onto 
the roof of Mory's building and ate ice cream 
while gazing at the Sacre-Coeur and the Arc de 

"I was just recently married, and for our 
honeymoon, I look my husband back to Paris. 
We had a marvelous time! Now I'm starting a 
law practice in Wisconsin." 

ANN SHAAR (U. of Southern California) 
is a Photo Editor at Vanity Fair Magazine. 

Rachel Silver and 

Sara Kandler 

WILL RUSSELL (Connecticut C.) and 
LIBBY CARTY (Georgetown) are both entering 
their second year of graduate school and are 
spending the summer in Europe. They recently 
spent a weekend chez KAREN DECTER in Paris 
(also known as "Hostess of Tout Paris" in her 
huge 16th arrondissement penthouse): "Karen 
showed us all the newest 'hot spots' and the 
best home cooking in town. Thanks for going 
out of your way for us! Karen also had some 
exciting news for all of us! JEAN GOLDSTEIN 
visited Karen in Paris as a last hurrah before 
wedding JAY KUMAR on August 10th, in 
Normall, Illinois. They currently reside in 

Amy Brenner (I), Lana McClung (r) 
and fellow Haverford student Susan 
Fox (c) at Buckingham Palace 

Delia Burke and some famous dogs' 
graves in Ireland 

ELIF SINANOGLU (Haverford) is a free 
lance writer, translator, and editor. He has 
lots of memories of 1986-87: "... and strong 
enough so that I did indeed move back to 
lovely Paris in June of 1990. I've been here 
a year writing for various magazines, 
working for lots of French publishing 
houses, learning a lot and enjoying life... 
though it's certainly not as swell as the 
student days! Greetings to all." 

Cathy Hammond Rondeau and Delia 
Burke in Monet's garden at Giverny 

Au chateau de Chambord 





1988-89 Resident Director, was serving as 
Visiting Professor at Lafayette College 
during the 1991 fall semester. He ran into 
(almost literally) JEFF PETERS (Lawrence 
U.) in Paris. Jeff was teaching English in 
Clermont-Ferrand. Professor Henkels also 
tells us that KAREN RIGGS (Agnes Scott) is 
working for the Office of the Province of 
Quebec in Atlanta. He also forwarded a 
letter he had received from KRISTEN 
STAPLES (U. of Virginia) who lives in 
Washington, D.C., giving him news of 
some of the members of the 1988-89 group: 

"Following her graduation PENNY 
KARAS (Northwestern) worked for about 7 
months at American Express in Paris, 
which was great, and lived in the ISfeme, 
which wasn't so great. She was glad to be 
back in gay Paree but decided to come home 
during the Persian Gulf confusion under 
strong urging from her family. She moved 
to Washington, D.C. Penny and I are 
planning to attend the wedding of 
CAROLYN MOREY (Denison) on August 
24, 1991. Carolyn was a teacher's 
assistant in St. Louis and took classes to 
get her teaching certificate. She was 
planning to move to Arizona after her 
wedding. RENEE RONDEAU (U. of 
Southern California) spent a year in Tokyo 
teaching English and making tons of 
money! I think she was modeling a little 
on the side as well. Now she is back in the 
States and living in Chicago. Of all the 
Sweet Briar folks, I talk to MARC 
Virginia) the most since they live in the 
area. They are both working for the same 
law firm but in different divisions. They 
live with MARSHALL PARKER (Franklin 
and Marshall) in Alexandria in a really cute 
house. Marshall works for a law firm too. 
Seeins to be the thing to do these days! It 
must be a really small world because I 
moved into a new apartment in the Dupont 
Circle area and I ran into LORI MOSEY 
(Northwestern) in the bagel shop round the 
comer. Turns out we bve on the same street 
about a block apart. We were also 
roommates in Tours along with CAROLYN 
MOREY. Pretty weird. Lori is at 
Georgetown Law School. MAURA SMITH 
(Northwestern) was in Paris with Penny 
working for a law firm. When she came 
back, she went to Arkansas to work on 
some sort of farm/agricultural project where 
she was in charge of breeding and caring for 
the hogs. She loved it and is now back at 
home in New York." 

We received the following note from 

"I graduated in March 91 with a double major 
in Creative Writing and French Literature - with 
Honors. I intend to go to graduate school at 
N.Y.U. in a year or two. I will pursue my 
interest in theatre and writing. I plan to work 
one year for Elle - in L.A. or perhaps Paris. 
Hello to all." 


Last summer we asked the members of the 
1989-90 group for their plans for the future, as 
they were graduating from college: 

RANDY ARNDT (U. of Southern 
California) has been accepted to the Johns 
Hopkins University School of Advanced 
International Studies' Master's degree program. 
He will spend his first year (beginning this 
fall) at the Center in Bologna, Italy and his 
second year in Washington, D.C. 

ANNA M. BARDONE (Williams): "After 
graduating on June 2 and attending a fellow 
graduate's wedding on June 8 (y ikes I) I flew to 
San Diego where I'll be spending the summer. 
(One quick digression: at the wedding I met a 
Sweet Briar JYF alum, Maria from Mount 
Holyoke who was there 1988-89!) I'm living 
in California with my great-aimt from Ecuador. 
As a result, I am speaking Spanish all the time - 
and, in a few weeks my relatives will be 
hosting two French students. I hope to 
volunteer at a research center at UCSD where 
the psychology department is conducting a 
study in schizophrenia. Hopefully, I'll be able 
to make some money by tutoring math and 
French (my two majors). In the middle of 
August, I'll join my immediate family in 
Juneau, Alaska where we'll be visiting yet more 

"In September, I begin teaching at Delbarton 
School in Morristown, NJ. Delbarton is an all- 
boys school run by Benedictine Monks. There 
are about 500 boys in the grades 7-12, and 
about 90 faculty members. I'll be teaching 
math and French and will be living in a faculty 
housing area which is only a 40-minute train 
ride from New York City. I'll be sure to take 
trips into the city to visit the many college 
friends who have settled there for next year. 
I'd really like to teach for a couple of years and 
then enter a doctoral program in clinical 

"Of course, la France me manque beaucoup. 
I've vowed to save money this year for a return 
visit in the spring. I hope to spend time in 
Paris (with the fabulous Monique Lefevre!) and 
Germany (where a college friend will be 
working). My year in Paris can never be 

compared to anything -- it was the best 
experience I could have chosen for that year. 
Occasionally I have to convince myself that 
it wasn't a dream! Thank you for such an 
extraordinary opportunity!!" 

REBECCA BENOR (Georgetown) is 
teaching French and English as a Foreign 
Language at Pumell, an all girls' boarding 
school in Pottersville, New Jersey. "I'll also 
be coordinating the community service 
program and hopefully I'll be a chaperone for 
the one-month trip that the girls take to 
France every winter! I went back to Paris 
over Christmas and had a wonderful time. I 
miss it and hof)e to go back very soon. I 
hope you all had a good senior year and if 
any of you are ever in the Pottersville area, 
please come visit!" 

KARIN BICKELL (Wooster) is teaching 
English in Toride, Japan for one year. 

VALERIE BLIN (Northwestern) is a 
Time-Life correspondent crew/photographer 
in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia: 
"In absentia I am a co-investor in SCOTT 
smith's American bar in Paris "Buffalo 
Rome." and Consultant for P.J. O'Rourke's 
book on "Life at Science Po: Bring your 
pipe, CherieV 

MARA SONDE (Mount Holyoke) 
continues to study voice privately and 
searches for graduate school. She hopes to 
return to France this coming year (especially 
to visit KIM KOMER who will be in the Paris 
vicinity for the coming year). "I plan to go 
to graduate school in September 1992 for a 
Master of music in voice and opera - I 
haven't decided where yet!) As soon as I 
reach Paris I'll be sure to stop in at the Sweet 
Briar office!" 

CORINNE BROWN (U. of Virginia) is 
attending law school at the University of 

begirming a Ph.D. program in political 
science at the University of Chicago. 
"H61ene, my girl friend from Paris, will be 
visiting me for three weeks in July." 

KIMBERLY CAFFS (Connecticut C.) 
will be attending law school either in Los 
Angeles or Boston to study international law 
in order to "return to Europe for business as 
well as pleasure. Paris, and the friends I made 
during the 1989-90 JYF remain a fond 
memory. Hello to the Sweet Briar staff, 
Stacey, Chantal, Jill, Virginia, Jenn G. and 
especially Jennifer P - 1 miss you all!" 




Southern California) was working in the 
Dominican Republic as a Secretary for Club 
Med and planning to enroll in graduate 
school for translating and interpreting in 
Fall 1993. 

MIRIAM CHIRICO (Mount Holyoke) 
is working as a legal assistant at Day Berry 
and Howard in Hartford, with the intention 
of returning to school either for a law degree 
or for graduate work in comparative 
literature. She is dancing with the 
Connecticut Concert Ballet, and hopes to 
work with a professional theater group near 
home. She is still practicing French and 
looking forward to a time when she can 
return to Paris. 

STEPHEN A. CULP (U. of North 
Carolina/Chapel Hill) graduated with a B.A. 
(Highest Distinction) in Geography and 
International Studies and was on the Varsity 
Fencing team. During the summer he was an 
intern for the United Nations Industrial 
Development Organization in New York 
City and completed a project on 
restructuring the U.N. He will be a Peace 
Corps Volunteer, leaving in fall or winter, 
teaching mathematics in either francophone 
Africa or the Asia/Pacific region. 

AMY DEVINE (Mount Holyoke) was 
plaiming to return to France as an Assistant 
in a French high school in Versailles. 

LINDA DIENAVS (Cornell) has moved 
to Washington, D.C. and is taking a year off 
before starting law school. She was 
working two jobs: (1) interning in the 
cultural services department of the French 
Embassy and (2) being a coordinator at 
Europ Worldwide Assistance Services. 

KEVIN B. DUNN (Georgetown), 
having graduated with a degree in 
International Economics, is currently 
working as a consultant at Allied-Signal 
Corporation in East Providence, Rhode 
Lland. He hopes to continue on to law 
school in the Fall of 1992. 

MEAGHAN EMERY (Northwestern) 
writes: "This fall I will be back in France 
studying for a licence in lettres modernes- 
meruion frangais langue dtrangere, either 
in Tours or Nantes, one of which I must 
choose shortly. Afterwards, I may return to 
the U.S. as my fiance is applying to 
graduate schools there. I hope to bring the 
two countries together in my life as 
opportunities allow, but in either case, I 
want to teach French, English (grammar. 

civilization, literature) again depending on my 
opporttmities. Best wishes to all in Sweet 
Briar 1989-90. It was a great year." 

STEPHANIE FEIRA (Georgetown) is 
working for an environmental consulting firm 
in Washington, D.C. 

LAURA FERGUSON (U. of CaUfomia at 
Santa Barbara) writes: "The most exciting of 
my plans for the future is my wedding. Shortly 
after returning from my year abroad I became 
engaged to a German whom I had met in Paris. 
He is now in Germany, but we will be living 
together in Paris again this spring. Eventually 
I will continue my study of art history at the 
graduate level, but for the next few years I'll be 
living and working in Europe." 

RACHEL FISCHER (U. of Southern 
California) is doing a fifth year at the 
University of Southern California after 
changing her major to creative writing: "I will 
graduate in May 1992 and would like to pursue a 
career in journalism or other writing. To that 
end, I'm currently interning at Cable News 
Network in Los Angeles. I would love to hear 
from everyone! I would love to go back to 
France after graduation!" 

AIMEE FROOM (Brown) graduated with a 
major in French literature and Art History, won 
the Lida Shaw King prize for best honors thesis 
in art history. She studied German at Harvard in 
the summer and presented an exhibit at the 
Rhode Island School of Design of Ottoman 
Turkish pottery (the subject of her thesis). She 
plans to attend graduate school at the 
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 
studying with the Islamic art expert, Walter 
Denny. Aimee credits her success in art history 
to her time spent abroad. Working as an 
apprentice in an antique shop in Paris and 
bidding at auction gave her an excellent 
backgroimd for future study. When she returned 
to Brown, she imearthed some Iznik ware from 
storage at nearby Rhode Island School of 
Design and identified it. They didn't even know 
they had it! "Thanks to Mme and her antique 


Holy Cross) plans to go back to Paris: "I'm a 
member of the C.I.E.E. Work Abroad Program. 
I will be working for 3 months in Paris, I'm not 
sure where yet. My hopes are to stay for longer 
(12 months) and I'm in the process of figuring 
out how I can right now. I'll be staying with 
the family I lived with during my jtmior year!!" 

during the summer had internships with the Art 
Institute of Chicago and with a group of public 
sculptors, building a sculpture in Chicago. She 

was planning to move back to the Boston 
area to possibly work with a public art 
organization. "Still with George." 

taking another year overseas--but this time 
working, not studying!— teaching English in 
Japan for the Japanese govenunent on the 
JET program. 

ANNE F. HARRIS (Agnes Scott) plans 
to pursue a Ph.D. in art history at the 
University of Chicago under a Century 
Fellowship. "The field will be medieval with 
a possible concentration in stained glass 
windows. Before leaving for this next step, I 
will be going to Europe for a month this 
simmier, with one week's mad reminiscing in 

DAWN E. HARRIS (Randolph-Macon 
Woman's) is teaching French in Herscher, 
Illinois, "which is a small town outside of 
Kankakee. I'm the whole French 


Briar) was planning to travel across the U.S. 
this simimer and hopefully find a job of some 
kind in Seattle, WA: "I'll be going at the end 
of June and return to the east coast in the fall. 
I'm anxious to explore the U.S. after having 
spent a year abroad. Maybe when I return 
home to N.C., I'll plan a trip to France!!" 

STAGEY HEISER (Denison) is a first- 
year law student at the University of 
Cinciimati College of Law. 

KAREN J. HOLLAND (Sweet Briar) 
was applying for an internship in 
Washington, D.C. with the Chronicle of 
Higher Education. "NICOLE GAUTHIER and 
I hope to live and work in D.C." 

MEIGHAN HOWARD (Bowdoin) is 
participating in the Internships in 
Francophone Europe program this fall in 

JILL JOHNSON (Mount Holyoke) 
spent the summer studying at Oxford 
University and began law school at the 
College of William and Mary in 
Williamsburg, Virginia. 

GRACE K. KIM (Wellesley) is pursuing 
her Master's degree in French Literature at 
New York University (while keeping in close 
touch with fellow Junior Year in France 



STEFANIE KLEIN (Mount Holyoke) is 
working at the Association of Trial Lawyers 
of America in Washington, D.C. "I'll be 
living with KIMBERLY RODGERS, and 
we'd love to hear from anyone if they're in 
the area." 

Holyoke) is attending Middlebury College 
to obtain her Master's degree in French. 
"After six weeks of study at Middlebury 
during the surruner, I will be in Paris with 
Middlebury for the academic year 1991-92." 

STEVEN LUKENS (Northwestern) was 
living in Walnut Creek (part of the San 
Francisco Bay area) with his father. He was 
working as a professional stage manager at 
the Encore Theatre Company in San 
Francisco - the theatre is run by members of 
the American Conservatory Theatre. "The 
show I'm stage managing, Road to 
Nirvana, runs through November. I'm 
trying to save enough money to get back to 
France by January to find work and live 
there as long as possible. I might get a 
degree in translation in order to translate 
modem French plays into English. Special 
hellos to KIRSTEN WILLIAMS (\ better see 
you in France! ),COLIN STEWART and ANNE 
HARRIS. Also, to LIZ KING: I still have 
Quand j'avais 5 ans, je m'ai tui, and I will 
return it to you one of these days." And to 
Mme Denis: "I'm still as happy as ever!" 

KATE MAGEE (U. of Texas/Austin) is 
attending the Georgetown University Law 


(Elmira): "Hello! I would first like to 
congratulate all my friends from Sweet Briar 
JYF on their graduation and hope that all 
their plans are working out. As for myself, 
this past June I will be vacationing with 
MIRIAM CHIRICO in Florida and then July 
4, 1991 I will be moving back to France to 
pursue my career in international business. 
No job offers yet, but I will have interviews 
scheduled by the time I arrive. This is a 
one-way trip by the way and I wish I could 
give you a permanent address at this time. 
My ex-host family in Paris will have 
contact with me and always know how 
anyone could reach me in France. I hope to 
hear from some of you over there!! Good 
luck to you all! P.S. I will also keep the 
Sweet Briar office informed of my 
whereabouts and address in December." 

SUSAN McGARRAH (Holy Cross) was 
leaving for a four-month stay in Costa Rica 
with the C.I.E.E. program. "I wUl be living 

and working in San Jose which will hojjefully 
result in my fluent command of the Spanish 

DAVID B. MOLNAR (Haverford) was 
working, during the summer, as a consultant for 
the World Bank in the infrastructure and 
operations division of the Sahelian 
Department. He has now returned to Paris with 
Internships in Francophone Europe and hopes 
to continue with urban planning in Eastern 
Eiu"0f)e. "Barring any permanent job offers in 
Paris, I will accept a commission as a 2nd 
Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 
January 1992 for three years. I hop>e everyone 
is well." 

the summer working in the giraffe house of the 
Topeka Zoo and is now attending the California 
Institute of the Arts in order to receive a Master 
of Fine Arts. 

RIVA NAIMARK (Clark) graduated cum 
laude, returned to New York City to hojjefully 
find employment and can't wait to return to 

SUE NAM (Northwestern) is starting her 
first year of Yale Law School. 

LESLIE ANN NORTON (Mount Holyoke) 
graduated cum laude with honors in Medieval 
Studies and a double major in French and 
Medieval Studies She sj>ent the summer in 
Paris where she had a job at the American 
Cathedral as Sexton! She is now teaching 
English in Kyjov, Czechoslovakia, one hour 
from Vietma. 

ELIZABETH L. OWEN (Randolph-Macon 
Woman's) sjjent her summer working as a legal 
assistant in environmental law at the firm of 
Jackson and Kelly. She has begun work on an 
M.A.L.D. degree at the Fletcher School of Law 
and Diplomacy (Tufts University). 

MELISSA PANTEL (Bryn Mawr) is an 
intern at the National Peace Foundation in 
Washington, D.C. She plans to return to 
school next year or in 1993 to get her Master's 
in International Affairs. 

graduated with an Honors B.A. in French 
Literature. During the summer she was a fille 
au pair in Boston for a French family, and was 
planning to backpack in Eurojse in the fall - "I 
can't wait to return to Paris! My plans after the 
fall are uncertain, but I may teach English 
abroad for the year-I'm not really looking for a 
'serious' job just yet." 


(Georgetown) was planning to spend a year 
as a visiting graduate student at the Hebrew 
University of Jerusalem with the Raoul 
Wallenberg Scholars program. 'The focus of 
my program will be on leadership in 
democratic societies, international 
statesmanship and human rights. "Plan a lot 
of travel - definitely back to Paris au mains 
une ou deuxfois! Bonjour a Mme Denis et a 
mes tres chers amis de cette annee!" 

ALLISON REEDY (Wellesley) was 
going back to Paris for August-October 
1991. "I have a two-month internship at a 
software company and then plan to travel. 
The real world will hit when I get back and 
start looking for a job." 


(Georgetown) was planning to spend her 
summer in Bonn, Germany, "to leam German 
and to be with my boyfriend whom I met in 
Paris! Hopefully I will conduct a successful 
job search there and be able to stay in 
Germany for at least a year--perhaps trying 
to recreate that special 'year abroad' 

LAURIE TAN (Northwestern) planned to 
attend Boston U. Law School in the fall. 

received a Vassar fellowship which enabled 
her to return to France this year and complete 
a research project on the situation of 
immigrants within the French School 

KIM VINNES (Mount Holyoke) has 
been hired by Jean-Marc Levet Residential 
and Partners, an international real estate firm 
whose main offices are in New York City and 
Paris. She will be primarily working in New 
York, but has been promised the opportunity 
of working in their Paris offices. "So before 
long, I hope to be back in Paris!" 

MELISSA A. WILEY (Kenyon) is 
working at Borders Bookstore in Columbus, 
Ohio, before returning to graduate school for 
her Master's and Ph.D. in English literature. 
"Letters are welcome, especially from 

spending the upcoming year in Toyoma, 
Japan, teaching English as a participant in 
the JET program. After she returns (next 
year) she will be attending law school. 

MARGARET ZAMOS (U. of Southern 
California) moved to New York City after 



graduating from USC with a degree in 
English and Humanities and a French minor. 
She is now working as a sales-assistant in a 
training program on Wall Street, at 
Lebenthal and Company, Inc. She is also 
involved in a volunteer group in the city 
called Street Project, and hves on the upper 
East side. "I am planning to go back to 
Paris in spring to visit the family I lived 
with and my sister who will be studying 


1990-91 was certainly one of the most 
difficult years for students abroad: when the 
group left New York in early September, Iraq 
had just invaded Kuwait and the world was 
wondering if an armed conflict would ensue. 
During the first months of the program it 
became obvious that there would be a war, 
and for students in France (and especially 
their parents), as the deadline of January 15 
approached, the possibility of renewed 
terrorism became a daily topic in the media. 
The ground war was much shorter than 
anyone had predicted and terrorism never 
materialized in France, However the 
precautions taken by many shops and office 
buildings in Paris, the presence of heavy 
security forces everywhere, had to have a 
profound effect on the students. The 
morning after the begiiming of the air war 
an unarmed security guard was posted at the 
entrance to the Sweet Briar offices and 
classrooms. For the first time in its history 
the Alliance Fran^aise, a few days later and 
on the request of its personnel, had every 
bag checked when people were entering the 
building. Some students were under pressure 
from their parents to come back home; 
others were afraid that the program would be 
shortened and they would lose all their 
credits for the year. Mercifully the last 
months of the stay were quieter. Of the 1 25 
students who began the program, 121 
completed it; the four students who left the 
program did so for a variety of reasons, 
most uncormected with the war. 

Alumni from previous groups will be 
surprised to hear that the biggest headache 
for the 1990-91 students came from the 
Institut d'Etudes Politiques, a bastion of 
conservatism and efficiency in the past. 
The new Director, whom many of you had as 
a professor is Alain Lancelot, and his 
complete reform of the curriculum, the 
riforme Lancelot played havoc with 
programs of study: the actual entrance exam 

(yes, all students are now accepted by 
examination) took place in mid-November and 
the results were known in early December. 
Schedules of courses, deadlines to hand in the 
famous dossiers were given later than 
promised or changed without warning. All this 
created a pressure which at times became 
unbearable. One may say that for Professor 
CHARLES O'KEEFE (Denison), the 1990- 
91 Resident Director, Lancelot became more of 
a problem that Saddam Hussein! Luckily most 
of Sciences Po last year's mistakes seem to 
have been corrected this year. 

It is therefore to the credit of the group that, 
of the 121 who completed the program, 114 
came back with 9 units of credit (the normal 
load) or more, and only one had fewer than 8. 
The student with the highest grade average at 
the end of the year was MARY DOUD 
(Haverford), followed by ANNE LIS A 
MORGAN (Northwestern). Among the 
colleges and universities having 3 or more 
students completing at least 9 units of credit, 
the 5 students from the University of Virginia 
had the highest average (3.50), followed by the 
14 students from Northwestern University 
(3.39), the 3 students from Williams College 
(3.38) and the 11 students from Mount Holyoke 
College (3.37). 

Four students passed the reformed and 
reinforced Certificat d'Etudes Politiques: 
(Georgetown), and T A K A S H I 
TAKENOSHITA (Brown) with honors 
(Mention Assez Bien). 

Fifteen students passed the Certificat 
Pratique de Frangais Commercial et 
Economique at the Chambre de Commerce et 
d'Industrie de Paris and three of them passed the 
Diplome Superieur de Frangais des Affaires: 
MARY DOUD (Haverford), NANCY 

Nine students passed the Certificat Pratique 
de Langue Frangaise (ler degri)ai the 
Universite de Paris IV, including five with 
honors (Mention Assez Bien): KRISTINE 
(Northwestern), JAMES SCHROEDER 
(Brown), TINA TERRANO (Thiel) and 
JULIE WINSTON (Ebnira); and one with 
High Honors (Mention Bien): MARILYN 
TAKENOSHITA (Brown) passed the 
Diplome d'Etudes Frangaises (2nd degr6) after 
preparing for it on his own, in addition to 
passing the Certificat d'Etudes Politiques. 

Our congratulations and our best wishes to 
all the members of the 1990-91 group for a 
successful Senior year. Keep in touch. 


The 1991 Martha Lucas Pate Scholarship 
was shared by two students from Mount 
Holyoke College: 

AIMEE BOURKE who had an internship 
at GATT in Geneva sent the following report: 

May 31st, Mr. O'Keefe handed me a check 
for S500 from the Bourse Martha Lucas 
Pate, and I prepared to head off for my 
summer internship in Geneva that would 
catapult me into the big leagues of 
economics. But that same day that I hopped 
on the TGV for Geneva, my friends were 
taking the Air France bus to Charles de 
Gaulle and home to the States. I would be 
alone for two months, not knowing a soul in 
a foreign land. 

Well in reality this may be a tiny bit 
melodramatic but I did feel a sense of 
abandonment as I overheard plans between 
friends to meet in New York this summer, 
talk of road trips to concerts, thoughts of 
movies and music to catch up on, plans for 
the Fourth of July... What was I doing, why 
wasn't I being simple, going home to the job 
I had last summer, the friends from last 
summer, and my life in the States that I knew 
I missed. Well, everybody from my parents 
to my friends to my subconscious told me 

Now looking back on the experience I am 
thankful that I listened to those voices and 
stayed. I worked at the GATT, the General 
Agreements on Tariffs and Trade, an 
organization funded by close to 100 
countries to promote free trade. I did research 
for economists in my office in the area of 
trade and the environment, attended meetings 
of the GATT Council and Uruguay Round and 
deef>ened my understanding of what a career 
in economics would mean. 

This part of my summer was apparent. I 
had known from the start that working at the 
GATT would be a great opportunity from 
which I would benefit immensely, but in the 
shadow of the GATT experience I did not 
think about other benefits of the summer. I 
did not realize I would be living in a 
residence with Swiss and other francophone 
students. My neighbors were from 
Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Senegal, and 
we were all attracted to one another because 
of our different backgrounds. They asked me 
about the United States, if I lived in Chicago 
and if so did I know Michael Jordan. I 



learned about their countries, their cultures 
and their opinions of Europe. This was an 
exposure that I had not found in Paris. I also 
lived in an entirely different setting, away 
from the hustle of Paris that although I love, 
could never replace the beauty of a walk 
along lac Leman. 

I will be heading home in five days and 
even though I am counting down with 
unparalled anticipation, I have had an extra 
two months to appreciate yet another aspect 
of a culture that was just a year ago a dream 
to me. I will always love the American 
culture and way of life because it is after all 
who I am, but I have learned to respect and 
truly Uke another culture and because of this 
opportunity I feel more prepared to handle 
other opfxsrtunities that will be of)en to me. 

KARIN S. VOSS sent the following 
report on her internship at the American 
Hospital of Paris: 

In 1906 the idea of building an American 
hospital was conceived by the American 
community in France, and four years later, it 
was given birth. In 1913 the American 
Congress accredited the Hospital, and in 
1918 the French Government recognized it 
as an institution of public benefit. During 
the two World Wars, it served as a military 
hospital. In Europe, the American Hospital 
of Paris, a non-profit organization, is the 
only civilian medical establishment 
recognized by the Joint Commission on the 
Accreditation of Hospitals; it is the only 
hospital in France where American MDs are 
authorized to practice. At the present, the 
hospital contains 187 beds. 50 per cent of 
the patients are French, and the other 50 per 
cent come from 100 different countries. As 
a bridge between French and American 
medicine, the hospital offers the most 
modem facilities and is very resjjected in 

Thanks to the Martha Lucas Pate 
Scholarship awarded me by Sweet Briar 
College and an International Internship 
Award from my college. Mount Holyoke 
College, I was able to work in the Public 
Relations Office of the American Hospital 
during the month of June and July this past 
summer. In contrast to my academic year in 
France, this internship gave me the 
opportunity to use my French in a business 
sense, and my tasks included answering 
questions, sponsoring and attending special 
events, distributing and collecting 
information, training incoming interns, 
working with the minutes of the Board of 
Governors' meetings, and dealing with 
sport, cultural, and external events. 

Intertwining my two scholastic interests of 
French and medicine, my internship was a very 
positive and unique experience. As an aid to 
my supervisors, Shari Leslie Segall and Joyce 
Gray, two anglophone women who have lived 
and worked in France for many years, I was 
inspired to work harder on my French by their 
own abilities in the language. I feel blessed 
that I have received such a special opportunity; 
I>erhaps one day I will return to the American 
Hospital of Paris, and this time not as a 
student, but as a physician. 


Professor WILLIAM W. KIBLER, on 

leave from the University of Texas at Austin is 
Resident Director of the group. Mme CAROL 
DENIS is his Assistant. 

The group is composed of 119 students, 101 
women and 18 men, representing 38 colleges 
and universities. The largest groups are from 
Northwestern University (22 students), 
Georgetown University (17 students) and Sweet 
Briar College (8 students). We welcome our 
first student from the University of California 
at San Diego. 

One alumna daughter is in the group: 
SALM (Goucher 64-65). 

TTie group left New York on September 3rd, 
and after the preliminary session in Tours, 
moved to Paris on October 2nd. 

The Comiti des Etudiants is composed of: 
Prdsidente. MAVRA MacDONALD (Holy 
Cross); V ic e - P r ^s ide nt : C U R I S 
KONSTANTELOS (Northwestern); 
(Northwestern); Membres du Comiti Executif: 
RACHEL KUEHNERT (Northwestern) and 
JANE-ANN HEILMAN (Princeton). 

Four students were accepted into the program 
for the Certificat d'Etudes Politiques at the 
Institut d'Etudes Politiques: LILY 

(Georgetown), and MICHAEL SAMAHA 



(Northwestern University), who directed the 
1980-81 group, will be back next year as 
Resident Director of the 1992-93 group. 


Two long-time instructors of special Sweet 
Briar courses retired at the end of die 1990- 
91 school-year: Mme ALICE TRIAN- 
TAFYLLOU, who taught the advanced 
grammar and the phonetics courses, will be 
able to spend more time in Greece, her 
husband's country. She is so irreplaceable 
that we hired two people to replace her: Mme 
Laurenti, to teach the grammar course, and 
Mme Melleado, to teach the phonetics 
course. Professor ROBERT 

GARAPON, who taught the 17th century 
literature course, has also retired and has 
been named Honorary Adviser of the 
program. His colleague at Paris IV, M. 
Gabriel Conesa, who has served as 
consultant for several years, is now teaching 
that course. 


We are sorry to report the death of two 
former members of the Advisory Committee, 
Professor HARCOURT BROWN, father 
of JENNIFER S.H. BROWN (Pembroke 60- 
61), who represented Brown University from 
1948 to 1969 (see page 10), and Professor 
DONALD M. FRAME who represented 
Columbia University from 1952 to 1964. 

Alumni will be sad to hear that Professor 
NORBERT DUFOURCQ, who taught a 
very popular history of music course with 
Professor MARCELLE BENOIT for Sweet 
Briar, died in December 1990. 

After a long illness. Professor ANDRE 
BORDEAUX, who directed the Tours 
preliminary session from 1964 to 1985, died 
on October 19, 1991. Alumni will remember 
Professor Bordeaux during their first general 
meeting at the Institut de Touraine, 
explaining the mysteries of the map of the 
Institut and the complications of the 
schedule. Directors who worked with Andre 
will remember the stories which he could teU 
with various French provincial accents 
(esf>ecially the Nievre accent from the little 
village of Savigny-Poil-Fol where he 
attended primary school.) All enjoyed 
working with him. 

Professor Bordeaux had been Chair of the 
English Department and Vice President of the 
University Franfois-Rabelais in Tours. He 
was a sjjecialist of Hilaire Belloc and a well- 
known translator of Conrad and Soyinka. 

We miss him and wish to honor him by 
giving his name to our 1992-93 Financial 
Aid Fund. To his wife Christiane and his six 
children we send our heartfelt sympathy. 



Contributors to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Funds of the 

Junior Year in France 

(July 1, 1990 - June 30, 1991) 

We wish to thank the following altimnae 
and alumni, friends of the JYF and 
corporations making matching grants, who 
contributed a total of $10,840 during the 
1990-91 school-year. We have made every 
effort to list all contributors. If for some 
reason we have made an error, please let us 
know. Contributions received after June 30, 
1991 will be acknowledged in next year's 

Mary Morris Gamble Booth, Sweet Briar 
James T. Brown, Yale 
Shirley Gage Dtirfee, UAVisconsin 
Rodman Durfee, Yale 
Margot Hess Hahn, Goucher 
Mane Gilliam Park, Sweet Briar 
Patricia Carry Stewart, Cornell 
Lynn H. Thompson, Yale 


John A. Beregren, Dartmouth 
Kemper V. Dwenger, Oberlin 
Barbara Fisher Nemser, Barnard 
June Sigler Siegel, Wellesley 
Winifred Sexton West, Bryn Mawr 

Joyce Black Franke, Vassar 
Harriet Farber Friedlander, Mt. Holyoke 
Joan Hollander Lifland, Mt. Holyoke 
William D. Romey, Indiana 
Charity Williams Small, U/Oregon 
Susan Anderson Talbot, RadclifTe 

Josephine Silbert Benedek, Wellesley 
Patricia Palmer Kendall, Wheaton 
Josephine Wells Rodgers, Sweet Briar 
Joanna Chiotinos Zauchenberger, Brown 


Charles Mailman, Franklin & Marshall 
Marilyn Koenick Yalom, Wellesley 


Michael Cambem, Harvard 

Sue Lawton Mobley, Sweet Briar 


Peter Dirlam, Cornell 
Diana Frothingham Feinberg, Radcliffe 
Nancy Wilkins Klein, Denison 
Beverly Oyler Shivers, Carleton 
Margo Meier Viscusi, Northwestern 

Lynn Crosby Gammill, Sweet Briar 
Caroline Sauls Shaw, Sweet Briar 

Benita Bendon Campbell, Bryn Mawr 
Janet Foss Howell, Wells 
Peter Roemer, Princeton 


Tom Schaumberg, Yale 
Roger L. Zissu, Dartmouth 


Joseph F. Carroll, UA'trgirua 

Carolyn Coggin Holmes, Wake Forest 

Jennifer Brown Brown, Brown 
David Rosenbloom, Princeton 


Judith Alperin-Fried, U/Illinois 
Harriet P. Davis, Wheaton 


Jonathan Fielding, Williams 

Margery E. Fleign, Sweet Briar 

Michael S. Koppisch, Johns Hopkins 

Kent Saltonsiall, Yale 

Marshall Metcalf Seymour, Sweet Briar 

Leslie Raissman Wellbaum, Mt. Holyoke 

Dede Thompson Bartlett, Vassar 
Susan S. Holland, Occidental 
Peter McRobbie, Yale 

Ellyn Clemmer Ballou, Middlebury 
Karen Kelley Brott, Duke 
Suellen Terrill Keiner, Bryn Mawr 
Katharine Mockett-Oberteuffer, Sweet Briar 


Anthony Caprio, Wesleyan 
Jane Renke Meyer, Denison 
Joseph Meyer, III, Williams 
Lucien Wulsin, Jr., Trinity 


Bruce Croushore, Franklin & Marshall 
Barbara Duffield Erskine, Sweet Briar 
Julia B. Leverenz, Dickinson 
Paul S. Levy, Lehigh 
Herbert N. Wigder, Trinity 


David Peter Adams, Kenyon 
David Longfellow, UA'irginia 

Tina Kronemer Ament, Case Western Reserve 
Ellen Shapiro Buchwalter, 

Case Western Reserve 
David Ellison, Dartmouth 
Ahce Rosenblum Loubaton, Bryn Mawr 
Lynn M. McWhood, Wellesley 

Rose Bernard Ackermann, Emory 
Kathrin Hlebakos Burleson, U/Califomia 
Evan D. Robinson, UA'irginia 
Stephanie Harmon Simonard, Sweet Briar 

Carter Heyward Morris, Sweet Briar 

Patrice Clark Cole, U/Anzona 
Ann Stuart Mckie Kling, Sweet Briar 
Loretta Poveromo, Vassar 


Vincent J. Doddy, ViUanova 
Elizabeth Halle Hayes, Emory 
Emily Crom Lyons, Kenyon 
A. Byron Nimocks, Hendrix 
Nancy Noyes Robinson, UA'irginia 
Laura Stottlemyer, Emory 

Alan Engler, Yale 

Patricia Block Greenberg, Bucknell 
Carole A. Grunberg, Vassar 

Deborah Cook Routt, Mt. Holyoke 
Jeanne L. Windsor, Mt. Holyoke 


Katherine Boschenstein, 

Randolph-Macon Woman's 
Catherine L. Mills, Sweet Briar 

Sarah Rindsberg Berman, Mt. Holyoke 
Ellen Danaczko Ellison, Mt. Holyoke 
Michael J. Olecki, Haverford 
Cathy Rivara Trezza, Cornell 


Charles F. Hunter, Lawrence 


Keimeth Bradt, U/North Carolina 
Amy Breseke, Mt. Holyoke 
Lon Reilly, Northwestern 


Angela Rose Heffeman, Wheaton 


Margaret Frazier, Sweet Briar 


Anna Bemadette Garcia, 
U/Southem Cahfomia 
Douglas C. Heyler, U/Michigan 


Professor and Mrs. Archille Biron, 

Professor Emeritus, Colby College, 

Resident Director, 1964-65, 1971-72, 

Mr. Richard L. Duffield, father of Barbara 

Duffield Erskine, JYF 1967-68, Sweet 

Briar College 
Dr. Edward TIamer, Washington and Lee 

University, Honorary Member of the 

Advisory Committee 
Dr. Arnold Joseph, Denison University, 

Resident Director 1969-70, 1976-77, 

1986-87, Member of the Advisory 

Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Marshall, 

Professor Emeritus, Former Director of 

Junior Year in France, Sweet Briar 

College, Honorary Member of the 

Advisory Committee 
Dr. Catherine Sims, Dean Emeritus, Sweet 

Briar College, Honorary Member of the 

Advisory Committee 
G'TE Foundation - Matching Gift 
Harris Bank Foundation - Matching Gift 
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies - 

Matching Gift 
Mack Trucks, Inc. - Matching Gift 
Merck Company Foundation - Matching Gift 
The New York Community Trust/Joan 

O'Meara Winant, JYF 1971-72, Yale 

TRW Foundation - Matching Gift 

We apologize for having misspelled the 
name of^The New York Community Trust in 
last year's Magazine. 




With your support, we were able to grant $98,800 in direct financial aid for 1991-92 
[compared to $78,445 the previous year]. This represents 4.88% of the total fees [up from 4. 15% 
the previous year]. We are getting closer to our goal of 5%, but are still a long way from our 
eventual goal of 10%. At a time of difficult economic conditions for many families, your help is 
particularly appreciated. 

Endowed scholarship funds (only the income is used): 


in memory of R. John Matthew, Director, Junior Year in France. 


in memory of Arthur Bates, Professor of French, Sweet Briar College. 


founded in 1972 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Junior Year in France and renamed in 
1984 in honor of Robert G. Marshall, Director, Junior Year in France. 

in memory of Martha Lucas Pate, President, Sweet Briar College. 

Financial aid operating budget 

(your contribution will be used the for the 1992-93 fmancial aid budget): 


in memory of Professor Andre Bordeaux, Director of the preliminary session in Tours from 

1964 to 1985. 

[Financial aid operating budget for 1992-1993] 

Please note that many firms match contributions to the Junior Year in France. If you contribute 
and your employer makes matching gifts, we would appreciate your efforts in this connection. 


Please use the enclosed envelope or send your contribution to: 

Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

Please make checks payable to: Sweet Briar College - Junior Year in France. 

sweet Briar College 
Junior Year in France 
5weet Briar, Virginia 24595. 

Mr. John Jaffe 

AnnPTTQQ r'r\vfv>T?r"vjrt\j T^xpr»TTT7C!^^t^'T-^ 


Junior "Vfear in 


Alumn i Magazine 



If you need or wish to contact the Junior Year in France office at Sweet Briar 

Our staff: EMILE LANGLOIS, Director 

PATRICIA WYDNER, Assistant to the Director 
SUE FAUBER, Secretary 

Our telephone number: (804)381 6109 

Our fax number: (804) 381 6283 


We will be grateful if alumnae and alumni will inform us of any address 
changes. It is becoming increasingly expensive for us to send the magazine to 
addresses that iu^e no longer valid. Thank you. 

Cover photo taken 25 years ago by Jeffrey C. Bauer (Colorado College) 1967-68 




ear alumnae and alumni: 

1 his magazine is your magazine. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy putting it togetiier. Every 

year we try to contact all the members of the groups celebrating their 40th, 25th, 10th and 5th anniversaries. This does 
not mean that if your class is not celebrating one of those anniversaries, we are not interested in your news. On the 
contrary, we are eager to publish whatever we receive. We realize that a considerable amount of time elapses between the 
10th and 25th and between the 25th and the 40th anniversaries, and even more after the 40th anniversary. Some groups 
organize full-fledged or mini-reunions. We love to hear from those, we love to hear from you, even if it is simply a 
short message to the members of your class. So, please, keep in touch. 


Ln this issue several alumni mention that one the best courses they have ever had was Professor Garapon's course on 

17th century French literature. Last year we had informed you of Professor Garapon's retirement. I regret to inform you 
that, after a short illness, he died last spring. For nearly a quarter of a century Professor Garapon had served the Junior 
Year in France as teacher, adviser, resource person when things were difficult in the first years after the division of the 
Sorbonne. To honor this good friend of the Junior Year in France, the 1993-94 Financial Aid Fund will be known as the 
Robert Garapon Fund. 

/\s 1 am writing Uiis, a mini-trade war has flared up between the United States and Europe (and particularly France). 

Let us hope it will not degenerate further and that drinking an occasional botUe of French white wine will not become a 
sign of conspicuous luxury. Some of the 1992-93 students may have been pleased to escape the final weeks of die 
American presidential campaign. Ilelas! they arrived in Tours in the middle of the campaign on the Maastricht Treaty. 
This was only an appetizer before the spring parliamentary elections. . . and perhaps a presidential election, since France is 
akeady thinking of I'apris-Mitterrandisme. 

r\s the dollar seems to be slowly recovering from its summer lows and the American economy appears to be 
extricating itself from the recession, there is a growing feeling of optimism. We hope this will encourage more students 
to spend a full year of study in France. I would like to thank you because, in spite of a difficult economic situation, in 
1991-92 you nearly doubled your contributions to our scholarship funds (from $10,840 in 1990-91 to $19,295). This 
was particularly appreciated since, for the first time, more than 50% of the students (in fact 61%) reported receiving some 
kind of financial aid (federal and state grants, college grants, grants from corporations and foundations, loans, etc). We 
are aware of the many solicitations you are receiving every day. However, please consider helping a student have the 
same experience as you had in France. Today the scholarship funds supported by alumni contributions stand as follows: 
Bates Memorial Fund: $142,904, Robert G. Marshall 25th Anniversary Fund: $223,868, John Mattiiew Scholarship 
Fund: $152,295, Martha Lucas Pate Fund: $14,935. Please contribute to these funds described on page 33, or to the 
Robert Garapon Fund. 

F rom Virginia and from Paris we send you our best wishes for a happy holiday season. 

^^^^:: :^ ^C< <=>^£^j^t»^ 

Emile Langlois 

November 18, 1992 











Un grand merci a JULIE HOWARD 
PARKER (Middlebury) who volunteered to 
serve as editor of the class news for the 40th 
anniversary of the 1952-53 group. Here is 
her repwrt: 


"Forty years ago this September, a group of 
80 of us boarded the SS Mauretania for a year of 
study in France. It was an historic time, only 
seven years after the end of World War H. There 
were still quartiers sinistris here and there in 
Tours, reminders the energy, hope and 
resources of the French had not yet rebounded 
sufficiently to reconstruct their lives. In fact I 
remember jjerceiving the whole society as 
dejected, drab, weighed down by money worries 
and doubts about Europe's future. Our French 

family had a son in the war in Algeria, the 
U.S.S.R. and the U.S. had begun escalating 
hostilities, Jean-Paul Sartre was at his peak. 
This gloom, to my impressionable nature, 
seemed "reality" in contrast to the fake 
campus absorptions I had come from, 
revolving around sorority parties and 
infringements of parietal hours. Have any of 
you read Philippe Labro's L'Etudiant 
Etr anger ? A marvelous account of our year in 

On the Mauretania, September 4, 1952 


"But there were the chansonniers, Piaf, 
Les Freres Jacques, dreamy hnes like "// y a 
longtemps que je t'aime, jamais je ne 

"Do you remember Pagnol's Marias . 
Anouilh, Gide, Claudel, En Attendant 
Godot ? TTiat marvelous French knack for 
the vraisemblable. Can you still see and 
hear the streets of Paris, with all that chaos 
of odd little vehicles clattering down the 
cobblestones, two-wheeled Vespas, flat- 
nosed Deux Chovaux, tinny Citroens, 
velos . push carts, horsedrawn enterprises? 
And all patinaed in a magic coat of sooty 
grime, Aux Deux Magots customers 
chastened under tlie eye of the foreboding 
yet mystical St. Germain des Pres and ever 
the scent of roasting chestnuts whose 
vendor wanned his hands over the coals all 
winter at his daily post. Do you go to films 
about those years, always to be 
disappointed that it is impossible to capture 
the way it was in Paris, 1952 - tentative, 
slightly degenerate, broodingly sensual, 
with the savoir vivre of ephemeral 
pleasures? Filmmakers never get the filter 
right, the skew. Little did we happy-hearted 
Americans know that soon our own comfy 
world of unchallenged values would 
collapse... we were still as Mme Gille 
assessed us, "Les Amiricains qui n'ont pas 
d'idees, mais qui ont au mains I'esprit 
ouvert." Our French intellectual 
counterparts argued philosophy and politics 
waving Gauloise stubs in their stained 
fingers, esprits already pretty close. Many 
of us had romances too, complex and tragic, 
marking us indelibly. 

I send love and warmth to all of you, for 
together we experienced what none of us 
will ever quite retrieve separately." 

BILL DICKSON (Yale) writes: "Since I 
have been fortunate to visit, live, and work 
in France on several occasions since 1953, 
my views of tlie country and its people are 
drawn from various contexts and vantage 
points. TTie Junior Year, however - coming 
when it did - probably offered the most 
telling perspective. The year evokes 
memories and snapshots that all of us share; 
the rear platform of the 63 bus, the 
motorbikes outside Sciences Po, the 
students in the Sorbonne courtyard, Sidney 
Bechet at Le Vieux Colombier, and many 
more. But the year also meant much more: 
it strongly influenced the future course of 
my own and my family's lives. 

"Without wanting to overstate the case, 
there is reason to believe that, had 1 noi 
gone to France in 1952, 
- I would not have gone to a graduate school 
of international affairs or embarked on a 33- 

year career with USIA's Foreign Service. (In 
1952, I would have bet on English literature 
and a career in journalism.) And my present 
'second career' probably would not be the 
administration of academic exchanges 
(Fulbright) widi Eastern Europe. 

- I would not have met my wife while at the 
Fletcher School. She, in turn, might not have 
experienced the world in the profound way that 
she did, come to know Paris better than I, or 
acquired the cultural understanding and personal 
and professional self-confidence that have 
served her well, both at home and abroad. 

- Our children would not have lived and been 
schooled in France, among other countries. 
Our daughter might not have spent her own 
junior year in Paris, studied international 
affairs, or selected a career in that field. Our 
son might not have gone to the Kermedy 
School, returned twice to France, or consider 
Chenonceaux and the Rodin Museum among his 
favorite spots. Both might never have 
developed the tolerance for other peoples and 
cultures that they now display. 

- And it is difficult to imagine that some of 
this experience will not influence, in turn, the 
lives of our children's children. 

"This is not to say that all our experiences 
were positive or trouble-free. There were 
strains and sorrows among the joys and 
satisfactions, but we might all agree that we are 
better people for what we experienced and 

"If I understand the aims of the Jimior Year in 
France program, they have been well served by 
the impact of that year on this one family. I am 
grateful to Sweet Briar, Yale, and a private 
foundation in New Jersey for making the year 
possible, and to a remarkable group of 
classmates who helped me to understand 
France, its culture, and myself in ways that 
meant so much in years to come." 

Homer A. Houchins, Jr. 

ANNE MORIN (Wellesley) writes in 
French: "Merci de votre bonne lettre. Vous 
voyei par I'enveloppe que je suis a Paris, 
depuis 12 ans dija. J' adore. J'ai finalement 
dicidi que c'itait ou je souhaitais vivre et 
j'ai tout balanci aux USA. pour m'installer 
ici. C'est une aventure formidable pour moi. 
Rien de tel que la grande ville pour vous 
apprendre un tas de choses! J'enseigne 
I'anglais aux professionnels frangais dans le 
contexte de leurs entreprises." 

(Emory): "Your letter hit me like a splash of 
refreshing, cool water in the middle of an 
incapacitating desert. Strange, really, after 
all these years to be so genuinely moved by a 
voice from that special comer of my past. 
"Forty years ago this September..." Just a 
few simple words, but how they evoke an 
avalanche of memories, feelings and 
nostalgia. Naive as I was, I realized 
intuitively that this was an episode in my 
young life that was tout a fait spicial. It 
was only later that I came to appreciate just 
what a determinative, life-altering 
experience it would prove to be. Whoever 
said that "youth is wasted on the yoimg" was 
only partly right, and certainly was not a 
member of our SBJYF group. 

"Those of us who were there, nevertheless, 
know well that it was not all romance and 
f>each blossoms. You expressed it quite well 
in your letter, Julie, when you evoked 
p)erceptions of a "...whole society dejected, 
drab, weighed down..." But while we sensed 
this aspect of the reality all around us, it 
dampened little our youthful, carefree and 
exuberant spirits. Life was, after all, forever 
- and this was just the beginning! And now 
here we all are - at least those of us who are 
still around settled in our no-nonsense, 
middle-aged sensible lives. Perhaps I am 
assuming too much, since to my shame I 
have kept up with almost no one from our 
group... at least not in the past 20 years or 
so. Mais la vie sipare ceux qui s'aiment, 
etc. Perhaps this reply to you is my 
simplistic way of trying to atone for, even 
exorcise, some regrets, non-deeds, and 
certainly some pent-up feelings. I consider 
myself quite fortunate today in many 
respects, not the least of which is my 
continuing involvement with France and 
things French. My law practice, which is 
predominately international in nature, is 
heavily French oriented. I recently retired 
after serving eight years as Honorary Consul 
of France in Atlanta. In 1985, I founded the 
Atlanta Chapter of the French-American 
Chamber of Commerce in the United States. 
Since 1975 my practice has taken me back to 
France about four or five times a year. None 
of this would have happened without that 
fabulous year in Tours and Paris." 


ALEXANDRA HUNT (Vassar): "...There's 
something I'd like to read - I'd like to know 
what each of us has been up to in all those 
years. And with a snapshot, although that 
would be difficult to reproduce. Maybe just a 
reproduction of the group photo taken at 
Tours? And with names attached. I 
remember the others by their faces but I 
can't attach names. If wc do send our 
capsulized news, I suppose it's impossible 
to avoid putting a glowy face on 
everything, as one is prone to do in class 
notes. It would be nice if we were all honest. 
I'd volunteer to be the first but I guess it's a 
lot to ask. 

"You asked if we went to films about 
those years- I've just read a bit of Jean 
Seberg... absorbing but sad picture of a life 
in the French '50's. I'd be happy with a get- 
together. I spend part of my time still in 
NYC and part in Omaha, where my husband 
and I recently bought my parents' home. I 
hope we can all be kept posted - I'd try to be 
in NYC if that were ciiosen. All the best." 

"It would be fun to put our '52-'53 memories 
together. And I wonder how many of us were 
so profoundly affected by that year in Paris 
that France has become a vocation, an 
avocation, or some kind of manie. Even 
though I teach English, I've spent seven 
whole years and countless summers in 
France. I've twice given a course called 
"French Behavior and the Built 
Environment" at the Tufts Eirropean Center 
in Talloires (Haute-Savoie), directed the 
Center one summer, helped set up and direct 
a Junior Year program in Rouen which has 
since mushroomed, published several 
articles on France, enfin, bref... So I'd be 
glad to help organize something. I teach at 
Tufts University, in Medford (Department of 
English). We're usually at our place in 
Maine on September weekends. Meanwhile, 
I'll start thinking about specific memories 
of our year. I lived at the Foyer 
International on the Boulevard St. Michel 
and I'm still in touch with several French 
friends from there. A bientot." 

Holyoke): "Even though my present life as 
a child care director and grandmotlier is far 
removed from our 1952-53 year in France, 
it's never too far from my mind. In fact, 
next month I'll be spending 10 days in Paris 
with a friend, just soaking in the good 
feelings I always experience there. Through 
my late husband's specialty being medieval 
Champagne, I was privileged to live two 
different years in France, one each in Dijon 
and Reims, and to travel there for shorter 
trips from time to time. I subscribe 

presently to a cassette/magazine called Champs 
Elvs^es that I find very helpful. It arrives every 
six weeks and contains popular French songs, 
movie, film and theater reviews, political 
analyses and short pieces on subjects such as 
wines or cheeses. A painless way to maintain 
ease in listening. 

"The memories are absolutely indelible. A 
group of us mostly from Wellesley and Mount 
Holyoke, somehow found each other and 
became friends. We all bought bikes and toured 
the chateaux, usually one at a time, taking a 
day for each those first weeks we were in Tours. 
Oh, what days! Even at the time we realized 
how fortunate we were. The long lazy lunches, 
generously packed by our Tours families, which 
we of course supplemented with wine, were 
highlights. MITZI GEBHARD made the 
chateaux live for me as only a peer versus 
parents or jjrofessors can do. One treasured 
memory among many in Paris is of spending 
the early morning hours at Les Halles, buying 
flagrant carnations and strawberries there, and 
walking the several miles home before dawn 
along the Seine. Or a brief romance with not a 
Frenchman but a Pole, a Communist who I soon 
learned was already married. One moonlit 
evening he suddenly tossed my earring into the 
Seine, for me to remember forever, he said, 
that it was there. Ah! The theater class was 
sans pareil, as were the weekly art 
introductions at the Louvre. In a course I took 
at the Sorbonne we actually studied one single 
essay by Montaigne for the entire year, which I 
found incredible. Failure was also among my 
experiences: an introductory course at the 
Institut de Sciences Politiques had to be 
repeated once I returned to the States. Our 
French family, Madame Lechamy, her mother 
Madame DuVieux and her 17 -year-old daughter 
Carine, became very close to us. Two years 
later I stayed with them a few weeks with my 
husband and first child. Over excellent limches 
and simple sujjpers we had spirited discussions 
on politics, literature, morals. Carine, 
passionate, liked to argue with her mother. I 
must also include my dear friend and roommate 
of that year, CAROL MOORE RAPHAEL. 
Fortunately for me, Carol lived in Palos Verdes 
and when John and I moved here in 1965 we 
resumed our friendship. Carol died of cancer 
two years ago and the world lost a vibrant, 
caring woman with an irresistible laugh. The 
return home is another strong memory. I found 
myself shedding tears as I left. Something 
about closing the youth chapter and going back 
to be a (yoimg admittedly) adult, I think. And 
then back at Moimt Holyoke - three of us who 
had been in Paris together - this is a confession 
- felt somehow superior to and infinitely more 
cosmopolitan than our classmates. Yes, we 
certainly could reune sometime here in 
California. With warm regards." 

John Jay Larkin 


(Franklin and Marshall): "... The time in 
Tours was so idyllic. The weekend bicycle 
trips to nearby chateaux with JOHN LARKIN, 
Although we tried to be so cool about the 
weekend chateaux visits with the group, it is 
those very trips that I remember so vividly. 
But also my family there: Mme Tanchoux 
who worked in the post office, and her 80- 
year old mother, Mme RouiUer who spent at 
least 8 hours every day fixing the simple yet 
magnificent meals. How she hated it if you 
ate everything indiscriminately, and loved 
your intense likes and dislikes! Paris was 
truly a change. My family in Paris was the 
Professor at Lyc6e Louis Le Grand, his wife, 
who tried so hard to be an American, and 
their three children within a year or two of 
me. How neat it was to live on the rue de 
I'Estrapade, five minutes from the Sorboime, 
a block or two from the rue Mouffetard. I 
remember gorging myself every afternoon at 
4 p.m. so I wouldn't eat too much at the 
dirmer table. Lord, how we walked! I 
remember the excellent courses at the Institut 
de Phon^tique. Did not Prof. Fouch^ 
subsequently become Minister of Education? 
I remember evenings out, when we missed 
the last mfitro, the long cold walk home. Till 
I found out about the wonderful maisons de 
rendez-vous where one could rent a room 
very reasonably vmul the first m6tro preceded 
of course by onion soup at Les Halles. I 
remember especially our vacation trips- 
Christmas in Belgium, spring vacation in 
Switzerland and Italy. The latter was an 
experience with LARKIN, SALLY ROTH and 
BETTY MERRILL. We rented a 4 chevaux 
Renault. I think John was the only one with 
any experience with a gear shift. That first 
day leaving Paris, that night going through 


an icy pass in the Jura to arrive in Geneva. 
The next day, on the main highway, the 
runaway horse that crossed in front of us and 
put his hooves through the roof of our little 
Renault. Only Jolin had a broken nose. 
Years later in law school, John lamented 
that he did not know then what he knew 
now. Three glorious days in Lausanne free 
while they fixed our car. After school was 
over I was to meet John on a motorcycle he 
bought and learned how to drive, in Alsace. 
He never made it. The cycle broke down in 
Norway and he had to wash dishes at the 
U.S. embassy to earn his way back to the 
boat. Thus started a 40-day hitchhiking trip 
for me through Switzerland and the British 
Isles. What fun. I waited 35 years to return - 
just didn't want to break the spell. 
Motivated by my son, we visited the family 
he was to spend some lime with during the 
summer after his high school at a small 
Basque town, St. Jean de Luz. It took; he 
and his brother relumed last year to spend 
the year in France with his University of 
California group, but at the University of 
Bordeaux. One simply can't keep the 
California kids away f^om the ocean; ihey 
both love to surf. TTiey return in October for 
another year... lucky guys. Although it's 
very nice here in California, I wouldn't mind 
moving to Saint-Jean-de-Luz myself 
someday... my wife would love it! Well, 
forgive me the free association. Best 
wishes and a get together sounds great, in 

Jean Manning and Lanni Garner pretending 
to ask for directions! 

memories begin with the Mauretania . I'll never 
forget the night we snuck up to the bow of the 
ship and the crew explained what the buoys and 
lights meant as we apiproached Ireland. There 
was a sky full of stars overhead and the coast 
suddenly apjieared out of the sea. We arrived at 
Le Havre during the night and when I awoke I 
peeked between the curtains and saw bright 
lights and people rushing about on the dock 
right outside our stateroom. On the bus crip 
from Le Havre to Tours we saw a large sign 
painted on a fieldstone wall. It said 'Ridgeway 
Go Home.' Eisenhower had just left to run for 
President and Ridgeway had come to take his 
place. Not a very pleasant welcome for him or 
us! We stopped at a little inn for limch and had 
our first shocking encounter with a jjrimitive 
French bathroom. My next fond memory was 
bouncing over the cobblestones of Tours on 
rented bikes on our way to class. The Vouvray 
was delicious and the soimd and Ught show at a 
chateau imforgettable. Then it was on to Paris 
and our family: Mme Moral, Aime, France, 
Philippe and Jeannot at 1 1 bis, rue C6sar- 
Frank. Paris is full of many memories: getting 
to know our way around the Metro, long rainy 
walks home from classes along the Rue de 
Sevres and its many little shops, then around 
Place de Breteuil and back to our cozy (?) 
sometimes frigid room- the only radiator way 
out in the hall beyond the closed door. I 
remember our wonderful art history instructor 
who went to the U.S. and took all our letters 
and mailed them there to surprise our parents. 
Then there was our French composition teacher 
who told us all her war experiences carrying 
messages for the underground among her 
school papers, being stopped on a bus and 
searched but never caught. I spent many a cold 
Sunday walking along the windy Seine on my 
way to the services at the American Church in 
Paris. We met some lonely American Army 
officers from SHAPE headquarters. They had a 
car and we spoke the language so we sp)ent 
many pleasant hours with them sightseeing. 
We climbed I'Arc de Triomphe for a spectacular 
view of Paris. The best memory was just 
walking up the Champs Elys^es and stopping 
at a caf6 for a snack while watching Paris walk 
by. On our Christmas trip to Zellamsee, 
Austria, we stayed at a beautiful lodge, skied 
and took the train to Salzburg. We woke up to 
the noise of swans outside our window in the 
warm water pumped into the otherwise frozen 
lake. At Easter we went on a pilgrimage and 
stood in St. Peter's Square listening to Pope 
Pius give his blessing. Simimer found us in 
Switzerland on a frightening old wooden train 
trip swaying and lurching between Locarno and 
Lugano. The mountains and chasms were 
sp>ectacular but the thought of the return trip 
was a knee quaker. It was hard that summer as 
we all broke up and went in different directions. 

Even our French family left town for their 
country home. As I left Paris the tears welled 
up and I knew there would never be another 
year like it. My roommate, ANN BAKER, 
and I graduated from Denison University, and 
both married. Ann died early, in 1968 I 
believe. I saw JEAN MANNING once in 
Washington, D.C. She married shortly 
afterward. Her roommate LANNI GARNER 
married her French beau and moved to 
Canada. I got together with NANCY FORD 
once in Chicago. I have seen MITZI 
GEBHARD at a couple of high school 
reunions. I married a mechanical engineer at 
Argonne National Laboratory. We have 
three sons, three daughters-in-law and six 
grandchildren. We are presently retired, 
working on our cottage near Lake Michigan 
in a unique sand dune area called Grand Mere 
near St. Joseph. We've survived serious skin 
cancer and two open heart surgeries and stUl 
going strong. 

Bonnie Lee Bond and Audrey Houghton 

LINDA WINSTON (Sarah Lawrence): 
"Instead of memories, let me mention a few 
places I visited in my last trip to France in 
April of this year: The Edith Piaf museum in 
a tiny apartment in M^nilmontant (got 
cassettes and peered at her tiny clothes and 
felt nostalgic... The Bal Musette - a bal 
populaire, frequented by Parisians and 
provincial visitors who like to do ballroom 
dancing, on the rue de Lapp, just behind the 
new Opera House, Givemy and the rooms at 
the Orangerie which contain those 
remarkable Monet paintings of his Givemy 
gardens. We took the train to Vernon, 
bicycled to Givemy and an abandoned, 
grassy railroad track." 



sununed up very nicely what I expect is 
everyone's sentiments with respect to that 
year. My v^ best wishes to you and the 
rest of the group." 

MARY CARSON KAHL (Mount Holyoke): 
"Why in the abstract is my recollection of 
that year bathed in a golden glow, whereas 
when I try to remember specifics they are all 
dark and cold - no heat in the apartment until 
a cold late October, gray skies and rain 
through much of the winter, the great 
monuments still blackened with industrial 
soot before the miraculous cleaning. I was 
foolish enough to keep a day-by-day diary, 
beginning with our sailing on the 
Mauretania September 4 and not missing a 
single day imtil my return August 13. It 
ends melodramatically with the quotation 
attributed to Mary Queen of Scots when she 
left France: "Adieu charmant pays de 
France, te quitter c'est mourir. " 
Prophetically true for her but happily not 
for me. Never until this summer have I read 
the entire document cover to cover. Not that 
it wasn't important - that year changed the 
course of my life - but p>erhaps it was too 
jjersonal, too painful. Curiously, the things 
that seem most important in retrospect 
barely appear in this naive, childish 
journal. I record day-to-day conversations 
with our French family but never comment 
on the sense of style, the esprit, the 
analytical frame of mind, the esthetic 
sensibilities that made a lasting 
impression. Monsieur of our family carried 
on an affair with an American girl living in 
the same building (not, heaven forbid, a 
Sweet Briar group member!), but although 
CAROLYN BARTHOLF, roommate both at 
Mount Holyoke and in France, and I were 
close friends of this girl and were 
maneuvered into conspiratorial roles, the 
diary never mentions the moral conflicts I 
remember keenly. The first great romance 
of my life happened during that year, and the 
diary of course records both the specifics 
and the sense of being swept away. How 
could I have known that I would return to 
France three years later, would meet the 
same young man again and would come very 
close to marrying him? It was the path not 
taken, with all its attendant speculation. As 
we read Jean-Paul Sartre and sat in the Deux 
Magots I remember both the exhilaration 
and existential responsibility of being able 
to be absolutely myself. I returned to 
Mount Holyoke to graduate, then went to 
work in Wasihington for one year and had 
the luck to be sent to the American Embassy 
in Paris for a two-year tour of duty. 
Reminding GINA GUTTMAN and SUE 
GOODMAN that we had all sworn to be back 

in France within three years, I was surprised 
when three weeks later they walked into my 
office. Sue was married to BOB CARLISLE who 
had a Fulbright to France, and Gina had saved to 
return to France on her own to do writing. We 
renewed a friendship that has lasted a lifetime. 
I entered Harvard Graduate School in 1958 and 
slowly completed a doctorate in French 
literature. By the time I was defending my 
thesis I had married a professor from Simmons 
and we had two children, diapers winning over 
documents. From Radcliffe Institute to Milton 
Academy to Russell Sage College to Albany, I 
finally switched from French to nontraditional 
higher education, becoming the Chief 
Academic Officer of Regents College. My 
husband retired in 1988; our daughter graduated 
from Sarah Lawrence in 1990 and by early 1991 
I decided to retire too to indulge our love of 
travel. I chair three boards and am also an avid 
gardener. We return to France every few years. 
It has never lost its magic. Among my closest 
friends are two alumnae of the Junior Year 
program, roommate CAROLYN BARTHOLF 
Our lives have intertwined in complex, 
incredible ways. We talk on the phone often. 
Another Junior Year friend, CAROL MOORE 
RAPHAEL, died two years ago. I remember a 
vivid sense of being alive, of discovery, of 
awakening, of excitement, even when Dear 
Diary comments only on a dark day and paper 
to write. I remember En Attendant Godot . La 
Cantatrice Chauve. Siegfried, and all the 
mysteries of the theater. I remember the 
Louvre, the Jeu de Paume, the quiet and intimate 
Vert Galant park at the tip of the He de la Cil6. 
To this day, when I return to Paris, it feels like 
coming home. I get to New York City 
frequently. Our son, an artist and glassblower, 
lives there. A Junior Year get together might 
be fun." 

Lanni Garner 

"Can it be forty years???? If I had to cite one 
year that stands out more distinctly than any 
other it would certainly be 1952-53, 
beginning with the six weeks in Tours on the 
Quai Paul Bert with the Quantin family. I 
have stayed in touch with them all these 
years; indeed, the elder of the brothers 
visited our family in Palo Alto last summer 
and I shall be going to the wedding of his 
son in October. Throughout these decades I 
have made innumerable trips back to France, 
always extending and perhaps in search of 
that wonderful first French coimection. My 
life and French culture have been so closely 
intertwined that I have difficulty writing 
about it, especially in this hurried epistle 
jotted off as I board a plane to Quebec! 
Surely I would never have become a professor 
of French, never written a book in French in 
1989 {Le Temps des Orages: aristocrates, 
bourgeoises et paysannes racontent) and 
never been honored by the French 
government this year as an Officier des 
Palmes Acad6miques had it not been for that 
marvelous year. Even as I write about these 
self-congratualatory events, I remember that 
reception at the Hotel de Ville in October, 
1952. I know nothing in my life has ever 
been more exciting and rewarding than the 
overall reception we received in France from 
September, 1952 to the summer of 1953. 
Yes, I would love to get together with others, 
preferably in California. But Washington 
and New York are also possible. Best to all." 

Marcia Bryan 


"can't help but reflect that none among us 
ever dreamed of a day 40 years in the future 
when our hearts would still thrill and our 
spirits soar each time revisiting France 
became a reality, with whatever different 
agenda or entourage (children, mainly.) 
Among the memories: The Mauretania 
docking and our ears, so tuned to classroom 
French, suddenly hearing from dock workers 
in blue burets the swift-paced syllables that 
made us realize we were on foreign soil; 
seeing the real France through bus windows 
as the landscape of gnarled orchards, cows 
and ancient leaning houses of Normandy 
filled our vision on the journey to Tours; 
days of discovery as WINSTON WTIHERS, SALLY 
PROCIOUS and I went to bed wearing our 
tweedy winter coats in the cavernous 
"Montfleuri", imposing maison of Mile 
Berluchon in Saint-Cyr; our huge tiled bath 
and tepid water offered no temptation to 
luxuriate in that chilly fall climate! We 
discovered babas au rhum and flan, cassis 
and Vouvray... In Paris MARCIA BRYAN and I 
were met by the elegant Mme Riviere in her 
tailleur noir Impeccable and perky veiled 
chapeau, swept to her apartment on the rue 
Theodore de Banville. There for the 
following months flowed around us witty 
conversation, classical music, discussions 
of books (she adored the then-aging 
Colette,) and the mystique of seeing a life 
steeped in culture and refinement, a heady 
experience for naive 19 year olds! I remem- 
ber the wrenching stories of wartime Paris 
and the challenge of frugal living opened 
our eyes to our own sheltered existences. 
Memories include hovering over the radio 
on election night and hearing the news that 
the winner was Ike -- or, as the announcer 
exclaimed, 'Eek!.' I remember translating 
the Reader's Digest in Mme Daladier's 
grammar class, seeing the controversial En 
Attendant Godot with the theater class, the 
dim and shadowy Institut d'Art et 
Archeologie where three of us studied 
monastic floor plans and, faint-hearted at 
oral exam time, found the only question 
asked us was "Aimez-vous la France?" 
Above all, emerging from the dry heat and 
garlic essence of the M6tro into the soft 
Paris twilight, I would realize each time, 
'This is Paris... and I am here.' 

Yes, Nancy, that was Paris and we were 
there. And though we have all tried to 
recapture our lives and it has been marvelous 
fun for me to read and reread and edit a little, 
we can never again be the student that looks 
up and says, 'I am here.' 

P.S. If someone would take on the task of 
planning a reunion, perhaps in D.C., over 
springtime or early to mid-June, there 
appears to be interest in a gathering. 


PETER B. DIRLAM (Cornell) and his wife, 
Joanne, enjoyed a Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
Trip to Spain and Portugal in the Fall of 1991. 
Peter believes he is the first male to qualify for 
participation. TTie pireparations for the World 
Fair in Seville were fascinating and the 
Alhambra Palace captivating. Although table- 
cloth waving gipsies made his money 
disappear in Segovia, the Sweet Briar College 
spirit prevailed to make it a memorable trip for 


From DAVID L. SHIREY (Princeton): 

"The French have engraved upon their minds 
with lapidary precision certain dates of 
consummately important French events: the 
French Revolution, the publication of 
Madame Bovary, the Fifth Republic 
Presidency of Charles de Gaulle, the First 
Impressionist group exhibition, the 
appearance of Brigitte Bardot in Et Dieu cria la 
femme, and the arrival in 1956 of the Sweet 
Briar Junior Year in France group. Although 
the last date may not be cited in the history 
books or mentioned in conversation as 
frequently as the other dates, it is nonetheless a 
date of notable significance to the French. 

"Never had the French encountered such 
concentrated intelligence in one group of 
foreigners, especially Americans; nor had they 
discerned in visitors from abroad such 
sparkling wit and refmed urbanity. But what 
impressed the French the most about this 
unusual group of students was their faultless 
French. It was rumored that the only means the 
French had to ascertain that these students were 
not French was their ability to do something 
not even the French could do - use complex 
French grammar and syntax without error. One 
could hear them employing conditional 
perfects of the subjunctive mode with the same 
ease they employed to order a ballon de rouge 
or an entrecote saignante. Compound 
genitival phrases like ce donl and ce a quoi, 
which befuddled the most enlightened French, 
were snaps for our people, who could also trill 
with melodious accomplishment the endless 
r's in serrurerie. Only rarely did these 
students sj)eak in English, and, when they did, 
they did not pretentiously interlard their native 
tongue with gallicisms. There would be no 
raison d'etre for such bombastic behavior. 

"Another historic event took place on 
November 7 at the Merchants Club in New York 
City. The group that had made the scholastic 
year 1956-57 an anno mirabilis in France 

reunited for the first time since it disbanded 
36 years ago. Although name tags were 
distributed to thirty-some members who 
returned from various parts of the globe for 
the grand event, they were not needed. 
Everyone was the portrait crachi of the 
himself or the herself of cinquante-six - 
cinquante-sept. Perhaps there was a subtle 
change here and there. The average 
cumulative weight had increased and hair was 
perhaps a bit sparser. But we all still had a 
pulse beat, enough teeth to chew our way 
through turkey and lamb and not one soul 
looked as if he or she had purchased any 
spare parts since we last met. 

The 1956-57 36th anniversary reunion 
(Photo by Joan Backer Meer) 

"Although we all had more than a touch of 
the fainiant , the flaneur and the 
boulevardier in our blood, we had become, 
at least during working hours, scientists, 
doctors, lawyers, professors, homemakers, 
writers, musicians, other tyjjes of valuable 
citizens and vagrants. Of cotirse, if you were 
to ask these accomplished people with 
multiple interests what they do, they would 
answer: At what time? Their professions, as 
we learned in their personal reminiscences, 
defme only a part of them. Many still had 
the venturesome light of the poete 
vagabond they had in yesteryear. 

"The centerpiece of the evening was 
rifling through the pages of memory in the 
midst of an authentic French ambience which 
included not only the nostalgic refrains of 
Charles Trenet (Quand j'itais petit) but the 
razzle-dazzle performance of JAN 
HOLMQUIST who performed not only an 
iclatante interpretation of Cole Porter in 
French while we sang along, but who was 
also able, with his characteristic flourish and 
panache, to produce a roulade of notes, 
punctuated with a sweep of his derriere on 
the keyboard, perhaps a virtuosic feat he 
perfected at the Salle Pleyel or the Olympia 
or in his (and this is true) rousing 
performance at the 1988 Super Bowl with an 
extravaganza of pianos. 



"Following this, our allegiance to France 
was further affirmeJ by a choral rendition of 
La Marseillaise, led by the husband of SUE 
SCHULLER, who has traveled the world, 
helped children and engaged in a host of 
impressive activities. 

Jan Holmquist at the piano 
(Photo by Lynn Crosby Gammill) 

"The man behind the evening was not an 
eminence grise but an Eminence noire. 
Still beaming an impish smile, GREGORY 
CARMAN, who envisioned the evening, 
performed the sisyphean task of 
communicating with everyone and hosting 
our evening, is a Federal judge of daunting 
reputation. It was flattering to learn he 
knows so much about everyone but also a 
bit imsettling. Who knows when he will 
write the book revealing the scandalous 
intimacies of all? During testimony time, 
with the bonhomie of a mischievous gadfly, 
he reminded Sweel Briar friends, recalling 
their careers, of their Tourangeau and 
Parisian capers and caprices. SALLY CARR, 
a professional organizer and entrepreneur 
and career development ace, was also an 
effective collaborator of the evening, 
tending to the exchequer and finances. 

"What a splendid array of individuals and 
what accomplishments! PRISCILLA 
MYRICK, a lawyer no longer practicing 
law, is affiliated with Ths Boston Museum 
of Fine Arts, participating in exhibitions 
such as the much extolled Monet display. 
JACK HABERMAN, also a holder of a law 
degree has turned his Solonic abilities to 
social services. JO ANNE VALENTINE is a 
Ph.D. in histo-chemistry, working down the 
hall at the University of South Carolina 
from SANDY EPSTEIN, a doctor in 
pathology and lab medicine. Both 
accomplished women worked near each 
other for sometime and— mirabile dictu-- 
discovered they had known each other so 
many decades before in France. 

"FRANCIS WELCH, Jr. also known as 
TAFFY, is also a legal man who has turned 
his socially-conscious sights to the 

environment in Utah. So is EDITH DOBYNS 
GILSON, a lawyer who found time to have a son 
and two daughters. 

"JIM NESBITT is now the Reverend James 
Nesbitt, illuminatingly involved in ministry 
work and the teaching of French. Two of our 
alums are engaged in the foreign service. The 
radiant RUTH HELD has been, it seems, 
stationed all over the world and the omnilegent 
TOM SIMONS (my old Paris roommate, not 
present) is our Ambassador to Poland. JOHN 
MARTIN has transformed his prodigious 
creative talents into the writing of plays and 
JOAN BACKER, who has the sleekest body in 
town and the most noble arabesques, is a dance 

elevated the art of pedagogy to paramount 
levels, dispensing their omniscience. SALLY 
TORREY, whose oldest daughter was just 
married in an October wedding, is in New 
Hampshire, busy at a taxing job with the I.R.S. 
And LEE WOOD, who like RUTH HELD came 
from France for the reunion, is a professor of 
American Studies at the University of Toulouse. 
respectively worked in geriatrics and 
rehabilitation, manifesting an admirable 
generosity for their fellow folk. And LYNN 
CROSBY, now Mrs. Stewart Gammill, m, has 
kept her enchanting magnolia accent, which I 
am sure she deftly employs to talk to 
magnificent Crosby arboretum, which she 

"JOSEPHINE OTT, our benignly dictatorial 
directrice, was with us, more benign than 
dictatorial, witty and affable as ever. With 
BLANCHARD RIDEOUT, who could not attend, 
she helped open our eyes to the marvels of 
France and now, retiring from her lofty 
position as full professor of French at Smith, 
she will reside one half of the year in France 
and half in the United States. And who is not 

"And the scribbler of this note, who entreats 
forbearance from his classmates for all the 
misinformation, disinformation, omissions 
and other errors concerning their lives in this 
feeble recap, has been curing people around the 
world from insomnia with his writing in 
Newsweek and the New York Times and is 
currently doing the same with graduate students 
at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, 
where he is Chairman of the Graduate School of 
Fine Arts. 

"Those who were not there were remembered 
fondly —and raucously -with stories about their 
rowdy pasts and current more staid present. 
Evidence attesting to their various 
transmutations in life were recalled in letters 
and, yes, in telltale vintage photographs that 
some members of the group imsuccessfully tried 
to destroy. And, with heavy, saddened hearts, 
we remembered those who have died but who. 

for us who evoked so vividly their memories, 
were tangible f»resences, very much with us. 
Perhaps in a follow-up notice we can relate 
tales about all these classmates. 

"There was that old magic in the air. In the 
present, reliving our pasts of those jours 
d'antan, we re-affirmed our shared moments, 
reforged our bonds, remembered the 
sweetness that was and is, and vowed that we 
would meet again, somehow, somewhere and 
someplace, and pledged that we would never 
forget. A la prochaine!"3 



(Fort Wright) writes: "I'm back on the North 
American continent after 23 years in France. 
However I'm not giving up on my 
francophone culture, as we have chosen to 
settle in Montreal. Family members, who 
mostly live in Washington State, say I 
might as well have stayed in France! 

"This move has also meant a career 
change, which reads like a case history out of 
Passages. After teaching in a lycie for 
many years, I now work as Inside Sales 
Coordinator for a company which sells 
broadcast products. 

"My children, aged 16 and 18, who 
consider themselves to be more French than 
American because they were bom in France, 
now attend English schools. Some day they 
may go back to France looking for their 
roots. And to think that the whole story 
started on the Queen Elizabeth in September 


ERIC CONGER (Wesleyan) lives and 
works in New York City as an actor, 
announcer, and author. He has appeared in 
contract roles on Another World and 
Loving, off-Broadway in Comedy of Errors 
and Modigliani, and regionally at Uie Long 
Warf Theatre in New Haven (A Dance 
Lesson) the McCarter Theatre in Princeton 
(A Tale of Two Cities), and the Hartford 
Stage Company (Of Mice and Men). He has 
translated works by Molifere and Feydeau, and 
a New York production of the latter's Chat 
en Poche (A Frog in his Throat) featured 
Michael Learned. Eric is married to actress 
Gayle Humphrey. He writes: "I would be 
absolutely delighted to hear from any JYF 





On the Queen Mary, September 6, 1967 

A message from Dr. ROBERT G. 
MARSHALL, Resident Director of the 1967- 
68 group: 

"Greetings to le groupe 1967-68: 

"Going over the list of participants of the 
1967-68 JYF brought back a flood of 
memories of what was certainly one of the 
highlights of my academic career of forty 
years. If what I have so often heard from so 
many alumni of the JYF is true, their year in 
France was one of their most unforgettable 
experiences. I'm certain that the climax of 
"our" year, the famous evenements de mai- 
juin '68 was such for you. I can still 
remember PETER NOSTRAND's entrance 
into the garden at Reid Hall with clear 
evidence in his Scandanavian blond hair of 
having been matragni; likewise receiving 
call from worried parents in the USA 
informing me that Paris was surrotmded by 
tanks according to American TV and what 
was I going to do about it?; of distinguished 
Sorbonne professors coming to Reid Hall to 
administer exams to our students with the 
statement: "I^s rwtres refusent de passer les 
examens.--mais Dicu merci les votres sont 
sirieux!" exc, exc... But in addition to that 

entire unforgettable experience, I hope that 
your life since that time has been all you have 
hoped for and that the year in Paris played a 
part in achieving your goals. I've seen or heard 
from some of you since I later became Director 
of the overall Sweet Briar program in 1972. I 
retired in 1984 and live in Maryland's Eastern 
Shore in St. Michaels - which has become a 
mecca for sailors and tourists - so if any of you 
are sailing fans and come to our town, please 
look me up. Tm looking forward to reading the 
reports in the Fall 1992 Alumni Magazine. 
Amities et bien des choses." 

From Dr. JOANNE C. DAUPHIN, Assistant to 
the Resident Director, these words: 

"Hearty greetings to you all! From your 
addresses, it would seem that you have been 
considerably more mobile than I in the past 25 
years, and that a certain number of you are in 
the teaching profession or connected with 
colleges, high schools or universities... 

"It has been a pleasure to keep up with a few 
67-68ers: RUSTY PARK has been through 
Paris quite regularly, although we haven't seen 

him very recently. We have followed his 
progress in academia with awe: teaching 
part-time at the Fletcher School of Law and 
Diplomacy, where I did my graduate work; 
settling down at the Law School of Boston 
University. Also, apparently, an 

international whiz in arbitrating and 
teaching and practicing law in Geneva, etc. 
as well. He even managed to visit us in Les 
Contamines-Montjoie, a small mountain 
town in France, near Chamonix, but also 
near Geneva! We are particularly pleased that 
he brought along LINDA MORRISON ZUG. 
who was in France on a workshop for high 
school teachers of French. We've also had 
occasional indirect and direct news from 
DANIEL VAILLANCOURT, whose marriage 
was one of the many outstanding events of 
67-68! Also, JUDY MILLER comes to 
France regularly, in particular to direct the 
Wisconsin program in Aix, so I nm into her 
occasionally in meetings of Directors of 
academic programs here. Our dynamic 
secretary then, Monique Chevalier, is now 
settled in Tours, having become Mme 
Christian Khoury, and lived in Turkey, the 
Gulf, and Morocco. Monique's mother, a 
former SBCJYF hostess, was still going 
strong when I had the pleasure of seeing her 



last year; now Monique and her family have 
taken up the tradition and welcome two 
students from the program each fall. 

"Since your Junior- Year, I have stayed on 
the rue d' Amsterdam, although we did move 
(and change arrondissements) in 1979. I 
have been affiliated with the program in 
various capacities since then, while 
teaching part time at various Paris 
Universities, Sciences Po, and the 
Assembl^e Nationale (parliament). For the 
last several years, I have been Academic 
Consultant for Sweet Briar, helping with 
liaison with the (now 13) Paris 
Universities, Sciences Po, and the Institut 
Catholique, etc. 

"All of us were, I believe, marked by 
living through what has often been called 
the national (or Parisian) psycho-drama of 
May 1968. In retrospect what stands out is 
the relatively low level of actual physical 
violence against persons, and at the same 
time the fantastic release of enthusiasm and 
in some cases, creativity. All that seems 
very distant now, in a France which is 
considerably, if unevenly, more prosperous, 
with an aging President, and an increasing 
gap between the average citizen (if he/she 
actually exists) and the various and stifling 
power hierarchies. 

"At this writing (mid-August), the Big 
Issues are the Maastricht Treaty bringing, if 
approved, closer political and diplomatic 
union to the European Community; and 
simultaneous European helplessness in the 
face of the horrendous conflict in ex- 
Yugoslavia. In July, fractious truckers 
blocked France, and to some extent Europe, 
for a week protesting a new traffic safety 
law, at least demonstrating our 
intradependent helplessness! 

"Maastricht or no, do come back and visit 
us; the office has moved to the Alliance 
Franfaise, 101, boulevard Raspail. 

"All the best of luck for the next twenty- 
five years, and a bientot, j'espfere!" 

Here is the news received from the 1967-68 

College) is Portfolio Manager at Lazard 
Freres & Company. He remembers 
"watching the student riots of May develop 
from the first day; walking to Les Halles on 
several nights after the metro closed; many 
great times in the Bois de Boulogne 
(introduced the French to the fine art of 
frisbee-throwing); a five-day and night 
party on the Queen Mary : many afternoons 
at a certain Alsatian bistro\-bin times in 
Tours - biking to Vouvray;- many movies - 

discovered the French cinema; wonderful times 
at my French host's country home;-a 
Thanksgiving Feast (foimd cranberry-sauce at 
Fauchon); many friendships, a lot of growing 
up. JYF was a wonderful year - certainly among 
the highlights of my life - why not a 

writes: "The year in France remains a clear and 
vivid memory. I am still in touch with the 
Michaud family, who made me feel so welcome. 
We must all easily recall the building at 4, rue 
de Chevreuse and the 4-course lunches in the 
dining room, the caf^s on the Boulevard 
Montpamasse, not to mention the intellectual 
challenges from French jjrofessors to work and 
think, the difficulties in finding library space. 
Does anyone else remember the Biblioth&que de 
I'Arsenal and the regal grande dame who 
presided over the reading room and extended her 
power over all, including the height the 
windows could be oi>en? My favorite course 
was the art history course on French painting 
with weekly visits to the Louvre, where our 
professor herded us expertly along vast 
corridors to rooms filled with astonishing 

"The Sweet Briar experience continues to 
have a profound effect on me and the direction 
of my life. After majoring in French, I returned 
to Paris to earn a Master's through New York 
University, taught French in England before 
returning to the U.S. to teach in Atlanta, my 
current position. Fortunately my husband 
shares my enthusiasm for France and 
encouraged me to take my sabbatical year in 
Paris, where we enrolled our children in French 
schools. Our daughter, now a sophomore at 
Georgetown, plans to spend her jimior year in 
Paris and is considering the Sweet Briar 
Program, of course! 

"Grand merci a Sweet Briar for the 
unexpected effects and benefits of the year 

JEFFREY BALDER (Colorado) wrote from 
Hillrose, Colorado: "Of the dozens of 
pleasant memories of JYF 1967-68 (many of 
them revisited earlier this year when 1 took 
my wife and three kids to France for 1 8 days), 
one stands out because it had a significant 
bearing on my career's evolution. Near the 
end of our year in France, I joined several 
other musicians who presented a concert - 
mostly jazz under the leadership of ALAN DI 
CENZO - for our host families and other 
French friends. Their appreciation of our 
music was expressed in copious quantities of 
champagne and chocolates. I feasted on both 
and felt no pain that night - but the next 
morning I thought I was going to die! (I've 
only been sicker once in my life.) When I 
asked my host family "mom" to get me a 
doctor, she responded by asking what kind of 
doctor I wanted. Being a typical American, I 
was not amused by the choice since I had 
always believed there was only one kind of 
doctor. But she patiently explained the 
broad range of therapeutic approaches 
followed by the different kinds of French 
doctors. This event opened my eyes to 
different models of human health, and now- 
after 25 years (11 of which have been spent 
as a professor at a medical school), I am 
about to publish a book suggesting that our 
health care system would be improved by a 
relaxation of state medical practice acts so 
that we, too, might reap the benefits of 
having more than one type of doctor. 

"I look forward to seeing others' 
contributions in the Alumni Magazine. I 
hope this 25th anniversary of our JYF might 
lead to some renewed contacts as we discover 
each others' current whereabouts. 


LINDA KOERBER BOYD (U. Maryland), a 
lawyer in the Maryland Attorney General's 
Office remembers "helping a fellow 
passenger on the Queen Marv sneak her dog 
down to her cabin; going with my French 
mother to "see" the Manifestations; onion 
soup at Les Halles; hitch-hiking across Paris 
to my professors' house in the pouring rain 
in May, 1968, to take a final exam." 

moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico full time as 
of December 1991. She is designing jewelry 
and doing lots of photography. Her 
husband, Bruce, retired after 25 years on Wall 
Street, doing venture capital and a lot of 
skiing! Her son, O.J. (19) is a sophomore at 
Cornell, planning on sjjending part of his 
jimior year abroad but it will probably be in 

Dejeuner sur I'herhe a Chambord 
(Photo by Kath; Liggett Leis) 




(U. of Oregon), an English high school 
teacher, writes: "Who can forget the unique 
May we had in 1968?--Finals taken in 
unscheduled places, violence Boulevard St. 
Michel, marching the street late at night, 
the long gas lines, the garbage on the 
streets, no mail for a month, no public 
transportation, the Sorbonne and Odeon 
occupied by students and more. 

"Another unforgettable time that I had 
was during the 1968 Winter Olympics in 
Grenoble. Linda Koerber and my French 
hosts, Mme Duroouchoux-Lesage and her 
son. Regis and I traveled to Grenoble and 
stayed in a local home. Linda and the others 
went to many of tlie events. I skied on the 
various slopes around Grenoble with no 
crowds. 1 had the best snow and the best 
skiing of all time. I returned to the city each 
evening to the excitement of the Olympics. 

"I remained in Paris that summer of 1968 
and worked at Morgan Guaranty Trust 
Company, Place Vendome and met many 
more friends from around Europe. I 
celebrated our Independence Day at our 
Embassy, Swiss Independence Day and 
BastiUe Day. Many of the French students I 
had met during the school year were still 
around because their finals had been 

"The whole year was unforgettable. More 
than the language and culture, I learned who 
I was and what I wanted to be. I decided to 
become a teacher at that time and have never 
regretted that decision. 

"I am now a widow. My husband passed 
away 4 years ago but I am blessed with two 
fantastic sons, ages 13 and 16 who are 
growing up to be fine gentlemen. 

"My sons and I visited Paris in the 
surruner of 1990. We spent some good 
times with Mme Durouchoux-Lesage and 
Regis. They were also able to meet their 
French cousins and visit them in Pau. 

"We also visited LINDA KOERBER BOYD 
and her family in Baltimore, Maryland that 
summer. She and I shared some great 
memories. We have both kept contact witli 

Jacky Flanders and her friend Phllipppe 
(Photo sent by Jacky Flanders Case) 


(Moravian), a part-time adjunct lecturer in 
French at Moravian and Muhlenberg Colleges, 
writes: "Paris will always mean the Brunets - 
now deceased - that wonderful "grandparently" 
couple who hosted a string of Moravian 
College TYFers. Several members of the string 
had the pleasure of seeing her in the mid 1970's 
at her one-and-only trip to the U.S. 

"I remember vividly the classes at Langues 
Orientales, the high-level of professionalism 
in the teaching of 101 and 102 level Russian, 
the devoted and energetic ripititrice, Mme 
G...ev; the spring break "odyssey" to 
Leningrad (1968 name applicable), Moscow 
and Warsaw - it all seemed terribly exotic in 
those days. 

"I have been - and still am-very appreciative 
of the Sweet Briar program for an exciting, 
eye-opening and mattiring year abroad." 

BRUCE J. CROUSHORE (Franklin and 
Marshall), a Vice President & General Counsel 
at Bender Companies in Mobile, remembers: 
"During the strikes and riots in Paris in the 
Spring of 1968, I translated for reporters from 
the Miimeapolis Tribune and the Baltimore 
Sun. A govenunent major at Franklin & 
Marshall and a student at Sciences Po, I 
observed first hand big changes in the 
education and political structures of France. 

"My wife, Michele (PhD, NYU) is working 
on her second book. The Early Days of 
American Radio. Her first one, Hollywood 
and Broadcasting, was well received and is 
used in many communications curricula around 
the country. Our 12-year-old, Amanda, is a 
competitive swimmer. Her French is 
rudimentary; there is only so much you can 
force on an American girl in the 90's. I am 
director of the Mobile Chapter of 1' Alliance 
Fran^aise and I spwak regularly to student 
groups and emphasize the benefits of learning a 
second language and spending time abroad. My 
Junior Year in France exposed me to a different 
culture, taught me French and vastly improved 
my appreciation of the English language. 
American students these days need to do this." 

Holyoke) and STEVEN J. DAUER (Yale) write: 
"People are still amazed when we tell them that 
we met on one of the final voyages of the 
Oueen Marv on our way to our junior year in 
France. Whenever we speed over to Europe by 
plane, we think of how much more civilized it 
was to spend five whole days in conversation 
and preparation, to arrive refreshed and excited 
ratlier than jet-lagged. 

"Becky will never forget her final exam by 
telephone (because of the demonstrations) for 
the Cours de linguistique gdnerale taught by 
Andre Martinet. Later, she went on to get a 
doctorate in linguistics at the University of 

Edinburgh. Her interest in phonetics began 
with the course in jjronunciation of English, 
which is being published by 
Regents/Prentice Hall. 

"Steve remembers long intellectual 
discussions against the romantic backdrop of 
Paris with friends EUOT NORMAN, DRAKE 
course, BECKY. Paris set the tone for our 
whole married lives. We lived in Greece and 
Scotland, not joining the mainstream until 
about 10 years ago. We never stopped 
travelling and searching for I'ideal. Being 
together has kept our junior year in France 
exjjerience alive." 

Becky is a Lecturer in English as a Second 
Language and Steve is a Clinical 
Psychologist. They live in Grenville, NC. 


(Sweet Briar) memories include: "Wonderful 
family! - Still see them and keep in touch by 
mail. - Paris imder siege - the barricades - by 
day and night - CRS - being arrested! The 
sight of an entire subway car laughing 
because people were crying from the tear gas 
- mad dash back from country for exams - 
studying for same from any books we could 
find in country house library!-Reid Hall 
garden - Judy in the Sky with Diamonds! - 
Friendships and romances! - Polytechnique 
Ball - General high quality of escapades.... - 
Wonderful philosophical discussions of 
educational systems during strikes. - Will 
never forget my year in France - exceptional! 
Still keep up my French - altogether an 
unforgettable learning experience - both 
academically and personally!" 

Washington) is a French teacher in Fairfax 
County, a suburb of Washington, D.C., 
where she lives with her husband and two 
daughters ages 12 and 7. She remembers 
"walking/hitchhiking from the 17e to Reid 
Hall during les ivinements and subsequent 
greves in May;. .witnessing my first 
manifestation complete with tear 
gas. ..These are my vivid end-of-year 
memories, but the year was so full of other 
ones. Interestingly enough, last month I 
had a 90-91 SBJYF'er, Sarah Lloyd, talk to 
my classes about her year and I was struck by 
"plus ga change," etc. 

"I was fortunate to have taken slides of 
virtually everything and everyone in 1967- 
68, never realizing what a tmique teaching 
tool they would become. I get to relive the 
JYF exp>erience each time I show them, and 
whenever my students complain 'This is easy 
for you, you've been speaking French your 
whole Ufe, 'I say 'NOT!' And then share with 
them my memories: 



Scarfing down the entire platter of 
crudites at our first meal at the hotel in 
Caen, because I didn't know that there would 
be five more courses. Not finding the 
necessary in the salle de bains, because no 
one had ever told mc of a separate W.C. The 
Institut de Touraine, where I got my only D 
ever (they love that one) because I didn't 
imderstand anything the prof said, nor the 
explications de texle assigned. Indeed, my 
woefully inadequate background made me a 
crusader for creating linguistically and 
culturally competent students. 

The year in France was a pivotal one; 
indeed 1 am who I am because of this 
experience. It gave me access to a career I 
love, including a graduate assistantship for 
my M.A. in French, dear friends I still visit, 
and just sheer joy in speaking French and 
traveling in France. I particularly enjoy 
teaching junior high and was pleased to see 
a new textbook hsting LINDA MORRISON 
ZUG as a pilot teacher. 

"I have been back to France frequently, 
sometimes with my husband Alan, 
sometimes with students; my most recent 
trip was a week in Paris in March, '92 with 
my twelve-year-old daughter Elizabeth. 
This trip had a certain Auntie-Mame like 
quality to it as I introduced her to Paris and 
'my' French family, les Pigeaux. Riding the 
m6tro, for example, reminded me of Esther 
Michel's hilarious story in our SBJYF paper 
of losing her purse and the policeman 
looking suspiciously at her I.D. with 
"Pourquoi vous etes-vous coupi les 
cheveux, mademoiselle?" "Mais Juslement, 
monsieur, parce qu'ils itaient trap longs!" 

Kathy Liggett Leis and her daughter 
Elizabeth - Pont Neuf - March 1992 

"I close with my favorite teaching story 
about SBJYF. I have a slide of RUSTY 
PARK and KATI MARTON on the roof of 
Chambord, and I tell students of their 
subsequent illustrious careers, hoping to 

instill some sense of 'you too can be somebody 
if you go JYF.' As I had gleaned from SBJYF 
alumnae bulletins, Rusty's career has taken him 
back to Paris and Kati had become an ABC 
News correspondant, well-known author, and 
married Peter Jennings. Neglecting to mention 
that I had no personal relationships with any of 
the above, I didn't realize how the message had 
totally missed its mark imtil the eighth grade 
English teacher came up to me and said, 'We 
need a guest speaker and the kids say that you 
know Ted Koppel.' (!!!)" 

GEOFFREY HOPE (Johns Hopkins) writes 
for MARIA SCHIESS HOPE (Denison) and 
himself: "Maria is in Mexico for a few weeks 
and I don't believe she will object if I answer 
the request for memories, effects of the year in 
France, and news of careers, for both of us. 

"We met in the 'Chinon' group, early in the 
Tours stay. We prepared a report for class 
together in the fine library by the Loire. We 
had a picnic by a stream near Chambord on our 
chateaux trip. She said she was from 
Colombia; I had never heard of it. She showed 
me a stuffed elephant in a bam near the museum 
in Tours. I had beer and she had caf^ au lait in 
caf6s. I smoked Gauloises. 

"In Paris, we would meet by the Seine after 
supper and waUc. I took the class on French 
theatre; sometimes, she would buy someone 
else's ticket and we went together. Once or 
twice we decided to respect the program's 
injunction and speak French with each other. 
We took Antoine Adam's class on Baudelaire 
together. Adam was good but my favorite 
professor was M. Garapon on the 17th centtiry. 
Maria took the class on art that covered the 
Louvre. I had Simday meals free and, when we 
could, I enjoyed dirmer with Maria in the quiet 
little place at Reid Hall: cruditis, poulet 
bonne mire, camembert, fruit, with a bottle of 
red wine with no cork. 

"One morning, the CRS stopped me from 
going to the Sorbonne. I knew they could be 
mean but I had never realized the French could 
get so big. When the m6tro was on strike in 
the spring, we walked everywhere we went: 
Monceau, Luxembourg, the Buttes-Chaumont. 
Once, walking home to my pension in Honore 
Chevalier from seeing Maria home in the rue de 
Bourgogne, I found myself between students 
and police. The police shot tear gas; one of the 
students was wounded in the hand; I ran away. 

"I am now chairing the French & Italian 
Department at the University of Iowa; Maria 
helps Iowa students study abroad. We do get 
back to France sometimes, though not often 
enough. I cannot imagine my life without the 
Sweet Briar program and I don't want to try." 

JUDITH MILLER (Vassar), on leave from 
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is 
Directrice of the Centre d'Etudes Critiques 
(CIEE Paris). She sends "just the usual but 
hardly banal comment: It changed my life. I 
have never 'left' Paris in my head and in my 
work. I now direct other jimior year abroad 
students, visions of my younger self." 

We were very sad to hear that DIANNE 
Woman's) died on November 2, 1990 in an 
accident. She is survived by three sons: 
Scott, Christopher and Kevin. 

Professor of Law at Boston University and 
Counsel to Ropes & Gray. His memories 
include: "September in Tours; lunches at 
Reid Hall; the May riots. 1967-68 was a 
watershed year, enriching my life socially, 
emotionally, intellectually and (ultimately) 
professionally as much as any year since 

Kati Marton and Rusty Park on the roof of 
Chambord (Photo by Kathy Liggett Leis) 

remembers "bowls of caf^ arc lait on dark 
winter mornings at our residence on the 
Blvd. Malesherbes. Then walking to the 
m^tro in the blackness and emerging from 
the m^tro as the sun was coming up on our 
way to an 8 a.m. class! I have kept up with 
my two roommates GIANA DEPAUL from 
from Bryn Mawr . GIANA lives in Dallas, 
Texas and SARA in Grants' Pass, Oregon. 
Looking back on my college years, I must 
say that JYF was the most fulfilling and the 
most fun of those years and I wish I could do 
it all over again." 




(Sweet Briar) received her Ph.D. from the 
University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. 
Formerly Assistant Professor of History and 
French, she is now full-time mother to her 
son, Bret Ewing Newton (age 7), and 
celebrated her IStli wedding anniversary 
with her husband Carl W. Newton last July 

For her 1967-68 was one of the best years 
ever: "It afforded wonderful learning 
(Sciences Po), excitement (who can ever 
forget May of 1968?), friendship (what a 
suf)erb group of young men and women!), 
and excellent cultural opportunities. To be 
young in Paris in 1967-68 was the 
exi>erience of a lifetime!" 

Professor of Philosophy at Loyola 
University in Chicago. He remembers: 
"Over Christmas break, I returned to the 
U.S. and married Kathy Moore. We returned 
to Paris together after the holidays, and we 
spent our "honeymoon" in Paris while I 
completed my studies with JYF. We'll 
celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on 
December 30. A lot of "red tape" had to be 
cut for JYF to approve my marriage because 
I was the first married member of the JYF 

"I returned to Paris in 1971 as a Fulbright 
Scholar to do research for my Ph.D. 
dissertation on the philosophy of Stanislas 
Breton (said by many scholars to be the 
leading Catholic French thinker in the world 
today). Breton was one of my professors at 
the Catholic Institute while I was a member 
of JYF. I was recently named international 
archivist for the works of Breton. We 
correspond regularly, and we have 
maintained a strong friendship over the past 
25 years. 

"I have also maintained a strong 25 year 
friendship with a French student I met while 
in Paris in 1967-68: Didier Vachette. 
Didier spent a summer with us in Chicago in 
the 1970's, and he and his wife, Fabienne, 
visited us three years ago. 


Worried faces at Reid Hall during the 
hinements it Mai 68 

Kathy and I have two children, Michelle 
Monique (23) and Shannon Robert (21). 
Michelle graduated from college in May 1992 
(psychology), and Shannon will graduate in 
December 1992 (engineering). Kathy graduated 
from college in 1982 (philosophy and creative 
writing), and she is an independent editor and 

TED VAN DYKE (Yale), a Special Assistant 
to the Executive Director of the New Haven 
Housing Authority and FRANNY deFRITSCH 
VAN DYKE (Vassar), an Assistant Professor of 
Mathematics at Central Connecticut State 
University, remember: "I, Ted, remember 
getting picked up along with HERB WIGDER 
during the evenements of May and spending a 
hair-raising night at Beaujon. We were ecstatic 
to have FRANNY and KITTY BASON rescue us 
the next day with the help of a French judge 
who was the father of a friend. FRANNY and I 
spent 1976-77 in Paris, when I got a D.E.A. 
from Sciences Po. Last in Paris in December 
1989, when we stayed a few nights with 
Franny's family, Mme Voitot, and visited old 
haunts such as Reid Hall." 

CHARLOTTE WALLACE (Principia) writes: 
"I remember singing 'She's Got a Ticket to 
Ride,' as we sailed across the Atlantic on the 
venerable old Queen Marv . with all the 
anticipation nineteen year old Americans 
sailing to France could feel. I remember being 
shocked when, during orientation, our director 
told us the best way to experience the year was 
to never of)en a book! 

"I recall a snowy day in Reid Hall with that 
brilliant guy from Johns Hopkins, reciting 
together Boris Pasternak's 'Winter Night' in 
Russian; my Russian teacher, Mme Grigorieva, 
consoling us, 'My students don't speak with 
you? Don't worry! They don't even sf>eak to 
each other!' Going to Mme. Grigorieva's 
apartment in a different arrondissement for 
class, when Langues O. was closed by student 
strikes--when we did speak to each other. 
Waiting in the early morning darkness with 
numerous other students, to purchase a $180 
ticket for a two week trip to the Soviet Union. 
(I have never paid a cent since, although I have 
been 6 times.) 

"I remember attending a Beckett play, and at 
the end, hearing the even more dramatic and 
incredible announcement that the Odeon had 
been taken over by protesters. Students and 
workers marching up the Boulemiche, singing 
the 'Internationale, '--and fearing mass 
violence. I remember listening as Daniel 
Cohn-Bendit 'held court' in the Sorborme, and 
being shocked that he did not allow a single 
dissenting voice to speak. (Like the Soviet 
Union!) One night a vivid dream of the giant 
head of General de Gaulle peering through my 
window... the next day M ARGO HAYNES and 

SUSAN HUSTON singing for me a parody of 
'Last Night I had the Strangest Dream.' 

"A fellow student and I, at a loss as to how 
to sp>eak about Beckett's play, 'En attendant 
Godot,' deciding to act out a scene— and Mme 
Jomaron loving it. Mme Jomaron, 
disappearing from our program, to march 
with the students at Nanterre. Many metro 
rides home, discussing plays, especially 
with MARGO, whom I always admired. 

"Walking through springtime Paris, and 
seriously considering staying to help 
translate a book for a Russian friend, who 
probably couldn't pay me. Meeting daily 
with a British student to decide how and when 
we would leave the country, as tanks were 
nomored to be surrounding the city. Feeling I 
had had the year of my life, and not believing 
it was nearly over!" 

HERB WIGDER (Trinity) is an emergency 
medicine physician in Chicago, When asked 
about his memories of his year in France, he 
simply answered: "The best" 

wonderful memories of Junior Year '67-'68: 
"Reid Hall lunches with Alain playing the 
grand piano on the second floor, walking 
everywhere in the cold and wind of January 
and crossing the Seine in a mini-skirt and 
coat because we were bom a year too early for 
the maxi coat - hilas! The theatre course 
with Mme Jomaron, the Boulevard St. 
Michel at dusk with everyone hurrying home 
but not too fast to browse the outdoor book 
tables at Gibert Jeune. From the beginning 
in September riding a bike across the river 
from St. Cyr to take a phonics course at the 
Institute in Tours to the last incredible 
month in May when everything shut down 
and the police were sweeping up the 
Boulevard Saint-Germain striking everyone 
in their path, it was a wonderful year. Since 
then I have taught high school French for a 
while, raised three French-studying childreti, 
and gone back as often as possible on 
business trips with my husband or on 
painting workshops where I became group 
translator for non-Francophones. Un grand 
merci to Sweet Briar for a life-long love 
affair with France and things French." 





FRANK HOFFECKER (Princeton) writes 
fro Riyadh: "After working as captain of an 
oyster/ fishing boat on the Chesapeake Bay 
for many years, I somehow ended up in the 
telecommunications industry. I am now in 
charge of marketing and network operations 
for British Telecom al-Saudia, a joint 
venture (in Saudi Arabia) of B.T. and a Saudi 
prince. My family - wife Leslie, a 
journalist, and children Margaret (7) and 
Tom (5) - live near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia." 

He also give news from two other 1969- 
70 JYFers: "JOAN MOWER (U.C. Berkeley) 
recently gave birth to a baby girl. Joan has 
been a journalist for several years, mostly 
in Washington, D.C. JAY TOLSON 
(Princeton) has been the editor of the 
Wilson Quarterly for 10 years or so. He 
recently finished a biography of Walker 
Percy, which should be published within a 
few months. Jay lives in Arlington with his 
wife, Mary Bradshaw, and son Ben (age 8)." 


EVAN D. ROBINSON (U. of Virginia) and 
Virginia 73-74) have changed countries 
once again "departing their beloved Paris 
with much weeping and wailing in May 
1991." They are now in Bahrain. Evan is 
the Intelligence Director for 
COMUSNAVCENT, the naval component 
Commander of the U.S. Central Command. 
They write: "Given the fact that the UN 
inspections and embargo still continue 
against Iraq, that naval forces must be 
prepared to respond to crises or 
contingencies in short order, and that mines 
"never surrender", it's made for a very busy 
year" They also write: "Let us dispel any 
misconceptions you may have from CNN's 
portrayal of Operation Desert Shield/Storm 
and assure you that... we are not living in a 
tent in the desert, dressed in veils or desert 
fatigues, eating MREs under a cloud of 
Kuwaiti oil fire smoke, riding camels, and 
waiting for Saddam Hussein to reinvade. We 
are living in probably the nicest, most 
spacious house we've ever had, surrounded 
by a lovely walled garden with lots of 
flowering shrubs, palm trees and real grass 
for children to play on." They add: "Paris 
nous manque beaucoup. HeureuscmenL il y 
a une Alliance Frangaise et une Association 
des Frangais et Francophones de I'Etranger, 
et parfois un navire frangais fait escale ici 
pour nous offrir une coupe de champagne." 


CATHERINE L. JOSSET (Middlebury) teaches 
French and Spanish in New Rochelle (N.Y) 
schools and was married to Roger Woolcott in 
October 1991. She is keeping her maiden 


KARIN LINDGREN (Sweet Briar), an 
instructor of French at Adrian College, won six 
cash awards and four honorable mentions in the 
1992 World Order of Narrative and Formalist 
Poets Contest. The contest was chaired by Dr. 
Alfred Dom, poet and critic, who teaches 
creative writing at New York University. 
Competing were writers from Great Britain, 
Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The Sweet Briar 
College Alu mnae Magazine in an article written 
by Pat Mrozek, of the Adrian College News 
Bureau, writes: "Lindgren transformed her 
memories of a 1974 tour of Italy into first place 
honors in one poetry category. Titled 
'Resurgam' (Latin for 'I will rise again), her 
poem details the hypothetical flooding of 
Venice and its subsequent resurrection." One 
never knows what one of those spring trips 
taken during the Junior Year in France wiU lead 

Karin has been at Adrian College since 1989, 
moving from Ann Arbor where she is 
completing her dissertation. She holds an 
M.A. in French from the University of Eastern 
Michigan University. 

Karin also writes poetry in French: "People 
said my French poetry was superior to my 
English poetry. The French poetry I wrote is 
more relevant to today, since it is written in the 
modem language. I learned modem French, so I 
couldn't hide behind the 'thee' and 'thou' of the 
early poetry I learned and tried to write. When I 
lost the archaisms and the abstmseness in my 
English, I found the voice I needed in order to 

See 1970-71 for news from NANCY NOYES 
ROBINSON (U. of Virginia) 



LISA BRUNDAGE (Sweet Briar) was featured 
in an article by Debra Gordon pubUshed in the 
"Business Weekly" section of The Virginian- 
Pilot and the Ledger-Star of April 27, 1992. 
Lisa, an architect and interior designer, is the 
owner of Archi-Techniques, Inc. She beat out 
more than 100 entries to win The American Bar 
Association Journal annual competition for 
design excellence in law offices, with her 
design for the new offices of Hunton & 

Williams in Norfolk's Crestar Bank 
Building. The most beautiful part of the 
offices is a "dramatic, gently curving 
stairway." She also custom-designed the 
furniture: "For instance, instead of ordering 
a conference table 'just like 5,000 others,' 
Lisa took the Makore wood used throughout 
the offices to craft the table. She inlaid it 
with green plastic laminate studded with the 
same color tiles and brass stripping featured 
in the rest of the layout." 

"'I'm looking for a specific type of 
client,' she says. 'Someone who thinks that 
I, as the interior designer, can bring 
something to the project that he or she can 
be proud of 

Lisa started her business in Norfolk two 
years ago, after having worked for a large 
company in New York City. There she 
designed and guided the construction of 
Apple Computer's Paris headquarters, which 
won her praise in Interior Design Magazine . 
Lisa did her graduate work in architecture at 
the University of Virginia. 


We regret to inform the members of the 
1976-77 group that CHARLES "CHI" 
CAVAiNAGH (Northwestern) died on October 
30, 1991 in New York City. His Junior Year 
in France was among his fondest memories. 


Doris Chaya, daughter of SARAH 
was bom on June 29, 1992: "Elle est 
adorable, bien sur. Elle parle deja frangais." 


married her law-school sweetheart, Jim 
Hogan, September 5 and moved to Paris, 
where Jim is a partner in a French law firm. 
CAROLINE HOYT (Bryn Mawr) attended the 
wedding. After Therese and Jim 

honeymooned in Italy, Therese took some 
time off, and she is now begiiming a job 
search in Paris. 




From Professor EMILE LANGLOIS, 
Resident Director of the 1982-83 group: 

"10 ans dija... Cc n'est pas possible! 
You can't be in your thirties! As I write 
this, I have akeadv read the news of your 
class which KELLy HELM SMITH has 
compiled for this issue of the Magazine. I 
know about your careers, marriages, 
children, travels, etc... But where are the 
missing ones? the old New York Party 
Contingent? And all the others? Please 
send me a note and we will publish news 
from the retardataires for the 11th 

"In Paris the offices and classrooms are 
still the same (allliough we are now on the 
4eme etage instead of the Seme, without 
having moved at all - the Alliance added a 
premier superieur\) When you visit 
(notice, I don't say 'if but 'when'), you may 
see M. Simon and Mmc Oswald. Mme 
Triantafyllou retired last year (a big loss, 
even for those who suffered so much with 
her French grammar exercises!). 

"If you visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, 
detour to Sweet Briar and and say hello!" 


In July, Mme CAROL DENIS, Assistant to 
the Resident Director in 1982-83, sent the 
following message: 

"As I look over the list of your names and 
your Paris addresses, I reminisce with Lucienne 
D6rozieres. Those were the good old days when 
the photo de groupe was in black and white, I 
had long hair, and we were all a good deal 
yoimger. It really was a great year we spent 
together with all of you and Monsieur 
Langlois. Any of the problems we may have 
had seem far behind and quite insignificant 
now, although I remember being worried about 
you at the time. I worried about KEN BRADT 
with his interminable lists of vocabulary 
words--I shouldn't have! the living conditions 
at the Pension Ladagnous (it exists no more) 
and whether CAROLE KIM would stay smiley 
and sane at Madame Maupat^'s. 

"The only housing possibilities on my list 
that you might recognize: la Pension des 
Marronniers (still directed by Marie-Odile who 
hasn't changed a bit), the de Lambertye's, the 
Coutants, the Lepoutres, the Lebatards, the 
Mouniers and Madame Mikol. 

"My son, Nicolas, who was a baby when 
you were here, is now almost 13 and this year 
M. Langlois' youngest will be here in Paris 
with the group. Sometimes in our 
conversations the word retirement even 
crops up. How can this be happening to us? 
I guess we still have a few good years ahead 
of us though. 

"We have seen about 20 of you since your 
graduation from coUege. When you come, it 
is such fun to get down the picture, go over 
the names and faces and play 'do you 
remember the time.' Now that many of you 
have job responsibilities and many of you 
have yoimg families, the visits have slowed 
almost to a stop. We will have to use this 
Magazine to catch up on your news and 
hope that if you ever are in Paris, you won't 
forget to stop by the office." 

Nicole Christensen at Sciences Po 

A big merci to KELLY HELIW SMITH 

(Bryn Mawr) who volunteered to serve as 
class news editor: 

"Mes amis, salut! 

"I hope you will have as much fun reading 
our various memories as I have. Sorting 
through them has been like having one of 
those dreams so vivid it stays with me all 
day. It's made our jimior year -- fantastic 
discoveries, heartaches, food, friends and the 
rest of it - seem a lot more recent than 10 
years ago. I haven't been back to France 
since we left. Reading our assorted 
recollections is the next best thing. 

Kelly Helm Smith 

"As a visiting Romance Languages lecturer 
at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 
LYDIA BELATECHE (Vassar) speaks with 
authority when she encourages her students 
to spend a year in France. Luggage is one of 
her key SBCJYF memories. She took a lot of 
it and had too many possessions to fit into it 
by the time she returned. Her brother still 
calls 1982-83 "the year you went to France 
and squandered the family fortunes." Lydia's 
courses in Paris allowed her plenty of time to 
explore and experience the city, particularly 
during the second semester, when two of four 
were cancelled indefinitely because of student 



strikes. Lydia's advice to future JYFers is to 
plunge into Paris and see where it takes you 
and how it shapes you. 

She writes, "I think the most important 
part of the experience for each individual is 
the changes he or she experiences in his or 
her own personality. ... I noticed that, each 
time I saw a JYFer in the Sweet Briar offices 
on the Boulevard Raspail, he or she had 
changed. The changes were often subtle, but 
they were definitely there. It was only those 
who were unwilling to change, who would 
not allow themselves to be overpowered by 
the city of Paris, who got nothing out of 
their JYF experience." 

Lydia is completing the final chapter of 
her dissertation and will submit it to the 
French Department at Yale diu-ing the 1992- 
93 academic year. Her husband, John 
Graham, is an assistant professor of French, 
also at Ann Arbor. 

MAGDALENA BELL (U. of Maryland), 
now an attorney living in Bethesda, has 
started using her middle and married names 
since we knew her as GLADYS JARRIN. She 
writes, "Paris was a liberating experience 
for me. It allowed me to break free of a 
painful past and embark upon a new course 
in life. I am now blissfully married to a 
fellow attorney, Michael Bell, and have two 
beautiful girls, ages 4 1/2 years, and 4 
months [ages as of mid-summer]. To me, 
Paris represents everything that is 
wonderful and carefree, and a memory of my 
youth that I shall forever cherish. 1 would 
love to hear from KATE and ISABEL (from 
everyone else, too, of course)!" 

Among Magdalena's memories are the 
Vitta Top Fitness Club, strolls through the 
Latin Quarter (affectionately known as "Pig 
Street" for the whole pigs roasting in 
storefront windows); walking everywhere; 
shopping on the Boulevard St. Germain; 
10-franc coins; buying chocolate-filled 
crepes from street vendors; just hanging 
& ISABEL; and, of course, food. 


(Northwestern) is now a mother and 
freelance writer residing in Waukesha, 
Wisconsin. She earned a Master's degree in 
Advertising from Michigan State University 
and now writes advertising copy when she 
isn't mothering Samuel, who was bom in 
March 1991. She is expecting a second 
child in February. Her favorite memories of 
the year abroad include touring chateaux by 
bike, the autumn colors at Versailles, skiing 
in the Alps, Las Fondues in Montmartre, 
good times with buddies from Northwestern 
and elsewhere, and climentines from the 

open air market for lunch. Laura took her 
husband, Dan, to Les Fondues and to visit the 
de Lambertye family on their honeymoon. Dan 
couldn't speak French so M. de Lambertye 
bridged the language gap by offering more and 
more Poire Guillaume liqueur. 

KELLY HELM SMITH (Bryn Mawr), is who's 
editing this, so I'm switching to first-person 
now. I remember a lot of walking and eating 
crepes and mille-feuilles. (The walking won. 
I returned in far better condition than when I 
and a bimch of us took the M6tro to the eastern 
edge of the city and walked back to BRENDA's 
eighth-floor apartment, where, predictably, we 
feasted. I liked looking at layers of history in 
the architecture and at Pfere Lachaise cemetery, 
where it seemed like everyone who was anyone 
who died in France was buried, from H^loise & 
Abelard to Jim Morrison. The month we spent 
in Tours was wonderful and elemental. I felt 
like a child again, partly because I didn't 
imderstand much that was being said. I gained a 
whole new appreciation for food and family Ufe 
at the table of Claude and Zabet PouiUet. After 
finishing college I got a Master's degree in 
journalism at Northwestern, then worked as a 
reporter for a couple of newspapers before 
going to work for a very unusual printing 
company as the reporter for its employee 
newspaper. My husband, Kevin, is British, 
Texan, an Army Reservist, a freelance writer, 
and a Ph.D. student in poUtical science. We've 
lived in the Milwaukee area since 1987. 

CAROLE KIM (Brown), is an artist living in 
Los Angeles. She says, "Thinking of Paris 
while living in Los Angeles, a city obsessed 
with pop culture where you spend much of your 
time cruising in your car, makes for a vivid 
contrast. News from friends would be most 
welcome!" Carole remembers the streets of 
Paris as a montage fueled by human energy 
from all over the world - music and dance from 
Africa, India and Brazil, and the aura exuded by 
the architecture itself. She remembers herself 
ab.sorbing it all, wide-eyed; feasting at joyous 
and scrumptious spontaneous picnics; les 
quatre mousquetaires and company; and the 
thick morning fog in the Jardin du 

Mawr) graduated from Cardozo School of Law in 
1991 and is now a staff attorney at the National 
Organization of Social Security Claimants 
Representatives, a non-profit group. She 
married Stanley Silverstone in July 1990 
(JENIFER SCHALL attended the wedding) and 
they live in Brooklyn. Some of Barbara's best 
memories from the year in France revolve 
around the people she met and stayed with. For 
instance, pleased to have convinced her Tours 

hosts she understood everything, she 
overheard M. Courot tell a friend that when 
Barbara laughs, she doesn't imderstand a word 
you're saying. TTie Lebatard family in Paris 
was also special, including their son, 7 years 
old at the time, and the triplets, who were 
then 3-year-olds. Barbara's favorite class 
was L'Histoire de Paris a tr avers ses 
monuments, which, she writes, "was the 
first time I found history to be a fascinating 
subject." Her least favorite class was 
Psychologie Sociale, wherein she 
constantly had to contend with the 
professor's anti-American biases. "All in all 
my junior year in Paris was a great year," 
Barbara writes. "I learned and experienced so 
much. I always recommend that college 
jimiors spend a year away, and especially as 
part of the Sweet Briar program." 

Lise Hafner and Carole Kim 
(Photo by Kelly Helm Smith) 

BRENDA LINDFORS (Brown) is now 
Director of Wellness Programs and Parent 
Education at Brackenridge Hospital in 
Austin, Texas. Brenda's memories from the 
year abroad include pot-luck parties with 
her eighth-floor (no elevator) chambre de 
bonne in the I7eme arrondissement; 
jogging regularly past prostitutes in the 
Bois de Boulogne; and the intoxicating 
sights, sounds and smells of Paris. A key 
moment came when Brenda went to London 
during the holiday break to meet her parents. 
On the way there she was very ill and a 
terrible storm over the Charmel sunk two 
boats, luckily not the ferry she was on. She 
arrived in England exhausted and terrified, 
too late to change any money and thus 
unable to take the train to her parents' hotel. 
A beggar approached and asked for money, 
and Brenda broke down, explaining that she 
had no money and no way to get where she 



Brenda Lindfors 

(Photo by Kelly Helm Smith) 

was going. The beggar then gave her his 
money, took her to the subway gate, put her 
on the right car and told her where lo get off. 
That was when Brenda decided there is after 
all a Santa Claus. Brenda writes that she is 
enjoying something of a second 
honeymoon because her husband, Cody 
Hoover, just finished an MBA from 
Vanderbilt University in Nashville and has 
rejoined her in Austin. 

is thriving as a professional francophile. 
She became marketing director of (and is 
now married to the owner of) David B. 
Mitchell & Company, Inc., based in 
Darien, Connecticut. The firm represents 
the Relais & Chateaux, a Paris-based 
association of inns and castle-hotels around 
the world. This means she and her husband 
get to travel a lot in France, sampling 
accommodations and cuisine across the 
country. They go to the French West Indies 
a lot, too. As Susan writes, "My junior year 
abroad greatly affected the direction of my 
life, as it has for many alumni. I think just 
about everyone feels the desire to return to 
France after that year abroad, yearning for 
the daily excitement and challenge of life in 
another country." Susan made it back the 
very next summer as a guide for a hot-air 
ballooning company in Burgundy and 
hasn't stayed away since then. She 
recommends the program at Middlebury's 
Language Schools, and would love to hear 
from fellow JYFers. Just call 1-800-372- 

Holyoke) celebrated her 5-year wedding 
anniversary in August. She has a daughter, 
Diana Veronica, and is planning another for 

next spring. After several jobs in New York, 
Philadelphia and Minneapolis, she is currently 
working towards a Master's degree in art 
history at the University of Minnesota. 
Danielle remembers the brief but sufficient 
orientation in Tours. She had lots of fun with 
her roommates in an odd host family. She also 
remembers Mme Parlange ("what a wonderful 
woman - I hear she still takes students"). 
Danielle met with her three years ago when she 
returned to Europe with her husband for a 
month-long trip between jobs. They met with 
AL GANNON and friends and had a blast. Her 
French came back, but she sure was rusty! She 
also remembers NICOLA LONGFORD and AMY 
BRESEKE and all their gallivanting, and her 
January trip with AL and NICKY to Spain in the 

NANCY NAGEL (Brown) is in her second 
year as an MBA student at Stanford University 
and hopes to get into economic development 
when she is through. Nancy remembers great 
pastries and wonderful afternoons (even 
picnics) in the Jardin du Luxembourg; 
desperately trying to understand the dialog at 
the theatre with her class; being dazzled at the 
Theatre du Soleil, being in awe of Paola 
Messana, her Sciences Po international 
relations teaching assistant; and gaining 
fashion sense very gradually. Nancy says she 
didn't manage to speak exclusively French with 
her American roommates as she had hoped, and 
that she occasionally foimd a certain arrogance 
among the French as well as evidence of un- 
curbed dogs to be annoying. 

her husband, Ted, live in the Philadelphia area, 
where Carol is a commercial banker. Carol 
recalls the wonderful mix of international 
students living at Simone Cardozo's home in 
Tours who were all trying to communicate in 
French; visiting chateaux by bike, car and 
bus; phonetics; Simone Hilling" book-lined 
hallway, Thursday-night dinner parties, 
chocolate mousse and crime caramel; picnics 
everywhere; red wine in huge quantities imtil le 
rigime began in March; footing in le Pare des 
Buttes Chaumont; visiting nearly every 
museum in Paris; seeing West Side Story and 
other American classic movies for the first 
lime; trips to Amsterdam, Brussels, Switzerland 
(skiing), Spain and Portugal with the Alliance 
Fran9aise group, Brittany and Strasbourg; flea 
markets; theatre class as a way to see obscure 
parts of Paris as well as both wonderful and 
obscure plays; the library and oral exams at 
Sciences Po; and the month afterward in 
England. Carol adds, "I loved living in a major 
city, the strength of the dollar, the change of 
scenery and the sense of adventure." 

LISA O'CONNOR (Northwestern) writes 
that she remembers "being accosted on the 
streets daily by dragueurs and, ironically, at 
the same time, plowing my way through 
Simone de Beauvoir's Mimoires d'une Jeune 
Fille Rangee." Lisa finds it sad to reconcile 
the beautiful land and people she encoimtered 
while traveling in Yugoslavia, accompanied 
by JULIE POLICES, with the destruction now 
ravaging the area. Lisa, who is now product 
manager for a software company, says, "I'd 
like to start a French-speaking Toastmasters 
club in the Chicago area. Toastmasters is a 
self-help, not-for-profit organization that 
helps its members build confidence in their 
public speaking skills. Anyone in the 
Chicago area interested? Look me up under 
my husband's name, Frank Eberwein, in Lake 
Zurich, Illinois." 

O'MARA (both Haverford) recall coffee with 
FRANgOISE JACKSON; breakfast at Madame 
Muller's; the interminable bus ride from 
Brussels to Tours on our first day; Madame 
Denis and Monsieur Langlois' smiling faces; 
tremendous sadness when we had to come 
back to the States; and their oral 
interrogation at Sciences Po. Both O'Maras 
are now lawyers in New York City. They say 
that each time they return to Paris, whether 
on business or vacation, "we're haunted by 
our wonderful memories of our year there -- 
and by a wish we could do it aU again." 

Holyoke) writes that she lived in Los 
Angeles for three years after college before 
returning to the East Coast to be nearer her 
family. She is now in Norwich, New York. 
Elaine reports that she has made it back to 
la belle France twice in the past tliree years, 
greatly enjoying Aries in 1991, and plans 
another trip for 1993. She will teach a non- 
credit French course for the local college's 
adult education program this year, and will 
lead a French discussion group for a local 
corporation with French subsidiaries. "There 
are times when I still crave a sandwich au 
fromage such as I used to eat on an almost 
daily basis," Elaine writes. "And it would be 
nice to be around people who don't cringe at 
the mention of liver pat6. But for the most 
part rural life is great. I do a lot of canning 
and baking and enjoy it very much." Elaine 
foimd that the year in France was "a kind of 
fresh start where no one (or mostly no one) 
knew you and you could be whomever you 
chose without having to conform to 
expectations of those around you. It was 
definitely a maturing process, and one I 
wouldn't trade for the world." 



From Mount Holyoke: Ann Reardon 
(visiting), Dede McKibbin-Vaughan, Denise 
Bachand Prince, Janine Adams (v), Elaine 
Osborne Sinniger (who sent the photo) 

UN HAE PARK LANGIS (Yale) writes in 
French! She says, "Salut a tout le monde, 
M. Langlois, Mme. Denis, Mme. 
Derozieres. Vive le JYF! Depuis 
Novembre 1989, je suis maride avec Robert 
Langis, un franco-canadien de Montrial. 
On a une belle fille de 18 mois, Renata. 
J'ai eu ma licence d'enseignement et un 
M.Ed en 1990. En ce moment, je travaille 
mi-temps a un 'tutoring center.' On espere 
dSminager a Ashland, Oregon, aussitot que 
notre maison a LA. sera vendue. Tous les 
meilleurs vaeux a tout le monde." 

PAM PIKE SULKA (Mount Holyoke) 
doesn't have a lot of time to write. She has 
just moved to Germany, along with her 
husband, Daniel, a major in the Army, and 
their one-year-old daughter, Maggie. After 
graduation, at least partly inspired by her 
gastronomic adventures in France, Pam 
worked in several restaurants and attended 
the Culinary Institute of America. Now that 
she is back on the continent, she hopes to 
visit Paris and other parts of France this 
year. Your faithful editor had the pleasure 
of being Pam's roommate in Tours and in 
Paris. Discovering French cuisine in the 
company of someone who could actually 
come back and recreate it was a wonderful 
experience. The last time I ate chez Pam 
was in 1 987 when she lived just across the 
river from New Orleans, and it was a meal 
I'll never forget. Her portfolio of cakes is 
equally awe-inspiring. 

ELIZABETH K. QUINSON (Williams) is now 
a freelance writer living in the Philadelphia 
area. She writes, "Most of all I remember 
lovely unending afternoons watching the world 
go by with LAURA MEZEY in cafds on 
Boulevard St. Germain and Boulevard Raspail." 
Other highlights of a truly fun year were a rainy 
bike trip from Tours to see the chateaux, girls' 
nights out with SUSAN MARTIN, and doing 
Plaza Suite at Charles V with MURRAY. 
Elizabeth is married to Richard J. Koreto 
(Vassar '84). They have a daughter, Katherine 
Jane, who will soon be a year old. 

LORI REILLY (Northwestern) now lives in 
Chicago and is vice president. Corporate 
Banking at Harris Bank. Believe it or not, she 
says she encounters a lot of SBCJYF alums 
from various years in the course of her U.S.- 
oriented work. She writes, "In Paris, I didn't 
just see another culture, but became a part of 
another way of life. To live with the history, 
beauty, food and jjeople of Paris was a treasure I 
will always carry! I will never forget Mme 
Cott6's art class, and TERRENCE FRANKLIN's 
excellent imitations of her -- 'Bon. On y va?' 
Sciences Po was so amusing, very stuffy and 
self-satisfied, yet books were only available in 
the library and of course those could not be 
checked out. The academic memories pale 
compared to the social ones — drinking cognac 
on an evening bateau mouche with RICHARD 
SHEWMAKER. or walking through the 
TuUeries with AMY BRESEKE as we went to the 
Louvre. In February, I was delighted to show 
my husband Paris, not as a tourist but as one 
who will always be a part of that city. "Despite 
our short stay in Tours, that warm September 
remains special. I remain in touch with my 
family, the Laplanes, and continue to visit 
them on my trips to Paris." Lori finished an 
MBA at Northwestern last year, and she and her 
husband were expecting their first child in 


(Williams), who is now marketing manager 
with American Express, writes, "To me, the 
best part of spending the year in Paris was 
actually feeling like I belonged in the city. Day 
in and day out, taking the M6tro, going to 
school at Science Po and L' Alliance, speaking 
the language, shopping, living with Simone 
Hilling in the 19th arrondissement, I felt like a 
native -- not a tourist. Since I've never been 
back, that feeling remains. I look forward to 
the day I am able to return and take my husband 
and child back to the city I love." Elizabeth 
married her high school sweetheart, David 
Allison (Colgate '84) and they now have a son, 
Schafer Scott Allison, bom in August 1991. 
EUzabeth commutes from home in Connecticut 
to New York City. 


(Wheaton), a banker with a Boston address, 
reports that she married Victor J. Zerbino on 
September 12, 1987, and moved to 
Montevideo, Uruguay. Nicolas Richard was 
bom July 17, 1991, and she was expecting a 
second child in November. She recalls her 
time in Paris as "wonderful, romantic, great 
fun, lots of learning, good friends, delicious 
food and incredible language." 

Carole Kim (Photo b; Kelly Helm Smith) 


Some news from the Sweet Briar College 
contingent gleaned from the College 
Alumnae Magazine: 

California and should have received her 
Master's in Environmental Studies last June. 

SUZANNE BRANCH married Lansing 
Martin last May and moved to Greenwich, 

CECILY SCHULZ practices law and has 
moved to D.C. where she has "no boyfriend, 
no fiance, no husband, no kids, and no great 
adventures plaimed," although she would like 
to hear from anyone who has any extra 
boyfriends, fiances, husbands, kids or 

ELLEN CARVER is Director of Admissions 
at George School in Pennsylvania and 
volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. 





A message from Professor ROBERT 
GOODHAND, 1987-88 Residenl Director: 

"It is with truly fond and happy memories 
that Pan and I recollect the 1987-88 year in 
Paris. Carol Denis noted on numerous 
occasions through the year that the record 
number of students (136 participants was 
the record up to that point) was the easiest 
group to manage, the most pleasant and 
carefree that she had ever experienced. I 
certainly agreed with her, although 1 
wondered if she doesn't say that about all 
the Sweet Briar groups! 

"I am now in semi-retirement in Tarheel 
territory, nearer my three daughters and their 
children in Durham, nearer the ocean, and in 
a climate which has allowed my golf 
handicap to drop to a six. I will be teaching 
on occasion some community college 
seminars on literature and philosophy, and 
Pan and I are involved in stained glass art. 
We have not returned to France since the 
halcyon days of 1987-88, but the urge to 
revisit all the old Gallic haunts is growing 
month by month within us and we will head 
back before too long. Pan joins me in 
sending to you our warm greetings." 


Mrs. CAROL DENIS, Assistant to the 
Resident Director, sends this message: 

"At this writing I am preparing to go to 
Tours tomorrow for the arrival of the new 
group. I will never forget your arrival in Tours 
- our biggest group. I was apprehensive given 
the number, but it turned out to be one of the 
best years ever because as a group we were close 
in spite of our size. Everything we did together 
I enjoyed and I often look with nostalgia at the 
pictures I took of us at Mont St. Michel (in the 
cold and the wet) and at Givemy. Many of our 
conversations are still fresh in my mind also. 
What a pity we can't do it all over again. 

"My only consolation, besides the many 
nice people who have passed our way since, has 
been seeing certain ones from that year again 
here in Paris, and receiving your letters. 

"JULIA ALEXANDER was here for a long 
and SUSAN WINCHESTER. Others have come 
for shorter visits (AMELIA ADDISON, CHRIS 

WRIGHT). I hope I will soon be seeing 
STEPHANIE GREEN who telephoned this 
summer from the States and who was 
planning to be here this year. 

"Not much has changed aroimd here in the 
four years of your absence except a new coat 
of paint here and there and different desks in 
the Sweet Briar classrooms (no more of those 
red plastic chairs!) Crystal's sign about 
keeping the salle de lecture clean is still in 
use (jjeople aren't getting any more tidy) and 
the painter still tries to fUrt with the women 
in the hall. Thankfully we were able to help 
the Alliance get rid of the young gardien- 
dragueur who annoyed so many of you. 

"Madame Deroziferes and I still eat lunch in 
my office around 13hOO on the little square 
table next to the metal file cabinets. If 
you're in Paris, grab a sandwich or a crepe at 
St. Placide and come join us. It would make 
our day." 


Bois de Boulogne picnic - May 1988 (PhotoCrystal Wright) 

We wish to thank JULIA PROFFITT 

(American U.) for being the first member of 
the class (among several!) to volunteer to 
serve as class news editor. Now your news: 

JENNIFER ALLEY (Mount Holyoke), a 
fund-raiser/grant writer at the French 
Institute/Alliance Fran?aise in New York 
City, writes: 

"My memories of our year in Paris range 
from my oh-so-tiny chambre de bonne 
with a fantastic view of the Tour Eiffel, to 
watching the Sunday football games on the 
Esplanade des Invalides, and to long strolls 
in the many jardins of Paris on cloudy days. 

"And who could forget the Art History 
class or the atmosphere at Sciences Po? 

"My year abroad taught me an 
understanding of the French mindset and 
their methods, which has helped me in my 
job at the French Institute/Alliance Fran9aise 
in NYC. 

"I have been back only once to Paris and 
my visit felt like a return to a 
home-away-from-home. I do hope to go 
back for a longer stay - either for work or 

"I hope all of you are doing well and I look 
forward to seeing your news in upcoming 




"When I think about Paris these days, I 
think of running on asphalt city roads lined 
with beautifully fa9aded (there's a word!) 
six-story buildings. I also think of a dear 
friend I met in Histoire du monde grec au 6e 
siecle avant J.C., who has taught me a lot 
about his country. I was fortunate to be in 
Paris twice in the past year, on my way to 
and from Cameroon, West Africa (Peace 
Corps), and observed that Paris, with its 
lush green trees, stunning architecture and 
variety of peoples, is truly more striking 
than ever. In Paris, this June, I had the 
opportunity to adjust my Cameroonian 
French to I'accent parisien. Yes, there is a 

"Learning French and living and studying 
in Paris have been great influences in how I 
am learning to perceive the world at large. 
Recently, I was living in Cameroon, 
speaking French and tribal languages (and 
Italian, of all things!), and had many 
opportunities to think about how France and 
the French language have shaped others. I 
appreciate this understanding a great deal. 

"These days I am living in Michigan 
doing carpentry work and playing guitar, 
both of which thrill me!" 

ASHLEY BURNHAM (U. of Southern 

"I have too many memories of Paris. The 
time spent there was the best time of my life 
thus far. Most of all it was the most 
educational. Great memories. 

"Now I'm working for Largo 

Entertainment in L.A. I'm working for the 
head of the company as a slave. I hope to be 
working in the Art Department again soon." 


.O V i 

Paige Margules and Bob de la Fuente. "Isn't 
this special?" (Photo by IVlolly Mauch) 

CHRIS CALLAS (Washington and Lee), an 
attorney, got married August 8, 1992 to 
Gretchen Trapp, his high school, and later, law 
school sweetheart. 

DYAN CHAN (Southern CaUfomia) writes: 

"Five years later. . . and whenever I look back 
on my time in France, it's still like peering 
down a long tunnel and watching hazy images 
of myself. In all this time I haven't been able 
to reconcile that year with the rest of my life. 
They are two halves, abruptly different and 
removed from each other, yet deeply linked. 
For the strangeness of that year - the freedom, 
the loneliness, the wonder, the art, the 
freshness - is embedded in me, forever shaping 
today's thoughts and feelings. 

"Five years later, and I'm barely in touch 
with anyone I knew that year. It takes too 
much energy to jump back and forth between 
lives. I do know that JENYA WEINREB wUl be 
married this August. Many of the people in the 
program I didn't know that well, even then, but 
I do wonder about some of them from time to 
time. Whatever haR>ened to CHRIS BUCK, and 
my old roommates HENRY VOGEL, MARK 
and GEORGE. ..and where the heck are you, 

"I haven't been back to Europe since that 
year. I still may return sometime, but I thirik 
I'm spoiled now. The idea of jumping aroimd 
from city to city for a week or two doesn't 
appeal to me as much as staying in one place 
for months or a year. 

"What I miss most about Paris are the 
baguettes and the pains aux raisins. What I 
miss about myself are the guitar and the quiet 
time, and the fluidity of my French. 

"Since then, it seems I've mostly just 
worked. I had a last odd but good year at USC, 
then a peon job at a San Francisco Bay-area 
newspaper. Now I'm the editor of a weekly 
commimity newspaper here. It is a tiny paper 
with a minuscule staff; I edit, write, lay out the 
paper, choose the photos, open the mail... you 
name it, except sell the ads. 

"Next I plan to quit my job, take a short trip 
to China (I'd like it to be longer, but that will 
have to wait for another time), and then try out 
the starving writer thing for a while. What is 
everyone else doing?" 

From BOB DE LA FUENTE (Amherst): 
"The stmtmer after I graduated from Amherst 
(1989), I went back to the south of France and 
to Paris for the bicentennial. It was great to go 
back, but very different without all of the SBC 
JYF people around. 

"Last May, I graduated from Boston 
University School of Law (with RAKEL MEIR, 
also from SBC JYF). I have a job as an 
Assistant State Attorney with the Dade Cotmty 

State Attorney's Office in Miami, Florida. 
The job doesn't start until the new year, so I 
have a nice break from school and work. In 
the meantime, I am working for Carol 
Mosley Braun's Senate campaign as the 
liaison to Chicago's • Filipino-American 

"While in Boston, not only did I run into 
RAKEL from time to time, I also bumped into 
ANNE WHITE in a bar a few months ago. 
I've managed to stay in touch with quite a few 
people. I went to New York fairly often the 
past few years, where I regularly saw PAM 
PATTERSON. PAM was an investment 
analyst at Shearson Lehmann and is now a 
second-year law student at NYU. TOM 
worked for Ogilvy and Mather in NYC for a 
couple of years and is now in their Singapore 
office. JENNIFER PATTERSON returned to 
NYC a few months ago after managing a 
cattle ranch in Venezuela. I also had dinner 
with JUUA ALEXANDER in New Haven, 
where she is getting a Ph.D. in Art History at 
Yale. Also, although I didn't know her well 
in Paris, I've heard through the grapevine of 
this incredibly small world of ours that LEAH 
GILLIAM moved to Chicago last week." 


(Coimecticut C), Assistant Vice President at 
Pacific Credit Corporation, just came back 
from France and had a great time! "I spent a 
few days in Tours and was able to visit my 
French family from my JYF. They were as 
nice as ever, and it was wonderful to see 
them. It brought back all the great memories 
from my year abroad." 

MARGARET FRAZIER (Sweet Briar) can't 
believe that 5 years will have passed since 
JYF: "I can still see Paris and feel it like it 
was yesterday. Et il me manque beaucoupl 

"Here's what I've been doing since I 
graduated from Sweet Briar. I moved to 
London for 9 months and worked in an 
English Print Gallery (I majored in Art 
History at Sweet Briar). ANNE WHITE also 
lived with me in London and we went to Paris 
together. It was incredible - we screamed and 
laughed tout le temps. I then moved to D.C. 
for a year where I worked for AA Services 
International, organizing exhibitions which 
circulated around museums in the U.S. Then I 
decided to move back to Memphis and have 
been working at my high school doing 
fundraising as the Director of Annual Fund 
and Alumnae Affairs. Of course now I've had 
the 'back-to-school' craving and am hoping 
for next fall - Master's in Art History. 

"So, in the meantime, I am going to take 
my backpack with another friend from home 
and voyager partout pour 4-6 mois. Bien 



sir j'irai en France\ I'm hoping to hit Asia, 
Thailand, etc. - as long as the $ lasts! I've 
got that travel bug again. But 1 don't go too 
many days without thinking of Paris et mes 
amis de JYF. 

"I saw ANNE WHITE in July. I was on 
Martha's Vineyard visiting her. We were 
thinking reunion also - // faut avoir une 
reunion. I also saw ROBIN CRIST last 
August when I was in San Diego - he's doing 
great and is still Mr. California." 


"Several weeks before I received this 
letter, I met Mike Kainz (JYF 1983). 
Therefore, I had already been reminiscing 
quite a bit. I think my fondest memories 
were of reading the classics of French 
literature in the language they were 
originally written in, and then actually 
'living the literature' by walking the streets 
of Paris and observing the drama of 
everyday life. I was always thrilled to 
chance upon the little plaques on street 
comers that noted, "Colette was bom here," 
or "Balzac lived here." Such a sense of 
history is not always evident in the U.S. 

"Mike and I also reminisced quite a bit 
about our trusty Eurail passes and our 
experiences travehng to other countries. 
All this was wonderful for me since I am 
about to rettim to Paris this fall to complete 
my MBA at the Ecole Superieure des 
Sciences Economiques et Commerciales 
(ESSEC) in Cergy-Pontoise. 

"After graduation from Wellesley, I 
moved to Chicago to share an apartment 
with AMELIA ADDISON. I simultaneously 
started my MBA in the part-time program at 
the University of Chicago while working as 
an environmental consultant. I hope to 
continue this work during my three months 
abroad since my company, PRC 
Environmental Management, Inc., is 
currently pursuing a French-American joint 
venture. If anyone plans on being in Paris, 
please look me up!" 

This note from BOB GASKINS (Vassar) 

"Paris was wonderful! Bob and I have 
been married since November 25, 1989. We 
loved Paris so much we went there for our 

ELLEN GIORDANO (Mount Holyoke) 
remembers: "Mme. Denis knowing all our 
names by heart the first day. Seeing the 
Eiffel Tower whenever I looked out my 
window. Football every Sunday at 
Invalides. Superior crepes from the stand 

near Alliance Frangaise. A great family to live 
with and fabulous, lifetime friends made there. 
Histoire de Paris a Iravers ses monuments - the 
best Sweet Briar course I took - all about the 
history of Paris based on site visits all over 

"None of my memories are really stories: just 
snapshots of wonderful moments that added up 
to one of the best years of my life." 

AMANDA GRACE (Mount Holyoke) is 
living in New York City and working in the 
Finance Department of a French holding 
company, EIF Sanofi, Inc. She is getting her 
M.S. degree in accoimting at Pace. 

STEPHANIE GREEN (Bryn Mawr) writes from 

"After our year in France, I finished my 
studies at Bryn Mawr where I graduated summa 
cum laude with honors in Enghsh. I returned 
to my home state of Iowa to finish a few 
pre-med courses; I plaimed to enter medical 
school in 1991. My experiences in Europe and 
all my visits to the art museimis and galleries 
were still influencing me, though. I registered 
for two art history courses along with my 
organic chemistry and biology. By October 
1989, I decided I no longer wanted to go into 
medicine, but to pursue graduate studies in art 
history. The idea of being able to spend 
months abroad doing research was extremely 
appealing - more so than years of being 
confined to medical libraries and laboratories. 
Most of all, the opportunity to learn about 
different peoples and different cultures - their 
beliefs and value systems - through art, and 
then share those insights with others was 
imjxirtant to me. 

"Mme C6t6's art history classes and guided 
visits to the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay have 

served as good preparation for my studies; 
I've been concentrating on 19th century 
French art. Currently I'm working on the 
relationship between Manet's and Degas' 
images of women in cafes and the 
simultaneous revival of the French feminist 
movement. I'm also investigating the 
personal relationship between Manet and 
Baudelaire and trying to relate the latter's 
aesthetic theories to Manet's work. 

"Research at the Bibliotheque Nationale is 
both a privilege and a pleasure. The staff is 
much more courteous and accommodating 
than the administrative people we dealt with 
in the Paris universities. I've heard that 
there's a certain dilettantisme that operates 
here. I have, however, received permission 
to participate in a seminar in the master's 
program at the Sorboime, which I'm looking 
forward to immensely. I've been living with 
a French woman in Iowa for the last two 
years and am much more confident of my 
French. Meeting French students shouldn't 
be as intimidating an experience as before! 

"Paris is wonderful. I try to walk and 
observe as much as I can. I have learned the 
art, or, as Balzac would say, the science, of 
\he flaneuse: 'Flaner est une science; c'est 
la gastronomie de I'aeil.' I spent the summer 
in Malaysia and was impressed again by the 
personal enrichment that comes from 
observing our surroundings and joining our 
lives with those from other cultures. I have 
come to realize that I thrive on learning 
about and participating in cultural difference. 
I only hope that I am able to give back or at 
least share with others what I gain through 

"I send my best to all and hope everyone is 
continuing to open their eyes to our 
wonderfully diverse world." 

"What beauties!" 

(Pboto sent by Moil}' Mauch) 

(Anne White, Janet Marsh, Molly Mauch, 
Crystal Wright and Nancy Schwalje) 



"I've been back to Europe several times, 
and most recently saw ANDREW SOLUM, 
London. Warili regards to all and thanks to 
MEGAN MARTIN for being such a great 
long-distance friend." 


"I don't know how to condense a whole 
year into a few sentences. It was wonderful, 
confusing, breathtaking. ROBIN SMITH 
and I were roommates - we were great for 
each other. We had our own 'refrigerator' (a 
cold spot behind one bed's headboard) to 
store goodies for snacks. Paying for each 
phone call we made. And finding tricky 
ways to consume enough water to feel clean 
without actually taking a bath. Planning 
our first trip (to Budapest) and at the last 
minute, Robin's Visa got eaten by a cash 

"I'll also never forget some images of 
Europe. The American Cemetery in 
Normandy - all those crosses and stars 
stretching to the sea. The checkpoint at the 
Hungarian border - I was scared to death! 
These were communists after all. The 
beautiful Musie d'Orsay - best train station 
I ever saw. A night from hell on a heated 
train from Barcelona to Madrid with, of 
course, all windows permanently shut. 
Having to walk home to the 186me from the 
Champs-Elysdes after the late show - that 
night it was Fatal Attraction. The 
Armistice Day Parade - and SWAT 
commandos on every rooftop. 

"I have been very busy since our year 
abroad. Graduated Wheaton in 1989 then 
started a one-year Master's program at 
Union College a month later (graduated in 
1990). I married David Parillo in June 
1990. We moved to Connecticut where he 
worked as an engineer and I found a job for 
the fall in Rhode Island. David has since 
moved to another section of his company - 
in Newport, RI - and this March we bought a 
house in Rhode Island. We are expecting 
our first child in late September." 

JOHN A. HOFFMANN (Northwestern), a 
marketing analyst with Blue Cross/Blue 
Shield of Florida, writes: 

"Memories of Paris, 1987-88. Best: 
Four-course lunches (with wine - lots of 
wine) at Chez Germaine in the 7 erne 
arrondissement . Worst: studying for oral 
exams at Sciences Po. 

"Thanks again (five years later) to Mme 
Denis and to Isabelle de Longeville (one of 
the secretaries) who found a great family for 
me - that really made the year special. 

"I spent two wonderful weeks in Paris during 
Christmas 1990. I keep hoping to eventually 
live in Paris, at least for a few years. 

"I completed my master's degree in 
Marketing at Northwestern in Jime 1992." 

From JENNIFER JOHNSON (Colby), a staff 
nurse in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit at 
Shadyside Hospital: 

"My best memories of my Junior Year 
Abroad are of the traveling I got to do and of 
the friends I made. I remember sampling 
pretzels and beer in Munich with KATHY 
fun trip to the thermal baths in Baden-Baden 
WRIGHT. I also recall singing in the rain on a 
bateau mouche with a whole group of JYFers 
as we celebrated MARGARET FRAZIER's 
birthday. I remember the daily metro 
adventures I had and apartment life with 
and of course, Mme de Pierre on Rue de Rome. 
Mostly I remember Paris as a lot of fun! 

"CHELSEY REMINGTON and I attended the 
wedding of HEATHER MAGINNISS. She 
married Craig Matticks on June 8, 1991, in 
Washington, DC. 

"In February 1991 a group of JYF alumni 
got together in Attitash, NH for a weekend of 
skiing, reminiscing, and lots of fun. ANNE 
in attendance." 

SANDY KINGSLEY (U. of Michigan), a 
child counselor/therapist, writes: 

"Memories of Paris, 1987-88: Jacky and 
Jocelyne. I've been keeping up my French 
with the French people I met in Sun Valley, 

John Hoffmann (Photo Lisa Tilton) 

GABRIELLE LEGEAY (Northwestern) is 
teaching English in Japan for the Japanese 

IMARK LEVIN (Northwestern) lives in 
Chicago and manages bands. He's also 
going to law school. 

"Since graduation, I have been working as 
an historian doing research and writing 
related to architecture and technology, first 
in Charlottesville, VA, and currently in 
Minneapolis. I got married in June 1991. 
My husband is a resident in Emergency 
Medicine here in Minneapolis. Although I 
have made it back to Europe - I did an 
archaeological dig in Sicily for six weeks - I 
have yet to make it back to Paris. Someday 
soon, I hope!" 

From MEGAN MARTIN (Southern 

"I have so many fond memories of Paris, 
but the most endearing one is falling in love. 
I learned more about Ufe in that one year than 
I had in the previous 19! I also remember 
looking forward to collecting mail (or no 
mail) at the Alliance Frangaise. What I (and 
no one else in their right mind) did not look 
forward to was grammar class with Mme. 
Triantafyllou. Quelle horreurl 

"My only wish is that I could do it all over 
again. I'll never forget 1987-88!" 

Megan is now living and working in San 
Francisco, and considering graduate school 
in Psychology or International 
Relations/Public Policy. 

graduated from Temple University School of 
Law in Philadelphia in May 1992. After the 
bar exam (September 1992), she will be an 
associate attorney for one year with the law 
firm of Bryan, Gonzalez Vargas & Gonzalez 
Baz in Juarez, Mexico in International 
Corporate and Enviroiunental practice. 

"While in law school I was an Editorial 
Board member of the Temple International 
and Comparative Law Journal and a member 
of the 1990-1991 Philip C. Jessup 
International Law Moot Court Team. 
Between my second and third years of law 
school, I went to work for the above law fimi 
in Mexico as a surtuner associate. Since this 
firm has a large number of foreign clients, 
one of the major reasons I was hired was 
because I had foreign language and living 
experience in France. Also, my ability to 
leam Spanish was greatly enhanced by my 
prior knowledge of French. At the end of 
that summer I was made an offer to go back 
and work with them after graduation. 



"The summer after my year in France, 
several of my college friends and I went 
back to Paris and then drove from Pans lo 
Marrakech, Morocco." 

MOLLY VUUCH (Wells) writes: 
"I have so many funny and interesting 
memories of Paris that it's hard to choose 
just a few! I was the direclrice of out fete 
in Tours and it was quite possibly the most 
successful show ever. We had a wonderful 
variety of talents and ended our evening 
with a case of beer in those huge bottles 
donated by the Palais de la biere. My best 
friend, PAIGE MARGULES of Connecticut 
College, and I spent a lot of time drinking 
wine and eating couscous in her "Japanese 
minimalist" apartment that she shared with 
BOB DE LA FUENTE. One of my weirdest 
experiences was when I got locked out of my 
apartment early on a Sunday morning, 
barefoot, in my pajamas, without my 
glasses, while my host family was on 
vacation, and I had to introduce myself to 
the family downstairs as a complete mess. 
Fortunately GARY KOUT and GEORGE 
MILSTEIN came to my rescue, Otlier great 
memories include shopping and walking 
around Paris with CRYSTAL WRIGHT. We 
had the most fabulous time. It seems to me 
that CRYSTAL bought a lot of shoes. Does 
anyone recall drinking mango margaritas at 
that Mexican restaurant near Centre 

"PAIGE and I see each other often. In 
fact, I'm going to be in her wedding in 
October. I, myself, am still single with no 
children and enjoying every minute of it!" 

From K. CAMILLE NIMS (Northwestern); 

'The Jarrige family - not a good memory. 
At tlie end I had to move out and stay in a 
hotel because they didn't trust me in their 
house while they went on vacation. But 
before I left, we worked out our differences 
and came to an understanding. I think the 
problems arose because we were both new to 
the experience. 

"The Saiag family - I took a part-time 
babysitting job with them. This is a 
wonderful memory! Very friendly and 
interested - like day and night compared to 
the Jarriges. 

"I love Paris despite the difficult times I 
spent there. I miss it terribly when I think 
about it. 

"I also miss traveling the European (and 
Moroccan) countryside with my friend Toni 
- not knowing what would happen next or 
who we would meet or where we would end 
up. TTie more I write, the more I miss it. 
When can we do it again? 

Suzanne, George Milsteln and Molly Maucb 
(photo sent by Molly Mauch) 

"I'm now working for a small computer 
games company in Issaquah, WA (near Seattle). 
1 have written three games for the Prodigy 
network and now I've moved into educational 
games for the PC. Previous to this I worked for 
a computer graphics company that sent me to 
Paris to man their booth at the 
PariGraph/COMDEX tradeshow. It was great to 
go back!" 

From DAVID C. O'KEEFE (Northwestern): 
"Memories of Paris 87-88: Life with the 
Comte de Guerlitz in Tours - it was great 
training for life in the Peace Corps! The now 
defunct Epi-Tite in Tours. A mad cow at 
Omaha Beach. Hitch-hiking to Nimes/ 

"Since JYF: I spent two and a half years ia 
the Peace Corps in Chad where I, most notably, 
fed 5000 starving children, twice fled from 
hostile rebel armies, and generally nomadized 
in the Sahara. I now work in an international 
consulting firm and have just completed some 
work in Kuwait." 

JOOLS PROFFITT (American U.), your 

"I graduated from American University in 
1989 with an ethereal and questionable degree 
in French and Western European Area Studies 
and a minor in Ahhht History (more 
questionable ethereality). What does one do 
with such high-falutin', aesthetically-pleasing 
credentials, you ask? Why, one becomes a 
glorified secretary, bien sir. (Hey, it pays the 

"But hopefully not for long. In May of 
this year I finished a Graduate Certificate in 
Teaching English to Speakers of Other 
Languages. In the next year I plan to 
high-tail it to Zlata Praha (Shining Prague, 
to you). I'm attempting to master the Czech 
language at the moment (for those of you 
who had difficulty with the French 'r', forget 

"I've been living in Washington, DC. 
since graduation and occasionally see people 
from Sweet Briar. I've kept in very close 
contact with JEANMARIE MARTINKO who 
is now an attorney in Mexico. I think I'll go 
and visit her there (she doesn't know this 
yet, but she'll find out soon enough...). 

"JEANMARIE and I lived in a pension 
just across the street from the Jardin du 
Luxembourg. I still hear from Marie-Odile, 
the woman who ran Les Marronniers (the 
pension). Picture this: a cold, wet, rainy 
day in October with your huge suitcases, just 
arrived from Tours. You and your cohorts 
drag your damp selves to your new address (of 
course you mount the wrong escalier with 
your huge suitcases). You finally find the 
right place, ring the bell and, BAM!, this 
woman-person with shocking white hair and 
black roots sticking straight up (not looking 
unlike the Shaggy, D.A.) greets you 
(greeting here, mind you, means in that 
brusque, oh so Parisian manner, 'fa va? Tu 
es en retard. Ne me tutoie pas. A table a 
dix-neuf heures.') But Marie-Odile turned 
out to be number one. She was an electric 
guitar-playing fool with a thirteen-year old 
daughter, a common law husband who looked 
like Robert De Niro and wrote for a Parisian 
jazz magazine, and who named her Yorkshire 
terrier puppy Strat (that's short for 
Stratocaster). I knew Marie-Odile would be 
my friend forever when she came home one 
day just before Christmas with not blue, not 
green, but turquoise hair. 'For ze 
ah-lee-days,' she said in her English, which 
was about as good as my uninspired, 
textbook French. 

"As I go through and edit these notes 
(which requires little other than inputting 
them into the computer - you guys are all 
closet Hemingways, Fitzgeralds, and 
Joyces), I can't help but stopping every now 
and then to jxsnder anecdotes of others that 
remind me of my own experiences. It was a 
mesmerizing, wonderful, horrific, and most 
of all, unforgettable experience. I have 
never experienced such black misery and 
such bristling electricity, simultaneously. 

"I've been back to Euroi)e a couple of 
times. The first time I visited my best friend 
in Geneva. It's fimny how my French came 
back so easily. I did go to France on that 
trip, but only to buy cheap groceries and 



smuggle them across the border (the 
Risistance it wasn't, but it was my only 
chance at being an international criminal). 
I just returned from two weeks in London. I 
stayed with ANDREW SOLUM the first few 
days. We had a great time reminiscing and 
almost getting blown to bits by a 
well-placed IRA bomb." 

From MOLLY SCHULZ (Randolph- 
Macon Woman's), a broadcast journalist 
with the Voice of America: 

"Memories of Paris. Ahh, so many! I 
remember arriving in Paris, how giddy we 
all were during lunch at Orleans on our way 
to Tours. I remember my lovely, bawdy, 
and rowdy family in Tours - the Leroys. I 
remember Christophe, the best 
jambon-fromage crepe man in Paiis, right 
next to the Alliance. I remember my 17th 
and 18th century French Art class, going to 
the Louvre and the Musie d'Orsay to see 
the actual works we were studying. 1 
remember playing American football on the 
lawn of Les Invalides. I remember long, 
leisurely, laughter-filled French dinners 
with my wonderful host family, Monique 
and Christophe Lefevre. The great birthday 
party they gave me in April - lots of Sweet 
Briar people there. Remember, everybody? 
I remember dancing in Les Bains and Le 
Palace until the metro reopened at 6 a.m. 
and wandering around the Left Bank, ending 
up on the Pont Neuf to watch the rising sun 
set fire to the windows and the pigeons 
courting. Movies at Montpamasse and the 
Champs Elysees - Le Grand bleu and 
Trente-sept deux le matin. I remember the 
forlorn beauty of the beaches of Normandy, 
Mont St. Michel in the rain and the 
Japanese bridge at Givemy being smaller 
than I imagined. I remember my long lost 
SCOTT MONTGOMERY. Where are they 

"After graduation I taught English 
conversation in Marseilles to elementary 
students for a year grace a the French 
government. I went back three months 
later to see friends for three weeks and at 
this writing 1 was headed for two weeks of 
travel to London and Ireland." 

JEN SEIF (Georgetown) returned from 
South Africa in January 1992 after having 
spent two years there teaching high school. 
She currently has a Foreign Language and 
Area Study Fellowship from the African 

Studies Center at Boston University, where she 
is working on her Ph.D. 

"My fond memories of that year abroad stem 
from both the physical/spiritual beauty of Paris 
and the freedom I now associate with that 
period of my life. It was exciting just to be in 
Paris, independent, absorbing it all. Having 
spent two years in South Africa in another, 
albeit very different cross-cultural experience 
makes Paris seem much like a dream. In France, 
I didn't have to deal with the emotional 
baggage that came with being a white and a 
foreigner (and a woman) in South Africa. I also 
didn't have the amount of work I had in South 
Africa! We had it pretty easy (remember 
L'histoire de Paris a travers ses monuments?), 
and if I didn't realize it at the time (I hope I did!) 
it was an all together wonderful time." 

From PETER SHERWIN (Washington and 

"That year in Paris was definitely one of the 
best of my life. Hanging around with 
AMANDA and CYNTHL\ and with MARY and 
everyone else was like nothing we get to do 
now. For now we must work and progress down 
the paths of our careers. 

"I am presently clerking for a federal judge in 
Cleveland, and I just graduated from Columbia 
Law School in May. When my clerkship is 
over next year, I'll go back to New York and 
practice law with a firm there. For me. New 
York is somewhat like Paris; AMANDA is 
there, there are good restaurants, great clubs, 
and lots of shopping - too bad we all have to 
work now. 

"Paris seems like so long ago. I have made it 
back, but seem to have lost touch with my 
family there. Things change. When I first 
moved to New York, I used to see ANDREW 
SOLUM from time to time. But now he is in 
London. Also, NICK JAMILLA and I get 
together every so often. He's in Japan this 
year. I also used to run into MICHELE 
BASSETT up at Colimibia; we've had limch and 
dinner together a couple of times. 

"I guess to sum things up: Paris was great 
and has a large place in my heart, and things are 
going great now as well." 

ANDREW SOLUM (Vassar) writes: 

"Memories: Christophe, MOLLY, et la 
famille Le Roy; those first few days 
understanding absolutely NOTHING; 
on the plane; AMY RICKS (where are you?) 
and croissants on rue le Marois; Dip in the 
Loire; Mme Denis; MONICA and fuzzy 
navels; Mme Oswald and our visits all over 
Paris; art classes with the professor who 
suffered chronic bed head and helmet head; 
NICOLE - at Chambord, Versailles and the 
16th... the hostess with the mostest; TONI 
and AMELIA stopping by for a visit while 
jogging; meeting in front of the David 
paintings at the Louvre for art class; ANNE's 
Metro-face; TONI and long walks 
everywhere; NANCY chez Dao (crazy!); 
Vienna and Budapest with JESS (where are 
you?); JENNIFER PATTERSON - trip to 
London; PATRICE and ALLY - Oreve; 
NICOLE and Mom, also Oreve; Dinners at 
MARIA'S, rue Vineuse (please get in touch 
with me in London, MARIA); Ewi & Co.; 
MICHELE and JOHN, Paris and Budapest; 
picnics with PETER; J(X)LS, of course; 
JEFF, AMELIA & TONI touring Germany, 
Denmark and Sweden (and losing one of your 
party in Germany... remember?); wonderful 
times over the best year of my life. 

"I would love to hear from SBC JYF alimis 
anytime. Does anyone have plans to come 
to England? Please let me know. 

"I work for Iiunarsat, the International 
Maritime Satellite Organization, which is an 
organization owned by 65 governments 
promoting a global, mobile, satellite 
telecommunications facility. If you recall 
Peter Amett of CNN on the balcony in 
Baghdad during the begirming of the Gulf 
War - he was using an Inmarsat telephone. It 
is a very exciting place to work, with lots of 
iimovative things happening all the time. 
London is definitely an interesting place to 
live although in all honesty I prefer Paris." 

From CORINNE STAGEN (Northwestern): 
"Memories of Paris - Alliance Fran^aise, 
smelly metro arret - Chatelet-Les Halles, #4 
line north to Paris IV-Porte de Clignancourt, 
Gymnase club, moped trip along Loire during 
the month in Tours, end of month 
dramatique going-away presentation, 
weekend skiing in Alps, wonderful food, 
fast-speaking French." 

"I received my M.S. at Northwestern and 
have since been teaching fifth grade 
full-time in Winnetka, IL." 

PHIL THODEN (Georgetown) lives in 
Arlington, VA and works on Capitol Hill. 

Amy Ricks, Lisa Tilton and Clese Erikson In 
Florence (Photo sent b; Lisa Tilton) 



LISA TILTON (Ohio State), a graduate 
student in English at the University of 
Chicago, writes: 

"France is popularly considered to be the 
gastronomic nirvana of the western world. 
Perhaps it is only fitting then that the 
happiest memories of my year in France 
revolve around la cuisine frangaise: the 
production of it, the shopping for it, and of 
course, the consumption of it. I'm 
convinced that my hostess, Mme Biard, who 
was the best family I could have asked for, 
viewed food as a means of expressing her 
affection. Each evening she prepared 
delicious meals, always more than I could 
eat, and delighted introducing me to foods 
which were staples of her culinary 
repertoire, but new tastes for me. I shared in 
the Saturday afternoon teas with her 
grandchildren, when Mme. made her 
specialties: gateau au chocolat, baba au 
rhum, or my favorite - a moist loaf cake 
with fruits and nuts called simply cake. 

"Lunches were adventures, trying new 
restaurants and always searching for 
something better and cheaper. On Thursday, 
after Mme HiUing's translation class, JOHN 
HOFFMANN and I, along with many others 
SHAFFER, to name a few of the regulars) 
would adjourn to one of our favorite 
restaurants, like Chez Germaine where the 
waitresses yelled your order back to the 
kitchen - un lapin, un biftek - or one of the 
two Italian places which we nicknamed 
Chez Pizza and Chez Pasta, respectively, 
for a leisurely lunch as way of reward for the 
previous two hours of mental anguish over 
whether le mot juste was "parler" or 

Ed Powers au cafe (Photo by Lisa Tilton) 

"How could we live in this paradise of the 
palate without having culinary ambitions of 
our own? ED POWERS was one of the most 
ambitious chefs of the program, hosting 
cooperative dinner parties where the guests all 
brought something to add to the meal. Huge 
bowls of pasta and salad, wonderful cheeses and 
bread, and always lots of wine were regular 
features of the menu. CHRISTINE 
HALVORSON managed to concoct the most 
wonderful Indian - she would probably say Sri 
Lankan - feasts with only a hot plate. 
Shopping for these parties was one of my great 
pleasures. I loved going to the small, 
individualized stores in my neighborhood 
instead of a big warehouse-style supermarket. 
I miss the personal touch of the fromagerie 
and the patisserie in this coimtry where Cub 
Foods is more the norm. 

"Food can serve as a bridge between people 
of different countries and cultures, as it is 
something for the host to share and for the 
guest to appreciate. JOHN HOFFMANN, 
ANDREW SHAFFER, and I learned this 
firsthand through the generosity and 
hospitality of a French woman named Chantal. 
On a group trip to Mont St. Michel we stoprped 
in a town (I think it was Caen) to see the crypt 
of Guiilaume le Conqu^rant and to have limch. 
Well, when everyone descended from the bus, 
the three of us thought that they were going to 
a restaurant for limch. We had packed ours, so 
we departed in the opposite direction in search 
of a park. We stopped a yoimg woman on the 
street to ask directions and she offered to show 
us a park that was on the way to her apartment. 
Along the way, after discovering that we 
weren't criminals, or worse, British, she 
invited us to have lunch with her at her 
apartment. She prepared a salad, opened a 
bottle of cider, and entertained us with stories 
of her own adventtires to South America and all 
across Europe. We left her with regret, but 
hurried back to the bus to join the rest of the 
group for the tour in the cathedral. To our 
surprise, we had misunderstood the times and 
had completely missed the lecture. Although 
my knowledge of William the Conqueror may 
be lacking, I feel that I learned much more 
about the French and Normandy through our 
lunch with Chantal than I could have through a 
more traditional method of education. 

"I'm not blind to the dark side of la cuisine 
frangaise. Their inability to make a decent 
chocolate chip cookie is deeply disturbing. 
The six to eight hours spent a table for 
Christmas and New Year celebrations reeks of 
excess. And in the spirit of adventure and 
open-mindedness, I sampled some animal 
organs which I don't really care to digest again. 
Nevertheless, my love of French cuisine and of 
the people and coimtry that create and nurture it 
overpowers any negatives. My year in France, 
like the cuisine itself, was delicious, rich, and 

satisfying. It was difficult at times to 
succeed, but always worth the effort. It was 
something to be shared with friends, 
savored, and remembered." 

HENRY M. VOGEL (Northwestern) writes: 

"On the one hand, I feel like our JYF was a 
very long time ago. So much has happened 
since then - senior year back at 
Northwestern, graduation, working for three 
years, and now starting graduate school. 
But, on the other hand, I also can't believe 
that it has been five years. It seems like just 
yesterday we were hanging out at the Palais 
de la Biere or the Front Page. 

"This past year, I was fortunate enough to 
return to Paris. After working for two years 
in the Chicago office of the Boston 
Consulting Group, a management consulting 
firm focusing on corporate strategy, I 
transferred to the Paris office last summer. I 
met up with many friends and returned to 
many of our old haimts. Not much has 

"It was great to go back to the Alliance. I 
also ran into JIM CONNELL one day by 
accident. He has been living in Paris since 
graduation and working for the Herald 

"I returned from Paris just over a month 
ago in order to start the MBA program at 
Harvard Business School. As it ttims out, 
Ingrid Warga is in my section. Some of you 
may remember Ingrid from our Sciences Po 
class, Les Grands problemes du commerce 
mondial. It really is a small world. 

"My memories of Paris 1987-1988 are 
much fonder than that, however. It would 
take much too long to describe them all. 
Several truly special moments have, 
however, had a permanent impression on me: 
The flight from NYC to CDG - turning our 
plane into one large fraternity party. The 
couple from Indianapwlis sitting next to us 
was none too pleased. Oh well, tant pis 
pour eux, heinl Tours: le Palais de la Biere, 
Guy de Maupassant, horseback riding and 
trying to get tickets to the REM concert at La 
Cigale, which only had 5(X) or so seats. Back 
then the French didn't have any idea who 
they were. Today, they'd probably play 
Bercy. In fact, I think they did. Paris! Les 
cripes-bananelnutella. M. Simon and so 
many great plays (y.c. Jean-Paul Belmondo 
as Kean and Ariane Mnouchkine's 
L'Indiade). Sunday football games on the 
grass at les Invalides. Missing watching 
Bear games. Traveling during Toussaint, 
winter break, spring break and every other 
holiday. Hitchhiking with DAVE O'KEEFE 
to MontpelUer via Asnieres for the weekend. 
We waited for 7 hours at the entrance to the 
A7 in Orange on our way home, got let off on 



the side of the highway near Lyon at 1 in the 
morning, and miraculously got a ride from 
two guys who pulled over without seeing us 
to answer nature's calling. Walking home 
from Montmartie along les quais, le TNP. 
Tour Eiffel et le Champs de Mars at 4:00 in 
the morning the night before flying home." 

JENYA WEINREB (Brown), an editorial 
assistant at the MIT Press, was married 
August 16, 1992, to Anton Bures. 

ANNE C. WHITE (Denison): 

"There isn't a day that has gone by when I 
haven't been reminded of my year in Paris. 
It can be the littlest thing too - the smell of 
fresh pastries, a car swerving to hit me, 
picnic lunches (a.k.a. lunch on the run in 
the Jardin du Luxembourg), the cup of cafi 
in the morning, which I'm no good without 
(a habit I picked up in Paris). (Hey, CHRIS 
and JEFF, do you remember my caffeine 
highs in M. Garapon's 17th century lit. 
class?) Or of course, the French phrases I'll 
throw into my daily conversations. 

"My year in France was not only one of 
the best years of my life to date, but also the 
year that instilled in me the travel bug. 
Since graduation from Denison in 1 989, 
I've been from Martha's Vineyard to London 
(to live and work with MARGARET 
FRAZIER) to Boston (to work for an 
educational travel company who sent me to 
Paris on business!), back to the Vineyard to 
manage my shop, and then last fall to 
Southeast Asia, AustraUa, and New Zealand - 
a trip which lasted almost five months. 
Now I'm back on my island ruiming my 
store again. Challenging as it is, I often use 
my year in France as a confidence booster. 
Just knowing that I was able to 'get by' day 
to day in Paris, speaking French and 
mastering the mitro system, has made me 
realize I can do almost anything. Also, 
knowing that I was able to cohabit with ma 
famille and Madame Dao with her palm 
trees au salon and her habit of drinking 
Kronenburg at 7 a.m. if she was having a 
crise, made me realize I can get along with 
all sorts of jjeople! 

"I'm off to Boulder, CO in the fall to try out a 
lifestyle in the West with the mountains. As I 
write, MARGARET FRAZIER is here visiting 
me and I'm hoping that others will do the same. 

"Looking forward to another reunion very 
soon! I miss you all!" 

SUSAN WINCHESTER (Northwestern): 
"I am currently living in NYC and working 
for Kobrand Corporation. Who would have 
thought that the diplome from Palais de la 
Die re in Tours would actually be the 
beginnings of a career?! After graduating from 
Norlliwestem, I spent some time back in Paris 
and then on the slopes in Park City, UT, 
learning to ski before getting a 'real' job. All 
of my vacations have been spent going back to 
France. I visited the vineyards of Champagne 
Taittinger and Maison Louis Jadot (amazing!), 
and foimd myself skiing in Courchevel during 
the first week of the winter Olympics. Hope to 
be back soon." 

As of August 1, 1992, CRYSTAL SIMONE 
WRIGHT (Georgetown) will be in Washington, 
DC, doing an Acting Internship at The 
Shakespeare Theatre, under the artistic 
direction of Michael Kahn. If you are in the 
area, she would love it if you would come to see 

"My memories of Paris are such a significant 
part of my life that it is very difficult to recoimt 
one remembrance without a flood of other 
wonderful moments washing over my thoughts. 
During my year abroad, I believe that the one 
thing I enjoyed the most was being President of 
my group. I had so much fun decorating our 
lounge at the Alliance with creative artwork and 
calendars. Many times my graphics were silly 
but they made us all laugh, even Mme Denis. I 
will always remember the many times that I ran 
into Mme Denis' office with yet another idea to 
chat over with her about something that the 
group could do, like the Secret Santa party. I 
miss those days a great deal and wonder what 
many of my fellow JYFers are up to, 
particularly Brett. Where are you? 

"I cannot let this newsletter go to press 
without recalling the November 21-22, 1987 
weekend voyage to the Normandy D-day 
beaches and Mt Saint-Michel. My roommate 

Bols de Boulogne picnic - May 1988 
(Photo sent by Crystal Wright) 

(Heather Maginniss, Margaret Frazler, Crystal 
Wright and Jennifer Johnson) 

JENNIFER JOHNSON and I went together and 
Gilles was the leader of our group. I vividly 
remember that the bus did not take many 
restroom stops and that many of us were 
pleading to Gilles for bladder relief. That 
Saturday we stopped at the city of Bayeux and 
viewed the tapestry and the cathedral, and 
then off to the D-day beaches of Normandy. 
Wow, were we impressed as well as stupefied 
by such a magnificent sight. Everyone 
wanted to plunge into the English Channel 
but most of us decided it was a bit too chilly 
for skinny-dipping. There was a 
swamp-like area that we had to cross to get 
to the beach, so JENNIFER and I, along with 
MARK,LISA, and others, removed our shoes, 
rolled up our skirts or pants, and marched 
into the icy water. It was so much fun, even 
though it was freezing. 

"That was only the beginning of our 
adventure. We ate dinner at a cozy iim that 
evening and toasted one another with many 
bottles of red wine and laughs, and then 
drove to a monastery where we would rest 
ourselves for the night. Well, we did not rest 
but rather a group of us - NICK, CHRIS 
me and a few others - headed to a club called 
L'Heure bteue for some dancing. We had a 
wondrous evening. One thing I do recall is 
that when JENNIFER, NICK and I returned to 
the monastery, we burst into the kitchen in 
an attempt to storm the cupboards for 
nourishment, but all was bare until the next 
morning at breakfast. That morning we were 
off to Mont Saint-Michel where our voyage 
concluded with a visit to the castle and lunch. 
Needless to say, JENNIFER and I did not quite 
have the appetite for plus de vin rouge. 

"As a footnote, I will always remember 
that chilly January night that I spent with a 
friend sitting on the banks of the Seine." 

A Final Note from Your Editor : 

JENNIFER ALLEY and I have started 
researching possibilities for a reunion, 
probably to take place sometime in the 
Spring of 1993. At this point, we have 
either Washington, DC or New York City as 
our setting. Both are greatly populaced by 
SBC-JYF 87-88ers. I may send around a 
survey to see where and when p>eople would 
like to have a reunion. If anyone would like 
to help with this, please let me know. I'm 
hopeless when it comes to dealing with 
money. I'd love to hear any ideas or 
suggestions you might have, or any 
information on those MIA. I can be 
contacted at (202) 822-6500 during the day 
or (202) 797-8268 in the evenings. Please 
contact me ASAP so we can get this thing 





VALINDA S. CARROLL (Northwestern) 
writes; "I have kept in touch with LARA 
HOWLEY (U. of Virginia), RIVA NAIM ARK 
(Clark), and TED SEAMAN (Oberlin). TED 
claims to have been stricken with 
wanderlust after reading Kerouac's On the 
Road . He is probably trotting the globe as 
you read this. RIVA has finally landed an 
internship at the U.N. CINDY CLARK 
(Ithaca) is now Cindy PLANTECOSTE; she 
recently announced the birth of her 
daughter. I stayed with LARA HOWLEY this 
spring while attending the Virginia 
Association of Museums Conference held at 
Colonial Williamsburg. Lara Attends the 
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the 
College of William and Mary, and she has a 
roommate frangaisc. 

"One of the contacts I made at the 
conference could have gotten me an 
internship at the Smithsonian -- anyone 
interested in native American cultures 
should meet Herman Viola, head of the 
Quincentenary programs at the Smithsonian 
Institute Naiiiral History Museum. I found a 
better opportunity closer to home: an 
internship in the textile conservation 
laboratory at Colonial Williamsburg. After 
I finish work at Colonial Williamsburg, I 
will resume my studies at Hampton 
University; I am currently pursuing an M.A. 
in museum studies on a Romare Bearden 
Scholarship. After examining the available 
conservation programs, I have chosen to 
apply to the University of Delaware for my 
M.S. (unless I am offered a really great job 
in collection management.) 

"In closing I would like to say 'hi' to 
everyone I neglected." 

STEPHEN CLXP (U. of North Carolina) is 
a Peace Corps volunteer in Himgary. In the 
fall of 1994, after liis Peace Corps service, 
he will enter Stanford Law School. 

KIM L. GORSUCH (Bryn Mawr) is 
currently working as a Community 
Relations Intern for the Tacoma Public 
Schools. She is also working working as a 
Research Analyst for the Washington 
(State) Research Council in Olympia. 
Finally she is the editor/writer 
photographer person for a newsletter. She 
hopes to find full-time employment in 
private industry or the state legislature. 


Last summer we asked the members of the 
1990-91 group for their plans for the future, as 
ihey were graduating from college: 

ANITA ANTENUCCI (Northwestern) is 
beginning an M.A program in International 
Relations and Economics at the Bologna 
Center of the Paul H. Nitze School Of Advanced 
International Studies of Johns Hopkins 

CARRIE BAKE (Sweet Briar) plans to study 
international marketing at L'Ecole Sup6rieure 
de Commerce de Nice in Sophia-Antipolis. 
"My classes begin September 7th. If you're in 
the area, come visit!" 

AIMEE S. BOURKE (Mount Holyoke) is 
beginning a two-year Management Associate 
Program at Metropolitan Life in New York 
City: "I hope this will eventually lead to work 
overseas at a Metlife office in France or Italy. I 
would love to hear from anyone located in New 
York ." 

.MAUREEN BRENNAN (Georgetown) is 
currently working as a legislative assistant in 
the Washington, D.C office of Davis, Polk and 
Wardwell, a law firm based in N.Y. 

KRISTA M. CATLETT (Northwestern) is 
attending the University of Maryland School of 
Public Affairs for a Master's degree in Public 

TOM CHILDS ( Yale ) was planning to do an 
internship in Paris organized by the Jean 
Monnet Program for one year. He does not 
know which company yet. 

writes "Now that I have graduated from 
Georgetown University I have decided to go 
abroad again, this time to a Spanish-speaking 
country. I wiU spend next semester in Boston, 
taking a Spanish class and teaching. In January 
I leave to teach English to children in Costa 
Rica for one year. Then I will go to graduate 

CLARA CHUN (Georgetown) is going to 
pursue her graduate studies in International 
Relations and Pacific Studies at the University 
of California at San Diego. 

will be teaching sixth grade in Lafayette, 
Louisiana... "not far from my JYF roomate, 
CHRISTINE PARKER, who will be living in 
New Orleans." 

California) planned on attending the 
American University Graduate School of 
International Service, specializing in 
International Development and Education. 

JENNA CUMMINGS (Williams) graduated 
cum laude from Williams on June 7th, and 
moved to New York City the same day: "I 
now work as a legal assistant to the Customs 
group at Coudert Brothers, a respected 
international law firm in Manhattan. 
Although it is certainly not a part of my 
daily work, there is at least the possibility 
that I will get to use my French, since we 
have a large office in Paris and many of our 
clients are French firms. I plan to stay for 
two years, and then go back to school — 
hopefully to get a combined degree in law 
and international relations." 

TERTIA DE VOS (Wellesley): "Right now 
I am waiting for my work visa. Starting 
sometime this summer I will be back in 
France, this time Mame-la-Vallee, working 
at Euro-Disney in their hotels. The contract 
is for a year, and I have no idea what comes 
next, but I am looking forward to returning 
to la belle France. Anyone who comes over, 
please look me up. Congratulations to all of 
you !" 

TERRI DOLT) (Haverford) won a Fulbright 
scholarship to teach English to French 
students and study Political Science and 
International Relations: "I do not yet know 
where I will be placed or what age group I 
will be teaching. I will forward my address to 
Mme Denis in Paris once I have it." 

ERIC L. DUPRE (Rice) planned to take one 
or two years off from school, "writing plays 
and freezing in Wisconsin (Madison). Then 
— off to law school -- pirobably on the East 
Coast in 1993 or 1994. Hope to specialize 
in international law with some use of my 
French, but I may be enticed by another 

ELIZABETH FOSTER (Virginia): 'The 
summer after graduation I will be working at 
the Permsylvania Governor's School for 
International Studies. Then in September I 
am off to France. I will be housesitting in 
the south of France for a couple of months, 
then looking for a 'real job' in Tours or 
Paris. Look me up if you are there." 

CHRISTINA FREI (Wellesley) planned to 
spend the summer in Mannheim, Germany 
studying at the Goethe Institute, and then to 
begin work with AT&T in sales and 



am doing an internship with a U.N. 
sponsored group called the Institute of East- 
West Dynamics this summer in New York 
City which is trying to integrate democracy 
and capitalism into Eastern Europe. I love 
it! Hopefully, I will find a permanent job in 
this field." 

currently trying to swim across the Atlantic, 
drowning frequently, in an attempt to live 
and work in Paris. Mrne Denis, HELP !! I am 
hoping I have nine lives. Maybe with that 
on my side, I wUl make it some day ." 

Macon Woman's) will be working for 
Redgate Communications Coiporation in 
Washington, D.C. "I plan to go back to 
school in September 1993 or 1994. I would 
love to hear from other 1991 Sweet Briar 
JYF students who are in the area." 

was married on July 11, 1992, to Paul Yost: 
"We are living in Evanston, IL. I began a 
job in late July with the U.S. Department, of 
Housing and Urban Development. I am 
working in housing contracts, inspections, 
etc. I am in the Chicago Regional Office. 
My husband works as an engineer for 

plans to attend graduate school at the 
University of California at Santa Barbara to 
pursue a Ph.D. in linguistics. 

JENNIFER KERSIS (Wellesley) is 
working at Bankers Trust in New York City 
as a Financial Analyst. 

Reserve): "Currently I work for Case 
Western University Hospitals of Cleveland 
as a Data Manager for the Special 
Immunology Unit and a Study Coordinator 
for the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. I have 
finished my pre-medical course requirements 
and plan on attending medical school. I 
would like eventually go into Infectious 
Disease as a specialty. I currently live with 
my lover, Jeff Cameron, of one year. We are 
plaiming our commitment ceremony for the 
spring of 1993!" 

YEUEN KIM (Brown) plans to "spend four 
more years avoiding the real world and 
generally have a good time. I am currently 
doing a preceptorship in Family Medicine 
with UCSF -Fresno. I will be back at Brown 
in August to start Medical School." 

ERIKA K. KLAR (Bryn Mawr): "Starting the 
first week of July, I will be working as a 
paralegal for the international law firm of 
Cleary, Gottlich, Steen and Hamilton in its 
New York Office. I will also be translating 
French and Russian legal documents as part of 
my paralegal piosition." 

LANA LAZARUS (Northwestern) is working 
as an accoimt coordinator in advertising at DDB 
Needham / San Francisco. 

SARAH LLOYD (U. of Virginia): "My plans 
are to work for EuroDisney for one year starting 
the end of July 1992 in the Resorts Division. I 
hope to see some of my SBC JYF classmates 
back in Paris and reminisce, although it will 
not be the same having a full time job en 
banlieue. I would love to remain in France 
longer if the occasion arises." 

SARI MAKOFSKY (Northwestern): "I will be 
working as a Marketing Associate for Hallmark 
Cards in Kansas city. A big move from New 
York but I am excited! I lived with LAURA 
THORNTON this Spring at Northwestern, and I 
wiU be seeing STEWART MCCUTCHEN for the 
second time this year in July. If anyone is in 
KC, please look me up. Best wishes to Mme 
Denis and the graduating class of 1993." 

STEWART McCUTCHEN (Emory): "After 
graduating, I moved to Chapel HiU, NC to work 
for the summer and save up to go for a four 
month trip to Africa in the faU. I plan to go to 
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and work at a safari 
lodge from September through the holidays." 

SCOTT MORRIS (Lafayette): "I had the good 
fornine of seeing many SBC JYF alimts over the 
course of the year and I miss them terribly. In 
July I start my career as a sales representative 
for Moen Incorpwrated. I will be living in Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, and my territory includes 
Miami, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. 
Unfortimately my plans for an aprfes-graduation 
trip to Paris had to be cancelled due to my new 
job, but my fond memories of sharing Mab- 
burger at the Resto-U with NANCY SPEARS 
wiU undoubtedly draw me back in the future !" 

CHRISTINE V. MUHLKE (Mount Holyoke): 
"I am currently an editorial assistant at Sassy 
magazine, where I am the assistant editor. In 
the fall I will intern at Mirabella magazine. 
Meanwhile, I am looking for an editorial 
assistant position at a magazine. In two years I 
will enter a graduate journalism program." 

CHRISTINE E. PARKER (Mount Holyoke): 
"After spending the summer m Costa Rica 
working at the Arias Foimdation for Peace in 
Central America, I will be moving to New 
Orleans. There I will attend Tulane Law School 

working towards a degree in Cooperative 
International Law. I hope my French will 
come in handy, both in Cajun country and in 
my career." 

BEN PIPER (Tulane) is an Assistant 
English Teacher in Manamaki City, Japan. 
His job was arranged through the JET 
Program (Japan Exchange & Teaching) under 
the auspices of the Embassy of Japan. He 
graduated from Tulane University in May 
with a degree in French/Sociology. "I would 
love to hear from other SBC 90-91 

STEPHANIE POSNER (Kenyon) wrote that 
she is "1. planning on entering the field of 
International Health and Development. 2. is 
currently working at the World Bank. 3. 
plans to work in London for six months 
starting in November 1992." 


(Georgetown) "I am currently working in the 
marketing division of Soci6t6 des 
C6ramiques Techniques, a subsidiary of U.S. 
filter Corporation, located in Bazet, near 
Tarbes, France." 

S. TRENT ROSENBLOOM (Northwestern) 
spent the sumjner in Paris with his Sweet 
Briar JYF family. He will enter Medical 
School either at University of Louisville or 
Vanderbilt. He graduated with honors in 

BECCA RUBIN (Georgetown): "I passed 
the State Department Foreign Service exam 
in April and saw KRISTA CATLETT there 
taking it the same day as me! While I wait for 
my security clearance, I am living in D.C 
with MAUREEN BRENNAN and working as a 
temp. Once my clearance goes through, 
maybe I will become Ambassador to France ! 

California): "Finally, I graduated with a 
French and History B.A. degree. I am 
currently working at U.S.C., but I am 
looking for a job to use my French and 
Swedish languages. As for now I am relaxing 
and enjoying my summer. I hope to plan a 
trip to Europe in the fall." 

"Having graduated summa cum laude from 
Williams, where I spent most of my senior 
year completing an honors thesis on George 
Perec, a contemporary French author, I am 
pursuing a Ph.D. in French with a 
concentration in critical theory at the 
University of Pennsylvania. I hope to return 



to Paris during my third year of study, and in 
the meantime I am working on German, 
which hopefully will lead to a summer in 
Berlin. Whenever possible, I try to catch 
TFl news with Patrick Poivre d'Arvor on 
SCOLA and compensate for les 300 films 
de la semaine which have unfortunately 
shrunk to 15 or 20, by searching through 
university archives for Buhuel and Cocteau 
films. Nostalgia is one of the rare feelings 
which actually leads to seeking out cultural 
objects (books, paintings, films) and 
francophiles, and if it does not measure up 
to being there, fa vaut la peine tout de 

SHAUNA SELT*«'G (Brown) is working as 
an interviewer at the Brown Admissions 
office for Summer '92. From September '92 
to May '93, she will be a French teacher at 
the Mountain School Program of Milton 

AISHAH SMITH (Haverford): "I visited 
Paris for two weeks after graduation and had 
a wonderful time! In August I will begin law 
school at the University of Berkeley." 

PERRY SOLOMON (Georgetown): "I 
graduated from Georgetown in May '92 with 
a B.S.F.S in International Economics. I 
travelled in Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, 
and, of course, Paris. On August 10, I start 
work as a Financial Analyst for Salomon 
Brothers Inc. in New York, where I hope my 
background in European Studies and my 
French skills will help me work with French 
and European companies ." 

NANCY SPEARS (Lafayette College) 
wrote that she "recently got a job with the 
Amstat Corporation in Fair Haven, N. J. I 
speak French every morning as 30% of my 
market is in France and in other French- 
speaking countries. My domestic market is 
Learjets. I would love to hear from Sweet 
Briar '90-91' alums who have settled in the 
New York metropolitan area." 


The members of the 1991-92 group are now 
back on their American campuses. Their 
Resident Director, Professor WILLIAM W. 
KIBLER is also back on the campus of the 
University of Texas at Austin. 118 out of 119 
students completed the program. The normal 
credit-load is 9 units: 33 % received more than 
9 units, 62 % received 9 units and the 
remaining 5 % received 8 units. 

The student with the highest GPA at the end 
of the year was VALERIE MOORE (Rice), 
followed by BRENDAN CASE (Haverford) and 
JOHAN'NA BERKE (Tufls). Among the colleges 
and universities having 3 or more students 
completing at least 9 units of credit, the 6 
students from Mount Holyoke College had the 
highest average (3.42), followed by the 3 
students from Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College (3.31) and the 3 students from 
Williams College (3.27). 

Four students passed the Certificat d'Etudes 
Poliliques: LILY ARTEAGA (Georgetown), 
GLNDLACH (Georgetown), all with Mention 
Assez Bien, and MICHAEL SAMAHA 

Twelve students passed the Certificat 
Pratique de Frangais Commercial et 
Ec onomique , one with Mention Bien: 
ALISON HOTARD (Northwestern). Two 
students received the Diplome Supirieur de 
Frangais des Affaires: MARY-CLAIRE 
MULDER and LISA SCHIFFER, both from 

Welcome to this newest group of alumni and 
alumnae. Please keep in touch with us. 


The 1992 Martha Lucas Pate Scholarship was 
shared by two students: POLLY CLARK, of 
Mount Holyoke College, and SARA 
COLBURN, of Northwestern University. Sara 
studied voice in Salzburg; we have not yet 
received her report; we hope to publish it next 
year. Polly had an internship at UNESCO in 
Paris. Here is her report: 

"The time I spent in Paris, working at 
UNESCO was both challenging and fulfilling. I 
savored the opportunity to see the city in full 
bloom during the summer. The roses in the 
Bois de Boulogne were magnifiquesl 

"Nevertheless, the majority of my time was 
spent in an office, a wonderfully international 
one at UNESCO. Since my supervisor was 
French and my co-workers were expatriates of 
Poland and Iraq (Kurdistan in fact), I was able to 
not only improve my understanding of the 
French culture, but also meet interesting people 
from all over the world. 

"The branch at which I worked was the 
World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres 
and Associations, which served as a liaison 
between grassroot organizations in over 60 
countries and UNESCO. Representatives 
from places such as Byelorussia, India, Spain 
and Japan frequented our office. I was 
sometimes asked to translate. 

"I also was asked to take notes and type; 
thus the years of doing dicties paid off. I 
did not spend all my time in this office, 
however. I was able to explore the UNESCO 
library to do some research of my own. I 
studied the oral tradition and education in 
francophone Africa and wrote a report on the 
projects on which UNESCO is currently 
working in the field of education. 

"My experience was very worthwhile. I 
learned a great deal about UNESCO and the 
field of International Education while 
enjoying Paris at the same time." 


Professor CHARLES G. WHITING, of 

Northwestern University, who had directed 
the 1980-81 group, is Resident Director of 
the 1992-93 group. He is assisted by Mrae 

The group is composed of 93 students, 75 
women and 18 men, representing 36 colleges 
and universities. Most institutions report 
that, because of the economic situation, 
fewer students are studying for the whole year 
in France. The largest groups are from 
Northwestern University (16 students), 
Georgetown University (12 students) and 
Moimt Holyoke College (7 students). We 
welcome our first student from Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute and State University 
(Virginia Tech). 

The son of two alumni is in the group: 
ANDREW DRATT (University of Illinois) is 
the son of ARNOLD DRATT (Amherst 
(Mount Holyoke College), both members of 
the 1964-65 group. 



the University of Southern California, will 
be Resident Director of the 1993-94 group. 




With your support, we were able to grant $87,450 in direct financial aid for 1992-93. This 
represents 5.26% of the total fees [up from 4.88% the previous year, and the fu-st time we have 
reached 5%]. Of course we are still a long way from our goal of 10%, but we are slowly cUmbing 
up! At a time of difficult economic conditions for many families, your help is particularly 

Endowed scholarship funds (only the income is used): 


in memory of R. John Matthew, Director, Junior Year in France. 


in memory of Arthur Bates, Professor of French, Sweet Briar College. 


founded in 1972 in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Junior Year in France and renamed in 
1984 in honor of Robert G. Marshall, Director, Junior Year in France. 

The MARTHA LUCAS PATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND for international summer 
study, in memory of Martha Lucas Pate, President, Sweet Briar College. 

Financial aid operating budget 

(your contribution will be used the for the 1993-94 financial aid budget): 


in memory of Robert Garapon, Professor Emeritus of French Literature, Universite Paris- 
Sorbonne, Junior Year In France Advisor 1970-1991 
[Financial aid operating budget for 1992-1993] 

Please note that many firms match contributions to the Junior Year in France. If you contribute 
and your employer makes matching gifts, we would appreciate your efforts in this connection. 


Please use the enclosed envelope or send your contribution to: 

Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 

Please make checks payable to: Sweet Briar College - Junior Year in France. 

Contributors to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Funds of the 

Junior Year in France 

(July 1, 1991 - June 30, 1992) 

W e wish to thank the following 
alumnae and alumni, friends of the JYF 
and corporations making matching grants, 
who contributed a total of $19,295 during 
the 1991-92 school-year. We have made 
every effort to list all contributors. If for 
some reason we have made an error, 
please let us know. Contributions 
received after June 30, 1992 will be 
acknowledged in next year's Magazine. 

Mary Morris Gamble Booth, 

Sweet Briar 
C. F. Damon, Jr., Yale 
Shirley Gage Durfce, U. of Wisconsin 
Rodman Durfee, Yale 
Margot Hess Halm, Goucher 
Walter G. Langlois, Yale 
Dorothy Rooke McCulloch, 

Mount Holyoke 
Norman McCulloch, Jr., Dartmouth 
Marie Gilliam Park, Sweet Briar 
Patricia Carry Stewart, Cornell 
Virginia Mann York, Barnard 


John A. Berggren, Dartmouth 
Reynolds Burgund, Yale 
Murray Bartlett Douglas, Skidmore 
Kemper V. Dwenger, Oberlin 
Barbara Fisher Ncmser, Barnard 

Susan Anderson Talbot, Radcliffe 
Enoch Woodhouse, II, Yale 

Josephine Silbert Benedek, Wellesley 
Herbert Kaiser, Jr., Yale 
Patricia Palmer Kendall, Wheaton 
Joanna Chiotinos Zauchenberger, 



Charles Mailman, Franklin & Marshall 
Patrick M. McGrady, Jr., Yale 
Julie Howard Parker, Middlebury 
Marilyn Koenick Yalom, Wellesley 

Helen Jacobs Altman, Mount Holyoke 
Michael Cambem, Harvard 
Claire Paisner, Cornell 
James M. Rentschler, Yale 

Peter Dirlam, Cornell 
Diana Frothingham Feinberg, Radcliffe 
Nancy Wilkins Klein, Denison 
Mary Ellen Klock Reno, Bryn Mawr 

Joanne Coyle Dauphin, Wellesley 
Calvin K. Towle, Dartmouth 


Edward B. Bloomberg, Yale 
Virginia Schott Perrette, Denison 

Constance Cryer Ecklund, Northwestern 
T. Richard Fishbein, Dartmouth 
Harriet Blum Lawrence, Brandeis 
Meryl Blau Menon, Brandeis 
Tom Schaumberg, Yale 
Roger L. Zissu, Dartmouth 


Joseph F. Carroll, U. of Virginia 


Robert Henkels, Jr., Princeton 
David Rosenbloom, Princeton 

Judith Alperin-Fried, U. of Illinois 
Antoinette F. Seymour, Bryn Mawr 

Laura Denman-Cutick, Sweet Briar 
Jonathan Fielding, Williams 
Margery E. Heigh, Sweet Briar 
Edward Kaplan, Brown 
Michael S. Koppisch, Johns Hopkins 
Nancy Graber Paris, Northwestern 
Michael S. Stulbarg, M.I.T. 
Ann K. Weigand, Indiana 

Dede Thompson Bartlett, Vassar 
Alice Fork Grover, Wheaton 
Susan S. Holland, Occidental 

Ellyn Clemmer Ballou, Middlebury 
Tessa Rosenfeld Dratt, Mount Holyoke 
Arnold Dratt, Amherst 
Snellen Terrill Keiner, Bryn Mawr 


Leland Abbey, Drew 
Anthony Caprio, Wesleyan 
Patricia Morrill Charters, Denison 
Peter M. Dolinger, Williams 
Benjamin Jones, Yale 
John D. Lyons, Brown 
Susan Morck Perrin, Sweet Briar 
Phyllis Winston, Wellesley 
Lucien Wulsin, Jr., Trinity 

Lonna Dole Harkrader, Mary Baldwin 
H. P. Whiteside, Jr., U. of the South 


Jeff Bauer, Colorado 

Barbara DufTield Erskine, Sweet Briar 

Julia B. Leverenz, Dickinson 

Paul S. Levy, Lehigh 

Herbert N. Wigder, Trinity 


David Peter Adams, Kenyon 

John Aniello, Yale 

Jane Loewenstein Levy, Duke 

Tina Kronemer Ament, 

Case Western Reserve 
Frederick T. Borts, Case Western Reserve 
Ellen Shapiro Buchwalter, 

Case Western Reserve 
Frank S. Hoffecker, Princeton 
Lynn M. McWhood, Wellesley 



Rose Bernard Ackeimann, Emory 
Kathrin HIebakos Burleson, 

U. of California 
Rachel Finkle Robbins, Wellesley 
Evan D. Robinson, U. of Virginia 

Dorothy Senghas Lakner, 

Mount Holyoke 
Carter Heyward Morris, Sweet Briar 
Charles Lee Smith, III, 

U. of North Carolina 

Diane Linn Conroy, 
U. of North Carolina 


Jose M. Colon, Brown 
Vincent J. Doddy, Villanova 
Catherine L. Josset, Middlebury 
Allison Thomas Kunze, 

Randolph-Macon Woman's 
A. Byron Nimocks, Hendrix 
Nancy Noyes Robinson, U. of Virginia 
Laura Stottlemyer, Emory 


Alan Engler, Yale 

Carole A. Grunberg, Vassar 


Arthur F. Humphrey, III, Bowdoin 
Deborah A. Neimeth, Brown 
Karen Claussen Shields, 

William and Mary 
Kathleen Troy, Pennsylvania State 
Jeanne L. Windsor, Mount Holyoke 

Anne Shullenberger Levy, Williams 

Pamela J. Weiler, Sweet Briar 

Ann Connolly Reagan, Sweet Briar 

Sarah Rindsberg Berman, Mount Holyoke 
Peter D'Amario, Brown 
Michael J. Olecki, Haverford 
Cathy Rivara Trezza, Cornell 


Ruth M. Reiss, Amherst 
Deirdre O'Donoghue Riou, 
Mount Holyoke 


Charles F. Hunter, Lawrence 

Kenneth Bradt, U. of North Carolina 
Barbara Klotz Silverstone, Bryn Mawr 


Angela Rose Heffeman, Wheaton 
Barbara A. Samoff, Northwestern 


Jordan Lebamoff, U. of Southern California 


Kate Old, Mount Holyoke 


Pierre-Andr6 Genillard, 
U. of Southern California 

Back cover photo by Danielle Fidler 
(Bryn Mawr College) 1991-92 


Professor and Mrs. Archille Biron, 
Professor Emeritus, Colby College, 
Resident Director 1964-65, 1971-72, 

Dr. and Mrs. Morton W. Briggs, 
Wesleyan University, Resident Director 
1962-63, 1972-73 

Mr. Richard L. Duffield, father of Barbara 
Duffield Erskine, JYF 1967-68, Sweet 
Briar College 

Dr. Janet Letts Wheaton College, 
Assistant Resident Director 1965-66, 
Honorary Member of the Advisory 

Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Marshall, 
Professor Emeritus, Former Director of 
Junior Year in France, Sweet Briar 
College, Honorary Member of the 
Advisory Committee 

Dr. Catherine Sims, Dean Emeritus, 
Sweet Briar College, Honorary Member 
of the Advisory Committee 

Dr. James F. M. Stephens, University of 
Texas at Austin, Honorary Member of 
the Advisory Committee 

Dr. Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., President 
Emeritus, Sweet Briar College, 
Honorary Member of the Advisory 

Compaq Computer Foundation 
Matching Gift 

Goldman, Sachs & Company 
Matching Gift 

GTE Foundation 
Matching Gift 

Hinchcliff International, Inc. 

Merrill Lynch and Company 
Matching Gift 

Philip Morris, Inc. 
Matching Gift 

The New York Community Trust/Joan 
O'Meara Winant, JYF 1971-72, Yale. 



Sweet Briar College 
Junior Year in France 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 


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"Mais les yeux sont aveugles, il faut chercher avec le coeur" 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Le Petit Prince, 1943 

Dear Friends: 

Contrary to what le Petit Prince says, eyes arc not always blind, but we will agree that in the memories of a year in 
France, the heart is at least as important as the eyes: the first sight of the Cathedral in Charires, Notre-Dame, the 
Eiffel Tower, Mont-Saint-Michel cannot be forgotten, but friendships which last a lifetime, development of one's 
inner self, a new outlook on things, may be more significant in the long run. Many of you write to say how much 
they enjoy this magazine, because, whether you were in Paris in 1948 or in 1992, you share a common experience. 
Things may change in France, but the impact of a year abroad is constant for each successive class of undergraduates. 

As you read this magazine, 1 hope you will realize that many students could not have had this experience without 
financial aid: this year, out of ICW students, 66 reported receiving aid. The average financial aid package (including 
scholarships, grants and loans) averaged S9,242 per student, nearly half the cost of the program ($18,250). The 
Junior Year in France was able, with your help, to award 581,400 in grants. As one alumnus mentioned to us, the 
proportion of alumni conuibuting to our funds is very small (2.5%). We have no development staff, we do not call 
you on the phone. This magazine will be the only solicitation you will receive from us. We hope you will be 
wilUng to contribute, even in a small amount, to the scholarship funds below. 1993 marks the 50th anniversary of 
the first publication (in New York) oi Le Petit Prince. In tribute, our 1994-95 Financial Aid Fund will be known 
as the Saint-Exupery Fund. If you remember your pleasure at reading this book for the first time, you may feel the 
urge to contribute to this fund and open the eyes and the heart of another generation of Americans to Paris. Thank 

Emile Langlois 



Endowed scholarship funds (only the income is used): 

The R. JOHN MATTHEW ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND, in memory of R. John Matthew, Director, 
Junior Year in France. 

The ARTHUR BATES MEMORIAL FUND, in memory of Arthur Bates, Professor of French, Sweet 
Briar College. 

The ROBERT G. MARSHALL 2Sth ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP FUND, founded in 1972 in honor of 
the 25th Anniversary of the Junior Year in France and renamed in 1984 in honor of Robert G. Marshall, 
Director, Junior Year in France. 

Financial aid operating budget (your contribution will be used for the 1994-95 financial aid budget): 

The SAINT-EXUPERY FUND, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication in New York of Le Petit 
Prince (February 1943) and the death of its author, who, on July 31, 1944, disappeared during a World War 
II Air Force mission somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, between Corsica and mainland France. 

Please note that many firms match contributions to the Junior Year in France. If you contribute and your 
employer makes matching gifts, we would appreciate your efforts in this connection. 


Please use the enclosed envelope or send your contribution to: Junior Year in France 

Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, Virgmia 24595 

Please make checks payable to: Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France. 


1993 marks the 70th anniversary of the 
actual creation of the Junior Year in France. 
From 1923 to 1939 the program was 
administered by the University of Delaware. 
After the Second World War the program 
resumed for two years in Geneva. In 1947, 
for a number of reasons, the University of 
Delaware terminated its sponsorship. At 
Sweet Briar College, Professor Joseph E. 
Barker, who had been the Professor-in- 
charge of the 1934-35 Delaware group, 
persuaded President Martha Lucas-Pate to 
resume the Delaware program in Paris. 1948 
is therefore the birth-date of the Sweet Briar 
College Junior Year in France, but we all are 
aware of the debt Sweet Briar College owes 
to the University of Delaware. 

Recently, at a reception, POLLY BOZE 
GLASCOCK (Sweet Briar-Delaware 1938- 
39) mentioned that several Delaware groups 
had remained in touch through occasional 
newsletters, and would be interested in 
receiving our Alumni Magazine. 
Subsequently DONALD R. HART, who 
acts as Newsletter editor of the same group, 
sent us a list of the members of the group 
and the names of members of the 1936-37 
group who would also be interested in 
receiving our Magazine. We welcome 
additional names of participants in the 
sixteen Delaware groups interested in our 
publication. We also open our columns to 
them. We realize that, although the 
academic content of the program has 
changed (in those days practically all the 
participants were French majors), the effect 
of a year in France is still very much the 

If you are interested in reading about the 
Junior Year in France before 1948 you 
should read two books which were recently 

The Way it was, by Rosalis 
Montgomery, published by Nortex Press in 
Austin, Texas, and distributed by the 
University of Texas at Tyler. Rosalis 
Battle Montgomery was a member of the 
1932-33 Delaware group and more than 60 
pages of the second part of her mimoires 
consist of letters she sent from France to her 
mother. In his foreword. President George 
Hamm, of the University of Texas at Tyler, 
writes: "It was said of her group, 'These 
students will become part of the American 
intellectual elite' This statement perhaps 
more than any other typifies a dignity, 
refinement and intellectual curiosity that 
remains with her today." 

The other book: Internationalism and the 
Three Portugals: the memoirs of Francis 
Millet Rogers, edited by his daughter. Sheila 
R. Ackerlind, Professor of Spanish and 
Portuguese at the U.S. Military Academy (West 
Point), was published by Peter Lang, as volimie 
131 of Series IX, History in American 
University Studies. Francis M. Rogers, who 
died in 1989, was Professor of Romance 
Languages and Literatures at Harvard University 
from 1945 until his retirement in 1981. He 
served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts 
and Sciences and as Chairman of the 
Department. Among many interesting 
souvenirs, he recounts his Junior Year in 
France with the Delaware group in 1934-35. 



writes: "Since my Junior Year in 1948-49 I 
have done the following (en bref!) : 
Graduation from Bryn Mawr in 1950. Lived and 
worked in Paris in 1951-52. Married John L. 
O'Brien in November 1952. Returned to Paris 
to spend 1954-55. Daughter, Elizabeth, bom 
in Paris, February 1, 1955. Returned to New 
York in 1955, divorced October 1959. Worked 
for Institute of International Education in New 
York, May 1960 till October 1969. 

"Went to work for United Nations in October 
1969 and worked for the U.N. till March 1989, 
specializing in French-speaking Africa. 
Daughter, Elizabeth O'Brien, spent Junior Year 
in France with Sweet Briar in 1975-76 (I 
believe she was the first alumna daughter). 

"Married William A. Dreher in October 1983. 
Transferred from the U.N. to the United Nations 
Development Programme in March 1989 and 
just retired at the end of January 1993. Was 
managing a Japanese government-financed 
program of procurement of goods and 
commodities for French-speaking African 
countries and Latin America and Asia. I was 
separated from my second husband, William 
Dreher, in January 1992. 

"Now that I have at last had to retire, I am 
contemplating going back to France to live. 

"I must say that my Junior Year abroad in 
those heady days soon after the war had the 
most profound and lasting effect on my life of 
anything I have ever done. 

"I have continued to speak fluent French, and 
this ability gained in Paris in 1948-49 has 
determined my 23-1/2 year career in the U.N. 
and U.N.D.P." 



(Mount Holyoke): "My junior year in 
Paris with the Sweet Briar program was 
one of the best years of my life. During 
that year, actually when we were on the 
Queen Elizabeth sailing to France, I 
helped to start a newspaper called 

"After Mount Holyoke I went to the 
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 
where I did graduate work in International 
Law (1952-56). I am now, at my 'late' age 
applying to the D.C. School of Law, 
having always wanted to receive an LLB. I 
am a member of a French group here in 
Washington which meets weekly and I 
have been back to France frequently over 
the past 40 years. Vive la France! Vive le 
Sweet Briar program!" 

Shirley then suggests having a Sweet 
Briar Junior Year Abroad reunion in 
Washington D.C. for the early classes. 
She volunteers to help to organize one in 
the future. Could members of these groups 
write to our Virginia office if they are 



If you need or wish to contact 
the Junior Year in France office at 
Sweet Briar College in Virginia: 



Assistant to the Director 
Mrs. SUE FAUBER, Secretary 




(804) 381 6109 
(804) 381 6283 

Address of the Paris Office: 
101, boulevard Raspail 
75006 Paris. FRANCE 


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A message from Dr. ARTINE 
ARTINIAN, Professor-in-charge, to the 
1953-54 group: 

"From our first get together on your 
arrival in Paris, at the Lutetia, to the end of 
the academic year, I carmot imagine a more 
harmonious relationship for an 
administrator than I experienced in that year 
1953-54. There were problems, to be sure, 
personal and academic, but they were 
invariably resolved with beneficial results 
for the student involved. So I did not 
hesitate to accept reappointment for a 
second year. 

The location of our headquarters was a crucial 
factor--in the heart of the literary, intellectual, 
artistic center of Paris--/e quartier St.- 
Germain-des-Pres [ and our apartment directly 
across the Boulevard!] As some of you may 
remember, I benefited immensely from the 
proximity of galleries, rare-book stores and 
autograph dealers, enriching my various 
collections. So it was a memorable year 
indeed, both professionally and personally. 

My only regret is that I have seen few of 
you since then. But I look forward to an 
improvement of that situation since you 
are close to attaining senior citizen status 
and will probably be heading South for 
part of the winter. I very much hope that 
some of you will stop in the Palm Beach 
area and join us for a visit. We live in the 
heart of that beautiful town, at 100 Worth 

A bientot, par consequent, j'espere. 
Sinceremenl, voire ancien directeur." 

On the Mauretania, September 1, 1953 


MILLER, Assistant to the Professor-in- 
charge, these words: 

"Happy 40lh Anniversary, Sweet Briar 
Group 1953-54: 

"GREETINGS, and happy memories to 
you all! 

"There were 81 of you [19 men and 62 
women] from 30 colleges, 25 states, 
Canada, Mexico and Argentina. 

"On August 31, 1953, the day before 
sailing, I met most of you and your parents 
in the Hotel Biltmore in New York City. I 
remember telling your parents that the 
Directeur, Dr. Artine Artinian, who would 
be meeting us at Le Havre, would be 
responsible for each of you from the 
eyebrows up [academic matters] and that I, 
Directrice, for everything else from the 
eyebrows down [health, housing in French 
families, social life, travel plans and 

"On September 1, 1953 we sailed on the 
S.S. Mauretania and our group photo on 
deck shows my 6-year-old Sandra with me in 
the midst of your smiling faces. You were a 
wonderful group and my appreciation shows 
up in a letter I wrote September 12 to 
introduce my diary letters of my first two 
weeks of my second year as Directrice. It 
also shows our interesting first two days in 
France after we were met at Le Havre by 
Director Artinian with our two big busses 
and our efficient travel agent, M. Romain. I 

"The first two weeks of this job [this 
second year - with new Director] have been 
much smoother in every way. There is no 
comparison - the send-off at New York, the 
photograph on the boat, the cooperation of 
the students on the boat, the handling of the 
baggage on the dock at Le Havre, the 
wonderful weather, the trip from Le Havre to 
Paris with visit of Rouen [cathedral and 
lunch], the views of Paris [from Chaillot], 
the night at the Foyer [and Hotel Lutetia 
where we all had a welcoming dinner], the 
trip next day to Tours with a visit to the 
cathedral of Chartres, and the excursions to 
the chateaux of Blois and Chaumont 
[September 11]. It is a different affaire. 
This group is more unified... They have a 
real esprit de corps. Everything is much 
better this year 

"It occurred to me that a list of a few dates 
of our year together with some notes culled 
from my two volumes of diary, letters, 
photos, menus, and souvenirs might 
interest and amuse you and would bring back 
memories long forgotten." 

CALENDAR. September 1953 to July 1954 

September 1, 1953: Sailing day on S.S. 
Mauretania. Group photo. 
September 1-8: Activities on board and 
students' meetings with me as a group and 
individually to discuss housing in French 
families in Tours. 

September 8: Docking at Le Havre; met by 
Director, Dr. Artinian, and M. Romain with two 
big busses. [We were allowed only one suitcase 
and a typewriter each - the other baggage was 
trucked direct to Tours.] Trip to Paris via Rouen 
and a stop at le Palais de Chaillot for views of 
Paris. Arrival for the night at the Foyer 
International des etudiantes for the women and 
the Hotel Lutetia for the men and for the 
reunion of the whole group there for a 
welcoming dinner. 

September 9: Trip from Paris to Tours via 
Chartres [lunch and cathedral]. Settling in your 
French families in Tours. 
September 10-October 24: Stay in Tours. 
Living and learning in Tours, aided by French 
families and by professors from the Institut de 

October 10: vin d'honneur at the Prefecture 
for the group. Photos. Group photo at the 
Institut de Touraine on the two curved staircases 
on the garden side of the Institut. 

October 20: Diner d'adieu at the Hotel 
M6tropole in Tours with the group, guests of 
M. Nadal, Directeur de I'lnstitut de Touraine. 

October 22: Fete d' Adieu at the Institut de 
Touraine with a program put on by our group. 

October 24: Trip from Tours to Paris in two 
large busses to the Sweet Briar offices, 173 Bd. 
Saint-Germain [which we rented from the 
Carnegie Foundation for International Peace]. 
There in the courtyard the dames chez qui you 
were going to live with in Paris came and took 
you home for the rest of your year in France. 

October 26: PARIS: formal welcome to the 
group at the Hotel de Ville by Paris officials. 

October 1953 to July 1954: THE REST OF 

Your winter in Paris and all that meant, 
living with Parisian families, going to classes 
at the University of Paris, the Sorbonne or 
Sciences Po, or special group courses like the 
Theater Course which meant theater evenings 
of the group; and vacation traveling. 

December 10: Our Sweet Briar Office 
Christmas letter to your parents with news of 
the group and of you individually. Most of you 
traveled during the Christmas vacation 
[December 20 to January 8]. Your academic 
records were sent to your colleges by Directeur 

January 16, 1954: The Inaugural Parade for 
President Rend Coty, escorted by the colorful 
Garde rdpublicaine passed right in front of the 
Sweet Briar office windows. 

February 24 at the American Hospital, 
NANCY HINCHCUFFE of our group had an 
appendectomy and we took her an 
illustrated book on Paris with the good 
wishes of Directeur Artinian and all our 

March 16: Moliere's Tartuffe at the 
Com6die fran^aise. A wonderful group 
theater evening. 

March 26: Diner-Bal de la Mi-Careme 
given by the Comite France-Amerique with 
stag line of young Frenchmen, an elegant 
seven course meal and good music for 
dancing. But only half our group went 
because of the cost of tickets! 

April 3-19: Easter vacation. Most of 
you traveled widely. 

May 16: Theatre de la Bruyere group 
theater evening to see a strange new play 
Un nommi Judas by Puget and Bost. 

June 15: Fete d' Adieu at the Student 
Center organized by your group under its 
President John Thompson. I noted that 
the program included "our wonderful 
quartet three times." 

July 8: Return sailing on the S.S. Oueen 
Elizabeth . Some of our group went on this 
sailing but many went on later sailings. 

"AND NOW nearly 40 years later, JULY 

"Greetings again on the 40th 
anniversary of your 1953-54 group! May 
you find memories flooding back as you 
peruse my notes. Your group was the 
crowning of my Junior Year Abroad 
experiences, for 1 had been a Delaware JYF 
student in 1929-30, a secretary to the 
Delaware Directrice 1932-33 and then two 
years as Directrice 1952-53 and 1953-54. 
I send you my thanks for that year and my 
best wishes for your 40th anniversary 
celebration. I shall look forward to 
reading all about you in the Alumni 
Magazine when it comes to me in 
December. I live in a retirement 
community [Brookhaven Apt. D 437, 
1010 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 
02173]. Happy Memories to you!" 

Reception chez le Prefet 



(Cornell) is an attorney. She remembers 
"living at 14, avenue Jules Janin (a small 
private street) with EVA STEFFAN, 
Sweet Briar headquarters on the Boulevard 
St. Germain, across from Les Deux Magots; 
a formal ball at the Sorbonne...; an Yves 
Montand concert; riding around Paris on 
the back of a Vespa; eight part tropes at the 
Russian Orthodox Church on the rue Daru. " 
She believes her year was "easily one of the 
most formative experiences in (her) life". "I 
eventually went on to get a Doctorate in 
Medieval History and taught for over 10 
years. Although I am now a practicing 
lawyer, a bit of me is still back in Paris." 

JUDITH RUBIN BUSH (Goucher) is in 
social work, but has also translated many of 
the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 
published by the St. Martin's Press and 
University Press of New England. She 
remembers "a bedroom window that opened 
onto the Place Levis, where an outdoor 
market produced great bustle and noise a 
couple of days each week; the traditions and 
functions of the family kitchen, where 
laundry dried on an overhead rack hoisted 
high over sink and stove and where 
unexpected transformations were routine, 
e.g. the skin skimmed off boiled milk, 
saved in a jar, and - when there was enough - 
turned into a remarkable cake! TTie metro; 
the damp, grey weather that prevailed, 
especially near the Seine; courses at 
Sciences Po, the Louvre, the Sorbonne: 
trying to understand things that were over 
my head. 

"I managed to live in France seven 
different years of my life after JYF 53-54, 
some in Paris, some in Provence. The 
foundation of it all was the sense of 
discovery and adventure of that first year." 

Richard Smith and Jim Rentschler (Yale), 
Judith Callaway (Barnard), Jane Martin 
(Rollins) and Mary Alana Baker (Mount 
Holyoke) - Amboise, September 1953 

Anne Austin and Mary Alana Baker (Mount 
Holyoke), September 8, 19S3 


(Wellesley) is an Archaeologist/Art Historian: 
"My year in France had important professional 
consequences since I continued with work in 
Medieval and Ancient Art and have never 
stopped. I think my daughter, Christiana 
Coggins Franklin (Yale) who spent an equally 
happy and formative year in Tours and Paris 
(SBCJYF 1982-83) would agree." 


(Cornell) is a college professor and writer, 
author of two books: The Versatile Defoe, 
1979 and The Elusive Daniel Defoe, 1983. Of 
1953-54 she remembers a typically bourgeois 
family; the logistics and sight-seeing spots of 
beautiful Paris; Fascinating courses at the 
Louvre and Sciences Po. The happiest and 
most exciting year of my life." 

HEATH DILLARD (Vassar) is a Medieval 
Historian of Spain, an independent scholar, the 
author of Daughters of the Reconquest: 
Women of Castilian Town Society, 1100- 
1300 published by Cambridge University 
Press in 1984. (This year it was published in 
Spanish in Madrid by Nerea). She is presently 
working on two books on Medieval Spanish 
convents and nuns to 1500 and spends quite a 
lot of time visiting the same. She has four 
grown children and four grandchildren to date. 

is a legal assistant. "I lived with HELEN 
JACOBS chez Mme Paulh^, 96 Boulevard 
Montpamasse. One of the highlights of the 
year was when the family installed a shower 
apparatus over the bathtub and let us take two 
showersAjaths a week instead of the allotted 
one. One of the best years of my life. The 
memories have added a great deal of pleasure to 
the past 40 years. I can't believe it's 40 
years." Her husband, Robert, is retired. They 
have three children and one granddaughter. 


(Mount Holyoke College) is a retired 
executive editor: "1953-54 was a charmed 
year during which 1 lived in the left bank 
apartment of Madame Morale, her 
delightful children, and three joyous, 
intelligent fellow students, JUDY 
LAWTON who along with me crammed in 
every possible play, concert, and 
interesting Parisian event and who thrived 
on the courses given by the great French 
professors at Sciences Po and I'Ecole du 
Louvre. The food chez Morale, prepared 
in the most spartan of kitchens, was 
marvelous and the conversation always 
spirited. Often included also was my 
Holyoke friend, ANNE AUSTIN. 

"In the after years, I continued to 
exchange visits in France and the U.S. 
with long-standing French friends and 
even one summer sent our nine-year old 
daughter to France for three months. She 
returned transformed. Completely French 
in manner and sjjeech. When we lived in 
Asia I joined a weekly French-speaking 
group in Bangkok and today am a member 
of the Alliance Fran^aise in San Francisco. 
Whenever there is a question of where to 
go for a holiday, my first choice has been 
to return to France. In addition, 
continuing the interest in international 
affairs established by the JYF, I attained 
an MA in International Management. 

MICHAEL FINK (Yale) is a Professor 
of English at the Rhode Island School of 
Design. In 1987 we published the article 
he had written in the Providence Sunday 
Journal: "The City of Light: A romance 
lost, a romance found" in which he 
recalled, among other things, his chance 
meeting with HM RENTSCHLER. This 
year, he remembers 'The way Monsieur - 
my landlord - hoarded my Camels, 
crumbling them, savoring the smoke, 
saving the butts for later, hacking away 
and regretting how French breads had lost 
their dignity like everything else in the 
vulgar Americanized postwar period. It 
was an ironic vignette of the Parisian 
spirit of the early '50's. 

"Hardly a day goes by that I don't recall 
some telling little trace of that very 
formative year, France 53-54. I learned 
everything - but it seemed to be coming 
from within, not just without. 

"As for the War, some of the 
'existentialist' heroism of the epoch has 
faded in light of recent research, but 
something hasn't tarnished, namely the 
incredible blessed beauty of noble France. 



Wisconsin) writes: "Every year I read the 
Alumni Magazine with pleasure and vow 
that my New Year's resolution will be to 
write some news to you. Since it is our 40th 
anniversary this year, I feel compelled to 
make good on my resolution! 

"As to news of myself in the years since 
my Sweet Briar Junior Year, I became a 
French professor and taught French 
language and literature at several 
universities including New York University, 
Hofstra University, and Syracuse 
University. My Ph.D. dissertation was on 
the celebrated Quebec novelist, Gabrielle 
Roy, and I eventually became a specialist in 
Quebec literature and culture. This led me to 
my present position as Attachee aux 
Affaires Educatives for the Govenuncnt of 
Quebec, where I am posted at Rockefeller 
Center, in New York City. I have received 
many honors over the years but am most 
proud of having been decorated by the 
French Republic as Officier dans I'Ordre des 
Palmes Academiques for my efforts in 
promoting French language and culture in 
the United States. I have 2 children, 
Kenneth 28, who is a computer analyst, and 
Deborah, 24, who is studying to become a 
doctor. I have been married to David S. 
Karan, an ophthalmologist, for 32 years. 

"My sister, SANDY, and I helped to found 
the Alumni Association of Sciences Po Paris 
in N.Y., which still exists today, and in 
which we both continue to be active. JIM 
BRACHMAN was a member of this alumni 
association but we haven't seen him for 
some years now. INES LANG MATCH hves 
in Great Neck, Long Island, and years ago 
we played in local tennis matches together. 
While at a meeting of the Northeast Modem 
Language Association a few years ago I 
bumped into MIKE HNK. Years back, I 
frequently saw DIANE DAVID, who was 
studying for a doctorate in art history at 
Columbia University, but she has dropped 
out of sight for some time now. I recently 
received a letter from RALPH 
QUACKENBUSH, who sent me a photo of 
my sister and I alongside a 1934 Citroen, 
which we had rented (along with the driver) 
for a tour of Brittany and Mont-Saint- 
Michel while the Sweet Briar Group was in 
Tours. I believe DIANE DAVID and JIM 
BRACHMAN also went on that trip with us. 

"I have returned to Paris many times since 
the Junior Year, with my sister, my 
husband, my daughter, and other times to 
attend various professional conferences 
where I read papers. I was in Paris for the 
Bicenteimial in 1989 and saw the parade up 
the Champs-Elysees (I waited from 3:00 
a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the Champs-Elysees 

in order to gel a place in the front row to see it 
all.) Back in the 70's, my sister, Sandy, and I 
saw the Baronne de Courtois, who was the head 
of the family we lived with during our Junior 
Year. She was in a nursing home in Neuilly and 
was so glad to see us. We also saw Madame 
Simone Peronne, who was the head of the 
family we lived with during the first part of the 
year on the rue de Crenelle. Sandy and I have 
both remained friends with Marie-Christiane 
Leloir Alaux and her sister Solange Leloir 
Seailles over the years. I believe that Arme 
Austin had lived with the Leloirs during the 
Jimior Year. 

"It would be impossible to describe the 
impact that my Sweet Briar Junior Year in 
France has had upon my life. It has added a rich 
dimension to me as a person and has been 
indispensable to my career. French is the 
language of my heart and I am so pleased to be 
able to use it as my work language. France in 
the 50's was a magical place. For an American, 
it was mind-boggling to live in a country 
whose heritage dated back for centuries. Sweet 
Briar College was a pioneer of the 'Junior Year 
in France', "and I feel so fortunate to have been 
able to have had this experience as part of my 

"Thank you. Sweet Briar College, for all you 
have done for me and others." 

is a retired attorney. She graduated from 
Cleveland State University Law School in 
1984. She remembers "bicycling in Touraine; 
learning to eat every possible part of 
sheep/goat/cow/pig/bird; long, long metro 
trips 4 times a day from Center Paris to near 
Bois de Boulogne; silting on the floor (with 
coat on in winter) in overcrowded lecture rooms 
at the Sorbonne; getting used to two baths a 
week; not being allowed to pull the toilet chain 
after 9:00 p.m. because the noise of flushing 
would disturb the grandmother in the next room 
(and learning not to be the first one to use the 
WC the next morning!); the wonderful Sweet 
Briar theatre course that got us student-priced 
tickets to see and hear Jean-Louis Barrault and 

"In those days, before we had much TV, we 
were so much more 'provincial'. (My first trip 
to NYC was as a college freshman!) so my JYF 
experience was truly broadening. My world 
became enlarged a thousandfold. I was exposed 
to art, history, culture that thoroughly changed 
- for the better - the way I have lived the rest of 
my life. I will always be grateful for this 
experience. I saw my roommate, JUDY 
DENENBERG BERG, and her family several 
years ago when her daughter was graduating 
from Oberlin." 

is a homemaker and community volunteer. 
She remembers "the startled faces of the 
shopkeeper and customers in a small 
shop in Tours when this Georgia girl 
asked for (in a fit of grammar overload, je 
suppose) a package of caoutchoucs 
instead of cacahuetes; Madame Moral's 
handy tips on economic survival in post- 
war Paris, including directing us to a 
femme du voisinage who repaired - well, I 
might add - runs in our nylon stockings! 
Energetic and fun-loving JYF confreres 
(et "consceurs"?). 

"My husband and I are going to France 
in September '93 to celebrate our 35th 
anniversary, including a week pres de 

MICHAEL L. MOORE (Yale) is a retired 
Vice President of NL Industries: "JYF 
introduced me to interests which I have 
retained and which conceivably would not 
have become so important had I not 
participated in JYF. It was clearly the 
most significant educational experience 
I've had." 

returns to Paris from time to time "to 
rediscover the old and always find 
something new. It's like going home 
again. I've lost touch with almost 
everyone, but the memories are still 
there... the trip to Mt. St. Michel with 
hiking to the Riviera with DIDI 
SHUTTACK for Mardi Gras with KRIS 
trip with STEVE HOWE to Spain for Easter 
and a bull fight on my 21st birthday. .and 
driving through England and Scotland with 
and MIKE CAMBERN before sailing for 

"Mike and I lived with the same families 
(Tours and Paris) and apart from meeting 
once in Paris many years ago and once in 
New York, I had completely lost touch. I 
just recently discovered that he and his 
charming French wife, Fran^oise, live 
about five minutes away right here in 
Santa Barbara; so we're in touch once 

"For the past several years I have 
returned to France yearly to paint and 
speak French, and I hope to continue 
doing so. 

"If any of the class of 53-54 finds 
himself-hcrself in the Santa Barbara area, I 
would welcome a phone call or a visit." 


diplomat (or, as he says, "a faceless 
international civil functionary"). 

"Ah! le temps! II le confond souvent 
avec I'ipoque dont il connait les rouages, 
les pieges et les rires. II s'est toujours 
battu pour que sa memoire reste irUacte, 
hors de portee du temps. Ses souvenirs 
sont bien ficeles. Aucun ne s'absente. 
lis sont la, toujours presents, prets a 
reapparaitre, fideles, precis, inchangis. 
II lui arrive de se repeter. Ce nest pas de 
ioubli, mais de la peur. II virifie sa 
memoire, il fait iinventaire. C'est ainsi 
qu'il se degage de la vieillesse." 

Tahar ben Jelloun 
Jour de Silence a Tanger 

Sam Beckett probably said it even better, 
that time when he was trying to explicate 
the characters of Gogo and Didi to Harold 
Prince (how many of you guys remember 
that the Theatre Baby lone world-premiere of 
En attendant Godot coincided with the 
September 1953 arrival of our group in 
France? Fun Fact No. 1...): "They have cut 
off all attachments to their places of origin. 
They come from different backgrounds, 
they met somewhere a long time ago. 
Indeed, it seems as if each one's absolute 
uprootedness was part of his individual 
definition - an uprootedness accompanied 
by partial amnesia, and perhaps even 
explained by it." 

January 4, 19S4: Winter sports fans change 
trains in Lausanne en route back to Paris: 
Steve ("pas Etienne") Miller (Yale), Gail 
Montgomery (Carleton) and Jim Rentschler 
(Yale) (Their Christmas loot so proudly 
displayed? a bunch of metal signs they had 
just ripped off - literally - from the W.C. 
requesting passengers, in 5 languages, to 
rabattre le couvercle de la cuvette apres 

Isn't that me (or you, or us)? - the me of 1953 
intersecting with the me of 1993, partial 
amnesia continuing to enshroud us both? 
Sometimes the clouds clear, of course, and there 
I am, the same I of these four decades past, 
walking fast down the rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 
late again en route to Prof. Gilbert Quenelle's 
Camus/Sartre Existentialism course in the 
Institut Britannique (sic), never dreaming that 
some day, many many years in the future, I'd be 
living long and delectably on that very same 
street - number 30, across the street from the 
now-disappeared A la Romance ("Son 
orchestre, son ambiance, ses attractions 
existentielles"), great make-out joint - my 
flat, as it happens, just a couple meters down 
from, where Professor Quenelle himself still 
lives, a thriving Vert Galant of a neighbor, 
whose efficient femme de m^naqe I share three 
times a week. Yes, and there is virtually not a 
single moment I spend in this city - which now 
accounts for at least half of my adult life - when 
the JYF experience is not at the core of some 
unfolding memory, souvenir, vignette; when, 
that is, one or more of those ghostly but at the 
same time vividly configured impersonations 
of myself, past and present, are not performing 
some kind of uncanny didoublement in so 
many of the places I first explored when I was a 
JYFer in the 50s... 

"So much for the metaphysics. Here are the 
facts: I retired from the Foreign Service in 1986 
after 30 years, 1 1 posts, two ambassadorships, 
and exotica too marvelously profuse to recount 
(we're talking surrealism bigtime . folks, 
including four years in the White House, as 
eerie, albeit fascinating a 'workplace' as you 
are likely to find this side of, say, Jurassic 
Park). Have more or less permanently settled 
in Paris as P.R. Division head of the 24 
member-country OECD, Helping To Keep The 
World Safe For Multilateral Exchange Rates. In 
this guise I uneasily coexist between Le 
Monde Mediatique and le monde tout court. 

The same three winter sports fans today? No! 
only one: Jim Rentschler (Yale) with Henry 
Moore's 1972 King and Queen, In Glenkiln, 
Dumfriesshire (Southwest Scotland, July 1993) 

"Most of the time I am in the custody of 
my second wife, Chantal, who has lived in 
France even longer than I and is director of 
public communications for Baccarat 
(helping her hand John Malkovich a 
crystal trophy at the Festival du Film 
Am6ricain at Deauville sure as hell beats, 
say, conducting a press conference in 
Lagos, Nigeria on the J-Curve effects of 
tropical-fruit exports from sub-Saharan 
Africa. . . She grew up in Versailles, while 
I am still trying to grow up here. Issue: 
two boys, Felix,28, who is lead guitarist 
and vocalist for the Boston-based fusion 
group, Shockra (they tour nationally, have 
3 CDs on the market, buy them now!); and 
Jeff, 25, who is a sculptor, now on the 
faculty of the Hanes Art Center at the 
University of North Carolina in Chapel 
Hill. We're talking rogue genes to the 
max; can anyone who saw me do a Special 
Olympics version of square-dance calling 
during our valedictory skit for the good 
burghers of Tours seriously believe I could 
have sired a pair of artists ???? 

"I see a lot of both Citizens Sturm and 
Randal, who may be even more terminally 
fragmented than I, hence better company. 
Ours is, as Susan Sontag might have put it, 
the hyper-activity of the heroic 
depressive. Like the Volcano Lover, we 
ferry ourselves past one vortex of 
melancholy after another by means of an 
astonishing spread of enthusiasm. The 
latter would definitely include reunions 
with any and all 1953 -54 JYFers who 
might find their way back to the banks of 
the Seine, there where the collapsed 
pontoons of the Piscine Deligny cleave 
the current with a gesture at once languid 
and elegiac. This is true. Try us." 

writes: "Incredible that it has been 40 
years since we were getting ready to sail 
on the Mauretania for THE year of my life, 
the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France. My 
friends from the group that year are still 
close. So many memories come flooding 
back. The wonderful Cheron-Leclerc 
family that we lived with in Touraine. Our 
first six weeks there and the vendange at 
their home to which many of the Sweet 
Briar group were invited. (We stomped on 
the grapes with our bare feet!) What a day! 
I have tried unsuccessfully to reestablish 
contact with my Paris family, the 
Deschamps. I've returned as often as 
possible to France and introduced my 
daughter to the Cheron-Leclercs' son, our 
contemporary. My boss sent me to Geneva 
to a meeting at the World Health 
Organization this past December. Of 



course, I went via Paris. I am certain that 
my current position as Coordinator, Inter- 
national Health Activities for the National 
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(part of the U.S. Centers for Disease 
Control) is due to my fluency in French. 
Even though I'm excited about becoming a 
grandmother for the first time, "on a tou- 
jours vingt ans dans quelque coin du cceur." 

State)'s recollection is that " there were 57 
women and 19 men in the group on the boat 
to Europe — a very satisfying ratio. The men 
called the women "Heinz' 57 varieties". 
Nowadays the students probably fly and 
miss the great experience of life on the 
North Atlantic — five days of total leisure. 

"I recall one night some of us were 
wandering around the city all dressed up, 
probably after some sort of dance, and ended 
up at the old Halles Centrales. The butchers 
shoved their fingers in the sheeps' eyes and 
gouged them out for our benefit. Then onion 
soup at the Pied de Cochon, of course. 

"I stayed with a wonderful woman, Mme 
Rene Brot (deceased a few years ago). She 
was a widow with a son about my age and a 
married daughter a few years older who was 
living with her husband in the same apart- 
ment. I was included in all family affairs 
which was a wonderful window on French 
culture and traditions. (My three children all 
assumed a junior year or at least a semester 
in Paris was their birthright, but I regret that 
none stayed with a family.) Sunday after 
dinner the three young people needed a 
fourth for bridge, so I learned to play bridge 
in French. (A few years later I learned to ski 
in German, but that is another story.) 

"Aside from my French family, the other 
principal educational experience was 
reading Le Monde. Every day about five I 
would buy it and settle down in a cafe with 
un demi and read it thoroughly, learning 
about many countries never or rarely 
mentioned in the U.S. press. 

"But I should not dismiss so cavalierly 
my formal courses. At Sciences Po I had the 
greatest teachers in their fields -- Pierre 
Renouvin on Les Relations Internationales 
de 1870 a 1914, Andr6 Siegfried (still 
lecturing in his 80's from yellowed notes) 
on la Geoqraphie Economique des Grandes 
Puissances, and Jean-Jacques Chevallier on 
political thought - I forget the exact title. 

"I also recall with pleasure the male 
quartet that sang mostly for its own 
pleasure, but had a part in the program we 
put on for our French host families. LORING 
HECKMAN died some years ago, I believe 
CHARLES FERGUSON is retired and living 
in New England, and I have lost sight of 

DICK SMITH, our lead tenor. We rehearsed in 
the apartment of Dick Smith and Jim 
Rentschler, near La Muette. Of course, Jim 
Rentschler is leading the life most of us can 
only dream of, back in Paris as spokesman for 
the Director General of the OECD (located at la 
Muette), living in a Left Bank apartment. We 
all knew he would be a success (which is defined 
as living in Paris). 

The Quartet: Richard Smith (Yale), Loring 
Heckman (Princeton), Richard Thompson 
(Washington State) and Charles Ferguson 

"My future wife, Kathleen Crouch, was in 
Paris at the time where her father was Counselor 
for Administration at the Embassy. I never met 
her in Paris, but we were introduced and married 
some years later and had the three children 
previously mentioned, who carry on the 
family's Francophile tradition." 

Richard sends the photo below. It shows 
LANG in Venice. During the year Joan's 
fianc6, Herbert Cooper, came to Paris and they 
were married in the Maine du Seizieme. They 
now live in Rockville, Maryland, and Herbert 
is a medical doctor, does research at the 
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. 

writes: "After all these years I still have 
vivid memories of my 1953-54 year in 
France, both in Tours and in Paris. It 
remains one of the most exciting years of 
my life. I recall with pleasure and 
excitement the places I visited, the 
chateaux, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the 
Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens; the metro 
and bus rides, the theatres and cafes; the 
luscious pastries; the people. I enjoyed the 
families I stayed with (in Tours and in 
Paris) — I really felt like a member of the 
family. I learned a lot that year, both 
academically and socially — I came to love 
France very much, especially Paris. I've 
been back to Paris only once since then, 
in the early 70's, but although the city had 
changed even then, I still felt as though I 
was a part of it. 

"My love of languages, especially the 
Romance languages, led me to a B. A. from 
Harvard and an M. S. from Georgetown, 
both in Linguistics and Romance 
Languages. Since 1960 I have been a 
linguist with the Foreign Service Institute 
of the Department of State, where since 
1982 I have been Chairman of the 
Department of Romance Languages. My 
work is most interesting and challenging 
and it has allowed me to use my languages 
(French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) 
on the job both at the Institute and 
travehng overseas (Europe, Latin America, 
Africa). I am married to a wonderful 
woman, Inabell, and have four great 
children and three grandchildren." 


PETER B. DIRLAM (Cornell) continues 
working for the J. I. Morris Company in 
Southbridge, Mass, having completed 37 
years in June. Travel highlight of the 
year (with wife Joanne) was a trip to Israel 
with the same group with which they have 
toured Poland, Romania, Lithuania and 
Russia. The Junior Year wanderlust still 
runs strong!" 


Joan Goldstein Cooper (Barnard), Judy 
Milgram (U. of Michigan) and Ines Lang 
(Pomona) in front of the Palais des Doges, 
Venice (photo by Richard S. Thompson) 




From ROBERT HENKELS (Princeton): 
"I'm sure you can imagine the feelings of 
time warp I experienced in 1988-89 when I 
had the pleasure and the privilege of 
returning to the J.Y.F. on the other side of 
the desk when, twenty-eight years after our 
year togetlier, I served a year as Resident 
Director. Needless to say, I thought of our 
group often and fondly in an assortment of 

"We knew an introspective France 
anguished by the Algerian war. (I recall 
being roughed up by the CRS. after a peace 
demonstration; hearing muffled explosions 
from plaslique; an impassioned plea by 
Professor Simon to be armed with a machine 
gun to defend the Louvre 'centre ces gens- 
la \ Andre Malraux's febrile desire to arm 
the populace; Michel Debre urging citizens 
to get to Orly by bicycle or on foot to urge 
invading paras to rentrer chez eux; tanks 
in front of the Assemblee Nationale, and so 
on). De Gaulle had just pulled the country 
out of NATO (in Tours KARL NORTH and I 
served briefly as informal volunteer trans- 
lators for soon-to-dcpart American soldiers 
from Orldans and local girls 'moonlighting' 
who were attempting to conclude terms for a 
liaison dangereuse or an entente cordiale). 

"In 1988 France was over the colonial 
trauma and looking optimistically outward 
to Europe. Shopkeepers who had acted 
offended at visiting Anglophones in our day 
now often were eager to practice their 
English. Unsurprisingly, Tours had become 
a vibrant, flourishing student town with the 
Cafe de I'Univers rivaled by an animated and 
charmingly reconstructed Vieux Quartier 
centered around the Place Plumereau. If in 
our day Marxism was 'in' and most things 
American were clearly 'out', in 1989 Marx 
was very dead and bourbon, peanut butter, 
popcorn, cookies, cheesecake, chile and 
even madras and (shudder) Bermuda shorts 
had penetrated at least to the fringes of 
acceptance by French popular culture. 

"A glimpse back at the office procedures 
and practices in the J.Y.F. office gave silent 
witness to the coming of a new age. Our 
directrice, Mme Darioseq, was obliged to 
correspond daily with Virginia, leaving as 
an heritage the accumulation of a full-file- 
drawer's worth of onion skin paper; a lot of 
work. Among these archives I came on 
special request forms required for the 'girls' 
to stay out beyond curfew (as ALICE BYER 
did when we followed the results of the 
Kennedy-Nixon election at Harry's Bar until 
dawn). Written permission from parents 
was required for students to go behind the 
Iron Curtain or even to ski in Austria. 

The Resident Director no longer acts in loco 
parentis (thank God!), and communication 
with Virginia is done by phone or fax. Perhaps 
my weirdest experience in time-dislocation 
came late one night when, browsing the Paris 
T.V. channels, I came on SAM WATERSTON 
acting in a contemporary French film. There 
was our President speaking the language of 
nos ancetres les Gaulois fluently in tones and 
with a verve undimmed by passing time. Some 
things, it seems, do not change. Neither Sam's 
elan nor Professor Simon's energetic present- 
ation of the world of Parisian theater, nor the 
commitment of S.B. Director Emile Langlois to 
exposing the students as directly as possible to 
all things French, nor the overall quality of the 
experience which remains far and away the best 
offered American students, have changed. And 
though time dims them, many fond recol- 
lections do not fade away, and so I close by 
sending best wishes to all and particularly to 
SAM WATERSTON, and hope that the S.B. 
experience continues to enrich your lives every 
day as it does mine." 

... and also that JANIE WILLINGHAM 
GLASS McNABB (Sweet Briar) is co- 
owner with her sister of a dress shop in 
Signal Mountain, TN and enjoys her 
buying trips to New York and Atlanta. 



The Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine 
GIBERT (Sweet Briar) is Assistant Chief of 
infectious diseases at the Washington, DC 
Virginia Medical Center where she takes care of 
AIDS patients. Her son Chris is a freshman at 
the University of Arkansas medical school, 
having graduated from Georgetown University. 
Her daughter Jenni is spending her junior year 
in Australia. 


Also from the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Magazine we learn that VICTORIA BAKER 
(Sweet Briar) is a professor of anthropology at 
Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She 
is participating in a National Endowment for 
the Humanities East Asia study and should be 
travelling in China. 

We also learn that SUSAN TUCKER (Sweet 
Briar) was elected President of the French- 
American Chamber of Commerce as well as 
elected to the National Board of Directors of the 
Blerancourt Museum of French-American 



Baldwin) mentions that she can still read 
and understand French "but every time I try 
to speak, out comes Spanish which I 
learned while my family lived in Central 
America last year. C'est la vie." 

GAIL A. MYERS (Duke) went to the 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 
the fall of 1983. Following graduation 
and passing the Pennsylvania Bar exam, 
she joined a Pittsburgh law firm as an 
associate. About a year later, she accepted 
a position in the Office of the Chief 
Counsel for the Permsylvania Department 
of Environmental Resources in its 
Pittsburgh Office. 

"I recently saw GILA SHMUELI who was 
in New York City for a week on business 
leave from her job with the Weitzman 
Institute in Israel. Gila and I have 
maintained our friendship over the years 
since we were roommates in the home of 
Mme Jacqueline Gruson in Paris - 16th 
arrondissement, as I recall." Gail has two 
children, Brian, 21, and Emily, 19. 


worked for the State of Connecticut as a 
rehabilitation consultant since 1979. "In 
my current capacity, I produce the 
publications of the Bureau of 
Rehabilitation Services, as well as handle 
legislation, coordinate client outreach, 
and function as an agency ombudsman. I 
love my work, even though it is a far cry 
from teaching French (which I did do back 
in 1973 to 1975). After teaching, I ended 
up getting a second Master's degree — in 
rehabilitation counseling -- and that is 
how I ended up in my current line of work! 

"I still think about my wonderful Sweet 
Briar experience." 





A message from Professor ROBERT R. 
NUNN, 1968-69 Resident Director: 

"In a letter such as this I believe it is 
conventional to say that it seems like only 
yesterday. But for me at least it is hard to 
realize that only twenty-five years have 
passed since our year together in Paris. The 
world has changed so much. First of all we 
really chose our time to be in France! When 
we signed on to spend 1968-69 in Paris, 
none of us could have foreseen the now 
famous ivenements of May and June or the 
consequences for study at the Sorborme. 

'To learn in September that the university 
would not open as usual at the end of 
October was both a surprise and a 
disappointment. Many of you will recall 
searching the evening edition of Le Monde 
for notices of meetings of the psychology 
department or the history department where 
students would vote on whether to study the 
traditional discipline... or the evolution. 
No one in Paris seemed to know what was 
going on. And the truth was, as we dis- 
covered, no one did. 

On the Queen Elizabeth, September 4, 1968 

"Slowly, in fits and starts, the university got 
underway. And by January we were going about 
our business to the backgroimd noise of the 
police vans racing off to various hot spots in 
the Quartier Latin. A few of you came to know 
the riot police better than they had ever 
thought they would. 

"But one way or another we coped. We even 
enjoyed ourselves! Upon our return home we 
realized that we had witnessed the most 
tumultuous years in recent French history. And 
we had been part of it. 

"As I write this here in my office at Bowdoin, 
I am looking forward to reading your 
recollections in the Alumni Magazine and 
hearing what you have been up to since 1969. I 
would be delighted, of course, to hear from any 
of you personally." 

Thanks to MEREDITH LUDWIG, who 
volunteered to be the "self-appointed class 
secretary". Here is her report: 

Each year I eagerly await my Alumni 
Magazine to read all about the students 
for whom participation in the Sweet Briar 
Junior Year Abroad program was a pivotal 
experience. While I am often awed by the 
careers and accomplishments of program 
graduates, I am even more interested in 
how well the ties established among the 
students remained intact. At the same 
time, I felt disappointed I did not know 
enough about my own class. So, I offered 
to take on the job of collecting 
reminiscences and hoped to succeed in 
putting some of our class members back in 
touch with each other through this 
vehicle: the 25th armiversary edition. 

Working in higher education research, I 
hear over and over about the poor 
preparation provided by colleges and the 
lack of congruence between what is studied 
and what is needed to live in the real world. 



It is clear from the accomplishments and 
service of our class members in the past 25 
years that the Sweet Briar Program offered 
and came through with a lasting benefit. As 
you read this summary and the letters from 
the group, I hope more of our members will 
be encouraged to call or write each other and 
maintain this contact we have rediscovered. 

Our "correspondents from the field" wrote 
much about themselves, their families, and 
their lives. 

Just to start, some memories: 

Holyoke): "First impression of France, on 
the bus trip from Calais to Tours: All of the 
houses along the road had vibrantly colored 
flowers outside and bright 'mosquito 
ribbons' in the doorways. It was all so 
picturesque! In my 20-year-old self- 
centeredness, I was sure that all the residents 
along the bus route had been notified of the 
arrival of les Americains and had decorated 
their houses in our honor! 

"Next, I recall our stop in Caen during 
this first journey in France. Wandering 
around the city with DIANA DEARTH 
and MORRIS ARRARI, we came upon a 
record shop. Since Aretha Franklin had 
recently become popular in the U.S., Morris 
decided to see if the shop carried any of her 
records. 'Avez-vous quelque chose par 
Aretha Franklin?', he asked in his best 
French, but pronouncing Aretha's name a 
I'amiricaine. 'Par qui?' came the puzzled 
reply. Finally, after several attempts at 
communication, the light went on in the 
shop-keeper's eyes. 'Ah, A-re-ta Frahnk- 
taan', she pronounced. We all got a good 
laugh out of this mutual cultural shock. 

"My third 'culture shock' memory came 
when we arrived in Tours and went to our 
new host family's home. After we'd 
deposited our bags and settled in, our hosts 
asked us if we would like a cup of tea. 
Translating from my English notion of 
politeness, I thought to say, 'Yes, please, if 
you don't mind', but 'si ga ne vous derange 
pas trop' did not exactly mean that to 
French ears! Our hosts gave me my first 
French lesson that day by informing me that 
the 'correct' answer to such a question is 
'Oui, Madame, s'il vous plait.' I felt so 
uncouth !" 

From GEORGE DUNKEL (Trinity): 
"Studying the group-photos in Tours brings 
back a veritable Proustian rush of memories: 
the sound of leather shoes on Tours 
cobblestones with 'Hey Jude' and the White 
Album as background; numerous laughing 

philosophical chats in the pension with BRUCE 
RAKAY over Benedictine and hash." 


(BriarclifO: "Memories: writing history of art 
notes as fast as I could in French in the Louvre; 
making millefeuille pastry in a cooking class 
on Monday nights; the superb professeur de 
thiatre and the wonderful plays we went to: 
Moliere, Sartre, Camus; the tuUps and chestnut 
trees in the spring." 

"I have the fondest memories of the tour-- 
especially Tours and the skits we did for our 
hosts (one was a washtub gutbucket rendition 
of 'won't you come home Bill Bailey')." 

From JANET FISHMAN (Brandeis): "My 
Junior Year in Paris was so important to me. 
That was the year that showed me it was 
jxissible to live your dream, that life could be a 
great adventure." 

From ERIC ALLEMANO (Kenyon): "Well, 
what value have I derived from my Junior Year 
in Paris besides the memory of experiences 
such as courses at Sciences Po and Raid Hall, 
walks in the Luxembourg Garden, or evenings 
at concerts in churches? In my case, 
developing fluency in the language has had a 
lasting effect on my life. Indeed although I 
have not returned to reside in France (yet), 
French has turned out to be my major 
professional language. Last, but not least, my 
Junior Year created some lasting friendships." 

From DAVID ADAMS (Kenyon): "Although 
France and our Junior Year have not had a 
significant role in my career development, they 
have certainly been impwrtant in my life. 

"I offer as evidence of my love of France the 
fact that I found in preparing to write to you 
that I have in my possession 5 passports (the 
oldest of which is a green one issued in 1957) 
and numerous cards once used to gain entrance 
to I'Institut d'Etudes Politiques and numerous 
other Parisian academic institutions, not to 
mention hundreds of photos of France. Some 
might recognize in me the fact that I have a 
subscription to the weekly international 
edition of Le Monde. 

"I have many fond memories of Paris and our 
year together and still count some of our group 
among my closest friends. Perhaps it all began 
when my roommate from North Dakota 
convinced me that the properly French way to 
prepare for the placement exams soon after 
arrival in Tours was to consume a beer in a cafe. 
I still suspect that it loosened my tongue 
enough to start me off on the right foot. 

"The closest I can come to a regret about 
our Junior Year is the fact that my 
Department chair so successfully guided 
me into so many Reid Hall classes that I 
may have gotten a good education but 
missed out a little on French culture and 
society. I remember well the courses in 
17th- and 19th-century literature, not to 
mention translation from strict Mme 
veuve Daladier, whose husband had the 
misfortune to be Prime Minister in 1940 
when the Germans invaded. I ventured out 
to Sciences Po and to audit a linguistics 
course with a formal lecture in a Sorbonne 
amp hi and a discussion group at an 
outpost in the bottom of the 5th. The 
French students were friendly enough, but 
I'm not sure they ever figured out what an 
American was doing in their midst. If I had 
it all to do over again, I would certainly 
take one of the informal cooking classes, 
perhaps from the 'family' where I lived. It 
was not for nothing that Mme Pilzer (12 
rue Guersant, 17e) spent each afternoon in 
the kitchen preparing our dinner. She may 
not have constituted a typical French 
family, but one of my best lessons in 
modem French history was the evening 
when she pulled out of a drawer the 
yellowing travel documents issued by de 
Gaulle's Gouvernement Provisoire de la 
Republique Frangaise and solemnly told 
us of her difficult journey back to France at 
the end of World War Q." 

From BONNIE HALPERN (Vassar): 
"Although I never became the Ambassador 
to France or pursued any other 
international career, my Junior Year 
Abroad has had a significant impact on my 
life and my friendships. France has 
provided me with a never-ending source of 
pleasure and I have been able to enjoy my 
experiences in France with fellow amis of 
that year - CHERYL MANN and DAVID 
ADAMS. I have also traveled to other 
places and spent a lot of time with 

"Since JYA I have returned to France 
many times - dividing my time between 
Paris and les provinces. When in Paris, I 
always return to Reid Hall for a nostalgia 
trip. I visualize our group in the dining 
room and the garden and think how lucky I 
am to have had this experience." 

Carolina at Greensboro): "Memories 
which are irreplaceable: the seasickness 
going over on the Elizabeth I; Morris 
admiring my slicker from the army-navy 
store (even then a fashion sensibility); 



taking a souvenir from the hotel where we 
ate our first lunch; having trouble 
unlocking the door to the Coutant's house; 
the courses in Tours which were a challenge 
for me, as was riding a bicycle through the 
city streets. Once in Paris: the clothes, the 
performances at the Opera, meeting Rudolph 
Nureyev on the street, the salads and croque 
monsieur at the Drug Store, taramasalata 
at a cheap Greek restaurant, the teas in Reid 
Hall, the train to Sceaux and my wonderful 
roommates Bonnie and Marion (and let's not 
forget those Canadians and Sophie's thigh 
high boots), the delight of seeing the Eiffel 
Tower out of my window every morning 
once I was moved into town, the student 
riots and the feeling of accomplishment 
when I was able to do my Sciences Po exam 
in French." 

The Jugband at the Fete d'Adieu 

What are they doing now? 

Our class correspondents now represent 
many lifestyles and professions. Married 
and unmarried, participants in the Peace 
Corps, roving actors, management 
consultants, many have young children and 
have begun the process, like myself, of 
bringing our children back to France and to 
Europe to nourish our own memories and 
help establish memories of their own. 
Others of us have returned with classmates 
or friends. A few lucky ones have lived and 
worked in France. We continue to return, 
perhaps to seek what brought us there the 
first time, but always to enjoy with a critical 
eye, the country we found amazing, 
enchanting, provocative. 

BONNIE HALPERN (speaking of her 
travels back to France over the years) "I have 
really enjoyed the museums of Paris that have 
sprung up since our time - the Pompidou 
Centre, the Picasso Museum, the Musee 
d'Orsay. Being a person who reacts strongly to 
change (I either embrace it or I hate it), I was 
upset to find that the Ingres and Delacroix were 
not where I had left them when I studied at the 
Louvre for my final exam in Art History in 
1969. However, I was intrigued by the 

"Other special memories of Paris include 
dining at Le Taillevant, Lucas-Carton and La 
Tour d' Argent; going on a shopping spree in 
the mid-1980's when we were getting 10 francs 
to the dollar (I was even able to buy a painting 
in a gallery on the rue St Honore!); strolling in 
Monet's garden during a side trip to Givemy; 
listening to a Vivaldi concert in the Eglise 
Saint-Louis-en-L'Ile. Most of all, I love to walk 
in Paris - to take in the beauty of this incredible 
city and to appreciate the fact that I know this 
city better than most tourists ever could. 

"My memories of the provinces are just as 
strong. Highlights include: climbing among 
the ruins of Les Andelys in Normandy; sipping 
champagne in the vineyards outside of Reims; 
driving under the natural rock 'bridges' of the 
Gorges du Tarn; seeing the Van Gogh 
landscapes come alive in Aries; drinking 
cidre, eating huitres and browsing in the art 
galleries in Pont-Aven; and just being in the 
charming little village of Saint Cirq La Popie 
outside of Cahors. I felt a chill when I visited 
the Allied Landing beaches of Normandy and 
saw 20,000 year old foot prints and paintings 
in the caves of the Dordogne. In La Rochelle, 
we ate moules for breakfast. The madame of 
our hotel was fully cooperative when our 
sumptuous dinner prompted us to ask for a 
repeat performance for breakfast since we were 
leaving the area the next day: 'II faut profiler 
des moules de la Charente!' In Albi, we 
followed a sign that said 'Claude Calvel - 
sculpteur sur bois' that led to a delightful 
conversation with a local artist and a sculpture 
that I will always treasure. In southern 
Brittany, we stayed in a 15th century manor 
house and dined with 'la famille' in a large 
dining room the walls of which were lined with 
ancestral portraits. (Although the dining room 
was much larger than any we had experienced in 
Paris, the 'en famille' setting brought back 
memories of JYA). 

"My most unique Crip to France was the time 
that I floated down the Burgundy Canal in a 
barge called Le Bateau Ivre. There were three 
crew members to serve four of us and we were 
literally in the lap of luxury. We passed 
through 52 locks (ictuses) and thoroughly 
enjoyed the 'ritual' performed by the 
lockkeepers. Our captain was friendly with 
several lockkeepers and we were treated to kir 

(the regional drink of Burgundy) and 
conversation at their homes. Highlights 
were the vineyards and wines of Burgundy, 
the gorgeous Burgundian architecture with 
its unique mosaic roofs and last, but not 
least, a balloon trip. I can't imagine how I 
ever got the courage to go ballooning, but 
somehow one loses one's inhibitions in 
France. Even our crash into trees resulted 
in side-splitting laughter rather than fear 
and has been the source of many stories 

"I have managed to do some travel 
outside of France, also with Junior Year 
Abroad friends. I went to Greece and the 
Far East (Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong) 
family. On the domestic front, I have 
spent some time on Nantucket Island (off 
the coast of Massachusetts) with DAVID 
MEREDITH LUDWIG. I have frequently 
visited Marion's family in Northern 
California and Dan and his wife Lois in 
Southem California, David in Boston, 
Cheryl in Philadelphia. For the past 7 
years, Cheryl and I have gone to the 
Spoleto Arts and Music Festival in 
Charleston, South Carolina. ERIC 
ALLEMANO hves in New York, as I do, and 
we spend a lot of time together. I 
frequently entertain amis who visit New 

"Since life is not all travel, I will briefly 
update you on my other activities. Since 
JYA, I had two careers - a brief career in 
government in the 70's followed by an 
MBA and a career at Citibank where I am a 
Vice President of Marketing and Sales for 
Consumer Products. I recently purchased a 
new apartment and survived my first 
experience in renovation. My work 
schedule is heavy, but as I get older, I have 
become better at carving out more time for 
leisure activities. These include: theater, 
film, concerts, ballet, diimer with friends, 
decorating and exercise (I can't believe I 
have become an 'afficionada' of step 

"I'd love to see any Amis de la JYF 
1968-1969 who live in or are passing 
through New York." 

LYNN WALLISCH: "I learned a lot, 
learned a lot of French, and grew a lot. I 
found out — not to my surprise — that I 
adored living in Paris, and decided that I 
would live there forever. I did, indeed, 
come back after graduation and spent 
another eight years there, leaving for what 
I thought would be only a short break but 
which turned into an exile. My tenure in 
Paris was also enhanced by the residence 



there of my pals JANET RSHMAN and MORRIS 
ARRARl (who has become a lifelong 
Parisien). Mon rive is to return to live 
there again one day. Perhaps in 


very delighted to hear from you and to 
participate in celebrating our wonderful 
Junior Year in France. It is a year that I 
often reflect on, and talk about with such 
fond memories. That year especially formed 
my continuing love of all things French and 
of the French language. I am forever 
grateful to the Sweet Briar program for its 
lasting impression on my education and life 
experiences. I still correspond with LINDA 
GRAY, my roomates in Paris, once or twice 
a year. 

"My husband Robin and I were fortunate 
to live in Brussels from 1975-1979 shortly 
after we were married and to have our first 
son there. Since then we have had a number 
of French friends whom we see regularly. I 
have also been teaching French to the K-5 
students at our children's school for several 
years, and meet for French lunches regularly 
with a group of francophile friends. 

"Two years ago we were in the Touraine 
stag hunting (an incredibly wonderful trip) 
where I visited Monsieur et Madame Le 
Moal, my Tours family in 1968. They 
looked exactly the same and it was 
wonderful to see the house where I'd spent 
those first marvelous weeks of that year. 
Last year I took a very special garden club 
trip visiting private gardens in France. 

"We live in the country, have three 
children, Andrew 15, Betsy 12, and 
Frederick 6. They are all very aware of my 
love of France! I am going to Paris next 
week for a wedding of the third cousin who 
lived with us and a terrific young man from 
here to whom I introduced her six years ago! 
Vive les connections frangaises, and long 
live and many thanks to the Sweet Briar 
Junior Year in France." 

GARY CLARK ( Yale): "I want to thank you 
for your kind letter and comment briefly on 
the personal significance of the JYF 

"Ironically, 25 years ago I thought it was 
borderline frivolous (albeit enjoyable and 
personally satisfying) to expend so much 
energy on a foreign language. Today, as a 
professional translator (Guide officiel de la 
Smithsonian, Christophe Colomb et I'ere 
de la decouverte), I'm very grateful for the 
inspiration provided by our Junior Year in 

David Adams and Eric Allemano (Kenyon), 
Barbara Franklin (Mount Holyoke), Phyllis 
Hand (Duke), an English student and Daniel 
Selove (Virginia) at Villandry 

ERIC ALLEMANO: "I have returned to 
France (La Belle... as Bonnie refers to it) 
many times and on each trip I discover 
something new and unexpected. On the 
positive side is the enhanced beauty of Paris 
and many provincial cities that have worked 
hard to clean the grime from their monuments 
historiques. Transportation has made 
remarkable progress with the high-speed TGV 
bullet trains that whoosh across the 
countryside like terrestrial Concordes. In 
Paris, the new RER makes travel to the suburbs 
easy and offers convenient connections to Orly 
and the Charles de Gaule complex at Roissy 
(The U.S., still hopelessly in love with the 
automobile and the highway, is far behind 
France in the transportation area.) Since the 
mid 80's France seems to have become less 
hexagonal and more European in outlook, 
perhaps because of France's central role in the 
E.E.C. To my surprise in recent years, many 
more Frenchmen speak English than before, 
particularly professionals, who are now trained 
in les techniques du management. Alas, 
however, there is a negative side as 
MacDonald's assaults French cuisine and Tee 
shirts undermine the neat, if conservative way 
people used to dress. Paris and most other 
cities are now surrounded by a grim and ex- 
panding belt of industrial parks and H.L.M. 

"After graduating from Kenyon College I 
joined the Peace Corps and was sent to the 
Republic of Niger. I taught English as a 
foreign language in the College 
d'Enseignement General in an ancient caravan 
crossroads town in the southern Sahara. 

"The school was near an adobe fort 
where the French army had been besieged 
by the Tuareg uprising of 1917. French 
was also a valuable tool when I did 
research on education in Mauritania for my 
doctorate and later worked as an 
educational planning specialist in the 
Ministry of Education in Mali. 

"A freelance consultant specializing in 
training and education, I do most of my 
work for the United Nations and frequently 
travel abroad. Some of the more 
interesting French-oriented places I have 
visited in the past 2 years are Vietnam, 
where I found Hanoi to be a very beautiful 
city, with a strong sense of the elegance of 
its French past, Senegal, where Dakar 
offers a Franco-African lifestyle and the 
Congo-Brazzaville, where General de 
Gaulle laid the groundwork for the end of 
the colonial era. My latest project was 
conducting a 2-week management skills 
seminar in French. The seminar was held 
at the World Trade Institute here in New 
York for participants from Morocco and 

"I have kept in close touch over the past 
quarter century with BONNIE HALPERN, 
CHERYL MANN. Bonnie (a.k.a. La Tante 
Monique) has tracked me down in far-off 
continents to let me know how the others 
in our 'group' are doing. Bormie and I have 
periodically played hostess and host when 
the others come to New York." 

DAN GORRELL (Miami): "I was in Paris 
recently on business after a fifteen year 
absence. During my short stay, I was 
reassured to find that the charm and beauty 
of the city remained. Some minor things 
like the telephone system have improved 
remarkably; other things, like customer 
service in business establishments, 
remains the same. From what I saw. Total 
Quality Management (TQM) is lacking, 
but who cares. If I want to be treated well, 
I will go to Nordstrom's, not Galeries 

"Currently, I am engaged in fascinating 
work as a consultant and principal with 
Strategic Vision, based in San Diego. We 
do research and strategy development for 
companies, political parties and 
governmental agencies into consumer and 
constituent decision-making. Our founder, 
a clinical psychologist, has devised a way 
to quantify the values and emotions that 
drive decision. Finding out what is really 
going on for people is exciting stuff. 

"My reason for being in Paris, as well as 
England and Germany, was to determine 
how American Airlines could best position 



itself against the national carriers. It was 
interesting to hear French businessmen talk 
about their perceptions of the United States 
and France through the personalities of 
American Airlines and Air France during our 
in-depth interviews. 

"Our small group does a variety of 
interesting projects. In the consumer area, 
we have done everything from consumer 
durables like cars and trucks to non-durables 
such as hemorrhoid preparations and hand 
soaps. (Within a period of three months we 
have worked on both Colonel Sanders and 
Aunt Jemima, two American icons!) Our 
input has influenced many of the ads that 
you see on television. Prior to her political 
demise, we worked closely with Margaret 
Thatcher and the Conservative Party. The 
RNC used our material in the first Bush 
campaign; George thought he knew better 
in the second. Last year, we completed a 
project in Russia regarding ways the 
government could foster democratization in 
its policies and communications. 

"While I feel lucky to have spent a 
collegiate year in France, the far greater 
reward has come from the friendship of a 
wonderful group of people that has stayed 
in touch over the years. Our group includes 
forward to many good times yet to come. 

"I am also lucky to have married Lois 
Livesay whom I met in graduate school at 
Ohio State University. She was working on 
a Ph.D. in history while I was completing 
an MBA. We now live in Santa Ana, 
California, with no kids and two bichons 
who think they're kids. Lois does 
marketing communications consulting and 
spends volunteer time fighting the 
unbridled development plans of the Irvine 
Company. Shades of the sixties on a less 
frenetic scale. 

"Best wishes to you and the rest of the 

STEVE FLECK (U. of Michigan): "Wow! 
Twenty-five years just like that! It's pretty 
mind-boggling. As it happens, we just had 
the twenty-year old younger son of my JYF 
family visiting here last week— he wasn't 
yet a gleam in his parents' eye when I lived 
in the cinquieme\ Now he's the age I was 
back then... 

"'We' equals my wife Maria Ines (a lovely 
lady from Argentina), our fifteen-month old 
son Benjamin, and yours truly. I'm 
teaching- French, what else?-at Cal State 
Univ. Long Beach, and discovering the 
joys and occasional trials of daddyhood. 

Pam Kelley (U. /California), Stephanie 

Tristram (Douglass) and Barbara Franklin 
(Mount Holyoke): "Take back your mink", 
F^e d'Adieu, Reid Hall, June 1969 

GEORGE DUNKEL: "Our junior year was 
absolutely critical for me personally, as it set 
me on the path which would lead to my sitting 
here as a professor in Zurich - namely, the path 
of Indo-European linguistics, which began in 
one course in Sanskrit and another in 
comparative grammar taught (for the last time) 
by Emile Benveniste, both at the Ecole Pratique 
des Hautes Etudes. They led to graduate school 
(University of Pennsylvania, 1970-73), 
dissertation-writing in Germany, and teaching 
jobs at Johns Hopkins (1975-78), Princeton 
(1978-86) and finally here in Zurich. 

"The link formed by a year in Paris cannot be 
broken; Paris somehow always remains 'my' 
city. I have been back various times, but the 
most luxurious was an entire sabbatical year 
(1982-83) that I spent there, again (as in 1968- 
69) living near Saint-Sulpice in the 5th 
arrondissement. What a difference being a 
professor rather than a student (quite different 
service in the libraries!) and what a different 
Paris! That year, it was the right-wingers 
rioting against the leftist government {la lot 
Savary). In general, we were very lucky to 
have expierienced France before it was overrun 
by the third world and before the French became 
such sickening americanophiles. I renewed 
contact with MORRIS ARRARI, who had made 
a career in fashion illustration and design, and 
with J. GUERON, who had also become a 
professor of linguistics, and finally also with 
the JYF'ers of that year, whom I met over 
frisbee in the Jardin du Luxembourg. It is 
amazing to find imchanged details, e.g. to wash 
clothes again in the same laundromat in the rue 
d'Assas that I used fourteen years ago, to buy a 
chausson aux pommes in the same patisserie 
and so on. In 1988 I even returned to Tours and 
retraced my steps to my pension (I consider 
myself lucky to have avoided penny-pinching 
veuves) and various other old haunts. 

"Let me report that I am now married 
with two boys aged 5 and 2 who are 
learning 'schwyzertuutsch' in 
kindergarten. If I am lucky, they will be 
able to spend their junior year in America, 
in order to learn how to hang loose, drink 
beer and have fun..." 

David notes that I am living near where he 
grew up and compares it to where he lives 
now, Waco, Texas, which, "despite its 
recent notoriety, also has its charms." 

"I am, as I have been for nearly twenty 
years, a professor of French History, first 
at Hollins College in Virginia and, since 
1981, here at Baylor University in Waco. 
I'm married to Nancy Chinn, an American 
literature professor at Baylor, and we have 
a five year-old, Nathaniel. While I've 
been back to France many times over the 
years (including a year on a Fulbright in 
1972-73), Nathaniel took his first trip 
there a year ago— a week in Paris and a brief 
excursion out to Brittany and lower 
Normandy— and we were pleased to see him 
fit right in. He still remembers the pony 
rides in the Tuileries gardens, the puppet 
theater near the Luxembourg palace, and 
the Eiffel Tower. I haven't seen many of 
the alumni from 1968-69, though I was 
renewed our correspondence a few years 
ago. As I've written before in these pages, 
our year in Paris shaped my career, 
provided me with many of my abiding 
interests, and gave me a second home. I 
remember it fondly. 

"On a sadder note, the woman who 
welcomed SPENCER JENKINS and me into 
her home in the fall of 1968, Madame 
Irene Hannebicque, died in 1991 at the age 
of 88, having housed, fed, educated, and 
amused ten years worth of SBJYF students 
from 1960 to 1970. Her last apartment, 
on the unfashionable Rue du Faubourg 
Poissonniere (lOe), was a modest one, and 
I think I briefly envied those who seemed 
more comfortably situated in the 16th and 
17lh. That feeling soon passed. Madame 
Hannebicque, bom Chintescu, the daughter 
of minor Rumanian nobility, married a 
French p>etroleum engineer whose sudden 
death left her a widow in Paris with two 
children in 1940. After the war, she 
supplemented her meager pension by 
taking in American students. I saw her or 
stayed with her every time I returned to 
France for twenty years and in the 
intervening years we wrote, until her 
eyesight failed and her daughter would pass 
on her news. She was a wonderful woman, 
funny, rouspiteuse, a little cynical. 



travelled and well-read. She maintained her 
standards and took life as it came - she was a 
survivor. It took a 19 year-old college 
student a while to realize how much she 
knew, or that her old friend, Roland Barthes, 
had written the book on Racine I had just 
read in lit class. Despite our lessons in 
Tours, the Parisian French I speak is hers, 
and I still share her taste in scotch and plum 
brandy. She survived declining circum- 
stances, the death of her son, and poor 
health with grit and wry humor. I only wish 
I could have seen more of her over the years, 
and I know others will miss her too." 

DAVID ADAMS: "As of late April, I am 
responsible for the financial management of 
a program that provides over 84,000,000 a 
year in medical care to homeless men, 
women, and families in hospitals, shelters, 
and welfare motels throughout metropolitan 
Boston. The largest components of the 
program are a daily clinic at Boston City 
Hospital and a former nursing home where 
we have been providing 24-hour care since 
February. We were developed with Robert 
Wood Johnson Foundation monies but have 
for years been funded by state and federal 
contract dollars and third-party reimburse- 
ment from Medicaid. 

"My career path has been very different 
from what I would have expected as a student 
in France. I think that in the late 1960's 
career plarming was as far from the minds of 
American liberal arts students as it was from 
their college administrators. I always 
assumed that my work would involve the 
French language, but that was never a very 
practical alternative, and my professional 
life has taken a different tack. However, 
after graduating from Kenyon (in French 
literature with a minor in political science), 
I earned a Master's in International 
Relations from Georgetown. I unsuccess- 
fully attempted to start a career with either 
the Slate Department or an international 
organization in Europe. 

"In 1972 I moved to Boston and began a 
career in the financial management of health 
care organizations. I worked in state 
government, but that was not very 
satisfactory, so I went back to school one 
more time. I earned an M.B.A. in Health 
Care Management from Boston University 
at the end of 1979 and have worked for 
hospitals, social service agencies, or health 
care organizations since then. My sub- 
specialty has become that of Chief 
Financial Officer of small and medium-sized 
non-profit organizations. Nonetheless, I 
have yet to convince one of them to operate 
in French. I have lived in the Boston area 
except for six years in Illinois or Cleveland. 

"I cannot claim any originality of thought in 
suggesting that the late 1960's had a 
particularly strong impression on our 
generation. My undergraduate college was only 
a few counties away from Kent State. All 
Kenyon students were profoundly affected by 
the deaths of the students there in 1970, 
particularly since they happened in a crisis 
atmosphere due to troubles at Ohio State and 
elsewhere in Ohio. I remember gathering the 
few other students on campus who could type 
(on a portable typewriter) well enough in 
French to help me complete a thesis on 
Stendhal as the world around us erupted due to 
Kent State and the invasion of Cambodia and 
we spent many hours in discussion and protest 
meetings as the college nearly closed. 

'The closest that I have come to using my 
French to earn a living is a stint as a freelance 
travel writer with an emphasis on France and 
New England. My most successful venture was 
an article on Paris museums published in the 
January 1992 issue of USAir Magazine. 

"I have not lived in France since 1969 but 
travel there whenever I can. Someday I would 
love to own a second home in France, perhaps 
in Quercy or Perigord. In between trips I 
imagine the next one and help friends to plan 
their trips. I have been in France as a tourist 
six times since 1969, most recently before 
starting my current job. One highlight was 
meeting my brother, who is a professional jazz 
musician, in Montpellier, while he was on lour 
in 1988. It would take pages to list all of my 
itineraries, but I have at least briefly sampled 
much of the country. Like most Americans, I 
love Provence and would return there at the drop 
of a hat. Some of my most memorable 
destinations have been Boulogne and Honfleur 
on the Channel coast; Brittany; Provins, an 
ancient walled town southeast of Paris that was 
once a major trading center; St-Jean-Pied-de- 
Port in the Basque Country; Andorra, where we 
patronized only le bureau de paste frangais; 
Aigues-Mortes, a walled city in la Camargue 
where Saint-Louis once launched a Crusade; the 
canyons of les Gorges du Tarn; Savoy from the 
ski resorts in the mountains to Thonon-Ies- 
Bains on Lake Geneva; Roman and Medieval 
Vaison-la-Romaine in the hills of Provence; 
Besanfon in the Jura; and Strasbourg on the 

"I have wondered for years about the origins 
of my emotional attachment to France but have 
yet to come up a good answer. The majority of 
my ancestors came to this country from 
German-speaking parts of Europe, and the 
closest I can come to a French heritage is the 
possibility that one grandmother had some 
Alsatian blood. My mother studied French for 
many years, and growing up we regularly had 
European visitors in the house because of my 
father's work, but I don't know how close any 
of this comes to an explanation. 

"In any event at Kenyon I gravitated 
toward the French Department, although it 
was far from a popular choice of major. I 
remember returning to Ohio in the fall of 
1969 and being very surprised to leam that 
in my absence a second French major had 
cropped up in my graduating class. That 
was the first time in years that there had 
been two majors in one class. I met ERIC 
ALLEMANO in a demanding course in 
20th-century literature taught in French 
where I think we were the only foolhardy 
freshmen. My Department chair. Prof. 
Edward Harvey, had been the visiting 
Sweet Briar professor in charge at Reid 
Hall in 1966-67, and he guided his most 
promising students to a program where 
vastly more exposure to French language 
and culture was available than in small- 
town Ohio. 

"I must confess that when I am in Paris I 
recognize how long it has been since we 
lived there. 

"One cannot help but notice even 
surface changes such as rather ugly modem 
buildings in Montpamasse, the many 12- 
starred flags of Europe, and the 
inflationary price changes over 25 years. 
For example, lO Francs is now a small 
coin easily parted with but used to be a 
banknote from which I usually expected 

Steven Drobinsky (U. of South Carolina) 
as Jacques and Sylvie Debevec (Case 
Western Reserve) as Roberte in lonesco's 
Jacques ou la Soumission (FIte d 'Adieu, 
Tours, October 11, 1968) 




(Scripps): "After graduating from Scripps in 
1970, I returned to Europe where I traveled 
quite extensively. Later that year I married 
my college roommate's Greek cousin in 
Athens. We returned to the U.S. to live in 
Berkeley while he was finishing up college 
there. We then opened up a custom jewelry 
store and enjoyed the mixed blessings of 
having our own retail business for 12 years. 
During that time, our two children, Paul and 
Jessica, were bom. 

"Since we are both infected with the travel 
bug, we have literally dragged our kids 
around the world. As a family, we have 
visited every continent except South 
America and Antarctica. We go back to 
Europe about every two years to see my 
husband's family and, of course, we are 
compelled to stop in la Belle. There is 
something about that country that gets in 
your blood! 

"About 5 years ago, we built a home up in 
the Napa Valley and 3 years ago, we put in a 
small Zinfandel vineyard. This fall we will 
have our first harvest. We also have another 
small vineyard of Rhone varietals. Now we 
don't need an excuse to go visiting the 
vineyards of France and it's tax deductible 

Reserve) lives in New York City: "Where to 
start? My experiences have led me away 
from France, first into psychiatric social 
work, then to systems analysis and then 
into motherhood. Now my son is 8 and I am 
also working at the School for Visual Arts 
library here in Manhattan. 

"I have very warm memories of our year in 
France. This summer we went to Quebec 
City and I was very much surprised that I 
still remember how to speak French! 
Unfortunately I have only been back to 
France once since 1968-69. Perhaps next 

writing about her change in name and 
current travels: "I was Paula Roberts at the 
time and spent only half a year with JYF, 
switching to L' Academic in January. In any 
case I am a long lost alum who would like to 
keep in touch. 

"Our address is a mail forwarding service 
which we will use as we cruise down to the 
Bahamas on our sailboat for a year. After 
that we wUl be back in Norfolk." 

Paula asks if there is any possibility of a 
1968-69 directory. Indeed there is. The 
Virginia office will send it upon request 
from any member of the group. 

JANET nSHMAN: "Though I'd hungrily read 
each Sweet Briar Alumni Magazine, even 
memories of people from other classes I didn't 
know, I never revealed anything about myself, 
but stayed in hiding. Actually, it seemed like 
in every magazine our class was the most out of 
touch; I always wondered if it was a 
phenomenon of the 60's - the need to wander 
off and not touch base for a while. 

"In the fall of 1970 I left for Ghana where I 
taught for two years. No missionary spirit, just 
an inability to face the coming year unless I 
knew I was off to a far off place. Those years 
were wonderful, hard, just like life is anywhere, 
but also showed me the possibility of a 
different kind of lifestyle, slower, more 
community oriented, that I've looked out for 
ever since. Of course there are advantages to 
being anonymous in a big city. 

"In 1972 I went back to Paris. (During my 
first week in Ghana I would spend the whole 
night in my dreams looking for 22, rue de 
Tocqueville.) MORRIS ARRARI lived at the 
Cite, LYNN WALUSCH on Rue Pomereu, it was 
great being friends again in Paris. I remember 
one evening Morris choreographing me in 
show tunes by a subway stop before saying 
good night. I stayed in Paris for nine years. 
There were many wonderful reunions during that 
time. One night Morris told me someone was 
coming for dinner but he wouldn't say who: 
ICHHSHI was in Belgiimi for a year and in the 
Quartier Latin for a summer. KATHRYN BUSH 
KIMBALL and I got together after eight years 
when she and her family moved to Cambridge, 
Mass., and we've been taking planes and trains 
and buses ever since. It became a yearly 
tradition for her to visit me in Paris. We are all 
still in touch and close; these are the most 
precious friendships of my life. 

"When I first returned to Paris, I babysat, 
then I got a job teaching at Ecole Active 
Bilingue. Morris can tell you about my various 
crummy maid-rooms from which I attempted to 
operate (hard with a real job), but my later 
studios got better. When I returned to the 
U.S.A. in 1982, my dear father kept telUng me, 
'Make sure that you find a place with a prop>er 
bathroom.' Little by little I got more involved 
in the theatre. Morris and I actually toured the 
summer of 1973 with a fly-by-night company 
that we never worked with again (I don't know 
if he still blames me for dragging him along - 
but the original blame can be put on Mile Vat6 - 
we enjoyed visiting her and she matched us up 
with them). Anyway I eventually found some 
great p>eople to work with. One of my teachers 
had a troupe. Theatre Praxis, which I 
eventually joined. We rehearsed and performed 
in the Cit6, eventually moved to an M.J.C. in 
Montrouge, and toured Paris and France with 
our shows. 

Kathryn Kimball (Brigham Young) and 
Janet Fishman (Brandeis), Paris, 1968-69 

Kathryn Kimball and Janet Fishman, 
Paris, 1980 

"Being involved in theatre in Paris in 
the 70' s is something that will influence 
me for the rest of my life. There were so 
many companies, each with a unique 
vision, working for months to prepare 
their shows, staying together for several 
years. I remember sitting out on the 
balcony of the Cite, in April, working 
together on sets and costumes, getting up 
early in the morning and riding across 
Paris on my bicycle to rehearse, feeling 
that I had landed in Pinocchio's Toyland 
but no one could turn me into a donkey 
because I was grown up and paying my 

"In 1982 I came back to the U.S.A. It 
was very hard to readjust; I felt that I had 
landed in the 21st century. It's like in the 
fairy tales, isn't it? It's not as hard to go 
off and slay dragons as it is to go home. 



"I got married to Larry Dickerson in 
1985. Kathryn was at our wedding. Larry 
and I have a dear little boy, Matthew, who is 
five. Matthew is a great traveler. As an 
infant he slept in the light booth where my 
husband was working, when I had to work 
or rehearse. I have made a living working 
part time at schools and colleges teaching 
theatre, French. Last summer Larry and I 
started our own theatre company, 
appropriately named Journey Theatre 
Company. We were performing our first 
show, an adaptation of a Chinese fairy tale I 
found in a book Morris gave me long ago, 
and it seemed like we should have a name. 
The first line of the show is 'This is the 
story of a young man who makes a great 
journey', the story of many of our lives, 
isn't it? 

"Larry and I went back to Paris for a visit 
in 1987. I hadn't been back since I left. It 
seemed incredible that such a journey was 
possible. I felt like I was traversing light 
years, not just the ocean. Now we dream of 
going back with our shows. 

"There are many people from whom I 
would love to hear: BETSY LEHR, BYRON 
(yeah, I know you've got a new name, 
Vernon, but I don't remember it), JOEL 
HOFF (we ran into each other but we've been 
out of touch for a while), same for you Lynn, 
and I'm sure there are others, but God knows 
where the picture and list is in my papers. 
GEORGE DUNKEL also. If any of you, or 
anyone else from the group are in 
Philadelphia, PLEASE caU me - (215) 472- 
5232. I would love to see you." 

1968-69 Reunion Held 

Janet Fishman, Kathryn Kimball, Morris 
Arrari and friends, a.k.a. "Bobby Dandruff 
and the Flakes" rock group, Paris, 1980 

Thank you all for writing such beautiful 
thoughts! Thanks go to our director, M. 
Nunn, Mme Gu^ron and Mile Vat6 and our 
extraordinary faculty. 

To all our friends, and especially to those 
who did not write, we miss you. We hope 
you enjoy these stories and please get in 


"On October 9, at 'La Colline' on Capitol 
Hill in Washington, DC, a small band of 
JYFers met to share memories of their year in 
France. Attending the dinner were: alumni 
spouse, Howard Siegel. Invited guests DR. 
EMILE LANGLOIS, current Director of the JYF 
at Sweet Briar and his spouse, Pamela, joined 
the group for dinner. 

"Some of us brought pictures from long ago. 
Particularly exciting was to see the group 
picture taken on the Queen Elizabeth during 
the voyage over. After determining that we 
looked a lot younger then, we launched into 
many discussions of the families who provided 
us shelter, the courses and professors, the 
mishaps, and our absent friends whom we 
missed. Dr. Langlois brought with him the 
copy of our newsletter Transition with terrific 
stories, beautiful poetry and the petition we 
wrote as a striking group of students. Even 
though the petition indicates many were 
unhappy with the quality of instruction in some 
courses, the services for students, separate sets 
of rules for les Jeunes Filles, and general 
distribution of information, it was the 
consensus of our alumni group that we would 
not trade the experiences of the year for 

"Many, many thanks to all who wrote and all 
who came. I have an updated list of addresses 
and a copy of the Transition which I will send 
to all who wrote to me and caUed. 

Here is hoping the next reunion will provide 
an opportunity for those who could not make it 
to Washington this year to renew friendships 
and memories. Keep in touch." 


And, for the sake of nostalgia, extracts 
from an article in the 1968-69 

"Hors de vue" 

...Hardly had we begun our 'experiment 
in international living' when we 
discovered that Paris had already been won 
over by the Americans. 

At first we thought it was just the 
elections — why, the whole world was 
looking toward the U.S. We were not 
surprised to find American functions all 
over Paris, featuring some unique 
entertainment, ranging from Pierre 
Salinger playing the piano high atop the 
Eiffel Tower to a group of young American 
enthusiasts singing their support of a 
candidate on French national television... 

After the elections came other 
manifestations of American life in Paris. 
It was the football season: TWA and 
American Express made their bid to ward 
off the nostalgia that seizes most 
Americans abroad by presenting the NFL 
game of the week... March found us ready 
for the "crack of the bat" and we were soon 
sitting somewhere in the Bois de 
Boulogne caught up in an exciting contest 
between the the Pan Am "Clippers" and the 
Paris "Mets"... 

These are particular examples but there 
are some things that strike any American 
in Paris, even the casual tourist — be it the 
familiar words "drug Store" or the neon 
signs saying "Wimpy's," "Jimbo's," or 
"Harry's New York Bar." And in the food 
department, among the hotdogs, ham- 
burgers, and 7-up, only Skippy peanut 
butter and peppermint lifesavers seem to 
be missing... 

And the French people? Though surely 
outnumbered by those patriots who go so 
far as to insist that "Blondie" and 
Palmolive soap are French, and those who 
take great pride in informing Americans 
that Bic pens are indeed made in France, 
there are many who are American-minded, 
so to speak. Some simply want to practice 
and improve their English, while others, 
those with "passport blue eyes," have 
more serious interests. Then there are 
always those language students who enjoy 
"culture exchanges" and who take an avid 
interest in learning the latest American 
slang, realizing that the translations 
"chaussette-moi, bibi," "hors de vue" 
and "pendez-lii dedans" will never make 

BAIRD HUNTER (Sweet Briar) 
and ANNIE LESHER (Mary Washington) 




MITCHELL E. GARNER (Yale) informed 
us that his classmate DONALD KINNEY is 
now Father Donald Kinney, a priest in the 
Carmelite House of Studies in Berkeley, CA. 


EVAN D. (Virginia) and NANCY 
ROBINSON (Virginia/SBCJYF 73-74) wrote 
to us in December 1992 from Barhain: 
"1992 is nearing its close and we find 
ourselves overseas and far away from most 
of our loved ones for our tenth Christmas 
since 1981. Hopefully we'll be back in the 
States next year". Nancy and the children, 
Virginia and Nicholas, returned to 
Arlington, VA and Wilmington, DE for 
several weeks in the summer of 1992: 
"They couldn't get over how 'green' and 
'cool' it was (90^F/32'C instead of 
104''F/40«C)." The Robinsons were 
looking forward to getting back to the 
States this year. 

From the Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
Magazine we learn that STEPHANIE 
HARMON SIMONARD (Sweet Briar), a tax 
partner at KPMG Peat Marwick in Paris, was 
asked to do a major study on tax and social 
security effects on executive mobility 
within the E.E.C. 


RAWLINS (Skidmore) this very important 

"If it seems as if those Parisian bygones 
are long gone — or if you've forgotten the 
meanings of 'oui' and 'non' or if you are 
occasionally overcome by pangs for the 
youthful craziness and joyfulness of a year 
in France, circa 1971-72, then you are ripe 
for a look in the mirror and a peak at the 
past: A lEIUNIION' 

"The idea of gathering as many of our 
group as possible for at least a night has 
been kicked around before. But if we would 
come together in late 1995 or early 1996, it 
will have been nearly 25 years since a bunch 
of 19-and 20-year olds shipped out on the 
QE2 for a year in France. 

"Such a reunion can only come off with a lot 
of interest, support and cooperation. As a first 
step, then, all those from 1971-72 who would 
find the idea of a reunion intriguing, and all of 
those who would like to help out, please drop a 
note to or phone JIM PORIS at 21 Norwood 
Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 (201) 
RAWLINS at Post Office Box 1423, 
Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (516) 537-3186. 
We hope to hear from everyone!" 

currently working as a teacher for Greenwich, 
CT. Public Schools: "I teach E.S.L. to children 
from Poland, Japan, Italy, France and South 
American countries. The JYF experience made 
me more sensitive to these kids. I have started 
taking courses for my Master's degree in Tesol. 
I've been married for about 8 years and I have 
one son, Ernie, age 7, who just started first 


We were very sad to hear from his mother 
that LAWRENCE BALDWIN (Vassar) died 
May 6, 1993 from renal failure and 
complications of diabetes. Our deepest 
sympathy to Lawrence's family. 


Mrs. Betty D'Agostino, mother of PETER 
D'AGOSTINO (Yale) informed us that Peter 
died in 1988. She wrote: "I spent 2 weeks in 
Paris with those kids in February 1974 and it 
was a highlight of my life." 

SUSAN VASS TEMPLE (Virginia) writes: 
"The last issue of the SBCJYF alumni news 
brought back so many happy memories even 
though my JYF year wasn't one of the 
anniversary years honored. I still very much 
enjoyed reading others' recollections. 

"To bring you up to date about me: I am 
currently teaching French at Franklin County 
High School where I have been for the past four 
years. This year I have mostly the advanced 
classes with one unit of French I. We have 
been building a very strong foreign language 
program that I am very proud to be a part of. 

"Over the years, I seem to have lost contact 
with Professor Archille Biron and Madame 
Marthe Cooper. The Birons, in particular, were 
almost like parents to me. 

"It looks like this is the year in which 
my class will mark its twentieth 
anniversary. Even now, twenty years 
later, participating in the JYF was one of 
the best and most formative things I ever 
did. I wish the program well in 1993 and 

LOUISA DIXON (Sweet Briar), who 
works at the University of Virginia Law 
School, went back to France last year for a 
month vacation in Besanfon. 

See 1970-71 for news from NANCY 


RHONDA BAER (Emory) "I was 
distressed to open the beautiful Alumni 
Magazine for Sweet Briar's Junior Year in 
France to find no news from the class of 
1974-75. The year had a profound impact 
on my life, both in terms of relationships 
forged there (most notably with MARY 
introduction to art history admirably 
provided by Sabine Cotte (not to mention 
the life-enriching theater class taught by 
M. Simon). I had no idea that one could 
make a living telling stories in front of 
paintings until I took her course, 'Learn 
the Louvre.' It was so exciting that I 
decided to go to graduate school in art 
history after receiving my degree in 
French from Emory University. Little did I 
know that the discipline is usually taught 
by putting students in a room and turning 
off the lights at the low point of any given 
day. Fortunately, learning from slides 
came after I was already hooked. In 1990 I 
received my Ph.D. in art history from the 
Institute of Fine Arts, New York 
University, after having sp>ent two years 
in Europe conducting research on my 
dissertation topic. I spent a year 
headquartered in Amsterdam, from which I 
traveled to look at paintings, and a year in 
Paris, writing about my 17th-century 
Dutch artist, as my architect husband 
worked on designing Le Grand Louvre. I 
am now Curator of European Art at the 
High Museum of Art, living in Atlanta 
with my husband and seven-year-old son, 
Jake, and view the year I spent in Paris 
through Sweet Briar College as one of the 
most formative exjjeriences of my life." 




Briar) is still inactive in law practice, but 
keeps very active caring for 3 children 
under the age of 6. She still finds time to 
volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in 


(Amherst): "I am writing to you to thank 
you for my first wonderful experience in 
France and to let you know that after 
Amherst, I did my MFA in printmaking and 
sculpture at SUNY Albany (Class of 1981) 
and right after went back to Paris and have 
been happily hving there since. I married a 
French sculptor, Dominique Labauvie, in 
1986, who this past year represented France 
at the World's Fair in Seville, Spain, with a 
monumental sculpture in the exposition '12 
sculptors from the European community.' 
As for me, since 1989 I direct the Galerie 
Maeght's printmaking shops in Paris and 
St. Paul de Vence. 

"It doesn't seem like already 15 years 
have passed since the first time I put my feet 
on French soil." 

SL'SAN LORD (Sweet Briar) married Rob 
Searles, a physician at Walter Reed Medical 
Center, and commutes between work and 
their homes in Silver Spring, MD and 

EDWARD SAMUELSON (Northwestern): 
"Fifteen years ago I had the good fortune to 
go to France with the JYF. I am now 
working on my doctoral dissertation at the 
Institute of French Studies at New York 
University and have spent three of the last 
five years in Paris. 

"I am slowly writing a thesis on French 
TV game shows and culture. My research 
activities have enabled me to convert what I 
know about France into rather concrete 
advantages. As a contestant on numerous 
game shows, I have won money, prizes, 
vacations and women. I was so successful in 
fact on the Dating Game that I won 
bachelorette number one ais well as number 
two! My latest television appearance is in a 
documentary on game shows produced by TV 
veteran Pierre Tchemia. He flew me back to 
Paris for the interview, so the way I see it, 
this was yet another trip won thanks to my 
involvement with French game shows. 

"My trademark as a contestant, aside from 
a slight American accent which 1 refuse to 
lose, has been a collection of unusual hats. 
I am sending you a picture for your 
amusement. If you think you can make me 
laugh, I'd like to hear from you, loo." 

Edward Samuelson (Northwestern), the wizard 
of French game shows 

MARC WAGENHEIM (Tufts)'s mother 
informs us that Marc died on October 28, 1991, 
in Los Angeles where he was living. She 
writes: "I know that Marc thoroughly enjoyed 
his year with the program and was able to return 
to Paris for a wonderful visit several years 


We had lost trace of MARY ANN GOSSER 
(Bryn Mawr) when she moved from New York 
City to Pompano Beach, Florida. She writes: "I 
was working in the Department of Spanish and 
Portuguese at Rutgers in New Brunswick, and 
for the last two years, I have been an Assistant 
Professor of Latin American and Comparative 
Literature in the Department of Languages and 
Linguistics at Florida Atlantic University. In 
this job I have been able to teach not only 
French and Spanish, but also my areas of 
interest: contemporary Latin American and 
French narrative. Now I am focusing more on 
the Caribbean. I have been very busy attending 
conferences, presenting papers, and getting 
some published. 

"A new job, and buying a new house have 
kept me busy and broke, but everything seems 
to be falling in place." 


with her six children! Annemarie (11), 
H^lene (10), Constance (5 1/2), Louis- 
Fran9ois (4), Clotilde (2 1/2) and Bertrand 
(8 months). She does a lot of driving 
around Paris. Walther's business is going 
well and they are renovating their home in 


teaches French part-time in a programme 
she developed for fourth graders. She and 
husband Richard have 2 children: Kathryn 
Kate and Caroline Louise. 


We were saddened to learn of the death of 
Mrs. Kathryn Keller Marshall, wife of Dr. 
ROBERT G. MARSHALL, at her home in 
St. Michaels, MD, on July 25, 1993. Dr. 
Marshall was Resident Director of the 
1967-68 group and, from 1972 to 1984, 
Director of the Junior Year in France. 
Katie was a Phi Beta Kappa cimi laude 
graduate of Wells College and received her 
MA degree from Yale University. Those of 
us who had the privilege to know her will 
miss her gentle sense of humor and we are 
grateful for the genuine interest she always 
took in the Junior Year in France. To Dr. 
Marshall, his sons Christoph and Philip 
and daughter Ann, we express our deepest 

Dr. Marshall's address is: P.O. Box 
1059, St. Michaels, MD 21663 





A message from Professor GLORIA M. 
RUSSO, 1983-84 Residem Director: 

"Souvenirs, souvenirs, que me veux-tuT' 
"As you read this newsletter, ten years 
after spending your junior year in Paris with 
the Sweet Briar Program, you must, indeed, 
be flooded with memories. Do you 
remember Tours? Do you remember the 
Alliance Fran^aise? And registering for 
classes at Paris I, EU, IV and VII? Trying to 
figure out the difference between a cours 
magistral and a TDl And your families? 
The mitro"} The Louvre? Crepes in the 
Latin Quarter? Do you remember those 
weekend trips you took in France? And 
winter break? And Easter vacation? Now's 
the moment to dust off your ten-year old 
photo album and relive all those days and 
weeks and months and rediscover that 
wonderful year spent in Paris, the city that 
casts a spell on all its visitors. As a matter 
of fact, I have never been able to cast it off 
and have become a permanent resident. I 
now live in Paris and am a member of the 
faculty of the University de Reims. Come 
visit me the next time you're in the City of 
Light. (By the way, the quotation is from 
Verlaine; I leave it to you to find the 


From CAROL S. DENIS, 1983-84 
Assistant to the Resident Director: 

"The first thing that comes to my mind as 
I look over the Ust of your names is JULIE 
ALLEN'S coming to my office after one 
evening with the Vignon family, saying: "I 
can't stay with them. They drink salt water 
and eat brown bread at dirmer." Later we 
learned that the water was Vichy and the 
bread, pain complet. Julie stayed and had a 
good year with the Vignons. They are still 
hosting happy students. Remarkable as 
well was AIMEE LEVINE's penchant for 
getting into difficult situations and not 
being able to get out {ah, ces toilettes 
frangaises!) and JIM FALVEY's strange 
case of 'poison ivy.' It's funny the things 
one remembers. And forgets: Was it you, 
MARILYN SMITH, who gave me the two 
seashells I have treasured all these years? 

"I wonder what you all remember about Paris 
and us. Do you remember Christine Vigneron, 
the assistant in Tours? I see her every year. 
She is an English teacher in a lycie, has lost 
many pounds, and has an adorable blonde 3- 
year old daughter. Gloria Russo and I have a 
tildphone relationship that has continued 
over the years. She is, of course, still in Paris, 
as is Madame Derozieres who is, at the 
moment, talking to herself in the next office. I 
have become quite adept at that as well. It must 
be age, hilas! Monsieur Simon is still going 
strong but most of your other professors have 

"I had a surprise last week when SUSAN 
WARREN came by on her way to Africa. She is 
a lawyer and is taking several months off to do 
something she has always wanted to do. JIM 
FALVEY has also stopped in. (I wish more of 
you would do this more often.) I was sorry to 
miss BILL LAWRENCE'S visit. Rumor has it 
that ELENI CAMBOURELIS is here in Paris, 
and I am going to get her number with the 
Minitel and embarrass her by calling her first. 
I get news of TOM DOCTOROFF from his host 
family, the Vitry, and will be delighted to get 
the Alumni Magazine to hear about the rest of 
you. Our door on the 4th floor is always opwn 
to all of you and we hopre to see you along with 
your spouses and children s'il y en a. Bises a 


Many thanks to DAPHNE NUGENT who 

volunteered to serve as class secretary and sent 
the following report: 

Chers Amis, 

It's been ten years since we arrived in Paris 
to begin a year that would have an enormous 
impact on all of our lives. Some of us are 
living in France, many of us have been back to 
visit, and most of us have chosen career paths 
that grew out of what we learned about 
ourselves and about the world during that year. 

My memories of my JYF are of good times 
and tough times... I remember the wonderful 
Bucquoit family and my room with a view of 
Montmartre in the background and La Tour 
Eiffel in the foreground. I remember how kind 
the Bucquoits were, and how easily they 
welcomed me into their home [I was their first 
Sweet Briar student]. 

On the tough side, I remember being 
grilled to bits in M. Garapon's Littirature 
du 17eme Siecle class during my first 
analyse de texte, and the bureaucratic 
nightmare that was the process of 
inscription a la fac. The best part of the 
JYF, however, was meeting my best 

During my JYF I also took one of the 
best classes I have ever taken: L' hist aire 
de Paris a trovers ses monuments and it 
came in handy two years after my JYF. 
During the summer of 1986, I took a group 
of high school students from LA on an 
exchange program in France. Although I 
had arranged for a bus and guide to give us 
a tour of Paris the day we arrived, the guide 
didn't show up - so I had to fill in. Driving 
around Paris for over an hour, spewing 
obscure facts and architectural 
observations to a bus full of sixteen-year- 
olds, Mme Oswald's riveting lectures all 
came back to me. The kids were kept 
entertained, and I realized how much I had 
learned from diat amazing class. 

I am in my second (final) year of the 
MBA program at Carnegie Mellon 
University in Pittsburgh. I am plarming 
to go into management consulting, and 
will probably move to Europe when I 
graduate. I spent 10 days this summer in 
the south of France, with my German 
boyfriend, Roland, who lives in Brussels. 
It had been seven years since I had last 
been in France and it was wonderful to re- 
discover it again. 

I see Judith and her husband Mat about 
twice a year, and we speak on the phone at 
least once a month. I have recently gotten 
back in touch with ANTHONY IZZO. 
Anthony got married in September and just 
bought a house in Brooklyn, NY. I saw 
PETER STONIER quite frequently while I 
was in Washington, DC this summer. He 
is working for Bell Atlantic in Arlington, 
VA in their multi-media division. 

To all of you who wrote in: Merci! 
All the best, 




Here is the news from the 1983-84 group: 

visiting doctoral fellow on a Fulbright 
fellowship at Concodia University in 
Montreal. Her memories of Paris are: 
"Long walks around Paris, the whole city as 
a campus... Living with triplets who turned 
five years old when I was there... Biking 
over Pont Napoleon in Tours... Eating 
palmier s in Le Marais with ASHLEY 
CARR... Large window in my room 
looking over a courtyard... RAIN!... JULIE 

"After five lone years of speaking very 
little French, I have re-immersed myself in a 
Francophone environment. Every 10 years, 
another francophone city! Montreal is 
beautiful, dynamic, diverse: like Paris." 

ELLEN CARVER (Sweet Briar) (Director 
of Community Awareness Programs) writes: 
"I've been serving as Director of 
Admissions at George School until this 
summer. In September, I made a career 
switch from administration to curriculum. I 
lead a collection of programs that expose 
adolescents to the importance of community 
cooperation and human services and 

ASHLEY CLARKE (Northwestern) is in 
social work. 

NANCY JANTS COOMBS (Northwestern) 
is working as Assistant Trade 
Commissioner of France in the French Trade 
Commission in Toronto. She is now 
married to Clive H. J. Coombs, whom she 
met on the starting line of the Paris 
marathon (KEVIN RYAN and AMY METZ 
also ran the race that day). 

"Clive was a student at the time at the 
London School of Economics and came to 
Paris just to do the Marathon - but destiny 
took over. We kept in touch ever since and 
on October 19, 1991 we got married. He is 
English South African, now a Canada citizen 
and we settled in Toronto after our 
honeymoon in South Africa. He is vice- 
president. Portfolio Management, for AGF 
management, a mutual fund company. 

"The TYF undoubtedly plays a central role 
in the shaping of my interests and goals, 
solidifying my interest in French affairs. 
The courses were enriching and challenging, 
and I particularly enjoyed the Sweet Briar art 
history class. I recall with fondness the 
glorious weekends in Tours, visiting the 
chateaux on our bicycles, and the frenetic 
pace of Paris, where the JYF office served as 
a refuge. 

"I was honored to serve as president for our 
year of such a vibrant and talented group. I 
would like to say a special hello to my Paris 
roommate ALISON LUSSIER and would love to 
hear from anyone who happens to be in 
Toronto/Canada or elsewhere." 

Holyoke) is working as a librarian at Yale 

remembers: "The Christmas party LAURA 
BLOOM and I threw chez Madame Achard. 
Madame's 15-year old grandson, Jean-Baptiste, 
offered to serve as D.J. and ended up drowning 
out our party with his disco lights, loud music 
and break-dancing friends!... Taking oral 
exams at Sciences Po, a rewarding, but 
horrifying experience... Walking in Pare 
Monceau... Having tea at Angelina's. 

"I finished law school at Northwestern in 
May of this year and will be starting work at 
Chapman & Cutler in the Fall. My husband. 
Matt, and I live in Chicago and would love to 
see anyone passing through town." 

LAURIE E. FORSMAN (Bates) is a graduate 
student in French linguistics at Indiana U. 

ELISABETH FROST (Radcliffe) is a graduate 
student in English at UCLA and would like to 
hear from EDDIE YOUNG. 

STEPHANIE LA TOUR (Radcliffe) would like 
to know if anyone knows where AMY SMITH 
(Williams) is. She lost track of her in 1986 
when Amy went to Arizona. 

Stephanie writes: "The year we were in Paris, 
the pyramid in front of the Louvre did not exist, 
and the area between St. Eustache and les Halles 
was under construction... I would love to go 
back now and see how the whole city looks! 

I have spent the past five years in Boston, 
going to law school and then working as a 
labor lawyer at the National Labor Relations 
Board (NLRB) in Boston. My husband, who is 
an English professor, recently got a tenure- 
track job in New York City, so we will be 
moving to New York in August 1993. I will 
transfer to the NLRB office in New York in 
September 1993. One of Marc's areas of 
expertise is the American 'Lost Generation' 
writers who lived in Paris in the 1920's, so we 
fantasize about taking a research trip or 
sabbatical year in Paris!" 

AIMEE LEVIN'S (Vassar) writes: "JYF still 
remains the one experience which had the 
greatest impact on my life. I am currently 
manager of Integrated Marketing within Time 
Warner's Corporate Synergy Group. I'm 
happily living in New York City with my 
partner of 8 years." 

JOANNE LEVINE (Wellesley) began 
Medical School this Fall and hopes she 
gets the chance to have another Junior 
Year Abroad! She writes: "It's hard to 
believe that ten years ago I was preparing 
to go to France for the first time. I 
remember vividly the bus ride from 
Brussels to Tours, and waiting in the 
courtyard of the Institut de Touraine to 
meet my famille frangaise. Among other 
memories are the challenge of registering 
at Paris VII, exploring Paris for the first 
time, eating the wonderful pastries from Le 
Notre, sitting in a cafe Place du Trocad^ro 
and marvelling at the Eiffel tower at night, 
all lit up." She is in touch with VALERIE 
GROH FLECKMAN, who works for Nat 
West Bank in New York. Valerie married 
Brett Fleckman in July 1992. She also 
sees ANDREA LEVY, who is living and 
working in New York City and who 
married a Frenchman this year." 

SCOTT LONDON (Vassar) writes: "The 
first memories that come to mind when I 
hear the words 'Sweet Briar' are wandering 
the streets of Tours with my new friends 
who helped me make the transition from 
timid tourist to bold student adventurer. In 
fact, I owe the richness and fun of those 
first few months in France largely to them. 
Susan taught me to dance in a French disco 
without looking too foolish. 

"With these two and MICHAEL HOGAN 
and Laurie, I returned to Amsterdam and 
frantically prepared a presentation with 
Susan on Ravage which we delivered upon 
our return. And then there was the 
afternoon in the park when the 5 of us 
played with the ducks and the kids on the 

"In Paris, I remember the terror and then 
the satisfaction of giving an oral 
presentation to my Sciences Po class and 
in front of the Rembrandts at the Louvre. I 
remember seeing Elton John with 
STEPHANIE SUMMERS and much laughter 
studying art and political science with 

"Then there was the darker side: 
humiliation when my Sciences Po 
examiner asked everyone else in the room 
if they could remember a leader of the 
Parti Communiste other than Geoges 
Marchais - since, I 'evidently' could not. 
Worst of all, imder a cloud of hostility and 
misunderstanding, I left my first family. 
Mme Denis was there to rescue me and 
helped me to land on my feet. 

"I will be doing my dissertation 
fieldwork in Senegal, West Africa, a 
former French Colony. I must give part of 



the credit for this decision to Sweet Briar, 
which helped me become competent in the 
French language and sparked my interest in 
French history and culture." 


(U/Texas): "I had such a good time my 
junior year that I returned to Paris two years 
later for a Master's degree from Middlebury 
College. I then stayed another year as an 
intern at the Musee des Arts D6coratifs and 
working at various odd jobs. I try to get 
back every two-three years to see old friends 
and keep up my French. Since my return I 
got married and have been working in 
investment real estate. Recently I have also 
begun to pursue an art career." 

President Nenah Fry among Sweet Briar 
College students at New York Kennedy 
Airport, September 1983 

BRAD OGLESBY (Wooster) is in retail 
management at Marshall Field's. He is a 
Certified Secondary French Teacher as well, 
but unemployed. Memories: "My junior 
year in France was an experience never to be 
forgotten. This year not only marked an 
important stage in my personal 
development, but also served as the source 
of my fascination and love for France and its 
culture. The sense of adventure I 
experienced each day in Paris, along with 
the faces and memories of that special year, 
will be with me always. I have just returned 
from a vacation in France where I visited 
friends in Uzerche. I had the pleasure of 
taking my parents and brother with me. 
This was their first trip there, and I am 
happy to say that they experienced the same 
love for France as I did. I have been in 
contact with MARTHA O'HARA CONWAY 
and JIM RUFF. Jim and I met last summer at 
my alma mater. The College of Wooster, 
where Jim was singing with the Ohio Light 
Opera Company." 

MINA RHODEN (Brandeis) writes that her 
year in France was the culmination and 
realization of a dream she had formulated at the 
age of 14. "It was not until years later that I 
learned how important that year was for me. It 
gave me the cultural base and language fluency 
which has helped me forge strong family ties 
with my husband's family. Up until that year, I 
did not see myself as an American and it was 
not until I was submerged in French culture that 
I realized just how American I was. I have 
returned to France on several occasions... each 
time I fall in love with it all over again. Our 
goal is to take up permanent residence in 
France, though not Paris, sometime in 1996. 

"I'm working with a group of highly 
successful professionals who are expanding a 
new division of a $500 million dollar 
international sales and marketing firm. We're 
looking for a few key people to help in the 
expansion of the new division. Specifically, 
I'm looking for ambitious, self-motivated, 
success-oriented people who want more than 
just a job." 

KRISTIN M. SAZAMA (Northwestern) is 
working in Paris on her Ph.D. dissertation on 

CECILY SCHULZ (Sweet Briar) practices law 
in Alexandria, Virginia. 

finished her Master's degree in Environmental 
Studies and is working for the California 
Enviroiunental Protection Agency. 

JOE VITATERNA (Northwestern) got married 
in 1990. His wife's name is Martha and they 
have a beautiful daughter named Melanie. He 
would like to hear news from TONY IZZO and 

SUSAN WARREN (Mount Holyoke) is 
working as a legal aid lawyer in the Navajo 
Nation, and loves her job. "I would like to hear 
MADRID, if anyone has any." 

EMMY OLMSTED WYATT (Williams) writes 
about her memories of Paris: "Anxiety about 
leaving my new friends after a few weeks 
together in Tours and going alone to my new 
Parisian home. But the nerves were soon 
calmed by the warm and interesting Mme 
Parlange and my new bedroom with a romantic 
and fully Parisian view of Montmartre... 
Ordering a kir in a caf6 after a day of classes... 
Traveling everywhere - the dollar was so strong 
we only had to decide which location each 
weekend... Dancing in the latest boite and 
taking the first M6tro home in the morning." 
She sees AMY METZ quite often. 


married William Brown last June on her 
farm in Winchester, Virginia. They were 
planning to live in the Baltimore- 
Washington area. 


THOMAS B. WEST (Washington & Lee) 
is a Consultant with Ogilvy & Mather 
Public Relations in Singapore. 



All requests have to be made in writing 
to the Virginia office, except in case of 
extreme emergency. If you wish to contact 
a classmate, we will provide you with the 
address, unless that person has requested us 
not to give it out to anyone. To protect 
your privacy, if someone, who was not 
your classmate, requests your address, we 
will not give it out, but will accept to 
forward a letter. You will then be free to 
decide whether you wish to answer or not. 





A Message from Professor ROBERT 
HENKELS, 1988-89 Resident Director: 

"To the students of S.B. 1988-89, 
warmest greetings, fond remembrances and 
best wishes, and to M. Langlois, M. 
Doubinski, Mme Denis, to Mme Dauphin, 
and Mme Derozieres repeated thanks for 
your help and collaboration which made my 
burdens light indeed. 

"Since classes ended at different times, 
our leave-taking in Paris was, by necessity 
somewhat piecemeal and anticlimactic. Had 
there been a 'graduation ceremony,' surely 
recognition would have been given to: 
LISA MARTIN for creative flau-; LEILA 
AMIN-ARSALA for courage in political 
adversity; MARC LANGLOIS for grace on 
the slopes and consideration for others; to 
FRANCIE WONG for adventurous travels I 
was just as glad to learn about after the fact; 
to SCOTT SANDERS for unauthorized 
alpinism; to MEERA SHANKAR for 
diplomacy; to NICOLE CATTELL for 
acquiring the first walking acquaintance 
with the Quarter Latin; to BRUCE DE 
MICHAELS for keeping us laughing through 
the normal Parisian strikes and upheavals; 
to all the students who took a chance