Undergraduate Class Notes 1950s and 1960s
"Every season, I receive the bright and bountiful Wheelock Magazine. It never fails to engender pride in me at having been a small part of the heartbeat of this great college. Regardless of where and how each alum travels in their life's journey, it all seems to have a point of reference back to their experience at Wheelock College. Great memories and a wonderful commendation for the college that launched so many successful, fulfilled, and influential people." - Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa '84
The Alumni Relations Office was sorry to learn of the passing of Laymon Miller, the husband of Lucy Parton Miller, last October.
Cherilyn Typaldos, the daughter of Gene DeMaranville Shafer (who passed away in 2012), emailed Wheelock's Alumni Relations Office after attending the Wheelock luncheon in Naples, FL, back in February: "Thank you so much for the invitation to lunch! My daughter and I had a wonderful time meeting new people and getting a chance to visit with Jackie Jenkins-Scott again. She is a special lady, and Wheelock College is lucky to have her! Wheelock always will have a special place in my heart because my mother went there and it gave her a chance to have a good and rewarding life. I enjoyed the update on all the plans for the future and Tough Enough - a true New England value. I know my mother was Tough Enough - that's how she lasted over 40 years in education!"
Congratulations to Helen "Stevie" Roberts Thomas (and her daughter Katherine Granfield), whose years of hard work on In the Valley of the Yangtze: Stories from an American Childhood in China finally paid off when the book was released earlier this year. As classmates may remember, Stevie, the daughter of Episcopal missionaries, was born in Shanghai and lived in China until the Japanese invasion in 1937. "Her stories about her childhood in China are fascinating," says her publisher, James Thompson, and make her memoir "a real page-turner." Over the River Public Relations says Stevie's coming-of-age tale is "full of evocative and insightful memories of the pre-Communist China of the 1920s and '30s," and in it she "mingles history, culture, and politics with a surprising cast of famous people whose paths she crossed."
Jean Reilly Cushing (Scribe)
Sarah Thomas Allnutt apologizes that she can't think of anything "fantastic" to share about her 2013, but she says life is good and she is enjoying her retirement place in her old neighborhood and the morning swims she takes there. When she wrote last December, she had just spent a weekend baking Christmas cookies with three of her children. She'd love to hear from classmates.
"Now 90 and doing well," Dorothy Spencer Chaudoin has many happy memories and loves to reminisce about her Wheelock days and the years that followed: "I met my husband on a blind date, and we had a happy life together. We had two beautiful girls, Susan and Carol Ann. Carol Ann died, and now I live with Susan."
Louise Vialle misses her "other lifestyle," the one she had before she moved to a retirement community, but she is in a very nice place, enjoys church activities and a book club, and still drives. "I enjoy various communications from the College," she writes. "My, how we have grown!"
Ann-Penn Stearns Holton writes: "I enjoy reading about the wonderful things that are happening at Wheelock - a new technology center, an international presence, and so much more. We are fortunate to have President Jackie at the helm as Wheelock continues to advance its mission of assisting children and their families. Love to you all."
The big event of Betty Berry Horner's 2013 was her 90th birthday - and the big party her niece Andrea threw for her at the Bennington Station Restaurant, which four generations of family attended! Betty was "very overwhelmed"! She was planning to move to a one-bedroom apartment in a senior retirement home in Hanover, NH, this spring.
Abby Baker Burden's activities at North Hill in Needham, MA, include singing in the community's chorus, working out in its exercise area, and spending time with the many friends she has made there. She corresponds with ex-Kent roommate Penny Stearns Holton.
What was the biggest excitement of Daphne Tait Cooper's 2013? A broken kneecap which kept her "out of mischief" for 10 weeks in the spring and early summer. She reminisced about her teaching years and then the 20 she spent in her artwork business, Scandinavian Designs by Daphne. She closed the business in 2010, when her husband passed away, and is still looking for creative ways to get rid of "several thousand cards" she still has.
Edie Goddard Pangaro is proud of her biggest recent accomplishment: turning 90 last Dec. 30. Thankful to have recovered nicely from a "mini-stroke" she had in January 2013, she does exercises to strengthen her body and hits tennis balls with husband Larry. "Mind you - I don't run," she writes. "However, from a standing position, I manage to get most of the balls over the net."
Carol Moore (Scribe)
Martha Kinne Baribault is still living in the same state, town, and house and says she's still retired - "if you call living in the same house with a 4-year-old great-grandson ‘retired.'" Her two daughters, Beth and Mary, live fairly close by, and son Jim is still in Glendale, AZ. Jim's daughter will soon become the first doctor in the Baribault family! Martha still hears from Bunny St. Clair Webb, but they both missed the last Reunion "due to old age," Martha says. She sends best wishes to all.
Edith Hall Huck is continuing to enjoy Cape Cod and Sandwich for about six months of the year and sees two children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren there. For the winter months she has a condo in a very nice retirement community in Wilbraham, MA, near her daughter. Edith and her daughter enjoyed a river cruise on the Danube last June. "A highlight for me [last] year was our 65th Reunion from Wheelock," she writes." Only Kay Crosby Nasser and I were able to make it, and we were treated royally. I was lucky to get a ride up from the Cape with Barbara Hamilton Gibson ['63], celebrating her 50th. We enjoyed staying in the new Campus Center in a beautiful ‘quad' room. We were impressed with the help and spirit of students and staff, and our wonderful president, Jackie Jenkins-Scott."
"Wheelock's training has come in handy" for Marylin Quint-Rose, who has put it to use encouraging and mentoring many successful artists over the years. "My instruction to others in the art of perceptions is ongoing," she adds. "I get to teach - at 86!" Marylin's abstract artwork - paintings, collages, paper sculptures, and egg crate creations - was part of a two-person show at the new Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor, ME, last fall, around the time a story about her, her 60-plus years as a practicing artist, and her travels to places like Germany and Pakistan appeared in a local newspaper. These days she is traveling and teaching less and focusing more on working in her studio and communicating with others about the artistic process.
Dorothy St. Clair Webb sent some reminiscences: "My early years were spent at my home in Verona, NJ. After college - and teaching for five years - I was married and moved to Ohio with my new husband and taught for five years. Then I had my four children: Bill, Mark, John, and Susie. We moved several times and finally ended up in Youngstown, OH, in 1976. And here I stay!" Dorothy's children are all in Ohio, too. She says she has had some health problems - like uterine cancer - but has survived and is doing well. Her middle son lives with her and takes care of her, and she is grateful for his help. Dorothy says "Hi" to all of her Riverway friends.
Ruth Chickering Wheeler stays active and praises God for her good health. Still busy with her family and involved in ballroom dancing, she also heads her church's semi-annual flea market/boutique and volunteers one day a week at its thrift store. She is happy to report that her son "finally" has a baby boy, who joined his 9-year-old stepdaughter in February 2013.
Anne Mulholland Heger (Scribe)
Lolly McPhee Burton had a great holiday planned - she and her family of 10 adults and 10 grandchildren in Costa Rica. Her son-in-law is part owner of a resort there. Her grandchildren are all through college; some are lawyers, some are teachers, and a few are not certain what they will do.
Enid Stockbridge Holly is still moderately active - husband Lee less so. She is designated driver these days, with destinations to doctors, emergency rooms, etc. Fortunately, her doctor visits are for annual visits so far. They don't travel now but are in their home and hope to stay there forever. Seven grandchildren are all perpetual students, so there are no great-grandchildren in the future. Enid will not be able to attend the Reunion but hopes to see pictures.
Doris Jackson Marshall writes of going to a taping of the game show Jeopardy with daughter Lynese Marshall Pearson '78.
Jane Bartlett Mason wrote a great description of her Viking River Cruise on the Danube. Husband Bob, who was in World War II, found the visit to Germany especially interesting, and Jane's favorite spot was Nuremberg. Jane and Bob have five great-grandchildren. Jane hopes to attend Reunion.
Barbara Ferguson Pieper finds that living in a continuing care community has many advantages. She has a patio house on a lake with lovely places to walk and many activities, such as concerts, lectures, and plays. She had tremendous support following the death of her husband. Trips with her retired daughter and close proximity to another daughter are part of her new life.
Marge Pritchard Stevens mentions how she and Bob met during her sophomore year and married right after graduation. They will celebrate 64 years together. Adding to their happiness, they have just become great-grandparents. Their lives are filled with family, friends, church, and travel.
Cindy MacGilvra Temby is living in Katy, TX, this year. Her youngest son built a lovely garage apartment for her. While in Texas this year she plans to see a lot of the West; then she will go back to Massachusetts, where her friends and two sisters live.
I (Anne), your class scribe, am doing OK, still in my home with a large dog. My daughter lives next door to me, and my youngest son is a few blocks away. My other two sons are about a half hour from me. I feel very fortunate, for they are all great support for me. We all go to the Virgin Islands for a great vacation each winter. My other news is the arrival of my first great-grandson, who is such a joy, and, since they live nearby, I see him often. I hope to attend the Alumni Luncheon during Reunion Weekend.
Edith "Anne" Runk Wright (Scribe)
Barbara Moog Finlay writes: "It is with great sadness we must report losing another 'nifty fifty' classmate. Dot Hutchens Seelow ('Hutch') died peacefully in Venice, FL, Jan. 5, 2014. She was under hospice care and with her devoted niece, Connie Reif. They came here last year for a lovely visit after seeing Janie Cohen Sackett (who is unfortunately not well). We will miss Hutch so much. Sadly, there are very few of the '50 gals left from Carlton house.
"We will remember Hutch's enthusiasm, energy, and sense of humor. She had great spirit and loved the Wheelock Reunions, always arriving with dozens of pictures, stories, and plans for future gatherings. She was already planning our 2015 Reunion!
"Does anyone remember Hutch's Model A Ford (or was it Model T?)? She was so excited about buying it and convinced some of us to ride to our teaching assignments in the suburbs. My roommate ([the late] Katie Hargrave Sykes) and I were the lucky ones to ride in the rumble seat down Beacon Street all wrapped up in scarves and blankets. Three or four times a week, rain, snow or hail, we bounced along to work laughing and waving to all the commuters! What a lark! Fortunately, no disasters! Can you imagine doing such a thing in the traffic these days?"
Martha Brown McGandy (Scribe)
"I have had an active, happy lifetime with those I love," writes Elaine Barnes Downing. She finds time passing much too quickly these days. It seems like not that long ago, for instance, her children and friends were wishing her a very special 85th birthday (last Aug. 28). She considers herself fortunate to have her children visit often. Her partner Bob's daughter, Joyce, and her husband and daughter spent Thanksgiving with her, and her friend Joanne helps her with many tasks. "So you can see that I have a very happy life with my 'extended families,'" she adds. "I am sending you special wishes of happiness from my abundant supply!"
Priscilla Buckingham Banghart (Scribe)
These are my (Priscilla's) first "Greetings" to the Class of 1953 as class scribe, following Libby Gerow Peterson's retirement last spring. Thanks to you, Libby, for your careful handling of our precious correspondence. It will surely take me some time to get up to speed now that I see what the process is. Thank you, also, to all Class of '53 alumnae who sent news for this issue.
Peggy Ann Benisch Anderson, who lives in Weston, CT, writes that, of her four children, three live on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. They have presented Peggy Ann with 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. She also gains great joy in occasional conversations with a half dozen or so of our classmates. In addition, she enjoys serving on her church altar guild and attending Bible study class. She is the eldest member of the Commission for the Aging. In Peggy Ann's own words, she adds: "My hair's white, as people saw at our 60th Reunion, which was great fun. I'm waiting for our 65th. 'Hello' to all in the Class of 1953!" Ruth Shedden Crane writes about the last 30 years of her long and interesting career as follows: "In 1984, I passed my boards and became a registered nurse, working until 2010 in numerous positions and places. The most interesting and enjoyable position was at Dartmouth College infirmary, known as Dick's House." Throughout her career, Ruth tells us, she worked in about half of the New England states until her retirement, in her 70s. Ruth summarizes, "I loved all my jobs and was eternally grateful for all that I learned at Wheelock (as well as for my master's degree from Fairfield University)."
Next, Cynthia Cranton Dygert reports: "I still love living in Arizona. Having our three children nearby is my greatest joy. I enjoy working three days a week in downtown Phoenix as well as visiting Janet Knightly Jones and husband Bob." And now to Janet's message: "Like many of you, we have downsized and moved to a retirement apartment. Fortunately, we are in the same community where we have lived for the past 27 years, so we can keep our same activities. I continue to see Cynthia Dygert about once a month, which we enjoy."
Carol Hulbert Maxwell and husband Dick feel very grateful for their good health. Carol explains: "Despite my knee replacement in January , we keep on being docents in local park areas. It's much fun learning the names of all the wildflowers. Our church keeps us busy. I sing in the choir, and Dick continues as longtime liaison for the active Boy Scouts troop. Our three 'children' are all thriving, as are our four grandchildren - 5, 7, 20, and 22. We have much for which to be thankful."
Here's word from Nancy Brown Meagher: "Loved our Reunion last spring and the ladies who joined us. All is well and busy in my world. I spent time in Paris in October with my daughter who lives there. I make the trip each year as she has three boys and a busy life. I have enjoyed comparing their education with that of my 10 U.S. grandchildren. I remain busy with family, friends, and town and church activities, and I count my blessings."
Antoinette Johnson Ogden, though legally blind as a result of macular degeneration, writes the following: "2013 was a difficult year. I lost my daughter, Sue, to ovarian cancer following a courageous 22-year fight. She was an amazing woman! When she was diagnosed at age 33, only 2 percent survived this type of cancer! Sue received a master's and nearly finished a doctoral program at University of Rochester. With her husband, she was president of her own construction company." [We send our sincerest condolences, Toni. We pray that memories of Sue's impressive accomplishments and your endless love for her will provide you much comfort.] Toni now lives in a senior living facility and manages to keep busy in many activities. Wii bowling, making jewelry, traveling all over the neighborhood in her power chair, staying involved in her church, and singing in the retirement home choir are among the activities she enjoys. She recently had the opportunity to see and chat with Emily Naramore LaBudde '49. Toni writes that, despite having macular degeneration and being in a wheelchair, she considers her health to be good. She sends her love and wishes for good health to you all.
Thekla Polley Putnam notes very succinctly from Buffalo, NY, "For an OLD lady, I'm doing fine!" Now from Libby Gerow Peterson, we read: "It was wonderful to be at Reunion, our 60th, last June. It was great to see so many friends, but I missed seeing others. I moved west, to Sun Lakes, AZ, to join my only family - my son, Joe, who is nearby in Denver, and Bob's sister and family here in Chandler, AZ.
Ruth Angier Salinger leaves us with her thoughts on the grand 60th Reunion: "Yes, our 60th was a time to remember. We are all well-seasoned. Somehow, looking at the world through seasoned eyes captures much that is important in all our lives: to enjoy what remains of our family - joys, warts and all; to appreciate the rhythm of our community - friends and foes alike; to use our talents as best we can - not to be perfect, but to be adequate to the task at hand; and, most of all, to keep looking forward to the process of assuring and preserving the dignity of every human being. Isn't that Wheelock's legacy to us? [Congratulations to you, Ruth, for being one of the two 2013 recipients of the "Making a Difference" Service Award. Your lifelong activism in civil rights and social policy advocacy has set you ahead of the crowd. We're proud!]
Dorothy Steinberg Shaker announces: "Burt and I have just celebrated our 59th wedding anniversary. [Our congratulations to you both!] We saw Alan and Ruth Flink Ades last summer. Life in Florida continues to be wonderful. Sorry I missed our 60th. I have heard only wonderful feedback. My best to our Class of 1953!"
In September, my husband, Bruce, and I (Priscilla) took our first "bucket list" adventure, a driving trip from our home in southwest Michigan out to the Tetons. Following the byways of the past (avoiding whenever possible the interstates), we drove through countless miles of "waving grain" and ate at folksy ma-and-pa restaurants across the interior of our country. Wall Drug, the Corn Palace, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse are among the South Dakota jewels we visited. Then we went into Wyoming, to marvel at Yellowstone. While winding amongst the Grand Tetons, we encountered early snow, convincing us it was time to turn back. It was historic and heavenly!
In closing, I'd like to note that my "seasoned" eyes viewed the Reunion Weekend in much the same way as did Ruth's. Those of us reunited again following at least a decade's separation were exhilarated by this time together. In fact, some offered that we were "sisters" bonded together by our Wheelock experience. Certainly it was no miracle that throughout those school years - in the classroom, in our observations at settlement houses and child care centers, and practice teaching - we were instilled with a spirit that served us well in our work with children. The weekend was highlighted by President Jackie's dynamic address assuring us that Wheelock spirit is teeming as Wheelock programs and Wheelock grads are making a difference for children and their families around the globe.
Elizabeth Bassett Wolf (Scribe)
"I hope to make it to the Reunion," writes Barbara McCarthy Brennan. She is always happy to connect with her family during the holidays and listen to their varied experiences. It makes her holidays special.
"2013 [was] a very good year," writes Volney Forsyth Dawson. She spent time with her sisters in Canada and took various other trips either for grandchildren's graduations or to see friends living afar. "My main interest is in changing myself," she writes, "paying heed to Gandhi's quote 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' Lord, it ain't easy. You know how hard it can be." Volney adds: "So here's to world peace! And I think 2014 is going to be a great year." Sylvia Tailby Earl writes that she and Jim stay busy with activities in Annapolis, MD. When time permits, Jim makes drawings in his little black book wherever he goes. Syl enjoys watercolor and takes classes at their community college. They find much pleasure with their renovated house on the Severn River. Their four lovely grandsons and one new baby granddaughter live nearby. (Chippy writes: "At the reunion, we hope to have a private tour of the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation for just our class. So do come. It's fabulous!")
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life,
for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
"Things are much the same," says Peggy Clifford Goode. She continues to be amazed at the information that the first-graders she works with are expected to learn. Her children and grandchildren are a constant source of delight, and she feels so lucky to have many of them close by. She is "absolutely planning to be, at least, at the Reunion luncheon." As Ruth McKinley Herridge approaches her 60th Reunion, she realizes she has much for which to be thankful: more than 56 years married to her husband, Bill; three daughters, each doing well; five healthy grandchildren; and the past year, uneventful, which is perhaps the way it should be in our 80s. She writes: "As Robert Browning wrote, 'Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be. ... Our times are in His hand.' Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, I face the future, in faith, and in confidence that, indeed, 'the best is yet to be.'" Nancy Shapiro Hurwitz spends her winters in Naples, FL. Their oldest granddaughter was married last May. She hopes to see us at Reunion, though Michael's Harvard Business School Reunion is often at the same time as ours.
All is well with Elizabeth "Nicky" Wheeler L'Hommedieu's clan. Ten grandchildren keep her and Paige busy, and their granddaughter is going to be married in June. They will attend our 60th and are hoping to see many classmates during this exciting weekend.
We all will dearly miss Persis Luke Loveys. The notice of her death on Sept. 6 was sent to each of you in an earlier mailing.
Eileen O'Connell McCabe remains well and independent and is busy with family. "I savor the company of close friends and reading, and I try to understand the changes and challenges of the world we live in today," she writes. Eileen has many very good memories of her four years at Wheelock and sends her best to all in the Class of 1954. Harriet Knapp McCauley says she and Mac are doing fine. He works half days, and she's involved in volunteer work. They have been to four grandchildren's college graduations and have two more to go! Lois Barnett Mirsky draws to our attention the second page of the 1954 Wheelock yearbook, The Wheel. There is a quote: "Those golden times." Lois writes: "As I looked through the book, my mind wandered back to the four years that for me were those 'golden times.' We'll have time to share those memories at Reunion. Let's also celebrate the present and the astonishing accomplishments of today's Wheelock. If you haven't been to the campus in the last few years, you are in for a treat. It's absolutely beautiful."
Penny Power Odiorne has been living in Vero Beach, FL, since 1989. It's a very special town that offers a wide variety of opportunities to enrich the lives of the inhabitants there. She continues to go to Maine for a month in the summer. Penny, Nancy Temple, and I (Chippy) will be roommates at the CCSR during the Reunion. Frances Levine Rogovin is living in a CCRC now and has made many friends and enjoys most of the activities and events there. Fran is looking forward to seeing the hardy ones that continue to show up every five years. She is doing fine and will attend the luncheon.
"Life goes on pretty much as at our 55th Reunion," writes Nancy Pennypacker Temple '54/'80MS. "We're in good enough health to be active at 82. Dick still fishes in his boat around Sanibel and Captiva almost daily, while I toil in my Florida Friendly Garden and ferry 'Nikki,' my dog, to her therapy dog jobs! There is only just enough 'free time' to read about a book a week, which is my passion! Our group of ladies bikes three miles a day. I think our tongues get more exercise than anything else!" Nancy hopes to see many classmates at Reunion! Sue Hamburger Thurston is getting ready to move back to Illinois - to the town daughter Janet lives in. "It's in the next town to the one from which we moved to Florida!" she writes. "It'll be nice to be near some of my family members. I'm fortunate not to need a walker, a cane, or the like. I have new knees and hips, which take me around pretty well. I would like to get to our 60th at Wheelock, but traveling has proved difficult. Virginia Thomas Williams suggested I bring one of my daughters with me to the Reunion. So now, two daughters are coming, and we'll make a side trip to visit Bob's sister in New Hampshire." Elsa Weyer Williams will also see us at Wheelock in the spring!
Being an octogenarian has some down sides for Dick and Ginny Thomas Williams when it comes to aches, pains, and ailments. But on they go, not so fast, and no longer so far, but enjoying what they can and always planning their joys ahead. One lesser joy was a knee replacement for Ginny in December - but "better than the pain," she says. They'll both be at Reunion. Katharine Clark Williams is caring for her husband as he deals with health issues. They lead a quieter life now but feel very blessed to have two sons, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren nearby and to have friends who do "so many lovely things" for them. "I'll be thinking of each one of you as you celebrate our 60th Reunion," Katharine writes. "What a special milestone! I will be with you in spirit and happy knowing you will have a grand and glorious time!"
Margaret "Margie" Austin Wyman has moved from New Hampshire to Buzzards Bay, MA. Both she and husband Rudd are doing well. He is a seascape artist and a short story writer. She enjoys playing bells in the church choir and also during the Christmas season. Her grandkids are ages 10 to 5 and keep Margie busy. She wanted us to know that her roommate, Nancy del Carmen, died many years ago. Margie says it's not possible for her to come to Reunion.
I (Chippy) am sorry to have to share the sad news that those of you on email already know: Ginger Mercer Bates passed away on Jan. 18 after a number of seizures and a serious stroke. I will cherish her last, very upbeat email to me in late December, and we will certainly all miss her at Reunion.
I am thankful for the positive feeling in so many of our Class Notes this year - peace, hope, joy, "those golden times." Some have not been so fortunate. Come be with us at our 60th Reunion and feel a part of the positive words and the harder times that have been written and "be the change you wish to see in the world" (Gandhi). What more could I say to encourage you to participate with us on May 30 to June 1? We have much to share with each other and with those others who've been lucky enough to be Wheelock College graduates.
Penny Kickham Reilly (Scribe)
Nancy Cerruti Humphreys (Scribe)
Persis Goodnow Hamilton (Scribe)
Dear Classmates - It was so nice for me (Persis) to hear from so many of you.
Lucy Faulkner Davison has "moved on to a new chapter in [her] life." She sold the farm and has moved to Heritage Heights Retirement Community in Concord, NH. She has lots to do and wonderful people to be with. She enjoyed a nice visit from Ann Tucker Walker this past fall, and they went to Hanover, NH, where they had a wonderful visit with Penny Pennypacker Binswanger in her retirement community. Penny reports that she and Robert get frequent visits from their three sons and families. Ann retired from teaching after 40-plus years and is now the CEO of the nonprofit Insight Vision Center (www.insightvision.org). You may remember that Ann received the "Making a Difference" Service Award at our 45th Reunion for her work with life-changing vision therapy. She wishes that her education had included the art of fund development to enhance their mission. She also volunteers at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve near her home in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Ruth Bailey Papazian has been traveling. "May  found us in Salonika, the second largest city in Greece, for my husband's 60th high school reunion at Anatolia," she writes. "After activities at the college, we spent time at a resort at the foot of Mt. Olympus. Since we were in Europe, we took a trip to Sicily, toured around, and ventured to Mt. Etna. In October we flew to Nashville for a wedding, after which we drove to Memphis and even got to see Elvis' Graceland." October took them to Toronto to celebrate Ruth's 80th birthday with her daughter, who had just returned from a five-week prayer pilgrimage in France and Spain. Ruth is also busy with church, friends, and athletic activities. Mary Lou Stickles Perkins wrote about the lovely fall in Colorado, where she lives and can enjoy her two sons in Colorado and Nebraska. She has two great-grandsons! Her granddaughter and husband will be returning from their two-year stint in Ghana with the Peace Corps. She has another grandson in college and one a senior in high school. A lucky lady to have all that family to keep up with! She and Bob are busy with exercise, and she continues playing the organ at church.
Barbara Silverstein reports that she is still working 24/7 "because for me, working is my true happiness," she writes. "Must admit - not many 16-hour days left in me." Barbara is letting us know, via her niece, that she has achieved a huge honor and accomplishment by having a piece of her jewelry accepted for the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Congratulations, Barbara! I (Persis) do always stop by the jewelry case when I visit the MFA to visit Barbara's jewelry. It is beautiful, Barbara. Annette Stevens Wilton has joined the rest of us in a retirement community. Hers is Canterbury Woods in Williamsville, NY. She and Frank are pleased with their move.
Teckie Reese Shackelford and her husband have been traveling - India for Christmas with a daughter and family, and Sweden in June for a wedding and cruise. In between, she has been happily involved with Wheelock College, where she was honored to receive an honorary doctorate last May. Congratulations to you, Teckie!
Beverly Haley Richter is busy with her grandchildren. Grandson Mason is learning to read with Nana's help, and Bev sent an adorable iPhone photo of the two of them working at it. "Wheelock women will always be teachers," she writes. "I think it's in our blood and we were born to it. Children fill our lives with joy as they discover the power of the written word. And we can't help but teach our grandchildren. Simple gifts - so meaningful! It's who we are - and we pass it on joyfully." Bev's youngest granddaughter has received her national certification as a ski instructor at Sugarloaf Mt. (the largest ski area east of the Rockies). She is a sophomore in high school and hasn't found a boy who can beat her down the mountain yet! It is a joyful time to be around grandchildren. Nancy Tilden Brown says her activities are limited by Parkinson's, but husband David is a wonderful caregiver and she is so thankful to him for bringing her to our last Reunion. They have five married children and one little great-granddaughter.
I (Persis) am enjoying my retirement community. I have been here three years and feel settled in. My big excitement this year has been working on starting our own art gallery here in the community. Since we have an unstructured art class here, many of us have produced work and ... where can we show it? The administration has been very supportive and has provided lighting, security, and proper hanging equipment. So after our Briarwood show, we have lined up local artists to come and show their work. We are almost booked through this year. It has added a new element to our home.
Thank you all for your news. I will be hoping to hear from more of you next time.
Barbara Stagis Kelliher (Scribe)
Thanks for your updates! We are all looking forward to more news in the future.
Sara Sibley Lenhart wrote in December of a call she'd just had from her Wheelock roommate, Gaye Alexander Cavanaugh, and shared her news: Gaye and Mike sold their house in Bolton, CT, and moved to a golf/tennis community 30 miles south of Wilmington, NC. They won't be returning to Marco Island, Sara said. Gaye updated the College directly in late February and said their new house was almost complete. As for Sara's news: "Mark and I are always very interested to hear about friends who are downsizing because we know we're going to have to do that someday soon. In the meantime, we're fine."
Anita Stulgis Chouinard enjoys "every amenity in the book" at her retirement community, the Hunt Community in Nashua, NH. "Barbara Kelliher is here (we call it our five-star hotel), as is Sue [Waters] Shaeffer from the Class of '56," Anita writes. "We have all become good friends. I have joined Sue in the knitting group, which turns out an amazing amount of knit goods for charity. I'm also constantly in touch with Mary [Lavery] Lyman. We all meet up in Concord for lunch every so often. We're hoping to organize a luncheon in the spring for Wheelock alumnae in the area."
Carol Chapin Sawyer now has frequent reminders of "some of the happiest times of [her] life" and sees old friends a lot since selling her Asheville, NC, home last fall and moving back to Maine, where she spent summers growing up with her mom and grandparents. She was in a cute apartment during the winter, while having a condo built in Cape Elizabeth, and should be settled in the condo by the time you're reading this. She is also enjoying being nearer to family: son Jamie and Kris in Hampton, NH, and daughter Debbie and three grandsons in Connecticut.
"College days do indeed seem long ago and far away!" Katrina Buckelmueller Gale writes. "Last year we moved from Roswell, GA, to Webster, TX (a Houston suburb) to be near my sister and her husband, and also so I could take advantage of the programs offered by an outstanding health care center located in our new hometown. My husband, Charles, lives in a retirement facility less than two miles away, and we spend many hours together each day. My sister and I enjoy reminiscing and getting reacquainted after many years of living in different parts of the country as we pursued our respective careers in education."
Harriet Weil Hodgson's 33rd book, Seed Time: Growing from Life's Disappointments, Losses, and Sorrows, is available from Amazon and on Kindle. She finds it hard to believe that her twin grandchildren are now 21 and have graduated from college. Francine McNamee Shea writes: "I had four wonderful years teaching kindergarten in Worcester, MA. I only wish I wrote down all the funny stories that happened at old Gates Lane School."
I (Barbara) am still enjoying my new home in a senior community in Nashua, NH. As Anita said, we have fun. She touches base with all the parents and teachers she knew from teaching here her whole professional life. I am enjoying catching up with my clients from AAA and all their travels since I retired. I had a lovely day at the beach with Mary Hartwell Truesdell (Bath, ME), and we had plans to meet Anne Wingle Howard (Exeter, NH) for a museum day in Portland in the spring.
Margaret "Maggie" Weinheimer Sherwin (Scribe)
Mannie Cook Houston had a summer 2013 visit from son Bill and family from New Zealand. Bill is a geologist with New Zealand Oil & Gas. They did lots of shopping to avoid high New Zealand prices. Mannie's local grandson, Colin, enjoyed sharing rocks with Uncle Bill and is happy to be enjoying preschool. Laura Lehrman is getting settled in a small studio apartment which is just two blocks from Central Park. Considering New York City's weather last year, she wisely rented space in Sarasota for the winter. She still volunteers with 4-year-olds at a nursery school and is doing aerobic exercises in a hot pool.
Nancy Alexander Anderson traveled to Hawaii in November for a Sweet Adelines competition. She was in a serious auto accident last spring. Her broken leg landed her in the hospital for a week and then rehab for a week, followed by physical therapy. All is fine now.
Sally Beckwith Novak has been traveling, with a trip to Costa Rica to visit a grandson who is studying there. She also celebrated the 60th anniversary of a trip to Europe she'd taken with her Girl Scouts troop and squeezed in a trip to New Mexico, where she toured Santa Fe and Taos. When at home, she's busy teaching swimming, singing, playing bridge, volunteering at a homeless shelter, and trying to keep up with two book clubs. Julie Russell traveled to New England with daughter Amy to visit important places from Julie's "growing-up" years that Amy had never been to. They went biking to historic sites in Concord, MA. Julie still teaches tai chi and loves spending time with grandson Andrew. She was planning to spend some holiday time in Florida with grandsons Vincent and Matthew.
Jane Bowler Pickering finally sold her home in Jefferson, ME, and she and Richard are relocating to a retirement community in Belfast, ME. As usual, they spent the winter at their snowbird home in Florida. As of this writing, Molly McBride Felton was still shuttling between Stonington, ME (her house was still on the market) and Falmouth, ME. She couldn't wait to settle permanently in the Portland area to take advantage of all the area has to offer as well as to be close to family and friends. Carol Yudis Stein is volunteering at the Women's Health Center and knitting afghans for all grandchildren - for some, in their college colors. She had three Caribbean cruises planned, to all different ports. Carol loved seeing everyone at Reunion, sharing stories and lifetime events.
Liz Sturtz Stern took a trip to the Cornwall area of England. They are Doc Martin fans, so they visited Port Isaac. They also ventured into Wales with its sheep and beautiful scenery. Sybil Magid Woodhouse and Woody are contemplating a move to southern Nevada - to get out of the snow and cold in the Reno area and to be nearer to family. They rented a small house in Laguna Woods Village, CA, from February to April - a retirement setting - to see if they like that lifestyle. Meanwhile, Sybil keeps busy knitting for a yearly charity show and doing church activities. Last Thanksgiving was spent in Oceanside, CA; Christmas, in San Diego.
It sounds as if Mardy Moody O'Neil and Hugh have been on the road ever since Reunion. They've been to a grandson's wedding; hiked in the Adirondacks; visited family in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey; had a "beach walk" in Delaware; and attended an O'Neil family reunion. Mardy also was able to do some family research in New Brunswick. Carol Stuart Wenmark's news could really use a whole column in itself. She spent the summer baking pies to sell at the local farmers market. In October, she had a vacation in Maine and enjoyed walking barefoot on the unpopulated beaches. Carol teaches exercise classes at two senior centers and is deep into genealogical research. She says she has plenty to occupy both mind and body and has never been happier. Were it possible to share the entirety of Carol's response to my (Maggie's) request for news, you would see how her comment makes perfect sense.
Sally Schwabacher Hottle (Scribe)
Alice Thompson Brew writes from Lander, WY, that, in her capacity as an art teacher to severely disabled adults ages 21 to 70, she spent 2013 teaching creative art classes. Alice started a new adventure on Jan. 1 - a six-month trip starting in Baja, Mexico, to work in an orphanage. After that, she says, "The world is [her] oyster." She won't be back for our 55th Reunion but plans to see us all at our 60th! Barbara "Boo" Sahagian Carlson writes from Alfred, ME, that she and her husband are members of the Massabesic Lions Club and are very involved with the Alfred Shaker Museum. Her black golden doodle is a therapy dog that goes into schools where the children read to her. Boo still raises gladiolus, sells them, and gives them to the Brothers of Christian Instruction for their Mass. Her oldest granddaughter attends the University of New Hampshire, majoring in political science and pre-law. Her son is head of the Beverly School for the Deaf and is pursuing a doctorate in education.
Sally Brewer Cervarich and husband Peter spend June through August in their home in Port Clyde, ME, and the rest of the year in their recently purchased home in Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club in Summerfield, FL. Peter says it has taken 80 years to find the perfect living arrangements - four months on the Atlantic coast and eight months on a golf course in Florida. Last August, Sally and Peter had a wonderful family reunion at Lake Chelan, WA, with their four children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren. Margot Moore Greener still works at the Mystic Seaport Museum three days a week. She enjoys open hearth cooking, which she started in the fall; does aerobics four days a week; and enjoys kayaking when it's warm. Alan is singing with the Westerly Chorus and will go to Vienna and Budapest in August. Three grandchildren have graduated from college. Margot, Nancy Dorrien, and Marion Turnbull Mangels spent a few days together in June after the memorial service for Jeanne Wilson Hatch.
Patty Haas writes from Sarasota, FL, that she still volunteers at the Selby Library two days a week repairing books, etc. Her great-niece, Kendall Corbitt, is living with her; she is a junior in high school and is an honor student. Helen Doughty Lester is still visiting schools around the country and says that her next book will be out this March. Titled The Loch Mess Monster, it is "addressed to all those who need some nudging to clean up their rooms." Helen's other big news is that husband Robin's novel Princes of New York just came out after 12 years of hard work. "Think I'll stick with children's books," Helen writes.
After living in Keowee Key, Salem, NC, for 24 years, Linda Bullard Lipnik has moved to Nashville, TN, to be nearer her two daughters. She has her own apartment in The Blakeford, a continuing care facility. Before moving, she visited there and had a fabulous time participating in exercise classes and playing bridge, board games, and Wii golf and bowling. Linda says anyone visiting in the Nashville area is welcome to come visit her.
We were so sorry to hear from Marion Turnbull Mangels that Peter, her husband of 54 years, passed away last Aug. 1 after having vascular dementia for many years. She writes: "My two children, Andy and Cindy, have been so supportive, as well as the rest of my family and friends (including close Wheelock friends). I'm trying to get used to being a widow. I've started to do some volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army. There must be some reason why I'm still here and Peter isn't, so I need to make myself useful."
Diantha "Di" Sheldon Patterson has recently moved to Carlsbad, CA, to be closer to family. Her daughter, son-in-law, and their four boys live five minutes away. Di says: "Life is sure to be fun! They will keep us on the run." Carole Frisch Sherman has now lived in Vero Beach, FL, for seven years. She tests the hearing of newborns once a week at the local hospital and helps out in their offices. Walter works for SCORE and counsels people who want to go into business. They spent a week last summer on Cape Cod with both daughters and their families and had another family reunion at Thanksgiving at Debi's home in Massachusetts. In family news, Melissa will be graduating in June, Ben is a sophomore, and Dale is living in Anchorage (so they depend on Skype to watch Cameron and Kyle grow up). Gail Grew Thomson and husband Norman sold their house in Concord, MA, last summer and will rent in Osterville, MA, for the summers.
Finally, as for me (Sally), I still live in Springfield, VA; travel as much as I can; play bridge; serve on various committees in Fairfax County as an advocate for seniors and adults with disabilities; and stay active in our local Methodist church. I traveled to Costa Rica in October with Road Scholar and Antarctica in January with Tauck. Daughters Julie and Beth live close by, so I'm fortunate to be able to see them, sons-in-law, and grandchildren frequently. I've taken both grandchildren on Intergenerational Road Scholar trips. I recommend them highly for all!